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The main character of the Spider-Man comics is detailed here.

"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 to kill 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 alive again after The Superior Spider-Man (who took over his body) finally accepted his inferiority and gave Peter back his body so he could save New York City and Superior's beloved girlfriend.
  • Adorkable: The Trope Codifier for Marvel U. He is the sweetest geek ever.
  • The Adjectival Superhero: Spidey might have the most adjectives. He has Amazing, Spectacular, Sensational, and his favorite, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. He was called the Bombastic Bag-Man, when he borrowed a Fantastic Four costume with a paper bag as a mask. When Venom acted as him during Dark Reign, Venom was called the Sinister Spider-Man. He is also the Avenging Spider-Man, as a member of the Avengers. And the Fantastic Spider-Man as a member of the FF.
  • Affectionate Nickname: He's called "Tiger" by Mary Jane and "Pete" or "Petey" by many of his friends.
    • The people of NYC and various other heroes call him "Spidey" or "Web-head" at times.
  • Alliterative Name: Peter Parker. Both his first and last name begin with the letter P.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Peter got bullied in high school because he was a nerd; meanwhile, Spider-Man gets treated like a criminal by the same media that worships all of the other super-heroes and, in the case of J. Jonah Jameson, him treating mutants (the feared and hated minority of the Marvel Universe) better than he does Spider-Man.
  • Always Save the Girl: Except not. Big time.
  • Animal Motifs: Go on, guess which animal. Most of his villains have one as well.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: The webs, the wall-crawling... clearly he's based on a wombat.
  • Ascended Fanboy: In recent events, he's finally able to use his technical skills to make a living — and a good one at that. Peter now has a steady job at Horizon Labs and gets paid a very sizable salary to develop new technologies. When he starts, Aunt May recalls him asserting his dreams of working as a scientist to Ben as seen in one of the older comics.
  • The Atoner: His main motivation for doing good is that no one will have to suffer like he did when he inadvertently got his Uncle killed.
  • Author Avatar: Stan Lee's. An example of Tropes Are Not Bad.
  • Back from the Dead: Was killed by Morlun, but was reborn by embracing the supernatural side of his powers. Lingers on in Superior Spider-Man as a spirit. Peter can exert enough control over Doc Ock to keep him from killing a helpless foe with Doc Ock none the wiser. Peter also vows to take control of his body back, but gets erased for good this time... at least until Otto's desperation to remember something of Peter's past brings him back. And now he's back for realsies.
  • Backstab Backfire: After the Green Goblin killed Gwen Stacy, Spidey tracked him down and beat him nearly to death. Spidey was so angry that he wanted to kill the Goblin, but at the last minute stopped himself. He thought that Osborn was no longer a threat and Osborn, who was still able to remotely control his goblin glider, positioned it behind Spider-Man and hit the gas, hoping to impale him. Spidey dodged the glider and it hit Osborn instead, killing him. At least, that's how the story originally went.
  • Being Good Sucks: Also the Marvel Trope Codifier for this, as no matter how much good he does, many people are freaked out by him.
  • Badass: One of the coolest heroes ever created based on style, finesse, comedy, and powers. Constantly fights Marvel's most dangerous villains and occasionally his fellow heroes without a moment's hesitation due to the thrill of it all and for cause of good. Plus the benefit of coming up with hilarious jokes and clever insults for kicks and to lighten the mood. Will also kick your ass if you hurt his friends and innocent people no matter who you are.
    • Badass Adorable: Despite being a epically agile and a super-powered daredevil, he's just so damn cute and fun when being in any situation with his life as a hero and a normal guy. The guy defines Moral Pureness for the entire Marvel community.
    • Badass Bookworm: Unanimously Marvel's definitive geek turned epic hero example. Also likely the most powerful street-level hero.
  • Becoming the Mask: Swings in and out of this, but Peter can get so caught up in his persona that he forgets that Spider-Man is the mask Peter wears, not the other way around.
  • Benevolent Boss: Now that he's CEO of Parker Industries.
  • Betty and Veronica: Peter (Archie) was caught in between Gwen Stacy (Betty) and Mary Jane Watson (Veronica).
    • Later on, he is in a triangle with Mary Jane Watson (Betty) and Felicia Hardy (Veronica).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: You DO NOT want to threaten his loved ones. The results will not be good for you.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Whenever things look bad, you can bet Peter will arrive at the last possible second to save the day.
  • Big Good: Him and Rogers represent the Heart and Soul of Marvel, with Peter being the Heart.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Following The Other, he had retractile stingers in his forearms, but lost them following One More Day.
  • Body Horror: At one point, Spidey created a formula to rid himself of his spider-powers which instead caused him to sprout four extra arms, and on no less than three separate occasions he has been forcibly turned into a man-spider hybrid. As if the poor guy didn't have enough to deal with...
  • Bowties Are Cool: Has been known to wear one, even over his costume.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Peter spent a bit of time as a successful show-wrestler, learning how to fight using his powers and his webs before ever trying to fight crime.
