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Frequently in SpeculativeFiction stories, there is a monster, or perhaps a race of monsters, with a face of tentacles resembling everyone's favorite EldritchAbomination, [[CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]]. Using the official pronunciation of "Cthulhu" given by Creator/HPLovecraft, the [[StarfishLanguage closest thing to the correct pronunciation]] [[BlackSpeech a human can manage is]] "Khlulhloominoid". Now [[TongueTwister say that five times fast]].

Different variations exist. The being(s) may have tentacled fingers, or they may have completely normal fingers. They almost always have an unusual skin pigmentation such as green, grey, greenish grey, or orange. They might have a beak within their mass of tentacles like a real octopus, or a LampreyMouth concealed among them; alternately, they might have a humanoid mouth just above or below the tentacles. Their strength varies, but they are almost never of the same power level as the EldritchAbomination that inspired them. In fact, they may act nothing at all like the original Cthulhu, but still, expect them to compared to such by fans.

Also note, while examples may or may not be supernaturally enhanced, this is not about {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, but about humanoids who look vaguely like Cthulhu.

Related to UnscaledMerfolk, FishPeople, PettingZooPeople, HumanoidAbomination, AnimalisticAbomination.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The Black Mass in ''Manga/SoulEater''.
* Dagomon in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', being an expy for Cthulhu. It also applies the trope more than once - its "arms" are a bound mass of tentacles, and above where those tentacles connect with the shoulders are a ''[[EyesDoNotBelongThere pair of eyes]]''.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Minor Comicbook/DoctorStrange villain the Dweller-In-Darkness is designed around this trope.
* TheFlash had an arc where he had to face some interdimensional race of aquatic invaders that had many octopus traits.
* In ''Welcome To The Jungle'', a graphic novel prequel to ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry ponders which type of monster may have killed a night watchman. One panel shows a PoliceLineup of the (monstrous) "usual suspects", including a stocky, long-tentacled example of this trope.
* Mr. Fane from ''Nocturnals'' is an unusual example in that he looks mostly human, and manages to pass as an ordinary if somewhat eccentric man as long as he keeps the lower half of his face covered. [[DramaticUnmask Underneath that concealing scarf]], though... Well, [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean he really does have the face for tentacles]].
* [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100501012758/marvel_dc/images/f/f6/Topo_II_01.jpg Topo]], an ''Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}'' supporting character sports this look.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The proto-Prawns from Niell Blomkamp's short film ''Alive In Jo'burg'', which inspired ''Film/DistrictNine'', look like this instead of the insectoid appearance of the big budget adaptation.
* Cthulhu himself is actually depicted like this in the comic-book section of ''TheLastLovecraft''. Also Starspawn, his pets and the "half-breed" also count.
* Davy Jones is depicted this way ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. He also has a crab pincer for a hand, and one of his legs resembles that of a crab. Designed to resemble a beard, hook and peg leg, of course.
* The Quarrens from ''StarWars''.
* The Bodati (the alien whose tentacle is accidentally stepped on by Alex in the briefing room) in ''TheLastStarfighter''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The first example here should very well be one of Lovecraft's own alien races, the octopoid "star-spawn of Cthulhu," which look much like their master/father/high priest/god.
* Colonel Brandon in ''Literature/SenseAndSensibilityAndSeaMonsters''.
* The race of quarren from the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''. They lack any particular strength, aside from being seedy business men of the criminal underworld.
** Some of them. Others are [[XWingSeries heroic pilots]] who get past their rivalry with [[FishPeople Mon Calamari]].
** In Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye, the MacGuffin is found on a statue of [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Pomojema Pomojema]], aka Benevolent Cthulhumanoid [[RecycledINSPACE IN STAR WARS]].
* The Fithp in ''Literature/{{Footfall}}'' are described as looking a bit like a cross between an elephant and an octopus. However, they're not really humanoid.
** More elephant than anything else. They just have a trunk that branches into eight tentacles that they use as a (generally not particularly good) hand.
* The Grel from the ''BerniceSummerfield'' series.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' has races like the pak'ma'ra and the Drakh. The pak'ma'ra are relatively nice (though secretive, carrion-eating, and smelly), but the Drakh are more or less evil (though not ''completely'', this being ''[[GreyAndGrayMorality Babylon 5]]'' after all).
* The Ood from ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** And Dalek Sec after he merges with a human.
* The ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' episode, "The Power Stealer," gave us the aptly named Octophantom.
** ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' has The Master
** Hone no Shitari from ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' is a tentacle head, as is his American counterpart Octoroo from ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai''.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Mind Flayers/Illithids in ''DungeonsAndDragons'', but despite the similarities Gary Gygax did ''not'' base his creations directly on Cthulhu, but on an unrelated novel cover[[note]]If you're curious, the cover has skulls with roots growing through them[[/note]].
