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Hunter Steele

Voiced by: Motoko Kumai (Japanese), Julie Lemieux (English)

The excitable Hero, who gets transported to the Inner World, something he takes extremely well. Impulsive and sometimes irritating, his boundless enthusiasm can be an asset.

  • Anime Hair: Of the blistering pink variety.
  • Audience Surrogate: He's new to the Inner World, thus things need to be explained to him, as well as viewers.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Hunter's performance during the play about the hero Quake; he gets so nervous that his speech turned monotone.
  • Battle Couple: With Corona. While not a couple, they consider themselves battle partners (in the dub) and clearly have feelings for each other.
  • Beginner's Luck: Refreshingly subverted. He's not very skilled in the early episodes, nor should he be as an Earthen with no fighting experience. In his first battle with one of the Big Four, Corona deals the final blow, and he gets trashed in his fight with Igneous in episode 3.
  • Big Eater: Especially in the dub.
  • Bold Explorer: He states several times in the sub that he's an adventurer. This is why he pursued the Inner World in the first place. However, since he fulfills his goal of finding it in the first episode, this stops coming up much, and he focuses more on being a hero.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: It gets to the point that he wants to save the Invectids/Insectors, after realizing that they're being oppressed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally, though he's not nearly as bad as Shadow.
    "(To Shadow) Yes mother."
  • Ditzy Genius: Hunter has little in the way of common sense, but he's shown himself to be surprisingly perceptive of others, and incredibly proficient when it comes to creating strategies in the heat of battle.
  • Family Theme Naming: Only in the Japanese version. His grandfather's name is Trigger, which keeps up the hunting theme. However, the dub renamed him Digger.
  • Fearless Fool: He was one at the start of the series, but displays true courage when trying to protect the people of Nuuma from Stags, allowing him access to the third Oracle Keys power.
  • Magnetic Hero: The Spider Riders would fall apart without him. It also makes him something of The Heart.
  • Nice Guy
  • Oblivious to Love: Hunter has not one, not two, but possibly three girls after him.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: With Corona. These are their color schemes down to their spiders.
  • Red Is Heroic: He's a redhead (well, pinkish red) and wears a red vest when un-transfomed. Subverted when he transforms, where he wears mostly blue and has a blue spider as well.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: He and Corona will both deny this.
  • Super Mode: Undergoes this along with Shadow when they use the Oracle Keys.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: He's willing to forgive anyone and give them a second chance, including Grasshop, Buguese, Beerain, Stags, and Mantid.
  • Verbal Tic: "Arachna Power!", though "Never Give Up!" is more like his Catch Phrase. In the Japanese version, it's "Kekka Orai" (It's alright).

Corona

Voiced by: Saeko Chiba (Japanese), Stacey Depass (English)

The first person Hunter encounters in the Inner World. She provides invaluable help to him from the start. She's often very unsure of herself, and is constantly worried about Hunter. She will go to almost any length to know that he's safe.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Has a massive crush on Hunter. He's the only one not to notice, at least until the finale.
  • Battle Couple: With Hunter. While not explicitly a couple, they consider themselves battle partners (in the dub) and clearly have feelings for each other.
  • Berserk Button: You should never insult her cooking.
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Deuteragonist: The show revolves around her as much as it does Hunter. The later half shows this especially, which devotes a lot of time to her learning about and coming to terms with her past and her powers. The second Japanese ED theme is similarly devoted to her.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Her seiyuu sings the second OP theme.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: She and Hunter will both deny this.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She says it often in one episode when growing weary of the war. It comes up now and again.
  • Insecure Love Interest: She always has trouble when trying to talk to Hunter about her feelings for him.
  • Large Ham: Corona is a fine actress, but can over do it during dramatic scenes.
  • Lethal Chef: Anything she cooks is guaranteed to make you sick.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Type 3, as she can blast away any frontal assaults with her arrows.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: With Hunter. These are their color schemes down to their spiders.
  • Ship Tease: She gets teased to hell and back again with Hunter, even by the other characters.
  • Synchronization: Since she's a handmaiden, hurting the Oracle will also cause her pain.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail
  • Tsundere: Not an extreme case, but she's quite insecure about her feelings for Hunter, and has lashed out at him on a few occasions because of this.