    • In a straighter example of this trope, he studied martial arts under Shang Chi during one of the (many) times he briefly lost his spider-sense and found himself seriously handicapped without it. He even developed his own style of Kung Fu, the Way of the Spider.
  • Breakout Character: Originally the star of a story in an issue of a Twilight Zone-esque sci-fi anthology, he proved popular enough to get his own series a few months later and quickly became one of the most popular superheroes ever.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Subverted most of the time. Peter is often perceived this way because everyone knows how smart he is, but not why he doesn't put more energy into his work (the trope is even stated by name in the second movie). However, those that do know the whole story have said that Peter isn't exercising his full potential.
  • Brooklyn Rage: The quintessential New York superhero.
    Leo Zelinksy: "Ask me again in that Queens accent how I know you're from around here."
  • Building Swing: His main means of traversing the city.
  • Butt Monkey: Some writers seem to think that the biggest appeal of Spider-Man is that things constantly go wrong for him. As a result, we get countless stories of Peter suffering humiliation, lack of money, sickly aunt, girl trouble and just all around unpleasantness, to the point that reading the stories can actually get a little depressing. Note that after John Romita Sr started working on the title with Stan Lee, the book became much Lighter and Softer than it had been recently, a move which led most fans to label it as the golden age of Spider-Man.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: During his early years.
  • Character Tic: Will often crouch as a means for writers to show his super agility and flexibility.
    • This is acknowledged in Ultimate Spider-Man when he switches bodies with Wolverine. Sabretooth confronts them, but notices Peter Parker is standing with his fists up and Wolverine adopts a crawling position and realizes what happened.
    • Likewise, he has a distinct way of hanging from the end of a web, and extreme contortion is second nature to him.
  • Characterization Marches On: Peter Parker is often described as an everyman, with all the good nature that implies, but in the early days he was a boiling pot of resentment. It's seen most clearly at the start of his story, in Amazing Fantasy #15. Poor Peter is almost a textbook case of a future school shooter. He wouldn't become the good-hearted everyman we know and love until after the reclusive Steve Ditko left artistic chores and was replaced by John Romita.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Justified in that he blames himself for his inaction with Uncle Ben when he could have saved him just by stopping the robber earlier, he takes this to the logical extreme and even other superheroes think he needs a vacation at times.
  • Climb, Slip, Hang, Climb: Ordinarily this never happens to Spider-Man for obvious reasons, but it does turn up in stories where he loses one or more of his powers and has to fake it.
  • Cloning Blues: Peter has a lot of angst regarding his "brothers" Ben Reilly and Kaine, and tends to react very negatively regarding clones in general.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: He's more than a little odd.
  • Clothes Make the Legend: Even the black suit retained the form.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Spider-Man's symbiote costume (and subsequently, Venom and the other symbiotes) were retconned to have enhanced his powers at a price.
    • Spidey himself gets a Iron Man-esque suit of armor, greatly enhancing his powers. In this suit, he's called "Iron Spider".
      • More than once. The first was a silver and blue one that evaporated in water. Then there was the one from Stark that could shapeshift, and we have a new one coming.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: The guy's had more girlfriends than just about any other hero except Iron Man.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: The Trope Namer, as it's part of his catchphrase.
  • Cool Loser: In high school he was mocked and bullied relentlessly.
  • Crapsack World: This has been a hallmark of Peter Parker's life for a very long time, although it's perhaps a little more realistic than most depictions when Peter occasionally catches a break every now and again. Character Development would later show that life was no picnic for many of Peter's supporting cast members and even some of his villains.
  • Creepy Good: He was often seen as creepy by many fellow heroes in the Marvel Universe, even as recently as The Nineties, as seen when he and Nova fought the Tri-Sentinel. Also, while it isn't canon, Wonder Woman mentioned he was creepy during his second Cross Over with Superman. This is often due to Spidey's costume, his ability to cling to any surface, and his knack for showing up out of the blue, to say nothing of the fact that he is often a Hero with Bad Publicity.
    • His above tendencies, coupled with a knack for often frightening contortions and a face concealing bug-eyed mask, were likely what led to his becoming a Hero with Bad Publicity, after which it just became a vicious cycle.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: While Spider-Man's actually on the low end of superhuman physical power in the Marvel universe (he can lift about ten tons, while a lot of other 'strong guys' are in the 50-100 ton range), he rarely uses his full strength, due to most of his Rogues Gallery not being in the same ballpark as him, powers-wise. In particular, the Kingpin was able to hold his own with Peter on multiple occasions due to his mastery of fighting skills and Peter's being unwilling to cut loose. But in the Back In Black storyline, when Aunt May is shot and nearly killed, Peter loses it big time and tracks down the responsible party. When it turns out to be the Kingpin, Peter effortlessly and quite savagely beats the living shit out of him, then informs the battered, broken Kingpin that if May dies, so will he.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Peter often laments his powers and has made the occasional attempt to get rid of him.
  • Dating Catwoman: Literally, with the Black Cat becoming Spider-Man's girlfriend for a couple of years before he married Mary Jane.
