Characters / Spider-Man: Schoolmates

This page is for all of Peter's buddies from High School and College.

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     Flash Thompson / "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...
  • 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: "Flash" referred to his instance of premature ejaculation.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: He is the government-sanctioned 4th incarnation of Venom.
  • Handicapped Badass: After his Heroic Sacrifice in Iraq saving some of his squadmates under fire & kicking a lot of terrorist ass, he lost both of his legs.
  • 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: Started as this to Pete, bullying him regularly.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Became this later.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: A rare non-romantic version of this trope.
  • 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."
  • Reformed Bully: Flash used to be the guy who bullied Peter back in high school. He got better as he got older and became a hero in his own right and one of Peter's friends.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Must be careful not to get angry while wearing the Venom symbiote.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Mellowed out quite a bit during his time in the army.
  • The Vietnam Vet: He volunteered for the Vietnam War at one point, though this was later retconned.

    Sally Avril / Bluebird

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...

    Liz Allan

Debut: Amazing Fantasy #15

     Harry Osborn / 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.

    Randy Robertson

Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #67