"Spiderman, Spiderman, Does whatever a spider can.A sign that a cave contains deadly spiders, this is a human shaped web, typically hanging from the ceiling in the way that a spider might wrap a fly in web before drinking its fluids. Common in computer games. Also see Bound and Gagged and Mummy Wrap.
Spins a web, any size. Catches thieves, just like flies."
Spins a web, any size. Catches thieves, just like flies."
— Spider-Man (1967) Theme Song
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Anime and Manga
- The seventh episode of Sailor Moon had unfortunate Idol Singer Mikan Shiratori get cocooned in rapidly solidifying glass in her shower by the Monster of the Week, a youma named Derella.
- Happens a couple times in Pokémon when they run across spider-based mons. In early episodes, even the relatively useless (in the games) String Shot attack could do this.
- Pikachu learns the Electroweb attack during Sun and Moon, which can not only trap opponents but also shield himself in a pinch.
- In the 100th episode, Kagome, Miroku, Sango, and Shippo get webbed up in demon moth cocoons.
- A moth demon called Gatenmaru does wrap both Inu Yasha and Miroku inside a poisonous, corrosive cocoon.
- Earlier the Kumogashira (spider demons) try to do this to Inu Yasha.
- Jealous from Karakuridouji Ultimo has this as one of his abilities, being that his theme animal is a spider. The fact that Stan Lee is a co-producer might be part of the reason as well.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid shows that Lutecia's tiny robotic Insects are capable of doing this when they immobilize Fabia in this manner.
- Daily Life with Monster Girl: The ability for arachnes (half-woman half-spiders) to rapidly cocoon others in their silk is one of the major reasons they are considered so dangerous.
- Spider-Man does this to anyone he needs really tied down. And occasionally his wife.
- This happens to Squirrel Girl in a prelude to Spider-Island.
- Venom has been known to do this to a few people too, but there have been cases where he purposely let the victim suffocate. (Venom is usually reluctant to kill anyone other than Spider-Man; the folks he does this to tend to be criminals and other scum.)
- A minor villain in Batman did this to two of his henchmen when they screwed up — the cocoons were airtight, and the victims suffocated.
- Happens to the cast of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic when the main characters encounter a gang of unfriendly spiders.
- Preservers in ElfQuest like to wrap living beings in suspended animation cocoons. The cocoons don't give a clue as to their occupants' shape, though in the case of humans or elves the size is usually a giveaway.
- Widow from Savage Dragon can spin webs to tangle people up. It was unknown how she achieved this for many issues until a single panel cropped up showing her hanging upside down from a web-strand... only both of her hands were free and her leg was obscuring the direct source of the web. One reader jokingly wrote in and asked if she spun webs the same way spiders do, and Word of God responded: yes.
- The Totally Amazing Spider Man: Poor Clover ends up wrapped up in Spider-Man's web after staging a mugging with Sam and Alex in a bid to capture him. Sam geeks out over its chemical properties, much to Clover's chagrin.
- Dungeon Keeper Ami: The Dungeon of the spider-using Dungeon Keeper, Arachne, has some people like this:
Films — Animation
- Rosie actually does to PT Flea near the end of A Bug's Life as a way to keep him from interfering to Flik's and the circus bugs' plan to defeat Hopper.
Films — Live-Action
- Stephen King's The Mist has several people cocooned by monstrous spider-like things from the mist. Since they're able to cocoon people despite their webs being caustic enough to cut off people's limbs in other scenes, they presumably can spin different types of webbing. (As do ordinary spiders.)
- Some of IT's victims are webbed up for later eating after their brains are broken by the Deadlights.
- Scarlett Johansson gets cocooned by a Giant Spider in Eight Legged Freaks, as do several other people. One scene has a character come across a number of cocoons that are still writhing and have their voices muffled, before one of them is impaled on the fangs of the biggest spider.
- Ditto some characters in Big Ass Spider, when the eponymous critter wants to have some food ready for its newly hatched offspring.
- In Infestation, everyone in the area passes out after a bright flash and strange noise. Upon waking, the main character finds himself, and everyone else in sight, wrapped up by the invading creatures.
- This happens to several victims throughout the Alien series. The Xenomorphs use some kind of unexplained organic resin to cocoon people, leaving them as bait for facehugger eggs.
- In a deleted scene of the original Alien, Ripley found Dallas and Brett completely cocooned, and slowly transforming into more Alien eggs.
- It briefly happens to Newt in Aliens, before Ripley frees her. There was originally supposed to be a Xenomorph specifically bred for cocooning in Aliens, but it never made it past the concept art stage.
- The cover (and just the cover) of Night Screams◊.
