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->''"Because '''you''' demanded it! The wildest [[{{Moe}} (and cutest)]] web-slinger of all!"''
-->-- '''Cover blurb''', ''Spider-Girl #1''

What if Peter Parker and Mary Jane's baby had survived ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga''? In an AlternateTimeline, the baby was rescued and returned to Mary Jane and Peter alive and well, shortly after Peter Parker retired as ComicBook/SpiderMan when he lost one of his legs in a fight which killed the Green Goblin. The baby grew up to become May Parker--Mayday to her friends (and to help us differentiate between her and her namesake Great Aunt). The character was introduced in ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' vol. 2 #105 (February, 1998), created by Tom [=DeFalco=] and Ron Frenz. Her costume was created by Mark Bagley.

At fifteen, May is a popular, pretty, athletic girl. She's inherited many things from her parents, like her mother's social ease, her father's smarts... and, whoops, his Spider-powers. They manifest quite suddenly during a school basketball game, where -- luckily -- her parents are the only ones in the crowd who realize what's going on. She's at most about half as strong as her Dad, but much more agile, and her SpiderSense is apparently better. In an interesting twist on {{wall crawl}}ing, May can also stick ''other'' people to walls, or repel them with equal ease.

Needless to say, her parents have mixed reactions to all this. Nevertheless, May finds Ben Reilly's old Scarlet Spider costume in the attic and decides to put it on after a new Green Goblin appears (Normie Osborn, [grand]son of the originals) to menace her father, who isn't in fighting shape. Unable to secure help from other heroes, Peter reluctantly authorizes May's ''one-time-only'' appearance as '''Spider-Girl'''. Of course, she ends up enjoying the experience so much (and has had the "With great power, comes great responsibility" meme drilled into her so thoroughly) that she feels compelled to become Spider-Girl on a more permanent basis.

This series sometimes plays with the IJustWantToBeNormal trope in the way ''Spider-Man'' does, but to a lesser degree. May genuinely wants to be a superhero but angsts when it brings her into conflict with her parents, or when she messes up, or when she feels she isn't as good as she'd like to be. There are also times when she gives it up, or [[BroughtDownToNormal loses her powers temporarily]]... but still misses the thrill of superheroics, and lets her sense of responsibility push her back to them.

Was Marvel's longest-running comic starring a solo heroine through 102 issues (including #0 and the annual) of ''Spider-Girl'', a relaunch/renumbering as ''Amazing Spider-Girl'', and a further 31 issues (they just love their #0 issues in ''ComicBook/MarvelComics2'') before final cancellation. ''ComicBook/SheHulk'' might have reached #100 first, but ''Spider-Girl'' did so without ever being cancelled. Currently running as a digital comic that goes to print after a couple months' delay in the anthology title ''Web of Spider-Man''. An [[http://www.bleedingcool.com/2010/02/06/spider-girl-is-back-and-thats-not-all/ announcement]] claimed that it would be getting a new, proper monthly series again, until it was later switched into a mini series and a The End one shot to [[TheEndIsNigh wrap up the series and presumably the Marvel Comics 2]][[note]]Did anyone ''really'' believe [[LyingCreator Quesada]] when he said he loved the series because of its portrayal of marriage?[[/note]].

She reappeared as part of ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse''. [[spoiler:At the end of ''Spider-Verse'', she abandons the identity of Spider-Girl and becomes Spider-Woman.]] Mayday's story continued in ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'' as part of the a set of backstories within the tie-in comic of ''ComicBook/SpiderIsland''. She also appeared in ''ComicBook/WebWarriors'', now a member of the Warriors of the Web.

If you're looking for the Earth 616 Spider-Girl (Anya Corazon), see ComicBook/AnyaCorazon. If you're interested in TheVerse, check ''ComicBook/MarvelComics2''.

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!!''Spider-Girl'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AffectionateParody: The in-verse ''Spider-Girl'' comic by Jimmy and Wes, starring a [[MostCommonSuperpower "super"]] [[NinetiesAntiHero gun-wielding alien princess]] nothing like the real May. It was clearly a ShoutOut to the live-action Japanese ''[[Series/SpiderManJapan Spider-Man]]'', who also came from "Planet Spider."
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: At first it seemed like May would join the school cheerleading squad, and one cover even showed her in the outfit, but it's becoming increasingly unlikely with each new issue.
* AlmostKiss:
** May and [[spoiler:Normie]] get two instances of almost kissing.
** May and [[TeenIdol Franklin Richards]] get one, too, before [[MomentKiller Peter]] [[OverprotectiveDad informs Franklin]] that she's underage.
