Characters: Spider Man Rogues Gallery
Possibly the second most famous rogues gallery after Batman's, this page details all of the nefarious do-badders that Spider-Man
has squared off against.
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AKA: Abner Ronald Jenkins
Debut: Strange Tales #123
An aircraft mechanic, Abner Jenkins decided to supplement his income through less honest means and built a suit of insect-themed Powered Armor
. Starting out as a foe of the Fantastic Four, he came into conflict with Spider-Man, continually redesigning and updating his armor in an effort to take out the Wall-Crawler. After joining the Thunderbolts under Baron Zemo, Abe decided to put his life of crime behind him and rebranded himself as a superhero called MACH I (currently MACH VII).
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: His original suits were built around a beetle motif.
- Becoming the Mask: As a Thunderbolt, he started out by pretending to be a hero, and ended up as an actual one, because he found Good Feels Good.
- Fun with Acronyms: It's shown in-universe that the MACH name came first and then he and Fixer tried to think up words that would allow for the acronym.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: One of the many weapons his armor is equipped with.
- Heel-Face Turn: As a result of his stint on the Thunderbolts, he ended up as a hero, and is one of the few Marvel characters whose Turn stuck.
- Powered Armor: As Mach the fact that his suit is cybernetic is far more noticeable.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: An enemy of the Human Torch but well known for fighting Spidey too.
- Took a Level in Badass: People today would probably laugh at his old costume, which didn't look very beetle-esque. He updated his armor in the 1980s, and it's stuck around.
Beetle II/Lady Beetle
AKA: Janice Lincoln
Debut: Captain America
"I am a professional. I am robbing you at gunpoint right now. Can we maybe keep the topics of conversation to how terrified you are, or how amazingly well planned this whole heist is?"
Originally introduced as an opponent of Captain America (Bucky Barnes), she later becomes a member of the Superior Foes of Spider-Man
, and is revealed to be the daughter
of Spider-Man villain Tombstone, as well as a lawyer
- Ambiguously Brown: Appears as this early in Superior Foes, in contrast to her more clearly white (as well as different in general) original appearance. The series later reveals that she's the daughter of the black (and albino) Tombstone and a Latina mother.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: A rare villainous example.
- Amoral Attorney: With her father's encouragement, she went to law school (where she excelled) to become one of these.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Her father argued for a career as an Amoral Attorney to be preferable to and safer than that of a costumed supervillain, and he seems to have had a point, as while Janice was an excellent law student and seems to have been a competent attorney, she's so far less successful as a supervillain.
- Daddy's Little Villain: From an early age, she shared her father's criminal tendencies (a flashback shows the two bonding over stealing a dog from a playmate's birthday party), and Tombstone put her through law school in the hopes of her becoming a legitimate criminal as a mob lawyer. While he wasn't happy about her deciding to become a costumed super villain, he still supported her although he refused to pay for it.
- Distaff Counterpart: Sometimes refereed to as "Lady Beetle".
- Power Armor: As per the original. In particular, the suit has flight abilities and energy weapons in the gloves.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Originally introduced as a Captain America villain, she later became a Spidey villain, with a backstory introduced which tied her to his Rogue's Gallery.
- Women Are Wiser: For what it's worth, she's the most competent member of the Superior Foes.
AKA: Frederick Myers
Debut: Tales to Astonish
"I told them I was born in Australia, so they made me Boomerang. This is why the whole world hates you, by the way. An entire nation boiled down to what you can remember from that time you got high and watched Crocodile Dundee. Guess I should be glad I didn't end up some kinda kangaroo guy."
An Australian baseball player who was suspended from playing after being caught accepting bribes, Fred Myers used his phenomenal pitching arm and weaponized boomerangs to become the supervillain Boomerang. Clashing with Spider-Man as a member of Jack O'Lantern's Sinister Syndicate, Boomerang temporarily became a "superhero
" called Outback during the Civil War by supporting the Initiative, but returned to a life of crime.
- A Day in the Limelight: In The Superior Foes of Spider-Man along with other C-Listers (and lower) villains Shocker, Speed Demon, Beetle, and Overdrive. Though he's the central character and the story is told from his point of view.
- Butt Monkey: Sometimes written as a joke villain, especially in Ultimate Spider-Man.
- Calling Your Attacks: In a guest appearance in She-Hulk, he called out the name of the type of boomerang he was using out loud. She-Hulk mocks him for this, asking if they're voice-activated, or if he is just on an "anime riff."
- Captain Ethnic: As lampshaded in the quote, as is typical of Australians in comicbook land, he ended up with a boomerang theme. Also worth noting is Fred's brief fake hero identity as "Outback", wherein he wore a costume based on the Australian flag.
- I Know Madden Kombat: Was a major league baseball pitcher before getting kicked out for accepting bribes.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Maybe not up to Bullseye's level, but still impressive.
- Jerkass: He's an unrepentant jerk.
- Jet Boots: Boomerang likes to use them as a secondary weapon.
- Manipulative Bastard: He's a greedy, self-important, backstabbing jackass; if you're on his team it's not a matter of if he'll throw you to the wolves but when, and he seems to view everyone as existing to help him get ahead. Yet he's surprisingly good at getting people to go along with him and talking himself out of the messes he makes.
- Powered Armor: His suit functions as light body armor and is equipped with jet boots.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: His Weapon of Choice.
- Psycho for Hire: He is a mercenary and assassin.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: He started out as a Hulk villain, but became more recognizable as one of Spidey's foes. He's also tangled with Iron Man, the Defenders and the X-Men.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Despite having a gimmicky move set and a kitsch costume, he's rather arrogant.
- Trick Boomerangs: Shatterangs, Gasarangs, Razorangs, Screamerangs, and Bladarangs, just to name a few varieties.
- Villain Worshipper: He seems to have developed a weird fascination for Dormammu in Superior Foes.
- Weaponized Exhaust: Boomerang likes to use his jet boots as a secondary weapon.
- Weapon of Choice: Boomerangs.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: During Dark Reign, he was given the false "heroic" identity of Outback, and wore an Australian flag-themed costume.
AKA: Cletus Kasady
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"I'm chaos, Mistuh Kurtz, chaos—and the rest of the world won't admit that its just like me. And because of that the world is worthless, its dirt on my heel—its a planet full of mannequins filled with blood and they may as well be torn up and burst and stamped on because what else are they good for—apart from making noise and being nice and making more stupid little mannequins that sit still for lies and TV and kissy-kissy garbage."
A psychopathic serial killer imprisoned for eleven consecutive life sentences, Cletus Kasady met Eddie Brock when the latter, separated from the Venom symbiote by the toxic touch of the supervillain Styx, became his cellmate. Learning of Brock's grudge against Spider-Man, Kasady tried to convert him to his nihilistic philosophy, mocking Eddie over his claims to have once been the supervillain Venom. Repeatedly rebuked, Kasady decided to murder his cellmate, but before he could the Venom symbiote entered the cell and rebonded to Eddie. Venom broke free, leaving the terrified and jealous Kasady behind. Sensing his desire for the power Eddie possessed, a scrap of the symbiote left behind dripped onto Cletus' hand and bonded with him, transforming him into the monstrous Carnage. As Carnage, Kasady proved stronger than Spider-Man and Venom combined, and his symbiote was not only less susceptible to sonics than its progenitor but infinitely more difficult to remove, having bonded to his bloodstream.
For more information on him, please refer to the Venom characters
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"The truth is none of us really knows anyone else. What we're capable of at any given moment. We cannot see beyond our own lives and desires. Other people, well... they're just part of the background."
The first villain Spider-Man ever fought, Dmitri was the son of a Russian aristocrat and a servant he married when he fled the Communist Revolution. His mother found him embarrassing, and his father thought him weak. While his half-brother Sergei disliked him, he grudgingly acknowledged his existence, and thus in his youth, Dmitri would try to please Sergei however he could, often putting on little plays while doing all the roles himself. Years later, this would become his job, as he took on the name Chameleon. With a base mask hiding his real face, he developed his skills as an impersonator so well that even friends of his roles were fooled. Unfortunately for him, while his acting is great, his stage combat is much more lacking, and thus he has to fight the Spider-Man with his intellect rather than with his fists.
- The Blank: Usually; some versions of his mask are more detailed than others.
- Cool Old Guy: He was born and raised in the USSR and worked for the KGB.
- Dirty Old Man: While impersonating Peter during Brand New Day. The writers had to clarify in the letters page that he and Peter's roommate just kissed.
- Expy: Of the character Smerdyakov in The Brothers Karamazov. For one thing, both characters are Bastard Bastards from big Russian families.
- Master of Disguise: He wears exquisitely made latex masks, is a skilled mimic, and his own mask is equipped with voice changer software.
- Shapeshifting: Took a Level in Badass and become more of a mutant than needing masks, although as of his reintroduction in The Gauntlet he's back to using masks.
- The Voiceless: He wouldn't (or couldn't) speak in his true form in the 1990s animated series.
- White Mask of Doom: Rather easy to mistake it for his actual face, seeing as how he's seemingly never without it.
AKA: Doctor Otto Gunther Octavius
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"Now, watch me trap a spider in a web of my own—a web made of my new-found arms! Your strength is merely that of a spider, but mine is the energy of an atom, born of a nuclear accident! You dared to mock me before! Why aren't you mocking me now? Where are your brave words and taunts now, Spider-Man?"
Born in Schenectady, New York, Otto Octavius had something of an unhappy childhood. His father, Torbert, was abusive and violent towards both Otto and his mother Mary. Otto was determined not to become like his father and put all his effort into his education, regularly scoring top marks. Unfortunately, a combination of Otto's shyness and good school work got him labeled as a "teacher's pet" and he became a target of bullying. Otto eventually became a brilliant and respected nuclear physicist, atomic research consultant, inventor, and lecturer. One of his most iconic inventions was a set of highly advanced mechanical arms controlled via a mind–computer interface to assist him with his research into atomic physics. Unfortunately, there was an accidental radiation leak that ended in an explosion and those wonderful mechanical arms became fused to Octavius' body.
The accident also seemed to have damaged his brain and the scientist turned to a life of crime. His very first criminal act was taking the hospital hostage and proclaiming himself Doctor Octopus, the derogatory nickname that his co-workers had originally given him. In their first encounter, Octopus defeated Spider-Man by tossing him out of a window. Following this defeat Spider-Man considered giving up his heroic career, but was inspired to continue his heroic career by the Human Torch and ultimately defeated Doctor Octopus. Since then the Good (or Bad) Doctor has gone on to become one of the most identifiable members of Spider-Man's rogues gallery.
For more information on him, please refer to his page
Debut: The Infinity War
Carnage: "Y'know, while I was locked in the Vault, I heard some rumors about a pack of evil duplicates from outer space, and... nah! It's all too hokey for words!"
