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* AbortedArc: The last season introduced elements that indicated they were going to develop ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga'' with a cloning scientist getting a sample of Spider-Man's blood. The plot of the GrandFinale even included took this story in TheMultiverse as another incarnation of Spider-Man (fused with the Carnage symbiont) having an identity crisis from his universe's Clone Saga and trying to go OmnicidalManiac.



** The Black Suit Spider-Man storyline streamlined the whole arc from the comics so well that ''this'' incarnation is the one usually referenced for future adaptations.

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** The Black Suit Spider-Man storyline streamlined the whole arc from the comics so well that ''this'' incarnation is the one usually referenced for future adaptations. Specifically it dropped the entire ''ComicBook/SecretWars'' origin of the black suit, instead streamlining it as being brought to Earth in a space mission. The sentience of the suit manifests as Peter's aggression building to a fever point before he realizes what is happening, whereas in the comics the suit being discovered as sentient was after a number of traditional Spider-Man stories.


** Everything related to Madam Web and Beyonder and their cosmic manipulations eventually turned out to be part of a desperate scheme to stop [[spoiler:alternate-universe Spider-Carnage]] from destroying all the universes.

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** Everything related to Madam Web and Beyonder and their cosmic manipulations manipulations, including the "Secret War" crossover arc, eventually turned out to be part of a desperate scheme to stop [[spoiler:alternate-universe [[spoiler:the omnicidal alternate-universe Spider-Carnage]] from destroying all the universes.

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** Everything related to Madam Web and Beyonder and their cosmic manipulations eventually turned out to be part of a desperate scheme to stop [[spoiler:alternate-universe Spider-Carnage]] from destroying all the universes.


** The Kingpin, from personally commissioning the creation of the Insidious Six and the three original Spider Slayers, pushing Alistar Smythe into villainy, tormenting Norman Osborn leading to him becoming the Green Goblin (which lead to Harry becoming the second Green Goblin and Mary Jane's dissapearance as well as everything that happened because of those two events), killing Matt Murdock's and tormenting Felicia Hardy's fathers (which led to them becoming Daredevil and Black Cat), his gang war with Silvemane causing ''him'' to adopt more destructive and fantastic schemes to gain more power, his abuse of Smythe causing him to ally with Silvermane (which ties in with the "Return of Hydro Man" arc), it's hard to find some major event in the series that Kingpin ''wasn't'' a part of in some way, directly or indirectly.

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** The Kingpin, from personally commissioning the creation of the Insidious Six and the three original Spider Slayers, pushing Alistar Smythe into villainy, tormenting Norman Osborn leading to him becoming the Green Goblin (which lead to Harry becoming the second Green Goblin and Mary Jane's dissapearance disappearance as well as everything that happened because of those two events), killing Matt Murdock's and tormenting Felicia Hardy's fathers (which led to them becoming Daredevil and Black Cat), his gang war with Silvemane causing ''him'' to adopt more destructive and fantastic schemes to gain more power, his abuse of Smythe causing him to ally with Silvermane (which ties in with the "Return of Hydro Man" arc), it's hard to find some major event in the series that Kingpin ''wasn't'' a part of in some way, directly or indirectly.


* GreaterScopeVillain: The Kingpin, from personally commissioning the creation of the Insidious Six and the three original Spider Slayers, pushing Alistar Smythe into villainy, tormenting Norman Osborn leading to him becoming the Green Goblin (which lead to Harry becoming the second Green Goblin and Mary Jane's dissapearance as well as everything that happened because of those two events), killing Matt Murdock's and tormenting Felicia Hardy's fathers (which led to them becoming Daredevil and Black Cat), his gang war with Silvemane causing ''him'' to adopt more destructive and fantastic schemes to gain more power, his abuse of Smythe causing him to ally with Silvermane (which ties in with the "Return of Hydro Man" arc), it's hard to find some major event in the series that Kingpin ''wasn't'' a part of in some way, directly or indirectly.