    • It was only a few years in real time, as Mary Jane was only out of Peter's life for a few months in Marvel continuity.
  • Deader than Dead: Not only is he killed once in Amazing Spider-Man #700, but his spirit/ghost was also erased in Superior Spider-Man #9. And then he returned thanks to Otto's desperate attempts to remember something that could help him prevent a crisis.
  • Deadpan Snarker: And how. Possibly the king of this trope. It's literally how he maintains composure.
  • Deconstruction: Spider-Man was actually one of the earliest Superhero deconstructions, showing just how much being a super hero could have an affect on someone's personal life.
  • Determinator: The flagship hero represents this for the entire Marvel Universe and beyond. Surpassing Captain America in every way, he will not give up no matter what. The source of his strong will? "With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility".
  • Distaff Counterpart: At last count, Spider-Man has had no less than five of them, including his own daughter. Unlike most versions, none of them had any major connections to Peter and stood on their own. In fact, in an odd inversion, when the second Spider-Woman was introduced in Secret Wars, the Marvel EIC at the time wanted him to have a black costume similar to hers. Thus, the black costume was made, leading to the creation of Venom years later.
  • Dork Knight: Peter is socially awkward and quirky, but he's one of the best heroes in the Marvel Universe.
  • Doom Magnet: Page quote AND picture.
  • Don't Think. Feel: Subverted. His powers work very well, if not even better, purely on instinct, but Spidey's most powerful foes tend to be exceedingly dangerous, and in very many cases more than a physical match for him. Usually, Spider-Man has to out-think or out-smart his enemies, pulling almost as many Batman Gambits as the Trope Namer. Additionally, his live-saving reflexes and Spider-sense will generally kick-in whether or not he's thinking or distracted.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Are you kidding? He's arguably Marvel's definitive example of this trope.
  • The Everyman: Perhaps the poster child of the Marvel Universe.
  • Expressive Mask: In the animated adaptations the shape of his mask's eye-lenses will change to express what he's feeling.
  • Failure Hero: Can happen a lot. Sometimes it's because he's too full of self-pity, other times because the writers like to Kick the Dog.
  • The Fettered: After losing Uncle Ben through negligence, Peter swore to never abandon his responsibilities again.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Daredevil. In fact, many of Spidey's superhero friendships arguably fall into this trope.
  • Friendless Background; In his orginal appearance he had no friends unless you count Liz who was nice to him on occasion, and Betty who was his girlfriend until he got to college.
  • First Girl Wins: Averted. Spider-Man's earliest love interest Betty Brant DIDN'T become his long term love and the two characters have basically settled into being "best friends". Some try to use this fact in the "MJ vs. Gwen" debates to argue that Gwen was Peter's first "true" love or his "one" true love, but the books weren't as simple as that.
  • Fun Personified: You don't see many iconic superheroes like Batman or Superman lighten the mood with funny quips and antics like Spider-Man does. Because of these characteristics, only Spidey could get antiheroes like Wolverine and Deadpool to hang out with him.
  • Genetic Memory: Every clone of Peter will invariably have his memories.
  • Genius Bruiser: Has an IQ of 250 and literally hits like a truck.
  • Genre Savvy: His .M.O. for most of his quirky and comical scenes, defining him as the King of Deadpan Snarking. The 2000/2010s crop of Marvel writers often tend to use this as the reason why Spider-Man fits on the Avengers. He knows almost everyone in the superhuman community at this point, both heroes and villains, and is often the guy who sneaks off into the background to get the real work done while everyone else is involved in the big fight scene. Recent examples thereof involve his guest appearances in Avengers vs. X-Men, Annihilators, and Agents of ATLAS.
  • The Gimmick: Spidey possesses several: The Spider theme, the quick wit, and, out of universe, being One of Us.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Before his Kung Fu Lessons for Spider-Man.
  • Guilt Complex: His guilty conscience make him his own worst enemy at times.
    • Otto says this is what separates him and Peter the most. Deep down, Peter knows he's better and smarter than other people, but it came at such a high cost that he willingly sabotages himself to ease the horrible guilt he feels.
  • Happily Married: Well, he was (for about twenty years real-time) to Mary Jane Watson. But then Joe Quesada decided that made him feel too old and boring and retconned the marriage. The backlash of ending the marriage was so bad that even Stan Lee didn't fully agree with the new direction, and kept him married in the newspaper strip.
  • The Hero: The Marvel U's greatest. See Big Good.
  • The Hero Dies: Following Doc Ock's "Freaky Friday" Flip, Peter tries to get his body back but fails, though in his dying moments he convinces Octavius to pull a Heel-Face Turn. However, given that Death Is Cheap in the Marvel Universe, he came Back from the Dead about a year and a half later.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Pete's love interests have varied quite a bit in hair color over the years, but the woman he eventually married and his most prominent love interest to date, was the redheaded Mary Jane. Until One More Day that is... Or maybe even beyond.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: He saves countless people, the entire city, and even the entire universe many, many, many, times, but he will still not get the credit he deserves.