Originally a "living geometric pattern" that resided in another dimension, Doppelgänger and several other members of his kind were turned into twisted duplicates of various superheroes by the Magus during the Infinity War. Unlike the other knock-offs, this one survived that event, and has periodically resurfaced to torment the real Spider-Man.
- Alas, Poor Villain: He was disemboweled by Carnage while trying to protect Shriek during one of the former's tantrums. While attacking Doppelgänger, Carnage even mused that it felt like such a waste to waste him.
- All Animals Are Dogs: Behaves almost like a dog around Shriek.
- All Webbed Up: Though him doing this to someone is almost always lethal, as his webbing is razor sharp.
- Animal Eyes: He has compound eyes originally in the shape of Spider-Man's lenses, but they've since become six spider-like ones.
- Angry Guard Dog: For the Magus, then Demogoblin, and finally Shriek and Carnage.
- Artificial Human: According to some scientists, he is "inorganic and may not have been legally alive to begin with".
- Back from the Dead:
- He was impaled by Hobgoblin, but healed by Demogoblin, which had the effect of stopping him from being destroyed when the Magus was defeated at the conclusion of the Infinity War.
- Carnage gutted him in Maximum Carnage, though he resurfaced without explanation years later.
- Shortly into his reappearance, he was shot almost completely in half by Royal Blue, but revived while being autopsied.
- Bald of Evil: Seeing how his costume is actually his skin he lacks hair.
- The Berserker: Is completely feral in combat.
- Building Swing: Being a copy of Spider-Man, he can create organic webbing.
- Ceiling Cling: He can cling to walls and horizontal surfaces. Usually leads to Drool Hello.
- Chest Insignia: He has a copy of Spider-Man's signature emblems on his chest and back.
- Criminal Doppelgänger: One of the few Spider-Man duplicates who is unrelated to the Jackal.
- Disability Immunity: Instead of killing him, Demogoblin took him on as an accomplice, apparently not regarding him as a "sinner" due to him being no more intelligent than the average dog.
- Dumb Muscle: He has no real will of his own, and is thus used as a henchman by other villains.
- Easily Forgiven: He's gotten passed Carnage shredding him, going back to obeying his commands, and even attempting to warn him about Scorn.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He was fond of Demogoblin, and regards Shriek as his mother.
- Evil Knock Off: Was explicitly created to be one of Spider-Man.
- Extra Eyes: As of his reappearance, he's developed multiple eyes.
- Fangs Are Evil: He has a mouth full of fangs almost reminiscent of a symbiote's.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: He was shot in half by Royal Blue, and his legs have yet to grow back (if they even can) leaving him crawling around on his numerous arms, to rather creepy effect.
- Healing Factor: Presumably how he survived being mortally wounded multiple times.
- Humanoid Abomination: Is a living geometric pattern from another dimension forcefully transmuted into a monstrous copy of Spider-Man.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Is not adverse to chowing down on humans.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Hobgoblin knocked him onto a spiked fence, but he was saved by Demogoblin.
- Lightning Bruiser: Is just as fast and strong as the original Spider-Man.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: His six clawed arms.
- Not a Mask: There's no monstrous version of Peter Parker in there; the "costume" is his actual skin.
- Outrun the Fireball: Does this at the end of Carnage U.S.A.
- Phlegmings: Is occasionally drawn with strings of drool between his fangs.
- Razor Floss: His biological webbing is sharp enough to slice into Iron Man's Bleeding Edge armor.
- Suddenly Voiced: When he reappeared, he displayed the ability to talk, albeit only a few slurred words.
- Super Strength: Presumably to a greater degree than Spidey, due to his additional limbs.
- Unexplained Recovery: After being fatally wounded by Carnage, he inexplicably returned over a decade later, presumably due to a previously unknown Healing Factor.
- The Unintelligible: When he talks it comes out like this.
- Up to Eleven: He has amplified versions of all of Spider-Man's powers.
- Waking Up at the Morgue: After apparently being shot to pieces by Royal Blue, he wakes up on the autopsy table.
- Wall Crawl: Like the real Spider-Man he can easily cling to vertical surfaces.
AKA: Maxwell Dillon
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"Let me tell you something, bullet head: My whole damn life nobody ever missed a chance to make me feel small. But that lightning strike? That was karma, baby. That was somebody upstairs saying I don't have to take other people's garbage anymore!"
Max Dillon was a man originally defined by being held back from success. His mother smothered him, not wanting him to fail like his father did. While he held dreams of being an electrical engineer, he was convinced by his mother that he was not smart enough for the job, so he instead became an electrical lineman. One day, while working on an electric pole, a bolt of lightning struck it. Miraculously, based on how he was holding the wires, the two bolts canceled each other out, giving Max power over electricity, prompting him to take up a new job: as the costumed villain Electro.
Debut: Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man
"My, how you talk. Have you forgotten? I wouldn't be here if you hadn't violated the natural order. If you hadn't cheated death. I am your nemesis... your opposite number... your significant other. And you don't get rid of me that easily."
A mysterious entity that first appeared following Peter's resurrection in The Other
, taking the form of a swarm of pirate spiders in the shape of a female human. It later returned in human form as "Miss Arrow", but was killed by Spider-Man. Following Kaine's death at the fangs of the Lobos siblings, it appeared before him offering to resurrect him as it had Peter, and revealed its true identity as the manifestation of Peter Parker's connection to the Web of Life.
- Back from the Dead: Mephisto's meddling ensured the events of The Other occurred differently, with Peter rejecting The Other, so it targets Kaine instead.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: As Ms. Arrow.
- Distaff Counterpart: Similar to the Thousand, even though he was just a superpowered human. Both are connected to the spider that bit Peter, their true forms are a colony of spiders, and when the swarm is wiped out the sole survivor is killed by being stepped on.
- Eaten Alive: By a flock of birds, though the last spider is crushed by Peter. This is undone by One More Day.
- Enemy Without: Following the events of The Other, Ero manifests as a humanoid swarm of pirate spiders and tries to kill Peter.
- Evil Counterpart: Describes itself as being one to the resurrected Peter, despite being revealed as the one who resurrected him to begin with.
- Giant Spider: Was the giant spider that appeared before Peter during The Other, and assumes this form again when resurrecting Kaine the second time.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Ate Peter's shed skin from The Other incident to assume human form.
- The Man Behind the Man: The In the Midst of Wolves arc in Scarlet Spider's comic series hints Ero was this for the Queen.
- Meaningful Name: The genus of pirate spider that comprises its body is Ero, and it assumes the alias of "Miss Arrow".
- Monster Is a Mommy: Wanted to mate with Flash Thompson so that he would "give birth" to her offspring.
- Physical God: In Scarlet Spider it is revealed that Ero is connected to the totemic spider deity that gave Peter his powers, and is the manifestation of Peter's Inner Spider.
- Retcon: In The Other, Peter embraced his Inner Spider and received enhanced powers. Mephisto retconned events so that Peter, afraid of what he would become, rejected The Other and caused it to seek out Kaine instead.
- Super Empowering: Resurrects Peter with enhanced powers in The Other, and later does the same thing for Kaine twice.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Ero is the manifestation of the supernatural side of Peter's powers and those of his clones, and when it takes over things tend to get a little hairy... and fangy... with the occasional extra eyes and legs. Just ask Morlun and the Lobos siblings.
- The Worm That Walks: Is composed of thousands of pirate spiders.
Green Goblin/Iron Patriot/Goblin King
AKA: Norman Virgil Osborn
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"But you, Parker... how does it feel to once again, let a friend down? You seem to have quite a history of failing your friends and loved ones. Dear, sweet Gwendolyn, your deceased girlfriend who died so young. Your beloved aunt May, who asked for so little of you and received exactly that until she was taken from you. My son, Harry. You claimed to be his friend, his confidant, and when he needed you most, you failed him as you do everyone else who gets close to you."
Norman Virgil Osborn was born to a respected and rich family of Osborns. When Normie was a child, his abusive father Amberson ruined the business and became bankrupt. As an adult, Norman worked to regain the family's power and money, vowing never to become the failure his father was. He married, but a year after his son Harry was born his wife Emily died, leaving Norman a widower and single father. He soon proved to be a neglectful parent, ignoring Harry in favor of his main goal: getting more power and money. Eventually he gained control of Oscorp Industries by framing his business partner Mendel Stromm. In Stromm's papers were notes on a serum
he had discovered, which Norman tried to replicate for his own use. He failed
. (Ironically, not entirely of his own fault, but Harry, angry that his father was neglecting him, switched some chemicals before the experiment... Or maybe he didn't?
The formula altered Norman's body. He became a super human: stronger, faster, more intelligent. Yet the serum also turned Osborn, who had never been entirely stable, into a total psychopath. Norman took on a double life: by day, a respected businessman
; by night, a grotesque super-villain mastermind. In his new persona as The Green Goblin, Osborn terrorized New York City with a bat-shaped jet glider, pumpkin bombs, razor bats, and insane laughter, thwarted from taking over the New York underworld only by repeated interference from Spider-Man. Soon, Osborn's interest in becoming the crime-lord of New York diminished; he had become obsessed with Spider-Man and his desire to get revenge upon him
For more information on him, please refer to his page
Green Goblin IV/Hobgoblin VII/Goblin Knight
AKA: Philip Benjamin Urich
Debut: Web of Spider-Man
"Not bad. Norah's finally giving me the time of day. Uncle Ben's proud. I'm somebody now. Just gotta keep Kingpin happy. Keep the Tinkerer tinkering. And keep the Bugle money coming in. All these responsibilities. But with 'em comes everything I've ever wanted. And power. So much power! Ha ha ha!"
Nephew of Ben Ulrich, Phil fell into a vat of Goblin formula. After saving his uncle from some attackers using the Goblin powers and uniform, he became a heroic Green Goblin. Phil didn't have much of a career as a superhero and eventually retired. He later went insane during his time with Excelsior, and then disappeared for a while before popping up at the new Daily Bugle
. In an attempt to impress a cute co-worker, he went back to an old hideout to get some upgraded Goblin equipment only to run into Roderick Kingsley's twin brother, Daniel. Phil proceeded to snap, kill Kingsly, and take his mantle and place with the Kingpin while taking videos of himself to get a better place at the Bugle
and the girl. This all fell apart thanks to the Superior Spider-Man sacking Shadowland and outing Phil as the Hobgoblin. Hunted down and eventually arrested, Phil was freed by the Goblin King, who took him in as the Goblin Knight.
- Ax-Crazy: Due to the Goblin formula he was exposed to, Phil is insane.
