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The cast of the Spider-Man film trilogy directed by Sam Raimi.

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    Peter Parker / Spider-Man 

Peter Parker / Spider-Man
"Not everyone is meant to make a difference, but for me, the choice to live an ordinary life is no longer an option."
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Played by: Tobey Maguire
Voiced 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. To certain fans, this portrayal of Spider-Man is very much considered the definitive Spider-Man through perfectly capturing the relatable teenager feel from the 60s comics (although with a certain amount of alterations).
  • Adaptational Dye Job: Peter has brown eyes in the comics and most versions; Here, this Peter has blue eyes instead due to being played by Tobey Maguire. Although in the comics, they flip-flop between brown and blue so much eventually Marvel officially stated they were hazel as compromise.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Subverted. While this Peter is a bit of a science nerd who managed to obtain a scholarship in order to attend an Ivy League University, he is nowhere near the gifted scientist that he is in the comics and most versions.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: His web-shooters are natural. Prior to that, the comics had him use gadgets.
  • 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) and the other versions is that this Peter, out-of-costume, is an Extreme Doormat, allowing Harry to treat him like crap and barely raising his voice against Jameson. While he was closer to this in the comics during high school, the film version leaves high school halfway through the first movie. 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.
  • 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 Spider-Man has?
  • 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 Boast: When Peter fully accepts his calling and everything that comes with it.
    Peter Parker: Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: "With great power comes great responsibility." This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I'm Spider-Man.
  • Being Good Sucks: He's Spider-Man, this is a given. Whenever he does the right thing, it's always at a huge personal cost. Lampshaded even.
    "No matter what I do, no matter how hard I try, it's the ones I love who will always be the ones who pay."
  • Beware the Nice Ones: You don't want to make Spidey angry. Carradine and Goblin learn this the hard way.
  • Break Her Heart to Save Her / It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Played straight in the first film, and subverted in the second film. Peter believes he's doing this for Mary Jane. Everything he's experienced in the first movie convinces him that having his dream relationship with MJ is a bad idea, especially for her, so he rebuffs her affections and puts her firmly in the friend-zone. After learning he is Spider-Man in the second film, which recontextualizes their entire friendship, Mary Jane revisits their conversation from before and argues that Peter should let her make own informed decisions. She knows there would be risks to dating a superhero, but they'd be well worth it to her and she would like to face them with him. Peter is touched by this and acquiesces.
  • 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.
  • Cool Mask: Would he really be Spider-Man without it?
  • Dork Knight: Though he seems a lot less dorky as Spider-Man than as Peter Parker.
  • Everyone Can See It: Pretty much everyone that's close to Peter knows of his crush on Mary Jane, to the point that Aunt May brings it up to him.
    May: Tell me, would it be so dangerous to let Mary Jane know how much you care? (chuckles) Everybody else knows!
  • 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.
  • Heel Realization: After he hits Mary Jane, he realizes that his Acquired Situational Narcissism only brings pain to him and his loved ones.
  • 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 Second Wind: After the Green Goblin gives him the beatdown of his life in the first film's climax, he gets one of these after the Green Goblin tells him that, after he kills him, he'll be sure to give Mary Jane a "nice and slow" death.
  • 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). When Sandman lays out his full story, however, Peter does recognize his hypocrisy, admitting "I've done terrible things too."
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: He did not make a physical appearance in the massive Spider-Verse crossover event due to Sony owning the rights to his incarnation of the character. However, the comic at one point leaves a strong implication that he was indeed among the dozens of Spider-Men recruited into the battle against Morlun and the Inheritors, as there's a brief moment where two Spider-Men remark that they saw a Spider-Man that looked exactly like "the guy from Seabiscuit."
  • Leitmotif: He has two that are intertwined - a primal, determined and heroic theme for his Spider-Man persona, and a quieter, introspective and noble theme for his true identity as Peter Parker, symbolizing his heroic heart and his relationship with his Uncle Ben. There are numerous variations on Spider-Man and Peter Parker's themes throughout the trilogy, but the two of them are established in full in the "Main Titles" suite from the first film.
    • He also shares a tender, humble and earnest love theme with Mary Jane that underscores many of their scenes together throughout the trilogy; growing progressively stronger in the first film as they create a genuine bond. It's most prominent during their iconic alleyway kiss, their second kiss at Norman's funeral and the climax of the second film, when Peter sends her to be with John.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He can swiftly dodge attacks just as easily as he can knock criminals out with the sheer strength of his punches and kicks.
  • Literally Loving Thy Neighbor: With MJ.
  • Lovable Nerd: As always.
  • My Greatest Failure: Uncle Ben's death.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: While removing the symbiote is a good first step to redemption, the alien lifeform just attaches itself to someone worse.
  • 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.
  • Parting Words Regret: In a change from the comics, his last conversation with Ben builds to this.
    Ben: I don't mean to lecture, I don't mean to preach. And I know I'm not your father—
    Peter: [annoyed] Then stop pretending to be!
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Peter has a moment of this when he finally gets fed up with Harry trying to murder him and cruelly taunts him after kicking his ass in a fight.
    Peter: No, he [Norman] despised you. You were an embarrassment to him. Oh, look at little Goblin Junior. Gonna cry?
  • Precision F-Strike: He does one of these while under the influence of the black suit, in response to Mr. Ditkovich once again demanding rent from him.
    Peter: You'll get your rent when fix this damn door!
  • Pretty Boy: He was played by Tobey Maguire after all.
  • 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.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: He's this to a bigger extent than his other incarnations, though by the third film he becomes more confident and assertive.
  • 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.
  • Super Toughness: There's at least one moment in all three movies where he's able to put up a strong fight even after having been given a powerful beatdown from his enemies.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Subverted. Peter's Spider-Man persona has an overwhelmingly heroic theme that opens every film in the trilogy. After losing his drive and his confidence for a while, Peter is inspired by Aunt May to resume being Spider-Man again. He decides to test his abilities by jumping from one rooftop to another. His hero theme fires up in all its determined glory and for a moment it seems like he's regained his abilities... and then he drops down, screaming, towards the cement and bounces off someone's car.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Spider-Man 3, thanks to a swollen ego and some alien symbiote influence.
  • 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
Voiced by: Cat O'Connor (first game), Kari Wahlgren (third game)

"Go get em', tiger."

The Girl Next Door and the love of Peter's life. Mary Jane was Peter's Childhood Friend before getting involved with him romantically. Throughout the trilogy, she provides Peter with morale and support, and is often the Damsel in Distress during the climax of each movie.
  • Abusive Parents: Her father is...not a model parent.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Since she's a Composite Character of herself and Gwen Stacynote , 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. Only in Spider-Man 3 does she more resemble her comics counterpart when it comes to how she handles her captivity.
  • 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 Liz, 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.
  • Laugh of Love:
    • In Spider-Man, following the famous kiss-in-the-rain scene between Spider-Man and Mary Jane, she giggles as Spider-Man swings off.
    • In Spider-Man 2, Mary Jane is laughing happily as she runs to Peter's place in her wedding dress, as she's realized that he's the one she truly loves.
  • Leitmotif: She shares a tender, humble and earnest love theme with Peter that underscores many of their scenes together throughout the trilogy; growing progressively stronger in the first film as they create a genuine bond. It's most prominent during their iconic alleyway kiss, their second kiss at Norman's funeral and the climax of the second film, when Peter sends her to be with John.
  • 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 movie. She has her moments in the other two as well, whenever she's not stressed out.
  • 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
"If only I could cause you the pain that you've caused me..."
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Played by: James Franco
Voiced by: Josh Keaton (first and second games)

"Spider-Man will pay. I swear on my father's grave Spider-Man will pay."

