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Holy crab! Where the hell is the weak point?!

"Once... they were men. Now they are land crabs."
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Crabs.

They've got big pincers. They've got googly eyes. They've got a thick exoskeleton. They've got a funny sideways walk. They're capable of living both on land and in water. In some parts of the world, they make delicious meals. In others, they name deadly diseases after them.

But what happens when you decide to enlarge one? You get a scary-looking monster fit for a Boss Battle. And possibly an extra-large delicious meal if you decide to cook it afterward.

Like Big Creepy-Crawlies, inefficient oxygen use renders the truly huge ones impossible. However, around 450 million years ago marine arthropods did grow to large sizes, up to 2.5 metres in the case of the Eurypterids.

This trope is named for a mid-2000s meme, where during a Sony presentation, the presenters claimed that Giant Enemy Crabs appeared in "famous battles that actually took place in ancient Japan". When encountering one, you may Attack Its Weak Point, especially if for massive damage while using Real-Time Weapon Change.

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See Sea Monster for other monsters from the deep, and see Penny-Pinching Crab for other crabs. Often similar to a Giant Spider, but not quite as creepy (and theoretically, giant enemy crabs are more tasty). A mechanical version would be a form of Spider Tank. Can be found on an Isle of Giant Horrors. Subtrope of Dire Beast.


Examples of Giant Crabs:

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    Advertising 
  • This commercial for Joe's Crab Shack.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Bakemonogatari: Hitagi Senjogahara starts out the series possessed by a Giant Enemy Crab. This leads Oshino to point out the real reason why Giant Enemy Crabs aren't to be messed with. They're hard to eat.
  • Bakugan: Terrorclaw is a giant crab. Gundalian Invaders will have another one called Lythirius.
  • Bleach:
    • At the end of episode 205, all of the spiritual energy being released in the kemari game summons a giant crab-like hollow. After Uryu and Chad attack it, Ichigo kills it with a single blow.
    • Findorr Calius is an Arrancar who is basically is a crab-man with big ol' claws in his released mode. And considering how most Adjuchas used to look before going humanoid, he was likely a giant bony crab sometime in the past.
  • Dandadan: Turbo Granny has one as a Bond Creature, and sends it to chase after Ayase and Okarun when they've trapped her spirit. After she escapes, she fuses with it to become a One-Winged Angel.
  • Dragon Ball Z: A filler scene in the Namek arc has Bulma going after a dragon ball that's gotten away from her, and ends up fighting a giant Namekian crab. Turns out the crab was just protecting her eggs.
  • Genesis Climber MOSPEADA: The Inbit (a.k.a. Robotech's Invid) are an invertebrate hive-minded species of bipedal, crab-like crustaceanoids indigenous to the planet Optera, the solitary inhabitable world of the Tzuptum System. They have warriors who are permanently bonded into giant bug-shaped mechanical exoskeletons.
  • Gundam:
    • The MA-06 Val Walo from Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory is a mobile armor jet themed after this concept.
    • The YMAF-X6BD Zamza-Zah from Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny is a bit closer in terms of design to this than the Val Walo.
    • SD Gundam World Heroes: Sun Jiang Gundam Astray, Sun Quan Gundam Astray, Benjamin V2 Gundam, and Edward Second V end up fighting one of these after dealing with a bunch of smaller crabs. Oh, and all of the crabs are also based on the Val Walo.
  • The Hunters Guild: Red Hood: While travelling along a seaside road, what else should attack Velou and Grimm's tractor hermit crab wagonnote  but a hostile armor crab wearing a discarded tank with a smaller, more dexterous plier crab running the turret.
  • In Kill la Kill, Takarada uses a giant gold-plated crab mecha against Satsuki's army. It even has a weakpoint which can be attacked for massive damage.
  • Mahoromatic features "Cloud Crab", a crab-like alien robot. Mahoro actually does Attack Its Weak Point for massive damage.
  • Mazinger Z: Zarigan G8 was a Mechanical Beast shaped like a orange-and-red giant crab with large eyes and a long tail. It was amazingly fast and agile underwater and beat the crab out of Mazinger-Z — that had always been a lousy fighter underwater — during their battle.
  • Naruto: The Animal Path of Pain has this as one of its (many) Summons. In the video game, you attack its legs for maximum damage. The Three-Tails has characteristics of a crab.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi: A crab larger than the trees of the jungle she fell into chases Chisame at the start of the Magic World Story Arc.
  • One-Punch Man: The first real foe Saitama faced is a giant humanoid crab monster named Crablante who tried to kill a little kid for drawing nipples on his shell while he was sleeping.
  • Pani Poni Dash!: The class bus is captured by a Giant Enemy Crab. Even the aliens get worried at this one.
  • Rage of Bahamut: Genesis: A Giant Enemy Crab attacks Favaro and Amira's ship. Amira manages to rip its guts out, although she notes that they're not tasty.
  • School Rumble: Harima takes on a Giant Enemy Crab in the middle of a search for cooking ingredients, and kills it offscreen with a trident. The anime exaggerated its size so that it towered over him.
  • Shima Shima Tora no Shimajirō: The 2014 movie has a giant crab as the antagonist. Apparently it's weak point is it's extremely ticklish and it can't stand whalesong. Although it undergoes Heel–Face Turn and Defeat Equals Friendship at the end of the movie, and gets over its weakness to whalesong.
  • Tears to Tiara: In episode 4 , the main characters accidentally call out an entire beach's worth of Giant Enemy Crabs. Since the hunting party has among their number two Badass Normal warriors, a White Mage, an Old Master cleric, and a resurrected demon king, the crabs still get slaughtered. The party celebrates with crab hot pot, using the crabs' shells as cooking pots.
  • Tekkaman Blade: During the year 2300 AD, otherwise known as United Earth Year 192, the Earth is under attack from an extraterrestrial enemy known as the Radam. The Radam forces comprise of grotesque bug-like monsters (spider-crabs) that are led by armoured soldiers known as the Tekkamen.
  • Tokyo Mew Mew: A Chimera Animal from late in the show is basically, well, a rather large crab.
  • Ushio and Tora: The Youkai Kijimun is a massive, spiked crab monster whose pincers are composed of suffering and grotesque human faces. However, when faced by the Beast Spear, attacking the weak spot is redundant.
  • Vandread: Inverted by Vandread Jura: not only is it a crab-mech piloted by the protagonists, but it is also primarily used for its defensive abilities.
  • Voltes V: Beast Fighter Kanigan. He becomes a massproduced Mook in several of the Super Robot Wars games in which Voltes appears, most notably (to the English-speaking audience) Super Robot Wars Judgment.
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    Art 
  • The Carta Marina of 1539 shows a kind of giant lobster between Orkney and the Hebrides, holding a man in his claw. According to the commentary, this monster is called "Polypus" and is considered very dangerous (although he also claims it can change colour, so there may be some confusion with another multi-limbed marine invertebrate — the octopus; since "polypus" simply means "many-footed", it was often used as a catch-all term for anything with more than six limbs).

    Asian Animation 
  • In the Gaju Bhai episode "Tiku Thakela", the Monster of the Week is a giant red crab named Crabadu who uses a giant tank on its back to absorb energy from the people of Gajrajpuri.

    Card Games 

    Comic Books 
  • In Airboy Comics #103, The Heap battles the Great Black Crab of Brittany, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Atomic Robo: Atomic Robo encounters a Mad Scientist in Japan who has turned himself into a giant crustacean monster.
    Robo: Why do we even have the Square-Cube Law?
  • Critter: In the "High Tide" arc, Schoolgirl is trapped atop a buoy by giant crabs, leading to a That Came Out Wrong moment as she calls for help.
  • Gold Digger: The ruler of Atlantis has a crab big enough to put an aircraft carrier on its head as a pet. It is also adorable.
  • Mouse Guard: The first volume features a battle against several normal-sized Enemy Crabs, but since the main characters are mice...
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW): The first issue of the pirate story ends on a cliffhanger involving a giant crab rising up from a pit.
  • Nextwave: RELEASE THE HOMICIDE CRABS! The Homicide Crabs were one of H.A.T.E.'s many weapons used against the Nextwave Squad in War Garden 6, Wyoming. They were deployed to face off against the team's leader, Monica Rambeau, but were relatively easily fought off.
  • The Transformers has the Decepticon Squeezeplay, a Headmaster whose alt-mode was supposedly a giant crab (it actually looked more like a mutant gorilla with pincers instead of hands with a vaguely crab-like shell on its back). His Japanese version is even called Cancer because of it.

    Comic Strips 
  • The Far Side: A boxer's worst nightmare. "It's no use, doc. No matter what I do, he just goes to the side!"

