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"Most like a spider she was, but huger than the great hunting beasts, and more terrible than they because of the evil purpose in her remorseless eyes. Great horns she had, and behind her short stalk-like neck was her huge swollen body, a vast bloated bag, swaying and sagging beneath her legs; its great bulk was black, blotched with livid marks, but the belly underneath was pale and luminous and gave forth a stench. Her legs were bent, with great knobbed joints high above her back, and hairs that stuck out like steel spines, and at each leg's end there was a claw."

Arachnophobia is probably the second-most popular phobia (after coulrophobia), and even non-arachnophobes have to admit that spiders can be pretty freaky. Therefore, the most popular form of Big Creepy-Crawlies, and one of the most popular 50 Foot Whatevers to attack has to be (don't click the link if you like to browse TV Tropes before bed) a big spider. The bigger they are, the less likely there are to be more of them, but they're almost all so big that they realistically shouldn't be able to move or breathe (according to natural laws of our universe's Earth, given our atmosphere's oxygen concentration). They will usually have hypertoxic venom, both spin webs and hunt for prey, and Super Spit silk out of their mouths (most spiders in real life only focus on one trait). For extra terror, they may even attack in groups (again, most spiders in real life are solitary).


Needless to say, they can be a bit of a problem for viewers that really are arachnophobic, especially in video games with them as a featured enemy. Many games get around this by making the spiders relatively cartoonish, or not having them correspond to any real life spiders. Granted, they can still be freaky due to the sheer nature of being giant spiders.

They usually have little personality, beyond vague malevolence. Some of them can talk, but they're rarely very chatty. Sometimes, they're just ordinary spiders who meet up with a protagonist who is small, although it amounts to the same thing. Crossed over with Humongous Mecha, you get the Spider Tank.

Not to be confused with Demonic Spiders, who are just difficult enemies, or Money Spiders, which are just enemies that drop money even though they logically shouldn't — although either of these can be literal spiders.


Compare Giant Enemy Crab. Subtrope of Dire Beast.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • The third chapter of Majin Devil is rife with them. Demonic dog-sized spiders with embryos on their backs that crawl out of pregnant girls hoohahs, tear their way out of their stomachs, or rip themselves out of hosts head.
  • Two Digimon skirt the line, namely Dokugumon (technically an insect that spins webs) and Arachnemon/Arukenimon (who is more like a Drider than the more spider-like Dokugumon).
  • One of these accompanied Kotarou on his first battle against Negi in the Kyoto Arc of Mahou Sensei Negima!. It was banished by Asuna with one swing of her Iron Fan.
  • In One Piece the general zombie Talleran is an enormous spider that was crossed with a monkey by Dr. Hogback. If that wasn't enough he commands a large group of smaller (yet still big comparatively) spiders that were crossed with mice. Vice-Admiral Onigumo also lives up to his name by turning into some sort of human/spider hybrid with 8 arms, all with swords, and 2 legs to stand on.
    • One of the Elite Mook from the Punk Hazard arc, "Machete" Run is a spider-centaur with a massive arachnid body, implying that giant spiders exist in the world of One Piece.
  • Uru from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. Not quite as scary as some of the other examples on this page, but still very big and menacing.
  • Matarael from Neon Genesis Evangelion, which looks like a bowl with lots of eyes and has four legs.
  • Spider Riders, as its name suggests, features giant spiders as the characters' mounts.
  • Bali Lali of Bizenghast. She and the other Cleaners are all spider people.
  • In his fight with Kidomaru, Neji fights giant spiders in Naruto.
  • In Spirited Away, Kamaji the boiler man is a youkai who seems to be a cross between an old man and a large spider. (Or perhaps a an opilione, also known as harvestmen or daddy longlegs.) He's not quite as scary as the other examples on this page, and is actually a rather decent fellow.
  • In Inuyasha, giant spiders or spider-like beings are common, weak Youkai in feudal Japan. Sango and her family were tricked by Naraku (who's a spider-based demon himself) into fighting a giant, ogre-faced spider. In the final battle, Naraku's outer shell is a gargantuan black spider who acts as a final dungeon.
  • Two different Demon Beasts resembling giant spiders appear in 3×3 Eyes under the control of Yakumo and Benares: the former has Jing Gu (Mirror Bug), a spider-like being the size of a soccer ball who can reflect light attacks and spin thread. Benares control the much more formidable Fu Yao Zhizhu (Monster-Binding Spider), a giant, more realistic-looking spider that pins its victims down, extract their energy and then imprisons them into a cocoon. Benares states that this monster can subdue even an immortal Wu like Yakumo.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Vento Aureo uses the "shrunken hero" vs. regular-sized spider variant, as Formaggio traps Narancia (who has been affected by Formaggio's Little Feet stand) in a bottle and pits him against a normal tarantula.

    Asian Animation 
  • In the Lamput episode "Shape Shift", one of Lamput's transformations is a giant spider. The docs morph into a fly swatter afterwards to squash him.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf:
    • Wolffy runs into one in episode 65 and gets Projectile Webbing powers from it.
    • In one episode of Mighty Little Defenders, Gogoa is shown in a flashback being chased and bitten by a giant hallucination spider. It's actually being powered by a chip and shrinks to normal size once the chip is removed.

    Card Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering has several spiders as creature cards, and they're usually able to block creatures with flying, representing flying creatures (from small birds and insects to full-sized griffins and small dragons) getting caught in their webs.
    • The first was actually called "Giant Spider", and holds the distinction of having been the only card to have been in every base set printed until it was left out of Magic 2013, although it came back in Magic 2014 and still holds the record for longest continuous run in the core sets.
    • Giant Spider is not the biggest Spider in the game, either. Goliath Spider is. It's a 7/6 and its illustration is it eating a drake. There's also Plated Spider, which has the amusing flavor text "Most spiders wait patiently for their prey to arrive. Most spiders aren't forty feet tall."
    • Planechase gave us Dragonlair Spider, which spawns insects. Spiders are technically not insects, but then you read the flavour text. Those insects are not spawns of the spider; they're scavengers eating the bits of dragons that the spider discards. That thing eats dragons.
    • The planes of Shadowmoor and Innistrad — both based on horror themes, fairytale horror in the first case and Hammer Horror in the second — are both home to a specific species of giant spiders the size of cottages known as gloomwidows. They start out as ground-based hunters who kill their prey with their powerful venom, but become preferential web-spinners as they mature. Those from Shadowmoor cover whole cliffs with their webs, while those from Innistrad are often found in abandoned towns, with webs filling the air between spires and belltowers, although others lurk in graveyards instead.

    Comic Books 
  • Trauma (whose superpower is turning into people's worst fears) transforms into one during a training exercise in Avengers: The Initiative #1. This turns out to be a very bad idea; the arachnophobic Armory freaks out and accidentally kills one of her teammates.
  • While not a giant spider per se, The Crimson King in the comic adaptation of The Dark Tower often sports a couple of spider legs whenever he shows up.
  • Conan the Barbarian encountered giant spiders all the goddamn time in Marvel's Savage Sword of Conan comics. But his most famous adventure involving a giant spider was probably Conan's battle with Omm, a giant spider worshiped as a god in the city of Yezud. A later adventure had Conan fighting Omm's equally large offspring, Zath.
  • A few show up in Spider-Man, obviously.
    • Spidey once builds one realistic enough to scare a thug trapped in a web into giving him information.
    • And there was a villain who was obsessed with killing Spider-Man and for some reason would only use giant spider robots called "Spider Slayers" for the job. One version of the Spider Slayer was a scorpion though, which makes a bit more sense, given that scorpions do commonly prey upon spiders. This was the original reasoning in giving Mac Gargan the power and abilities of a scorpion to serve as Spider-Man's Evil Counterpart.
    • To say nothing of Spider-Man transforming into the Half-Human Hybrid Man-Spider on occasion.
    • The storyline Spider-Island is literally crawling with them.
    • In the first team-up between the Superior Spider-Man and the X-Men, they tackle a giant spider, which in addition to having mutant powers, also has human eyes. After being stunned by Spidey, the creature turns into a normal-sized blond human woman. It was revealed to have been created by Spider-Man's enemy, the Jackal, using technology stolen from X-Men villain, Mr. Sinister.
    • The Thousand was a a swarm of spiders that inhabit a human body. The main spider was the size of a human head.
    • The villain Queen wanted Spider-Man to be her mate and vowed he would love her whether he wanted to or not. After easily beating Spidey in their first fight she forced a kiss on him and over the next few issues it was discovered her kiss was slowly mutating him into a giant spider mutant. He eventually turns into a giant spider and is completely under Queen's control, and she plans to use him as an egg sac to give birth to her offspring. It was a small miracle that Peter managed to survive the process. His giant spider form died unexpectedly and he got his original body back.
  • The villain Org, from Jungle Comics, uses a drum to control giant spiders.
  • Don Martin pitted his comical superhero Captain Klutz against Gorgonzola, a giant spider with distinctly Martinesque features — which turned out to be a costume worn by a criminal who was wanted for 'trick-or-treating' without a license.
  • The Goon has Spider (Actually called Percival Goodbody), a man-sized spider wearing a bowler hat with a tendency to cheat at card games getting him into trouble with Goon or other characters.
  • In one issue of Havoc Inc an unusually large tarantula caught Chester and Deck off guard as they were sleeping on a jungle planet. As portrayed on the cover art.
  • The second issue of IDW's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comic book series features a few. They wear hats. One of them doesn't have one, so it takes Applejack's.
  • The Last Haga from Paperinik New Adventures is a giant space spider. She is enormous (and can grow even bigger), is stated to be able to devour whole planets given enough time, reproduces extremely quickly and asexually (her offspring also qualify for this trope), and she is totally undetectable by radar or any other type of sensor.
  • One of the many opponents that The Monster must fight in The Frankenstein Monster is a giant spider whose zombifying bite is used to create an army of slaves.
  • Meriem runs afoul of a nest of giant spiders in Cavewoman: Deadly Venom.
  • Judge Dredd:
    • AGV (Arachnid Gene Virus) is a rare disease in Mega City One that turns person into a man-sized spider. One story features a woman with AGV slowly succumbing to it, and its sequel story has her visiting her husband who didn't stay by her side as promised....
    • There are giant spiders in the Cursed Earth that dig burrows in the ground, where they lie waiting before attacking unsuspecting prey. Dredd and a team of Judges ran into a couple of them during a patrol outside the new mutant settlements.
    • Additionally, there's an even rarer shapeshifting breed of giant spiders which disguise themselves as humans to seduce hapless men before devouring them.
  • Discussed in The Sandman. Barbara wonders if her dreamworld has these creatures, and learns that while it does, they are on her side, and very timid.
  • The mounts of the Urnethi in Sojourn.
  • A story in The Vault of Horror has some white-collar criminals in a small plane get caught in a giant web spun between two mountains, deep in the South American jungle. When the denizen of the web shows up, they're dinner. The Vault-Keeper gleefully informs us that a smaller spider will probably curl up and die at the mere mention of the name "Giant Mountain Crawler."
  • The Necromunda comic The Redeemer features a mutant giant spider whose eye can give its bearer Psychic Powers.

