Follow TV Tropes



Go To
A monster with a face of tentacles resembling everyone's favorite Eldritch Abomination, Cthulhu. Using the official pronunciation of "Cthulhu" given by H. P. Lovecraft, the closest thing to the correct pronunciation the human vocal apparatus can manage is "Khlulhloominoid."note  Now 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 Lamprey Mouth 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 Eldritch Abomination 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 Abominations, but about humanoids who look vaguely like Cthulhu.

A Sub-Trope of Monster Mouth, since it's mostly about the structure of the mouthparts. Related to Unscaled Merfolk, Fish People, Beast Man, Humanoid Abomination, Animalistic Abomination.


    open/close all folders 

    Anime & Manga 
  • Dagomon in Digimon Adventure 02 has "arms" that are a bound mass of tentacles, and above where those tentacles connect with the shoulders are a pair of eyes.
  • Poseidon Nero from EDENS ZERO has tentacles dangling in front of his mouth like a huge mustache, on top of a full head full of tentacle hair, to fit his appearance as ruler of the oceanic Aoi Cosmos.
  • In Franken Fran, 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. At the end of the chapter, he's possibly dead and definitely serving as the nursery for thousands of mutant octopus eggs.
  • Innsmouth (named after another of Lovecraft's stories) from My Hero Academia is an aquatic-based metahuman with tentacles coming out of many body parts, including his face.
  • Tabula Smaragdina, one of the 41 Supreme Beings in Overlord (2012) has an octopus-shaped head. He is an alchemist, noted as the creator of Albedo, Nigredo and Rubedo, the latter of which is said to be the strongest being in Nazarick (which is saying something, considering how powerful the rest of the Guardians are).
  • The Black Mass in Soul Eater, also known as "the Great Old One of Power", a mysterious entity who suspiciously resembles Cthulhu if he were made of some kind of viscous, dark, ever-shifting liquid.

    Comic Books 
  • Minor Doctor Strange villain the Dweller-In-Darkness is designed with Cthulhu in mind, appearing as a blue-skinned octopus-faced demon with a bulbous brain and the ability to generate fear.
  • The Flash had an arc where he had to face some interdimensional race of aquatic invaders that had many octopus traits.
  • Thanks to the tendrils covering his mouth and his connection to fear, Man-Thing is a heroic 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. Underneath that concealing scarf, though... Well, he really does have the face for tentacles.
  • Superboy (1994): The two most common alien species seen amongst Kossak's slaves are both relatively humanoid with a bunch of tentacles on their lower faces. The first group just has prehensile tentacles as a sort of mustache/beard combo and four eyes while the other has an opening starting where a human nose would be and widening down to their chin full of short stubby tentacles that are a darker tone than their skin.
  • Ullux'yl Kwan Tae Syn, the being responsible for the obscure Marvel character Ulysses Bloodstone becoming an immortal monster slayer, was a green-skinned humanoid with a tentacled head.
  • In Welcome to the Jungle, a graphic novel prequel to The Dresden Files, Harry ponders which type of monster may have killed a night watchman. One panel shows a Police Lineup of the (monstrous) "usual suspects", including a stocky, long-tentacled humanoid.
  • While a cubi's default form is the classic Hot as Hell look in Fine Print, their true forms are a not so pedestrian, adding scales and various other tails that look like tentacles at first glance. They usually hide this form from humans because the human mind was not equipped to handle gazing upon it, resulting in things from bleeding from their eyes to spontaneous combustion.

    Films — Live Action 
  • The proto-Prawns from Neill Blomkamp's short film Alive in Jo'burg, which inspired District 9, look like this instead of the insectoid appearance of the big budget adaptation.
  • Dagon: All the Dagon cultists in the village are various types of Fish People. Xuia's father has a face that resembles an octopus.
  • The howling ghost that emerges from the subway entrance in the original Ghostbusters (1984) appears to have a face full of tendrils, if it can said to have a "face" at all.
  • The Bodati (the alien whose tentacle is accidentally stepped on by Alex in the briefing room) in The Last Starfighter.
  • Necronomicon: In "The Drowned", any of the drowned returned from the dead by the blasphemous ritual initially look normal, but then sprout octopus tentacles from their mouth that take over their entire face as they attempt to devour their loved ones.
  • Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean is certainly not the first example, but due to the popularity of the films, he might very well be the most well-known example. He has facial tentacles, a crab pincer for a hand, and one of his legs resembles that of a crab. Designed to resemble a beard, hook and peg leg, of course. His tentacle beard is articulate enough to play a pipe organ (something he can't do with his hands, lacking the digits).
  • Star Wars: The Quarren, one of the two sentient species of Mon Cala, have squid-like heads complete with four tentacles around their mouths.


