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In horror and adventures movies, any [[BeneathTheEarth subterranean area]] must be filled with quantities of web curtains, overflowing with colonies of mad spiders on speed who quickly fill every nook with webs, like an arachnid Mardi Gras. Catacombs, caves, basements, tombs, underground ruins (but not, oddly enough, {{Underground Level}}s), etc. show this, even though these are rather hostile environments for web-building spiders. Although collective or very large webs are known, they occur ''outside''. Not to mention that such large webs in such quantities are useless: Webs are delicate in order not to be too visible. The type of spiders usually shown are unlikely to build webs of that type anyway.

May be used in any kind of story [[CobwebOfDisuse to indicate that no one has been in a place for a long time]]. If the character is retrieving something, the object will be covered with cobwebs to show that no one has touched it in a long time.

Note the subtrope that people never get ''too'' covered with them: They seem to be easy as pie to clean off in the absence of water, except for the stylish bit that gets stuck to the hair or hat.

Can overlap with YouHaveToBurnTheWeb, ExtremelyDustyHome.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ElfQuest's'' [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/OQ/OQ10/DisplayOQ10.html?page=4 Forbidden Grove]] is covered in sticky webbing. Turns out it's not made by spiders, though.
* Due to SpiderMan's webbing, he has accomplished this, often covering narrow passages with webbing in order to snare enemies.
** He did invoke this trope in one very early issue in which he wanted to interrogate a common criminal. He led him down into a webbing-covered sewer, claiming that it was his home. This was even complete with a giant fake-spider in the shadows used to scare the mook into giving him information. It worked.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Used cleverly in ''Film/{{Dracula 1931}}'', where Creator/BelaLugosi seems to pass right through a large spiderweb without breaking it. No special effects involved, just a well-timed cut between views.
** The scene is parodied in ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt'', with Renfield awkwardly stumbling through the web and getting caught in it.
* Nearly averted in ''Film/EightLeggedFreaks'': The only time when we really see any cobwebs is when a character gets the IdiotBall and has to be blinded.
* Other spider-themed horror movies which feature these include ''Film/KingdomOfTheSpiders'', ''Film/{{Arachnophobia}}'' and ''Film/BigAssSpider''.
* ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch''. One gremlin has metamorphosed into a spider/gremlin cross, and has filled a corridor with exactly this kind of webbing. Naturally, the two hottest girls in the movie walk into the stuff.
** Don't worry; Gizmo saves 'em after [[TookALevelInBadass growing a pair]] and dressing up like Rambo.
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones''
** Once at the beginning of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', complete with absurdly out of place tarantulas. ("Never too-covered" is avoided: as Indy runs from the giant boulder, he goes through a ''door-wide'' web)
** In several caves of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. Their extraordinarily thick presence at The Breath of God is required for the plot to work, but still nonsensical otherwise.
* ''NationalTreasure'' Under [[spoiler: Trinity Church]] spider webs can be seen all around.
%%* ''Film/TheDescent''
* In ''Film/TheNeverendingStory'', Bastian goes into the school storage area (not the basement), which is rife with spider webs, with no spider in sight. He doesn't seem particularly yucked out when he has to brush gobs of it off in order to open the window.
* Joked about in the 1963 Roger Corman comic Poe film ''Film/{{The Raven|1963}}''-- when going into a very web-shrouded part of Erasmus Craven (Creator/VincentPrice)'s house, Dr. Bedlo (Creator/PeterLorre) quips, "Tough place to keep clean." (Lorre improvised much of his dialogue for the film).
* Despite taking place both in a jungle-esque environment, and in caverns the ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' movie only sees spiderwebs once for a throw-away gag to highlight Alex' hypocrisy.
* ''Film/YoungFrankenstein''. Massive cobwebs appear in the passage leading to Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory and the laboratory itself.
* Played for laughs, like everything else, in ''Film/{{UHF}}''.
* Played with in the first ''Film/MortalKombat'' movie. One hero insists that they person they're following went down a cobweb-criss-crossed corridor, despite none of the webs being broken...