* AloofBigBrother: [[spoiler:Darkdevil]]. Technically an aloof cousin [[CloningBlues slash genetic-half-brother]]. He's also a SourSupporter and SinkOrSwimMentor... but he's [[SecretTestOfCharacter only hard on May because he wants her to succeed]] and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming admires her determination]].
* AlphaBitch: Heather Noble, until she hooks up with May's UnluckyChildhoodFriend. Simone has filled Heather's shoes quite nicely.
* AlternateTimeline: Diverges from the main universe sometime after ''The Clone Saga''. Known as the [=MC2=] universe.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling:
** Spider-Man II ([[spoiler:Gerry Drew]]) isn't a relative, but otherwise fits the trope perfectly. [[SiblingTeam The Faces]] lampshade it, noting he and Spider-Girl bicker like siblings.
** [[spoiler:May's clone "April" Parker also qualifies, given how obsessed she is with proving whether or not she's the original May Parker.]]
** The Faces themselves are like this too, getting into a childish argument that Funny Face's employer has to break up.
* AntiHeroSubstitute: May's clone April Parker becomes a violent antihero known as Mayhem, who differs from Spider-Girl in that she has no qualms with killing criminals.
* ArtShift: In one issue, May starts looking like she's in ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' for no apparent reason. [[spoiler:Foreshadowing she was in a LotusEaterMachine without realizing it.]]
* AscendedFanboy:
** Gerry Drew, [[spoiler:Spider-Man II. He's a huge fan of May's dad and wears the same costume as a tribute to his hero]].
** Spider-Girl herself may qualify, since she's a fangirl of [[TeenIdol Franklin Richards]] and some other heroes and idolized them since before she discovered her powers.
* TheAtoner: There are a lot of characters devoted to making up for their wrongs. The most notable is Normie Osborn, who ends up deciding to do good in order to make up for his crimes as the third Green Goblin as well as the injustices done by his father and grandfather the previous two Green Goblins.
* BackToBackBadasses: Kaine and Peter put up an impressive fight against The Scriers. With lots of sarcastic LampshadeHanging.
* BadassAdorable: More [[CheerfulChild adorable]] than Badass, but you have to give baby Benjy props for [[spoiler:saving his mom with organic webshooters]].
* BadassFamily:
** The Parkers. Their family tree includes Spider-Man, Peter's BadassNormal parents, [[PluckyGirl May]] [[{{Determinator}} herself]], Peter's [[CloningBlues clones]], [[AloofBigBrother the son of Peter's clone]], and will surely include Baby Ben someday as well. Plus, Aunt May and MJ.
** An evil version includes the Faces.
* BadFuture: Most of ''Spider-Girl: The End'' takes place in one where humanity has been razed by an army of symbiote soldiers called Bio-Preds.
* BadassLongcoat: Kaine wears an overcoat and hunts down criminals. Mr. Nobody might be a villainous variant.
* BadSanta: The 54th issue begins with Spider-Girl taking down several thugs in Santa suits.
* {{Beta Couple}}s: Usually Peter and MJ or [[{{Meganekko}} Courtney]] and [[GentleGiant Moose]].
* BiTheWay: Felicia Hardy a.k.a. the Black Cat is bisexual. She was once married to Flash Thompson and now has a female partner.
* BlackBestFriend: Davida seems to be one of these at first but she averts it with character development.
* BodySnatcher: Two types: DemonicPossession for Darkdevil and [[spoiler:Arana's GrandTheftMe plot]].
* BookDumb: {{Lampshaded}} by Moose when he points out that he might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer... right before he points out to May that she doesn't need to blame herself for Courtney being in the hospital after being hit by a car.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler: April's BigNo following May's death in the BadFuture of ''The End'', mirrored panel-by-panel by May [[TearJerker when Present Day April dies saving her life.]]]]
* CanNotSpitItOut: Darkdevil has difficulty explaining his [[LukeYouAreMyFather heritage]] [[spoiler:of being Ben Reilly's son]].
* TheCasanova: J.J. Jameson is very popular with the girls.
* CheerfulChild: Benjamin "Benjy" Parker is just a baby, but is usually happy.
* ChekhovsGun: The issue of ''Amazing'' where MJ accepts the [[spoiler:counselor position at May's school]]. Play close attention to Baby Ben playing with his blocks in the background.
* ChekhovsGunman:
** Wes, [[RememberTheNewGuy a friend of Jimmy's]] who's briefly introduced as the artist for their Spider-Girl comic book. He turns out to be [[spoiler:May's new love interest]].
** Sara Hingle, who briefly appears in one panel, long before the [[spoiler:Brotherhood of Mutants subplot]].
* CivvieSpandex: Subverted/Inverted with the Spider-Shoppe, where people can buy Spider-Girl-themed clothes and even costumes. [[spoiler:MJ founded the place to keep May from getting ripped off by Spidey lookalikes and also to fund May's college education.]]
