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Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #471

Spider-Man: His blood is an amalgam of every kind of cell: animal, bird, human and insect. Purest forms of DNA I've ever seen. That explains how he can go after me or anyone else Ezekiel described as a totem. My guess is that the cells break down over time and require periodic recharging from a source life-form in each category. The purer the source, the stronger the charge.

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    Itsy Bitsy

Debut: Spider-Man/Deadpool #8

A woman who was a test-subject of Patient Zero. She received DNA from both Spider-Man and Deadpool, which caused her to turn into a spider-like psychotic creature.

  • Always Someone Better: Itsy-Bitsy repeatedly bests Spider-Man and Deadpool in combat.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Patient Zero's procedure granted Itsy Bitsy the combined abilities of Spider-Man and Deadpool, and some other extra powers.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Has blue skin.
  • Electra Complex: Itsy-Bitsy likes to tease her daddies... in a creepy way.
    “I don’t want to hurt you… Unless you like that sort of thing, Daddy”.
    • Later on, when Spidey is actively trying to kill her, she comments that she "always wanted to feel his body against hers... but not like this."
  • Fluffy the Terrible: She is decidedly not as cute as her name sounds.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Itsy-Bitsy was a recovering drug addict who lamented not being able to change the world until Patient Zero gave her her powers.
  • Has Two Daddies: Itsy-Bitsy sees herself as having three daddies: Patient Zero, Deadpool, and Spider-Man.
  • Knight Templar: Itsy-Bitsy desires to use her new powers to finally bring true change to the world after feeling powerless for so long, and essentially goes on repeated killing sprees to make it happen.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Has six arms armed with guns and organic webbing sharp.
  • Not Quite Dead: Deadpool seemingly killed her (pushing her body through a plasma breeder). However, Itsy Bitsy turned out to have survived and began to slowly grow back, being stuck in the form of a small spider for the time being.
  • Razor Floss: Itsy-Bitsy can produce organic webbing sharp enough to slice someone into pieces.
  • Sex Is Violence: Itsy-Bitsy has a mad hard-on for Spider-Man and Deadpool, and actively tries to get Spidey to give in to his murderous urges.
  • Spider People: She possesses eight limbs, six eyes and chelicerae in her mouth. She also has only three fingers on each hand.
  • Was Once A Woman: She was a normal human before to be turned in "spider-woman".


AKA: Professor Miles Warren
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #31

"Parker! I never get tired of looking at that face. No matter how many times I've cloned it, masked it, unmasked it... liquefied it... or worn it like a little hat."

Miles Warren was once a professor at the university where Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy went. He fell in love with Gwen, but tried to convince himself those feelings were paternal. This all changed when Gwen Stacy died at the hands of Norman Osborn. Realizing what his feelings were, he blamed Spider-Man for Gwen's death, and when he discovered that it was Peter Parker under the mask he decided to take revenge. Injecting himself with several experimental serums to make himself stronger and faster, he also began perfecting cloning technology in order to torment Peter. His plot also involved creating Spider-Man clones, which would eventually lead to The Clone Saga. He even cloned Gwen Stacy, but eventually Spider-Man stopped him. Miles escaped, cloning himself numerous times, and resurfaced periodically to torment Peter.

  • Abusive Creator: To just about every clone he made.
  • Actually a Doombot: That Jackal that was just defeated and/or killed? Only a clone.
  • Animorphism: Started out wearing a costume, then turned himself into a human/jackal hybrid.
  • Arch-Enemy: For a few years, he was siccing super villains after Peter Parker and was a frequent enemy, but from behind the scenes. He is this to the Scarlet Spiders, his own creations, as well.
  • Ax-Crazy: The Jackal is a psycho on-par with the Green Goblin. Miles Warren is saner, but mentally disturbed and still dangerous in his own way.
  • Badass Normal: Despite starting as a middle-aged college professor with no combat training and probably a sedentary lifestyle, Warren somehow managed to train himself in only a few months to beat Spider-Man into unconsciousness.
  • Big Bad: Of the Clone Saga until he was hijacked by Norman Osborn, and some of the Scarlet Spider's stories (both the Ben Reilly and Kaine incarnations).
  • Cerebus Retcon: Originally, no real reason was given for why he had a thing for jackals, though in 1995 the one-shot Scarlet Spider Unlimited revealed that he was once an associate of the High Evolutionary, and that one of their creations was a man-jackal that ended up killing Warren's family.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Ekes out a meager living at NSU despite inventing cloning technology and DNA re-sequencing on the fly. Later explained as him actually being a former student of the High Evolutionary whose initial experiments resulted the accidental death of his own wife and child, and the Evolutionary growing suspicious of him and his mental instability in general, resulting in his exile. He needed a job and being a Professor of Biochemistry got him a living wage as well the resources to continue his experiments.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Of the new Jackal in Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy.
  • Dirty Old Man: He's old enough to be Ghost Spider's father, if not her grandfather, and it's implied he thinks of her as his property, no matter what dimension she's from.
  • Entitled to Have You: It's implied he sees Ghost Spider as this once he learns she's an alternate universe Gwen Stacy.
  • Expendable Clone: Deliberately cloned himself so many times there's no telling where the original is.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Played with. One of the reasons that the High Evolutionary kicked him out was that the Evolutionary thought that his cloning experiments stagnated evolution rather than improving the human condition, so in a way Warren is an inversion- he is certainly evil, but he often isn't trying to "evolve" things so much as "preserve" and "recreate" them.
  • Gollum Made Me Do It: In the first Clone Saga, Warren cannot reconcile his personality with the evil deeds he's committed and creates "The Jackal": a split personality who dresses like a deranged furry. He later manages to splice his human DNA with animal tissue samples, transforming into a bona fide Jackal (much like his earlier test subjects, which exhibited a Jekyll/Hyde alternation between man and beast).
  • Has a Type: Blonde young women, like his wife Monica and later Gwen Stacy.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Was retconned into being a pawn of Norman Osborn in order to wrap up the Clone Saga.
  • Hot for Student: He was in love with Gwen, but convinced himself his feelings were paternal until she died.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Had a breakdown in the seventies and took his own life to safe Peter and Gwen. Came back even more evil than before.
  • Informed Species: There isn't much of anything that's really "jackal-like" about the Jackal. His costume looks more like the Green Goblin's than anything else, and unlike villains like the Vulture (who has mechanical wings), the Scorpion (who has a stinger tail that spews toxins and energy blasts), and Doctor Octopus (who has mechanical tentacles), the Jackal doesn't really reflect anything to do with a real jackal.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The Jackal uses a serum to alter the "RNA cells" (just go with it) that affect memory. This is why clones have no recollection of their deaths, or even being cloned in the first place.
  • LEGO Genetics: Similar to the Animen, the Jackal's gimmick was his ability to make hybrids of man and animal. The first Warren wore a costume, but his clones are all green-furred gremlins with impressive dexterity.
  • Love Makes You Evil: As Professor Miles Warren, he was secretly in love with his student Gwen Stacy and could never get it out of his head that Spider-Man (who he later discovered was another of his students and her boyfriend) was more to blame than the Green Goblin was. Indeed, he tried to recreate her with a clone of Gwen (dozens, actually, but only one shared Ben Reilly's apparent immunity to the degeneration factor). When the second Carrion (Malcolm McBride) appeared (with Warren still believed dead) Spidey called Warren "a sick man obsessed with a dead woman" in disgust. But even when revealed to be alive, he would never let Spidey forget it.
  • Loving a Shadow: As per Conway, Miles never really knew the real Gwen or cared anything about her other than her looks and whose cloning are largely attempts for undoing her death in some way rather than moving on as a normal human being.
  • Mad Scientist: He's right up there with Doctor Octopus and Norman Osborn in this field. Miles Warren is a genius in the fields of biochemistry, genetics, and cloning.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He hired numerous villains to attack Peter, like Tarantula, the Scorpion, or the Grizzly before going in himself. And here's where it gets impressive: he was this to The Punisher in his debut.
  • Me's a Crowd: Uses entirely human clones of himself as minions.
    • During the 90s "Clone Saga" the objective behind the Jackal's "Carrion Bomb" is to turn the entire world's population into clones of Peter Parker. Not clones of the Jackal himself, or even a billion Gwen Stacys; just Peter Parker. He's crazy, so it doesn't have to make sense.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Briefly regained his sanity at the last moment and was able to save the Gwen Clone before dying in an explosion, or so it seemed.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Frankly, there isn't anything really jackal-like about him. His costume resembles a Green Goblin knockoff and his main schtick is genetic engineering. The only real excuse for the name is that Warren overheard another professor describing a jackal to his class, and Warren thought that his split personality's name was that of the animal.
  • Pet the Dog: Fleeting feelings of compassion led him to save Kaine's life.
  • Replacement Goldfish: His dead wife had a passing resemblance to Gwen Stacy, who he became obsessed with.
  • Revenge: His motivation (initially); he blames Spidey for not saving Gwen Stacy. Nevermind that it was the Green Goblin's fault…
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: After years tormenting Peter Parker, he's shifted his attentions to the Ghost Spider Gwen Stacy.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The Jackal's origin and M.O. is alarmingly similar to the late Green Goblin, almost as though he magically rose up to replace the clownish killer. He, too, suffers from multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia. Of course Jackal was originally a one-off villain who was buried and forgotten until the second Clone Saga of The Nineties and Conway having created him at what turned out to be the end of a run didn't really have plans to do much with him.
  • Take That!: Gerry Conway originally conceived of Warren as a stand-in for fans of Gwen Stacy who wanted her Back from the Dead and who saw Gwen's death as Spider-Man's fault and not the Goblin's. Since many young readers were upset about Gwen's death, Conway decided to make the in-page advocate for her return and restitution a creepy professor who had a fixation for her as a student, cared largely about her looks and not her personality, and who created a clone that was entirely like Gwen at the moment of her death rather than who she was when she was alivenote .
  • Tragic Villain: Warren is a mentally ill man who accidentally got his own wife and child killed when one of his creations got loose. His infatuation with Gwen Stacy may have been because she had a passing resemblance to his late wife.
  • Troll: Takes utter joy in plaguing Peter Parker. Spider-Island alone took super villain trolling to a whole new level. (As if he didn't prove his trolling by cloning Spidey and his dead girlfriend.)
  • Unwitting Pawn: Of Norman Osborn, per the end of The Clone Saga.

    Jackal II

AKA: Ben Reilly
Debut: Free Comic Book Day Vol 2016 Captain America

"Villain"? Ms. Frye, I don't think you understand... we're the good guys."

After a break from his previous failures in cloning, this new version of the Jackal returned to the field, but now believes that he's perfected the process of making his clones stable. Working under the company New U, Jackal has recruited several of Spider-Man's old foes along with reviving a few people he's known throughout his crime-fighting years. There is a certain mystery behind this new Jackal or rather what lurks underneath the mask...

  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil/Face–Heel Turn: Ben originally was a hero. But, after coming back from death, Miles Warren used him as his main guinea pig to resurrect which unfortunately for Ben meant being killed in pretty much every way imaginable a total of 27 times. He snaps, almost kills Miles and becomes the new Jackal.
  • Big Bad: The major villain in Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy. Although the story really revolves around preventing him from unwittingly bringing about the Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Cool Mask: He wears a mask resembling Anubis to match his alias.
  • Driven to Madness: Being killed and revived a painful twenty-seven times will do that to you.
  • Expy: Former hero/sidekick who was polarizing when alive returning from the dead as an antagonist with a motif based on his torturer and enemy, Jason Todd/Red Hood II says hi.
  • Fallen Hero: It is easy to see why Peter is shocked that a former clone of himself could end up adopting the name of one of his most hated enemies or why he's trying to revive the dead.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He wears a red suit with a mask of Anubis, Egyptian God of Death.
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: To the first Jackal. After almost killing Miles, he creates four clones of him and puts them in a position where nobody knows who is the original.
  • Villain Protagonist: Of Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Spidey delivers a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the Jackal, he turns everyone against Spidey. It gets worse when Doc Ock causes all the clones across the world to fall apart and he decides he'll just revive the world.
  • Walking Spoiler: Like you see, most of the tropes are related to his real identity.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He certainly doesn't see himself as a villain, the clones under his control are usually put in line by his remarks, and being a former Spider-Man himself makes him believe that he is in the right.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Ben Reilly. Being killed and resurrected 27 times by Miles Warren drove Ben mad. He decided to do better than Miles that he (supposedly) killed Miles and had him cloned multiple times, all of them unsure of who was the real one and who wasn't. He decided to improve the cloning process and wants Peter by his side to keep going, not knowing that doing so will unleash an army of Carrion clones.

    Jack O'Lantern/Hobgoblin IV

AKA: Jason Philip Macendale, Jr.
Debut: Machine Man #19

"... Killing. It's the only thing that has ever come naturally to me. The C.I.A. must have sensed it in me when they recruited me out of college. But then my tactics proved too brutal even for them. Fine. The mercenary life gave me the freedom to kill for whomever I chose. The Jack O'Lantern guise was profitable for a while. But I wanted bigger and better jobs. The Foreigner helped me with that; killed Ned Leeds for me—for a hefty price. Leeds was history, and I was the new Hobgoblin."

A former Marine, fighter pilot, and CIA agent, Jason Macendale Jr. created the supervillain identity of Jack O'Lantern, a Halloween-themed rip-off of the Green Goblin with a flaming mask in the shape of a pumpkin. After chancing across the Hobgoblin's trashed Battle Wagon, he took on the identity himself, but lacking the superhuman strength and durability granted by the Goblin formula proved mediocre at best, losing to both Spider-Man and the second Green Goblin. Desiring power, Macendale sold his soul to the demon N'Astirh, who infused him with a demon that augmented his strength and endurance. However, the demon later split away into a separate entity, the Demogoblin, and Macendale was murdered by the original Hobgoblin.

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

    Jonathan Caesar

Debut: Amazing Spider-Man #304

Jonathan Caesar was the owner and resident of the spacious Manhattan apartment building Bedford Towers, in which Peter Parker and his wife Mary Jane Watson came to live. However, this was no accident, as Caesar was obsessively in love with the famous model Mary Jane and had arranged it so she would move in to the building he owned and lived in. He kidnapped Mary Jane and hired Styx and Stone to oppose anyone who tried to investigate, such as Spider-Man, who was secretly Mary Jane's husband Peter. Arrested, Caesar uses his influence to ban her from the modeling world as revenge. He is killed by another stalker when trying to kill her.

  • Beard of Evil
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: In the sense that he used his wealth and influence to ruin Mary Jane's modeling career.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Caesar was quite willing to literally throw Mary Jane to the sharks, or torture and kill her, if she rejected his advances.
  • Jerkass
  • Karmic Death: After getting out of jail, Caesar tried to kill Mary Jane, but was killed at the hands of Hal Goldman, another obsessive stalker who also wanted to possess Mary Jane.
  • Non-Action Guy: He is normal human who prefers to use his money and influence.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He was obsessively in love with Mary Jane and kidnapped her in the sincere conviction that because he wanted to marry her, little things like her not agreeing or already being married shouldn't stand in the way.
  • Yandere: His first attempt to kidnap Mary Jane failed, leading to his arrest and imprisonment, but even while behind bars, he was able to use his money and influence to make her life miserable, blacklisting her among the modeling profession until she managed to gain a role in the Secret Hospital soap opera.



AKA: Janice Olivia Yanizeski
Debut: The Amazing Scarlet Spider #2

"Why take a man out when he's already down? A man bends, and you get what you want... but if a man breaks—that gets you what you need. Anyone can crush a body, but crushing a spirit... that's when you know you've really won."

The daughter of a gambling addict whom she later betrayed, Janice Yanizeski grew up being told "always have a card to play". During her college years, she claims to have had a near-death experience that convinced her to live life on the edge, and so she disappeared, resurfacing three years later as superpowered adrenaline junkie and mercenary. Initially a contestant in the Great Game, she later joined the Masters of Evil, and then was inducted into the Thunderbolts.

  • Depraved Bisexual: Leers at the girls in a strip club, and tries to rip open a Beetle's armor while saying, "Buddha [Radioactive Man] said it's a chick in here... Just wanted to see if she was cute..."
  • Blood Knight: Refers to everything as a game, and is willing to handicap herself to make fights and jobs riskier and more challenging, once radioing Hydra to tell them that she was sabotaging one their vehicles, just so they would send someone to try and stop her.
  • Dark Action Girl: Is said to be about as strong as Ben Reilly, who can lift 10 tons.
  • Dating Catwoman: Had this with Phil Urich/Green Goblin IV.
  • Energy Weapon: Her gauntlets can produce energy batons, which can be combined to form a staff.
  • Fatal Flaw: Admits that she cannot resist being dared or challenged, no matter how stupid it would be to go along with it. Reed Richards once got her to fight alongside the Fantastic Four just by saying "I don't think you can".
    Spider-Woman: Did you come to steal something? Is this a grudge-thing against Spider-Man?
    Joystick: Oh, lighten up—I was pounding shots with Speed Demon and he dared me to break into your tower.
    Spider-Woman: Yeah... coming from you... I actually buy that! Please... for my knuckles, if not your face—don't get up again.
    Joystick: No... thing of it is... now I have to...
    Spider-Woman: So that I can hit you ten more times?
    Joystick: Gnnm... mostly... to show you... fftt... that I can take ten more hits...
  • In Harm's Way: She really loves being a supervillain and all the challenges that come with that.
  • Mysterious Past/Noodle Incident: The accident that convinced her to become a supervillain, not to mention the source of her powers and technology.
  • Super Strength: Capable of one-finger push-ups.
  • The Mole: Betrayed the Thunderbolts for the Grandmaster.
  • Throwing the Fight: Purposely lost a college basketball game she had secretly bet on, angering the criminals she was in league with. To save her own skin, she sent them after her father, who she knew had a hidden cache of cash that would appease the thugs.
  • Vapor Wear: Was Mugged for Disguise by Songbird, who notes that the costume does not include underwear.


AKA: ???
Debut: Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #12 (via Retcon, mention) Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #5'(actual debut)

"Quentin, Quentin, Quentin...Gotta admit, I'm really disappointed in you, man. I mean, trying to run? You're smarter than that. I've read your screenplay, remember? Real potential. You of all people know it's already too late—you're being chased by the thing that catches us all."

The focal villain of Nick Spencer's run. Kindred is an enigmatic demon with an unknown connection to Peter's past life, who insists he should pay for a great sin committed in the past.

  • Body Horror: Kindred is not easy to look at. His face looks like a decrepit mummy and his body is filled with gaping holes underneath his cloak, through which rats freely travel through.
  • The Dreaded: Anyone who knows it exists is utterly terrified of it, including Mysterio and Kingpin.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: As a result of Arc Welding, it is Mysterio's unnamed but inferred employer from the afterlife back when Mysterio invaded Midtown High as a Revenant Zombie during the timeframe of Civil War.
  • He Who Must Not Be Named: Speaking his actual name is enough to make him show up and immediately kill whoever said it, as we see with a poor sap Mysterio got to say it. It's implied that his name will remain this until he gets Peter to guess it.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: His acts of villainy are largely manipulative, pulling the strings of both Mysterio and Kingpin for his own means. He also doesn't intend to harm Mary Jane while Peter was off dealing with Kraven's hunt, as he believed nobody could do more harm to her than Peter himself.
  • Shoulder Pet: He has has an enormous centipede that fills this role.
  • Was Once a Man: It claims to have been a human who was sent to hell and worked his way up the demon ranks. It is strongly implied it was a close associate of both Peter Parker and Norman Osborn.


AKA: Wilson Grant Fisk
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #50

"Spider-Man, I've made several fortunes via the practice of using people like you... trusting idiots that believe there is happiness to be had on this planet."

Fisk began his life as a poor child in New York City, bullied by his classmates due to his obesity. Fisk began training himself in physical combat, using his newfound strength to intimidate the bullies into joining his gang. He was eventually discovered by crime lord Don Rigoletto. Fisk became Don Rigoletto's bodyguard and right-hand man. Eventually, Fisk killed Don Rigoletto and took control of his criminal empire, immediately becoming one of the most powerful figures in New York's underworld. Kingpin enjoyed a long tenure in his new position, but he had made enemies such as the Maggia crime syndicate and the terrorist group HYDRA. The two groups teamed together to oppose Fisk, causing him to flee to Japan. There, he started a spice business in order to regain his wealth. After earning enough money, Fisk returned to New York and started gang wars, in an attempt to bring down the Maggia. With the criminal world in chaos, Fisk was able to step in and take back control.

