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Tarantulas is a Predacon from the Beast Wars portion of the Generation One/Beast Era continuity family.
His name is also officially spelled "Tarantulus".
"And fries! Lots of FRIES!"

Tarantulas is the scheming mad scientist of the Predacon crew. The type of mad scientist who experiments on living beings, cackling in his trademarked laugh all the while, and then if things go wrong, happily eats what's left as his midday snack. (Considering his appetite, that must happen a lot.) He was one of the Predacons to join Megatron during his theft of the Golden Disc and the search for Earth. In addition to being an utterly psychotic, sadistic sociopath (even by Predacon standards, which is something he appears to wear with pride), Tarantulas has a record for treachery rivaled by few other Transformers. Tarantulas is actually an agent of the Tripredacus Council, which is trying to coax the Beast Wars toward an unspecified goal, where neither Autobot or Decepticon won the Great War.

Tarantulas has a particularly notable hatred of the Vok aliens, a hatred strong enough to make him work to eliminate them by any means.

Lunatic.

Blackarachnia on Tarantulas, "Spider's Game"

Japanese name: Tarans
Chinese name (Taiwan): Jr-jū (蜘蛛, "Spider"), later Húng Jr-jū (紅蜘蛛, "Red Spider")
German name: Tarantulus
Italian name: Metal Tarantulas (Transmetal)
Polish name: Tarantulator

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Toy Bio

Tarantulas is a sneaky, mysterious ninja feared across the galaxy. A master of the martial arts, he's suspected in the disappearances of many Earthlings, and rumors swirl of giant cocoons where he stores his prey.

(Note: The on-package bios of the first wave of Beast Wars toys predate the development of the Beast Wars cartoon and its backstory. Instead, they seem to present the characters as a direct continuation of the previous Autobot/Decepticon conflict, with their battles taking place on present-day, human-inhabited Earth, rather than in the distant past. Once the cartoon launched, the toyline adjusted itself to match that continuity instead.)

Optimus Primal VS Megatron pack-in comic

Tarantulas is guarding the Predacons' jungle-based genetics lab along with Megatron and Waspinator. When the Maximals discover them, he engages Razorbeast in combat briefly before Megatron calls retreat and destroys the lab. (This story predates the animated continuity and seems to be set on present-day Earth. See note above.)

Cartoon continuity

Timelines

Tarantulas decoded the information on the Golden Disk, freshly stolen by Megatron. He thought this was quite hilarious, but then, he thinks that about everything. Theft of the Golden Disk

See? A Planet X key in the corner of the pic. He's working for Unicron! Get him!

As Megatron and his rogue band of Predacons escaped Cybertron in their stolen ship, the Darksyde, Tarantulas was in charge of scanning the disk for a desired set of coordinates. While Megatron was not watching, he was in secret communication with a member of the Tripredacus Council. (The reflections in his helmet show the silhouette of General Cicadacon.)

Using the decoded coordinates, the Darksyde opened a transwarp portal, which it and the Axalon passed through. Dawn of Future's Past

Beast Wars cartoon

Voice actor: Alec Willows (English), Yūichi Nagashima (Japanese), Fabio Vilalonga (Brazil)

Tarantulas was one of the original crew on the Darksyde when it crashed on prehistoric Earth. As Megatron's technical leader, he manned the scanners to appropriate beast forms based on the most powerful local creatures. Beast Wars (Part 1)

Tarantulas caused as many problems for Megatron as he fixed. He always needed a separate hideout to plot other, evil schemes, and he managed to stay one step ahead of most of his "allies". The only partner he worked with frequently—though they betrayed each other just as often—was Blackarachnia.

When Tarantulas learned of the Vok and their impending return to Earth, he spent his best efforts to capture a working stasis pod to craft an escape shuttle. At the hour of the Vok's return, he finally completed one. Megatron had known of his and Blackarachina's plans and threw a wrench in the works—Inferno. Inferno stomped into the room, interrupted Tarantulas's download of the stasis pod's datatracks, torched him, and was defeated by Blackarachnia. Other Voices, Part 2

Fortunately for Tarantulas, Blackarachnia picked up his discarded download visor. Tarantulas jumped into her mind, controlling her (presumably from his stasis-locked body). When the quantum surge knocked out all of the Transformers on Earth, his body was upgraded to a Transmetal form, complete with a motorcycle vehicle mode. He maintained a link to Blackarachnia's mind, but was forced to sever it when she threatened to to commit suicide, which would also off-line him. He also set up a second lair in Grid Arakis, which held a large cache of stable Energon cubes and had been written off by both sides. Tangled Web

