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"Quentin Beck" / Mysterio

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"You'll see, Peter. People... need to believe. And nowadays, they'll believe anything."
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"I created Mysterio to give the world someone to believe in. I control the truth... Mysterio is the truth!"
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Species: Human

Affiliation(s): Stark Industries (former)

Portrayed By: Jake Gyllenhaal

Voiced By: Luis Daniel Ramírez (Latin American Spanish)

Appearances: Spider-Man: Far From Home

"These days, you can be the smartest guy in the room, the most qualified, and no one cares. Unless you're flying around with a cape, or shooting lasers with your hands, no one will even listen. Well, I've got a cape and lasers. With our technology, and with you, Mysterio will be the greatest hero on Earth! And then everyone will listen! Not to a boozy manchild! Not to a hormonal teenager! To me, and to my very wealthy crew!"

A mysterious man who is the last surviving superhero from Earth-833, an Alternate Universe to the mainstream Marvel Cinematic Universe. When his world was attacked by beings known as the Elementals — who murdered his family — he was part of an alliance that held off their advances, but ultimately, it was too much, and his allies fell in battle. Thanks to repeated uses of the Infinity Gauntlet, a dimensional rift opened between his world and ours, bringing both him and the Elementals here. Vowing to stop the Elementals from destroying another planet, Mysterio teams up with Spider-Man and S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to become a new guardian to a world that has just lost one of its greatest.

...Or that's at least the most convincing tragic backstory that his team could come up with. In truth, Quentin Beck (which may not even be his real name) is the ringleader of a group of disgruntled former Stark employees who came together after his death to steal the E.D.I.T.H. technology and take his place as the preeminent superhero in the MCU, feeling he didn't deserve the title because he didn't appreciate their work. Together, they take on the role of Mysterio and his supposed enemies the Elementals, which are elaborate illusions brought to life by drones of their own.

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  • Abled in the Adaptation: This version does not suffer from lung or brain cancer like his comic conterpart, since he only worked with holograms instead of the chemicals that started them in the first place.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Understandable, seeing as how his comics counterpart couldn't get a career because of his ugliness, but here he's played by known Mr. Fanservice Jake Gyllenhaal. It may have necessitated his Adaptational Job Change, as trying to play the angle of Beck being unable to get a career in Hollywood because he was ugly would be a rather awkward situation for the story to takeinvoked.
  • Adaptational Badass: Mysterio in the comics is often presented as a Joke Character. The moment his illusions run out, he's done for and it's hard to imagine him as the Big Bad of a large-scale story. Here, Mysterio is a lot more threatening and acts on a much larger scale than he usually does. The final act, where he nearly destroys London and kills hundreds of people, is well above his comic counterpart in scope.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Presented as such... Initially. Originally a special effects wizard and actor turned supervillain, the Far From Home one comes up with a new backstory with him being the Sole Survivor of a destroyed world who seeks to save this one from the monsters that killed his family. Then it turns out that, while his former occupation is a little different, his backstory is pretty much the same as the comics version, and the monsters are illusions of his own creation meant to service a fictional backstory to give him sympathy. If anything, he fits the opposite trope quite nicely.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In contrast to how he was built up as being a hero in this continuity by the marketing, this version of Mysterio is, if anything, worse than his classic portrayal. Normally, Mysterio is a villain more into stealing and causing trouble to get attention, but he's not nearly as dangerous to others. He used to be wary about collateral damage and preventing too many people from getting in danger, and he's often Only in It for the Money. This version, on the other hand, is fully willing to commit mass-murder both directly and indirectly, both to bask in his own glory and to take part in Heroism Addiction for fame and profit. He's also considerably pettier as well, attempting to murder Michelle, and then revealing Peter's secret identity to the world by leaking manipulated footage to The Daily Bugle. This take has more similarities to the versions of Mysterio seen in Guardian Devil, Old Man Logan, and also Ultimate Marvel.
  • Adaptational Job Change: A tech genius who worked at Stark Industries, rather than a special effects artist and failed actor.
  • Adaptation Name Change: An Implied Trope. During Quentin's speech to his co-conspirators, he implies that "Quentin Beck" is a false name used to help shore up his fake backstory. However, he is never referred to by any other name, with his cronies only calling him "boss".
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: Subverted. At first, it seems like he's a genuine sorcerer (not a bad cover in a world with the Masters of the Mystic Arts in it), then it turns out his "magic" is him being the same Master of Illusion gadgeteer he is in the comics. So he really is a special effects wizard. To a degree, it's played straight in that this version exclusively relies on highly advanced Mocap-based hologram tech, as opposed to his comic counterpart mixing a regular hologram projector with hallucogenic gasses.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Mysterio is a blend of a number of different versions:
    • His attempt to pass himself of as a hero, comes from his origins in ASM #13, as well as Stan Lee's Spider-Man Newspaper Strip which in The Oughties did a serial story of Mysterio as a hero (who actually convinced Spider-Man there unlike the original L-D story), and whose motivations and origins is a grudge he held at a hero ruining his civilian career.note 
    • His more murderous and vengeful approach, as well as his fondness for Mind Rape and Gaslighting while always present in a minor degree was ramped up considerably in Guardian Devil (where he went after Daredevil and caused Karen Page's death) as well as Old Man Logan (where he manipulated Wolverine into killing the X-Men).
    • This version of Mysterio claims to be a traveler from a parallel Earth. In Spider-Men, the Ultimate version of Mysterio was revealed to be an android controlled by the regular 616 vision of Mysterio who had traveled to a parallel Earth, albeit for far different motives- he didn't claim to be trying to save the world, and was just sick of losing to the mainstream Spider-Man so much that he tried to start his criminal career over in what he thought was a more vulnerable Earth.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Rather than a failed actor, this version of Mysterio is a former worker from Stark Industries who was fired due to unpredictability. He's also the one who created the B.A.R.F. device seen in Civil War, when we were all led to be believe it was Tony Stark, since Tony himself didn't give credit to anyone and merely said he sank a lot of money into the project.
  • Adapted Out: In line with his Adaptational Job Change from a former special effects technician to a disgraced Stark Industries employee, this Mysterio lacks a lot of his comics counterpart's gadgets and abilities, namely his hallucinogenic fognote , along with Mysterio's mastery of hand-to-hand combat from training as a stuntman.
