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Ika Musume/Squid Girl
Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto (Japanese), Christine Marie Cabanos (English, Media Blasters dub), Alice Beaver (English, Animax dub)The "protagonist" of the series, an anthropomorphic squid-girl who comes ashore to invade the surface world in retaliation for constant human pollution of the seas, only to end up being forced to work as a waitress at the Lemon Beach House restaurant in order to pay for a damaged wall of the restaurant.
- Alien Hair: Has tentacle-hair that she can control.
- Anti-Villain: Technically a Well-Intentioned Extremist (Type III), but her traits are more akin to a Villain In Name Only (Type IV).
- Applied Phlebotinum: In Season 2 episode 2.3 it turns out that Ika Musume can pick up heavy weights with her tentacles because she can manipulate her weight using her bracelets.
- Required Secondary Powers: It's eventually explained that the whole reason Squid Girl can pick up people and other heavy objects with her tentacles without losing her balance is that she can alter her weight with her bracelets, becoming heavy enough to anchor herself.
- Badass Adorable: Her silly antics make it hard to forget but those tentacles are capable of busting holes in walls... which is actually the reason she works at the Lemon Beach House in the first place.
- Between My Legs: The shot used when she's introduced. The same introduction shot is used in the first and last episodes of both seasons. She also gets this shot in episodes 3 and 7.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She's shown to be extremely good at math, has mastered several skills that have nothing to do with world domination, and of course there's her extremely powerful tentacles. She could at least be a serious threat, if she wasn't so lazy and easily distracted (and of course, if it weren't for Chizuru.)
- Card-Carrying Villain
- Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: After she swears off shrimp. They pop up everywhere.
- Combat Tentacles: They are absurdly strong, faster than sound, can reach ludicrous lengths but are also precise to put a string into a needle. And they can regenerate just as fast.
- Comically Missing the Point
- Cry Cute: Every time Chizuru intimidates her into obeying her, or whenever a "comrade" of hers (e.g. Takeru in a squid paper-hat and an umbrella) "dies" (Takeru's hat blown away, the umbrella ran over by a truck).
- Curtains Match the Window: And the tentacles.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Without the use of her tentacles she can barely kick a soccer ball.
- Cute Monster Girl: A cute squid girl.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Occassionally hinted at. It seems life in the ocean wasn't all that great for her. When Eiko mentions how Ika isn't picky at eating, she responds by saying in the ocean you can't afford to be picky, just being able to eat at all is reason to be happy. She later tells Takeru she had never had the opportunity to play with others until she came to the surface. She seems oddly depressed when these subjects are brought up.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Ika is, in an appropriate and friendly way, friends with many kids of either gender, specifically Takeru and Kiyomi's respective groups of friends. Sanae and Cindy, on the other hand...
- In season 2 episode 9.1, Ika is asked by a little girl named Risa to join her play as her husband. Minutes later, Eiko, Sanae, and Kiyomi all join in. They have different roles but they share one similar thing: they LOVE Ika Musume. They even take their roles seriously and act as though they are genuinely in love with her.
- Face Your Fears: In Season 2, Episode 11.3, she overcomes her fear of Chizuru, accidentally ticks her off again, and gets dragged by her to a room while showing NO signs of fear.
- Ika: Oh? About what? (while being dragged by Chizuru to a room)
- Fish out of Water: It's what the show's about!
- Genius Ditz/Small Name, Big Ego: At her best, she is the former. At her worst, she is the latter.
- Genki Girl: Extremely excitable.
- Godiva Hair: Ika has this when she's in the bath.
- Heel–Face Turn: Not completely so, but it does happen as the series progresses.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Her reason for invading the surface world. Her subsequent experiences, however, apparently start to impress to her that the situation is more like "Humans Are Flawed".
