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In a phrase with this construct: 可/太/最 + [adjective/adverb/stative verb] + 了 了 serves as a modal article (rather than tense particle) to express emphasis and is optional. Reference: http://cdmd.cnki.com.cn/Article/CDMD-10475-1012379314.htm
"我最怕蜘蛛了" totally equals "我最怕蜘蛛" from the perspective of grammar and meaning. "了", which is similar to "喔", "吧" and "呀", is an auxiliary word that can be omitted because it doen't have any meaning, but it's very weird to omit it in some situations. Unfortunately, even native speakers can't tell you the exact rule of when to use this auxiliary word. Generally ...
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