Tako is the main character in the original Parodius game, and one of the five playable "ships", he uses the Traditional Gradius weapon set. His relatives, Takosuke and Belial went on to star in the later games of the series.


Tako was once a nameless Octopus on earth, a wannabe comedy artist who had unfavorable experiences on the set of the movies Octopus-Sea, where he was rejected for failing to obtain a License to Chill, and later Monsters, Ink, where his career was quickly ended due to firing ink at his critics.
He chose to travel the universe to find his place, and become a real entertainer.
He became the "Dreams n' Hopes Programmer", giving the dreams to the people of the stars who argued there is neither dream or hope, and even those that forgot their dreams.

At a later date, he heard that the people of the Earth, where he had once spent his career, were losing their dreams.
He became sworn enemies with the cause: Bug. Bug devoured and corroded the dreams and hopes that Tako programmed and gave to the people. His appearance was always sudden, often whilst Tako was on his break.
After failing several times to catch him, Tako enlisted the help of the retired anthromorphized Vic Viper, the artic adventurer Penguin, the master thief Goemon, and the legendary hero Popolon.

Weapon Set

M = Missile, "NUKE'EM"
D = Double, "2DEATH"
L = Laser, "DIE ALL"
O = Shadow Option, "NINJA"
? = Shield, "ARMORED"


  • His name means "Octopus" in Japanese. This makes sense since he is an octopus.
Characters TakoVic ViperPentaroGoemonPopolon
Stages Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6
Bosses War KeystoneCute BirdRe-ZaThree Choice HandCrush MeteorTenuki Tenuki BozuHot LipsPlump MaidsGe Ge Ge AuntWar OrganBug

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