- Hurricane of Puns: The dub version makes many puns related to undersea creatures. This is to match the original Japanese version's way of matching punnery in which she would emphasize the ika ("squid") in any phrase containing it (for instance, with -ja nai ka ["isn't it ____?"], with emphasis normally on the nai, would be pronounced -jana-ika).
- I Call It Squid Unit 1, Hyperion and Eyjafjallajökull: Her umbrella.
- In a similar vein, Black Tiger, Black Tiger GT and Black Tiger Ticonderoga, for her bamboo boat.
- Iconic Outfit: Her cute white tunic with blue bracelets and matching shoes. So much so, that they have the ability to repair itself.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Ika Musume has Combat Tentacles and a strong desire to conquer the human race. She has a bit of trouble getting to the conquering part however.
- Instant Expert: She's able to speak fluent English after a short lesson from Cindy.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Underneath all of her rudeness she really is a good person.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: In Season 2, Episode 7.2.
- Light 'em Up: Like certain types of squid, she can emit light from her body.
- Modern Major General:Ika: "Why am I good at everything but invading?"
- Multi-Armed Multitasking: Her tentacle-hair.
- Mundane Object Amazement: Given her little knowledge of the human world, this naturally comes in.
- Mundane Utility: Her Prehensile Hair is frequently used like an extra set of hands for carrying food.
- In fact, this is why she's given the job at the restaurant. Her delicious ink also helps.
- Never Bareheaded: And for a very good reason: it's mentioned that her "hat" is actually her life source. If it's removed, she dies. Luckily, removing it is pretty hard since it's fused to her scalp. Since she's a squid, it may actually be her scalp (it certainly looks like the top of a squid's head). She also provides the image for the trope page.
- Nice Hat: It's more than just a Nice Hat, she needs it to live.
- No Social Skills: Due to having lived in the sea before going up to the surface, this is a given.Ika: "What's a military?"
- Offhand Backhand: To Sanae, every time she tries to glomp her.
- Parasol of Pain: In her imagination at least.
- Prehensile Hair: While not actually hair, Ika Musume has highly prehensile tentacles growing out of her head, which look quite a bit like hair.
- Pungeon Master: In the dub, where she gets kraken with a bunch of fish puns instead of her verbal tic.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: She does this in the anime when she gets angry and unleashes her full power. Watch a brief example here.
- Sick Episode: Ika falls ill to a Squid Girl disease. Symptoms include nausea, headaches, flushes in the face, fever, delirium, and death...ly cravings for shrimp.
- Again in Season 2 episode 8.3. Unlike in the first season, she appears to have a normal fever which she gets from Kiyomi.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: Sometimes sees Goro as one.
- Take Over the World: Her ultimate goal. Too bad she has no idea as to the strength of all the world's military forces.
- Tentacle Rope: In one instance, Ika does this to Eiko when she wanders into Eiko's room and falls asleep there... Rather, her tentacles did this all on their own. Ika herself was already long asleep.
- Ika also does this as a self defense mechanism against Sanae and Cindy.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Shrimp. She has a separate stomach for it.
- Tsundere: A type A.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: No one save Nagisa ever takes notice of her strange appearance and Prehensile Hair.
- Unwanted Harem: Eiko and Isozaki come to realize this. Maybe not a true harem, but definitely unwanted.
- Verbal Tic: -de geso~. The English version of the anime translates this into frequent ocean life puns, apparently as an Ascended Meme from the fansubs.
- Villain Protagonist: Ika wants to take over the world because humans have been polluting the seas.
- Vitriolic Best Friends: With Eiko. They bicker a lot, but sure do spend a lot of time together as well, and Ika plays Eiko's video games a lot as well.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Afraid of Chizuru's eyes, orcas and sharks. Those last two are Truth In Televison, as orcas and sharks eat squids.
- After the end of Season 2, Episode 11.3, it looks like Ika is not afraid of Chizuru anymore, even if she accidentally ticks her off again and gets dragged by her to a room.
- Woman in White: Has a white dress.
