In the first episode, while Fury is offering Spider-Man the chance to train with S.H.I.E.L.D., the Trapster somehow frees himself just as Spidey asks Fury how ultimate an "Ultimate Spider-Man" they're talking about is. Fury responds by casually looking over his shoulder at the fleeing Trapster, removing his plasma revolver from its holster, and firing seemingly blindly into the air. The plasma-bolt comes down and sheers through a flagpole a couple stories up, causing the pole to fall and hit Trapster on the head, knocking him out cold.
In "Great Responsibility", Spider-Man manages to rally the team behind him to fight the Frightful Four, after just declining to work with them minutes ago. White Tiger also gets one for finally giving Spidey some credit.
Spider-Man: If you wanna save someone, look down there. (gestures to the civilians below) Superhero 101, we can defend ourselves, they can't. Trust me, I've got these meatheads. Go, protect and serve. White Tiger: You heard the man! Spider-Man: She called me "the man"!
Directly following that, the team not only keeps the civilians safe, but also beats down the Frightful Four. Iron Fist especially gets one for taking down Klaw in one blow.
Klaw: You're next. Iron Fist: Now, the scream of chaos shall meet the soul of iron. KI-YAAAAAAHHHHHH! (cue Iron Fist one-shotting Klaw in a single, chi-enhanced punch so powerful, it creates a shockwave that knocks him off the roof and resonates like a sonic boom)
A villainous one for Dr. Doom. When the teen heroes decide to get some respect by attacking Latveria in order to capture him, he sent them a Doombot and let it be captured instead as a part of a Xanatos Gambit. As a result, the helicarrier is nearly destroyed, and even though Spider-Man and the others save the day, Dr. Doom was able to scan their skills, strengths, and weaknesses so he could use them against them in the future.
Made even more awesome by the fact that the heroes attacked of their own accord. Dr. Doom put his plan into motion with no warning whatsoever.
Basically Doctor Doom period! The Doombot alone made the Web-head's Spider-Sense go off a lot harder than usual. Make no mistake, Victor Von Doom is one of the most dangerous men alive.
Iron Fist gets one in "Venom." Not only does he manage to evade the symbiote longer than anyone else on the team (save Spidey), but he even manages to expel it on his own. Even the way he expelled it was awesome. He punched the ground in a fit of rebellion, creating a radial shockwave that literally ripped Venom from his body! He wasn't even phased by the merging/separation process like Flash, Nova, and Luke. He just got back to his feet and rejoined the fray like it was nothing.
Flight of the Iron Spider
Iron Man made an entire suit of armor for Spider-Man...JUST after meeting him. They barely know each other and yet Spidey has his own Spider-Man armor.
And the best part? Iron Man's reason for making the armor? "Because I had an hour to kill"...he made the Iron Spider armor just cause he felt like it.
Iron Spider vs. Iron Man. That is all.
Spiderman:This isn't what I expected our first team up would be like!
Even during a high-speed chase with Living Laser (who's made of light, which should tell you something about how fast he is) Iron Man is still able to maneuver himself so he can wink at a nearby woman, who's so attracted to him that she doesn't even notice Laser fly right by her. Only Tony Stark can take being The Casanova to such awesome levels!
Spider-Man and White Tiger using their heads and beating Taskmaster by turning out the lights, and switching up their weapons so Tasky didn't know how to defend himself.
Not a huge one, but Peter intentionally failing an obstacle course set up by a new gym teacher (actually Taskmaster) just to go the extra mile in keeping his secret identity a secret. His teammates made fun of him, but Peter wasn't even in Taskmaster's top three choices to be Spider-Man.
ExclusiveBack in Black
Spider-Man vs. Venom, both in "Venom" and "Back In Black".
Venom in general: unlike other villains (except Doctor Octopus, Taskmaster, Loki, and Dr. Doom) who are treated as comical, Venom is taken more seriously and in every time he appears in an episode and very few scenes with Venom are played for humor, with Imagine Spots becoming less frequent as a result. Also every time he is defeated, it seems that symbiote is gone, but it always survives. Also his design is rather impressive.
Plus there's the rather brilliant twist that, in this series, Harry is Venom as opposed to Eddie Brock.
How does Spidey win the day in "Field Trip?" He tricks Loki, the god of mischief by hitting him the right in the ego. Loki is flat-out incredulous that he was beaten by a mortal, only for Thor himself to correct him that Spider-Man is "no mere mortal."
