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->''"Squid, cuttlefish, and other similarly baleful creatures are all members of the cephalopod family, characterized by HUGE EYES, BEAKS, INTELLIGENCE, and AMBITION. ... They're jet powered, did you know that? They're jet-powered animals and their heads are covered in PREHENSILE TENTACLES. They're carnivorous and most are cannibals!''
-->-- '''T-Rex''', ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics''

This trope is about octopodes, squid, cuttlefish, nautiloids, and ammonites.

Something about these animals is just plain alien. Few Earth natives can lay claim to having anything like BizarreAlienBiology, and cephalopods are among them -- they have two gill hearts, one systemic heart, and blue blood. They are invertebrates without carapaces, yet unlike worms and their mollusc kin snails and clams, they move with purpose and have large, staring eyes with HellishPupils. There are suckers on their tentacle-arms, and a few species like the colossal squid have ''hooks''.

Their mouths are ''beaked'' and positioned strangely, their bodies look weirdly like heads, they expel clouds of ink to distract their predators, they move strangely, and some can leap out of the water like flying fish. Many of them can change colors and even the texture of their skin. Some species have donut-shaped brains. And of course, they are bizarrely intelligent.

In fiction, sometimes they're horrible, mysterious denizens of the deep. Sometimes they're cute and funny. Largely this is a matter of size, but it's also true that generally the east favors the comical cephalopod while the west favors its big, evil cousin. Cephalopods live in every ocean.

See FlyingSeafoodSpecial if they can fly, and {{Fishmen}} if they're {{Half Human Hybrid}}s.

Expect CombatTentacles, TentacleRope and, in racier fare, [[MarsNeedsWomen Tentacle Rape]]. Bigger ones can apply for GiantSquid status, and from there it's not that big a jump to KrakenAndLeviathan up to EldritchAbomination. Not to be confused with {{Cephalothorax}} -- those also have large heads and limbs spawning off them, but they're humanoid.

While you're here, also remember to introduce yourself to [[CthulhuMythos Great Cthulhu]], the appointed [[SeriesMascot spokesperson]] of the Cephalopod Nation. He gets [[DoNotTauntCthulhu very upset]] if people do not properly acknowledge him.

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!!Examples:

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* The Magic World of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has the pseudo-octopus called Cerberus [[ClothingDamage Cloth Eater, which only eats and dissolves your clothes]], but is still greatly feared by travelers since it licks them thoroughly then leaves them naked in the jungle. Poor [[PlayfulHacker Chisame]] encountered one.
* SquidGirl, the eponymous IneffectualSympatheticVillain [[VillainProtagonist Protagonist]] from the series of the same name, is a humanoid (whether she has a backbone is not mentioned), but has several squid traits, specifically Bioluminescence, CombatTentacles, the ability to spit (or WaterfallPuke) ink, and TentacleRope.
* The Kraken Surume of ''Manga/OnePiece''. He starts off as the legendary ship-devouring monster one would expect, but upon taking a beatdown from the Straw Hats, [[DefeatMeansFriendship he ends up befriending them]] and turns out to be pretty amicable. And {{Adorkable}}.

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* ''TheUmbrellaAcademy'', despite being more well known for thinking EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys, opens up the first issue with a man wrestling a giant space squid. For no real reason.
** And then there's the character Horror, who's actually pretty squidish himself, [[TentacleRope for obvious reasons.]]
* [[SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam & Max]] get rescued from pirates in "Hit the Road" by "Ratso" and his "howling band of cephalopods." Sam comments on how their floppy heads look gross on land.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Ed Wood's ''BrideOfTheMonster'' makes use of a prop octopus that gets Bela Lugosi in its clutches (though Bela has to toss the tentacles over himself for the effect). Supposed to be "evil" but clearly in the "comical" category.
* The Thermians' true forms in ''Film/GalaxyQuest''.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' features a Giant Squid in the lake at Hogwarts. It eats leftovers people chuck into the lake (Harry's toast in Goblet of Fire), occasionally tosses out students who fall in (Dennis Creevey in the same) and has been around for at least a generation, if what Lily Evans tells James Potter ("I wouldn't go out with you if it were a choice between you and the Giant Squid!") is anything to go by.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Nation}}'' features arboreal octopodes that are smart enough to count. Definitely awesome.
** Real cephalopods are smart enough to count too. But they definitely don't live in trees.
** Before these Counting Squids came to be, there were [[Discworld/{{Jingo}} Curious Squid]].
** There's also [[NoodleIncident the squid in the corridor]] at Unseen University in ''Discworld/MakingMoney''. All Dr. Hix will say about it is YouDoNotWantToKnow. And this is Unseen University's TokenEvilTeammate talking!
* The Grel from ''Series/DoctorWho'' spinoff BerniceSummerfield are a race of squid-headed humanoids whose [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is data collection, going so far as to engage in space piracy to get it. The nicer ones are kind of {{adorkable}}.

