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Spider-Girl and Family
- Academic Athlete: Was a star member of the basketball team before getting her Spider-Powers, and it's implied she could have gone pro if... well, see Tragic Dream below.
- Amazonian Beauty: Started out on the slender side, but was continually beefed up as the series progressed. Of course this makes sense considering the amount of exercise she'd get fighting supervillains and bounding across New York.
- Ascended Fanboy: Fangirled the Fantastic Five (especially Franklin Richards) and the Avengers even before becoming a superhero.
- Big Man on Campus: May, like her mother, is rather popular. Until her life as Spider-Girl starts messing things up.
- Big Brother Mentor: Never stops trying to be this to April and will certainly be one to Benjy in the future.
- Big Brother Instinct: Don't mess with her little brother. Or try to date her "sister" (at least if your name is Gene Thompson).
- Brainy Brunette: Not quite as much of a nerd as her dad, but she's got the Parker smarts.
- Building Swing: Like her father and "uncle", it's how she gets around.
- Character Development: Daemos killing Peter in Spider-Verse teaches May despair and hatred, and the Spider-Island tie-in revolves around her fully coming to terms with his death.
- Cloning Blues: Angsts about the possibility a few times, but not nearly as much as April.]]
- Costume Copycat: It used to be her Uncle Ben's. She later takes up her father's old costume and renames herself Spider-Woman, but after coming to terms with her father's death designs her own costume that combines aspects of her original's with her father's.
- Dead Little Sister: Was one to April in the Bad Future of Spider-Girl: The End, and loses April by the end of the story.
- Deadpan Snarker: You already know where she gets it.
- Death Glare: When swearing to avenge the murders of her parents and boyfriend, May delivers a chilling Kubrick Stare to Daemos.
- Defeat Means Friendship: May has a habit of reforming her enemies... painfully, if she has to.
- Normie gleefully hangs a lampshade on this at one point.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Four of May's love interests (Brad, J.J., Franklin and Gene) are blondes. Two are evil.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Changing her short Tomboy look for longer locks in Amazing Spider-Girl. Notably the haircut that stuck.
- Expy: Played with but ultimately averted. May has similarities to Peter, MJ and even Ben (Peter lampshades that one) but is her own character. Word of God is that this was deliberate.
- First Kiss/Smooch of Victory: With Brad after Courtney wakes up from her coma. It helped her realize she wasn't really into him anymore, fortunately.
- Forceful Kiss: To Normie. It didn't work out.
- Genre Savvy: Aware of most Comic Book Tropes, due to having grown up in a world with superheroes. Especially Let's You and Him Fight, which she hates falling for.
- Hollywood Nerd: Looks like a Brainy Brunette version of Mary Jane, knows a few things about science, and openly fangirls superheroes.
- Important Haircut: Averted. May kept changing her hairstyle every 10 or so issues just because. Until she finally settled on a look in Amazing Spider-Girl.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Genuinely enjoys being a hero and Jumped at the Call, but increasingly gets frustrated and fed up with all the stress of a superheroine's life.
- I'll Kill You!: Mayday says this to Daemos after he kills her mother and father.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: To emphasize her naivety and as a nod to that other infamous May.
- It's All About Me: Uncle Ben calls her out on taking this attitude in regards to her claiming her father was the only real Spider-Man and that all the others are pathetic fakes.
- Jumped at the Call: She was delighted to learn she'd inherited her father's powers.
- Legacy Character: She took over the local webswinging job from her father, and is wearing her "uncle"'s old costume.
- Mama Bear: Don't threaten or hurt her family. (She must have picked it up from MJ.)
- Mental World: After some whining, she convinces her Spirit Advisor to change the decor... into a shopping mall.
- Most Common Superpower: Depending on the Artist. Most often she's not the bustiest of heroines, but in Amazing Spider-Man #9 she's drawn as being more buxom than usual.
- She's also not fond of Stripperiffic costumes. Mostly because her Dad would never let her wear one.
- Morality Chain: She tries to be one to April, but isn't very successful.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Mayday has the Inheritor Daemos at her mercy, ready to crush a crystal holding Solus', Daemos' father, spirit inside. At that point, she stops and realizes what she's doing. She later regrets not killing him when she had the chance.