Igneous

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Japanese), Tim Hamaguchi (English)

Igneous is one of Arachna's greatest knights. Together, with his friend Grey/Slate, they make up the Claw and Fang of Arachna. He takes pride in protecting his kingdom, as well as the prince and princess. While Igneous can be serious to a fault, he's completely hopeless when it comes to love and hairstyling.

Magma

Voiced by: Kinya Kotani (Japanese), Lyon Smith (English)

Magma was originally a wanderer, but later became a full-fledged Spider Rider. He despises the Insectors/Invectids, due to the fact that they killed his family, and that his spider's sister is under their control. He's a fan of the hero Quake. He's very calm and laid back.

Lumen

Voiced by: Kumiko Higa (Japanese), Cameron Ansell (English)

Lumen is the prince of Arachna, though you wouldn't know it by looking at him. He's an incredibly lazy flirt who likes to sleep. He's very protective of Sparkle and becomes jealous of anyone that impresses her.

Sparkle

Voiced by: Kaori Shimizu (Japanese), Melanie Tonello (English)

She is the princess of Arachna and the youngest Spider Rider. She is often protected, which she hates. She's very brave and wants to be able to fight like the other riders.

Aqune

Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi (Japanese), Alyson Court (English)

Aqune is a Spider Rider in the Insector's/Invectid's service. She was taken in by Buguese when she was young. She willingly uses her powers to help restore the Insector's/Invectid's sun, but dislikes fighting. Therefore, she's controlled by a mask in order to fight against the Spider Riders. Aqune cares deeply for Hunter, much to Corona's dismay.

  • Adaptational Dye Job: She had brown hair in the novels. It was also spiked up in a different style.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the novels (at least the original three), she's an unrepentant traitor. In the anime, however, she's noticeably more noble.
  • Anti-Villain: Type IV.
  • Beast and Beauty: With Buguese. Even if Buguese is the most humanoid Insector, he's still not exactly... human. Aqune is the gentle, empathetic one who tries to see the good in everyone. Buguese is the brooding, cynical one. Despite his hatred of humans, it's clear he has a soft spot for Aqune. Freeing her is the last thing he does before confronting Mantid, which he expects will lead to his demise.
  • Combat Medic: A downplayed example. She is shown to have healing powers, and took care of an injured Hunter in one episode. However, she's also a powerful fighter. Her healing abilities are never brought up again later in the series.
  • Combination Attack: Pulls this off on a few separate occasions, with Buguese, Hunter and Corona.
  • Cursed with Awesome: It's easy to tell she doesn't enjoy her responsibilities.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Has purple hair and eyes.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Her seiyuu (along with Shadow's) sings the 3rd ED theme.
  • Easy Amnesia: Averted. It's never really explained how she and Corona got their amnesia. Falling from an attacked airship likely had something to do with it.
  • Expy: To the title character of Madlax. Both are amnesiac action girls with a mysterious connection to the other female lead, and are voiced by Sanae Kobayashi.
  • The Dragon: The Insectors/Invectids consider her their secret weapon. Which is completely understandable when you see her in action.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She had to emphasize to Hunter that it is her duty to help all living things, including the Insectors/Invectids.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: In the novels, she had no romantic interest in Hunter, and vice versa.
  • Synchronization: Since she's a handmaiden, hurting the Oracle will also cause her pain.
  • The Quiet One
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Despite being willing to forgive everyone, she says this to Mantid [[spoiler: after learning that he betrayed the Insectors, and watching Buguese crash to his possible death to stop him. Granted, she's still distressed at the thought of Hunter actually killing Mantid.
  • Sixth Ranger: More like the eighth.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She's mature, loyal, has the proper skills of a housewife, and can kick your ass gracefully. She even wields a naginata when un-transformed.

