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->''"I'm warning you, I'm armed... Eight-armed, that is! Uwee hee hee!"''
-->-- '''Ultros''', ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Final Fantasy I & II:]] [[UpdatedRerelease Dawn of Souls]]''

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[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Tentacles used for combat]]. More specifically, [[CarFu throwing cars at people]] or [[NeckLift strangling them]] or [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling them]] or crushing them. They may also be used as (somewhat oversized) [[WhipItGood whips]] or bludgeoning weapons, as a tentacle is basically a flexible mass of muscle, and as such can impart a lot of force.

This may also happen with plant parts like vines and roots (if the plants are sentient or being controlled by someone else), elephants' trunks, or with the whole bodies of long-bodied creatures like snakes and worms. Combat Tentacles are frequently utilized by {{Stock Ness Monster}}s and, of course, [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods Cephalopods]]. Possibly because of the unusual nature, the association with strange creatures like squid, this is commonly [[BadPowersBadPeople a power associated with evil characters]] or at least dangerous animals that the protagonist needs to beware.

Often a form of LovecraftianSuperpower.

A SisterTrope to TentacleRope, MultiArmedAndDangerous, SpiderLimbs, PartialTransformation, TailSlap.

Compare PrehensileHair, which is often used this way.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgfQwhKkVR8 This]] 2005 [[AttackOfThePoliticalAd Party Political Broadcast]] by UKIP, the UK Independence Party (whose main schtick is euroscepticism) personifies the EU as a evil [[GiantSquid giant blue octopus]] that takes over Parliament and uses its combat tentacles to [[{{Kaiju}} attack London]].

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' has [[spoiler:Ryoko turning her arms into energy tentacles when fighting against Yuki]].
* One of the magical creatures in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' had these, [[AllYourPowersCombined as did the Book Of Darkness since it absorbed its]] [[{{Mana}} Linker Core]].
* Sugiura from ''Call Me Tonight'' becomes a non-hentai tentacle monster [[LovecraftianSuperpower whenever he gets turned on]].
* Several of the Awakened Beings in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}''
** [[spoiler:Riful of the West]] is nothing but these in her Awakened form. She ''actually'' uses them for...other things, tough.
** And she is not the only one either. Standard Youma often spring spear-like tentacles from their hands, and then there is [[spoiler: former #2 "Red Blood" Agatha]], first seen in Scene [[spoiler:75]].
* In an interesting variation, Lucy from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' visualizes her telekinetic powers and those of other mutants in the form of long translucent arms. To normal people they are completely invisible, simply causing everyone who gets to close to her to seemingly randomly explode in a fountain of blood.
* Several [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beasts]] from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' sported CombatTentacles: Stronger T4, Megaron P1 and its "siblings", Gumbina M5... Needless to say, so did other {{Robeast}}s from ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' and ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''. And in ''Manga/ShinMazingerZero'' [[spoiler:Juzo Kabuto.]]
* Pantyhose Taro from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', whose [[TransformationRay Jusenkyo form]] is a two story-tall chimera that resembles a giant ox with wings and sasquatch arms, eventually added octopus tentacles to the [[MixAndMatchCritters mishmash]]. He can smash through concrete with these, either by jabbing their tips at people, or whipping them down like enormous flails. At one point, he used them to rip a bathhouse's smokestack in half.
* The Guardians from ''Anime/DotHackSign'', buggy freudian nightmare monsters from a Virtual Reality {{MMORPG}} who not only stab you with their tentacles, but put you into a short-term coma in real life.
* ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'' has Princess, a {{kitsune}} whose nine tails can be used in this fashion. She's even seen nearly mummifying opponents in them on occasion. Made even more formidable in that they can grow to a huge size.
* Karasu from ''{{Anime/Noein}}'' has a power similar to Omega Red, where he has wires as extensions of his body.
* Shadow type magic in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' acts in this manner: creating physical darkness in the form of black tendrils which violently cut things, which one shadow-user Kagetarou used to slice the titular character's right arm [[CleanCut clean off]]. Being that they were in a [[MagicalLand magic world]] which had advanced medicinal techniques, [[HealingFactor he had it re-attached]]. Recently, a shadow mage has appeared who's so powerful he's capable of pulling Haruna's CoolAirship out of the sky (along with several others). It's [[ShoutOut explicitly compared to]] [[Creator/HPLovecraft Cthulhu]].
** Paio's sandworms.
* Naraku from ''Manga/InuYasha'' mainly fights by turning parts of himself into a mess of these to immobilize, crush, impale or outright devour his foes.
* Several of the Angels in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Shamshel has two tentacles instead of arms, Zeruel's "arms" are technically very long, sharp and flexible blades, and Armisael is essentially a giant, glowing-white tentacle.
* Several Radam in ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'' can spit tentacles. In part II, some of the alien Tekkamen have them as well.
* The Maguar from ''Anime/Figure17TsubasaAndHikaru'' fall under this trope, being as their tentacles are in all cases their primary means of defending themselves.
* The titular creatures from ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'' turn parts of their bodies into razor-edge CombatTentacles capable of slicing through humans like butter.
* The Benizakura from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', wielded by Okada Nizou before fusing with his arm like a parasite. He first takes advantage of this by strangling Matako when she talks out of turn. And then later on it gets worse.
* The ribbons Wilhelmina uses from ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' are used much like tentacles. Also Shana gets captured in Episode 13 by the [[spoiler:twincest twins]] using vines.
* There's a ninja in ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' who does the same thing as Wilhelmina. In fact his hair is so strong that when it gets turned against him he ends up suspended in a doorway with all his limbs shattered.
* In ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', Specters of the Worm (such as Raimi, in the Sanctuary Saga) can use their [[PoweredArmor Surplice's]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin earthworm-like]] appendages to ensnare, whip, crush, or slice (with sufficient force.) A favorite tactic of this Specter is to burrow underground and let his tentacles burst up to entangle his foe, at which point he'll run a few more tentacles through the enemy.
* Dark Nova and its Novaroid {{mooks}} in ''[[Manga/TransformersZone Transformers: Return of Convoy]]'' all have tentacles.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Luppi's FlowerMotif is the ivy. As a result, when he releases his power, he gains 8 powerful vines that can be used as tentacles to capture, crush or punch his enemies. They can also manifest spikes on the end for clubbing an opponent and filling them full of holes at the same time. This power is played straight with him as he's an antagonist.
** When [[AlmightyJanitor Yumichika]] is willing to release his CoverblowingSuperpower, his zanpakutou transforms into a mass of vines that capture the enemy. The vines function by way of EnergyAbsorption to kill the opponent. By means of VampiricDraining, it can then use the stolen LifeEnergy to healing any wounds Yumichika may have received in battle. Yumichika's FlowerMotif is the lily, and his vines are full of lilies that collect the stolen spiritual power. Lilies are symbols of [[EnergyAbsorption death]], [[VampiricDraining rejuvenation]] and [[TheFightingNarcissist beauty]]. Despite the power, Yumichika's actually a protagonist and not a villain.
* Used by [[spoiler:the machine designed to implant Mr. Gentleman's consciousness into Junior]] at the end of ''Anime/RODTheTV'' to prevent the heroes from interfering with the process.
* Pride of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is a LivingShadow / EldritchAbomination who can form endless amounts of "shadow tentacles" which he uses to rip people apart.
** Sloth from the first anime frequently turns her arms into liquid tentacles used to drown or immobilize people.
* The ''Anime/SailorMoon'' anime has the [[WhenTreesAttack Makaiju tree]], who uses its branches as this during the climatic fight against the Senshi. More than one MonsterOfTheWeek had similar attacks.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'': Every opponent that Chrome fights uses these in some way. [[{{Greed}} Mammon]] uses illusion tentacles, Glo Xinia uses a squid, [[EnfantTerrible Verde]] uses an octopus...
* Shikamaru from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has his "Shadow Sewing" Jutsu, which is basically shadow tentacles. And let's not forget his Shadow Neck Bind. And, of course, Kakuzu has the ACTUAL physical version of these, being basically a human ragdoll.
** The host of the 8-tailed demon, an ushi-oni, or, in layman's terms, an ox combined with an octopus, can use this battle style in his fully released state but he seems more fond of [[BreathWeapon spitting out a giant blast of chakra.]] However, he does often do "partial transformations" where he just has one or a couple tentacles sprout from his body.
** After partially mastering the Kyuubi's chakra, Naruto can use the chakra cloak to form arms for use in forming the Rasengan and its variants, eliminating the need for multiple clones.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Knightmare Frames generally have rocket propelled "Slash Harkens", which are knives/anchors on retractable cables. Its spin-off, ''[[Manga/CodeGeassNightmareOfNunnally Nightmare of Nunnally]]'', however, has Mark Nemo, whose rocket propelled Blonde Knives... float in mid air when they aren't being used, as hair-like tentacles. Zero's cape does likewise.
* Tetsuo from ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' develops these as his PowerIncontinence grows, cranking up to LovecraftianSuperpower levels as the anime progresses.
* Ika from ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'' has ten of those (she's a moe-fied squid girl). 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 [[HealingFactor regenerate just as fast]].