Harry Osborn is the son of Oscorp CEO Norman Osborn and is the second Green Goblin. Was Peter's best friend before he finds Spider-Man with the body of his dead father. Now Harry won't stop at nothing until he avenges his father.
  • 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.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: In the comics, Harry was something of a dork who still wound up with the "cool" crowd at college due to his money and status. While the film version of Harry appears to start off that way, he soon evolves into being legitimately cool, which never was the case with the comics' incarnation.
  • 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.
  • All There in the Script: He is never referred to as the "New Goblin" in Spider-Man 3, only in promotional material and merchandise.
  • Avenging the Villain: Mistakenly assumes Spider-Man to have murdered his father and swears revenge. Attempts this in the third film.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's never referred to as the Green Goblin after taking his father's equipment. Promotional materials give him the monkier "New Goblin."
  • Death by Disfigurement: Suffers from facial burns and an Eye Scream before dying.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Attempts to get revenge on Peter by forcing Mary Jane to break up with him under a death threat, and then brags about kissing her before trying to kill him. Apparently, he forgot that the person who he was trying to get revenge on was, well, Spider-Man, who has also become much more vengeful after getting the symbiote. A thorough asskicking and a bomb to the face later, and Harry learns his plan may not have been his best idea.
  • Foil: He and Peter are opposites in many ways. Harry comes from a fairly wealthy background while Peter's financial issues are a frequent concern for him and his family. Peter has a loving relationship with his aunt and uncle, while Harry is distant with his father. Harry's father's death fills him with a constant desire for revenge, while Peter's uncle's death inspires him to be Spider-Man.
  • Freudian Excuse: Hinted that much of his personality stems from his relationship with his father.
  • 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.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Goes from good to bad at the start of Spider-Man 3, then turns good again after suffering amnesia, then returns to villainy when his memories return, and finally becomes good once more after coming to his senses towards the end of the 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 (which also led to him regaining his memory).
  • Irony: He dies in a similar way to his father, but out a desire to save Peter rather than wanting to kill him.
  • 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 and, well, being a legitimate creep.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Character flaws aside, he does appreciate his friendship with Peter and Mary Jane, which is especially showcased in the third movie during his time having amnesia and at the end where he sacrifices his life for them.
  • 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. He was far from an ideal boyfriend and MJ wasn't an ideal girlfriend, but whereas she appears apologetic about her screwing up, he blames her and tells Norman that "he was right" about her.
    • Not to mention how he stole MJ from Peter despite knowing how much Peter liked her.
  • Non-Indicative Name: His alter-ego in Spider-Man 3 is known as the "New Goblin", despite there not being anything remotely goblin-like about his costume.
  • Parental Neglect: By his father...and whenever he is paid attention to, it's with a strict attitude and even outright belittlement.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He's nicer than he has ever been when he gets short-term amnesia in the third movie.
  • 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.
  • Villainous B.S.O.D.: Suffers this after the symbiote-powered Peter scarred his face with his own bomb. When Peter later plead him to help save MJ, Harry screams at him to get out. By that point he doesn't care about MJ, Peter, his father, the company, or anything else anymore, he just wants to be left alone. Though learning the truth from Bernard got him out of it.
  • "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.


    Dennis Carradine 

Dennis Carradine
"Put the money in the bag."

Played by: Michael Papajohn

The carjacker who murdered Uncle Ben... or so it seems...
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the tie-in video game for the first film, he's referred to as "Spike".
  • Affably Evil: To a certain extent, as he actually takes the time to thank Peter for letting him into the elevator.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Even though he desperately attempts to put up a fight, Peter takes him down with ease.
  • 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. Sandman also receives the Burglar's role from the comics of having a daughter.
  • Evil Laugh: He does a sinister chuckle while pointing a gun directly at Peter's forehead.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Even though moments before he was begging for his life, he takes the opportunity to point a gun at Peter's head while Peter is distracted.
  • 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.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: A flashback in Spider-Man 3 shows that he refused to wait on Flint Marko, who was calling for help for Uncle Ben, driving off in Uncle Ben's car without him.
  • Posthumous Character: We learn more about him in the third film.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Subverted. He holds a gun up to Peter's head and says, "See ya", only for Peter to swiftly disarm him before he has a chance to pull the trigger. Given how he soon after falls out of a window to his death, "See ya" fittingly ends up being his Famous Last Words.
  • 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.
  • Villains Want Mercy: When Peter confronts and attacks him, he quickly and pathetically ends up begging for mercy, which only pisses Peter off even more.

    Dr. Norman Osborn / Green Goblin 

Dr. Norman Osborn / Green Goblin
"First, we attack his heart!"
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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."

The main antagonist of Spider-Man 1 and the trilogy as a whole. Norman Osborn is the CEO of Oscorp and the father of Harry Osborn. After a Freak Lab Accident, Norman goes insane, becomes the Green Goblin, and attempts to make Spider-Man's life hell.
  • Abusive Parents: While he does love Harry and tries to be a good father to him, his way of doing involves being emotionally distant and even outright belittling Harry when he doesn't meet his expectations.
  • 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 - even if he mostly fails at it - and is genuinely kind to Peter. While not a "good man", he can't really be called a "bad man" either.
  • Affably Evil: Even with his Green Goblin personality, it doesn't overshadow the fact that he loves his family deeply and fears for the future of his struggling company.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Norman's descent to madness and his demise can draw comparisons to that of the downfall of Macbeth. His final line before his death sums his regret up perfectly:
  • Arch-Enemy: Of all the villains in the films, the Green Goblin is the most dangerous and murderous of Spider-Man's enemies, the only who is a match for him in terms of flexibility, strength, and agility, the only one to independently deduce his secret identity, and goes out of his way to terrorize his loved ones to hurt Peter and continues to have impact even after his death.
  • 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 and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
  • Badass Bookworm: A highly intelligent scientist who took out 4 cops 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.
  • Composite Character: This version of Norman Osborn has traits that have similarities to multiple villains from the Spider-Man mythos:
    • In terms of his life positioning, he does resemble the Norman of the comics through being the founder and head of the company Os Corp, having a son with which he has a strained if not quite as intense relationship, the use of the Goblin persona and gear, etc.
    • The more timid Norman Osborn who is afraid of his dark side including going so far as to refuse to accept what he was capable of in murder with them blaming an "alternate entity" for it (in contrast to the more ruthless Norman Osborn who had a shady side even before becoming a costumed character), his friendship of sorts with Peter Parker before they become enemies, and his first true villainous act being the murder of his assistant after which he becomes a full-on costumed villain resembles that of Miles Warren aka The Jackal.
    • Also notably his status as a scientist who is spearheading some groundbreaking work but facing intense pressure from his colleagues/superiors with the threat of losing his job that leads to him being desperate enough to make some sort of careless mistake that leads to him having an accident that leads him to becoming physiologically transformed and on put on the path to becoming super-criminals resembles the elements of the lesser known Spider-Man villain Jackson Arvad aka Will o' the Wisp.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Has no problem using his advanced weaponry to weaken Spider Man if necessary.
  • 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).
  • Dirty Coward: Goblin tried to backstab Peter, but it appears he's back to Norman when he has an Oh, Crap! moment when he's about to be Hoist by His Own Petard, suggesting he'd force Norman back to normal rather than be around his death.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Anyone who angers, upsets or irritates Norman, will be brutally murdered by the Goblin. It can be genuinely slights, like that of Quest Aerospace or the Oscorp CEO, or it can be something as minor as Aunt May tapping his hands at Thanksgiving for starting to eat before grace, it doesn't matter, the Goblin will come after you, either murder you brutally, or torture you into a panic attack. As for Spider-Man, his biggest crime was saying no to the Goblin after the latter was offering him the world.
  • 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, a more grown-up take on puny Parker picked at high school. Much like the Spider-Man outfit giving Peter an outlet to put out a more confident and theatrical personality, the Goblin personality magnifies Osborn into a Large Ham while the real Norman is more passive and meek, not unlike Peter and Spider-Man's Secret Identity.
    • To Uncle Ben. Both characters are fathers/father figures who try to instill personal philosophies into their sons. However, Norman is emotionally distant and frequently belittles Harry. Uncle Ben is kind and tries to steer Peter in the right direction, although Peter doesn't take it to heart until after his death. By the end of the film, Peter accepts him as his father over Norman.
  • 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. But in his dying moment, it was definitely Norman.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Injecting himself with the serum was meant to prove the experiment could work. And it did.
  • Hyde Plays Jekyll: Implied to happen just before his death; he asks for mercy, protesting his innocence, while putting his glider into position to impale Peter.
  • 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.
  • Laser-Guided Karma / Karmic Death: Norman's attempt to backstab Peter backfires because he didn't know about Peter's spider-sense and he winds up being stabbed in the gut by his glider instead.
  • 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.
  • Lonely at the Top: In Peter's eyes, Norman is the perfect picture of success. A brilliant scientist who is also a successful businessman and has a family, but this turns out to be his public face. In actual fact, Norman's company depends on government funding to make super soldiers so as to better support the biochemistry research that Norman really cares about (as per his line about "tapping the potential of human evolution" before he injects himself), he is personally quite lonely and aloof because Intelligence Equals Isolation and he feels constantly Surrounded by Idiots and disappointed by his own son Harry, he's not well respected by his own company (since they keep going over his head, first Mendell Stromm saying "back to formula" to General Slocum and then his own board of directors acceding to a corporate merger without telling him). He apparently had a very bad marriage and in the way he projects Peter/Spider-Man as his real son, you can sense that he's really desperate for some connection, and represents a kind of cautionary tale for what Peter could become.
  • 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. Incidentally the Goblin Mask is frozen in a permanent full-toothed grin as well, which given that we don't see it associated in the early prototype demonstrations is something the Goblin really put work into emphasizing.
  • 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: His willingness to test an unstable serum on himself to protect his company's future and his continued isolation out of fear of being viewed as a failure by his own family leads to him losing control of himself and going Ax-Crazy. Even if you can't sympathize with him because of his Goblin personality, it's really tragic for anyone to go in that direction.
  • 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.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: His costume has demonic golden yellow lenses that alongside the demented teeth base, makes him look like an evil demon, which is emphasized in the scene where he terrorizes Aunt May, who mentions his eyes while in hospital.