  • Heroic Spirit: Spider-Man is capable of pushing himself far beyond his normal limits when he's motivated enough. Notably, his Marvel Zombies incarnation was the only infected character who refused to accept his Horror Hunger, even when Colonel America had completely given in. It could be argued his greatest superpower isn't his strength, spider-sense, or agility, but that he simply will not stay down no matter how hard you try to break his spirit, mind and body. Peter Parker always gets back up one more time.
    • Even dying doesn't stop him from being a hero. After his supposed death in Ock's body, he shows up later as an apparition, preventing Ock from killing the supervillain Boomerang, and then vowed to regain control of his body from Octavius.
    • If being killed once wasn't enough, having most of his essence and willpower erased by Ock after being found out he was still tagging along in his body still does not kill him, just buries him until he gains the strength to rise up again. Even when there's barely anything left of Peter Parker left in his body, he comes back swinging to regain control of his body and his life.
  • He's Back: Peter got his body back from Doc Ock in March 2014, just in time for the Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Harry Osborn and Johnny Storm. He also has signs of this with Daredevil.
  • Hollywood Dateless: It mostly kicked in after high-school.
    Chameleon: Does Parker know anyone who isn't a stunningly beautiful woman?
  • Honorary True Companion: His relationship with the Fantastic Four for years. He initially tried to join them because he thought there'd be money in it (Aunt May was strapped for cash), but a close bond formed all the same.
  • Hurting Hero: Just exactly HOW many ribs has he had cracked? (70% or better caused by Venom — to the point it becomes a Brick Joke).
    • And if Spidey has a cold or flu, you know he will battle a villain with relatively weak superpowers before page 24.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In one of the earlier issues, Spider-Man, of all people, tells Mysterio to quit it with the sarcasm.
  • Idiot Ball: Spider-Man is tossed one of these nearly any time he is taken by surprise by an attack, considering that his comic named the trope for the ability to sense when something potentially dangerous is about to happen.
    • It makes sense considering that the Spider-Sense is not infallible. Pete has misinterpreted it at times and been too distracted or in too bad of a condition to pick up on it clearly at other times. It is danger precognition... not omniscience. At one point it was triggered by his own sneezing when he was suffering a truly awful cold.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: The Trope Namer. In fact, he killed her himself by accident.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Spidey", "Webhead", "webslinger" or "wall-crawler", "Your Friendly Neighberhood Spider-Man" or any combination thereof.
  • It's All My Fault: Tends to take the deaths of people he knows - friend and foe alike - personally. Carlie calls him out on this habit after Rhino drowns himself and Silver Sable.
  • I Shall Taunt You: The Master of the battle insult. Since he usually fights purely on instinct, he actually thinks about making insults rather than focusing on the battle. He has gotten wittier over the years, and so he's able to do it when he IS focusing on the battle. It's been mentioned he becomes like this whenever he puts his mask on. And should he stop snarking...
  • Improbable Weapon User/Improvised Weapon: He often has to get creative with his webbing in a fight.
  • Informed Ability: Some Marvel Databooks state that Spidey can lift and support the weight of around 10 tons, and yet many writers had Spidey struggle with situations that his Super Strength could easily do the work; common examples are when he is saving people from some catastrophe that wrecked the city, so there are civilians stuck in cars (inside or under them) and debris, much of the time he is struggling to lift some car or piece of concrete that can't weigh over a ton and half. It seems Peter can only do justice to his informed strength when he is in determination mode, he has supported the weight of collapsing buildings more than once, which in itself is much more than he could possibly endure. Of course, databooks aren't always reliable.
  • Instant Expert: His powers are hardwired into his reflexes and instincts, so he really has a harder time suppressing them than actually using them. That said, he's the Trope Namer for How Do I Shot Web? for a reason; his early days were plagued with misapplication of his powers that mostly came with not knowing how to consciously control them. Unconsciously, he reacts to his Spider-Sense and leaps over a car and sticking onto the side of a building mere moments after the life-changing spider-bite.
  • Jack of All Stats: He's the strongest street-level hero, but he's still a street-level hero. He has surprising speed and agility, but he's no Quicksilver. He has super-strength, but not Hulk levels. He can take a lot of punishment, but not from super-powered individuals. This combination of powers, combined with his intellect, make him one of the most adaptable heroes in all of Marvel.
  • Kick the Dog: His treatment of the Venom symbiote was rather unwarranted, at least before it was retconned.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Being the original Kid Hero, it's fitting that he fills this role in The Avengers, (along with The Smart Guy), being rather young compared to the others.
  • Killed Off for Real: At the end of the Amazing series.
    • Not Quite Dead: Superior Issue #1 shows that a piece of his soul is in his body, plotting to get it back.
  • The Lancer: In many crossovers, he's presented as this instead of the leader.
    • He's technically this in Superior, up until the Grand Finale.
  • Literally Loving Thy Neighbor: With MJ (though to be technical about it, it's more like "literally loving thy neighbor's niece").