    Spiders 

Shadow

Voiced by: Takashi Kondo (Japanese), Joseph Motiki (English)

Hunter's spider partner, a prideful warrior who thinks he doesn't need help from anyone. He hates crowds.

Venus

Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi (Japanese), Caroly Larson (English)

Corona's spider partner. She is soft-spoken and polite, but a fearless fighter.

  • Cool Big Sis: Venus often encourages Corona to relax and have fun during their off hours.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Venus is the pink girl to Shadow's blue boy.
  • Token Romance: She gets minor ship tease with Shadow, although it goes nowhere.

Flame

Igneous' battle spider, who has the ability to shoot webs made of fire. He never speaks... ever.

Brutus

Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (Japanese), Darren Frost (English)

Magma's spider partner. He has tremendous strength, and is looking for his long lost sister, Portia.

  • Bit Character: Other than looking for his sister, he doesn't do much for the plot.
  • Mandatory Line: "Right!" seems to be about the only thing he ever says.

Ebony

Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (Japanese)

Lumen's battle spider. He's said to be very powerful and destructive. Lumen doesn't call him out much, for fear of accidentally hurting someone.

  • Hidden Depths: He finally speaks (much to everyone's shock) when persuading Lumen to take Sparkle into battle.

Hotarla

Voiced by: Yuu Asakawa (Japanese), Grace Fulliton (English)

Sparkle's battle spider. Unlike the other spiders, she's still a baby.

  • Gentle Giant: Not as big as the other spiders, but she still counts.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: She's a round, colorful baby spider who only says "kyu". This is notable compared to the rest of the spiders, who aren't meant to be so adorable.

Portia

Voiced by: Kumiko Higa (Japanese)

Aqune's battle spider. She is Brutus's missing little sister. Like Aqune, Portia wears a mask that controls her.

    Invectids/Insectors 

Mantid

Voiced by: Hiroshi Yanaka (Japanese), Lawrence Bayne (English)

Lord Mantid is a mantis-type Insector/Invectid. He directs the Insector/Invectid troops to remove the hated humans from the Inner World and find the Oracle Keys to sustain himself. Mantid later reveals that he was an Earthen once, a chosen warrior of the Oracle, pulled into the Inner World. His reason for taking the Oracle's power is revenge upon the Inner World and the Oracle herself.

Grasshop/Larva P. Grasshop

Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (Japanese), Carman Melville (English)

Member of the Big Four, he's a grasshopper-type Insector/Invectid who uses gadgets and devices to defeat enemies. He doesn't really like to fight the Riders, letting his minions do the fighting for him.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: This is how he feels about being in the Big Four. It doesn't help that the other members agree with the sentiment.
  • Affably Evil: At first, anyway.
  • Butt Monkey: Whenever something goes wrong, he's usually the one to get punished, even if it has nothing to do with him.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: He does this at least once, in regards to the heroes' transformation sequence. In the Japanese version, he breaks the forth wall constantly, such as when he thanks the sound crew for playing fitting music.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may seem like a fool, but there have been occasions where he accomplishes something impressive. Usually after his side switch.
  • Dirty Coward: Before his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Dub Name Change: In a bizarre case, the dub turns his first name, Grasshop, into his last name, and gives him the first name "Larva." He never had a last name originally.
  • Last Name Basis: In the dub. See his "Dub Name Change" entry.
  • Lovable Coward
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Ridiculous he may be, he's actually a cunning strategist. His intense battling in the finale shows that there's a good reason he was allowed to join the Big Four.
  • Token Heroic Orc: After joining the Spider Riders.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: He assumes this once he's officially kicked out of the Big Four. It happens for real later on, after he throws in his lot with the humans. At least until the finale anyway.

