YMMV / The Shadow

1930 radio series and resulting franchise:

  • Awesome Music: "Omphale's Spinning Wheel" by Camille-Saint-Saens. "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?"
  • Complete Monster: In the first arc of the Dynamite Comics revival, Taro Kondo, a war criminal who took part in atrocities at the Rape of Nanking, develops a niche for himself as a spymaster and criminal overseas while his brother is dispatched by the Shadow in the US. Dismissing his brother without a thought, Kondo leads an expedition to secure uranium for the Japanese empire while providing young girls to his superior to rape at his leisure and leading his men to massacre an entire village as a diversion. When he has the ship the Shadow and his allies are on sunk, Kondo promptly orders any survivors to be gunned down and later betrays and murders his own allies. Faking the uraniumís potency to force his superior to commit seppuku in failure, Kondo briefly taunts him with the truth before him and promises to pay a "visit" to the man's daughters himself before he sells the uranium to the highest bidder.
  • Creepy Awesome: If he is not the Trope Maker of superhero fiction then he is for sure the Trope Codifier.
  • Fair for Its Day: While the pulps often reflected the stereotypes of its day, it was a policy of long-time editor John Nanovic to constantly chip away at these elements in the magazine's stories. The Shadow would be notable for having African-American, Jewish and Chinese-American characters who were useful and often crucial parts of The Shadow's team. Nanovic also instituted two important rules: First that outside of plot-relevant needs, the main villain had to be a White, Anglo-Saxon Protestant — "Fu-Manchu"-style villains, or other ethnic Big Bads were by and large out. One of the major exceptions to this rule was Shiwan Khan. Second, he dogged Gibson to drop the "Asian Speekee Engrish" Chinese characters, encouraging him to introduce Dr. Roy Tam (who spoke perfect English) and to soften the dialect of other Chinese characters.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The radio episode "The Spider Boy." Thanks to Values Dissonance, we are told that Domestic Abuse is a minor peccadillo that can be solved simply by apologizing to the victim...but that owning an unusual pet (a large spider) that at no time harms or even threatens to harm a human being is a horrific crime deserving of a Karmic Death.
  • Nightmare Fuel: As awesome as the Shadow is and as he's firmly planted on the side of right he's no nice guy and he has no qualms about harming you or even tricking you into killing yourself and if you're one of his agents, you'd best behave yourself and do as he orders...

The 1994 movie:

The pinball machine:

  • Narm: One of the messages during the Attract Mode is "AIDS is real - Protect yourself"