Iron Fist with a magical short sword. He dices a giant's club, and then throws the bggest piece back at the giant's head.
Doctor Octopus manages to fight Spidey on nearly equal terms despite never being outside of his lab. And he wins.
Spidey saving Doc Ock from drowning.
When Nightmare tries using Uncle Ben's death to bring down Spider-Man, he waves it off, and gives him one hell of a "reason you suck" speech.
Uncle Ben:(regarding Nightmare) Who's the glummy Gus? Spider-Man/Peter Parker: Mr. Pasty? He's just pathetic. Nightmare, you don't know my Uncle Ben, and you sure as heck don't know me. You think this is some buried secret? Even though I couldn't save him, I live with what happened to Uncle Ben every day, but not in the way you think. I took responsibility for this tragedy, and turned it into something special, helping people every day, as Spider-Man. Guess who taught me that magic trick? :: Cue Curb-Stomp Battle.
AwesomeFor Your Eye Only
Spidey, decked out in a full cadre of badass S.H.I.E.L.D gear, laying waste to the Zodiac forces on the Heli-carrier.
Nick Fury has a communicator in his eyepatch!
Episodes featuring The Beetle usually have more than one. To begin with, Beetle himself is a walking Moment of Awesome, which is saying something since in almost every other adaption he is a joke. But not in this series. In his very first appearance he takes down all of Team Spidey (except for Spidey himself) without them even getting a chance to fight back in less than a minute; successfully holds his own a straight-up fight with all of the team at once; and he would have succeeded in his objective if Jameson hadn't pulled the wool over everybody else's eyes. In his second appearance he would have won against Coulson and Spidey if Aunt May hadn't snuck into that jet's cockpit while he wasn't looking. In his third appearance he out-smarts Hawkeye.
Team Spidey vs. Trapster; as Nick Fury noted, the five are finally starting to work as a team.
To stop Sandman, Spider-Man orders Nova to turn him into glass. And it works. Bonus points for the team really starting to work well and smarter in this episode.
Big time bonus points for Peter reminding us all that he's a lot smarter than people give him credit for, with the plan to incapacitate Sand-Man.
Ava demonstrates her volleyball skills and beans Sam in the head with the ball.
Sam: What happened to no powers!?
Ava: I said no powers. I didn't say no skills.
Damage Control rolling in to help bring down The Wrecking Crew in "Damage".
One for the Wrecking Crew: they actually had a plan. The freaking Wrecking Crew, Dumb Muscle incarnate, had a plan!
And they pulled it off without anyone suspecting anything. The only reason Peter caught them at it was because he was following a completely different lead and happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Hulk figuring out that he is now immune to the infection, since having it once gives him anti-bodies. To reiterate, Hulk was actually smart enough to figure out that he could safely fight the aliens. The best part? He's tapping into the intelligence that he naturally has as Bruce Banner. He may never assume the "Banner" form in the series, but he's still capable of using his skills.
Run Pig Run
Spider-Man decking Loki, complete with visualized comic book sound effect.
Coulson practically yelling at Thor when Thor leads the Hunt into his highschool.
Thor: (Discussing the fact that The Hunt is currently in the high school) I thought you could handle it.
Coulson: I'm a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and a principal of a New York public high school. Of course I can handle it. (grabs and cocks a S.H.I.E.L.D. gun)
The above example is followed by Coulson dual-wielding rifles almost as big as he is, taking on The Hunt alone.
Coulson: No running in the halls!
This troper thought it was awesome that they were able to squeeze so many pig jokes out of that episode (Porky Pig, the Three Little Pigs, "when pigs fly", "toss around the ol' pigskin", etc.)
I Am Spider-ManThe Iron Octopus
Norman Osborn pulling a BFG out from behind his desk and open firing on the Iron-man. And then he goes on to calmly electrocute it.
Iron Doc Ock VS Iron Spider-Man.
Not a Toy
Captain America handing the entire team their rear ends. And lecturing them while he does it.
Nova can fly, is super strong, and can blast you with cosmic energy. So first, Cap tackles him out of the air. Then, when he gets charged, he deftly turns Nova's helmet backwards then steps aside letting him fly into a wall.
