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->'''Kaine:''' What did you call me?\\
'''Wally:''' The Scarlet Spider. That's your super hero name, right? I heard it on the news.\\
'''Kaine:''' ...I swear to god, I'm being punished.
-->-- ''Scarlet Spider Vol.2 #5''

''Scarlet Spider'' is an alias that has been used by multiple characters in the MarvelUniverse, with the common trait of them being clones, the two most famous to bear the title being clones of the famous superhero SpiderMan specifically, and created during ComicBook/TheCloneSaga.

The original character to handle the title was Ben Reilly, one of the clones of Peter Parker, who used it as a distinction from Peter. The character was one of the few things well-received in the otherwise infamous clone saga. Eventually, Ben took over as Spider-Man after a complicated story that made it unclear who of him or Peter was a clone. He was eventually KilledOffForReal by the ComicBook/GreenGoblin, and Peter Parker re-assumed the Spider-Man identity.

The next time Scarlet Spider was actually a team of 3 SuperSoldier clones of a recently killed [[ComicBook/AvengersTheInitiative Avengers Initiative]] recruit Michael van Patrick, that wore variations of Spider-Man's then recent Iron Spider armor. Named Micheal, Van and Patrick, they briefly aided [[SpiderMan Peter Parker]] in attempting to cover up his recent reveal of his identity during the events of Comicbook/CivilWar. Afterward during the course of their adventures they discovered their clone heritage but by the end of the series only one of the three was still alive and went public with his story to help bring the darker elements of the Initiative to justice.

Another of Peter's long-disappeared clones, [[TheAtoner Kaine]], who was also part of ComicBook/TheCloneSaga, came back during the ''Grim Hunt'' arc, where he made a HeroicSacrifice for Peter Parker and was seemingly KilledOffForReal. Kaine returned in the ''ComicBook/SpiderIsland'' arc, [[BackFromTheDead resurrected]] as a mutated minion of the Jackal. He was eventually cured - with enhanced powers identical to the ones Peter once possessed - by Spider-Man, and helped him defeat the arc's BigBad. After that, he left Manhattan, taking Peter's "Big Time" stealth suit with him, and tried to leave for Mexico. When passing through Houston, Texas on the way there, after [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive breaking up a human trafficking ring on his way out of town]], he finds himself linked to a young girl and a group of Houston residents and eventually decides to stay. Due to [[ConvenientColorChange Madame Web hacking the suit's color modification into being stuck]], local media and people dubbed Kaine the [[InSeriesNickname Scarlet Spider]]. Compared to Ben Reilly, Kaine's incarnation of the Scarlet Spider is darker and more violent due to his past and struggles with his ''[[HeroicLineage heroic impulses]]''.

Kaine Parker is the star of the [[ComicBook/ScarletSpider2012 2012 series]] written by [[WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution Christopher]] [[WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes Yost]]. While his title was cancelled at Issue #25, he's appearing in the ComicBook/MarvelNOW reboot of ''ComicBook/{{New Warriors|2014}}'', also written by Yost. A ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'' tie-in mini-series, called ''Scarlet Spiders'' was released featuring Kaine Parker, [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Jessica Drew]] alongside an alternate version of Ben Reilly that survived.

In the story ''ComicBook/DeadNoMoreTheCloneConspiracy'' it was revealed that [[spoiler:Ben Reilly was cloned by the Jackal in an attempt to improve his cloning technology. In the process, he was driven mad and became the Jackal himself. The upcoming ''Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider'' will focus on Ben and his return to heroics and Kaine as he helps his clone brother come to grips with what he had done as the Jackal.]]
!!Recurring Scarlet Spiders Tropes
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: [[ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire Spiders]].
* AtrociousAlias: Even Ben himself hated the name "the Scarlet Spider" and pretty much everyone else thought it was lame too, but you can't blame him for it because he didn't come up with it; ''Daily Bugle'' reporter Ben Urich takes credit for this.
* CloningBlues: The first and most recent ones were cloned from Peter Parker by the Jackal, though Kaine was dismissed as being defective. The Initiative 'triplets' were also clones.
* {{Expy}}: Of Spider-Man of course; justified in that two of them are clones of him and the other three wore copies of his suits.
* LegacyCharacter: Initially subverted due to multiple attempts to [[TrollingCreator deceive Ben Reilly fans to think he was coming back]]. Then Kaine took the title.

