- Ensemble Darkhorse: Templeton the rat.
- It Was His Sled: Charlotte dies.
- Protagonist Title Fallacy: The title spider is more the mentor to the actual protagonist, Wilbur.
- Tear Jerker: Charlotte's death. Wilbur's reaction in the 1973 film sells it pretty well, too.
- Values Dissonance: Apparently bringing a gun to school was acceptable in the fifties, as Avery is casually mentioned to do.
- In certain cultures and areas. A lot of people going out hunting, people were a lot less reactionary because mass school shootings weren't as common.
- I Am Not Shazam: If you haven't read the book or watched any of its adaptations but have seen the book's cover art online, you'll be forgiven to think that Charlotte is the pig. Nope, the pig's Wilbur, and it's a he. Charlotte is the spider who dies near the end of the story.
The Novel by E.B. White.
- Wangst: Fern is painfully prone to bursting into tears at the smallest provocation, even something as minor as the smell of a rotten goose egg. Wilbur apparently picked up on this trait as she raised him, since he also tends to do it.
The 1973 film
- Awesome Music: Arguably the entire soundtrack, but especially "Mother Earth and Father Time". Its hope-filled lyrics about enjoying our short time on Earth is really emotional. This IS the Sherman Brothers we're talking about here.
- The title song is also breathtakingly beautiful.
- Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Templeton is derided by Wilbur and Charlotte when he returns from his smorgasbord immensely obese and his gluttony utterly satisfied. Many viewers actually enjoyed his bingeing sequence for how delicious the food looked, even though it was scraps and trash!
- Ear Worm: "Chin up, Chin up. Everybody loves a happy face!"
- Oh wow! Look at him now. Zuckerman's famous pig.
- A fair is a veeeritable smorgasbord-orgasbord-orgasbord...
- Harsher in Hindsight: Charlotte died content, knowing that her children would be born and live on. Her actress, Debbie Reynolds, outlived her daughter Carrie Fisher by one day.
- Just Here for Godzilla: A sizeable crowd watches this film just to see Templeton stuffing his face with discarded fair food and the aftermath.
- Sequelitis: The 2003 direct-to-video sequel, was not fondly received, especially with the jarring difference in character designs. It didn't help that literally nobody involved with the original worked on it, not even the actors.
- Tastes Like Diabetes: This was the author's main complaint.
- Uncanny Valley: The more realistically drawn human characters don't bode quite so well with the more exaggerated cartoony designs of the animals.
- Vindicated by History: Didn't do so well in the box office - however on VHS, it managed to become a bestseller. (One of the few non-Disney animated movies to do this.)
- Wangst: Wilbur is over-the-top even when he has real reason to be upset.
The 2006 film
- Awesome Music: Instead of the cheery vocal songs of the 1973 film, it instead features an excellent instrumental score by Danny Elfman that is in many ways just as moving.
- Billing Displacement: The poster mentions almost everyone in the main cast - except Dominic Scott Kay, who voices Wilbur.
- Nightmare Fuel: Though they try to make Charlotte as expressive and sweet as a realistic spider can get, she's still bound to spook a few arachnophobes, especially in close up shots.
- Tainted by the Preview: The infamous farting cow scene caused a huge backlash when the trailer was first released.
- Ugly Cute: Charlotte. Aside from having only two eyes and several "eyespots," she otherwise looks like a real spider. And yet, somehow, she comes off as beautiful.