  • Grivnizoids in their true from, from Borgel look like a cross between a humanoid tree and an octopus, as they are covered with tentacles.
  • Cthulhu Mythos: The Trope Namer here should very well be one of Lovecraft's own alien races, the octopoid "star-spawn of Cthulhu" which look much like their master/father/high priest/god.
  • Lilith's Brood: The Oankali are a spacefaring species that have patches of short "sensory tentacles" across their scalps, foreheads, and throats in place of eyes, ears, or noses. Humans describe them as looking somewhat like anthropomorphic sea slugs — and also as being viscerally, skin-crawlingly horrifying until you get used to them. Also, their hands and feet have sixteen digits each, but at least those have bones in them.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has the true humanoid form of Hive, a parasitic inhuman able to infest and possess the deceased's bodies. His true form is a human-like creature with tentacles for hair.
  • Babylon 5 has the pak'ma'ra, hunched humanoids with three pairs of tentacles around a tough beak. Despite their appearances, they are a relatively nice people, although secretive, carrion-eating, and smelly.
  • Doctor Who:
    • 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 Abominations.
    • "Daleks in Manhattan"/"Evolution of the Daleks": After merging with the human Diagoras, Dalek Sec's hybrid form looks somewhat like this, with stubby remnants of the tentacles full Daleks have on the sides of his head.
  • 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. Interestingly for a fairy tales and folklore-themed series, they were based on/inspired by Beholders.
  • Power Rangers / Super Sentai

    Professional Wrestling 

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Dark Eye has Gal'kzuulim, demons that serve Archdemon Charyptoroth. They are created through a ritual from humans and krakonier (Deep One expies).
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The Trope Maker is the tentacle-faced Mind Flayers/Illithids, but despite the similarities Gary Gygax did not base his creations directly on Cthulhu, but on a novel cover.note 
    • The Krakentua from Kara-tur are enormous octopus-headed spirits standing 100 feet tall and dressed in lavish silk robes. They hide in the depths of the sea and come out mainly to enslave lesser beings. The tentacles on their faces are also dexterous, allowing them to wield weapons in each of their seven tentacles.
    • Piscoloths/Piscodaemons are a species of Yugoloth/Daemon with lobster-like bodies and arms, birds' feet, and tentacled heads, However, rather than cephalopods, their heads are based on carrion crawlers (giant maggot-like monsters with paralyzing tentacles around their mouths). They obviously had also influence on the naming of the Final Fantasy example below.
  • Exalted:
    • The 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.
    • Tentacle men are Wyld creatures resembling humans with rubbery, hairless skin and a cluster of tentacles replacing their heads, with a hooked beak where these join with the torso.
  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • A huge, unholy, tentacle-faced monstrosity from the deep: Wrexial, the Risen Deep. An even more Lovecraftian kraken followed several years later with Krothuss, Lord of the Deep, the towering nightmare from the depths that Runo Stromkirk worships.
    • Drelnoch is a mutant yeti with tentacles.
    • While cephalids from Dominaria are shown as being very squidlike, those from the plane of Capenna (home of the city of New Capenna) tend to have a more humanoid frame, with female examples typically having tentacles for hair and men also having tentacle beards. Actual intimidation factor tends to be a little low, though, since New Capenna is aesthetically firmly in The Roaring '20s and everyone is dressed like a character from a gangster movie.
  • As beings physically inspired by the mind flayers, the Ilthusians from the Mutants & Masterminds Freedom City setting also count. They're less scary than most of these examples, since the main representative of their species, Captain Kraken, communicates mainly in "Yarrr, me hearties!"
  • The Old World of Darkness had the Chulorvia, an underwater race of Eldritch Abominations. They have several breeds, one of which is a classic Cthulhumanoid.
  • 50 Fathoms, a Savage Worlds setting, has the Kraken - resembling the illithid, but they're playable - and don't make bad wizards, either.
  • The Tyranids from Warhammer 40,000 incorporate this as bioforms:
    • 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 generally presents them as such, with octopus-like heads topped on hunched semi-reptilian bodies (the former trait being a result of mutation from standard Tyranid Genestealers). The unit background states the Hive Mind goes out of its way to avoid reabsorbing their biomass because they undergo physical mutations constantly and uncontrollably. Some editions represent them as regular Genestealers with the feeder tendril upgrade and perhaps some other options, while others create a separate unit, but either way the tentacle faces remain.
  • Invoked in Warhammer Fantasy with Lokhir Fellheart the Krakenlord, a Dark Elf pirate king who goes into battle wearing a golden mask/helmet resembling a kraken, giving him the appearance of this trope - even if underneath, he's an ordinary - if extremely tough - elf.

