Characters: Spider-Man: Schoolmates
This page is for all of Peter's buddies from High School and College.
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"Agent" Venom IV
AKA: Colonel Eugene "Flash" Thompson
Debut: Amazing Fantasy #15
"Flash" was a bully at Peter's high school, and thus "Puny Parker" often was the target of his abuse. However, once he became Spider-Man, Peter began standing up to Flash. Ironically, Flash was always a big fan of the wall-crawler. After high school, the two went their separate ways, with Flash joining the army. His time there mellowed him out considerably. So much so, that by the time he saw Peter again, the two realized they had more in common than they thought, and soon even became friends. They even ended up teaching at their old high school together. Peter taught science, while Flash taught gym.
For a more focused look on him as Venom IV there's his part of the Venom Character page
- Ascended Fanboy: Lampshaded when he gets the Venom suit. He shoots webs and wall crawls, shouting "I'm Spider-Man!" They correct him that he's actually the new Venom, and then he whines that some other super-heroes are Legacy Characters and he wanted to be one.
- Badass Normal: Well, he didn't earn his rank as Corporal in the U.S. Army on looks...
- Big Fan of My Alter-Ego: Even in the earliest stories, he was a huge fan of Spider-Man and was as committed to defending him as he was to giving Peter Parker a hard time.
- Blonde Guys Are Evil: Well, a big jerk... in high school. Grew out of it later and became one of Pete's best friends.
- Character Development: He grew from being a Jerk Jock, to Jerk with a Heart of Gold, to one of Peter's closest friends in his adult life.
- Embarrassing First Name
- Hidden Depths: Back in the high school days he once admitted that it was he that started a fight with Parker, after Parker got caught fighting.
- Irony: Picked on Peter in high school, but was Spidey's biggest fan.
- Jerk Jock —> Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Redeeming Replacement: The fourth Venom is a gun-toting military operative who looks like he takes fashion tips from the Punisher - but he's still a fanboy at heart. He even refused to kill Cletus during Carnage USA because he knew he'd have to answer to Spider-Man afterwards. "I know it's silly, but I'm kind of a fan."
- Superpowered Evil Side: Must be careful not to get angry while wearing the Venom symbiote.
AKA: Sally Avril
Debut: Amazing Fantasy #15
A childhood friend of Peter Parker, Sally drifted away from him by the time they began attending Midtown High, becoming one of the many who regarded him as a nerdy loser. When The Daily Bugle
offered a reward of $1,000 to whoever could uncover the identity of the new superhero Spider-Man, Sally and her friend Jason began trailing the webslinger, which surprisingly resulted in them helping him defeat Electro and Doctor Winkler. This taste of heroism prompted Sally to try and become a crime-fighter herself, using her award-winning gymnastics skills and (barely functional) gadgets as the Bluebird. Sally tried to become Spider-Man's sidekick and photographer, but only succeeding in getting in his way, even inadvertently botching his attempt to capture Electro and the Eel; in a desperate bid to try and dissuade Sally from continuing to put herself and Jason in danger by playing vigilante, Spidey reluctantly allowed one of Black Knight's minions to hit her a few times. While this, and a stern lecture Spider-Man subsequently gave her, stymied Sally's enthusiasm for heroics, she was still determined to act out her secondary goal of taking pictures of Spidey, which led to tragedy when she, while trying to get photos of Spider-Man's aerial battle with Black Knight, forced Jason to drive recklessly, causing a fatal crash.
- Ascended Extra: A bit-parter in Amazing Fantasy #15, she was made a major character in Untold Tales of Spider-Man.
- My Greatest Failure: Peter's third major one, after Uncle Ben and Bennett Brant.
Spider-Man: She'll never laugh again. She'll never toss her head the way she did, instantly dismissing whatever she didn't want to think about in favor of something new. She'll never smile, never capture everyone's attention with a few words, never light up a room with her determination and humor. She could be obnoxious, even pushy, but she was vital and alive and fun to be around and now she's gone...
Elizabeth "Liz" Allan
Debut: Amazing Fantasy #15
- Alpha Bitch —> Lovable Alpha Bitch
- Beta Couple: With Harry Osborn for a while.
- Betty and Veronica: Initially played the Veronica to... Betty's Betty. Although it was completely one-sided, since Peter was never truly interested in her that way.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: As the CEO of Alchemax, she is Norman's puppet leader.
- Face-Heel Turn: It is revealed that Liz has been willingly assisting Norman Osborn in order to provide her son with a legacy.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She became considerably nicer to Peter as she got to know him.
- Founder Of The Company: Liz collaborated with her father in law to found Allan Chemical and became Horizon Labs' main shareholder, making one Tiberius Stone the site supervisor. Under Norman's direction, she would subsequently amalgamate "AlChem" with Oscorp and what was left of Horizon Labs and rename it Alchemax.
