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    Beetle 

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AKA: Abner Ronald Jenkins
Debut: Strange Tales #123

Boomerang: Abner here was the Beetle—the original Beetle. You probably don't notice much resemblance. And yes, a while back, we were in the same crew—called ourselves the Sinister Syndicate. I like to think I've grown past it. Thing is, Abner was a piece of ☠☠☠☠ even then. Double-crossed me more than twice—but hey, at least I could respect that. A crook is a crook. Then one day, he gets himself hooked into another gang—the Thunderbolts—a bunch of costumed baddies pretending to be good guys. It was a brilliant, beautiful long con. Least it was before Abner screwed the whole thing up—by actually becoming a good guy.

An aircraft mechanic, Abner Jenkins decided to supplement his income through less honest means and built a suit of insect-themed Powered Armor. Starting out as a foe of the Fantastic Four, he came into conflict with Spider-Man, continually redesigning and updating his armor in an effort to take out the Wall-Crawler. After joining the Thunderbolts under Baron Zemo, Abe decided to put his life of crime behind him and rebranded himself as a superhero called MACH I (currently MACH X).

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    Beetle IV/Lady Beetle 

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AKA: Janice Lincoln
Debut: Captain America #607

"I am a professional. I am robbing you at gunpoint right now. Can we maybe keep the topics of conversation to how terrified you are, or how amazingly well planned this whole heist is?"

Originally introduced as an opponent of Captain America (Bucky Barnes) she later becomes a member of the Superior Foes of Spider-Man, and is revealed to be the daughter of Spider-Man villain Tombstone, as well as a lawyer.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Appears as this early in Superior Foes, in contrast to her more clearly white (as well as different in general) original appearance. The series later reveals that she's the daughter of the black (and albino) Tombstone and a Latina mother.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: A rare villainous example.
  • Amoral Attorney: With her father's encouragement, she went to law school (where she excelled) to become one of these and was even a valedictorian at Columbia Law. A flashback shows her winning a case against Matt Murdoch by hiring the Looter to cause a disturbance outside of the courthouse, which prompted Matt to hastily and weakly excuse himself from the proceedings in order to deal with it as Daredevil.
  • Control Freak: She's obsessed with controlling situations and planning things out as much as possible. It would make her a decent leader if she could get others to respect her.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Her father argued for a career as an Amoral Attorney to be preferable to and safer than that of a costumed supervillain, and he seems to have had a point, as while Janice was an excellent law student and seems to have been a competent attorney, she's so far less successful as a supervillain.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: From an early age, she shared her father's criminal tendencies (a flashback shows the two bonding over stealing a dog from a playmate's birthday party), and Tombstone put her through law school in the hopes of her becoming a legitimate criminal as a mob lawyer. While he wasn't happy about her deciding to become a costumed super villain, he still supported her although he refused to pay for it.
  • Dating Catwoman: Her and Scott Lang.
    Scott: I was an Avenger once. And the day they made it official—everyone could tell I was freaking out. Like, I was in way over my head. So, Captain America, he takes me aside—he puts his hand on my shoulder, looks me straight in the eye, and say: "Scott, I'm sure right about now you're doubting yourself. Don't. This is a great responsibility, of course—but there's just one rule, above all the others, that you need to keep in mind—one rule that can never be broken, no matter what—and no matter how many times Tony Stark may tell you otherwise—if you want to be an Avenger—you do not sleep with super villains." I am so sorry Captain America.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Tends to make snippy comments about whoever she's working with at the time. Sometimes leans into Silent Snarker when she doesn't feel like speaking out-loud.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Sometimes refereed to as "Lady Beetle".
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She and her father are actually very close, despite their disagreements on Janice's career choice.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: In the worst way possible; she became a supervillain largely out of desire to be the best supervillain.
  • Pet the Dog: Her backstory issue showed that she sometimes does community work at soup kitchens as a sort of "karmic balance".
  • Power Armor: As per the original. In particular, the suit has flight abilities and energy weapons in the gloves.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Originally introduced as a Captain America villain, she later became a Spidey villain, with a backstory introduced which tied her to his Rogue's Gallery.
  • “Stop Having Fun” Guy: She really doesn't like it when her allies go off of her strictly made plans.
  • Straw Feminist: Subverted. She sometimes throws out feminist phrases and claims that she wants to "break the glass ceiling" on supervillainy, but it's just a way she excuses her petty crimes and jerkish personality.
  • Women Are Wiser: For what it's worth, she's the most competent member of the Superior Foes when it comes to planning.
  • Yandere: Out of all of the villains recruited by Ant-Man, she was the most earnestly helpful, even secretly assisting him in defeating Cross. Then she tried to use the courts to ruin his life because he didn't call her back afterward.

    Boomerang 

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AKA: Frederick Myers
Debut: Tales to Astonish #81

"I told them I was born in Australia, so they made me Boomerang. This is why the whole world hates you, by the way. An entire nation boiled down to what you can remember from that time you got high and watched Crocodile Dundee. Guess I should be glad I didn't end up some kinda kangaroo guy."

An Australian baseball player who was suspended from playing after being caught accepting bribes, Fred Myers used his phenomenal pitching arm and weaponized boomerangs to become the supervillain Boomerang. Clashing with Spider-Man as a member of Jack O'Lantern's Sinister Syndicate, Boomerang temporarily became a "superhero" called Outback during the Civil War by supporting the Initiative, but returned to a life of crime.