    Dr. Otto Octavius / Doctor Octopus / "Doc Ock" 

Dr. Otto Octavius / Doctor Octopus / "Doc Ock"
"The real crime would be to not finish what we started."

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.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: All he wanted in life was to create technology that could change the world in amazing ways and make everyone happier, a goal that ended up blowing up in his face as it resulted in the death of both his wife and his reputation, and ultimately led to him being corrupted by the very things he had good intentions with. In the end, he realizes his mistakes and puts an end to what was once his dream, taking himself along with it.
    • Even his tentacles partially get this treatment in the novelization. As Otto sinks down into the river along with the fusion reactor, his tentacles are utterly terrified at the thought of dying, not wanting to go out after only having been alive for such a short time. As they continue to sink down further, they desperately beg for their "father" to save them, not even realizing that he's already long gone.
  • 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.
  • Big "NO!": When he wakes up at the hospital after his mechanical tentacles went berserk and viciously murdered everyone present, Octavius realizes what just happened and lets out a particularly soul-crushing version of this trope. His arms scream with him, hinting that his control over them may not be completely gone.
  • Combat Tentacles: Well he is called "Dr. Octopus." And the four metal arms look like tentacles.
  • Composite Character: In addition to being based on his comic book incarnation, this Doc Ock shares similarities to multiple characters from the Spider-Man mythos:
    • Naturally, his status as a successful scientist with mechanical tentacles of his invention that are welded to his back come from his comic-book counterpart, as well as at least a touch of his hubris. Also, like his counterpart from Spider-Man: The Animated Series, he is an idol to Peter Parker and his chief work was a fusion energy project.
    • His more amiable demeanor, happily married family life, friendship with Peter Parker/Spider-Man, genuine desire to help humanity with his work (in contrast to comic book Octavius’ more self-centered attitude), and experiment going awry leading to his transformation into a supervillain with something of a split mind of some kind resembles that of Curt Connors aka The Lizard. (According to some sources, the character was in fact originally written to be Connors in an earlier draft)
    • Also notably the character’s “symbiotic” relationship with the mechanical tentacle AI bears a striking resemblance to the character Eddie Brock/Venom through the fact that in both cases, each was a human man (Otto and Eddie) who becomes combined with some powerful resource that gives him superpowers (the tentacles and the sybmiote) that has a personality of its own that comes to form an alliance with the man and sharing his mind/body. Also in both cases the character started out as a good man whose life was torn apart because of an honest mistake on their part, however both danced around accepting responsibility for it. Doc Ock even refers to himself as “We” during the film’s climax, which is a very well-known trait of the Venom from the comics.
  • 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.
  • Cool Shades: After becoming Dr. Octopus, he wears a classy Hipster style spectacles.
  • 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.
  • Fatal Flaw: His hubris, which causes the accident that makes him into Doctor Octopus (and kills his wife), as well as what drives him for most of the movie.
  • 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.
  • Heel Realization: He comes to have one at the end thanks to Peter.
  • 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: He is hesitant to do evil, but his tentacles persuade him into it.
  • 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
"Never wound what you can't kill."
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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 I'm gonna make you lose yours. How does that sound, Tiger?"

Peter's rival photographer and Spider-Man's Evil Counterpart Eddie started out as an arrogant, self centered, and insufferable Jerk Ass. And, after bonding with the alien symbiote, becomes Venom, and swears to destroy Peter's life just like he destroyed his.
  • 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 can occasionally be a Anti-Hero; he would try to protect innocents and stop other criminals, even teaming up with Spider-Man to stop Carnage. 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.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Sure, he was a jerk, but he didn't really deserve to be blown up. Even Spider-Man, who he falsely accused of committing a robbery, is distraught that he couldn't save him.
  • All There in the Script: He is referred to as Venom in virtually everything related to film... except for the film itself.
  • Badass Boast: Delivers a good one to Peter during the climax:
    Never wound what you can't kill!
    • He more than backs it up due to being faster and stronger than regular Spider Man due to the black spidey symbiote.
  • Big Bad: The Venom symbiote is this in the third film, with Brock/Venom as the Final Boss.
  • Big "NO!": His final words in fact. When the symbiote has been separated from him in the climax and is about to be destroyed with one of New Goblin's pumpkin bombs, Brock runs toward to it while loudly screaming "NOOO!", resulting in him being killed by the explosion alongside the symbiote.
  • 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-Hero.
  • Decomposite Character: His symbiotic relationship with something and usual trait from the comics and most versions of referring to himself as “We” are given to Doc Ock.
  • 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 he, 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. He embraces the symbiote's bad influence rather than rejecting it, 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.
  • Hate Sink: Unlike other main villains in the series, Eddie has no tragic or redeeming aspects and is a lying, self-centered Jerkass right out of the gate.
  • 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 11... 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 with the power.
  • Shadow Archetype: He represents what Peter could have become if the latter gave in to the symbiote's power trip and let his fame go to his head.
  • 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 30 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.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He attempts to reunite with the symbiote, even though Peter just threw a bomb at it.
  • 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
"I didn't choose to be this. The only thing left of me now... is my daughter."

