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May Parker/Spider-Girl/Spider-Woman

  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Four of May's love interests (Brad, J.J., Franklin and Gene) are blondes. However, only two are evil.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Changing her short Tomboy look for longer brown locks in Amazing Spider-Girl. Notably the haircut that stuck.
  • Expy: Played with but ultimately averted. May has similarities to Peter, MJ and even Ben (Peter lampshades that one) but is her own character. Word of God is that this was deliberate.
  • Fanservice Pack: By the time of Amazing Spider-Girl, May has become a very beautiful through the fact that she has longer hair, a prettier face, toned broad shoulders, a great taste in fashion, long toned legs, slightly well endowed breasts, and a voluptuous yet athletically toned body.
  • First Kiss: She has a Smooch of Victory with Brad after Courtney wakes up from her coma. It helped her realize she wasn't really into him anymore, fortunately.
  • Forceful Kiss: To Normie. It didn't work out.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Looks like a Brainy Brunette version of Mary Jane, knows a few things about science, and openly fangirls superheroes.
  • Important Haircut: Averted. May kept changing her hairstyle every 10 or so issues just because. May finally settled on having long brown hair in Amazing Spider-Girl and retains the hairstyle in Spectacular Spider-Girl comics series as well as the Spider-Girl End issue.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Genuinely enjoys being a hero and Jumped at the Call, but increasingly gets frustrated and fed up with all the stress of a superheroine's life.
  • I'll Kill You!: Mayday says this to Daemos after he kills her mother and father.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: To emphasize her naivety and as a nod to that other infamous May.
  • It's All About Me: Uncle Ben calls her out on taking this attitude in regards to her claiming her father was the only real Spider-Man and that all the others are pathetic fakes.
  • Jumped at the Call: She was delighted to learn she'd inherited her father's powers.
  • Legacy Character: She took over the local webswinging job from her father, and is wearing her "uncle"'s old costume.
  • Mama Bear: Don't threaten or hurt her family. (She must have picked it up from MJ.)
  • Mental World: After some whining, she convinces her Spirit Advisor to change the decor... into a shopping mall.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Though initially not as much as other the super heroines (due to usually being Averted) in her original solo series, Mayday is made for this trope by the time of the Amazing Spider-Girl (along with the Spectacular Spider-Girl comics series as well as the Spider-Girl End issue). While she was pretty in her original solo series, May is very beautiful in her following three comic book series.
  • Most Common Superpower: Depending on the Artist. Most often she's not the bustiest of heroines. But by the time of the Amazing Spider-Girl, she has a very nice bust.
  • Morality Chain: She tries to be one to April, but isn't very successful.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Mayday has the Inheritor Daemos at her mercy, ready to crush a crystal holding Solus', Daemos' father, spirit inside. At that point, she stops and realizes what she's doing. She later regrets not killing him when she had the chance.
  • Oblivious to Love:
  • Plucky Girl: Considering the fact that she is daughter of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson.
  • Progressively Prettier: Definitely. While May was still pretty in her original solo comic book series (as well as the one hundred and fifth What if issue that she debuted in), she was kind of tomboyish and usually acted and/or appeared in a masculine manner due to her design as well as the art style and the fact that she had short hair. By the time of the Amazing Spider-Girl (which continues into the Spectacular Spider-Girl and Spider-Girl End), May has long brown hair as well as a more feminine taste in fashion in addition to acting and appearing in a more feminine matter along with having a very attractive design due to the new art style, all while still being a superhero. Due to having an attractive design, May has a voluptuous yet athletic body instead of the skinny yet slightly toned body that she originally had in her first solo comic book series.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: In Amazing Spider-Girl (which continues into Spectacular Spider-Girl and the Spider-Girl End issue), May usually wears skirts with or without a pair of red or blue tights.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to April's Red, despite what the costumes might have you believe.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When Daemos kills her father, May is consumed by rage and hatred and swears revenge. Seeing the Superior Spider-Man murder the Master Weaver in cold blood makes her relent, but she later regrets that she didn't kill him.
