Characters: Spider-Man: Love Interests
This page is for all the girls Peter has been with in the past and present of the Spider-Man
comics, by order of appearance in the comic books.
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Elizabeth "Betty" Brant
Peter's first girlfriend. She's starts off as Jameson's personal secretary, a position she took after her mother's death, which made her to drop out from high school. She starts dating Peter shortly after he starts selling pictures of Spider-man to the Bugle, attracted to his serious and formal, yet sweet demeanor.
However, Peter's life as Spider-Man started to put a heavy strain on their relationship, specially after her brother got killed by accident during a showdown with Dr. Octopus. Eventually, they break up, although on friendly terms and their relationship evolves into a more sibling-like one. A few years later, she marries Bugle reporter Ned Leeds, who at first looked like could provide Betty the quite, uncomplicated married life she was looking for. However, her marriage is a bumpy one due to Ned's constant work overseas, and leaves him during a long assignment in Paris. Feeling alone, Betty tries to get back together with Peter, who at the time had just broken up with Mary Jane (for the first time), but Ned follows her back to New York and puts a stop to it.
Eventually, she manages to work things out with her husband and save their marriage, but their life together gets utterly destroyed during one of the first Hobgoblin sagas, ending up with Ned's death and Betty almost going insane. However, she was able to recover, after what she decided to become a journalist herself. Currently, she's one of the Bugle's boldest reporters and has a relationship with Flash Thompson.
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #4
- Lost in Imitation: She's Peter Parker's first girlfriend but don't expect to see that in too many adaptions since the idea of a high school student dating a secretary is a bit squicky (should be noted in the original comics she was younger than Peter because she had to drop out of high school to work but that's not really a thing anymore) though various adaptations play with it. In the Raimi films she obviously has a fondness for Peter and is sort of his cheerleader while JJJ bullies him. Also, Peter has a crush on her in the The Spectacular Spider Man cartoon, but she turns him down gently because she's too old for him (in this adaptation, Peter is 16 and Betty 20).
- Platonic Life Partners: Her current relationship with Peter.
- Satellite Love Interest: During her relationship with Peter. See the trope below for more information.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: In the early days of the comics, this was her defining characteristic. She didn't want to date any badboys or daredevils. She just wanted a simple relationship. This was the source of her attraction to Peter. When Peter, from Betty's perspective, start exhibiting bad boy traits, she dumped him.
- Sympathetic Adulteress: She had a brief affair with Peter and Flash Thompson when she was married to Ned Leeds.
- Took a Level in Badass: Following her husband Ned's death, Betty checked out for a while. Once she got her head together, she reinvented herself, going from the Bugle's harried secretary to a fearless reporter in her own right, willing to go toe-to-toe with supervillains and monsters if required. Recent adaptations that include Betty tend to start from this characterization, to the point where a lot of newer fans won't recognize her at all if they go back and read her pre-1989 appearances.
Gwendolyne "Gwen" Stacy
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #31
Peter's first girlfriend during his college years. Although Betty Brant was his first formal girlfriend, Gwen was the first girl that Peter truly loved.
Ironically, in her first appearances she was way different from the character people remember
. Formerly known as the "beauty queen" of Standard High School in New York City. Gwen Stacy went to college at that same city’s Empire State University, where she majored in biochemistry. Over there, she had half of the male population on campus practically eating out of her hand. All except Peter Parker, who didn't seem to mind her at all. And although that was because he was dealing with more important stuff (namely, Aunt May's life being in danger during the "If this be my destiny" storyline), Gwen took it the wrong way and interpreted it as Peter thinking she was beneath him. Nevertheless, she couldn't help but starting to feel attracted to the only man she couldn't charm right away
Of course, this started to change when Peter sorted out his problems (for the time being, that is) and started to notice Gwen. However, this happened at the exact same time as Mary Jane entered the scene, which prompted the famous Betty and Veronica
triangle that lasted for a while. Eventually, Peter chose Gwen and started a serious relationship.
