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* ScienceMarchesOn: Some of the traits of giant squid as presented in the book (most notably the hooks inside the suckers) have since been established as traits of the similar (and larger) colossal squid. This is a minor quibble however; after twenty+ years, most of the material Benchley presents holds up quite well.


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* AnyoneCanDie: And they do - up to and including Whip's lifelong friend and first mate Mike.

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%% * AnyoneCanDie: And they do - up to and including Whip's lifelong friend and first mate Mike.



* CanadaEh: Talley, complete with Maritime accent.

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%% * CanadaEh: Talley, complete with Maritime accent.



* DeathOfAChild: The Osborne children.

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%% * DeathOfAChild: The Osborne children.



* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: The beginning of the novel spends a ''lot'' of time discussing the nearly-20 year marriage of the couple out sailing. Presumably to make the reader really feel the loss when they're killed by the creature.

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The beginning of the novel spends a ''lot'' of time discussing the nearly-20 year marriage of the couple out sailing. Presumably to make the reader really feel the loss when they're killed by the creature.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Osborn Manning certainly does.

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%% * EvenEvilHasStandards: Osborn Manning certainly does.Manning.



* GiantSquid
* IGaveMyWord: Both Whip and Manning operate on this principle.

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%% * IGaveMyWord: Both Whip and Manning operate on this principle.



* ItIsPronouncedTropay: Whip is especially annoyed by Liam St. John pronouncing his last name "sinjin," like a Brit.

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* ItIsPronouncedTropay: Whip is especially annoyed by Liam St. John pronouncing his last name "sinjin," "sinjin", like a Brit.



* {{Jerkass}}: Osborn Manning, though he does have more principles than one might expect from a CorruptCorporateExecutive. Liam St. John is a straight example, and a moron to boot.

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Osborn Manning, though he does have more principles than one might expect from a CorruptCorporateExecutive. CorruptCorporateExecutive.¨
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Liam St. John is a straight example, and a moron to boot.



* KrakenAndLeviathan: Referenced frequently, given the squid's size.

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%% * KrakenAndLeviathan: Referenced frequently, given the squid's size.



* {{Revenge}}: Osborn Manning wants it on the squid. [[RevengeBeforeReason: which ultimately gets him killed]].

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%% * {{Revenge}}: Osborn Manning wants it on the squid. [[RevengeBeforeReason: which ultimately gets him killed]].



* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Osborn Manning again.
* SharpDressedMan: Osborn Manning.

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%% * ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Osborn Manning again.
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* SharpDressedMan: Osborn Manning.



* SmugSnake: Liam St. John; Osborn Manning might count too.

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%% * SmugSnake: Liam St. John; Osborn Manning might count too.Manning.



* TentacledTerror: The GiantSquid which has wreaked havoc on the cast.
* TooDumbToLive: Dr. Liam St. John, who first tries to kill the squid with dynamite, then rents a submarine...and promptly wastes one of his weapons on killing a shark instead of on the squid, leading to his death and that of his entire crew.

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%% * TentacledTerror: The GiantSquid which has wreaked havoc on the cast.
* TooDumbToLive: Dr. Liam St. John, who first tries to kill the squid with dynamite, then rents a submarine... and promptly wastes one of his weapons on killing a shark instead of on the squid, leading to his death and that of his entire crew.


* NiceToTheWaiter: The Manning twins are a millionaire's kids who are going on a fairly expensive vacation. They are nice towards Lucas their diving guide.



* SpoiledSweet: The Manning twins are the kids of a millionaire and are going on a fairly expensive vacation, but come across as this (or at least NiceToTheWaiter) towards Lucas their diving guide, are fascinated by exploring the ocean depths, and don't inspire any negative comments after their deaths at the squids tentacles.


* * SpoiledSweet: The Manning twins are the kids of a millionaire and are going on a fairly expensive vacation, but seem pretty nice to Lucas their diving guide, are fascinated by exploring the ocean depths, and don't inspire any negative comments after their deaths at the squids tentacles.

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* * SpoiledSweet: The Manning twins are the kids of a millionaire and are going on a fairly expensive vacation, but seem pretty nice to come across as this (or at least NiceToTheWaiter) towards Lucas their diving guide, are fascinated by exploring the ocean depths, and don't inspire any negative comments after their deaths at the squids tentacles.

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* * SpoiledSweet: The Manning twins are the kids of a millionaire and are going on a fairly expensive vacation, but seem pretty nice to Lucas their diving guide, are fascinated by exploring the ocean depths, and don't inspire any negative comments after their deaths at the squids tentacles.


