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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'': [[spoiler:Queen Garan]] is associated with spiders through [[ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire their appearance and clothing once their true colors are revealed]], fitting their scheming and manipulative nature.

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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'': [[spoiler:Queen Garan]] Ga'ran]] is associated with spiders through [[ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire their her appearance and clothing once their true colors are revealed]], fitting their her scheming and manipulative nature.


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* Hyperion's ''WesternAnimation/TheItsyBitsySpider'', based on the short subject which played with the theatrical feature ''Bebe's Kids'', has the titular arachnid constantly outwitting a feisty exterminator.

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* ''Videogame/MegaManX:'' Web Spider of the fourth game is the leader of the Repliforce's guerilla division, who used to be a member of the Maverick Hunters' 0th unit, which specialized in black ops. He's a tricky enemy who frequently hides in the trees and shoots paralyzing electric webs that leave his enemies open. He can also summon spider drones to aid him.


Subtrope of TheTrickster, and may also overlap with TheChessmaster or TheSpymaster. Strategic web usage may also make them a TrapMaster or TheStrategist. Compare SpidersAreScary, which is another reason spiders get a bad rap, and GiantSpider, which is usually more terrifying and brute-force-focused than cunning, although they can certainly overlap for pure horror. Characters sporting ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire or using ProjectileWebbing may also be tricksters because of this trope. See also other sneaky animals: CunningLikeAFox, RascallyRabbit, RascallyRaccoon, and ThoseWilyCoyotes.

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Subtrope of TheTrickster, and may also overlap with TheChessmaster or TheSpymaster. Strategic web usage may also make them a TrapMaster or TheStrategist. Compare SpidersAreScary, which is another reason spiders get a bad rap, and GiantSpider, which is usually more terrifying and brute-force-focused than cunning, although they can certainly overlap for pure horror. Characters sporting ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire or using ProjectileWebbing may also be tricksters because of this trope. See also other sneaky animals: CunningLikeAFox, RascallyRabbit, RascallyRaccoon, StealthyCephalopod (another eight-legged one!) and ThoseWilyCoyotes.

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* In ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol'', Old Joe, the unscrupulous pawnbroker/fence who buys Scrooge's belongings after his death, is a spider.


* [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Gym Leader]] [[{{Ninja}} Janine]]'s signature Pokémon is an Ariados.

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* [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'': Gym Leader]] [[{{Ninja}} Janine]]'s Leader Janine is a {{ninja}}, and her signature Pokémon is an the spider-like Ariados.

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* [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Gym Leader]] [[{{Ninja}} Janine]]'s signature Pokémon is an Ariados.


* The spider "family" of demons in ''Manga/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaiba'' are demons who hide in a mountain and use their spider-themed powers, such as webs and poison, to torment passerby and slay arriving {{Demon Slay|ing}}ers.
* Kidomaru of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is a spider-themed ninja (with eight limbs, the ability to produce webs, and a GiantSpider personal summon). Fittingly, he is the Sound Five's strategist, and an unrepentant sadist.

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* ''Manga/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaiba'': The spider "family" of demons in ''Manga/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaiba'' are demons who hide in a mountain and use their spider-themed powers, such as webs and poison, to torment passerby and slay arriving {{Demon Slay|ing}}ers.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Kidomaru of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is a spider-themed ninja (with with eight limbs, the ability to produce webs, and a GiantSpider personal summon).summon. Fittingly, he is the Sound Five's strategist, and an unrepentant sadist.



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* ''Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi'': Keeper Arachne, a spider-using Keeper, who worships the Vermin Lord and uses traps like flooding a room after people have entered.

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* ''Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi'': Keeper Arachne, a spider-using Keeper, Keeper who worships the Vermin Lord and Lord, uses traps like flooding a room after people have entered.