However, although Gwen was madly in love with Peter and viceversa, she ended up hating Spider-Man, which put a lot of strain on the relationship. Specially after the death of Gwen's dad, Captain George Stacy, who was accidentally killed during a fight with Dr. Octopus. They started to drift apart and eventually Gwen moved to London, where she had an affair
with Norman Osborn
, giving birth to twins. Incapable of being apart from Peter, she came back after a few months, which strengthened their love more than ever.
And then, The Night Gwen Stacy Died happened
Her death at the hands of the Green Goblin was a deeply traumatic experience for Peter. Not only because she lost the woman he loved
, but also because he failed spectacularly in rescuing hernote
. Just like Uncle Ben, Gwen became another ghost to haunt him
, and it took years for him to fully recover.
- Alpha Bitch: Before Characterization Marches On
- Anyone Can Die: The poster girl for this trope.
- Betty and Veronica: Was the Betty to MJ's Veronica.
- Characterization Marches On: Started as an Alpha Bitch, then moved to a Nice Girl.
- Damsel in Distress: Takes this trope to its logical conclusion...
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She was initially cold towards Peter.
- Die for Our Ship: A rare non-fan example. Gerry Conway, who wrote "The Night Gwen Stacy Died", was very vocal that he thought the character was annoying and too-perfect and Peter belonged with Mary-Jane. Even though John Romita Sr. was the one who suggested to kill off Gwen to shake things up, Conway was very willingly to do it as it would allow him to move things along to get Peter with the girl he wanted him to be with all along.
- First Love: She was the first girl Peter truly loved.
- Girl Next Door: What many fans and writers remember her as even though she never was.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Trope Namer, obviously. Gwen's death is one of the most traumatic events in Peter's entire life, and the memory of it comes back to haunt him on more than one occassion.
- Killed Off for Real: She's pretty much the only major character in the whole series who has been killed AND stayed dead.
- The Lost Lenore: To Peter, especially since he was the one who accidentally killed her.
- My Secret Pregnancy: Was retconned into having had one of these courtesy of Norman Osborn - the man who later killed her - during the "Sins Past" storyline. When Gwen learned she was pregnant, she decided to raise the children with Peter, so Norman killed her and raised them himself. Naturally for many, it's Fanon Discontinuity.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: One way to really piss Peter off is to besmirch her name.
- Nerds Are Sexy: Her incarnation in The Spectacular Spider Man, mostly.
- The original incarnation as well. She was every bit of a science geek as Peter while still looking like an absolute bombshell.
- Pretty Spry for a Dead Guy: It's teased that she's actually alive a couple of times, only for it to revealed to be a clone or something each time.
- Really Gets Around: When she debuted, she thought to herself that Peter was the only boy who hadn't "given [her] a tumble." She later had an affair with Norman Osborn while in Europe.
- Sex for Solace: When she had her affair with Norman, her father had recently died, her boyfriend Peter had become distant, and her friend Harry had overdosed on LSD.
- Spared by the Adaptation: For someone who's best known for being one of the first love interests killed in super-hero history, Gwen always seems to survive outisde of the comics (as seen in the Spider-Man Trilogy, Spider-Man: The Animated Series or The Spectacular Spider Man).
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Her cousin Jill, and daughter Sarah.
- Tsundere: Her original characterization.
- Two First Names: Gwen and Stacy are both common given names.
- Uptown Girl: What the character actually is.
- Woman Scorned: Initially was upset that Peter gave her the cold shoulder upon their first meeting (which he did because he was worried about Aunt May's illness).
Mary Jane Watson
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"Face it Tiger... you just hit the jackpot!"
Mary Jane (or MJ) was for a long span of years (20 years) the wife of Peter Parker (for some people she still is
) and she is considered by a large portion of the fan base to be Peter's one true love. She was initially created only to be a rival for Stan Lee's favorite girl Gwen Stacy but after the tragic death of the latter, MJ began to get closer to Peter, they fell in love and (after some on-and-off dynamics) finally married. Together they survived many crises, some of them really horrible.