  • A Day in the Limelight: In The Superior Foes of Spider-Man along with other C-Listers (and lower) villains Shocker, Speed Demon, Beetle, and Overdrive. Though he's the central character and the story is told from his point of view.
  • Badass Normal: Boomerang has no superpowers, but can still put up a good fight with his mean throwing arm and trick boomerangs, not to mention his jet boots.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When Spider-Man followed Boomerang to his hideout and found him speaking to his former team, it seemed like he was going to return to villainy with a plan to destroy Spider-Man as everyone expected. It turns out his "team" where a bunch of LMD's that he used to play cards with which later malfunctioned.
  • Butt-Monkey: Sometimes written as a joke villain, especially in Ultimate Spider-Man.
  • Calling Your Attacks: In a guest appearance in She-Hulk, he called out the name of the type of boomerang he was using out loud. She-Hulk mocks him for this, asking if they're voice-activated, or if he is just on an "anime riff."
  • Captain Ethnic: As lampshaded in the quote, as is typical of Australians in comicbook land, he ended up with a boomerang theme. Also worth noting is Fred's brief fake hero identity as "Outback", wherein he wore a costume based on the Australian flag.
  • Dirty Coward: Big time. During the Superior Foes series, he tried to talk Bullseye (actually a Life Model Decoy) into killing his girlfriend instead of him, claiming that it would make him suffer and provide more motivation in future face-offs. Needless to say, neither Bullseye nor his girlfriend were all that impressed.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He actually briefly objects when Centurius suggests abandoning a city to monsters during their tenure on the Thunderbolts.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He can certainly make himself seem friendly and likable, but it doesn't take much to figure out that he's a dick.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: None of the other supervillains like Boomerang, and with good reason.
  • Funetik Aksent:
    Boomerang: Ha ha! Ta for that, mate! That was legendary! You throw like a floppin' Sheila!
    Spider-Man: Shut up! You're not even making sense, you—
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Has tried it twice, more out of greed or attempts to reduce his sentence than genuine desire to reform. Both times he went back to be a villain.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: Was a major league baseball pitcher before getting kicked out for accepting bribes.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Maybe not up to Bullseye's level, but still impressive.
  • Jerkass: He's an unrepentant jerk.
  • Jet Boots: Boomerang likes to use them as a secondary weapon.
  • Kick the Dog: After discovering Jackpot's secret identity, he murdered her civilian husband in front of her and their daughter. When Jackpot reluctantly saved him from Mr. Negative, he was ungrateful, and proceeded to taunt her by threatening her daughter, which nearly caused Jackpot to snap and kill him.
    Boomerang: You know as well as I do I'm not doing any time. I'm either getting witness protection or getting off. So the only way you're getting justice here is to put a bullet in me.
    Jackpot: I may fantasize about killing you... I may talk a good game... but, end of the day, I have to go home to her. And I have to be better than myself. I have to be the person I want her to grow into.
    Boomerang: That's sweet. But what if one day, I decide it might be fun to find out where you're living now... and pay a visit on that sweet girl of yours—
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's a greedy, self-important, backstabbing jackass; if you're on his team it's not a matter of if he'll throw you to the wolves but when, and he seems to view everyone as existing to help him get ahead. Yet he's surprisingly good at getting people to go along with him and talking himself out of the messes he makes.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite having an opportunity to ditch Peter and leave him to fend for himself at the bar with no name, he actually stays to protect him and even takes a blast for him.
  • Powered Armor: His suit functions as light body armor and is equipped with jet boots.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: His Weapon of Choice.
  • Psycho for Hire: He is a mercenary and assassin.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: He started out as a Hulk villain, but became more recognizable as one of Spidey's foes. He's also tangled with Iron Man, the Defenders and the X-Men.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Despite having a gimmicky move set and a kitsch costume, he's rather arrogant.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He's a regular human that picked fights with the Hulk on purpose, it went about as well as you expect. After Hulk badly injures him in their last fight, he stopped bothering the Hulk.
  • Trick Boomerangs: Shatterangs, Gasarangs, Razorangs, Screamerangs, and Bladarangs, just to name a few varieties.
  • Villain Worshipper: He seems to have developed a weird fascination for Dormammu in Superior Foes.
  • Weaponized Exhaust: Boomerang likes to use his jet boots as a secondary weapon.
  • Weapon of Choice: Boomerangs.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: During Dark Reign, he was given the false "heroic" identity of Outback, and wore an Australian flag-themed costume.
  • Villainous Rescue: Despite being outnumbered at the bar with no name, he still fought to protect Peter from the other villains and even pushed him out of the way of an attack.

    Calypso Ezili 

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Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #209

"Are you man enough to live a little dangerously?"

A Haitian voodoo priestess, Calypso became the lover and accomplice of Kraven the Hunter, who she adored whipping into a frenzy prior to his hunts. After Kraven's suicide, Calypso sought revenge on Spider-Man for the villain's death by brainwashing the Lizard, after increasing her own powers by ritualistically sacrificing her younger sister, Mambo. After that debacle and ones involving Daredevil, Calypso attempted to once again bewitch the Lizard, who responded by fatally mauling her, and escaping from the Ravencroft Institute.

Calypso resurrected herself by possessing Glory Grant, and controlling Simon Garth, the Zombie. She was subsequently humiliated by Alyosha, one of Kraven's sons, and tried to get even by assembling an army, and using magic to pit Alyosha against Spider-Man. After the two reluctant combatants broke free of Calypso's spell and defeated her minions, Alyosha took Calypso captive, and unceremoniously killed her in the Kravinoff Mansion.

  • Bed Trick: Ended up on the receiving end of this when she tracks Alyosha down, thinking he was Sergei, and slept with him, only learning about the truth when Alyosha mocked her afterwords.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: She's killed for the first time by the Lizard after trying to control him for a second time in her schemes against Spider-Man.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: She practices this.
  • Instrument of Murder: Calypso possessed a Yoruba spirit drum that she used to weaken her targets while Kraven attacked them.
  • People Puppets: Calypso can magically enslave people. She can also spiritually possess and directly control them.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: While she was primarily a Spider-Man villain, Calypso also found time to pick a fight with Daredevil when the latter interfered with her attempts to kill several Haitian expatriates.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Before Calypso is killed the first time, she transfers her life force into a magic amulet. The amulet later ends up in the possession of Glory Grant, who Calypso controls as a way of resurrecting herself.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Her slaves have a nasty habit of breaking free of her control and turning on her with a vengeance. Daredevil went easy on her by simply beating her up, while the Lizard killed her the first time and Alyosha Kravinoff did it the second time. So far, the second killing has stuck.

    Carnage 

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AKA: Cletus Kasady
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #344

"I'm chaos, Mistuh Kurtz, chaos—and the rest of the world won't admit that its just like me. And because of that the world is worthless, its dirt on my heel—its a planet full of mannequins filled with blood and they may as well be torn up and burst and stamped on because what else are they good for—apart from making noise and being nice and making more stupid little mannequins that sit still for lies and TV and kissy-kissy garbage."

A psychopathic serial killer imprisoned for eleven consecutive life sentences, Cletus Kasady met Eddie Brock when the latter, separated from the Venom symbiote by the toxic touch of the supervillain Styx, became his cellmate. Learning of Brock's grudge against Spider-Man, Kasady tried to convert him to his nihilistic philosophy, mocking Eddie over his claims to have once been the supervillain Venom. Repeatedly rebuked, Kasady decided to murder his cellmate, but before he could the Venom symbiote entered the cell and rebonded to Eddie. Venom broke free, leaving the terrified and jealous Kasady behind. Sensing his desire for the power Eddie possessed, a scrap of the symbiote left behind dripped onto Cletus' hand and bonded with him, transforming him into the monstrous Carnage. As Carnage, Kasady proved stronger than Spider-Man and Venom combined, and his symbiote was not only less susceptible to sonics than its progenitor but infinitely more difficult to remove, having bonded to his bloodstream.

For more information on him, please refer to his page, and the adjoining characters page.

    Chameleon 

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Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #1

"The truth is none of us really knows anyone else. What we're capable of at any given moment. We cannot see beyond our own lives and desires. Other people, well... they're just part of the background."

The first supervillain Spider-Man ever fought, Dmitri was the son of a Russian aristocrat and a servant he married when he fled the Communist Revolution. His mother found him embarrassing, and his father thought him weak. While his half-brother Sergei disliked him, he grudgingly acknowledged his existence, and thus in his youth, Dmitri would try to please Sergei however he could, often putting on little plays while doing all the roles himself. Years later, this would become his job, as he took on the name Chameleon. With a base mask hiding his real face, he developed his skills as an impersonator so well that even friends of his roles were fooled. Unfortunately for him, while his acting is great, his stage combat is much more lacking, and thus he has to fight the Spider-Man with his intellect rather than with his fists.

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    Crime Master I 

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AKA: Nicholas Lewis Sr.
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #26

    Demogoblin 

Debut: The Spectacular Spider-Man #147 (as a Demonic Hobgoblin); Web of Spider-Man #86 (as Demogoblin)

"Come, sinners! Hiding is useless! The road to salvation can be yours... through death! I will help you find this road!"

