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For many people, {{spiders are scary}} and disgusting. For many other people, [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent snakes]] are scary and disgusting. So, what happens when you combine the two?

In fiction centipedes, caterpillars, and similar creatures are sometimes used as a fancy alternative for the everyday GiantSpider or ScaryScorpions, and even more so in eastern fiction. Sometimes, a human-centipede hybrid will appear, usually sporting [[MultiArmedAndDangerous multiple limbs]] and a [[PoisonousPerson venomous bite]]. In VideoGame settings, expect to see it [[ArtisticLicenseBiology detach its own body parts]] and/or remove one body segment at time, as if it's some kind of organic train. Another apparent power is their ability to curl up like a ball and roll over their foe. They are particularly prevalent in Japanese media, due to centipedes being a common problem there.

Compare BigCreepyCrawlies, AttackOfTheKillerWhatever and SegmentedSerpent. Also BugWar if they come in mass.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/AstroBoy'' goes up against a robot monster known as Gadem in various continuities. He's usually a CombiningMecha made out of 47 headless androids, but in the 2003 series he was redesigned as a collection of gold and jewels morphed into the shape of a centipede by a powerful electromagnet.
* [[DarkActionGirl Loly's]] release in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is called "Escolopendra", and gives her poisonous CombatTentacles looking like giant centipedes.
* The very first {{Youkai}} appeared in ''Manga/InuYasha'' was the Mukade Joro (Mistress Centipede), who was partially woman. Several huge centipedes appears as recurring CannonFodder among Naraku's hordes.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' Sasuke kills an oversized centipede in the Death Forest. Later he realize that they're trapped in an illusion when he recognize the same dead bug. Also, one of [[AGodAmI Pain's]] summons is a colossal centipede... who's [[SuperStrength offed by Sakura]].
** In the anime he summoned numerous centipedes, one of which fought Shikamaru.
* After Jubei in ''Anime/NinjaScrollTheSeries'' splits a random giant mook open with his RazorWind, it turns out that it had a giant centipede inside it. Then Jubei uses his RazorWind again and [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment that's that]].
* Epoida from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is a minor character who appears to be able to turn in a giant caterpillar-man. One of the movies shows a huge centipede-like Sea Monster amd several of the recurring Sea Kings have a centipedean design.
* ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'' meets a Centipede-Man during the Underworld Arc, wielding several swords at once. However, despite his fierce look he was a mere EliteMook.
* In ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'', [[TheBeastmaster Tommyrod]] of the Gourmet Corps can also breed and spit out of his mouth several centipede-like monsters to fight for him, specifically a winged one called "Butterfly Worm" which [[spoiler: gruesomly kills Yun's parents]] and is killed with a certain difficulty by the combined effort of Toriko, Takimaru and Match. Other huge centipedes/millipedes monsters exists in the world of Toriko, though they're rarely seen.
** Another member of the Gourmet Corps named Boneless ''wears'' a centipede-like bug on his head and all around his body and can apparently sprout legs all over his body.
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', Kaneki comes to be associated with them as his AnimalMotif starting with the [[BreakTheCutie Aogiri Arc]]. Many chapters of that arc feature a seemingly-random shot of a centipede, leading up to [[TortureTechnician Yamori]] sticking one in Kaneki's ear while torturing him. After the timeskip, he begins wearing an EyepatchOfPower with a centipede pattern on it and is given the alias "Centipede" by [[TheHunter CCG]] after [[spoiler: developing an insect-like partial Kakuja form]].
* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' the giant submarine mecha Daigankai controlled by Aidine the Elegant resembles a giant centipede, though one that fights underwater. Fitting, considering that Aidine's own mecha can turn into a scorpion form.
* The very first [[WasOnceAMan Taboo]] encountered by Ageha Yoshina in ''Manga/{{Psyren}}'' resembles a giant centipede with a humanoid torso whose head sported a mouth full of tentacles, as if it wasn't creepy enough.
* In ''Manga/UshioAndTora'' the first serious threat, the Stone Eater, is a demon in the form of a large stone samurai concealing two large centipedes. As a nod to Tawaratota's myth, Tora states that they can only be killed by stabbing their eyes with something made wet with saliva.
* Just like in her [[{{VideoGame/Bayonetta}} Video Game]], Bayonetta from ''Anime/BayonettaBloodyFate'' summons a [[BigCreepyCrawlies massive]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demonic]] centipede called Scolopendra to crush a [[OurAngelsAreDifferent car-shaped angel]] to death.
* An episode of ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' featured Irewig, a centipede {{Youkai}} that is basically a living BerserkButton. It uses its angry influence on Nathan's mom, causing her to become instantly annoyed at every little thing.
* In the original ''Franchise/DragonBall'' anime one of Korin's magic pots houses an immensely long centipede that bursts out when Goku opens it, coiling itself around him before the pot shows Goku visages of his past, present, and future.
