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Sometimes, spiders can be nice and friendly.

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Basara-kun on Feb 16th 2018 at 9:09:08 AM
Last Edited By:
Basara-kun on Mar 1st 2018 at 5:51:33 PM
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Another draft made by Basara-kun. I was looking for something like this and I haven't found it so... why not? As always, any help is welcome. Also, working on the description but you can always help me with this.


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A spider's life can't help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that.
Charlotte, Charlotte's Web

Usually Spiders Are Scary, especially if they're giant or so many. But sometimes, spiders can be actually nice and harmless. Sometimes can be used as a pet or an ally, or sometimes, if is a spider person, can be part of the hero team.

Contrast Spiders Are Scary, the inversion of this trope. Some Spider People can be seen as this. A Friend to All Living Things usually has one as friend. Sub-Trope of Good Animals, Evil Animals, in which the spiders are usually Funny and/or Talking Animals, as well Dark Is Not Evil, in which spiders are usually being of color black or another dark colour.


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • The arachne Rachnera Arachnera from Daily Life with Monster Girl is one of the many monster girls in the Unwanted Harem of Kimihito. She hated humans before until she met Kimihito and eventually fell in love with him and made friends with the other monster girls. Rachnera is aware of her own strength, so she's very careful with Kimihiko, also saving him in a couple of times.

    Comic Books 

    Film - Animated 
  • In Madagascar, Alex finds a big hairy spider on his shoulders. The only thing the spider does is give him a big friendly smile and a cheery "Well, howdy-do", but Alex freaks out anyway.
  • In A Bug's Life, Rosie, the black widow spider, is the gentle Team Mom of the circus bugs.
  • In Corpse Bride, there are some friendly, talking black widow spiders in the world of the dead. One of them is a close friend of Emily, the titular corpse bride.

    Film - Live-Action 
  • Buzz McCallister, the Big Brother Bully of Kevin in Home Alone, has a tarantula (Grammostola rosea) as a pet, which was released after Kevin went home alone. This was eventually used as one of Kevin's Improvised Weapons against the Wet Bandits. In the end, the tarantula does not receive damage and it was found by Buzz when he came back home with the rest of his family (or at least is implied).

    Literature 

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Addams Family: The title family have a pet spider named Homer. Despite the neighbours being scared of him, he's actually quite a nice pet.

    Mythology 
  • In African mythology, Anansi the Spider is a Trickster who is generally the protagonist in his stories, and is usually regarded as benign or beneficial.

    Puppet Shows 
  • In the The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss episode, "A Bird's Guide to Health", Horton the Elephant meets Sid the Spider, a spider whose left legs were crushed by a fallen tree. Despite Horton's initial fear of spiders, he and Sid become friends. Horton nurses Sid back to health and protects him from Jane Kangaroo and the Wickershams, who all think that bugs are creepy and not friendly.

    Video Games 

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • In Pocoyo there're a few secondary spider characters with one eye who are despised even though they're actually nice. A good example is the episode "Pato's Egg" in which Pato finds an egg and raises it, only to find that it hatches a spider instead of a bird. Everyone finds it scary, including Pato, but later it is seen that this baby spider is very nice and is embraced by Pato as his father, and later is accepted by his friends Pocoyo and Elly. Also is seen later in other Pocoyo shorts, like "The Big Race!" having his own car.
  • Jeff from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, a Giant Spider who is friendly and kind and thinks Billy is his father. Billy, on the other hand, is dreadfully afraid of spiders, and always tries to swat him whenever he appears.
  • The two main characters of the Hungarian animated series VÝzipˇk-Csodapˇk are a water spider and an orb-weaving diamondback spider. The water spider is a wide-eyed, curious character who is friendly with all bugs he meets, whereas the diamondback is somewhat grouchy and snarky, but still a loyal friend.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "Maud Pie", resident Friend to All Living Things Fluttershy introduces Maud Pie to a spider, describing this particular species as, "They're actually very sweet and help keep other, more dangerous insects away!" And then the spider offers a flower to Maud.
  • Charlie and Lola: In the episode "I'm Not All That Keen on Spiders", Lola meets two spiders named Sidney and Robert, who she's scared of at first, but then her Cool Big Bro Charlie tells her spiders are nice.
  • In the Rugrats episode, "Spike Runs Away", after Spike runs away, Stu and Didi try to get Tommy a replacement pet. One of these is a tarantula named Terry, who isn't poisonous, and has even been defanged so he can't bite. However, Didi still finds Terry creepy. When Tommy opens the door to Terry's cage to try to teach him how to fetch his ball, Terry crawls into Lou's bedroom, where he frightens a sleeping Lou. Lou, having not been informed of Terry's presence, kills him, wraps him in a wad of tissues, and tosses him into a trash can.
  • Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends stars the kindly Miss Spider, who adopts three insect children along with raising her own five spider kids. There is another spider character, Spiderus, who starts out as a bad guy, but becomes more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold as the series goes on.
  • The Looney Tunes Show: In the season 2 episode "Itsy Bitsy Gopher", Bugs and friends are afraid of a big spider that appears in their house. After failing attempts to kill the spider, later they appears Gossamel looking for Webster, his pet spider (which was the spider characters are chasing for) which was harmless.

