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Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
- "Spidey's not a disease that needs a cure. He's more than just a random bug bite, too. Spider-Man is who I am, my destiny."
Voiced by: Josh Keaton
- Action Hero: Spider-man has seen his fair share of action throughout his superhero career.
- The Adjectival Superhero: Spidey might have 3 adjectives — He has "Amazing", "Spectacular", and his favorite, "Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man".
- Adorkable: Like his comic book counterpart.
- Affectionate Nickname: He's called "Tiger" by Mary Jane and "Pete" or "Petey" by many of his friends. The people of NYC and various other characters call him "Spidey", "Wall-Crawler", "Web-Slinger", or "Web-head" at times.
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Liz, a cheerleader and Peter's first girlfriend on the show, though Peter later decides that he does not, in fact, want a cheerleader.
- Alliterative Name: Peter Parker. Both his first and last name begin with the letter P. His middle name's "Benjamin", though — not that it comes up often.
- All Webbed Up: Does this to his enemies sometimes.
- The Atoner: His main motivation for doing good is that no one will have to suffer like he did when he inadvertently got his Uncle killed.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: The webs, the wall-crawling... clearly he's based on a wombat.
- Animal Motifs: Go on, guess which animal. Most of his villains have one as well.
- Almighty Janitor: He is a freelance photographer who constantly struggles to pay rent.
- Badass Adorable: Despite being incredibly agile and a super-powered daredevil, he's just so damn cute and fun when being in any situation with his life as a hero and a normal guy.
- Badass Bookworm: He's like his comics counterpart: As Peter, he is a geeky science nerd who is intelligent and managed to create a pair of web-shooters (along with web-fluid), a utility-belt, and a costume; As Spider-Man, he is able to hand criminals their asses using his superhuman combat skills and his brilliant scientific mind.
- Beauty Mark: Next to his left eye. Considering his terrible luck, the Japanese connotations definitely fit.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: The symbiote takes Peter's body out to fight the Sinister Six after he wishes aloud that he could just fall asleep and find them in jail in the morning.
- Beware the Nice Ones: You DO NOT want to threaten his loved ones. The results will not be good for you.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: When Peter stops cracking jokes, you know he's seriously pissed off.
- Being Good Sucks: Also the Marvel Trope Codifier for this, as no matter how much good he does, many people are freaked out by him.
- Blindfolded Vision: As a tactic against Mysterio's illusions, correctly predicting that his spider-sense would only kick in for actual danger.
- Building Swing: His main means of traversing the city.
- Butt-Monkey: The world seems to just hate him.
- Boxing Lessons for Superman: Peter spent a bit of time as a successful show-wrestler, learning how to fight using his powers and his webs before ever trying to fight crime.
- "With great power Comes Great Responsibility."
- "The old Parker Luck."
- Averted with "My Spider-Sense is tingling" as the one time he tries to say it, he gets creamed before he can finish the sentence. From then on, we just get the noise and he dodges without saying anything.
- Cannot Talk to Women: During his early years before being bitten by the spider and after just like classic Spidey.
- Chest Insignia: The small black spider.
- Chick Magnet: Oh, boy, is he ever! This is perfectly cemented when he pretends to wear the Spider-Man suit as a Halloween costume in "The Uncertainty Principle", and Gwen, Mary-Jane and Liz ogle him big time. Lampshaded, when Flash asks him for advice on how to win over Sha Shan, reasoning that he has to have some kind of secret to get both Gwen and Liz to "like his scrawny butt".
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Justified in that he blames himself for his inaction with Uncle Ben when he could have saved him just by stopping the robber earlier.
- Classical Anti-Hero: Just like the Classic Comic Spidey.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Spider-Man's symbiote costume has enhanced his powers at a price.
- Combat Pragmatist: While the way he fights isn't exactly dirty per se, if he can exploit a weakness you have or use whatever is available in the nearby environment to beat you, best believe he won't pass it up.
- Comes Great Responsibility: The Trope Namer, as it's part of his catchphrase just like in the comics and most versions.
- Combat Parkour: This is Spider-Man's specialty. As a consequence of his powers, he fights reflexively. However, he is extraordinarily limber and agile, so by reflex he jumps, twirls, twists, and contorts all over the place to dodge blows and missiles. His only real weapons are his hands and feet.
- Composite Character: Essentially, Peter/Spider-Man is a combination of his comic book counterpart and some of the other versions of the character. While his brown eyes, slender yet toned physique, love interests, costume, difficulties (financially and socially), profession as a freelance photographer, paraphernalia, personality, and portrayal in this series comes from the comics (specifically from the original Lee/Ditko stories), the outfit that he wears as Peter Parker looks similar to the outfit that the Spider-Man from Spider-Man: The New Animated Series wore as Peter Parker (albeit it still gives Peter a nerdy outlook here) and his hair-style is the same as the hair-style that the Peter Parker from Spider-Man: The Animated Series had.
- Cool Loser: Peter is mocked and bullied relentlessly in high school, but as Flash and later Harry notes, somehow attracts the attention and friendship of incredibly pretty girls.
- Cool Mask: Peter wouldn't be Spider-Man without it.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Matching brown hair and eyes.
- Cursed with Awesome: Peter often laments his powers and has made the occasional attempt to get rid of them.
- Deadpan Snarker: His Spider-Man persona is as wisecracking as ever, but the Peter Parker persona is portrayed as a bookworm, shy geeky science nerd.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Due to the show's premature cancellation.
- Doom Magnet: Peter has infamously bad luck.
- Don't Think, Feel: Subverted. His powers work very well, if not even better, purely on instinct, but Spidey's most powerful foes tend to be exceedingly dangerous, and in very many cases more than a physical match for him. Usually, Spider-Man has to out-think or out-smart his enemies. Additionally, his live-saving reflexes and Spider-sense will generally kick-in whether or not he's thinking or distracted.
- Played straight with his fight against Mysterio, where he blindfolds himself so he won't think about the false threats, and only respond to the real ones thanks to his spider-sense.
- Dork Knight: As usual, Peter is socially awkward and quirky.
- Dude, Where's My Respect??: Are you kidding? He's arguably Marvel's definitive example of this trope.
- The Everyman: As always, he is perhaps the poster child of the Marvel Universe.
- Expressive Mask: The eyes in his mask freely contort with his expression, despite the fact that they should be static plastic lenses.
- Failure Hero: Can happen a lot.
- The Fettered: After losing Uncle Ben through negligence, Peter swore to never abandon his responsibilities again.
- Former Friend of Alpha Bitch: More like "Former Friend Of Jerk Jock". In this series, he and Flash were best friends as very young children.
- Friend to All Children: Spider-Man has to deal with a lot of crap from adults, but not kids. Kids love their Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.
- Genius Bruiser: Just like his comic-counterpart. As Peter, He is academically at the top his class; As Spider-Man, he is strong enough to fight super villains with his own two hands, inventions, and brilliant mind.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Peter was skilled enough to create the equipment for his Spider-Man persona (web shooters, utility belt/spider signal, etc.) all by himself.
- The Gimmick: Spidey possesses several: The Spider theme, the quick wit, and, out of universe, being One of Us.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Wears heart-print thermals during the winter, as revealed via Clothing Damage during his battles with the green goblin.
- Grappling-Hook Gun: Webshooters, natch.
- Healing Factor: He deals with supernaturally strong supervillains to the point that he should at least have broken bones and severe internal bleeding. He's rarely more than sore after a good night's rest. Crossed with Made of Iron.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Slightly not as bad as in the comics, though. But Jameson still hates Spider-Man as much as any other continuity and like his comic counterpart, he is constantly bashed by J. Jonah Jameson which eventually resulted in him possessing a bad reputation.
- Hollywood Nerd: As per usual for Peter (although it is shown that he looked even nerdier before the spider bite, being also a case of He Cleans Up Nicely).
- I Just Want to Be Normal: He has a few bouts of this due to the responsibilities that come with his powers. Not to mention the fact that the inflated ego resulting from said powers directly resulted in Uncle Ben's death, which he still blames himself for. After the Lizard arc he keeps a vial of Doc Connors's gene cleanser just in case he decides to go normal forever until he realizes that his powers are necessary towards end of the first season and throws the solution away.
- Improvised Weapon: He often has to get creative with his webbing in a fight.
- In-Series Nickname: "Spidey", "Webhead", "webslinger" or "wall-crawler", "Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man" or any combination thereof.
- LEGO Genetics: Just like in the Sam Raimi films, he gets his powers from a genetically altered spider, rather than a radioactive one.
- Le Parkour: Thanks to his spider agility, he's a superhuman practitioner.
- Lethal Chef: He decides to prepare Thanksgiving dinner so Aunt May can recover from her heart attack. His attempts result in a burned cream sauce and a bunch of exploded yams.
- Lightning Bruiser: The guy has taken hits that would have killed most fragile speedsters. He has fast enough reflexes to dodge lasers and lightning from Electro, he's survived vibro-blasts that tear through concrete walls, multiple grenades to the face, and been hit so many times by villains with super-strength that if a contest was made on drinking a bottle of beer for every time he gets hit, the person's liver would be wrecked by half the first season.
- Likes Older Women: The first girl he tries to (actively) woo is 20 year old Betty Brant, admittedly four years older than him. As Peter tries to sell it, when Betty is 70 and Peter is 66 it won't be such a big difference.
- Look Ma, No Plane!: Spider-Man swings by helicopters all the time.
- The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: And how. He has four girls go after him and being Spider-Man has driven off all of them in some way.
- Money, Dear Boy: This is what Peter Parker first thought of using his spider-powers for, before it resulted in Uncle Ben's death.
- Motor Mouth: While wisecracking as his Spider-Man Persona just like in the comics.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When Peter recognizes the murderer of his uncle as the burglar he allowed to escape earlier.
- Nice Guy: Although he has some low points, he's still a kind, loyal friend at heart.
- The Nicknamer: Much to the villains' chagrin.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: No one could suspected bookish, shy Peter Parker of being the web-slinging, wise-cracking Spider-Man.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Up until he gets bitten by a genetically-engineered spider. Though, Peter tries to keep his school life going while being Spider-Man.
- Out Of Character Is Serious Business: The first hint that Peter is not himself and being controlled by the Symbiote is when the Sinister Six notices he's not cracking jokes during their second fight.
- Papa Wolf:
- Try to hurt his loved ones and you'll be in for a world of pain. The best example, threatening Aunt May sets Spidey off so much that he's able to drive off Venom. To clarify, he can almost never match Venom in a fair fight, except when Venom tries to go after Aunt May.
- Attacking Gwen or any of his other friends is a bad idea, as well. Also, don't make him work with the man who shot his uncle, no matter how remorseful that man is.
- Pro Wrestling Is Real: When Spider-Man first got his powers, he entered a wrestling tournament and beat a wrestler by the name of Crusher Hogan
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When Uncle Ben was murdered, Peter went after the criminal with every intent of returning the favor. The realization that he had inadvertently caused his uncle's death through inaction stopped him, and he turned the burglar over to the police.
- Sad Clown: Much like his comics counterpart.
- Save the Villain: Sometimes reluctantly.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Which results in Tombstone's We Can Rule Together offer being rejected.
- Secret Identity: Due to the show's premature cancellation, the only character to learn his secret identity is Venom along with NYPD captain George Stacy.
- Signature Move: Spidey has always liked to shoot a small patch of webbing at his foes eyes to blind them.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: During the flashback to his origin.
- Socially-Awkward Hero: Trope Codifier.
- Spider-Sense: Which is a power of Spider-Man that allows him near precognitive ability to sense danger.
- Super Strength: His physical strength greatly improves when he is bitten by the spider.
- Talking Is a Free Action: And Spidey can keep it up all day.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Only as Spider-Man just like the comics.
- Teen Genius: Just like in the comics, Peter designed his costume and created the paraphernalia that he uses as Spider-Man (such as the Web-Fluid, Webshooters, Spider-Signal, etc). He is an honors student (specifically a geeky science nerd) who has a scholastic interest towards science, a job at as freelance photographer at the Daily Bugle, and also gets an internship at Empire State University while still being in high-school.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Tinkerer calls him out on it. Though ironically, at the end of the series, he thinks he's killed Norman Osborn.
