Biology and Society
Little is known about the octopan race, except that they and merpeople are long-time enemies.
Octopans can have purple, green, or dark-blue skin, and unlike merpeople, have a diverse style of "clothing" and can seemingly dress up their upper half however they like. As it seems to be part of their octopus half, though, it's not sure how this is done.
They, or at the very least Ursula and Morgana, also have no qualms eating living creatures or enjoying semi-cannibalistic meals; as Ursula was shown to eat live shrimp and Morgana offered Melody a plate that included some type of tentacled "snack".
Octopans have strong tentacles that can be used as arms and legs, but unlike normal cephalopods, they seem to possess a skeletal system. It's unsure how it connects to their more flexible lower half, but it can be assumed that starting their pelvis, there is only muscle.
Octopans may possess a great amount of magic and relevant abilities, the best example being Ursula. They practice this either through making potions, harnessing talismans, or setting up unbreakable contracts, though the original movie also showcased some minor supernatural occurrences that appeared to come naturally; like spawning moving images or an object.
Nevertheless, not all octopans are equally gifted and some might not have any magic abilities at all.
- Octopans first appeared in The Little Mermaid, with the main antagonist, Ursula.
- They were further expanded on in The Little Mermaid TV-show, specifically in the episode "Heroes", wherein Ursula revived a deceased octopan army she had formerly commanded.
- Octopans then appeared in The Little Mermaid II, starring Ursula's sister, Morgana.
- The physical design of octopans are based on the cecaelia.
- The name "octopan" was solely mentioned in the "Heroes" episode;
- It's possible that it is not the name of the species, but of the army featured;
- This episode is the only instance where male octopans made an appearance.