Badass Bookworm: Though it's shown less often than in other versions, this Peter Parker still possesses advanced scientific knowledge and will prove very adept at applying it once he stops acting immaturely. His teammates actually are surprised when they learn about this.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: This version of Spider-Man is less experienced, less responsible and much more of a goofball than his comic or previous animated counterpart, but can still show a fair degree of competence when the situation calls for it.
Took a Level in Badass: Admittedly, he has improved visibly by the first season finale; he goes from having difficulties with Batroc the Leaper to proving a decent opponent against Octavius, and later the combined forces of Green Goblin and Venom. By Season 2, he can hold his own against the Sinister Six—an impressive feat for any Spider-Man.
Baleful Polymorph: Gets turned into Spider-Ham for an Asgardian Boar Hunt thanks to Loki's trickery.
Berserk Button: Hurt anyone in front of Spidey and he'll get mad. Especially if you hurt his teammates.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: He does this to explain a situation or what his state of mind is (in a What-Makes-Spidey-Run moment).
Celibate Hero: A notable departure from his comic book incarnation, this version of Spider-Man seems to be uninterested in developing romantic relationships; the only two girls amongst his friends (White Tiger and Mary-Jane) have completely platonic relationships with him. A flashback reveals he and Mary-Jane did try to date as kids, only to be grossed out by their first kiss and never try it again.
Dude, Where's My Respect?: Aside from the constant belittling from his team and Nick Fury, Star-Lord commented that among the mightiest or most recognizable heroes of Earth, Spider-Man is near the bottom of the list (Just under Devil Dinosaur and Howard the Duck)
Hero with Bad Publicity: As always mostly due to the negative PR campaign by J. Jonah Jameson. It reaches a point that it's lampshaded by Batroc the Leaper as he mocks him.
Batroc: "I'm the one who robbed the bank, yet you're the one they all hate."
The beginning of Season 3 finally averts this. Spidey joining and becoming a successful Avenger results in the general populace of New York loving him. Even Loki's scheme to tarnish Spidey's popularity doesn't really work, as is noted in the beginning of the third episode. Of course, J. Jonah still doesn't agree and is still slandering his name, but it doesn't seem to have the same sway as before. Said popularity has also seemed to have brought many other would-be teen vigilantes out of the woodwork.
Ink-Suit Actor: Peter Parker is modeled after Drake Bell, who voices him.
Insistent Terminology: Spidey would like to remind his adversaries that spiders are not bugs, they're arachnids!
I Shall Taunt You: Spidey's preferred tactic. This also ends up being the "weapon" Eitri referred to when Spidey uses it to bruise Loki's ego and defeat him in "Field Trip".
I Work Alone: This version of Spidey is almost fanatically averse to being part of a team at the start. It's also clear that he feels threatened by the presence of other heroes in his normal life. Possibly a Mythology Gag to the mainstream version's notoriously bad record with teamwork early in his career.
My Greatest Failure: Averted. While Peter acknowledges Uncle Ben's death was his fault, he points out that he learned from his mistakes and turned that tragedy into something special by becoming Spider-Man.
Nobody Calls Me Chicken: Loki taunts Peter when he's on the Helicarrier, hinting since everyone else is fighting his battles for him, perhaps a chicken was a more appropriate form for him than a pig.
Which then gets Peter determined, man or pig, that he wasn't going to have any more fought for him come what may.
No Respect Guy: Played straight in almost every episode, but eventually subverted in "Run Pig Run". For all the Hero with Bad Publicity bits Jameson's used against him, Spidey's humbled when he sees how far Fury, Coulson, Thor and his team are going to keep him safe from the hunters.
Only Sane Man: Depending of the episode, but he has his moments. He realizes something is wrong inside Damage Control while most of his teammates decide to just keep working.
Powered Armor: His Iron Spider outfit, which he leaves in SHIELD custody most of the time so that he doesn't let it go to his head.
Rookie Red Ranger: Toyed with. Spidey is the newest member of S.H.I.E.L.D and lacks the others' discipline, but he's been a hero longer and has first hand experience in how to act when fighting threats. The first few episodes make it clear that he's generally more competent than the rest, but that his laissez-faire attitude is in itself a threat that the rest of the team curbs.
Sad Clown: Eitri says the reason he's always cracking jokes is to protect himself from an unkind world.
Street Smart: One of the reasons why Fury integrated him to the team; he felt that unlike the others, Spider-Man had actual experience and as such, was suited to complete the team.
The Trickster: Manages to fool Loki, the the god of mischief, into turning Thor back from a frog and into his normal form.
Took a Level in Dumbass: This incarnation is more dim and childish then previous versions; While still a science geek, he tends to have trouble pronouncing big words. His sense of humor is less refined and more puerile, laughing at simple rhymes and Toilet Humor.
Hidden Depths: A couple of very brief instances seem to hint at Danny being a film buff; in a cutaway gag he takes the team to see a 3D movie as "training" and mentions getting a giant turtle or butterfly to fight a kaiju sized villain.
Koan: Likes to say these. Even quotes Shakespeare. Borders on Ice-Cream Koan at times, as Peter finds them incomprehensible.
My Instincts Are Showing: During the episode Kraven the Hunter, due to the jungle music Kraven played her amulet was making her act more like a cat; growling, hissing, scratching, and attacking a person in a mouse costume. Near the end of the episode, she purred when she hugged Spidey. Subsequent episodes show her embracing her animal side a bit more, including running on all fours and roaring as she attacks.
Informed Ability: He supposedly has unbreakable skin like his comic counterpart. Yet at several point, he has been hurt by characters with no specifically superhuman strength.
Which makes sense, as while he has unbreakable skin, it doesn't mean he can't feel pain. Though he still has a form of durability as a secondary requirement power, it's not as powerful as his mainstream comic counterpart.
