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Characters: The Amazing Spider-Man
For characters exclusive to the video game spin-offs, please refer to this page.

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Peter Parker / Spider-Man

"You seriously think I'm a cop in a skintight red and blue suit?"

Played by: Andrew Garfield

A softspoken and awkward nerd from Queens, Peter has been lovingly raised by his aunt May and uncle Ben ever since his parents disappeared when he was a little kid. The resurfacing of some of Richard Parker's mysterious research prompts Peter to look for his father's former colleague Dr. Connors at Oscorp, where an encounter with a genetically altered spider changes his life forever.
  • Adorkable: Just listen to him stutter!
  • All Webbed Up: Does this to his enemies sometimes.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Animal Motif: The spider.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing
  • Anti-Hero: Peter starts off only stopping criminals because he's looking for Uncle Ben's killer. He grows more selfless after hearing Gwen's father dismiss him as "some vigilante who only has a personal vendetta" and then saving a small child during the Lizard's first attack before he finally settles into the Classical Anti-Hero he's known as after the death of George Stacy.
  • Apologetic Attacker: After first discovering his powers after taking a nap on the subway, he gets into a fight unintentionally on the train (see Spider-Sense), apologizing to all of the people he's beating up.
  • Arachnid Appearance and Attire: Not to the degree of the first live action film trilogy, since the webbing is not organic, but still typical of Spider-Man.
  • The Atoner: Probably after Uncle Ben is murdered, but he mainly becomes Spider-Man to seek Revenge against the murderer. More explicitly one (taking responsibility) after helping create the Lizard, as well as the bridge incident where he first helps people for its own sake.
  • Badass: He's Spider-Man, after all.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's like his comics counterpart; a geeky nice guy who can solve your hardest algebra problems before breakfast is over, while handing criminals their asses using his superhuman combat skills.
  • Big Eater: Up to Eleven the night he gains his powers.
  • Brown Eyes: And hair, further characterizing Peter Parker as an average guy.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: As the movie progresses, he starts to grow out of his Smug Super tendencies.
  • Building Swing: A staple of the character, as the Trope Codifier.
  • Bullet Proof Fashion Plate: Averted. Peter ends up with several bruises on his face from his crime-fighting, one even before he gets his powers. They last most of the movie, taking a realistic (if slightly accelerated) time to heal, and causing characters to wonder what he's getting up to. The cuts on his chest likewise don't magically heal from one scene to the next.
  • But He Sounds Handsome: Peter vehemently defends Spider-Man when Captain Stacy criticizes him, stating that while he doesn't believe Spider-Man is exactly a hero, he seems to be just trying to help.
  • Butt Monkey: It is Spider-Man after all.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Peter has a huge problem with saying what he needs to. When he does, he relapses into a stuttering mess.
  • Cassandra Truth: Played with. Peter tries to warn Captain Stacy that Dr. Connors is the giant lizard that has been terrorizing the city, and that he transforms himself into a lizard thanks to his transgenics research. Stacy mocks him and seems to brush it off, but he actually requests research on Dr. Connors as soon as Peter leaves the police station - he thinks Peter sounds nuts, but he's willing to look into it anyway.
  • Catch Phrase: "You gotta be kidding me."
  • Combat Pragmatist: It's easy to become one when you can shoot webs at your opponents.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: The movie's version of the mandate initially leans more toward "Do what you can to help other people" than "Do what you do for others before yourself", though both aspects are explored. He starts out as Spider-Man thinking of himself first by being motivated by Revenge, but he learns to work for the greater good.
  • Cool Board: A new addition to Peter's talents is skateboarding. His first test of his powers comes when he tries skateboard tricks with them for one sequence. However, nobody at school treats him like he's cool for having a skateboard, and the one time he shows off his moves he's in a deserted area.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As Spider-Man.
  • Death Wail: He lets one out after George Stacy dies.
  • Determinator: He takes a pretty bad bullet wound before the final fight. It doesn't stop him from getting to the Oscorp tower and taking on the Lizard.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: He causes a lot of damage when still getting used to his powers. Played for Laughs for the most part. Not so much after he has a fight with Uncle Ben and shatters the door glass upon storming out. Cue awkward silence and Uncle Ben opening the door to follow him.
  • Dork Knight
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Two. First, getting shot in the leg, affecting his ability to get to Oscorp unassisted, and in the last fight with the Lizard, his webshooters are crushed.
  • Enter Stage Window: Both times he visits Gwen, he enters through her bedroom window. In the first time, he claims he got there through the fire escape (twenty stories) because he's frightened of the doorman. In the second time, she already knows he's Spider-Man so he doesn't have to come up with any excuse.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Trying to help the kid that's being bullied and ending up being beat up in his place.
  • Fragile Speedster: Peter is much stronger than a normal human, but is much weaker than the Lizard.
  • Friendless Background: He makes no friends at school except Gwen. But Flash Thompson gets more chummy with him by the end, if not exactly becoming a close friend.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He's good enough to create the web-shooters all by himself.
  • Genius Bruiser
  • Healing Factor: He does have one but it's dialed way back compared to some versions. It takes him a day or two to recover from some of the more serious beatings. He is able to heal from a gunshot to the leg and large cuts to his chest with only first aid, though.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Initially. He seems to get more and more admirers with time.
    • By the time the sequel comes around, he seems to have gathered quite a fanbase, including a kid with his own version of the costume.
