Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Peter Parker was once a nerdy awkward teenager, but after being bitten by a genetically altered spider during a class field trip, he gains spider-based powers. At first, he uses these powers for the same thing any other teenage boy would use them for: self-profit and to impress girls. But, after indirectly causing his uncle's death, he learns a life lesson he'll never forget and swears to use his new powers to protect the city of New York as Spider-Man.
- Adaptational Curves: Traditionally, Spider-Man should be lean-muscled. This version, along with the '90s cartoon, is one of the more heavy-muscled depictions of the character.
- Adaptational Dumbass: Downplayed, since this version of Peter is still a scientific genius like in the comics, but some of the choices he makes really tends to shine out some idiocy on his part. Particulary in the second movie where he tries to get back together with Mary Jane through quoting poetry to her even though he knows that she's in a relationship with John Jameson, and later on tries to test to see if he has his powers again by jumping off a tall builing and nearly killing himself.
- Adaptational Dye-Job:
- Peter has brown eyes in the comics and most versions; here, he has blue eyes instead due to being played by Tobey Maguire. Although in the comics, they flip-flop between brown and blue so much that eventually Marvel officially stated they were hazel as a compromise.
- The web design of his costume is silver rather than black.
- Adaptational Heroism: In his original comics debut in Amazing Fantasy #15, Peter is portrayed as a bullied nerd with an understandable chip-on-his-shoulder. However, upon gaining his powers from the spider bite, he immediately took this as an opportunity to become famous and rich, and became a huge Attention Whore as a public sensation, leading him to not intervene against the robber from escaping, since it's not his problem. Furthermore, in the Lee-Ditko Spider-Man run, Peter always has a hard time grasping the lesson of responsibility, with most of his heroics still being motivated by self-centeredness, and he even acts like a bully himself whenever he gets provoked (which is something that's really easy to achieve) or if he gets a mild suspicion of someone being guilty. In the films, Peter was less motivated in becoming famous but still took the wrestling gig as a one-time gig in order to afford a used car to impress MJ. While he still let the robber get away, he only did it because he got stiffed by the sleazy manager. After losing Uncle Ben, however, he took the man's lessons very seriously afterward and avoided doing any frivolous activities as Spider-Man, no matter how tempted he felt when hitting rock bottom.
- Adaptational Intelligence: In the comics, Gwen Stacy died because Spider-Man tried to web her to safety without accounting for the whiplash, which led to her neck snapping. His counterpart in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 also makes a similar mistake. This incarnation, however, has to deal with such a situation Once per Episode (MJ in the first, Aunt May in the second and Gwen herself in the third), but he never tries to web them to safety directly, instead using different, creative ways to reach them and then decrease the speed using his webs. The result: he succeeds in all three scenarios.
- Adaptation Personality Change:
- Generally in-and-out-of costume, this Peter is more serious, especially since Sam Raimi toned down his Motor Mouth tendencies. That said, it does hew somewhat closer to Lee-Ditko Spider-Man where Peter out-of-costume was quite moody and angsty, owing to his poverty and Friendless Background.
- One departure from the comics (both original and modern) and the other versions is that this Peter, out-of-costume, is an Extreme Doormat, allowing Harry to treat him like crap (such as letting him slap him repeatedly at a party in public) and being a Love Martyr with Single-Target Sexuality for MJ and barely raising his voice against Jameson. In retrospect, this helps explain Peter's "evil", less-repressed side in Spider-Man 3 where he's under the control of the symbiote but it's very different from the comics and most versions, where Peter was never shy of expressing his disdain for Flash, for Harry Osborn (on their first meeting), and even saw MJ as a flake for her constant flip-flops. In the comics, Peter and Harry started off as enemies at college since Peter could never stand Harry's snobbish attitude while the latter ironically finds Peter's cold and aloof attitude to be "snobbish" as well.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: His web-shooters are natural. Prior to that, the comics had him use gadgets, while the Venom suit gave him unlimited webbing as a power, an effect which is lost in Spider-Man 3 when Peter gets the black suit and doesn't seem to get special advantages from the symbiote. While the original concept art and an early trailer shows Peter creating the mechanical web-shooters, the idea was scrapped in official movie release due to the trilogy being more grounded in realism, with Sam Raimi stating that something as sophisticated as the mechanical web-shooters would be unrealistic for a high school teenager to create on a budget.
- Afraid of Their Own Strength: After pushing over Mary Jane in a symbiote-induced rage, Peter looks at his hand in horror and tries his best to get rid of the strength his black suit provides.
- Age Lift: In the comics and most versions, Peter usually becomes Spider-Man during the middle of his high school years. Here, he officially becomes Spider-Man after graduating from high school like in the animated series.
- Alliterative Name: Peter Parker.
- All Webbed Up: In a change from the comics, his web-shooters are organic in this film series.
- Ambiguous Disorder: In the second film, it's highly suggested that Peter is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder while exhibiting many textbook symptoms.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Gee, I wonder what Animal Motif Spider-Man has?
- Arachnid Appearance and Attire: This is Spider-Man we're talking about. No further reason is needed to explain why he is the first entry for the comic book section in this trope.
- The Atoner: Peter's carelessness being partly responsible for his Uncle Ben's death is what motivates him to use his powers for good, unlike his nemesis, Green Goblin, who uses his newfound strength for settling personal scores, petty grudges, and for the high.
- Badass Boast: When Peter fully accepts his calling and everything that comes with it.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: While under the effects of the symbiote, Peter gradually morphs into every bully, jerk, creep and psycho he faced as Peter and Spider-Man. He becomes murderous and vengeful (like the Goblin), bossy and bullying (like Flash Thompson and J. Jonah Jameson), creepy and abusive (like most men in MJ's life) and most importantly, he blows up a pumpkin bomb in Harry's face, as payback to his son for what Goblin did to him at the end of Spider-Man 1 (where a pumpkin bomb shredded Peter's mask and left him a bloody mess).
- Being Good Sucks: He's Spider-Man, this is a given. Whenever he does the right thing, it's always at a huge personal cost. Lampshaded even.Peter: No matter what I do, no matter how hard I try, it's the ones I love who will always be the ones who pay.
- Beta Outfit: His wrestling attire which consists of a cobalt blue tracking pants, and red-colored long sleeve shirt, gloves, sneakers, and balaclava.
- Beware the Nice Ones: You don't want to make Spidey angry. Carradine and both Goblins learn this the hard way.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: The webs on his costume are unusually glossy. The same goes for the eyepieces, which can reflect images Peter sets his sight on.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: A subversion, despite being the Trope Namer. His perceived laziness is actually because he's fighting crime as Spider-Man.
- Brought Down to Badass: Losing his superpowers and becoming scrawny Peter Parker again in Spider-Man 2 doesn't stop him from running into a burning building without hesitation, dodging falling rubble, and rescuing a little girl from the blaze.
- Building Swing: As is expected from your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. He has two especially impressive 'final swings' at the end of the first and second films.
- Butt-Monkey: Crap usually happens to him. This is painfully worse in the second film.
- Character Development: Peter begins the series as a teenager focused on his own short-term gain; the sole reason he became Spider-Man was to get money for a car to get a girlfriend. However, Uncle Ben's death and the fact Peter could have prevented it caused him to grow a great deal, becoming truly heroic and unable to avoid saving others. Spider-Man 2 puts this to a test, where he quits being Spider-Man because of the toll it takes on his personal life but he eventually realizes he simply cannot allow people to be hurt when he can help them, with or without his powers. In addition, his powers and relative success in life leads to him taking a level in self-confidence, turning the Extreme Doormat Peter Parker of the first movie to a man considerably less afraid to say what he wants.
- Camera Fiend: Peter is an avid photographer, which leads to a career in the Daily Bugle.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Even after losing his powers and trying to live a normal life, he still storms into a burning building to save lives.
- Clark Kent Outfit: Despite gaining Heroic Build, Peter never wears clothes that flaunts it.
- Classical Anti-Hero: Just like the Classic Comic Spidey from the Lee/Ditko days.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: He has no idea that Betty, Ursula, and Gwen are attracted to him until the symbiote bonds with him. Even in the second movie, a couple of girls giggle at him (when he has lost his powers) and give him a sort of "he's cute" look.
- Cool Mask: Would he really be Spider-Man without it?
- Deadpan Snarker: Not to the same extent as his comic book counterpart, but Spidey does throw out a fair share of quips over the course of the series. He is considerably snarkier in the video game tie-ins, where he is voiced by Maguire again.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Peter (temporarily) losing his powers due to stress in the second film is written as an analogue for ejaculation problems by sexual impotence.
- The Dog Bites Back: In the third film, he gets his well-deserved revenge on Harry for all the crap the latter has put him through.
- Dork Knight: Peter becomes a much more confident, heroic, compassionate and daring person as he grows into a man, but he never loses his signature nerdiness or bashfulness, especially when it comes to Mary Jane (though he seems a lot less dorky as Spider-Man than as Peter Parker).
- Emotion Suppression: Since Uncle Ben died because Peter angrily lashed out at the fight promoter for stiffing him and realizing that his powers are dangerous if not carefully controlled, Peter generally suppresses his emotions in public and puts on a stoic mask. The symbiote unleashes his less suppressed side for all to see.
- Everyone Can See It: Pretty much everyone that's close to Peter knows of his crush on Mary Jane, to the point that Aunt May brings it up to him.May: Tell me, would it be so dangerous to let Mary Jane know how much you care? [chuckles] Everybody else knows!
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Infamously dons the "emo hair" during the height of the symbiote's influence.
- Extreme Doormat: His "friendship" with Harry mostly consists of letting the latter treat him like crap and putting up with it because of his Friendless Background, as he doesn't have others. It's implied that Peter was Harry's tutor who helped him in college, and Harry uses Peter's science stuff to put the moves on MJ and despite knowing how Peter felt about her, started a relationship with her behind his back (when he should have at least told him before). This continues in 2, where a drunk Harry openly slaps and insults Peter in public, and the latter out of guilt for his father's death simply takes it. The level of buried resentment that Peter keeps within him comes out in 3, thanks to the symbiote, where he finally pays Harry back for his entitled crap. It's also deconstructed when he wastes no time in exposing Eddie Brock as a fraud and liar when he discovers that he photo-manipulated his photos to frame Spider-Man in a negative light.
- That being said, by 3, he does start becoming slightly more confident, even before bonding with the symbiote. A couple of jerks shoot spitballs at him in class and instead of taking the abuse like he used to do in the first film, he gives them a Death Glare (although, one of them gives him a "what are you gonna do?" look, but he does back down). When Jameson reveals there's a job vacancy in the Bugle and he plans to give the job to Brock, Peter stands up for himself and says he deserves a staff job if it is available. Even Robbie backs him up after this. He also angrily raises his voice against Captain George Stacy when he finds out that Uncle Ben's true killer is out there and despite the fact that there were witnesses, Stacy never told the Parkers about it. Unfortunately, the symbiote soon arrives and enhances his aggression to the point where he becomes an out-and-out Jerkass and by the time it is removed, the third act begins and we never find out if he remains a confident person or goes back to being an Extreme Doormat again.
- Genius Bruiser: He is the top science student in high school. In college, he can't do anything much in the first half of the second film. For the second half of the second film and the entire third film, it's clearly shown he is Dr. Connors' top student.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: He keeps his words clean, unless if he wears the black suit.
- Grew a Spine: Bonding with the symbiote makes him incredibly assertive and unafraid to stand up to anyone. He shouts at Mr. Ditkovich for constantly pestering him to pay rent, acts more confident and smug around Jameson, and stands up to Harry's poor treatment and constant ridicule by beating the crap out of him.
- Even before bonding with the symbiote, after the events of the second movie and with the entire city embracing him as a hero everyone adores, he starts growing more confident and assertive. A couple of jerks shoot spitballs at him in class and instead of taking the abuse like he used to do in the first film, he gives them a Death Glare (although, one of them gives him a "what are you gonna do?" look, but he does back down). When Jameson reveals there's a job vacancy in the Bugle and he plans to give the job to Brock just because he was brownnosing him, Peter stands up for himself and says he deserves a staff job if it is available because he has been working there for years and even Robbie backs him up after this. He also angrily raises his voice against Captain George Stacy when he finds out that Uncle Ben's true killer is out there and despite the fact that there were witnesses, he never told the Parkers about it. Unfortunately, the symbiote soon arrives and enhances his aggression to the point where he becomes an out-and-out Jerkass and by the time it is removed, the third act begins and we never find out if he remains a confident person or goes back to being an Extreme Doormat again.
- Guilt Complex: Following the death of Uncle Ben being caused by his own negligence, and it doesn't really help after the death of Norman Osborn. It's even implied further in 3, where he tries to tell New Goblin that he didn't kill his father, but the tone which Peter uses feels more like he's trying to convince himself rather than his former friend.
- Happily Adopted: Ben and May aren't his biological parents, but nonetheless, Peter loves them unconditionally.Peter: I have a father. His name was Ben Parker.
- Happy Dance: Played with. Peter infamously did this during the height of the symbiote's influence, but he's instead presented as an overconfident douche.
- Healing Factor: His spider-powers also includes this as well.
- The Hero: Obviously, he is the main hero of the story.
- Heroes Want Redheads: He wanted Mary Jane since he was 6-years-old.
- Heroic Build: Easily the most muscular live-action Spider-Man to this day.
- Heroic BSoD: He has one briefly after realizing that Uncle Bens killer is the same guy as the thief he let go at the boxing place, and he could have prevented Bens death had he just bothered to stop the thief instead of letting him go to get back at the asshole manager.
- Heroic Second Wind: After the Green Goblin gives him the beatdown of his life in the first film's climax, he gets one of these after the Green Goblin tells him that, after he kills him, he'll be sure to give Mary Jane a "nice and slow" death. Spider-Man immediately turns the tables and beats the Goblin to the point where he's begging for mercy.
- Heroic Spirit: Shown best in the second film, where he does everything in his power to save civilians in a speeding train about to crash.
- Heroism Won't Pay the Bills: The second film opens with Peter screwing up at his job due to the interference of his duty as Spider-Man. Things went From Bad to Worse until the ending.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: For the most part averted, in contrast to the comics. Jameson still gives him a hard time, but the public loves him.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Shoots his first web accidentally in a high school cafeteria, resulting in a fight with Flash. Later, he tries to use it to web-swing, but it doesn't end well.
- Hypocrite: He tells Sandman he had a choice when he killed Peter's uncle when, just a day ago, Peter could have decided not to try and murder Sandman (though admittedly, that was probably from the symbiote's influence). When Sandman lays out his full story, however, Peter does recognize his hypocrisy, admitting "I've done terrible things too."
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Best shown in his fights against Sandman and both Goblins, where if he's really pushed to the point of rage, expect a thorough ass-kicking.
- Iconic Attribute Adoption Moment: Initially, Peter's Spider-Man outfit consists of a red balaclava, a sweater with a spider symbol, red-striped blue jogging pants, and gloves, and assumes his more iconic outfit once he gets famous.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: In all three films, Peter considers his choices that led to his Uncle Ben's demise to be his greatest failure, which eventually comes to a head in Spider-Man 3.
- Iconic Outfit: The trilogy's Spider-Man suit is one of the most popular iterations of the costume in the character's history. The black suit in the third film is very popular as well.
- Iconic Sequel Outfit: While the two versions of the red and blue suit that Spidey wears are nearly identical, the suit in the second and third movies has a darker shade of blue, a thicker, more prominent black spider on the chest, and a larger red spider on the back with more spindly legs compared to the suit in the first movie. The second red/blue suit was the version added to Spider-Man (PS4) after much fan demand.
- Informed Ability: His intellect. The films describe Peter as an intellectual nerd who is one of Dr. Connors' best students. However, aside from saying a couple of scientific facts, we never really see just how intelligent that the films build him up to be, as the focus is typically on Peter's life problems and his relationships with other people rather than anything relating to his personality.
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Played straight in the first film, and subverted in the second film. Peter believes he's doing this for Mary Jane. Everything he's experienced in the first movie convinces him that having his dream relationship with MJ is a bad idea, especially for her, so he rebuffs her affections and puts her firmly in the friend-zone. After learning he is Spider-Man in the second film, which recontextualizes their entire friendship, Mary Jane revisits their conversation from before and argues that Peter should let her make her own informed decisions. She knows there would be risks involved with dating a superhero, but they'd be well worth it to her and she would like to face them with him, head-on. Peter is touched by this sentiment and acquiesces her request.
- Jerkass Ball: In Spider-Man 3, Peter starts to become much more cocky, obnoxious and even vengeful due to the influence of the alien symbiote. It isn't until he knocks MJ to the ground in a fit of rage that he realizes what the suit is doing to him before finally discarding it for good.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He may have been under the influence of the Venom symbiote but he isn't wrong to report Eddie Brock for falsely editing the Spider-Man photos.
- Jerkass Realization: After he hits Mary Jane, he realizes that his Acquired Situational Narcissism only brings pain to him and his loved ones.
- Kick the Morality Pet: 3 has Peter turn into a complete asshole due to the influence of the symbiote. He eventually goes on a date with Gwen Stacy (after getting dumped by Mary Jane), walks into the bar MJ is working at and proceeds to enter a song and dance meant to humiliate her. Finally, the bouncer gets fed up and tries to throw him out. Peter easily deflects him, but also instinctively knocks MJ down when she tries to grab him. The resulting horror he feels at the incident is what forces him to realize the symbiote is changing him for the worse and spurs him to get rid of it.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: He did not make a physical appearance in the massive Spider-Verse crossover event due to Sony owning the rights to his incarnation of the character. However, the comic at one point leaves a strong implication that he was indeed among the dozens of Spider-Men recruited into the battle against Morlun and the Inheritors, as there's a brief moment where two Spider-Men remark that they saw a Spider-Man that looked exactly like "the guy from Seabiscuit."
