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"Spider With a Top Hat" is the twenty-second episode of the second season of Star vs. the Forces of Evil.

It premiered on October 10, 2016 alongside "Hungry Larry".[3]

Synopsis

Star's most entertaining spell, Spider with a Top Hat, wants to become a fighting spell instead.[1]

Plot

Inside Star Butterfly's magic wand, Spider With a Top Hat is an entertainment spell who entertains Star's other spells with refreshments, comedy, and dancing after each monster battle but secretly dreams of being a warrior spell like Narwhal Blast and Warnicorn Stampede.

Taking the advice of his friend Narwhal, Spider tries to prove his strength and warrior spirit by repeatedly throwing himself against a bull's-eye on his bedroom wall, but he fails all night to break it. The next morning, after Spider rings in the new day with a show of bubbles, he tries to lift weights with the Warnicorns but only ends up getting squished. That night, Spider With a Top Hat continues trying to break his bedroom wall and finally succeeds in making a small crack. However, when he tries to demonstrate this for Narwhal, Narwhal thinks he is only being an entertainer and that if he were to try and fight, he could get himself hurt or Star killed. His dreams crushed, Spider With a Top Hat runs back to his room in tears.

The next morning, the spells oversleep and arrive late to work when Spider With a Top Hat doesn't give them a wake-up call. In the wand's central chamber, they find Spider lying depressed on the floor. Makeup Blast, a colorfully-winged butterfly spell, asks him what's wrong, and Spider confides in her about his crushed dreams of being a warrior spell. As with every day before, Star gets into a monster battle outside the wand and starts casting her various attack spells. However, as time goes on, Star casts more and more spells, including non-warrior spells like Beanbag Monster Metamorphosis and Toothpaste Tidal Blast. Spider With a Top Hat suspects something is wrong, and when Star casts Makeup Blast, he is the only spell left.

Rock, one of Spider's Warnicorn friends, returns to the wand badly beaten and tells Spider that Star will be summoning him next. Spider is scared to face what is potentially a very powerful monster, but Rock assures him that he has "the hat of a warrior". As Rock collapses unconscious, Star casts "Spider With a Top Hat Blast", and Spider is summoned to the battlefield. Once outside, Spider is shocked to find Star, Marco, and his fellow spells being overwhelmed by a giant wolf-like beast. After the monster incapacitates Star and Marco, Spider With a Top Hat is left to face it alone.

Remembering Rock's words of encouragement, Spider stands up to the monster, and his top hat suddenly transforms into a laser-shooting minigun. Spider fires wildly at the monster, forcing it to retreat, and Star expresses how proud she is of Spider, calling him her "strongest spell". Once returned to the wand, the other spells congratulate Spider for defeating the monster. The episode ends with Spider With a Top Hat waking up from his dream with a smile and renewed self-confidence as Star is heard casting "Spider With a Top Hat Blast" outside.

Characters

Major characters

Minor characters

  • Summon Spells
    • Warnicorns
    • Narwhal
    • Makeup Blast
    • Flying Pig
    • Cupcakes
    • Minotaur
    • Beanbag Monster
    • Flying Snail
    • Rotating Raccoon
    • Rainbow Fist
    • Emerald Snake
  • Star Butterfly
  • Marco Diaz
  • Wolf monster

Production notes

Songs

Transcript

View the episode transcript here.

Gallery

S2E22 Spider With a Top Hat's 'Dream Big!' poster
Click here to view the gallery.

Trivia

  • Steve Little guest-stars as Spider With a Top Hat.
  • Stand-up comedian Maria Bamford guest-stars as Makeup Blast.
  • Stand-up comedian and voice actor Ron Lynch guest-stars as the narwhal husband.
  • Eric Christian Olsen, known for portraying Marty Deeks in NCIS: Los Angeles and Austin in Not Another Teen Movie, guest-stars as Rock the Warnicorn.
  • This is the third episode where Star and Marco are not the protagonists (after "Ludo in the Wild" and "Is Mystery"), but the first where they both appear.
  • This makes Spider With a Top Hat's second appearance after his brief cameo in "The Other Exchange Student".
  • As of the season 3 premiere, this episode and "Hungry Larry" have yet to air on Disney Channel, but it aired on Disney Channel Asia before this.
  • Dominic Bisignano has stated that this episode and "Hungry Larry" are not part of the series' overall timeline.[4]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hungry Larry / Spider With a Top Hat. Disney XD Press. Retrieved on 2017 March 5.
  2. 非公式 悪魔バスター★スターバタフライ (2017-01-26). 2月の新エピソード放送スケジュールの続きです。 (Japanese). Twitter. Retrieved on 2017 March 5.
  3. Star vs. the Forces of Evil : Hungry Larry; Spider With a Top Hat. Screener. Retrieved on 2017 March 5.
  4. Dominic Bisignano (2017-02-27). Were Hungry Larry/Spider with a Top Hat written.... Tumblr. Retrieved on 2017 November 19.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Spider With a Top Hat

  • Thoughts on Spider With a Top Hat

    7 messages
    • No, the finale isn't coming yet. Season two is set to be nearly twice as long as season one.
    • Not only that but month hiatuses in the middle... at least I have Season 7 of MLP to keep me entertained when it finally comes in spring... Li...

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