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Recap / Star vs. the Forces of Evil S2 E22 "Spider With a Top Hat"

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Star's most entertaining spell, Spider with a Top Hat, wants to become a fighting spell instead.


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  • Accidental Truth: Rock the Warnicorn was actually right when he told Spider with a Top Hat "You've got the hat of a warrior" instead of "heart of a warrior".
  • Alien Blood: Rock bleeds rainbow-colored blood.
  • Ascended Fridge Horror: All of Star's creatures are sapient.
  • Badass Adorable: Eventually Spider becomes this with sufficient motivation.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The Aesop looks like it's going to be for Spider to appreciate how useful being an entertainment spell is, only for Spider with a Top Hat to learn he's more than just an entertainment spell: he's Star's most powerful combat spell.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Star's wand holds more than the Glowing Eyes of Doom unicorn that powers it.
  • Call-Back: The Spider's 11th-Hour Superpower comes after he digs inside himself the way Warnicorn told him to, which is identical to how Star previously "dipped down".
  • Continuity Nod:
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    • The beanbag monster star created back in "Sleep Spells" is now one of the combat spells in her wand.
    • The star emblem within the wand looks like the face on the outside, cleaved appearance included. The star shaped pathway for spells on their way out is colored is half pink and half Sickly Green Glow.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For the Spider with a Top Hat Star summoned in "The Other Exchange Student". The other creatures also get some focus.
  • Floating Advice Reminder: Spider remembers his Warnicorn friend's advice in this manner.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Spider offers his fellow creatures some "cold ones"... in this case, cold sodas.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Spider weaponizes his hat cannon in the battle with the wolf.
  • "Hell, Yes!" Moment: Spider when he realizes that his hat turns into a laser cannon.
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  • Heroic BSoD: Spider suffers it when the narwhal tells him that even trying to be a good weapon could get Star hurt.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Spider was fully unaware of his machine gun hat, believing himself to be a non-combatant entertainer.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Spider with a Top Hat is greatly appreciated by his fellow spell creatures since he entertains them, especially after a hard day's work of being summoned by Star. He however wants to be more than just an entertainment spell. He wants to be a badass just like Star's other more combat-based spells.
  • Innocently Insensitive: When Narwhal expresses his and the other spells' appreciation of what Spider does for them, he unintentionally insults Spider.
  • Interspecies Romance: The narwhal with an eyepatch is married to a butterfly. They have a half-butterfly half-narwhal baby.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Spider himself becomes this when he finds out his hat doubles as his main weapon.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: Prior to this episode, Spider with a Top Hat only appeared in "The Other Exchange Student" and in the end credits, having a very minor non-speaking role in both. And in general, the episode explores the daily lives and actions of all of Star's spells.
  • More Dakka: Spider's hat doubles as a Five-Barreled Gatling-Laser strong enough to force the giant wolf to retreat.
  • My God, You Are Serious: When Spider decides to show Narwhal the progress he's made with his combat training, Narwhal assumes that Spider is just kidding around. Spider however immediately reveals that he is being serious. Upon realizing this, Narwhal tries to dissuade Spider from pursuing further explaining that Spider could get himself hurt or worse, get Star killed.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The narwhal ends up starting Spider's Heroic BSoD by being Brutally Honest about how if he tries to fight, Star could get hurt.
  • Noodle Incident: Star and Marco are battling giant wolves that try to eat them.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The creatures know something is up when Spider doesn't wake them up with a funny dance or song and lashes out at them.
  • Pre Asskicking Oneliner: "Hello. I'm spider with a top hat... and a laser cannon."
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder:
    Spider: What, did I fail to entertain you?
    Narwhal: Um... yes, you did.
  • Rousing Speech: Rock, one of the Warnicorns, gives one to Spider when Star summons him in a fight.
  • Secret Weapon: Star refers to Spider with a Tophat as the "strongest spell [she's] got" and he's literally the last thing she summons.
  • Spent Shells Shower: Top-hat-shaped casings fly out as Spider shoots from his hat cannon.
  • Tom Hanks Syndrome: In-Universe: Spider is a consummate entertainer and does invaluable work keeping the spells' morale up, but fears nobody takes him seriously because he is not a combat spell. This turns out to not be the case. Spider with a Top Hat is so rarely cast by Star not because it's an entertaining but combat-useless spell, but because it's her most powerful spell, to be cast when all other spells fail.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Marco questions Star's wisdom in summoning the Spider with a Top Hat.

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