    Video Games 
  • In The Age of Decadence, one of the possible endings has the player character fighting Agathoth, a creature from another dimension that was called by humans to fight a war against others of his kind that had invaded, the war that lead to the game's After the End setting. He is, understandably, impossible to defeat without a build specialized toward fighting (and even then, near-impossible).
  • Bendy and the Ink Machine gives us the Lost Ones: humanoid, skeletal ink beings with strands of ink dangling from their faces, sort of looking like tentacles. They're completely harmless, thankfully, however it's implied they're actually former studio employees.
  • Bloodborne:
    • Emaciated, robed humanoids with tentacled faces that use paralyzing 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.
    • Amygdala, which is (by 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 a mostly-exposed brain that's (sometimes) also covered in eyes...
    • The DLC adds the Nightmare Executioner: one of the ogre-like, axe-wielding Executioners from the core game, but fitted with a tentacular face that it occasionally lashes out at you with.
    • Variation with the Shadows of Yharnam boss fight, who, at the beginning of the second stage of the fight, sprout live snakes from their faces for a very similar aesthetic.
  • Bounty of One: Brainsuckers are squid-faced late-game enemies that attack by using their hands to fire painfully slow energy balls, allowing them to clog the screen with projectiles. They're also expies of Dungeons & Dragons' Illithids, being parasitic entities that take over the bodies of their hosts.
  • Castlevania: The Malachi from later games is literally just Cthulhu, complete with the octopus-like head, bat wings, and backstory as an Ancient Evil. Malachi's debut game of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night has another enemy called Cthulhu which is a headswap of Malachi with a demon head, suggesting that Malachi was meant to be called Cthulhu in the English version but the names got swapped with the later games just sticking with the name it got.
  • Champions Online: You have the option to make yourself one. Just get the facial feature "tentacles," and for bonus points webbed or tentacled hands and/or feet.
  • Defense of the Ancients: Faceless Void's model looks like this, due to being based on the aforementioned Faceless Ones of Warcraft. DOTA 2 makes his head more similar to that of a hammerhead shark instead.
  • Demon's Souls: The Tower of Latria, now converted into a prison, is guarded by Mind Flayers, who have tentacles growing from their faces and appear squidlike in general, even having the tiny beak associated with octopi. They wear long robes, wield bells and cast magic spells to paralyze the player, then grab them with their tentacles.
  • Elden Ring features enormous grey humanoids known as Wormfaces that, as the name implies, have a mass of writhing forms instead of a face. They make constant, unsettling gibbering sound and attack the player character by vomiting Deathblight-infected worms all over them. There's also an even larger variant of the same enemy capable of swallowing the player character whole.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
  • Enemy on Board: One of the aliens, The Leech, has a humanoid body type, and what appears to be tentacles on its face.
  • The Mine Flayer, one of the bosses in Enter the Gungeon, is a giant-sized illithid who carries a bell like the ones in Demon's Souls; its name is a reference to the explosives it occasionally fills the room with, turning it into a minefield.
  • The basic Ioxian alien mooks in Eradicator are these, with their heads resembling brown, miniature octopuses. It's worth noting that the marketing and promotional materials, cover art, posters and whatnot doesn't show how the alien mooks looks like, focusing instead on the three playable heroes - the octopus-headed aliens only shows up in proper gameplay.
  • The Evil Within: One unique kind of Haunted which is capable of turning invisible has a unique form of Facial Horror with meat and bone peeled away to form swaying tentacles of flesh hanging from its head.
  • Fallen London:
    • The Rubbery Men are green humanoids with tentacled faces and tentacle fingers, who are trying very hard to fit into human society. They're quite friendly and harmless, but are unable to speak English and look disturbing enough that they're easy targets for Fantastic Racism.
    • The spin-off games Sunless Sea and Sunless Skies also feature the species, with Sea having one of the men — named Nacreous Outcast — as a recruitable officer.
