Character sheet for Miles Morales' specific cast of characters. Since Miles was added to the 616, these are the characters that stayed with him. For the entire colorful cast of Spider-Man's ultimate incarnation, click here.
Jefferson Morales, née Davis
- Abusive Parents: Jefferson and his brother Aaron were raised by a total deadbeat of a man who saw his sons as liabilities. Part of why Jefferson decided to take Rio's name was to promise himself that he wouldn't turn out like his dad, and he's visibly horrified when he does repeat his father's mistakes with Miles.
- Anger Born of Worry: Following the entire cast's transplant to Earth-616, his more intense moments come less from a disdain of superheroes in general and more the various ways Miles could get hurt in these situations.
- The Artifact: His name, shared with the leader of the Confederate States of America, has gradually become one of these now that the Fantastic Racism part of his character has largely been phased out.
- Badass Normal: In his youth, he got noticed by small-time gangster Turk after trashing five of his enforcers by himself. Which in turn gets him noticed by Nick Fury and later the eventual Kingpin, Wilson Fisk.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's a nice guy, but his past as a former criminal gave him the skills to handle himself in a fight if he has to.
- Breaking the Cycle of Bad Parenting: Jefferson's own father was the man who sent him and Aaron on the paths to becoming criminals, and describes some intense emotional abuse when he was a little boy simply for stealing candy instead of something worth the senior Davis's time. Jefferson is determined to be a better father to Miles, and he and Rio decided to give Miles his mother's name as a way to symbolically distance his son from that part of his life.
- Character Development: Introduced as a gruff, bigoted man whose only soft spot is for his middle-school aged son, Jefferson gradually unlearns his prejudices and becomes a genuine source of support for Miles.
- Dark and Troubled Past:
- He's had one, implied to be some kind of super-criminal. It turns out he was a member of The Enforcers. He was recruited by Nick Fury to be a super-gangster in order to gain Wilson Fisk's trust.
- He also did some dealings with Roxxon before Miles was born, which ended with his being run out of whatever business he was engaged in.
- He and his brother, Aaron, used to steal watches and jewelry at the place where he now practices Yoga at with his wife. The irony of it is not lost on him.
- Good Parents: May be stern sometimes, but has shown to legitimately love his kid and do anything for him. Until he learns Miles is Spider-Man. Though he eventually comes to terms with it, and is even supportive of it.
- Grumpy Old Man: Not that old, but he sure acts like it. In his earliest appearances, he will rant about anything. He gradually becomes less extreme on this front, but it never leaves his characterization completely.
- Hidden Depths: The fact that Rio saw these is why they got married. It takes a dark turn in the 17th and 18th issues—this hapless, grumpy man instinctively guns down several rebel soldiers in cold blood, after one of them kills a cop in front of him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Implied to be the reason why Rio married him. He's gruff and has a temper, but he's a dutiful parent to Miles and will do anything for him.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Never vocalized, but you can see his expression of regret when he hit Miles.
- Nice Guy: Is apparently a very gentle person, opinions and attitude aside, and put aside his criminal past long before he married Rio. It's especially played up after he and the rest of the cast as transplanted to the main Marvel Universe, where it's clear that his M. O. is (and, by power of Cosmic Retcon, always has been) doing right by his kid.
- Noble Bigot: He believes mutants and other empowered humans are destructive, dangerous, and need to go. Since this is the Ultimate Marvel universe, his argument has more weight than in most books. It is this attitude that discourages Miles from confiding in his father. As the series progresses, he gradually unlearns this prejudice, though he's still uneasy about the various ways his son could get hurt.
- Miles unmasked himself to reveal his identity and Jefferson was pissed (although its stated partly to be because he was working with SHIELD, with whom he has a past with). He went as far as to actually hit Miles which is poignant because as far as issue 2, he never laid hands on Miles until then. He immediately regrets it and becomes torn when he watches his son save people after a plane crashes in front of his neighborhood. He soon disappeared and didn't return for months.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He looks like Mos Def.
- Papa Wolf: To his detriment—he picks a fight with the army when they refused to let him into the area he lived in (due to an attack-scare), and that got him arrested (in war-time, to boot). Taken Up to Eleven when Hydra rescues them; when one of the Hydra men guns down a policeman in cold blood, Jefferson goes into a fit of anxiety over how his family and home are being threatened and instinctively grabs a rifle and guns down all the Hydra soldiers around. That said, it's also put to more noble uses on occasion, such as teaming up with Aaron to rescue Miles from the Assessor in Miles Morales: Spider-Man #9.
- When Ultimatums goons surround, him, Rio, and his newborn daughter, Jefferson opts to run away and get chased in order to make an opening for Rio and Billie to get away.
- Parental Abandonment: Has disappeared after Miles revealed his identity to him and doesn't reappear for months. When he finally returns, he is horrified by his past actions and apologizes, finally explaining his Dark and Troubled Past as a criminal and S.H.I.E.L.D. agent to his son and re-committing himself to being the best parent he can be.
- Renamed to Avoid Association: In-Universe; he changed his name from Jefferson Davis because as a black man, having the same name as a slaveowning Confederate president made him uncomfortable.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: After being recruited by Wilson Fisk (years before he became The Kingpin), Jefferson becomes a part of Fisk's personal goon squad - The Enforcers. Unlike the others, he doesn't have a particular gimmick (like Fancy Dan's skills with a whip) or size on his side (like Ox)... he's just really good in a fight.
- The Mole: Nick Fury had him act as an undercover agent of SHIELD to infiltrate the Kingpin's organization 25 years ago.
- That Man Is Dead: He changed his last name to his wife's instead of the other way around, which is very rare in the US. Given his attitude towards his background, it was likely an effort to separate himself from his past. It is revealed that the reason he didn't bestow his son with his former last name was because Jefferson and Aaron's father was a man who criticized his kids for shoplifting candy, not because it was wrong too, but for not stealing something worth his while. He also was abusive. Jefferson felt that Miles should not have his name.
- Unfortunate Names: Before marrying Rio, he shared his name with a Confederate president, something he was never comfortable with as a black man.
- Younger Than They Look: His face is rather worn, and with certain artists may appear almost wrinkled. But he otherwise looks like a fit young man. He is implied to be in his early 40's. If the "Newark, 25 Years Ago" is any indication, he was a young man in the late 1980's/early 1990's, but owing to Comic-Book Time, it's hard to put an exact number on anyone's ages.
Miles' mother, who married Jefferson after he had put his criminal past to rest. Like Jefferson, she is proud of and caring to Miles, always willing to listen to his problems. She is more open-minded than her husband, and finds heroes like that new Spider-Man to be very cool.
- Back from the Dead: At the end of Ultimate End, Miles wakes up in the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe and finds his mother waiting for him, telling him to wake up. He tearfully hugs her tightly.
- Comic Book Death: She gets shot dead by accident during Miles' fight with the second Venom. Eventually, Molecule Man brought her back from the dead as a way of thanking Miles for showing Molecule Man the first act of kindness he's gotten in years.
- Death Amnesia: Thanks to Molecule Man's Cosmic Retcon, all of the characters in the cast have had their memories slightly warped to integrate them into Earth-616, but Rio's death seems to be omitted entirely (and her learning her son's secret identity in the lead-up to that). The only character who's brought it up (much to Miles' confusion) is The Unbelievable Gwenpool. Later on, Miles' Let's You and Him Fight moment with the main universe's version of Venom stems from Miles having vague memories of Venom "hurting" his mother.
- Genre Savvy: When she finds her husband at home frozen in shock with a gun in his lap, she doesn't jump to conclusions or make any obvious accusations. The questions she does ask are chillingly pointed and almost knowing. Granted, she was wrong about him starting a fight or joining his Hydra rescuers, but she was right in knowing something very violent happened.
- Good Parents: Always supported Miles and did everything she could to make her boy and more recently, her baby daughter Billie happy.
- Gratuitous Spanish: She's Puerto Rican, and occasionally mixes Spanish words into her dialogue, but unlike true Spanglish, they are all usually words that the English-speaking readers will easily pick up on.
- Hidden Depths: When Diamondback came back from death and reporters asked people who knew of the history between Luke Cage and Willas Lucas(Diamondback), she was one of the people who not only knew of their history, but apparently knew Diamondback and Luke Cage personally.Rio Morales: As I recall, that boy(Diamondback) used to play with knives. He and Carl Lucas, that is his name by the way, his real name...
- Hospital Hottie: Happens to be a nurse, and is very good-looking. After she finds out Miles' identity, she uses her position in the hospital to offer her son aid while also keeping his name off the records.
- Mama Bear:
- Rio busting caps into a 15 feet tall Venom to save her son. This becomes a Heroic Sacrifice, but she gets better.
- Later on, she's ready to throw hands with her brother-in-law, an ex-supervillain, when she believes one of his "criminal buddies" has hurt Miles.
- When she learns Ultimatum has abducted Miles, she gets very angry.
