All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles
This trope as lampooned by a T-shirt.

A specific inversion of the Animation Age Ghetto, and a form of Public Medium Ignorance: the belief that all anime (or in some cases, every work of fiction from Japan) features/consists of extreme graphic violence and/or the most depraved sexual acts you can imagine. Since the recess of the Ghetto, this is actually the trend going on these days.

This trope began in the 80s, on account of the release of anime such as AKIRA and Legend of the Overfiend in the west. Since most purveyors of imported media back then were either undersexed, nerdy collectors specifically seeking out "mature" fare, or huckster distributors looking to make a fast buck on said collectors, the more "shocking" examples of the medium tended to be the ones that got priority for localization. Most hentai is actually vanilla sex, basically heterosexual porn. Glorified rape stories are easily the most visible and due to Japanese chauvinism lesbian porn is actually quite rare and generally featured alongside straight sex...or rape. Naughty Tentacles were mostly a fad around the end of The '80s and early The '90s, and currently they're at best a throwaway joke on some Fanservice shows.

See also Hentai.


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     Comic Books  

  • The MAD feature "If Truth in Advertising Laws Applied to Comic Books" described a Japanese imported series as "something to do with a boy who fights a giant squid." The illustration showed a boy with an enormous grin standing in front of a bunch of girls, all with panties exposed due to being grasped by tentacles.
  • One of the stories from Wonder Woman #600 has the Amazonian princess, Power Girl, and Batgirl against a tentacle-mustached Chang Tsu (AKA Egg Fu). The battle is won, and Power Girl compares Fu’s look to disgusting “manga monster appendages”. Diana is confused and asks Power Girl what a manga monster is.


  • Unbreakable: Or rather, All Manga Is Hentai. In the comicbook store scene where a despondent Elijah causes a rucus with his wheelchair, one of the clerk's first lines when he notices that Elijah has been hiding in the back for a while is "You better not be jacking off to the Japanese comics, I swear to God".

     Live Action TV  

  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 has made joking references to seedy gas stations having "Violent Animated Asian Porn" videos for rent a few times. The jokes really ramped up when they'd get their hands on a Japanese movie: "Oh no, so is this gonna be a super-violent porn cartoon?" "Heh, they're swinging in for some violent porn comics."
  • In Yes, Dear, when Greg's father becomes a comic book fan, the normally prudish Kim asked, "Normal comics like for kids? Or those Japanese porno comics like Overfiend, where young women are taken against their will by demonic monsters?" Later in the episode, it's stated he should hide his Japanese porn better.

     Video Games  


  • Dork Tower once had Ken ranting to Igor and Carson about how most anime is absolutely terrible and he has no idea why it which point he was enlightened by the phrases "let's all take our clothes off now" and "where did all these tentacles come from?" emerging from the TV. It does have to be said that this was several years ago.

     Web Original 

  • The Onion on the topic.
    • Another snide little comment from The Onion, this time in their Princess Mononoke review, contends that Miyazaki is the only Japanese animator who has avoided the "unsavory excesses of his anime counterparts." Notable in that, while the other examples listed here are typical of the publication's nothing-is-sacred, pull-no-punches brand of humor, this review comes from its AV Club site, which generally strives to be a bit more serious.
    • And yet another one (skip to the very end).
    • Even the TV Show got in on it (Skip to 2:02).
  • A one-panel parody of The Wotch showed a scene which the Anne Expy described as: "Oh no! She’s being stripped and molested by some kind of slimy, tentacled ... Oh, right, she’s a Japanese schoolgirl. This is normal."
  •'s Top 10 Perverted Behaviors to Stop, #3: Being open about your love of anime and cosplay:
    "Your love of anime is less an appreciation of art and more a display of your love for massively chested women and the possibility those cartoon cuties might get it on at any minute."
  • Cracked:
  • The Stereotypes Song says in the chorus the Japanese all Love Tentacle Porn.
  • RiffTrax:
    • In its parody track of Twilight had the Asian guy greeting Bella as she entered her new school that they had everything, including, in the rifftrax'd version, "Tentacle Hentai".
    • In their take on Terminator: Salvation, Kevin mishears "enemy movements" as "anime movements." "Like tentacles and stuff?"
    • And in the Fast And Furious riff, when one character mentions heading for Japan to check out some really wild stuff, Mike is quick to quip "Tentacles like you wouldn't believe, man."
    • And again in their riffing of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, a satellite is being taken over by tentacle like entities causing the riff, "Hide your anime girls!".

     Western Animation  

  • Robot Chicken:
    • Parodied. When Speed Racer joins NASCAR, he's sponsored by the creators of Japan's number one anime series, which is apparently a Naughty Tentacles anime (it's censored, so we're to assume it's very smutty) with a Lampshade Hanging for a translation of its name.
    • There is also a skit where a Tentacle Monster phones up a Japanese Schoolgirl he apparently had... uh... relations with. He messed up his chance for a 2nd date by jumping the gun a little bit.
  • One episode of Sealab2021 has Sparks flipping through certain Japanese movie titles on his monitor, each one more and more vulgar while referencing tentacle porn. The last movie is called "Seriously Japan, What the Hell!?"
  • Archer lampshades this with Krieger's anime collection, which includes such titles as Fisherman’s Wife and Fisherman’s Wife II: The Retentacling. It is also worth noting that Krieger has a holographic girlfriend designed in anime style.


  • Microsoft Word Processor's dictionary definition of anime: "a Japanese style of animated cartoon, often with violent or sexually explicit content." And their definition of manga: "a Japanese style of comic books or animated cartoons, often very violent or erotic."
  • The American Heritage Dictionary is just a bit better about this, but only just - it defines "anime" as a Japanese style of animation "characterized by "colorful stylized art" and "futuristic settings" (not every anime has giant robots or is set in the future, granted, but they at least acknowledged the genre). So far, so good, right? Guess which two characterizations come next. Yep, "violence" and "sex".

Alternative Title(s): All Anime Is Hentai