Created By: KZN02 on July 22, 2012 Last Edited By: KZN02 on August 15, 2012
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Knotty Tentacles

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One way of beating something with tentacles, long stretchy limbs, or serpentine features is by tying it up with said features. Depending on the size, this may require physical tying or complex maneuvers.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Dragon Ball Z has Goku face a giant snake called Princess Snake. He defeats the snake by flying around it until it ties itself into a knot trying to eat him.

Comic Books

Film
  • The animated film The Secret of Kells has the boy protagonist face off against a tentacle monster to retrieve another magifying crystal to replace the one his mentor lost years ago. Part of his tactics for defeating the thing invokes the trope as he evades the tentacles.

Mythology
  • When attacked by two snakes, the baby Hercules defeated them by tying them together.

Western Animation
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Community Feedback Replies: 34
  • July 22, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    This is Tentacle Rope.
  • July 22, 2012
    isk2837
    Dragonball Z has Goku face a giant snake called Princess Snake. He defeats the snake by flying around it until it ties itself into a knot trying to eat him.

    @Dragon Quest Z: No it isn't. Tentacle Rope is the character using their long limbs to tie other characters up. This is the character with the long limbs being tricked into tying themselves up with their own limbs.
  • July 22, 2012
    TonyG
    • In the Silly Symphony short "Birds in the Spring", a bird escapes a snake by flying through a hollow log and letting the snake tie itself up on the knotholes.
    • In The Jungle Book, Mowgli pushes Kaa's coils off a tree and he collapses on the ground in a tangled heap. As he crawls away, his tail ends up tied in a knot, which gets snagged and trips him up.
    • In Robin Hood, Prince John punishes Sir Hiss by tying a knot on his throat, then later by tying him around a pole.
  • July 22, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ Well the name doesn't reflect that, and the description is vague as well.
  • July 22, 2012
    KZN02
    Yeah sorry, that's why I need a better title for this.
  • July 22, 2012
    JoeG
    How about Knotty Tentacles?
  • July 22, 2012
    KZN02
    Genius, thanks.
  • July 22, 2012
    randomsurfer
  • July 22, 2012
    planswalker
    • The animated film The Secret Of Kells has the boy protagonist face off against a tentacle monster to retrieve another magifying crystal to replace the one his mentor lost years ago. Part of his tactics for defeating the thing invokes the trope as he evades the tentacles.
  • July 24, 2012
    Ghilz
    • The Marsupilami typically fights by rolling part of his tail in a ball an using it to smack people like a wrecking ball.
  • July 24, 2012
    Arivne
    ^ Remember that this is about someone else tying up a creature's arms/tentacles so the creature can't use them.
  • July 28, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ That, and a tail is not a tentacle.
  • July 28, 2012
    Sheora
    While Knotty Tentacles is clever, I doubt it would be wise. Remember, Naughty Tentacles just got cut for good and that name is obviously a play on it.
  • July 28, 2012
    Rognik
    ^^That's drawing straws, really. If a beast at 4 long tails that attacked, then got tricked into getting tangled up in each other, this trope still fits there. I agree that it isn't an example - this is more a finishing technique than mid-battle strategy.

    ^Why did Naughty Tentacles get cut? Was it because of the nature of the trope (being used mostly in hentai and probably not much else)? This might be a pun on that trope, but this is not just a Snow Clone, and the pun makes sense on its own.

    I know I've seen this trope happen a few times, but I can think of any exact examples at the moment. The description needs to be expanded, though. A single line description does not make for a good page. At least, it should be a short paragraph, no less than about 3 sentences.

    Edit: Just had a thought. Would a character forcibly tying up tentacles count? I recall at least one instance where a Bad Ass just grabs a bunch of tentacles, ties them all up into a bow, and walks on.
  • July 28, 2012
    KZN02
    Well, I already added the Hulk example, so I guess so.
  • July 29, 2012
    Arivne
    Western Animation
    • Looney Tunes short "The Great Piggy Bank Robbery". Duck Twacy (Daffy Duck) hunts down the gangsters (all inspired by Dick Tracy villains) who stole the piggy banks. One of them is Neon Noodle, a Frankenstein's Monster lookalike made of neon tubing. Twacy wrestles him and turns him into an "Eat at Joe's" sign.

    Watch the scene here.
  • July 29, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    Compare and contrast the YKTTW Tentacle Sushi
  • July 31, 2012
    Sheora
    Rognik, you missed the point of my concern. It's not that I think this trope is similar to Naughty Tentacles, it's that using a pun on that name is a bad idea. First off, the page is gone so the reference doesn't make sense anymore. Second, Naughty Tentacles was cut for Content Violation, so I wouldn't want to associate a new trope with one that just got removed because of that. It's asking for trouble.
  • July 31, 2012
    planswalker
    then what SHOULD we call this trope?
  • July 31, 2012
    KZN02
    Well, something to do with serpents or a Rubber Man?
  • July 31, 2012
    FlintlockWolfman
    Happens in a B.C Comic with a anteater's tongue.
  • July 31, 2012
    pcw2727
    Mythology

    When attacked by two snakes, the baby Hercules defeated them by tying them together.
  • July 31, 2012
    Rognik
    @Sheora, I did get at least some of that. As I said, the pun makes sense even without the page still existing. Anyone who is mildly familiar with hentai is most likely familiar with the concept of naughty tentacles. As for the content violation, whatever it might have been, this page is completely separate. So long as this page doesn't violate the standards of this wiki, there should be no problem.
  • July 31, 2012
    KZN02
    And I highly doubt we'll have any hentai examples on this.
  • July 31, 2012
    Sheora
    While I may be being over cautious, I would run it by the forums to see what the mods think. I mean, we just had a HUGE issue with all that stuff. Better safe than sorry.
  • August 8, 2012
    Rognik
    ^Is anything being done about this? The title isn't any worse than Tentacle Rope, and is just as clean/dirty. The description is a bit short, but it's not a complicated concept. If it gets enough hats, I think it could be launched.

  • August 8, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    If this isn't sexual and disallows weblinks to creepy images, it should be fine.
  • August 8, 2012
    Mega
    I like it! Does the Super Mario Sunshine Gooper Blooper battle count? :)
  • August 9, 2012
    KZN02
    Hmm, not familiar enough with that, all I know is pulling on tentacles.
  • August 9, 2012
    Sheora
    @Rognik Oh I definitely think it is trope worthy and should be launched. I was just worried about the unfortunate implications of the punny name. While the trope itself is not sexual in any way, the current title refers to a sexual trope that just joined the permanent red link club.
  • August 10, 2012
    peccantis
    Knotty Tentacles sounds like tentacles with some bulbous knot-like protrusions.
  • August 10, 2012
    KZN02
    I'm afraid to ask who would think of such a thing after seeing the title.
  • August 13, 2012
    KZN02
    Looks ready to go, I need a consensus on the title, just before I launch.
  • August 15, 2012
    KZN02
    I guess nobody has a problem (or I'm being ignored as usual), I'll launch in a few hours.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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