Squid Sisters

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Squid Sisters

The Squid Sisters in Splatoon 3
Species Inkling
Hair color Black/Magenta
Light Gray/Lime Green (Splatoon & Splatoon 2)
Light gray/Lime Yellow (Splatoon 3)
Eye color Gold
Age At least 17 (Splatoon)[1]
Likely 19 (Splatoon 2)
Likely 24 (Splatoon 3)
Gender Female
Location Inkopolis Plaza, Octo Canyon, Alterna
Maximum HP
Members (Non-virtual)
Other forms
Staaaay fresh!
— The Squid Sisters' catchphrase

The Squid Sisters are a pop idol duo in Inkopolis, consisting of Callie and Marie. In Splatoon, they host Inkopolis News together, announcing events, updates, and the current stages in rotation. They also hosted Splatfest events, with each member representing one of the two teams. Additionally, they are major characters in the single-player modes Octo Valley (in Splatoon), Octo Canyon (in Splatoon 2), and Return of the Mammalians (in Splatoon 3). Despite their name, they are actually cousins, not sisters.


For solo songs, see Callie and Marie.
Image Fictional Band Song Name Audio
Squid Sisters Inkopolis News
City of Color
Inkopolis News version:
Ink Me Up
Final Fest version:
Now or Never!
Calamari Inkantation
Callie vs. Marie version:

Inner Agent 3 version:
Maritime Memory
Spicy Calamari Inkantation
Final Fest version:
Fresh Start
City of Color (2023)
Tomorrow's Nostalgia Today
Squid Sisters feat. Ian BGM Liquid Sunshine
Deep Cut x Squid Sisters Calamari Inkantation 3MIX
Squid Sisters Wave Goodbye


Main article: Callie

Callie's color scheme is magenta and black. She has a more outgoing design in comparison to her cousin, with angular eyes and perked-up ears. Her tentacles are long and black, tied in a large bow on the back of her head and fading to pink on the ends. She is very excitable and positive, often making innocent, straightforward comments with a grin on her face. Her solo song, Bomb Rush Blush, is a fast-paced and exuberant pop song, showing her energy and playfulness as she runs around the stage.[2]

Her favorite weapon class is the roller, and she has been seen to use a Hero Roller.

Her amiibo description reads as follows:

  • Callie is the cheeriest member of the pop idol duo known as the Squid Sisters in the Splatoon™ game. Along with Marie, she hosts Inkopolis News and Splatfest events, in which Inklings pick one of two sides and battle the opposing team in Turf War. These two cousins rose to fame after winning Calamari County's first annual Youth Folk-Singing Contest, and their remarkable voices continue to rock Inkopolis!


Main article: Marie

Marie's color scheme is lime green and light gray. She has a more laid-back design in comparison to her cousin, with heavy-lidded eyes and slightly drooping ears. Her tentacles are long and light gray, tied in a large bow on the right side of her head and fading to green on the ends. She is less excitable, usually only giving a small smile. Many of her comments are sarcastic, though never outright intended to be mean-spirited. Her solo song, Tide Goes Out, is a slow, serene song, with movement kept mostly to her arms, being less energetic than Bomb Rush Blush's choreography to show Marie's more calm and reserved personality compared to Callie's.[2]

Her favorite weapon class is the charger, and she has been seen to use a Hero Charger.

Her amiibo description reads as follows:

  • Marie is the sassiest member of the pop idol duo known as the Squid Sisters in the Splatoon™ game. Along with Callie, she hosts Inkopolis News and Splatfest events, in which Inklings pick one of two sides and battle the opposing team in Turf War. These two cousins rose to fame after winning Calamari County's first annual Youth Folk-Singing Contest, and their remarkable voices continue to rock Inkopolis!

Hosting duties

Inkopolis News

Inkopolis News is Inkopolis' news program, announcing events and updates on new features in Splatoon. Inkopolis News Studio can be found on the upper level of Inkopolis Plaza, where the Squid Sisters can be seen in their studio.

Callie and Marie in different outfit colors for Splatfests


The Squid Sisters also hosted Splatfest events, a multiplayer event in which players of a region divided into opposing team, with Callie and Marie each representing a different team. Callie's team was always shown on the left side of the Splatfest artwork and Marie's team on the right. For the duration of the event, their clothes and tentacles temporarily changed color to match that of their team's ink and they performed a live concert in Inkopolis atop trucks outfitted with stage equipment.