- Oblivious to Love: Finally returns Wes's affections in The End
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to April's Red, despite what the costumes might have you believe.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When Daemos kills her father, May is consumed by rage and hatred and swears revenge. Seeing the Superior Spider-Man murder the Master Weaver in cold blood makes her relent, but she later regrets that she didn't kill him.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With April and Darkdevil, depending on how you define "sibling".
- Sleep Cute: Gets a platonic version with Peter.
- Spider-Sense: One of the powers she inherited from her father.
- Stepford Smiler: At times, when things get really bad.
- Take Up My Sword: At the end of Spider-Verse, Mary Jane gives Peter's old Spider-Man costume to May. May declares she's no longer Spider-Girl, but Spider-Woman. Enthralla and Red Queen take advantage of this by hypnotizing everyone into believing she's an impostor who killed Spider-Man and the real Spider-Girl.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: When Earth-616 Peter attempts to console her after the Inheritors steal her baby brother and promises to do whatever it takes to get him back, May angrily snaps that he and all the other Spiders are fakes and that the only real Spider-Man was her father, who was killed by Daemos. After the event, she apologizes to Peter for it.
- Tomboy: Mayday is a dedicated athlete and keeps her hair fairly short.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: May is a sporty, athletic tomboy, in contrast to her fashionable former actress of a mother.
- Tragic Dream: A major subplot of the first series. May stays on the basketball team as long as she can but finds the potential to blow her cover, cheat, and fail to save a life because she was at a match is just too great. Doesn't make the decision any harder on her, though, and she admits to missing the sport terribly in Amazing.
- Tragic Keepsake: Her costume used to belong to Ben Reilly. Her second costume used to belong to her father.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Normie.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Played straight at first, as she was drawn as a female Peter, but averted as the art evolved. Now she resembles both her parents equally.
- Unwanted Harem: Several of her friends and a few of her enemies have fallen for her.
- Wall Crawl: Her wall-crawling ability is markedly different from her father's, being a fair bit stronger for starters. She later suggests to Ben Parker that the other Spiders could do the same things she can if they actually tried.
- "Well Done, Daughter" Girl: Peter gives the So Proud of You speeches on a regular basis but still May struggles a lot with feeling stuck in his shadow and earning his respect.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With May, Darkdevil and Kaine at different points
- Badass Goatee
- Beta Couple: He forms this with MJ, as they're supporting characters rather than protagonists.
- Cain and Abel: He and Kaine still don't get along. Although they get into less fights.
- Character Death: In a tie-in to Spider-Verse, he's killed by Daemos.
- Deadpan Snarker: He may not be Spider-Man anymore, but he's still got a razor-sharp wit.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: He has a shock of white in his hair.
- Evil Twin: May has to fight his from an alternate universe. Also, Kaine, though he's not so bad these days
- Failure Knight: Over his inability to protect Ben Reilly and Baby May.
- Happily Married: He stayed married to MJ in this continuity.
- Handicapped Badass: He lost one of his legs fighting the Green Goblin, which caused him to retire from superheroing.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Spider-Verse he dies fighting Daemos of the Inheritors in order to buy time for his family to escape.
- Papa Wolf: Do not go after his children.
- People Puppets: What Norman Osborn does to him in the last arc of Amazing
- Older and Wiser: He's a good 15 years older here than he is in the mainstream comics, and working for the police has let him develop a lot of skills.
- Overprotective Dad: About May's Spider-Girl antics rather than boys... most of the time.
- Retired Badass: He lost his leg fighting the Green Goblin to the death, and although he acquired a prosthetic he wasn't able to carry on as Spider-Man.
Mary Jane Watson-Parker
- Character Death: In a tie-in to Spider-Verse. She's later revealed to have survived, along with Wes.
- The Farmer and the Viper: Her attempts to comfort April went... badly. Although they probably would've worked had April not been mid Freak Out.
- The Fashionista: Turns out she is the one behind the Spider-Shoppe and has been secretly saving all profits from her spider-themed designs for May and Ben's college funds.
- Funny Background Event: Following Reilly around at Normie and Brenda's wedding.
- Happily Married: She and Peter stayed married in this continuity.
