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Spiders understand us.

Webber

Webber is one of the two playable Characters exclusive to the Reign of Giants DLC. He's the only one of the two that is not unlocked via Experience. He's also one of the playable Characters in Don't Starve Together. Webber looks like a humanoid spider, though he's actually a child that was fused with a spider that tried to eat him. He received a character refresh exclusive to DST in June 2021.[1]

Minimap Maxwell's Door.png Origin

Listen well children, and mind the warnings of your parents... naughtiness always comes back to bite you in the end.

–Official description of the Along Came A Spider animated short

Webber's backstory was revealed in an animated short titled Along Came A Spider. An official summary of the short was provided in DST's Compendium:

Once upon a time, there was a young boy who lived with his family on a small farmstead. Though they lived humbly, the boy's home was filled with love, and he grew up happy and kind. The boy might have lived contentedly for the rest of his days if not for the sudden arrival of an old aquaintance[sic], who came to the house beseeching the boy's father for his expertise on a strange and secretive project...

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Webber, escaping into his grave.

Glommer's Flower.png Main article: Webber's Skull

To unlock Webber one must be playing in a Reign of Giants save game. The player has to find Webber's Skull as a drop from Spiders, then bury the skull inside a dug up Grave mound. After that, Lightning will immediately strike the grave. Webber will rise from the mound and become unlocked. Following this, numerous Spiders will proceed to spawn from the grave, but killing them is not required to unlock Webber.


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In-Game

  • Webber was added to Don't Starve: Reign of Giants in the Giant Steps update on April 2, 2014.
  • In response to a fan comparing Webber's voice to the sound of someone dropping a synthesizer down a flight of stairs, sound designer Matt replied "I won't say I did drop a synth down the stairs... but I won't say I didn't..."[2]
  • He is one of six characters that cannot be unlocked via experience, alongside Wes, Maxwell, WilburWoodlegs, and Wilba.
  • The examination lines used for Webber right after unlocking him and before he disappears are the same lines used for characters on the Nightmare Throne. For example, Wilson will say "He's trapped!"
  • Webber is the only character whose skull is used in game.
  • The Farmspider Webber looks like the spider from the beginning of the Webber short, and has a similar costume to the kid from the short.
  • Quote Guest of Honor Wilson is exactly the opposite of Guest of Honor Webber.
  • On one of Klei's streams, Frog Webber, a character with Webber's ability as well as unique ones of his own, was shown. While his stats were exactly the same as Webber's, he was able to jump by right clicking with a Walking Cane. Klei later released him as a mod character for Don't Starve Together. Frog Webber started as a mistaken comment by Mark, one of Klei's developers, during a livestream. More info can be seen on the Unimplemented Characters page.

