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Squid, octopus, whatever. . . it wants to eat you.

"...Just so you understand exactly what it is you're dealing with: besides its eight huge tentacles, this thing has two whips. Each one is probably as long as this room and three or four feet thick. Those whips are covered with suction cups as big as this notepad. In the center of each cup is a claw as big as my fist and razor-sharp. The squid grabs and impales its prey with those whips and drags it towards its beak, shredding the flesh as it goes, and these things can shred a one-hundred-pound tuna in five seconds. Its beak is like an eagle's, only it's about fifty times bigger and can bite through steel. Now, you make a mistake trying to kill this thing, and it gets you first... you pray to God those whips kill you before you get to that beak."
Whip Dalton, The Beast

Aside from being a plentiful source of low grade calamari note , Giant Squid are just as appetizingly useful for their role as Sea Monsters roaming the deep, attacking boats full of Cutthroat Island extras and being an all round menace to the high seas.

As a real life species, giant squid are believed to have inspired Norse tales of the Kraken and as one of The Oldest Ones in the Book had a lot of overlap with the epic Kraken and Leviathan. After Jules Vernes's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the Giant Squid became a much more of a monster in the vein of any other "Gigantic Animal" monster: much more explicitly a larger version of something already known, scientifically unstudied but explainable and belonging to a realm not yet fully discovered, in this case, the depths of the sea.


Being mostly tentacle, the Giant Squid has a variety of ways in which it may be depicted on screen. You might see only the tentacles, perhaps the top of the head occasionally peaks out of the water. A full body shot may be a climatic reveal and seeing the beaked mouth may be reserved for the death scene of some poor sucker being slowly dragged into it. Very often the tentacles almost seem to act as their own monster following the principle of only taking what is on screen as being real.

Authors, designers and illustrators not always being sticklers for accuracy, the trope Giant Squid includes giant octopuses and giant-sea-creatures-that-are-some-weird-hybrid-of-squids-and-octopuses, as well.

Subtrope of Sea Monster and Tentacled Terror. See also Giant Enemy Crab. The really big ones may also qualify as Kaiju.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Doraemon: Nobita and the Castle of the Undersea Devil, an adventure taking place underwater, had the gang being menaced by a giant squid who destroys their underwater bunker and later tried sticking a tentacle through the windows.
  • 3×3 Eyes: Elder Pael resembles a colossal squid the size of an airplane, with an incredibly elongated body and a prawn-like head. Justified, since Hyoma like himself can take mix-and-match forms thanks to their ability to merge and assimilate other creatures.
  • Dragon Ball: During the Red Ribbon arc, General Blue swaps an arrow signal inside the pirate cave so that Goku ends up falling into a small grotto containing a giant, hungry octopus (who feels insulted when called a squid). The beast then tries to smash and eat Goku. Unfortunately for him, Goku fries him with a Kamehameha and eat some of his tentacles to regain strength.
  • Byro's trump card in Fairy Tail is a potion that turns him into a Kaiju sized one, albeit with suckers on the outside of the tentacles.
  • One Piece, being set in a world covered mostly by oceans, has the Strawhats encountering a Giant Squid early on in the stomach of a colossal whale. Later on they also encounter a Kraken, which is a gigantic orange octopus with several tentacles.
  • In Soul Eater, a mutated giant squid emerges from a river in the Amazon to attack the heroes. It was apparently artificially modified by Arachne's magic to turn gigantic, ferocious and immune to sorcery.
  • Among the various creatures in Toriko, we have the massive Megaoctopus (a beast seemingly composed of nothing but tentacles) and other squid and/or octopus-like beasties, ending up with one of the Gourmet World's strongest residents, the Yamatako Orochi, a truly colossal monster with a Lamprey Mouth and hydra-like tentacles tipped with living heads. There's also the King of the World of Souls, who's a Giant Squid man named "King Enma Squid".
  • Yaiba: The revived monk Seikai Miyoshi transforms into a giant red octopus to fight (a pun on the fact that monks, due to their shaved heads, are often called "octopi"). Later in the story, Shingetsu merges himself with a giant squid, gaining Combat Tentacles with a Healing Factor and the ability to spit ink.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman and the Outsiders: In her first appearance, the Marine Marauder uses a giant octopus to attack and ocean liner and drag Looker down to her undersea lair.
  • The Franco-Belgian Comic series Les Petits Hommes features, during an escapade to Atlantis, a pair of squids attacking belligerent Atlantean and fishmen. Not giant squids per se, but for those Lilliputians they're quite the same thing.
  • The Punisher: One arc centered around the sole survivor of one of Frank's raids. The guy had taken a bullet in the head a few years before and was never the same afterwards, having developed an obsession with Giant Squid (sorry, Architeuthis) and spending his free time scuba-diving the waters of New York City looking for one (yes, in the actual harbor. Even the other mafiosi know nothing about marine biology and can see the flaw in his reasoning). He's haunted by the ghosts of his fellow criminals who demand he avenge them, and very nearly manages it by luring Frank into a warehouse gunfight and blowing it up. He holds Frank at gunpoint on the docks and would have killed him... if it wasn't for an actual Giant Squid grabbing and eating him.
  • Superman/Supergirl: Maelstrom: As exploring the mountains of an alien world, Supergirl runs into a flying alien squid. Its green body is several times larger than her, thorns protrude from its long tentacles, and unlike Earth cephalopods, its mouth has several rows of sharp teeth instead of a beak.