- Open-Minded Parent:
- Unlike her husband, she likes the idea of superheroes and thinks they do important work for the world.
- Was not angry that Miles was Spider-Man or really worried about his safety. She was angry that he and Jefferson essentially lied to her. Otherwise, she fully supports her son's superheroism.
- Parents as People: She becomes worried about Miles' but ultimately respects his privacy, but can't help to get curious when her mother hired Jessica Jones to investigate him. When she does learn that Miles is Spider-man, she feels betrayed by both Miles and Jefferson that they kept the secret from her. She even leaves the home for awhile. She eventually forgives them, and expresses pride in knowing that her son is helping people.
- The Real Heroes: She's the head nurse at Brooklyn University Hospital, and her determination to save lives using her medical skills is treated as equally noble as her son doing the same with his spider powers. In the first issue of Saladin Ahmed's run on Miles' comic, Miles describes Rio as the most heroic person in his life.
- Mum Looks Like a Sister
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: She had no negative qualities. All she did was be a loving mother to her son and understanding and loving wife. Thus making her death being this trope. She gets better.
- Apron Matron: If Rio is a strict mother, Gloria is even more.
- Death Glare: She gave one to Jefferson after giving her ultimatum to Miles.
- Entertainingly Wrong: After Miles' grades start to tank, Gloria becomes obsessed in her pet theory that Miles has somehow started doing and/or selling drugs, and she will bark it at anyone who will listen (including poor confused Lana, who leaves the Morales doorway with a few more acronyms to Google).
- Gratuitous Spanish: Like her daughter and grandson, she's bilingual, but most of her Spanglish is confined to words that the English-speaking readers can easily pick up on.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Even if she's wrong about the details, she has a point that Miles needs to focus more on his studies.
- My Beloved Smother: Rio can't bring herself to reign Gloria in after it becomes clear that she's crossing the line in trying to set Miles on the straight and narrow, to Jefferson's growing frustration.
- Mythology Gag: One of her first lines is "Face it, tigre", invoking another Spider-Man supporting character.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Gloria blames every personal shortcoming Miles shows on Jefferson and has no qualms speaking ill of the late Aaron Davis. Jefferson once told Rio that the thing he loves most about her is the fact that she was able to overcome Gloria's parenting.
Billie Mariana Morales
Miles newborn baby sister.
- Babies Make Everything Better: Has this affect on Miles. Even after going through several bleak situations such as rescuing kidnapped immigrant kids who were being trafficked, an escalated gang war, and being kidnapped and tortured himself, Miles thinks of Billie as a source happiness in his otherwise dangerous and stressful life.
- Baby Language: She routinely says 'goo.'
- Badass and Baby: While babysiiting Billie, Miles had to do some Spider-man business. He didn't want to leave his baby sister alone so he webbed up a baby sling to carry little Billie in. She seemed to love it.
- Family Theme Naming: Billie as in jazz legend Billie Holiday, like her brother's naming connection to Miles Davis.
Aaron Davis/The Prowler/Iron Spider II
- Amnesiac Resonance: Same as Miles, he doesn't remember the Ultimate Universe until 616!Miles reminds him.
- Anti-Villain: After saving Miles from the Assessor, he was forced to go back to crime after making a deal with Ceres to do jobs for her in return of paying her back for the suit.
- Badass Longcoat: Which he wears over his skintight suit, seemingly just for the aesthetic.
- Badass Normal: It's clear that the Prowler is a very skilled fighter, being able take Spider-Man hand-to-hand. He's also very fit and skilled, being able to adapt to and use a wide range of mechanics and devices that require large amounts of athleticism.
- Black Sheep: His brother (Miles's dad) went straight a long time ago and his nephew is Spider-Man.
- Children Raise You: He loves Miles dearly and his main reason for turning his life around is to be the man Miles once thought him to be again. He muses that, in his Prowler days, he spent so much time trying to get Miles to be more aggressive with his powers, but in fact, he could've stood to learn a few things from his timid, gentle nephew.
- Chronic Villainy: He makes his debut as the villain Prowler, and dies. He later comes back to life and acquires an Iron Spider armor to continue his crimes. Spider-Man tries to talk him out of it, and he eventually concedes that he's right. Then he's forced to make a deal with Ceres Goldstein to become the Prowler again in exchange for gear and information to help him rescue Miles from the Assessor.
- Clothes Make the Superman: His work clothes, which include at least finger lasers. He'll also slip into any powered armor, etc. that's handy.
- Combat Pragmatist: He uses lasers in a fist fight, and is not above electrocuting and shredding enemies with a mass-razor launcher in order to facilitate an escape.
- Comic Book Death: Along with Rio, he came back to life as well, but everyone including Miles, has assumed that he is dead. Unlike Rio, who has no memory of dying, Aaron does remember his death, but has no idea how it was undone.
- Cool Uncle: For the first thirteen years of Miles Morales' life, he has nothing but positive memories of Aaron, often seeing him as the better alternative to his aloof and often grumpy father Jefferson. This falls apart once Aaron learns his nephew is Spider-Man, and he tries to make Miles into a villain too. In more recent storylines, a revived Aaron has vowed to redeem himself and earn that place in Miles' heart again.
- Did Not See That Coming: Turns out Scorpion has impenetrable skin. That whole "revenge stabbing" thing was not a good idea, in hindsight.
- Divergent Character Evolution: In the Ultimate Universe, Aaron started off as the counterpart to Hobie Brown, serving as his Universe's Prowler. After being brought back to life and now in the main universe, Aaron changes his identity to become the Iron Spider, after stealing the suit. And then he becomes the Prowler again, though admittedly after Hobie had abandoned the identity and not by Aaron's own choice (he just needs the gear in order to save Miles from another villain).
- Evil Counterpart:
- Thematically, he's this to Uncle Ben. Both he and Ben are friendly uncles to Spider-Man and act as a mentor. In the end, Aaron is a manipulative ass who tries to exploit Miles and his friendliness is conditional. His favorite way of gaslighting his nephew is to assert that Miles has a responsibility to his family.
- He then becomes a literal evil counterpart when he returns as the Iron Spider, which imitates some of Miles' powers.
- Evil Mentor: Decides that his nephew needs guidance — so that he'll be ready to take out the Scorpion, who stands in the Prowler's way.
- Honor Before Reason: For a certain value of "Honor". After the Scorpion's goons got a little too up-close-and-personal with him during their business transaction, he tries to kill the Scorpion in revenge once the Scorpion calls them off, instead of just finishing their business.
- HeelFace Turn:
- Aaron Davis, the Prowler went from being Miles's arch-enemy to a sometimes ally and regular part of his cast, no doubt fueled by the film adaptation Into the Spider-Verse and video game Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Aaron and Jefferson have this Good Angel, Bad Angel dynamic with Miles; Jefferson encouraging Miles to stay on the right path with heroics and school, and Aaron being there to nuture Miles's creativity.
- In Spider-Man #240, he concedes that Miles was right all along and switches sides. When he resurfaces, he's sold the Iron Spider suit back to its creator and used the money to build an honest life for himself. He and his nephew awkwardly but sincerely re-establish the bond they had when Miles was younger, and he is doing everything in his power to avoid getting dragged back into crime. Unfortunately, when Miles is in mortal danger, he's forced to become the Prowler again, getting his gear back in exchange for doing Ceres Goldstein some favors.
- Hot-Blooded: He makes some stupid decisions as a result. Trying to use a hold-out device as a regular weapon (it's one-use, hence the "hold-out" part), and threatening the Tinkerer when it doesn't work (he had specified that it was a "getaway jacket" and nothing else), and then immediately killing Tinkerer, the guy who makes his equipment because the Tinkerer gave him some generic information regarding Spider-Man's origins and Aaron apparently thought it was too sensitive to let him live. This becomes his undoing. Miles and he get into a fight and his recklessness (namely his using a sonic gauntlet in a fight even after seeing it get badly damaged) and disregard for anybody but himself and his own desires gets himself killed. Thankfully, he's cooled down in later stories, learning from his previous mistakes.
- Morality Pet: He and Miles actually get along very well, Miles hanging out at his place when he needs to get away from his parents. For his part, Aaron makes sure to keep his criminal activities out of sight and is otherwise a doting uncle, being very encouraging when discovering Miles won the lottery for being accepted in the school. That gets thrown out the window early on once he finds out Miles is the new Spider-Man, at which point he quickly makes plans to exploit him.
- Later, it's revealed that the reason he was doing crime in the first place was because he was trying to pay off cancer treatment for his then girlfriend and support his son, though both the girlfriend and child were eventually retconned out.
- Later, he only becomes the Prowler again when it's his only option for saving Miles from the Assessor.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: While robbing Oscorp, a genetically engineered spider, very similar to the one that bit Peter, snuck out of its holding chamber and into his bag, later biting Miles when he came over to visit and creating the second Spider-Man.
- Not So Different: Claimed this about Miles with his dying words.Aaron: How about... that? You are... just... like me.
