These Spider-Man Memes Do Whatever A Spider Meme Can

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Spider-Man is among the most popular of all comic book superheroes, and has been since his introduction way back in 1962. We're honoring the webslinger with this list of our favorite Spider-Man memes. We've narrowed the picks to fifteen because Spider-Man first appeared in Amazing Fantasy, issue #15.

What Do Spider-Man Memes Mean?

Spider-Man fights New York's most notorious supervillains. But take off the mask and he's still Peter Parker, a young man struggling to find love, pay the rent, and satisfy the unrealistic demands of his boss. Spider-Man memes explore this juxtaposition of hidden powers and common problems.

How Spider-Man Memes Are Used

Spider-Man is an accidental superhero. He isn't always certain what's the best action to take. He often fails, but he never quits. Spider-Man memes reflect these competing traits. Many also acknowledge the fact that spider powers are a bit creepy. 

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The '60s, Man

Spider-Man is popular and that's why there are so many Spider-Man memes.
Spider-Man is popular and that's why there are so many Spider-Man memes.

Let's get this out of the way. Kids today may applaud Spider-Man's appearance in the latest Marvel blockbuster, but he was created back when Baby Boomers were themselves younglings. Those early low-budget cartoons were decidedly trippy. Many Spider-Man memes embrace this old school wackiness.

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Spider-Man Spider-Man Does What?

Spider-Man is actually just a boy.
Spider-Man is actually just a boy.

We carry supercomputers in our pockets and can connect with the world, so how come we often feel so powerless? Spider-Man memes help ease our pain. Even our favorite superhero gets grounded. 

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Just a Man Like One of Us

Life is hard for Spider-Man and for everyman.
Life is hard for Spider-Man and for everyman.

A core theme of Spider-Man is that he's an everyman. He has a hard time getting a date, paying his bills, meeting a deadline—oh, and saving hundreds of lives on a subway careening out of control. Spider-Man memes know exactly what that feels like.

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Deadpool Is Not Spider-Man

Spider-Man only looks like Deadpool.
Spider-Man only looks like Deadpool.

The internet loves to juxtapose the raunchy humor from Deadpool with the casual heroics of Spider-Man. The two masked heroes look alike, but certainly don't act alike. There's a slew of similar Deadpool meets Spider-Man memes out there, most less discreet than our favorite.

 

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Spider-Man at Hogwarts

Spider-Man does not go to Hogwarts.
Spider-Man does not go to Hogwarts.

He's a man. He's a spider. He's a ... Gryffindor? People love mashing up their favorite superhero with their favorite wizard, Harry Potter. Both lost their parents at a young age and both made tragic missteps while learning to harness their powers. Spider-Man meets Harry Potter was bound to be turned into a meme. 

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Spidey Powers Are Weird

Being a spider-man is weird.
Being Spider-Man is weird.

He comes out at night, sneaks around, leaps about, spins a web, all like a spider. Superpowers are great, but the life of a superhero can get weird. Ever notice? The Internet has. 

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Spidey Villains Are More Weird

Spider-Man villains are weird, too.
Spider-Man villains are weird, too.

A man with spider-like powers may seem weird to some, but the villains who populate Spider-Man's world are especially weird. Count on the internet to make them weirder. 

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Which Spider-Man Is Which

Many actors have played Spider-Man for Sony and Marvel.
Many actors have played Spider-Man for Sony and Marvel.

When you think Iron Man, you think Robert Downey, Jr. Chris Evans is Captain America. But, Spider-Man? His movies have featured actors Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland. He's played by yet another actor on Broadway. This doesn't even take into account the different incarnations of Spider-Man in comic book form. (No, it's not always Peter Parker.) Spider-Man memes happily play with this merry-go-round of Spider-Men.

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It's My Money and I Need It Now

Spider-Man is a superhero but always in need of some quick cash.
Spider-Man is a superhero always in need of some quick cash.

Take off the mask and Spider-Man is more struggling artist than conquering superhero. He's always broke and life in the big city isn't cheap. Spider-Man memes have the solution: call J.G. Wentworth. Now!

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Spider-Man Villains Also Have Day Jobs

Even Spider-Man villains like Green Goblin sometimes have to behave.
Even Spider-Man villains like Green Goblin sometimes have to behave.

Just like Peter Parker when he takes off the mask, many Spider-Man villains also have day jobs. Spider-Man memes understand. Everyone's got a boss.

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O Captain! My Captain!

Spider-Man finally appears in a Marvel film, but it's about Captain America.
Spider-Man finally appears in a Marvel film, but it's about Captain America.

It took Marvel so long to secure the film rights to its own creation that two Spider-Man actors outgrew the role. Then, after years of fan anticipation, Spider-Man finally appeared in a big budget Marvel film—about Captain America. Spider-Man memes are not amused. 

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All Man But Not All Spider

Spider-Man is more man than spider.
Spider-Man is more man than spider.

Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider. This endowed him with numerous spidey powers. But what else? The internet is curious.

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Spider-Man Cries A Lot

Tobey Maguire cries a lot in Spider-Man movies.
Tobey Maguire cries a lot in Spider-Man movies.

Everywhere Peter Parker turns, there's a reminder that his beloved Uncle Ben is dead. Also, Toby Maguire cries a lot in the Spider-Man movies. Spider-Man memes smell opportunity.

 

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Haters Gonna Hate

J. Jonah Jameson is not a nice boss.
J. Jonah Jameson is not a nice boss.

News editor J. Jonah Jameson, Jr. doesn't care much for Peter Parker and he positively can't stand Spider-Man. Also, he kinda looks like ... Hitler? Maybe Spider-Man creator Stan Lee never cared much for his real-life boss?

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Tony Stark Makes You Feel (Like A Woman)

Spider-Man needs a father figure.
Spider-Man needs a father figure.

Peter Parker craves a father figure. Tony Stark is there to help. The internet is there to make fun of all this, particularly after actor Tom Holland dressed as a woman for the popular TV show Lip Sync Battle.