  • Ambition Is Evil: His ambition and desire for recognition turn him into a mass-murderer.
  • Appropriated Appelation: He takes "Mysterio" from Peter telling him about that name while watching an Italian news report covering his defeat of Hydro-Man, which described him as l'uomo di misterio note . He, and the people behind him, end up taking a liking to it, to the point where he actually demands to be called Mysterio at a meeting in Prague.
  • Arch-Enemy: By far the most personal adversary Spider-Man has faced so far, at least. He betrayed his trust, psychologically tortured him, tried to kill him and his friends, and last but certainly not least, framed him as a criminal and exposed his identity to the entire world.
  • As You Know: The Reveal of his true nature is fully explained to the audience with the congratulatory (and self-congratulatory) speech that Mysterio gives to his co-conspirators, detailing how they pulled off selling the deception — in spite of his co-conspirators being fully aware of most of, or even all of, that information. Justified, as he is toasting to everyone's accomplishments and how they got there, but the sheer level of detail makes it clear it's more for our benefit than theirs in-universe.
  • Attack Drone: Beck uses a couple of Stark attack drones equipped with holographic projectors in order to generates his massive CGI Elementals. The drones' weapons also cause the damage needed to sell the story. After Peter gives him E.D.I.T.H., he has access to hundreds of them.
  • Attention Whore: Orchestrates fake magical threats on cities, killing hundreds in the process solely so he can play the hero and bask in glory.
  • Ax-Crazy: He does a good job of hiding it, but he displays sociopathic (and borderline psychopathic) behavior throughout Far From Home, and doesn't hesitate to try murdering teenagers that know a little too much about his plans.
  • Badass Cape: Invoked and deconstructed. Part of his Mysterio outfit is a cape that Beck has a designated underling, Janice, tasked with ironing to make it as presentable as possible. The deconstruction comes with the fact that said ironing process takes too long, which means Quentin doesn't have the cape ready to wear when he needs it, such as the climax in London.
  • Bad Boss: Points a group of armed drones at his underlings when he discovers that one of the drone projectors has gone missing. Also has the tendency to fly off the handle, coming across as a temperamental director.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: By the mid-credits, it appears as though Mysterio achieved his goal of being seen as a Fake Ultimate Hero after all, framing Spider-Man for his crimes and outing him as Peter Parker in the process, and tarnishing Iron Man's legacy in the process.
  • Bait the Dog: Just about everything he does in the first half of Spider-Man: Far From Home is done to garner sympathy from the characters (and the audience) to lead them to think that he's a good man and someone that a grieving Peter Parker can look up to. Not so — he's just in it for fame and fortune, and doesn't care how many people have to die to maintain the illusion that he's a superhero, and is perfectly willing to directly put Spider-Man in harm's way to do just that.
  • Bash Brothers: With Spider-Man against Hydro-Man and Molten Man. It doesn't last after Spider-Man learns that Mysterio is a fraud.
  • Beard of Evil: He sports a villainous goatee that initially appears to be a Badass Beard. He doesn't have it in his flashback, showing he got it after going into full villainy.
  • Becoming the Mask:
    • He flip-flops from being resentful that people like the Avengers "wasted" so much technological breakthrough for superhero work and wanting to use that kind of technology to attain the glory of being the most prominent hero of the post Avengers world (even if he's faking a crisis to do it).
    • He seems to grow genuinely fond of Peter. While he's intially firmly Faux Affably Evil towards the boy, he claims he tried to urge Peter away from danger and to have a normal life, while he even angrily declares to one of his subordinates that Peter's "blood is on your hands". Although, given his overall personality, this could also be interpretated as Beck guilt-tripping the guy into full cooperation.
  • Benevolent Boss: Subverted. After The Reveal that he was Evil All Along, Mysterio enthusiastically congratulates his henchmen for a job well done, taking time to praise their individual talents and contributions. Back at work minutes later, he flies off the handle and threatens to murder them all for something that wasn't their fault and blames them for it.
  • Big Bad: He's the main villain of Far From Home.
  • Big Bad Friend: With Spider-Man, who treats him like a brother-in-arms over the course of dealing with the Elemental threat.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretends to be a selfless, heroic Nice Guy and Cool Uncle figure to Peter but is really a psychopathic, selfish Jerkass who is willing to harm anyone to get what he wants.
  • Broken Pedestal: Peter, who is still recovering from the grief he's experienced with the death of Iron Man, doesn't take learning the truth about Mysterio well.
  • Character Tics: When feeling paticularly angry or emotional, veins in his face bulge.
  • The Chessmaster: Evil to the over-the-top extreme, yes. But Beck is quite the planner, using his charm, fake heroism, and resources to get on top, and he has contingencies. Sure, he may have died in the end, but even then, he's still a hero and Spider-Man is a villain, as far as the public knows.
  • Cliché Storm: An In-Universe example. Mysterio's backstory is a cobbled together sob story of Sci-fi and Fantasy cliches. In fact, what finally tips Fury off is when Mysterio tells one too many lies and the story becomes so cliched that it's unbelievable.
  • Choice of Two Weapons: He uses drones for both his illusions and battle, and carries an ordinary semiautomatic pistol on his mocap suit.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Mysterio's actual costume is where all of his powers come from. Interestingly, he uses projections of his costumed self, even if he's not actually wearing it, just as often.
  • Collective Identity: While Quentin Beck is the "face" of Mysterio and the ringleader of the entire operation, he relies heavily on a sizable crew of artists, mechanics, and programmers to manufacture his illusions, all of whom consider themselves a part of the character they've created. Beck's defeat and eventual death doesn't stop the problem, as his team manages to pull a Thanatos Gambit with the footage on the bridge to frame Peter as the villain rather than them.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • Carries a gun on him just to be on the safe side and almost manages to shoot Peter in the head with it while being distracted by an illusion of him if not for Peter's Spider-sense.
    • He also makes sure no other superhero who could be less easy to manipulate and gullible to his tricks shows up before he begins his faked attacks.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Mysterio, as he's first presented, has a rather vaguely-defined power set. He can fly, generate mist, protect himself with energy shields, Thinking Up Portals, shoot Hand Blasts, seems to have a level of Super Toughness, and can cause explosions. Justified, in that not only is this just an illusion, but it's likely that Beck cared little about making a consistent set of powers and just told the crew to make a hero that looks cool.
