Heartwarming / Ultimate Spider-Man

Ultimate Spider-Man, the animated series


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    Season One 

Great Power
  • The little Flash Back to when Peter and MJ were best friends as kids. Talking about how they "ran away forever (being unable to cross the street, they just walked up and down the driveway)" and how they decided to finally "get serious" when they were 12, kissing and immediately going "eewww!" at the same time seconds after. It's really sweet to see that, and to see how they're still best friends to this day.
  • And again, when Peter flashes back to how he first met and became friends with Harry Osborn. Harry and Norman picked Peter up when his bike broke down in the rain, giving him a ride back home. Norman hoped Pete would be a good academic influence on Harry, something he wasn't too keen on. Then Pete started to talk about his Uncle and how he really took care of him and wanted what was best for him. This made Norman genuinely smile, something Harry had always wanted to see.
    Harry: He's smiling. My dad is actually smiling! (Turns to Peter) How'd you do that?
    Peter: It's a gift.
    Peter: (narrating) And since that day, we've been best friends forever.
    • And it really is sweet that Harry loves his father so much that him just smiling makes Harry's day.

  • Fury gets majorly angry that one of them dragged the team into a fight with Doctor Doom and nearly destroyed both the Helicarrier and New York. He says that the one responsible should step forward, because they're off the team. Spider-Man goes to take the rap, and just as he does, the rest of the team does with him. Sure, they may fight, they may get on each others nerves, they may drive each other crazy, but when it comes down to it, they're a real team. They stick together, and they stick up for each other. Fury's response?
    Fury: Don't ever let it happen again... (smiles) Team.

  • Even after Harry's hurt by how Peter's been spending more time with his "new friends", when the Symbiote's on the loose in his apartment, he repeatedly asks about Peter and whether or not he got away safely. Likewise, it's seeing Harry that gives Spidey the willpower needed to break free of the Symbiote.
    • And before that, Peter's mental exposition on why Harry is the best Best Friend ever, even saying he wouldn't have lasted this long in high school without him.


  • Peter's flashbacks to Uncle Ben in "Strange". Also, Peter telling Danny that he's worthy to be Iron Fist, and showing how much respect he has for his teammate.
    • Danny sincerely thanking Peter for believing in him.
  • The episode "Strange" has the villain bring Uncle Ben back in the dream world to haunt Spider-Man about how he couldn't save him. Instead, they just greet each other, and Uncle Ben tells Peter how proud he is of what he's doing, and gives him encouragement. All Peter has to say is:
    Thanks, Uncle Ben. I miss you.
    • The fact that that is their only exchange shows that Uncle Ben died with absolutely no regrets.

  • Luke admitting that it wasn't all Peter's fault that the adventure that day happened, they were supposed to be partners even though Peter said he could handle it, Luke shouldn't have expected him to do it all alone. He also tells Peter, when he's dragging him into the helicarrier that he wouldn't let him take the rap alone either.
    • There's also a small bit with Harry and Danny being lab partners and actually being happy and bonding over it. Especially since a few episodes Harry didn't want anything to do with Peter's new friends until the end where he agreed to try. Which he did.
      • They even do air guitar riffs together!

Home Sick Hulk
  • Spidey and Hulk's interactions.
    • Peter spends most of his time lying to Fury in order to cover for Hulk, aww.

I Am Spider-Man
  • Flash Thompson of all people gets a moment or two. After episode upon episode of being an all around jerk, as well as abandoning Harry to Trapmaster and trying to use Peter as a shield against Venom. Flash (while wearing the spider costume) sees Peter trapped under a statue, then he actually runs back and tries to help him.

The Iron Octopus
  • At the end of episode, Iron Man gives some helpful advice to Spider-Man, advising him to use his instincts. Then it becomes a funny moment when Tony suggests himself as a potential role model and if they hug, he's blasting Spidey to Detroit.

Not a Toy
  • Even from the beginning of the episode, it's obvious that Captain America is very much a Big Brother Mentor to all of the SHIELD cadets.
  • Captain America addressing Coulson by his first name. Coulson is just so flabbergasted it's adorable.