    Fan Works 

    Gamebooks 

    Films — Animation 
  • Gandahar: Enormous crablike creatures protect the city of Jasper. They serve as the city’s last line of defense against the invading Metal Men.
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift: When Manny, Sid and Diego encounter such a gigantic crab while being lost and facing a raging storm.
  • In Moana, Moana helps Maui recover his magic fishhook from Tamatoa, a vain, gigantic, talking coconut crab.
  • Monsters, Inc.: Mr. Waternoose looks very crab-like in appearance. His status as a villain, though, isn't revealed until the very end of the movie.
  • Pinocchio in Outer Space: On the surface of Mars, Pinocchio finds animals made gigantic by atomic mutation, including huge crabs with fangs.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Aquaman (2018): The Brine have a giant crab as part of their arsenal.
  • Attack of the Clones: The acklay is a monster that's part giant crab, part mantis, part lizard.
  • Attack of the Crab Monsters: People are trapped on a shrinking island by intelligent, brain-eating giant crabs. Not only were they big crabs, they could imitate people's voices.
  • The Dark Crystal: The Garthim are hulking, crab-like creatures used as minions, solders and enforcers by the villainous Skeksis. They've even got a bit of Fiddler-Crab likeness to them. One arm is a massive slicing claw, the other is a powerful gripping hand.
  • Godzilla: Destoroyah is made of thousands of these — which are already giant by themselves.
  • Land of the Lost: A giant crab appears during one scene in which it tries to attack the protagonists while they are stoned. However, it is killed by a geyser and is then eaten by the protagonists instead.
  • The Lost Continent: Giant crabs are some of the many perils that the main characters have to endure besides killing sea weed and The Spanish Inquisition.
  • Love And Monsters: The pirates' attack animal is a mutant ten-ton crab they control with an electrical cable. Joel realizes it's actually a Gentle Giant tortured to do their bidding and once he sets it free, it immediately kills and eats the pirates.
  • The Mist: One of these is what finally takes out Ollie the assistant manager in the movie adaptation.
  • Mysterious Island features a giant crab animated via stop motion. Supposedly, Harryhausen used the shell of an actual crab to construct the creature.
  • Pacific Rim has the crustacean-like Onibaba, the kaiju from Mako's RABIT memory.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest: The villain is Davy Jones, who, while still being more-or-less humanoid, has a crab's leg instead of one of his human ones and a crab's claw instead of his left hand (meant to imitate the "traditional" peg-leg and hook hand normally associated with pirates). He's also significantly larger than most of the main cast.
  • Space Amoeba: The eponymous alien takes control of a crab named Ganimes and enlarges it.
  • In the Transformers series (and especially in Revenge of the Fallen), Megatron's physical appearance was actually designed after that of a fiddler crab's (especially with his arms, his right arm is extremely huge and clawlike, while his left is extremely thin and bony). This even carries into his altmodes in those films: a jet-tank hybrid in the first two, and an armored truck in the third.
  • Wapakman: The Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao fights one of these.

    Literature 
  • Animorphs: Visser Three morphed a chameleon-like color changing one in a book that took place Under the Sea.
  • Larry Niven's Beowulf's Children introduces the Scribe, which resembles a giant land-dwelling horseshoe crab. Fortunately, they're also Gentle Giants... with defenses that deter all potential predators, even the grendels and the huge flesh-eating "bees" with Super Speed. To get a feel for how big they are, note that the colonists name the first Scribe they meet "Asia".
  • In The Beyonders, the first word fragment is unintentionally guarded by a giant crab. Originally it was guarded by a hermit; the crab moved in on her own. She's terrifyingly fast as well as Nigh Invulnerable, and escaping her is a chore and a half for the protagonists.
  • J. M. Busby's science-fiction horror novel Cage A Man features the Demu, a race of aliens who resemble human-sized crabs. They're Scary Dogmatic Aliens who believe they are the only true intelligence in the universe, and seek to turn all other intelligent species into more of themselves.
  • Erec Rex: One of the monsters is a type of giant crab called a ginglehoffer. They can be dangerous, but are held back by their crippling fondness combined with allergic reaction to marshmallows.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Hagrid's infamous Blast-Ended Skrewts, a hybrid between Manticores and Fire-crabs. They start out as being merely a poor choice of a Care of Magical Creature class project, but fully mature they become so distinctly sinister and dangerous that they are employed for the Third Triwizards Champions task.
  • In John Dies at the End, a gorilla riding a giant crab (or possibly a single creature resembling a gorilla riding a giant crab) violently escapes from a chemical plant that makes drain cleaner. No, it doesn't make sense in context, that's the whole point.
  • Guy N. Smith wrote a series of low-rent horror novels in which giant killer crabs scuttle amok, beginning with Night of the Crabs.
  • Nuklear Age: There's the memorable Crushtaceon; a giant prehistoric crab formerly frozen in ice that is... attracted to the sounds of Angus's bagpipes
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Last Olympian's first chapter features one. Percy even Attacks Its Weak Point for massive damage.
  • Prador Moon: The Prador are giant enemy crabs. Giant, sociopathic, cannibalistic, man-eating enemy crabs with a penchant for enslavement and massive firepower.
  • Redwall: When you're a mouse, all Crabs are Giant. Case in point: In Mossflower, the Salamandastron Quartet end up having to get past a Mama Crab that's bigger than Chibb. There was also a lobster in Mariel of Redwall.
  • The Spooksville book Attack of the Killer Crabs has giant crabs attacking the beach. They all turn out to be giant robot crabs.
  • The Sword of Shannara has one with tentacles. Later revisions added metal plating to them. And created multiples.
  • The Time Machine: The Time Traveller encounters some rather menacing giant crabs on his way to the end of the world.
  • Wall Around A Star has the glassy crabs grown by the Cuckoo cultists on Earth as well as found naturally on Cuckoo itself (if anything there can be described as natural).
  • In The Wandering Inn, huge crabs appear, which should be bad enough for the characters, but furthermore it has a shell, similar looking to rock, thus giving it the name of, Rock Crabs, making it very hard to kill.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Babylon 5: While not actual crabs, the Shadows have enormous black spaceships called Battlecrabs. Living Ships, at that, with a memorable psychic scream (not without reason) and they can cut through pretty much any other warships like soft cheese.
  • Deadliest Catch: A short promo features a giant crab emerging from a lake and attacking some men in a boat.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Macra Terror" is about a society menaced and brainwashed by creatures that look like giant crabs. Really low-production-value ones.
    • The Macra returned in CGI for the new series episode "Gridlock".
    • Intelligent crab monsters show up in the Sixth Doctor Telos Novella Shell Shock, apparently for Author Phobia reasons.
  • The Goodies are attacked by a giant crab claw coming out of the ocean in the "Lost Island of Munga" episode.
  • Kamen Rider Hibiki has a few of these. And by extension, so does Kamen Rider Decade. Downplayed size-wise in Kamen Rider Scissors, whose contract monster is a humanoid crab. Same goes for Scissors' American counterpart, Kamen Rider Incisor. There's also Marshall Armor from Kamen Rider V3, who turns into a giant crab monster when he shows up in Kamen Rider Spirits.
  • That Mitchell and Webb Look had a sketch about an alien invasion by vast metallic crablike creatures.
  • Ultra Series features several crab or crustacean-based kaiju:
    • The original Ultra examples are Zanika and Yadokarin from Return of Ultraman, the latter being a monster from a planet in the constellation of (where else?) Cancer that was devoured by a Planet Eater, while the former was a hermit crab with vaguely mammalian features that turned a crashed space station into its home.
    • King Crab from Ultraman Ace doesn't actually look anything like a crab despite his name, but is able to transform into a horseshoe crab to hide from his enemies (though it must be noted horseshoe crabs are not crustaceans).
    • Ganza from Ultraman Taro was so giant that ZAT mistook him for an island when they encountered it sleeping. Fittingly, his name is derived from the Japanese word for crab, "gani".
    • Ultraman Leo's Black Dome was one of the Flying Saucer Beasts, appearing as a giant saucer-shaped fiddler crab able to spray acidic foam capable of turning a concrete building into mush in seconds.
    • Reicubas from Ultraman Dyna is considered to be the most popular and iconic of Dyna's foes and possesses the ability to switch between breathing fireballs and icy mist.
    • Crabgan from Ultraman Gaia was a symbiotic lifeform from the Cambrian period that returned in the present as a ghost seeking to reunite with its evolutionary partner Anemos.

    Music 
  • The Darkness: One appears in the video for "I Believe In A Thing Called Love", along with a giant space squid.
  • Kitsune^2: An entire song about giant enemy enemy crab crab crab: "Giant Enemy Crab". (Attack its weak point for massive damage!)
  • The Prodigy: The crab on the album cover The Fat of the Land, due to being shot in close-up.

