Possibly the 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
Boomerang: Abner here was the Beetle—the original Beetle. You probably don't notice much resemblance. And yes, a while back, we were in the same crew—called ourselves the Sinister Syndicate. I like to think I've grown past it. Thing is, Abner was a piece of ☠☠☠☠ even then. Double-crossed me more than twice—but hey, at least I could respect that. A crook is a crook. Then one day, he gets himself hooked into another gang—the Thunderbolts—a bunch of costumed baddies pretending to be good guys. It was a brilliant, beautiful long con. Least it was before Abner screwed the whole thing up—by actually becoming a good guy.
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).
- Adorkable: Became more pronounced after he switched sides.
- 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.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He can come off as an overeager klutz, but is still a more than competent engineer and fighter.
- 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.
- Iconic Outfit: His second suit (the bottommost one in the image), which he wore in the 1990's, is one of his best-known looks.
- I Just Want to Be Special: After becoming a hero he's developed a dream of being an Avenger.
- The Klutz: Those wings...◊
- Nice Guy: Part of the reason his Heel-Face Turn has been accepted pretty well by the heroes; Abner may have been a crook once, but he's a sweetheart who's always looking for friends.
- No Respect Guy: While the heroes have welcomed Abner as an ally, not many of them really respect him.
- Powered Armor: As Mach the fact that his suit is cybernetic is far more noticeable.
- Religious Bruiser: Not brought up much, but after his Heel-Face Turn he apparently reconnected with his faith.
- 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 IV/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 and was even a valedictorian at Columbia Law. A flashback shows her winning a case against Matt Murdoch by hiring the Looter to cause a disturbance outside of the courthouse, which prompted Matt to hastily and weakly excuse himself from the proceedings in order to deal with it as Daredevil.
- Control Freak: She's obsessed with controlling situations and planning things out as much as possible. It would make her a decent leader if she could get others to respect her.
- 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".
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She and her father are actually very close, despite their disagreements on Janice's career choice.
- After the events of Superior Foes her and Overdrive have hooked up.
- 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.
- “Stop Having Fun” Guy: She really doesn't like it when her allies go off of her strictly made plans.
- Women Are Wiser: For what it's worth, she's the most competent member of the Superior Foes when it comes to planning.
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.
- Australian Accent:
Boomerang: Ha ha! Ta for that, mate! That was legendary! You throw like a floppin' Sheila!
Spider-Man: Shut up! You're not even making sense, you—
- 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.
- Faux Affably Evil: He can certainly make himself seem friendly and likable, but it doesn't take much to figure out that he's a dick.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: None of the other supervillains like Boomerang, and with good reason.
- 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.
- Too Dumb to Live: He's a regular human that picked fights with the Hulk on purpose, it went about as well as you expect. After Hulk badly injures him in their last fight, he stopped bothering the Hulk.
- 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 his page
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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 supervillain 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.
- Butt Monkey: While some writers, like Fred Van Lente, have attempted to reinvigorate the character and make him a creepy and credible threat, at the end of the day poor Dmitri always goes back to being a borderline Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
- 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.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted. As mentioned above he and Kraven are brothers, but neither really likes or trusts the other anymore.
- 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.
- Non-Action Guy: He's an actor, not a fighter.
- Sanity Slippage: Lost his mind in the 1990s, so the authorities started sending him to Ravencroft instead of prison.
- 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.
- Starter Villain: Spidey's first supervillain, until prequels retconned it into being Supercharger.
- 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.
Debut: The Spectacular Spider-Man
#147 (as a Demonic Hobgoblin); Web of Spider-Man
#86 (as Demogoblin)
"Come, sinners! Hiding is useless! The road to salvation can be yours... through death! I will help you find this road!"
When Jason Macendale Jr. tried to sell his soul to the demon lord N'Astirh, he was turned down but got a demon stuffed into his soul for his trouble. However, the demon proved incompatible and eventually separated into a demonic version of the Hobgoblin called the Demogoblin.
For more information on him, please refer to the Goblins
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
Doctor Octopus II/Lady Octopus
AKA: Doctor Carolyn Trainer
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
Carolyn: It's only appropriate, Dr. Octavius. You are, after all, one of the great minds of this century.
Otto: I am pleased you think so, Ms. Trainer.
Growing up, Carolyn Trainer had it drilled into her by her distant father, geneticist Seward Trainer, that science was above all else in terms of importance. As a teenager, Carolyn became smitten with Doctor Otto Octavius, a crush that developed into a full-blown obsession, one that led to her happily becoming Octavius's assistant after he became the villainous Doctor Octopus. When Ock was murdered by Kaine, a clone of Spider-Man, the distraught Carolyn honored her late mentor by following in his footsteps, becoming the new Doctor Octopus. After aiding in a ritual that brought Otto back to life, Carolyn briefly gave up the supervillain gig in order to care for him as he readjusted, afterward striking out on her own as a mercenary under the name Lady Octopus.
- Animal Motifs: She played this up more than Otto ever did.
- Bad Boss: When a minion questioned one of her plans, which could cause innumerable civilian casualties, Carolyn strangled him nearly to death.
- The Bus Came Back: Disappeared after Otto fully recovered from his death, but resurfaced years later as a Psycho for Hire in Secret War.
- Chest Insignia: A stylized octopus.
- Daddy Issues: She hates her father, which would explain her sometimes weird relationship with Otto. While her reaction to Seward's eventual death at the hands of Mendel Stromm and Norman Osborn isn't shown, she was presumably pretty happy about it, if not a little miffed that she didn't get to kill him herself.
- Distaff Counterpart/Legacy Character: It's not hard to guess for who.
- Fangirl: For Otto; a flashback to their pre-supervillain days shows her Squeeing as he gives her an autograph. Later upgraded to Monster Fangirl.
- Gold Makes Everything Shiny: As of Secret War, she has gold-colored tentacles.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Purple, red, black, brown, and everything in-between.
- Lovely Angels: With Ock's girlfriend, Stunner.
- Mecha-Mooks: Her Octo-spheres and hench-droids.
- Psycho for Hire: Became this after Otto came back to life.
- Stalker with a Crush: Was one for Otto, with a flashback depicting her as being overjoyed when Otto was forced to break up with his fiancé Mary Alice. While her relationship with him eventually seemed to become platonic, it's implied that she may have still had romantic feelings for him, as when she was helping him recover from the fractured mental state he was left in after being revived, she completely downplayed his relationships with Mary Alice and Stunner.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Seward was apparent quite neglectful, though he did do things like sing to Carolyn when she was little, and arrange the first meeting between her and her idol.
Doctor Octopus III
AKA: Lucas Carlyle
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
#43, Vol. 2
Doctor Octopus: Thief! It doesn't belong to you!
Luke: Up yours, old man!
Needing a PR man, the Nexus Corporation hired Luke Carlyle for the job, failing to look too deeply into his background, which involved a veritable ton of crimes committed under different names. Eventually, the CEO of Nexus confronted Luke about irregularities regarding his personal history, and exactly what he was doing while in the company's employ. Luke proceeded to fatally bludgeon his boss, and while contemplating what to do afterward, he realized that he could now act as the de-facto leader of Nexus, at least for a little while. Luke's first order of business was to get in touch with Doctor Octopus, under the guise of offering him a legitimate job; when Ock surprisingly showed up, Luke had him captured and studied by Nexus's scientists, who he had duplicate and upgrade Otto's technology. Sticking Otto in a slow-acting death trap (in case he needed to force more information out of him regarding his tech) Luke adorned his new armor, equipped with six mechanical tentacles, and went on a rampage, drawing the attention of Spider-Man, who reluctantly teamed-up with the escaped Doc Ock to defeat "Doctor Octopus III".