- Oh, Crap!: The Scorpion provides an extended one for him, once it becomes more and more apparent just how dangerous he is. Eventually he's just plain terrified of Scorpion.
- Poisonous Friend: He claims that he's just trying to train Miles out of familial care, but he's manipulative and cruel about it, blackmailing Miles and maintaining that Miles owes him for the powers. It's also clear that Miles is at least in part a tool to get rid of the Scorpion.
- Starter Villain: For Miles Morales. His familial and emotional connection with Miles make him a far more personal threat than most and he gives Miles the most trouble as he's first starting out.
- Stern Teacher: Once he starts trying to get Miles to fulfill his potential. Which he does so by intimidating him and beating him up, though granted Aaron was planning on Miles' powers to make this backfire on himself.
- Teach Him Anger: He tries to get Miles to stop holding back as Spider-Man this way. He later realizes that he could stand to be taught some compassion from his nephew.
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: From the the Tinkerer, of course. Unfortunately, he kills the Tinkerer early on, forcing him pilfer the Tinkerer's stash. Later, he gets an Iron Spider suit from the black market, and a new Prowler suit from Ceres Goldstein.
Prime Earth Brooklyn Visions Students and Staff
- Aerith and Bob: Asian or not, "Ganke" is just a plain weird name. It's to the point where all the first hits on Google return pages about this character.
- Ascended Fanboy: Averted, as with Miles. Neither of them seem to be more than passingly familiar with Spider-Man. However, Ganke gets into it quick enough, and thoroughly researches his history to get some context about Miles' own powers.
- Asian and Nerdy: He's of Korean descent and obsessed with LEGO and comics.
- Big Fun: Is much more laid-back than Miles, and seemingly more outgoing. It's implied that he can be a bit of a shut-in, though.
- Chekhov's Skill: While it isn't made explicit, LEGO and building blocks are actually typically owned by chemists note Miles apparently has no head for chemistry, and tasks Ganke with reverse engineering Peter's spider-web formula.
- Child Prodigy: Possibly more so than Miles, who had to get into his (highly competitive) charter-school on a lottery rather than on merit like Ganke. Miles says at one point that he needs Ganke for his brain.
- Dare to Be Badass: Ganke was rather enthusiastic when Miles gained his powers and pushed him to be a superhero when Miles didn't want to.
- Fat Best Friend: Almost exactly a Type A as described on the trope page (gregarious and laid-back).
- Genre Blind: Ganke is a pretty bad liar, shown with how he (and Miles) constantly tell terribly obvious lies to their roommate Judge in regards to Miles' constant disappearances, causing him to have a falling out with them. He's also a little too boisterous and enthusiastic about Miles' hero life, causing him to openly (and sometimes a bit too loudly) talk about Miles' exploits in public, despite Miles constantly pleading for him to not do that or at least keep his voice down.
- In Miles Morales: Spider-Man novel, Ganke repeatedly gets Miles to relish his superpowers and show off with them by getting him involved in a dunk contest for money with some streetball players and coercing Miles to join a dance competition. The latter ended in violence.
- He breaks taboo and tells others that Miles is Spider-Man or he knows who Spider-Man is.
- Genre Savvy: Very much so, compared to Miles. Instead of letting Miles learn haphazard while on patrol, he buys some readily available live footage of Peter as Spider-Man to crib off of. He also makes the rather gloomy call that Miles needs to get better than the original fast. If all Peter's experience couldn't keep him alive, what could Miles hope to do?
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: Made more apparent after the Time Skip. He expressed interest before it, but nowadays, if he is not discussing LEGO or Spider-Man related stuff, he is talking about attractive women and how to get with them. He eventually does get with Gwen Stacy.
- However, it does come of as Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?? Considering Miles Mother and Girlfriend thought he was gay and he does show signs of being jealous of Katie.
- Bites him in the ass as he chases down a girl who just happens to be a fan of Miles and is using him to get closer to Miles.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Part of his enthusiasm about Miles being a superhero is that he also wants to become one as well.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": It is pronounced Gone-Kay.
- Kitsch Collection: He collects LEGO sets. He even waited in line to collect a limited edition Triskelion Captain America being inaugurated as President. He was extremely bummed when it sold out.
- Likes Older Women: He thinks Spider-Woman is sexy and was kissed on the lips by Gwen Stacy, both of whom are biologically at least three years older than him.
- Loose Lips: Cannot keep a secret if his life depended on it. He intentionally revealed Miles identity to Goldballs without Miles' permission. After getting scolded by both Miles and Goldballs for being insensitive and told that it was not his secret to reveal, he then goes to hang out with the girl who is a huge fan of Miles. When he starts dating her, she gets annoyed because Ganke won't tell her his real name. While defending himself, he blurts out Miles name again.Danika: Are you embarrassed about me?Ganke: No! Opposite. But—That's—That's why I want to do this right. Miles has been such an Amazing Friend to—(realizing his mistake and quickly shuts up)(Beat)Danika: I can pretend I didn't hear it.
- Mission Control: Of a more light hearted variety. He isn't on comms or anything, but does let Miles know if there is danger afoot. He also assists Miles in finding bad guys like the time he provided a lead into the child kidnapping that Miles was looking into by scouring the online black market to look for who purchased who purchased the uniforms that gave the kids powers.
- Mistaken for Gay: Just like Miles, everyone assumes he's gay, although he's dating Danika Hart. He constantly talks about other women.
- Muggle Best Friend: The first person Miles tells about his newly gained Spider powers.
- Wants to be a superhero and vicariously tries to live through Miles.
- My Parents Are Dead: Ganke offhandedly mentions that his dad died as a way to reassure Miles that he will have his back just as Miles did when his parent died.
- Retconned in the transition to the 616 Universe. His parents are just divorced.
- Mythology Gag: His use of 'Ned' as an alias while dating Danika may be an allusion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Ned Leeds, who is essentially Ganke with Ned's name attached.
- Only Sane Man: Points out that while the world is going to hell in a handbasket, Spider-Man killing the Prowler should not be headline news.
- Parental Issues: His parents are divorced in Miles Morales: Spider-man. So this causes numerous problems for him.
- His parents are very awkward around each other so when they do have dinner together or his mother alone, it creates a weird atmosphere so Ganke routinely skips out and eats with the Morales family.
- When tasked with an assignment that involves finding out the meaning of his name, he is afraid to ask his parents because he is too afraid that it would cause animosity in one of them.
- Proud to Be a Geek: After Ganke's nerd rage over a LEGO collection chases Katie Bishop away, he and Miles have a discussion about being too geeky. Miles states that girls rather not deal with a boy who is too nerdy. Ganke is not too convinced.Ganke: The right girl will.
- He's eventually right, as he ends up getting a kiss from Gwen Stacy.
- The Smart Guy: Miles goes to Ganke specifically for his brain. With few clues to go on, Ganke does some impressive cross-referencing, unearthing some obscure news articles linking genetically enhanced spiders to Spidey's own origin.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Tears Miles apart for not doing anything when Cloak and Dagger fought Bombshell.
- Affectionate Nickname: Miles sometimes calls her "B-Rod", but she tells him to cut it out because she can tell he's trying to change the subject when he does it.
- When they were dating, she and Miles called each other pet names in Spanish. She would call him 'Carino' which is Spanish for sweetie.
- Ambiguous Situation: Is Barbara another Earth-1610 transplant like most of the Miles-adjacent characters, or is she an Earth-616 native who just happens to attend BVA? True, the Earth-616 native Miles Morales loved a woman named Barbara, but she was a blonde named Barbara Sanchez, and Miles-616 eventually found "his" Barbara's Earth-1610 counterpart. This character is the only Barbara Rodriguez that we know of at present. Even if she was, thanks to Molecule Man, she would have no way of knowing it, and it's hardly the focus of the stories she appears in.
- Amicable Exes: Miles and Barbara's attempt at a relationship is nipped in the bud eleven issues after it begins (in Miles Morales: Spider-Man #6), but they remain on good terms and make amiable small talk when they run into each other.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Aside from sounding like her according to Ganke, she looks like Alicia Keys when drawn by Sara Pichelli.
- Cool Big Sis: She has this sort of relationship with her ten-year-old cousin Eduardo.
- Deadpan Snarker: Seems to enjoy Snark-to-Snark Combat banter with Miles and teases him about rumors of his constant disappearances.
- First Kiss: She and Miles have theirs in Miles Morales: Spider-Man #4, after a series of almost kisses that kept getting interrupted by Miles vanishing to do some heroics.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Dips in and out of Spanish when speaking with Miles on occasion.
- Head-Turning Beauty: Subverted. Miles has seen Barbara in passing, given that she's a classmate who worked with Ganke on some group project. However, when she catches his eye in Spider-Men II, he's instantly smitten. They banter throughout the miniseries, which concludes with Miles texting her to ask her out.
- Immigrant Parents: Implied that at least of them may be an immigrant. Regardless, her cousin is an undocumented immigrant.