The Attack of the Beetle
  • Peter Parker has complete trust in Coulson to keep his two lives separate. It's really nice how he's more worried about how weird it is that his aunt is going out with his principal then if Coulson will divulge the fact he's Spider-Man or Coulson is undercover.

The Rise of the Goblin
  • Peter calling Norman out for his poor parenting of Harry. Doubles as an MOA, as Norman is currently the Green Goblin, and Spidey is more than holding his own while giving his "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • After the Helicarrier burns down, Luke mentions their home is gone. Peter immediately offers them his place. To top it off, Sam brings flowers and offers to do the dishes (which comes across as a little strange, coming from him).
    • And Aunt May agreeing to go along with it immediately.
    • When describing Luke, Peter says "Big biceps, bigger heart." In fact, he's quite flattering towards all of them, but that one the most.

    Season Two 

The Rhino
  • It was good to see all the speechs get through Flash's thick skull and give him some character growth.
    • Flash trying to apologize, and later defend Alex was nice to see.
    • The episode ends with some of the nicest compliments Spidey has ever gotten on the show.

Kraven the Hunter
  • Ava and Peter bonding in "Kraven the Hunter", with noteworthy moments being Spider-Man talking Ava out of killing Kraven and when she later hugs him.

The Sinister Six
  • "Spider-Man... is... my... friend!" Also counts as an MOA.
    • Spider-Man is advised by Nick Fury that a true leader never gives up, and thus resolves to never give up trying to help Doctor Connors.
  • in an odd way, The Sinister Six going through the trouble of bringing Eletro to the surface when he shorted out instead of just leaving him in the underwater lab.

  • The end where Peter and Harry go to the movies after reconciling. Especially since the reason they reconciled was Peter pulling a successful "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight on Harry, reminding him that the real Harry would never give up on his dad.
    • Bonus points for the end when Harry gives Peter a lift. It was raining, just like when they first met. Especially since the scene in the car implies that Harry knows, or at least is starting to catch on, that Spider-Man and Peter are one and the same. Even though he's not ready to forgive Spider-Man, he's at least ready to try with Peter.
    • Green Goblin telling Harry that his "father would be proud of him" would be this...if it weren't for the fact that he drops Harry from a great height immediately afterword. Plus that crazy Slasher Smile laugh...

House Arrest
  • The bit at the end of House Arrest.
  • House Arrest in general is filled with little tidbits of the team showing just how grateful they are for Aunt May's and Peter's hospitality and how protective they can be.
  • In a way, Fury putting in the security system that caused all the trouble in the first place. And the protocol to replace the house if it ever activated by accident and got demolished.

The Man-Wolf
  • The episode "The Man-Wolf" had some nice bonding moments between Spidey and John.
    • Fury stepping up to defend Spider-Man from Jameson.
    • The biggest surprise of the episode is the fact that Nova saves Spider-Man's life, and doesn't rub it in Spidey's face! Is Nova actually getting nicer?

Journey of the Iron Fist
  • Danny goes back to Kun Lun, leaving all his worldly possessions with Peter. Peter realizes that this also means the huge Mega Corp. Danny inherited, which would make him rich beyond belief. After the Imagine Spot is over, however...
    Spider-Man: Rich would rock, but I'd lose Danny. It wouldn't be enough, obviously. *jumps on a plane to follow him*
    • When it looks like Danny will be staying in Kun Lun permanently, he gives Spider-Man a massive Man Hug.

The Incredible Spider-Hulk
  • Spider-Man's and Hulk's friendship.

Stan By Me
  • The ending not only reveals that Stan the janitor knows Peter's secret identity. Stan also reveals that he's one of the oldest shield agents around, and was one of the guys who came up with the organizations name. One of the most heartwarming nods in the series so far.
    • "Even I can't do it all alone. Hi, Steve."

Ultimate Deadpool
  • Deadpool's reunion with the team. They seem to be the only people in the show who genuinely like him, and despite his beliefs that S.H.I.E.L.D. is "brainwashing" them, he encourages them to stick with Fury's training.