Iron Fist managed to get in a good fight. But he can't pin down Captain America's fighting style. When he asks which of the styles he's using, Cap replies;
Captain America: All of the above.
Captain America swiping Spider-man's gloves and web-shooters off of him mid-battle.
Captain America: And that's something I picked up in Brooklyn.
He then proceeds to use them more efficiently than Spider-man, despite never having used them before. Wolverine could barely use the thing's basic functions, if that, but Captain America masters them instantly.
Special points for Spider-man for actually lasting the longest of any of them against Cap. With and without his web shooters.
Just to emphasize our point, in round 2 Cap wagers his own shield to the first one to take him down. And then he wipes the floor with them again.
Hawkeye has an arrow with a communicator in it. Talk about Crazy-Prepared.
When Beetle drops Spidey and Hawkeye toward a construction site, Spider-Man positions himself in front of the Avenger so he takes the brunt of the fall.
The Sinister Six
The episode starts with Spider-Man sparring with the rest of his team in a training exercise on Liberty Island. It's four-against-one, and not one of the other heroes manages to lay a finger on Spidey. There's a reason Fury made him team leader.
The Sinister Six. The last 5 episodes were in fact buildups to bringing in all those villains for their first rendition of the 6, and together, they push Spider-Man to his limits, and eventually require him to bring in The Team to rescue him.
Doctor Octopus gets some props for managing to keep his team mostly focused whenever they start to fray.
The whole episode was an MOA! What with The Lizard having not one but two The Dog Bites Back moments, as well as Spidey rallying his team to switch opponents. And on top of that, Peter's devotion to Curt Conners and the way he tried to save him. And last but certainly not least the Snark-to-Snark Combat between Peter and JJ, during his Epic Hail to the team. This episode is a goldmine all right!
Peter rejecting The Symbiote which turned him into Carnage, which leads to Harry becoming Venom again, and he tries to kill The Green Goblin. The fight between Harry and Norman is a MOA in itself.
It's arguably more awesome when Harry does it, because while Peter had the advantage of Harry convincing the symbiote into taking him back, Harry forced it off his body by sheer force of will.
Apparently, SHIELD has a replica of the entire Parker house on standby.Just in case.
Fury telling J. Jonah Jameson exactly where to stick his Anti-Spiderman ranting:
Fury: Your son is alive for one reason, Jameson, and like it or not, that reason is Spider-Man! Put that in your moustache and chew on it!
The FrankenStark armor.
Itsy Bitsy Spider-Man
Fury vs. The Destroyer. "Get off my ship!"
Journey of the Iron Fist
Danny gaining the second Iron Fist in "Journey of the Iron Fist"
Spidey figuring out that the crown was just an illusion and saving Scorpion even though he was a huge arrogant jerk towards him and Danny counts too.
Spidey managing to beat Deadpool, Cloud Cuckoo Lander extraordinaire, in a fourth wall breaking fantasy battle.
Deadpool beating Taskmaster in a one-on-one fight, negating the latter's photographic reflexes in a manner similar to how he beat him in the comics: being random and break-dancing.
Deadpool in general. Throughout the episode he proves how Crazy Awesome he is by: distracting Nick Fury by filling his office with Deadpool-dressed monkeys, steals a jet from under Iron Man's nose, messes with Spidey's head by breaking into his Imagine Spotsseveral times, wipes the floor with Taskmaster's henchmen several times, said defeat of Taskmaster, and to top it off, The Reveal that he had been manipulating Spidey into helping him get back stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. secrets for him to sell for profit.
Venom Bomb has several moments, but the most amazing is Spider-man in the Iron Spider Armor facing off with Venom IN SPACE!
Not only that, but putting all the power in the forward thrusters and basically destroying most of the Symbiote, while still worrying about the Tri-Carrier self destruct and the fact that his suit is cracking!
Guardians of the Galaxy
This is a whole episode of awesome. An entire episode of Spidey and Nova fighting against an earth destroying dictator with the Guardians.
The Parent Trap
Spider-Man one on one fight with Scorpio.
Luke one on one fight with supers soldierScorpio.
Spider-Man using his intelligence to save Luke from a pit of lava.
How Spider-Man wiped the floors with Scorpio's mooks.He really showed how much he Took a Level in Badass from season one.
This is Marvel's first cartoon to make it to season 3 since X-Men: Evolution! That itself is an MOA.
