Kraken in popular culture

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An illustration from the original 1870 edition of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by author Jules Verne.

Although fictional and the subject of myth, the legend of the Kraken continues to present day,[1] with numerous references existing in popular culture, including film, literature, television, video games and other miscellaneous examples (e.g., postage stamps, a rollercoaster ride and a rum product).


  • Marvel Comics has its own version of the Kraken.
  • The Kraken (comic book character) from The Umbrella Academy was named so after the Kraken (sea monster) as he has the ability to breath under water.
  • In the manga Rosario + Vampire the character Okuto Kotsubo is a kraken.
  • In the Disney comic series "Tamers of Nonhuman Threats" the Kraken appears in the fifth story, "Let's Get Kraken". In this story, the Kraken has a natural enemy, the sperm whale.
  • In the hit manga One Piece, a kraken named Surume is a minor character in the Fishman Island Arc.


  • In silent films of the 1910s and 1920s, the Kraken was often portrayed using stock footage of an octopus in a bathtub attacking a toy ship. This footage first appeared in Georges Méliès' 1906 film Under the Seas, and was recycled in many other films.[2]
  • The Kraken appears in the film Clash of the Titans (1981)[3] as a giant, four-armed humanoid with scales and a fishtail. In Greek mythology the monster Perseus defeated was called Ceto, which is represented by the constellation of Cetus (usually depicted as a whale, whose systematic name is Cetacean, also deriving from Ceto).
  • A telemovie called Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep (2006)[4] features the Kraken as its main antagonist.
  • In the film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006),[5] the Kraken is an enormous cephalopod-like sea monster. It does the bidding of Davy Jones by pursuing the souls of men who bear the black spot, a mark that appears on men who are overdue on their debt to Jones.
  • In the film Juno (2007),[6] the title character relates an anecdote about a high-school student overdosing on behavioural medication, stripping off her clothes, and diving into a shopping mall fountain, declaring, "I am a Kraken from the sea!"
  • In the 2010 version of Clash of the Titans (2010),[7] the Kraken is again featured as a servant of the Olympian Gods. This version of the creature has a humanoid head, torso and arms but also boasts a number of tentacle. Instead of a tail, it is depicted with crab-like legs. It is given a new backstory as Hades' creation that was used to overthrow the Titans and was later used by Hades to get revenge on Zeus for tricking him into the underworld.




  • In the HBO series Game of Thrones and George R.R. Martin's fantasy novel series The Song of Ice and Fire, on which the TV series is based, the Kraken is the sigil of House Greyjoy of the Iron Islands.
  • The television series Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell has a kraken character (Michael Ward) who lives in a closet on the set and is occasionally released by the character Sir Bobo Gargle (Francis Greenslade), where he dances to "Mickey".
  • An episode of Angry Birds Toons titled 'Sweets of Doom ' featured glowing candy when King Pig ate some and turned into a huge Kraken-like octopus.
  • The Big Bang Theory character Sheldon Cooper mentions krakens in the episodes "Release the Kraken" and "The Date Night Variable", and in "The Hofstadter Insufficiency", Sheldon dreams of Leonard being grabbed by a kraken and pulled off the research ship he was on.
  • The television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea featured an episode called "The Village of Guilt" (1964), in which a failed experiment creates a giant octopus which then terrorizes the population of a Norwegian fjord.[21]
  • In a 2015 commercial for the U.S. insurer GEICO, a "kraken" emerges from a golf course water hazard during a televised tournament, its tentacles writhing and grasping a golfer and his caddy, as the commentators intone with characteristic understatement that the sea monster looks like a kraken.[22]

Video games[edit]

Versions of the Kraken appear in the video games:


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Under the Sea: The Kraken in Culture. Retrieved on 2011-11-21.
  2. ^ Malthête, Jacques; Mannoni, Laurent (2008). L'oeuvre de Georges Méliès. Paris: Éditions de La Martinière. p. 351. ISBN 9782732437323. 
  3. ^ Clash of the Titans (1981).
  4. ^ Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep (TV 2006).
  5. ^ Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006).
  6. ^ Juno (2007).
  7. ^ Clash of the Titans (2010).
  8. ^ "The Kraken" (1830). (2005-01-11). Retrieved on 2011-11-21.
  9. ^ [1] Chapter LIX "The Squid" ..."There seems some ground to imagine that the great Kraken of Bishop Pontoppodan may ultimately resolve itself into Squid."
  10. ^ Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne – Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists. Retrieved on 2011-11-21.
  11. ^ Robert M. Price, "The Other Name of Azathoth", introduction to The Cthulhu Cycle. Price credits Philip A. Shreffler with connecting the poem and the story.
  12. ^ The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham – Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists. Retrieved on 2011-11-21.
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  14. ^ The Girl in a Swing – Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists. Retrieved on 2014-04-05.
  15. ^ The Wishsong of Shannara (Shannara, #3) by Terry Brooks – Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists. Retrieved on 2011-11-21.
  16. ^ Island of the Aunts – Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists. Retrieved on 2014-04-05.
  17. ^ Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox – Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists. Retrieved on 2014-04-05.
  18. ^ Pirate Latitudes – Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists. Retrieved on 2014-04-05.
  19. ^ Kraken by China Miéville – Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists. Retrieved on 2011-11-21.
  20. ^ House of Greyjoy - A Wiki of Ice and Fire. Retrieved on 2014-02-14.
  21. ^ The Village of Guilt (1964).
  22. ^ Geico TV Commercial, "Kraken: It's What You Do". iSpotTV. August 18, 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  23. ^ Age of Mythology Heaven: Norse myth units. Retrieved on 2011-11-21.
  24. ^ "Final Fantasy Retrospective: Part I". GameTrailers. 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  25. ^ God of War 2 Guide & Walkthrough – PlayStation 2 (PS2) – IGN. (2007-04-27). Retrieved on 2011-11-21.
  26. ^ Heroes Database Heroes of Newerth. Retrieved on 2015-10-26.
  27. ^ [2] KSP Wiki. Modding API
  28. ^ Geoff Duncan (October 26, 2006). "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Hits Retailers". Digital Trends. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  29. ^ Smite Gods. Retrieved on 2013-03-01.
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  32. ^ Kraken Stamps. Retrieved on 2011-11-21.
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  35. ^ The Kraken® Rum. Retrieved on 2011-11-21.
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  37. ^ Chase, Chris (December 8, 2013). "Panthers defender lists Hogwarts as alma mater during ‘Sunday Night Football’". USA Today. 
  38. ^ "Gaming Headsets: Razer Kraken Review". Top Ten Reviews. 

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