- Mama Bear: Attacked the Green Goblin (Normie) with a lamp. While lecturing him.
- Psychologist Teacher: Becomes the school counselor at Midtown in Amazing.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Compared to Peter. Most of the time.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships Wes/May and May/Normie.
- Talking the Monster to Death:
- How she convinces a student's parents to stop trying to "fix" their mutant daughter.
- When Normie assumed the mantle of the Green Goblin and attacked her, MJ knew exactly who he was and called him out on it since she practically raised him.
Benjamin "Benjy" Parker
- Badass Adorable: Saving MJ with his organic webbing.
- Cheerful Child: He's just a baby, and he's a happy one most of the time.
- The Chosen One: It's revealed that he is the receptacle of the Scion.
- Day in the Limelight/Omake: The L'il Benjy "series" of one-page comics that start showing up in the end of Amazing and Spectacular.
- Dead Guy Junior: Named after both Uncle Bens
- Depending on the Artist: Originally depicted as a blonde (see example) before the art team settled on Fiery Redhead. Also appears as a brunette in May's Mindworm-induced hallucination of the future.
- Evil Detecting Toddler: Can immediately tell that April (disguised as May) is not who she appears to be.
- Fiery Redhead: He inherited his mother's hair color.
- Funny Background Event: Is the subject of these when he's not being adorable
- Tykebomb: Briefly transformed into one in the Carnage storyline.
- Naughty Is Good: Starts growing into this once he gets his spider-powers, using his newfound skills to cause mischief (revealing his secret to his family by pelting May with toys from above for example). In the L'il Benjy "series" he frequently uses them to cause mischief and evade grownups.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Future!Ben looks just like Peter with blue eyes, in May's Mindworm induced hallucinations
- Angel Face, Demon Face: April's costumed form looks similar to a black-and-blue version of Spider-Girl's, but when she becomes Mayhem her eyes become distorted, she frequently forms a wide mouth full of black teeth, and the black markings on her suit become chaotic.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: During her time with the Parkers, she was this to May.
- Anti-Hero Substitute: What she was intended to be. May has to keep April on track to prevent her from injuring or killing people. As "the merciless Mayhem" she breaks with May to become a full-on antiheroine, but after realizing the damage she's caused she returns to the good side and turns back time to sacrifice herself to save her sister.April: The friendly neighborhood days are over! If you want to survive, you need to go grim! Go gritty!
- Bad Future: Causes one when she decides that the only way the world can be fixed is if she kills every other superpowered individual she comes across.
- Bad Powers, Good People: Has powers similar to Carnage, but deep down is a good person.
- Berserk Button: Hates being compared to May, one of the reasons she went rogue as Mayhem.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Can transform her limbs into simple bladed objects.
- Born as an Adult: Came out of the tank a teenager.
- Cloning Blues: April was convinced that it was May who was the clone and that she was the original Parker baby, much like Ben Reilly was.
- Combat Tentacles: Due to being part symbiote she can create tentacles at will and often uses them to complete chores faster.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: During the climactic fight that resulted in May's death, April makes declarations like, "You only saved me to make me look bad!"
- Darker and Edgier: Compared to Spider-Girl, April can come across as malicious, especially as Mayhem.
- Dead Person Impersonation: Tries to invoke My Sibling Will Live Through Me after accidentally killing May, but it fails when Mary Jane sees through her right away.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Ben Reilly, Kaine Parker, and Venom.
- Emo Teen: Due to the whole Cloning Blues thing.Mary Jane: What on—April! What's wrong, sweetheart? Why are you in the dark? Oh, my! Where did you get that outfit—and why are you crying?April: E-everyone hates me. The kids at school... May... even you and Uncle Pete!
- Evil Costume Switch: April normally looked similar to a black-and-blue version of Spider-Girl, but as Mayhem she takes a leaf out of Carnage's costuming department◊.
- Evil-Detecting Baby: Benjy is the first to realize there is something off about "May".
- Evil Twin: Starts out as one of May.
- Freak Out: Has one when she accidentally causes May's death.
- Half-Human Hybrid: She was a clone of May Parker fused at a genetic level to the Venom symbiote.
- Heel–Face Turn: Decides to embrace her dark side and becomes the antiheroine Mayhem, but ultimately sacrifices herself to save May.