At the top-left corner of the box showing the player's Splatfest Power was a pair of eyes representing the Squid Sister they had sided with: players on Callie's team saw her angular eyes, and those on Marie's team saw her heavy-lidded eyes. Both versions had their signature pupils, but with a dark red color instead of the usual gold.

During the results of the fifteenth North American Splatfest, Early Bird vs. Night Owl, Callie got sick of Marie's attitude, causing the duo to argue about who won more Splatfests before getting personal. This hinted at the announcement of the final Splatfest, Callie vs. Marie, which was confirmed to last 48 hours, as opposed to the usual 24-hour duration of a standard Splatfest.

After Splatoon

After the last Splatfest of Splatoon, the Squid Sisters grew in popularity, but Callie and Marie took separate paths for a time, leading to the events of Splatoon 2. The story of Callie and Marie's separation was told in Squid Sisters Stories, a series of stories made available on official Splatoon websites.

The Squid Sisters reunite at the end of the Octo Canyon missions. Callie later mentions that they have performed alongside Off the Hook, referencing the real-life concerts in which they performed together.

The Squid Sisters reprise their roles as Agent 1 and Agent 2 in Return of the Mammalians, working with the new Agent 3 to rescue Craig Cuttlefish.

Live performances

Main article: Live performances
Shiokaraibu promo image.

On 30 January 2016, a real-life Squid Sisters concert called "Shiokalive" (Japanese: シオカライブ, Squid Sisters Live) was held at Niconico Tokaigi 2016, a gaming event in Chiba, Japan. It starred digital projections of Callie and Marie, using unique, high-quality 3D models instead of those used in-game. They performed all five of their songs, most of them being extended or remixed slightly, ending with Calamari Inkantation.[3]

On 29 April 2016, the second live performance by the Squid Sisters was held at Cho-Ongakusai 2016, a music festival featuring a variety of popular artists that was held as part of Chokaigi 2016, also in Chiba, Japan.[4] The concert featured the debut of two new songs: Bomb Rush Blush and Tide Goes Out. They were solos sung by Callie and Marie, respectively.[2] The following day, it was revealed that the new songs would be unlockable with the new Callie and Marie amiibo figures that launched July of that year.[5]

On 8 July 2016, their third live performance was held at Japan Expo 2016, a convention dedicated to Japanese pop culture in Paris, France.[6] It had the same setlist as their second concert, with the dialogue in between songs shown in French. The live band's stage presence was also given more of an emphasis in this concert. Later that month, a live album featuring recordings of the first two concerts, Splatoon Live in Makuhari -Shiokalive-, was released in Japan on 13 July 2016.

On 3 November 2016, the Squid Sisters made a small appearance at Niconico Cho Party, a live event celebrating the internet subculture seen on the Niconico website in Saitama City, Japan.[7] As many other artists were also performing at the event, they performed shortened versions of a handful of their songs, but also took advantage of the larger holographic screen set up for other virtual performers. A recording of this appearance was later included with Off the Hook's live album, Splatoon 2 Live in Makuhari -Tentalive- on 24 July 2019.

On 10 February 2018, the Squid Sisters made a special appearance at "Haicalive" (Japanese: ハイカライブ, translating to "Inkopolis Live"), which was held at Tokaigi 2018.[8] After Off the Hook performed Ebb & Flow, Callie and Marie went on stage to perform Fresh Start, followed by Spicy Calamari Inkantation. Afterwards, both the Squid Sisters and Off the Hook performed Now or Never! as the finale. An English version of this concert was held at Polymanga in Montreux, Switzerland before the final rounds of the Splatoon European Championships on 31 March 2018. On 28 April 2018, another Haicalive concert was held at Cho-Ongakusai 2018.[9] Their setlist was the same as the previous recent concerts, but their dialogue in between songs was different. A recording of the first Haicalive concert was included on Octotune, as well as a limited edition Blu-ray, which both released on 18 July 2018.

On 13 October 2019, the two appeared at Haicalive Kyoto Mix, a concert held at the Nintendo Live 2019 event in Kyoto, Japan. It took place on with an encore presentation the following day. Their performance was based on their previous appearances at Cho Party 2016 and at the Haicalive concerts held throughout 2018. Additionally, they sported a different color scheme for part of the concert and went out on stage while Off the Hook sang Ebb & Flow (Octo), chanting as the song finished.

