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[[caption-width-right:350:[[{{Pun}} Holy crab]]! Where the hell is the [[AttackItsWeakPoint weak point?!]]]]
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->''"[[WasOnceAMan Once... they were men]]. Now [[ShockingSwerve they are land crabs."]]''
-->-- '''Dr. Brewer''', ''Film/AttackOfTheCrabMonsters''
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Crabs.

They've got [[PowerPincers big pincers]]. They've got googly eyes. They've got a thick exoskeleton. They've got a funny sideways walk. In some parts of the world, they make delicious meals.

But what happens when you decide to ''[[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever enlarge one]]?'' You get a scary-looking monster fit for a BossBattle. And possibly an extra-large delicious meal if you decide to cook it afterward.

Like BigCreepyCrawlies, insufficient oxygen use renders the truly huge ones impossible (however, around 450 million years ago marine arthrpods did grow to large sizes, up to 2.5 metres in the case of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurypterid Eurypterids]]).

[[TropeNamer According]] to {{Sony}}, {{Giant Enemy Crab}}s appeared in [[YouFailHistoryForever "famous battles that actually took place in ancient Japan"]]. When encountering one, you may AttackItsWeakPoint ForMassiveDamage, while using RealTimeWeaponChange.

See SeaMonster for other monsters from the deep. Often similar to a GiantSpider, but not quite as creepy (and theoretically, giant enemy crabs are more tasty). A mechanical GiantEnemyCrab would be a form of SpiderTank.

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!!Examples of Giant Crabs:

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[[folder:Advertisements]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-UUaJa27Zo This]] commercial for Joe's Crab Shack.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Harima takes on a Giant Enemy Crab in ''SchoolRumble'' in the middle of a search for cooking ingredients, and kills it offscreen with a trident. The anime exaggerated its size so that it towered over him.
* The Radham Beasts (called Spider-Crabs in the dub) of ''Anime/TekkamanBlade''.
* A crab larger than the trees of the jungle she fell into chases Chisame in ''MahouSenseiNegima'' at the start of the Magic World StoryArc.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Zarigan G8 was a Mechanical Beast shaped like a orange-and-red giant crab with large eyes and a long tail. It was amazingly fast and agile underwater and beat the ''crab'' out of Mazinger-Z -- that had always been a lousy fighter underwater -- during their battle.
* In episode 4 of ''TearsToTiara'', the main characters accidentally call out an entire beach's worth of Giant Enemy Crabs. Since the hunting party has among their number two BadassNormal warriors, a WhiteMage, an OldMaster cleric, and a resurrected ''demon king'', the crabs still get slaughtered. The party celebrates with crab hot pot, ''using the crabs' shells as cooking pots''.
* ''{{Mahoromatic}}'' features "Cloud Crab", a crab-like alien robot. Mahoro actually does AttackItsWeakPoint ForMassiveDamage.
* The class bus in ''PaniPoniDash'' is captured by a Giant Enemy Crab. Even the aliens get worried at this one.
* The Inbit MechaMooks from ''GenesisClimberMospeada'' (a.k.a. ''{{Robotech}}'''s Invid.)
* A [[MonsterOfTheDay Chimera Animal]] from late in ''TokyoMewMew'' is basically, well, a rather large crab.
* Terrorclaw from ''{{Bakugan}}'' is a giant crab. Gundalian Invaders will have another one called Lythirius.
* The Val Varo from ''{{Gundam 0083}}''.
** And the Zamza-Za from GundamSeedDestiny.
* Hitagi Senjogahara from ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' starts out the series possessed by a Giant Enemy Crab. This leads Oshino to point out the real reason why Giant Enemy Crabs aren't to be messed with. They're hard to eat.
* The Animal Path of Pain from ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' has this as one of its (many) Summons. In the video game, [[MemeticMutation you attack its legs for maximum damage]].
** The Three-Tails has characteristics of a crab.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' anime episode #205. At the end, all of the spiritual energy being released in the kemari game summons a giant crab-like hollow. After Uryu and Chad attack it, Ichigo kills it with a single blow.
** There's also Findorr Calius, an Arrancar who is basically is a crab-man with big-ol' claws in his released mode. And considering how most Adjuchas used to look before going humanoid, he was likely a giant bony crab sometime in the past.
* A filler scene in the Namek arc of ''DragonBallZ'' has Bulma going after a dragon ball that's gotten away from her, and ends up fighting a giant Namekian crab. Turns out the crab was just [[MamaBear protecting her eggs]].
* Inverted by Vandread Jura in ''{{Vandread}}'': not only is it a crab-mech piloted by the protagonists, but it is also primarily used for its defensive abilities.
* [[RoBeast Beast Fighter]] Kanigan of ''VoltesV''. Becomes a massproduced {{Mook}} in several of the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games in which Voltes appears, most notably ([[FanTranslation to the English-speaking audience]]) ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment''.
* In ''KillLaKill'', [[MoneyFetish Takarada]] uses a giant gold-plated crab mecha against Satsuki's army. It even has a [[AttackItsWeakpoint weakpoint]] [[AssShove which can be attacked]] ForMassiveDamage.
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* While ''MagicTheGathering'' does have a literal [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=4703 Giant Crab]], it looks absolutely puny when compared to the [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=34927 Wormfang Crab]]. Yes, those are mountains it's stepping over. Suffice it to say that there are other giant crabs as well.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* The first volume of ''MouseGuard'' features a battle against several normal-sized Enemy Crabs, but since the main characters are mice...
* The ruler of Atlantis in ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' has a crab big enough to put an aircraft carrier on its head as a pet.
** It is also [[GrotesqueCute adorable.]]
* Stiff Stacy is attacked by an infestation of "crabes" in RedMeat, which are pubic lice the size of normal crabs.
* {{Nextwave}}: RELEASE THE HOMICIDE CRABS!
* AtomicRobo encountered a mad scientist in Japan who had turned himself into a giant crustacean monster.
-->'''Robo''': Why do we even ''have'' the SquareCubeLaw?
* The first issue of the pirate story from [[ComicBoook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW IDW's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comics]] ends on a cliffhanger involving a giant crab rising up from a pit. It remains to be seen if [[AscendedMeme Rarity will fight it]], but she does happen to be there when it shows up, so...
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[[folder:Films]]
* Creator/RayHarryhausen's ''TheMysteriousIsland'' features a giant crab.
* Roger Corman's immortal ''Film/AttackOfTheCrabMonsters'' -- People are trapped on a shrinking island by intelligent, brain-eating giant crabs. Not only were they big crabs, they could ''imitate people's voices.''
** The [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Acklay acklay]] in ''[[StarWars Attack of the Clones]]'' is probably a homage to this.
* In the Toho film ''Film/SpaceAmoeba'', the eponymous alien takes control of a crab named Ganimes and enlarges it.
* Garthim, (which are crab-like) from ''Film/TheDarkCrystal''.
* ''Pinocchio in Outer Space''. On the surface of Mars the title character finds animals made gigantic by atomic mutation, including [[http://animated-views.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/01/pinspacebon.jpg huge crabs with fangs]].