- The Dragon: To The Kingpin and later to the Goblin King as the Goblin Knight
- Evil Counterpart: Set up as one to Peter, complete with an Uncle Ben. Whereas Peter uses his powers responsibly, Ben uses his to get everything he always wanted. And unlike Peter, when offered to be Osborn's protégé, he gladly accepts.
- Flaming Sword: One of the goodies he pilfered from one of Norman Osborn's lairs.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Phil has gone from being a bad guy to a good guy, but has currently embraced a life of villainy.
- Humiliation Conga: The Superior Spider-Man is not kind to him. Otto utterly defeats him, exposes his identity, and causes him to loose everything he gained.
- Laughing Mad: His Lunatic Laugh weaponizes this, though he tends to do this normally too.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: His Lunatic Laugh is a weaponized Evil Laugh.
- Sanity Slippage: Started post-Runaways and just kept mounting, though it only really shows when he's in his Goblin mask.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Norah. It ends about as well as you'd expect.
- Winged Humanoid: The upgraded Goblin gear he used as the Hobgoblin came with a set of wings.
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"Ah, Cripes. I made another orphan. I don't suppose you're gonna open the door, dear? Fine. Let's get this over with."
The son of Russian immigrants, Joseph passed himself off as an Italian and joined the Maggia
. Mortally wounded in a brawl, he was given a new life when a down-and-out surgeon named Jonas Harrow performed an experimental operation that replaced most of his skull with a steel alloy, giving his head a boxed look but making it hard enough to even block some of Spider-Man's punches. Amnesic, Joseph took to calling himself the Hammerhead and established a criminal empire in the style of old 1920's gangsters, as the last thing he saw before passing out was a poster for an Al Capone film. Eventually gunned down by the Kingpin, Hammerhead was given a cybernetic adamantium skeleton by Mister Negative.
- Eyes Always Closed: Very squinty.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Initially it wasn't known who he was prior to being left for dead in an alley, but he certainly didn't have superpowers before hand. Brand New Day stories have made his background reasonably clear; as a bonus, he's now an example of both The Mafia and The Mafiya.
- Suddenly Ethnicity: Despite being a walking Italian gangster stereotype, when his past is finally revealed, he turns out to be Russian.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Brand New Day he was given an adamantium skeleton.
- Use Your Head: How he puts his metal-plated skull to good use.
AKA: Roderick Kingsley
Debut: Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man
"Well, Norman Osborn may have died, but his legacy—his power—will live on! And this time, it shall be shaped by a man who knows how to use power! The Green Goblin is no more! But in his place now stands—the Hobgoblin!!"
In the 1980's, a man stumbled upon one of Norman Osborn's old Green Goblin labs (Norman was thought dead at the time). He decided to modify the arsenal, and take up a career as a new kind of Goblin: the Hobgoblin. The identity of this man was kept a secret for several years in the comics before it was revealed to be fashion designer Roderick Kingsley after a string of other Hobgoblins took his place or took the fall for him. Roderick returned from retirement, killing the fourth Hobgoblin, Jason Macendale, and sparked a growing rivalry with the also-returned Norman Osborn. Kingsley retired again, but returned after he learned that his twin brother Daniel had been murdered by Phil Ulrich while looking for upgraded Goblin gear that Norman had been working on. Blackmailing Ulrich into giving him a cut in exchange for retaining the Hobgoblin identity and his life, Roderick revealed that he had been "licensing out" supervillain identities to criminals. When Ulrich defected to the Goblin Nation, Kingsley challenged the original Green Goblin to one final duel, sending his butler in his place as the Hobgoblin.
- Arch-Enemy: Usurped the Green Goblin's place for most of The Eighties.
- Back for the Dead: Was seemingly killed by Phil Urich while raiding one of Norman Osborn's hideouts for upgraded Goblin gear. Guess who replaced him? Subverted in that it was actually Roderick's twin brother Daniel who was killed by Phil.
- Cain and Abel: Roderick Kingsley, the heartless, mass-murderer Hobgoblin, and his twin brother Daniel, the mostly spineless, but well-meaning wimp that Roderick could manipulate and terrify with ease.
- Camp Straight: Before he became Hobgoblin, Roderick Kingsley was depicted as a somewhat effeminate fashion designer (Roger Stern based him off Rex Reed and Jim Backus). After his first appearance, some readers wrote in to complain that Stern was stereotyping gay people. Stern, who had never intended Kingsley to be gay, gave him a supermodel escort in his next appearance to make sure everyone knew he was straight. Instead, the same fans said she was just Kingsley's beard.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Was the CEO of a fashion company before being bought out by Norman Osborn.
- In the Hood: One of the additions he made to the Goblin costume was a hooded cape.
- Jack the Ripoff: Came across one of the Green Goblin's hideouts and ripped off the equipment.
- Karma Houdini: He's stolen and bankrupted entire companies, brainwashed several pawns (including his own brother), killed or caused the deaths of at least fifty people, and inflicted immeasurable emotional trauma and psychological mind games. For all of that, the only punishment he's ever had to endure was a few months in prison, before he successfully engineered his own escape to a tropical island.
- Legacy Character: It got so bad that he had to personally kill the fourth Hobgoblin, who he considered inferior. Meanwhile, the second and third ones were his puppets - ones that he happily sacrificed when they were no longer useful. It later turns out he has been traveling the globe setting up different supervillain identities and then leasing them to others in return for a sizable fee.
- The Man Behind the Man: This is his preferred method of staying out of danger; he's framed no less than four separate patsies to take the fall for him as the Hobgoblin. Currently, he's filling the void left over by the death of Justin Hammer, as the world's new largest supplier of B-list villains.
- Palette Swap: He's the Green Goblin with a blue and orange costume instead of a green and purple costume, and a hooded cape. Spider-Man lampshaded this in their first encounter.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He has his weaknesses, such as vanity and an ego. But he is aware of them, and can make himself overcome them. His top three priorities are, in this order, his life, his freedom, and money/power. Anything else, especially revenge, is secondary; he'll take it if it comes, but will abandon it as soon as it puts him at risk.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His mask has red eyes, sometimes shown as glowing red.
- Took a Level in Badass: Once he found the Green Goblin's gear, and then again when he recreated the strength formula.
- Twin Switch: If Roderick thought something was beneath his notice or just too boring to bother with, he'd have his twin brother Daniel deal with it.
AKA: Morris Bench
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"With five million, I'll be livin' large for a good long time! An' all I gotta do is tsunami that stupid wall crawler—which I'd gladly do for nothin'!"
Morris Bench used to be a common shipmate. Then, when his ship was transporting an experimental generator, a fight broke out on deck, and in the scuffle he was accidentally thrown overboard by Spider-Man. Exposed to underwater gases, unknown radiation from the generator and seawater, by the time Morris got out, he discovered that he could now shift his body into water. Hating his transformation, he blamed Spider-Man for it, and has gone after the web head for revenge several times.
- Elemental Shapeshifter: Is the hydrokinetic counterpart of Sandman. A few times he's been able to will himself into steam and ice, but doing so takes a lot out of him, so he rarely does it.
- Expy: Sandman with water. Occasionally derisively referred to as such in-universe.
- Dumb Muscle: Has the potential to be a global threat, but lacks the intelligence and ambition. He's content to just work for others, or enact his own get rich quick crimes.
- Fusion Dance: He and the Sandman once accidentally combined to form a mindless beast called Mud-Thing. They don't like to talk about it.
- Giant Wall of Watery Doom: He can become one using his powers.
- Making a Splash: Morris has hydrokinesis, and is essentially an aquatic version of the Sandman.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Due to being made of water he's almost impossible to injure.
- Too Dumb to Live: A ridiculously high percentage of his defeats seem to come from him carelessly electrocuting himself. When you're used as a byword for self-defeating stupidity by the RiffTrax crew, it's rarely a good sign.
AKA: Professor Miles Warren
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"Parker! I never get tired of looking at that face. No matter how many times I've cloned it, masked it, unmasked it... liquefied it... or worn it like a little hat."
Miles Warren was once a professor at the university where Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy went. He fell in love with Gwen, but tried to convince himself those feelings were paternal. This all changed when Gwen Stacy died at the hands of Norman Osborn. Realizing what his feelings were, he blamed Spider-Man for Gwen's death, and when he discovered that it was Peter Parker under the mask he decided to take revenge. Injecting himself with several experimental serums to make himself stronger and faster, he also began perfecting cloning technology in order to torment Peter. His plot also involved creating Spider-Man clones, which would eventually lead to The Clone Saga
. He even cloned Gwen Stacy, but eventually Spider-Man stopped him. Miles escaped, cloning himself numerous times
, and resurfaced periodically to torment Peter.
- Abusive Creator: To just about every clone he made.
- Arch-Enemy: For a few years, he was siccing super villains after Peter Parker and was a frequent enemy, but from behind the scenes.
- Expendable Clone: Deliberately cloned himself so many times there's no telling where the original is.
- The Man Behind the Man: He hired numerous villains to attack Peter, like Tarantula, the Scorpion, or the Grizzly before going in himself. And here's where it gets impressive: he was this to the Punisher in his debut.
- Mad Scientist: Specializing in genetic engineering and creating clones.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Briefly regained his sanity at the last moment and was able to save the Gwen Clone before dying in an explosion, or so it seemed.
- Pet the Dog: Fleeting feelings of compassion led him to save Kaine's life.
- Teacher/Student Romance: He was in love with Gwen, but convinced himself his feelings were paternal until she died.
- Troll: Takes utter joy in plaguing Peter Parker. Spider-Island alone took super villain trolling to a whole new level. (As if he didn't prove his trolling by cloning Spidey and his dead girlfriend.)
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Norman Osborn, per the end of The Clone Saga.
Jack O'Lantern I/Hobgoblin IV
AKA: Jason Philip Macendale, Jr.
Debut: Machine Man
"... Killing. It's the only thing that has ever come naturally to me. The C.I.A. must have sensed it in me when they recruited me out of college. But then my tactics proved too brutal even for them. Fine. The mercenary life gave me the freedom to kill for whomever I chose. The Jack O'Lantern guise was profitable for a while. But I wanted bigger and better jobs. The Foreigner helped me with that; killed Ned Leeds for me—for a hefty price. Leeds was history, and I was the new Hobgoblin."
A former Marine, fighter pilot, and CIA agent, Jason Macendale Jr. created the supervillain identity of Jack O'Lantern, a Halloween-themed rip-off of the Green Goblin with a flaming mask in the shape of a pumpkin. After chancing across the Hobgoblin's trashed Battle Wagon, he took on the identity himself, but lacking the superhuman strength and durability granted by the Goblin formula proved mediocre at best, losing to both Spider-Man and the second Green Goblin. Desiring power, Macendale sold his soul to the demon N'Astirh, who infused him with a demon that augmented his strength and endurance. However, the demon later split away into a separate entity, the Demogoblin, and Macendale was murdered by the original Hobgoblin.
