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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Felicity is just about to get through to Francis as another rape victim but Spider-Man swinging in and assaulting him from trauma-induced rage makes him reject her as setting him up while also swearing revenge on Spider-Man.


The story sees Spider-Man investigating the death of Donald Phillips, a student who seemingly died from a drug overdose but with no evidence as to how the drugs got into his system. Spider-Man's only lead is an actor named Hunter Todd. Meanwhile, the ComicBook/BlackCat, Spider-Man's ally and former romantic partner, is searching for her friend Tricia Lane who was last seen with Todd. When they realize the connection between both of their two cases, Spider-Man and the Black Cat team up to solve them together while dealing with their unresolved feelings for each other and the tragic end of their relationship. Spider-Man and Black Cat's investigation ultimately leads them to Garrison Klum, a mutant with minor teleportation powers which he uses in his drug dealing business. When Garrison is killed, Felicia is suspected but it turns out to be Garrison's brother Francis.

The series was infamous for two things. One was the long hiatus. The series began in 2002, as an intended lead in for a planned run on the main Spider-Man title by Smith. However, after the third issue, the series went on an unplanned hiatus until 2005, when Smith revealed he had finally finished writing the scripts.

The other source of controversy was the {{Retcon}} to the Black Cat's backstory. Originally, Felicia Hardy became the Black Cat to follow in her father's footsteps as an expert thief. However, ''Evil That Men Do'' rewrites Felicia's reasons for becoming the Black Cat into spoiler: [[spoiler: anger over being date raped by her college boyfriend Ryan. This retcon was ''not'' well received and has thus far gone unaddressed outside of this series.]]

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The story sees Spider-Man investigating the death of Donald Phillips, a student who seemingly died from a drug overdose but with no evidence as to how the drugs got into his system. Spider-Man's only lead is an actor named Hunter Todd. Meanwhile, the ComicBook/BlackCat, Spider-Man's ally and former romantic partner, is searching for her friend Tricia Lane who was last seen with Todd. When they realize the connection between both of their two cases, Spider-Man and the Black Cat team up to solve them together while dealing with their unresolved feelings for each other and the tragic end of their relationship. Spider-Man and Black Cat's investigation ultimately leads them to Garrison Klum, a mutant with minor teleportation powers which he uses in his drug dealing business. When Garrison is killed, Felicia is suspected but it turns out to be Garrison's brother Francis.

The series was infamous for two things. One was the long hiatus. The series began in 2002, as an intended lead in for a planned run on the main Spider-Man title by Smith. However, after the third issue, the series went on an unplanned hiatus until 2005, when Smith revealed he had finally finished writing the scripts. \n\n The final three issues were published in 2006.

The other source of controversy was the {{Retcon}} to the Black Cat's backstory. Originally, Felicia Hardy became the Black Cat to follow in her father's footsteps as an expert thief. However, ''Evil That Men Do'' rewrites Felicia's reasons for becoming the Black Cat into spoiler: [[spoiler: anger over being date raped by her college boyfriend Ryan. This retcon was ''not'' well received and has thus far gone unaddressed outside of this series.]]



* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler: When Felicia breaks into his house to get information on Tricia Lane, Garrison Klum incapacitates her by teleporting drugs into her system and tries to rape her. The final scene of the third issue is him cutting open her costume. The fourth issue reveals that Garrison is dead and Felicia is in jail under suspicion of killing him. In reality, Francis, Garrison's brother, killed him to stop him raping Felicia.]]

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* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler: When Felicia breaks into his house to get information on Tricia Lane, Garrison Klum incapacitates her by teleporting drugs into her system and tries to rape her. The final scene of the third issue is him cutting open her costume. The fourth issue reveals that Garrison is dead and Felicia is in jail under suspicion of killing him. In reality, Francis, Garrison's brother, killed him to stop him from raping Felicia.]]


* ContemptibleCover: The [[https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Spider-Man_and_the_Black_Cat_Vol_1 covers]] for the series, particularly issues 1 and 2, are already worthy of an eye roll. However, the knowledge that the female character who is the subject of them is [[spoiler: revealed to be a rape victim]] takes them from silly to tasteless.



* ProfessionalKiller: Scorpia's hired to kill Garrison by a rival [[TheCartel drug Cartel]].

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* ProfessionalKiller: Scorpia's Scorpia is hired to kill Garrison by a rival [[TheCartel drug Cartel]].Cartel]]. Thanks to the intervention of Peter and Felicia, she fails.