- Heroic Sacrifice: April, having been given memories of a Bad Future where May died because of her by her own future self, sacrificed herself to save May.
- Fallen Hero: After May's death, April tried to become a hero. "Tried" here meaning "killed every other super powered individual she could find".
- Femme Fatalons: Due to being half symbiote she could transform her fingers into claws.
- Generation Xerox: To Kaine, being an angsty homicidal clone of a member of the Parker family.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: The combined grief of accidentally killing May, being kicked out of the Parker family, and realizing that she was the real clone causes April to snap and go on a rampage, killing any superhero being she comes across in an effort to make the world a better place.
- Kill and Replace: After causing May's death, April tries to impersonate her as a form of repentance. Mary Jane saw through it right away, figured out what happened, and furiously expelled April from the Parker household. The combined trauma drove April insane.
- Knight Templar: Decides the only way the world can be fixed is if all other superpowered individuals kick the bucket.
- Jagged Mouth: As Mayhem she manifests a mouth full of black teeth that blend into the rest of her mask.
- Mirror Match: Any time she and May fought, due to her being a clone.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Espouses this viewpoint when it comes to crime fighting, killing Tombstone and Hobgoblin, and even threatening to kill May herself if she gets in her way. When she decides to become a hero and make the world a better place, it's by killing all the other superpowered people she can find.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The look of horror on Mayhem's face when the warehouse she and Spider-Girl were fighting in exploded is visible even through the symbiote's Blank White Eyes and More Teeth than the Osmond Family, showing that she never truly intended to kill May and was genuinely remorseful that she'd succeeded.
- My Sibling Will Live Through Me: April tries to invoke this via Dead Person Impersonation after accidentally causing May's death. Unfortunately for her, Mary Jane sees through it right away, and when she figures out what happened furiously kicks April out of the Parker family.
- Nightmare Face: Was capable of manifesting Venom's fanged maw and absurdly long tongue while in human form.
- Nineties Anti-Hero: April is brooding and sarcastic at the best of times. At the worst, she's downright bloodthirsty, and while she lacks some common attributes, as Mayhem she can tick off scary "costume" and scary name as well.
- One-Letter Name: Goes by "Auntie A" in the Bad Future.
- Prehensile Hair: When her symbiote side manifests, her hair looks like it's suspended underwater.
- Punny Name: As April herself put it, "After all, April comes before May".
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: When her actions lead to the government mass-producing copies of Carnage that subsequently go out of control, Mayhem decides to travel back in time and stop herself from killing May.
- Serial-Killer Killer: Adopts this approach to fighting crime, even taking out bigwigs like Tombstone and the Hobgoblin.
- Tele-Frag: When she travels back in time, Future Mayhem appears inside a wall, but lives long enough to transfer her memories to her past self.
- Twin Switch: Impersonated May to make out with Wes, and later tried to take her place in life after accidentally killing her.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: In her grief after May's death and her expulsion from the Parker family, Mayhem kills almost every other superhero out of a belief that it would make the world a better place. This only makes things worse when the government mass-produces clones of Carnage to stop her and they go on a rampage.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: For all that she resents May, she is probably the closest thing April has to be a friend, and April is devastated when she accidentally gets her killed. And see It's Personal above. Twisted, but it shows she cares.
- Whole Costume Reference: April's superhero persona looks almost identical to Spider-Girl, and when she lets her symbiote side surface she occasionally appears similar to Spider-Carnage◊. As Mayhem she looks similar to a black-and-blue Carnage.
Aunt May Parker-Reilly
- I Was Quite a Looker: Appears as her younger, blonder self when guiding Mayday... until Peter recognizes her
- Spirit Advisor
- Disappeared Dad: It's revealed that he's Darkdevil's father.
- Generation Xerox: He and May are similar according to Peter.
- His son reaches out to a troubled clone, just like he did for Kaine.
- Posthumous Character: He was killed by the Green Goblin at the end of the Clone Saga.
- Tragic Keepsake: May inherited his costume.
- Sacrificial Lion: He died saving Peter from the Green Goblin.
- Shrouded in Myth: Somewhat, since Peter has been hesitant to openly discuss the details with May.