Buguese

Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (Japanese), Jack Langendijk (English)

Mantid's right hand man, with many plans to defeat the Spider Riders. He is the leader of the Big Four. He despises the Oracle. Buguese claims to care little for his comrades, but has shown respect for Stags, and concern for Aqune and Beerain.

  • Aloof Ally: He claims he's this towards the rest of the Big Four. As it turns out, he really does care about them.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: He may not always act like it, but there's a reason why he's the leader of the Big Four.
  • Badass Cape: He never removes it, though production art of him exists with the cape off.
  • Beast and Beauty: With Aqune. Even if Buguese is the most humanoid Insector, he's still not exactly... human. Aqune is the gentle, empathetic one who tries to see the good in everyone. Buguese is the brooding, cynical one. Despite his hatred of humans, it's clear he has a soft spot for Aqune. Freeing her is the last thing he does before confronting Mantid, which he expects will lead to his demise.
  • Cooldown Hug: Does this for Aqune twice. Once to calm her when her mask breaks. Another to stop her from attacking when she's Brainwashed and Crazy thanks to Mantid.
  • The Dragon: To Mantid.
  • Driven to Suicide: After finding out the truth and realizing how much he wronged his comrades in his efforts to capture the Oracle Keys, he decides to crash Dark Opal into Mantid's castle, taking out Mantid with him. When he fails, he admits that he doesn't feel he deserves to live.
  • Four is Death: Leader of the Big Four.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: The ease with which he allowed himself to be manipulated by Mantid is astonishing.
  • I Did What I Had to Do
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: More of the former in the dub and the latter in the sub. He spends most of the series treating his allies badly (ranging from cold behavior to actual cruelty), but not without a great deal of remorse and internal worrying. When it comes to his enemies, he can be outright sadistic.
  • Perpetual Frowner
  • Troubled, but Cute: This seems to be a factor in his popularity with the ladies.

Beerain

Voiced by: Yuu Asakawa (Japanese), Ellen Ray Snow (English)

A bee-type Insector/Invectid who uses a whip to fight. She's a member of the Big Four and commands the Buzzrays. While she can be charming, she has no regard for honor and thinks winning is everything.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Has a massive crush on Buguese.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen
  • The Exile: Buguese refuses to listen to her when explaining why Mantid attacked her, and leaves her in the custody of the Spider Riders.
  • Faux Action Girl: She mostly summons buzzrays, and always loses when she actually fights by herself.
  • Love Hurts: Especially when the person you love throws his sword at you to shut you up.
  • Manipulative Bastard: She took lessons from Mantid.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female member of the Big Four.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Some of her hair gets cut off by Mantid when he catches her eavesdropping on one of his rants. Thankfully she got away before he cut more than a few strands.

Stags

Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (Japanese)

A powerful stag beetle-type Insector/Invectid loyal to the cause. He wields a short Zanbato. He is considered by many as the most powerful of the Big Four. He has a strong sense of honor, and cannot stand when it is disrespected.

  • The Big Guy: He's regarded as the strongest of the Big Four, and he more than lives up to it.
  • Back for the Finale: Only Beerain knew of his survival after his second fight with Hunter and Shadow. He didn't appear again until the final episodes of the series.
  • BFS: It's about as big as he is.
  • Blood Knight: It's made obvious from his attitude in his introductory episode.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Trying to fight him without an Oracle Key always ends this way.
  • Determinator
  • Heel–Face Turn
  • Honor Before Reason: During a duel with Hunter, Grasshop manages to steal the Oracle Key from him. What does Stags do? He hits Grasshop and gives the Key back to Hunter.
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy
  • Put on a Bus: After the invasion of Nuuma, he has a talk with Beerain before she heads back to the Insectors/Invectids. After that he's not seen again for over five episodes.
    • The Bus Came Back: He returns from his long absence to help Buguese and Beerain deliver the two remaining Oracle Keys to Hunter.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: He's killed in the novels, but survives in the anime.
  • The Coats Are Off: He likes to dramatically take off his cape before fighting.
  • The Stoic: The most stoic of the Big Four.

