|“||AHOY! OCTOLING! Up and at 'em, ya lazy whiffle-whaffle! This fight ain't over! Prepare for a royal whoopin'!||”|
— Cap'n Cuttlefish, Octo Expansion
Craig Cuttlefish, originally titled Cap'n Cuttlefish and commonly referred to as simply Cuttlefish, is a major character in the Splatoon series. As a veteran of the Great Turf War and former captain of the Squidbeak Splatoon and New Squidbeak Splatoon, he often acts as a guide for the protagonist. He is also the grandfather of Callie and Marie. He issues the player with the Hero Suit and title of Agent 3 in Splatoon's Octo Valley and similarly gives Agent 8 their nickname and helps them through the Deepsea Metro in Splatoon 2's Octo Expansion. As of Splatoon 3, he has passed his title as captain on to the former Agent 3 and instead acts as the New Squidbeak Splatoon's "senior advisor", but is still the one to give the new Agent 3 their Hero Suit and title, and assists them throughout the Crater.
He is voiced by Mahito Yokota.
Cap'n Cuttlefish is the only seen elderly Inkling and therefore has several notable differences from the playable ones: he is visibly skinnier with a bonier look (despite Inklings having no bones) and has thinner, drooping ears and bulging brown eyes—a trait that he regularly comments on. He is almost entirely bald except for a white ponytail with faded orange tips, while also uniquely has a bushy white beard that fully covers his mouth and equally bushy eyebrows. Additionally, his squid form retains his beard, as seen in the credits artwork for Splatoon.
In Splatoon, Cap'n Cuttlefish is seen wearing a very loose patchwork rag over his shoulders comprised of several hastily stitched-together colors of fabric, to which he has pinned four war medals on the left-hand side. On his head, he wears the Legendary Cap: a blue peaked captain's hat with a golden brim and Cuttlegear logo on the front and a sewn-on patch and hole for his ponytail on the back. He also wears blue jean shorts with a brown belt and worn-out brown boots with holes in the toes, altogether giving the appearance of an elderly hero down on his luck. Finally, he is always seen leaning on a bamboo cane with a red ribbon tied around it, reminiscent of a Bamboozler 14 Mk I.
In the Octo Expansion, Cap'n Cuttlefish radically changes his look to reflect his more casual attitude and a newfound penchant for rapping. He wears the Old-Timey Clothes: a bright green Zink tracksuit jacket with white trim, still with his badges attached, and large silver Forge headphones resting around his neck. His Old-Timey Hat is his regular cap in white, without the patch and hole, turned backwards and twinned with a pair of Retro Specs, while he wears matching green tracksuit bottoms and black slip-on shoes with white trim and high white socks, known as the Old-Timey Shoes, and still rests on his cane.
In Splatoon 3, Cuttlefish has retired, and his new look reflects this. He no longer wears any headgear, having given his cap to the new Captain, and returns to his shorts and shoes from Splatoon while still using his cane. His clothing, however, has changed to a red short-sleeved Hawaiian shirt with black and white palm trees and a cyan coral pattern around the bottom, still with his signature badges attached.
When forcibly dried out by Mr. Grizz, Cuttlefish reverts to a mostly realistic squid appearance, albeit a completely flat one with the ability to float. He initially appears fully gray with his large eyes and bushy beard still visible, but upon being revived, he turns brown with his beard returning to its regular white.
Personality and traits
Cap'n Cuttlefish is a decorated hero who fought in the Great Turf War between the Inklings and Octarians as the leader of the Squidbeak Splatoon. He was originally a good friend of DJ Octavio but became his nemesis due to the Great Turf War. After winning the war, he began watching over the Octarians in Octo Valley, but failed to prevent them from stealing the Great Zapfish.
Cap'n Cuttlefish's favorite food is crabby cakes, as pointed out both by himself and Agents 1 and 2. He is often distracted by them, giving DJ Octavio the chance to escape from his snow globe prison. In the Commonwealth English version of Splatoon, his favorite food is biscuits instead of crabby cakes, but in later games, it is consistently crabby cakes due to most differences between the two English versions being removed.
Following his first meeting with Pearl, he has taken up rapping as a hobby.
Around one hundred years before the events of Splatoon, Cap'n Cuttlefish was a member of the Inkling military and personally knew DJ Octavio. However, the onset of the Great Turf War forced him to battle the Octarians, where he served as leader of an Inkling army division called the Squidbeak Splatoon; he fought alongside Ammoses Shellendorf, Judd, and two unidentified Inkling soldiers. While he was still a second lieutenant, Cuttlefish battled Octavio during the siege of Arowana Castle. Thanks to Cuttlefish's efforts, he was promoted to the rank of captain and the Inklings eventually won the war. It is unknown what he did between the end of the war and the beginning of Splatoon, but he seems to have changed little.