* Franchise/{{Godzilla}} enemy [[Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah Destoroyah]] is made of ''thousands'' of these -- which are already giant by themselves.
* From Film/EbirahHorrorOfTheDeep, AAAAEEEEEIEIIEIEEAEAEIEEEEAAAA!!!!!
* Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao fights one of these in ''Wapakman''.
* In [[Film/{{Transformers}} the live-action ''Transformers'' films]] (and especially in [[TransformersRevengeoftheFallen ''Revenge of the Fallen'']]), [[BigBad Megatron's]] physical appearance was actually designed after that of a fiddler crab's (especially with his arms, his right arm is extremely huge and clawlike, while his left is extremely thin and bony). This even carries into his altmodes in those films: a jet-tank hybrid in the first two, and an armored truck in [[TransformersDarkoftheMoon the third]].
* One appears in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge: Continental Drift''.
-->'''Sid''': [[OhCrap Holy]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Crab!]]
* One of these is what finally takes out Ollie the assistant manager in the movie adaptation of Creator/StephenKing's ''Film/TheMist''.
* ''Film/PacificRim'' has the crustacean-like Onibaba, the {{kaiju}} from Mako's [[HeroicBSOD RABIT memory]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Prador from Neal Asher's ''Prador Moon''.
* Creator/LarryNiven's ''Beowulf's Children'' introduces the Scribe, which resembles a giant land-dwelling horseshoe crab. Fortunately, they're also [[GentleGiant Gentle Giants]]...with defenses that deter all potential predators, even the grendels [[spoiler: and the ''huge flesh-eating "bees" with SuperSpeed'']]. To get a feel for how big they are, note that the colonists name the first Scribe they meet "Asia".
* Guy N. Smith wrote a series of low-rent horror novels in which giant killer crabs scuttle amok.
* ''Wall Around a Star'' has the glassy crabs grown by the Cuckoo cultists on Earth as well as found naturally on Cuckoo itself (if anything there can be described as natural).
* [[{{Redwall}} When you're a mouse]], all Crabs are Giant. Case in point: In ''Mossflower'', the Salamandastron Quartet end up having to get past a Mama Crab that's bigger than Chibb.
** There was also a lobster in ''Mariel of Redwall''
* ''[[PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians The Last Olympian]]'''s first chapter features a GiantEnemyCrab. Percy even [[AttackItsWeakPoint Attacks Its Weak Point]] ForMassiveDamage.
* In H. G. Wells' novel ''TheTimeMachine'', the Time Traveler encounters some rather menacing giant crabs on his way to the end of the world.
* From ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', Hagrid's infamous [[http://www.hp-lexicon.org/bestiary/skrewts.html Blast-Ended Skrewts]], a hybrid between Manticores and Fire-crabs. They start out as being merely a poor choice of a Care of Magical Creature class project, but fully mature they become so distinctly sinister and dangerous that they are employed for the Third Triwizards Champions task.
* In ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'', a gorilla riding a giant crab (or possibly a single creature resembling a gorilla riding a giant crab) violently escapes from a chemical plant that makes drain cleaner. No, it doesn't [[ItMakesSenseInContext make sense in context]], that's the whole point.
* There's also the memorable Crushtaceon from the novel ''Literature/NuklearAge''.
* TerryBrooks took one of these, and added tentacles to it in ''Literature/TheSwordOfShannara''. Later revisions added metal plating to them. And created multiples.
* In ''Literature/TheBeyonders,'' the first [[PlotCoupon word fragment]] is unintentionally guarded by a giant crab. Originally it was guarded by a hermit; the crab moved in on her own. She's ''terrifyingly'' fast as well as NighInvulnerable, and escaping her is a chore and a half for the protagonists.
* One of the monsters in the ''Literature/ErecRex'' series is a type of giant crab called a ginglehoffer. They can be dangerous, but are held back by their [[WeaksauceWeakness crippling fondness combined with allergic reaction to marshmallows.]]
* As a child, Peter Duck was marooned alone on an island with giant crabs. Returning decades later with the Literature/SwallowsAndAmazons, he's surprised to find that the crabs have shrunk. Or maybe his small size, isolation, and fear made them seem a lot bigger.
* Chasmfiends in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' are basically this crossed with giant centipedes. Many animals on Roshar also have elements of crustaceans due to Highstorms affecting their evolution.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'' has a few of these. And by extension, so does ''Series/KamenRiderDecade''. Downplayed size-wise in [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Kamen Rider Scissors]], whose contract monster is a humanoid crab. Same goes for Scissors' [[Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight American counterpart]], Kamen Rider Incisor. There's also Marshall Armor from ''Series/KamenRiderV3'', who turns into a giant crab monster when he shows up in ''Manga/KamenRiderSpirits'' (and [[MemeticMutation yes]], Riderman does AttackItsWeakPoint ForMassiveDamage).
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''The Macra Terror'' is about a society menaced [[spoiler: and brainwashed]] by creatures that look like giant crabs. Really low-production-value ones.
** The Macra returned in CGI for the new series episode "Gridlock".
* While not actual crabs, the Shadows of ''Series/BabylonFive'' have enormous black spaceships [[FanNickname calle]]d Battlecrabs. [[LivingShip Living Ships]], at that, with a memorable psychic scream (not without reason) and they can cut through pretty much any other warships like soft cheese.
* ''ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' had a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP-rkzJ6yZw sketch]] about an alien invasion by vast metallic crablike creatures.
* A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IemmcE4HPUM short promo]] for the Discovery Channel program ''DeadliestCatch'' featured a giant crab emerging from a lake and attacking some men in a boat.
* ''TheGoodies'' are attacked by a giant crab claw coming out of the ocean in the "Lost Island of Munga" episode.
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[[folder:Music]]
* One appears in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRYNYb30nxU video]] for "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" by Music/TheDarkness, along with a giant space squid.
* An entire song about giant enemy enemy crab crab crab: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sChhpIbVbjI "Giant Enemy Crab"]] by Kitsune^2. (Attack its weak point for massive damage!)
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* Carcinus, the delicious sidekick of the Lernean Hydra that was crushed by a foot of Heracles. It was the biggest crab in GreekMythology.
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[[folder:New Media]]
* According to ''TheOnion'', [[http://www.theonion.com/content/video/experts_agree_giant_razor_clawed Experts Agree Giant, Bioengineered Crabs Pose No Threat]].
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[[folder:Other Sites]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-863 SCP-863 ("Patchwork Crabs")]]. These crabs can grow so large that they can use an entire human body as a replacement arm and use human legs to walk around on.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Crabula from ''VideoGame/CrueBall'', who releases maggots and requires numerous hits to destroy.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Classic monsters in ''[[DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]''.
** In module ''S2 White Plume Mountain'', the [=PCs=] could fight a giant crab in a air bubble inside an area filled with boiling hot water. [[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/images/wpm_gallery/WPM_Room17.jpg An illustration from the module]].
*** Said crab has obtained [[ThatOneBoss notoriety]] for [[TotalPartyKill killing even well-prepared, powerful parties]]. Giant monsters in confined spaces can be very nasty.
