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->''Most like a spider she was, but huger than the great hunting beasts, and more terrible than they because of the evil purpose in her remorseless eyes. Great horns she had, and behind her short stalk-like neck was her huge swollen body, a vast bloated bag, swaying and sagging beneath her legs; its great bulk was black, blotched with livid marks, but the belly underneath was pale and luminous and gave forth a stench. Her legs were bent, with great knobbed joints high above her back, and hairs that stuck out like steel spines, and at each leg's end there was a claw.''
-->--Creator/JRRTolkien, ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Two Towers]]''

Arachnophobia is probably the second-most popular phobia (after [[MonsterClown coulrophobia]]), and even non-arachnophobes have to admit that [[SpidersAreScary spiders can be pretty freaky]]. Therefore, the most popular form of BigCreepyCrawlies, and one of the most popular [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever 50 Foot Whatevers]] to attack has to be (don't click the link if you like to browse TV Tropes before bed) a [[http://www.livescience.com/animals/news-spider-species-100111.html big spider]]. The bigger they are, the less likely there are to be more of them, but they're almost all so big that [[SquareCubeLaw they realistically shouldn't be able to move or breathe]] (according to natural laws of our universes Earth). They will usually have hypertoxic venom, both spin webs and hunt for prey, and SuperSpit silk out of their mouths (most spiders in real life only focus on one trait). For extra terror, [[SpiderSwarm they may even attack in groups]] (again, most spiders in real life are solitary).

Needless to say, they can be a bit of a problem for viewers that really are arachnophobic, especially in video games with them as a featured enemy. Many games get around this by making the spiders relatively cartoonish, or not having them correspond to any real life spiders. Granted, they can still be freaky due to the sheer nature of being giant spiders.

They usually have little personality, beyond vague malevolence. Some of them can talk, but they're rarely very chatty. Sometimes, they're just ordinary spiders who meet up with [[IncredibleShrinkingMan a protagonist who is small]], although it amounts to the same thing. Crossed over with HumongousMecha, you get the SpiderTank.

Not to be confused with DemonicSpiders, who are just difficult enemies, or {{Money Spider}}s, which are just enemies that drop money even though they logically shouldn't -- although either of these ''can'' be literal spiders.

Compare GiantEnemyCrab. Subtrope of DireBeast.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The third chapter of ''Manga/MajinDevil'' is rife with them. Demonic dog-sized spiders with embryos on their backs that crawl out of pregnant girls hoohahs, tear their way out of their stomachs, or rip themselves out of hosts head.
* Two ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' skirt the line, namely Dokugumon ([[AllThereInTheManual technically an insect that spins webs]]) and Arukenimon (who is classified as an arachnid but looks less like one than Dokugumon).
* One of these accompanied [[WolfMan Kotarou]] on his first battle against Negi in the Kyoto Arc of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. It [[AntiMagic was banished]] by Asuna with one swing of her [[PaperFanOfDoom Iron Fan]].
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' the general zombie Talleran is an enormous spider that was crossed with a monkey by Dr. Hogback. If that wasn't enough he commands a large group of smaller (yet still big comparatively) spiders that were crossed with mice. Vice-Admiral Onigumo also lives up to his name by turning into some sort of human/spider hybrid with [[MultiArmedAndDangerous 8 arms, all with swords]], and 2 legs to stand on.
* [[EldritchAbomination Uru]] from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''. Not quite as scary as some of the other examples on this page, but still very big and menacing.
* Matarael from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', which looks like a bowl with lots of eyes and has four legs.
* ''Anime/SpiderRiders'', as its name suggests, features giant spiders as the characters' mounts.
* Bali Lali of ''Manga/{{Bizenghast}}''. She and the other Cleaners are all spider people.
* In his fight with Kidomaru, Neji fights giant spiders in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.
* In ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', Kamaji the boiler man is a youkai who seems to be a cross between an old man and a large spider. (Or perhaps a an opilione, also known as harvestmen or daddy longlegs.) He's not quite as scary as the other examples on this page, and [[DarkIsNotEvil is actually a rather decent fellow.]]

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has several spiders as creature cards, and they're usually able to block creatures with flying, representing flying creatures (from small birds and insects to full-sized griffins and small dragons) getting caught in their webs.
** The first was actually called "[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=370781 Giant Spider]]", and holds the distinction of having been the only card to have been in every base set printed until it was left out of Magic 2013, although it came back in Magic 2014 and still holds the record for longest continuous run in the core sets.
** Giant Spider is not the biggest Spider in the game, either. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=88959 Goliath Spider]] is. It's a 7/6 and its illustration is it [[TheWorfEffect eating a drake]]. There's also [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=26661 Plated Spider]], which has the amusing flavor text "Most spiders wait patiently for their prey to arrive. Most spiders aren't forty feet tall."
** Planechase gave us [[http://magiccards.info/cma/en/6.html Dragonlair Spider]], which spawns insects. Spiders are technically not insects, but then you read the flavour text. Those insects are not spawns of the spider; they're scavengers eating the bits of ''dragons'' that the spider discards. [[FoodChainOfEvil That thing eats]] ''[[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]]''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Trauma ([[BadPowersGoodPeople whose superpower is turning into people's worst fears]]) transforms into one during a training exercise in ''[[Comicbook/AvengersTheInitiative Avengers: The Initiative]]'' #1. This turns out to be a very bad idea; the arachnophobic Armory freaks out and accidentally kills one of her teammates.
* While not a giant spider ''per se,'' The Crimson King in the comic adaptation of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' often sports a couple of spider legs whenever he shows up.
* A few show up in ''Franchise/SpiderMan'', obviously.
** Spidey once builds one realistic enough to scare a thug trapped in a web into giving him information.
** And there was a villain who was obsessed with killing Spider-Man and for some reason would only use giant spider robots called "Spider Slayers" for the job. One version of the Spider Slayer was a scorpion though, which makes a bit more sense, given that scorpions do commonly prey upon spiders. This was the original reasoning in giving Mac Gargan the power and abilities of a scorpion to serve as Spider-Man's EvilCounterpart.
** To say nothing of Spider-Man transforming into the HalfHumanHybrid Man-Spider on occasion.
** The storyline ''Comicbook/SpiderIsland'' is literally [[{{Pun}} crawling]] with them.
** In the first team-up between the ''Superior Spider-Man'' and the ''X-Men'', they tackle a giant spider, which in addition to having mutant powers, also has human eyes. After being stunned by Spidey, the creature [[spoiler: turns into a normal-sized blond human woman. It was revealed to have been created by Spider-Man's enemy, the Jackal, using technology stolen from X-Men villain, Mr. Sinister]].
** The Thousand was a [[TheWormThatWalks a swarm of spiders that inhabit a human body]]. The main spider was the size of a human head.
* The villain Org, from ''Jungle Comics'', uses a drum to control giant spiders.
* Don Martin pitted his comical superhero ComicBook/CaptainKlutz against Gorgonzola, a giant spider with distinctly Martinesque features - which turned out to be a costume worn by a criminal who was wanted for 'trick-or-treating' without a license.
* ''Comicbook/TheGoon'' has Spider (Actually called Percival Goodbody), a man-sized spider wearing a bowler hat with a tendency to cheat at card games getting him into trouble with Goon or other characters.
* In one issue of ''ComicBook/HavocInc'' an unusually large tarantula caught Chester and Deck off guard as they were sleeping on a jungle planet. As portrayed on the [[http://www.radiocomix.com/havoc-inc/2012/03/07/havoc-inc-05-cover/ cover art]].
* The second issue of IDW's ''My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic'' comic book series features a few. They wear hats. [[spoiler: One of them doesn't have one, so it takes Applejack's.]]
* The Last Haga from ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' is a giant ''space'' spider made of NightmareFuel. She is enormous (and can grow even bigger), is stated to be able to devour whole ''planets'' given enough time, reproduces [[ExplosiveBreeder extremely quickly]] and [[TrulySingleParent asexually]] (her offspring also qualify for this trope), and she is totally undetectable by radar or any other type of sensor.
* One of the many opponents that The Monster must fight in ''Comicbook/TheFrankensteinMonster'' is a giant spider whose zombifying bite is used to create an army of slaves.
* Meriem runs afoul of a nest of giant spiders in ''ComicBook/{{Cavewoman}}: Deadly Venom''.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'':
** AGV (Arachnid Gene Virus) is a rare disease in Mega City One that turns person into a man-sized spider. One story features a woman with AGV slowly succumbing to it, and its sequel story has her visiting her husband who didn't stay by her side as promised....
** There are giant spiders in the Cursed Earth that dig burrows in the ground, where they lie waiting before attacking unsuspecting prey. Dredd and a team of Judges ran into a couple of them during a patrol outside the new mutant settlements.
** Additionally, there's an even rarer shapeshifting breed of giant spiders which disguise themselves as humans to [[BlackWidow seduce hapless men before devouring them]].
* Discussed in ''ComicBook/TheSandman''. Barbara wonders if her dreamworld has these creatures, and learns that while it does, they are [[DarkIsNotEvil on her side]], and [[CowardlyLion very timid]].
* The mounts of the Urnethi in ''ComicBook/{{Sojourn}}''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' mentions the Acromantulae of the Forbidden Forest and [[BoisterousBruiser Uhtred]] immediately perks up. Harry immediately tells him that no, he can't go hunt them because it would upset Hagrid. While this may seem odd, Uhtred is a teenage Asgardian well on course to be bigger than Thor and as strong as [[StoutStrength Volstagg]] and is, moreover, the protégé of [[WarGod Sif herself]]. In short, Harry is very right to worry for the spiders.
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': The first enemy Shinji fights is a skyscraper-sized spider-shaped EldritchAbomination spread its webs all over the city and spawned millions of smaller spiders danced around its legs and flooded the city's streets.
-->''It showed a creature that resembled a huge spider, hundreds of feet tall, lying on its side, its legs working the air feebly. It was surrounded by a charred cocoon of spider silk and the corpses of countless spiders. However, more were erupting up from the ground and forming from its blood, which was puddled around it. Further more, the charred marks on its exterior were fading, and ichor was no longer leaking from it.''
* The seven-legged Mr. 7 of the {{recursive|Fanfiction}} ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' / ''FanFic/{{Xenophilia}}'' fanfic, ''FanFic/DividedRainbow''. He first appears in the third chapter.
* The protagonist Rochelle in the ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' fanfic ''FanFic/WitchQuest'' is a sane Witch whose normal form is of this. She even introduces herself this way to others at first ("[[VerbalTic Hwee ahr a giahnt spidahr.]]"). She [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] the usual portrayal of this trope insofar as she's actually trying to help {{Magical Girl}}s get happy endings, although mistrust, misunderstandings, and [[InSeriesNickname Na]][[SociopathicHero pa]][[KillItWithFire lm]] stand in the way (among others).
* One captures Vinyl and Octavia in its web in ''[[FanFic/TheVinylAndOctaviaSeries Vinyl and Octavia Machete Their Way Through the Jungle]]''.
* In ''FanFic/TheWorldOfTheCreatures'' , Batman and the Eleventh Doctor are captured by a colony of giant spiders that talk. It is implied that these are either from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' or ''Literature/TheHobbit''.
* In the ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' Fanfic ''Fanfic/VariousVytalVentures'' chapter 'Bark and Bite' the reader is introduced to a new form of Grimm, the ''Aggromantulas'', which are not only big, but fast, vicious, and carry a paralyzing venom in their fangs. Their Queen, however, takes it UpToEleven.
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', there's the Polyphemus Gargantula, more commonly known as Giant Cyclops Spider. Aahg from G1 is a member of this species, however the [[MonsterProgenitor first and most deadly]] of the entire species was Lahb, [[spoiler:a creation of Hydia's ancestor, the First Witch Lilith]]. Lahb was a forty foot tall titan with legs as wide as tree trunks, and fangs big enough to impale a centaur.
* ''[[FanFic/DoctorWhoovesTheSeries Along Came a Spider]]'' has pony-hoof-sized ones as well as [[EvilIsHammy ANASI, THE SPIDER GODDESS]] (straight from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetOfTheSpiders Metebelis III]]. [[CrossOver Really]])

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' had a fairly largish spider that looked enormous to the mouse protagonist. It mostly existed to serve as a very memorable [[StabTheScorpion way to establish]] the barely-controlled danger of the [[Creator/JohnCarradine Great Owl]]; if Mrs. Brisby is threatened by a spider and the spider is nothing but a snack for the Owl... well, let's just say she's lucky to survive that scene.
* Aahg from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'', the Other Mother's [[OneWingedAngel true form]] is a sort of spider [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot zombie doll thing with hands and legs made out of needles]].
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' where Rosie the black widow spider is portrayed as being normal-sized.