Her most well known life period could be either as a girlfriend of Peter Parker in college aspiring to be an actress and model, or as the wife of Peter Parker where she is an actual model and actress. Sadly, after some unfortunate events
at the end of Civil War
, her marriage with Peter ended and she left New York after that. Eventually she returned and now she is the owner of a night club as well as the only person (besides Peter) who remembers the unmasking fiasco during the Civil War
. However, despite still being Peter's friend and still living in New York City, she has decided to distance from Peter Parker's life in order to avoid his dangerous life and to finally start living her own. Also, for a time she was the only person allowed to know who Spider-Man was. (Long story
, don't ask
- Abusive Parents: Her dad, Philip Watson, was a successful college professor who wanted to become a writer. Problem was he wasn't any good at it. He kept trying though. Meanwhile, bills for his daughter Gail's ballet lessons were getting more and more expensive, until one day Philip lashed out at his family, blamed them for his inability to write, and struck his daughter. His wife instantly took her kids and left him, being forced to move around from one unsupportive relative to another afterward. And then Philip actually went and sued her for desertion, before severing all ties with her and his daughters anyway.
- Action Girl: By way of being a...
- Badass Normal/Damsel out of Distress: She may not be a superhero, but it's your funeral if you try to harm this chick.
- Betty and Veronica: Formed this, being the Veronica with the good girl Gwen Stacy being the Betty. Was actually the Betty when she found herself in this situation again with Black Cat.
- Blind Date: How she met Peter and was introduced to the book.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: With Betty Brant and Gwen back in the day.
- Big Bra to Fill: Mary Jane is one of the curviest non-superheroic females in the entire Marvel universe. In Sam Raimi's film series she was portrayed by Kirsten Dunst, who doesn't quite have the body Mary Jane in the comics does (but few real life people do). Maybe not quite, but as that scene in the rain proves Dunst is far from flat-chested. She's closer to her character's comic book proportions than just about any other Hollywood actress would be.
- Catchphrase: "Face it, tiger — you just hit the jackpot."note
- Character Development: One of, if not the most and best developed character in the supporting cast. The first notable moment occurs when she decides to stay with Peter whilst he is grieving over Gwen's death. Amazing Spider-Man #259 delves a good deal into her past.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Back in the Lee/Romita days, she was a bit... out there. Even the modern era she can have her moments, they just tend to be downplayed because we usually know she's kidding or what her motivations are.
- Commitment Issues: Had this vice because of the bad relationships both her parents and her sister and brother-in-law had. Peter proposed to her about three times before she said yes. A large part of her character development was overcoming this.
- Damsel out of Distress: She's not kidnapped very often (even if some adaptations might make you think otherwise), but when she does, she never stays put. There are even more than a few examples where she saves herself with no help from Spidey whatsoever. Or even better, she ends up saving him instead.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's every bit as good at snarking as Peter.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Her latest iterations frequently portray her barefoot and in torn jeans.
- '80s Hair: When Todd MacFarlane drew her in the late 80s◊
- Empowered Badass Normal: During the Spider-Island arc.
- Establishing Character Moment: The famous panel with her first appearance is pictured on the trope page for Comic Books.
- The Faceless: For a while she was never seen or her face was obscured, not until Romita's Sr.'s run did we see the jackpot. As noted elsewhere, it took slightly longer to see her face than it did to find out who the Green Goblin was!
- The Fashionista: Although as noted on that trope's page, she's an unusual example in that outside of her interest in fashion and her very girly appearance, she's a bit of a tomboy with an interest in sports.
- Fiery Redhead: Oh, boy, is she ever! Right from her very first appearance she stood out from the rest of the supporting cast due to her lively personality.
- Fun Personified: Until some hidden depths were revealed and we latter find out it was mostly an act to hide the pain brought on by her abusive childhood, anyway. She's still a fun character though, just not in a way that it's her only defining trait or that makes her seem like she doesn't care about anything.
- The Ghost: Early on in the series, she was mentioned for dozens of issues, but was never seen until the final panel of issue #40.
- Girly Bruiser: A Model/Actress with self defense training from Captain America; you do the math.
