Characters: Spider Man Allies
This page is for all the allies Spider-Man has in his never-ending fight against crime.
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AKA: Andrew Maguire
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #692
- 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.
- 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 had 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 to be 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 writ him as a complete Jerkass with no redeemable quality 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".
AKA: Anya Sophia Corazon
Debut: Amazing Fantasy Vol. 2, #1
- Accidental Murder: Her father was seemingly in the middle of a Red Hulk rampage and was accidentally killed by him, though it's revealed that her father was actually poisoned at the same time the Red Hulk was, by a Nebulous Evil Organisation called "Raven" who thought Gilberto was getting a bit too close to their tracks, the poison caused the Red Hulk to rage and also caused his heart to fail, his presumably dead body was then crushed by falling rubble as Red Hulk proceeded to rampage.
- Almost Kiss: At the Avengers Academy prom, she almost had one with Reptil before being interrupted by a jealous Hardball.
- Badass Normal: When depowered.
- Empowered Badass Normal: She has a new set of spider-powers with the outbreak of Spider-Island. She now has speed, strength, camouflage and Peter's organic web shooters from The Other, truly making her Spider-Girl. Unlike most, she keeps these powers after the storyline.
- The Chosen One: It was stated in a "What If?" story that if Peter Parker is killed or did a Face-Heel Turn, Anya would have to become the new "Web of Life" Champion, which would lead to...
- Dead Serious: Brutally done to her father.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Spider-Man, being a hero with arachnid-themed superpowers.
- Expy: Her original exoskeleton is generally modeled after Kamen Rider.
- Enemy Mine: With The Kingpin and Hobgoblin on Spider-Island.
- Epic Flail: She used to wield a pair of bolas.
- Future Badass/Cynical Big Sister Mentor: In Spider-Girl she mentors May Parker, and later tries to pull a Grand Theft Me on her.
- Guile Heroine: Has demonstrated traces of this now that she has lost her powers, most recently in using her civilian clothes as a trap to lure out Kraven's daughter into a one on one fight as opposed to letting herself be ambushed.
- Heroic BSOD: After her father's death she lapses into depression and wanting revenge.
- The Hunter: Succeeded her mother as the Hunter of the Spider-Society.
- I Just Want to Be Special: After losing her powers (and before she got new ones), Anya had some doubts about her usefulness as a costumed hero. One particular moment was when she became depressed because she thought that if she had retained her old powers, maybe she could have prevented Rikki Barnes' death.
- Legacy Character: Her mother was apparently one of many Hunters in the Spider-Society and Anya briefly succeeded her as one. Later Julia Carpenter gave her the Spider-Woman costume, but she chose to keep her old nickname. Eventually, she changed her alias to Spider-Girl, if only because because everyone kept calling her that.
- Mistaken Identity: She was believed by Ezekiel Sims' WebCorps to be their foretold champion and host to the source of their magic, a hunter spirit. It turned out their real chosen one, Nina Smith, was already in the group and the hunter only bonded with Anya by mistake. Nina was deemed unworthy after failing the proper ritual, which was rigged by Miguel since the hunter's host was also foretold to die in battle. After Anya is separated from the hunter it goes to the proper host, copies her carapace, and they attack her.
- Not Now, Kiddo: Receives this treatment in Avengers Tower. Although we can understand this attitude coming from the other Avengers (even Spider-Man, since it's Ock inside) the fact that even Carol Danvers treats her this way is somewhat sad.
- Older Sidekick: Formerly she had Miguel the mage and liked to assert her superiority over him since her hunter spirit was the source of his magic. Miguel is now a Dead Sidekick.
- Kid Sidekick: Anya ended up over her head after being taken under Miss Marvel's wing so it did not last.
- Parental Abandonment: Originally only lacked a mother, but Paul Tobin's first order of business as he took the character over was too kill her loving dad.
- Power Tattoo: Formerly her tattoo could project a chitinous armored carapace and also draw it back in when Anya didn't want it around, but this ability was lost after Doomsday Man ripped the carapace from Anya's body.