- Trademark Favorite Food: His love of Aunt May's wheatcakes dates back to his first appearance in Amazing Fantasy. And, of course, there's New York pizza and hot dogs.
- Utility Belt: Spider-Man wears a utility belt to hold extra web cartridges, spider-tracers, his camera, and his "Spider-signal" flashlight buckle. He wears it under his shirt but since it leaves only a small bulge, as well as its being the same color as his suit and he is usually moving around so much, most people don't even realize he has one.
- Wall Crawl: His trademark.
- Weak, but Skilled: Spider-Man is usually physically, sometimes mentally as well, outclassed by the bulk of his more dangerous enemies. He still manages to win by using his powers efficiently and creatively.
- What You Are in the Dark: As shown in episode 12, when he confronted Uncle Ben's killer, Peter dropped him out of the building, but saved him because he knew Uncle Ben would never have approved.
- With Great Power Comes Great Perks: How Peter was before the fateful day where he learned...
- You Fight Like a Cow: Another classic trait from the character. This time, it gets really effective with some of the villains.Dr. Octopus: Do you ever SHUT UP?!Spider-Man: Sorry, no. My fans expect a certain amount of quippage in every battle.
- Your Cheating Heart: Peter is not emotionally faithful and tends to be easily distracted (as MJ points out) by any pretty girl who gives him attention. He had a crush on Betty Brant but then forgot about her when he met MJ, and after kissing Gwen, he started dating Liz while still pining for Gwen and not being true to either of them. And of course in the middle of all that, when MJ is giving him a pep talk, he starts thinking about how pretty she is.
Midtown Manhattan Magnet High Students
Voiced by: Lacey Chabert
- Adaptational Personality Change: This Gwen Stacy is more or less an original character who has little in common with her original comic book counterpart. In the comics, Peter met Gwen at college, and she was a popular beauty queen from high school who was initially an Alpha Bitch who gradually had her personality softened. While this Gwen sometimes acts like angry toward Peter in the second season (mainly due to the fact that he would not speak to her about the kiss that they shared), she is still a friend of Peter's from school, who confesses to loving him since seventh grade.
- All Love Is Unrequited: She and Peter finally seem to get together at the end of Season 2, but Harry puts a stop to it.
- Betty and Veronica: Was the Betty to Liz's Veronica.
- Composite Character:
- Her initial somewhat nerdy look and personality makes her slightly more similar to Debra Whitman than the Gwen Stacy of the comics. We later meet a Debra Whitman briefly and she's a much older character.
- Her background as a childhood friend of Peter's, who also wears glasses and is one of his closest friends, makes her similar to Ultimate Mary Jane. She becomes more faithful to her original comic book counterpart near the end of Season 2, fittingly after getting a makeover with MJ's helpnote . The fact that she attends the same high school as Peter is similar to the Ultimate Gwen Stacy.
- Death Glare: Or "the Look", which has the same effect.
- Damsel in Distress: Takes this trope to its logical conclusion.
- First Love: She was the first girl Peter truly loved, although it takes a while for him to realize that, and still longer for him to act on it, those delays, likely prevented any real relationship from ever happening.
- The Glasses Gotta Go: When she evolved into her comic counterpart, as a result of a makeover given by MJ.
- Girl Next Door: Just like her comic counterpart.
- Hair Decorations: She wears a headband.
- Hollywood Nerd: Originally one (but not as much as Peter), she becomes truly faithful and resembles her comic counterpart.
- Love Interest: To Peter, eventually.
- Love Triangle: First with Peter and Liz, now with Peter and Harry.
- Nice Girl: She is mostly kind to both Peter and Harry.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Shows up to her Valentine's date with Harry sans glasses and wearing a dress.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Word of God said that, even if the series hadn't been cancelled, they had no plans to kill her off.
- Tsundere: Towards Peter in the second season.
- Two First Names: "Gwen" and "Stacy" are both common given names.
- Woman Scorned: Initially was upset that Peter gave her the cold shoulder.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Gwen seems to have quite a fondness for knee-high boots with thigh-high socks and skirts towards the end of the series.
Voiced by: James Arnold Taylor
- Abusive Parent: Norman. Oh boy, Norman. His mother Emily, who is alive here, is implied to be neglectful, more or less doing nothing to halt Norman's treatment of his son.
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: When he succeeds in getting popular after dosing on the Goblin drug, he's not too shy about getting ahead with the in-crowd.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He initially appears to be a fairly nice guy, but over the course of the series he reveals himself to be rather entitled, prone to fits of jealousy, and have strong Never My Fault tendencies. He also has inherited a good bit of his father's manipulative streak.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Harry is jealous and resentful of Peter, for being smarter than him, getting more validation from his Dad, and the fact that Peter seems to be friends with Mary-Jane Watson upsetting him at the school dance and other events.
- Fantastic Drug: Globulin Green.
- Freudian Excuse: Beyond being raised by Norman Osborn, which is bad enough in it of itself, Norman tends to try and get Harry to emulate him regards to the underhanded tactics and decisions. Considering how Harry got Gwen to stay with him, it appears Norman is succeeding in this.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Toward Peter, as usual. Peter still is aware of it and tries to avoid it so Harry will end up better, but this doesn't end well.
- It's All About Me: Another unfortunate trait he got from his father.
- Jerkass: Becomes more and more of this due to his dad's influence and machinations but then he's too weak-willed, mediocre and Love Hungry to really change.
- Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates Gwen into staying with him in a way that would make his father proud.
- Never My Fault: He has the highest ratio of blaming Peter/Spidey for his own failures of all the characters in this series. Considering how Norman is, it's not surprising that Harry would gain this mentality.
- Parental Neglect: His father, Norman, is proved to ignoring Harry in favor of his main goal: getting more power and money. His mother doesn't seem much in his life either.
- Put on a Bus: From "The Uncertainty Principle" until "First Steps."
- Took a Level in Badass: When he's back from Europe he can fly a helicopter and he actually saves Spider-Man's life at one point by destroying the windows and dispersing the knock-out gas the Green Goblin planned to kill Spider-Man with.
- Took a Level in Jerkass:
- The Unfavorite: His father prefers Peter to his own son.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In spades. If you've seen the first movie or read the comics, Harry spends much of his life trying desperately to earn his father's approval.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: His addiction to the Green did a major job on him, though luckily not as bad as it did on his father. This is a known side-effect of Globulin Green, and though it makes him stronger it also makes him prone to sudden bouts of rage. He undergoes clear Sanity Slippage in "The Uncertainly Principle," which includes flipping out and throwing his father into a wall, all while mood-swinging constantly, and even though he ultimately wasn't the Goblin, the show makes it very believable that he could have been if given the opportunity.
- You Killed My Father: Toward Spider-Man
Eugene "Flash" Thompson
Voiced by: Joshua LeBar
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: His mom manages to be this, inadvertently humiliating him at his party by inviting Peter and revealing they were once friends.
- Annoying Laugh: It's just so obnoxious.
- Book Dumb: Not completely stupid (especially compared to his pal, Kenny Kong), but still a walking academic disaster area.
- The Bully: To Peter as usual.
- Catchphrase: "Hey, Puny Parker!"
- Character Development: He grew from being a Jerk Jock, to a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Embarrassing First Name: Does NOT like people calling him by "Eugene".
- Fanboy: Flash is Spider-Man's biggest fan.
- Heroic Bystander: At several points, he is willing to take risks to help Spider-Man, even once going around in a Spider-Man costume. He actually ends up saving Spidey from Venom at one point.
- Hidden Depths:
- Turns out to hold sportsmanship higher than trophies.
- Also, he is truly outraged when Spider-Man is framed for crime and refuses to believe it's the real one.
- Irony: He picks on Peter in high school, but he is Spidey's biggest fan.
- Jerkass: He is a jerkass towards Peter.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Flash, of all people, calls Peter out for acting like a jerk to everyone when they were comforting about about his aunt being in the hospital. This made Peter realize the symbiote was controlling him.
- Jerk Jock: He comes off as a typical jock and bully.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Develops into this over the course of the show.
- Loves My Alter Ego: He is a huge fan of Spider-Man and is as committed to defending him as he is to giving Peter Parker a hard time.
- Playing Cyrano: Enlists Peter's aid to make sure he doesn't sound dumb while trying to impress a smart girl (it doesn't work, but she likes him anyway).
- We Used to Be Friends: It's revealed that Flash and Peter actually used to be best friends back in nursery school. It was Peter who gave Eugene his nickname for Flash.
Voiced by: Phil LaMarr
- Alliterative Name: Randy Robertson.
- Badass Baritone: Has a pretty deep voice.
- Big Eater: According to his father.
- Black Best Friend: To Flash.
- The Masochism Tango: His inexplicable (even to himself, much of the time) relationship with Sally Avril.
- Nice Guy: Much to Sally's chagrin.
- Only Sane Man: For the whole school, along with Glory Grant.
- Positive Discrimination: The nicest of the sports clique to the main characters and is African-American.
- The Stoic: In a friendly, laid-back sort of way.
- Token Good Teammate: Rand is the nicest one among the jocks.
- What Does She See in Him?: In regards to Sally. Even he doesn't seem to know, but he's too nice to break up with her.
Voiced by: Grey DeLisle
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Had black hair in the comics, though she did wear a blonde wig as Bluebird.
- Alpha Bitch: Calling her this would be an understatement.
- Ascended Extra: In the comics, she appeared in two panels on the second page of the first Spider-Man comic, Amazing Fantasy #15, and doesn't show up again for over thirty years.
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: In the first episode, Peter has a big crush on her and asks her out. The results? They ain't pretty.
- The Cheerleader: Mean as hell and none-too-bright, Sally does the stereotypes proud.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: A rare case when you can say she is better when not talking without looking sexist.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- She doesn't like Peter but, after one dangerous incident, openly admits that she's glad he's alright and even hugs him out of relief, flat out telling him that while she might not like him, she doesn't want to see him hurt.
- Also, back toward the end of the first season, it's mentioned that "even Sally" is worried for Peter when she heard that Aunt May had a heart attack.
- She makes a point of laying off Peter if Liz asks her to, showing that she at least genuinely respects Liz.
- Jerkass: She has softer moments, but most of the time, she's this. She even acts like one to Flash, and that's prior his Character Development.
- Popular Is Dumb: Popular, but not very smart.
- Ship Sinking: Very against Liz/Peter. She got her wish when Liz broke up with Peter (but it was actually Peter who broke her up).
- Spared by the Adaptation: Although considering that her comics counterpart died as consequence for trying to get pictures of Spider-Man, and her animated self had no love even for him, the only thing similar with this Sally is her Alpha Bitch nature.
- Valley Girl
Voiced by: Alanna Ubach
- Alpha Bitch: She had made fun of Peter as much as everyone else because she initially did not want to be around Peter Parker due to their social standings.
- Betty and Veronica: Was the Veronica to Gwens's Betty.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: When first introduced, she is in a relationship with Flash, sees Peter as a geek and is extremely dismissive toward him, almost as much as Sally. She, however, quickly comes to appreciate him and ends up being the first girl to actually date him.
- Distressed Damsel: Doctor Octopus used her as one in his introduction episode.
- Fangirl: Like Flash, she idolizes Spider-Man.
- Give Geeks a Chance: Initially not, but she eventually does.
- Laugh of Love: She tends to do this around Peter:
- In "Reaction", she and Peter tend to laugh around each other as they grow close to one another.
- In "Destructive Testing", she giggles after hugging Peter, right before a football match she's cheering for is about to start.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: She eventually becomes this via Character Development, going from stuck-up in the second episode to eventually dating dorky Peter. She is notably more likable than Sally.
- Morality Pet: Sally only acts nice to Peter if Liz asks her to.
- Race Lift: White and blonde in the comics, Latina in the cartoon.
- Romantic False Lead: Her flirting with Peter kicks into overdrive just as Peter realizes his feelings for Gwen.