  • Complexity Addiction
    • He easily could have said that the Elementals were beings from another dimension and he had the power to stop them and call it a day. Instead, he came up with an elaborate backstory about how they destroyed his world and killed his family in order to present himself as being more sympathetic to the public eye, and to make himself appear more heroic. His overly elaborate backstory and the ridiculous scripts given by his team end up leading to those he's talking to realize that his over-the-top comments are repeating themselves and figuring out that he is lying.
    • Psychologically-manipulating Peter Parker while assaulting him with a series of illusions was unnecessarily dramatic and cruel, especially when he could have simply shot him with drones for a quick and merciful death. It also comes back to bite him since Peter managed to survive getting hit by the train and figure out a way to counter his illusions.
  • Composite Character: Invoked by Beck. His costume looks like a combination of the high-tech and otherworldly costumes of Iron Man and Thor, he "uses" "magic" like Doctor Strange, and he claims to have a military background like Captain America. Given how everything about Mysterio was created with the purpose of gaining the trust and sympathy of others, it makes sense to blatantly copy the avengers. Additionally, while he never shows it to the general public, his illusions require the use of cloaking devices, giving him a variant of Black Widow's invisibility as well.
  • Consummate Liar: Lying is like breathing to him, and he manages to successfully fool not only Peter Parker but also the Skrulls, shapeshifters disguised as Nick Fury and Maria Hill who are good liars themselves.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist:
  • Cool Uncle: Mysterio goes out of his way to develop an easy going familial-type relationship with Peter in order to gain Peter's trust. According to the director:
    Jon Watts: If Tony Stark was sort of the mentor in the previous films, we thought it would be interesting to play Mysterio as almost like the cool uncle.
  • Crazy-Prepared: When he says that he has multiple contingencies, he's not kidding. His illusions are elaborate enough to take full advantage of the environments they're placed over, as demonstrated during his torment of Peter in Berlin. They are even so flexible that they easily adjust to whatever their marks do should they go off-script. Even when Peter personally confronts him, he's crafty enough with his illusions and manipulations to pull a quick gun draw when Peter's not looking. And then there's his doctored footage of the event he has sent to the Daily Bugle after he dies.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Much like Aldrich Killian, Baron Zemo, and the Vulture before him, Mysterio was yet another man who got screwed over by Tony Stark along the way and then was Driven to Villainy as a result. In Mysterio's case he was a Stark Industries employee who has his tech taken and given a mocking name by Tony, before he was then fired for being unstable.
  • Creative Sterility: Technological know-how aside, Beck has an astonishing lack of imagination. He relies on his team to come up with his backstory and costume, and even his Mysterio persona is a crude composite of the Avengers (a man in Powered Armor like Iron Man, a veteran like Captain America, a being from another world like Thor, and a sorcerer like Doctor Strange).
  • Crusading Widower: He pretended to be one, saying his family was killed when the Elementals destroyed his Earth. Peter sees him fiddle with a wedding ring when he explains this. It’s a sob story meant to be viewed sympathetically.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: After Spider-Man finally masters his powers, Beck goes down in an almost comically one-sided battle and ends up shot by his own drones.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Beck and his cohorts have the means to invent groundbreaking effects technology and illusions that can be weaponized, and yet they use it to take part in a Monster Protection Racket. Had they not been evil, they might have seen they could've started a business with this and became as rich as Stark was legitimately.
  • Decomposite Character: Due to the nature of Mysterio being reimagined as a Collective Identity. There's not a single Mysterio, but rather there's a group of people that make up Mysterio, while Quentin Beck is The Face of the operation.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Most of his powers come from his crew of special effects artists and abilities as a planner.
  • Dies Wide Open: That is, if he's actually dead. His eyes in his final moments resemble the eye sigils on his costume.
  • Dimensional Traveler: Mysterio claims that he comes from an alternate Earth that became connected with the main reality of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a result of Thanos's use of the Infinity Gauntlet. He actually isn't.
  • Disney Death: He stages his defeat of Molten Man as a Heroic RRoD-type Heroic Sacrifice that conveniently doesn't kill him, and waits for Peter to have a Please Wake Up moment before revealing his survival. He may have pulled another off on London Bridge at the end of Far From Home, but that's not clear.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: While Tony was being dickish to him by passing his creation off as his own and giving it an insulting name right in front of him, that's not sufficient to justify his vendetta against the man, or the lengths he's willing to go to in order to get what he wants.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • He lambastes Stark for firing him because he was "unstable", as if he doesn't get why anyone could possibly think that of him. Beck, being a mass-murdering psychopath and a self-centered Smug Snake who's fully willing to murder both women and children and let countless innocents die so that he could be a "hero", seriously is oblivious to anyone believing he's insane. As it turns out, Stark likely had a very good reason to keep Beck away from his technology.
    • On a lighter note, to sell his Dimensional Traveler story, he reacts to Peter's Sarcasm-Blind moment by asking if this version of Earth has sarcasm. Because he's not actually a Dimensional Traveler, he's unaware that the MCU, Earth-1999999, is the biggest World of Snark in the Marvel multiverse.
  • Emerald Power: He is a Master of Illusion and the fake "spells" he casts appear to be green.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first time we see him outside of his "superhero" character, he's cracking jokes about the disasters he just pulled off with his minions like the cast party after finishing a big blockbuster.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Parodied. He only lets the underage Peter have lemonade instead of giving him alcohol.
  • Evil All Along: Surprising few who aren't familiar with the storyline from Mysterio's debut in the comics, he's not the hero he presents himself as being at all. He's a bad guy playing the part of a hero to reap the perks.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Even after Tony sacrifices himself to save the universe, Beck doesn't understand why everyone sees Stark as a hero. Mysterio also thinks that putting people in danger just so he can rescue them makes him a good person, and that killing innocents to maintain his facade is totally justified. Furthermore, while he praises Peter's virtuous qualities in his last moments, he then proceeds to mock them as a sign of naivety and weakness.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Iron Man:
      • The abilities he presents mirror that of Tony, having a Powered Armor capable of flight, projecting Hand Blasts, and a retractable helmet, even though it's all revealed to be an illusion. He also represents Tony's opportunistic nature and desire to make weapons, things he mostly lost after escaping his capture by the Ten Rings.