  • Loners Are Freaks: Spider-Man started off as one of the few Marvel Superheroes with no actual team affiliations. This went hand and hand with Peter's desire to keep his superhero life far away from private life to the point where there were literally only six superheroes who knew him well. This has changed rather drastically in the 2000s, where now Spider-Man is arguably one of the most connected heroes in the Marvel Universe.
  • Look Ma, No Plane!: Spider-Man swings by helicopters all the time. In the game of the second movie, you end up chasing one... if you go too close to the rotors, exactly what you'd expect happens.
  • Loser Protagonist: Part of the appeal is that, rather than being a millionare playboy or any other kind of extra-awesome person that other superheroes are, Peter's a normal guy that has to deal with the same mundane problems as anyone else.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Let's just say Spidey has experience with this... as in he's never had a single relationship where this didn't factor in some way.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: While Peter's powers were initially stated to be derived from radioactive spider venom altering his DNA, J. Michael Straczynski posited that his powers - and those of the various other spider-related superheroes as well - stem from an arachnid-related supernatural force called the Web of Life and that that the spider that bit him was actually the avatar of a totemic spider deity. Araña's comic series and the Grim Hunt and Spider-Island arcs support this supernatural origin story, but it is noted in The Other that the two origin stories aren't mutually exclusive.
  • Money, Dear Boy: This is what Peter Parker first thought of using his spider-powers for, before it resulted in Uncle Ben's death. Even then, the first issue of his regular series features him attempting to join the Fantastic Four because he thinks the members get paid.invoked
  • Monstrous Humanoid: On several occasions, Peter has undergone transformations into a feral, anthropomorphic arachnid called "Man-Spider".
  • Motor Mouth: Doesn't pause his mid-fight quipping to breathe.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Peter recognizes the murderer of his uncle as the man he allowed to escape earlier.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: He's quite the Chick Magnet, considering he used to be a complete dork. During their marriage, Mary Jane even seemed to consider moments when he talked about science as a turn-on.
  • Nice Guy: Pretty much his defining character trait. He's such a nice guy that most other heroes will go out of their way to help him in times of crisis.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: When Spidey's rescuing Alpha from The Jackal, he at one point tries to encourage Alpha to free himself. Unfortunately, he makes the mistake of telling Andy that he'd lose his powers if The Jackal managed to drain them from him, prompting Andy/Alpha to break free and state that he would rather die than lose his powers and go back to being a powerless nobody like Jackal's failed clones. It's after this incident that he emancipates himself from his parents and strikes out with the family lawyer for bigger fame and profit, and also became even more conceited than he already was. Not quite the result Peter had hoped for.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Peter generally holds back against his enemies to avoid killing them. That said, there have been times when he's gone all out.
    • When the Green Goblin threw Gwen Stacy off George Washington Bridge and Spider-Man accidentally broke her neck trying to catch her, Peter furiously chased the Goblin down and nearly killed him. He stopped himself, but Osborn accidentally killed himself trying to impale Peter with his glider.
    • Black Cat ran afoul of Doctor Octopus while tracking him down as a favor to Peter, and he beat her to within an inch of her life. When Spider-Man learned what had happened, the resulting beatdown traumatized Octavius so badly he was institutionalized with arachnophobia.
    • When Aunt May was shot by a sniper hired by the Kingpin after Peter had outed himself as Spider-Man during the Civil War, Peter put his black suit on and hunted Fisk down. After listening to Fisk mock him, Peter brutally beat him to a pulp and promised to come back and finish him off if his aunt died.
  • Not So Different: In regards to Alpha, MJ points out to Peter their similarities. Deep down, Peter knew that if it weren't for the tragedy of losing Uncle Ben, he'd probably be doing exactly the same things Alpha was doing then.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: In the early days, no one would have suspected bookish, shy Peter Parker of being the web-slinging, wise-cracking Spider-Man.
  • Offing the Mouth: Spider-Man, being a Deadpan Snarker extraordinare invokes this trope deliberately when he fights his enemies, to make them so pissed off they don't notice whatever plan he's cooking.
  • One of Us: He's a superpowered nerd. He even plays World of Warcraft.invoked
  • One-Winged Angel: On several occasions, Peter has been transformed into an anthropomorphic spider-like monster called Man-Spider.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: One of his most famous traits, even though he's past college now. Most adaptations have him in high school, or for some reason have his college seem like a high school.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: In Superior, he doesn't get any ghost powers, but is just there for the ride as a soul.
  • Parental Abandonment: In most continuities, his parents die before he's old enough to remember them, leaving him with Ben and May.
  • Pick on Someone Your Own Size: Most of the villains Spider-Man met when he was a teenager only developed a hatred for him after he kept getting in their way. One notable exception was the Green Goblin, who intended to make an impression on the New York mobs by capturing Spider-Man, who he thought would be an easy target. It all went downhill from there.
  • The Prankster: When with Johnny Storm.
  • Pop Cultured Badass: Often makes Shout Outs to other media, being a huge nerd and all.
