Characters: The Spectacular Spider-Man
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Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
- Badass Bookworm: As Peter.
- 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.
- Berserk Button: 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.
- Betty and Veronica: Gwen fills the role of Betty, but curiously enough, the role of Veronica is zigzagged between his other love interests at different times. This would include Mary-Jane (VERY short-lived in this adaptation, due to its cancellation), Black Cat, Liz and, ironically, Betty Brant.
- Blindfolded Vision: As a tactic against Mysterio's illusions, correctly predicting that his spider-sense would only kick in for actual danger.
- Building Swing: Well, he's the Trope Codifier after all.
- Butt Monkey: The world seems to just hate him.
- Chest Insignia: The small black spider.
- Chick Magnet: Oh, boy, is he ever! Perfectly cemented when he pretends to wear the Spider-Man suit as a Halloween costume, and Gwen, Mary-Jane and Liz ogle him big time.
- Cool Loser: Considerably less geeky than his comic counterpart.
- Deadpan Snarker: His Spider-Man persona is as wisecracking as ever, but the Peter Parker persona is no slouch either.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Due to the show's premature cancellation.
- Expressive Mask: The eyes in his mask freely contort with his expression, despite the fact that they should be static plastic lenses.
- Genius Bruiser: As Spider-Man.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Wears heart-print thermals during the winter, as revealed via Clothing Damage during his first bout with Kraven.
- Grappling-Hook Gun: Webshooters, natch.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Not as bad as in the comics, though.
- Hollywood Nerd: Although it's implied that he looked 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 end of the first season and throws the solution away.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Another part of his history that we never got to see due to the show's cancellation...except that Word of God didn't intend to go for it in this adaptation anyway.
- LEGO Genetics: Just like in the Sam Raimi films, he gets his powers from a genetically engineered spider, rather than a radioactive one.
- 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's survived vibro-blasts that tear through concrete walls, multiple grenades to the face, has fast enough reflexes to dodge lasers and lightning from Electro, 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.
- 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.
- Motor Mouth: While wisecracking.
- Nice Guy: Although he has some low points, he's still a kind, loyal friend at heart.
- The Nicknamer: Much to the villains' chagrin.
- Ordinary High-School Student: He tries to keep his school life going while being Spider-Man.
- Le Parkour: Thanks to his spider agility, he's a super-human practicer.
- 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.
- Spider-Sense: Comes with the territory of being the Trope Namer.
- Teen Genius: Not only does he build his web shooters, but also gets an internship with Dr. Connors 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.
- Wall Crawl
- 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 Responsibility: Well, duh! In this version, he learns his motto the same way as in the Sam Raimi films.
- 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.
Midtown Manhattan Magnet High Students
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: When he succeeds in getting popular.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He is a far less nice person than he appears to be on the first look. Though he does have an excuse to justify it at least.
- The Chew Toy: Poor guy just can't catch a break.
- Fantastic Drug: Globulin Green.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Toward Peter, as usual. Though he is less aggressive about it than most other versions of the character. Peter still is aware of it and tries to avoid it so Harry will end up better, but this doesn't end well.
- James Arnold Taylor
- 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.
- Put on a Bus: From "The Uncertainty Principle" until "First Steps."
- Redheads Are Uncool
- Shrinking Violet: A rare male example in the first few episodes, where despite (or perhaps because of) his status he is very shy, withdrawn and lacking in confidence, only opening up to his closest friends. Even when in his more jerkassy moods when under the influence of the Green he is still softspoken and awkward, and it tinges on Softspoken Sadist when he shows his Manipulative Bastard side in the finale.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: When under the influence on the Gobulin Green.
- 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 gas the Goblin planned to kill Spider-Man with.
- The Unfavorite: His father prefers Peter to his own son.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In spades. If you've seen the first movie, well this is taken up multiple notches. It's basically his goal for anything he does in the series. Getting a girl friend, doing well in school, being part of the popular crowd, ect. all seem to be an attempt to make Norman proud.
- 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.