Ambiguously Brown: His features are lighter than Luke and Ava, but darker than Danny and Peter. In the comics he's half Hispanic and half Caucasian.
Book Dumb: Implied; he's apparently a failure at science lessons, mistakes "Classified" as "Classy" and doesn't know what the Bermuda Triangle is. In one episode, he even draws a new suit for himself during history lessons about Loki, arguing those lessons will never be of any use anyway.
Genre Blind: Yes, because Norse Mythology will never be of use to a Superhero when one of the big three heroes is a Norse god. Yeah.
Chew Toy: Anything not happening to Spidey happens to him, and it's usually by his own doing.
Hidden Depths: Brings Aunt May a flower and offers his help with the chore schedule to make up for staying in her house. The second season shows him as an excellent cook.
Hypocrite: In "Damage", he complains about Fury leaving them in charge with helping Damage Control repair the city. Then White Tiger remains him that he's in charge of leading the operation... and he immediately starts abusing his power to be bossy toward them.
Jerkass: Mostly to Spidey, but there have been instances where he's been obnoxious toward the others too.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Still, he does have his moments where he shows that he cares about the team, and is polite to Aunt May.
Power Glows: His hands do this when he's in flight mode.
The Rival: Spider-Man has problems with all his teammates, but Nova is the only one who is openly hostile toward him, and the two are constantly arguing and insulting each others.
Smart Ball: Despite his usual hot-headed and impulsive attitude, even he notices there is something wrong about Sandy when they meet him and assumes (rightly) that trying to go after him is a bad idea.
Arch-Enemy: The Beetle considers him this and Taskmaster doesn't seem too fond of him either, though that's mainly because he's Fury's right-hand man.
Ascended Fanboy: Confirmed that he's still a hardcore Captain America fanboy in this universe. He even wears a replica uniform under his suit.
Badass Normal: He can hold his own in a fight against the Beetle's Walking ArmoryPowered Armor...using nothing more than a steel pipe. It's very obvious that this version of Coulson is a field agent, not a desk jockey.
Parents Know Their Children: Averted, as they don't recognise Luke as their son at first until much later; also justified in that Luke's appearance changed considerably between the time they last saw him and after he took their formula.
Took a Level in Jerkass: While calling him a jerk is kind of a stretch, but he seemed much more disrespectful and distant towards Spidey, dropping his mentor role, in "Swarm". Possibly justified since he had to deal with both Michael Tan, a Smug Snake employee who became Swarm, and with Spidey's attitude.
Though he seemed to have patched things up with Peter by the start of season 3.
Loophole Abuse: As he points out in "Run Pig Run," he can't actually call off the boar hunt to protect the transfigured Spider-Man, but there's nothing in the law that says he can't interfere with it and slow the hunters down.
Hero with Bad Publicity: He's chased by SHIELD and feared by the population as a monster. Spider-Man later helps him avert it by convincing Fury to give him a chance and offer him a home. Though initially reluctant, Hulk eventually agrees.
A fellow Midtown High student who has been mercilessly picking on Peter throughout a good part of both of their lives. For a time, this continued even after Peter became Spider-Man. Though it didn't seem like it would happen, Flash ends up learning his lesson the hard way when his bullying comes back at him in a near-deadly fashion. Afterwards, he and Peter become friends, if somewhat reluctantly on Peter's part.A big fan of Spider-Man, Flash has always idolized him, even when he was still picking on Peter. In Season 3, Flash decides he wants to take the leap into being a Hero. Though he goes through some rough spots, he eventually finds his calling when he accidentally bonds with the Venom Symbiote... again, but on a more permanent basis.
Ascended Fanboy: He always did admire and look up toSpider-Man, but once he bonds to the Venom Symbiote, he can't overstate how awesome it is to finally be able to he a Hero just like him. By episode's end, Spidey convinces Fury to train Flash like he was, at which point, Flash adopts the name Agent Venom.
Surprisingly though, during Season 1's "I am Spider-Man", he does try to save Peter after a statue falls on him (though Peter's Super Strength secretly does most of the work), showcasing a more heroic and selfless side that would become more promenent in Season 3.
Took a Level in Badass: In Season 3, not only does he show more drive with trying to become a Hero, even if his heroism is misplaced and he's way out of his league, but once he gains the power of the Venom Symbiote, he definitely proves his new-found Badassitude is legit by effortlessly tearing into Beetle, even going as far as to rip out some of Beetle's armor and missile launchers and absorb them, making them his own.
Boisterous Bruiser: A side of him shown in Season 3's "Agent Venom". Subverted at first when he tries to take on a Venomized Scorpion, complete with Catch Phrase, as it doesn't go over too well. Played much straighter the next day when the piece of Venom attached to his shoe transforms him in the deadly altercation with the Beetle and he proceeds to kick ass pretty much throughout the rest of the episode.
Finally gets his comeuppance when he tries to bully Wolverine in Peter's body, which ends with Logan beating the tar out of him.
Played with more darkly in "The Rhino" when his bullying of Alex leads Alex to steal and take a formula that turns him into said Rhino and seek revenge against his tormentor.
Catch Phrase: Coins one in his battle against Venom Scorpion, but it doesn't really work well since he says it after Spider-Man saves him from his own misplaced "heroism". After bonding with the Venom Symbiote, he says it again whilst owning Beetle where it comes off as much more fitting.
Flash: You just got bit!
Character Development: Throughout the Series, Flash has gone through Character Development shown primarily through his Focus Episodes: "I am Spider-Man" where he stops bullying Peter, "The Rhino" where he stops bullying period, and "Agent Venom" where he learns being an actual Hero is tougher than it looks, culminating in his transformation into the Hero, Agent Venom, by the end of the episode.