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

    Kraven the Hunter

AKA: Sergei Nikolaevich Kravinoff
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #15

"I can endure the frustration no longer! I must battle and defeat my greatest mortal enemy—or else, everything that has gone before is but a hollow mockery! The mask of Spider-Man must one day cover that plaster head—even if I pay for the victory with my very life!"

Sergei Kravinoff was the son of a Russian aristocrat who fled after the communists came to power. When his father remarried, he accused him of dishonoring his mother's name, and tried to make life difficult for his half brother Dimitri (who would become The Chameleon). Deciding to leave home, Kraven took up being a big game hunter and was quite good at it, especially considering he doesn't like to use ranged attacks, preferring to take down animals as large as rhinoceroses with his bare hands. One reporter, not knowing how to spell his name, shortened his last name Kravinoff simply to Kraven, and so began his legend as Kraven the Hunter. During one such hunt he met Calypso, a jungle priestess who gave him special elixirs which gave him the speed strength of the greatest jungle beasts. Bored by regular animals, Sergei got a surprise invite from his brother to deal with a new prey: Spider-Man. While fairing well against him in their first encounter, Spidey always managed to defeat him in subsequent fights.

Growing more and more frustrated with his life and his failures, Kraven realized that he was fading away, and so decided to do one last hunt. Capturing Spider-Man soon after the hero's honeymoon, he shot him with a rifle, buried him, and then began masquerading as him. However, he hadn't actually killed Spidey, but had tranquillized him. While Spider-Man returned to stop Kraven, Sergei took his defeat with grace as his temporary victory had finally proven his superiority, and committed suicide soon afterward. Years later, his wife Sasha and his children Alyosha and Ana enacted a ritual to resurrect him using Spider-Man's blood. This backfired due to them accidentally using Spider-Man's clone Kaine, and Kraven was revived as an immortal being. Wanting nothing more than to die again but unable to be killed by normal means, Kraven took to pursuing anyone tangentially related to Spider-Man, finally hunting down Kaine. Kaine fatally stabbed Kraven with his stingers, breaking his curse and fully resurrecting him in the process.

  • Animal Motifs: Lion. While Kraven has associated himself with various other animals over the years, his uniform has always incorporated a lion's mane and it's the animal to which he most often compares himself. During one of his battles with Black Panther, a lion was superimposed behind Kraven to contrast the panther that appeared behind, well, Black Panther.
  • Ate His Gun: Shot himself in the head with a shotgun after defeating Spider-Man.
  • Ax-Crazy: To varying degrees; it clearly runs in his family.
  • Back from the Dead: Is imperfectly resurrected during Grim Hunt, and fully resurrected by Kaine.
  • Badass Family: Though they don't get along all that well.
  • Badass Normal: Though he's often depicted as getting some kind of enhancement before or after meeting Spidey. During Jason Aaron's run on Incredible Hulk, he manages to disable the green goliath via adamantium wires and fishhooks. He lays the trap so effectively that one wonders if Spidey's Spider-Sense is the only way he's ever managed to best Kraven.
  • Big Brother Bully: He was like this to his half-brother Dmitri when they were young, technically; Dmitri didn't know at the time they were half-brothers.
  • The Beastmaster: Both he and his son Alyosha were known to use trained African great cats (and even an elephant in one case) in battles from time to time.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: On his best days...
  • Came Back Wrong: Thanks to Kaine sabotaging the ritual, he has been 'cursed with un-life' and only Peter or another connected to the Web of Life can kill him. Mentally, he's all there, just angry about it - Madame Web even mocks his wife for assuming he's changed. He's exactly the same, she just prefers not to remember him that way.
  • Death Seeker: Was this in Kraven's Last Hunt and has become this after being brought back.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Well, for most of his career, anyway. This goes for arrows as well since he prefers to take down animals with his bare hands. Madness made him willing to use them in the worst way possible. He wasn't all-too fond of technology in general, most of the time. His son Alyosha never had any problem using a rifle, and Vladimir's arsenal was very high tech.
  • Driven to Suicide: After defeating Spider-Man and regaining his lost honor, he killed himself.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: Was able to hunt and kill anything until he fought Spider-Man.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Thoroughly subverted. While he and Chameleon are brothers, they really don't like one another. Kraven also doesn't treat his wife and kids very well, partly because he's understandably pissed off at them for bringing him back to life.
  • Evil Poacher: It's definitely illegal to hunt Spider-Men. Supposedly he was the regular kind of poacher (as in, for the black market) before he got bored, and the Chameleon piqued his interest in hunting harder prey.
  • Fantastic Racism: After his daughter Ana tells him she has become an Inhuman, his response is to try and kill her.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He was a member of a prototypical version of the Avengers during the 1950s.
  • Foil: Several writers have used him as one to Black Panther, noting that they're both noblemen with a big cat theme and a connection to the African continent who gain their power from jungle herbs.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Depicted wearing pink heart-print briefs during his appearance in Rocket Raccoon (2016).
  • Heel Realization: Had one shortly before committing suicide.
  • Hotblooded Sideburns: Ditko used to draw him with an impressive set, although they've been mostly abandoned since.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Initially thought Spider-Man was some sort of fantastic beast, and continued pursuing him to regain his lost honor.
  • Husky Russkie: Kraven is descended from Russian nobility who fled the communist uprising and built like a circus strongman.
  • I Gave My Word: Is a man of his word in spite of all his flaws.
  • Immortality Inducer: Was imperfectly resurrected by his wife and children, and could only be killed by an entity connected to the Web of Life, leading to him picking fights with Agent Venom and Kaine in the hopes that one of them would be able to put him down for good.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Kraven tracks down Agent Venom in the hopes that the "spider's shadow" can end his undeath, and during their fight Flash is stripped of the symbiote by some giant bats. Kraven is outraged that the man he was fighting is handicapped and tries to kill Flash for besmirching his honor.
  • Kill and Replace: During the story arc Kraven's Last Hunt, Kraven seemingly kills Spider-Man, and then proceeds to use the costume of the hero to prove himself a better vigilante. Spider-Man is revealed alive as he had been merely drugged, and confronts Kraven before the villain commits suicide.
  • Legacy Character: His son Alyosha took his place while he was dead, and his daughter Ana has also tried to take up the mantle.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Kraven's mother fell victim to mental illness later in her life and it's been suggested that he may have inherited the illness.
  • Noble Demon: Believes himself to be this. In practice, not so much.
  • Really Gets Around: He's had quite a few lovers, and it shows. While Sasha is definitely Ana's mother, it's not certain whether Vladimir was her son, and Alyosha certainly wasn't. Then there was Calypso, which was a May–December Romance for Kraven. Kraven's father was the same way (Dmitri was illegitimate, which was why Kraven never told him they were brothers) and Alyosha can be worse than his dad sometimes.
  • Retcon: During an appearance in The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, he went through a Heel–Face Turn (dubbing himself "The Unhuntable Sergei"). Then the Hunted storyline rolled around, showing him back to being a villain. That same story revealed that Kraven had created multiple clones of himself, suggesting that "The Unhuntable Sergei" was one of those clones.
  • Sanity Slippage: His mother had psychosis, which Kraven inherited.
  • Secret Identity Apathy: Kraven is a Spider-Man rogue who has demonstrated this fairly consistently. Despite chances to do so in Kraven's Last Hunt and in Hunted he refuses to learn Spidey's identity when given the chance. He says a number of times that he feels Spider-Man is the "true self" and wishes to liberate the "totem" (i.e. the persona and mystique associated with Animal Motifs) from the human who embodies it, and as such the idea that Spider-Man could be a human, leave alone Peter Parker, is hard for him to comprehend.
  • Shout-Out: The first names of every known member of the Kravenoft family except Ana are also the names of character from The Brothers Karamazov; Word of God says this was done intentionally.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Writer J.M. DeMatteis (who wrote Kraven's Last Hunt and introduced Kraven's second son) writes Kraven's last name as "Kravinov", as opposed to "Kravinoff".
  • Suicide Is Shameful: In the one-shot Soul of the Hunter, Spidey learned from the embodiment of Death that he and Kraven share a spiritual bond, and that Kraven's soul could not find the peace he craves because of Kraven's suicide; he could only be saved if Spidey agreed to intervene on his behalf. At first, Spidey refused, given what Kraven did to him, and Death cannot force him. However, eventually, Spidey feels a small amount of pity, and fights and defeats Kraven's soulless corpse, letting his spirit rest in peace. (Sadly, it wouldn't last...)
  • Unholy Matrimony: Sasha is just as crazy and evil as he is, possibly more so in regards to the latter.
  • Unwanted Revival: Was resurrected by his wife and children, but the revival was botched, and he was brought back as an undead. He was pissed about it, killing Sasha and most of the people she worked with shortly after. Chameleon even points this out, reminding the others that Kraven ended his own life in the first place.
    Chameleon: Has anyone stopped to consider the fact that this man shot himself in the head? How do you know he wanted to come back?
  • Villainous Crush: After defeating Spider-Man in Kraven's Last Hunt, Kraven gently caresses his cheek. Peter is very creeped out by this.
  • Wicked Cultured: In the 1990s animated series, at least. In one episode, he quoted Solzhenitsyn: "I know the Prussian moon/And I know the Prussian stars."
  • Worthy Opponent: Came to view Spider-Man as such, as detailed in his inner monologue in Kraven's Last Hunt.

    Living Brain

Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #8

"Whrr—click-ick—ow! Query: Why was unit programmed with pain receptors? Whyyyyy?"

Intended to be the ultimate mobile supercomputer capable of answering almost any question, the Living Brain was brought to Midtown High by its creator for a demonstration of its abilities; two workmen, thinking they could make a fortune by using the Brain to predict the outcomes of sporting events, attempted to steal it, damaging it in the process, and causing it to go haywire until it was shut down by Spider-Man. The Living Brain project was subsequently scrapped, and the prototype was placed in storage, where it fell into disrepair.

Years later, a bullied youth uncovered the Brain, upgraded it, and sicced it on the jocks who had been bullying him. Spider-Man, who was visiting Midtown High as Peter Parker, fought the Brain again, this time defeating it via electrocution. Afterward, the Brain changed hands several times, going from a pair of thieves, to the Beyond Corporation, to the Grandmaster, and finally to Boomerang, who inducted it into his Sinister Six. After defeating the Sinister Six, the Superior Spider-Man confiscated the Brain, and employed it as an assistant up until Peter Parker reclaimed his hijacked body from Doctor Octopus. The restored Peter kept the Brain around as an assistant, not realizing it contained a backup of Doctor Octopus's mind.

  • The Bus Came Back: Has a habit of returning after long absences.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Is neither alive, nor does he have a brain inside him. He's just a machine with a minor level of artificial intelligence.
  • Verbal Tic: "Whrr—click-ick".


AKA: Doctor Curtis Connors
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #6

"I work in darkness. The Lizard wants out. It's time I stopped ignoring him."

Curt Connors was an army surgeon who dedicatedly helped soldiers in war, but who lost his own arm to an explosion. Returning after the war, he began experimenting with reptiles, trying to discover the secret to how they managed to regrow their limbs. After years of research, he believed that he had isolated the chemical compound that gave them this ability, and after successfully doing animal testing, tried the formula on himself.

While it did indeed regrow his missing arm, there was an unfortunate side-effect. The formula also turned him into a giant lizard with super strength, speed and even some wall crawling abilities. It also gave him a new imperative to cleanse the world of mammals so reptiles would rule the Earth again. Thankfully, Peter Parker managed to synthesize an antidote to the serum that allowed Connors to become human again, but it proved only temporary, as Connors continued to struggle with his lizard side which would occasionally come out under stress or certain circumstances.

  • Achilles' Heel: The Lizard is vulnerable to cold temperatures.
  • Alliterative Name: Curtis Connors.
  • And I Must Scream: At the end of the No Turning Back arc, Connors' human mind is trapped in the Lizard's body during his imprisonment at the Raft — and he intends to stay that way as self-punishment by not letting anyone know it.
  • Anti-Villain: Curtis is actually a nice guy, and has little-to-no control over what the Lizard does.
  • Ascended Fanboy: A reptile-loving herpetologist who becomes a reptile himself.
  • The Atoner: Curtis seeks to make up for the wrongs he commits as the Lizard.
  • Badass Labcoat: Even as the Lizard he wears a tattered lab coat...
  • Big Damn Heroes: Just as the Scorpion is about to kill Jameson with his stinger during Smythe's breakout, the Lizard (actually Curt's mind in the Lizard's body) shows up at the last second to save his life.
  • Body Horror: His transformations from Curtis into the Lizard can be very disturbing.
  • Came Back Wrong: After the Connors persona died in Shed, Morbius tries to bring him back to life in No Turning Back and seemingly succeeds - except the Lizard persona is trapped in Connors' human body. Later, Peter does restore Connors' mind and persona, but it's stuck in the Lizard's body.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Losing his right arm ended his surgery and military careers.
  • Create Your Own Villain: The Iguana, and the Lizard clone.
  • Dad the Veteran: To his son, Billy.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Lizard started out as an anthropomorphic reptile with plans of world domination, but over time became increasingly feral and fierce, developing an elongated reptilian snout. In Brand New Day, after eating Connors' son, the Lizard sheds his skin and is sleeker, has hair, spikes on his arm, can talk, and revert humans to a reptilian mental state.
  • Death of Personality: Curt Connors suffers this fate in the Shed storyline, when the Lizard persona murders his son Billy. Later, the Jackal clones his son and wife in exchange for his help.
  • Depending on the Artist: The Lizard's appearance has changed significantly over the years. He started out as a dark green anthropomorphic reptile with no nose, then grew a long monitor lizard-like snout full of fangs in the 1990's. In Shed, he underwent a third transformation, becoming covered in spines and looking a lot more dinosaur-like. Following the Lizard being trapped in Curt's body, he has assumed a fourth form with light green wrinkly skin and a face more similar to his first form's.
  • Depending on the Writer: Is the Lizard an intelligent creature capable of cunning plans and science, or is he a mindless beast who just wants to eat people?
  • Despair Event Horizon: The Lizard killing Billy while Connors watches in his mind and can't stop it. Effectively destroys his human side for a while. Later, the Jackal clones his son and wife in exchange for his help.
  • Death Seeker: Peter seems to think so at one point during the No Turning Back arc.
  • Distressed Dude: If he's not turning into the Lizard or helping Spider-Man, he's probably being kidnapped or held hostage.
  • Evil All Along: The basis of two retcons (so far) regarding the Connors persona. Generally retconned out of continuity when a new writer comes along.
  • Evil Cripple: Subverted. Connors himself is a genuinely good person when he's human and missing his right arm. The Lizard is evil, but not disabled.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: For a long time the Lizard couldn't bring himself to harm Curt's son Billy. Tragically he eventually lost this moral and murdered Billy in a desperate (and successful) attempt to gain complete control of Curt's body. Later, the Jackal clones his son and wife in exchange for his help.
  • Face–Monster Turn: Curt Connors is a good man. The Lizard is a monster.
  • Genius Bruiser: The Lizard is sometimes depicted as being just as smart as Connors.
  • Genius Cripple: Curt is a genius herpetologist who lost an arm.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Lizard murdered Billy in order to take full control of Curt's body. This worked, but the Lizard was left with crippling guilt afterwards.
  • Happily Married: To Martha Connors. Until she died of cancer.
  • Healing Factor: The Lizard can recover from injuries that would cripple or kill most others.
  • Heroic BSoD: After having to watch his Lizard form eat his son, effectively killing off his human personality, and then still after his human persona was restored.
  • Humanity Is Infectious: During the No Turning Back arc, the Lizard, trapped in Curt's body, began to appreciate human things, like music, junk food and video games. This even led to him thinking that Humanity Is Superior. He was actually tempted to stay human, until Spider-Man arrived, forcing him to inject himself with his newly made "cure" in order to defend himself.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Often occurs since Peter is friends with Connors. A few times Connors has actually taken control of the Lizard body, the first time being when Morbius was introduced.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The Lizard is sometimes written as being a monster who eats people rather than turn them into reptiles.
  • Immune to Bullets: The Lizard's scales are bulletproof.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Connors' persona and the Lizard's often vie for control of their body.
  • Just Think of the Potential: What prompted him to create a serum to regenerate limbs in the first place.
  • LEGO Genetics: Connors turned into a reptilian monster by infusing himself with a serum derived from lizard DNA.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Is stronger and faster than Spider-Man as the Lizard.
  • Lizard Folk: His original appearance was as an anthropomorphic lizard, and he only became more bestial as time went on.
  • Logical Weakness: Being cold-blooded, the Lizard is susceptible to low temperatures.
  • Magic Pants: Even in versions where the rest of his clothes are destroyed, including the labcoat, the Lizard will almost always at least still be wearing pants of some kind.
  • The Medic: Connors' occupation before he lost his arm and turned to science.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: In later stories, he's mentioned as having anxiety and depression. It's also implied that he may have PTSD from his war experiences.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: While Curt used to have to drink a serum to transform, by the time of Shed whenever the Lizard's persona takes over he transforms into the monster.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: As the Lizard. Possibly as coming from a darker side of his human personality that blames the loss of his arm to humanity's inhumanity during a war.
  • Morality Pet: His wife, Martha, and son, Billy. While they were alive, at least.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The Lizard has fallen into this after he killed Billy.
  • Nice Guy: Dr. Connors is actually a very nice person... when he's human.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Loses his arm again whenever he turns back into a human.
  • The Noseless: Early versions of the Lizard based on Steve Ditko's original design. He later developed a monitor lizard-like snout.
  • Offing the Offspring: In order to permanently take control of their body, the Lizard persona ate Curt's son Billy. Later, the Jackal clones his wife and son in exchange for his help.
  • Painful Transformation: In most depictions, Curtis' transformation into the Lizard is agonizing.
  • Papa Wolf: In some stories where the Lizard is strangely protective of Billy despite hating all humans. After they are cloned by the Jackal, Connors turns his family into lizards too.
  • Prehensile Tail: As the Lizard he can coil his tail around things and carry them.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: Partly - OK, mostly - out of desperation to regain the use of his amputated arm, he tested his own experimental serum on himself.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Connors is supposed to be a brilliant scientist who's smart enough to cure cancer, but his experiments often fail and lead to supervillainy instead.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The Lizard is a supervillain who wants to lead an army of reptiles and/or people turned into reptiles to take over the world. He succeeds in turning his family into lizards after the Jackal clones them.
  • Resist the Beast: But he usually fails at it, of course.
  • Sanity Slippage: Seems to have suffered this by the end of Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy; he appears unwilling to accept the fact that, while his lizard formula saved the Martha and Billy clones from degenerating, it has also reduced them to mindless reptilian beasts.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: The Lizard tried to cause this by killing Connors' persona.
  • Shapeshifting Heals Wounds: Inverted, in ome versions Curt was a biologist who lost his arm and experimented with lizard DNA (since lizards can grow back their tails). He regained his arm, but soon transformed into a Lizard Man with an evil personality.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Curtis lost his arm in a war and never got over it.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: The Lizard persona had "devoured" Connors' by killing and eating his own son, and even though he's been reverted to human form it remains in control of the body. Until his human persona was restored, but his body stayed as the Lizard.
  • Superpowered Evil Side
    • Connors willingly became the Lizard to fight Stegron the dinosaur man.
    • At the beginning of the Shed arc the Lizard persona kept trying to influence Curtis' behavior, and in general is more powerful and ferocious than him.
  • Super Strength: The Lizard can lift approximately 12 tons.
  • Super Toughness: His scales can deflect small-caliber bullets.
  • Take Over the World: His ultimate goal.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: His motivation for creating the regenerative serum. And what happens whenever he transforms into the Lizard.
  • Tragic Monster: It's not like Curt wanted to become a giant lizard monster when he injected himself with the serum, and he tries to fight it from inside as best he can.
  • Tragic Villain: Curt injected himself hoping to regain his lost arm, not become a monster.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Traumatically lost his arm during military service, had to give up his career as a surgeon, mutated into a supervillain reptile with a split personality, lost his wife to cancer, murdered his own son by eating him as the Lizard, has his human mind trapped in the Lizard's body...
    • And then to make matters worse, the Jackal clones his family in exchange for his help. However, they start degenerating due to them being unstable, so Connors injects them with the Lizard serum to save them. However, they turn into reptiles just like him.
  • Verbal Tic: Sssome writersss have the Lizard hisssssing and lisssping sssoundsss.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: In a few story arcs, Connors can control his usually non-voluntary transformation into the Lizard and back.
  • Wall Crawl: One of the earliest Spider-foes to truly have this power too.
  • The Worf Effect: That time he was seriously injured and defeated by Black Cat twice. The Lizard has superpowers. She did not.