** As beings physically inspired by these, so are Ilthusians from the ''MutantsAndMasterminds'' Freedom City setting. They're less scary than most of these examples, since their main statted example, Captain Kraken, [[TalkLikeAPirate communicates mainly in "Yarrr, me hearties!"]]
* The [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] from TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} deserve mention. Lictors, most obviously, always have the "feeder tendrils," but many other units in the army list have the option of buying that upgrade to create a giant chitinous army of slavering, gibbering mini-Cthulhus.
** In particular, the artwork for Ymgarl Genestealers in the latest Codex presents them as such. The unit background states the HiveMind goes out of its way to avoid reabsorbing their biomass because they undergo physical mutations constantly and uncontrollably.
* 50 Fathoms, a SavageWorlds setting, has the Kraken - resembling the illithid, but they're ''playable'' - and don't make bad wizards, either.
* The [[{{Exalted}} Solar]] queen K'Tula is said to have eventually warped her body into a cephalopod horror, a change so drastic that it was too far removed from the human potential that Solar Charms work off of for her to make any that could enhance it.
* The OldWorldOfDarkness had the Chulorvia, an underwater race of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. They have several breeds, one of which is a classic Cthulhumanoid.
* In the card game MagicTheGathering, there exists a creature card that is a huge, unholy, tentacle-faced monstrosity from the deep: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=247542 Wrexial, the Risen Deep]]. Also fits under KrakenAndLeviathan.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=121174 Drelnoch]] is a mutant yeti with tentacles.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Mind Flayers from [=D&D=] also appear in several installments of the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series, since it stole much of its early bestiary from ''Dungeons and Dragons''. In the original translation of the first game, they were simply called "Wizaard" and "Sorcerer," then in final Fantasy Tactics, became "Mindflare." The official English name for them now is "Piscodemon;" "pisco" as in "piscene" or "fish-like."
** In the Treasures of Aht Urghan expansion of ''FinalFantasyXI'' they are known as Soulflayers, coming quite close to violating Hasbro's copyright (see Tabletop Games above).
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations'' there's a new type of infected, the Ooze, who are mixed with genetic material from sea creatures, so, many of those resemble Cthulhumanoids.
* The Faceless from ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}''. Bonus points in that The Faceless are the servants of [[EldritchAbomination the Old Gods]], [[ShoutOut Shouts Out]] to the Cthulhu mythos.
* In Franchise/MassEffect, the species depicted in sculptures found on Ilos and seen in Shepard's dreams resemble this. Initially assumed to be [[BenevolentPrecursors the Protheans]], they're actually [[spoiler:the inusannon -- the precursors to the Protheans themselves]].
* The Malachi from later ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games looks like. It has a surprisingly-hard-to-avoid dustball attack.
** In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'', there was a monster with the same animations but no face tentacles and slightly less beastly-looking arms that was called "Ctulu" (sic). the names were likely switched by accident.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion 2''. The game has the aquatic, transdimensional race of Trilarians. When you add the fact planets named "Arkham" and "Rlyeh" (and "Arlyeh") are there as well, you realize somebody at the developers must've ''really'' wanted to do a ShoutOut. The [[AllThereInTheManual manual]] also suggests that they were descended from a colony of the main BigBad race of the game. At the same time they tend towards the "Pacifistic" personality-type, and can often be convinced to simply hand over planets to you if you ask them nicely. Their diplomacy music is also one of the mellowest tunes in the whole game, and even their physical appearance may seem quite beautiful rather than terrifying to you.
** To a lesser extent, the Meklar. In [=MoO=] 2, they have a mass of tentacles on their face.
* The Ascended Sleepers from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' have tentacled faces.
** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' ''Dragonborn'', the Daedra servants of [[EldritchAbomination Hermaeus Mora]] are Cthulhumanoids called Seekers.
* The sligs from the {{Oddworld}} games, although only partially humanoid, as they have robotic "pants" instead of legs.
* The prison guards in ''DemonsSouls'', featured in a particular level, are basically miniature Cthulhus in garbs. It doesn't really help that they have a MindRape spell which paralyzes you, after which they rush towards you and impale you on one of their tentacles.
* Bloodsuckers from ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}''.
* The rubbery men in ''VideoGame/FallenLondon''. Possibly a subversion, as they seem perfectly polite and civil despite not being capable of human speech. This doesn't stop everyone and their dog from [[FantasticRacism trying to kill them]], though.