  • Heroic BSOD: In the sequel, he enters a five month long one after Gwen dies, being too depressed to even be Spider-Man during that time.
  • Heroic Spirit: Even before he gains his powers, he already displayed shades of this. He seems to be losing himself and becoming selfish once he becomes powerful, but he eventually grows out of it, regains his Heroic Spirit and develops it.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Averted. Peter is probably one of the most realistic portrayals of a high school nerd to date.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Overlaps with Does Not Know His Own Strength.
    • Also played a bit more literally with him creating the webshooters.
  • Hurting Hero
  • I Shall Taunt You: A master of battle insult.
  • It's All About Me: Goes hand and hand with the Smug Super Entry.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Captain Stacy makes him promise to pull this on Gwen to keep her safe.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may come across as self-centered and irresponsible at times but Peter really does mean well and his heart is in the right place.
  • Le Parkour: His acrobatics and physical prowess are somewhat similar to this.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Why he is bullied, since he is less of a stereotypical Hollywood Nerd in school (he shows his geeky side in private instead).
  • Lovable Nerd
  • Masked Luchador: Invoked. Peter gets the inspiration for his Spider-Man mask from a lucha libre poster.
  • Megane: Peter wears his father's glasses from time to time. He looks absolutely Adorkable with them on.
  • Mythology Gag: Peter spends some scenes wearing his clothes from The Spectacular Spider-Man.
  • Nice Guy
  • Ordinary High-School Student
  • Parental Abandonment: His parents left him with his aunt and uncle to keep him safe from harm when they realized someone dangerous was after them. They both died before they could reunite with their son.
  • Personal Gain Hurts: Peter uses his new powers to get back at Flash and sets off a chain of events that ultimately lead to Uncle Ben's death (hinging on Peter thinking of himself first before others).
  • Revenge Before Reason
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His first ventures as Spider-Man focus solely on avenging Uncle Ben's death. He goes around chasing any criminal who might be the killer and loses interest if they're not the right one, even botching police operations in the process. He eventually grows out of it.
  • Sad Clown: Much like his comics counterpart.
  • Science Hero: This side of Spider-Man definitely gets much more emphasis in this movie. Midtown High is even renamed Midtown Science High to emphasize this (and it makes sense since a lot of public high schools in America are now getting renames like this, especially if they're a charter school or a public magnet school).
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: "Maybe he [Spider-Man] is trying to do something the police can't!"
  • Shonen Hair
  • Sinister Shades: He evokes the trope in his first disguise, before creating the Spider-Man suit.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Smart People Wear Glasses
  • Smug Super: After gaining his powers. Even after Uncle Ben's death. It wasn't until saving people from falling off a bridge during the Lizard's first rampage that he cleaned up his act.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: Just look at his early interactions with Gwen.
  • Spandex, Latex, or Leather: Spandex. He picks it from athletic suits. Which is Fridge Brilliance considering the amount of acrobatics he does and his ability to dodge bullets(most of the time at least) he doesn't need armor.
    [searching for athletic apparel] "Spandex. Spandex. Everything is spandex."
  • Specs of Awesome: Unlike other versions of the character, his Spider-powers don't do anything to cure his eyesight disorders. Even after he becomes Spider-Man, Peter still keeps using glasses and contacts.
    • Also, Spider-Man's eyes are mirrored lenses.
  • Speech Impediment: He's prone to stuttering when nervous. And that happens a lot.
  • Spider-Sense: Its a bit hard to tell but it is there. It even made him react automatically when he couldn't control it yet.
  • Super Strength: His physical strength greatly improves when he gains his powers. Its a bit too early to tell how strong he is, but he is at least able to hold onto the weight of a large van.
  • Super Toughness: He definitely has it or he would have died halfway through the movie. He has been slammed into brick walls, blasted through dry wall, hit by an improvised explosive (albeit made from a school chemistry set), fallen from hundreds of feet, and gotten hit by a taser and shrugged it off a few minutes later. However he is not immune to bullets nor can he handle being cut by sharp objects (though he survives crashing through windows unscathed).
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: Mostly as Spider-Man.
  • Teen Genius: Creates his own automatic lock, a police scanner and his own web-shooters. He is also considered the (second) smartest person in his school.( Although, since it was Gwen saying it, it can be assumed that she was just joking around by calling herself smarter than Pete, and that Peter really is the smartest person in his school.)
  • This Is Gonna Suck: His expression right before and when he calls Flash by his real name in order to make him stop bullying a kid and turn him against Peter instead. It works. Ouch.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His friendly conversation with Maxwell Dillon causes the latter to become obsessed with Spider-Man and superheroics, eventually contributing to the accident that turns him into Electro. Peter indirectly made his own enemy.
  • Vapor Wear: Andrew Garfield has admitted that during Spidey scenes, the suit is all he wears.
  • Vigilante Man: Spider-Man is initially seen as this by the police. They don't like it.
  • Visual Pun: When Peter is working with Dr. Connors using the holographic interface, several lines that look like webbing connect to his fingers.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World
  • Wall Crawl: Naturally, his primary ability as Spider-Man.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: He wove his suit himself taking inspiration on athletic suits; the web fluid is actually developed by Oscorp as a "biocable" which he stole, but the webshooters are entirely his own creation.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Despite not starting as one, he does do a frankensteiner on a car thief.
  • You Fight Like a Cow