*** The [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/oa/20051207a revised version for 3e]] uses an advanced version of the infamous That Damn Crab below. It's just as ridiculously deadly as the original.
*** In ''Return to White Plume Mountain,'' a group of adventurers who explore the same dungeon many years later battle the ''invisible zombified shell'' of the crab. (May generate cries of CoolButStupid from your gamers.)
** The 8 foot wide LawfulEvil Hydrax (ice elemental crab) in Basic D&D.
** ''{{Eberron}}'' has the [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/eb/20040511a Carcass Crab]].
** The Siege Crab in the ''Monster Manual 3''.
** The Far Corners of the World brings the [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/fw/20040221a Monstrous Crab]], better known as That Damn Crab for its tendency to grapple party members and drag them to a watery grave (assuming they somehow manage to live past the first round) as well as its insane damage output, high AC, and mindless immunity to illusions. It's listed as an appropriate encounter for 3rd level parties and is generally considered a match for 7th level parties and a total {{TPK}} machine if used as it's printed.
*** The monster was also reprinted with only minor tweaks in ''Stormwrack'' and given cousins of all sizes. The book also adds the Hammerclaw, which is a lobster with all the same strengths plus the ability to hide in coral/rocks and to stun the party with an at-will sonic attack for the same CR.
** The first issue of ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}} Chronicles'' features a giant hermit crab that uses a giant's helmet as its shell.
*** The game's ''Bestiary'' features several sizes of giant crabs. Including one called a "''Shark'' Eater".
** The little-known, Aztec-themed first edition module ''The Lost Shrine of Tamoachan'' presented the characters with a talking giant hermit crab, and his KidWithTheLeash, a ''normal-sized'' talking lobster. Anyone fluent in their language was likely to be able to talk their way past the two, since "talking" didn't necessarily mean "clever" in this case.
* ''Baron Munchausen'' refers to "The giant crabs of [[ShoutOut Ancient Nippon]], whose [[AttackItsWeakPoint weak spots may be struck]] ForMassiveDamage."
* ''EclipsePhase'' features Novacrab pod-morphs, vat-grown cyber-crabs that may be player characters. Due to the setting's ubiquitous BrainUploading, players can select a novacrab body as well, providing a huge bonus to strength and able to survive in just about any environment.
* Steel Shell Crabs are a unit for the Tritons in ''{{Monsterpocalypse}}''. Also, the [[strike:Crustaceor]] Lobstroyer monster.
* While not strictly a Crab per se, Old One Eye and most Tyranid Monstrous creatures in ''Warhammer40K'' can take Crushing Claws, which are described as crab-like. Being Monstrous creatures, they are quite large.
* How about ''[[{{Mortasheen}} Morta]][[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen.htm sheen's]]'' giant enemy [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/krabhorrent.htm man-crab]]? Or [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/cockatross.htm chicken-crab]]? Or perhaps the [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/malaclutch.htm man-lobster]] would be more to your liking?
* As ever, ''DystopianWars'' takes this up to eleven -- the Covenant of Antarctica's Landship is a [[UpToEleven Giant Victorian Steampunk Enemy Crab]].
* Judges Guild adventure ''Tegel Manor'' (revised and expanded, 1989). There's a giant crab creature in the Sauna that's posing as a statue. When the sauna activates, so does the creature. Not only do its pincers inflict serious damage, they can also each grab and hold up to three opponents.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rolemaster}}'' ''Shadow World'' setting, supplement ''Kingdom of the Desert Jewel''. In the Halls of the Mountain King there's a beach next to an underground river. If the {{PC}}s come within 30 feet of its lair, a giant crab will attack them and try to turn them into dinner.
* Titans from the ''Pirates Constructible Strategy Game'', introduced in its eighth expansion. Each one has four pincers that function as masts[=/=]cannons in game, and unlike the KrakenAndLeviathan of the setting they can carry crew. However, they fall into AwesomeButImpractical for several reasons: They're usually ridiculously expensive, can only move with a certain facing at any one time, and without a crew they are useless as attack units and vulnerable to getting shot to pieces before having the chance to strike.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* The Manas crabs in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''. Subverted, however, with [[CallARabbitASmeerp Ussals]], who can only be described as [[AllAnimalsAreDogs Giant Friendly Crabs]], and the Mana-Ko, which are like Manas, only bigger and nastier, but are apparently secret agents working for the forces of good, going undercover as the guards of the BigBad.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Most famously, ''{{Genji}} 2: Days of the Blade'' (TropeNamer via MemeticMutation), which inspired the StupidStatementDanceMix, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2g1fr5vk72M "Giant Crab, Enemy Crab."]] A game featuring "actual battles" [[SarcasmMode that actually took place]] in Ancient Japan. At one point you have to flip it over and AttackItsWeakPoint ForMassiveDamage (yes, the same meme named those two as well). Fortunately for [[TokyoFireball Japanese civilization]], the game features RealTimeWeaponChange.
* There was a mod for the standard [[VideoGame/{{Half-Life}} headcrab]] in ''GarrysMod'' that made it near-impossible to kill, screamed like Godzilla and devoured anything within seconds of it getting in range. It could be taken down with SEVENTEEN simultaneous rockets, something that could potentially crash the server.
* The mud crabs in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' setting are rather large for the species. Also, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' includes a literal giant crab as an EasterEgg enemy, although this is a coincidence since the game came out before the ''Genji'' incident.
** [[MemeticMutation I saw a mud crab the other day.]]
*** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' also features a crab shell large enough to [[BiggerOnTheInside contain an entire district]] of one town. The "Emperor Crab" species it came from, however, is stated to be extinct.
**** Semi-official word from the writers says that the Emperor Crab was resurrected to battle a massive Daedric invasion during the events of ''Oblivion''. We never see it though, as we're stuck in Cyrodil. I suppose this would be a case of a Giant Friendly Crab though.
** Morrowind's Mudcrab Merchant subverts the ''enemy'' part of the trope. It looks the same as any other mudcrab (and has the same in-game name), but instead of being hostile it is a merchant, with the most gold in the game.
** One quest in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' pits you against a giant Mudcrab ''ghost''.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=eOUCDIP9uV0#t=196s Give the Bethesda devs a week to put in whatever they want,]] and they make one the size of a ''[[ShadowOfTheColossus Colossus]]''.
* In ''[[VideoGame/MetalSlug Metal Slug 3]]'', several giant crab enemies appear in the first stage and fourth stage (one of the route), ranging from man-sized creatures to a gigantic hermit crab with tank for its "shell".
* ''KatamariDamacy''. The first game even has a level ("Make Cancer") devoted solely to rolling up crabs. And yes, the coconut crab is one of the types to be rolled up.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** Clawgrip, a boss in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2''.
** Also, Hermie from ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]''.
** Also Sidesteppers, the crabs from ''VideoGame/MarioBros.''
** Also, Huckits from ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii''.
** Also, Crabbers from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2''.
* The "Carcino" type of Noise from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'': folk, ska, metal, samps, and punk.