- Heel-Face Turn: She's been working for Norman as his proxy for an unknown amount of time, setting up Alchemax as a legacy for his grandson/her son.
- Hero-Worshipper: During her High School days, she develops a crush on Peter after she mistakenly believed he had tried to pull off some heroics. (In reality, he was suffering from Worf Had the Flu).
- Jerkass: How she's portrayed in Superior Spider-Man, and Spider-Man 2099.
- More Than Mind Control: Norman's been manipulating her by using her desire to provide a legacy for her son.
- Promoted to Love Interest: As mentioned before, she had a crush on Peter in the comic books, but it was completely one-sided. This changed in The Spectacular Spider-Man adaptation, where she gets together with Peter... and then deeply hurt when he breaks up with her to be with Gwen.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Her last name is Allan, not "Allen".
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Since the events of Brand New Day, she's become increasingly cold and ruthless, especially as the CEO of Alchemax.
Green Goblin II / American Son
AKA: Harold Theopolis Osborn
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #31
The son of famed billionaire Norman Osborn
, Harry had a hard life growing up. After his mother died, Norman buried himself in his work, and Harry felt increasingly resentful of and angry at his father. In fact, it was he who switched around some chemicals when Norman tried to create the first Goblin Serum to pay his father back for neglecting him. However, when he went to college, Harry finally found someone who would care about him far more than his father ever would: Peter Parker. While they started off rough due to Peter's life as Spider-Man, Harry soon became Peter's best friend, and they even shared an apartment. However, the strain of his father's spells as the Green Goblin eventually turned Harry to drugs, and he almost overdosed on several occasions.
On one such occasion, it caused his father to revert back to his Goblin personality, leading to The Night Gwen Stacy Died
. Sometime after this, Harry discovered his father was the Green Goblin, and that Peter was Spider-Man. Angry at Peter for causing the death of his father, Harry became the second Green Goblin. However, he eventually quit after he suffered a concussion that made him forget that Peter was Spider-Man.
The two of them reconnected, and for a time, it seemed like Harry's life was finally on the rebound. He took over running his father's company Oscorp, married one of Peter's old high school classmates Liz Allen, and they had a son Normie. However, the Goblin persona began coming back to Harry. First, when the Hobgoblin tried to make the Goblin Serum, he brought Harry's memories of being the Goblin back, and he even donned the mask to help Spidey on several occasions. He eventually tried to rebury the Goblin and focus on his work and family. However, when his subconscious memories of hating Peter and knowing about Spider-Man returned, he tried to take revenge on Peter again, even trying out a new Goblin Serum to make himself even stronger. Angry and manic, he tried to destroy both Spider-Man and himself in an explosion, but after realizing Mary Jane and his son were in the building, he saved them all, before collapsing. Realizing the new serum was fatal, Harry died in Spider-Man's arms, affirming their friendship.
That is, until One More Day, when Mephisto's interference summarily resurrected him from the dead.
- Abusive Parent: Norman. Oh boy, Norman.
- Avenging the Villain
- Back from the Dead: thanks to the effects of One More Day, Harry was revived from the dead.
- Cannot Spit It Out
- Calling the Old Man Out: In American Son, Harry finally gives one to Norman. His revival was worth it, just for that.
- Cool Glider
- Crazy Jealous Guy
- Create Your Own Villain
- Cycle of Revenge
- Drugs Are Bad: In a landmark issue Stan Lee defied the comics code authority to spread this message (revolutionary at the time...) when Harry overdoses and nearly dies from taking too many pills... his drug problems are translated as Drowning My Sorrows in The Movie and a "Globulin Green" addiction in The Spectacular Spider-Man.
- Easy Amnesia
- Friendly Enemy
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Beardless Protection Program: After his father's failed attempt at taking over the US, Harry moves out of New York, shaves his head, and grows a badass handlebar moustache.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door
- Impossibly Cool Weapons: Apparently Harry redesigned the Goblin weaponry so that it's even COOLER.
- Legacy Character: Green Goblin II.
- Living with the Villain: Peter and Harry are best friends... and, from time to time, mortal enemies.
- Powered Armor
- Redeeming Replacement: Harry once flirted with the idea of turning the green goblin into a hero, but Peter said that the goblin legacy carried too much baggage with it and rejected it.
- Redemption Equals Death
- Rival Turned Evil
- Room Full of Crazy
- Two-Faced: In The Movie
- Two Guys and a Girl: Peter, Harry, and Mary Jane... yes, this will end well...
- The Unfavorite: The comics originally had Norman (when not as the Green Goblin) as an absentee father that loved his son, but since his return, his opinion of his son hasn't been very kind. The adaptations also tend to go this route. And remember, Harry is an only child. More recent writers have actually played with the idea that Norman sees Peter as more worthy of being his son.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy
- You Killed My Father
Randolph "Randy" Robertson
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #67