Bitten by a radioactive spider on a school field trip, young Peter Parker attempted to cash in on his new powers, and signed up for a pro wrestling contest, and pinned the champion. When the promoter cheated him out of his winnings, Peter stood by as a thief robbed the promoter.
The same thief later killed his Uncle. Peter began using his newfound powers responsibly and began fighting crime. One of the first criminals he faced was The Green Goblin. When The Goblin learned that it was Peter under the mask, he attacked his Aunt May, and kidnapped the girl he loved, Mary Jane. After a dramatic battle, The Green Goblin revealed himself to be Norman Osborn. Seconds later, The Goblin was killed when he accidentally impaled himself on his glider.
He later began studying at ESU, along with his dream girl Mary Jane and his best friend Harry, the son of The Green Goblin. Harry isnt aware that his Dad was The Green Goblin, and hates Spider-Man, believing he murdered him. Peter makes his living by selling pictures of Spider-Man to J. Jonah Jameson. After being ripped off one too many times, he decided to start selling video footage to Empire 1, where he met Indy, a research assistant who took a great shining to Peter.
Peter is still in love with Mary Jane, but feels that being with her would only jeopardize her safety again, which often leads to awkward feelings between the two of them, especially as he recently began seeing Indy before he was tricked into throwing her off a building by the Gaines twins.
Vowing never to let Spider-Man hurt anyone else, Peter threw his Spider-Man costume into the river and stopped being Spider-Man.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Looks NOTHING like the movie version of Peter the show is based on. In fact, this Peter shares an even stronger resemblance towards his comic book counterpart than Tobey Maguire does.
- Badass Bookworm: He's intelligent and able to hold his own against all the criminals he fights.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Kraven found out the hard way that it's a bad idea to set him off.
- Comes Great Responsibility: Averted; This is the first adaptation do so but Peter never uses the trademark phrase nor does he ever refer to it.
- Deadpan Snarker: Wouldn't be Spider-Man if he didn't have a sardonic wit.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Peter's love life has always been hectic, but this version has even worse luck than usual. Indy ends up in a coma, and as a result of his guilt over that, he tells Mary Jane that he can't be with her either, in spite of their shared feelings.
- Expressive Mask: The eyes on his mask are able to register his emotions.
- Genius Bruiser: He has both brains and brawn.
- Heroes Want Redheads: As per usual (and just like in the films), Peter is very in love with Mary Jane (who has short, red hair).
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Among the worst he has ever received by the end of the series, where everyone in New York considers Spider-Man a menace in spite of all he's done for the city.
- Lightning Bruiser: He can hit hard and hit fast as well.
- Unstoppable Rage: Unleashed upon Kraven after the Gaines Twins create a mental illusion, causing him to think that Kraven killed Mary Jane.
- You Fight Like a Cow: It wouldn't be Spider-Man if he didn't taunt his enemies while fighting them.
Mary Jane Watson
Mary Jane has been the object of Peters desires since he was in the 2nd grade. After previously being engaged to Flash Thompson, she later moved onto Harry before she fell for Spider-Man, after he saved her life. Later realizing that she loved Peter, Peter rejected her love because he didnt want to cause her any further harm due to his double life as Spider-Man.
She later began majoring in drama at Empire State University, where she remained good friends with Peter and Harry. She still has feelings for both Peter and Spider-Man, not knowing they are really the same person.
- Adaptational Dye Job: While her hair color is still red, The length of MJ's hair length here is pretty short compared to the traditional long and red hair that the Mary Jane of the comics (both Original and Modern) and other adaptations are usually depicted with having.
- Bare Your Midriff: She wears a light purple long sleeved shirt that's cropped at her mid section.
- Betty and Veronica: Competes with Indy for Peter's affections.
- Distressed Damsel: Though she is able to defend herself from time to time, and was the reason Spider-Man figured out destroying Shikata's sword would stop her. She even tried to do it herself.
- Fiery Redhead: As per usual, she's a redhead who can get quite petulant. But, as said above, The length of MJ's hair is noticeably shorter than any other versions.
- Heroes Want Redheads: She has red hair and is Peter's main love interest.
- Not So Different: After her ordeal with Christina, she suddenly realizes as she talks about it with Peter that Christina's whole "soul mates" obsession is too similar to her earlier attempts at forcing Peter to share intimate knowledge with one another.
- Stood Up: Well, she thinks this is what Peter has done to her several times in the series, but really he is prevented from turning up by unforeseen circumstances (battling villains, interrogated by the FBI, involved in a hostage situation, etc).
Never short of snappy one liners, Harry Osborn is the best friend of Peter Parker, the two of them live together off-campus and attend Empire State University together. Harry tends college for the social life, rather than the education, as he controls the majority of the stock from his late Fathers company, Oscorp.
Despite being Peter and MJs best friends, he hates Spider-Man, blaming the wall crawler for his fathers death, unaware that he was The Green Goblin. Still struggling to come to terms with his Dads death, Harry is often found drinking or trying his luck with the ladies.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: James Franco has reddish-brown hair in the role and most other versions of Harry are straight-up redheads. This Harry is blond.
- The Alcoholic: Was heading toward having a drinking problem. Nearly every episode had him drinking something with alcohol in it.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He's not dumb, but cares little about doing work, as evidenced by the quote:Kids. Try to get them to spend their time wisely, like, watching R-Rated DVDs. But noooo... they can't wait to do their web research.
- Deadpan Snarker: Possibly more prone to making sarcastic quips than even Peter in this series. As opposed to his comic book incarnation.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Looks quite similar to his father, Norman Osborn. Commented upon by MJ.
Indira "Indy" Daimonji
- Ambiguously Brown: Indy has slightly darker skin than the other characters, but it's not exactly clear what her racial background is. Compounding matters is her full name. Indira is a Hindu name, whereas Daimonji is Japanese.
- Betty and Veronica: Competes with Mary Jane over Peter's affections.
- Canon Foreigner: She was created for the series in order to be an amalgamation of Gwen Stacy and Betty Brant.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments of sardonic banter.
- Girlish Pigtails: She has pigtails.
- Meganekko: A cute girl with glasses.
- Stuffed in the Fridge: Peter is tricked into pushing Indy off the roof of a building by the Gaines twins. The series ends with Indy in a coma, and her chances of awaking were slim to none. This is one of the factors in Peter giving up being Spider-Man.
J. Jonah Jameson
- Alliterative Name: His first, middle, and last name all begin with J.
- Da Editor: He's in charge of a newspaper and has quite a domineering attitude toward his employees.
- Deadpan Snarker: As opposed to his comic counterpart or other versions (who are usually portrayed as Large Hams)
- Demoted to Extra: He is nowhere near as prominent as his comic counterpart or other versions, only appearing in a small amount of episodes.
Lewis Wyler/Turbo Jet
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When he fights Spider-Man in public, he claims he's making a difference for the people. In private, he calls the very same people stupid for assuming he's a hero in the first place.
- Canon Foreigner: He was created for the series.
- Dirty Coward: Seriously hurts a random bystander in his efforts to make an escape. He'd already done this to a security guard earlier putting him in a coma which was called out by Peter, but it was seen as a justifiable sacrifice by supporters (especially by Mary Jane who likened it to a policeman running over a bystander in a high speed chase) who believed he was a hero still trying to help the people at the time.
- Expy: He is loosely based on Rocket Racer, mainly in being an African-American villain with technology that gives him super speed.
- Insufferable Genius: He has a very low opinion of pretty much everybody around him.
- Kick the Dog: The minute his facade gets blown, he tosses a decoy he was trying to steal at an innocent bystander and severely injures her. She can even be heard screaming and then sobbing in pain.