  • Save This Person, Save the World: In "The End".
  • She's Got Legs: In the Amazing Spider-Girl (along with the Spectacular Spider-Girl comic book series and the Spider-Girl End issue), May has long toned yet shapely legs and they are highlighted by the form-fitting costume and other outfits (such as skirts with or without tights) that she tends to wear.
  • Shipper on Deck: For her parents who are inseparable during her childhood and teenage years, making it hard for her to believe there was a time when they dated others. When she traveled back in time to Peter's high school days, she was taken aback that her father was dating Betty Brant. One alternate universe comic X Universe: Spidey has a version of herself bonded with a Symbiote finding an older Peter in a Lotus-Eater Machine where she is disheartened to see Peter desire a world where he married Gwen Stacy and had a son with her, crying bitterly about how Peter never wanted her mother, or a daughter deep down.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With April and Darkdevil, depending on how you define "sibling".
  • Sleep Cute: Gets a platonic version with Peter.
  • Spider-Sense: One of the powers she inherited from her father.
  • Stepford Smiler: At times, when things get really bad.
  • Take Up My Sword: At the end of Spider-Verse, Mary Jane gives Peter's old Spider-Man costume to May. May declares she's no longer Spider-Girl, but Spider-Woman. Enthralla and Red Queen take advantage of this by hypnotizing everyone into believing she's an impostor who killed Spider-Man and the real Spider-Girl.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: When Earth-616 Peter attempts to console her after the Inheritors steal her baby brother and promises to do whatever it takes to get him back, May angrily snaps that he and all the other Spiders are fakes and that the only real Spider-Man was her father, who was killed by Daemos. After the event, she apologizes to Peter for it.
  • Tomboy: Mayday is a dedicated athlete and keeps her hair fairly short, that is until the Amazing Spider-Girl where she has developed longer hair due to initially taking a break from fighting crime as Spider-Girl and acts more feminine (she retains these new characteristics in the Spectacular Spider-Girl and The End).
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: May is a sporty, athletic tomboy, in contrast to her fashionable former actress of a mother.
    • Averted in the Amazing Spider-Girl and the Spectacular Spider-Girl (along with The End) where May is much more feminine and less of a tomboy (but still athletic) mainly due to the fact that she dresses more fashionably.
  • Tragic Dream: A major subplot of the first series. May stays on the basketball team as long as she can but finds the potential to blow her cover, cheat, and fail to save a life because she was at a match is just too great. Doesn't make the decision any harder on her, though, and she admits to missing the sport terribly in Amazing.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Her costume used to belong to Ben Reilly. Her second costume used to belong to her father.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Normie.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Played straight at first, as she was drawn as a female Peter, but averted as the art evolved. Now she resembles both of her parents equally.
  • Unwanted Harem: Several of her friends and a few of her enemies have fallen for her.
  • Wall Crawl: Her wall-crawling ability is markedly different from her father's, being a fair bit stronger for starters. She later suggests to Ben Parker that the other Spiders could do the same things she can if they actually tried.
  • "Well Done, Daughter" Girl: Peter gives the So Proud of You speeches on a regular basis but still May struggles a lot with feeling stuck in his shadow and earning his respect.