* CloneDegeneration: Kaine had the problem of his genetic structure eventually degrading because of being a clone of Peter Parker, [[spoiler:Darkdevil was dying of it before the DemonicPossession.]]
* CloningBlues: May's Uncle Ben was Spider-Man's clone Ben Reilly. [[spoiler:May eventually gets her own clone who is named April and assumes the identity of Mayhem.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Quite a few of May's villains are very eccentric and prone to odd antics, but most notably Crazy Eight, Funny Face and their [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas mother]] Angel Face.
* ContinuityOverlap: ''Spider-Girl'' is clearly its own canon. However, the writers often introduce versions of new Franchise/MarvelUniverse characters and plots.
* CoolOldGuy:
** Kaine may not technically be one, being around the same age as Peter... but with his long gray hair, [[BadassBeard beard]], and [[BadassLongcoat coat]], he does evoke the image.
** Roderick Kingsley/The Hobgoblin is one of these if you stop and do the math. He's at least in his sixties and might be pushing seventy.
* CostumeCopycat:
** [[spoiler:Gerry Drew]] steals the identity of May's dad, in part because he's an AscendedFanboy of the original wall-crawler.
** Felicity Hardy's stints as the Scarlet Spider have her copying the costume of Ben Reilly, the original Scarlet Spider.
** May's clone April Parker steals May's identity at different points.
* DarkActionGirl: [[spoiler:April Parker is an antagonist who can do well in fights when she is first introduced.]]
* DatingCatwoman:
** Spider-Girl and the Black Tarantula are hinted to be attracted to each other in spite of the former being a heroine and the latter being a criminal.
** Spider-Girl and the Buzz [[spoiler:a.k.a. Jack Jameson]], sort of, since the Buzz is wanted for stealing his suit and is believed to have killed the person who invented it.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Occasionally, usually given to Peter or MJ. The most notable is ''Spider-Girl'' #51, about a boy with a crush on May... written by the future author of ''ComicBook/SpiderManLovesMaryJane''.
* DeadGuyJunior: May Parker (named after her father's Aunt May), her brother Ben (named in honor of Peter's Uncle Ben and his clone Ben Reilly), and Norman "Normie" Osborn (who shares his name with his grandfather the original Green Goblin).
* {{Deadpan Snarker}}s: Peter, Kaine, and Darkdevil are all prone to sardonic remarks. May grows into it as well.
* DeathBySecretIdentity: In ''Amazing Spider-Girl'', the Hobgoblin hires the Mindworm to use his telepathic powers to keep tabs on Spider-Girl, which enables Mindworm to find out Spider-Girl's secret identity. Before he can act on the information, the Mindworm ends up killed in the 18th issue when the Hobgoblin shoots him for trying to betray him. The Mindworm pleaded the Hobgoblin to spare him because he knew Spider-Girl's secret identity, but by then it was too little, too late.
* DecompressedComic: Quite deliberately avoided. Spider-Girl stories are often complete in one issue, though this applies more to the earlier stories.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: May is much better at reforming her enemies into allies than her father ever was.
* DistaffCounterpart: One of the many Spider-Man distaff counterparts, though the only one who is a family member (the others being unrelated women or a OppositeSexClone).
* DoggedNiceGuy: Wes Westin
* DyingDream: The 63rd issue of the original series had Normie Osborn and the Kingpin dying while having nightmares of being visited by deceased relatives (Normie being visited by his grandfather Norman and Wilson Fisk being visited by his son Richard). In the end, Normie survives his experience while the Kingpin doesn't.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Crazy Eight and Funny Face are criminals who both love their mother Angel Face very much. Subverted when Funny Face [[FunnyAneurysmMoment reveals]] mid-FreakOut they might be better classified as [[spoiler:{{love martyr}}s for an [[AbusiveParents abusive mother]].]]
* FailureKnight:
** Allison Mongrain, [[spoiler:Osborn's ex-lackey who took care of the kidnapped Baby May. She became convinced she had to [[InTheBlood kill Normie because he'd eventually hurt May]].]] Don't worry, May [[CooldownHug talked her out of it]].
** Kaine and Peter also have guilt over not protecting Baby May and Ben Reilly. Kaine [[MysteriousProtector protecting]] Spider-Girl and [[spoiler:Darkdevil]] probably has something to do with that guilt, too.
* {{Fanservice}}: ''Usually'' avoided.
** Then comes the last page of ''Amazing Spider-Girl'' #26, wherein the first thing May sees as she recovers consciousness is Arana's rather generous cleavage. The panel is a POV shot, at that.