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'' features a WakeUpCallBoss battle against Brachyura, a "giant crab from the depths of Transylvanian history" (the [[BraggingRightsReward medal]] for defeating it without getting hit actually calls it a "giant enemy crab") whose attack patterns have much more internal variation than those of the first two. Also becomes ThatOneBoss for people who can't figure out that they [[PuzzleBoss need to drop the elevator on it]] (which is [[LudicrousGibs probably the most satisfying boss gib EVER]]).
* An early boss and later BonusBoss in ''SuikodenIV''. The mandatory one required the protagonist to use the [[CastFromHitPoints Rune of Punishment]] first to make it damagable.
** ''SuikodenIII'' also has multiple Giant Enemy Crabs; they're something of a Suikoden tradition.
* The King Crabber boss in ''SummonNight: Swordcraft Story''. {{Go For The Eye}}s!
* There are quite a few of these in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series:
** Crabs are ''very'' common targets in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', as they're less dangerous than most monsters. Case in point, [[http://wiki.bluegartrls.com/images/7/75/Update03-22-2010_2.jpg KRABKA]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krakatoa TOA]]
** The boss of River Belle Path in FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles is a nasty old crab with numerous weapons sticking out of its body from past battles. It reappears in the same position in ''Ring of Fates''.
** A giant fiend in the shape of a crab-like spider is the boss of the first dungeon in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2''. A [[PaletteSwap palette swapped]] version appears in Via Infinito.
** An early boss in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyMysticQuest'' is the Snow Crab, which despite its name is not weak to fire. Benjamin can AttackItsWeakPoint ForMassiveDamage using an axe. A [[PaletteSwap palette swapped]] version is used later as a normal enemy type, which also shares the weakness to axes.
* The Zeromus summon in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', associated with the Cancer Zodiac (which is a crab) has numerous crab-like attributes.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' features the "Devil Crab" and later the [[PaletteSwap palette swapped]] Acrophies as normal enemy types. Both of them have elemental [[AttackItsWeakPoint weak points you can attack]] ForMassiveDamage.
* ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'' had an entire family of [[PaletteSwap palette swapped]] crabs, named "Iron Crab", "Giant Crab", and "Damascus Crab".
* ''VideoGame/CoolSpot'' toys with this: its crabs are regular-sized, but they're quite big from the viewpoint of the player character, the spot from the logo on a 7-Up bottle.
* ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin'' has to face many Small Enemy Crabs along with the giant ones. There's actually an implied explanation for this at the end of ''Tides of Time''; [[spoiler:the Vortex ended up becoming the ancestors of arthropods, so it may be that these creatures hate Ecco due to species memories]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Darius}} II'', look no further than [[http://web.archive.org/web/20091027133441/http://geocities.com/hugedb/Bosses/RCrab.html Red Crab]].
** And then there's ''Darius Gaiden''[='=]s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_miYUNz9AoQ Hysteric Empress]]. Since she's a FinalBoss of a ''Darius'' game, ''she'll'' attack ''your'' weak point [[ThatOneBoss for massive damage to your continues]].
* ''UltimateCrabBattle'', obviously, is a battle against one of these.
* One of the units the Sai in the game {{Stormrise}} have access to is the Matriarch, a giant, genetically engineered crab that has mouths on its pincers, can spawn smaller crabs called broodlings and can shoot acid over large distances.
* Bubble Crab from ''VideoGame/MegaManX 2'', and Cancer Bubble from ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce''.
** The Crab Puncher from ''VideoGame/MegaMan10'' is this as well. Hint: when the eyes are forward, [[AttackItsWeakPoint fire the Commando Bomb at the mouth]] ForMassiveDamage.
** Cancer Bubble has also a slight subversion to him, in that, while much larger than your average crab, he's the absolute smallest of all the bosses (then again, his human half, [[MeaningfulName Claude Pincer]], is only in third grade).
** [[http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Gazamir Gazamir]] from ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 2'', [[http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Crabs-Y Crabs-Y]] from ''VideoGame/MegaManX 8''.
* The Mirelurks in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' are super-mutated, bi-pedal crabs. It's worth noting that said Mirelurks have [[AttackItsWeakPoint a weak point that you can hit]] ForMassiveDamage. Mirelurk meat is also one of the better foods in the game, healing a large amount of health. Mirelurk cakes are a popular snack among wastelanders.
* There's a lot of crabs in various beaches in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', ranging from normal sized to big to a few giant ones. Notably, in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion there is a Giant ''Friendly'' Crab as a quest-giver. Considering Blizzard's tendency to include {{ShoutOut}}s and {{Pun}}s as {{Easter Egg}}s in their games, it's certainly possible this is a reference.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' has approximately ''seven'' different flavours of Giant Enemy Crab across all incarnations -- two small ones ("small" being about half human height), four (seven if you count [[PaletteSwap Subspecies an]][[UndergroundMonkey d variations]]) large ones ("large" being about the size of a bus), and one absolutely huge one. [[DeathOfAThousandCuts You fight them on foot, with approximately medieval-age weaponry.]]
** Monster Hunter Freedom Unite even has a mission called "the giant enemy crab".
* A giant crab spawning normal-sized crabs has to be fought in the adventure game ''BargonAttack''.
* ''VideoGame/StarFoxCommand''[='=]s Fichina stage has you fight against the [[StayingAlive thought-to-be-dead]] Andrew Oikonny, who battles you in a mech called the "Death Crab." You shoot off its legs, then its face for mass...oh forget it.
** The original ''VideoGame/{{Star Fox|1}}'' has large mechanical crab enemies on Titania.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fraxy}}'' has the Original ''Cancer'' and the Giant. Enemy. Crab.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' has you fight the U8 in an elevator shaft. Given Umbrella's penchant for using animal test subjects as B.O.W.'s, it's no wonder you'd have to fight a giant mutated crab at some point.
* ''GodHand'', at one point, features a fight between [[TheHero Gene]] and a Giant Enemy Crane (complete with pincers). Also, the entirety of the game's fourth world takes place on a Giant [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Robot]] Crab.
** ''GodHand'' even makes further references to this meme: one of the Chihuahuas in the Chihuahua Races is named "Massive Damage".
* ''VideoGame/KrushKillNDestroy'' had the Evolved faction, who could train giant beasts to fight for them in place of armoured tanks. One of their largest units is a giant crab with a missile launcher strapped to its back.
* ''VideoGame/BlasterMaster'''s fifth boss is one of these.
** As well as the first and third bosses in its EnhancedRemake, ''Blaster Master Overdrive''.
* The toughest beast that Nero Chaos in ''{{Tsukihime}}'' possesses is some sort of crab spider thing that is larger than an elephant. Presumably, it's tougher than the dragon he had used before, but it doesn't matter much when your opponent kills everything in one hit regardless of anything like armor or actually damaging you.
* The last level in the arcade shmup ''{{Strikers 1945}}'' featured giant robot alien crabs as enemies.
* ''VideoGame/{{Patapon}}'' features two crab bosses named Cioking and Ciokina. You get to cook them.
