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Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Peter Parker / Spider-Man
- Played by: Tobey MaguireVoiced by: Luis Daniel Ramírez (Latin-American Spanish dub), Manabu Ino (Japanese dub)
"Whatever life has in store for me, I'll never forget these words: With great power comes great responsibility. This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I'm Spider-Man."Peter Benjamin Parker was once a nerdy awkward teenager, but after being bitten by a genetically altered spider during a class field trip, he gains spider-based powers. At first he uses powers for the same thing any other teenage would use for. Self profit and to impress girls. But, after indirectly causing his uncle's death, he learns a life lesson he'll never forget and swears to use his new powers to protect the city of New York as Spider-Man. This portrayal of Spider-Man is very much considered the definitive Spider-Man. Perfectly capturing the relatable teenager feel from the 60s comics.
- Adaptation Personality Change:
- Generally in-and-out-of costume, this Peter is a good deal more serious and intense, especially since Sam Raimi toned down his Motor Mouth tendencies. That said, it does hew closer to the original Stan Lee/Steve Ditko stories.
- One departure from the comics (both original and modern), along with the other adaptations, is that Peter, out-of-costume, is an Extreme Doormat, allowing Harry to treat him like crap and barely raising his voice against Jameson. In retrospect, this helps explain Peter's "evil," less-repressed side in Spider-Man 3 where he's under the control of the Symbiote (and actually acts closer to Comics!Peter if not so hammy) but it's very different from how the comics where even before Uncle Ben's death, he had a huge chip on his shoulder (indeed in the first origin, his refusal to stop the burglar was purely selfish, lacking the motivation for being skiffed by the manager that is there in the film). Peter and Harry, in the comics, started off as enemies at college since Peter could never stand Harry's snobbish attitude while the latter found Peter cold and aloof. This is one area where Andrew Garfield was possibly Truer to the Text.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: His web-shooters are natural. Prior to that, the comics had him use gadgets.
- Adorkable: Like his comic book counterpart, though possibly more so than the original.
- All Webbed Up: His web-shooters are organic this time.
- Alliterative Name: Peter Parker.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Gee, I wonder what Animal Motif does Spider-Man have?
- Arachnid Appearance and Attire: This is Spider-Man we're talking about. No further reason is needed to explain why he is the first entry for comic book section in this trope.
- The Atoner: Uncle Ben's death motivates him to use his powers for good.
- Badass Bookworm: Doesn't appear as much as in the comics, but it's there.
- Beware the Nice Ones: You don't want to make Spidey angry. Carradine and Goblin learn this the hard way.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: A subversion, despite being the Trope Namer. His perceived laziness is actually because he's fighting crime as Spider-Man.
- Building Swing: As is expected from your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.
- Butt Monkey: Crap usually happens to him. This is painfully worse in the second film.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Even after losing his powers and trying to live a normal life, he still storms into a burning building to save lives.
- Classical Anti-Hero: Just like the Classic Comic Spidey from the Lee/Ditko days.
- Comes Great Responsibility: Taught to him by his uncle.
- Dork Knight: Though he seems a lot less dorky as Spider-Man than as Peter Parker.
- Genius Bruiser: He is the top science student in high school. In college, he can't do anything much in the first half of second film. For the second half of the second film and the entire third film, it's clearly shown he is Dr. Connors' top student.
- The Hero: Obviously, he is the main hero of the story.
- Heroes Want Redheads: He wanted Mary Jane since he was six years old.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: For the most part averted, in contrast to the comic books. Jameson still gives him hard time, but the public loves him.
- Heroic Spirit: Shown best in the second film, where he does everything in his power to save civilians in a speeding train about to crash.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Shoots his first web accidentally in a high school cafeteria, resulting in a fight with Flash. Later, he tries to use it to web-swing, but it doesn't end well.
- Hypocrite: He tells Sandman he had a choice when he killed Peter's uncle when, just a day ago, Peter could have decided not to try and murder Sandman (though admittedly, that was probably from the symbiote's influence).
- Literally Loving Thy Neighbor: With MJ.
- Lovable Nerd: As always.
- My Greatest Failure: Uncle Ben's death.
- Nice Guy: Has a mild-mannered demeanour. Though the alien suit makes him not-so-nice in the third film.
- Not Now, Kiddo: Spider-Man and the Green Goblin are trying to have an "I'm-badder-than-you" conversation in Jameson's office, and Jameson simply will not shut up. The former sticks Jameson's mouth shut with webbing and says "Hey, kiddo. Let Mom and Dad talk for a minute, will ya?"
- Oblivious to Love: Has no idea that Betty, Ursula, and Gwen are attracted to him until the symbiote bonds with him.
- Only Friend: Harry was his only friend since grade school.
- Ordinary High-School Student: He graduates from high school during the first film, and attends university for the rest of the films.
- The Paragon: Best summed up by Aunt May in Spider-Man 2:May: Too few characters out there, flying around like that, saving old girls like me. And Lord knows, kids like Henry need a hero. Courageous, self-sacrificing people. Setting examples for all of us. Everybody loves a hero. People line up for them, cheer them, scream their names. And years later, they'll tell how they stood in the rain for hours just to get a glimpse of the one who taught them how to hold on a second longer. I believe there's a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally allows us to die with pride, even though sometimes we have to be steady and give up the thing we want the most. Even our dreams.
