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AKA: Andrew Maguire
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #692
"Put the knife down and let the lady go. Sweet. I just said that thing super heroes say!"
- The Atoner: In the Alpha: Big Time mini-series he really wants to make up for his mistakes. When he believed he killed a mugger by accident he was ready to get arrested and depowered again.
- Butt Monkey: Without his powers (and the confidence boost that comes with them) he is pretty much this.
- Cannot Talk to Women: Before he got his powers.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: After his actions as Alpha, no one has a good image of him. The kids at his school think he is a freak and the adults think he is a doofy kid.
- Instant Expert: During his first appearances it looked like this was the case since he was kicking ass even outshining Thor, but then you realize that all his first fights were against giant monsters and when the time came for him to stop a regular burglar, this trope is subverted.
- Jerkass: He became the total package after getting his powers. After he lost them, he became more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Jumped at the Call: The day he got powers was his best day ever, although he jumped more because of the fame and noteworthiness rather than his desire to help.
- But later in his mini, it was revealed that deep inside he just wants to be normal.
- Junior Counterpart: He's just like Peter from before his Uncle Ben's death; wishing to exploit his powers for fame and profit.
- Kid Hero: He's still in high school.
- Lame Comeback: After recovering his powers, he finds himself struggling with responses to other people.
- Named After Somebody Famous: He must be related to Tobey Maguire although maybe his parents are more fans of Andrew Garfield.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Like Peter Parker once was.
- Secret Identity: He didn't have one at the beginning. After getting his powers back, he tries to have one but unfortunately for him, everybody recognizes him and not in a good way.
- Shoo Out the New Guy: A perfect example (although he does come back later). He's even accused of being a "Poochie" (alternate name for this trope) in-universe.
- Superpower Lottery: Let's see, flight, energy blasts, nigh-invulnerability, low-level telekinesis, matter manipulation and with enough power to put people in a severe coma at 10%. The only downside being that he can only use one ability at a time.
- The Scrappy: Both in universe and in real life. He was doomed to become this since the beginning (something his creator Dan Slott kinda expected it seems), first announced as Spider-Man's new sidekick to light the fire of the fandom (who despised the sole idea of Spidey joining the Avengers, let alone getting a sidekick), then wrote him as a complete Jerkass with no redeemable qualities and to top it all, making him a God-Mode Sue who is shown to be stronger than Thor in one fight. Even now when he's getting some better characterization in his mini, people still cry why did he get a mini instead of being thrown at "The Arena".
Anna Maria Marconi
Debut: Superior Spider-Man #5
- Animal Stereotypes: After Peter's and Cindy's intimacy gets on her nerves, she takes a squirt bottle to them and says that as long as they act like dogs in heat she'll treat them as such.
- The Beard: After Peter regains control of his body, Anna keeps up the facade that the two are still dating in order to help him run the company Otto started and even once that drops she keeps his acts as Spider-Man logical and easily explained.
- Brutal Honesty: A softer example, but she does often cut out lies Peter tells before they can spiral out of control from him trying to cover them up—though she'll leave out parts that need to be secret, like telling Aunt May they've broken up and remain Amicable Exes without mentioning the brain-swapping and admitting he has a secret entrance for Spider-Man and is still giving him tech to Sanjay, but not that he is him.
- Damsel in Distress: During the "Goblin Nation" arc she is kidnapped as a deliberate call-back to Gwen Stacy.
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: In an odd way - Peter tells Anna Maria of the truth between him and Doc Ock and what their relationship was. She actually takes it in stride and doesn't get cheesed off.
- Morality Pet: For Otto.
- Nice Gal: Towards Peter.
- Plucky Girl: Part of what attracts Otto. The way she handles the truth shows a lot of signs of this as well.
- Shorter Means Smarter: She has dwarfism, but still manages to attract Otto with her intelligence.
- So Proud of You: She admits that while SpOck was more smooth and sexier than Peter was, the fact that he rescued Electro from Ock's workings and depowered him to save his life makes her so happy to be his friend.
- Robot Me: Ock creates a holographic companion based off of her in Spider-Verse.
- Villain Has a Point: She maintains that Otto's policy of leaving street-crime to the normal cops was more efficient than Peter's policy of trying to do everything himself.
AKA: Anya Sophia Corazon
Debut: Amazing Fantasy Vol. 2, #1While not starting out as a member of the Spider-Family, Anya was a member of the mystical part of the Spider Society and usually acted as their hunter. However, a crossover with Spider-Man eventually made her renounce her allegiance and pursue her own path.She was amongst the Pro-Registration heroes in the Civil War, acting as Ms. Marvel's Tagalong Kid, and while questioning her worst moments, she continued to be on Carol's side, the two helping each other out, despite her father's misgivings. Carol once saved her from the mind control of Puppet Master, solidifying their relations.Like the rest of the Spider-Family, she wasn't heard from any more until Grim Hunt, where luckily for her, Arana managed to survive the events and helped Spider-Man defeat Kraven. In the aftermath, she was handpicked by Julia Carpenter as the successor of the Arachne suit and becomes Spider-Girl as Julia succeeds the late Madame Web.For more information on her, please refer to her page.