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* GaiaOnline's Aquarium Cuttlefish are as difficult to please as they are adorable. One of the items they can drop when they die suggests that they are {{Emo}}. In addition, the Squid set and The Experiment play tentacles [[BlackComedyRape for laughs]].
** The Yemaya's Pearl item has a pose in which purple tentacles replace the wearer's legs. Yeah.
* You can ''become'' one in ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline''. There's a "tentacle" mouthpiece, hand item (tentaclely fingers) and foot item (tentaclely toes... About 8 per foot.) In the underwater zone, there's a few squidly enemies to boot.
* Illithoids in ''{{Lusternia}}'', which are something like a cross between [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Illithids]] and lampreys. ''Psychic'' lampreys, descended from an EldritchAbomination.
* ''CityOfHeroes'' gives us Lusca, a tremendously huge octopus that pops up occasionally in Independence Port. So giant, its head and each tentacle ''individually'' count as a Giant Monster-class creature. Strangely, "Kraken" is a Giant Monster from another enemy group, but looks more like Comicbook/SwampThing than anything to do with squids.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Henry the Octopus, a supporting cast member of TheWiggles. Known for breakdancing with all his legs.
* A nice one at any rate, in Ringo Starr's "Octopus's Garden". He'd let us in, knows where we've been. On a vacation in Greece, Ringo was told of their penchant for collecting objects to put around their homes.
** TruthInTelevision. Aquariums often report that if they do not ''give'' their octopus shiny things to play with, it will often escape and ''steal'' them.

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[[folder: New Media ]]

* Takoluka, a parody illustration of one of the newer Vocaloids, Megurine Luka, as a ''very'' cute octopus.

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* The pet squid in the comic strip ''{{Lio}}'' is a good example, inasmuch as he's supposed to be so cool primarily because he's a squid.
* The giant squid in ShermansLagoon is Sherman's SitcomArchNemesis.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Octoman from ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}'' is the comical kind, while his anime counterpart is mostly the western evil octopus but also has a comical side.
* Blooey the Blooper from ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' is of the comical variety. Unlike Mario's partners, who followed Mario out of respect or another benevolent reason, Blooey, as well as the rest of Luigi's partners (excluding Hayzee), follows Luigi around out of a desire for revenge after Luigi accidentally threw him into lava.
* [[PaRappaTheRapper Give it my best shot,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBxJZTZOuSY&feature=related to keep myself red hot!]]
* The aliens in VideoGame/SonicColors resemble squid or octopodes.
* Ultros from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''. He's kinda [[LaughablyEvil evil]], though.
* "Crusher" from ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves''; a gigantic squid that attacks the gang during the pirate level [[spoiler: and later aids them in taking on the big bad of the level]].
** The first game has squid-inspired mooks in one level and the second game has octopus-like tentacles the player has to deal with in one level.
* ''KingdomOfLoathing'' includes familiars like the Cuddlefish and (obtainable only on one day, ever) Emo Squid. Also, adventuring in the Octopus's Garden risks a fight with (naturally enough) an Octopus Gardener.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Octodad}}'' games are about an amiable cephalopod and his clumsy attempts to pass himself off as a StandardFiftiesFather.

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[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* In ''BananaNanaNinja'' Baninja's sworn enemy is an adorable land-dwelling squid. In one episode it uses its jet powers to actually fly through the air.
* ''[[http://www.8legged.com Deep Fried Live]]'' with Tako the Octopus
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIwrgAnx6Q8 This Octopus.]]'' [[ItMakesAsMuchSenseInContext Let's give him boots, send him to North Korea!]]

