Quentin Beck - Mysterio
Debut: Issue #2: Along Came a Spider-Man
A former special effects artist whose revolutionary but expensive work went unappreciated after the development of CGI. Rather than adapt to the times, he turned to petty crime to get the money he felt he deserved. He has since become one of Peter's most recurring foes, battling and getting defeated time and time again. Tired of being the punchline, Mysterio upped his game, using AIM technology to open a portal to another world where superpowers are an everyday aspect of life. He then began to traffic Quirk users, mutants, weapons, and drugs between his universe and Izuku's to prove himself worthy of being feared.
- Actually a Doombot: His public persona is a robot avatar designed to be as intimidating as possible while reinventing himself in Izuku's world.
- An Axe to Grind: Mysterio goes at Peter with a rusty axe during their fight.
- Arms Dealer: Mysterio has been providing advanced technology to the criminals and Villains of Izukus world. He also deals exclusively with All For One and provided Prowler with her gear. Much of this gear is based on supervillains from his home universe, producing equivalents of Stilt-Man, the Grasshopper, and an entire gang of Rocket Racers.
- Attention Whore: Mysterio's crimes began as petty theft. He sank lower and lower as he became more and more obsessed with fame and defeating Spider-Man. Eventually, he became tired of being the punchline and turned to much darker and sinister crimes to get the attention and respect he craved.Mysterio: [to Spider-Man] You can't do this to me! Not when I've come so far!
Peter: Yeah, and at what cost Quentin? [glanced at the portal] Selling lives and drugs? Were you really that desperate to be a big shot?
Mysterio: [gritting his teeth] Better than being a joke better than being your punchline. Over there I'm something more. I've got respect hell, soon I'll be bigger than any movie star!
- Big Bad Duumvirate: He's in regular contact with All For One, who is his most frequent customer. All For One seems to respect Mysterio enough to lend him Prowler's services.
- Big Damn Heroes: Inverted. He arrives to bail Prowler out after she's cornered by All Might and the other Pro Heroes.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: He realized a while ago that he could just leave Peter in Izuku's universe to rot without giving him a chance to return home. But Mysterio is too obsessed with reinventing himself and the terror he's able to produce to simply leave Izuku's universe for good.
- Brains Evil, Brawn Good: He fashions himself as All Might's foil: a Villain who dominates through his use of trickery and illusions versus All Might's raw power and brute force. He also has this relationship with Peter, being a non-powered old man versus Peter's superhuman abilities, albeit the gap has narrowed thanks to Mysterio's robot avatar.
- Clothes Make the Superman: He specializes in dealing out entire wardrobes of superpowered equipment that imitate the tech used by supervillains from his universe.
- Create Your Own Hero: Prowler's dialogue implied that Mysterio was trying to recreate the spider that bit Peter and gave him powers. If not for this little science project, Izuku may not have ever become Spider-Man.
- Entitled Bastard: Mysterio was once a special effects artist but was fired during the rise of CGI because his effects were just too expensive. Rather than adapt to the times or look for cheaper ways to do his specialty, Mysterio became a supervillain just to get the money he "deserved".
- Evil Genius: A former special effects artist who can build androids that help to sell his illusions and who can create serums for any occasion.
- Evil Is Hammy: Mysterio's talent for grandiose speeches hasn't faded.Mysterio: I am tired of this. Tired of this narrative, tired of Heroes beating Villains through brawn alone and basking in the praise of the sheep-like masses. [smoke gathers into a tall, lean figure] It is time for a new Villain to rise! A Villain who is the master of the mind and the senses! The perfect foil to the likes of your so-called 'Symbol of Peace'! [smoke compresses, tightens and shoots out to reveal him] Behold, All Might! Heroes of Japan! BEHOLD MYSTERIO! THE MASTER OF ILLUSION!
- Flaming Skulls: Played with. His robot avatar's head seems to be on fire, but it still shows his facial expressions. Cue Peter lampshading how he's ripping off Ghost Rider.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Mysterio began as frustrated special effects artist who turned to petty theft to get the money he "deserved" and used his illusions to cover his getaways. As he grew older, he became obsessed with becoming more than Spider-Man's punchline. When he used AIM technology to open a portal to another universe, he began trafficking Quirk users and mutants between worlds for experimentation and vivisection, dealing drugs and weapons, and working with people like All For One and Mister Sinister.
- Man Behind the Man: He's the one giving orders to Prowler, albeit because All For One lent her to him.
- Master of Illusion: Mysterio is this and has it for a title, but his "illusions" are based around his revolutionary albeit expensive special effect skills. He shows off his know-how by terrorizing the streets with robotic replicas of Spider-Man's greatest foes, including Kraven, Venom, and Doctor Octopus.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Mysterio never used guns before because it went against his aesthetic, but when Peter captures him he pulls out a revolver to try and shoot Peter. It's only because Peter is shocked that he gets a few words out before Peter makes Mysterio miss. This highlights how low Mysterio has sunk and how desperate he is to retain his new fame within both worlds. Mysterio himself notes that he would have never used the coarse language he addressed Prowler with back in his home universe.
