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Alter Ego: Kwaku Anansi
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2 #42 (August 2002)
A totemic spider-deity connected to Peter Parker through the Web of Life and Destiny, which empowers all the Spider-Totems. According to Ezekiel Sims, it is the being that spins the Web of Life, and is worshipped by the Spider Society, the Spider-Tribe of South America, and the Ashanti tribe of Ghana. It is later revealed that there are several such totemic spider-deities. The Other, also known as Ero, was introduced as a rival totemic deity who opposed Peter's resurrection, but was later retconned into being the true name of the spider-totem who resurrected him.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: It has appeared as a bespeckled black man in a suit◊ and a an African shaman◊.
- Big Good: A little bit of both this and Greater-Scope Villain, since without it Peter and the other Spiders might not have gotten their powers, but not all the Spiders are good guys.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: While it may be a godlike entity, it thinks like a spider. As such it isn't adverse to turning Peter or Kaine into monsters should they be in danger of dying.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The Great Weaver was first mentioned in Spider-Man Annual 2001, which featured the Spider Clan.
- The Chooser of The One:
- It chooses who becomes the totemic avatars of the Web of Life and Destiny in almost every single universe, with most of them being incarnations of Peter Parker. By and far its most famous avatar is the Peter Parker of Earth-616 (and by extension his clones as well). Anya Corazon and Cindy Moon are backup avatars in case Peter dies or turns against it.
- The Great Weaver eventually deems Ezekiel Sims unworthy of his pilfered spider powers and sends the Gatekeeper to kill him, though it was willing to let him take Peter's place as a true Spider-Totem.
- Cosmic Entity: It is the totemic spider deity worshipped by (most notably) the Spider Society, and whose Web of Life and Destiny empowers its totemic avatars.
- Decomposite Character: During JMS' run, the Great Weaver was the spider god who weaves the Web of Life and gave Peter his powers and resurrected him with enhanced powers, and Ero was an antagonistic spider totem that wanted to kill Peter to restore the natural order. Scarlet Spider retconned Ero into being the "Great Weaver" Spider-Totem who resurrected Peter and later Kaine with enhanced powers. The remaining aspects of the Great Weaver - weaving the Web of Life and giving Spider-Totems their powers - were rebranded as the Master Weaver in Spider-Verse.
- Deity of Human Origin: According to the mythology of the Ashanti tribe, before becoming the most powerful Spider-Totem in existence it was the world's first incarnation of Spider-Man, Kwaku Anansi.
- Divine Conflict: Despite being a cosmic entity responsible for empowering every spider-themed hero and villain in the multiverse, it has supernatural enemies that would love to eat it, namely the Inheritor Clan and Shathra, or usurp it, like the Spider-Queen.
- Eldritch Abomination: Its astral form is a half-buried vaguely spider-shaped green mass embedded with light-green tentacles. Even Spider-Man - who is not only one of the smartest people in the Marvel Universe, but one of its avatars - couldn't wrap his head around what he was looking at when he accidentally ran into it. It's also manifested in spider-like and humanoid forms. And then there's how it appeared◊ to Spider-Man Noir...
- Get Out!: Booted Spidey back to Earth when he bumped into it in the Astral Plane during the Shade arc.
- I Have Many Names: Spider-Man knows it as the Great Weaver, though it - or related entities - is also called the Other and the Gatekeeper.
- Physical God: It's indicated to be the master of the Spider-Totems.
- Retcon: Kaine's run as the Scarlet Spider conglomerated aspects of the Great Weaver with Ero to create the Other, while the remainder were repackaged as the Master Weaver in Spider-Verse.
- The Rival: Its wasp equivalent, Shathra, and the Sisterhood of the Wasp. An annual also had a tribe of its worshippers be ousted from their temple and nearly exterminated by a tribe that worshipped a snake deity (possibly Set).
- Super Empowering: As its moniker suggests, it is the spider-deity that spins the Web of Life and Destiny, the supernatural force that empowers spider-themed heroes and villains across the multiverse.
- Humanoid Abomination: It appeared to Peter in a dream as a monstrous version of Spider-Man◊.
- There Can Be Only One: It sent (or manifested as) the Gatekeeper to assassinate Ezekiel, though it was willing to kill Peter in his place.
- Top God: Deities like Marvel Fairy Tales' Kwaku Anansi and Ai Apaec are little more than totemic avatars of its power.
Alter Ego: Karn
First Appearance: Superior Spider-Man #33 (November 2014)
A being at the centre of the Web of Life and Destiny, the Master Weaver's duty is to maintain and spin the Great Web that powers all of the Marvel Multiverse's spider-people. Captured and enslaved by the Inheritors, the Master Weaver was forced to aid them in their attempted genocide of the totemic spider deities connected to the Web. The Master Weaver's identity is revealed to be the future self of the Inheritor Karn, and while Cindy Moon contemplates taking his place after he is murdered by Otto Octavius, Karn's younger self decides to trap himself in a time loop in order to atone for his own actions.
- Captured Super-Entity: He was held prisoner by the Inheritor Clan, who use his power to travel from universe to universe hunting the totemic avatars. Those must be some tough handcuffs they've stuck on him.
- Cool Mask: He wears a strange, gimp-like mask with six glowing red eye-like lenses.
- Kill the God: The Superior Spider-Man claws it, leading to A Truce While We Gawk.Morlun: That was the Weaver of—of—of—the Web of Life and Destiny. You madman! Do you know what you've done?! All of history! Our future! The nature of reality itself!
- Legacy Character: Master Weaver is just the title of the Spider-Totem who oversees the Web of Life and Destiny, and according to an arcane dagger Anya Corazon translates any totemic avatar can assume the position. After Karn's death, Spider-Zero takes up the position in Spider-Verse Vol. 3.
- My Future Self and Me: Karn had several interactions with his past self, the first of which resulted in the death of the matriarch of the Inheritors and his exile.
- Phlebotinum Rebel: Ejects Morlun from the Newspaper Comic Spider-Man's world and tells him it was temporally unstable. Morlun buys this, having been completely thrown for a loop by Comic-Book Time.
- Reality Warper: He can alter the very fabric of reality itself by snapping or otherwise altering the strands of the Great Web.
- Spider Tank: The spider-legged golden globe encapsulating the lower half of his body. Where it came from and who built it is a mystery, as while it can only be opened by the prongs of Karn's bident, which he built as a child, he inherited it from his future self.
- Stable Time Loop: By taking over the position of Master Weaver from his future self, Karn traps himself in a time loop wherein he is destined to be killed by Otto Octavius and succeeded by his past self. This is broken in Spider-Geddon when the Master Weaver is killed by his sister Verna.
- Sudden Name Change: The name Master Weaver is most-likely derived from the Great Weaver above, but other than spinning the Web of Life they have no other similarities.
Notable Aliases: Ero, The Great Weaver, Miss Arrow
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #527 (February, 2006) note Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #4 (March, 2006) note ; Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #11 (October, 2006) note
- "Are you the man who dreamed of being a spider? Or the spider who dreamed of being a man? Are you the one... or are you the Other?"
A mysterious entity that first appeared following Peter's resurrection in The Other, taking the form of a swarm of pirate spiders in the shape of a female human. Ero claimed to be opposed to Peter's "violation of the natural order" and tried to kill him, but was forced to retreat. It later returned in human form as "Miss Arrow" and tried to reproduce using Flash Thompson as a host. During a final confrontation, it was killed by Spider-Man, but was resurrected by Mephisto's meddling with the timestream. Following Kaine's death at the fangs of the Lobos siblings, it appeared before him and revealed itself to have been the entity that resurrected and empowered Peter during The Other, offering Kaine the same deal as it had Peter.
- Animalistic Abomination: It is an interdimensional totemic spider-god, and one of its forms is a gigantic spider-like monster.
- Armor-Piercing Question: The above quote, which it posed to Peter while berating him for neglecting the spider side of himself. It later paraphrased this conversation when offering Kaine its powers.
- Back from the Dead: Mephisto's temporal meddling ensured the events of The Other occurred differently, with Peter rejecting The Other, so it chooses Kaine as its host instead.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: The Carrion virus tried to possess Kaine, but was kicked out by the Other.Kaine: Carrion... I can feel him trying to get inside my head... which is bad news for him... because I've already got a monster in there, and it doesn't take kindly to being attacked.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Its preferred manifestation is as a a massive spider-monster◊.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: It manifests venomous stingers from its wrists as Miss Arrow, and grants its hosts the same ability.
- Body of Bodies: As Ero she is composed of thousands of pirate spiders.
- Call-Back: In Scarlet Spider #14 she references the Great Weaver's question to Peter in ''The Other'.Great Weaver: [to Peter] Are you the man who dreamed of being a spider? Or the spider who dreamed of being a man?Ero: [to Kaine] Unlike Parker, you're not a man who dreams of being a spider. You're a spider who dreams of being a man.
- Cosmic Chess Game: Ms. Arrow is annoyed when the original Mysterio, who had just come back from the dead, mentions that he knows what she really is, and that it would be in her best interest to keep both of their bosses happy.
- Cosmic Entity: The Other is a cosmic spider-entity akin to or a part of the Great Weaver, and one of the major players of the Web of Life.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: As Miss Arrow, the Other's manifestation took on the form of a dark-skinned human woman with blonde hair, specifically to be the Foil to Peter Parker being a light-skinned man with brown hair.
- Distaff Counterpart: Similar to the Thousand, even though he was just a superpowered human and she is a supernatural entity. Both are connected to the spider that bit Peter, their true forms are a colony of spiders, and when the swarm is wiped out the sole survivor is killed by being stepped on. Also along with being dark skinned and blonde she says this is to contrast Peter being male.
- Eaten Alive: By a flock of birds, though the last spider is crushed by Peter. This is undone by One More Day.
- Eating the Enemy: Ate Morlun and Shathra, two of its supernatural enemies. Both later returned seeking revenge. When indwelling Kaine, it dismisses everything around him as "Prey."
- Enemy Without: Following the events of The Other, Ero manifests as a humanoid swarm of pirate spiders and tries to kill Peter in order to see if he is worthy of receiving its powers.
- Evil Counterpart: Describes itself as being one to the resurrected Peter, despite being revealed as the one who resurrected him to begin with.
- Giant Spider: She is a manifestation of the Other, which was the giant spider that appeared before Peter during The Other arc, and assumes this form again when resurrecting Kaine the second time.
- Greek Chorus: Ms. Arrow is a member of the "Geek Chorus" in the early version of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and is the one who shoehorned in Swiss Miss.
- Humanity Ensues: As Ero, it took on human form as "Miss Arrow" to spy on Peter.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Ate Peter's shed skin from The Other incident to assume human form.
- Just Desserts: Pre-retcon, she's eaten by a flock of birds.
- Killed Off for Real: Its manifestation as Ero was killed by Spider-Man, and Morlun killed it at the end of Spider-Verse — with the Master Weaver indicating its resurrection was impossible. Later Subverted when it is revealed to still be alive, choosing The Peter Parker of Earth-982 as its next host.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: It bestows its reciprocals with venomous stingers, fangs, and other monstrous abilities.
- Meaningful Name: The genus of pirate spider that comprises its body is Ero, and it assumes the alias of "Miss Arrow".
- Monster Is a Mommy: Wanted to mate with Flash Thompson so that he would "give birth" to her offspring.
- Monstrous Humanoid: When it takes over, its hosts transform into humanoid spider-monsters. One of its preferred forms when appearing as itself is a Man-Spider-like creature.
- Physical God: It is one of the totemic spider deities who weaves the Web of Life and Destiny that holds the multiverse together. It gave Peter his enhanced powers and resurrected him after Morlun killed him, later doing the same for Kaine.