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* One of the secondary characters in ''ErrantStory'' has a pet miniature tentacle monster, {{Genre Savv|y}}ily named Rape-kun. Despite the name, he is completely harmless, and oddly cute.
** It's mentioned that the owner doesn't have the password to unlock Rape-kun's "Adult Mode". Make of that what you will.
* Despite being a MobileSuitHuman most of the time, Sam of ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' is a LovableRogue who is said to be [[StarfishAliens not remotely humanoid]] in his true form. According to [[AllThereInTheManual the creator]], his species is inspired by the intelligence and dexterity that octopodes often show.
* [[TastesLikeDiabetes The Squiddles]] from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', adorable octopuses that star in a [[SugarBowl disgustingly cutesy cartoon.]] [[spoiler: They're actual humanity's subconscious representation of the [[EldritchAbomination Horrorterrors]], which take this trope and kick it all the way over to the "bizarrely and terrifyingly alien" side instead.]]
** Also, Feferi's cuttlefish.
-->You capture and cage CUTTLEFISH by the thousands for their own good, and also because they are funny and colorful and you love them. They often swim through the bars of their cages, but that is fine.
* The Giant Squid attacking the ''Nautilus'' in [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=253 this]] ''HarkAVagrant'' comic.
* ''WapsiSquare'' features [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/lead-them-here/ Stinky the silly sea monster.]]
* Zelig, the vaguely cuddly coconut octopus on ''Webcomic/{{Academia}}'', who functions as a sort of TeamPet.
* Otto Von Cuddlesberger from ''TheFuzzyFive'' is a pink octopus.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* {{Website/Cracked}} likes to talk about them in their Top 10 animals lists, mostly because they more or less have won the SuperpowerLottery in nature.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants Squidward]] varies from OnlySaneMan to ComedicSociopath between the episodes, being the foil to SpongeBob's wackiness and unstoppable cheer. Also, he's not quite as good at playing the clarinet as he thinks he is.
* HannaBarbera gave the world Squiddly-Diddly, during the tail end of their ThreeShorts format heyday.
* The heroic (and Academy Award-nominated) ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=badHUNl2HXU Oktapodi]]''
* [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} And Zoidberg!]]
** Zoidberg isn't a Cephalopod, he's an Arthropod.
*** He does, however, have cephalopodian features, such as his facial tentacles and ink-producing abilities.
**** And his younger stages include a cuttlefish-like form (as well as a bivalve, a hydra, a sponge, and just about every other kind of aquatic invertebrate).
* Kang and Kodoss from ''TheSimpsons''.
* One of [[WesternAnimation/FindingNemo Nemo's]] classmates is a young, somewhat nervous octopus ([[PowerIncontinence "Aw, you made me ink!"]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' features the [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter absolutely adorable]] [[http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Purple_pentapus Purple Pentapus]] for one episode, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Five legged, purple cephalopods]] that cling to any surface steadfastly. Despite this, they're completely benign and can be dislodged by rubbing their heads a few times. [[FridgeBrilliance The show's Asian influence may have inspired the creature's ridiculous cuteness.]]
* The Cuyler family from ''{{Squidbillies}}''.
* Vector's Squid Launcher gun from ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' is shown to be practically useless.
** With the exception when he used it as a grappling hook, it worked quite well there.
* Octo from ''AlmostNakedAnimals''. [[ADogNamedDog Three guesses as to what species he is]].
* Creator/TexAvery has a very helpful exemplar: "They went that-a-way!" (points in 8 different directions)
* Preschool character Oswald the Octopus is an extremely cute and friendly octopus. With a literal wiener dog for a pet, who wears a hot dog bun. Yes.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/3328480/Otto-the-octopus-wrecks-havoc.html Otto the octopus]], who is known for stunts like juggling hermit crabs, throwing rocks at the glass, or totally rearranging his tank's scenery. His best prank involved shorting out the lights of the aquarium by shooting water at them (they have since moved the lights so he cannot do that anymore).
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_the_Octopus Paul the Octopus]], who successfully predicted the results of the 2010 Football World Championships in Germany.
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[[folder:Evil Cephalopods]]

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* {{Spider-Man}}'s foe DoctorOctopus. Not really squishy, though.
** Spidey has a lesser foe called the Squid who really ''is'' all squiddly diddly.
* [[spoiler:Ozymandias destroys New York using a giant squid at the end of]] the ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' book. [[Film/{{Watchmen}} The movie]], however, [[spoiler:removes the squid in favor of an energy machine that sends highly destructive blasts of energy to not just New York, but cities around the world, and makes it look as if Dr. Manhattan was responsible]].
* SonicTheComic has Chaos' final form which is squid-like, unlike the draconic form Chaos went for in the games.