Captain George Stacy
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #56
"Be good to her—son! Be good—to her—she loves you—so very—much— "
- The Commissioner Gordon
- Cool Old Guy: A surrogate for Uncle Ben.
- Da Chief: Da Chief of Police, to be precise.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He was crushed by falling debris while making a Diving Save.
- Killed Off for Real: He's accidentally killed by Doctor Octopus during a fight with Spider-Man.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Of the few cops to show trust in Spidey, George was the first.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: Upon his introduction, George was determined to figure out Spider-Man's true identity (as he felt it would better make him understand the young hero's motives). Peter made sure to watch his step, but upon his death, George revealed that he had long-since figured out the truth, but kept the secret out of respect.
Captain Jean DeWolff
Debut: Marvel Team-Up #48
"Did you set a perimeter?!! Did you call in for Emergency Services? No! No?? There's a live crime scene in there and you're busy cuffing the only damn person who's doing the damn job you're supposed to! Go be cops before someone else gets hurt!!!"
- Antagonistic Offspring/Archnemesis Dad: Her father brainwashed her mutated brother into becoming a murderous vigilante called the Wraith.
- Back from the Dead: A new and seemingly supernatural Wraith appears, and when her mask comes off, the face underneath it is Jean's friend Yuri Watanabe wearing a lifelike Jean mask.
- Killed Off for Real: She was murdered by the Sin Eater, making Spider-Man's pursuit of the serial killer personal.
- Loves My Alter Ego: Developed a crush on the webslinger, though was never blatant about it. Spider-Man didn't figure out the truth until after she had died, and he found a collection of photos that she had kept of him.
- Oral Fixation: A chain smoker.
- Outdated Outfit: She dressed like a film noir character, and had a matching car.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She was Spider-Man's Friend on the Force after Captain Stacy's death.
Captain John Jonah Jameson III
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #1
- Ace Pilot: John is a skilled pilot and experienced astronaut.
- Alliterative Name
- Animal Motifs: The wolf.
- The Captain
- Clingy MacGuffin: The moonstone turning John into the Man-Wolf.
- Heel–Face Turn
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight
- Involuntary Shapeshifter
- Our Werewolves Are Different: He was transformed by a ruby he found on the moon into Man-Wolf. He was later transported to the dimension the ruby originated in, where he became Stargod. (Still a man-wolf, but with Jameson's intelligence & personality).
- Totally Not a Werewolf: Man-wolf is not a werewolf either but has an alien weapon that makes him look like a wolfman. He is considered a godly savior by said aliens.
- Physical God: As Stargod.
Cloak and Dagger
AKA: Tandy Bowen (Dagger) and Tyrone Johnson (Cloak)
Debut: Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #64Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson, a pair of teenage runaways, are experimented on by the mob, who are trying to create a new drug substitute for heroin. It proves fatal to all they test it on but the pair, who gain superpowers from the event. Tandy can throw daggers of light, which can also purge unhealthy chemicals from a target as well, while Tyrone's powers were originally to suck people into a dark dimension where he would strip them of their light. Together, they battle the drug trade while trying to balance out normal lives.For more information on them, please refer to their page.
AKA: Matthew Michael Murdoch
Debut: Daredevil #1Spidey's most frequent team-up, Daredevil has the ultimate in Disability Superpower — he's blind, but his other senses are superhumanly sharp. This is the result of his having been blinded by a radioactive substance whilst rescuing a blind man (oh, the irony) from the path of an oncoming truck. He is also a superb gymnast and martial artist, having been trained from an early age by a mysterious blind sensei called Stick as well as showing him how to control his senses to live normally. His Secret Identity is that of Matt Murdock, attorney-at-law.For more information on him, please refer to his page.
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2, #30
"This is the five million dollar question. I'm about to yank your chain like nobody else ever has before, and nobody else ever will again. So listen carefully. Did the radiation enable the spider to give you these powers? Or was the spider trying to give you those powers before the radiation killed it? Which came first? The radiation? Or the power? The chicken or the egg or the power?"
- Alternate Self: It's revealed that Old Man Spider-Man from Earth-4 is Ezekiel from a universe where Morlun killed Peter. Tragically, this is only revealed after Daemos snaps his neck.
- Awesome by Analysis: Claims he deduced Spider-Man's identity by hiring PIs - including Felicia Hardy - and then piecing together the scraps of evidence they collected. It's later revealed he knew Peter Parker was Spider-Man right from the start and has been keeping tabs on him throughout his superhero career.
- Badass Grandpa: Possesses all of Peter's powers at a slightly weaker level - but is in his 50's.
- Barefoot Sage: Has a penchant of holding philosophical conversations while walking on buildings' roofs and walls without shoes.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saved Peter from Morlun, nearly at the cost of his own life.