- Primary-Color Champion: He wears a red and blue costume.
- Refusal of the Call: Peter refused to stop the robber; this indirectly led to Uncle Ben's death.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Mary Jane is the only person he truly loved.
- Spider-Sense: Able to detect any possible danger surrounding him. Shown in the first film, but only implied in the sequels.
- Super Strength: Enough to stop a train (with a little help from his webs)!
- Super Reflexes: An effect of his mutation.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In Spider-Man 3, none of the things Peter has done (like murder) while under the symbiote is addressed or talked about. This makes him look like a hypocrite when talking to Flint/Sandman.
- Unlucky Everydude: Especially in the second film.
- Wall Crawl: Thanks to small hairs on his fingertips.
- You Fight Like a Cow: Throws battle taunts once or twice in each film; in other words, significantly less than in the comics.
- However, this is somewhat justified by the fact that Spidey is known to shut up when things get serious, which is a large amount of both the second and third film. It can also be argued that this was done to keep the tension of situations rather than lose it when Spidey makes a joke, which is one of the most nebulous complaints of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise.
Mary Jane Watson
Mary Jane Watson
- Played by: Kirsten Dunst"Go get em', tiger."
- Abusive Parents: Her father is not a model parent.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Since she's a Composite Character of herself and Peter's other girlfriends, this Mary Jane lacks some of her original personality, namely in that she's far more sober and reserved. The original Mary Jane in the original and Ultimate comics was known for being very witty and charming, and generally eases up Peter when he gets too serious.
- Adaptational Wimp: Another thing that got lost by turning her into a Composite Character. Not only is she rarely kidnapped in the comics, but when she does, she's a Damsel out of Distress more often than not, sometimes even ending with a Rescue Reversal. However, she gets kidnapped so many times in these films that, for people not familiar with her comic incarnations, she's a poster girl of the Distressed Damsel trope.
- Big Bra to Fill: Mary Jane is one of the curviest non-superheroic females in the entire Marvel Universe. Kirsten Dunst doesn't quite have the body that Mary Jane in the comics does (but few Real Life people do).
- Maybe not quite, but anyone who saw that scene in the rain knows Dunst is far from flat-chested. She's closer to her character's comic book proportions than just about any other Hollywood actress would be.
- Composite Character: She has some traces of Gwen Stacy, flat-out stated by Word of God to be the case. Her lively but pained character is based on Comics!MJ, but her Girl Next Door exterior is Comics!Gwen.
- Mary Jane also has a strong basis in Liz Allan. Like Allan, MJ in the movies is a classmate and longtime crush of Peter's who is much higher on the social ladder and dates Flash Thompson (although MJ did briefly date Flash as well; it didn't last long)..
- Damsel in Distress: Ends up getting kidnapped by villains in every film.
- Damsel out of Distress: While she does ultimately have to be saved from falling by Peter (with aid from Harry), she actually gets out of danger repeatedly during the climax of Spider-Man 3 (dodging falling bricks, jumping out of a falling truck, swinging on a web to avoid said truck crushing her and hanging on for a good while), and even saves Peter from Venom at one point by dropping a cement brick on his head.
- Fiery Redhead: Mary Jane is one of the most famous examples of this trope.
- Girl Next Door: Referred to as such by Peter. Provides the page image.
- Heroes Want Redheads: She is The Hero's One True Love and is a redhead.
- In-Name-Only: The actual similarities MJ has with her comics counterpart are her red hair, her being Peter's neighbor, her coming from an abusive household, her brief relationship with Harry, her vivaciousness in her school days masking her insecurity and pain, and her aspirations to be an actress. Other than those things, She's quite different from her comic book counterpart and shares more similarities towards Spider-Man's other love interests from the comics (such as Gwen Stacy).
- Laugh of Love:
- Literally Loving Thy Neighbor: With Peter.
- Morality Pet: Has shades of this. In Spider-Man 3, after all the terrible things Peter does under the symbiote's control, it's striking Mary Jane that gets him to snap out of it.
- Nice Girl: In the first two movies.
- The Obstructive Love Interest: In the second film.
- Official Couple: With Peter.
- Sexy Soaked Shirt: Famously so during the infamous upside-down kiss in the first film.
- Tsundere: In the second and third films.
- Your Cheating Heart: Despite her kindly nature, she's a terrible girlfriend to anyone who isn't Flash Thompson (though they broke up because of his jerkass attitude). She kissed Spider-Man while dating Harry (but their relationship is already rocky from the start). She left her fiancee at the altar to be with Peter and then cheated on him with Harry (but soon realized it was a mistake).
Harry Osborn / New Goblin
Harry Osborn / New Goblin
- Played by: James Franco"Spider-Man will pay. I swear on my father's grave Spider-Man will pay."
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Harry isn't described as handsome in the comics, but the film cast Pretty Boy James Franco for the role and didn't downplay it.
- The Alcoholic: Implied. After his father's death, particularly in the second movie, Harry is usually seen with a drink in hand, and is shown visibly drunk a few times.
- Avenging the Villain: Mistakenly assumes Spider-Man to have murdered his father and swears revenge. Attempts this in the third film.