    Myths & Religion 

    Pinball 
  • Crüe Ball: Crabula, who releases maggots and requires numerous hits to destroy.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Arduin: In The Compleat Arduin Book 2: Resources, the Ghost Crab is a giant crab with up to 80 Hit Points and two Power Pincers that each do 4-48 Hit Points of damage and drain a point of Constitution on each hit.
  • Baron Munchausen refers to "The giant crabs of Ancient Nippon, whose weak spots may be struck for massive damage."
  • BattleTech has the King Crab, a 100 ton assault mech. Should you find yourself fighting it, rest assured that critting its ammunition bin will result in massive damage.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • In module S2 White Plume Mountain, the PCs could fight a giant crab in an air bubble inside an area filled with boiling hot water. An illustration from the module. Said crab has obtained notoriety for killing even well-prepared, powerful parties. Giant monsters in confined spaces can be very nasty. The revised version for 3e uses an advanced version of the infamous That Damn Crab below. It's just as ridiculously deadly as the original. In Return to White Plume Mountain, a group of adventurers who explore the same dungeon many years later battle the invisible zombified shell of the crab. (May generate cries of Cool, but Stupid from your gamers.)
    • The 8-foot-wide Lawful Evil Hydrax in Basic D&D is a crab-shaped water elemental composed entirely of ice.
    • Eberron has the Carcass Crab, a giant crab that adorns its shell with battlefield detritus such as bits of armor, weapons, body parts and bodies.
    • The Siege Crab of the 3.5 edition Monster Manual 3 is a 20-foot-wide, 15-foot-tall crab transformed by the Kuo-Toa (although the secrets to creating them have fallen into the hands of other aquatic races) into a living war machine, complete with a hatch that allows one to climb into the crab's insides and control it.
    • The Far Corners of the World brings the Monstrous Crab, better known as That Damn Crab for its tendency to grapple party members and drag them to a watery grave (assuming they somehow manage to live past the first round) as well as its insane damage output, high AC, and mindless immunity to illusions. It's listed as an appropriate encounter for 3rd level parties and is generally considered a match for 7th level parties and likely leads to Total Party Kills if used as printed. The monster was also reprinted with only minor tweaks in Stormwrack and given cousins of all sizes. The book also adds the Hammerclaw, which is a lobster with all the same strengths plus the ability to hide in coral/rocks and to stun the party with an at-will sonic attack for the same CR.
    • The little-known, Aztec-themed first edition module The Lost Shrine of Tamoachan presented the characters with a talking giant hermit crab, and his Kid with the Leash, a normal-sized talking lobster. Anyone fluent in their language was likely to be able to talk their way past the two, since "talking" didn't necessarily mean "clever" in this case.
    • White Dwarf magazine #39 article "Inhuman Gods". The deity of the crab men is T'Ka Boolk'na, who takes the form of a gigantic (20 foot diameter) crab with large Glowing Eyes whose shell is as hard as stone.
    • Ever since First Edition, D&D has had Crab Men. Back when they first appeared in the Fiend Folio, they were just armored humanoids with big claws and beaky faces; but in second edition, the artists took to depicting them as literally giant crabs walking around on two legs.
  • Dystopian Wars takes this up to eleven — the Covenant of Antarctica's Landship is a Giant Victorian Steampunk Enemy Crab.
  • Eclipse Phase features Novacrab pod-morphs, vat-grown cyber-crabs that may be player characters. Due to the setting's ubiquitous Brain Uploading, players can select a novacrab body as well, providing a huge bonus to strength and able to survive in just about any environment.
  • Hollow Earth Expedition: The supplement Mysteries of the Hollow Earth has a giant crab that can grow up to 25 feet long and has claws that are six feet long.
  • It Came From The Late Late Show. The Giant Crab is a Monster found on remote tropical islands. It can ruthlessly crush Cast Members caught in its Power Pincers.
  • Judges Guild adventure Tegel Manor (revised and expanded, 1989) has a giant crab creature in the Sauna that's posing as a statue. When the sauna activates, so does the creature. Not only do its pincers inflict serious damage, they can also each grab and hold up to three opponents.
  • Monsterpocalypse: Steel Shell Crabs are a unit for the Tritons. Also, the Crustaceor Lobstroyer monster.
  • Pathfinder:
    • Giant crabs can vary in size from rock crabs larger than a human to the appropriately-named shark-eating crabs to the literally giant-sized great reef crabs to whale-sized shipwrecker crabs.
    • The first issue of Pathfinder Chronicles features a giant hermit crab that uses a giant's helmet as its shell. The game's Bestiary features several sizes of giant crabs. Including one called a "Shark Eater".
    • The last book of the Skull & Shackles adventure path, From Hell's Heart, details some of Golarion's unique and legendary sea monsters. One of these is Buklok the Crabfather, a rock crab big enough to have a four-foot statue embedded in its shell. In battle, it can summon swarms of regular crabs, invoke foul weather and even affect its enemies' minds to force them to evoke unpleasant memories.
  • Pirates Constructible Strategy Game: Each titan has four pincers that function as masts/cannons in game, and unlike the Kraken and Leviathan of the setting they can carry crew. However, they fall into Awesome, but Impractical for several reasons: They're usually ridiculously expensive, can only move with a certain facing at any one time, and without a crew they are useless as attack units and vulnerable to getting shot to pieces before having the chance to strike.
  • Rolemaster Shadow World setting, supplement Kingdom of the Desert Jewel. In the Halls of the Mountain King there's a beach next to an underground river. If the PCs come within 30 feet of its lair, a giant crab will attack them and try to turn them into dinner.
  • Tails of Equestria: Carcinuses are crabs the size of office buildings. They mostly live deep beneath the ocean, but occasionally attack coastal cities.
  • Supplement Trollpak, "Book of Uz" part 2. The crabs tamed and used by trolls can weigh more than 2,000 lbs.
  • Warhammer 40,000: While not strictly a Crab per se, Old One Eye and most Tyranid Monstrous creatures can take Crushing Claws, which are described as crab-like. Being Monstrous creatures, they tend to be around tank-sized if not larger.