When Jason Macendale Jr. tried to sell his soul to the demon lord N'Astirh, he was turned down but got a demon stuffed into his soul for his trouble. However, the demon proved incompatible and eventually separated into a demonic version of the Hobgoblin called the Demogoblin.

For more information on him, please refer to the Goblins page.

    Doctor Octopus 

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AKA: Doctor Otto Gunther Octavius
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #3

"Now, watch me trap a spider in a web of my own—a web made of my new-found arms! Your strength is merely that of a spider, but mine is the energy of an atom, born of a nuclear accident! You dared to mock me before! Why aren't you mocking me now? Where are your brave words and taunts now, Spider-Man?"

Born in Schenectady, New York, Otto Octavius had something of an unhappy childhood. His father, Torbert, was abusive and violent towards both Otto and his mother Mary. Otto was determined not to become like his father and put all his effort into his education, regularly scoring top marks. Unfortunately, a combination of Otto's shyness and good school work got him labeled as a "teacher's pet" and he became a target of bullying. Otto eventually became a brilliant and respected nuclear physicist, atomic research consultant, inventor, and lecturer. One of his most iconic inventions was a set of highly advanced mechanical arms controlled via a mind–computer interface to assist him with his research into atomic physics. Unfortunately, there was an accidental radiation leak that ended in an explosion and those wonderful mechanical arms became fused to Octavius' body.

The accident also seemed to have damaged his brain and the scientist turned to a life of crime. His very first criminal act was taking the hospital hostage and proclaiming himself Doctor Octopus, the derogatory nickname that his co-workers had originally given him. In their first encounter, Octopus defeated Spider-Man by tossing him out of a window. Following this defeat Spider-Man considered giving up his heroic career, but was inspired to continue his heroic career by the Human Torch and ultimately defeated Doctor Octopus. Since then the Good (or Bad) Doctor has gone on to become one of the most identifiable members of Spider-Man's rogues gallery.

For more information on him, please refer to his page.

    Doctor Octopus II/Lady Octopus 

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AKA: Doctor Carolyn Trainer
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #405

Carolyn: It's only appropriate, Dr. Octavius. You are, after all, one of the great minds of this century.
Otto: I am pleased you think so, Ms. Trainer.

Growing up, Carolyn Trainer had it drilled into her by her distant father, geneticist Seward Trainer, that science was above all else in terms of importance. As a teenager, Carolyn became smitten with Doctor Otto Octavius, a crush that developed into a full-blown obsession, one that led to her happily becoming Octavius's assistant after he became the villainous Doctor Octopus. When Ock was murdered by Kaine, a clone of Spider-Man, the distraught Carolyn honored her late mentor by following in his footsteps, becoming the new Doctor Octopus. After aiding in a ritual that brought Otto back to life, Carolyn briefly gave up the supervillain gig in order to care for him as he readjusted, afterward striking out on her own as a mercenary under the name Lady Octopus.

  • Animal Motifs: She played this up more than Otto ever did.
  • Bad Boss: When a minion questioned one of her plans, which could cause innumerable civilian casualties, Carolyn strangled him nearly to death.
  • The Bus Came Back: Disappeared after Otto fully recovered from his death, but resurfaced years later as a Psycho for Hire in Secret War, then once again vanished.
  • Chest Insignia: A stylized octopus.
  • Daddy Issues: She hates her father, which would explain her sometimes weird relationship with Otto. While her reaction to Seward's eventual death at the hands of Mendel Stromm and Norman Osborn isn't shown, she was presumably pretty happy about it, if not a little miffed that she didn't get to kill him herself.
  • Distaff Counterpart/Legacy Character: It's not hard to guess for who.
  • Fangirl: For Otto; a flashback to their pre-supervillain days shows her Squeeing as he gives her an autograph. Later upgraded to Monster Fangirl.
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny: As of Secret War, she has gold-colored tentacles.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Purple, red, black, brown, and everything in-between.
  • Lovely Angels: With Ock's girlfriend, Stunner.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Her Octo-spheres and hench-droids.
  • Psycho for Hire: Became this after Otto came back to life.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Was one for Otto, with a flashback depicting her as being overjoyed when Otto was forced to break up with his fiancé Mary Alice. While her relationship with him eventually seemed to become platonic, it's implied that she may have still had romantic feelings for him, as when she was helping him recover from the fractured mental state he was left in after being revived, she completely downplayed his relationships with Mary Alice and Stunner.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Seward was apparent quite neglectful, though he did do things like sing to Carolyn when she was little, and arrange the first meeting between her and her idol.

    Doctor Octopus III 

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AKA: Lucas Carlyle
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #43, Vol. 2

Doctor Octopus: Thief! It doesn't belong to you!
Luke: Up yours, old man!

Needing a PR man, the Nexus Corporation hired Luke Carlyle for the job, failing to look too deeply into his background, which involved a veritable ton of crimes committed under different names. Eventually, the CEO of Nexus confronted Luke about irregularities regarding his personal history, and exactly what he was doing while in the company's employ. Luke proceeded to fatally bludgeon his boss, and while contemplating what to do afterward, he realized that he could now act as the de-facto leader of Nexus, at least for a little while. Luke's first order of business was to get in touch with Doctor Octopus, under the guise of offering him a legitimate job; when Ock surprisingly showed up, Luke had him captured and studied by Nexus's scientists, who he had duplicate and upgrade Otto's technology. Sticking Otto in a slow-acting death trap (in case he needed to force more information out of him regarding his tech) Luke adorned his new armor, equipped with six mechanical tentacles, and went on a rampage, drawing the attention of Spider-Man, who reluctantly teamed-up with the escaped Doc Ock to defeat "Doctor Octopus III".

  • Bank Robbery: The first thing he does after suiting up is rob a bank.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When he isn't turning on the charm.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Carlyle Calamari.
  • Evil vs. Evil: He ended up earned the wrath of the original Doc Ock, who did not take kindly to someone else stealing his title.
  • Green and Mean: His armor and tentacles were entirely green in color.
  • Jack the Ripoff:
    Doctor Octopus: Take. That. Off.
    Luke: Sigh... you're the last person in the world I wanted to hear utter those worlds while I was in the bedroom.
  • Sinister Shades: His were red, in contrast to Otto's.
  • Stun Gun: Two of his tentacles were tipped with tasers.
  • Powered Armor: The main difference between Luke and Ock was Luke's use of tentacled armor, instead of just a tentacled harness. Not a bad idea, considering how years of fighting super beings wound up destroying Otto's unprotected body.
  • Upgrade vs. Prototype Fight: Luke had more advanced gear, while Otto had more experience. Had it not been for Spider-Man's intervention, the two would have presumably kept engaging in Fearful Symmetry until exhaustion or death.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Despite being described as black, his hair looked blue.
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    Doctor Traveler 

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AKA: Judas Traveler
Debut: Web of Spider-Man #117

"You're right, of course. I'm not God. I can't catch a soul or resurrect the dead. No, I'm not God—but I'm close."

After his family was killed, psychologist Judas Traveler suffered a psychotic break, one severe enough to activate his latent mutant abilities, all of which were psychic in nature. Convinced that the illusions he could create by altering people's perception were real, Judas deluded himself into believing that he was an ancient God-like being whose purpose was to study humanity. Via the covert manipulations of Norman Osborn, Judas took in interest in Spider-Man, who he tormented throughout The Clone Saga.