- Happily Married: To Peter. And then Mephisto came. Stan Lee kept her married to Peter in the newspaper strip, whilst Tom DeFalco kept them married in the Spider-Girl books.
- Hello, Nurse!: The exact thing that Peter was not expecting when he opened the door to her for the first time. Hit the jackpot, he did indeed.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Not only is she the Trope Codifier for comic books, she's also arguably THE most iconic example in Western popular culture.
- Heroic Bystander: Many times (just check the awesome moments page!).
- Hidden Depths: Up until she stayed with Peter after Gwen's death, she was never shown to do anything seriously.
- Readers would also later learn about her abusive father and that her party girl attitude was an act to keep people from finding out how screwed-up her personal life was.
- Ironic Echo: When May and Anna Watson were trying to set them up on a blind date, Peter resisted - thinking Mary Jane must be some pathetic teen that couldn't possibly get a date without help. Turns out in Parallel Lives, Mary Jane had said the same things about him. Interestingly, a Valentine's Day special published in the 90s revealed that despite thinking this, MJ had always had feelings for him.
- Keep the Home Fires Burning: Many issues focus on her conflicted feelings of being supportive towards Peter and her fear that this could be the time he doesn't make it back.
- Literally Loving Thy Neighbor: With Peter (though if you want to be technical about it, it's more like "literally loving thy aunt's neighbor").
- Ms. Fanservice: Has the most bangin' bod of any non-superhero in the entire Marvel Universe, and knows it. Artists are repeatedly drawing her at the best angles to show us her... assets.
- Muggle Best Friend: When she's not the Love Interest.
- Painted-On Pants: She really likes her tight pants.
- Plucky Girl: Although she's gone through some rough patches and worries more than most examples of this trope, she still the type of character that will have no qualms about beating a B list hero with a baseball bat or bringing Peter out of slum with some helpful optimism.
- Official Couple: Was this with Peter until One More Day. Let's just say the fans were not happy with the end of their official couple status and leave it at that.
- Although she's still Peter's main love interest in most of the spin-offs and adaptations, even those released after One More Day. The only notable exceptions would be Ultimate Spider-Man, where they are Just Friends, and The Spectacular Spider Man, were he's more interested in Gwen (albeit according to Word of God, MJ would have become the main love interest eventually if the show hadn't been canceled, which would have been interesting considering it was also confirmed Gwen would not have died). She also has yet to appear in the Amazing Spider-Man films, but everything points to that it's only a matter of time. Supported by the death of Gwen Stacy in the second movie.
- Outdated Outfit: Naturally, as the most fashion-conscious member of the cast, she falls victim to this the most as time passes.
- The Reveal Prompts Romance: Subverted. When the reveal happened, they had already dated in the past and it was Mary Jane who revealed she knew the secret. They do resume their relationship shortly after that, but most stories make it clear MJ loves Peter Parker who happens to be Spider-Man, not Spider-Man who also happens to be Peter Parker.
- Sad Clown: During her childhood. "Nothing's ever wrong with Mary-Jane Watson!"
- Second Love: Peter's. Their wedding is the trope image.
- Secret Keeper: She knew Gwen had slept with Norman Osborn and gotten pregnant, and kept it a secret from Peter for years.
- And of course, she keep's Peter's ID a secret (see below).
- Secret Secret Keeper: During Tom DeFalco's first run on Amazing Spider-Man, it was revealed that Mary Jane was this. Parallel Lives elaborated that it was since the night Ben Parker was murdered (she had observed Peter returning home and then Spider-Man leaving through his bedroom window). Obviously, after Peter learned all this, Mary Jane was upgraded to Secret Keeper.
- Ship Tease: The ending of Spider-Island suggests that she may get back together with Peter after One More Day and One Moment In Time. Sure enough, MJ finally decides to become Peter's girl again in the closing storyline of Amazing Spider-Man (although she remains oblivious to what has actually happened to Peter). However...
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: At first, this was meant to drive home further her stunning, top-model-like beauty, in contrast to Gwen's (sightly) more Girl Next Door looks. Eventually, it doubled to reinforce her status as Peter's main love interest.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Peter, specially due to One More Day. Albeit they had to go through a lot of crap together since long before then.
