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->''[[BraggingThemeTune Livin' on the edge, fightin' crime, spinning webs]]!\\
[[AutobotsRockOut Swinging from the highest ledge! He can leap above our heads]]!''

'''''The Spectacular Spider-Man''''' is a short-lived animated take on Creator/MarvelComics' [[ComicBook/SpiderMan web-slinging superhero]], headed by GregWeisman of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' fame. The series follows 16-year-old Peter Parker through his Junior year of high school, after getting his powers at the end of the previous year and spending all summer as Spider-Man.

The series' biggest influences come from the early comic stories by Creator/StanLee & Creator/SteveDitko, although it also draws heavily from [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy the film series]], ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', more recent comics, and even ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries''. Combined with fluid animation thanks to the simple art style of artist [[http://gotcheeks.blogspot.com/ Sean "Cheeks" Galloway]], sharp dialogue, interwoven character origins and a pleasing lack of its [[WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries predecessor's]] crippling censorship, it was a composite adaptation of all sorts, that managed to combine all these aspects yet somehow managed to feel like its own universe.

[[http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=14223 Unfortunately for the fans, Sony lost the rights for TV adaptations of Spider-Man]] [[ScrewedByTheLawyers and couldn't continue]], leaving Marvel to start a new series, ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}''.

If you missed this show the first time, the complete series has become available on DVD and Blu-Ray.[[note]]For season one, you can choose between four single-disc DVD volumes or a two-disc set. Season two only has the former option. A box of both seasons is currently available only on Blu-Ray.[[/note]] Additionally, Creator/{{Vortexx}} has acquired the rights to air reruns on both Creator/TheCW (the channel where ''SSM'' premiered) and [[http://myvortexx.com/shows/the-spectacular-spider-man online]].

Now has a [[Recap/TheSpectacularSpiderMan recap]] page in progress. Only thematically related to the ''Spectacular Spider-Man'' line of comics.
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!!''The Spectacular Spider-Man'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Peter shudders every time Aunt May brings up Mary Jane's "great personality" until he actually meets her, likely assuming that she would adhere to this.
* AbnormalAmmo: Bazookas and machine guns that fire metal slugs which sprout tiny spikes, and giant staple guns complete with giant staples make the best of the show's prohibition on actual bullets.
* AbortedArc: Due to the show's sudden cancellation, many questions will be left unanswered. The Season Two finale had [[spoiler:Norman Osborn]] surviving his fight with Spider-Man and escaping the country, as well as having Gwen be forced to stay with Harry out of pity leaving more romantic tension to be resolved later. There was also the Miles Warren angle, likely setting up an adaptation of ComicBook/TheCloneSaga. There's also the symbiote still being at large.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The New York sewer system is marvelously cavernous, convenient for Spidey and his RoguesGallery's fights.
* AbusiveParents: Norman Osborn barely conceals [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent contempt]] for his son Harry, from [[CompassionateCritic snide criticisms]] to blatant displays of [[ParentalFavoritism favoritism]] towards Harry's ''best friend'' Peter. Harry's mother [[TheVoiceless barely acknowledges him]].
** Osborn takes this to a whole new level after revealing that [[spoiler:he was the Green Goblin. Not only did he accused his son of being the Green Goblin, ''but he faked a limp and then injured his own son's leg in order to make it look more believable''. The creepiest part is that, after all this, Norman claims it was all out of ''love'' for Harry, claiming that "he never would have learnt to become a man" without it. Wow... what a psycho.]] It gets much worse when you realize, due to Harry's angst at the end of that episode, that it ''worked.''
* AcademyOfAdventure: Midtown High, more so in Season 2 than in Season 1. Also, Empire State University, though the fact that it's a school in addition to a research lab is barely brought up.
* AchillesHeel: A lot of Spider-Man's enemies have one of these, which he is really good at using to his advantage:
** The [[SuperStrength superstrong]] Rhino's [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman costume]] is [[NighInvulnerable tough]], but fused to his skin, so he only perspires from his exposed face. Spider-Man traps him in a [[AbsurdlySpaciousSewer sewer]] steam-tunnel, which causes Rhino to overheat and collapse.
** The remote that controls Molten Man's power probably counts too.
** Doctor Octopus's arms are powered by a large battery system on the front of his suit.
** The symbiote does ''not'' like the vibrations caused by loud noises. They are "unpleasant".
** Initially Vulture's wing's wouldn't withstand a punch to their power pack on the Vulture's back. This is fixed in his second appearance.
* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Harry Osborn snubs his old friends once he's InWithTheInCrowd. He gets better after his [[PutOnABus temporary absence]], though.
** Pete in the first episode suffers from this, riding high on his new-found confidence as Spider-Man. He doesn't snub his friends or anything, but he ''does'' try to ask [[AlphaBitch Sally Avril]] out. This goes very badly.
* AdaptationDistillation: The series is already well thought of by comic fans.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Sally goes from a brunette in the comic books to a blonde here. Also, Liz Allan, who was originally blonde, becomes a brunette (though this change is not restricted to hair color, in her case).
* AdaptationExpansion: A single date between Mary Jane and Mark Raxton in the ''Ultimate'' comics became a subplot in Season 2 between Mary Jane and "Mark Allen."
* AdaptationalVillainy: SilverSable in the comics is a mercenary and an AntiHero. Here she is [[DaddysLittleVillain Silvermane's daughter]] and a straight-up bad guy (though WordOfGod says that [[CharacterDevelopment that would have changed]] had the show continued). Inverted with Foswell, who in the comics was the villain Big Man, but here that name went to Tombstone, leaving Foswell as regular reporter.
* AirVentPassageway: Black Cat uses it as an entrance.
* AllCheeringAllTheTime: One episode has the supporting cast quoting Shakespeare passages in auditioning for the school play. Sally turns hers into a cheer. Needless to say, she doesn't get a part.
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: Peter asks the AlphaBitch Sally out, and later dates Liz. Ultimately averted, as his true feelings are for Gwen.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer
* AllJustADream: The fight with Venom at the start of "Blueprints".
* AlmostKiss: Peter and Gwen in "Identity Crisis".
** [[spoiler:and again, as of "Final Curtain." They stop just in time to not betray their current significant others till they break-up with other.]]
** Hammerhead and Silver Sable in "Probable Cause" and again in "Gangland."
* AlphaBitch: Sally, who acts as though her entire life revolves around maintaining the high school popularity hierarchy. It's to the point where she gets upset whenever her boyfriend ''doesn't'' act like a JerkJock. Gradually, she becomes just a ''little'' nicer.
** She was angry at Peter because she blames him for Flash and Liz breaking up. She's not happy with Flash dating someone else and Liz dating Peter. She blames Peter for messing up the school hierarchy. She was pleased that Liz "breaks up" with Peter.
* AltumVidetur: Mysterio.
* [[IsThisAJoke Am I Being Punked?]] - StanLee, funnily enough, provides same the explanation for the surrounding weirdness that he gave to the citizens of the Marvel U when he was writing back in the Silver Age. Aunt May asks the same thing when questioned if her nephew is Spider-Man.
* AmusementPark: Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus duke it out in the middle of Coney Island, causing chaos amongst the fairgoers.
* AndThisIsFor: Spider-Man delivers a particularly violent kick to the Green Goblin for "making [him] [[SaveTheVillain protect]] [[BigBad Tombstone]]."
** In a later episode, while Flash is in the hospital with a football injury, he gives Kraven a particularly powerful blow with "That's for Flash!" ({{Beat}}) "I can't believe I just thought that."
* AnAesop: "Reinforcement": Concentration of fire is important in both love and war.
* AngerBornOfWorry - Gwen to Peter.
* AnimatedAdaptation
* AnimationBump - Fights tends to look ''really'' good.
* {{Animorphism}} - Curt Connors transforms into the Lizard.
** Also, Kraven the Hunter's mutation into a more feline-looking form.
* AnnoyingArrows - Tombstone takes three of Green Goblin's pumpkin blades in the back and just looks well, annoyed. Although this is mostly due to his power set, as Spider-Man can't afford a single hit.
** Spider-Man's web bullets to most of his enemies.
* AppliedPhlebotinum
* AppropriatedAppellation: Many.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
-->'''Spider-Man''': Hey, Max, don't tell me you're scared of a second-rate schemer with a funny voice!
-->'''Electro''': First: I ain't scared of nothing! Second: the Master Planner ain't "second-rate" nothing! And third: ''[[BerserkButton don't]]'' [[BerserkButton call me "Max"]]... '''OR I'LL ''FRY'' YOU INTO NOTHING!!!'''
* ArtificialLimbs: Curt Connors' elaborate prosthetic arm, Doctor Octopus' robotic arms
* AscendedMeme - "Identity Crisis" has Spidey do the "HowDoIShotWeb" [[http://gyazo.com/0599bebb1cce013e13eaa570177197cf.png pose briefly.]]
* AsideGlance: After Spider-Man repeats Tombstone's dialogue verbatim, Green Goblin turns to the camera and quips, "Anyone else getting ''deja vu?'' Oh well, let's run with it!" and then repeats his response.
* TheAtoner: The Cat Burglar/Walter Hardy (a.k.a. Black Cat's father). It's revealed that he was the one who killed Uncle Ben, due to deciding to carry a gun because he was getting older and slower (before then he'd never harmed anyone) and has regretted it ever since. It's implied that he is aware that Peter is Spider-Man and chooses to stay in the prison, whilst trapping the other escaped inmates in the gas chamber with him.
* AuctionOfEvil "Accomplices".
* {{Badass}} - Venom and Kraven.
** And Tombstone, who may or may not be a BadassNormal.
* BadassBookworm - Doctor Octopus.
** Spider-Man himself counts as well.
* BadassBystander - When the Lizard is about to bite Spidey's head off in a subway train, some old lady hits him (the Lizard) on the head with her purse.
** For emphasis: the Lizard is seven or so feet tall, built like a truck, and has [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily many, many]] sharp pointy teeth that he has shown no compunction about using. This old woman saved Spider-Man's life with a ''handbag''.
* BadassGrandpa - The Vulture, sort of-he's dangerous because of his outfit, not any inherent ability.
** And Silvermane, who has a cybernetic suit. He can also can deck pretty hard without it.
* BadassInANiceSuit - Hammerhead and Tombstone.
* BadassLongcoat - Doctor Octopus.
* BadassNormal - Black Cat presumably, and George Stacy. Season 2 gives us Sergei Kravinov (Kraven [[{{Animorphism}} before his transformation]]) and Silver Sable.
** Hammerhead's limo driver is pretty determined and tough.
** Hammerhead himself counts as well. The metal plate in his head gives him a nasty headbutt, but other than that he's an average joe.
** Shocker also fits the bill. Other than his gauntlets, he's a normal guy.
* BadGuyBar - Montana's Big Sky Billard Room
* BaitAndSwitch - Kingsley in "Accomplices". He even uses the phrase.
** The Green Goblin's identity is also handled in such a manner.
* BarrierWarrior - This is a secondary function of Shocker's [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman costume]], that enables him to survive a building's collapse.
* BatSignal - [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. As in the SilverAge, Spider-Man uses the Spider-Signal to announce his arrival.
* BatmanColdOpen - Frequently.
* BattleButler - Hammerhead's Driver.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind - Peter versus the symbiote, naturally. With Peter getting a little help from Uncle Ben.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor - In ''Group Therapy'', just before going to sleep, Peter remarks, "I wish I could just wake up tomorrow, with Doc and his merry morons back in jail." Oh, he gets his wish alright. But at the cost of losing himself to the symbiote, waking up exhausted, and being out of the loop for a whole ''day'' that his aunt has had a heart attack.
* BerserkButton: [[ThatManIsDead "Don't call me Max!]] The name is Electro! ELECTRO, I TELL YOU!"
** Let's just say that Doc Ock [[LargeHam doesn't appreciate witty banter.]]
* BenevolentBoss - Tombstone goes out of his way to save Hammerhead.
* BewareTheNiceOnes - Otto Octavius.
* {{BFG}} - Silver Sable uses one.
* BigApplesauce
* BigBad - Tombstone, Green Goblin, Venom/the Symbiote, or Dr. Octopus, depending on the StoryArc. See BigBadEnsemble.
** Venom and Tombstone in Season One. Venom possibly more so, because Eddie's increasing hatred towards Peter was one of the main plot points of the season and the symbiote's influence on Peter made him a worse person, which eventually led to Eddie Brock turning into Venom. Also, Venom's actions made Peter realize that he loves Gwen and sets a lot of events in season 2 in motion. Tombstone was DemotedToExtra after Goblin's arc and returned to this status in season 2.