- Spicy Latina: Liz was made Hispanic for the series.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Her last name is Allan, not "Allen".
- Two First Names: "Liz" and "Allan" are both common given names.
Mary Jane Watson
Voiced by: Vanessa Marshall
- Blind Date: How she met Peter just like in the comics.
- Cool Big Sis: Especially toward Gwen. Word of God even describes her and Gwen as being best friends (just like in the comics).
- Catchphrase: "Face it, tiger — you just hit the jackpot."
- Deadpan Snarker: She's every bit as good at snarking as Peter.
- Fiery Redhead: Wouldn't be MJ if she wasn't.
- Hello, Nurse!: The exact thing that Peter was not expecting when he opened the door to her for the first time. Hit the jackpot, he did indeed.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Peter is definitely attracted to her during their date, but he lets it go after she tells him she only sees him as a friend. She would have became the main girl anyway if not for the show's cancellation.
- Hidden Depths: She said she wasn't looking for romance, until she saw a guy propose to his girlfriend in the Valentine's episode. It seems she really does love both Peter Parker and Mark Allan.
- Informed Attractiveness: Mary Jane is presented as so stunning even the popular girls are instantly jealous of her, even though really she and geeky Gwen having basically the same design; Gwen just wears glasses and less fashionable clothes. Late in season 2 Gwen stops doing that, and everybody comments about how stunning she is.
- Ironic Echo: When May and Anna Watson were trying to set them up on a blind date, Peter resisted - thinking Mary Jane must be some pathetic teen that couldn't possibly get a date without help.
- New Transfer Student: After hearing about Midtown's prestigious theater program, she decides to transfer in "Group Therapy."
- Out of Focus: In the second season, where her only real role was in the Mark Allen subplot.
- Popular Is Dumb: Subverted. She may not be a Teen Genius, but she definitely has better social intelligence than most characters.
- Promoted to Love Interest: Inverted; this is the first Spider-Man animated series where she is not Peter's main love interest, although according to Word of God she would have become the main girl if the show had a chance to progress into a third season.
- Promoted To Opening Credits: In "Persona", the first episode of the Venom arc. (Also the first episode after Harry was Put on a Bus, which made space for her.)
- The Rival: Subverted; she appears to be this to Gwen at first, but it's quickly made clear that she only went to the prom with Peter to help and won't get in the way of Gwen. She's more of a rival to Liz, due to encouraging Peter and Gwen to being a couple, although this is lessened after she and Liz bond over the pain of losing Mark in "Subtext".
- Romantic False Lead: Intentional, as her date with Peter really was just a one time thing. She does like him as a friend, but if anything, she would rather see him with Gwen, although According to Word of God, she would have been promoted to Love Interest had the series gone further though.
- Shipper on Deck: Very pro Gwen/Peter.
- Sad Clown: Just like her comic counterpart.
- The Social Expert: She's about the one character who everyone seems to like, is friendly even with people like Gwen and Liz, who see her as a competitor for Peter's affections, and about the only person she does not get along with, Eddie Brock, more or less proves to be a Jerkass.
Voiced by: Cree Summer
- Age Lift: Glory was in her mid-20's in the comics and previous cartoons.
- Alliterative Name: Glory Grant.
- Closer to Earth: Than any of the other girls. She's the only one who's not instinctively jealous of MJ at first.
Sha Shan Nguyen
Voiced by: Kelly Hu
- Adaptational Heroism: In the original comics, Sha Shan started off as a Spider-Man villain named Sister Sun. In Spectacular, she's a normal high school student and Flash Thompson's Replacement Love Interest.
- Asian and Nerdy: She's smarter than most girls around, much to Flash's chagrin:Flash: She's, like, totally immune to The Flash!
Peter: 'Cause she has a brain?
- Chekhov's Gunman: She's at the school dance in Season 1, but only becomes a speaking, recurring, named character in Season 2.
- Deadpan Snarker: To Flash, who makes it all too easy.
- Morality Pet: Flash got a lot more nicer thanks to her influence.
- Official Couple: With Flash in the end.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches to her waist.
- Second Love: To Flash, after he and Liz break up.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Sha Shan only started to seriously begin a relationship with Flash when she witnessed him defending Harry when the Midtown Football Trophy was confiscated after it was revealed that Harry cheated. Why? He holds sportsmanship higher than trophies. Later on, Sha Shan stated to Flash that she likes him for being "an honest guy, who stands up for what's right".
Voiced by: Alan Rachins
- Abusive Parents: Norman pushes his son very hard, often coming across as cruel.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Whenever he's not rocking a green bodysuit and purple tunic.
- Bait the Dog: A particularly cruel version. At the end of season 1, after finding out his son was the Green Goblin, he suggest taking the blame to save him, and eventually begs Spider-Man to not reveal it to anyone so his son won't become the target of New York's entire crime community. Comes the season 2 finale, we find out he really had been the Green Goblin all along, and had framed Harry to milk sympathy from Spider-Man.
- Berserk Button: Spider-Man is one. Another is insulting his son Harry, although he's guilty of that all the time.
- Big Bad: Of Season 2 and part of Season 1. Not only is he the Green Goblin and Spider-Man's greatest enemy, but due to the fact that he was working with Tombstone to make supervillains and was responsible for Otto Octavius Jumping Off the Slippery Slope, he's got some connection to every major villain except for Venom.
- Catch-Phrase: "Don't apologize. I never do."
- Don't Tell Harry: He initially tries to keep his identity secret from his son.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Just like the original version of Norman Osborn from the comics. He's a bad man who gets worse.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For all his evilness, he does shows concern for Harry when he and Spider-Man discovers he is the Green Goblin.
- Horribly twisted in the season 2 finale, where it turns out he had been framing his own son when he was the real Green Goblin; he did so to "protect" him, because he didn't want to go to jail and be unable to make his son a man.
- Evil Redhead:Norman's got reddish-brown hair.
- Evil Genius: Osborn is one of the smarter people in the Marvel Universe, and in this show.
- Evil Mentor: Once tried to be this to Peter. Nearly succeeded. In a more subtle and parental way, he's this to Harry. Most of his son's negative traits stem from Norman's own and Norman does seem to be trying to cultivate these.
- Faux Affably Evil: As in the early days, he veers closer to Affably Evil.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He secretly developed a trove of Halloween-themed weapons and equipment.
- Gaslighting: He does this to Harry making him think that his juiced version of the Globulin Green formula is actually making him the Goblin, going so far as to dress him in the costume and twisting his leg to make him feel that way. He also continues to make Harry live in guilt and loathing about his actions.
- Genius Bruiser: Arguably subverted. He's incredibly intelligent, he's super strong, but he often can't do both at the same time because of his mental instability
- Hidden Depths: The rather stoic and straight-faced Norman is revealed to be very psychotic through his persona as the Green Goblin
- Jekyll & Hyde: Subverted. Norman is (relatively) sane and the Green Goblin is crazy, but they're both evil.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Even he calls out Harry on blaming his problems on others like Peter not helping him with a test or Flash bullying him. Maybe it's far too petty for his taste.Norman: Enough, you're parked in a no-whining zone. Take some responsibility. Peter's not the reason you failed. You wanna pass a test? Study. You wanna be popular? Be popular. Take control of your destiny, boy.
- Living with the Villain: He's Peter's best friend's father, after all.
- It's All About Me: This Norman is a raging narcissist and megalomaniac who willingly allies with underworld types and other Mad Scientist.
- Karma Houdini:
- He never apologizes, after all.
- Due to the series' cancellation, he manages to evade karma for his crimes as the Goblin; the only thing close to punishment he receives is having to fake his death and flee New York.
- Motive Decay: As The Green Goblin, he went from wanting to take over New York's criminal underworld to being obsessed with killing Spider-Man. Justified, as by the last few episodes, he had accomplished his former goal and had become sick of Spider-Man's constant interference.
- Never My Fault: Apparently being a billionaire and genius makes you immune to responsibility or blame. Though he also doesn't spend that much time shifting it on others. It's more like he believes that if you want something, go ahead and take it, but make sure you're good enough to do so.
- No One Could Survive That!: He falls headfirst into a water tower filled with pumpkin bombs and is caught at the epicenter of the explosion, yet walks away with barely a scratch.
- Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: Norman has dozens of hideouts scattered across New York.
- Parental Neglect: Norman is proved to be a neglectful parent, ignoring Harry in favor of his main goal: getting more power and money.
- The Unapologetic: His Catch-Phrase.
- Split Personality: Subverted; this version is completely in control of what he does as the Green Goblin and doesn't display any sort of Super-Powered Evil Side.
- Smug Snake: Arrogant, misogynistic, and condescending, Norman is a very competent schemer, but is frequently unable to roll with the unexpected and is also frequently sabotaged by his own mental instability and/or pride.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Most of the time he presents himself as an ordinary citizen and businessman. Behind the scene, he agrees to make a deal with the Big Man to create new supervillains just to keep Spider-Man busy and is secretly The Green Goblin.
- We Can Rule Together: A Down Played version, he makes it very clear that he wants Peter to be his heir.
- Why Are You Not My Son?: Blatantly prefers Peter to Harry. Heck, he even provides the page quote.
J. Jonah Jameson
Voiced by: Daran Norris
- Alliterative Name: His name isJohn Jonah Jameson.
- Anti-Villain: Type 1
- Bad Boss / Benevolent Boss: Zigzagged with both. He regularly verbally abuses those that aren't Joe Robertson, but he's also protective of his staff.
- Catch-Phrase: Saying he wants to do something/that he wants something done, and then expressing the amount of time it should be done in seconds. (Example: "I want a title in 28 seconds!")
- Da Editor: Editor-in-chief of the Daily Bugle.
- Disproportionate Retribution: While Jameson hated Spider-Man from the very beginning of the series, it was when he finds out a rival paper's story on Spidey outsold the Bugle's story on his son's return from space that causes him to decide to run a smear campaign against Spidey, outraged that Spider-Man gained more attention than his son.
- Doting Parent: He praises his son named John (who is an astronaut.)
- Everyone Has Standards: Stands up for human rights... because he hates everyone equally. He is absolutely committed to truth in reporting. Despite his hatred of Spidey, Jameson has always refused to use fake images in his newspaper.
- Good Is Not Nice: Most notably, when Rhino asks for Peter, JJJ notices Peter and gestures for him to hide, then lies to Rhino - claiming that he's never met Peter, that everything is done through email - even though this could easily cost him his life.
- Good Parents: He's a jerk, but he's a great dad too.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Toward Spider-Man, as usual.
- Grumpy Old Man: Absolutely!
- Hair-Trigger Temper: You do not want to get on Jonah's bad side. Unfortunately, it's hard not to.
- Hidden Depths: From his verbal tirades against Spider-Man and his own staff, you'd never know how much Jonah loves his family or how much he values those that work for him.
- Inspector Javert: He doesn't like or trust Spidey, thinking he should be arrested.
- Irrational Hatred: Jameson hates Spider-Man with such a passion that no matter how many times the superhero has saved him and his loved one over and over again, Jameson is still stubbornly convinced that he is a menace.
- It's All About Me: Taken to a ridiculous degree in "Opening Night" when he claims that Spider-Man stopping the jailbreak was just an elaborate ruse orchestrated by both Spidey and the crooks.Jameson: They're all in it together!
Captain Stacy: [visibly irritated] Oh, to what end?
Jameson: To raise my blood pressure!!
- Jerkass: It wouldn't be J. Jonah Jameson if he weren't one. To summarize, JJJ is usually an arrogant, stubborn and pompous skinflint who micromanages his employees.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
- When Aunt May has a heart attack, he feels it's his responsibility as Peter's boss to break the news to him. It backfires, but that's not his fault. We also see that he's extremely affectionate towards his son.
- Not only that, but when Rhino grabs him and threatens him to tell where Peter is, he actually sees Peter behind the Rhino, secretly indicates that he should hide, and lies right to Rhino's face about not even knowing what he looked like. The guy may be a jerk, but never call him a bad guy.