AKA: Judas Traveller
Debut: Web of Spider-Man
"You're right, of course. I'm not God. I can't catch a soul or resurrect the dead. No, I'm not God—but I'm close."
After his family was killed, psychologist Judas Traveller suffered a psychotic break, one severe enough to activate his latent mutant abilities, all of which were psychic in nature. Convinced that the illusions he could create by altering people's perception were real, Judas deluded himself into believing that he was an ancient God-like being whose purpose was to study humanity. Via the covert manipulations of Norman Osborn
, Judas took in interest in Spider-Man, who he tormented throughout The Clone Saga
- A God I Am: He became convinced he was an ancient dimension-walking entity.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Judas effortlessly defeated Carnage by ripping the symbiote right off of him.
- Evil Albino: He's a supervillain with red eyes and white hair.
- Make Way For The New Villains: In his debut issue, he messes with and intimates the Chameleon, Shriek, and Carnage.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He was a psychiatrist.
- Mutants: For all of his bluster, in the end he turned out to just be a crazy mutant who thought he could do anything due to believing his own illusions were real.
- Outside-Context Villain:
Glenn Greenberg: No one – not the writers, not the editors – seemed to know who or what the heck Judas Traveller was. He was seemingly this immensely powerful, quasi-mystical being with amazing abilities, but what was the real deal with him...? But to be honest, a character like Traveller didn't really fit into Spider-Man's world.
- Power Born of Madness: His powers were activated by a psychotic breakdown.
- Psychic Powers: He can alter peoples' perceptions of reality, read minds, and cast illusions.
- Sadistic Choice: Posed Spider-Man one: if Peter failed, the inmates of Ravencroft would all die; if he succeeded they'd be set free.
- Unwitting Pawn: He and his Host were being manipulated by Norman Osborn.
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. Fortunately his healing powers saved 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.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Why he allied with Demogoblin and Shriek.
- Bald of Evil: Seeing how his costume is actually his skin he lacks hair.
- The Berserker: It is completely feral in combat, using its fangs, claws, and razor-webbing to brutally attack its enemies.
- 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.
- Enemy Mine/Token Evil Teammate: Doppelgänger, or at least an AU version of him, can be seen in Spider-Verse fighting the Inheritors as part of the Spider Army. How the good guys convinced him to join them is a mystery.
- 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, leaving him crawling around on his numerous arms, to rather creepy effect. His legs have grown back by the time of Spider-Verse.
- Healing Factor: Presumably how he survived being mortally wounded multiple times.
- Humanoid Abomination: Doppelgänger is a living geometric pattern from another dimension that was forcefully transmuted into a monstrous copy of Spider-Man.
- I Am A Humanitarian: It 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: It is just as fast and strong as the original Spider-Man.
- Magic Enhancement: Being turned into an artificial copy of Spider-Man is apparently enough to make him qualify as a Spider-Totem.
- 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.
- A God I Am: In the video game Spider-Man II: Enter Electro he puts together an elaborate scheme to steal a device that enhances a person's bioelectricity, and uses it to become an Energy Being.
Hyper Electro: TONIGHT, ELECTRO DANCES WITH THE GOOOOOOOOOOOOODS!!!
- Bald of Evil: Possibly from the process, but he had some tufts of hair; any chance he gets, he blasts his scalp smooth.
- Bi the Way: Was once married to Norma Lynn, but was hinted to be bisexual in Marvel Knights.
- Brought Down to Normal: Spidey is able to bring him out of his Power Incontinence and brings him back down to being a normal human without letting him die.
- Dumb Muscle: Nowhere near as bad as Hydro-Man in this regard, but for someone who by all means should be an Avengers-level threat, he does an unbelievably good job at keeping himself down through a combination of a complete inability to plan ahead, a proclivity towards pointless, self-defeating grudges, a major lack of ambition, and his lack of interest in actually mastering his abilities. He's still capable of being a serious threat from time to time just by virtue of his powerset, but for the most part, he's an angry, unintelligent, petty moron who causes all of his own problems.
- Fashion-Victim Villain:
Spider-Man: Nice costume, Electro! I remember once when I was in a grade school play and I also played a flower.
- Iconic Outfit: His green-and-yellow suit with the star-shaped mask, although his latest costume makes him look similar to his Ultimate counterpart.
- Jerkass: Has developed a reputation for this. Not many villains are willing to team up with him anymore, largely because he can be a total dick when he wants to be.
- My Beloved Smother: His mother was overprotective, and didn't want him to fail when he was going out into the world.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Not because he's super tough mind you. Rather, he can't be touched while a person is still grounded since he'll zap them instantly. This means you have to be airborn to not get a shock.
- Power Creep, Power Seep: Has been powered up twice in the comics, and tends to be a LOT more powerful in adaptations.
- Power Incontinence: As he's aged his control over his abilities has waned, leading him to turn to the Tinkerer for help. It got worse after SpOck got a hold of him upping his powers to the point he couldn't control them. Spidey's able to rescue him from this and brings him down to normal.
- Psycho Electro: Especially in the Spectacular cartoon.
- Revenge Before Reason: One of his biggest flaws; Max would be a lot more successful if he could just get over his petty feud with Spider-Man.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Became an enemy of Daredevil for a while, being the first supervillain the Man Without Fear faced.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The Superior Spider-Man converts Electro's unstable body into electricity and stores him next to Sandman in his underwater facility.
- Shock and Awe: The bolt of lightning that hit him gave Max immense electrokinetic abilities.
- Stupid Evil: Petty, impulsive, unable to learn from his mistakes, rude and abrasive to the point where he regularly alienates his allies, and prone to repeating the same patterns that end the same way again and again... yeah, his main problem is that he's an idiot who never took Villain 101 but still thinks he's a big shot.
- Too Dumb to Live: He once made fun of Venom's weaknesses to sonics and fire... to Venom's face. Venom later nearly beat him death. Honestly, though, this is a big problem he has in general. He has amazingly powerful abilities and should by all means be a huge threat, but he's too stupid and myopic to be able to actually use them to their fullest potential most of the time. On the rare occasions when he does, he's every bit as terrifying as you'd expect him to be, but it doesn't happen often.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Mark Millar's Marvel Knights, it's shown how terrifying someone with electric powers would actually be.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He's a little bit more skilled than is typical for this trope, but he still barely uses one iota of his potential and never really bothers to train or expand upon what he can already do. He's still very powerful, but you wouldn't know it most of the time.
- Villain with Good Publicity: During The Gauntlet, he persuades people to rally behind him against government bailouts, arguing that he may be a crook, but he's never gone after the average man. It actually works.
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. Ero claimed to be opposed to Peter's "violation of the natural order" and tried to kill him, but was forced to retreat. It later returned in human form as "Miss Arrow" and tried to reproduce using Flash Thompson as a host. During a final confrontation, it was killed by Spider-Man, but was resurrected by Mephisto's meddling with the timestream. 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 source of their enhanced powers and an aspect of the Great Weaver.
- Back from the Dead: Mephisto's temporal meddling ensured the events of The Other occurred differently, with Peter rejecting The Other, so it chooses Kaine as its host instead.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Like Peter post-resurrection she has stingers... and is the one who bestowed this power upon him.