Clingy Costume: Not actually a costume. Nonetheless, according to Dr. Conners, the Symbiote has found a perfect host in Flash, and as such, bonded to him on a genetic level. This means he can never remove Venom from himself. A fact Flash takes very well, as he never wanted to remove it in the first place.
After acquiring the Venom Symbiote, Flash dishes out these to Beetle nearly every time they confront during that episode. Beetle manages to temporarily subdue him with his sonic wave attack, but once Spidey takes away that upper-hand, Flash goes right back to Curb-Stomping him.
Determinator: In Season 3, Flash develops this mentality after Spidey's new-found success as an Avengers member. Even after his failure against Venom Scorpion where Spidey tells him to go home and stop trying to be like him, the next day, he comes into the school from practicing against tackling dummies in his football gear, having not given up on his dream to be a Hero. This behavior serves him well once he bonds to the Venom Symbiote.
Dirty Coward: Most versions of Flash are rather hot-headed and brave Heroic Bystanders. This one, on the other hand, when facing Venom, was so scared that he had no problem with trying to offer Peter as a snack to save himself. Similarly, when Taskmaster trapped him and Harry inside the school, he had no qualms about leaving a defenseless Harry behind.
Loses this trait after gaining the Venom Symbiote in Season 3.
Distressed Dude: Many times throughout the Series. Notable examples include when the Trapster thinks he's Spider-Man in "I am Spider-Man", when he is harassed by the titular Rhino in "The Rhino"and during "Agent Venom" when he gets in over his head facing against the Venomized Scorpion and when the Beetle goes after him to retrieve a piece of the Symbiote that hitched a ride on his shoe. After bonding with said piece and gaining the power to take care of himself, he immediately starts averting this Trope. In all cases, Spider-Man/Peter has to help/bail out/rescue Flash from whatever Distress he gets himself into.
Foil: Though they rarely interact, he is in fact a Foil to Harry, especially regarding their relationships to Peter. Whereas Harry and Peter are friends, Flash has bullied Peter throughout most of their adolecent lives. On the flip-side, Harry manifests a grudge against Spider-Man* partly because he uses Spider-Man as a scapegoat for his own problems while Flash considers himself Spidey's biggest fan. When Flash becomes more amicable towards Peter, Harry becomes more distant (though they do patch things up before long). They're even Foilsfinancially! Harry is rich, but humble enough not to flaunt it* limousine rides and a random "richboy" party aside, whilst Flash is extremely boastful to hide the fact that he's dirt poor. They even share voice actors!
And lest we forget: unlike Harry, Flash is able to maintain complete control of the symbiote, and successfully become a hero with it.
Freudian Excuse: It's revealed in "The Rhino" that his family apparently has almost no money, and possesses only a car station as a home. It's also hinted he acts the way he does to look cool and hide this.
Heroic Willpower: Thanks primarily to his anchor in Spider-Man, he shows this throughout "Agent Venom" with two notable instances: first when Beetle's sonic attack causes him to begin losing control for the first time and second when Taskmaster has him pinned, trying to electrocute the Symbiote off of him.
Hidden Depths: He's very afraid of tarnishing the name of Spider-Man and wishes that he could be like him, as shown in "I Am Spider-Man".
In Season 3, when Spider-Man implores Flash to give up the dangerous Venom Symbiote as he has too much to live for, Flash tells Spidey that he knows very well that he has nothing, explaining to him how he's dreamed of something extraordinary happening to him so he could become a Hero and a somebody like Spidey.
However, in Season 3, once he starts trying to become a Hero and especially once he gains the Venom Symbiote, his Hot Bloodedness comes off as much more earnest and sincere.
I Just Want to Be Special: Thanks in due part to his hero Spider-Man joining the Avengers and gaining popularity and respect, Flash decides he wants to be a Hero just like Spidey. When he bonds with the Venom Symbiote, he becomes ecstatic at the possibilities and opportunities it presents, praising the ability to finally become a Hero. When Spider-Man tells him to give up the Symbiote because it's too dangerous, Flash admits that he's been dreaming of something like this happening to him so he can finally be something other than a have-nothing nobody.
Jerkass: At first, but he largely gets past this during/after Season 2.
Jerk Jock: Even more so than any of his other incarnations, as he still has yet to show any redeeming qualities besides being a Spider-Man fan. He's such a jerk that, when Spidey goes through a Good Angel, Bad Angel case, even the Good Angel was in favor of leaving him.
Took a Level in Kindness: Subverted; he did ended up befriending Peter and stopped bullying him... only to start bullying others instead.
Played straight after the episode "The Rhino".
Jumped at the Call: Due to a combination of the Character Development he went through in his Focus Episodes and Spidey's successful stint as an Avenger, Flash decides he wants to be a Hero just like Spidey, taking up the moniker The Scarlet Spider. Though he's no match for anything serious and has to be saved by Spider-Man again, he unknowingly acquires a piece of the Venom Symbiote which triggers at school the next day when Spider-Man tries to protect him from Beetle, who's after said piece. This transformation seems to completely agree with himnote Good thing, too, as the Symbiote considers Flash its perfected host and has bonded to him completely, right down to his DNA, so he canneverremove it as he's not only able to back Spider-Man up, but by and large, Beetle's no match for the newly-Venomized Flash. By episode's end, Spidey convinces Fury to take Flash in as an apprentice Hero and Flash adopts the name "Agent Venom".
Large Ham: Though he tries to act cool, tough, and collected, he tends to go through quite a few bouts of Hammyness when under the right circumstances, like when there's danger and/or when he's being chased (often accompanied by girly screams). After becoming Agent Venom, his newly-found inner Boisterous Bruiser leads him to be quite Hammy when he is showing off. Also of note, he's prone to the occasional exaggerated facial and body expressions that wouldn't be out of place coming from an Anime Character, like when he runs onto the school bus away from the charging Rhino or when he tries in vain to get the Venom Symbiote to leave his body.