      • His relationship with Peter also parallels Tony's. Tony while starting out as a highly flawed mentor ultimately wants to help and protect Peter, eventually growing into a replacement father figure and caring enough to risk and sacrifice his life for his protege. Mysterio starts off as a kind and encouraging mentor who gives good advice but is revealed to only be using Peter and willing to kill him when he's no longer necessary. Peter realizes how evil Mysterio is and loses faith in him whereas he understands that Tony might be flawed but is still a hero.
    • To Spider-Man. Mysterio has a lot in common with him, if Spidey took a wrong path.
      • Both are connected to Stark and were employed by him to do great things, and both were fired from him at various points when they failed to meet his expectations. For Spidey, this was his origin to becoming his own superhero. For Mysterio, this was his origin to becoming a supervillain.
      • Furthermore, while Spidey initially wants the fame and glory that comes with being an Avenger, he rediscovers what it means to be a hero when all is done, whereas Mysterio is only in it to get recognized for his actions despite how illegitimate and dangerous to others it is.
      • While Peter is haunted by the legacy of Stark following his death, he eventually grows stronger and becomes a true successor of his own. Contrast that to Beck, who personally sought to spite Tony Stark's memory following his death by becoming his supposed "replacement".
      • Peter is one of the biggest Nice Guys of the MCU, while Beck himself is "nice" too, but only as a front to accomplish his goals, and if he sees no reason to be nice to someone, he drops the act immediately.
      • While Spider-Man is defined by his responsibilities, and steps up to the plate to save the day outside of his comfort zone in spite of initial hesitation, Mysterio refuses to take responsibility for anything and outright threatens his own allies. He outright states that he sees Peter's good-hearted nature as a weakness.
  • Evil Genius: He’s incredibly cunning and is revealed to be the true inventor of B.A.R.F.
  • Evil Is Petty: Beck takes everything way too personally and overreacts to every slight, real or imagined. Even after he dies, he manages to manipulate events to ruin Peter's life from beyond the grave.
  • Evil Plan: He creates the "Mysterio" identity as a means to steal E.D.I.T.H. and convince everyone he is Iron Man's replacement, all so he can steal thunder from Tony Stark, whom he has a grudge against.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Has the face of a typical handsome superhero. In reality, he's a sociopathic, glory-seeking monster.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: He wants to be the next Iron Man by fooling people with illusions made by drones that make him look like a superpowered hero from another dimension fighting monsters. He could have been a legitimate hero with this type of technology but he's too much of a pompous, petty asshole to give it a try.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Initially appears to be a compassionate and sympathetic mentor to Spider-Man, but this is revealed to be a ploy in order to gain his trust and trick him into surrendering control of E.D.I.T.H. to further his own efforts. He acts nice to his employees for successfully stealing E.D.I.T.H., but he turns around and threatens them if they don't go along with his plan to kill a group of minors who know his secret. While he later claims to have a fondness for Peter, this doesn't stop him from mind raping and coldly attempting to murder him, and later ruining his life out of spite.
  • Fishbowl Helmet: This is part of his standard super guise, though it can be retracted to converse. Interestingly, he has one in both his Mysterio persona and the motion-capture suit he wears to match the illusions he creates
  • Foreshadowing:
  • For the Evulz: Beck is often unnecessarily cruel and petty. There was no need to Mind Rape a teenager when he could have simply shot him, taunt Peter with his friend's death or ruin Peter's life posthumously. It comes across as him enjoying being evil simply for the sake of being evil.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From a disgruntled ex-Stark Industries employee to a megalomaniac supervillain on the same threat the likes of HYDRA, who managed to successfully ruin Peter Parker's life, something than no other previous Spider-Man villain in the live-action movies has ever done before.
  • Glory Hound: His whole motivation is getting recognized by others, even if that means endangering the innocent to do so.
  • Graceful Loser: Subverted. After he's defeated, he offers Peter the E.D.I.T.H. glasses, saying that he really does deserve them. Except that was an illusion to distract him while the real Beck tries to shoot him in the head.
  • Grayscale of Evil: His mocap suit is gray and white with a black backpack and gun holster.
  • Green and Mean: His fake magic manifests as green mist. And his Mysterio outfit is primarily green in color.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He explodes in anger with minimal provocation, usually at (perceived) petty slights.
  • Hate Sink: The moment he drops his Nice Guy facade, Mysterio is shown to be an utterly despicable person with multiple Kick the Dog moments. He engineered multiple heroic actions where he got innocent people killed all for the sake of getting recognition, attempted to kill a group of school children for knowing his secret and psychologically tortured Peter for failing to live up to Tony's expectations. His final moments has him framing Spider-Man for all his actions and revealing Peter's identity to the whole world, effectively ruining the life of a teenager.
  • He Knows Too Much: Part of his reason for wanting to kill Michelle, Peter, Ned, and Betty, once his projector is discovered. The rest was revenge.
  • Hero of Another Story: His cover story was that he was a part of the last battalion of super soldiers who failed to stop the Elementals from destroying his Earth. It’s a lie.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When the Fire Elemental becomes too powerful to combat, he flies into it and explodes it from the inside. Subverted when he survives this... and further subverted when it's revealed everything was an illusion to begin with.
  • Heroic Wannabe: He wants to be a hero, in part to spite the memory of Tony Stark, and in part because he wants recognition for his fake acts of heroism. The drive is entirely based around narcissism and using his position as a place to become famous, rather than out of a genuine desire to do good.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: The main villains of Far From Home are presented as the Elementals, but those are revealed to just be a cover for the most obvious villain: Mysterio.
  • Hypocrite:
    • He criticizes Tony Stark for wasting his technology on, as he puts it, "a therapy session." While there were better applications for it than that, therapy is quite a lot better than Mysterio using it for an Heroism Addict scheme that deceives the public and causes mass death and destruction.
    • While he has a legitimate grievance against Tony for giving his life's work a silly name and all but claiming it as his own creation (assuming that he is presenting an accurate retelling of events; given that it's Beck, he may have taken great creative liberties with the story or just straight-up be as full of shit as he is in every other context), once Beck gets his hands on the E.D.I.T.H. controls, he starts doing the very thing he lambasted Tony for, claiming credit for coming up with the idea of "Mysterio" when it was a literal group effort in the first place. He even claims credit for the name Mysterio, when it was actually suggested to him by Peter (who at least credited his classmates for the shorthand).
    • It's pretty rich for Beck to call Tony a Manchild considering how he basically acts like a petulant child once the mask comes off. He's constantly hogging the spotlight, throwing angry tantrums, blaming others for his own mistakes and uses his technology for pretty revenge schemes and tormenting a teenager. At least Tony grew out of his immaturity.

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  • I Lied: He makes up the story about his family's lives being claimed by the Elementals in order to fool Spider-Man, Nick Fury, and even Hill into believing him. Worse still is that Spider-Man went through all the trouble of fighting the Elementals only to find out the Elementals were all Beck's idea.
  • Impractically Fancy Outfit: His notorious fishbowl helmet costume is something called-out by him in-universe; he only wears it for formal occasions precisely because it gets in the way, most of the time it's actually a hologram overlaid a far more streamlined and practical mo-cap suit.
  • Instant Death Bullet: Defied. He takes a few bullets to the gut, but still musters up enough strength to try to shoot Peter.
  • It's All About Me: He's a glory-seeking psychopath, who'll do anything for his plans to look like a hero to be a success, even if it means killing those who know the truth about his illusions.
  • Irony: He claims that Nick Fury is "the most paranoid man in the world." He may not have even gotten as far as he did had it not been for the fact that "Nick" was just Talos, a shape-shifting alien.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: After his true colors are revealed, his only bright spot is that he seems to see Peter as a genuine friend and someone admirable in spite of deceiving him. That's out the window when he decides that Peter knows too much and tries to kill him on multiple occasions, and even more so when he frames Spider-Man for the attack on London to cover his own ass. At the end of the day, he's nothing but a petty, vindictive, self-absorbed asshole who has no qualms about harming others for his own benefit, or just because he feels like it.
  • Karmic Death: He gets shot by his own drones while attempting to have them shoot Peter. Fittingly enough, EDITH warned Mysterio he was in the range of the bullets, but he was too impatient to listen.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • The first illusion he puts Spidey through is needlessly cruel and he repeatedly taunts him while torturing him psychologically. After spending most of Far From Home acting like he was Peter's friend, his absolute viciousness toward the kid is utterly despicable.
    Beck: If you were good enough, maybe Tony would still be alive.
    • Getting his employees to send J. Jonah Jameson the edited video and audio making Spider-Man out to be a villain and revealing his identity removes that last remaining sympathetic element to the character.
  • Lack of Empathy:
    • He cares nothing for the potential lives that could be lost because of his machinations. On the contrary; he thinks their deaths will attract more coverage.
    • This trait is one of the reasons Tony fired him. He dismissively mocked Tony's use of his hologram tech for his therapy session, implying he doesn't think too highly of that field. He also doesn't seem to care that Tony was pretty much baring his heart there and then about his personal trauma regarding his parents.
  • Large Ham: He can get theatrical when gloating about how everything is coming together. Rather fitting, given Mysterio's comic book origin.
  • Laughably Evil: He's just so goddamn petty and such an unrepentant asshole, so fully willing to commit mass murder and destruction just to pretend to be a hero, and so uncaring that what he's doing is wrong, and still maintains Gyllenhaal's charisma combined with Large Ham tendencies, to point where he is still entertaining in his atrocities.
  • Leitmotif: Mysterio is one of the few characters in the MCU to have their own theme music, playing multiple times throughout Far From Home. It's a piece well-suited for an ass-kicking savior, but it's also backed by a sinister electric guitar, hinting at his true nature.
  • Logical Weakness: His illusions rely on deprivation and manipulation of one's normal senses. It works just fine for the most part, unless he's fighting a Spider-Man who's just mastered his Spider-Sense. In that case, creating a shroud of darkness to blind him against gunfire doesn't even hinder the wall-crawler. It ends up turning Spidey into a Man of Kryptonite, by extension.
  • Mad Artist: He's a psychotic mass murderer who takes great pride in his illusionary skills and plans the Elemental attacks with his cohorts like he's directing a film.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Beck is an expert at playing to Spider-Man's insecurities and character flaws, as shown when he assaults the hero with a series of illusions in Berlin.
  • Manipulative Editing: This is how he secures his victory over Peter even after he dies: He has displayed in the New York widescreen footage of his battle with Spider Man in London with Peter's quotes selectively chosen to make it appear that he is trying to murder Beck. He also uses this video to out Peter's secret identity as Spider Man to the world.
  • Mask of Sanity: As part of being a Master Actor, Beck is very good at giving a facade of being a genuinely well-intentioned hero, being so effective that Talos, a Skrull shapeshifter, is convinced. Unfortunately, he is actually an Ax-Crazy Psychopathic Manchild who is most definitely The Sociopath.
  • Master Actor: While he may not be a professional actor like his comics counterpart, Mysterio still manages to flawlessly fool Peter and Nick Fury. The latter is notable because Fury was really Talos, a Skrull whose race's signature trait is deception through shapeshifting. In one scene, his henchman is secretly advising him on how to reply to the heroes and Mysterio declaims the scripted lines he's just been fed as if he is an actor on a stage.
  • Master of Illusion: Much like his comics counterpart, he's an illusion specialist who masterminded the Elementals to try and take control of E.D.I.T.H., and all his magic is smoke and mirrors. He's so brilliant at this that he fooled the Skrulls, alien shapeshifters, and Talos and Soren in the post-credits are sheepish about admitting to Fury that they fell for them, noting that his illusions, his craftsmanship, and overall talent was too much even for them.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: He is an older, more experienced superhero who supports and encourages Peter and sacrifices himself to destroy the fire elemental. This is subverted as seconds later he turns out to be alive and some more time later, he turns out to be a sociopathic Fake Ultimate Hero.
  • Meta Guy: He comes across as someone who clearly done the research on how superhero movies work, albeit with much more sociopathic intent than most characters associated with this trope. This is only accentuated by his dress rehearsal for the London attack (which resembles an actor practicing for an action sequence) and the fact that he spends the entirety of the climax of Far From Home in mo-cap gear (like how Mark Ruffalo is seen as the Hulk on set photos).