- Death by Disfigurement: Suffers from facial burns and an Eye Scream before dying.
- Generation Xerox: Took up his father's mantle and became the New Goblin, then perished the same way as the former, albeit in a different context: Both got stabbed by their own glider which was supposed to be for Spider-Man, but where Norman was trying to attack Spider-Man and was Hoist by His Own Petard when Spidey moved out of harm's way, Harry died pulling a Heroic Sacrifice when Venom tried to attack Peter with it.
- Handicapped Badass: Is blinded in his left eye after a pumpkin bomb thrown by Symbiote-powered Peter explodes next to his face in the third film.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He gets impaled by his own glider while saving Peter in the third movie.
- Hidden Depths: Deep down, he always resented Peter for being his father's favorite and "stealing" Mary Jane.
- If I Can't Have You...: In the third movie, he ruined Peter and Mary Jane's relationship, the former for killing his father and the latter for breaking his heart a second time.
- It's All About Me: Hit with this like a freight train in the third movie.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: In Spider-Man 3, the explosion caused by his pumpkin bomb after Peter threw it back at him caused his right side of his face to be disfigured.
- Jerkass: He has his endearing moments, but even before Peter became Spider-Man, there are hints that he's just using him, most noticeable when he uses one of Peter's fun facts to impress Mary Jane.
- He also gets defensive when MJ called his dad a "creep" because she overheard him insulting her.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Character flaws aside, he does appreciate his friendship with Peter and Mary Jane.
- Legacy Character: Takes his father's equipment and becomes the New Goblin.
- Never My Fault: His bad relationship and eventual break-up with Mary Jane.
- Parental Neglect: By his father.
- Redemption Equals Death: Figuratively took a bullet meant for Peter and was able to make amends to his estranged friends before succumbing to his wounds.
- Smug Snake: Has a problem with this in the third film where he threatens Mary Jane that he will kill Peter Parker unless she breaks up with him. It's not like Peter Parker has way more experience in fighting superpowered people. Though to be fair, Harry did not know about the black suit.
- Took a Level in Badass: As the New Goblin in the third film, though not as badass as his father.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: By the second film, he's rude towards a lot of people who aren't Peter and MJ, at one point reacting poorly when a man tries to congratulate him for something. Later in the second movie, he started to become a jerkass towards Peter as well after getting drunk and yells out his resentments towards Peter for being his dad's favorite, accusing him of protecting Spider-Man for the profit of taking his newspaper photos and for "stealing" Mary Jane.
- Turn Out Like His Father: By the third movie. His butler even compares them in the second movie.Harry: Good night, Bernard.
Bernard: Your father only obsessed over his work.
Harry: (irritated) Good night, Bernard.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Peter, Harry, and Mary Jane.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Even when Spider-Man saves his life, Harry flat-out tells him that this doesn't change anything. He even believes that Spider-Man did it just to humiliate him.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Always wanted his father's approval.
- You Killed My Father: He believes Spider-Man murdered his father. Until his butler reveals the truth.
- Played by: Michael Papajohn
- Decomposite Character: The Burglar's role is split between him and Sandman. He fulfills the origin story's role of Peter letting a criminal escape, while Sandman was the one who shot Uncle Ben - though due to Carradine grabbing Marko's arm and startling him, causing the gun to accidentally go off.
- Named by the Adaptation: He is simply called "the burglar" in the comics and The Other Wiki. His last name does come from the comics in the form of his daughter Jessica Carradine.
- Posthumous Character: We learn more about him in the third film.
- Self-Disposing Villain: After Peter effortlessly snaps his wrist, he backs away from him in terror, causing him to trip and plummet out of a window to his death.
- Starter Villain: He is the first antagonist that Spidey fights.
Dr. Norman Osborn / Green Goblin
Dr. Norman Osborn / Green Goblin
- Played by: Willem Dafoe"You've spun your last web, Spider-Man. If you had not been so selfish, your little girlfriend's death would have been quick and painless, but now that you've really pissed me off, I'm gonna finish her nice and slow."
- Adaptational Badass: He's much more powerful than his other versions (comic-wise and animated-wise), and he defeated Spider-Man several times with much physical force than trying to defeat him with pumpkin bombs and hand blasts in his other versions. It also hearkens back to Goblin's original appearances in the Steve Ditko run, where he was the only villain who went toe-to-toe with Spider-Man, matched him for acrobatic skill and reflexes, and nearly every fight ended in a draw.
- Adaptational Heroism: The Norman Osborn part of his personality is far more sympathetic than usual. In the comics, as Peter pointed out, "He was a bad man turned worse." This Norman is mostly a committed but put-upon scientist who struggles to balance the business side with his scientific acumen and is Surrounded by Idiots and saboteurs. He also tries to be a good father to Harry and is genuinely kind to Peter.
- Ax-Crazy: The Goblin personality. He latches a body count of 22 people before his defeat. That puts him at Joker-The Dark Knight territory (32 people), if far below Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and Loki in The Avengers. It makes him the deadliest of all on-screen Spider-Man villains, including the villains in the Andrew Garfield reboot.
- Badass Grandpa: Late middle-aged and he takes out several policemen AND Spider-Man at the same time!
- Big Bad: He is the main antagonist of the first film and the Greater Scope Villain of the series in terms of how Harry is driven to avenge his death.
