* AccidentalAesop: Every time the show hands us a lesson about great power and responsibility and the right thing in conjunction with Peter's keeping his identity secret, it ends up telling us that ''secret identities are a stupid idea and nothing good can ever come of them.'' Which is more or less true, if largely [[FantasticAesop inapplicable to]] [[SpaceWhaleAesop our daily lives]].
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** Like in the comics, how much of Eddie's actions as Venom were his own or of the influence of the symbiote?
** WordOfGod is that it is meant to be intentionally ambiguous whether or not Globulin Green really did drive [[spoiler: Norman Osborn]] insane.
** Does Walter Hardy know Spider-Man is Peter Parker, nephew of the man he shot? Is that why he knew Spidey made it clear he wouldn't forgive him?
* BrokenBase: The art style is a point of debate, as is the presence and/or lack of certain characters, and how they're portrayed. Then there's the New show...
** Some people were divided on the various RaceLift on the show. Though most enjoyed the diverse cast.
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* DracoInLeatherPants: For the first time in his life, Doctor Octopus.
** Some have also given this treatment to Eddie Brock/Venom.
* EarWorm: Just '''try''' and get the ''Spectacular Spider-Man'' song out of your head. We will wait. It even had this effect on Ox, in universe!
--> ''What? It's catchy.''
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** J. Jonah Jameson. Daran Norris nails it, making Peter's ill-tempered boss hilarious.
** Gwen's portrayal is one of the major reasons for her surprising resurgence in popularity. Her design (especially since it becomes closer to her comic counterpart's own) and voice are very, very adorable and she's got a CoolBigSis dynamic with MJ. Though her [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan film incarnation]] is particularly different, she's the other half of the reasoning. When it's not her, fans tend to think of this version. The Spider-Gwen comics seems to split the difference between the two.
* FoeYay: The entire Symbiote arc. Venom--or more accurately, the symbiote itself--acts as a spurned ex/stalker towards Peter Parker. Eddie Brock doesn't seem to have much issue with this either, judging by all of those unsettling leers aimed at the web-head. Of course that could just be the symbiote's influence, but it's certainly there regardless.
** The symbiote doesn't seem to have any problem going on about how much it just wants to be with Spider-Man. Spidey even refers to himself (albeit somewhat ironically) as its "first love" at the end of "Nature vs Nurture". Venom seems to hate Spider-Man just as much as it wants him back/to itself.
** Norman Osborn's obsession with Peter Parker already borders into Ho Yay territory (not that Peter helps matters, Normie-kins indeed...), but Spider-man and the Green Goblin?
* FriendlyFandoms: The fandom gets along really well with the WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} fandom because they both share Creator/GregWeisman as a creator. [[http://gargwiki.net/Religious_Studies_101:_A_Handful_of_Thorns To the point that Greg Weisman himself]] [[http://s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=844 wrote a non-canon crossover]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZxFc1tZxvc that was performed at the Gathering of the Gargoyles con.]] There is also the ''gigantic'' crossover roleplay Roleplay/TheSpectacularGargoyles.
* GrowingTheBeard: The first five episodes are entertaining however episode six abandoned the usual 'two fight' format, going for one big fight with The Rhino instead, and then introduced Tombstone.
** Season two also introduced much more complicated, long-running plot threads and twists, and generally amped up the quality of the fight scenes, which were already arguably amongst the best of WesternAnimation as is.
* HamAndCheese: Mysterio, who milks his sorcerer shtick for all its worth. As Tinkerer mutters, ''"Actors"''
* HarsherInHindsight: Remember the Lizard's failed attempt to eat his own son in his one appearance? Becomes a lot more disturbing when you remember that the comics would have him succeed in doing that a few years later.
** [[CutShort The title of the 2nd Season finale ]]: ''Final Curtain''.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Creator/EdAsner as Uncle Ben, considering [[WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries he previously played]] J. Jonah Jameson, [[WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries and after that]], a cop with a similar opinion on Spidey. Doubles as HeartwarmingInHindsight.
** This little piece from "Nature vs Nurture" is even funnier now, considering who the current Venom in the Comics is.
-->'''Spidey:''' At least Flash isn't evil. Or at least he isn't possessed by an evil symbiote. Well, as far as I know...
** In "Shear Strength", one of Music/GreyDeLisle's ancillary roles is as an AI. Fast forward [[WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries a couple of years to another series with Josh Keaton as the lead...]]
* {{HSQ}}: The final episode.
* HypeAversion: Unfortunately the fandom has caused this, due to their boasting that this is ''absolutely the best Spider-Man adaptation ever'' and not accepting any other opinion, as well as their consistent (and often times unnecessary) bashing of WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan and [[FanHater it's fans]] have scared off a lot of people who missed this show, and caused them to not want to watch it. Either due to disliking said fandom's attitude or feeling it won't stand up to the sheer amount of hype and praise surrounding it.