- Stepford Smiler/Sad Clown: Put on the facade that she was happy when on the inside she was really upset with her childhood.
- The Tease: Her original role in the series.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: In Superior Spiderman she does not have the slightest suspicion that "Peter" is actually an impostor. This despite having lived (or married before OMD) with him and his alter-ego for a long time.
- Totally Radical: In The Sixties at least, to the point of nigh-incomprehensibility to some modern readers.
- True Love Is Exceptional
- The Watson: Incredibly Lame Pun aside, her questions about Peter's current superhero crisis can be a pretty handy device for readers.
- Wet Blanket Wife: She was often relegated to this role during her marriage to Peter. Some stories had her complaining about Peter's dangerous lifestyle and often demanding that he quit. Others simply had her lamenting the violence and her husband's safety. This was especially the case in the "Maximum Carnage" storyarc, where she had no part in the plot except to cut back to her angsting in this manner.
- Subverted in that usually MJ had a good reason for her concern. Peter was endangering his life every time he went out as Spider-Man, and she was legitimately concerned for his safety. In the Maximum Carnage arc, she was angry at Peter for going out as Spider-Man only mere hours after he promised he he would take a break. And later in the story, MJ comes around and admits that what Peter does is important.
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #196
- Earn Your Happy Ending: She was last seen moving out west with her new boyfriend Biff Rifkin. Considering everything she'd been through before that, the readers can probably take comfort in the fact that she found some happiness with him.
- Shrinking Violet: Although she's not necessarily shy, her aversion to conflict and reluctance when it comes to taking initiative makes her this in the comics.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She disappeared completely after being written out of the early-'80s Spectacular Spider-Man book. Every other woman in Peter Parker's dating life tends to reappear from time to time as a member of his supporting cast, except for Debra. She finally reemerged following Peter's unmasking in Civil War, having written a tell-all book about her time dating him, and promptly disappeared again.
AKA: Felicia Hardy
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"Funny. I spent years stealing money to buy champagne and caviar... instead of just stealing the champagne and caviar."
- Absolute Cleavage: She's had several outfits that all tend to draw on the same basic design scheme, but the unifying factor is that they almost all tend to have an impossibly low neckline.
- Totally averted after she breaks out of prison following her defeat and arrest at the hands of the Superior Spider-Man.
- Action Girl: Even though she doesn't have superpowers that can be directly used in combat. She also counts as a Dark Action Girl, depending on where she is on the morality scale.
- Alternate Continuity: In the 90s cartoon, she was the Alpha Bitch at Parker’s school before becoming the Black Cat and ultimately gets paired up with Morbius the Living Vampire. She's also very different in the Ultimate Universe as well.
- Animal Motifs: Black cats, given her bad luck powers.
- Badass Biker: Gets a Cool Bike courtesy of Puma.
- Badass Normal/Empowered Badass Normal: Depending on the continuity or storyline.
- Becoming the Mask: In the comics, she starts dating Flash Thompson to get Parker jealous, but ends up falling in love with him (only to be dumped by him when he finds out and asks Was It All a Lie?).
- Betty and Veronica: She is the Veronica to Mary Jane's Betty.
- Bi the Way: Spider-Man/Black Cat: Evil That Men Do #1 and in Spider-Girl.
- Blessed with Suck: Her "bad luck" power, which caused misfortune on anyone near her, but also couldn't be controlled at all.
- Break the Hottie: Good one, Otto. Now Peter's got a scorned cat after his head.
- Building Swing: She uses a grappling hook to swing from buildings.
- Cat Girl: Despite calling herself the Black Cat, she has no cat-like powers other than bad luck, although for a time Dr. Strange accidentally gave her some.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: She is an attractive thief.
- Dating Catwoman: For a time she became Spider-Man's lover, and even tried to persuade him to give up his civilian identity.
- Deadpan Snarker: She and Spider-Man are a perfect pair when it comes to cracking sarcastic jokes.