- Locked Out of the Loop: She and Judge are both do not know that Miles is Spider-Man. That said, she's instantly aware that something is different about Miles after seeing how quickly he reacted to a giant piece of debris from nowhere, and she likes to tease him about his reputation as a flake who keeps vanishing from the school as weird times. Eventually, his constant disappearances take a toll on their relationship, and she breaks up with him soon after.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: There are hints that she knows and she just wants Miles to be the one to tell her.
- in Miles Morales: Spider-Man #3, she teases Miles about Spider-man rescuing her cousin and sarcastically inquired if he knew anything about Spider-man rescuing him. Note that it wasn't just Spider-man but also Captain America and Rhino and in the previous issue, Miles went to her house and declares that he will find her cousin.
- Miles Morales: Spider-Man #4, on a day she, Miles, and Judge decide to play hooky, there are several instances when Miles disappears to save the day. Each time Miles suspiciously comes back after Spider-man appears, she is completely skeptical of each lie Miles' uses.
- MM: SM #5, she specifically asks Miles if he is keeping a big secret from her. Gets very annoyed when he acts like he doesn't know what she is talking about.
- MM: SM #6, she asks again. This time knowing that he is keeping a secret even without confirmation that he is. She tells him that he can trust her.When Miles doesn't say anything, she walks away saying that if he doesn't trust her, what is the point of the relationship.
- In #11 after Miles and she break-up, she engages in a conversation with Miles, but suddenly compliments Miles' shoes. Seems harmless until one notices that the shoes Miles is wearing are the same exact shoes that he wears in his costume.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: There are hints that she knows and she just wants Miles to be the one to tell her.
- The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Her relationship with Miles is an exercise of this. He does not want to reveal his identity because he was specifically told by everyone in the superhero community that doing so will endanger her in some way. It puts somewhat of a strain in instances where Miles walks off with one of his pretty superheroine friends without so much of an explanation as to whom this person is to Miles, where are they going, and etc.
- Nice Hat: Miles first spots her after noticing a distinctive bright pink hat she is wearing. For the rest of Bendis' run, pink is Barbara's identifying color, though she wears more varied colors (and fewer hats) once the new creative team took over.
- One Steve Limit: Averted and made into a minor plot point. She shares a first name with a woman named Barbara Sanchez, the one true love of Earth-616's native Miles Morales.
- Rescue Romance: Not in a damsel distress variety. Miles grabbed her before she was crushed to death by a random flying object. This is where she begins to suspect that he may have powers but not exactly sure what it is. Regardless, she is thankful for whatever he is.
- Reincarnation Romance: Perhaps, or it could just be an inter-dimensional coincidence that two people named Miles Morales have fallen for women named Barbara. The Miles Morales of Earth-616 loved Barbara Sanchez, and eventually travelled to the restored Earth-1610 to pursue her doppelgänger after his own Barbara's death. Meanwhile, "our" Miles has fallen for this character, Barbara Rodriguez, who, so far as we can tell, is the only person by that name.
- Remember the New Guy?: She's introduced as a classmate of Miles' in Spider-Men II, despite having never been seen before that point. According to Ganke, Miles has seen her before, but just hasn't paid her much attention. Regardless, Miles quickly falls for her and they begin dating.
- Satellite Love Interest: Barbara joined the Brooklyn Visions cast of characters in Spider-Man #234, but from then until the end of Bendis' run, she has very little to do. Most of her page time is dedicated to her watching Miles as he runs off to be Spider-Man. She's fleshed out a bit more in the next run, further exploring her love for music and introducing her Cool Big Sis relationship to her precocious cousin Eduardo and her interest in social justice. Tellingly, this is also where she breaks things off with Miles, as she doesn't want to date someone who is clearly keeping secrets from her.
- Hard to call her a satellite love interest if she has been in almost every comic since Bendis departure.
- Second Love: She is this to Miles, though neither of them know it. Miles did have a girlfriend in his original universe, Katie Bishop, but they broke up shortly after Miles learned that Katie was in league with HYDRA. The multiverse imploded not long after, and when the main Marvel Universe was restored, Miles and his friends and family were transplanted there with their memories re-written to make it seem as though they always lived in the Marvel Universe. As a result, Miles' failed romance with Katie is completely gone from his memories, and as far as he and Barbara know, she is his first real girlfriend.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: She jokes about being one with Miles:Barbara: (sees Miles brooding alone outside in the dark) You okay? I saw you out here being a sullen, brooding, teenager and I was compelled to come out because I was raised on Twilight movies.
- Soapbox Sadie: In a sense. She refused to take an oath to turn in any vigilante at her school based on principle ,or that she knows Miles is Spider-Man, even if it meant she lost her starting position on her basketball team. She decides to lead a sit-in which only leads to her, Ganke, and Judge getting arrested.
- Characterization Marches On: He appears and disappears sporadically throughout Brian Michael Bendis' run, where his defining trait is mainly his confusion at what is going on with Miles and Ganke. He gets more attention in Saladin Ahmed's run, which shows him as a hammy goofball eager to get his roommates out of their comfort zones. (Oh, if he only knew...)
- Cosmic Retcon: Near the end of Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man, Judge reveals that he always knew that Miles was Spider-Man. After everything seemingly got reset after Secret Wars (2015), he no longer has any recollection of Miles' identity.
- Hidden Depths: He keeps a journal, and finds it a useful stress reliever.
- Keet: He's endlessly energetic and loves to find ways to make his friends laugh.
- Large Ham: He loves to goof off with Miles and Ganke, sometimes to their (especially Ganke's) chagrin.
- Locked Out of the Loop: He has no idea that one of his roommates is Spider-Man.
- Raised by Grandparents: Implied. Since he's mainly associated with Miles' school life, his family is almost never mentioned (he's never even been given a last name). So far, the only relative of his we've met is his granmè, which is Creole for "grandmother".
- The Bully: Every panel that he appears in, he taunts Ganke and instigates trouble with Miles. In fact, he used to hold kids down during his freshmen year and make them smell his farts.
- Remember the New Guy?: During his debut, Miles' states that he remembers Sean during his freshmen year.
- The Stool Pigeon: How he bullies Miles. He knows Dutcher has it in for Miles so he is actively trying to get him in trouble and out of the school because he doesn't think Miles' "type" belongs in school.
Fabio Medina / Goldballs
After quitting the X-Men and returning home, Fabio Medina ends up transferring to Brooklyn Vision Academy and quickly becomes Miles and Ganke's new roommate after the latter outs Miles' identity to him.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Develops a bit of this towards Miles due to Lana's crush on him and him blowing her off.
- Hopeless Suitor: Towards Lana. He develops a crush on her but it becomes quickly apparent that she has eyes for Miles instead, who in turn sees her as just a friend and has begun romancing Barbara.
- Put on a Bus: Gets more or less written out of the 2018 relaunch of the book. In issue #24 of Champions (2016), Fabio ends up the victim of a School Shooting at Vision Academy and it's implied that he ends up getting pulled out of school because of it. From there, he joins the cast of X-Men as penned by Jonathan Hickman.
- Secret Keeper: Admittedly not by choice; Ganke decided to take it upon himself to out Miles as Spider-Man to Fabio because he thinks it would be to Miles' benefit for another superpowered student to know about him.
- Dean Bitterman: He's very open about his dislike for Miles, loudly assuring our hero that he (Dutcher) is not an idiot and has his eye on this menace to his school. He's even cast in the Dean Rooney role in the Whole Plot Reference story "Miles Morales' Day Off".
- Expy: What J. Jonah Jameson is to Peter Parker, Vice Principal Dutcher is to Miles Morales - a loud, irascible blowhard who has a talent for making our hero's life harder by insisting that he is up to no good. That said, it's not a 1:1 comparison: Jonah is a respected public figure and largely considered to be a good (if intense) boss. Dutcher, on the other hand, is everyone's least favorite co-worker among the Brooklyn Visions Academy staff.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Among the BVA faculty. The other teachers and administrators don't get his irrational obsession with this one kid, and they especially aren't happy when he interferes with them doing their work because of it.
- Hates My Secret Identity: He sees Brooklyn's Spider-Man as a respectable young man who recognizes the importance of tradition, responsibility, and bravery. Miles Morales, on the other hand, is an entitled punk who's not nearly as smart as he thinks he is, and Lyle Dutcher is going to make sure all of his coworkers know it.
- I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That: A variant. After discovering Miles' secret identity from reading his journal, and witnessing him protect Brooklyn Visions from the Ultimate Goblin, Dutcher returns the journal to him while saying "It's a good thing that all I've read in this entirely fictional journal is a fanciful story written by a talented if unfocused young writer. Isn't that right?"
- I Reject Your Reality: As anyone who's ever read one of Miles' books knows, he's an incredibly sweet kid, and many of the other employees recount positive experiences with him, but Dutcher insists that it's all a front.
- Large Ham: He takes his vice principal role insanely seriously, much to the frustration of his coworkers:Dutcher: That whole meeting [with the City of New York Office of Education] was ridiculous. Pencil pushers trying to tell me how to do my job.Principal Evans: "Pencil pushers"? You're a vice principal, Lyle, not a Navy SEAL. You've got to learn to calm down.
- Expy: Of Robbie Robertson except he is in charge of Brooklyn Visions Academy.
- Little People Are Surreal: Easy to miss, but he has Dwarfism.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Does not appreciate Dutcher's obsession of catching kids and antagonizing students over his work. He even asks why Dutcher wanted to even work in education if he doesn't like students.
Green Goblin: You are not scared of me, tiny man?Principal Evans: Of course, I am scared. I'm terrified. I want to see my wife and my daughter again. But I'll do whatever I must to protect my students.
- When Goblin attacked Brooklyn Visions, he gladly turned himself over to in order to stop prevent further harm to his students.
- Twofer Token Minority: He is black and has dwarfism.
Mr. Dan Sumida
Miles' Allies and Friends
Bombshell, Lana Baumgartner, is a teenaged girl from the Ultimate Marvel universe. Along with her mother, she was a super criminal who robbed jewelry stores. After being apprehended twice, Lana was separated from her mother when the court declared her an unfit parent. Lana then became a student at Midtown High where she, unknowingly at the time, came across Spider-Man sans alias. Peter became one of her first few friends, along with Bobby Drake and Johnny Storm. Spider-Man died a short time later.
She returns, when there's a new Spider-Man in town (Miles Morales) and her backstory is explained. Her powers come from her mother, who was experimented on by Roxxon in exchange for a commuted prison sentence. Lori's escaped when she discovered that she was pregnant, but it was too late and her daughter was born with the same powers. Initially, their powers required both of them to be in close proximity to work, but eventually Lana learned how to use them on her own. She helped Miles, Spider-Woman, Cloak and Dagger to take down Roxxon, and also during the coming of Galactus. When The Ultimates broke up after Cataclysm, they stayed toguether and started their own group, the All-New Ultimates.
The Ultimate Marvel universe was briefly destroyed during the Secret Wars, but the Molecule Man restored Miles Morales' family and friends in the Prime earth, as a token of gratitude. This included Lana, but also her mother, by proxy. Lana would stay a close friend of Miles, and Lori would join the Sinister Six. Lana would also join the Champions since volume 3.
Has no relation with DC Comics Bombshells, an unrelated comic book from DC Comics. She has no relation either with the Bomb-Throwing Anarchists from Nick Spencer's Captain America used to display Political Correctness Gone Mad.
Bombshell appears in:
- Ultimate Marvel
- Marvel Universe
Bombshell provides examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Double Subversion. When Lori was in jail, she was supportive and proud of Lana for being a hero. After she was released from prison, Lori quickly changed her tune. Lori quickly wants to go back to crime again and feels that since she is the parent, Lana has to as well. When Lana resists, Lori is quick to use violence against her.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Subverted. Poey is a drug dealer and is described as dark and troubled. However, she is perfectly aware of the trouble he may cause and even uses it to her advantage when her boyfriend gets caught up with a super gang. She laments that the only reason that they are together is that they are both troubled people.
- The Big Guy: Dagger and Bombshell fulfill this role in differing ways. Bombshell is clearly the more destructive of the two, but she is reluctant to join in a fight and is much more passive. Dagger is pugnacious and violently aggressive in comparison to Bombshell, but her power is precise and nowhere near as property damage.
- Canon Immigrant: She was moved to the Prime Earth, alongside most of Miles Morales' cast, at the end of Secret Wars. In 2019 she joined the Champions.
- Domino Mask: She wears one and, somehow, it allows her to go on on superhero stuff without her parole officer noticing that something is amiss.
- Early Installment Weirdness: If we are strict, Bombshell was not created in Ultimate Marvel. She was a villain in the short-lived Hawkeye mini in 1983, but as she had absolutely no similarities with the modern character (she was a muscular woman, blonde, with a swimsuit costume, used actual bombs and was a stoic terrorist), they are related just by the name and the explosions. She was never mentioned again after that mini, not even when Ultimate Bombshell moved to the Prime Earth.
- Good Feels Good: She seems really enthusiastic about fighting bad guys.Bombshell: We should text each other. We should do this again. Let's make a list of people to beat up and then go beat them up.
- The reason she even joined Spider-Woman's team was to do good for once in her life.
- HeelFace Turn: After getting arrested twice, she was given a third chance to have a normal life. She is unwilling to continue her life of crime and begs Peter to keep her powers a secret from the other students.
- Heroic BSoD: Has an episode after her boyfriend was murdered.
- Insult Backfire: She calls Spider-Woman a cheap Spider-Man knockoff with a B-cup to get her riled up, but it doesn't work.
- Just Friends: After joining 616, she apparently had a thing for Miles, but was never open about it until he rescued her. Miles sees her as sister than a girlfriend. There was a brief period when she'd blow up his phone with texts. Since joining the Champions after defeating her mother, she still harbors feelings for him, but decides to remain friends on account of them both having too many responsibilities.
- The Lad-ette: Compared to most girls in Peter's life, she seems most comfortable being with the guys as she willingly sat with Peter and guys as if it were no big deal.
- The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: As soon as her boyfriend found out about the incident between her and the Cloak and Dagger duo, he immediately broke up with her on the phone after she pleaded with him on the phone to stay at his place. Even Miles and Jessica felt awkward for her.
- One of her ex-boyfriends, Sid, finally gets revealed in the second issue of Cataclysm, where she acted abrasive, probably due to a previous incident. Of course, before anything is fleshed out about him, a car drops on top of him.
- In the first issue of the All-New Ultimates, Lana deliberately sets up time with her Poey and she comes back from a hot date rather disappointed and let down.
- And then her boyfriend Poey was offed by Diamondback and her gang as revenge for screwing up a drug operation.
- The Mole: After the transplant to the main Marvel Universe, Lori forces her daughter to join her on Iron Spider's new Sinister Six. Lana tries to reason with her mother, but has no luck. So she reluctantly tags along, sending coordinates to Miles so he can find them and stop the scheme.
- Mutant: Technically is one despite her objections to it.
- Reluctant Hero: She was reluctant to use her powers because she would have been thrown in prison if she did so after Taskmaster attacked her and the Spiders, she immediately ran away. Eventually, she turned around and helped out. As soon as she did, however, she was called by her parole officer about using her powers anyways in spite of it being for a good cause. She is literally not allowed by law to be a superhero.
- Shout-Out: Brian Bendis has been very upfront about the fact that Lana and her mother are blatant Expies of Rory and Lorelai Gilmore from the TV show Gilmore Girls.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Every other word out of her mouth is some swear or another.
- She tones it down after the time skip.
- After being attacked twice, she finally lets loose a swear after Cloak and Dagger try to make amends with her.
- Superpower Lottery: Has an array of abilities that revolve around explosives.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Dagger in her Ultimate Marvel days.
- White Sheep: Her mother was a convicted felon before Lana was born and got Lana in the business, to begin with.
- She has problems with this because prior to her previous criminal history, she is not allowed to use her powers at all. If she does, then she will be thrown in prison.
- Wonder Twin Powers: Her and her mom are completely powerless without one another.
- The reason why they weren't able to use this ability separately was that Lori gained this ability when she was pregnant with Lana.
- Took a Level in Badass: No longer needs to be in physical proximity of her mom, but they're far less powerful when they're apart.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are:
- A subtle case. When Peter first met her, they fought and after she was soundly defeated along with her mother, Peter told her that of all the things you use your power for, you use it for robbery. Of course, this did not stick as she went back out and robbed again. Literally years later, she finally lives out the potential that Peter saw in her and chooses to be a superhero.
- Jessica Drew seems especially supportive of her and cheers her on anytime she does anything remotely remarkable.
Huge Spider-man fan, or more specifically a Miles Morales' fan, who runs a huge blog that covers superheroes. Made a big deal out of Spider-man being a person of color and defended her stance. Ganke is a huge fan of her blog and took an interest in her in spite of Miles not being a huge fan of her blog. When Miles was in trouble, Ganke reached out to her under the guise of 'Ned' to help him. Afterwards, the two eventually started dating with Ganke still not telling her his real name in order to secure Miles' identity.
- Age-Gap Romance: Downplayed, but she is an NYU student while Ganke is still in high school.
- Blog: Has a huge social media following.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Danika hasn't been seen since Brian Michael Bendis' run ended, which implies she and Ganke broke up at some point off-page.
- Fangirl: Of superheroes, in general, but particularly of Miles Morales. She even uses her blog to help Ganke find Miles once he goes missing.
- Genki Girl: She is extremely energetic on her YouTube account as she babbles on about the latest piece of superhero news.
- Race Fetish: She is incredibly fascinated by the fact that the new Spider-Man is a person of color, which Miles himself is uncomfortable with.