"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, who actually spent some time as a hero, 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. It turns out he is the guy who shot Uncle Ben but it was all an accident. He always regretted what he had done even if it wasn't his fault and never meant to hurt Peter or his family.
  • 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.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: He's a thug and a hardened criminal, but he's very loving towards his estranged daughter and feels guilt about killing Peter's uncle.
  • The Brute: More than all of the other villains, Flint muscles his way through most of his problems; this is especially noticeable when he teams up with Venom in Spider-Man 3's last act.
  • Composite Character: In addition to being based on his comic book counterpart, he shares some similarities with the Burglar through the fact that he has a daughter and is the criminal who unintentionally killed Ben Parker through shooting him.
  • 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.
  • Heel Realization: Seeing Venom die makes him re-think his supervillain career.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is a tough guy as well as one of the two villains of the third film. He has robbed and stole money. However, he actually is a good guy when you get to know him. He is very much an Anti-Villain, easily the most sympathetic of all the Spider-Man villains.
  • 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, helping hold Mary Jane hostage, and brutally beating Peter to near-death was still not justified.
      • Subverted in the game, where Sandman only teams up with Venom when the latter reveals he's holding the former's daughter hostage.
    • 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. Ironically, he's the only villain in the trilogy to actually survive his film.
  • 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.

Peter's family

    May Parker 

May Parker
"At least we get the toaster."

Played by: Rosemary Harris
Voiced by: Mindy Sterling (second game)

"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.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: On her views of Spider-Man. In the comicsnote  and most adaptations, she's afraid of Spider-Man and, like Jameson, thinks he's a menace. Here, at least when he saved her from Doc Ock, does she see Spider-Man as a real hero. The opposite goes with her views of Doc Ock, whom she thinks is a nice man (and almost married him) in the comics.
  • 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.
  • 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(?).
  • Truer to the Text: Outside of her different view of Spider-Man, this May Parker is much more faithful to her comic book counterpart than all of the other live-action versions of the character.
  • Widow Woman: After Ben's death.

    Ben Parker 

Ben Parker
"These are the years when a man changes into the man he's going to become for the rest of his life. Just be careful who you change into."

Played by: Cliff Robertson

"With great power comes great responsibility. Remember that, Pete. Remember that."

Peter's uncle.

Daily Bugle staff

    J. Jonah Jameson 

J. Jonah Jameson
"He doesn't want to be famous? Then I'll make him infamous!"

Played by: J. K. Simmons
Voiced by: Jay Gordon (first and second games)

"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.
  • Everybody Has Standards: In the third movie, he issues a full retraction after Peter proves Eddie faked the photos of Spider-Man committing a robbery and fires Eddie immediately.
  • 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. Another example is his fury when he finds that Eddie Brock printed a forged photo framing Spider-Man of robbery and actually prints a retraction apologizing to Spider-Man despite his dislike of him.
  • Inspector Javert: Firmly believes that Spidey is evil.
  • Jerkass: An arrogant, stubborn and pompous skinflint who micromanages his employees.
  • Jerkass Realization: He has one in the second movie when Mary Jane is captured, bemoaning the fact that Spider-Man could have stopped it from happening had he not driven him away. Then Spidey returns (and steals back his costume), and Jameson goes right back to his old self.
  • 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
Voiced by: Jeff Coopwood (second game), Charlie Robinson (third game)

A longtime employee at the Daily Bugle.
  • 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.
  • Demoted to Extra: He is not an important as his comic book counterpart and most versions.
  • 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.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Similar to the comics, it's strongly implied early in the second movie that he's figured out the truth. When Peter explains where he just came from, Robbie observes that Spider-Man also happened to be there and gives him a glance.

    Ted Hoffman 

Ted Hoffman

Played by: Ted Raimi

The ad manager of the Daily Bugle.
  • All There in the Manual: Though it's not stated in the movies, the novelization for Spider-Man 2 mentions that he's the ad manager for the Daily Bugle, hence why J. Jonah Jameson is always consulting him about ideas for headlines and super villain names.
  • All There in the Script: His first name is never said in the film, only in the novelizations and other supplementary material.
  • Butt-Monkey: Most of his scenes involve him receiving the short stick of J. Jonah Jameson's anger.
  • Canon Foreigner: Having no comic book counterpart, he only exists in the films.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Whenever he appears onscreen, always expect an incoming joke or gag involving him.
  • Running Gag: He instantly appears whenever J. Jonah Jameson shouts his name. At one point, he appears as soon as Jameson calls him, to which Jameson reacts with a disturbed Double Take.

    Elizabeth "Betty" Brant 

Elizabeth "Betty" Brant

Played by: Elizabeth Banks
Voiced by: Bethany Rhoades (second game), Rachel Kimsey (third game)

"Welcome to the Daily Bugle."

Jameson's secretary at the Daily Bugle.
  • 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 her characterization 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.

OsCorp personnel/associates

    Henry Balkan 

Henry Balkan

"You're out, Norman."

Played by: Jack Betts

One of the OsCorp board of directors.
  • Asshole Victim: Unlike Maximillian Fargas, who at least tries to show a little bit of sympathy for Norman, he's quite cruel towards Norman when throwing him out of the company, coldly saying the above quote to him before having a sip of tea.
  • Board to Death: Norman murders him and the rest of the board just so he can remain in charge of OsCorp.
  • Canon Foreigner: Along with the rest of the OsCorp board of directors.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Green Goblin throws a special kind of pumpkin bomb at him that instantly disintegrates him into a skeleton and then into dust.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: As a result of him and the rest of the board of directors kicking Norman out, the latter dons the Goblin suit again and murders them all at the Unity Day Festival. Not only does the experience give Norman an even bigger lust for power, but it also leads to him first encountering Spider-Man at the festival, causing him to form a sick obsession with the hero.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets very little screen time before being killed.

    Maximillian Fargas 

Maximillian Fargas

Played by: Gerry Becker

One of the OsCorp board of directors.
  • Asshole Victim: While he attempts to put on a slightly more friendly exterior than Henry Balkan, deep down he's just as scummy as the latter. The novelization especially illuminates this, particularly when Harry briefly talks to him at the Unity Day Festival, as Mary Jane notices that he looks at Harry with the same kind of condescension and contempt that her father would look at her with.
  • Bald of Evil/Evil Cripple: While not exactly "evil" per se, he does play an antagonistic role towards Norman due to kicking him off the board of directors just so they can move forward with selling OsCorp.
  • Board to Death: Norman murders him and the rest of the board in order to keep his position as CEO of OsCorp.
  • Canon Foreigner: Along with the rest of the OsCorp board of directors.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Green Goblin throws a special kind of pumpkin bomb at him that instantly disintegrates him into a skeleton and then into dust.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The board of directors forcing Norman out is what leads to the latter becoming the Green Goblin again and murdering them; an act that results in him becoming obsessed with power, which convinces him to use his abilities and weapons to become a dangerous public menace, rather than just using them to do his own corporate dirty work.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Just like Henry Balkan, he gets very little screen time before being killed.

    Dr. Mendel Stromm 

Dr. Mendel Stromm

Played by: Ron Perkins
Voiced by: Peter Lurie

"We need to take the whole line back to formula."