    Menace/Grey Goblin II/Queen Cat 

AKA: Lily Hollister
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #545; The Amazing Spider-Man #550 (as Menace); AXIS: Hobgoblin #2 (as Queen Cat)

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

    Mr. Negative

AKA: "Martin Li"
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #546

"I always like to have reminders around that there is no good he can do... that I cannot corrupt."

One of the more recent additions to Spider-Man's gallery, Martin Li was introduced as a philanthropist and the owner of the FEAST homeless shelter. However, it was revealed that he had a split personality and a double life as the photonegative crime lord Mr. Negative. It's revealed that he was once a Chinese gangster smuggling immigrants when his ship crashed. Stealing the identity of one of the deceased, Martin Li, he was captured by Silvermane and given to criminal chemist Simon Marshall. Experimented on, he escaped alongside fellow subjects Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen, awakening Yin-Yang Bomb powers while developing two vastly different personalities - the kindhearted Martin Li, and the villainous Mister Negative. Martin Li established himself as a philanthropist and built a fortune, while Mister Negative set about building a criminal empire. Clashing with the Hood and the Kingpin, Mister Negative was eventually outed as Martin Li by Spider-Man, Anti-Venom, and the new Wraith.

  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: Martin Li is - or rather was - unaware that he had a split personality who was a supervillain.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Is always well-dressed.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: Is a walking Yin-Yang Bomb.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: When he becomes Mr. Negative he has black sclera and white irises.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Li ran the FEAST center among numerous other ventures, and while he was a genuinely nice person Mr. Negative is not.
  • The Corrupter: Mr. Negative's powers allow him to corrupt people's souls when he touches them, giving him some measure of Mind Control over them as a result. The more goodhearted the person was prior, the more easily they can be corrupted. It fails when he tries it on the Hood, since the man's underlying power transcends Negative's own.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Martin Li cured Eddie Brock of cancer and caused the remnants of the Venom symbiote to bond to his white blood cells. As Anti-Venom, Eddie would be the one to expose his identity as a criminal.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Played with. He's extremely wealthy in his civilian identity, but as a criminal, he mostly doesn't take advantage of his ability to grant superpowers (although in The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, he does send ninjas after Overdrive for violating his intellectual property by using superpowers granted by Negative without Negative's permission).
  • Dark Is Evil: The Mr. Negative persona.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: The real Martin Li was killed when the Golden Mountain slave ship was scuttled.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Whenever Li transforms into Mr. Negative, his hair, skin and even his clothes turn into photo-negative versions of themselves. The same thing applies to anyone he corrupts with his powers.
  • Face–Heel Turn: After confronting his alternate with the chance to take revenge upon the man that used him as a drug mule, Mister Negative persuades Martin Li to work with him.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Despite being Chinese, he and his Mooks wield samurai swords.
  • Healing Hands: As Martin Li he could perform "miracles" such as curing Eddie Brock of terminal cancer.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: The transformation between the two personalities happens at random.
  • Light Is Good: The Martin Li persona is a genuinely nice person.
  • Master Swordsman: Is skilled enough with a blade to outmatch Anti-Venom.
  • McNinja: He employs several of these, known as his Inner Demons, who have the ability to heal from grievous injury.
  • Nice Guy: Martin Li is one of the nicest people around. Mr. Negative on the other hand is a complete sociopath.
  • Photoshop Filter of Evil: As Mr. Negative.
  • Split Personality: Played with, in that both sides are aware of each other but don't interfere with each other for the most part.
  • Super Empowering: One of his main abilities, whether used for corrupting people or empowering his mooks (i.e. granting invulnerability and giving Overdrive his powers). He also accidentally did this to Eddie Brock.
  • Super Serum: How he first got his powers.
  • Super Strength: Strong enough to punch Spider-Man through two buildings with one blow.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: As Mr. Negative his appearance is photonegative, and thus he has white hair.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: His powers come from the same source as Cloak's and Dagger's, but he possesses both at the same time. Mr. Negative draws on the Darkforce Dimension, while Martin Li appears to be able to use the same living light that comprises Dagger's knives, albeit unwittingly and in a limited fashion.


AKA: Quentin Beck
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #13

Mysterio: C'mon, web-head. Admit it. You missed me.
Spider-Man: How'd you do it, Beck? How're you not dead?!
Mysterio: I dunno. Maybe its something to do with being a Master of Illusion. Duh!

Quentin Beck was a master special effects man who loved films and making them. However, he always wanted to be in the spotlight, and hated being stuck behind the scenes. His acting career never went anywhere, so he decided to take on a new job: supervillainy. As an effects wizard, he decided to frame Spider-Man for a robbery, then in a new costume (complete with a one-way mirror Fishbowl Helmet) would stop Spider-Man to earn the fame he thought he deserved. Exposed and tricked in the attempt, Quentin swore revenge as Mysterio, and became a serious recurring threat to the wall-crawler.

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

AKA: James Beverley
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man: Swing Shift

"Because that moment, I realized—the world is my getaway vehicle!"

Introduced as a minion of Mr. Negative and later appearing as one of the (five member) Sinister Six of The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Overdrive was empowered by his boss with "nanobacteria" and has the power to transform any vehicle at will, a power well suited to his skills as a motorist. Overdrive is a rather incompetent supervillain who happens to be a major superhero fanboy, and he sought superpowers and pursued supervillainy to fight the Avengers and impress them with his skills so that later on, when he pulled a Heel–Face Turn, he'd be welcomed onto the team. Needless to say, this didn't work, and Overdrive is stuck in the role of getawayman/mook.

  • Affably Evil: Overdrive is a really nice and friendly guy despite being a villain. Depending on how you look at it, the fact that he only got into supervillainy as part of a plan to become a superhero either shows that Overdrive isn't a villain at all or proves he's a bad person.
  • Badass Driver: In addition to his powers, Overdrive is very skilled at operating a range of vehicles.
  • The Charmer: Described by Boomerang as a "pretty boy", Overdrive is good-looking and friendly and is introduced in Superior Foes sitting at a table with an attractive woman on either side of him. In the same series, Janice/Beetle is attracted to his good looks, cool car, and badass driving skills. However, things turn out in a way that emphasize that Overdrive is a loser (see The Loins Sleep Tonight).
  • Crippling Overspecialization: While Overdrive is very skilled at using his powers on vehicles, they only work on vehicles and has no other skills to speak of, which makes him useless in circumstances where there are no vehicles around.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: Overdrive is impotent for some time after using his powers. Conversely, after having sex, he needs to wait for a bit before being able to use his powers again.
  • Loony Fan: In their first encounter, Spidey is creeped out to discover Overdrive's car is filled with pictures of him. Similarly, Luke Cage is weirded out when he shows up to stop the Sinister Six and Overdrive starts fanboying him.
  • Manchild: Despite his charmer appearance and persona, he's pretty childish at times.
  • Nanomachines: His "nanobacteria" allows him to alter vehicles at will.
  • Personality Powers: A likely example of this given the combination of Overdrive's obsession with vehicles and corresponding restriction on his power to vehicles.
  • Reality Warper: A low-level example of this, as while Overdrive can only manipulate a select type of object, his powers allow him to alter matter he touches. For example, he's able to turn a small, non-motorized cart into a gigantic motorized backhoe.
  • Required Secondary Powers: He and Speed Demon discuss the trope in terms of defying Flying Brick. Noting the norm of a superpower coming with additional perks like super strength and durability, the two note how that isn't true for either of them. Overdrive is worried that a hero (specifically The Incredible Hercules) will assume that because Overdrive has one superpower, he must have others, and will kill him with a single punch.
  • Technopath: One aspect of Overdrive's powers involves controlling vehicles, although he goes beyond technopathy since he can also alter vehicles and create more matter than initially existed.
  • Token Good Teammate: For Boomerang's Sinister Six and Spidey's rogues gallery in general.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: Although he participates in crime as a mook, for the most part, Overdrive doesn't do anything evil. Probably his worst act is how in Superior Foes he helps the team bury Shocker alive for supposed treachery.


AKA: Adriana Soria
Debut: The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 2, #15

"The metamorphosis has begun. I feel you, all of you, reaching out along the web we all share. Whatever you were yesterday, that was another time. A different life. You are all my children now. My colony. My kingdom. And I am your queen."

A mutant with the ability to psychically control those who bear the "insect gene" - including anyone with arthropod-related superpowers - Adriana Soria was a member of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II, and was selected as a candidate for Operation Crossroads, a renewal of Operation: Rebirth - the super soldier program that had created Captain America. Adriana was drafted into the Marine Corps and became the first female Marine to go into combat, and after the war was assigned to the Bikini Atoll during the nuclear tests in hopes of awakening her powers. Exposure to radiation drove her insane and she was committed to an asylum before escaping and spending 50 years in hiding. Calling herself the Queen, she resurfaced in 2004 . note  and psychically took control of a number of humans to serve as her drones. Captain America and Spider-Man investigated, and the Queen realized that Spider-Man possessed the Insect Gene and selected him as her mate, infecting him with a mutagenic enzyme through her kiss that slowly transformed him into a giant spider. The Queen intended to have David Jaffe, the scientist in charge of Operation Crossroads, make a bomb that would kill any humans lacking the insect gene, but her plans for Spider-Man were foiled when he died shortly after completing his transformation, then shed his exoskeleton to reveal a reborn Peter Parker with enhanced powers. Spider-Man disarmed the bomb and Adriana was seemingly killed when SHIELD attacked her base, but later returned in 2011, having allied with the Jackal, transformed Captain America and Kaine into anthropomorphic spider-monsters, and converted her mutagenic enzyme into a "Spider Virus" that would give anyone infected powers identical to Spider-Man's before slowly transforming them into giant spiders. Attaining god-like power and transforming into a massive spider-like monster, the Spider-Queen was killed by the rejuvenated Kaine. The Jackal later cloned her, but said clones were killed by Spider-Man and Alpha.

  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Ana was originally just a marine trying to serve her country, but when she and her unit were drafted to Operation Crossroads she was subjected to various testing in an attempt to awaken her powers as a super solider. When her powers didn't surface she was deemed a failure and sent to an asylum for her trouble. She eventually escaped when her powers awoke and swore revenge on the country that she felt had betrayed her, including Captain America.
  • Big Bad: Of the Spider-Island event.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With the Jackal, who betrayed her and was eventually revealed to be a clone.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: One of her main powers shown is being able to control anyone with an "insect gene", which in total amounts to about 1/3 of the world's population. Upon arriving in New York she instantly gains control of a large mass of people just by humming, and they obey her without question. Despite being controlled by her they still seem to possess some free will of their own, shown when one dived in front of Captain America's shield to save Queen from being struck when she didn't notice it.
    • Those with a strong will like Spider-Man were able to temporally resist Queen's control over them. During their second kiss Spider-Man almost gives into her seductions and control, but regains himself at the last moment. However, upon fully mutating into a giant spider he finally succumbs to Queen, embracing his role as her mate until his sudden "death".
  • Cloning Blues: Jackal stole one of her legs and used it to create Princess and the other Spider-Queens.
  • Combo Platter Powers: She has a handful of powers that don't seem to really be related such as her sonic scream, telekinesis and mutating kiss. Possibly explained by her having both mutant powers and activated insect genes.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She dishes plenty out to Spider-man in her debut storyline.
    • In their first fight he briefly manages to trip her up and restrain her before she breaks free, but once she starts using her powers she wins almost immediately, knocking him out with two sonic screams.
    • She makes even quicker work of him in their second fight, using her telekinetic powers to completely restrain him and pin him down, with him not even being able to fight back like last time.
    • She similarly has little trouble against a mutated Spider-Man, even as he continues to resist her and lunges at her she simply uses her powers to continually slam him into a brick wall until he falls unconscious while treating the whole event like it was a simple "lovers' quarrel" that she won.
  • Dating Catwoman: This was assumed to be the case by New York at first. Her first kiss with Spider-Man was caught on the news and shortly afterwards it was all anyone was talking about. But, everyone thought it was Spider-Man who kissed Queen instead of the other way around like it really was, even Mary Jane and Aunt May. In reality it is averted. Despite her flirting and beauty Spider-Man is not attracted to her at all and finds her just as disgusting as his other enemies, she just forces herself on him regardless.
  • Deadpan Snarker: After defeating the mutated Spider-Man by knocking him through a building, she lifts him up telekinetically and says she told him he'd fall for her, "like a ton of bricks."
  • Death Glare: She can give an absolutely terrifying one and a nasty snarl when angered. She first gives one to Spider-Man after listening to one of his bad jokes and kicking him in the leg when he tries to web her, then in the very next issue gives him another after he rejects her and forces her off him in the middle of her kiss.
  • Deity of Human Origin: By transforming most of New York's populace into giant spiders she hijacked the Web of Life, the supernatural force that grants arachnid-themed superheroes and villains their powers, and gained god-like power.
  • Dramatic Unmask: She has her mind controlled servants hold Spider-Man in a giant dogpile lock while she slowly peels off his mask, but stops halfway after getting to his nose. Subverted in that she wasn't trying to unmask him and doesn't care about his secret identity, she was unmasking him enough to kiss him.
  • Entitled to Have You: After meeting Spider-Man and defeating him, she is impressed by his strength and determination and declares that he is part of her hive now and she is his Queen. She declares he will be her mate and he will love her whether he wants to or not.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: When she first meets Spider-Man she tells him he is shorter than she was expecting.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She acts flirty to Spider-Man, but she's really a sadist and a terrorist planning to kill a large portion of the world's population. When Spider-Man refuses her advances she becomes violent and angry, harming him and anyone around him to break his spirit. Even her flirting includes her hugging Spider-Man after she beats him unconscious and telling him he could never have stood up to her as a way of comforting him before forcing a kiss on him.
  • Forceful Kiss: In her debut appearance she easily defeats Spider-Man with her powers, and after telling him he could have never beaten her, gives him a big wet kiss on the lips while he can't resist her. She gives him another one while he is tangled in some web in the next issue, but he is able to force her off him.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: This applies to her both in the actual comics and in real life.
    • In the comics: Queen was originally just an ordinary woman named Adriana trying to serve her country during World War II. She was subject to various testing in a secret project meant to create more super soldiers, but was deemed a failure and left to rot in an asylum. When her powers finally manifested she decided to use them for revenge on the country that wronged her, and when she resurfaced in 2004 her very presence is enough to scare Captain America shitless, describing her as being more dangerous "than ten hulks".
    • In real life: When the Queen debuted she was assumed to be an odd one-shot villain whose only purpose was to give Peter powers resembling the ones he possessed in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy, and was assumed to have been killed at the end of the arc. Come Spider Island, she's suddenly a lot more dangerous, and come Kaine's Scarlet Spider series, it's implied she was a pawn of Ero/The Other.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: She calls herself Queen since she can control anyone with an insect gene, and she considers herself superior to all other humans, with or without the insect gene. She takes it a step further when in "Spider Island" she planned to mutate the whole world into giant spider mutants that she could control.
  • If I Can't Have You...: She is heartbroken when Spider-Man, who had just recently completed his transformation and was under her full control as her mate, suddenly dies right in front of her. When she encounters him shortly afterwards after his "revival", she tries to simply kill him since she knows she can't have him as her mate like she had wanted.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: She appears in a beautiful and elegant dress, but shows it doesn't slow her down at all in fights. She is easily able to handle Spider-Man in a physical fight, quickly knocking him down with a kick and slamming him against a wall with a hard punch. She even breaks out of a hold when Spidey tries to restrain her legs, and kicks him across the face at an angle. She is also able to use her psychic and telekinetic powers to disable any foes so she doesn't need to get in close.
  • Kaiju: In the climax of Spider Island, she transforms into a monstrous 28 stories tall spider monster form, dubbing herself "The Spider Queen". This form was powerful enough to fight dozens of superheroes simultaneously.
  • Killed Off for Real: She is killed by Kaine at the end of the "Spider-Island" storyline.
  • Leave Him to Me: At the end of her first fight with Spidey, the hero continues to resist her despite being outnumbered and just seeing her knock out Captain America. Queen tells her drones to step aside, she'll deal with Spider-Man herself; and she knocks him out with a second sonic scream.
  • Little Black Dress: Her outfit during her debut appearance was an elegant black dress.
  • Love at First Punch: She initially seems unimpressed with Spider-Man during their first encounter, but once they begin to fight Spidey initially gets the upper hand against her by tripping her and begins to restrain her while she's down. Though she manages to quickly break free, she seems impressed by this and begins to flirt with Spider-Man for the remainder of their fight, and his resolve to keep fighting her even when she has him outmatched quickly impresses her enough to choose him as her mate.
  • Magic Kiss: Her saliva contains a mutagenic compound that connects those infused with it to the Web of Life - or amplifies their connection if they already are - and eventually transforms them into giant spiders.
  • Make an Example of Them: She orders several of her brainwashed drones to jump off a building to their deaths to teach Spider-Man a lesson for resisting her and as a demonstration of her powers.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Adriana can unleash a powerful scream. It was powerful enough to knock out Spider-Man with only two bursts, and later killed The Jackal after Queen had been powered up.
  • Most Common Super Power: She has big breasts for her body size.
  • Mrs. Robinson: She looks like a beautiful young women only in her 20s but is actually a WWII veteran. She has also chosen the much younger Spider-Man to be her "mate", forcing several kisses on him and attempting to make him fall in love with her. She temporarily gains full control of him when her kiss transforms him into a giant spider.
  • Moment Killer: The only moment that can be remotely considered "romantic" between her and Spider-Man is when she visits him while she has him and Cap captured. During her visit she flirts with Spidey, calls his sense of humor cute, and reveals her real name to him. Spidey tries to resist her advances and her invasion of his personal space, but she simply tells him to relax and enjoy "nature's way" before planting another deep passionate kiss on him. Spidey is affected by her kiss and slowly starts to give into her seductions and control, seeing it as an honor to be loved by her and slowly begins to kiss her back before suddenly regaining control of himself and pushing her off him and spitting out her kiss. This act of disrespect causes Queen to drop her romantic attitude and fly into a rage against Spider-Man, vowing he'll love her whether he likes it or not and he will be her mate.
    Spider-Man: PTUI! Get offa me, lady!
    Queen: [snarls and grabs him by the chin] No one does that to me, you little worm! NO ONE!
    [Queen slaps Spidey across the face twice and grabs him across the chin, looking him in the eye]
    Queen: You'll forget you were ever a man, or that you lived among them. You're one of my hive now. You'll love me whether you like it or not. [turns to leave Spidey trapped in the dark]
    Spider-Man: I doubt it, you skank.
  • Mood-Swinger: She has shown a few occasions of this. She can go from being scary to flirty or vice-versa:
    • During her first encounter with Spidey, she knocks him around a bit and threatens his city before restraining him and saying she likes him.
    • She flirts with Spider-Man while he's captured and forces and deep kiss on him, but once he rejects her she angrily calls him a worm, slaps him across the face, and vows he'll love her whether he wants to or not.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: While seducing Spidey she gets up close and personal, much to his discomfort. He even begs her for personal space when she is leaning in to kiss him a second time, but she tells him to simply enjoy it.
  • Not Good with Rejection: She goes berserk whenever Spider-Man rejects her. One of the biggest examples was after he rejected her after she kisses him a second time. She snarls angrily calling him a worm, slaps him across the face twice, and vows that he'll love her whether he wants to or not.
  • Older Than They Look: She looks like an attractive 20-something woman, but is a WWII veteran.
  • One-Winged Angel: After being mortally wounded by Agent Venom, she sheds her human form and transcends into a 28-story-tall spider-monster with godlike power.
  • Physical God: After Ariana transforms, Julia Carpenter despairingly proclaims that the Queen has merged with the Web of Life to become a god.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: After getting her hair done by a hairdresser, she notes that she must remember to spare him when she puts her plan into action, since even though she can't control him it is hard to find a good hairdresser these days. She also says she will need to make a list of certain individuals she wants to save for other reasons, and adjust her plans to fit them.
  • Psychic Powers: She can psychically control those with the Insect Gene, which amounts to roughly a third of the world's population, including anyone connected to the Web of Life, and turn them into her "drones".
  • Sadist: While pummelling Agent Venom, she says that killing someone is the closest bond two people can share and that beating him to death is turning her on more than conquering the city did.
  • Sex Is Violence: Her speech to Agent Venom exposes her as a sadist who is turned on by death and violence. Her banter with Captain America is also full of innuendo.
    Queen: (while beating Agent Venom): Still, a smidgen too impudent. Better—humble. So much sexier this way, soldier. There's intimacy to taking a life. To be the last face a man will ever see. The closest bond two people can share. It's arousing. This gets me purring, gets me revved up more than taking over the entire city did. To mount you. To dominate you. To be the last woman you'll ever touch...
    Captain America: Don't mean to interrupt, Queen... Central Park has rules about public fornication... and we've got a fight to finish.
    Queen: So many handsome men vying for my affections. Fortunately, boys, my appetite is voracious. You seem upset, seeing me straddling another soldier. Don't be jealous, Steven. You'll always be my first. I don't want you to use protection. Don't hold back. Give me all you have. Yes, satisfy me. Oh, Steve. You are truly one of a kind. You make me feel like a woman. Make me feel incredible...
  • She's Got Legs: Her beautiful dress helps draw attention to her legs, especially since she holds her dress up to walk. While fighting Spider-Man she shows she is no slouch in kicks. She first spin kicks him in his legs for annoying her and kicks him across the face on two separate occasions.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: She mixes this and Kiss-Kiss-Slap with her "relationship" with Spider-Man. During their first meeting, Queen angrily attacked him for his attempt to web her and violently punched his head into a wall. Immediately after this though she becomes attracted to Spider-Man, with him having impressed her, and after knocking him out in a bloody mess she passionately makes out with him, declaring him as her mate. From then on all their confrontations start with Queen flirting with him and trying to seduce him to her side, only for her to react violently and beat him up when he refuses her love.
  • The Social Darwinist: She sees herself as a survivor and ruler of all with an insect gene. She planned to kill all life on Earth that she couldn't control with a bomb, and even compared herself to a cockroach with the bomb. She chose Spider-Man as her mate because she recognized him as a survivor like her, and was impressed by his strength and determination against her, even if she knew he couldn't beat her, and saw him as the strongest of her "subjects."
  • Superpower Lottery: Adriana was stated to possess countless superhuman abilities, but only displayed a handful of them.
  • Super Strength: A very mild case, as she can lift roughly one ton in her base form, but is still strong enough to knock out Spidey and Cap.
  • Super Empowering: Exposure to her venom enhanced Peter's connection to the Web of Life, gave Arana spider-powers... and transformed most of New York's citizens into spider-monsters.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Adriana was a mutant born with the Insect Gene, and considered herself to be above even other mutants, calling herself the sole member of "Homo insectus".
  • "Take That!" Kiss: After beating Spider-Man with a second sonic scream she catches the unconscious hero in a hug and holds him close, saying he could have never beaten her before kissing him.
    Queen: Don't find shame in defeat Spider-Man. This is the way of things. You could never have stood against me. This is nature's way. (Kisses Spidey)
  • Tears of Remorse: She is reduced to tears when the mutated Spider-Man dies right in front of her, shortly after he finished his transformation and he was finally under her full control as her mate.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Her powers awakened when she was nuked during the Bikini Atoll test.
  • Unexplained Recovery:
    • She is knocked off the roof of a building by Captain America in her second issue but shows up in the very next issue without a scratch on her.
    • She is apparently killed in an explosion when her base is attacked by S.H.I.E.L.D. but years later resurfaces during "Spider-Is;and" with no clear indication of how she survived.
  • Villain Team-Up: She works with Jackal during the "Spider Island" storyline, creating the spider virus with his help.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: A dark variant. When she makes the decision to have Spider-Man serve as her "mate" she's made the decision to turn him into a giant spider monster that would serve as a living egg sac for her offspring. It was a small miracle he survived and returned to normal.
  • Villain Respect: She has a respect for those who she deems as "survivors". She quickly finds herself attracted to Spider-Man for this reason.
    Queen: Eh... I like you Spider-Man... you're a survivor. I can respect that. It's all about survival— who'll be left standing when the bomb goes off. Think of me as a cockroach. The biggest one you ever saw.
  • The Worf Effect: Her first appearance has her take over a large part of New York's population with her powers and she causes Peter's spider sense to go ballistic, making him bleed from his nose and ears. Cap tries to warn Spider-Man to stay away from her, but he ignores Cap and Queen proceeds to beat both of them with no trouble. Cap even says later that she's more dangerous "than ten hulks" and her kissing Spider-Man is a serious problem.
  • Worthy Opponent: She decided she liked Spider-Man enough to make him her mate shortly after meeting him, with most of this encounter being her beating him up, telling him she can tell he is a survivor like her and respects him for that. After knocking him unconscious she catches him in a hug, instead of letting him fall to the floor, and comforts him by telling him not to be shamed of his defeat before kissing him, beginning the process that will make him her mate. Downplayed a little by telling him he never stood a chance against her and becoming violently angry at him when he rejects her love.
  • You Have Failed Me: She eventually kills The Jackal after he fails her one too many times during "Spider Island". Though it turns out she actually killed a clone of The Jackal, and the real one had kept himself hidden from her during their entire partnership.
  • You Will Be Spared: She decides to spare the hairdresser who styled her hair, since it is hard to find a good hairdresser these days. She also notes she will need to make a list of anyone else she chooses to spare.