    Toys 

    Video Games 
  • Adventure Island: The sixth boss of Adventure Island III is a large crab wielding an Epic Flail. The second boss of Adventure Island II is large hermit crab.
  • In Age of Mythology playing the Greeks you can get access to a giant crab unit called the Carcinos with the right god.
  • Alice: Madness Returns has a crab equipped with an Arm Cannon. It also outsizes every other creature that appears in its respective chapter. Oh, it is also a Cigar Chomper. Guess what it does with its cigar since its Arm Cannon is of the early Blackpowder-era variety?
  • Alien Soldier has Madam Barbar / Madam Barber. It's claws are going to cut more than just your hair...
  • Arc Angle has the Crabburn boss. It's larger than a small city and utilizes deadly Eye Beams and Macross Missile Massacre.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved: Aberration introduces giant mutant spider crabs called Karkinos. Instead of tranquilizers, you have to knock them out with cannonfire or catapults to tame them, and they're big enough to dual-wield live Stegosaurus.
  • Avencast: Rise of the Mage: One of the handful of bosses in the cavern of trials is a giant crab lacking even a weak spot; it requires environmental traps to kill.
  • Banjo-Kazooie has you fighting a giant hermit crab in order to obtain the Jiggy inside its shell.
  • Bargon Attack: A giant crab spawning normal-sized crabs has to be fought.
  • Bio-Hazard Battle had one of these as a Mini-Boss that spawned mini crabs that fired at the player. And it appeared twice in the same level.
  • Blaster Master's fifth boss, Hard Shell, is one of these. As well as the first and third bosses in its Enhanced Remake, Blaster Master Overdrive.
  • Body Harvest: The first major boss, Leviathan, is a giant alien crab with missile launchers.
  • Bomberman '93 has a Dual Boss version in the Cockle Twins.
  • Borderlands has a giant enemy crab called a Larva Crab Worm. If you shoot it directly in its eye, you score a critical hit for thousands of damage, an ungodly amount at that point in the game, and one-shot it. Later on, with the "Secret Armory of General Knoxx" DLC, the secret final boss (who is pointed out with signs saying "SECRET FINAL BOSS THIS WAY" from the Second area of the DLC) is Crawmerax, a Giant Giant Enemy Crab whose level is always three levels higher than the game's current level cap.
  • Brave Soul gives us the Giant Enemy Fire-Breathing Crab!
  • Brave Story: A New Traveler has a Giant Enemy Conch named "Boogaboo Crab" in the Seaside Cave. It has trees growing out of the moss on its shell and the 'crab' goes "BOOGA-BOOGA-BOOGA-BOO."
  • Bravely Second has a monster literally called "Enemy Crab", which has an attack called "Massive Damage" and a defensive ability called "No Weak Point".
  • Bubble Bobble: Bubble Symphony has a Giant Enemy Robot Crab that uses the Huge Battleship Yamato as a shell.
  • Bullet Heaven's tenth regular level is a boss battle against a giant crab.
  • Burai Fighter has Giganticrab, the first boss.
  • Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia features a Wake-Up Call Boss battle against Brachyura, a "giant crab from the depths of Transylvanian history" (the medal for defeating it without getting hit actually calls it a "giant enemy crab") whose attack patterns have much more internal variation than those of the first two bosses. Also becomes That One Boss for people who can't figure out that they need to drop the elevator on it (which is probably the most satisfying boss gib EVER).
  • ChipWits has the "electrocrab."
  • Commando 2: Crabocolypse is a robotic version. You stand on a train when you fight it, while it does a Wall Crawl on the train track support beams.
  • Cool Spot toys with this: its crabs are regular-sized, but they're quite big from the viewpoint of the player character, the spot from the logo on a 7-Up bottle.
  • Crab War features a variety of very large crabs.
  • Crystal Story: The boss of the quest to rescue a missing cat, fully formed from Memetic Mutation, being referenced after Tristam notifies the party about it:
    Phoebe: Attack its weakpoint for massive damage!!!!!!
    Ruben: OK! That is really lame.
  • Cthulhu Saves the World: One of enemies. As their description helpfully points out, they are immune to attacking their weak spot for massive damage.
  • Among the various flying mechanical fish enemies in Darius, there's Yamato/My Home Daddy from Super Darius (a hermit crab) and the aptly-named Red Crab from Darius II (a giant fiddler crab). Darius Gaiden has Hysteric Empress, a Japanese Spider Crab, as one of its final bosses. Since she's a Final Boss of a Darius game, she'll attack your weak point for massive damage to your continues.
  • Dark Age of Camelot has a house-sized crab called the bone snapper.
  • Dark Souls:
    • Dark Souls has the Black Phantom Vagrant, a giant crab born from people in other worlds leaving their souls and items on the ground for too long. They have crab legs, crab pincers, and they happen to be able to shove a Macross Missile Massacre at you.
    • Dark Souls III has a few of these hanging around Farron Keep and the Smouldering Lake as a Boss in Mook Clothing. Their long reach, tough exoskeletons, and quick movements for their size make them very tough to fight. They're large enough that they're capable of eating a man whole (which they will do if they manage to grab you).
  • Darkest Dungeon: In the Coves lie the Ucas, gigantic crab enemies who have some of the highest protection and bleed on non-boss enemies. They stand upright, are decorated with bits of shipwrecks, and have a preference for using a more defensive style of fighting.
  • In Don Doko Don, the Round 30 boss is a Giant Enemy Hermit Crab that, like other bosses, produces smaller versions of itself.
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns: The bosses of the beach are the Scurvy Crew, a trio of Giant Enemy Crab pirates. They aren't monstrously huge, but they're slightly bigger than DK, which is still pretty giant. And yes, you do flip them over and attack their weak points for massive damage.
  • Drakensang features enormous blue crabs as dangerous enemies both because of their shells and because of their powerful attacks (capable of dealing wounds to players, which cripples them). The prequel The River of Time has the Bonus Dungeon filled to the brim with many giant crabs, often attacking en masse, and the hideously mutated Crab Beast laying in wait at the very bottom of the temple.
  • Ecco the Dolphin has to face many Small Enemy Crabs along with the giant ones. There's actually an implied explanation for this at the end of Tides of Time; the Vortex ended up becoming the ancestors of arthropods, so it may be that these creatures hate Ecco due to species memories.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • Mudcrabs are a moderately large crab, with several regional variations appearing throughout the series. Most are roughly the size of a large tortoise and aren't threatening in the least, being just a step above the series' Rodents of Unusual Size for low-level critter enemies.
    • Morrowind:
      • The buildings in Redoran lands are made out of the shells of an extinct giant crab species known as the Emperor Crabs. They range in size from small one-room homes to large enough to fit an entire district inside. According to one Loose Canon developer written supplemental text, the Dunmer resurrected the Emperor Crab to battle the hordes of Daedra during the Oblivion Crisis.
      • The Mudcrab Merchant subverts the enemy part of the trope. It looks the same as any other mudcrab (and has the same in-game name), but instead of being hostile it is a merchant, with the most gold for bartering in the vanilla game.
    • Oblivion includes a literal giant crab as an Easter Egg enemy, although this is a coincidence since the game came out before the Genji incident.
    • One quest in Skyrim pits you against a giant Mudcrab ghost. Give the Bethesda devs a week to put in whatever they want, and they make one the size of a Colossus.
  • Fallout:
    • The Mirelurks in Fallout 3 are super-mutated, bipedal crabs. It's worth noting that said Mirelurks have a weak point that you can hit for massive damage. Mirelurk meat is also one of the better foods in the game, healing a large amount of health. Mirelurk cakes are a popular snack among wastelanders. Fortunately, they don't appear in Fallout: New Vegas... though their "relatives", the turtle-based Mirelurk Kings (renamed "Lakelurks") do!
    • Mirelurks reappear in Fallout 4, here redesigned to a more centaur-like body configuration, though still man-sized and grotesquely human-like crab-things. For their "relatives", the Mirelurk Hunters and Queens, as well as the Fog Crawlers and Hermit Crabs, see the Videogames folder under Other Crustaceans below.
  • Final Fantasy: There are quite a few of these in the series:
  • Fraxy has the Original Cancer and the Giant. Enemy. Crab.
  • Garry's Mod: There was a mod for the standard Half-Life headcrab that made it near-impossible to kill, screamed like Godzilla and devoured anything within seconds of it getting in range. It could be taken down with SEVENTEEN simultaneous rockets, something that could potentially crash the server.
  • Genji 2: Days of the Blade (Trope Namer via Memetic Mutation), inspired the Stupid Statement Dance Mix, "Giant Crab, Enemy Crab". A game featuring "actual battles" that actually took place in Ancient Japan. At one point you have to flip it over and Attack Its Weak Point . Fortunately for Japanese civilization, the game features Real-Time Weapon Change. Silliness aside, in-game the giant crabs were likely based on the Heike-gani, Real Life crabs whose shells actually resemble ferocious masks and were believed to host the grudge of the fallen Heike warriors.
  • Giana Sisters DS: Enemy Crabs are man-sized yellow spider crabs who will rush to pinch Giana.
  • God Hand, at one point, features a fight between Gene and a Giant Enemy Crane (complete with pincers). Also, the entirety of the game's fourth world takes place on a Giant Robot Crab. The game even makes further references to this meme: one of the Chihuahuas in the Chihuahua Races is named "Massive Damage".
  • Giraffe and Annika: One of the bosses Lily battles you with is a giant king crab (king in the sense that it wears a crown).
  • Grand Fantasia: The final boss of the first dungeon is Emissary — Greed, with the title Giant Enemy Crab.
  • Hungry Shark Evolution. The only boss is literally a giant crab that attacks you for a while and then gives you time to hit its weak spot.
  • In Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, there are Giant Crab enemies and a Giant Spiked Crab boss.
  • Irukandji's only boss is a giant crab. Even the page for the game calls it a "Giant Enemy Crab."
  • Jazz Jackrabbit: One of the bosses Jazz Hackrabbit 2 is a large crab in a green shell which has a circle of normal-sized crabs around him. After the player shoots all the crabs, he starts to spin fast towards the player, who can only attack him when he comes out of his shell.
  • Katamari Damacy. The first game even has a level ("Make Cancer") devoted solely to rolling up crabs. And yes, the coconut crab is one of the types to be rolled up.
  • In Keio Flying Squadron 2, the heroine is kidnapped by a giant rocket-powered crab at the end of one stage.
  • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards features a Slightly Larger Than Average Enemy Crab as a boss battle. There's also regular-sized crabs for Kirby to munch on.
  • Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious: The boss of World 6.
  • Krush Kill n' Destroy had the Evolved faction, who could train giant beasts to fight for them in place of armoured tanks. One of their largest units is a giant crab with a missile launcher strapped to its back.
  • League of Legends features an alternate skin for their quadra-pedal undead cyborg Urgot called "Giant Enemy Crabgot." He fires his claw at his enemies.
  • The first boss of Legaia II Duel Saga is the Gather Crab, which is taller than the protagonist Land.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Lost Kingdoms: One of the many enemies is a Giant Crab, and as said, it's an enemy, making it a Giant Enemy Crab.
  • LostWinds: Of the very few varieties of mooks, one is inexplicably a crab. The Kalarab is an armoured, crab-like Glorb made of stone. Using the power of Vortex on a Kalarab essentially transforms it into a boulder.
  • Magicka 2 features crabs as enemies, first fittingly in a beach based level, then less so in a cave based one. The sizes range from mooks similar to the player character, through three times as big mini bosses, to the name-dropped Giant Enemy Crab which we only see a pincer of; it appears that the last one is roughly twice as big as mini boss variety.
  • Mega Man:
    • Bubble Crab from Mega Man X2, and Cancer Bubble from Mega Man Star Force. Cancer Bubble has also a slight subversion to him, in that, while much larger than your average crab, he's the absolute smallest of all the bosses (then again, his human half, Claude Pincer, is only in third grade).
    • The Crab Puncher from Mega Man 10 is this as well. When the eyes are forward, the Commando Bomb can be fired at the mouth.
    • Gazamir from Mega Man Zero 2, Crabs-Y from Mega Man X8.
    • The Jagd Krabbe is a giant crab mech piloted by Tron Bonne as seen in Mega Man Legends 2. Its name is German for "hunter crab".
    • Venus from Mega Man V is one of the first four Stardroids Mega Man must fight. He is a very aggressive Robot Master that walks sideways like a crab, unable to walk forward. His main weapon is the Bubble Bomb, a heavy bubble made of a soapy substance that explodes on contact.
  • Metal Slug: In Metal Slug 3, several giant crab enemies appear in the first stage and fourth stage (one of the route), ranging from man-sized creatures to a gigantic hermit crab with tank for its "shell".
  • Metal Slug Code J brings back the giant crabs from the original series, with the Ohumein-Conga, usually depicted as Giant Mook enemies, being upgraded into Mini Bosses that takes several minutes to even defeat.
  • Monster Hunter has several different flavours of Giant Enemy Crab across all incarnations, all of which belong to an order of monster called a Carapaceon. Although there are other Carapaceons than described here, they more closely resemble giant scorpions.
    • The most common of the bunch are the Hermitaur and Ceanataur, led by the Daimyo Hermitaur and Shogun Ceanataur, which have a pair of big meaty claws like a shield and a pair of thin, bleeding-inducing claws like scythes, respectively. They also wear monster skulls like hermit crabs and will dig underground to find new ones once their soft, fleshy abdomen gets exposed. Their brains are apparently a delicacy. Generations introduces the Stonefist and Rustrazor deviants; the former has a black claw sturdy enough to deflect any attack, unlike a normal Hermitaur, and the latter's become so addicted to sharpening its claws on its fancy new Glavenus skull that its claws can inflict Defense Down on top of bleeding.