    Comic Strips 
  • Occasionally showed up on The Far Side, usually in the role of the traditional household pet. Somehow, they never seemed to need water.
    • One shows a giant squid and a dog curled up together sleeping. Their owner tells his friend that "in the wild, they'd be enemies, but they do just fine if you get them as pups".
    • Another sees a man visiting his friend's house and appearing quite nervous at the giant squid eyeballing him. His friend tells him to remain calm as giant squids can sense fear.
    • In yet another strip, a woman is frantically calling an exterminator while a giant squid is eating her husband in the background. The exterminator's office ("Harry's Squid-Be-Gone") is empty, with a sign on the door that says "Back in a jiffy".
  • Liō has one as a pet, and it likewise seems to do fine out of the water.
  • In one story of Prince Valiant, the eponymous hero is trapped above a large, deep pool with an enormous octopus at the bottom trying to reach him. In another story, he is at sea with a small crew in a boat and is attacked by a giant squid.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Walt Disney version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea prominently features a giant squid that Ned Land (Kirk Douglas) goes against mano a mano (a mano, a mano, a mano...) with a harpoon.
  • Beneath The 12 Mile Reef has a giant human attacking octopus.
  • What are initially believed to be numerous worm-like creatures in Deep Rising that infested the ship and consumed the entire crew and its passengers actually turn out to be the tentacles of an extremely large squid-like monster at the end.
  • In High Spirits, a haunted mural in the hotel becomes animated, and a giant squid appears to torment the guests. The child actor in the scene even says, verbatim: 'It's a giant squid!' before being snatched by the creature.
  • In It Came from Beneath the Sea, there is a giant radioactive octopus which features as the main threat.
  • King Kong vs. Godzilla, War of the Gargantuas, and Frankenstein Conquers the World all featured a giant octopus that fights Kong, Gaira, and Frankenstein respectively.
  • Kong: Skull Island: There's a short scene where King Kong fights an enormous cephalopod called a Mire Squid as a Mythology Gag to the giant octopus from King Kong vs. Godzilla mentioned above.
  • In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the Watcher in the Water is decidedly squid-like, with bits of octopus thrown in for good measure. In the books the description is a bit more vague but still retains most of the Giant Squid properties.
  • A giant octopus is one of the creatures that the crew faces on the eponymous The Lost Continent.
  • One appears briefly in The Meg, attacking the heroes' submarine and then getting eaten by a megalodon.
  • Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus. Changing it to an Octopus was the closest to originality the film got.
  • Roger Corman's first film was Monster From The Ocean Floor, and featured a female marine biologist vindictively hunting a giant squid.
  • Mysterious Island features what appears to be either a giant nautilus or ammonite which attacks the castaways when they're exploring the sunken pirate ship.
  • The 2000 film Octopus features a submarine facing off with a gigantic, mutated octopus deep under the ocean. The sequel, Octopus 2 River Of Fear, has the NYPD having to deal with a equally gigantic octopus that has made its home in New York Harbor.
  • The Kraken from Pirates of the Caribbean. Though far bigger than any real squid (thereby really earning its Kraken title).
  • Reap the Wild Wind featured John Wayne fighting and being killed by a rather silly-looking (but technologically impressive for the time) giant squid. It was made several years after Wake Of The Red Witch (see below). Perhaps the squid was avenging its cephalopod brother?
  • The Road to Bali features a giant squid named Boga Ten.
  • In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, the Big Bad uses a Steampunk mechanical giant octopus to drag down a treasure ship so he can loot it to fund his Evil Scheme.
  • Gezora from the 1970 Toho film, Space Amoeba, although he's technically a cuttlefish Kaiju. He's also tussled with Godzilla in some comics and video games despite never appearing in any movies with him.
  • Star Wars: The Dianoga in A New Hope is definitely this. Some people In-Universe even call it "Trash Giant Squid".
  • Italian movie Tentacoli features a giant octopus that was stirred up by an underwater tunnelling project, and developed a taste for humans.
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea has a gigantic octopus in it which attacks the Seaview. Also, an actual giant squid earlier attacked the divers repairing the transatlantic phone line on the ocean bottom.
  • Wake Of The Red Witch, a black-and-white movie based on the novel Toilers of the Sea, featured John Wayne wrestling with and killing a giant octopus that had carried off a native diver minutes before.