Augustus Roman was a corrupt businessman who became one of the Barons of Battleworld during the Secret Wars. After the Secret Wars were over, he got carried over to the primary continuity.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Uses advanced technology to use the powers of metahumans, as long as their corpses are stored in his databank. That being said there seems to be a limit to the amount of powers he can use at once, and overusing his powers will cause the corpses to "burn out".
  • Canon Immigrant: An in-universe example. He originally belonged to an alternate universe before getting transferred to the main universe at the end of Secret Wars.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Uses his position as CEO of Empire industries to develop his Meta-human collection.
  • Create Your Own Villain: He became motivated to imprison Metahumans and use them to power himself after his family was killed during a superhuman battle(from the flashback, it seems to be the battle between The Masters of Evil and the Avengers that happened during The Avengers#277).
  • Expy: Design-wise, he is basically the Spider-Man version of Darkseid.
  • Freudian Excuse: The loss of his family during a superhero/supervillain clash has left him with a strong hatred of all super-powered beings, and a need for control.
  • He Knows Too Much: He imprisons both Betty Brant and Harry Osborn when he realizes they have discovered his secret identity.
  • Large and in Charge: As MJ notes when she helps him during the Ghost's assault, the guy is freaking huge, even without his Powered Armor. Augustus just says he works out.
  • Powered Armor: Aside from the standard package of flight and Super Strength, they allow him to use the powers of the superhumans imprisoned in his prison.
  • Story-Breaker Power: After absorbing the powers of enough metahumans, he can take on Thor in a straight fight and win. That's several orders of magnitude greater than what most of Spidey's opponents are capable of. Eventually, he has absorbed the powers of almost Marvel's entire A-List Superhero Community, at which point Spider-Man and Iron Man don't stand the slightest chance against him.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He genuinely believes the world would be better off if he were the only superhero around to protect it.


AKA: Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #41

"People don't get me. I'm not stupid. I'm simple. Big difference. And when I accept a job, I complete a job. I knock into stuff. It falls down. Sometimes, enough times, I get paid for it."

An immigrant to the United States from Russia, Aleksei was approached by some mobsters to earn money by participating in an experimental treatment. The treatment helped give him a new suit that imitated the toughness of a rhino's hide, and increased his strength past that of Spider-Man's. Initially directed to kidnap J. Jonah Jameson's son, he was stopped by Spider-Man, and became a recurring threat from then on.

  • Alternate Self: His Ultimate counterpart is a scrawny nerd named Alex O'Hirn in a rhino-shaped Mini-Mecha.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Downplayed. His unique physiology allow him to survive in outer space with little issue, but he still requires an oxygen mask to actually last in outer space.
  • The Brute: Bulky and stupid, but occasionally has startling moments of insight.
  • Characterization Marches On: In his origin, it was mentioned he got smarter due to the process; however, everyone wrote him as dumb afterwards. Recently, he's gone back to being written as being of at least average intelligence but who knows how long that will last.
  • The Chew Toy: For a time, Deadpool shrunk him down to about the size of a hamster and kept him as a pet. He eventually got revenge on Deadpool, though.
  • Clingy Costume: He can't take off his outfit unless it's surgically removed.
  • Death Seeker: By the end of Ends of the Earth, it's revealed that he's the only member of the Sinister Six in on Doc Ock's real plan to wipe out 99.92% of all Earthly life, as he feels that a world in which his beloved wife could die so horribly simply doesn't deserve to live. He ultimately commits suicide by drowning, taking Silver Sable with him.
  • Depending on the Writer:
    • His intelligence and how strongly affixed his costume is. The first time he took on the Hulk, his costume was more of a slip-on thing, while other writers have made it clear that he can only go to the bathroom due to a tiny flap and he can't get laid. This has since been fixed and he can put it on and take it off at will. Mark Waid once explained this by claiming the mutation was unstable regarding his intelligence, then had it stabilized in that same story.
    • His Russian origins gets played up or downplayed depending on the writer as well. When downplayed, he typically gets depicted as a "Blue Collar Criminal" similar to Sandman and Shocker.
  • Dumb Muscle: Rhino is defined by this trope. Unless he's fighting against other heavyweights like Hulk, there is little chance of defeating him with brute strength. However, it is very easy to trick and outsmart him. The only reason why he has the suit is because his superiors thought that Rhino's strength would be easy to command because of his stupidity.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: His fight with Spider-Man in The Origin of the Species is short-lived as Spider-Man reads him the riot act for trying to start a fight when Spidey has a baby in tow. Rhino, much to Spidey's shock, actually does drop the fight and leave of his own accord in response.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His dearly departed wife, Oksana, was the first person to get him to actively try to be a better person. After her death, he doubles down on villainy and directly worked to end the world. He's since gotten into a better headspace, and even teamed up with Captain America and the other Spider-Man to rescue Oksana's niece to honor her memory.
  • "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: Becomes a heck of a lot smarter in Flowers for the Rhino. So much so that he sets up a complicated gambit to ensure his own defeat then reverses the process because it made his life far less interesting.
  • Genius Bruiser: Briefly in Flowers for the Rhino.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door / Love Redeems: For a while he give up his life crime when meet and marry a waitress, Oksana. Unfortunately, she is later killed by the new Rhino. Aleksei donned the Rhino suit again; easily defeated and killed the New Rhino returning to villain's side.
  • Morality Chain: His wife, Oksana. She doesn't last long. By the end of Doctor Octopus' latest scheme, he's gone completely insane. Octavius offered him not any sort of wealth or status, but the opportunity to watch the world burn.
  • No Name Given: The Rhino was initially unnamed, though he sometimes went by the alias "Alex O'Hirn", which became his official name in the Ultimate continuity. His real name was ultimately revealed to be Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich.
  • No-Sell: Rhino is the first person to get hit by Miles Morales' Venom Blast and just get up like it was nothing. To elaborate on how impressive this is, even guys like Venom or demons like Blackheart got knocked out for at least a few minutes after a hit like that.
  • Pet the Dog: Misses his dead mom and wife, and since said wife's sister is a drug addict, he's quite protective towards his niece-by-marriage, Tanya.
  • Punny Name: His alias Alex O'Hirn, with O'Hirn being an anagram of "Rhino".
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: See above about Deadpool, and he has also fought The Hulk several times.
  • Super Strength: His limits are around 80 tons, although he has been known to throw down with guys like the Hulk on occasion.
  • Taking You with Me: Drowns himself and Silver Sable to make Spider-Man break his promise of not letting anyone die.


AKA: William Baker
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #4

"Enough! You always said I was just some dumb punk. Fine. I'm gonna show you how single-minded I can be! There's only one thought in my head now, wall-crawler! Killin' you! And nothin's more important than that! Nothin'!"

William Baker became a crook in his youth, but didn't want his mother to know about it, so went by the alias Flint Marko while doing jobs. One day on the run from his latest heist, he briefly stopped at an empty beach to hide. Unfortunately, the beach was empty because the military was testing a nuclear bomb there. Caught in the explosion, Baker had his body molecules bounded with the sand around him, turning him into a literal sandman. Since then, the grainy villain clashed with Spider-Man many times, though in more recent years, he's gotten away from the supervillain gig, and taken on more heroic stances.

  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Batman villain Clayface is usually considered his DC counterpart, being another ground-based shapeshifter.
  • Anti-Hero: Originally a full villain, but these days he's this.
  • Blob Monster: Can become soft sand or hard rock.
  • Book Dumb: Not very well educated but he can be clever in a pinch.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Eventually revealed to be the main reason the Heel–Face Turn didn't stick; his old partner, the Wizard, used a device to turn him back into a criminal.
  • The Brute: Frequently employed purely for the fact he can turn his hands into sledgehammers.
  • Complete Immortality: The "Cracked Hourglass" two-parter reveals that Marko has this, or something very near to it. An alternate version of him tried to possess his past self to escape the heat death of the universe, but failed and ended up in an And I Must Scream scenario, left floating in the void.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Quicksand has similar powers, but is a woman.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: True to his codename, Baker can freely manipulate sand, which his entire body is comprised of. The sand functions identically to, and appears to be, normal flesh. However, he can convert all or parts of his body into animated sand at will.
  • Enemy Mine: Teamed up with Spidey a few times, once concerning his father in Friendly Neighborhood.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Keemia, as of Brand New Day - they're not actually related, but she thinks of him as a dad. Even before he met her there's his parents, whom he deeply loves.
  • Friendly Enemy:
    • He has a less venomous relationship with Spider-Man than the wallcrawler's other adversaries, even when he's not playing the good guy. Has teamed up with him in the past.
    • Sandman also has a rather cordial relationship with Ben Grimm despite his past as a member of the Frightful Four. The two have been drinking buddies in the past and have even worked together on rare occasions.
  • From a Single Cell: Similar to Hydro-Man, his mind is contained within a single grain of sand, which can bring him back if it survives and is exposed to more sand.
  • Future Badass: His alternate future self demonstrates that, aside from near immortality, that he has the potential to overcome his weakness to water and turn himself to glass at will and lend his sand powers to someone else.
  • Glass Cannon: Nearly impossible to hurt, but if you bring water or fire into the mix...
  • Heel–Face Turn: For most of the 1980s and 1990s, the Sandman got sick of crime and went straight. He actually joined the Avengers as reserve member for a while. That lasted a good twenty years, real world time.
    • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Then his old teammate the Wizard stuck him in a machine and brainwashed him to be evil again. Since then, he's been in an identity crisis where it seems the good and evil inside him, along with his sanity, can shift as easily as the sand that makes up his body.
  • Hidden Depths: One special focused on him depicted him with artistic aspirations, with a desire to make something that lasts after seeing his elaborate sand castles wash away at the beach.
  • Jerkass: He's often a selfish, greedy thug. Sometimes he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, but that depends on the writer.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Mostly of injustice but he did try to go straight for a time.
  • Logical Weakness: He can be turned to mud or glass by water or extreme heat.
  • Me's a Crowd: He seems to have taken a page from Agent Smith: the drawback is that his different bodies can act out subconscious urges without him even being aware of it.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: He could change the density of his body so that one moment he was hard as a rock and the next moment Spider-Man's punches just hit loose sand.
  • Noble Demon: Pretty nice and reasonable when you get to know him, and very caring towards his family even when he's playing the bad guy.
  • Parental Substitute: Towards Keemia, who views him as her adoptive father.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: After Spider-Man, he fought The FF for some time with the Frightful Four and Hulk in the 1970s.
  • Sentient Sands: He is made out of sand (you might have guessed it from his name), stemming from when he hid out on a beach to evade the law, only for said beach to become the test site of a nuclear bomb, with the radiation bonding his molecules to the sand around him.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Spider-Man: Chapter One retconned him into being Norman Osborn's cousin as a way of explaining their similar hairstyles. This was quickly rendered Canon Discontinuity, but was mentioned in the walkthrough guide for Spider-Man 2 – Enter: Electro.
  • Super Empowering: The "Cracked Hourglass" two-parter reaches a climax when he learns centuries earlier than his alternate future self that he can lend his sand controlling powers to someone else.
  • Superhuman Transfusion: Betty Ross once inadvertently received a blood transfusion from him. It turned her into a glass statue.
  • Super Strength: As a consequence of having a body composed of animated sand, he possesses phenomenal superhuman strength, able to lift up to 85 tons under optimal conditions.
  • Technically Naked Shapeshifter: He can alter the color of his sandy body to resemble clothes, although it's largely cosmetic and not detailed enough to make a convincing disguise.
  • Underestimating Badassery
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can shape his sand-state body into any continuous shape he can imagine, including his forearms into weapons like hammers, spiked maces, and large fists, stretching, elongating, deforming, expanding, flattening, or compressing all or portions of his body at will, like Mr. Fantastic, phase through small openings, etc.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: First defeated by a power vacuum. Water can really slow him down, and intense heat turns him to glass.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: High chance he will live to the heat death of the universe, which is something he acknowledges as pretty heavy. He figures this out after already facing his mortality when he has trouble maintaining his human form, but this turns out to be his human form itself dying.

    Sasha Kravinoff

Debut: Amazing Spider-Man #567

Kraven the Hunter's wife, born Aleksandra Nikolaevna. During the events of the Grim Hunt storyline, she sets up an elaborate plot to bring Kraven back from the dead and ruin Spider-Man's life. Her efforts lead to Kraven being resurrected, but Kraven Came Back Wrong due to them sacrificing Spidey's clone Kaine to do so, ultimately killing Sasha by breaking her neck.


AKA: Elaine Coll
Debut: Spider-Man: The Power of Terror #2

"I'm gonna tear your &^%$@ heart out!"

Elaine Coll's family, as far back as anyone could tell, was comprised entirely of criminals and psychopaths, and she was no exception, first popping up on the superhero community's radar when she was caught singing and dancing around while hanging, drawing, and quartering police officers by Daredevil. After a stay in the psychiatric ward of Bellevue Hospital, which misdiagnosed her as cured, Elaine was contacted by an acquaintance of her late grandfather, Silvermane, and offered a job as one of his enforcers, with one of the perks of the position being powered armor based on the suits worn by the then-retired Scorpion. Donning the exoskeleton, Elaine loyally served Silvermane as Scorpia, though things fell apart when Silvermane betrayed her upon possessing Deathlok.

After a brief retirement following unsuccessful bouts as a member of supervillain gangs like the Sinister Seven and the Rogues, Scorpia became a free agent, hiring herself out to figures like druglord Manuel Ortega, and sorceress Caroline le Fay.

    Scorpion/Venom III/"Sinister" Spider-Man III

AKA: MacDonald Gargan
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #19

"I like to hurt things, I really do."