Let's You and Him Fight: In "Agent Venom", Spider-Man, unable to convince Flash to give up the Venom at first, decides to take it off by force. This, of course, leads to a fight between the two. Though Spider-Man never really loses the upper-hand, Flash, surprisingly, is able to tenaciously hold his own. The fight ends when Taskmaster uses the distraction to launch a grenade, breaking them up and, once again, of course, they work together to take down their adversaries.
Locked into Strangeness: According to Dr. Connors, Venom has bonded with Flash to the point that it would be impossible to separate them. Flash takes it quite well, though.
Loves My Alter Ego: Even though he constantly bullies Peter up until "I am Spider-Man", he's always loved Spider-Man since day one and considers himself to be Spidey's number-one fan.
Lower-Class Lout: As we learn in "The Rhino", it turns out Flash is this. He starts getting better after the events of the episode.
Miles Gloriosus: The facade that he puts on to make himself seem better than he is. He gets better about this after the Rhino incident in Season 2. In Season 3, this trait evolves into that of the Boisterous Bruiser once he acquires the Venom Symbiote.
My God, What Have I Done?/Heel Realization: It took a while to sink in, but Flash finally goes through this once he's processed that he was being chased and threatened by Rhino/Alex as revenge for being bullied by him. It's after this that he becomes noticeably nicer and stops bullying others all together.
Mythology Gag: He's the first person to get infected by the [[Comic Book/Venom Venom Symbiote]]; in the comics, he's the current host for it.
He also becomes Agent Venom in the show as of Season 3.
Never Be a Hero: In the beginning of "Agent Venom", Spider-Man tells Flash to go home and stop trying to be a Hero. In this case though, it makes plenty of sense in context. As well meaning as he may be, Flash has no powers and no formal training and is only a liability to himself and anyone else; Spider-Man just doesn't want him to get himself hurt or killed.
Parental Abandonment/Parental Neglect: When Spider-Man visits his home in "The Rhino", we find out that he and his family live in an abandoned Car Gas and Service Station. Flash tells Spidey that his parents aren't home at the moment before admitting that they're actually hardly ever there at all.
Progressively Prettier: Thanks to each Season's slightly differing Art Styles, Flash noticeably looks better with each passing Season. He looks more like a stereotypical bully with a stockier build in Season 1, then Season 2 makes him look more youthful than previously, culminating in Season 3 where more emphasis is put onto his height and muscular build making him look more genuinely older and mature, just in time for his heroic ascension into Agent Venom.
10-Minute Retirement: After bonding with Venom in "Agent Venom", Spider-Man spends the rest of the episode trying to convince Flash to give it up. Though he resists at first, he agrees towards the end, only to find that he can't remove the Venom. After Dr. Conners explains why, Fury locks him up, citing Venom being too dangerous as the reason. Spidey talks Fury into training Flash like he trained him and Fury does so under the condition that he stays on the Tri-Carrier for the time being. And thus, "Agent Venom" was born.
Villain Takes an Interest: Just like with Spider-Man, Taskmaster tries to recruit Flash onto his side with the promise that he'd make Flash bigger than Spider-Man. He even notes that Flash is "Tall, Powerful, and with a chip on your shoulder". Flash refuses of course, and Taskmaster gives up on him like he did Spider-Man.
Wrong Side of the Tracks: Spidey tracks Flash down in order to protect him from the rampaging Rhino, only to find out that Flash and his (mostly absent) family live in an abandoned Car Gas and Service Station.
Flanderization/Character Exaggeration: In most versions he's simply a somewhat jerky newspaper man with a somewhat justified hatred to Spider-Man. Here all he does is go on for hours on various Bugle Jumbotrons about what a menace Spider-Man is despite knowing full well that he's now working for S.H.I.E.L.D. It also shown that his negative PR campaign is working better then normal and has turned almost the whole city against him.
The Ghost: Played with; we do see him onscreen, but only as someone talking on TV. He's never been seen in flesh and blood by any of the characters so far.
Hypocrite: As usual, he keeps yelling about how Spider-Man is a menace and should be stopped. Yet, he will praise any Spider-Man impersonator that will show up.
Suspiciously Specific Denial: In "Spidah Man", one of the reasons Spidey spent most of the episode in Boston was Jameson offering ten million dollars to whoever unmasks Spidey. At the end of the episode, he was seen announcing the reward has been called off and claiming it had nothing to do with his newspaper's sales having decreased as a consequence of Spider-Man leaving New York.
Ungrateful Bastard: Spider-Man's team once protected him from the Beetle. Didn't stop him from yelling about Spider-Man being a menace.
Instead of thanking Spider-Man for bringing his son back alive, Jameson was blaming him and SHIELD for turning John Jameson into a freak. Nick Fury was understandably pissed by how ungrateful he was.
Adaptational Heroism: Sort of. While his personality is more-or-less the same, here he's just hunting Spidey because of a misunderstanding caused by Loki, rather than a Mad Love for the Enchantress as in the comics.
Adaptational Villainy: Eh, whatevs. While I'm no saint in the comics (especially in my original appearances), here I'm pretty shameless in who I help or harm as long as I gets paid in the end.
"Sometimes I'm bad for money, sometimes I'm good for money. As long as I'm having fun with said money, I make my own rules!"
Me and Taskmaster can be described as this, I guess. In the comics, we're BF Fs, (Vitriolic Best Buds, but still rather close allies). In this, we're a lot less friendly towards each other as the fact that I have no prob "unaliving" him freaks Tasky out.
Evil All Along: Or at the very least, Amoral All Along. So, yeah, I stole the drive containing various heroes secret identities in it in the first place and was planning to sell it to the highest bidder. Too bad Spider-Man had to be a stick in the web.
I Love Nuclear Power: From playing in a kiddie pool of radioactive waste as a kid and being given superpowers...
