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A monster with a face of tentacles resembling everyone's favorite EldritchAbomination, [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]]. Using the official pronunciation of "Cthulhu" given by Creator/HPLovecraft, the [[StarfishLanguage closest thing to the correct pronunciation]] [[BlackSpeech a human can manage is]] "Khlulhloominoid". Now [[TongueTwister say that five times fast]].

Different variations exist. The being(s) may have tentacled fingers, or they may have completely normal fingers. They almost always have an unusual skin pigmentation such as green, grey, greenish grey, or orange. They might have a beak within their mass of tentacles like a real octopus, or a LampreyMouth concealed among them; alternately, they might have a humanoid mouth just above or below the tentacles. Their strength varies, but they are almost never of the same power level as the EldritchAbomination that inspired them. In fact, they may act nothing at all like the original Cthulhu, but still, expect them to be compared to such by fans.

Also note, while examples may or may not be supernaturally enhanced, this is not about {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, but about humanoids who look vaguely like Cthulhu.

Related to UnscaledMerfolk, FishPeople, PettingZooPeople, HumanoidAbomination, AnimalisticAbomination.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Dagomon in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', being an expy for Cthulhu. It also applies the trope more than once - its "arms" are a bound mass of tentacles, and above where those tentacles connect with the shoulders are a ''[[EyesDoNotBelongThere pair of eyes]]''.
* In ''Manga/FrankenFran'', the mimic octopus that Fran tinkered with starts out as a blobby body with a head that has a human face but octopus arms for hair. It eventually develops a fully humanoid body and proceeds to mate with the man who had adopted it. [[spoiler:At the end of the chapter, he's possibly dead and definitely serving as the nursery for thousands of mutant octopus eggs.]]
* The Black Mass in ''Manga/SoulEater''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Minor Comicbook/DoctorStrange villain the Dweller-In-Darkness is designed around this trope.
* ComicBook/TheFlash had an arc where he had to face some interdimensional race of aquatic invaders that had many octopus traits.
* In ''Welcome To The Jungle'', a graphic novel prequel to ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry ponders which type of monster may have killed a night watchman. One panel shows a PoliceLineup of the (monstrous) "usual suspects", including a stocky, long-tentacled example of this trope.
* Mr. Fane from ''Nocturnals'' is an unusual example in that he looks mostly human, and manages to pass as an ordinary if somewhat eccentric man as long as he keeps the lower half of his face covered. [[DramaticUnmask Underneath that concealing scarf]], though... Well, [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean he really does have the face for tentacles]].
* [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100501012758/marvel_dc/images/f/f6/Topo_II_01.jpg Topo,]] an ''Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}'' supporting character sports this look.
* Thanks to the tendrils covering his mouth and his connection to fear, ComicBook/ManThing is a heroic example of this trope.
* Ullux'yl Kwan Tae Syn, the being responsible for the obscure Marvel character Ulysses Bloodstone becoming an immortal [[HunterOfMonsters monster slayer,]] was a green-skinned humanoid with a tentacled head.

* The proto-Prawns from Niell Blomkamp's short film ''Alive In Jo'burg'', which inspired ''Film/DistrictNine'', look like this instead of the insectoid appearance of the big budget adaptation.
* Cthulhu himself is actually depicted like this in the comic-book section of ''Film/TheLastLovecraftRelicOfCthulhu''. Also Starspawn, his pets and the "half-breed" also count.
* Davy Jones is depicted this way ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. He also has a crab pincer for a hand, and one of his legs resembles that of a crab. Designed to resemble a [[DressedToPlunder beard, hook and peg leg]], of course.
* The Quarrens from ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* The Bodati (the alien whose tentacle is accidentally stepped on by Alex in the briefing room) in ''Film/TheLastStarfighter''.
* ''Film/{{Dagon}}'': All the Dagon cultists in the village are various types of FishPeople. Xuia's father has a face that resembles an octopus.
* The howling ghost that emerges from the subway entrance in the original ''Film/Ghostbusters1984'' appears to have a face full of tendrils, if it can said to have a "face" at all.