  • To be elaborate on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the crew of the Nautilus (and Ned Land) fight a school of giant squids after one squid wraps itself around the submarine and stops it in its tracks. It is the most recognizable element in the story—after Nemo and the Nautilus themselves—and is a standard fixture in any adaptation. It should be noted, however: some translations are a bit more ambiguous about the monsters' exact species, instead referring to them as "poulp" (an archaic term for cephalopods in general).
  • In Pat Murphy's Adventures In Space And Time with Max Merriwell, Weldon Merrimax is killed by a giant squid.
  • Seen as the cover morph in The Exposed, the twenty-seventh book in the Animorphs series. Rachel's shown as the morpher, but the whole team morphs squids in the book, having first morphed sperm whales to find the titular exposed Pemalite ship and the squids to reach the ship.
  • Artemis Fowl is attacked by a giant squid in The Atlantis Complex.
  • Peter Benchley's Beast, later adapted into a film starring William Peterson called The Beast, could roughly be described as Jaws with a Giant Squid (especially since Benchley wrote Jaws) with the giant squid attacking boats after foolish mankind overfished its normal prey and accidentally killed its young. Mankind's hubris concerning nature leads to him getting attacked by a wild creature? Naaaawh!
  • At the start of Strands of Sorrow, part of the Black Tide Rising series, a Naval scout visits the San Diego harbor after the Zombie Apocalypse has been raging for several months. The masses of Technically Living Zombies have resulted in the bay's waters becoming infested not only with sharks, but also with Humboldt Squid, which are voraciously feeding on the masses of infected humans. The sight actually unnerves the watching Navymen, and one member who happens to have lived in the area notes that the beaches of Southern California may not be safe to swim in for the rest of his lifetime at the earliest, as Humboldt Squid are aggressive, intelligent predators who may even be capable of social learning.
  • Dr. No: The titular character puts James Bond through a torture labyrinth ending with an apparent escape only to be attacked by a giant squid. Improbably, Bond wins.
  • In Arthur C. Clarke's Ghost of the Grand Banks, deep-sea diver Jason Bradley became world famous after he was hired to investigate an oil-rig dive crewman's report that a 100-meter octopus had taken up occupancy among the rig's seabed buttresses. The gargantuan octopus fled immediately when Bradley approached in his lighted hardshell diving suit.
  • The giant squid from Harry Potter is a rare benevolent example. Living in the lake near Hogwarts, this giant squid is a friendly docile creature who likes to play with the students, since Fred and George were seen tickling its tentacles, accepts food from them and even saved one first year student who fell into the water. Writer J.K. Rowling joked that this particular giant squid is actually the Animagus form of Godric Gryffindor, one of the legendary founders of Hogwarts, still watching over Hogwarts to this day.
  • Kraken kicks off with the impossible theft of the preserved giant squid on display in London's Natural History Museum (nicknamed Archie). Turns out there is a cult that worships giant squids as gods and offspring of the almighty Kraken, and by the novel's internal logic, the fact that the squid commands such faith means that is actually an extremely powerful entity, even in death.
  • The similarly named Spanish novel Kraken: Atrapados en el abismo, by Luis Miguel Ariza, features an agressive yet surprisingly intelligent giant squid species.
  • The Watcher of the Water which guards the gates of Moria in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
  • The narrator of Moby-Dick has an encounter with a giant squid:
    Almost forgetting for the moment all thoughts of Moby Dick, we now gazed at the most wondrous phenomenon which the secret seas have hitherto revealed to mankind. A vast pulpy mass, furlongs in length and breadth, of a glancing cream-color, lay floating on the water, innumerable long arms radiating from its centre, and curling and twisting like a nest of anacondas, as if blindly to clutch at any hapless object within reach. No perceptible face or front did it have; no conceivable token of either sensation or instinct; but undulated there on the billows, an unearthly, formless, chance-like apparition of life.
    As with a low sucking sound it slowly disappeared again, Starbuck still gazing at the agitated waters where it had sunk, with a wild voice exclaimed — "Almost rather had I seen Moby Dick and fought him, than to have seen thee, thou white ghost!"
  • Michael Crichton's posthumously published Pirate Latitudes features two encounters with what is presumably a giant squid, which the characters call a "Kraken". The first one doesn't do much and is quickly forgotten. The second one is strangely aggressive, grabbing crew members and flinging them overboard. It also, for some reason, has bioluminescence.
  • Sphere features a giant squid as a manifestation of a character's mind.
  • In Starlight and Shadows, the pirate ship Elfmaid is attacked by a giant squid, which protagonists Liriel and Fyodor manage to slay.
  • Tales from the White Hart: "Big Game Hunt" describes the efforts of an eccentric professor to study the electrical circuitry of the brain. After using his research to develop robotic creatures, he then tries to use electrical stimulation of the brain to control the behavior of animals. The professor's work is discovered by a wildlife photographer, who tries to exploit it to film a giant squid. While their attempt is initially successful, the equipment blows a fuse, and the squid kills both scientist and photographer.
  • Testimony Before an Emergency Session of the Naval Cephalopod Command by Seth Dickinson has a Mad Scientist explaining to the eponymous Command why a giant squid—trained and enhanced to detect Soviet nuclear subs—has gone Off the Rails and is trying to start World War III. Turns out treating a giant squid like Flipper when it has Blue-and-Orange Morality is a bad idea.
  • Way of the Tiger:
    • Book 4 has a Kraken guarding the tract of sea around the island where the magical Scepter and Orb of Irnsmuncast are kept. While it doesn't look anything different from a run of the mill giant squid, the lore mentions that's a foul creature of Nullaq, evil goddess of envy and poison, thus can be pacified with an amuler of her cult.
    • The last book has a series of massive, grotesque squid-like horrors used as living cages for the Keeper of the Forbidden Shrine, once again related to Nullaq.