The head of OsCorp's research and development department.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the comic books, he's an antagonist that tried to have Norman murdered after the latter framed him for embezzlement. Along with that, he later on ended up becoming a cyborg super villain. Here, he's a well-intentioned scientist that would've prevented the entire conflict of the movie had Norman considered his warnings.
  • Cowardly Sidekick: Norman considers him to be this, due to him not wanting to test the performance enhancers.
  • Death by Adaptation: He has narrowly avoided death multiple times in the comics, but in the first film ends up being the Green Goblin's very first victim.
  • In-Name-Only: Has nothing in common with his comic book counterpart outside of his name and former association with Oscorp.
  • Ignored Expert: Norman disregards his warnings that the performance enhancers could pose serious risks, a move that ultimately has disastrous consequences.
  • Only Sane Man: He's the only one among the OsCorp personnel that believes that the performance enhancers need to be taken "back to formula", due to one trial run of them showing side-effects of aggression and insanity. In the end, it turns out he was entirely correct.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Only appears in two scenes, as he's killed in the second one.

    General Slocum 

General Slocum

Played by: Stanley Anderson

"Believe me, nothing would give me more pleasure than to put Norman Osborn out of business."

A General of the Unites States Army who funds OsCorp's technologies.
  • 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.
  • Canon Foreigner: As with several other characters, he only appears in the film series.
  • 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 Osborn) 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.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It was because of him warning Norman that he'll pull OsCorp's funding if the performance enhancers weren't ready in time that led to Norman testing the incomplete serum on himself, which results in Norman becoming the Green Goblin; launching the film's main conflict.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Only appears for two scenes before he's killed.

Other Supporting Characters

    Dr. Curt Connors 

Dr. Curt Connors

Played by: Dylan Baker
'Voiced by: Joe Alaskey (second game), Nathan Carlson (third game)

Peter's college physics professor.

    Eugene "Flash" Thompson 

Eugene "Flash" Thompson

Played by: Joe Manganiello

Peter: I don't want to fight you, Flash.
Flash: I wouldn't want to fight me neither!

Popular high school jock that once dated Mary Jane and also used to bully Peter.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is brown, as opposed to being blonde like in the comics and most versions.
  • All There in the Manual: The first film's novelization elaborates much more on his character and his relationship with Mary Jane.
  • Back for the Finale: After being entirely absent from the second film, he appears right at the end of the final film for a cameo.
  • Hooked Up Afterwards: The ending of the Spider-Man 2 novelization briefly mentions that he got together with Liz Allan sometime after the first film.
  • Humiliation Conga: Peter's first day with his new powers ends up being unpleasant for Flash, as he first gets hit in the back with a tray full of food, then gets easily bested in combat by Peter, and finally gets hit with food again, this time in the face.
  • It's All About Me: The novelization explains that a big part of what caused him and Mary Jane to break up was his frustration with her wanting to pursue an acting career instead of what he wants for her, and that he believes that she never thinks about his needs.
  • Jerk Jock: As with the comics, he bullies Peter throughout high school.
  • Punched Across the Room: What happens to him at the end of his fight with Peter.
  • Reformed Bully: Spider-Man 3 seems to imply this, as he shows up for Harry's funeral.
  • Romantic False Lead: At the start of the first film, he's dating Mary Jane, which makes Peter's crush on her all the more painful. Luckily for Peter, the two eventually break up on rather rotten terms.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He's strong enough to break an entire locker with a single punch, but ultimately falls victim to Peter's enhanced reflexes.

    Gwen Stacy 

Gwen Stacy

Peter's classmate and the apple of Eddie's eye.
  • Adapted Out: She doesn't appear in the tie-in game for the third movie.
  • 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.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She makes a brief appearance in the Spider-Man 2 novelization as one of the students in Doctor Connors' class, just as she is in the third film. note 
  • 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.

    Captain George Stacy 

Captain George Stacy

Played by: James Cromwell

Captain of the NYPD and father of Gwen Stacy.
  • Bearer of Bad News: He's the one who informs Peter and Aunt May that Flint Marko was Uncle Ben's actual killer. Peter doesn't exactly take it well.
  • Cool Old Guy: Unlike his comic book self, he has not yet retired from his position as police captain despite his age, and in the few scenes he appears in, he's shown getting pretty involved in things.
  • Demoted to Extra: As with Gwen, his role in the film is very minimal compared to the comics.
  • Papa Wolf: In a deleted scene, he defends Gwen when Eddie shows up at her house and begs her to take him back; threatening to have Eddie arrested if he doesn't leave.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Due to his limited role, he survives the events of the movie; whereas fate wasn't so kind to his comic book counterpart.

    Mr. Ditkovich 

Mr. Ditkovich
"Give me rent!"

Played by: Elya Baskin

"It's a free country, not a rent-free country."

The landlord of Peter's apartment.
  • 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.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the Editor's Cut of Spider-Man 3, he only has less than a minute of screen time, as the cut removes the scene where Peter apologizes to him for having yelled at him earlier.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the third film, it's suggested that he does care for Peter deep down, as he expresses legitimate concern for the latter's sudden change in personality, and later on tries giving him dating advice.
  • No Name Given: His first name is never revealed.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Similar to J. Jonah Jameson, his jerkish demeanor is used in a very comedic way.
  • 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.

    Ursula Ditkovich 

Ursula Ditkovich
"Hi, Pete!"

Played by: Mageina Tovah

An unassuming girl next door who is the daughter of Peter's landlord.

    Emma Marko 

Emma Marko

Played by: Theresa Russell

The ex-wife of Flint Marko and mother of Penny Marko.
  • All There in the Manual: The novelization of the third film greatly expands on her character and her history with Flint.
  • Broken Bird: Her experiences with Penny becoming ill and Flint subsequently turning to crime has noticeably left her very cold and bitter.
  • Mama Bear: Disgusted with the lifestyle Flint chose, she adamantly doesn't want him to have anything to do with Penny. In the novelization, she even flat-out tries to attack Flint when he approaches Penny.
  • Prematurely Grey-Haired: She has several strands of grey hair, which the novelization hints is the result of all that she's been through.

    Penny Marko 

Penny Marko

"I miss you too, daddy."

Played by: Perla Haney-Jardine
Voiced by: Spencer Lacey Ganus (third game)

The terminally-ill daughter of Flint and Emma.
  • Ambiguous Ending: The film leaves it uncertain as to whether or not she can be cured of her illness. Conversely, the novelization/originally-filmed ending of the film gives a bleak ending to her story, revealing that her condition is indeed incurable.
  • Canon Foreigner: At the time of the film's release, Flint Marko had no daughter in the comics. However, a character that could be his daughter was introduced into the comics in 2010, though she isn't named Penny and has almost nothing in common with the character in the film.
  • Children Are Innocent: She still loves her father regardless of his criminal activities.
  • Damsel in Distress: In a rather big deviation from the film, the video game adaptation has Venom kidnap and hold her hostage so as to blackmail Flint Marko (who in the game isn't willing to kill Spider-Man at first) into going along with his plans.
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: Crossed with Ill Girl, she has a terminal illness that Flint is desperate to seek out a cure for.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Despite only appearing in one scene, she is the driving force behind all of Flint Marko's actions.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Played with. She gives Flint a locket that contains a photo of herself, which Flint from then on treats as his prized possession, as it serves as a constant reminder for him to keep on fighting for her ailing life.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: In the originally-filmed climax of the film (that's still featured in the novelization), she convinces Flint to stop attacking Spider-Man and to give up his life of crime, telling him to face the reality that there is no cure for her condition and that killing Spider-Man will most definitely not make her get any better. She also helps encourage Peter to forgive Flint for what he did to his uncle.

    Bernard Houseman 

Bernard Houseman

Played by: John Paxton

"I loved your father, as I have loved you, Harry, as your friends love you."