* ''VideoGame/DarkAgeOfCamelot'' has a house-sized crab called the [[http://camelot.allakhazam.com/db/search.html?cmob=3891 bone snapper]].
* The original ''StarCraft's'' Zergs fielded Guardians: giant ''flying'' crabs.
* The OriginalGeneration villain for the ''PrettyCure'' series CrossOver game on the NintendoDS turns into a Giant BLUE Enemy Crab as its OneWingedAngel form. Worse, it fights with {{BeamingGrin}}s ([[MemeticMutation Shoop Da Whoop]] [[XMeetsY meets]] GiantEnemyCrab?). He's still easy as long you avoid said beams.
* One of the many enemies in ''LostKingdoms'' is a Giant Crab, and as said, it's an enemy, [[CaptainObvious making it a Giant Enemy Crab]]. Their [[SummonMagic card attack]] is one the worst in the entire game, though.
* Crabs are among the last {{Mooks}} that Kay (from ''LegendOfKay'') encounters on his quest.
* The following ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'' games feature Giant Enemy Crabs as boss battles (usually called "Full Metal Hugger")
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyAdventure''
** ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3''
** ''VideoGame/LegendOfMana''
** ''VideoGame/DawnOfMana''. There are also significantly smaller, but still much larger then normal crabs that show up as standard enemies in some games.
* ''SinAndPunishment'' has the Crab Seemer boss in the middle of the first actual stage.
* Inputting the trope name will summon one of these in ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}''. One also appears in a level with three samurai (Hint: "ForMassiveDamage!")
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' has a giant enemy crab called a Larva Crab Worm. [[AttackItsWeakPoint If you shoot it directly in its eye,]] [[ForMassiveDamage you score a critical hit for thousands of damage, an ungodly amount at that point in the game, and one-shot it.]] Later on, with the "Secret Armory of General Knoxx" DLC, the secret final boss (who is pointed out with signs saying "SECRET FINAL BOSS THIS WAY" from the '''Second area of the DLC''') is Crawmerax, a ''Giant'' Giant Enemy Crab whose level is [[SerialEscalation always three levels higher than the game's current level cap.]]
* ''[[BraveStory Brave Story: A New Traveler]]'' has a Giant Enemy Conch named "Boogaboo Crab" in the Seaside Cave. It has trees growing out of the moss on its shell and the 'crab' goes "BOOGA-BOOGA-BOOGA-BOO."
* ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' has a giant crab boss in the warehouse.
* The third boss of ''Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat'' is a giant crab. And yes, the trick to beating it is by flipping it over onto its back and...well, [[AttackItsWeakPoint you get]] [[ForMassiveDamage the idea]].
* ''VideoGame/VegaStrike'' has large ''friendly'' crabs, known as Rlaan.
* ''[[http://www.charliesgames.com/wordpress/?page_id=399 Irukandji]]''[='=]s only boss is a giant crab. Even the page for the game calls it a "Giant Enemy Crab."
* ''VideoGame/BioHazardBattle'' had one of these as a MiniBoss that [[MookMaker spawned mini crabs]] that fired at the player. And it appeared ''[[RecurringBoss twice]]'' in the same level.
* ''VideoGame/AlienSoldier'' has Madam Barbar / Madam Barber. It's claws are going to cut more than [[JustForPun just your hair]]...
* ''VideoGame/TheOceanHunter'' has "Karkinos" as one of the bosses (aka Cancer). [[AttackItsWeakPoint Attack Its]] [[GoForTheEye Eyes]] ForMassiveDamage!
* Depending on how you look at it, the third boss of ''RazingStorm'' is either a HumongousMecha version of this or a [[GiantSpider Giant]] SpiderTank.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' has you face the same one 3 times. And it can put a shell on its [[AttackItsWeakPoint weak point]] whenever it wants the second and third time. And gets little ones to help the third time. And the third time, [[ThatOneSidequest you need to transport Dark Ore]].
* Gohma in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI''. Later incarnations veer towards GiantSpider.
* ''VideoGame/TitanQuest: Immortal Throne'' has regular crabs (of beach and swamp variety), and then it has the Giant Karkinos (no prizes for guessing what it is). As with the rest of the game, this has some basis in actual ClassicalMythology: according to some variants of the legend, when Heracles was fighting the Hydra, Hera sent the Karkinos to attack his feet while he was otherwise occupied ([[Literature/TheIliad wrong hero, Hera]]), to no avail -- but on its death, she placed it in the stars as a constellation. Which means [[AccidentalPun Heracles beat Cancer]].
* ''VideoGame/UmiharaKawase'' features one as the boss of field 56. It's one of the more sensemaking enemies in the game.
* ''VideoGame/ChipWits'' has the "electrocrab."
* The first major boss in N64 game ''BodyHarvest''.
* In ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher 2'', if you send your monster on Skill (accuracy) Errantry and it makes it to the final segment, it will have to "fight" a giant crab by throwing coconuts at it. If it fails, the crab will squash your monster into a pancake.
* Rattlecrab from ''VideoGame/{{Scaler}}'', who can ''fly.''
* ''VideoGame/BraveSoul'' gives us the Giant Enemy Fire-Breathing Crab!
* ''X-Scape'' on DSiWare (made by the same company who made ''VideoGame/StarFoxCommand'' and the director of the original ''VideoGame/StarFox1'', both of which incidentally had Giant Enemy Crabs of their own) has a so-called "ancient" weapon called the Gigacrab, referred to in the Quest menu specifically as a giant enemy crab.
* ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'' features a Slightly Larger Than Average Enemy Crab as a boss battle. There's also regular-sized crabs for Kirby to munch on.
* The sub-boss of the third mission in ''NinjaBlade''.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Planetarian}}'' features a mechanical GiantEnemyCrab.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' features an alternate skin for their quadra-pedal undead cyborg Urgot called "Giant Enemy Crabgot." He fires his claw at his enemies.
* ''VideoGame/{{Banjo-Kazooie}}'' had you fighting a giant hermit crab in order to obtain the jiggy inside its shell.
* In ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'' playing the Greeks you can get access to a giant crab unit called the Carcinos with the right god.
* The Kaiser crab of ''VideoGame/ShiningInTheDarkness'' is the first boss.
* The bosses of the beach in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' are the Scurvy Crew, a trio of GiantEnemyCrab [[{{Pirate}} pirates]]. They aren't monstrously huge, but they're slightly bigger than DK, which is still pretty giant. And yes, you do flip them over and [[AttackItsWeakPoint attack their weak points]] ForMassiveDamage.
* The mine boss of ''VideoGame/WildGuns'' is a giant ''robotic'' crab.
* One of the Bosses of ''PiratesTheLegendoftheBlackBuccaneer'' is a giant crab that you (As Francis Blade) can defeat using both hand grenades and the cannon that you used earlier to blow up the bars to get the trinket to turn into the Black Buccaneer.
* The sixth boss of ''VideoGame/AdventureIsland III'' is a large crab wielding an EpicFlail. The second boss of ''Adventure Island II'' is large hermit crab.