    • There's also the Shen Gaoren, an absolutely titanic crab that towers over buildings and unleashes tremors with every step. It's not so much a Giant Enemy Crab as it is just a giant crab; it's just too darn big to not cause mass destruction as it goes, hence why it has to be hunted.
    • Frontier gives us the Taiken Zamuza. In a similar gimmick to Shara Ishvalda, it's covered in armor that gets broken away as the fight goes on. When all of its layers of armor are removed, it's actually quite small for a large monster!
    • Online gives us the Baelidae, a Carapaceon with a skull marking on its back that glows red when it's angered. Interestingly, it mixes this trope with Giant Spider: it can shoot webs like a spider, walks like a spider, and even attacks like a spider, but on the inside, it's a Carapaceon through and through.
  • In Monster Rancher 2, if you send your monster on Skill (accuracy) Errantry and it makes it to the final segment, it will have to "fight" a giant crab by throwing coconuts at it. If it fails, the crab will squash your monster into a pancake.
  • Mugen Souls has this as the name of an enemy in Water World, but strangely enough, aren't very large at all — their model is only about a quarter as tall as Chou-Chou. The Crab Catchers in the same area are much larger (slightly taller than Chou-Chou).
  • Nussoft's Neo Aquarium: King Of Crustaceans and Ace Of Seafood have YOU as a potential giant crab. A giant crab that shoots lasers against other giant crabs, barnacles, lobsters and fish.
  • Ninja Blade: The sub-boss of the third mission is the Carrion Claw: a giant mutant crab that you dismember limb by limb.
  • Ninja: Shadow of Darkness: Giant crabs are enemies you can encounter in the forest and mountain levels, when you attempt to cross rivers on shallow, underwater bridges. These enemies takes up entire sections of the bridge you encounter them on, so a battle is inevitable, although you can take them out from a distance thanks to your limitless supply of throwing knives.
  • Nioh 2: the first DLC features the Bakegani (Monster Crabs): massive, upright-walking crabs with a monstrous humanoid face on the shell. Again, they're a nod to the Heikegani.
  • The Ocean Hunter has "Karkinos" as one of the bosses (aka Cancer). Attack Its Eyes for massive damage!
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps has crab mooks in and near the Luma Pools region. Ironically, knocking them into water kills them instantly, just like other land-borne mooks.
  • Parasite Eve has a giant crab boss in the warehouse. There's also one in the Chrysler Building.
  • Patapon features two crab bosses named Cioking and Ciokina. You get to cook them.
  • Phantasy Star Online 2: The Crabahda is more of an annoyance then a proper threat, due to its sluggish attacks, high damage resistance outside of its weak point (its eye), and ability to enter a defensive stance where it takes even less damage on top of concealing its weak point.
  • Phantasy Star Nova presents Erude, a truly gigantic Enemy Crab armed with Frickin' Laser Beams and tons and tons of missiles.
  • Pirates The Legend Of The Black Buccaneer: One of the bosses is a giant crab that you can defeat using both hand grenades and the cannon that you used earlier to blow up the bars to get the trinket to turn into the Black Buccaneer.
  • Pirates The Legend Of Black Kat: The third boss is a giant crab. And yes, the trick to beating it is by flipping it over onto its back and...well, you get the idea.
  • Planetarian features a mechanical one.
  • Pokémon:
  • Pretty Cure: The Original Generation villain for the Crossover game on the Nintendo DS turns into a Giant BLUE Enemy Crab as its One-Winged Angel form. Worse, it fights with Breath Weapons (Shoop Da Whoop meets Giant Enemy Crab?). He's still easy as long you avoid said beams.
  • Razing Storm is either a Humongous Mecha version of this or a Giant Spider Tank.
  • Recettear: Depending on how you look at it, the third boss has Volcanicrab as a boss fought twice in the game. Its invincible until flipped over with bombs to Attack Its Weak Point for large amounts of damage.
  • RefleX has the close-combat hyperspace warship Cancer, whose design is actually more of a fiddler crab than the standard crab.
  • Resident Evil 5 has you fight the U8 in an elevator shaft. Given Umbrella's penchant for using animal test subjects as B.O.W.'s, it's no wonder you'd have to fight a giant mutated crab at some point.
  • In Rocket Knight Adventures, Sparkster battles a robotic version of one of these in the middle of Stage 3, which is piloted by one of Emperor Devligus Devotindos' Pig Soldiers.
  • R-Type: Course Crab in R-Type III is the boss of Heavy Metal Corridor and a giant crab-like Bydo , and Gironika in R-Type Final who is a large biomechanical Bydo, often used to guard areas or serve as heavy support for Bydo ground forces.
  • Scaler: Rattlecrab is a giant flying crab that chases Scaler while he is riding on the Repbaldactile.
  • Scribblenauts: Inputting the trope name will summon one of these. One also appears in a level with three samurai (Hint: "For massive damage!")
  • Shining in the Darkness: The Kaiser crab is the first boss.
  • Sin and Punishment has the Crab Seemer boss in the middle of the first actual stage.
  • Solatorobo has the Crustacrab and its shell-less, baby variants (who are still as large as Red himself). Unlike many of the others on this page, you do not Attack Its Weak Point for massive damage. Instead, you catch the rocks it throws and toss them back to stun it, then steal its shell so you can toss the crab around. There are also even larger hermit crabs who have taken over entire battleships as their shells in the Fishing Minigame.
  • Sonic Blast Man had a robotic one as the Level 4 enemy. This one was particularly horrifying since it could crush SBM to death with its claws even after losing them. Fortunately, he can take it out with a single Megaton Punch.
  • StarCraft: The Zerg's fielded Guardians: giant flying'' crabs.
  • Star Fox Command's Fichina stage has you fight against the thought-to-be-dead Andrew Oikonny, who battles you in a mech called the "Death Crab." You shoot off its legs, then its face for mass...oh forget it. The original Star Fox has large mechanical crab enemies on Titania.
  • Star Soldier: In Star Parodier, the Stage 3 mid-boss is a pair of giant cartoon crabs that move sideways.
  • Stormrise: One of the units the Sai have access to is the Matriarch, a giant, genetically engineered crab that has mouths on its pincers, can spawn smaller crabs called broodlings and can shoot acid over large distances.
  • Strikers 1945: The last level features giant robot alien crabs as enemies.
  • Suikoden IV: An early boss and later Bonus Boss. The mandatory one required the protagonist to use the Rune of Punishment first to make it damageable. Suikoden III also has multiple Giant Enemy Crabs; they're something of a Suikoden tradition.
  • Summon Night: The King Crabber boss in Summon Night: Swordcraft Story. Go For the Eyes!
  • Sunless Sea has its share of these:
    • Auroral Megalops are the smallest of the lot, merely being the size of a fishing boat. They're stated to be able to messily and quickly devour an entire horse, and will charge any and all boats leaving London. Still, they're not too terrible.
    • Angler crabs, in their three different varieties, are the adult versions of the above. They're about as wide as a frigate is long, have pincers that could pinch a watchtower in half, and are quite hungry for zailors, attacking boats in a variety of areas to get at them. Problematic, to say the least, but not the biggest problem you will face, and also rather tasty.
    • The king of these in the game, however, is Temtum, the titanic crab that crawls along the zeefloor that carries the entire city of Hideaway on its back without complaint. Thankfully, it's a Gentle Giant that won't attack you and actually cares for its trainer and the city, but like any such giant it's best not provoked; if its trainer gave the order, it could tear down entire cities. This can be observed when going through the Immortality ambition's tale; if you wish to breach the walls of Nidah, you will either need nuke-yield experimental munitions or a favor from the trainer so Temtum can knock them over, and in the latter case he topples the gigantic basalt walls like they were made of meringue.
    • In the setting as a whole (which includes Fallen London and Sunless Skies) there's the Star Messengers, which are stated to look rather like absolutely humongous crabs (and among which is the Bazaar, who qualifies by both being notably crustacean and housing a good chunk of London on itself). In the latter game, the player can find the corpse of one floating within the Reach, and it looks big enough to build a proper metropolis on.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Sidesteppers, the crabs from Mario Bros.. Mario and Luigi have to hit the floor they're moving through from below; this puts them upside down and vulnerable to the brothers' next attack.
    • Clawgrip, the boss of World 5 in Super Mario Bros. 2. It attacks Mario and his friends by throwing large boulders at them. These boulders can be seized once they're rolling on the floor or grabbed mid-air from above and then thrown back at the boss (it takes five hits to win the battle), but trying to catch them from below will only result in taking damage due to their weight.
    • Clawdaddies in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Crabbers from the DS sequel. Clawdaddies enlarge their claws to have a better chance at hitting Yoshi.
    • Hermie III from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is the second one in the series to serve as a boss, guarding a fragment of the Beanstar. Unusually, his shell is themed after a Christmas tree. His claws serve as Cognizant Limbs, and must be destroyed at intervals to weaken him.
    • Crabbers from Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. Their claws and front body are hit-proof, but their backs are vulnerable. There's a cyan-colored variant that is more elusive and drops an extra life upon defeat.
    • Huckits from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They have the looks and size of Sidesteppers, but throw small rocks like Clawgrip (though the stones aren't affected by gravity).
  • Tales Series: A common enemy type in the 3D games. They're usually about the size of a small car.
    • Subverted in Tales of Phantasia, where you can fight an ordinary sized crab. The fact that the boss theme plays while you do so might give one the impression that it's actually dangerous, but it doesn't do anything other then run around at an absurd speed, which coupled with its sky high defense stat and tiny size, just makes it annoying for a lower leveled party to kill.
    • In Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon X, Mel and Dio can be giant ally crabs with a certain costume, that while lacking in attacks, possess the same ridiculous speed and defense as the aforementioned crab.
  • In TERA, one of the many Big Ass Monster (or BAM; yes, that is an official name) types is a giant crab. Like other BAMs, they are not meant to be fought solo.
  • Titan Quest: Immortal Throne has regular crabs (of beach and swamp variety), and then it has the Giant Karkinos (no prizes for guessing what it is). The sixth act features The Ancient One as a monstrous crab-like boss monster.
  • In Trials of Mana, the very first boss, Fullmetal Hugger, is a giant, evil crab.
  • Tsukihime: The toughest beast that Nero Chaos possesses is some sort of crab spider thing that is larger than an elephant. Presumably, it's tougher than the dragon he had used before, but it doesn't matter much when your opponent kills everything in one hit regardless of anything like armor or actually damaging you.
  • UFO Aftermath has Car Crabs which are like hermit crabs except they are big enough to wear cars as shells.
  • Ultimate Crab Battle, obviously, is a battle against one of these.
  • Umihara Kawase features one as the boss of field 56. It's one of the more sensemaking enemies in the game.
  • Unravel: Mundane crabs become Giant Enemies when you are a tiny woollen creature.
  • Vagrant Story has an entire family of palette swapped crabs, named "Iron Crab", "Giant Crab", and "Damascus Crab".
  • Vega Strike has large friendly crabs, known as Rlaan.
  • In Viewpoint, the Stage 2 boss is a giant crab mecha armed with a Bubble Gun and Rocket Fist pincers.
  • Wild Guns: The mine boss is a giant robotic crab.
  • The old PC game Winged Warrior has a powerful Cave Crab serving as a Disc-One Final Boss. Unusually, you encounter it in a cave in the middle of the forest, instead of near a beach or anywhere a player would expect to encounter crab-based enemies.
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings has the Kayaran, the first boss of the game who is a combination of this with giant octopus as it has the body of crab and tentacles.
  • Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair has Taramba, the boss of Round 11.
  • The Wonderful 101: The Deah-Kani enemy type, based somewhat on the Japanese Spider Crab. Yes, you Attack Its Weak Point for massive damage, by cutting off its legs to bring it to the ground and stun it, and pry open its shell using Unite Claw in order to expose the weak point. It's the only way to do any real damage to it most of the time, even.
  • The World Ends with You: The "Carcino" type of Noise—folk, ska, metal, samps, and punk—all take the form of giant crabs.
  • World of Mana: Final Fantasy Adventure, Trials of Mana, Legend of Mana and Dawn of Mana feature Giant Enemy Crabs as boss battles (usually called "Fullmetal Hugger"). There are also significantly smaller but still much larger than normal crabs that show up as standard enemies in some games.
  • World of Warcraft: There are a lot of crabs in various beaches, ranging from normal-sized to big to a few giant ones. Notably, in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion there is a Giant Friendly Crab as a quest-giver. Considering Blizzard's tendency to include Shout Outs and Puns as Easter Eggs in their games, it's certainly possible this is a reference.
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown: The Chryssalids look like huge humanoid crabs with a black carapace and two huge pincers. Unlike the Chryssalids from the original X-COM (who were more humanoid in appearance), the remake's Chryssalids' attack is not a One-Hit Kill (except again civilians). Just like every other enemy, they must first batter down your soldiers' HP before they can be turned into zombies. Unfortunately, they are very good at said-battering.
  • XScape on DSiWare (made by the same company who made Star Fox Command and the director of the original Star Fox, both of which incidentally had Giant Enemy Crabs of their own) has a so-called "ancient" weapon called the Gigacrab, referred to in the Quest menu specifically as a giant enemy crab.
  • Zeliard: Cangrejo, the first boss is a giant crab who is The Boss of the Caverns.
  • Tyke & Sons Lumber Co. has Summercrab/Springcrab, an anthropomorphized, human-sized robot crab who is one of the killer robots you must defend yourself against at night.