    Live-Action TV 
  • A really, really Giant Squid is worshipped as a god on a planet where the Doctor and Romana seek the Key to Time in the Doctor Who serial "The Power of Kroll".
  • The Future Is Wild:
    • 200 million years after humanity has gone extinct, the oceans have become home to the enormous 25 meter Rainbow Squid (other sources in the franchise say they grow up to over 40-50 m in length). However, despite being carnivorous they are actually gentle giants that use their incredible color changing abilities for dazzling courtship displays and to hide whenever predators are nearby, even if said predators are significantly smaller than it.
    • Much smaller but still quite sizeable itself is the rainbow squid's land-dwelling contemporary, the megasquid, larger than modern-day elephants and has evolved to have elephant-like traits and lifestyle.
  • One of these attacks the research vessel Alton is cooking on in the squid episode of Good Eats.
  • Once Upon a Time: Squid Ink acts as a recurring magical item used to temporarily freeze the user's target in place. In Season 3, Gold and Baelfire summon and kill a giant squid in Neverland to take it's ink for this specific purpose. Season 6 also introduces krakens as a similar but much more aggressive and menacing creature, almost looking like mutant giant squids.
  • One episode of The Sean Cullen Show had a giant squid take over Sean's basement. It eventually kidnapped William Shatner and fell through a wormhole. Sean sang about it.
  • Ultra Series:
    • In the Ultra Q episode "Fury of the South Seas", the characters visit a South Pacific Island where the locals worship a gargantuan octopus called Sudar and try to appease it with human sacrifice. Notably, it was brought to life using the Giant Octopus puppet from King Kong vs. Godzilla, Frankenstein Conquers the World, and War of the Gargantuas.
    • On Ultraseven, the mysterious Ultraterrestrials known as the Nonmalts attack humanity's ships and subs using a squid-like kaiju called Guyros, who is ultimately chopped up into calamari by Ultraseven.
    • Ultraman Taro and Ultraman 80 both featured cephalopod kaiju in bit roles. The former series' monster was Tagarl, who battled the Giant Enemy Crab Ganza, while the latter series had Daron, a minion of Gimyra who teamed up with Raburas to fight 80 in one battle scene.