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[[folder: Film ]]

* The [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dianoga dianoga]] from ''Film/ANewHope'', the one in the Death Star trash compactor, happens to be octopus-like. They're also called "garbage squid". And they will [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:Dianoga_in_Toilets.jpg invade toilets.]]
* ''Film/DeepRising'' has a rather disturbing example of GiantSquid size, which ''[[FateWorseThanDeath drinks]]'' [[FateWorseThanDeath its prey alive]].
* The famously scary giant squid from Disney's version of ''Film/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea''.
* ''Film/{{Sharktopus}}'' combines this with ThreateningShark.
* [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean THE KRAKEN!]]
* The [[spoiler: FoetusTerrible super-facehugger thing]] in ''Film/{{Prometheus}}''.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* [[CthulhuMythos The octopus-headed star spawn, and their leader, the Dread Lord C'thulhu, Master of R'lyeh.]] Creator/HPLovecraft had a strange thing about tentacles and invertebrates in general. There's always, always tentacles, to the extent that anything with tentacles will for better or worse be compared to a Lovecraftian horror. It might be because he was both violently allergic to pretty much all seafood and had something of a phobia about them. The reason there's such a strong "slimy creature from the sea" motif in his monsters is because, to Lovecraft, marine creatures were among the most vile and disgustingly ugly animals in the world.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' has the Watcher In The Water (a huge squid-thing that guards the gates of Moria).
* MichaelCrichton's ''{{Sphere}}'' had "Jerry" summon a swarm of impossible squid, and later a giant squid (an homage to the one from ''Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea'') to attack the undersea station.
* The 1957 French novel ''Niourk'' by Stefan Wul features amphibious, hyperintelligent mutant octopuses.
* Creator/JohnWyndham's ''The Kraken Wakes'' is about the invasion of Earth's oceans by a race of alien cephalopods. (Or at least the organic weapons they deploy are somewhat squid-like; it's never revealed what the actual aliens look like..)
* Creator/VictorHugo's novel ''The Workers of the Sea'' depicts at one point a fight between a sailor and a huge octopus.
-->''A greyish form drifts in the water; big as an arm and half a yard long; it's a rag; this form looks like a closed umbrella without a handle. This rag slowly moves towards you. Suddenly it opens, eight spokes swiftly spread around a two-eyed face; these spokes are alive; there is flamboyance in their dance; it's a wheel of sorts; opened up, it is four or five feet in diameter. Frightening blossom. This thing throws itself at you. The hydra harpoons the man.''
-->''This beast crawls over its prey, covers it, ties it in its long coils. Below it is yellowish, above it is dirt-toned; nothing could adequately express this eerie dusty shade; it seems a beast made of ashes that would live in water. It is spiderlike in its shape and chameleon in its coloration. Angry, it turns purple. Horrifyingly, it is soft.''
-->''Its knots strangle; its contact paralyzes.''
-->''It evokes scurvy and gangrene; it's a disease made monstrous flesh.''
* Creator/IanFleming's ''Literature/DrNo'' has a giant octopus at the end of the obstacle course that the eponymous villain puts Literature/JamesBond through.
* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' has a battle against multiple giant squid.
* Creator/HGWells' short story 'The Sea Raiders' is about some giant squid who migrate to the English coastline and start eating people. They can even walk about on the shore a bit. The evil aliens in ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' are also distinctly squid-like.
* The Martians in Creator/HGWells' ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' are basically octopoids.
* The Grim in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', which lives in the sewer pipes below the Port and which feeds upon animals falling in them. It's the initiation job (the Task) of Keeper Apprentices to cut one tentacle of off them without being eaten.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Daleks are pretty much brains with tentacles in personal [[PoweredArmor tanks]].
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E1SpearheadFromSpace Spearhead from Space]]'' the Nestenes create "a life-form perfectly adapted for survival and conquest on this planet"; it's basically an enormous squid.
** ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E5ThePowerOfKroll The Power of Kroll]]'' has a squid with sixty tentacles, some of them half a mile long, all because it had eaten a CosmicKeystone.
* The Bane from the ''Series/DoctorWho'' spinoff ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' are really [[BuffySpeak squiddy things]].
* The sex education video in ''{{Hyperdrive}}'' shows (fortunately not to the audience) the dangers of InterspeciesRomance with such creatures.
-->"This crewmember had intercourse with a Glygonthian octopoid. Let's take a close look at his genitals. Pustules have developed, and on the pustules: warts. Soon, his entire groin explodes, leaving five baby octopoids, each with his face. Remember, Alien Sex is Danger Sex."