- Cosmic Chess Game: Ms. Arrow is annoyed when the original Mysterio, who had just come back from the dead, mentions that he knows what she really is, and that it would be in her best interest to keep both of their bosses happy.
- Cosmic Entity: The Other is a cosmic spider-entity akin to or a part of the Great Weaver, and one of the major players of the Web of Life.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: As Ms. Arrow.
- Distaff Counterpart: Similar to the Thousand, even though he was just a superpowered human and she is a supernatural entity. 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 in order to see if he is worthy of receiving its powers.
- 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: She is a manifestation of the the Other, which was the giant spider that appeared before Peter during The Other arc, and assumes this form again when resurrecting Kaine the second time.
- Greek Chorus: Ms. Arrow is a member of the "Geek Chorus" in the early version of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and is the one who shoehorned in Swiss Miss.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Ate Peter's shed skin from The Other incident to assume human form.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: It bestows its reciprocals with venomous stingers, fangs, and other monstrous abilities.
- 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 a manifestation of the totemic spider deity that gave Peter his enhanced powers.
- During J. Michael Straczynski's run, Ezekiel Sims tells Spider-Man that he got his powers from a totemic spider-deity called the Great Weaver, who spins a mystical force called the "Web of Life" that gives all the spider-themed heroes and villains their powers. Following Peter's final battle with Morlun, the Great Weaver resurrected him with augmented spider-powers. A second totemic spider-entity called Ero didn't like this and wanted to restore the natural order by killing Peter. Ero later returned in human form, calling herself "Miss Arrow", and tried to reproduce using Flash Thompson's pent up tantric energy before being killed by Spider-Man. After One More Day, Peter no longer possessed his augmented powers, which were instead given to Kaine in Spider-Island. Scarlet Spider Vol 2 #14 and Spider-Verse retconned things further by taking aspects of JMS' Great Weaver - resurrecting its avatar and giving them enhanced powers - and combining them with Ero to make "the Other"; and repackaging the rest of the Great Weaver's aspects as the "Master Weaver", who spins the Web of Life and Destiny and empowers most spider-themed heroes and villains.
- 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.
- Secret Test of Character: Scarlet Spider and Spider-Verse reveals that Ero is actually a cosmic entity and manifestation of the Other, implying that its attacks on Peter was to see if he could handle his enhanced powers.
- 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 an entity that is essentially the embodiment of the Spider side of the totem's powers, 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.
- You No Take Candle: When it first manifested, its speech was broken and stilted. As Miss Arrow and when it manifests in Peter's and Kaine's minds, it's far more eloquent.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: She tries to implant an egg sac in Flash Thompson to take advantage of his bottled up tantric energy. When Spider-Man kiboshes that plan, she decides to implant it in him instead, if only to kill him. Following the retcon, her reasons for wanting to do this become unclear.
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 full 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 totally insane 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/Goblin King II
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 Urich, 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 Kingsley, 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.
For more information on him, please refer to the Goblins
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.
- Bodyguard Crush: Implied to have had something like this towards Silvermane, back when Hammerhead was Silvio's right-hand man.
- Brooklyn Rage: Speaks with such an accent. It used to be even more extreme, with him using outdated and stereotypical Brooklyn gangster slang but he eventually grew out of that quirk.
- Disco Dan: He runs his gang in the same style of Prohibition-era gangsters, going so far as to dress in the same style and use the same style of cars, along with Thomson submachine guns.
- The Dragon: Tombstone was this for him for a while, until the point where Tombstone became an Empowered Badass Normal and decided to take over.
- 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.
- Powered Armor: He had a suit made, but it wasn't very impressive. The first time he used it, the Human Torch broke it badly. He got it fixed years later, only for Spidey to break it again.
- The Rival: He used to be this to Doctor Octopus, when Doc Ock was trying to control the New York underworld.
- Smarter Than You Look: He looks like your typical Dumb Muscle, but he's actually surprisingly clever and runs his gang efficiently.
- Suddenly Ethnicity: Despite being a walking Italian gangster stereotype, when his past is finally revealed, he turned 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.
- Villainous Friendship: Had a one-sided one with Silvermane back when they worked together.
- Weapon of Choice: Besides his metal skull, Hammerhead also likes to wield a Thompson submachine gun, to go with his "Prohibition-era gangster" theme.
AKA: Mrs. Fluffy Lumpkins
Debut: Dark Reign: The Sinister Spider-Man
While in New York, the High Evolutionary came upon a zoo hippopotamus that, despite being male, was inexplicably named Mrs. Fluffy Lumpkins. On a whim, the Evolutionary anthropomorphized the hippo, and imbued it with human-level intellect. Lumpkins, now just going by Hippo, embarked a crime spree, which ended when he had a leg eaten by Spider-Man (in actuality, the Mac Gargan Venom impersonating Spider-Man). The rest of Hippo was subsequently eaten when he allied with the Redeemer, a psychiatrist who was convinced he could rehabilitate the seemingly rogue Spider-Man. Despite the handicap of having been messily devoured, Hippo has repeatedly reappeared to bedevil the real Spidey.
- A Dog Named Dog: A hippo named Hippo.
- An Arm and a Leg: He had a leg eaten by Venom. When he was brought back, it was too.
- Ascended Extra/Breakout Villain: He keeps popping up, despite being introduced as a minor baddie who was seemingly killed off in the span of two or three issues.
- Big Fun: Fictional hippos can be funny. Anthropomorphized fictional hippos can be even more fun.
- The Brute: Unless you count being adept in water, his only power is Super Strength.
- Driven to Villainy: He wanted nice things, but since the job market is not kind to anthropomorphic hippopotamuses he had to resort to stealing to get them.
- Eaten Alive: By Venom. He got better.
- The Gambling Addict: He's among the patrons of an underground supervillain casino in a Domino-centric X-Men story.
- Heavy Hippo: Yes.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: He does badly at the casino, which prompts him to refuse to help the other villains fight the invading Domino and Daredevil, having suffered enough losses for one night.
- Nice Guy: Remarkably polite and friendly for an anthropomorphic hippo supervillain.
- The One Guy: The only male member of White Rabbit's Menagerie.
- Psycho for Hire: He was a member of the Redeemers and the Menagerie, and one of the villains Doc Ock had on speed dial.
- Retired Badass: Recently he's been trying to get out of the villain business.
- Tropaholics Anonymous: Attends Super Villains Anonymous.
This is like that scene in Fight Club
where the main guy goes to a meeting and ends up getting smothered by a huggy dude with big, sweaty manboobs. Except mine's a hippo. Big, sweaty hippo manboobs.
- Unexplained Recovery: They haven't bothered explaining how he recovered from being eaten by Venom.
- Uplifted Animal: One of the High Evolutionary's New Men.
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 Urich while looking for upgraded Goblin gear that Norman had been working on. Blackmailing Urich 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 Urich defected to the Goblin Nation, Kingsley challenged the original Green Goblin to one final duel, sending his butler in his place as the Hobgoblin.
For more information on him, please refer to the Goblins
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 sailor. 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.
- From a Single Cell: His consciousness is contained within a single water molecule, and so long as it survives it can reconstitute him by coming into contact with any body of water.
- 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.
- Shapeshifting Squick:
Gravity: *kaff* Oh, God. *kaff* Firestar, he got me, and I swallowed! Does that mean part of him's inside me? I'm gonna be sick.
- 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.
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
Spider-Man: His blood is an amalgam of every kind of cell: animal, bird, human and insect. Purest forms of DNA I've ever seen. That explains how he can go after me or anyone else Ezekiel described as a totem. My guess is that the cells break down over time and require periodic recharging from a source life-form in each category. The purer the source, the stronger the charge.