- Derailing Love Interests: At the same time Silk was introduced, Felicia became a baddie who wants to kill and/or ruin Spider-Man, and become the new Kingpin. And this is just the most recent example of this.
- Designated Girl Fight: Often in team-ups.
- Domino Mask: The only thing she wears to cover her face.
- Evil Costume Switch: At the beginning of the All-New Marvel NOW! Amazing Spider-Man, she switches out the white in her costume for black and added some metal belts (or something), and is acting as the Woman Scorned to Spidey for what Doc did to her as the Superior Spider-Man.
- Evolutionary Levels: In some storylines/continuities she’s a low-level Mutant.
- Exposition Fairy: In the Spider-Man 2 game.
- Fallen Hero: Granted, she didn't always act like a hero, but after her capture and arrest (courtesy of Superior Spider-Man, she tosses aside any notions of righteousness in her quest for vengeance, even going so far as attempting to prevent Spidey from saving people from a burning building, and teaming up with Electro.
- Femme Fatale: She started out as an attractive female supervillain.
- Femme Fatalons: With villains based on cats, this trope is inevitable really.
- Friends with Benefits: From time to time with Spidey when he's not in a serious relationship, with her or anyone else.
- Green Eyes: Or blue, Depending on the Artist.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: She started out as a criminal before falling in love with Spider-Man. She wavered back and forth between being a thief and superheroine, but recent events have caused her to return to villainy with a vengeance.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Her costume is a black leather catsuit.
- Hypocrite: Shortly before their break up, Felicia would repeatedly lay it on Peter for keeping any sort of secret from her, even though she was hiding the fact that she'd gone to one of his enemies for help in giving her powers from him.
- Karma Houdini: At this point, Felicia is probably one of the single best professional thieves in the Marvel Universe, but she can walk right up to Captain America and say hello without a problem. This is the result of receiving a pardon in the mid-80's after helping save the city from Doctor Octopus and becoming Spidey's partner and a fully accepted member of the superhero community in her own right. Her swift defeat at the Superior Spider-Man's hands, and the subsequent fallout afterwards, subverts this.
- The Load: When she and Spider-Man were together, she felt like this; she was a trained fighter, so she could take on ordinary criminals, but she had no super-powers, so she couldn't help him much against his super-powered foes. That's why she ended up getting her "bad luck" powers.
- Loves My Alter Ego: Becomes extremely weirded out when Spider-Man first reveals to her that he's Peter Parker. In Ultimate-Spider-Man, she goes so far as to vomit on him after lifting the mask due to him being a lot younger than she expected.
- Most Common Superpower: Apparently, they act as ballast◊.
- Ms. Fanservice: She is hands-down the bustiest of Peter's love interests and isn't afraid to show it.
- Oh, Crap: When she makes her Face-Heel Turn apparent to Peter, he scares her off by pretending to be SpOck.
- Rape as Backstory: Retconned as her Freudian Excuse.
- Really Gets Around: Openly admits it to Peter during the Shed arc.
- Retcon: Her current Face-Heel Turn is based on the fact that her arrest after being beaten by Superior Spider-Man revealed her identity and cost her just about everything. However, Black Cat's civilian identity as Felica Hardy was known to NYPD Captain Jean DeWolff and she's been arrested before.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When the Superior Spider-Man beat the snot out of her, knocked out a tooth, and webbed her up for the cops without so much as a backwards glance during a chance encounter, Felicia swore revenge and after Peter gets his body back refuses to let such a petty excuse as having his body hijacked dissuade her from it. To be fair, she lost everything as a result of being arrested and having her identity revealed to the public.
- Roof Hopping: By means of grappling hook.
- Satellite Love Interest: Played with; Peter dumps her because she only has interest in his Spider-Man persona.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: How does Peter get the now-evil Felicia to back off? By pretending that he's still Doc Ock. He later lampshades how he spoke with "Did I really sound like that when he was me?"
- Secret Identity Identity: Back in the day she identified more with herself as Black Cat than as Felicia Hardy, and preferred to think of Spider-Man as the same way, not really liking the idea that there's a person with his own life under the mask. The video game adaptation of Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man: Web of Shadows has her try to convince Peter to give up his civilian identity and become a hero full-time.
