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21st Aug '16 3:57:00 AM Snicka
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They'll live in the deepest depths and their appearances are saved for the end of days when the world is to be shattered by their movements. If they're not {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, they're the next best thing. There will be little shyness about their inspirations, they'll be unabashedly named after the Norse legend of Kraken or the biblical Leviathan. The Kraken tends to take the form of a [[CombatTentacles tentacle laced]] [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods giant squid or octopus]], while the Leviathan is more variable, ranging from a colossal whale to a massive sea serpent. However, since OurMonstersAreDifferent, the title of kraken or leviathan may be given to all kinds of terrors of the deep.

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They'll live in the deepest depths and their appearances are saved for the end of days when the world is to be shattered by their movements. If they're not {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, they're the next best thing. There will be little shyness about their inspirations, they'll be unabashedly named after the Norse legend of Kraken or the biblical Leviathan. The Kraken tends to take the form of a [[CombatTentacles tentacle laced]] [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods giant squid GiantSquid or octopus]], octopus, while the Leviathan is more variable, ranging from a colossal whale to a massive sea serpent. However, since OurMonstersAreDifferent, the title of kraken or leviathan may be given to all kinds of terrors of the deep.
20th Aug '16 5:24:21 PM nombretomado
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** While it never appeared in the original novels, the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' modules based on the Chronicles trilogy give us the King of the Deep. The King of the Deep is a nightmarish sea monster with the body of a huge fish covered in silver hairs, the head of a giant squid, and a pair of long, deadly lobster claws, created when ten (or twelve in the updated third Edition version) of the corrupted priests of Istar offered themselves to the [[BigBad Queen of Darkness]], who turned them into this monster.

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** While it never appeared in the original novels, the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' modules based on the Chronicles trilogy give us the King of the Deep. The King of the Deep is a nightmarish sea monster with the body of a huge fish covered in silver hairs, the head of a giant squid, and a pair of long, deadly lobster claws, created when ten (or twelve in the updated third Edition version) of the corrupted priests of Istar offered themselves to the [[BigBad Queen of Darkness]], who turned them into this monster.
16th Aug '16 7:59:38 PM MrNickelodeon
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* [[Ride/SeaWorld SeaWorld Orlando]] has the ''Kraken'' coaster, which is set in the Kraken's lair, where the Poseidon has locked it up.
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8th Aug '16 10:07:19 AM LordGro
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* The ''Art/CartaMarina'' depicts numerous 'pristers', which are whales "as big as mountains" and which can capsize a large ship just by surfacing from the water.
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20th Jul '16 8:52:02 PM nombretomado
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If you were looking for the book by ChinaMieville, see ''Literature/{{Kraken}}''.

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If you were looking for the book by ChinaMieville, Creator/ChinaMieville, see ''Literature/{{Kraken}}''.



* The avanc in ChinaMieville's ''Literature/TheScar'', a vaguely described creature from an extradimensional sea large and powerful enough to pull a waterborne city.

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* The avanc in ChinaMieville's Creator/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/TheScar'', a vaguely described creature from an extradimensional sea large and powerful enough to pull a waterborne city.
18th Jul '16 1:13:06 AM PaulA
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* Most people know of the Kraken thanks to ''ClashOfTheTitans''. Never mind [[SadlyMythtaken what a Scandinavian creature was doing in Ancient Greece.]] Not to mention that it is... you know... nothing resembling a squid that pretends to be an island. According to the director's commentary, they didn't even know about the Kraken's mythological origins and attributed its creation to the poem by Tennyson that [[SmallReferencePools most people these days have never heard of]]. In Creator/RayHarryhausen's book, ''The Art of Ray Harryhausen'', he claims that the writer, at least, ''did'' know enough about the Kraken to know that it wasn't from Greek mythology, but put it in anyway [[RuleOfCool because the name sounded so cool]].
** The thing from Clash was supposed to be Cetus/Ketos, the sea monster that Princess Andromeda was supposed to be sacrificed to, but they changed its name for no clear reason.

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* Most people know of the Kraken thanks to ''ClashOfTheTitans''.''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}''. Never mind [[SadlyMythtaken what a Scandinavian creature was doing in Ancient Greece.]] Not to mention that it is... you know... nothing resembling a squid that pretends to be an island. According to the director's commentary, they didn't even know about the Kraken's mythological origins and attributed its creation to the poem by Tennyson that [[SmallReferencePools most people these days have never heard of]]. In Creator/RayHarryhausen's book, ''The Art of Ray Harryhausen'', he claims that the writer, at least, ''did'' know enough about the Kraken to know that it wasn't from Greek mythology, but put it in anyway [[RuleOfCool because the name sounded so cool]].
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cool]]. The thing from Clash ''Clash'' was supposed to be Cetus/Ketos, the sea monster that Princess Andromeda was supposed to be sacrificed to, but they changed its name for no clear reason.