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The Kingpin, from personally commissioning the creation of the Insidious Six and the three original Spider Slayers, pushing Alistar Smythe into villainy, tormenting Norman Osborn leading to him becoming the Green Goblin (which lead to Harry becoming the second Green Goblin and Mary Jane's dissapearance as well as everything that happened because of those two events), killing Matt Murdock's and tormenting Felicia Hardy's fathers (which led to them becoming Daredevil and Black Cat), his gang war with Silvemane causing ''him'' to adopt more destructive and fantastic schemes to gain more power, his abuse of Smythe causing him to ally with Silvermane (which ties in with the "Return of Hydro Man" arc), it's hard to find some major event in the series that Kingpin ''wasn't'' a part of in some way, directly or indirectly.indirectly.
** Nazi archvillain Red Skull predictably turned up in the Captain America crossover arc--but also turned out to be behind a whole lot of trouble that was not directly related to that, including the fate of Peter Parker's parents, the origin stories of several supervillains and (indirectly) even that of the Black Cat.


* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Handled somewhat better than the 90s ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon -- at least the guns actually look futuristic. Plus, with so many other "super-science" type things going on in this series, it's perhaps justified (compared, at least, to shows where phasers are the only divergence from the present day).

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* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Handled somewhat better than the 90s ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon -- at least the guns actually look futuristic. Plus, with so many other "super-science" type things going on in this series, it's perhaps justified (compared, at least, to shows where phasers are the only divergence from the present day). It does, however, make the occasional normal-looking revolver that appears (but is then never fired) seem somewhat odd among the rest of the ray guns.


''Spider-Man'', [[FanNickname commonly referred to as]] ''Spider-Man: The Animated Series'' after a [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries certain other comic book cartoon that came out around the same time]], is TheNineties AnimatedAdaptation of the popular superhero ComicBook/SpiderMan. Premiering in 1994, it ran for five seasons on Creator/FoxKids. The animated series chronicles the story of a single, nineteen-year-old Peter Parker attending his first year at Empire State University, trying to get by through his part-time job as a photographer for the ''Daily Bugle'', adjusting to new relationships, and growing into his newfound alter-ego as the amazing Spider-Man. The production history has it meant to be a tie-in to a Creator/JamesCameron made ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' movie that [[DevelopmentHell was never made]] (eventually passed over to Creator/SamRaimi to become the well-known film trilogy released over half a decade later).

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''Spider-Man'', [[FanNickname commonly referred to as]] ''Spider-Man: The Animated Series'' after a [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries certain other comic book cartoon that came out around the same time]], is TheNineties AnimatedAdaptation of the popular superhero ComicBook/SpiderMan. Premiering in 1994, it ran for five seasons on Creator/FoxKids. The animated series chronicles the story of a single, nineteen-year-old Peter Parker attending his first year at Empire State University, trying to get by through his part-time job as a photographer for the ''Daily Bugle'', adjusting to new relationships, and growing into his newfound alter-ego as the amazing Spider-Man. The production history has it meant to be a tie-in to a Creator/JamesCameron made ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' movie that [[DevelopmentHell was never made]] (eventually passed over to Creator/SamRaimi to become [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy the well-known film trilogy trilogy]] released over half a decade later).


* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Creator/ChristopherDanielBarnes, who provided Spider-Man's voice, and Creator/RobertHays, the voice of Iron Man, had previously starred together in ''Series/{{Starman}}''. Both were reportedly thrilled at doing a team up.



* RoleReprisal:
** Neil Ross and Linda Gary reprised their respective roles as Norman Osborn and Aunt May in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderMan1981'' (at least until Gary died and was replaced by Julie Bennett, regarding the latter).
** Iona Morris reprised her role from the first season of ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' as Storm in the "Secret Wars" three-parter. That said, she is not the first actress to play the character in this series, as her replacement in ''X-Men'', Alison Sealy-Smith, voiced Storm during the team's earlier guest appearance in "The Mutant Agenda" and "Mutant's Revenge".
** James Avery reprised his role from the first season of ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' as War Machine, likely because of his successor, Dorian Harewood, voicing Tombstone.