- He has two that are intertwined — a primal, determined, and heroic theme for his Spider-Man persona and a quieter, introspective, and noble theme for his true identity as Peter Parker, symbolizing his heroic heart and his relationship with his Uncle Ben. Word of God from Danny Elfman is that he felt like Peter needed two leitmotifs, to capture both halves of his personality as a clever daredevil and a troubled teen. There are numerous variations on Spider-Man and Peter Parker's themes throughout the trilogy, but the two of them are established in full in the "Main Titles" suite from the first film.
- He also shares a tender, humble and earnest love theme with Mary Jane that underscores many of their scenes together throughout the trilogy; growing progressively stronger in the first film as they create a genuine bond. It's most prominent during their iconic alleyway kiss, their second kiss at Norman's funeral, the climax of the second film, when Peter sends her to be with John, and the stargazing scene early in the third film.
- Lightning Bruiser: He can swiftly dodge attacks just as easily as he can knock criminals out with the sheer strength of his punches and kicks.
- Literally Loving Thy Neighbor: With MJ. Peter has had a crush on her since they were in grade school, and after having numerous ship-tease moments in the first two films, they finally become an official couple at the end of Spider-Man 2.
- Living Emotional Crutch: As the trilogy stretches on, Peter becomes one for Mary Jane. She grew up with an emotionally abusive father who never supported her and destroyed her self-esteem, telling her she was a born failure, and her attempts at finding companionship with her various boyfriends all failed due to their relationships being hollow and loveless. Throughout the first film, Peter is the only one who takes an interest in her for who she is, tries to support her dreams and ambitions, and encourages her to be her true self more often. In a way, Peter was the first person to show her what real, unconditional love was, and as MJ surmises at the end of both Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker helped her out and made a big difference on her life just as much as Spider-Man did.
- Lovable Nerd: As always.
- Made of Iron: He is able to withstand a pumpkin bomb explosion to the face, absorbing the friction of a full-speed train and being repeatedly smashed by a giant sand monster.
- Masked Luchador: Briefly, though he technically wrestled wearing a balaclava. Also his Beta Outfit.
- The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Spider-Man often interferes with Peter's personal life, and trying to keep his secret identity from Mary Jane starts to drive them apart and nearly destroys their friendship in Spider-Man 2.
- Master of the Mixed Message: MJ justifiably calls him out on this throughout 2. He rebuffed her affections at the end of 1, but still flirts with her, unintentionally, during their friendship. He reacts badly to her moving on with John Jameson and tries to get her to like him even when she's committed to someone. Their meeting at the café in 2 when Dr. Octopus attacks have her openly asking Peter if he loves her, to which he blatantly and obviously lies and tells her no.
- Mr. Fanservice: Gets a Shirtless Scene in all the three movies. And his skin-tight suit also gets some Female Gaze.
- My Greatest Failure: Uncle Ben's death.
- Nerd: Peter is super nerdy, introverted, and socially awkward, which made him unpopular in high school but doesn't stop him from winning MJ's heart with his kind and heroic nature. He gains confidence over the course of the trilogy, but he never loses his signature nerdiness, i.e. his shy timid, and passive nature.
- Nice Guy: Peter can be a bit conceited at times, but he mostly has a kind, friendly and mild-mannered demeanor, and he moonlights as a superhero. Though the alien suit makes him not-so-nice in the third film.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: While removing the symbiote is a good first step to redemption, the alien lifeform just attaches itself to someone worse.
- The Nicknamer: Downplayed, but he refers to the Green Goblin as "Gobby" once in the first film, calls Octavius "Ock" in the climax of the second film and refers to Harry as "little goblin junior" in the third.
- Not Now, Kiddo: Spider-Man and the Green Goblin are trying to have an "I'm-badder-than-you" conversation in Jameson's office, and Jameson simply will not shut up. The former sticks Jameson's mouth shut with webbing and says "Hey, kiddo. Let Mom and Dad talk for a minute, will ya?"
- Only Friend: Harry was his only friend since grade school. This was the first time Peter is shown to have this since in the comics he had a Friendless Background. Even then, Harry was a terrible friend and the two weren't very close, so it still applies.
- Ordinary High-School Student: He graduates from high school during the first film, and attends university for the rest of the films.
- The Paragon: Best summed up by Aunt May in Spider-Man 2.May: Too few characters out there, flying around like that, saving old girls like me. And Lord knows, kids like Henry need a hero. Courageous, self-sacrificing people. Setting examples for all of us. Everybody loves a hero. People line up for them, cheer them, scream their names. And years later, they'll tell how they stood in the rain for hours just to get a glimpse of the one who taught them how to hold on a second longer. I believe there's a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally allows us to die with pride, even though sometimes we have to be steady and give up the thing we want the most. Even our dreams.
- Parting Words Regret: In a change from the comics, his last conversation with Ben builds to this.Ben: I don't mean to lecture, I don't mean to preach. And I know I'm not your father—
Peter: [annoyed] Then stop pretending to be!
- Pay Evil unto Evil:
- In the first film, when the wrestling arena manager scams him out of his $3,000, Peter has no problem letting the robber get off scot-free with the manager's money. Unfortunately, this does instigate his uncle's death.
- Given that he was a remorseless criminal and was indirectly responsible for Uncle Ben's death, it's hard to feel sorry for Dennis Carradine as Peter gives him a beatdown.
- While it was under the symbiote's influence, getting Eddie Brock fired for photography fraud was the right thing to do.
- Given how poorly Harry had treated him throughout the series and getting finally fed up with Harry trying to murder him, Peter giving him a harsh "The Reason You Suck" Speech and cruelly taunting him after kicking his ass in a fight wasn't totally unwarranted. Throwing the pumpkin bomb back in Harry's face... less so.Peter: No, [Norman] despised you. You were an embarrassment to him. Oh, look at little Goblin Junior. You gonna cry?
- Politically Incorrect Hero: In spite of Peter's meek demeanor, he was not above attacking Bonesaw's masculinity with homophobic quips.Peter: That's a cute outfit. Did your husband give it to you?
- Precision F-Strike: He does one of these while under the influence of the black suit in response to Mr. Ditkovich once again demanding rent from him.Peter: You'll get your rent when fix this damn door!
- Pretty Boy: He was played by Tobey Maguire after all.
- Primary-Color Champion: He wears a red and blue costume.
- Psychosomatic Superpower Outage: In the second film, Peter loses his powers after being guilt-ridden from Norman's death and the stress from balancing his superhero and civilian life.
- Refusal of the Call: Peter refused to stop the robber to spite the Jerkass he was robbing; this indirectly led to his Uncle Ben's death.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
- In the first film, he chases down and attacks the robber who killed his Uncle Ben. He still doesn't go easy on him when he begs for mercy. Peter only stops upon realizing that he was the same robber he let go earlier, before the robber pulls a gun on him and he indirectly kills the robber in self-defense.Robber: Don't hurt me. Just give me a chance! JUST GIVE ME A CHANCE!!
Peter: What about my uncle? Did you give him a chance? Did you?! Answer me!
- Also, upon realizing that Flint Marko was Uncle Ben's real killer, he confronts and attacks Flint in the sewer while he's with the symbiote. Fortunately, upon learning his uncle's death was an accident, he apologizes to Flint and realizes he was wrong for hunting him down.
- In the first film, he chases down and attacks the robber who killed his Uncle Ben. He still doesn't go easy on him when he begs for mercy. Peter only stops upon realizing that he was the same robber he let go earlier, before the robber pulls a gun on him and he indirectly kills the robber in self-defense.
- Shirtless Scene: Gets one in each movie.
- Silent Snarker: Unlike his comic book counterpart, he often expresses his annoynce towards Jameson and Mr. Ditkovich this way.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Mary Jane is the only person he truly loved. Which is a sharp departure from the comics where Peter initially dated Betty Brant, while secretly being a crush to Liz Allan, and then Gwen Stacy, and where he and MJ in the comics had a long on-and-off romance owing to their own individual neurotic nature.
- Socially Awkward Hero: He's this to a bigger extent than his other versions, though by the third film, he becomes more confident and assertive.
- Spider-Sense: Able to detect any possible danger surrounding him. Shown in the first film, but only implied in the sequels.
- Static Character: Like in the comics, this version of Peter Parker is a very nerdy and awkward young adult who lacks self-confidence, but unlike the comics, he doesn't grow out of it from his duties as Spider-Man and doesn't really develop much self-confidence to be able to stand up for himself from the looks of his relationships with Harry and J. Jonah Jameson until much later onnote .
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Thanks to his Super Reflexes, Peter can slip in places in and out quickly before people notice he's gone. However, only a few supervillains are able to detect his presence.
- The Stoic: One of the most serious incarnations of Spidey as he lacks the Motor Mouth tendencies from the comics.