  • A God I Am: He became convinced he was an ancient dimension-walking entity.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Judas effortlessly defeated Carnage by ripping the symbiote right off of him.
  • Evil Albino: He's a supervillain with red eyes and white hair.
  • Make Way for the New Villains: In his debut issue, he messes with and intimates the Chameleon, Shriek, and Carnage.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He was a psychiatrist.
  • Mutants: For all of his bluster, in the end he turned out to just be a crazy mutant who thought he could do anything due to believing his own illusions were real.
  • Outside-Context Problem:
    Glenn Greenberg: No one – not the writers, not the editors – seemed to know who or what the heck Judas Traveler was. He was seemingly this immensely powerful, quasi-mystical being with amazing abilities, but what was the real deal with him...? But to be honest, a character like Traveler didn't really fit into Spider-Man's world.
  • Power Born of Madness: His powers were activated by a psychotic breakdown.
  • Psychic Powers: He can alter peoples' perceptions of reality, read minds, and cast illusions.
  • Sadistic Choice: Posed Spider-Man one: if Peter failed, the inmates of Ravencroft would all die; if he succeeded they'd be set free.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He and his Host were being manipulated by Norman Osborn.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Captured by Osborn's men and placed in a containment pod, he is eventually rescued by Chakra with the help of Spider-Man. Never seen since this event.

    Doppelgänger 

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Debut: The Infinity War #1

Carnage: Y'know, while I was locked in the Vault, I heard some rumors about a pack of evil duplicates from outer space, and... nah! It's all too hokey for words!

Originally a "living geometric pattern" that resided in another dimension, Doppelgänger and several other members of his kind were turned into twisted duplicates of various superheroes by the Magus during the Infinity War. Unlike the other knock-offs, this one survived that event, and has periodically resurfaced to torment the real Spider-Man.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: He was disemboweled by Carnage while trying to protect Shriek during one of the former's tantrums. While attacking Doppelgänger, Carnage even mused that it felt like such a waste to waste him. Fortunately his healing powers saved him.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Behaves almost like a dog around Shriek.
  • All Webbed Up: Though him doing this to someone is almost always lethal, as his webbing is razor sharp.
  • Animal Eyes: He has compound eyes originally in the shape of Spider-Man's lenses, but they've since become six spider-like ones.
  • Angry Guard Dog: For the Magus, then Demogoblin, and finally Shriek and Carnage.
  • Artificial Human: According to some scientists, he is "inorganic and may not have been legally alive to begin with".
  • Back from the Dead:
    • He was impaled by Hobgoblin, but healed by Demogoblin, which had the effect of stopping him from being destroyed when the Magus was defeated at the conclusion of the Infinity War.
    • Carnage gutted him in Maximum Carnage, though he resurfaced without explanation years later.
    • Shortly into his reappearance, he was shot almost completely in half by Royal Blue, but revived while being autopsied.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Why he allied with Demogoblin and Shriek.
  • Bald of Evil: Seeing how his costume is actually his skin he lacks hair.
  • The Berserker: It is completely feral in combat, using its fangs, claws, and razor-webbing to brutally attack its enemies.
  • Building Swing: Being a copy of Spider-Man, he can create organic webbing.
  • Ceiling Cling: He can cling to walls and horizontal surfaces. Usually leads to *Drool* Hello.
  • Chest Insignia: He has a copy of Spider-Man's signature emblems on his chest and back.
  • Criminal Doppelgänger: One of the few Spider-Man duplicates who is unrelated to the Jackal.
  • Disability Immunity: Instead of killing him, Demogoblin took him on as an accomplice, apparently not regarding him as a "sinner" due to him being no more intelligent than the average dog.
  • Dumb Muscle: He has no real will of his own, and is thus used as a henchman by other villains.
  • Easily Forgiven: He's gotten passed Carnage shredding him, going back to obeying his commands, and even attempting to warn him about Scorn.
  • Enemy Mine/Token Evil Teammate: Doppelgänger, or at least an AU version of him, can be seen in Spider-Verse fighting the Inheritors as part of the Spider Army. How the good guys convinced him to join them is a mystery.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He was fond of Demogoblin, and regards Shriek as his mother.
  • Evil Knock Off: Was explicitly created to be one of Spider-Man.
  • Extra Eyes: As of his reappearance, he's developed multiple eyes.
  • Fangs Are Evil: He has a mouth full of fangs almost reminiscent of a symbiote's.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: He was shot in half by Royal Blue, leaving him crawling around on his numerous arms, to rather creepy effect. His legs have grown back by the time of Spider-Verse.
  • Healing Factor: Presumably how he survived being mortally wounded multiple times.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Doppelgänger is a living geometric pattern from another dimension that was forcefully transmuted into a monstrous copy of Spider-Man.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Hobgoblin knocked him onto a spiked fence, but he was saved by Demogoblin.
  • Lightning Bruiser: It is just as fast and strong as the original Spider-Man.
  • Magic Enhancement: Being turned into an artificial copy of Spider-Man is apparently enough to make him qualify as a Spider-Totem.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: His six clawed arms.
  • Not a Mask: There's no monstrous version of Peter Parker in there; the "costume" is his actual skin.
  • Outrun the Fireball: Does this at the end of Carnage U.S.A.
  • Phlegmings: Is occasionally drawn with strings of drool between his fangs.
  • Razor Floss: His biological webbing is sharp enough to slice into Iron Man's Bleeding Edge armor.
  • Suddenly Voiced: When he reappeared, he displayed the ability to talk, albeit only a few slurred words.
  • Super Strength: Presumably to a greater degree than Spidey, due to his additional limbs.
  • To Serve Man: Not at all against eating humans.
  • Unexplained Recovery: After being fatally wounded by Carnage, he inexplicably returned over a decade later, presumably due to a previously unknown Healing Factor.
  • The Unintelligible: When he talks it comes out like this.
  • Up to Eleven: He has amplified versions of all of Spider-Man's powers.
  • Waking Up at the Morgue: After apparently being shot to pieces by Royal Blue, he wakes up on the autopsy table.
  • Wall Crawl: Like the real Spider-Man he can easily cling to vertical surfaces.

    Electro 

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AKA: Maxwell Dillon
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #9

"Let me tell you something, bullet head: My whole damn life nobody ever missed a chance to make me feel small. But that lightning strike? That was karma, baby. That was somebody upstairs saying I don't have to take other people's garbage anymore!"

Max Dillon was a man originally defined by being held back from success. His mother smothered him, not wanting him to fail like his father did. While he held dreams of being an electrical engineer, he was convinced by his mother that he was not smart enough for the job, so he instead became an electrical lineman. One day, while working on an electric pole, a bolt of lightning struck it. Miraculously, based on how he was holding the wires, the two bolts canceled each other out, giving Max power over electricity, prompting him to take up a new job: as the costumed villain Electro.

