YMMV / Spinnerette

  • Acceptable Targets: The only thing worse than communists and supervillains in Silver Age Spinny's mind is... hippies.
    • The American Government in general. Typically whenever they show up its for nefarious reasons within the comic, and almost none of the series' superheroes trust anyone who works for it. Even the Department of Homeland Security are portrayed as jack-booted thugs and civil liberty stompers. Chillingly, the most straightforward example comes from Dr. Universe, who, while happily pointing out the flaws he perceives in the US government, neglects the fact that he was illegally engaged in developing (possible weapons grade) technology for China which has an absolutely horrendous and very public track record in human rights abuses, worker abuse, deliberately selling sub-standard or dangerously defective products like toys with paint high in lead and poisoned baby formula, and even has a "one child" policy where government agents deliberately separate pregnant women from their families, take them to "clinics" where they have abortions performed upon them against their will, and the "terminated fetus" is then dumped on their lap while they lie on the recovery bed.
    • The comic from time to time likes to take a subtle Take That to anti-science and anti-intellectuals, often in the forms of volatile angry mobs, specifically some against stem-cell research and "Anti-Matter" study. Heather and the other characters do not shy away from calling them idiots.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Dr. Universe: evil Mad Scientist, or victim of the government?
    • Col. Glass: textbook clinical psychopath? Or victim of the North Korean government, driven insane by experimentation to the point of being pathologically addicted to killing? His sole Pet the Dog moment has left his character surprisingly hard to figure out.
  • Arc Fatigue: Colonel Glass. Adding in breaks for Krow's convention appearances and a side-arc about Minerva's origins, it took over a year to finish the story arc.
  • Broken Base:
    • Was Delta a sociopath or merely a pervy teenager who just needs to be set straight? Did his dreamhopping constitute Mind Rape or is that an exaggeration?
    • The webcomic took a hell of a turn around issue 6 to 8, with a lot of drama and characters suddenly becoming super complex and the story showing more serious elements. Mecha Maid, for example, started off simple, but was then shown to be terminally ill, in love with Heather, and seeking revenge against a supervillain that killed her parents. Depending on who you ask, this change is either the best or the worst thing that ever happened.
  • The Chris Carter Effect: An inevitable consequence of it being written like a comic book is that, like most comic books, it has no signs of an ending or satisfying conclusion down the line.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The whole of Issue 11. An aged Nazi sorcerer and his Aryan supersoldier protege hire Dr. Universe to clone Adolf Hitler, and gets into a fight with the voodoo-wielding great-great-granddaughter of Robert E. Lee (who wants Lee cloned) over who has rights to a pile of stem cells harvested from disposed-of foreskins to get their clone made first, both sides tossing out racist rhetoric against everyone not-white and then insulting each other, while Universe and Greta look on and snark about the idiocy of racists.
  • Die for Our Ship: Darien was given this treatment by Spinnerette/Mecha-Maid shippers before Heather and Mecha Maid hooked up.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Dr. Universe and Greta Gravity are quickly becoming this to the fanbase. Their Dark and Troubled Past seems to justify nearly everything they do in the eyes of some fans.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: In issue twenty Heather calls a group of protesters dummies for believing that the university's new anti-proton collider could create a black hole. This would probably be more reassuring coming from someone hadn't received spider super-powers in a freak lab accident and who doesn't live in a world that runs on comic book physics.
  • Foe Yay: The issue 7 cover teases it. See also Clean Pretty Reliable.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The latest arc may seem silly, what with a woman being drugged by her priest into "curing her homosexuality," but on August 9, 2016, a priest in Orlando, Florida was arrested for serving tea laced with psychedelics to his congregation.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Greta Gravity is German-Brazilian. In a 2012 comic, she mentions looking forward to the 2014 World Cup. Come the real life World Cup...
  • Iron Woobie: Marilyn Seong aka Mecha Maid. She's bound to a wheelchair when outside her armor and has only a few years left to live, but spends her time trying to make the world a better place for everyone else.
  • Les Yay:
    • Evil Spinerette/Alexis kissed a girl that was taunting her and made up some fake story about how a Drider's kiss creates a magical bond of romance. One week later, the girl practically throws herself at Alexis. Alexis admitted to Heather that she was probably a closet lesbian her entire life and now has an excuse to come out. It was all part of Evil Spinnerette's cunning plan to fool Heather into helping her with her latest drider-creation ritual.
    • Alexis and Heather: See Clean Pretty Reliable
    • 2010 Spinnerette and Silver Age Spinnerette have a lot of subtext. The former risks her life to save the latter from being lost in time and space, and when they have to part ways, Silver Age Spinnerette even pleads for 2010 Spinnerette to come back to her universe.
  • Memetic Mutation: When Katt throws a car at Dr Universe, take a look at the car's license plate.
  • Moral Event Horizon: "Adastraea" officially crossed it when she threw the lid of a stem cell container to send Dr. Singh falling over three stories presumably to his death, and pat herself on the back for it, only regretting that she didn't make him suffer more, for actually having the gall to restore her ability to walk, and then wants "justice" against Mecha-Maid because the latter was actually hoping for a cure for her condition.
  • Narm:
    • The strip that shows why Tiger decided to pursue superheroing is either really sad or too melodramatic. Hey, "Vary" is the key word here.
    • After Mecha Maid gets electrocuted and can't breathe, she tells Heather to take her to the "superhero hospital". It's a serious moment, but the way it was worded just made it seem silly.
    • When Marilyn lets out her Anguished Declaration of Love for Heather, it's meant to be a huge Drama Bomb...but the sight of Heather's nipples poking through her suit can kind of deflate it.
    • A lot of character and plot drama in general gets ruined by the gratuitous Fanservice and the heroes' silliness. With names like "Mecha Maid", it's hard to take anything they say seriously.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Everything about Colonel Glass, from his half-mummified appearance, to his Ax-Crazy Slasher Smile, to his horrifying MO, to his very allegiance to the notorious North Korean military. Even before seeing him in action, the mere fact that his superpower is telekinetically controlling glass is enough to make you shudder. Now take a look around and look for anything glass in the room you are in and read this trope text again.
    • Beautifully karmic though it is, Glass' Rasputinian Death is as horrifying as everything else about the man. To wit, he's lit on fire with white phosphorous, then torn to shreds by an uncontrollable hail of glass, then blown to pieces with a shotgun, then finally burned to death once and for all with a thermite charge.
    • Jennifer Troy. Combined with Paranoia Fuel for those in the medical profession. This woman goes to a doctor for a procedure she knows is experimental, with no guarantee of success, and despite the fact that it miraculously succeeds, immediately blames the doctor for a sudden downturn in her health and decides to wreck his entire lab, and its employees for revenge, not to mention outright killing him (or thinking she did) by dropping on his back over three stories, and slandering his good name by calling him a charlatan, despite having absolutely no contact with him, or any other medical professional to actually get her medical issue addressed.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Some feel that Minerva being turned human has done this to her, as well as made her less unique. Doubly so as she actually turns smaller (less than a head taller than Heather) and less strong and muscular in human form.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Green Gable and Katt o' Nine Tails, Wholesome Crossdresser and Bifauxnen, respectively.
  • Wheelchair Woobie: Mecha Maid, outside her armor, due to being an orphan twice over and suffering from ALS, meaning she's got only a few years left to life.

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