At some undisclosed point, Tarantulas discovered the Nemesis, the flagship of the Decepticon fleet. Although his longterm goals for the vessel are unknown, he did manage to restore the ship to working status, complete with a Predacon control console and a transwarp cell, meaning that he may have planned to use it to return to Cybertron once he completed his main objective. Nemesis Part 1

When the transwarp explosion finally reached through the time warp and had enough potency to enter Cybertronian space, Tarantulas's true allegiance was revealed: He was a member of the Predacon Secret Police and an agent of the Tripredacus Council. The Tripredacus Council was the first alerted of the transwarp explosion and realized it was from where Megatron's ship had gone. Ravage was sent to ally with the Maximals, arrest Megatron, and then betray and destroy them all.

Allied with Ravage and having the use of his stealth ship, the Maximals easily overwhelmed Megatron. Tarantulas knocked out the power to Megatron's ship at that exact moment, allowing an easy capture. The Agenda (Part 1)

Megatron managed to manipulate Ravage into his servitude using a recording of the original Megatron on the Golden Disk and gained his freedom. Tarantulas joined Ravage on his stealth ship for an attack on the Axalon. The Agenda (Part 2) However, Tarantulas was blown to pieces by Rattrap through a combination of the rodent's demolition bombs and the explosion of the ship. The Agenda (Part III) Tarantulas survived, though, and was quickly put back together by his spider drones. Optimal Situation

Megatron, in all his wisdom, forgave Tarantulas's treachery, as it was simply the Predacon way and the spider was too useful to execute, even though Megatron made it very clear that he'd never trusted Tarantulas, even before the scientist did anything treacherous. Tarantulas appeared back in the Predacon camp on a regular basis—though it would later become clear that he was still very busy working on his own agenda, apparently during his numerous unexplained absences. He battled the Maximals alongside Megatron's Transmetal raptors (a harbinger of things to come) Cutting Edge and helped the other Predacons construct a massive disruptor ray (which ultimately backfired on them). Go With the Flow When the Maximals attempted to remove Blackarachnia's shell program, he revealed to Megatron that he had included "certain safeguards" that guaranteed she would not survive, and joined the other Predacons in an attack on the Maximals that was meant to disrupt the attempted shell removal. He fired the missile which knocked the Maximals' power off-line at a crucial instant, seemingly bringing an end to his "treacherous creation". Enraged by the death of his beloved, Silverbolt attempted to kill the scientist, but was thwarted by Rampage, who was later defeated by a revived—and Transmetalized—Blackarachnia. Crossing the Rubicon

Tarantulas participated in the Predacons' next attempt to retake the Ark, but manipulated Quickstrike into throwing Megatron into the nearby lava while he himself set the Ark's engines to overload. At this point, he claimed to be descended from neither the Autobots nor the Decepticons, which was why he was willing to destroy the core members of both factions then present (in stasis lock) in the Ark. Megatron survived his lava-dunking, gaining a new body in the process. However, he had lost his patience. While he'd tolerated Tarantulas's treachery, he could not tolerate incompetence. Tarantulas survived his punishment and fled back to his lair. Master Blaster

Oh, yeah, he meant to do this. Right. Sure he did.

When the Vok emissary Tigerhawk arrived on Earth shortly afterwards, Tarantulas managed to disable and capture him. Tarantulas intended to force the all-powerful being into his servitude by drawing the Vok influences out of his body and reprogramming him. The scheme backfired, however, as his energy beam device expelled two actual Vok out of Tigerhawk. The formless spectres attempted to take over Tarantulas' body. Panicking, he opened fire on them—a futile gesture that merely served to spin the energy device around 'til its rays were blasting him and his lab equipment. Overloaded by the beams, Tarantulas exploded, leaving nothing behind but his boots. The remainder of his equipment detonated seconds later, blowing the lair to rubble. Cheetor managed to rescue the inert Tigerhawk, and Tarantulas was presumed dead. Other Victories

While searching the ruins of Tarantulas's lair, Megatron offhandedly referred to him as "Unicron's spawn". Nemesis Part 1

Beast Wars: Transmetals

In an alternate timeline, Tarantulas found a way to escape prehistoric Earth and return to Cybertron.

Then he came back, with an armada of Transwarp battleships under his command, out to end the Beast Wars and enforce the Tripredacus Council's will... Beast Wars: Transmetals

3H Primeval Dawn comics

Tarantulas doesn't really hate the Vok so much as he wants to kill them and wear their skin.