- Strong and Skilled: Due to his many battles against the Green Goblin and Doc Ock (and possibly Shocker, Vulture, Scorpion, Rhino, and Mysterio), he's this by the third film. Notably, despite having the same powers and weaponry as his father (who had Peter on the backfoot constantly when they fought in the first film), Harry is quickly defeated by Peter in their first fight, even though Peter was caught off guard and deliberately not trying to hurt him.
- Super Reflexes: Peter is incredibly speedy and agile, able to dodge incoming punches and projectiles as an effect of his mutation.
- Super Strength: Enough to stop a runaway train (with a little help from his webs)!
- Super Toughness: There's at least one moment in all three movies where he's able to put up a strong fight even after having been given a powerful beatdown from his enemies. Peter's most impressive feat in the trilogy is being able to stop an out-of-control train with only a few webs and his body as the strain threatens to tear him apart.
- Temporarily a Villain: Peter spends most of the third film as a self-absorbed jackass thanks to the symbiote's influence amplifying his suppressed aggression.
- Theme Music Power-Up: Subverted. Peter's Spider-Man persona has an overwhelmingly heroic theme that opens every film in the trilogy. After losing his drive and his confidence for a while, Peter is inspired by Aunt May to resume being Spider-Man again, and he decides to test his abilities by jumping from one rooftop to another. His hero theme fires up in all its determined glory and for a moment it seems like he's regained his abilities... and then he drops down, screaming, towards the cement and bounces off someone's car.
- Tranquil Fury: Like nearly all of his rogue gallery found out the hard way, a silent and pissed-off Spidey is much more dangerous when The Gloves Come Off.
- Unlucky Everydude: Especially in the second film. Being Spider-Man threatens to destroy every facet of his life as Peter Parker, which is why he quits the job for a month.
- Wall Crawl: Thanks to small hairs on his fingertips.
- With Friends Like These...: He is somehow Harry's best friend, even though the latter often takes advantage of him, tries to take MJ away from him, and gradually becomes an asshole to him. In the third film, however, Peter has had enough of him.
- With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Taught to him by his uncle.
- Working-Class Hero: True to the source material, Peter struggles to make ends meet. A huge part of the second film is him struggling to juggle his superhero career with his academics and his (initially) two part-time jobs.
- You Fight Like a Cow: Throws battle taunts once or twice in each film; in other words, significantly less than in the comics. Since the Raimi movies were made with the intent to wring as much drama out of the character and the world (since for all they knew this could have been the only time he showed up in the movies), there aren't too many situations for Spider-Man to trade quips without going into Mood Whiplash. In the comics, Spidey is known to shut up when things get serious, which is a large amount of all three films.
The Girl Next Door and the love of Peter's life. Mary Jane was Peter's Childhood Friend before getting involved with him romantically. Throughout the trilogy, she provides Peter with morale and support and is often the Damsel in Distress during the climax of each movie.
- Abusive Parents: Her father is... not a model parent. A lot of Mary Jane's emotional issues and her Fatal Flaw of being overly self-conscious stem from her father treating her terribly and destroying her self-esteem growing up, which negatively affects many of her choices throughout the trilogy.
- Adaptational Early Appearance:
- She's the very first character introduced in the trilogy (Peter was narrating). In the comics, MJ was famously The Ghost then The Faceless prior to her introduction.
- She's also Peter's first introduced love interest in the films and his first girlfriend in general, whereas in the comics, Peter had been with Betty Brant, Liz Allan, and Gwen Stacy by the time he and MJ finally got together.
- Adaptational Wimp: Another thing that got lost by turning her into a Composite Character. Not only is she rarely kidnapped in the comics, but when she does, she's a Damsel out of Distress more often than not, sometimes even ending with a Rescue Reversal. However, she gets kidnapped so many times in these films that, for people not familiar with her comic book counterpart, she's a poster girl of the Distressed Damsel trope. Only in Spider-Man 3 does she more resemble her comic book counterpart when it comes to how she handles her captivity.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Since she's a Composite Character of herself, Liz Allan, and Gwen Stacy, this Mary Jane is more serious, melancholy, and emotional than the tough-as-nails survivor hiding behind a mask of superficial cheerfulness that is closer to comics MJ. The Mary Jane in the Mainstream and Ultimate Marvel comics was known for being very witty and charming and generally eases up Peter when he gets too serious in addition to being the first of Spider-Man's girlfriends to match his unique gift for the snark.
- The Big Damn Kiss: Her upside-down kiss with Spider-Man is legendary.
- Character Development: Throughout the first two films, Mary Jane struggles between what her heart wants and what she thinks she should have, a conflict that stems from her low amount of self-esteem and the abusive upbringing her father gave her. When it comes to her love interests, she often tends to go for guys who have impressive showings either through wealth or fame. But she eventually comes to realize these relationships are shallow and loveless, and that she's better off with someone who truly loves her for she is and makes her happy, which she finds in Peter. She learns to stop letting her insecurities and her troubled past hold her back from having a happy and fulfilling future.
- Celebrity Paradox: The first film mentions Interview with the Vampire, the film which served as Kirsten Dunst's breakthrough as a child actress. Doubles as Actor Allusion.
- Composite Character: She's a composite of Peter's love interests:
- The opening section has her being Liz Allan. Like Liz, MJ in the movies is a classmate and longtime crush of Peter's who is much higher on the social ladder and dates Flash Thompson and Harry Osborn (who in the comics Liz later married). MJ in the comics only met Peter after he graduated high school, and while she did date Flash and Harry, that was On the Rebound after her initial relationship with Peter ended owing to him preferring Gwen Stacy at the time, and if anything, she was the one chasing after him until their first serious relationship began.
- Sam Raimi also modeled her on Gwen, notably her more serious and melancholy personality. Gwen in the comics went through several personality shifts (some of which were inspired by MJ's popularity), but she also dated Flash and Harry before choosing Peter. Likewise, she gets to be the damsel that Goblin drops from the bridge albeit Peter saves her.
- Of course, she is still largely MJ in the fact that she loves Peter and Spider-Man, is comfortable with the idea of dating a superhero (something comics Gwen would never have been), constantly chooses the poor Peter over her rich suitors (Harry, John Jameson), gets jealous and insecure whenever other girls give Peter attention (Raimi's Gwen in the third film), and is a struggling scrapper and aspiring actress/model who constantly has to deal with Slut-Shaming from her father, her employers, Norman Osborn, and others. There is also some Ultimate MJ influence since the Ultimate comics were developed at the same time as the first movie. Notably, she and Peter have known each other since childhood along with the fact that, while pretty, she isn't the seemingly unattainable bombshell she is in the Mainstream Marvel comics.
- The Confidant: After she learns about his secret identity and the struggles of being a superhero at the end of the second film, Mary Jane tries to act as a confidant in the third film and be someone Peter can turn to for emotional support, the way he's generally tried to support her, but he shuts her out.
- Damsel in Distress: Ends up getting kidnapped by villains in every film.
- Damsel out of Distress: While she does ultimately have to be saved from falling by Peter (with aid from Harry), she actually gets out of danger repeatedly during the climax of Spider-Man 3 (dodging falling bricks, jumping out of a falling truck, swinging on a web to avoid said truck crushing her and hanging on for a good while), and even saves Peter from Venom at one point by dropping a cement brick on his head.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Mary Jane was raised by a verbally abusive, and possibly physically abusive, father who destroyed her self-esteem growing up.
- Deuteragonist: The second most important character in the trilogy after Peter himself.
- Fatal Flaw: The first film establishes that Mary Jane often tries to hide inner turmoil behind a cheery smile. Thanks to her father's abuse, Mary Jane has little faith in her talents or lack of and is very self-conscious about what she does for a living and who she dates. This trait starts to catch up to her in the third film when she gets unceremoniously fired from her dream gig, and she's too proud to tell Peter the truth right away.
- Fiery Redhead: Mary Jane is one of the most famous examples of this trope.
- Girl Next Door: She's referred to as such by Peter since they live next to each other and grew up together. She even provides the page image.
- Heroes Want Redheads: She is The Hero's One True Love and is a redhead.
- Hourglass Plot: In 1, she was the unattainable perfect girl for Peter, while in 3, Peter is the popular superhero who attracts the eye of younger and more prettier girls while MJ is having doubts about her career and the future of their relationship.
- Hypocrite: In 3, she chastises Peter for recreating their upside-down kiss with Gwen. It is justified since kissing Gwen may not have been Peter's idea but it didn't stop him from milking the situation for all it was worth. But it is, however, worth noting that when they had "That kiss", back in the first installment of the trilogy, she was dating Harry at the time, so she gets mad at Peter for doing the exact same thing that she did towards someone else.
- Insecure Love Interest: In 3, when her career goes on the skids and she sees Peter (as Spider-Man) flirting and interacting with Gwen, she starts feeling jealous that Peter could trade her in for a younger model which, given the bullying and constant insults she faces throughout the films for her looks, is understandable.