Mac Gargan was a two-bit private eye who was hired by J. Jonah Jameson to find out Peter's connection to Spider-Man. When Gargan was unable to get results, Jameson financed an experimental treatment to make him strong enough to beat the Wall Crawler. Experimented on with radiation and genetic transfusions, Gargan donned a suit based on the spider's natural enemy: The Scorpion. With his robotic stinger-tipped tail and greater strength, the Scorpion was always difficult to deal with, but Mac Gargan lacked smarts. The procedure had also driven him insane, and while he continually upgraded his suit and tail he couldn't rise above B or C list villainy for the gallery. Gargan was approached by the Venom Symbiote, which offered him a chance to become an A-list villain in exchange for killing Spider-Man.

For more information on his time as Venom, please refer to Venom page, and the adjoining characters page.

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


Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #559

  • Attention Whore: Money is a secondary concern to her, what she really cares about is viewership.
  • Bifauxnen: Screwball started out with Boyish Short Hair and a padded costume that usually concealed her figure, so she sometimes looked like an effeminate man (which she once used to her advantage by impersonating Spidey). She got a Girliness Upgrade in Spider-Man/Deadpool, and now has Girlish Pigtails and a more formfitting suit in which her curves are more apparent.
  • Breakout Villain: The only Brand New Day baddie besides Mr. Negative and Overdrive to stick around.
  • Cool Helmet: It contains a hidden camera, and allowed her to control Murderworld in Elektra.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: She's a baseline human, but her acrobatic skills are so exceptional that she's somehow capable of keeping up with and pulling ahead of Spider-Man. When Spidey points out the incredulity of this, Screwball chalks it up to "the Parkour Luck."
    Spider-Man: She-she did not just say that.
  • The Dragon: To Arcade in the 2017 Elektra series.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: While Screwball usually didn't care if people were endangered by her antics, she never went out of her way to hurt anyone until the 2017 Elektra series, where she Took a Level in Jerkass and murdered several innocent people for Arcade's Snuff Films.
  • Le Parkour: Her gimmick, along with live streaming her stunts.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Her real name hasn't been mentioned, but she's been arrested several times, so it's probably not a secret in-universe.
  • Outlaw Couple: With Jester, though the two did little more than annoy and prank people and come off as a Lighter and Softer version of Harley Quinn and The Joker.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: She harassed Spider-Girl for a bit, and went toe to toe with Elektra in her 2017 series.


Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2 #46

"Little spider... little man... does not understand... Shathra does not tire, does not stop. Shathra can play with the spider forever. But sooner or later, the man in the spider has to sleep. Then Shathra will take the spider. Take the man. Take everyone and everything he has ever loved. We are natural enemies. I will never go away. Will the spider play... until death?"

After having Doctor Strange send him to the Astral Plane in order to fight a new supervillain named Shade, Spider-Man made the mistake of straying from the path, which led to him encountering the Great Weaver, and being detected by Shathra. The avatar of the spider wasps, Shathra decided that Spidey would make the perfect meal for herself and her offspring, and thus she followed him back to Earth. Shathra was seemingly killed when Spider-Man lured her to the Great Weaver's temple in Ghana, and she was eaten by the spider-god, but she was resurrected to target Kaine, and was killed by his Other form.

  • Back from the Dead: She was seemingly killed by a swarm of spiders at the Great Weaver's temple, but was resurrected thanks to Mephisto's meddling with the time stream and pursues Kaine.
  • Bedmate Reveal: She shape shifts into Annabelle Adams and has sex with Kaine, then reveals her true form to him afterwards.
  • Bee Afraid: She is a massive supernatural wasp goddess.
  • Bioluminescence Is Cool: She has glowing blue lines on her body.
  • The Dreaded: An Enforced Trope. Her mere appearance on Earth immediately causes Peters' Spider-Sense to flip out even though he's never met her before and she hadn't even found him yet. Her entire nature boils down to her being a relentless and lethal threat to Spider-Man.
  • Food Chain of Evil: Like Morlun she is a supernatural entity that desires to eat Spider-Man due to him being the avatar of the Great Weaver.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Takes on a human form as Sharon Keller, and later impersonates Kaine's love interest Annabelle Adams.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: She has glowing blue eyes.
  • Humanoid Abomination: She is a humanoid supernatural spider-wasp-like entity from another dimension and a metaphysical enemy of the Great Weaver.
  • Instant Seduction: She manages to get Kaine in bed with her in the span of one page. Admittedly, she was impersonating Annabelle, his love interest, wearing only a bedsheet, however, she caught him mid-rant about how he was a monster and Annabelle couldn't really be with him.
  • Just Desserts: She's eaten by a swarm of supernatural spiders, though she later shows up alive. She is also "prey" when she pushes Kaine too far and the Other takes over.
  • Literal Maneater: She sleeps with Kaine in the form of his love interest, Annabelle Adams.
  • Louis Cypher:
    Reporter: I'm sorry, what did you say your name was again?
    Shathra: Sha... that is, Sharon.
  • Man of Kryptonite: As a spider wasp, she's armed with venomous stingers that can paralyze Spider-Man and others like him.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: She is the mother of a tribe of supernatural wasps.
  • Mundane Solution: The ancient embodiment of the spider wasps enrages her prey and lures him out into the open by... going to the media, and claiming to be the ex-lover of the insatiably kinky Spider-Man.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: She's extremely infantile and her treatment of Spidey is that of a small child playing with its food before eating it. She can successfully pose as a mature adult, but this is merely an act to get close to her prey.
  • Refuge in Audacity: She gets Peter's attention by going on television disguised as a human woman and claiming to be Spider-Man' secret lover, precisely because she knows he is married and correctly deduces that this will infuriate him. As soon as he arrives and attacks her, she resumes her true form and tries to kill and eat him.
  • Sexy Shirt Switch: Wears one of Kaine's after sleeping with him, but before the reveal of who she is.
  • Super Strength: She's strong enough to beat Spider-Man to a pulp.
  • Teach Him Anger: Pisses Spider-Man off to get him to act on instinct.
  • Third-Person Person: Frequently refers to herself this way.
  • Winged Humanoid: She has four massive black insect wings.
  • Woman Scorned: As Sharon Keller, she claims to have been a former lover of Spider-Man in order to draw him out.


AKA: Herman Schultz
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #46

"No! I said, no! You think you can come here and just give orders—you think—you all think—I'm some kind of loser, someone you can just push around whenever you feel like it! Well that's not how it's gonna be anymore! I came here to get mine and I'm not leaving until I do! One way or another, you're all gonna learn—don't mock the Shocker!"

A career bank robber, Herman Schultz built a DIY battle suit for himself using a set of "Vibro-Shock Gauntlets" that could launch blasts of concentrated air vibrated to high frequencies. Despite defeating Spider-Man in their first encounter - mostly because Peter had a broken arm - Shocker remained a thief and mercenary, acting as a subordinate to more megalomaniacal villains.

  • A Day in the Limelight: The Superior Foes of Spider-Man story line is this for him as he is a main character there.
  • Affably Evil: Tends to be pretty friendly.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's a smart guy and puts up a good fight, and has updated and improved his costume and blast gauntlets based upon past encounters with Spider-Man.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: When She-Hulk visited him in his home and not only did she not simply beat answers out of him, she bought him Chinese for dinner, Herman was willing to blast himself in the head with his own gauntlets in order to jolt his memories a bit.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: After getting bullied around by Boomerang once too often, he snapped and went rogue, beat the rest of the Sinister Six within an inch of their lives, and used Silvermane's head to become head of the Maggia.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: While his outfit looks rather dumb and he often comes off as The Chew Toy, he's not someone you should take lightly.
  • Blow You Away: Crosses with Make Me Wanna Shout; his Vibro-Shock Gauntlets work by sucking in and compacting air, then vibrating it rapidly inside the gauntlets' interior. Once it's built up the right level of vibrations/pressure, he expels it as a concussive force blast. It's often mistakenly portrayed as an electrical attack in animated media, no doubt due to his choice of moniker.
  • Butt-Monkey: Nowadays he's not very highly regarded, despite the fact he's actually one of Spider-Man's more successful foes. The only person that seems to give him any respect is The Hood, though Spidey and Daredevil are quite aware that he's the real deal and are smart enough to tread carefully around him.
  • The Chew Toy: Is a C-list villain who is rarely taken seriously anymore. In his case, he doesn't particularly mind his reputation as long as it keeps other heroes off his back and/or (in the case of the Punisher) from putting a bullet through his head.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: His gauntlets and insulated suit are what give him his powers, especially later reiterations of the suit; Schultz redesigns his equipment regularly, and after working with minor X-men villain Unus the Untouchable, he got the idea to insert "contact plates", which trigger sharp bursts of pressure on detecting impact. This deflects physical strikes, makes him very difficult to get a grip on, and makes his physical attacks extra powerful due to trip-hammer vibration.
  • Consummate Professional: Compared to other supervillains, he behaves more like a professional career criminal rather than the typical madman.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may not seem like much, but he's a skilled fighter, engineer, and a veteran supervillain. Shocker actually exploits this; if nobody takes you seriously, then you have the element of surprise and aren't being actively targeted by the heroes. So many people overlook his long career, the fact that he's actually good at what he does, and he's even better at flying under the radar. You could count on one hand the number of times he's been imprisoned. Lastly, Spider-Man regards him as a legitimate threat and knows to be extremely careful when fighting him. Interestingly, Shocker regards Spider-Man and any other heroes he encounters as occupational hazards of the life he's chosen and never makes it personal. Only his so-called "teammates" have made the mistake of pissing him off enough for the badass to really come out.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Addressed in Venom's 2016 series. When being interviewed in jail about why he didn't use his engineering knowledge to attain a legitimate fortune, Herman quickly points out that since his criminal record predated his more impressive engineering feats, the taint of it would sabotage most attempts to find legitimate work, despite his impressive talents. Thus, career bank robbery seems the most pragmatic way to go.
  • The Don: After the events of Superior Foes, he's become the current boss of the Maggia crime family.
  • Embarrassing but Empowering Outfit: His quilted, padded outfit is pretty dumb-looking and makes him the subject of a lot of jokes, despite the fact that it has a functional and necessary purpose.
  • Friendly Enemy: "Friendly" is a stretch, but he has absolutely nothing against Spider-Man, Daredevil, or the vast majority of the other heroes he runs into and views run-ins with them as part of the job description and little else. The Punisher is the only exception, purely because Shocker is entirely aware that Frank will shoot him without a second thought and will pursue him to the ends of the earth if he ever takes an interest in him.
  • Genius Bruiser: Is a self-taught engineer who built his weapons and suit himself.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: People mock his name a little more these days.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He wears a somewhat ridiculous looking yellow-and-brown costume, and has no superpowers without his gauntlets.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Half of the real world population seems to think he's just a joke character... but more people need to remember that he's got one of the best records of fighting Spider-Man. His victories rival those of Doc Ock! One time he even defeated Spidey with the help of fellow Lethal Joke Character Trapster (aka Paste Pot Pete). The only reason they let him live was that their employer told them he'd double their pay if they let him go.
  • Nice Guy: Known for being very affable and friendly when off the clock.
  • Non-Indicative Name: His suit does not allow him to use electricity. He creates shockwaves.
  • No Respect Guy: Not many people take him as seriously as they probably should. Shocker doesn't mind, as it means he doesn't end up as a target for bigger superheroes like the Avengers or psycho vigilantes like the Punisher.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Invoked by Shocker himself. The reason he moves to New Jersey is due to the surplus of heroes and villains in New York while he's considered a C-List villain there. But since New Jersey hardly has any heroes, he could easily become a threat here.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Shocker may seem like he's not much of a threat, and people generally don't take him very seriously, but Spidey and Daredevil know he's actually pretty dangerous.
  • Only Sane Man: For Spidey's rogues gallery in general.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: A big part of his character. He has a very businesslike approach to his work, which means that he avoids holding or acting on grudges (because there's no money in going after Spidey, Daredevil, or someone else while off the clock, and unless he's getting paid to do it, he's not going to go beyond doing what it takes to get them off his ass), keeps a low profile (because making too big a name for yourself tends to put you on the Punisher's radar), and sticks to activities that are relatively low-risk and have good returns.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He simply treats supervillainy as a job and generally has no grand ambition other than trying to get by and make some money.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: He recently moved to New Jersey and antagonizes Ms. Marvel after he felt New York had too many superheroes.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Also averted. Shocker's only interested in money, not petty things like revenge. Spidey, Daredevil, and anyone else trying to scrap with him is merely an occupational hazard and nothing more.
  • Say My Name: One of his more memorable schemes involved causing mass blackouts in Manhattan that when viewed from above spelled out SHOCKER.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: How his tenure on the Thunderbolts ended; upon seeing how violent Mr. Hyde and Troll were and having the nanites controlling him disabled, he decided to run while he still could.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He shows signs of this during his fights with Mrs. Marvel, the most notable being when he brags about his Evil Lair, which is pretty much a glorified tree fort.
  • Took a Level in Badass: That time he upgraded.
    Shocker: I've made a few changes to my entire vibro-shock system. I miniaturized the vibro units and spread them all over my costume. At the first hint of a sneak attack, the vibration shield is thrown up and... well... I'm sure you're feeling the results right through your fillings just about now. Needless to say, but I will anyway, I also increased the power of the units. For years I spent so much time moaning about always losing to guys like you, and then, one day, it came to me. I think I was watching some infomercial about taking charge of the power within... or something like that. Anyway... I realized that I hadn't bothered to update my vibro technology since I first started out with this gig. As you can probably tell... I was successful when I tried. I like to think my mother would have been proud of her boy. What do you think? Don't worry. You can get back to me on that.
  • Villainous Friendship: Used to have one with Hydro-Man, but after Morris screwed up several jobs for the duo and sold Shocker out to Hammerhead for money, Herman no longer works with him.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: For a long time in the 90s, he was terrified of Scourge, believing the notorious villain-killing vigilante was hiding in every shadow waiting to gun him down, and that everyone who spoke to him could be Scourge in disguise. The Kingpin was even able to make him flee in terror in the middle of a battle he was winning simply by having a henchman shout Scourge's catchphrase. Ironically, there's no proof at all that he was ever on Scourge's hit list at all. He's also justifiably afraid of the Punisher and has had encounters with him (and lived to tell the tale), but while he does take pains to stay off his radar, he's never been anywhere near as paranoid as he was with Scourge.


AKA: Frances Louise Barrison
Debut: Spider-Man Unlimited #1

"Look at what your star patient's done, doctor! Look at the madness I've spread! You said you wanted me to reach my full potential, look what I'm capable of! Look! They're just getting warmed up... they haven't boiled over into murderers yet. Open your eyes! It'll be beautiful when it happens."

As a child, Shriek was abused by her parents, especially her mother, whose cruelty drove her to drugs, overeating, and heavy metal. Shriek's mental stability was further damaged when she was shot in the head during an altercation with the police, and when she had a run-in with heroes Cloak and Dagger, whose powers did something to Shriek, giving her various superhuman abilities of her own. Now fully capable of taking revenge on the world she blames for her misery, Shriek found soul mates of sorts in the form of her "husband" Carnage, and "son" Doppelganger.

  • Abusive Parents: She was abused physically, psychologically, and sexually by her parents.
  • The Aggressive Drug Dealer: Her original occupation.
  • Ax-Crazy: She's almost as insane as Cletus Kasady.
  • Badass Family: Intent on creating one with Carnage and any other villains they "adopt" into their little family.
  • Brown Note: She can send off psychic waves of bloodlust.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Beats Tanis Nieves up for "carrying [Carnage's] baby".
  • Create Your Own Villain: One flashback suggested that she was a normal drug dealer and only gained her powers when Cloak and Dagger attacked her.
  • Convenient Coma: Placed in one by Scorn, though she later recovers.
  • Dark Action Girl: She has the ability to project psychic waves of hatred and bloodlust, and can blast people with sonic screams.
  • Dark Mistress: For Carnage, in a Harley Quinn-and-The Joker fashion. Deadpool refers to her as Carnage's "hot levitating girlfriend".
  • A Day in the Limelight: Shriek, Rattle, and Roll and Shrieking.
  • Domestic Abuse: Suffers this from Carnage, due to his Mood-Swinger tendencies.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She has black hair and extremely pale skin.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Doppelganger regards her as his mother, and she's possibly the only other human being that Carnage has ever felt anything even close to genuine affection for.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Upon returning to "normal" in the Carnage miniseries, she trades in her regular clothes for a hastily assembled facsimile of her old costume, her skin goes back to being unhealthily pale, and her eyes become completely white.
    Shriek: I wanted to look good for my boyfriend.
  • Evil Matriarch: During the Maximum Carnage series she was Carnage's "wife" and the "mother" of Doppelgänger, Carrion, and Demogoblin.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: Tanis Nieves almost succeeded in returning her mental stability. Nice job breaking it, Michael Hall.
  • Expy: Looks like a Distaff Counterpart of Lobo. Also since Carnage is an Expy of The Joker that would make Shriek his Harley Quinn (the two were even introduced around the same time). And there's the comparisons to Domino.
  • Facial Markings: She has a black stripe over her left eye.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her costumes tend to be an eclectic assortment of various pieces of clothing.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Tamed the Doppelgänger, which views her as its mother.
  • Formerly Fat: She mentions that she was overweight in her childhood.
  • Freudian Excuse: She was horribly abused by her parents.
  • Glass Cannon: Spider-Man once knocked her out with little more than a flick.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Just one, for some reason.
  • Hand Blast: Her main method of attack.
  • Hate Plague: She can induce temporary insanity in others; the exact mechanics of this are never explained, but it's presumably an extension of her sonic powers.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Her witnessing the love Carrion had for his real mother, coupled with Doctor Nieves's treatment, goes a long way towards rehabilitating her ("No! I need my doctor! You don't know how I get without her!") Unfortunately, being held captive by Hall Industries, exposure to the Carnage symbiote, and witnessing Doppelganger being attacked caused her snap, and completely regress ("I forgot how much fun that was...")
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Once acquired a new costume by raiding a fetish clothing shop.
  • I'm Taking Him Home With Me!: Carnage was set to kill Doppelgänger when it attacked them, but Shriek wanted to keep it.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: She once tried to make Spider-Man her lover upon sensing his inner darkness.
  • I Reject Your Reality: She once irrationally blamed Spider-Man for Doppelganger's temporary death, even though she was right there when Carnage attacked him.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: When Carnage gets pissed at Shriek for whatever reason in Maximum Carnage and tries to attack her, Doppelganger steps in. Carnage then decides killing Shriek's "baby" will be punishment enough (though he gets better... after a few years).
  • Loony Fan: Carnage's groupie.
  • Mad Love: Shriek is to Carnage what Harley Quinn is to the Joker.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: She can project a sonic scream using her voice, which has caused her to be used against Carnage in some instances.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: She really is mentally disturbed and genuinely needs help. Whenever she gets caught, she's sent to mental health institutions like Ravencroft Asylum rather than prisons like the Raft.
  • Messy Hair: Especially early on, her hair was very poofy and very untidy.
  • Metal Head: According to a line in Maximum Carnage.
  • Mind over Matter: She's telekinetic, but has never been shown using the ability offensively, just to make herself and (much more rarely) others levitate.
  • Mommy Issues: Horrible abuse at the hands of her mother caused her to develop a twisted fixation with family and motherhood.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: When she goes back to being evil in the Carnage miniseries.
  • Most Common Super Power: She's very busty, and most of her outfits accentuate this.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Likes to dress in provocative gothic and S&M-inspired clothes, and wears a Naughty Nurse Outfit at the end Deadpool vs. Carnage.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She fell in love with a guy calling himself Carnage.
  • The Ophelia: She was driven insane by her parents' abuse.
  • Perky Goth: Well, manic-depressive.
  • Promotion to Parent: For the Doppelgänger.
  • Psycho Supporter: She fell in love with Carnage at first sight and hasn't really looked back.
  • Satellite Character: Rarely appears without Carnage.
  • Stripperiffic: Possibly justified; she's "showing off" after a lifetime of being overweight and unattractive.
  • Tragic Villain: Especially since Tanis Nieves nearly succeeded in rehabilitating her.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Cameoed in Fearless Defenders as a member of the Doom Maidens, without it being explained when or how she came out of the coma Scorn put her in Carnage.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Carnage.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: "The white hats. The good guys. Heads stuffed with dreams and ideals. Every day they save the world. But tell me this, my little spider—why weren't they there to save me?!"