  • A God I Am: In the video game Spider-Man II: Enter Electro he puts together an elaborate scheme to steal a device that enhances a person's bioelectricity, and uses it to become an Energy Being.
    Hyper Electro: TONIGHT, ELECTRO DANCES WITH THE GOOOOOOOOOOOOODS!!!
  • Bald of Evil: Possibly from the process, but he had some tufts of hair; any chance he gets, he blasts his scalp smooth.
  • Bi the Way: Was once married to Norma Lynn, but was hinted to be bisexual in Marvel Knights.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Spidey is able to bring him out of his Power Incontinence and brings him back down to being a normal human without letting him die.
  • Dumb Muscle: Nowhere near as bad as Hydro-Man in this regard, but for someone who by all means should be an Avengers-level threat, he does an unbelievably good job at keeping himself down through a combination of a complete inability to plan ahead, a proclivity towards pointless, self-defeating grudges, a major lack of ambition, and his lack of interest in actually mastering his abilities. He's still capable of being a serious threat from time to time just by virtue of his powerset, but for the most part, he's an angry, unintelligent, petty moron who causes all of his own problems.
  • Evil Is Petty: His absolute biggest weakness. The man has the potential to be an Avengers-level threat, and if he took the time to train and experiment with his powers, he absolutely would be. That requires a great deal of effort and ambition, however, and he would much rather put that time and energy towards low-level robberies and/or starting yet another pointless fight with Spider-Man or Daredevil because he's got an axe to grind about his last defeat at their hands.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: invoked
    Spider-Man: Nice costume, Electro! I remember once when I was in a grade school play and I also played a flower.
  • Iconic Outfit: His green-and-yellow suit with the star-shaped mask, although his latest costume makes him look similar to his Ultimate counterpart.
  • Jerkass: He's a complete asshole who cannot function in a team because he always wears out his welcome in short order.
  • Killed Off for Real: He is killed in Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy by his Monster Fangirl and girlfriend Francine (accidentally killed by him in past and "cloned" by the Jackal) that accidentally active her electric powers, so proceeds to kill Max while using him to power up and willingly joins the Jackal as the new Electro.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Electro got his powers by essentially being electrocuted by a particularly nasty lightning bolt while repairing a power line. Just as Bruce Banner should have been vaporized when the gamma bomb exploded and Peter Parker should have gotten cancer from the spider-bite, Max Dillon should have been fried, but instead he gains superpowers. Hollywood Science strikes again!
  • My Beloved Smother: His mother was overprotective, and didn't want him to fail when he was going out into the world.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Not because he's super tough mind you. Rather, he can't be touched while a person is still grounded since he'll zap them instantly. This means you have to be airborn to not get a shock.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: Has been powered up twice in the comics, and tends to be a LOT more powerful in adaptations.
  • Power Incontinence: As he's aged his control over his abilities has waned, leading him to turn to the Tinkerer for help. It got worse after SpOck got a hold of him upping his powers to the point he couldn't control them. Spidey's able to rescue him from this and brings him down to normal.
  • Psycho Electro: Normally he is a very downplayed version of this trope comparated to other media version. But he went crazy after Superior Spider-Man (actually Doc Ock in Peter body, at that time) experimented on him. He can no longer control his powers (to the point of accidentally frying his ally/lover) and has frequent nightmares of Spider-Man torturing him.
  • Revenge Before Reason: One of his biggest flaws; Max would be a lot more successful if he could just get over his petty feud with Spider-Man (and, to a lesser degree, Daredevil; if he's not going after Spidey, it's probably the latter instead).
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Became an enemy of Daredevil for a while, being the first supervillain the Man Without Fear faced, and in general, if Spidey isn't dealing with him, it's probably Daredevil.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Superior Spider-Man converts Electro's unstable body into electricity and stores him next to Sandman in his underwater facility.
  • Shock and Awe: Electro can generate massive quantities of electricity, theoretically up to approximately one million volts. He can employ this electrostatic energy as lightning arcs from his fingertips, and his maximum charge is more than enough to kill a normal human. When his body is charged to high levels, he becomes superhumanly strong and fast. He can also glide over power lines by using the electricity contained therein for propulsion, and he has on occasion been shown to actually ride on lightning bolts. He can also absorb the energy of electrical equipment such as a power plant to increase his powers further.
  • Stupid Evil: Part of the reason why he never achieves anything worth writing home about. He's had plenty of opportunities to raise his status and/or improve himself, and he's thrown all of them away in favor of yet another opportunity to start shit with Spider-Man or Daredevil, or, if not that, to engage in pointless acts of destruction or some sort of high-risk, low-yield crime that gains him a ton of attention that he can't afford to have and little else.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He once made fun of Venom's weaknesses to sonics and fire... to Venom's face. Venom later nearly beat him death. Honestly, though, this is a big problem he has in general. He has amazingly powerful abilities and should by all means be a huge threat, but he's too stupid and myopic to be able to actually use them to their fullest potential most of the time. On the rare occasions when he does, he's every bit as terrifying as you'd expect him to be, but it doesn't happen often.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Mark Millar's Marvel Knights, it's shown how terrifying someone with electric powers would actually be.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He's a little bit more skilled than is typical for this trope, but he still barely uses one iota of his potential and never really bothers to train or expand upon what he can already do. He's still very powerful, but you wouldn't know it most of the time.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: During The Gauntlet, he persuades people to rally behind him against government bailouts, arguing that he may be a crook, but he's never gone after the average man. It actually works.

    Electro II 

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AKA: Francine Frye
Debut: Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 #2

"You're the The Prowler! First time out and I'm fighting The Prowler! Awesome! Bleh. Now that I think about it...Daredevil would've been cooler. Or Spider-Man."

Francine Frye is a woman who is a fan of supervillains. At some point, she befriended Electro. At the time when Electro was losing control of his abilities, she was visited by him. When attempting to kiss Electro, Francine died from electrocution. After recovering genetic material from her corpse, the Jackal brought her back to life, initially as an incentive to have the recently-depowerd Electro work with him. After a procedure that failed to give Electro his powers back, the suit that was meant to transfer its energy to him started to discharge into Francine. Francine was pulled by the energy discharge of the suit and she kissed Electro in order to grow in power. She ended up absorbing all of the suit's power, but accidentally fried Electro in the process and replace him as new Electro.

  • Ascended Fangirl: Francine was a fan of supervillains in the past. Now, her clone is a supervillain herself.
  • Distaff Counterpart: The first female Electro.
  • Jerkass: She wasn't all that good before turning into a super-villain, but now she (or more specifically, her clone) is quite the selfish "witch".
  • Legacy Character: She is the second Electro after, accidentally, killed the original.
  • Monster Fangirl: Francine was a sort of girlfriend to Electro.
  • No Respect Guy: Thanks to her inexperience and her predecessor being considered a loser in the villain community. Sandman (one of Max Dillon's Sinister Six contemporaries) explains this and advises her to change her name when she complains about it.
  • Reality Ensues: Her first battle with Spider-Man didn't go very well, due to her lack of experience. Spidey was easily able to subdue her by dousing her with water.
    Spider-Man: See? This is what's nice about having a new Electro... ...You're not used to all the old tricks.
  • Shock and Awe: Having Electro's powers makes her this by default.
  • Villain Team-Up: Joins up with the new Iron Spider in the latest incarnation of the Sinister Six.

    Ero/Miss Arrow/The Other 

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Debut: Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #4

"My, how you talk. Have you forgotten? I wouldn't be here if you hadn't violated the natural order. If you hadn't cheated death. I am your nemesis... your opposite number... your significant other. And you don't get rid of me that easily."