Parental Abandonment: ...To having my mom kidnapped by ninjas after I was born. Of course, since this is me and the summary of the rest of my "origin story"...
Dark and Troubled Past: Eventually, the webhead grilled my real origin outta me: Here, I was once a "weird special kid" (probably because of my healing factor) with a crapsack life being treated badly and/or hurt by bad people. Nick Fury found me and trained me, having once been with Spider-Man's teammates. Over time, though I learned to 'laugh at the pain' and 'to hurt those who hurt you times a thousand'.
Dark huh? The third option is made even cooler if you consider that the term "weird and special" could be referring to a mental disorder, rather than my healing factor.
Never Say "Die": Since this is a kid's show, they had me parody this trope, claiming it as a tic. So, I have to stick with "unalive".
No Fourth Wall: Even more so than Spidey. I still say he nabbed it from me first!
Remember the New Guy: You would have thought Spider-Man's teammates would have mentioned sooner that there had been someone in their team before Peter arrived and who eventually left. Guess I'm just He-Who-Is-So-Awesome-He-Must-Not-Be-Named.
Shadow Archetype: Lampshaded by Spider-Man after hearing my last and most plausible origin story. He claims that if matters have gone a little different, he would have ended up as cool as me. (Yeah, right!) This is also seen through the whole episode, regarding out similar quirks and the arguments regarding our differences.
You Can't Handle The Truth!: I try to lay this epic line on Spider-Man. However, knowing me and the delivery causes Spidey to deliver a hilariously deadpan (if you like his style of funny; I don't see the appeal, myself) 'Really?' before I spill the likeliest beans.
Younger and Hipper: This version of me is implied to still be a teenager. My already beautiful skin is also smooth and free of the many cancer scars my comic counterpart has. I was a former member of Spider-Man's team prior to him joining, and the most believable backstory I give is that I was a strange kid who was taken in and trained by Nick Fury.
Abusive Parents: Zigzagged. Starts off being a neglectful but caring father only to drop the the caring part later on. Then finds out his son is Venom and is willing to take advantage of that. Then goes back to the neglectful but caring. Then he becomes Goblin and becomes flat out abusive. Then becomes human again, and tries to be a better father. Then ends up becoming Goblin again.
Adaptation Name Change: Within the show, he's officially dubbed "The Goblin", rather than "The Green Goblin" like in every other depiction. Some characters still call him a green goblin, but in most cases it seems to be a description rather than his actual title. Promotional materials also tend to refer to him as "The Green Goblin", likely because he is otherwise the same character and the name is more well-known.
The Atoner: in "Second Chance Hero". Unfortunately, it doesn't last due to Ock injecting him with Goblin serum again.
Anti-Hero Substitute: Can be seen as one to Iron Man, the same ego, the same problem with villains using their tech, the same atoner mentality post a traumatic momment in their life. On the other hand, Norman was actively a Corrupt Corporate Executive instead of Tony's well-meaning arms dealer background, and the nature of the traumatic event, are the differing factors.
Bad Boss: Before he and Ock. parted ways, was one to Ock. He may have saved Ock's life after the accident, but he then locked Ock away from the rest of the world, verbally abuses Ock, and tried to kill Ock when Ock became compromised.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When interacting with Harry and Peter, he actually acts like a pretty nice guy. Behind closed doors, however...
Brought Down to Normal: In "Venom Bomb" Spiderman forces Doctor Octopus to cure Norman. It doesn't last long though.
Characterization Marches On: In the first episode, he actually gets angry at the Frightful Four and in turn Dr. Octopus for attacking the high school where his son is, showing that, while he is dismissive, he does care. Most later episodes drop this character trait, and he even attempts to manipulate his son when he finds out that he's Venom.
Zigzagged later on: "The Iron Octopus" and "Second Chance Hero" have him go back to the neglectful but caring father but the episodes between? See Abusive Parents above.
Chronic Villainy: After being cured at the end of Venom Bomb, he genuinely tries to atone for his act by being a better father to Harry and becoming a super-hero as Iron Patriot... only to have Dr Octopus kidnap him a few episodes later and turn him back into the Goblin.
Composite Character: He is similar to the Ultimate version of the Green Goblin, sharing the Hulk-like mutation and a part in the origin of Spider-Man. On the other hand, he uses the same tech and glider as his mainstream incarnation (which he stole from Dr. Connors).
In-Universe: Spidey notes how his Iron Patriot persona is one of Iron Man and Captain America.
Crazy-Prepared: He has high-tech weapons hidden in his office in case someone tried to attack him.
Create Your Own Villain: He was working with Dr. Octavius when the explosion went off. He saved his life, but forced him away from the public eye, leading to resentment, and eventually him becoming The Starscream as Dr. Octopus.
Devil in Plain Sight: While he starts out as decently good at hiding his real motivations, he displays more and more signs of insanity and rage as the story goes on.
Lampshaded in "The Reveal": when Spider-Man learns he was the one behind Octavius, he has a flashback of several scenes clearly hinting at Norman Osborn's insanity and obsession with him, resulting in him realizing he should have seen it coming.
Hulk Speak: Initially, following his transformation into the Goblin, due to his head being messed up by the mutation. He's quick to develop the ability to speak properly again however, thanks to his brain being enhanced; in later episodes, he can already express himself as clearly as before.
When he becomes the Goblin, his treatment of Harry consists of this. Two major moments in particular are abandoning his son to drown because Harry rejected the symbiote and telling Harry how proud he is of him in "Carnage" only to drop him to his doom right after.
Knight of Cerebus: Minus the comedy quirks, he is played dead serious as the Green Goblin.
Leader Wannabe: Tries to take charge of Spidey's team in "Return of the Sinister Six". It doesn't go well; When the Six have the team against the ropes, Osborn, rather then offer words of encouragement or a new strategy, yells at them to "fight harder!"
