Characters: Spider Man Main Characters
The main characters of the Spider-Man
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Peter Benjamin Parker/The Amazing Spider-Man/Spider-Man I/Ghost-Peter
"My fault — all my fault! If only I had stopped him when I could have! But I didn't — and now — Uncle Ben — is dead..."
Peter Parker was your typical genius student in Midtown High School, but one day everything changed. During a science exhibition, a little spider was hit by a radioactive ray and before dying it bit poor Peter Parker, granting him all its abilities. Peter attempted to use these abilities to get some money for his poor family, but full of resentment towards everyone except his aunt and uncle, he let a burglar escape after one of his shows only for this same burglar killed his Uncle Ben a few days later. After this tragic event, he vowed to dedicate his life to helping innocent people with his powers to atone for his big mistake and to honor his uncle's beliefs in justice and responsibility.
The life of Peter Parker is full of ups and downs: in his most well known life period, he lived with his Aunt May, worked as a photographer for the Daily Bugle, was distrusted by half of New York thanks to his old boss J. J. Jameson, and dated (subsequently married) Mary Jane Watson. Currently, he is dead due to the "Freaky Friday" Flip
that got him stuck in Otto Octavius's corpse, unable to revert the switch in time. However, a fraction of his soul lies within his original body. He has also vowed to get control of his body back, regardless of Otto's good intentions. Unfortunately he was purged from his original body by Otto, again
, but barely survived with only 31 memories of his own.
Otto Octavius/The Superior Spider-Man/Spider-Man III/Superior Venom
"Better yet, with my unparalleled genius—and my boundless ambition—I'll be a better Spider-Man than you ever were. From this day forth, I shall become... THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN!"
After his master plan during "Ends Of The Earth" failed, Otto Octavius was at the end of his life. Before his inevitable end came, he put in motion his final plan, which was switching bodies with Peter Parker and taking all his memories, instincts, and powers in the process. At first Ock tried to use them as a way to get revenge on Peter, but after Peter showed him the ramifications of being Peter Parker include "the great responsibility", Octavius changed his ways and now tries to honor Peter's last wish by being a better hero than he ever was.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: In the Superior Issue #2. Ghost-Peter is pretty grossed out by this.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: It's a brand new Spidey, for better or worse. Sort of; even though it's Peter's body, Doctor Octopus is in control of it.
- Angel Face, Demon Face: As Superior Venom. If Otto is in control his eyes are smooth, the webbing motif neat and tidy, and nary a fang in sight. When he starts to get angry, however, he sprouts a maw full of fangs and both the eyes and webbing motif become distorted.
- Ambiguously Evil: In almost all of his appearances in other comics especially in Alpha: Big Time and Avenging Spider-man, where he is using Alpha to upgrade himself and seems to be rebuilding the Sinister Six respectively. Not that this is suprising given that he's a somewhat reformed villain.
- Antagonist in Mourning: After he kills Peter, he remembers everything that Peter went through due to the Freaky Friday Flip. It's enough to drive him to use his powers for good.
- Noticably averted when he purges Peter from his mind - he immediately celebrates that he's free.
- Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain: As of the beginning of Superior, Nominal Hero for the former and Noble Demon for the latter. Time will tell which way he shifts.
- Anti-Hero Substitute: Lacks the aesthetics to be a proper Nineties Anti-Hero, but certainly has the attitude and viciousness of one.
- The Atoner: Much more so than Peter, which is saying quite a bit. He was so moved by learning about the original Spider-Man's past that he decided to use his powers for good instead of selfish reasons. He's got plenty to atone for, too: nearly destroying the planet for starters, and pretty much every other heinous thing that he's done as Doctor Octopus. This is the only thing keeping him from being a Karma Houdini from the conclusion of Amazing.
- However, as the series goes on, his quest becomes more driven by his own ego than by any desire to do good, making this a Subverted Trope.
- Bait the Dog: It sure was nice of him to perform a brain surgery to save a little girl. Too bad that he does it as a means to find Peter's remnant and try to kill him for good.
- Berserk Button: :In Superior Spider-Man Issue #3, finding out that his old friend the Vulture was using children as mooks, drove Otto blind with rage, especially since he had hit one of them. Due to his father abusing him as a child, he abhors the idea of harming children especially if he hurt them. He changed his mind from giving the Vulture money so he would stop his crimes, to trying to kill him.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: After Horizon Labs is destroyed he founds Parker Industries in order to keep developing weapons and equipment.
- Deadpan Snarker: It's most evident in The Avengers, however he tends to be more on the deadpan side.
- Dirty Old Man: Although being in Peter's body does not make him physically old in the slightest, he is a middle-aged man, and a lot of issue 1 and 2 of Superior have him hitting on women of Peter's age. Meaning women at least 20 years younger than he is. Then in issue four, when he reenters grad school, he flirts with one of the students there. Ghost Peter is very disturbed.