For more information on them, please refer to their page
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.
- Actually a Doombot: That Jackal that was just defeated and/or killed? Only a clone.
- Animorphism: Started out wearing a costume, then turned himself into a human/jackal hybrid.
- 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.
- Me's a Crowd: Uses entirely human clones of himself as minions.
- 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/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.
For more information on him, please refer to the Goblins
AKA: Janice Olivia Yanizeski
Debut: The Amazing Scarlet Spider
"Why take a man out when he's already down? A man bends, and you get what you want... but if a man breaks—that gets you what you need. Anyone can crush a body, but crushing a spirit... that's when you know you've really won."
The daughter of a gambling addict whom she later betrayed, Janice Yanizeski grew up being told "always have a card to play". During her college years, she claims to have had a near-death experience that convinced her to live life on the edge, and so she disappeared, resurfacing three years later as superpowered adrenaline junkie and mercenary. Initially a contestant in the Great Game, she later joined the Masters of Evil, and then was inducted into the Thunderbolts
- Bi the Way/Depraved Bisexual: Leers at the girls in a strip club, and tries to rip open a Beetle's armor while saying, "Buddha [Radioactive Man] said it's a chick in here... Just wanted to see if she was cute..."
- Blood Knight: Refers to everything as a game, and is willing to handicap herself to make fights and jobs riskier and more challenging, once radioing Hydra to tell them that she was sabotaging one their vehicles, just so they would send someone to try and stop her.
- Dark Action Girl: Is said to be about as strong as Ben Reilly, who can lift 10 Tons.
- Dating Catwoman: Had this with Phil Urich/Green Goblin IV.
- Energy Weapon: Her gauntlets can produce energy batons, which can be combined to form a staff.
- Fatal Flaw: Admits that she cannot resist being dared or challenge, no matter how stupid it would be to go along with it. Reed Richards once got her to fight alongside the Fantastic Four just by saying "I don't think you can".
Did you come to steal something? Is this a grudge-thing against Spider-Man?
Joystick: Oh, lighten up—I was pounding shots with Speed Demon and he dared me to break into your tower.
Spider-Woman: Yeah... coming from you... I actually buy that! Please... for my knuckles, if not your face—don't get up again.
Joystick: No... thing of it is... now I have to...
Spider-Woman: So that I can hit you ten more times?
Joystick: Gnnm... mostly... to show you... fftt... that I can take ten more hits...
- In Harm's Way: She really loves being a supervillain and all the challenges that come with that.
- Mysterious Past/Noodle Incident: The accident that convinced her to become a supervillain, not to mention the source of her powers and technology.
- Super Strength: Capable of one-finger push-ups◊.
- The Mole: Betrayed the Thunderbolts for the Grandmaster.
- Throwing the Fight: Purposely lost a college basketball game she had secretly bet on, angering the criminals she was in league with. To save her own skin, she sent them after her father, who she knew had a hidden cache of cash that would appease the thugs.
- Vapor Wear: Was Mugged for Disguise by Songbird, who notes that the costume does not include underwear.
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.
- Big Brother Bully: He was like this to his half-brother Dmitri when they were young, technically; Dmitri didn't know at the time they were half-brothers.
- The Beastmaster: Both he and his son Alyosha were known to use trained African great cats (and even an elephant in one case) in battles from time to time.
- 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.
- Death Seeker: Has become this after being brought back.
- 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".
- Doesn't Like Guns: Well, for most of his career, anyway. Madness made him willing to use them in worst way possible. He wasn't all-too fond of technology in general, most of the time. His son Alyosha never had any problem using a rifle, and Vladimir's arsenal was very high tech.
- 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.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Thoroughly subverted. While he and Chameleon are brothers, they really don't like one another. Kraven also doesn't treat his wife and kids very well, partly because he's understandably pissed off at them for bringing him back to life.
- 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.
- Hotblooded 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.
- The Mentally Ill: Kraven's mother fell victim to mental illness later in her life and it's been suggested that he may have inherited the illness.
- Noble Demon: Believes himself to be this. In practice, not so much.
- Really Gets Around: He's had quite a few lovers, and it shows. While Sasha is definitely Ana's mother, it's not certain whether Vladimir was her son, and Alyosha certainly wasn't. Then there was Calypso, which was a May-December Romance for Kraven. Kraven's father was the same way (Dmitri was illegitimate, which was why Kraven never told him they were brothers) and Alyosha can be worse than his dad sometimes.
- Sanity Slippage: His mother had psychosis, which Kraven inherited.
- Shout-Out: The first names of every known member of the Kravenoft family except Ana are also the names of character from The Brothers Karamazov; Word of God says this was done intentionally.
- 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.
- Even Evil Has Standards: For a long time the Lizard couldn't bring himself to harm Curt's son Billy. Tragically he eventually lost this moral and murdered Billy in a desperate (and successful) attempt to gain complete control of Curt's body.
- 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.
- Gone Horribly Right: The Lizard murdered Billy in order to take full control of Curt's body. This worked, but the Lizard was left with crippling guilt afterwards.
- 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.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The Lizard has fallen into this after he killed Billy.
- 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.
Menace/Grey Goblin II/Queen Cat
AKA: Lily Hollister
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #545; The Amazing Spider-Man #550 (as Menace); AXIS: Hobgoblin #2 (as Queen Cat)
For more information on her, please refer to the Goblins
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.
- Cutlex Luthor A Check: Played with. He's extremely wealthy in his civilian identity, but as a criminal, he mostly doesn't take advantage of his ability to grant superpowers (although in The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, he does send ninjas after Overdrive for violating his intellectual property by using superpowers granted by Negative without Negative's permission).
- 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.
- Nice Guy: Martin Li is one of the nicest people around. Mr. Negative on the other hand is a complete sociopath.
- 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 Empowering: One of his main abilities, whether used for corrupting people or empowering his mooks (i.e. granting invulnerability and giving Overdrive his powers). He also accidentally did this to Eddie Brock.
- 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.
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.
- Affably Evil: Can come off as very likable and snarky at times. On the other hand...
- Faux Affably Evil: It's not really a good idea to push him. He once nearly drove Spider-Man into irreversible madness.
- 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.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He enjoys being a supervillain and it shows.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Justified. Mysterio could easily reforge his career as a special effects guy and make millions if he really wanted to, but he likes being a bad guy far more than he ever liked his old job.
- Distaff Counterpart: His cousin, Maguire, though she committed crimes as a Jack O' Lantern instead of as a female Mysterio.
- 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.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Special effects wizardry may not sound like that great of a supervillain gimmick, but Mysterio's shown time and time again that it can downright deadly in the right hands. One famous issue had him use his effects to nearly push Spidey into a nervous breakdown.
- 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.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Mysterio's rather ridiculous costume and his somewhat weak premise (he's a glorified stage magician with a lot of gadgets) can make him seem like something of a C-Lister, but every now and then he'll be the go-to guy for doing something unexpectedly big to someone else. Such events include Kevin Smith's Daredevil storyline, where a then-dying Mysterio decided to try and drive Daredevil crazy with a ridiculously convoluted scheme because at the time Ben Reilley was Spider-Man, and the dying Mysterio wanted a grand exit and felt it would be wasted on Reiley, who Mysterio had subconsciously picked up was not the original Spider-Man and Using a robot avatar to invade the Ultimate Marvel universe and kill Ultimate Wilson Fisk, not to mention the Bad Future What If? Wolverine storyline Old Man Logan, where Mysterio's mastery of special effects reached Game Breaker levels, in that he was able to manipulate Wolverine, he of the incredible senses and huge amounts of experience with having his head screwed with, into going absolutely crazy and slaughtering the entire X-Men team thinking they were his enemies coming in for a final battle. Not bad for a guy with a fishbowl for a head.