** And then there's the whole flipping-around-in-body-bending-poses-while-wearing-skintight-spandex bit...
** Darkdevil also gets a lot of {{Shirtless Scene}}s in his miniseries. [[MrFanservice Wonder why]].
* FeudingFamilies: The Osborns and Parkers, of course, given Peter Parker's history with the original Green Goblins Norman and Harry.
* FightingFingerprint: Upon meeting her, ComicBook/{{Elektra}} instantly deduces that Spider-Girl is indeed Spider-Man's daughter. "You move like him, stand like him, sound like him, fight like him."
* FirstKiss / SmoochOfVictory: May to Brad, after Courtney wakes up from a coma. Causes her to see [[TestKiss she's not really that into him anymore]], which turns out to be fortunate.
* FixFic: The idea is basically "what if we took every stupid idea we inflicted on Spider-Man in the '90s and made it awesome again with Mayday?"
* ForcefulKiss: May to Normie, speaking of FoeYay. It [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend didn't work out]].
* [[FormerChildStar Former Teen Superhero]]: Phil Urich. He's become a weird mix of CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass and WhiteDwarfStarlet (or should that be superhero?).
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Two of the first bad guys May meets, Crazy Eight and Funny Face, are {{Monster Clown}}s. [[spoiler:Turns out they're brothers.]] Oh, and sure, Funny Face sounds similar to another [=DeFalco=] badguy Angel Face, but that's [[MythologyGag just a gag]]. [[spoiler:She's their mom.]]
* FusionDance: Darkdevil's origin is that he's a fusion of the ghost of Daredevil and [[spoiler:Ben Reilly's son]].
* GenerationXerox: Played straight in that almost all of the [=MC2=] heroes are following in their parent's or mentor's footsteps (and costume choices). Subverted in that most of them have different personalities and motivations. May has a LOT of xeroxed relationships, though. Heck, even Peter's gotten in on the act. He's as overprotective as Aunt May sometimes... it can be argued it's just a more subtle, realistic version of the trope. No-one's a carbon copy of their parents/mentors ([[UncannyFamilyResemblance looks aside]]), but naturally there are still a lot of [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Parent/Mentor Like Child/Mentoree]] moments.
* GentleGiant: Moose Mansfield after he grows out being a JerkJock. Although now that he's [[spoiler:[[FaceHeelTurn become Carnage and lost the only way to cure his dad's cancer]], he becomes unfairly harsh toward Spider-Girl.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Felicity, daughter of the Black Cat, wants help thinking up a cool superhero name:
-->'''Felicity:''' I don't want to use a name with the word ''Kitten'' or ''[[CurseCutShort pus]]--''\\
'''Spider-Girl:''' ''Enough!''
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Normie's tattoos, [[spoiler:removed as a last gift by the Venom symbiote]] and Kaine's scars.
* GrandTheftMe: The final story arc of ''Amazing Spider-Girl'' involved the original Green Goblin Norman Osborn coming back from the dead by taking over Peter Parker's body.
* HappilyMarried:
** May's parents Peter and MJ are obviously happy together. They even end up having another child named Ben.
** [[spoiler:Normie and [[RomanticFalseLead Brenda]] end up married and are shown to be a loving couple in their subsequent appearances]].
* HeelFaceTurn:
** May seems to have a knack for making her enemies become good guys. "I have destroyed my enemy by making him my friend" might as well be Mayday's motto. [[LampshadeHanging Her converts comment on it, sometimes.]]
** J. Jonah Jameson himself. Not that he was a villain, but in this continuity, the old man openly supports Spider-Girl's actions. Still grumpy, though.
* HeroKiller: The Hobgoblin. Arguably the deadliest villain in the series (barring the EldritchAbomination Set), in ''Spectacular Spider-Girl'' #4, he effortlessly beats down an assembled group of heroes with only one other ally at his side. He is only defeated via sneak attack. In the last issue of the original series, he even [[spoiler:killed the Venom symbiote itself.]]
* HollywoodNerd / HollywoodPudgy: Courtney plays both of these straight while subverting them. She has the geeky hobbies plus the body type... but she's the one with [[OfficialCouple an adoring boyfriend]] and the authors even tease at a LoveTriangle between the GentleGiant and Casanova. [[spoiler:Turned out she and JJ were just friends and Moose had it all wrong... but still.]]
* IdenticalGrandson: Norman "Normie" Osborn looks just like his grandfather the original Green Goblin.
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: May tries to talk her father into fighting the influence when he is possessed by the Venom symbiote and does the same to Moose when he is controlled by the Carnage symbiote.
* [[IllGirl Ill Boy]]:
** Gerry Drew is dying because he inherited his mother's disease. His mother tried to cure him the same way her father cured her, but it only gives Gerry spider powers.