- Mean Boss: Most of the time, he is constantly seen yelling and berating his employees.
- Never My Fault: He blames Spider-Man for what happens to his son, despite the fact that he was the one who goaded John into going after Spidey (who was the victim of another Frame-Up) in the first place.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When his son's space shuttle is damaged and it becomes uncertain if they can land it, Jameson becomes uncharacteristically quiet. When the news of the shuttle landing safely comes in, he takes a moment to calm himself, then starts yelling at his staff again, who treat it as a sign of everything being back to normal.
- Pet the Dog: Has gotten a ton of these moments over the series to show that once you get past the greedy, shouting, pissed-off exterior he's not that bad a guy.
- Strawman News Media: Outside his hatred of superheroes, his integrity as a journalist is unimpeachable.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Spidey has saved him, his employees, and his son's lives again and again, and yet he goes right back to smearing the superhero as always.
Colonel Jupiter (John Jameson)
Voiced by: Daran Norris
- The Ace: Just like his comic counterpart, he's a highly experienced pilot and astronaut. At least before his Face–Heel Turn.
- Anti-Villain: Made a pretty good hero, and tried to clear Spidey's name, but after he mistook Venom for Spider-Man, and thought Spidey was pulling his own Face–Heel Turn, he went out to kill him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Reacts rather well to growing twice his size and being forced to wear a containment suit.
- Large Ham: After becoming Colonel Jupiter.
Voiced by: Clancy Brown
- Police Are Useless: Averted; he is very good at his job, usually quick to figure out that Spider-Man has been framed and willing to help him. Most notably, rather than jumping the gun, he will usually just compare the impostor's mannerism and voice to what the actual Spider-Man do and deduce the truth. It's strongly hinted he deduced Spider-Man's identity.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As per usual for the character.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: He knows that Peter Parker is Spider-Man in later episodes, but never tells Peter, although he drops enough hints that Peter suspects he knows.
- Spared by the Adaptation: He died in the comic book, though it is possible that he would have died if the series continued.
Voiced by: Irene Bedard
Voiced by: Thomas F. Wilson
- Hidden Depths: In one episode, Stan said that Spider-Man hasn't gone "far enough" dealing with criminals. Tellingly, in the comics, he because a serial killer whose targets include people he felt were too light on criminals.
Voiced by: Deborah Strang
- Almighty Mom: or Aunt in this case.
- Happily Married: To Uncle Ben, until his death.
- Maiden Aunt: Although she's a widow and not a maiden.
- Mama Bear: To Peter through the fact that she is overprotective of him. May had even established a curfew for Peter in order for him to return back into their house safely.
- Parental Substitute: As per usual, She is as a mother for Peter.
- Shipper on Deck: She was vocal about Peter/MJ shipper, and conspired with Anna to set them up on their first date into the Fall Formal.
- Supreme Chef: A great cook if her baked goods are anything to go by.
- The Match Maker: For Peter and Mary Jane.
Voiced by: Ed Asner
- Cool Old Guy: He's been shown to have had his hip and happening side.
- Death by Origin Story: His murder set Peter down the path of using his powers for good.
- Happily Married: To Aunt May, until his death.
- The Mentor: He is the main inspiration in Peter's resolution to do good.
- Parental Substitute: He is as a father to Peter.
- Posthumous Character: He's been dead since the beginning of the series.
- Spirit Advisor: To Peter in episode 12.
- With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Told Peter this just like in the comics and film.
Voiced by: Brian George
- Badass Bookworm: He's a Non-Action Guy, sure, but when a huge burly hunter walks into his lab with a living lion in tow, and starts asking questions about Spider-Man, what does Warren do? He doesn't bat an eye, lies about giving Spidey his powers, and when Kraven demands to be ehanced as well, calmly requests a hefty payment and receives it!
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Just look at the pic; this guy looks nothing like a villain, and acts pretty affable at the beginning. Yet, as the series goes on, it becomes quite clear he is a bastard.
- Faux Affably Evil: Acts affable only to increase his jerkassery.
- Hate Sink: With the exception of Norman Osborn, every other villain looks sympathetic compared to him.
- Jerkass: Especially toward Dr. Connors.
- Karma Houdini: He is responsible for mutating Kraven, stole Dr. Connors' research and caused him to leave through blackmail about him being the Lizard, amongst many other things. He gets away with it at the end thanks to the show's cancellation.
- LEGO Genetics: Well, he does use Connors' research.
- Mythology Gag: He looks just like he did in the Lee/Romita era of the Spider-Man comics.
- Parental Neglect: She didn't pay attention to Harry when he made the team. Nor did she come to Harry's play.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the comics, she died shortly after Harry was born. (Word of God says that it seemed odd to have all of the ˇThree Amigos! come from single-parent families, but that it felt like too big a part of Aunt May and George Stacy's characters to change.)
- The Voiceless: She never speaks on-screen.
Dr. Nicolas Bromwell
Voiced by: Dorian Harewood
- Race Lift: His comics counterpart was white, but here, he's African-American.
- Will They or Won't They?: He's hinted to have a thing for Aunt May. Word of God says that she doesn't notice because it's too soon after Ben's death for her to even consider dating again. It's unknown if that would have continued in later seasons.
Voiced by: Kath Soucie
Vulture (Adrian Toomes)
- "These skies are mine now!"
Voiced by: Robert Englund
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Obviously, the vulture.
- Appropriated Appellation: Although as Norman irritatedly points out, he called him a buzzard, not a vulture.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Osborn didn't call him a buzzard for nothing.
- Bald of Evil: Toomes is an old man, but never the less a criminal.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: His wings are sharp enough to count as this.
- Badass Bookworm: Makes powered armor and goes toe to toe with Spidey.
- Badass Grandpa: The guy is also positively ancient and is one of Spider-Man's oldest opponents.
- Circling Vultures: He flies a ring around Spider-Man before making his entrance as a member of the Sinister Six.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Without his suit, he's a normal old man.
- The Dragon: Usually serves as this in the Sinister Six and whenever in service to Doctor Octopus. Although Toomes had animosity towards Octavius in the first episode (which was later retracted thanks to Norman Osborn's Brutal Honesty), when he re-emerged as Doc Ock Toomes seems to have regarded him as a good comrade; especially helping is their shared hatred of Norman.
- Evil Old Folks: The old part is lampshaded by Osborn, who points out that since he never had any success as a young man, no one would think he suddenly had a breakthrough as an old man. Toomes is a geriatric supervillain who wears a bird-themed flight suit.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Well, he did create his suit of his own, after all.
- Grumpy Old Man: His default mood.
- Powered Armor: Even his original costume qualified, but in recent decades, it has become more metallic.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His costume. A notable contrast with his usual green costume from the comic.
- Say My Name: "OSBORN!"
- Small Role, Big Impact: Word of God states that Norman Osborn, not wanting to ever feel helpless again, began using Globulin Green on himself in response to the Vulture's attacks. Without the Vulture to provoke him, Norman probably wouldn't have been able to claim the role as the show's Big Bad.
- Also, in a bit of a Chekov's Gun, Toomes's tech flight was said to have been stolen and duplicated by Norman in the first episode...which is seen a few episodes later in the form of the Goblin Glider.
- Starter Villain: The first actual super-villain Spider-Man fought. Also the first one, with Electro and Lizard, who motivated the Big Man into asking Norman Osborn to create new villains for him.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: A vulture-themed villain named Toomes (tombs).
- Taught by Experience: In his first episode, Spider-Man defeats him by destroying his harness through the use of Super Strength. He learns from it, and has his harness reinforced with a stronger steel when he comes back in the Sinister Six.
- Villain Team-Up: Becomes a member of the Sinister Six.
Voiced by: John DiMaggio
- Badass Baritone: Comes with being voiced John DiMaggio.
- Badass Normal: He has no power other than possibly the prothesis on his head, but he is still a quite competent enemy.
- Big Bad Wannabe: In season 2, when he attempts to betray Tombstone.
- The Dragon: To Tombstone.
- Distressed Dude: In episode 9, he is kidnapped by the Green Goblin and used as a bait to trap Spider-Man and Tombstone. And he's not happy about it:Hammerhead: This is embarrassing...
- Evil Sounds Deep: He has a deep, meancing voice.
- Hard Head: There's a metal plate in it.
- Non-Standard Character Design: He's the only character with pupils.
- Smug Snake: Becomes one after switching from The Dragon to The Starscream - he's just not as good at scheming on his own as he is at carrying out someone else's schemes which leads to his becoming a pawn of the Green Goblin.
- The Starscream: During the gang war arc. Which is surprising because he seemed to be extremely faithful toward his leader. However, he is understandably fired by said boss shortly after they (or at least the boss) were arrested.
- Unwitting Pawn: His scheme to betray Tombstone turns to have been a plan orchestrated by the Goblin using him.
- Use Your Head: Though he doesn't really start to do it until season 2.
- You Have Failed Me: Too many times with Tombstone, and is fed up with him. This results in Hammerhead becoming The Starscream.
Electro (Max Dillon)
- "Calm? We left calm behind a lifetime ago!"
Voiced by: Crispin Freeman
- Appropriated Appellation: Spidey calls him "Electro" offhand during their first confrontation. He later decides he likes it during his That Man Is Dead moment.
- Berserk Button: "Don't call me Max! The name is Electro! ELECTRO, I TELL YOU!"
- Blessed with Suck: He got highly powerful electrical powers... so much that he is forced to wear a suit constantly to prevent them from destroying everything around him. To make things worse, he can't even drink anymore since the mere contact with his mouth will cause a shock.
- Breath Weapon: In the Engineering arc he starts shooting lightning from his mouth.
- Collapsible Helmet: Can retract the mask and gloves of his suit seemingly at will.
- Comes Great Insanity: When first introduced, he appears to be a cocky jerkass. The accident that gave him power clearly caused him to snap completely. The fact that everyone was misunderstanding to him probably factors in.
- Composite Character: This version of Electro is a combination of the main Marvel Comics universe and the Ultimate Marvel version. Like the 616 version, he was a normal man who got his powers through an electrical freak accident. But those powers are more in line with the Ultimate version. His face is designed to be similar to 616's version.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Don't call him Max, or he'll fry you into nothing!
- Freak Lab Accident: His Origin.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Possibly one of the most irritable versions of the character.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: At first. Later, he embraces his powers.
- Jerkass: Has developed a reputation for this. Not many villains are willing to team up with him anymore, largely because he can be a total dick when he wants to be.
- Large Ham: Come on, this is Crispin Freeman we're talking about.
- Like a Son to Me: Inverted. Never overtly stated, but Electro very much treats Doc Ock like a surrogate father.
- The Millstone: He really tries to help Doc Ock, but he's so impulsive with using his powers that he probably does more to foil his schemes than Spider-Man.
- Never My Fault: He accuses his accident of being Curt Connors' fault even though it was Max's own negligence that caused it.
- Power Echoes / Voice of the Legion: Prominently in his first episode, though it's noticeably toned down after that.
- Power Incontinence: In this version, his body is always electrified, so he has to stay in his suit.
- Psycho Electro: Duh.
- Revenge Before Reason: One of his biggest flaws; Max would be a lot more successful if he could just get over his petty feud with Spider-Man.
- Shock and Awe: He is a living generator of electricity, and can absorb and discharge seemingly limitless volts of it.
- Stupid Evil: Petty, impulsive, unable to learn from his mistakes, rude and abrasive to the point where he regularly alienates his allies, and prone to repeating the same patterns that end the same way again and again... yeah, his main problem is that he's an idiot who never took Villain 101 but still thinks he's a big shot.
- There is also the fact that he treats Doc Ock like a surrogate father, despite the fact that Doc Ock could care less about him, which is shown when he left Electro to die underwater in "Shear Strength".
- That Man Is Dead: When he tries to threaten Doc Connors into curing him, he decides that no one will call him Max Dillon until he's normal again. Later on, he embraces his Electro identity completely, even claiming not to know anyone named Max.
- Tragic Villain: As much of a dick as he is, considering how he was turned into a walking electrical dynamo with no chance of a normal life in a freak accident, it's understandable that he would have some anger issues.