Venom Bomb
  • It's revealed that while Harry and Spider-man still aren't on good terms, Peter still gives him news about his dad as Spider-man, and Harry is willing to hear it without attacking him. At the end of the episode, Peter gives him the news on his dad being supposedly (this is Doc Ock's work, so we'll have to wait and see) cured, and shows him a video of his father resting.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

The Parent Trap
  • When Luke discovers his parents working for Scorpio.
    Spider-Man: Wait, your parents? You mean your mom and dad?
    Power Man: You know another kind?
    Spider-Man: Yes, I do! (an image of aunt May appears)
    • Luke and Peter interaction at the end of the episode.
    • Spider-Man going to help Luke save his parents.
    • Even Fury gets his this episode; he goes straight into manly-hug mode on seeing his old friends alive and well.

Game Over
  • The ending, where Spidey gets his due from Cap and even Wolverine for stopping Arcade.

Second Chance Hero
  • There's a lot of ambiguity on whether or not Norman Osborn has really done a Heel–Face Turn and thus everything that happens involving him could become Harsher in Hindsight, but one thing's for sure: Peter and Harry have reconciled.

Sandman Returns
  • The Return of Andy/Awesome Android and how Spidey reacts to the big guy. Even after Awesome and how he caused a lot of destruction, it shows that Spidey still has a soft side for the big guy.
  • Spider-Man wanting to help Sandman have a Heel–Face Turn and Sandman thanking him for giving him a chance. Even though it it failed miserably, it shows how much of a good guy Spidey is.

  • Spider-Man separating his team in cells and as he fought them one by one as he reminded each of them of events each of them had as a team.

    Season Three 

The Avenging Spider-Man
  • The team actually being happy with Spiderman being a Avenger. Even though Nova and White Tiger act aloof afterwards Power Man translates it as them missing Peter. Heck, when Spiderman return to SHIELD his team look as if there ready to tackle hug him, happy at his return.

Cloak and Dagger
  • Cloak and Dagger's interaction. They may have trust problems with other people but not with each other.

The Vulture
  • The password for Norman Osborn's computer is 'Harry'.

The Spider-Verse
  • The end of the Spider-Verse Saga has the various incarnations of Spider-Man reinspired to be better heroes and they thank him for it. In addition, Norman is fully cured of being the Goblin and in fact has all memory of the last few months wiped, meaning the Goblin within may be gone for good.

Nightmare on Christmas
  • The Christmas episode shows how close the classic team really is. After Spidey wakes up from his nightmare fight with, well, Nightmare, we have the classic SHIELD team spend Christmas with each other. Heck, Nova even tells Spidey that they went looking for him when they didn't get a call. And he thinks he wasn't appreciated.

Contest of Champions
  • Contest of Champions, Part 3. Aunt May knew the whole time.
    • Also, Flash and Amadeus' reactions upon overhear their conversation and knowing their secrets.
    Flash: (While attacking the Grandmaster) Get away from my pal, you dweebus!
    Amadeus: Peter Parker is Spider-Man?! I did not see that coming.
  • The end of Part 4, the Collector agrees to stop collecting things from Earth and decides to take a break from collecting objects too. He's more interested in collecting friendships and relationships with others, the kind that Spider-Man has.

    Season Four 
  • Norman actually created a permanent cure for the Goblin and made sure to use it on himself so he will never turn back into it. Why? He promised his son.
  • In the first part of the season opener Nova shows that he's grown to respect, trust, and believe in Spidey. Even if Spidey ruins the moment from his lack of belief that it just happened it's still incredibly sweet.
    Nova (After Spidey tells him he'll handle the situation with the Tricarrier and that Nova should go help the others): You always do.
  • A retrospective one - after "Force of Nature" reveals just how much Scarlet hates getting wet, it adds a whole new dimension to his jumping in to the Hudson to save Spidey. This gets sour in hindsight with "The New Sinister Six, Part 1" when Scarlet's true colors are revealed.