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[[folder: Mythology ]]

* [[KrakenAndLeviathan The Kraken]] from the northern legends, though in the first incarnations it was more like a TurtleIsland thing.
* The Oodako (great octopus) is the protagonist of a sad Japanese legend where he forces a girl to marry him.
* In the Hawaiian myth of Creation, the sun was imprisoned in the ocean by a gargantuan octopus, who was slain by a god.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons loves this trope.
** The most popular example are the Illithids, also known as Mind Flayers. They are mostly similar to skinny grey humans but with heads that look like an octopus with four arms, which they use to get hold of their victims' heads and eat their brains. They are also parasitic creatures that reproduce by implanting their tadpoles into the brains of humanoids, where they slowly feed on the victim's flesh and grow around its skeleton, eventually completely absorbing and replacing the host. Any humanoids that don't get their brains eaten or have embryos implanted in their heads are used as slave labor.
** And a more straight example would be the Krakens, a race of massive intelligent giant squids. That are also often wizards. They too like to enslave humanoids when they have the opportunity.
** D&D also has the Aboleths, sort of giant half-fish/half-cephalopod things, with three eyes and psychic powers. Like Illithids and Kraken, they too enjoy enslaving humanoids.
* The Kraken creature types of ''MagicTheGathering'', which includes the [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=2525 Polar Kraken]], one of the biggest creatures in the game.
** Magic the Gathering also contains the Cephalid, a race of squid-folk portrayed as physically weak but sneaky and conniving.
** ''Zendikar'' brings us the first true legendary octopus: Lorthos, the Tidemaker.
* The ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' had a cephalopod race called the Chulorviah, who could parasitize humans and had plans for world domination.

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[[folder: Toys ]]

* Kalmah from ''{{Bionicle}}''. He and the other [[FishPeople Barraki]] also have guns that shoot out [[AbnormalAmmo vampiric squid]]. The EldritchAbomination [=TrenKrom=] may also qualify.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The [[StarfishAliens Ceph]] from ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' are as evil as these things come, waking up from their million-year hibernation to destroy humanity and take over the planet. They deploy terrible {{Freeze Ray}}s and horrific flesh-melting [[SyntheticPlague bioweapons]] against population centers (such as [[BigApplesauce New York]]) before invading and fucking the place up with their litho-ships.
* Ultros from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''. He's mostly [[LaughablyEvil comical]], though.
** King Kaliente from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' is also of the evil cephalopod bunch. Though like most Mario enemies he's also pretty comical.
* ''QuestForGloryIV'' has cephalopod imagery all over to represent the Dark One, possibly a reference to Lovecraft or Czernobog of Russian mythology. There are also "hexapods", six-legged monsters that guard the monastery.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' brings us [[EldritchAbomination the]] [[SapientShip Reapers]]. An entire race of horrifically powerful squid-shaped starships bent on perpetuating a [[ViciousCycle cycle of extinction]] on the entire galaxy every 50,000 years, as they have for at least the past 37 ''million'' years. [[AndThatsTerrible And that's 740 cycles!]]
** Some theories suggests that they might have been doing this for a '''billion''' years. And that's ''' 20,000''' cycles!
** They're shaped like cuttlefish because [[spoiler: they were created by the Leviathans, who are giant aquatic beings, and they remade themselves in the image of their creators once they TurnedAgainstTheirMasters and started killing everything.]]
* Oodako the giant octopus boss in ''MuramasaTheDemonBlade''.
* As well as the Watcher from the book, ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsOnline'' has a giant tentacled terror in the sewers of Carn Dum.
* Some of EccoTheDolphin's more random enemies include [[AnimalsNotToScale giant octopodes called Eight-Arms.]] The {{Prehistoria}} levels have plenty of pointy ammonites, too.
* The first boss of [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank Ratchet and Clank 2]] is a huge swamp-octopus thing. Its big brother also acts as a hidden boss.
* Squiddicus from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' is a gigantic octopus that spends most of his time attacking ships in the background, but in a few levels he'll attack Donkey and Diddy, smashing platforms and swiping with his tentacles. And he's covered with small spikes, making him invulnerable.
* Ozumat, the fiend from below, a massive spawn of the Old Gods who seeks to aid the naga and faceless with their campaign in Vashj'ir in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. He's also the bastard who sinks your ship at the start of the zone. Suffice to say, killing him feels good.
* The giant octopus boss of [[UnderTheSea Quaria]] in ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}!'', which stays in the background, [[TentacleRope grabs fish with its tentacles]], and throws them at you. You counter by [[TennisBoss whacking them back at his head]], after which he will come up close and personal, [[CombatTentacles using his tentacles to hurt Bug directly]].
* The ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series have Launch Octopus and Squid Adler/Bolt Kraken. [[MechaMooks Though they are anything but squishy]]- the former launches homing missiles and can drain X's life, while the latter makes liberal use of ShockAndAwe.
* The Xarquids from ''{{X-COM}}: Terror From the Deep''. Essentially, they're Nautiloids fed on a diet of alien steroids and have a sonic beam shoved up they're tentacles. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And they swim backwards]].
* Gohma Lashers from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', designed to look like a combination of Octopuses and Shelled Cephalopods. They take this to an extreme, being an entire mile or more in length from the top of the head to the end of it's tentacle.
* The second TheDishwasher game has Squidface, a katana-wielding sword master with an octopus for a head.
* ''VideoGame/KirbysEpicYarn'' has Capamari, the boss of Water World. During the first phase of his battle, he appears to be a squid until you unravel the knitted cap he's wearing, revealing him to be an octopus and triggering the second phase.
* Malamar from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''. Malicious-looking Dark/Psychic humanoid squids that are the Pokemon's equivalent of [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} Mind Flayers]]. They can hypnotize others into doing their bidding, and it doesn't help that they are used by trainers for nefarious purposes. (It's pre-evolution on the other hand, is the really cute and innocent-looking Inkay)
* Some characters in VideoGame/TheSecretWorld believe that the Dreamers are extra-dimensional cephalopods.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* [[http://www.qwantz.com/archive/000493.html T-Rex's]] [[http://www.qwantz.com/archive/000524.html neighbors]] in ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' are more [[http://www.qwantz.com/archive/000788.html intensely creepy]] than they are evil, but you can't say [[http://www.qwantz.com/archive/000988.html this]] doesn't count. *shudder*
* Let's join ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' in saluting our Bio Majors in hopes that they will spare us [[http://xkcd.com/520/ during the Cephalopod Revolution]].
** ''KILL THE PHYSICISTS KILL THE PHYSICISTS''