- In James and the Giant Peach, Miss Spider and the Old Green Grasshopper team up to give Aunts Spiker and Sponge this treatment.
- This happens partially to Marla in Gremlins 2: The New Batch, courtesy of the Spider Gremlin. (It isn't able to wrap her up completely.) Kate finds her before it gets to her and considers leaving her to her fate for what happened earlier (Kate had assumed she had seduced Billy); when Marla confesses and tells her what actually happened, Kate decides to cut her loose, but then the monster appears. Fortunately, Gizmo, now sick of being bullied by the gremlins, appears dressed up like Rambo and kills the thing with an makeshift bow and arrow tipped with an ignited bottle of white-out.
- In a variant, the aliens of Killer Klowns from Outer Space wrap up their human victims in cotton candy.
- In the Return of the King movie, Shelob captures Frodo this way in one of the most chilling scenes of the whole trilogy.
- As usual of him, Spider-Man does this in The Amazing Spider-Man to the Lizard. He even imitates a spider by crawling all over him while wraping him in webs.
- Tolkien's Legendarium:
- The Hobbit: While deep in the forest of Mirkwood, twelve of the thirteen dwarves are captured by a colony of gigantic spiders and hung from the trees to be eaten later. Bilbo is able to rescue them before this can happen, turning himself invisible with his magic ring and cutting the dwarves free.
- Shelob does this to Frodo in The Lord of the Rings when she captures him in her lair and paralyzes him with her venom.
- The DelRey paperback collections of H.P. Lovecraft's stories feature cover art taken from a panoramic painting by Michael Whelan; one section/cover has a human(oid) body strung up like this. Despite nothing like this ever happening in any of the stories.
- This happens to Daine in the last book of The Immortals. She accidentally falls of a cliff and gets caught in a trap made by giant spiders with human heads called Spidrens. The next series of the Tortall Universe, Protector of the Small, has Keladry and her fellow pages encountering victims who aren't rescued in time.
- In the short story "One Night Strand", the protagonist discovers to his disgust and horror that the noisy couple next door are some guy he nicknames "Mr. Bones" (since he's so thin) and a Giant Spider. Mr. Bones is all webbed up while his spider lover is engaging in foreplay. The story ends with the protagonist fleeing in his jeep. While he's driving, he has a bit of in-universe Fridge Horror when he recalls seeing the remains of webbed up insects in spiderwebs and connects that with Mr. Bones, and gives his jeep more gas.
- In Doom, Bill Ritch was wrapped in webs after the spidermind interrogated him.
- In The Perils of Enhancegirl this happens to Enhancegirl and Korean heroine Stellar in part IV, courtesy of Arachna, who defeats, and wraps up both heroines.
- Star Trek: Enterprise had some alien organism effectively web up Captain Archer and four other crew members.
- Subverted in Star Trek: Voyager; the forehead-of-the-week's corpses just happen to decompose that way.
- This appears in the Angel episode "Couplet", Fred and Gunn are in the flesh-eating tree's roots.
- Ghostwriter, in a fiction writing contest (a story-in-a-story), had one of the characters slimed and attached to a door.
- The victims of the Arachne in the Supernatural episode "Unforgiven".
- Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue had this happen to four of the rangers and the entire Aquabase personnel. They were stuck to a giant web while spider eggs were slowly hatching to eat them alive.
- Also happened to Billy in the original series courtesy of Lord Zedd's Archnofiend.
- The X-Files had this in the episode "Darkness Falls". It's different in that the subjects are killed before being cocooned(as seen by the badly-eaten corpses of loggers earlier in the episode). It's possible that the bugs were just storing food, or leaving it for their babies.
- Subverted in The River. The father, whom everyone has been searching for, is eventually found like this (though encased in amber), but it turns out he did this to himself in order to survive.
- Deadtime Stories has a dog face this fate from a Giant Spider in "Along Came a Spider".
- Basic Dungeons & Dragons module M5 Talons of Night. Finnister MacAlister and any other captive NPCs are found paralyzed and wrapped up in web with egg sacs bound to their chests 0- they're intended to be food for the baby spiders. You can also cast the Web spell yourself! That version lasts up to a few hours (depending on the caster's level) unless the victim can break or wriggle out first. (Fire can free a victim quickly, but that usually hurts the victim in the process.)
- Call of Cthulhu: Very likely to happen to anyone who tangles with the giant spider-like Great Old One named Atlach-Nacha or Leng Spiders.
- In Rocket Age, the Trip Line Spider has no trouble webbing humanoids up for later, along with making traps.
- Temporarily happens to your character in Limbo. You have to make an escape while still covered in webbing, greatly reducing your mobility. It's a bit of a comic relief moment, actually, unless you trip into a pit of spikes...
- Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver has this in the Silenced Cathedral, which is inhabited by spider-like degenerate vampires. Many of them are still moving.
- Starcraft II: the mission Outbreak, you come across human shaped cocoons labeled "Infested Refugee".
- When you first discover the Arachne in Devil May Cry 3, numerous human-shaped cocoons can be seen hanging upside-down from the ceiling and from webs.
- Guild Wars: In "The Wilds" mission, several webbed prisoners must be saved towards the end.
- Blood has this, in the final level of Episode II, where the big boss is a giant spider.
- Neverwinter Nights likes to leave human-sized web cocoons around wherever there are giant spiders.
- Any area in Dragon Age: Origins that includes Giant Spider enemies is bound to have quite a few of these to loot. The spiders can also do this to playable characters, stunning them for a short period of time.
- World of Warcraft has a few boss encounters where either the mooks or the bosses can cast a web wrap. Notably Maexxna, the final boss of Naxxramas' Arachnid Quarter, will cast web wrap against the entire raid a number of times during the encounter. Web-wrapped NPCs occur in several arachnid-populated areas as well.
- Warcraft III also had Nerubians being able to use Web attacks. Undead Crypt Fiends in particular could use webs to allow ground units to attack air units. In the Nerubian levels of the expansion you could see dwarves All Webbed Up just before they exploded into spiders.
- In Doom 3, in areas populated with Trites, a number of webbed corpses are scattered around. Being related to them, Vagaries also have them in their choice of decoration. An interesting example is in the first Vagary's lair: one of the bodies on the ceiling twitches like crazy when you're still seeing the place through a windownote , but by the time you get inside, it's dead still.
- Warhammer Online has several quests to go into a town overrun with "Silkens", giant mutant spiders that wrap victims in cocoons. One of them is to burn the cocoons of marauders who have proven too weak to the cause by being cocooned as food/gestation units and need to be destroyed to ensure the weakness is purged. Another is to gather the blood of a prominent villager and anoint a banner with it - the villager happens to have already been cocooned, so you need only stab him and gather the blood from the twitching, prone cocoon.
- Brütal Legend has this before the battle with the Heavy Metal Queen, a giant spider made of motorcycle parts. Some of the cocoons are twitching, but not because the victim is still alive—when you get near they burst and reveal dozens of tiny spiderlings.
- Pathways into Darkness states that if you are successfully killed by giant spiders, they web up your body and drag you away to be eaten.
- The Pokémon moves String Shot, which lowers the opponent's speed, Spider Web, which completely prevents the target from escaping, Sticky Web, which lowers Speed stat by one on a Pokemon switching in, and Electroweb, which deals electric damage and lowers the target's speed. Both families of spider Pokémon can learn all of these, and it's pretty obvious how they all work.
- Resident Evil:
- In Adult Swim Games' Lesbian Spider Queens of Mars, this is you primary means of recapturing your rebelious slaves.
- In Ghostbusters: The Video Game we have the Spider Witch's level which is just one big level dedicated to our webby friends. There are bodies hung from the ceiling and the whole level is basically wrapped in webs. An arachnophobes worst nightmare for sure.
- A handful of minions meet this fate in Overlord II after your ship is wrecked on a spider-infested tropical island. You can rescue them, though.
- In Diablo III, you rescue Karyna, the Dummied Out mystic Artisan, from the enormous web she's caught in moments before the Spider Queen arrives to suck her guts out.
- The Elder Scrolls:
- Land Dreughs, a temporary land-dwelling form of the typically aquatic humanoid octopi race of Dreugh, are said to do this with their victims. Dreugh undergo a process known as "karvinasim" to become Land Dreughs, temporarily becoming terrestrial in order to breed. Land Dreughs leave their victims cocooned in this state to serve as food for their young.
- In Skyrim, Skyrim's native giant spiders do this to their victims. In the first plot-relevant dungeon you explore as part of the main quest, you find a bandit leader still alive and webbed to the wall. He promises to hand over the item you are seeking if you cut him free. Of course, the instant you do so, he takes off running and calls you a fool. He will likely die a quick death to the dungeon's Draugr or death traps if you don't catch up and kill him first. One spider-filled cave even has the corpses of woolly mammoths webbed up this way.
- Baldur's Gate:
- In a standard game, this is the result of failing a save against the wizard spell "Web", or traps that copy its effect. The web stays until the character successfully makes a new saving throw, but the character can get webbed again as long as he's still in the spell's area of effect.
- An optional late-game dungeon has some areas with lots of dead bodies all cocooned up, the handiwork of either phase spiders or carrion crawlers.
- With the Sword Coast Stratagems Game Mod installed, giant spiders will shoot wads of webbing at characters, holding them in place for a while if they fail a saving throw.