    Web Animation 

    Webcomics 
  • The Adventures Of The Great Captain Maggie: King Crab of Crab Cove is a giant crab wearing a crown on its head whose appearance by rising out of the sand under which he had been hiding causes the characters to flee.
  • Axe Cop: Fire Slicer, who, after eating a crab, turned into a very tall crab with super-duper sharp claws that could stab bad guys in the heart and pinch.
  • The Beast Legion: Shadow Nexus has Clawborr who actually transforms into a giant Rampaging crab.
  • A Beginner's Guide to the End of the Universe: While exploring a pier jutting out into the void, the Everyman and Mary are attacked by a large void spider crab about twice their height.
  • Cassiopeia Quinn: Clawlossus is a tremendously large, heavily armored, talking crab Bounty Hunter whose first appearance sees him coming after Cass. He doesn't have a weak spot, so Motor Minx just made her own by stabbing him through a claw.
  • In Drowtales, the Balvhakara make an entrance in a Humongous Mecha Spider Tank Giant Enemy Crab golem submarine. Or, rather, from the Sharen point of view, a Giant Ally Crab.
  • Girl Genius has a Giant Mechanical Crab type clank that attacks the traveling circus early on.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court has one showing up out of nowhere in Chapter 32. It turns out to be Lindsey, the Giant Engineer Merostomatazon. They have 47 eyes and 15 not-eyes, and their brains function partially in another dimension. Subverted with her husband, a crab creature still significantly larger than most crabs but small enough to fit in a bucket and supervise the kids "sneaking out".
  • Homestuck:
    • Karkat's guardian is two-and-a-half out of three. He's definitely giant and he's definitely a crab, but while Karkat does fight him, he's more of a parental figure than an enemy. Played straight, however, when crabdad dies and the comic's Mooks begin to take on his characteristics.
    • A much bigger and meaner version of crabdad shows up on Jake's island later in the story, filling all three points.
  • The Horrifying Experiments of Dr. Pleasant!: Cathy. On one hand, she is an average sized girl. On the other hand (the other hand in this case being a giant crab claw), her claw is about 100 times larger than the average crab.
  • In Nodwick, the party meeting a giant crab inspires them to pull out the Crab Cracker + 5, Decanter of Endless Butter and Bibs of Protection.
  • Realms Of Ishikaze: Chapter 15 has one of these as a boss of the Ruins of Amilleo. Arashiko must attack its soft underbelly for massive damage.
  • Red Meat: Stiff Stacy is attacked by an infestation of "crabes", which are pubic lice the size of normal crabs.
  • Rough Housing has two characters call El Cangrejo Diablo aptly: "Giant crab!" "Enemy crab!" "Giant enemy crab!"
  • Samurai Princess's Massive Antagonistic Crustacean
  • Vexxarr: The Lattroxx race, or at least the warrior drones. On the plus side, at about 10 feet in height they're not as big as some examples. On the down side...
    Captain bot: Status report! Where is my welcoming team?
    Vexxarr: Feeding the Lattroxx.
    Captain bot: I don't recall sending down food.
    Vexxarr: They improvised.