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', Ursula is part cephalopod.
* Eight Armed Willy from ''TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack''. However, it turns out he's really just the DesignatedVillain. He loves to sing and would gladly give you his ink [[YouNeverAsked if you just asked for it]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SilverHawks'' BigBad Mon*Star rides an armored giant space-squid named Sky-Runner.
* While also mentioned under "comical", there are times when Early Cuyler can come close to belonging here too.
* ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'': Attack of the Martian Octopods! (Sorry, Private, they can't be convinced into Love & Understanding.)
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[[folder:Other Cephalopods]]

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''NightAtTheMuseum 2'' features an octopus that [[AndroclesLion befriends Larry after he provides it with water]], and happily sploshes into the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
* In ''OldBoy'', the main character, after spending 15 years locked up, goes to a restaurant and orders "something still alive". He's served an octopus, which he proceeds to chew down while its tentacles squirm all over his face. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv_OxuZzIxY here]].
** Actually, live octopus is a genuine South Korean dish (called sannakji), but the critter is supposed to be cut up before serving. In the movie, he just ate it whole.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* StephenBaxter's novel ''Literature/ManifoldTime'' has humans breed squid for intelligence, then use them to man space probes. These squids colonize an asteroid; their species actually outlives most of humanity.
* In the XWingSeries, Loka Hask, the man who [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/1020778.html killed Wedge's parents]], survived being shot down, but in the process a Corellian limpet got attached to his face, covering an eye and an ear and reaching tentacles into his mouth and nose. Corellian limpets look like vaguely jellyfish-ish eyeless, lumpy octopodes. Loka's limpet serves as a RedRightHand, drawing a couple of circles around his evilness.
* Creator/IanFleming's "[[Literature/OctopussyAndTheLivingDaylights Octopussy]]" features an octopus as a pivotal story device. It kills a major character, but not in any "evil" malice.
* Similar to the Discovery Channel instance but much creepier: near the end of the Earth's life in Creator/HGWells' ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'', cephalopods appear to have finally gotten around to invading the land. One of them crawls out of the ocean towards the time machine as the atmosphere begins to snow out around the traveler.
* The 'gods' of the [[Literature/{{Kraken}} Church of God Kraken]].
* In ''The Exposed'', twenty-seventh book in the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series, the gang uses sperm whale morphs to capture a giant squid, and then all six morph it to access a ship in the deep ocean.
* Sergey Pavlov's ''Aquanauts'' feature an [[TearJerker absolutely tragic]] take on the trope, when the protagonist, a deep diver who's recruited to help to investigate the strange events at the automated underwater mine (one of two operators disappeared and the other had a nervous breakdown), finds what's really happens there. When he comes down, he finds there a mysterious giant squid that messes around with the equipment, and apparently shows signs of the intelligence. [[spoiler:It turns out that the squid got injected with the consciousness of his girlfriend who recently died in an air crash, but whose brain was used [[MadScientist by her father]] as a matrix for his AI research. When the plane carrying a prototype crashed near the mine, the prototype rewrites itself over the squid's brain, thus somehow awakening the girl's self-awareness. She, however, cannot cope and eventually commits suicide.]]
* TheChroniclesOfProfessorJackBaling features a hyperintelligent cuttlefish named "Gwendolyn."
* China Mieville's "Literature/{{Kraken}}", natch. (More of the Eldritch Abomination type, but didn't do anything evil in the book.)
* In ''Orn'', the second book of PiersAnthony's ''Of Man And Manta'' series, Aquilon is able to communicate telepathically with giant ammonites in the AlternateUniverse.
* In [[Creator/RaymondZGallun Raymond Z. Gallun]]'s "Davey Jones' Ambassador" (1935), a human undersea explorer is captured by a deep-dwelling civilization of cephalapods who have a culture based on OrganicTechnology.