    Others 

Lily

Voiced by: Takako Honda (Japanese), Julie Lemieux (English)

Lily is Arachna's chief fortuneteller. She's often seen looking into her crystal ball, trying to spot bad omens.

Brade/Quake

Voiced by: Chikao Ohtsuka (Japanese)

Better known as The Hero Brade/Quake, a legendary Spider Rider who saved the Inner World many times in the past.

  • Ambiguously Brown
  • Badass Grandpa: Don't let his appearance fool you. He's very powerful and likely hundreds of years old.
  • Big Damn Hero: He prevents Hunter from handing over the Oracle Keys to Mantid in exchange for peace.
  • Badass Pacifist: He created a technique that takes away a person's desire to fight.
  • Canon Foreigner: He doesn't appear in the novels at all.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He hits on Corona and Aqune quite often (though the dub downplays this), but is also very protective of them.
  • Dead All Along: He's a ghost. Although this is hinted, it's not officially revealed until the last episode.
  • Dub Name Change: He was called Brade in the sub and Quake in the dub. Interestingly enough, original press material in English states his name as Brade, so the change wasn't intended originally. Word of God states that they thought Quake sounded cooler, because Brade sounds too close to "braid". However, it was probably intended to sound like "Blade." (Japan pronounces L's and R's the same.)
  • Dirty Old Man: He tries to flirt with Corona and Aqune. Thankfully it appears this is mostly to tease Hunter.
    • Perhaps in the dub, where certain scenes were cut out. It didn't seem like teasing in the Japanese version.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Of the Wax On, Wax Off variety.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With the Sea Buff Mariner/Lost Mariner. Actually, more like Heterosexual Death Partners, because they remain close, even as ghosts.
  • Heroic Willpower: His will was strong enough to keep him from crossing over after he died fighting Mantid until he Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Turns out he's telling the truth about that.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Old age made him tiny.

Dagger

Brade/Quake's battle spider. He's said to be the strongest of all spiders.

Grey/Slate

Voiced by: Anri Katsu (Japanese), Dan Petronijevic (English)

Igneous' best friend, and a loyal Arachnan knight. He sometimes helps the Riders in their battles.

  • The Ace: Easily one of the most powerful normal humans in Arachna. The only reason the Spider Riders left for Nuuma was because he was charged with guarding the kingdom in their absence.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: There's a reason he and Igneous are known as the Fang and Claw of Arachna.
  • Bash Brothers: With Igneous.
  • Canon Foreigner: He doesn't appear in the novels.
  • Friendly Rivalry: He and Igneous often enjoyed friendly duels when they were younger. Neither one could ever beat the other.
  • Red Baron: He and Igneous are the famous "Fang and Claw of Arachna".

Queen Elma/Illuma

Voiced by: Yuko Kobayashi (Japanese), Julie Lemieux (English)

The Queen of the kingdom of Nuuma. She knew Corona and Aqune when they were younger and reveals their Mysterious Past.

Oracle

Voiced by: Saeko Chiba (Japanese), Julie Lemieux (English)

The Oracle is a beautiful woman, who united humans and spiders. Hunter first saw her when he fell down into the Inner World. She is considered the goddess of the Inner World. Little is known about her.

  • Angelic Beauty
  • Allergic to Evil: Destroying something made in her honor or using her power to kill causes her pain.
  • The Bigger Good
  • Cue the Sun: She created the Inner World's Sun. Whenever it shines, she's feeling fine.
  • Good Hurts Evil: She can cause pain to anyone trying to use her power to unjustly harm another.
  • Light Is Good
  • Minor Major Character: Her presence as the goddess of the Inner World makes her very important. Her appearances, however, are sporadic. Justified in-universe, as all 8 Spider Riders have to be gathered for her to be summoned.
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