List of fictional arthropods

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This list of fictional arthropods is subsidiary to the list of fictional animals. It is restricted to notable insect, arachnid and crustacean characters from the world of fiction.

Literature[edit]

Character Species Work Author Notes
Aragog Spider Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J. K. Rowling Aragog was an Acromantula—an enormous, sentient spider capable of speech—who made a unique clicking noise as he moved in search of prey. Hagrid raised him from an egg as a Hogwarts student. In his third year at Hogwarts, Hagrid was caught talking to Aragog in the dungeons by Tom Riddle, who alleged that Aragog was the "Monster of Slytherin" and that Hagrid had opened the Chamber of Secrets.
Arianwen Spider The Snow Spider Jenny Nimmo
Billy Bee Bee Billy Bee Peter Thomas
Charlotte A. Cavatica Spider Charlotte's Web E. B. White A spider who befriends Wilbur the pig; she at first seems bloodthirsty due to her method of catching food.
The Gnat Gnat Alice Through the Looking Glass Lewis Carroll The Gnat seems to love jokes; however, he doesn't like telling them himself—he prefers others to tell the jokes.
Miss Spider Spider Miss Spider
Ungoliant Spider The Silmarillion J. R. R. Tolkien Described as an evil spirit in the form of a spider. She is mentioned briefly in The Lord of the Rings, and plays a supporting role in The Silmarillion. Her origins are unclear, as Tolkien's writings only reveal than that she is from "before the world". She is one of a few instances, along with Tom Bombadil and the Cats of Queen Berúthiel.
Shelob Spider The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien A giant spider from J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. She appears at the end of the fourth book, second volume (The Two Towers) of The Lord of the Rings. She is said to be a child of Ungoliant, shown above.

Comics[edit]

Character Species Work Notes
Ferda the Ant Ant Ferda Mravenec Created by Ondřej Sekora and adapted in an animated TV series in 1984. He is an adventurous, hard working ant who is in love with Miss Ladybird.
Gnorm Gnat Gnat Gnorm Gnat A gnat who Davis says plays the "straight man" who sometimes behaves like the character Walter Mitty.[1]
Hawthorne Hermit crab Sherman's Lagoon The scheming hermit crab of the strip. He is rude, abrasive, insulting, stingy, and a borderline criminal. Hawthorne, unlike other hermit crabs, prefers a beer can rather than a seashell.
Maya Bee The Adventures of Maya the Bee

Legends[edit]

Character Species Origin Notes
Anansi Spider West Africa Ananse tales are some of the best-known in West Africa[2] The stories made up an exclusively oral tradition, and indeed Ananse himself was synonymous with skill and wisdom in speech.[3] It was as remembered and told tales that they crossed to the Caribbean and other parts of the New World with captives via the Atlantic slave trade.[4]
Jorogumo Spider Japan

Media[edit]

Film[edit]

Character Species Work Notes
Mothra Giant moth Mothra
Alpha Scorpion Scorpion The Black Scorpion A giant black scorpion which kills every other giant scorpion and raids Mexico City.

Television[edit]

Character Species Work Notes
The Killer Bees Killer bees Saturday Night Live a group of bees in a recurring sketch on the show
Pepe the King Prawn Prawn Muppets Tonight
Seymour Spider H.R. Pufnstuf One of Witchiepoo's assistants.
Nahoul Bumble Bee Tomorrow's Pioneers the aggressively anti-Semitic bumblebee who acted as co-host for the Hamas-broadcast children's TV series between July and February 2007 when according to the plot he was martyred. Hates cats.

Animation[edit]