* On the [[SingleBiomePlanet desert planet of Rudeeze]] in ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' there are the gargantuan Sandipedes, MixAndMatchCritters of centipedes and [[ScaryScorpions scorpions]] that have a BreathWeapon of [[DishingOutDirt sand]]. One in particular named Scorpulon attempts to kill Pan while she's suffering from heat exhaustion.
* The Chairman from ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' has centipedes as his [[AnimalMotifs animal motif]]. One particular scene is when he fires [[spoiler:Takaoka]], multiple centipedes are visualized entering [[spoiler:Takaoka]]'s throat as the Chairman stuffs the termination letter into his mouth.
* From ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' there is a Chimera Ant soldier named Centipede. Obviously an ant and not an actual centipede, he did have eight pairs of arms and [[PoisonousPerson poisonous fangs]], as well as ant-proportionate strength. Note that he was only named "Centipede" in the 2011 anime, he didn't have a name in the original manga.
* ''Literature/TheCaseFilesOfYakushijiRyoko'' featured large robotic centipedes built originally as counter-terrorist weapons. They included a plethora of weapons not normally associated with centipedes (since they were built for function, not necessarily for pure aesthetic appeal) including a [[SmokeOut Smokescreen]], a StaticStunGun, a FireBreathingWeapon, and a front-mounted [[GatlingGood Gatling Gun]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}'', one assassin antagonist is a demon with a humanoid torso on a centipede body.
* In the ''ComicBook/AtariForce'' first series, Martin Champion fights with a giant alien centipede-like creature. It's a rather subtle ShoutOut to Atari's arcade game ''VideoGame/{{Centipede}}''.
* Made much less creepy (but not much less menacing) in DC Comics' own pack-in comic book for the Atari 2600 ''VideoGame/{{Centipede}}''.
* In ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'' there was a sub-group of mutant terrorists called the Animal Evolutionaries who were all [[HalfHumanHybrid animal-based mutants]], directly affiliated with the Brotherhood of Mutant Supremacy. Among their small ranks was Kathleen, a mutant who's head was that of a beautiful woman, but had the body (from the neck down) of a centipede.
* ''ComicBook/DialHForHero'' has Floyd Bergson, a SuperVillain called Centipede. Although he doesn't actually have any stereotypical centipede powers, he instead has the powers of [[MesACrowd Self-Replication]] and SuperSpeed. This means if you see him coming at you while he's using his powers, he looks like a fast-moving humanoid monstrosity of multiple limbs, much like a centipede. He does eventually don a giant centipede-head mask though, playing this trope more straight.
* Minor {{Franchise/Batman}} villain, the WitchDoctor named the Obeah Man, kept large carnivorous centipedes as 'pets'. Batman actually uses this fact to deduce that the Obeah Man was a Haitian cult leader due to their history for having an affinity for the insects.
* Part of {{Franchise/Wonder Woman}}'s rogue's gallery in [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks The Silver Age]] included the Crimson Centipede, an abomination of a man with [[GreenAndMean green skin]] and [[MultiArmedAndDangerous 100 arms and legs]] with GunsAkimbo, created by [[BigBad Ares, the God of War]].
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', Randall Boggs is a lizard/snake-y creature with a long body and multiple pairs of legs. Basically, his design is a hybrid of Creepy Centipedes and ReptilesAreAbhorrent.
* Dean Hardscrabble from ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' has a centipede bottom half, her top half is somewhat draconic, so she is a hybrid of Creepy Centipedes and OurDragonsAreDifferent.
* A "copper centipede" is mentioned during the song "Golden Afternoon" from ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''.
* A giant centipede can be seen chasing the explorers out of an underwater cave at one point during their journey to Atlantis in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheHumanCentipede'', despite not involving a real one, brings the "Hybrid" concept to a new horrorific level.
** The sequel ''does'' have a real one, though. One who the main character, Martin, uses to attack his mother with.
* In ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', after the failed assassination attempt with explosives, Zam tries to assassinate Amidala with two centipede-like bugs.
* There's a giant centipedes scene in the Peter Jackson version of ''Film/KingKong2005''.
* A centipede and some spiders appear for added creepiness when the hobbits are hiding from the first Black Rider in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. Although they're less creepy in themselves as it's more like the bugs are trying to get ''away'' from [[WalkingWasteland the]] [[EnemyToAllLivingThings Ringwraith.]]
* The Sea Serpent in ''Film/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'' sports a centipedean body with lots of tiny legs.
* The low budget BMovie ''Film/{{Centipede}}!'' involves a giant, mutated centipede along with her spawn dwelling in a cave in India.
* ''Centipede Horror'', in which we have an EvilSorcerer who uses centipedes as killing tools, at one point making a woman vomit some.
* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', Willie is afraid of reaching into a hole that contains a lot of bugs, including centipedes. Actually justified, as centipedes can be quite venomous.
* In the American horror movie ''The Ring'' one of the scenes from the [[HauntedTechnology cursed videotape]] is of a giant centipede crawling out from under the table of the psychiatric hospital. What's particularly interesting is the original Japanese release of ''Ring'' didn't have any centipedes, despite the concept of centipedes symbolizing evil being much more commonplace in Japan.
* In a [[NeverTrustATrailer Teaser Trailer]] for the ''[[{{Film/Godzilla2014}} Godzilla (2014)]]'' film, it featured a gigantic Centipede-{{Kaiju}} [[WhatCouldHaveBeen that supposedly Godzilla would have done battle with]]. However, when the actual movie was released, [[DeletedScene the Centipede-monster was no where to be found]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In one ''Literature/JamesBond'' novel (''Literature/DrNo''), the killer tries to murder Bond with a poisonous centipede. In [[Film/DrNo the movie adaptation]] it was discarded in favor of a tarantula. Probably they thought that the audience ignored that centipedes are poisonous.
* ''Newsflesh'' has a scene in ''Deadline'' wherein we discover that Rebecca "Becks" Atherton, who cheerfully goes into zones where zombies are still a threat, cannot deal with centipedes, even in closed-in lab setting. Just seeing them makes her flinch and twitch.
* Averted with the heroic giant centipede in ''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach''.
* Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series has nickelpedes. They're centipedes with 500 legs and pincers that can gouge out a slice of flesh the size of a U.S. nickel coin. They're very dangerous in large numbers.
** There are also quarterpedes and dollarpedes, which are bigger, and dimepedes which are slightly smaller but gouge out twice as much flesh per bite as a nickelpede.
* [[ImplacableMan Prince Dhojakt]] from ''Literature/ThePrismPentad'' is part man and part cylops. That means that he has the body of a giant centipede from the knees down, and also unusual maws and bulging eyes.
* The Taxxons in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''.
* The Hundred Eyed Demon King from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' is a centipede-based demon, who can master [[LightIsNotGood light and fire]] and fight with a sword. Sun Wukon is forced to summon forth Pilanpo Boddhisatva, to whom he surrenders.
* In ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Wicked Bronze Ambition]]'', the sorceress Tara Chayne conjures a black supernatural centipede to fight and spy for her.
* Harry fights a ''gigantic'' centipede in Lea's garden in ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Changes]]''.
* {{Fu Manchu}} kills foes with a centipede that leaves a kiss-shaped blister where it bites (the Zayat Kiss) in his very first novel.
* ''Franchise/DocSavage'': In ''The Fantastic Island'', the BigBad uses venomous centipedes as his primary AnimalAssassin. In one scene, Doc has to wade through a veritable sea of them.
* One short story by Bruce Corville involves a young kids throwing a shoe at a rather short centipede in his room. Every time he sees it afterwards it's apparently grown longer and longer until one day he wakes to find every surface in his room covered in centipedes of varying length and he's strapped to his bed by them. The story closes out with the boy experiencing a LaughingMad fit as the centipedes descend upon him.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The giant prehistoric relative of centipedes ''Arthropleura'' was featured in the Carboniferous Period segment of ''[[WalkingWithDinosaurs Walking with Monsters]]'', where it was shown chasing off the titular [[SpidersAreScary Mesothelae]] and then facing off with an [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile unnamed crocodile-like amphibian]]. The "fight" with the amphibian ended with the Arthropleura [[EpicFail losing its balance]] [[UndignifiedDeath and impaling itself]] [[ArmorIsUseless on a]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath bush stump]].
* The TV series ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' also has an arthropleurid (thought by most fans to be an ''Arthropleura'') in the first season. If centipedes weren't bad enough, this one is aggressive and afraid, making it very liable to lash out, has a deadly venomous bite, and is frakking ''fifteen feet long!'' It's also a herbivore, so it won't eat you; you're in for a long, slow death...
* A number of centipedes put up their dukes on ''Monster Bug Wars''. They tend to win, too.
* ''Series/LostTapes'' featured meter long centipedes for the ''Death Crawler'' episode. Implied to be distant relatives of ''Arthropleura'', they survived into the modern day on an isolated island. After killing an expedition crew in the 90s and a married couple the episode follows, several hitch a ride on the boat the latter took to escape the island and escaped into Florida's wilds.
* Invoked in ''Series/AgentsOfShield'' with the shady Project Centipede, that gives powers through [[http://agentsofshield.wikia.com/wiki/Centipede a centipede-shaped gizmo]].