* While the [[Literature/{{Coraline}} original book]] describes the [[BigBad Other Mother]] with various bits of spider imagery, the film adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' has her turn into a full-blown spider lady as her OneWingedAngel form. Much like a spider's web, the colorful, surreal Other World -- as well as its idealized doubles of Coraline's father and her neighbors -- are a false illusion crafted by the Other Mother ''specifically'' to lure in and trap the eponymous heroine, with the intent of feeding on her like she did to other, less fortunate children in the past.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'': While the [[Literature/{{Coraline}} original book]] describes the [[BigBad Other Mother]] with various bits of spider imagery, the film adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' has her turn into a full-blown spider lady as her OneWingedAngel form. Much like a spider's web, the colorful, surreal Other World -- as well as its idealized doubles of Coraline's father and her neighbors -- are a false illusion crafted by the Other Mother ''specifically'' to lure in and trap the eponymous heroine, with the intent of feeding on her like she did to other, less fortunate children in the past.



* ''Literature/AnansiBoys'' is about spider trickster Anansi, who's "died", and his two sons, Fat Charlie and Spider, as they come to grips with his legacy. Fat Charlie is only book-smart and has to become more of a GuileHero over the course of the plot, while Spider ''is'' a charming and manipulative trickster, but also incredibly shallow and selfish [[spoiler: and turns out to not be a brother born normally but a SuperpoweredEvilSide split off from Charlie in his youth.]]



* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'' mentions a [[ProfessionalKiller filing clerk]] by the name of Arachne, who is ''particularly'' [[AnimalAssassin interested]] in exotic venomous spiders...
* The ''Literature/{{Emberverse}}'' series has Lady Protector Sandra Arminger, a cunning, cruel and highly intelligent woman whose adeptness at manipulating the politics and schemes of her nation has earned her the nickname of the Spider.
* "The Spider" in ''The Lies of Locke Lamora'' (book one of the ''Literature/GentlemanBastard'' series) is the secret head of Camorr's Midnighters, an order of secret police that reports to the Duke himself. The Spider goes unnoticed because [[spoiler:she's a seemingly harmless old widow, Dona Angiavesta Vorchenza]].

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* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'' %%* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': ''Literature/{{Snuff}}'' mentions a [[ProfessionalKiller filing clerk]] by the name of Arachne, who is ''particularly'' [[AnimalAssassin interested]] in exotic venomous spiders...
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* The ''Literature/{{Emberverse}}'' series has Lady Protector Sandra Arminger, a cunning, cruel and highly intelligent woman whose adeptness at manipulating the politics and schemes of her nation has earned her the nickname of the Spider.
* "The Spider" in ''Literature/GentlemanBastard'': In ''The Lies of Locke Lamora'' (book one of the ''Literature/GentlemanBastard'' series) Lamora'', "the Spider" is the secret head of Camorr's Midnighters, an order of secret police that reports to the Duke himself. The Spider goes unnoticed because [[spoiler:she's a seemingly harmless old widow, Dona Angiavesta Vorchenza]].



* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Varys, the DeadlyDecadentCourt's cunning spymaster, is associated with spiders (his InUniverseNickname is even "The Spider") due to his secrecy and "web" of informants. Although he's ostensibly on the side of the crown, he appears to have his own agenda which the court is none the wiser to.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Varys, the DeadlyDecadentCourt's cunning spymaster, is associated with spiders (his InUniverseNickname is even "The "the Spider") due to his secrecy and "web" of informants. Although he's ostensibly on the side of the crown, he appears to have his own agenda which the court is none the wiser to.



* ''Literature/AnansiBoys'' is about spider trickster Anansi, who's "died", and his two sons, Fat Charlie and Spider, as they come to grips with his legacy. Fat Charlie is only book-smart and has to become more of a GuileHero over the course of the plot, while Spider ''is'' a charming and manipulative trickster, but also incredibly shallow and selfish [[spoiler: and turns out to not be a brother born normally but a SuperpoweredEvilSide split off from Charlie in his youth.]]



* The [[{{Youkai}} Tsuchigumo]] of Myth/JapaneseMythology, a MasterOfIllusion GiantSpider who lures the hero Minamoto no Raiko into his web and would have eaten him had Minamoto not seen through the illusion.

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* Myth/JapaneseMythology: The [[{{Youkai}} Tsuchigumo]] of Myth/JapaneseMythology, tsuchigumo]] , a MasterOfIllusion GiantSpider who lures the hero Minamoto no Raiko into his web and would have eaten him had Minamoto not seen through the illusion.



* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' features Ravnica, a realm entirely controlled by 10 'guilds', each representing two different colours of the game's five colors of mana, and each of these guilds is responsible for some aspect of Ravnica's function. Among these, the 'Dimir' guild, consisting of the [[MasterOfIllusion blue]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe black]] mana, essentially operate as Ravnica's [[TheSpymaster Spymasters]], {{Knowledge Broker}}s, and {{Professional Killer}}s, and their symbol is a heavily stylized eight-legged spider with a [[SinisterSurveillance single big eye]] on its back. They were, in fact, so sneaky that for the longest time, [[NoSuchAgency most people believed there were only 9 guilds on Ravnica]].
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' supplement ''Bug City''. In Shadowrun, each shaman worships and gains magical powers from a specific totem. One possible totem is Spider, who spins her web and waits for others to come to her and fall into it. Spider "...waits and plots, carefully and deliberately". Spider and her shamans prefer dark, quiet secret places with no one else around. One of Spider's aspects is that of the trickster.

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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' features Ravnica, a realm entirely controlled by 10 'guilds', each representing two different colours of the game's five colors of mana, and each of these guilds is responsible for some aspect of Ravnica's function. Among these, the 'Dimir' Dimir guild, consisting of the [[MasterOfIllusion blue]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe black]] mana, essentially operate as Ravnica's [[TheSpymaster Spymasters]], {{Knowledge Broker}}s, and {{Professional Killer}}s, and their symbol is a heavily stylized eight-legged spider with a [[SinisterSurveillance single big eye]] on its back. They were, in fact, so sneaky that for the longest time, [[NoSuchAgency most people believed there were only 9 nine guilds on Ravnica]].
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' supplement ''Bug City''. ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'': Grandmother Spider, a deity who usually takes the form of an immense spider, is a goddess of trickery and illusions and an archetypal [[TheTrickster trickster god]], being especially fond of humbling the arrogant and those who benefit from others. Her exploits include tricking the lioness out of her mane, stealing the keys of the cosmos from Asmodeus and agreeing to help another goddess save a powerful mortal empire in exchange for getting three attempts to bring it down.
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In Shadowrun, ''Shadowrun'', each shaman worships and gains magical powers from a specific totem. One possible totem is Spider, who spins her web and waits for others to come to her and fall into it. Spider "...waits and plots, carefully and deliberately". Spider and her shamans prefer dark, quiet secret places with no one else around. One of Spider's her aspects is that of the trickster.



* The Fear from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' has a spider theme, with his tree-climbing and how he challenges Snake to "come into (his) web". He can also turn invisible and is armed with a crossbow, a weapon notes for its silent quality.

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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'': The Fear from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' has a spider theme, with his tree-climbing and how he challenges Snake to "come into (his) web". He can also turn invisible and is armed with a crossbow, a weapon notes for its silent quality.





Spiders are well-known for the webs they weave and lay as traps for unsuspecting prey. In line with this, fictional spiders and [[AnimalMotifs characters associated with them]] will be cast as witty tricksters and/or deceitful, manipulative schemers with ulterior motives. They lie in wait in the shadows and use [[AllWebbedUp physical]] or metaphorical "webs" to outwit their opponents, and web imagery can also used to portray their influence over others. Other times, they are portrayed as seducers who attempt to lure in unsuspecting prey for the kill -- for an extreme example, the term BlackWidow is partially derived from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latrodectus a genus of spiders]] whose females occasionally devour the males after mating. For extra sketchiness, these can be compounded with how some spiders secrete venom (because [[PoisonIsEvil the usage of toxins is untrustworthy]]), or the weaving of spider webs can be related to [[MasterOfIllusion illusion]] powers.

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Spiders are well-known for the webs they weave and lay as traps for unsuspecting prey. In line with this, fictional spiders and [[AnimalMotifs characters associated with them]] will be cast as witty tricksters and/or deceitful, manipulative schemers with ulterior motives. They lie in wait in the shadows and use [[AllWebbedUp physical]] or metaphorical "webs" to outwit their opponents, and web imagery can also used to portray their influence over others.either other individuals or their [[DomainHolder domains]]. Other times, they are portrayed as seducers who attempt to lure in unsuspecting prey for the kill -- for an extreme example, the term BlackWidow is partially derived from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latrodectus a genus of spiders]] whose females occasionally devour the males after mating. For extra sketchiness, these can be compounded with how some spiders secrete venom (because [[PoisonIsEvil the usage of toxins is untrustworthy]]), or the weaving of spider webs can be related to [[MasterOfIllusion illusion]] powers.