A mysterious entity that first appeared following Peter's resurrection in The Other, taking the form of a swarm of pirate spiders in the shape of a female human. Ero claimed to be opposed to Peter's "violation of the natural order" and tried to kill him, but was forced to retreat. It later returned in human form as "Miss Arrow" and tried to reproduce using Flash Thompson as a host. During a final confrontation, it was killed by Spider-Man, but was resurrected by Mephisto's meddling with the timestream. Following Kaine's death at the fangs of the Lobos siblings, it appeared before him and revealed itself to have been the entity that resurrected and empowered Peter during The Other, offering Kaine the same deal as it had Peter.

  • Back from the Dead: Mephisto's temporal meddling ensured the events of The Other occurred differently, with Peter rejecting The Other, so it chooses Kaine as its host instead.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: The Carrion virus tried to possess Kaine, but was kicked out by the Other.
    Kaine: Carrion... I can feel him trying to get inside my head... which is bad news for him... because I've already got a monster in there, and it doesn't take kindly to being attacked.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Like Peter post-resurrection she has stingers... and is the one who bestowed this power upon him.
  • Body of Bodies: As Ero she is composed of thousands of pirate spiders.
  • Call-Back: In Scarlet Spider #14 she references the Great Weaver's question to Peter in ''The Other'.
    Great Weaver: *to Peter* Are you the man who dreamed of being a spider? Or the spider who dreamed of being a man?
    Ero: *to Kaine* Unlike Parker, you're not a man who dreams of being a spider. You're a spider who dreams of being a man.
  • Cosmic Chess Game: Ms. Arrow is annoyed when the original Mysterio, who had just come back from the dead, mentions that he knows what she really is, and that it would be in her best interest to keep both of their bosses happy.
  • Cosmic Entity: The Other is a cosmic spider-entity akin to or a part of the Great Weaver, and one of the major players of the Web of Life.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: As Ms. Arrow to, per her words, contrast with Peter being a white brunette.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Similar to the Thousand, even though he was just a superpowered human and she is a supernatural entity. Both are connected to the spider that bit Peter, their true forms are a colony of spiders, and when the swarm is wiped out the sole survivor is killed by being stepped on. Also along with being dark skinned and blonde she says this is to contrast Peter being male.
  • Eaten Alive: By a flock of birds, though the last spider is crushed by Peter. This is undone by One More Day.
  • Enemy Without: Following the events of The Other, Ero manifests as a humanoid swarm of pirate spiders and tries to kill Peter in order to see if he is worthy of receiving its powers.
  • Evil Counterpart: Describes itself as being one to the resurrected Peter, despite being revealed as the one who resurrected him to begin with.
  • Giant Spider: She is a manifestation of the Other, which was the giant spider that appeared before Peter during The Other arc, and assumes this form again when resurrecting Kaine the second time.
  • Greek Chorus: Ms. Arrow is a member of the "Geek Chorus" in the early version of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and is the one who shoehorned in Swiss Miss.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: Ate Peter's shed skin from The Other incident to assume human form.
  • Just Desserts: Pre-retcon, she's eaten by a flock of birds.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: It bestows its reciprocals with venomous stingers, fangs, and other monstrous abilities.
  • Meaningful Name: The genus of pirate spider that comprises its body is Ero, and it assumes the alias of "Miss Arrow".
  • Monster Is a Mommy: Wanted to mate with Flash Thompson so that he would "give birth" to her offspring.
  • Monstrous Humanoid: One of its preferred forms is a Man-Spider-like creature.
  • Physical God: In Scarlet Spider it is revealed that Ero is the totemic spider deity that gave Peter his enhanced powers and resurrected him after Morlun killed him.
  • Poke in the Third Eye: When Aracely tries to read Kaine's mind, the Other attacks her and chases her out.
  • Retcon:
    • During J. Michael Straczynski's run, Ezekiel Sims tells Spider-Man that he got his powers from a totemic spider-deity called the Great Weaver, who spins a mystical force called the "Web of Life" that gives all the spider-themed heroes and villains their powers. Following Peter's final battle with Morlun, the Great Weaver resurrected him with augmented spider-powers. A second totemic spider-entity called Ero didn't like this and wanted to restore the natural order by killing Peter. Ero later returned in human form, calling herself "Miss Arrow", and tried to reproduce using Flash Thompson's pent up tantric energy before being killed by Spider-Man. After One More Day, Peter no longer possessed his augmented powers, which were instead given to Kaine in Spider-Island. Scarlet Spider Vol 2 #14 and Spider-Verse retconned things further by taking aspects of JMS' Great Weaver - resurrecting its avatar and giving them enhanced powers - and combining them with Ero to make "the Other"; and repackaging the rest of the Great Weaver's aspects as the "Master Weaver", who spins the Web of Life and Destiny and empowers most spider-themed heroes and villains.
    • In The Other, Peter embraced his Inner Spider and received enhanced powers. Mephisto retconned events so that Peter, afraid of what he would become, rejected The Other and caused it to seek out Kaine instead.
  • Secret Test of Character: Scarlet Spider and Spider-Verse reveal that Ero is actually a cosmic entity and manifestation of the Other, implying that its attacks on Peter were to see if he could handle his enhanced powers.
  • Spider Swarm: Ero is composed of thousands of spiders that possess a hive mind.
  • Super Empowering: Resurrects Peter with enhanced powers in The Other, and later does the same thing for Kaine twice.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Ero is an entity that is essentially the embodiment of the Spider side of the totem's powers, and when it takes over things tend to get a little hairy... and fangy... with the occasional extra eyes and legs. Just ask Morlun and the Lobos siblings.
    The Other: Prey.
  • The Worm That Walks: Like the Gatekeeper, when it first appeared it was composed of thousands of pirate spiders.
  • You No Take Candle: When it first manifested, its speech was broken and stilted. As Miss Arrow and when it manifests in Peter's and Kaine's minds, it's far more eloquent.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: She tries to implant an egg sac in Flash Thompson to take advantage of his bottled up tantric energy. When Spider-Man kiboshes that plan, she decides to implant it in him instead, if only to kill him. Following the retcon, her reasons for wanting to do this become unclear.

    Fusion 
AKA: Wayne Markley

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Debut: Peter Parker: Spider-Man Vol 2 #30

Discovering that he had the ability to persuade people into doing whatever he wanted while manipulating their senses as a child, Wayne Markley used his power to make millions, creating technology to enhance his powers even further, making himself- in his own words- a "more-than-perfect killing machine". However, his life was changed when his son Jeremy died while trying to imitate his hero Spider-Man. Unable to accept that his powers couldn't help him, Fusion decided to take revenge on the wall-crawler.

  • Achilles' Heel: His powers can be thrown off once the person knows what Fusion really is, rendering them relatively useless in a fight once he has lost the initial advantage.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Invoked and subverted. He is merely able to manipulate the perceptions of others so that he appears to have different powers.
  • Bullying a Dragon: He "forces" Dr. Octopus to work for him. Not a smart move.
  • Master of Illusion: Markley can persuade people to do what he wants, to see what he wants, and to hear what he wants. Basically, he controls peoples' perceptions. For example, he can create the illusion that he has multiple powers and abilities.
  • Mutant: When he was a child, Markley discovered he was a mutant.
  • Name's the Same: Fusion was the name of another of Spidey's minor villains; two brothers fused, due to an incident, into a single radioactive entity.
  • Revenge Before Reason: His son Jeremy died while trying to imitate his hero Spider-Man. So naturally he blames Spidey and tries to frame him when his evil plan causes the death of three hundred people.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Thought he had intimidated Doctor Octopus into acting as his flunky, but actually Octavius was just letting Fusion do the hard work until he was ready to take over the other man's scheme.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Octavius reveals that he had simply pretended to be weak in order to acquire Fusion's device, sell it to the highest bidder and beat him half to death.