[[folder:Ben Reilly]]
* BadassBiker: During "The Lost Years" Mini and "The Clone Saga" revamp.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: In ''Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy'', it's revealed that the Jackal cloned and killed him dozens of times, until the twenty-seventh clone of Ben finally snapped and nearly killed Warren, relenting at the last second. He then tricked Warren into believing he had been killed and that he was one of his army of clones. He then went on to become the new Anubis-masked Jackal and founded New U Technologies to clone all the people Peter Parker failed to save.]]
* CivvieSpandex: His original "costume" was simply a red spandex suit and mask with and a sleeveless hoodie with a spider on it. The point was Ben didn't have a lot of money and made his costume out of what he could afford (which wasn't much).
* CloneDegeneration: The way it was confirmed he was the clone and not Peter. (Still, most clones died ''because'' they degenerated, unlike Ben, whose body did so after he was killed, so it would seem Ben was a more successful cloning attempt than the others.)
%%* CoolLoser
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Clearly he was active during his wanderings. He was known to have encountered - and possibly fought the demonic villain D'spayre in the past, but the details were never revealed. Other adventures were hinted at.
* ImportantHaircut: He wears his hair differently than Peter and bleaches it blonde to differentiate himself.
* MeaningfulName: He is named after Peter's deceased uncle Ben and uses Aunt May's maiden family name.
* NerdsAreSexy: Well he is Peter's clone; what did you expect?
* WalkingTheEarth: What he did before the Clone Saga; he returned to New York because Aunt May was dying.