- The Atoner: After Ben's death he set out to redeem himself, and even hosts a self-help group for reforming villains.
- Antagonist in Mourning: Was this to Ben Reilly and Daredevil.
- Badass Grandpa: With a Badass Longcoat AND Badass Beard!
- Deal with the Devil: With Zarathos to save Daredevil. It does not go as planned.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: He's gone grey.
- Uncle Wolf: Very protective of his niece and nephews.
- Parental Substitute: Tries to be this to Darkdevil even if the latter is reluctant to trust him again.
- Nice Job Fixing It Anti-Hero: Well, at least Darkdevil won't die of clone degeneration now...
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Over time, he and Darkdevil's relationship softens from bitter enemies into this.
- Armor Piercing Punch: To Kaine after his Deal with the Devil turned him into a demon.
- Badass Bookworm: Studying at ESU (and interning with Foggy Nelson) during the day and patrolling at night.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards May, April and Gerry. Not that he'd ever admit it.
- Depending on the Artist: Like Benjy, his hair color bounced between blonde and red before the artists settled on having a redhead. Fanon is that he tried bleaching his hair to look more like Ben Reilly.
- Freudian Excuse: He was taken in by his maternal aunt and uncle. They turned out to be neglectful and abusive drunks. No wonder he has trouble spitting it out.
- Generation Xerox: Reached out to April like Ben Reilly reached out to Kaine.
- Subverted when you compare his childhood to Peter's. See Freudian Excuse.
- Not to mention fashioning a new identity for himself, just like Ben Reilly and Elizabeth Tyne.
- Jerkass Façade: Gets adorkably nervous talking to Spider-Girl out of costume, and seems to be a bit of a Socially-Awkward Hero in general due to being kind of Married to the Job (both of them). Plus, see Trickster Mentor below.
- No Sell: He's immune to Enthralla's hypnotism. More to the point, looking into his head leaves her in a coma.
- Parental Abandonment: His Dad is dead and his mother is still doing time.
- Pet the Dog: Teams up with Gerry Drew despite how very very very annoying he can be. Not to mention all the Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other moments with Mayday.
- Secret Identity Identity: Does NOT appreciation Doc Magus's suggestion that he exorcise himself and stop being Darkdevil. Although, considering what might happen if he did...
- Secret Keeper: For Kaine. It looked like Doc Magus might become his, but it didn't pan out.
- Trickster Mentor: It's heavily implied that he's hard on Mayday to motivate her into being a little more serious (and safe) in her superheroic pursuits.
- Tsundere: Towards May, big time, though by the end of the series he's openly praising her and even tries to hug her when she's worried about April.
Midtown High Students
- Hollywood Nerd: Averted and played straight. She doesn't have the body type, but she does have the hobbies, and the boys (especially Moose) seem to like her anyway.
- Oblivious to Love: It takes her a while to figure out what's going on with Moose
- Secret Keeper: Heavily implied to have figured it out in The End.
- Shrinking Violet: But she starts to grow out of it
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: They're both Tomboys, but when it comes to boys, May is the Girly Girl
- Heel Realization: After Nancy leaves school thanks to Brad's bullying.
- Mistaken for Cheating: Is convinced Nancy cheated and used her powers to get on the basketball team.
- Operation Jealousy: Tries this to get May to notice Wes. It doesn't work.
- Sassy Black Girl: Averted.
- Secret Keeper: Always seems to be on the cusp on finding out and/or being told. And now that Wes and maybe Courtney know...
- Shipper on Deck: Davida is very anti-May/Gene and pro-May/Wes.
- The Casanova: Implied to be a female version.
- We Used to Be Friends: Fell out with May over the Nancy thing for a while.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls Brad out on his bigotry.
Maurice "Moose" Mansfield
- Berserk Button: You. Hurt. Courtney.
- Dynamic Character: Probably one of, if not the most, dynamic of May's friends.
- Loves My Alter Ego / Mistaken Identity: Mistakes Courtney for Spider-Girl... but falls for her on her own merits.
- Missing Mom: She died of cancer.
- Parental Abandonment: And near the end of Spider-Girl, his dad gets it too.
- Odd Friendship: With Jimmy, who he used to bully, eventually
- Official Couple: With Courtney
- The Symbiote: He's taken over by the Carnage symbiote.
