Slippery as an Eel
Of all the sea creatures in the world, alongside dolphins, octopuses
, sea otters
, and whales, the sneakiest sea creature alongside the shark
would be the moray eel. In nearly every form of media, eels are depicted as being sneaky creatures that have a propensity for tricking other sea creatures. It's a sure sign that they cannot be trusted. In other words, they're basically the oceanic version
. Actual sea snakes
are Seldom-Seen Species
, probably because they're far less intimidating-looking
than moray eels.
Not to be confused with Psycho Electric Eel
Anime and Manga
- Flotsam and Jetsam from The Little Mermaid are a prime example of this trope.
- There's an eel in The Water Babies film who's the lackey of the evil shark king. Don't recall if he was particularly sneaky in the trickster sense, but he was certainly a sycophantic brown-noser.
- According to the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" from How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, the Grinch is actually "cuddly as a cactus and charming as an eel."
- Robin Hood: "You eel in snake's clothing!"
- Morey from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End has an eel's head and neck. He bites people in the face.
- In Freddi Fish, Eddie the Eel is depicted as a trickster who prevents Freddi and Luther from trying to go where they needed to, unless he is bribed.
- Volteel Biblio from Mega Man Zero 3 is a very sneaky character, his level being particularly trap-infested and snaking through secret passages all over his Boss Fight arena to get the drop on you, being That One Boss of the game.
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag: Spotted moray eels can be found hiding in seaweed, and they do attack Edward.
- Super Mario Bros. examples:
- Eely-Mouth from Super Mario Sunshine is a monster eel (that appears to be a hermaphrodite, oddly enough) whose teeth are so bad that they somehow infect the water in Noki Bay, meaning Mario and FLUDD must go and clean things up, yet again.
- Eels appear as enemies in Super Mario Galaxy.
- Ogura, the Big Bad of the first two games in the Starfy series.
- Kaiju Combat: Moratitan the giant moray is not particularly friendly.
- Carrie's Order Up! has Reginald, an eel businessman, complete with hat and suitcase. Of course, his slipperiness is limited to trying slip in as long a lunch break as possible.