By the time of Splatoon, Cap'n Cuttlefish could be found poking his head out of a manhole in the corner of Inkopolis Plaza. Upon being met by a young Inkling at his shack in Octo Valley, he explained to them how the Octarians had returned and stolen the Great Zapfish before recruiting them as Agent 3 of the New Squidbeak Splatoon to help take the Great Zapfish back. He assisted Agent 3 during the levels until the Octowhirl was defeated, after which he got kidnapped by DJ Octavio. His former protégés and granddaughters, Agents 1 and 2, took over his role until the final mission, in which Agent 3 battled DJ Octavio to rescue Cuttlefish and the Great Zapfish. During the final phase of the battle, the two agents revealed themselves as the Squid Sisters and overrode the boss music, allowing Cuttlefish to set himself free while Octavio was defeated.
Replaying the final mission results in new dialogue, describing how DJ Octavio escaped from his snow globe and briefly recaptured Cuttlefish while he was distracted.
After the events of Splatoon, Cap'n Cuttlefish disappeared from Octo Valley. While the Squid Sisters initially believed there to be no cause for concern, his disappearance led Marie to discover that DJ Octavio was able to escape. As a result, in Splatoon 2, she took over Cuttlefish's role as guide and mentor to the newly-recruited Agent 4. It was later revealed that Cuttlefish went off traveling with Agent 3 for "a research trip to the cape", and as a result, was not seen in person. However, an unused dialogue icon for Cap'n Cuttlefish was seen in The Art of Splatoon 2.
Cap'n Cuttlefish reappeared in the Octo Expansion. He and Agent 3 briefly clashed with an Octoling before the three of them were attacked, leaving Cuttlefish and the amnesiac Octoling trapped in the Deepsea Metro. Teaming up, Cuttlefish eventually nicknamed the Octoling as Agent 8 and decided to help them retrieve the four thangs and escape to Inkopolis. He also acted as a guide for Agent 8 throughout the tests, remaining on the metro train to give help alongside Pearl and Marina.
During this time, Cuttlefish took part in Marina's chat room under the username of 'CraigCuttlefish'. After learning how the chat room worked, Cuttlefish learned about Pearl and Marina's respective pasts. He was the first to realize that Marina was an Octoling but continued to support her after learning of her defecting from the Octarian military, alongside the other Octolings that escaped to Inkopolis.
Once Agent 8 collected the four thangs, Cuttlefish joined them walking into the contraption the Telephone created to escape to the surface. However, the device turned out to be a blender intended to purify the pair. Agent 3 saved them, knocking themselves out, and Cuttlefish stayed behind to care for Agent 3 while Agent 8 escaped. However, the Telephone eventually awoke again, capturing Cuttlefish and brainwashing Agent 3 and forcing them to try to kill Agent 8. After Agent 8 saved Agent 3, they joined up in escaping to the surface, as well as meeting Off the Hook in person. As the Telephone revealed itself as Commander Tartar, using the NILS Statue to destroy Inkopolis, Cuttlefish stayed behind on Marina's helicopter as the "hype man", looking after Agent 3 as the rest of the group defeated Tartar by using Pearl's Princess Cannon. With the threat neutralized, he eventually joined Agent 8, Agent 3, and Off the Hook and returned to Inkopolis.
Cuttlefish later returned to the Deepsea Metro train, wanting to check on everyone there, and continued to help Agent 8 during their tests. He also briefly encountered Marie in Marina's chat room. Despite not telling her exactly where he was, he promised to return for her soon.
Craig Cuttlefish makes a reappearance in Splatoon 3. He has retired and handed over his title of captain of the New Squidbeak Splatoon to Agent 3. He finds a new recruit in Splatsville and calls them the new Agent 3. For the first four levels of Return of the Mammalians, he helps them out like in the previous games. After defeating DJ Octavio, the ground falls, and Smallfry, Cuttlefish, and Agent 3 fall into Alterna. Agent 3 and Cuttlefish get separated during the fall.
Upon defeating the first boss, Cuttlefish contacts the new Agent 3 and reveals he had been kidnapped. Subsequent calls reveal the perpetrator to be Mr. Grizz. While Agent 3 is heading up the rocket, Mr. Grizz explains that he needs Cuttlefish's brain as part of his plan and steals it moments before reuniting with the new Agent 3. When the New Squidbeak Splatoon arrives, he is left a dry husk and is assumed dead. Captain holds him in their arms and sheds a tear, which provides enough moisture to revitalize Cuttlefish, albeit in a withered state similar in appearance to Japanese-style sun-dried squid. Cuttlefish then continues to assist Agent 3 in the final boss as mission control.
After Mr. Grizz's defeat, Cuttlefish remains in the New Squidbeak Splatoon camp in Future Utopia Island with Callie and Marie, floating in his withered state, and can be talked to freely.
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- He is the oldest known Inkling character with a confirmed age in the Splatoon series.
- In the first trailer for Octo Valley, Cap'n Cuttlefish appeared to be found in a walled-in area of Inkopolis Plaza.
- This area is similar in appearance to the alley Spyke is found in.
- In the main hub of Octo Valley, the player can ink Cap'n Cuttlefish; he will eventually shake off the ink. However, it takes a considerable amount of ink to completely cover him, suggesting that he may be more resilient than the average Inkling, despite his age and frail appearance.
- His cane is one of many Bamboozlers used by Inkling soldiers in the Great Turf War. However, he has never been seen to use it for its original purpose in-game, only as a cane. Interestingly, he is shown to be using it in credits art.