* Medusa from ''Manga/SoulEater'' has her "vector arrows" function half like CombatTentacles half like a bunch of spears. Later in the manga, her [[spoiler: [[AmbiguousGender son/daughter Crona]] develops these as a part of hir worsening [[PsychoSerum Black Blood]] infection, with a bonus of creating poisonous thorns that infect people with madness.]]
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* When the demonic Yuragi of ''Mahou Shoujo Ai'' aren't using their tentacles for... other things, they're breaking bones and punching holes in people with them.
* In ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'', [[spoiler:Hakkai's demon form]] has vines that can be used this way, overlapping with TentacleRope.
* One of the first monsters encountered in ''Devil & Devil'' is a weird-ass tentacled monster. These tentacles' main use is to suck time out of their victims, [[FountainOfYouth reducing them to cute, helpless infants]]. The monster can, however, use the tentacles to attack its foes directly. It was offed very quickly though, returning its victims to normal.
* The [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext giant fairy/slime nautilus]] is the sixth episode of ''LightNovel/HumanityHasDeclined'' uses this. Not that it has much choice, being a nautilus and all.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure''. It's played straight with the Vampire Bruford and his "Dance Macabre Hair" (which he controls with turgor pressure)and the yandere Yukako Yamagishi and her [[FightingSpirit stand]] [[ShoutOut Love Deluxe]] which is bound to her hair, both of whom use them in direct combat. Played with the [[HumanoidAbomination pillar man]] [[ShoutOut Esidisi]] who can use his [[BodyHorror blood vessels]] to surround his foes or inject his [[BloodyMurder boiling blood]] into them.
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', the kagune of many Ghouls take the form of a tentacle. The Rinkaku type, in particular, have multiple tentacles that extend from their lower back and are noted for being a GlassCannon with exceptional offensive strength.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'', a group of Trents in the second episode use these on Yami and Celtic Guardian, strangling them with head-roots.
* In ''Manga/BungouStrayDogs'', H.P Lovecraft's ability is the generation of tentacles through his hand. [[spoiler: It is later revealed that he is, in-fact, a Lovecraftian monster.]]
** A vine variant also appears with Lovecraft's partner, John Steinbeck, though he tends to use his vines for restraint more than for combat.
* Koro-sensei from ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' has lots of tentacles that, while quite soft, can deal some damage, although anything can cause damage if you [[SuperSpeed smack it at your opponents at Mach 20]]. The tentacles are usually used for more mundane things, though.
** [[spoiler:Itona, who claims to be Koro-sensei's brother, has the same tentacle cells implanted on his head,]] [[spoiler:although he loses them later on because the tentacles made his mind unstable]].
** [[spoiler:Kayano is later revealed to have also taken the tentacle serum, and joined Class E to avenge her sister by killing Korosensei, whom she mistakenly believes [[YouKilledMyFather killed her]]. However, like with Itona, the tentacles threaten to take over her mind, until she is [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight saved by Korosensei and the rest of the class]]]].
* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', [[ExtraEyes Mezou]] [[TooManyMouths Shouji's]] Quirk, [[MultiArmedAndDangerous Dupli-Arms]], allows him to [[EyesDoNotBelongThere grow tentacles that can replicated extra parts of his body]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** Spider-Man nemesis Doctor Octopus has a harness with [[MultiArmedAndDangerous four]] [[SuperStrength superstrong]] [[ArtificialLimbs robotic arms]] that he uses for battering and throwing objects and opponents. The claws on each arm can rotate like miniature sawblades. The comic writers go back and forth on whether or not he can remove 'em, though the ''Film/SpiderMan2'' movie and ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' animated series had them [[UnusualUserInterface fused to his spine]] in a FreakLabAccident, apparently for good. Too bad about that [[FaceHeelTurn attitude adjustment]] the [[AIIsACrapshoot tentacles' software]] gave him.
** Comic-book Spider-Man also had Dr. Smythe and son, creators of "Spider Slayers", as enemies. These always had multiple tentacles used pretty much the same as Doc Ock's. Even if built bipedal with two arms, Spider Slayers would have hidden hatches to throw out extra appendages mid-battle, usually with some kind of trap, such as gas, electricity, webbing, etc.
** Spider-Man had for a short time additional mechanical limbs created by ComicBook/IronMan. Though not as long and flexible as Doc Ock's tentacles, they served a similar function.
** And a more minor Spidey foe is the Squid, who is essentially a slender, not especially bright, and organically tentacled Doc Ock.
** ComicBook/{{Venom}} and ComicBook/{{Carnage}} are also capable of using parts of their symbiotes as combat tentacles, as well.
** The Comicbook/SuperiorSpiderMan added retractable spider-legs to his improved costume, because of course that was something he'd think of.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'' foe Omega Red, whose tentacles can bash and smash as well as transmit his "death spore virus" (its name changes from one appearance to the next, but he's got a fatal disease he's gotta give to victims periodically or it'll turn back upon him. It becomes his [[CursedWithAwesome best weapon]], though he doesn't appreciate it.)
* Jackie Estacado of the Top Cow comic book ''ComicBook/TheDarkness'' fights with this.
* The strictly C-list Marvel villain Constrictor. Think Doctor Octopus...now take away two of his tentacles, put the other two on the ends of his normal arms (taking away the "multi-armed" aspect), and take away the grippy claws on the ends that Doc Ock has... and there you have it, the Constrictor. Now you see why he's considered C-list?
* The tentacle creatures in ''ComicBook/{{Amulet}}''.
* As seen in ''Comicbook/SupermanBrainiac'', ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}'s Skull-Ship and robots are armed with long, spiky metallic tentacles.
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'': [[EldritchAbomination Worldkiller-1]]. Its body could form a mass of inky, gelatinous tendrils to seize his enemies and take over their bodies.
** ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'': Comicbook/LexLuthor's ship –"the Mighty Lexsoar 7"- is armed with metallic tentacles, forged from psycho-reactive metals. The more their prey struggles, the tighter they squeeze.
* Callisto from the ''ComicBook/XMen'' books. Thanks to fellow mutant Masque, her arms were altered into a set of multiple prehensile tentacles on both sides. She's unique in the fact that she generally used her tentacles to throw a barrage of knives in battle.
* {{Creator/Wildstorm}} Comics character [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backlash_%28comics%29 Backlash,]] founding member of the U.N. superhuman crisis response team ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}. As a result of his [[HumanAliens Kherubim]] [[HalfHumanHybrid heritage]] and his exposure to the [[SuperSerum Gen Factor]], [[WhoWantsToLiveForever Marc Slayton]] can sprout tentacles of pure [[PsychicPowers telekinetic energy]] from his forearms.
* Though used more frequently in the AnimatedAdaptation, ComicBook/{{Spawn}} is capable of using both the chains that drape his bodysuit and the tendrils of his tattered, shroud-like cape as this. He particularly enjoys using his cape-tentacles to blind and smother his foes. It's eventually revealed he can do this because the costume [[TheSymbiote is a living being in its own right]], and the chains/tatters served a similar purpose for it before it melded to him.
* Due to its composition, Shinomura from the ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' tie-in ''Godzilla Awakening'' is able to grow two tentacles which it uses on Godzilla on Moansta Island.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The [[ArcVillain "Nightmare" virus]] from the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'' has a set of razor sharp tendrils which it uses to deadly effect.
* Harry Potter has something like these in ''A Black Comedy'': he learned wandless summoning and banishing spells so well that he can manifest up to six invisible "arms", which can be used to "levitate" (think Doc Oc walking on his tentacles), block spells with handy objects or simply throw them... though their main in-story use is [[MundaneUtility poking Sirius in the eye]] [[LamePunReaction in retaliation for dumb jokes]].
* [[FanFic/TengenToppaGurrenSolvernia Gurren Solvernia]] can sprout drills shaped as tendrils when using red spiral energy.
* Kuyou can turn her hair into tentacles in ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled''.
* Unicron's [[OurSoulsAreDifferent spark]] has them in the Transformers fanfic ''[[Fanfic/AChildShallLeadThem A Child Shall Lead Them]]''.
* [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos In the Slender Man fic]] ''Fanfic/ByTheFiresLight'' the Slender Man uses these to kill people when not [[KillItWithFire killing them with fire.]]
* In ''Fanfic/{{Kage}}'', [[EnemyWithin the Queen]] is able to summon tentacles [[CastingAShadow made of shadows]] to attack people when she takes control of Jade. She later teaches Jade how to do it.
* ''[[FanFic/MLPNextGenerationKnowFear MLP Next Generation: Know Fear!]]'': [[CoDragons Wing Commander]] Steel Wing is capable of doing this [[spoiler: when his Iron Defender armor switches to Metal Reaver mode, allowing him to attack rapidly with metal tentacles that are both sharp and blunt.]]
* ''Fanfic/{{Necrophobia}}'': [[spoiler: This is Marion Gremory's preferred fighting style in which she utilizes her tentacles ala Manga/TokyoGhoul]]
* In ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'', [[HumanoidAbomination Rei]] is capable of sprouting flaming tentacles from her back and impale an enemy with them.