- Work Off the Debt: Her "Punishment" for blasting a hole in the Lemon Beach House's wall.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has blue hair-like tentacles.
Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura (Japanese), Heather Pennington (English Media Blasters dub), and Jessica de Borja (English, Animax dub)Middle of the Aizawa siblings and manager of the Lemon Beach House, as well as Ika Musume's principal "handler".
- Bodyguard Babes: She's like this towards Ayumi when she sees some Casanova Wannabes try to flirt with her. She almost breaks one of those guys' arms off. Here's a quote from the same guy:"Pain in the ass bodyguard!"
- Book Dumb: Studying isn't her forte, but she's also too proud to ask Ika for help.
- Cool Big Sis: For Ika, some of the time.
- Deadpan Snarker: To Ika.
- Fiery Redhead: Quite short-tempered, particularly to Ika.
- Gamer Chick: Keeps a Famicom lookalike inside her room (in the anime it's a Mega Drive lookalike). Oftentimes Ika is her playmate.
Eiko: "Gaming is my life!"
- Also, in the OVA when The Three Stooges ask Eiko and Ika to try out their new handheld, Eiko says this:
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's not a jerk per se, but given Ika's behavior, can we really blame her for sometimes being abrasive towards her?
- Only Sane Man: Narrative-wise. She's also the person Ika interacts with the most.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Chizuru's blue.
- Sailor Fuku: Her high-school uniform.
- Seen It All: Is unimpressed by Ika's grandstanding (until Ika proves she's really a squid) because she's met a lot of similarly rambunctious children during her job.
- Vitriolic Best Friends: With Ika/Squid Girl. Despite the arguments they get in, they spend a lot of time together.
Voiced by: Rie Tanaka (Japanese), Shelby Lindley (English, Media Blasters dub), and Sarah Hauser (English, Animax dub)Eldest of the Aizawa siblings.
- A Day in the Limelight: Season 2, Episode 11.3 focuses on her and her quality time with Ika.
- This is the first and only episode that is focused on her for this season.
- Badass Adorable: She's moe when not Staring Down Cthulhu.
- Berserk Button: Her store and her siblings.
- She has another one, as revealed in Season 2, Episode 11.3: DO NOT EVER IMPLY THAT SHE'S INHUMAN!!!
- Beware the Nice Ones: Even Eiko is wary whenever she exudes an intimidating aura.
- Cool Big Sis: To both Eiko and Takeru.
- Creepy Blue Eyes/Icy Blue Eyes: Has blue eyes, which Ika fears, and for a good reason.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: And she's always on the winning side.
- The Dreaded: To Ika, who is deathly scared of her anger and eyes.
- Eyes Always Shut: And when she opens them, expect a person or two cowering in fear.
- Though she actually looks pretty good when she opens them without malicious intent.◊
- Flanderisation: In the early episodes she was extremely nice and rarely went berserk. By the end of the second season this behavior has almost gone to Once an Episode territory.
- The Gadfly: Sometimes she does things because it might be fun.
- Mentor Archetype: Teaches Ayumi the art of self-defense while having Goro as her punching bag.
- Meta Girl: Quite possibly, being the only character of the series to acknowledge the three-hundredth chapter of the manga.
- Ms. Fanservice: While wearing a one piece swimsuit, even, much to the delight of Goro.
- Nice Girl: Her default state. Annoy her and she'll make you regret it for the rest of your life.
- Nightmare Face: Whenever her eyes are open.
- Oblivious to Love: For Goro. Though she may be aware of what he feels for her and uses it to her advantage.
- Oh, Crap!: The reaction she elicits from anyone who chances upon her scarier side.
- The first time Ika Musume sees Chizuru's scarier side, you can hear some sort of liquid trickling in the background...
- Physical God: Ika-chan's tentacles are supersonic and can punch through foot-thick concrete; Chizuru can chop said tentacles in mid-flight with her bare hands......
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Eiko's red.
