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Basic Trope: An enemy that is notoriously frustrating and difficult to deal with.

  • Straight: Araignees are fast enemies that take half your health bar upon one hit.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Araignees are almost invincible enemies that drain all of your lives and health on hit, and are fast as hell.
    • Araignees are the only enemies that can attack through the fourth wall by tempering with the interface and even deleting your save file should they manage to kill your character.
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    • A good half of the enemies in the game warrant this reaction, due to long term or permanent debuffs, speed, massive damage output from beyond your max range, or sheer defensive power.
    • Boss in Mook's Clothing
  • Downplayed: Goddamned Bats
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Araignees are weak and slow enemies that barely even take a few pixels off of your health bar. Killing them rewards you with lots of money and health.
  • Subverted:
    • The player character has trouble dealing with Araignees, then they get a new piece of gear and starts cutting up Araignees like carrots.
    • Araignees are mooks: their attacks are highly telegraphed and easy to counter, so anyone who can use the parry mechanic will trivialise them.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...Then in one of the last few levels, they return with a vengeance.
    • They're replaced by Ultra-Araignees who are Invincible Minor Minions with a one-hit kill, making countering the only way to survive them, let alone kill them.
  • Parodied: Araignees exist to make the game an Unwinnable Joke Game.
  • Zig-Zagged: There's always ONE unbeatable minion but which one depend on your character build, resulting in a strange sort of Tactical Rock–Paper–Scissors.
  • Averted: Araignees are fairly standard enemies. They aren't especially hard nor easy.
  • Enforced: "Hmm... This game isn't hard enough..." "I know! Throw in a painfully hard enemy! That'll make the game have some good challenge!"
  • Lampshaded: "Ugh. I HAAAAATE Araignees!"
  • Invoked: Lord Bad pours more resources into training Araignees than other kinds of Mooks.
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  • Exploited: In an attempt to Avert It's Easy, So It Sucks!, the developer specifically designed Araignees to be common and difficult to overcome to squeeze out a few extra hours of play.
  • Defied: The PC is a physical god that kills anything he touches.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • The Araignees are so powerful and violent that the setting of the videogame becomes a Crapsack World.
    • Araignees are so dangerous that through the game we see how humanity hunts them until they go extinct.
    • Players abandon the game, because although Araignees are hard to kill they are boring to fight.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs:
  • Played For Drama: The first Araignee to show up quickly establishes itself as a Hero Killer by offing an important NPC. As soon as it's dead, you're informed that there are way more of them out there...

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