- Broken Pedestal: Peter respected and admired Norman as a scientist, and is thoroughly shocked on learning Goblin's true identity, lamenting that Harry's father became a mass murderer who nearly killed the people he loved.
- Death by Adaptation: While the Norman Osborn/Green Goblin does initially in the comics in a similar manner as the first film, he still survives due to the regenerative healing factor from the serum that he took. Here, Norman's actually dead (but he still haunts his son Harry)
- Evil Is Hammy: As the Goblin, Mr. Dafoe keeps Chewing the Scenery as much as he can. What makes it effective is that it's a drastic contrast to how restrained and normal regular Norman is, and Dafoe really puts across the double part of his character well.
- Face Death with Dignity: Simply tells Spidey to not tell his son what happened to him before dying.
- Famous Last Words: "Peter...don't tell Harry..."
- Foil: More than other versions of the Goblin, Osborn here is a mirror of Peter. A driven scientist who is outwardly successful but so aloof that he messes up his personal relationships and is constantly surrounded by schemers at Oscorp who screw him over. Much like the Spider-Man outfit giving Peter an outlet to put out a more confident and theatrical personality, the Goblin personality brings out and magnifies Osborn into a Large Ham while the real Norman is more vulnerable and weak, not unlike Peter and Spider-Man's Secret Identity.
- Gollum Made Me Do It: Norman uses this excuse in his final battle, though it appears that he actually is "Gollum" when saying this. Towards the end it becomes harder to separate the two.
- Gone Horribly Right: Injecting himself with the serum was meant to prove the experiment could work. And it did.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Gets impaled by his glider while attempting to use it against Spidey.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Norman—absent, neglectful yet caring father. Goblin—power-hungry, sadistic and a complete lunatic.
- Like a Son to Me: Goblin invokes this at the very end to Spider-Man, Peter rebuffs this, but it's implied that Norman is sincere about some fatherly affection towards Peter and Spider-Man, just not very sane or healthy.
- Mood-Swinger: When Norman switches into Goblin mode in public, he gives this vibe. Especially when he shouts in anger at the Oscorp board room meeting. Even more extreme is the dinner scene where he delights in mocking Aunt May's fixation on decorum for Thanksgiving and then suddenly storms off, but not before hurling misogynist insults towards Mary Jane.
- My Death Is Only The Beginning: Despite dying, his actions heavily affects the trilogy. Peter makes a promise to him not to tell Harry he's the Green Goblin. This makes Harry think Spider-Man killed his father and becomes the second Green Goblin. And because no one was left to run his company but Harry, Harry has to fund Otto's experiment that turns Otto into Doc Ock to save the company.
- Parental Neglect: To his son. He seems to apologize for it at the end, but the Goblin has so morphed Norman's mind, it's hard to know if it's true.
- Pet the Dog: To Peter on his graduation where he sincerely gives condolence on Uncle Ben's shooting and offers emotional support. It's about the only time he's being genuinely nice in the entire movie.
- Professor Guinea Pig: He became the Green Goblin due to him personally testing a performance-enhancing drug which went horribly wrong.
- Sadistic Choice: Trope Namer. Presents one to Spider-Man in the climax: Save Mary Jane or a cable car full of children.
- Sanity Slippage: Norman starts losing it even without the Goblin's prodding.
- Slasher Smile: When Goblin smiles as Norman, run. The board meeting at Oscorp is a perfect example when one of the committe members says "You're out" and Norman replies "Am I?" with a really evil grin. Even more so is his smirk while playing with cutlery on Thanksgiving, which unnerves Aunt May.
- Split Personality: The effect of the Freak Lab Accident above.
- Straw Misogynist: The few times Norman interacts or talks about women, he seems to give this vibe. He calls his wife, Harry's mother, a Gold Digger and sees Mary Jane as just the same, mocks and insults her and Aunt May in public. As the Goblin, he delights in tormenting Aunt May when he attacks her at home and dials up the creep factor to Peter when he says how "MJ and I are gonna have a hell of a time!"
- Super Strength: Given he was using a formula meant to create super-soldiers, it's not surprising. Norman goes from your average businessman to capable of trading blows with Spider-Man.
- Tragic Villain: All of his acts of evil were out of fear for his company's future, though he's not an Anti-Villain given how unsympathetic and self-serving he is.
- Villain Has a Point: He actually did make a good point about what would happen if Spider-Man died fighting him.Green Goblin: I chose my path, you chose the path of the hero. And the people of this city found you amusing for a time. But the one thing they love more than a hero is to see a hero fail, fall, die trying. In spite of everything you've done for them, eventually they will hate you. Why bother?
- Villainous Cheekbones: Both Norman and his Goblin mask sport these.
- We Can Rule Together: He attempts this several times with Spider-Man during the movie.
- Why Are You Not My Son?: Norman and Goblin both seem to regard Peter and Spider-Man as their true son and heir. Norman genuinely appreciates Peter for his intelligence, his hard work, his difficult home situation, and for the fact that Peter is independent enough to turn down a job offer at his company. Of course, the Goblin turns even these good qualities to the extreme. Norman also appreciates the fact that Peter actually read one of his scientific papers, which Harry snarks about when he leaves.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Human performance enhancers increased Norman's strength, but at the cost of giving him a sadistic and violent Split Personality.