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* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'': When [[EvilBanker Mr. Potter]] tries to bribe George Bailey into giving up the Building & Loan, the latter is aware of his tricks and refuses, likening the deceitful businessman to a "scurvy little spider" who spins its web.


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* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'': When [[EvilBanker Mr. Potter]] tries to bribe George Bailey into giving up the Building & Loan, the latter is aware of his tricks and refuses, likening the deceitful businessman to a "scurvy little spider" who spins its web.
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* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'': When [[EvilBanker Mr. Potter]] tries to bribe George Bailey into giving up the Building & Loan, the latter is aware of his tricks and refuses, likening the deceitful businessman to a "scurvy little spider" who spins its web.



* While the [[Literature/{{Coraline}} original book]] describes the [[BigBad Other Mother]] with various bits of spider imagery, the film adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' has her turn into full-blown spider lady as her OneWingedAngel form. Much like a spider's web, the colorful, surreal Other World, as well as its idealized doubles of Coraline's father and her neighbors, are a false illusion crafted by the Other Mother ''specifically'' to lure in and trap the eponymous heroine, with the intent of feeding on her like she did to other, less fortunate children in the past.

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* While the [[Literature/{{Coraline}} original book]] describes the [[BigBad Other Mother]] with various bits of spider imagery, the film adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' has her turn into a full-blown spider lady as her OneWingedAngel form. Much like a spider's web, the colorful, surreal Other World, World -- as well as its idealized doubles of Coraline's father and her neighbors, neighbors -- are a false illusion crafted by the Other Mother ''specifically'' to lure in and trap the eponymous heroine, with the intent of feeding on her like she did to other, less fortunate children in the past.


Spiders are well-known for the webs they weave and lay as traps for unsuspecting prey. In line with this, fictional spiders and [[AnimalMotifs characters associated with them]] will be cast as witty tricksters and/or deceitful, manipulative schemers with ulterior motives. They lie in wait in the shadows and use [[AllWebbedUp physical]] or metaphorical "webs" to outwit their opponents. Web imagery can also used to describe their domains or networks. Other times, they are portrayed as seducers who attempt to lure in unsuspecting prey for the kill -- for an extreme example, the term BlackWidow is partially derived from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latrodectus a genus of spiders]] whose females occasionally devour the males after mating. For extra sketchiness, these can be compounded with how some spiders secrete venom (because [[PoisonIsEvil the usage of toxins is untrustworthy]]), or the weaving of spider webs can be related to [[MasterOfIllusion illusion]] powers.

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Spiders are well-known for the webs they weave and lay as traps for unsuspecting prey. In line with this, fictional spiders and [[AnimalMotifs characters associated with them]] will be cast as witty tricksters and/or deceitful, manipulative schemers with ulterior motives. They lie in wait in the shadows and use [[AllWebbedUp physical]] or metaphorical "webs" to outwit their opponents. Web opponents, and web imagery can also used to describe portray their domains or networks.influence over others. Other times, they are portrayed as seducers who attempt to lure in unsuspecting prey for the kill -- for an extreme example, the term BlackWidow is partially derived from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latrodectus a genus of spiders]] whose females occasionally devour the males after mating. For extra sketchiness, these can be compounded with how some spiders secrete venom (because [[PoisonIsEvil the usage of toxins is untrustworthy]]), or the weaving of spider webs can be related to [[MasterOfIllusion illusion]] powers.

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* ''Literature/AnansiBoys'' is about spider trickster Anansi, who's "died", and his two sons, Fat Charlie and Spider, as they come to grips with his legacy. Fat Charlie is only book-smart and has to become more of a GuileHero over the course of the plot, while Spider ''is'' a charming and manipulative trickster, but also incredibly shallow and selfish [[spoiler: and turns out to not be a brother born normally but a SuperpoweredEvilSide split off from Charlie in his youth.]]

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