* Bashaban the PLMC (Partial Liquid Metal Cyborg), a minor character in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', can generate dozens of combat tentacles which can also combine into any object he can imagine, like hammers or glider wings. Too bad none of it is of any use when he's being [[MindOverMatter telekinetically spun around high in the air]] with nothing to grab.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''/''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheVampireOfSteel'', the heroine duo happens upon an EldritchAbomination which utilizes its slimy tentacles to strike them and seize them.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Ursula does some tentacle combat at the end of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', trying to hit the heroes with some after she [[AttackofTheFiftyFootWhatever grows to giant size]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar,'' Dave the Octopus and his army of squid minions regularly use this as a combat tactic.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* [[WhenTreesAttack The trees]] (roots) in the ''Film/PrinceCaspian'' movie.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Pictured. See Folk Lore.
** In ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd At Worlds End]]'', Davy Jones himself pulls this one off with his tentacle beard.
** The rigging of Blackbeard's ship from ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides On Stranger Tides]]''.
* The various spawn of the Ogdru Jahad in ''Film/{{Hellboy}}''.
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''
** [[Film/GodzillaVsBioolante Biollante]] (A massive [[{{Planimal}} plant-human-Godzilla hybrid monster]]) falls under this trope.
** Also, there's the Giant Octopus from ''Film/KingKongVSGodzilla''
** And Gezora from the obscure film ''Film/SpaceAmoeba''
* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' When [[spoiler: Groot uses his arms to impale a row of guards, and then flail them all about in order to handle the rest of the guards in the hallway]].
* ''Film/DeepRising'' centers around a gigantic octopoid monster infesting a cruise liner. It first consumes every single passenger onboard and then uses its hundreds of tentacles to pursue a bunch of pirates who show up later.
* Irys from the 1999 film ''Film/Gamera3AwakeningOfIrys'' not only has these, but he can also use them to fire energy blasts and suck the life outta ya.
* The Moorwen from ''Film/{{Outlander}}'' is a giant, lizardish thing, but its prehensile tail can be used to grasp, slice, or impale its victims.
* The tyrant from ''Film/ResidentEvilExtinction''.
* Scorpion's rope spear from the games becomes a living snake-like tentacle in the film ''Film/MortalKombat''.
* A giant animated vine crushes and drags away a police car in ''Film/{{Jumanji}}''.
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* ''Film/TheThing2011'', especially in the 2011 movie where they're used to kill as well as assimilate humans.
* The creature in ''Film/JackBrooksMonsterSlayer'' uses its tentacles to batter Jack around the room.
* ''Film/IndependenceDay'': The aliens are a version of TheGreys encased in an exoskeleton with numerous tentacles used for offense.

* The Watcher in the Water from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** The Games Workshop tabletop game didn't even have a body for the Watcher, you just got to place a whole load of tentacle models in a body of water on the board.
* In ''Literature/TheMist'' (the novella), there is a huge mass of tentacles complete with rows of suckers that cut into human flesh.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
** Deirdre combines this with PrehensileHair. ''Razor-sharp'' PrehensileHair.
** Summer Kelpies are a straight, octopus-style example.
** "Sharkface" uses these that look like strips of cloths and seem to have a mind of their own. They're basically immune to magic and shrug off bullets and shotgun shot.
* [[spoiler: Drake in]] ''Literature/{{Gone}}''. [[spoiler:After Sam burns his arm off, the Darkness (using Lana's healing powers) replaces it with a tentacle. ]]
* Yorool-Gui in ''Literature/{{Many-armed god of the dalain}}'' has really many of very strong tentacles permanently gripping, ripping and pulling into mouthes all around. The tentacles are not coordinated (what's the need if they are everywhere?) and struggle each other, which in in-universe fairy tale made their owner a symbol of war.
* In the first book of ''Literature/TheImmortals'' by Creator/TamoraPierce, Daine has to summon up a kraken to defeat the Carthaki "pirates" threatening the Swoop.
* The tentacled flying brains that Ron calls over to himself when his judgment has been ruined by a curse in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' cause him to start screaming the moment they touch him and later on "[t]here were still deep welts on his forearms where the brain’s tentacles has wrapped around him. According to Madam Pomfrey, thoughts could leave [[BrownNote deeper scarring than almost anything else]], though since she started applying copious amounts of Dr. Ubbly’s Oblivious Unction, there seemed to be some improvement."
* From Andrew Boland's ''Literature/HellsChildren'': "Several bloody tentacles shot out from Offal’s body and proceeded to rap around Z.Y.9.0 and drag him screaming like a child into the nightmare that was Offal. A moment and quite a few screams later Offal threw up a mangled and twitching robot body."
* In the short story [[http://dailysciencefiction.com/story/desmond-warzel/epinikion "Epinikion"]] by Desmond Warzel, the alien Squids have tentacles that can effect a CleanCut on a human--and secretions that keep the victim alive for hours after being bisected.
* The eponymous antagonists from Creator/JohnChristopher's ''Literature/TheTripods'' use these to ensnare, crush or whip any opposition.
* The kossief and shan-kossief from the ''Literature/{{Icerigger}}'' trilogy.
* In Creator/EEDocSmith's ''[[Literature/{{Lensman}} First Lensman]]'', we get to see what the Rigellians are like in hand-to-hand combat. They have four tentacle arms with hands on the end, each arm as long and strong as an elephant's trunk. Dronvire goes into a zero-gee battle carrying ''four'' space-axes but ditches two of them, using the free arms to grasp space pirates and drag them in to be beheaded, two by two.
* Visser Three's tentacle swinging morphs in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' Also possibly the Leeran-Controllers in "The Decision".
* These are the main weapons of The Grim in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap''. The Task of Keeper's Apprentices entails cutting off part of these tentacles.
* In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', the vines of the vesuvague tree are simultaneously this trope and TentacleRope. They grab unfortunate passersby, wrap them up so they can't move, and then squeeze them to death. [[spoiler: Spore, being made partially from vesuvagues, has its PeoplePuppets shoot vinelike black tendrils [[OrificeExpulsion from their eyes and mouths]] into the skin of other people, [[TheAssimilator assimilating them.]]]]
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'': Kthonia's primary weapon is four of these. She uses them as whips and restraints for taking hostages.
* The ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' series has a ghost lady using ''strips of cloth on her torn dress'' as these.
* The Jan from ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown'' would count. Their six-armed warrior caste is the most likely to actually be involved in combat, but we see members of the worker caste using their tentacles to fight during a mating competition. Since an upended Jan can't right himself easily, the most effective use of tentacles when fighting one another is to grab around the upper body and pull your opponent off his feet.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The [[Series/BabylonFive second Vorlon ambassador]] uses a blow from his tentacle to knock a [[RedShirt security guard]] over a [[RailingKill railing]].
* The smoke monster on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' usually turns parts of itself into tentacles with which to drag people along the ground or throw them into things.
* The Axon alien in the ''Series/{{Doctor Who}}'' serial "The Claws of Axos," uses these to restrain its captives and keep them compliant including the Doctor, the Master, Filer, and Jo Grant.
* Villainess Camille can use her tongue as one of these in ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''.
* Kamen Rider Gills from ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'' can use these, especially in his Exceed Gills SuperMode.
** ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' has these, when using the Tako Medal.
* In the 2009 remake of ''Film/TheDayOfTheTriffids'' the {{Man Eating Plant}}s used these to immobilize people even more than their stings.
* Numerous ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' {{kaiju}} have these, and not just the cephalopod-based ones. They're often used in attempts to throttle the Ultras, which usually result in them getting ripped off.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** The tentacle monster in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' that lifts Fred and Angel off the ground until Angel stabs it.
** ''Series/{{Buffy|TheVampire Slayer}}'':
*** The Hellmouth creature in "The Zeppo".
*** The Plagiarus demon in [[ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Season 9]].
* ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'': While investigating the CreepyBasement under his father's old hardware store, Ash is attacked by tentacles protruding from the wall and ceiling.

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* In the animated music video for Music/LinkinPark's "Points of Authority", an alien race invades a highly technified human outpost defended by robotic soldiers. When the aliens breach the perimeter, the humans activate a machine that causes an entire underground installation to rise up out of the ground and destroy the enemy forces with energy tentacles.

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* [[KrakenAndLeviathan The kraken]] is a textbook example. See Wiki/ThatOtherWiki for more [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kraken_in_popular_culture examples]].

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* Creator/GamesWorkshop games:
** Daemons of [[HornyDevils Slaanesh]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' and ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' have ''weaponized'' Naughty Tentacles, and [[CombatSadomasochist given their nature]] it can quite difficult to tell how they're using them at any given time.
** Khorgoraths of [[WarGod Khorne]] from ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' have horrific Bone Tentacles sprouting from their body that they use to attack those foes who attempt to stay out of reach of their monstrous claws.
** ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
*** The [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' have a variety of specialized, weaponized appendages, running the gamut from the flesh hooks a lictor uses to grapple up a cliff, to the feeder tendrils genestealers use to [[BrainFood eat your brains]], to skyscraper-sized tentacles their [[LivingShip living]] [[TabletopGame/BattlefleetGothic spaceships]] use to break enemy vessels apart. Quite a few of them are also ''bladed''.
*** Members of the [[CargoCult Adeptus Mechanicus]] can be outfitted with [[ArtificialLimbs mechadendrites]] which are essentially robotic tentacles. Although most of them are designed for technical or medical work, they still have secondary combat capabilities, when not outright armed with huge cutters, massive hydraulic claws, or pistols. In the roleplay lines, the only limits to the amount you have is the amount you can afford, turning many high-level Tech-priests into writhing masses of mechadendrites with a partially-organic core.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Notation: (xW, X-Y/Z) means the creature has X number of tentacles and a range of Y-Z HitPoints of damage per hit and/or special damage type Z.
** The spell "Evard's Black Tentacles" can summon a bunch of these.
** ''D&D'' monsters have tentacles by the bushel: phantom fungus, chaos beast, many of the Elder Evils, and dozens of others in too many splatbooks to list.
** Players can get in on the Combat Tentacle action with a feat from the ''Lords of Madness'' (Book of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s) source book. The Aberration blood feats represent a character having a common ancestry with Eldritch abominations, and the aberration blood feat Deepspawn causes the player to sprout two tentacles which can be used for attacking.
** 1st and 2nd Edition monsters with tentacles used in combat
*** ''Deities & Demigods Cyclopedia'' Franchise/CthulhuMythos monsters: Cthulhu (x30 mouth), Azathoth (20 pseudopods), Cthugha (x2), Great Race (x2), Primordial One (x3), Shub-Niggurath (x1), Yog-Sothoth (x12)
*** abalin (x1), aboleth (x4), aratha (x4 1-10), beholder (death kiss (x10 blood drain), lensman (x1 1-8), watcher (x1 3-18), carrion crawler (x8 paralysis), crimson death (x? drains blood), Cryonax (x2), darklore (x6), deepspawn (x3 2-5/grab), dharculus (x6), displacer beast (x2 2-8), flail snail (x4-6), flumph (x11), froghemoth (x4), garbugs (x6), giant jellyfish (x10-40), giant nautilus (x20), giant octopus (x6 1-4/2-8), giant sea anemone (x1-3), giant squid (x8 1-6), golem - phamtom flyer (x2), grell (x10 1-6), gulguthhydra (x2), illithid/mind flayer (x4 remove brain), imorph (x2), kampfult (x6), kraken (x10 2-12/3-18), laraken (x2), magedoom (x1), mihstu (x4), neo-otyugh (x2 2-12), otyugh (x2 1-8), roper (x6 grab/Strength drain), sea demon (9-11), squark (x8), storoper (x6 poison), suwyze (x8), tako (x7 1-4), tentamort (x2), Triobrand's Automatons - Silversann (x3), vaath (x1), whipsting (x2), windghost (x2), wyste (x7), xag-ya and xeg-yi (x6) and yochlol (x8).
*** TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms setting: banelar (x3), bellabra (x12), darktentacles (x36), golden ammonite (x10), orpsu (x1-12)
*** Modrons with attack-capable tentacles: decaton (x10), nonaton (x9), octon (x8)
*** ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'' monsters: Black Silt Horror (x8), Brown Silt Horror (x8), Cistern Fiend (x12), Floaters (x5 ), Gray Silt Horror (x12), Magma Silt Horror (x8), Red Silt Horror (x8), Silt Paraelemental Beast (x6), Stalking Horror (x7 at a time), White Silt Horror (x10).
*** The demoness Lady of Fungi Zuggtmoy had 4 pseudopods that each did 2-8 HitPoints of damage per hit.
* A common weapon on Engels, Dagonite mecha, and monsters in ''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech''.
* The Lasombra clan in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' had the ability to grow these out of shadow with the Obtenebration discipline.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has these as a Wyld mutation, though [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Lunars]] can get them less riskily. Since this is ''[[RuleOfCool Exalted]]'', they're useful for enhancing your NinjaPirateZombieRobot-ness, but the main book doesn't really cover the [[PowerPerversionPotential other uses]], oddly enough for this game.
** Additionally, She Who Lives in Her Name (and some Infernals) has a psychic version of this, producing tendrils of solidified force to fight, pick things up etc. They 'look' and act like [[Manga/ElfenLied a Diclonius' vectors.]]
** Tsk, tsk. Are we seriously forgetting the Celestial Circle spell [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Magma Kraken]]?
** The queen of all offensive tentacles however, is Kimberry, better known as The Sea That Marched Against The Flame. She can create tentacles out of any liquid, including [[BloodyMurder spilled blood]]. And they are deadly poisonous. Her shintai charms turns you into giant monster made of very naughty tentacles, i.e. a [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos shoggoth]].
* Many units/monsters from the [[EldritchAbomination Lords of Cthul]] faction in ''TabletopGame/{{Monsterpocalypse}}'' use tentacles as their main weapon, but [[http://monsterpocalypse.com/gallery/lords-of-cthul/ultra-ancient-osheroth Ancient Osheroth]] really takes the cake. Hell, he even has ''names'' [[http://monsterpocalypse.com/gallery/lords-of-cthul/despair-tentacle for]] [[http://monsterpocalypse.com/gallery/lords-of-cthul/dismay-tentacle four]] [[http://monsterpocalypse.com/gallery/lords-of-cthul/distress-tentacle of]] [[http://monsterpocalypse.com/gallery/lords-of-cthul/dread-tentacle them]].
* Tentacle arms can be purchased in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Bio-Tech''. There's tentacles hair in ''Ultra-Tech''.
* ''TabletopGame/HollowEarthExpedition'' supplement ''Mysteries of the Hollow Earth''
** The Kraken is a 100 foot long GiantSquid with tentacles powerful enough to tear open a ship.
** The Giant Octopus has eight tentacles that can grapple and damage opponents.
* ''TabletopGame/MarvelSuperHeroes'' supplement ''Uncanny X-Men'' boxed set "Adventure Book". In chapter 2 "Lunch Break", while the {{PC}}s are eating lunch with the Beast they're attacked by a SpiderTank that has six 12-foot long tentacles. The tank's tentacles strike at, entangle and fire a water jet at the {{PC}}s. It turns out to be a SecretTest arranged by the Beast to find out if the {{PC}}s are worthy to be superheroes.
* ''Starblazer Adventures'', campaign setting ''TabletopGame/{{Mindjammer}}''. In the adventure "Mind's Eye" the BigBad The Entity is an extradimensional being that can inflict horrible "cold burns" with its tentacles/pseudopods.
* ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' has the Oculus, an asteroid dwelling, one eyed animal with sharp edged tentacles, Ganymedian sap-suckers are mostly made up of thorny tendrils and the Metisians are tentacled and as capable of killing as any other sophont
* ''TabletopGame/RuneQuest'' supplement ''Dorastor: Land of Doom''
** One encounter with Jack O'Bears includes Jack O'Bear #2. It has four tentacles in place of its arms, each of which can inflict 4-24 HitPoints of damage.
** The Howler has a single tentacle in the middle of its chest that can do up to 12 HitPoints of physical damage plus up to 10 HitPoints of acid damage.
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'': Many Franchise/CthulhuMythos creatures have tentacles that can grab and/or damage opponents.
** Deities: Abhoth ("appendages": grab and absorb), Azathoth ("pseudopods": 1-100 HitPoints + corrosion), Cthugha ("pseudopods": 14-84 HitPoints), Cthulhu (x4, 11-66 HitPoints), Cyaegha (8-48 HitPoints), Ghatanothoa (7-42 HitPoints), Hastur (death), Nyogtha (1-10 HitPoints or grab), Rhan-Tegoth (drain 1 HitPoint per round), Shub-Niggurath (grab), Shudde M'ell (6-36 HitPoints + 1-6 [[VampiricDraining Constitution drain]]), Tsathoggua (grab), Ubbo-Sathla (grab and absorb), Zhar (death), Zoth-Ommog (5-30 HitPoints)
** The Giant Squid's tentacles can do 1-6 HitPoints each plus the squid's Strength damage bonus.
** Main Rules monsters: Beings from Xiclotl (grab + 1/2 Strength damage bonus), Chthonian (up to 3-18 HitPoints + blood drain), Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath (Strength damage bonus + [[VampiricDraining Strength drain]]), Elder Thing (1/2 Strength damage bonus), Flying Polyp (1-10 HitPoints), Formless Spawn of Tsathoggua (Strength damage bonus), Servitor of the Outer Gods (double Strength damage bonus), Star-Spawn of Cthulhu (1/2 Strength damage bonus)
** ''Dreamlands'' supplement adventure "Yellow Sails". The wendigo demon possessing the Oracle Mirror grabs Mironim-Mer with a tentacle and drains his Power. The Investigators can only save him by breaking the Mirror.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Stormbringer}}'': In the ''TabletopGame/{{Stormbringer}} Companion'' supplement the Kyrenee monster is made up of tentacles covered with an [[PoisonIsCorrosive acid-based poison]] that causes serious damage to its victims and corrodes weapons that strike it.