Dr. Otto Octavius / Doctor Octopus / "Doc Ock"
Dr. Otto Octavius / Doctor Octopus / "Doc Ock"
- Played by: Alfred Molina
The power of the sun in the palm of my hand! Nothing will stand in our way! NOTHING!The Big Bad (sort of) of Spider-Man 2.Otto Octavius was a kind man who wanted to give the world unlimited power. However, his experiment turns into a Freak Lab Accident and his robotic arms are fused to his body. Corrupted by their evil A.I., nothing will stop Otto from finishing his experiment even if it means destroying the city to do it.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Doctor Octopus is ugly in the Marvel comics, in contrast to his much more striking depiction by Alfred Molina in the film.
- Adaptational Heroism: He is a more traditional Tragic Villain than his comic counterpart.
- A.I. is a Crapshoot: He knows that this is a very real possibility with the radically advanced AI in his tentacles and that having said AI connected directly to his own brain could have some very dangerous consequences. Unfortunately, the failsafe he installs to protect himself gets fried when his experiment doesn't go as planned and the influence of the tentacles quickly leads directly to his inevitable Face–Heel Turn.
- Alliterative Name: Otto Octavius.
- Anti-Villain: Woobie Anti-Villain. A genuinely good man and husband wishing to use his intelligence for the good of mankind who turns into a monster because of his failed experiment and tries to replicate it despite endangering half of New York.
- Badass Bookworm: A smart (if delusional) scientist and a capable fighter with his tentacles.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears one to hide his tentacles.
- Big Bad: He is the main antagonist of the second film, though his metal arms are actually manipulating him.
- Combat Tentacles: Well he is called "Dr. Octopus." And the four metal arms look like tentacles.
- Conspicuous Trenchcoat: Only way to hide his tentacles, although he only hides them during the bank scene. The outer green trenchcoat remains a constant part of his wardrobe after the bank heist.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: The tentacles manipulate him to re-build his fusion reactor and continue his experiments, no matter the cost.
- Evil Hand: The tentacles have an advanced AI. So advanced that Octavius added an inhibitor chip on them to protect his higher brain functions. The chip gets destroyed in the accident and, with their new-found freedom, the tentacles enter Octavius' mind and manipulate him into rebuilding his fusion reactor.
- Freak Lab Accident: Became Doc Ock after his experiment demonstration failed horribly.
- Happily Married: To Rosie before she died in the accident. Octavius tells Peter about how he wooed Rosie with poetry in college.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He destroys his fusion reactor to save New York and drowns with it.
- Ignored Epiphany: Initially admits his fusion reaction experiment was a failure, but goes immediately to denial and starts rebuilding his machine.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: After the accident.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: He has four metal arms permanently attached to him.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: Can't wear a shirt due to the way the tentacles are strapped on him. Doesn't stop him from donning trenchcoats, though.
- Nice Guy: Before the accident.
- Redemption Equals Death: "I will not die a monster!"
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: It was the tentacles that were making the decisions, not him.
- Tragic Villain: The man is not and doesn't want to be evil, but his tentacles completely took over him until the end of the second film.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He wanted to use his intelligence for the good of mankind and hoped to do this with his fusion reactor. Unfortunately, the fusion experiment fails horribly, resulting in his wife's death and the tentacles fusing permanently to his body. Manipulated by the tentacles, he goes back to rebuilding the fusion reactor and doesn't care about the danger it brings to the city.
Edward "Eddie" Brock, Jr. / Venom
Edward "Eddie" Brock, Jr. / Venom
- Played by: Topher Grace"I'm thinking humiliation...kinda like how you humiliated me. Do you remember? Do you remember what you did to me? You made me lose my girl...now I'm gonna make you lose yours. How does that sound, Tiger?"
- Adaptation Expansion: Mark Bagley himself drew a bonus tie-in comic, Spider-Man 3: The Black, portraying the events of the last third of the movie from Eddie's perspective.
- Adaptational Villainy: Comic book Venom had some traits of an Anti-Hero; he would try to protect innocents and stop other criminals when not seeking Spider-Man. Here, Eddie fully admits to Peter that he enjoys being a villain. Even before the merge, Eddie was a self-centered jerk who felt the world was centered around him.
- Asshole Victim: Sure, he was a jerk, but he didn't really deserve to be blown up.
- Badass Boast: Delivers a good one to Peter during the climax:Never wound what you can't kill!
- Big Bad: The Venom symbiote is this in the third film, with Brock/Venom as the Final Boss.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Sandman in the third film.
- Body Horror: Just like in the comics, his mouth is distorted when he becomes Venom.
- Call Back: In one to both the animated series and Venom's original appearance in the comics, in a deleted scene Peter has a vision of himself as Venom when looking in a mirror, although his Venom form didn't have fangs.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Eddie is proud to be a supervillain, claiming it makes him happy.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Even after bonding to the symbiote, Eddie isn't called "Venom" except in the end credits.
- Composite Character: This version of Eddie is a mixture of the mainstream and Ultimate Venoms, with a touch of the animated series thrown in for good measure. This version even has some elements of Venom's offspring, Carnage, such as having bonded with the symbiote so completely that he refers to himself with singular pronouns rather than the plural pronouns that comic Venom does and being a completely psychotic villain with no redeeming qualities as opposed to comic Venom who, outside of his innate hatred of Spider-Man, is a classic Noble Demon-style Anti-Villain.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Wants Peter to die for exposing him and stealing his girl (who never had any interest in him whatsoever).