- Poke in the Third Eye: When Aracely tries to read Kaine's mind, the Other attacks her and chases her out.
- During J. Michael Straczynski's run, Ezekiel Sims tells Spider-Man that he got his powers from a totemic spider-deity called the Great Weaver, who spins a mystical force called the "Web of Life" that gives all the spider-themed heroes and villains their powers. Following Peter's final battle with Morlun, the Great Weaver resurrected him with augmented spider-powers. A second totemic spider-entity called Ero didn't like this and wanted to restore the natural order by killing Peter. Ero later returned in human form, calling herself "Miss Arrow", and tried to reproduce using Flash Thompson's pent up tantric energy before being killed by Spider-Man. After One More Day, Peter no longer possessed his augmented powers, which were instead given to Kaine in Spider-Island. Scarlet Spider Vol 2 #14 and Spider-Verse retconned things further by taking aspects of JMS' Great Weaver - resurrecting its avatar and giving them enhanced powers - and combining them with Ero to make "the Other"; and repackaging the rest of the Great Weaver's aspects as the "Master Weaver", who spins the Web of Life and Destiny and empowers most spider-themed heroes and villains.
- In The Other, Peter embraced his Inner Spider and received enhanced powers. Mephisto retconned events so that Peter, afraid of what he would become, ultimately rejected The Other and caused it to seek out Kaine instead.
- Secret Test of Character: Scarlet Spider and Spider-Verse reveal that Ero is actually a cosmic entity and manifestation of the Other, implying that its attacks on Peter were to see if he could handle and was worthy of his enhanced powers.
- Spider Swarm: Ero is composed of thousands of spiders that possess a hive mind.
- Super Empowering: It grants its host augmented spider-powers, including venomous wrist-stingers and the ability to communicate with spiders.
- Superpowered Evil Side: The Other is an entity that is essentially the totemic embodiment of the Spider side of the totem's powers, i.e. his predatory instincts and spider-powers, and when it takes over things tend to get a little hairy... and fangy... with the occasional extra eyes and legs. Just ask Morlun and the Lobos siblings.The Other: Prey.
- To the Pain: When Betty Brant thwarts Ero's attempt to impregnate Flash Thompson, she promises to make her spend the rest of her remaining days in terror.
- The Worm That Walks: Like the Gatekeeper, when it first appeared it was composed of thousands of pirate spiders in a humanoid conglomeration.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: She tries to implant an egg sac in Flash Thompson to take advantage of his bottled up tantric energy. When Spider-Man kiboshes that plan, she decides to implant it in him instead, if only to kill him. Following the retcon, her reasons for wanting to do this become unclear.
- Yandere: As Miss Arrow, it menaced Flash Thompson's female friends in an effort to keep his tantric energy all to himself, and was going to kill Debra Whitman when she and Flash got into an argument over Spider-Man.
- You No Take Candle: When it first manifested, its speech was broken and stilted. As Miss Arrow and when it manifests in Peter's and Kaine's minds, it's far more eloquent.
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #506 (June 2004)
Following the defeat of Shathra, Ezekiel Sims warned Peter that a new supernatural opponent, the Gatekeeper, was coming to kill him, and tried to convince him to return to the Great Weaver's temple in Ghana. The Gatekeeper manifested as a swarm of spiders in the shape of a human form, easily defeating Peter, and explained to him why he had been chosen as a totemic avatar. It explained that Ezekiel had misappropriated and misused his powers, and therefore been deemed unworthy of them. Ezekiel abducted Peter and took him to the Great Weaver's temple, explaining that the Gatekeeper would only let one of them live. He drugs Peter and summons the Gatekeeper, but just as it's about to eat Peter has a change of heart and attacks. The Gatekeeper grabs Ezekiel and pulls him into the darkness, and hasn't been seen since.
- Animalistic Abomination: In the Great Weaver's temple, it manifested in the form of a huge black spider-monster with glowing red eyes and tentacles for legs when summoned by Ezekiel.
- Body of Bodies: When it appears in New York, it assembles a body out of a swarm of spiders.
- The Chooser of The One: It deemed Ezekiel unworthy of his spider-powers, and would only allow either him or Peter to live.
- Cosmic Entity: It is a totemic entity uncannily similar to the Other's Ero form. Whether they were meant to be related or one-and-the-same is unknown.
- Time Abyss: Ezekiel says he's over a thousand years old, and if he's anything like the other Spider-Totems, he's older than Earth-616 itself.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite being a Spider-Totem, it hasn't been seen since the "Book of Ezekiel" arc and wasn't even mentioned in Spider-Verse.
- The Worm That Walks: When it appeared in New York looking for Ezekiel, it manifested a humanoid body out of a huge swarm of spiders.
The Radioactive Spider
Notable Aliases: Goddess
First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy #15 (August, 1962)
A spider got caught in a radiation test at a public exhibition demonstrating the safe handling of nuclear laboratory waste materials, sponsored by the General Techtronics Corporation. The radiation, however, was slowly killing it. Before it died it bit a student from Midtown High named of Peter Parker. The spider's venom caused changes to Peter's DNA that gave him certain abilities of a spider, such as the proportionate strength and agility along with the ability to climb on any surface. He could now react to danger quickly with a "spider-sense".
The spider also had time to bite another person following Peter: Cindy Moon, who got the same abilities as Spider-Man. She later took up the identity of Silk.
A student by the name of Carl King, who witnessed Peter being bitten and connected it with the appearance of Spider-Man, ate the spider hoping to gain the same powers of Spider-Man. His body began to break down over time, mutating him into a swarm of thousand spiders sharing a single consciousness.
Due to having been turned into a Gamma mutate, the spider resurrected, attaining sentience and the ability to speak due to having been affected by Peter and Cindy's human DNA. The radiation emitted by the Isotope Genome Accelerator also caused her to split in two, with her clone being the spider that was eaten by Carl King. Capable of increasing her size to massive proportions, she was inspired by Spider-Man and Silk and set out to become a superhero under the name "Goddess" - which had been given to her by a researcher studying her.
Alter Ego: Ai Apaec
Notable Aliases: The Decapitator, Dark Spider-Man
First Appearance: Osborn #1 note ; New Avengers Vol 2 #18 note
Ai Apaec is a Peruvian spider-god, transformed into a dark version of Spider-Man by Norman Osborn.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Since his monstrous, Spider People form wouldn't fly very well with the public, Norman Osborn and HAMMER modified him so he looked much friendlier and less inhuman.
- The Big Guy: He was the biggest of the inmates freed by Norman Osborn.
- Evil Counterpart: Forcefully turned into one of Spider-Man.
- Fangs Are Evil: He had four prominent fangs.
- Humanoid Abomination: He may look like a six-armed Spider-Man, but he's something much worse.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: His humanoid form has six arms.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He was known as The Decapitator back in South America.
- Spider People: Looked like a human with his lower body being a huge spider, plus his hair were snakes.
- Squashed Flat: Accidentally stepped on by Toxie Doxie when he was shrunken.
Alter Ego: Anya Sophia Corazon
First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy Vol. 2 #1 (August, 2004)
Anya Corazón, also known under the alias Spider-Girl and formerly Araña, is a Marvel Comics superheroine. She's introduced into Marvel Universe in Amazing Fantasy Vol. 2 #1 (August 2004) and is created by Fiona Avery and Mark Brooks.
While not starting out as a member of the Spider-Family, Anya was a member of the mystical part of the Spider Society and usually acted as their hunter. However, a crossover with Spider-Man eventually made her renounce her allegiance and pursue her own path.
She was amongst the Pro-Registration heroes in the Civil War, acting as Ms. Marvel's Tagalong Kid, and while questioning her worst moments, she continued to be on Carol's side, the two helping each other out, despite her father's misgivings. Carol once saved her from the mind control of Puppet Master, solidifying their relations.
Like the rest of the Spider-Family, she wasn't heard from any more until Grim Hunt, where luckily for her, Araña managed to survive the events and helped Spider-Man defeat Kraven. In the aftermath, she was handpicked by Julia Carpenter as the successor of the Arachne suit and becomes Spider-Girl as Julia succeeds the late Madame Web.
Her own series as Araña is titled as The Heart of the Spider. The series has 12 issues and was published from 2005 to 2006. As Spider-Girl, her series has eight issues, plus a three issue tie-in with the Spider-Island event, and was published in 2011.
Anya later becomes part of the new class of students when the Avengers Academy moves to the former headquarters of the West Coast Avengers, though she later returned to New York, becoming Spider-Woman's pupil, and played a key role in Spider-Verse. In the aftermath of the conflict, she choose to accompany Spider-UK (Billy Braddock), whose reality had been destroyed by an Incursion, to stay in the Loomworld, the Inheritors' former base, and form the "Warriors of the Great Web", in order use the Web of Life and Destiny to reach out any universe in need of a Spider-Man. Anya returns to prominence as a member of the multiversal Web Warriors team, as part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel initiative.
Anya appears on Marvel's Spider-Man, alongside Peter Parker, Miles Morales, and Gwen Stacy.
- Accidental Murder: Her father was seemingly in the middle of a Red Hulk rampage and was accidentally killed by him, though it's revealed that her father was actually poisoned at the same time the Red Hulk was, by a Nebulous Evil Organisation called "Raven" who thought Gilberto was getting a bit too close to their tracks, the poison caused the Red Hulk to rage and also caused his heart to fail, his presumably dead body was then crushed by falling rubble as Red Hulk proceeded to rampage.
- Action Girl: Aside from having superpowers, Anya is capable fighter and skilled gymnast.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: Anya is Hispanic. All other Spider-Ladies before her are Caucasian.
- Almost Kiss: At the Avengers Academy prom, she almost had one with Reptil before being interrupted by a jealous Hardball.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Spiders, of course.
- Anime Hair: During her time as Araña, she kept her hair tied back in a short, spiky ponytail. She's since grown it out a lot longer.
- The Apprentice: She had a master-student dynamic with Miguel, Carol Danvers, Jessica Drew, and William Braddock, being a younger, enthusiastic hero who's almost fanatically dedicated to them and the causes they espouse.
- Badass Longcoat: Rarely wears one, but here◊. Also overlaps with In the Hood. She soon eschews it after Tony criticizes how it provides four points for an enemy to grab her by, noting she shouldn't take practical fashion advice from Wolverine.
- Bilingual Bonus: Araña is the Spanish word for spider. Anya is Hispanic (Mexican-Puerto Rican, specifically).
- Brainy Brunette: Aside from inventing her own Spider-like Bola, she also practices computer hacking in her free time.
- Brought Down to Badass: Even after temporarily losing her powers, she retains her skills and is still a strong fighter.
- Building Swing: With grappling-hook-like equipment as Araña, and with her own webbing as Spider-Girl.
- The Call Knows Where You Live: Took a break from crime fighting during the "Civil War" arc. But someone tried to rob the restaurant she worked at and a couple superheroes from the pro registration side(Miss Marvel and Wonder Man), who happened to be taking a lunch break, saw Anya's carapace come out. Literal in that they lost track of Araña in the scuffle but later showed up at Anya's house while she and Gil were celebrating her birthday.
- Chest Insignia: Anya has had a spider symbol on all her costumes, even on her Araña◊'s Civvie Spandex.
- Child Soldier: She was technically one for Carol during Civil War, which even Tony Stark briefly spoke against it and only reluctantly agreed as long as Carol supervised her.
- The Chosen One: It was stated in a What If? story that if Peter Parker is killed or did a FaceHeel Turn, Anya would have to become the new "Web of Life" Champion, which would lead to...
- Civvie Spandex: When she was Araña, sans the exoskeleton, her costume was comprised of an assortment street clothes.
- Continuity Nod: During the "Civil War" arc, she got a job at a restaurant called "Chicken Cow", a reference to a giant monster that fought the Incredible Hulk for days in an earlier Spider-man comic.
