YMMV / Spider Riders

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Mantid. Was he a legitimately sympathetic character who was dealt the short end of the stick by the Oracle and suffered more than he deserved, or did he just go off the deep end and beyond redemption by attempting to destroy an entire world full of innocents as vengeance in response to the loss of his love?
  • Angst? What Angst?: Hunter.
  • Cry for the Devil: Mantid, a former soldier of the Oracle who became disillusioned after the death of his love Lorraine.
  • Badass Decay: Magma, who starts off as broody and bent on revenge but by the end, he's really just there to be a Quake/Brade Fanboy.
  • Die for Our Ship: Though no pairings in Spider Riders are 100% canon, of course excluding Mantid/Lorraine there have been plenty of ship wars, mostly Hunter/Aqune vs. Hunter/Corona and Buguese/Aqune. The Hunter/Aqune side tends to be particularly insane and immature, and Buguese has become especially hated and mis-characterized (usually as physically abusive to Aqune, or in a mutual hate relationship with her) as a result.
  • Ear Worm: Calling all Spider Riders! ...Let's Ride!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Despite appearing in only one episode, especially considering that she was Beerain in disguise and the actual one doesn't appear until the end of the episode, Noia has quite a fan following among the Japanese fanbase.
    • Also, Grey/Slate.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: There is a small fan following for the Hunter/Buguese pairing. Fair enough, in that Buguese has quite the obsessive hate for Hunter, and Hunter later starts to sympathize and reason with Buguese.
  • Goddamned Bats: The standard Invectid Soldiers in the online game. They are everywhere. Also becomes near useless to kill them if you're grinding to level up, because of the meager experience they give.
  • Ho Yay: Most of the cast is male. What do you expect?
    • Igneous and Grey/Slate's relationship is particularly notable. The episode where Grey is introduced is full of so many dramatic shots of the two brooding because of one another that one would be forgiven for thinking they were old flames and not old friends.
    • Magma's gushing over Brade/Quake feels like a borderline crush. Even the third Japanese ending theme features a shot of Brade chasing Aqune, while being chased by Magma himself. In general, Magma is particularly clingy towards the other male characters, particularly Igneous, whom he seems to enjoy teasing.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Aqune. There's Aqune/Hunter, Aqune/Buguese, Aqune/Magma, Aqune/Igneous, Aqune/Grasshop, Aqune/Corona, Aqune/Mantid, Aqune/Brade, and she's very often paired with OCs as well.
    • Hunter gets this too. Hunter/Corona, Hunter/Aqune, Hunter/Sparkle, Hunter/Igneous, Hunter/Magma, Hunter/Buguese, Hunter/Shadow and of course Hunter/OC.
  • Macekre: The dub included name changes, plot changes, personality changes, and stupid dialogue, which was forced to conform to some very awkward lip flaps.
  • Misattributed Song: For a time, it was widely believed that "Calling All Spider Riders" was performed by the rapper Drake. There are even some who will argue the artist was Linkin Park. It was actually performed by Clip of Brass Munk, a Canadian hip-hop group.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The online Spider Riders game was remembered fondly by most fans for being fun. It was actually better regarded than the anime.
  • Ship Mates: Hunter/Corona shippers often pair Aqune with Magma, or to a lesser extent, with Igneous or Buguese. Hunter/Aqune shippers often pair Corona with Magma, despite Magma being a Shipper on Deck for Hunter/Corona.
  • Strangled by the Red String: More one-sided so it may not count, but before episode 35 who could have guessed Beerain was that infatuated with Buguese? Let's not even get into what this does to her character for the rest of the series.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Or more like non-viewer gender confusion. The amount of people who look at Hunter's picture and assume he's a girl is larger than one would think. Watching the show, there's really no way to make this mistake.


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