* ''VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns'' has a crab equipped with an ArmCannon. It also outsizes every other creature that appears in its respective chapter. Oh, it is also a CigarChomper. Guess what it does with its cigar since its ArmCannon is of the early Blackpowder-era variety?
* ''{{Recettear}}'' has [[MeaningfulName Volcanicrab]] as a boss fought twice in the game. Its invincible until flipped over with bombs to AttackItsWeakPoint [[SubvertedTrope for large amounts of damage.]]
* The boss of World 6 in ''MazeOfGalious''.
* Of the very few varieties of mooks in LostWinds, one is inexplicably a crab.
* The Chryssalids of ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' look like huge humanoid crabs with a black carapace and two huge pincers.
** Unlike the Chryssalids from the original ''VideoGame/{{X-COM}}'' (who were more humanoid in appearance), the remake's Chryssalids' attack is not a OneHitKill (except again civilians). Just like every other enemy, they must first batter down your soldiers' HP before they can be turned into zombies.
* ''ArcAngle'' has the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-CAz1kDHko Crabburn]] boss. It's larger than a small city and utilizes deadly EyeBeams and MacrossMissileMassacre.
* Crabocolypse from ''VideoGame/{{Commando 2}}'' is a robotic version. You stand on a train when you fight it, while it does a WallCrawl on the train track support beams.
* Cangrejo, the first boss of ''VideoGame/{{Zeliard}}''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'' has the Crustacrab and its shell-less, baby variants (who are still as large as Red himself). Unlike many of the others on this page, you do not AttackItsWeakPoint ForMassiveDamage. Instead, you [[TennisBoss catch the rocks it throws and toss them back]] to stun it, then steal its shell so you can toss the crab around. There are also ''even larger'' hermit crabs who have taken over ''entire battleships'' as their shells in the FishingMinigame.
* The Stage 11 boss in ''VideoGame/WonderBoyIIIMonsterLair''.
* One of enemies in ''VideoGame/CthulhuSavesTheWorld''. As their description helpfully points out, they are immune to attacking their weak spot for massive damage.
* A common enemy type in the 3D games of the ''Franchise/TalesSeries''. They're usually about the size of a small car.
** Rather hilariously subverted in ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', where you can fight an ordinary sized crab. The fact that the ''boss theme'' plays while you do so might give one the impression that [[KillerRabbit it's actually dangerous]], but it doesn't do anything other then run around at an absurd speed, which coupled with its sky high defense stat and tiny size, just makes it annoying for a lower leveled party to kill.
** In ''TalesOfTheWorld: Narikiri Dungeon X'', Mel and Dio can be giant ''ally'' crabs with a certain costume, that while lacking in attacks, possess the same ridiculous speed and defense as the aforementioned crab.
* ''[[VideoGame/BubbleBobble Bubble Symphony]]'' has a Giant Enemy Robot Crab that uses the [[BossSubtitles Huge Battleship]] Yamato as a shell.
* Course Crab in ''RType III'', and Gironika in ''RType Final''.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has Krabby and Kingler from the very beginning, as well as giant enemy ''horseshoe crabs'' in Kabuto and Kabutops. Corphish and Crawdaunt from the third generation are giant enemy ''crayfish'', and Anorith and Armaldo are giant enemy ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anomalocaris anomalocari]]''. Fifth gen brings us giant enemy ''hermit crabs'' (living in giant rocks instead of seashells) via Dwebble and Crustle. Sixth gen has a giant enemy ''pistol shrimp'', in Clauncher and Clawitzer. Of course, ''Pokémon'' runs on ThePowerOfFriendship, so all of the above can also be Giant Friendly Crabs when you catch and train them.
* ''MugenSouls'' has this as the name of an enemy in Water World, but strangely enough, aren't very large at all -- their model is only about a quarter as tall as Chou-Chou. The Crab Catchers in the same area are much larger (slightly taller than Chou-Chou).
* In ''VideoGame/{{TERA}}'', one of the many Big Ass Monster (or BAM; yes, that is an official name) types is a giant crab. Like other [=BAMs=], they are ''not'' meant to be fought solo.
* ''Burai Fighter'' has Giganticrab, the first boss.
* The aptly named Crabahda in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2''. It's more of an annoyance then a proper threat, due to its sluggish attacks, high damage resistance outside of its weak point (Its eye), and ability to enter a defensive stance where it takes even less damage on top of concealing its weak point.
* Segmented Crawbster in ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} 2''.
* In ''[[VideoGame/StarSoldier Star Parodier]]'', the Stage 3 mid-boss is a pair of giant cartoon crabs that move sideways.
* The first boss of ''[[VideoGame/LegendOfLegaia Legaia II: Duel Saga]]'' is the Gather Crab.
* The Deah-Kani enemy type from ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101'', based somewhat on the Japanese Spider Crab. Yes, you AttackItsWeakPoint ForMassiveDamage, by cutting off its legs to bring it to the ground and stun it, and pry open its shell using Unite Claw in order to expose the weak point. It's the only way to do any real damage to it most of the time, even.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has a [[SpiderTank Giant Mechanical Crab]] type clank that attacked the traveling circus [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20041117 early on]].
* Chapter 15 of ''Realms of Ishikaze'' has one of these as a boss of the Ruins of Amilleo. Arashiko must attack its soft underbelly for massive damage.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'', the party [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2002-03-13 meeting a giant crab]] inspires them to pull out the '''Crab Cracker + 5''', '''Decanter of Endless Butter''' and '''Bibs of Protection'''.
* [[spoiler:Fire Slicer]] from ''Webcomic/AxeCop'', who after eating a crab, turned into a very tall crab with super-duper sharp claws that could stab bad guys in the heart and pinch.
* Karkat's guardian in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is two-and-a-half out of three. He's definitely giant and he's definitely a crab, but while Karkat does fight him, he's more of a parental figure than an enemy. Played straight, however, when [[FanNickname crabdad]] dies and the comic's {{Mooks}} begin to take on his characteristics.
** A much bigger and meaner version of crabdad shows up on Jake's island later in the story, filling all three points.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has one showing up out of nowhere in Chapter 32.
** It turns out to be [[spoiler:Lindsey, the Giant ''Engineer'']] Merostomatazon. [[BizarreAlienBiology They have 47 eyes and 15 not-eyes, and their brains function partially in another dimension.]]
** Subverted with [[spoiler: [[TinyGuyHugeGirl her husband]],]] a crab creature still significantly larger than most crabs but small enough to fit in a bucket and [[spoiler: supervise the kids "sneaking out"]].
* In ''{{Drowtales}}'', [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1742 the Balvhakara]] [[TravelCool make an entrance]] in a HumongousMecha SpiderTank GiantEnemyCrab [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot golem submarine]]. Or, [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne rather]], from the Sharen point of view, a Giant ''Ally'' Crab.
* There's one WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants episode where Plankton switches lives with Mr.Krabs, and the result is a giant Mr.Krabs enemy.