Gwen Stacy

Smart, charismatic and confident, Gwen is the chief intern at Oscorp, working in the same department as her mentor Dr. Connors, and takes her job very seriously. She becomes Peter's first and only real friend at school and they awkwardly and clumsily grow closer to each other. Her life takes a complicated turn as she watches both Peter and Dr. Connors undergo radical transformations and finds herself becoming Peter's Secret Keeper.
  • Adorkable: Gwen has her moments, as it's unclear whether she's gently mocking Peter or if she's falling prey to this herself.
  • All Women Love Shoes: She has a lot of shoes in her room. Peter awkwardly points it out.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Peter pulls her close with his webshooters and kisses her, when she's walking away, and without warning. By the way, that's how he tells her he's Spider-Man too.
  • Bookworm: Her room is filled with lines and lines of books.
  • Character Death: She dies in the fight with the Green Goblin.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Peter first tries to tell her he's Spider-Man (not that he managed to say it anyway).
    Peter: I've been bitten...
    Gwen: Me too...
  • Da Chief: For the Oscorp interns. She's the one who tells you to Turn In Your Badge when you're caught sneaking off the tour.
  • Daddy's Girl
  • Damsel out of Distress: She directly ignores Peter's order to leave Oscorp, instead deciding to help make sure everyone escapes the building before the Lizard gets there, and staying to make sure the cure is finished. When she's hiding from the Lizard in Oscorp, she has a lighter and an igniting agent handy, just in case she gets caught.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: The daughter of the Da Chief is dating a vigilantee, but it's not that she intended to.
  • Genre Savvy: When Peter tries to break up with her and refuses to tell her why, Gwen figures out that her father had asked him to as a dying request.
  • Heroic Bystander: When the Lizard attacks the school, she hits him on the head with a school trophy to help Peter.
  • Hot Scientist
  • Identical Stranger: With her extremely white hair tied up, with bangs, she looks like Hilary Duff during her white haired rocker phase in 03/04.
  • Kill the Cutie: At the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, in the same manner as she died in the comics
  • Love Interest: For Peter as of the end of the first film.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Deliberately called attractive by both Aunt May and Uncle Ben, and is working in the scientific divisions at Oscorp.
  • Nice Girl
  • Secret Keeper: Peter lets her in on his secret identity.
  • Sweet Tooth: Apparently she love chocolates so much that she once wished she could live in a chocolate house.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Lays one on Peter after the death of her father for not going to his funeral, but forgives him after she pieces together that her dad must have told him to stay away from her and therefore, keep her safe as his dying wish.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Gwen seems to have quite a fondness for knee-high boots with thigh-high socks and skirts.

Captain George Stacy

"Thirty-eight of New York's finest, versus one guy... in a unitard?"