* HateSink: Garrison Klum. Being a murderer and a drug dealer would be cause enough to despise him. [[spoiler: Then we see him try to rape Felicia, learn that he sexually abused his younger brother Francis all the way up to adulthood and also molests teenagers.]]

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* HateSink: Garrison Klum. Being a murderer and a drug dealer would be cause reason enough to despise him. [[spoiler: Then we see him try to rape Felicia, Felicia. Later, we learn that he sexually abused his younger brother Francis all the way up to adulthood and also molests teenagers.]]


* MaleGaze: Felicia's introduction in the first issue has her wearing a [[ModestyTowel form-fitting towel]] before [[ShowerScene taking a shower]], a sequence which focuses a great deal on her body, such as a close up of her washing [[ShesGotLegs her legs]]. It isn't until she checks into a hotel while working the case that we finally see her face. Even after that are multiple shots in the first three issues which focus on her breasts, ass or [[BoobsAndButtPose both at once.]]

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* MaleGaze: Felicia's introduction in the first issue has her wearing a [[ModestyTowel form-fitting towel]] before [[ShowerScene taking a shower]], a sequence which focuses a great deal on her body, such as a close up of her washing [[ShesGotLegs her legs]]. It isn't until she checks into a hotel while working the case that we finally see her face. Even after that that, there are multiple shots in the first three issues which focus on her breasts, ass or [[BoobsAndButtPose both at once.]]]] The covers also draw a lot of attention to her figure.


* BathingBeauty: Felicia seems to love to bathe and even calls herself a "shower junkie". The very first scene she has is in the story is a ShowerScene.



* BetterAsFriends: Peter (who's HappilyMarried to [[ComicBook/MaryJaneWatson Mary Jane]] at this point) wants to go back to being friends with Felicia. But there's still some BelligerentSexualTension between then and Felicia still has feelings for him.



* ComboPlatterPowers: Francis has teleportation (far stronger than his brother) and telepathy. Lampshaded by Daredevil who asks Nightcrawler how a Mutant can possess both. Nightcrawler theorizes that Francis' telepathy is an extension of his teleportation in that he is [[SemanticSuperpower "teleporting thoughts and suggestions into other people's heads"]].

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* ComboPlatterPowers: Francis has teleportation {{teleportation}} (far stronger than his brother) and telepathy.{{telepath}}y. Lampshaded by Daredevil who asks Nightcrawler how a Mutant can possess both. Nightcrawler theorizes that Francis' telepathy is an extension of his teleportation in that he is [[SemanticSuperpower "teleporting thoughts and suggestions into other people's heads"]].
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Spidey and Felicia are interrogating an imprisoned Scorpia on who recruited her to assassinate Garrison:
-->'''Spider-Man''': Either you're gonna tell us who hired you, or I'm gonna hang outside your window pegging you with web-balls all night. And if ''that's'' not annoying enough, I'll have Black Cat sing "Memories" from ''Theatre/{{Cats}}''. Hit it, Cat!\\
'''Black Cat''': ''[without missing a beat]'' ~MEEEEMO-RIES! ALL ALONE ON THE PAVE-MENT...! I RE-MEM-BER A TIME I KNEW WHAT HAP-PI-NESS WAS...~\\
'''Scorpia''': All right, all right, all right! [-God, I hate you two...-]
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Heavily implied during the ShowerScene at the beginning of the series. Felicia reaches for the detachable showerhead to rinse off some CensorSuds while ruminating on how long it's been since she's had a boyfriend... [[BiTheWay or girlfriend.]] The view shifts to outside the bathroom with her SexySilhouette standing behind the shower glass.
-->'''Felicia:''' FAR too long...



* EatingTheEyeCandy: One cop comments on how fit Spider-Man's butt is, which gets him a lot of disapproving looks from his fellow officers.



* {{Fanservice}}: The story opens with Felicia talking in the phone wearing only a ModestyTowel since the call [[InterruptedBath interrupted her shower]]. After finishing she walks bath to the bathroom, [[DressHitsFloor drops the towel]] and [[ShowerScene resumes showering]]. We get a lot of [[MaleGaze close up shots]] of her washing her body, but a combination of CensorSuds, GodivaHair and SceneryCensor conceal any actual nudity.



-->'''Black Cat''': What's [Scorpia] saying now?
-->'''Spider-Man''': She says no woman with a chest like yours should be able to move as fast as you do! (Scorpia actually does not say this and actually said that she'd kill Black Cat if she ever got out of her cell)
-->'''Black Cat''': Tell her they act as ballast!