- Big Good: A minor example: Moments of selfishness aside, Zeke has done a lot of work to organize protect the Spider-Totems of Earth-616 from Morlun and others like him. He preceded Arana's mother as The Hunter of the Spider-Society and founded a number of companies - most notably WebCorps - to act as fronts for it. He has been keeping tabs on the various individuals connected to the Web of Life, such as Peter Parker and Cindy Moon for years.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Mild example. He was a founder of WebCorp, tying both him and Spider-Man in with Araña. However, he used his powers for personal gain.
- Doing In the Scientist: Tries to do this by telling Peter that his powers - along with those of other spider-themed superheroes and villains - come from a totemic spider deity called the Great Weaver and a mystic force called the Web of Life instead of radiation. Neither option is mutually exclusive in Peter's case.
- Doom Magnet: It's revealed that Morlun, Shathra, and the Gatekeeper weren't after Peter, they were after Ezekiel due to the Spider-Totems deeming him unworthy of his powers.note
- Harbinger of Impending Doom: Shows up out of the blue telling Peter his powers are supernatural in origin and that he is being hunted by a cannibalistic being with a taste for totemic avatars.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: He saved Peter from Morlun and initially tried to take him into protective custody. When the Gatekeeper decreed that he was unworthy of being a Spider-Totem and had to die, Ezekiel tried to sacrifice Peter to become a true Spider-Totem himself. He had a change of heart at the last moment, leading to...
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices himself to save Peter from the Gatekeeper.
- The Hunter: He was the Hunter of the Spider-Society from 1982 to 2004, and was succeeded by Arana's mother.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Why he acquired spider powers in the first place, and why he tried to sacrifice Peter.
- Killed Off for Real: He seemingly reappeared during the Grim Hunt arc telling Spider-Man to warn every spider-themed hero and villain about the Kravinoff family's vendetta, but it was really the Chameleon in disguise tricking Peter into walking into a trap.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After leaving Peter to die, his Spider-Sense synchronizes with Peter's and he realizes that while he wanted to be a hero all his life, he had only used his ill-gained powers illicitly, whereas Peter had used his own powers altruistically, prompting a Heel Realization and a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Not Quite Dead: Seemingly died fighting Morlun, but was later revealed to have survived.
- The Obi-Wan: Ezekiel is an older mentor who enlightens his younger pupil to the supernatural aspects of his powers and then dies, and is revealed to be a member of an ancient order of warriors possessing similar powers.
- Power at a Price: Possesses the same powers as Peter, but is slightly weaker (i.e. He can lift 9 tons compared to Peter's 10) due to acquiring them illegitimately. The Great Weaver ultimately deems him unworthy of his powers and manifests as the Gatekeeper to kill him.
- Properly Paranoid: Built a room designed to hide himself and other totemic beings so that Morlun couldn't find them. He takes Cindy Moon into protective custody when he learns Morlun is looking for her and tries to take Peter Parker in as well.
- Targeted Human Sacrifice: Turns Peter into one in an attempt to become a legitimate Spider Totem when the Gatekeeper decides he has to die.
AKA: Kwaku Anansi; the Other
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2, #42A totemic spider-deity connected to Peter Parker through the Web of Life and Destiny, which empowers all the Spider-Totems. According to Ezekiel Sims, it is the being that spins the Web of Life, and is worshipped by the Spider Society, the Spider-Tribe of South America, and the Ashanti tribe of Ghana. It is later revealed that there are several such totemic spider-deities. The Other, also known as Ero, was introduced as a rival totemic deity who opposed Peter's resurrection, but was later retconned into being the true name of the Great Weaver who resurrected him.
"Are you the man who dreamed of being a spider? Or the spider who dreamed of being a man? Are you the one... or are you the Other?"
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: It has appeared as a bespeckled black man in a suit◊, a an African shaman◊... and a giant spider-like monster◊.
- Animalistic Abomination: One of its forms is a gigantic spider-like monster.
- Armor-Piercing Question: The caption quote, which it posed to Peter while berating him for neglecting the spider side of himself.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: As the Other, it has appeared as a massive spider◊.
- Big Good: A little bit of both this and Greater Scope Villain, since without it Peter and the other Spiders might not have gotten their powers, but not all the Spiders are good guys.
- Blue and Orange Morality: While it may be a godlike entity, it thinks like a spider. As such it isn't adverse to turning Peter or Kaine into monsters should they be in danger of dying.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The Great Weaver was first mentioned in Spider-Man Annual 2001, which featured the Spider Clan.
- The Chooser of The One:
- It has totemic avatars in almost every single universe, with most of them being incarnations of Peter Parker. By and far its most famous avatar is the Peter Parker of Earth-616 (and by extension his clones as well). Anya Corazon and Cindy Moon as backup avatars in case Peter dies or turns against it.
- The Great Weaver eventually deems Ezekiel Sims unworthy of his pilfered spider powers and kills him, though it was willing to let him take Peter's place as a true Spider-Totem.
- Cosmic Entity: It is the totemic spider deity worshipped by (most notably) the Spider Society, and whose Web of Life and Destiny empowers its totemic avatars.