Eugene "Flash" Thompson
Voiced by: Joshua LeBar
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: His mom manages to be this, inadvertantly 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
- Character Development: The second season saw Flash abandon much of his Jerk Jock characteristics in a bid to impress a girl he had a crush on. As a result, he also became less antagonistic towards Peter.
- Former Friend Of Jerk Jock: In this series, he and Peter were best friends as very young children.
- 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.
- 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
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Develops into this over the course of the show.
- Playing Cyrano: Enlists Peter's aid to make sure he doesn't sound dumb while trying to impress a smart girl (doesn't work, but she likes him anyway).
- Popular Is Dumb
- Signature Laugh
- We Used to Be Friends: It's revealed that Flash and Peter actually used to be best friends back in nursery school.
- 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.
- Dumb Blonde
- Even Jerks Have 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.
- 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.
- No Indoor Voice
- Popular Is Dumb: Almost an incarnation of this.
- 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
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Is a cheerleader and Peter's first girlfriend on the show, though Peter later decides that he does not, in fact, want a cheerleader.
- 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.
- Give Geeks a Chance: Initially not, but she eventually does.
- Hopeless Suitor / Romantic False Lead: Her flirting with Peter kicks into overdrive just as Peter realizes his feelings for Gwen.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: 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.
- Spicy Latina: Is she ever.
Mary Jane Watson
"Face it, Tiger; you just hit the jackpot."
- Cool Big Sis: Especially toward Gwen. Word of God even describes her and Gwen as being best friends.
- Genre Savvy: She is quite quick to figure out something is wrong with Eddie and tries to warn Peter about it.
- Fiery Redhead: Wouldn't be MJ if she wasn't.
- Fun Personified: Though that's mostly a cover.
- 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.
- 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 Mark.
- 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 had a chance to progress.
- 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.
- Romantic False Lead: Intentional, 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.
- Shipper on Deck: Very pro Gwen/Peter.
Sha Shan Nguyen
Voiced by: Alan Rachins
J. Jonah Jameson
- 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
- 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.
- 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 not be the nicest guy, but never call him a bad guy.
- Large Ham
- Mean Boss: Sometimes.
- Motor Mouth
Colonel Jupiter (John Jameson)
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.
Voiced by: Brian George
- 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.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Evil Counterpart: Of Connors.
- Faux Affably Evil: Acts affable only to increase his jerkassery.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul
- 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.
- Mad Scientist
- Smug Snake
Dr. Nicolas Bromwell
Voiced by: Dorian Harewood
Vulture (Adrian Toomes)
- Anti-Villain: In his first appearance; he only wanted revenge on Norman Osborn for stealing his tech flight idea, which is, admittedly, a perfectly acceptable justification. Of course, after his crimes, he's forced to keep going that way.
- 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
- Blade Below the Shoulder: His wings are sharp enough to count as this.
- Clothes Make the Superman
- 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.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Well, he did create his suit of his own, after all.
- Hellish Pupils
- Lean and Mean
- 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.
- 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.
- Badass Baritone
- Badass in a Nice Suit
- 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:
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Genre Savvy: Hammerhead accuses Norman of being the Green Goblin, since he started showing up after he refused Norman's suggestion of ceasing the experiments. Turns out he was right.
- 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)
My call? My call?! NONE OF THIS HAS BEEN MY CALL!
- Anti-Villain: Type II, big time.
- 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.
- Comes Great Insanity: When first introduced, he appears to be a fairly nice and sane guy. The accident that gave him power clearly caused him to snap completely.
- The fact that everyone was misunderstanding to him probably factors in.
- Do Not Call Me Paul: Don't call him Max, or he'll fry you into nothing!
- The Dragon: To Doc Ock.
- Freak Lab Accident
- 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.
- Large Ham: Come on, this is Crispin Freeman we're talking about.
- Like A Father To Me: 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 Incontinence
- Psycho Electro: Duh.
- Shock and Awe
- 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.