- Secret Keeper: Not by choice. Ganke, again, spilled Miles name by accident while trying to keep his own identity a secret as well. Of, Danika snarks that she can pretend that he didn't hear it. Note that she never has met Miles. She was tempted to out his name after struggling to post blogs, but ultimately decided not to.
- Soapbox Sadie: Has shades of this, but genuinely is impressed and is a fan of Spider-Man being a person of color.
Tiana Toomes / Starling
- Affectionate Nickname:
- Her grandpa calls her "Firecracker".
- Calls Spider-Man soccer body.
- Alliterative Name: In classic Marvel fashion, Tiana Toomes.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Like her grandfather, who built her suit and taught her how to fly, she has a bird motif.
- Anti-Hero: She's committed to justice and teams up with Spider-Man to take down Tombstone's men and some crooked cops. She's also got a brutal streak and Miles regularly has to talk her out of some more extreme actions.
- Broken Pedestal: She confronts Spider-Man/Peter thinking he was going to attack her grandfather during brunch. She drugs Peter during their scuffle, but he then tells her that her grandfather was murdered someone. As Peter falls unconscious, Tiana begins to doubt everything her grandfather told her.
- Disappeared Dad: When Tiana was very young, her father Frankie abandoned her and her mom, Lenora. Adrian Toomes, disgusted by his son's actions, became a support system for them, and eventually, a mentor for Tiana. To this day, Tiana has no idea whether he's alive or dead, but doesn't seem to care either way.
- Flight: She is the Vultures Granddaughter.
- Head-Turning Beauty: Miles develops a crush on her the moment he sees her, comparing her to an angel (up until he remembers that she hospitalized about a dozen of Tombstone's henchmen).
- Morality Pet: To the Vulture, who, to Tiana's memory, has never been anything but a devoted and loving granddad. After his son Frankie abandoned little Tiana and her mom, Adrian went out of his way to provide for them, and made sure that every penny he gave them came from a legitimate source. Following her mother's death, Adrian encouraged her to follow her dreams of becoming an artist by moving to his Brooklyn address. While she's at it, she's decided to use the skills he taught her to take a stab at the superhero gig.
- Red Is Heroic: Her suit and many of the outfits she wears as a civilian are red, and she's working as a hero.
- Secret Identity: Averted. She calls herself "Tiana" and "Starling" basically interchangeably, citing how her grandfather never tried to conceal that Adrian Toomes was also the Vulture. She finds it old-fashioned that her new self-appointed cohort will only call himself "Spider-Man".
- Whole Costume Reference: Despite being the Vulture's granddaughter, her costume, especially the color scheme, resembles that of The Falcon.
- Expy: Of Madame Webb. She isnt exactly like her but she pretty much does for Miles what Webb did for Peter.
- Just a Kid: When Miles finally meets her after being dragged through multiple dimensions by her, he is surprised to see a girl younger than him.
- Passing the Torch: Her core belief when it comes to the newly formed Web of Life. The reason why she reached out to Miles and not Peter is because he, Annie May (the new Patternmaker who wove this web), and she are new just like this Web of Life. It is their responsibility to protect it now.
- The Watcher: Her role in yet another newly revealed part of the Spider-Mythos is to be the Spider at the center of the Web and Life and Destiny and watch it for threats within and without.
Prime Earth Rogues Gallery
- Action Bomb
- Black Sheep: So much so that the courts took custody of Lana away from her declaring her to be an unfit parent.
- Book Dumb: Dropped out of high-school and thought Captain America was a professional wrestler.
- Good Parents: As far as a person who raised their daughter to be brought up in a life of crime can be at least. Lori, while still in prison, urges Lana to not follow the same path Lori did and felt remorse for Lana after Lana's boyfriend was murdered in front of her daughter. She even urges Lana to not lose touch of her new friends.
- Subverted when she gets out prison. She immediately tries to recruit her daughter to do crime again now that SHIELD is out of the picture. When Lana refuses, she tries to use Because I Said So as a justification why Lana should obey.
- Having a Blast
- Law of Inverse Fertility: Apparently, Lori not only had no idea that she was pregnant, she had no intention of having a child as well.
- Parental Obliviousness: She believes that simply because she is Lana's mother, Lana has to obey her.
- Sir Swears Alot: Not as bad as her daughter, but it is still apparent enough for Spider-Woman to point out.
- Stuff Blowing Up
- Wonder Twin Powers
Tomoe The Techno Golem
- Cursed With Awesome: She relishes her power and can no longer imagine what life is like without them. Considering they granted her wealth and prestige, it is hard to say that she is wrong.
- Cyber Ninja: Runs a clan of Cyber Ninja with Laser Blade Katanas.
- Dark Action Girl: Definitely this.
- Dating Catwoman: Implied to be the reason why she was smitten with Miles and why she was disappointed that Miles turned out to be Spider-man.
- Genre Savvy: She is well aware that the only reason she is thriving is because she has not caught the ire/attention of any SHIELD or Avengers operatives. The moment that she did, she immediately dipped out and went into hiding.
- Was relieved when the bane and reason why her organization fell, Tony Stark and James Rhodey, were indisposed, so when she learned that there was a replacement, she immediately went after Ironheart and Rescue.
- Explosive Leash: She implants bombs in her goons' heads as a measure to keep them from divulging information. Not that she needs to worry as they are fanatically loyal to her.
- Never a Self-Made Woman: Averted. Tomoe started from the bottom and now she is a criminal princess.Miles: Oh, this is so cool.(referring to the garden on top of her building) Is this your dad's?
Miles: Your Father's?
Tomoe: Oh, Oh no. No. This is mine.
Miles: You own this?
Tomoe: I own the building. And the sky above it.
- Rags to Riches: According to her, she used her powers to climb the ladder of success.
- Revenge Before Reason: She is vindictive and prideful so she does not forget those who betrayed her and sleighted her in the least. Given that both Miles and Riri drew her ire, one can expect that she will come back and haunt them again.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: She started fighting Iron Man and his supporting cast before turning to Spider-Man.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: Very much the case with Miles and why she was disappointed that he was Spider-Man. Even after the fight and the realization that he is Spider-Man and everybody had collapsed, she crawls over to him hinting that she wanted to kiss him.
- Technopath: An extremely powerful one at that. She can use any technology that is metal based. Any technology. She has stripped 4 Iron Men of their suits, taken both Spider-men of their web shooters, implanted several biotech mods in her flunkies that she can detonate on will, and shut down an entire building. There is a reason why she is under constant surveillance of SHIELD.
- Yakuza: Of a sort. Although she was not born in a gang and it is hinted that she overthrew the real Japanese Yakuza.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She's a master inventor and engineer who actually improved on Iron Man's original Iron Spider suit schematics, and provided Aaron and Jefferson with the new Prowler suit and the weapons they'd need to save Miles.
- Evil Virtues: She keeps her promises to her fellow criminals and values her friendship with Aaron Davis.
- The Man Behind the Man: She and Spider-Man have never met, but through her connections to Aaron Davis, she's had a major indirect influence on his crime-fighting life.
- Mission Control: From her temporary base in Jersey, she helps the Iron Spider's Sinister Six successfully steal a helicarrier and get it all the way to Latveria before any superheroes catch up.
- Villainous Friendship: She's very amiable with Aaron. Even after he doesn't live up to his end of their bargain, she's genuinely regretful about having to put a bounty on his head, and puts herself on the line by formulating a plan to pretend to capture him herself in order to up negotiations between her gang and Ultimatum.
- Children Forced to Kill: Under his hypnosis, the kids are compelled to do whatever he or the person who buys them tells them to do, and at one point forces the kids to hold each other at gunpoint to force the heroes into a Sadistic Choice. Thankfully, Spider-Man, Rhino, and Captain America manage to defeat him before he finds any buyers quite that twisted, and the only crime any of the children are shown carrying out is a robbery.
- Clothes Make the Superman: The kids he targets are all ordinary civilians, so he's invested in several child-sized uniforms that give them superpowers. Little Eduardo Rodriguez, for example, gets electric powers, and Rhino's niece Tanya gets elastic powers.
- Mind Control: His power, which he primarily uses on the kids he abducts. He also tries to use it on Spider-Man, Rhino, and Captain America when they track him down, but finds this group (a teenager with Heroic Willpower to spare, a semi-reformed villain in full Papa Wolf - err, Uncle Rhino — mode, and the Determinator of the Marvel Universe) much harder to control than the children, implying that he's nowhere near as strong as Marvel's most recognizable telepaths like Professor X or Jean Grey.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He specifically says that kids he abducts come from families that, in his view, "don't belong" in the US - undocumented immigrants, homeless people, pro-vaccination families, and so on.
- Has a Neo Nazi Iron Cross tattooed on his arm so yeah, we know his political affiliations.
- Superhuman Trafficking: Played with: he kidnaps kids so he can turn them into superhuman minions for the likes of Tombstone.