- Retcon: The position of her old tattoo was changed from a Spider-like tattoo on her right shoulder to a big Spider-like tattoo on her back. It's currently on her left arm.
- Secret Identity: Her identity was revealed during Civil War, but when she became Spider-Girl, her identity became secret again.
- This is a little subverted. A lot of people know her true identity because Anya is really careless at keeping her identity as a secret, often tweeting her whole life, putting her costume on in open bright streets and arriving her apartment and staying inside with the costume on. Her friend Rocky and The Kingpin have pointed out how easy was for them to find out her true identity.
- Spider-Sense: Her carapace would come out involuntarily in responses to danger (which caused her classmates in gym to accuse her of hiding some kind of metal weapon, with predictable results. It would even pop up in response to things she could not see coming (such as beverages to the back of her head).
- Super Drowning Skills: If a part of Anya's carapace was submerged the thing would tighten and suffocate her. It does not quite count as a Weaksauce Weakness since she could just retract it and swim normally if needed but was a potential disadvantage in certain areas.
- Sword and Sorcerer: With Miguel it was Bolas and Mage.
- The Symbiote: Though of a different kind than Venom and Co. she was bonded to a hunter spirit and could project a blue carapace that protected her from dangers. She was forcibly separated from it, and it's since acquired its proper host, Nina Smith, and is now trying to kill her. Sound familiar?
- Tears of Fear: When she was imprisoned during the "Grim Hunt".
- Too Happy to Live: Her father was a nurturing, caring, and accepting parent who while concerned and apprehensive, still did his best to understand his daughter's need to do good with the abilities she'd trained so dedicatedly. So naturally, first order of business in her new series was to kill him.
- Wall Crawl: Back when she had powers. The Marvel handbook actually said she couldn't despite her frequently demonstrating otherwise on panel.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Anya developed feelings for Avengers Academy's Reptil and the feeling seemed to be mutual to the point that Reptil changed back to his normal young body (he had decided to keep the body of an older and more powerful version of himself) just because Anya asked him to in a prom where they almost kissed. The relationship was never mentioned again, even when Anya joined the Academy herself some time later (she wasn't featured in stories of the Academy at all while Reptil started pursuing other relationships).
Captain George Stacy
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #56
- Da Chief: Da Chief of Police, to be precise.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He was crushed by falling debris while making a Diving Save of a child.
- 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
Captain John Jameson III
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #1
Cloak and Dagger
AKA: Tandy Bowen (Dagger) and Tyrone Johnson (Cloak)
Debut: Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #64
AKA: Matthew Michael Murdoch
Debut: Daredevil #1
Spidey's most frequent team-up, whose more detailed page can be found here
- Affectionate Nickname: Peter calls him "Magoo".
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Averted, which is one of the major differences between the two heroes. Spidey is hated, while Daredevil is admired. A large part of it is because DD's turf, Hell's Kitchen, is so dark that the people see him as one of the few people who will fight back. It's to the point that once, when the two teamed up, people were literally cheering for Daredevil and hating on Spidey at the same time even though they were very obviously working together.
- Secret Identity: While he kept it well (many can't accept the idea of a blind man being a superhero), it's become very compromised over the years. First, it was sold by his Love Interest Karen Page for drugs, eventually reaching the Kingpin. While he did try to destroy Matt, afterwards, he became one of Matt's Secret Keepers, which was very well-known within his organisation. Then, a low-level mobster got word of this, and furious that he and his friends were getting screwed over along with all crime in New York, dethroned Fisk and leaked Matt's identity to the media. While Matt officially got them to take it back, he himself says that, by that point, it was too hard to get it truly forgotten. While it was somewhat less well-known, due to a combination of his being blind (making people doubt he could be a superhero), the paper taking back the statement and the fact that he had Iron fist running around as DD while Matt was in prison, it's still very well-known. It got so bad that he couldn't actually do his job as a lawyer, and even people on the streets just called him Daredevil. Eventually, he outright outed himself, so he no longer has a secret identity.
