Characters: Spider-Man: Family
This page details Peter Parker's family and relatives.
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Anna May Watson
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #15
- Maiden Aunt
- The Match Maker: See "Shipper on Deck".
- Obnoxious In-Laws: In Spider-Man: The Animated Series, treating Peter badly even when he didn't do anything to deserve it. In the comics, she's a sweet lady who's never anything but polite and respectful to Peter. She was also impressed by Spider-Man's kindness and good manners after he saved her from a Spider-Slayer.
- Shipper on Deck: Less so than May, but still helped set up Peter and MJ's first date.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: When she came to live with Peter and Mary Jane for a while in the 1990s, she filled a similar role to Aunt May.
Debut: Amazing Fantasy #15
- Cool Old Guy: In Ultimate Spider-Man, and quite a few flashbacks.
- Death by Origin Story
- Happily Married: To Aunt May, until his death.
- Killed Off for Real: Due to Death by Origin Story. He's pretty much the only Marvel character who hasn't come back from the deadnote .
- The Obi-Wan: It varies in continuity to continuity, but he is the main inspiration in Peter's resolution to do good.
- In Ultimate Spider-Man he's brought back to life in the Nightmare world to haunt Peter with the fact that he couldn't save him. Instead he shows his approval for what Peter's doing and gives sage advice and encouragement.
- Parental Substitute: Peter's substitute father.
- Uncle Wolf: One flashback to Peter's childhood has him chasing off a few bullies harassing Peter with a baseball bat.
- Posthumous Character
Mary and Richard Parker
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5
- Action Dad/Action Mom/Badass Normal: Depending on the Writer, mind you, but they've been shown doing some pretty awesome things, and they took on the Red Skull, for pete's sake, even if it did result in their deaths, but they died protecting their country, which Peter takes some measure of pride in. More recently in the standalone story Family Business, in particular, they're shown operating some rather powerful weaponry.
- Death by Origin Story: Something of a lesser variant, they weren't directly involved in Peter's origin as Spider-Man (though their profession and deaths resulted in Peter living with Ben and May), and their deaths weren't even elaborated on until an annual during the Lee/Romita run.
- Reverse Mole: They were spies; in some continuities they were Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Amusingly, even in mainline continuity, the writers can flip-flop on this. The cover you see to the right? It says they're S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, but in the actual comic, they're working for the CIA instead.
Debut: Amazing Fantasy #15
- Almighty Mom: She can get J. Jonah Jameson and Wolverine, of all people, to submit to her requests!
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Cool Old Lady
- Granny Classic: Depending on the writer she might Take a Level in Badass, but everyone seems to be in agreement she likes to bake, cook, and can't be bothered with hair dye.
- Happily Married: With JJJ's dad as of BND (the ceremony takes place in issue #600). Peter alternates between finding it adorable and horrifying. Jonah would rather not think about it at all.
- And of course to Ben before his Death by Origin Story
- Heroic Bystander: More so when written by JMS, during her brief time being in on the secret.
- Horrible Judge of Character: For a long time, she considered Spider-Man to be "awful", and thought Doctor Octopus was a "gentleman" (Even after he held her hostage). She was even like this in her youth: She almost got engaged to a criminal named Johnny Jerome, refusing to listen to Ben Parker when he tried to tell her the truth about him, thinking he was slandering Johnny out of jealousy. It was only when he showed her hard evidence that her engagement ring had been stolen that she believed him.
- Insistent Terminology: In The Sixties, would constantly say "pussywillow" instead of "pussycat" when attempting to use hip lingo.
- The Match Maker: For Peter and MJ. One More Day aside, it works!
- Maiden Aunt: Although she's a widow and not a maiden.
- Mama Bear
- Never Mess with Auntie
- Parental Substitute
- Progressively Prettier: In the earlier issues, May looked very wizened and wrinkled. Over time, artists have drawn her as less so.
- They even modernized her hairdo from the classic old ladies' bun to short, shagged hair.
- Scatterbrained Senior: Early incarnations of her suggested this, although she has become more with it, even more so than Peter as time has gone on.
- Shipper on Deck: Is usually a pretty vocal Peter/MJ shipper, and conspired with Anna to set them up on their first date.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Is not supportive of "Peter"'s relationship with Anna Maria Marconi, going so far as to disparagingly remark on her short stature. Although "Peter" admits that it's also his fault because he should've told Aunt May earlier about Anna's condition before they met.