- Trigger Happy: Much to the misfortune of everyone else in the vicinity, including his own teammates.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He's a little bit more skilled than is typical for this trope, but he still barely uses one iota of his potential and never really bothers to train or expand upon what he can already do. He's still very powerful, but you wouldn't know it most of the time.
- Villain Team-Up: Becomes a member of the Sinister Six.
The Lizard (Curt Connors)
Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker
- Adaptational Villainy: While still a villain, in the comics Connors' Lizard persona is reluctant to attack his own family. This version of the Lizard on the other hand is completely feral and has no hesitation trying to eat his son. At least, until Brand New Day, when comics!Lizard tried the same thing—and succeeded!
- Alliterative Name: Curtis Connors.
- Ascended Fanboy: A reptile-loving herpetologist who becomes a reptile himself.
- Anti-Villain: Type IV. He's a perfectly nice guy, it's just that there's this one time he turned into a mindless, vicious animal, and no one is ever gonna let him forget it.
- Artificial Limbs: Uses one for his missing right arm.
- The Atoner: He clearly feels sorry for what he did as the Lizard and tries his best to make up for it. Likewise, the fact that he cannot find a cure for Electro weighs heavily on his heart.
- Badass Labcoat: Even as the Lizard he wears a tattered lab coat.
- Body Horror: His transformation into the Lizard.
- Career-Ending Injury: Losing his right arm ended his surgery and military careers.
- Dad the Veteran: To his son, Billy.
- Face–Monster Turn: Curt Connors is a good man. The Lizard is a monster.
- Genius Cripple: Curt is a genius herpetologist who lost an arm.
- Healing Factor: The Lizard can recover from injuries that would cripple or kill most others.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: His son tries it but fails.
- Immune to Bullets: The Lizard's scales are bulletproof.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Doesn't succeed in doing it, but has the inclination.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Connors' persona and the Lizard's often vie for control of their body.
- Just Think of the Potential: What prompted him to create a serum to regenerate limbs in the first place.
- LEGO Genetics: Connors turned into a reptilian monster by infusing himself with a serum derived from lizard DNA.
- Lightning Bruiser: Is stronger and faster than Spider-Man as the Lizard.
- Lizard Folk: His appearance looks like an anthropomorphic lizard.
- Logical Weakness: Being cold-blooded, the Lizard is susceptible to low temperatures.
- The Medic: Connors' occupation before he lost his arm and turned to science.
- Never Live It Down: The Lizard incident serves as an in-universe case. It even lets Warren blackmail his lab away from him.
- Nice Guy: If you exclude this one occasion where he turned into a giant murderous reptile, he is otherwise a very nice person.
- Painful Transformation: Curtis' transformation into the Lizard is agonizing.
- Prehensile Tail: As the Lizard he can coil his tail around things and carry them.
- Professor Guinea Pig: Partly - OK, mostly - out of desperation to regain the use of his amputated arm, he tested his own experimental serum on himself.
Sandman (Flint Marko)
- "You know, I hadn't planned on coming after you. But you're just determined to be the cloud hanging over my sunny, sandy beach. Time to change the weather... forever!"
Voiced by: John DiMaggio
- Anti-Villain: Originally a villain, but he started to become a hero.
- Book Dumb: Not very well educated but he can be clever in a pinch.
- Blob Monster: Can become soft sand or hard rock.
- The Brute: Frequently employed purely for the fact he can turn his hands into sledgehammers.
- Evil Duo: With Rhino, a.k.a. Alex O'Hirn.
- Elemental Shapeshifter: True to his codename, Marko can freely manipulate sand, which his entire body is comprised of.
- Freak Lab Accident: The experiment done on him was a failed attempt to give him an armor. O'Hirn and Mark Allan were more successful versions of the same experiment.
- Glass Cannon: Nearly impossible to hurt, but if you bring water or fire into the mix...
- Heroic Sacrifice: Somewhat subverted, in that while the act really was a heroic self-sacrifice that ended in his disintegration, the episode in question uses The End... Or Is It?, as after things seem to have ended, he's shown reforming and then blowing away on the wind, so he's really Not Quite Dead.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: He really just wants to get money, not hurt anybody. He also makes a magnificent sand palace for a little girl when some other kids made fun of her sand castle.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He and O'Hirn were constantly being humiliatingly foiled by Spider-Man.
- Jerkass: He's often a selfish, greedy thug. Sometimes he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Logical Weakness: He can be turned to mud by water.
- Noble Demon
- Only in It for the Money: He admits it in his last appearance.
- Pet the Dog: He shows kindness to a little girl in "First Steps" and in the same episode, he saves the people from the same oil tanker he's attacking.
- Story-Breaker Power: Getting there by "First Steps", once he's started to get a proper hang of his abilities. It's probably no coincidence that his last appearance in the show is in the episode where he absorbs Rockaway Beach. Yes, all of it.
- That Man Is Dead: He doesn't take it as far as Electro, but on a few occasions he and Spidey seem to refer to "Flint Marko" like he was a totally separate person to emphasize this. He mostly seems to do it to be dramatic, though, and unlike Electro he doesn't seem to mind being called Marko or cast of his old identity that much.
- Took a Level in Badass: After eating a lot of raw silicates in prison, when he returns in "First Steps", his Elemental Shapeshifter abilities have become significantly more powerful.
- Villain Team-Up: Becomes a member of the Sinister Six.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can freely transform his body.
Rhino (Alex O'Hirn)
Voiced by: Clancy Brown
- Adaptational Badass: In the comics, Rhino's a big dumb brute Spidey beats on a regular basis. Here, he still a dumb brute but an unstoppable force of pure destruction that Spidey can only defeat through cleverly exploiting his one real weakness, and as seen in "Accomplices", can occasionally pull one over the web-slinger with some effort.
- Anti-Villain: Type I. He's mean and reckless, but he has standards. Completely self-serving standards, but still enabling him to do some good every once in a while.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Duh.
- Blood Knight
- The Brute: Bulky and stupid, but occasionally has startling moments of insight.
- Clingy Costume: He can't take off his outfit unless it's surgically removed
- Clothes Make the Superman
- Dumb Muscle: Sometimes. Occasionally will show flashes of insight: he's no genius, but he does make some fairly intelligent deductions, including being the first one to realize that if Peter Parker takes Spider-Man's pictures, he can use Peter to find Spider-Man. "I ain't stupid" is practically his Catch-Phrase.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He has Clancy Brown for his voice actor.
- Even Evil Has Standards: His standards being "I'm the Rhino, so I can't let anyone else get made to be like me so they'd give me competition and share in my wealth!"
- Evil Duo: With his partner in crime, Flint Marko, both before and after they got their powers.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He helps Spider-Man prevent people from getting their hand on the technology that created him, because he doesn't want competition.
- Significant Anagram: "O'Hirn" for "Rhino", much like the Ultimate incarnation of the character.
- Smarter Than You Look: He's actually not as dumb as he might seem, as seen in "Accomplices".
- Villain Team-Up: Becomes a member of the Sinister Six.
Tombstone (L. Thompson Lincoln)
- "Come work for me. You can still be the hero, I'll even pay you. All you need to remember is to look the other way on occasion. On any occasion I choose."
- Adaptational Badass: While the Tombstone of the comics worked for organized crime families, he was basically a thug and hired muscle. As mentioned below, he's basically the show's version of The Kingpin and hence is the head of an organization.
- Adaptational Intelligence: In the comics, Tombstone was a thug who never finished high school. This Tombstone is the head of a major crime organization who also poses as a legitimate businessman.
- Badass Baritone: What happened when you have a character voiced by Keith David and Kevin Michael Richardson.
- Badass Normal: Presumably. See Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Fittingly, since he's a totally legitimate businessman, nothing more.
- Badass in Distress: He was able to defeat and overpower Spider-Man with ease in his first appearance. In Gangland, however, he had no such luck going up against another superpowered villain like Doctor Octopus and was being thoroughly manhandled before Spider-Man joined the fray.
- Big Bad: Of Season 1 and the penultimate story arc of Season 2 as a gang leader terrorizing the city and being behind some of the villains that Spidey fights.
- Composite Character: Adopts some elements of the Kingpin, who couldn't be used due to licensing issues. He also goes by the Big Man alias that Foswell used in the comics. But this version retains the abilities and appearance of his comic counterpart.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His aforementioned first encounter with Spidey.
- Demoted to Extra: Happens to him after the Green Goblin arc of season 1 and up until the episode "Gangland". In the first episode of the series he sends Enforcers to destroy Spider-Man and is set up as New York's most powerful crime lord. He becomes the Big Bad during episodes 4-6, ordering Norman Osborn to create supervillains to distract Spider-Man and is set up as one of Spidey's arch-enemies. He also plays a big role in the Green Goblin arc (7-9), fighting against Green Goblin and teaming up with Spider-Man to stop him. However after that, he becomes a secondary character and in the Symbiote arc he only appears briefly in beginning of episodes 12 and 13 and only accepting job offers and nothing more. Thus, Symbiote/Venom replaces him as Big Bad of Season 1. In the first half of season 2 (Master Planner and Venom arcs) he doesn't even appear and is only mentioned in "First Steps". In the Gang War arc, while he is set up as one of the crime lords fighting for control over New York, he doesn't appear in Accomplices and appears in the beginning of "Probable Cause". However in "Gangland" he returns as one of the big bads and fights against Doc Ock, Silvermane, and Spidey. In the final episodes he doesn't get mentioned at all.
- Enemy Mine: With Spider-Man against the Green Goblin.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Stays behind to help Spider-Man search for a bomb in his high-rise, answering Spidey's questioning with "My party, my mess." Also when Tombstone gives a symbiote-influenced Spider-Man his "fight no ordinary crime for a week" employment test, he notes that Spider-Man can fight any supervillain crime that directly endangers innocent people.
- Evil Albino
- Evil Sounds Deep: Again, he's voiced by Keith David and Kevin Michael Richardson, so it's natural he has a deep voice.
- Expy: He was made into an expy of the Kingpin, who couldn't be used due to legal issues.
- Genius Bruiser: Strong enough to match Spider-Man in a fight. Also a skilled Magnificent Bastard and the main criminal leader at the beginning of the story.
- Hoist by His Own Petard:
- He's the one who commissions Osborn to create super villains; said villains become his main competitor and Osborn himself puts him out of business.
- He doesn't trust anyone. Unfortunately, when the genuinely-loyal Hammerhead realizes that this includes him, he takes offense and becomes The Starscream.
- Kingpin in His Gym: Demolishes a punching bag while giving orders to Hammerhead.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Hammerhead. He's also indirectly responsible for the creation of Rhino and Sandman.
- Manipulative Bastard: He will twist facts and people around to suit his ends.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Per Word of God, it was deliberately left ambiguous whether he has actual Super Strength or if he merely trained himself to the point that he might as well.
- Noble Demon: Only shows this when up against The Green Goblin, but he's the least evil of the three Big Bads (the two other being Green Goblin and Doc Ock); whereas Ock and Gobby are psychos with megalomaniac purposes, he's only interested in profit and doesn't seem too fond of gratuitous violence. He even admits to Spider-Man that he has nothing against his heroic acts and only sees him as a problem because he's causing problems to his own association.
- Slave to PR: Refuses to do anything villainous when civilians that could incriminate him are around.
- Third-Person Person: Always refers to his "Big Man" alias as though it were a separate person, to avoid accidentally incriminating himself.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Despite being the leader of the Pegre and having an Obviously Evil look, he succeeds in keeping the image of a philanthropist in the eyes of everybody.
- We Can Rule Together: When first meeting Spider-Man in person, he offers him to pay him if he agrees to only chase criminals when allowed by him to do so. Of course, Spider-Man declines. He later does agree under the symbiote's influence, but goes back to declining it after being freed from it.
The Green Goblin (Norman Osborn)
- "Although I will admit you have an annoying tendency to, well, survive, the Green Goblin has every contingency in place to test the outer limits of that talent!"
