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Webcomic / Love and Tentacles

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Love and Tentacles is a comic by Humon, of Niels and Scandinavia and the World fame. It takes place in an alternate universe in which humans coexist with the Tentacula, a race of, well, tentacle monsters (but don't call them that). The central characters are Tom (human) and Frida (Tentacula), a committed couple coping with the fact that their relationship challenges social norms — both the ones they encounter in public and the ones they have internalized in their own heads.

The comic was discontinued due to Humon's personal loss of interest in the series. However, Humon later decided to not only give it a proper ending but release the series collected into book form.

Love and Tentacles provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Anything That Moves: Mona, Frida's coworker who is "sex-crazy even by Tentacula standards". In one comic, she boasts about how she has great success in attracting gay human men, since she has boobs, but all the prehensile "penises" they could want.
  • Babies Ever After: Word of God confirms it, although it's not exactly a heartwarming tale.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Tentaculas have three different types of tentacles - large manipulatory ones where arms should be, smaller ones where the legs should be used for locomotion, and tiny ones hidden in retractile slots around the waist that serve to indicate arousal and receive erotic stimulation, and a split tongue. They also practice external fertilization, much to Tom's Squick, and their mouth doubles as their sexual orifice.
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  • Bizarre Alien Reproduction: Tentaculas breed with females vomiting eggs into a convenient body of water, and then males vomiting sperm over the eggs. The larvae hatch, but are tiny little mindless predators; the hatchlings voraciously cannibalize each other until only one tentacula is left, which then matures into a fully sapient child and from there grows up into an adult.
  • Conveniently Common Kink: Subverted. One of the reasons that Tom and Frida's relationship struggles is because the different anatomies means sexual activity for them revolves heavily around Frida anally penetrating Tom with her tentacles to stimulate his prostate, which Tom knows most guys will mock him for. In an ironic meta-commentary on Tom's fears, the author herself noted that when the readers learned this fact, she received a deluge of comments mocking Tom as unmanly and sexually pathetic.
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  • Cute Monster Girl: Frida and her friend, Mona. Frida's ex is a male version.
  • Fantastic Arousal: Due to the Bizarre Alien Biology, which means they don't have human-like genitalia, tentaculas derive sexual stimulation and pleasure by the caressing of small, nerve-packed tentacles they keep in slits around their waist.
  • Fantastic Racism: Humans and Tentacula seem to have equal status in society, but mixed relationships are not yet fully accepted by either side.
  • Freaky Is Cool: According to Nick.
  • Interspecies Romance: The point of the comic.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Humon considered several possible origins for the Tentacula, from the extraterrestrial to the infernal. She eventually decided that they had been created in a lab and eventually freed and inducted into society.
  • Nice Guy: Tom and Frida, to the point of being the straight man of their various friends and coworkers.
  • Nonhumans Lack Attributes: Frida has no nipples.
  • Orphaned Series: Formerly applied to this series, which was discontinued because Humon herself got bored with it. Later, she decided to give it a proper send-off, compiling the series into a book with new comics bringing the story to a close.
  • Our Nudity Is Different: Frida is embarrassed to discover she's been waving her smaller tentacles around in front of Tom's mother.