- Stepford Smiler: Type Unstable. And how!
- Super Reflexes: She is rather agile, and effortlessly dodges Ika's tentacle attacks.
- Tranquil Fury: She never raises her voice when she's pissed: all she has to do is open her eyes and everyone around her starts groveling.
- Weight Woe: Her only weakness. Ika may have a chance of actually beating her using only this weakness, if she's smart enough to notice it.
- She is also concerned with her muscles, as Eiko exploits it in an attempt to eat more meat.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Voiced by: Miki Ootani (Japanese), Amanda C. Miller (English, Media Blasters dub), Jessica de Borja (English, Animax dub)Youngest of the Aizawa siblings.
- Anime Hair: Has unrealistically spiky hair.
- Crossdressing Voice: If you look at his portrayers' names above, then yes.
- The Generic Guy: Lampshaded when Squid Girl tries to draw the Aizawas using her tentacles (which she explains goes by her mental images of them.) Chizuru gets drawn as an oni, Eiko as a killer robot, and Takeru...is a more photorealistic version of himself.
- Made of Iron: His very first appearance has him getting thrown around and slammed into the ground by Squid Girl's tentacles, only to get right back up and proclaim "That was so cool!"
- Not So Above It All: Despite treating Ika like a playmate most of the time, Eiko notices that he's slowly learning to subconsciously control Ika — which is easy enough, given her immense gullibility.
- Out of Focus: In Season 2 Episode 10.1, Ika, Eiko, and Chizuru all forget about him while they try to eat as many cuts of meat as they can. Luckily, Chizuru has reserved some cuts (which she intends to eat herself) for him.
Voiced by: Yuuichi Nakamura (Japanese), Jason Wishnov (English, Media Blasters dub), and Dave Bridges (English, Animax dub)A lifeguard and Eiko's childhood friend, who has his sights for Chizuru.
- Ambiguously Brown: His tan is justifiable with his career.
- Childhood Friends: With Eiko. It is also through this friendship that he met and fell in love with Chizuru.
- Dogged Nice Guy: That includes getting his butt kicked by Chizuru.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: Is sometimes seen as this by Ika.
- Stalker with a Crush: Not exactly a stalker, but he keeps lots of pictures of Chizuru.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Given his job, this is to be expected.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Fears ghosts.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Well, she's actually cute, but this is how Ika sees her.
- Berserk Button: She is not an alien. Do not forget that.
- Camera Fiend: She takes a lot of pictures with them. She especially likes taking pics of Ika.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: The mere sight of Ika having a friendly chitchat with Kiyomi and her friends made her exude a dark aura that made a chill run down Eiko's spine.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl
- The Ditz: Not so bright.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite Ika Musume's fears, Sanae won't take advantage of Ika when she's helpless from heatstroke.
- Genki Girl: Almost even more so than Ika.
- The Glomp: Subverted; she tries, only to get back-tentacled by Ika.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Ika.
- Lethal Chef: The subject of chapter 383. Sanae's cooking comes out tasting bad, so she asks Chizuru for training to make it better. It still comes out tasting bad, so Chizuru decides what she needs is discipline, putting her through Training from Hell. At the end of it, she's able to break fifteen tiles with a punch (wondering what on earth this has to do with cooking), and tries cooking again. Unfortunately, we don't get to find out if she improved, because she reflexively breaks the table with a punch.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Is highly gay for Ika, and not afraid to show it.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Turned Up to Eleven in Season 1, Episode 10 part 2, when she tries to abstain from contact with Ika Musume. She begins to hallucinate Ika Musume is everywhere and everything; a little girl, a set of trash bags, even as the heads of lanterns.
- No Sense of Personal Space: The main reason why Ika dislikes her.
- Single-Target Sexuality: She's Camp Ikasexual.
- Stalking Is Love: To IKA.