* Scroop, the main villain of ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' resembles an evil, giant alien spider/scorpion hybrid.
* ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroachesTheMovie'': One tries to make a meal out of Oggy Magnon, only to get knocked out by the cat's SmellyFeet without him even noticing.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/HellboyAnimated Hellboy: Sword of Storms]]'' has a woman sitting in a forest clearing covered in fallen leaves playing a stringed instrument who looks perfectly normal...until her fingers start bleeding as she plays, spiders start to swarm around, Hellboy gets caught by three spiders the size of dogs, and the woman rises up out of the leaves to reveal an enormous spider abdomen and set of legs - then she starts [[BreathWeapon to breathe fire]].
* Franchise/{{Superman}} fights a giant mechanical spider at the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'', while Creator/KevinSmith, in an animated cameo, looks on and says "Lame!". It's a TakeThat against the ExecutiveMeddling forced upon Smith's ''Superman Lives'' script -- see below.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Quite a few films of the BMovie genre use these, whether in stop motion or just extreme close-up:
** ''Film/PlanetOfTheDinosaurs'' has a large, stop motion spider in one scene.
** ''Film/EarthVsTheSpider'' featured a blown-up tarantula.
** There was a 2000s film with the same name about a guy who injected himself with spider DNA in an attempt to become a super-hero, only to mutate into a grotesque humanoid arachnid-thing that was eternally hungry and devoured people indiscriminately. Yeah, it was basically a horrifying parody of Franchise/SpiderMan.
** ''Film/AtorTheInvincible'' has what is possibly [[SpecialEffectFailure the saddest giant spider ever put to film]] as its "final boss" so to speak.
** ''Film/EightLeggedFreaks'', with somewhat better special effects, is an AffectionateParody of this type of film.
** ''Film/TheGiantSpiderInvasion'' made use of [[SpecialEffectFailure laughably bad puppetry]].
** ''Film/HorrorsOfSpiderIsland'' has surprisingly few spiders.
*** [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 You're just confused as to what spiders are. They're big, hairy bipeds with pants.]]
** ''Film/OneMillionYearsBC'' very briefly featured a blown-up tarantula.
** ''Film/{{Tarantula}}'' featured a blown-up tarantula, although it used a model for closeups.
** ''Film/VillageOfTheGiants'' features a brief encounter with a giant spider... [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment which is never mentioned again.]]
*** No less than four of the films listed above (''Film/EarthVsTheSpider'', ''Film/TheGiantSpiderInvasion'', ''Film/HorrorsOfSpiderIsland'' and ''Film/VillageOfTheGiants'') have appeared on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.
** ''Film/{{Arachnia}}'' has prehistoric giant spiders awoken by a metor as the main antagonists.
** The 2000-01 movie duology ([[DolledUpInstallment actually two unrelated films]]) ''Spiders'' and ''Film/SpidersIIBreedingGround'' of course feature giant spiders as the main foe. In the first one they were the result of a freak experiment on a space satellite due to a meteor storm, in the second they were created by a mad scientist who wanted to make a stronger human race... somehow.
* The largest spider in the aptly-named ''Film/{{Arachnophobia}}'' is not very big compared to Kumonga, but still slightly bigger than any real spider. Even Australian ones. The real problem with the spiders in said film are their [[MookMaker sheer numbers]] and insanely poisonous bite. They even get titles "Boss Spiders" and the infamous "Spider General" much to John Goodman's character disbelief.
* Giant spiders constituted most of one of the most legendary (or, as some claim, overhyped) deleted - and now lost - scenes in film history: a section of ''Film/KingKong1933'', now known as the Lost Spider Pit scene ([[http://www.retrocrush.com/archive2005/kong/ discussed here]]).
** Peter Jackson's version of ''Film/KingKong'' also featured giant spiders (detailed in the ''[[AllThereInTheManual Natural History of Skull Island]]'' as spider-like arachnids called "Arachno-Claws") in the Bug Pit scene. Based on the above mentioned 1933 example, of course.
** In one scene of ''Film/KongSkullIsland'', the characters are attacked by a gigantic spider-like creature so tall, that its legs blended into the bamboo forests they were walking through. It impales one of them with its leg and attempts to draw another up by its fleshy tendrils into its BellyMouth. [[AllThereInTheManual On the Skull Island MONARCH website]] it's given the name of Mother Longlegs, and isn't actually a spider, but a colossal harvestman that's also [[{{Planimal}} part bamboo]], and [[OneGenderRace all female]], with mouths at the ends of its spiked legs.
* As of ''Film/SonOfGodzilla'', Monster Island is home to Kumonga, a spider with a 164-foot legspan. Unlike most of the other examples listed here, she gets a HeelFaceTurn. She shows up again in ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'', still shooting her yellow webbing.
* In ''Film/TheIncredibleShrinkingMan'', the title character encounters an ordinary-sized spider which is huge to him.
* Creator/PeterJackson, director of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', [[AuthorPhobia plied his actual arachnophobia to full use]] to make Shelob as horrible as possible. Strangely, Shelob had a stinger in her belly, and a gaping mouth instead of actual spider fangs. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that she is meant to be an EldritchAbomination.
* A giant spider also appeared in Peter Jackson's earlier film ''Film/MeetTheFeebles'', where it [[spoiler: [[OffWithHisHead bites a character's head off]] and gets its face smashed against a hanging cargo]].
* In ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney'', the monstrous spiders of Mirkwood, lesser spawn of Ungoliant, aren't quite as big as Shelob... but are still plenty huge, and have similarly horrific maws. And, when Bilbo's wearing the One Ring, ''he can understand their speech''.
* At the end of ''Film/TheFly1958'', a fly with a tiny human head -- the other half of the movie's human/fly MixAndMatchCritters -- is menaced by a normal-sized spider. "Heeeelp meeeee!"
* Jon Peters:
** Having produced TheFilmOfTheSeries for ''Film/WildWildWest'', one could think that producer Jon Peters included the giant metal spider as an attempt at an interesting sequence. However, the man has an apparent fascination with giant arachnids: Creator/KevinSmith's story of his time working on ''Film/SupermanReturns'' (at that point known as ''Superman Lives'') in the late '90s includes an amusing anecdote about Mr. Peters' demands on what be in the movie, which included not having Superman wear his suit or fly, and to have him fight a giant spider in the final act (Peters' justification being that "spiders are the fiercest killers in the insect kingdom").
** Peters' fascination doesn't even end there: he is known to have requested a mechanical spider be present in a film adaptation of Creator/NeilGaiman's ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' comics as well. Rumour has it that he was at one point involved in the live-action adaptation of legendary anime movie ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' too, which conjures up terrifying mental images of Tetsuo mutating into a giant spider.
* ''Film/IceSpiders'', wherein Olympic athletes are terrorized by, you guessed it, Giant Spiders at a ski resort.
* One of the last things to come from the ''{{Film/Jumanji}}'' game were giant spiders. They didn't do much, as they got scared off by the earthquake in the very next turn, but they were still one of the more memorable and frightening parts of the film.
* Abu fights one in ''Film/TheThiefOfBagdad''.
* The 2001 Spanish production ''Film/{{Arachnid}}'' is about a giant spider infestation on a small island near Guam.
* In the astoundingly bad ''Film/Beowulf1999'' starring Christopher Lambert, Grendel's Mother transforms into a spider hybrid to fight Beowulf.
* One of the sideplots in ''Film/{{Krull}}'' involves a giant albino spider guarding/imprisoning an oracle in a rather comfortable-looking cocoon in a gigantic web. It moves to eat anyone coming to consult with her, and is only prevented when she pours the sands of her life away (freezing it in place while the sands are in motion).
* In the 1966 Toei film ''Film/TheMagicSerpent'', a giant spider appears at the very end for the Big Battle. She is a good guy, though. She throws silk and snow (yes, snow) over the title creature to subdue him.
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Rather unsurprisingly]], one of these is the villain in ''Film/BigAssSpider''.
* One TransformationSequence in the silent film version of ''Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'' (1920) features one; Jekyll sees a transparent giant spider crawling towards him, and once it reaches its destination, it disappears and he is turned yet again into Mr. Hyde.
* ''Film/MichaelJacksonsThisIsIt'' features a gigantic black widow spider during the "Thriller" segment. Not only is one on screen (this would have been in 3D, no less), but one scurries on stage that opens up to reveal Jackson himself.
* A giant spider attacks a mook and eats him in a scene of ''Film/KingSolomonsMines''. Kind of a {{BLAM}} momento too.

* Creator/ColinWilson's ''Spider World'' novels are set in a post-apocalyptic future in which telepathic giant spiders (and various insects) are the dominant species ruling over mankind.
* ''Castle Roogna'', one of Creator/PiersAnthony's earlier ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' novels actually features a gigantic spider named Jumper as one of the two main heroes. Too bad Xanth novels got [[{{Sequelitis}} increasingly uncomfortable to read]]...
* Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/AnansiBoys'' has an entire army of [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Spiders]] at the end. Given the fairly central use of spider motifs in the book - the two protagonists are the sons of a West African spider god - this trope was inevitable.
* There's a battle with giant spiders in the novel ''A Rustle in the Grass'' by Robin Hawdon, but seeing as it's a [[MouseWorld told from the point of view of ants]] their great size is hardly surprising. Interestingly the ant protagonist doesn't find the spiders anywhere near as terrifying as his encounter with a toad, with its natural camouflage, ability to leap huge distances, and strike with its tongue from well out of stinging range.
* ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian''
** Conan encountered a spider as big as a pig in the story "The Tower of the Elephant," which struck down Taurus of Nemedia, a prince of thieves, with one bite. It suffered an unfortunate death via treasure chest to the face.
** Conan encountered giant spiders all the goddamn time in Marvel's Savage Sword of Conan comics. But his most famous adventure involving a giant spider was probably Conan's battle with Omm, a giant spider worshiped as a god in the city of Yezud. A later adventure had Conan fighting Omm's equally large offspring, Zath.
* Creator/StephenKing
** There is a spider like species of monster in ''Literature/TheMist''.
** The final form of the main antagonist of King's ''Literature/{{IT}}'' is a giant spider. Well, [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm what we can comprehend of IT's true form]] anyway. The book describes it as being about 15 feet tall.
** Another one shows up in [[spoiler: ''Literature/NeedfulThings'', created from the pain of Polly's arthritis]].
** Guess what the alternate form of the shapeshifting half-demon in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' is?
* A giant spider appears in ''Tarnsman of Literature/{{Gor}}''; partially subverted though, in that it is civilized and can speak (with the help of TranslatorMicrobes). It's not that big as giant spiders go either, although it's still pretty big for a spider. Despite averting, it plays to this trope when it assists the protagonist in a capture, pretending to want to kill the DamselInDistress. His name is Narr and he's a relatively pleasant chap, although a bit of a fussbudget.
* Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs wasn't averse to a giant spider or two in his tales. Probably the best known are the targo which are native to Venus in the ''Literature/{{Amtor}}'' series. The Venusians gather their webs, called tarel, which has thousands of uses.
* Giant space spiders are the antagonists of Philip Reeve's {{steampunk}} novel ''Literature/{{Larklight}}''. They aren't ''quite'' spiders, having ten legs instead of the usual eight, and unlike most of the other examples on this page they're both sentient and technologically advanced.
* The ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series includes creatures called Acromantulas, essentially giant spiders that can get up to elephant-size. They can talk and are sentient, but [[AlwaysChaoticEvil don't think you're likely to survive a conversation with one]] (unless you're [[FluffyTamer Hagrid]]). They are most prominently featured in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'', whose film adaptation actually specifies spiders in the BBFC content notice. Aragog, the "king" Acromantula, makes a cameo (albeit posthumous) appearance in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince The Half-Blood Prince]]'' as well... both in book and film versions, surprisingly, and the spiders return in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'' when [[spoiler: the Death Eaters drive them out of the forest and force them to attack Hogwarts, which also appeared briefly in the film]]. It should be noted that Ron is terrified of ''ordinary'' spiders, to the point that his boggart is a huge spider. [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes/{{Literature}} Book Two wasn't very fun for him]].
* Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium:
** ''Literature/TheHobbit'' has lots of talking spiders about the size of a large dog infesting the depths of Mirkwood, where they capture the dwarves with plans to eat them. ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' introduces Shelob, their much larger and nastier relative. And their ancestor, Ungoliant in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', is an even bigger, horrendously powerful magical abomination. Creator/JRRTolkien felt no ''conscious'' dislike of spiders; he said he began to put spiders as bad guys in his stories because one of his sons was an arachnophobe.
** That being said, Shelob and Ungoliant aren't so much giant spiders, as they are large horrific monsters that are spider-like. Shelob has a wasp-like stinger (real spiders can only inject venom with their fangs) and horns, and in the movie has a large gaping mouth, whereas real spiders can only ingest liquid.