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-->'''Black Cat''': What's [Scorpia] saying now?
-->'''Spider-Man''':
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'''Spider-Man''':
She says no woman with a chest like yours should be able to move as fast as you do! (Scorpia ''[Scorpia actually does not say this and actually said that she'd kill Black Cat if she ever got out of her cell)
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'''Black
Cat''': Tell her they act as ballast!



* MaleGaze: Felicia's introduction in the first issue has her wearing a form-fitting towel before taking a shower, a sequence which focuses a great deal on her body. It isn't until she checks into a hotel while working the case that we finally see her face. Even after that are multiple shots in the first three issues which focus on her breasts, ass or [[BoobsAndButtPose both at once.]]

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* TheLoinsSleepTonight: One of the things that drives Francis Klum into villainy is the fact that [[spoiler:the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his older brother]] has left him with persistent impotence.
* MaleGaze: Felicia's introduction in the first issue has her wearing a [[ModestyTowel form-fitting towel towel]] before [[ShowerScene taking a shower, shower]], a sequence which focuses a great deal on her body.body, such as a close up of her washing [[ShesGotLegs her legs]]. It isn't until she checks into a hotel while working the case that we finally see her face. Even after that are multiple shots in the first three issues which focus on her breasts, ass or [[BoobsAndButtPose both at once.]]



* MindControl: Francis can telepathically "prompt" people into doing acts they don't want, such as having Spider-Man and Daredevil beat each other up or [[spoiler:forcing a prostitute to have sex with him.]]



* PlayingHardToGet: Felicia when she acts nonchalant about inviting Spider-Man to her apartment.
-->'''Felicia:''' Stay or come it's your call. But I'm going.\\
''[Felicia jumps off the roof and starts swinging away]''\\
'''Felicia's Thought Ballon''': Please be following me... Please be following me... Please be following me...
* PragmaticVillainy: Francis frequently criticizes Garrison for his {{Sadist}}ic and ruthless ways, often going out of his way to do so and risking exposing their crimes. [[spoiler:Which ends up being half the reason Francis kills him.]]
* ProfessionalKiller: Scorpia's hired to kill Garrison by a rival [[TheCartel drug Cartel]].



* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: The story does not pull any punches about how horrible rape is and the effect it has on the victims. Ryan and Garrison are portrayed as the lowest form of scum for being rapists. [[spoiler:Felicia's]] conversation with [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} Matt Murdock]] who is serving as her defense attorney in issue 4 spells this out blatantly.
[[spoiler:-->'''Felicia''']]: Have you ever been raped, counselor? Have you ever had anyone climb into your body that you didn't want there? And I don't just mean someone you got tired of sleeping with but didn't know how to dump. I'm talking about someone who forces himself into you, against your will. And the whole time, you know he's not doing it because he wants you. He's doing it to ''hurt'' you. He's doing it because he wants you to know how powerless you are. He's doing it to take away everything good and positive about yourself. He's doing it to humiliate you. He's doing it to break you.

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* RapeDiscretionShot:
** Issue #3 ends with Garrison undressing an immobilized Felicia and getting ready to rape her, when the scene cuts to outside the apartment as a DramaticThunder goes off. [[spoiler:But it turns out to be a subversion as Francis kills Garrison before he could rape her.]]
** PlayedStraight with Francis [[spoiler:raping a prostitute and Ryan raping Felicia]].
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: The story does not pull any punches about how horrible rape is and the effect it has on the victims. Ryan and Garrison are portrayed as the lowest form of scum for being rapists. [[spoiler:Felicia's]] conversation with [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} Matt Murdock]] who is serving as her defense attorney in issue 4 #4 spells this out blatantly.
[[spoiler:-->'''Felicia''']]: -->[[spoiler:'''Felicia''']]: Have you ever been raped, counselor? Have you ever had anyone climb into your body that you didn't want there? And I don't just mean someone you got tired of sleeping with but didn't know how to dump. I'm talking about someone who forces himself into you, against your will. And the whole time, you know he's not doing it because he wants you. He's doing it to ''hurt'' you. He's doing it because he wants you to know how powerless you are. He's doing it to take away everything good and positive about yourself. He's doing it to humiliate you. He's doing it to break you.you.
* SaveTheVillain: Spider-Man and Black Cat end up saving Garrison and Francis from Scorpia, although it's before they know they're the real villains.