Played by: Denis Leary

  • Adaptational Villainy: More like Adaptational Antagonism. In the comics, he was openly supportive of Spider-Man. Here, he considers him a dangerous vigilante.
  • Badass In Charge: Of the NYPD.
  • Badass Normal: Apparently there is a very small degree of Authority Equals Asskicking. Though he doesn't really get his moment until very late in the movie, when he takes on The Lizard one-on-one armed with just a shotgun and liquid nitrogen. However, it doesn't end well...
  • Big Damn Heroes
  • By-the-Book Cop
  • Da Chief
  • Deadpan Snarker: Definitely has his moments.
  • Death by Secret Identity: He dies not long after learning Spider-Man's real identity. Unusual in that he's a Hero Antagonist rather than a villain.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: Defied. "Do you think we just sit around and eat doughnuts all day?"
  • Good Is Not Soft
  • Good Father: To Gwen. He really does love his daughter (see Papa Wolf below).
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Holds off the Lizard with his shotgun for Peter to release the cure and ends up impaled by Lizard's claws.
  • Inspector Javert: The Javert to Spider-Man's Valjean. Until Peter reveals his identity as Spider-Man.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By the Lizard's claws.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He also has good reason to hate Spider-Man since his vigilante-style form of punishment is interfering with the cops' methods and techniques to uncovering bigger operations. Not to mention when he discovers that Peter is really Spider-Man and what his motives are, he not only lets him go after initially capturing him, but proceeds to take on the The Lizard all by himself with a shotgun to both assist Peter in saving the city and risk his life for him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He might hate Spider-Man, but he does love his daughter.
  • Killed Off for Real: By the Lizard.
  • Last Request: Dying from the Lizard's claw wounds, he asks Peter to stay away from Gwen, to keep her safe from his dangerous double life.
  • Papa Wolf: He's very protective of Gwen, initially hesitant about researching Dr. Connors's background because he is his daughter's mentor and the one who wrote her college recommendation letter, and one of the primary reasons he stops his pursuit of Spider-Man is because Gwen is in Oscorp Tower, where the Lizard is heading to, and Spidey can help her. And then there's his Last Request.
  • Police Are Useless: Averted.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He might be a total Jerkass when it comes to Spider-Man, but he does have some definitive points, and is willing to listen to criticism and follow up on leads, such as researching Dr. Connors after Peter tips him off about his transgenesis experiments, in spite of snarking that Peter was playing up a Godzilla joke. He also seeks an arrest warrant on the only confirmed anomaly in the bridge fiasco, Spider-Man, whether to place him in jail or to uncover what actually happened.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: After learning Spidey's true identity and his motives, he immediatly calls off the manhunt, without giving any real explanation to his officers. In his final moments, he voices his support for Peter.
    "I was wrong about you, Peter. This city needs you."
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Captain Stacy highlights the difference and places himself firmly on Law after Peter says Spider-Man stands for the same thing as him, protecting innocent people. Ends up making an exception for Good towards the end of the movie.
    "I stand for law and order, son, that's what I stand for. I wear a badge, that guy wears a mask like an outlaw."