    Fan Works 
  • Child of the Storm mentions the Acromantulae of the Forbidden Forest and Uhtred immediately perks up. Harry immediately tells him that no, he can't go hunt them because it would upset Hagrid. While this may seem odd, Uhtred is a teenage Asgardian well on course to be bigger than Thor and as strong as Volstagg and is, moreover, the protégé of Sif herself. In short, Harry is very right to worry for the spiders.
  • Children of an Elder God: The first enemy Shinji fights is a skyscraper-sized spider-shaped Eldritch Abomination spread its webs all over the city and spawned millions of smaller spiders danced around its legs and flooded the city's streets.
    It showed a creature that resembled a huge spider, hundreds of feet tall, lying on its side, its legs working the air feebly. It was surrounded by a charred cocoon of spider silk and the corpses of countless spiders. However, more were erupting up from the ground and forming from its blood, which was puddled around it. Further more, the charred marks on its exterior were fading, and ichor was no longer leaking from it.
  • The seven-legged Mr. 7 of the recursive My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic / Xenophilia fanfic, Divided Rainbow. He first appears in the third chapter.
  • The protagonist Rochelle in the Puella Magi Madoka Magica fanfic Witch Quest is a sane Witch whose normal form is of this. She even introduces herself this way to others at first ("Hwee ahr a giahnt spidahr."). She subverts the usual portrayal of this trope insofar as she's actually trying to help Magical Girls get happy endings, although mistrust, misunderstandings, and Napalm stand in the way (among others).
  • One captures Vinyl and Octavia in its web in Vinyl and Octavia Machete Their Way Through the Jungle.
  • In The World of the Creatures , Batman and the Eleventh Doctor are captured by a colony of giant spiders that talk. It is implied that these are either from Harry Potter or The Hobbit.
  • The RWBY Fanfic Various Vytal Ventures chapter "Bark and Bite" introduces a new form of Grimm, the Aggromantulas, which are not only big, but fast, vicious, and carry a paralyzing venom in their fangs. Their Queen, however, takes it Up to Eleven.
  • In the Pony POV Series, there's the Polyphemus Gargantula, more commonly known as Giant Cyclops Spider. Aahg from G1 is a member of this species, however the first and most deadly of the entire species was Lahb, a creation of Hydia's ancestor, the First Witch Lilith. Lahb was a forty foot tall titan with legs as wide as tree trunks, and fangs big enough to impale a centaur.
  • Along Came a Spider has pony-hoof-sized ones as well as ANASI, THE SPIDER GODDESS (straight from Metebelis III. Really).
  • Besides the Will of Evil: Ungoliants are enormous spider-like monsters created by Reiziger as muscle for his armies. They create an aura of shadow around themselves, and unlike real spiders they have a poisonous stinger hidden beneath their bellies.
  • Equestria Divided:
    • Wood spiders, enormous creatures resembling spiders shaped out of living wood, are among the monsters native to the Everfree. They sometimes have poison-spitting plants rooted into their backs, allowing them to pelt enemies with poisonous liquids at range before moving in to maul them.
    • One changeling unit, the weblings, resembles a monstrous spider with a changeling's head and can shoot tough Projectile Webbing.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Quite a few films of the B-Movie genre use these, whether in stop motion or just extreme close-up:
  • The largest spider in the aptly-named Arachnophobia is not very big compared to Kumonga, but still slightly bigger than any real spider. Even Australian ones. The real problem with the spiders in said film are their sheer numbers and insanely poisonous bite. They even get titles "Boss Spiders" and the infamous "Spider General" much to John Goodman's character disbelief.
  • King Kong:
    • Giant spiders constituted most of one of the most legendary (or, as some claim, overhyped) deleted — and now lost — scenes in film history: a section of King Kong (1933), now known as the Lost Spider Pit scene. The footage is now believed to be lost forever, but the scene was re-created as a bonus feature over 70 years later, with stills and concept art used as reference.
    • Peter Jackson's version also featured giant spiders (detailed in the Natural History of Skull Island as spider-like arachnids called "Arachno-Claws") in the Bug Pit scene. Based on the above mentioned 1933 example, of course.
    • In one scene of Kong: Skull Island, the characters are attacked by a gigantic spider-like creature so tall, that its legs blended into the bamboo forests they were walking through. It impales one of them with its leg and attempts to draw another up by its fleshy tendrils into its Belly Mouth. On the Skull Island MONARCH website it's given the name of Mother Longlegs, and isn't actually a spider, but a colossal harvestman that's also part bamboo, and all female, with mouths at the ends of its spiked legs.
  • As of Son of Godzilla, Monster Island is home to Kumonga, a spider with a 164-foot legspan. Unlike most of the other examples listed here, she gets a Heel–Face Turn in Destroy All Monsters. She shows up again in Godzilla: Final Wars, still shooting her yellow webbing.
  • In The Incredible Shrinking Man, the title character encounters an ordinary-sized spider which is huge to him. The film couldn't afford a fake spider, so they just used a real one filmed up close. Sweet dreams.
  • For The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the director Peter Jackson plied his actual arachnophobia to full use to make Shelob as horrible as possible. Strangely, Shelob had a stinger in her belly, and a gaping mouth instead of actual spider fangs. Justified in that she is meant to be an Eldritch Abomination.
  • A giant spider also appeared in Peter Jackson's earlier film Meet the Feebles, where it bites a character's head off and gets its face smashed against a hanging cargo.
  • In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the monstrous spiders of Mirkwood, lesser spawn of Ungoliant, aren't quite as big as Shelob... but are still plenty huge, and have similarly horrific maws. And, when Bilbo's wearing the One Ring, he can understand their speech.
  • At the end of The Fly (1958), a fly with a tiny human head — the other half of the movie's human/fly Mix-and-Match Critters — is menaced by a normal-sized spider. "Heeeelp meeeee!"
  • Jon Peters:
    • Having produced The Film of the Series for Wild Wild West, one could think that producer Jon Peters included the giant metal spider as an attempt at an interesting sequence. However, the man has an apparent fascination with giant arachnids: Kevin Smith's story of his time working on Superman Returns (at that point known as Superman Lives) in the late '90s includes an amusing anecdote about Mr. Peters' demands on what be in the movie, which included not having Superman wear his suit or fly, and to have him fight a giant spider in the final act (Peters' justification being that "spiders are the fiercest killers in the insect kingdom").
    • Peters' fascination doesn't even end there: he is known to have requested a mechanical spider be present in a film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman comics as well. Rumour has it that he was at one point involved in the live-action adaptation of legendary anime movie AKIRA too, which conjures up terrifying mental images of Tetsuo mutating into a giant spider.
  • Ice Spiders, wherein Olympic athletes are terrorized by, you guessed it, Giant Spiders at a ski resort.
  • One of the last things to come from the Jumanji game were giant spiders. They didn't do much, as they got scared off by the earthquake in the very next turn, but they were still one of the more memorable and frightening parts of the film... even if they look more like wind-up toys.
  • The Thief of Bagdad (1940): Abu fights one.
  • The 2001 Spanish production Arachnid is about a giant spider infestation on a small island near Guam.
  • In the astoundingly bad Beowulf (1999) starring Christopher Lambert, Grendel's Mother transforms into a spider hybrid to fight Beowulf.
  • One of the sideplots in Krull involves a giant albino spider guarding/imprisoning an oracle in a rather comfortable-looking cocoon in a gigantic web. It moves to eat anyone coming to consult with her, and is only prevented when she pours the sands of her life away (freezing it in place while the sands are in motion).
  • In the 1966 Toei film The Magic Serpent, a giant spider appears at the very end for the Big Battle. She is a good guy, though. She throws silk and snow (yes, snow) over the title creature to subdue him.
  • Rather unsurprisingly, one of these is the villain in Big Ass Spider!.
  • One Transformation Sequence in the silent film version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) features one; Jekyll sees a transparent giant spider crawling towards him, and once it reaches its destination, it disappears and he is turned yet again into Mr. Hyde.
  • Michael Jackson's This Is It features a gigantic black widow spider during the "Thriller" segment. Not only is one on screen (this would have been in 3D, no less), but one scurries on stage that opens up to reveal Jackson himself.
  • A giant spider attacks a mook and eats him in a scene of King Solomon's Mines (1985).
  • These appear in various dream sequences in the somewhat surreal film Enemy. Not to mention in the Gainax Ending.
  • In the film Itsy Bitsy, a family that moved into an old secluded mansion is menaced by an ancient entity that takes the form of a giant spider.

  • In the French gamebook series La Saga du Prêtre Jean, Giant Spiders are often encountered by the titular hero at least once per book, and sometimes will have fatal venom. The sole exceptions are Book 5, set in ancient India, and the last fanmade book set in Tibet.
  • In the GrailQuest series, the hero's Talking Sword Excalibur Junior is arachnophobic. This is problematic when fighting giant spiders, as the sword is either shaking in fear or plain refusing to be pulled from its scabbard.