** Season 2 has the Master Planner/[[spoiler: Doctor Octopus]], Venom (he was main focus of first half of season and became BigBad in episode 5-7), then Doc Ock and Tombstone with Silvermane and [[spoiler: Green Goblin]].
* BigEater - Kenny Kong
* BigNo - Spider-Man, several times: getting trussed up and threatened by Venom; when it looks like he's accidentally dropped Gwen to her death... and ''again'' in the Season 2 premiere when Venom tosses Spider-Man off a ledge in his dream (seems like Venom loves this trope).
** The Sandman has one upon seeing his new form. Bit of a subversion though, as it doesn't take long before he decides that he doesn't mind the change too much after all.
** Venom ''does'' love it. He does a BigNo of his own after [[spoiler:being force-fed gene-cleanser and seeing the symbiote slowly separate from him.]]
* BilingualBonus - Speaking Latin allows you to know that some of Mysterio's ominous intonations are actually hilarious non sequiturs. See here: http://www.tv.com/the-spectacular-spider-man/mysterio-latin-translations/topic/84600-1263028/msgs.html
** Hilarious non sequiturs, and one ''RollingStones'' quote.
* BittersweetEnding - Season 2's ending took the universe's directive to screw Peter over at every turn and ran with it so fast it mocked ComicBook/TheFlash. [[spoiler:Congrats, Spidey, you finally defeated the biggest baddie of them all. Only a) you had to traumatize your best friend to do it and pretty much black spot Spider-Man forever for him as a result (Which will likely drive him into becoming the new Green Goblin), b) You don't have a girlfriend to show for it (and on top of that, Gwen is going to be utterly miserable as a result of feeling sorry for the manipulative Harry), and c) You didn't really defeat the Goblin because Norman Osborn is still alive.]]
* BlackBestFriend - Rand Robertson to Flash Thompson.
** Robbie to J Jonah Jameson.
* {{Blackmail}} - Green Goblin unsuccessfully attempts this twice with L. Thompson Lincoln, threatening to [[SecretIdentity out him]] as Tombstone if he won't step down as The Big Man, or won't come to the Goblin's DeathCourse.
** More succesfully, he forces Liz's brother to try and kill Spider-man.
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands - The Green Goblin's {{mooks}} shoot a [[FrickinLaserBeams laser]] [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms rifle]] out of HeroicBystander John Jameson's hands.
* BlessedWithSuck - Electro is [[PowerIncontinence Power Incontinent]], when angry, [[PsychoElectro which is often]]. He has to wear an insulation suit at all times.
* BlindfoldedVision: Used by Spidey in his first fight with Mysterio in order to tell apart what was real and what were illusions with his SpiderSense, and it was ''awesome.''
* BoobsOfSteel - Black Cat and Silver Sable are both pretty well-endowed and both kick butt.
* BookEnds - In the first episode "Tell me there's something better. Go ahead, try."
** Season 2's usage of "Don't apologize. I never do."
* BottomlessMagazines: The spike-ball guns used by the mooks in the BatmanColdOpen in "Nature Vs. Nurture."
* BouncingBattler: Ricochet, who tucks himself into a ball and becomes a living PinballProjectile once he gets a super suit.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In "Probable Cause", Ox [[ThemeTuneCameo hums the tune of the show's theme song]], prompting glares from Shocker and Ricochet.
-->'''Ox:''' "It's catchy!"
** Green Goblin also sometimes makes a comment in a way that may or may not be directed at the audience.
-->'''Green Goblin:''' *Looks at camera* "Anyone else getting deja vu?"
*** Later he comments that he has decided to speak in rhyme. He might be talking to the audience, or he might just be talking to himself.
* BriarPatching - Used and referenced during one of Spidey's fights with Shocker.
* BrickJoke: A subtle one. In ''Reaction'', Spidey webs up a nerdy guy and a pretty girl to keep them out of the way of a runaway car. In ''Gangland'', a season later, the same two characters show up, when she accepts his proposal on Valentine's Day.
* BriefAccentImitation - Spider-Man mocks Shocker in this way.
* BrokenBad - Electro, and especially John Jameson
* TheBrute - Hammerhead, the Sandman, the Rhino, and Ox
* ButForMeItWasTuesday - Mysterio is disappointed that Spider-man doesn't remember him.
-->'''Mysterio:''' Don't pretend you've forgotten. I was the Chameleon's right-hand man!\\
'''Spider-man:''' Oh, right. On the boat! You were...You were dressed as the crewman!\\
'''Mysterio:''' As the ''waiter''!
* ByWallThatIsHoley - A hole in the bleachers is quite handy when Venom throws them around
* CandidCameraPrank - When Ned asks Aunt May if Peter is Spider-Man, she looks for a hidden camera and [[IsThisAJoke asks if she's being "Punked"]].
** [[TheCameo Stan the Dockworker]] has a similar line when Mysterio first appears.
* CainAndAbel - Peter and Eddie, though not blood relatives, fit this nonetheless.
* TheCameo - Stan Lee as "Stan" the Dockworker in Season 2. Character Designer [[http://gotcheeks.blogspot.com/ Sean Galloway]] also appears at a DJ at the dance in Season 1.
* CannotSpitItOut - Gwen's crush on Peter is a secret to him, and almost everybody else, except Mary Jane and the audience, if they've read the comics.
* CardboardPrison: Played with and added shades of TheAlcatraz and TailorMadePrison thrown in. Each major break-out is done only thanks to outside help indicating a more realistic view of prisons even for Supervillains. The cells at the first jail are [[GenreSavvy designed]] to exploit the weakness of a super-powered criminal. Only Mysterio is shown to break out easily on his own, and that's only because [[ActuallyADoombot that particular Mysterio turned out to be a Doombot]].
* CarFu - Hammerhead's driver likes to practice it against SilverSable.
* CasualDangerDialog
* CardCarryingVillain - Doc Ock drinks out of an "Evil Genius" coffee mug
* CeilingCling - Spider-Man, Black Cat, Venom. Even Doc Oc gets a little.
** Subverted when the hero is fighting Venom at the school, they eventually end in the gym. Once Venom realizes Spider-man is no where to be seen, the first thing he does is look at the ceiling.
* CharacterDevelopment - Much. Flash Thompson seems to be getting a fair bit.
** In this show, it seems even the ''villains'' have character development moments.
** You can see Eddie Brock's slow descent into anger and insanity long before the symbiote shows up.
* ChairReveal - Tombstone; Green Goblin pulls this ''on'' Tombstone in Tombstone's office
* CheckPlease - Said by Doc Ock, to a waiter who, fortunately for him, knows better than to respond with anything other than "It's on the house".
* ChekhovsGun - Connors' formula, seen in the first episode, and later, the [[PowerNullifier gene cleanser antidote]] Peter hides in his room. The latter was a subversion, as he eventually decides to just pour it down the drain.
** Last one is played straight again later, as Venom attempts to use the Gene Cleanser to [[BroughtDownToNormal strip Spider-man of his powers]], only for Spidey to turn it back around, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard using the formula to weaken the symbiote and force it off of Brock]].
* ChekhovsGunman - Most of the series [[EarlyBirdCameo early bird cameos]] function this way, as ostensibly tertiary characters soon become very important.
* ChestInsignia - Spider-Man's spider.
** And Venom's.
* ChewbaccaDefense - Venom's attempt to out Spidey as Peter Parker in "Identity Crisis"
** The reporters get in on it, stating if Spider-Man is not Peter Parker, there's no reason he shouldn't take off his mask, ignoring that it would reveal whoever he actually is.
* ChickMagnet - Peter. With Gwen, Liz, and of course MJ around, it's a {{shipping}} [[strike:goldmine]]minefield. (Cf "[[FanNickName BITCHES LOVE SPIDER-MAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES]]").
** This seems to bother Flash and Sally (concerning her friend Liz).
* ChristmasEpisode: The season two episode "Reinforcements". Featuring the destruction of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, of course.
* CivvieSpandex - Doctor Octopus tops his [[ArtificialLimbs harness]] and jumpsuit with an ordinary [[BadassLongcoat trenchcoat]].
** Or a tuxedo.
* CityOfAdventure
* ClassyCatBurglar - The Black Cat
* ClearMyName - Spider-Man must do this when MasterOfDisguise the Chameleon [[CostumeCopycat impersonates]] him for a series of robberies; then again when Venom returns and tries to ruin his reputation.
* CliffHanger - Big one in "Growing Pains" when Venom [[SuperWindowJump bursts through the window]] of the Bugle and tells Jameson (and in front of Pete):
--> '''Venom''': "You want the wall-crawler? Then here's a scoop - Peter Parker is Spider-Man!"
** And of course there's the infamous [[spoiler:'Norman Osborn is alive' series ending]].
* ClingyCostume: Due to a FreakLabAccident, Max Dillon/Electro was turned into an [[EnergyBeings energy being]] with PowerIncontinence, and needs to wear a suit with restraints in order to touch anything/not fry any electrical equipment in the near vicinity. Even with the suit, he cannot eat and is deprived of most normal human interaction, so it's no wonder he became AxCrazy pretty quickly.
* ClipShow - "Intervention" contains a lot of archival footage
* CloserToEarth - Of the series' ThreeAmigos, it is Gwen who is most observant and concerned for Harry.
* ClothingDamage - Spidey's suit receives more rips and tears per episode than in any other adaptation. Despite the strong continuity of the series, [[{{Snapback}} it's always good as new by the next battle]]. Although Pete has noted that garbage stink and smoke smell are hard to remove.
* TheCollectorOfTheStrange - Norman Osborn collects masks and other such antiquities. Spidey even briefly considers that his strange collection might be evidence of Norman being the Green Goblin.
* ColorCharacter - Green Goblin, Black Cat, Silver Sable and Silvermane
* CombatTentacles - Doctor Octopus' [[MultiArmedAndDangerous four]] [[SuperStrength super strong]] [[ArtificialLimbs arms]] are used for battering and throwing, and the claws can rotate like miniature sawblades.
* ComeAlone - Green Goblin's warning when baiting Tombstone into a DeathCourse
* ComesGreatInsanity - Electro, Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin. Also a heroic example: John Jameson/"Colonel Jupiter"
* ComesGreatResponsibility - Spider-Man. The phrase itself is uttered multiple times throughout the series, which is expected since [[TropeNamer it's near synonymous with the franchise]].
** Sometimes, it's even subverted:
--> '''Sandman''': [Talking with Spider-Man in the middle of a fight] Gee, you really think I can do some good?
--> '''Spider-Man''': Well, yeah, I mean with great power comes great--
--> '''Sandman''': ''Gullibility''!! [sucker punches Spidey]
*** Interestingly this starts Sandman in a pat of HeelFaceTurn ing
* CompassionateCritic - Norman Osborn towards his son
* CompilationMovie - The first DVD release "Attack of the Lizard", contains the first three episodes but is advertised as a movie. The other arcs were originally supposed to follow suit, but this idea was eventually scrapped.
* CompositeCharacter - Montana of the Enforcers and the Shocker (originally Herman Schultz in the comics) are now a single character.
** Tombstone is taking the role of the Kingpin from the comics. Quite possibly because the Kingpin couldn't be used on the show.
*** For that matter, People call him ''the Big Man'' on the show while Big Man was a completely different character in the comics.
** Hammerhead combines aspects of the original comics' Hammerhead and Hammer Harrison of the Enforcers, the latter of which mostly comes through from the punching-based fighting style and distinctive knuckledusters.
** Sable Manfredi is a combination of Silver Sable (appearances and fighting skills) and Alisha Silver from the 90s Spider-Man cartoon (being the daughter of Silvermane).
** The Burglar on this show is a combination of Uncle Ben's killer and [[spoiler: Black Cat's father]].
** Liz Allan is one of Liz and Michele Gonzales
* ConspicuousCG - The 3-D black helicopters tend to stick out against the bright, flat backgrounds and characters.
** The camera that goes down the stairs in "Group Therapy", kinda looks like something out of VideoGame/{{Doom}}
** And then there's the falling Christmas tree...
** And [[spoiler:the helicopter Harry Osborn is impressively adept at piloting...]]
* ConspicuousTrenchcoat - [[spoiler:Green Goblin]] in "Subtext"
* ContinuityNod - "Tell me I didn't fall for a gag I used on Shocker..."
** In "Gangland", we see the nerdy guy Spidey webbed up with a hot girl during a car chase in season 1 proposing to said girl.
** When Mysterio [[spoiler:is revealed to be another duplicate in Opening Night, Spidey grimaces "I KNEW he was a bot" after making sure the one he put in jail wasn't, well, a bot.]] That's {{irony}}.