  • Alestorm's "Death Throes of the Terrorsquid" is a song about... Pirates killing the terrorsquid.
  • The Jonathan Coulton song "I Crush Everything" is sung from the perspective of a giant squid. It suffers from extreme loneliness, because (as the title hints) it can't touch anything without dragging it down to the bottom of the sea and destroying it. And it really hates dolphins. So, sad cephalopod.
  • The Dreadnoughts' "Mary the One-Eyed Prostitute, Who Fought the Colossal Squid and Saved Us From Certain Death on the High Seas, God Rest Her One-Eyed Soul" is pretty Self-Explanatory.


    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons has intelligent, evil Kraken. There's also stats for a perfectly mundane giant squid and giant octopus.
  • Dystopian Wars: The Empire of the Blazing Sun have the Ika class Mechanical Squid — a gigantic robotic squid large enough to grab and drag down the largest warships into the briny depths.
  • Hollow Earth Expedition. Kraken are 100 foot long 40 ton squids powerful enough to capsize ships and eat their crews. They can also drag a ship deep underwater and let the pressure and lack of air do their dirty work for them.
  • It Came from the Late, Late Show. A Giant Octopus Monster is 60 feet long. Its rampages include eating sunbathers and surfers and destroying coastal towns and bridges.
  • Munchkin has Squidzilla as one of its monsters. As the name implies, it is huge.
  • The New World of Darkness has the Leviathan, the Kerberos of the Sea of Fragments. It's actually only a guess that it's a cephalopod based on the fact that it has tentacles — it's too huge for anyone to ever see what it really looks like.
  • Rifts: One of the largest squid-like entities in the game is the Lord of the Deep. Nobody knows if it really is squidlike, as only its tentacles are ever seen — its body is deep within the Mariana Trench. Said tentacles are several MILES long, and thick enough to pose a threat even to the ultratech battleships of rifts Earth.
  • Warhammer 40,000 sees your giant squid and raises you the Void Krakens, a species of space dwelling asteroid eaters that are in the same weight class as small warship. Keep in mind, 40k warships start at 1km and only go up from there.

    Theme Parks 
  • In Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges at Universal's Islands of Adventure, the guests have a run-in with giant octopus when their raft enters a dark cave.
  • The now-closed Submarine Voyage rides at the Disney parks included an appearance by a giant squid. In the Disneyland version, the squid was fighting a sperm whale, and in the Disney World version it was attacking another submarine while another tried to attack yours as well.