- Ax-Crazy: He definitely enjoys trying to blow people up. Only when he's the Goblin. He's far more lucid out of costume, but still evil.
- Arch-Enemy: One of them for Spidey.
- Armor Is Useless: According to Mau wiki, Green Goblin wears chainmail under his purple tunic or layering the green parts of his costume with scales.
- Big Bad: He is Spidey's greatest foe and responsible for the events of Season 2 and part of Season 1.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Whenever he's not rocking a green bodysuit and purple tunic. Hell, while monitoring Mark Allan (who he considered becoming Molten Man) he actually donned a wide-brimmed hat and trenchcoat over his costume, and fools everyone.
- Cast as a Mask: Steve Blum doesn't voice any of his potential secret identities.
- The Chessmaster: Most of the season 2 arcs are part of his plan to become the reining crime lord in New York and get rid of Spider-Man.
- Crazy-Prepared: Seriously, he seems to have a back-up plan, trick or trap placed in advance for any situation. In fact, at several points where Spider-Man has been close to catch him, it turned out he had already put something (typically Bombs) to distract him long enough to escape should this happen
- Deadpan Snarker: As per usual, he manages to verbally hold his own with Spider-Man in their battles.
- Demoted to Extra: Happens to him in episodes with Venom, though the two never meet on screen. In fact, Spider-Man has to juggle between who to catch first.
- Don't Tell Mama: He initially tries to keep his identity secret from his son.
- Evil Counterpart: A mysterious masked man with an unknown secret identity appears and threatens the Big Man's criminal empire. In Spidey's case, it's because it's the right thing to do, but Gobby just wants to take Tombstone's place.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Osborn is a Type 2 at times as the Green Goblin, cracking sadistic jokes at the expense of his victims.
- Actually Pretty Funny: On the other hand, he can be this sometimes as well.
- Evil Laugh: Wouldn't be the Green Goblin without it. And Steve Blum does a terrifyingly good job too.
- Evil Is Petty: In his first arc, he tried to kill Spidey in order to get respect in the New York underworld which he planned to take over. In his second appearance, he simply wanted to kill Spidey for vengeance.
- Expressive Mask: The Green Goblin's freaky mask may as well be his face given how expressive it is.
- Fourth-Wall Observer: Sometimes addresses the audience directly, notably when he's luring Tombstone and Spider-Man to an industrial facility loaded to the brim with his bombs, and also when he frees several prisoners from Ryker's Island, and Rhymes on a Dime to boot.
- Fatal Flaw: Gobby's (lack of) sanity.
- For the Evulz: Green Goblin's motivation in all situations; and Norman Osborn's motivation in many.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He developed a trove of Halloween-themed weapons and equipment, and was constantly improving on them even after supposedly giving up the Goblin identity.
- Hand Blast: His seldom-used finger lasers.
- Idiosyncrazy: The Goblin suit is patterned after Halloween fright masks, his first flying device was a witch's broom before he switched to a bat, his arsenal is mostly jack-o'lanterns, ghosts, and more bats...Osborn must really like Halloween.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: The razor bats and the pumpkin bombs.
- It's Personal: His conflict with Spider-Man.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Zig-Zagged. When they thought the Goblin was Harry, this was the justification given for how he was unaware of his actions as the Goblin. Later on, however, the man behind the mask said that he was in complete control, leaving it ambiguous if his personality remained as unaffected by the Globulin Green as Norman claims
- Karma Houdini: He faked his death and is still alive to plot more evil... and that's where the show ends.
- Large Ham: He has a sense of drama, to say the least.
- Laughably Evil: He has some great lines.Tombstone: I don't know who you are-Green Goblin: Of course you don't! That's the point of the mask, genius!
- Mad Bomber: His signature weapon, the pumpkin bombs. He even left one in a ball room to take out Tombstone, the party guests and even his own henchmen.
- Motive Decay: Gobby went from wanting to take over New York's criminal underworld to being obsessed with killing Spider-Man.
- Nice Hat: An utterly ridiculous-looking floppy purple pilot cap that is nevertheless an iconic part of the outfit.
- Not His Sled: Double-subverted; season 1 ends with the discovery he was Harry Obsorn (rather than his father Norman as usual) after having built up The Reveal enough to make it convincing; however, the season 2 finale then reveals he really was Norman Osborn all along; Harry was just used as a Scapegoat.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Towards Spider-Man as usual.
- Rhymes on a Dime: While he isn't usually an example, he does this in "Opening Night". Not only is it lampshaded, but it's also partially justified: several of his lines are quotes from Shakespeare's verse. It also acts as a clue to his identity: Harry Osborn, the prime suspect behind the mask, was supposed to be playing Puck in a school play, and all of the Shakespeare lines are Puck quotes. Turned out to be a Red Herring, but nice touch...
- Pride: His main flaw (besides mental illness, that is).
- Slasher Smile: This is his default expression.
- Super Strength: Thanks to the goblin serum he can match Spider-Man blow for blow, and can take as much as he can give, which is quite a lot.
- Sky Surfing: His Goblin Glider. In his introductory episode, after crashing Tombstone's party and getting into a fight with Spidey, he deliberately crashes it through a building while facing backwards... only for him to follow up by doing a backflip off the glider as it plowed through said building, allowing him a proper landing whence it came out the other side. Even Spidey is left speechless when he sees this.
- Split Personality: In his civilian identity he claims he doesn't suffer from the personality-warping side effects of Globulin Green. He acts so differently in and out of costume that this claim seems somewhat suspect.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: His signature pumpkin bombs are jack o'lantern-themed grenades.
- Villain Takes an Interest: As with his 616 counterpart and Raimi counterprt, he briefly attempted to recruit Spider-Man.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: An absolute master of this. Aside from the backflip mentioned above, the Goblin has a warehouse and hideout of tricks up his sleeve.
- After kidnapping Hammerhead on Halloween, the Goblin leaves a Red Herring for both Spidey and Tombstone in the form of "jump drive" in Hammerhead's possession that could expose L. Thompson Lincoln as the Big Man. The two fall for it, but that's not the meat of the plot: once they get to the industrial facility, the Goblin immediately unload everything the place has to offer, from molten metal to gas pipes. However, Tombstone and Hammerhead are able to escape, so Gobby sets his crosshairs on Spidey as consolation, thrashing him about with his newly-equipped Gob-Webs. Once Spider-Man beats him yet again, the Goblin limps over to his glider and makes his way back to his hideout. And who does Spider-Man find unmasking himself, and conveniently with a limp as well? Harry Osborn.
- Following that, there's also Gobby tricking the crime lords of New York (Tombstone, Silvermane, and Doc Ock) into fighting each other, causing the collapse of all three of their empires and allowing him to step into the light.
- After cementing his position as the new Big Man, Gobby gets to work setting up several traps for Spider-Man, one after the other: first Molten Man/Mark Allan, then the Ryker's Island incident, and the final curtain, using New York itself as a weapon loaded with his pumpkins. By the time of his last gambit, Spidey's up to his boiling point with the Goblin, proceeding to give him a well-deserved beatdown and unmasking him to be Norman Osborn. He had faked the limp he had Halloween night, and unexpectedly/conveniently found his son on the floor, blacked out from an overdose of the Goblin formula. He then proceeded to put his own son in the costume, incriminating him, and intentionally injured his leg to further the illusion. Unfortunately for him, Spidey's now angrier than before, and all of Norman's hard work fell apart after he crashed his glider into a bombed-up water tower. Unexpectedly, even ''this'' was something Norman could adapt to on the fly, and he ends up a Karma Houdini by the show's end, escaping the country and abandoning Spider-Man and Harry. Speaking of his son, Norman's "death" is what prompts Harry to declare vengeance on Spidey, and is the one winds up with Gwen (who is only with him out of pity). Since Peter's broken emotionally, Norman's Thanatos Gambit was his best, and it was only fitting that he went out with a bang, figuratively and literally.
- You Fight Like a Cow: Just like the original comics version from the Silver Age of Marvel Comics, Goblin doesn't get annoyed by the Web-Head's quipping and mocking and still has the original version's wacky personality, manipulative planning, and amazing acrobatism. he is shown to crack sadistic jokes.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: His Goblin mask is usually drawn with yellow sclera, if not solid yellow eyes, emphasizing his maniacal personality.
Doctor Octopus /Master Planner (Otto Octavius)
- "I cannot believe I once lived in this anemic hovel. Well, no more. And no more, "Yes, Mr. Osborn. I'm sorry, Mr. Osborn. Please, Mr. Osborn." How I groveled before that man. But soon the whole world shall grovel before the genius that is Dr. Octopus."
Voiced by: Peter MacNicol
- Affably Evil: He allowed Aunt May to pass and behaved like a perfect gentleman, before attacking Spider-Man.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: As his moniker suggests, octopi.
- Alliterative Name: Both his first and last names begin with "O".
- Artificial Limbs: Well, he attached four mechanical arms of questionable morality to his spine.
- Appropriated Appellation: "Doctor Octopus" was a hated nickname Norman gave him.
- Badass Bookworm: He started out as Oscorp's top scientist; after turning into Dr Octopus, he is one of Spider-Man's strongest enemies.
- Badass Normal: Doctor Octopus himself is portly, in poor physical shape, near-sighted and doesn't actually have any superpowers himself. However, he can more than hold his own with his mechanical arms. He's also very good with planning and strategy and usually has some nasty tech to even the odds.
- Bad Boss: Could easily have been the Trope Namer for Insufferable Genius, given the way he treats his henchmen, as well as when he's the leader of the Sinister Six.
- Badass Longcoat: Trades his lab coat in for a trench coat after becoming a supervillain.
- Berserk Button: Let's just say that he doesn't appreciate witty banter.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When first introduced in the show, Dr Octavius is a nice, shy, awkward guy who could be considered as Oscorp's Token Good Teammate, often expressing worrying about his coworkers' well-being. After go crazy and becoming Dr Octopus, though, he becomes a fearsome Chessmaster Evil Genius who 's responsible for most of the Villain Team-Up in the show and becomes one of the top criminal leaders in New York City.
- Big Bad: Of the Sinister Six.
- Card-Carrying Villain: You can tell that he has fully become one by the mug he drinks out of that has "Evil Genius" written on it.
- The Chessmaster: As the Master Planner
- Combat Tentacles: Of course.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: Relishes in his Evil Genius persona.
- Extreme Doormat: Gets pushed around quite a bit before his transformation occurs.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Doc Ock politely asks and waits for Aunt May and Anna Watson to excuse themselves from the upcoming brawl between the Sinister Six and Spidey, even halting Rhino as he tries to charge through them.
- Evil Genius: As per usual, Doctor Octopus is a super villain who is also a brilliant engineer and inventor, as his coffee mug indicates.
- Freak Lab Accident: Courtesy of the Green Goblin just like in the Ultimate universe.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Before his accident he was one of the most meek men on the planet. After it, he becomes one of the most dangerous criminals alive.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Large Ham: TREACHERYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!
- Mad Scientist: Wasn't one to begin with but he had a lot of repressed feelings and then there was this accident...
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate:Actually, he does hold at least one real doctorate (but not in medicine).
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous:His claim to infamy is his four mechanical arms.
- Nerd Glasses: Before his transformation.
- Not That Kind of Doctor: But Spidey likes to dish out the medical doctor-based puns all the same and the fact that he had a doctorate in Nuclear Physics originally.
- Phlebotinum-Handling Equipment: What his tentacles were originally designed for.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness
- Spider Limbs: his tentacles
- The Starscream: Sort of; he always had a repressed resentment toward Norman Obsorn, but was too shy and insecure to actually act upon it (exemplified in his dream sequence). This... doesn't turn out well when he gets crazy enough to do it.
- Villainous Friendship: Seems to have one with Adrian Toomes/the Vulture, whom he knew before either of them became criminals. He also tends to be on friendly terms with Electro, but evidently not enough to go out of his way to save his life.
- Villain Team-Up: Becomes the founder and leader of the Sinister Six.