** "I can't believe someone is posing as me, framing me, AGAIN! Please be Chameleon, please be Chameleon"
*** And in that same episode, Captain Stacy reminds Jonah what happened last time he jumped the gun when someone impersonated Spidey.
* ContestWinnerCameo - There was an advertised contest for a given school to appear in a future episode. Appeared in "Gangland".
* CorruptCorporateExecutive - Norman Osborn, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity respected]] Oscorp CEO, very much exemplifies this trope, working both sides of the fence with impunity. And in his own way, L. Thompson Lincoln/Tombstone.
* CostumeCopycat - Chameleon [[MasterOfDisguise disguises]] himself as Spider-Man to perform a series of robberies.
* CouldHaveBeenMessy
* CreatorThumbprint - Anyone who's seen ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' knows that Weisman loves his [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]]; and it's worked its way into Spidey's season 2 as well. Especially "Growing Pains" and "Opening Night", which use the play's auditions and performance, respectively, to throw in appropriate quotes whenever possible:
-->'''Sha Shan:''' ''(shown right after Venom appeared)'' Why strewest thou sugar on that bottled spider, whose deadly web ensnareth thee about? Fool, fool! The day will come to curse this venomous bunchback toad!
** "Opening Night" especially, constantly throwing out connections between the play and Spider-Man's current situation. The Green Goblin starts quoting Puck's lines himself eventually.
* CrossReferencedTitles: All of the story arcs are linked by episode titles referring to various high school subjects.
* CryingLittleKid - [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. The child's ''mother'' pushes her out of harm's way, but remains in danger herself until Spider-Man swings to the rescue.
* CurbStompBattle - Tombstone's first encounter with Spidey.
** Also Spider-Man manages to pull one against the Sinister Six in "Group Therapy" after he got the symbiote, but with a twist [[spoiler: he was asleep the whole time.]]
* CurseCutShort
* CutLexLuthorACheck - [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. Norman Osborn and the Big Man ''turn a profit'' by antagonizing Spider-Man. One gets research funding, while the other keeps Spidey too distracted by {{Supervillain}}s to bother with him.
** Mysterio and Tinker play it straight, though. Those RidiculouslyHumanRobots must cost a ton of money, and they would likely make them tons of profit legitimately. Green Goblin's squad of hover-tanks would also revolutionize warfare if he sold them to the government instead of giving them to gang-bangers.
*** Sort of. Given Norman Osborn's history of screwing genius inventors out of their ideas, creating RidiculouslyHumanRobots and using them for petty crime might be the only near-viable course of action available.
* DaEditor - [[IronicNickname "Jolly"]] J. Jonah Jameson
* DamnedByFaintPraise - Subverted, when Aunt May sets Peter up with MJ, saying she has a "wonderful personality." Cue shudder from Peter...[[HelloNurse until he meets her]].
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy - Venom actually decides to ''take advantage'' of the knowledge that Peter held, rather than just go out and fight him like in most of his other appearances.
** When Silvermane is trying to crush Peter to death, the latter manages to shoot some webs into his eyes. Instead of dropping him, Silvermane cries out that he's blind, pauses thoughtfully, and notes that he doesn't need to see to keep crushing him. Dang.
* DarkActionGirl - Black Cat, Silver Sable
* DatingCatwoman - Spider-Man and the Black Cat
* DatingDoSiDo: Where to begin! Peter and Liz, Flash and Liz, Flash and Sha Shan, Gwen and Harry, Glory and Harry, Glory and Kenny, MJ and Peter, MJ and Mark, and so on...
** Wouldn't it be more interesting to start from one of them, then branch off and see how they are all connected? - Such as: MJ and Mark, MJ and Peter, Peter and Liz, Peter and Gwen, Gwen and Harry, Harry and Glory, Glory and Kenny...Somehow fit Flash and Liz in there to keep the connection going.
* DeadlyDodging - Spider-Man does this to cause Shocker to destroy a building, and again to get the Rhino to rupture sewer pipes. And ''constantly'' during the Sinister Six fight.
** Lampshaded in the first season finale when he tricks Venom into punching a float, causing it to slowly descend:
---> '''Spider-man''': (to Venom) "Now shouldn't y'all have seen that coming?"
** Subverted in the second season when [[DumbMuscle RHINO]], of all people, manages to make this backfire on him.
* DeadpanSnarker - Most of the characters have mild instances of this. Like always, Spidey is the '''king''' of [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan snarking]]. His biology professor also has a few good lines:
-->'''Liz''': Ooh! Couldn't Flash tutor me instead?\\
'''Professor Warren''': I'm not sure you understand. We want your grade to go ''up''.
** Special mention goes to John Jameson, who reacts to his growing twice his size and having to wear a containment suit with snarking.
* DeathByOriginStory - Uncle Ben.
* DeathCourse - Green Goblin sets up one of these for both Tombstone and Spider-Man at a refinery with NoOSHACompliance.
* DeathGlare - Gwen has "The Look", which has the same general effect.
* DeathSeeker - WordOfGod says Eddie Brock is, hence why he's charging at villains like Electro and Lizard early on and does some dangerous cycling later in the season.
* DefrostingIceQueen - [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders Cheerleader]] Liz Allan warms up to Peter.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome - The scenes in the JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind in ''Intervention'', including the SuperHeroOrigin FlashBack
* DestinedBystander - Nearly all the villains, as well as, probably, Gwen Stacy
* DiscoDan - Hammerhead is a walking throwback to Al Capone-era [[TheMafia gangsterism]], from his accent to his vintage car.
* DistressedDamsel - [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Spider-Man points out that Norman Osborn is his very first rescue of this type. Liz, Gwen, and Mary-Jane all get their moments too.
* DestructiveSaviour - Lets just say Spidey has a habit of using the environment. By which I mean breaking it over the opponents face.
* DoIReallySoundLikeThat? - "Persona"
--> Chameleon Spider-Man - "How 'bout a taste of Spider-PUNCH!"
--> Spider-Man - "Please tell me I don't sound like that, or at least that I offer a higher-quality quip."
* TheDogBitesBack - Dr. Octopus turning on Norman Osborn after his transformation.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind - {{Discussed}} by Norman and Harry in the final episode, where Harry brings up the possibility of [[SweetPollyOliver his mother being the Green Goblin]]. Norman just shrugs in response with a confused look.
* DoggedNiceGuy - [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when Betty Brant turns down Peter's advances after a talk with Aunt May.
* DontExplainTheJoke: "Reinforcements"
-->'''Spider-Man''': ''[being knocked into a vehicle]'' Ohh! Anyone get the number of that sleigh?
-->'''Sandman''': ''[laughs]'' Ain't he a clever boy! ''[to Rhino]'' See, it's Christmas Eve and he said "sleigh". You know, instead of "truck"?
* DoTheyKnowItsChristmasTime - Spidey tries appealing to seasonal spirit to stop the new Sinister Six. No such luck.
* DoubleEntendre - The show's favored method of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, like when Liz admires Peter's [[ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself Halloween costume]]:
-->'''Liz Allan:'''"You can web me up anytime, Petey."

--> '''Black Cat:''' ''"Just don't get any of your goo in my hair."''.

--> '''Black Cat:''' "If you're fed up enough with the thankless hero thing to match your image to mine, then I have to ask, are we going to bad guys together, partner ... or just plain bad?"

--> '''Mysterio:''' "A bit too soon to gloat, Spider-Man."\\
'''Spidey:''' "Well, you are the expert on ''premature gloatalation."''

--> '''Rand:''' She's ''in'' your ''bio class'', man.\\
'''Flash:''' Oh, she's in my bio class, all right.
* DownerEnding - Thanks to the cancellation of the series, we're stuck with the downer season 2 ending as the last episode of the series. [[spoiler:John Jameson is still driven mad with power. Eddie is driven insane from losing the symbiote. The Connors lost their jobs due to Miles Warren blackmailing them. Warren is now solely in charge of the science lab. The symbiote is still running around somewhere. Black Cat hates Spider-Man. Mark Allen is still stuck as Molten Man. Mysterio, Kraven, Hammerhead, and even Tombstone are still loose. The Rhino specs are still on the streets. Peter breaks up with Liz, who now (deservedly?) hates his guts. Worst of all, Peter and Gwen finally admit they love each other, except Harry overhears and ends up tricking Gwen into staying with him after he sees his father's demise. Gwen is probably miserable, staying with Harry only because she thinks that he may go back on Globulin Green if she leaves. Peter is filled with heartbreak over losing Gwen, despair over the hatred he has spurned for Spider-Man in Harry, and guilt over killing his best friend's dad. [[KarmaHoudini And Norman Osborn isn't even dead; in fact, he's taking a nice vacation to the Tropics!]] Just about the only character who got a totally happy ending here and deserved it is Flash Thompson.]]
** A meta example of a downer ending for fans who thought this was the best Spider-man series and then got a much uh less well received series as a replacement.
* DramaticIrony - Peter sees Jameson is calling him and doesn't pick up his phone, presuming that he's just going to yell about not getting pictures; instead he's calling to let Peter know Aunt May had a heart attack.
** To those [[ItWasHisSled who indeed knew this already,]] the implied dramatic irony of making us love her so was subverted by avoiding [[TheGwenStacy Gwen Stacy's arc.]]
* TheDragon - Hammerhead, right hand man to Tombstone. [[spoiler: Until he becomes TheStarscream...]]
** Silver Sable for her father Silvermane
** Electro and the Vulture both play this role to Doc Ock at varying times.
* DramaticDrop - Gwen Stacy drops her books in shock at finding Harry Osborn passed out cold on the ground.
* DroolHello - A bystander attempts to hide from the Lizard's rampage through a subway station by ducking into an alcove. Cue the drips of saliva falling on her head.
* DynamicEntry - Venom performs this on Spider-Man several times.
** Not to mention Gobby's window-smashing entry into Tombstone's gala.
* EarlyBirdCameo - So very many. The first episode alone introduces nearly a dozen pre-villainy {{supervillain}}s.
** It seems like every named character is a reference to the comics. WordOfGod confirms there were no "original" characters in this series.
** The actor who runs the school play in season 2 was the one who called in May's heart attack in season 1.
** Black Cat can be seen at the Halloween party in "The Uncertainty Principle," carrying a bag of money. Seems Peter wasn't the only one taking advantage of already having a costume.
* EatingLunchAlone - Gwen in "Intervention".
* EconomyCast - If an episode needs cops bursting into a scene, it's going to be Jean [=DeWolff=] and Stan Carter--a bit surprising, considering the show's surprisingly large cast.
* ElevatorFloorAnnouncement: In "Reinforcements".
--> '''Mysterio''': "Second Floor - Toys, Housewares, Superhero Defeat."
* EliteMooks - Tombstone's bodyguards.
* EmbarrassingOldPhoto - Flash earned his nickname when he was four, and it wasn't just because he was fast.
* EnemyMine
** In season 1, Tombstone and Spidey team up against the Green Goblin, with both saving the other's lives. Things return to normal between them afterwards though.
** Two examples in "Accomplices", where Silver Sable and Hammerhead (both TheDragon to feuding rival crime bosses) briefly team up to take out Spidey, who keeps butting into their battle. Later on there's a reluctant team-up between Spidey and Rhino to destroy what Silver Sable and Hammerhead were after, [[spoiler:a flash drive containing specs on how to equip multiple mercenaries with Rhino armor]]. The second this objective is completed, Rhino tries to smash Spidey.
** Tombstone also does this when caught out in public with Doctor Octopus and Silvermane in a cybernetic exoskeleton, seeing as he's a VillainWithGoodPublicity he has to fight ''alongside'' Spider-Man until the cameras are no longer pointed at him..
* EnemyWithin - The Symbiote in "Intervention". After it fuses with Eddie Brock at the end of the same episode, they become...
** EnemyWithout - Venom
* EstablishingShot
* EvenEvilHasStandards - Doc Ock politely asks and waits for Aunt May and Anna Watson to excuse themselves from the upcoming brawl between the Sinister Six and Spidey, even halting Rhino as he tries to charge through them.
** That may be a nod to a brief storyline where Doc Ock tried to marry Aunt May in the comics.
** Also Tombstone due to the fact he helps stop Green Goblin's first attack on innocent people.
*** Although Tombstone never does anything to jeopardize his flawless reputation.
* [[spoiler:EverybodyLives]]
* EverythingIsOnline - Played straight, then subverted in the Engineering arc when Master Planner's telepathic microchip link-up can force traffic lights, cash registers, and even coffee makers to go haywire, but then requires the assistance of Captain Stacy to get the Homeland Security codes he needs, as they are on a closed network.
* EvilAlbino - Tombstone
* EvilBrit: In his faux-sorcerer act, Mysterio has a British accent, although Quentin Beck himself does not.