- Badass Normal: Unlike Kingsley, Macendale never took the Goblin formula and relied solely on his CIA training and Goblin gear. As a result he more often than not wound up getting his butt kicked.
- Body Horror: He grew progressively more monstrous while sharing his body with Demogoblin.
- Butt Monkey: Of the Goblin family he was the least powerful.
- Cyborg: In his final appearance, he acquired cybernetic enhancements.
- Deal with the Devil: Horrifically subverted when Macendale tries to sell his soul to a demon in the traditional Faustian manner. The demon openly scoffs at Macendale's offer, pointing out that Macendale's soul is too filthy and disgusting to be worth having. However, the demon is nice enough to imbue Macendale with a demon's power anyway, just for making him laugh.
- Demonic Possession: Made a deal with N'Astirh for the power to surpass Spider-Man and the Green Goblin, and wound up with a demonic alter-ego called the Demogoblin, which later separated from him.
- Dirty Coward: During his first fight with Spider-Man as Jack O'Lantern, Macendale suffered a minor Freak Out and realized he had to escape. While working with Roderick Kingsley at a later point, Macendale refused to go after Spider-Man again.
- He Knows Too Much: The reason Kingsley assassinated him.
- Jack the Ripoff: Of the Green Goblin both as Jack O'Lantern and the Hobgoblin.
- Legacy Character: His original alter-ego of the Jack O'Lantern was passed off to others, and he inherited the Hobgoblin persona from Ned Leeds during the mid-1990's.
- Pick on Someone Your Own Size: Barring a couple of lucky breaks against Spider-Man, the only people Macendale could ever beat were inexperienced teenagers. Whether it was Phil Urich as the Green Goblin, Rick Sheridan in Sleepwalker's body, or Chris Powell as Darkhawk, none of them had much combat skill when they went up against Macendale.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: He started out fighting the C-list hero Machine Man, before he switched over to taking on Spider-Man full time both as Jack O'Lantern and the Hobgoblin.
- Secret Agent: A former CIA operative.
- Smug Snake: He liked to think he was a major villain, but in truth was just a sadistic, bullying thug who wound up working under real movers like the Kingpin, who at one point literally tossed him away like a piece of trash. Add that to the fact that despite all his various bids for power, he could never beat Spidey in an even fight, it's easy to see why Kingsley considered him an embarrassment.
- Spanner in the Works: As Jack O'Lantern, Macendale noted that he wasn't getting any job offers, and decided to attract attention by breaking Flash Thompson (then framed by Kingsley as the Hobgoblin) out of prison. All he ended up doing was wrecking Kingsley's plans, much to the latter's frustration. Maybe there was a reason none of the New York crimelords wanted to hire him...
Debut: Superior Spider-Man #33
AKA: Wilson Fisk
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"Spider-Man, I've made several fortunes via the practice of using people like you... trusting idiots that believe there is happiness to be had on this planet."
Fisk began his life as a poor child in New York City, bullied by his classmates due to his obesity. Fisk began training himself in physical combat, using his newfound strength to intimidate the bullies into joining his gang. He was eventually discovered by crime lord Don Rigoletto. Fisk became Don Rigoletto's bodyguard and right-hand man. Eventually, Fisk killed Don Rigoletto and took control of his criminal empire, immediately becoming one of the most powerful figures in New York's underworld. Kingpin enjoyed a long tenure in his new position, but he had made enemies such as the Maggia crime syndicate and the terrorist group HYDRA. The two groups teamed together to oppose Fisk, causing him to flee to Japan. There, he started a spice business in order to regain his wealth. After earning enough money, Fisk returned to New York and started gang wars, in an attempt to bring down the Maggia. With the criminal world in chaos, Fisk was able to step in and take back control.
For more information on him, please refer to his page
Kraven the Hunter
AKA: Sergei Nikolaevich Kravinoff
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"I can endure the frustration no longer! I must battle and defeat my greatest mortal enemy—or else, everything that has gone before is but a hollow mockery! The mask of Spider-Man must one day cover that plaster head—even if I pay for the victory with my very life!"
Sergei Kravinoff was the son of a Russian aristocrat who fled after the Communists came to power. When his father remarried, he accused him of dishonoring his mother's name, and tried to make life difficult for his half brother Dimitri (who would become The Chameleon). Deciding to leave home, he took up being a big game hunter and was quite good at it. One reporter, not knowing how to spell his name, shortened his last name Kravinoff simply to Kraven, and so began his legend as Kraven the Hunter. During one such hunt he met Calypso, a jungle priestess who gave him special elixirs which gave him the speed strength of the greatest jungle beasts. Bored by regular animals, Sergei got a surprise invite from his brother to deal with a new prey: Spider-Man. While fairing well against him in their first encounter, Spidey always managed to defeat him in subsequent fights.
Growing more and more frustrated with his life and his failures, Kraven realized that he was fading away, and so decided to do one last hunt
. Capturing Spider-Man soon after the hero's honeymoon, he shot him with a rifle, buried him, and then began masquerading as him. However, he hadn't actually killed Spidey, but had tranquillized him. While Spider-Man returned to stop Kraven, Sergei took his defeat with grace as his temporary victory had finally proven his superiority, and committed suicide soon afterward. Years later, his wife Sasha and his children Alyosha and Ana enacted a ritual to resurrect him using Spider-Man's blood. This backfired due to them accidentally using Spider-Man's clone Kaine, and Kraven was revived as an immortal being. Wanting nothing more than to die again but unable to be killed by normal means, Kraven took to pursuing anyone tangentially related to Spider-Man, finally hunting down Kaine. Kaine fatally stabbed Kraven with his stingers, breaking his curse and fully resurrecting him in the process.
- Ate His Gun: Shot himself in the head with a shotgun after defeating Spider-Man.
- Back from the Dead: Is imperfectly resurrected during Grim Hunt, and fully resurrected by Kaine.
- Badass Family: Though they don't get along all that well.
- Badass Normal: Though he's often depicted as getting some kind of enhancement before or after meeting Spidey. During Jason Aaron's run on The Hulk, he manages to disable the green goliath via adamantium wires and fishhooks. He lays the trap so effectively that one wonders if Spidey's Spider-Sense is the only way he's ever managed to best Kraven.
- Boisterous Bruiser: On his best days...
- Came Back Wrong: Thanks to Kaine sabotaging the ritual, he has been 'cursed with un-life' and only Peter or another connected to the Web of Life can kill him. Mentally, he's all there, just angry about it - Madame Web even mocks his wife for assuming he's changed. He's exactly the same, she just prefers not to remember him that way.
- Depending on the Writer/Spell My Name with an S: Writer J.M. DeMatteis (who wrote Kraven's Last Hunt and introduced Kraven's second son) writes Kraven's last name as "Kravinov".
- Driven to Suicide: After defeating Spider-Man and regaining his lost honor, he killed himself.
- Egomaniac Hunter: Was able to hunt and kill anything until he fought Spider-Man.
- Evil Poacher: It's definitely illegal to hunt Spider-Men.
- Face-Heel Turn: He was a member of a prototypical version of the Avengers during the 1950s.
- Heel Realization: Had one shortly before committing suicide.
- Hot-Blooded Sideburns: Ditko used to draw him with an impressive set, although they've been mostly abandoned since.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Initially thought Spider-Man was some sort of fantastic beast, and continued pursuing him to regain his lost honor.
- Husky Russkie: Kraven is descended from Russian nobility who fled the Communist uprising.
- I Gave My Word: Is a man of his word in spite of all his flaws.
- Immortality Inducer: Was imperfectly resurrected by his wife and children, and could only be killed by an entity connected to the Web of Life, leading to him picking fights with Agent Venom and Kaine in the hopes that one of them would be able to put him down for good.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: Kraven tracks down Agent Venom in the hopes that the "spider's shadow" can end his undeath, and during their fight Flash is stripped of the symbiote by some giant bats. Kraven is outraged that the man he was fighting is handicapped and tries to kill Flash for besmirching his honor.
- Sanity Slippage: His mother had psychosis, which Kraven inherited.
- Unwanted Revival: Was resurrected by his wife and children, but the revival was botched.
- Villainous Crush: After defeating Spider-Man in Kraven's Last Hunt, Kraven gently caresses his cheek. Peter is very creeped out by this.
- Wicked Cultured: In the 1990s animated series, at least. In one episode, he quoted Solzhenitsyn: "I know the Prussian moon/And I know the Prussian stars."
- Worthy Opponent: Came to view Spider-Man as such, as detailed in his inner monologue in Kraven's Last Hunt.
AKA: Doctor Curtis Connors
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"I work in darkness. The Lizard wants out. It's time I stopped ignoring him."
Curt Connors was an army surgeon who dedicatedly helped soldiers in war, but who lost his own arm to an explosion. Returning after the war, he began experimenting with reptiles, trying to discover the secret to how they managed to regrow their limbs. After years of research, he believed that he had isolated the chemical compound that gave them this ability, and after successfully doing animal testing, tried the formula on himself.
While it did indeed regrow his missing arm, there was an unfortunate side-effect. The formula also turned him into a giant lizard with super strength, speed and even some wall crawling abilities. It also gave him a new imperative to cleanse the world of mammals so reptiles would rule the Earth again. Thankfully, Peter Parker managed to synthesize an antidote to the serum that allowed Connors to become human again, but it proved only temporary, as Connors continued to struggle with his lizard side which would occasionally come out under stress or certain circumstances.
- Alliterative Name: Curtis Connors.
- And I Must Scream: At the end of the No Turning Back arc, Connors' human mind is trapped in the Lizard's body during his imprisonment at the Raft — and he intends to stay that way as self-punishment by not letting anyone know it.
- Anti-Villain: Curtis is actually a nice guy, and as little-to-no control over what the Lizard does.
- Ascended Fanboy: A reptile-loving herpetologist who becomes a reptile himself.
- The Atoner: Curtis seeks to make up for the wrongs he commits as the Lizard.
- Badass Labcoat: Even as the Lizard he wears a tattered lab coat.
- Big Damn Heroes: Just as the Scorpion is about to kill Jameson with his stinger during Smythe's breakout, the Lizard (actually Curt's mind in the Lizard's body) shows up at the last second to save his life.
- Body Horror: His transformations from Curtis into the Lizard can be very disturbing.
- Came Back Wrong: After the Connors persona died in Shed, Morbius tries to bring him back to life in No Turning Back and seemingly succeeds - except the Lizard persona is trapped in Connors' human body. Later, Peter does restore Connors' mind and persona, but it's stuck in the Lizard's body.
- Career-Ending Injury: Losing his right arm ended his surgery and military careers.