  • BIONICLE: Kalmah commanded an army of giant squids while he lived in the Pit. Ever since he got turned back into an air-breather, they probably don't follow him anymore.

    Video Games 
  • ARK: Survival Evolved has the Tusoteuthis, a 30 foot long squid loosely based on the real prehistoric creature note . It can grab prey (including players and various other giant sea predators) and crush them to death, inflincting torpor which can cause the creature to lose consciousness, while regaining health by drinking their blood. If you manage to start doing serious damage to one, it will spray a blinding ink cloud and flee. There's also an Alpha version which is even bigger, being the largest alpha creature on the island. Pretty impressive given it has serious competition. Fortunately, both the common and Alpha varieties are only found deep in the ocean and will not come to the surface unless tamed, so one can avoid them easily enough.
  • The Assassin's Creed series:
    • Assassin's Creed II: Ezio goes searching for the Assassin Seals that unlock the Armor of Altair, he can come across what appears to be a giant squid twice in the same area. Once he pulls on a lever and watches the water, he can see the dark figure swim past menacingly. If he pulls the lever again and waits, the squid will use a tentacle to attack Ezio and fail. If Ezio falls into the water at any moment, however, the squid will not come to attack him at all.
    • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag: If Edward looks out a certain window at the Antocha wreck for a short while, a cinematic depicting a battle between a Giant Squid and a white whale would occur.
  • Even though it looks more like an octopus, Lusca from City of Heroes probably counts. There's no way to gauge how big it is, since you can't see the whole thing, but the amount of tentacle that you can see looks to be around 30 feet or more.
  • In BioShock and BioShock 2, a Giant Squid can be seen swimming through Rapture.
  • Club Penguin has the Giant Squid make minor shadowed appearances in the minigames Aqua Grabber and Puffle Rescue. The Web Animation short "Captain Rockhopper vs. Mighty Squid" has Rockhopper fight off the Giant Squid.
  • In Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 the Wacky Soviets have giant squid that can drag enemy ships down to the briny depths. Too bad they traded those in for war bears in the third game.
  • Conan has a boss battle against one of these.
  • In Crypt Of The Necrodancer, the boss Coral Riff is a giant squid with a guitar's body for a head.
  • Dr Peculiar defends himself with a giant mutant octopus in The Deadly Tower of Monsters.
  • One of Ecco the Dolphin's more random enemies are giant octopodes Eight-Arms. There's plenty of pointy ammonites in Prehistoria, too. Defender of the Future features a few giant cephalopods that require puzzle solving to get past, as well, perhaps in homage to the original series that it otherwise doesn't have that much to do with.
  • The Endless Ocean games both feature giant squid in their respective abyssal zones, the second of whom will periodically tangle with a sperm whale, including during the storyline. The second game also has the giant squid's baby, Kraken Jr., who's only a couple of feet long and amazingly adorable for a squid.
  • EXTRAPOWER: Giant Fist: The boss of the Milles City industrial area stage is a giant squid that attacks from the water and attacks with whatever arms are holding aloft The Men in Black enemies that were attacking throughout the past two stages. Rather than being a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere, it serves as a Call-Back to the unearthed bracelet having a rampage effect on animals within its range. A clue that the players are getting closer to their objective.
  • Story mission nine in Jaws Unleashed opens with a fight against one.
  • In Kid Pix Studio, there was a "Moopie" stamp of a blue squid. Although quite small normally, as with all stamps, it could be enlarged by pressing the control key, and further enlarged by pressing the shift key as well.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Naval Ops: The final Bonus Boss of Warship Gunner 2 is a giant squid that can sink ships with a blast of high-pressure ink or lasers. But it's a giant, flattened and dried squid.
  • In Pokémon Sword and Shield, using the Dynamax feature on a cephalopod-like Pokémon will, obviously, produce this result.
  • Phix: the Adventure have a giant squid boss who can somehow move on land, and have crab pincers on the tips of tentacles.
  • Resistance 2: One of the bosses is a huge, many-tentacled Kraken.
  • Shantae: Squid Baron, Reoccurring Rascal/Concerned Parent. Despite his name, he looks more like a giant octopus than a giant squid. He may not be large enough to drag down a ship, but he's still roughly twice the size of an average human.
  • Skies of Arcadia: One of the optional ship battles is against a giant flying squid.
  • Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves: The giant pink squid thingy Krusher starts off as a boss fight before the Guru manages to talk it into temporarily joining you. You later control Crusher to defend Bentley by smashing pirates in a fashion in a scene that is best described as "Giant Squid Bongo with a Body Count".
  • SOMA: The Final Boss is this, even named as such by the research base's scientists. Being heavily mutated by Structure Gel, this creature patrols the Abyss for prey, and after eating Johann Ross alive, it constantly stalks you along the way to station Phi, with only cramped rock tunnels for cover. If you're caught, the squid grabs you in its jaw and hauls you off in a random direction, often undoing your progress.
  • In Splatoon, Inklings are humanoid creatures who can morph into roughly human-sized squids. However, the "Kraken" special ability allows an Inkling to temporarily become a massive and virtually indestructible squid capable of destroying all it touches.
  • Subnautica: The Crabsquid isn't that big in comparison to some of the other creatures but is still a few times larger than the average human. It's also highly aggressive and has both razor-sharp, crab-like talons that it uses to attack as well as a short range EMP that can disable any electronics in the area, including your vehicles.
  • Super Mario Bros.: Bosses of this sort are fairly common in the series and tend to be supersized version of Bloopers, a type of common squid enemies.
    • Super Mario Sunshine: One of the recurring enemies is the Gooper Blooper, a giant land squid that sprays toxic ink around itself. It later makes an appearance as a boss in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, where it seems to have gotten into music, and Paper Mario: The Origami King, where it attacked a cruise ship you need to rescue from its clutches.
    • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars: King Calamari is a giant squid that sank the pirate Jonathan Jones' ship and was locked in its treasure room. It's large enough for its body and tentacles to resolve as separate foes during its battle.
    • Paper Mario 64: The Mega Blooper is a supersized variant of the standard Blooper. The sequel has a similarly sized Blooper as the first real boss in the game, but lacks any manner of adjective on its name.
  • The World of Warcraft expansion Cataclysm has Ozumat, a creature working for the Old Gods and able to take on a Physical God.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Squoods are massive squid-like enemies that can be encountered while salvaging (Just about everywhere) or during fog. (In Tantal)
  • One level of Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure revolves around taking one down.