- Starter Villain: He is chronologically the first villain to be fought by Spider-Man in the series.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He becomes beloved by the people living in Villeroy Towers because circumstances led them to think he's helping them in their protests to keep their homes. In his last fight with Spider-Man, Spidey reveals to the protesters just how little Turbo Jet actually cares about them. In his frustration at being backed in a corner, he pretty much confirms what Spidey reveals.
Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin
- Badass Normal: He has no powers, but is still a very formidable fighter.
- Fat Bastard: He's an obese criminal.
- Genius Bruiser: He's a criminal genius who is also very strong.
- Lightning Bruiser: He can move swiftly in addition to being strong.
- Manipulative Bastard: In his first appearance, he tricked Spider-Man into stealing a chip for him by pretending he was working for the government.
- Scary Black Man: He's an intimidating black criminal.
- Villainous Glutton: This version of Kingpin is shown to be obsessed with food. He threatens one of his underlings over the possibility of a french fry being missing in his bag of fast food and tops his cup of coffee with an assload of whipped cream. Spider-Man at one point even jokes about him eating his henchmen.
Curt Connors/The Lizard
- Adaptation Origin Connection: In this version, he lost his arm to what's implied to be the prototype of what became the Green Goblin's pumpkin bombs.
- Adaptational Villainy: Curt himself is nastier and more bitter than his usual portrayal, even pre-Lizard.
- Beast Man: Upon becoming The Lizard, he's a humanoid animal.
- Death by Adaptation: He's alive and well in the comics, whereas here he ends up getting killed.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Got his arm cut off again by an air-conditioning exhaust fan, then fell from a helicopter. And his body is actually shown after the fall.
- Healing Factor: Similar to his mainstream counterpart, he can regrow body parts after losing them.
- Killed Off for Real: He is killed off permanently at the end of his debut episode.
- Mad Scientist: He's pretty focused on studying reptiles' regenerative abilities.
- Pet the Dog: Before Curt became the Lizard, he was saved by Spider-Man during a robbery. As he's giving a statement to the police, he gets slightly pissed at the officer claiming Spider-Man and the robbers were working together even though he just said Spider-Man saved him.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His arm was lost when Oscorp were testing a new explosive device in the same area as the swamp he was gathering samples from, known as WAFER (Wide Area Fragmentation Explosive Round).
- Wall Crawling: As the Lizard, he can scale walls.
- Action Girl: She's a woman with great fighting ability.
- Canon Foreigner: Another villain created for the cartoon.
- Decomposite Character: Despite being created for the series, She received the role of traveling from a foreign country into New York City in order to hunt and kill Spider-Man that is usually associated with Kraven the Hunter (who does show up later in the series).
- Face Death with Dignity: Starts looking very despondent when her sword is broken, but she recomposes herself and bows to Spider-Man, acknowledging his victory.
- Healing Factor: She can use her sword to heal wounds and gain youth by exposing it to moonlight.
- Hypocrite: She talks about honor, but is more than willing to use M.J. as leverage to finally get her fight with Spider-Man. Also, despite earlier making comments about not being scared by death, she visibly loses her cool the moment Spider-Man gets her sword (the thing that keeps her young). At the very least, when the sword gets broken, she bows in defeat before dying.
- Killed Off for Real: Rapidly ages and disperses into nothingness after Spider-Man destroys her katana.
- Noble Demon: Initially, she was hired by a rich collector to capture Spider-Man alive for him. After fighting Spider-Man for the first time and acknowledging him as a Worthy Opponent, however, she gives back the money to her employer after admitting she can't assure she'll not kill him, even mentioning it would be dishonorable to catch him for such a reason.
- No Immortal Inertia: She dies seconds after her sword is broken.
- Really 700 Years Old: She used the magic of her katana to stay young for centuries.
- Off with His Head!: She decapitates the guy who hired her to capture Spider-Man after she calls off their deal because he was interrupting things between her and Spidey.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: She cuts off one of her troops' trigger-fingers because he opened fire on Spider-Man, and no one decides how to take down an opponent but her.