- Crapsack World / World of Badass: Discussed Trope. This◊ is essentially what Spidey told her about the Marvel Universe in general.
- The Cowl: In Marvel Comics 2's Spider-Girl, Anya is this in comparison to Mayday, who is more of The Cape.
- Curbstomp Battle: On the receiving end of one from Doomsdayman. Despite not being fully healed from it, Araña dealt one out to Arachne, who tried to ambush her as she was leaving work early after quitting. Under Puppet Master's control she also makes short work of Machine Man Aaron Stack but proves ineffective against Sleepwalker.
- Daddy's Girl: Since her mom has been long dead, so she's naturally this towards her father, until he's killed.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Her costume is mostly black, though she is one of the heroes.
- Dating Catwoman: Her Marvel Comics 2 counterpart and Black Tarantula (Fabian LaMuerto) had lots of Foe Yay. Then it was revealed they used to have a thing. Then they started living together. In Spectacular, Fabian proposed.
- Dead Serious: Brutally done to her father.
- Discard and Draw: After losing her initial set of powers along with the Hunter Spirit, she spends a brief stint as a Badass Normal. During Spider-Island, she contracts the Spider-Virus, gaining powers similar to the ones Spider-Man acquired after his encounter with the Queen, and keeps them even after being exposed to the cure.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Spider-Man, being a hero with arachnid-themed superpowers.
- Expy: Her original exoskeleton is generally modeled after Kamen Rider.
- Empowered Badass Normal: She has a new set of spider-powers with the outbreak of Spider-Island. She now has speed, strength, camouflage and Peter's organic web shooters from The Other, truly making her Spider-Girl. Unlike most, she keeps these powers after the storyline.
- Enemy Mine: With The Kingpin and Hobgoblin (Phil Urich) during Spider-Island.
- Epic Flail: She used to wield a pair of bolas.
- Friendly Enemy: Araña developed a friendship of sorts with the Sisterhood of the Wasp's assassin Amun, after saving his life from a gunman. He hasn't been seen since The Hunter Revealed storyline, however.
- The Fundamentalist: May Parker describes Anya as being a little too zealous in following Spider-UK, which is why May would rather hang out with the older but more grounded Gwen Stacy.
- Future Badass/Cynical Big Sister Mentor: In Spider-Girl she mentors May Parker, and later tries to pull a Grand Theft Me on her.
- Guile Heroine: Has demonstrated traces of this now that she has lost her powers, in using her civilian clothes as a trap to lure out Kraven's daughter into a one on one fight as opposed to letting herself be ambushed.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Formerly as Araña when she was incapable to produce her own webbing, she invented multipurpose spider-like grappling hooks, discs about the size of a palm, attached to cords; able to remotely grip objects, and act as both weapons (ranged or melee) and in a function similar to that of Spider-Man's web-lines. The multipurpose is so creative she can detach the cord at any length to use as a traditional bola or grappling hook for others.
- Heroic BSoD: After her father's death she lapses into depression and wanting revenge.
- Hunter of Monsters: Succeeded her mother as the Hunter of the Spider-Society.
- I Choose to Stay: In the end of Spider-Verse, Anya chooses to stay on Loomworld with Karn and Spider-UK to help in repairing the Web of Life, stating that there's way too many Spider-females back home and she can do way more on Loomworld.
- I Just Want to Be Special: After losing her powers (and before she got new ones), Anya had some doubts about her usefulness as a costumed hero. One particular moment was when she became depressed because she thought that if she had retained her old powers, maybe she could have prevented Rikki Barnes' death.
- Innocently Insensitive: While talking to Black Widow:
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Her first mission would be take down Peter Parker (if he became evil), and after that take up the role of Spider-Man.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While Miss Marvel had convinced Anya to sign the registration act, Gil's protest that she shouldn't have to and ridiculousness of not being able to see his own daughter if she had refused attend S.H.I.E.L.D's training sessions were perfectly rational. Keep in mind Ms. Marvel was supposed to be a proregistration book. Gil continued to protest the initiative, Ms. Marvel and S.H.I.E.L.D. in general, though it was related to something that happened to Anya every time.
- Kid Sidekick: Anya ended up over her head after being taken under Miss Marvel's wing so it did not last.
- Legacy Character: Her mother was apparently one of many Hunters in the Spider-Society and Anya briefly succeeded her as one. Later Julia Carpenter gave her the Spider-Woman costume, but she chose to keep her old nickname. Eventually, she changed her alias to Spider-Girl, if only because because everyone kept calling her that.
- Let's You and Him Fight: When she thinks Red Hulk killed her father she went after him to take revenge. They wound up teaming up to take out the real culprits.
- Mistaken Identity: She was believed by Ezekiel Sims' WebCorps to be their foretold champion and host to the source of their magic, a hunter spirit. It turned out their real chosen one, Nina Smith, was already in the group and the hunter only bonded with Anya by mistake. Nina was deemed unworthy after failing the proper ritual, which was rigged by Miguel since the hunter's host was also foretold to die in battle. After Anya is separated from the hunter it goes to the proper host, copies her carapace, and they attack her.
- Mood Whiplash: The first issue of her Spider-Girl series plays like a Spiritual Successor to lighthearted teen superhero like Young Justice. Then on the last page her father is killed. The second issue is all about her grieving.
- Most Common Super Power: Most often averted, as Anya is still a teenaged high school student and usually drawn with an athletic build and fairly flat chest. However, this trope is sometimes played straight Depending on the Artist, as seen in these◊ covers◊.
- Named by Democracy: Numerous people kept calling her "Spider-Girl" no matter how many times she corrected them. The codename she chose for herself in the Web Corps was "Araña" and even after she got kicked out she kept it, but Anya eventually relented and stopped correcting people when she realized it wasn't working.
- Knife Nut: Amun wielded knives capable of slicing through her carapace where bullets failed.
- Noodle Incident: Araña was unable to produce webbing, but would sometimes wake up with her room covered in spider webs. How or why this happened was never revealed.
- Not Now, Kiddo: This is everyone's response to her attempts at getting help from other heroes during both Spider-Island and Inhumanity. Although we can understand this attitude coming from the other Avengers (even Spider-Man, since it's Doc Ock inside) in the latter, the fact that even Carol Danvers treats her this way (in both storylines, no less) is somewhat sad.
- Older Sidekick: Formerly she had Miguel the mage and liked to assert her superiority over him since her hunter spirit was the source of his magic. Miguel is now a Dead Sidekick.
- Out of Focus: Following the Brand New Day Soft Reboot, there was a concerted effort to position Anya as the premier Legacy Character in the Spider-Man line. She was given a major role in the Grim Hunt storyline, made a member of the Young Allies (Marvel's attempt at a new Teen Teem), and was eventually given a new costume & official took on the Spider-Girl mantle. Her ongoing unfortunately ended up underperforming and got cancelled after 8 issues. To make matters worst new younger characters like Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen became breakaway successes and became the new focus for the Spider-Office.
- Ordinary High-School Student: She started off as a high school student before being roped into the Spider Society.
- Parental Abandonment: Originally only lacked a mother, but Paul Tobin's first order of business as he took the character over was to kill her loving dad.
- Pink Is for Sissies: Miguel had this reaction when she showed up to work with a pink Vespa.
- Powered Armor: Formerly as Araña, she could summon Carapace, a blue spider-like exoskeleton around her body that emanates from the tattoo on her upper right arm, enhancing her abilities and protecting her from damage. She could control the thickness, coverage, and shape of the carapace. At its thickest, it is resistant to small firearms.
- Power Incontinence: Her carapace would involuntarily retract while she had the flu. Nothing ever came of it though.
- Power Tattoo: Formerly her tattoo could project a chitinous armored carapace and also draw it back in when Anya didn't want it around, but this ability was lost after Doomsday Man ripped the carapace from Anya's body. A story showcased in Marvel Team-Up had Terror gain all of her powers when he assimilated the tattooed arm, which had been blown off when Anya was killed in an explosion.Terror: What? Are you guys still hung up over this? The poor girl wasn't using it! I couldn't just let it go to waste! Besides, the magic armored crap that comes out of this tattoo thing has come in handy.Terror: I am going to weep the day this arm of Araña's rots so much that I have to replace it. And I don't even have working tear ducts!
- Progressively Prettier: As Araña she could have been mistaken as a boy due to her rather petite body, Civvie Spandex costume, and short hair. As Spider-Girl she has longer hair in a Tomboyish Ponytail, a form-fitting body glove costume, and more athletic body.
- The position of her old tattoo was changed from a Spider-like tattoo on her right shoulder to a big Spider-like tattoo on her back. It's currently on her left arm.
- Current comics seem to have forgotten she lost her original powers and that her current set are a result of her being infected with the Spider-Queen's venom.
- Secret Identity: Her identity was revealed during Civil War, but when she became Spider-Girl, her identity became secret again. This is a little subverted. A lot of people know her true identity because Anya is really careless at keeping her identity as a secret, often tweeting her whole life, putting her costume on in open bright streets and arriving her apartment and staying inside with the costume on. Her friend Rocky and The Kingpin have pointed out how easy was for them to find out her true identity.
- Sensual Spandex: Her costume as Spider-Girl, contrasting her Civvie Spandex costume as Araña.
- Spider-Sense: Her carapace would come out involuntarily in responses to danger (which caused her classmates in gym to accuse her of hiding some kind of metal weapon), with predictable results. It would even pop up in response to things she could not see coming (such as beverages to the back of her head).
- Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: Turns out she can read the otherwise unintelligible script the Master Weaver's scrolls are written in, due to her powers being tied to a cult that worships Spider-Totems.
- Super Drowning Skills: If a part of Anya's carapace was submerged the thing would tighten and suffocate her. It does not quite count as a Weaksauce Weakness since she could just retract it and swim normally if needed but was a potential disadvantage in certain areas.
- Superpowered Evil Side: When she actually drew on the hunter spirit, she became stronger, faster, and so on. She also became much more willing to kill her enemies until she suppressed it again.
- Super Speed: Amun was faster than her unless she drew on the hunter spirit.
- Sword and Sorcerer: With Miguel it was Bolas and Mage.
- The Symbiote: Though of a different kind than Venom and Co. She was bonded to a hunter spirit and could project a blue carapace that protected her from dangers. Turns out the carapace did not come from the hunter spirit but after she was forcibly separated from it, it acquired a new host in Nina Smith, copied the carapace, and the two of them then tried to kill her. Sound familiar?
- Tears of Fear: When she was imprisoned during the Grim Hunt.
- Too Happy to Live: Her father was a nurturing, caring, and accepting parent who while concerned and apprehensive, still did his best to understand his daughter's need to do good with the abilities she'd trained so dedicatedly. So naturally, first order of business in her new series was to kill him.
- Wall Crawl: Back when she had powers. The Marvel handbook actually said she couldn't despite her frequently demonstrating otherwise on panel. She became able to do it again with a new set of spider-powers.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Anya developed feelings for Avengers Academy's Reptil and the feeling seemed to be mutual to the point that Reptil changed back to his normal young body (he had decided to keep the body of an older and more powerful version of himself) just because Anya asked him to in a prom where they almost kissed. The relationship was never mentioned again, even when Anya joined the Academy herself some time later (she wasn't featured in stories of the Academy at all while Reptil started pursuing other relationships).
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2 #30 (June 2001)
- "This is the five million dollar question. I'm about to yank your chain like nobody else ever has before, and nobody else ever will again. So listen carefully. Did the radiation enable the spider to give you these powers? Or was the spider trying to give you those powers before the radiation killed it? Which came first? The radiation? Or the power? The chicken or the egg or the power?"
