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->''"Tonight, I, Electro, master of electricity itself, will let loose upon the world my greatest creation: Video Man, the creature from the game."''
-->-- '''Electro''', preparing to create the most memorable villain from the series, which ran during the '80s videogame craze

This animated series, which ran from 1981-1983, was the second Franchise/SpiderMan SaturdayMorningCartoon, and in the post-70s, the Marvel creative team decided to add new characters and send Spidey up against more than his own, regular RoguesGallery.

It aired originally on NBC, and now shows occasionally on DisneyXD. (It has also turned up on the Netflix Instant service, despite the lack of a region 1 DVD release.)

[[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Robert "Bobby" Drake (Iceman)]] and [[Comicbook/NewWarriors Angelica Jones (Firestar)]] were college students who lived with their friend Peter Parker (Spider-Man) in his Aunt May's home, which she was using as a boarding house. Thanks to a contribution from Tony Stark (Comicbook/IronMan), their living space contained a SuperMultiPurposeRoom complete with crime lab. They also had a pet dog named Ms. Lion.

[[GagDub Humorously]] {{redubb|ing}}ed footage of the show has been used in the ''WesternAnimation/MarvelMashUp'' shorts that air on DisneyXD's WesternAnimation/MarvelUniverse block.
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!!This show provides examples of:
* AbridgedSeries: [[http://www.youtube.com/user/whiteshaft04 SPIDER-MAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!]]
** And his Amazing Friends!
** DisneyXD also abridges some episodes as part of their ''WesternAnimation/MarvelMashUp'' series of interstitials.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys:
** Angelica developed a crush on Kraven the Hunter, much to Peter and Bobby's displeasure, though she quickly realized he's a creep and defeats him.
-->'''Firestar''': He just exudes macho!
-->'''Iceman''': [[CrowningMomentOfFunny That's not all he exudes. He smells like a zoo!]]
** In "A Spider-Man is Born," the girls all drool over Flash Thompson, despite his reputation as a bully who sometimes runs afoul of the law.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited - Bobby and Peter both have romantic interest in Angelica. Whether she returns it for either of them is not really explored.
** Bobby and Peter did discuss this in one episode: Bobby said fire and ice don't mix while Peter was worried that if he made a pass at her and got rebuffed, it would mean the end of the Spider-Friends.
*** Near the end of the series, Peter and Angelica had gone on a few dates. She was also visibly heartbroken in an episode where Peter falls hard for, and elects to go home with, a woman from the future whom he'd basically just met.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer / KidsAreCruel: Played with in Firestar's backstory episode. At first the friends of the below-mentioned AlphaBitch love to go along with her in making fun of Angelica, but as the flashbacks start skipping ahead a few years, her friends start seeing Angelica in a more positive light, and by the high school part of the flashback, Angelica's become somewhat popular, and Bonnie's friends are all ''really'' tired of Bonnie's childish name-calling and desires to make Angelica's life hell.
* AlphaBitch - Bonnie, the girl who gave Angelica her "Miss Angelica Jinx" nickname in "A Fire-Star is Born".
* AnimationBump - The three-episode second season was animated by Toei, and the animation and character models became more detailed and fuller, with a greater use of {{underlighting}} special effects. Incidentally, all three episodes deal with Iceman's, Firestar's, and Spidey' origins
* ArbitrarySkepticism - The Spider-Friends are okay with believing in mutants. Mind control. Evil potions. Bees from outer space. Shapeshifting. Dracula. But that Thor is actually the Norse god of thunder? No way...
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In "Spider-Man Unmasked!", Peter has a nightmare over what the fallout of his identity being revealed would be. He sees Sandman gloating, Aunt May crying and finally Jonah.
-->"You're finished, Spider-Man! Finished! And, Parker, you're fired!"
* BackStory - The origin for each member of the PowerTrio got an episode.
** And an episode of how they became a team.
* BattleCry: "Spider-Friends, go for it!"
* BeeBeeGun - "Swarm"
* ButtMonkey: Most of the time he appeared, Flash wound up ticking off one of the PowerTrio and subsequently became the victim of a super-powered prank.
* CanonForeigner:
** Norman Osborn's niece Mona in the first episode.
** Iceman's half-sister Lightwave (Aurora Dante).
* CanonImmigrant
** Firestar was created for the series but migrated into the comics.
** As was Ms. Lion, Aunt May's dog, who became a member of the Comicbook/PetAvengers.
* ClearMyName - The "Arachnoid" episode featured Spidey being framed for crimes.