- Super Reflexes: Shows this in OVA 1.2, when she rushes to the Lemon shop to take pictures of Ika, while also simultaneously dodging all of the latter's tentacle attacks.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Or at least willing to get beaten up by Ika.
- Yandere: She looks like this whenever she sees Ika chatting with another girl.
- Alliterative Name: Cindy Campbell.
- Anime Accent Absence: In her introduction Eiko tried to speak in English with her (she tried and failed epically) until she revealed she could speak fluent Japanese.
- She was so fluent in Japanese she eventually discovered, much to her horror, that she speaks English with a Japanese accent.
- The accent is gone as of Season 2's 4.1, where she spends the whole segment speaking Surprisingly Good English.
- Foreign Fanservice: A sexy blonde woman with a pony-tail, wearing a parka over a two-piece bikini or a tube-top and short shorts? Yes, please.
- Hot Scientist: A scientist, and very pretty.
- Mad Scientist
- Phenotype Stereotype: Blond and well-endowed.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Her obsession with Ika sometimes goes beyond finding her "alien heritage" and she's heading right in Sanae's direction.
- Too Kinky to Torture
- Walking Swimsuit Scene: Is almost always seen in her swimsuit.
Voiced by: Azusa Kataoka (Now Azusa Enoki) (Japanese), Cristina Valenzuela (English, Media Blasters dub), and Jessica de Borja (English, Animax dub)A surfer and part-time worker for Lemon Beach House, and perhaps the only person who sees Ika as a genuine threat to humanity.
- Berserk Button: Don't take surfing lightly. Even if you're Ika Musume.
- Bifauxnen: Just sweeping her hair back is enough to make her look like a Bishounen.
- Crazy-Prepared: She has a stack of notebooks detailing how to counter any invasion plans Ika comes up with. This includes tips for beating her at Othello. Really good ones.
- Demoted to Extra: She became a background character from Season 2 Episode 2 through to Episode 11, to the point of not appearing in a few episodes. Poor girl.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Enough to make most, if not all, of the girls squee for her in Season 2, Episode 2.2.
- Only Sane Man: Usually.
- Surfer Babe: And she takes it seriously.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The only one who does believe Ika might take over the world.
- Antenna Hair
- Beautiful All Along: Without those creepy "Fake Ika Musume" kigurumi masks her father has her wear.
- Beware the Nice Ones: After episode 10.2, you better show some manners while talking to her, as her father finds out after she throws him down. Though that one is an accident. She learns self-defense from Chizuru. Yes, that CHIZURU!
- Bodyguard Crush: While very subtle, it's implied that she may be this for Eiko as she tends to be very shy and bashful towards her.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Her father tells Eiko, Chizuru, and Ika that ever since she started working with them, her sociability has been improved. She's still afraid of men though.
- Dude Magnet: A lot of men love her.
- The Faceless: Not exactly with her appearance (she's even actually quite the looker), but she's this personality-wise; as her father told Eiko, she cannot actively interact with people outside her masks.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter
- Meido: In Chapter 162 (Season 2, Episode 2.2 in the anime), she is this while working at the store and while wearing bladed brass knuckles! Needless to say, male customers are petrified at the unusual sight.
- Not Good with People: Chapter 210 reveals she can speak normally with Ika, because she doesn't consider her human.
- And again in chapter 212 to CHIZURU.
- Another in her list is Sanae in chapter 216.
- The Quiet One: Doesn't talk to others without masks.
- Shrinking Violet: Too afraid to talk to other people when she isn't wearing a mask.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Can understand animals like Alex, or at least claims she can. The others hope it's true.
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (Japanese), Tony Oliver (English, Media Blasters dub), Victor Lee (English, Animax dub)Ayumi's father whose first name is unknown. He is the Southern Wind's owner. He is fond of making creepy kigurumi based on Ika.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He means well and he's generous, but he's one helluva grumpy old man.