    Web Original 
  • How about Mortasheen's giant enemy man-crab? Or chicken-crab? Or perhaps the man-lobster would be more to your liking?
  • The Onion: Experts Agree Giant, Bioengineered Crabs Pose No Threat.
  • From the creator of Romantically Apocalyptic comes this thing that probably won't ever see the comic.
  • SCP Foundation
    • SCP-863 ("Patchwork Crabs"). These crabs can grow so large that they can use an entire human body as a replacement arm and use human legs to walk around on.
    • SCP-1527 ("Our Bellmaker, Our Radiant Skies"). SCP-1527-A are giant crustaceans with dimensions up to 1.5 meters by 2.7 meters by 2.9 meters. They have clawed hands and arms used for digging and can inflict telepathic attacks on opponents.
    • SCP-1568 ("Kingston the Crab"). SCP-1568 is a hermit crab 25 meters long and 10 meters wide. It uses boats as its shell (SCP-1568-1). When it outgrows its shell it will sink and inhabit another boat, killing and eating anyone aboard.
  • Tales of the Blode shorts on rathergood.com.
    • In Tales of the Blode: Episode 1, Blode and his friends are threatened by an evil Nazi crab the size of a tank.
    • They feature the characters' mentor, the Crab of Ineffable Wisdom.
  • The Monument Mythos: The Suez Canal Crab counts in size and (vague) crustacean-ness, awakening in the Suez Canal after the USA tried to nuke the bay so the waves would dislodge the Ever-Given freighter. All its antagonism was entirely accidental though; the crab ended up either wearing or merging with the freighter, walking into Cairo, then tripping and falling to thr ground, knocking down Cairo Tower in the process.

    Western Animation 
  • One of these appears in the Amphibia episode "Family Fishing Trip", with moss and flowers growing on it's back making it seem like an island.
    Anne: This crab is making me very scared... (mouth watering) but also very hungry!
  • Arthur once showed Bionic Bunny (Fictional Counterpart to Superman) fighting a giant crab.
  • Rampage of Beast Wars is a Transforming Mecha who chose a crab to transform into (or a tank-esque vehicle mode). He's quite a bit larger than most of the other Transformers in the series, frequently uses a giant-ass missile launcher, and is something of a Cybertronian Hannibal Lecter. Also, he's near immortal (having been a failed Maximal experiment to replicate Starscream's immortal "ghost" spark) and his only weak point is his spark, which Megatron has split in half so that he can keep Rampage in line by squeezing it and essentially disabling the insane robot.
  • Theresa summons one in the finale of Class of the Titans.
  • Code Lyoko has aptly-named Krabes as virtual monsters.
  • In an episode of The Deep, the Nektons end up discovering a species of giant hermit crabs who took a man's fridge and water tank to use as new shells.
  • In the Dr. Dimensionpants episode "Viking Games", Thora unleashes one of these crabs on Phillip and Kyle after the two refuse to fight each other any longer in the titular viking game. The crab even follows them back to their home dimension and is still bothering Phillip by the end of the episode, but Kyle, having promised to keep secrets from now on, refuses to tell Phillip about the crab's weak spot.
  • Exo Squad had a Neosapien E-frame design styled after crabs, which was admittedly one of the most powerful frames in the show (evident in the fact that Shiva, the best Neosapien General, preferred it to all others). Also, the crablike Neo Warriors were among the nastiest enemies the Terrans encountered.
  • Used in a Cutaway Gag on Family Guy, where for no reason a giant crab repeating "no-no-no" is blocking people from entering the Griffins' home.
  • In one Futurama episode, the Decapodians conquer Earth. Their ships are all shaped like robot crabs, as is their Mobile Oppression Palace. Also that episode where Zoidberg is 500 feet tall.
  • One of the microscopic monsters in The Herculoids episode "Tiny World of Terror'' is a giant crab.
  • The Jonny Quest episode "Terror Island" had a car-sized crab, a mutation caused by bacteria.
  • Averted with Taxicrab, the cabana owner from Jungle Junction.
  • Hanna-Barbera's Moby Dick. In the episode "The Crab Creatures", Moby has his tail pinched by a giant crab under the title creatures' control.
  • My Little Pony 'n Friends had the Crabnasties from the episode "Fugitive Flowers". Despite a bad first impression, they turn out to be the good guys.
  • In the Powerpuff Girls episode "You Snooze, You Lose", Buttercup takes instructions to find and retrieve a "crustacean" to mean "find and battle a giant crab".
  • The Real Ghostbusters face a giant crab Kaiju in episode "Attack of the B-Movie Monsters" right out of the movies. Probably an expy of Ebirah.
  • Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: A pair of bulky humanoid crabs called "The Sando Brothers" serve as recurring villains in this show.
  • There's one SpongeBob SquarePants episode where Plankton switches lives with Mr. Krabs, and the result is (from Plankton's perspective) a giant enemy Mr. Krabs.
  • South Park: "Crab People! Crab People! Taste like crab, talk like people!"
  • Space Ghost episode "Attack of the Saucer Crab". A flying saucer invades our galaxy and starts destroying buildings and killing people with a Disintegrator Ray. It can deploy 6 legs like a crab's to walk around on and can extend a huge claw to capture opponents.
  • Stripperella once had to go to the supervillain Queen Clitoris' hidden lair on a bushy island, down under, that was infested and guarded by Giant Crabs. Yeah, it's that kind of show.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures has a giant robot crab/factory that leveled entire forests to make elevator buttons.
  • The Venture Bros. season 5 episode "Venture Libre" featured a giant crab as one of Venturestein's "science-abused comrades". While non-speaking, the creature had a gender-specific name and was mourned after being killed by a punji sticks pit. Hank Venture (on a caffeine-induced power trip as 'The Bat') later eats the meat and transforms the shell into a rocket-propelled "Hank Mobile."
  • In the Wakfu special The Legend of Ogrest, Ogrest has to fight a giant crab-like crustacean whose back is covered with corals and other underwater growth. He does so by climbing it and, with the crab being already blind in one eyestalk, going for the valid one.

    Real Life 
  • The overly large Macrocheira kaempferi, the giant Japanese spider crab, which can reach sizes of up to 12' 6'' across, making it the world's largest crab. And arthropod, for that matter. It is usually harmless to humans, but a few Japanese fishermen, who catch the crabs for food, have reported it can inflict serious injuries or even kill with its giant claws. note 
  • The Paralithodes camtschaticus, the Red King Crab is the second largest crab in the world. It reaces a carapace width of 11 in (28 cm) and a leg span of 6 ft (1.8 m).
  • Although they don't have the leg span of the Japanese spider crab or red king crab, Tasmanian giant crabs have absolutely monstrous carapaces, reaching widths of up to 46 cm (18 in). They're pretty massive too, reaching weights of up to 17.6 kg (39 lb), second only to the Japanese spider crab.
  • With regard to crab intelligence rather than size: computer theorist Lucy Black has written about using the hive intelligence of a swarm of soldier crabs to power a working computer. Quite convincingly, too.
  • The crab from this video is this to the ants.

Other Crustaceans of Unusual Size

    Card Games 
  • In addition to the giant crabs mentioned above, Magic: The Gathering also gave us the Homarids (effectively barely-anthropomorphic lobsters at war with the local merfolk when introduced), some of which were clearly a bit bigger than the others...

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 
  • Nobody Dies has the Angel Shamshel take this form, giving us this little exchange.
    Misato: The enemy is a Giant Crab!
    Rei: Hit its weak point for MASSIVE DAMAGE!
    Misato: Rei! Get off the damn channel!

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • The aptly-named Lobstrosities from Stephen King's The Drawing of the Three. They will constantly question you (dad-a-chick?) while ripping your extremities apart.
  • One of the bizarre inhabitants of Brian Lumley's Lovecraft-pastiche Dreamlands novels is a giant pillbug referred to as "the Running Thing". It's friendly to humans, and is a subterranean predator of various deep-dwelling nasties up to and including dholes.
  • The various deadly Lost World life forms of Fragment are distant cousins of mantis shrimp, although they've long since evolved into whole classes, possibly even phyla, of their own.
  • The Stormlight Archive:
    • The book has the massive lobster-like creatures known as chasmfiends. They are powerful enough to flatten even somebody wearing the setting's resident Magitek Powered Armor.
    • Most creatures native to Roshar are actually crustacean in nature, and megafauna is fairly common. So there are many creatures that could probably qualify for this trope, it's just that so far in series, The chasmfiends are the only really huge crustaceans to have been actively battled.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Monster Warriors: In "The Giant Lobster Invasion", a giant lobster attacks the beaches of Capital City and the Monster Warriors learn an alien force might be behind it.
  • Countless ones in Power Rangers, though the most memorable one would be Commander Crayfish from the first season. He even comes with his own crew of Psycho Rangers. An inversion of the "Enemy" part can be found in the Samurai Gold Ranger's Clawzord; it's a giant mech-lobster.
  • Alien Bira from Ultraseven is designed after a slipper lobster, and its Boss Subtitles is "Space Shrimp-Man".

