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The Queen Spider is the secondary antagonist of the 1990 horror film Arachnophobia. She is the chosen mate of the General Spider and the mother to the abnormally aggressive brood of spiders that would invade the setting of the film and seek to wipe out all other life-forms.

Biography

The Queen Spider was largely unseen for most of the movie and her role was also one of the more passive as she was responsible for building nests, raising her young and teaching them how to spread and survive. Her young were abnormally aggressive due to the General Spider's influence, which made them seek to not just survive as a species but also actively work to eradicate any competing life-forms (including humans).

The Queen Spider would come into conflict with the main cast when she had her young invade the town and murder many innocent people, while the General Spider was largely responsible for ensuring the nest was protected the Queen Spider also had a similar role and thus when the nest was found she took to arms in defense of her young.

She would be killed in the resulting conflict, sparking the General Spider to go into a murderous rage to avenge his mate (as well as his species, since without her there's a strong possibility they would go extinct).

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Trivia

  • The Queen Spider is actually a house-spider, thus her young are all hybrids. The first batch were infertile but the second were said to have become fertile, and it was the second batch which the General thus protected so fiercely.
  • The Queen Spider is smaller than the General Spider, which is quite rare as female spiders tend to be much larger than their mates. This is explainable though as the General Spider is considered a mutant of sorts (and also a different species).

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