- Decomposite Character: During JMS' run, the Great Weaver was the spider god who weaves the Web of Life and gave Peter his powers and resurrected him with enhanced powers, and Ero was an antagonistic spider totem that wanted to kill Peter to restore the natural order. Scarlet Spider retconned Ero into being the "Great Weaver" Spider-Totem who resurrected Peter and later Kaine with enhanced powers. The remaining aspects of the Great Weaver - weaving the Web of Life and giving Spider-Totems their powers - were rebranded as the Master Weaver in Spider-Verse.
- Deity of Human Origin: According to the mythology of the Ashanti tribe, before becoming the most powerful Spider-Totem in existence it was the world's first incarnation of Spider-Man, Kwaku Anansi.
- Divine Conflict: Despite being a cosmic entity responsible for empowering every spider-themed hero and villain in the multiverse, it has supernatural enemies that would love to eat it, namely the Inheritor Clan and Shathra, or usurp it, like the Spider-Queen.
- Eldritch Abomination: Its astral form is a half-buried vaguely spider-shaped green mass embedded with light-green tentacles. Even Spider-Man - who is not only one of the smartest people in the Marvel Universe, but one of its avatars - couldn't wrap his head around what he was looking at when he accidentally ran into it. It's also manifested in spider-like and humanoid forms. And then there's how it appeared◊ to Spider-Man Noir...
- Get Out: Booted Spidey back to Earth when he bumped into it in the Astral Plane during the Shade arc.
- Humanoid Abomination: It appeared to Peter in a dream as a monstrous version of Spider-Man◊.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Would have eaten Peter had Ezekiel not sacrificed himself.
- I Have Many Names: Spider-Man knows it as the Great Weaver, though it - or related entities - is also called the Other and the Gatekeeper.
- Just Eat Him: Ate Shathra, one of its supernatural enemies. She later returned and attacked Kaine.
- Physical God: It is one of the totemic spider deities who weaves the Web of Life and Destiny that holds the Multiverse together.
- Retcon: Kaine's run as the Scarlet Spider conglomerated aspects of the Great Weaver with Ero to create the Other, while the reminder were repackaged as the Master Weaver in Spider-Verse.
- The Rival: Its wasp equivalent, Shathra, and the Sisterhood of the Wasp. An annual also had a tribe of its worshippers be ousted from their temple and nearly exterminated by a tribe that worshipped a snake deity (possibly Set).
- Secret Test of Character: It picked fights with Peter via Ero to test whether he's worthy of its powers.
- Super Empowering: As its moniker suggests, it is the spider-deity that spins the Web of Life and Destiny, the supernatural force that empowers spider-themed heroes and villains across the multiverse.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: The vagueness of exactly how the spider totems function and the initial statement that it was what resurrected Peter makes it this for him, being the embodiment of his predatory instincts.
- There Can Be Only One: It sent (or manifested as) the Gatekeeper to assassinate Ezekiel, though it was willing to kill Peter in his place.
- Top God: Deities like Marvel Fairy Tales' Kwaku Anansi and Ai Apaec are little more than totemic avatars of its power.
AKA: Jonathan Lowell Spencer Storm
Debut: Fantastic Four #1One of Spider-Man's longtime friends. See his character page for tropes on him.
AKA: Cassandra Webb
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #210
"You are much too bright to be asking such stupid questions."
- Blind Seer: She's blind, but she has precognition and a number of other psychic powers to compensate.
- The Cassandra: It's even in her name! Spider-Man initially dismissed her psychic powers as a hoax until she revealed she knew his secret identity.
- Complete Immortality: She was supposedly granted this by the Circle of Five, but all it did was temporarily restore her health and youth.
- Disability Superpower: She's blind and crippled to the point of needing to be on life-support, but possesses clairvoyance and a number of other psychic powers.
- Easy Amnesia: After being attacked by the Juggernaut she is left with amnesia.
- Killed Off for Real: During Grim Hunt she is murdered by Sasha Kravinoff after mocking her failure to resurrect Kraven properly. She transfers her powers to Julia Carpenter before dying, though.
Debut: Amazing Spider-Man #648A genius scientist and inventor, and one of Peter's childhood heroes, Max Modell was the head of the Horizon Labs up until it was taken over by Alchemax.
- Big Fun: He's overweight, but he's a friendly genius who wants to make the world a better place.
- Honest Corporate Executive: He's the (former) CEO of Horizon Industries and a genuinely nice guy who just wants to make the world a better place through technology.
- Straight Gay: He's openly gay, but doesn't display any stereotypical mannerisms.
Debut: Superior Spider-Man #33A being at the centre of the Web of Life and Destiny, the Master Weaver's duty is to maintain and spin the Great Web that powers all of the Marvel Multiverse's spider-people. Captured and enslaved by the Inheritors, the Master Weaver was forced to aid them in their attempted genocide of the totemic spider deities connected to the Web. The Master Weaver's identity is revealed to be the future self of the Inheritor Karn, and while Cindy Moon contemplates taking his place after he is murdered by Otto Octavius, Karn's younger self decides to trap himself in a time loop in order to atone for his own actions.