Miles From Home
  • Much like the comics, Miles' relationship with his parents. It turns out that in this incarnation, Rio Morales is the living parent while Miles' dad Jefferson is implied to have died in the line of duty as a Police Officer. She knows that Miles is Spider-Man and is incredibly supportive of him and Miles has inherited his dedication to responsibility from his late-father.

Iron Vulture
  • Peter compares Miles to a little brother and is shown to be rather protective of him, even if Miles isn't exactly receptive to it.
    • The spiders over all act like a bunch off bickering brothers.
      • Peter stopping Miles from falling of the toy hoverboard.
  • This episode really emphasizes that Norman has changed for the better, at least in regards for his parenting of Harry.
  • Peter and Miles' heart-to-heart at the end.

  • Spidey's absolute refusal to believe Doctor Connors has anything to do with the episode's conflict. Connors may not appear often, but it's clear that there is a high level of trust and respect between the two.

Double Agent Venom
  • Peter's absolute dedication to both save Agent Venom and prove Scarlet Spider wrong about his negative world view of only the strongest survive, as well as his attempts to show Scarlet that friendship is worth having and that he needs to learn to trust again. It turns sour in hindsight with the reveal that Scarlet was really The Mole.
  • Despite all his assertions that they should leave Agent Venom behind and save themselves, as well as his very strong belief that you can't trust or depend on anyone he still follows Spidey's every order. His loyalty towards Peter is proven when he saves both Peter and Flash from being crushed. Again, this turned sour after "The New Sinister 6, Part 1".
  • Flash is shown to have a very positive relationship with his symbiote, viewing it as not only it's own person but a friend and a valued part of the team. Considering most symbiotes go power hungry after getting a host, have a tendency to twist their host's personality into a dark caricature of what it really is and are usually depicted as Always Chaotic Evil in most continuities it's nice to see it get acknowledged that they are their own beings and that they are capable of good.
  • After it's revealed why Rhino betrayed the team Spider-Man doesn't seem the least bit angry. In fact, while obviously feeling the sting of betrayal, Spidey seemed like he'd be willing to give Rhino the benefit of a doubt even before The Reveal.
  • The Power of Friendship is full force this episode with having Rhino preventing Doc Ock from further torturing Agent Venom despite the risk of not getting a cure simply because he didn't want to see Flash in pain.
  • The episode ends with Scarlet Spider going off to have a friendly sparring match with Agent Venom. As with all things, this sours after "The New Sinister 6, Part 1".

  • Peter shows he works on a very heartwarming, if uncommon, version of White and Gray Morality. He understands that not everything is black and white, that not everyone is entirely evil or good, and that sometimes relatively good people do bad things for good reasons, or because they're forced into bad situations. His dedication to instill this bit of wisdom in Cho is the driving point in this episode.
  • His dedication to helping Vulture, and his relationship with Sandman are both this.
    • Not once does he consider subduing Vulture violently, instead using non-lethal methods, or trying to reach out to the good person underneath despite Vulture's free will seeming to have been lost in a previous episode.
    • In regards to Sandman there's the fact that Spidey treats him like a regular person, despite the former's problems. He also quickly figures out that there must be something wrong with Sandman, as he wouldn't go out of his way to threaten Spidey when S.H.I.E.L.D. isn't involved. Then there's Spidey's instant worry that Sandman might be sick due to the above knowledge, and his insistence to use Sandman's real name whenever Cho tries to dehumanizing him shows how much Spidey values Sandman as a person.
  • Cho finally understanding what Spidey has been trying to tell him all episode after Sandman initiates a heart-to-heart and they both reveal that at the end of the day they both just want someone to treat them like friends.
  • The ending, several times over.
    • Cho, finally understanding what Spidey's been trying to teach him, offers the theory that Vulture led them to Sandman not as a trap, but so they could help Sandman because he possibly understood the word "help" when Spider-Man was previously trying to reason with him. The way Peter lights up at this possibility is just uplifting.
    • Unlike what Fury or the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D would have done Spidey actually offers Sandman a place on the team and when the offer is denied Spidey takes him to a quiet place where, while not totally isolated, he won't be bothered by people. Sandman seems quite happy with this arrangement.
    • Cho asking Peter if they can go bowling is this despite the latter's initial confusion.