AKA: Silvio Manfredi
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #73

"Ha! You think I'd a'trusted any one of those no-good good-for-nothings? That family stuff's just one more way you keep 'em in line. Only saps buy it. You want rewards for loyalty, get yourself one of them Wegmans Cards. You wanna stay alive in this biz—you make 'em fear you."

An Italian immigrant, Silvio Manfredi joined the Maggia as a teenager and quickly rose through the ranks, becoming one of their dons, organizing a "family" centered around intense loyalty. Arrested due to tax evasion, when he got out of prison he found that his family's power had waned and that other crime lords like the Kingpin had arrived to fill the vacuum. Manfredi started a gang war to reclaim power, and took on the nickname Silvermane due to his hair turning white. Silvio realized he was growing old, and became obsessed with finding a means of restoring his youth, blackmailing Curt Connors into developing one that de-aged him. He became the Supreme HYDRA for a while, and after being expelled tried to organize New York's crime lords under himself. During a fight with the third Green Goblin and Spider-Man, Silvermane fell to his apparent death. He survived, but after an assassination attempt the shock caused him to revert to an elderly man. After being mortally wounded by Cloak and Dagger, Silvermane had his head transplanted to a cybernetic body and sought revenge.

  • Cool Old Guy: Subverted. Since he fell out of the business he's developed a nostalgic reputation for being New York's last good don, but according to Boomerang he's actually a cranky old jerk who nobody except Hammerhead liked.
  • Death by Deaging: Feared death due to his age and blackmailed Dr. Curt Connors into making a serum with the aid of a special tablet that was discovered. It worked too well and he ended up being de-aged out of existence temporarily.
  • Evil Mentor: He served as this to Shocker in Superior Foes, getting him to grow a backbone and becoming a more ambitious villain.
  • Evil Old Folks: Is an elderly crime lord.
  • Genius Bruiser: He was a vicious physical fighter in his youth, in addition to being a criminal mastermind. When he temporarily regains his youth, he effortlessly manhandles Man Mountain Marko, despite Marko being twice his size. He even holds his own against Spider-Man.
  • Living Macguffin: Silvermane's head is a major Macguffin in Superior Foes, since anyone who possesses it controls the Maggia. As it turns out, his head befriended a young boy whose mother owned the junkyard where he was found, and is later found by the Shocker.
  • Losing Your Head: In The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Silvermane lost his cyborg body but he's still alive as his head is where his power source is.
  • The Maggia: One of the key players.
  • Pet the Dog: After losing his cyborg body, he ended up befriending a young boy and his mother and enjoyed his time with them far more than he did as head of the Maggia. He also ends up installing Shocker as the new head of the Maggia.
  • Powered Armor: In his advanced age he wears a suit of powered armor to help him match superpowered foes. Later on, he turned himself into a cyborg.


AKA: Stanley Carter
Debut: Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #107

"Do not be afraid, you without sin, for I shall not cast the first stone. Only those who have misused their power need fear the Sin-Eater's wrath!"

While a member of S.H.I.E.L.D., Stanley Carter took part in a program that saw him being administered an experimental drug (presumably an attempted recreation of the Super Soldier Serum) that was supposed to increase the strength and endurance those given it to near-superhuman levels. The drug succeeded in its intended purpose, but also caused severe mental instability in Carter and other test subjects, which led to the program being discontinued.

Carter subsequently resigned from S.H.I.E.L.D. and became a police detective, which unfortunately led to his severely strained mind snapping when he witnessed his partner's death at the hands of a gang of young criminals. Becoming obsessed with punishing those he believed allowed injustices to take place due to abusing or ignoring their authority, Carter became a shotgun-wielding serial killer calling himself the "Sin-Eater". Carter's murderous rampage (which he himself was placed in charge of investigating) claimed the lives of several, including Police Captain Jean DeWolff, his secret lover, and an ally of Spider-Man.

Carter was eventually apprehended by Spider-Man (who, in a fit of rage, unintentionally crippled him, and nearly allowed him to be lynched by an angry mob) and placed in psychiatric care, while also having the drug that drove him to homicidal mania purged from his system. A repentant Carter was soon released, which turned out to be mistake, as he was tormented by visions of the Sin-Eater. Overcome by stress and an inability to readjust, Carter donned his old costume, took a hostage, and was shot to death by the police; immediately afterward, Spider-Man, who had been conflicted about Carter, discovered that his shotgun was not even loaded; he had "beaten" the Sin-Eater by committing Suicide by Cop.

Years later, Carter's body was recovered and infected with the Carrion virus by the Scriers. The new "Carrion-Eater" engaged Spider-Man in several battles before Carter's consciousness asserted control, which led to him sacrificing himself to thwart the Scriers' plan to summon Chthon.

    Speed Demon

AKA: James Sanders
Debut: The Avengers #69

"Pushing my buttons, risky move, considering I can break the speed of sound on one leg."

A chemist granted super-speed by the Grandmaster, James Sanders used his powers for criminal ends, both solo and as a part of various villain teams. Starting out as the Whizzer, he later changed his nom de guerre to the slightly less embarrassing Speed Demon.

  • Abusive Parents: According to him, his mother sold his dog for drug money.
  • Dirty Coward: When danger breaks out, there's a good chance that Speed Demon will run.
  • Evil Knock Off: Of the heroic Whizzer from the Squadron Supreme Universe, which means he serves as a double knock-off, since that Whizzer is also a Captain Ersatz of The Flash.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's implied that his mom was a real asshole.
  • Jerkass: Kind of comes with the territory, but Speed Demon is still a jackass. He spent a good portion of The Deadly Foes of Spider-Man limited series trying to hit on Boomerang's girlfriend, even when Boomerang was in jail.
  • Manchild: Tends to throw childish fits when he doesn't get his way and acts incredibly immature at times, once getting into a petty argument with a little girl.
  • Miles Gloriosus: He talks big, but he's always the first person to run for the hills when fights start.
  • Pet the Dog: In Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Speed Demon ends up growing attached to a puppy he stole from a girl. When said girl's family put a reward for the puppy's return, he reluctantly returned the dog, but not before making sure that the dog is well-supplied.
  • Poke the Poodle: A lot of his crimes come off as this.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: Started out fighting The Avengers and The Defenders, before moving into Spidey's Rogues Gallery.
  • Sinister Shades: The goggles on his outfit.
  • Sore Loser: Tends to throw fits over being one-upped.
  • Super Speed: His main power is to run at extreme speeds.

    Spencer Smythe

Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #25

"Look at him. Blithely ignorant of his impending demise! Yet, when he breathes his last, I want to know who is responsible! I want him to suffer even as I've suffered—for, after too many attempts—Spencer Smythe will finally crush the Web-Slinger—forever!"

An expert in robotics, Spencer Smythe repeatedly approached J. Jonah Jameson with his Spider-Slayers, machines design to hunt down Spider-Man. Numerous humiliating defeats at Spider-Man's hands eventually caused Spencer to lose his mind, and he became obsessed with killing the hero, abandoning his scientific career in favor of a life of crime. Eventually, the toxicity of the materials used to create the Slayers caught up with Spencer, and he died after sticking an explosive shackle on Spider-Man and Jameson, which they barely escaped.

  • Characterization Marches On: In his first two appearances he was more of a scientist who was doing a good deed by trying to stop Spider-Man. In the 1970s, after a long absence, he was a card-carrying criminal.
  • Dead Guy Junior: His son Alistair, who also fits Generation Xerox and Avenging the Villain.
  • Death Trap: Before dying from cancer Spencer makes one last attempt at revenge; he puts a bomb on Spidey and Jameson's wrists.
  • Evil Genius: Spencer specializes in robotics, and built a variety of machines designed to kill Spider-Man.
  • Killed Off for Real: Most likely due to cancer.
  • Robot Master: A variation, in that none of his robots possessed AIs, instead being either piloted or controlled remotely.
  • Sanity Slippage: The material he used to create the Spider-Slayers rendered him mentally and physically frail, and made him believe (among other things) that Jonah "forced" him to create the Slayers.


AKA: Alistair Alphonso Smythe
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #19

"For all you have done to the Smythe family. My family. And to every member of my Slayer Swarm. Everyone you ever loved—anyone foolish enough to call you friend—will find my wrath raining down upon them."

The son of Spencer Smythe, Alistair Smythe picked up where his father left off, targeting Spider-Man, Jameson, and their loved ones with his own Spider-Slayers in an attempt to avenge Spencer's death. Alistair initially worked for the Kingpin, but his vendetta resulted in him being paralyzed from the waist down. Realizing his robots were not enough, Alistair constructed a suit of Powered Armor and called himself the Ultimate Spider-Slayer. He was defeated, but broke out of jail and continued improving the Spider-Slayer robots and his own armor. Alistair eventually assembled a group of supervillains with grudges against Spider-Man and Jameson and equipped them with advanced powered armor, succeeding in killing Jameson's wife. He was sentenced to death, but broke free with help from his Spider-Slayers. Mortally wounded by Jameson and Spider-Man, he attempted to transfer his consciousness into the latter's body, only to die discovering another supervillain had beaten him to it.

  • Avenging the Villain: His entire motivation is avenging his father Spencer's death.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: His armor was equipped with claws and arm-blades.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Like his father, he's a genius at mechanical engineering.
  • Evil Cripple: Downplayed Trope. He was paralyzed while trying to kill Spider-Man.
  • Grand Theft Me: Tried to pull one on Spider-Man before dying, but discovered Otto Octavius had beaten him to it.
  • Killed Off for Real: At the hands of the Superior Spider-Man.
  • Powered Armor: After being crippled he built himself a suit of cybernetic armor. He later upgraded to a biomechanical version.
  • Progressively Prettier: He lost a lot of weight between his first and second appearances and managed to shave the beard and get a haircut before the third story that he was part of. Nowadays, he looks genuinely attractive under his armor.
  • Shoulders of Doom: His armor had a pair of forward-facing blades on them.


AKA: Doctor Jonathan Ohnn
Debut: Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 1, #98

A lowly scientist employed by The Kingpin, Doctor Jonathan Ohnn was given the assignment of creating a replacement for the Answer, a superhuman minion of the Kingpin who had seemingly perished in a battle with Cloak and Dagger. By studying Cloak's abilities, Ohnn was able to tear open a portal to the Darkforce Dimension, though the amount of power required to sustain the portal proved to be too great, and it began to warp and flicker (changing it's destination, unbeknownst to Ohnn) due to the strain it was putting on New York City's electrical grid. Before the portal could close completely, a desperate Ohnn leapt through it, and was brought to Spotworld, a white void full of black spots, which could act as gateways to other places. Ohnn found a portal back to Earth, and emerged from it as a pure white humanoid covered in the black spots, which he could control and use for transportation.

Drunk on power, Ohnn renamed himself the Spot, and engaged Spider-Man, walking away victorious in their first battle, but not their second. After that, Spot popped up all over the Marvel Universe as a minor villain, either working solo, or for crime lords like Tombstone, Mr. Negative, and the Hood. Spot's unglamorous life as a glorified getaway vehicle took a turn for the worse when he was captured by a Mafia family and was hooked up to a machine that copied his powers onto an individual known as the Coyote; this event warped Spot, turning him into a nearly incoherent mess of twisted and warped body parts... that's still stuck doing grunt work for others.

  • Atrocious Alias: Spidey laughed his head off when he first heard Ohm's alias.
  • Body Horror: After having his powers hijacked by the Coyote, he now has multiple hands and feet protruding from every portal on his body.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: He betrayed MODOK's Eleven to the Mandarin II, who subsequently betrayed him by trapping him in one of his own portals, he became stuck for an unknown amount of time in his dimension but with no way to know which portal was the way back. After his return he no longer speaks, is much more ruthless, and only communicates in a written language made up of spots.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: After his first battle with Spider-Man, he became a minor villain to the point that Spidey feels a little bad for himself that he actually took a few punches from guys like The Spot.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain/Took a Level in Badass:
    • During Brand New Day, he relentlessly hunted down a Russian mobster who had shot his son. Despite Spidey trying to stop him, the Spot actually succeeded in carrying out his vendetta, brutally killing the mobster.
    • Subverted in Mark Waid's Daredevil run where was someone else with the same powers, but who was much more ruthless and inventive in using them. Also he was using the Spot as a power source and DD had to rescue him.
  • Portable Hole: He has power over interdimensional portals, which he could place and remove as if they were solid objects.
  • Punny Name: Mr. Johnny Ohnn is the Spot.
  • Unexplained Recovery: After the incident with Coyote, Spot has been menacing Jessica Jones and Miles Morales, looking like his old self. He can talk normally again too.


AKA: Donald "Don" Callahan
Debut: Peter Parker: Spider-Man Vol. 2, #16

"Like ink, Spider-Man? That is exactly what it is. Courtesy of... the Squid!"

After his wife died, "Big" Mike Callahan channeled his grief into his business, causing him to neglect his troubled son, Donald. Don soon fell in with bad crowds, eventually working his way up to becoming a member of a criminal syndicate which mutated him and his girlfriend, Laura, into the Squid and Ms. Fortune, respectively. In their first outing as members of the Wicked Brigade, Squid and Ms. Fortune were soundly beaten by Spider-Man, which caused Laura to retire, and dump Don. Undeterred by this, his humiliating defeat by the webhead, and subsequent reconciliation with his father, Don continued his supervillain activities, sometimes working solo, but most often offering his services to bigwigs like the Hood, or the Owl.

  • Animal Motifs: He named his gang "the Tentacles".
  • Bullying a Dragon: While holding hostages after a botched robbery, Squid picks a fight with Carnage. Fortunately for him, Cletus was feeling very merciful.
  • Combat Tentacles: He has four prehensile tentacles protruding from his back.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: A lot of people think he's a wuss, but Squid's actually killed people before and can be surprisingly dangerous in combat when he wants to be.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Always finds himself on the receiving end of these, which is why he's never taken seriously.
  • Large Ham: Really likes yelling "... the Squid!"
  • Legacy Character: He's so looked down upon that Roderick Kingsley enfranchised his identity despite Callahan still being alive.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: He can turn into a mouthless, green anthropomorphic squid-creature that squirts foul-smelling ink from his hands and tentacles.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He's killed several people, a few in just plain disgusting ways, yet is still regarded as a joke by many.
  • Only in It for the Money: He doesn't have big ambitions; he just goes in, gets his money, and gets out.
  • Rubber Hose Limbs: In his squid form he either has no bones or is very flexible, enough to travel through plumbing.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Used to be in a committed relationship with Ms. Fortune, but they split up when she wanted to retire while he wanted to continue being a supervillain.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can shift from human to cephalopod form at will, though this isn't brought up much.

    Styx and Stone

AKA: Jacob Eishorn (Styx) and Dr. Gerald Stone (Stone)
Debut: Amazing Spider-Man #309

Gerald Stone, an idealistic young scientist, attempted to cure a homeless man named Jacob Eishorn of his cancer by using an untested procedure. The procedure backfired, turning Jacob into a living cancer that needed to kill to survive. Racked with guilt, Gerald had them become mercenaries in hopes of raising the funds needed to find a cure for Jacob (now calling himself "Styx"), which led to them facing off with Spider-Man several times.

  • The Bus Came Back: They were semi-recurring foes of Spider-Man during the late 80s and early 90s, then vanished for two decades, eventually returning in the 2016 Spider-Man/Deadpool series.
  • Creepy Long Fingers: Styx can stretch his fingers and extend his reach.
  • Motive Decay: Stone had the pair become mercenaries so Styx wouldn't kill innocents. But as time went on, he become willing to kill anyone who threatened Styx. By Spider-Man/Deadpool, he and Styx had become the leaders of the Cult of Entropy, who were dedicated to ending the world.
  • No-Sell: Styx's touch has no effect on inorganic materials, meaning that Spider-Man's costume, made of synthetic fabric, rendered him effectively immune to it.
  • Not as You Know Them: When they returned in Spider-Man/Deadpool, they had radically different appearances; Styx looked far more ghoulish, with claws and a Jagged Mouth, while Stone had become a Golem-like creature with Taken for Granite powers.
  • Shoulder Cannon: Stone has two, which fire a variety of ammos, from lasers to knockout gas.
  • Taken for Granite: In Spider-Man/Deadpool, Stone has gained the ability to turn any inorganic substance he touches into a fragile, rock-like material.
  • Touch of Death: Styx's touch can kill any living creature, and disintegrate organic matter.

    Superior Carnage

AKA: Doctor Karlin Malus
Debut: Spider-Woman #30

"Welcome to Hell, New York! Turns out I don't mind the heat after all, as long as I'm the one pulling the trigger. Ha ha ha! Cletus Kasady was a fool, wasting so much time on chaos..."

Growing up, Karlin Malus was fascinated by the exploits of the Fantastic Four and graduated with a degree in biology, wanting to study the science behind superpowers. Unable to get money through legal means, Karl turned to crime and set up the Institute for Supranormality Research with backing from criminal organizations. Through illegal human testing, Malus developed supersoldier serums, but his desire to experiment on an already superpowered individual went unrealized until Richard Deacon, a supervillain called the Fly, came to him looking for a power boost. Malus' experiments brought him into conflict with Jessica Drew, the first Spider-Woman, and later Captain America. Malus was eventually hired by Power Broker, Inc. to supply superhumanly strong wrestlers for the Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation. Malus complied, but he was crippled when the serum he used drove most of his subjects insane. Malus was later recruited by his old friend the Wizard, who sought his help in controlling the Carnage symbiote... by forcibly transferring it to his body and mind-controlling him. Resentful of the Wizard's trickery, Malus nevertheless was forced to become the "Superior Carnage", but lost control of the symbiote and killed Klaw, and was stripped of it and eaten by the symbiote-controlled Wizard.

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

    "Superior" Spider-Man IV/Superior Venom

AKA: Doctor Otto Gunther Octavius in the body of Peter Benjamin Parker
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #697

"Better yet, with my unparalleled genius — and my boundless ambition — I'll be a better Spider-Man than you ever were. From this day forth, I shall become... THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN!"

After his master plan during "Ends Of The Earth" failed, Otto Octavius was at the end of his life. Before his inevitable end came, he put in motion his final plan, which was switching bodies with Peter Parker and taking all his memories, instincts, and powers in the process. At first Ock tried to use them as a way to get revenge on Peter, but after Peter showed him the ramifications of being Peter Parker include "the great responsibility", Octavius changed his ways and now tries to honor Peter's last wish by being a better hero than he ever was.