- Enemy Within: Solicits for the Original Sin arc imply that Ock is trapped inside Peter's mind in a reversal of their positions, but that he is able to influence Peter into committing villainous acts... kinda like he did in Amazing Spider-Man 55.
- Fair Weather Mentor: To Alpha.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: He's tricked out the outfit to have Stat-O-Vision and Night Vision, like Iron Man.
- Good Is Not Nice: Probably the defining difference between him and Peter. And the "good" part is stretching it.
- Grand Theft Me: Pulled a Freaky Friday Flip on Peter after his battle with both Hobgoblins.
- Ghost Memory: One of his new "powers", in a sense. He got these memories from Peter, and it's what inspired him to go through his Heel-Face Turn in the first place. He loses them after purging the remnants of Peter from his body.
- Heel-Face Turn: Otto takes over as Spider-Man after Peter dies, overwhelmed by Peter's memories and thoughts. Of course, he's still an egomaniac, so he's also motivated by being a better Spider-Man than Peter was.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Sequesters and purges the remnants of Peter from his body, going back on his promise to protect Peter's friends by slaughtering mental representations of them. To be fair, it was because he only saw them as memories and all of Peter's had to go so that he could continue to be Spider-Man.
- Hijacking Cthulhu: Seizes control of the Venom symbiote and forces it to remain bonded to him when it tries to leave him for Flash.
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Why he splits up with Mary Jane. He also does this out of respect for Peter.
- Insufferable Genius: About 90 percent of his thoughts are how much Superior he is to Peter. Or how other the resident geniuses of the Marvel Universe are not as smart as him, like Reed flipping Richards.
- Jerkass: In terms of personality, he's really not someone you'd want to hang around with. This trait nearly got him kicked off of the Avengers.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: However, he's also doing the right thing because he feels that it's what the real Spider-Man would do. Even still, the "Jerk" aspect of this can be stretched a bit, considering that part of the reason he's being good is due to simply outdo the original.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: His actions are increasingly less heroic and more extreme. This definitely kicks in by the time he erases Peter.
- Large Ham: Good gravy, just look at the quote.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Kicking Peter out of his head cost him Peter's memories, which becomes increasingly important as the story arc progresses.
- Legacy Character: Doctor Octopus is now Spider-Man after the aforementioned Grand Theft Me.
- Manipulative Bastard: He's manipulating pretty much everyone right now.
- Mad Scientist Hero: Like the original Spidey, only more fiendish.
- Meta Guy: In Hickman's run on the Avengers oddly enough.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: As of #22, Dr. Peter Parker is in the house.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: His new suit has four cybernetic spider-legs, similar to Peter's old Iron Spider outfit.
- Protagonist Journey To Villain: Sort of. His series starts off as a recovering villain that uses the methods of an Anti-Hero, seemingly becoming more heroic over time. Later on, he becomes more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist and uses increasingly morally questionable methods to achieve his goals, and ultimately leaves many of those that are close to him alienated by his actions.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Ghost-Peter just before purging him.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: SpOck's second costume is based off of Alex Ross' concept art for Spider-Man, and he becomes increasingly violent and antagonistic, taking cues from 1984.
- Shadow Archetype: He already was this as Doctor Octopus and now it's taken Up to Eleven. His methods of crime fighting are more vicious and what would happen if Peter decided to be serious about protecting the whole city.
- Taking Up The Mantle: Becomes Spider-Man after Peter dies.
- The Unfettered: He nearly kills someone during his first night on the town. Arguably Subverted due to the influence of Ghost-Peter. He later plays it straight: in issue five he uses a gun to point blank shot Massacre in the head, even after Massacre was able to feel emotion again.
- Villain Protagonist: He becomes more and more of this as the series progresses.
- Walking Spoiler: The identity of the character spoils the conclusion of the final arc of the Amazing series.
- Late Arrival Spoiler: That being said, anyone who opens up an issue of Superior is going to have the twist immediately spoiled for them.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Kaine, self-described "evil clone" of Spider-Man, berates Otto for how far he's fallen.
- As do a lot of the other heroes that Otto has run into.
Mary Jane Watson/Mary Jane Watson-Parker
"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 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 and is one of Peter Parker's best friends as well as the only person (besides Peter) who remembers the unmasking fiasco during the Civil War
and for a time she was the only person allowed to know who Spider-Man was. (Long story
, don't ask
- Abusive Parents: Her dad sucked.
- 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 anyone who saw that scene in the rain knows 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 the most notable moments 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.
- 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◊
- Establishing Character Moment: The famous panel with her first appearance is pictured on the trope page.
- 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 in-person fully 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
- 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 only 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.
- Green Eyes
- Happily Married: To Peter Parker. 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
- 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 valentines special published in the 90s revealed that DESPITE thinking these things, 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").
- Muggle Best Friend
- Painted-On 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 offical couple status and leave it at that.
- 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: "Nothing's ever wrong with Mary-Jane Watson!"
- Second Love: Peter's. Their wedding is the trope image.
- 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).
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Peter.
- 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.
- 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.