  • In 1066 and All That, Robert the Bruce "armed himself with an enormous spider" at the Battle of Bannockburn.note 
  • The giant Trundle spider in the Pocket Books novelisation of The Adventures of Captain Proton (the Flash Gordon-homage Show Within a Show on Star Trek: Voyager). Proton and his companions are sacrificed to the giant spider, but it tells them it's sick of the lousy diet and helps them escape instead.
  • Arachne is a character in the Alex Verus series. The books describe her as a 'tarantula the size of a minivan'. Unusually for this trope she's extremely nice and helpful, and also makes really good clothes.
  • In the Amtor series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the targo are giant spiders which are native to Venus. The Venusians gather their webs, called tarel, which has thousands of uses.
  • Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys has an entire army of Big Damn Spiders at the end. Given the fairly central use of spider motifs in the book — the two protagonists are the sons of the titular West African spider god — this trope was inevitable.
  • Baal in The Ancestral Trail, who was both intelligent and the size of a large house. And unlike most of the giant spiders on this list, he actually ate one of the heroes. Quite graphically too, with spurting blood and head-biting.
  • In M.R. James' story "The Ash-Tree", the Villain of the Week takes revenge from beyond the grave by means of a colony of supernatural spiders. One of them, glimpsed briefly from a distance, is initially mistaken for a squirrel, and their bodies are mentioned as similar in size to their victim's head.
  • In The Bones of Haven, part of the Hawk And Fisher series by Simon R. Green, Hawk, Fisher and the Special Wizardry and Tactics team fight a giant spider while traversing the sewers.
  • Breeding Ground (2006) and Feeding Ground (2009) by British author Sarah Pinborough are about spider-like creatures (whether derived from spiders or merely spider-like aliens is not entirely clear) which devastate Britain, leaving everything covered in tangled webs littered with dead bodies of humans. These charming creatures have found a way of using female humans as incubators for their young, so that the women give birth to them in a fashion. The second book focuses on London, which has been similarly taken over. A group of people take refuge (so they think) in underground railway tunnels, but are not aware, until it is too late, that one of these tunnels has been used by the spiders as a store-room, full of still-living humans wrapped up helplessly in silk and suspended in gigantic webs.
  • Castle Roogna, one of Piers Anthony's earlier Xanth novels features a gigantic spider named Jumper (originally a very small spider before being caught in a magic spell) as one of the two main heroes.
  • Children of Time presents a terraforming project gone awry where normal spiders gradually evolve over the centuries into giant (though still smaller than human) intelligent spiders. Along the way they develop a unique society and technology fittingly suited their alien (to us) way of thinking. Unusually they are portrayed in a sympathetic light, arguably less monstrous than the last humans they eventually encounter.
  • The alternate form of the shapeshifting half-demon in The Dark Tower.
  • The Death Gate Cycle: Tyros are colossal spiders native to Pryan, the world of fire, whose front pair of legs has become adapted for manipulating objects. They are commonly used as beasts of burden by the local civilizations, due to their ability to navigate the treetops of the miles-high jungles that cover Pryan and the numerous gaps and vertical drops of its extensive "understory". Their webs are also used to construct bridges across gaps in the canopy.
  • Vernor Vinge's A Deepness in the Sky features arachnoid aliens larger than a human.
  • Destined to Lead has the spiedes, which are essentially cave-dwelling giant spiders, minus two eyes and four legs.
  • In the second Dream Park novel, giant spiders with spikes or war clubs attached to their legs are among the guardians of the Cabal's home base in the Fimbulwinter Game.
  • In Everybody Loves Large Chests The protagonist, Boxxy, is a mimic that first learns to grow legs by imitating those of a spider it observes in the Litgar dungeon complex. As a result, the chest-shaped mimic grows to resemble a giant square chest-shaped spider.
  • The largest predators of Hender's Island in the novel Fragment are creatures known as spigers, which as their name implies, resemble a cross between a tiger and a spider, and grow to the size of trucks. They're actually a type of crustacean related to mantis shrimp though.
  • In Richard Ryan's Funnelweb (1998), a nuclear accident has caused mutations which create giant funnelweb spiders (which are one of the most poisonous of all spiders) which lay waste to Sydney and bring Australia to its knees as it is quarantined by the rest of the world. There are many harrowing scenes of giant spider nests (one in the Sydney Opera House) in which hapless but still living humans are wrapped in spider silk and suspended in tangled webs, stored for future use as food.
  • In the story "Gray Matter" in Stephen King's Night Shift collection, an ex-Bangor Public Works employee hints that what caused him to quit his job and become a drunk was something he saw in the sewers: "A spider as big as a good-sized dog settin' in a web full of kitties an' such all wrapped up in silk thread."
  • The Harry Potter series includes creatures called Acromantulas, essentially giant spiders that can get up to elephant-size. They can talk and are sentient, but don't think you're likely to survive a conversation with one (unless you're Hagrid). They are most prominently featured in Chamber of Secrets, whose film adaptation actually specifies spiders in the BBFC content notice. Aragog, the "king" Acromantula, makes a cameo (albeit posthumous) appearance in The Half-Blood Prince as well... both in book and film versions, surprisingly, and the spiders return in Deathly Hallows when the Death Eaters drive them out of the forest and force them to attack Hogwarts, which also appeared briefly in the film. It should be noted that Ron is terrified of ordinary spiders, to the point that his boggart is a huge spider. Book Two wasn't very fun for him.
  • The Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena features Arachne, who is giant. Naturally, the arachnophobic Annabeth is the one who has to face her.
  • Spiders the size of large dogs live in the forests of The Iron Teeth mountains. When attacking, they paralyze their prey with their venom, and wrap them up for later.
  • This is what the titular antagonist of Stephen King's IT really looks like... or at least, that's how we see it. The book describes it as being about 15 feet tall. In the 1990s miniseries it was a monster which only vaguely looked like a spider, looking more like a spider crab with six legs, two reptilian forelimbs, an antlike head with only two eyes, and luminous muscles. In It: Chapter One, Pennywise briefly generates spider-like appendages, foreshadowing its true form that appears in Chapter Two a cross between his clown form and a giant spider.
  • The Spider from James and the Giant Peach. She's huge, but she's also one of the nicest characters in the book and its film adaptation. She was also a regular-sized spider before she was turned giant (along with the other invertebrates in the book and the titular peach) by a bagful of magic crocodile tongues.
  • In one Journey to the West story, Sun Wukong encounters seven spider demons disguised as beautiful women, who try to seduce the group and spray webbing from their navels to wrap them up. They're also friends with a powerful centipede demon.
  • A spider with a twelve-foot legspan was described in Kong: A Natural History Of Skull Island.
    A spider that ate dinosaurs — if ever there was a single animal that exemplified nature's insanity on Skull Island, Stickalithus was it.
  • Giant space spiders are the antagonists of Philip Reeve's steampunk novel Larklight. They aren't quite spiders, having ten legs instead of the usual eight, and unlike most of the other examples on this page they're both sentient and technologically advanced.
  • There is a spider like species of monster in The Mist.
  • Another one shows up in Needful Things, created from the pain of Polly's arthritis.
  • Spider aliens attempt to heat up the Earth in John Lymington's Night of the Big Heat.
  • Perdido Street Station features the Weaver, a psychotic hyper-intelligent multidimensional giant spider. Brrr. The bad news (well, the really bad news) is that the Weaver is not the worst thing in the city of New Crobuzon. The good news is that it teams up with the city government to fight the worse things when it is asked nicely, and actually takes a shine to one of the more heroic characters. The not-so-good news is that it makes decisions based on its own alien ideas of what is aesthetically pleasing, so its idea of "helping" is unpredictable at best, and extremely dangerous at worst.
  • In Poison, the titular character and her group must travel to the Realm of Spiders and retrieve a dagger. They encounter a gigantic spider's web, owned by an equally gigantic spider who they successfully trick. Poison then reaches a castle and finds the spider's wife, who for all intents and purposes looks like a pregnant dead woman. Later on, Poison is forced to press her hand to the spider Lady's belly, and she can feel the baby spider inside moving. It's also implied that she will eat her "husband" after the baby spider is born. A giant spider will be eaten by a woman.
  • There's a battle with giant spiders in the novel A Rustle in the Grass by Robin Hawdon, but seeing as it's a told from the point of view of ants their great size is hardly surprising. Interestingly the ant protagonist doesn't find the spiders anywhere near as terrifying as his encounter with a toad, with its natural camouflage, ability to leap huge distances, and strike with its tongue from well out of stinging range.
  • In "The Seven Geases" by Clark Ashton Smith, Atlach-Nacha is an Eldritch Abomination resembling a giant spider with a humanoid face.
  • Ancient legends in A Song of Ice and Fire refer to the Others riding "giant ice spiders". However, they have yet to appear in the saga.
  • In the late 1970s and early 1980s, at the height of a rise in the popularity of horror fiction in Britain, Richard Lewis wrote a two-book series of novels. In Spiders (1978), giant spiders rampage across the country attacking humans and generally wreaking havoc. In The Web (1981), set some years later, the spiders have grown a bit bigger — and are now catching humans in their webs and carrying them off into their underground nests.
  • The Spider Beside Her, the last Graveyard School book, dealt with a wish-granting spider. That spider, though regular size, granted the wish of one Ari Spinner, an arachnid enthusiast whose deepest wish was to become a spider. Ari received the ability to transform into a giant spider at will, and while retaining her intelligence, developed the appropriate appetite of a spider of her size. Ari attempted to eat some of her classmates before being stopped by Mel West, who was bitten by the same spider. Mel's wish was to be able to create art with his left hand, and anything he draws with it becomes real. Mel had been able to draw Ari shifting back into a human permanently. Ari begged Mel to let her become a spider again by promising to never bother him or her classmates again. Mel complies. Of course, he turns her into a regular size spider, much to her frustration.
  • Colin Wilson's Spider World novels are set in a post-apocalyptic future in which telepathic giant spiders (and various insects) are the dominant species ruling over mankind.
  • The Cheka in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Relaunch books are a sapient Giant Spider species. They control the expansionist Magisterial Cheka Kingdom, in the Gamma Quadrant. Then there's the semi-sentient Comes-in-the-night-kills-many, which was essentially a giant spider wielding clubs. They're extinct, now; wiped out by the Jem'Hadar after threatening a Dominion farming colony. Finally, friendly aliens the Pak'shree resemble a cross between a Giant Spider and a giant crab or beetle.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • Galaxy of Fear has things called brain spiders in one book, though they're only about three feet tall and are robots piloted by brains in jars. They freak Zak out a bit. A later book has the knobby white spiders of Dagobah, which are actually the mobile larval form of trees and can get quite a bit larger.
    • Elsewhere, the Fantastic Drug Spice is produced by Energy Spiders; they are huge and live in the deep mines of Kessel. Anyone caught by them will have their life energy drained from them; since they feed on energy, blaster bolts are a No-Sell on them, but ion blasters will get the job done.
  • Large white spiders with crystalline carapaces are constantly attacking Nypre and others in the Stories of Nypre series.
  • Aella fights one in Sword Sisters as part of the Red Reaper stories published by Ragnarok Publications. Double-points for being to rescue someone from a Human Sacrifice.
  • A giant spider appears in Tarnsman of Gor; partially subverted though, in that it is civilized and can speak (with the help of Translator Microbes). It's not that big as giant spiders go either, although it's still pretty big for a spider. Despite averting, it plays to this trope when it assists the protagonist in a capture, pretending to want to kill the Damsel in Distress. His name is Narr and he's a relatively pleasant chap, although a bit of a fussbudget.
  • Tolkien's Legendarium:
    • The Hobbit has lots of talking spiders about the size of a large dog infesting the depths of Mirkwood, where they capture the dwarves with plans to eat them. The Lord of the Rings introduces Shelob, their much larger and nastier relative. J. R. R. Tolkien felt no conscious dislike of spiders; he said he began to put spiders as bad guys in his stories because one of his sons was an arachnophobe.
    • And then their ancestor, Ungoliant in The Silmarillion, came along. For reference, she's so powerful that she can hide herself and Morgoth (Sauron's master) from the Valar. She is able to kill the Trees of Light by drinking their sap. Then for the finale she captures Morgoth and it takes several Balrogs to free him. If there's ever an adaptation, there's going to be a lot more arachnophobes in the world.
    • That being said, Shelob and Ungoliant aren't so much giant spiders, as they are large horrific monsters that are spider-like. Shelob has a wasp-like stinger (real spiders can only inject venom with their fangs) and horns, and in the movie has a large gaping mouth, whereas real spiders can only ingest liquid.
  • Tortall Universe: Starting from The Immortals, there are the Always Chaotic Evil spidrens, which look like giant spiders with human heads. They eat people, and have glowing, sticky, flammable webs.
  • In "The Tower of the Elephant", Conan the Barbarian encountered a spider as big as a pig, which struck down Taurus of Nemedia, a prince of thieves, with one bite. It suffered an unfortunate death via treasure chest to the face.
  • In Turn Coat, Harry Dresden is accosted by a group of intelligent, pony-sized faerie spiders while traveling through the Nevernever. They threaten to kill him, but he convinces them to back down by showing them his wizard cred by pulping the apparent leader of the group with a force spell. Later on, these same spiders turn out to be the minions of whoever the conspirators were during the battle on Demonreach Isle.
  • The "spinners" in The Underland Chronicles are giant intelligent spiders. Despite their alarming appearances and cannibalistic habits, at least of their dead, they're actually allied with the good guys.
  • The Wandering Inn: Huge spiders reside in nearby area, where Erin, the main character, has her Inn. Although the size should be more than enough, they have armor like protection on their backs, giving them the name "Shield Spiders", which makes it very hard to harm them.
  • In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the animals in a forest were terrorized by an evil, elephant-sized spider. The Cowardly Lion found it asleep and punched its thin neck, breaking its head off. In gratitude, the animals made the lion their king.
  • In the Anno Dracula novel One Thousand Monsters, Clare Millinger, a vampire murderess is eaten from within by a jorogumo (a Japanese monster known as the Whore-Spider). The result is a Giant Spider with scythe blade arms that can cut through a kappa's shell with ease, carapace so strong that silver and steel blades just bounce off it (as do explosive rockets) and when her eyes are shot out with silver bullets they regenerate seconds later. Additionally she can breathe out deadly swarms of vampire butterflies and grows bigger as she eats more enemies.
  • In the Franny K. Stein book Frantastic Voyage, Franny is shown to have a pet giant spider named Snookums.
  • The Weaver Folk in Spellsinger are giant intelligent spiders, and neutral-to-good guys. Conveniently, the main bad guys, the Plated Folk, are giant insects.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Buffy episode "Selfless" started out with one of these.
  • The Monster of the Week in the Charmed episode "Spin City".
  • Doctor Who:
    • "Planet of the Spiders" has the titular Giant Spiders of Metebelis 3 (which evolved from normal spiders).
    • "The Runaway Bride": The Racnoss, as a species, cross this trope with Horde of Alien Locusts. Although the Empress is partially humanoid in appearance.
    • "Kill the Moon": The Doctor and co. stumble upon giant germs shaped like spiders living on the Moon.
    • "Arachnids in the UK": There's a mother spider the size of, in Graham's words, a van. It's actually a test subject from a university laboratory that grew that size after it was improperly disposed of by a waste company owned by a Corrupt Corporate Executive, which grew so large due to eating garbage in the landfill it was dumped in. And, unlike some other giant spiders on this show, it is affected by the Square-Cube Law, as when the Doctor finally confronts it, she realizes it's dying of suffocation as it's grown too big to breathe.
  • In the Gilligan's Island episode "The Pigeon", the castaways run into a Black Morning Spider. It's six feet long, has red eyes and weighs 500 lbs.
  • Some seasons of Kamen Rider feature a spider monster in the first episode, and more recent seasons like Kamen Rider Blade and Kamen Rider Kiva have a recurring spider monster. Admittedly these are just People in Rubber Suits with spider heads and maybe legs sticking out the back. However, Kamen Rider Ryuki and Kamen Rider Hibiki went all the way, with proper giant spiders by way of CGI. Kamen Rider ZO had one that was made with Claymation, featuring a creepy face and unnatural movements that make it so much more scary than the better-animated versions.
  • The UK kid's game show Knightmare had Ariadne, a very slow, very large spider who could block the path and eat the dungoneer.
  • In the Merlin episode "The Poisoned Chalice" Arthur in trapped in a cave with a bunch of giant spiders. They aren't as big as some of the beasties on this page, but they are bigger than his head — not counting the legs. Oh, and there's hundreds of them.
  • Guest star Raquel Welch has a dance number with a giant spider in an episode of The Muppet Show.
  • Power Rangers and Super Sentai:
  • Primeval had giant prehistoric spiders in its second episode. It's pointed out that, technically, they're not really spiders, but spider ancestors. They are not, however, the most threatening monster in the episode. A giant millipede is.
  • An episode of The Really Wild Show had a spoof monster movie, in which the show's pet tarantula grew to the size of a building. This being an Edutainment Show, of course, it was followed by an explanation of why you couldn't really get spiders that big.
  • Within the Sanctuary story, Big Bertha is an earth-moving, psychically powered, possible divine version of this. Yeah, it's pretty damn cool.
  • The Ultraman Nexus kaiju Banpira is a giant bipedal spider with four arms. Like all the Space Beasts, Banpira likes To Serve Man, but it is also able to cloak its presence by creating Ominous Fog. From there, it incapacitates prey with a sonic shriek before snatching targets with webbing from its mouth and then erasing survivors' memories with a flash of light from its eyes. Sweet dreams...
  • Giant melon-sized spiders called "Mesothelae" appeared in the Carboniferous segment of Walking With Monsters. They were larger than any genuine spiders of that (or any) time, and were only depicted as being so huge because a proto-scorpion had been mistaken for a spider; otherwise, this would be listed under Real Life.
  • Episode 12 of the UK version of Who Wants to Be a Superhero? featured one terrorising various London landmarks and the superheroes' task was to mix a formula to shrink it.
  • In The Wild Wild West episode "The Night of the Raven", James West and a Native American princess are menaced by a spider while shrunk. That's right, the series did a Giant Spider scene (more or less) 33 years before The Movie (cited elsewhere).
  • The Twilight Zone (1985): In "The Elevator", a spider ate the super food developed by Roger and Will's father in order to solve world hunger. It then killed the smaller but still giant cat and dog and possibly the giant rats. When Roger and Will call the elevator in their father's factory, the giant spider grabs them with its pedipalps and kills them.