* MagnificentBastard: Tombstone, Dr. Octopus, and Norman Osborn. Their schemes run rings around every other character in the show.[[spoiler: Ock is to the point that his in-universe title is the Master Planner, and Spidey spends a fair few episodes just trying to find out who the heck the Master Planner even ''is''!]]
* [[{{Moe}} Moe]]: Peter and Gwen are so very, very moe.
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Norman framing Harry solidifies him as an amoral bastard. But injuring Harry's leg to do it demonstrates a casual cruelty and cowardice that erases any hint of redemption.]] Though manipulating Mark Allan was also up there.
** Jonah's behaviour in "Identity Crisis" is pretty despicable, taking the utmost joy in the possibility that his teenaged photographer is Spider-Man, fully knowing people would want to KILL HIM and anyone he knows if his identity is revealed.
** Indeed, Venom crosses it by revealing Spider-Man's identity in the first place knowing that he and his loved ones will be threatened.
* {{Narm}}: Eddie Brock, post-Venom, in his moments without the symbiote.
--> '''Eddie''': It only loves me for the hate!
* OlderThanTheyThink: Many who are aware of the symbiote since the 90's animated series probably didn't know that in its original comic book appearance, it was able to take over Peter's body in his sleep.
* PainfulRhyme: Though at least Spidey seems to be aware of it:
-->Twas the night before Halloween, and all through Manhattan,
-->Not a creature was stirring, not even Green Gob...lin.
* ParanoiaFuel: Eddie Brock uses this to make Peter reveal the location of the symbiote, allowing him to become Venom once more.
* PeripheryDemographic: Many of the show's fans appear to be adults. This is most likely because Creator/GregWeisman was working on it, who has many fans that were children when WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} came out and by the time Spectacular was created they have grown up. The topnotch writing and fight scenes don't hurt either.
* RewatchBonus: After Peter gets the symbiote, it starts speaking to him (in his head). You won't realize this until Pete does.
* TheScrappy: Good luck trying to find someone who's watched the show and doesn't find Sally annoying.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: When John Jameson has difficulty in space and all of Earth is transfixed by it, Randy Robertson is particularly worried and says that John is "like an older brother to him". Given that their fathers (J. Jonah Jameson and Robbie Robertson) work closely together, this relationship makes perfect sense. However, ''nothing more of it is ever seen or spoken of'', even after [[spoiler: John is driven insane.]] It seems like in juggling the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in this show, the ball was dropped on Randy.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Peter and Gwen in the [[LoveTriangle Love Square]] between them, Liz Allan and Harry Osborn. See the WhatAnIdiot entry below for more details.
* UnnecessaryMakeover: [[http://www.animatedsuperheroes.com/themes/specspidey12.jpg Gwen Stacy.]] It's true that she looks closer to her comic book portrayal like that, but many of her fans prefer her [[{{Moe}} ridiculously adorable]] [[{{Meganekko}} look with the glasses]] any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
* WhatAnIdiot: Peter Parker, during his relationship with Liz Allan. He doesn't even attempt to hide that he has feelings for Gwen (or doesn't even realize he shouldn't be making it that obvious) even when '''right in front of Liz'''.
** Also, his attitude towards Dr. Connor; when Connor became the Lizard, he took picture of himself fighting Lizard, making it look like he (as Peter) had been hiding and choosing to do his photograph job over helping Connor. Now, this could be forgivable as a one-time mistake, but he does it ''again'' in ''Persona'', when he takes pictures of his fight with Black Cat over the symbiote, making it look ''again'' like he couldn't even bother to call the police. Even worst, Brock actually told him he couldn't take pictures right before precisely because of the trust issue.
** Not to mention he and Gwen deciding to break up with Liz and Harry at the end of Season 2. This coming right after Peter spent all season not showing up to his and Liz's dates (admittedly for crime-fighting), showed favoritism to Gwen over her on Valentine's Day, and Mark Allan's arrest for supervillain activities. Not to mention the fact that Harry was kidnapped by the Green Goblin and a struggling addict who had his secret outed by Flash a number of days prior.
*** In fact, they decide to get together '''''just minutes after Harry tells them that he's spent the last several days kidnapped!'''''
* WTHCastingAgency: Tinkerer's voice makes him sound like a child, when he's supposed to be an old man. It's obvious that the voice was misused, since years later, Adcox would indeed use the same voice [[WesternAnimation/YoungJustice when cast as a child.]]
** That's Adcox's actual voice, and he's about as old as Tinkerer.
* TheWoobie: True to the comics, the sheer amount of crap poor Spidey gets put through over the course of this show, particularly from the first and second seasons, is unbelievable.
** JerkassWoobie: just like the comics,Harry is this.He may have ditched his friends when he was InWithTheInCrowd and [[spoiler: manipulated Gwen into staying with him]], but given how his home life is and how he's treated in general, you can't blame him.