  • Final Fantasy: The Mind Flayers from D&D appear in several installments of the 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 "Wizard" and "Sorcerer," then in Final Fantasy Tactics, became "Mindflare," while in the "Treasures of Aht Urghan" expansion of Final Fantasy XI they are known as "Soulflayers." The official English name for them now is "Piscodemon;"note  "pisco" as in "piscene" or "fish-like."
  • FTL: Faster Than Light: Implied through the Jolly Roger flown by Space Pirate ships, which feature octopus-like faces superimposed over crossed bones in place of the traditional human skulls.
  • Grim Dawn : Ashes of Malmouth adds the Rylok to the infernal hordes of the Chthonians. They are humanoid, massive brutes with tentacled faces, their stronger variants sporting wings and longer tentacles. You first encounter a very powerful one as a boss in Void's Edge, the dimension where Ulgrim was sent after fighting the Final Boss with you.
  • Kingdom Rush has a few of these:
  • League of Legends: Kassadin 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 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 monstrous appearance, Kassadin is overall a very heroic character. As a Shout-Out to this similarity in appearance, a skin has been released called "Deep One Kassadin."
  • Mass Effect: The species depicted in sculptures found on Ilos and seen in Shepard's dreams resemble this. Initially assumed to be the protheans, they're actually the inusannon — the precursors to the Protheans themselves.
  • Master of Orion II:
    • 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 Shout-Out. The manual also suggests that they were descended from a colony of the main Big Bad 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.
    • The Meklar have a mass of tentacles on their face.
  • 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. He is actually a depowered Eldritch Abomination 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.
  • The sligs from the Oddworld games are only partially humanoid, as they have robotic "pants" instead of legs, but they do have a face full of weird tentacles.
  • Overwatch: The 2017 Halloween Terror event added a bonus Cultist skin for the 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.
  • Pokémon X and Y has a kid-friendly version in Malamar. A humanoid upside-down squid-thing with tentacles as hair and hands, Dark/Psychic typing, and has the ability to make its foes bend to its will.
  • In Resident Evil: Revelations there's a new type of infected, the Ooze, who are mixed with genetic material from sea creatures, so, many of those resemble Cthulhumanoids.
  • Team Fortress 2:
    • One of the Pyro's cosmetics, the Beast from Below, replaces Pyro's usual gas mask with a six-valved respirator mask clearly made to resemble Cthulhu.
    • One of Demoman's cosmetics, Cap'n Calamari, gives him an octopus-head as an allusion to Davy Jones.
  • In Terra Invicta, there's the Hydra, the dominant species of the alien invaders. They are tall, dark grey humanoid creatures with red tendrils dangling from their mouths, and have the ability to Mind Control creatures using emotion-manipulating pherocytes.
  • Twisted Wonderland: Azul Ashengrotto, being based on Ursula the Sea Witch, is a part-octopus merperson.
  • The Ultimate Haunted House has 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.
  • In Warcraft III, the n'raqi (Faceless Ones) have tentacles both for heads and hands. Bonus points in that they are the servants of the Old Gods, Shouts Out to the Cthulhu mythos.
  • World of Warcraft:
    • The Faceless Ones, who were created by the Old Gods to serve as their priests and commanders.
    • The C'Thrax (Faceless General) model resembles Cthulhu even more than the n'raqi thanks to its more hulking build and the presence of two vestigial claws on the back that resemble wings.
    • Battle for Azeroth introduced the K'thir, who have an emaciated human body with an octopus-like head with unusually long tentacles. They are servants of the Old God N'zoth and, much like Dagon's worshippers, have begun corrupting Kul Tirans and secretly transforming them into more k'thir.
    • Patch 8.3 of Battle for Azeroth is all about ridding the world of N'zoth, and the gear available in it gives the player character a Cthulhumanoid look, no matter the type of armor. And plenty of K'thir and other such abominations have to be fought in it.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X: 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).
  • Ultraverse Prime have occasional, green-skinned humanoid mutants with an octopus for a head as enemies. They revert back into a human-sized green octopus after they're defeated.
  • Wizard101 has a being known as "The Old One" who is said to be "the secret author of history, always watching, always nudging." He looks like Cthulhu and dresses like Abraham Lincoln.