  • Frank Zappa was a huge fan of B-movies, especially monster movies, and thus giant spiders appear a lot in his work, including "Cheepnis" on Roxy & Elsewhere and "Spider Of Destiny" on Sleep Dirt.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • The tsuchigumo and jorogumo youkai of Japanese mythology, both of which are also known for shapeshifting and illusions, along with deadly poisons and large webs which they used to catch their prey. Archetypal myths for both involve posing as a beautiful girl or young boy to attract and snare unwary travellers, or accosting and offering wishes or marriage to someone who is kind to spiders. The latter is actually fairly common, since jorogumo's natural form is considered lucky for its bright coloring.
    • The Ushi-Oni is sometimes described as a giant spider with crab-like claws and a bull's head.
  • Natives of the Congo jungles and cryptozoologists tell tales of a species of monkey-sized trapdoor spiders known as J'ba Fofi ("Giant Spider" in Bakongo).
  • In Greek Mythology we have Arachne, a weaver of extraordinary talent once challenged Athena with her work. Ironically Arachne was turned into a spider by the angry goddess for her arrogance. A lot of art depict Arachne to either be human with spider features or a giant spider all together.
  • Anansi, the West African Trickster God (later a part of Caribbean folklore due to the Slave Trade), was depicted either as a spider (his name means "spider"), a man, or a man-sized spider.
  • The Lufferlang, one of the many Fearsome Critters of American Folklore, is a giant, man-eating spider that moves at lightning speed...and has a horse's head.

  • Krull has he Crystal Spider, who dwells on the upper playfield to trap players.

  • In Jemjammer, the first monsters the group encounter is a trio of giant spiders. This is just a taste of the neogi, giant alien spiders that can control minds and breed by having their young burst from their corpses. The party has to fight them after they attack Alana's ship. The fact that Jylliana (and to a lesser degree her player Annie) are arachnophobic doesn't help.

  • In Fit the Eleventh of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Zaphod and Ford enter a hanger full of Techno Wreckage and huge cobwebs. A huge spider briefly lands next to them and says "'scuse me" in a "Boris the Spider" voice before scuttling off.
  • In the Lights Out Everybody episode "The Spider," two small-time down-on-their-luck thugs scour the Amazon basin for exotic butterflies, looking to make enough money to get back to the States. Instead, they spot a dog-sized spider, which appears to be their ticket out. But there's a problem....

    Tabletop Games 
  • Arduin:
    • The Greater Demon Calyandagg the Lord of the Spiders is a spider the size of a Greyhound bus. He does devastating damage in close combat, including a acid-like venom that he can inject with his fangs and well as a Super Spit.
    • The Snow Spider can grow nearly as large as a full-grown horse and their poison can cause permanent blindness.
    • Spiga are spiders with glowing ruby red eyes that can grow as large as a school bus. Their forelegs can inflict 1-36 Hit Points of damage per hit and their bite does 1-48 Hit Points damage.
    • Star Spiders are about 10-12 feet wide and long. They have 5-24 13 feet long Combat Tentacles that each do 1-12 Hit Points of damage on a hit and 4-16 Hit Points of constriction damage thereafter. They can swallow human-sized targets whole, and opponents that are sucked or pulled into their mouths are destroyed by heat and radiation at a rate of 51-100 Hit Points per combat round, which also consumes the victim's soul. They have a single glaring red eye like the headlamp of a giant train.
    • Giant Tarantulas are black, hairy spiders 6-8 feet long with a leg span of up to 24 feet. Their venom inflicts nerve damage for up to 10 melee rounds and causes intense, debilitating pain.
    • Web Widows are giant black widow spiders (up to seven feet long) that can cast illusion spells. Their bite injects a venom that does 31-50 Hit Points of damage and paralyzes the victim.
  • Battlelords Of The Twenty Third Century: In the Shadis magazine #23 adventure "Bug Hunt", the PCs have to fight the giant Spiders of the planet Driscoll VII. Adults are up to 2.5 meters tall and weigh up to 300 kg.
  • In the Monster Burner book for the Burning Wheel system, one of the 'playable' monster races was the Great Spiders, which were spiders of human intelligence that ranged from the size of a medium sized dog to that of a horse (depending on breed and life-path). Most were loners (like real spiders) and the ones that weren't were either pack hunters or 'Evil' (Although that is not a barrier to playing a characters in Burning Wheel where campaigns as one of the horde of the Evil Overlord is a viable option.)
  • Call of Cthulhu supplement Dreamlands. Leng Spiders can grow to gigantic size and weigh hundreds of tons.
  • Chaosium's supplement All the Worlds' Monsters Volume III
  • Ares magazine #13 Dragon Quest adventure "The Treasure of Socantri". One of the new monsters included in the adventure is a man-sized intelligent spider covered with long hair and capable of casting many spells of Earth Magic.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Spiders are sacred to the drow's goddess Lolth, so not only do the drow have a spider motif by association, they've bred several varieties of giant spider to use as mounts or attack animals. Drow who have failed their goddess in some way or another are sometimes transformed into driders or masses of spider legs called chwidenchas, while Lolth's realm in the Abyss, the Demonweb Pits, is home to absolutely enormous spiders called Demonweb Terrors.
    • Other races of the Underdark, such as the duergar dwarves or the ettercaps 0- themselves spider-headed, web-weaving humanoids — similarly use giant spiders as mounts.
    • Giant spiders in the Classic D&D game (Basic, Expert, etc.) were a bit more varied than in other versions of D&D, and often had interesting abilities based on Truth in Television, such as crab spiders blending into their surroundings, or folklore, like the "tarantella"'s poison causing a spastic "dance."
    • Bebiliths are quite literally demonic spiders, known for hunting other demons. The "normal" variant has a body the size of a plow horse and legs over four meters long, and they get bigger from there.
    • Blackspawn stalkers are one variety of Spawn of Tiamat, a web-weaving, acid-spitting combination of giant spider and black dragon.
    • Blade spiders are by and large normal giant spiders, except that their legs and pedipalps end in sharp metal blades.
    • Bristle spiders are huge (an in-game size category for creatures around the girth of a giant) spiders that live in thick jungles. They can spit acidic poison and shoot their needlelike bristles in untargeted barrages.
    • Grim puppeteers are jungle-dwelling giant spiders that, after they've drained their victims dry of fluids, string up their remains like marionettes with their silk, climb up a tree, and use their macabre puppets to lure passersby within striking range.
    • Harpoon spiders are arachnoid aberrations with disturbingly human eyes encircling a spiderlike head. They hunt by firing their adhesive-coated fangs at prey, reeling in their target via fleshly lines, injecting them with a paralytic venom, and then impaling their helpless victim upon the spines covering their body. They're also fully sapient and capable of speech, and known for having morbid conversations with their food while it "ripens" on their spines.
    • Phase spiders are two-eyed, man-sized spiders capable of shifting between the Material and Ethereal Planes, hence the name. They observe and stalk prey from the Ethereal Plane undetected, then shift to the Material to attack seemingly from nowhere, and either hit-and-run or drag their food back with them to the Ethereal to feed.
    • Retrievers are giant robot demon spiders that can shoot lasers from their eyes. Demon lords use them to hunt down those who displease or offend them.
    • Tomb spiders are horse-sized arachnids suffused with negative energy, and have a disturbing life cycle. They specifically lay their eggs in humanoid corpses, then wrap the body in silk to create a "web mummy," which is then animated by negative energy and serves its creator as a guardian. Once the eggs inside the undead husk hatch, the newborn tomb spiders feed on the corpse, then each other, until one emerges as a fully-grown adult in a few weeks. If the web mummy is destroyed before then, it releases a Spider Swarm of tiny tomb spiders. Oh, and tomb spider venom causes victims to be hurt by cure wounds spells and healed by inflict wounds spells, as if they were an undead creature.
    • Naturally, this trope also applies to any video game directly based on D&D, namely Eye of the Beholder, Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights.
  • Chaosium's ElfQuest RPG main rules, adventure "Lord of the Spiders''. The PCs must explore a forest filled with huge spiders. The spiders' venom puts the victim into suspended animation, after which the victims are webbed up and hung from trees.
  • Encounter Critical:
    • The main rules have giant spiders as monsters. Each has from 3-60 Hit Points and can do 1-20 Hit Points of damage (plus poison) on a hit, which is more than most monsters.
    • Supplement Asteroid 1618. Inside the Vanishing Pyramid the PCs can find eggsacs laid by a giant spider. If the eggsacs are broken open (from prodding or gunfire) 1-20 baby spiders will emerge and attack the PCs. If PCs kill any of them the mother spider will go Mama Bear on them.
  • Exalted includes these among the variety of creatures in Creation. Some are mundane animals that just happen to be huge; others are smaller but intelligent, malicious elementals called Wood Spiders. Then there are the pattern spiders, the mechanical gods that maintain the Loom of Fate. And then there are anhules, a category of demon. No, not race, category. As in, "there's at least one subspecies of them descended from each Yozi, because Yozi are jerks like that."
  • Games Workshop games:
    • In Warhammer, and its sequel Warhammer: Age of Sigmar, Forest Goblins and Spiderfang Grots respectively ride giant spiders into battle with the rank and file riding spiders about twice their size while their bosses ride spiders twice as big as those of their followers. The largest spiders fielded by these tribes are the arachnarok spiders, spiders so massive that they can be fitted with howdahs and fitted with catapults or primitive shrines.
    • In Warhammer 40,000 Canoptek Spyders are floating robot spiders responsible for overseeing and repairing Necron Tomb Complexes while their masters sleep in stasis. Even the smallest of Canoptek Spyders are larger than a human and there have even been a few encounters with such constructs, known as Tomb Stalkers, that equal or exceed the size of the Imperium’s largest Humongous Mecha.
    • Necromunda:
      • The hives of Necromunda are infamous for their giant spiders that can range in size from several feet across to larger than a man. Species include the long-legged wolf spiders, the stealthy orb spidersnote  and the amphibious sump spiders that have precious gems for eyes.
      • In the 3rd Edition of the game, the technologically proficient House Van Saar are known to capture, breed and cybernetically enhanced Necromundan giant spiders for various purposes. In-game, Van Saar gangs can purchase these cyberarchnids as pets from the Campaign Trading Post.
  • Midkemia Press' Heart of the Sunken Lands. Giant Spiders will always attack unless they're outnumbered. Their venom causes either paralysis for 1-6 days or a coma. While their prey is helpless they wrap it in webbing and carry it off to eat later.
  • Hollow Earth Expedition. One type of monster PCs can encounter inside the Hollow Earth are giant meat-eating arachnids that are 10 feet long (not including the legs). They hunt like normal spiders, injecting a paralyzing poison with their bite and cocooning the prey to eat later.
  • It Came from the Late, Late Show:
    • Main rules. Giant Spiders are Monsters that are 15 feet long and act like normal wolf (hunting) spiders. They bite their prey and poison it, then drink its blood.
    • Supplement It Came from the Late, Late Show II, adventure "Bjorn on the Bayou, or Escape from Alkatrazz XII". Alkatrazz XII is a prison planet that is mostly covered with swamps and forest. One of the alien monsters that can be encountered there is a giant spider.
  • Lejendary Adventures. Jumping spiders are about twice as large as a human being and web spiders can be as much as 40 inches wide. They both inject a dangerous venom.
  • Pathfinder: Shriezyx resemble monstrous spiders three feet in height. Shriezyx queens can reach a solid eight.
  • Rocket Age: Some species of Venusian spiders have bodies up to a metre in diameter, with legs potentially even longer.
  • Rolemaster Shadow World supplement Jaiman: Land of Twilight. The H'taan is a huge spider that lives in ancient ruins and other rocky, remote locations. They dig holes like a trap door spider and lie in ambush, paralyzing victims with their venom. They grow up to thirty feet or more across.
  • RuneQuest:
    • Into the Troll Realms, adventure "Skyfall Lake". Crab City has spiders that are as large as a mammoth. They have warty gray skin and drop pools of acid.
    • Dorastor: Land of Doom. Of the Spider Folk who live in the Spider Woods, the largest type are the Great Mother Spiders. They can reach a Size of 54, which means they weigh just less than 7,000 lb.
    • Supplement Trollpak, "Book of Uz" part 2. The trolls have domesticated several types of giant spiders. The largest ones weigh more than 6,000 lbs.
  • Sorcery & Super Science! Post-Apocalyptic Role-Playing! The Scritch are spider-like creatures that are about 2 feet across and can spit poison. There are unconfirmed rumors that they can grow as large as a small pony.
  • The World of Darkness:
    • Werewolf: The Apocalypse includes a race of blood-sucking werespiders called Ananasi. One of their forms is indeed a spider one-and-a-half times their human weight, and about the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. Their other forms are human (with a few spider internal organs), spider-human hybrid monster, and an entire swarm of normal-sized spiders linked by a hive-mind. In that form, they can survive the death of any number of spiders, as long as one is left — though losing a lot will change their appearance and personality. Regular Ananasi are sinister and emotionless, but the Kumo of East Asia are sadistic, insane, and evil.
    • Werewolf: The Forsaken features giant spiders known as Azlu, which are bizarre spirit hybrids. They start off small and looking mostly like natural spiders, and feed themselves on regular spiders and other Azlu. When they get big enough they start targeting humans and either eat their brains and ride around in their heads, or (when bigger) suck the body empty and wear the skin. When they get big enough, they often resemble a hideous combination of human and spider parts, and will be covered in poisonous spines and fangs. They eat humans, spirits and the occasional werewolf. When they get big enough, they stop being able to pass as human, but often gain the ability to lay eggs, either eating the young or letting them grow into a family to bring it more prey. On top of all that if they are killed they split into dozens of their original form, which all have to be killed to prevent them from growing into new Azlu.

    Theme Parks 

  • BIONICLE: The Visorak horde, made up of car-sized spiders. There are also the elite Visorak, the humongous Kahgarak spiders, several stories high. Also, a variety of giant spider-like Rahi qualify as well, like the Chute Lurker, the Sea Spider, and Vezon's steed Fenrakk.
  • BIONICLE (2015) had the Skull Spiders. They are about the size of a Toa's head, but their leader, the Lord of the Skull Spiders, is the size of a small house (though his toy is about the size of a Toa figure and is definitely way shorter). Some of the Skull Spiders have scorpion-like tails and like the Visorak, they are four-legged. The Lord has six legs.

    Video Games 
  • Age of Mythology: Leto's God Power, Spider Lair, lets you plant some spider cocoons into the ground. If they are not destroyed within some seconds, they turn into web-traps and each of them houses a spider big enough to drag a human-sized unit into the ground and one-hit it.
  • Alien Soldier had "Back Stringer". You fight this bugger on the previous Mini-Boss, a giant moth that had recently become its dinner. Worst part was that destructible baby spiders would appear every now and then to pull down the "platform" you were on, and would cause you to fall into a Bottomless Pit if they succeeded.
  • One of the bosses of Alundra 2 is a giant robot spider.
  • Spiders are a unit type in Ancient Empires. They're stronger, tougher and faster than the basic Soldier, and their attack poisons their target (inflicting a debuff that lowers stats for several turns). They first show up in the middle of a forest and are referred to as forest spiders, suggesting that this is their original habitat.
  • Arcanum has a vast variety of spiders. They are all poisonous and range from size of human hand to roughly three meters in height to even larger... em, spidercentauresses, who wield longbows and can conjure poisonous vapors. Some species of "ordinary" spiders also can summon zombies, and other species shoot fireballs (which can be extremely annoying as those eight-legged freaks can and will destroy your equipment).
  • Atlach=Nacha, an obscure H-game where you play a shapeshifting spider demon (a Jorougumo to be precise, see Mythology above) in high school.
  • The cavern of trials in Avencast: Rise of the Mage has a Spider Queen, complete with periodic additional mobs.
  • Baldur's Gate has huge spiders, giant spiders, astral spiders and sword spiders in Cloakwood and a few other areas. The astral spiders can teleport at will and like to sneak up on your casters, and the sword spiders are crazy fast and pack quite a punch. The sequel lets you summon them with a spell, and they're considered one of the best summons in the early game.
  • Basketball themed RPG Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden features deadly B-Ball spiders, which have heads and bodies made out of giant basketballs. Their bites can inflict glaucoma on your characters.
  • Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 feature Phantasmaraneae, absolutely humongous fire-breathing spiders that live near magma flows deep in Inferno. The title character summons one (and by extension its many offspring), and despite their ferocious appearance, they are known for being curious and rewarding to those who are respectful. However, in the second game, the imbalance affecting the worlds causes them to go berserk, and one serves as a mini-boss.
  • In the Big Fun in Furbyland minigame Furby to the Rescue, the Furby is chased in a maze by a big, purple spider that traps it in a web temporarily, making the player lost precious time to find the exit.
  • The Binding of Isaac has numerous giant spiders, mostly added on in the Wrath of the Lamb DLC. Widow, a fleshy spidery mass that has human toes at the end of her legs, is a frequent bane of early games. An upgraded, undead version named The Wretched can be encountered further down. Also, Daddy Long Legs and the Triarachnid fit the description nicely.
  • The freeware fighting game The Black Heart features a Stripperiffic Hot Monster Babe by the name of Ananzi who can transform into a spider and devour her opponents.
  • The second episode of Blood ends with an encounter with a giant spider named Shial, who is the mother of all the smaller, more annoying spiders that show up in the rest of the episode.
  • Bloodborne features the Nightmare Apostles, hordes of spiders which chases you throughout their home once they spotted you. The red variant summoned by Chime Maiden are far worse, they can detect you without seeing you, catching most people off guard when they are idling.
  • Bomberman 64 has Mantis, a giant ice spider, for a boss that proves to be quite a handful.
  • Brave Hero Yuusha: Antrachnid, a giant red spider as an enemy in the Desert area.
  • In Brütal Legend, you have to travel to the center of a huge spider den and kill a queen spider (the Metal Queen) to get strings for Kill-Master. Naturally, the place is infested with giant spiders.
  • The Buffy video games has small ones that are dog-sized, and large ones that are Buffy-sized. They're quick, run along the walls and ceilings, knock Buffy down in one hit before jumping on top to bite (a killing move if she can't fend them off) and realistic enough to be rather unsettling.
  • Queen Cadavra, the fat and obnoxious black widow spider in Bug!. At least in proportion. She's at least two times the size of Bug.
  • Bugdom: A Macintosh computer game has spiders in levels four and five, they may not be giant ones but they look as ugly and scary as hell, thankfully they only attack Rollie McFly (the pill bug you control) by trapping him in a balled web and jumping up and down on him rather than seeing him horrifically torn to shreds and eaten, still doesn't make the spiders any less scary and ugly the way they look in the game especially since Bugdom excels in having great graphics.
  • The Evil Wizard, final boss of Castle Crashers, turns into a giant spidery abomination as his fourth phase (of six). He gets some additional creepy points for fooling you into thinking he's dead right before this phase: a huge chest falls down on him and seems to squish him, like most bosses in this game when they die. So you walk up to the chest, it opens and the giant spidery abomination pops out... Rather eerie if you're seeing it for the first time.
  • Child of Light features them prominently as enemies. There are two different types of giant spiders as regular mooks, each complete with Underground Monkey variants, a third type that serves as a Wolfpack Mini-Boss, and a particularly huge one is a boss.
  • In City of Heroes, Giant Spiders take the form of psychic women who undergo massive surgery and augmentation to be installed in a robotic spider bodies. Most of them don't seem to mind though.
  • In Colobot, giant spiders are one of the enemy alien lifeforms you can encounter. When they spot the player's units, they will charge at them and explode on contact.
  • The Conduit has Drudge Invaders, four-legged tank-sized creepie crawlies that launch flying bugs.
  • The player-monster Arachnis in Crush, Crumble, and Chomp! is a Kaiju-sized spider, like Kumonga, who can leave trail of web behind.
  • Cute Knight Kingdom requires you to fight one for one of the endings. You get a rather neat ending if you beat this spider, and a rather depressing one if you lose.
  • Dark Souls has many of the corrupted daughters of the Witch of Izalith, most notably the early-mid game boss Chaos Witch Quelaag, and her sister, the central figure of the Chaos Servant Covenant. They take the form of colossal arachnids with human female upper bodies, and tend to spew lava. Also, they lack mandibles in favour of toothed maws, in the style of Tolkein's spiders.
  • Arachnophobes will not enjoy the Brightstone Cove Tseldora in Dark Souls II. The area is crawling with man-sized spiders that lunge at you incredibly fast, scurry out of cubbyholes in walls, drop from the ceilings to ambush you, and piggyback ride on Hollow meat puppets. Then there's the boss of the area, the Duke's Dear Freja, a gigantic nightmarish abomination that is actually two giant spiders fused together.
  • Darksiders features an entire level filled with oversized arachnids. They range from the table-sized mooks (which can be annoying until you realize you can just have War stomp on them with a melee attack), the car-sized Loom Wardens (which can be easy enough once you get the Abyssal Chain), the house-sized Brood Mother (which isn't so hard once you figure out the trick to beating it), and three-story tall Spider Queen Silitha.
  • Devil May Cry:
    • Devil May Cry features Phantom, a giant tarantula made out of Lava, with a scorpion tail, as a Recurring Boss. He also shows up in Devil May Cry 2. The game also has Kyklopses; smaller spiders made out of rock. And by smaller, they're still about as long as Dante was tall.
    • Devil May Cry 3 features Arachnes, basically a freakish mermaid; except replace the fish part with a spider part.
  • Several kinds of giant spiders figure prominently as enemies in Act 3 (Kurast) of Diablo II. Diablo III has the Caverns of Araneae, which as the name might suggest are utterly infested with giant spiders. They were bred by Archbishop Lazarus and let loose into some ancient ruins to protect the borders of Khanduras (and because Lazarus is kind of a dick). Giant spiders also show up in Arreat Crater/Hell, as the special minions of Azmodan and Cydaea.
  • The race known as the Machaka in Dominions 3 both have and are capable of becoming these.
  • Donkey Kong Country 3 has Arich the Arachnid. Being the second boss (third in Donkey Kong Land 3), he shoots green orbs and hops around the boss arena. There's also a friendly giant spider named Squitter, who appears in both that game and it's predecessor. He lets the Kongs ride on his back and can create web projectiles that can either form platforms or attack enemies.
  • Don't Starve features Minecraft-sized spiders with not-so-high damage. However, they are almost always encountered in pairs, have a bigger tiger-coloured variation, and their nests can house up to a dozen of them. They drop precious silk from their glands, which act like best healing source in the game, encouraging player to scam their nests. The catch: overgrown nests turn into the flunky Spider Queen, which is a very tough boss. After her defeat, though, she drops the "Spider hat", effectively negating further spider problems by turning them neutral.
  • Doom 3 has the Trites, multilegged, swarming horrors with basketball-sized bodies. It also has the Vagaries, creatures with a woman-like upper body and spidery lower halves. They can use Psychic Powers to toss objects at you and seem to serve as brood mothers to the Trites.
  • The hero Broodmother from Dota 2 is a giant spider - she covers the map in webs, spawns smaller spiders and then overwhelms her opponents. If uncountered, she can typically destroy entire teams by herself.
  • Dragon Age: Giant spiders typically pop up in areas where the Veil is thin, including old ruins, caves and the Deep Roads. In short, they're everywhere.
    • Dragon Age: Origins: Some spiders have been corrupted by darkspawn blood. Any mage with the Shapeshifter specialization can become these creatures. A Rogue with the Ranger specialization may actually summon one.
    • They reappear in Dragon Age II alongside the Queen Spider, which makes the others look like midgets.
    • They show up in Inquisition, too, where they show up as regular giant spiders, poison-spitting spiders, elephant-sized spiders and tiny fear demons that take the form of spiders. Corypheus' lieutenant, the massive fear demon known as Nightmare, also appears as a mountain-sized spider that can cause the death of either Hawke or the Warden Stroud/Loghain/Alistair.
      • Like Skyrim and System Shock, fans were so creeped out by the series essentially being Spider Age that mods had been made to replace and remove them, or at least requested in the event the Frostbite engine makes it difficult.
  • Giant Spiders in Dragon's Crown are regular Mooks you could find in web-covered rooms. Naturally, they could poison you and throw webs at you, and the art book mentions that their size allow them to prey on anything caught in their webs, including humans.
  • Dungeon Siege has quite a few spidery enemies, including Drider-esque humanoid-hybrid ones called mucosas (with an annoying habit of shrieking loudly when they attack) and an extra-large giant spider Mini-Boss.
  • Dungeons II has giant spiders as neutral monsters, usually lurking into chambers inside your own Dungeon, ready to be unearthed and usually foreshadowed by the massive chitin-like walls with bulbous yellow eggsacks as you dig closer to the room. The expansion and downloadable maps add a variety of venom-spitting spider and spider lairs that spawn them at will. The sequel has, again, giant spiders randomly appearing in certain locations of the Dungeon.
  • Dwarf Fortress has Giant Cave Spiders, dreaded by many a newbie fortress player, and the bane of all adventurer characters. Veteran fortress players, however, adore GCS and will spend entire forum threads discussing safe methods of harvesting their valuable silk.
  • Earth Defense Force: The series has giant spiders aplenty that leap around shoot web that entangles and hurts players and their NPC allies.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • The series has various giant spiders as common low to mid-level creature enemies dating all the way back to Arena. Typical abilities include fast movement speed, relatively strong melee attacks, poison (be it a spell or a natural part of their attack), and webs that paralyze or otherwise slow a targets movement speed.
    • Spider Daedra, as their name might imply, are a Spider People form of lesser Daedra. They have humanoid upper bodies attached to the below the waist to the abdomen, thorax, and legs of a giant spider.