- Alternate Self: It's revealed that Old Man Spider-Man from Earth-4 is Ezekiel from a universe where Morlun killed Peter. Tragically, this is only revealed after Daemos snaps his neck.
- Awesome by Analysis: Claims he deduced Spider-Man's identity by hiring PIs - including Felicia Hardy - and then piecing together the scraps of evidence they collected. It's later revealed he knew Peter Parker was Spider-Man right from the start and has been keeping tabs on him throughout his superhero career.
- Barefoot Sage: Has a penchant for holding philosophical conversations while walking on buildings' roofs and walls without shoes.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saved Peter from Morlun, nearly at the cost of his own life.
- Big Good: A minor example: moments of selfishness aside, Zeke has done a lot of work to organize the protection of the Spider-Totems of Earth-616 from Morlun and others like him. He preceded Arana's mother as a hunter of the Spider-Society and founded a number of companies - most notably WebCorps - to act as fronts for it. He has been keeping tabs on the various individuals connected to the Web of Life, such as Peter Parker and Cindy Moon, for years.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Mild example. He was a founder of WebCorps, tying both him and Spider-Man in with Araña. However, he used his powers for personal gain.
- Doing In the Scientist: Tries to do this by telling Peter that his powers - along with those of other spider-themed superheroes and villains - come from a totemic spider deity called the Great Weaver and a mystic force called the Web of Life instead of radiation. Neither option is mutually exclusive in Peter's case.
- Doom Magnet: It's revealed that Morlun, Shathra, and the Gatekeeper weren't after Peter, they were after Ezekiel due to the Spider-Totems deeming him unworthy of his powers.note
- Fed to the Beast: He tries to do this to Peter Parker in order to become Earth-616's primary spider totemic avatar, taking him to the Spider Totems' temple in Ghana and summoning one of them to devour him. He has a change of heart and sacrifices himself so that Peter can survive.
- Harbinger of Impending Doom: Shows up out of the blue telling Peter his powers are supernatural in origin and that he is being hunted by a cannibalistic being with a taste for totemic avatars.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: He saved Peter from Morlun and initially tried to take him into protective custody. When the Gatekeeper decreed that he was unworthy of being a Spider-Totem and had to die, Ezekiel tried to sacrifice Peter to become a true Spider-Totem himself. He had a change of heart at the last moment, leading to...
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices himself to save Peter from the Gatekeeper.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Why he acquired spider powers in the first place, and why he tried to sacrifice Peter.
- Killed Off for Real: He seemingly reappeared during the Grim Hunt arc telling Spider-Man to warn every spider-themed hero and villain about the Kravinoff family's vendetta, but it was really the Chameleon in disguise tricking Peter into walking into a trap.
- The Mentor: Ezekiel is an older mentor who enlightens his younger pupil to the supernatural aspects of his powers and then dies, and is revealed to be a member of an ancient order of warriors possessing similar powers.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After leaving Peter to die, his Spider-Sense synchronizes with Peter's and he realizes that while he wanted to be a hero all his life, he had only used his ill-gained powers illicitly, whereas Peter had used his own powers altruistically, prompting a Heel Realization and a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Not Quite Dead: Seemingly died fighting Morlun, but was later revealed to have survived.
- Power at a Price: Possesses the same powers as Peter, but is slightly weaker (i.e. He can lift 9 tons compared to Peter's 10) due to acquiring them illegitimately. The Great Weaver ultimately deems him unworthy of his powers and manifests as the Gatekeeper to kill him.
- Properly Paranoid: Built a room designed to hide himself and other totemic beings so that Morlun couldn't find them. He takes Cindy Moon into protective custody when he learns Morlun is looking for her and tries to take Peter Parker in as well.
- Targeted Human Sacrifice: Turns Peter into one in an attempt to become a legitimate Spider Totem when the Gatekeeper decides he has to die.
Alter Ego: Cassandra Webb
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #210 (November 1980)
- "You are much too bright to be asking such stupid questions."
- Blind Seer: She's blind, but she has precognition and a number of other psychic powers to compensate.
- The Cassandra: It's even in her name! Spider-Man initially dismissed her psychic powers as a hoax until she revealed she knew his secret identity.
- Complete Immortality: She was supposedly granted this by the Circle of Five, but all it did was temporarily restore her health and youth.
- Disability Superpower: She's blind and crippled to the point of needing to be on life-support, but possesses clairvoyance and a number of other psychic powers.
- Easy Amnesia: After being attacked by the Juggernaut she is left with amnesia.
- Killed Off for Real: During Grim Hunt she is murdered by Sasha Kravinoff after mocking her failure to resurrect Kraven properly. She transfers her powers to Julia Carpenter before dying, though.
Ben Reilly (Scarlet Spider I/Spider-Man II/Jackal II)
Alter Ego: Benjamin Reilly
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #149 (October 1975)Peter's clone and the first Scarlet Spider.
Kaine Parker (Scarlet Spider IV)
Alter Ego: Kaine Parker
First Appearance: Web of Spider-Man #119 (December 1994)
- "I'm doin' something very, very stupid. Don't screw up my hero moment, Parker."
The Jackal's first failed attempt to clone Spider-Man. A former supervillain who serves as an ally, an enemy, and a foil of Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and Ben Reilly. He later first appeared as the new Scarlet Spider.
Alter Ego: Cindy Moon
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3 #1 (April 2014)
During the Original Sin storyline, Spider-Man would be exposed to the energies of the Watchers eye alongside his fellow heroes. As secrets began to flow into his head, Spider-Man saw that the radioactive spider that bit him managed to bite another before it dieda young female student named Cindy Moon.
After she was bitten by the spider, Cindys abilities manifested but she was unable to control them. Some time later, Ezekiel Sims would approach the Moon family to offer his help and guide Cindy in controlling her newfound abilities. After six years since getting bit and training to use her powers, Cindy is locked up inside a facility by Ezekiel to protect her and the other spiders from Morlun and his family: The Inheritors. But she was later freed by Peter Parker, kicking off Morlun's biggest hunt ever.
During Spider-Verse, she appeared in the first arc of Spider-Woman volume five, teaming up with Jessica Drew before spinning off into her own ongoing series in February 2015, written by Robbie Thompson (known for his work on Supernatural). Initially running for seven issues, Silk, like many other titles, was put on hold for the massive Secret Wars event, but returned with a new volume during the All-New, All-Different Marvel initiative later that year. In the second volume, Silk is working for Black Cat, or so it seems as she is actually a mole for SHIELD, but things start to get complicated, as Silk gains some anger issues as well as having a hard time remembering Black Cat isn't her friend. This volume ran for nineteen issues.
Cindy appears (in her unpowered, civilian form) as a classmate of Peter's in 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming, played there by Tiffany Espensen, later reprising the role in Avengers: Infinity War. In June 2018, it was announced that Sony began developing a film based on the character, reportedly later retooled into a series for Prime Video by 2020. It will reportedly be the first in a franchise of series for the streamer set in Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters, but it has not yet been confirmed if Espensen will reprise her role. It was also reported in December 2018 that Silk would feature in a spinoff of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, alongside Spider-Gwen and Jessica Drew, tentatively titled Spider-Women.
Notable Comic Books
- Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 (2014)
- Silk (multiple runs):
- vol. 1 (2015)
- vol. 2 (2015-2017)
- vol. 3 (2020-)
- Amazing Spider-Man & Silk: The Spider(fly) Effect (2016)
- Spider-Women (2016)
- Spider-Geddon (2018)
- Marvel Cinematic Universe, (2017 — present), played by Tiffany Espensen
- Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters
- Silk (TBA)
- Untitled Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse spinoff (TBD), voiced by TBA
- All Therapists Are Muggles: Averted. At Mister Fantastic's recommendation, Cindy begins seeing Dr. Marie Porter, a shrink who specializes in helping people with secret identities. Marie is one of the few people Cindy genuinely trusts, and is on a very short list of characters who believe that Cindy can get her life in order.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Spiders, being the avatar of a powerful Spider Totem.
- Arachnid Appearance and Attire: Her first costume was made entirely out of plain, old spider-silk. Just look◊.
- Ascended Fanboy: When her first Agents of Atlas mission sends her to Korea, to help fight in the War of the Realms, she becomes rather excited to work alongside crimefighting K-Pop singer Luna Snow. A later Agents of Atlas comic also has Luna Snow recruit Silk as a dancer in her next music video.Silk: I saw you at MSG during your "Cool" World Tour and you were amazing.
Luna Snow: Oh, wow. Thank you.
- Badass Boast:Ringer III: H-how're you—? Nobody's that fast!
Silk: I am. Fast, tough, and smooth... as Silk! Yeah, that'll work.
- Bandaged Face: She's covered the lower half of her face with her spider-silk in her first costume.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished:
- Averted after Cindy gets a beating at the hands of Black Cat and ends up with a black eye.
- Averted again when Cindy gets some bruises on her cheek after fighting Mattie Franklin.
- Becoming the Mask: Mockingbird worried that Silk's infiltration of Black Cat's organization would put her in serious risk of this, as did a few others, and not without reason. She almost killed a person under Black Cat's orders, and when asked about it, she stated she felt good after beating the man and throwing him off a roof (but claims that she knew he'd survive). The main thing that seemed to be pushing her into this trope is that she genuinely likes Cat and sees her as a friend, a feeling that Cat would mutually return. She ultimately doesn't go rogue, and Mockingbird apologizes for thinking she would.
- Berserker Rage: Silk was already someone not completely in control of her emotions, and being exposed to goblin serum didn't help. Even after Cat cured her, she still flies into a yellow-eyed rage on occasion.
- Beta Outfit: In the earliest comics, Cindy's "costume" is just some webs that she's generated wrapped tightly around her body, almost Bandage Mummy-style. Later on, as she figures out how to make proper clothing with her webs, she creates the costume that she's worn ever since.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": Has a red "S" in the middle of her costume's chest.
- Butch Lesbian/Lipstick Lesbian: Two of Cindy's co-workers◊, Lola and Rafferty, are lesbian couple and perhaps one of the most blatant examples of these. Lola is short-haired, tomboyish, and slightly masculine-looking. Rafferty is long-haired, cute, blonde, nerd-looking, and Meganekko.
- Cat Fight: Against Black Cat. Lampshaded in this very cover◊.
- Cheap Costume: For her first costume, Silk quickly slapped together a costume using her webbing. Spidey laments having never thought of doing that himself, although considering his webbing only lasts couple of hours that might be a good thing. She later makes herself a proper costume after hearing her job supervisor Natalie Long call Silk's original one "tacky".
- Combat Clairvoyance: To a greater degree than Spider-Man. She can track people quicker and easier and by her description see further along the threads of fate that power their Spider-Sense.
- Cool Big Sis: Aside from the usual sibling bickering, she was this towards her little brother, as seen in a flashback in Silk #1 here◊. The final arc of the first volume is about how Cindy searches for him and finally reunites with him again.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Distaff Counterpart: She is this to Peter to a greater extent than any of the Spider-Women or Spider-Girls, thanks to being bitten by the same spider. Morlun even calls her "Spider-Bride".
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: In her solo series by Robbie Thompson, her spider powers and the circumstances surrounding how she got them are written like an extended metaphor for a social or learning disability. Cindy was raised by two deeply loving parents, but when she got her powers, she and they were horrified and wanted nothing more than for her to go back to being a normal girl. Their fear allowed Ezekiel Sims to persuade them to lock away their teenage daughter in a bunker for over a decade. She isn't very adept at social cues, and at first cannot understand why Peter Parker doesn't want to lean into their Fantastic Arousal. Most other superheroes treat her as younger than she is and find her either endearing or aggravating, which translates to Cindy as condescension or fuel for her own self-loathing. She regularly worries that she'll never be a properly functioning adult on behalf of her circumstances, and in most issues, the only person she can confide in is her therapist. At the end of Thompson's run on the character, she accepts that these things will always be a part of her, but she owes it to herself to be comfortable in her own skin, in the company of people who care about her, such as Lola, Rafferty, Albert, and her parents, found at last, who apologize profusely for letting Ezekiel put her in that bunker.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Cindy finally finds and rescues her parents, who were trapped in the Negative Zone. As thanks for everything Cindy did in dealing with the Black Cat, Mockingbird sets her family up with a new house/safehouse.
- Evil Counterpart: The villain of the Spider-Women crossover is the Cindy Moon of Spider-Gwen's dimension. On Earth-65, the radioactive spider never bit Cindy, but since their daughter was nearly bit by a glowing spider, the Moon family called for an investigation into the lab. When it was discovered that the spider bite would have either killed Cindy or given her spider-powers, Cindy grew bitter and spent the next decade stewing on what might have been. In present day, she has completely cut her loving family out of her life to become a Mad Scientist and CEO of the evil organization S.I.L.K., as she tries to recreate the spider and cause all sorts of trouble for Earth-65's superheroes.
- Evil Mentor: Black Cat becomes this for Silk in Volume 2. It doesn't help that Cat is the only person besides Silk's therapist that isn't convinced Silk is a failure of some kind.
- FaceHeel Turn: In the All New, All Different universe, Silk has gone rogue and is working for Black Cat under the moniker of "Sinister Silk", lamenting that her brief stint as a hero has made it difficult for her to accrue any Villain Cred... but it's revealed she's actually The Mole for S.H.I.E.L.D. But, then, after the events of Spider-Women, Cindy decides to back Black Cat full-time after S.H.I.E.L.D. refuses to listen to the fact that her Earth-65 counterpart was causing trouble, not her. Then it turns out she went back to S.H.I.E.L.D. to continue busting Black Cat after they finally believed her story.
- Fantastic Arousal: She used to emit pheromones that cause Peter Parker to want to get intimate with her, and vice versa. It got to the point where they couldn't be around each other for more than a few minutes before they started making out. Thanks to the events of Spider-Verse causing the strength of her pheromones to diminish in exchange for an even better Silk-Sense, this is no longer an issue.
- Femme Fatalons: The fingers on her costume can be converted into these on the fly.
- Finger Firearms: Like Ultimate Marvel's Jessica Drew, she shoots her webbing from her fingertips instead of her wrists. She can spin different kinds too: Insulated strands to use against Electro and porous ones for more cushioned barriers. They also have barbed hook tips giving a stronger catch on things she hits. Very similar to the way the Great Weaver has been depicted spinning its webs given her purported stronger connection to the Web of Life.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Not as bad as Captain America, per se, but when she hits the Internet to search for her parents, she's stopped by the fact that Peter doesn't have Netscape Navigator. Her being a spider-person, and thus fond of quips, means that a lot of her references are seen as out-of-date by the other web heads.
- Gilded Cage: The bunker Ezekiel placed her in, and intended to place Peter inside as well. Cindy was well cared for, continued to learn about the world and has a much better grasp on her powers than she would otherwise, but she never got the chance to socialize and, practically speaking, is still an emotionally addled teen in a grown woman's body.
- Gorgeous Garment Generation: Cindy can use her organic Projectile Webbing to create clothing. She has used this ability to create civilian clothing for her and Peter, and has made medieval fantasy clothing for herself and her companions.
- I Have This Friend...: In Issue #1, Cindy says Dragonclaw sounds like a Pokémon, prompting her to ask "Is Pokémon still a thing... asking for a friend."
- Important Haircut: Near the end of her first character arc in her solo comic, Cindy is in a fight with Black Cat that ends with the theif dangling her by her hair over a long drop. After a moment of existential anguish over the source of the fight itself, she cuts off her own hair to escape. From this moment forward, she begins to move past her reliance on Spider-Man & make her own decisions about her life, including later working with Black Cat in order to find information on her family.
- Meta Origin: She got her powers from the same spider that Peter did. Unlike him, she is able to produce her own webbing rather than requiring web cartridges. This is part of her role as the Bride in the Cosmic Chess Game between the Inheritors and the Spiders. She represents every totem empowered by chance.
- Morality Pet: Silk appointed herself as Black Cat's, and the two end up having a heart-to-heart where Silk tells her that she clearly isn't the full-fledged villain that everyone is making her out to be. Knowing that her sidekick earnestly views her in this way leads to Black Cat sparing Silk's life when she learns Silk is working for S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Naïve Newcomer: Jessica Drew outright admits during Spider-Verse that Silk's naivety and enthusiasm for heroics would normally make her endearing, but this quality also has a tendency to make her more aggravating to deal with in more serious situations... like the multiverse genocide of Spider-Totems they were trying to stop at the time.
- Never My Fault: Occasionally attempts to shift the blame off herself whenever she screws up and things go FUBAR. Spider-Woman eventually gets fed up with this and chews her out on it.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She ends up getting Spider-Man: Noir laid up after she accidentally attracts Brix and Bora to their location during Spider-Verse. And then gets Spider-Woman trapped on Loomworld. And then wrecks the second teleporter when she returns to Loomworld to save Spider-Woman, even though she should be staying away from Loomworld. Frankly, it happens a lot in Spider-Verse, and is specifically the reason why few heroes enjoy her presence come her solo series.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: After finding out Silk has betrayed her by working with S.H.I.E.L.D., Black Cat teleports the two of them to an abandoned warehouse and proceeds to beat Cindy to a bloody pulp in front of her goons, to show them what happens to people who double-cross her. The beatdown is interrupted by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents storming the building, and Cindy uses the last of her strength to leap through a skylight after being aided by an uppercut, landing on the roof. Black Cat simply teleports to the roof and continues beating her up. She stops when Silk reaffirms her faith in Black Cat not being a true villain, though.
- Not Quite Back to Normal: The Goblin King (Phil Urich) infects Silk with his knock-off Goblin Serum in an attempt to get her on his side, but she's saved by Black Cat, who had cooked up a cure. However, Silk's eyes briefly turn yellow when she gets angry for a while after, implying that Felicia's vaccine wasn't perfect or took time to work fully.
- Older Than She Looks: Looks like a teenager (and often acts like one too), but is actually in her late twenties like Peter. Played for Laughs as both Jessica Drew and Mockingbird, who mentor Silk, refer to her as a kid despite the fact that she's actually around the same age as them.Mockingbird: That's good to hear, young lady.
Silk: Dude, we're practically the same age.
- One-Word Title: Doubles as Protagonist Title, being Cindy Moon's codename as a superhero.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Spider-People are a crowded market in the world of Marvel Comics, and her solo launching at the same time as Spider-Gwen's did her no favours.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Unlike every other webbed hero, who wear complete masks, Silk just covers the lower half of her face with a somewhat loose-fitting scarf. The scarf has fallen away enough times during fights that her identity never being revealed (well, never being revealed because of this trope, anyway) is pure luck.
- Parental Abandonment: Invoked, as Cindy herself signed off on the decision to lock herself up in the bunker away from her family. But after spending ten years in the bunker, she has no idea where they might have gone, with virtually all information about them being wiped from public record. Figuring out what happened to them was her main driving force and reason for being Silk. Thanks to her coworkers, she finds out they disappeared into the Negative Zone in search of a cure for her Spider-Powers to protect her from the Inheritors and ended up trapped there. Cindy rescues them, brings them home, and slowly rebuilds her relationship with them.
- Parental Substitute: When Cindy gets a job at Fact Channel News, J. Jonah Jameson (who actually likes Silk, barring the period where she was impersonated◊ by her Evil Counterpart from Earth-65) ends up taking her under his wing, even giving her the nickname "Analog" after seeing her use a pen and notepad instead of a phone or tablet. He becomes somewhat father-y towards her, helps her find her missing brother, and screams raises at her. Jameson's kindness and presence is arguably the other reason besides the hunt for her family that kept her at the network, as she immediately quits when he's fired following the events of Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy.
- Pheromones: She and Spider-Man both have them, and they work exponentially well on each other. When Peter and Cindy are anywhere near each other, they are compelled to start making out on the spot, and can only resist for so long.
- Photographic Memory: Silk #1 reveals that she has this, and has her dismayed that the most vivid of these memories include telling her mother than she hated her.
- Power Incontinence: A positive example. The events of Spider-Verse has caused her Spider-Sense to amplify but lowered her pheromonal attraction. However, she initially can't stand the new information overload, and mixed with her social anxiety, decides to live in the bunker once more to deal with it... until she learns that someone has been constantly surveying her there, forcing her to rent an apartment.
- Protagonist Title: The protagonist's codename, as she's a superhero.
- Red String of Fate: She and Peter were bitten by the same radioactive/supernatural spider. Until the end of Spider-Verse, they couldn't be close to each other too long before their "pheromones" started making them go in for a makeout. Though even once it's no longer an issue, Cindy continues avoiding Peter, now out of embarrassment for that entire scenario having even been a thing.
- Remember the New Guy?: She was one of Peter's classmates thirteen years ago In-Universe. Subverted in that he's just as clueless as the reader about who she is.
- The Rival: Had a one-sided one with Peter for a while. When their pheromonal attraction starts interfering with their daily lives, Cindy suggests Peter take a hike and leave New York to her. Peter takes this as a challenge and tries to maintain a good friendship with her, while Cindy usually tries to avoid interacting with him, even after the pheremones are no longer a problem. The Thompson run is even bookended by phone calls between the two that basically sum up their relationship.Peter (after Cindy abruptly hangs up): "Good talk, Cindy. Good talk."
- Shout-Out: A lot of Cindy's quips as Silk pertain to 1990s and early 2000s pop culture, in addition to her owning a lot of Disney, Sailor Moon, and Nintendo memorabilia at home and on her work desk. One of the first jokes she makes in her solo series falls directly into this.Silk: Seriously? [Dragonclaw] sounds like a Pokémon.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Her relationship with Peter has been very intimate, to the point where Anna Maria is uncomfortable around them and must resort to using a spray bottle to keep them focused on tasks. Both of them find their Fantastic Arousal inhibits their ability to fight crime, and Cindy is extremely uncomfortable with the situation. As of Silk Volume 0, they're apparently no longer romantically involved, and Cindy seems eager to forget it. Her high school boyfriend & herself also qualify, both in flashback and after they get back together, as do the friends that she helped set up in Issue #1, Lola & Rafferty.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Literally, as the second fight that breaks out between her and Peter ends with them making out due to their Spider-Senses freaking out when Morlun resurfaces.
- So What Do We Do Now?: In the penultimate issue of Vol. 2, Cindy finds herself at a lost of what do after rescuing her parents, as reuniting her family was her only goal after leaving the bunker. The idea of continuing to be Silk doesn't even seem enticing for a while. It's only after talking with Jameson, her brother, and her therapist, as well as helping a kid get their kite out of a tree, that she decides to take Mockingbird's offer to join S.H.I.E.L.D. as a full-time hero.
- Spoiled Brat: She is severely stunted both socially and emotionally, and can act like a whiny teenager whenever others question her abilities, with one example being running away after overhearing Jessica Drew's assertion during Spider-Verse that Silk's Wide-Eyed Idealism will get them killed if they aren't careful.
- Socially Awkward Hero: In her defense, she recently spent a decade in a bunker, putting her somewhat behind the times in terms of popular culture, and her people skills in general are rather rusty. She is also strongly implied to have an anxiety disorder, which doesn't help matters much.
