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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 a common trait of them to be clones and the two most famous to bear the title being clones of the famous superhero SpiderMan and created from 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 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, where he [[BackFromTheDead returns]] 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 current Scarlet Spider and star of the ongoing series started in 2012 written by [[WesternAnimation/{{X-MenEvolution}} Christopher]] [[WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes Yost]]. While his title was cancelled at Issue #25, he's appearing in the Marvel NOW reboot of ''ComicBook/NewWarriors'', also written by Yost. A ComicBook/SpiderVerse Tie in mini-series, called ''Scarlet Spiders'' is set to have Kaine Parker, [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Jessica Drew]] alongside an alternate version of Ben Reilly that survived.
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!!Recurring Scarlet Spiders Tropes
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: [[ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire Spiders]].
* 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.
* FailOSuckyname: 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.
* LegacyCharacter: Initially subverted due to multiple attempts to [[TrollingCreator deceive Ben Reilly fans in the idea of his return]]. Then Kaine took the title.


!!Tropes Applying to Ben Reilly:
* BadassBiker
* 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'' the 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
* ImportantHaircut: He wears his hair differently than Peter and bleaches it blonde to differenciate himself.
* KilledOffForReal
* 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?


!!Tropes Applying to Kaine:
* AntiHero: Kaine is far less restrained than Peter and Ben were.
** NinetiesAntiHero: Unlike Peter and Ben, he is more than willing to cross the line of killing.
* TheAtoner: He doesn't try to dwell on it but his past does eat at him from this from time to time
* BerserkButton: ''Don't'' confuse him with Spider-Man.
** Do ''not'' mess with his friends. A group of robbers learned this the hard way after one of them took Annabelle hostage.
* 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.
* 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 coloration.
* CursedWithAwesome: According to WordOfGod, Kaine's CloneDegeneration gave him his precognition - 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, but most of his opponents only have their face exposed, so the results could be very gruesome.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Kaine usually acts before actually considering any consequences.
* [[EvilTwin Evil Clone]]: Kaine to Peter, originally. Lampshaded by Wolverine when they meet.
* {{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 attitude.
** During the ''Minimum Carnage'' event, a victim of [[SerialKiller Cletus Kasady]] aka [[PersonOfMassDestruction Carnage]] confuses Kaine for the killer.
* HeelFaceTurn: Originally, considered more of a AntiVillain but within recent years he has mellowed.
* HeroStoleMyBike: Houston doesn't have enough tall buildings to get around everywhere, so Kaine is not immune to ''improvising''.
* HotBlooded: Kaine is more likely to pick a fight than Peter or Ben were.
* IAmAHumanitarian: [[spoiler: Post-resurrection #2, Kaine comes back as a spider-monster and almost eats Aracely, but she uses her powers to restore his human form.]]
* 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 taking massive amounts of ClothingDamage.
* InsistentTerminology: He is ''not'' a superhero.
* KidSidekick: Aracely, [[spoiler:who joins him after his series ends and into the New Warriors.]]
* KnightInSourArmor: Not the nicest person.
* MoralityPet: Has one in the form of Aracely, a young Mexican girl he rescued from a human trafficking ring.
* MyGreatestFailure: Killing the love of his life in "The Lost Years" because she was a DirtyCop. Also, losing Ben Reilly.
* NameOfCain: [[XtremeKoolLetterz Kaine]].
* 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 Wars, and was also not averse to killing people by ripping their faces off.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Gets the ability to transform into a monstrous humanoid spider creature after his second resurrection.]]
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Especially during his NinetiesAntiHero phase.
* 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.
* SupermanStaysOutOfGotham: His attitude toward most superheroes and their issues endangering his new hometown 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 DoctorOctopus and the Grim Hunter was because he wanted to ''protect'' Peter, claiming he felt a brotherly bond with him.