- The Smart Gal: In a recent Amazon Brigade run of Heroes for Hire, she was their infiltration expert.
- Start of Darkness: Her descent into new Spidey villainhood is because the Superior Spider-Man knocked her out and left her for the cops, humiliating her horribly.
- Sticky Fingers: Even when she was a hero, she was prone to stealing stuff.
- Stripperiffic: Her costume was designed to give enemies a distracting view.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: She had this power for a time, but Spidey had Doctor Strange get rid of it after he learned that it was permanently jinxing him. It cut off right in the middle of a life-or-death fight, and when she barely managed to get out of there and find out what happened, she was understandably pissed. Mr. Negative later had her bad luck powers restored, giving her increased conscious control over them.
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #509
The daughter of Gwen Stacy and Norman Osborn
. She and her twin brother Gabriel were raised by "Uncle Norm" to believe that Peter Parker was their father and had killed their mother as Spider-Man. Trained as assassins, Sarah and Gabriel attacked Peter and eventually learned the truth about their mother's death
. While Gabriel became increasingly insane, Sarah was outraged and turned against her father, fell in love with Peter herself, and became an Interpol agent.
- Cain and Abel: When they learned the truth about her mother's death, Gabriel - having been driven insane by a second dose of the Goblin Formula - kept on blaming Peter and became a super villain. Sarah denounced Norman and became an Interpol agent to bring her brother to justice.
- Generation Xerox: She is physically identical to her mother, which gave Spidey a major shock when he unmasked her.
- Half Identical Twin: She and her brother are mostly identical, except for their hair length and the fact that Gabe's a guy.
- Heel-Face Turn: When she learned about the truth of her mother's death she turned against Norman and her increasingly insane brother, and eventually became an Interpol agent.
- I Hate You, Vampire Dad: She loathes her father for lying to and using her and her brother.
- May-December Romance: She put the moves on Peter◊ after he saved her life, made a little disturbing due to her looking identical to her mother, the extreme age difference between them, and that until recently she'd believed him to be her father. Made even worse when Mary Jane walked in on them making out.
- Ms. Fanservice: As an attractive young lady, she's often been drawn in halter tops and other revealing clothing.
- Professional Killer: She and her brother were trained as assassins by Norman.
- Rapid Aging: The Goblin Formula she inherited from her father caused her to grow from a baby to a young adult in a few years' time.
- Reformed Criminal: While no longer evil, she was still wanted for criminal activities when Interpol recruited her to hunt down some drug dealers and her crazy brother.
- Rescue Romance: She fell for Peter after he saved her life and helped her apprehend her brother.
- Retcon: Peter initially was going to be her father, but the Marvel execs kiboshed that, stating that Peter having a kid - especially a grown-up one - would make him seem old.
- Super Cop: She is a superpowered Interpol agent.
- Superpowerful Genetics: The Goblin Formula in her father granted her superhuman abilities and aged her to adulthood in a few years time.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She is more or less Gwen Stacy 2.0 with assassin training and superpowers.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: While Gabriel reappeared during Dark Reign, Sarah hasn't been seen since One More Day.
- Younger Than They Look: She's only a few years old but looks like she's in her late teens or early twenties.
Carlie Ellen Cooper
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #545
- Composite Character: Probably not intentionally, but fans have noted a lot of her personality traits are from previous love interests (The Science girl thing is Gwen, the Daddy issues are MJ, the "regular girl" thing is Deb, her being a police contact is Jean Dewolff, her conflict of Peter vs. Spider-Man is Felicia etc.)
- Depending on the Artist: Due to how frequently she falls victim to this, fans still aren't sure how long or even what color her hair is supposed to be.
- Disappeared Dad: During the Mysterio arc of The Gauntlet, she finds out that her dad was a Dirty Cop who faked his own death.
- Embarrassing Tattoo: Almost got one of the Green Goblin while drunk. The one she got of Spider-Man subverted this originally, only to play it straight when she found out Peter was Spider-Man and broke up with him.