- Create Your Own Villain: The Iguana, and the Lizard clone.
- Dad the Veteran: To his son, Billy.
- Darker and Edgier: The Lizard started out as an anthropomorphic reptile with plans of world domination, but over time became increasingly feral and fierce, developing an elongated reptilian snout. In Brand New Day, after eating Connors' son, the Lizard sheds his skin and is sleeker, has hair, spikes on his arm, can talk, and revert humans to a reptilian mental state.
- Depending on the Artist: The Lizard's appearance has changed significantly over the years. He started out as a dark green anthropomorphic reptile with no nose, then grew a long monitor lizard-like snout full of fangs in the 1990's. In Shed, he underwent a third transformation, becoming covered in spines and looking a lot more dinosaur-like. Following the Lizard being trapped in Curt's body, he has assumed a fourth form with light green wrinkly skin and a face more similar to his first form's.
- Depending on the Writer: Is the Lizard an intelligent creature capable of cunning plans and science, or is he a mindless beast who just wants to eat people?
- Despair Event Horizon: The Lizard killing Billy while Connors watches in his mind and can't stop it. Effectively destroys his human side for awhile.
- Death Seeker: Peter seems to think so at one point during the No Turning Back arc.
- Distressed Dude: If he's not turning into the Lizard or helping Spider-Man, he's probably being kidnapped or held hostage.
- Evil All Along: The basis of two retcons (so far) regarding the Connors persona. Generally retconned out of continuity when a new writer comes along.
- Evil Cripple: Subverted. Connors himself is a genuinely good person when he's human and missing his right arm. The Lizard is evil, but not disabled.
- Face Monster Turn: Curt Connors is a good man. The Lizard is a monster.
- Genius Cripple: Curt is a genius herpetologist who lost an arm.
- Happily Married: To Martha Connors. Until she died of cancer.
- Healing Factor: The Lizard can recover from injuries that would cripple or kill most others.
- Heroic BSOD: After having to watch his Lizard form eat his son, effectively killing off his human personality, and then still after his human persona was restored.
- Humanity Is Infectious: During the No Turning Back arc, the Lizard, trapped in Curt's body, began to appreciate human things, like music, junk food and video games. This even led to him thinking that Humanity Is Superior. He was actually tempted to stay human, until Spider-Man arrived, and forced him to inject himself with his newly made "cure".
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Often occurs since Peter is friends with Connors. A few times Connors has actually taken control of the Lizard body, the first time being when Morbius was introduced.
- I'm a Humanitarian: The Lizard is sometimes written as being a monster who eats people rather than turn them into reptiles.
- Immune to Bullets: The Lizard's scales are bulletproof.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Connors' persona and the Lizard's often vie for control of their body.
- Just Think of the Potential: What prompted him to create a serum to regenerate limbs in the first place.
- LEGO Genetics: Connors turned into a reptilian monster by infusing himself with a serum derived from lizard DNA.
- Lightning Bruiser: Is stronger and faster than Spider-Man as the Lizard.
- Lizard Folk: His original appearance was as an anthropomorphic lizard, and he only became more bestial as time went on.
- Logical Weakness: Being cold-blooded, the Lizard is susceptible to low temperatures.
- Magic Pants: Even in versions where the rest of his clothes are destroyed, including the labcoat, the Lizard will almost always at least still be wearing pants of some kind.
- The Medic: Connors' occupation before he lost his arm and turned to science.
- The Mentally Disturbed: In later stories, he's mentioned as having anxiety and depression. It's also implied that he may have PTSD from his war experiences.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: While Curt used to have to drink a serum to transform, by the time of Shed whenever the Lizard's persona takes over he transforms into the monster.
- Misanthrope Supreme: As the Lizard. Possibly as coming from a darker side of his human personality that blames the loss of his arm to humanity's inhumanity during a war.
- Morality Pet: His wife, Martha, and son, Billy. While they were alive, at least.
- Nice Guy: Dr. Connors is actually a very nice person... when he's human.
- No Ontological Inertia: Loses his arm again whenever he turns back into a human.
- The Noseless: Early versions of the Lizard based on Steve Ditko's original design. He later developed a monitor lizard-like snout.
- Offing the Offspring: In order to permanently take control of their body, the Lizard persona ate Curt's son Billy.
- Painful Transformation: In most depictions, Curtis' transformation into the Lizard is agonizing.
- Papa Wolf: In some stories where the Lizard is strangely protective of Billy despite hating all humans.
- Prehensile Tail: As the Lizard he can coil his tail around things and carry them.
- Professor Guinea Pig: Partly - OK, mostly - out of desperation to regain the use of his amputated arm, he tested his own experimental serum on himself.
- Reed Richards Is Useless: Connors is supposed to be a brilliant scientist who's smart enough to cure cancer, but his experiments often fail and lead to supervillainy instead.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The Lizard is a supervillain who wants to lead an army of reptiles and/or people turned into reptiles to take over the world.
- Resist The Beast: But he usually fails at it, of course.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: The Lizard tried to cause this by killing Connors' persona.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Curtis lost his arm in a war and never got over it.
- Split Personality Takeover: The Lizard persona had "devoured" Connors' by killing and eating his own son, and even though he's been reverted to human form it remains in control of the body. Until his human persona was restored, but his body stayed as the Lizard.
- Superpowered Evil Side: At the beginning of the Shed arc the Lizard persona kept trying to influence Curtis' behavior, and in general is more powerful and ferocious than him.
- Super Strength: The Lizard can lift approximately 12 tons.
- Super Toughness: His scales can deflect small-caliber bullets.
- Throwing Off the Disability: His motivation for creating the regenerative serum. And what happens whenever he transforms into the Lizard.
- Tragic Monster: It's not like Curt wanted to become a giant lizard monster when he injected himself with the serum, and he tries to fight it from inside as best he can.
- Tragic Villain: Curt injected himself hoping to regain his lost arm, not become a monster.
- Trauma Conga Line: Traumatically lost his arm during military service, had to give up his career as a surgeon, mutated into a supervillain reptile with a split personality, lost his wife to cancer, murdered his own son by eating him as the Lizard, has his human mind trapped in the Lizard's body...
- The Worf Effect: That time he was seriously injured and defeated by Black Cat twice. The Lizard has superpowers. She did not.
- Verbal Tic: Sssome writersss have the Lizard hisssssing and lisssping sssoundsss.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: In a few story arcs, Connors can control his usually non-voluntary transformation into the Lizard and back.
- Wall Crawling: One of the earliest Spider-foes to truly have this power too.
AKA: "Martin Li"
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"I always like to have reminders around that there is no good he can do... that I cannot corrupt."
One of the more recent additions to Spider-Man's gallery, Martin Li was introduced as a philanthropist and the owner of the FEAST homeless shelter. However, it was revealed that he had a split personality and a double life as the photonegative crime lord Mr. Negative. It's revealed that he was once a Chinese gangster smuggling immigrants when his ship crashed. Stealing the identity of one of the deceased, Martin Li, he was captured by Silvermane and given to criminal chemist Simon Marshall. Experimented on, he escaped alongside fellow subjects Tyrone Johnson
and Tandy Bowen
, awakening Yin-Yang Bomb
powers while developing two vastly different personalities - the kindhearted Martin Li, and the villainous Mister Negative. Martin Li established himself as a philanthropist and built a fortune, while Mister Negative set about building a criminal empire. Clashing with the Hood and the Kingpin, Mister Negative was eventually outed as Martin Li by Spider-Man, Anti-Venom, and the new Wraith.
- Alternate Identity Amnesia: Martin Li is - or rather was - unaware that he had a split personality who was a supervillain.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Is always well-dressed.
- Balance Between Good and Evil: Is a walking Yin-Yang Bomb.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: When he becomes Mr. Negative he has black sclera and white irises.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Li ran the FEAST centre among numerous other ventures, and while he was a genuinely nice person Mr. Negative is not.
- The Corrupter: Mr. Negative's powers allow him to corrupt people's souls when he touches them, giving him some measure of Mind Control over them as a result. The more goodhearted the person was prior, the more easily they can be corrupted. It fails when he tries it on the Hood, since the man's underlying power transcends Negative's own.
- Create Your Own Villain: Martin Li cured Eddie Brock of cancer and caused the remnants of the Venom symbiote to bond to his white blood cells. As Anti-Venom, Eddie would be the one to expose his identity as a criminal.
- Dark Is Evil: The Mr. Negative persona.
- Dead Person Impersonation: The real Martin Li was killed when the Golden Mountain slave ship was scuttled.
- Evil Costume Switch: Whenever Li transforms into Mr. Negative, his hair, skin and even his clothes turn into photo-negative versions of themselves. The same thing applies to anyone he corrupts with his powers.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Despite being Chinese, he and his Mooks wield samurai swords.
- Healing Hands: As Martin Li he could perform "miracles" such as curing Eddie Brock of terminal cancer.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: The transformation between the two personalities happens at random.
- Light is Good: The Martin Li persona is a genuinely nice person.
- Master Swordsman: Is skilled enough with a blade to outmatch Anti-Venom.
- McNinja: He employs several of these, known as his Inner Demons, who have the ability to heal from grievous injury.
- Split Personality: Played with, in that both sides are aware of each other but don't interfere with each other for the most part.
- Super Serum: How he first got his powers.
- Super Strength: Strong enough to punch Spider-Man through two buildings with one blow.
- White Hair, Black Heart: As Mr. Negative his appearance is photonegative, and thus he has white hair.
Morbius the Living Vampire
AKA: Doctor Michael Morbius
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"Only two things separate me from a true vampire... religion... and remorse."
Michael Morbius, also known as "The Living Vampire", was a Nobel Prize-winning scientist suffering from a fatal blood disease. In hopes of curing this illness he treated himself with fluids distilled from vampire bats and, as a last chance, tried shock-treatment as a way to electrically create blood cells. This "cured" him by transforming him into a vampiric being that lusts after blood as a way to counter the disease. He also gained several other vampiric attributes, such as white skin, fangs, an allergy to sunlight
(since he isn't undead, sunlight won't kill him outright, but his lack of melanin leads to quick burns), Super Strength
, a Healing Factor
, and hollow bones which give him the capability of flight. Later he gains more supernatural abilities like hypnosis.
Because of his need to drink blood from living victims (stored blood contains too much anticoagulants for his body to handle, or the need to kill stays even after the physical need is satisfied) Morbius wallows in guilt and tries to find both an alternative substance to blood and a way to cure himself — without much success. At best he has been able to change back into a human for some periods of time, but either has soon reverted back or retained the need to drink blood.
Despite all this, he's generally willing to help or at least unwilling to harm people he sees as innocent or has a closer relationship with.
