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Basic Trope: A character is deliberately based off of Spider-Man.

  • Straight: Arachi-Person is a spider-based superhero that can cling to walls, possesses super strength and reflexes and is able to shoot webs out of a specific part of his body. In his civilian life, he is unpopular, has a crush, a bully and all of the typical foibles of everyday life.
  • Exaggerated: Arachni-Person looks exactly like Spider-Man and has all of the same powers but he insists that he is not Spider-Man and that he is actually themed off of a lobster.
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  • Downplayed: Arachni-Person is themed off of a spider, with powers and a costume that only vaguely resemble Spider-Man.
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  • Inverted: Arachni-Person is a supervillain that flies around on a glider and throws bombs. In his civilian life, he is rich and ostensibly popular, making it all the more surprising that he is a supervillain.
  • Subverted: Arachni-Person makes his debut as a superhero, only for everyone to call him out for being a Spider-Man ripoff.
  • Double Subverted: Arachni-Person is revealed to be an imposter posing as Spider-Man, only to reveal that he is in-fact Spider-Man impersonating an impersonator.
  • Parodied: Arachni-Person is a token member of a superhero team who's members are all deliberate spoofs of Marvel characters.
  • Deconstructed: Arachni-Person wears an outfit similar to Spider-Man, only to change it afterwards because he finds the outfit impractical for hero work, including forgoing web-shooters in favor of a different weapon and forgoing the bright red and blue in-favor of camouflaged kevlar.
    • Arachni-Person discovers that it would be far batter to simply sell his web-shooters as a cheap, non-lethal weapon that can be used both by law enforcement and for self-defense.
  • Reconstructed: Arachni-Person finds out that Spider-Man got a few details right in both his costume and equipment and uses them to upgrade his newer suit, making him an original and effective superhero all on his own.
    • Arachni-Person provides his technology to law enforcement while at the same time joining them, creating a newer, more effective team of law-enforcement capable of using non-lethal methods, revolutionizing law-enforcement for the whole country.
  • Zig Zagged: Arachni-Person looks and acts like Spider-Man, only to be revealed as an imposter, only for him to then be revealed that he is actually the original Spider-Man of a parallel universe, only to reveal that he is actually that Spider-Man's clone created by a supervillain.
    • Despite his similarites to Spider-Man, considering the insect motif, spider-like powers, super strength, Super Reflexes, and his use of technology and equipment, his creator actually meant for him to be based off Kamen Rider, which is why he's also a cyborg who transforms into his costume using a special belt, and owns a Cool Bike. Though the creator does understand how this makes Arachni-Person resemble both.
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  • Averted: Arachni-Person looks nothing like Spider-Man, nor does he act like him in personality and abilities.
  • Lampshaded: "Apparently great power doesn't come with great creativity."
  • Enforced: The producer is a massive Spider-Man fan and wanted to create his own homage.
    • A new Spider-Man movie recently came out and a rival studio wants to recreate that popularity by making their own non-copyright Expy.
  • Implied: All superheroes in the setting are either Animal Superheroes or Animal-Themed Superbeings, with a flow-chart dividing them into categories, one of which being "Arthropods (Shellfish, Bugs and Arachnids)."
  • Logical Extreme: Arachni-Person has every super-power one can assume a person with spider-powers can have (web-shooters, wall-clinging, eight-limbs, venomous fangs, egg-laying, injection of digestive juices, etc.).
  • Played for Laughs: Arachni-Person appears, divulges his well-thought out backstory, only to get crushed by a hero with enlargement superpowers that confuses him for an actual spider.
  • Played for Drama: ???
  • Played for Horror: Arachni-Person seems cool at first, only for him to slowly exhibit spider-like abilities and tendencies that aren't glamorized (a strange taste for bugs, covering his room in webbing, etc.) before he lures in his girlfriend, has sex with her and tries to eat her. She escapes, only for her to find out that she is pregnant and viscerally eaten alive from the inside-out by her spider-mutant offspring. Arachni-Person also ultimately mutates further into a giant humanoid spider creature. Horrified at how dangerous he really is, he then goes on the run from the authorities, developing a violent temper from his traumatic experiences that can have him lash out at anyone who tries to face him.

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