  • Popularity Power: How Spidey gets to beat the really tough villains and heroes.
  • Powered Armour: The Iron Spider, Big Time Stealth Suit, Big Time Spider-Armor, and Ends of the Earth Suit, to name a few.
  • Pro Wrestling Is Real/Pro Wrestling Episode: When Spider-Man first got his powers, he entered a wrestling tournament and beat a wrestler by the name of Crusher Hogan. Interestingly enough, Crusher came back years later, publicly stated that wrestling was fake, and that he purposefully threw the fight to Spidey.
  • Rape as Drama: Was revealed to have happened to a young Peter in two comics in the 1980s, as was detailed in this Cracked article. The first issue of Spider-Man and Power Pack revealed that Peter was abused as a child by a pedophile named Skip whom he had befriended. Peter eventually told Uncle Ben and Aunt May what had happened, so although the comic didn't mention it, they most likely put a stop to it. Peter blamed himself for it for years and remained haunted by what happened, until he helped a boy named Tony in a similar situation and in doing so finally realized that what had happened to him wasn't his fault. Peter being molested by Skip was referenced three years later in the first issue of Spider-Man: National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse. Given that it isn't ever mentioned again, it might not be canon anymore... or else Peter just doesn't like to mention it, or even think about it, which would make sense.
  • Reckless Pacifist: All very well when Spidey's dealing with supervillains, but sometimes he seems to forget how much ordinary people can take.
  • Refusal of the Call: Peter refused to stop a robber, who shortly thereafter murdered Uncle Ben.
  • The Reveal Prompts Romance: With Mary Jane, sorta; it's subverted quite a bit in the 616 timeline. They already had a close relationship, previously sorta dated, and Peter had proposed to her once before, and it wasn't Peter who revealed himself to her, she revealed she knew who he was and that she loved him, resulting in him proposing to her. Him being a superhero was actually a turn off (she was Genre Savvy enough to know that dating a hero could result in violent death and that he could end up killed in action and leave her alone), but couldn't shake her feelings for him and so eventually relented and said yes. The Ultimate Universe, however, has a straghter example. This is averted in the newspaper strip, where Mary Jane was already seriously dating Peter without having prior knowledge of his dual identity. After Peter revealed who he was to her and proposed, she didn't think twice about accepting.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When Uncle Ben was murdered, Peter went after the criminal with every intent of returning the favor. The realization that he had inadvertently caused his uncle's death through inaction stopped him, and he turned the burglar over to the police.
    • After Gwen was killed, Spider-Man hunted down the Green Goblin with a vengeance. Before delivering the final blow, however, Spider-Man backed away out of fear of breaking his Thou Shalt Not Kill rule.
    • When Jean DeWolff was murdered by the Sin-Eater, Spider-Man pursued him in a very personal way. This time, he almost beat his prey to death - only stopped by the intervention of Daredevil.
    • Subverted when the burglar returns. During the pursuit, Spider-Man reveals his identity to show why he won't just give up. The burglar - thinking that Peter wants the ultimate revenge for Uncle Ben's murder - has a fatal heart attack out of fear.
    • When Doctor Octopus nearly beat Black Cat to death after catching her tailing him, Peter went after him with such intense fury that Otto developed arachnophobia for some time.
    • When Aunt May is shot by a sniper hired by the Kingpin following Spider-Man outing his secret ID on Iron Man's behest, Peter puts on the Black Suit and beats the tar out of everyone standing between him and the Kingpin. After sitting through Fisk mocking his choice to out himself, Peter pummels Fisk to a pulp, and then says he'll come back and finish him off if Aunt May dies.
  • Run the Gauntlet: Spidey's first battle with the Sinister Six was one of these, where he was forced to battle the Vulture, Electro, Kraven, Sandman, Mysterio, and Doctor Octopus one after another to save Aunt May and Betty Brant.
  • Sad Clown: To quote Iron Man, "The closer we get to uncomfortable truths, the more jokes per minute you make."
  • Samaritan Syndrome: Big time. After Uncle Ben, Pete has taken much more responsibility for the safety of New York than a hero of his modest power set should have. Other heroes respect the hell out of him for it, but consider it unhealthy.
  • Science Hero: Some writers portray him as this, especially in the "Big Time" arc, with his new job.
  • Second Super-Identity: Spider-Man did this as an entire group of heroes. When Spider-Man was accused of murder during the "Identity Crisis" storyline, he temporarily adopted four other costumed identities to allow him to continue fighting crime without appearing as Spider-Man: Hornet, Prodigy, Ricochet, and Dusk. Eventually these personae were adopted by other heroes, creating The Slingers.
  • Secret Identity: Spider-Man's identity was originally secret, before the Green Goblin found out. Since then, a handful of Spidey's Rogues Gallery have found out that it was Peter Parker, Peter unmasked after proposing to Mary Jane, Aunt May walked in on an unconscious and bloody Peter in costume, and it gradually became an open secret amongst part of the superhero community. Then Civil War came, and Spider-Man publically unmasked, before One More Day erased the knowledge of Spider-Man's identity from everyone. Since then, none of his villains have found out his identity, but he has revealed it to the Fantastic Four and the Avengers.
    • Kaine still knows, being a clone of Spider-Man. The Jackal also knows, due to his cloning work, and The Queen knows, since the Jackal is working for her.
  • She-Fu: One of the oldest examples, believe it or not, despite being a Rare Male Example. He uses it expansively throughout his career. It can be seen a bit more clearly in some of the more recent video games, where you can see Spidey in motion more easily.
    • In the Marvel vs. Capcom series, everyone has an equal amount of punches and kicks due to there being buttons for both. Come the third installment, which decreased the buttons to three for general attacks, and he becomes a Rare Male Example for Kick Chick, using almost exclusively that.
  • Sidekick: Subversion. Stan Lee never liked the idea of sidekicks, and decided to make a character who had all the makings of one, but was instead the hero. Given his popularity, this may explain why so many super heroes are now young adults.
  • Small Steps Hero: What separates him from characters like Iron Man or Thor. While they're out saving the world or the universe, he's back in Manhattan saving the civilians.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: Trope Codifier.
  • Spirit Advisor: An interesting example, to say the least. Though Otto doesn't know he's there, Peter is keeping him from crossing the line. In addition, he's also trying to kick Otto out of his body.
  • Starcrossed Lovers: With Mary Jane.
  • Starving Student: His college years were spent impoverished, in part due to Aunt May's failing health.
  • Super Hero: One of Marvel's flagship characters.
  • Superpower Lottery: Given to him by a radioactive spider-bite and/or a supernatural force with a spider fetish.
    • All Webbed Up: Created his webshooters on his own in one of the clearest displays of scientific genius on his part. The formula for his webs in particular is nothing short of miraculous, given its tensile strength and adhesive properties. It disappears after a couple hours or so, so he doesn't even leave a mess. For a time after his first encounter with the Queen up to One More Day, Peter underwent a secondary mutation that gave him organic web shooters that functioned in much the same way as his artificial ones.
      • Green Lantern Ring: There is little he can't do with his webs. Possibly justified — in real life, spiders do tend to be pretty brilliant with them.
    • Healing Factor: A pretty slow one by Marvel standards, but he heals A LOT faster than normal people. An example would be any time he gets his bones broken, expect them to heal in less than a week. He also one time had his eyes completely burn out... and woke up with 20/20 vision the next day.
    • Spider-Sense: Trope Namer. Peter possesses a form of mild precognition that warns him of potential dangers, including people who might be observing him to discover his secret identity (for example, the Green Goblin could only discover it after numbing the Spider sense with a special gas grenade thrown by one of his henchmen).
    • Super Reflexes: Around 40x those of an olympic athlete.
    • Super Speed: Borne of Super Reflexes and Super Strength, much like The Hulk.
    • Super Strength: He can lift approximately 10 tons (which might seem small, but a car is roughly 1 and a half ton so he can lift about six of them), punch through steel and concrete effortlessly, pick up and crush a tank with his bare hands, and KO a mutant T-Rex in one hit. He has to actively hold back to avoid killing the thugs he pummels on a daily basis. His strength was boosted to 20 tons following The Other, but this has been reverted following One More Day.
    • Super Toughness: He can withstand a lot of damage, even from big shot Marvel characters such as Rhino, the Hulk, and the Juggernaut and can usually walk away with only a headache at least, at most he would be temporarily KO. This also explains how he can web swing like he does without ripping his arms from their sockets.
    • Superhuman Agility and Dexterity: Peter is roughly 40 times more agile and more than twice as flexible as a normal human.
    • Wall Crawl: While some incarnations have given him spines or hairs on his palms and feet, the Spider-Man of the 616 universe does so by manipulating his body's electron interaction (basically he is creating molecular bonds), and each fingertip can hold a few tons before the bond breaks. This is so entrenched with both his super strength and his will power that whenever a villain tries to rip him from a wall... MOST OF THE WALL COMES WITH HIM. In fact, anytime Spider-Man slips, it's not his power failing so much as the object he's clinging to can't handle the weight and force.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: And Spidey can keep it up all day.
  • Teen Genius: At the start of the series (and the most common portrayal of him in most media) he was 15.
  • The Chosen One: He has an odd tendency to discover there are ancient prophecies about him. He was, for instance, destined to stop the "Bend Sinister" (alongside Dr. Strange), and no less a pair of personages than Lord Chaos and Master Order claimed to have guided his life to defeat Thanos. The Uni Power chose him as its host to stop the Tri Sentinal, and he's also the one destined to train Hope Summers. Then there's the whole "totemic spider god" thing with Ezekiel...
  • The GadSpider: The Ultimate Superheroic Troll for Marvel, which is why his Marvel Team ups with Marvel's greatest characters are great and memorable. Peter basically pokes fun and teases his friends and foes for the tongue in cheek obviousness we as fans would get.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: He's strongly against killing anyone. In fits of rage or frustration, he has been known to say he's going to kill *insert villain here*, but never actually goes through with it. He has, however, seriously considered killing the Green Goblin, Carnage, and the Kingpin.