The butler of Norman Osborn and later Harry Osborn.
  • Adaptation Name Change: He's referred to as Edmund Bernard in the novelizations.
  • Ascended Extra: In the first two films, he only briefly shows up for one scene. Come the third film, he's given prominence in several scenes, particularly at the end when he tells Harry the truth about Norman's death.
  • Canon Foreigner: He's not a character from the comics.
  • Canon Immigrant: After first appearing in the films, his character also appeared in The Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon.
  • Helpful Hallucination: Word of God is that, while he's real in all his other appearances, he's a hallucination of Harry's in the scene where he tells him the truth surrounding Norman's death; representing Harry overcoming his own inner demons. The scene was originally going to show this, but it was cut from the final picture.

    Rosalie Octavius 

Rosalie Octavius

Played by: Donna Murphy
Voiced by: Susan Egan (second game)

Otto Octavius' wife and assistant.

    Captain John Jameson III 

Captain John Jameson III

Played by: Daniel Gillies
Voiced by: Charles Klausmeyer (second game)

The highly successful son of J. Jonah Jameson, who in the second movie becomes engaged to Mary Jane.
  • Ace Pilot: Just like his comic counterpart, he's a highly experienced pilot and astronaut.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Although he serves the role of a romantic rival to Peter, he doesn't become a super villain like in the comics.
  • Alliterative Name: John Jameson
  • Disposable Fiancé: A rare non-romantic comedy instance. He serves the part of the "Bland Perfection" man that ultimately gets dumped by Mary Jane for Peter at the end of the movie, on what was supposed to be their wedding day, no less.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: He always comes off as relatively calm and collected no matter the situation, a big contrast to how his father reacts to everything.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Averted, at least in the film's novelization. While saddened, he's generally understanding with Mary Jane deciding to move on, as deep down he himself was feeling unsure if their relationship was going to work out.

    Joan Jameson 

Joan Jameson

Played by: Christine Estabrook

The wife of J. Jonah Jameson.
  • Alliterative Name: Joan Jameson
  • Foil: The second film goes the extra mile to show that she and J. Jonah Jameson have quite different ideas when it comes to budgeting things. While JJJ seeks to be as cheap as possible, she on the other hand generally wants to go all-out with everything.
  • The Ghost: She’s mentioned but does not appear in the first and third movies.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: In a sense, as whenever she appears or gets brought up, it's always for an imminent joke or gag.
  • Spared By Adaptation: Although her character died in the comics, the movies depict her as being alive and well.

    Bonesaw McGraw 

Bonesaw McGraw

Played by: Randy Savage

'"Hey, freakshow! You're goin' nowhere! I gotcha for three minutes! Three minutes of PLAYTIME!"

A professional wrestler that Peter ends up fighting against for prize money.
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, the wrestler Peter fights is named Joseph "Crusher" Hogan.
  • Chairman of the Brawl: Bashes Peter several times with a chair.
  • Crowbar Combatant: Attempts to use a crowbar against Peter, but gets beaten down before he has a chance to strike him with it.
  • Large Ham: In just one scene, he manages to give both J. Jonah Jameson and Green Goblin a run for their money in terms of sheer hamminess.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Despite his freakishly-huge muscles, Peter manages to defeat him in two minutes. Justified, of course, given Peter's Super Strength abilities.

    Louise Wood 

Louise Wood

Played by: Vanessa Ferlito

Mary Jane's play co-star and close friend.
  • All There in the Script: Her name is not given in the film, only in the credits. Likewise, only the novelization reveals her last name.
  • Ascended Extra: She’s almost literally an extra in the theatrical cut of Spider-Man 2, but the extended 2.1 cut of the film gives her an entire scene where she talks with Mary Jane over the latter's feelings for John Jameson and if she really does love him or not.
  • Best Friend: She's one of Mary Jane's closest friends, to the point that she serves as her maid of honor at her wedding.
  • Canon Foreigner: Although she shares a first name with Louise Kennedy (a character that briefly appeared in the Spider-Man comics of the '90s before getting killed off), she has zero relation to the character; rendering her this.
  • Hooked Up Afterwards: Towards the end of the novelization for Spider-Man 2, there's a strong implication that she and John Jameson will start dating.
  • Shipping Torpedo: Downplayed. She shows disapproval towards Mary Jane wanting to marry John Jameson so early, not because she doesn't think they'd be good together, but rather because she highly suspects that Mary Jane doesn't truly love him.

    Rahi Aziz 

Rahi Aziz
"Parker! You're late, man! Always late!"

Played by: Aasif Mandvi
Voiced by: Keith Szarabajka (second game)

"Joe's 29-Minute Guarantee is a promise, man. And I know to you, Parker, a promise means nothing. But to me, it's serious."

The manager of Joe's Pizza.
  • Advertised Extra: Despite being shown several times in the main trailer for Spider-Man 2, he's only in the actual film for two scenes.
  • All There in the Script: In both the film and video game, he's only referred to as Mr. Aziz, while the film's novelization reveals his first name to be Rahi.
  • Canon Foreigner: He's yet another film-exclusive character.
  • Mean Boss: A subversion — while he comes off as strict, his reasons for firing Peter are entirely justifiable, and he does manage to show a bit of sympathy towards the latter, admitting that Peter's "a nice guy, but just not dependable".
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Him firing Peter is what marks the beginning of the latter's downward spiral when it comes to the pressure of balancing his superhero life with his civilian life.
  • Verbal Tic: He tends to end his sentences with "man", as shown in the above quotes.
    Peter: Why didn't you send Salim?
    Mr. Aziz: Salim was deported yesterday, man.

Video Game Exclusive Characters

Characters that appear in the tie-in video games, but are otherwise non-canon to the films.

    Herman Schultz / Shocker 

Herman Schultz / Shocker

Voiced by: Micheal Beattie

A talented thief that uses a set of gauntlets that launch blasts of concentrated air vibrations to make short work of anyone that opposes him.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: He has no superpowers, instead using his special gauntlets and insulated suit to make himself a match for Spider-Man.
  • Embarrassing but Empowering Outfit: His outfit is just as silly-looking as it is in the comics, but it still serves a functional purpose. Upon their first encounter, Spider-Man is quick to mock his outfit.
    Spider-Man: So you must be... Quilt-Man? Padded Pete? Mr. Triple-Ply? Oh! I've got it! (macho voice) "The Cushion"!
  • No Honor Among Thieves: After Spider-Man defeats him, he willingly gives up Vulture’s location, reasoning that, “If I’m not getting mine, Vulture’s not getting his.”
  • Sphere of Destruction: In the second game, he can generate a massive spherical blast of vibrational air.
  • Tornado Move: His gauntlets are able to generate small tornadoes.
  • Villain Team-Up: He teams up with Vulture to perform a heist, and they split the shares.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: He’s the first boss that Spider-Man battles that isn’t just a mere thug.

    Adrian Toomes / Vulture 

Adrian Toomes / Vulture

Voiced by: Dwight Schultz

A bird-like elderly man that uses a flight suit to commit robberies.
  • Bald of Evil: As with his comic counterpart, he has no hair due to his age.
  • Clock Tower: He lives inside of one, using it as his own Supervillain Lair.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Would be an ordinary old man if not for his flight suit.
  • Death Course: His lair is filled to the brim with explosive booby traps.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: The game offers no explanation behind his turn to crime.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's a criminal that's noticeably older than any of the villains Spider-Man has fought.
  • Feather Flechettes: Uses sharp, metallic feathers against Spider-Man in combat.
  • Grenade Spam: He throws down a massive amount of grenades at Spider-Man as the latter makes his way up to his location.
  • No Respect Guy: His status as an old man is constantly the butt of Spider-Man's jokes, and he even gets made fun of by a cop after being webbed up.
  • Villain Team-Up: Briefly teams up with Shocker in order to perform a heist, and splits the shares with him afterwards.