* EvilCostumeSwitch - Doctor Octopus, Spider-Man
* EvilDuo - Flint Marko and Alex O'Hirn before they became {{Supervillain}}s; they team up again in "Reinforcements" as the second tier of Sinister Six members.
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Type 2 with Gobby. He had some pretty sadistic jokes.
--> '''Spider-Man:''' "Now what's so funny?"
--> '''Green Goblin:''' "Oh, just the fire and brimstone pumpkin bomb I left behind as a present for our dear Mr. Lincoln. Any minute now the creme de la creme of New York City is going to paint the town red! Well the ballroom anyway...." *evil laugh*
* EvilIsHammy: True of most of the villains.
** Notably Mysterio, who does it on purpose.
** Otto Octavius also deserves a special mention as he was incredibly mild mannered before he turned to villainy, and only loses to Mysterio in hamminess once he does turn.
* EvilLaugh: A few villains exhibit this behavior; namely Green Goblin ([[LaughingMad psychotic version]]), Mysterio ([[LargeHam dramatic version]]), and Venom ([[GigglingVillain really creepy version]]).
* EvilPowerVacuum - Season 2's Gang War story. "And nature abhors a vacuum..."
* EvilSoundsDeep: Tombstone, Mysterio, Hammerhead, Rhino.
* EvilVsEvil: In season one, we have the Green Goblin vs. Tombstone and his gang. In season two, we have Dr. Ock and the Sinister Six vs. Silvermane and his gang vs. Tombstone and his gang ([[spoiler:with Hammerhead as TheStarscream]]). And then [[spoiler:the Goblin came back]] and [[TheChessmaster outplayed them all]].
* EvolutionaryLevels - "Lizard DNA is more primitive than human."
* EvolvingCredits - Once Mary-Jane Watson becomes a regular character, she is added to the opening sequence.
* ExactEavesDropping - [[spoiler:Season 2 finale - Harry overhears Peter and Gwen ''finally'' admitting their true feelings to each other... as well as their realization that they have to break up with their current significant others to be able to actually do anything. Guess who Gwen is dating?]]
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: Pulled on ''Spider-Man'' by ''Rhino'', [[DumbMuscle of all people]].
* ExpositoryThemeTune
* ExpressiveMask - Spider-Man's, Green Goblin's and Chameleon's masks, Doctor Octopus' ''goggles'', Flash's ''[[AMidsummerNightsDream donkey's head]]'' especially.
* EyepatchOfPower - Patch
* FaceDeathWithDignity - Kraven advises that Spidey do this. Of course he doesn't and breaks the headlock.
* FaceHeelTurn - Eddie Brock was originally Peter's friend at the start of season one, but over time he developed a burning hatred for Peter Parker AND Spider-Man. After he bonds with the symbiote, he learns that they're the same person and becomes Venom.
* TheFaceless - The Chameleon's real face is concealed behind a featureless white full-head [[ExpressiveMask mask]].
** Mysterio, when he has his crystal ball-shaped helmet on.
* FaceFramedInShadow - [[spoiler:Walter Hardy]], in "Opening Night".
* FailedASpotCheck - "Group Therapy" Peter doesn't know the Sinister Six have escaped despite it being the number one item in the news. Aunt May's absence also eludes him.
** Also, S02 E07: Identity crisis, in which two thugs see Flash dressed up as Spider-Man wearing a cast and decide to beat the stuffing out of him... In front of about fifty reporters.
* FakingTheDead - [[spoiler: Norman Osborn (Green Goblin)]] in the season 2 finale. He even changes his appearance and leaves on a plane.
* FallenHero - Peter Parker came VERY close when he gained the symbiote. However [[spoiler: Eddie Brock]] didn't fare so well, though not a superhero he did pull some pretty courageous moves at the start of the season.
** Also John Jameson when the spores begin to affect his mind. He got better...kinda and sadly will stay that way since there is no season 3.
* FallingChandelierOfDoom - in "Gangland"
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms - While the guns most people carry are supposed to be realistic "shoot bullets" ones, they sound more like lasers or silenced shots. High-tech villains such as the Green Goblin, however, are all about shooting beams. There's also a couple of instances of AbnormalAmmo, although these are rarer.
* FantasticAesop - Green Goblin Harry, Venom, Electro, and Colonel Jupiter teach us the extremely applicable life lesson that WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity.
* FantasticDrug - Impressively, Harry's [[PsychoSerum Globulin Green]] addiction manages to evoke steroid, Ritalin ''and'' heroin abuse all at once.
* FastballSpecial - Spidey and Rhino's Team Up, Ox and Ricochet
* FemmeFatale - The Black Cat
* FieryRedhead - Mary Jane Watson
* FiveBadBand- The Sinister Six
** The BigBad - Doctor Octopus, the leader of the bunch and perhaps the most competent.
** TheDragon - Electro wields more raw power than anyone else on the team, and is also the most loyal to Doc Ock.
** The EvilGenius - Vulture, a GadgeteerGenius.
** TheBrute - Sandman and Rhino share the position.
** The DarkChick - Shocker. The closest thing to an ordinary guy on the team. While quite formidable, his teammates tend to outstrip him in power and/or smarts.
** The SixthRangerTraitor - Mysterio and Kraven, who join in Season 2.
* FlashBack - "Intervention"
* FlawExploitation - This is Spider-Man's standard MO for defeating villains. Doctor Octopus attempts to do this with a HostageForMcGuffin.
* {{Flight}} - The Vulture's magnetic air [[PoweredArmor transport system]] and the Green Goblin's Tech-Flight [[HoverBoard glider]] allow them to fly.
* FirstKiss - Peter's first kiss was actually given to him by Black Cat at the end of "Persona"--a classic Spider-Man Upside Down Kiss.
* {{Foreshadowing}} - While virtually every ChekhovsGunman could qualify, Season 2 earns mention when [[spoiler:Harry literally casts the Goblin's shadow]]
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself - Peter goes to a Halloween festival as Spider-Man, and gets compliments on how well he fills out his costume. Black Cat [[EarlyBirdCameo evidently]] likes Halloween too.
* FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch: GenderFlipped; Peter and Flash were best friends when they were younger.
* FreakLabAccident - Spider-Man, Electro, The Sandman, Doctor Octopus, The Lizard, and to a lesser extent Molten Man, as the heat was an unexpected side effect of the nanobot infusion.
* FreakOut - Electro snaps, [[ComesGreatInsanity unable to cope]] with his [[PowerIncontinence loss of humanity]]. Doctor Octopus suffers traumatic [[LightningCanDoAnything electrical shock]], and goes from [[NotSoHarmlessVillain meek]] to [[MadScientist megalomaniacal]].
* FreudianSlip - Pete says Gwen's name instead of Liz's in an inner monologue.
** When Silvermane, Tombstone, and Doc Ock meet, Silvermane refers to it as the St. Valentine's Day Massac-... Summit.
* FunPersonified - Mary Jane Watson.
* GadgeteerGenius - The Vulture invented his {{flight}}-capable PoweredArmor, while Mason creates all the Chameleon's ShoePhone technology.
* TheGamblingAddict - Mark Allan
* GenderFlip - Mayor Waters is a female version of the male mayor with the same name in the comic "Spider-Man: Reign"
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke - Spider-Man, Electro, The Lizard, Kraven.
* GeniusBruiser - Tombstone, Hammerhead, Kraven.
**Venom qualifies as well; in the show, Eddie Brock is Dr Connors' assistant.
* GenreSavvy
** Doc Connors's son points out that he has no reason to think his father will recognize him as the Lizard since actual lizards generally don't stick around to raise their young.
** Goblin says he has a flash drive containing information that would cripple Tombstone's operations that he got from the captured Hammerhead, and tells him to come to a location at a certain time to get it. Tombstone says it's a trap. Spider-Man sees him leaving Tombstone's office, and attacks him. Goblin tells him the same thing he told Tombstone, and Spidey says it's a trap. Both men show up later, and meet outside the aforementioned location, and agree it's a trap. Guess what? [[spoiler:It's a trap. In fact, Hammerhead points out that he never made any "insurance", and is insulted by the assumption he wouldn't be loyal. Goblin points out that everyone knew it was a trap anyway.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar
-->'''Mary Jane Watson:'''...but if I can't dance with Pete, I guess I'll dance with...it's Randy, right?
-->'''Rand Robertson:''' ''Very''.
** and...
--> "Well, you '''are''' the expert on premature gloatalation."
** and...
-->'''Liz Allen''' "You can web me up anytime, Petey."
** and... well a good chunk of Black Cat's dialogue but:
--> "You better not get your goop in my hair."
** After Peter, Liz, Harry and Gwen decide to go to Flash's birthday party as a double-date:
-->'''Harry''': "Then it's settled! This Saturday we're a foursome!"
** Doc Ock (to symbiote-wearing Spider-Man): "Your new suit interests me, arachnid. I'm going to enjoy ''peeeeeeeeeling'' it away for further study..."
** Mary Jane suggests that on New Year's Eve Peter and Gwen could "watch the ball drop," then winks at Gwen.
** And what about that scene when Spider-Man [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything opened a compartment on his utility belt to cause a flash of light to distract Doc Ock?]] [[spoiler:You could say [[DontExplainTheJoke Spider-Man FLASHED Doc Ock to distract him!]]]]
** In "Probable Cause", the class is on a police cruiser ridealong field trip. Mark Allan and Mary Jane start flirting in the backseat, prompting the cop riding shotgun to nudge his partner and remark, "So are we on a ridealong, or a ''ridealong'' ridealong?"
* GladIThoughtOfIt - J. Jonah Jameson does this with Peter Parker's idea to take pictures of Spider-Man.
* TheGlassesGottaGo - Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy
* GlowingEyesOfDoom - Electro and Molten Man, although seeing that their powers are energy-based, it's a given.
* [[GrenadeTropes Grenade Hot Potato]] - Goblin tosses up a Pumpkin Bomb in the Billiard Room that gets tossed from person to person until it blows up a pool table.
* TheGoodCaptain - Colonel Jupiter
* GoodFeelsGood - Interesting use in Flash's case. After trying and failing to get Sha Shan to go out with him for quite some time, he finally(and unintentionally) gets her attention by doing the right thing and reporting Harry's use of performance enhancers during football games, at the cost of the team's recently-won championship.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear - "Okay, the thermals with the hearts were half-price and in no way reflect my ''very high'' macho quotient!"
* GoshDangItToHeck - Spider-Man says "Every single blasted fragment of you?!?"
** Debatable. Given the context, a literal interpretation of "blasted" would be quite appropriate.
* GrapplingHookPistol - Spider-Man's webshooters, Black Cat's rope shooter
* HandBlast: Shocker, Electro, and Green Goblin.
* HardHead - Hammerhead.
* HearingVoices: When Spider-Man's bonded to the symbiote, it speaks to him in his head using a voice only slightly different from his own. Spider-Man doesn't realize that the voice isn't part of his own thoughts until it's almost too late.
* HeartSymbol - Peter and Gwen hide from reporters behind a sculpture with a heart shaped window that frames their faces.
* HeavySleeper - in "Group Therapy", Peter or rather, the symbiote using Peter's body while he's ''asleep'', fights AND defeats the Sinister Six.
* HeKnowsTooMuch - The motivation behind the Green Goblin's attempted [[FreakLabAccident murder]] of Otto Octavius.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen - [[TheChessmaster Master Planner]]
* HellishPupils - The Vulture/Adrian Toomes has comma-shaped pupils, which look particularly odd when he's out of costume.
* HeroesWantRedHeads - Peter is interested in Mary Jane, but is [[JustFriends rebuffed]].
* HeroicBystander - Eddie Brock defends his friends from Electro, and helps Spider-Man fight the Lizard. John Jameson helps Spidey find a timebomb. Flash Thompson [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] this, putting himself in harm's way several times, but other times plays it straight to help Spidey out.
* HeroicFireRescue - Colonel Jupiter's first attempt at heroics.
* HeroicSacrifice - Sandman, [[NotQuiteDead sort of]].
** A variation in Opening Night, [[spoiler:as the Cat Burglar decides to unleash the tranquilizer gas on the escaped prisoners, leading to him being knocked out as well, and going back to prison.]]
* HighAltitudeInterrogation - In the episode "Shear Strength," Gwen is being held hostage by The Master Planner, and Spidey attempts to get information out of the captured Tinkerer by dangling him off a building. Tinkerer wisely calls his bluff (Spidey doesn't kill after all), and Spidey really ''does'' drop him, only to save him with a webline at the last minute so he'll talk.
* HijackedByGanon - The Master Planner [[spoiler:turns out to be Doctor Octopus.]]