- Rapid-Fire "No!": Mysterio says this as Peter starts kicking his ass again.Mysterio: No, no, no !
Peter: Oh, yes, yes, yes!
- Outside-Context Problem: He's this for the Heroes of Izuku's universe, appearing out of thin air to distribute highly-advanced weaponry beyond anything the Heroes have and threatening to kill the likes of All Might.
- Sanity Slippage: Years of constant defeats turned the already self-centered Mysterio into an individual obsessed with being seen as something more than the guy who Spider-Man beats, resulting in him committing much darker crimes on both worlds.
- Secondary Color Nemesis: Mysterio's original costume is a green bodysuit along with a purple cape and yellow accessories.
- Shock and Awe: His robot avatar shoots bolts of lightning at Izuku and Peter, but All Might uses his own body as a shield to protect them.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: His robot avatar wears a dark purple skintight, long-sleeved shirt, dark green gloves, and black leather pants. He also wears a dark purple belt with a golden eye as the buckle. This change in costume from his previous, sillier design is meant to emphasize just how much more of a threat he is in Izuku's world when compared to Peter's.
- Super Strength: His robot avatar is strong enough to easily wrestle with and toss Peter to the ground.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He's obsessed with being responsible for killing Spider-Man directly or indirectly, which leads him to terrorize Izuku's world when he could just leave Peter in it to rot. His rant to Prowler consists of him demanding that they "squash the bug" and chastising her for being unable to accomplish such a "simple task".
- Took a Level in Badass: Quentin went from a regular (if relatively minor) Spider-Man villain who only had his (fairly impressive) illusions to a much more dangerous and sinister Villain in Izuku's world with Super Strength, the ability to shoot out lightning, and mixing his illusions with robotics to make them more deadly.
- Translator Microbes: His robot avatar is equipped with a sound modulation device that translates his voice into Japanese. The result is noticeably scratchy and clearly artificial. His dialogue is bolded and italicized in the text to reflect this.
- Villainous Friendship: He seems to have a mutual camaraderie with All For One, who refers to him as a friend. If not for this friendship, Mysterio would have tried to humiliate and beat down Prowler for talking back to him.
- We Will Meet Again: He declares his debut to be a mere "test run" and that All Might would die at his hands soon enough.All Might: You are the master of nothing, Mysterio, save for cowardice! No different than any other Villain!
Mysterio: Oh, you shall see Symbol of Peace. Consider this a test run. After all... I had to see if his stories were true.
- Wham Line: He reveals that he knows Peter's identity just before he leaves the scene.Mysterio: I told you before, bug Here, I am something else. I am going to make sure you die here. You will never see your home again, and you will die knowing that I was the one to finally beat you. Not Osborn, not Octavius, not Kraven, not Fisk or even Li. It's just going to be me Parker.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Justified, as Peter's Spider-Sense would let him dodge most bullets anyways. He is surprised when Mysterio pulls a gun on him, as it went against his aesthetic.
- Wicked Cultured: He's a movie and film buff due to his interest in special effects, to the point that the password for his computer is "JC'STheThing".
- You Have Failed Me: He wants to do this to Prowler for talking back to him, but he refrains from doing so to preserve his working relationship with All For One.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Recites this word-for-word to threaten All Might.Mysterio: Beware All Might, for your days are numbered! So says MYSTERIO!
Mysterio's personal hit squad. He sends them out to deal with anyone foolish enough to not pay their cut of the profits from using his Power Brother. But they have their sights set on a bigger prize: destroying Hero society.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Downplayed. Their equipment greatly enhances their lethality to the point of being hired as Mysterio's personal hitmen, but they all have Quirks of their own.
- Professional Killer: The Enforcers are dispatched to dispose of anyone who fails to give Mysterio a cut of the profits they make from his equipment. They get a sizable cut of the profits from every kill.
- Superior Successor: Their ability to use their Quirks in tandem with their equipment makes them even more deadly than the originals.
Debut: Issue #8: Super Hero School
The young leader of the Enforcers. She answers directly to Mysterio and utilizes the sound-based weaponry of Clayton Cole to strike down her foes. Although caring and almost sisterly to Boomerang, she's prone to childish outbursts, particularly when her bust size is brought up.
- A-Cup Angst: She's self-conscious about her bust size to point of attacking Vulture with a Groin Attack when he brings it up.
- Bag of Holding: Her belt contains numerous compartments that keep things as large as entire first aid kits in miniaturized form.
- Berserk Button: Vulture is on the receiving end of a Groin Attack from her when he brings up her "nonexistent tits". She's embarrassed by this, as she thought she put such petty insults behind her.
- Big Sister Instinct: She frets over her Boomerang and constantly tries to bring his self-esteem up. She also rushes to patch him up with a first aid kit after she learns he's been hiding his injuries.
- Brown Note: Her sonic weaponry allows her to unleash painful sound waves that can make people bleed from their eyes, ears, and nose before killing them.
- Down the Rabbit Hole: It's implied that she wants to escape to Peter's universe, but not before shattering the status quo with the Enforcers first.