* ShieldSurf: Spider-Man surfs in a garbage lid, whiled webbed up to a car with the criminals he's chasing.



* SleepingDummy: Garrison uses one to get the drop on Black Cat when she comes for him in his apartment.
* StartToCorpse: The story begins with Tricia's dead body being found in a dumpster.



* TeleFrag:
** [[spoiler: Francis performs this on Garrison to prevent him from raping Felicia, killing him instantly.]]
** ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} remarks on the effects of killing someone by teleporting into their body. He avoids the act based on the {{Squick}} factor, and because he [[TechnicalPacifist doesn't kill people]].



* VengeanceDenied: [[spoiler:The story retcons that Felicia trained herself to get [[RapeAndRevenge revenge on the boy who raped her]], but he ended up dying in a random drunk-driving accident before she could get her hands on him.]]
* VillainousIncest [[spoiler: Francis outright states that his big brother Garrison sexually abused him for years, to the point where Francis became unable to enjoy consensual sex, which led to his discovering his MindControl abilities.]]



-->'''Felicia''': I really hate you, you know that?
-->'''Peter''': And I am '''thoroughly''' disgusted by you. Welcome back, party-hardy.
* WhoYouGonnaCall: Nightcrawler is the Marvel Universe's foremost expert on {{Teleportation}} and is contacted by Spider-Man and Daredevil to provide exposition about the Nazis' experiments with mutants from which Garrison and Francis are descended.

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-->'''Felicia''': I really hate you, you know that?
-->'''Peter''':
that? \\
'''Peter''':
And I am '''thoroughly''' disgusted by you. Welcome back, party-hardy.
* WhoYouGonnaCall: Nightcrawler ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} is the Marvel Universe's foremost expert on {{Teleportation}} and is contacted by Spider-Man and Daredevil ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} to provide exposition about the Nazis' experiments with mutants from which Garrison and Francis are descended.



* YouAreFat: Peter makes a few jokes about Felicia having put on some weight which she shows some annoyance at, even going as far as asking him if he's trying to make her bulimic. A flashback to Felicia's college years has her expressing worry about gaining weight from the beers she is drinking suggesting that she might have some body image issues.

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* YouAreFat: Peter makes a few jokes about Felicia having put on some weight which she shows some annoyance at, even going as far as asking him if he's trying to make her bulimic. A flashback to Felicia's college years has her expressing worry about gaining weight from the beers she is drinking suggesting that she might have some body image issues.issues.

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The other source of controversy was the {{Retcon}} to the Black Cat's backstory. Originally, Felicia Hardy became the Black Cat to follow in her father's footsteps as an expert thief. However, ''Evil That Men Do'' rewrites Felicia's reasons for becoming the Black Cat into spoiler: anger over being date raped by her college boyfriend Ryan. This retcon has thus far gone unaddressed outside of this series.

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The other source of controversy was the {{Retcon}} to the Black Cat's backstory. Originally, Felicia Hardy became the Black Cat to follow in her father's footsteps as an expert thief. However, ''Evil That Men Do'' rewrites Felicia's reasons for becoming the Black Cat into spoiler: [[spoiler: anger over being date raped by her college boyfriend Ryan. This retcon was ''not'' well received and has thus far gone unaddressed outside of this series.
series.]]



* AttemptedRape: When Felicia breaks into his house to get information on Tricia Lane, Garrison Klum incapacitates her by teleporting drugs into her system and tries to rape her. The final scene of the third issue is him cutting open her costume. The fourth issue reveals that Garrison is dead and Felicia is in jail under suspicion of killing him. In reality, Francis, Garrison's brother, killed him to stop him raping Felicia.

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* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler: When Felicia breaks into his house to get information on Tricia Lane, Garrison Klum incapacitates her by teleporting drugs into her system and tries to rape her. The final scene of the third issue is him cutting open her costume. The fourth issue reveals that Garrison is dead and Felicia is in jail under suspicion of killing him. In reality, Francis, Garrison's brother, killed him to stop him raping Felicia. ]]



* BigBrotherInstinct: Subverted with Garrison. A flashback shows him beating up a bully who picked on [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Francis for being Jewish]]. However, this is followed by the reveal that he has been sexually molesting Francis since they were teenagers.

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* BigBrotherInstinct: Subverted with Garrison. A flashback shows him beating up a bully who picked on [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Francis for being Jewish]]. However, [[spoiler: this is followed by the reveal that he has been sexually molesting Francis since they were teenagers.teenagers]].



* DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale: Averted and deconstructed. Garrison's sexual abuse of his brother Francis (which occurred all the way up to adulthood) is treated just as seriously as Felicia being raped by her college boyfriend. Felicia shows empathy for Francis and all the pain that Garrison's treatment of him has caused him. However, Francis is afraid to turn himself in and tell others about it because he fears people will either not believe him or mock him for it.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Garrison is the main antagonist of the first three issues. Francis takes on the role of the final villain for the last three issues after he kills Garrison.

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* DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale: Averted and deconstructed. [[spoiler: Garrison's sexual abuse of his brother Francis (which occurred all the way up to adulthood) is treated just as seriously as Felicia being raped by her college boyfriend. Felicia shows empathy for Francis and all the pain that Garrison's treatment of him has caused him. However, Francis is afraid to turn himself in and tell others about it because he fears people will either not believe him or mock him for it.
it.]]
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler: Garrison is the main antagonist of the first three issues. Francis takes on the role of the final villain for the last three issues after he kills Garrison. ]]



* HateSink: Garrison Klum. Being a murderer and a drug dealer would be cause enough to despise him. Then we see him try to rape Felicia, learn that he sexually abused his younger brother Francis all the way up to adulthood and also molests teenagers.

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* HateSink: Garrison Klum. Being a murderer and a drug dealer would be cause enough to despise him. [[spoiler: Then we see him try to rape Felicia, learn that he sexually abused his younger brother Francis all the way up to adulthood and also molests teenagers. teenagers.]]



* MoodWhiplash: The first two issues are a mostly fun rump with humorous banter between Peter and Felicia. Then the third issue ends with Felicia about to be raped by Garrison Klum. The three remaining issues feature discussions of rape and sexual abuse as well as anti-Semitic motivated bullying all while we have your usual snark from Spider-Man and Daredevil.

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* MoodWhiplash: The first two issues are a mostly fun rump with humorous banter between Peter and Felicia. Then [[spoiler:Then the third issue ends with Felicia about to be raped by Garrison Klum. The three remaining issues feature discussions of rape and sexual abuse as well as anti-Semitic motivated bullying all while we have your usual snark from Spider-Man and Daredevil. ]]



* NotSoDifferent: Felicia finds common ground with Francis in being a rape survivor like him.
* RapeAndRevenge: Subverted with Felicia. She wanted to kill Ryan for raping her but he died in a car accident leaving her without any closure and a lot anger issues which she used as motivation to become a thief. Somewhat played straight with Francis killing Garrison who had been sexually abusing him since they were kids though it took seeing Garrison attempt to rape Felicia.
* RapeAsBackstory: Both Felicia and Francis. Felicia is retconned into having been date raped by her college boyfriend which was the catalyst for her becoming the Black Cat. Francis meanwhile was sexually abused by his older brother Garrison.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: The story does not pull any punches about how horrible rape is and the effect it has on the victims. Ryan and Garrison are portrayed as the lowest form of scum for being rapists. Felicia's conversation with [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} Matt Murdock]] who is serving as her defense attorney in issue 4 spells this out blatantly.
-->'''Felicia''': Have you ever been raped, counselor? Have you ever had anyone climb into your body that you didn't want there? And I don't just mean someone you got tired of sleeping with but didn't know how to dump. I'm talking about someone who forces himself into you, against your will. And the whole time, you know he's not doing it because he wants you. He's doing it to ''hurt'' you. He's doing it because he wants you to know how powerless you are. He's doing it to take away everything good and positive about yourself. He's doing it to humiliate you. He's doing it to break you.

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* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler: Felicia finds common ground with Francis in being a rape survivor like him.
him.]]
* RapeAndRevenge: [[spoiler: Subverted with Felicia. She wanted to kill Ryan for raping her but he died in a car accident leaving her without any closure and a lot anger issues which she used as motivation to become a thief. Somewhat played straight with Francis killing Garrison who had been sexually abusing him since they were kids though it took seeing Garrison attempt to rape Felicia.
Felicia.]]
* RapeAsBackstory: Both [[spoiler: Felicia and Francis. Felicia Francis]]. [[spoiler:Felicia is retconned into having been date raped by her college boyfriend which was the catalyst for her becoming the Black Cat. Francis meanwhile was sexually abused by his older brother Garrison.
Garrison.]]
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: The story does not pull any punches about how horrible rape is and the effect it has on the victims. Ryan and Garrison are portrayed as the lowest form of scum for being rapists. Felicia's [[spoiler:Felicia's]] conversation with [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} Matt Murdock]] who is serving as her defense attorney in issue 4 spells this out blatantly.
-->'''Felicia''': [[spoiler:-->'''Felicia''']]: Have you ever been raped, counselor? Have you ever had anyone climb into your body that you didn't want there? And I don't just mean someone you got tired of sleeping with but didn't know how to dump. I'm talking about someone who forces himself into you, against your will. And the whole time, you know he's not doing it because he wants you. He's doing it to ''hurt'' you. He's doing it because he wants you to know how powerless you are. He's doing it to take away everything good and positive about yourself. He's doing it to humiliate you. He's doing it to break you.



