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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, all things considered. Impulsive and sometimes irritating, however 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, poor Hunter got so nervous his speech turned monotone.
  • Battle Couple: With Corona. While not explicitly a couple, they consider themselves battle partners (in the dub) and clearly have feelings for each other.
  • Beginner's Luck: Refreshingly subverted. He's simply 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 firmly states in the Japanese version several times 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: Gets to the point that he wants to save the Invectids/Insectors, after realizing that they're being wronged and oppressed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally, course he's not nearly as bad as Shadow.
    "(to Shadow) Yes mother."
  • Ditzy Genius: Hunter has very little in the way of common sense, but he's shown himself to be both surprisingly perceptive of others, and extremely proficient when it comes to making strategies in the heat of battle.
  • Family Theme Naming: Japanese version only. His grandfather's name is Trigger, which keeps up the hunting theme. However, the dub renamed his grandfather Digger.
  • Fearless Fool: He was one at the start of the series, but he displays true courage when trying to protect the people of Nuuma from Stags, allowing him to access to the third Oracle Keys powers.
  • 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, it's a pinkish red) and wears a red vest all the time 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 both will deny this about their relationship.
  • Super Mode: Undergoes this along with Shadow when they use the Oracle Keys.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Is willing to forgive anybody and give them a Second Chance: Grasshop, Buguese, Beerain, Stags, and Mantid.
  • Verbal Tic: "Arachna Power!" while "Never Give Up!" is more like his Catch Phrase. In the Japanese, it's "Kekka Orai" (It's alright)

Corona

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

Corona, 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 she's constantly worried about Hunter. She will often go to almost any length to know that he's safe, a real Action Girlfriend.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Has a massive crush on Hunter. He's the only one not to notice, at least until the finale apparently.
  • 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 about 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 devoted to Corona.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Her seiyuu sings the second OP theme.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: She and Hunter both will deny this about their relationship.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She says this a lot in one episode were she's grown 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 the 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: Hurting the Oracle hurts her, because she's a handmaiden.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail
  • Tsundere: Not an extreme case, but she's quite insecure about her feelings towards Hunter and has lashed out at him on a couple occasions because of this.

Igneous

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

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

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. His favorite thing in life is the hero Quake. He can also be 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 incredibly lazy and likes to sleep, not to mention a total flirt. He's also very protective of Sparkle and jealous of anyone that impresses her.

Sparkle

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

She is the princess of Arachna and the youngest Rider. Often shielded and 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 for Hunter a lot, much to Corona's dismay.

  • Adaptational Dye Job: She had brown hair in the novels. It was also spiked up in a very different style.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the novels (at least the original three), she's an unrepentant traitor. Anime Aqune, on the other hand, is pure.
  • 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, nurturing, empathetic one. She tries to see the good in everyone. Buguese is the brooding, cynical, angry one. Despite his hate for humans, it's very clear he has a soft spot for Aqune. Freeing her is the last thing he does before confronting Mantid, which he expects will kill him.
  • Combat Medic: A downplayed example. She is shown to have healing powers, and took care of an injured Hunter in one early episode. She is also a very powerful fighter. But her healing abilities are never brought up again later into 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 always 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. Though it likely had something to do with them falling from an attacked airship
  • 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 once 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, or vice versa.
  • Synchronization: Hurting the Oracle hurts her, because she's a handmaiden.
  • The Quiet One
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Despite being perfectly willing to forgive everyone, she says this to Mantid 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. But it's still telling that she actually said this. Clearly, O.O.C. Is Serious Business.
  • Sixth Ranger: More like the eighth.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She's mature, loyal, has the proper skills of a housewife, and can kick your butt gracefully. She even wielded a naginata when untransformed.

    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 battle spider partner. She is soft-spoken and polite, but is also 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: Gets minor ship tease with Shadow, although it goes nowhere.

Flame

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

Brutus

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

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

  • Hidden Depths: He finally talks (much to everyone's shock and amazement) to persuade Lumen into taking Sparkle into battle.

Hotarla

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

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

  • Gentle Giant: Not as big as the other spiders, but she still counts.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: She's a round and 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 wasteful and hated humans from the Inner World and find the Oracle Keys. He needs the Oracle Keys to sustain himself. Eventually Mantid 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 is 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 instead.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: How he feel's 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, even if it has nothing to do with him. He's usually the one to get punished.
  • 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: Most of the time he seems like a fool, but there have been occasions where he actually accomplishes something impressive. Usually after his side switch.
  • Dirty Coward: Before his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Dub Name Change: In a bizarre case, the dub makes 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, but he is actually a very cunning strategist. Not to mention his intense battling in the finale shows that there's a pretty good reason he was allowed to join the Big Four in the first place.
  • Token Heroic Orc
  • You Can't Go Home Again: He assumes this once he's officially kicked out of the Big Four. Pretty much happens for real later, 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 also despises the Oracle. Buguese claims to care little for his comrades, but he has shown respect for Stags, and concern for Aqune, whom he is mentor to and Beerain.