* HitFlash - In a shocker for an action cartoon series, this trope is almost completely averted; the only time it's used is for the first-person perspective punches.
* HopelessSuitor - Liz Allan verges on this with Peter in the second season, even when they actually are dating. Despite being completely empathetic and nice to him, Peter is preoccupied with Gwen for most of the time, to the point that when leaving in the middle of a date, he apologizes to ''Gwen'' who is double-dating with Harry and ignores Liz.
* HostageForMcGuffin - Doctor Octopus takes Liz Allan hostage to force Spider-Man to fork over desired AppliedPhlebotinum.
** The Master Planner also takes Gwen hostage so that Captain Stacy can get him Homeland Security Defense Codes. [[spoiler: The Doc/ Planner]] is very fond of this tactic.
* HostageSituation - Played straight when Electro holds the genetics lab staff hostage to force them to develop a cure for [[BlessedWithSuck his condition]].
* HowMuchMoreCanHeTake - Arguably one of the show's flaws; after taking five minutes of pounding from a supervillain without slowing down at all, it can get hard to care.
* HowWeGotHere - "Catalysts", "First Steps"
* HighSchoolDance - The fall formal is the subject of much agonizing as Peter tries to find a suitable date.
* HollywoodCyborg - Doctor Octopus
* HollywoodNerd - Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker
* HomageShot - Numerous Comic Book Covers are used in the series including [[http://www.samruby.com/AmazingFantasy/Large/AmazingFantasy15.jpg Amazing Fantasy #15]], [[http://www.samruby.com/AmazingSpider-ManA/Large/AmazingSpider-Man033.jpg Amazing Spider-Man #33]], [[http://www.samruby.com/AmazingSpider-ManA/Large/AmazingSpider-Man039.jpg #39]], [[http://www.samruby.com/AmazingSpider-ManA/Large/AmazingSpider-Man100.jpg #100]], and more.
** There's also a HomageShot to the [[Film/{{Spider-Man}} second Spider-Man movie]] in the intro (Spidey landing on a train), and various HomageShots to [[Film/{{Spider-Man}} the first film]] during ''Intervention'', when Peter sees the Burglar's face.
** And ''The Invisible Hand'' and ''Intervention'' have homage shots to panels from ''[[http://spideykicksbutt.com/WhyYouMaryJane/WhyYouMJ1AZ.jpg Amazing Spider-Man #42]]'' and ''Amazing Fantasy #15'', respectively.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Kenny and Glory, though she's actually a normal height; it's just that ''any'' girl would look tiny compared to him. (In "Gangland" they danced without her feet even touching the ground.)
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: Kraven decides to do this with Spider-Man... and loses because he's simply a BadassNormal. He pulls this again after getting superpowers.
* IJustWantToBeNormal - Peter briefly considers taking a PowerNullifier. Electro is in pursuit of a cure for [[BlessedWithSuck his powers]].
** Well, [[ThatManIsDead it's rather temporary in Electro's case.]]
** It's obvious that Molten Man is seeking this as well.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming - Episode titles are all derived from scientific terminology, grouped by field:
** Weisman has referred to the season 1 groups as "Biology 101", "Economics 101", "Chemistry 101", and "Psychology 101".
** Season 2 has "Engineering 101", "Pediatrics 101", "Criminology 101" and finally, "Theatrics 101".
* IdiosyncraticWipes - Spider hordes, symbiote pseudopods, and pumpkin bombs.
* IgnoredVitalNewsReports - the Sinister Six's breakout in "Group Therapy"
* ImagineSpot - When asked to try out for the football team with Harry, Peter has a brief, absurdist fantasy of making touchdowns while in costume and wearing a football helmet.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The Vulture clearly attended before he added lasers to his harness.
** To be fair, it's probably seriously hard to aim with that placement.
** Also in his defense, he's an old man who lived his entire life as a scientist. Not exactly a field known for marksmanship.
* ImprobableWeaponUser - Silver Sable wields a giant staple gun.
* IncrediblyLamePun - The Goblin reports to Tombstone that Hammerhead is "tied up at the moment", and chuckles. "[[IAlwaysWantedToSayThat You gotta love the classics]]."
** In "First Steps" Sandman is hired to steal "The Urn of Morpheus" (Morpheus is the God of Dreams and is also known as "The Sandman")
* IncomingHam - Doc Ock's first words after becoming a supervillain: "SILENCE, YOU ''IMPERIOUS'' '''''MORON!!!'''''"
* IndulgentFantasySegue - Otto Octavius fantasizes about attacking his [[MeanBoss domineering boss]] Norman Osborn mere minutes before his [[LightningCanDoAnything high-voltage]] FreakOut, after which he does it for real.
* InkSuitActor - Adrian Toomes is basically a caricature of Robert Englund
* InMediasRes - "Subtext"
* InstitutionalApparel - The Vault's inmates are all in the orange jumpsuits.
* IntrepidReporter - Daily Bugle reporter Ned Lee is investigating Spider-Man and the Green Goblin.
** Fredrick Foswell fits this trope as well, if not more so.
* IronicEchoCut - "Intervention" Tombstone says "That's the deal." Cut to Martha Connors saying "That's the deal."
* IronicNickname: Spidey likes to call [[DaChief J. Jonah Jameson]] "Jolly" Jameson.
* IShallTauntYou - Spidey's preferred method of fighting the bad guys is to quip until they get so pissed off that they lose focus. Doesn't work very well against Green Goblin, who matches him taunt for taunt. Spider-Man even compliments him on his banter.
* ItOnlyWorksOnce - Doc Ock explicitly mentions that none of the previous methods Spider-Man has used to beat the members of the Sinister Six will work again. He has an alternate power source, Vulture has an armored control unit, Electro can now control his powers in water, and Rhino is no longer dumb enough to enter closed spaces.
* ItsAlwaysSpring - Averted. Time passes realistically, with Season 1 going from September to November and Season 2 from December to March.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique - Spidey does this with The Tinkerer in "Shear Strength".
* JerkassHasAPoint - "OK, if ''Flash Thompson'' is making sense, something must be seriously wrong."
* JerkJock - Flash Thompson, Kenny "King" Kong. Flash is softening up, though; He's the one who brought Pete back down to earth and clued him in on the way he was acting
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold - J. Jonah Jameson. Phenomenal jerk? You betcha, but he's a phenomenal jerk that would risk death by a giant rhino-man to protect a worker (less dramatically but more consistently, he's also a proud and loving father, putting him in marked contrast to [[WellDoneSonGuy Norman Osborn]]). Also Flash Thompson by Season 2.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk - [[spoiler: Norman Osborn]]
* JokerImmunity - The show definitely likes to bring back old villains.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind - Spider-Man is forced into one of these by the symbiote.
* JustFriends - This frustrates Gwen, because [[CannotSpitItOut she doesn't want to risk their friendship]] by telling Peter that she wants to be more than just friends.
* JustHitHim
* JustThinkOfThePotential - Connors' rationalization for developing his formula
* KarmaHoudini - Black Cat, but thankfully, '''not''' [[spoiler:her dad, who murdered Uncle Ben, and stays in prison despite Cat's break out attempt.]]
** Also, [[spoiler:Norman Osborn]], Chameleon, Silver Sable, Hammerhead, Vulture, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Sandman, Tombstone and the Symbiote.
*** To expand on the spoiler above, the last scene of the last episode features [[spoiler:Norman Osborn taking his vacation and rubbing his Houdininess directly in the viewer's face.]] DownerEnding indeed.
* KansasCityShuffle - "It's all about misdirection", and boy is it ever...
* KickTheMoralityPet/ MistakenForMurderer - Dr. Octopus attacks Spider-Man on the wrong accusation that he tried to kill him because the doc thought Spider-Man figured out he "created" Sandman and Rhino; it was actually Green Goblin behind the accident.
--> '''Doc Ock''': Do not insult my intelligence, ''hero''! You tracked me down and tried to destroy me! As I knew you would.
--> '''Spider-Man''': Destroy you? Pal, I don't even ''know'' you!
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre - Peter and Harry both know what "nice personality" usually means, and the viewers are expected to as well.
* LampshadeHanging: Spidey seems to be a master of this trope.
* LargeAndInCharge - Tombstone
* LargeHam - Specifically, EvilIsHammy:
** "We're ''VENOM!!''" Eddie.
** Doc Ock, especially the first time he speaks after his "FreakLabAccident": "''Silence'', you ''imperious'' '''''moron'''''!!!" He later gets [[ChewingTheScenery scenery-chewing]] lines like "''Arachniiiiid!''", "'''TREACHERYYYYYYYYYY!!!'''", and ""L. Thompson Lincoln is '''WEAK!!!'''"
** The Green Goblin. 'Nuff said.
** "Behold, I am Mysterio!"
* LaserHallway - [[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys Peculiarly]], appears in the ESU genetics lab to deter theft of the "ooze."
** And when Black Cat encounters another such trap while stealing from the Big Man, she remarks "[[LampshadeHanging Lasers, how original.]]"
* LatexPerfection - MasterOfDisguise the Chameleon wears this type of mask ''over'' his own full-face [[ExpressiveMask mask]].
* LeParkour - This Spider-Man doesn't just WallCrawl, he wall ''runs,'' too. Black Cat pulls it off as well.
* LaughingMad - Harry Osborn on Globulin Green. He gets better when he stops taking the stuff.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall
--> '''Doctor Octopus:''' Do you ever ''shut up?!''\\
'''Spider-Man:''' Sorry, no. My fans expect a certain amount of quippage in every battle.
* LegionOfDoom - The Sinister Six.
* LegoGenetics - Spider-Man, the Lizard, Kraven
* LeftHanging - As of the second season finale, there are a few unresolved plot threads, such as Miles Warren taking control of Connors' old lab and using it to perform illegal experiments to create super soldiers.
* {{Leitmotif}} - Snippets from the 60's and 90's series can be heard in the background music. Several of the characters have melodies associated with them as well, or failing that have some kind of instrument that accompanies them - the most notable of these is Rhino, whose menacing fanfare tends to take over the soundtrack whenever he's on a rampage.
* LiesToChildren - When Venom webs up Gwen to a Thankgiving parade balloon and a little boy notices, his mother nervously says "She's so lifelike!"
* LightningCanDoAnything - Electric and bioelectric shocks grant Electro [[PsychoElectro superpowers]], which catalyze a [[LegoGenetics gene-altering]] formula. Electromagnetic shock fuses Doctor Octopus' harness to his spine, causing his FreakOut.
** Miles Warren actually [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] (or [[JustifiedTrope justifies]], depending on your point of view) this by saying that the only way to '''get''' the gene-altering formula to work is to catalyze it with a big dose of electricity.
** Electricity is also the catalyst for the [[AppliedPhlebotinum subdermal silicon armor]] that resulted in the creation of the Sandman.
* LikesOlderWomen - Peter very publicly proclaims his interest in twenty-year-old Betty Brant, and plays the DoggedNiceGuy to pressure her to be his date for the HighSchoolDance, only to be thwarted by Aunt May.
** Similarly, Black Cat [[AllThereInTheManual is apparently 19 years old]] in this series as opposed to Peter being 16/17.
*** This is similar to Black Cat in the Ultimate universe (Though in that case the age gap was bigger and she threw up when she found up how young he was).
* LimitedWardrobe
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters - It's what happens when you take nearly every major and minor character from Spider-Man's history and put them all in one show.
** Of course, a lot of them have also been [[OneSceneWonder One Scene Wonders]] so far, but should season three stroll around the corner that could easily change.
** Find any named character. Any of them. Then look them up on TheOtherWiki. They will be there.
* LovableAlphaBitch: Liz.
* LoveDodecahedron - The dynamics of the Midtown high group are enormously complicated, but succinctly - Gwen and Liz both like Peter, Peter likes Gwen & Liz and also MJ, MJ flirts with Flash but also comes to really like Mark Allen, Liz has lingering feelings for ex-boyfriend Flash, who finds MJ attractive but then focusses on Sha-Shan, Gwen dates Harry, who previously dated Glory, who left him somewhat inexplicably for Kenny, and I'm sure there are others in there.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy - Eddie Brock's love for... [[spoiler: the Symbiote.]]
* LoveTriangle - A fairly straightforward one as of the end of season 2 between Harry, Gwen and Peter. [[spoiler:complicated by the fact that Harry is aware of Peter and Gwen's mutual attraction, but they are unaware that he knows.]]
** Also, Peter, Eddie Brock and the Symbiote. Yeah.
** Also an unusual Fatherly LoveTriangle. Harry is Norman's son and wants Norman to be proud of him. Norman doesn't care about Harry, but is proud of Peter and wants Peter to think of him like a father. Peter is creeped out by Norman and wants nothing to do with him, but doesn't want to (further) alienate his friend Harry.