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* In the Creator/DiscoveryChannel ''[[http://www.thefutureiswild.com The Future Is Wild]]'' project speculates on the Earth of 200 million years into the future; the ecological niche primates once occupied is now filled by tree-swinging, quasi-sapient "squibbons". It is strongly suggested that the squibbons will go on to form a civilization.
** 100 million years earlier, a variety of marsh-adapted octopus uses its color-changing abilities to hunt among reed beds, and rears its young in puddles trapped by gigantic lotus flowers.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' - And now...The Octopus!
* In part two of the ''StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Chain of Command," Gul Madred offers a starving Picard a pink [[AlienLunch Taspar egg.]] Picard cracks it open, revealing a squishy, squiddy thing inside ''which is still alive.'' Undaunted, Picard upends the egg and [[{{Squick}} gulps it down.]]
* A seventh-season episode of ''{{House}}'' has the Patient of the Week eating ''sannakji'', live octopus parts, still moving on the plate. Played for humorous {{Squick}}.
* On ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', Helen leaves a live ammonite on Cutter's desk as a sign she's returned from the distant past via one of the Anomalies.

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* The [[NationalHockeyLeague NHL's]] Detroit Red Wings typically celebrate the NHL playoffs by letting fans throw octopuses on the ice, a tradition that began in the 1950's (the octopus' eight arms signified the 8 wins--two best-of-seven series--needed to win the StanleyCup in those years). The animal has been long associated with the team as a result, with even the team's mascot being one (Al the Octopus).
** In 2010, when the Wings met the San Jose [[ThreateningShark Sharks]] in the playoffs, comparisons to ''MegaSharkVsGiantOctopus'' began to [[http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Begun-the-Mega-Shark-vs-Giant-Octopus-jokes-ha?urn=nhl,237150 pop up]].
* Paul the psychic octopus was a resident of a German aquarium known for having correctly predicted the outcome of every game that Germany played in the 2010 [[TheWorldCup World Cup]], plus the final.
* Vampyroteuthis infernalis, the Vampire Squid from Hell.
* In South-East Asian countries (particularly Singapore and to a lesser extent Malaysia), there is a saying "blur like sotong", meaning someone is inattentive or easily confused. The thinking is the association with blinding ink and being confused and distracted. However, as pointed out elsewhere on this page, cephalapods are very intelligent animals capable of complex thinking processes, and the ink confuses their ''enemies'', not them.
* Several cultures worldwide ascribe mystical properties or religious significance to Ammonite fossils; most notably Hinduism, where they are a symbol of Vishnu.