* CoveredInMud: In the WholeEpisodeFlashback detailing Firestar's origin, Firestar takes the AlphaBitch and drops her in a mud puddle, whereupon she throws a splashy tantrum.
* DistaffCounterpart - The series creators originally wanted to use the [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Human Torch]] (who is, after all, Spidey's main superhero friend in the comics) but rights issues led them to create Firestar as a CaptainErsatz.
** Firestar, especially in her everyday identity, was also a CaptainErsatz, or even CompositeCharacter, of Mary-Jane Watson, Spidey's main love interest from the comics.
* DistractedByTheSexy - When Peter Parker first meets Angelica Jones (whilst walking Ms. Lion).
-->'''Angelica''' (referring to Ms. Lion): Well, somebody's found a friend.
-->'''Peter''': You can say that again!
-->'''Angelica''': Her name is Ms. Lion. I'm Angelica.
-->'''Peter''': You sure are... I'm Peter Piper... Uh, P-Parker... Uh, Parker Peter-
* DramaticUnmask - The episode featuring an explanation of how the Spider-Friends formed has Spidey taking off his mask to reveal his true identity to Angelica and Bobby since Peter figured out they were Firestar and Iceman, respectively.
* EasyAmnesia - In "Video-Man", Flash Thompson figured out Angelica Jones is Firestar. A bump on the head made him forget it.
* EditedForSyndication - The first episode had a slight edit due to greater awareness of UnfortunateImplications.
-->'''Original Line - Angelica:''' Hey! There's that jungle bunny who was chasing after Peter!
-->'''Edited Line - Angelica:''' Hey! There's that jungle rabbit who was chasing after Peter!
* EpisodeTitleCard
* EvilFormerFriend: Firestar's old friend Nathan Price became Cyberiad due to an accident caused by A.I.M. terrorists. He blames Firestar for what happened and wants revenge. But a part of him still cares for Firestar, while Cyberiad just wants to destroy her.
* FieryRedhead: Taken almost as literally as one possibly can with Firestar.
** She has brown hair in her human form.
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: Peter attends a superhero-themed costume party dressed as Spider-Man.
* FormallyNamedPet: Ms Lion.
* FreezeRay
* GagDub: The original (late 80's) Mexican dub inserted tons of jokes (inside ones such as substituting Stan Lee with his 'granddaddy' when that voice actor was unavailable), hamming villain with silly phrases (Magneto has never been funnier) and tons of adlibbed extra lines.
** Just the translations of the names of some characters could crack you open, you have Dinamyc needle and Draco Dragoon instead of Wolverine and Daredevil...but somehow you still have Juggernaut untranslated.
** The whole point of the ''WesternAnimation/MarvelMashUp'' shorts.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Bobby calls Peter a "buttface" after Peter, in a rush to get his Spider-Man costume out of the washing machine, wakes Bobby up from dreaming about Angelica.
* GottaGetYourHeadTogether - "The Fantastic Frump" and "The X-Men Adventure"
* HarmlessFreezing
* HeelFaceTurn: Monica in "Attack of the Arachnoid".
* HeroesWantRedheads: Both Peter and Bobby admitted to being attracted to Angelica.
* HeyItsThatVoice - Spidey is voiced by the same actor, Dan Gilvezan, who voiced [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers G1 Bumblebee]]. Creator/FrankWelker voiced Bobby Drake and [[JerkJock Flash Thompson]]. Peter Cullen also provided [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner/The Hulk]]'s voice.
** Creator/AlanYoung's the fantastic Mr. Frump.
** And Creator/JuneForay as Aunt May.
** Freddy from ScoobyDoo somehow gained ice powers.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: It's anyone's guess why Mr. Frump saw fit to immediately trust ''Doctor Doom'', somebody whom it's impossible to take seriously as anything but the cartoon supervillain he is, and unquestioningly believe his lies about ''the city's three biggest superheroes''.
* IdentityImpersonator - Chameleon--for "Seven Little Superheroes," no less.
** Spider-Man also pulls it off with an unwitting Flash Thompson, in the episode where the Sandman tumbles upon Spidey's SecretIdentity.