- Captured Super-Entity: He was held prisoner by the Inheritor Clan, who use his power to travel from universe to universe hunting the totemic avatars. Those must be some tough handcuffs they've stuck on him.
- Cool Mask: He wears a strange, gimp-like mask with six glowing red eye-like lenses.
- Kill the God: The Superior Spider-Man claws it, leading to A Truce While We Gawk.Morlun: That was the Weaver of—of—of—the Web of Life and Destiny. You madman! Do you know what you've done?! All of history! Our future! The nature of reality itself!
- My Future Self and Me: Karn had several interactions with his past self, the first of which resulted in the death of the matriarch of the Inheritors and his exile.
- Phlebotinum Rebel: Ejects Morlun from the Newspaper Comic Spider-Man's world and tells him it was temporally unstable. Morlun buys this, having been completely thrown for a loop by Comic-Book Time.
- Reality Warper: He can alter the very fabric of reality itself by snapping or otherwise altering the strands of the Great Web.
- Spider Tank: The spider-legged golden globe encapsulating the lower half of his body. Where it came from and who built it is a mystery, as while it can only be opened by the prongs of Karn's bident, which he built as a child, he inherited it from his future self.
- Stable Time Loop: By taking over the position of Master Weaver from his future self, Karn traps himself in a time loop wherein he is destined to be killed by Otto Octavius and succeeded by his past self.
- Sudden Name Change: The name Master Weaver is most-likely derived from the Great Weaver above, but other than spinning the Web of Life they have no other similarities.
Miles Morales (Spider-Man)
AKA: Miles Morales
Debut: Ultimate Fallout #4Originally the successor to Peter Parker in the Ultimate-universe, Miles finds himself transported to the main Marvel Universe post-Secret Wars (2015). Now the protege of Peter Parker, Miles will be serving as the Spider-Man of New York City while Pete expands his business, Parker Industries, globally.Read more about Miles Morales here.
AKA: Mark Raxton
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #28Mark Raxton wanted to get rich. Working hard, he developed a special liquid metal alloy, but his partner, Spencer Smythe, wanted it to be tested more. In a brief scuffle, the container holding the alloy broke, spilling the liquid over Raxton. Instead of poisoning him, his skin absorbed the alloy, making Raxton strong enough to buckle a car hood. While he started off as a criminal, he eventually accepted his transformation, and even reconciled with his sister Liz Allen.
Molten Man: Hi. I'm Mark Raxton, Liz Osborn's step-brother.
Ben Urich: You're—you're the Molten Man!
Molten Man: Yeah, that too.
- The Brute: When his temper gets the better of him.
- Genius Bruiser: He has both science smarts and superhuman strength
- Unskilled, but Strong: For all his smarts he is not a very good fighter. He once tried to throw a punch and a kick at the same time.
- Heel–Face Turn: Went from being a Jerkass Anti-hero/villain to accepting his change and apologizing to Liz.
- Jerkass: Gave a lot of crap to Liz back in the day. He got better at least.
- Kung-Fu Proof Mook: Spider-Man's webs did not stick to him.
- Made of Iron: Literally.
Morbius the Living Vampire
AKA: Doctor Michael Morbius
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #101Michael Morbius, also known as "The Living Vampire", was a Nobel Prize-winning scientist suffering from a fatal blood disease. In hopes of curing this illness he treated himself with fluids distilled from vampire bats and, as a last chance, tried shock-treatment as a way to electrically create blood cells. This "cured" him by transforming him into a vampiric being that lusts after blood as a way to counter the disease. He also gained several other vampiric attributes, such as white skin, fangs, an allergy to sunlight (since he isn't undead, sunlight won't kill him outright, but his lack of melanin leads to quick burns), Super Strength, a Healing Factor, and hollow bones which give him the capability of flight. Later he gains more supernatural abilities like hypnosis.Because of his need to drink blood from living victims (stored blood contains too much anticoagulants for his body to handle, or the need to kill stays even after the physical need is satisfied) Morbius wallows in guilt and tries to find both an alternative substance to blood and a way to cure himself — without much success. At best he has been able to change back into a human for some periods of time, but either has soon reverted back or retained the need to drink blood.Despite all this, he's generally willing to help or at least unwilling to harm people he sees as innocent or has a closer relationship with.For more information on him, please refer to his page.
"I am not a vampire. I am not a super villain. I am not a super hero."
AKA: Hobie Brown
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #78Hobie wanted to be noticed for his genius after feeling stuck as a window washer. He invented several gadgets to make the work easier, but his boss wouldn't listen to his ideas. Modifying the look, the outfit for cleaning windows eventually became a costume that Hobie dubbed the Prowler. While at first torn up about whether the Prowler would be a hero or villain, Hobie thought he'd compromise by having the Prowler steal, while Hobie Brown returned the goods later. However, when stopped by Spider-Man, Hobie realized that the life of a villain wasn't for him, and soon became the wall-crawler's steadfast ally. He is currently Parker Industries' chief-of-security, and masquerades as Spider-Man when Peter is out of town.