Following the Beast Wars, Tarantulas's body returned to life, reanimated by the Vok powers he'd previously absorbed. The undead Tarantulas, along with a rebuilt Ravage (as Tripredacus Agent), nurtured new troops to life through enigmatic means, growing Razorclaw and Iguanus in tubes. Primeval Dawn Part 1

The remaining Vok anticipated Tarantulas's plan to destroy the rest of them, take their power, and fashion the timestream to his desires, and so they assembled an army of their own consisting of Primal Prime, Airazor, and Tigatron. Tarantulas met this opposition in battle, overwhelmed them, and ripped the Matrix of Leadership from Primal Prime's chest. Primeval Dawn Part 2

Wounded critically, the Maximals withdrew to the Ark. Tarantulas ordered Ravage to take Razorclaw, Iguanus, and their new recruit Spittor and assault the Ark in order to finish them off. Primeval Dawn Part 3

Note: 3H Productions dissolved before this storyline could be completed. Based on the subsequent Wreckers and Universe storylines, it can be assumed that the Matrix of Leadership was restored to Optimus Prime's body at the end of this altercation, that the Maximals were triumphant, and that Tarantulas somehow fled to return to Unicron.

3H Universe comics

When the influence of Unicron swayed Blackarachnia to the side of darkness, she was surprised to see Tarantulas (still in his undead body) greet her as she joined the ranks of the Minions of Unicron. Escape Apparently the commander of Unicron's armies, he dispatched Blackarachnia and her Piranacons to Cybertron to kill Alpha Trion. Homecoming


Toys

Beast Wars

  • Tarantulas (Deluxe, 1996/1997)
Japanese ID number: D-4, VS-4
Part of the first wave of Beast Wars product, Tarantulas transforms into an organic spider (NOT a tarantula). His abdomen contains a spring-loaded missile launcher, which fires the anchor-missile kept in his spider-butt. This missile is attached by a string so he can hang from things like a real spider. The launcher can be removed and used as a robot-mode weapon, using any of his front four spider-legs as missiles. Like all early Deluxe-and-up Beast Wars toys, he has two different robot-mode "heads", a robotic face and a "mutant" face. He is almost always depicted using the mutant face.
There is a variation of this toy in the Hasbro line: Later releases (the smooth bubble) lack the yellow paint on his elbows.
The Japanese release of Tarantulas was originally unchanged and could also be purchased in a two-pack with Dinobot. Later, a slightly color-altered version was released, using a brighter shade of green and a slightly darker gray. The color-altered version also replaced the blue eyes on the "robot" head and the black eyes of the "mutant" head with gold.
This mold was used to make the first Blackarachnia toy.
A small, non-transforming micro-figure of Tarantulas came with the MicroVerse Orcanoch playset. It was presumably painted based on the original design, as it's a bright copper rather than purple.
  • Tarantulas (Deluxe Transmetal, 1998)
Japanese ID number: D-44
Part of the first assortment of Transmetals, Tarantulas transforms into a robotic spider. He also has a third "transport" mode, flipping down a wheel from his abdomen and a saw-blade from under his beast-head, making a spidey-cycle. The saw detaches for robot mode to become a hand-held weapon. His head has two eyes, instead of one visor.
The Japanese version is slightly different, replacing the "TARANTULAS" tampograph with "DESTRON" and the Predacon sigil, plus his robot-mode eyes are painted as a single visor to match the show look better.
  • Tarantulas (Deluxe "Fox Kids" Transmetal, 1999)
A redeco of the Transmetal Tarantulas toy in grays, silver and black. He and a Transmetal Cheetor redeco were part of the little-seen second wave of Toys "R" Us exclusive "Fox Kids" toys, so called for the advertisements for the Fox channel on the packaging (as the Beast Wars cartoon had moved there from syndication). Internal Hasbro documents have listed this toy as "Steel Tech Tarantulas", a name that did not make it to final packaging. These colors were used to depict Tarantulas in the Primeval Dawn and Universe comics.

Beast Wars 10th Anniversary

  • Predacon Tarantulus (Deluxe, 2006)
This toy is a slight redeco of the original Tarantulas toy, more closely resembling Tarantulas's appearance in the cartoon (save the big Predacon faction sigil tampograph). Part of the second wave of Beast Wars 10th Anniversary product, he came with a DVD of the episode "Spider's Game", plus the left leg to Trans-Mutate.