** Similarly, Dr. Zoltan Amadeus uses science to replicate Spider-Man's powers, then dresses up as him to commit crimes that Spider-Man is then blamed for. Unfortunately for Zoltan, the formula he used to gain those powers is unstable and [[GoneHorriblyWrong winds up mutating him into something more spider than man]]. Eventually he doesn't even care since he's become very powerful.
* IdiosyncraticWipes - scene changes were heralded by multicolored webs traveling across the screen, and the {{Leitmotif}} to accompany them.
* ImplacableMan - The Juggernaut during his appearance in 'A Firestar is Born'.
* JekyllAndHyde - In the comics, the Green Goblin is just a costumed identity that Norman Osborn assumes; in the series opener, Osborn physically transforms into a green-skinned creature. (No, not [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk that one]].)
* JerkAss: J. Jonah Jameson. No surprise, here.
* JerkJock: Flash Thompson, as usual.
* JumpedAtTheCall
** Angelica
** Bobby
** Francis (aka Video Man, who did ''not'' become a CanonImmigrant, thankfully)
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: It has yet to be released onto DVD in America.
* ALadyOnEachArm: During the WholeEpisodeFlashback "Along Came a Spidey," a teen-aged Flash Thompson is at the beach with two beautiful young women, showing off his muscular build. He sees Peter Parker, walks over to him with one girl on each arm, taunts him and calls him "Puny," and kicks sand in his face before walking off cackling evily, the girls giggling and thinking Flash is cute and funny.
* {{Leitmotif}} - The music for this show was almost entirely thematic based on what was happening.
** Bobby had a tune for when he turned into Iceman.
** Ms. Lion had her own tune.
** Aunt May had a tune.
** There was a 'heroic' tune for anytime a guest star from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse at large showed up.
** Angelica had one for when she turned into Fire-Star.
** There was a tune for when the villain was starting to do menacing things.
** There was a variation of the show's ThemeTune for when something sad happened.
** There was another variation of the show's ThemeTune for when romance was onscreen.
** There's a tune for when the heroes are struggling against the bad guy.
** There's a tune for when something silly happens (often used for slapstick, or when Flash Thompson was being upstaged).
** There is a bit of music specifically for the IdiosyncraticWipes for scene changes.
** Don't forget the variation on "Gaudeamus Igitur" whenever the college's EstablishingShot is shown.
** And the opening bars of "The Sidewalks of New York" used for establishing shots of the city.
* LivingLieDetector: Ms. Lion, in "Seven Little Superheroes". Her sense of smell allowed her to distinguish the Chameleon from the others when under disguise.
* LoveTriangle - Flavored with IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy on Spidey's part.
* NeverSayDie - Subverted. In TheEighties, it hadn't yet become unfashionable. Not only did the word "kill" get used, but a scene implied onscreen that Spider-Man had been killed in battle before pulling a "gotcha!" on the viewer.
* NoSwastikas - Averted with the episode of "Quest of the RedSkull", in which the heroes team up with IndianaJones expy/American Indian shaman "Hiawatha" Smith to stop the Red Skull and a pair of German-accented minions from finding a horde of Nazi plunder and secret superweapons in the South American jungle. A shadow-casting stone swastika is even the key to finding the entrance to the stash. Smith gets pretty {{Anvilicious}} about the evils of the Third Reich. Of course, [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped it]] ''[[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped is]]'' [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped the Nazis he's talking about]]. A bone is throw to the pre-Nazi history of the swastika when one of the Skull's minions mistakes a Native American tapestry design for a swastika. He gives it a "Heil Hitler" upon seeing it, though is corrected by the other minion immediately.
* OnTheMoney: The episode "Spidey Goes Hollywood" has Spidey agreeing to act in a movie for the exact amount Aunt May needs to pay the mortgage this month (as opposed to say, enough to pay off the ''[[FridgeLogic whole mortgage]]'').
** Then again, unless Peter is willing to tell Aunt May he's Spidey, he'd probably have to come up with some excuse to justify suddenly having that much money.
* TheOtherDarrin: While 2 Spider-Man cartoons aired at the same time (This alongside the 1981 ''Spider-Man'' Animated series), ''Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends'' featured Dan Gilvezan as the voice of Spider-Man, as opposed to Ted Schwartz (Who voiced Spider-Man in the 1981 ''Spider-Man'' Animated Series)
** Averted for the character of J. Jonah Jameson as William Woodson voices him in both Spider-Man cartoons.
* OriginalGeneration - Firestar.
