Since we mention the Bat Monsters, how about it's eternal companion, the Spider Monsters?
Oh man, of course! It seems almost a tradition at this point for the first two enemies a Kamen Rider faces are a spider followed by a Bat. It’s such a trope by this point that deviating from it comes off as somewhat jarring (at least to me). This began, as all things did in the franchise, with 1971′s Kamen Rider. The very first enemy Takeshi Hongo fights after escaping from Shocker is the evil Spider Kaijin!
He is one of the most famous villains in the history of the franchise, even getting a revamped version in a recent movie:
And there were a ton more including the first enemy fought by Kamen Rider Amazon:
The first enemy Kamen Rider Black had to face:
One of the monsters fought by Kamen Rider ZO (the other being a bat):
Of course, there were some weirder ones like Kamen Rider X’s Spider Napoleon:
And the weirdo from 2008′s Kamen Rider Kiva, the Spider Fangire:
Who, in his human guise, had a creepy fascination with hand puppets:
Though not as traditional or iconic as their Kamen Rider analogues, there are several Spider Monsters in Super Sentai as well. Such as:
Iron Spider Mask from 1975′s Himitsu Sentai Goranger
Devil Spider from 1977′s J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai
Kumorugin from 1990′s Chikyu Sentai Fiveman
and Tsuchigumo from 2015′s Shuriken Sentai Ninninger
Spiders just make great villains. They are creepy, lots of people are scared of them and they are venomous things that trap their helpless prey in webs. How can you not think of them as just the perfect villains?
That was the question I hated answering for the second time.
I finally got to actually explain in full to John and Jade about being
Pansexual, and finally admit to dating Karkat.
“Yeah well, not specifically; in easy terms yes. I’d
technically be labeled as Bisexual, but for this I’m going by pansexual terms”
I may have seemed calm to them on the outside, but inside I
was freaking out. ‘Mr. cool guy’ (as Jade used to call me) wasn’t necessarily
doing so hot right about now.
“Wow, this is some pretty deep stuff Dave! After three
years, you must have done some deep inner soul searching.” At least Jade was
taking it in a nice way.
“Wait. So does this mean you are dating Karkat after all?”
I laid my palm on the back of my neck and replied flatly.
“Yeah, pretty much.”
“So my suspicions were correct! “ The conversation went on a
little more after that. It went mostly with them talking about how they accept
me even if they themselves don’t necessarily go ‘that way’. I guess I should be
glad; I’m more relived if anything holy shit.
A few days after, we all officially settled in our new
universe, the trolls joining us of course. A couple of us decided to share a
place together. John messaged me to meet him at a place, which led to our living
room to no surprise considering Egbert wasn’t some superficial type of dude.
Once I took a look around, to my surprise I found Karkat on the couch instead
of John-even though he lived here too. Other than Karkat, there was a pizza, a
jug of apple cider with a note on it, some plastic cups and paper plates, and a
huge stack of movies on the coffee table. Surprisingly there were ones that
“I was about to ask you the same thing.” My thoughts trailed
back to the note on the apple cider and I walked over to the jug and pulled the
note off to read it aloud.
“Hey Dave and/or Karkat, which ever is reading this- It’s been awhile since all of us had gotten settled along
with the new universe and I noticed you two hadn’t really been able to hang out
alone for a bit. Along with being one of your guys’ bros I decided I’d let you
guys have the place for the night! Everything’s fresh for you guys so I guess,
enjoy your time!
Setting the note down next to the movie stack, I made my way
to the couch and sat down next to Karkat leaning back.
“Well I guess we don’t want this to all go to waste. Plus he
did go out of his way to get fancy ass apple cider.”
“True. Is that going to be your highlight of the night?”
“No it’s probably going to be having you all to myself with
the apple cider.”
He scoffed with a smile and shook his head. I leaned forward
out of my position and grabbed the movie stack shuffling through the names.
There were a couple of romcoms due to Karkat’s taste like “Along came
Polly,“ “Hitch,” and “50 First Dates”. Other titles included
“Napoleon Dynamite,” “Spider-man,” and “Starsky and
Hutch,“ which I, of course, was still sporting the ‘Stiller Shades’ from.
Karkat opened up the pizza box and grabbed himself a slice and a plate.
“So what movie do we watch first?” I said, holding up three
movies each in my two hands as if they were cards and I was dealing it up like
a worker at a casino; all I needed was a shitty plastic visor. As he bit into
his pizza, Karkat looked over at our ‘evening selection’. I was surprised he
didn’t immediately go for a romcom like the connoisseur he was for them. His
finger pointed to the three other titles, he then finished swallowing his food
and continued on.
“Considering we’ve watched my choice for a majority of times
before, you choose.”
“This night keeps getting better doesn’t it?”
“Oh fuck you!”
“I’m kidding, I’m up for anything honestly but considering
it’s my choice I’ll throw something in.”
"Whatever” He went back to his pizza and I got up to put in
“Starsky and Hutch” considering how classic it is. I snapped open the cider and
poured myself a cup and sat down to get ready to start the ‘alone time’ as John
had put it.
It had been a couple of hours of movies and shitty jokes later,
the pizza had about three slices left and half the apple cider was gone. Karkat
and I wound up laying on each other in a weird position that I don’t even know
if you could call it cuddling or not. I ended up taking off my shades at some
point and set them on the table. The movie playing at the moment was ‘Hitch’
due to Karkat putting it in the DVD player before I could get up to change the
next disk myself. It was currently at the part where Will Smith ended up being
drugged up on medicine so much he could barely function and his date was
leading him back to her place. I tore my eyes away from the TV screen to look
at Karkat who I had thought would still be up, especially for this movie. But
to turn around my thoughts I found him at ease in his sleep, surprise mother
fucker. I quietly and carefully moved from my spot on the couch and got up to
grab the pizza and cider jug, making my way to put them away in the kitchen.
Soon after I went to the hallway closet and grabbed a blanket and carried it
back to the living room. I set it on the couch’s arm and fixed Karkat’s legs so
they weren’t off the edge and rested on the cushions. He stirred a bit in his
sleep causing him to move around, soon facing the back of the couch. I grabbed
the blanket again and made my way to lying next to Karkat, covering us both up
with it. I looked up at the clock on the wall.
“Damn, two thirty in the morning already?”
Cutting off the only light left on in the house, my arm
reached forward for the remote and I shut off the TV because there’s no way I
was going to finish watching it if he’s out. I positioned myself to a
comfortable position next to Karkat so I was both spooning him and not falling
off the couch. I wrapped one arm over his sleeping figure moving us a bit
closer together and kissed his face whispering,
“Good night Karks.”
I abbreviated his name because I myself, like Will Smith had
been even though he was drugged up, was too tired to function and finish his
full first name.
“Good night, Strider”
God damn it he was awake enough to reply. Couldn’t be smooth
all the time, could I?
John must have come home the next morning and caught us on
the couch because the next thing I knew both of us woke up to being flooded
with messages from others and a notification of being tagged in a photo by
Egbert. ‘Caught them when I came home, guess my idea succeeded!’ was
the description to a photo taken of me and Vantas cuddling it up on the couch.
As great as it was and I’ll give John props for it, Karkat was a little more
flustered and upset about some of the comments about being ‘cute’. Guess that’s
an argument I’m willing to disagree about.
One of these days I’ll have to pay Egbert back, for more
than just the picture.