    Gatekeeper 

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Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #506

Following the defeat of Shathra, Ezekiel Sims warned Peter that a new supernatural opponent, the Gatekeeper, was coming to kill him, and tried to convince him to return to the Great Weaver's temple in Ghana. The Gatekeeper manifested as a swarm of spiders in the shape of a human form, easily defeating Peter, and explained to him why he had been chosen as a totemic avatar. It explained that Ezekiel had misappropriated and misused his powers, and therefore been deemed unworthy of them. Ezekiel abducted Peter and took him to the Great Weaver's temple, explaining that the Gatekeeper would only let one of them live. He drugs Peter and summons the Gatekeeper, but just as it's about to eat Peter has a change of heart and attacks. The Gatekeeper grabs Ezekiel and pulls him into the darkness, and hasn't been seen since.

  • Animalistic Abomination: In the Great Weaver's temple, it manifested in the form of a huge black spider-monster with glowing red eyes and tentacles for legs when summoned by Ezekiel.
  • Body of Bodies: When it appears in New York, it assembles a body out of a swarm of spiders.
  • The Chooser of The One: It deemed Ezekiel unworthy of his spider-powers, and would only allow either him or Peter to live.
  • Cosmic Entity: It is a totemic entity uncannily similar to the Other's Ero form. Whether they were meant to be related or one-and-the-same is unknown.
  • Time Abyss: Ezekiel says he's over a thousand years old, and if he's anything like the other Spider-Totems, he's older than Earth-616 itself.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite being a Spider-Totem, it hasn't been seen since the "Book of Ezekiel" arc and wasn't even mentioned in Spider-Verse.
  • The Worm That Walks: When it appeared in New York looking for Ezekiel, it manifested a humanoid body out of a huge swarm of spiders.

    Green Goblin/Iron Patriot/Goblin King 

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AKA: Norman Virgil Osborn
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #14

"But you, Parker... how does it feel to once again, let a friend down? You seem to have quite a history of failing your friends and loved ones. Dear, sweet Gwendolyn, your deceased girlfriend who died so young. Your beloved aunt May, who asked for so little of you and received exactly that until she was taken from you. My son, Harry. You claimed to be his friend, his confidant, and when he needed you most, you failed him as you do everyone else who gets close to you."

Norman Virgil Osborn was born to a respected and rich family of Osborns. When Normie was a child, his abusive father Amberson ruined the business and became bankrupt. As an adult, Norman worked to regain the family's power and money, vowing never to become the failure his father was. He married, but a year after his son Harry was born his wife Emily died, leaving Norman a widower and single father. He soon proved to be a neglectful parent, ignoring Harry in favor of his main goal: getting more power and money. Eventually he gained full control of Oscorp Industries by framing his business partner Mendel Stromm. In Stromm's papers were notes on a serum he had discovered, which Norman tried to replicate for his own use. He failed. (Ironically, not entirely of his own fault, but Harry, angry that his father was neglecting him, switched some chemicals before the experiment... or maybe he didn't?)

The formula altered Norman's body. He became a super human: stronger, faster, more intelligent. Yet the serum also turned Osborn, who had never been entirely stable, into a totally insane psychopath. Norman took on a double life: by day, a respected businessman; by night, a grotesque super-villain mastermind. In his new persona as The Green Goblin, Osborn terrorized New York City with a bat-shaped jet glider, pumpkin bombs, razor bats, and insane laughter, thwarted from taking over the New York underworld only by repeated interference from Spider-Man. Soon, Osborn's interest in becoming the crime-lord of New York diminished; he had become obsessed with Spider-Man and his desire to get revenge upon him.

For more information on him, please refer to his page.

    Green Goblin IV/Hobgoblin VII/Goblin Knight/Goblin King II 

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AKA: Philip Benjamin Urich
Debut: Web of Spider-Man #125

"Not bad. Norah's finally giving me the time of day. Uncle Ben's proud. I'm somebody now. Just gotta keep Kingpin happy. Keep the Tinkerer tinkering. And keep the Bugle money coming in. All these responsibilities. But with 'em comes everything I've ever wanted. And power. So much power! Ha ha ha!"

Nephew of Ben Urich, Phil fell into a vat of Goblin formula. After saving his uncle from some attackers using the Goblin powers and uniform, he became a heroic Green Goblin. Phil didn't have much of a career as a superhero and eventually retired. He later went insane during his time with Excelsior, and then disappeared for a while before popping up at the new Daily Bugle. In an attempt to impress a cute co-worker, he went back to an old hideout to get some upgraded Goblin equipment only to run into Roderick Kingsley's twin brother, Daniel. Phil proceeded to snap, kill Kingsley, and take his mantle and place with the Kingpin while taking videos of himself to get a better place at the Bugle and the girl. This all fell apart thanks to the Superior Spider-Man sacking Shadowland and outing Phil as the Hobgoblin. Hunted down and eventually arrested, Phil was freed by the Goblin King, who took him in as the Goblin Knight.

For more information on him, please refer to the Goblins page.

    Hammerhead 

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AKA: Joseph
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #113

"Ah, Cripes. I made another orphan. I don't suppose you're gonna open the door, dear? Fine. Let's get this over with."

The son of Russian immigrants, Joseph passed himself off as an Italian and joined the Maggia. Mortally wounded in a brawl, he was given a new life when a down-and-out surgeon named Jonas Harrow performed an experimental operation that replaced most of his skull with a steel alloy, giving his head a boxed look but making it hard enough to even block some of Spider-Man's punches. Amnesic, Joseph took to calling himself the Hammerhead and established a criminal empire in the style of old 1920's gangsters, as the last thing he saw before passing out was a poster for an Al Capone film. Eventually gunned down by the Kingpin, Hammerhead was given a cybernetic adamantium skeleton by Mister Negative.

  • Bodyguard Crush: Implied to have had something like this towards Silvermane, back when Hammerhead was Silvio's right-hand man.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Speaks with such an accent. It used to be even more extreme, with him using outdated and stereotypical Brooklyn gangster slang but he eventually grew out of that quirk.
  • Disco Dan: He runs his gang in the same style of Prohibition-era gangsters, going so far as to dress in the same style and use the same style of cars, along with Thomson submachine guns.
  • The Dragon: Tombstone was this for him for a while, until the point where Tombstone became an Empowered Badass Normal and decided to take over.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When he runs into Bombshell he refuses to fight her on the basis he doesn't hit women or children, and she's both. When she provokes him into a fight (which he handily wins) he not only pointedly doesn't kill her (observing with some disgust "So now I'm the jerk for beating up a girl") but makes sure someone calls her an ambulance.
  • Eyes Always Closed: Very squinty.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Initially it wasn't known who he was prior to being left for dead in an alley, but he certainly didn't have superpowers before hand. Brand New Day stories have made his background reasonably clear; as a bonus, he's now an example of both The Mafia and The Mafiya.
  • Powered Armor: He had a suit made, but it wasn't very impressive. The first time he used it, the Human Torch broke it badly. He got it fixed years later, only for Spidey to break it again.
  • The Rival: He used to be this to Doctor Octopus, when Doc Ock was trying to control the New York underworld.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He looks like your typical Dumb Muscle, but he's actually surprisingly clever and runs his gang efficiently.
  • Suddenly Ethnicity: Despite being a walking Italian gangster stereotype, when his past is finally revealed, he turned out to be Russian.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Brand New Day he was given an adamantium skeleton.
  • Use Your Head: How he puts his metal-plated skull to good use.
  • Villainous Friendship: Had a one-sided one with Silvermane back when they worked together.
  • Weapon of Choice: Besides his metal skull, Hammerhead also likes to wield a Thompson submachine gun, to go with his "Prohibition-era gangster" theme.