- Tragic Villain
- Trigger Happy: Much to the misfortune of everyone else in the vicinity, including his own teammates.
The Lizard (Curt Connors)
- 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!
- 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
- Body Horror: His transformation into the Lizard.
- Happily Married
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: His son tries it but fails.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Doesn't succeed in doing it, but has the inclination.
- Just Think of the Potential
- LEGO Genetics
- Lizard Folk
- 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
- Prehensile Tail
- Professor Guinea Pig
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent
- Role Reprisal: From the first Activision Spider-Man game and its sequel, Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro.
- Superpowered Evil Side: For one episode, but that once was more than enough.
- Super Strength
- Wall Crawling: Much to Spidey's dismay.
Sandman (Flint Marko)
- Anti-Villain: Type I. He's greedy for money, but isn't out to hurt people unless it's in self defense.
- The Brute
- Evil Duo: With Rhino, a.k.a. Alex O'Hirn.
- Freak Lab Accident: The experiment done on him was a failed attempt to give him an armor. It was later done correctly on the O'Hirn.
- 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
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He and O'Hirn were constantly being humiliatingly foiled by Spider-Man.
- Noble Demon
- 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.
- Punch Clock Villain
- 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.
Tombstone (L. Thompson Lincoln)
Don't move! Just listen; and I will teach you the facts of life.
- Affably Evil
- Badass Baritone
- Badass Normal: Presumably. See Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane.
- Badass in a Nice Suit
- Big Bad: Of Season 1 and the penultimate storyarc of Season 2.
- Composite Character: Adopts elements of the Kingpin, who couldn't be used due to licensing issues.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His aforementioned first encounter with Spidey.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy
- Deadpan Snarker
- 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
- Expy: He was made into an expy of the Kingpin, who couldn't be used due to legal issues.
- Fangs Are Evil
- 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.
- Kingpin in His Gym
- Large and In Charge
- The Man Behind the Man: To Hammerhead. He's also indirectly responsible for the creation of Rhino and Sandman.
- Manipulative Bastard
- 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.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- 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.
- Scary Albino Man
- Slave to PR: Refuses to do anything villainous when civilians that could incriminate him are around.
- 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.
- Wicked Cultured
Green Goblin (Norman Osborn)
"We all wear masks, Spider-Man. But which one is real? The one that hides your face, or the one that is your face?"
- Ax-Crazy: He definitely enjoys trying to blow people up.
- Big Bad: Of season 2 and part of season 1.
- 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 take over as the new Big Man 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.
- Demoted to Extra: Happens to him in episodes with Venom.
- Eviler Than Thou: With Tombstone.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Type 2.
- Evil Laugh: Wouldn't be the Green Goblin without it. And Steve Blum does a terrifyingly good job too.
- Fourth Wall Observer: Sometimes addresses the audience directly.
- Karma Houdini: He faked his death and is still alive to plot more evil... and that's where the show ends.
- Large Ham
- 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!
- Lean and Mean
- Mad Bomber
- Manipulative Bastard
- No One Could Survive That
- Rhymes on a Dime: While his 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...
- Slasher Smile: This is his default expression.
- Secret Identity
- Third-Person Person
- The Unfettered
- We Can Rule Together: Offers this to Spider-Man in their first encounter, only to be declined.
- You Fight Like a Cow: Unlike most of Spidey's villains, Goblin doesn't get annoyed by the Web-Head's quipping and mocking. In fact, he quips right back, and he does it pretty dang well too. Spider-Man even lampshades this.
(While Green Goblin and Spider-Man are battling all over town)
Goblin: Well you know the old saying: If you can't join 'em, beat 'em!
Spidey: Took the words right out of my mouth. Is that a felony?
Goblin: Oh, I should hope so. This little goblin wouldn't be caught dead committing a misdemeanor!
Spidey: Oooh, nice banter! Your aim could use a little work though.
Goblin: Well, practice makes perfect!
Spidey: Keep telling yourself that!
Doctor Octopus/Master Planner (Otto Octavius)
"So, any last words, Arachnid?"
