* AccidentalAesop: Every time the show hands us a lesson about responsibility and the right thing in conjunction with Peter's keeping his identity secret, it ends up telling us that ''secret identities are a stupid idea and nothing good can ever come of them.'' Which is more or less true, if largely [[FantasticAesop inapplicable to]] [[SpaceWhaleAesop our daily lives]].
** Then again, it never said it was talking about ''identities'' specifically when it comes to keeping secrets.
** Well, at the end of Identity Crisis, [[spoiler:George Stacy talks to Peter about how Spider-man's secret identity isn't done to hide anything, but to protect the ones he cares about. Note that the rest of the series shows that George Stacy knows Peter is Spidey.]]
* BetterThanCanon: A lot of fans consider this to be THE absolute best depiction of Spider-Man EVER. Yes, even better than the comics.
* BrokenBase: The art style is a point of debate, as is the presence and/or lack of certain characters, and how they're portrayed. Then there's the New show...
** Some people were divided on the various RaceLift on the show. Though most enjoyed the diverse cast.
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* DracoInLeatherPants: For the first time in his life, Doctor Octopus.
** Some have also given this treatment to Eddie Brock/Venom.
* EarWorm: Just '''try''' and get the ''Spectacular Spider-Man'' song out of your head. We will wait. It even had this effect on Ox, in universe!
--> ''What? Its catchy.''
* FoeYay: The entire Symbiote arc. Venom--or more accurately, the symbiote itself--acts as a spurned ex/stalker towards Peter Parker. Eddie Brock doesn't seem to have much issue with this either, judging by all of those unsettling leers aimed at the web-head. Of course that could just be the symbiote's influence, but it's certainly there regardless.
** The symbiote doesn't seem to have any problem going on about how much it just wants to be with Spider-Man. Spidey even refers to himself (albeit somewhat ironically) as it's "first love" at the end of "Nature vs Nurture". Venom seems to hate Spider-Man just as much as it wants him back/to itself.
** Norman Osborn's obsession with Peter Parker already borders into Ho Yay territory (not that Peter helps matters, Normie-kins indeed...), but Spider-man and the Green Goblin?
* FriendlyFandoms: The fandom gets along really well with the WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} fandom because they both share Creator/GregWeisman as a creator. [[http://gargwiki.net/Religious_Studies_101:_A_Handful_of_Thorns To the point that Greg Weisman himself]] [[http://s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=844 wrote a non-canon crossover]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZxFc1tZxvc that was performed at the Gathering of the Gargoyles con.]] There is also the ''gigantic'' crossover roleplay Roleplay/TheSpectacularGargoyles.
* GrowingTheBeard: The first five episodes are entertaining however episode six abandoned the usual 'two fight' format, going for one big fight with The Rhino instead, and then introduced Tombstone.
** Season two also introduced much more complicated, long-running plot threads and twists, and generally amped up the quality of the fight scenes, which were already arguably amongst the best of WesternAnimation as is.
* HamAndCheese: Mysterio, who milks his sorcerer shtick for all its worth. As Tinkerer mutters, ''"Actors"''
* HarsherInHindsight: Remember the Lizard's failed attempt to eat his own son in his one appearance? Becomes a lot more disturbing when you remember that the comics would have him succeed in doing that a few years later.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** This little piece from "Nature vs Nurture" is even funnier now, considering who the current Venom in the Comics is.
-->'''Spidey:''' At least Flash isn't evil. Or at least he isn't possessed by an evil symbiote. Well, as far as I know...
** In "Shear Strength", one of Music/GreyDeLisle's ancillary roles is as an AI. Fast forward [[WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries a couple of years...]]
* {{HSQ}}: The final episode.
* MagnificentBastard: Tombstone, Dr. Octopus, and Norman Osborn. Their schemes run rings around every other character in the show.[[spoiler: Ock is to the point that his in-universe title is the Master Planner, and Spidey spends a fair few episodes just trying to find out who the heck the Master Planner even ''is''!]]
* [[{{Moe}} Moe]]: Gwen is so very, very moe.
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Norman framing Harry solidifies him as an amoral bastard. But injuring Harry's leg to do it demonstrates a casual cruelty and cowardice that erases any hint of redemption.]] Though manipulating Mark Allan was also up there.
