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
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Elizabeth "Liz" Allan
- Alliterative Name
- Betty and Veronica: Literally the Betty to Liz's Veronica.
- Clingy Jealous Girl
- Damsel in Distress
- Important Haircut: Got a page-boy cut after her brother died.
- Intrepid Reporter: Betty's new career and she easily rivals Lois Lane for her skill and fearlessness.
- The Load
- 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
- 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.
Felicia Hardy/Black Cat
- 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.
- Action Girl
- 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
- 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: With Mary Jane
- Bi the Way: Spider-Man/Black Cat: Evil That Men Do #1 and in Spider-Girl.
- Building Swing
- Cat Girl
- Classy Cat-Burglar
- Dating Catwoman
- Deadpan Snarker
- Designated Girl Fight: Often in team-ups.
- Domino Mask
- Evolutionary Levels: In some storylines/continuities she’s a low-level Mutant.
- Exposition Fairy: In the Spider-Man 2 game.
- Femme Fatale
- Femme Fatalons: With villains based on cats, this trope is inevitable really.
- Green Eyes: Or blue, Depending on the Artist.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door
- Hell-Bent for Leather
- Hello, Nurse!
- 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. She treads the line more nowadays.
- 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. Though that was because he was a lot younger than she expected.
- Love Redeems: Ultimately, she ends up developing legitimate feelings for Peter in 616.
- Most Common Superpower: Apparently, they act as ballast◊.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Rape as Backstory: Retconned as her Freudian Excuse.
- Really Gets Around: Openly admits it to Peter during the Shed arc.
- 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.
- 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 has her try to convince Peter to give up his civilian identity and become a hero full-time, but he refuses.
- The Smart Gal: In a recent Amazon Brigade run of Heroes for Hire, she was their infiltration expert.
- Sticky Fingers
- Tsundere: Type A
- 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.
- Alliterative Name
- Birds of a Feather
- Character Shilling: To the point where she appeared in a one shot called "The Many Loves of Peter Parker" before they actually became a couple. That's all we'll say on the matter.
- Dude Magnet
- Cop Girlfriend
- 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 orginally, only to play it straight when she found out Peter was Spider-Man and broke up with him.
- Friend on the Force
- Hot Scientist
- Important Haircut
- Nerds Are Sexy
- Remember the New Guy: A retcon story showed she was best friends with Gwen Stacy and her dad worked with Captain Stacy.
- Satellite Love Interest: when first introduced. Later issues attempted to broaden her characterization (albeit a characterization that kind of made her a Composite Character of several former love interests). Averted now that she is A) No longer a love interest and B) the books are mostly focusing on her as a Friend on the Force.
- Tuckerization: Named after Quesada's daughter.
- "Well Done, Daughter" Gal
- What the Hell, Hero?: Breaks up with Peter when she realizes he is Spider-Man and assumes their whole relationship was a lie.