In Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, one of the major antagonists is Bentley Drummle. He is described as incredibly rude, despite the fact that he a gentleman in terms of social class. His is wealthy and willing to use every means at his disposal, no matter how cruel, to get what he desires and is usually successful in this despite being described as not especially smart.
He earns the nickname "The Spider" from Mr. Jaggers for both his cruelty and successful machinations. The validity of this nickname is best shown by Drummle's dealings with Estella. His goal was to marry her in the hopes of acquiring her money. Although he knew that Pip loved her, Drummle pursued Estella and mocked Pip when Estella favored Drummle. After he caught Estella and married her, he treated her cruelly. In this case, he was only partially successful as he died before Estella and never attained his ultimate goal - her inheritance.