** Francis' teleportation powers are far less limited. He can teleport himself, anyone else he is carrying and smaller items so long as he can visualize them and where they are. He fights off Spider-Man by teleporting Felicia's mask into his neck and was able to kill his brother Garrison by ''teleporting into his body and blowing him up''.
* ThanksForTheMammary: Garrison pushes up against Felicia's breast while thanking her and Peter for saving him from Scorpia. Given that he later tries to rape Felicia and is revealed to have been sexually abusing his younger brother Francis since they were kids, it's likely him touching her breast wasn't an accident.
* TraumaButton: When Peter finds Felicia and Francis at the top of the Queensboro Bridge, he flashes back to ''ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied'' and thinks Francis is trying to kill Felicia the same way the Green Goblin killed Gwen. This causes Peter to fly into a blind rage and attack Francis.

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** Francis' teleportation powers are far less limited. He can teleport himself, anyone else he is carrying and smaller items so long as he can visualize them and where they are. [[spoiler: He fights off Spider-Man by teleporting Felicia's mask into his neck and was able to kill his brother Garrison by ''teleporting into his body and blowing him up''.
up''.]]
* ThanksForTheMammary: Garrison pushes up against Felicia's breast while thanking her and Peter for saving him from Scorpia. [[spoiler: Given that he later tries to rape Felicia and is revealed to have been sexually abusing his younger brother Francis since they were kids, it's likely him touching her breast wasn't an accident.
accident.]]
* TraumaButton: [[spoiler: When Peter finds Felicia and Francis at the top of the Queensboro Bridge, he flashes back to ''ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied'' and thinks Francis is trying to kill Felicia the same way the Green Goblin killed Gwen. This causes Peter to fly into a blind rage and attack Francis.]]



* WillNotBeAVictim: After Felicia was raped by her boyfriend, she TookALevelInBadass and became the Black Cat because she "didn't want to be another statistic". This attitude is deconstructed; in the present Felicia says that she wished she had reported the rape and gotten therapy instead.

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* WillNotBeAVictim: [[spoiler: After Felicia was raped by her boyfriend, she TookALevelInBadass and became the Black Cat because she "didn't want to be another statistic". This attitude is deconstructed; in the present Felicia says that she wished she had reported the rape and gotten therapy instead.]]


* EveryoneHasStandards: Felicia is appalled when she sees the aftermath of Garrison's massacre of the Ortega Cartel.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: Felicia is appalled disgusted when she sees the aftermath of Garrison's massacre of the Ortega Cartel.


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* ThanksForTheMammary: Garrison pushes up against Felicia's breast while thanking her and Peter for saving him from Scorpia. Given that he later tries to rape Felicia and is revealed to have been sexually abusing his younger brother Francis since they were kids, it's likely him touching her breast wasn't an accident.


* WillNotBeAVictim: After Felicia was raped by her boyfriend, she TookALevelInBadass and became the Black Cat because she "didn't want to be another statistic". This attitude is deconstructed where in the present Felicia says that she wished she had reported the rape and gotten therapy instead.

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* WillNotBeAVictim: After Felicia was raped by her boyfriend, she TookALevelInBadass and became the Black Cat because she "didn't want to be another statistic". This attitude is deconstructed where deconstructed; in the present Felicia says that she wished she had reported the rape and gotten therapy instead.


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''Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do'' is a six issue mini-series written by Creator/KevinSmith with art by Terry and Rachel Dodson.