- On the corner of his shack, Cap'n Cuttlefish has taped up two small photographs of his grandchildren, one of Callie and one of Marie.
- His shack appears to be filled with books and Zapfish dolls, along with pictures of Octarians in the front.
- During the initial tour of Inkopolis upon starting the game for the first time, he is referred to as a "creepy old dude".
- The Cap of Legend is modeled after Cap'n Cuttlefish's signature hat.
- The Old Timey outfit, including the hat, clothes, and shoes, is modeled after Cap'n Cuttlefish's outfit in the Octo Expansion.
- At the beginning of the Octo Expansion, he is seen saying "I'll take your stunned silence as a YES!" to Agent 8. This mirrors Marie's "I'll take your awkward silence as a yes" to Agent 4, which in turn mirrors Cuttlefish's own "I'm gonna take your silence as a yes" to Agent 3.
- According to The Art of Splatoon, Inklings can preserve their bodies by sun-drying, which explains Cap'n Cuttlefish's long lifespan. In the Octo Expansion, it is confirmed that Inklings lose ink and become drier with age.
- One of Cap'n Cuttlefish's rap lines in the Octo Expansion refers to himself as being 130 years old.
- Cap'n Cuttlefish states that he has cuttlebones in the Octo Expansion. However, this may just be a figure of speech, since Inklings are supposed to have no bones, and Cap'n Cuttlefish himself is shown to be an Inkling and not an actual cuttlefish.
- Session 5 of Marina's chat room reveals a picture of Cap'n Cuttlefish from the past when he was a second lieutenant. This is the only known picture of Cap'n Cuttlefish before he was a captain.
- When Cap'n Cuttlefish is kidnapped in Octo Valley, replaying previous missions also has his dialogue missing.
- He also does not peek out of the manhole cover in Inkopolis Plaza when this happens.
- In the Russian localization of the Octo Expansion, he is called Трилобит (Trilobite) by Pearl. This is a reference to the extinct arthropod trilobites and has the same meaning as his English nickname, Old Dude.
- Inside the Deepsea Metro Subway car, Cap'n Cuttlefish's phone screen shows young Callie and Marie, identical to Sunken Scroll 17.
- In the Japanese versions of the games, Cap'n Cuttlefish's favorite food is botamochi (a traditional Japanese sweet) instead of crabby cakes. A plate of botamochi is present in Cuttlefish Cabin in Octo Canyon, alluding to this.
- In Splatoon 3, he can be seen in the Splatsville manhole before clearing the Crater, and bounces to the music during Splatfests. He is no longer present after the player reaches Alterna.
- During The Low Water Party, Cap'n Cuttlefish and Pearl participated in a rap battle with language so vulgar it could not be put on the airwaves or on paper.
Names in other languages
|From atarime, slang for dried shredded squid, and shio, meaning "tide" or "salt." [note 1] "Shio" might also be a pun on "Shiokarazu," the Japanese name of the Squid Sisters.|
|Dutch||Karel Kraak||Carl Kraken|
|French (NOA)||Anastase MacAlmar||Anastase MacAlmar, from calmar (squid) and the scottish noble prefix mac-|
|French (NOE)||Anastase Macalamar||Anastase Macalamar, from calamar (squid) and the scottish noble prefix mac-|
|German||Karl Kuttelfisch||Carl Cuttlefish|
|Italian||Sergio Seppia||Sergio Cuttlefish|
|Russian||Каракатий Кальмостар[note 2]
Крэг Кальмостар[note 3]
|Cuttlefish Oldsquid, from каракатица karakatitsa (cuttlefish), кальмар kal'mar (squid) and старый staryy (old)|
Craig Oldsquid, a combination of his Russian surname and transliteration of his English name
|Spanish||Jerónimo Jibión||Jerónimo Cuttlebone|
|From 鱼干 (Dried Squid) and 义男 (Yoshio, From Japanese name).|
|From Mareunojinge (Dried Squid), and the last name is from its Japanese name|
|From the Japanese name. First for normal and second for dryed form.|
|Commander Atarime (Atarime is slang for dried shredded cuttlefish)|
|Dutch||Kaptein Kraak||Captain Kraken (captain is normally spelled kapitein in Dutch)|
|French (NOA)||Amiral MacAlmar||Admiral MacAlmar|
|French (NOE)||Amiral Macalamar||Admiral Macalamar|
|German||Käpt'n Kuttelfisch||Cap'n Cuttlefish|
|Italian||Capitan Seppia||Captain Cuttlefish|
|Russian||Капитан Кальмостар[note 4]
Капитан Каракатица[note 5]
|From кальмар kal'mar (squid) and старый staryy (old), with the title captain added|
|Spanish||Capitán Jibión||Captain Cuttlebone|
|From 墨鱼丝 (dried shredded cuttlefish) and 司令 (commander)|
- Follows Japanese naming - "Atarime" is surname, "Yoshio" is given name
- Splatoon 2
- Splatoon 3, the reason of his name being different in this game is most likely the change of Russian translation team.
- Squid Sisters Stories
- Pre-release material