- Outside-Genre Foe: Her powers are derived from magic, whereas every other villain was either mutated or used technology.
- Worthy Opponent: Sees Spider-Man as an adversary worthy of her respect.
- Badass Normal: She's just a regular thief with no super powers, relying entirely on her gadgets to fight and perform heists. Despite this she's still able to match Spider-Man in fights and evade him.
- Bare Your Midriff: Much like Mary Jane, she wears a midriff-baring top both in civilian and thief outfits.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Subverted. Despite her antagonism with Spider-Man, her kindness towards Harry, Peter, and M.J. was genuine.
- Canon Foreigner: She has no comic book counterpart, but is based on Black Cat.
- Curtains Match The Windows: She has purple eyes and (possibly dyed) purple and black hair.
- Dating Catwoman: Harry manages to fall for her civilian persona, Cheyanne, much to Peter's surprise. This is the reason why Spider-Man tries to get her to stop being a criminal.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She gets annoyed at Spider-Man's frequent attempts to figure out her Freudian Excuse and his constant pleading that she's better than this, demanding to know why he even gives a crap.
- Expy: She is loosely based on Black Cat and was even originally intended to be this continuity's version of Black Cat before the MTV executives persuaded the creators to retool the character to be more like her voice actress.
- It's Personal: She's a thief who is only interested in stealing objects that have emotional value to the people they belong to, saying if it's important to them that makes them worth stealing.
- Sassy Black Woman: She's a black woman who likes to mouth off others.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: A Spoiled Sweet rich girl who Harry has serious feelings for and saves M.J. at one point, and also a cat burglar only interested in stealing things people would genuinely be despondent to lose and willing to manipulate the police into getting Spider-Man off her back.
- "Take That!" Kiss: Not a physical example, but she blows to kisses to Spider-Man to taunt him during their first fight. First, after she kicks him away and puts her goggles back on she turns back to him and blows a kiss before running off. Then, after Spider-Man is stuck holding a piece from a construction building in place to stop it from falling into the streets, Talon blows him another goodbye kiss to taunt him before dissappering.
- Butt-Monkey: In their encounters with Spider-Man, Alexei was usually the first guy who wound up in webs.
- Canon Foreigner: Villains exclusive to this continuity who never appeared in the comics.
- Jetpack: They all wear jetpacks so they can fly.
- Anti-Villain: Due to the fact that she received actual brain damage. She's nuts and she did try to kill M.J., but she legitimately believes that it's what Spider-Man wants because her mind is telling her that. Christina needs medical attention and a good psychiatrist.
- Ax-Crazy: It sort of helps that her psychosis manifested as a result of actual brain damage thanks to her malfunctioning ESP crown. That being said, she takes M.J. hostage with her acid gun and it makes it clear she'll use it on her, laughing at the idea of her organs splayed out on the ground in a puddle.
- Canon Foreigner: Yet another villain who was created exclusively for this continuity.
- Cloudcuckoolander: One has to wonder how she came to the conclusion that a stout coffee vendor was Spider-Man's true identity.
- Eye Twitch: During her last attempt on M.J.'s life.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: She only wants someone to love her.
- Killed Off for Real: Averted. Despite being trapped in an elevator as it plummeted to the ground, she just ended up on a stretcher with a neck brace.
- Loony Fan: Oh so very much. She believed she was soul-mates with Spider-Man long before she got zapped.
- Love Makes You Evil: As long as she can get Spider-Man, she doesn't seem to think there's anything wrong in committing murder to get him despite one of the things she finds attractive about him is his heroism.
- Loving a Shadow: She loves Spider-Man, but more precisely she loves the image of him and the hallucinations her brain is creating. Christina thinks the only reason the real Spider-Man isn't with her now is because he doesn't know he loves her and needs coaxing.