  • Military Superhero: Claims to have fought in a war against the Elementals in his homeworld, and was part of a battalion of superpowered soldiers. Peter even lists Mysterio's military service as a reason why he's a good candidate for E.D.I.T.H. Of course, the war never happened in the first place, and Mysterio is really a technician with no actual combat experience or professional training at all.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: The concept of life means nothing to him. Thousands of people will die from the Elemental attack in London? Good, it adds more weight to his "heroic" rescue. If you're not there to praise him, you're there to be his martyr.
  • Mind Rape: Traps Peter in a nightmarish illusion that attacks all of his personal fears when he tries to inform Fury about his lies. It doesn't work the second time he tries it, given that Peter's Spider-Sense is hitting in full force.
  • Mister Exposition: He explains his origins and the Elementals to Peter the night after the battle in Venice, and after his true colors are revealed, he begins a five-minute speech to his minions that explains who they all are and what they plan on doing.
  • Monster Protection Racket: What his Evil Plan boils down to; create the Elementals, fight the Elementals by Peter's side, and gain instant fame and reward.
  • Mood Whiplash: He throws a fit when he learns that Peter discovered his projector, and angrily yelled at his employees by saying how much he hates having to kill him for it because he says he likes Peter. Yet, he is all too happy to Mind Rape and then "kill" Spider-Man by leading him to a train, and when he came back, Mysterio wanted nothing more than to see him dead. Considering he's Ax-Crazy and a Sociopath, one must wonder just how much he "liked" Peter to begin with or how quickly he got over it. Given his track record, he probably just liked the ego boost that Peter provided him with.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • He claims to be from Earth-833. This is a dimension that exists in the comics; it's home to Spider-UK.
    • Also, his whole Dimensional Traveler act is a thing in the comics. He was actually displaced in the Ultimate Marvel universe for a while, and only returned to the mainstream universe via a wormhole. Him being one here, even if untrue, does sound rather familiar.
    • While he doesn't keep his background in the film industry, the scenes of him working on his plans with his crew are decidedly reminiscent of film or theatrical production.
    • All of Beck's outfits draw from different eras of the comics. His primary suit gives the appearance of Powered Armor and is most reminiscent of his modern look, the green chainmail suit he wears just after The Reveal is a nod to his classic first appearance (sans fishbowl helmet and cape), and his final stylized mocap suit is dark with the prominent "eyeball" symbols embroided all over it and his face is visible within his helmet, which makes him a dead ringer for his Ultimate Marvel incarnation (minus the flames that particular version possessed).
  • Narcissist: Mysterio is an incorrigible glory whore whose view of other people can be boiled down to a simple dichotomy: either they shower him with praise and adulation and feed his gargantuan ego, or they get to be martyrs and sacrificial lambs to feed his own magnificence. Beck is a grandstanding charlatan who has no line that he won't cross in the name of his own ego and public image. His explosive rage when faced with anything even remotely perceivable as a petty slight and scorched-earth approach to getting the last laugh when bested by Peter are also very telling.
  • Never My Fault: The man is incapable of accepting responsibility for anything at all, in contrast to Peter's belief of always holding responsibility.
    • He never considers that Tony may have had a good reason to fire him (considering what a psychopath Beck is, he may have made the right call in not wanting him anywhere near Stark technology, and given Beck's track record, the story that he gave his employees very well may have been heavily edited).
    • He blames his henchmen for allowing Peter to find out their secret, even though it was really his own fault for not being more careful.
    • He declares that Peter Parker's blood is on his henchman William's hands, despite Beck making the decision to kill the boy himself once he realizes Peter had figured out his lies. All the while, Mysterio is acting like he has no choice in the matter when he clearly does.
  • No Name Given: Possibly. It's suggested that "Quentin Beck" may not be his real name (since he dismisses S.H.I.E.L.D. for falling for a story about a dimensional traveler named Quentin), but part of the identity he came up with with his teammates. However, the film never fully extrapolates on the details, with his co-conspirators only referring to him as "boss".
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Quentin Beck is many things, most of them dangerous, but fighter he isn't. His illusions can torture his enemies, his drones give him strength in numbers, he's a charming bastard who can get himself into power, and he becomes a threat to the world once he gets E.D.I.T.H. — yet, at the moment he's cornered, without all of his tricks and tools, Beck has nothing he can do.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Mysterio was able to defeat both Cyclone and Sandman on his own. Ultimately played with; since those creatures were his illusions, he was never in any real danger.
  • Oh, Crap!: While making preparations for the final phase of his plan vis a vis London, Quentin is in the midst of a big grandiose speech when he notices the projection desynchronizing with his arm. William nonchalantly points out that one of the drones came back missing its projector.
    Quentin: And you're just telling me this now?
  • Opportunistic Bastard: He takes advantage of the world's grief over the deaths of several superheroes and the disbanding of the Avengers to pretend to be a superhero himself for his own benefit, all while his creations cause tons of collateral damage and kill innocents to make the "threat" he's facing seem more believable.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • His only genuine act of kindness is toasting to his crew for their hard work on bringing the Elementals and Mysterio to life, even going as far as giving credit to individual members instead of taking all of it to himself. However, that doesn't prevent him from threatening to use lethal force on them when they screw up, and given who he is, it's probably all just hollow grandstanding to begin with.
    • He seemed willing to let Peter live and have a normal life after he hands him the E.D.I.T.H. glasses. It's only after he discovers that Peter knows his secret that he decides to kill him, and failing that, revealing his secret to the world.
  • Phony Veteran: He claims that, in his universe, he was a Military Superhero in a battalion of Super Soldiers of whom he was the Sole Survivor in a Great Offscreen War against the Elementals. This was all a calculated lie to make himself look better to the public, and he's never served a day in uniform in his life.
  • Post-Final Boss: In a way, he is this for the MCU's Phase 3, as Far from Home is the last movie of that phase, and he's obviously small potatoes compared to Thanos.
  • Prima Donna Director: His real personality is that of a drama queen who treats his schemes like a big movie he's the director and star of, and he gets murderously critical of his crew when things go wrong.