    Real Life 
  • Grammostola rosea, also called as "Chilean rose tarantula"note , is a tarantula species originated on Chile, which is basically a hand-size haired tarantula which is nice, friendly and harmless. This is probably the only spider that is considered as a pet and is usually treated as that in this country as well in various parts of the world, usually as "exotic pet". Truth in Television the spider used in various movies and series as pets is the Grammostola rosea, as in the Home Alone example.

Feedback: 31 replies

Feb 16th 2018 at 9:20:56 AM

I almost want this to be named Spider-Friend or Friendly Neighborhood Spider but I worry that would be a case of Trope Namer Syndrome. Another possible name would be just Friendly Spider. The "spidey" sounds like a reference to Spider Man anyway.

Also, tropes don't have foils, they have inversions.

The description could use fleshing out.

Feb 16th 2018 at 9:28:59 AM

I was thinking in that, I started to use "spidey" instead "spider" in the name as a kind of reference. But yeah, I prefer to change to "spider" instead

Feb 16th 2018 at 10:36:34 AM

  • Jeff from The Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy, a Giant Spider who is friendly and kind, and thinks Billy is his father. Billy, on the other hand, is dreadfully afraid of spiders, and always tries to swat him whenever he appears.
  • In Madagascar, Alex finds a big hairy spider on his shoulders. The only thing the spider does is give him a big friendly smile and a cheery "Well, howdy-do", but Alex freaks out anyway.

Feb 16th 2018 at 10:37:06 AM

Friendly Neighborhood Spider is clear enough in my opinion to avoid the worst problem with Trope Namer Syndrome (as in, knowing the work is necessary to understand the trope name), and it's funny enough to get my vote.

  • In A Bugs Life Rosie, the black widow spider is the gentle Team Mom of the circus bugs.
  • The two main characters of the Hungarian animated series Vizip├│k-Csodap├│k are a water spider and an orb-weaving diamondback spider. The water spider is a wide-eyed, curious character who is friendly with all bugs he meets, whereas the diamondback is somewhat grouchy and snarky, but still a loyal friend.

Feb 16th 2018 at 11:20:08 AM

Feb 16th 2018 at 11:29:48 AM

Puppet Shows

  • In the The Wubbulous World Of Dr Seuss episode, "A Bird's Guide to Health", Horton the Elephant meets Sid the Spider, a spider whose left legs were crushed by a fallen tree. Despite Horton's initial fear of spiders, he and Sid become friends. Horton nurses Sid back to health and protects him from Jane Kangaroo and the Wickershams, who all think that bugs are creepy and not friendly.

Feb 16th 2018 at 5:05:10 PM

Feb 16th 2018 at 5:34:30 PM

  • In African mythology, Anansi the Spider is a Trickster who is generally the protagonist in his stories, and usually regarded as benign or beneficial.

Feb 17th 2018 at 6:57:17 AM

Video Games

  • Skid from Tinker Quarry is a living plastic toy spider who exhibits a Cheerful Child-like personality, and is one of the sweetest and kindest characters in the game.
  • Kirby Star Allies: While the spider-like Como enemies have appeared in previous games, they were almost always portrayed as generic spider enemies. In this game, however, they can be transformed into Helpers.

Feb 17th 2018 at 6:57:46 AM

Video Games

Feb 17th 2018 at 9:28:57 AM

  • Moshi Monsters has a minor character who's a spider named Scratch, who once helped the Super Moshis save Simon Growl from a fall by using a web.
  • The Addams Family: The title family have a pet spider named Homer. Despite the neighbours being scared of him, he's actually quite a nice pet.
  • Charlie And Lola: In the episode "I'm Not All That Keen on Spiders", Lola meets two spiders named Sidney and Robert, who she's scared of at first, but then her Cool Big Bro Charlie tells her spiders are nice.

