Cephalopods in popular culture
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Cephalopods, specifically pertaining to octopuses, squids, and cuttlefishes, are most commonly represented in popular culture in the Western world as creatures that spray ink and latch onto things with their tentacles without releasing.
Examples of representation
The following sections of this article are meant to give an approximate sample of the many forms of representation of cephalopods in popular culture:
- One of the most notable uses of a cephalopod in a cartoon is Squidward Tentacles and Squilliam Fancyson from the animated series Spongebob Squarepants 
- The children's cartoon series Oswald revolves around the life of a blue octopus and his friends
- The character Eight-Armed Willie from the animated series Flapjack is a giant octopus
- The anthropomorphic character Squiddly Diddly
- Cthulhu appeared in the three-episode arc of the series South Park that began with "Coon 2: Hindsight"
- In an episode of the computer animated series The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, entitled "Nightmare in Retroville", the main character transforms into an octopus 
- Doctor Octopus, an archenemy of Spider-Man
- Lady Octopus, a Marvel Comics supervillainess
- Zitzbath Zark, a supervillain who is also known as The Octopus
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea follows a crew that encounters a giant squid
- The Beast features an aggressive giant squid
- Deep Rising features a squid-like creature
- It Came from Beneath the Sea focuses on a giant mutated octopus
- Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep
- Octaman features a mutated humanoid octopus
- Octopus, a monster/action film
- Octopus 2: River of Fear
- Tentacles, one of several films made to capitalize on the success of Jaws
- The same octopus is depicted in the films Wake of the Red Witch, Bride of the Monster, and Ed Wood
- Sharktopus and Monster Shark, two films featuring shark-octopus hybrids
- Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus
- Finding Nemo features a character named Pearl, who is a young flapjack octopus
- Shark Tale features an octopus named Luca
- Toy Story 3, among many new characters, includes a toy rubber octopus named Stretch, voiced by Whoopi Goldberg
- One of the most prominent examples of cephalopods in literature is the giant squid from Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
- A benevolent giant squid, first appearing in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, lives in The Black Lake, a loch that is located next to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
- Kraken, by China Miéville, is centered around the theft of an Architeuthis from a fictionalised Darwin Museum in London
- "Octopus's Garden", a song by the Beatles
- "Octopus", a song by Syd Barrett
- "Octopus", a song by Bloc Party
- Paul the Octopus, an octopus that correctly predicted the outcomes of eleven out of thirteen football matches from the UEFA Euro 2008 Championship and the 2010 FIFA World Cup
- Octopus wrestling
- Al the Octopus, mascot of the Detroit Red Wings
- Octodad, a freeware independent game, and its upcoming sequel, Octodad: Dadliest Catch
- Squids are passive, non-playable characters in the sandbox game Minecraft that carry items called "ink sacs"
- Inkay and Malamar, cuttlefish-like Pokémon, and Octillery, octupus-like Pokémon that appear in the Pokémon X and Y game
- Octopus, known as Name This Game in the U.S., a game for the Atari 2600
- The Reapers, giant near-indestructible sentient ships, of the Mass Effect franchise are modeled after their predecessors, the Leviathans, who are giant intelligent Cuttlefish who were once the supreme masters of the Galaxy.
- "Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants is an octopus, not a squid.". OMG Facts. 2011-08-04. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
- "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius - Season 2, Episode 5: Nightmare in Retroville". TV.com. Retrieved 2013-08-15.