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Take to extremes in Creator/SimonRGreen's ''{{The Gods Of Haven}}'', where {{Hawk and Fisher}} must hunt monsters in tunnels overgrown by "Crawling Jenny": an amorphous carnivorous life form made up of cobwebs, fungus, and moss.
* Shelob's lair from JRR Tolkien's ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''. Though ironically the book mentions that she had woven them ''too'' thick and didn't get sustenance because of it. Oh, and the web was hard enough to almost twist Sam's sword out of his hand after hitting it.
** The strength of the web may or may not be justified by her gigantic size, depending on whom you ask.
** More ridiculous is the fact that webs firmly hold creatures that are, pound-for-pound, several times stronger than humans; yet in the movie, Frodo (a halfling/hobbit} squirmed his way out of Shelob's web with slight effort.
*** Might have something to do with the fact that Frodo had a super-sharp elven sword with him that he used to cut the webs quite obviously - no squirming took place in the scene.
** [[TheSilmarillion Ungoliant's]] lair was also filled with webs, but somewhat different. Her webs were apparently made from "woven darkness", and were designed to capture (and keep out) ''light'', which she fed on (and feared and hated). Similar to Shelob, it was said that she'd eventually woven her webs too thick for any sustenance to actually reach her (although [[PhysicalGod she]] doesn't really seem to ''need'' to eat).
* In ''Literature/{{Gormenghast}}'' the flooded attic, making Flay and Swelter's fight an InterestingSituationDuel.
* The indispensable servants to vampires and mad scientists, the [[TheIgor Igors]], are bound to tradition in these matters. ''Marthter Mutht Have Cobwebth''. This is such an unwritten law that ''{{Discworld}}'' Igors go out of their way to provide them, uthing, sorry, ''using'', specially trained spiders who are driven on with very small whips. A traditional Igor is driven to betray an unsympathetic modern Vampire with different ideas about cobwebs [[note]] he doesn't like them and orders Igor to get rid of them[[/note]] in ''CarpeJugulum''.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* One episode of ''HannahMontana'' has Hannah/Miley singing in a backstage area for the HollywoodToneDeaf Lily. This backstage area happens to be home to a giant spiderweb, and therefore a bunch of tarantulas - and, as Miley apparently has a raging case of arachnophobia, HilarityEnsues. This particular web is ''slightly'' different from the others, in that it's one huge web instead of a thin sheet of fuzzy stuff - [[SpecialEffectFailure although the web is visibly made up of tied-together ropes, and 90% of the spiders are recognizably props]].
* In the very first episode of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', Mary Collins (Disguised as Lady Helen) sings an enchantment to the courtroom, making everyone fall asleep. Cobwebs start forming over everyone who falls victim.
* In ''{{Primeval}}'' series 3 episode 6, Connor walks right into one of the cobwebs in the underground bunker under the safehouse.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. The Scooby Gang enter a frat house that's been turned into a HauntedHouse (for real, unknown to them).
-->'''Willow:''' Uh, ah! Cobweb! Okay that part was realistic.
-->'''Oz:''' Frat boys aren't too obsessive with their cleaning. Might not be decoration per se.
* The eponymous house in ''Series/TheWildWildWest'''s "The Night of the Man-Eating House" has cobwebs everywhere. And they regenerate.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In the Abandoned Mineshafts that can be found in {{Minecraft}}, cobwebs are omnipresent, and rather tough to break without a sword.If they suddenly thicken, [[OhCrap you just found a lair of venomous cave spiders]].
* Caves in ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' often feature large amounts of cobwebs, though they're fragile and only slow down the player for few seconds. Interestingly enough [[FridgeLogic Terraria has no spiders]].
** As of update 1.2, this is [[GiantSpider no longer true]], and they are, naturally, found in minibiomes riddled with cobwebs.
* Heavily present, but arguably justified in ''VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery''. Even a handful of the (exclusively giant-sized) spiders present in the game fill up a cavern with obstructively sticky webs quicker than you can type "You hear a slurping sound." However, since the narrow, narrow corridors in the Caverns of Chaos are absolutely swarming with adventurers, robbers, demons, spirits and all manner of predators of all sizes, you can hardly blame the things.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} II'', parts of the Spider Forest in Act III.
* The Wesrin's Cross level in ''DungeonSiege''. Not only is it a Cobweb Jungle, but a lot of the spiders [[GoddamnedBats may only have two hit points, but attack in large enough swarms to be a threat]].
* The "Arachni's Haunt" dungeon of ''GuildWars: [[ExpansionPack Eye of the North]]'' involves burning webs (and egg sacs) in order to draw out the titular boss monster.
* Some dungeons, especially the Great Deku Tree in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' and the Spider Houses in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', which are places taken over by Skulltulas.
* ''Franchise/TombRaider'' has these in ''2'', ''4'' and ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend Legend]]'' (the original, perhaps oddly, does not, despite its ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' inspiration), although ''2'' is the only one with actual spiders, including a certain sequence entirely based around this.
** Spiders are back in ''Underworld'', played straight in the level [[spoiler: under the manor]] but somewhat averted later in the game; [[GiantSpider Giant Spiders]] are present in ruins, but webs are relatively rare and most are near the surface.
* The Varrock Sewers dungeon in ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' requires the player to slash through a spiderweb blocking the passageway to get into the deepest parts of it. one of the rooms beyond is populated by (surprise!) giant deadly red spiders.
* [[JustifiedTrope Fully justified]] in ''VideoGame/DeadlyCreatures'', where you ''play'' a spider.
* ''VideoGame/ZombiesAteMyNeighbors'' features many levels strewn with webs and [[DemonicSpiders annoying spiders]] of varying degrees. The spiders are all enemies, but the webs vary as far as interaction: Some are decorative, some narrow your path, some block your path, and some make your feet stick to the floor, as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymGlpiSkapA here]].
* ''GliderPRO'' has a cobweb obstacle, usually passable only with batteries or rubber bands.
* The first ''SonicRiders'' game has Green Cave and White Cave, which are [[NonIndicativeName more jungle than cave]] and have giant cobwebs you can ''bounce'' on.
* The bug-type gym in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' has giant spider webs you walk on to reach the gym leader.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In ''{{Drowtales}}'', the "forbidden level" (AKA Mel's Room), as seen [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=77 here]] and [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=499 here]]. Justified in that Mel is the resident [[CrazyCatLady crazy spider lady]].