* The arachnid aliens in the science fiction novel ''A Deepness in the Sky'' by Vernor Vinge.
* [[HawkAndFisher Hawk, Fisher]] and the Special Wizardry And Tactics team fight a giant spider while traversing the sewers in ''The Bones Of Haven''.
* Baal in ''Literature/TheAncestralTrail'', who was both intelligent and the size of a large house. And unlike most of the giant spiders on this list, he actually ''ate'' one of the heroes. Quite graphically too, with spurting blood and head-biting.
* ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation'' features the Weaver, a psychotic hyper-intelligent multidimensional giant spider. Brrr.
* The Cheka in the ''Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch'' books are a sapient Giant Spider species. They control the expansionist Magisterial Cheka Kingdom, in the Gamma Quadrant. Then there's the semi-sentient Comes-in-the-night-kills-many, which was essentially a giant spider wielding clubs. They're extinct, now; wiped out by [[SuperSoldier the Jem'Hadar]] after threatening a Dominion farming colony. Finally, friendly aliens the Pak'shree resemble a cross between a Giant Spider and a giant crab or beetle.
* In ''Poison'', the titular character and her group must travel to the Realm of Spiders and retrieve a dagger. They encounter a gigantic spider's web, owned by an equally gigantic spider who they successfully trick. Poison then reaches a castle and finds the spider's wife, who for all intents and purposes looks like a pregnant dead woman. Later on, Poison is forced to press her hand to the spider Lady's belly, ''and she can feel the baby spider inside moving''. It's also implied that she will eat her "husband" after the baby spider is born. A giant spider will be eaten by a woman.
* The giant Trundle spider in the Pocket Books novelisation of ''The Adventures of Captain Proton'' (the Film/{{Flash Gordon|Serial}}-homage ShowWithinAShow on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''). Proton and his companions are sacrificed to the giant spider, but it tells them it's sick of the lousy diet and helps them escape instead.
* The Spider from ''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach''. She's huge, but she's also one of the nicest characters in the book and its film adaptation. She was also a regular-sized spider before she was turned giant (along with the other invertebrates in the book and the titular peach) by a bagful of magic crocodile tongues.
* A spider with a twelve-foot legspan was described in ''[[Film/KingKong2005 Kong: A Natural History Of Skull Island]]''.
-->''[[FoodChainOfEvil A spider that ate dinosaurs]] -- if ever there was a single animal that exemplified nature's insanity on Skull Island, Stickalithus was it.''
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Turn Coat'', Harry is accosted by a group of intelligent, pony-sized faerie spiders while traveling through the Nevernever. They threaten to kill him, but he convinces them to back down by showing them his wizard cred by pulping the apparent leader of the group with a force spell. Later on, [[spoiler: these same spiders turn out to be the minions of whoever the conspirators were during the battle on Demonreach Isle]].
* Spider aliens attempt to heat up the Earth in John Lymington's ''Night of the Big Heat''.
* Arachne is a character in the ''Literature/AlexVerus'' series. The books describe her as a 'tarantula the size of a minivan'. Unusually for this trope she's extremely nice and helpful, and also makes really good clothes.
* The last ''Literature/GraveyardSchool'' book, ''The Spider Beside Her'', dealt with a wish-granting spider. That spider, though regular size, granted the wish of one Ari Spinner, an arachnid enthusiast whose deepest wish was to become a spider. Ari received the ability to transform into a giant spider at will, and while retaining her intelligence, developed the appropriate appetite of a spider of her size. Ari attempted to eat some of her classmates before being stopped by Mel West, who was bitten by the same spider. Mel's wish was to be able to create art with his left hand, and anything he draws with it becomes real. Mel had been able to draw Ari shifting back into a human permanently. Ari begged Mel to let her become a spider again by promising to never bother him or her classmates again. Mel complies. [[spoiler: Of course, he turns her into a regular size spider, much to her frustration.]]
* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' has things called brain spiders in one book, though they're only about three feet tall and are robots piloted by [[BrainInAJar brains in jars]]. They freak Zak out a bit. A later book has the knobby white spiders of Dagobah, which are actually the mobile larval form of ''trees'' and can get quite a bit larger.
* In ''Literature/TenSixtySixAndAllThat'', UsefulNotes/RobertTheBruce "armed himself with an enormous spider" at the Battle of Bannockburn.
* ''Literature/DestinedToLead'' has the spiedes, which are essentially cave-dwelling giant spiders, minus two eyes and four legs.
* Large white spiders with crystalline carapaces are constantly attacking Nypre and others in the ''Literature/StoriesOfNypre'' series.
* In the late 1970s and early 1980s, at the height of a rise in the popularity of horror fiction in Britain, Richard Lewis wrote a two-book series of novels. In ''Spiders'' (1978), giant spiders rampage across the country attacking humans and generally wreaking havoc. In ''The Web'' (1981), set some years later, the spiders have grown a bit bigger - and are now catching humans in their webs and carrying them off into their underground nests.
* In Richard Ryan's ''Funnelweb'' (1998), a nuclear accident has caused mutations which create giant funnelweb spiders (which are one of the most poisonous of all spiders) which lay waste to Sydney and bring Australia to its knees as it is quarantined by the rest of the world. There are many harrowing scenes of giant spider nests (one in the Sydney Opera House) in which hapless but still living humans are wrapped in spider silk and suspended in tangled webs, stored for future use as food.
* British author Sarah Pinborough has written two novels about spider-like creatures (whether derived from spiders or merely spider-like aliens is not entirely clear) which devastate Britain, leaving everything covered in tangled webs littered with dead bodies of humans. The novels are ''Breeding Ground'' (2006) and ''Feeding Ground'' (2009). These charming creatures have found a way of using female humans as incubators for their young, so that the women give birth to them in a fashion. The second book focuses on London, which has been similarly taken over. A group of people take refuge (so they think) in underground railway tunnels, but are not aware, until it is too late, that one of these tunnels has been used by the spiders as a store-room, full of still-living humans wrapped up helplessly in silk and suspended in gigantic webs.
* The largest predators of [[DeathWorld Hender's Island]] in the novel ''Literature/{{Fragment}}'' are creatures known as spigers, which as their name implies, resemble a cross between a tiger and a spider, and grow to the size of trucks. They're actually a type of crustacean related to mantis shrimp though.
* In the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', the FantasticDrug Spice is produced by Energy Spiders; they are huge and live in the deep mines of Kessel. Anyone caught by them will have their life energy drained from them, since they feed on energy blaster bolts are a NoSell on them, but ion blasters will get the job done.
* Aella fights one in ''Sword Sisters'' as part of the Franchise/RedReaper stories published by Creator/RagnarokPublications. Double-points for being to rescue someone from a HumanSacrifice.
* In ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', the animals in a forest were terrorized by an evil, elephant-sized spider. The Cowardly Lion found it asleep and punched its thin neck, breaking its head off. In gratitude, the animals made the lion their king.
* Spiders the size of large dogs live in the forests of ''Literature/TheIronTeeth'' mountains. When attacking, they paralyze their prey with their venom, and wrap them up for later.
* ''Literature/TheWanderingInn'': Huge spiders reside in nearby area, where Erin, the main character, has her Inn. Although the size should be more than enough, they have armor like protection on their backs, giving them the name "Shield Spiders", which makes it very hard to harm them.


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}'' episode "Selfless" started out with one of these.
* The MonsterOfTheWeek in the ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "Spin City".
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetOfTheSpiders "Planet of the Spiders"]] has the titular Giant Spiders of Metebelis 3 (which evolved from normal spiders).
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride "The Runaway Bride"]]: The Racnoss, as a species, cross this trope with HordeOfAlienLocusts. Although the Empress is partially humanoid in appearance.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E7KillTheMoon "Kill the Moon"]]: The Doctor and co. stumble upon giant ''germs'' shaped like spiders living on the Moon.
* In the ''Series/GilligansIsland'' episode "The Pigeon", the castaways run into a Black Morning Spider. It's six feet long, [[RedEyesTakeWarning has red eyes]] and weighs 500 lbs.
* Some seasons of ''Franchise/KamenRider'' feature a spider monster in the first episode, and more recent seasons like ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'' and ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' have a recurring spider monster. Admittedly these are just PeopleInRubberSuits with spider heads and maybe legs sticking out the back. However, ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' and ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'' went all the way, with proper giant spiders by way of ConspicuousCGI. ''Film/KamenRiderZO'' had one that was made with {{Claymation}}, featuring a creepy face and unnatural movements that make it ''so much'' more scary than the better-animated versions.
* The UK kid's game show ''Series/{{Knightmare}}'' had Ariadne, a very slow, very large spider who could block the path and eat the dungoneer.
* In the ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' episode "[[Recap/MerlinS01E04ThePoisonedChalice The Poisoned Chalice]]" Arthur in trapped in a cave with a bunch of giant spiders. They aren't as big as some of the beasties on this page, but they are bigger than his head - not counting the legs. Oh, and [[ZergRush there's hundreds of them]].
* Guest star Raquel Welch has a dance number with a giant spider in an episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow''.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
** ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' also has a CGI giant spider in one episode, complete with giant web. It wasn't even the MonsterOfTheWeek, just a denizen of a dangerous forest.
** Spidertron from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', on the other hand, ''was'' a monster of the week. Rita, being a WitchWithACapitalB, created it upon discovering Zack had a fear of spiders. Zack bored its guts out with the Dragonzord Fighting Mode's [[ThisIsADrill Power Staff]].
* ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' had giant prehistoric spiders in its second episode. It's pointed out that, technically, they're not really spiders. They are not, however, the most threatening monster in the episode. [[spoiler: A giant millipede is.]]
* An episode of ''TheReallyWildShow'' had a spoof monster movie, in which the show's pet tarantula grew to the size of a building. This being an EdutainmentShow, of course, it was followed by an explanation of why you couldn't really get spiders that big.
* Within the ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' story, Big Bertha is [[spoiler: an earth-moving, psychically powered, possible divine]] version of this. Yeah, it's pretty damn cool.
* Giant melon-sized spiders called "''Mesothelae''" appeared in the Carboniferous segment of ''[[Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs Walking with Monsters]]''. They were larger than any genuine spiders of that (or any) time, and were only depicted as being so huge because a proto-scorpion had been mistaken for a spider; otherwise, this would be listed under RealLife.
* Episode 12 of the UK version of ''Series/WhoWantsToBeASuperhero'' featured one terrorising various London landmarks and the superheroes' task was to mix a formula to shrink it.
* In ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' episode "[[Recap/TheWildWildWestS2E3TheNightOfTheRaven The Night of the Raven]]", James West and a Native American princess are menaced by a spider while shrunk. That's right, the series did a Giant Spider scene (more or less) 33 years before TheMovie (cited elsewhere).

* Music/FrankZappa was a huge fan of B-movies, especially monster movies, and thus giant spiders appear a lot in his work, including "Cheepnis" on ''Music/RoxyAndElsewhere'' and "Spider Of Destiny" on ''Music/SleepDirt''.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* The ''tsuchigumo'' and ''jorogumo'' {{youkai}} of Japanese mythology, both of which are also known for shapeshifting and illusions, along with deadly poisons and large webs which they used to catch their prey. Archetypal myths for both involve posing as a beautiful girl or young boy to attract and snare unwary travellers, or accosting and offering wishes or marriage to someone who is kind to spiders. The latter is actually fairly common, since [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nephila_clavata jorogumo's natural form]] is considered lucky for its bright coloring.
* Natives of the Congo jungles and cryptozoologists tell tales of a species of monkey-sized trapdoor spiders known as [[http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2015/09/mysterious-giant-spiders-of-the-congo/ J'ba Fofi]] ("Giant Spider" in Bakongo).
* In [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]] we have Arachne, a weaver of extraordinary talent once challenged Athena with her work. Ironically Arachne was turned into a spider by the angry goddess for her arrogance. A lot of art depict Arachne to either be human with spider features or a giant spider all together.

* ''Pinball/{{Krull}}'' has he Crystal Spider, who dwells on the upper playfield to trap players.

* In Fit the Eleventh of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', Zaphod and Ford enter a hanger full of TechnoWreckage and huge cobwebs. A huge spider briefly lands next to them and says "'scuse me" in a [[Music/TheWho "Boris the Spider"]] voice before scuttling off.
* In the ''Radio/LightsOutEverybody'' episode "The Spider," two small-time down-on-their-luck thugs scour the Amazon basin for exotic butterflies, looking to make enough money to get back to the States. Instead, they spot a dog-sized spider, which appears to be their ticket out. But there's a problem....

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The game features spiders of variable enormous size.