* NinetiesAntiHero:
** He once wore an all-black costume with a grey vein motif, a tattered red cape, and Comicbook/{{Batman}}-like arm and leg serrations, as seen during his flashbacks to the Clone Saga, and was also not averse to killing people by ripping their faces off.
** As of the 2012 ''Scarlet Spider'' series, he tries to avoid killing at all costs, even restarting [[spoiler: Kraven's]] heart after stopping it to satisfy the conditions of a mystical connection. However, he remains tempermental, foul-mouthed, and willing to use excessive force in combat.
* AntiHero: Kaine is far less restrained than Peter and Ben were.
* TheAtoner: He doesn't try to dwell on it, but his past does eat at him from time to time, leading him to be this whether he likes it or not.
* BerserkButton: ''Don't'' confuse him with Spider-Man.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: One of the new abilities he has gained since his [[BackFromTheDead revival]] are his "stingers".
* BrokenPedestal: Considers Peter [[spoiler: actually Otto in his body]] to be one after Issue #20.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: A ContinuityNod to Peter Parker, since his revival and recovery from the clone degeneration, he gets black out drunk after 3 beers. The ridiculousness of this is lampshaded, since while Peter is about 5'10" and lean and can therefore be expected to not hold his drink so well, Kaine is listed at 6'4" (though ''Spider Island'' showed them as being the same height), is shown towering over just about everyone else in Houston (save Annabelle's enormous ex-boyfriend) and even after becoming more normally shaped following his resurrection(s), is still built like a tank.
* CameBackStrong: After being killed by Kraven's daughter Ana, Kaine is resurrected [[spoiler: by Ero]] as an anthropomorphic spider and is "reborn" during ''ComicBook/SpiderIsland'' with the powers Peter acquired during ''The Other'' arc. [[note]]This happened to Peter in ''Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 3 Issue 15'', though the Queen was thought responsible for both instances.[[/note]] After being killed by the Lobos siblings, Ero resurrects him a second time by getting him to embrace his Inner Spider in the same manner Peter did in ''The Other''.
* ChameleonCamouflage: His suit, which is actually Peter's stealth suit from the ''Big Time'' arc, allows him to pull this trick off.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Which Kaine refers to as the Parker legacy.
* ClonesArePeopleToo: [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged.]] He wonders if they are abominations but he still tries to save the Gwen Stacy clone.
* CloneDegeneration: Main reason why his powers and his physical appearance looked so different before his resurrection during Spider Island. [[spoiler:As of issue #20, it seems to be back, but is actually an illusion instead.]]
* CloningBlues: Being Spider-Man's self-professed evil clone.
* ColourfulThemeNaming: More so then any of the previous incarnations.
* ConvenientColorChange: Kaine is wearing Peter's Stealth Suit from the ''Big Time'' arc, but the reason it looks so drastically different is because Madame Webb hacked the color scheme. Kaine later figures out how to change it back to its original colouration.
* CursedWithAwesome: According to WordOfGod, Kaine's CloneDegeneration gave him his precognition by amplifying his Spider-Sense.
** The Mark of Kaine was also said to be an amplified wall-crawling trait, specifically using his wall-crawling/clinging powers to stick his hand to someone and then rip it off, leaving a perfect hand-shaped mark. Of course, Peter Parker's "stick-em" powers are powerful enough to do the same (and he actually does it in ''Grim Hunt'', taking revenge on behalf of Kaine), but most of his opponents only have their face exposed, so the results could be very gruesome.
* DeadpanSnarker: he doesn't do it as often as his brothers, but the Parker tendency to quip in fights is still present, albeit considerably darker and more sarcastic.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Kaine usually acts before actually considering any consequences.
* EatenAlive: [[spoiler: The Lobo siblings do this to him. He returns from the dead as the Other and returns the favour]].
* [[EvilTwin Evil Clone]]: Kaine to Peter, originally. Lampshaded by Wolverine when they meet, which Kaine responds to by saying, "Pretty much."
* {{Expy}}: Kaine's version of the Scarlet Spider often gets confused for Spider-Man except for the uniform color, the {{Wolverine}}-like power (his "stingers") and his (phenomenally bad) attitude.
** During the ''Minimum Carnage'' event, a victim of [[SerialKiller Cletus Kasady]] aka [[PersonOfMassDestruction Carnage]] confuses Kaine for the killer.
* GoodIsNotNice: Kaine's first heroic act in Houston, saving a granny from being squashed by a truck, is followed by him yelling and swearing at her for being stupid enough to walk in the road in the first place. He's also a very reluctant superhero, frequently expressing a desire to simply sit on a beach and sip margaritas. When he actually gets round to doing this, it doesn't last and Aracely (a psychic, among many other things) points out that he doesn't really want to do that, deep down, despite his insistence to the contrary.
* HeelFaceTurn: Originally, considered more of a AntiVillain but within recent years he has mellowed. Not, mind you, that he's particularly happy with it.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: doesn't think he's anywhere near the person Peter is or Ben was, and as one comment reveals, doesn't think that he's as smart as them either.
* HeroStoleMyBike: Houston doesn't have enough tall buildings to get around everywhere, so Kaine sometimes has to "improvise".
* HotBlooded: Kaine is more likely to pick a fight than Peter or Ben were.
* IAmAHumanitarian: Post-resurrection #2, Kaine [[spoiler: comes back as a spider-monster and almost eats Aracely, but she uses her powers to restore his human form.]] He's horrified at what he almost did and went into full IAmAMonster mode.
* IAmAMonster: Kaine feels this about himself due to his past [[spoiler:and later due to his Inner Spider following his second resurrection]].
* ImNotAHeroIm: Kaine ''constantly'' tells people he is not a superhero, and not a hero at all. This is despite the fact that he routinely saves people's lives, which he can probably blame on those [[ChronicHeroSyndrome damned Parker genes]].
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Kaine's suit, not only does it allow him to turn invisible and several other features, but it is able to regenerate -which is good because Kaine tends to take massive amounts of ClothingDamage.
* InsistentTerminology: He is ''not'' a superhero.
* KidSidekick: Aracely. [[spoiler:She joins the New Warriors with him after his series ends.]]
* KnightInSourArmor: Not the nicest person.
* MoralityPet: Has one in the form of Aracely, a young Mexican girl he rescued from a human trafficking ring. As of ''ComicBook/NewWarriors'' #9, Justice suggests that he take the New Warriors as this, to keep him on the straight and narrow. The events of ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'' suggest that he took this to heart.
* MyGreatestFailure: Killing the love of his life in "The Lost Years" because she was a DirtyCop. Also, losing Ben Reilly.
* NameOfCain: [[XtremeKoolLetterz Kaine]]. A LampshadeHanging comes up when he goes to a priest for a confession, with said priest saying they have a lot of work to do toward his forgiveness.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Gets the ability to transform into a monstrous humanoid spider creature after his second resurrection.]]
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Especially during his NinetiesAntiHero phase.
* RedemptionDemotion: a partial example. His first resurrection (once he was no longer a giant man-spider thing) took away the cellular degeneration, gave him his stingers and allows him to talk to spiders. But it also took away his supercharged spider-sense, which developed into fully fledged precognition, and his previous levels of SuperStrength, which made him capable of knocking out [[TheJuggernaut the Rhino]] in a single shot (admittedly, this single shot involved Kaine hitting him in the face with most of a building).
* ScarsAreForever: After being scarred in fight early in the 2012 series he gets a tattoo to help cover it up.
** [[spoiler: Kaine's degeneration scars - which vanished after his first resurrection - reappear after he confronts the Jackal. Turns out to be an illusion.]]
* SociopathicHero: Kaine tries to do good but has very little problem using underhanded and almost villainous methods to get the job done.
* SirSwearsalot: Kaine is ''way'' more vulgar than his "brothers", causing Aracely to implement a swear jar.
** It gets to the point where Meland realises that Peter isn't Kaine based on the fact that he isn't yelling swear words at people.
* SupermanStaysOutOfGotham: His attitude toward most superheroes and their issues endangering his new home town of Houston.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler:After Ero persuades Kaine to embrace his Inner Spider like Peter did in ''The Other'', he risks losing control of it and transforming into a feral humanoid spider not-so-coincidentally called "The Other".]]
* {{Yandere}}: He claimed the reason he murdered ComicBook/DoctorOctopus and the Grim Hunter was because he wanted to ''protect'' Peter, claiming he felt a brotherly bond with him.