For more information on him, please refer to his page
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"You may get ahead, but eventually I will catch up. Now that I have found you, I will always be able to find you, wherever you may hide. This may take hours or days. The longest was a week. But in time you will tire. And then you will die."
A member of a race of supernatural cannibals who target those connected to animal totems, Morlun came into Peter's life at a time when he was coming to learn that his powers were not wholly as a result of radiation. Morlun had pursued Ezekiel Sims, an old man with powers very similar to Peter's, for decades, before turning his attention to Spider-Man. With Ezekiel's help, Peter was able to weaken Morlun using the radiation in his blood before Morlun's own abused servant murdered him
, but Morlun later returned, beating Peter to the brink of death. When he returned to finish the job and broke Mary Jane's arm when she tried to stop him, Peter underwent a monstrous transformation and killed him. Morlun was later resurrected and sent after the Black Panther, but was sealed away. He has somehow managed to return and developed the ability to cross dimensions, targeting any and every hero and villain connected to the Web of Life, especially the multiple incarnations of Spider-Man
- Arch-Enemy: To Ezekiel Sims.
- Back from the Dead: He first dies when Peter tricks him into drinking some of his radiation-tainted blood and then being shot in the back by Dex, then dies a second time when Peter's Inner Spider takes over and eats his face. He was resurrected again to eat the new Black Panther, but wound up being Dragged Off to Hell and forced to fight Death's minions for all eternity. It doesn't last.
- Bad Boss: Chronically abused his servant Dex. This later bites him in the ass.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Inflicts this on Spider-Man during their fights. Peter later returns the favor with interest.
- Dimensional Traveler: In Spider-Verse Morlun inexplicably shows up in the Marvel 1602 universe and kills Peter Parquagh.
- Eye Scream: Rips out one of Peter's eyes and eats it.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes glow red or blue.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Morlun belongs to a race of immortal cannibalistic entities that hunt down and eat totemic avatars.
- Life Drinker: According to Ezekiel, Morlun and his race became immortal superhumans by eating other beings and taking in their life force.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Morlun drains the life-force of his victims to become immortal.
- Red Baron: "Devourer of Totems".
- Super Strength: He is strong enough to rip through a net made out of adamantium!
- Super Toughness: He's withstood blows from Spider-Man going all-out and tanked a vibranium-tipped nuke!
- Unexplained Recovery: How he came back from the dead the first time was never revealed. In Spider-Verse, he comes back again.
AKA: Quentin Beck
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
Mysterio: C'mon, web-head. Admit it. You missed me.
Spider-Man: How'd you do it, Beck? How're you not dead?!
Quentin Beck was a master special effects man who loved films and making them. However, he always wanted to be in the spotlight, and hated being stuck behind the scenes. His acting career never went anywhere, so he decided to take on a new job: supervillainy. As an effects wizard, he decided to frame Spider-Man for a robbery, then in a new costume (complete with a one way mirror "fishbowl" helmet) would stop Spider-Man to earn the fame he thought he deserved. Exposed and tricked in the attempt, Quentin swore revenge as Mysterio, and became a serious recurring threat to the wall-crawler.
- Ambiguously Gay: Especially in the Sinister Six novels.
- Back from the Dead: In a Peter David Friendly Neighborhood arc with a dose of Body Horror. Before his real death, faking it was something of a favorite tactic of Beck's.
- Badass Cape: The eye-shaped clasps can even shoot lasers.
- Badass Normal: Gets all his abilities from his suit.
- Canon Immigrant: Enforced In-Universe. He was running operations in Earth-616 and Earth-1610 simultaneously with the use of his robotic avatar Ultimate Mysterio. At the end of Spider-Men, he is incarcerated by The Ultimates in Earth-1610 due to his knowledge of Peter's secret identity in Earth-616. However, he eventually finds a means of returning to the 616-universe.
- Driven to Suicide: During Kevin Smith's Daredevil run, Beck learned he had cancer and wouldn't last long. After making Daredevil's life a living hell, Beck shot himself in the head. However, see Back from the Dead.
- Evil Genius: A stuntman who can build his own android doppelgangers and concoct serums for every occasion.
- Glass Cannon: Really good traps, but once he's face to face with Spidey, he tends to have one or two final tricks before going down quickly. This really depends on the writer though. Beck is sometimes depicted as a Badass Normal who can swallow a ridiculous amount of punishment before he even starts to consider falling down.
- Played for Laughs in the Spider-Man 2 video game. When Spider-Man meets Mysterio late in the game, it seems to be the set up for a long drawn-out boss battle (the game gives him about five health bars to diminish). One punch knocks him out.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He got cancer from overexposure to the materials he used for his illusions.
- Large Ham: Is loud and boastful, true to his origins as a showman, to the point of Spider-Man mocking him for it.
- Legacy Character: Aside from Beck, Daniel Berkhart and Francis Klum each took up the role for a time. The Hobgoblin also sold the identity to an unnamed criminal who subsequently called himself Mysterion.
- Master of Illusion: His specialty, and he even uses it as a title.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Was shown as returning via supernatural means with new magical powers before One More Day; post-OMD, he's been sticking to his usual special effects fakery, implying that his demonic phase was more special effects. Writer Dan Slott has thus far refused to say for sure, though.
- Only in It for the Money: His main motivation for joining up with Doc Ock's current Sinister Six. In Ends of the Earth, once Ock's plan is revealed Spider-Man convinces him to pull a Heel-Face Turn, if only for a little bit, due to the fact that the money would be useless should Ock succeed.
AKA: Adriana Soria
Debut: The Spectacular Spider-Man
Vol. 2, #15
"The metamorphosis has begun. I feel you, all of you, reaching out along the web we all share. Whatever you were yesterday, that was another time. A different life. You are all my children now. My colony. My kingdom. And I am your queen."
A mutant with the ability to psychically control those who bear the "insect gene" - including anyone with arthropod-related superpowers - Adriana Soria was a member of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II
, and was selected as a candidate for Operation Crossroads, a renewal of Operation: Rebirth - the super soldier program that had created Captain America. Adriana was drafted into the Marine Corps and became the first female Marine to go into combat, and after the war was assigned to the Bikini Atoll during the nuclear tests in hopes of awakening her powers. Exposure to radiation drove her insane and she was committed to an asylum before escaping and spending 50 years in hiding. Calling herself the Queen, she resurfaced in 2004 and psychically took control of a number of humans to serve as her drones. Captain America and Spider-Man investigated, and the Queen realized that Spider-Man possessed the Insect Gene and selected him as her mate, infecting him with a mutagenic enzyme that slowly transformed him into a giant spider. The Queen intended to have David Jaffe, the scientist in charge of Operation Crossroads, make a bomb that would kill any humans lacking the insect gene, but her plans for Spider-Man were foiled when he died shortly after completing his transformation, then shed his exoskeleton to reveal a reborn Peter Parker with enhanced powers. Spider-Man disarmed the bomb and Adriana was seemingly killed when SHIELD attacked her base, but later returned in 2011
, having allied with the Jackal, transformed Captain America and Kaine into anthropomorphic spider-monsters, and converted her mutagenic enzyme into a "Spider Virus" that would give anyone infected powers identical to Spider-Man's before slowly transforming them into giant spiders. Attaining god-like power and transforming into a massive spider-like monster, the Spider-Queen was killed by the rejuvenated Kaine. The Jackal later cloned her, but said clones were killed by Spider-Man and Alpha.
- A God I Am: By transforming most of New York's populace into giant spiders she hijacked the Web of Life, the supernatural force that grants arachnid-themed superheroes and villains their powers, and gained god-like power.
- Big Bad: Of the Spider-Island event.
- Cloning Blues: Jackal stole one of her legs and used it to create Princesses and the Spider-Queens.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: In real life: When the Queen debuted she was assumed to be an odd one-shot villain whose only purpose was to give Peter powers resembling the ones he possessed in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy, and was assumed to have been killed at the end of the arc. Come Spider Island, she's suddenly a lot more dangerous, and come Kaine's Scarlet Spider series, it's implied she was a pawn of Ero/The Other.
- Little Black Dress: Her outfit during her debut appearance was an elegant black dress.
- Older than They Look: She looks like an attractive 20-something woman, but is a WWII veteran.
- One-Winged Angel: Transforms into a 28-story-tall spider-monster after being mortally wounded by Agent Venom.
- Super Empowering: Exposure to her venom enhanced Peter's connection to the Web of Life, reversed Kaine's degeneration, gave Arana spider-powers... and transformed most of New York's citizens into spider-monsters.
- Superpower Lottery: Adriana was stated to possess countless superhuman abilities, but only displayed a handful of them:
- Magic Kiss: Her saliva contains a mutagenic compound that connects those infused with it to the Web of Life - or amplifies their connection if they already are - and eventually transforms them into giant spiders.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Adriana can unleash a powerful scream.
- Psychic Powers: She can psychically control those with the Insect Gene, which amounts to roughly a third of the world's population, including anyone connected to the Web of Life, and turn them into her "drones".
- Super Strength: A very mild case, as she can lift roughly one ton in her base form.
- Superpowerful Genetics: Adriana was a mutant born with the Insect Gene, and considered herself to be above even other mutants, calling herself the sole member of "Homo insectus".
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: She was nuked during the Bikini Atoll test.
AKA: Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"People don't get me. I'm not stupid. I'm simple. Big difference. And when I accept a job, I complete a job. I knock into stuff. It falls down. Sometimes, enough times, I get paid for it."
An immigrant to the United States from Russia, Aleksei was approached by some mobsters to earn money by participating in an experimental treatment. The treatment helped give him a new suit that imitated the toughness of a rhino's hide, and increased his strength past that of Spider-Man's. Initially directed to kidnap J. Jonah Jameson's son, he was stopped by Spider-Man, and became a recurring threat from then on.
- Alternate Self: His Ultimate counterpart is a scrawny nerd named Alex O'Hirn in a rhino-shaped Mini-Mecha.
- The Brute: Bulky and stupid, but occasionally has startling moments of insight.
- Characterization Marches On: In his origin, it was mentioned he got smarter due to the process; however, everyone wrote him as dumb afterwards. Recently, he's gone back to being written as being of at least average intelligence but who knows how long that will last.
- The Chew Toy: For a time, Deadpool shrunk him down to about the size of a hamster and kept him as a pet. He eventually got revenge on Deadpool though.
- Clingy Costume: He can't take off his outfit unless it's surgically removed.
- Death Seeker: By the end of Ends of the Earth, it's revealed that he's the only member of the Sinister Six in on Doc Ock's real plan to wipe out 99.92% of all Earthly life, as he feels that a world in which his beloved wife could die so horribly simply doesn't deserve to live. He ultimately commits suicide by drowning, taking Silver Sable with him.
