!! All versions
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Templeton the rat.
* ItWasHisSled: Charlotte dies.
* ProtagonistTitleFallacy: The title spider is more the mentor to the actual protagonist, Wilbur.
* TearJerker: Charlotte's death. Wilbur's reaction in the 1973 film sells it pretty well, too.
* ValuesDissonance: 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.
* IAmNotShazam: 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
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Arguably the entire soundtrack, but especially [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq5jahYjrcc "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.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxsGA3VnTu8 The title song]] is also breathtakingly beautiful.
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: 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 [[FoodPorn how delicious the food looked]], even though it was scraps and trash!
* EarWorm: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHtjYTM64Jo "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...
** Let's just say that pretty much ''every'' song in this film is one. These songs were all composed by Music/TheShermanBrothers after all...
* HarsherInHindsight: 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.
* JustHereForGodzilla: A sizeable crowd watches this film just to see Templeton stuffing his face with discarded fair food [[BalloonBelly and the aftermath]].
* NightmareFuel: This version pretty much averts this trope. However, its 2003 direct-to-video sequel contains a scene where [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything a fox kidnaps Wilbur's new sheep friend, takes him to an abandoned house and tries to eat him while looking like he's enjoying himself WAY too much...]]
* {{Sequelitis}}: The 2003 direct-to-video sequel, was not fondly received, ''especially'' with the [[YouDontLookLikeYou jarring difference in character designs]]. It didn't help that literally nobody involved with the original worked on it, not even the actors.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: This was the author's main complaint.
* UncannyValley: The more realistically drawn human characters don't bode quite so well with the more exaggerated cartoony designs of the animals.
* VindicatedByHistory: 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
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Instead of the cheery vocal songs of the 1973 film, it instead features an excellent instrumental score by Music/DannyElfman that is in many ways just as moving.
** And how could we forget [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I32BV77gK8 Ordinary Miracle]] by Music/SarahMcLachlan?
* BillingDisplacement: The poster mentions almost everyone in the main cast - except Dominic Scott Kay, who voices Wilbur.
* CreepyCute: Charlotte, needless to say. It's even lampshaded at the end when Charlotte's children were born.
* NightmareFuel: 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.
** That's nothing compared to her three remaining children who are given brief close up shots and they're not even given expressive emotions. So instead of UglyCute creations like their mother, it's just realistic close ups of baby spiders. And the cut to them is so sudden that the moment is made jarring by an unintended JumpScare.
* TaintedByThePreview: The infamous farting cow scene caused a huge backlash when the trailer was first released.
* UglyCute: 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.