"Anyway, the first time the Prowler struck, I was just a know-nuthin' kid—I was hardly wet behind the ears—which is why Spider-Man was able to beat me. But I learned a lot since then. I'm older, stronger, smarter. And what's more—I've got a real mission."
- Angry Black Man: He's a black man who, while not necessarily angry, felt under appreciated by his boss and came up with a get-rich-quick scheme that pitted him against Spider-Man.
- Ascended Fanboy: Hobe was once a lowly geek ,but now works alongside Spider-Man and S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Black and Nerdy: He uses his exceptional intellect to create gadgets capable of tangling with Spider-Man.
- Badass Cape: It's a cape that doubles as a glider. Eat your heart out, Batman
- Cape Wings: He can use his cape to glide.
- Expressive Mask: The shape of his eye lenses change depending on his facial expressions.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He is naturally inventive, especially in the field of pneumatics.
- Improbable Weapon User: He defeated Spider-Man (temporarily) using gadgets he invented for window cleaning.
- Weak, but Skilled: In his first appearance he was able to do rather well by catching Spider-Man off guard.
AKA: Thomas Fireheart
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #256
"When the tribe call—Puma must answer!"
- Animal Motifs
- Birds of a Feather: For a while he was dating the Black Cat.
- Depower: Briefly, after having gone against his tribe's wishes.
- Cat Boy
- Heel–Face Revolving Door
- Magical Native American
- Must Make Amends: After he attacks Spider-Man for a theft he was framed for, Puma sets out to clear his name, and buys The Daily Bugle to help him do it.
- Odd Friendship: With Captain America villains Armadillo and Deadly Nightshade after MODOK's 11.
- Professional Killer: Something he does on the side.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job
- Super Strength
- The Chosen One: Back before The Beyonder, who orchestrated the Secret Wars storyline, was retconed into a comparative wimp he was almost Omnipotent and literally nothing else in the Marvel Universe could hurt him except Puma, who was part of a Breeding Cult to produce such an individual. Puma's cosmic power only manifested when Beyonder was around him though.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: After he is framed for a felony regarding a bribe and has his assets frozen he ends up working for M.O.D.O.K. to get his fortune back.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting
- Worthy Opponent: Considers Spider-Man to be one.
Debut: Amazing Spider-Man # 648One of Peter's co-workers at Horizon Labs, Sajani Jaffrey was cold, pragmatic, and ambitious. Following Horizon being bought up by Alchemax, she was hired by Peter Parker, but repeatedly undermined his authority to work on her own unauthorized side-projects, and even outright betrayed him. She strongly dislikes Spider-Man, and was the one who forbade Peter from supplying Spider-Man with Parker Industries tech.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Sajani double-crosses and subverts Peter repeatedly, and while he still writes her pay checks. He even puts her in charge of her own facility in the rebooted universe, but when Zodiac starts trying to steal his company's tech he makes it doubly clear that he won't tolerate her betraying him again.
- Remember the New Guy: She's one of Peter's classmates at Midtown High in the retcon-heavy interquel series Spidey. Peter's also depicted as knowing and interacting with her, unlike the similarly retconned Jessica Jones or Cindy Moon.
- Multidisciplinary Scientist: She's an expert in xenotech, biology, and chemistry.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: She tries to sell Peter out to the Ghost, and is almost killed. Fortunately, Spider-Man saves her.
- The Starscream: She has a history of repeatedly going behind Peter's back and subverting his authority as CEO.
AKA: Silver Sablinova
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #265A well-known female mercenary, she's been both an ally and a foe to the webslinger. Joining the Wild Pack at the age of seventeen, Silver Sable served as second-in-command until the death of her father, Ernst Sablinova. Based in Symkaria, a tiny country sharing a border with Latveria, the Wild Pack began offering its services internationally under Silver Sable's leadership. Eventually gaining approval from the Symkaria government, the Wild Pack would become one of the country's largest economic contributors.For more information on her, please refer to her page.
Paladin: I still can't believe your doing this as a freebie!
Silver Sable: My father started the Wild Pack to rid the world of Nazi war criminals. I swore to uphold his dream of a free world.
AKA: Miguel O'Hara
Debut: Spider-Man 2099 #1
- Animal Motifs: Spiders, natch.
- Cassandra Truth: When Miguel tries to tell his mother that he's actually Spider-Man (whom she idolizes), she laughs it off as a pathetic attempt to get her attention.
- Child Prodigy: Smart enough to be transferred to the Alchemax School for Gifted Youngsters.
- The Chosen One: The Thorites of 2099 call Spider-Man the "Herald of Thor", who is prophesied to save the world. Turns out he really was The Chosen One, and was the third person to wield Thor's hammer.
- Drugs Are Bad: When Miguel wanted to quit Alchemax, his boss secretly gets him addicted to illegal drugs as a retention technique. Miguel's attempt to shake the addiction leads to the accident that grants him his powers.