  • Properly Paranoid: Beck never overlooks any glitch, and it always turns out to be a good thing for him that he doesn't. In Prague, he notices a drone malfunctioning and questions why, and when one of his team says it lost a projector he traces its location in case someone found it, allowing him to see that Peter has learned about the truth. He also calls out his teammate that dismisses the loss of the projector, because if somehow Nick Fury gets any sniff of what they're pulling, he'll find out everything, because Fury is the most paranoid man on the planet. During the climax, the drones get bumped by Spider-Man and no one thinks much of it but Beck, who investigates and sees Spider-Man is here.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: While Beck comes across as a mature and sagely hero that could very well be the next Iron Man, when he takes off the metaphorical mask he is shown to be quite immature, often shouting and screaming when things don't go his way. Even his backstory just illustrates how petty he is; his hologram tech was given a silly name by Tony ("B.A.R.F.") and he was fired due to his mental instability, so he decides to stage various monster attacks that he could look like a hero, not caring how many innocent civilians died in the process. He is also pathologically incapable of recognizing fault or taking responsibility, and given his steady track record as an inveterate liar, it is quite likely that he is either lying about how Tony treated him or greatly whitewashing his own role in it, which would make him come off as even more of a spiteful, vindictive little shit who is way too old to be acting this way.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: By the end, it appears Beck indeed achieved his goal of being known as a big hero while tarnishing the legacy of Tony Stark through defaming Spider-Man, while revealing his identity to the world for all to see. The only catch being that it appears that this was done posthumously, and even if he's not dead, Spider-Man can still expose him. Somewhat mitigated by how, dead or otherwise, he goes out smug and satisfied that his backup plan will come to pass, which it does.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: He took Tony Stark calling his technology B.A.R.F. ridiculously personally, and lets his co-conspirators know it in a particularly petty moment in his speech to them.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • In one last desperate attempt at victory when cornered, he has E.D.I.T.H. fire all machineguns at Spider-Man even when he's in range. Naturally, he gets shot.
    • As Beck is the "face" of the Mysterio identity rather than the entire persona, stopping Beck doesn't stop the greater threat of Mysterio's Collective Identity, as his team is able to doctor the drone footage on the bridge to paint Peter as the villain and shuffle the blame away from themselves.
    • When the drones are introduced it's made clear they are meant for assassinations and aren't especially durable. As a result Beck has a lot of trouble using them as a big obvious army. Soldiers with rifles easily destroy two of them and MJ critically damages another with a mace.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The only reason that anyone believes his bonkers backstory, and the threat of the Elementals, was because the Earth — and the entire universe — was just devastated by a giant purple Galactic Conquerer-turned Reality Warper that killed half of everything with a Badass Fingersnap. Furthermore, S.H.I.E.L.D. is just beginning to recover, and with the real Nick Fury not actually being on Earth, it's not difficult to see why Mysterio's plan wasn't outed from the start. It's best summed up in a line that Quentin Beck tells one of his cohorts during a toast:
    Mysterio: The story you created, of a soldier from another Earth named Quentin fighting space monsters in Europe is... Totally ridiculous, and apparently exactly the kind of thing people will believe right now. I mean, everyone bought it!
  • Reimagining the Artifact: Mysterio was a villain widely thought to be too cheesy and gimmicky to be in the MCU beforehand (especially with the Fishbowl Helmet), much less as a Big Bad. Impressively, they pulled it off, albeit by making some changes to his concept. Instead of being a failed actor, he's a former employee of Stark Industries and designed cutting-edge technology before being fired. His illusions also come from advanced technology, rather than effects he made himself, and Mysterio itself is reimagined as a Collective Identity rather than a lone individual. Even the costume, which is maintained faithfully to the source (fishbowl helmet and all), is lampshaded as being ridiculous by Beck himself. Finally, he becomes a greater threat than the source by hijacking Stark technology through E.D.I.T.H., which itself came about because this version is a lot more charismatic than the comics one.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: His Mysterio outfit is green and purple. Plus, he's the Big Bad of Far From Home.
  • Self-Deprecation: Even he thinks his primary suit is kind of "stupid".
  • Self-Disposing Villain: If he did end up dying, then it was his order to have the drones keep firing that did him in.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Beck's recollection of Tony's presentation of his B.A.R.F. technology from Captain America: Civil War lines up with happened in the film proper, but his flashback suspiciously skips the part where Tony mentions he needed to come up with a better acronym. The fact that Beck framed the events this way shows how much of a vindictive jerk he is, trying to paint himself as if Tony mistreated him.
  • Serkis Folk: A rare In-Universe example! As part of his deception, a number of his actions are actually taken with a photorealistic double that he's able to control while wearing a mocap suit. This double conveniently never takes the fishbowl helmet off, which is actually a piece of the motion capture rig in-universe. Interestingly, the mocap appearance is itself revealed to be mocapped when an invisible Mysterio tries to shoot Spider-Man in the head.
  • Smug Snake: Mysterio is incredibly self-centered, arrogant, and mean. He looks out only for himself, thinks he's the smartest man out there, and believes the world revolves around him. He refuses to forgive any slight against him, doesn't own up to any of his own failures, and wouldn't hesitate to kill anyone who crosses him. Yet, he sees himself as the noble hero he deceives the public into thinking. All of this leads to his own undoing and demise.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: Tony Stark dying to save the universe did nothing to change Beck's opinion of him. After all, Tony took away his life's work from him.
  • The Sociopath: He always looks out for himself, never forgives any slight against him, does everything he does because he constantly wants to be seen as a beloved hero, doesn't care about the collateral damage of his plans, and doesn't mind killing people who he'd been nothing but friendly towards if they learn too much. He also takes lying to a completely unnecessary level by claiming to be from a different part of The Multiverse and inventing a tragic backstory for himself.
  • Sole Survivor: In his tragic backstory that his employees came up with, he's the last survivor from an Earth that was destroyed by the Elementals.
  • Stage Magician: He's what happens when a gadget-reliant illusionist decides to fake being an actual wizard.
  • Super Soldier: He claims that in his world, he was one, and there were enough around to form a battalion, and an entire army that was destroyed by the Elementals. But Mysterio really is a civilian who's never seen a day of military service in his life, and the war he supposedly fought in never happened.
  • Tautological Templar: Beck is under the delusion that every horrible thing he does is justified because he's a self-proclaimed "hero".
    • That said, he later says to Peter that being a good person is "such a weakness", meaning that Beck is well aware that what he's doing is wrong and doesn't care.
