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Spider-Man is one of the most well-known Marvel Comics characters (or comics characters, period) of all time. Naturally, the character and other media has been referenced in tons of works since the comics came out.

For characters derived from Spider-Man, see Spider-Man Send-Up.


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    Anime & Manga 

    Asian Animation 
  • In Happy Heroes, robots with costumes of Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man are known to appear every once in a while.
  • In episode 36 of Nana Moon, Keke uses her special badge to transform into a superhero who, with her red-and-blue costume and Projectile Webbing, is very obviously meant to be Spider-Man.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: The title of episode 65, "蜘蛛狼" ("Zhizhu Lang", or "Spider-Wolf" in English) is exactly one Chinese character off from being the Chinese name for Spider-Man ("蜘蛛侠" or "Zhizhu Xia"). Makes sense, since the episode itself is about Wolffy getting Projectile Webbing powers from a Giant Spider.

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 

    Film — Animated 
  • Shrek 2: In the "Accidentally in Love" montage, Fiona and Shrek re-enact the upside-down kiss from the first Spider-Man movie.
  • The Simpsons Movie: Homer has Plopper pretend he's Spider-Pig while singing a parody of the Spider-Man theme song.

    Film — Live-Action 

  • The Dresden Files: In Ghost Story Harry compares his "wizard senses" to "spider sense".
  • Joe from Blue Iguana has Spider-Man pajamas and a Spider-Man lunchbox.
  • The Final Battle in Ready Player One sees several mechas being summoned, one of which is Leopardon from the Japanese adaptation.note 
  • Ethan from Things I Should Have Known complains about watching The Amazing Spider-Man because he thinks the first Spider-Man movie is better.
  • In You Have a Match, Abby's Spider-Man-obsessed brother Mason once cut the sleeves off her red sweater to make a costume. When he thinks she has a spider in her room, he's delighted.
  • In You Look Different in Real Life, Justine imagines herself and the other kids from the documentaries connected by an invisible cord made of something thin but deceptively powerful, like the stuff Spider-Man squirts from his wrists.
  • In Sanctuary, ghost hunters Keira and Logan break into Casswell Park by climbing up the side of the building to the attic window. Vinnie grumbles, "Think they're fucking Spiderman or something." Keira says, "Which one? Are you comparing me to Peter Parker or Ben Reilly or..." Vinnie asks, "Is that really the most important issue you see before you now?" Keira says, "I need to know so I can determine whether that was an insult or not."
  • In The Mermaid Chronicles, Trent makes his girlfriend Maya watch all the Spiderman movies. In Quest for Atlantis, Maya quotes "With great power comes great responsibility" during her graduation speech.
  • In Both Can Be True, Mitch has a Spider-Man sleeping bag.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Skye tells Michael Peterson "With great power comes... a ton of weird crap you don't know about."
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy says her Spider-Sense is tingling. Giles didn't understand the reference.
  • In Cobra Kai, Daniel frequently likens focusing to Spider-Sense.
  • In Community, Troy Barnes is seen wearing Spider-Man pajamas in the opening scene of Season 2.
  • In Kamen Rider Dragon Knight, one of the main characters checks out one incident and dismisses it with "So a spider guy shot webs at you, and then a man dressed like a bat came down and saved you?" before mocking the poor guy for being a comics nerd.

    Professional Wrestling 

    Puppet Shows 
  • Sesame Street: One sketch has Mr. Johnson see Spider-Monster: The Musical, with Grover in the role of Spider-Monster. The entire sketch is a giant Take That! to the disastrous Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, satirizing the dangerous stunts, the number of times it opened and closed, the poor reception, and it even takes a stab at co-creator Bono by having a Muppet monster named after him.

    Video Games 

    Web Comics 

    Web Videos 
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd:
    • One episode involved the Nerd reviewing various Spider-Man video games for the Atari 2600, NES, Game Boy, and Game Boy Advance. Spider-Man (played by Kyle Justin) guest starred in the episode.
    • In Part 2 of his "Wish List" video, the Nerd reviewed Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage for the SNES.
    • In his review of LJN Sports and Marvel Games, the Nerd reviews The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3: Invasion of the Spider Slayers for Game Boy, Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge for the SNES and Game Boy, and Spider-Man for the SNES.
  • Console Wars:
    • In one episode, Greg and Dan see whether the SNES or the Sega Genesis had the better version of the Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage video game.
    • In another episode, Pat and Dan see whether the SNES or the Genesis had the less crappy version of the Venom/Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety game.
    • In another episode, Pat and Dan see whether the SNES or the Genesis had the better version of the Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge game.
  • The Season 4 finale of Epic Rap Battles of History features Stan Lee battling Jim Henson whilst the former using his characters' (including Spidey) gestures throughout the battle.
  • Final Fantasy In A Nutshell: When Final Fantasy X-2 In A Nutshell references the "Friendly Neighborhood Gullwings" line, Spider-Man shows up with the parody series' recurring lawyer to sue for plagiarism.
  • Philosophy Tube: In her video The Politics of Antifa Abigail describes the idea that "anyone who wears a mask in public is bad" as the J. Jonah Jameson approach to political critique.
    "Also, here's a completely unrelated picture of some riot police." (photo of riot police wearing face-hiding gas masks)

    Western Animation 
  • American Dad!: In "Office Spaceman", Roger has an alias named Parker Peters.
  • Amphibia: The episode "Spider-Sprig" is an Affectionate Parody of Spider-Man, with Sprig having abilities similar to the Spidey, a character who's based on Mary-Jane, and a villain with a name, costume, and power reminiscent of Doctor Octopus.
  • Darkwing Duck briefly became an Expy for Spider-Man when a mutated spider-bite resulted in him growing four extra arms and gaining the ability to climb walls and spit webbing from his beak. Once he learned to control his extra limbs, he temporarily changed his name to Arachno-Duck.
  • Family Guy:
    • Spider-Man makes a safety web for Peter.
    • A Cutaway Gag showed Spider-Man after he shot his web at a blonde woman.
    • In "The Former Life of Brian", Herbert is dressed up a Spider-Man for a birthday party.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well", Rainbow Dash frequently says, "Your friendly neighborhood Rainbow Dash is here!"
  • Muppet Babies: Spider-Man guest starred in "Comic Capers," produced by Marvel Productions (whose logo, seen at the end of each Muppet Babies episode, also featured a CGI Spider-Man). Baby Rowlf and Baby Skeeter entered the Spider-Man newspaper comic, and attempted to foil bank robbers. They only succeeded in irritating Stan Lee, in a live-action cameo, who pointed out there was only one Spider-Man. The Stinger for the episode featured Baby Animal and Baby Gonzo disguised as Spider-Man, with Animal on top wearing the mask, until they collide with a building and Gonzo falls from the bottom of the costume.
  • The Owl House: In "Escaping Expulsion", King protests that no one said power comes with responsibility, not knowing someone did say that.
  • Rick and Morty: The Self-Referential Six in "Full Meta Jackrick" are a reference to Spider-Man's Sinister Six.
  • Schoolhouse Rock!: In "Fireworks", the newspapers that the paperboy is selling are printed by the Daily Bugle.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Homer Vs. Dignity", Mr. Burns hires Homer to be his prank monkey. One of the things Mr. Burns has Homer do is buy an issue of Spider-Man #1 from the Android's Dungeon and eat it in front of Comic Book Guy.
    • In "I Am Furious (Yellow)", Stan Lee hums the Spider-Man theme song after breaking Database's 1966 Batmobile toy.
    • In "Simple Simpson", after Homer (as Pie Man) saves Marge from being trampled over, they recreate the upside-down kiss from the first movie.
    • In "Moe'N'a Lisa", J. Jonah Jameson (voiced by J. K. Simmons) appears as the boss of a poetry journal. At the end, he demands photos of Spider-Man. When he's reminded that he's working at a poetry journal, he instead demands poems about Spider-Man. Coincidentally (or not), once he's done giving orders about those poems, Jameson then sarcastically asks "What are you waiting for, Chinese New Year!?", which is something he would later say in Spider-Man 3 (which came out the year after this episode aired).
    • "Homer the Whopper" begins with Bart trolling Comic Book Guy by asking "I've just heard that before Spider-Man was a movie, it was a comic book. Is that possible?" Baffled by Bart's seemingly lack of knowledge, Comic Book Guy exclaims "Suffering Steve Dikto!" before angrily explaining that Spider-Man made his First Appearance in 1962's Amazing Fantasy #15. Bart then trolls him even further by offering to buy eight copies of it due to the 12¢ on the cover, regardless of the fact that mint condition copies of that comic are much more expensive nowadays. Later on, the Lizard appears as an antagonist in the Everyman movie, even attending the premiere of it.
    • The upside-down is included in the montage of famous kisses from movies and TV shows in "Stealing First Base" when Nikki administers CPR to Bart.
  • Smiling Friends: In "Mr. President", during Mr. Frog's campaign video, he throws a pumpkin bomb that reduces some civilians to skeletons similar to the Green Goblin in the first movie in the Sam Raimi trilogy.
  • Static Shock: The spider-themed African hero Anansi has been compared to Spider-Man several times. He patiently explains that no, he can't shoot webs.