    Major antagonists 

Dr. Curtis Connors / The Lizard

Played by: Rhys Ifans

One of Oscorp's leading scientific minds and Gwen's mentor. He used to work alongside Peter's father, Richard Parker, and they were engineering a revolutionary serum to re-grow limbs and human tissue, which would change the lives of millions — including that of Connors himself, who lost his right arm. Richard, however, disappeared and was found dead taking a good part of the research with him, rendering Connors unable to finish the project by himself — until Peter entered the scene.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Commonly depicted as dark-haired, but blond-haired in the movie.
  • Alliterative Name: Like many characters that were introduced during the initial run of the comic.
  • Anti-Villain: Type IV with a bit of Type II as Connors, Type III as The Lizard.
  • The Atoner: Implied after the final battle, where he saves Peter and willingly turns himself into the police. The Stinger reveals that there is a precedent for this - several characters have implied he was more involved in Richard and Mary Parker's death than he lets on, and it's stated that he at least knows why they were killed.
  • Ax-Crazy: As the Lizard.
  • Badass Bookworm: Even as a hulking lizard-man, he's still an intelligent and dangerous individual.
  • Badass Labcoat: Occasionally worn as the Lizard, but mainly worn as a scientist.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: As the Lizard, though considering the anatomy of most reptile species, this isn't all that surprising. Reptilian reproductive organs tend to be mostly internalized, thus Connors's, ah, lack of visible anatomy in that area.
  • Beast Man: As the Lizard.
  • Big Bad: Of the first film.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: At least his superpowered alter-ego certainly is. As himself, this is averted since the whole reason he even mutated into the Lizard was from because he used an untested serum on himself to spare clueless human test subjects the danger.
  • Composite Character: Like Eddie Brock Sr. from Ultimate Spider-Man, he was Richard Parker's partner.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's normally pretty serious and straightforward, but he still shows shades of this, such as his joke about being a southpaw.
  • Death by Secret Identity: Averted. He finds out who Spidey is, but remains alive. And discreet.
  • Death of Personality: As Dr. Connors he's a benevolent figure, but the serum erases this good personality and replaces it with that of The Lizard. The Lizard is defeated in the same manner—the antidote destroys the evil Lizard persona, restoring Dr. Connors.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He is horrified that his colleague would test the formula with unwitting Military amputees as guinea pigs.
  • Evil Brit: As the Lizard.
  • Evil Cripple/Genius Cripple
  • Evilutionary Biologist: While he has traces of the Lizard virus in his system, he proclaims that humans are weak and must be enhanced in order to achieve their true potential.
  • Foil: The Lizard is one of a sort to Peter. Both are cross-species originating from humans who are very intelligent, but are on opposite sides of the moral spectrum and operate to completely opposite ends.
  • Face Monster Turn
  • Full-Frontal Assault: As the Lizard, when not wearing his Badass Labcoat.
  • Genius Bruiser: As the Lizard, he's quite capable of thinking on his feet and improvising weapons, such as mixing chemicals together in a science lab to create an improvised explosive.
  • Healing Factor: The whole point of the lizard formula, but it also extends to bullet wounds.
  • Humans Are Flawed: The starting point of his research.
  • Immune to Bullets: Double Subverted. He goes down from gunfire and is seen hurt by it... then his Healing Factor kicks in.
  • Jekyll & Hyde
  • Just Think of the Potential: He believes the perfect Lizard formula could change millions of lives for the better.
  • Kick the Dog: The Lizard hits Spider-Man himself where it hurts in their final battle after overpowering him.
    The Lizard: Poor Peter Parker. No mother... no father... no uncle...All alone.
  • Large Ham: As the Lizard.
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Lizard Folk
  • Logical Weakness: The Lizard, being cold-blooded, becomes sluggish when chilled.
  • Mad Scientist: Invoked: Dr. Connors says that he and Richard were called this for their fascination with genetic experiments.
  • Manly Tears: He cries after being cured and watching his right arm fall apart again.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: As the Lizard, or under its influence.
    "I sought to create a stronger human being, but there's no such thing! Human beings are weak, pathetic, feeble-minded creatures... why be human at all, when we can be so much more?"
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Played with.
  • Nice Guy: As Curt Connors. Best shown in a deleted scene where he visits Peter and offers very sincere condolences for Uncle Ben's death.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Whenever he turns back to a human, he loses his new arm.
  • Noble Demon: When the Lizard finds Gwen hiding with his Ganali device, he merely takes the device from her and lets her go.
  • Papa Wolf: When he's not in his Lizard form he is extremely protective of Peter. He even threatened that mysterious guy in the easter egg, if said guy didn't leave him alone.
  • Parental Substitute: He acts as one for Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man. They share a love of science and it becomes clear that Peter desires Connors' approval, something he never really got from his dad.
  • Prehensile Tail
  • Professor Guinea Pig: He tests the Lizard serum on himself in order to prevent Dr. Ratha from testing it on unknowing veterans. And, well...
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent
  • Sanity Slippage: The more he uses the Lizard serum, the blurrier the line gets between both personalities, whether he's transformed or not. It's only after he's exposed to the antidote that his original personality truly resurfaces.
  • Secret Keeper: Since he still knows Peter is Spider-Man after being cured, and averts Death by Secret Identity.
  • Slasher Smile: The Lizard always has one.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses
  • The Southpaw: Lampshaded by himself to some students going through Oscorp. He's also much more heroic when without his Lizard arm... unless Ax-Crazy.
  • Split Personality: Develops one after the first Lizard incident.
  • Starter Villain
  • Superpowered Evil Side
  • Super Strength
  • Super Toughness
  • Superior Species: Connors believes his Lizard form is a superior creature devoid of human weaknesses.
  • Talking to Themself / Inner Monologue: Before the attack on the school, we hear a voice talking about the plan to spread the formula and not letting Spidey get in the way of it. Whether this is the Lizard who has taken on a mind of its own or Connors' own thoughts is up to interpretation.
  • Thinking Out Loud: There is a break in the feverous inner tirade when Connors sits down and speaks out loud: "That, changing like the snake, I might be free, to cast off flesh wherein I dwell confined."
    • This is an Enforced Trope due to heavy re-cutting of the scene after a plot about Peter's father was taken out of the film. In the original version Peter was present as well, and most of the inner monologue was actually part of a dialogue between the two.
  • This Is Your Brain on Evil: See Sanity Slippage.
  • Tragic Villain
  • Transhuman: Dr. Connors' views on human nature are reminiscent of Transhumanism's principal tenets - that the limits of the human body can be overcome through science.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: He honestly believes he's doing all mankind a favor, even if he must force them to accept it.
  • Visionary Villain: Dr. Connors is driven by a vision of a "world without weakness" where humanity's physical flaws are corrected by science.
  • Wall Crawl
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Already one as Connors, even more so as the Lizard.
  • Western Terrorists: The Lizard's Evil Plan is referred to as a "terrorist plot" in a news flash.
  • Wicked Cultured: In addition to being an awesome scientist, and the Lizard, Connors can quote incredibly appropriate poetry, in this case from Michelangelo's "The Silkworm" (see Inner Monologue).
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: See Sanity Slippage.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds

Maxwell "Max" Dillon/Electro

Played by: Jamie Foxx

"Soon, everyone in this city will know how it feels to live in my world...A world without power...without mercy...a world without Spider-Man"