- Tattooed Crook: Has two visible arm tatted sleeves with one having a Nazi Iron Cross wrapped around barbed wire.
- Would Hurt a Child: As evidenced by the human trafficking. He later tries to force the heroes to stand down by making the kids hold each other at gunpoint.
- Ambiguously Human: He looks like a man, but speaks robotically and never shows any kind of emotion.
- The Bad Guy Wins: He absolutely succeeds in his endeavor of capturing Miles, examining/torturing him for days, and gets away with it. Whatever his goal was, he succeeded. Sure, Miles escaped but has trauma and is extremely reluctant in finding and trying to stop the Assessor.
- Break the Badass: The Assessor's torment of Miles is so severe that it leaves him traumatized enough to stop being Spider-Man for several months. Keep in mind that the only other villain to successfully cause Miles this much distress was Ultimate Venom, his mother's killer.
- Expendable Clone: The reason why he tested Miles physical capabilities so rigorously was to create a burner clone that was essentially a shell of Miles. Burner Clones only last a day.
- For Science!: As well as for the Executive Board Review.
- Implied Death Threat: The Assessor doesnt speak plainly. He uses corporate language and lexicons. Killing is too personal to say. The Assessor threatens to liquidate the test subject to not compromise board security.
- Kaizo Trap: A non-Video game example. Miles wakes up thinking that he caught the entire examination off guard and breaks out of his straps. He defeats the guards including Asset Quantum. And just when he thinks he is homefree, the doors that he thought were his escape only led to a closed room. The Assessor appears again revealing that it was just another test.
- Killer Game Master: Has this kind of personality.
- Mad Scientist: Has decided that child abduction and blackmail is the most reasonable way to study spider powers.
- Royal "We": Only ever uses the pronoun "We", but Miles refers to the Assessor as a "him".
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He speas with complicated diction. He never expresses any intent without getting straight to the point or being transparent.
- Sinister Surveillance: Every aspect of his testing area is monitored down to his test subjects vitals.
- Spock Speak: The Assessor speaks in mechanical, technical terms.
- Teleportation: Assessor has a mechanical minion called Asset Quantum. Its unique state allows it to teleport and avoid detection by Spider-Sense.
- Viewer Gender Confusion: And Viewer Number Confusion, for that matter. The Assessor exclusively uses the pronoun "we" in self-directed speech. When directly interacting with Miles, the Assessor is seen as a creepy mechanical man, who then vanishes after providing "Subject 002-004" with the redacted terms and conditions. From there, Miles only hears the Assessor as a disembodied voice through a speaker. Towards the end, we see a pair of human scientists, who Miles defeats during his escape attempt, but it's unclear if they were the Assessor, minions for the Assessor, or part of the escape attempt-themed simulation that the Assessor was running on Miles.
- Worthy Opponent: In his own disturbing way, he respects his prisoner and regularly states that Spider-Man is exceeding his expectations for his tests.
- Would Hurt a Child: Should "Subject 002-004" not comply with the Assessor's tests, he will direct a punishment either at Miles or his family and friends - pregnant Rio and teenagers Ganke, Judge, and Barbara included.
- You Are Number 6: Only ever calls Miles "Subject 002-004". When Aaron and Jefferson show up to rescue him, they are identified as "Motivational Assets".
The henchmen or thing of the Assessor. In spite of its humanoid frame, it isnt human or it's devoid of humanity. It has the ability to phase through contract, and teleport at will. It seems to be tasked at capturing Miles for whatever tasks the Assessor has for him.
Miles Morales of Earth-616 / Ultimatum
- Adaptational Villainy: Unlike the Ultimate Marvel version of Miles, the Miles of Earth-616 was a member of the Rigoletto gang, is the best friend of the Kingpin and ultimately became a supervillain after a failed attempt to reform himself.
- Age Lift: Unlike Ultimate Miles, the Earth of Earth-616 was already an adult when he helped Fisk in his rise to become the Kingpin, making him older than Peter.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: He wants Miles gone from "his" universe, so he organises the capture of Miles, Aaron, and the entire Morales family. He doesn't succeed at the later, but he does manage to catch Miles, and takes the time to explain his whole history rather than just shove Miles through the damn portal. Naturally, this allows Aaron to save his nephew.
- The Bus Came Back: He disappears at the end of Spider-Men II. He returns in Miles Morales: Spider-Man issue 250.
- Canon Immigrant: He's the classic Marvel Universe's version of Miles and briefly lived in the restored Ultimate Universe.
- Character Tic: Apparently bites his lip when thinking.
- Costume Copycat: As Ultimatum, his outfit is a mix of that of the founding members of Earth-1610's The Ultimates (Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and Giant Man), albeit in a different colour-scheme.
- The Dragon: He was the Dragon for Kingpin, but Fisk treated him as an equal going so far as to have Don Rigoletto kiss his hand. The Don refused.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: His minions and hired thugs are an incredibly diverse bunch. This becomes plot-relevant when some of them turn out to be Spanish speakers, allowing Spider-Man to pull a Bilingual Backfire on him and get a lead on where Ultimatum is.
- Evil Counterpart: Unlike Ultimate Miles, 616 Miles is a supervillain, and friend and former lackey of the Kingpin.
- Evil Power Vacuum: After Starling and Miles took out Tombstone invading Brooklyn, Ultimatum decided to move in on the turf after Miles took a several month break from being Spider-Man due to being captured and tortured by the Assessor.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He's got some pretty nasty facial scars, gained when he tried protecting Wilson Fisk from an attack.
- In Spite of a Nail: Despite the vast differences between their universes and their histories, both Mileses share several of the same childhood memories, which is how this Miles proves their connection.
- Just a Gangster: Despite being skilled and crafty enough to rob an alternate universe of some of its most famous weapons and technology, all this Miles desires at the end of the day is total control over the underworld of his reality's Brooklyn. He even confesses to being this trope to Aaron's face after inviting him over to his compound for a chat.
- The Lost Lenore: His wife, Barbara. His journey into the recreated Ultimate Universe started with trying to get her back somehow.
- Mythology Gag: His supervillain name is taken from the Ultimatum event, and his gear appears to be compiled from Earth-1610's Ultimates - Cap's shield, Thor's chest plate, and a combination of Iron Man and Giant Man's powers.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: He's got several groups of minions who wear costumes similar to his. They're looking to establish themselves in the criminal vacuum left behind when Spider-Man and Starling took down Tombstone. Not much is known about them other than that are aggressively pushing the Ultimate Oz formula that created Green Goblin and Ultimate Spider-man on the people of Brooklyn (sometimes literally, as Miles tries to save a man. when they force the drug down the guy's throat).
- Race Lift: He's much lighter-skinned than "our" Miles.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His outfit is the reverse of Miles Spidey suit mainly red with black designs.
- Sizeshifter: As Ultimatum, he's capable of turning giant like Giant Man.
- Superior Successor: He frequently uses his sizeshifting powers to appear powerful and menacing. It's kind of funny when you see those scenes and remember Ultimate Henry Pym, the first Giant-Man of the Ultimate universe, who was anything but.
- Unperson: There's not a trace of him anywhere in the world. Peter Parker checked, even having Jessica Jones do her thing. She couldn't find a bean. This is because he asked Wilson Fisk to hide all knowledge of him so he could live in peace.
- Villainous Friendship: With Wilson Fisk, of all people. Miles helped him in his rise to power, and Wilson still treats him as a friend, probably one of the few people this can be said of.
- It goes beyond just a mere friendship. They are best friends. Miles' helped Wilson Fisk's rise to power and eventually established him as the Kingpin of crime. Wilson Fisk is known for his greed and avarice gave Miles control of Brooklyn and went as far as to say that he wasn't giving him anything that he didn't already build.
- Butt-Monkey: Is treated like a joke every time he appears. Miles even seems to be embarrassed that he could be considered a villain of his.Prowler: [in awe that Frost Pharaoh crawled out of a dumpster to stop them] You know this dude, too?
Miles: It's not important.
- Captain Ersatz: Hes pretty much just the Pharaoh from Soon I Will Be Invincible. Confusing, pathetic supervillain white guy in non-thematic Egyptian costume wielding an icy weapon? Check.
- An Ice Person: His scepter gives him the ability to shoot and freeze things in ice.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He terrorizes a museum with his ice powers, but he's so ridiculous and easy for Miles to take down that he comes across as pitiable more than anything.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name hasn't been revealed.
Miles Morales's Symbiote
First Appearance: Absolute Carnage #2, Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales #1
See Carnage for more info.
Ultimate Universe Rogues Gallery
- See also: Ultimate Spider-Man Characters
Maximus Gargan/The Scorpion
A Mexican crime lord who followed The Prowler up to New York for revenge for a double-cross. Once there, he decided the city needed a new Kingpin, and set out to consolidate his territory and terrorize The Prowler. Possesses nigh impenetrable skin and wields a fearsome chained flail similar to a scorpion's tail.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: He's Mexican and the second person to use the Scorpion identity.