Peter Parker/Spider-Man

  • Papa Wolf: Do not go after his children.
  • People Puppets: What Norman Osborn does to him in the last arc of Amazing
  • Older and Wiser: He's a good 15 years older here than he is in the mainstream comics, and working for the police has let him develop a lot of skills.
  • Overprotective Dad: About May's Spider-Girl antics rather than boys... most of the time.
  • Retired Badass: He lost his leg fighting the Green Goblin to the death, and although he acquired a prosthetic he wasn't able to carry on as Spider-Man.

Mary Jane Watson-Parker

Benjamin "Benjy" Parker

April Parker/Mayhem

  • Angel Face, Demon Face: April's costumed form looks similar to a black-and-blue version of Spider-Girl's, but when she becomes Mayhem her eyes become distorted, she frequently forms a wide mouth full of black teeth, and the black markings on her suit become chaotic.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: During her time with the Parkers, she was this to May.
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: What she was intended to be. May has to keep April on track to prevent her from injuring or killing people. As "the merciless Mayhem" she breaks with May to become a full-on antiheroine, but after realizing the damage she's caused she returns to the good side and turns back time to sacrifice herself to save her sister.
    April: The friendly neighborhood days are over! If you want to survive, you need to go grim! Go gritty!
  • Bad Future: Causes one when she decides that the only way the world can be fixed is if she kills every other superpowered individual she comes across.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: She has powers that are similar to Carnage, but deep down is a good person.
  • Berserk Button: Hates being compared to May, one of the reasons she went rogue as Mayhem.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: She can transform her limbs into simple bladed objects.
  • Born as an Adult: Came out of the tank a teenager.
  • Cloning Blues: April was convinced that it was May who was the clone and that she was the original Parker baby, much like Ben Reilly was.
  • Combat Tentacles: Due to being part symbiote she can create tentacles at will and often uses them to complete chores faster.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: During the climactic fight that resulted in May's death, April makes declarations like, "You only saved me to make me look bad!"
  • Darker and Edgier: Compared to Spider-Girl, April can come across as malicious, especially as Mayhem.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Tries to invoke My Sibling Will Live Through Me after accidentally killing May, but it fails when Mary Jane sees through her right away.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Ben Reilly, Kaine Parker, and Venom; being a clone of the series' Spider-hero who is convinced they're the original, not opposed to using excessive force or killing, and bonded to a symbiote.
  • Emo Teen: Due to the whole Cloning Blues thing.
    Mary Jane: What on—April! What's wrong, sweetheart? Why are you in the dark? Oh, my! Where did you get that outfit—and why are you crying?
    April: E-everyone hates me. The kids at school... May... even you and Uncle Pete!
  • Evil Costume Switch: April normally looked similar to a black-and-blue version of Spider-Girl, but as Mayhem she takes a leaf out of Carnage's costuming department.
  • Evil-Detecting Baby: Benjy is the first to realize there is something off about "May".
  • Evil Twin: Starts out as one of May.
  • Freak Out!: Has one when she accidentally causes May's death.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: She was a clone of May Parker fused at a genetic level to the Venom symbiote.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Decides to embrace her dark side and becomes the antiheroine Mayhem, but ultimately sacrifices herself to save May.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: April, having been given memories of a Bad Future where May died because of her by her own future self, sacrificed herself to save May.
  • Fallen Hero: After May's death, April tried to become a hero. "Tried" here meaning "killed every other super powered individual she could find".
  • Femme Fatalons: Due to being half symbiote she could transform her fingers into claws.
  • Generation Xerox: To Kaine, being an angsty homicidal clone of a member of the Parker family.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: The combined grief of accidentally killing May, being kicked out of the Parker family, and realizing that she was the real clone causes April to snap and go on a rampage, killing any superhero being she comes across in an effort to make the world a better place.
  • Kill and Replace: After causing May's death, April tries to impersonate her as a form of repentance. Mary Jane saw through it right away, figured out what happened, and furiously expelled April from the Parker household. The combined trauma drove April insane.
  • Knight Templar: Decides the only way the world can be fixed is if all other superpowered individuals kick the bucket.
  • Jagged Mouth: As Mayhem she manifests a mouth full of black teeth that blend into the rest of her mask.
  • Mirror Match: Any time she and May fought, due to her being a clone.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Espouses this viewpoint when it comes to crime fighting, killing Tombstone and Hobgoblin, and even threatening to kill May herself if she gets in her way. When she decides to become a hero and make the world a better place, it's by killing all the other superpowered people she can find.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The look of horror on Mayhem's face when the warehouse she and Spider-Girl were fighting in exploded is visible even through the symbiote's Blank White Eyes and More Teeth than the Osmond Family, showing that she never truly intended to kill May and was genuinely remorseful that she'd succeeded.
  • My Sibling Will Live Through Me: April tries to invoke this via Dead Person Impersonation after accidentally causing May's death. Unfortunately for her, Mary Jane sees through it right away, and when she figures out what happened furiously kicks April out of the Parker family.
  • Nightmare Face: Was capable of manifesting Venom's fanged maw and absurdly long tongue while in human form.
  • '90s Anti-Hero: April is brooding and sarcastic at the best of times. At the worst, she's downright bloodthirsty, and while she lacks some common attributes, as Mayhem she can tick off scary "costume" and scary name as well.
  • One-Letter Name: Goes by "Auntie A" in the Bad Future.
  • Prehensile Hair: When her symbiote side manifests, her hair looks like it's suspended underwater.
  • Punny Name: As April herself put it, "After all, April comes before May".
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: When her actions lead to the government mass-producing copies of Carnage that subsequently go out of control, Mayhem decides to travel back in time and stop herself from killing May.
  • Serial-Killer Killer: Adopts this approach to fighting crime, even taking out bigwigs like Tombstone and the Hobgoblin.
  • She's Got Legs: Just like her genetic template, May, April also has long toned yet shapely legs that are highlighted by her costume and other outfits.
  • Tele-Frag: When she travels back in time, Future Mayhem appears inside a wall, but lives long enough to transfer her memories to her past self.
  • Twin Switch: Impersonated May to make out with Wes, and later tried to take her place in life after accidentally killing her.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: In her grief after May's death and her expulsion from the Parker family, Mayhem kills almost every other superhero out of a belief that it would make the world a better place. This only makes things worse when the government mass-produces clones of Carnage to stop her and they go on a rampage.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: For all that she resents May, she is probably the closest thing April has to be a friend, and April is devastated when she accidentally gets her killed. And see It's Personal above. Twisted, but it shows she cares.
  • Whole Costume Reference: April's superhero persona looks almost identical to Spider-Girl, and when she lets her symbiote side surface she occasionally appears similar to Spider-Carnage. As Mayhem she looks similar to a black-and-blue Carnage.