- Mad Scientist: She built a glue gun in high school that turned out to be highly acidic and dangerous, and her ESP crown actually does let her read minds. The wiring is a mess, though.
- Motor Mouth: She talks very rapidly.
- Multicolored Hair: Her hair is black with streaks of orange, yellow, and green.
- Nosebleed: Whenever she hallucinates or whenever she is acting particularly psychotic her nose will begin to bleed, most likely an indicator of her brain damage.
- Perky Goth: She has black lipstick and dark hair, yet she's very excitable and claims she can get along with almost anyone.
- Psychopathic Manchild: As she has M.J. hostage, she indicates being insane and childish:Mary Jane (Scared): How do you know it's you Spider-Man wants? How do you know it's not someone else?Christina (Laughing and holding her acid gun to M.J.'s face): Then ya better hope it's not you!
- Rescue Romance: Tries to pull this off. She expects Spider-Man will save her when she walks off the roof of a very tall building, and he does. But the "romance" part doesn't take off. She gets sad and angry later on because she was "Just trying to be a good girlfriend."
- Sanity Slippage: Despite her Stalker Shrine, she didn't become dangerous until after her ESP crown electrocuted her. Instead of giving her powers, it made her hallucinate that her pictures of Spider-Man were talking to her and ordering her to do whatever it took to make sure they became a couple, including kill Mary Jane.
- Slasher Smile: Has a creepy grin, especially after she goes after M.J..
- Stalker Shrine: Naturally she has one to Spider-Man in her closet.
- Stalker with a Crush: She has an obsession with Spider-Man and desperately wants to be with him.
- That Liar Lies: When M.J. asserts she's not interested in Spider-Man. "You LIE! I don't like liars!"
- Wrench Wench: Not so much for cars, but she has jury rigged an acid gun, and an ESP crown, although the latter has some issues...
- Yandere: She flips out when faced with the truth that Spidey isn't interested.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: This version knew Peter in high school and college. In the comics, Max was an adult when Peter was a teen and they didn't meet until Max became Electro.
- Ax-Crazy: As Electro, he becomes insane and violent.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Why he tries to convert Sally into an electrical being like him, thinking she actually loves him.
- Companion Cube: Ditches Peter for a partner in a class project, for a AI computer version of himself.
- Disproportionate Retribution: KILLED a college senior because he was constantly pranking him. To be fair, one of those pranks nearly got him DROWNED IN CEMENT!
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appears as a minor character in "Head Over Heels" before his role is expanded on and he becomes Electro in "The Party".
- FaceHeel Turn: He started off as one of Peter's friends from high school and didn't turn into a villain until halfway into the show.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: He just wishes for acceptance among his peers.
- Killed Off for Real: His second appearance as Electro ended with him being destroyed by getting sucked into an OsCorp containment unit and tossed into the sea.
- One-Winged Angel: When drained of electricity, he turns into a thin, clawed version of himself
- Psycho Electro: As Electro, he has electrical powers and is mentally unstable.
- Shock and Awe: How he received his powers, just like in the comics.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He has some issues, yes, but it's hard not to feel bad for the guy in spite of what he does.
- Younger and Hipper: In the comics, he's an adult when Peter is in high school. Here, he's a college classmate of Peter's.
- Canon Foreigner: Created exclusively for this continuity.
- Expy: He reminds many fans of Miles Warren, the mastermind of the The Clone Saga.
- Mad Scientist: He has very few scruples and has created a smart drug with potentially fatal side effects.
The Biker Twins/Jack and Mack
- All There in the Script: Their names are only given in concept art and model layouts, which are visible as special features on the show's DVD.
- Canon Foreigner: Created exclusively for this continuity.
- Dumb Muscle: They're both thugs who aren't very smart.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Jack is bald and wears yellow, while Mack has a beard and wears red.
- Those Two Bad Guys: They're never seen apart.
- Adaptational Villainy: This version of Sable is more villainous than her comics counterpart, even planning to kill Harry, MJ, and Indy just to spite Peter when he refused to give into her demands.