Scarlet Spider I / Spider-Man II
AKA: Benjamin Reilly
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #149
- Badass Biker: During "The Lost Years" Mini and "The Clone Saga" revamp.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Just like Peter. Not played for laughs like usual. In "The Lost Years", a few drinks causes him to start trashing the bar and encouraging the bouncer to put him out of his misery.
- Civvie Spandex: The Scarlet Spider costume.
- Cloning Blues: Was cloned from Peter Parker by the Jackal.
- Cool Loser: Sometimes, especially when compared to Peter.
- Disappeared Dad: To Darkdevil in Spider-Girl.
- Driven to Suicide: Heavily implied to be his reaction to finding out he's a clone. Luckily, he snaps out of it after rescuing a man suffering from the same feelings.
- The Ghost: In Spider-Girl.
- Important Haircut: Decides to wear his hair in a different style and bleach it blond to differentiate himself from Peter.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Throws himself between Peter and the Green Goblin.
- Legacy Character: Intended to be one for Peter. Now Kaine is one for him.
- Meaningful Name: His first name is that of Peter's uncle, while his surname is Aunt May's maiden name.
- Nerds Are Sexy: Just as much of a Chick Magnet as Peter. He even hooks up with MJ after Peter dies in one Alternate Universe.
- Not So Different/You Are Not Alone: Towards Kaine, eventually starting a Heel-Face Turn.
- Rummage Sale Reject: His first two costumes — the first when he answers Judas Traveller's challenge at the beginning of the Clone Saga, and the other when he went up against Venom. Justified in that he was pressed for time in both cases. He ended up wearing the second costume for a long time before he finally got a proper costume.
- Spared by the Adaptation: The "New" Clone Saga Revamp.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Inverted; this is how he and "cousin" Peter explain why they look so much alike. And in Spider-Girl, we find out he and his son are identical, save for one feature.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Because he's a clone. Until he settles on a job at the Daily Grind, anyway.
Scarlet Spider IV
AKA: Kaine Parker
Debut: Web of Spider-Man #115
"I'm doin' something very, very stupid. Don't screw up my hero moment, Parker."
- Abusive Parents: The Jackal.
- Anti-Hero: As the second Scarlet Spider, of the Pragmatic Anti-Hero persuasion. He's willing to kill, thinks of himself as a monster and will put villains down with much more brutal means (like nearly lobotomizing Carnage) but will ultimately always end up listening to his "Parker Genes" and prioritize trying to help people.
- Arachnid Appearance and Attire: As the Scarlet Spider. Taken to a new level following his second resurrection.
- The Atoner: After he became the Scarlet Spider.
- Atrocious Alias: Just like his little brother, he doesn't like the name "Scarlet Spider". In Kaine's case though, it's not because he thinks it's a lame name, it's that he doesn't feel like he's worthy of his brother's legacy.
- Badass Longcoat: Part of his ensemble in the 1990s.
- Berserk Button: He's never really had friends or people that cared about him before he moved to Houston. Threatening them is a very bad idea.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: His eyebrows are a lot bigger than Peter and Ben's for... some reason. And they're darker, too.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Just like Peter once had, Kaine has two Stingers that retract from his wrists. Because just like Peter once was, Kaine is the chosen avatar of the Other, a Totemic Spider-God.
- Cain and Abel: Literally plays the "Cain" to Peter and Ben's Abel. Of course, they're all Abels to Spidercide.
- Came Back Strong: Kaine is resurrected twice, both times with enhanced spider-powers and both times by Ero, who is revealed to be the totemic spider deity Peter encountered in The Other.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Just like Peter and Ben. Issue #12 has him passed out after THREE beers.
- Chameleon Camouflage: His Scarlet Spider suit - which is actually Peter's Big Time Stealth Costume - is able to turn invisible or change colors for camouflage. It's usually just stuck in the Scarlet Spider mode because Madame Web is The Gadfly.
- The Champion: He's this to Aracely, who is heavily implied to either be the reincarnation of, or at the least the human host to, the Aztec God of War.
- The Chosen One: Kaine is this twice over; He's the chosen avatar and current host of the totemic Spider-God, the Other, and he's the chosen champion of the Aztec war god Huitzilopochtli. This isn't even counting his role in Spider-Island, where Madame Web comes to believe Kaine is actually the chosen one of her visions, which he seemingly proves by being the one to slay the Spider-Queen, though he argues that it was only done because of a moment provided by Peter, in a suit designed by Peter, while Peter saved thousands of lives.
- Clone Degeneration: Suffered from it prior to Spider-Island, leaving him covered in scars.
- Cloning Blues: Like Ben Reilly, he was a clone of Spider-Man.
