Created By: Mozgwsloiku on February 9, 2012 Last Edited By: Mozgwsloiku on December 14, 2015

Tentacle Sushi

Tentacles always get cut

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Whether naughty tentacles or Combat Tentacles, these snake-like appendages have several features that make them highly cuttable: 1 They tend to belong to the bad guys, and highly inhuman ones. Finally a chance for the hero to show that his sword can cut something besides inanimate props. 2 They (usually) have no skeleton to stop the blow 3 There is usually more where that came from, especially if the owner has a Healing Factor. That makes them much less dramatic than other limbs but on the other hand you can cut off many in a single scene. In video games the trope is often enforced through Typical Tentacle Tactics.
  • Name any hentai series that features naughty tentacles and ninja/samurai... on second thought, don't.
  • In Naruto 8-tails loses several tentacles when fighting Sasuke. Even his host doesn't seem very concerned.
  • In Lord of the Rings movie, cut tentacles are pretty much the only damage the heroes cause to the Watcher in the Deep.
  • Done to the Kraken in One Piece. It is worth noting that the series also features Hatchi, an octopus-fishman. However, his tentacles end with hands, making them important enough to save them from the trope
  • In Dungeons & Dragons cephalopods are the only creatures in the bestiary that have explicit game mechanics for people trying to cut their limbs off.
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • February 9, 2012
    Ryuuma
    Mmmh, don't know, I'm afraid it could be People Sit On Chairs.
  • February 9, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    I don't want to list every situation where tentacles get cut - just works where tentacled guys get cut more than anyone else (or are the only organic enemies to get cut, in shows where nobody else gets cut at all).
  • February 9, 2012
    animeg3282
    Yea, I mean Squid Girl's hair tentacles get cut in Squid Girl but...
  • February 9, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    I haven't watched the show but from the trope page it does seem to be a very good example. Her tentacles get cut, despite being otherwise strong enough to punch through concrete, no other body parts are lost in the series, nobody cares about it, because they regenerate very quickly.
  • February 9, 2012
    FencerGirlAH17
    Star Wars: Clone Wars (the first one, miniseries, remember?): As Obi-Wan Kenobi is fighting Durge, this 1,000-year-old bounty hunter who regenerates and has no skeleton (he can reattach limbs that have been cut off!), he slices off his hand, but Durge just curls the remaining fibers into a fist and resumes the fight.
  • February 10, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    Star Wars universe doesn't count - lots of limbs is lost there in general, so tentacles are in no way prominent.
  • February 10, 2012
    Sailor11sedna
    Code Lyoko gave us the Scyphozoa, making this trope a necessity for most of Season 2.
  • February 11, 2012
    Ryuuma
    Naraku in Inu Yasha? During his first battle against Sesshomaru he toss a tsunami of tentacles and other flesh appendages at him, only for having said tentacles butchered.
  • February 11, 2012
    Ryuuma
    Also extremely common and justified in case of Attack Of The Monster Appendage
  • February 11, 2012
    Delphi
    • Lampshaded in Exploitation Now when a BFS-wielding superheroine battles a hentai rape monster, which laments that while it's great to be able to rape hundreds of schoolgirls at once, having to use your sex organs to defend against people with swords does have a few disadvantages.
  • February 11, 2012
    Delphi
  • February 12, 2012
    Ryuuma
    • In Yaiba, usually the villains are defeated by Diagonal Cut or giant explosion and suffer no mutilation during the battle. The exception is the Moon Rabbit Shingetsu, who merges with a squid and has his tentacles severed, though they grow back.
  • December 12, 2015
    Mozgwsloiku
  • December 13, 2015
    Chabal2
    Starcraft II: Zeratul's missions involve his traveling to the Overmind's tendrils and communing with what's left of its mind. After each vision, the tendril (a tentacle the diameter of a bus) cuts itself off and falls into a chasm.
  • December 14, 2015
    randomsurfer
    In an episode of Family Guy a fortune teller tells Joe, who is parapalegic, that in a past life he was an octopus. We see a flashback or Imagine Spot with Octopus Joe saying "this is awesome!" Then a shark swims by and bites off all eight of his legs.
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