An Oscorp electrical engineer who felt ignored by the world and developed an unhealthy obsession with Spider-Man. After suffering an accident involving an electric wire and a tank of mutated electric eels, Dillon's skin turned blue and he gained the power to control electricity.
  • Adorkable: Subverted. At first, he seems to be a pretty polite (if geeky) person, but then he becomes obsessed with Spider-Man to extremely creepy levels. If he wasn't already.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: He gets blue skin after gaining his powers.
  • Anti-Villain: Possible Type II, with a little Type III.
  • Bald of Evil: Post-transformation. Before it, he sports a truly hideous combover.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With the Green Goblin the second film.
  • Black and Nerdy: Initially. Not to mention unusual.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Develops these as Electro.
  • Butt Monkey: His status as this is partly what makes him snap.
  • Composite Character: His origin is taken from the Electro seen in The Spectacular Spider-Man, but he owes his appearance to his Ultimate incarnation.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Right after he turns into Electro, he attacks Spider-Man for not remembering his name instantly.
    • It should be noted that Spidey remembered full well who he was ("you're my eyes and ears") he only had trouble with his name.
      • The problem seems to be that Max felt like he was a nobody and Spiderman told him he was a somebody- which inspired him to try and fix dangerous equipment by himself which led to the accident that turned him into Electro. That Spidey can't remember his name translates, to Max, as Spidey only pretending that he cared about Max and, thus, that Spidey is the guy who indirectly did this to him. Not to mention this all made him feel like a nobody again- no-one actually cares about him, they only pay him attention because now he's dangerous.
  • Forgotten Birthday: Which kicks off a string of really unfortunate accidents that culminate in him becoming Electro.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: All because Spider-Man ran into him.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: He wants to be able to save the day with Spider-Man.
  • The Informant: He initially acts as this for Spider-Man.
    • Well, he would like to act like this for Spider-Man, at least. Spidey suggests that he is this, but only meant it as a pep-talk; he didn't realize Max would take it so seriously.
  • In the Hood: In his first appearance as Electro, he wears one in an attempt to conceal himself.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: It can even level Times friggin' Square!
  • Loony Fan: He develops an obsessive fixation on the wall-crawler.
  • Never Found the Body: Though it seems like he died in his last fight with Spider-Man, his ability to manipulate electricity leaves his fate ambiguous.
  • Psycho Electro: What's unique about this case is that it's shown that he was always kind of off. Having super-powers only made it worse.
  • Race Lift: Electro is white in the comics. Here, he's played by African-American Jamie Foxx.
  • Room Full of Crazy: Has a room filled with pictures and reports of Spider-Man, as well as cut-out messages he probably wrote himself. There is also a photo of Spidey place next to a mirror, so that Max can pretend he is Spider-Mans' best buddy.
  • Scary Black Man: Though his skin isn't actually black by the time he gets scary.
  • Shadow Archetype: He's a lot like Peter and possibly represents what he could have become without Uncle Ben and Aunt May.
  • Shock and Awe: Aside from being able to zap things at will, he can make quick transit between objects that use electricity.
  • Sidekick: Except not really. He deludes himself into thinking that he's Spider-Man's partner.
  • Un-Person: OsCorp deletes his personnel file after his accident because they feared their stock would crash if an employee died on their watch; this even before they found out they've created yet another supervillain.
  • Volcanic Veins: Develops glowing blue veins as Electro.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Again, its not hard to feel sorry for Maxwell Dillon, after he becomes Electro.

Harry Osborn/The Green Goblin

Played by: Dane Dehaan

The teenage son of Norman Osborn.

    Minor antagonists 

Uncle Ben's Killer

Played by: Leif Gantvoort


  • Affably Evil: He robs a store, but is nice enough to give Peter the milk he couldn't afford. Plus, it doesn't look like he shot Ben intentionally, and he is noticeably shocked afterwards.
  • Bait the Dog: Subverted. After robbing a cashier, he throws Peter the milk the cashier wouldn't let him buy. A few minutes later, he shoots Uncle Ben and it doesn't look like he intended to shoot Ben, as he is noticeably shocked when it happens.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: As it was in the comics.
  • Evil Is Petty: Right after robbing the market, he straight-up kills a dude. However, it appears
  • Karma Houdini: Downplayed - though he doesn't get arrested in the first film, it's pretty clear that Spidey's still on the lookout for him by the end. However, he has eluded capture by the time of the sequel.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Peter sure was having fun goofing off with his superpowers until this guy showed up.
  • No Name Given: He's just known as "Uncle Ben's Killer" or "The Burglar" (like in the comics) or "The Cash Register Thief".
  • Sinister Shades: Part of the reason why Peter has so much trouble looking for him is because he can't recognize his face.
  • Tattooed Crook: A star on the left wrist.