    • Skyrim has the Frostbite Spiders, which range from wolf-sized to almost elephant-sized. They also spit venom, and tend to drop from the ceiling on top of your head if you're not careful. Cronvangr Cave is a particularly memorable spider-den that has a few so big that they have mammoth bones wrapped up in their webbing. Some enterprising arachnophobes have created Game Mods that remove them from the game for the benefit of their fellow phobics. One early one did a rather clumsy job, replacing their models with those of bears while changing nothing else about their environment or behavior, resulting in giant poisonous bears that shoot spiderwebs at you. Of special note is the only named spider in Skyrim, Nimhe, who is larger than the giant frostbite spiders. The Dragonborn DLC adds Albino Spiders, which are still nasty threats despite being only about the size of a grapefruit. One dungeon features a machine that lets you use flaming, icy, or electrified versions of them as weapons.
  • Elvira II: There was a level devoted to horror with an insect theme. Of course it had a Giant Spider. It doesn't get that freaky until it gets RIGHT UP INTO YOUR FACE. It was featured in a YouTube video devoted to the scariest games ever.
  • EverQuest has the aptly named Terrorantula. Who is to put it mildly FRAKKIN HUGE! It's still around in EverQuest II. To give some impression of the scale involved: That refracted image in the center of the shot? That's a player character. Some of the smaller spiders are almost as tall as her horse.
  • Evil Islands: The Haunt Spiders in Suslanger.
  • Evil Twin: Cyprien's Chronicles features a giant spider who is actually very friendly.
  • The Exile/Avernum series has several varieties of giant spiders. There are generic giant ones, evil spellcasting ones, and the Giant Intelligent Friendly Talking Spiders. They're Cloudcuckoolanders, all named Spider, and so annoying they frequently drive people insane. "You're cute!"
  • In RPGs, the Fellowship Of The White Star event "Web of Lies" has a creepy cat lady whose pets are cat and dog sized spiders that act like cats and dogs. Hilariously creepy.
  • The first real boss of Final Fantasy X-2 is Boris, a giant spider-crab hybrid. Its name is actually a reference to a fan favourite The Who song called "Boris the Spider", so is its special attack "Sticky End" ("He's come to a sticky end / Don't think he will ever mend") and a part of its entry in the bestiary ("Maybe he's as scared as me / Where's he gone now, I can't see").
  • The third form of the Dark King in Final Fantasy Mystic Quest is a giant spider. The fourth form retains the spiderlike body and fangs and the "Spider Kids" attack, but replaces the segmented spider legs with Combat Tentacles.
  • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones has 2 types of these: Bael and Elder Bael. They usually carry poison. Notable as they have the same Stat Caps.
  • FTL: Faster Than Light has a Random Event where a space station is under attack by these. Your default options are to either send in your crew, which will either result in a small reward or loss of one crew member, or play it safe and decline to assist. However, if you have the proper equipment, it is possible to Take a Third Option and use risk-free ways of dealing with the spiders, giving you the rewards without worrying about losing crew members.
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game. "Return to the Sedgewick". The boss of that level is a figurative and literal Black Widow.
  • Gryphon Knight Epic: One of the enemy types you face is spider roughly as big as Sir Oliver.
  • Guild Wars has many types of giant spiders in its large bestiary, most of them about human-sized. One dungeon in the fourth chapter, Arachni's Haunt, has the party fighting their way through spider-infested caverns to face the eponymous spider-queen boss at the end. Besides fighting against spiders, Rangers can tame giant spiders to fight beside them (after a fairly difficult quest to reach the tamable ones).
  • These are regular enemies in The Haunted Mansion video game. They're still preferable to the small spiders, which are Goddamned Bats.
  • A few big spiders appear in Hytale's first zone, but the Void Spider, a Dungeon Boss twice the size of a human, certainly takes the cake.
  • The Immortal has one, that like most things in the game, will kill you in one web-tangling instant. However, even worse are her egg sacks scattering the level. These unleash hordes of baby spiders if you happen to touch them, and...well, in the words of Slowbeef, "Why would they INCLUDE something like that?"
  • Indiana Jones and His Desktop Adventures has giant spiders as some of the weakest enemies, alongside Scary Scorpions, found in the Amazon jungle and the caverns beneath. They go down quickly and do little damage, and are more mildly annoying than dangerous.
  • Injustice 2: A giant spider will randomly jump onto the camera and obstruct the player's vision during certain fights in the Long Halloween event.
  • In Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu, the Final Boss turns into a giant spider.
  • Kao The Kangaroo: Round 2 has those in the form of enemies that descend from the ceiling and have to be quickly hit with a boomerang, or else they'll spit acid at you that somehow homes in on you.
  • King's Quest:
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning has Giant Spiders that spit webs and Venomspitters that spit, uh, venom. They occasionally burst out of the ground to ambush you because the game didn't think giant spiders alone were terrifying enough. The Webwood area is crawling with them. Even worse, the spiders in the Webwood are being controlled by an insane Fae witch called the Widow who wants to reclaim "her" woods by destroying the town that mortals built in the woods while she was sealed.
  • The Last Airbender has a few levels where Zuko and Aang have to deal with spider-crabs. Two of the spiders fall under this trope, especially the hive queen.
  • Elise from League of Legends is a spider-themed champion, who normally appears as a human in Arachnid Appearance and Attire, but can also transform into a giant spider with a few smaller spider minions. She's also the leader of spider cult which sacrifices its worshippers to a giant spider that appears in-game as a Bonus Boss on the map Twisted Treeline.
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel: As Class VII located the mercenaries who attacked the military bases in the Nord Highlands, the mercenaries' employer Gideon uses his flute to summon a colossal spider to get rid of them both.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • While spider enemies have always had bit parts in the Zelda games, it wasn't until The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time's Skulltula-laden first dungeon and the Queen Gohma that spiders in the series really took off.
    • Majora's Mask has giant invisible spiders under the Ikana graveyard.
    • Twilight Princess took this even further with its sixth dungeon, which was packed to bursting with the things, and the boss being the biggest of the lot of course — Armogohma is MASSIVE. And then, when you defeat the giant spider, its body disintegrates and its large, central eye becomes another spider, surrounded by hundreds of tiny little spiders... and they swarm chaotically around the room...
  • Anyone would be forgiven for Lester the Unlikely being terrified having to face this.
  • Giant spiders are one of the most common enemies in the rail shooter Let's Go Jungle!!.
  • The Xbox Arcade game Limbo features a supremely creepy giant spider as one of the games first main obstacles.
  • Found in Lords of Xulima in several sizes from the starter dungeon to the mid-game. All of them are bad news due to powerful poison attacks, a stacking web debuff and the chance to cause sickness that requires a trip to the nearest temple to cure.
  • Mega Man X had Bospider in the first game and Web Spider in the fourth.
  • Metroid Fusion has Yakuza, a giant spider-like monster being replicated by an X Parasite that has Samus's Space Jump and is blocking her path to a backup generator.
  • Might and Magic VI has an entire class of monsters dedicated to this. Although they aren't very tough. They get poisonous attacks, though, and they are fast.
  • The Demonic Spiders and their variations in Miitopia are huge spiders that hang from the ceiling and that have Mii facial features on their abdomen.
  • Minecraft:
    • It has spiders that are about half as tall as the player character. Giant by real life standards, but one of the smallest monsters in the game. They deal the least damage per hit, but they can strike swiftly and repeatedly, run fast, jump, climb walls, and fit through tight crevices too small for anything else. They have a nasty habit of traveling in groups and hiding on your shelter's roof at night, waiting to pounce when you come outside in the morning. They also have a chance of dropping string, which is needed to craft fishing rods and bows.
    • There are also the rarer cave spiders, which are less than half the size of regular spiders. Still, at twenty-eight inches wide, they're unrealistically large, yet small enough to fit through a one-block gap. Unlike their larger counterparts, these ones are poisonous. Their hissing may not be as tongue tearingly-frightening as you know who's, but these meter and a half blocky menaces can still ruin your day. By pushing you off a cliff.
  • Monster Hunter:
    • 4 has the Nerscylla, a spider the size of van that wears the rubbery hides of Gypceros — a kind of wyvern that Nerscyllas regularly prey on — as a cloak. It has both poisonous fangs and a stinger in its abdomen that puts its victims to sleep.
    • Baelidae, from Monster Hunter Online. While Nerscylla is in its own Monster class called Temnoceran, Baelidae is classified as a Carapaceon, which are normally crabs or scorpions. But it looks and the ability to create webs identify it as a spider.
  • The Krypt of Mortal Kombat X has been turned into a RPG that includes a spider cavern. Yes, they feature as you'll quickly discover in what may be the easiest eighth generation achievement to earn: you are given no warning to them attacking and have to hit the right button as soon as they appear, or they'll attack and you get the terrifying award.
  • NetHack has "giant spider" as one of the enemies you can run into. They can be a bit dangerous in the early game due to their speed and ability to poison you, but as you grow stronger (and gain poison resistance), they are much easier to defeat.
  • In Neverwinter Nights, giant spiders are available as animal companions (for druids and rangers) and familiars (for wizards and sorcerers).
  • Neverwinter Nights 2 has a rare example of a friendly giant spider. Your party comes across it in a cave, and it tries to communicate with you by drawing letter in the dirt with it's legs. If you befriend it, then later on when you get Crossroad Keep, it will show up in the basement and eventually weave a magical spider-silk cloak for you! "XP granted for befriending a giant magical spider!"
  • In The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King, a video game Prequel to The Nightmare Before Christmas, the first boss is a huge purple spider. This also occurs in the film's video game sequel The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge, where one of the bosses is a gigantic arachnid known as the Crypt Creeper Spider.
  • Obsidian has a Giant Metal Spider, which stemmed from a nightmare one of the characters had during development of a nanobot-controlling AI called Ceres. With the use of Ceres' nanobots, you get to explore a recreation of this nightmare inside the titular structure. This spider so large that one of its feet is almost your height, it has a furnace for a head with its arms and pincers attached to it, and the thing is set inside a massive abandoned factory. The goal is to repair the spider by solving puzzles based around an alternate version of the 4 elements, which gradually bring the machine to life, and when all four are completed the spider instantly starts smashing everything in its path and proceeds to devour you whole. Fortunately, thanks to the dream's inverse logic, this doesn't kill you.
  • The first boss in Ōkami, as well as the Bonus Boss Bandit Spider. And the Block Spider.
  • One Dog Story has various bugs and insects and spiders as big as the Player Character as enemies.
  • Jorōgumo herself (see above) appears in Onmyōji as a demoness with the upper body of a woman and the lower body of a large spider. She is also a Literal Maneater and a Mother of a Thousand Young who breeds a horde of powerful baby demons and will keep spawning as long as she is not yet defeated.
  • In Overlord II, you fight spiders the size of your minions after being shipwrecked on Everlight. Deeper into the jungle you fight their queen, who dwarfs your Overlord and minions and spits out egg clusters that hatch into smaller, minion-sized spiders. After finishing this Puzzle Boss fight, the smaller spiders do a Heel–Face Turn and allow themselves to be used as mounts by your Greens.
  • PAYDAY 2's Halloween 2015 event mission Lab Rats sees the players shrunken down and placed on the meth table from the regular Rats mission. Periodically, a spider that is regular-sized but now appears giant to the shrunken-down heisters will lean over the edge of the table, ready to instantly incapacitate any players that get within biting distance.
  • Penumbra's spiders might not be as large as some examples on this page, but they're still larger than any normal spider and have a taste for human flesh.
  • The Dark Ragne in Phantasy Star Online 2 is two legs short of being a proper spider, but is otherwise similar enough to one in terms of its appearance and movements to bother arachnophobes, and is one of the largest bosses in the game overall, being about two stories tall. It also possesses a distinctive roar, which can provide an advance warning of whether or not one is lurking somewhere on the map. Helpful when considering that it can appear on any planet thanks to its teleportation and will hurt you if you're too close to its landing zone.