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Not only is the Great Owl's lair in ''TheSecretOfNIMH'' covered in cobwebs, but the Owl ''himself'' is covered in them too. [[HeavySleeper How long does this guy sleep, anyway?]]
* One of [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarves Snow White's]] biggest tasks when she starts cleaning the dwarves' cottage is getting rid of all the cobwebs covering... just about every corner of everything.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* [[{{TruthInTelevision}} Truth In Television]] as arachnologists found out at [[http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070912145919.htm Lake Tawakoni]].
* In Pakistan, spiders trying to escape floodwaters were driven into trees, creating [[http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2011-03/30/pakistan-tree-spiders this]].
* This is a real thing here in Florida, USA thanks to various orb-weaver spiders, and some are known to build communal webs. In wild areas not frequented by people it is very easy to come across this trope. They still occur outside though.
* The caterpillars of several Ermine moth species of the Yponomeuta genus weave thick webs around whole trees to be able to devour all the leaves, protected from competing species and predators. The result looks like a gigantic cobweb encompassing an entire (often dying) tree.

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[[folder: Religion ]]

* [[InvokedTrope Invoked by Allah himself]] in one of the very few miracles stated to have happened around Muhammad is, when he was escaping the city of Mecca and the Qraysh who were out to kill him, that he and his friend Abu Bakr hid in a tiny cave. Their pursuers followed their track to the entrance of the cave, but in the meantime a spider had woven her web all over the entrance and a dove had set her nest there. They decided that clearly no-one had gotten in there, and resumed their search elsewhere.

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