Merchandise

Robot Heroes

  • Optimus Primal vs Predacon Tarantulas (2008)


Trivia

  • Tarantulas's origins are a bit complicated. He declares in "Other Victories" that he and the Tripredacus Council have origins other than Autobot and Decepticon, such that they would not be affected by the destruction of the Ark. Megatron's line about "Unicron's spawn" was apparently not intended by Bob Forward to be taken literally; it was to have been a generic insult rather than a statement of fact. [1] (Forward's own inkling, albeit never realized, was that they might be descended from Jhiaxus's Cybertronian Empire.) A Unicronian origin also creates potential canonical issues, as Tarantulas says that "under our rule, Cybertron will conquer the universe" ("Other Victories"), whereas Unicron's goal would have been to eat Cybertron. But, much like Terrorsaur's line about "the dark side", this line developed a life of its own. Eventually this connection was reasserted in 3H Productions' Primeval Dawn storyline.
  • Tarantulas' "mad scientist" character and his habit to use simple things to build something unusual slightly resembles to Generation One Mixmaster.
  • In the Japanese dub of Beast Wars, Tarantulas retained his trademark cackle, but it was a little different. His voice was very high-pitched and he shrieked almost constantly. His trademark laugh more closely resembled a wicked witch of sorts.
He tastes everything he holds.
  • Early promotional pictures showed the original Tarantulas toy as being transparent orange, but the final toy was a clear deep purple instead. Presumably, this was for a little visual variety in the early line, which already had a largely tan toy (Dinobot) and a largely yellow toy (Cheetor) in the Deluxe range, plus a Mega-sized Predacon arachnid then planned to be orange (Scorponok), and Tigatron, who was at one point slated to be a traditional orange tiger.
  • The original Tarantulas toy has nine eyes in beast mode, as does the show model. This makes characters' references to him as "eight-eyes" rather interesting.
  • In the original control art for Tarantulas, the claws are shown in the same configuration as used in the show. In other words, the claws were somehow swapped during the assembly process and have remained as such on every version of the mold thereafter.
  • Tarantulas is referred to as simply "Tarantula" in the commercial advertising his toy.
  • Although his name suggests it, Tarantulas is not a Tarantula. He resembles more closely a North American wolf spider, having smaller legs and not being hairy.

External links

  • Tarantulas at TFU.info

This article uses material from the "Tarantulas" article on the Transformers wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

City of Heroes

Up to date as of January 31, 2010

From City of Heroes Wiki

Contents

Overview

Created by Weaver One, these unholy terrors of human and machine are some of Arachnos' most deadly operatives.

Enemy Types

Minions

Tarantula

Tarantula

The Tarantula Exoskeleton Armor was developed by an Orb Weaver cell named Weaver One. It grants the user incredible strength and wires him directly to his weapons systems. Rumor is that the pilot must undergo a terrible treatment of some sort to properly graft with the suit.

Powers

Venom Bolt (Ranged, Energy) Damage over Time (Toxic), Foe -Damage, -Recharge, -Fly
The poison is coursing through your system, making it difficult to fly.

Claw Shred (Melee) Cone, Moderate Damage, Lethal
You have been raked by a claw.

Claw Pierce (Melee) Moderate Damage, Lethal
You have been raked by a claw.

Armored Exoskeleton
Armored exoskeleton.

Tarantula

The Tarantula Exoskeleton Armor was developed by an Orb Weaver cell named Weaver One. It grants the user incredible strength and wires him directly to his weapons systems. Rumor is that the pilot must undergo a terrible treatment of some sort to properly graft with the suit.

Powers

Venom Burst (Ranged) Moderate Energy Damage, Damage over Time (Toxic), Foe -Fly
The poison is coursing through your system, making it difficult to fly.

Claw Shred (Melee) Cone, Moderate Damage, Lethal
You have been raked by a claw.

Claw Pierce (Melee) Moderate Damage, Lethal
You have been raked by a claw.

Armored Exoskeleton
Armored exoskeleton.

Fire Tarantula

Fire Tarantula

The Tarantula Exoskeleton Armor was developed by an Orb Weaver cell named Weaver One. It grants the user incredible strength and wires him directly to his weapons systems. Rumor is that the pilot must undergo a terrible treatment of some sort to properly graft with the suit.

Powers

Plasma Cannon (Ranged) Damage over Time (Fire)
The Plasma Cannon has set you on fire and you are burning.

Burning Claws (Melee, Lethal/Fire) Damage over Time (Fire)
The Burning Claws have set you on fire.

Armored Exoskeleton
Armored exoskeleton.


Lieutenants

Tarantula Mistress

Tarantula Mistress

A rare few Fortunatas volunteer for the Tarantula program. Those who survive integration with the machine are truly terrors to behold. Their specially-designed suits greatly amplify their psychic abilities, allowing them to not only comunicate the next few seconds of time to their allies, but also to distort reality for their foes as well.