- Cooldown Hug: On the receiving end from Aracely after he became the Other and tried to eat her. Her refusal to lose faith in him and her insistence that Kaine isn't a monster, he's her champion, is what gives him the strength to keep going and regain control.
- Create Your Own Villain: Kaine sleeping with Zoe and then discovering that the supervillain he just put down afterwards was her father eventually lead to her blowing up Kaine's hotel room with an RPG and nearly killing Annabelle and Wally.
- Cursed with Awesome: Kaine's Spider-Sense is much, much stronger than his brothers, but it came at the cost of having Clone Degeneration, and his Mark of Kaine is similar.
- Death Seeker: Why he sacrifices himself in Grim Hunt.
- Deal with the Devil: Kaine makes one when he is killed by the Lobos, becoming the avatar of the totemic spider-god the Other, just like Peter once did, allowing him to return to life and save Aracely, but at the cost of becoming a monster like he always claimed he was.
- Did Not Get the Girl: After seeing Kaine transform into his monstrous Other form, Annabelle is too horrified of him to even look at him and runs away. By the time Peter comes to Houston looking for him, she's come to actually hate him.
- Didn't Think This Through: Kaine has a habit of leaping before looking, and his Death Seeker behavior makes him reckless.
- Evil Twin: While he's not truly evil anymore, Kaine refers to himself as Peter's evil twin.
- Freudian Trio: In the Scarlet Spiders team, Kaine is the Id to Ben Reilly (Earth-94)'s ego and Jessica Drew (Earth-1610)'s superego.
- Friend on the Force: Wally Layton, up until Kraven the Hunter finally tracks Kaine down and begins to threaten Kaine's friends to goad him into giving Kraven the death he wants. Kaine refuses to commit murder after his character development, and stops his heart long enough to sever their connection, allowing Kraven to die by any means again, not just the hands of the Spider, but he isn't able to stop Kraven from goring Wally's husband Donald Meland. Wally blames Kaine, and holds him up with a shotgun, in part of a series of events that ultimately leave Kaine in self-exile from Houston. He and Wally bury the hatchet when Justice forces Kaine to return to his old home.
- Good Is Not Soft: Believes in putting criminals down hard. This is especially notable in that he and Water Snake are the only members of the New Warriors to deal with their enemies aggressively.
- Heel-Face Turn: Starts during Spider-Man: Redemption. Ends in a Heroic Sacrifice in Grim Hunt, though he is resurrected.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Grim Hunt. Fortunately he gets better in Spider-Island.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Once he became the Scarlet Spider, he refuses to see himself as a hero, constantly puts himself down, and thinks of himself as a horrible monster, especially after becoming the avatar of the Other and after the brother he idolized (who was actually replaced by the Superior Spider-Man) told him that all clones were genetic abominations that didn't deserve to live. He starts to get over it during his time with the New Warriors, when Justice tells him that if he feels like a monster and a bad person, the best thing he can do is surround himself with people who care about him and will force him to be better, like his fellow Warriors.
- Hot-Blooded: Much more so than Peter or Ben, Kaine is fairly aggressive and much more likely to get into fights and shouting matches with anyone or anything.
- I Am a Monster: Almost a catchphrase of his. Aracely starts to help him get over it, and Justice is able to finish the job.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Kaine uses his stingers to stab Wolverine straight through the heart, knowing that he'd get better. He's less kind to Carnage, who he stabs through the brain, turning him into a vegetable. If it weren't for Agent Venom, he would have gone further too. He also projects multiple spines to skewer Daemos of the Inheritors.
- Important Haircut: During Grim Hunt, he finally carves away his long, unkempt "villain hair" to a haircut more like Ben and Peter's. It symbolizes his Heel-Face Turn as he's preparing to sacrifice his life to save Peter's.
- I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Kaine believes he is cursed by those Parker genes, and considers himself a monster.
- Inhuman Human: Both times after being resurrected he is brought back as an anthropomorphic spider.
- In-Series Nickname: "Not-Spider-Man" from Carnage.
- Insistent Terminology: Kaine Parker is not a hero, and he sure as hell isn't a "Superhero". He's sure as hell not "Spider-Man" either.
- Kid Sidekick: Aracely, who becomes the superhero Hummingbird to go on more "fun" adventures with Kaine. She joins the New Warriors, at least in part to help Kaine overcome his Heroic Self-Deprecation and drags him along with her.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Extremely bitter and cynical, but he'll fight to his last breath to save people and protect his new family.
- Legacy Character: Becomes the new Scarlet Spider after Spider-Island.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Being the avatar of the Other grants Kaine a number of grotesque powers.
