[[quoteright:350:[[Manga/SoulEater http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Arachne2_1578.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Careful, or she'll tangle you up in metaphorical and ''literal'' webs.]]

This AnimalMotif is when a character consciously themes themselves, their behavior and even their home around spiders, though they might only do one or two of the above. Though they may have an AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance with [[CreepyLongFingers long, thin limbs]] and a round belly, a rail thin and tall physique is the norm. Spider ladies are usually [[ImpossibleHourglassFigure hourglass shaped]], and regardless of gender or build almost always have [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette black hair and pale skin.]]

They'll [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience wear a lot of black]], sometimes with red or white accents, lots of gauzy material, use web patterns, and generally either dress very fashionably in well tailored suits and dresses or go for AwesomeAnachronisticApparel with a whiff of decay. Villains enjoy HighCollarOfDoom and skintight HellBentForLeather, though not necessarily at the same time. Personality wise they are usually territorial, [[TheVamp sexually predatory]] (sometimes to the point of aptly being a BlackWidow), and good at intrigue. On the more positive side, they can also be intelligent, patient, [[TheStoic stoic]], [[NiceGuy kind]] (this one is rare though) and creative, (they may be good at weaving either [[AllWebbedUp literally]] or [[BatmanGambit metaphorically]]). Of course DarkIsNotEvil and they may just have a case of FreakyFashionMildMind; good spider people can be nice, but regardless of morality, spider-themed characters can usually be creepy with very little effort.

Spider powers optional, but usually include SuperStrength, NotQuiteFlight augmented with InASingleBound, [[AllWebbedUp shooting webs]] and being a PoisonousPerson. ThemeNaming and MeaningfulName recommended. Spider puns less so.

If combined with PettingZooPeople and/or ShapeShifting, the motif can become far more literal, as with SpiderPeople.


[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Shogen Kazamachi from ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' has spider powers and looks really like one, having a gargantuan, round hunchback and long, thin limbs.
* Pictured above, Arachne from ''Manga/SoulEater,'' complete with MeaningfulName.
* Arukenimon from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' has a web pattern on her gloves and the brim of her hat, as well as a spider ornament on the hat, but it's all really subtle. [[OneWingedAngel Then she goes and turns into a giant spider monster]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL''[='=]s manga has Kyoji Yagumo, who not only wears clothes with spider motifs, but has all sorts of spider-related powers, ranging from sprouting spider legs that allow flight on his back, generating sticky threads and forming giant webs, controlling an army of tiny spiders that can shapeshift into anyone, spy on them or simply kill them... Not to mention his ace cards take the form of menacing spiders.

* Franchise/SpiderMan is a notable example for being very colorful. Except when he's wearing his black costume. Notably, while Spider-Man is usually cracking jokes and being silly when he fights bad guys, when he ''stops'' quipping and gets serious, pissed, or seriously pissed, he becomes an absolutely ''terrifying'' opponent. When Peter's being "Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man", he averts this trope. When drops the "friendly" part, he practically codifies it.
** There's also Comicbook/{{Venom}}, Carnage, and Toxin as symbiotes that copy Spidey's powers, and the various [[Comicbook/SpiderWoman Spider-Women]].
** Madame Web also counts.
** Lesser known Spider-Man foes include Tarantula, and Black Tarantula.
** The two [[ComicBook/ScarletSpider Scarlet Spiders]], both clones of the original Spider-Man.
** ''ComicBook/SpiderGwen'' and ''Comicbook/{{Silk}}'' as well.
* Spider Jerusalem from ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}''. Specifically, the rather prominent spider tattoo he sports on his head, and his all-black ensemble.
* Bride of Nine Spiders from the ''ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist''.
* Emily Crowe from ''ComicBook/DesolationJones'', who emits pheromones that trigger the Arachnid Reaction.
* Widow from ''ComicBook/SavageDragon'' is a formerly-homeless metahuman who has spider-based powers and appearance including pale skin and a web-designed costume.
* ComicBook/BlackWidow, interestingly enough, only carries this through her costume and weaponry (she has equipment named the Widow's Bite, Widow's Line, and Widow's Kiss, though none of it's spider-themed. The little hourglass shape on her belt is the only spider-themed imagery in her design). Her storylines tend to be overshadowed by Russian imagery - and in one comic, Little Red Riding Hood. (spoilers: [[spoiler: she's the wolf.]])
* The ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' villain Black Spider has no powers but a costume with a spider-motif. Several people have taken up the role.
* {{Subverted| trope}} with Spider Widow, a Quality Comics heroine from the Golden Age. She takes the name because she can control black widow spiders, but her costume makes her look like an archetypical WickedWitch.