!! Scarlet Spider (2012) comic series contains examples of:
* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: The Armadillo in issue 16. [[spoiler:Though it's really just another example of LoveMakesYouDumb]].
* AchillesInHisTent: Kaine after [[spoiler:failing to save over two dozen Houston citizens from dying]] at the end of ''Minimum Carnage''.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Kraven got killed like he wanted. Even though Kaine revived him, he doesn't need him to kill him anymore and he managed to leave Meland critically injured.]]
* BattleAmongstTheFlames: Kaine vs Salamander in the hospital, and later Kaine vs Ana Kraven in Issue 6.
* BittersweetEnding: The Series Finale. [[spoiler: Kaine manages to save everyone when the hotel exploded, but he was forced into his monster form to do so and had to leave Houston with Aracely.]]
* CallBack: Kaine's first and second resurrections have connections to ''Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 3 Issue 15'' and ''The Other'', respectively.
* ChristmasEpisode: Issue 12.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: [[spoiler:Kaine does this with Zoe at the end of the Second Master arc, as shown by her later appearance in Issue #24.]]
* CurbStompBattle: Kaine vs. the Assassins Guild members that came to kill him.
* DarkestHour: The Into The Grave arc.
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler: Kaine makes a deal with the Assassins Guild to stop the contract they have on Dr. Donald Meland by the only remaining family of a former patient.]]
** [[spoiler: After being killed by the Lobos siblings, Kaine makes a deal with [[TheWormThatWalks Ero]] to be reborn in the same manner Peter was after being killed by Morlun during ''The Other'' story arc.]]
** You should be starting to see where the tagline comes from... Kaine makes one with [[spoiler:[[TheKingpin Fisk]]]] to get the Assassin's Guild off his back, by agreeing to soften them up so they could be forcibly taken over.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler: Kraven the Hunter's sole goal now is to have Kaine kill him, since he's the only one who can. He succeeded, and was resurrected in full.]]
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler: Annabelle]] is too scared of [[spoiler: Kaine]] after he turns into a monster, and by the time of ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #1, she hates him.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Kaine's MO, [[spoiler: including sleeping with Zoe right after saving her as Scarlet Spider, and therefore revealing his (and possibly Peter Parker's) identity to her.]]
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Aracely has a dream like in Issue #24.
* FanServicePack: When Aracely debuted she looked between 12 and 14. By the series' conclusion she looked around 16.
* FriendOnTheForce: Officer Wally Layton. [[spoiler:Right up until Meland gets critically injured.]]
* GoryDiscretionShot: Notable especially during the ''In the Midst of Wolves'' arc for several including drug usage [[spoiler:and a scene with the main character being eaten alive]].
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: [[spoiler:Kraven and his clan.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Kaine shoves his stinger into Carnage's brain, and later into Wolverine's heart. Wolverine healed pretty quickly, and as of ''Superior Carnage'', so has Kasady.]]
* InSeriesNickname: He is often referred to as Scarlet Spider by the cops and media, but Carnage liked to call him "Not Spider-Man".
* KaleidoscopeHair: Annabelle, whose air went from red to pink, and eventually blonde, as seen in ''Amazing Spider-Man'' 1.
* KidSidekick: Aracely, who may actually be [[spoiler: the Aztec sun/war god Huitzilopochtli. She later becomes this in full by taking on the alias Hummingbird and helping Kaine chase down Wolverine, infiltrating the X-Men's school and using the same disguise as her hero outfit in later stories.]]
* MegaCorp: Roxxon [[spoiler: who were responsible for hiring the traffickers to bring over Aracely as a test subject and awakening Mammon.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler: The Lobos siblings give Kaine one of these in issue 13, [[JustEatHim the ending isn't pretty]].]] Kaine later returns the favour.
* NotSoDifferent: Kaine and the villain known as The Mark.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: [[spoiler: The Lobos Cartel get brought in to deal with Kaine.]]
* OverlyLongName: Aracely's full name is Maria Aracely Josefina Penalba de las Heras.
* ProfessionalKiller: The Assassin's Guild.
* ShapeshiftingSeducer: [[spoiler: A Shapeshifter sleeps with Kaine while in the form of his current girlfriend. The real one shows up later.]]
* SharingABody: [[spoiler: According to Beast, Aracely is sharing a body with something else. Could be why everyone is trying to kill her.]]
* SuperTeam: The Rangers are (apparently) the Southwest's only heroes, barring Kaine, and consist of Texas Twister, Firebird, Fifty-One, Living Lightning, Shooting Star and Red Wolf. They tried to welcome Kaine into the group afterwards... he rejected the offer. Violently.
** Kaine [[spoiler: despite quitting being the Scarlet Spider at the end of Issue 25]], has been announced as joining the newest incarnation of the NewWarriors along with Aracely, who's taken up the Hummingbird mantle full-time.
* SymbolSwearing: Actually happens quite a bit in the series and not just limited to Kaine.
** Which eventually leads to Aracely creating a swear jar. [[RunningGag Pretty much any instance of a character swearing is met by other characters yelling "JAR!" now.]]
* TheTeamBenefactor: Kaine thanks to his stealing money from human traffickers and drug dealers. [[spoiler:Does this again to fund his trip to Mexico to find Aracely's mother.]]
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: [[spoiler: Turns out Kaine came up with a plan to take down the Assassin's Guild with Wolverine and the fight in ''Issue 17'' was the set up... at least until he put the stinger into his heart after going evil for a moment. He topped it with another one in the next issue by revealing he had Wilson Fisk absorb the Assassin's Guild after they softened them up.]]
* WireDilemma: Kaine and Wally have this issue after locating a nuclear TimeBomb, they spent most of the issue trying to find it and not knowing [[BombDisposal what to do after they found it]]. Kaine simply resorted to [[CuttingTheKnot ripping out the wires]]. He reasons they were screwed either way.