- Jerkass Ball: Holds this big time in the second film, in which she doesn't take the time to listen to Peter's explainations as to why he couldn't show up to her plays. Not to mention abruptly leaving her fiancé John Jameson at the alter.
- Laugh of Love:
- In Spider-Man, following the famous kiss-in-the-rain scene between Spider-Man and Mary Jane, she giggles as Spider-Man swings off. This is a Mythology Gag and an inversion of their Big Damn Kiss in the comics (Amazing Spider-Man #142) when it was Peter who gave the laugh of love.
- In Spider-Man 2, Mary Jane is laughing happily as she runs to Peter's place in her wedding dress, as she's realized that he's the one she truly loves.
- Leitmotif: She shares a tender, humble and earnest love theme with Peter that underscores many of their scenes together throughout the trilogy; growing progressively stronger in the first film as they create a genuine bond. It's most prominent during their iconic alleyway kiss, their second kiss at Norman's funeral, the climax of the second film, when Peter sends her to be with John, and the stargazing scene early in the third film.
- Literally Loving Thy Neighbor: With Peter.
- Little Black Dress: She's wearing one in the third film during Peter's failed marriage proposal.
- Loves My Alter Ego: She initially fell for Spider-Man rather than Peter. Unlike other versions, this example moves and impresses Peter because she expressed it when everyone in New York was slamming him for being a menace (led by Jameson) and Peter was seriously thinking that Goblin had a point about saving a bunch of ingrates. The fact that MJ expressed her affection and gratitude for Spider-Man when the rest of society didn't restores Peter's faith in being a superhero. The fact she did it with what is certainly Peter's First Kiss only sealed the deal. Of course, by the end of 1, she ends up loving Peter but he then rebuffs her which upsets her in the second film.
- Made of Iron: MJ gets slammed into concrete balustrades hard enough to break them, takes multi-storey falls, gets smacked around by Doctor Octopus and Venom, all without any injury.
- Morality Pet: In Spider-Man 1, when Peter is in a bad mood about Jameson's shenanigans to the point that he wonders if maybe Goblin has a point about the people wanting to tear down a hero, MJ's support for Spider-Man and her kiss of thanks restores his heroic spirit to the point that he outright rejects and fights Goblin the next time, infuriating him. In Spider-Man 3, after all the terrible things Peter does under the symbiote's control, it's striking Mary Jane that gets him to snap out of it, since she's the person he cares about the most and that he's fully aware that he's treating her like how all her jerk boyfriends and her own father did.
- Ms. Fanservice: Most of MJ's outfits accentuate her figure. Perhaps the most famous is her Sexy Soaked Shirt during her and Spidey's upside-down kiss in the first film.
- Nice Girl: In the first movie, Mary Jane is kind, flirtatious, outgoing and vivacious, if a bit more troubled than she lets on. She has her moments in the other two as well, whenever she's not stressed out.
- The Obstructive Love Interest: In the second film. Though it's not by choice since she's totally okay with Peter being Spider-Man. He, however, thinks she can't handle it so he keeps putting off telling her.
- Official Couple: With Peter.
- On the Rebound: Mary Jane confesses how much she's started to love Peter at the end of the first film and shares The Big Damn Kiss with him, but he rebuffs her affections and refuses to tell her why (secretly, he thinks it's best if she keeps his distance from him). Mary Jane holds out hope that he might change his mind and they might become more than friends for the following two years (during which time he apparently tries to avoid her) until she finally gives up and decides to move on with her life by seeing a new guy, John Jameson. At which point, Peter decides to win her attention back. Mary Jane is quite rightly annoyed with his terrible timing and his unintentional mind games, so she treats him quite coldly and tries to convince both herself and Peter that she truly loves John. However, as the movie stretches on, MJ is forced to acknowledge that the spark between her and Peter still exists and that John really is just a rebound.
- Post-Kiss Catatonia: After kissing Spider-Man, MJ is so stunned her movement is slowed.
- Secret Keeper: At the end of the first film, after their Big Damn Kiss, Mary Jane starts to suspect Peter might be Spider-Man. During the climax of the second film, she finally learns Peter's secret identity, and for the entirety of their third film, is fully aware of his double life as a vigilante.
- Sexy Soaked Shirt: Famously so during the infamous upside-down kiss in the first film. Happens again in climax of the second film when she was kidnapped by Doc Ock, as the Final Battle takes place near the bay area.
- Smooch of Victory: After saving her life twice, and receiving only smears for his heroism, MJ rewards Spider-Man with a passionate snog.
- Stepford Smiler: Heavily implied. Early in the first film, MJ forces a sunny demeanor when Flash picks her up immediately after having a raw and emotional conversation with Peter about her rough upbringing.
- Tsundere: In the second and third films. Though from her perspective at the time, it's Peter who comes off as this.
- Vapor Wear: Her respective Sexy Soaked Shirt scenes in the first two films show that she doesn't wear bras.
- Woman Scorned: She is pretty upset with Peter rebuffing her affections at the end of 1 and this cools off their relationship in 2. It's implied that her dating John Jameson is partly a ploy to make Peter jealous and own up to how he feels about her. She also repeatedly calls him out for his mixed messages of giving obvious signs of being in love with her while also stiffing her and then claiming they'd be Better as Friends. She also blows up at him when she sees him kissing Gwen at a charity function.
Harry Osborn / New Goblin
Harry Osborn is the son of Oscorp CEO Norman Osborn and is the second Green Goblin. Was Peter's best friend before he finds Spider-Man with the body of his dead father. Now Harry won't stop at anything until he avenges his father.
- Adaptation Name Change: Instead of carrying over the Green Goblin name from his father like in the comics and most adaptations, this Harry instead opts to call himself the New Goblin.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Harry isn't usually depicted as particularly handsome in the comics, but the film series casts Pretty Boy James Franco for the role and didn't downplay it.
- Adaptation Personality Change: In the comics, Harry was a fop who still wound up with the "cool" crowd at college due to his money and status. Rather than being Peter's cool rich friend, Harry was the loser whose girlfriends either dumped him to be with Peter (Gwen) or were Peter's rebounds (MJ). He also became a drug addict (which ended his relationship with MJ in the comics since she didn't want to be anywhere near a train wreck). By casting Franco, Harry appears to be legitimately cool (which never was the case with his comic book counterpart) and an actual romantic rival for MJ's affections with Peter which wasn't the case in the comics. This characterization of him (aside from his romantic interest in MJ) was possibly inspired by his similarly cool appearance in Ultimate Spider-Man, which had been running for well over a year by the time the first movie came out.
- The Alcoholic: Implied. After his father's death, particularly in the second movie, Harry is usually seen with a drink in hand and is shown visibly drunk a few times.
- All There in the Script: He is never referred to as the "New Goblin" in Spider-Man 3, only in promotional material and merchandise.
- The Atoner: Becomes this near the end of the third film after finding out that Peter didn't really kill his father, along with realizing just how much of a crappy friend he actually was to him.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: His entire fighting style in the third film just amounts to this in his two attempts to murder Peter. Justified as Harry is just starting out as a villain (which means he lacks experience and is arrogant to believe that his former meek "friend" that he defended from bullies in high school wouldn't amount much in an actual fight), and deconstructed as Peter is smart and experienced enough as a fighter (since he's been Spider-Man for over three years and has already fought against three very dangerous villains) to take advantage of this weakness.
- Avenging the Villain: Mistakenly assumes Spider-Man to have murdered his father and swears revenge. Attempts this in the third film.
- Bastard Boyfriend: He's quite controlling over MJ, belittling her dress choices when she appears at the Unity Parade and largely treating her like arm candy, and then weakly defending her from his father's insults, and indeed taking his side when she furiously walks out.MJ: Thanks for sticking up for me, Harry.
Harry: You heard?
MJ: Everyone heard that creep.
Harry: That creep is my father, all right? If I'm lucky, I'll become half of what he is so just keep your mouth shut about stuff you don't understand!
- Big Bad Ensemble: He's out to kill Peter during the first half of Spider-Man 3, but is overshadowed by Sandman and Venom.
- Big Bad Wannabe:
- He becomes this in Spider-Man 2, as he wants Spider-Man dead while Doc Ock is the real threat. Ock brings Spider-Man to Harry out of a deal to get tritium, but he cant kill him when he discovers that its Peter.
- Falls into this again in the third movie. After trying to kill Spider-Man in the beginning he's quickly defeated and ends up developing amnesia. After recovering he resorts to simple emotional revenge, trying to get him and Mary Jane to break up, before being easily beaten up by a Venom-enhanced Peter.
- Big Damn Heroes: In the third movie, just as Sandman is about to land the final blow on Spider-Man, a pumpkin bomb lands on the left side of the former's face and explodes. Seconds later, Harry shows up on his glider to help Spider-Man against Sandman and Venom.