* You have the option to make yourself one in ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline''. Just get the facial feature "tentacles," and for bonus points webbed or tentacled hands and/or feet.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' has a kid-friendly version in Malamar. A humanoid upside-down squid-thing with tentacles as hair and hands, [[DarkIsEvil Dark]]/[[MindRape Psychic]] typing, and has the ability to make its foes bend to its will.
* In ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'', possible enemy encounters include Cult of the Dark One members who have been warped into Cthulhumanoids.
* Oddly averted in the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' franchise. While Cthulhu himself is a recurring demon, his appearance more closely resembles a kraken than this trope.
* Kassadin in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' wears full armor and a helmet that makes him look like having Cthulhu's head. He could best be described as a gray-blue skinned man wearing gear that makes him look like [[DarthVaderClone Darth Cthulhu]]. He's a Champion that got his power from the Void, a chaotic and destructive realm not that unlike Lovecraft's works. Surprisingly, despite his power's origin and monsterous appearance, Kassadin is overall a very heroic character.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' had a group of cultists who masqueraded as cthulhumanoids, badly.
* {{Monsterful}} had a cthulhumanoid with a little baby daughter as an extra on this [[http://www.monsterful.com/chapter09page03.htm page]].
* The [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20100306.html Asteroid Trading Post]] guy from ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob.''
* The Cthulhu spawn from ''TheCallOfWhatever'' look like humanoids with octopus heads (as opposed to the canonical Cthulhu spawn which look like cthulhu, but only big instead of mindbendingly huge).
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', being based on [[DungeonsAndDragons D&D]], naturally has a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0030.html "Squid Thingy"]].
* Implied to be what Sam Starfall from ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' looks like under his environment suit, though his face supposedly [[BrownNote causes humans to puke]] so we haven't seen [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01346.htm very]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01551.htm much]].
* Invoked in ''Webcomic/{{Academia}}'' when Pasha gets his pet octopus to climb onto his face. Backfires when the octopus refuses to get off.
-->Stephen, help. He has ''suction cups''.
* Ichyoids in ''Webcomic/TheMansionOfE''; they have claws for hands.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Dagon, the EldritchAbomination evil sorcerer from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' looks so much like the classic ''DungeonsAndDragons'' mind flayer that the page picture above could be used as a mug shot for the character.
* In the WhateleyUniverse, the mutant psychic who now goes by the codename Fubar. He had a bad encounter with a Mythos thing and transformed into something that looks like a Star Spawn. He lives in a big water tank and has been stuck there for ''decades''. This is [[ShoutOut rather appropriate, since Lovecraft used the name "Whateley" rather famously]].
** Sara Waite, [[VoluntaryShapeshifting when she wants to]], can look like this. Justified by the fact that her father actually ''is'' an EldritchAbomination.
* Red Puppet/[[FanNickname Harry]] from [[Creator/ThisIsIt Don't Hug Me I'm Scared]] is a more benign version of this. He towers over the other characters and has a mass of strings/tentacles instead of a face. Even still, he mostly just wants to eat breakfast and watch television, and it's ''everyone else'' that [[EldritchAbomination destroys reality]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Vilgax from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben10}}''.
* Spoofed in ''{{Futurama}}'' when Leela crawls through the radioactive muck. We see her body with an octopus for a head, and the initial assumption is that she mutated. However, [[{{Foreshadowing}} she is immune]], and when she gets to shore she disgustedly pulls off the octopus that got stuck to her face.
** Said octopus later says (in its best [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Baby Hermann]] voice) that before being mutated it ''[[WasOnceAMan was a little blonde girl named Virginia]]''.
** AndZoidberg! (Though his mouth parts are smaller than those of most Cthulhumanoids in fiction.)
** Another episode features a Cthulhu-like alien who buys the galaxy off ebay.
* The [[{{Mooks}} Glorft]] in ''MegasXLR''.
* A few of the Sea Tribe characters from ''GormitiTheLordsOfNatureReturn'' are just like this.
* The Rahkshi in ''{{Bionicle}}: The Mask of Light'' could split their faces open to reveal a mass of writhing tentacles.
* In ''{{Freakazoid}}'', villain Waylon Jeepers summons a Cthulhu {{expy}} named "Vorn the Unspeakable", who fits this trope to a "T".
* Squid of GeneratorRex fits this trope, having quite a few features taken from his namesake.
* Karkull in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''.
* ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'' had the AffablyEvil Mr. Squid, who ''successfully'' captured the Ghostbusters even though Prime Evil didn't believe him. Just before Jake dematerialized him, he asked [[HeelFaceTurn if he might one day join the 'Busters]]. Interestingly enough, his character design anticipates Davy Jones from ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' by almost twenty years!
* Many of the M'arrillians in {{Chaotic}}, especially G'harlag, who is just like Cthulhu.
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