- Early-Bird Cameo: Jameson mentions a photographer named in Eddie in the first film. The novelization confirms it was Brock.
- Evil Counterpart: To Peter. He is a reporter like him, but tries to earn his money through framing rather than decent work. He tries to get a girl, but through imposing himself on her. He gets Spidey-esque powers, but chooses to become a villain rather than a hero, etc., etc.
- Evil Is Deathly Cold: In Spider-Man 3: The Black, Eddie states that the symbiote feels cold, lifted directly from the Ultimate comic.
- Fangs Are Evil: After bonding to the symbiote, he has fangs even with his mask retracted.
- For the Evulz:I like being bad. It makes me happy...
- Flat Character: The symbiote. In the comics, it was a very much alive parasite organism with a full fleshed out origin and has clear motivations. It also tells Eddie who Spider-Man really is(in the movie, Eddie sees Peter unmasked before the symbiote lands on him). But due to juggling so many characters in the movie, the trilogy not fitting with the sci-fi style origin of the symbiote, or having the rights to characters in his debut story, it's simply an alien parasite.
- Freudian Excuse: Averted. All the bad things that happened to him are completely his own fault and deserved, and him becoming a supervillain rather than making up for his faults shows just how much of a self-centered jerk he is.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Goes from being a disgraced jerk of a photographer to a legitimate threat to Spider-Man simply by virtue of being in the right place at the right time.
- Hell Is That Noise: When Venom he can let out a loud high pitch screeech noise. It seems to be a cross between a bird and raptor.
- Humiliation Conga: He's one-upped by Peter, turned down by Spider-Man (who smashes his camera to boot), slammed into a wall by a pissed off Peter, exposed as a fraud, and dumped by his girlfriend. The symbiote takes all that resentment and anger and cranks it Up to Eleven... and then they get blown up.
- It's All About Me: His purpose in the film is to show someone (unlike Peter, MJ, and Harry) whose descent into selfish behavior is irreversible and who can't forgive others for their selfishness toward him.
- Jerkass: He's as douchey as Peter is nice.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Sandman thinks he's Spider-Man and attacks him, but quickly realizes his mistake.
- Lightning Bruiser: Faster and stronger than Spider-Man thanks to the symbiote.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Eddie has the classic gaping maw full of fangs, but unlike most other versions, the symbiote's mask acts as lips so they're not visible when his mouth is closed.
- Never My Fault: True to his comic self, he blames Peter/Spider-Man for his shortcomings rather than take responsibility.
- One-Winged Angel: After Peter tears Eddie from the symbiote, it becomes a hulking titan. It takes one of Harry's pumpkin bombs to kill it off, though Eddie dies along with it.
- Paparazzi: Harasses Spider-Man trying to take pictures of him to win the Bugle's contest, and when Spider-Man smashes his camera out of frustration, Eddie photoshops a fake image to incriminate him in a bank robbery.
- Pipe Pain: Peter separates Eddie from the symbiote by trapping them in a ring of metal pipes and hitting them.
- Puppeteer Parasite:
- In Spider-Man 3: The Black, Eddie realizes "the Black" is influencing his thoughts... and decides that being able to do anything Spider-Man can is worth it.
- In the novelization, which was based on an early script, the symbiote can only live off of regular people for a few hours, and wants Spider-Man as its true host because he's a superhuman who can sustain it indefinitely. All of this is discovered when Peter forces the symbiote off of Eddie, who is revealed to be nothing but an emaciated corpse that the symbiote had made look healthy while moving it around and mimicking Eddie's voice.
- Rival Turned Evil: Started off as The Rival of Peter in the Daily Bugle and ended as his Evil Counterpart and Arch-Enemy.
- Sanity Slippage: He realizes the symbiote is feeding him Peter's memories◊ and goes insane...er with the power.
- Slasher Smile: As the symbiote covers him, Eddie goes from screaming in terror to grinning maniacally before eating the camera. After becoming Vemon, his teeth become yellow and deformed even when he's not wearing his Venom-cowl.
- Stalker with a Crush: After Gwen rejects him. This is much emphasized in the original script.
- Tainted Veins: When he retracts his mask, tendrils of the symbiote remain stuck to his face and neck, thus giving him this appearance. In addition, the silvery webbing motif the symbiote manifested when bonded to Spider-Man becomes distorted and vein-like when bonded to Eddie.
- Take That, Audience!: Sam Raimi was once quoted saying he disliked Venom and that the character would not appear in his films. Sony evidently disagreed, and fans of Venom were severely disappointed with how the character was handled in the movie, criticizing everything from the actor portraying him, to the fact he spent most of his screen-time as Venom - the last 10-15 minutes of the movie - with his mask retracted, to the fact he was unceremoniously killed at the end of the movie.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: Eddie proclaims "I like being bad. It makes me happy!" after Peter tells him about the symbiote's corrupting influence.
- This Is Your Brain on Evil: This version of the symbiote enhances id-based emotions like anger and libido.