- Morality Pet: Aracely keeps him set on the moral path.
- My Greatest Failure: Killing the love of his life in The Lost Years because she was a Dirty Cop. Not to mention losing his "brother" Ben.
- Name of Cain: He chose it to evoke the Biblical figure.
- Next Tier Power-Up: Kaine went through the same changes his "brother" Peter, did: following Spider-Island he possessed the same powers Peter had after his first encounter with the Queen, and after being killed by the Lobos siblings he was resurrected by the Other, who bestowed upon him the same powers it once had given Peter.
- Nineties Anti-Hero: Wore a blade-studded black-and-grey bodysuit and a tattered red cape during the 1990s and wasn't shy about killing others.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Before he became the Scarlet Spider, these were just about all he gave out. Once he became a superhero, he reserved them for enemies who crossed the line, notably the Lobos after they brutally killed him to get to Aracely, Carnage after failing to stop his killing sprees before he could rack up a body count, and Ana Kravinoff and her father Kraven the Hunter after Kraven manipulated and drugged him to think his degeneration was coming back and that Ben Reilly was alive and wanted to kill him for stealing his life away. Then they captured, tortured, and nearly killed Kaine's only friends, all while rubbing his attempts to be a hero in his face.
- Not So Different: With Ben. It's what starts his Heel-Face Turn.
- Not Quite Dead:
- He died near the end of The Clone Saga, though the Jackal revived him by placing him in a regenerative pod, which fell into the hands of the organizers of the Great Game.
- After The Clone Saga, Kaine went to Europe to combat Norman Osborn's forces; an agent of Osborn later ominously reassures his boss that Kaine has been "dealt with".
- He sabotaged the ritual to revive Kraven in Grim Hunt by tricking the Kravinoffs into sacrificing him instead of Peter. He's resurrected by the Other.
- He gets mauled by the Lobos, but is once again brought back by the Other.
- Finally, after channeling the Other to kill Solus, he's brought down by Morlun, though at the end of the event a hand is shown shooting out of his Man-Spider corpse.
- One-Winged Angel: Once he dies and is brought back as the avatar of the Other, he's able to transform into a horrifying Spider Monster. He loses nearly all human thought during it, referring to other people as "prey" and usually needing Aracely to calm him back down. Transforming into it to save his new friends is a big factor in what alienates them enough to drive him from Houston. When on Earth-001, Kaine unleashes the full power of the Other and transforms into a massive version of Man-Spider, causing Morlun to admit that Peter-as-the-Other was nothing compared to Kaine.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Used to do this back before his Heel-Face Turn, and still has moments where he thinks about going back to this mindset.
- Redemption Equals Death: Sacrifices himself to save Peter, but is resurrected during the Spider-Island arc.
- Refusal of the Call: Unlike Aracely, Kaine responds to Justice's offer to join the New Warriors with a deadpan "No". He helps them solve the problem he's immediately wrapped up in, but as soon as it's resolved he leaves. When Justice takes him to Houston to talk him down from quitting, he only claims that you can't quit what you've never actually joined. He (and Houston) get through to him, and he becomes a full-time member in the end.
- Seer: He used to have unpredictable, painful visions, but he seems to have lost this ability following his rebirth.
- Shadow Archetype: To Ben Reilly, and Peter to a lesser extent.
- Sir Swearsalot: Kaine is constantly swearing, though he starts to pull it back some when Aracely starts demanding money for her Swear Jar for it.
- The Team Benefactor: Kaine funds his operations, his expensive hotel suite where he houses Aracely, and his and Aracely's self-exile to Mexico by stealing money from drug dealers and human traffickers.
- Token Adult: Subverted. He acts like this with the New Warriors, and appears to be the oldest member of the mostly teen super team, but he's actually only a couple years old since he's an aged up clone. It doesn't stop the fan nickname of "Grumpy Uncle Kaine".
- Tsundere: He's Tsun to everyone and everything. He tries exceptionally hard to hide his Dere side from Aracely, Annabelle, and Peter, to varying degrees of failure, especially since the former can read his mind.
- Up to Eleven: As implied in the comics and later confirmed by Word of God, some of Kaine's powers are actually augmented spider-powers - the Mark of Kaine for wall-crawling and premonitions for Spider-Sense.
- Played straight when he gains the same augmented powers Peter did in The Other during Spider-Island.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Sometimes with Ben and Peter, when they weren't trying to kill each other. Since he got his own series, is this with Officer Layton.
- You Are Number Six: According to the Jackal, he is "Parker 3.0".