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Video Game: Octodad
"Loving Father. Caring Husband. Secret Octopus."

Octodad is a freeware stealth game by a team of students from DePaul University. To quote the official site, Octodad is a third-person adventure game about destruction, deception and fatherhood. The player controls Octodad, a dapper octopus masquerading as a human, as he goes about a day of his life. His existence is a constant struggle, as he must master mundane tasks with his unwieldy boneless tentacles while simultaneously keeping his cephalopodian nature a secret from his human family.

You can read about and download the game here. A sequel was released in January 2014, when Octodad must deal with the increasing suspicions of his wife and his own watery past during a trip to the local aquarium in Octodad: Dadliest Catch. In June 2014, it was announced that the sequel would continue in the form of a set of free DLC levels titled Octodad: Shorts, the live-action trailer for which can be seen here.

This game provides examples of:

  • 555: Averted. The phone number for Fujimoto's restaurant is "207-DIE-FISH".
  • Action Dad: At the end of the game Octodad becomes this when Fujimoto puts his family in danger.
  • Advancing Boss of Doom: Fujimoto in Gervason's and The Aquarium. One touch means instant death.
  • All-Loving Hero: Octodad's a loving father & husband, took up Tommy's challenge in the first game instead of grounding him (though it was admittedly also in order to keep his son in the dark about his cephalopod nature), and even forgave Fujimoto while expressing a love for humanity in general in Dadliest Catch.
  • Angry Fist-Shake: Octodad does this (using his tentacle as he doesn't have hands) in the first game when he finds Tommy holding his dinner suit hostage. As he has tentacles rather than hands, it's more of an Angry Tentacle Shake.
  • Art Evolution: The textures and models improved considerably between Octodad and its sequel Octodad: Dadliest Catch.
  • Art Shift: Unlike gameplay, which is in full 3D, cutscenes are animated comic panels. This is dropped for traditional 3D cutscenes in Dadliest Catch.
  • Ax-Crazy: Fujimoto becomes this, going as far as setting Octodad's dining room on fire in an attempt to take Octodad down.
    • He nearly kills Octodad's family in the sequel, and nearly burns down an aquarium cafeteria in the process.
    • A flashback in Dadliest Catch reveals he was always insane and that during the war whenever he killed an enemy soldier he hallucinated they were made of fish.
  • Badass Adorable: Stacy and Tommy who become pretty damn brave at the end in saving their father by throwing their toys at the evil psychopathic chef.
    Stacy: I don't like your hat!
  • Badass Family: At the end of Dadliest Catch, the entire family works together to defeat Fujimoto.
  • Badass Mustache: Two of Octodad's tentacles form one.
    • Scarlet suggests getting his "mustache" cut in the sequel, Octodad is understandably horrified.
  • Big Bad: Both of the games' main villain is Fujimoto, a psychotic sushi chef who wants to cook you.
  • Bumbling Dad: Octodad comes off as this due to his extreme clumsiness.
  • Brick Joke: At one point in the "Dad Romance" short, Octodad had to "stomp grapes" as one of the tasks of a waiter. Later on, you can hear Starlet thinking about investigating the purple stains found on the staff's shoes.
  • Cardboard Pal: Octodad's main objective is building a fake self so that he can buy himself some time to make an anniversary gift for his wife. It ends up saving his life.
    • There's a villainous Call Back in Dadliest Catch where Fujimoto makes a similar fake version of Scarlet to lure Octodad into a trap.
  • Character Tic: Octodad tends to put on his Game Face whenever the gloves are off.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Stacy can be pretty out there, in fact she's "crazy" enough to have known her dad was an octopus the entire time.
    • Chef Fujimoto (along with Stacy, sans the Ax-Crazy) might be the only person who knows about Octodad's secret, but he's insanely ax crazy and believes that sea creatures are waging war on humankind (especially those sneaky cods) and that Octodad is part of a spy or invasion force.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Fujimoto believes that marine life is evil and that Octodad is a spy for them.