* ''TabletopGame/DCHeroes'' adventure ''When a Stranger Calls''. While in Antarctica the {{PC}}s will be attacked by a sluggoth, an eight foot long creature with long poisonous tentacles.
* ''TabletopGame/VillainsAndVigilantes'' adventure ''Devil's Domain''
** The Sl'sssk demon's head is made up of eight long squid-like tentacles. The demon hides underground and [[DigAttack sticks its tentacles up through the soil to grab creatures on the surface and pull them below]]..
** The Pit Fiend has six tentacles that can each do 15-78 HitPoints of damage to any creature hit.
* ''Arduin'' RPG, ''The Compleat Arduin Book 2: Resources''
** Demons
*** The Acid Fiend has 13 foot long pseudopods that each do 5-20 HitPoints of damage per hit.
*** The Creeping Doom's pseudopods are 15 feet long. They inflict 7-12 HitPoints damage, drain 1 point of Constitution and 1-3 points of Strength.
*** Swamp Demons have 13 foot long tentacles that hit for 9-16 HitPoints of physical damage and 1d6 HitPoints of rotting damage. Thereafter they constrict for 13-24 HitPoints of damage and three HitPoints of rotting damage per melee round.
*** The Greater Demon Groak, the Lord of the Swamps, has 13 tentacles on its head. One is on each side of its mouth: they are 20 feet long and do 7-12 HitPoints of impact damage and 29-48 HitPoints of constriction damage. The other 11 tentacles are six feet long and do 1-10 HitPoints of impact damage and 17-36 HitPoints of constriction damage. A hit by either type of tentacle requires any target with 280 HitPoints or less to make a saving throw vs. paralysis or be paralyzed for 21-40 minutes, with 1 melee round of paralysis even if they save. In addition, Groak's body secretes an acid that causes 21-40 HitPoints of damage per melee round of contact.
*** The Greater Demon Vathaak Troll Heart has three 8-foot long snake-like tentacles that can hit opponents for 11-20 HitPoints of damage. The next round they can wrap around the victim they struck and do 21-30 HitPoints of constriction/crushing damage thereafter. Once per melee round he can extend his tentacles up to 30 feet away to surprise an opponent who thought he was out of range.
** Moutharms are large anemone-like amphibious plants with 11-20 tentacles that are up to 24 feet long. A hit by a tentacle paralyzes most living creatures for 11-20 minutes, and the tentacles are sticky so it's hard for even a non-paralyzed victim to escape.onents before pulling them to its mouth and [[SwallowedWhole swallowing them whole]]. The cilia paralyze almost all living creatures they touch.
** Star Spiders are about 10-12 feet wide and long. They have 5-24 13 feet long tentacles that each do 1-12 HitPoints of damage on a hit and 4-16 HitPoints of constriction damage thereafter.
** The following {{Blob Monster}}s have pseudopods that can attack opponents: Emerald Ooze (1-10, each does 4-40 HitPoints damage), Blue Slime (1-3, 10 feet long, do 2-12 HitPoints corrosion damage), Chartreuse Slime (1-5, each does 1-8 HitPoints acid damage), Gold Slime (x1, does 3-6 HitPoints damage and drains 1 point of Constitution) and White Slime (1-20, 13 feet long, paralyzes living tissue and does 60 HitPoints of damage per melee round).
** Red Wraiths are soulless undead skeletons that were once priests of the evil Elder Gods. They have two 13 foot long oozy black tentacles. Each tentacle hit does 1-20 HitPoints of damage and drains 1-2 points of the victim's Constitution.
* ''Varanae'' generic RPG supplement ''Monstrum 1''. The Sand Octopus lives underground and [[DigAttack can attack creatures on the surface]] with its eight tentacles, each doing 1-6 HitPoints of damage.
* Creator/{{Chaosium}}'s supplement ''All the Worlds' Monsters'' Volume III
** The Blink Blob has 3 pseudopods that each do 4-32 HitPoints of damage.
** The Chandelier Beast has 18 tentacles. Each does 1-2 HitPoints of damage on a hit and 1-8 constriction damage each melee turn thereafter until the victim breaks free.
** The Dream Beast is a [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic]] plant can cause any creature looking at it to [[YourHeartsDesire see whatever it wants most]]. Once the target gets close enough the Dream Beast grabs it with its 5-10 tentacles (which look like black intertwined ropes) and drags it in to be eaten.
** The Duocanth is a wyvern-like monster with two long black tentacles in place of forelegs. Each tentacle does 1-6 HitPoints of damage in combat.
** The Henderson Horror is a horrible creature larger than an elephant. It has a long tentacle that inflicts 8-80 HitPoints of damage as well as rusting any ferrous (iron or iron-based) material it touches.
** The Hopper has two 6 foot long tentacles growing from its mouth. Each tentacle causes 6-36 HitPoints of damage and paralyzes the creature hit. If both tentacles hit the victim is dragged to its mouth and bitten for 1-12 HitPoints of physical damage, 6-48 HitPoints of acid damage and a chance of biting the victim's head off.
** The Lifesucker is a large beetle-like monster with two 8-foot long tentacles growing from its head that each [[VampiricDraining drain one level]] of LifeEnergy on a hit.
** The Lightning Mound is a BlobMonster with a 20 foot long tentacle extending from its center. The tentacle does 1-10 HitPoints of physical damage and 5-30 HitPoints of electrical damage. Once it hits the tentacle will not let go until the target is dead.
** The Mantapus is a 6-foot high humanoid with six tentacles growing from its waist and two arms wielding weapons. Each tentacle does 1-10 HitPoints of damage and if two or more tentacles hit the same target the mantapus will get an automatic hit with one of its weapons.
** Munchers have a large mouth with a 15 foot long tentacle growing out of it. The tentacle does 1-4 HitPoints of damage plus paralyzing the target.
** The Sluggoc is a huge slug with two tentacles next to its mouth. Each tentacle does 1-4 HitPoints damage and paralyzes the victim. If both tentacles hit the Sluggoc pulls the prey to its mouth and bites it.
** The Squig is a giant pig with eight tentacles sprouting out of its neck. Each tentacle does 1-4 HitPoints of constriction damage. Once a tentacle hits it won't let go until either the Squig or its victim is dead. If four or more tentacles hit the same creature the Squig will pull the victim to its mouth and bite it.
* SPI's ''TabletopGame/DragonQuest'' supplement ''The Enchanted Wood''. In one of the ponds the {{PC}}s will encounter is a monster much like a giant squid. If any of them touch the surface of the pond the monster will attack with several pairs of tentacles, trying to drag the {{PC}}s into the pond to their deaths.
* Midkemia Press' ''Heart of the Sunken Lands''. The March Mangler has four tentacles that each do 1-8 HitPoints of damage on the initial hit and can constrict prey to do 2-16 HitPoints damage. Once the creature has a grip on a victim it drags them into the water and drowns them.
* ''TabletopGame/HeroSystem'' supplement ''Fantasy Hero Companion''. An Amorphous Horror demon is a BlobMonster that has 5 pseudopods that can be used to grab opponents in combat.
* ''Lords of Creation'' RPG, ''Heroes'' magazine Volume 1 #1 article "Survival Run of the Starnomads"
** Argilians are an alien race with four tentacles extending from their shoulders. Their extra "arms" give them an extra attack in combat.
** Psychic Plants have tentacles disguised as branches. They use them to drag their prey closer so they can be digested in their acid-filled stomach pods.
* Creator/AvalonHill's ''Powers & Perils'' RPG, ''Heroes'' magazine Volume 2 #2 article "The Sea of Tears". The Kraken is a sea monster with four long octopoid tentacles that extend from their head. They use them to grab and crush things they want to eat, including ships (to eat their crews).

* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'': Kalmah and Nocturn

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* The ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series has Plant 42 from [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil the first game]], the lickers from the [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil2 second game]] (which like to use their blade-tipped ''tongues'' for this), and Nemesis from [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis the third]].
** Many enemies, like ''Garradores'' or ''Gigantes'' in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' sprout "tentacles" (Actually the Plaga inhabiting their body) when hit hard enough. Also, Plagas will randomly grow their tentacles out of an almost-dead Ganado. And ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' gives us Uroboros which is basically nothing but a giant wriggling ''mass'' of CombatTentacles.
** Osmund Saddler also uses one to kill Luis, and sports a different one during the final boss fight.
** An odd variant is the Bandersnatch in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica''; it has only one arm, but that arm is apparently boneless, as it fails around like a tentacle and it can stretch out a considerable distance to either "slap" the player (a fairly damaging attack), or grab hold of the player's head and start trying to wrench it off their shoulders unless they can [[PressXToNotDie hammer on the buttons to wriggle free first]].
* The [[PoweredArmor exoskeleton]] used by [[EvilTwin Solidus Snake]] in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', and Laughing Octopus in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''.
* Octopi and squids are recurring boss creatures in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Ultros, from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', a recurring joke villain with an impeccable sense of timing.
