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    • Professor Monster is the alien leader of the Iron Cross Army, leading them on a crusade of death and terror throughout the galaxy that led to the destruction of Planet Spider and all the misery in the show that follows in his subsequent schemes to take over Earth. Monster creates Machine BEMs by having innocents kidnapped and transformed into monsters which kill dozens, even unleashing some on their loved ones, while enforcing a no-witness policy that kills dozens more, Takuya Yamashiro's father included. Throughout the series, Monster attempts to create an army of modified humans by subjecting countless people to torturous experiments, resurrecting those who die numerous times; attempts to annihilate all the major cities in Japan with missiles, and separately attempts to annihilate Tokyo simply as his four-hundredth "anniversary" on Earth; reveals he maintains his immortality by harvesting and drinking the blood of countless people; attempts to unleash a lethal nerve gas on the Interpol building, having it tested on people the Iron Cross has trapped in debt slavery; tortures and abuses his minions, even sacrificing a base full of them; and finally attempts to wipe out every major city in the world to take over whatever remains, even murdering his commander Amazoness for having failed him.
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    • The aforementioned Amazoness is the savage right hand of Professor Monster and a brutal, unforgiving woman who embodies a Child Hater killer. Carrying out Professor Monster's wicked demands, Amazoness leads attacks to kill countless civilians and murder the innocent while setting up a cult to sacrifice others to Professor Monster. When Takuya begins getting involved with helping children, Amazoness is always there to try to murder them, starting with her attempt to gouge out a little girl's eyes, attempting to use nerve gas on a little boy after practicing its use on adults, trying to burn a child alive, and trying to blow up a packed amusement park and leading terrorist attacks through Tokyo while gloating one targeted building has eight thousand people in it. Amazoness is also fond of torture on captives, while later capturing martial artists to fight death matches to determine who will be turned into Professor Monster's machine slaves, with her greatest ambition being to assist in utterly annihilating humanity for the Iron Cross army to rule the remainder.
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  • Dancing Bear: Most comic book readers are aware of this series because the character appears in Spider-Verse and Spider-Geddon (and, in-story, a Spider-Man with a giant mecha provides an edge that most Spider people lack). Other people may had become aware of its thanks to the Honest Trailers video (and the usual Pandering to the Base section came empty, they admited that nobody really asked for that video, but they rather made it by their own initiative).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Episode 5 has a plot point of Spider-Man performing a blood transfusion to save someone's life.
    • He introduces himself as "The emissary of Hell, Spider-Man!". This was over 25 years before One More Day.
  • Memetic Mutation: "The emissary of Hell, Spider-Man!"
  • Narm Charm: Par for the course with Showa-Era Tokusatsu, the show is kind of cheesy but it still works because of the awesome kaiju fights and this continuity's Spider-Man still being true to what the character is about.
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  • So Bad, It's Good: Part of the show's appeal to fans is how hilariously hokey it can get at times. Also, unlike most adaptations of beloved properties, even the show's sharp deviations from the source material are widely considered part of its charm, precisely because of how ridiculous they tend to be.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: In one episode, Spider-Man has to give a kid a blood transfusion. The kid does not gain superpowers.
    • Some have cited Toei not using any established villains from the comics as wasted potential as well.
  • Vindicated by History: In a way; while the show did quickly become a big hit in its native Japan, western viewers who even knew about its existence back in the day tended to regard it as a silly curiosity at best. However, the rise of the Internet has helped raise the show's profile tremendously in the West, especially after Marvel themselves began streaming the entire series on their website in 2009note , culminating in Takuya and Leopardon getting to appear in the actual comics alongside Marvel's main Spider-People (including Peter Parker himself).
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Yes, there's a lot of cheese, but the Spider-Man suit is pretty good, especially when you consider how bad the suit in The Amazing Spider-Man (1978) looked.
    • In general a great deal of effort was put into the series from the camera team and the stunt actors, resulting in some impressive actions scenes that have Spider-Man display exactly the kind of athleticism you might expect. There are even numerous scenes where he climbs on walls, which couldn't have been easy to do back in the Seventies.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: While it does work almost note-for-note like a typical tokusatsu series, Spider-Man contains some rather impressive violence for its time. There's blatant murder in the show (see Crying Wolf on the main page), shots of civilians being killed on-screen are commonplace, and one particular scene (used in the official YouTube trailer by MARVEL, no less) where a cat gets sliced in half with a katana. While it is true that there is very little or no blood in the show to speak of, the amount of violence in the show would be rather unsettling for modern child and pre-teen viewers. However, the way they show the cat (which was, to be fair, a murderous cat demon) being sliced in half is by freezing the frame on the cat and having the image split apart on screen. Also notable is the fact that about halfway through, the episodes get noticeably lighter and focus more on Spider-Man helping out kids and less on the somewhat unnerving brutality of the earlier episodes.


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