Costume :Purple Tentacle
Source :Day of the Tentacle
Progress :Complete
Worn At :AyaCon 2005

Costume Photos

Tentacle Trio

Reference Shot

Scaring Bernard


Say Hello, Purple Tentacle

Behind the Tentacle


Costume Information

Cost : £40-ish
Awards : Video Games Live 2007 Cosplay Contest: 1st Place
Time Taken : 3 days. flat-out, little sleep.

If this character isn't immediately familiar, then you have a medical deficiency of DOTT in your life. Track it down, play with ScummVM, enjoy.

This is Purple Tentacle from the masterpiece that is LucasArts' Day of the Tentacle, sequel to Maniac Mansion.

Purple Tentacle is an experimental creature created by Dr. Fred Edison, and kept as something of a pet, until one day he drank from the toxic sludge pipes sticking out the back of the house, grew arms and turned into an insane genius hellbent on taking over the world.

This was a stroke of genius cosplay, originally penned as a much later costume for the following year, I hit on inspiration, doused my insides with caffeine and went to town on a couple of camping mats.

PT comprises two such camping mats, one I'd had since scout camp, the other was the last remaining camping mat in the entirety of Canterbury, or so it seemed. Also 60m of ducttape, several meters of purple and green fabric, pipe insulators, plastic tubing, select bits of stiff card and funky foam, and half a gashapon capsule.

It was a joint effort between myself and AllanC, I did the bulky stuff and all the machine sewing, Al did all the tedious hand sewing (essentially attaching the suckers to the skin, one stitch at a time..)

It's designed around Allan's wiry frame so while most of us can fit in it awkwardly, Al's the only one capable of fitting in and doing a dance. He's the one true pilot of the Tentacle.

The middle sucker opens up and a prehensile tongue can indeed lick his lips. He comes with a hastily added shrink ray, which even lights up! Just isn't obvious in daylight and is a bit of a cheap gimmick.

First worn at Aya05, where they liked it so much they roped us into the masquerade without us even entering XD

Also reworn at London Expo Oct 06, and likely to be used again whenever there is injustice in the world. or whenever Ruth makes her Laverene costume.


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XD This is awesome! ^^

by Jenivix on Friday, 31 August, 2007 - 08:13
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haha I remember this XD scared the shoit out of me looool love it :D

by Farfle on Thursday, 22 November, 2007 - 15:49

I saw you at Video Games Live, it was an awesome costume! Yet it looked very difficult to move in up on that stage. Well done for getting first place! :D

by Liz_Lansdown on Tuesday, 12 February, 2008 - 01:16

You just do ALL the coolest costumes, don't you? Brilliance.

by Adziu on Saturday, 15 March, 2008 - 06:13
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I REMEMBER THIS! amazing! VGL was amazing! well done. you SO deserved 1st place! ^^

by Hexi on Monday, 14 April, 2008 - 20:56
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haha! I remember you! XD awesome cosplay! <3<3<3

by Kamiko on Thursday, 22 May, 2008 - 19:14
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Heeeh ^_^ Moar point and click cosplays!

by ChibiVampireM on Tuesday, 10 June, 2008 - 15:55
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So you were the cosplayer of this!! I saw you it was amazing

by 1000014 on Wednesday, 9 July, 2008 - 17:58

Vid'ya back in 2006 i took of this, my first expo.


by Moozman on Tuesday, 1 September, 2009 - 11:56
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by DuskatNight on Monday, 20 December, 2010 - 13:36
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I have such vivid memories of how awesome this costumes was, great to see it again :)

by Manjou on Wednesday, 9 March, 2011 - 01:26
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This is amazing~

by Blinx on Wednesday, 16 March, 2011 - 17:48