*** A writhing, sentient mass of tentacles which entangles the engine room of Figaro Castle and prevents it from returning to the surface. The tentacles can ensnare individual characters and drain their [=HP=].
** The ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' playerbase has many bad memories of the Sea Horror, a 60+ monster that, while very beatable by most jobs at 75, almost always spawns when the highest level player in the area is around level 30. Fun times.
** Kraken, Fiend of Water in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'', Xande's minion in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'', and one of the [[ShoutOut Four Chaoses]] of Memoria in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''. He can even get critical hits for each of his eight tentacles in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI''.
** Octomammoth in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', which bars the waterway between Kaipo and Damcyan.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', [[spoiler: Yunalesca]] has these in her second and third forms.
** More common occurences are creatures with tentacles-as-whips, such as Molbor and Ochu. However, they're more dangerous/annoying for the status ailments they can inflict than their tentacular assault.
* The Alura Une soul in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow'' gives this ability to Soma Cruz.
* Ultimate Venom does this, though mostly in the ''VideoGame/UltimateSpiderMan'' video game.
** Mainstream Carnage can also put you under wraps, though being much more AxCrazy than Venom (and given some of Venom's finer moments, ''that's saying something!'') he's just as likely to make 'em pointy and impale you.
* The Dahaka in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin''.
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'':
** Phantoon from ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' has such tentacles but doesn't seem to actually use them in battle. [[spoiler:This changed with its second appearance in ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM''.]]
** Flaaghra in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'', as well as [[spoiler:Metroid Prime's final form]].
** The Emperor Ing's first form in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes''.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** Gooper Blooper in ''Videogame/SuperMarioSunshine''.
** Big Blooper in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario''.
* Ming Xiao's war form in ''Videogame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''.
* The Memory of Richard Grady, a boss from ''VideoGame/SilentHillOrigins'', has several tentacles hanging from the ceiling as Travis fights it. If you're too close to them, they'll loop around Travis's throat and attempt to strangle him. Also, in ''Videogame/SilentHill2'', the final boss does this as well, only with some kind of scorpion tail.
* Majora's Wrath in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''.
** ...and its ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' predecessor, Morpha, the giant amoeba who poses as water until you get close and its tentacles getcha (think that creature from ''The Abyss'', only evil). Morpha's inspired a lot of RuleThirtyFour art.
** Kalle Demos, the second boss in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' is a giant Korok eating plant that uses this with its vines to attack Link.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'': Midna's [[spoiler:[[MacGuffin Fused Shadow]] form has seven tentacles and a ''pitchfork''.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** Flood combat forms. On the higher difficulties in the [[VideoGame/{{Halo 2}} second]] and [[VideoGame/{{Halo 3}} third]] games, they can insta-kill the Master Chief with a single swat.
** In ''VideoGame/HaloWars'', the enemy structures include Flood tentacles sticking out of the ground that will attack anything that comes close.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' ([=PS2=]): Judecca's Final attack [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teqVlH2tDFs uses this at the end]].
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has more than one tentacled horror, although in general they stick to oversized humanoids for their dungeon monsters.
** Notable example would be the raid boss C'thun (a literal GiantEyeOfDoom), who in addition to having a nasty one shot kill eye laser, spawns tentacles, eye tentacles that fire EyeBeams and giant versions of the two. One of the items he drops is the Vanquished Tentacle of C'thun, which allows the player to summon his very own combat tentacle to attack an enemy for a short time.
** While the attack on the tentacle has been sadly outleveled into oblivion, some people still [[RuleofCool use it]] [[RuleofFunny for kicks]].
** C'thun's spiritual ancestor, the unnamed Forgotten One in [=WC3=], also spawned tentacles.
** Yogg-Saron, end boss of the Ulduar raid dungeon, also appears to use tentacles as weapons. It seems like there's a theme developing here around the Old Gods...
** Having noticed the popularity of the Vanquished Tentacle of C'thun, Blizzard introduced an improved version, the Vanquished Clutches of Yogg-saron. The concept's the same, but now it can summon 3 types of tentacles! One of them shoots acid.
** Continuing the tradition, the BFS Gurthalak, Voice of the Deeps, has the ability to summon a tentacle that will cast a very powerful Mind Flay on your target, sometimes more than once.
* The Magus in ''VideoGame/WarhammerOnline: Age of Reckoning'' can extrude a massive tentacle from his disc (yes, ''[[ThatCameOutWrong disc]]'') to swipe across enemies' faces. The Marauder class may come under this also, as his arm can be mutated into a variety of goopy shapes, some more tentacly than others, but all quite nasty.
* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'': The Zerg base defenses, Sunken Colonies, attack with a giant burrowing tentacle.
* The Sarlacc in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' probably didn't get much to eat on Tatooine. ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'' has another one on Felucia, and that one has grown ''much'' bigger, slapping at you with arms 3 meters in diameter.
* A few enemies from ''VideoGame/Bayonetta'' and its sequel, most notably Alraune, Belief, Iustitia, and Worship. But given the bizarre biology of these enemies, some tentacles double as mouths as well.
* A couple of ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' giant monsters - Lusca (big octopus) and the Hydra (big slime thing) both spawn extra tentacles to fight with. The Hydra is so damn big its tentacles can attack you from ''anywhere'' in the thousands of meters of tunnels making up the abandoned lower level of the city sewer network.
** Also evoked by a few powers. The Plant Control ability Carrion Creepers causes huge vines to sprout from the ground and lash at enemies, and the summoned pet Fly Trap from the same set attacks with whip-like vine arms. And, of course, there's the Dark Blast power Tenebrous Tentacles.
* One of the Sai units in the game ''{{VideoGame/Stormrise}}'' can generate energy tentacles from their lower arms to clobber their enemies with. They can also learn to electrolute said tentacles, further increasing the damage they do.
* When she's not forming blades with them, Morrigan from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' Sometimes use her wings[=/=]bats as these (see her standing and jumping Fierce Punch attacks). This is made much more explicit in the anime OAV, when she's shown using them like that in a fight. Not to mention the official names of the said attacks are apparently stuff like Orgasm Wire.
* In ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', [[spoiler:the final bosses' most devastating attack involves you being paralyzed, lifted, and impaled by fluid tentacles and blasted by the creature fused with him.]]
* The Smoker from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' can lasso the Survivors with his ''[[{{Squick}} tongue]]''.
** It's debatable if it's tongue after all, as he has six, still using only one, in the sequel. [[WildMassGuessing Fans speculate it could be intestine or something.]]
* In an unusual variation, ''angels'' in ''[[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Diablo II]]'' have those in an imitation of wings.
** Strictly speaking, they're beams of light that assume a form resembling wings. But close enough...
* Alex Mercer of ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' has this as a combat power, called the Whipfist. It is notably effective against helicopters, and has some particularly cool consumption animations.
** Tendril Barrage Devastator. Area of Effect combat tentacles!
** The Hydra enemy is just one giant Combat Tentacle that can split into three at its tip.
** [[AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent Sgt. Heller]] from ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}'' seems to specialize in his basic combat with tentacles (As opposed to his predecessor, who only had them as a LimitBreak and whipfist, and used blades the rest of the time.) He gets rather...[[BodyHorror inventive]] [[LudicrousGibs with]] [[TentacleRope them]].
* Early promo shots and concept art for ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' featured translucent blue tentacles bothering the leads. The tentacles would've been the surface manifestation of a huge under-ground being bothering City 17. Ultimately it was decided that it just wasn't a fun opponent.
* Any Franchise/{{Pokemon}} capable of using Vine Whip or Power Whip. Also [[GoddamnedBats Tentacool, Tentacruel]], the Attack Form[[strike:e]] of Deoxys, and others.
* The [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII Cloud of Darkness]] in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' has two tentacles attached to her, which she uses to strike at mid-range opponents.
* The Tentaclaws in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'', which at first seem like seperate enemies.......but then it's revealed that they're part of the [[ThatOneBoss Leechgrave]].
* In ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' several necromorphs have these. The lurkers are infected infants with three tentacles; which can either shoot spikes or tear into a foe that they latch onto. Guardians are corpses stuck to the walls; immature guardians can only flail their intestines at Isaac, but advanced ones can shoot out pods with tentacles similar to the lurkers. In addition, if Isaac gets too close, the lurker will decapitate him. There are also tentacles which grab Isaac around the legs; if he doens't break free in time, they'll drag him to a gory death sequence. Finally, all three bosses (the Leviathan, the Slug, and the Hive Mind) all use these as their primary means of attack.
* The Broodmother from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is stationary, but has four tentacles that can pop out of the floor to make life difficult for ranged characters.
** It also has a number of larger, thicker tentacles that it can use to grab anyone closing in melee. It then violently shakes them and vomits poisonous bile all over them.
* ''VideoGame/BurnTheTrash'':[[spoiler:Level 10]]
* ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheKasai'' features this as a reoccuring boss type; tentacles from an underground monster will burst out in a large area and the player has to hack them apart one at a time. Some are thin grabbers, some are spiked with mace heads, some are armored, and one has a grasper, or possibly the creature's mouth.
* Arguably, Mr. Game & Watch's [[LimitBreak Final Smash]] in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'', when he turns into an octopus.