* MacGuffinMelee: Spidey, Hammerhead, Silver Sable, and eventually the Rhino, all throwdown over a disk with technology that will allow the wielder to create their own Rhino-like henchman. Spider-Man and Rhino team up since they don't want that (Spidey does not want more Rhino's, and Rhino likes being the only game in town), allowing them to break the stalemate.
* MasterOfDisguise - The Chameleon, [[spoiler:Fredrick Foswell]]
* MasterOfIllusion - Beck, the Chameleon's special effects wizard, who, in season 2, dons the guise of Mysterio.
* MeanBoss - Norman Osborn, J. Jonah Jameson
* MeaningfulName - Patch
--> Spider-Man - Really? Did your parents have foresight or what?
** [[spoiler:Justified - it's a cover identity for Fredrick Foswell.]]
* MeetCute - Spidey facilitates this when he saves two passers-by from a runaway sports car by webbing them up together.
* {{Meganekko}} - Gwen Stacy.
* MeleeATrois - The massive battle between Silvermane, Tombstone, Doctor Octopus and Spider-Man in "Gangland".
** And a couple episodes earlier (in "Accomplices") with everyone's lieutenants: Silver Sable, Hammerhead, Rhino, and Spidey.
* MindHug - Peter's memories of Uncle Ben allowing him to fight off the symbiote, culminating in a very heartwarming pair of {{montage}}s.
* MadScientist - Doctor Octopus
* MadeOfIron - Doctor Octopus's abilities reside solely in his CombatTentacles, with his being a fairly unathletic middle-aged scientist meaning he doesn't really have any physical abilities of his own to speak of. Despite this, he can somehow takes hits at least as well as any other character in the show.
* MaleGaze - [[RebusBubble Black Cat + Tight Air Vent =]]
* MarilynManeuver - Spidey uses a web slingshot that causes a breeze that causes a nearby woman to experience this in "Reaction".
* TheMasochismTango - Randy Robertson/Sally Avril; seriously, Rand, ''why?'
* MetaOrigin: Oscorp and the ESU lab bring together many origin stories that are unconnected in the comics.
* MetaTwist - The Goblin reveal. [[spoiler:Both of them.]]
** A more obscure one. In the original comics Foswell was a reporter who used the inside information he gained to make sure his alias "The Big Man" was untouchable. Many people thought we would see Foswell return to that role.
* TheMillstone: Doc Ock should stop having Electro on his team.
* MirrorScare - Octavius discovers the Green Goblin in this way. It's also [[InvertedTrope inverted]] when [[spoiler:the ''viewer'' sees Harry's face reflected as the Green Goblin.]]
* MonsterOfTheWeek: The show has Spider-Man fight a {{Supervillain}} of the week.
** Though a lot of these were the result of the machinations of one or more of the show's three {{Big Bad}}s - Tombstone, Doc Ock, or [[spoiler: Norman Osborn]], rather than isolated encounters. What's really interesting is the show's justification for why there are so many supervillains running around: The Big Bads had them created to keep Spider-Man busy and thus unable to interfere with their standard criminal operations.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate - Doctor Octopus
* {{Motifs}}: Speakspeare Quotes, The Opera, A Midsummer Night's Dream
* MotiveDecay:
** Averted in "Group Therapy", where after the first go at fighting Spider-Man, the Sinister Six nearly break up because most of them view fighting Spider-Man as a distraction from their personal goals.
** In Venom's second appearance, he can't seem to decide if he wants to ruin Peter's life, or just end it. Peter calls him out on this.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous - Doctor Octopus, of course.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg - "Yes, gentlemen... ''and Rhino''."
* MythologyGag - Many shots are based on or even directly stolen from [[Film/{{Spider-Man}} the live-action movies]]
** Some shots are straight from comic book covers, including the famous Amazing Spider-Man #100 cover.
** Spidey uses one of [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thing's]] many {{Catchphrase}} "What a revoltin' development this is"
** Combining this with possible {{Foreshadowing}}, Stan Carter complains that Spider-Man "doesn't go far enough" when dealing with criminals. The comicbook version of Carter was actually the psychotic vigilante Sin-Eater, who went way beyond "far enough" [[spoiler: including the murder of Jean [=DeWolff=]]]
** Doc Ock had two girls on his arms in "Accomplices", and the blond one of them bears a resemblance to Stunner, one of Doc's in-comic girls. Some say the black haired one looks a bit like Mary-Alice, his first fiance.
** As it happens in pretty much every animated series he appears, Mysterio battles Spidey in a movie lot. This also happens regularly in comic books; justified because of Mysterio's former job as stuntman and special effects expert.
** As well as some to the fans for example, lack of banter was a complaint about [[Film/{{Spider-Man}} the movies]], so when Doc Ock yells "Do you ever shut up!?" during a fight, Spidey responds with"Sorry, no. My fans expect a certain amount of quippage in every battle."
** The Season 2 episode "Shear Strength" has Spidey trapped into a situation similar to the comic books, where he had to save the life of a loved one despite being buried under a big fricking machine.
** In "Opening Night" Montana resorts to his comic book weapon: a lasso, only in this case one made from sheets.
*** The fact that Frederick Foswell was investigating Tombstone/The Big Man could be a reference to the fact that in the comics, Foswell was himself the Big Man.
*** Kingsley Lampshading his BaitAndSwitch, also saying "the classics are the best." In the comics, Kingsley was the Hobgoblin and had multiple people to take the fall for it, and the Hobgoblin's intended identity had a habit of being changed fairly frequently. This is, of course, a classic storyline and Kingsley is a fan favourite.
** The story arc leading up to Mary Jane's reveal was done in the same vein as her original debut in the comics, with Peter being unsure of how she looks and assuming the worst before being proven dead wrong, capped off with this classic line:
--->'''Mary Jane''': Face it, Tiger: you just hit the jackpot.
** In "Reaction," Spiderman stops a stolen truck using almost exactly the same technique that he did to stop a train in the second Creator/SamRaimi film.
** The field trip flashback in "Intervention" is an almost line-for-line, shot-for-shot recreation of the scene in the first movie, albeit with Gwen instead of Mary Jane. The rest of the flashback borrows a few more iconic scenes, with a few of the lines changed to avoid a lawsuit.
** In "Survival of the Fittest," Pete tells himself that "Spider-Man's a wallcrawler, not a wallflower," before asking out Sally Avril. This is a callback to ''Amazing Fantasy #15'' (Spidey's first appearance in comics), in which Peter Parker was referred to as a "professional wallflower." He also tried asking out a girl named Sally, only to be rejected.
** A possible meta example calling back to [[SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries the '90s series]]; on that series, the MoralGuardians insisted that Spider-Man not disturb pigeons on rooftops, for fear they might get hurt. In the cartoon, not only does Peter disturb a group of pigeons just by walking past them (they get scared of his shadow) but he is also thrown into a stack of cages holding them. None are visibly hurt, but this seems like a TakeThat to the censors for the previous cartoon.
** Gwen Stacy's black headband finally turns up in the last few minutes of "Final Curtain"
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast - Tombstone, Venom. Peter even lampshades it.
-->'''Peter''' - "The guy calling himself "Venom", does that name inspire trust?"
* NatureVersusNurture: The title of the season one finale. It concerns the different upbringings between Peter Parker and Eddie Brock.
-->'''Brock''': Our parents may have died together, but you had your precious aunt and uncle. We had no one, we've always been alone... until now.
* NecroCam - The camera dives into Peter's bloodstream after the spider bites him in the opening theme.
** Also when we see Dr. Octopus' harness merge with his spine.
* NerdGlasses - Otto Octavius' coke-bottle lenses reduce his eyes to hazy black dots
* NeverMyFault - The people at fault dump blame on poor ol' Peter all the time.
** Epitomized by Max/Electro. His condition came as a direct result of his own carelessness (placing a power screw driver on top of the server rack he's working on, trying to force the server out of it's casing, and disregarding electrical safety, all while in a lab full of volatile experiments and hyper electric eels) but the way he talks about it, all blame falls on Doc Connors.
* NeverSayDie - The occasional "destroy" still gets dropped, but so do actual terms like murder and die.
** Largely averted with this rather bloodthirsty line in "Group Therapy"...
---> '''Doc Ock:''' "Rhino, you won the coin toss. Will you '''''crush his skull''''' or simply '''''impale his heart''''' on your horn?"
* NewTransferStudent - Mary Jane Watson.
* NewYearHasCome - "Shear Strength". Features plenty of date anxiety as [[ShipperOnDeck Mary Jane]] schemes for Peter and Gwen to be together at midnight. When the ball drops, there's a RelationshipUpgrade, that's for sure...but with [[spoiler:[[RomanticFalseLead Liz]]]].
* NewYorkCity
* NiceJobBreakingItHero - Peter wasn't responsible for Electro's descent into darkness, but he sure helped push him over the edge.
* NighInvulnerable - The Rhino can bust through walls and survive a fall from the top floor of a building unscathed. His environs aren't so lucky. Hammerhead can likewise smash walls with his extraordinarily hard skull.
* NoIndoorVoice
** Colonel Jupiter when the spores really start affecting him. Also JJJ 80 percent of the time, it runs in the family.
** Sally Avril is also pretty loud.
* NonActionGuy: Tinkerer, confirmed by Mysterio.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign - Hammerhead is the only character with pupils.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat - [[spoiler:Season 2 finale. The Green Goblin, a.k.a. Norman Osborn, atop his trademark flyer sails right into a roof-mounted pumpkin-bomb launcher--which proceeds to go boom with gusto. At the end of the episode, we see a newly blond and facial-hair-sporting Norman Osborn boarding a flight to a tropical island.]]
* NoOSHACompliance - The refinery DeathCourse Green Goblin sets for Spider-Man and Tombstone.
* NotNowKiddo - Shocker dismisses O'Hirn this way when fighting Spider-Man
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Surprisingly, Rhino. He not only gets the idea to find Peter Parker to get close to Spider-Man, but also outsmarts Spider-Man in a one on one fight.
* ObligatoryJoke - "He's a little 'tied up' at the moment. Heh, gotta love the classics."
* ObliviousGuiltSlinging - Invoked, by Harry ''pretending'' to be oblivious but really being a ManipulativeBastard.
* ObliviousJanitorCut: "Nature Vs. Nuture", Spidey stops a helicopter from crashing into an office building, and the janitor doesn't even turn around.
* OffModel - Occurs throughout the series from time to time. According to WordOfGod, the animation was inconsistent.
* TheOneWith - ...insert {{Supervillain}} debut here. (Season 1)
* OpenTheIris - In particular, Harry's irises shrink to pinpricks when he's angered under the influence of Globulin Green.
* OperationJealousy - Peter's smug arm-fold after accepting a date with Liz right after MJ claimed they were JustFriends indicates that he probably has this at least slightly in mind.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent - Peter Parker
* OrphanedPunchline - "...making this the third time the singer's baby was found driving her car."
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: They're green and they throw exploding pumpkins.
* OutOfCharacterAlert - "Norman Osborn ''never'' apologizes!" [[spoiler: The fact that Norman apologizes in the finale is one of the tip-offs that he's being impersonated by the Chameleon.]]
* ParodyMagicSpell: [[BilingualBonus Take the time to translate]] Mysterio's longer spells from Latin, this is what you get.
* PetTheDog - Sandman helps a little girl at the beach. Hammerhead calls him out on "going soft", and [[BlatantLies he insists he was doing it to terrify the teens]].
** In the episode "Shear Strength" Norman shows legitimate concern for Peter's safety.
* PintsizedPowerhouse - According to Spidey himself in an early episode, he's only 5'6.
* ThePlan: Norman Osborn is the undisputed master of this, though it borders on GambitRoulette, although if you want to be generous most of it can be written off as [[XanatosSpeedChess very quick improvising and later claiming credit.]]
* PlayingCyrano: Flash Thompson tries to get Peter to help him impress a girl immune to his JerkJock charms.
* PlayingWithFire - [[spoiler:Mark Allan/]]Molten Man
* PlummetPerspective - "Shear Strength" When Spidey has The Tinkerer perched on top a tall building we get to see Tinkerer's glasses fall and shatter on the street below.
* PostKissCatatonia - Peter after Gwen kisses him in the season 1 finale
** It's turned into a running gag, what with Black Cat kissing him in "Persona", and then Liz Allan kissing him in "Shear Strength". Same reaction every time (Though he said the kiss from Gwen was a lot more shocking to him than the one from Black Cat)
* PowerEchoes - In Electro's debut, when Spider-Man took off his protective mask, his first words outside the mask echoed eerily.