- Super Reflexes: Much more agile than Spider-Man, being capable of dodging his webbing in what the man himself describes as Matrix Bullet Time.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Cindy is more than aware that many of her "friends" in the hero community see her as a nuisance or inevitable screw-up, and has a very short list of people who she actually trusts outside her therapist in return. It's this aspect of Silk that makes her handler Mockingbird worried about her pulling a FaceHeel Turn, believing she'd quickly go rogue should Black Cat become one of the few people not to treat her as an irresponsible rookie.
- What the Hell, Hero?: When Peter mentions that he's killed Morlun, she's relieved and comfortably leaves the bunker, ready to see the outside world. After swinging around for a bit, she asks for some elaboration on how he did it. When Peter mentioned that he's done it twice, she flips out, pointing out that if Morlun is capable of coming back from the dead for a second time (he does), everyone is screwed.
- Wide-Eyed Idealism: She's a newcomer to the superhero scene, with Jessica Drew directly stating that her naivety and enthusiasm would normally make her endearing to veterans like her. The problem is that her first taste of action was a war where the fate of the multiverse was at stake, with this war making Silk The Load in the worst possible ways. Her uselessness during the event continued to color all her interactions with other heroes even as she improved afterwards, with everyone constantly excepting her to mess up any given situation in some manner.
- Womanchild: Mainly manifests in her solo series, where her acting like an emotionally stunted and impulsive teenager is shown as the result of spending ten years in solitary confinement. As Jessica points out later in Spider-Women, that this and her anxiety issues are the only things Cindy has from being locked in solitary confinement for so long is a miracle.
Alter Ego: Adriana Soria
First Appearance: The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 2 #15 (August, 2004)
- "The metamorphosis has begun. I feel you, all of you, reaching out along the web we all share. Whatever you were yesterday, that was another time. A different life. You are all my children now. My colony. My kingdom. And I am your queen."
A mutant with the ability to psychically control those who bear the "insect gene" - including anyone with arthropod-related superpowers - Adriana Soria was a member of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II, and was selected as a candidate for Operation Crossroads, a renewal of Operation: Rebirth - the super soldier program that had created Captain America. Adriana was drafted into the Marine Corps and became the first female Marine to go into combat, and after the war was assigned to the Bikini Atoll during the nuclear tests in hopes of awakening her powers. Exposure to radiation drove her insane and she was committed to an asylum before escaping and spending 50 years in hiding. Calling herself the Queen, she resurfaced in 2004 . note and psychically took control of a number of humans to serve as her drones. Captain America and Spider-Man investigated, and the Queen realized that Spider-Man possessed the Insect Gene and selected him as her mate, infecting him with a mutagenic enzyme through her kiss that slowly transformed him into a giant spider. The Queen intended to have David Jaffe, the scientist in charge of Operation Crossroads, make a bomb that would kill any humans lacking the insect gene, but her plans for Spider-Man were foiled when he died shortly after completing his transformation, then shed his exoskeleton to reveal a reborn Peter Parker with enhanced powers. Spider-Man disarmed the bomb and Adriana was seemingly killed when SHIELD attacked her base, but later returned in 2011, having allied with the Jackal, transformed Captain America and Kaine into anthropomorphic spider-monsters, and converted her mutagenic enzyme into a "Spider Virus" that would give anyone infected powers identical to Spider-Man's before slowly transforming them into giant spiders. Attaining god-like power and transforming into a massive spider-like monster, the Spider-Queen was killed by the rejuvenated Kaine. The Jackal later cloned her, but said clones were killed by Spider-Man and Alpha.
- Attempted Rape:
- This was essentially what she planned to do with Spider-Man. She wanted for him to be her mate and father her children in her new world, even when he makes it clear he isn't interested. The fact that she uses her powers on him to try to control him and force him to love her, and later mutates him to act as an egg sac for her offspring, supports this further.
- Judging by her dialogue (see Interplay of Sex and Violence below), she was going to do this to Flash before Captain America's timely intervention.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Ana was originally just a marine trying to serve her country, but when she and her unit were drafted to Operation Crossroads she was subjected to various testing in an attempt to awaken her powers as a super solider. When her powers didn't surface she was deemed a failure and sent to an asylum for her trouble. She eventually escaped when her powers awoke and swore revenge on the country that she felt had betrayed her, including Captain America.
- Big Bad: Of the Spider-Island event.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With the Jackal, who betrayed her and was eventually revealed to be a clone.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: One of her main powers shown is being able to control anyone with an "insect gene", which in total amounts to about 1/3 of the world's population. Upon arriving in New York she instantly gains control of a large mass of people just by humming, and they obey her without question. Despite being controlled by her they still seem to possess some free will of their own, shown when one dived in front of Captain America's shield to save Queen from being struck when she didn't notice it.
- Those with a strong will like Spider-Man were able to temporally resist Queen's control over them. During their second kiss Spider-Man almost gives into her seductions and control, but regains himself at the last moment. However, upon fully mutating into a giant spider he finally succumbs to Queen, embracing his role as her mate until his sudden "death".
- Cloning Blues: Jackal stole one of her legs and used it to create Princess and the other Spider-Queens.
- Combo Platter Powers: She has a handful of powers that don't seem to really be related such as her sonic scream, telekinesis and mutating kiss. Possibly explained by her having both mutant powers and activated insect genes.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: She dishes plenty out to Spider-man in her debut storyline.
- In their first fight he briefly manages to trip her up and restrain her before she breaks free, but once she starts using her powers she wins almost immediately, knocking him out with two sonic screams.
- She makes even quicker work of him in their second fight, using her telekinetic powers to completely restrain him and pin him down, with him not even being able to fight back like last time.
- She similarly has little trouble against a mutated Spider-Man, even as he continues to resist her and lunges at her she simply uses her powers to continually slam him into a brick wall until he falls unconscious while treating the whole event like it was a simple "lovers' quarrel" that she won.
- She easily takes down Agent Venom in the Spider-Island storyline. Her Sonic Scream is especially effective on the Symbiote, and she beats Flash down while he is left weak and vulnerable from it. He didn't do much better even with the Symbiote's help though. She also easily takes down Captain America in a fist-fight, with him only managing to hit her once via sneak attack. Had Agent Venom not come to his rescue, stabbing The Queen from behind with Cap's shield, he almost certainly would have died.
- Dating Catwoman: This was assumed to be the case by New York at first. Her first kiss with Spider-Man was caught on the news and shortly afterwards it was all anyone was talking about. But, everyone thought it was Spider-Man who kissed Queen instead of the other way around like it really was, even Mary Jane and Aunt May. In reality it is averted. Despite her flirting and beauty Spider-Man is not attracted to her at all and finds her just as disgusting as his other enemies, she just forces herself on him regardless.
- Deadpan Snarker: After defeating the mutated Spider-Man by knocking him through a building, she lifts him up telekinetically and says she told him he'd fall for her, "like a ton of bricks."
- Death Glare: She can give an absolutely terrifying one and a nasty snarl when angered. She first gives one to Spider-Man after listening to one of his bad jokes and kicking him in the leg when he tries to web her, then in the very next issue gives him another after he rejects her and forces her off him in the middle of her kiss.
- Deity of Human Origin: By transforming most of New York's populace into giant spiders she hijacked the Web of Life, the supernatural force that grants arachnid-themed superheroes and villains their powers, and gained god-like power.
- Dramatic Unmask: She has her mind controlled servants hold Spider-Man in a giant dogpile lock while she slowly peels off his mask, but stops halfway after getting to his nose. Subverted in that she wasn't trying to unmask him and doesn't care about his secret identity, she was unmasking him enough to kiss him.
- Entitled to Have You: After meeting Spider-Man and defeating him, she is impressed by his strength and determination and declares that he is part of her hive now and she is his Queen. She declares he will be her mate and he will love her whether he wants to or not.
- Expecting Someone Taller: When she first meets Spider-Man she tells him he is shorter than she was expecting.
- Faux Affably Evil: She acts flirty to Spider-Man, but she's really a sadist and a terrorist planning to kill a large portion of the world's population. When Spider-Man refuses her advances she becomes violent and angry, harming him and anyone around him to break his spirit. Even her flirting includes her hugging Spider-Man after she beats him unconscious and telling him he could never have stood up to her as a way of comforting him before forcing a kiss on him.
- Forceful Kiss: In her debut appearance she easily defeats Spider-Man with her powers, and after telling him he could have never beaten her, gives him a big wet kiss on the lips while he can't resist her. She gives him another one while he is tangled in some web in the next issue, but he is able to force her off him.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: This applies to her both in the actual comics and in real life.
- In the comics: Queen was originally just an ordinary woman named Adriana trying to serve her country during World War II. She was subject to various testing in a secret project meant to create more super soldiers, but was deemed a failure and left to rot in an asylum. When her powers finally manifested she decided to use them for revenge on the country that wronged her, and when she resurfaced in 2004 her very presence is enough to scare Captain America shitless, describing her as being more dangerous "than a hundred hulks".
- In real life: When the Queen debuted she was assumed to be an odd one-shot villain whose only purpose was to give Peter powers resembling the ones he possessed in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy, and was assumed to have been killed at the end of the arc. Come Spider Island, she's suddenly a lot more dangerous, and come Kaine's Scarlet Spider series, it's implied she was a pawn of Ero/The Other.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: She calls herself Queen since she can control anyone with an insect gene, and she considers herself superior to all other humans, with or without the insect gene. She takes it a step further when in "Spider Island" she planned to mutate the whole world into giant spider mutants that she could control.
- If I Can't Have You : She is heartbroken when Spider-Man, who had just recently completed his transformation and was under her full control as her mate, suddenly dies right in front of her. When she encounters him shortly afterwards after his "revival", she tries to simply kill him since she knows she can't have him as her mate like she had wanted.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: She appears in a beautiful and elegant dress, but shows it doesn't slow her down at all in fights. She is easily able to handle Spider-Man in a physical fight, quickly knocking him down with a kick and slamming him against a wall with a hard punch. She even breaks out of a hold when Spidey tries to restrain her legs, and kicks him across the face at an angle. She is also able to use her psychic and telekinetic powers to disable any foes so she doesn't need to get in close.
- Kaiju: In the climax of Spider Island, she transforms into a monstrous 28 stories tall spider monster form, dubbing herself "The Spider Queen". This form was powerful enough to fight dozens of superheroes simultaneously.
- Killed Off for Real: She is killed by Kaine at the end of the "Spider-Island" storyline.
- Leave Him to Me: At the end of her first fight with Spidey, the hero continues to resist her despite being outnumbered and just seeing her knock out Captain America. Queen tells her drones to step aside, she'll deal with Spider-Man herself; and she knocks him out with a second sonic scream.
- Little Black Dress: Her outfit during her debut appearance was an elegant black dress.
- Love at First Punch: She initially seems unimpressed with Spider-Man during their first encounter, but once they begin to fight Spidey initially gets the upper hand against her by tripping her and begins to restrain her while she's down. Though she manages to quickly break free, she seems impressed by this and begins to flirt with Spider-Man for the remainder of their fight, and his resolve to keep fighting her even when she has him outmatched quickly impresses her enough to choose him as her mate.
- Magic Kiss: Her saliva contains a mutagenic compound that connects those infused with it to the Web of Life - or amplifies their connection if they already are - and eventually transforms them into giant spiders.
- Make an Example of Them: She orders several of her brainwashed drones to jump off a building to their deaths to teach Spider-Man a lesson for resisting her and as a demonstration of her powers.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Adriana can unleash a powerful scream. It was powerful enough to knock out Spider-Man with only two bursts, and later killed The Jackal after Queen had been powered up.
- Meaningless Villain Victory: One of her major goals through her first appearance was to get Spider-Man to love her and become her mate. She technically succeeded after Spider-Man fully mutated into a Giant Spider due to the effect of her kiss and was under her complete control. Unfortunately for her, the mutation ended up being unstable because it was happening too fast and Spider-Man's body was rejecting the process, causing him to "die" right in front of her shortly after she finally had him as her mate, essentially rendering her efforts All for Nothing.