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* The Cephalids of [[MagicTheGathering Otaria]] that showed up in the Odyssey block as a replacement to merfolk (kinda... [[TheStarscream Laquatus]] was still running around). They were almost humanoid squid creatures that were neutral to most of the events on the mainland, and involved in their own civil war, between the Emperor and Empress no less.
* The d20 version of ''TabletopGame/GammaWorld'' had Octhofuses -- a sapient race of octopodes, their name resulting from applying simulated linguistic drift to the original animal's name, like most creatures new to the d20 version. Most of them were actually friendly and curious -- although there was a large, primitive, warlike subrace, roughly to them as orcs might be to humans in a fantasy setting -- and they're considered a valid PlayerCharacter option.
* One of the starting morphs in ''EclipsePhase'' are "Octomorphs", uplifted octopodes. Depending on the background you pick and your "fluff" choices, a character with this morph might be an actual octopus, another animal with an octopus body, a human with an octopus body, or an AI with an octopus body.
* You can also play an [[UpliftedAnimal uplifted]] cephalopod in ''TranshumanSpace''.

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* There are three different octopus Toys/BeanieBabies.
* Toys/{{Squishables}} has both an octopus plush as well as a squid one.

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* Octoroks from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' now has squids that spawn in water. They're a neutral mob, though, and quite passive.
* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' Octillery, which as the name suggests, is like a cross between an octopus and a cannon. (it evolves from a revolver fish). There's also Omanyte and Omastar, based on the extinct [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonite ammonite]].
** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' introduces a evolutionary line of Dark/Psychic squid.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Parodius}}'' series has Takosuke and other octopuses among the main characters. The subtitle of the original {{MSX}} game translates to ''The Octopus Saves the Earth''.
* ''VideoGame/EndlessOcean'' has octopuses and squid who all act benign towards ''you'', but the second game's giant squid can be periodically seen fighting with a sperm whale.
* The protagonist of ''SwimIkachan'' is a squid, but, as a HeroicMime, tends not to be particularly comical.
* ''VideoGame/{{Jazzpunk}}'' has a giant squid statue as a parody of the ManekiNeko.
* Fluik Games' mascot is a squid. In ''VideoGame/OfficeJerk'' and its SpinOff ''Office Zombie'', you can use the squid as a projectile.
* The stars (and playable characters) of ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' are the Inklings, squids who can change into human kids.

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* [[http://www.scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/ PZ Myers]] loves cephalopods. There's even a Friday Cephalopod feature!
** Oddly enough, there's also a Friday Squid on [[MemeticBadass cryptography badass]] Bruce Schneier's [[http://www.schneier.com/blog/ blog]].

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* [[http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3128966&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=68#post360531213 The Delegation]] is a mysterious cuttlefish and {{Zoofights}} competitor who is ostensibly from Japan (the fact that it arrived ''three days before the invitations were sent out'' notwithstanding). [[spoiler: The Delegation is later revealed to be just one of many bodyguards of a massive squid who was nicknamed [[http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3128966&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=103 The Representative]] and referred to itself as ''[[PunnyName Sea]][[TheTerminator Net]]''.]]
* A land-based squid is Baninja's long-standing rival in ''BananaNanaNinja''
* The rare and endangered [[http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/ Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus (Octopus paxarbolis)]].
* OrionsArm: Has an entire planet populated by cephalopods aptly named Cephalotopia. Some of the stranger examples of intelligent species are Bitenic Squids and [=PsySquids=], neither of which are particularly friendly to humans.
* [[http://neurologicalexcretions.blogspot.ca/2013/10/thaumoctopus-mimicus-man-on-beach.html This story]], about [[spoiler:[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimic_Octopus a Mimic Octopus]] who can imitate Humans ([[UncannyValley albeit unconvincingly]]), and then another or possibly the same one [[ParanoiaFuel who's learned to do it well]].]] While the octopus does try to kill the protagonist, he seems to eventually come to have some small degree of sympathy for it, since its actions were apparently the result of its habitat being overfished by Humanity.
* The Kraken in ''The Adventures of Theatre/TheLeagueOfSTEAM'' short, "Tall Tails", is a cephalopod, although since only its arms are seen it is unknown if it is an octopus, squid or something else.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' had [[MadScientist Heloise]] genetically engineering a squid that gave Jimmy superpowers.
* Stretch, one of Lotso's henchmen in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', is a [[MeaningfulName stretchy]], sparkly octopus toy voiced by WhoopiGoldberg. Not evil, seeing as she abandons Lotso with the others when they learn of his past and see him for what he is.
** Another Pixar example would be Pearl, a flapjack octopus from ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''. [[BowelBreakingBricks "Aww, you made me ink!"]]
** And the sushi chef from ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc''.
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