    MacDonald Gargan / Scorpion 

MacDonald Gargan / Scorpion

Voiced by: Michael McColl (Spider-Man: The Movie), Dee Bradley Baker (Spider-Man 3)

A man unwillingly given super powers and a cybernetic tail and forced to be an agent/hitman for MechaBioCon Industries.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the third game, he has no desire to do any harm, only wanting to get back at those that made him into what he is now. However, his willingness to kill for revenge and lack of interest in being an actual hero like Spider-Man pushes him more into the Anti-Hero range.
  • Arch-Enemy: Dr. Stillwell, who was the person in charge of the project that made him into the Scorpion.
  • Bald of Awesome: The third game shows that he has lost all of his hair as a result of the experiments done on him.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: His cybernetic tail is able to shoot out energy blasts and can also be used effectively in hand-to-hand combat.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: His armor in Spider-Man 3 gives him retractable blades underneath his wrists.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: He briefly becomes this in the third game, until Spider-Man is able to free him.
  • Combat Parkour: In combat, he can be just as agile as Spider-Man.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: He considers himself to be a "freak" and desperately wants to get his rid of prehensile tail.
  • Powered Armor: In both of his appearances, he wears a metal armor that enhances his abilities along with giving him some protection.
  • Prehensile Tail: He has a cybernetic scorpion tail that's been gruesomely fused to his spine.
  • Scary Scorpions: Not only does he have a scorpion tail, but the first game briefly mentions that he's been infused with radioactive scorpion DNA.
  • Wall Crawl: Similar to Spider-Man, he's able to cling to and climb up walls.

    Sergei Kravinoff / Kraven The Hunter 

Sergei Kravinoff / Kraven The Hunter

Voiced by: Peter Lurie (Spider-Man: The Movie), Neil Kaplan (Spider-Man 3)

A sadistic hunter who in the Xbox version of the first game is hired by Norman Osborn to hunt down Spider-Man. After being defeated, he later returns in the third game, this time with the intent to not only kill Spider-Man, but The Lizard as well.

  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's quite a show-off when it comes to both his fighting abilities and his traps.
  • Death Course: He turns the Central Park Zoo into one for Spider-Man.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: His whole reason behind wanting to kill Spider-Man and the Lizard was to show to himself that he really can kill anything.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: In both of his appearances, he drinks potions that enhance his abilities in different ways.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Attempts to hunt the clearly-human Spider-Man, as well as the human-turned-monster Lizard.
  • I Gave My Word: In the first game, he poisons Spider-Man and promises that he'll give him the antidote if defeated. After Spider-Man beats him, he keeps his promise and hands him the antidote.
  • Poison-and-Cure Gambit: In order to prevent Spider-Man from merely leaving his Death Course, he poisons and says that he'll give him the antidote only if he gets beaten by him in combat.
  • Sniper Rifle: There's several moments in the first game where he'll wield a sniper rifle, which Spider-Man will have to take cover against.

    Aleksei Sytsevich / Rhino 

Aleksei Sytsevich / Rhino

Voiced by: John DiMaggio (Spider-Man 2), Steve Blum (Spider-Man 3)

A super-powered agent/hitman of MechaBioCon that wears a metallic rhino-like armor.
  • The Brute: Between his super-muscles and metallic armor, he's a mega-tank.
  • Bullfight Boss: In his fight with him in the third game, Spider-Man tricks him into charging into a wall by moving out of the way at the last second.
  • Death from Above: He is killed in Spider-Man 3 upon being crushed by several massive ceiling monitors.
  • Dumb Muscle: He isn't bright in the slightest, which Spider-Man figures out upon first seeing him.
    Spider-Man: Rhino... I'm gonna take a wild guess that you're strong, but dumb.
  • Powered Armor: The armor he wears makes him all the more powerful, specifically rendering him invulnerable to most attacks.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Only attacks people or steals things when his bosses send him out to do so.
  • Shockwave Stomp: Is one of his special moves in Spider-Man 3. Whenever he's about to perform it, Spider-Man has to move out of the way or get hit.
  • Super Strength: Very much so, to the point that in the third game he can wield parts of the scenery against Spider-Man.

    Felicia Hardy / Black Cat 

Felicia Hardy / Black Cat

Voiced by: Holly Fields

A cat-themed crimefighter that takes an interest in Spider-Man.
  • Absolute Cleavage: As with many of her comic outfits, her costume has quite a low neckline.
  • Action Girl: She loves to throw herself into the middle of a battle whenever possible.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Unlike the comics, she's not a burglar, and is instead a full-time vigilante. Though in contrast to Spider-Man, she fights crime because she thinks it's fun, not because she sees the importance of stopping criminals; and in general she lacks the sense of responsibility that a hero is usually expected to have.
  • Badass Normal: While she doesn't appear to have any superpowers, that doesn't mean she's incapable of throwing criminals around.
  • Building Swing: Uses a grappling hook to get her from building to building.
  • Dating Catwoman: Averted. Though she seems to have feelings for Spider-Man, Peter doesn't appear to reciprocate those feelings and just sees her as a close friend/ally.
  • Domino Mask: What she hides her identity with.
  • Exposition Fairy: Helps Spider-Man through several missions in the game.
  • Flirting Under Fire: She's always flirting with Spider-Man.
  • Foil: To Mary Jane. In the game, she represents the side of Peter that wants to forever be Spider-Man, while Mary Jane represents the side that wants to just be a normal civilian.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Wears a black leather catsuit, which Spider-Man even remarks about at one point.
    Spider-Man: So, skin-tight leather. Doesn't that chafe?
    Black Cat: You'll never find out, that's for sure!
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When Spider-Man decides that he's not going to give up his civilian life and then tells her just that, she ends up being completely understanding of his decision, saying that all she wanted was for him to finally learn to follow his heart in life. She even encourages him to go and make amends with Mary Jane.
  • In a Single Bound: Despite not having superpowers, she's somehow able to jump great distances.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She tends to be overly-cocky and irresponsible with how she handles crimefighting and is sometimes rude towards Spider-Man, but deep down does have a truly caring side to herself.
  • Ms. Fanservice: To the point that one of game's hint markers will give you her exact measurements.
  • Roof Hopping: When she's not using her grappling hook, she'll do this.
  • Secret Identity Identity: She lives most of her life as a crimefighter, and tries to convince Spider-Man to do the same.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To an extent, as there's many moments in the game where she manages to track down Spider-Man's location out of random.
  • Stripperiffic: Her costume is this, as a result of her low neckline.
  • The Tease: She's even more successful at being this to Spider-Man than her comic counterpart, due to this Spider-Man having a more awkward personality than previous incarnations.