The story sees Spider-Man investigating the death of Donald Phillips, a student who seemingly died from a drug overdose but with no evidence as to how the drugs got into his system. Spider-Man's only lead is an actor named Hunter Todd. Meanwhile, the ComicBook/BlackCat, Spider-Man's ally and former romantic partner, is searching for her friend Tricia Lane who was last seen with Todd. When they realize the connection between both of their two cases, Spider-Man and the Black Cat team up to solve them together while dealing with their unresolved feelings for each other and the tragic end of their relationship. Spider-Man and Black Cat's investigation ultimately leads them to Garrison Klum, a mutant with minor teleportation powers which he uses in his drug dealing business. When Garrison is killed, Felicia is suspected but it turns out to be Garrison's brother Francis.

The series was infamous for two things. One was the long hiatus. The series began in 2002, as an intended lead in for a planned run on the main Spider-Man title by Smith. However, after the third issue, the series went on an unplanned hiatus until 2005, when Smith revealed he had finally finished writing the scripts.

The other source of controversy was the {{Retcon}} to the Black Cat's backstory. Originally, Felicia Hardy became the Black Cat to follow in her father's footsteps as an expert thief. However, ''Evil That Men Do'' rewrites Felicia's reasons for becoming the Black Cat into spoiler: anger over being date raped by her college boyfriend Ryan. This retcon has thus far gone unaddressed outside of this series.

The mini-series' most lasting introduction to the Spider-Man franchise was Francis Klum, the third Mysterio who was last seen being stabbed by the villain Ero.

!! Tropes used in or associated with ''Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do'':