** The Underdark is home to the [[OurElvesAreBetter Drow]], who worship an evil spider goddess, and sometimes end up as [[MixAndMatchCritters Driders]].
** Variants include mechanical spiders, spiders that move through the astral plane, various kinds of really poisonous spiders, psychic spiders, werespiders and so on and so forth.
** Naturally, this also applies to any video game directly based on ''D&D'', namely ''VideoGame/EyeOfTheBeholder'', ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' and ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights''.
** The Bebiliths, quite literally demonic spiders. The ''normal'' variant has a body the size of a plow horse and over 4 metres leg span. Let it be noted that a Bebilith is an Arachnid demon that hunts OTHER DEMONS!
** Giant spiders in the Classic ''D&D'' game (Basic, Expert, etc.) were a bit more varied than in other versions of ''D&D'', and often had TruthInTelevision (crab spiders blending into their surroundings) or folklore-inspired abilities (the "tarantella"'s poison causing a spastic "dance") to make them interesting.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''
** Necron Tomb Spyders, as well as HumongousMecha versions called Tomb Stalkers that mop the floor with the Imperium's largest and best-armed Emperor-class Titans.
** Also the Mutant Spiders in ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'', which can range from the size of a large dog to the size of an elephant, and have diamonds for eyes. Good luck getting one though, as they're the Alpha Predator deep in the Underhive, where they stride upon a literal sea of toxic waste. ''ComicBook/TheRedeemer'' features one whose eye gives psychic powers to the wielder.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''. Forest Goblins can ride giant spiders into battle.
** Normal forest goblins ride spiders about twice their size, forest goblin bosses however ride spiders twice as big as those spiders.
** And then there's the arachnarok spiders, spiders so massive that goblins can attach full-size rok lobbers to them. The Arachnarok Spider is in fact one of the biggest kits for Warhammer Fantasy, with a base measuring 100x150mm. It is one of the few models which could take up an entire regiment base by itself.
* In the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'', ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken'' features giant spiders known as Azlu, which are bizarre spirit hybrids. They start off small and looking mostly like natural spiders, and feed themselves on regular spiders and other Azlu. When they get big enough they start targeting humans and either [[BodyHorror eat their brains and ride around in their heads, or (when bigger) suck the body empty and wear the skin]]. When they get big enough, they often resemble a hideous combination of human and spider parts, and will be covered in poisonous spines and fangs. They eat humans, spirits and the occasional werewolf. When they get big enough, they stop being able to pass as human, but often gain the ability to lay eggs, either eating the young or letting them grow into a family to bring it more prey. On top of all that [[FromASingleCell if they are killed they split into dozens of their original form, which all have to be killed to prevent them from growing into new Azlu]].
* In ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'', ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' includes a race of blood-sucking werespiders called Ananasi. One of their forms is indeed a spider one-and-a-half times their human weight, and about the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. Their other forms are human (with a few spider internal organs), spider-human hybrid monster, and an entire swarm of normal-sized spiders linked by a hive-mind. In that form, they can survive the death of any number of spiders, [[FromASingleCell as long as one is left]] -- though losing a lot will change their appearance and personality. Regular Ananasi are sinister and emotionless, but the Kumo of East Asia are sadistic, insane, and evil.
* In the Monster Burner book for the ''TabletopGame/BurningWheel'' system, one of the 'playable' monster races was the Great Spiders, which were spiders of human intelligence that ranged from the size of a medium sized dog to that of a horse (depending on breed and life-path). Most were loners (like real spiders) and the ones that weren't were either pack hunters or 'Evil' (Although that is not a barrier to playing a characters in Burning Wheel where campaigns as one of the horde of the EvilOverlord is a viable option.)
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' supplement ''Dreamlands''. Leng Spiders can grow to gigantic size and weigh hundreds of tons.
* ''TabletopGame/RuneQuest''
** ''Into the Troll Realms'', adventure "Skyfall Lake". Crab City has spiders that are as large as a mammoth. They have warty gray skin and drop pools of acid.
** ''Dorastor: Land of Doom''. Of the Spider Folk who live in the Spider Woods, the largest type are the Great Mother Spiders. They can reach a Size of 54, which means they weigh just less than 7,000 lb.
** Supplement ''Trollpak'', "Book of Uz" part 2. The trolls have domesticated several types of giant spiders. The largest ones weigh more than 6,000 lbs.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' includes these among the variety of creatures in Creation. Some are mundane animals that just happen to be huge; others are smaller but intelligent, malicious elementals called Wood Spiders. Then there are the pattern spiders, the mechanical gods that maintain the Loom of Fate. And then there are anhules, a category of demon. No, not race, ''category.'' As in, "there's at least one subspecies of them descended from each [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Yozi]], because Yozi are jerks like that."
* ''TabletopGames/LejendaryAdventures''. Jumping spiders are about twice as large as a human being and web spiders can be as much as 40 inches wide. They both inject a dangerous venom.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rolemaster}}'' ''Shadow World'' supplement ''Jaiman: Land of Twilight''. The H'taan is a huge spider that lives in ancient ruins and other rocky, remote locations. They dig holes like a trap door spider and lie in ambush, paralyzing victims with their venom. They grow up to thirty feet or more across.
* Creator/{{Chaosium}}'s ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' RPG main rules, adventure "Lord of the Spiders''. The {{P|layerCharacter}}Cs must explore a forest filled with huge spiders. The spiders' venom puts the victim into suspended animation, after which [[Literature/TheHobbit the victims are webbed up and hung from trees]].
* ''Encounter Critical''
** The main rules have giant spiders as monsters. Each has from 3-60 HitPoints and can do 1-20 HitPoints of damage (plus poison) on a hit, which is more than most monsters.
** Supplement ''Asteroid 1618''. Inside the Vanishing Pyramid the {{P|layerCharacter}}Cs can find eggsacs laid by a giant spider. If the eggsacs are broken open (from prodding or gunfire) 1-20 baby spiders will emerge and attack the {{P|layerCharacter}}Cs. If {{P|layerCharacter}}Cs kill any of them the mother spider will go MamaBear on them.
* ''TabletopGame/HollowEarthExpedition''. One type of monster {{P|layerCharacter}}Cs can encounter inside the Hollow Earth are giant meat-eating arachnids that are 10 feet long (not including the legs). They hunt like normal spiders, injecting a paralyzing poison with their bite and cocooning the prey to eat later.
* ''Battlelords of the 23rd Century''. In the ''Shadis'' magazine #23 adventure "Bug Hunt" the {{P|layerCharacter}}Cs have to fight the giant Spiders of the planet Driscoll VII. Adults are up to 2.5 meters tall and weigh up to 300 kg.
* ''It Came from the Late, Late Show''
** Main rules. Giant Spiders are Monsters that are 15 feet long and act like normal wolf (hunting) spiders. They bite their prey and poison it, then drink its blood.
** Supplement ''It Came from the Late, Late Show II'', adventure "Bjorn on the Bayou, or Escape from Alkatrazz XII". Alkatrazz XII is a prison planet that is mostly covered with swamps and forest. One of the alien monsters that can be encountered there is a giant spider.
* ''Sorcery & Super Science! Post-Apocalyptic Role-Playing!'' The Scritch are spider-like creatures that are about 2 feet across and can [[SuperSpit spit poison]]. There are unconfirmed rumors that they can grow as large as a small pony.
* ''Arduin'' RPG, ''The Compleat Arduin Book 2: Resources''
** The Greater Demon Calyandagg the Lord of the Spiders is a spider the size of a Greyhound bus. He does devastating damage in close combat, including a [[PoisonIsCorrosive acid-like venom]] that he can inject with his fangs and well as a SuperSpit.
** The Snow Spider can grow nearly as large as a full-grown horse and their poison can cause permanent blindness.
** Spiga are spiders with [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing ruby red eyes]] that can grow as large as a school bus. Their forelegs can inflict 1-36 HitPoints of damage per hit and their bite does 1-48 HitPoints damage.
** Star Spiders are about 10-12 feet wide and long. They have 5-24 13 feet long CombatTentacles that each do 1-12 HitPoints of damage on a hit and 4-16 HitPoints of constriction damage thereafter. Opponents that are sucked or pulled into their mouths are destroyed by heat and radiation at a rate of 51-100 HitPoints per combat round, which also [[VampiricDraining consumes the victim's soul]]. They have a single [[RedEyesTakeWarning glaring red eye]] like the headlamp of a giant train.
** Giant Tarantulas are black, hairy spiders 6-8 feet long with a leg span of up to 24 feet. Their venom inflicts nerve damage for up to 10 melee rounds and causes intense, debilitating pain.
** Web Widows are giant black widow spiders (up to seven feet long) that can cast illusion spells. Their bite injects a venom that does 31-50 HitPoints of damage and paralyzes the victim.
* Creator/{{Chaosium}}'s supplement ''All the Worlds' Monsters'' Volume III
** Demon Spiders are the size of a large timber wolf and can cast webs that inflict fire damage and VampiricDraining of LifeEnergy. Their ruler, the Demon Spider Lord Ishral is twice the size of a man.
** The 11th level Basic Demon takes the form of a giant spider that lives in a web of darkness.
** The Rainbow Demon is a huge spider (36-360 HitPoints) whose legs are [[RainbowMotif colored red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet and clear]]. Each leg has a special power: four of them can [[AttackReflector reflect missiles, Breath Weapons, clerical magic and all magic]].
** A variety of semi-normal giant spiders: Black Widow (10 foot legspread), Fiddle (8 foot legspread), Giant (4-5 feet tall), Red (giant size, [[VampiricDraining drains its victim's Constitution]] by hitting it with one of its claws), Trap Door (size of a Great Dane).
* Midkemia Press' ''Heart of the Sunken Lands''. Giant Spiders will always attack unless they're outnumbered. Their venom causes either paralysis for 1-6 days or a coma. While their prey is helpless they wrap it in webbing and carry it off to eat later.
* In ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'', Leto's God Power ''Spider Lair'' lets you plant some spider cocoons into the ground. If they are not destroyed within some seconds, they turn into web-traps and each of them houses a spider big enough to drag a human-sized unit into the ground and one-hit it.
* Some species of Venusian spiders in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' have bodies up to a metre in diameter, with legs potentially even longer.
* ''Magazine/{{Ares}}'' magazine #13 ''TabletopGame/DragonQuest'' adventure "The Treasure of Socantri". One of the new monsters included in the adventure is a man-sized intelligent spider covered with long hair and capable of casting many spells of Earth Magic.

* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'': The Visorak horde, made up of car-sized spiders. There are also the elite Visorak, the humongous Kahgarak spiders, several stories high. Also, a variety of giant spider-like Rahi qualify as well.
* ''Toys/{{Bionicle 2015}}'' had the Skull Spiders. They are about the size of a Toa's head, but their leader, the Lord of the Skull Spiders, is the size of a small house ([[YourSizeMayVary though his toy is about the size of a Toa figure and is definitely way shorter]]). Some of the Skull Spiders have scorpion-like tails and like the Visorak, they are four-legged. The Lord has six legs.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'': The game has a rare example of a friendly giant spider. Your party comes across it in a cave, and it tries to communicate with you by drawing letter in the dirt with it's legs. If you befriend it, then later on [[spoiler: when you get Crossroad Keep]], it will show up in the basement and eventually weave a magical spider-silk cloak for you! "XP granted for befriending a giant magical spider!"
** In the previous game, giant spiders were available as animal companions (for druids and rangers) and familiars (for wizards and sorcerers).
* ''VideoGame/{{Elvira}} II'': There was a level devoted to horror with an insect theme. Of course it had a Giant Spider. It doesn't get that freaky until it gets RIGHT UP INTO YOUR FACE. It was featured in a Website/YouTube video devoted to the scariest games ever.
* Several species of giant venomous spiders often prove to be real pests to the protagonist of ''VideoGame/TwoWorlds II''. Some are openly referred to as spiders, whereas others may come with [[OurMonstersAreDifferent different names]]. At one point, they're even encountered nesting in a location named after the famed [[http://www.retrocrush.com/archive2005/kong/ Lost Spider Pit scene]] in 1933's ''King Kong''
* Most [=MMOs=] will have you fighting giant spiders at some point, especially [=MMOs=] in a fantasy setting.
** In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', Giant Spiders take the form of psychic women who undergo massive surgery and augmentation to be installed in a robotic spider bodies. Most of them don't seem to mind though.
-->'''Becky''': [[ValleyGirl All the other Fortunatas were all TOTALLY like 'Tarantula Program? Eeew!' And then they were like, 'Like, what are you thinking, Becky?' And I was totally like 'I'll get to meet all kinds of interesting people and stuff.']]
* ''VideoGame/CuteKnightKingdom'' requires you to fight one for one of the endings. [[spoiler: You get a rather neat ending if you beat this spider, and a rather depressing one if you lose.]]