* The TropeNamer here should very well be one of [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft's]] own alien races, the octopoid "[[Franchise/CthulhuMythos star-spawn of Cthulhu]]" which look much like their master/father/high priest/god.
* Colonel Brandon in ''Literature/SenseAndSensibilityAndSeaMonsters''.
* The race of quarren from the ''StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]]. They lack any particular strength, aside from being seedy business men of the criminal underworld.
** Some of them. Others are [[Literature/XWingSeries heroic pilots]] who get past their rivalry with [[FishPeople Mon Calamari]].
** In Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye, the MacGuffin is found on a statue of [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Pomojema Pomojema,]] aka Benevolent Cthulhumanoid [[RecycledINSPACE IN STAR WARS]].
* The Fithp in ''Literature/{{Footfall}}'' are described as looking a bit like a cross between an elephant and an octopus. However, they're not really humanoid.
** More elephant than anything else. They just have a trunk that branches into eight tentacles that they use as a (generally not particularly good) hand.
* The Grel from the ''Franchise/BerniceSummerfield'' series.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has the true humanoid form of Hive.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' has the pak'ma'ra; relatively nice, though secretive, carrion-eating, and smelly.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Ood are an interesting sort of double subversion in that despite their creepy appearance, they're perfectly cheerful and friendly, but their psychic hivemind also makes them prone to takeover by genuine {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.
** Dalek Sec becomes one after he merges with a human.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' / ''Franchise/SuperSentai''
** The ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' episode, "The Power Stealer," gave us the aptly named Octophantom.
** ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' / ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' has N Ma / the Master. He starts out as a Lovecraft-esque squid monster, then takes a more humanoid form (with plenty of tentacles) after possessing someone.
** Hone no Shitari from ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' pretty much ''is'' a tentacle head, as is his American counterpart Octoroo from ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai''.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' has Gedächtnis Esser. An octopus-like Wesen that can use the four arms on its head to steal all your memories and leave you suffering dementia. Basically, it's a Wesen race of Human-sized Cthulhu.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The TropeCodifier is the Mind Flayers/Illithids in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' as pictured above, but despite the similarities Gary Gygax did ''not'' base his creations directly on Cthulhu, but on a novel cover.[[note]]The cover depicts a Chthonian emerging from the ground, a tentacled worm-monster from the Cthulhu Mythos.[[/note]]
** As beings physically inspired by these, so are Ilthusians from the ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' Freedom City setting. They're less scary than most of these examples, since their main statted example, Captain Kraken, [[TalkLikeAPirate communicates mainly in "Yarrr, me hearties!"]]
** ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' also has the enormous Krakentua from [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Kara-Tur]], and [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Piscoloth/Piscodaemon, a species of Yugoloth/Daemon]], which obviously had also infuence on the naming of the Franchise/FinalFantasy example below.
* The [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** Lictors always have "feeder tendrils," but many other units in the army list have the option of buying that upgrade to create a giant chitinous army of slavering, gibbering mini-Cthulhus.
** The artwork for Ymgarl Genestealers in the latest Codex presents them as such. The unit background states the HiveMind goes out of its way to avoid reabsorbing their biomass because they undergo physical mutations constantly and uncontrollably.
* 50 Fathoms, a ''TabletopGame/SavageWorlds'' setting, has the Kraken - resembling the illithid, but they're ''playable'' - and don't make bad wizards, either.
* The [[TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} Solar]] queen K'Tula is said to have eventually warped her body into a cephalopod horror, a change so drastic that it was too far removed from the human potential that Solar Charms work off of for her to make any that could enhance it.
* The TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness had the Chulorvia, an underwater race of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. They have several breeds, one of which is a classic Cthulhumanoid.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', there exists a creature card that is a huge, unholy, tentacle-faced monstrosity from the deep: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=247542 Wrexial, the Risen Deep.]] Also fits under KrakenAndLeviathan.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=121174 Drelnoch]] is a mutant yeti with tentacles.