- Runescape gives us the Araxyte lair, decorated with hanging webbed up corpses. Some of them are still moving.
- Happens to Rottytops in Shantae and the Pirate's Curse.
- Monster Hunter:Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate introduces the Nerscylla, a gigantic spider that attempts to do this to your hunter. If it's successful, the Nerscylla will either attempt to bite you with its huge pincers to inflict poison or sting you to put you to sleep.
- On your way through the Core in Undertale, you find an area that's full of spiderwebs. You have to try and cross the one that blankets the entire path in order to proceed, and the result is... predictable. During the boss fight against Muffet the Spider, your soul indicator is restricted to jumping from one "web" to the next, and one of the ACT options is "struggle", which just makes her laugh.
- In The Sexy Brutale, this is the ultimate fate of one of the guests. Just like all the other guests' deaths, it's your job to figure out how to prevent it.
- In Mountain King, a spider lurking at the very bottom of the mountain will cocoon you if you come into contact with it. You must wiggle your way out of it before the spider comes back and eats you.
- Parodied in Girl Genius, as seen above: The spider even uses a knife and fork, and webs up its victim while the main characters are arguing over who has to squash it.
- The victims of Vriska's Giant Spider lusus are briefly seen stuck in a web. Many of them were probably already dead when they got there, since Vriska kills people in a variety of ways other than luring them to her hive.
- Dreamwalk Journal spinoffs The Widow and Nightshade, the Merry Widow (NSFW) feature partially-wrapped anthro-arthropod victims, waiting not to be eaten but screwed senseless.
- Spinnerette is a rare heroic example, since she's part spider. She hasn't gotten to do it to any villains yet, though; her only use of this tactic so far was when her own teammates were hit with a Hate Plague poison.
- Happens in Tasakeru quite often.
- In the web series Death Battle episode "Batman vs Spider-Man", this is ultimately how Spider-Man takes down Batman, although it is said outright Batman could have escaped if given enough time, it left him vulnerable long enough for Spider-Man to deal the death blow.
- There's a fan-made Daring Do game on the web featuring these as setpieces for an ancient temple. You can push them around to an extent, but no giant spiders ever show up, and it's never revealed just what's behind all the silk. Which just makes things scarier...
- Featured in "Society Of Virtue" episode "Two Men and a Spiderweb"
- The Aladdin: The Series episode "Web of Fear" had the Unkhbut wrap up Princess Jasmine and take her underground.
- Very briefly occurs in an episode of Totally Spies!, via a giant robot spider.
- Happens at least twice on Martin Mystery.
- Because actual violence was a no-no, the The Legend of Zelda cartoon had Tektites project red silk to entangle their victims. (In the games, Tektites just hop around for Collision Damage.)
- On the American Dad! episode "Brains, Brains, and Automobiles," during the sequence of Stan trying to find Francine in Roger's brain after Francine gets mad at Stan for purposely poisoning Roger as a means to stall their "alone time", Stan walks into a cave and finds Roger's conscience (a small, weak Jiminy Cricket-esque bug who's dying of neglect) begging Stan to kill him. He then finds actor Tom Skerritt stuck to the wall in a white web-looking cocoon. Tom begs Stan to, "Get me work!"
- Spider-man in The Spectacular Spider Man, just like his comic book counterpart. Probably most notably was when he did this repeatedly to Kraven to make sure he couldn't break free this time.
- Blackarachnia from Transformers Animated actually does this to her enemies, like Bumblebee and Prowl.
- Papa Smurf in The Smurfs episode "The Magnifying Mixture" got spun into a cocoon when he accidentally spilled the enlarging formula onto a small spider.
- Happens in at least one episode of W.I.T.C.H. to all of the girls at once, then just to Will.
- The purpose of the Spidermobile in the episode of the same name in The Dreamstone. It ends up as one of the Urpney's few formidable weapons, successfully webbing up nearly everyone in the Land Of Dreams (and later Rufus, Amberley and Pildit when they try to sneak into Viltheed).
- This seemed to happen to at least one character on The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy every time Jeff showed up. At least Jeff was a friendly spider. The Spider Queen, who appeared on the made-for-TV movie Billy & Mandy: Wrath of the Spider Queen, was much nastier, and she tended to tie up victims this way too.
- The New Adventures of Superman: Jimmy Olsen gets wrapped up in a cocoon when he is kidnapped by the leader of the Insect Raiders in "The Insect Raiders".
- Spiders do this naturally in real life, though they've never been reported to do so to humans, obviously.
- This is basically how velvet worms catch their prey—they spray a long strand of sticky fluid onto a potential meal (usually a small bug), which immobilizes them by basically gluing them to the spot they're in.