- Depending on the Writer: His intelligence and how strongly affixed his costume is. The first time he took on the Hulk, his costume was more of a slip-on thing, while other writers have made it clear that he can only go to the bathroom due to a tiny flap and he can't get laid. This has since been fixed and he can put it on and take it off at will. Mark Waid once explained this by claiming the mutation was unstable regarding his intelligence, then had it stabilized in that same story.
- Dumb Muscle: Rhino is defined by this trope. Unless he's fighting against other heavyweights like Hulk, there is little chance of defeating him with brute strength. However, it is very easy to trick and outsmart him. The only reason why he has the suit is because his superiors thought that Rhino's strength would be easy to command because of his stupidity.
- Even Evil Has Standards: His fight with Spider-Man in The Origin of the Species is short-lived as Spider-Man reads him the riot act for trying to start a fight when Spidey has a baby in tow. Rhino, much to Spidey's shock, actually does drop the fight and leave of his own accord in response.
- Flowers for Algernon Syndrome: Becomes a heck of a lot smarter in Flowers for the Rhino. So much so that he sets up a complicated gambit to ensure his own defeat then reverses the process because it made his life far less interesting.
- Genius Bruiser: Briefly in Flowers for the Rhino.
- Morality Chain: His wife, Oksana. She doesn't last long. By the end of Doctor Octopus' latest scheme, he's gone completely insane. Octavius offered him not any sort of wealth or status, but the opportunity to watch the world burn.
- No Name Given: The Rhino was initially unnamed, though he sometimes went by the alias "Alex O'Hirn". His real name was ultimately revealed to be Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich.
- Pet the Dog: Misses his dead mom and wife.
- Punny Name: His alias Alex O'Hirn, with O'Hirn being an anagram of "Rhino".
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: See above about Deadpool, and he has also fought The Hulk several times.
- Super Strength: His limits are around 80 tons.
- Taking You with Me: Drowns himself and Silver Sable to make Spider-Man break his promise of not letting anyone die.
AKA: William Baker
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"Enough! You always said I was just some dumb punk. Fine. I'm gonna show you how single-minded I can be! There's only one thought in my head now, wall-crawler! Killin' you! And nothin's more important than that! Nothin'!"
William Baker became a crook in his youth, but didn't want his mother to know about it, so went by the alias Flint Marko while doing jobs. One day on the run from his latest heist, he briefly stopped at an empty beach to hide. Unfortunately, the beach was empty because the military was testing a nuclear bomb there. Caught in the explosion, Baker had his body molecules bounded with the sand around him, turning him into a literal sandman. Since then, the grainy villain clashed with Spider-Man many times, though in more recent years, he's gotten away from the supervillain gig, and taken on more heroic stances.
Scorpion/Venom III/Spider-Man III/Sinister Spider-Man
AKA: MacDonald Gargan
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"I like to hurt things, I really do."
Mac Gargan was a two-bit private eye who was hired by J. Jonah Jameson to find out Peter's connection to Spider-Man. When Gargan was unable to get results, Jameson financed an experimental treatment to make him strong enough to beat the Wall Crawler. Experimented on with radiation and genetic transfusions, Gargan donned a suit based on the spider's natural enemy: The Scorpion. With his robotic stinger-tipped tail and greater strength, the Scorpion was always difficult to deal with, but Mac Gargan lacked smarts. The procedure had also driven him insane, and while he continually upgraded his suit and tail he couldn't rise above B or C list villainy for the gallery. Gargan was approached by the Venom Symbiote, which offered him a chance to become an A-list villain in exchange for killing Spider-Man. Refer to his page there for more on his time as Venom
- Animal Theme Naming: Both as the Scorpion and as Spider-Man III.
- The Atoner: Played straight, and then deconstructed in the very last arc of The Spectacular Spider-Man before the beginning of The Clone Saga. After doing some soul searching, Mac decided to pull a Heel-Face Turn. Immediately afterwards, he bumped into Spider-Man, who was having a very bad day and was delighted to have an opportunity to vent. Mac protested that he didn't want to fight and was done being a villain, but Spidey didn't want to hear it and continued to beat the shit out of him despite the guy not trying to fight back. Mac's sanity apparently took a dive due to this traumatic experience, as when we next saw him he'd gone right back to being a bad guy.
- Ax-Crazy: As Venom the symbiote had so strong a hold on Gargan that he was pretty much its slave.
- The Brute: As both the Scorpion and Venom.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: A cybernetic tail interfaced with his central nervous system. Its length goes from four feet in his original appearance to twenty in his latest.
- Clothes Make the Maniac: Partially; Scorpion has legitimate Super Strength on his own due to his genetic mutations, but his traditional Scorpion suit and the Venom symbiote both add extra powers, most notably his tail or Combat Tentacles respectively.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially when he impersonates Spider-Man.
- Distaff Counterpart: Scorpia.
- Evil Counterpart: Based on an arachnid like Spider-Man. He also impersonated Spider-Man in Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers.
- Evil Is Petty: At one point he vomited a half-digested squirrel onto Dexter Bennett's desk as a prank.
- I'm a Humanitarian: As Venom III and the Sinister Spider-Man.
- Manipulative Bastard: Briefly went AWOL from the Dark Avengers and set up a gang war For the Evulz.
- Not Quite Dead: Had his lower jaw ripped off by Otto Octavius, but was later shown to have survived.
- Powered Armor: His costumes, especially his latest ones, are cybernetic and augment his already superhuman abilities.
- Private Detective: Was initially an unscrupulous detective hired by JJJ to find out what Peter Parker's connection to Spider-Man was.
- Psycho for Hire: Following his descent into villainy he frequently operates as this.
- Scary Scorpions: Was given an infusion of radioactive scorpion DNA, and his powered armor further reinforces this imagery.
- Super Strength: He can lift up to 15 tons as the Scorpion and 60 as Venom.
- Wall Crawl: He is capable of doing so in the same manner as Spider-Man, but usually just punches holes into walls.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Mild example; the treatment that gave him his powers affected his sanity, making him the psychopath he is today. On a few occasions, he's falsely believed he was stuck in his costume. Being bonded to the Venom symbiote didn't help, although Gargan adjusted and came to relish its bloodlust.
AKA: Herman Schultz
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
A career bank robber, Herman Schultz built a DIY battle suit for himself using a set of "Vibro-Shock Gauntlets" that could launch blasts of concentrated air vibrated to high frequencies. Despite defeating Spider-Man in their first encounter - mostly because Peter had a broken arm
- Shocker remained a thief and mercenary, acting as a subordinate to more megalomaniacal villains.
- Badass Bookworm: He's a smart guy and puts up a good fight, and has updated and improved his costume and blast gauntlets based upon past encounters with Spider-Man.
- Blow You Away: Crosses with Make Me Wanna Shout; his Vibro-Shock Gauntlets work by sucking in and compacting air, then vibrating it rapidly inside the gauntlets' interior. Once it's built up the right level of vibrations/pressure, he expels it as a concussive force blast. It's often mistakenly portrayed as an electrical attack in animated media, no doubt due to his choice of moniker.
- Butt Monkey: Nowadays he's not very highly regarded, despite the fact he's actually one of Spider-Man's more successful foes.
- The Chew Toy: Is a C-list villain who is rarely taken seriously anymore.
- Clothes Make the Superman: His gauntlets and insulated suit are what give him his powers.
- Consummate Professional: Arguably the most professional of the Spider-Man rogues.
- Genius Bruiser: Is a self-taught engineer who built his weapons and suit himself.
- Have a Gay Old Time: People mock his name a little more these days.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He wears a somewhat ridiculous looking yellow-and-brown costume, and has no superpowers without his gauntlets.
- Lethal Joke Character: Half of the real world population seems to think he's just a joke character... but more people need to remember that he's got one of the best records of fighting Spider-Man. His victories rival those of Doc Ock! One time he even defeated Spidey with the help of fellow Lethal Joke Character Trapster (aka Paste Pot Pete). The only reason they let him live was because their employer told them he'd double their pay if they let him go.
- Pragmatic Villainy: As well as being more focused on profit than other criminals, he prefers keeping a low profile in fear of attracting other, less forgiving crime fighters (particularly The Punisher).
- Punch Clock Villain: He simply treats supervillainy as a job and generally has no grand ambition other than trying to get by and make some money.
- Revenge Before Reason: Also averted. Shocker's only interested in money, not petty things like revenge.
- Say My Name: One of his more memorable schemes involved causing mass blackouts in Manhattan that when viewed from above spelled out SHOCKER.
AKA: Francis Louise Barrison
Debut: Spider-Man Unlimited
"Now you'll indulge the darkness inside you. Now you'll see why I shriek."
As a child, Shriek was abused by her parents, especially her mother, whose cruelty drove her to drugs, overeating, and heavy metal
. Shriek's mental stability was further damaged when she was shot in the head during an altercation with the police, and when she had a run-in with heroes Cloak and Dagger, whose powers did something
to Shriek, giving her various superhuman abilities of her own. Now fully capable of taking revenge on the world she blames for her misery, Shriek found soul mates of sorts in the form of her "husband" Carnage, and "son" Doppelganger.
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3 #1
A woman who was given powers by the same supernatural/radioactive spider as Peter Parker.
AKA: Silvio Manfredi
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"Ha! You think I'd a'trusted any one of those no-good good-for-nothings? That family stuff's just one more way you keep 'em in line. Only saps buy it. You want rewards for loyalty, get yourself one of them Wegmans Cards. You wanna stay alive in this biz—you make 'em fear you."
An Italian immigrant, Silvio Manfredi joined the Maggia
as a teenager and quickly rose through the ranks, becoming one of their dons, organizing a "family" centered around intense loyalty. Arrested due to tax evasion, when he got out of prison he found that his family's power had waned and that other crime lords like the Kingpin had arrived to fill the vacuum. Manfredi started a gang war to reclaim power, and took on the nickname Silvermane due to his hair turning white. Silvio realized he was growing old, and became obsessed with finding a means of restoring his youth, blackmailing Curt Connors into developing one that de-aged him. He became the Supreme HYDRA for a while, and after being expelled tried to organize New York's crime lords under himself. During a fight with the third Green Goblin and Spider-Man, Silvermane fell to his apparent death. He survived, but after an assassination attempt the shock caused him to revert to an elderly man. After being mortally wounded by Cloak and Dagger, Silvermane had his head transplanted to a cybernetic body and sought revenge.
- Evil Old Folks: Is an elderly crime lord.
- Losing Your Head: In The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Silvermane's cyborg head is a major Macguffin. As it turns out, his head befriended a young boy whose mother owned the junkyard where he was found and is now in the possession of The Shocker.
- The Maggia: One of the key players.
- Powered Armor: In his advanced age he wears a suit of powered armor to help him match superpowered foes. Later on, he turned himself into a cyborg.