[[folder: Film - Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' has [[spoiler: the Other Mother, who lures children to the Other World to feed on their love and eventually their souls. Fittingly enough, since several species of spiders are known to eat their offspring. She starts out looking exactly like Coraline's mother (bar her button eyes), but becomes increasingly spiderlike as the movie goes on. About halfway through, she has a pale complexion, long, thin limbs and dresses all in black, and the main room of her house is web-like with bug furniture. Near the end, she reveals her [[OneWingedAngel true form]]: a hideous [[GiantSpider spider]]-[[CreepyDoll doll]] demon with steel razor-sharp limbs and needle claws. Fittingly enough, her realm is revealed to be a huge web as the spell falls apart.]]

[[folder: Literature]]
* Downplayed with Moghedien in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. She's TheSpymaster for [[DarkIsEvil the Shadow]] and is nicknamed "the Spider" (her name even reinforces this - a moghedien was a very stealthy, very venomous spider from the Age of Legends), and she tends to favor outfits with a spider-web pattern on them - a ''subtle'' spider-web pattern. As she reflects in one scene, it doesn't do to ''over''play a theme.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Captain Janeway as Arachnia, Queen of the Spider People in Tom Paris' [[ShowWithinAShow ''Captain Proton'' holoprogram]].

* Anansi the Spider is probably the UrExample.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* {{Legacy|Character}} {{jobber}} The Spider Lady wore a cape with a glittery spider web on it as entrance attire.
* Spider Man/Spider-man is a [[LegacyCharacter reoccurring gimmick]] in Mexican federations such as FILL, ERLL, LL VIP, Wrestling/{{AAA}} and Wrestling/{{CMLL}}. He's also shown up in Great Britain's X Wrestling Alliance.
* Wrestling/{{WCW}} would reveal a {{masked luchador}} known Arachnaman in 1991. Marvel Comics didn't like that but after they went bankrupt, he (or more likely, someone else using {{the gimmick}}) would resurface on Dory Funk Jr's ''Bang TV'' serving Radiant Rain.
* Black Spider, who started making rounds on the Mexican circuit in 1993 from IWRG with a mask, sleeveless and pants patterned with black and grey webs. Black Widow of the Pirana Promotion has a similar get up but with a hole cut out in the back of the mask for her ponytail.
* Mariko Yoshida, as of her jump to ARSION, to reflect her new "catch" submission style.
* Nate Webb has spider webs hanging off his tights.
* From Wrestling/WrestleMania XX onward, [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Victoria]] started rotating spider sets through her ring gear. Tara introduced a {{mascot}} Taratula named poison in Wrestling/{{TNA}}.
* The masked man Bronze Spider showed up in the Australian Capital Territory during 2007. The names a bit of a misnomer, as he is dressed head to toe in black but does have a big spider for his chest insignia.

* The Weaver from ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' is a PowersThatBe variant.
* Drow from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' tend towards this kind of thing, although [[DarkSkinnedBlonde dark-skinned and white-haired]]. The 3.5 sourcebook for the drow points out that their obsessive reverence for a creature that they can't hope to truly emulate has driven the society as a whole a bit crazy.