Dr. Rajit Ratha

Played by: Irrfan Khan

Norman Osborn's representative. Because Osborn is dying, Ratha pressures Connors into beginning human trials for his limb-regenerating formula. When Connors refuses, Ratha fires him and takes the formula to test at the veterans' hospital.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Bollywood Nerd: Though, unlike most versions of this trope, he is very serious and often sinister.
  • Canon Foreigner
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Dude was planning on testing the Lizard formula on patients at a veterans hospital, disguised as a flu shot and with no concern over the potential side effects. That's so wrong on many levels...
  • Mouth of Sauron: Acts as this for Norman Osborn.
  • Secret Keeper: He clearly knows a lot more than he lets on about Peter's father.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the theatrical cut of the first film, he disappears after the bridge scene. Deleted scenes for the film reveal where he went - he got killed by the Lizard shortly after the bridge incident. The Daily Bugle Tumblr indicates that sewer workers found his body some time later.

Aleksei Systevich/Rhino


  • Bald of Evil
  • The Bus Came Back: He's thrown into prison early on in the movie, but he finally becomes the Rhino at the end during the Post Climax Climax.
  • Jobber: His role in the sequel is to get his ass kicked by Spider-Man at the beginning of the movie and stay in prison for the rest of it (until he comes back at the end in his armor); he's mainly there to add a little depth to the cinematic world than to pose as a serious threat to Peter.
  • Large Ham: He has a pretty hammy accent.
  • Rhino Rampage: Through the use of Power Armor to boot.
  • Tattooed Crook

Felicia Hardy

Played by: Felicity Jones.

Harry Osborn's personal assistant and secretary who has romantic feelings for him. She tells him of the off the books project that leads to him working with Electro and becoming the Green Goblin.

    Others 

Ben and May Parker

Played by: Martin Sheen and Sally Field

Peter's uncle and aunt, who look after him when his mother and father disappear.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Aunt May has dark brown hair worn loose instead of her classic grey hair in a bun look.
  • Adult Fear: Shortly after the death of your husband, the teenage nephew who you've raised as your own and is the last of your family repeatedly stays out all night and returns home covered in cuts and bruises.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: "She looks familiar. She's the girl on your computer! (To Gwen) He's got you on his computer. I'm his probation officer."
  • Cool Old Guy: Uncle Ben.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Uncle Ben. Now we see where Peter got it from.
  • Death by Origin Story: Uncle Ben is killed by a robber who Peter neglected to stop, kicking off the process that would ultimately make him become Spider-Man.
  • Doomed by Canon: Uncle Ben. Did we really have to say it?
  • Good Parents: In spite of not actually being Peter's biological parents.
  • Happily Married: Though Aunt May unfortunately becomes widowed.
  • Heroic Bystander: Uncle Ben. We all knew what the result would be, unfortunately.
  • Instant Death Bullet: Unlike the Raimi films, when Uncle Ben is shot, he's already dead by the time Peter gets to him.
  • Lethal Chef: While Aunt May is usually a good cook, her meatloaf is apparently so bad that Uncle Ben knows something's wrong with Peter when he eats it eagerly and loves it.
  • Mama Bear: Aunt May. Uncle Ben says he pities someone who messes with Peter and in turn has to face May's wrath.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Ben is very distraught when bringing up Peter's parents in an argument about responsibility leads to him running away.
  • Nephewism
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Ben in this version is a draftsman (specifically he designed bridges) and thus is pretty damn smart himself. He just doesn't quite have the mechanical and technical genius Peter and his father possessed.
  • Parental Substitute: Though Peter actually knew his parents fairly well in this continuity, his aunt and uncle do a fine job of raising him after their untimely deaths.
  • Secret Secret Keeper: Possibly. It is hinted that Aunt May has deduced Peter is Spider-Man, but he isn't aware of it.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Ben dies by grabbing the robber's gun. Seriously, what was he thinking?
  • Younger and Hipper: While still older than most parents of a teenage boy they are decidedly younger here than most versions (and in keeping with the Ultimate Universe vibe Aunt May still has it going on.)

Eugene "Flash" Thompson

Played by: Chris Zylka

Resident Jerk Jock and Big Man on Campus. Though he predictably targets Peter, he grows to idolize Spider-Man. He is revealed to have a Hidden Heart of Gold after Peter's uncle dies.

Sally Avril

Played by: Kelsey Chow

  • All There in the Manual: Her name is never given on screen and she's credited just as "Hot Girl", but Word of God confirms she's Sally Avril.
  • Nice Girl: From her minor screentime, she seems like a pretty sweet person.
  • Race Lift: Her character is white in the comics and played by here an Asian-American.

Richard and Mary Parker

"Be good, Peter."

