[[caption-width-right:350:''"Maybe I need an image makeover.... I'm... SPIDER-MAN!"'']]

After the success of the first ''Film/SpiderMan1'' film, Sony and Mainframe Entertainment released ''Spider-Man: The New Animated Series'' as the first fully {{CGI}} show to feature [[Franchise/SpiderMan everyone's favourite webslinger]]. It was released in 2003 on {{MTV}}, thus gaining the FanNickname of ''MTV Spider-Man''.

The series was initially supposed to be an adaptation of the ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' comics, but ended up taking place after the events of [[AdaptationDisplacement the first live-action film]]. It still had Brian Michael Bendis as a writer from the ''Ultimate'' series and the artistic style did harken slightly towards Mark Bagley's artwork, but ultimately it became [[CelShading its own thing]].

Starring Creator/NeilPatrickHarris in the title role, the story of the show involved Peter, Harry and Mary-Jane during their years in university. Harry is struggling over his father's death, Mary-Jane has begun pursuing acting in the middle of her strained relationship with Peter, and Peter is doing what he is usually forced to do; juggle battles against supervillains with his personal life. It's somehow darker than your usual Spider-Man series, and mature as well. Shamefully, it's greatly overlooked.

[[ShortRunners The series was rather short-lived]], at only 13 episodes. A second season was planned but never started. It would be the last ''Spider-Man'' TV series for a good number of years, until ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' came along.

Not to be confused with the series that inspired the name from this one, ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries''.