-->'''Electro:''' "You shouldn't have done that! You ''really'' shouldn't have done that..."
** Interestingly enough, his voice doesn't echo at all after that.
* PowerIncontinence - Electro
* PowerNullifier - The "gene cleanser" antidote for Curt Connors' transformation, a tube of which Peter considers taking himself, and later washes down the sink, as an affirmation that Spider-man is "his destiny".
* PoweredArmor - Silvermane and Vulture.
* ThePowerOfFriendship - How Peter fights against the Symbiote for control of his body.
* ThePowerOfLove - Pretty much how Spider-Man defeats Venom in "Nature vs. Nurture".
* PreviouslyOn: Suprisingly averted, even with all the subplots that take place on the show. Might be case case of ViewersAreGeniuses that they'd read up on what happened with something they missed.
* ProfessionalKillers - The mercenary Enforcers made up of Montana(Shocker), Fancy Dan(Ricochet) and Ox(Ox).
* ProfessorGuineaPig - Curt Connors doses himself with his own formula.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles - Played straight, then ZigZagged. The theme from the first few episodes showcased our ThreeAmigos plus J. Jonah Jameson. In episode 10, Mary Jane replaced Harry's spot and since then, Peter, along with the three other characters most important to the episode's story are used in the credits.
* PsychoElectro - Electro, in his debut episode, provides a perfect example of this trope, essentially running around in a panic and discharging voltage uncontrollably. Unfortunately for him, it doesn't get much better; if anything, [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity he's gotten worse.]]
** Hell, he provides the trope's picture.
* PsychoSerum - Globulin Green, an addictive steroid, causes blackouts and gives its user a SuperpoweredEvilSide. It's a handy way to adapt the comic book Harry's famous [[VerySpecialEpisode drug addiction]] for Saturday morning cartoons.
* PunchClockVillain - The reluctant Otto Octavius, before his FreakOut. Also, the Sandman is generally only in it for a "big score," hates revenge, and is [[PetTheDog kind to children]].
* PunctuatedForEmphasis - Venom (after Spider-Man bashes a bat against lockers, [[AchillesHeel creating soundwaves that weaken him]]):
-->"That. Was. ''Unpleasant''."
** And Doc Ock (extenuating each word by slamming Spidey around):
-->"Glib! Does not! Equate! With clever! Spider-Man!"
* PunctuatedPounding: GLIB! DOES NOT! EQUATE! WITH CLEVER!
* PutOnABus - Harry Osborn was sent on a trip to rehab for multiple episodes.
* TheQuietOne - Ox of the Enforcers rarely speaks.
* RaceLift - Used heavily. Liz Allan is now [[SpicyLatina Latina.]] Ned Leeds is now Asian, and re-named Ned Lee. Kenny "King Kong" [=McFarlane=] is now Kenny "King" Kong, also Asian. Jean De Wolff is Native American, Debra Whitman and Roderick Kingsley are African-American, and the Warren brothers are of Arab descent. Also, Fancy Dan is apparently Indian and Ox is African-American (though this last was already true in [[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan the "Ultimate" comics]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure - Captain Stacy
* RecordNeedleScratch - Accompanies cheerleader Sally Avril's blunt rejection of Peter when he asks her out in the first episode.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath - [[spoiler: Sandman...but not really.]]
* ReflectiveEyes - "Final Curtain" The Unmasked Goblin is reflected in [[spoiler: Harry]]'s Eyes.
* RescueRomance - Spidey saves a guy and a girl by webbing them together. For them it's LoveAtFirstSight
--> Spidey - "You can thank me later, dude."
** In a ContinuityNod, we see this guy propose to the same girl in "Gangland".
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Mentioned with regularity. Notably, the Shocker can take tons of punishment for the same reason that he is unharmed by his own weaponry.
** On the other hand, the Rhino has the incredible strength that allows him to move around wearing a few tons of plate armor.
* RhymesOnADime: While his isn't usually an example, the Green Goblin does this in "Opening Night". Not only is it lampshaded, but it's also partially justified: several of his lines are quotes from Shakespeare's verse. It also acts as a clue to the Goblin's identity: Harry Osborn, the prime suspect behind the mask, was supposed to be playing Puck in a school play, and all of the Shakespeare lines are Puck quotes. [[spoiler: Turned out to be a RedHerring, but nice touch...]]
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots - Mysterio has many to disguise himself with, fitting his illusionist persona.
* RightHandVersusLeftHand - From a few obscure lines, you'd think that the Sinister Six were going to tear themselves apart through arguments, which is what Spider-Man has invoked in other adaptations. Instead they stayed relatively cool with each other, but their individual attacks would accidently take out other teammates.
* RoadTripAcrossTheStreet - Justified by Harry insisting on driving Peter to his date, and not realizing they lived on the same street.
* RoguesGallery
* {{Roofhopping}} - Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus, Black Cat, Colonel Jupiter
* RunningGag - Gwen gives her friends "the look" when angry.
** Hobie Brown being [[TheVoiceless interrupted every time he attempts to say something]].
** "Am I being punked?"
** The "wonderful personality" gag was even carried with Green Goblin in season 2.
--> "Oh don't tell me you like the Master Planner and his wonderful personality!" *shudder*.
* SafetyInMuggles: Tombstone won't fight Spidey in public.
* SaveTheVillain: Spidey, to his dismay, saves Electro from Master Planner's CollapsingLair.
* ScaryBlackMan - Tombstone...no, ''really''. EvilAlbino, remember? Also, all his {{mooks}}. Except for the albino thing. Oh, and [[EqualOpportunityEvil a few of those mooks]] are Scary Black Women.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Actually they're goggles, but Doc Ock wears them.
* SceneryCensor - Flint Marko is depicted as nude when serving as an experimental subject, but clever blocking conceals anything below waist level.
* SchoolPlay - The production of AMidsummerNightsDream becomes a major subplot in Season 2.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules - Tombstone offers to buy Spider-Man's services in exchange for looking the other way now and then, but he declines. Though he takes the deal when fused with the Symbiote, once it's gone, he rejects the offer again.
* SecretIdentity
* SecretIdentityChangeTrick - Used often. At one point, this backfires on Peter, when it looks as though he lied about where he was going in order to take pictures of Spider-Man.
* SecretKeeper - George Stacy keeps hinting that he knows.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness - Doctor Octopus
* ShadowDiscretionShot - The first time the Lizard appears, the horror of the transformation is depicted in shadows and the reactions of Mrs. Connors, Eddie Brock, and Gwen Stacy.
* SheCleansUpNicely - Gwen shows up to her date with Harry [[TheGlassesGottaGo sans glasses]] and in a dress and heels
* SheIsAllGrownUp - Hammerhead says this about Silver Sable
* ShipperOnDeck - Mary Jane is a Peter/Gwen shipper all the way. Liz even calls her out on it.
** Also, Aunt May is ''quite'' supportive of Peter/Mary Jane in early episodes.
* ShipTease - Where do we even begin?
* ShockinglyExpensiveBill: Aunt May's hospital bill in "Intervention".
* ShoutOut:
** In the series premiere, there are a great many WesternAnimation/{{gargoyles}} shown, in reference to director Creator/GregWeisman's series of the same name, also set in New York.
** In the TitleSequence, one of the "photos" of Spider-Man is a tribute to the cover of ''Amazing Fantasy #15,'' his debut issue.
** Musical {{leitmotif}}s from the 1960s and 1990s series can be heard in the background music.
** In the second season episode, "First Steps," Sandman is stealing the "Urn of [[ComicBook/TheSandman Morpheus]]" from a museum for Hammerhead.
** In the fourth episode of the 1st season, Spider-Man comments to the Shocker/Montana "I mock. I'm a mocker." The Mocker was a comic by Spider-Man creator SteveDitko.
** The statue of Atlas is a reoccurring feature, likely a shout out to "Atlas Shrugged" in keeping with Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko's objectivism.
** In "Opening Night" Black Cat uses a fake ID with the name "Selina Drew" "Drew" is probably a reference to Spider-Woman, aka Jessica Drew, while "Selina" may refer to Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}.
*** Also in "Opening Night", when Spider-Man is fighting Mysterio, Mysterio sends out some imp creatures to attack him. J. Jonah Jameson, watching from the security room says:
--> '''J. Jonah Jameson''': I love these guys! Ha! [[GregWeisman Someone]] should give them [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} their own show]]!
** In "Nature Vs. Nuture" Peter wonders if "Romita's" delivers turkey pizza. A reference to artists John Romita
** There may also be some homage to WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Because, at some point during the fight with the Sinister Six (First fight), Spider-Man defeats Shocker the same way Shriek was defeated.
** The battle damage that Spider-Man suffers in his fight with the Green Goblin in season 2 looks like it came from the movie.
** Also, Impact Webbing makes an appearance in season 2. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Venom's are ''much'' more effective.]]
** And then there's.....
--> '''Spider-Man (To a Mysterio-bot's disembodied head)''': What are you gonna do? [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Bite my kneecaps off?]]
*** That one was also used in Weisman's other show ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' episode "Future Tense", where Xanatos said the exact same thing.
** While fighting a giant Sandman, Spider-Man cribs a line from Greg Weisman's time on WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} regarding the similar villain Sandpit: "How am I supposed to beat up a beach?"
*** That's another one that goes all the way back to ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''; after the heroes defeat a massive amount of sand controlled by [[EvilSorcerer the Archmage]], he gloats that they accomplished nothing other than beating up a beach.
** Colonel Jupiter's ShoutOut to TheSixMillionDollarMan.
*** And he mentions "[[{{Superman}} leaping tall buildings]] InASingleBound."
** Episode "Catalyst" has Peter getting [[TomPetty a last dance with Mary Jane]].
** "Survival of the Fittest" had Peter cling to a gargoyle that looked remarkably like [[{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}} Hudson]] to slow his fall.
** Liz Allan's RaceLift to Latina may be a ShoutOut to Paulina from ''DannyPhantom''.
** In "Shear Strength", a demolitions tech refers to "cascading detonations" that would bring a building down "in its own footprint". Which happens to sound a lot like UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories about 9/11.
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: The school play is ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream''. Green Goblin even quotes a few of Puck's lines. Oh, did we mention the guy writing this episode is [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} Greg Weisman]]?
** Weisman loves this trope so much he actually used it for '''''foreshadowing.''''' In the school play, Harry Osborn was to play the role of Puck, and was one of the big suspects for being the Green Goblin. At the time of the play, Harry was absent (which forced them to use the understudy) and the Goblin was off doing evil and quoting Puck. [[spoiler: Turned out to be a RedHerring, but excellent touch.]]
* SignificantAnagram - Of course a criminal named O'Hirn would be called the Rhino.
* SkywardScream - A minor version in the season finale; after Venom ties Spidey up and threatens to destroy everything in his life, the camera pulls out just a little bit as Spidey lets out a fairly low-grade BigNo.
* SlaveToPR - To preserve his [[VillainWithGoodPublicity public image]], Tombstone refuses to do or say anything villainous when civilians that could incriminate him are around.
* SlipperySkid - Spidey uses bowling balls to try and stop The Rhino
-->'''Spider-Man:''' "[[GenreSavvy This always works in the cartoons!]]" [[SubvertedTrope * Rhino smashes them by stepping on them rather than slipping* ]] "Agh! Television ''so'' [[TVNeverLies cannot be trusted]]."
* SmartBall - Rhino may be portrayed as fairly unintelligent in this series, but he ''was'' the only one to connect Peter Parker to Spider-Man completely on his own. In Season 2, as noted above, he also manages to turn Spider-man's signature DeadlyDodging against him, being one of the few(if not the only) villain in this series to do so.
* SmugSnake - Miles Warren (who admittedly seems perfectly content as right-hand-man to real MagnificentBastard Norman Osborn), Hammerhead (in the [[spoiler: Gang War arc, when he turns against Tombstone only to become the Goblin's pawn]].)
* SociallyAwkwardHero
* SoftGlass
* SoftWater
* SomethingPerson - Spider-Man, Sandman, Molten Man
* SoProudOfYou - [[spoiler: Osborn, after revealed to be the ''real'' Green Goblin, says he's never been so proud of Harry in the second season finale. A shame [[WellDoneSonGuy poor Harry]] probably didn't hear him...]]
* SoundtrackDissonance - The episode Gangland has a three-way(four after Spidey joins the fray) fight between Tombstone, Silvermane, and Doc Ock set to opera music. Justified in that an opera show was playing at the time.
* SparedByTheAdaptation - WordOfGod says they wouldn't be killing Gwen during the course of the show. Sally Avril as well.
* SpiderSense - Of course.
* SpotOfTea - John Devereaux was having one in the faculty lounge in "Identity Crisis".