- Fiery Redhead: Downplayed. She's usually level-headed and is almost sisterly to Boomerang, but piss her off and she reacts violently. According to the author, her hair color was explicitly chosen to contrast her against Izuku.
- Just Following Orders: She seems troubled by her murders, but justifies it to herself by saying that her victims just should have paid up like they were supposed to.
- Groin Attack: Gives one to Vulture for bringing up her bust size.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: She wears a helmet and is a Professional Killer.
- The Leader: Of the Enforcers.
- Make Some Noise: Clash is supplied with the equipment of the original Clash by Mysterio. She uses it to perform hits on those who fail to pay Mysterio back for using his equipment, silencing the area to prevent outside interference before making her foes bleed from their eyes, ears, and nose with painful sound waves.
- One-Way Visor: Her face is concealed by her Daft Punk-like helmet.
- Perception Filter: One of her equipment's other uses is generating a zone of silence in a certain area that completely prevents sounds from escaping outside, allowing the Enforcers to work discreetly.
- Revenge: For some reason, she wants to lash out at the world for "rejecting" her.
- Shout-Out: Her physique, pigtails, and personality were all inspired by Maka Albarn while her blazing red hair and golden eyes are derived from Yoko.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female member of the Enforcers and their leader.
Debut: Issue #8: Super Hero School
A timid member of the Enforcers who utilizes the boomerangs once thrown by Frederick Myers. His loyalty to the Enforcers is second-to-none, but he constantly doubts himself and his value to the team.
- Battle Boomerang: As the newest incarnation of Boomerang, he throws a variety of these.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: He's timid and rarely speaks his mind, but according to Vulture, he went apeshit when someone insulted Clash and brutally murdered the one who did it. There's also the fact that he's a hitman for Mysterio trained to take down those with powerful equipment from Peter's universe.
- Dem Bones: His costume invokes this motif, with boomerangs arranged like ribs running down his jacket.
- Extreme Doormat: He's terrified of being The Load and does his best not to be troublesome to the rest of the Enforcers, doing whatever Clash tells him to and not bringing up the gash running down his arm until Vulture spots it.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: His costume decks him out in biker gear, concealing his face behind a helmet while covering from head to toe in dark leather.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: His head is concealed by his motorcycle helmet and he's a Professional Killer.
- Loose Lips: He has a bad habit of forgetting to use his teammates' Code Names, referring to Clash as "Koha-" before stopping himself and Vulture as "Cho-".
- One-Way Visor: His identity is hidden behind his motorcycle helmet.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: His preferred weapons.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: Has one as part of his costume.
- Shout-Out: His costume is one to Showa-era Toku heroes like Kamen Rider between his helmet, his pseudo-biker look, and Scarf Of Asskicking. The catch here is that he's a Villain.
- Teens Are Short: He's shorter than Clash, who gets towered over by Shocker.
- Undying Loyalty: He's the single most loyal member of the Enforcers and places more value in their lives than his own, to Clash's discomfort.
- Weapon of Choice: Guess.
Debut: Issue #8: Super Hero School
A rowdy and crude member of the Enforcers who uses the flight suit of Adrian Toomes. A proud former gang member before joining the Enforcers, his loud, preening behavior tends to get on Clash's nerves.
- Flight: His Powered Armor grants this.
- Foil: To the original Vulture, Adrian Toomes. Adrian was a brilliant engineer who turned to villainy after his life's work is stolen, but soon began to revel in terrorizing New York. This Vulture is a street thug who was given his equipment by Mysterio, but still manages to have a good handle on the flight suit.
- Japanese Delinquent: Seems to embody this, going on and on about his old gang in Tokyo and telling Boomerang to be proud of the gash he received as a "badge of honor".
- Koreans in Japan: He has the South Korean flag stitched into the back of his costume, implying that he's of Korean descent.
- Powered Armor: He wears a version of the original Vulture's flight suit that's visually similar to the MCU version, granting him flight and increased strength. Unfortunately, it seems to provide minimal protection, as Clash could easily Groin Attack him.
- Smug Super: He proudly declares that the skies belong to him after dumping the mutilated body of his latest victim on the ground.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: He has a South Korean flag stitched into the jacket of his costume.
Debut: Issue #8: Super Hero School
The most physically imposing member of the Enforcers and its muscle. He uses the equipment of Herman Schultz. He's a professional who keeps the others on task and seems to be Clash's right-hand.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a suit over his insulating costume.
- Consummate Professional: He reprimands Clash for letting petty insults about her bust size get to her head and admonishes Vulture for getting her riled up over a topic he knew she took offense to. He seems to be in charge of keeping the others in line.
- Foil: To the original Shocker. While Herman is something of a Butt-Monkey no one takes seriously, this Shocker is a Badass in a Nice Suit who is introduced right after brutally murdering someone without any reaction.
- Large and in Charge: Downplayed. He defers to Clash even though he towers over her, but he seems to be her right-hand and ensures that everyone remains on task.
- The Stoic: He's consistently even-toned and cold while keeping the others in-line.