The male tarantula slashes prey with his massive spiked legs; the female may bite players, incapacitating them with webbing, or give birth to attacking offspring called Taran. The Lovers' weak point is the male spider's head.
The Lovers are a conjoined pair of massive tarantulas. Like Judgment from The House of the Dead 2, they share a bond; all harm to the male spider (which serves as the duo's weak point) is also inflicted on the female. Their exoskeleton is largely invulnerable, with the male using his legs to block gunfire.
The tarantulas pursue players in a construction elevator, climbing the girders to attack. The female can produce a swarm of Tarans, baby spiders which latch on the screen for a bite attack and die in one shot.
While the male tarantula serves as the Lovers' weak point, shooting the female tarantula's abdomen inflicts chip damage.
The Lovers were one of several creatures unleashed by the late Caleb Goldman, the financier of Dr. Curien's research, in a posthumous 2003 outbreak. Goldman sought using the creatures to counteract human overpopulation, thus protecting nature.
AMS agents James Taylor and Kate Green battled the outbreak underground. Although not yet aware of his involvement, they discovered Goldman's plan to launch nuclear missiles worldwide. The agents took a construction elevator to the surface, but the Lovers ambushed them and broke the lift. James and Kate killed the Lovers -- which fell to their deaths in a crevice -- but were forced to take a detour through the subway.
The Lovers make a cameo appearance in a mini-game involving using the foot petal to stomp spiders.
- The Lovers may be the result of the same project that created the Hermit, as both possess similar designations and anatomy.
- The Lovers make a cameo appearance in the Curien Mansion-themed Graveyard Gig track in Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed. They releasing their offspring into the track as obstacles for the racers to avoid. You can see Death before them, too.
- Interestingly the female only has 4 legs when spiders generally have 8.
- Considering the female body is mostly invincible whereas the tiny male body on top is its weak point, it can be implied the male is the actual spider and the "female" is most likely a guise or host.