    Hippo 

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AKA: Mrs. Fluffy Lumpkins
Debut: Dark Reign: The Sinister Spider-Man #1

"Pachyderm power!"

While in New York, the High Evolutionary came upon a zoo hippopotamus that, despite being male, was inexplicably named Mrs. Fluffy Lumpkins. On a whim, the Evolutionary anthropomorphized the hippo, and imbued it with human-level intellect. Lumpkins, now just going by Hippo, embarked a crime spree, which ended when he had a leg eaten by Spider-Man (in actuality, the Mac Gargan Venom impersonating Spider-Man). The rest of Hippo was subsequently eaten when he allied with the Redeemer, a psychiatrist who was convinced he could rehabilitate the seemingly rogue Spider-Man. Despite the handicap of having been messily devoured, Hippo has repeatedly reappeared to bedevil the real Spidey.

  • A Dog Named "Dog": A hippo named Hippo.
  • An Arm and a Leg: He had a leg eaten by Venom. When he was brought back, it was too.
  • Ascended Extra/Breakout Villain: He keeps popping up, despite being introduced as a minor baddie who was seemingly killed off in the span of two or three issues.
  • Big Fun: Fictional hippos can be funny. Anthropomorphized fictional hippos can be even more fun.
  • The Brute: Unless you count being adept in water, his only power is Super Strength.
  • Driven to Villainy: He wanted nice things, but since the job market is not kind to anthropomorphic hippopotamuses he had to resort to stealing to get them.
    Hippo: This whole thing is stupid! Imagine being a hippo chillin' in a zoo and then without asking for it some weirdo force evolves you into an adult quasi-human. Nobody feeds me for free anymore, yo! I eat 90 pounds of food every day! I got bills!! Oh sure. Get a job, right? Because companies are dying to hire an adult half-hippo man with literally zero education. You know how much rent is in this city? Especially for a place with high ceilings, wide hallways, and preferably a tub? Because I'll tell you one thing: I found out how much they cost, and guess what?? Now I'm robbing banks!
  • Eaten Alive: By Venom. He got better.
  • The Gambling Addict: He's among the patrons of an underground supervillain casino in a Domino-centric X-Men story.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: He does badly at the casino, which prompts him to refuse to help the other villains fight the invading Domino and Daredevil, having suffered enough losses for one night.
  • Nice Guy: Remarkably polite and friendly for an anthropomorphic hippo supervillain.
  • The One Guy: The only male member of White Rabbit's Menagerie.
  • Psycho for Hire: He was a member of the Redeemers and the Menagerie, and one of the villains Doc Ock had on speed dial.
  • Retired Badass: Recently he's been trying to get out of the villain business.
  • Tropaholics Anonymous: Attends Super Villains Anonymous.
    Boomerang: This is like that scene in Fight Club where the main guy goes to a meeting and ends up getting smothered by a huggy dude with big, sweaty manboobs. Except mine's a hippo. Big, sweaty hippo manboobs.
  • Unexplained Recovery: They haven't bothered explaining how he recovered from being eaten by Venom.
  • Uplifted Animal: One of the High Evolutionary's New Men.

    Hobgoblin 

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AKA: Roderick Kingsley
Debut: Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #43

"Well, Norman Osborn may have died, but his legacy—his power—will live on! And this time, it shall be shaped by a man who knows how to use power! The Green Goblin is no more! But in his place now stands—the Hobgoblin!!"

In the 1980's, a man stumbled upon one of Norman Osborn's old Green Goblin labs (Norman was thought dead at the time). He decided to modify the arsenal, and take up a career as a new kind of Goblin: the Hobgoblin. The identity of this man was kept a secret for several years in the comics before it was revealed to be fashion designer Roderick Kingsley after a string of other Hobgoblins took his place or took the fall for him. Roderick returned from retirement, killing the fourth Hobgoblin, Jason Macendale, and sparked a growing rivalry with the also-returned Norman Osborn. Kingsley retired again, but returned after he learned that his twin brother Daniel had been murdered by Phil Urich while looking for upgraded Goblin gear that Norman had been working on. Blackmailing Urich into giving him a cut in exchange for retaining the Hobgoblin identity and his life, Roderick revealed that he had been "licensing out" supervillain identities to criminals. When Urich defected to the Goblin Nation, Kingsley challenged the original Green Goblin to one final duel, sending his butler in his place as the Hobgoblin.

For more information on him, please refer to the Goblins page.

    Hydro-Man 

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AKA: Morris Bench
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #212

"With five million, I'll be livin' large for a good long time! An' all I gotta do is tsunami that stupid wall crawler—which I'd gladly do for nothin'!"

Morris Bench used to be a common sailor. Then, when his ship was transporting an experimental generator, a fight broke out on deck, and in the scuffle he was accidentally thrown overboard by Spider-Man. Exposed to underwater gases, unknown radiation from the generator and seawater, by the time Morris got out, he discovered that he could now shift his body into water. Hating his transformation, he blamed Spider-Man for it, and has gone after the web head for revenge several times.

  • Dumb Muscle: Has the potential to be a global threat, but lacks the intelligence and ambition. He's content to just work for others, or enact his own get rich quick crimes.
    Hydro-Man: A little while ago I came here treasure hunting, and I met a strange little birdie. She thought her mind-control tricks would work on me. I told her, "Don't you know? You can't control the water." I've been here ever since... waiting for... for... well, I don't actually know why I'm waiting.
    Spider-Man: Dude, you don't even know when you've been manipulated. You give "water on the brain" new meaning.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: Is the hydrokinetic counterpart of Sandman. A few times he's been able to will himself into steam and ice, but doing so takes a lot out of him, so he rarely does it.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Vs Ghost Rider's rogue Water Wizard due to a Hate Plague
  • Expy: Sandman with water. Occasionally derisively referred to as such in-universe.
  • From a Single Cell: His consciousness is contained within a single water molecule, and so long as it survives it can reconstitute him by coming into contact with any body of water.
  • Fusion Dance: He and the Sandman once accidentally combined to form a mindless beast called Mud-Thing. They don't like to talk about it.
  • Giant Wall of Watery Doom: He can become one using his powers.
  • Making a Splash: Morris has hydrokinesis, and is essentially an aquatic version of the Sandman.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Due to being made of water he's almost impossible to injure.
  • Shapeshifting Squick:
    Gravity: *kaff* Oh, God. *kaff* Firestar, he got me, and I swallowed! Does that mean part of him's inside me? I'm gonna be sick.
  • Too Dumb to Live: A ridiculously high percentage of his defeats seem to come from him carelessly electrocuting himself. When you're used as a byword for self-defeating stupidity by the RiffTrax crew, it's rarely a good sign.
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