- Most Common Super Power: She has big breasts for her body size.
- Mrs. Robinson: She looks like a beautiful young women only in her 20s but is actually a WWII veteran. She has also chosen the much younger Spider-Man to be her "mate", forcing several kisses on him and attempting to make him fall in love with her. She temporarily gains full control of him when her kiss transforms him into a giant spider.
- Moment Killer: The only moment that can be remotely considered "romantic" between her and Spider-Man is when she visits him while she has him and Cap captured. During her visit she flirts with Spidey, calls his sense of humor cute, and reveals her real name to him. Spidey tries to resist her advances and her invasion of his personal space, but she simply tells him to relax and enjoy "nature's way" before planting another deep passionate kiss on him. Spidey is affected by her kiss and slowly starts to give into her seductions and control, seeing it as an honor to be loved by her and slowly begins to kiss her back before suddenly regaining control of himself and pushing her off him and spitting out her kiss. This act of disrespect causes Queen to drop her romantic attitude and fly into a rage against Spider-Man, vowing he'll love her whether he likes it or not and he will be her mate.Spider-Man: PTUI! Get offa me, lady!
Queen: [snarls and grabs him by the chin] No one does that to me, you little worm! NO ONE!
[Queen slaps Spidey across the face twice and grabs him across the chin, looking him in the eye]
Queen: You'll forget you were ever a man, or that you lived among them. You're one of my hive now. You'll love me whether you like it or not. [turns to leave Spidey trapped in the dark]
Spider-Man: I doubt it, you skank.
- Mood-Swinger: She has shown a few occasions of this. She can go from being scary to flirty or vice-versa:
- During her first encounter with Spidey, she knocks him around a bit and threatens his city before restraining him and saying she likes him.
- She flirts with Spider-Man while he's captured and forces and deep kiss on him, but once he rejects her she angrily calls him a worm, slaps him across the face, and vows he'll love her whether he wants to or not.
- Mutants: Adrianna belongs to a subspecies of Mutants called Homo insectus. She is so far the only known member of this subspecies.
- No Sense of Personal Space: While seducing Spidey she gets up close and personal, much to his discomfort. He even begs her for personal space when she is leaning in to kiss him a second time, but she tells him to simply enjoy it.
- Not Good with Rejection: She goes berserk whenever Spider-Man rejects her. One of the biggest examples was after he rejected her after she kisses him a second time. She snarls angrily calling him a worm, slaps him across the face twice, and vows that he'll love her whether he wants to or not.
- Older Than They Look: She looks like an attractive 20-something woman, but is a WWII veteran.
- One-Winged Angel: After being mortally wounded by Agent Venom, she sheds her human form and transcends into a 28-story-tall spider-monster with godlike power.
- Physical God: After Ariana transforms, Julia Carpenter despairingly proclaims that the Queen has merged with the Web of Life to become a god.
- Pragmatic Villainy: After getting her hair done by a hairdresser, she notes that she must remember to spare him when she puts her plan into action, since even though she can't control him it is hard to find a good hairdresser these days. She also says she will need to make a list of certain individuals she wants to save for other reasons, and adjust her plans to fit them.
- Psychic Powers: She can psychically control those with the Insect Gene, which amounts to roughly a third of the world's population, including anyone connected to the Web of Life, and turn them into her "drones".
- Sadist: While pummelling Agent Venom, she says that killing someone is the closest bond two people can share and that beating him to death is turning her on more than conquering the city did.
- Sex Is Violence: Her speech to Agent Venom exposes her as a sadist who is turned on by death and violence. Her banter with Captain America is also full of innuendo.Queen: (while beating Agent Venom): Still, a smidgen too impudent. Better—humble. So much sexier this way, soldier. There's intimacy to taking a life. To be the last face a man will ever see. The closest bond two people can share. It's arousing. This gets me purring, gets me revved up more than taking over the entire city did. To mount you. To dominate you. To be the last woman you'll ever touch...
Captain America: Don't mean to interrupt, Queen... Central Park has rules about public fornication... and we've got a fight to finish.
Queen: So many handsome men vying for my affections. Fortunately, boys, my appetite is voracious. You seem upset, seeing me straddling another soldier. Don't be jealous, Steven. You'll always be my first. I don't want you to use protection. Don't hold back. Give me all you have. Yes, satisfy me. Oh, Steve. You are truly one of a kind. You make me feel like a woman. Make me feel incredible...
- She's Got Legs: Her beautiful dress helps draw attention to her legs, especially since she holds her dress up to walk. While fighting Spider-Man she shows she is no slouch in kicks. She first spin kicks him in his legs for annoying her and kicks him across the face on two separate occasions.
- Single Specimen Species: Adrianna is the only known member of the mutant subspecies Homo Insectus.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: She mixes this and Kiss-Kiss-Slap with her "relationship" with Spider-Man. During their first meeting, Queen angrily attacked him for his attempt to web her and violently punched his head into a wall. Immediately after this though she becomes attracted to Spider-Man, with him having impressed her, and after knocking him out in a bloody mess she passionately makes out with him, declaring him as her mate. From then on all their confrontations start with Queen flirting with him and trying to seduce him to her side, only for her to react violently and beat him up when he refuses her love, and then return to flirting with him once she's done.
- The Social Darwinist: She sees herself as a survivor and ruler of all with an insect gene. She planned to kill all life on Earth that she couldn't control with a bomb, and even compared herself to a cockroach with the bomb. She chose Spider-Man as her mate because she recognized him as a survivor like her, and was impressed by his strength and determination against her, even if she knew he couldn't beat her, and saw him as the strongest of her "subjects."
- Superpower Lottery: Adriana was stated to possess countless superhuman abilities, but only displayed a handful of them.
- Super Strength: A very mild case, as she can lift roughly one ton in her base form, but is still strong enough to knock out Spidey and Cap.
- Super Empowering: Exposure to her venom enhanced Peter's connection to the Web of Life, gave Arana spider-powers... and transformed most of New York's citizens into spider-monsters.
- Superpowerful Genetics: Adriana was a mutant born with the Insect Gene, and considered herself to be above even other mutants, calling herself the sole member of "Homo insectus".
- "Take That!" Kiss: After beating Spider-Man with a second sonic scream she catches the unconscious hero in a hug and holds him close, saying he could have never beaten her before kissing him.Queen: Don't find shame in defeat Spider-Man. This is the way of things. You could never have stood against me. This is nature's way. (Kisses Spidey)
- Tears of Remorse: She is reduced to tears when the mutated Spider-Man dies right in front of her, shortly after he finished his transformation and he was finally under her full control as her mate.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Her powers awakened when she was nuked during the Bikini Atoll test.
- Unexplained Recovery:
- She is knocked off the roof of a building by Captain America in her second issue but shows up in the very next issue without a scratch on her.
- She is apparently killed in an explosion when her base is attacked by S.H.I.E.L.D. but years later resurfaces during "Spider-Is;and" with no clear indication of how she survived.
- Villain Team-Up: She works with Jackal during the "Spider Island" storyline, creating the spider virus with his help.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: A dark variant. When she makes the decision to have Spider-Man serve as her "mate" she's made the decision to turn him into a giant spider monster that would serve as a living egg sac for her offspring. It was a small miracle he survived and returned to normal.
- Villain Respect: She has a respect for those who she deems as "survivors". She quickly finds herself attracted to Spider-Man for this reason.Queen: Eh... I like you Spider-Man... you're a survivor. I can respect that. It's all about survival— who'll be left standing when the bomb goes off. Think of me as a cockroach. The biggest one you ever saw.
- The Worf Effect: Her first appearance has her take over a large part of New York's population with her powers and she causes Peter's spider sense to go ballistic, making him bleed from his nose and ears. Cap tries to warn Spider-Man to stay away from her, but he ignores Cap and Queen proceeds to beat both of them with no trouble. Cap even says later that she's more dangerous "than a hundred hulks" and her kissing Spider-Man is a serious problem.
- Worthy Opponent: She decided she liked Spider-Man enough to make him her mate shortly after meeting him, with most of this encounter being her beating him up, telling him she can tell he is a survivor like her and respects him for that. After knocking him unconscious she catches him in a hug, instead of letting him fall to the floor, and comforts him by telling him not to be shamed of his defeat before kissing him, beginning the process that will make him her mate. Downplayed a little by telling him he never stood a chance against her and becoming violently angry at him when he rejects her love.
- You Have Failed Me: She eventually kills The Jackal after he fails her one too many times during "Spider Island". Though it turns out she actually killed a clone of The Jackal, and the real one had kept himself hidden from her during their entire partnership.
- You Will Be Spared: She decides to spare the hairdresser who styled her hair, since it is hard to find a good hairdresser these days. She also notes she will need to make a list of anyone else she chooses to spare.
Alter Ego: Jessica Miriam Drew
First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight #32 (February 1977)
- "Raise your hand if you have spider powers, a history of erratic behavior and a deeply disturbing backstory involving trust issues. Also: a knife."
When Jessica was little, she was infected with uranium radiation and was in danger of dying. Her father used an experimental spider serum to save her, and put her in a tube to accelerate the serum's growth, saving her life but aging her rather rapidly to the point that she looks, and acts, much younger than she is. She was raised in Wundagore by the cow-woman Lady Bova, eventually left to make her way in the human world, fell in love... then accidentally killed her first love with her latent superpower: bio-electric blasts. Accused of being a witch, Jessica fled Wundagore and was taken in by HYDRA, tricked into thinking that it was a good place for refugees even though it was actually a terrorist group. She was trained in martial arts and learned to harness her powers more effectively. These include the discovery of her other powers such as Wall Climbing and Pheromones, which attract men and women. Oh, and she was given her codename, first Arachne, but quickly changed to Spider-Woman.
On her first mission to assassinate Nick Fury, Jessica came to realize that HYDRA was wrong, so she rebelled and was left on her own to cope with her power and with her daily life. It was tough, but eventually she managed to overcome her problems, especially meeting Spider-Man, who advised her to use her power for good; she later became a bounty hunter and a private detective.
For more information on her, please refer to her page.
Spider-Woman II/Arachne/Madame Web II
Alter Ego: Julia Eugenia Cornwall Carpenter
First Appearance: Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars (1984) #6 (October 1984)
Julia Carpenter got tricked into entering a program to create a superhero, under the guise of "Athletic Study", and was accidentally injected with a different spider serum, granting her super strength, wall-climbing and the ability to project psychic webbing from her fingerprints. She was given the identity of Spider-Woman by the Commission on Superhuman Activities, although she preferred "Arachne" (suggestion overruled). Her first major involvement was the Crossover event Secret Wars, in which she met Spider-Man and gave him the inspiration of the design for his symbiotic black suit, which would later become known as Venom. She was then roped into joining the newly-formed Freedom Force (Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, pardoned and given a government sanction, although other heroes would be added to the roster). Julia didn't make any friends on the team, however, when she helped free The Avengers from the Vault after the Force had arrested them on trumped-up charges. However, instead of locking her up, CSA director Valerie Cooper (Julia's college friend, who'd been responsible for turning her into Spider-Woman) gave her a second chance to serve her country, although she'd be officially classified as a rogue agent. Julia eventually got caught up with the West Coast Avengers, joining that team and severing her ties with the CSA. While with the Avengers, she was caught in a conflict with the criminal trio Death Web, whose powers were derived from the same source as Julia's, and whom she defeated when they threatened her daughter Rachel and her parents. Soon afterward, when the Avengers shut down the West Coast branch, she joined Iron Man's new team, Force Works, but after that team folded, she retired from superhero activity to continue raising Rachel.