* TabletopGame/TheDarkEye has [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Gal'kzuulim, demons]] that serve [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Archdemon Charyptoroth]]. They are created through a ritual, from humans and krakonier(Deep One expies).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Mind Flayers from [=D&D=] also appear in several installments of the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series, since it stole much of its early bestiary from ''Dungeons and Dragons''. In the original translation of the first game, they were simply called "Wizaard" and "Sorcerer," then in final Fantasy Tactics, became "Mindflare." The official English name for them now is "Piscodemon;" "pisco" as in "piscene" or "fish-like."
** In the Treasures of Aht Urghan expansion of ''FinalFantasyXI'' they are known as Soulflayers, coming quite close to violating Hasbro's copyright (see Tabletop Games above).
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations'' there's a new type of infected, the Ooze, who are mixed with genetic material from sea creatures, so, many of those resemble Cthulhumanoids.
* The Faceless from ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}''. Bonus points in that The Faceless are the servants of [[EldritchAbomination the Old Gods]], [[ShoutOut Shouts Out]] to the Cthulhu mythos.
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect,'' the species depicted in sculptures found on Ilos and seen in Shepard's dreams resemble this. Initially assumed to be [[BenevolentPrecursors the Protheans]], they're actually [[spoiler:the inusannon -- the precursors to the Protheans themselves]].
* The Malachi from later ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games looks like. It has a surprisingly-hard-to-avoid dustball attack.
** In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'', there was a monster with the same animations but no face tentacles and slightly less beastly-looking arms that was called "Ctulu" (sic). the names were likely switched by accident.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion 2''. The game has the aquatic, transdimensional race of Trilarians. When you add the fact planets named "Arkham" and "Rlyeh" (and "Arlyeh") are there as well, you realize somebody at the developers must've ''really'' wanted to do a ShoutOut. The [[AllThereInTheManual manual]] also suggests that they were descended from a colony of the main BigBad race of the game. At the same time they tend towards the "Pacifistic" personality-type, and can often be convinced to simply hand over planets to you if you ask them nicely. Their diplomacy music is also one of the mellowest tunes in the whole game, and even their physical appearance may seem quite beautiful rather than terrifying to you.
** To a lesser extent, the Meklar. In [=MoO=] 2, they have a mass of tentacles on their face.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'': High ranking Sixth House members who are able to control their transformations after being afflicted with the Corprus disease will sprout tentacles from their faces. Ascended Sleepers are a prime example.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'''s ''Dragonborn'' DLC, Seekers are a Cthulhumanoid form of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] in service to Hermaeus Mora, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[KeeperOfForbiddenKnowledge Knowledge]] who himself takes a very EldritchAbomination form.
* The sligs from the ''VideoGame/{{Oddworld}}'' games, although only partially humanoid, as they have robotic "pants" instead of legs.
* The prison guards in ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', featured in a particular level, are basically miniature Cthulhus in garbs. It doesn't really help that they have a MindRape spell which paralyzes you, after which they rush towards you and impale you on one of their tentacles.
* Bloodsuckers from ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}''.
* The rubbery men in ''VideoGame/FallenLondon''. Possibly a subversion, as they seem perfectly polite and civil despite not being capable of human speech. This doesn't stop everyone and their dog from [[FantasticRacism trying to kill them]], though.
* You have the option to make yourself one in ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline''. Just get the facial feature "tentacles," and for bonus points webbed or tentacled hands and/or feet.
* [[FantasyKitchenSink Naturally]], ''VideoGame/KingdomRush'' has a few of these.
** The original features the [[GiantMook Swamp Things]], the [[CameBackWrong results of earth elementals dying]] on certain levels. Their HealingFactor, ranged [[PoisonousPerson poisonous]] attack, lack of gold reward, and ungodly amounts of health combine to make them one of [[DemonicSpiders the most frustrating enemies in the game]]. Of course, [[BrutalBonusLevel they do only show up on bonus missions]]...