- You Killed My Father: Sees Spider-Girl destroying Carnage (the best hope for curing his Dad's cancer) as this. Sadly, this plotline was never resolved.
- Odd Friendship: With his ex-bully, Moose
- Platonic Life Partners: With Courtney
- Those Two Guys: With Wes in Amazing and Spectacular.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: To May. He gets over it pretty quickly, though. Courtney was one for him.
- What the Hell, Hero?: To Moose after he breaks up with Courtney for "her own good"
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to J.J.'s Veronica... or so it seems
- Betty and Veronica: Poised to be the Veronica to May's Betty, with Brad as the Archie. They both give up on him.
- Fangirl: For Spider-Girl. First seen shopping at the Spider-Shoppe, later posing as Spider-Girl for Jimmy and Wes's comic.
- Romantic Runner-Up: Fears that Brad is only with her because he can't be with May. She's right, which is why she decides to Give Geeks a Chance
Jack "J.J." Jameson / The Buzz
- All There In The Mini: How he got the Buzz suit.
- Betty and Veronica: Initially the Veronica to Brad's Betty. Until Brad turned out to be bigoted against mutants.
- Dating Catwoman: He never figures it out, but May does.
- Generation Xerox: To Spidey, sort of, as he becomes the subject of Jonah's ire due to a misunderstanding.
- Ladykiller in Love: With Nancy Lu. May even states he's a much better boyfriend to her.
- Locked Out of the Loop: His Dating Catwoman situation with May
- Mistaken for Murderer: Of his Big Brother Mentor, no less, which is how he ended up with the Buzz suit
Felicity Thompson / Scarlet Spider II
- Ascended Fangirl: Not quite, but boy, does she try.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: May regards her with about as much respect as one.
- Mommy Issues: Is not happy about Felicia's new partner. She's upset about her parent's divorce rather than her mom being a lesbian.
- Sidekick Glass Ceiling: She never even graduates to sidekick.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He used to be a kind, caring boyfriend. Or so Mays says.
- Dirty Coward: Doesn't handle dangerous situations well.
- Expy: Of Flash pre-Character Development
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: He keeps pressuring May to deepen their physical relationship and goes to Simone when she won't.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: May's reaction to his hooking up with April.
Simone De Santos
- Friends with Benefits: With Gene. Implied as much as you can in an All Ages comic.
- Hidden Depths: Tries to rescue her father from Fury. Too bad it didn't work.
- Missing Mom: Mr. & Mrs. Spider-Man reveals she was gunned down, leading to her father's Start of Darkness
- Back for the Dead: Daemos throws him headfirst into a fireplace, knocking him out, and he's assumed dead after the Parker house burns down. He's later revealed to have survived along with Mary Jane.
- Hidden Depths: Tries to save Simone from Fury, despite not having any powers or idea what he's doing.
- Hyper Awareness: How he figures out April kissed him.
- Just Friends: Both he and May argue this. They're not fooling anyone.
- Perky Goth: Looks a bit like a Rummage Sale Reject leaving Hot Topic... but turns out to be a sweet, sensitive Nice Guy.
Spider-Girl's Friends and Allies
Normie Osborn / The Green Goblin / Venom
- Dark Is Not Evil: His stint as Venom rehabilitates the symbiote.
- In the Blood: Averted. Okay, except maybe for his smarts and best friendship with a Parker.
- Like Brother and Sister: After lots of Ship Tease and Will They or Won't They?.
- Odd Friendship: May, of course, but he and Reilly/Darkdevil seem to have one as well.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Struggles with the pressure Norman Osborn put on him to kill the Parkers, then struggles with everyone assuming he'll go evil.
Brenda Drago Osborn / Raptor
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her parents were less than stellar and her abusive boyfriend manipulated her into stealing for him. Luckily, things got better for her.
- Faux Action Girl: Normie convinced her to retire after losing to Lady Ock, Fury and Hobgoblin. Until she demanded to be let back into battle.
- Odd Friendship: Working together seems to have fostered one with Kaine.
- Recruiting the Criminal: Recruited into Kaine's team as an alternative to going to jail.