The retirement, however was cut short when she, along with Jessica, was attacked by Charlotte Witter, and she was rendered wheelchair-bound. However, she still took a resistance and mentored the 3rd Spider-Woman, Mattie Franklin. Some time later, she was involved with the Civil War, joining Iron Man's Pro-Registration side and taking the name "Arachne", but eventually she revealed that she was The Mole for the Anti-Registration side. Before she could change sides, however, she was beaten down by Ms. Marvel and was forcefully separated from Rachel as her punishment. The loss of Rachel caused Julia to nearly slip into insanity: she broke out of the prison in the Negative Zone and went into Colorado to search for Rachel. In a fit of rage, she attacked a superpowered girl named Arana, but her instability cost her victory and she was beaten, whereas she met Ms. Marvel again, who apologized and promised to search for Rachel. But despite so, and even the success of reuniting with Rachel, it was clear that the friendship between Julia and Carol was strained.
Julia eventually moved to Canada and joined Omega Flight. She would end up unused for a while, until the Spider-Man story arc Grim Hunt, in which she was captured by Kraven the Hunter, who wanted to destroy every trace of the Spider family. Julia ended up being picked as the successor of Madame Web, but the process of the inheritance made her blind. Following this, she passed on her Arachne costume onto Arana.
For more information on her, please refer to her page.
Alter Ego: Martha "Mattie" Franklin
First Appearance: The Spectacular Spider-Man #263 (November 1998)
The niece of J. Jonah Jameson, Mattie Franklin attended the Gathering of Five - a mystical ceremony that bestows the five people gathered with power, insanity, immortality, knowledge, or death - in place of her father, giving her spider abilities when she was chosen to receive power. Later, Spider-Man had a 10-Minute Retirement, so Mattie donned a costume similar to his and called herself Spider-Woman, taking his place in crime-fighting. Spider-Man realized this and helped her a bit after he got out of retirement.
Around this time, Doctor Octopus created a new villain named Spider-Woman using Madame Web's daughter Charlotte Witter; she attacked Jessica, Julia and Mattie and absorbed their powers. Both Jessica and Julia eventually guide Mattie to become the next Spider-Woman and defeat Charlotte, also getting parts of their Spider-Woman powers.
Mattie later fell in with a bad crowd: her boyfriend drugging her in order to harvest Mutant Growth Hormone from her body. She conducted an investigation into the activities of the Slingers, having sex with Ricochet to prevent him from finding out, but left the team in disgust. Unfortunately, the next time Mattie appeared was during the Grim Hunt arc and she was less lucky than the rest, being the first to be sacrificed by Kravinoffs.
For more information on her, please refer to her page.
Alter Ego: Oliver Osnick
First Appearance: Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #72 (November 1982)
- "Stop this crime! Desist at once, or face the terrible wrath of—the Steel Spider!"
A chubby young nerd who idolized Dr. Octopus and built his own set of octopus tentacles. After meeting Spider-Man, he idolized Spidey instead and redesigned himself as "Spider-Lad", Spider-Man's sidekick. After being turned down by Spider-Man, he's had an off-again off-again career as the Steel Spider, in a metal exo-suit equipped with Spider-like abilities.
- Alliterative Name: Oliver Osnick.
- An Arm and a Leg: Mac Gargan lost control of the Venom symbiote and ate one of his arms.
- Ascended Fanboy: He started off as one for Otto Octavius, but later became one for Spider-Man.
- The Chew Toy: Literally, once Venom III got his fangs into him.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Ollie built his own set of
- Gonk: As a teenager he was obese and unattractive.
- Progressively Prettier: Since somewhere in the 1990s he started to look much more slender and muscular. And he started wearing a cooler costume.
Alter Ego: Carl King
First Appearance: Spider-Man's Tangled Web #1 (June 2001)
- "Everything. I wanted what you had for myself, Parker. The things I could do with it... with power like that... but what I got was different. Something better, Parker. Something worse. Something that could live inside, that could liquefy the innards of a man and walk the Earth within his hollow shell... something that could watch. And wait. And fester."
A merciless bully, Carl King's favorite pastime was torturing Peter Parker. On the fateful day Peter was bitten by the mystical/irradiated spider, Carl witnessed his favorite punching bag instinctively use the abilities the spider gave him to avoid a car; Carl subsequently took to stalking Peter, who went on to become Spider-Man. Envious of Spider-Man's powers, Carl attempted to replicate them by stealing and eating the spider, which had been kept for study after dying. Instead of granting Carl arachnid-based abilities, the spider caused the thuggish youth to gradually metamorphose into a swarm of a thousand spiders, which could devour the innards of others and wear their skin like a suit. Laying low for years in order to master and strengthen his new form, Carl eventually went after Peter, intending to kill and replace him as Spider-Man.
- Animalistic Abomination: Notable in that he used to be human.
- Ax-Crazy: The consumption and death of his mother at his hands may have been an accidental killing, but what he did to his dad and girlfriend was perpetrated willingly and for little more than sick kicks. After going underground to get used to his new state and to build up his strength for Spider Man, he spent his time taking his violent urges out on the homeless population and whatever unfortunate happened to cross his path.
- Body Horror: His powers embody this trope.
- Break Them by Talking: What Carl tried to do to Peter during the time he bullied him, in addition to the physical violence. Emphasis on tried, as already back in school Peter, along with everyone else, saw right through him and knew he was nothing but a sadistic and pathetic sociopath who only knew cruelty and fear, and was only a threat to Peter on account of his larger size and greater physical strength.
- Bully Brutality: During his Evil Gloating, King nonchalantly recalls doing such things to Peter as forcing him to eat dog crap, dangling him off the Williamsburg Bridge, and holding a knife to his crotch purely because he messed up his math paper.
- Card-Carrying Jerkass: In high school, Carl was an even more vicious bully to Peter than Flash Thompson; in the present, he revels in the memory of how much he made Peter's life miserable and freely admits he was a "rotten kid." As the Thousand, he's crossed the line into Card-Carrying Villain.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He acknowledges himself as a supervillain after admitting he killed his parents to Spidey.Thousand: You remember what a rotten kid I was, Parker. It's hardly surprising I turned out to be a rotten supervillain, too.
Spider-Man: A supervillain?
Thousand: I think I fit the profile.
- Didn't Think This Through: Having seen what the radioactive spider bite did to Peter, Carl decided to break into the exhibition building to acquire one for himself. It was only after he did so that he realized that he had no idea how to irradiate a spider, and the spider that bit Peter was dead, which left him with "Plan B" - eating the spider's corpse.
- Disposable Vagrant: His main source of nourishment.
- Entitled Bastard: He's insanely jealous of Peter's fame and power as Spider-Man, firmly convinced such things are rightfully his.
- Evil Counterpart: To Flash Thompson, who does not appear in the story. Both bullied Peter, but while Flash did so due to his troubled home life and own insecurities, Carl did it simply because he was a sadistic sociopath. Both idolized and wanted to be like Spider-Man, and while Flash looks back on his time as a bully with embarrassment and shame, Carl revels in the memories of his past misdeeds.
- Evil Gloating: After biting Spider-Man and paralyzing him, he ties him up and goes on a long monologue, explaining his origins, his powers, and how he plans to Kill and Replace Spidey. This, combined with the interruption of Peter's landlord, who King promptly devours, buys Spidey enough time for the poison to wear off. Spidey even lampshades it before breaking free and attacking him.Spider-Man: You're in love with the sound of your own voice. You strut around smirking like a two-year-old who's just finished potty training. You can't resist laying out every detail of your descent into evil and your big, bad plan... and you get so into it you forget your paralyzing poison is about to wear off.
- Fatal Flaw: Carl's pathological need to gloat and grind Peter's face to the dirt when he has him at his mercy. See the Evil Gloating entry above.
- Fat Bastard: As Carl, and Peter's landlord Mr. Ambrose.
- For the Evulz: Regularly bullied and tormented Peter in high school for the hell of it. In his current state, he's just as bad, admitting he's a supervillain and recalling how he ate children with a smile on his face.
- Giant Spider: The main spider is about the size of a human head.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Solely motivated by envy for Peter's life as Spider-Man, believing it to be perfect.
- Humanoid Abomination: When hes wearing his latest victim and pretending to be human, he perfectly embodies this. He can act and look perfectly normal up until the moment he feels he has the upper hand. At which point he can distort and warp his host body (which is little more than a bag of skin animated by his spider form) into a varied array of horrific configurations to overtake his opponents. Hes also completely divorced from humanity both in his natural state and mental state, as well as believes himself to be vastly superior both to normal people and Spider Man alike.
- Hate Sink: He's a vile, predatory abomination both literally and figuratively. Even among Peter's worst foes like Norman Osborn and Carnage, the Thousand has none of their bravado or even slightly sympathetic qualities, being a vicious, entitled bully who kills and torments for the pettiest of reasons.
- High-Voltage Death: Spider-Man electrocutes him, reducing the Thousand to the One. While swearing vengeance, the remaining spider is stepped on by an oblivious passerby.
- Hive Mind: A single mind in one-thousand little bodies.
- I Can't Sense Their Presence: He's immune to the Spider-Sense.
- It's All About Me: Incorrigibly selfish, using everyone else for his entitled pleasure and punishing them for failing to satisfy his wants.
- Kill and Replace: His plan for Spider-Man.
- Madness Mantra: "It should have been me!"
- Meta Origin: Ever wonder about what happened to the spider that bit Peter?
- Never My Fault: Blames Peter for his condition and how it led to him devouring his girlfriend, even though he immediately dismisses normal human lives as worthless and, as Peter points out, he had a choice every step of the way.
- Orifice Invasion: His spiders invade a person's body this way, devour their innards, and wear their leftover flesh as a suit.
- The Paralyzer: His bite can temporarily immobilize others.
- Psychopathic Manchild: For all his power, King is nothing more than a Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up, utterly fixated on Peter and insanely jealous of his fame and glory as Spider-Man. During their fight, he rants about how he believes he should have become Spider-Man and how he deserves Peter's "perfect life." Spidey even lampshades it, remarking that Carl hasn't changed at all from the pathetic bully he was when they were kids.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In addition to what Spidey says to Carl before breaking free and attacking him, there's also what he says when he's laying into him.Spider-Man: I remember you, Carl <punches him in the face>. Not quite the same way you do <punches him in the stomach>. You think the kids at school liked you? You think they liked that you picked on kids like me? You were pathetic, Carl! You didn't know how to make friends! You were terrified of girls! All you knew was cruelty and fear, and making people nervous to get your attention! And look how far you've come, Carl! <kicks him in the chin> You're just the same old SADIST you always were!!
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The spiders.
- Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Except he never did grow up, physically or mentally.
- Self-Made Orphan: After becoming the Thousand, he crosses the Moral Event Horizon by murdering his own parents.
- Self-Serving Memory: Like most bullies, is under a delusion that he was popular. He violently denies Peter's argument how pathetic everyone, including the other bullies, actually found him.
- The Sociopath: He only cares for himself and what he wants, and is obsessed with becoming Spider-Man, believing he's entitled to the power and position Peter has. Other human lives are nothing but stepping stones to satisfy his wants, and he casually admits to Spidey that he ate dozens of people to grow stronger, including his girlfriend, his parents, and children.
- Spider Swarm: The Thousand is a swarm of spiders in a human shell.
- Stalker Without a Crush: He stalked Peter and followed his exploits as Spider-Man for years.
- Undignified Death: As mentioned above, he ended up being killed by a random guy stepping on his last spider.
- Would Hurt a Child: He willingly admits to Spider-Man that some of his victims have been children, which is far from the only atrocity he admits to in the long-winded account of his past.
- The Worm That Walks: His true form is a swarm of a thousand of normal-sized spiders and one big one; he wears the skin of anyone he kills, after devouring their insides.