** [[spoiler:Darkdevil]] used to be terminally ill before he became the superhero he is now.
* ImagineSpot: One of the early issues showed all of May's friends ([[ButtMonkey except Moose]]) fantasizing about being a superhero. Then [[MoodWhiplash Normie's fantasies/delusions of defeating Spider-Girl]].
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Lots of the bad guys are inept to the point of deserving pity, but most notably Normie and Raptor.
* InnocentBlueEyes:
** May, probably 'cause of her NaiveEverygirl status.
** Also [[CheerfulChild Benjy]].
* IntergenerationalFriendship: May is tight with Phil Urich, whom she refers to as Uncle Phil.
* InTheBlood: May unsurprisingly takes a lot after her father. {{Lampshaded}} often.
-->'''ComicBook/{{Elektra}}:''' You move like him, stand like him, sound like him, fight like him.
* {{Jerkass}}: May's clone April Parker is a relatively rare female version of a character who is excruciatingly rude and spiteful. She keeps on trying to get May out of the picture and stubbornly refuses to share her existence with her.
* JerkJock:
** Moose was a gym student who bullied other students, at least before CharacterDevelopment turned him into a BoisterousBruiser.
** Now Gene [[spoiler:May's manipulative (ex, finally) boyfriend]] is taking up this role.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind:
** The final story arc involves May travelling into both her own mind and that of her father.
** The original series did this twice: Once in Darkdevil's mind and, in the last issue of Spider-Girl, Normie does through the symbiote to snap May out of a near-death HeroicBSOD.
* KnightOfCerebus: He doesn't completely distort the book, but things get a lot grimmer when the Hobgoblin is on the scene.
* LamarckWasRight: At least it isn't unreasonable to believe Peter's DNA could have been altered by that spider bite.
* [[LastGirlWins Last Guy Wins]]: Wes ends up becoming May's boyfriend.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Edna Mode]] makes a brief cameo in issue 91, as an investor who specializes in fashion based on superhero costumes.
* LeftHanging: We never did find out why the Kingpin wanted Peter Parker dead.
* LegacyCharacter: Aside from Mayday herself, many characters are successors to one of the original Marvel heroes, even if most of them go by different names.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Avoided ''most'' of the time. Some of the heroes Spider-Girl gets into squabbles with even note how pointless it is for two people to fight each other when they're on the same side.
* LighterAndSofter: Generally more lighthearted than the in-continuity Spider-Man comics, though some of the 'verse backstory has pretty dark spots.
* LightningCanDoAnything: Being electrocuted when she's fighting Killerwatt causes May to lose her powers. Being accidentally zapped by the CostumeCopycat who steals her dad's costumed identity causes May to regain her powers.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: [[spoiler:May and Normie]], though they sure [[ShipTease took]] [[JustFriends their]] [[WillTheyOrWontThey time]] getting there.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Quite a lot of characters, both from the regular Marvel universe and unique to this series.
* LotusEaterMachine: Trapping people inside simulations is Misery's gimmick. Notable attempts include making May [[DarkerAndEdgier believe her parents were killed by the Green Goblin]] and that she was [[BodyHorror turning into everything from a turtle to a giant spider]].
* LukeYouAreMyFather: Darkdevil, [[spoiler:a.k.a. Reilly Tyne, Ben Reilly's son]].
* MamaBear:
** Mary Jane won't take kindly to anyone who threatens her kids May and Ben.
** [[spoiler:Angel Face]] is an inverted, evil version. When one of her sons dies, she goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge with his brother. Except they end up taking out their anger out on everyone else who had a part in his death, instead of on the killer.
* {{Meganekko}}: Courtney Duran is a cute girl with glasses.
* MentalWorld: We've seen May's, Peter's, and Darkdevil's. Normie's too, sort of, in a dream sequence.
* MistakenForGay: In the eleventh issue, J. Jonah Jameson mistakes a time-displaced Spider-Girl for Spider-Man and notes her feminine appearance. He then expresses concern for how people will react to knowing that he is attacking Spider-Man when he is a minority. While not outright stated, it is implied that J. Jonah Jameson came to the conclusion that Spider-Man is gay.
* MsFanservice: Though initially not as much as other the super heroines (due to usually being [[AvertedTrope Averted]]) in her original solo series, Mayday is made for this trope in the ''Amazing Spider-Girl'' and the ''Spectacular Spider-Girl'' comics series as well as the ''Spider-Girl End'' issue (While she was pretty in her original solo series, May is very beautiful in her following three comic book series).
* MonochromeCasting: Subverted. Mayday's group of friends is pretty diverse without getting FiveTokenBand about it. There's also a lot of diversity amongst random mooks and civilians.