- 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.
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man: Swing Shift
"Because that moment, I realized—the world is my getaway vehicle!"
Introduced as a minion of Mr. Negative and later appearing as one of the (five member) Sinister Six of The Superior Foes of Spider-Man
, Overdrive was empowered by his boss with "nanobacteria"
and has the power to transform any vehicle at will, a power well suited to his skills as a motorist
. Overdrive is a rather incompetent supervillain who happens to be a major superhero fanboy
, and he actually sought superpowers and pursued supervillainy as part of a Xanatos Roulette
to fight the Avengers and impress them with his skills so that later on, when he pulled a Heel-Face Turn
, he'd be welcomed onto the team. Needless to say, this didn't work, and Overdrive is stuck in the role of getawayman/mook.
- Affably Evil: Overdrive is a really nice and friendly guy despite being a villain. Depending on how you look at it, the fact that he only got into supervillainy as part of a plan to become a superhero either shows that Overdrive isn't a villain at all or proves he's a bad person.
- Badass Driver: In addition to his powers, Overdrive is very skilled at operating a range of vehicles.
- The Charmer: Described by Boomerang as a "pretty boy", Overdrive is good-looking and friendly and is introduced in Superior Foes sitting at a table with an attractive woman on either side of him. In the same series, Janice/Beetle is attracted to his good looks, cool car, and badass driving skills. However, things turn out in a way that emphasize that Overdrive is a loser (see The Loins Sleep Tonight).
- Crippling Overspecialization: While Overdrive is very skilled at using his powers on vehicles, they only work on vehicles and has no other skills to speak of, which makes him useless in circumstances where there are no vehicles around.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He and Beetle are in a committed relationship.
- Genre Savvy: Overdrive's plan to become a superhero runs on this with a dose of Cringe Comedy (since his plans don't work due to Reality Ensues). Being aware of typical origin stories, Overdrive attempts to gain powers by doing things like being bitten by a radioactive spider, drinking dangerous chemicals, and zapping himself with gamma radiation. Once empowered by Mr. Negative, Overdrive hatches a plan to start as a villain so he will be welcomed into the hero community once he makes a Heel-Face Turn. Not only does Overdrive note that many former villains became superheroes, he actually uses the term "face turn".
- The Loins Sleep Tonight: Overdrive is impotent for some time after using his powers. Conversely, after having sex, he needs to wait for a bit before being able to use his powers again.
- Loony Fan: In their first encounter, Spidey is creeped out to discover Overdrive's car is filled with pictures of him. Similarly, Luke Cage is weirded out when he shows up to stop the Sinister Six and Overdrive starts fanboying him.
- Man Child: Despite his charmer appearance and persona, he's pretty childish at times.
- Nanomachines: His "nanobacteria" allows him to alter vehicles at will.
- Personality Powers: A likely example of this given the combination of Overdrive's obsession with vehicles and corresponding restriction on his power to vehicles.
- Reality Warper: A low-level example of this, as while Overdrive can only manipulate a select type of object, his powers allow him to alter matter he touches. For example, he's able to turn a small, non-motorized cart into a gigantic motorized backhoe.
- Required Secondary Powers: He and Speed Demon discuss the trope in terms of defying Flying Brick. Noting the norm of a superpower coming with additional perks like super strength and durability, the two note how that isn't true for either of them. Overdrive is worried that a hero (specifically The Incredible Hercules) will assume that because Overdrive has one superpower, he must have others, and will kill him with a single punch.
- Technopath: One aspect of Overdrive's powers involves controlling vehicles, although he goes beyond technopathy since he can also alter vehicles and create more matter than initially existed.
- Token Good Teammate: For Boomerang's Sinister Six and Spidey's rogues gallery in general.
- Villainy-Free Villain: Although he participates in crime as a mook, for the most part, Overdrive doesn't do anything evil. Probably his worst act is how in Superior Foes he helps the team bury Shocker alive for supposed treachery.
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 Princess and the other 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.
- Sex Is Violence:
Queen: (while beating Agent Venom): Still, a smidgen too impudent. Better—humble. So much sexier this way, soldier. There's intimacy to taking a life. To be the last face a man will ever see. The closest bond two people can share. It's arousing. This gets me purring, gets me revved up more than taking over the entire city did. To mount you. To dominate you. To be the last woman you'll ever touch...
- 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.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: A dark variant. When she makes the decision to have Spider-Man serve as her "mate" she's made the decision to turn him into a giant spider monster that would serve as a living egg sac for her offspring. It was a small miracle he survived and returned to normal.
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", which became his official name in the Ultimate continuity. 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.
- Anti-Hero: Originally a full villain, but these days he's this.
- Blob Monster: Can become soft sand or hard rock.
- Book Dumb: Not very well educated but he can be clever in a pinch.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Eventually revealed to be the main reason the Heel-Face Turn didn't stick; his old partner, the Wizard, used a device to turn him back into a criminal.
- The Brute: Frequently employed purely for the fact he can turn his hands into sledgehammers.
- Distaff Counterpart: Quicksand.
- Elemental Shapeshifter: Of the Dishing Out Dirt variety.
- Enemy Mine: Teamed up with Spidey a few times, once concerning his father in Friendly Neighborhood.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Keemia, as of Brand New Day - they're not actually related, but she thinks of him as a dad. Even before he met her there's his parents, whom he deeply loves.
- Friendly Enemy: Has teamed up with Spider-Man in the past.
- From a Single Cell: Similar to Hydro-Man, his mind is contained within a single grain of sand, which can bring him back if it survives and is exposed to more sand.
- Glass Cannon: Nearly impossible to hurt, but if you bring water or fire into the mix...
- Heel-Face Turn: For most of the 1980s and 1990s. And later more of a Heel-Face Revolving Door
- Jerkass: Or...
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Depends on the writer.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Mostly of injustice but he did try to go straight for a time.
- Logical Weakness: He can be turned to mud or glass by water or extreme heat.
- Me's a Crowd: He seems to have taken a page from Agent Smith: the drawback is that his different bodies can act out subconscious urges without him even being aware of it.
- Noble Demon: Pretty nice and reasonable when you get to know him, and very caring towards his family even when he's playing the bad guy.
- Parental Substitute: Towards Keemia, who views him as her adoptive father.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: After Spider-Man, he fought The FF and Hulk in the 1970s.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Spider-Man: Chapter One retconned him into being Norman Osborn's cousin as a way of explaining their similar hairstyles. This was quickly rendered Canon Discontinuity, but was mentioned in the walkthrough guide for Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can freely transform his body.
- Weaksauce Weakness: First defeated by a power vacuum. Water can really slow him down, and intense heat turns him to glass.
Scorpion/Venom III/"Sinister" Spider-Man III
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.
For more information on his time as Venom, please refer to Venom
page, and the adjoining characters
- 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.
- Blood Knight: Money is possibly the only thing he likes more than fighting.
- The Brute: As both the Scorpion and Venom, he is a physical powerhouse but not exactly smart.
- 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.