- Deadpan Snarker: In a deliberate inversion from Peter Parker, Spider-Man tends to speak tersely while in costume, and saves his snarking for his civilian identity.
- Freak Lab Accident: He acquired spider-powers while trying to purge his system of a highly addictive drug.
- Generation Xerox: Subverted; creator Peter David deliberately based much of Miguel's personality by setting his traits as opposite those of Peter Parker's.
- Genius Bruiser: He's as fast and strong as Peter, and is a skilled geneticist.
- Jerkass: Before the accident that gave him his powers, Miguel was an unabashed self-centered egotistical jerk who belittled almost everyone else he knew.
- Let's You and Him Fight: He goes up against the Superior Spider-Man in the Necessary Evil arc, and is Trapped in the Past in its aftermath.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Miguel secretly discovers that his father is Alchemax CEO Tyler Stone.
- Oh Crap!: When Miguel finds himself face-to-face with Morlun, he almost wets himself in terror. When he notices Morlun is having the same reaction, he realizes the super villain is afraid to set foot in the 616 universe and decides to ask Peter Parker why.
- Revenge: Miguel's original motivation was to get revenge on Alchemax CEO Tyler Stone for accidentally getting him addicted to Rapture.
- Super Reflexes: Instead of Spider-Sense, Miguel has enhanced perceptions that happen to tune in very quickly to what's pertinent, such as an immediate danger or a general plot point. It's still limited by what he is focused on, and he can still be caught flat-footed.
- The Unfavorite: Miguel's younger brother Gabriel is clearly their mother's favorite, largely due to Miguel's Jerkass behavior.
- Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: Mac Gargan is convinced he's Peter Parker in a new costume, and naturally tries to kill him.
- Wall Crawl: Miguel uses his claws to climb walls.
- Wolverine Claws: Miguel acquires retractable talons on his fingers and toes. Not only does this allow him to Wall Crawl, but he also uses them as a slashing attack.
AKA: Jessica Miriam Drew
Debut: Marvel Spotlight #32When Jessica was little, she was infected with uranium radiation and was in danger of dying. Her father used an experimental spider serum to save her, and put her in a tube to accelerate the serum's growth, saving her life but aging her rather rapidly to the point that she looks, and acts, much younger than she is. She was raised in Wundagore by the cow-woman Lady Bova, eventually left to make her way in the human world, fell in love... then accidentally killed her first love with her latent superpower: bio-electric blasts. Accused of being a witch, Jessica fled Wundagore and was taken in by HYDRA, tricked into thinking that it was a good place for refugees even though it was actually a terrorist group. She was trained in martial arts and learned to harness her powers more effectively. These include the discovery of her other powers such as Wall Climbing and Pheromones, which attract men and women. Oh, and she was given her codename, first Arachne, but quickly changed to Spider-Woman.On her first mission to assassinate Nick Fury, Jessica came to realize that HYDRA was wrong, so she rebelled and was left on her own to cope with her power and with her daily life. It was tough, but eventually she managed to overcome her problems, especially meeting Spider-Man, who advised her to use her power for good; she later became a bounty hunter and a private detective.For more information on her, please refer to her page.
"Raise your hand if you have spider powers, a history of erratic behavior and a deeply disturbing backstory involving trust issues. Also: a knife."
Spider-Woman II/Arachne/Madame Web II
AKA: Julia Eugenia Cornwall Carpenter
Debut: Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #6Julia Carpenter got tricked into entering a program to create a superhero, under the guise of "Athletic Study", and was accidentally injected with a different spider serum, granting her super strength, wall-climbing and the ability to project psychic webbing from her fingerprints. She was given the identity of Spider-Woman by the Commission on Superhuman Activities, although she preferred "Arachne" (suggestion overruled). Her first major involvement was the Crossover event Secret Wars, in which she met Spider-Man and gave him the inspiration of the design for his symbiotic black suit, which would later become known as Venom. She was then roped into joining the newly-formed Freedom Force (Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, pardoned and given a government sanction, although other heroes would be added to the roster). Julia didn't make any friends on the team, however, when she helped free The Avengers from the Vault after the Force had arrested them on trumped-up charges. However, instead of locking her up, CSA director Valerie Cooper (Julia's college friend, who'd been responsible for turning her into Spider-Woman) gave her a second chance to serve her country, although she'd be officially classified as a rogue agent. Julia eventually got caught up with the West Coast Avengers, joining that team and severing her ties with the CSA. While with the Avengers, she was caught in a conflict with the criminal trio Death Web, whose powers were derived from the same source as Julia's, and whom she defeated when they threatened her daughter Rachel and her parents. Soon afterward, when the Avengers shut down the West Coast branch, she joined Iron Man's new team, Force Works, but after that team folded, she retired from superhero activity to continue raising Rachel.The retirement, however was cut short when she, along with Jessica, was attacked by Charlotte Witter, and she was rendered wheelchair-bound. However, she still took a resistance and mentored the 3rd Spider-Woman, Mattie Franklin. Some time later, she was involved with the Civil War, joining Iron Man's Pro-Registration side and taking the name "Arachne", but eventually she revealed that she was The Mole for the Anti-Registration side. Before she could change sides, however, she was beaten down by Ms. Marvel and was forcefully separated from Rachel as her punishment. The loss of Rachel caused Julia to nearly slip into insanity: she broke out of the prison in the Negative Zone and went into Colorado to search for Rachel. In a fit of rage, she attacked a superpowered girl named Arana, but her instability cost her victory and she was beaten, whereas she met Ms. Marvel again, who apologized and promised to search for Rachel. But despite so, and even the success of reuniting with Rachel, it was clear that the friendship between Julia and Carol was strained.Julia eventually moved to Canada and joined Omega Flight. She would end up unused for a while, until the Spider-Man story arc Grim Hunt, in which she was captured by Kraven the Hunter, who wanted to destroy every trace of the Spider family. Julia ended up being picked as the successor of Madame Web, but the process of the inheritance made her blind. Following this, she passed on her Arachne costume onto Arana.For more information on her, please refer to her page.
