- After a fight where he's forced to remove his mask, Peter uses every ounce of his strength to stop a runaway train. He passes out immediately afterwards, and the passengers catch him and set him down on the floor, whereupon they're shocked to see that Spider-Man is "just a kid." Peter then wakes up and a couple kids give him his mask back, as everyone promises they won't tell anyone who he is. This is capped off by their You Shall Not Pass! / Go Through Me reaction to Doc Ock's arrival. It didn't do any good, but the intent was worthy of admiration.
- Doc Ock's last words: "I will not die a monster!" And he didn't.
- Aunt May's words of encouragement to Peter:Too few characters out there, flying around like that, saving old girls like me. And Lord knows, kids like Henry need a hero. Courageous, self-sacrificing people. Setting examples for all of us. Everybody loves a hero. People line up for them, cheer them, scream their names. And years later, they'll tell how they stood in the rain for hours just to get a glimpse of the one who taught them how to hold on a second longer. I believe there's a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally allows us to die with pride, even though sometimes we have to be steady, and give up the thing we want the most, even our dreams.
- Peter's glasses becoming useless again, signifying powers returning. It happens because he needs to save Mary Jane, proving that he really does love her.
- Doc Ock's reaction to learning who Spider-Man is.
- Jameson reestablishing his hatred of Spider-Man right after he realizes the hero has returned can put a smile in a fan's face, as weird as it sounds, because it's such a "all's right in the world" moment for Jonah.
- The Bugle's triumphant "He's Back!" headline shows Jonah's true feelings. He does want Spider-Man around.note
- Peter rescuing the little girl from a burning building without his powers.
- Additionally, the moment in the rescue where the little girl herself tries to help Peter when he's dangling from a hole in the floor. Terrified as she is, it's a brave act for a small child to try to pull him up.
- Ursula's random act of kindness in giving Peter some leftover chocolate cake. This scene cemented her Ensemble Dark Horse status.
- Dr. Octavius describing his college romance with Rosie. It's clear that he still adores her after many years of marriage.
- Mary Jane's line in the last scene "Here I am, standing in your doorway. I've always been standing in your doorway" has a ton of meta significance when one considers that MJ was first revealed to comic readers around the world...standing in Peter's doorway. Even better? MJ calls Peter "Tiger" shortly afterwards, just as she famously did in her big debut.
- May forgiving Peter for his part in Uncle Ben's death.May: It's water over the dam, or under the bridge, or wherever you like it, but, you did a brave thing in telling me the truth, and I'm proud of you.
- Robbie standing up to Jameson, even if it falls on the latter's deaf ears.Jameson: Robbie, here's your page one: 'Masked Menace Terrorizes Town!''Robbie: I told you he's not a menace!
- Harry is willing to let Peter be interrogated by Doctor Octopus in order to figure out where Spider-Man is, and has been pissed at him the whole movie for seemingly siding with the man who killed his dad. But what's the thing he yells after the Doctor as he goes off to get him? "Don't hurt Peter!"
- Additionally, the way he hesitates when it's time to finally get his revenge. He has the knife, ready to kill the one who murdered his father. But the moment he sees it's Peter he just... stops. No matter his feelings, no matter how he's been waiting to get his revenge, he can't bring himself to kill his best friend.
- A small one when Octavius' reactor seems to be working smoothly before the demonstration goes awry: An attendee, presumably an executive of Oscorp, puts a hand on Harry's shoulder to congratulate him on the work he's doing for Norman's company.
- After having to give up the one thing he's ever wanted in the first film and having to go through a lot of misfortune in this one, the fact that Peter Parker finally gets a happy ending deserves to be mentioned. You can just see how happy Pete is after finally being able to get together with the girl of his dreams.
- Peter convincing Octavius to destroy his creation, in lieu of a huge final battle. It hits right to the soul of the character.Otto: I can't destroy it. I won't.Peter: You once spoke to me about intelligence. That it was a gift to be used for the good of mankind.Otto: (nodding) A privilege.Peter: These things have turned you into something you're not. Don't listen to them.Otto: It was my dream.Peter: Sometimes, to do what's right, we have to be steady and give up the thing we want the most. Even our dreams.Otto: You're right.
Heartwarming / Spider-Man 2