- Clingy Costume: For some time, Mac was unable to take off his Powered Armor. While this was initially stated to be the work of Mac's Sanity Slippage, Abe Jenkins later reveals the armor really was bonded to him, and without it or the symbiote the genetic defects caused by the procedure that gave him his powers started to kill him.
- 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.
- Combat Sadomasochist: As mentioned in that quote above, he enjoys inflicting pain on others.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: That outfit of his is bonded to him and the genetic alterations he underwent mean that he needs it to live. It's done quite a number on his mental state.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially when he impersonates Spider-Man.
- Distaff Counterpart: Scorpia.
- Emergency Transformation: The procedure that gave Gargan his powers destabilized his genes, and without his armor or the symbiote his body slowly starts shutting down on him.
- 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. Going by comments he made towards Jameson after becoming the Scorpion again, he may not be completely over it.
- Manipulative Bastard: Briefly went AWOL from the Dark Avengers and set up a gang war For the Evulz.
- Mundane Utility: He's used his tail as a can opener, among other things.
- Next Tier Powerup: Ever since he returned to being the Scorpion, Mac's been equipping himself with increasingly advanced suits of Powered Armor.
- Not Quite Dead: Had his lower jaw ripped off by Otto Octavius, but was later shown to have survived. He also appears to have regrown it as of Spider-Man 2099.
- 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.
- Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: When Mac meets Spider-Man 2099, he assumes Miguel is Peter in a new costume and naturally tries to kill him.
- 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, though Abe Jenkins later reveals he really was trapped in the armor. Being bonded to the Venom symbiote didn't help, although Gargan adjusted and came to relish its bloodlust.
- Would Hurt a Child: When fighting Spider-Man 2099, Mac threatens to kill a child to draw Miguel out.
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
Vol. 2 #46
"Little spider... little man... does not understand... Shathra does not tire, does not stop. Shathra can play with the spider forever. But sooner or later, the man in the spider has to sleep. Then Shathra will take the spider. Take the man. Take everyone and everything he has ever loved. We are natural enemies. I will never go away. Will the spider play... until death?"
After having Doctor Strange
send him to the Astral Plane in order to fight a new supervillain named Shade, Spider-Man made the mistake of straying from the path
, which led to him encountering the Great Weaver
, and being detected by Shathra. The avatar of the spider wasps, Shathra decided that Spidey would make the perfect meal for herself and her offspring, and thus she followed him back to Earth. Shathra was seemingly killed when Spider-Man lured her to the Great Weaver's temple and she was eaten by the spider-god, but she was resurrected to target Kaine, and was killed by his Other form.
AKA: Herman Schultz
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"No! I said, no! You think you can come here and just give orders—you think—you all think—I'm some kind of loser, someone you can just push around whenever you feel like it! Well that's not how it's gonna be anymore! I came here to get mine and I'm not leaving until I do! One way or another, you're all gonna learn—don't mock the Shocker!◊"
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 only person that seems to give him any respect is The Hood.
- The Chew Toy: Is a C-list villain who is rarely taken seriously anymore. In his case, he doesn't particularly mind his reputation as long as it keeps other heroes off his back.
- Clothes Make the Superman: His gauntlets and insulated suit are what give him his powers, especially later reiterations of the suit; Schultz redesigns his equipment regularly, and after working with minor X-men villain Unus the Untouchable, he got the idea to insert "contact plates", which trigger sharp bursts of pressure on detecting impact. This deflects physical strikes, makes him very difficult to get a grip on, and makes his physical attacks extra powerful due to trip-hammer vibration.
- Consummate Professional: Arguably the most professional of the Spider-Man rogues.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may not seem like much, but he's a skilled fighter, engineer, and a veteran supervillain. Shocker actually exploits this; if nobody takes you seriously, than you have the element of surprise and aren't being actively targeted by the heroes.
- 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.
- Nice Guy: Known for being very affable and friendly when off the clock.
- No Respect Guy: Not many people take him as seriously as they probably should. Shocker doesn't mind, as it means he doesn't end up as a target for bigger superheroes like the Avengers or psycho vigilantes like the Punisher.
- Pragmatic Villainy: A big part of his character. He has a very businesslike approach to his work, which means that he avoids holding or acting on grudges (because they cut into his profit margins and also tend to lead to his acting in ways that are very self-defeating), keeps a low profile (because making too big a name for yourself tends to put you on the Punisher's radar), and sticks to activities that are relatively low-risk and have good returns.
- 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.
- Only Sane Man: For Spidey's rogues gallery in general.
- 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
"Look at what your star patient's done, doctor! Look at the madness I've spread! You said you wanted me to reach my full potential, look what I'm capable of! Look! They're just getting warmed up... they haven't boiled over into murderers yet. Open your eyes! It'll be beautiful when it happens."
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.
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.
- Cool Old Guy: Subverted. Since he fell out of the business he's developed a nostalgic reputation for being New York's last good don, but according to Boomerang he's actually a cranky old jerk who nobody except Hammerhead liked.
- 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 later found by 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.
AKA: James Sanders
Debut: The Avengers
"Pushing my buttons, risky move, considering I can break the speed of sound on one leg."
A chemist granted super-speed by the Grandmaster, James Sanders used his powers for criminal ends, both solo and as a part of various villain teams. Starting out as the Whizzer, he later changed his nom de guerre to the slightly less embarrassing Speed Demon.
- Abusive Parents: According to him, his mother sold his dog for drug money.
- Dirty Coward: When danger breaks out, there's a good chance that Speed Demon will run.
- Evil Knock Off: Of the heroic Whizzer from the Squadron Supreme Universe.
- Freudian Excuse: It's implied that his mom was a real asshole.
- Jerkass: Kind of comes with the territory, but Speed Demon is still a jackass. He spent a good portion of The Deadly Foes of Spider-Man limited series trying to hit on Boomerang's girlfriend, even when Boomerang was in jail.
- Man Child: Tends to throw childish fits when he doesn't get his way and acts incredibly immature at times, once getting into a petty argument with a little girl.
- Miles Gloriosus: He talks big, but he's always the first person to run for the hills when fights start.
- Pet the Dog: In Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Speed Demon ends up growing attached to a puppy he stole from a girl. When said girl's family put a reward for the puppy's return, he reluctantly returned the dog, but not before making sure that the dog is well-supplied.
- Poke the Poodle: A lot of his crimes come off as this.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Started out fighting The Avengers and The Defenders, before moving into Spidey's Rogues Gallery.
- Sinister Shades: The goggles on his outfit.
- Sore Loser: Tends to throw fits over being one-upped.
- Super Speed: Obviously.
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 1970s, 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.
- Killed Off for Real: Most likely due to cancer.
- Robot Master: A variation, in that none of his robots possessed AIs, instead being either piloted or controlled remotely.
- Sanity Slippage: The material he used to create the Spider-Slayers rendered him mentally and physically frail, and made him believe (among other things) that Jonah "forced" him to create the Slayers.
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.
- Killed Off for Real: At the hands of the Superior Spider-Man.
- 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: Donald "Don" Callahan
Debut: Peter Parker: Spider-Man
Vol. 2, #16
"Like ink, Spider-Man? That is exactly what it is. Courtesy of... the Squid!"
After his wife died, "Big" Mike Callahan channeled his grief into his business, causing him to neglect his troubled son, Donald. Don soon fell in with bad crowds, eventually working his way up to becoming a member of a criminal syndicate which mutated him and his girlfriend, Laura, into the Squid and Ms. Fortune, respectively. In their first outing as members of the Wicked Brigade, Squid and Ms. Fortune were soundly beaten by Spider-Man, which caused Laura to retire, and dump Don. Undeterred by this, his humiliating defeat by the webhead, and subsequent reconciliation with his father, Don continued his supervillain activities, sometimes working solo, but most often offering his services to bigwigs like the Hood, or the Owl.