  • Creative Closing Credits: You can have Octodad wander around picking up roses and tomatoes during the credits.
    • The sequel has Octodad and other characters finishing watching a movie in a theater, which is the game's credits. Octodad can pick up popcorn bags and soda cups and throw them around if he wants and can leave early by going to the exit.
  • Cruelty Is the Only Option: Many of the objectives can only be completed by Octodad vandalizing something, such as the stained glass window at the church or the soda display at the grocery store.
  • Cthulhumanoid: Well, Octodad is an octopus in the shape of a human, so that counts.
    • In Dadliest Catch, Cthulhu is depicted in one of the "church's" stained glass window.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right/Accidentally Accurate: It turns out Fujimoto was a complete psychotic long before he met Octodad, who believed that fish were infiltrating human society by disguising themselves as people and that enemy soldiers he cut open during "the war" were made of fish. It's just by sheer coincidence that he happened to meet and become arch-enemies with an actual marine animal trying to disguise himself as a human.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: In cut-scenes, Octodad can write in his diary-log, operate a remote controller, and slow dance with Scarlet, things that would be extremely difficult to do in-game.
  • Decon-Recon Switch: Dadliest Catch starts to deconstruct the whole premise by having Scarlet grow increasingly more suspicious of her husband, his behavior, and all the weird incidents surrounding him, which creates some friction in their relationship. But when she finds out that he's an octopus, she's okay with it, and they stay Happily Married.
  • The Dev Team Thinks of Everything:
    • If a required "prop" gets knocked away, or otherwise lost, the game will automatically move or respawn the item back to where it belongs just so that it either doesn't become difficult, if not impossible, to complete or so that the scenes can still make sense (ie, a "drip" reappearing by one of the patients if it gets lost).
    • At a certain point during Dadliest Catch, you have to play certain arcade-style minigames in order to advance the plot. "Cheating" in them will net you comments from the nearby people if they happen to witness you doing it.
  • Easily Forgiven: At the end of the game when Octodad "takes care" of Fujimoto, he hugs him and make blubbering professing his love for humanity. This is after Fujimoto has been pursuing Octodad throughout the game, at one point even putting Octodad's family in danger.
  • Easter Egg: There is a newspaper lying around in Octodad's house. If you examine its texture in the game files, you can learn a few humorous things, such as Tommy's idol Sports Johnson apparently trying to become a mayor for the past few years, or Fujimoto apparently being this year's candidate as well.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: The sequel's.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: Why play as an octopus? Cause it's awesome!
  • Evil Chef: Fujimoto might be right about Octodad being an octopus, but he doesn't have to be such a Jerk Ass about it.
  • Exact Words: Co-op mode in the sequel. If you are curious: it splits the control of Octodad's limbs between all players. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Expository Theme Tune: "Octodad (Nobody Suspects a Thing)", the theme song of Octodad: Dadliest Catch
  • Failure Is the Only Option: At one point in Dadliest Catch, you are asked to make a sheepshank knot. Even with human hands this task would be impossible to complete, considering that the "rope" consists of about 10 stiff sticks attached to each other.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: At the end of the game Octodad confronts Fujimoto while not wearing his suit when his family is in danger.
  • Fun with Subtitles: If subtitles are on, they will explain roughly every "blub" Octodad does, such as *a curt explanatory blub*.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: One of Octodad's unlockible ties is a tie with a picture of a hen on it. The description reads, "I've seen enough hen ties to know where this is going."
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Stacy needs to snuggle a plush toy in order to go to sleep. Her favorite is an octopus.
  • Good Morning, Crono: The first game begins with Octodad being woken up by his loving wife. Except it's at 3:50 in the afternoon.
  • Good Dad: He may be an octopus, but he's still a pretty good dad for making sure his little girl Stacy gets a good night's sleep free of monsters and spiders.
  • Happily Married: Despite the oddness of it all, Octodad and Scarlet are a very loving couple.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Fujimoto in Dadliest Catch. After being forgiven by Octodad and realizing his love of humanity and his family, he promises to leave him alone and walks away.
