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Other languages: German: Spinnensatan
Hungarian: Gyilkospók
Japanese: Jorogumo
Russian: Смертопряд
Spanish: Spinnetod
Notables: Handcuff Lena Marcinko
Robert Marcinko
Sally Marcinko
Handcuff Inmate
Dead Akemi "The Sacker"
TV Show: "Tarantella"
"To Protect and Serve Man"
Comics: Issue 8
Novels: The Icy Touch
Referenced: "Quill" (seen in book)

A Spinnetod (pronunciation: SHPIN-nuh-toht, Grimm: SPIN-nuh-tod; Germ. Spinne "spider" + Tod "death"; plural: -tode Jap. Jorogumo) is a spider-like Wesen, which Monroe calls a Death Spider, hence the name.

They have been called the Black Widows of the Wesen world and according to Monroe there aren't many Spinnetode around.


Season 1Edit


Season 2Edit

"To Protect and Serve Man"Edit

A Spinnetod was among the prisoners that woged while Nick and Hank walked through the prison to visit Craig Ferren.


Spinnetod in Issue 8
As depicted in the comic book series.
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When they woge, chelicerae emerge from their mouth and their eyes grow black including the sclera and iris, or bright blue, and their hands become gray and wrinkled, as well as clawed.

Spinnetode exhibit autotomy; that is, they can "drop" a segment of a limb (such as a finger) and regenerate it within a matter of days.

They, or at least female Spinnetode, are also extremely agile and fast. They can climb vertically with ease. Females are strong, stronger than both male Spinnetod and humans, and also appear to be as strong as Grimms.

Le retour d'ageEdit

Spinnetod canvas
A Japanese painting of a man who has just realized his date is a Spinnetod.

Female Spinnetode are known to molt their skin every five years from an age presumably as early as 13, a process known as le retour d'age (the return of age). Before molting, they must devour a male's (Wesen or human) insides in order to expand enough to crack their outermost layer of skin.

Because Wesen (like humans) have three layers of skin, this molting must occur daily for a period of three days. If molting does not occur, the skin ages quite rapidly. The biological imperative is extremely difficult to resist, and a Spinnetod who manages to resist will be condemned to premature aging. Charlotte who was able to resist the urges, looked as though she was three times older than her chronological age. There is no evidence that female Spinnetode enjoy killing men (they usually show signs of remorse before and after the kill), yet it is rare that one should be able to resist it.

The feeding process involves vomiting a sort of digestive juice into the victims mouth, liquefying their innards, then biting the abdomen of the victim and sucking out the newly digested material (degueulasse - "disgusting"). This is most commonly done immediately following the seduction of a man.


Females are known to kill their mates shortly after copulation. This is evidenced by only one record of Spinnetode in Marie Kessler's library, an account passed along from a Japanese Grimm to another Grimm visiting Singapore.

They have an attraction to shiny objects such as watches and dislike water.

Wieder SpinnetodEdit

A Wieder Spinnetod, unable to molt her aged skin due to the reformed way of living.
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Some Spinnetod choose not to live this violent lifestyle, they are known as Wieder Spinnetod (pronunciation: VEE-dər SHPIN-nuh-toht, Grimm: SPIN-nuh-tod; Germ. wieder "again" + Spinnetod; "again" in this context refers to the concept of being (a) "born again", Germ. wiedergeboren, which is a common metaphor used to describe that someone has become religious and/or changed his/her ways). The Wieder Spinnetod don't appear to need the strict regimen of diet, drugs and exercise other Wesen such as Blutbaden require; although they must refrain from wearing shiny things because Spinnetoden are attracted to them and this encourages the Spinnetod impulses. ("Tarantella")

Unfortunately female Wieder Spinnetod's experiences the effects of rapid aging since they are unable to molt without consuming human entrails. An example is the Spinnetod known as Charlotte, who's actually 26 years old but appears 70 due to her condition.

Its unknown if this aging effect merely results in the appearance of age or if the lifespan of female Wieder Spinnetod's are genuinely limited.

Excerpt from Grimm DiariesEdit

The Spinnetode are the "Black Widows" of the creature world, known for the gruesome way they dispatch their victims. Using sexuality to seduce, they liquefy the organs of their prey with a highly corrosive acid, suck them out and mummify the remains.

Plagued by a condition of rapid aging, they can only prevent it by KILLING AND SUCKING THE LIFE OUT OF YOUNG MEN, which also gives them a regenerative ability.

Traveling on a steamer from Singapore, I met a Japanese doctor by the name of Hasegawa who I was surprised to discover shared my abilities. He gave me the following scroll which describes a recent encounter with a previously unknown creature. I have had several passages roughly translated.

The Kyoto Geisha proved difficult to kill. Upon realizing my gift, she attacked, expelling some kind of toxic mucus. I was able to slay her by cutting open her stomach. Thankfully, she has no descendants.

I have encountered a creature. It is an attractive girl I recognize from a Kyoto brothel. Now that I know her true identity I can hunt her during the day.

A soldier was found at the Koshomon Gate. His body was completely mummified. This is the second body I've found like this in two days. Shogun Raiko asked me to investigate.


See alsoEdit

Wesen in Grimm
Primate Wesen Hexenbiest, Wendigo, Musai, Hässlich, Siegbarste, Fuchsteufelwild, Wildermann, Naiad, El Cucuy, Koschie, Aswang
Rodent Wesen Eisbiber, Reinigen, Mauzhertz, Stangebär
Suinan Wesen Bauerschwein, Malin Fatal
Chiropteran Wesen Murciélago
Perissodactyl Wesen Nuckelavee, Dickfellig
Bovine Wesen Taureus-Armenta
Caprine Wesen Ziegevolk, Seelengut
Pantherine Wesen Löwen, Balam, Pflichttreue, Yaguaraté, Manticore
Feline Wesen Klaustreich
Machairodontine Wesen Mauvais Dentes
Vulpine Wesen Fuchsbau
Canine Wesen Blutbad, Hundjäger, Schakal, Coyotl, Höllentier, Wildesheer, Anubis
Ursid Wesen Jägerbar
Meline Wesen Drang-Zorn
Lutrine Wesen Luisant-Pêcheur
Sauropsidans Wesen Dämonfeuer
Chelonian Wesen Genio innocuo
Gekkotan Wesen Skalengeck
Serpents Wesen Lausenschlange, Königschlange
Pseudosuchian Wesen Skalenzahne, Gelumcaedus
Dinosaur Wesen Glühenvolk
Strigiform Wesen Scharfblicke
Cathartid Wesen Raub-Kondor
Accipitrid Wesen Steinadler, Geier
Passeriform Wesen Seltenvogel
Chelicerate Wesen Spinnetod
Hexapod Wesen Mellifer, Jinnamuru Xunte
Osteichthyan Wesen Cracher-Mortel
Agnthan Wesen Lebensauger
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