- Big "SHUT UP!": Unsurprisingly, when Peter tries to convince New Goblin that he didn't kill Norman in their first fight, the latter isn't having it.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: He utilizes a contracted, triple-bladed arm guard on his right arm in his attempt to kill Peter in the third film. Peter manages to break the blades off in their second fight.
- Combat Pragmatist: Like his late father, Harry is not above using sneak attacks, advanced weaponry, and psychological warfare in his quest to murder Peter twice in the third film.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's never referred to as the Green Goblin after taking his father's equipment. Promotional materials give him the moniker "New Goblin."
- Cool Board: As New Goblin, Harry rides a streamlined, snowboard-shaped goblin glider (known as the Sky Stick in the promotional materials).
- Cool Sword: He uses a contractible laser sword in his two attempts to assassinate Peter, but is not a Master Swordsman since he all does with it is just trying to repeatedly slash and stab at latter (and failing at it as well).
- Dead Person Conversation: He hallucinates his dead father in the second and third films.
- Death by Disfigurement: Double Subverted. He suffers from facial burns and an Eye Scream in his second and final fight against Peter, but didn't really die until the final battle with Peter against Venom and Sandman.
- Didn't Think This Through: Attempts to get revenge on Peter by forcing Mary Jane to break up with him under a death threat, and then brags about kissing her before trying to kill him. Apparently, he forgot that the person who he was trying to get revenge on was, well, Spider-Man, who's not only more experienced but has also become much more vengeful after getting the symbiote. A thorough ass-kicking and a bomb to the face later, and Harry learns his plan may not have been his best idea. Even before the fight, he has a Villain Ball moment where after he feigns concern for Peter, he immediately blows his cover by smugly winking at him through the window.
- Easy Amnesia: Forgets about his vendetta against Spider-Man (along with his secret identity) after sustaining a head injury. Given that he still remembers his dad's death yet doesn't feel anything, it's implied his amygdala was damaged to the point where his ability to feel aggression was stunted, which would explain why he's so carefree and childlike afterward. However, he regains his memories upon being spurred by MJ (again) when she realized her mistake of kissing Harry out of jealousy for Peter kissing Gwen.
- Entitled Bastard: Harry is basically a rich kid, spoiled by his parents, and neglected by his father and he still expects stuff to come his way because of his upbringing and Norman's name. He expects Peter to be an Extreme Doormat, MJ to regard him as the best thing that happened to her, and the fact that his father was a terrorist is a minor detail compared to his issues with him. Even before that, Peter and MJ reflect on Harry's utter ignorance about life for poor people and his subtle classism.MJ: I think he'd hate the idea of my waiting tables. He'd think it was low or something.
Peter: It's not low. You have a job. You know, Harry doesn't live on a little place I like to call Earth.
- Eye Scream: He becomes blind in his right eye in the third film as a result of his pumpkin bomb disfiguring his face.
- Facial Horror: In the third film, he gets the right side of his face disfigured by a pumpkin bomb he tried to throw at Peter, only to have it thrown back at him.
- False Friend: Implied in the first film, and becomes quite apparent in the second one.
- Foil: He and Peter are opposites in many ways. Harry comes from a fairly wealthy background while Peter's financial issues are a frequent concern for him and his family. Harry is distant with his father, Peter has a loving relationship with his aunt and uncle. Harry's father's death fills him with a constant desire for revenge, while Peter's uncle's death inspires him to be Spider-Man.
- Freudian Excuse: Hinted that much of his personality stems from his relationship with his father.
- Generation Xerox: Took up his father's mantle and became the New Goblin, then perished the same way as the former, albeit in a different context: Both got stabbed by their own glider which was supposed to be for Spider-Man, but where Norman was trying to attack Spider-Man and was Hoist by His Own Petard when Spidey moved out of harm's way, Harry died pulling a Heroic Sacrifice when Venom tried to attack Peter with it.
- Good Thing You Can Heal!: Thanks to the improved Goblin Formula, Harry is able to heal somewhat faster than a normal human. However, it's unknown if he could heal a burned-out eye and the rest of the scar on the right side of his face.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: In Spider-Man 3, the explosion caused by his pumpkin bomb after Peter threw it back at him caused his right side of his face to be disfigured, making him look like Spider-Man's own Two-Face but it's a subversion because it's only after becoming scarred and losing his good looks that Harry becomes a decent person.
- Handicapped Badass: Is blinded in his right eye after a pumpkin bomb thrown by symbiote-powered Peter explodes next to his face in the third film.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Goes from good to bad at the start of Spider-Man 3, then turns good again after suffering amnesia, then returns to villainy when his memories return, and finally becomes good once more after coming to his senses towards the end of the film.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He gets impaled by his own glider while saving Peter in the third movie.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In his two failed attempts to assassinate Peter, it involves him being brutally defeated with his own gadgets being flung back at him with the latter's webbing.
- Hypocrite: In his drunken rant against Peter in the second movie, he basically accuses him of being a False Friend and for "stealing" Mary Jane from him. It's quite ironic considering the numerous hints of Harry taking advantage of Peter throughout high school, and despite knowing how much the latter likes MJ, he still pursues a relationship with her behind Peter's back, and only told him about it after going steady with MJ (which that itself is a dick move).
- If I Can't Have You : In the third movie, he ruined Peter and Mary Jane's relationship, the former for killing his father and the latter for breaking his heart a second time (which also led to him regaining his memory).
- Irony: He dies in a similar way to his father but out a desire to save Peter rather than wanting to kill him.
- Inadequate Inheritor: It becomes quite noticeable when becoming the New Goblin in the third film.
- It's All About Me: Hit with this like a freight train in the third movie. But he had this throughout the first two films too.
- Jerkass: He has his endearing moments, but even before Peter became Spider-Man, there are hints that he's just using him, most noticeably when he uses one of Peter's fun facts to impress Mary Jane. He also gets defensive when MJ called his dad a "creep" because she overheard him insulting her and, well, being a legitimate creep.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- While pursuing a relationship with MJ behind Peter's back was a rather dishonest and dickish move on Harry's part, he wasn't wrong with pointing out that Peter technically never did make a move on MJ due to his shyness.
- Just before their second fight in the third film where Harry is deliberately provoking the symbiote-influenced Peter about how he was the better boyfriend for MJ and how good it was to make-out with her, he wasn't wrong with pointing out how the latter failed to be there for her emotionally with the way that he kisses Gwen Stacy in the same way that he did with MJ for a publicity stunt.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Character flaws aside, he does appreciate his friendship with Peter and Mary Jane, which is especially showcased in the third movie during his time having amnesia and at the end where he sacrifices his life for them.
- Know When to Fold Them: After two failed assassination attempts on his former friend, getting his ass embarrassingly handed to him, and gaining scars that disfigured his once handsome face, Harry wisely backed off afterward.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Considering his overall behavior and poor treatment of his friend and ex-girlfriend throughout the second and third film, he finally gets a sound beatdown by the same Extreme Doormat of a "friend" he treated poorly who's going through a Jerkass Ball, getting his own "attacked in the heart" when Peter states that Norman never loved him for being an embarrassment, and getting his own pumpkin bomb blown up in his face for good measure.
- Legacy Character: Takes his father's equipment and becomes the New Goblin.
- Locked Out of the Loop: The Osborns' butler knew all along that Norman/the Green Goblin was killed by his own glider, not by Spider-Man, but for some reason, he decides to wait until after Harry is disfigured by Peter and one of his own pumpkin bombs to tell him as such.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Norman being a distant father, who had a bad marriage, and his own fame as a scientist caused problems for Harry who got expelled from a number of high schools before going to a regular high school where he met Peter and MJ. Him being an outsider is what brought him and Peter together even if they otherwise don't have much in common.
- Made of Iron: To a lesser extent than Spider-Man after being enhanced with the improved Goblin Formula, since he did gain Easy Amnesia from having his head smashed against a metal pipe, starts spitting out blood from getting kicked through the window by a symbiote-influenced Peter once, and probably gotten knocked out from the pumpkin bomb exploding in his face but also gets blinded in the right eye and a massive burn scars.
- Missing Mom: His mother never made an appearance, but is implied to have been divorced from Norman a while before the events of the first film.
- Moral Myopia:
- He somehow expects Mary Jane to still be in a relationship with him after not only failing to defend her from his father's horrible and public misogynistic insults, but he then outright tells her that his father needs no defense and that she should somehow grin and bear it. He still expected her to wait on him after not giving her an apology and feels betrayed when she shows affection to Peter. Aunt May's reaction is positively livid at seeing Harry behave this way towards MJ (who is like a daughter to her).
- At the end of Spider-Man 2 and the start of Spider-Man 3, Harry is still furious about Norman being "killed", but is apparently completely okay with Norman being a terrorist who tried to kill everyone else in New York, including him and MJ that one time. Discovering his beloved father was the Green Goblin never puts a dent in Harry's desire for vengeance or makes him question the circumstances of Norman's death; instead, he just uses his late father's Goblin formula as a tool to achieve his revenge.