  • Hereditary Hairstyle: Stacy has the exact same hairstyle that her mother does, though she's a brunette rather than a redhead.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Octodad's wife Scarlet is a redhead.
  • Hugh Mann: Octodad is pretty clearly an octopus in a business suit, but nobody suspects a thing...
  • Human Mom Non Human Dad: While Octodad is an octopus, his wife is a human. Their kids seem to be wholly human. In the end of the second game, after his family learns Octodad's secret, Tommy lampshades this by questioning how he and his sister came to be from this marriage.
  • I Thought It Meant: A lot of people didn't entirely realize why Octodad needed a banana for the disguise, until he assembles the decoy. It's to mimic his moustache.
  • Interspecies Romance: Between an octopus and a human. Though Scarlet's not aware of this.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Scarlet works for what appears to be a tabloid along the lines of the National Enquirer called The Inquisitor. One reason that she takes the family to the aquarium is so that she can interrogate the staff about where the aquarium's money comes from.
  • Irony: The one person who's sane enough to notice that Octodad is actually an octopus is also the most insane, Ax-Crazy character in the game.
  • Item Get: Octodad does this pose whenever he gets a tie or an item at the grocery store.
  • The Klutz: Octodad usually leaves a big mess while completing his objectives, as he has no bones.
  • Large Ham: Stacy during the jellyfish exhibit in Dadliest Catch.
    • Also Chef Fujimoto in general.
    Fujimoto: "I will turn you into moderately priced sushi rolls!"
  • Last Note Nightmare/Songs in the Key of Panic: Screwing up too much and raising your Suspicion meter will cause the music to go increasingly off key.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: "GAME FACE"
    • The sequel gives us "*Blub of getting his Game Face on*"
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: In Dadliest Catch, Tom Taylorson voices all the male characters except Tommy. Fryda Wolff voices all the female characters except Scarlet. As for Tommy and Scarlet, they are voiced by Ann Sonneville
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
    • Just about the entire point of the series. You'll clean the kitchen, tuck your daughter in, shop for groceries, make your coffee...and struggle every step of the way.
    • Every time Octodad successfully grabs a key item, like a collectible tie or a box of frozen pizza, you'll be treated to a scene of him holding it victoriously above his head.
  • No Indoor Voice: Fujimoto in Dadliest Catch seems to be like this most of the time, at least judging by the ALL UPPERCASE SUBTITLES.
  • No Name Given: In Dadliest Catch Octodad is only referred to by terms of endearment (Dad, honey, etc.) by his family and "OCTOPUS!!!" by Fujimoto.
    • Lampshaded at the end of Dadliest Catch while the credits are rolling, when Tommy asks "Is that really his name?"
  • Noodle Incident: The war Fujimoto constantly rambles about. It could just be his insanity, but Scarlet interviews him about it during a flashback.
    • Subverted during a conversation that can be overheard between a couple marine biologists.
      Biologist 1: There hasn't been an octopus in here since... The Incident.
      Biologist 2: The incident?! You just forgot to lock the octopus tank!
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Scarlet dismisses Stacy trying to get her attention about Octodad — appearing to be a normal octopus — being in the shark tank. The fact that she's so concerned about the presence of this octopus when they're looking for him is the first hint that she knows the truth about him.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: At the final level of Dadliest Catch when Octodad has to walk in the ceiling rafters to get to Stacy, very ominous music plays with Blubbers instead of Latin chanting.
  • One-Hit Kill: For most of both games, Octodad has a suspicion meter. However, getting hit by Fujimoto or his cleavers instantly fills the bar.
    • Also, the marine biologists will fill the meter halfway if Octodad prods them, making them a two-hit kill.
  • Only Sane Man: Ironically, the Ax-Crazy chef is the only one who seems to know know about Octodad's true identity. Plus, it's revealed in the sequel that Stacy is the only family member to know about her father's secret.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Octodad's human disguise amounts to arranging his tentacles into a vaguely humanoid shape and putting on human clothing. Only one other man notices, and he's written off as crazy. Not to say he isn't. And Stacy, as it turns out, though she never said anything on the basis of it being so obvious she thought it wasn't worth mentioning.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Octodad is an octopus who wants to live as a human.
