An Arachne was originally a beautiful woman who was cursed by a jealous god and turned into a giant spider.
MG about the Arachne from Greek lore in Hope is Not the Goal

Arachnae, or Arachne, are a rare, supernatural species thought not to exist that made its debut on the fourth episode of Legacies. The unnamed arachne, the only one known to exist, was killed by Hope Mikaelson, Josie, and Lizzie Saltzman. It remains to be seen if others of this species still exist and consumed by Malivore or if it was the last of its kind.


There is nothing known about the arachne's history; however, its entire existence and memory of the creature was erased at an unknown point in time.

Throughout Legacies Series

Season One

In Hope is Not the Goal, an unnamed arachne takes Connor's skin to pass a human and try to acquire the knife. It runs into Landon Kirby into the bathroom and follows him out. When Landon calls "Connor" out about his past misdeeds to him, it stares at him, which causes Landon to punch him, ripping off some of the skin, which also reveals part of the arachne's face. The arachne then goes to the abandoned mill and sees both Josie and Rafael caught up in the web. It's also revealed to the group that the arachne is responsible for Dana's death and Sasha missing. It's skin begins to rip apart and slip off, revealing more of it's face. Josie then sends a fireball at it and it reveals it's true full form. It is then killed by Josie, Lizzie and Hope when they use a spell to cause it to magically explode.

Psychological Characteristics

According to MG, the writer of his comic book bases her comics off of Greek lore, which tells the myth that an arachne was originally human that was cursed by a jealous god. Therefore, all it wants is to be human and wears the skin of it's prey to pass. This, to an extent, psychological trait is upheld, as the arachne stole the skin of Connor so it could track the supernatural knife undetected. Other than that, it can act like a human to a certain degree, but retains a matter of quietness and didn't respond to Landon's comments when he was talking to it. It shows a lot of hostility and will attack it's prey without little to no provocation.


The arachne is only humanoid in appearance when it takes its victim's skin. Other than that, it resembles a spider, but much larger. It has twelve black eyes, sharp black pincers and fangs. It has a brownish-tan skin color with some black mixed in.

Powers and Abilities

  • Fangs: The arachne possesses huge fangs which secrete a toxic substance that liquefies its victims from the inside out. The arachne's bite could easily be mistaken for a vampire's bite.
  • Super Agility: The arachne is able to move with incredible flexibility and, similar to conventional spiders, can scale walls.
  • Webbing: Like spiders, the arachne is evidently capable of spinning a strong silk and forming spider webs to cocoon its victims. This webbing was apparently strong enough to ensnare a triggered werewolf in human form, seeing as how Rafael was unable to break free from its constraints on his own.
  • Skin-Walker: The lethal ability to steal the skin of their prey and to wear it as their own, to pass as human. Given the massive size of the arachne, comparable to that of an SUV, there is a degree of shapeshifting involved in order to hide its numerous legs, large body, and fangs within the confines of the skin of the prey it wears.
  • Fire-Resistance: The arachne is immune to the effects of fire-based magic as Josie performed a fire spell on the unnamed arachne and set the skin it was wearing on fire. The spell, apart from causing the arachne to shed it's disguise, did nothing to harm the creature.


  • Skin Decomposition: The arachne's prey's skin is susceptible to decay and can easily be forced off by physical assault or through fire.
  • Witchcraft: The arachne is susceptible to the powers of witchcraft; however, this seems limited. Despite this, Hope, Josie, and Lizzie were still able to cast a spell to cause the creature to explode.

Appearances in Arachnae Form

Known Arachnae

Arachne Description Status
Unnamed Arachne
The unnamed Arachne came to the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted in search of the supernatural knife; however, it was moved by Dorian prior to its arrival. In order to follow where the knife was being taken, the arachne attacked, killed, and stole Connor's skin to pass as human. It was killed by Hope, Josie, and Lizzie. Deceased


  • In Greek lore, Arachne was a mortal woman who was a talented weaver. She challenged Athena, the goddess of wisdom and crafts, to a weaving contest. However, this challenge resulted in her being transformed into a spider.[1]



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