Character Species Work Notes
Adam Flayman Honey bee Bee Movie
Atom Ant Ant The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show A superhero, created by Hanna-Barbera in 1965. Atom costarred in The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show (sharing top billing with Secret Squirrel). In syndication, Atom Ant aired alongside Precious Pupp and The Hillbilly Bears.
Barry B. Benson Honey bee Bee Movie Barry B. Benson (Voiced by Jerry Seinfeld) is "just an ordinary bee" in a hive in Sheep Meadow, Central Park in New York City.
Bee Larry King Honey bee Bee Movie based on Larry King
Chip Wasp Antz
Crazy Joe Hermit crab Shark Tale Voiced by David P. Smith, he is a deranged hermit crab who lives in a dumpster near the Whalewash.
Evinrude Dragonfly The Rescuers Evinrude is a dragonfly who mans a leaf boat across Devil's Bayou, giving Bernard and Miss Bianca a ride across the swamp water
Jiminy Cricket Cricket Pinocchio The Walt Disney version of "The Talking Cricket" (Italian: Il Grillo Parlante), a fictional character created by Carlo Collodi for his children's book Pinocchio, which was adapted into an animated film by Disney in 1940. Originally an unnamed, minor character in Collodi's novel
Dee Dee Cockroach Oggy and the Cockroaches One of three main character cockroaches from the show.
Flik Ant A Bug's Life An individualist and would-be inventor
Herman Beetle Bootle Beetle A beetle with his life represented in flashbacks. Commonly Donald serves as his nemesis.
Hova Ant The Ant Bully A worker ant who is assigned to teach Lucas about the ways of the ant.
Hutch the Honeybee Honeybee The Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee the son of a Queen bee, Hutch is separated from his mother when his native beehive is destroyed by an attack of wasps. The series follows Hutch as he searches for his missing mother, in the midst of a frequently hostile nature.[5]
Joey Cockroach Oggy and the Cockroaches One of three main character cockroaches from the show.
Mr. Krabs Crab SpongeBob SquarePants Captain Eugene Harold "Armor Abs" Krabs[6] is a wealthy, red crab, but is an extreme tightwad (he still keeps the first dollar he ever earned)[7] and very greedy.[6]
Marky Cockroach Oggy and the Cockroaches One of three main character cockroaches from the show.
Maya Honeybee Maya the Honey Bee
Muffy Wasp Antz
Ray Firefly The Princess and the Frog Ally of Tiana and Prince Naveen
Sebastian Crab The Little Mermaid (full name Horatio Thelonious Ignacious Crustaceous Sebastian), he is a red Jamaican crab, the servant of King Triton.
Sheldon J. Plankton copepod SpongeBob SquarePants owner of the Chum Bucket and arch enemy of Mr. Krabs. He is always trying to steal the Krabby Patty Secret Formula but is always unsuccessful. He often thinks and speaks of evil anarchist points of view and wishes to rule the world. He sells chum which is disgusting slop of innards and blood that is often used to attract sharks and other predatory fish. He has a computer wife named Karen, who is actually a "W.I.F.E." (Wired Integrated Female Electroencephalograph). Karen usually gives Plankton ideas to steal the Krabby Patty formula, which he often censors out and takes them as his. Plankton and Karen's marital relationship is often shown as very dysfunctional. His first appearance was in "Plankton!".
Spike Bee Cartoon Disney Shorts A small aggressive bee who is frequently an enemy of Donald and Pluto. In many of his appearances he is on a quest to gather food. He is a one-time friend to Donald in the Disney short Let's Stick Together (1952)
Z Ant Antz An individualistic but meek worker ant.

Video games[edit]

Character Species Work Notes
Charmy Bee Sonic the Hedgehog Charmy Bee (チャーミー・ビー Chāmī hachi?) is a bee who is the "scatter-brained funny-kid" of the Chaotix.[8] He is cheerful, curious, playful, careless, and greatly energetic, often talking about things no one else cares about.[9] Charmy's fooling around makes the rest of the detective agency staff look professional, and he is generally seen as a "cute mascot".[10] Despite an innocent,[9] good-natured and light-hearted personality, he uses his stinging tail on rare occasions that he gets angry.[10][9] In addition being a playable character in Sonic Heroes and Shadow the Hedgehog, he made cameos in both Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games installments as a referee.

Other[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davis, Jim. 20 Years & Still Kicking!: Garfield's Twentieth Anniversary Collection. New York: Ballantine Books, 1998, p. 14.
  2. ^ Haase, Donald (2008). The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 31. ISBN 0-313-33441-2. [1]
  3. ^ See for instance Ashanti linguist staff finial in the Metropolitan Museum of Art which relates to the saying "No one goes to the house of the spider Ananse to teach him wisdom."
  4. ^ Cynthia James (2004). "Searching for Ananse: From Orature to Literature in the West Indian Children’s Folk Tradition--Jamaican and Trinidadian Trends" (Word Document). Trinidad University of the West Indes. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  5. ^ "Tatsunoko Pro". Tatsunoko Productions. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  6. ^ a b "Mr. Krabs from SpongeBob SquarePants". nick.com. Nickelodeon. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ Writers: C. H. Greenblatt, Kazimieras G. Prapuolenis and Mark O'Hare (May 10, 2002). "Wet Painters". SpongeBob SquarePants. Season 3. Episode 50a. Nickelodeon.
  8. ^ Sega (2003). "Team Chaotix". Sonic Heroes Manual. Sega. pp 12 
  9. ^ a b c "Sonic Channel". Characters: Charmy. Sega. Archived from the original on 2008-07-09. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  10. ^ a b Sega (2003). "Team Chaotix". Sonic Heroes Manual. Sega. pp 13