Non-Action Big Bad: In season 1; he's completely passive, usually leaving the Spider-Man hunting to Doc Ock while he focus on his society. He doesn't even become the Goblin until the season finale.
In "The Iron Octopus", he does fire a few shots at Iron Man's armor with a biggun, but it doesn't last.
Parental Neglect: Unlike most versions of Osborn, he doesn't appear to have any Abusive Parent traits, but he's still neglecting Harry because of his work and his obsession with Spider-Man. It gets worse as the story goes on.
Villain Takes an Interest: For Spider-Man, as usual. Though amplified here, since he actually wants to get Spider-Man in order to create a whole super-soldier program from his DNA.
He takes one in his son when he realizes some of Venom might still be inside Harry, and tells Spider-Man that he no longer needs him. He also loses his interest in his son when he rejects Venom in Rise of the Goblin.
You Have Failed Me: Once threatened Octavius with this after the Frightful Four failed to capture Spider-Man (though it's possible he was merely threatening to fire him rather than kill him). Fortunately for him, Octavius was able to get a sample of Spider-Man's DNA in the next episode and used it to create Venom, a result Norman found satisfying enough to keep Octavius.
He eventually does inflict this to him in Me Time with a murder attempt, though he had a logical (at least pragmatic) reason to do so; if he had not blown up Octavius' lab, SHIELD would have been able to track the communications back to him.
Deems his own son unworthy when he rejects the Venom symbiote.
Adaptation Distillation: This Venom symbiote's origin is more like a mix between the Ultimate Version of Carnage and the Marvel Adventures version of himself. In addition, this is the first version of the character where his identity is Harry Osborn instead of Eddie Brock.
Anti-Villain: Type II; Harry has absolutely no control over the Symbiote when fully in Venom form and clearly has no intention of being evil.
Anti-Hero: During his brief stint as Symbiote Spider-Man.
Body Horror: Has a hole blasted through him by Nova and closes it like it was nothing.
Brought Down to Normal: after being turned back to normal temporarly several times, he finally rejects the Symbiote once and for all in the Season 1 finale, causing his father to take it and leave to find a new host.
Chest Insignia: Is initially without one, but manifests a stylized white spider on its back and chest after bonding to Spider-Man and retains it when bonded to Harry, though the possessed SHIELD agents in Venom Bomb lack one.
I Am A Humanitarian: Venom's first words upon bonding to Spider-Man were "Friends... yummy!" and it later tried to take a bite out of Iron Fist.
I Am Legion: Subverted for the first time in a long time. The justification is that the symbiote takes complete control of its host.
Venom: "There is no-one else! Venom is all there is!"
Played around with in the episode "Carnage". The first thing Harry says when he becomes Venom again is: "We are Venom." Venom then switches between using 'I' and 'we' depending on whether it's Harry talking or the symbiote.
Knight of Cerebus: Very few scenes with Venom are played for humor, with Imagine Spots becoming less frequent as a result. The episode "Venomous" makes him even more terrifying than usual.
More Than Mind Control: While Harry is a nice guy and doesn't want to be evil, he feels resentment towards his father because he doesn't care about him and pays more attention to Spider-Man. That's probably why he is easily taken over by symbiote and in Venom form, Harry's negative feelings towards his father are more prominent.
Not Quite Dead: The symbiote is seemingly Killed Off for Real at the end of its debut episode; then it turns out that Osborn wants Dr. Octopus to create more like it, and Harry finds a sample of it that survived.
He appears in a later episode with control of Venom as the Black Spider-Man. It lasted only a little while before Venom took control and was believed to be destroyed for good by Spidey... only to show later that some of Venom survived in Harry's ear. It is seemingly Killed Off for Real again at the end of Venom Bomb when Peter uses the Iron Spider armor to incinerate it.
The Symbiote: An artificial life form made form a mutated sample of Peter's blood.
Transformation Trinket: Harry initially uses a watch-like device to call up the black suit whenever he wants, keeping the symbiote contained when not in use. In the end, though, the symbiote still manages to manipulate Harry even with the watch and he destroys it by the end of his first episode as Venom.
Explored more, too. We get plenty of scenes of Norman brushing off anything Harry does good (blaming his good grades on Peter is frequent, despite Peter's protests), and generally acts so aloof that his son will do anything to get his attention.
And I Must Scream: By the end of "The Iron Octopus", he ends up trapped in Oscorp again, this time with no tentacles and in a healing tank, presumably conscious, but his crippled body ensures he's not gonna be moving again.
Badass Normal: Doesn't actually have any superpowers himself, but can more than hold his own with his mechanical arms.
Handicapped Badass: For a cripple, he is sure quite skilled at fighting; when he finally decides to get out of his lab and capture Spider-Man himself, he succeeded on the first attempt. None of the villains he hired before this were ever that successful.
As shown during a flashback sequence in "The Iron Octopus", he wasn't kidding.
Hoist by His Own Petard: He turns Osborn into the Green Goblin and believed he could control him. It didn't work out the way he intended.
Kick the Dog: His mocking of Curt Connors when he takes one of his serums that turned him into the Lizard. And he later uses a remote that turns him back into the Lizard and forces him to be a member of the Sinister Six.
And in Return of the Sinister Six, he turns Osborn back into the Goblin.
Knight of Cerebus: He's got no comedic quirks (aside from a snide remark about having to pay for damages that Taskmaster caused), and when he's in an episode, there are signs that the episode will be just a bit more dark. When he's finally out of the lab, he's much more dangerous and frightening, even able to take down Spider-Man with no help.
Mythology Gag: His appearance in the Season One finale is based on his more recent look in the comics' Ends of the Earth arc.
During Season 3's premiere, Loki, who teams up with Otto, switches his mind with Spider-Man as a part of his latest plan. Otto notes that the idea is brilliant and that he's "going to write that down". In the comic Superior Spiderman, Otto takes over Spider-Man/Peter's mind and life for some time.