Played by: Campbell Scott and Embeth Davidtz

Peter's father and mother. After their home is broken into by unknown people, they leave their young son with his aunt and uncle in order to keep him safe from danger (Richard also leaving his research in a satchel) and disappear. They both died in a plane crash. It turns out an assassin was on board and tried to kill them, and the plane crashed because of the struggle.
  • Death by Origin Story
  • Frame-Up: OsCorp framed them both as thieves and traitors trying to sell government research in order to steal it for themselves, then successfully tried to kill them.
  • Mad Scientist: Invoked: Dr. Connors says that he and Richard were called this for their fascination with genetic experiments.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Richard.
  • Take Care of Our Kid: They entrust Ben and May with Peter to protect the boy from danger when it becomes clear someone's after them.

Man in the Shadows/Gustav Fiers/The Gentleman

Played by: Michael Massee

Appears in The Stinger of the first film, asking an imprisoned Dr. Connors if he told Peter the truth about his father. He can be seen wandering through Oscorp's walls in the sequel.

Norman Osborn

Played by: Chris Cooper

The head of Oscorp. Is said to be dying.
  • Anti-Villain: All that genetic research with the nasty side-effects? It's all done in order to keep himself and his son from dying of a serious illness.
    • Averted, as he was using Richard Parker's research to create biological weapons.
  • Bigger Bad: Of the film series.
  • Body Horror: The sickness he has leaves him bedridden, makes him look seriously unwell, and causes his voice to become guttural.
  • Character Death: He supposedly dies offscreen.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Is Oscorp's CEO and has been monitoring Peter, among numerous other illegal projects.
  • The Dreaded: Other characters seem to be afraid of him, which is pretty reasonable given his counterpart's personality. It might just be the fact that could fire them at any time.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: There is a portrait of him displayed inside Oscorp, but it is covered in shadows.
  • The Ghost: Never appears on screen in the film, only discussed by other characters.
    • As of the second movie this is no longer the case, as Norman does show up in person.
  • Jerkass: He's not particularly nice to Harry when he visits.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: His giant model covered in shadows has them.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses
  • You See, I'm Dying: He's dying of an unknown disease.

Mary Jane Watson

Played by: Shailene Woodley

A friend of Peter Parker's who works as a waitress and owns a motorcycle. Was intended to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but all scenes featuring her were cut. She's now going to be introduced in the currently unnamed third installment.
  • Ascended Extra: What she was supposed to be for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, in comparison to her original role. As it was stated above, she was cut out of the movie, making this a subverted trope.
  • Cool Bike: A photo shows her pulling up to Peter while riding her motorcycle.

Eddie Brock

Played by: Unknown

A reporter for the Daily Bugle who has written articles on the apprehension of criminals like serial killer Cletus Kasady, and mob affiliates the Enforcers. Though he does not appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 itself, his articles are included as viral marketing for the sequel. Given his role in the comics, it is speculated that he will merge with the Symbiote to become Venom.
  • Adaptational Heroism: It's implied by his writing that this version of Eddie Brock is a more ethical journalist and all-around better person than he was in the comics or the movie that he previously appeared in.
  • Breakout Character: Presuming that he becomes Venom, he will be the star of his own spin-off. Whether or not he will be a Villain Protagonist or an Anti-Hero remains to be seen.
  • Chekhov's News: On a meta level. His article is pretty obviously meant to hype up later installments in the film series.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Implied - the second-to-last sentence in his article praises Spider-Man (which, considering that he's writing for the Daily Bugle, is saying something).
  • If It Bleeds, It Leads: Averted - the article he wrote is evidently too short to make it to the front page of a newspaper.
    • Worst News Judgment Ever: You would think the Daily Bugle would place a greater emphasis on the capture of a serial killer.
  • Intrepid Reporter: It takes some serious cohonies to write about a serial killer's capture.
  • The Real Heroes: He notes that the barista that reported on Kasady was a hero, and that her idol, Spider-Man, should be proud of her actions.
  • Tempting Fate: He confidently notes that he doesn't think that Kasady will bring about any more carnage now that he's in prison.

Cletus Kasady

Played by: Unknown

A serial killer that was sent to Ravencroft Institute after turning himself in. Though he does not appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 itself, an article about him is included as viral marketing for the sequel. It is speculated that he will most likely transform into Carnage and escape from Ravencroft.
  • Anti-Climax: Invoked on his part. He calmly turned himself in after murdering at least a dozen people, which caused him to be the subject of a major manhunt.
  • Ax-Crazy: He was bad enough that he was placed on the FBI's Most Wanted.
  • Big Bad: Will most likely serve as this for the Venom movie.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Averted. Spider-Man didn't show up to kick his ass, much to the disappointment of the local that identified Kasady.
  • Dissonant Serenity: He was noted as being unnervingly calm when he turned himself into the FBI.
  • Evil Redhead: He is noted as being a "notorious redhead" by Brock.
  • Great Escape: Subverted. He tried escaping during his transfer to another prison, but he was apprehended before he could go anywhere.
  • Longer-Than-Life Sentence: Twelve of them, as a matter of fact.
  • Serial Killer: At the time of his arrest, he had been associated with twelve murders.


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