* Quite a few monsters in ''VideoGame/{{Dominions}}'', what with it being the universal grab bag of mythologies it strives to be. Krakens, bukavacs, void lords, you name it. Oddly enough, aboleth ones are just for show - guess you don't really need base, squick weapons when you can turn brains into quivering goo at will.
* The Kayran in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'' is a mutant hybrid with disproportionately huge mouth tentacles attached to a smaller, crab-like body. It attacks by slamming these tentacles to the ground, using them to throw rocks and whipping them across the entire battlefield (allowing the player to grab hold with a [[PressXToNotDie quicktime event]]).
* Cuttlefish in ''VideoGame/BattleForWesnoth''. Heck, there's even a monster called [[ShapedLikeItself Tentacle]], which is described as the tentacle of a larger, unseen monster.
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' has two sets of tentacles. There are four purple flailing tentacles which shoot explosive spikes and two red tentacles which are slammed into the ground to create shockwaves.
* Octo Diablo in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarZero''. You can then turn one of his tentacles into a weapon yourself - [[ImprobableWeaponUser but it becomes a rocket launcher]].
* The [[AttackOfTheMonsterAppendage disembodied tentacles]] in ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin'' that latch on and won't let go. Plus the [[GiantSquid giant octopus]] which sits on a ledge and slaps Ecco with a tentacle as he tries to pass.
* The demonic foliage in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' have these in place of arms. [[WasOnceAMan The Pisaca]] in the Dukes Archives have this on their head, which they use to restrain you and deliver an extremely deadly attack.
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has a Jellyfish Noise that will attack you (or your partner) with its tentacle to violate your [[HitPoints HP]]. Says so in the description.
--> "If you're not careful, that obscene tentacle will start violating your HP!"
* ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'' has [[BadassAdorable Desco]], who mainly attacks with the tentacled creature on her back. She can attack directly with them, shoot beams from them, or temporarily detach it from her in order to transform it and attack enemies with them.
* Both ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'' games have shadow combat tentacles. They become more powerful in the second game, offering several brutal methods of instant killing enemies.
* ''VideoGame/DungeonCrawl'' has the option of playing an Oktopode who can constrict up to eight oponents with these (though that is rarely a good idea). The spell Beastly Appendix can allso give you these.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Hermaeus Mora, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Knowledge]], possesses these. Unlike most of the other Daedric Princes, who [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith take humanoid forms when dealing with mortals]], Mora forgoes anything resembling a human for a pure EldritchAbomination form of a mass of eyes, claws, and tentacles.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''
*** Hermaeus Mora appears in the ''Dragonborn'' DLC to personally kill two people with his tentacles, using the ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice method.
*** ''Dragonborn'' BigBad Miraak wields a staff that summons tentacles from the ground, wields a sword that turns into a tentacle when he swings it, and randomly sprouts tentacles around him when he is attacked. Appropriate, given that he is [[spoiler:a servant of Hermaeus Mora]].
*** Lurkers are a [[FishPeople fish-like]] form of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] that serve Hermaeus Mora. They have these both in the form of a stream of tentacles coming from their mouths and [[ShockwaveStomp a stomp]] that causes poisonous tentacles to appear.
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/KickBeat'' attacks you with tentacles. Some are accompanied by dark energy spears that appear in place of the power-ups that normally float over some of the mooks' heads in the other levels, and missing on a double-tap note will incur damage even if you destroy the tentacle with the first beat.
* A number of instances of these show up in ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', including among others the roots of the Evil Tree, the bosses Har'Aken and Agoroth, and the god Zaros (albeit offscreen - you read about it in a book). Reading the book in question gives you a number of tentacle related abilities as well.
* In ''VideoGame/JusticeLeagueHeroesTheFlash'', some of the later enemies encountered are organic skull-robots with copious tentacles. However, instead of grabbing you, throwing objects, or other moves typical of this trope, they repeatedly slap you with them. It's surprisingly effective.
* The Commandos in ''{{VideoGame/Doom}} 3'' have tentacles they can use to attack you from a range. When they're not packing a [[GatlingGood chain gun]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' features [[MakingASplash Hydroid's]] ultimate, Tentacle Swarm, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin which summons several tentacles made of water to attack enemies]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' features Augur of Ebrietas, a spell which summons tentacles from [[EldritchAbomination Ebrietas]].
** The [[DownloadableContent Old Hunters]] weapon called the Kos Parasite allows you to do this, although only when combined with an Oath Rune that turns you into a [[EldritchAbomination lumenwood]].
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'': Illaoi fights mostly with summoned tentacles with her passive and skills.
** While not as physical, Vel'Koz does use his tentacles in all of his attack and ability animations.
* The Kraken of ''Videogame/{{Evolve}}'' has these for its melee attacks. For bonus pain, they crackle with electricity and are tipped with bony hooks.
* In the ''Videogame/{{Fallout}}'' series, the Mister Handy series of [[RobotMaid robot butlers]] have various tools attached to the ends of their metallic tentacles, including buzzsaws and blowtorches, which can be quite lethal in combat. The military version, Mister Gutsy, has machine guns and plasma throwers mounted on its tentacles instead.
* [[BodyHorror Wyrm Masters]] from ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' are in the habit of conjuring acid-spitting tentacles from the ground and leaving them lying around to attack passers-by. When their [[EldritchAbomination patron god]] was on the brink of winning one [[EternalRecurrence Breath of Creation]], the tentacles started sprouting ''everywhere'' without needing to be summoned.
* Several enemies in ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' use tentacles to swipe at your allies or to pull people in the back to the front, most notably the cultists. On the hero's side, the Occultist summons tentacles to do the same.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Sundered}}'', the monstrous creatures which make up the Eschaton faction are basically nothing ''but'' writhing masses of tentacles wearing hooded robes and masks, so naturally many of them will use their tentacles to attack the protagonist in various ways. The boss enemy Dominion can combine its tentacles into giant fists and send them [[ThinkingUpPortals through magical portals]] in order to punch the protagonist from multiple angles at once.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze'' feature the giant kraken-esque octopus [[NonIndicativeName Squiddicus]] in the levels "Stormy Shore" and "Irate Eight", respectively. His head remains in the background while his tentacles attack the Kongs throughout each level.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Seen a couple [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050413 of]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060508 times]] in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''.
* The [[HornyDevils 'Cubi]] in ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' can transform their wings into tentacles that may be sharp at the end or have little heads, depending on their clan.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', V [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0020.html once]] used "Evan's Spiked Tentacles of [[{{Squick}} Forced Intrusion]]" on a chimera.
-->'''Trigak''': We're not comfortable being grappled there!
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has the Red Miles, an immensely powerful attack which is capable of destroying buildings, planets, [[spoiler:and even entire universes. Multiple characters are impaled by this attack.]]
* Mike of ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell'' acquires a single tentacle early in the comic's run as a result of drinking from and swimming in a [[ILoveNuclearPower polluted lake.]]
* Ikago, the titular ''Webcomic/SquidNinja'', does this during transformations.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'', Legion of Canadian Superheroes member [[CatGirl Katt O' Nine Tails]] is able to use her... er... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin nine tails]] this way.
* Some were seen in a battle near the final one in ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}''.
* Howard the Tentacle Beast in ''Webcomic/TalesOfGnosisCollege'' suddenly manifests powerful tentacles with razor-sharp edges when a human being he cares about is threatened. The series also contains an panel in which a character imagines huge tentacles wrapping up and attacking an aircraft carrier.
* In ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' Syndey's violet power orb allows her to create a HardLight pseudopod. After being forbidden to call it the Molestorb as a {{Hentai}} reference, she names it the Lighthook.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}'', [[spoiler:Azeel]] has those "growing" from his back, made of the same black stuff that powers evil magic.
* All manner of cases in ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'', including the [[ArtShift Immense Thing]] and [[MissionControlIsOffItsMeds Crash]], at least once the latter started to take a more active part in getting things done.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation''
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-252 SCP-252 ("Humboldt Squid")]]. This small squid can use MassHypnosis to cause anyone looking at it to see it as a giant monster with up to 200 limbs, including suckered tentacles up to 5 meters long.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-299 SCP-299 ("Infectious Tree")]]. SCP-299 has vine-like tendrils that are up to 2 meters long. It uses them to grab its prey when they get too close to it.
** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-312 SCP-312 ("Atmospheric Jellyfish")]]. After SCP-312 sucks a victim into the air with its atmospheric vortex it stings it with its tentacles and paralyzes it, then digests it.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-354 SCP-354 ("The Red Pool")]]. When the monster SCP-354-14 appeared in the Pool it used 5 octopus-like tentacles to grab several D-class personnel and pull them into the Pool.
** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-440 SCP-440 ("Sand-Based Ecology")]]. SCP-440-2 ("Rocktopods") are made up of sand and look like squids or octopi. They can throw rocks with their tentacles.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-466 SCP-466 ("Mobile Veins")]]. The vessels of SCP-466's cardiovascular systems (veins and arteries) can be used as tentacles to grasp and constrict. After it acquired additional cardiovascular systems the vessels became more powerful and developed barbs on the ends that can inflict damage.
** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-610 SCP-610 ("The Flesh that Hates")]], "[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-610-l5 SCP-610-L5 - Manned exploration of the Site A tunnels]]". While the assault team is escaping from the underground church a tendril emerges from the ground, grabs one of them and flings them away. The tendril came from a SCP-610 infected creature hiding under the ground.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-783 SCP-783 ("Baba Yaga's Cottage")]]. In [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/interview-log-783-1 Interview Log 783-1]] one of the animals mutated by entering the Cottage grows tentacles powerful enough to grab a human being.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-835 SCP-835 ("Expunged Data Released")]]. SCP-835 has tentacles that it uses to grab victims and pull them into itself for conversion.
** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-864 SCP-864 ("Efficient Washbasin")]]. When filled with water, SCP-864 can generate tentacles that can grab nearby people.
** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-929 SCP-929 ("The Cuckoo")]]. When SCP-929 is attacked its head will split open and tentacles will emerge from it. SCP-929 uses these tentacles to strangle, strike and lash its attackers.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1158 SCP-1158 ("Arboreal Jellyfish Puppeteers")]]. SCP-1158 is an airborne, carnivorous predator that resembles a large Portuguese man-o-war (jellyfish). It hides in treetops and dangles prehensile dactylozooid polyp bundles that look like vines down to the forest floor. When the tentacles touch an animal they wrap around its limbs and inject a paralyzing poison. When the victim is immobilized they enter all of its orifices and deliver digestive enzymes that dissolve the animal's internal organs, then absorb the residue.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1512 SCP-1512 ("Irrational Root")]]. SCP-1512 is an EldritchAbomination that weighs more than 80,000 metric tons and has root-like tendrils several hundred meters long. The tendrils secrete a corrosive slime that causes chemical burns, disorientation and vertigo. They are completely immune to most forms of attack and can break through concrete and steel plate.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1583 SCP-1583 ("It Only Makes Us Stronger")]]. When a container of SCP-1583 is opened a large tentacle will come out, grab any people nearby and pull them into its mass, which will dissolve their bodies.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1936 SCP-1936 ("Daleport")]]. One of the entities in Daleport is a creature the size of an adult human with multiple tentacles. One of its tentacles can decapitate a human being in one blow and multiple tentacles can rip a human being to shreds.
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', [[LivingShadow the Shadow]] loves morphing his hands into shadowy tentacles and attack with them to dispose of his enemies.
* Alloy in ''Literature/TheDescendants'' has a pair of sapient tentacles name [[Webcomic/SluggyFreelance Isp and Osp]]. They get extra points for themselves having RubberMan powers.
* Carmilla (Sara Waite) in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' works of fiction. Not too surprising given that her father is Gothmog, demon of lust, while his mother is Shub-Niggurath -- and she's related to Cthulhu on her mother's side. She can launch tentacles out of any part of her body, and those tentacles may then have mouths or eyes or worse if she wants. She has killed several people (and a LOT of animals) by thrusting her tentacles into them and eating their souls. She has used them as Naughty Tentacles too: at least one side character is now pregnant from this. Oh, by the way, she's one of the good guys in this universe.
* ''Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos'': The Slender Man's default appearance is a [[TheBlank faceless]], [[NoodlePeople abnormally tall and thin]] man, but his arms will sometimes become these (or be supplemented by them) if he's feeling particularly aggressive. This usually results in VisualEffectsOfAwesome, because most of the people making videos that have tentacles know what they're doing. [[SturgeonsLaw Naturally, this isn't always the case.]]
* ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'':
** Lasher is a mercenary supervillain whose costume includes two coiled, steel whips he can use to great effect.
** [[PsychicPowers Psionic]] hero Gray Matter can create multiple "tentacles" of purple-colored mental energy that array themselves around his body like a halo. He uses them in combat when his opponents get too close.
* ''Literature/MetroCityChronicles'': Squid Kid has black, hyper-elastic tentacles that grow out of her back.
* This is a standard feature of all Terronians in ''Webcomic/{{Cordless}}''. What exactly is on the end of them varies from person to person: fists, drills, rocket boosters...
* Remember Game & Watch's tentacles mentioned in Video Games? They're in ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'' too, and ''much'' more lethal.
* EAT of Franchise/TheFearMythos. We're still not entirely sure what EAT ''is,'' but we do know there are tentacles. Tentacles that grab people and drag them, screaming, into ponds.
* 99% of the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in ''WebOriginal/LittleLennyPenguinAndTheGreatRedFlood'' possess CombatTentacles. Not only do they pack a punch, but, given the right circumstances, they can morph virtually anyone in their grasps into fellow eldritches.
* Grin, one of the enemies from ''Roleplay/{{AGENTS}}'', has these as his most used ability. They're twenty feet long, can [[PoisonedWeapons sprout out poisonous teeth]], easily take the equivalent of a few anti-tank rounds, and [[EmpathicWeapon seem to have minds of their own.]] Grin usually has a...different use in mind for them, though...
* Especially common in ''WebOriginal/{{Mortasheen}}'', most notably with [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/malignus.htm Malignus]]' homage to the [[Franchise/{{Hellraiser}} Cenobites]], [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/septacle.htm Septacle]], who also happens to be a toilet and [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/underfiend.htm Underfiend]], whose tentacles are of both the [[CombatTentacles combat]] and naughty variety.
* Davey Doomzone of ''Podcast/RollToBreathe'' has a right hand that is actually just a tentacle which he uses to slap or grab villains.
* One of the more dangerous spells that Taako can cast in ''Podcast/TheAdventureZoneBalance'' is Evard's Black Tentacles, which summons a large number of huge black tentacles to attack and restrain the target. [[spoiler:Hilariously enough, he ends up ''dating'' the first person he uses it on, who is implied to have somewhat enjoyed the experience.]]
** The [[ArtifactOfDoom Gaia Sash]] allows its wielder to create and control plants. The Raven creates enough vines to smother a skyscraper, which function as these in fights.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Nergal and Junior from ''[[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Billy and Mandy]]'' have retractable tentacles that can shock people with jolts of electricity and even mutate people by zapping them with red energy.
* Doctor Drakken from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' got an equivalent to these with his mutant vines, using them in one scene to crush an enemy gun.
* [[MakingASplash Waterbenders]] in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' frequently use a form of this that involves surrounding themselves in water that they extend into tendrils (fittingly called the "Octopus Form"). And at one point, a waterbender actually uses vines as combat tentacles, by bending the water in them.
** In the sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' we have Ming-Hua, who lacks arms altogether and uses water-tentacles in their place.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has [[MeaningfulName Spittor]] who uses tentacles from his beast mode mouth to drag in victims and spit them out in explosive goo.
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has Soundwave, who used his tentacles to hack a radio telescope and fought the humans from a distance when they tried to block him out of the network. He's also used them to [[ThisIsADrill bore through solid rock]], and attempted to do the same to [[OneManArmy Wheeljack]], but failed, and settled for using them to pick him up and throw him around... ''by the head''. He's yet to kill anyone with them, but in both instances, he demonstrably ''could have'' had he not moved on to the next mission objective instead.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' encounter these on a pretty regular basis. Alien police bots, various goo monsters, and anyone passing by a supervillain garage sale have some of these. Even Cyborg and Raven on occasion.
* Alpha from ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack: The Series'', who grafts alien body parts onto himself.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Bender's jointless arms can twist and coil as freely as tentacles, and are certainly strong enough to invoke this trope if necessary. Subverted in that he's more likely to use their enhanced flexibility to pick your pocket than kick your ass.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond's'' shapeshifting blob Inque uses this as her primary method of attack and they're stronger than steel, no less, though in some instances, her body usually slides into either one single, thick tendril or a plethora of them at once.
* ''WesternAnimation/AlphaTeensOnMachines'' had Spider, who was basically ComicBook/DoctorOctopus but then with a metal mask over his top part of his head, yellowish skins, and he [[ShapedLikeItself went by the name of Spider]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DrDimensionpants'': several of the monsters Kyle encounters in the various dimensions have these.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': In "Monster Arm", Star attempts to heal Marco's broken arm with magic and instead turns it into a giant tentacle. Marco's new "monster arm" eventually turns out to be both sentient and evil, trying to tempt Marco to the dark side so it can feast on the bowels of their enemies.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Many sperm whales have heavily scarred heads from fights with giant squids. However it's now believed that in most cases the squids don't have much of a chance of winning these fights.
* Octopi [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9A-oxUMAy8 have been observed]] to ambush sharks and kill them. Scuba divers also have to be careful not to stumble upon octopi. The result can be fatal to one or both of them.
* Played straight with Jellyfish and Anemones who line their tentacles with Cnidocytes (stinging cells) that deliver toxins into their prey. This system is so effective that they usually just wait for the prey to come to them.
* An elephant's trunk functions very much like a tentacle in its muscle mechanics, and can be quite a dangerous weapon.
* Constrictor snakes, such as boas and pythons. Their whole body will act as a tentacle to wrap around the body of the prey.