- Two First Names: Brock is commonly used as a first name.
- Villain Team-Up: Blackmails Sandman into helping him kill Spider-Man by threatening his daughter.
- Voice of the Legion: Eddie's voice becomes distorted after bonding to the symbiote in the game adaptation.
- You Don't Look Like You: In the first teaser trailers revealing his presence in the film, Venom looked a lot closer to his classic comic book appearance before his design was revamped to include the webbing motif present in Peter's black suit.
Flint Marko / Sandman
Flint Marko / Sandman
- Played by: Thomas Haden Church
"I'm not a bad person. Just had bad luck."Flint Marco is a crook who escaped jail for robbery. He continues to rob when his now genetically altered body made from sand gives him the extra boost.
- Accidental Murder: He didn't intentionally kill Ben Parker.
- Adaptational Heroism: Downplayed. While one of the more noble villains in Spidey's Rogues Gallery, comic book Sandman is a crook for selfish reasons. This one was pushed into crime because his daughter was sick and he couldn't afford medicine.
- Adaptational Name Change: In the comics, Sandman's true name is William Baker - in this universe, it's Flint Marko, which is an alias 616 Sandman uses on the streets.
- Anti-Villain: Well-Intentioned Anti-Villain. He only wanted to get money to pay for his daughter's medical treatment.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Venom in Spider-Man 3.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: So, Peter thinks he killed Flint, who survives. You'd think he'll lay low and try to get money for his daughter instead of getting revenge on Spider-Man, right? Nope. He eventually gets better, though.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Thanks to the particle accelerator incident, he becomes a being composed entirely of sand.
- Elemental Shape Shifter: Sandman can become sand and change his shape so he can fit through small gaps or become a sand giant.
- Kick the Dog:
- Yes, he is a tragic character, and he wants to help his daughter, but him willingly teaming up with Venom to attack at least a few dozen cops and brutally beating Peter to near-death was still not justified.
- A played-with and somewhat-literal example during the police chase leading to his inevitable transformation: He smacks an actual (police) dog away, but only in self-defense against it attacking him first.
- Lightning Bruiser: Especially whenever he becomes a sandstorm.
- Mighty Glacier: His speed is greatly reduced while in his "sand giant" mode.
- One-Winged Angel: His aforementioned "sand giant" form.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Given how he can become a sandstorm, a Kaiju, etc., he clearly has the largest-scale powers in the entire trilogy.
- Redemption Earns Life: Ultimately, Peter was able to forgive him and Flint is obviously contented to know that.
- Tragic Villain: Even more than Norman and Octavius; Marko is the victim of other people's science rather than his own.
- Two First Names: Marko is commonly used as a first name.
- Villain Teamup: With Venom.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can change into a sandstorm or a 50-foot tall monstrosity after absorbing enough sand.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His tragic family situation and eventual accident make him this. Even more so when it's ultimately revealed that he didn't actually mean to kill Uncle Ben and has had a My God, What Have I Done? mindset ever since.
- You Killed My Father: Turns out he was the man who shot Uncle Ben. It's later revealed to have been an accident.
- Played by: Rosemary Harris
"I believe there's a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally allows us to die with pride, even though sometimes we have to be steady and give up the thing we want the most. Even our dreams."Peter's aunt.
- Cool Aunt: She and her late husband are Peter's loving Parental Substitutes.
- Cool Old Lady: She's always cheery, upbeat and rarely shows a negative side.
- Damsel out of Distress: When Doc Ock took her hostage, she completely loses it and attacks the man after seeing him preparing to use an underhanded tactic against Spidey.May: Shame on you!
- Happily Married: To Ben. In Spider-Man 3, she reflects on Ben's proposal while she's giving Peter her engagement ring.
- Parasol of Pain: Hit Doc Ock with her umbrella during her Damsel out of Distress moment.
- Parental Substitute: She and her late husband took care of Peter after his parents died(?).
- Widow Woman: After Ben's death.
- Played by: Cliff Robertson
"With great power comes great responsibility. Remember that, Pete. Remember that."Peter's uncle.
- Arc Words: One more time; "With great power comes great responsibility."
- Cool Old Guy: He's very doting and always positive.
- Cool Uncle: He and his wife are Peter's loving Parental Substitutes.
- Death by Origin Story: Which triggered Peter becoming Spider-Man.
- Happily Married: To May.
- Parental Substitute: He and his wife took care of Peter after his parents died(?).
- Spirit Advisor: To Peter in 2.
- Stuffed in the Fridge: His death greatly affected Peter.
Dr. Curt Connors
Dr. Curt Connors
- Played by: Dylan Baker
- Adaptational Heroism: In virtue of not turning into the Lizard.
- Alliterative Name: Curt Connors.
- An Arm and a Leg: Is missing his right arm.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Wrongfully thinks that Peter is this.
- Composite Character: In a sense, as in Spider-Man 3, Peter has him examine the symbiote; whereas in the comics Peter gets Reed Richards to examine it.
- Cool Teacher: Peter constantly seeks his help if he needs any advanced and professional opinion.
- Ignored Expert: Peter disregards his multiple warnings of the potential dangers that the symbiote could pose; warnings that would later on prove to be entirely correct.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He lectured Peter when he is struggling to keep both his Spider-Man and personal lives balanced, but is still very considerate of him.