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Early editions had giant crayfish as monsters.
  • Monsterpocalypse: The Tritons have a monster called Crustaceous, a giant bipedal lobster.
  • Pathfinder has Giant Mantis Shrimp. The shockwave from their claw attack does sonic damage and stuns nearby targets.

    Video Games 
  • Alien Soldier has a large unnamed lobster as a boss that appears in a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment. Your character saves a blue teddy bear from kissing aliens. Said teddy bear then decides to help you by driving a powerboat to your destination. After fending off its minions, this big crustacean swims up to your boat, grabs the teddy bear and throws him off the boat, and proceeds to fight you.
  • The Snow Beast Recurring Boss from Dead Space 3, which is a four-legged, crab-like necromorph. Lampshaded, as the audio-log dealing with it states one would expect to find such a creature on a deep-sea expedition, rather than an ice world. Makes more sense when you find the log showing that Tau Volantis was a water world before its inhabitants froze it over.
  • The Blisk from Destroy All Humans!, aliens described by Pox as brutes with large claws who look like the result of a cockroach mating with a lobster.
  • Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future has a boss fight with the giant Crayfish.
  • Dreugh in The Elder Scrolls. In The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind they look like a cross between a humanoid, a crab, and a squid. In Oblivion, you get land dreugh, which is kinda like a crab/centaur mix.
  • Eternal Darkness has Chattur'gha, an Eldritch Abomination lobster.
  • Etrian Odyssey has some large, dangerous F.O.E. of this kind, such as the Aquatic Butcher in the original game and its remake Millenium Girl (also appearing in Heroes of Lagaard), Iron Crustacean (as well as the related Hurt Crustacean) in Beyond the Myth, and the Platinum Pillbug (as well as the related Silent Assassin) in Nexus. The Aquatic Butcher appears docile underwater until the player's party engages into a battle, in which case the monster will aim to join the battle. Iron Crustacean follows a path between the water and the grass, not looking for a battle naturally. The Pillbugs and Silent Assassins will be completely docile and can even be pushed up to twice (which is handy in Block Puzzle-type gameplay), but will chase the player's party if pushed for a third time.
  • Evil Islands: The Armadillos in Gipath.
  • Fallout 4 has not only the crab-based Mirelurks, but several additions, some directly related to the family, others not so much.
    • Mirelurk Hunters are man-sized lobsters that use projectiles of corrosive (and sometimes radioactive) spittle and their huge claws to rip and tear whatever they encounter.
    • Resembling a semi-bipedal (in the same "tauric" fashion as the lesser Mirelurks) horseshoe crab, the Mirelurk Queen is one of the largest enemies in the game and one of the most deadly, easily dwarfing the Deathclaw and Super Mutant Behemoth in size and power. One of them is even fought as a boss with many allies helping the player out, and it can take out said allies (and the player) in one or two shots.
    • Far Harbor features the Fog Crawlers, mantis shrimps that grow two stories tall, with chitinous blades for arms that will rip you apart, and a hide thick enough to shrug off even a Gauss Rifle.
    • Hermit Crabs are, as their name suggests, once-harmless softshelled crabs that have grown bigger since the nukes dropped. Now they're big enough that they hide out in trailers, waiting for prey to wander by. And humans are just the right size to make a tasty snack…
  • Final Fantasy V had the Karlabos/Cray Claw boss that resembled an lobster/earwig hybrid, both of which reappear alongside similar enemies in Final Fantasy XIV.
  • Crawdaddy from The Guardian Legend.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us Aquaman aids the heroes in rescuing Batman in Stryker Island, by summoning an army of giant lobsters to distract the Regime. Being King of the Seas doesn't seem so lame now does it.
  • The Char Clawbster and Chill Clawbster in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. They have a pair of propellers on their backs for flight and claws that can fire a variety of weaponry such as bombs, sleeping gas, and lasers.
  • Crush Crawfish from Mega Man X3. Like his name suggests, he will crush you with those pincers for massive damage if it gets a hold of you.
  • One room in the first level of Monster Party has a giant dead crab, the name source for the LetsPlayer DeceasedCrab.
  • Claude the Lobster, particularly in Peggle Nights.
  • Phantasy Star Nova has Erude, a gigantic machine-lobster hybrid capable of launching a Macross Missile Massacre, firing miniature nukes, using twin laser cannons, and claw strikes.
  • Pikmin:
    • Pikmin 2: The Segmented Crawbster, a Boss enemy, is a colossal elongated crustacean with a massive, club-like right arm. It trie to crush your leader by curling into a ball and rolling over him, but doing so can cause it to hit a wall and flip over on its back. When this happens, its only weak point — its soft belly — is exposed to your Pikmin's attacks.
    • Pikmin 3: The Bugeyed Crawmads are minibosses that appear twice in story mode and a few more times in bonus levels and resemble heavily built, heavily armored mantis shrimp. They're some of the largest non-boss enemies in the games by a fairly substantial margin, dwarfing both the player characters and the smaller Hermit Crawmads they sometimes appear alongside. Naturally, they too have weak points to attack — two of them in fact, their giant dangling eyeballs and then their soft belly.
    • Hey! Pikmin has the Armurk, a massive pillbug-like creature that can roll into a ball and try to squash the Pikmins. It appears as the boss of the Sparkling Labyrinth.
  • Pokémon:
  • One of the Elite Mooks in the first Shantae game are humanoid crawfishes that are first encountered in the Dribble Fountain.
  • At least one boss in Star Ocean: Till the End of Time is a Giant Crab, despite looking more like a lobster.
  • The Craymen and Craybeasts of the Thief series.
  • A possibly dub-induced Shout-Out to this trope exists in Touhou Chireiden ~ Subterranean Animism, where one of Reimu's options has her identifying Yamame as a "giant enemy arthropod".
  • Total War: Warhammer The Vampire coast has the large Rotting Prometheans and the huge Rotting Leviathans. Both are massive undead hermit crabs who wear other monsters skulls and sunken ships respectively as shells.
  • Warcraft games have Lobstrocs/Makruras (both names seem to be used interchangeably) and the Bogstrok, which are lobster people. They're about the same size as most other humanoids, making them very large for crustaceans. There's also the truly gigantic Rokmar the Cracker as a boss encounter.
  • The Lobstermen from X-COM: Terror from the Deep. Very nasty aliens with insane defense that lets them laugh at rockets.
  • Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim has Zonplas, a giant bat-winged lobster-type thing, somewhat reminiscent of the Mi-go from H. P. Lovecraft lore.

    Webcomics 

    Western Animation 
  • Godzilla's very first enemy in Godzilla: The Series was a monstrous crustacean dubbed "C-Rex".
  • One of these, a lobster, appeared in a special episode of The Penguins of Madagascar during their battle with their arch enemy, the evil dolphin Dr. Blowhole, as a Giant Mook known as....
    (With deep dramatic voice) CHROME CLAW.
  • Xiaolin Showdown: Master Monk Guan's monstrous form from the alternate timeline resembles some kind of crustacean.

    Real Life 
  • Giant Isopods, marine cousins of the pillbugs (a.k.a. rolly-pollies, sowbugs, woodlice) you can probably find eating rotted plant matter in your compost heap are quite common around deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Unlike their terrestrial relatives, some species of giant isopods can grow as long as 20 inches in length, over double the size of your average housecat.
  • Lobsters. While people are probably most used to 1—2 pound lobsters (i.e. the kind you eat) those are around 7 years old and nowhere near as big as lobsters get. A very long-lived lobster is also a very large lobster, with a length of over 4 feet and a weight of over 30 pounds.
  • Barnacles are usually no more than an inch or so across, but one variety that lives symbiotically on the flukes and jaws of humpback whales can grow to the size of a plate. The whales carry their barnacles into swarms of plankton which both species consume, so they eat much better than sessile barnacles do.
  • Coconut Crabs (aka robber crabs) are giant shell-less terrestrial hermit crabs that live across the islands of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. They're the largest land-living arthropod in the world, and seriously big enough to ruin your day. They're not overly dangerous or aggressive, but they're notorious for not wanting to let go if they grab onto you, stealing shiny objects, and eating virtually anything from coconuts to corpses.

 
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