* ''VideoGame/DarkMessiah'' has giant spiders, from the size of a dog to one really huge one. The big one is [[BuffySpeak creepifying]], the little ones are horror incarnate as they leap onto your face and body, poisoning you making it hard to see the rest of them, in the dark. There's a whole temple you have to visit devoted to a deity of order whose avatar was a spider.
* ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria''. And you ''will'' [[ThatOneBoss hate them]]. And the ''BonusBoss'' is one also...twice!
** They also don't do "giant" by halves. On the 3X3 enemy grid, a human occupies one space. Heavily armored knights or sizable creatures like tigers might fill two adjacent ones, and particularly large bears and such occupy a 2X2 square. A Hell Spider's ''head and thorax alone'' fill the entire grid, its legs spill off the sides, and the abdomen reaches off the end of the screen.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' features Phantom, a giant tarantula made out of Lava, with a scorpion tail, as a RecurringBoss. He even showed up in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 2''.
** The first game also featured Kyklopses; smaller spiders made out of rock. And by smaller, they're still about as long as Dante was tall.
*** ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'' features Arachnes, basically a freakish mermaid; except replace the fish part with a spider part.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta 2}}'' feature Phantasmaraneae, absolutely humongous fire-breathing spiders that live near magma flows deep in Inferno. The title character summons one (and by extension its many offspring), and despite their ferocious appearance, they are known for being curious and rewarding to those who are respectful. [[spoiler: However, in the second game, the imbalance affecting the worlds causes them to go berserk, and one serves as a mini-boss.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom 3}}'' has the the Trites, multilegged, swarming horrors with basketball-sized bodies. It also has the Vagaries, creatures with a woman-like upper body and spidery lower halves. They can use PsychicPowers to toss objects at you and seem to serve as brood mothers to the Trites.
* ''VideoGame/DungeonSiege'' has quite a few spidery enemies, including [[SpiderPeople Drider]]-esque humanoid-hybrid ones called mucosas (with an annoying habit of shrieking loudly when they attack) and an extra-large giant spider MiniBoss.
* ''VideoGame/EverQuest'' has the aptly named Terrorantula. Who is to put it mildly [[http://common.allakhazam.com/images/i/d/id3453.png FRAKKIN HUGE!]]
** It's [[http://a.imageshack.us/img822/3778/eq2000008d.jpg still around]] in [=EQ2=]. To give some impression of the scale involved: That refracted image in the center of the shot? That's a player character. Some of the smaller spiders are almost as tall as her ''horse''.
** ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' includes a giant spider that ''might'' be a ShoutOut to this, the [[http://www.wowhead.com/?npc=20682#screenshots:id=82765 Terokkarantula]]. However, it lives in a place called the Terokkar Forest, named for a god which has nothing to do with spiders, so the name might be just a mashup of "Terokkar" and "tarantula," [=and/or=] a coincidence.
*** Not even [[http://www.wowhead.com/npc=28243#comments Thrym's]] shoe is big enough! KILL IT WITH FIRE!
* The ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' games have a few examples.
** In the first game, there are those terrifying metal creatures in High Caves. While they're not spiders in the truest sense of the word (more like beetles) they still have gigantic nightmare pincers and are invulnerable to normal attacks.
** The third game features big green spiders in the Mushroom Speedway level. (These spiders are harmless.) One of them also appears as a boss in the second Sparx level.
** ''Spyro 5'' also has those blue spiders in Crocovile Swamp. They're huge, they shiver in anticipation when you get close, they endlessly respawn from their webs, they [[ParanoiaFuel leap out at you from seemingly solid walls]]....
* The ''VideoGame/{{Exile}}''/''VideoGame/{{Avernum}}'' series has several varieties of giant spiders. There are generic giant ones, evil spellcasting ones, and the [[FunWithAcronyms Giant Intelligent Friendly Talking Spiders]]. They're {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s, [[PlanetOfSteves all named Spider]], and so annoying they [[GoMadFromTheRevelation frequently drive people insane]]. "[[CatchPhrase You're cute!]]"
* The first real boss of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' is Boris, a giant spider-crab hybrid. Its name is actually a reference to a fan favourite Music/TheWho song called "Boris the Spider", so is its special attack "Sticky End" ("He's come to a sticky end / Don't think he will ever mend") and a part of its entry in the bestiary ("Maybe he's as scared as me / Where's he gone now, I can't see").
* The [[OneWingedAngel third form]] of the [[BigBad Dark King]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyMysticQuest'' is a giant spider. The fourth form retains the spiderlike body and fangs and the "Spider Kids" attack, but replaces the segmented spider legs with CombatTentacles.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' has 2 types of these: Bael and Elder Bael. They usually carry poison. Notable as they have the same Stat {{Cap}}s. Also notable, they're {{Demonic|Spiders}}, especially the [[BossInMookClothing first one you encounter]], which must either be fought by your [[FragileSpeedster Peg Knight]] or carefully kited after rescuing the helpless civilians.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' has many types of giant spiders in its large bestiary, most of them about human-sized. One dungeon in the fourth chapter, Arachni's Haunt, has the party fighting their way through spider-infested caverns to face the eponymous spider-queen boss at the end. Besides fighting against spiders, Rangers can tame giant spiders to fight beside them (after a fairly difficult quest to reach the tamable ones).
* The race known as the Machaka in ''VideoGame/{{Dominions}} 3'' both have and [[ShapeShifting are capable of becoming]] these.
* ''VideoGame/TheImmortal'' has one, that like most things in the game, will [[OneHitPointWonder kill you in one web-tangling instant]]. However, even worse are her egg sacks scattering the level. These unleash hordes of baby spiders if you happen to touch them, and...well, [[LetsPlay in the words of]] LetsPlay/{{Slowbeef}}, "Why would they INCLUDE something like that?"
* While spider enemies have always had bit parts in the ''Zelda'' games, it wasn't until ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'''s Skulltula-laden first dungeon and the Queen Gohma that spiders in the series really took off.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' has giant ''invisible'' spiders under the Ikana graveyard.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' took this even further with its sixth dungeon, which was packed to bursting with the things, and the boss being the biggest of the lot of course - Armogohma is MASSIVE. And then, when you defeat the giant spider, its body disintegrates and its large, central eye becomes ''another'' spider, surrounded by hundreds of tiny little spiders... and they swarm chaotically around the room...
*** And it is [[Funny/TheLegendOfZelda hilarious]].
* Giant spiders are one of the most common enemies in the rail shooter ''VideoGame/LetsGoJungle!''.
* The first boss in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', as well as the Bonus Boss Bandit Spider. And the Block Spider.
* The ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' universe features spiders mutated by the T-Virus, who grow to the size of cars.
** Then you have the Black Tiger. Apparently giant huntsmans were not scary enough so Capcom had to come up with a freaky redesign based on Australian funnelwebs to make your S.T.A.R.S commando shit their pants. Seriously, the games peaked the fright factor here.
** One section of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' has normal, non mutated spiders. While accurately portraying African arachnids, they're about the size of Chris' fist. The game actually keeps tabs on how many you kill like any other enemy, so by all means squish'em.
** Most of the games have giant tarantulas (called "Webspinners" in the in-game media). ''Code: Veronica'' has giant Black Widows instead, while ''Darkside Chronicles'' not only has lovingly rendered and even more ghastly Webspinners and Black Widows, but a South American version, the Jumping Maneater, which is made from, you guessed it, a jumping spider. Amusingly, they're all depicted as retaining their original proportions; even though they're all Giant Spiders, the Webspinner is bigger than the Black Widow (except for the Widow Queen, who showed up in the original ''Code: Veronica'' as a boss), which are bigger than the Jumping Maneaters.
*** They return in the aptly named ''Lost in Nightmares.'' Small, in comparison, but see Jill's NiceHat? They're that size. Bigger.
* Giant spiders are a common enemy in the lower levels of ''VideoGame/RohanOnline'', particularly if you're a Dark Elf in [[{{Mordor}} Ignis]], which is packed with both various species of these and the giant scorpions known as Akepions.
* ''VideoGame/SimAnt'' has the giant Wolf Spider of sorts. The damn thing, once it is going after you, cannot be stopped, and a small window pops up with its beady little eyes staring right at the player. Its mandibles opening and closing, drool/venom/ant blood hanging from the tips of its fangs. There is a subversion however, in that you can choose which ant you are controlling. And apparently, you can even choose to take control of the spider...This means you can take the spider and do a suicide run on the red ant colony (The black ants mortal and sworn enemy) kill hundreds of the red ants, eventually the red ants will swarm the spider and rip it apart (Which isn't graphically represented, Thank god) the spider merely falls over on its back. And shortly afterwards becomes four points of food. A reasonable exchange for possibly wiping out from a fourth to up to 3/4s of their numbers.
** And if you turn the silly mode on... "Running will only prolong your suffering!"
** But once you get a large enough group of ants, getting revenge is very sweet. And you can eat them!
* The Ilwrath from ''VideoGame/StarControl'' are a race of sentient giant spiders who practice a ReligionOfEvil.
* ''Franchise/TombRaider''
** ''2'' had an area involving these.
** They also appear in ''Underworld''.
** The BigBad of ''TR 3'' [[OneWingedAngel mutates]] into a giant spider-human hybrid for the final battle.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' universe has the Nerubians: giant, sentient, vaguely humanoid spider-creatures, as well as the more traditional giant spiders of various sizes, ranging from human-sized to size of a small house. The Nerubians also have an [[OurZombiesAreDifferent undead]] variant called the Crypt Fiends, which are Nerubians killed by the Scourge during the War of the Spider and reanimated as undead. In turn, there is a bigger, meaner variant of the Crypt Fiends known as the Crypt Lords, though those are less spiders and more like huge, bulky scarabs of sorts, with mantis claws.
** And then there's [[http://www.wowhead.com/?npc=2707 Shadra]], the lake-sized spider god.
** They also have more generally-huge spiders, usually bigger than a human but not quite as big as a tauren. Until you enter [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Naxxramas]]. There they get to be ''gigantic''. For one thing, there's Anub'Rekhan, one of the most trusted lieutenants of the king of the Nerubians, Anub'Arak (both are Crypt Lords rather than true spiders, but [[BigCreepyCrawlies hey...]]) And then there's [[http://www.wowhead.com/?npc=15952#comments Maexxna.]]
*** Another large, but not quite as big, spider, is [[http://www.wowhead.com/?npc=28921#comments Hadronox]]. Some people consider her to be scarier than Maexxna (it's the spikes).
* Giant spiders show up in ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}} VII: Bane of the Cosmic Forge'' in the dwarven mines, and occur periodically from then on out. Their only noteworthy trait is the ability to shoot webs and paralyze the party. Oddly enough, the Silence spell stops them from doing this...
* The PC role playing game ''VideoGame/WizardsAndWarriors'' had scary giant spiders that would get right in your face and attack. They were rather lethal as well, given the game is played from a first person view and seeing them up close to attack is horrifying.
* In [=RPG=]s, the ''FellowshipOfTheWhiteStar'' event "Web of Lies" has a creepy cat lady whose pets are cat and dog sized spiders that act like cats and dogs. Hilariously creepy.
* Ah, spiders in ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}: the Dark Project'' and ''VideoGame/SystemShock 2''. These two games were made concurrently using the same engine and were released in 1998 and 1999 respectively. Do not be fooled by the Dark Engine's graphical primitiveness; Looking Glass Studios was filled with great game designers who really loved their horror and went out of their way to put the "demonic" into their DemonicSpiders. Try to pinpoint the exact moment when the following descriptions cross the line between "that's appropriately scary" to "what the hell is wrong with you designers".
** Both games feature spiders in the "high as your ankle" and "high as your waist" sizes.
** ''Thief'' had small white spiders, big green spiders, and red spiders in big and small sizes. ''System Shock'' had big and small deep purple spiders.
** All Dark Engine spiders show their presence by soft hissing. If they're moving, they make soft rhythmic foot-taps.
** Spider walking animation is slow, intricate, and deliberate, which explains the soft foot-tapping.
** All spiders fight melee. ''System Shock'' spiders appear to bite you, while ''Thief'' spiders seem to swipe at you with their front legs instead.
** ''Thief'' is a stealth game, and therefore the player has poor fighting capability, especially in melee where the spiders are too small and short to hit with the sword. ''System Shock'' is a combat game, but melee against spiders not recommended because System Shock spiders are highly poisonous.
** In addition to melee swiping, large red spiders in ''Thief'' can spit webbing at you to slow you down.
** When searching for you, ''Thief'' spiders point their front two legs and slowly wave them left and right as if they were antennas. ''System Shock'' spiders seem limited to a strange up-and-down bob for whenever they're not moving.