* An episode of ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' deals with an artifact called the Spine of the Saracen, a centipede-like metallic device that attaches itself to the spine of a person, amplifying aggression and endurance, causing the person to go after those he or she really hates. The person under the control of the Spine can kill with an extremely-powerful electric shock. The artifact was originally discovered in the 60's by a Warehouse agent, who was "taken" by the Spine. The agent [[HeroicSacrifice chose to entomb himself]] to keep the Spine contained. After being freed, the Spine, eventually, ends up taking control of Pete. Myka ends up using the [[StunGun Tesla]] to get the Spine to detach from Pete, at which point it's destroyed by smashing it with a fire extinguisher.
* In the third season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', [[MookMaker Finster]] was attempting to make a Centipede-themed monster but when a football was accidentally added to his creation it instead made Centiback, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Monster-Centipede Football-Player]] who had the ability to [[BalefulPolymorph turn people into footballs]]. His ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'' counterpart was called Oumukade.
* ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' featured a MonsterOfTheWeek as a humanoid-alien centipede-abomination called the Destructipede, which had the [[MasterOfIllusion power to create illusions]]. His ''Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger'' counterpart was called Centipede Nezire.
* ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' also had a Centipede-themed monster that was only ever seen briefly in flashback, and wasn't even given a name. His ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'' counterpart however, Dreddredder, had the ability to [[EnergyAbsorption absorb electricity]] and wielded an [[ShockAndAwe electrified]] [[WhipItGood whip]].
* ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' has a monster named Insectolite, who is a mash-up of a centipede, pansy flowers, and satellite radio-dishes. His ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'' counterpart was called Mukadenpanji.
* ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' had Rantipede, member of the [[EliteMooks Five Fingers]] [[PoisonousPerson of Poison]] and master of [[RapidFireFisticuffs Centipede fighting-style]]. What makes him especially creepy is that he keeps his head hidden at first, before revealing it to the Jungle Fury Rangers as a coiled mass of a massively-long centipede tail, causing the Rangers [[EmotionEater enough fear to allow himself]] [[MakeMyMonsterGrow to grow giant-sized]]. His ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'' counterpart was called Kademu.
* ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' had a [[PoisonousPerson Toxic]] [[{{Mutants}} Mutant]] named Mummy, who looked like a rotted corpse that was wrapped up in a long, albino centipede instead of mummy bandages. In ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' he was called Zeibu of the Mummy, and he had an episode which was not converted into ''Power Rangers'' where he used his centipede mummy bandages to [[MindManipulation brainwash the employees of a TV station]].
* Franchise/SuperSentai ''Series/TaiyouSentaiSunVulcan'' featured a MonsterOfTheWeek called the Centipede Monger, who planned on destroying all the Earth's crops using his [[PoisonousPerson poison]] and his ability to [[MookMaker generate a swarm]] of tiny insect MechaMooks.
* During the 'Lost Comic' arc of the second season of ''{{Series/Beetleborgs}}'', new powerful allies known as the Astralborgs had their own set of PsychoRangers named the Mantrons; of which their ranks included their leader Scorpix (based on a [[ScaryScorpions scorpion]]), Mantix ([[SlayingMantis Praying Mantis]]), Hornix ([[GoshHornet Hornet]]), and, of course, Centix, who was based on a centipede.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/KnifeParty has a song called "Centipede" which first opens with a nature documentary narration that explains their hunting abilities, and [[{{Dubstep}} wobbling basslines]] that couldn't be any dirtier if they tried.
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[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* The Oomukade (Great Centipede) from Japanese Folklore was said to prey on dragon's hatchlings and being as large as a mountain. It was slain by Hidesato Tawaratota who pierced his eye with an [[WeaksauceWeakness arrow made wet with drool]].
* Even normal sized centipedes scare Eastern Dragons, since centipedes like to [[OrificeInvasion crawl up dragons' nostrils]] to ''[[BrainFood feast on their brains]]''.
* In general, large centipedes (in particular the Mukade, see Real Life below) are considered symbols of evil in Japan.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Calvin]] almost learns how creepy centipedes are the hard way while playing a game of Twenty Questions involving guessing what he has in his hands.
-->'''Hobbes:''' ''Is it loathsome?''
-->'''Calvin:''' ''Yes!''
-->'''Hobbes:''' ''Is it some big centipede with poison pinchers?''
-->'''Calvin:''' ''...Centipedes have poison pinchers?''
-->'''Hobbes:''' ''I think so.''
-->'''Calvin:''' [Climbing onto Hobbes looking very scared] ''Man, it's a good thing you guessed it so fast!''
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[[folder:Other Sites]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation''
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-363 SCP-63 ("Not Centipedes")]]. These look like normal giant centipedes in the light. When the lights turn off, they grow to massive sizes and become hostile. Even worse, [[TheVirus they can turn humans into]] BodyHorror centipedes!
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-378 SCP-378 ("Brainworm")]]. SCP-378 are centipede-like creatures that can enter a human being's skull and occupy the frontal lobe of the victim's brain.
** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-870 SCP-870 ("The Maybe There Monsters")]]. One of the forms that SCP-870 has been seen as is a scorpion with human arms instead of legs.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1353 SCP-1353 ("Comforting Centipedes")]]. SCP-1353 are knitted felt centipedes about half a meter long. They can enter and move around inside the human body.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' features huge centipedes and also swarms of regular centipedes. They're pretty much on the top of the giant vermin heap thanks to their potent venom.
** One of the earliest monsters introduced in Dungeons & Dragons is the Carrion Crawler, a bloated four-foot-long EldritchAbomination centipede with eight drooling tentacles on its maw. Luckily, as their name implies they're normally scavengers ... but will attack adventurers if food is scarce or [[MamaBear if its young is threatened]].
** The ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'' settings has a couple.
*** Cilops: 15+ feet long, with an amazing sense of smell, who don't have to sleep and [[SuperPersistentPredator will track and pursue you for weeks]].
*** The Megapede is 100-150 feet long and has a poisonous bite. They [[SandWorm hide beneath the sands of Athas]], rising above them only to devour other creatures.
** The stegocentipede from ''D&D'' 1st edition is a colossal monster with an armor-plated hide and dorsal spikes.
** In 3rd Edition centipedes could grow up to 120 feet long.
* ''TabletopGame/HollowEarthExpedition'' supplement ''Mysteries of the Hollow Earth''
** The Arthropleura is 6 foot long, has 50 pairs of legs and a vicious bite.
** The giant centipede grows up to ten feet long and two feet wide and has a pair of forcipules (poison-injecting pincers).
* ''Arduin'' RPG, ''The Compleat Arduin Book 2: Resources''. The Yellow Peril is a bright yellow centipede up to 27 feet long. It can have up to 63 HitPoints and its bite can inject venom doing up to 126 HitPoints of damage. It can spew out a SuperSpit acid spray up to 30 feet long that does up to 31 HitPoints of damage.
* Midkemia Press' ''Heart of the Sunken Lands''. The Spotted Green Centipede will crawl onto a {{PC}}'s body and bite them, injecting a lethal poison. The poison causes a high fever which reaches its peak 2-12 hours after the bite.
* ''TabletopGame/RuneQuest''
** ''Heroes'' magazine Volume I #3 article "Creepy Critters: Insects for ''TabletopGame/RuneQuest''". Centipedes can grow up to 20 meters long and their bite can inject a lethal poison.
** ''Trollpak'' boxed set, "Book of Uz" Book 2. Centipedes can grow up to 40 paces (33 yards) long and weigh up to 3,800 lbs.
* ''TabletopGames/Warhammer40K'' gives us the Necron [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Tomb_Stalker Tomb Stalker]], a CreepyCentipede that can move like a SandWorm.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Centipede}}'' and its sequel, ''VideoGame/{{Millipede}}''. ''Centipede'' eventually got a VideoGameRemake in 2011 called ''Centipede: Infestation'', which re-imagined the game as an overhead ShootEmUp to take place AfterTheEnd in a world infested with BigCreepyCrawlies (the bosses of each level being the titular centipedes).
* The Voracious Centipede boss from ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice''. The wise Caterpillar is a notably aversion, as he's a good guy.
* Several Oomukade appear as a boss fight in [[{{Ninja}} Kisuke's]] story mode in ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade''. In that case, the body of the monster function as his own health bar.
* Huge caterpillar appears as enemies in ''VideoGame/MetalSlug 3''.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}}: Dawn of Dreams'' Mitsunari Ishida has a centipede theme in his clothes and armor, and can turn his arm in [[TentacleRope a bunch of centipedes]]. [[spoiler: As Claudius he's a gargantuan, flying Oomukade monster with huge scythe-shaped jaws and poisonous miasma.]]
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil0'' offers us [[MeaningfulName Centurion]], aka this [[http://residentevil.wikia.com/File:Centurion3.JPG fellow]]. Furthermore, the [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil4 stage-two Plagas]] and [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 Cephalo]] are centipede-like. Bosses with similar attributes include [[BeardOfEvil Bitores Mendez]] (the Ganado village's mayor from RE4) and the [[BatOutOfHell Popokimaru]] in ''4'' and ''5'' respectively.
** In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'', one of the arm-mutations that J'avo can suffer transmutes the limb into CombatTentacles that look kind of like this. Though the creature design artbook claims it was actually based off of a silkworm.
* Bigger-than-normal cetipedes are a minor enemy in some ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games, including ''VideoGame/SuperCastlevaniaIV''.
** The [[ThatOneBoss Undead Parasite]] from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence'' resembles a giant hybrid part caterpillar [[BreathWeapon part dragon]].
* [[ShockAndAwe Gigapede]] from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'' is a giant, floating centipede with huge jaws and electrical powers. He falls to pieces when slayed.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'' game features a buildable centipede unit for the Scrin in the KanesWrath expansion where the owner can customize the centipede by making each section a different type of weapon system.
* ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' also features a burrowing centipede as a mid-game boss. This one takes damage as a whole, but then splits into multiple independent fighting parts after taking enough damage. At least only one section can inflict poison status on the main character.
* ''VideoGame/ContraHardCorps'' for UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis also features a centipede monster early in the first level with really tall legs, only the head is vulnerable to damage.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManAndBass'', Ground Man's level has some robotic centipedes as normal enemies and as a miniboss.
* Magna Centipede from ''VideoGame/MegaManX 2''. He can grab X with his tail and glitch him, causing X to lose his charge shot, dash and jump ability. He's also [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot an anthropomorphic ninja robot centipede]], which cuts down his creepy factor a bit.
** A more standard fare ([[BigCreepyCrawlies But giant]]) centipede shows up as a miniboss in ''X3''.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' has the Venipede line. The final evolution Scolipede is an enormous centipede, in fact it's the largest Bug-type Pokemon out there. [[{{Acrofatic}} And despite its bulk, it's fast with a speed of 112]] and now has Speed Boost as its hidden ability- good luck trying to outrun one.
** To a lesser extent, Giratina's altered form looks a lot more like a centipede than it does a ghost or a dragon.
* The first boss of ''VideoGame/RocketKnightAdventures'' is a colossal robotic centipede that ambushed Spakster in the burning ruins of the castle.
* ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts Covenant'' has a giant, mutated, flesh-eating centipede appearing in the Wine Cellar in France.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' has Pot Centipede, a centipede made of spiders (Pot Spiders, pots with spider legs sprouting) as the boss of the [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Agrabah]] world.
* In the ''VideoGame/StarControl'' saga we've the caterpillar-like Ur-Quan [[spoiler: and their even nastier brothers the Kohr-Ah]].
* In ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', Zappa, the gentleman who functions as a boarding house for ghosts, uses a twisting orb of giant centipedes as his transition between the ghosts he's using.
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar 3'' features Serapedes, massive centipede-like creatures which the Locust use as war beasts.
* One boss in ''VideoGame/SilentHillHomecoming'' is a centipede composed of human female torsos, possibly a ShoutOut to ''TheHumanCentipede''.
* The first boss of the ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'' arcade game, Ouroboros, is a mechanical centipede composed of Soviet politicians.
** The ''Strider'' HD reboot brings in a giant mutant Millipede and a [[PlayingWithFire fiery]] variant "Magmapede" as two of its bosses.
* AAF-04 Orchidee in ''VideoGame/{{PN 03}}'' is another robotic example, also from a Capcom game.
* ''VideoGame/VividConceptions'' has a centipede as a boss menacing the miniature protagonist, along with many, many other bugs.
* Nygtilger, the second boss in ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} I and II''.
* The first boss of ''[[VideoGame/MontyMole Impossamole]]''.
* Centipede enemies known as the Lanmola first appear as basic {{Mooks}} in the first ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI Legend of Zelda]]'' game, only appearing in the Death Mountain Labyrinth. They reappear as a [[BossBattle Dungeon Boss]] in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' guarding the Pendant of Power in the Desert Palace, and again in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' as a MiniBoss in the Yama Desert.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' features the AttackOfThe50FootWhatever DualBoss known as Twinmold, a pair of massive masked centipede-like insects that corrupt the Stone Tower Temple.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' features Magtails and Gohma, centipede-like monsters that live in '''molten lava'''. The Magtails are about the size of a human adult, but Gohma is ''huge'' and fills most of the chamber you fight it in ''while still partially submerged in a lava pool''.
* One of bosses in ''VideoGame/SenranKagura 2'' are the Mikami, a pair of giant, half-centipede women what can fly.
* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' has Crawltipedes fought at the Solar Pillar. They fly around, ignoring grounded players, but [[AntiAir as soon as a player goes airborne]] they rapidly home in like a missile on crack, dealing incredible CollisionDamage to them ''per hit''. And like [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Moldorm]], their only weak spot is [[AttackTheTail the tail]].
* From the ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta}}'' franchise is the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent massive Infernal Demon centipede]], Scolopendra, [[BossSubtitles Eradicator of Paradise]], which the titular character will occasionally summon to crush her enemies to death. It's described as making it's home in a river of boiling blood and can grow ''over 10 kilometers in length!''[[note]]That's over 6 miles long![[/note]] Scolopendra makes a reappearance in the sequel as well, this time in a swarm as enemies attacking Bayonetta after she enters [[{{Hell}} Inferno]]. Also from ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta 2}}'', [[SecretCharacter Jeanne]] gets her own version of Bayonetta's aquatic [[ScaledUp snake transformation]], her's instead a giant aquatic centipede (aptly called Centipede Within) which very well may be a reference back to the Scolopendra.