** ''Kingdom Rush: Frontiers'' features the Bluegales, [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of [[Literature/CthulhuMythos Cthulhu's star-spawn]]. Bluegales also have a reputation for being DemonicSpiders, albeit for [[InterfaceScrew completely]] [[NoSell different]] [[AntiMagic reasons]].
* ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' has a kid-friendly version in Malamar. A humanoid upside-down squid-thing with tentacles as hair and hands, [[DarkIsEvil Dark]]/[[MindRape Psychic]] typing, and has the ability to make its foes bend to its will.
* In ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'', possible enemy encounters include Cult of the Dark One members who have been warped into Cthulhumanoids.
* Oddly averted in the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' franchise. While Cthulhu himself is a recurring demon, his appearance more closely resembles a kraken than this trope.
* Kassadin in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' wears full armor and a helmet that makes him look like having Cthulhu's head. He could best be described as a gray-blue skinned man wearing gear that makes him look like [[DarthVaderClone Darth Cthulhu]]. He's a Champion that got his power from the Void, a chaotic and destructive realm not that unlike Lovecraft's works. Surprisingly, despite his power's origin and monsterous appearance, Kassadin is overall a very heroic character.
** As a [[ShoutOut shout out]] to this similarity in appearance, a skin has been released called "[[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Deep One]] Kassadin."
* One unique kind of Haunted in ''VideoGame/TheEvilWithin'' which is capable of turning invisible has a unique form of FacialHorror that gives it this appearance, with meat and bone peeled away to form swaying tentacles of flesh hanging from its head.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' features monsters that seem to be paying homage both to Cthulhu and the Mind Flayers. They're emancipated, robed humanoids with tentacled faces that use paralysing magic attacks and try to grab the player, and upon succeeding grown an extra, funnel-like tentacle from top of their head and use it to suck out both health and Insight.
** Also Amygdala, which is (by [[EldritchAbomination Great One]] standards) pretty damn humanoid. It's also got lots of arms, six fingers on each of its hands, and the bulbous be-tentacled head is [[BrainMonster a mostly-exposed brain]] that's (sometimes) also covered in [[EyesDoNotBelongThere eyes]]...
* The point and click adventure game series ''A Matter of Caos'' available on Kongregate features Mr. Gilbert, a private detective with tentacles growing out of his face as the protagonist. The setting is such that Mr. Gilbert doesn't come across as too odd. [[spoiler:He is actually a depowered EldritchAbomination who had long ago grown attached to mortals and appointed himself as a guardian of sorts. Between various jobs he hunts down the remaining artifacts of his race and destroys them so that they cannot endanger anyone. For a brief moment in the final game he regains his full power, and he looks almost exactly like Cthulhu himself. Since "Mr. Gilbert" is just an alias, he might actually ''be'' Cthulhu.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheUltimateHauntedHouse'' has one of these in the form of the Squid Creature, which resembles a cross between Medusa and Cthulhu, and is one of the monsters roaming around the house waiting to curse you.
* Faceless Void's model in ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' looks like this. ''VideoGame/DOTA2'' makes his head more similar to that of a hammerhead shark instead.
* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'': The Prone have humanoid bodies, but their faces have six eyes, several tentacles on the cheeks and sides of the head, and an enormous cavity where their mouth should be (the actual mouth is suggested to be further in). Doesn't stop one human in the game from falling in love with a Prone woman (who reciprocates).
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'': The 2017 Halloween Terror event added a bonus Cultist skin for the [[ReligiousRobot robot monk]] Zenyatta, which transforms him into a robotic version of this trope. Besides a purple paint job, he gets a set of cultist robes and a Cthulhoid, tentacled head, in addition to his orbs getting decorated with slitted green eyeballs. He also gets some exceptionally creepy voice lines like "Zenyatta is everywhere", "Listen to the whispers of madness" and "Be consumed by the shadows" to go with this look.

* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' had a group of cultists who masqueraded as cthulhumanoids, badly.
* ''Webcomic/{{Monsterful}}'' had a cthulhumanoid with a little baby daughter as an extra on this [[http://www.monsterful.com/chapter09page03.htm page]].