** When the spiders see or hear you, their soft hissing abruptly quintuples in volume and remains that loud thereafter.
** Unlike walking, the Dark Engine does not render spider running movement smoothly; instead, spiders seem to sprint-lurch, and when the spiders are running at you, this lurching sometimes appear to be quasi-teleporting in long steps.
** Large spiders are resilient. Killing them have been known to require over a dozen broadhead arrows or steel-jacket handgun bullets, and more than one explosive fire-crystal arrows, direct psionic fireball attacks, or inflammatory nanite-based assault rifle rounds. All while sprint-lurching full speed at the player in total defiance of any self-preservation instincts.
** Large ''Thief'' spiders are able to '''parry your sword with their front legs'''. Accompanied by the actual metallic sword-parrying sound effect.
** Certain ''Thief'' spiders have a curious behavior, where if you allow them to approach melee range, they will prevent you from getting a bead on them with your sword or arrows by '''jumping over your head'''.
** Late game ''System Shock'' spiders tends to show up in low-light areas. Also, they are invisible. But don't worry, if you're careful to listen over ambient environmental noises, you will still hear the hissing.
** Conversely, ''System Shock'' features a player power that turns the player invisible. A reliable panic button tactic when surrounded by enemies is to activate this Photonic Redirection power and move away from the current position, which stops the enemy from attacking and sends them searching. Spiders do not play this game. They will continue to track and attack you.
** If by fortune you are spotted by ''Thief'' spiders and manage to run to a position where the spiders cannot reach, they will orient in your direction, rear up their front legs, freeze in place, and stare at you. Forever. If you shift your position, they turn to track you. If after working up the nerve, you come down from the table or ledge, they will drop their stance and sprint-lurch toward you. After scrambling back onto the safe spot while manically soiling yourself, they will again rear up and stare at you. Forever.
** Some players were so terrified by ''System Shock'''s spiders were so, that a patch was created to remove them from the game so arachnophobes can play the game. Also, one ''Thief'' fan mission, called the Inverted Manse, features a large, gray, and--given the theme of the mission--presumably undead spider the size of a small shack.
* ''VisualNovel/AtlachNacha'', an obscure H-game where you play a shapeshifting spider demon (a Jorougumo to be precise, see Mythology above) in high school.
* ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame''. "Return to the Sedgewick". The boss of that level is a figurative ''and'' literal BlackWidow.
* The most powerful creature that Nero Chaos in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' has inside him is some sort of unnamed spider that is slightly larger than a large elephant. It's not pictured or named because Shiki just kills it in one blow like everything else.
* In ''VideoGame/OverlordII'', you fight spiders the size of your minions after being shipwrecked on Everlight. Deeper into the jungle you fight their queen, who dwarfs your Overlord and minions and spits out egg clusters that hatch into smaller, minion-sized spiders. After finishing this PuzzleBoss fight, the smaller spiders do a HeelFaceTurn and allow themselves to be used as mounts by your Greens.
* ''VideoGame/TheConduit'' has Drudge Invaders, four-legged tank-sized [[BigCreepyCrawlies creepie crawlies]] that launch flying bugs.
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' has Giant Cave Spiders, dreaded by many a newbie fortress player, and the bane of all adventurer characters. Veteran fortress players, however, ''adore'' GCS and will spend entire forum threads discussing safe methods of harvesting their valuable silk.
* ''VideoGame/KingsQuest''
** In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIIIToHeirIsHuman'', Gwydion can get stuck in a spider web and a giant spider will eat him. Solution? Turn to a ''giant'' eagle and toss the spider to the ocean.
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIIThePrincelessBride'' has another giant spider that can catch unwary player characters in its web.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman 64}}'' has Mantis, a giant ice spider, for a boss that proves to be [[ThatOneBoss quite a handful]].
* ''VideoGame/WhiteKnightChronicles'' has a biggie as a boss fight.
* ''VideoGame/AlienSoldier'' had "Back Stringer". You fight this bugger on the previous MiniBoss, a [[BigCreepyCrawlies giant moth]] that had recently become its dinner. Worst part was that destructible baby spiders would appear every now and then to ''[[BossArenaUrgency pull down]]'' the "platform" you were on, and would cause you to fall into a BottomlessPit if they succeeded.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' had Bospider in [[VideoGame/MegaManX1 the first game]] and Web Spider in [[VideoGame/MegaManX4 the fourth]].
* The old MacVenture game ''VideoGame/{{Uninvited}}'' has a giant spider underneath the house. [[spoiler: If the player tries to jump down a hole, they end up right in front of said monster and killed, while if they come across it later they can get rid of it and move on.]]
* One of the bosses of ''VideoGame/{{Alundra 2}}'' is a giant robot spider.
* ''VideoGame/TheWitchsHouse'' has a giant spider on the second floor. The player will only see it if they remove the butterfly from it's web and attempting to leave the room if they did not replace it.
* ''VideoGame/EarthDefenseForce2017'' has giant spiders aplenty, usually paired with giant ants.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'': Giant spiders typically pop up in areas where the Veil is thin, including old ruins, caves and the Deep Roads. In short, they're ''everywhere.''
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': Spiders who have been corrupted by darkspawn blood verge into DemonicSpiders territory, particularly if they have the Overwhelm ability. As well, any mage with the Shapeshifter specialization can become these creatures. A Rogue with the Ranger specialization may actually summon one.
** They reappear in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' alongside the Queen Spider, which makes the others look like midgets.
** They show up in ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Inquisition]]'', too, where they show up as regular giant spiders, poison-spitting spiders, elephant-sized spiders and tiny fear demons that take the form of spiders. [[spoiler: Corypheus' lieutenant, the massive fear demon known as Nightmare, also appears as a mountain-sized spider that can cause the death of either Hawke or the Warden Stroud/Loghain/Alistair.]]
*** Like Skyrim and System Shock, fans were so creeped out by the series essentially being Spider Age that mods had been made to replace and remove them, or at least requested in the event the Frostbite engine makes it difficult.
* ''VideoGame/EvilTwinCypriensChronicles'' features a giant spider who is actually very friendly.
* Most video games set in [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Middle-Earth]] naturally feature those.
* You have to fight a few in ''VideoGame/{{Rayman 2}}: The Great Escape''. They're very tough opponents. Also, in the original concept of ''[[VideoGame/RavingRabbids Rayman Raving Rabbids]]'', Rayman would have been able to ride a Giant Spider. WhatCouldHaveBeen...
* ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'' features an entire level filled with oversized arachnids. They range from the table-sized mooks (which can be annoying until you realize you can just have War stomp on them with a melee attack), the car-sized [[EliteMooks Loom Wardens]] (which can be easy enough once you get the Abyssal Chain), the house-sized [[MiniBoss Brood Mother]] (which isn't so hard once you figure out the trick to beating it), and three-story tall Spider Queen Sliltha (which is... [[ThatOneBoss not easy at all]]).
* These are regular enemies in ''Franchise/TheHauntedMansion'' video game. They're still preferable to the small spiders, which are GoddamnedBats.
* ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'': MIMIMIMIMIMIMIMIMIMIMIMIIIII!! The music that plays while she chases you is ''terrifying''. You can outrun her and spend a couple of minutes in a room, feeling fairly safe then "DUNNNN, DUN DUN DUN DUNNNNNN!"
* Also, Tarantox from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''.
* ''VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon'': The first boss of the game is a jumbo-sized, purple spider [[spoiler:possessed by a ghost]]. [[spoiler:Though after we get rid of said ghost, the arachnid shrinks back to it's normal size (which is still ''massive'' for a spider).]]
* The Spideraticus from ''VideoGame/WarioWorld''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', naturally, goes the CuteMonsterGirl route with the ''tsuchigumo'' Yamame Kurodani.
* ''VideoGame/{{Donkey Kong Country 3|DixieKongsDoubleTrouble}}'' has Arich the Arachnid. Being the second boss (third in ''Donkey Kong Land 3''), he shoots green orbs and hops around the boss arena. There's also a friendly giant spider named Squitter, who appears in both that game and it's predecessor. [[PowerUpMount He lets the Kongs ride on his back]] and can create web projectiles that can either form platforms or attack enemies.
%%* The player-monster Arachnis in ''VideoGame/CrushCrumbleAndChomp''
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfIllusion'' has a very comical FunnyAnimal Giant Spider as the first boss.
* The Xbox Arcade game ''VideoGame/{{Limbo}}'' features a supremely creepy giant spider as one of the games first main obstacles. See page picture for details.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has a few, and although most of them are rather small compared to some other examples on this page, the smallest is still quite large by spider standards and they just get bigger from there.
** Ariados is about 1 meter tall and even its pre-evolution Spinarak is a foot in size.
** Galvantula is another "small giant" spider of comparable size to Ariados, but its pre-evolution Joltik -- the smallest Pokémon in te game -- is the size of a real-life tarantula.
** Finally, there's Dewpider and its evolution Araquanid. The former is 30 cm (1 foot) large, and the latter is the biggest spider Pokemon at 1.8m (5'11) in size. That's bigger than a good number of people!
* The freeware fighting game ''VideoGame/TheBlackHeart'' features a {{Stripperiffic}} [[CuteMonsterGirl Hot Monster Babe]] by the name of Ananzi who can transform into a spider and devour her opponents.
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'':
** It has spiders that are about half as tall as the player character. Giant by real life standards, but one of the smallest monsters in the game. They deal the least damage per hit, but they can strike swiftly and repeatedly, run fast, jump, climb walls, and fit through tight crevices too small for anything else. They have a nasty habit of traveling in groups and hiding on your shelter's roof at night, waiting to pounce when you come outside in the morning. They also have a chance of dropping string, which is needed to craft fishing rods and bows.
** There are also the rarer cave spiders, which are less than half the size of regular spiders. Still, at twenty-eight inches wide, they're unrealistically large, yet small enough to fit through a one-block gap. Unlike their larger counterparts, these ones are poisonous. Their hissing may not be as tongue tearingly-frightening as you know who's, but these meter and a half blocky menaces can still ruin your day. By pushing you off a cliff.
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' has several types of large spiders, most of them which are about a size of a dog. Larger ones are also present. This is taken "UpToEleven" with the two vampire hunting spiders Araxxor and Araxxi, the former of which makes up the bulk of the fight before being cannibalized by the latter whom is much much deadlier. They serve as "ThatOneBoss" for those seeking The Reaper title needed for the Completionist Cape.
* Giant Spiders are very dangerous in ''VideoGame/{{Tibia}}'' and are credited for a good number of newbies deaths; even well leveled and experienced players avoid them if they don't have the proper gear to fight or just can't run from those monsters. However, once hasted they are faster than a level fifty player and will kill the player.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bugdom}}'': A Macintosh computer game has spiders in levels four and five, they may not be giant ones but they look as ugly and scary as hell, thankfully they only attack Rollie [=McFly=] (the pill bug you control) by trapping him in a balled web and jumping up and down on him rather than seeing him horrifically torn to shreds and eaten, still doesn't make the spiders any less scary and ugly the way they look in the game especially since Bugdom excels in having great graphics.
* [[BigBad Queen Cadavra]], the fat and obnoxious black widow spider in ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}!''. At least in proportion. She's at least two times the size of Bug.
* Several kinds of giant spiders figure prominently as enemies in Act 3 (Kurast) of ''VideoGame/DiabloII''. ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' has the Caverns of Araneae, which as the name might suggest are utterly infested with giant spiders. They were bred by Archbishop Lazarus and let loose into some ancient ruins to protect the borders of Khanduras (and because Lazarus is kind of a dick). Giant spiders also show up in Arreat Crater/Hell, as the special minions of Azmodan and Cydaea.
* ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic VI'' has an entire class of monsters dedicated to this. Although they aren't very tough. They get poisonous attacks, though, and they are ''fast''.
* The second episode of ''VideoGame/{{Blood}}'' ends with an encounter with a giant spider named Shial, who is the mother of all the smaller, more annoying spiders that show up in the rest of the episode.