* {{Narm}}: Eddie Brock, post-Venom, in his moments without the symbiote.
--> '''Eddie''': It only loves me for the hate!
* NightmareFuel: Curt Connors' transformation into the Lizard, around the time that the good doctor's head ''implodes.''
** Or just a few episodes later when Flint Marko's head ''explodes'' after turning into the Sandman.
** Should call it the "Spooktacular Spider-man". Guys like Venom, Tombstone, Otto's tentacles...
** The ending to the eight episode of the first season. There's an already creepy mask, shifting [[EveryEpisodeEnding (as usual)]] to the classic, red web. Too bad that both the shifting and the web themselves rhyme with UncannyValley. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=V3EjEbTxMyM#t=389s See for yourself.]]
* OlderThanTheyThink: Many who are aware of the symbiote since the 90's animated series probably didn't know that in it's original comic book appearance it was able to take over Peter's body in his sleep.
* PainfulRhyme: Though at least Spidey seems to be aware of it:
-->Twas the night before Halloween, and all through Manhattan,
-->Not a creature was stirring, not even Green Gob...lin.
* ParanoiaFuel: Eddie Brock uses this to make Peter reveal the location of the symbiote, allowing him to become Venom once more.
* PeripheryDemographic: Many of the show's fans appear to be adults. This is most likely because Creator/GregWeisman was working on it, who has many fans that were children when WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} came out and by the time Spectacular was created they have grown up. The topnotch writing and fight scenes don't hurt either.
* RewatchBonus: After Peter gets the symbiote, it starts speaking to him (in his head). You won't realize this until Pete does.
* StopHelpingMe: Doc Ock should really think about kicking Electro out of the Sinister Six...
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: When John Jameson has difficulty in space and all of Earth is transfixed by it, Randy Robertson is particularly worried and says that John is "like an older brother to him". Given that their fathers (J. Jonah Jameson and Robbie Robertson) work closely together, this relationship makes perfect sense. However, ''nothing more of it is ever seen or spoken of'', even after [[spoiler: John is driven insane.]] It seems like in juggling the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in this show, the ball was dropped on Randy.
* UnnecessaryMakeover: [[http://www.animatedsuperheroes.com/themes/specspidey12.jpg Gwen Stacy.]] It's true that she looks closer to her comic book portrayal like that, but many of her fans prefer her [[{{Moe}} ridiculously adorable]] [[{{Meganekko}} look with the glasses]] any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
* WhatAnIdiot: Peter Parker, during his relationship with Liz Allan. He doesn't even attempt to hide that he has feelings for Gwen (or doesn't even realize he shouldn't be making it that obvious) even when '''right in front of Liz'''.
** Also, his attitude toward Dr Connor; when Connor became the Lizard, he took picture of himself fighting Lizard, making it look like he (as Peter) had been hiding and chosing to do his photograph job over helping Connor. Now, this could be forgivable as a one-time mistake, but he does it ''again'' in ''Personna'', when he takes pictures of his fight with Black Cat over the symbiote, making it look ''again'' like he couldn't even bother to call the police. Even worst, Brock actually told him he couldn't take pictures right before precisely because of the trust issue.
* WhatTheHellCastingAgency: Tinkerer's voice makes him sound like a child, when he's supposed to be an old man. It's obvious that the voice was misused, since years later, Adcox would indeed use the same voice [[WesternAnimation/YoungJustice when cast as a child.]]
** Adcox is in his late fifties and that is his real voice. He'll likely still sound like that in his sixties and seventies. Why can't Tinkerer?
* TheWoobie: Gwen, Dr. Curt Connors, and Maxwell Dillon (Electro).
** Otto Octavius was one too, but broke out of it once he became Dr. Octopus, CardCarryingVillain par excellence.
** Also Liz Allan at the end of the second season. [[spoiler: The poor girl loses her brother AND her boyfriend, one right after the other!]]
** The symbiote may be one, as evil and crazy it is.
** JerkassWoobie: Harry may have ditched his friends when he was InWithTheInCrowd and [[spoiler: manipulated Gwen into staying with him]], but given how his home life is and how he's treated in general, you can't blame him.
** Many of the villains. Their origin episodes put a lot of detail into their mental breakdowns and subsequent embrace of the dark side.