Aunt May Parker-Reilly

  • I Was Quite a Looker: Appears as her younger, blonder self when guiding Mayday... until Peter recognizes her.
  • Spirit Advisor: Her spirit serves as a guiding force for May.

Ben Reilly


  • The Atoner: After Ben's death he set out to redeem himself, and even hosts a self-help group for reforming villains.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Was this to Ben Reilly and Daredevil.
  • Papa Wolf: Very protective of his niece and nephews.
  • Parental Substitute: Tries to be this to Darkdevil even if the latter is reluctant to trust him again.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Over time, he and Darkdevil's relationship softens from bitter enemies into this.

Reilly Tyne/Darkdevil

  • Depending on the Artist: Like Benjy, his hair color bounced between blonde and red before the artists settled on having a redhead. Fanon is that he tried bleaching his hair to look more like Ben Reilly.
  • No-Sell: He's immune to Enthralla's hypnotism. More to the point, looking into his head leaves her in a coma.

    Midtown High Students 

Courtney Duran

  • Hollywood Nerd: Averted and played straight. She doesn't have the body type, but she does have the hobbies, and the boys (especially Moose) seem to like her anyway.

Davida Kirby

Maurice "Moose" Mansfield

Jimmy Yama

Brad Miller

Heather Noble

  • Alpha Bitch: At first.
  • Betty and Veronica: Poised to be the Veronica to May's Betty, with Brad as the Archie. They both give up on him.
  • Fangirl: For Spider-Girl. First seen shopping at the Spider-Shoppe, later posing as Spider-Girl for Jimmy and Wes's comic.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: With Jimmy

Jack "J.J." Jameson / The Buzz

Felicity Thompson / Scarlet Spider II

  • Mommy Issues: Is not happy about Felicia's new partner. She's upset about her parent's divorce rather than her mom being a lesbian.
  • Sidekick Glass Ceiling: She never even graduates to sidekick.

Gene Thompson

Simone De Santos

Wes Collins

  • Back for the Dead: Daemos throws him headfirst into a fireplace, knocking him out, and he's assumed dead after the Parker house burns down. He's later revealed to have survived along with Mary Jane.


     Spider-Girl's Friends and Allies 

Normie Osborn / The Green Goblin / Venom

  • Odd Friendship: May, of course, but he and Reilly/Darkdevil seem to have one as well.

Phil Urich

Brenda Drago Osborn / Raptor

Gerald "Gerry" Drew/Spider-Man II

  • Determinator: Desperate to play hero even if he's secretly dying.
  • Disappeared Dad: Walked out on him and his mom when Gerry got sick. This might be why he idolizes Peter so much.

Anya Corazon/Araña

  • Most Common Superpower: Anya is quite well-endowed, and frequently keeps her jumpsuit partly unzipped exposing her cleavage. Lampshaded after May awakens in Arana's body, she opens her eyes to find herself staring down Anya's cleavage. Doubles as Ms. Fanservice since the shot is a POV shot resulting in the audience also staring down Anya's chest.

Fabian LaMuerte/Black Tarantula


Angel Face

  • Mama Bear: Granted, an evil and abusive version, but still.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes on one following her elder son's death. Somewhat subverted in that she and her surviving son tear a swath through the underground but never get to the people responsible.
  • You Killed My Son: Blames Spider-Girl for Crazy Eight's death.

Carnage / Moose Mansfield & Benjy Parker

  • Body Horror: For Moose. And who knows how it affected Benjy...

Crazy Eight

  • Affably Evil: He's funny, calls his mother and looks out for his little brother. When they're not trying to kill each other. He even compliments a rookie Spider-Girl on her fighting skills!

Funny Face

  • Never My Fault: His brother's death might not have happened if he hadn't exacerbated tensions between the Kingpin and Canis out of sibling rivalry. Naturally, he blames Spider-Girl for it instead.

Elan DeJuane/Fury the Goblin Queen

Hobgoblin/Roderick Kingsley

The original Hobgoblin, come out of retirement.

Lady Octopus

Mr. Nobody

Red Queen


Norman Osborn


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