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    Western Animation 
  • In the Courage the Cowardly Dog episode "Last of the Starmakers", the eponymous Starmakers are giant space squids that produce stars instead of ink.
  • In one episode of The Deep, Fontaine and Antaeus end up being attacked by one. Soon, a whole bunch of them show up to attack the Nektons.
  • Family Guy. The Griffins' defense against it is ignoring it.
  • In The Fairly OddParents, an episode had Timmy, Cosmo and Wanda visiting Atlantis, where their immediately arrested because Cosmo was responsible for sinking the continent. Timmy, having Wet Willie powers, attempts to summon a giant squid to help them, to which everyone laughs, thinking it doesn't exist. At the end of the episode, the squid finally shows up and destroys Atlantis.
  • The Garfield Show had a giant squid terrorizing the city's sewers. And it likes donuts.
  • In one episode of Phineas and Ferb, Buford must conquer his fear of giant squid in order to save his friends and pet goldfish from one.
    • A later episode briefly shows him fighting the same squid for some seaweed.
  • Rocko's Modern Life has a giant squid who is attracted to cheese.
  • Hedwig, the Big Bad of Saban's Adventures of the Little Mermaid, has an orange giant octopus as one of her minions.
  • SilverHawks Big Bad Mon*Star's mount is an armored giant space squid named Sky-Runner.
  • In TaleSpin episode "It Came From Beneath the Sea Duck", a giant squid enters Cape Suzette's harbor when Mad Dog and Dumptruck cut a hole in the underwater safety net in order to sneak in. After tasting frosty pep ice cream, the squid develops a craving for it, causing mayhem in its search.
  • In Wakfu, a giant black kralamoure is protecting Oma Island by destroying in its tentacles any ship coming too close. It is in fact the form chosen by an ancient shapeshifting dragon.