* ''SamuraiPrincess'''s [[http://www.samuraiprincess.com/index.php?action=main&page=52 Massive Antagonistic Crustacean]]
* Cathy from "Webcomic/TheHorrifyingExperimentsOfDrPleasant". On one hand, she is an average sized girl. On the other hand (the other hand in this case being a giant crab claw), her claw is about 100 times larger than the average crab.
* The Lattroxx race from ''{{Vexxarr}}'', or at least the warrior drones. On the plus side, at about 10 feet in height they're not as big as some examples. On the [[ExtremeOmnivore down side]]...
-->'''Captain bot:''' Status report! Where is my welcoming team?
-->'''Vexxarr:''' Feeding the Lattroxx.
-->'''Captain bot:''' I don't recall sending down food.
-->'''[[SnarkKnight Vexxarr]]:''' They improvised.

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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Tales of the Blode'' shorts on rathergood.com.
** In ''[[http://www.rathergood.com/blode Tales of the Blode: Episode 1]]'', Blode and his friends are threatened by an evil Nazi crab the size of a tank.
** They feature the characters' mentor, the Crab of Ineffable Wisdom.
* ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'''s ''{{Mercenaries}} 2'' [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/231-Mercenaries-2 review]] uses the Giant Enemy Crab imagery to make a point about a certain habit of the average video gamer.
-->So we have scenarios where you're [[TooAwesomeToUse sitting on a nuclear stockpile to shame North Korea and are throwing peas at a giant robot crab on the off chance that there might be a bigger giant robot crab just around the corner]].
* ''DragonBallAbridged'' references the Namekian crab scene, but being [[TheAbridgedSeries an abridged series]], it cuts the MamaBear angle altogether.
** '''''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-H59eQU80M&feature=related KILLING CRABS! IN THE OCEAN! KILL IT FAST! PAIN EXPLOSION, YEAH!]]'''''
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' has a giant robot crab/factory that [[MundaneUtility leveled entire forests to make elevator buttons]].
* In one ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode, the Decapodians conquer Earth. Their ships are all shaped like robot crabs, as is their Mobile Oppression Palace.
** Let's not forget that episode where Zoidberg is 500 feet tall.
* The ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' episode "Terror Island" had a car-sized crab, a mutation caused by bacteria.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' has aptly-named [[http://www.canalj.fr/var/jeunesse/storage/images/canalj/la-tele/dessins-animes/code-lyoko/images/les-personnages/krabe/4277635-1-fre-FR/Krabe.jpg Krabes]] as virtual monsters.
* ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'' had a Neosapien [[HumongousMecha E-frame]] design styled after crabs, which was admittedly one of the most powerful frames in the show (evident in the fact that Shiva, the best Neosapien General, preferred it to all others). Also, the crablike [[HalfHumanHybrid Neo Warriors]] were among the nastiest enemies the Terrans encountered.
* Rampage of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is a TransformingMecha who chose a crab to transform into. He's also quite a bit larger than most of the other Transformers in the series and something of a sadist.
** Also Rampage is near immortal and his only weak point is [[spoiler: his spark, which Megatron has split in half so that he can keep Rampage in line by squeezing it and essentially disabling the insane robot]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': "Crab People! Crab People! Taste like crab, walk like people!"
* [[spoiler: Theresa]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY5_NXZJ8jA#t=3m50s summons one]] in the finale of ''WesternAnimation/ClassOfTheTitans''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Stripperella}}'' once had to go to the supervillan [[HurricaneOfPuns Queen Clitoris hidden lair on a bushy island, downunder, that was infested and guarded by Giant Crabs]]. Yeah, It's that kind of show.
* ''MyLittlePonyAndFriends'' had the Crabnasties from the episode "Fugitive Flowers". [[spoiler: Despite a bad first impression, they turn out to be the good guys.]]
* "[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rarity]] versus The GIANT CRAB!" was a meme that the bronies had a great deal of fun with after one of the creators jokingly suggested it as a Season 3 spoiler on Twitter. It's probably only a matter of time before they decide to ThrowItIn.
* The crabs in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' despite being normal-sized (although larger than Nemo), are actually still pretty nasty.
* [[spoiler: Waternoose]], the main villain of ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' looks very crab-like in appearance.
* One of the animals Merlin turns into during the WizardDuel from ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'' is a blue crab.
* One of the microscopic monsters in ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids'' episode "Tiny World of Terror'' is a giant crab.
* Averted with Taxicrab, the cabana owner from ''WesternAnimation/JungleJunction''.
* Used in a ManateeGag on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', where for no reason a giant crab repeating "no-no-no" is blocking people from entering the Griffins' home.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' once showed Bionic Bunny (FictionalCounterpart to {{Superman}}) fighting a giant crab.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' season 5 episode "Venture Libre" featured a giant crab as one of [[FrankensteinsMonster Venturestein]]'s "science-abused comrades". While non-speaking, the creature had a gender-specific name and was mourned after being killed by a [[SpikesOfDoom punji sticks pit]]. Hank Venture (on a caffeine-induced power trip as '[[Franchise/{{Batman}} The Bat]]') later eats the meat and transforms the shell into a rocket-propelled "Hank Mobile."
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Haha, just kidding. Crabs like that can't exist exist in real life, right? [[http://blog.rifftrax.com/wp-content/photos/coconut_crab.jpg RIGHT!?!?]].
** There's also the [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1e/Redkingcrab.jpg/300px-Redkingcrab.jpg King Crab]], found in Alaskan waters and the main catch in ''DeadliestCatch''.
** Holy cow! What could possibly [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Spider_crab_at_the_Kaiyukan_in_Osaka,_Japan.JPG top that]] thing?![[note]]Macrocheira kaempferi, the giant Japanese spider crab, which can reach sizes of up to 12' 6'' across, making it the world's largest crab. It is usually harmless to humans, but a few Japanese fishermen, who catch the crabs for food, have reported it can inflict serious injuries or even kill with its giant claws. GameFAQs and [=GameSpot=] users used that animal as an example to prove the trope naming presentation was right, Medieval Japan had giant crabs...[[/note]]
* We're all going to be eating our words when palaeontologists find giant crab corpses in ancient Japan. It will be even worse when sword and arrow marks are found on their weak points. The official cause of death would be of massive damage.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOe5Lmyyxiw This video]] of ants attacking a crab for food, by [[AttackItsWeakPoint attacking its weak points]]. Sadly, there's no massive damage or real-time weapon change, as they're only ants.
* Technically speaking, the biggest crab known to mankind is the constellation Cancer, of WesternZodiac fame, who cameos in Hercules's Twelve Labors during the hydra fight.
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!!Other Crustaceans of Unusual Size

[[folder:Card Games]]
* In addition to the giant crabs mentioned above, ''MagicTheGathering'' also gave us the [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?id=1876 Homarids]] (effectively barely-anthropomorphic lobsters at war with the local merfolk when introduced), [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?id=1871 some of which]] were clearly a bit bigger than the others...
* The collectible card/model series ''Pirates Of The Cursed Seas'' features a number of sea monsters in addition to its ships--amoung them, a handful of giant crabs.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Nautilator of ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'' turns into a giant robot lobster.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* FanFic/NobodyDies has the Angel Shamshel take this form, giving us this little exchange.