  • Aloof Ally: He claims and to a degree even believes he's this towards the rest of the Big Four. As it turns out he really does care about them like True Companions.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: He may not always act like it but there's a really good reason why he's the leader of the Big Four.
  • Badass Cape: He never once removes it (although 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, nurturing, empathetic one. She tries to see the good in everyone. Buguese is the brooding, cynical, angry one. Despite his hate for humans, it's very clear he has a soft spot for Aqune. Freeing her is the last thing he does before confronting Mantid, which he expects will kill him.
  • Cooldown Hug: Does this to Aqune twice. Once to calm her when her mask breaks. Once to stop her from attacking when she's Brainwashed and Crazy and powered up to boot thanks to Mantid.
  • The Dragon: To Matnid.
  • Driven to Suicide: After finding out the truth and realizing how much he wronged his comrades in his efforts to capture the Oracle Keys, decides to crash Dark Opal into Mantid's castle, taking out Mantid with him. When he fails at this, he even 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. Most notably, assuming he can beat Mantid with the weapon Mantid handed to him.
  • I Did What I Had to Do
  • Jerk Ass / Jerk with a Heart of Gold: More to the former in the dub and the latter in the Japanese. He spends most of the series treating his allies badly (ranging from plain cold behavior to actual cruelty), but not without a great deal of remorse and internal worrying over them. He just takes a severely frustrating the-ends-justify-the-means approach. He's screwed up like that. And when it comes to his enemies, he can be outright sadistic.
  • Perpetual Frowner
  • Troubled, but Cute: This seems to be a factor to his popularity with the ladies.

Beerain

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

She is a bee-type Insector/Invectid who uses a whip to fight. She is a member of the Big Four and commands the Buzzrays. While she can be charming when it suits her, 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 reason for why Mantid attacked her and leaves her in the custody of the Spider Riders.
  • Faux Action Girl: Most of the time she just summons buzzrays, and she always loses when she actually fights by herself.
  • Love Hurts: Specially when the person you love throws his sword at you to shut you up.
  • Manipulative Bastard: She took lessons from Mantid.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Only female member of the Big Four.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Some of her long hair gets cut off by Mantid when he catches her spying on one of his rants. Thankfully she got away before he cut more than a few strands.

Stags

Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (Japanese)

He is a stag beetle-type Insector/Invectid who is very powerful and very loyal to the Invectid 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: Pretty obvious from his attitude in his introductory episode.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Trying to fight him without an Oracle Key always ends in this.
  • 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 get the two remaining Oracle Key's to Hunter.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: He is killed in the novels, but survives the anime.
  • The Coats Are Off: Likes to dramatically take off his cape before fighting.
  • The Stoic: The most stoic of all the Big Four.

    Others 

Lily

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

Fortuneteller Lily is Arachna's cheif fortuneteller. She often looks into her crystal ball looking for 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: Do not let his appearance fool you. He's likely hundreds of years old and -powerful-.
  • Big Damn Hero: Saves Hunter from making the terrible mistake of handing over the Oracle Key's to Mantid in exchange for peace.
  • Badass Pacifist: He created a technique that takes away a persons desire to fight.
  • Canon Foreigner: He doesn't appear in the novels at all.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Sure, he hits on Corona and Aqune as much as he can (though the dub downplays this) but he's also very protective of both of them.
  • Dead All Along: He's a ghost. Although this is hinted, it's not officially revealed until the very last episode.
  • Dub Name Change: He was called Brade in the Japanese and Quake in the dub. Interestingly, original press material in English wrote his name as Brade, so the change wasn't intended from the start. Word of God says that they thought Quake sounded cooler, because Brade is too close to "braid". Although probably, it was 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 just to tease Hunter.
    • Perhaps in the dub, where certain scenes were cut out. It did not 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 apparently strong enough to keep him from crossing over after he died fighting Mantid before 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 is said to be a the strongest of all spiders.

Grey/Slate

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

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

  • The Ace: Easily one of the most powerful normal humans in Arachna. The only reason the Spider Riers left for Nuuma was because they left him as there replacement, to replace the entire spider riders team!
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: There's a very good reason he and Igneous are know 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 revealed 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. But she can fight back with -
  • The Bigger Good
  • Cue the Sun: She created the Inner World's Sun. You know whenever it shines, shes feeling fine.
  • Good Hurts Evil: She can cause pain to anyone who is trying to use her power to unjustly harm another.
  • Light is Good
  • Minor Major Character: Her overall presence as what amounts to the goddess of the Inner World makes her hugely important. Her appearances, however, are sporadic. Pretty justified in universe, because all 8 Spider Riders have to be gathered for her to be summoned.
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