The Avenging Spider-Man (Part 1)The Avenging Spider-Man (Part 2)Agent Venom
Flash Thompson becomes Agent Venom and finally becomes a super hero. It totally agrees with him, too, because all throughout the episode, he pulls off one awesome moment after another, unleashing the Boisterous Bruiser he had inside him all the while. One of the first things he does after transforming is redirect a volley of Beetle's mini-grenades on instinct using his body, and through the course of the episode, he tears off parts of Beetle's Armor, incorporating it into his own, giving him shoulder-mounted missile launchers and a similar look to his comic incarnation. Even the Heroic Willpower he shows in controlling Venom through Beetle's soundwave and Taskmaster's electric glove is awesome!
The Return of the Guardians of the Galaxy
Surprisingly Nova gets one of these via turning the enemy space ship into SWISS CHEESE!
Nova: I should thank you, Titus. Sometimes I forget what I'm capable of, what I was destined to be. And just so that we're both perfectly clear: You will never take this helmet from me.
The Next Iron-Spider
It's par for the course for her, but Squirrel Girl definitely gets one of these. Not only is this her first fully-voiced animated appearance, but she kicks the episode off in typical Squirrel Girl style, which is hilariously awesome (thus, staying true to her personality from the comics, and role of keeping things fun). With little effort, she and her army of squirrels (which include Tippy Toe, Monkey Joe, and Mr. Lieberman) foil an armored car robbery by Juggernaut. Sure, there's someproperty damage when all is said and done (really the result of Marko flailing around blindly while covered in squirrels), but Doreen continues to uphold her reputation from the comics as one of the most powerful superheroines in the Marvel Universe. Doubles as a Moment of Funny.
Juggernaut (screaming like a little girl): ALL I SEE ARE SQUIRRELS! HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE SQUIRRELS!
It could be argued that making Squirrel Girl a Destructive Savior was a CMOA for the writers, making her less of a Mary Sue but still no less powerful.
The Savage Spider-Man
Not only do we see the first appearance of Man-Spider since the 90's cartoon, but we also get to see him go toe-to-toe with a tyrannosaurus rex, starting off with a three-armed shouryuken, and finishing with a momentum-charged headbutt that knocks it out. Cue Tazan-esque roaring and chest-beating in victory. And then he tries to eat it.
The next generation of SHIELD trained superheroes (Agent Venom, Amadeus Cho, Ka-Zar, and Zabu the sabretooth tiger) really leave their mark, and in a big way. With Spidey's "classic" team teleported to a remote location, it's up to Spider-Man and the new recruits to take back the Tri-Carrier from Taskmaster's Thunderbolts, and the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Scorpion, and the Beetle. They falter for a bit, but when the chips are down and the final battle begins, the kids kick all kinds of ass, and show they're more than worthy to be called "New Warriors." And they even pick up two new members along the way, turning Cloak and Dagger to their side when Taskmaster callously betrays them.
Also, Fury himself acknowledges their accomplishments, and those of Spider-Man, by saying they're ready to take it to the next level. The team is now relocating to SHIELD's global HQ for training: the Triskelion, better known now as "SHIELD Academy."
Fury (to Spider-Man): You proved to me that you could be a SHIELD agent, you proved to me that you could lead a team, and now you proved to me that you can build a team.
A more villainous example, but points definitely go to the Goblin for manipulating Taskmaster and the other players on the field to come out on top at the end of this episode. Not only does he get Taskmaster to break him out of lockup, but he keeps both groups distracted long enough to storm the armory and seize control of the Siege Perilous, and then depart from the battlefield with nary a scratch on him. And even then, he says that it's only a small step in some larger scheme he's hatching! Osborn really knows how to play a long game.
The Spider-Verse Saga
Goblin's true plan is to go to different universe to get DNA samples of every spiderman counterparts in order not just as spiderman but better. He succeeds despite getting beaten by the main Spider-Man and the counterpart, he KNOWS his true identity as Peter Parker and gain the ability to transform into Spider-Goblin.
Spider-man visit every parallel dimension and encourage each of his counterpart not to give up to their duty as a hero (2099, Spider-Ham ), to be brave and not so reckless (Spider-girl, Miles) and to protect others from danger (Noir, Spyder-Knight). This even gives them a chance at redemption on their own universe. Best part is, they even help Spider-man fight off against Goblin and later Electro.