-->'''Misato''': The enemy is a Giant Crab!\\
'''Rei''': Hit its weak point for MASSIVE DAMAGE!\\
'''Misato''': Rei! Get off the damn channel!
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[[folder:Films]]
* Ebirah from the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films ''Film/EbirahHorrorOfTheDeep'' and ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars''.
* The Leviathan from ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', a giant mechanical lobster.
* ''Film/TeenagersFromOuterSpace'' features the gargon, a space alien played by a lobster... [[SpecialEffectsFailure 's shadow]]. It was [[MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3Ked]], enough said.
* In ''Film/PacificRim'', the Kaiju named Onibaba looks eerily like a giant crustacean. [[http://oi44.tinypic.com/4iypfn.jpg]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The aptly-named Lobstrosities from Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheDrawingOfTheThree''.
** They will constantly question you ''(dad-a-chick?)'' while ripping your extremities apart.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' has the massive lobster-like creatures known as chasmfiends. They are powerful enough to flatten even somebody wearing the setting's resident {{Magitech}} PoweredArmor.
* The various deadly LostWorld life forms of ''Literature/{{Fragment}}'' are distant cousins of mantis shrimp, although they've long since evolved into whole classes, possibly even phyla, of their own.
* One of the bizarre inhabitants of Creator/BrianLumley's Lovecraft-pastiche ''Dreamlands'' novels is a giant pillbug referred to as "the Running Thing". It's friendly to humans, and is a subterranean predator of various deep-dwelling nasties [[spoiler: up to and including dholes]].
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[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* Countless ones in ''PowerRangers'', though the most memorable one would be Captain Crayfish from the first season. He even comes with his own crew of PsychoRangers.
** An inversion of the "Enemy" part can be found in the [[Series/PowerRangersSamurai Samurai Gold Ranger's]] Clawzord; it's a giant mech-lobster.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Early editions had giant crayfish as monsters.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Monsterpocalypse}}'' the Tritons have a monster called Crustaceous which is a giant bipedal lobster.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' games have Lobstrocs/Makruras (both names seem to be used interchangeably) and the Bogstrok, which are lobster people. They're about the same size as most other humanoids, making them very large for crustaceans. There's also the truly gigantic Rokmar the Cracker as a boss encounter.
* The Lobstermen from ''VideoGame/XCom: Terror from the Deep''. Very nasty aliens [[ImplacableMan with insane defense that lets them laugh at rockets]].
* Crush Crawfish from ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man X}}3''. Like his name suggests, he ''will'' crush you with those pincers for massive damage if if gets a hold of you.
* Corphish and Crawdaunt from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. Anorith and Armaldo are based on ancient ancestors of arthropods, while Kabuto and Kabutops are based on the living fossil that is the Horseshoe Crab. Like the Kingler species (see above), these guys are all subversions, since you can actually recruit them as part of their team and get them to fight for ''you''.
* Crawdaddy from ''VideoGame/TheGuardianLegend''.
* The Blisk from ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'', aliens described by Pox as brutes with large claws who look like the result of a cockroach mating with a lobster.
* Claude the Lobster, particularly in ''Videogame/{{Peggle}} Nights''.
* ''VideoGame/AlienSoldier'' has a large unnamed lobster as a boss that appears in a BigLippedAlligatorMoment. Your character saves a blue teddy bear from kissing aliens. Said teddy bear then decides to help you by driving a power boat to your destination. After fending off its minions, this big crustacean swims up to your boat, [[KickTheDog grabs the teddy bear and]] ''[[KickTheDog throws him off the boat]]'', and proceeds to fight you.
* ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}: The Ark of Napishtim'' has Zonplas, a giant bat-winged lobster-type thing, somewhat reminiscent of the Mi-go from Creator/HPLovecraft lore.
* ''VideoGame/SonicBlastMan'' had one as the Level 4 enemy. This one was particularly horrifying since it could crush SBM to death with its claws even after ''losing'' them.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' had the Karlabos/Cray Claw boss that resembled an lobster/earwig hybrid.
* Dreugh in Franchise/TheElderScolls. In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' they look like a cross between a humanoid, a crab, and a squid. In ''Oblivion'', you get ''land'' dreugh, which is kinda like a crab/centaur mix.
* At least [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-rkw0p3y7k&feature=relmfu one boss]] in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' is a Giant Crab, despite looking more like a lobster.
* The Char Clawbster and Chill Clawbster in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3D''. They have a pair of propellers on their backs for flight and claws that can fire a variety of weaponry such as bombs, sleeping gas, and lasers.
* One room in the first level of ''MonsterParty'' has a giant ''dead'' crab, the name source for the {{LetsPlay}}er LetsPlay/DeceasedCrab.
* A possibly dub-induced ShoutOut to this trope exists in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}: Subterranean Animism'', where one of Reimu's options has her identifying [[GiantSpider Yamame]] as a "giant enemy arthropod".
* The Snow Beast RecurringBoss from ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3'', which is a four-legged, crab-like necromorph. LampShaded, as the audio-log dealing with it states one would expect to find such a creature on a deep-sea expedidtion, rather than an ice world. [[spoiler:Makes more sense when you find the log showing that Tau Volantis ''was'' a water world before its inhabitants froze it over.]]
* ''InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' Aquaman aids the heroes in rescuing Batman in Stryker Island, by summoning an army of giant lobsters to distract the Regime. Being King of the Seas doesn't seems so lame now does it.
* The Craymen and Craybeasts of the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series.
* One of the EliteMooks in the first ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}'' game are humanoid crawfishes that are first encountered in the [[DownTheDrain Dribble Fountain]].
* ''VideoGame/EvilIslands'': The Armadillos in Gipath.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' has the Robster, a tricky lobster man.
* ''PennyArcade'''s [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/06/19/ Claw Shrimp]].
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* One of these, a lobster, appeared in a special episode of ''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' during their battle with their arch enemy, the evil dolphin Dr. Blowhole, as a GiantMook known as....
-->(''With deep dramatic voice'') '''CHROME CLAW'''.
* HannaBarbera's ''Moby Dick''. In the episode "The Crab Creatures", Moby [[PinchingPain has his tail pinched]] by a giant crab under the title creatures' control.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* There is of course the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut_crab coconut crab]], which is the largest terrestrial arthropod.
* Giant marine cousins of the pillbugs (a.k.a. [[IHaveManyNames rolly-pollies, sowbugs, woodlice]]) you can probably find eating rotted plant matter in your compost heap are quite common around deep-sea hydrothermal vents.
* Lobsters. While people are probably most used to 1--2 pound lobsters (i.e. the kind you eat) those are around 7 years old and nowhere near as big as lobsters get. A very long-lived lobster is also a very large lobster, with a length of over 4 feet and a weight of over 30 pounds.
* Barnacles are usually no more than an inch or so across, but one variety that lives symbiotically on the flukes and jaws of humpback whales can grow to the size of a plate. The whales carry their barnacles into swarms of plankton which both species consume, so they eat ''much'' better than sessile barnacles do.
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