J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson
- Played by: J. K. Simmons
"Who is Spider-Man? He's a criminal, that's who he is."Peter's boss at the Daily Bugle. Cantankerous and loud, his first dedication is to his money. And he doesn't like Spider-Man.
- Alliterative Name: Three names, all begin with Js.
- Butt Monkey: Bad things tend to happen to him a lot.
- Grumpy Old Man: To the freaking core!
- Hey, You!: This is practically how he calls people.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Despite being a Jerkass most of the time, he is still a good person deep down.
- Perhaps one of the most notable examples would have to be him immediately lying to the Green Goblin to protect Peter's identity in the first film, even while the Goblin chokes him.
- Inspector Javert: Firmly believes that Spidey is evil.
- Jerkass: An arrogant, stubborn and pompous skinflint who micromanages his employees.
- Large Ham: You will know when he's on-screen.
- Mean Boss: Is constantly seen yelling and berating his employees.
- Morality Pet: About the only person we see him being nice towards is his son John.
- Motor Mouth: When he gets going.
- Non-Action Guy: He's not combat-proficient obviously.
Joseph "Robbie" Robertson
Joseph "Robbie" Robertson
- Played by: Bill Nunn
- Alliterative Name: Robbie Robertson.
- Benevolent Boss: He is a Reasonable Authority Figure compared to Jameson, as he treats employees like Peter with respect; and unlike Jameson, considers Spider-Man to be a hero.
- Black Best Friend: He is Jameson's Only Friend in work, or at least the closest person he has for a friend.
- The Lancer: He is The Confidant of Jameson and his de facto Number Two at the Bugle.
- Non-Action Guy: He's not combat proficient obviously.
- Out of Focus: Robbie is usually one of Peter's closest friends at the Bugle. Here, he usually gets a line or two, and that's it.
- Played by: Stanley Anderson"Believe me, nothing would give me more pleasure than to put Norman Osborn out of business."
- Asshole Victim: It's hard to feel any sympathy for the apathetic Slocum when the Green Goblin blows him to pieces for underestimating OsCorp's performance enhancers.
- General Ripper: A classic example. He's very demanding over what OsCorp offers his men, and if it doesn't meet his expectations, he threatens to take their contract to OsCorp's competitor, Quest Aerospace.
- Lack of Empathy: Per page quote, Slocum has no problem seeing OsCorp go out of business if he pulls his contracts from the corporation. Probably not the smartest of words considering he's killed by Green Goblin (who is really Norman Osborne) just after saying that.
- Unfortunate Names: His name is taken from the passenger steamboat PS General Slocum, which sunk in 1904 when a fire broke out, killing 1,021 people and making it the worst disaster in New York history until 9/11. It can be seen as either be a tragic coincidence or a potential foreshadowing of his death.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Only appears for two scenes before he's killed.
Elizabeth "Betty" Brant
Elizabeth "Betty" Brant
- Played by: Elizabeth Banks"Welcome to the Daily Bugle."
- '20s Bob Haircut: Her signature hairstyle.
- Alliterative Name: Betty Brant.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Obviously has a crush on Peter, who is head-over-heels for Mary Jane.
- Demoted to Extra: None of characterizations from the comics made it into the trilogy with the exception of being Peter's potential love interest, and even that isn't as prominent compared to the source material.
- Girl Friday: To Jameson.
- Laugh of Love: In Spider-Man 3, she laughs nervously when Peter, who's under the symbiote's influence, starts hitting on her at the Daily Bugle.
- Sexy Secretary: To the point that both Peter and Eddie hit on her as much as they can in the third film.
- Played by: Bryce Dallas Howard
- Composite Character: She has traits of her comic book counterpart and Mary Jane.
- Demoted to Extra: Is nowhere near as prominent as her comic counterpart.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Eddie sure does. Peter is also quite fond of her.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a headband.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's blonde, sweet, and very nice.
- Nice Girl: After realizing Peter (influenced by the symbiote) is using her to get back at Mary Jane, she apologizes to MJ and leaves.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In part of being Demoted to Extra.
- Two First Names: Her last name is commonly used as a given name.
- Played by: Elya Baskin"It's a free country, not a rent-free country."
- Canon Foreigner: He is a character created exclusively for the films, having never appeared in any of the comics.
- Cranky Landlord: Always hounds Peter for rent money, though a few of his scenes in Spider-Man 3 hint at a softer side.
- No Name Given: His first name is never revealed.
- Running Gag: Most of the scenes he appears in has him demanding that Peter pay up his rent money.
- Shout-Out: "Ditkovich" is a reference to Steve Ditko, co-creator of Spider-Man.
- Played by: Mageina Tovah
- Adorkable: When talking to Peter.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Obviously has a crush on Peter, who is head-over-heels for Mary Jane.
- Displays an I Want My Beloved to Be Happy attitude towards Mary Jane's and Peter's relationship, though.
- Bare Your Midriff: Occasionally seen wearing a shirt that exposes a bit of her belly.
- Canon Foreigner: Like her father, she has no comic counterpart.
- Dogged Nice Girl: Towards Peter.
- Laugh of Love: In Spider-Man 3, she giggles briefly when she's feeding Peter cookies while he's talking to Dr. Connors over the phone.