    • He accidentally gives Uncle Ben's killer a fatal heart attack by revealing his identity. The killer thinks he wants the ultimate revenge.
    • The Punisher started as a Spider-Man villain, and Spidey is still one of the heroes least comfortable working with Frank Castle because of this trope.
  • Three-Point Landing: Spider Man likes this pose so much that he is more or less the Trope Codifier.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: his love of Aunt May's wheatcakes dates back to his first appearance in Amazing Fantasy. He's also fond of normal flapjacks, as well as pizza. And of course, New York hot dogs.
  • Trash Talk: The king for Marvel U. Deadpool rivals him though.
    • Deadpool has been described as a Spider-Man clone as a result of this.
  • Tranquil Fury: When he's so enraged that he stops wisecracking. Opponents and allies both have commented this is terrifying.
    • In fact, in one of the earlier examples, when his Aunt May is dying from a disease that Doctor Octopus stole the cure for, when Peter confronts Octopus, Octavius notes how ferociously he's fighting and, realizing he can't beat him, makes a hasty retreat.
    • When Doctor Octopus beat Black Cat to the brink of death, Spider-Man coldly returned the favour to the point where Otto had to be sent to a psychiatric hospital to get treatment for severe arachnophobia.
  • Trickster Archetype: Often, as most of his opponents are stronger and faster than him so he has to out-think them.
  • Troll: One of the friendliest but original examples in comic books.
  • True Companions: Johnny Storm's Video Will names him first choice for a replacement on the F4, which the rest of the team wholeheartedly supports.
  • True Love is Exceptional: His relationship with MJ is this.
  • Unlucky Everydude: Peter just can't seem to catch a lasting break.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Any villain who manages to really piss him off will soon regret it.
  • Upbringing Makes the Hero: Thanks to Uncle Ben and Aunt May.
    • To drive the point home: in Bullet Points, the very same upbringing sans Uncle Ben (and, therefore, without a fatherly figure) resulted in Peter being a total jerk instead.
  • Utility Belt: Spider-Man wears a utility belt to hold extra web cartridges, spider-tracers, his camera, and his "Spider-signal" flashlight buckle. He wears it under his shirt but since it leaves only a small bulge, as well as its being the same color as his suit and he is usually moving around so much, most people don't even realize he has one. Ben Reilly wears his on the outside with his Scarlet Spider costume.
  • Very Special Episode: Spider-Man has been a very popular character for very special episodes. Select narm-filled issues show our hero:
  • Vindicated by History: Another in-universe example. Several different future continuities show Spider-Man being remembered as a great hero. When Miguel O'Hara/Spider-Man 2099 pays a trip to the present day he says as much... to Jonah's face.
    • Recently, Cable also mentioned that Spider-Man was remembered in his time as the greatest hero in the history of the world.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Johnny Storm. Their team-ups are a constant snark-fest, but Johnny is Peter's closest friend in the superhero community, and Peter is Johnny's closest friend outside the F4.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Spider-Man is usually physically, sometimes mentally as well, outclassed by the bulk of his more dangerous enemies. Even moreso against threats he faces in team-ups with other heroes. He still manages to win by using his powers efficiently and creatively.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Perks: How Peter was before the fateful day where he learned With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility. Paralleled with Andy/Alpha who plays this trope straight, much to Peter's regret (and slight envy).
  • Wolverine Publicity: Just how he manages to balance being a member of two Avengers teams, his job, his social life, and the Future Foundation is quite amazing.
  • The Worf Effect: Seems to get knocked around by his enemies more often than other heroes. Then again, he usually comes back to win, so the Effect isn't as bad as it otherwise would be, plus his enemies are legitimately stronger and faster than him — as in if they grab him it's Instant Death.
    • If anything, you could argue it's an inversion: Spidey gets knocked around all the time (and often fights enemies who are much stronger and/or larger than he is) to show that he's weak and spindly. But wins anyway.
    • It's also somewhat subverted in that he more often than not he uses his intelligence or pragmatism to defeat someone as opposed to just a straight beatdown.
  • Working Class Hero: In the original Steve Ditko stories, Peter Parker was very much this. Later, he became less so, and now as the CEO as his own company, it's much less of a factor, though given the rising costs of living in New York it's probably less likely for Peter Parker to continue operating in New York believably as a low-wage earner than the 60s version of the character did.
  • Would Hit a Girl: While Spidey never hits women first, if you want to fight or kill him, know that your vagina won't get you any special treatment. Ask Shriek, the Femmes Fatales, Shathra or the White Rabbit for details.
  • Yiddish as a Second Language: Especially when Bendis is writing him.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: The master of this trope, deadpan or not.
  • Your Mom: Engaged against fellow jokester, Deadpool. Who got the last diss in and technically won if not for the former not choosing to go through his Mamagedon.

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