  • Ambiguously Evil: In almost all of his appearances in other comics especially in Alpha: Big Time and Avenging Spider-man, where he is using Alpha to upgrade himself and seems to be rebuilding the Sinister Six respectively. Not that this is surprising given that he's a somewhat reformed villain.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: It's a brand new Spidey, for better or worse. Sort of; even though it's Peter's body, Doctor Octopus is in control of it.
  • Angel Face, Demon Face: As Superior Venom. If Otto is in control his eyes are smooth, the webbing motif neat and tidy, and nary a fang in sight. When he starts to get angry, however, he sprouts a maw full of fangs and both the eyes and webbing motif become distorted.
  • Antagonist in Mourning:
    • After he kills Peter, he remembers everything that Peter went through due to the Freaky Friday Flip. It's enough to drive him to use his powers for good.
    • Notably averted when he purges Peter from his mind — he immediately celebrates that he's free.
  • Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain: As of the beginning of Superior, Nominal Hero for the former and Noble Demon for the latter. While he becomes increasingly antagonistic and arrogant, he believes he's doing it for the good of the city (and his ego). When he ultimately realizes he's been doing more harm than good, he sacrifices himself to give Peter his body back.
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: He lacks the aesthetics to be a proper '90s Anti-Hero, but certainly has the attitude and viciousness of one.
  • The Atoner:
    • Much more so than Peter, which is saying quite a bit. He was so moved by learning about the original Spider-Man's past that he decided to use his powers for good instead of for selfish reasons. He's got plenty to atone for, too: nearly destroying the planet for starters, and pretty much every other heinous thing that he's done as Doctor Octopus. This is the only thing keeping him from being a Karma Houdini from the conclusion of Amazing.
    • However, as the series goes on, his quest becomes more driven by his own ego than by any desire to do good, making this a Subverted Trope.
  • Bait the Dog: It sure was nice of him to perform a brain surgery to save a little girl. Too bad that he does it as a means to find Peter's remnant and try to kill him for good.
  • Berserk Button:
    • In Superior Spider-Man Issue #3, finding out that his old friend the Vulture was using children as mooks, drove Otto blind with rage, especially since he had hit one of them. Due to his father abusing him as a child, he abhors the idea of harming children, especially if he hurt them. He changed his mind from giving the Vulture money so he would stop his crimes, to trying to kill him.
    • Bullies in general, and anything that triggers Otto's memories of being bullied cause him to react with Disproportionate Retribution.
  • ...But He Sounds Handsome: Whenever Doctor Octopus is brought up.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: After Horizon Labs is destroyed he founds Parker Industries in order to keep developing weapons and equipment.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: In the Superior Issue #2. Ghost-Peter is pretty grossed out by this.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's most evident in The Avengers, however he tends to be more on the deadpan side.
  • Dirty Old Man: Although being in Peter's body does not make him physically old in the slightest, he is a middle-aged man, and a lot of issue 1 and 2 of Superior have him hitting on women of Peter's age, meaning women at least 20 years younger than he is. Then in issue four, when he reenters grad school, he flirts with one of the students there. Ghost Peter is very disturbed.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Taking on the Venom symbiote causes him to lose all self-control and start ranting like a madman and become obsessed with finding any lawbreaker he can find (no matter how minor) so he can beat them up and demonstrate his superiority. This results in Peter resurfacing and convincing Ock to free himself from the Symbiote's control.
  • Fair-Weather Mentor: To Alpha.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: He's tricked out the outfit to have Stat-O-Vision and Night Vision, like Iron Man.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Probably the defining difference between him and Peter. And the "good" part is stretching it.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He smiles at Peter, recognizing that he's the hero New York City needs.
  • Grand Theft Me: Pulled a Freaky Friday Flip on Peter after his battle with both Hobgoblins.
  • Graceful Loser:
    • In the end, Otto acknowledges Peter is the true Superior Spider-Man and willingly gives Parker his body back, even purging his memories to avoid distracting and confusing Peter.
    • When Peter successfully trounces him during their fight in Spider-Verse, Otto admits defeat with begrudging acceptance.
  • Ghost Memory: One of his new "powers", in a sense. He got these memories from Peter, and it's what inspired him to go through his Heel–Face Turn in the first place. He loses them after purging the remnants of Peter from his body.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Otto takes over as Spider-Man after Peter dies, overwhelmed by Peter's memories and thoughts. Of course, he's still an egomaniac, so he's also motivated by being a better Spider-Man than Peter was.
  • Heel Realization: He finally realizes all he has done wrong and all of his flaws in the Goblin Nation arc.
  • Heroic Suicide: He erases himself to allow Peter back his body to save New York in Superior Spider-Man 30.
  • Hijacking Cthulhu: He seizes control of the Venom symbiote and forces it to remain bonded to him when it tries to leave him for Flash. The symbiote quickly undermines his control and turns the tables on him fairly quickly, though.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • In Spider-Verse, when Otto and Peter face off for the final time, Otto sneers at Peter for ganging up on him with Spider-Girl and Spider-Woman. Peter is quick to point out he has no right to judge, since he founded the Sinister Six with the same intent in mind.
    • During Mighty Avengers, he yells at "Spider Hero" (no hypen) for stealing his identity, and demands he remove his costume immediately. This'd be the same guy running around in someone else's body.
  • I Hate Past Me: When they come face to face in Spider-Verse, Otto assumes Peter is from before his Grand Theft Me and mocks him lacking the ruthlessness to kill his enemies. Peter responds by punching him in the nose, then beats him by surrendering and telling SpOck to prove his superiority by killing him.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Why he splits up with Mary Jane. He also does this out of respect for Peter.
  • Insufferable Genius: About 90 percent of his thoughts are how much Superior he is to Peter, or how other the resident geniuses of the Marvel Universe are not as smart as him, like Reed flipping Richards.
  • It's All About Me: Well, as if hijacking another man's body and stealing his life just so he could keep living wasn't a hint. Also, just in general. During Mighty Avengers, he brings an army of minions to Luke Cage's doorstep just because he can't stand the idea of there being other heroes cutting into "his" turf. Only the threat of legal action in the form of She-Hulk gets him to go away.
  • Jerkass: In terms of personality, he's really not someone you'd want to hang around with. This trait nearly got him kicked off of the Avengers.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: However, he's also doing the right thing because he feels that it's what the real Spider-Man would do. Even still, the "Jerk" aspect of this can be stretched a bit, considering that part of the reason he's being good is due to simply outdo the original.
    • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: His actions are increasingly less heroic and more extreme. This definitely kicks in by the time he erases Peter. He subverts this, though with his final actions.
  • Karmic Death: A self-inflicted example. Otto put Peter down for the count for a long time by erasing him from his own mind. When he realizes that the world needs Peter, he does the same thing to himself in penance, and so that Peter won't be distracted by Octavius' extra baggage.
  • Kill and Replace: Previously, Dr. Octopus had swapped bodies with Spider-Man, leaving the hero to die trapped in Ock's broken body and leaving the villain in a healthy, heroic body with no one realizing anything. Doc Ock uses his new life to constantly try to prove himself a superior Spider-Man. In the end of the series, Otto realizes Parker was better than him and lets him take control of his body once more.
  • Kill the God: In order to stop the Inheritors, Otto kills the Master Weaver.
  • Large Ham: Good gravy, just look at the quote.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Getting sent back to Earth-616 erased his memories of the events of Spider-Verse.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Kicking Peter out of his head cost him Peter's memories, which becomes increasingly important as the story arc progresses.
  • Legacy Character: Doctor Octopus is now Spider-Man after the aforementioned Grand Theft Me.
  • Love Redeems: Otto's love for Anna Maria leads to him giving Peter his body back in order to save her.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's manipulating pretty much everyone right now.
  • Mad Scientist Hero: Like the original Spidey, only more fiendish.
  • Meta Guy: In Hickman's run on the Avengers, oddly enough.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: As of #22, Dr. Peter Parker is in the house.
  • Most Definitely Not a Villain: For the most part, he doesn't act anything like either Peter or Spider-Man, although it takes a while for anyone to notice.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: His new suit has four cybernetic spider-legs, similar to Peter's old Iron Spider outfit.
  • Not Quite Dead: In the Superior Spider-Man #32 and #33 SpOck is shown to have been transported to the 2099 universe, though this takes place during his fight with Spider-Man 2099.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: Sort of. His series starts off as a recovering villain that uses the methods of an Anti-Hero, seemingly becoming more heroic over time. Later on, he becomes more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist and uses increasingly morally questionable methods to achieve his goals, and ultimately leaves many of those that are close to him alienated by his actions.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Ghost-Peter just before purging him.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: SpOck's second costume is based off of Alex Ross' concept art for Spider-Man, and he becomes increasingly violent and antagonistic, taking cues from Nineteen Eighty Four.
  • Redemption Equals Death: While he wasn't able to undo the damage he did to Peter's life, he did allow Peter to live to fight another day.
  • Sanity Slippage: After returning from being time-warped, Otto becomes more brutal and totalitarian than ever. This is because while fighting the Inheritors, he learns that Peter will eventually regain control of his body.
  • Screw Destiny: When Otto figures out that Peter is going to get his body back in Spider-Verse, he tries to destroy the Web of Life thinking it will free him from his fate.
  • Shadow Archetype: He already was this as Doctor Octopus and now it's taken Up to Eleven. His methods of crime fighting are more vicious and what would happen if Peter decided to be serious about protecting the whole city.
  • Taking Up the Mantle: Becomes Spider-Man after Peter dies.
  • The Unfettered: He nearly kills someone during his first night on the town. Arguably Subverted due to the influence of Ghost-Peter. He later plays it straight: in issue five he uses a gun to point blank shot Massacre in the head, even after Massacre was able to feel emotion again.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: So Peter Parker, normally a good-natured quipster, suddenly to all his friends and family turns into an operatic jerkass, and no-one in the superhero community seems to suspect anything's up. Mighty Avengers gives the mild handwave that everyone assumes he's just been reading way too much Ayn Rand lately.
  • Villain Protagonist: He becomes more and more of this as the series progresses.
  • Walking Spoiler: The identity of the character spoils the conclusion of the final arc of the Amazing series.
    • Late-Arrival Spoiler: That being said, anyone who opens up an issue of Superior is going to have the twist immediately spoiled for them.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
  • Would Hurt a Child: Otto tries to stab Spider-Girl when she tries to stop him from destroying the Web of Life.

AKA: Fritz von Meyer
Debut: Champions #14

"Yes, flee in terror, Los Angeles...lest you feel the sting of the mighty Swarm!"

Fritz von Meyer is a Nazi scientist who experimented on the queen of a mutated bee colony. The colony in turn consumed his body, but his mind merged with the bees, forming the supervillain Swarm. The Swarm originally fought the Champions, but is primarily a Spider-Man foe, though he has also fought the X-Men and the Runaways.

  • Achilles' Heel: Even though von Meyer is in control of the bee colony, separating or incapacitating the queen bee will cause the bees to stop following his orders.
  • Argentina Is Nazi-Land: Von Meyer escaped to Argentina after World War II, which is where he discovered the bee colony.
  • Badass Long Robe: The only piece of clothing Swarm wears (not that he needs to even wear it) is a long purple cloak.
  • Bee Bee Gun: Swarm's primary attack is controlling his bees to attack others.
  • Death Is Cheap: He's been killed and / or dispersed a couple of times. Heck, one time Venom ate his entire skeleton, but he comes back sooner or later. Somehow.
  • Dem Bones: All that's left of von Meyer's original body is his skeleton, which the bees swarm around, giving him a human form.
  • Hive Mind: Von Meyer's mind, which has somehow merged with the queen bee.
  • Informed Attribute: A big deal is made about how he is a Nazi, even though he is never really shown doing or even saying anything particularly Nazi-ish.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He's a reanimated Nazi scientist skeleton COVERED IN BEEEEEES!
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Can't get much wackier than "evil sentient bee colony".
  • The Worm That Walks: An entire colony of bees controlled by one Nazi mind.



AKA: Anton Miguel Rodriguez
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #134

"And no one can survive the Tarantula's sting!"

Going from anti-government revolutionary to brutal enforcer for the same regime he fought against, the man known as Tarantula eventually fled his home country of Delvadia altogether to become a mercenary in the U.S.A. Lacking any actual superpowers, Rodriguez relied on his martial arts skills and a pair of nasty boots that ended in steel spikes.

  • Armed Legs: His trademark weapons are his spiked boots. Said spikes can be coated with various poisons if Tarantula feels like it.
  • Badass Normal: He had no actual superpowers until he was transformed into a monster.
  • Banana Republic: Delvadia, where Rodriguez hails from.
  • Blood Knight: He went from a revolutionary to a despotic goon to an assassin.
  • Body Horror: His transformation into a Man-Spider. No wonder he committed Suicide by Cop in response.
  • Driven to Suicide: His ultimate fate.
  • Evil Counterpart: "Tarantula" was a title assigned to him by the government, and was intended to be the Delvadian equivalent to Captain America.
  • Evil Knockoff: Later in his career, Rodriguez tried to gain powers similar to Spidey's. Look at Giant Spider to see how that ended up.
  • Extremity Extremist: Almost all of Tarantula's fighting style relied on kicking with his spiked boots.
  • Everyone Has Standards: What led to him being kicked out of his revolutionary group. While the other members of the group regularly used violence and murder to advance their cause, Rodriguez's lust for violence was so extreme it endangered the rest of the group. As a result, he was forced out.
  • Giant Spider: A botched experiment intended to give Rodriguez powers similar to Spider-Man's resulted in him mutating into a giant spider-monster.
  • Legacy Character: Various individuals have utilized his costume and/or moniker, including Jacinda Rodriquez, Luis Alvarez, Maria Vasquez, an unnamed individual, and Kaine Parker.
  • Mistaken for Gay: He had a daughter named Jacinda, who tried to follow in his footsteps, and teamed up with the daughter of Batroc the Leaper. Their existence came as a shock to the Taskmaster.
    Taskmaster: Listen, I knew both your both fathers, and I must say, with all due respect to those brave and talented men... you cannot imagine my surprise at finding out they were heterosexual.
  • Psycho for Hire: He was a sadistic mercenary who sold his talents.
  • Smug Snake: Rodriguez always had more cruelty and confidence than actual skill, and (barring a few lucky breaks) could never really stand up to Spider-Man in a straight fight. A particularly humiliating defeat left him looking to enhance his powers, which ultimately lead to his doom.
  • Suicide by Cop: Horrified by his worsening transformation into a Man-Spider, Anton threw himself at a police barricade, and was riddled with bullets.
  • Turncoat: After leaving the rebel group, Rodriguez joined up with the government forces, and took great pleasure in hunting down and killing his former partners.
  • Weapon of Choice: Again, his spiky shoes.


AKA: Carl King
Debut: Spider-Man's Tangled Web #1

"Everything. I wanted what you had for myself, Parker. The things I could do with it... with power like that... but what I got was different. Something better, Parker. Something worse. Something that could live inside, that could liquefy the innards of a man and walk the Earth within his hollow shell... something that could watch. And wait. And fester."

A merciless bully, Carl King's favorite pastime was torturing Peter Parker. On the fateful day Peter was bitten by the mystical/irradiated spider, Carl witnessed his favorite punching bag instinctively use the abilities the spider gave him to avoid a car; Carl subsequently took to stalking Peter, who went on to become Spider-Man. Envious of Spider-Man's powers, Carl attempted to replicate them by stealing and eating the spider, which had been kept for study after dying. Instead of granting Carl arachnid-based abilities, the spider caused the thuggish youth to gradually metamorphose into a swarm of spiders, which could devour the innards of others and wear their skin like a suit. Laying low for years in order to master and strengthen his new form, Carl eventually went after Peter, intending to kill and replace him as Spider-Man.

  • Animalistic Abomination: Notable in that he used to be human.
  • Ax-Crazy: The consumption and death of his mother at his hands may have been an accidental killing, but what he did to his dad and girlfriend was perpetrated willingly and for little more than sick kicks. After going underground to get used to his new state and to build up his strength for Spider Man, he spent his time taking his violent urges out on the homeless population and whatever unfortunate happened to cross his path.
  • Body Horror: His powers embody this trope.
  • Break Them by Talking: What Carl tried to do to Peter during the time he bullied him, in addition to the physical violence. Emphasis on tried, as already back in school Peter, along with everyone else, saw right through him and knew he was nothing but a sadistic and pathetic sociopath who only knew cruelty and fear, and was only a threat to Peter on account of his larger size and greater physical strength.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He acknowledges himself as a supervillain after admitting he killed his parents to Spidey.
    Thousand: You remember what a rotten kid I was, Parker. It's hardly surprising I turned out to be a rotten supervillain, too.
    Spider-Man: A supervillain?
    Thousand: I think I fit the profile.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Having seen what the radioactive spider bite did to Peter, Carl decided to break into the exhibition building to acquire one for himself. It was only after he did so that he realized that he had no idea how to irradiate a spider, and the spider that bit Peter was dead, which left him with "Plan B" - eating the spider's corpse.
  • Disposable Vagrant: His main source of nourishment.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Flash Thompson, who does not appear in the story. Both bullied Peter, but while Flash did so due to his troubled home life and own insecurities, Carl did it simply because he was a sadistic sociopath. Both idolized and wanted to be like Spider-Man, and while Flash looks back on his time as a bully with embarrassment and shame, Carl revels in the memories of his past misdeeds.
  • Evil Gloating: After biting Spider-Man and paralyzing him, he ties him up and goes on a long monologue, explaining his origins, his powers, and how he plans to Kill and Replace Spidey. This, combined with the interruption of Peter's landlord, who King promptly devours, buys Spidey enough time for the poison to wear off. Spidey even lampshades it before breaking free and attacking him.
    Spider-Man: You're in love with the sound of your own voice. You strut around smirking like a two-year-old who's just finished potty training. You can't resist laying out every detail of your descent into evil and your big, bad plan... and you get so into it you forget your paralyzing poison is about to wear off.
  • Fatal Flaw: Carl's pathological need to gloat and grind Peter's face to the dirt when he has him at his mercy. See the Evil Gloating entry above.
  • Fat Bastard: As Carl, and Peter's landlord Mr. Ambrose.
  • Giant Spider: The main spider is about the size of a human head.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Solely motivated by envy for Peter's life as Spider-Man, believing it to be perfect.
  • Humanoid Abomination: When he’s wearing his latest victim and pretending to be human, he perfectly embodies this. He can act and look perfectly normal up until the moment he feels he has the upper hand. At which point he can distort and warp his host body (which is little more than a bag of skin animated by his spider form) into a varied array of horrific configurations to overtake his opponents. He’s also completely divorced from humanity both in his natural state and mental state, as well as believes himself to be vastly superior both to normal people and Spider Man alike.
  • High-Voltage Death: Spider-Man electrocutes him, reducing the Thousand to the One. While swearing vengeance, the remaining spider is stepped on by an oblivious passerby.
  • Hive Mind: A single mind in one-thousand little bodies.
  • I Can't Sense Their Presence: He's immune to the Spider-Sense.
  • It's All About Me: Incorrigibly selfish, using everyone else for his entitled pleasure and punishing them for failing to satisfy his wants.
  • Kill and Replace: His plan for Spider-Man.
  • Madness Mantra: "It should have been me!"
  • Meta Origin: Ever wonder about what happened to the spider that bit Peter?
  • Never My Fault: Blames Peter for his condition and how it led to him devouring his girlfriend, even though he immediately dismisses normal human lives as worthless and, as Peter points out, he had a choice every step of the way.
  • Orifice Invasion: His spiders invade a person's body this way, devour their innards, and wear their leftover flesh as a suit.
  • The Paralyzer: His bite can temporarily immobilize others.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: For all his power, King is nothing more than a Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up, utterly fixated on Peter and insanely jealous of his fame and glory as Spider-Man. During their fight, he rants about how he believes he should have become Spider-Man and how he deserves Peter's "perfect life." Spidey even lampshades it, remarking that Carl hasn't changed at all from the pathetic bully he was when they were kids.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In addition to what Spidey says to Carl before breaking free and attacking him, there's also what he says when he's laying into him.
    Spider-Man: I remember you, Carl <punches him in the face>. Not quite the same way you do <punches him in the stomach>. You think the kids at school liked you? You think they liked that you picked on kids like me? You were pathetic, Carl! You didn't know how to make friends! You were terrified of girls! All you knew was cruelty and fear, and making people nervous to get your attention! And look how far you've come, Carl! <kicks him in the chin> You're just the same old SADIST you always were!!
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The spiders.
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Except he never did grow up, physically or mentally.
  • Self-Made Orphan: After becoming the Thousand, he crosses the Moral Event Horizon by murdering his own parents.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Like most bullies, is under a delusion that he was popular. He violently denies Peter's argument how pathetic everyone, including the other bullies, actually found him.
  • The Sociopath: He only cares for himself and what he wants, and is obsessed with becoming Spider-Man, believing he's entitled to the power and position Peter has. Other human lives are nothing but stepping stones to satisfy his wants, and he casually admits to Spidey that he ate dozens of people to grow stronger, including his girlfriend, his parents, and children.
  • Spider Swarm: The Thousand is a swarm of spiders in a human shell.
  • Stalker Without A Crush: He stalked Peter and followed his exploits as Spider-Man for years.
  • Undignified Death: As mentioned above, he ended up being killed by a random guy stepping on his last spider.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He willingly admits to Spider-Man that some of his victims have been children, which is far from the only atrocity he admits to in the long-winded account of his past.
  • The Worm That Walks: His true form is a swarm of a thousand of normal-sized spiders and one big one; he wears the skin of anyone he kills, after devouring their insides.