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  • The giant squid and colossal squid do exist; the giant squid is longer and the colossal squid is bulkier. While a few stories circulate of boats being attacked by large squid, these creatures are mainly deep-water dwelling creatures, that mostly eat smaller prey. There have been reports of Giant Squid toothmarks on Sperm Whale skins which indicate that the two species regularly fight each other, but since Sperm Whales actively hunt them, these wounds may have been inflicted in self defense, and it is overall fairly likely that sperm whales and Pacific sleeper sharks (the main predators of mature individuals) are able to overpower them fairly easily under most circumstances.
    • There is only one verifiable story of a giant squid attacking a small boat (in this case a rowboat, not a ship), and even then the only reason it was verifiable was because the people attacked brought back proof—a tentacle that a young boy traveling with them chopped off of the animal, and the squid did not seek them out and only reacted aggressively to begin with because they rowed right up to it while it was surfaced and struck it with an oar, causing the (likely dying) squid to violently retaliate. In the rare instance a human interacts with a living giant squid these days, the massive cephalopods come off as Gentle Giants. The few reliable accounts of aggressive behavior can likely be chalked up to startled (and possibly sick or starving) animals in an unfamiliar habitat (surfacing is not believed to be a regular occurrence) defending themselves against a perceived threat. While little behavioral data exists for colossal squid, they are believed to be slow-moving ambush and opportunistic cold-water predators with extremely sluggish metabolisms that primarily feed on Antarctic toothfish, making aggressive and/or predatory behavior towards humans or other large underwater creatures similarly unlikely under most circumstances.
      • In 2015, a juvenile giant squid showed up in the harbour at Toyama, Japan. Though it was in an unfamiliar situation surrounded by people, the creature stayed remarkably calm, even allowing a diver to get up close with a camera to film it, before being carefully guided by the diver out of the harbour to just off the Sea of Japan beyond.
  • Meanwhile, the largest octopus in the ocean is the Giant North Pacific octopus, with an arm-span of seventeen feet. There is not, as far as most scientists are concerned, any octopus of giant squid-sized proportions or whale-sized proportions, as urban legend seems to state.
    • The largest octopus that ever lived was Enchoteuthis, which could weigh up to 500 lbs and was a fairly common denizen of the Cretaceous-era Kansas seas. Of course, given the nature of those seas, they were actually pretty low on the food chain. Fossil evidence shows that they were preyed upon by massive predatory fish, and it also stands to reason that they were regular prey items of mosasaurs. It says something about how nasty those seas were when a giant octopus of all things was one of the less-threatening of the many predators roaming them.
  • Another species on the list of largest squids, the Humboldt squid, while not considered giant, (5-foot long mantle) best fits this trope in its behaviour; whereas Giant and Colossal squid are thought to be mostly docile around humans, the Humboldt does not share this trait. In California and Baja, where the squid are fished for, it's gained a nickname amongst the fishermen. Diablo rojo, which means "red devil". This is a squid that quite literally Turns Red when it goes on the offensive, flashing between its neutral white colour and a vivid blood red. Humboldts do not sink boats, but when feeding or being fished up, they are extremely aggressive. Their beaks are too weak to break bones, but their strong arms have sharp teeth which can rip through skin and most wetsuits, inflicting serious bleeding that has the potential to be fatal if it rips its way into a major artery. They have also been known to attack underwater cameras and will eat other wounded Humboldts. However, outside of feeding and being fished, they have also been observed to be calm and curious, so their behavior is a subject of debate. Regardless, underwater cameraman Scott Cassell—who made a career filming them—won't go in the water with them without wearing a chainmail wetsuit.


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Paper Macho Gooper Blooper

On the Princess Peach cruise ship, Mario fights Paper Macho Gooper Blooper. It is a huge squid that attacks Mario with its tentacles.

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