  • The Pikmin series has both spiders that are around the size of the player characters and spiders that tower over them. In all cases it's not that the spiders are large by human standards, it's that the Pikmin and their commanders are small:
    • The entire main series has the Arachnorb family, massive four-legged spiders with round bodies. All of them attack by stomping Pikmin with their feet, except for the Man-at-Legs, which uses a laser-cannon instead.
    • Exclusive to Pikmin 2 are the Dweevils. Most of them are just slightly larger than the player characters, but the Titan Dweevil is a much bigger variant that serves as the game's Final Boss. The Titan Dweevil by itself would be harmless if it wasn't using four objects as weapons. All of the regular enemy varieties except the Volitile Dweevil are passive examples of the trope, only attacking in self-defense.
  • Pokémon has a few, and although most of them are rather small compared to some other examples on this page, the smallest is still quite large by spider standards and they just get bigger from there.
    • Ariados is about 1 meter tall and even its pre-evolution Spinarak is a foot in size.
    • Galvantula is another "small giant" spider of comparable size to Ariados, but its pre-evolution Joltik — the smallest Pokémon in the game — is the size of a real-life tarantula.
    • Finally, there's Dewpider and its evolution Araquanid. The former is 30 cm (1 foot) large, and the latter is the biggest spider Pokémon at 1.8m (5'11) in size. That's bigger than a good number of people!
    • Even bigger is the Totem Araquanid you have to fight at Brooklet Hill in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, and in Pokémon Ultra Moon you can receive a Totem-sized Araquanid yourself from Samson Oak after collecting 40 Totem Stickers (Ultra Sun players get Alolan Marowak instead). According to the Totem Pokémon Bulbapedia page, the thing is 3.1 meters (10'2) in size, which would make it the tallest Bug-type (though Scolipede, a 2.5 meter (8'2) centipede Pokémon, is considered the true bearer of the title, as Totem Araquanid is merely an alternate form).
    • A player can make them even bigger if they use Dynamax.
  • Shows up as a type of boss in Radiant Historia, and they don't do "giant" by halves. On the 3X3 enemy grid, a human occupies one space. Heavily armored knights or sizable creatures like tigers might fill two adjacent ones, and particularly large bears and such occupy a 2X2 square. A Hell Spider's head and thorax alone fill the entire grid, its legs spill off the sides, and the abdomen reaches off the end of the screen. And you will hate them. And the Bonus Boss is one also... twice!
  • You have to fight a few in Rayman 2: The Great Escape. They're very tough opponents. Also, in the original concept of Rayman Raving Rabbids, Rayman would have been able to ride a Giant Spider. What Could Have Been...
  • The Resident Evil universe features spiders mutated by the T-Virus, who grow to the size of cars.
    • Then you have the Black Tiger. Apparently giant huntsmans were not scary enough so Capcom had to come up with a freaky redesign based on Australian funnelwebs to make your S.T.A.R.S commando shit their pants. Seriously, the games peaked the fright factor here.
    • One section of Resident Evil 5 has normal, non mutated spiders. While accurately portraying African arachnids, they're about the size of Chris' fist. The game actually keeps tabs on how many you kill like any other enemy, so by all means squish'em.
    • Most of the games have giant tarantulas (called "Webspinners" in the in-game media). Code: Veronica has giant Black Widows instead, while Darkside Chronicles not only has lovingly rendered and even more ghastly Webspinners and Black Widows, but a South American version, the Jumping Maneater, which is made from, you guessed it, a jumping spider. Amusingly, they're all depicted as retaining their original proportions; even though they're all Giant Spiders, the Webspinner is bigger than the Black Widow (except for the Widow Queen, who showed up in the original Code: Veronica as a boss), which are bigger than the Jumping Maneaters.
      • They return in the aptly named Lost in Nightmares. Small, in comparison, but see Jill's Nice Hat? They're that size. Bigger.
  • Giant spiders are a common enemy in the lower levels of Rohan Online, particularly if you're a Dark Elf in Ignis, which is packed with both various species of these and the giant scorpions known as Akepions.
  • RuneScape has several types of large spiders, most of them which are about a size of a dog. Larger ones are also present. This is taken "Up to Eleven" with the two vampire hunting spiders Araxxor and Araxxi, the former of which makes up the bulk of the fight before being cannibalized by the latter whom is much much deadlier. They serve as "That One Boss" for those seeking The Reaper title needed for the Completionist Cape.
  • The Empress Spider boss from Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is large enough to nearly fill up the entire screen if its legs are spread out. Naturally, it's also large enough to prey on humans and other similarly-sized beings, as Rottytops found out first hand.
  • SimAnt has the giant Wolf Spider of sorts. The damn thing, once it is going after you, cannot be stopped, and a small window pops up with its beady little eyes staring right at the player. Its mandibles opening and closing, drool/venom/ant blood hanging from the tips of its fangs. There is a subversion however, in that you can choose which ant you are controlling. And apparently, you can even choose to take control of the spider...This means you can take the spider and do a suicide run on the red ant colony (The black ants mortal and sworn enemy) kill hundreds of the red ants, eventually the red ants will swarm the spider and rip it apart (Which isn't graphically represented, Thank god) the spider merely falls over on its back. And shortly afterwards becomes four points of food. A reasonable exchange for possibly wiping out from a fourth to up to 3/4s of their numbers.
    • And if you turn the silly mode on... "Running will only prolong your suffering!"
    • But once you get a large enough group of ants, getting revenge is very sweet. And you can eat them!
  • Spelunky features two types of spiders, speedy hoppers which are "only" as big as your character, and slower, tougher web-spewers that are also two or three times larger; if you're able to kill the latter (usually via bomb or shotgun), you are offered a Sticky Bomb upgrade.
  • The Spyro the Dragon games have a few examples.
    • In the first game, there are those terrifying metal creatures in High Caves. While they're not spiders in the truest sense of the word (more like beetles) they still have gigantic nightmare pincers and are invulnerable to normal attacks.
    • The third game features big green spiders in the Mushroom Speedway level. (These spiders are harmless.) One of them also appears as a boss in the second Sparx level.
    • Spyro 5 also has those blue spiders in Crocovile Swamp. They're huge, they shiver in anticipation when you get close, they endlessly respawn from their webs, they leap out at you from seemingly solid walls....
  • The Ilwrath from Star Control are a race of sentient giant spiders who practice a Religion of Evil.
  • The Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion to Star Wars: The Old Republic has Iknayids — giant spider-like creatures native to Zakuul. They can grow from the size of a dog to as big as a rancor.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • In Super Paper Mario, Mimi transforms into a giant spider at one point. The music that plays while she chases you is terrifying. You can outrun her and spend a couple of minutes in a room, feeling fairly safe til she comes in through the door.
    • Also, Tarantox from Super Mario Galaxy.
    • Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon: The first boss of the game is a jumbo-sized, purple spider possessed by a ghost. Though after said ghost is removed, the arachnid shrinks back to it's normal size (which is still massive for a spider).
    • The Spideraticus from Wario World.
  • They are a monster mook in Tears to Tiara 2. And then there's the priest of the unnamed village.
  • Terraria: Wall Creepers, Jungle Creepers, Black Recluses, and Blood Crawlers, enemies that are about as long as the player is tall and can walk on background walls. The immobile spider summoned from the Queen Spider Staff is about as large but fights for the player.
  • Giant Spiders are very dangerous in Tibia and are credited for a good number of newbies deaths; even well leveled and experienced players avoid them if they don't have the proper gear to fight or just can't run from those monsters. However, once hasted they are faster than a level fifty player and will kill the player.
  • Tolkien's Legendarium. Most video games set in Middle-Earth naturally feature these.
  • Tomb Raider:
    • Tomb Raider II has an area involving these.
    • The Big Bad of Tomb Raider III mutates into a giant spider-human hybrid for the final battle.
    • They appear as regular enemies in both the Southern Mexico and Jan Mayen Island levels in Tomb Raider: Underworld.
    • In Lara Croft GO, giant spiders are one of the enemies Lara can encounter. They move back and forth along a straight path, killing Lara if she steps in front of them but otherwise ignoring her. A number of puzzles involve getting them to walk across a pressure plate at the right time for Lara to do something else — on some occasions, this means actively keeping them alive them rather than just killing them.
  • Touhou, naturally, goes the Cute Monster Girl route with the tsuchigumo Yamame Kurodani.
  • Toukiden has the Manhunter and Bloodhunter, giant spider-shaped Oni that try to shred the player and allies with giant claws. They can spawn smaller spider Oni that can inflict status effects and might come up to a human's knees or a little higher.
  • The most powerful creature that Nero Chaos in Tsukihime has inside him is some sort of unnamed spider that is slightly larger than a large elephant. It's not pictured or named because Shiki just kills it in one blow like everything else.
  • The old MacVenture game Uninvited has a giant spider underneath the house. If the player tries to jump down a hole, they end up right in front of said monster and killed, while if they come across it later they can get rid of it and move on.
  • Andy of Venture Kid faces blue spiders bigger than him as an enemy type.
  • Larger than average (roughly the size of a dog) spiders are common Mooks in Vindictus, while larger variants are serve as dungeon bosses (one being the boss of the intro/tutorial). One Royal Party Raid deserves special mention. Your party is dropped in a canyon, where a single giant spider is sitting. As you approach, a second, larger, spider jumps over the canyon wall. Only moments later a third, even larger (to the point where she takes up about 1/10th of the circular canyon by herself), spider queen bursts forth from underground. The ensuing battle is generally only won after the spider queen (and possibly one of the other two) gets herself stuck on the bodies of your fallen comrades.
  • The Warcraft universe has the Nerubians: giant, sentient, vaguely humanoid spider-creatures, as well as the more traditional giant spiders of various sizes, ranging from human-sized to size of a small house. The Nerubians also have an undead variant called the Crypt Fiends, which are Nerubians killed by the Scourge during the War of the Spider and reanimated as undead. In turn, there is a bigger, meaner variant of the Crypt Fiends known as the Crypt Lords, though those are less spiders and more like huge, bulky scarabs of sorts, with mantis claws.
    • And then there's Shadra, the lake-sized spider god.
    • They also have more generally-huge spiders, usually bigger than a human but not quite as big as a tauren. Until you enter Naxxramas. There they get to be gigantic. For one thing, there's Anub'Rekhan, one of the most trusted lieutenants of the king of the Nerubians, Anub'Arak (both are Crypt Lords rather than true spiders, but hey...) And then there's Maexxna.
      • Another large, but not quite as big, spider, is Hadronox. Some people consider her to be scarier than Maexxna (it's the spikes).
  • Giant spiders are a common enemy in Wayward. They are also handy for staving off starvation a bit, but their venom can take a big chunk from your HP.
  • The Witch's House has a giant spider on the second floor. The player will only see it if they remove the butterfly from it's web and attempting to leave the room if they did not replace it.
  • Giant spiders show up in Wizardry VII: Bane of the Cosmic Forge in the dwarven mines, and occur periodically from then on out. Their only noteworthy trait is the ability to shoot webs and paralyze the party. Oddly enough, the Silence spell stops them from doing this...
  • The PC role playing game Wizards and Warriors had scary giant spiders that would get right in your face and attack. They were rather lethal as well, given the game is played from a first person view and seeing them up close to attack is horrifying.
  • World of Illusion has a very comical Funny Animal Giant Spider as the first boss.
  • World of Warcraft includes a giant spider that might be a Shout-Out to this, the Terokkarantula. However, it lives in a place called the Terokkar Forest, named for a god which has nothing to do with spiders, so the name might be just a mashup of "Terokkar" and "tarantula," and/or a coincidence. Not even Thrym's shoe is big enough! KILL IT WITH FIRE!
  • Zombie Playground: One of the pets you can give your kid is a spider about the size of a basketball.