Voiced by: Peter MacNicol
- Adorkable: As Otto Octavius, prior to his accident.
- Affably Evil
- 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 ennemies.
- Badass Longcoat
- Benevolent Boss / Bad Boss: Has shades of both. On one hand, he generally treats his minions with respect and even friendliness. On the other, he doesn't go out of his way to ensure their safety when things are going seriously wrong, as demonstrated when he leaves Electro behind to die in his self-destructing Evil Lair.
- 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 the town.
- 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
- 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 his coffee mug indicates.
- Freak Lab Accident: Courtesy of the Green Goblin.
- 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.
- Hollywood Cyborg
- Karmic Transformation
- Large Ham: TREACHERYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!
- Mad Scientist: Initially wasn't one, but his accident caused his repressed feelings to get out and turned him into one.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous
- Nerd Glasses: Before his transformation.
- Not That Kind of Doctor: But Spidey likes to dish out the medical doctor-based puns all the same.
- Psychotic Smirk
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness
- Spider Limbs
- The Starscream: Sort of; he always had a repressed resentment toward Norman Obsorn, but was too shy and insecure to actually act upon it. This... doesn't turns out well when he gets crazy enough to do it.
- The Unfettered: According to Word of God, the robot arms didn't drive him crazy. Their power and the events surrounding his gaining them simply drove him to lose his inhibitions.
- 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.
Venom (Eddie Brock)
"We're poison to Peter Parker and Spider-Man; WE'RE VENOM!"
- 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.
- Beneath the Mask: See Broken Ace below.
- 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.
- Composite Character: Eddie Brock shares characteristics with the Ultimate version of the character, being a scientist 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.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy
- Death Seeker: According to Word of God, his frequent reckless heroics in earlier episodes were a sign of this on a subconscious level.
- 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.
- 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 a self-identified geek.
- Giggling Villain: He has a very creepy laugh as Venom.
- Hot-Blooded Sideburns
- Hidden Depths: Eddie always resented Peter for having a better life than he did.
- 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.
- 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.
- Large Ham: As Venom.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Lovable Jock: Well, he was one in high school.
- 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.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- 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.
- Rival Turned Evil: Though more like best friend turned evil, since he wasn't especially in rivalry with Peter at the beginning.
- Shipper on Deck: Shipped Gwen/Peter. Keyword: shipped.
- Took a Level in Badass: Second season.
- 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.
- 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.
Voiced by: Nikki Cox
Silvermane (Silvio Manfredi)
Voiced by: Miguel Ferrer
Molten Man (Mark Allan)
Voiced by: Eric Lopez
- Aloof Big Brother
- 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.
- Blessed with Suck
- 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 and first name comes the comics version of Molten Man.
- Cosmic Plaything
- 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
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Not only is his heart really not in it, but as Goblin says he's basically 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
- 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.
- Tragic Villain: Norman, you son of a bitch.
- Unwitting Pawn
Rhino (Alex O'Hirn)
- Adaptational Badass: In the comics, Rhino's a big dumb brute Spidey beats on a regular basis. Here, he's 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.
- Blood Knight
- The Brute
- Clingy Costume
- 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
- 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.
- Nigh Invulnerable
- 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".
- Slasher Smile
Ricochet ("Fancy Dan")
- 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
- 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)
Mysterio is no illusionist playing parlor tricks! Mysterio is a master of the ARCANE ARTS!
- 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.
- Altum Videtur
- 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.
- Cape Swish
- 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
- Evil Laugh: Adds to his villainous dramatics.
- Evil Brit
- 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
- 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 worship him. 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".
- You Fool!: Says this to people several times in his first appearance.
Tinkerer (Phineas Mason)
Voiced by: Thom Adcox
Kraven the Hunter (Sergei Kravinoff)
Voiced by: Eric Visbit
Black Cat (Felicia Hardy)
Voiced by: Tricia Helfer
The Cat Burglar (Walter Hardy)
Voiced by: James Remar