  • Thanatos Gambit: While it probably wasn't his goal to get himself killed, he still takes advantage of his own demise by framing Spider-Man for murdering him and outing him to the public.
  • Therapy Is for the Weak: Implied. Beck didn't think too highly of the hologram tech as being used for therapy, especially when he wanted it to be weaponized instead.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Peter notices him fiddling with his wedding ring when mentioning his family's death at the hands of the Elementals. Subverted when this turns out to be a cover story Beck made up for his Mysterio persona.
  • Treachery Is a Special Kind of Evil: He becomes Peter's most personal enemy yet by pretending to be a hero and trying to kill him and his friends when they discover his true colors.
  • Uncertain Doom: It appears he dies in the crossfire of the final battle, but it might have been an illusion that was able to fool E.D.I.T.H. into thinking that he was dead. It's ambiguous enough to allow an easy backdoor for Mysterio to return later, since faking his death is just what Mysterio does. Worth noting is that the Quentin Beck on the bridge that was shot ends up being an illusion, and the Beck who tries to shoot Peter doesn't appear to have the same injuries as he dies.
  • Unreliable Expositor: He is notorious for his tricks and much of his claims are false. Thus, given his long and consistent record as a pathological liar, his account of how Tony screwed him over is of questionable-at-best veracity. If you take Tony's own spotty track record of how he treated Stark Industries innovations that weren't his into consideration, he may have not gotten the best deal, but it is extremely likely that Beck took great liberties with his account of his time there and his experiences with Tony.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Considering how Far From Home is the first movie set after Endgame, it is still quite lighthearted and is generally a coming-of-age tale much like its predecessor. Unlike Vulture (who was a decent, honest man given a raw deal who just wanted to give his family a comfortable lifestyle and ensure that his employees could do the same for their own, who, at worst, lost his way), however, Mysterio is a disgusting human being who is all too willing to commit mass murder and wide-scale destruction just to satisfy a ridiculously petty personal grudge and shit all over Tony Stark's legacy, all while being completely and utterly unrepentant.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Throughout the movie, Mysterio is in full control of the situation, able to Mind Rape Peter to live out his nightmares before leading him straight into a train, right after he acquired the advanced weaponry of E.D.I.T.H.. However, once Spider-Man is back, having fully mastered his abilities and made his new Upgraded suit, Mysterio can only watch as his plans fall apart. First, Spider-Man goes through his drones all by himself. Then, Mysterio tries to cast an illusion to blind him, only for Spidey to reveal he's so in-sync with his Spider-Sense that he can dodge every attack. Finally, Spidey takes him out in a single hit, and when Mysterio tries to make one last desperate attempt at victory by ordering E.D.I.T.H. to fire with him in range, Reality Ensues.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • Beck's Post-Mortem "The Reason You Suck" Speech about Tony Stark is filled with a number of legitimate critiques to the way Tony treated his employees and carried out his heroics, right down to bequeathing such a dangerous item as E.D.I.T.H. to Peter with no failsafe. However, some of his critiques don't hold much weight, such as Tony calling his life's work "B.A.R.F." as if Tony insulted him when Tony clearly indicated he was going to work on that acronym, and William Riva's mistreatment was wrongfully placed on Tony when it was really from Obadiah Stane.
    • He is also right that people are willing to believe anything they see, so long as it gives them peace of mind. This allows him to fool everyone after his death by having the rest of his crew make it seem like he defeated the Elementals and was killed by Peter, even though in broad daylight it was shown to be a hologram made up of bots, he makes it look like Peter was the one who ordered the drones to attack everyone. This insures his place as a hero, while running Spider-Man's name.
    • Lastly, he's very much correct that no matter how talented or gifted people are with legitimately impressive qualities like being very intelligent, everyone would overlook them in favor of superpowered and extraordinary beings.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Thanks to the help of some Manipulative Editing from his team, it appears to the general public that Spider-Man was using the Stark drones to attack London Bridge, while Mysterio was the hero who stopped him from killing hundreds of people. It helps that the world appears to be in the dark about what Mysterio was really up to.
  • Villainous Breakdown: As the climax of the film comes and Peter begins to foil his plans, he starts increasingly raising his voice. This culminates in him ordering E.D.I.T.H. to fire the drones when he is in range. This leads to him getting shot.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: His lack of moral qualms is due to seeing them as "such a weakness", being determined to get what he wants by any means with absolutely no concern over anything else.
  • Walking Spoiler: Although it's not difficult to see coming if you're familiar with the character's role in the comics, he's this for Far From Home, given that the entire plot of the film hinges on him lying about who he is and that he's responsible for the Elementals. And then there's the matter of the video he recorded for The Daily Bugle...
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: While tormenting Spider-Man with his illusions, he laments how he's "making" him do it.
  • Worthy Opponent: Played with: While Mysterio candidly admits that he likes Peter Parker (and is even somewhat sad that he "has to" kill him) because he has a "good heart", he doesn't respect him because he follows the admission by scoffing that it is "such a weakness."
  • Would Hit a Girl: Has no problem going after MJ when she learns of his secret, as well as Betty just to be absolutely sure that he didn't leave anyone who may have heard the truth.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Though they're all about a year shy of being adults, Mysterio plans to murder Ned, MJ, and Betty after Peter reveals during an illusion battle that they all know about Mysterio being a fraud. And even before that, after getting that info from him, he gets Peter to walk right in front of a moving train.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: The mid-credits of Far From Home has him send out a doctored video of him being "murdered" by Spider-Man and framing the latter for the drones.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: As it turns out, the Elemental attack on London Bridge was a no-lose scenario for Mysterio. When Spider-Man thwarted his initial plan, he was able to present himself in a sympathetic light and eventually out Spider-Man's secret identity while making Peter out to be the menace, and Mysterio the hero who was able to stop him.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: The alias "Mysterio" is technically this, given that in-universe, the name is derived from the Italian word misterio.
  • You Killed My Father: In his — entirely fictional — backstory, the Elementals killed his family, which he takes personally. He has his wedding ring as a Tragic Keepsake.
  • You Will Be Spared: Subverted. He was initially going to let Peter go after killing Fury, if only to keep his assistance and recommendation. He immediately tries to kill him when he finds out too much.
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