Lore

  • It's possible that Webber came into the Constant before Wilson, and died in the world.
  • His quote when examining Maxwell ("That jerk tricked us.") and his quote for the Maxwell Statue ("That's the guy who said he could help us."), suggests that he has been fooled into entering the Constant by being promised something which he immensely desires by Maxwell. This is similar to the backstory of Wilson where Maxwell tricks him with what he desires, which may also be the case for other characters. It is likely that Maxwell promised Webber a cure for his condition.
  • Webber refers to himself with both singular (I, Me, My) and plural (We, Us, Our) pronouns, suggesting a two-minds-one-body relation. It's likely that he is referring to the Spider that fused with him when not referring to himself directly.
  • According to his inspection comment for a Redbird, Webber's favorite color is red. However, when examining a Blue Spore, he will say it is blue. The writer for Don't Starve: Together stated on Rhymes With Play #228 that this is meant to show that Webber likes all colors.
  • According to Webber's Guest of Honor skin description and quote in Don't Starve: Together, he loves formal parties, unlike Wilson.
  • According to his examination quote for Charcoal, Webber believes that his spider side is better.
  • Webber's loading screen vignette is accompanied by text that reveals how he feels about his current situation: Webber could have easily seen his unique predicament as an affliction or a curse. Instead, he's chosen to view it as a second chance, and one that he fully intends not to waste.
  • Webber's quotes reveal the existence of some of his family members as well as some insight into his home life prior to being eaten by a spider and entering the Constant. His mentioned family members include his father, mother, and grandfather.
    • According to Webber's quote about the Alchemy Engine, Webber's dad might have been a scientist.[3] On the other hand, he also states that his father kept goats[4] and taught Webber how to raise them,[5]. Webber also mentions that his father wore Top Hats and had a beard.[6] [7]
    • Webber's mother seemed to be typically mindful, warning Webber of the dangers of the kitchen[8] and to always eat his vegetables. She took Webber antique shopping with her,[9] and he remembers how she would make turkey dinner.[10]
    • Webber's grandfather taught him chess, made meatballs with him, and took him on fishing trips.[11] [12] [13] He also had a cat named Whiskers.[14] Webber says that the Tam o' Shanter reminds him of his grandfather,[15] which may mean that he is a Scottish descendant, or at least British. He also mentions that the Floral Shirt was "his Grandfather's style"[16] and that the Kingly Figure "Reminds [him] of grandpa."[17]
    • His grandmother made preserves.[18]
    • Along with the above quotes about goat-keeping, Webber's family seems to have owned a farm,[19] where they may have grown crops[20] and owned a mill.[21]
  • According to his quote for the Battle Helm ("Haha! It's way too big for us!"), Webber is smaller in stature than Wigfrid at the very least.
  • When Webber dies, he will drop two Souls if Wortox is nearby. This is also corroborated by Wortox's examination quote for Webber's Skull: "Hm. There's two souls wedged inside."
  • Webber's Birthday is listed as April 30 in the Compendium. April 30, 2014 was the original release date for Reign of Giants
  • The description of Webber's Farmspider skin reads: "Webber's memories of his old appearance have gotten a little fuzzy over time."
  • Webber is hinted to be close friends with Wendy through their dialogue and joint appearances in animated shorts.

Cultural References

  • The Rebel Webber description can be a reference to music Don’t Let the Man Get You Down.
  • Webber Magmatic is a reference to Steatoda nobilis because of the skull on the stomach.
  • Webber Snowfallen is a snow man.
  • The Triumphant Webber looks like a Latrodectus mactans
  • For his Victorian skin, Webber wears a sailor suit, a popular type of children's clothing during the Victorian era.
  • His El Tigre Cub skin may be a reference to Tiger Mask, a professional wrestling persona.
  • In 2023 Klei Developers mades Don't Starve holiday card wich shows how some Don't Starve chsracters mades a snowman, and wich was based on old victorian card Wierd Snowman,

References

  1. [1] Posted on May 5, 2021.
  2. Mattesque on the forums: In response to "Sounds like someone dropping synthesizer down the stairs.": "I won't say I did drop a synth down the stairs... but I won't say I didn't..." Posted on April 2, 2014.
  3. Webber's quote for the Alchemy Engine: "Father used to work on something like that."
  4. Webber's quote for Volt Goat: "My father kept goats."
  5. Webber's quote for Ewelet: "Father taught me how to take care of goats!"
  6. Webber's quote for Top Hat: "Like father used to wear."
  7. Webber's quote for Steel Wool: "Scratchy, like father's beard!"
  8. When Webber cook: "I don't want to. Mom always said the kitchen was dangerous!"
  9. Webber's quote for empty End Table: "Reminds me of antique shopping with mother."
  10. Webber's quote for Turkey Dinner: "Like mother used to make, in the before time!"
  11. Webber's quote for Clockwork Bishop: "You don't play by the chess rules grandpa taught me."
  12. Webber's quote for Meatballs: "I used to make these with grandpa!"
  13. Webber's quote for Fishing Rod: "I miss grandpa's fishing trips."
  14. Webber's quote for Catcoon: "A bit more feral than grandpa's cat.' / Webber's quote for Cat Tail: "I always liked pulling Whiskers' tail." / Webber's quote for Kittykit: "You look like grandpa's cat!"
  15. Webber's quote for Tam o' Shanter: "Reminds me of grandpa."
  16. Webber's quote for Floral Shirt: "Grandpa's style, definitely."
  17. Webber's quote for Kingly Figure: "Reminds me of grandpa."
  18. Webber's quote for Empty Bottle (DST): "It's like the jars grandma used for her preserves."
  19. Webber's quote for the Farm House: "Kinda reminds me of home."
  20. Webber's quote for the Hoe: I know how to use this!
  21. Webber's quote for Wheat: "If only I were back at the mill."