* GreaterScopeVillain: '''The Kingpin'''. Seriously, from personally commissioning the creation of the Insidious Six and the three original Spider Slayers, pushing Alistar Smythe into villainy, tormenting Norman Osborn leading to him becoming the Green Goblin (which lead to Harry becoming the second Green Goblin and Mary Jane's dissapearance as well as everything that happened because of those two events), killing Matt Murdock's and tormenting Felicia Hardy's fathers (which led to them becoming Daredevil and Black Cat), his gang war with Silvemane causing ''him'' to adopt more destructive and fantastic schemes to gain more power, his abuse of Smythe causing him to ally with Silvermane (which ties in with the "Return of Hydro Man" arc), it's hard to find some major event in the series that Kingpin ''wasn't'' a part of in some way, directly or indirectly.

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* GreaterScopeVillain: '''The Kingpin'''. Seriously, The Kingpin, from personally commissioning the creation of the Insidious Six and the three original Spider Slayers, pushing Alistar Smythe into villainy, tormenting Norman Osborn leading to him becoming the Green Goblin (which lead to Harry becoming the second Green Goblin and Mary Jane's dissapearance as well as everything that happened because of those two events), killing Matt Murdock's and tormenting Felicia Hardy's fathers (which led to them becoming Daredevil and Black Cat), his gang war with Silvemane causing ''him'' to adopt more destructive and fantastic schemes to gain more power, his abuse of Smythe causing him to ally with Silvermane (which ties in with the "Return of Hydro Man" arc), it's hard to find some major event in the series that Kingpin ''wasn't'' a part of in some way, directly or indirectly.


* GreaterScopeVillain: '''The Kingpin'''. Seriously, from personally commissioning the creation of the Insidious Six and the three original Spider Slayers, pushing Alistar Smythe into villainy, tormenting Norman Osborn leading to him becoming the Green Goblin (which lead to Harry becoming the second Green Goblin and Mary Jane's dissapearance as well as everything that happened because of those two events), killing Matt Murdock's and tormenting Felicia Hardy's fathers (which led to them becoming Daredevil and Black Cat), his gang war with Silvemane causing ''him'' to adopt more destructive and fantastic schemes to gain more power, his abuse of Smythe causing him to ally with Silverman (which ties in with the "Return of Hydro Man" arc), it's hard to find some major event in the series that Kingpin ''wasn't'' a part of in some way, directly or indirectly.

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* GreaterScopeVillain: '''The Kingpin'''. Seriously, from personally commissioning the creation of the Insidious Six and the three original Spider Slayers, pushing Alistar Smythe into villainy, tormenting Norman Osborn leading to him becoming the Green Goblin (which lead to Harry becoming the second Green Goblin and Mary Jane's dissapearance as well as everything that happened because of those two events), killing Matt Murdock's and tormenting Felicia Hardy's fathers (which led to them becoming Daredevil and Black Cat), his gang war with Silvemane causing ''him'' to adopt more destructive and fantastic schemes to gain more power, his abuse of Smythe causing him to ally with Silverman Silvermane (which ties in with the "Return of Hydro Man" arc), it's hard to find some major event in the series that Kingpin ''wasn't'' a part of in some way, directly or indirectly.


* GreaterScopeVillain: '''The Kingpin'''. Seriously, from personally commissioning the creation of the Insidious Six and the three original Spider Slayers, pushing Alistar Smythe into villainy, tormenting Norman Osborn leading to him becoming the Green Goblin (which lead to Harry becoming the second Green Goblin and Mary Jane's dissapearance as well as everything that happened because of those two events), killing Matt Murdock's and tormenting Felicia Hardy's fathers (which led to them becoming Daredevil and Black Cat), his gang war with Silvemane causing ''him'' to adopt more destructive and fantastic schemes to gain more power, his abuse of Smythe causing him to ally with Silverman (which ties in with the "Return of Hydro Man" arc), it's hard to find some major event in the series that Kingpin ''wasnt'' a part of in some way, directly or indirectly.

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* GreaterScopeVillain: '''The Kingpin'''. Seriously, from personally commissioning the creation of the Insidious Six and the three original Spider Slayers, pushing Alistar Smythe into villainy, tormenting Norman Osborn leading to him becoming the Green Goblin (which lead to Harry becoming the second Green Goblin and Mary Jane's dissapearance as well as everything that happened because of those two events), killing Matt Murdock's and tormenting Felicia Hardy's fathers (which led to them becoming Daredevil and Black Cat), his gang war with Silvemane causing ''him'' to adopt more destructive and fantastic schemes to gain more power, his abuse of Smythe causing him to ally with Silverman (which ties in with the "Return of Hydro Man" arc), it's hard to find some major event in the series that Kingpin ''wasnt'' ''wasn't'' a part of in some way, directly or indirectly.