Powers

Mental Blast Ranged, Psionic, Foe -Recharge
This basic attack does moderate Psionic damage, and can slightly reduce a target's attack speed.

Psychic Scream (Ranged, Cone, Psionic) Foe -Recharge
This howl of Psionic energy resonates in the minds of all foes within its conical area of effect, inflicting moderate damage.

Telekinetic Blast Ranged, Moderate Damage (Smash/Psionic), Foe Knockback
You can use Telekinesis to Blast a targeted foe with the power of your mind. This attack deals Smashing and Psionic damage, and can knock your opponent back. Damage: Moderate. Recharge: Moderate.

Will Domination (Only level 41 and up) Ranged, High Damage, Psionic, Foe Sleep
This powerful attack deals Psionic damage, and is so painful it usually renders its target unconscious. The victim is asleep, and will wake if disturbed.

Mental Scramble (Only level 41 and up) (Ranged, Psionic) Foe -Accuracy, -Defense, -Perception
Your perceptions have been scrambled by the Tarantula Mistress' Psychic Assault.

Claw Shred (Melee) Cone, Moderate Damage, Lethal/Toxic
You have been raked by a claw

Claw Pierce (Melee) Moderate Damage, Lethal/Toxic
You have been raked by a claw

Mind Link (Only level X and up) Team +Accuracy, +Perception
Your Accuracy and Perception is improved due to good teamwork and Leadership.

Armored Exoskeleton
Armored exoskeleton.

Bosses

Tarantula Queen

Tarantula Queen

What terrible process pushes a woman to become one of these unholy terrors is a subject of much speculation. What is known is that their suits are little different from Tarantula Mistresses. Instead, it seems the user somehow suffers the upgrade. Tarantula Queens are incredibly powerful, but also quite mad.

Powers

Psychic Scream (Ranged, Cone, Psionic) Foe -Recharge
This howl of Psionic energy resonates in the minds of all foes within its conical area of effect, inflicting moderate damage.

Telekinetic Blast Ranged, Moderate Damage, (Smash/Psionic), Foe Knockback
You can use Telekinesis to Blast a targeted foe with the power of your mind. This attack deals Smashing and Psionic damage, and can knock your opponent back. Damage: Moderate. Recharge: Moderate.

Scramble Thoughts Ranged, Psionic, Foe Disorient
Painfully scrambles the synapses of a targeted foe, leaving him dramatically Disoriented for a short duration. Deals a little Psionic Damage.

Psychic Wail Point Blank Area of Effect, Foe Disorient, -Recharge
Psychic Wail is a devastating Psionic attack that wracks the minds of all nearby foes. Those that survive will have a severely reduced attack rate and may be left Disoriented. This power leaves you drained of Endurance and unable to recover Endurance for a time.

Total Domination (Ranged, Psionic) Foe Sleep
Your will has been Dominated.

Claw Shred (Melee) Cone, Moderate Damage, Lethal
You have been raked by a claw

Claw Pierce (Melee) Moderate Damage, Lethal
You have been raked by a claw

Mind Link (Only level X and up) Team +Accuracy, +Perception
Your Accuracy and Perception is improved due to good teamwork and Leadership.

Armored Exoskeleton
Armored exoskeleton.

Toxic Tarantula

Toxic Tarantula

The Tarantula Exoskeleton Armor was developed by an Orb Weaver cell named Weaver One. It grants the user incredible strength and wires him directly to his weapons systems. Rumor is that the pilot must undergo a terrible treatment of some sort to properly graft with the suit.

Powers

Venom Burst Ranged, Moderate damage, Energy, Damage over Time, Toxic, Foe Slow, -Defense
The poison on the venomous barb is slowly damaging you, slowing your attacks as well as your movement speed. Your defenses are reduced.

Cocoon Ranged, No Damage, Foe Hold
You have been encased in a cocoon of webs and cannot move!

Web Spitter Ranged, No Damage, Foe Immobilize, -Fly, -Recharge
You have been caught in a web. You cannot move or fly and your attack speed is reduced.

Toxic Claws (Melee) Moderate Damage, Lethal/Toxic, Damage over Time (Toxic)
You have been poisoned and are taking damage over time.

Claw Pierce (Melee) Lethal/Toxic, Damage over Time (Toxic)
You have been poisoned and are taking damage over time.

Armored Exoskeleton
Armored exoskeleton.


This article uses material from the "Tarantulas" article on the City of Heroes wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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