The Great Spider, nicknamed Charlotte, is a creature on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Season 6

In order to kill Emma Swan, Gideon summons the enormous arachnid from his book Her Handsome Hero. Although the spider nearly manages to defeat the Savior, she is rescued by Rumplestiltskin. Together, Emma and Rumplestiltskin's magic reduce the spider to a normal spider's size, before Emma promptly squashes it.


  • It is based on the Great Spider of the Echoless Forest from the story Her Handsome Hero.
    • Emma's nickname for it, Charlotte, is a reference to Charlotte from Charlotte's Web.
    • The spider also shows elements of Shelob from The Lord of the Rings, with its appearance/attacks.


  • S6, E16: "Mother's Little Helper"