* Zarak, the BigBad from ''VideoGame/{{Weaponlord}}''. He wears a spider-themed armor, complete with a helmet in the shape of a large spider. that can shoot webbing out of its legs to tangle Zarak's opponents.
* Tarantula from ''VideoGame/{{Wet}}''.
* Juri Han from ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Super Street Fighter IV]]'' fits the bill. Her [[KickChick style of Taekwondo]] shows a great degree of flexibility, her top is fashioned after a spider, and her nickname within S.I.N. is even "Spider." Juri is a lewd, flirtatious character with a mean streak and a ''very'' predatory nature ([[FemmeFatale sometimes]] [[DepravedBisexual sexually]], [[DragonWithAnAgenda sometimes]] [[ManipulativeBastard not]]). According the developers, the basic idea for Juri was to [[http://www.capcom-unity.com/jigsaw/blog/2009/11/05/super_street_fighter_iv_development_blog_no5 "make her an evil, sexy character."]]
* Zafina from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 6''. Director Katsuhiro Harada likened some of her moves to that of a spider and a few of her animations even involve Zafina crawling towards her opponent in an insect-like manner. While she possesses a large degree of mystique to her character and [[AloofDarkHairedGirl a cold and distant personality]], she ''is'' working to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* Lord Recluse from ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', Incarnate of Tartarus, head of the NebulousEvilOrganization Arachnos and ruler of the [[WretchedHive Rogue Isles]]. He is spider-like in appearance, with eight arms growing out of his back fitted with metal claws, and clad in armor resembling a spider's exoskeleton. His organization as a whole shares his spider motif.
* Black Widow from ''[[VideoGame/SaturdayNightSlamMasters Ring of Destruction: Slam Masters II]]''. Aside from [[SamusIsAGirl her]] ring name, she's known for her bedazzling flexibility (in spite of [[AmazonianBeauty her large frame]]).
* Muffet from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is a spider monster who has eight limbs (six arms, two legs). Her name comes from the children's rhyme "Little Miss Muffet," where a spider dropped down and frightened her.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', Mephala, a [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] whose sphere is "obscured to mortals" (but is generally associated with [[ManipulativeBastard manipulation, lies, sex, and secrets]]) has elements of this. Frequently referred to as the "[[RedBaron Webspinner]]", it is most evident in her ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' appearance.
* Death-sphere wizard Arachna, the Spider Queen, from ''[[VideoGame/AgeOfWonders Age of Wonders 2]]''.
* Yamame from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is a spider youkai, and as such has six buttons down the front of her dress to represent her secondary eyes, while her dress itself has a rounded skirt to form the silhouette of a spider's abdomen. However, she wears brown and gold instead of black because she is specifically a burrowing spider (tsuchi-gumo).
* Spider from ''[[VideoGame/{{Galerians}} Galerians: Ash]]'' wears black and yellow for an orb-weaver spider theme.
* In ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', Nero's Arachnero form.
* Bordeaux from ''VideoGame/DotHackGU'' is this. Not only she has spiders adorning her armor, even her signature weapon is reminiscent of a tarantula's leg. Her AIDA-infected self (and AIDA<>) also takes on a decidedly arachnid form.
* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', [[spoiler:Queen Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in]]; in her prosecutor outfit, her shoes have spider designs on them, her hair is styled after one, and her personal seal depicts one. This befits her true cruel and manipulative nature; her machinations are described as an intricate web that ensnares Khura'in.
* Widowmaker from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has a very heavy spider motif. She has a black widow tattooed on her back, and her Infra-Sight goggles resemble the eyes of a spider.
* Elise the Spider Queen from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' pretty much looks [[http://riot-web-static.s3.amazonaws.com/images/news/October_2012/2012_10_19_Inside_Design_Elise/Elise_concept.jpg as much like a human spider as is possible while still looking like a gorgeous woman]]- she walks on the needlelike tips of her feet, has additional spider legs sprouting from her back, red-tipped FemmeFatalons and her {{Stripperiffic}} costume resembles black chitin plating. Then she just forgoes the niceties and transforms into a giant black window spider to finish you off.
* Videogame/Wizard101: Morganthe. She commands an army of PettingZooPeople spiders, and is never seen without at least two of her pet spiderlings. You can't expect her to dress with any other theme.

* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', there are several characters that might fit this:
** [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=109 Melanarch]] is the resident [[CrazyCatLady Crazy Spider Lady]]. Her "lair" is filled with cobwebs and her outfits are all made of silk. She doesn't act like a spider, though.
** The [[http://wiki.drowtales.com/index.php/Val%27Beldrobbaen Beldobbaen clan]] has a spider motif. Their matriarch, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=650 Weas]] is perhaps the most notable example (her spider legs are not real, they're some sort of spell or shapeshifting).
** [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=843 Naal]] (Waes' daughter) is an ElegantGothicLolita IllGirl who carries her pet spider on her back.
** [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=668 Thera]] is a HalfHumanHybrid whose spider parts are quite real. Melanarch's clothes are made from her silk.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Marquise Spinneret Mindfang wore a black, skin-tight pirate outfit, with a webbing design on the jacket. Oddly, Mindfang's modern-day descendent, Vriska Serket, continued the spider motif in every manner except her clothes--except for one scene where her most powerful attack causes her to take on Mindfang's abilities and wardrobe. Mindfang's alternate-timeline counterpart [[MeaningfulName Aranea]] wears a tight blue dress with webbing patterns.
* The evil-Spinnerette from ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' had this even before her transformation.
* In ''Wecomic/FakeNewsRumble'', we have [[http://www.star-crossedcomic.com/fnr/fnr_7_19.html Stephanos]], both there and on a later [[http://www.star-crossedcomic.com/fnr/fnr_10_14.html occasion]]. A purple spider-like creature attacking in a way that [[http://www.star-crossedcomic.com/fnr/fnr_7_20.html limits movement]]? Sounds [[http://undertale.wikia.com/wiki/Muffet familiar]].

* Blackarachnia from ''[[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Transformers: Beast Wars]]'' and her ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' {{expy}}. Since both series don't share continuity, and are thus different characters, they're technically separate examples.
** Her {{Expy}} Airachnid from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' as well.
** Tarantulas as well.
* Lady Illusion from ''Series/AceLightning'', a villain with a prehensile spider atop her head as opposed to hair, and a webbing theme throughout her clothing.
* [[spoiler:Adelaide]] from ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall''. She traps children with a web made of twine and has a black widow's red hourglass on her back.

* Believe it or not, there is even a short amateur porn video starring a spider-woman (bad costume is probably from last Halloween) who wants love love love. Her chosen consort, true to genre, falls under [[AnythingThatMoves Anything That Moves]]. Had he been more smarter, he would have avoided [[BlackWidow becoming a snack afterwards]].