* The VideoGame/{{Buffy|The Vampire Slayer}} video games take the term DemonicSpiders literally, with small ones dog sized and large ones Buffy sized. They're quick, run along the walls and ceilings, knock Buffy down in one hit before jumping on top to bite (a killing move if she can't fend them off) and realistic enough to be rather unsettling.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has the frostbite spiders, which can be anything from wolf-sized to almost elephant-sized. They also spit venom, and [[ParanoiaFuel tend to drop from the ceiling on top of your head if you're not careful]]. Cronvangr Cave is a particularly memorable spider-den that has a few so big that you start seeing ''mammoth bones'' wrapped up in their webbing! Some enterprising arachnophobes have created {{Game Mod}}s that remove them from the game for the benefit of their fellow phobics. One early one did a rather clumsy job, replacing their models with [[BearsAreBadNews those of bears]] while changing nothing else about their environment or behavior, resulting in [[NightmareFuel giant poisonous bears that shoot spiderwebs at you]]. Of special note is the only named spider in Skyrim, Nimhe, who is larger than the giant frostbite spiders. The ''Dragonborn'' expansion pack adds Albino Spiders, which are still nasty threats despite being only about the size of a grapefruit. One dungeon features a machine that lets you use flaming, icy, or electrified versions of them as weapons,
* ''VideoGame/{{Arcanum}}'' has a vast variety of spiders. They are all poisonous and range from size of human hand to roughly three meters ''in height'' to even larger... em, [[HalfHumanHybrid spidercentauresses]], who wield longbows and can conjure poisonous vapors. Some species of "ordinary" spiders also can ''summon zombies'', and other species shoot fireballs (which can be extremely annoying as those eight-legged freaks can and will [[MooksAteMyEquipment destroy your equipment]]).
* In ''VideoGame/JackieChansActionKungFu'', the FinalBoss turns into a giant spider.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning'' has Giant Spiders that spit webs and Venomspitters that spit, uh, venom. They occasionally burst out of the ground to ambush you because the game didn't think giant spiders alone were terrifying enough. The Webwood area is crawling with them. Even worse, [[spoiler:the spiders in the Webwood are being controlled by an insane Fae witch called the Widow who wants to reclaim "her" woods by destroying the town that mortals built in the woods while she was sealed]].
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' has huge spiders, giant spiders, astral spiders and sword spiders in Cloakwood and a few other areas. The astral spiders can teleport at will and like to sneak up on your casters, and the sword spiders are crazy fast and pack quite a punch. The sequel lets you summon them with a spell, and they're considered one of the best summons in the early game.
* Larger than average (roughly the size of a dog) spiders are common {{Mooks}} in ''VideoGame/{{Vindictus}},'' while larger variants are serve as dungeon bosses (one being the boss of the intro/tutorial). One Royal Party Raid deserves special mention. Your party is dropped in a canyon, where a single giant spider is sitting. As you approach, a second, larger, spider jumps over the canyon wall. Only moments later a third, even larger (to the point where she takes up about 1/10th of the circular canyon by herself), [[OhCrap spider queen]] bursts forth from underground. The ensuing battle is generally only won after the spider queen (and possibly one of the other two) [[GoodBadBugs gets herself stuck on the bodies of your fallen comrades.]]
* The [[EvilSorceror Evil Wizard]], final boss of ''VideoGame/CastleCrashers'', turns into a giant spidery abomination as his fourth phase [[MarathonBoss (of six)]]. He gets some additional creepy points for fooling you into thinking he's dead right before this phase: a huge chest falls down on him and seems to squish him, like most bosses in this game when they die. So you walk up to the chest, it opens and the giant spidery abomination pops out... Rather eerie if you're seeing it for the first time.
* ''VideoGame/{{Penumbra}}'''s spiders might not be as large as some examples on this page, but they're still larger than any normal spider and have a taste for human flesh.
* The hero Broodmother from ''VideoGame/DOTA2'' is a giant spider who can create smaller spiders to help her push buildings and swarm her opponents.
* Elise from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' is a spider-themed champion, who normally appears as a human in ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire, but can also transform into a giant spider with a few smaller spider minions. She's also the leader of spider cult which sacrifices its worshippers to a giant spider that appears in-game as a BonusBoss on the map Twisted Treeline.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has many of the corrupted daughters of the Witch of Izalith, most notably the early-mid game boss Chaos Witch Quelaag, and her sister, the central figure of the Chaos Servant Covenant. They take the form of colossal arachnids with human female upper bodies, and tend to spew lava. Also, they lack mandibles in favour of toothed maws, in the style of Tolkein's spiders.
* Arachnophobes will not enjoy the Brightstone Cove Tseldora in ''Videogame/DarkSoulsII''. The area is crawling with man-sized spiders that lunge at you incredibly fast, scurry out of cubbyholes in walls, drop from the ceilings to ambush you, and piggyback ride on Hollow meat puppets. Then there's the boss of the area, the Duke's Dear Freja, a gigantic nightmarish abomination that is actually ''two'' giant spiders fused together.
* ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' has numerous giant spiders, mostly added on in the Wrath of the Lamb DLC. Widow, a fleshy spidery mass that has human toes at the end of her legs, is [[ThatOneBoss a frequent bane of early games]]. An upgraded, undead version named The Wretched can be encountered further down. Also, Daddy Long Legs and the Triarachnid fit the description nicely.
* ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndHisDesktopAdventures'' has giant spiders as some of the weakest enemies, alongside ScaryScorpions, found in the Amazon jungle and the caverns beneath. They go down quickly and do little damage, and are more mildly annoying than dangerous.
* UsefulNotes/{{Basketball}} themed RPG ''VideoGame/BarkleyShutUpAndJamGaiden'' features deadly B-Ball spiders, which have heads and bodies made out of giant basketballs. Their bites can inflict glaucoma on your characters.
* ''VideoGame/DontStarve'' features Minecraft-sized spiders with not-so-high damage. However, they are almost always encountered in pairs, have a bigger tiger-coloured variation, and their nests can house up to a dozen of them. They drop precious silk from their glands, which act like best healing source in the game, encouraging player to scam their nests. The catch: overgrown nests turn into the {{flunky|Boss}} Spider Queen, which is a very tough boss. After her defeat, though, she drops the "Spider hat", effectively negating further spider problems by turning them neutral.
* ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'' has a RandomEvent where a space station is under attack by these. Your default options are to either send in your crew, which will either result in a small reward or loss of one crew member, or play it safe and decline to assist. However, if you have the proper equipment, it is possible to TakeAThirdOption and use risk-free ways of dealing with the spiders, giving you the rewards without worrying about losing crew members.
* ''VideoGame/EvilIslands'': The Haunt Spiders in Suslanger.
* ''VideoGame/NetHack'' has "giant spider" as one of the enemies you can run into. They can be a bit dangerous in the early game due to their speed and ability to poison you, but as you grow stronger (and gain poison resistance), they are much easier to defeat.
* They are a monster mook in ''[[VideoGame/TearsToTiara2 Tears to Tiara 2]]''. And then there's [[spoiler:[[KnightTemplar the priest]] of the unnamed village]].
* ''VideoGame/ChildOfLight'' features them prominently as enemies. There are ''two'' different types of giant spiders as regular mooks, each complete with UndergroundMonkey variants, a third type that serves as a [[WolfpackBoss Wolfpack]] MiniBoss, and a particularly huge one is a boss.
* The Dark Ragne in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' is two legs short of being a proper spider, but is otherwise similar enough to one in terms of its appearance and movements to bother arachnophobes, and is one of the largest bosses in the game overall, being about two stories tall. It also possesses a distinctive roar, which can provide an advance warning of whether or not one is lurking somewhere on the map. Helpful when considering that it can appear on any planet thanks to its teleportation and will hurt you if you're too close to its landing zone.
* The cavern of trials in ''VideoGame/AvencastRiseOfTheMage'' has a Spider Queen, complete with periodic additional mobs.
* ''VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}'' features two types of spiders, speedy hoppers which are "only" as big as your character, and slower, tougher web-spewers that are also two or three times larger; if you're able to kill the latter (usually via bomb or {{shotgun|sAreJustBetter}}), you are offered a StickyBomb upgrade.
* In ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'', you have to travel to the center of a huge spider den and kill a queen spider (the Metal Queen) to get strings for Kill-Master. Naturally, the place is infested with giant spiders.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'':
** ''4'' has the Nerscylla, a spider the size of van that wears the rubbery hides of Gypceros -- a kind of wyvern that Nerscyllas regularly prey on -- as a cloak. It has both poisonous fangs ''and'' a stinger in its abdomen that puts its victims to sleep.
** Baelidae, from ''Monster Hunter Online''. While Nerscylla is in its own Monster class called Temnoceran, Baelidae is classified as a Carapaceon, which are normally crabs or scorpions. But it looks and the ability to create webs identify it as a spider.
* Found in ''VideoGame/LordsOfXulima'' in several sizes from the starter dungeon to the mid-game. All of them are bad news due to powerful poison attacks, a stacking web debuff and the chance to cause sickness that requires a trip to the nearest temple to cure.
* The Krypt of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' has been turned into a RPG that includes a spider cavern. Yes, they feature as you'll quickly discover in what may be the easiest eighth generation achievement to earn: you are given no warning to them attacking and have to hit the right button as soon as they appear, or they'll attack and you get the terrifying award.
* Giant Spiders in ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'' are regular {{Mooks}} you could find in web-covered rooms. Naturally, they could poison you and [[AllWebbedUp throw webs at you]], and the [[AllThereInTheManual art book]] mentions that their size allow them to prey on anything caught in their webs, including humans.
* ''VideoGame/{{Obsidian}}'' has a ''Giant Metal Spider'', which stemmed from a nightmare one of the characters had during development of a nanobot-controlling AI called Ceres. With the use of Ceres' nanobots, you get to explore a recreation of this nightmare inside the titular structure. This spider so large that one of its ''feet'' is almost your height, it has a furnace for a head with its arms and pincers attached to it, and the thing is set inside a massive abandoned factory. The goal is to repair the spider by solving puzzles based around an alternate version of the 4 elements, which gradually bring the machine to life, and when all four are completed [[spoiler: the spider instantly starts smashing everything in its path and proceeds to [[EatenAlive devour you whole]]. Fortunately, thanks to the dream's inverse logic, this doesn't kill you.]]
* The ''Knights of the Fallen Empire'' expansion to ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' has Iknayids -- giant spider-like creatures native to Zakuul. They can grow from the size of a dog to as big as a rancor.
* The Empress Spider boss from ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}} and the Pirate's Curse'' is large enough to nearly fill up the entire screen if its legs are spread out. Naturally, it's also large enough to prey on humans and other similarly-sized beings, as [[spoiler:[[OurZombiesAreDifferent Rottytops]]]] found out first hand.
* In ''VideoGame/TheNightmareBeforeChristmasThePumpkinKing'', a video game {{Prequel}} to ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', the first boss is a huge purple spider. This also occurs in the film's video game sequel ''VideoGame/TheNightmareBeforeChristmasOogiesRevenge'', where one of the bosses is a gigantic arachnid known as the Crypt Creeper Spider.
* ''VideoGame/{{Toukiden}}'' has the Manhunter and Bloodhunter, giant spider-shaped Oni that try to shred the player and allies with giant claws. They can spawn smaller spider Oni that can inflict status effects and might come up to a human's knees or a little higher.
* ''VideoGame/BraveHeroYuusha'': Antrachnid, a giant red spider as an enemy in the Desert area.
* ''VideoGame/TheLastAirbender'' has a few levels where Zuko and Aang have to deal with spider-crabs. Two of the spiders fall under this trope, especially the hive queen.
* ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'''s Halloween 2015 event mission Lab Rats sees the players shrunken down and placed on the meth table from the regular Rats mission. Periodically, a spider that is regular-sized but now appears giant to the shrunken-down heisters will lean over the edge of the table, ready to instantly incapacitate any players that get within biting distance.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In addition to the big stompy [[AMechByAnyOtherName war clanks]], ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' also has real giant spiders, ridden by the Geisterdamen priestesses. This is actually one of the ''least'' creepy things about the Geisterdamen. There's [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090729 a different one in Castle Heterodyne]], which while not being much bigger than a real-life tarantula was still able to completely envelop an adult human in webs in a few seconds.
* In ''Webcomic/AbeAndKroenen'', Rasputin tries to capture a giant spider for his own use. It's later found out that its name is Starbuck and belongs to Davy Jones.
%%* One of these turns up in ''Webcomic/MurphysLaw''.
* Vriska from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has one the size of a house for a [[AbusiveAlienParents lusus]]. Imagine having ''[[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004107 this]]'' as your guardian. Now imagine being responsible for ''[[HorrorHunger feeding it]].'' It's [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004095 outright]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004360 stated]] that she EatsBabies.
* Since it's about spiders, ''[[Webcomic/NatureOfNaturesArt Lycosa]]'' usually averts this trope; pretty much all of the spiders who appear are [[ShownTheirWork their actual sizes]]. Then the trope gets inverted with ''Patu digua'' (one of the world's smallest spiders), and then played straight with... none other than ''Theraphosa blondi'' (the above-mentioned Goliath Birdeater Tarantula), who ''dwarfs'' the titular spider. [[http://www.nofna.com/?T=1-1-15-174 Three guesses why this page scared the crap out of some readers]].
* ''Webcomic/SquidRow'': [[http://squidrowcomics.com/?p=364 What your imagination will do to you.]]
* ''Webcomic/WastedTalent'' [[http://www.wastedtalent.ca/comic/how-start-panic-bus plays with this.]]