* The Franchise/FinalFantasy series introduces the Ankheg, monstrous centipede enemies. They first premiered in the first ''VideoGame/FinalFantasy'' (where they were also known as Centipede, or simply PEDE) and their attacks caused poison. They also make an appearance in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0'', and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyDimensions''.
* Also premiering in the first ''VideoGame/FinalFantasy'' are the Crawlers, who throughout their appearances have varying aspects of centipedes, millipedes, caterpillars, and slugs. They've also appeared in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2''.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyAdventure'' features the Megapede enemy. Ironically, despite not actually being a true Final Fantasy game, when the game was rereleased in 2003 as ''Sword of Mana'' the Megapede was renamed the Ankheg (as mentioned above). They also feature the Crawler enemy, also mentioned above.
* From ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' there's [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/finalfantasy/images/c/cf/Sinspawn_Gui_Artwork.JPG/revision/latest?cb=20140409025916 Sinspawn Gui]], an [[BigCreepyCrawlies enormous monster centipede]] that is the result of a FusionDance of smaller Spinspawns from the massive MookMaker [[BigBad Sin]]. ''Final Fantasy X'' also features a Crawler enemy, [[InNameOnly but it isn't a centipede at all]], instead being an unrelated MechaMook.
* The Wiggler from the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' franchise combines the concept of a Creepy Centipede with a RidiculouslyCuteCritter ... although Wigglers get a lot less cute if you [[BerserkButton knock off their head flowers]].
* ''VideoGame/YoshisStory'' features a very long, [[TheSpiny Spiked]] InvincibleMinorMinion centipede, fortunately they only ever appear in a single level.
* The Red Light from the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' mobile app game ''VideoGame/AttackTheLight'' takes the form of a massive, three-headed centipede monster, somewhat reminiscent of the the Centipeedle Mother from the actual series. [[spoiler:Its made a bit less creepy once its discovered all the light monsters aren't actually evil, just confused.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/YokaiWatch Yo-Kai Watch 2]]'' introduces the Irewig, one of the many {{Youkai}} {{Mons}} that's based on the Asian red-headed centipede, and has the ability in [[EmotionControl insight annoyance]] [[BerserkButton and anger]] in any human it bites. It also has the [[EvolutionPowerUp ability to evolve]] into the Firewig, a Centipede-[[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons Dragon]] that can cause people to fly into an UnstoppableRage with its venomous bite.
* In ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' there are the Crawlton, MechaMooks created by Dr. Eggman that burst out of the walls to attack. After being absent from the series for years, they finally make a reappearance in ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld''.
* The first major BossBattle of ''[[{{VideoGame/Pikmin}} Pikmin 3]]'' is the Armored Mawdad, a centipede-like beast [[MixAndMatchCritters with lots of amphibious legs]] and a thick crystalline-armored carapace.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has an optional boss called the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Centipede Demon]] in the Demon Ruins living in a pool of magma, who has [[MultiArmedAndDangerous six demonic centipede heads as limbs]] and the ability to spit {{Fireballs}}.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' has the Sewer Centipedes, fiends that will lay face-down in the water to give the illusion of being a drowned woman, before they attack with their multitude of long, spidery legs.
* Optional boss Megapede in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando'', in the arena on Joba, is a giant, robotic centipede. Interestingly, it flies around the outside of the arena with its legs nowhere to be found during the fight; said legs are only seen in its [[MonsterCompendium Monsterpedia entry image]] and on its segments once you blast them off and they stay ground-bound to blast at you.
* The Fluorescent Flower from ''{{VideoGame/Bloodborne}}'' is an enormous centipede EldritchAbomination that is a mass of chitinous limbs and a huge vertical-split maw with MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily. It can [[PlayingWithFire attack with fire up close]] and spit {{Fireballs}} from a distance, and fitting for being a centipede also has a BreathWeapon of [[PoisonousPerson poison]].
* The {{Nickelodeon}} [[WebGames web browser game]] ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Dark Horizons]]'' features a giant mutant centipede called the Centibeast as one of its bosses.
* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] and played straight in the PC Game ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'', which features an enemy called the Giant Centipede which are aggressive, 12-foot-long venomous insects that see prey through vibrations in the earth. However, townsfolk actually believe these creatures to be curses upon them, completely invincible and able to reproduce into two if split, which the beastiary calls out as complete rubbish.
* ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' for the X-Box featured the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Greater Fiend]] Alma, who in her awakened form has the lower body of a centipede-like monstrosity.
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' Pompey use a lesser Summon Monsters to call forth several giant spiders and centipedes. When Julia face them it quickly degenerates to a ShoutOut of ''VideoGame/{{Centipede}}''.