* GreaterScopeVillain: '''The Kingpin''. Seriously, from personally commissioning the creation of the Insidious Six and the three original Spider Slayers, pushing Alistar Smythe into villainy, tormenting Norman Osborn leading to him becoming the Green Goblin (which lead to Harry becoming the second Green Goblin and Mary Jane's dissapearance as well as everything that happened because of those two events), killing Matt Murdock's and tormenting Felicia Hardy's fathers (which led to them becoming Daredevil and Black Cat), his gang war with Silvemane causing ''him'' to adopt more destructive and fantastic schemes to gain more power, his mistreatment of Smythe causing him to ally with Silverman (which ties in with the "Return of Hydro Man" arc), it's hard to find some major event in the series that Kingpin ''wasnt'' a part of in some way, directly or indirectly.

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* GreaterScopeVillain: '''The Kingpin''. Kingpin'''. Seriously, from personally commissioning the creation of the Insidious Six and the three original Spider Slayers, pushing Alistar Smythe into villainy, tormenting Norman Osborn leading to him becoming the Green Goblin (which lead to Harry becoming the second Green Goblin and Mary Jane's dissapearance as well as everything that happened because of those two events), killing Matt Murdock's and tormenting Felicia Hardy's fathers (which led to them becoming Daredevil and Black Cat), his gang war with Silvemane causing ''him'' to adopt more destructive and fantastic schemes to gain more power, his mistreatment abuse of Smythe causing him to ally with Silverman (which ties in with the "Return of Hydro Man" arc), it's hard to find some major event in the series that Kingpin ''wasnt'' a part of in some way, directly or indirectly.

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* GreaterScopeVillain: '''The Kingpin''. Seriously, from personally commissioning the creation of the Insidious Six and the three original Spider Slayers, pushing Alistar Smythe into villainy, tormenting Norman Osborn leading to him becoming the Green Goblin (which lead to Harry becoming the second Green Goblin and Mary Jane's dissapearance as well as everything that happened because of those two events), killing Matt Murdock's and tormenting Felicia Hardy's fathers (which led to them becoming Daredevil and Black Cat), his gang war with Silvemane causing ''him'' to adopt more destructive and fantastic schemes to gain more power, his mistreatment of Smythe causing him to ally with Silverman (which ties in with the "Return of Hydro Man" arc), it's hard to find some major event in the series that Kingpin ''wasnt'' a part of in some way, directly or indirectly.


* LostInImitation: Most tellings of Venom's origin story after this series are at least partly based on this show's version of events. The comic-book Symbiote never actually made Peter more aggressive (though it did take his body on joyrides and tried to permanently bond with him when he learned it was alive).

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* LostInImitation: Most tellings of the Black Suit Spider-Man and Venom's origin story after this series are at least partly based on this show's version of events. The comic-book Symbiote never actually made Peter more aggressive (though or enhance his powers, though it did take his body on joyrides and tried to permanently bond with him when he learned it was alive).alive. Some of this was [[AdaptationDistillation simply streamlining the existing elements]] from the comics into a more cohesive whole (it originated from alien manufacturing equipment in ComicBook/SecretWars, a whole other arc the show adapted much later, whereas this show had astronauts bring it back from a space mission), and being [[FirstInstallmentWins the first adaptation of that story helped a lot there]].

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* PaperThinDisguise: Several seasons of fighting the Kingpin and all his evil schemes, including his elaborate skyscraper base with an extending "secret" landing pad, and they finally acknowledge that [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Fisk is known as a wealthy philanthropist to the public]]. But Peter is also shown as being deceived by the ruse, despite the fact he fought Kingpin several times and he does nothing to hide his 400 pound appearance, [[LimitedWardrobe wearing the exact same suits]]. This, of course, was the arc where Kingpin is slowly exposed for who he was.

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