- Awesome McCoolname: Maximus Gargan.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": He has the word "Scorpion" tattooed across the front of his neck. Since he's a huge guy with a bull neck, it's really prominent in any frontal shots.
- The Brute: Although a fairly eloquent and intelligent example. He has the cleverness and ambition to (try to) assemble a criminal empire. However, his anger issues tend to turn anyone who bothers him into paste, though this isn't necessarily a hindrance.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Is drawn to resemble Danny Trejo, down to the placement of his tattoos (though Maximus has ink more relevant to his character).
- Composite Character: Of Mac Gargan (uses the name "Scorpion" and almost similar real name) and Black Tartantula (a Hispanic crime lord who, likewise, has ambiguous superhuman powers).
- Decomposite Character: 616 Mac Gargan becomes both the Clone Saga Scorpion-Peter Parker, and a Mexican crime lord. Neither actually resemble him all that much, except that the former has the costume and the latter (almost) his name. As noted above, Maximus more closely resembles another Spidey villain, the Black Tartantula.
- Epic Flail: He can demolish entire large rooms filled with equipment and containers in just a couple swings.
- Implacable Man: He's nigh-invulnerable and shows it.
- Inexplicably Awesome: Though an explanation may be forthcoming, the hints given so far about his strength and resilience are incredibly vague, and he is otherwise just another crime lord. Even when in FBI custody sometime in the past, they were unable to confirm whether or not he was superhuman, and rumors of his powers likewise travel in criminal circles without any confirmation. The Scorpion implies that his impenetrable skin has something to do with where he came from.
- Made of Iron: Can take electrical shocks and blunt force trauma pretty well, in addition to his tough skin, though it's unclear as to whether it's actually Super Toughness or not.
- Mission from God: Once he sees how pathetic criminals in New York were, he realizes that God could only have sent him to New York to turn things around.
- Mood-Swinger: When he loses his temper, he really loses his temper.
- Mythology Gag: Mac Gargan → Maximus Gargan, and of course the scorpion flail.
- Nigh-Invulnerable: Overlaps with Made of Iron. Sufficiently sharp blades or razors can become embedded in his skin, but not pierce completely through. The pain can incapacitate him, though.
- One Steve Limit: During the Clone Saga, one of Peter's clones was clad in a cybernetic suit of armour equipped with an acid-spewing tail, and was the only clone aside from Spider-Woman to survive.
- Race Lift: Once his connection to the mainstream Scorpion was solidified, we have the Scorpion going from Caucasian to Mexican.
- Religious Bruiser: He's a steadfast Catholic, and considers it his God-anointed duty to take control of NYC's criminal underbelly.
- Visionary Villain: Comes to believe that the crime element of New York is both unorganized and weak; he wants to take back control of crime and bring some class to the criminal underworld.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Probably related to his belief in his Mission from God, he sees fate as the series of challenges life presents you; you either bow before them or fight through them — either way, there's only one possible outcome based on who you are.
Venom II/Dr. Conrad Marcus
The third host of the Venom symbiote. He once worked as a scientist for Oscorp but switched to Roxxon, and when he learned Betty Brant was investigating an OZ-infected spider that had given Miles Morales his powers, he stole a sample of the Venom Suit from Roxxon and used it to kill Betty. He confronted and injured Jefferson Morales, who Betty's notes indicated was Spider-Man II, but was driven off by Miles.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: Conrad Marcus was a middle-aged African-American man, in contrast to the teenaged-to-twenty something Caucasian Eddie Brock.
- Ambiguous Situation: There's a lot to cast doubt on whether his supposedly secret identity is actually that. Notably, it was at one point made clear that this version of Venom was operating without a host, and another that he had a mysterious connection to Miles' father.
- When Conrad first appeared, Osborn offered him a lot of money to replicate the spider who created Spider-Man because Osborn couldn't do it himself. When he learned that the new Spider-Man was indirectly made by him through Betty Brant, he may have decided to reclaim what was his or at least abduct Miles, since the spider Betty brought him died and he needed to learn how he did it in order to profit from it.
- Combat Tentacles: His first appearance in the third volume is him shanking Betty Brant with a razor tentacle.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Conrad Marcus appeared in the very first issue creating the spider that bit Miles.
- Eyeless Face: As Venom, Marcus's eyes become progressively smaller until they disappear completely.
- Hulking Out: Initially resembles a skeletal version of Eddie Brock's Venom form with clawed feet, but quickly becomes far larger and more bestial in appearance than Eddie was, walking on all fours and having an elongated snout resembling the giant Venom in Spider-Man: Web of Shadows.
- Killed Off for Real: By the police opening fire on him after Spider-Man II stripped him of the symbiote.
- I am a Humanitarian: Tries to eat a police officer and later absorbs Miles, which backfires when Miles uses his Venom Blasts to pull a Chest Burster and strip Marcus of the symbiote.
- Legacy Character: The third person to don a sample of the Venom Suit.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Used to work as a scientist for Oscorp before switching to Roxxon.
- Overly Long Tongue: Even longer than Eddie Brock's.
- Primal Stance: Becomes far more bestial in appearance as Venom than Eddie Brock was.
- Sanity Slippage: The Venom Suit increasingly influences Markus, wanting to bond to Spider-Man.
- What Is This Feeling?: For some reason, Marcus's sample of the Venom Suit was drawn to Miles Morales in the same way the original was drawn to Peter Parker.
- Abusive Parents: It has been stated that his dad hated him and even sometimes beat Roxxon.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He fervently believes in his own abilities, but he just does not cut it as a menacing villain compared to the likes of Osborn. However, he does have money to hire competent people who make up for his incompetence.
- Butt-Monkey: Long before his introduction, Roxxon has been regarded as a bumbling oaf who fell into money. His own father abused him and hated him. His own scientists readily acknowledge how crazy insecure he is and only useful for money to fund their experiments.
- Compensating for Something: He tries to make up for his lack of intelligence and business skills to compete with the likes of Hammer and Oscorp by hiring scientists to do his experiments without actually understanding what they are doing. The only reason that he lasted so long as a corporation was because Osborn and Hammer took themselves out.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: This guy takes the cake. He is only formidable because he is extremely rich and desperate enough to make profit to the extent that he suspends ethics.
- Depending on the Artist: His appearance changes all the freaking time. About the only thing that remains consistent is his nose.
- In his first appearance, he's overweight and clean-shaven.
- In his second appearance in Ultimate Enemy, he's suddenly thin and has a moustache.
- In his third appearance, when Miles confronts him, he's suddenly clean-shaven and slightly portly again.
- Disposable Vagrant: Roxxon, would kidnap or experiment on people who nobody would miss. There was an entire list of experiments.
- Evil Gloating: From the minute Miles and Spider-Woman burst into his office, he starts bragging.
- It's All About Me: A serious case of this.
- Manchild: His first appearance establishes his backstory as a rich kid that spent his entire life blowing cash on partying until he was forced to take charge of a multimillion dollar company. Explains a lot.
- Motormouth: Not in the traditional sense, but it's pretty clear his mouth moves much, much quicker than his brain.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: This guy placed the instruments to his demise and inadvertently made an entire super-hero team hate him.
- First, he unlawfully granted pardon to a criminal in order to have his scientists experiment on her. After the experiment was successful, she escaped and then her child who she was pregnant with gained powers as well came back fifteen years later and helped secure his demise.
- Second, he worked with Dr. Octopus to clone Peter Parker multiple times. One of those clones turned out to be the gender swapped clone, Jessica Drew. She harbored se much resentment for Roxxon Corporation that she had them infiltrated twice upon finding out the ties to her creation. Her resentment towards her former creators was the main reason why she formed the teen of pissed off teenage supers who also have been mistreated by Roxxon.
- Third, Cloak and Dagger were more immediate than the previous two, but after kidnapping the kids, having their deaths faked, and then experimented on, Cloak and Dagger escaped from Roxxon, made public news that drew the attention of Jessica Drew and helped Miles come out his retirement. The reason that they were able to get in contact with Spider-woman, Spider-man, and Bombshell was because Roxxon sent out a hit to attempting to cover up his tracks which led to a fight.
- Finally, Miles Morales came out of retirement because of what he did to the previous four. Then he found out that Roxxon was involved with the Venom Symbiote that caused his mom's death, and was the one who hired Aaron Jefferson, the Prowler, to steal from the Oscorp building which led to Miles becoming Spider-Man.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: For all his incompetence and boobery, he still has moments of competence. Not to mention whatever it was he did to Miles' dad all those years ago.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Tries to act like he is "the leader of men" and SHIELD won't take him under custody because he works with them. He turns out to be wrong on both accounts.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Spider-Man inadvertently saves multiple projects from superpowered mercenaries? Hire other mercenaries to track and kidnap him so you can interrogate him on why he would. Angrily called out by Peter himself, why would you restrain and interrogate someone apparently helping you? No wonder other costumed superpowers are mad with you if this is how you show gratitude.