- Never My Fault:
- His bad relationship and eventual breakup with Mary Jane. He was far from an ideal boyfriend, being possessive, needy, making her feel ashamed about being working-class (as per Peter and MJ's conversation about her job at the diner which MJ insists she keeps from telling Harry), and for taking his father's side when he insulted her in public, and yet somehow he still blames Peter for stealing MJ.
- Not to mention how he stole MJ from Peter despite knowing how much Peter liked her, breaking the unwritten rules of friendship.
- Subverted by the end of the third film. It's implied that Harry realizes his horrible behavior of how he had treated his former best friend and girlfriend and not only teamed-up with Peter to save MJ from Venom and Sandman but also took the fatal blow meant for the former, reconciling his friendship with them before dying.
- Non-Indicative Name: His alter-ego in Spider-Man 3 is known as the "New Goblin", despite there not being anything remotely goblin-like about his costume.
- Oh, Crap!: He gets this reaction in both of his defeats by Peter in the third film. The first is where he momentarily gets blinded with an exploding shuriken flying right back into him before realizing that he's flying straight into a web-line that Peter made to trip him. The second time is where he tries to make one last desperate attempt to kill Peter by throwing a pumpkin bomb from behind, only for the latter to easily predict such a telegraphed move and catch the bomb with his webbing to throw it right back at Harry where it then explodes right in his face.
- Only in It for the Money: Otto genuinely wanted to help people but Harry gave him his backing so he could be "filthy rich".
- Parental Neglect: By his father... and whenever he is paid attention to, it's with a strict attitude and even outright belittlement. It's implied that he wasn't close to his mother either.
- Pet the Dog:
- Regardless of Harry's poor treatment of Peter, he does value the latter enough to defend him from bullies (a rather genuine fact he pointed out in their second and final brawl). Also, he doesn't object at all with being roommates upon heading to college.
- While he does end up dating MJ, he still asked Peter to go and talk to her first. Only when Peter declines, does he decide to go hit on her. He lampshades this after the parade. Even in the second film, while he thinks Peter stole her from him, he has to point it out to Peter on his birthday that MJ seems to like him while Pete is being Oblivious to Love.
- Another one happens in the second film, as he tells Doc Ock to not harm Peter despite their friendship being strain from the belief of the latter not taking a pro-active stance against Spider-Man. Near the end of the film after the reveal of Peter Parker and Spider-Man is one and the same, Harry starts to have doubts about his father's death until a hallucination of Norman convinced him otherwise.
- Somewhat subverted after his brutal loss against the symbiote-influenced Peter in their second fight. Even if Harry couldn't kill him, he can still spite Peter by revealing the latter's secret identity as Spider-Man to the public, which would effectively ruin Peter's life and endangered any of his loved ones (being an influential CEO of Oscorp would allow Harry to do just that). But never seems to go through it out of the possibility of a broken pride of having his ass handed to him from the "friend" he looked down upon.
- After losing his memories in the third movie, he openly admits to a nurse that he'd lay down his life for Peter and MJ.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Symbiote Peter gives him one.
- Redeeming Replacement: He ultimately chooses to be a heroic version of the Goblin once he finds out that Peter didn't really kill his father.
- Redemption Equals Death: Figuratively took a bullet meant for Peter and was able to make amends to his estranged friends before succumbing to his wounds.
- The Resenter: Deep down, he always resented Peter for being his father's favorite and "stealing" Mary Jane. He lashes out and gets drunk at a party in 2 where he slaps Peter in public.Harry: [to Peter] Don't act like you're my friend. You stole MJ from me. You stole my father's love. Then you let him die because you didn't turn in the freak. Isn't that right? [slaps him] Huh? Isn't that right? Huh, brother? [slaps him again]
- Rousseau Was Right: Despite being prone to entitlement, envy, and vengeance, Harry is still a good person by default. Best shown when he suffers amnesia in 3, where he's a surprisingly nice guy.
- Sanity Slippage: A very gradual version which starts off as an obsessive resentment of Spider-Man at the end of the first movie and beginning of the second, then begins manifesting itself as binge drinking and worsening into hallucinations. Ironically, this is all before taking the Oscorp steroids he takes at the beginning of 3, though they didn't exactly help.
- Shipper on Deck: Despite having a thing for MJ himself, he does encourage Peter to go after her, both in the first movie and the second movie. In fact, in the first movie, he doesn't hit on her, until Peter himself rejects the notion of him going and talking to her first.
- Smug Snake: Has a problem with this in the third film where he threatens MJ that he will kill Peter unless she breaks up with him. Yeah, it's not like Peter has way more experience in fighting superpowered people, didn't kick his father's ass with little effort in their final fight, and "didn't" just so happen to defeat him as well despite not wanting to fight back. When he actually fights Spidey the second time, and this time, with Peter having enough of his entitled behavior along with being influenced by the symbiote it... doesn't end well for Harry... at all.
- So Last Season: In the third film, Harry finally takes on Peter using upgraded versions of his father's weapons from the first film. Peter's experience since defeating Norman, coupled with Harry's own lack of training and experience, allows Peter to make a quick work against his estranged best friend.
- Super Reflexes: Along with gaining enhanced physical abilities from the improved Goblin Formula, he's able to fly and maneuver at extreme speeds on the Sky Stick, and manages to hold his own against a symbiote-influenced Peter for a brief while.
- Super Senses: He was able to notice Peter standing behind him despite the latter stealthily arriving at the balcony prior to their second fight.
- Super Strength: After being enhanced by an improved version of the Goblin Formula, he was able to punch through a brick wall and destroy it with ease, and can make Peter stagger with his punches in their second fight.
- Super Toughness: Like the Green Goblin, the improved Goblin Formula gives Harry a high level of durability. It allows him to survive being tripped by the neck from flying right into a web trap at high speeds, get his head smashed into a metal pipe and crashing onto the floor from a high height (although he suffered amnesia for the first half of the third film), and a pumpkin bomb blowing up right into his face as well (but is implied to have been knocked unconscious along with his right eye being damaged and the rest of his face and neck littered with burns on the right).
- Took a Level in Badass: As the New Goblin in the third film, though not as badass as his father and with the symbiote-addled Peter snarking at him.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: By the second film, he's rude towards a lot of people who aren't Peter and MJ, at one point reacting poorly when a man tries to congratulate him for something. Later in the second movie, he starts to become a jerkass towards Peter as well after getting drunk and yells out his resentments towards Peter for being his dad's favorite, accusing him of protecting Spider-Man for the profit of taking his newspaper photos, and for "stealing" Mary Jane.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He's nicer than he has ever been when he gets short-term amnesia in the third movie and positively heroic after getting scarred and told by the family butler of how Norman really died.
- Tritagonist: The third most important character in the trilogy after Peter and MJ.
- Turn Out Like His Father: By the third movie. His butler even compares them in the second movie.Harry: Good night, Bernard.
Bernard: Your father only obsessed over his work.
Harry: [irritated] Good night, Bernard.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Peter, Harry, and Mary Jane.
- The Unfavorite: Norman constantly compares him to Peter in an unfavorable manner despite Peter not being his son at all.
- Ungrateful Bastard:
- Justifiably, when Spider-Man saves his life in the second film, Harry flat-out tells him that this doesn't change anything. He even believes that Spider-Man did it just to humiliate him.
- Even after he found out that his father was the Green Goblin, Harry still tries to take revenge against his former friend for "supposedly" murdering him despite Peter's efforts to conceal the truth about Norman's crimes. This is averted near the end of the third film though.
- Unskilled, but Strong: As the New Goblin, Harry has all the same abilities and gadgetry the original one had which allows him to take on Peter in the third movie. Deconstructed, since his lack of experience as a fighter ends up biting him the ass throughout the entire film. In their first fight, he only had the advantage because he attacks out of nowhere and Peter wasn't trying to fight back and manages to incapacitate Harry through a web trap. The second fight really highlights just how out of depth he really is against a symbiote-influenced Peter regardless of his pragmatism and was brutally defeated with a pumpkin bomb exploding in his face. It finally becomes a Fatal Flaw in the climactic battle against Sandman and Venom, where he ends up getting stabbed through the chest with his own glider to protect his incapacitated friend.
- Villainous BSoD: Suffers this after the symbiote-powered Peter scarred his face with his own bomb. When Peter later pleads with him to help him save MJ, Harry tells him to get out out of sadness and anger. By that point, he doesn't care about MJ, Peter, his father, the company, or anything else anymore, he just wants to be left alone. Through learning the truth from Bernard got him out of it.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: He only had a few months to get himself familiar with the Goblin tech along with taking the improved version of the Goblin Formula right before he dons his New Goblin persona to assassinate Peter in the same night. As one would expect, his lack of experience compared to Spider-Man (who's been an active hero for five years and already fought and defeated the original Goblin) in the third film, only highlights his incompetence as a fighter.