* SpoiledSweet: The Manning twins seem pretty nice to Lucas their diving guide.

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* SpoiledSweet: The Manning twins seem pretty nice to Lucas their diving guide.


* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: Indeed.



* {{Revenge}}: Osborn Manning wants it on the squid.
** RevengeBeforeReason: Manning has a bad case of this, and it ultimately gets him killed.

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* {{Revenge}}: Osborn Manning wants it on the squid.
** RevengeBeforeReason: Manning has a bad case of this, and it
squid. [[RevengeBeforeReason: which ultimately gets him killed.killed]].


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* TentacledTerror: The GiantSquid which has wreaked havoc on the cast.


* ItsPronouncedTropay: Whip is especially annoyed by Liam St. John pronouncing his last name "sinjin," like a Brit.

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* ItsPronouncedTropay: ItIsPronouncedTropay: Whip is especially annoyed by Liam St. John pronouncing his last name "sinjin," like a Brit.


A 1991 novel by Creator/PeterBenchley (author of ''Film/{{Jaws}}''), '''''Beast''''' deals with a series of attacks on Bermudan shipping and swimmers by a hungry (and aggressive) giant squid. It was adapted into a film in 1996 under the slightly changed name of ''Film/TheBeast''.

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A 1991 novel by Creator/PeterBenchley (author of ''Film/{{Jaws}}''), '''''Beast''''' ''Beast'' deals with a series of attacks on Bermudan shipping and swimmers by a hungry (and aggressive) giant squid. It was adapted into a film in 1996 under the slightly changed name of ''Film/TheBeast''.






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* DeathOfAChild: The Osborne children.



* ForTheEvulz: The description of the squid?
--> "It existed to survive. And to kill. For, peculiarly -- if not uniquely--in the world of living things, it often killed without need, as if Nature, in a fit of perverse malevolence, had programmed it to that end."



* InfantImmortality: Averted with the Osborn children.

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* InfantImmortality: Averted with the Osborn children.


* GaiasVengeance: Why is the squid here? Well largely because we've killed off most of the animals that eat them when they're babies (tuna, sharks, sea turtles), and most of the animals that eat them when they're adults (sperm whales), and all the food at the bottom of the ocean that they normally eat. That's right kids: we're increasing the numbers of one of the few animals that can fight us on relatively even terms. This is actually to some degree rrealistic, as with many other aspects about the Squid.

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* GaiasVengeance: Why is the squid here? Well largely because we've killed off most of the animals that eat them when they're babies (tuna, sharks, sea turtles), and most of the animals that eat them when they're adults (sperm whales), and all the food at the bottom of the ocean that they normally eat. That's right kids: we're increasing the numbers of one of the few animals that can fight us on relatively even terms. This is actually to some degree rrealistic, realistic, as with many other aspects about the Squid.


* GaiasVengeance: Why is the squid here? Well largely because we've killed off most of the animals that eat them when they're babies (tuna, sharks, sea turtles), and most of the animals that eat them when they're adults (sperm whales), and all the food at the bottom of the ocean that they normally eat. That's right kids: we're increasing the numbers of one of the few animals that can fight us on relatively even terms.

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* GaiasVengeance: Why is the squid here? Well largely because we've killed off most of the animals that eat them when they're babies (tuna, sharks, sea turtles), and most of the animals that eat them when they're adults (sperm whales), and all the food at the bottom of the ocean that they normally eat. That's right kids: we're increasing the numbers of one of the few animals that can fight us on relatively even terms. This is actually to some degree rrealistic, as with many other aspects about the Squid.


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* SelfDeprecation: Whip at one point mocks ''Jaws'', another of Benchley's works. This is partially because Benchley came to regret the bad reputation he unintentionally gave Great White Sharks.
* ShownTheirWork: A lot of stuff concerning the squid is actually true and well researched. Over 20 years later and a lot of it still holds up, and even what doesn't simply applies to a different species of gigantic squid.


A 1991 novel by PeterBenchley (author of ''Film/{{Jaws}}''), '''''Beast''''' deals with a series of attacks on Bermudan shipping and swimmers by a hungry (and aggressive) giant squid. It was adapted into a film in 1996 under the slightly changed name of ''Film/TheBeast''.

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A 1991 novel by PeterBenchley Creator/PeterBenchley (author of ''Film/{{Jaws}}''), '''''Beast''''' deals with a series of attacks on Bermudan shipping and swimmers by a hungry (and aggressive) giant squid. It was adapted into a film in 1996 under the slightly changed name of ''Film/TheBeast''.

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