* OriginsEpisode: "The Origin of the Iceman," "Along Came Spidey", and "A Fire-Star Is Born" for each of our PowerTrio. "The Origin of the Spider-Friends," meanwhile, unsurprisingly explains how they met and formed their team.
* PokemonSpeak: "Swarm!"
* PowerGlows - Firestar
* PowerTrio (Spider-Man, Iceman, Firestar)
* ProtagonistAndFriends: The title even lets us know his friends are amazing.
* ResetButton: Pretty much every episode, but one is almost ''literally'' pushed at the end of "The Fantastic Mr. Frump."
* SecretIdentityIdentity - All three of the PowerTrio.
* SecretKeeper: In "The X-Men Adventure", Professor X learns of Spider-Man's identity, but swears he won't reveal it. To Spider-Man's relief.
* SequelSeries: Some consider this a sequel to the 1981 ''Spider-Man'' series. The only hint to confirm this is in "The Prison Plot", which has a flashback sequence that depicts a scene from the 1981 series episode "When Magneto Speaks...People Listen".
* [[SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer Sir Not-Appearing-on-This-Cover]]: The thumbnail on Netflix has a full-body shot of Spidey, but Firestar and Iceman got cropped out except for a few of their limbs.
* SnowMeansCold - Spidey and Iceman first met during a LetsYouAndHimFight situation. Iceman got Spider-Man's attention by causing a freak blizzard during the summer. Iceman wasn't seen actually throwing snow around to do it, but appeared to be just willing it to happen.
* SuperMultiPurposeRoom: Aunt May's living room.
* Creator/StanLee - narrated the series. "Excelsior!!" (Though many of his narrations were not on the masters used for the Creator/ABCFamily showings and the masters were kept for the later Disney XD airings and Netflix release.)
* TeamPet: Ms. Lion
* TenLittleMurderVictims: "Seven Little Superheroes," wherein the Chameleon lures the Spider Friends, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Namor, and Shanna the She-Devil to Wolf Island, intending to kill them off. The Chameleon doesn't count on Miss Lion foiling his plans.
* ThereWasADoor ("Swarm")
* ThreeAmigos
* TransformationSequence - almost always involving StockFootage.
** Bobby would cover himself in a block of ice, then break free of it.
** Angelica would turn on her powers, envelop herself in a glow, then turn it off, having somehow done an InstantCostumeChange in the process.
** Spidey, naturally, once had to [[LampshadeHanging comment on]] the fact that he had to suit up manually.
* TrueCompanions
* TwoGuysAndAGirl
* ViewersAreMorons - The {{comic book|s}} Iceman is brunet, but he was rendered blond for the show because it was believed viewers wouldn't be able to tell Bobby from Peter if both were brunet. They also gave Flash a different shade of blonde, since Bobby resembles Flash.
* VillainByProxyFallacy: In the episode "Spidey Goes Hollywood", director Sam Blockbuster is turned over to the police by Spidey for aiding Mysterio. Blockbuster wasn't exactly on friendly terms with said supervillain; he was working for him under duress. It is hard to say no to a supervillain, [[AppealToForce especially one that threatens you]] with a robotic duplicate of the Incredible Hulk!
* VillainOfTheWeek - A different supervillain every week.
* WaterSourceTampering - The Green Goblin has a plot to put goblin formula in New York City's water supply, goblinizing the whole population.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: The four origins episodes:
** "'''The Origin of the Iceman'''": Explores how Bobby Drake became the icy superhero of the trio, and framed around the Spider Friends' return matchup with Videoman.
** "'''Along Came Spidey'''": After Aunt May is seriously injured by the Shocker, a shaken Peter recalls his origins as the web-slinging superhero. Peter's memories of the night Uncle Ben was killed by a burglar are triggered.
** "'''A Fire-Star Is Born'''": At an X-Men reunion, Angelica recalls her painful childhood of merciless bullying mainly by her nemesis, Bonnie and how she triumphed over this adversity by becoming Firestar.
** "'''The Origin of the Spider-Friends'''": The explanation of how Peter, Angelica and Bobby met, revealed to each other their superhero alter-egos and formed their team.

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