- Animal Motifs: He named his gang "the Tentacles".
- Bullying a Dragon: While holding hostages after a botched robbery, Squid picks a fight with Carnage. Fortunately for him, Cletus was feeling very merciful.
- Combat Tentacles: He has four prehensile tentacles protruding from his back.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: A lot of people think he's a wuss, but Squid's actually killed people before and can be surprisingly dangerous in combat when he wants to be.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Always finds himself on the receiving end of these, which is why he's never taken seriously.
- Large Ham: Really likes yelling "... the Squid!"
- Legacy Character: He's so looked down upon that Roderick Kingsley enfranchised his identity despite Callahan still being alive.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: He can turn into a mouthless, green anthropomorphic squid-creature that squirts foul-smelling ink from his hands and tentacles.
- Only in It for the Money: He doesn't have big ambitions; he just goes in, gets his money, and gets out.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He's killed several people, a few in just plain disgusting ways, yet is still regarded as a joke by many.
- Rubber Hose Limbs: In his squid form he either has no bones or is very flexible, enough to travel through plumbing.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: He can shift from human to cephalopod form at will, though this isn't brought up much.
- Unholy Matrimony: Used to be in a committed relationship with Ms. Fortune, but they split up when she wanted to retire while he wanted to continue being a supervillain.
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 Carnage
page, and the adjoining characters
"Superior" Spider-Man IV/Superior Venom
AKA: Doctor Otto Gunther Octavius in the body of Peter Benjamin 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.
- Notably 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. While he becomes increasingly antagonistic and arrogant, he believes he's doing it for the good of the city (and his ego). When he ultimately realizes he's been doing more harm than good, he sacrifices himself to give Peter his body back.
- 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.
- But He Sounds Handsome: Whenever Doctor Octopus is brought up.
- 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.
- 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.
- When Peter successfully trounces him during their fight in Spider-Verse, Otto admits defeat with begrudging acceptance.
- 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 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. The symbiote quickly undermines his control and turns the tables on him fairly quickly, though.
- Hypocritical Humor: In Spider-Verse, when Otto and Peter face off for the final time, Otto sneers at Peter for ganging up on him with Spider-Girl and Spider-Woman. Peter is quick to point out he has no right to judge, since he founded the Sinister Six with the same intent in mind.
- I Hate Past Me: When they come face to face in Spider-Verse, Otto assumes Peter is from before his Grand Theft Me and mocks him lacking the ruthlessness to kill his enemies. Peter responds by punching him in the nose, then beats him by surrendering and telling SpOck to prove his superiority by killing him.
- 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.
- Kill the God: In order to stop the Inheritors, Otto kills the Master Weaver.
- Large Ham: Good gravy, just look at the quote.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Getting sent back to Earth-616 erased his memories of the events of Spider-Verse.
- 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 have been transported to the 2099 universe, though this takes place during his fight with Spider-Man 2099.
- 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.
- Sanity Slippage: After retuning from being time-warped, Otto becomes more brutal and totalitarian than ever. This is because while fighting the Inheritors, he learns that Peter will eventually regain control of his body.
- Screw Destiny: When Otto figures out that Peter is going to get his body back in Spider-Verse, he tries to destroy the Web of Life thinking it will free him from his fate.
- 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.
- Would Hurt a Child: Otto tries to stab Spider-Girl when she tries to stop him from destroying the Web of Life.
AKA: Anton Miguel Rodriguez
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"And no one can survive the Tarantula's sting!"
Going from anti-government revolutionary to brutal enforcer for the the same regime he fought against, the man known as Tarantula eventually fled his home country of Delvadia
altogether to become a mercenary in the U.S.A. Lacking any actual superpowers, Rodriguez relied on his martial arts skills and a pair of nasty boots that ended in steel spikes.
- Armed Legs: His trademark weapon are his spiked boots. Said spikes can be coated with various poisons if Tarantula feels like it.
- Badass Normal: He had no actual superpowers until he was transformed into a monster.
- Banana Republic: Delvadia, where Rodriguez hails from.
- Blood Knight: He went from a revolutionary to a despotic goon to an assassin.
- Body Horror: His transformation into a Man-Spider. No wonder he committed Suicide by Cop in response.
- Driven to Suicide: His ultimate fate.
- Evil Counterpart: "Tarantula" was a title assigned to him by the government, and was intended to be the Delvadian equivalent to Captain America.
- Evil Knockoff: Later in his career, Rodriguez tried to gain powers similar to Spidey's. Look at Giant Spider to see how that ended up.
- Extremity Extremist: Almost all of Tarantula's fighting style relied on kicking with his spiked boots.
- Everyone Has Standards: What led to him being kicked out of his revolutionary group. While the other members of the group regularly used violence and murder to advance their cause, Rodriguez's lust for violence was so extreme it endangered the rest of the group. As a result, he was forced out.
- Giant Spider: A botched experiment intended to give Rodriguez powers similar to Spider-Man's resulted in him mutating into a giant spider-monster.
- Legacy Character: Various individuals have utilized his costume and/or moniker, including Jacinda Rodriquez, Luis Alvarez, Maria Vasquez, an unnamed individual, and Kaine Parker.
- Mistaken for Gay: He had a daughter named Jacinda, who tried to follow in his footsteps, and teamed-up with the daughter of Batroc the Leaper. Their existence came as a shock to the Taskmaster.
Taskmaster: Listen, I knew both your both fathers, and I must say, with all due respect to those brave and talented men... you cannot imagine my surprise at finding out they were heterosexual.
- Psycho for Hire: He was a sadistic mercenary who sold his talents.
- Smug Snake: Rodriguez always had more cruelty and confidence that actual skill, and (barring a few lucky breaks) could never really stand up to Spider-Man in a straight fight. A particularly humiliating defeat left him looking to enhance his powers, which ultimately lead to his doom.
- Suicide by Cop: Horrified by his worsening transformation into a Man-Spider, Anton threw himself at a police barricade, and was riddled with bullets.
- Turncoat: After leaving the rebel group, Rodriguez joined up with the government forces, and took great pleasure in hunting down and killing his former partners.
- Weapon of Choice: Again, his spiky shoes.
AKA: Carl King
Debut: Spider-Man's Tangled Web
"Everything. I wanted what you had for myself, Parker. The things I could do with it... with power like that... but what I got was different. Something better, Parker. Something worse. Something that could live inside, that could liquefy the innards of a man and walk the Earth within his hollow shell... something that could watch. And wait. And fester."
A merciless bully, Carl King's favorite pastime was torturing Peter Parker. On the fateful day Peter was bitten by the mystical/irradiated spider, Carl witnessed his favorite punching bag instinctively use the abilities the spider gave him to avoid a car; Carl subsequently took to stalking Peter, who went on to become Spider-Man. Envious of Spider-Man's powers, Carl attempted to replicate them by stealing and eating the spider, which had been kept for study after dying. Instead of granting Carl arachnid-based abilities, the spider caused the thuggish youth to gradually metamorphose into a swarm of spiders, which could devour the innards of others and wear their skin like a suit. Laying low for years in order to master and strengthen his new form, Carl eventually went after Peter, intending to kill and replace him as Spider-Man.