Feb 17th 2018 at 10:27:46 PM

At the risk of opening up a can of worms, is this going to be spelled "neighborhood" or "neighbourhood"? Also, how does one code the alternate title redirects from one to the other?

Feb 18th 2018 at 12:40:55 AM

^ See #2 on American And Commonwealth Spellings.

2. First come, first served. Don't change the spelling in someone else's writing; this will just lead to edit warring.

Feb 18th 2018 at 1:14:48 AM

  • Examples section
    • Deleted unnecessary words (before, in, him).
    • Corrected spelling (felt -> fell, making...between -> made...with, vey -> very, adptations).
    • Added necessary words (a, as, a, prevent the, is)
    • Replaced words (of -> as, of -> from).
    • The Harry Potter example has an illegal Sinkhole.
    • Re-wrote several sentences in the Pocoyo example.
    • Changed verb tenses as per How To Write An Example - Write in Historical Present Tense.
    • Corrected punctuation (deleted unnecessary commas).
    • Replaced garbage text characters (caused by non-standard text characters) with standard text characters.

OP Basara-kun: As you can see from my edit reasons above, you have some problems with English, including spelling, word choice, grammar and punctuation. The moderators of TV Tropes are very strict about tropers using proper English, and will suspend from editing anyone who can't do so. Your only chance to avoid being suspended is to post all edits and new material on the Get Help With English Here thread for proofreading before you add them.

Feb 18th 2018 at 6:25:50 AM

In the meantime I started a page for Vizipok Csodapok, so it could be linked in the example.

Feb 18th 2018 at 9:34:14 AM

Western Animation

  • In the Rugrats episode, "Spike Runs Away", after Spike runs away, Stu and Didi try to get Tommy a replacement pet. One of these is a tarantula named Terry, who isn't poisonous, and has even been defanged so he can't bite. However, Didi still finds Terry creepy. When Tommy opens the door to Terry's cage to try to teach him how to fetch his ball, Terry crawls into Lou's bedroom, where he frightens a sleeping Lou. Lou, having not been informed of Terry's presence, kills him, wraps him in a wad of tissues, and tosses him into a trash can.

Feb 18th 2018 at 10:10:16 AM

Literature:

Feb 21st 2018 at 8:36:44 AM

Just so you know, Demonic Spiders isn't necessarily about actual spiders. It's just Spiders Are Scary that's the opposite of this trope.

Feb 21st 2018 at 4:48:49 PM

Why not use this image of Rosie from A Bugs Life for this draft?

Feb 21st 2018 at 5:34:57 PM

^ Perhaps if you can find it in a small-enough size.

Feb 21st 2018 at 7:35:07 PM

Cool, I was thinking about using the Baby Spider from Pocoyo, but that looks great too. Any phrase from the character to accompany the image??

^^^^Thanks, I wasn't aware that Demonic Spiders aren't literal as I thought, fixed now

Feb 28th 2018 at 1:26:08 PM

  • In Corpse Bride, there are some friendly, talking black widow spiders in the world of the dead. One of them is a close friend of Emily, the titular corpse bride.

Feb 28th 2018 at 2:30:09 PM

In James And The Giant Peach as well as its animated film adaption, there is a friendly spider appropriately named "Miss Spider". In the book, she is more of a grandmother-like figure, while in the film she is darker and more gothic, but still all around good.

Feb 28th 2018 at 5:54:42 PM

Miss Spiders Sunny Patch Friends stars the kindly Miss Spider, who adopts three insect children along with raising her own five spider kids. There is another spider character, Spiderus, who starts out as a bad guy, but becomes more of a Jerk With A Heart Of Gold as the series goes on.

Mar 1st 2018 at 11:10:58 AM

Given that this draft has been up for two weeks and has fifteen hats, should we begin to talk about whether it's ready to launch?

Mar 1st 2018 at 2:56:14 PM

I think yes, but I was waiting for some help on description. Anyway, it's pretty launchable at this moment, IMO

Mar 1st 2018 at 5:08:16 PM

I definitely think it looks launch-worthy as well.

Mar 1st 2018 at 5:09:54 PM

I agree, I can't wait for this to be launched.

Mar 1st 2018 at 5:51:33 PM

Well, seems we have a winner here. I can't believe this draft became so successful. Thanks to all for your help, I'll be launching this between tonight and tomorrow ;)

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