AKA: Martha "Mattie" Franklin
Debut: The Spectacular Spider-Man #263The niece of J. Jonah Jameson, Mattie Franklin attended the Gathering of Five - a mystical ceremony that bestows the five people gathered with power, insanity, immortality, knowledge, or death - in place of her father, giving her spider abilities when she was chosen to receive power. Later, Spider-Man had a 10-Minute Retirement, so Mattie donned a costume similar to his and called herself Spider-Woman, taking his place in crime-fighting. Spider-Man realized this and helped her a bit after he got out of retirement.Around this time, Doctor Octopus created a new villain named Spider-Woman using Madame Web's daughter Charlotte Witter; she attacked Jessica, Julia and Mattie and absorbed their powers. Both Jessica and Julia eventually guide Mattie to become the next Spider-Woman and defeat Charlotte, also getting parts of their Spider-Woman powers.Mattie later fell in with a bad crowd: her boyfriend drugging her in order to harvest Mutant Growth Hormone from her body. She conducted an investigation into the activities of the Slingers, having sex with Ricochet to prevent him from finding out, but left the team in disgust. Unfortunately, the next time Mattie appeared was during the Grim Hunt arc and she was less lucky than the rest, being the first to be sacrificed by Kravinoffs.For more information on her, please refer to her page.
AKA: Oliver Osnick
Debut: Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #72A chubby young nerd who idolized Dr. Octopus and built his own set of octopus tentacles. After meeting Spider-Man, he idolized Spidey instead and redesigned himself as "Spider-Lad", Spider-Man's sidekick. After being turned down by Spider-Man, he's had an off-again off-again career as the Steel Spider, in a metal exo-suit equipped with Spider-like abilities.
"Stop this crime! Desist at once, or face the terrible wrath of—the Steel Spider!"
- An Arm and a Leg: Mac Gargan lost control of the Venom symbiote and ate one of his arms.
- Ascended Fanboy: He started off as one for Otto Octavius, but later became one for Spider-Man.
- The Chew Toy: Literally, once Venom III got his fangs into him.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Ollie built his own set of
- Gonk: As a teenager he was obese and unattractive.
- Progressively Prettier: Since somewhere in the 1990s he started to look much more slender and muscular. And he started wearing a cooler costume.
AKA: Patrick Mulligan
Debut: Venom/Carnage #1Patrick "Pat" Mulligan was an NYPD police officer who had the misfortune of running across the supervillain Carnage, who had just spawned a baby symbiote. Too weak to kill them, Carnage bonded the infant symbiote to Patrick and left, intending to kill them once he regained his strength. When the symbiote matured, Venom named it Toxin, but when he realized that not only was it more powerful than both himself and Carnage combined but that it was unlikely to aid him in his crusade against Spider-Man, he joined with Carnage in trying to kill it. Pat accepted his bond with the symbiote and joined forces with Spider-Man and Black Cat in defeating them, and on a number of other occasions, leaving his family behind in order to tame the symbiote, eventually succeeding after stopping himself from killing Razorfist, who had killed Pat's father. Pat made a deal with the infantile symbiote: in exchange for complete control of its powers, it could take over his body for two hours a day, provided it didn't commit crimes. Pat was listed as one of the Civil War Initiative's potential recruits, but was ultimately beaten to death in a gutter by Blackheart, who stole the symbiote. The Crime Master later re-stole the symbiote and bonded it to Eddie Brock, who was initially taken over by the symbiote but later made a deal with it to return to his Lethal Protector lifestyle.For more information on him, please refer to the Carnage characters page.
I do know where I am headed. I know only that I cannot take the ones I love most with me. I have within me a creature called Toxin. I will try to use it for good. I have left my old life behind. Now, I must model myself on Spider-Man. I must learn to control what I have. Whatever happens, whatever monsters come my way, I must never forget who I am, where I come from. I must do the right thing.