Gerald "Gerry" Drew/Spider-Man II
- Actually Pretty Funny: Manages to make Darkdevil smile.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To Spider-Girl and Darkdevil. Despite not being related to them at all.
- Determinator: Desperate to play hero even if he's secretly dying.
- Disappeared Dad: Walked out on him and his mom when Gerry got sick. This might be why he idolizes Peter so much.
- Red Herring: No relation to Peter OR Felicia. He's the son of Jessica Drew.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Promised Peter he would try out a cure invented by Reed Richards. Then we never see him again.
- Body Snatcher: "Borrowed" May's body for a while.
- Big Sister Mentor: Well. She keeps trying, anyway.
- The Cowl to May, who is more of a cape.
- Dating Catwoman: She and Black Tarantula had lots of Foe Yay. Then it was revealed they used to have a thing. Then they started living together. In Spectacular, Fabian proposed.
- The Obi-Wannabe: Because of her May's clashing morals.
- Shoot the Dog: Not above killing bad guys like Fabian's father.
Fabian LaMuerte/Black Tarantula
- Arch-Enemy: He and Araña are this to each other. Among other things.
- Chess Master / Manipulative Bastard: Manages to get and keep the Kingpin's criminal empire after the latter's death. Which he arranged, by the way. At least until he starts losing it all in Spectacular.
- Heel–Face Turn: Gives up a life of crime after his empire implodes in Spectacular.
- Loving a Shadow: It's implied he took an interest in May because she reminded him of Araña.
- Pet the Dog: Seems to genuinely care for Spider-Girl and is in love with Araña despite their complicated history.
- Abusive Parents: Implied to be this for the Face brothers.
- Continuity Nod: She's an old rouge of Phil's from the Green Goblin series.
- Mama Bear: Granted, an evil and abusive version, but still.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes on one following her elder son's death. Somewhat subverted in that she and her surviving son tear a swath through the underground but never get to the people responsible.
- You Killed My Son: Blames Spider-Girl for Crazy Eight's death.
Carnage ( Moose Mansfield & Benjy Parker)
- Body Horror: For Moose. And who knows how it affected Benjy...
- Affably Evil: He's funny, calls his mother and looks out for his little brother. When they're not trying to kill each other. He even compliments a rookie Spider-Girl on her fighting skills!
- Always Someone Better: Funny Face saw him as this.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Funny Face. Sometimes.
- Cain and Abel: Him and Funny most of the time.
- Call Forward: See below. Doubles as a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment.
- Clothes Make the Legend: Seems to think so, since he refuses to wear normal clothes to his trial for the sake of his reputation. Played heartbreakingly straight after his death when we finally see him without the makeup... as he's being buried in a nondescript suit.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Scolds Crazy Eight for not calling their mother more often.
- Foil: In retrospect, it's funny he and fellow Aloof Big Brother big brother Darkdevil were introduced in the same issue.
- Improbable Weapon User: Favors weaponized eight balls.
- Love Martyr: Presumably, Angel Face wasn't any better to him than she was to Funny Face. Yet he still loves her dearly.
- Save the Villain: Subverted. He dies because May didn't and chose to save Gerry from gunfire instead.
- Sibling Team: With Funny Face.
- Always Second Best: To his big brother Crazy Eight. Until his brother dies.
- Creepy Doll: His best friend... er, puppet, Bunky. Who he treats as a real person.
- Freak Out: Over May "trapping" Bunky in webbing. Because "Bunky" is claustrophic due to his mother locking him up in the closet for days at a time. Suddenly that whole "talks to his puppet thing" isn't so funny anymore.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Yes, even when they're not worth it.
- Never My Fault: His brother's death might not have happened if he hadn't exacerbated tensions between the Kingpin and Canis out of sibling rivalry. Naturally, he blames Spider-Girl for it instead.
- Shadow Archetype: Lampshades the similarity between May and Gerry's bickering to his and Crazy Eight's. They're also similar to the ''other'' team of bickering Spider-Kids, Spider-Girl and Darkdevil.
Elan De Juane/Fury the Goblin Queen
Hobgoblin/Roderick KingsleyThe original Hobgoblin, come out of retirement.
- Badass Grandpa: If you do the math.
- Knight of Cerebus: Things go to hell whenever he's around.