* The [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20100306.html Asteroid Trading Post]] guy from ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob.''
* The Cthulhu spawn from ''Webcomic/TheCallOfWhatever'' look like humanoids with octopus heads (as opposed to the canonical Cthulhu spawn which look like cthulhu, but only big instead of mindbendingly huge).
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', being based on ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', naturally has a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0030.html "Squid Thingy."]]
* Implied to be what Sam Starfall from ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' looks like under his environment suit, though his face supposedly [[BrownNote causes humans to puke]] so we haven't seen [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01346.htm very]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01551.htm much.]]
* Invoked in ''Webcomic/{{Academia}}'' when Pasha gets his pet octopus to climb onto his face. Backfires when the octopus refuses to get off.
-->Stephen, help. He has ''suction cups''.
* Ichyoids in ''Webcomic/TheMansionOfE''; they have claws for hands.
* ''WebComic/StarPower'' has the Shuletin race, a race that looks a lot like Chtulu (as is considered a racist insult to refer to a Shuletin as one)

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Dagon, the EldritchAbomination evil sorcerer from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' looks so much like the classic ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' mind flayer that the page picture above could be used as a mug shot for the character.
* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, the mutant psychic who now goes by the codename Fubar. He had a bad encounter with a Mythos thing and transformed into something that looks like a Star Spawn. He lives in a big water tank and has been stuck there for ''decades''. This is [[ShoutOut rather appropriate, since Lovecraft used the name "Whateley" rather famously]].
** Sara Waite, [[VoluntaryShapeshifting when she wants to]], can look like this. Justified by the fact that her father actually ''is'' an EldritchAbomination.
* Red Guy from ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared'' is a more benign version of this. He towers over the other characters and has a mass of strings/tentacles instead of a face. Even still, he mostly just wants to eat breakfast and watch television, and it's ''everyone else'' that [[EldritchAbomination destroys reality]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Vilgax from ''Franchise/Ben10''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Decapodians like Zoidberg have tentacles on the part of their faces where human have noses/upper lips, though they are smaller than those of most Cthulhumanoids in fiction.
** Spoofed when Leela crawls through the radioactive muck in the sewers of New New York. We see her body with an octopus for a head, and the initial assumption is that she mutated. However, [[{{Foreshadowing}} she is immune]], and when she gets to shore she disgustedly pulls off the octopus that got stuck to her face. Said octopus says (in its best [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Baby Hermann]] voice) that before being mutated it ''[[WasOnceAMan was a little blonde girl named Virginia]]''.
** A gag in one episode shows a Cthulhu-like alien buying the Milky Way Galaxy off Website/{{eBay}}.
* The [[{{Mooks}} Glorft]] in ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''.
* A few of the Sea Tribe characters from ''WesternAnimation/GormitiTheLordsOfNatureReturn'' are just like this.
* The Rahkshi in ''WesternAnimation/{{Bionicle}}: The Mask of Light'' could split their faces open to reveal a mass of writhing tentacles.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'', villain Waylon Jeepers summons a Cthulhu {{Expy}} named "Vorn the Unspeakable", who fits this trope to a "T".
* Squid of ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' fits this trope, having quite a few features taken from his namesake.
* Karkull in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''.
* ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'' had the AffablyEvil Mr. Squid, who ''successfully'' captured the Ghostbusters even though Prime Evil didn't believe him. Just before Jake dematerialized him, he asked [[HeelFaceTurn if he might one day join the 'Busters]]. Interestingly enough, his character design anticipates Davy Jones from ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' by almost twenty years!
* Many of the M'arrillians in ''WesternAnimation/{{Chaotic}}'', especially G'harlag, who is just like Cthulhu.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "By the Book", Star, Marco, and Glossaryck see a movie where the male lead is in love with a woman who is revealed to be this. Before they leave, Glossaryck spoils to the whole room that she dies in the end.

''Need a [[TheStinger Stinger]]? [[MemeticMutation Why not]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Zoidberg]]?'' [[note]]Your stinger is good and you should feel good.[[/note]]