On 8 October 2022 and 9 October 2022, they appeared at the Deep Cut Concert at Nintendo Live 2022, appearing in the same outfits as they wore during Return of the Mammalians. They performed Calamari Inkantation 3MIX with Deep Cut at the end of each concert.


Main article: amiibo#Squid Sisters
Squid Sisters' amiibo promo.

On 30 April 2016, during the Splatoon Gachibon Festival at Niconico Chokaigi, it was announced that Squid Sisters amiibo would be released on 7 July 2016 in Japan, with overseas releases happening the following weekend.[10]

In Splatoon, using the Squid Sisters' amiibo applies all the cosmetic changes of a Splatfest to Inkopolis Plaza and the player can choose what song they perform. This is the only way to see the accompanying dances for these songs, except for City of Color, which was the default for Splatfests. In Splatoon 2, attempting to use either of the Squid Sisters' amiibo prior to finishing the Octo Canyon single-player campaign brings up a letter explaining that they are busy and that they are unable to be summoned. When the campaign is finished, the player will be able to use the respective amiibo to take pictures with Callie or Marie in Inkopolis Square, as well as unlock exclusive gear and songs on Squid Beatz 2 after winning a certain amount of battles.

In the manga series

Main article: Splatoon (manga)

The Squid Sisters first appeared in issue 1 of the CoroCoro manga Splatoon, where they announced the CoroCoro Cup. They are hosts for that tournament. They are Agent 1 and Agent 2 respectively, appearing as agents in Book 3, escorting Goggles as Agent 3 and Rider as Agent 3.5, and helping out in fights. Callie also appears brainwashed in a later issue, with Goggles reprising his role as Agent 3, and Gloves as Agent 4. Skull and Vintage also appear as Agents 4.25 and 4.5, respectively.

Other games

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Bomb Rush Blush, Calamari Inkantation, and Ink Me Up can be found as soundtracks for the Moray Towers stage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Callie and Marie appear as the Squid Sisters assist trophy. Once they appear, they sing the intro to either Calamari Inkantation or Ink Me Up while the camera zooms in and the blast lines are brought closer to the center of the stage. Once they stop singing, they disappear and the camera and blast lines return to normal. They also appear as a Spirit, and in World of Light, they both control a pink-colored Inkling.

Super Mario Maker

The Squid Sisters can be unlocked as costumes by beating the "Squid Sisters vs. Bloopers" event or scanning the amiibo variant of either one of them. This marks the first time either can be seen in squid form; they respectively are pink and green squids with yellow plus-shaped pupils and eyelashes that separate them from other Inklings.



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Play Nintendo

Well, not "sisters," exactly—these Inkopolis idols are actually cousins. They used to make a great team as pop stars, news anchors, and co-hosts of the awesome Splatfest events. But now Callie has gone missing! Can you help Marie search for Callie and the Great Zapfish while battling against the Octarian army?
— Play Nintendo[11]

Splatoon 3

SRL Inkopolis research dept. here with fun findings for Squid Sisters fans - Callie and Marie will perform in Inkopolis during Splatfests going forward! Don't know them from Inkopolis News? Callie is wild and energetic, while Marie is... less so. But they're both inkredible singers!
— @SplatoonNA on Twitter[12]

Splatoon Base

Cheerful Callie and sassy Marie make up the iconic group known across Inkopolis as the Squid Sisters. Not only are they talented pop stars, they're also dancers and choreographers—and they were the first hosts of Inkopolis News, known and beloved for their witty banter. Although Callie and Marie have had great success together, they have both recently pursued solo projects.
— Splatoon Base[13]