* Myth/GreekMythology has several large marine creatures. They were typically sent by the sea-nymphs to ravage land-dwelling kings or queens who offended them, and the royals tried to appease the monsters by sacrificing their beautiful daughters, which the heroes then had to rescue. One particularly worthy of mention being Ketos, the monster who was slain by Perseus. It is very obvious that Ketos was what the Kraken was meant to be in ClashOfTheTitans, but they opted for the creature of the Norse myths instead.

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* Myth/GreekMythology has several large marine creatures. They were typically sent by the sea-nymphs to ravage land-dwelling kings or queens who offended them, and the royals tried to appease the monsters by sacrificing their beautiful daughters, which the heroes then had to rescue. One particularly worthy of mention being Ketos, the monster who was slain by Perseus. It is very obvious that Ketos was what the Kraken was meant to be in ClashOfTheTitans, ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}'', but they opted for the creature of the Norse myths instead.



* In ''Webcomic/TheDreamlandChronicles'', the heroes venture to the cave of the kraken. (Which bears a strong resemblance to the ''ClashOfTheTitans'' version.)

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* In ''Webcomic/TheDreamlandChronicles'', the heroes venture to the cave of the kraken. (Which bears a strong resemblance to the ''ClashOfTheTitans'' ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}'' version.)
11th Jun '16 1:43:12 AM luisaat
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** There's a fossil whale species named ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livyatan_melvillei Livyatan melvillei]] (from the Hebrew spelling of Leviathan and the author of Moby Dick). And it is pretty [[http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2010/6/30/1277901299026/Artists-impression-of-gia-002.jpg scary-looking.]]

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** There's a fossil whale species named ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livyatan_melvillei Livyatan melvillei]] (from the Hebrew spelling of Leviathan whale (who is the origin of the word leviathan) and the author of Moby Dick). And it is pretty [[http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2010/6/30/1277901299026/Artists-impression-of-gia-002.jpg scary-looking.]]
2nd Jun '16 3:49:48 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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** There's also a fan-brew game on RPG.net, ''LeviathanTheTempest'', which is all about playing the FishPeople in human form descended from primordial gods of the ocean. They have the ability to assume ungodly large forms, but don't do it except for dire circumstances as it tends to rend the {{Masquerade}} in two and drives humans into a state of holy terror.
*** And humans would utterly crush any Leviathan who tried it.

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** There's also a fan-brew game on RPG.net, ''LeviathanTheTempest'', ''TabletopGame/LeviathanTheTempest'', which is all about playing the FishPeople in human form descended from primordial gods of the ocean. They have the ability to assume ungodly large forms, but don't do it except for dire circumstances as it tends to rend the {{Masquerade}} in two and drives humans into a state of holy terror.
*** And humans would utterly crush any Leviathan who tried it.
terror.
25th May '16 4:27:31 AM WillBGood
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* ''TabletopGames/MonstersAndOtherChildishThings'' introduced the Leviathan in the supplement ''Bigger Bads.'' In this case, it's an EldritchAbomination that takes the human form of businessman Levi A. Than, and plots to institute a new world order where the only surviving humans are its brainwashed slaves. In its true form, it resembles an absolutely ''gargantuan'' combination of parts from virtually every creature that's ever lived in the ocean.

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* ''TabletopGames/MonstersAndOtherChildishThings'' ''TabletopGame/MonstersAndOtherChildishThings'' introduced the Leviathan in the supplement ''Bigger Bads.'' In this case, it's an EldritchAbomination that takes the human form of businessman Levi A. Than, and plots to institute a new world order where the only surviving humans are its brainwashed slaves. In its true form, it resembles an absolutely ''gargantuan'' combination of parts from virtually every creature that's ever lived in the ocean.
25th May '16 4:18:26 AM WillBGood
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' the Greyjoy family uses a Kraken as their [[AnimalMotifs house symbol.]] As yet no actual Krakrens have been seen in the series, but rumours are beginning to surface that they are appearing.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' the Greyjoy family uses a Kraken as their [[AnimalMotifs house symbol.]] As yet no actual Krakrens Krakens have been seen in the series, but rumours are beginning to surface that they are appearing.



* In Creator/TerryBrooks Wishsong of Shannara, a truly massive Kraken is summoned by the villains to help destroy a Dwarven Fortress Dam to accelerate the spreading of the evil taint.

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* In Creator/TerryBrooks Wishsong Creator/TerryBrooks' ''Wishsong of Shannara, Shannara'', a truly massive Kraken is summoned by the villains to help destroy a Dwarven Fortress Dam to accelerate the spreading of the evil taint.
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