Out-of-Character Moment: Briefly makes a snide remark in "Why I Hate Gym" about the damages that he'll have to pay for to Taskmaster, who broke one of his machines.
Powered Armor: After his first defeat, he builds one of these styled off Iron Man armor, though with his tentacles still as free as ever. It helps him quite a bit, even to survive being punched through three buildings. Doubles as a Mythology Gag to his Classic counterpart, who donned a suit after learning he was dying.
Split Personality Takeover: By the end of "Sinister Six", it seems like the Lizard persona has won out over Connors and chooses to ...]]
Transhuman Treachery: ... remain as the Lizard, refusing Peter's offer to help him turn human again.
In Stan by Me, Peter accidentally erases Connors' remaining humanity while trying to save him, leaving only the Lizard personality and form. Subverted in Return of the Sinister Six, Connors' human personality actually survived and he subconsciously wrote a formula on the sewer walls for Spider-Man to find to cure himself from being the Lizard.
Trauma Conga Line: Over the course of three episodes, he loses his right arm, then gets turned into the Lizard, followed by getting kidnapped by Doc Ock, forced to transform into the Lizard again, fitted with a Mind-Control Device, and is now possibly stuck as the Lizard for good.
Badass Normal: He only has a suit of powered armor when going up against an entire team of superheroes.
Beam Spam: His wrist blasters have a pretty impressive rate of fire.
Combat Pragmatist: He'll use sneak attacks, cloaking devices, overwhelming firepower, attack drones and anything else he can to gain the upper-hand.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: He's notably smarter than your average Con Man: he carefully neutralized Spider-Man's teammates before going after Jonah J. Jameson and was able to surprise Spidey by coming through one entry he wouldn't be expected to come from: the elevator.
Then there was the time Hawkeye tried tracking him by his armor emissions. Turned out the Beetle had figured out he might try something like that and had a little surprise waiting for Hawkeye and Spider-Man.
Lightning Bruiser: Wears heavy armor, carries lots of firepower, is able to hold his own in a fistfight with superheroes, and uses his jetpack to rocket into combat.
Macross Missile Massacre: The Beetle's combat philosophy seems to be that there's no problem that can't be solved with a missile launcher or twelve.
Mythology Gag: The Beetle's Mark I, II, and III armors from the mainstream comics appear during the team's Imagine Spots. The armour he wears in the show itself is based off his outfit from the Ultimate Spider-Man comic.
Diminishing Villain Threat: His Electro 2.0. form was basically unstoppable in his first appearance, taking over the whole city's electrical system, and had to be defeated by cunning. However, in "The Sinister Six", Electro 2.0 barely seems more dangerous than he was in his regular form.
Energy Being: After Spider-Man unknowingly supercharged him. He turns back to normal-ish at the end of the same episode, but come "Sinister Six" he has seemingly been permanently supercharged.
From Nobody to Nightmare: Was a fairly harmless villain that Spidey took as a joke until he accidentally supercharged him, turning him into a real threat.
Mythology Gag: When we first see Electro in his debut episode, he's in his classic green and yellow star-masked costume. After Spider-Man accidentally supercharged him, he turns into a new version of himself that looks closer to his Ultimate incarnation.
Composite Character: Possibly; he has the same name as Rhino in the comics, but his personality and motivation make him closer to Charlie Weiderman, one of the Molten Men. He also looks strangely similar to the version of Seymour O'Reilly from The Spectacular Spider-Man, though that also may be a coincidence.
Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Sort of; Peter tried taking his defense in front of Flash and offered his friendship to him. He declined, arguing that Peter was only noticing him because he pitied him.
Disproportionate Retribution: Granted, Flash did bully Alex and was a horrible Jerkass to him, even more so than he used to be to Peter. But going as far as destroying his car, his home, and even attempting to take his life is clearly overkill.
Dumb Muscle: Each time he drinks the mutagen that transforms him, Alex becomes dumber and more aggressive, to the point that he has difficulty putting words together into actual sentences. Surprisingly, it makes him creepier by showing how much effect the mutagen has on him.
From Nobody to Nightmare: Was a nerd who was picked on by Flash, but when he drinks Oscorp chemical compound (rhino mutagen), he turns into a nigh unstoppable juggernaut that can even hurt Power Man.
Lightning Bruiser: Strong enough to seriously injure Power Man. Ridiculously fast for his size.
Magic Pants: For some reason, his clothes remain undamaged and transform with him when he turns into the Rhino, and then back again. Even his watch reappears.
Motive Decay: He had a perfectly understandable motivation in his introduction episode. Comes The Sinister Six, he is portrayed as nothing but a mutagen addict who agrees to join Octopus' team in exchange of more serum.
Not So Different / Shadow Archetype: With Peter/Spider-Man, of all people. Both are unpopular smart kids from the same school who got mutated by Oscorp Mutagen (though Spidey got luckier); both got bullied by Flash; And Rhino even admitted that he wanted to be like Spider-Man, hence why he started drinking the mutagen. The difference is that Peter went on to use his powers as a hero and tried to help Flash be a better person, while Alex took the path of revenge and raised his hatred of Flash to creepily psychotic levels.
Powered Armor: Gets one in Return of the Sinister Six. He even gets treads.
Animorphism: When he finally gets his hand on the Tiger Amulet, he eventually ends up unable to control it, causing it to overwhelm him and turn him into a tiger-man. He turns back to normal after he lost it.
Foil: To Iron Fist. Both are skilled martial artists, but where Danny is kind, humble, and has a sense of honor, Scorpion is an arrogant, self-centered blowhard who cares only for himself and will gladly fight dirty to get what he wants. He's a dark reflection of what Danny would be if he let himself be controlled by his pride.
