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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, caterpillar and similar creatures are sometimes used as a fancy alternative for the everyday GiantSpider or ScaryScorpions, even moreso in eastern fiction. Sometimes, a human-centipede hybrid will appear, usually sporting [[MultiArmedAndDangerous multiple limbs]] and [[PoisonousPerson venomous bite]]. In VideoGame settings, expect to see it [[ArtisticLicenseBiology detatch its own body parts]] and/or cutting one body segment at time, as if it's some kind of organic train. Another apparent power is their ability of curling up like a wheel/ball and roll over their foe.

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.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* 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}}''.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/TheHumanCentipede'', despite not involving a real one, brings the "Hybrid" concept to a new horrorific level.
* 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/KingKong''.
** A centipede and some spiders appear for added creepiness when the hobbits are hiding from the first Black Rider in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* The Sea Serpent in ''Film/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'' sports a centipedean body with lots of tiny legs.
* The low budget BMovie ''Centipede!'' involves a giant, mutated centipede along with her spawn dwelling in a cave in India.
* 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 ''AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.
* ''Centipede Horror'', in which we have an EvilSorcerer who uses centipedes as killing tools, at one point making a woman vomit some.
* In ''[[Film/IndianaJones Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom]]'', Willie is afraid of reaching into a hole that contains a lot of bugs, including centipedes. Actually justified, as centipedes can be quite venomous.
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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. [[ViewersAreMorons 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''.
* 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 ''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 ''[[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.
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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 ''{{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.
* Invoked in ''Series/AgentsOfShield'' with the shady Project Centipede, that gives powers through [[http://agentsofshield.wikia.com/wiki/Centipede a centipede-shaped gizmo]].
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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]].
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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:Tabletop Games]]
* ''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.
** The ''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.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* The Voracious Centipede boss from ''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 ''MuramasaTheDemonBlade''. In that case, the body of the monster function as his own health bar.
* Huge caterpillar appears as enemies in ''MetalSlug 3''.
* In ''{{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 stage-two [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil4 Plagas]] and [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 Cephalo]] are centipede-like. Bosses with similar attributes include [[BeardOfEvil Bitores Mendez]] and the [[BatOutOfHell Popokarimu]] in games 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/CommandAndConquer TiberiumWars'' 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.
* ''Contra Hard Corps'' for SegaGenesis also features a centipede monster early in the first level with really tall legs, only the head is vulnerable to damage.
* ''VideoGame/{{Centipede}}'' and its sequel, ''{{Millipede}}''.
* 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.
* ''ShadowHearts Covenant'' has a giant, mutated, flesh-eating centipede appearing in the Wine Cellar in France.
* 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 ''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.
* ''GearsOfWar 3'' features Serapedes, massive centipede-like creatures which the Locust use as war beasts.
* One boss in ''SilentHillHomecoming'' is a centipede composed of human female torsoes, which may have been an inspiration for ''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 ''{{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 ''{{Ys}} I and II''.
* The first boss of ''[[VideoGame/MontyMole Impossamole]]''.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* 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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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-363 363]]. 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!
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* 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.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* 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 above pictured ''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 prelavence of centipede monsters in Japanese fiction.
* ''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.
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