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A [[OurCentaursAreDifferent centaur-esque]] creature that has the upper body of a human and the lower body of a [[GiantSpider spider]], sometimes referred to as [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Driders]] or [[ClassicalMythology Arachne]]. Most of the time they are seen as females since female spiders are bigger and more dangerous than males. They're usually shown as [[AlwaysChaoticEvil evil]] [[SpidersAreScary beings]] but occasionally fall into the CuteMonsterGirl category.

Not to be confused with ComicBook/SpiderMan or ComicBook/SpiderWoman. See also the {{Youkai}} Tsuchigumo and Jourogumo, which are spiders that can turn into people and often have mix-and-match shapes similar to this trope. Naturally, tend to have an ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Mythology ]]

* [[ClassicalMythology In Greco-Roman mythology]], there was a mortal weaver named Arachne. Arachne boasted of how her skills in making beautiful tapestries were better than those of Athena/Minerva, the Goddess of wisdom and crafts. Athena/Minerva grew so tired of her boasting that she turned Arachne into either a spider woman, [[BalefulPolymorph an ordinary spider]] or a giant spider depending on the adaptation.
** The myth everyone knows about is the PG-12 version. In fact, she was better than Athena/Minerva, but [[TemptingFate weaving in all the love adventures of the Gods]] wasn't a bright idea... especially against [[DaddysGirl Athena/Minerva]]. In most other versions, Athena/Minerva didn't turn her into a spider solely as the punishment of the boasting, but because Arachne was DrivenToSuicide after seeing her weaving being torn away by Athena/Minerva. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Realizing that she probably went too far]] and trying to compensate with her pity, Athena/Minerva turned her into a creature so she can continue to weave, this creature being a spider.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Arukenimon's true form from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02''.
* Keito from ''[[RosarioplusVampire Rosario+Vampire]]'' is the local Jurogumo.
* Captain Talleran from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is a literal Spider Monkey. As in, body and legs of a gigantic spider combined with the hands, head and tail of an equally big monkey.
* Rachnera Arachnera from ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl''.
* Nakua, a spider-deity from ''Manga/PrincessResurrection'' and ''Manga/NaquaDen''.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Arachne appears in ''TheIncredibleHercules'' as she battles ''(of all people)'' {{Spider-Man}}.
** She also saves Herc (who himself was turned into a Spider-Person by the Spider Queen). However, as she rescues him, she suddenly finds herself ''very'' attracted to his new form, and the two of them have sex. In public. ''In front of the (captive) X-Men!''
* The Crimson King in the comic adaptation of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower''.
* The original form of Ai Apaec, South American chimera god and the DarkAvengers' Dark Spider-Man, is a spider-person with snake hair.
* The Stalk in ''ComicBook/{{Saga}}'' is a more terrifying blend of human and spider elements -- she has four rows of eyes, no arms on her human torso, and each of her spider legs end in a human hand.
* Anton Arcane, arch-enemy of Comicbook/SwampThing, was once a cybernetic monstrosity in his third appearance, half spider, half zombie, with one compound eye.

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[[folder: Film -- Live Action ]]

* Not half-spider but definitely half-arachnid: Film/TheScorpionKing (at least in his appearance in ''Film/TheMummyReturns'').
* The spidermonkey in ''SpyKids 2'' was half-spider, half-gorilla.
* In ''[[{{Film/Gremlins}} Gremlins 2]]'', the gremlin Mohawk drinks a vial of spider genetic serum in Dr. Catheter's lab and turns into a half-spider/half-gremlin monster.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Tenebrites in ''[[PiersAnthony Quest For The Fallen Star]]'' have this as one of their [[VoluntaryShapeshifting two forms]] (the other form is fully humanoid). They wear full plate in both states.
* Spidrens from Creator/TamoraPierce's Literature/TortallUniverse, which have a spider's body and a human head. They're first seen in ''Literature/TheImmortals'' and show up again in ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall''.
* Arachs in the web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}'' are a bit of a twist on this, in that they're LittleBitBeastly versions of this. It's noted that they already have most of the BioAugmentation that lets them ''act'' like spiders (poison, silk glands, etc), but they want stuff that makes them ''look'' like spiders as well--mostly, [[MultiArmedAndDangerous extra arms]].