Forces of Nature
  • Aunt May's interactions with Scarlet Spider, especially her insistence that she sees a good person in him, seeing straight through his Jerkass Façade and naming him after Uncle Ben when Scarlet reveals he doesn't have a name. He rather takes to it. For his part, the hyper-paranoid Scarlet actually lets her take off his mask and seems to genuinely like her - remarkable in a character who seems to hate everyone and everything, and usually assumes the worst of people.
    • In the same vein, Scarlet's continued unwavering trust in Peter and backhanded admiration of him and his 'reckless selflessness'. In the "New Sinister Six" two parter, it's revealed Ben was the spy, making these moments seem less heartwarming and more of a ruse. However, it's these exact moments that allow him to make a Heel–Face Turn and rescue May and Peter.

The New Sinister Six Two-Parter
  • In his final moments, Scarlet Spider renounced his allegiance to Ock and proudly proclaims himself as Ben Reiley, stating that Peter and May made him who he was. This allows him to not only to save them, but make a Heroic Sacrifice to save New York. Even more heartwarming, he does it in the name of Uncle Ben, his namesake, believing he would've done the same thing. Peter didn't disagree.
  • Peter never gave up on Ben even after The Reveal, neither did May. Both believed in him and this allowed him to change.
  • Peter's last ditch attempts to save Ben and his heartbreak when he makes his Heroic Sacrifice shows just how much Ben meant to him.

The Symbiote Saga
  • Harry's reaction to finding out Peter is Spider-Man. Unlike most incarnations where his reaction is somewhere between disgust and anger (given the not so good relationship between Spider-Man and Norman Osborn), he takes the news pretty well. He even tells Peter how the world needs him and says, "My best friend is Spider-Man. How about that?" before destroying Carnage's hive.
  • Peter's reaction upon seeing Harry is okay after he destroys the hive. After losing Scarlet Spider, Peter looked like he couldn't take another loss, especially that of his closest friend.
  • Flash bears no ill will towards Harry it seems after showing him he's Agent Venom. This is nice to see especially after the events of "Anti-Venom".
  • Peter and MJ's interaction after she discovers his, Flash's, and Harry's double lives as heroes. She is very supportive of him and the two even look as though they are about to kiss. They don't but this is a major Ship Tease. Especially Heartwarming for fans who miss the Peter/MJ romance in the mainline comics (although the pair are still promoted as a couple in other comics like the ASM newspaper strip and Renew Your Vows
  • After Peter admits to his friends that he feels he puts them in danger, Harry tells him that it's because of his friendship, his friends at SHIELD, Harry, and the Web Warriors have become better heroes and people and they don't regret the danger for a second. This is especially Heartwarming considering his usual Parker luck and his Guilt Complex, he needed to hear that.

Return to the Spider-Verse
  • In Part four, Spider-Gwen (Yes, that Spider-Gwen) laments that she can't roam around her own home in her Spider-Costume like Peter or Miles. Peter mentions the reason he kept his identity a secret was because he was afraid that his aunt would be scared for him. Afterwards he says that his aunt was actually proud of him. He follows all of this by saying "Parents will surprise you." He sees his aunt as a parent.

The Spider-Slayer Triology
  • Peter and MJ's date in the beginning of part one, the conversation is short and sweet, but it shows their bond has not changed.
  • MJ is completely willing to go along with Spider-Man, despite the danger to it.
  • When Peter voices his concern about MJ possibly being hurt, or killed like Ben Riley was, she says she won't and Peter trusts her.
  • Peter learning Scarlet Spider aka Ben Riley survived his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Ben and Flash reconciling and becoming friends again.

Graduation Day
  • Norman Osborn reveals he regained his memory from when he was the Goblin sometime ago and kept Spider-Man's identity a secret out of respect for his friendship with Harry, and he helped Spidey get his powers back.
  • Just after they are returned to normal Alex and Vulture save Spider-Man from Kraven.
    Alex: Bros before Rhino's.
    • Vulture also mentions that now that he has his memory back, he remembers Spider-Man is his favorite hero.