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  • Callie and Marie's names together sound like "calamari", the Italian plural word for "squid", commonly used in the English-speaking world for squid dishes, particularly fried squid rings. This is referenced by Marie in the dialogue when replaying the Bomb Rush Blush mission in Octo Canyon, in which she realizes this connection.
  • In the Japanese version, they both use some Kansai dialect[Citation needed] in their speech. They share this characteristic with Shiver.
  • If the player stands outside the Squid Sisters' studio, they will notice them and wave. This will be later shared with Off the Hook and Deep Cut.
  • The colors of the chairs Callie and Marie sit on in the studio reflect the ink colors of the player's last match, or the colors of the current Splatfest. The main color is the opponents' color, with arrows in the player's team color.
  • The hand movement they do during their catchphrase, "Staaaay fresh!", is supposed to resemble the moving tentacles of a squid.
  • Before Splatoon was released, the Squid Sisters were not created to be idols, but were instead planned to be "shrine maidens". They were meant to transmit divine messages from God to the Inklings. This is why they were put in charge of receiving and announcing Splatfests in the first game.[14]
  • At some point shortly after the release of Splatoon, Callie's favorite weapon type was said to be the charger, while Marie's was the roller. This was switched later on.
  • Unlike other Inklings, whose mouths are their ink color, Callie and Marie have red mouth insides, like humans. This characteristic would be later shared by Pearl and Marina.
  • In Splatoon 3, there are six different color combinations that Callie and Marie can perform in.
  • The Squid Sisters are one of five artists to feature a logo bearing resemblance to the parental advisory label, other artists being DJ Lee Fish, the Seven Seas Crew, Turquoise October, and DJ Real Sole.

Names in other languages

Squid Sisters
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese シオカラーズ
Shiokarāzu (Sea O'Colors)
Pun on shiokara (a Japanese dish made from fermented squid viscera), sea, and colors
Netherlands Dutch Squid Sisters -
Canada French (NOA) Sœurs Ventouse Tentacle Sisters
France French (NOE) Calamazones From calamar (squid) and amazones (amazons, strong athletic women)
Germany German Sea Sirens Sea Sirens
Italy Italian Sea Sirens Sea Sirens
Russia Russian Squid Sisters -
Сестры-кальмары[note 1]
Squid sisters
Сестрички-кальмары[note 2]
Little squid sisters
SpainMexico Spanish Calamarciñas From calamar ("squid") and niñas ("girls")
China Chinese (Simplified) Squid Sisters[note 3]
墨鱼姐妹[note 4]
Mòyú jiěmèi
麻辣鱿物[note 5]
Málà yóuwù
Cuttlefish Sisters

Spicy Squid (from Spicy Calamari Inkantation)
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 麻辣魷物[note 5]
Málà yóuwù
Spicy Squid (from Spicy Calamari Inkantation)
South Korea Korean 오징어 시스터즈[note 5]
ojing-eo siseuteojeu
Squid Sisters[note 3]
시오카라즈[note 6][15]
Siokalajeu (Sea O'Colors)
Squid Sisters
Transliteration of the Japanese name

Portugal Portuguese Squid Sisters
Irmãs lulas[note 7][16]
Squid Sisters
 Internal IdolGroup_01 (Splatoon 3)[17] -

Staaaay fresh!
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese イカ、よろしく!
Ika, yoroshiku!
Squid, best regards![note 8]
Netherlands Dutch Houd het vers! Keep it fresh!
Canada French (NOA) À plus tard, calmars! See you later, squids!
France French (NOE) À plus tard, calamars! See you later, squids!
Germany German Bleibt spritzig! Stay fresh![note 9]
Italy Italian Mi raccomando, sempre in gambero! Don't forget to stay cool![note 10]
Russia Russian Не тухните!
Ne tukhnite!
Don't rot![note 11]
SpainMexico Spanish ¡Nos vemos! See you!
South Korea Korean 그럼, 잘 부탁하징![note 5]
Geuleom, jal butaghajing!
오징어야, 잘 부탁해~[note 12]
Ojing-eoya, jal butaghae~
자, 잘 부탁해![note 6]
Ja, jal butaghae!
Well then, take care [of us]![note 13]

Squid, please take care~

Well, please take care!

Translation notes

  1. Official Russian site for Splatoon, Nintendo 3DS Theme Shop
  2. Concert video of Squid Sisters at Japan Expo 2016
  3. 3.0 3.1 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  4. From the official Chinese release of The Art of Splatoon
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Splatoon 3
  6. 6.0 6.1 Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  7. Splatoon Direct of 7 May 2015 only
  8. Ika could be a play on いいか ii ka, colloquially meaning "listen up!"
  9. Spritzig could mean "stimulating", "invigorating", "sparkling", or "lively". It is the German equivalent of "fresh" in German dialogue in the Splatoon series.
  10. In gambero is a pun on gambero (shrimp) and in gamba (slang with positive connotation)
  11. The word тухнуть tukhnut' ("to rot") is also a slang word for "to go out", "to lose mood/motivation"
  12. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  13. Sentences ending with jing are typically implying cutesiness; also, jing is from 오징어 ojingeo (squid)