  • 8-Bit Theater had a group of cultists who sported the look. In their first appearance, the tentacles are called out as being masks; in the second, they seem to have become genuinely inhuman. Doesn't help them against Black Mage's knife in either case.
  • Academia: Invoked. 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.
  • The Call of Whatever: The Cthulhu spawn look like humanoids with octopus heads (as opposed to the canonical Cthulhu spawn which look like cthulhu, but only big instead of mindbendingly huge).
  • Freefall: This is implied to be what Sam Starfall looks like under his environment suit, though his face supposedly causes humans to puke so we haven't seen very much. Later comics have revealed that his species actually moves around on eight tentacles and cannot stand up unassisted.
  • Homestuck: Before the comic's start, Rose was gifted a large princess doll by her mother that she modified to have tentacles for arms and a squid for a head. Later, after she uses this doll to prototype her kernelsprite, several of the imps encountered in Sburb develop similar arm and lip tentacles as well.
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: The Asteroid Trading Post guy is an alien with three legs, four arms, and tentacles for lips.

    Web Original 
  • Red Guy from Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 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 destroys reality.
  • Serina has a uniquely avian take on this trope with the tentacle birds. They were originally descended from a small platypus-like water bird known as the snuffle that had a soft bill with fleshy tendrils to help them locate prey, these birds were able to survive a mass extinction which allowed them to greatly diversify with their most prominent feature being mobile facial appendages derived from these tendrils, legs set further back on the body which gives them a more upright human-like stance and a complete lack of wings. They eventually leave the water and split into two main groups: the gloves and the mittens.
    • The gloves have finger-like appendages supported by rigid cartilaginous rods that allow for a firmer grip as well as claws at the end for hooking into prey.
    • The mittens have more tentacle-like protrusions that are supported by flexible ring structures, their grip isn't as strong as the gloves but they have much greater dexterity and are generally more intelligent.
  • In the Whateley Universe, 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 rather appropriate, since Lovecraft used the name "Whateley" rather famously.

    Western Animation 
  • Vilgax, the Big Bad of Ben 10, resembles a hulking green humanoid with tentacles effectively replacing what would be hair for humans, as do the rest of his species. Lampshaded in one arc, when he uses his appearance to pose as the avatar of an actual Eldritch Abomination, the Dagon, in order to manipulate the Esoterica, a cult dedicated to serving the Dagon, into carrying out his newest Evil Plan. Which turns out to be stealing Dagon's power to become just straight up Cthulhu.
  • The Rahkshi in BIONICLE: The Mask of Light could split their faces open to reveal a mass of writhing tentacles - a trait completely absent from their toyline counterparts (who instead opened up their backs).
  • Many of the M'arrillians in Chaotic, especially G'harlag, who is just like Cthulhu.
  • Filmation's Ghostbusters had the Affably Evil Mr. Squid, who successfully captured the Ghostbusters even though Prime Evil didn't believe him. Just before Jake dematerialized him, he asked if he might one day join the 'Busters. Interestingly enough, his character design anticipates Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean by almost twenty years!
  • In Freakazoid!, villain Waylon Jeepers summons a Cthulhu Expy named "Vorn the Unspeakable", who fits this trope to a "T".
  • Futurama:
    • Decapodians like Zoidberg have tentacles on the part of their faces where human have noses/upper lips, though they are smaller (and goofier) 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, 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 Baby Hermann voice) that before being mutated it was a little blonde girl named Virginia.
    • A gag in one episode shows a Cthulhu-like alien buying the Milky Way Galaxy off eBay.
  • Final Space: The Galangian species, who are aliens native to Galang-22 are shown to be humanoid cephalopods whose culture is very similar to that of Europe during the medieval and renaissance periods. Ironically in a parody of octopus intelligence, most galangians including its queen are shown to be idiotic and dumb.
  • Squid of Generator Rex fits this trope, having quite a few features taken from his namesake.
  • A few of the Sea Tribe characters from Gormiti: The Lords of Nature Return are just like this.
  • The Glorft in Megas XLR have octopus-like heads and cybernetic humanoid bodies. A few of them have organic tentacles instead of mechanical legs.
  • In the Star vs. the Forces of Evil 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.
  • Karkull in Superman: The Animated Series is the seventh Demon Lord of the Inner Pit, appearing as a mass of tentacles shaped into a shadowy humanoid form topped with a Cthulhu-like head.
  • Wander over Yonder episode “The Good Bad Guy” has Major Threat AKA Jeff, Lord Hater’s former idol that got him into evil, before preforming a Heel–Face Turn. Concept art reveals that he was planned to be even more Cthulhu-like, with actual Tentacles, and a more octopus-like head.

Need a Stinger? Why not Zoidberg? note 


Video Example(s):

Alternative Title(s): Tentacle Head



Lance's design is ripe with tentacles, with his One-Winged Angel-form delving into Eldritch Abomination territory.

How well does it match the trope?

3.36 (11 votes)

Example of:

Main / Cthulhumanoid

Media sources: