Spider-Man is a comic book character that needs no additional introduction. Our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is, according to most polls, the most popular superhero around the world, and we can only agree that Marvel found the right balance between comedy and seriousness in this character. He has appeared in live-action films and series, in animated material, as well as video games, which further increased his popularity. That is why Spider-Man is getting his own article today.
This article is going to include a list of the 25 best and most memorable quotes by Spider-Man, as we’ve heard them within Marvel’s fictional canon universe. We have found some great lines from the movies, as well as the TV shows so we hope you’ll enjoy them!
25. “Have no fear! Spidey is here!”
We thought this would be a great quote to start the article with, since it goes to show what kind of tone most of the quotes are going to have. Spider-Man is probably the most popular superhero around the world and his unique personality has certainly contributed to that popularity.
24. “This is my fault. I brought them up against an enemy they’re not even close to ready for. And now they’re going to die. And it’s all my fault… Just like Marla…Just like Uncle Ben. I didn’t save him. He died because I was weak. Because I wasn’t good enough. I made a promise to him that day that I could never be good enough to keep… But I swore I’d never stop trying. I know I’m not good enough. I never will be. That’s no excuse to stop fighting. No matter how much it scares me. No matter how much it hurts. Ben Parker taught me that. And nothing scares me more than letting him down.”
Spider-Man’s connection to Uncle Ben was truly enormous and very deep. Ben was a father figure to Spider-Man and he taught him several important lessons about life and values. It is therefore not strange that Spider-Man felt such a strong desire not to let Uncle Ben down and that wish drove him forward in most situations.
23. “There’s no way out! She’d never have me as I am–and I just can’t give up being Spider-Man! So, she’ll end up marrying Leeds–and living the quiet, uneventful life she dreams of! There’s only one thing I’ve got to figure out–how do I forget about–the girl I love??”
Spider-Man has been associated with love triangles throughout his crime-fighting career, whether it’s Mary Jane Watson, Gwen Stacy, or Black Cat. He was a nice guy, he was handsome, and he was Spider-Man, so you can understand why they fell for it. The main issue here is that he often couldn’t adjust his life as Peter Parker with his life as Spider-Man.
22. “You can’t arrest me. I’m the good guy”
The police didn’t like Spider-Man in the beginning; their relationship wasn’t all that fruitful. Now, Spider-Man was also a comedian so this line actually reflects both his relationship with the law and his own carefree nature, as he is known for making jokes while fighting crime.
21. “I can do this. It’s not impossible. Not for me. I have great power, resources, and resolve. And I will make this work. Not for Uncle Ben, Captain Stacy, Gwen, Marla, or any of the others I failed in the past. This is for you, for all of the living, for everyone out there! I’m going to make you all proud. You’ll see. I promise.”
This one likewise refers to Spider-Man’s great sense of responsibility, something taught to him by Uncle Ben. Out of all of Marvel’s superheroes, Spider-Man was probably the most responsible one, realizing early on that he also had a role to play in society. This line reflects that point of view.
20. “I can’t let a common cold put me out of action! Otherwise, next time around, I’m liable to cry uncle if I develop some dandruff… or a case of chaffed lips! I might even become the only super-hero in town who won’t fight because he’s got acne!”
Another comedy gold from Spider-Man, but with a twist reflecting his societal responsibility. Spider-Man was, like any other human being, prone to becoming ill but although, as young people usually do, he tended to exaggerate his condition, he was also aware that he had to keep going in spite of it.
19. “Which is worse…? Staying behind while other guys are doing the fighting…? Or fighting in a war that nobody wants… against an enemy you don’t even hate?”
This one’s actually deep, don’t you think? Sure, Spider-Man was young and he wasn’t full of wisdom – wit, certainly, but not wisdom – although he was surrounded by pretty wise characters. Still, this line reflects his own thoughts on superheroism and the fights the heroes are going through while fighting crime or villains.
18. “Whoa! I haven’t seen this many villains, thugs, and lowlifes in one place since I watched C-Span’s coverage of congress yesterday!”
Another political line, which we don’t often see in Spider-Man’s stories, but also a very humorous one, as it was related to his own experience at the time. Spider-Man liked to tell jokes and he would never give up on them, regardless of the situation or context.
17. “Because Flash Thompson is my friend! And if you think you’re going to get away with him, you’re– –you’re– –absolutely right, apparently.”
This is one of those weird situations Spider-Man usually talks about. During a talk, a talk that seems to be quite epic and inspired, the villain just disappears and makes the whole situation unintentionally funny, because that is Spider-Man.
16. “And we shall be called… the Fellowship of the Ring.”
We just had to put this one in because – Spider-Man. Just when you expect something great, epic, and serious, the guy throws in a Tolkien pun and gets away with it with an applause. Kudos to you, my kind sir!
15. “I’ve always felt I was partly responsible for the death of Uncle Ben, because he was killed by a criminal whom I didn’t catch! And now–Aunt May! The two people I’ve loved most in the world–who were like my own father and mother to me–! Yet, their love for me–their kindness to me– has brought them nothing but–tragedy! But it can’t happen again! It mustn’t! It mustn’t! Not to Aunt May!! She’s been too good–too kind–! I can’t pay her back– like this!! There must be some way to save her! There must be! And I’ll find it! Somewhere, somehow–I’ll find it! No matter what the cost–I’ll save her!”
Uncle Ben’s responsibility motto carved itself into Spider-Man’s mind and it was a driving force for him throughout his career. But not only that, but he also felt the responsibility to honor Uncle Ben’s by being the best possible version of himself and by saving all the loved ones from peril, especially Aunt May.
14. “The more I risk my life… the more deadly chances I take… the less good it seems to do! With all my strength … with all my powers… why can’t I ever make things right?”
Self-doubt is something that is certainly good for a superhero. If you become too sure about yourself, you become arrogant and that will, eventually, bring you down. Now, becoming depressed about everything won’t do any good either, but constantly working on yourself is a necessity.
13. “If the cost of silence is the soul of the country…If the cost of tacit support is that we lose the very things that make this nation the greatest in human history, then the price is too high.”
Okay, a bit of Captain America from Spider-Man’s mouth, but he did hang out with Cap long enough to pick something up from him. This was more a political statement than anything else, but it shows one aspect of Spider-Man’s personality that we don’t often get to see, which is why we decided to include it on our list.
12. “And maybe you want to think about what you would call weakness– and others, compassion– isn’t always such a bad thing.”
Compassion is something that comic book characters, especially villains, often considered as a sign of weakness but Spider-Man, who has experience with every such emotion, knows better. He knows how compassion can be a sign of strength and that weaknesses can usually be found within those who think they’re invincible.
11. “Huh. Maybe I should’ve dressed up like a bat instead of a spider. Strike fear into my enemies… Nah. Dumb idea.”
This one’s actually great because it’s hilarious. Spider-Man and Batman – a great combination, although the two of them are completely different. It was a punch thrown at DC but it’s such a great fan that we doubt that even hardcore DC Comics fans will get angry. It certainly made us laugh.
10. “Fate gave me some terrific super-powers, and I realize now that it’s my duty to use them… without doubt… without hesitation!! …and that means Spider-Man is going into action again! I’ll fight as I’ve never fought before!! Nothing will stop me now! For I know at last that a man can’t change his destiny… and I was born to be… Spider-Man!!!”
Well, he wasn’t really born to be Spider-Man, it was an accident, but fate certainly might have had something to do with it. Spider-Man wasn’t always happy with his role as New York’s superhero, but he grew into it and this line illustrates just how deeply he bonded with the role and how important it was for him.
9. “It would be simpler, and more legal, if guys like me registered. If we were regulated, like the AMA or any of those other initial-groups. The problem is that after registration always comes regulation.”
This is actually a reference to the plot of Civil War (both the comic book and the movie), in which Spider-Man expresses his thoughts on the whole concept of superhero registration. As with most things, this question wasn’t fully straightforward and Spider-Man just wanted to avoid regulation, although he wasn’t against registration.
8. “Not gonna happen. I’m not giving up on you. Any of you. There have been plenty of times I wanted to give up on myself. When just about everybody wrote me off. But there was always someone who didn’t. Some of those people are still around… and some aren’t. They believed in me. And there’s no way I’d let them down. I believe in you. And this foot! I know you’ve been through a lot. Things nobody should have to face. But I’ll show you there’s always a better way.”
Another piece of motivation from good ol’ Spidey. Spider-Man wasn’t that much of a philosopher, really, but the guy knew how to motivate people and the best thing about it was that it was absolutely sincere, as it came not only from the heart, but also from his own experience with doubt and trouble.
7. “And I’m Spider-Man. Weird things happen to me all the time.”
A pretty neat introduction, don’t you think? We’d certainly fall for it, without a doubt. And it’s completely true. Sure, Spider-Man had his great moments, but some encounters were truly bizarre and it’s actually no surprise that Spider-Man would introduce himself in such a way.
6. “That’s what I love about this city. Every time I need to hit someone really, really hard, some jerk steps up and volunteers.”
Spider-Man is a New York native and while he was connected to the city in a very profound way, he also had a somewhat informal relationship with it, especially because he knew that there were criminals everywhere around him. Even when he needed to kick someone’s ass.
5. “No matter how small I am–no matter how hopeless everything seems–I mustn’t give up! My size doesn’t matter! Even my life doesn’t matter! No one can win–every battle, but–no man should fall– without a struggle!”
Spider-Man was a very resilient superhero. He seemed weak – small, skinny – but he was strong and he was determined to see his fights through to the end. He did not give up even when faced with much stronger threats, and this line perfectly reflects his view on those things.
4. “My name is Peter Parker, and I’ve been Spider-Man since I was fifteen years old. Any questions?”
An Iron Man-style quote, this line refers to both Peter identifying himself with the persona of Spider-Man and taking “credit” for it. The two have been one person for so long that the line between them practically disappeared and Spider-Man realized that at one point in his life.
3. “Whether a law is right or wrong, moral or immoral, is an idea, a personal philosophy… but it always seems that fights over ideas skip over the barrier into the real world and become battles of real violence.”
Another deep line from Spider-Man, who pondered the nature of a lot of his conflicts. People usually fought over ideas, over ideals, but these non-material fights clearly transferred themselves to real life and became actual, palpable violence. This was the tragedy of Spider-Man’s fights and he was quick to realize it.
2. “You say you don’t want the responsibility? Guess what? People like us…we don’t get a choice.”
This is a twist on Uncle Ben’s motto, with Spider-Man realizing that their responsibility is not a matter of choice, but of necessity. Uncle Ben has been mentioned on here so many times but this one is actually a consequence of his words, a realization that Spider-Man came to all by himself and something that fully reflected his view on heroism.
1. “The wisest man I ever knew told me with great power comes great responsibility.”
That man is Uncle Ben. The full quote continues with: “The smartest man I know lives that. Every day. And I’m proud to call him a friend… …and Stretcho.” The second man is Mr. Fantastic and both of them have been role models for Peter Parker, who wanted to be authentic and remain true to the ideals that he has been taught by the people he loved and respected.
Before we wrap this up, here are a few frequently asked questions regarding Spider-Man quotes.