* In ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'', Commander Badass doesn't like millipedes thanks to multiple tours on the Millipede Planet during Millipede season. Highlights include swarms of millipedes in his bunk, swarms of millipedes in his boots, swarms of millipedes in his cereal box, and a giant millipede that vomited swarms of millipedes on his head. He's a good enough dad that he let his daughter buy a millipede despite his issues with them, though he wishes she would stop trying to make him play with her hideous new pet.
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* Koh the FaceStealer from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' looks like a giant centipede whose head was instead what looks like an eye socket with interchangeable faces inside of it, surrounded by a bunch of extra legs.
* The first ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode, "Gem Glow", introduces the [[HollywoodAcid acid-spitting]] gem monster known as the Centipeetle Mother. She makes a reappearance in the episode "Monster Buddy" as well, although a bit less creepy as Steven attempts to befriend her. [[spoiler:To make her extra creepy, however, its revealed she used to be a fully sentient humanoid gem like the rest of the characters, but was corrupted over time and turned into a violent, semi-mindless monster.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' introduces the Crystal Citadel, a space prison that houses the worst Cosmic Criminals in the multi-verse, one of which is a large, legless centipede creature. To quality to be imprisoned in the Crystal Citadel the prisoner has to be guilty of a crime ranging from [[OmnicidalManiac mass-genocide and head-eating]] to [[EarthShatteringKaboom vivisecting entire planets]].
* ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'' featured a Centipede-{{Kaiju}} named Megapede, a creature with [[PoisonousPerson toxic barbs]] and an impenetrable exoskeleton. It eventually drops the centipede-motif when it cocoons itself and turns into a giant, flying Cicada, and its actually classified as neither a centipede nor a cicada, but a "mutated caterpillar". There was a second, unrelated and unnamed Centipede-Kaiju in another episode, this one fighting the Monster Arena.
* From the ''{{WesternAnimation/Daria}}'' episode "My Night at Daria's", Jake Morgendorffer eats some suspect sushi from Tokyo Toby's Sushi Restaurant, a place he hopes to become a consultant for. Later he complains that the sushi gave him a parasite, before a doctor pulls out a [[NightmareFuel several inch long centipede that was nesting in Jake's throat]]! It is by far one of the more disturbing scenes from the series.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' features a human-sized centipede-like creature as one of the alien races living on earth. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in they aren't overtly creepy or evil, although the one member of the species predominantly featured on the show was a LowerClassLout.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' introduced the alien species known as the Tyrannopede, enormous MixAndMatchCritters of the TyrannosaurusRex and centipedes. It appeared as one of the many highly predatory species in the Nemetrix, being the natural enemies of the Vaxasaurians which is same species that Ben's [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Humungousaur]] transformation.
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* Centipedes and millipedes[[note]]millipedes can't bite or sting but many species ''secrete'' poison[[/note]] ''are'' poisonous. It's just that most of them in the real world are tiny and so the bite contains a (usually) negligible amount of poison.
** An exception is the ''Scolopendra gigantea'', who's 30 cm long and can prey upon birds, even going so far as to prey upon things as large as ''bats''.
** Large centipedes called "Mukade" are common in Japan, and have an extremely painful bite, which would explain the prevalence of centipede monsters in Japanese fiction. Some common worries regarding the mukade include that they like to make homes in bed linens and in toilets, that they cling to ceilings and drop down on people, and that if they find a sleeping person they will like to crawl inside one of their open cavities (mouth, nose, ears, etc.) for warmth. [[FromBadToWorse And even worse]], if you try to kill it by smashing or cutting it the body will release a pheromone that'll attract more of them. [[KillItWithWater Hot to boiling water is usually recommended as the best way of dealing with the mukade]], although [[KillItWithFire burning them works too]].
* ''Arthropleura'', an arthropod from the Carboniferous period and the largest known land-dwelling invertebrate, is basically a [[UpToEleven human-sized]] centipede, thanks to the higher amounts of oxygen in its time period. Up to 8.5 feet in length, it's practically Godzilla when compared to modern centipedes and millipedes. The largest true centipede ever was ''Euphoberia'', which reached a more modest three feet in length (but you still wouldn't want something like that living in your basement).
* Certain tribes use millipede poison to tip their arrows with for battle.
* And certain species of monkey will literally use millipede secretions to get high.
* Subverted by small, harmless centipedes that live in libraries, as they prey on silverfish that eat book-binding glue. All but the most squeamish of librarians are usually happy to have a few of them around.
* Regular centipedes not creepy enough? Meet the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scutigera_coleoptrata Scutigera coleoptrata]]'' (house centipede). It lives in your house, hunts at night and has ''long, spiderly legs''. It's a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot SPIDER CENTIPEDE]]. On the flip side, it [[CreepyAwesome preys upon ]]''[[CreepyAwesome all ]]''[[CreepyAwesome your other household pests]] (bedbugs, silverfish, carpet beetles, etc), and spiders.
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