- Animalistic Abomination: Notable in that he used to be human.
- Body Horror: His powers embody this trope.
- Didn't Think This Through: "Once I saw what your accident did for you, I figured being bitten by a radioactive spider was the way to go. I had all kinds of ideas in mind. It was only when I broke into the exhibition building that I realized I didn't have the first clue how to irradiate a spider—and even though they'd kept your little pal to study, he was in no shape to bite anyone... which left Plan B."
- Disposable Vagrant: His main source of nourishment.
- Evil Counterpart: To Flash Thompson, who does not appear in the story. Both bullied Peter, but while Flash did so due to his troubled home life and own insecurities, Carl did it simply because he was sadistic sociopath. Both idolized and wanted to be like Spider-Man, and while Flash looks back on his time as a bully with embarrassment and shame, Carl revels in the memories of his past misdeeds.
- Fat Bastard: As Carl, and Peter's landlord Mr. Ambrose.
- Giant Spider: The main spider is about the size of a human head.
- High Voltage Death: Spider-Man electrocutes him, reducing the Thousand to the One. While swearing vengeance, the remaining spider is stepped on by an oblivious passerby.
- Hive Mind: A single mind in one-thousand little bodies.
- I Can't Sense Their Presence: He's immune to the Spider-Sense.
- Kill and Replace: His plan for Spider-Man.
- Madness Mantra: "It should have been me!"
- Meta Origin: Ever wonder about what happened to the spider that bit Peter?
- The Paralyzer: His bite can temporarily immobilize others.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The spiders.
- Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Except he never did grow up, physically or mentality.
- Self-Made Orphan: After becoming the Thousand, he crosses the Moral Event Horizon by murdering his own parents.
- Undignified Death: As mentioned above, he ended up being killed by a random guy stepping on his last spider.
- Would Hurt a Child: He willingly admits to Spider-Man that some of his victims have been children. Far from the only atrocity he admits to in the long-winded account of his past.
- The Worm That Walks: His true form is a swarm of a thousand of normal-sized spiders and one big one; he wears the skin of anyone he kills, after devouring their insides.
AKA: Phineas Mason
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man
"How many times have I told you? No costumes through the front door! I swear, Goblin, if I have to change shops again—"
A technological genius, the elderly Phineas Mason serves the underworld as the Tinkerer, creating and repairing the gear of innumerable supervillains. Preferring to remain in the background, the Tinkerer rarely commits or becomes involved in schemes that will bring him into direct conflict with superheroes and the authorities.
- Auction of Evil: He holds these, and sold the Venom symbiote at one.
- Car Fu: After being hired by The Kingpin to kill Spider-Man, he tried to do it by weaponizing and remotely controlling the Spider-Mobile.
- Cool Old Guy: If you keep on his good side.
- Cruel Mercy: The Punisher let him off "light" by damaging his spine, leaving him confined to a wheelchair for a few months.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: It was revealed in Secret War that he was being paid to create supervillains by Latveria, as a means of causing mayhem in the United States. He also does legitimate repair work for people's appliances and electronics in his spare time, and is willing to help almost anyone who pays him, including the government and heroes like Black Cat.
- Deadpan Snarker/Grumpy Old Man: Tact is not one of his strongpoints.
- The Dragon: For a while, he had one known as Toy, a Scary Black Man who turned out to be Just a Machine.
- Enemy Mine: After his son was infected by the Carrion virus, Phineas helped Spider-Man work on a cure for the disease.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He deeply cares for his family, and wept when Toy was destroyed by Spider-Man.
Tinkerer: Don't go away Toy—I need you! Friends don't leave each other! If you go away, I'll be all alone... I don't want to be alone... I don't want to be alone...
- Even Evil Has Standards: He usually abhors killing, regarding it as an absolute last resort. After accidentally shooting a couple he irrationally blamed for his son's supposed death, Phineas resuscitated the husband, but was unable to save the wife. When the man, who had become a supernatural vigilante known as the Judge, tried to get even, his powers failed to work on the Tinkerer because Phineas was genuinely wracked with guilt and remorse over what he had done.
- Evil Old Folks: He appears to be about the same age as the Vulture, who he debuted alongside.
- Gadgeteer Genius: A premier one of the Marvel Universe. Since he cobbles most of his inventions together from scraps and junk, he has a fairly low overhead and thus is a go-to guy for the budget conscious super-villain.
- Genre Savvy: All of his inventions have fail safes that render them incapable of being used against him, preventing Ballistic Discounts.
- Heel Face Door Slam: He was arrested and imprisoned in the Negative Zone during the Civil War... despite being in retirement, which he promptly came out of.
Tinkerer: When I was arrested for not being registered, I was committing the unforgivable crime of taking my grandchildren out for ice cream. When I tried telling the gestapo that I had retired from tinkering after that so-called Secret War, they accused me of rabble-rousing and dragged me to this hellhole without due process. I've been in this jail your friend and leader designed ever since.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: About the only time it surfaces is if the situation involves someone close to him.
- My Little Panzer: Destructive toys are among the objects in his arsenal.
- Scooby-Doo Hoax: In his first appearance he was working alongside extraterrestrials, and was implied to be one of them. Years later it was revealed that the "aliens" were just men (including a pre-Mysterio Quentin Beck) in costumes.
- Token Motivational Nemesis: Was this for the Judge, being the one who killed him and his wife.
- Villainous Breakdown: After the deaths of his son (who was retconned into still being alive in a later story) and one of his grandchildren, he lost the will to live, but was snapped out of it by Franklin Richards.
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.
- Adaptational Badass: In most continuities, he's a brutal thug who does other people's dirty work. He assumes the role of the Kingpin in Spectacular due to legal issues (and it works).
- Badass Normal: His original role in the comics.
- The Bully: He's was one in high school, and never grew out of it, all his life never thinking twice before taking advantage of someone weaker than himself. He has somewhat of a Freudian Excuse, however, being an albino born to black parents in Harlem; his childhood wasn't very pleasant.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's actually very close to his daughter, even if he objects to her desire to be a supervillain (instead encouraging her to be an Amoral Attorney).
- Evil Albino/Scary Black Man: Yes, he's both. One official at the Raft made a bad joke about this when Tombstone was sent there, saying he was "grey" after a doctor explained it.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: He often whispers when he talks, mostly in the comics. Whether he does it intentionally or whether he can't speak up for some physical reason seems to be Depending on the Writer.
- Faux Affably Evil: He was like this originally, especially when dealing with his "friend" Joe Robertson. After calling it "quits" between them, he dropped the act.
- Good Parents: As far as supervillains go, Tombstone was for the most part a great father towards Janice, even though he was also a horrible influence.
- Papa Wolf: To his daughter Janice, AKA Beetle II.
- Professional Killer: His job in his earliest appearances. He tended to broaden his repertoire as a villain later.
- Scary Teeth: Lonnie files his down to shark-like points.
- The Starscream: He once worked for Hammerhead, and decided to take over shortly after becoming an Empowered Badass Normal; it didn't last long, but he came back later and took over Hammerhead's gang by force a second time. Lasted a little longer that time, but not by much.
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 third 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.
- Badass Grandpa: The guy is also positively ancient and is one of Spider-Man's oldest opponents.
- Bald of Evil: Toomes is an old man, but never the less a criminal.
- Berserk Button: Being copied, even if Toomes himself was the one who gave the rip-offs their knowledge and gear.
- 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 Cannot Comprehend Good: See quote.
- 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.
- Grumpy Old Man: His default mood.
- 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.