* TheStarscream: Pretty much everyone's [[TheDragon Dragon]] in the gang war arc, especially Hammerhead, which is surprising because he seemed to be extremely faithful toward ''his'' leader. However, he is understandably fired by said boss shortly after they (or at least the boss) were arrested.
* SteppingStonesInTheSky - At the beginning of "Shear Strength".
* StevenUlyssesPerhero - Otto Octavius = Doctor Octopus.
* StiffUpperLip - The Osborns' oh-so-English butler greets Spider-Man with the same blase tone of voice that he does Norman and Harry.
* StoryArc - There are multiple arcs that overlap one another. They consist of three episodes unless stated otherwise:
** Season 1: The Lizard, The Big Man, Green Goblin, The Symbiote (4 episodes)
** Season 2: Master Planner (4 episodes), Venom Strikes Back, Gang War, Return of the Green Goblin
* StrangeBedfellows - In "Accomplices": Hammerhead and Silver Sable, Spidey and Rhino.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike
** Both Aunt May and [[StanLee Stan the Dockworker]] respond to an odd situation by asking if they are being punked.
** Early in the series (before he met Mary Jane), Aunt May would try to get Peter to meet Mary Jane, saying she had a wonderful personality and Peter would shudder (interpreting wonderful personality as a synonym for "ugly"). Late in the series, the Green Goblin comments on the Master Planner's "wonderful personality" and does an identical shudder.
* {{Stripperific}}: Mary Jane's Halloween costume shows off a lot of skin. Which is odd, considering they're in New York, which gets pretty cold around October/November.
* SuperHeroOrigin - Presented in flashback during "Intervention".
* SuperHeroParadox - Invoked: several supervillains are created on Tombstone's orders to distract Spider-Man from his organization's more orthodox criminal efforts. Lampshaded in "Group Therapy:"
-->'''J. Jonah Jameson''': The whole thing's Spiderman's fault! New York never saw supervillains till the super''hero'' showed up!
* SupervillainLair - The Master Planner's UnderwaterBase, complete with HackerCave and SelfDestructMechanism that causes it to [[CollapsingLair collapse]].
* SuperpoweredEvilSide - The Green Goblin. And naturally, with the addition of the alien symbiote, Spider-Man's getting his very own. At first, it simply made him slightly more ruthless and convinced him to lie to protect it. But apparently, it took over completely during his second confrontation with the Sinister Six, given that he doesn't remember the battle afterwards, he didn't make a single quip during it, and he nearly killed Doc Ock before Captain Stacy told him not to.
* SwissCheeseSecurity - Tombstone's office, lampshaded by the man himself.
* TakeOverTheCity: Only one villain tries to take over the entire world. The rest war over New York City.
* TakeThat: [[Film/{{SpiderMan3}} "Don't get all emo on me, bro."]]
* TalkingIsAFreeAction - [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. When Spider-Man takes the time to say "Woah! My SpiderSense is tingli--!" he is caught in a net before he can finish. Afterwards, he never announces his spider-sense in the heat of battle again.
** During Venom's Thanksgiving fight with Spider-Man (Spidey cannot sense Venom thanks to his "quality time" spent with the symbiote), Venom says "What's the matter? Spider-sense didn't... tingle?"
* TemptingFate - At the beginning of "Natural Selection": "Looks like I'm finally making all the right decisions... all the right choices."
** The very first episode has "Tell me there's something better. Go ahead, try."
* TerribleTrio:
** Chameleon, Beck, and Mason start out as one, with the somewhat unusual detail that all three are the EvilGenius type of villain.
** The Enforcerers: Fancy Dan, Montana and The Ox, with Tombstone as their superior. (They later get PoweredArmor, becoming Richochet, Shocker and... Still Ox.)
* ThemeTuneCameo - In the season 2 episode "Probable Cause" Ox starts humming the show's theme tune while he and the other Enforcers are riding down an elevator. When Shocker and Ricochet look at him incredulously he responds ...
--> '''Ox''': What? [[EarWorm It's catchy]].
* ThirdPersonPerson - Mysterio and Kraven. Venom, on the other hand, refers to himself in the first-person ''plural''.
** Doc Ock and Green Goblin do this sometimes as well.
** And sometimes Electro.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck - Spidey says this line (substituting "hurt" for "suck") in "Accomplices".
* ThisIsReality - Spidey trying to use bowling balls to make Rhino trip and failing:
-->"This always works in the cartoons!"
-->"Oh, television can ''so'' not be trusted!"
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Black Cat tells Spider-Man this after he [[spoiler: successfully convinced her dad to stay in prison.]]
* ThrowTheDogABone - Hobie Brown is given the role of Puck in "A Midsummer's Night's Dream" after having previously been [[TheVoiceless interrupted every time]] he opens his mouth in the show.
* TitleDrop - Spidey is referred to specifically as "The Spectacular Spider-Man" during his introduction as a wrestler in "Intervention".
** And even earlier in the first scene of the first episode.
** Played with in ''The Uncertainty Principle'', when Flash, after seeing Peter in a [[ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself Spider-Man costume on Halloween]], points and exclaims, "Look! It's the Spectacular Spider-Geek."
* TitleSequenceReplacement: Disney XD airings boast a trimmed version of the theme song.
* TitleThemeTune
* TooDumbToLive: When Spidey apparently walks right into an ambush and gets pounded, Shocker uses these exact words to describe him. He's wrong though.
* TookALevelInBadass - Eddie Brock returns in the second season with what seems to be his own mechanical webshooters, and, more importantly, enough ninja skills to reliably track Spidey across the city and mislead him into thinking that Venom is back ''before'' actually reuniting with the symbiote. Justified since Eddie is a Genius Bruiser plus his temporary fusion with the symbiote gave him access to Peter's experiences and knowledge, including how to make the web shooters and Spider-Man's usual patrolling routes.
* TookALevelInJerkass - The instant Doc Ock's tentacle harness fuses to him, he goes from a [[TheWoobie meek, nervous little man]] into a DangerouslyGenreSavvy EvilGenius and LargeHam.
* TotallyRadical - Averted with the usage of common slang, such as "Don't go emo on me, bro."
* TransformationTrauma - Again, Connors' Lizard transformation. Flint Marko's transformation into the Sandman, a painful process that culminates when he ''explodes'' into sand.
* TraintopBattle - Spider-Man fights the Lizard atop and inside a subway car. [[Film/{{Spider-Man}} Sound familiar?]]
* TrapIsTheOnlyOption - The Green Goblin sets an extremely obvious trap for both Tombstone and Spiderman, which fool neither but which he baits too well for them to ignore. When they show up together they both know it's a trap, and Goblin even lampshades it when - surprise surprise - the bait turns out to be completely fake.
--> Goblin (blowing up explosives all over the building): "Yes, yes, I'm a big fat liar. Like we didn't all know this was a trap."
* {{Trickster}} - Spider-Man, Black Cat
* {{Troperiffic}} - If you've made it this far, you know it is. Don't worry, you're almost to the end.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl - Peter, Gwen, and Harry have been best friends for at least 4 years. Harry's dark side seems to be growing.
* TwoWords:
-->'''Peter''': I'd like a word.\\
'''J. Jonah Jameson''': How about "scram?" Or two words? "Scram kid!" Or seventeen? "Get out of my office in two-point-three seconds or I'll staple you to a flagpole!"\\
'''Peter''': How did you count--?
* UnderwaterBase - Master Planner's HQ
* TheUnfavorite - Harry Osborn
* TheUnfettered: According to WordOfGod, the phlebotinium giving powers to Doctor Octopus and the Green Goblin didn't cause a personality split/involuntary insanity as in other versions. Instead, it removed all of the inhibitions of their civilian identities, and their villainy is a conscious choice[[note]] although it is ambiguous whether the original person would have wanted to go as far as they do post-transformation, leaving open the possibility of some SplitPersonalityTakeover[[/note]]
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend - Gwen has this problem when trying to get Peter to notice her. Even after she ''kissed'' him, Pete is... "easily distracted," as MJ put it, and falls for the much more direct Liz Allen.
** Their {{UST}} finally headed for a resolution in the second finale only for a LoveTriangle with Harry to [[LoveHurts put the hurt on again]].
* UnskilledButStrong: Rhino and Sandman, they're both stronger than the villains that contend for the show's BigBad position, but aren't very smart. Despite that Spiderman still always requires some sort of plot device or trick to beat them, and Spiderman once needed to get rescued from Rhino when he had nothing around he could use to beat him.
* UptownGirl: Peter Parker and Liz Allan are played this way.
* VillainousBreakdown - Dr. Octopus suffers a rather calm breakdown in Shear Strength.
** Eddie Brock suffers a rather [[{{Narm}} narmful]] one in Season 2.
** "Don't ''know'' anyone named Max! The name's ''Electro''! '''ELECTRO, I TELL YOU!'''"
* VillainBall - grabbed very jarringly by Eddie Brock.
* VillainTeamUp - "Group Therapy"
* VillainWithGoodPublicity - Norman Osborn, CorruptCorporateExecutive and The Big Man, L. Thompson Lincoln, who is the philanthropic public face of crimelord Tombstone.
** Note that Tombstone manages to pull this off despite having white skin, an incredibly gravelly voice, and sharpened teeth that all make him look ObviouslyEvil. That is some ''good'' publicity.
*** Lampshaded even: "L. Thomson Lincoln? He looks a little strange but is a good man."
* TheVoiceless - A running gag is that Hobie Brown, one of Flash's gang, never says anything onscreen. Doesn't stop him from trying.
** He finally gets to speak, as Puck of ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'', in "Final Curtain"... but [[TheFaceless not with his real face!]]
** Also, Emily Osborn.
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld
* WallCrawl - Spider-Man, The Lizard, Venom. Black Cat to an extent.
* WeCanRuleTogether - Tombstone again, and later the Green Goblin.
** During the opera house fight, Doc Ock proposes that he, Tombstone and Silvermane can share control of all of Manhattan... as soon as [[SpannerInTheWorks Spidey's]] out of the way.
** The Symbiote also makes this offer to Peter: "Join with us! Make our bond permanent. Together, nothing can stop us. And everything we ever wanted will be ours."
* WellDoneSonGuy - Harry Osborn. When he accomplishes something, he even brushes off his girlfriend congratulating him to call his dad.
* WhamEpisode - "Identity Crisis."
** And "Final Curtain."
** "The Uncertainty Principle" is pretty Whammy.
* WhamLine: At the end of "Growing Pains:"
-->'''Venom''': You want the wallcrawler? Then here's a scoop: [[spoiler: PETER PARKER IS SPIDER-MAN!]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Peter gets this during the Lizard arc, since he has to ditch the crisis to change into Spider-Man, only for photos of the fight show up in the ''Daily Bugle''--how are his friends ''not'' supposed to think that he turned tail and ran because of fear and greed?
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer - Sandman gets progressively more creative with the ability to turn into sand. By the second season he's using his sand-shifting with a finesse that would impress [[OnePiece Sir Crocodile]].
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys - So far, it hasn't been mentioned where his webbing comes from, or where the web shooters themselves came from, or how he got his hands on a spotlight that fits on his belt and projects an image of his mask.
** Not to mention, how did he ''sew that suit'' without his aunt catching on to what he was doing?
* WhyAreYouNotMySon: Norman Osborn rather viciously approves of Peter far more than his own son.
* WhoIsDriving ? - Sandman asks Spidey this question in "Competition."
* WolfMan - Spidey refers to mutant Kraven as one of these, even though there's no evidence of wolf DNA in his change.
* TheWorfBarrage - Spidey's webbing very rarely works. Lampshaded in "Gangland":
-->'''Spider-man''': I've gotta start making that stuff stronger.
* XRaySparks - Otto Octavius, during a massive electromagnetic shock
* {{Yandere}} - The Venom symbiote.
* YankTheDogsChain - Well, it is Spider-Man. Hey, look, someone else gets superpowers and decides to use them for good! Not.
* YawnAndReach - Flash tries it on Mary Jane at one point.
* YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood
* YouFightLikeACow - Spidey's famous battle patter. Averted in "Group Therapy", where he takes down the Sinister Six without a word, because [[spoiler: he's ''asleep''.]] Octopus even says that he knew Spidey was getting serious when he stopped quipping.
** The Green Goblin is also pretty good at it too, as when Spidey mocks him in battle, Goblin just banters right back perfectly. This is lampshaded by Spidey.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame - In "Catalysts", Spidey manages to get rid of a TimeBomb of Green Goblin's dropped off at a party held by Tombstone just in time, earning his applause.
-->'''Spidey:''' You know, applause from you...makes me wanna ''shower''.
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