- Friend on the Force: She was this to Spider-Man.
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.
- 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: Cindy Moon
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3, #1
A woman who was given powers by the same supernatural/radioactive spider as Peter Parker. She was put in protective custody by Ezekiel Sims
to protect her and every other individual connected to the Web of Life from Morlun, but was freed by Peter Parker, kicking off Morlun's biggest hunt ever
- Arachnid Appearance and Attire: Her costume is made entirely out of spider-silk.
- Badass Boast:
Ringer III: H-how're you—? Nobody's that fast!
Silk: I am. Fast, tough, and smooth... as Silk! Yeah, that'll work.
- Bandaged Face: She's covered the lower half of her face with her costume.
- Cheap Costume: Silk quickly slaps together a costume using her webbing. Spidey laments having never thought of doing that himself, although considering his webbing only lasts couple of hours that might be a good thing. She later gets herself a proper costume, after Natalie Long calls her original one "tacky".
- Combat Clairvoyance: To a greater degree than Spider-Man. She can track people quicker and easier and by her description see further along the threads of fate that power their Spider-Sense.
- Distaff Counterpart: She is this to Peter to a greater extent than any of the Spider-Women or Spider-Girls. Morlun even calls her "Spider-Bride".
- Finger Firearms: Like Ultimate Spider-Woman, she shoots her webbing from her fingertips instead of her wrists. Can spin different kinds too. Insulated strands to use against Electro and porous ones for more cushioned barriers. They also have barbed hook tips giving a stronger catch on things she hits. Very similar to the way the Great Weaver has been depicted spinning its webs given her purported stronger connection to the Web of Life.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Not as bad as Captain America, per se, but when she hits the Internet to search for her parents, she's stopped by the fact that Peter doesn't have Netscape Navigator. Peter also notes that, when she was locked away, Facebook had just barely started, putting her lockaway at about 2005-2006.
- Gilded Cage: The bunker Ezekiel placed her in, and intended to place Peter inside as well.
- Make-Out Kids/Sickeningly Sweethearts: Her relationship with Peter has been very intimate, to the point where Anna Maria is uncomfortable around them.
- Meta Origin: She got her powers from the same spider that Peter did. Unlike him, she produces her own webbing.
- Naïve Newcomer: Silk's naivety and enthusiasm for heroics would normally make her endearing, but when she teams up with Spider-Woman during the prelude to Spider-Verse, Jess finds it very aggravating.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: She ends up getting Spider-Man: Noir laid up after she accidentally attracts Brix and Bora to their location. And then gets Spider-Woman trapped on Loomworld. And then wrecks the second teleporter when she returns to Loomworld to save Spider-Woman, even though she should be staying away from Loomworld. It happens a lot in Spider-Verse.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: She doesn't even cover her whole face as Silk.
- Making things even dumber, as Cindy Moon, she's working for a news station that wants to profit off Silk like the Daily Bugel profited off Spider-Man. Someone's gotta realize something's up soon.
- Red String of Fate: She and Peter were bitten by the same radioactive/supernatural spider. They can't be close to each other too long before their "pheromones" start making them go in for a makeout.
- Remember the New Guy: She was one of Peter's classmates thirteen years ago In-Universe. Subverted in that he initially has no idea who she is.
- The Rival: When their pheromonal attraction starts interfering with their daily lives, Cindy suggests Peter take a hike and leave New York to her. Peter takes this as a challenge.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Literally, as the second fight that breaks out between her and Peter ends with them making out due to their Spider-Senses freaking out when Morlun resurfaces.
- Spoiled Brat: She easily comes off as this because of Jessica Drew's assertion that Silk's Wide Eyed Idealism will get them killed if they let her get away with it.
- Super Reflexes: Much more agile than Spider-Man, being capable of dodging his webbing in what the man himself describes as Matrix Bullet Time.
- What the Hell, Hero?: When Peter mentions that he's killed Morlun, she's relieved. When he mentioned that he's done it twice, she flips out, realizing Peter's doomed everyone.