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A lot of giant octopi (and other cephalopods, though cuttlefish and nautiluses tend to be a Seldom-Seen Species) in videogames fight the same way. They will face you in the center of a circular arena, use two of the Combat Tentacles to restrict you to a small portion of the arena, whip, grab or slam with other tentacles, and have a spit projectile (often some kind of blinding ink). Needs not be an octopus, but does need to be similar.

Tentacle Rope is often involved.


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  • Several bosses from the Sonic Adventure games fight like this.
  • In Sonic Rush Adventure, you fight the Ghost Kraken on a ring-shaped platform, with it in the center. It likes to spit ink at the camera. It also likes to grab the platform with two tentacles, restricting you to a fourth of the platform, while it sweeps the ground with the others, including the one that has its weak point.
  • Big Squiddy in The Legendary Starfy attacks this way, but the only projectile is the occasional boulder.
  • King Kaliente in Super Mario Galaxy acts a bit like this, at least the centre of the arena, projectile spit and dangerous tentacles part.
  • Averted in Ecco the Dolphin. The octopus is sitting on a rock ledge and just sits there slapping its tentacle to impede your passage through the tunnel.
  • Averted in Kao The Kangaroo: Round 2, where the octopus boss doesn't try to restrict your movement; instead, you avoid its tentacles as you swim around the arena, trying to shoot all the tentacles and expose its weak point.

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  • The Forgotten One boss in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne attacks by spawning tentacles from the ground. Since they have melee range, they end up next your units, so you end up literally Surrounded By Tentacles while the boss spits fire at you.
  • Zurvan in Starcraft II Heart Of The Swarm fights at the center of a semicircular arena, sending his tentacles to crash down on you two at a time. However, you benefit from Crosshair Aware, making this one of the easier bossfights.

     Role Playing Games 
  • Phantasy Star Zero, the marsh boss.
  • The Tentacle bosses in Final Fantasy VI aren't quite this trope as its described, but at the same time the battlefield is your characters standing on the tentacles as well as fighting them.
    • Ultros, on the other hand, does have an Ink attack but otherwise averts the trope.
  • Dragon Age: Origins: the Brood Mother.
  • King Kalamari in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars averts this in a variety of ways. First, you progress toward its head, fighting two waves of three tentacles and then the head and the two remaining tentacles. It only needs one tentacle to restrict control of a party member, tossing them into the air for a few turns, then dumping them back on you with a Weakness ailment. It does have an ink spit but that's also a common enemy attack in the game.
  • Octomammoth from Final Fantasy IV actually loses tentacles as it takes damage.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Averted in the first game. You'd think Ursula, who does occasionally use this trope in The Little Mermaid (1989), would use them here; but when she goes giant size she doesn't use her tentacles at all. You just swim around keyblading her in the face, while trying not to get bitten or zapped.
    • Played straight in Re: Chain of Memories, where she uses her tentacles to smack you around the stage before coming close enough that you can attack her face.
  • The Kraken boss in Fable.
  • The Kayran in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is a fairly straight example of this kind of boss. Its immobility is justified by the fact that it's under a paralyzing spell that allows you to fight it in the first place, and its inability to retreat makes it extra mad. Unusually it keeps its tentacles out of reach for most of the time, forcing you to use a magic sign to temporarily trap them to the ground as it strikes you in order to do any damage. It also spits sticky poison and throws rocks.

    Survival Horror 
  • Though not a squid, Ramon Salazar, after his "ritual" from Resident Evil 4 certainly pulls this off. And be careful with those tentacle arms; one of the attacks is a One Hit Kill.
  • The final boss of Dead Space plays this trope pretty straight, including the "forming an arena by cutting off all escape routes with my tentacles."

    Real Life 
  • It turns out this trope isn't too far removed from reality as it might seem, as octopi in real life have been observed using their tentacles to punch fish! It's thought this serves purposes both in hunting and as a means of 'disciplining' fish, since several occasions of octopi using it have been attributed to nothing else but sheer spite.