* in ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'' Quentyn reveals that his marvelous silken cloak is woven from the silk of [[http://www.rhjunior.com/totq/00416.html biomancy enhanced spiders the size of tomatoes.]] (canonically, they are literally too large to walk on their own, and have to be hand-fed by their handlers.) Sam is not enthused.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Elliot initially [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-07-28 mistakes the Bloodgrem for one of these]] after seeing it's [[ExtraEyes many spider-like eyes]].
* One could argue that Mr. Scapegrace of ''Webcomic/DaddyLongLegs'' is one, after all, he stands more than twice as tall as a human. However, while he is a cellar spider, he ''stands'' that tall because he is a {{Petting Zoo Pe|ople}}rson and standing on his fourth pair of legs, having hands on the others.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'':
** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-940 SCP-940 ("Araneae Marionettes")]]. SCP-940 is a spider-like creature with a leg span up to 7 meters across.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2507 SCP-2507 ("A Web Of Cliques")]]. SCP-2507 are spider-like creatures with an average weight of 45 kilograms (~100 pounds) and average height of 3 meters (~10 feet).
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2922 SCP-2922 ("Notes From the Under")]]. SCP-PC-005, "The Impenetrable" is a RealityWarper that lives in the afterlife known as Corbenic. It resembles a gigantic spider.
* Giant Congolese Spiders infest the [[TheWikiRule WikiWorld]] in ''Script/AHDotComTheSeries'', the result of MemeticMutation about a vandalised wiki article stating that the Congo is home to four-foot-tall spiders.
* Lots of large spiders appear in the first chapter of the WebSerialNovel ''Literature/{{Tasakeru}}''. [[spoiler:Also applies to their sentient and very hostile mother.]]
* In the ''WebOriginal/KriegsMaiden'' novel universe, there's a series of Spider-type WebOriginal/KriegsMaiden. The most infamous is the Widow, which doesn't look humanoid at all, and can have a legspan longer than the average car!
* Yahzee of ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' seems to have a thing for these.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx1tBjwhXx8&src_vid=PkSZivKpqzk&annotation_id=annotation_868941&feature=iv This.]] A guy finds a pretty big spider in his backyard, so he sprays insecticide all over his house and on the spider... [[spoiler: only it turns out he picked up insecti''steroids'' instead. Then the all-grown-up spider invades his house and kills him.]]
* In ''Literature/MotherOfLearning'', the aranea are a somewhat {{downplayed|Trope}} example -- Zorian's narration describes them as being the size of his chest. [[SpidersAreScary They're still pretty scary, though]], not in the least because [[spoiler:they are a species of mind-mages]].
* This appears to be the true form of the creepy Victorian throwback villain Spider in ''Literature/WorldDominationInRetrospect'', as revealed when the fight goes against him.
* Invoked in [[https://youtu.be/YoB8t0B4jx4 this video]], in which a German Shepherd is dressed in a spider costume to prank unwary passersby.
* Oddly toyed with in ''WebOriginal/{{Morta|sheen}}[[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen.htm sheen]]''. You'd think the [[HalfHumanHybrid human-insect hybrid]] Arthropoid class of creatures would have one, but in actuality, the spider based creatures they have there aren't all that big and tend to look more like humans with weirdly spidery proportions (The biggest one looks more ape-like than anything else). But, there is a monster that fits this trope, though oddly enough it's actually [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/gorgoblepas.htm a weird cow thing designed to produce meat]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'': "Stranded" featured a giant spider during the climax. It was foreshadowed in an earlier scene.
-->'''Cindy:''' Jimmy, are giant spider webs made by giant spiders?
** Subverted in a later episode. The opening makes it seem like the same giant spider is in Retroville, but it's just a regular spider being observed through a magnifying glass.
* A talking giant spider appears in a episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' trying to eat the Gummi Bears and is up to Sir Thornberry and Cavin to save them, which also works as an anti-prejudice [[AnAesop Aesop]] as Sir Thorberry distrust humans like Cavin and Cavin distrust Sir Thornberry because of his advance age and eccenctric behavior.
* A giant spider couple is the main focus in the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Web Weirdos". When Jake and Finn get caught in a giant web, Finn tries to find a way for him and Jake to escape by offering advice on how the male spider (named Ed and voiced by Creator/BobcatGoldthwait) can improve his relationship with his wife, Barb (voiced by Creator/SusieEssman). After making up, Barb gives birth to a thousand baby spiders.
* MC Pee Pants in ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', a diaper wearing giant spider who gets releases a rap CD with not so SubliminalSeduction in his lyrics. Said lyrics are about eating candy so his fans can come down to his place and use their hyperactive blood-sugar levels to power a drill into hell so that he can release demons for his global diet pill pyramid scheme. Averted, because very few traits aside from the fact he's a giant spider belong to this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet'': Joey and AP once fought a giant mutant spider that had horns, crab-like claws, and the ability to spit webs. It also appears in the show's intro.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has the giant Canyon Crawlers, which are a mix between ants, spiders, and '''crocodiles'''.
* Ginger, one of ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'''s neighbor is a friendly giant tap-dancing spider.
* One ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' episode featured an entire hotel filled with giant spiders... courtesy of none other than Katz, our favorite cartoon psychopath.
* In the HalloweenEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', Ed, who is suffering from hallucinations, sees Johnny as a one of these. Subverted by the fact that the spider is friendly.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Fantomcat}}'' one of the main villains was a giant, green widow spider named Marmagora.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** In "Where the Buggalo Roam", the characters ride horse-like spiders when travelling around Mars.
** "300 Big Boys" begins with Zapp Brannigan conquering the planet Tarantulon 6, which is populated by giant sapient spiders. Subverted, as it's implied they were peaceful. It's mentioned later in the episode that the Tarantulon spiders [[BizarreAlienBiology are actually more closely related to elephants.]]
** One of the {{Uncancelled}} episodes starts with the Planet Express Ship caught in the energy web of a giant spider that lives in the vacuum of space. [[https://theinfosphere.org/images/c/c4/Giant_space_spider.png Like this.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': Asides from the quote from "Irrational Treasure" below, a [[{{Youkai}} Jorogumo]] appeared in Roadside Attraction.
-->'''President Trembley:''' The only thing we have to fear is giant man-eating spiders!
* Jeff in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. Partially subverted in that he's a ''friendly'' giant spider who wants Billy to love him, but Billy's arachnophobia make it very difficult, to say the least. There was also Velma who appeared in the made-for TV movie ''Billy & Mandy: Wrath of the Spider Queen''. She was ''not'' very friendly.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' had [[MadScientist Heloise]] riding one that was either half mechanical or wearing armor.
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'':
** In the episode "Terror Island", a MadScientist turns several animals (including a spider) into giant monsters.
** The long legs and giant body of "The Robot Spy", well-known from JQ's opening credits, qualify it for this trope as well.
* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon "Claws for Alarm" begins with traveler Porky checking himself into a derelict hotel in a western ghost town with his nervous pet cat Sylvester, who gets terrified by a mammoth sized shadow of a spider on a wall - cast by a teeny-tiny spider.
* ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' featured a huge spider on one episode - the only thing Norman feared. For the unfamiliar, Norman was basically Hercules, Thor and Chuck Norris rolled into one, faced any threat with "[[BadassBoast I eat X for breakfast]]", and nearly had a breakdown at the sight of said spider. His fear is later justified when [[spoiler:he reveals a prophecy he once heard that a Giant Spider will eat him]].
* This is shown to be Buttercup's biggest fear in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Power-Noia", but she eventually overcomes this.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** On his way to ditch work, Homer is confronted by a giant spider in the bowels of the nuclear plant. According to his map, said spider can be bypassed by [[AsTheGoodBookSays quoting a Bible verse]]. After a failed attempt, Homer kills it by beaning it with a rock.
** When the family visits Africa, a giant spider destroys Homer's luggage, which he claims was bound to happen.
* Papa Smurf accidentally creates a giant spider with the magnifying mixture he creates in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode of the same name. Fortunately, Papa Smurf manages to shrink the spider back down to size before he becomes a victim.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' had the Queen Spider in [[Recap/SouthParkS6E8RedHotCatholicLove Red Hot Catholic Love]]'', ruling the Vatican. Subverted in that it wasn't particularly frightening or dangerous.
* The titular creature in the [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] animated series ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider_(TV_series) Spider]]'' was probably supposed to be an ordinary-sized house spider, but the protagonist is a very young boy and in proportion to him it looks much bigger.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': The planet Atollon, where Phoenix Squadron sets up a base near the end of season 2, is home to the krykna, six-legged white spider-like creatures [[ImmuneToBullets impervious to blaster fire]] and highly sensitive to negative emotions.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' briefly features one that got infected by some "Big Bang" chemicals.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has minor villain Fang, a punkish teen thug who has a giant spider for a head. No, that's ''not'' a typo; he's basically a giant spider with a fully functional human body growing underneath his head.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' version of Blackarachnia not only has a giant spider as an alt-mode, she [[spoiler:became a half-organic being after trying to use her copying ability on spider that became huge from eating energon]].
** Come to think of it, both Blackarachnia and Tarantulas from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' would qualify as well, also having spider alt-modes.
*** Her ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' form carries spiderlike features even in her robot mode, most notably her concealable extra eyes.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' was about the heroes attempting to retrieve a Shen Gon Wu called the "Hidoku Mouse", which allows the user to undo any wrongdoings, from not only recurring villain Jack Spicer, but also several giant spiders living in a cave. Unfortunately, neither side ends up getting the Hidoku Mouse as it ended up falling into a large pit full of spiders and was presumably destroyed. And the spiders themselves? According to legend, the spiders despite being neither good nor evil, are actually all constantly hungry, and therefore they must eat everything (including rocks and trees) in their path in order to survive.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Mostly averted in RealLife: spiders as a whole are tiny creatures, with most of them being smaller than your fingernail.
* The biggest spider known is the South American goliath birdeater tarantula, growing to roughly 9-10" (22-25 cm) in size, this creature's relatively harmless (to humans) venom is made up for by its increased aggression compared to most tarantulæ and tendency to fling clouds of irritating spines into the eyes of larger enemies. While they usually only eat the externally digested liquid remains of amphibians, lizards and rodents they paralyze with their venom, they do occasionally manage to catch a bird (and no, they do not build giant webs to catch them with.) To quote Cracked [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16054_6-endangered-species-that-arent-endangered-enough.html "It's frequently described as 'larger than a dinner plate,' presumably because spider-scientists don't want to freak people out with the significantly more relevant 'big enough to fit over your face.'"]]
* Australia is infamous for its thick concentration of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntsman_spider huntsman spiders]], which can grow to be the size of one's face. According to native Aussies, the first time you see one you scream and run away, the second you try to get rid of it, the third you just ignore it. They are venomous, but their bite is effectively harmless to any healthy human, and they keep other bugs out of the house. (The spiders, not the Australians.)
** Everybody meet the new kid in town! The recently discovered Heteropoda maxima, also called the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_huntsman_spider Giant Huntsman Spider]] is another 30 cm (12 inch) beast from Laos. It isn't as bulky as Goliath, but it definitely holds as much Nightmare Fuel for those scared of lanky, skinny spiders. It is also, as the name implies, the largest species of all Huntsman spiders.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Princesse La Princesse]], the fifty-foot spider marionette. She appeared on the side of a tower, was taken to a dock, and started roaming Liverpool and spraying people with water. She "seemed to be leading the entire population of the city on a merry dance, like some kind of arachnid Pied Piper." Creepy, but highly [[SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome awesome.]]
* [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/mdnjustin/4507060920/ Maman]], the giant pregnant spider which now menaces Ontario.
* It was once believed that a fossil arthropod from the Carboniferous, called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megarachne ''Megarachne'']], was one of these. However, more recent evidence shows that the extinct creature [[ScienceMarchesOn wasn't a spider at all]] but in fact part of an extinct group of animals known as sea scorpions.
* Although they are not true spiders (though they are related), some species of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_spider pycnogonids (also known as sea spiders)]] can reach 2 feet across. The largest ones tend to be found in cold, deep water so you're unlikely to encounter those kinds.
* Also, there is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_spider_crab Japanese spider crab]]. It's a kind of crab reaching 3.8 m from claw to claw and looking like a giant spider.
* A persistent {{Urban Legend|s}} holds that giant spiders were found in the Summer of 2001, living near Windsor Castle. They were discovered by British Telecom workers in an underground maintenance tunnel. Entomologists initially reported that they were venomous, aggressive and possibly a type thought to have been extinct for centuries. On later examination they proved to be ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5b/Meta_menardi.jpg Meta menardi]]'' cave spiders, which are notoriously ''non''aggressive. The colony was rehomed to a nearby forest.