- Worthy Opponent: While he despises Spider-Man and is obsessed with defeating him, Octavious nonetheless appreciates that Spidey is highly intelligent and respects him as a formidable enemy.
Venom (Eddie Brock)
- "What's the matter, bro? Spider sense didn't tingle?"
Voiced by: Ben Diskin
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Venom is a spider-based villain, justified in that the symbiote's first and favorite host was Spider-Man.
- Arch-Enemy: The symbiote, especially with eddie as his host, is one of Spider-Man's most infamous and dangerous enemies.
- Battle in the Centre of the Mind: When Peter realises the Symbiote is affecting him negatively, it drags him into one of these in order to push him off the Despair Event Horizon and force him to bond with it. It nearly succeeds, too, until Peter manages to fight it off with The Power of Friendship. Later, when Spider-Man tricks it into abandoning Eddie, it happens again, only that time it was a mental Curbstomp Battle in Peter's favour.
- Belly Mouth: When Spider-Man webs his mouth shut, Venom forms a second one across his chest and keeps talking.
- Beneath the Mask: See Broken Ace below.
- Big Bad: Of Season 1 (along with Tombstone) and first half of season 2. In Season 1, aside from Peter's Character Development, Brock's increasing anger towards Peter and his eventual Face–Heel Turn was one of the main plots of the season and eventually he turned into Venom in the final episodes of first season. And during the first half of season 2, Peter was mainly concerned about him. Also, his actions made Peter realize that he loves Gwen most and thus sets the Season 2 love triangle plot in motion.
- Big Brother Mentor: Started as one to Peter, but obviously didn't stay as one.
- Blank White Eyes: The symbiote has large white eyes originally in the shape of Spider-Man's lenses, though after bonding to Eddie Brock they became distorted.
- Blob Monster: What the symbiote amounts to sans-host.
- Broken Ace: Was introduced as a Genius Bruiser liked by everyone, and as a frequent Heroic Bystander. Turns out that the heroism was because he was a Death Seeker, and he had some really deep-seated emotional problems. This explains his rapid Face–Heel Turn when things go bad.
- Clingy Costume: It does not like letting go of a host, and in fact the reason it hates Spider-Man so much is because of how close they came to being permanently bonded before he rejected it and forced them apart.
- Composite Character: Eddie Brock shares a lot of characteristics with the Ultimate version of the character, like being a scientist (along with Dr.Connors' lab assistant) and Peter's close childhood friend, though he also has the muscular build of his mainstream self and the symbiote retains the alien origin from the mainstream version.
- Conspicuous CG: The symbiote's first appearance. It's not the usual 3D model example, but is instead a black blob whose shine doesn't at all conform to the curve of the space shuttle's hull. It's like an awkward piece of clipart.
- Create Your Own Villain: He blames Spider-Man and Peter Parker for his life. Peter Parker by taking photographs of Dr. Connors' rampage, more or less started the ball rolling for the ESU lab to lose its funding via bad publicity, which ended up costing Eddie his job, and Spider-Man by misplacing the symbiote from the Lab's possession and never reporting it, further cost them their last best chance.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Venom's physical altercations with Spider-Man consisted of the latter dodging or getting swatted around. Realizing he couldn't beat Venom in a straight fight forced Spider-Man to use trickery and exploit the symbiote's weaknesses.
- Death Seeker: According to Word of God, his frequent reckless heroics in earlier episodes were a sign of this on a subconscious level.
- Easy Impersonation: Despite being a heck of a lot taller and bulkier than Spider-Man and possessing a completely different fighting style, Venom was able to trick several people - including J. Jonah Jameson and his son - into thinking he was Spider-Man wearing the Black Suit while he was framing him.
- Evil Counterpart: Comes with being Venom. This dynamic is also explicitly noted with their backstories; while Peter and Eddie lost their parents in the same accident, Peter was able to rely on the guidance of his aunt and uncle to eventually become Spider-Man. Whereas Eddie's increasing resentment made him the perfect host for Venom.
- Evil Is Hammy: He gets hammier and hammier as he nears his Face–Heel Turn.
- Evil Former Friend: Eddie and Peter were childhood friends.
- Face–Heel Turn: Gradually over season 1.
- Fangs Are Evil: As Venom.
- Foreshadowing: Eddie Brock's black motorcycle suit looks an awful lot like the symbiote.
- Genius Bruiser: Used to be a football star. Also Doctor Connors' lab assistant and practically a Scientist.
- Giggling Villain: He has a very creepy laugh as Venom.
- Glasgow Grin: Its mouth is disturbingly wide and lacks cheeks.
- Hidden Depths: Eddie always resented Peter for having a better life than he did.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The gene cleanser he intended to use to De-Power Spider-Man wound up being used on him, causing the symbiote to leave him.
- Hypocrite: Accused Peter of being self-centered and using everyone around him to get what he wants and not caring who he hurts, regardless of how close he is to them. He then started to do the very same things as Venom.
- I Am Legion: As always, Venom uses plural pronouns due to the fact that both he and the symbiote have their own minds.
- It's All About Me: Peter took photos of Dr. Connors as the Lizard? He's betraying Eddie's trust in him! The Connors have low funding and are forced to drop Eddie from their payroll? But how will Eddie pay for college?! Spider-Man's destroying the Symbiote because it's dangerous and evil? But that was Eddie's last chance at keeping his internship! And so forth. And all of this was from before he became Venom.
- Iconic Logo: The stylized white spider emblem on its chest and back, which changes in appearance as the symbiote's influence over Peter grows.
- Interim Villain: The only one in Spidey's villains not to have any connection to the Green Goblin/ Norman Osborn but appears right after the Green Goblin is Put On The Bus. Once The Symbiote leaves the picture, the Green Goblin returns.
- Jerkass: Once he goes off a loose end, he becomes a major possessive and domineering one, and the only character that Mary-Jane outright got enraged over and cut off all ties with.
- Lightning Bruiser: He is far more faster and stronger than Spider-Man thanks to the Symbiote.
- Lovable Jock: Well, he was one in high school.
- Loud of War: Its biggest weakness is high-frequency sounds.
- Karma Houdini: After being forcibly unbonded from Eddie (who is last seen being hauled away while strapped to a gurney and ranting madly), the symbiote itself escapes into New York's sewers.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Wouldn't be Venom without them.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Even Spidey points out how unlikely someone who goes by the name of Venom should be trusted.
- The Nth Doctor: The symbiote uses an evil version of the voice of whoever it's bonded to. When it's engaged with Peter in a Battle in the Center of the Mind, it's played by Josh Keaton, using an... eviler version of Spidey's voice. When bonded to Eddie, it's voiced by Ben Diskin in a high-pitched monstrous voice alongside Eddie's normal voice.
- Overly Long Tongue: As per usual, Eddie as Venom has a prehensile serpentine tongue.
- Power Copying: The Venom symbiote bestows its host with powers similar to those of Spider-Man, but amplified.
- Power Nullifier: The symbiote spent so long bonded to Peter that once it bonded to Eddie it no longer registered as a threat to Peter's Spider Sense.
- Revenge Before Reason: The symbiote is very spiteful towards Peter for spurning it, and is obsessed with either killing or rebonding to him.
- Rival Turned Evil: Though more like best friend turned evil, since he wasn't especially in rivalry with Peter at the beginning.
- Royal "We": As the symbiote's influence over him increases, Peter starts speaking in the plural. Him noticing this is what tips him off to this. Like most incarnations of Venom, Eddie speaks in the first-person plural. At one point, Eddie trips over his pronouns and ticks off the symbiote, which spurns him.
- Shipper on Deck: Shipped Gwen/Peter. Keyword: shipped.
- Slasher Smile: As Venom.
- The Symbiote: Arguably the Trope Namer, and certainly the Trope Codifier.
- Talking to Themself: We're Venom!
- Took a Level in Jerkass: About the time Peter got the black costume and even more so after he started wearing it. In the case of the former, it's because Peter accidentally stealing the suit lead to Eddie's whole life falling apart.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Eddie has this going on, but it's pretty exaggerated with Venom.
- Unstoppable Rage: The Black Suit inflicted this on Peter.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has one upon losing the symbiote.
- Villains Never Lie: As Spidey points out in frustration, the general public is way too quick to trust the word of an Obviously Evil half-alien with More Teeth than the Osmond Family regarding Spidey's secret identity.
- Voice of the Legion: Venom speaks in two voices simultaneously; Eddie Brock's normal voice, combined with a more twisted and inhuman voice by the same voice actor. And the two voices aren't always even at the same pace, making it both brilliant and terrifying.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Sonics and presumably intense heat, though the latter hasn't come up..
- Yandere: The symbiote is obsessed with being with Spider-Man, and Eddie is obsessed with being with the symbiote.
Silver Sable (Sable Manfredi)
Voiced by: Nikki Cox
- Abnormal Ammo: Giant staples.
- Adaptation Name Change: Her name is Silver Sablinova in the comics.
- Adaptational Villainy: AntiHeroine in the comics, Daddy's Little Villain in this show. Word of God says she would have become closer to her comic counterpart had the series continued.
- Composite Character: Of the heroic comics character, and Silvermane's villainous daughter Alisha from Spider-Man: The Animated Series. Word of God mentioned that, much like the show's Gwen Stacy, Silver Sable was shown from her beginnings and would grow into her comic book persona, but the show was cancelled before this was achieved.
- Daddy's Little Villain: She'll do anything for her father.
- The Dragon: To her father.
- Mafia Princess: Her father, Silvermane, used to run the crime in New York and aims to get back on top.
Silvermane (Silvio Manfredi)
Voiced by: Miguel Ferrer
- Badass Grandpa: He's possibly the oldest character in the show, yet is able to stand of his own against Spider-Man, Tombstone and Dr. Octopus.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: When not wearing his armor, at least.
- Evil Old Folks: Already an old man, which the other gang-lords point out.
- Fatal Flaw: If you succeed in damaging his suit enough to stop it from functioning, he'll be left helpless.
- Powered Armor: How he manages to stay in the game despite being an ordinary and rather old human. A reference to the comics, where he gets a robot body.
- Predecessor Villain: He was the main criminal leader twelve years ago until Frederick Foswell exposed his activities, causing him to end up in jail while his empire was taken over by Tombstone.
- The Rival: to Tombstone, who usurped his rule over New York's underworld.
Molten Man (Mark Allan)
Voiced by: Eric Lopez
- Adaptational Intelligence: Inverted. The comics version of Molten Man was a scientist, who always learned from his defeats. This version has only average intelligence, is sorely lacking in common sense, and (as his gambling addiction shows) doesn't learn from his mistakes.
- Anti-Villain: Type II. His transformation into a villain was entirely caused by the Green Goblin, he had no desire to become one. He didn't even want to fight Spider-Man until he was forced to.
- Catch-Phrase: "It's a lock!" (meaning that it's a sure thing - which it never is).
- Chrome Champion: A villainous example. Also, unlike his comic book's version, Spider-Man's webbing can stick to his skin if Spidey had cooled him down previously.
- Composite Character: His gambling problem and being a biological brother to Liz Allan (in the comics, his last name was Raxton and he and Liz were stepsiblings) comes from Bennett Brant (Betty Brant's brother), while his powers, origin, and first name comes the comics version of Molten Man.
- Fatal Flaw: His gambling addiction is what causes him to become a meta-human against his will.
- Flaw Exploitation: He'll easily stab himself in the proverbial foot if you dangle a good enough prize ahead of him, constantly looks for easy ways out of his problems and doesn't have enough common sense to quit while he's behind. This makes him very gullible - something that's taken advantage of by Gaxton, The Goblin and Spider-Man - who humiliates him twice merely by goading him with a simple "I bet you can't-".
- The Gambling Addict: No matter what, he's unable to stop even when he's going straight.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Not only is his heart really not in it, but as Goblin says he's an amateur forced to play supervillain. The first time he appears as Molten Man his every action just makes things worse for himself, and once Spider-Man is forced to fight seriously he gets humiliated in seconds. The second time he's coerced into fighting in the first place, gets pushed around by the other villains and is tricked once again. Even without his tragic backstory, it's not hard to feel sorry for the guy.