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* ActionGirl: Shikata.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Harry Osborn is a blonde instead of an auburn or a red head (or a brunette) just like in the comics and most adaptations.
* AdaptedOut: ExecutiveMeddling that frowned on old people being present saw J. Jonah Jameson get DemotedToExtra, and ensured that Robbie Robertson--and outside of a picture--Aunt May and Uncle Ben never appeared at all.
* AlmostKiss: Peter and MJ have one in the first episode, where MJ pins Peter close to the wall and leans in saying that she always trusts her feelings, but it turns out she was just adjusting the position of the flat-screen TV. Given this is [[OfficialCouple Peter and MJ]] we're talking about though, this is pretty much the only time one of these is teased.
* AntiVillain: The show's most common way of adapting villains, or even making their own {{Canon Foreigner}}s. This, combined with the show's tendencies to kill off villains, results in a lot of tragedy.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: When asked by local nut, Christina, Peter admits that he does not believe in psychic abilities. Ironically, the villains he would face in the season finale, would be twin psychics.
* AscendedExtra: A background girl with pink hair and camo pants would get the name Francesca and become Harry's girlfriend in the final episodes.
* BadassMustache: Kraven.
* BadassNormal: Kraven, Talon, and ComicBook/SilverSable.
* BettyAndVeronica: Mary Jane and Indy fulfill these roles to Peter.
* BigNo: Spider-Man lets one out when [[spoiler: Kraven kills Mary Jane. Fortunately, it turns out to be an illusion]].
* BloodKnight: Shikata.
* BloodlessCarnage: And the impact of the violence loses nothing. We have Spider-Man cut and bruised, heads sliced off and electrocution, giving even ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' a run for its money.
* BruceWayneHeldHostage: The Pterodax take a news studio hostage, demanding the surrender of Spider-Man. Is anyone actually surprised that Peter Parker happened to be one of the hostages?
%%* BullyingADragon
* CanonDiscontinuity: The series makes a lot of references to taking place after the first live-action movie, but ''Spider-Man 2'' seems to ignore it, based mainly on the fact that [[spoiler: Curt Connors/The Lizard dies in this series, but is alive, well, and apparently has never transformed before in the film. Additionally, Peter and Harry's living arrangements are reflective of most of the first movie where they're sharing an apartment, whereas their living arrangements in the second and third movies had Harry back in his dad's penthouse and Peter in a small apartment (and chances are they took hold when Norman died).]] There are a few things that are carried over into the second movie like Harry's drinking and tension with Peter due to the latter taking Spider-Man photos. Which is probably coincidental more than anything.
* CanonForeigner: Indy and most of the villains (Christina, Shikata, Pterodax, Talon, Turbo Jet, and the Gaines Twins). The only villains from the comics were Lizard, Electro, Kingpin, Silver Sable, and Kraven. However, some of the villains from the series are [[{{Expy}} expies]] of comic antagonists. Talon being Black Cat and Turbo Jet being Rocket Racer come to mind.
* CassandraTruth: In one episode, Peter fails to make it to one of Mary Jane's theater performances (again) and the next day, he attempts to apologize to her with a story about how he was abducted by the FBI, questioned and then left on the George Washington Bridge... which ''actually happened''. MJ doesn't believe him and assumes that he just didn't want to come and deliberately blew her off.
* CelShading: The series is animated by CG, but its visual look is a deliberate attempt to combine traditional hand drawn animation as well.
* ContinuityNod: The series supposedly takes place after the first film, so there's a few of these here in regards to that.
** Mary Jane and Spidey's famous "upside-down kiss" is given a few mentions.
** Harry is still grieving over the death of his father, Norman, thinking that Spider-Man killed him and Peter is unable to tell him how it really went down.
** A reference is made that Mary Jane used to date Flash in high school.
** Spider-Man encounters the Kingpin, who resembles and is voiced by Creator/MichaelClarkeDuncan, making the ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' movie in the same continuity as the series and Spider-Man movies.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Definitely more so than the usual Spidey fare.
* DeadpanSnarker: Peter is wonderfully so in this series, but this may be the one series where Harry does it just as often.
* DownerEnding: The series ends with [[spoiler: Indy in a coma, that she may never recover from, caused unintentionally by Spider-Man, Peter's relationships with Mary Jane and Harry are damaged to a greater extent than ever before, Spider-Man is viewed as a criminal by virtually the entirety of New York City, who actually demand him to leave, and Peter quits being Spider-Man by putting his costume into a suitcase filled with bricks and throwing it into the river.]] A second season was planned to restore some of these events, but never materialized.
* EnhanceButton: When Peter accidentally captures video of an assassination attempt on the Mayor, part of the tape is broadcast on Empire 1. ComicBook/SilverSable, the perpetrator, then breaks into his apartment to try and steal the tape, in case she appeared in the unaired part of the video. Indy and Peter deduce the burglar's motive, and then "Auto-Sharpen" a still from the video to reveal Silver Sable pointing a gun in the background.
* ExpressiveMask
* {{Expy}}: Talon for Black Cat and Turbo Jet for Rocket Racer.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Averted, the guns are real (typically a Beretta) and are realistically portrayed.
* {{Goth}}: Christina.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Peter and Mary Jane as usual, although MJ has a bit of competition in this series in the form of Indy.
* HonorBeforeReason: Shikata, clearly.
* HostageSituation
* InspectorJavert: Officer Barr.
* KiAttacks: Shikata projected green energy blasts that also doubled as telekinesis.
* KilledOffForReal: A good number of villains end up dead as a result of their actions in this series, such as The Lizard and Electro.
* {{Lunacy}}: Shikata gained her immortality and regeneration by reflecting moonlight off her magic sword and onto herself.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** At the end of the series, one of the psychic twins, Roxanne, tricks Spider-Man into [[spoiler: pushing Indy of the roof of a building by creating an illusion where he thought he was fighting against her instead. As a result of this, Peter quits being Spider-Man.]]
** Also happened in "The Party" when Spidey is forced to kill Max Dillon/Electro(who in this continuity is one of his friends from high school!).
* MythologyGag:
** Spidey makes reference to the Franchise/XMen in "The Party".
** The late Creator/MichaelClarkeDuncan would reprise [[Film/{{Daredevil}} his role of]] ComicBook/TheKingpin.
** Also, Christina claims to know Spider-Man's true identity is Meng. Meng was voiced by Creator/RinoRomano, who voiced Spidey in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited'', so ''technically'', she was right.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Silver Sable. This is in fact the reason why Spider-Man isn't surprised that she shows up working with Kraven at the end of the series. [[spoiler:But, as it turns out, that was just a mental illusion]].
* NotMeThisTime: Kraven the Hunter apparently murders Mary Jane. In a rage, Spider-Man nearly kills Kraven, only to discover that Kraven is innocent. Mary Jane was never murdered, and Spider-Man had been tricked by two other villains into thinking Kraven had killed her. (Kraven had killed the parents of the villains, and they weren't powerful enough to take revenge themselves.) Kraven doesn't get away scott-free, however: Spider-Man still drops him off with the police.
* OhCrap: Peter does this especially often in this series.
* OnlySixFaces: Many of the characters have similar designs and the animators note that they were prone to recycling animation.
* RoleReprisal: The late Creator/MichaelClarkeDuncan reprised his role from ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' as ComicBook/TheKingpin.
* {{Samurai}}: Shikata's schtick.
* ShoutOut:
** During one discusion with Peter and Harry about a thief-
--->'''Harry''': You mean like ''RobinHood in [[Film/RobinHoodMenInTights Men in Tights]]''.
** During Peter's CassandraTruth moment:
--->'''Peter''': "I was literally two steps outside the theater, when these two Film/MenInBlack yanked me into the back of a black van!"
--->'''Harry''': Did they have a talking pug?
** The first (aired) episode:
-->'''Peter:'''I bet the X-Men get to go to parties.
** The first (chronological) episode:
-->'''Spider-Man''': Maybe I need an image makeover. *Whilst using his fingers as makeshift "ears" and speaking in a darker tone of voice* [[Franchise/{{Batman}} I'm... Spider-Man]].
** "Mary wants something about my personal life. [[Franchise/StarWars Help me, Harry won Kenobi. You're my only hope.]]
** Peter is science partners with Christina, who would turn out to be an AxCrazy StalkerWithACrush for Spider-Man. After an experiment that sends her over the deep end, Peter describes her to Mary as "The science partner from [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Sunnydale.]]"
** The HowDoIShotWeb {{meme}} is referenced when Dr. Zellner drugs him: his web shooters are sluggish and he turns up his palms like the popular comic image.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Flash Thompson. He's much more of an idiotic jock than before.
* UnstoppableRage: Happens to Spider-Man in the season finale, when he is tricked by a pair of psychic twins into[[spoiler: thinking that Kraven The Hunter had killed Mary-Jane]].
* WhamEpisode: "The Party" is where the series really starts to take a darker turn where two regular characters are killed (one of them by Spidey himself) and is one of the few times in the character's history that he has knowingly broken his ThouShaltNotKill rule.