* MoreThanMindControl: April, maybe. She claims she only [[spoiler:tried to kill May]] because Fury [[spoiler:was going to kill her]], but...
* MostCommonSuperpower: Played with in regards to May as [[AvertedTrope she's most often not the bustiest of superheroines]], but she's drawn as being more buxom than usual in Amazing Spider-Girl #9 and [[ThoseTwoGuys Jimmy and Wes]]'s [[ShowWithinAShow indie Spider-Girl comic]] gives her this fully, as well as long blonde visible hair and the backstory of being an [[HumanoidAlien alien]] [[EverythingIsBetterWithPrincesses princess]] from [[Series/SpiderManJapan the planet Spider]]. And she thinks {{Stripperiffic}} outfits would leave her vulnerable. (Plus, her dad would freak!). Played completely straight with Arana.
* {{Mutants}}: Averted and subverted.
** May's status as a mutant is rarely acknowledged. And her friend Nancy, who has powers, wants to be a doctor instead of a superhero. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Davida accidentally outs her out of jealously and Brad arranges a mob to go after her, forcing Nancy to join the X-People]].
** Then in ''Amazing'', there is Sara, whose father couldn't accept a mutant child. Now, she's been [[spoiler:manipulated by Magneta and possibly killed by her own powers]].
* MuscleAngst: In ''Amazing Spider-Girl'' #15, the villain Mindworm tricks May into believing she's future version of Black Tarentula. [[http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/885/amazingspidergirl15page.jpg She gets grossed out when she sees her new costume and extremely muscular physique in a mirror.]]
* MysteriousProtector:
** Darkdevil, who subversively ridicules and mocks the heroine. Or maybe it's not so subversive, since he's really her [[spoiler:[[AloofBigBrother aloof big bro]]-- er, cousin.]]
** Kaine becomes a standard one of these after his Main/HeelFaceTurn. [[spoiler:Reilly, his previous protectoree, probably picked it up from him]].
* NinetiesAntiHero: April follows the typical gritty antihero archetype who has no problem with killing bad guys.
* NoBisexuals: Avoided. The Black Cat is shown living with a long-time lover she met after divorcing Flash Thompson. [[OlderThanTheyThink Before her outing in 616]]!
* NoDialogueEpisode: The 41st issue has no dialogue whatsoever, being part of Marvel's "Nuff Said Month", where every issue of every comic published at the time had little to no words.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Fury [[spoiler:the Goblin Queen]]. Definitely [[{{Yandere}} creepy]] but May deals with her easily... the first time. Then, she [[BodyHorror forces Normie to bond with Venom]], helps [[PeoplePuppets Norman Osborn take over Peter's body]] and goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against her former allies. While [[MoreThanMindControl messing with April for the heck of it]]. Oh, and she's [[spoiler:learned May's real identity]].
* OfficialCouple: The couples officially canon to this series include Courtney and Moose, Jimmy and Heather, [[spoiler:Normie and Brenda]]... and of course, [[HappilyMarried Peter and MJ]].
* OlderAndWiser: Peter Parker, of all people. Badass, has a beard, a bionic leg and a stick he uses to beat people up. Like Bruce Wayne in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', but not as old.
* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: Inverted. Almost everyone in May's rogues gallery is older than her, even the ones who didn't previously fight her father.
* OlderSidekick: Phil Urich, a.k.a. The Green Goblin is an adult sidekick to teenage Spider-Girl.
* {{Omake}}: The one-page stories about Baby Ben in Amazing, with art by Colleen Coover.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: In ''Spider-Girl'' #5, there is an oblique conversation between Peter Parker and Phil Urich after which Peter thinks he made Phil understand that Mayday must not continue being Spider-Girl while Phil thinks Peter told him to train her being a superheroine because Peter can't do it himself for fear of worrying his wife Mary Jane.
* OvernightAgeUp: [[spoiler:Darkdevil was only a child, but became able to instantly grow to adulthood.]]
* OverprotectiveDad: Peter Parker, again. It's a lot easier to sympathize with him, since he's less concerned about May's boyfriends than the risk of her getting killed while fighting supervillains. A more traditional application of this trope applies when he ''very'' bluntly informs Franklin Richards that May is only fifteen years old.
* PapaWolf: Peter Parker won't let anyone harm his daughter or son.
* ParentalAbandonment: Not for the heroine, but amongst the supporting cast...
* ParentalIncest: Touched upon during the time travel arc in the tenth and eleventh issues, where Spider-Man at one point flirts with Spider-Girl while unaware that she is his future daughter. Spider-Girl is understandably grossed out.
* PeoplePuppets: The final story arc centers around [[spoiler:[[BigBad the Green Goblin]] attempting to mentally enslave Peter and use his body to return to life.]]
* PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize: Subverted. Many of May's enemies are much older than she is.
* PluckyGirl: Guess who.
* PsychoElectro:
** The villainous Killer Watt has electrical powers.
** Aftershock, too, being the daughter of Electro.
* PsychopathicManchild: Crazy Eight and Funny Face indulge in this trope to an often disturbing degree.
* PubertySuperpower:
** May's powers kick in when she's in her teens and not at birth.
** Also happens to [[spoiler:Darkdevil]].
** Averted (and subtly foreshadowed) with [[spoiler:Baby Ben]], whose powers develop not long after he is born.
* PunchCatch: May is threatened by a schoolmate's abusive boyfriend who intends to intimidate her into keeping her nose out of his business. His punch never connects, though: May catches his fist and ''squeezes''.
* RedOniBlueOni: Or, as April puts it, [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/1/15776/787196-spider_girls_super.jpg "Spider-Girl Red and Spider-Girl Blue"]]. Subverted in that May is more of a Blue and April more of a Red.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath:
** [[spoiler:April ends up killed in ''Spider-Girl: The End'' after deciding to change her ways.]]
** The Venom symbiote turns a new leaf only to be destroyed by the Hobgoblin.
* RetiredBadass: Once again, Peter Parker. Age has cost him some of his reflexes and strength, but he's still got the experience and skill gained from his early years as Spider-Man.
* RoguesGallery: Spider-Girl's most notable enemies include Mr. Nobody, Crazy Eight, Funny Face, Killer Watt, Mr. Abnormal, Raptor, Earthshaker, the Hobgoblin, Reverb, Dragonfist, the Dragon King, Angel Face, Misery, Aftershock, etc.
* RomanticFalseLead: Brenda/Raptor becomes this after her HeelFaceTurn. Subverted in that after lots of ShipTease and WillTheyOrWontThey [[spoiler:she gets the guy instead of Mayday]].
* SarcasticConfession: Employed by May more than once to cover up for her SecretIdentity. Having a merchandising store around helps people to dismiss them.
* SecretGovernmentWarehouse: Where Weadon and Kaine's teams works -- an abandoned amusement park.
* ShadowArchetype: Quite a few characters are unscrupulous counterparts to other characters.
** April and May, May and Arana, Kaine and Peter, maybe [[spoiler:May and Darkdevil]], played with between May and Normie.
** Mother-Son team The Faces to Peter and May.
** Probably [[spoiler:Uncle-Nephew team Kaine and Reilly]] to Peter and May, too.
* ShipSinking: May/Brad. [[spoiler:And eventually May/Normie.]]
* ShoutOut:
** After just waking up, Mayday mutters "Kltpzyxm!" In ''Franchise/{{Superman}},'' this is Mxyzptlk's name reversed, and Supes must trick Mxy into saying it to get rid of him until their dimensions next align (in other words, for three months). It's also a shout-out to papa-Parker, who would (sometimes) say the name forward after waking.
** She also once says, to someone who asks her to hold a train in place, that she must be thinking about [[ComicBook/SuperGirl that other girl whose name starts with S]]. Apparently, she's a fan of the [[Creator/DCComics Distinguished Competition]].
** Plus the many characters and places named after Spidey writers.
** And May's TemporaryLoveInterest, named after a BigNameFan's screen name.
* ShowWithinAShow: Jimmy and Wes's ''Spider-Girl'' comic is an in-universe work of fiction.
* ShroudedInMyth: Darkdevil and Black Tarantula, at first, were believed to not be real.
* SiblingTeam:
** Brothers Funny Face and Crazy Eight, a villainous example that ends tragically when the latter is killed.
** Played with in Spider-Girl's team ups with Scarlet Spider and Spider-Man II, neither of whom she's related to.
** [[spoiler:May and "April" are technically a more genuine example, since April is May's clone and therefore could be considered her sister. As are Spider-Girl and Darkdevil, arguably, since Darkdevil is actually the son of Spider-Man's clone Ben Reilly.]]
* SiblingYinYang:
** Spider-Girl and [[spoiler:Darkdevil]], depending on how you [[CloningBlues define sibling]].
** Ditto for May and April.
* SidekickGlassCeiling: Felicity's attempts to play Scarlet Spider would count, except that she's always being forced out of (or quitting) the superhero biz before becoming a full-fledged sidekick. Not that this has stopped her. Since then, Mayday's new partner is newly discovered clone April Parker.
* SkySurfing: The Green Goblin(s), Hobgoblin, and Fury of course. Mayday even gets in on the act, using Goblin gear when she (temporarily, of course) loses her powers.