- Magic Pants: When his powers activate, it burns off all his clothes...except for his underwear, apparently. At one point his pants seem to reappear after his powers are turned back off.
- Magma Man: Just look at his picture.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Subverted. He knows Peter has feelings for Gwen, and tells Peter Liz is "too good" for him.
- Playing with Fire: As Molten Man.
- Power Incontinence: A variant: the Goblin has a remote that controls when his powers activate.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He commits evil because he just wants his cure.
- Race Lift: From Caucasian in the comics to Latino in the show. Possibly because of the decision to make Mark and Liz biological siblings rather than step-siblings.
- Related in the Adaptation: He's a biological of Liz here, whereas in the comics, they're step siblings.
- Tragic Villain: Norman, you son of a bitch.
- "I do admire your spunk, son. Not enough to let you go, of course. That'd be bad for business."
Voiced by: Jeff Bennett
- Adaptational Badass: he is the Enforcers' field leader, a trained mercenary, and very skilled with using a lasso.
- As Lethal as It Needs to Be: Can use the airblasts to punch through steel and tunnel through rock, yet they mainly just provide knockback on living targets. When out of the suit, he could use a lasso to choke someone.
- Badass Normal: A Professional Killer and leader of the Enforcers out of the Shocker suit...
- Bad Guys Play Pool: When he's not committing crimes, he can be seen playing pool at a local bar.
- Barrier Warrior: His suit can also form a barrier.
- Blow You Away: Uses "pressurized air blasts," by Word of God.
- Composite Character: Montana(which this version of him shares many similarities to the comics) and the Shocker (which this character has some traits) are two different people in the comics.
- Cowboy: He does use a lasso, wears a cowboy hat, and have a strong southern accent.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Although he's still a capable fighter without them.
- Deflector Shields: One of the secondary abilities of the suit.
- Empowered Badass Normal: ...In the Shocker suit.
- Faux Affably Evil: He speaks in a polite, somewhat aphoristic way which is enhanced by his strong Texan accent, but he's definitely not a nice person by any means (even outside of the whole "killing people for money" thing).
- Hand Blast: As usual for the Shocker, he wears wrists-mounted blasters.
- Meaningful Name: His real name is Montana, and he was born in Bozeman, Montana.
- Mythology Gag: In "Opening Night" (also seen in the 1st episode) Montana uses to his comic book weapon: a lasso.
- Professional Killer: A seasoned professional of the hitman type.
- Wind Is Green: His blasts are green.
- Villain Team-Up: is a former member of the Sinister Six but is a member of the enforcers.
- Wisdom from the Gutter: In his first episode, he speaks to Spider-Man about a man needing to follow his commitments and Spider-Man being one of his (i.e. it goes against his "code" to fail to kill a target). Peter later repeats this verbatim to Aunt May when offering to chip in to pay the bills.
Ricochet ("Fancy Dan")
Voiced by: Phil LaMarr
- Badass Normal: Normal human with enough agility and martial-arts expertise to incapacitate cops and fight blow-for-blow with Spider-Man...
- Bouncing Battler: His suit lets him become a Hyper-Destructive Bouncing Ball.
- Clothes Make the Superman: His suit is what grants him his abilities.
- Composite Character: Fancy Dan and Ricochet are two different characters in the comics.
- Empowered Badass Normal: ...In the Ricochet suit.
- Lightning Bruiser: He was already pretty quick, but the suit enhances it to superhuman levels.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: He's the shortest of the Enforcers, but no less dangerous.
- Pinball Projectile: As the result of his suit, he can do this.
- Professional Killer: He was initally brought in to take out Spider-Man.
- Meaningful Rename: Changing his codename to Ricochet to reflect his suit's abilities.
- Race Lift: He's white in the comics, but African-American on the show.
- Badass Mustache: He sports a handlebar mustache.
- Badass Normal: The first of Spider-Man's foes that's strong enough to rip through webbing, and he's just an ordinary human...
- Empowered Badass Normal: ...Once he gets his suit.
- Clothes Make the Superman: As with Ricohet and Shocker, he wears a suit that granted him superhuman abilties.
- Fourth-Wall Observer: Somehow knows the theme song of the show. He finds it catchy.
- Meaningful Rename: Averted. He insists on still going by "Ox" after donning his new suit.
- Powered Armor: What he wears to give his his abilities.
- Professional Killer: As with his fellow Enforcers, he was first brought in to deal with Spider-Man.
- Race Lift: He's Hispanic on the show.
- The Quiet One: Less talkative than his fellow enforcers Fancy Dan and Montana.
- Super Strength: Amplified further by his suit.
- The Blank: A variation: He has visible eyes and a mouth, just really no other facial features.
- Cast as a Mask: Every one of his disguises uses the voice actor of that character.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He's first introduced merely as a villain who impersonates Spider-Man so he can take advantage on his accusation of being a thief to steal money, and is defeated at the end of his episode (though he escapes). Norman Osborn recruits his service in the finale to pose as him while he's the Goblin, such giving himself an alibi. Also, he's revealed in the finale to have actually shown up before his first onscreen appearance.
- Critical Research Failure: He seems to think that the terms are "web-shooter" (as opposed to web-slinger) and "insect early warning system."
- Foreshadowing: In his first onscreen appearance he disguises himself as Norman Osborn among several others. It turns out he'd been already been masquerading as Osborn a bit longer than anyone knew.
- Latex Perfection: His masks are able to perfectly mimic the people he's imitating.
- Master of Disguise: Well, it's Chameleon; what did you expect?
- Not What I Signed On For: He notes this after fleeing when we discover the truth about Green Goblin.
- Shapeshifter Default Form: He's got a blank white face and a Russian accent, but he's never shown out of the clothing of his disguises.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left!: Both times he showed up, he ended up escaping.
Mysterio (Quentin Beck)
Voiced by: Xander Berkeley
- Affably Evil: Can come off as very likable and snarky at times. On the other hand...
- Actually a Doombot: The first time Spidey caught him, the Mysterio that was captured turned out to be a robot double. The second time, Spidey is smart enough to pinch Beck to make sure he caught the real one... turns out that this Beck was also a robot double.
- Adorable Evil Minions: The gremlin/gargoyle like robots he uses, which would also qualify as The Imp.
- Badass Cape: The eye-shaped clasps can even shoot lasers.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He first met Spider-Man as the Chameleon's henchman; When he reveals his identity after being defeated, Spidey barely remembers him.
- Canis Latinicus: He uses latin words for his "incantations," usually in arrangements that make no sense when translated.
- Cape Swish: Part of his being a Large Ham.
- Doing It for the Art: Beck seems to view the disguises and special effects he uses for his crimes as akin to acting and is concerned about putting on a good performance.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Steals, endangers lives and works with other supervillains, but darn it he's at least polite enough to say "gesundheit" to a sneezing Spider-Man.
- Evil Genius: Much like his comic counterpart.
- Evil Laugh: Adds to his villainous dramatics.
- Evil Brit/Fake Brit: It's not his real accent, he just uses it for dramatic effect.
- Fatal Flaw: His ego won't let him allow anyone else to take credit for Mysterio.
- Karma Houdini: At the end of the series, the Beck who was sent to prison turns out to be a robot double, and thus the real Beck is running around free somewhere.
- Large Ham: As always with Mysterio.
- Laughably Evil: While he is an acceptable threat and a competent villain, his incredible hamminess, weird accent and sissy mannerism makes him really hard to take seriously.
- Master of Illusion: Much like his comic counterpart.
- Sissy Villain: Besides the costume and the accent as Mysterio, Beck out of costume is a wimpy actor with a bit of a lisp, and in his first appearance (before taking on the Mysterio identity), he's shown providing Room Disservice in a way (unintentionally?) evocative of Wint and Kidd in Diamonds Are Forever.
- Science Versus Magic: Mysterio is introduced as an Evil Sorceror who looks down on technology and demands to be worshipped. But it's all an act and Mysterio's powers are purely technological.
- Smoke Out: One of his main gimmicks.
- Stage Magician: Compared to one, and it certainly explains the persona.
- Third-Person Person: Does this in his Mysterio persona. Lampshaded by Spider-Man.
- Teleport Cloak: As part of his act, he often uses to cape to make himself "disappear".
- Villain Team-Up: Becomes a member of the Sinister Six.
- You Fool!: Says this to people several times in his first appearance.
Tinkerer (Phineas Mason)
Voiced by: Thom Adcox
- The Dragon: Serves this role to the Master Planner for a time.
- Evil Genius: Enjoys making tech for the likes of Chameleon and Doctor Octopus.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Non-Action Guy: As kindly pointed out by Mysterio: "Strictly tech support. Trust me, he is useless in a fight."
- Straight Man: To Mysterio's theatrics.
- Vocal Dissonance: He sounds way younger than he looks.
Kraven the Hunter (Sergei Kravinoff)
- "All I smell is fear."
Voiced by: Eric Visbit
- All Your Powers Combined: Kraven specifically asks for his DNA getting combined with African big cats, granting him the speed of a cheetah, the agility of a leopard and the strength of a lion.
- Badass Mustache: Even as a beast man he still has it.
- Badass Normal: When first introduced.
- Beast Man: Thanks to Warren.
- Composite Character: He starts out with the backstory, appearance, and abilities of his mainstream counterpart, but is then mutated by Warren into a beast-man closer to his Ultimate self.
- Egomaniac Hunter: So much that he was willing to have himself mutated into a beast man just so he could be a match to Spider-Man.
- Empowered Badass Normal: After going through one of Warren's formulas.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His lover Calypso and his pet lion.
- Friend to All Living Things: Yes, really. His first action is to take down a mad rhino by hand, so it can be given proper medical treatment avoiding having to put the creature down. Then he has a friendly sparring match with his lion whom he shows much affection for. The guy may be an Egomaniac Hunter but also seems to have a genuine love for animals.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Man. Specifically Spider-Man.
- Husky Russkie: Like most incarnations, he has a Russian accent.
Black Cat (Felicia Hardy)
Voiced by: Tricia Helfer
- Anti-Hero: Type II
- Audible Sharpness: Her claws.
- Badass Normal: In this continuity, though she's an Empowered Badass Normal in the comics.
- Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: Apparently, if a "hero" like Spider-Man and his "stupid conscience" means her father will choose to stay in prison, then she'd rather stick with her life of crime and stop going easy on him.
- Cat Girl: Despite calling herself the Black Cat, she has no cat-like powers.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: She is an attractive thief.
- Composite Character: Combines the original Felicia Hardy with Jessica Carridine, as her father in this show is Uncle Ben's killer.
- Dark Action Girl
- Domino Mask: The only thing she wears to cover her face.
- Femme Fatale: Distracts Peter with a kiss so that she can get away with a jewel.
- Moral Myopia: She thinks Spider-Man is unforgivable for not allowing her father to be released, while completely ignoring and excusing the fact that her father murdered Spider-Man's uncle.
- Mystical White Hair: According to Ask Greg, it's her natural hair color, a platinum blonde that looks white in animation.
- The Tease: Really loves getting Spidey flustered.
- This Is Unforgivable!: To Spider-Man in her last appearance.
- Younger Than They Look: Word of God states that she's 19.
The Cat/The Burglar (Walter Hardy)
Voiced by: James Remar
- The Atoner: He became this after killing Uncle Ben.
- Composite Character: In the comics, he's a separate character from Uncle Ben's unnamed killer.
- Heroic Sacrifice: A non-fatal example.
- Moment of Weakness: For most of his career, he prided himself on never hurting anyone. But as he got older and slower, he took to carrying a gun, just in case. He ended up shooting Ben Parker in a moment of panic.
- My Greatest Failure: Killing Uncle Ben.
- No Name Given: He's just known as "Uncle Ben's Killer" or "The Burglar" (like in the comics) or "The Cash Register Thief" and "The Cat". His name is given as Walter Hardy.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out that way.
- You Killed My Father: Peter's reaction to him. Ironically enough, Black Cat gives this right back to him when Walter decides to stay in prison.