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* A non-human example: The aliens in the new {{TNT}} series ''Series/FallingSkies'' have spider-like bodies, but their heads and forearms are more like the creatures from ''Franchise/{{Alien}}''.
* The Captain Proton holodeck episode from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' featured Janeway as Aracnia, Queen of the Spider People. Presumably had we seen the spider people, this trope would have been involved.
* There is the Queen of the Racnoss from the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride The Runaway Bride]]", who even had a web motif going on for her spaceship. Full spider below but human upper torso and semi-human head (the actress wore a prosthesis with a big frill on it).
* The ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' episode "Web of Desire" showed a different take on the Arachne myth. She was jealous of her daughter's beauty and drowned her in the ocean. Zeus cursed her into a Spider Person form and banished her on an deserted island.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' got Driders, failed drow punished (or blessed, in 4th edition) by transformation at the will of Lolth the Spider Queen, who herself appears in another spider-drow hybrid form and keeps yet one more as servants in her domain.
** ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' has multi-armed humanoids Chitines, including female [[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/images/mof_gallery/MonFaePG27.jpg Choldriths]]. These were created by the drow wizards of Ched Nasad, TurnedAgainstTheirMasters, but serve the Spider Queen.
** The 3rd edition ''Monster Manual 3'' has the lhosk, which is half spider and half gorilla.
* From ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=23321 Tsabo Tavoc]], the Phyrexian general.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=214382 Sheoldred]] of the New Phyrexians have a similar look, although the lower portion is more like a cross between a spider and a crab, with four legs. And a giant mouth across its entire front.
* Among the possible half-human half-spider forms of the werespider Ananasi in ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse''.
* The Spiderines are one available race in ''Smallworld Underground''.
* Spider chimeras (''Homo Sapiens Arachnae'') in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Technomancer''. Their human half ''looks'' perfectly human, but they do have a venomous bite.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The Spider Witch boss from ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame''.
* The Contessa from ''VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves''. She's not really human but in a world where every character is an [[FunnyAnimal anthropomorphic animal]] she kind of stands out.
* One variety of the Nerubians from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' are like this, with spiderlike lower halves and humanoid upper halves. Although in fact they only have four legs. Most of them are insectoid or arachnoid throughout.
* The Lesbian Spider Queens from ''VideoGame/LesbianSpiderQueensOfMars''.
* The Spider Queen, one of the bosses in ''{{VideoGame/Gauntlet}}: Dark Legacy'', was drawn this way.
* The ''Franchise/StarOcean'' games have this as a recurring enemy type. Specific enemies are named Arachmene, Black Widow, Scylla, etc.
* Inverted for the Sharan, a race of spider people in the old Polish rpg ''Krysztaly Czasu'' - they are spiders from the waist up and look really awkward (even though their claws had enough dexterity to handle items)
* Arachne is an enemy in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series.
** And a GINORMOUS one in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia''.
* The Spider Daedra from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' are half-woman, half-spider.
** In ''Battlespire'' they're half-men, half-spider.
* The Vagary from ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3'', a demonic-spider-woman who appeared to be telepathic and telekinetic.
* One of the bosses from the video game version of ''WesternAnimation/FlushedAway'' looks like this.
* The Tarantula Mistresses from ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''.
* Drachnids in both ''VideoGame/EverQuest'' games. Upper body of a Dark Elf, lower half of a spider. Made as an experiment / wedding gift by an especially crazy sorceress toward an exceptionally powerful vampire. He didn't care for them, so he released them on Kunark where they quickly populated.
* Spider-Human hybrids were meant to be the next step up from the first ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil1'''s Chimera monsters, which were humanoid flies. Unfortunately, the concept was created during ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2''[='s=] ''1.5'' phase -famously abandoned during a late build by the creators, and the creature went along with it.
* The dark elf unit Spider Queen, in ''VideoGame/AgeOfWonders 2''.
* Two appear in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''. The first is a boss fight; Quelaag is half-naked-woman, half-'''MAGMA'''-spider, so you spend quite a lot of time dodging flame bursts and lava flows. The other is her unnamed sickly albino sister. "The White Lady" is friendly enough (because she's so ill she thinks you're her sister) and acts as a fire keeper.
* The aptly-named Arachnos in ''VideoGame/TitanQuest'' have humanoid torso and spider body. Their queen Arachne is a giant boss monster. Later you can find the asiatic Arachnos, which are brightly colored and have the head of a tarantula, fangs and beady eyes included. Scorpion-people are met in Egypt, but they're not centaur-like.
* Several Demons in the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' series are portrayed this way:
** Baal in ''Videogame/DiabloII'''s ''Lord of Destruction expansion has a vaguely humanoid torso atop four spider-like legs.
** Azmodan in ''Videogame/DiabloIII'' whose [[FatBastard enormous bulk]] is supported by 6 legs.
** Also from ''Diablo III'' is Cydaea, who plays it straightest of the three, having a very spiderlike lower body with a [[HornyDevils Succubus']] torso. Deckard Cain describes her as simultaneously beautiful and hideous to look at.
* The Namtaru in ''[[HeroesOfMightAndMagic Might and Magic: Heroes VI]]'' can choose to take the form of either a humanoid woman with six arms, or a woman's torso atop a spider's body and legs. Created to serve the goddess Asha as Angels of Death, the most powerful Namtaru have a limited ability to control the flow of time.
* [[TheDragon Yang Yuan's]] OneWingedAngel form in ''VideoGame/SwordsOfDestiny'' is a large spider-centaur form with four legs and six eyes. It makes her less nimble, but more powerful.
* ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}}'' has at least three notable examples: [[TheBrute Ginghamphatts]] in the second game (though is eventually revealed in the last boss battle that his lower body is more like a separate creature). The third game's basic mooks in the 2004 timeline are genma with four spider-like legs and a normal torso. The fourth game has non-centaurid spider people in the form of Hell Spiders (multiple-armed humanoid with spider heads who can move really fast and attach themselves to the ceiling with webs.)
* In ''Videogame/BrothersATaleOfTwoSons'', the brothers save a young girl from what appears to be a [[HumanSacrifice sacrificial ritual]] while on their journey. She accompanies them on their way to the mystical tree that will cure their father's illness. [[spoiler: The girl later reveals herself to be this trope, having led the brothers into a trap. Though she is defeated, she manages to fatally wound the older brother.]]
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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''{{Spinnerette}}'' has a bad turn when her Lolth-worshiping nemesis "Evil Spinnerette" uses ancient relics and a first-edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' manual to turn herself into a drider. Later she even cons Spinnerette into helping her repeat the feat with two of her minions--complete with a GenderBender for the male that includes a LampshadeHanging about the advantages of being female when you turn into a spider.
* ''Manspider'' is a very {{squick}}y NSFW {{Rule34}} webcomic built around this concept.
* Driders in ''{{Drowtales}}'' (being based off the ForgottenRealms setting) with a few subspecies to boot: Waelinider are the original Driders created by merging drow with the bottom halves of spiders, a process that renders them sterile, while Streekaider are the result of Waeliniders going mad and losing their higher mental functions, and then Ne'kalsaider, who are "natural" Driders who were born with spider legs and are implied to be the offspring of Waeliniders who somehow managed to keep their reproductive functions after their transformation.
* Princess Vitani, the latest antagonist of ExterminatusNow, is a demonic form of this.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Arachnes are in TheMonsterGirlEncyclopedia.
** As are Jourugumo and Girtabilu (altough the latter are half-scorpion).
* N'ktane from {{Tasakeru}}
* The dridders from ''{{Felarya}}'' are a larger than usual (as in, ''[[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever really frickin' HUGE]]'') example of this. (Will they eat you? Of ''course'' they'll eat you, this is ''[[EverythingTryingToKillYou Felarya.]]'')
* In the online flash game, ''VideoGame/LesbianSpiderQueensOfMars'', by Creator/AdultSwim, your VillainProtagonist is an evil lesbian drider who reigns over a vast harem of female Martian slaves who have revolted against her. [[spoiler: The title refers to the lesbian spider queen in plural because the endgame reveals the revolution was started by another lesbian drider, who used to be the player-character's girlfriend and is mad at her for being dumped.]]