AKA: Phineas Mason
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #2

"How many times have I told you? No costumes through the front door! I swear, Goblin, if I have to change shops again—"

A technological genius, the elderly Phineas Mason serves the underworld as the Tinkerer, creating and repairing the gear of innumerable supervillains. Preferring to remain in the background, the Tinkerer rarely commits or becomes involved in schemes that will bring him into direct conflict with superheroes and the authorities.

  • Auction of Evil: He holds these, and sold the Venom symbiote at one.
  • Ballistic Discount: Don't you dare try that with the weapons he makes for you; he engineers special failsafes in his products for idiots who do.
  • Car Fu: After being hired by The Kingpin to kill Spider-Man, he tried to do it by weaponizing and remotely controlling the Spider-Mobile.
  • Cool Old Guy: If you keep on his good side.
  • Cruel Mercy: The Punisher let him off "light" by damaging his spine, leaving him confined to a wheelchair for a few months.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: It was revealed in Secret War that he was being paid to create supervillains by Latveria, as a means of causing mayhem in the United States. He also does legitimate repair work for people's appliances and electronics in his spare time, and is willing to help almost anyone who pays him, including the government and heroes like Black Cat.
  • Deadpan Snarker/Grumpy Old Man: Tact is not one of his strongpoints.
  • The Dragon: For a while, he had one known as Toy, a Scary Black Man who turned out to be Just a Machine.
  • Enemy Mine: After his son was infected by the Carrion virus, Phineas helped Spider-Man work on a cure for the disease.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He deeply cares for his family, and wept when Toy was destroyed by Spider-Man.
    Tinkerer: Don't go away Toy — I need you! Friends don't leave each other! If you go away, I'll be all alone... I don't want to be alone... I don't want to be alone...
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He usually abhors killing, regarding it as an absolute last resort. After accidentally shooting a couple he irrationally blamed for his son's supposed death, Phineas resuscitated the husband, but was unable to save the wife. When the man, who had become a supernatural vigilante known as the Judge, tried to get even, his powers failed to work on the Tinkerer because Phineas was genuinely wracked with guilt and remorse over what he had done.
  • Evil Old Folks: He appears to be about the same age as the Vulture, whom he debuted alongside.
  • Family Theme Naming: Invoked when he fakes having a good sibling named Hophni Mason, who is actually a robot suit so he can gather intel on heroes and villains.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: A premier one of the Marvel Universe. Since he cobbles most of his inventions together from scraps and junk, he has a fairly low overhead and thus is a go-to guy for the budget conscious super-villain.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: He was arrested and imprisoned in the Negative Zone during the Civil War... despite being in retirement, which he promptly came out of.
    Tinkerer: When I was arrested for not being registered, I was committing the unforgivable crime of taking my grandchildren out for ice cream. When I tried telling the gestapo that I had retired from tinkering after that so-called Secret War, they accused me of rabble-rousing and dragged me to this hellhole without due process. I've been in this jail your friend and leader designed ever since.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: About the only time it surfaces is if the situation involves someone close to him.
  • My Little Panzer: Destructive toys are among the objects in his arsenal.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: In his first appearance he was working alongside extraterrestrials, and was implied to be one of them. Years later it was revealed that the "aliens" were just men (including a pre-Mysterio Quentin Beck) in costumes. Subverted later after it turns out he really was in contact with alien AIs called the Vedomi and sold out the Earth after losing his faith in humanity.
  • Starter Villain: One of the first two villains to face Spider-Man, the other being the Vulture. It took longer for him to return, though.
  • Token Motivational Nemesis: Was this for the Judge, being the one who killed him and his wife.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After the deaths of his son (who was retconned into still being alive in a later story) and one of his grandchildren, he lost the will to live, but was snapped out of it by Franklin Richards.


AKA: Lonnie Thompson Lincoln
Debut: Web of Spider-Man #36

"Hammerhead isn't boss around here anymore, Robbie—pal. There's been a shift of administration—and I wanted my old high school buddy to be the first to know: New York City is Tombstone territory."

Born in Harlem, Lonnie Lincoln was bullied for his albinism, and in-turn bullied Joe "Robbie" Robertson into becoming his friend. After high school, Lonnie took to crime, becoming a thug called Tombstone. As Lonnie worked his way up the criminal underworld, Robbie took a job at the Daily Bugle. When Tombstone murdered a New York mob boss, Robbie was terrified at the idea of confronting him, but after twenty years found the courage to testify. When Robbie confronted him, Tombstone snapped Robbie's spine, an act which brought him into conflict with Spider-Man. Breaking out of jail and abducting Robbie, Tombstone acquired superhuman abilities after being exposed to an experimental chemical, Diox-3, at an Oscorp plant during a fight with Spider-Man. Tombstone has since worked for the Kingpin and Hammerhead, has been a member of the Norman Osborn's Sinister Twelve, and a powerful crime boss in his own right based in Brooklyn, where he's caused the local Spidey some grief.

  • Adaptational Badass: In most continuities, he's a brutal thug who does other people's dirty work. He assumes the role of the Kingpin in Spectacular due to legal issues (and it works).
  • Badass Normal: His original role in the comics.
  • The Bully: He was both a bully in high school who never grew out of it and a victim of bullying himself. He would always exploit or take advantage of those weaker than him while his own bullying was the result of being an Afro-albino.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's actually very close to his daughter, even if he objects to her desire to be a supervillain (instead encouraging her to be an Amoral Attorney).
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Averted. His old associate Aaron Davis (previously the criminal Prowler) claims that Lincoln used to respect the code, but hasn't for a very long time.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: He often whispers when he talks, mostly in the comics. Whether he does it intentionally or whether he can't speak up for some physical reason seems to be Depending on the Writer.
    Reaper: What'd he say? Was he doin' that mad whisper thing? That freaks me out.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He was like this originally, especially when dealing with his "friend" Joe Robertson. After calling it "quits" between them, he dropped the act.
  • Good Parents: As far as supervillains go, Tombstone was for the most part a great father towards Janice, even though he was also a horrible influence.
  • Papa Wolf: To his daughter Janice, AKA Beetle II.
  • Professional Killer: His job in his earliest appearances. He tended to broaden his repertoire as a villain later.
  • Scary Teeth: Lonnie files his down to shark-like points.
  • The Starscream: He once worked for Hammerhead, and decided to take over shortly after becoming an Empowered Badass Normal; it didn't last long, but he came back later and took over Hammerhead's gang by force a second time. It lasted a little longer that time, but not by much.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • When he meets the Snatcher, a psychic who specializes in mind controlling children, he enthusiastically begins a business partnership to give him a steady supply of minions.
    • Starling, who can't be any older than eighteen, mentions a friend of hers who was killed by Tombstone.


Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #329

A fusion of three Sentinels created by Loki, and programmed to destroy humanity. It attempted to do so by inciting a nuclear catastrophe, only to be stopped by Spider-Man (who at the time possessed the power of Captain Universe). It later returned, recovered by the Life Foundation, who attempted to reprogram it. The Tri-Sentinel rejected the new programming, and attempted to continue its own. It was once again stopped by Spider-Man, who destroyed its central processor by exposing it to Antarctic Vibranium.

  • The Bus Came Back: It recently returned during Nick Spencer's run, 27 years after its last appearance.
  • Combat Tentacles: It possesses multiple mechanical tendrils, located in the palms of its hands.
  • Freeze Ray: It utilized such a beam (fired through its eyes) during its battle with Cosmic Spider-Man, using it to freeze a tidal wave Spidey had created to try and short-circuit it.
  • From a Single Cell: It was able to rebuild itself after being blasted to dust.
  • Humongous Mecha: Sentinels are often large, but the Tri-Sentinel had the combined size and mass of three of them.
  • Knockout Gas: Yet another weapon it used against Cosmic Spider-Man. It failed to work, due to the Enigma Force keeping Spidey conscious.
  • Logic Bomb: Attempted. Sebastian Shaw had placed a failsafe programming loop in the Sentinels it was formed from; it was meant to convince them that, since they'd inherited altered characteristics from their "ancestors", the Mark I Sentinels, they were technically mutants themselves (which, in theory, would drive them to destroy themselves). When Shaw activated the loop in the Tri-Sentinel, it only resulted in it briefly freezing up, its tripled logic capacity allowing it to reject the loop.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Possesses six arms.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: Sentinels were created to destroy mutants, making them regular enemies of the X-Men.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Even with the Captain Universe powers, Spider-Man had a tough fight against it. In the end, it took every ounce of energy the Enigma Force had to destroy it.
  • Villain Decay: In its most recent appearance, Spider-Man managed to defeat it by tearing into its circuitry and taking control.

    Venom/Anti-Venom/Toxin II/Sleeper

AKA: Edward Charles Allan Brock
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #299

"Me... Eddie Brock. Beating you down... like the weak-kneed little boy that you are... and then leaving you there. Broken. Knowing that any time I want... we can come back and do it again. We are gonna kill you one of these days Spider-Man... but I'll be damned if I ever let you die a hero. And even though I'm warning you, I'm gonna make sure that when it happens, it'll still be... a surprise."

Formerly one of Spider-Man's greatest foes (to the point that he was one of the big three) Venom is essentially an monstrous Spider-Man with all his powers, even greater strength, and the ability to trick Peter's Spider Sense, making him easily among the more dangerous of Peter's foes. However, over time the man underneath the symbiote, Eddie Brock, and his symbiote has gone through numerous changes to become a more complex character and famous anti-hero.

When the symbiote rejected Brock, Eddie felt adrift for some time, but later dedicated himself to making amends, becoming the more heroic Anti-Venom. However, his brief stint at full heroism came to an end when he surrendered the Anti-Venom symbiote to cure New York during the 'Spider-Island'' arc and later was forced to become the second incarnation of Toxin. However, as of now, Eddie has sacrificed the Toxin symbiote and is back to being Venom.

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


AKA: Adrian Toomes
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #2

"Spider-Man lacks the strength to use his powers for their greatest potential... to help a world that despises him? Seek approval from those that hate him? It's masochistic. It's pointless. Weak."

All Adrian Toomes wanted was to get rich off his inventions. However, his business partner swindled him out of the fortune that would've been his. One thing his partner didn't take from him was his ultimate invention: an electromagnetic harness that allows the user to fly. Finishing the harness, Toomes sought revenge on his ex-partner as The Vulture, but Spider-Man stopped him, leading Toomes to swearing vengeance on the hero instead.

  • Affirmative Action Legacy: He mentored his biracial granddaughter Tiana Toomes / Starling, an up-and-coming anti-heroine who uses a similar flight suit, but with feathery red wings instead of her granddad's metallic green ones.
  • Badass Bookworm: He makes powered armor and goes toe to toe with Spidey.
  • Bald of Evil: Toomes, like the bird he's named after, has a bald head.
  • Berserk Button: Being copied, even if Toomes himself was the one who gave the rip-offs their knowledge and gear (though he's made an exception for his granddaughter, Starling).
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Without his suit, he's a normal old man.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: One of the subversions who started out trying to use his inventions to make money legally. However, he was cheated out of his rightful share of the profits by his Corrupt Corporate Executive partner, so he used his flight suit to make money as a criminal.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • In the Mark Millar twelve-parter, his costume is black and red... and it actually works!
    • Three new Vultures (Blackie Drago, Clifton Shallot, and Jimmy Natale) were introduced over the years, intended to be more formidable replacements. Adrian outlasted them all, and in the case of Drago, defeated him so badly as payback for Drago stealing his gear and gimmick that the man retired from villainy. Shallot was last seen being sent to jail, and Natale made the mistake of agreeing to kill the Punisher.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Toomes has a big extended family and genuinely cares about at least some of them.
    • In 1980, he had a nephew who was loyal to him. When he was shot by a gangster they were trying to kill, he wept and then went berserk at seeing the one family member who cared about him die. Later in 2004, he learned he had a sickly grandson and went on a crime spree to pay for his treatment.
    • Another grandchild, Tiana Toomes, was introduced in 2019. Per her backstory, Adrian has been an active part of Tiana's life since she was very young. He saved her and her mother from financial ruin after his son walked out on them, taught her to fly as a teenager, and generally encourages her to be a better person than he is.
    • An Aryan gang leader who was in the same prison as Toomes threatened his daughter's family to force Toomes to build him a flight suit so he could escape. Toomes lived up to his end of the bargain...but the flight suit eventually took the gang leader so high into the air that he suffocated, even as Toomes arranged for a gang of black guys who were the Arch Enemies of the Aryan goons to gun them down as they were about to murder Toomes' family.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He is disgusted when his son Frankie walked out on his wife and daughter, and took care to provide for Lenora and little Tiana in Detroit even as he menaces New York.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: See quote.
  • Evil Old Folks: Toomes is a geriatric supervillain who wears a bird-themed flight suit.
  • The Fagin: Post-Spider-Island, he uses children to steal for him.
  • Grumpy Old Man: His default mood.
  • Informed Ability: A lot of official Marvel stats place his strength level as being able to lift up to 700 pounds. However, a lot of his feats of strength seem to suggest that he's actually superhuman and far above any human-level weightlifter.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Post-Spider-Island he takes to using children as a go-between for his crimes and keeps the riches for himself.
  • Morality Pet: As far as his granddaughter Tiana can recall, Adrian has never been anything but a kind, supportive granddad who looked after her and her mom after her father abandoned the family. Adrian guaranteed that every cent of monetary aid he gave Tiana and her mom came from a legitimate source, and even taught Tiana to fly, which is a huge change of tune given his usual disdain for copycats.
  • Only Sane Man: In the very first Sinister Six team-up, the Vulture was the only one who advocated that all six of them attack Spider-Man together, as opposed to making him fight them one at a time. After he was outvoted, and his turn did come up, he forced Spidey to remove his web-shooters before the fight ("otherwise I'll just fly away") as he knew the webs were the only reason Spidey won last time.
  • Pet the Dog: See Even Evil Has Loved Ones.
  • Powered Armor: Even his original costume qualified, but in recent decades, it has become more metallic.
  • Power Parasite: Depending on the Writer, he can drain his victims' youth as a result of stealing their abilities.
  • Starter Villain: The first real recurring enemy for Spidey. Though he shared his first appearence with the Tinkerer, he was the first villain to take Spidey on twice when came back after just five issues.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Post Spider-Island, he's become The Fagin whose new harness gives him limited control over gravity, giving him Flight and Super Strength.

    White Rabbit

AKA: Lorina Dodson
Debut: Marvel Team-Up #131

"We're the White Rabbit Gang—and we're here to rob this Kwikee Burger. I trust no one has any objections?"

Lorina Dodson was born into a wealthy family, and kept sheltered and secluded by her hoity-toity parents, who intended for Lorina to grow up to be "a proper lady". To cope with her boredom and loneliness, Lorina turned to books, and became obsessed with Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. At the age of twenty-five, Lorina married a feeble, eighty-two year-old billionaire, who she killed in order to get ahold of his fortune, which she used to fund her new career as a thrill-seeking supervillain called the White Rabbit.

As White Rabbit, Lorina committed numerous petty crimes, leading to defeats by Spider-Man, and... lesser heroes, like Frog-Man, Leapfrog, Gibbon, Grizzly, etc. While she escalated her schemes every time she was defeated, White Rabbit remains a largely ineffective nuisance, at one point being regarded as such a joke that the only people she was able to get to hench for her were a pair of out of work actors she dressed up as "Mad Hatter" and "Dormouse".

  • Accidental Murder: An Absolute Carnage tie-in story reveals she once inadvertently caused a man to get a heart attack when she just wanted to scare him as a prank, which if that didn't kill him it was when she shocked him with her electric gloves in an attempt to revive him.
  • The Aggressive Drug Dealer: She was reimagined as one in Brand New Day, complete with an incredibly garish van depicting the hookah-using Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Frog-Man. They became each other’s arch-enemies because they are so pathetic nobody else would take them seriously.
  • Ax-Crazy: Lorina is a total nutcase, plain and simple, to the point of being completely ridiculous. And that's exactly why she can't be left unchecked, a fact that Spidey himself acknowledges.
  • Clock King: She's sometimes depicted as being obsessed with time pieces and punctuality, to the point of murdering a minion because he was a few seconds off-schedule.
  • Dark Chick: Tries to be a Dark Action Girl and can inflict damage but she's just not competent enough to be one. Even Mary Jane was able to defeat her one time.
  • Deadly Prank: In one story she pointed a harmless gun at a judge and his son, and causes the son to have a heart attack, which sends the judge down a road of felony and imprisonment.
  • Depending on the Artist: Whether her hair is red, blonde or strawberry blonde varies between the books she's in. In one story it was randomly black, along with the rest of her outfit (a short-lived goth phase?)
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: She's easily the weakest of all the Spidey villains, given just how easy it is to drive her away every time.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: She is a complete joke in the criminal world and was beaten up once by the Grizzly and the Gibbon, two other joke villains that Spidey had honestly believed were no threat! Recently also MJ has beaten her.
  • In Harm's Way: She wanted to experience the thrill of a life of crime. The thrill she gets indeed, but she's too insane and too ineffectual to experience it for too long.
  • Karma Houdini: She got away with killing a man (though accidentally) and ruining his father's life, by escaping from her trial in her rabbit robot.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Her two henchmen. Really out of work actors (although if asked they will insist they are not out of work, just between jobs) that she hired to dress up as the Mad Hatter and the Dormouse. Whenever she orders them to break out really dangerous weapons, they always aim the weapons in a safe direction and never towards people. They fire into the air a lot, keeping in mind where the bullets are going to come down. They even discuss the safest places to aim them in normal tones while she's standing only a few feet away. Fortunately, she's absolutely batshit insane and always too busy ranting to notice.
  • Most Common Super Power: She has a big buxom and nice cleavage.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has this reaction when she accidentally causes a man's death in a prank gone wrong, where she is genuinely sorry for what she did.
  • Not So Different: Says as much to Leonard Elkhart, the man who's son she accidentally killed when he tries to take vengeance on her at her trial, only to end up shooting a stenographer instead, stating that she did feel bad for what she did until he ended up doing the same thing as her.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: And yet, for all of her sheer incompetence, she's still dangerous enough to civilians to get noticed. Just not powerful enough to be treated as anything else than a nuisance by Spidey and anyone else dealing with her; as Peter once put it, the Rabbit is a total psycho even if she's also completely ridiculous. A tie-in to Absolute Carnage shows just how dangerous she can be to normal people, from being able fight off several cops, to killing a man with her electric gloves and escaping her trial in her rabbit mech without much difficultly.
  • Perky Female Minion: Whenever she's working for someone else.
  • Playboy Bunny: After the limited series Claws, her outfit was modified to resemble this for a short while before switching back to her normal costume.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: She tries to do to this for Leonard Elkhart, appearing at his cell offering condolences for his terminal illness and extending friendship, but given the nature of their relationship she's honestly the last person he wants to see, which says a lot when the next person he sees is Carnage...
  • Weapon of Choice: The Rabbit is a pathetically inefficient hand-to-hand fighter, thus she relies on her parasol gun, her tasing gloves and the occasional rabbit-shaped assault mech for combat.
  • Zany Scheme: All of her schemes are either ridiculous or completely crazy.

    Will o’ the Wisp

AKA: Jackson Arvad
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #167

Jackson Arvad was a scientist specializing in electromagnetic research. Finding himself in danger of losing his funding, Jackson worked himself into exhaustion, eventually growing careless enough to cause an accident that resulted in his molecules starting to disperse, yet somehow allowing him to control them. In seeking out a cure, Jackson ran afoul of Jonas Harrow, leading to the first of many clashes with Spider-Man.

  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Jonas Harrow pretended to help Jackson control his abilities, but instead implanted a Mind-Control Device within him, placing Jackson under his control until Spider-Man intervened.
  • Flight: He can will himself to become lighter than air, allowing him to fly.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: He's been both a hero and a villain over the years, and has fought Spider-Man as often than he's aided him.
  • Intangible Man: He can will his molecules to drift apart, granting him this ability.
  • Mind Manipulation: He can hypnotize others by emitting a glowing light from his chest emblem.
  • Super Toughness: He can also use his control over his molecules to make himself denser and stronger.


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