- Secret Keeper: He was one for Peter, but post-One More Day, he no longer knows.
- Peter was also Matt's, back when Matt still had one. No longer applies, since DD irreversibly outed himself in early 2014.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: The two really like to bicker a lot.
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2, #30
- 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.
- 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 protect those connected to the Web of Life from Morlun and others like him. He preceded Spider-Man as The Chosen One of the totemic spider deity and Arana's mother as The Hunter of the Spider-Society and founded a number of companies - most notably Web-Corps - to act as fronts for it, and has been keeping tabs on the various individuals connected to the Web of Life for years.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Mild example. He was a founder of WebCorp, tying both him and Spider-Man in with Araņa. However, he used his powers for personal gain.
- Doing in the Scientist: Tries to do this by telling Peter their powers - along with those of other spider-themed superheroes and villains - come from a totemic spider deity and a mystic force called the Web of Life instead of radiation. Neither option is mutually exclusive in Peter's case.
- 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 he realized Peter was The Chosen One of the totemic spider deity, Ezekiel helped save him from Morlun and then tried to sacrifice him to become the true Chosen One himself. He had a change of heart at the last moment, leading to...
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices himself to save Peter from the totemic spider deity.
- 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, 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 through illicit means.
- 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 and tries to take Peter Parker in as well.
- Targeted Human Sacrifice: Turns Peter into one in an attempt to become the true champion of the Web of Life.
AKA: Jonathan Lowell Spencer Storm
Debut: Fantastic Four #1
One of Spider-Man's longtime friends. See his character page
for tropes on him.
AKA: Cassandra Webb
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #210
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
AKA: Mark Raxton
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #28
Mark Raxton wanted to get rich. Working hard, he developed a special liquid metal alloy, but his partner wanted it to be tested more. In a brief scuffle, the container holding the alloy broke, spilling the whole 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.
- 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.
AKA: Hobie Brown
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #78
Hobie 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, Hobbie realized that the life of a villain wasn't for him, and soon became the wall-crawler's steadfast ally.
AKA: Thomas Fireheart
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #256
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
- 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
- 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: Is set to go 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.
- 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.
- Wall Crawl
- 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: Oliver Osnick
Debut: Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #72
A 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.
AKA: Patrick Mulligan
Debut: Venom/Carnage #1
- Bad Powers, Good People
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Has not been seen since 2006. In "Hunt of the Symbiotes", the symbiote is seen separated from him, but he still does not appear. Toxin is now bonded to Eddie Brock instead.
- Clingy Costume
- Combat Tentacles
- Cursed with Awesome
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Killed off-screen by Blackheart.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Spider-Man and the Black Cat.
- Happily Married: Well, he was, but then the plot happens, leaving him stuck raising the spawn of Carnage instead of his own son.
- I Hate You, Symbiote Dad
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies
- Killed Off for Real: Patrick was murdered off-panel by Blackheart and the symbiote was passed on to Eddie Brock.
- Lightning Bruiser: The Toxin symbiote has been described as the most powerful yet which would make him one of the fastest, toughest and strongest characters you are likely to see before you start breaking into the real heavyweights like Thor and the Hulk. This is probably the main reason he spends most of his time languishing in obscurity as a non-villainous Toxin would break any regular street level spider-man story over his knee with almost no effort and quickly make the webhead redundant from a practical standpoint.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Though he is able to conceal the symbiote's mouth.
- New York City Cops
- Odd Friendship: With the Black Cat.
- Papa Wolf
- Phlebotinum Rebel: Quite literally.
- Superpower Lottery
- Super Strength
- The Symbiote
- Unfortunate Names
We're naming him Toxin
, isn't it pretty?
- Wall Crawl
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Toxin disappeared from the radar only for the symbiote to show up in the possession of the Crime Master with no indication of what happened to Patrick, who was beaten to death by Blackheart.
- White Sheep: The symbiote.