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Velma Green, the Spider Queen. The title character of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' episode "The Wrath of the Spider Queen", pictured above.
* Veronica from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong''.
* Some examples from {{Pixar}} films:
** Rosie from ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' actually looks like this, despite being an actual spider.
** Also, one of [[DarkisNotEvil the mutant toys]] from the first ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' film appears to be a baby doll's head mounted onto a spider body made from an Erector kit.
** Mr. Waternoose from ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc.''
* Tarantulus and Blackarachnia from ''{{Transformers}}'' are basically roboticized versions of these.
** And Airachnid (a Blackarachnia lookalike) from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''.
* Nephilia from the 1981 ''Spider-Man'' animated series, and Arachnoid from ''SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends''.
* Baxter Stockman in one later episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'', due to him losing his human body from the neck down.
* Variation: One of the villains from ''TheSecretSaturdays'' has a scorpion lower torso.
** A ''robotic'' scorpion lower torso.
* [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Darth Maul]] in the Season 4 finale of ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'', similar to the ''Secret Saturdays'' example above. He does lose all but two robotic legs thanks to Mother Talzin's magic, however.
** Admiral Trench from earlier (and later) in the series is an inverse of the usual examples of this trope. Instead of being centaur-like, he's a humanoid arachnid with six arms and two legs.
* One episode of the short-lived ''TheMummyTheAnimatedSeries'' had powerful undead Imhotep temporarily merge himself with an ancient GiantSpider named Nihansan, giving him typical spider powers.
* Dr. Stanley Kirby from {{WesternAnimation/Mighty Max}} ends up like this as the Arachnoid.

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