  • Red Herring: A significant amount of the NPC chatter in Dadliest Catch suggests the aquarium and the marine biologists are up to something sinister, but nothing ends up coming of it. May end up being a Sequel Hook.
  • Say My Name: OCTODAAAAD!!
  • Secret Keeper: Octodad's whole family know about their patriarch's secret by the end.
  • Shout-Out: At the beginning of Dadliest Catch there is a stained glass window of Cthulhu in the church.
  • Some Dexterity Required: The bulk of the game's challenge is trying to perform everyday tasks with the awkward controls.
  • The South Paw: In the first game we see Octodad writing in his journal with his left tentacle.
    • However, in the second game we see Octodad holding up items he obtains with his right tentacle. He may be ambidextrous, or more likely ambisinister.
      • Though he is an octopus, so clearly this is irrelevant.
  • Stalker Without A Crush: Chef Fujimoto is one to Octodad.
  • Standard '50s Father: Octodad tries to be one.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: Octodad feels rather out of place when visiting the aquarium that resembles his old sea home in Dadliest Catch.
  • Threatening Shark: The aquarium claims to hold the world's biggest hammerhead shark. Naturally, it becomes a thorn in Octodad's side once he ends up inside the tank.
  • Title Drop: OCTODAAAAD!!
  • Toilet Humour: a secret level in the sequel is accessible by flushing Octodad in one of the Aquarium's toilets.
  • The Unintelligible: Though quite eloquent in his journal entries, Octodad's dialogue is simple blubbering. His points get across quite well, though.
  • The Unreveal: Octodad's actual name is never referred to in the story - even his wife just calls him "Honey". In the Octodad short "Dad Romance", Octodad tells the waiter his name in order to convince him he had reservations at the resturant. However, in a brief subversion of Intelligible Unintelligible, the waiter only managed hear his name as "blurberulb"note .
  • Unmoving Plaid: In the kitchen cutscenes.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Octodad himself, obviously.
    • In Dadliest Catch, on the lowest difficulty level the suspicion meter isn't being filled at all, aside of instant kill scenarios. This means that you can have situations like Octodad completely crashing a grocery store and throwing everything onto the ground, or a naked octopus walking around sailors on a ship with absolutely nobody batting an eyelid.
  • Very Definite Final Dungeon: Octodad's basement-laboratory, a sprawling underground complex full of deadly lasers being controlled by Fujimoto.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: The sequel allows you to be a huge douchebag, who flails about knocking stuff over, cutting in line, throwing things around, slapping people upside the head, and cheating at arcade games.
    • Lampshaded in the announcement details for the sequel's DLC update, which lists one of the features as, "Over 0 unconscious ragdolls!".
  • Visual Pun: At the grocery store in Dadliest Catch, there's a man in the produce section with an apple in one hand and an orange in the other, looking back and forth between the two.
  • Vocal Dissonance:
    • Tommy sounds at least ten years older than he actually is in the first game. Luckily, he's got a new, much more age appropriate voice in Dadliest Catch.
    • In the early pre-build release of Dadliest Catch, the devs put in their own voices as placeholders for Octodad's wife and kids, since they hadn't had the lines professionally voiced yet. Hint: there are apparently no women on the dev team.
  • We Could Have Avoided All This: The basement is full of bananas, suits, and octopus dolls, everything Octodad needed to make his Cardboard Pal.
  • Weirdness Censor: Despite it being exceptionally obvious Octodad is an octopus in a suit, almost no one seems to notice, besides Fujimoto and the marine biologists at the aquarium (and Stacy, as shown in the final stage of Dadliest Catch).
  • Why Did It Have To Be Banana Peels?: Which are, in Octodad's own words, the demonspawn from his darkest nightmares.
  • Wreaking Havok: Part of the fun to the game is just tossing stuff around and stumbling about.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Stacey.

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