- Mad Scientist: His Ika kigurumi are both cute and creepy, but creepy most of the time. He even has built a toilet room out of them.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant
- No Name Given: His first name is never revealed.
- No Social Skills: His only method of communication is to bark out orders at people in an unpleasant manner.
- Villain Team-Up: With Harris, Clark, and Martin. All of them are not really villainous; only to Ika.
Harris, Clark and Martin
Harris, Clark and Martin
Voiced by: Seiji Sasaki, Anri Katsu, and Tetsuo Goto (Japanese); "Phineas", Tony Oliver, and Jonathan Meza (English, Media Blasters dub); Victor Lee, Unknown, and Unknown (English, Animax dub)A trio of American Mad Scientists and MIT graduates who, together with Cindy, investigate Ika.
- Geek Physiques: Harris is a little skinny, Clark is very skinny, and Martin is fat.
- When Ika is gone in episode 12.1, they become depressed — Harris and Clark gain a ton of weight, while Martin loses quite a bit.
- Gratuitous English: Humorously, a few of their Gratuitous English lines go unaltered in the English dub. "You're a god, man! We are god men!"
- Mad Scientist
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Especially in chapter 113.
- Reed Richards Is Useless: In their zeal to discover Ika's "alien" heritage, they conveniently overlook their other, far more important discoveries: a universal language translator and a cure for cancer. Being that we actually learn this from them, they appear to have some faint awareness of the fact that they're squandering their talents and discoveries
- Probably they finance their wild-alien chase with the patent-money they get from these inventions?
- Three Stooges Shout-Out: Their In-Series Nickname
- Villain Team-Up: While they are not really villainous, the trio and Ayumi's father join forces in Season 2, Episode 11.2 to build a Mecha-Ika Musume. This Mecha-Ika has almost all of the original's powers as well as the ability to speak.
Voiced by: Kokoro Kikuchi (Japanese), Carrie Savage (English, Media Blasters dub), Jessica de Borja (English, Animax dub)A middle-school student who Ika befriends after a prank gone wrong.
- A-Cup Angst: She is so angsty about it that her original wish for Tanabata is to have a bigger bust. Kinda odd for a sweet girl such as herself.
- The Chick: Chapter 387 shows she's the one who holds the Invasion Club together; without her, they descend into acrimony.
- Meganekko: Wears glasses.
- Nice Girl: Clearly seen in Chapter 185 of the manga, for example.
- The Rival: Sanae sees her as this. Of course, this has something to do with Ika.
- Sailor Fuku
- Sick Episode: At the end of Season 2 episode 7.3.
Voiced by: Shinzou MiyasakaGoro's friend and fellow lifeguard who tries to flirt with Ayumi.
- Voiced by: Misato Fukuen (Japanese)
- Cute Clumsy Girl: So clumsy despite being a cop.
- Womanchild: Is not ashamed to join a water gun fight with Squid Girl and the other kids.
- Police Are Useless: She was once held hostage when she accidentally cuffed herself detaining a criminal, and Squid Girl has saved her on more than one occasion.
- Walking Swimsuit Scene: In one chapter, she changes from her police uniform into a bikini to stand out less. Unfortunately, that just makes her stand out even more.
Voiced by: Akemi Kanda (Japanese) and Erika Harlacher (English, Media Blasters dub)A gentle girl that Squid Girl meets one day on the beach.Implied to be an anthropomorphic "tako musume" (octopus girl).
- Ambiguously Human: Her hat is commented to be as odd looking as whatever Ika has on her head...
- Humans Are Flawed: Her basic philosophy, which she sometimes shares with Ika.
- Last Episode, New Character: More like the Last Episode Octo-Girl of the show. She has only appeared in the last episodes of Season 1 and 2.
- Meaningful Name: Tanabe Kozue. "Tako" is Japanese for octopus.
- Mysterious Stranger
- Nice Girl: Usually nice and sweet to others.
- There Is Another: Is hinted to be an octopus girl.