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"Look at him. Blithely ignorant of his impending demise! Yet, when he breathes his last, I want to know who is responsible! I want him to suffer even as I've suffered—for, after too many attempts—Spencer Smythe will finally crush the Web-Slinger—forever!"
An expert in robotics, Spencer Smythe repeatedly approached J. Jonah Jameson with his Spider-Slayers, machines design to hunt down Spider-Man. Numerous humiliating defeats at Spider-Man's hands eventually caused Spencer to lose his mind, and he became obsessed with killing the hero, abandoning his scientific career in favor of a life of crime. Eventually, the toxicity of the materials used to create the Slayers caught up with Spencer, and he died after sticking an explosive shackle on Spider-Man and Jameson, which they barely escaped.
- Characterization Marches On: In his first two appearances he was more of a scientist who was doing a good deed by trying to stop Spider-Man. In the 70s, after a long absence, he was a card-carrying criminal.
- Dead Guy Junior: His son Alistair, who also fits Generation Xerox and Avenging the Villain.
- Death Trap: Before dying from cancer Spencer makes one last attempt at revenge; he puts a bomb on Spidey and Jameson's wrists.
- Evil Genius: Spencer specializes in robotics, and built a variety of machines designed to kill Spider-Man.
AKA: Alistair Alphonso Smythe
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man Annual
"For all you have done to the Smythe family. My family. And to every member of my Slayer Swarm. Everyone you ever loved—anyone foolish enough to call you friend—will find my wrath raining down upon them."
The son of Spencer Smythe, Alistair Smythe picked up where his father left off, targeting Spider-Man, Jameson, and their loved ones with his own Spider-Slayers in an attempt to avenge Spencer's death. Alistair initially worked for the Kingpin, but his vendetta resulted in him being paralyzed from the waist down. Realizing his robots were not enough, Alistair constructed a suit of Powered Armor
and called himself the Ultimate Spider-Slayer. He was defeated, but broke out of jail and continued improving the Spider-Slayer robots and his own armor. Alistair eventually assembled a group of supervillains with grudges against Spider-Man and Jameson and equipped them with advanced powered armour, succeeding in killing Jameson's wife. He was sentenced to death, but broke free with help from his Spider-Slayers. Mortally wounded by Jameson and Spider-Man, he attempted to transfer his consciousness into the latter's body, only to die discovering another supervillain
had beaten him to it.
- Avenging the Villain: His entire motivation is avenging his father Spencer's death.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: His armor was equipped with claws and arm-blades.
- Dead Guy Junior: Like his father, he's a genius at mechanical engineering.
- Grand Theft Me: Tried to pull one on Spider-Man before dying, but discovered Otto Octavius had beaten him to it.
- Powered Armor: After being crippled he built himself a suit of cybernetic armor. He later upgraded to a biomechanical version.
- Shoulders of Doom: His armor had a pair of forward-facing blades on them.
AKA: Doctor Karlin Malus
"Welcome to Hell, New York! Turns out I don't mind the heat after all, as long as I'm the one pulling the trigger. Ha ha ha! Cletus Kasady was a fool, wasting so much time on chaos..."
Growing up, Karlin Malus was fascinated by the exploits of the Fantastic Four and graduated with a degree in biology, wanting to study the science behind superpowers. Unable to get money through legal means, Karl turned to crime and set up the Institute for Supranormality Research with backing from criminal organizations. Through illegal human testing, Malus developed supersoldier serums, but his desire to experiment on an already superpowered individual went unrealized until Richard Deacon, a supervillain called the Fly, came to him looking for a power boost. Malus' experiments brought him into conflict with Jessica Drew, the first Spider-Woman, and later Captain America. Malus was eventually hired by Power Broker, Inc. to supply superhumanly strong wrestlers for the Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation. Malus complied, but he was crippled when the serum he used drove most of his subjects insane. Malus was later recruited by his old friend the Wizard, who sought his help in controlling the Carnage symbiote... by forcibly transferring it to his body and mind-controlling him. Resentful of the Wizard's trickery, Malus nevertheless was forced to become the "Superior Carnage", but lost control of the symbiote and killed Klaw, and was stripped of it and eaten by the symbiote-controlled Wizard.
For more information on him, please refer to the Venom characters
Superior Spider-Man/Spider-Man IV/Superior Venom
AKA: Doctor Otto Gunther Octavius in the body of Peter Parker
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"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.
- 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 surprising given that he's a somewhat reformed villain.
- 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.
- 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.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: Taking on the Venom symbiote causes him to lose all self-control and start ranting like a madman and become obsessed with finding any lawbreaker he can find (no matter how minor) so he can beat them up and demonstrate his superiority. This results in Peter resurfacing and convincing Ock to free himself from the Symbiote's control.
- 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.
- Go Out with a Smile: He smiles at Peter, recognizing that he's the hero New York City needs.
- Grand Theft Me: Pulled a Freaky Friday Flip on Peter after his battle with both Hobgoblins.
- Graceful Loser: In the end, Otto acknowledges Peter is the true Superior Spider-Man and willingly gives Parker his body back, even purging his memories to avoid distracting and confusing Peter.
- 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.
- Heel Realization: Finally realizes all he has done wrong and all of his flaws in the Goblin Nation arc.
- Heroic Suicide: Erases himself to allow Peter back his body to save New York in Superior Spider-Man 30.
- 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. He subverts this, though with his final actions.
- Karmic Death: A self-inflicted example. Otto put Peter down for the count for a long time by erasing him from his own mind. When he realizes that the world needs Peter, he does the same thing to himself in penance, and so that Peter won't be distracted by Octavius's extra baggage.
- 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.
- Love Redeems: Otto's love for Anna Maria leads to him giving Peter his body back in order to save her.
- 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.
- Most Definitely Not a Villain: For the most part, he doesn't act anything like either Peter or Spider-Man, although it takes a while for anyone to notice.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: His new suit has four cybernetic spider-legs, similar to Peter's old Iron Spider outfit.
- Not Quite Dead: In the Superior Spider-Man #32 and #33 SpOck is shown to somehow have been transported to the 2099 universe. He - or someone wearing his first Superior Spider-Man costume, is also prominently featured on the right side of the Spider-Verse promotional banner.
- 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.
- Redemption Equals Death: While he wasn't able to undo the damage he did to Peter's life, he did allow Peter to live to fight another day.
- 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.
AKA: Lonnie Thompson Lincoln
Debut: Web of Spider-Man
"Hammerhead isn't boss around here anymore, Robbie—pal. There's been a shift of administration—and I wanted my old high school buddy to be the first to know: New York City is Tombstone territory."
Born in Harlem, Lonnie Lincoln was bullied for his albinism, and in-turn bullied Joe "Robbie" Robertson into becoming his friend. After high school, Lonnie took to crime, becoming a thug called Tombstone. As Lonnie worked his way up the criminal underworld, Robbie took a job at the Daily Bugle
. When Tombstone murdered a New York mob boss, Robbie was terrified at the idea of confronting him, but after twenty years found the courage to testify. When Robbie confronted him, Tombstone snapped Robbie's spine, an act which brought him into conflict with Spider-Man. Breaking out of jail and abducting Robbie, Tombstone acquired superhuman abilities after being exposed to an experimental chemical, Diox-3, at an Oscorp plant during a fight with Spider-Man. Tombstone has since worked for the Kingpin and Hammerhead and has been a member of the Norman Osborn's Sinister Twelve.
AKA: Edward Charles Allan Brock
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"Me... Eddie Brock. Beating you down... like the weak-kneed little boy that you are... and then leaving you there. Broken. Knowing that any time I want... we can come back and do it again. We are gonna kill you one of these days Spider-Man... but I'll be damned if I ever let you die a hero. And even though I'm warning you, I'm gonna make sure that when it happens, it'll still be... a surprise."
The 3rd of Spider-Man's greatest foes, and among the more recent villains that became famous. Venom is essentially an evil Spider-Man with all his powers, even greater strength, and the ability to trick Peter's spider sense. Venom is easily among the more dangerous of Peter's foes. In recent times though, the man underneath the symbiote, Eddie Brock, has gone through numerous changes to become a more complex character.
When the symbiote rejected Brock, Eddie felt adrift for some time, but later dedicated himself to making amends, becoming the somewhat more heroic Anti-Venom. However, his brief stint of heroism came to an end when he was surrendered the Anti-Venom symbiote to cure New York during the 'Spider-Island'' arc and has since become the second incarnation of Toxin.
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AKA: Adrian Toomes
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"Spider-Man lacks the strength to use his powers for their greatest potential... to help a world that despises him? Seek approval from those that hate him? Its masochistic. Its pointless. Weak."
All Adrian Toomes wanted was to get rich off his inventions. However, his business partner swindled him out of the fortune that would've been his. One thing his partner didn't take from him was his ultimate invention: an electromagnetic harness that allows the user to fly. Finishing the harness, Toomes sought revenge on his ex-partner as The Vulture, but Spider-Man stopped him, leading Toomes to swearing vengeance on the hero instead.
- Badass Bookworm: Makes powered armor and goes toe to toe with Spidey.
- Bald of Evil: Toomes is an old man, but never the less a criminal.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Without his suit, he's a normal old man.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy/Only Sane Man: In the very first Sinister Six team-up, the Vulture was the only one who advocated that all six of them attack Spider-Man together, as opposed to making him fight them one at a time. After he was outvoted, and his turn did come up, he forced Spidey to remove his web-shooters before the fight ("otherwise I'll just fly away") as he knew the webs were the only reason Spidey won last time.
- Darker and Edgier: In the Mark Millar twelve-parter, his costume is black and red... and it actually works!
- A new Vulture, Jimmy Natale, has popped up that is darker and edgier like it was the 1990s again.
- Even before that, two Vultures were introduced in the 1960s and 1970s to be more formidable replacements. Adrian outlasted them both.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In 1980, he had a nephew who was loyal to him. When he was shot by a gangster they were trying to kill, he wept and then went berserk at seeing the one family member who cared about him die. Later in 2004, he learned he had a sickly grandson and went on a crime spree to pay for his treatment.
- Evil Old Folks: Toomes is a geriatric supervillain who wears a bird-themed flight suit.
- The Fagin: Post-Spider-Island, he uses children to steal for him.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Post-Spider-Island he takes to using children as a go-between for his crimes and keeps the riches for himself.
- Pet the Dog: See Even Evil Has Loved Ones.
- Powered Armor: Even his original costume qualified, but in recent decades, it has become more metallic.
- Power Parasite: Depending on the Writer, he can drain his victims' youth as a result of stealing their abilities.
- Took a Level in Badass: Post Spider-Island, he's become The Fagin whose new harness gives him limited control over gravity, giving him Flight and Super Strength.