    Quentin Beck / Mysterio 

Quentin Beck / Mysterio

A Hollywood special effects artist that attempted to expose Spider-Man as a fraud. When proven wrong, he angrily decides to take it out on the entire city by using his extensive knowledge of effects and illusions to create chaos.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, he has a solid amount of hand-to-hand combat knowledge. Here? He goes down after one punch from Spider-Man.
  • Alien Invasion: After being humiliated by Spider-Man he uses this as his own grand illusion on New York City.
  • Berserk Button: He'll quickly fly into rage when mocked.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": His Mysterio costume has a large "M" on the front.
  • Circus of Fear: Puts Spider-Man right into the middle of a twisted carnival as part of one of his many illusions.
  • Cool Shades: He sports some as Quentin Beck.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Even though he's invented many technologically-advanced items, he only uses them for the sake of his own ego.
  • Evil Genius: He's capable and creating his own elaborate illusions and building his own androids.
  • Fishbowl Helmet: Wouldn't be Mysterio without one.
  • Jet Pack: He rides around on one during his first challenge with Spider-Man at the arena.
  • Master of Illusion: His own personal specialty, which he ends up using for evil purposes.
  • Monumental Damage: He sets up an elaborate illusion to make it seem as if the Statue of Liberty has been replaced with his own likeness.
  • No, You: Does this with Spider-Man, who isn't impressed in the slightest.
    Spider-Man: You're a sad little man, Beck.
    Quentin Beck: I know you are, but what am I?
    Spider-Man: ... I can't believe you just said that.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Though ineffective in hand-to-hand combat, his illusions and inventions do put up quite a challenge for Spider-Man.
  • Sore Loser: When Spider-Man successfully beats all of his challenges, he angrily attempts to actually harm the hero in response, only to be even further humiliated when his cannon malfunctions.
  • Villain Decay: He goes from attacking a press conference, taking over the Statue of Liberty, and putting Spider-Man through a Death Course to being easily defeated by the hero in a man-to-man confrontation.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Upon getting punched by Spider-Man, he immediately surrenders and pleads Spider-Man not to hit him again.
  • Zero-Effort Boss: It only takes one hit to defeat him.

    Thomas Fireheart / Puma 

Thomas Fireheart / Puma

Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker

A super villain hired by Doctor Octopus to attack Spider-Man. He is exclusive to the PC version of Spider-Man 2 (which has a plot that drastically differs from the movie).
  • Beast Man: His Puma form is a cross between that of a human and a mountain lion.
  • Combat Parkour: Is equally as agile as Spider-Man.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: The game gives zero explanation as to what led to him getting his powers in this universe.
  • "Get Back Here!" Boss: Spider-Man has to chase him throughout the city, with there being small fighting segments spread out in-between.
  • Lured into a Trap: He steals a car just so he can lead Spider-Man into an ambush.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Doctor Octopus hires him just to be a mere distraction for Spider-Man while he kidnaps Mary Jane.

    Luke Carlyle / Mad Bomber 

Luke Carlyle / Mad Bomber

Voiced by: Neil Ross

A once-successful business man that was ruined after the Daily Bugle published an article exposing his illegal business practices. Out of revenge, he uses technology developed by his own company and with it makes multiple attempts at blowing up the entire city.
  • Bad Boss: To a serious extent, as after having his chopper destroyed by Spider-Man he kills his own crew by activating explosive devices that were hidden in their suits.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: What he used to be prior to having his practices exposed.
  • In-Name-Only: Has almost nothing in common with his comic book counterpart, who was a mere one-shot villain that attempted and failed to be Eviler Than Thou to Doctor Octopus, and had nothing to do with bombing.
  • Jet Pack: Flies around on one.
  • Mad Bomber: To the point of it literally being his name.
  • Mooks: He has his own team of "H-Bombers" that help him plant bombs all over the city, as well as attack anyone that tries to stop him.
  • Starter Villain: He's the first villain Spider-Man fights in the third game.

    Detective Jean DeWolfe 

Detective Jean DeWolfe

Voiced by: Vanessa Marshall

A member of the NYPD that secretly enlists Spider-Man's help in exposing the Dirty Cops in the department.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She is brunette in the game, as opposed to being blonde.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Similar to the Ultimate comics, her last name is spelled as "DeWolfe" instead of "DeWolff".
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She initially comes off as very cold and dislikes vigilantes like Spider-Man, but warms up to him in the end, especially when he saves her life.
  • Distress Call: She plays a fake distress call to get Spider-Man's attention at first.
    Spider-Man: Didn't your parents ever teach you not to cry wolf?
  • Spared by the Adaptation: While she does get shot, she manages to survive due to Spider-Man's intervention; a big difference from the comics, where she was famously Killed Off for Real.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: At first she views working with Spider-Man as this, having only recruited him out of desperation, but eventually grows to appreciate him and admit that they make a good team together.

    Dr. Stillwell 

Dr. Stillwell

Voiced by: Nika Futterman

The lead scientist behind the creation of both Scorpion and Rhino.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: When Scorpion returns to MechaBioCon to expose her, she holds Dr. Jessica Andrews, the only person that ever showed him any kindness, at gunpoint and threatens to kill her if Scorpion doesn’t kill Spider-Man and rejoin MechaBioCon.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: She throws all corporate and scientific ethics right into the dumpster.
  • Evil Laugh: When Scorpion demands that she removes his cybernetic tail, she laughs just before revealing what was done to him is irreversible.
  • Gender Flip: In the comics, the scientist that created Scorpion was a man.
  • Only One Name: Her first name isn't revealed.

    Wilson Fisk / The Kingpin 

Wilson Fisk / The Kingpin

Voiced by: Bob Joles

A powerful crime lord that ends up crossing paths with Spider-Man.
  • Affably Evil: Is about as classy as a crime lord could get.
  • Badass Normal: He has no actual powers, and yet is able to put up a strong fight against the black-suited Spider-Man.
  • Disney Villain Death: Subverted. Spider-Man tosses him out of a window to his apparent death, but upon looking down on the streets below, he's nowhere to be seen; leaving the implication that something had saved him from his fall.
  • In-Name-Only: Completely averted. Of all the villains that appear in the tie-in games, he is by far the one that's the most accurate to their comic book self, looking as if he walked straight out of the panels.
  • Kung-Shui: At the end of his first fight with Spider-Man, he grabs him by head and smashes him into two pillars, destroying them in the process.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: At the time of the game's release, the film rights to the Kingpin were held by 20th Century Fox, due to him being a part of the Daredevil franchise. What allowed him to appear in the game was the mere fact that Activision held the game rights to him.

    Frances Louise Barrison / Shriek 

Frances Louise Barrison / Shriek

Voiced by: Courtenay Taylor

The wife of Michael Morbius, who winds up being possessed by a different kind of symbiote that, while giving her a variety of superpowers, also drives her completely evil.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Her comic counterpart is a mutant whose powers activated during a confrontation with Cloak & Dagger, while in the Spider-Man 3 game she's a normal human that received her powers from a symbiote.
  • Ambiguous Ending: It’s left uncertain as to whether or not the symbiote’s effects on her can be reversed.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Being possessed by the symbiote causes her skin to become deathly white.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: She can emit sonic screams, which she uses to temporarily stun Spider-Man’s black suit.
  • Master of Illusion: In her last battle with Spider-Man, she uses illusions to trick him into seeing Mary Jane, Harry Osborn, Dr. Connors, and J. Jonah Jameson berating him.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: She uses her mind control abilities to force several citizens into walking into areas filled with toxic gas.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: An alternate type of symbiote bonds to her and drives her to evil.
  • Related in the Adaptation: She's married to Morbius in the game, whereas in the comics she has no connection to him and is instead in love with Carnage.
  • Stripperific: Her outfit leaves little to the imagination.
  • Telepathy: Her mind control ability is much more powerful in the game than it is in the comics, as she’s able to outright make people serve as her “children”.

    Dr. Michael Morbius / Morbius the Living Vampire 

Dr. Micheal Morbius / Morbius the Living Vampire

Voiced by: Sean Donnellan

A scientist that is turned into a vampire after he was exposed to the unique blood pathogens he was researching, due to an accident caused by his wife.

Alternative Title(s): Spider Man 1, Spider Man 3, Spider Man 2