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The Giant Spider, also known as The Flying Gentleman, is a boss from Cuphead that was cut from the final game. It is unknown what attacks or how many phases he would have had. His design is a grey-ish spider with a suit and hat. Contrary to popular belief, he would have been fought as a shoot 'em up boss and not a part of the airship with Jelly the Octopus, due to transitioning from a normal boss battle to a shoot 'em up section would be unlikely.

Trivia[]

  • Arachnids (spiders) usually have eight legs, however, there are also six-legged spiders. One possibility behind using six legs only this reason is the difficulty of animating all the limbs fluidly.
    • In real life, spiders happen to have six or even four legs due to confrontations with other spiders.
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  • The Giant Spider was featured in the book "Game On! 2018". The book gave him the title "The Flying Gentleman" and here's what it says about him: "Cuphead isn't only limited to fighting on the ground. One of the larger than life bosses. Such as a dapper gentleman with a vicious tongue that can only be tackled on the skies". He later appeared in "Game On! 2020", though only as a picture.
    • The title is not the actual name of the boss, as they also gave other bosses titles despite having real names.
  • In The Delicious Last Course, the boss level Bootlegger Boogie contains a bug-themed gang known as the Moonshine Mob. Among the gang's members, there is a Spider Mobster by the name of Charlie Left Legs, who seems to be a redesign of the scrapped Giant Spider. He's a scaled-down spider with a teal suit and hat but his main features like his skin tone, teeth, nose, and tongue are kept the same. He still has six limbs, but the two front ones became hands.
  • In the 2013 alpha, while he was playable, he had no animations.
  • He had various pencil test animations done, including but not limited to; an intro animation, his idle, and an unknown projectile attack.
  • He was scrapped for being too varied in concepts.

Inspirations and similarities[]

  • The Giant Spider may have been inspired from certain cartoons involving spiders such as Wise Flies (1930), The Spider and the Fly (1931), The Cobweb Hotel (1936), Woodland Cafe (1937) and Eatin' on the Cuff or The Moth who came to Dinner (1942)
  • In terms of video games, The Giant Spider may have been inspired by the spider mini boss from Donkey Kong 64.
  • The fact that this was to be an air battle against a spider may reference the battle with the giant spider from Axelay.
  • The Giant Spider's other name "The Flying Gentleman" is probably a reference to Davy Jones' ship The Flying Dutchman from Pirates of the Caribbean.
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