* SleepCute: Peter and May get a non-romantic version, after having spent a whole issue bickering at each other and helping reunite an ex-villain with his daughter.
* SpinOffspring: The series is about Spider-Man's daughter continuing her father's legacy.
* SpiritAdvisor: May gets one in the form of a mysterious blonde also named May in the last arc of Amazing. It's [[spoiler:Aunt May]], of course.
* {{Squee}}: This is basically [[spoiler:Gerry Drew's]] reaction to meeting his idol, the original Spider-Man. Although a little overwhelmed at first, Peter Parker is very flattered.
* StalkerWithACrush: The Black Tarantula has a creepy fixation on Spider-Girl.
* StrongFamilyResemblance:
** Normie looks almost exactly like Harry.
** Reilly Tyne is basically Ben Reilly with red hair.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Defied by MJ. When Normie comes to kidnap her, she isn't fazed. She starts berating him, pointing out she used to change his diaper, why the hell would she be scared of him? And she starts beating him with a table lamp just before May swings in to the rescue... though by this point, it's unclear just ''whom'' she's rescuing.
* TakeThat:
** In the 20th issue of ''Amazing Spider-Girl'', May remarks on the difficulty of making web fluid by wishing that she and her father's powers included [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy organic webbing]]. Peter quickly dismisses the idea of organic webbing as gross.
** In the 27th issue of ''Amazing Spider-Girl'', the ''Lil' Benjy'' strip has Ben Parker use his wall-crawling abilities to help Shelly pretend she is flying like [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} a certain caped heroine]]. Benjy cuts Shelly off before she can say she's "Supergirl", explaining that the name is a bad word in his house.
* TeenIdol: Franklin Richards, a superhero version, is adored by many teenage girls. He's actually pretty into May until he finds out her real age.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Peter's superior, Captain Ruiz, stands over a foot taller than him.
* TrainingFromHell: Who better to train May in the use of her powers than dear old dad?
* {{Tykebomb}}: May's baby brother Ben, in the Carnage storyline. Sort of.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance:
** Early in the series, May looked a LOT like Peter. Now she resembles both her parents without looking a clone of either of them.
** Speaking of clones, though, Reilly Tyne looks just like a redheaded [[LampshadeHanging Tobey Maguirerrr, Peter Parker]]. And somehow only MJ and Normie Osborn have noticed this.
** A recent dream sequence featured May's brother Ben looking almost exactly like his dad, too.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Jimmy Yama to Mayday. [[spoiler:Mayday to Normie.]]
* UnwantedHarem: Most of the male cast has had a crush on Mayday at some point.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Kaine's facial scars are never commented on.
* VerySpecialEpisode: A downplayed example in "The Girl Who Fell To Earth," which was the culmination of a long subplot, and the abused character (Sandra) remains part of the supporting cast. Later, May and Courtney [[spoiler:who also got attacked by Sandra's boyfriend when she tried to help her]] start volunteering at the women's shelter.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Kaine and Darkdevil become friends prone to arguing and insulting each other, once Reilly gets over his [[IHateYouVampireDad issues]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Mutant Sara Hingle, who was last seen [[spoiler:apparently self-exploding from stress after Magneto's daughter messed with her head]] and hasn't been seen since.
* WhatIf: Spider-Girl began as a story in Marvel's ''ComicBook/WhatIf''.
* WhatTheHellHero: All of the New Warriors to May after she lets Angel Face and Funny Face go [[spoiler:out of guilt for not being able to save Crazy Eight]], which lets them go loose on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have to Be Symbiotes]]; Darkdevil. when [[spoiler:fighting April]].
* WhosYourDaddy: The "who is the mother of the new Spider-Man?" subplot. Lots of red-herrings point to Felicia Hardy, but it turns out he's [[spoiler:the son of the first Spider-Woman, Jessica Drew]].
* WillTheyOrWontThey: There are two cases of playing with the uncertainty of whether or not a couple will actually come to be.
** Mayday and Normie in the original series.
** May and Wes in the relaunch.
* WitchWithACapitalB: Spider-Girl and Raptor occasionally called each other "witch". This is lampshaded in the second issue of the original series, where a thug at one point calls Spider-Girl a "meddlesome witch" and Spidr-Girl informs him that he's lucky he called her the W-word and not the B-word.
* WithGreatPower: Naturally. At one point, lampshaded and PlayedForLaughs:
-->'''May''': But Daddy, I have a responsibility...
-->'''Peter''': Don't give me the responsibility shtick, young lady! [[TropeNamer I INVENTED the responsibility shtick!]]
* WouldHitAGirl: Spider-Girl's enemies have no problem attacking her with everything in their arsenals.
* {{Yandere}}: Elan is psychotically obsessed with making Normie her husband.
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