* AttemptedRape: When Felicia breaks into his house to get information on Tricia Lane, Garrison Klum incapacitates her by teleporting drugs into her system and tries to rape her. The final scene of the third issue is him cutting open her costume. The fourth issue reveals that Garrison is dead and Felicia is in jail under suspicion of killing him. In reality, Francis, Garrison's brother, killed him to stop him raping Felicia.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Peter and Felicia.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Subverted with Garrison. A flashback shows him beating up a bully who picked on [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Francis for being Jewish]]. However, this is followed by the reveal that he has been sexually molesting Francis since they were teenagers.
* TheCartel: The Ortega Cartel are the Klums' chief rivals in the drug dealing business. They send the supervillainess Scorpia to kill Garrison at a humanitarian award event but she is thwarted by Spider-Man and the Black Cat. Garrison kills them all in retribution along with the leader's wife. Only their baby survives.
* ComboPlatterPowers: Francis has teleportation (far stronger than his brother) and telepathy. Lampshaded by Daredevil who asks Nightcrawler how a Mutant can possess both. Nightcrawler theorizes that Francis' telepathy is an extension of his teleportation in that he is [[SemanticSuperpower "teleporting thoughts and suggestions into other people's heads"]].
* DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale: Averted and deconstructed. Garrison's sexual abuse of his brother Francis (which occurred all the way up to adulthood) is treated just as seriously as Felicia being raped by her college boyfriend. Felicia shows empathy for Francis and all the pain that Garrison's treatment of him has caused him. However, Francis is afraid to turn himself in and tell others about it because he fears people will either not believe him or mock him for it.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Garrison is the main antagonist of the first three issues. Francis takes on the role of the final villain for the last three issues after he kills Garrison.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Felicia is appalled when she sees the aftermath of Garrison's massacre of the Ortega Cartel.
* GagBoobs: This exchange of dialogue when Spider-Man and Black Cat are trying to extract information from Scorpia about who hired her to kill Garrison Klum.
-->'''Black Cat''': What's [Scorpia] saying now?
-->'''Spider-Man''': She says no woman with a chest like yours should be able to move as fast as you do! (Scorpia actually does not say this and actually said that she'd kill Black Cat if she ever got out of her cell)
-->'''Black Cat''': Tell her they act as ballast!
* HateSink: Garrison Klum. Being a murderer and a drug dealer would be cause enough to despise him. Then we see him try to rape Felicia, learn that he sexually abused his younger brother Francis all the way up to adulthood and also molests teenagers.
* ImAHumanitarian: Peter invokes this to get a low-level drug pusher to give him information about who got Donald Philips involved in drugs.
* MaleGaze: Felicia's introduction in the first issue has her wearing a form-fitting towel before taking a shower, a sequence which focuses a great deal on her body. It isn't until she checks into a hotel while working the case that we finally see her face. Even after that are multiple shots in the first three issues which focus on her breasts, ass or [[BoobsAndButtPose both at once.]]
* MaliciousMisnaming: Felicia refers to Mary-Jane (who doesn't appear in this story) as "Mary Plain".
* MoodWhiplash: The first two issues are a mostly fun rump with humorous banter between Peter and Felicia. Then the third issue ends with Felicia about to be raped by Garrison Klum. The three remaining issues feature discussions of rape and sexual abuse as well as anti-Semitic motivated bullying all while we have your usual snark from Spider-Man and Daredevil.
* {{Mutants}}: Garrison and Francis are descended from concentration camp inmates who were implanted with mutant genetic material stolen from mutants.
* NotSoDifferent: Felicia finds common ground with Francis in being a rape survivor like him.
* RapeAndRevenge: Subverted with Felicia. She wanted to kill Ryan for raping her but he died in a car accident leaving her without any closure and a lot anger issues which she used as motivation to become a thief. Somewhat played straight with Francis killing Garrison who had been sexually abusing him since they were kids though it took seeing Garrison attempt to rape Felicia.
* RapeAsBackstory: Both Felicia and Francis. Felicia is retconned into having been date raped by her college boyfriend which was the catalyst for her becoming the Black Cat. Francis meanwhile was sexually abused by his older brother Garrison.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: The story does not pull any punches about how horrible rape is and the effect it has on the victims. Ryan and Garrison are portrayed as the lowest form of scum for being rapists. Felicia's conversation with [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} Matt Murdock]] who is serving as her defense attorney in issue 4 spells this out blatantly.
-->'''Felicia''': Have you ever been raped, counselor? Have you ever had anyone climb into your body that you didn't want there? And I don't just mean someone you got tired of sleeping with but didn't know how to dump. I'm talking about someone who forces himself into you, against your will. And the whole time, you know he's not doing it because he wants you. He's doing it to ''hurt'' you. He's doing it because he wants you to know how powerless you are. He's doing it to take away everything good and positive about yourself. He's doing it to humiliate you. He's doing it to break you.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Garrison discovered he had powers when he teleported some mouthwash into his mother's heart, killing her instantly. Unlike most examples of this trope, Garrison's killing of his mother was an accident but given his complete lack of regret or remorse, he might as well have done it on purpose.
* SiblingsInCrime: The Klums.
* StrongerSibling: Not only does Francis have greater teleportation powers than Garrison, but he is also a telepath who can influence people and project illusions. Though Francis is far less evil than Garrison and only comes into conflict with Spider-Man due to confusion, fear and misunderstanding.
* {{Teleportation}}: Garrison and Francis both use this ability to [[WeaponizedTeleportation dangerous effect]] throughout the series.
** Garrison has the ability to teleport small amounts of material over a distance. He uses this ability to deliver drugs directly into his customer's system, avoiding telltale signs of drug use such as needle marks. He can also kill or incapacitate people by teleporting a few grams of heroin straight into their heart.
** Francis' teleportation powers are far less limited. He can teleport himself, anyone else he is carrying and smaller items so long as he can visualize them and where they are. He fights off Spider-Man by teleporting Felicia's mask into his neck and was able to kill his brother Garrison by ''teleporting into his body and blowing him up''.
* TraumaButton: When Peter finds Felicia and Francis at the top of the Queensboro Bridge, he flashes back to ''ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied'' and thinks Francis is trying to kill Felicia the same way the Green Goblin killed Gwen. This causes Peter to fly into a blind rage and attack Francis.
* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: Francis' powers activated during his mother's funeral.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Garrison Klum's public persona is that of a rich man who donates to charity. The second issue has him receiving an award for donating money to victims of 9/11 before he is attacked by Scorpia.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Peter and Felicia have this dynamic along with some heavy BelligerentSexualTension.
-->'''Felicia''': I really hate you, you know that?
-->'''Peter''': And I am '''thoroughly''' disgusted by you. Welcome back, party-hardy.
* WhoYouGonnaCall: Nightcrawler is the Marvel Universe's foremost expert on {{Teleportation}} and is contacted by Spider-Man and Daredevil to provide exposition about the Nazis' experiments with mutants from which Garrison and Francis are descended.
* WillNotBeAVictim: After Felicia was raped by her boyfriend, she TookALevelInBadass and became the Black Cat because she "didn't want to be another statistic". This attitude is deconstructed where in the present Felicia says that she wished she had reported the rape and gotten therapy instead.
* WorkingWithTheEx: Peter and Felicia's relationship did not end well and is a source of conflict in their partnership.
* YouAreFat: Peter makes a few jokes about Felicia having put on some weight which she shows some annoyance at, even going as far as asking him if he's trying to make her bulimic. A flashback to Felicia's college years has her expressing worry about gaining weight from the beers she is drinking suggesting that she might have some body image issues.

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