Hypocrite: Constantly berates Danny for dishonoring K'un-L'un by consorting with outsiders. This from the guy who poisoned Danny to keep him from the contest.
In Name Only: Bears no resemblance (story or appearance wise) to any of the various Marvel villains named Scorpion. He does however have many similarities with the Iron Fist villain Steel Serpent/Davos.
The scorpion tail flail is lifted from Maximus Gargan, the Ultimate Marvel version of Scorpion (a Mexican mobster with unbreakable skin and aforementioned flail but no costume; more of a criminal than a super-villain).
Sequel Hook/Foreshadowing: Scorpion is exiled from K'un-L'un and will likely seek vengeance against Spider-Man and Iron Fist. In episode "The Lizard" one of Doc Ock animal DNA samples had scorpion label and scorpion was featured in Ock's evil petting zoo Imagine Spot, along with vulture, hinting that Scorpion may become a animal-mutant later on the series and may become member of Sinister Six and also suggests that Vulture will debut at some point.
Badass Normal: If you exclude his photographic memory, he's just a regular man with a lot of equipment. Doesn't prevent him from easily defeating Iron Fist in hand-to-hand combat. Even Spider-Man and White Tiger had trouble against him and had to get him in the dark to defeat him.
Villain Takes an Interest: Towards Spider-Man; he sees potential in Spidey and would like to take him as an apprentice, although he decides it's no longer worth it during their next meeting.
In Season 3's "Agent Venom", when Taskmaster notices the Venom Symbiote bonded to Flash, he remarks at his dark potential and tries to recruit him too. When he offers, Flash answers by striking back, so he decides to electrocute the Symbiote off of him and "give it to someone more worthy" before Spider-Man intervenes and the two knock him into the sea. He flees, but is later shown hacking and obtaining a copy of the file on the new teenage Heroes...
Also done, "Cloak and Dagger", we learn that he has already successfully recruited both Cloak and Dagger, feeding into their general mistrust of others as a means of keeping them away from Spider-Man and SHIELD.
At the end of another episode "The Vulture", he gets the young Vulture on his side by revealing he knows his real name, Adrian Toomes. In the prior episode though, he ultimately failed at recruiting Cho as the Iron Spider when Cho saw that Taskmaster was gonna shoot Spidey while he was savng people.
Xanatos Gambit: When the teen heroes attempt to attack Latveria in order to capture him, he sent them a Doombot and let it be captured so it could infiltrate the Helicarrier and destroy it. And even after the heroes destroyed it, it turns out that he took the opportunity to scan their moves and now knows all of their weaknesses.
Even better? The heroes pulled a sneak attack with no planning, so he had no prep time.
Denser and Wackier: The currently best-known version of Loki as portrayed in the comic, movie and cartoons is a vicious chessmaster whose plans typically involved very elaborated schemes to murder Thor, steal Odin's powers World Domination and at least once genocide. While this one retain some of those goals, he usually rather focus on petty acts of revenge and relies on goofy Baleful Polymorph curses rather than large-scale manipulations.
"Freaky Friday" Flip: Does a rather ingenious one in the Season 3 two-part premiere, "Avenging Spider-Man". After gaining Spidey's body, he leads an army of Venom-powered monsters before then switching back to his own body (after Spidey inadvertently hurts his own body) and pretends to still be Spider-Man stuck in Loki's body just as the Avengers arrive. You gotta give it to Loki; that was smart.
If You Won't, I Will: In "Run Pig Run," after Spidey evades the boar hunters until sunset, when the hunt ends, Loki is so furious that he violates the Asgardian laws by trying to do Spidey in himself, only to get punched out and taken into Asgard's custody for his troubles.
Irony: Loki mocks Thor about his arrogance, but later Spider-Man uses Loki's own ego against him.
Master of Illusion: He disguises himself as a hot-dog vendor to get Peter to eat a hot-dog that turns Peter into Spider-Ham in "Run Pig Run" and spends the episode taking on many forms to help the hunters either find Spider-Ham or just give Pete a worse day than he already has.
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He thought Spider-Man saw his Uncle's death as his greatest failure, and failed to understand that this memory was precisely what motivated him into being a superhero in the first place.
Adaptational Badass: While mainstream Sandman never was a joke, this version takes it to new levels, as he's so dangerous that him reaching New York could actually cause a major crisis, and Fury had to imprison him on an island instead of sending him to a regular jail.
Adaptational Villainy: Like all previous incarnations of Sandman, he does have some shade of Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds; However, he's clearly much more crazy and psychotic than any of his previous incarnations, both in the comic and animated-wise.
Yank the Dog's Chain: In Electro, he takes advantage of the general lack of electricity in the town, and starts going around stealing everywhere with the heroes failing to stop him. Needless to say, Electro easily upstages him and as soon as electricity comes back, they pay him back.
The Green Goblin turns Peter Parker into Carnage by bonding him with the Venom symbiote. Carnage proceeds to Curb-Stomp Battle Peter's team, but Harry reclaims the symbiote, becoming Venom again and returning Carnage to being Peter.
Adaptation Distillation: Though not a straight adaptation of Ultimate Carnage, it retains a similar relationship with the Venom symbiote that it had in that comic. To be precise, being more closely based on Peter Parker's biology as well as being absorbed to return Venom to full strength.
The Berserker: The first thing Carnage does is attack the Green Goblin and trash his lab.
Combat Tentacles: Projects black tentacles from his back that serve as his main means of offence.
Shout-Out: It's fighting style appears to be lifted from the Ultimate Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions video-games—using tendrils from its back and shoulders to move around, a pouncing and charging attack pattern, bouncing off both surfaces and heroes themselves. Several moves it does (for instance, using the tendrils to sling itself forward into an enemy before bouncing off said enemy and back on its feet) are almost exactly the same as moves used in the videogame.