Video Game: Ultimate Spider-Man
is a 2005 video game that is based on the comic Ultimate Spider-Man
The game provides examples of the following tropes:
- Adorkable: Peter Parker, again. Sean Marquette has some experience voicing socially awkward guys who are pretty cute.
- Alternate Continuity: At the time in which the game came out, it was actually more or less in continuity with the Ultimate Spider-Man comics (and that's also how it was marketed). After some time, however, the comics went in a direction that couldn't support the game's events and a new arc was written that kind of paraphrased the game.
- Amusing Injuries: "Don't worry, nothing's broken except my spine... and ribs... and everything."
- And Now for Someone Completely Different
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: 100% completion required to play as Spider-Man in the symbiote suit. With no gameplay differences whatsoever.
- Anti-Villain: Silver Sable.
- Artistic License – Geography: The map of New York City is fairly inaccurate, to say the least. A large section of the city is cut off (since it connects very closely to another part of New York) and Queens is depicted as the closest place to the city. Reason behind doing so is understandable though, Peter lives with his Aunt in Queens but operates out of Manhattan, so in order for him to 'go home' and include things such as his school, the two places had to be moved closer. Doesn't stop it confusing non-New Yorkers though.
- Badass Normal: The Beetle and Silver Sable—the only two bosses fought by both Spidey and Venom.
- Berserk Button: "That's my bike you smashed this place up with!"
- Book Ends: The first and final boss is Venom. The same background music even plays in both fights.
- The Cameo: Venom's first boss is Wolverine.
- In fact, there are cameos from all three of the other Ultimate series (at the time the game was made that is): Johnny Storm from the Fantastic Four, who you can race against, and Nick Fury from the Ultimates.
- Canon Discontinuity: The comic adapted the game but ignored all the storylines made for it.
- It's the other way around. The videogame synced very well with the comic at the time it was released. However, scheduling issues pushed the comic adaptation further out. When it finally was adapted from the game, it had to be in Broad Strokes to account for all the other story elements that were already in play.
- Car Fu: Venom's weapon of choice. Great against helicopters.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Spider-Man, oh so very much.
- Combat Tentacles: Venom's ranged attack consists of these.
- Contractual Boss Immunity/Regret Eating Me: Venom probably shouldn't try to consume anyone made of indestructible blades, anyone made of electricity, anyone who instinctively fires machine guns, or anyone formed of a chaotic spiky symbiote.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Bolivar Trask
- Curse Cut Short:
Sharon Carter: Get this area sealed off inside of 10 seconds or I'll fire the first son of a—
Spider-Man: You with Fury?
- Deadpan Snarker
- Determinator: Sable shot Peter with about seven tranquilizer darts and he's not knocked out. Well, not until after his fight with Venom...
- Double Jump: Only Spider-Man.
- Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Invoked in the fight between Venom and Electro. Breaking hydrants near Electro will make the water damage him.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
Silver Sable: Hang on, I'll help you!
Peter Parker: First, you tried to kill me, and now you're helping me?
Silver Sable: I've been hired to capture you, not to kill innocent people.
Peter Parker: Aw, you're crazy with a heart of gold.
- Fantastic Racism: "Mutants are people, too."
- Get Back Here Boss: Oh man.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Silver Sable goes from attacking Peter to helping him with the innocents to attacking him again until finally letting him get Trask.
- Infant Immortality: Averted in a Take That towards the children who kept losing their balloons in the Spider-Man 2 tie-in game.
- Just Business:
Spider-Man: But you... [tried to kill me]
Silver Sable: Eh, no hard feelings. Business is business, huh?
- Mythology Gag: "Madame Web is faster than you, and I don't even get the reference!"
- Oh, Crap: "I'm so scared I can't even finish my lame joke", says Spider-Man after seeing how big Rhino is.
- Don't forget the final battle where he goes, "You again?!" on Silver Sable just before she says that she's not gonna attack him.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Venom feels that only he should be allowed to defeat Spider-Man.
- Power High: When Venom gains absolute control of his symbiotic suit.
- Product Placement: Multiple billboards featuring the Nokia 3230 cellphone can be found in the game, as well as two Nokia buildings. Also, guess which brand of cellphones uses Adrian Toomes.
- Punch Clock Villain: Silver Sable.
- Rubber Man: Venom's stretch attack.
- Secret Identity Change Trick: Peter changes into his Spider-Man costume by a car.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Venom, the character itself, in the Ultimate comics he barely is a character at all, just a blob which is always hungry and Eddie can't exactly control it; here even without control Venom seems to maintain some intelligence, and Eddie learns how to control it, by the end of the game Venom seems to become much more harmless and lives on, unlike the comics version.
- In the comics, even in the story arc this game continues, Venom is not a blob and can even talk like a normal person.
- Take That, Scrappy!: In the video game, Venom's tutorial presents you with your first task of absorbing people so that you don't lose health, your first target? A child holding a balloon. In Spider-Man 2, everyone hated the missions of helping kids who constantly lose their balloons.
- Vampiric Draining: How Venom and Carnage regain health.
- Carnage actually doesn't. He can heal himself perfectly fine.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: Venom gains more health from civilians than he does from criminals.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Unless you buy the special edition, you never learn what Beetle was doing attacking Spider-Man and Venom and what happens to him is never explained. He was collecting samples of superpowered beings for Doctor Doom.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Spider-Man calls out Nick Fury (and Silver Sable, mistaking her as his employee) for not keeping Electro in custody.
- Wide Open Sandbox
- Would Hit a Girl: Spidey and Venom's boss fights with Silver Sable.
- Wolverine Publicity: Wolverine himself shows up as a boss for Venom to fight.