    Web Comics 
  • In addition to the big stompy war clanks, Girl Genius also has real giant spiders, ridden by the Geisterdamen priestesses. This is actually one of the least creepy things about the Geisterdamen. There's a different one in Castle Heterodyne, which while not being much bigger than a real-life tarantula was still able to completely envelop an adult human in webs in a few seconds.
  • In Abe & Kroenen, Rasputin tries to capture a giant spider for his own use. It's later found out that its name is Starbuck and belongs to Davy Jones.

    Web Original 
  • "Giant Spider Invasion". A guy finds a pretty big spider in his backyard, so he sprays insecticide all over his house and on the spider... only it turns out he picked up insectisteroids instead. Then the all-grown-up spider invades his house and kills him.
  • Invoked in this video, in which a German Shepherd is dressed in a spider costume to prank unwary passersby.
  • Downplayed but still present with the titular character of Lucas the Spider. He is far larger than any real species of jumping spider, which tend to be a few millimeters in size, where as Lucas seems to be around 3 inches long.
  • One of the various terrors beset on Noah Maxwell at the Victor Park Boardwalk is this, as well as one of the various forms of the Administrator.

    Western Animation 
  • In The Amazing World of Gumball, Ocho's mom is a giant 8-bit spider. Her son is also larger than most normal spiders, but he is still small.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: "Stranded" featured a giant spider during the climax. It was foreshadowed in an earlier scene.
    Cindy: Jimmy, are giant spider webs made by giant spiders?
    • Subverted in a later episode. The opening makes it seem like the same giant spider is in Retroville, but it's just a regular spider being observed through a magnifying glass.
  • A talking giant spider appears in a episode of Adventures of the Gummi Bears trying to eat the Gummi Bears and is up to Sir Thornberry and Cavin to save them, which also works as an anti-prejudice Aesop as Sir Thorberry distrust humans like Cavin and Cavin distrust Sir Thornberry because of his advance age and eccenctric behavior.
  • A giant spider couple is the main focus in the Adventure Time episode "Web Weirdos". When Jake and Finn get caught in a giant web, Finn tries to find a way for him and Jake to escape by offering advice on how the male spider (named Ed and voiced by Bobcat Goldthwait) can improve his relationship with his wife, Barb (voiced by Susie Essman). After making up, Barb gives birth to a thousand baby spiders.
  • MC Pee Pants in Aqua Teen Hunger Force, a diaper wearing giant spider who gets releases a rap CD with not so Subliminal Seduction in his lyrics. Said lyrics are about eating candy so his fans can come down to his place and use their hyperactive blood-sugar levels to power a drill into hell so that he can release demons for his global diet pill pyramid scheme. Averted, because very few traits aside from the fact he's a giant spider belong to this trope.
  • Atomic Puppet: Joey and AP once fought a giant mutant spider that had bull-horns, crab-like claws, and the ability to spit webs (which sounds remarkably similar to the Ushi-Oni mentioned above). It also appears in the show's intro.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender has the giant Canyon Crawlers, which are a mix between ants, spiders, and crocodiles.
  • Ginger, one of Beetlejuice's neighbor is a friendly giant tap-dancing spider.
  • One Courage the Cowardly Dog episode featured an entire hotel filled with giant spiders... courtesy of none other than Katz.
  • Dragon Hunters has the Aratog, a type of Dragon resembling a huge, four-legged spider who can transform into people he touched. One episode revolves around such a Dragon terrorizing a small community and taking the form of the mayor's daughter after kidnapping the real deal, obsessed with becoming "a real human".
  • In the Halloween Episode of Ed, Edd n Eddy, Ed, who is suffering from hallucinations, sees Johnny as one of these. Subverted by the fact that the spider is friendly.
  • In Fantomcat one of the main villains was a giant, green widow spider named Marmagora.
  • Futurama:
    • In "Where the Buggalo Roam", the characters ride horse-like spiders when travelling around Mars.
    • "300 Big Boys" begins with Zapp Brannigan conquering the planet Tarantulon 6, which is populated by giant sapient spiders. Subverted, as it's implied they were peaceful. It's mentioned later in the episode that the Tarantulon spiders are actually more closely related to elephants.
    • One of the Un-Canceled episodes starts with the Planet Express Ship caught in the energy web of a giant spider that lives in the vacuum of space. Like this.
  • Gargoyles, one episode of Season 2 features Anansi, the African Spider God and a child of Oberon, as the main antagonist, who resides in a web-shaped ruined city and turns people in were-panthers so that they can fetch him preys to eat. Despite his fearsome appearence, he's grown so fat he's harmless once his web is destroyed and he even tries to beg for mercy.
  • Gravity Falls: Asides from the quote from "Irrational Treasure" below, a Jorogumo appeared in Roadside Attraction.
    President Trembley: The only thing we have to fear is giant man-eating spiders!
  • Jeff in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. Partially subverted in that he's a friendly giant spider who wants Billy to love him, but Billy's arachnophobia make it very difficult, to say the least. There was also Velma who appeared in the made-for TV movie Billy & Mandy: Wrath of the Spider Queen. She was not very friendly.
  • An episode of Jimmy Two-Shoes had Heloise riding one that was either half mechanical or wearing armor.
  • Jonny Quest:
    • In the episode "Terror Island", a Mad Scientist turns several animals (including a spider) into giant monsters using a mutagenic drug.
    • The long legs and giant body of "The Robot Spy", well-known from JQ's opening credits, qualify it for this trope as well.
    • In "Treasure of the Temple", Race Bannon is caught in the web of a giant cave spider and saved by the accurate shooting of Doctor Quest.
  • The Looney Tunes cartoon "Claws for Alarm" begins with traveler Porky checking himself into a derelict hotel in a western ghost town with his nervous pet cat Sylvester, who gets terrified by a mammoth sized shadow of a spider on a wall — cast by a teeny-tiny spider.
  • In the Love, Death & Robots short "Beyond the Aquila Rift", this is the true form of "Greta": a horrifying spider-like alien with a giant head covered in a dozen black eyes blinking in unison clustered around a gaping red mouth filled with needle-like teeth. Luckily for Thom, "Greta" is also a Non-Malicious Monster.
  • Mighty Max featured a huge spider on one episode — the only thing Norman feared. For the unfamiliar, Norman was basically Hercules, Thor and Chuck Norris rolled into one, faced any threat with "I eat X for breakfast", and nearly had a breakdown at the sight of said spider. His fear is later justified when he reveals a prophecy he once heard that a Giant Spider will eat him.
  • The New Adventures of Superman: Jimmy is menaced by an oversized spider in "The Neolithic Nightmare".
  • This is shown to be Buttercup's biggest fear in The Powerpuff Girls "What Do They Fear?" Episode "Power-Noia", but she eventually overcomes this.
  • In the fourth episode of Primal (2019), Spear and Fang encounter a herd of demonic bats led by a massive spider that eats their delivered prey.
  • The Simpsons:
    • On his way to ditch work, Homer is confronted by a giant spider in the bowels of the nuclear plant. According to his map, said spider can be bypassed by quoting a Bible verse. After a failed attempt, Homer kills it by beaning it with a rock.
    • When the family visits Africa, a giant spider destroys Homer's luggage, which he claims was bound to happen.
  • Papa Smurf accidentally creates a giant spider with the magnifying mixture he creates in The Smurfs episode of the same name. Fortunately, Papa Smurf manages to shrink the spider back down to size before he becomes a victim.
  • South Park had the Queen Spider in Red Hot Catholic Love'', ruling the Vatican. Subverted in that it wasn't particularly frightening or dangerous.
  • The titular creature in the BBC animated series Spider was probably supposed to be an ordinary-sized house spider, but the protagonist is a very young boy and in proportion to him it looks much bigger.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: Ludo gets one as a minion in Season 2.
  • Star Wars Rebels: The planet Atollon, where Phoenix Squadron sets up a base near the end of season 2, is home to the krykna, six-legged white spider-like creatures impervious to blaster fire and highly sensitive to negative emotions.
  • An episode of Static Shock briefly features one that got infected by some "Big Bang" chemicals.
  • Teen Titans has minor villain Fang, a punkish teen thug who has a giant spider for a head. No, that's not a typo; he's basically a giant spider with a fully functional human body growing underneath his head.
  • Total Drama Revenge of the Island: One episode had a giant mutant spider picking off the contestants as part of a nighttime challenge. Said spider turns out to actually be Izzy in a costume.
  • Transformers:
    • The Transformers Animated version of Blackarachnia not only has a giant spider as an alt-mode, she became a half-organic being after trying to use her copying ability on spider that became huge from eating energon.
    • Both Blackarachnia and Tarantulas from Beast Wars qualify, having spider alt-modes. The former's Beast Machines form carries spiderlike features even in her robot mode, most notably her concealable extra eyes.
  • Wakfu episode "Island of the Bellephones" has a huge Arachne chasing the girls, only to run away in fear upon reaching the lair of the titular creatures.
  • An episode of Xiaolin Showdown was about the heroes attempting to retrieve a Shen Gon Wu called the "Hidoku Mouse", which allows the user to undo any wrongdoings, from not only recurring villain Jack Spicer, but also several giant spiders living in a cave. Unfortunately, neither side ends up getting the Hidoku Mouse as it ended up falling into a large pit full of spiders and was presumably destroyed. And the spiders themselves? According to legend, the spiders despite being neither good nor evil, are actually all constantly hungry, and therefore they must eat everything (including rocks and trees) in their path in order to survive.

    Real Life 
  • Mostly averted in Real Life: spiders as a whole are tiny creatures, with most of them being smaller than your fingernail.
  • The biggest spider known is the South American goliath birdeater tarantula, growing to roughly 9-10" (22-25 cm) in size, this creature's relatively harmless (to humans) venom is made up for by its increased aggression compared to most tarantulæ and tendency to fling clouds of irritating spines into the eyes of larger enemies. While they usually only eat the externally digested liquid remains of insects, reptiles, and amphibians they paralyze with their venom, they do occasionally manage to catch a bird (and no, they do not build giant webs to catch them with). To quote Cracked "It's frequently described as 'larger than a dinner plate,' presumably because spider-scientists don't want to freak people out with the significantly more relevant 'big enough to fit over your face.'"
  • Australia is infamous for its thick concentration of huntsman spiders, which can grow to be the size of one's face. According to native Aussies, the first time you see one you scream and run away, the second you try to get rid of it, the third you just ignore it. They are venomous, but their bite is effectively harmless to any healthy human, and they keep other bugs out of the house. (The spiders, not the Australians.)
  • Everybody meet the new kid in town! The Heteropoda maxima, also called the Giant Huntsman Spider is another 30 cm (12 inch) beast from Laos. It isn't as bulky as Goliath, but it definitely holds as much Nightmare Fuel for those scared of lanky, skinny spiders. It is also, as the name implies, the largest species of all Huntsman spiders.
  • La Princesse, the fifty-foot spider marionette. She appeared on the side of a tower, was taken to a dock, and started roaming Liverpool and spraying people with water. She "seemed to be leading the entire population of the city on a merry dance, like some kind of arachnid Pied Piper."
  • Maman, the giant pregnant spider which now menaces Ontario.
  • It was once believed that a fossil arthropod from the Carboniferous, called Megarachne, was one of these. However, more recent evidence shows that the extinct creature wasn't a spider at all but in fact part of an extinct group of animals known as sea scorpions. So yes, not Giant Spiders, just Giant Scorpions. The largest sea scorpion, Jaekelopterus, reached a length of over eight feet (2.5 meters), four times as long as Megarachne. But it didn't look like a spider, so that's all right then.
    • As a matter of fact, the largest known prehistoric spiders (the Jurassic Mongolarachne and the Permian Arthrolycosa) were actually smaller than the largest spiders of today, with neither exceeding 5 inches in legspan.
  • Although they are not true spiders (though they are distantly related), some species of pycnogonids (also known as sea spiders) can reach 2 feet across. The largest ones tend to be found in cold, deep water so you're unlikely to encounter those kinds.
  • Also, there is the Japanese spider crab. It's a kind of crab reaching 3.8 m from claw to claw and looking like a giant spider.
  • A persistent urban legend holds that giant spiders were found in the summer of 2001, living near Windsor Castle. They were discovered by British Telecom workers in an underground maintenance tunnel. Entomologists initially reported that they were venomous, aggressive and possibly a type thought to have been extinct for centuries. On later examination they proved to be Meta menardi cave spiders, which are notoriously nonaggressive. The colony was rehomed to a nearby forest.
  • Another persistent Urban Legend is that of the so-called Iraqi Camel Spider. Supposedly, these creatures grow up to one foot in length, can run up to twenty-five miles an hour, make a screaming noise when they run, can jump two feet in the air, have a venom powerful enough to melt flesh, and attack and kill camels to lay their eggs in their stomachs. This has come with many claims about them attacking humans. In reality, Camel Spiders are not spiders at all, but are part of a separate group of arachnids called Solifugae. They never grow beyond six inches in length, have a top speed of ten miles an hour, can't jump and don't even produce venom. The idea that they attack camels and humans comes from their name; "Solifugae" means "flee from the sun", which is exactly what they're doing. Dead camels and humans provide shadows for them to use to get out of bright desert sunlight. And aside from all that, they're not even exclusive to the Middle East, also being native to the American Southwest.



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Queen Bella is a giant spider Nightmaren, dressed like a British queen. Fought above a lava-filled hole on grate platforms. Seemingly likes to spin silk balls for no reason.

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