- Badass Normal: She has no powers, but is still a formidable adversary to Spider-Man.
- Enemy Mine: Works together with Kraven, a guy she would usually kill, to get vengeance on Spider-Man. But that's just an illusion.
- Hero Antagonist: Though she was attempting to assassinate an important politician, she had really good reasons to do so; the man was actually a terrorist attempting to infiltrate the White House.
- Knight Templar: Her mission had a honorable goal, but she was willing to use methods such as stealing weapons, taking teenagers hostages (and wanting to kill them herself when it didn't work as planned), and putting a bomb on the mayor's car.
- Never Found the Body: She apparently ends up killed, but no corpse is found.
Kraven The Hunter/Sergei Kravenoff
- Badass Baritone: Due to having Michael Dorn as his voice actor.
- Badass Mustache: Per usual, he has an impressive moustache.
- Badass Normal: As per usual, Kraven is a skilled hunter whom Spider-Man defeated prior to the series and he does not appear to have any superhuman abilities.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Zigzagged with Blood Knight.
- Blood Knight: Zigzagged with Boisterous Bruiser.
- Decomposite Character: The role of traveling from a foreign country into New York City in order to hunt and kill Spider-Man (due to being contacted by a criminal mastermind that hates the Web-Slinger and wants him dead) that is usually associated with the Kraven of the comics and most versions is given to Canon Foreigner Shikata. Although, the Kraven of this series still portrayed a skilled hunter from Russia whom Spider-Man has encountered prior to the series.
- Egomaniac Hunter: He was willing and able to hunt and kill anything (particularly the parents of the Gaines Twins) until he fought Spider-Man.
- Enemy Mine: He works together with Silver Sable in order to get vengeance on Spider-Man. But it's just an illusion.
- Husky Russkie: His Russian accent is not as emphasized as the other versions, but it's still there.
- Killed Off for Real: Subverted; He was about to be this during a battle that he fought with Spider-Man in an empty power plant when the Web Slinger was about kill him (through nearly hanging Kraven! Now that's harsh!) after the Gaines Twins created a mental illusion that caused Spider-Man to believe that Kraven killed Mary Jane. But fortunately for Kraven, Spidey snaps out of it (after he saw outside the ESU science sign when he remembered it was ripped off), relents his decision, and turns Kraven over to the police.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: An animation (and super villain) example. This Kraven wears a black leather jacket instead of the lions mane vest of the comics and most adaptations.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Unlike most portrayals of Kraven the Hunter, Michael Dorn's version of him doesn't give him a Russian accent.
The Gaines Twins/Roland and Roxanne
- Canon Foreigner: They were created exclusively for this continuity.
- Creepy Twins: A pair of eerie twins with mind control powers.
- Kick the Dog: While most of their actions are at least somewhat understandable, given what Kraven did to them, Roxanne tricking Spider-Man into shoving Indy off the roof of a building was just needlessly cruel.
- Killed Off for Real: They end up apparently dying in an explosion.
- Manipulative Bastards: They use their mind powers to manipulate and deceive people.
- Mind Control: They have the power to influence people's minds to manipulate them and make them see what isn't really there.
- Non-Action Guy: Roland. When he makes the notion that they should be trying to kill Kraven themselves, rather than mind-controlling Spider-Man into doing it, Roxanne points out that his senses are too keen in order for them to get close enough and brings up a Noodle Incident of "the last time you [Roland] used your tiny little hands to fight." Later when he switches from using his mental powers to attempting to attack Spidey with a pipe, he does indeed get his ass kicked.
- Theme Twin Naming: Their names both begin with R.
- You Killed My Father: Kraven the Hunter captured their parents for scientific experimentation, which eventually killed them, but it also gave Roland and Roxanne their mental abilities. Rather than try and kill him themselves however, they opt for Spider-Man to do it by manipulating him.