- Villain Team-Up: Sort of, in the second movie. Though not exactly a true villain yet, Harry has been pretty vocal that he would get revenge on Spider-Man if given the chance, and as such, strikes a deal with Octavius to exchange Spider-Man for the tritium Octavius needs to fuel his reactor.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Always wanted his father's approval, and much as he resented and felt stifled by Norman's treatment, he still always took his side over that of his friend and girlfriend.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The last time hes mentioned in the junior novelization, hes in his penthouse, wondering what to do. Also counts as Spared by the Adaptation.
- You're Nothing Without Your Phlebotinum: Again, like his late father, Harry really isn't much of a challenge for Peter to defeat once the latter deprive him of his weapons, as the latter (who's much more vengeful from the symbiote) notably snarks a lot more in their second fight.
- You Killed My Father: He believes Spider-Man murdered his father. Until his butler (as a hallucination) reveals the truth.
Dr. Norman Osborn / Green Goblin
The main antagonist of Spider-Man 1 and the trilogy as a whole. Norman Osborn is the CEO of Oscorp and the father of Harry Osborn. After a Freak Lab Accident, Norman goes insane, becomes the Green Goblin, and attempts to make Spider-Man's life hell.
- Abusive Dad: Downplayed. While he does love Harry and tries to be a good father to him, his way of doing so involves being emotionally distant and even outright belittling Harry when he doesn't meet his expectations.
- Action Dad: Father of Harry and the Big Bad of the first film.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His armor is typically green with purple accents, particularly the torso and hat. In this universe the armor is completely green, though light that reflects off of it tends to have a purple shine to it.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: The Norman Osborn part of his personality is far more sympathetic than usual. In the comics, as Peter pointed out, he was "a bad man turned worse." This Norman is mostly a committed but put-upon scientist who struggles to balance the business side with his scientific acumen and is Surrounded by Idiots and saboteurs. He also tries to be a good father to Harry — even if he mostly fails at it — and is genuinely kind to Peter. While not a "good man", he can't really be called a "bad man" either.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Norman Osborn is presented in this film series as a scientist first and a businessman second. Originally in the comics, it was the other way around (it was Dr. Mendel Stromm who actually did the groundwork and he then screwed him over and used his inventions to make himself powerful). Of course, later stories have raised Osborn's scientific chops Depending on the Writer, but it's generally acknowledged that Osborn is more of a social and criminal genius than a scientific one.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Norman's descent to madness and his demise can draw comparisons to that of the downfall of Macbeth. His final line before his death sums up his regret perfectly.Norman: Peter, don't tell Harry.
- Alliterative Name: Not his name, but his alias "Green Goblin".
- And Your Little Dog, Too!: When he has Spider-Man at his mercy, he gloats about how he's going to kill Mary Jane "nice and slow". This triggers Spidey's Heroic Second Wind.
- Arch-Enemy: Of all the villains in the films, the Green Goblin is the most dangerous and murderous of Spider-Man's enemies, being the only one who is a match for him in terms of flexibility, strength, and agility, who independently deduces his Secret Identity, and who goes out of his way to terrorize his loved ones to hurt Peter and continues to have an impact even after his death.
- Awesome by Analysis: He is able to deduce Peter and Spidey are the same thanks to the same arm wound.
- Ax-Crazy: The Goblin personality. He latches a body count of at least 12 before his defeat. It makes him the deadliest of all on-screen Spider-Man villains, including the villains in the Andrew Garfield reboot and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home matches his scale but even then none of his attacks apparently had civilian casualties, and all his attempts to kill people are foiled on-screen, making Dafoe's Norman still the reigning champion of the Spidey movie death toll.
- Badass Bookworm: A highly intelligent scientist who took out 4 cops and Spider-Man at the same time.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason why he's affectionate to Peter in their scenes. In their first interaction and meeting, Peter compliments him for his research paper, giving him validation and respect that he otherwise doesn't get from his son Harry (albeit for understandable reasons), his fellow business-partners and the military. Norman appreciates it greatly, especially as he gets to know him better and learns that he did it out of sincerity rather than any ulterior motive.
- Big Bad: He is the main antagonist of the first film and the Greater-Scope Villain of the series in terms of how Harry is driven to avenge his death.
- Broken Pedestal: Peter respected and admired Norman as a scientist, and is thoroughly shocked on learning Goblin's true identity, lamenting that Harry's father became a mass murderer who nearly killed the people he loved.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Takes the opportunity to imply to Aunt May that he is the "evil" referred to in the Lord's Prayer. Later, he refers to himself as "some lunatic" when offering Spidey his Sadistic Choice.
- Cold Ham: As Norman, he's incredibly restrained but his words have no less emphasis. Averted of course as Green Goblin.
- Composite Character: This version of Norman Osborn has traits that have similarities to multiple villains from the Spider-Man mythos:
- In terms of his life positioning, he does resemble his comic book counterpart through being the founder and head of the company Oscorp, having a son with whom he has a strained if not quite as intense relationship, the use of the Goblin persona and gear, etc.
- The more timid Norman Osborn who is afraid of his dark side including going so far as to refuse to accept that he was capable of murder with him blaming an "alternate entity" for it (in contrast to the more ruthless Norman Osborn from the comics who had a shady side even before becoming a costumed character), his friendship of sorts with Peter Parker before they become enemies, and his first true villainous act being the murder of his assistant after which he becomes a full-on costumed villain resemble that of Miles Warren aka The Jackal.
- Combat Pragmatist: Has no problem using his advanced weaponry or dirty tactics to weaken Spider-Man before engaging him in a physical fight.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Norman's first crimes committed as the Goblin is in direct relation to the success of Oscorp and his position as company head. He attempts to better Oscorp's situation by literally eliminating their leading competitor, Quest Aerospace. After being voted out of the company, he murders the board, which seems to have led to his reinstatement as chairman, since Harry was able to inherit the company after his death.
- Deathly Unmasking: During the finale battle, he removes his mask and reveals his true identity as Norman Osborn in an attempt to play on his opponent's sympathies. He's buying time for him to remotely direct his glider into position so it can run Spider-Man through as soon as his guard's down, but unfortunately for Osborn, Spidey is able to sense the attack coming and leaps out of the way, resulting in the Goblin getting impaled on his own glider. He dies unmasked a moment later.
- Death by Adaptation: While the Green Goblin dies initially in the comics in a similar manner as the first film, he still survives due to the regenerative healing factor from the serum that he took. In this iteration, Norman is permanently killed, but still appears as a hallucination to Harry in the later films.
- Dirty Coward: Goblin tried to backstab Peter, but it appears he's back to Norman when he has an Oh, Crap! moment when he's about to be Hoist by His Own Petard, suggesting he'd force Norman back to normal rather than be around his death.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Anyone who angers, upsets, or irritates Norman will be brutally murdered by the Goblin. It can be genuine slights, like that of Quest Aerospace or the Oscorp CEO, or it can be something as minor as Aunt May tapping his hands at Thanksgiving for starting to eat before grace; it doesn't matter, the Goblin will come after you, either murder you brutally, or torture you into a panic attack. As for Spider-Man, his biggest crime was saying no to the Goblin after the latter was offering him the world.
- Dying as Yourself: Norman spends the film shifting between his normal persona and his Goblin persona, and in the finale it becomes muddy as to who's who until the "Goblin" persona tries to fake the former to get an easy shot at Spider-Man with his glider. When the glider trick fails, Norman unambiguously reverts back to himself for his final words: "don't tell Harry."
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Goblin sees Spider-Man's heroics as noble but foolish, since everyone will turn against him. He was proven wrong when the New Yorkers start throwing stuff at him to distract him from Spider-Man so he can save MJ and the kids.
- Evil Is Hammy: As the Goblin, Willem Dafoe keeps Chewing the Scenery as much as he can. What makes it effective is that it's a drastic contrast to how restrained and normal regular Norman is, and Dafoe really puts across the double part of his character well.
- Evil Is Petty: "No one says no to me!"
- Evil Redhead: Norman has auburn hair and is the Big Bad of the first film.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: His distinctive raspy voice becomes even darker and raspier as the Goblin, which makes him seem all the more threatening.
- Face Death with Dignity: Simply tells Spidey to not tell his son about what happened to him before dying.
- Faux Affably Evil: He loves his son deeply, genuinely likes Peter, and fears for the future of his struggling company. It doesn't overshadow the fact that he tried to kill Peter and many others with his Green Goblin personality.
- More than other versions of the Goblin, Osborn here is a mirror of Peter. A driven scientist who is outwardly successful but so aloof that he messes up his personal relationships and is constantly surrounded by schemers at Oscorp who screw him over, a more grown-up take on puny Parker picked at high school. Much like the Spider-Man outfit giving Peter an outlet to put out a more confident and theatrical personality, the Goblin personality magnifies Osborn into a Large Ham while the real Norman is more passive and meek, not unlike Peter and Spider-Man's Secret Identity. However, unlike Peter, he becomes an example of great power without responsibility, using his newfound strength and resources for selfishness instead of righteousness.
- To Uncle Ben. Both characters are fathers/father figures who try to instill personal philosophies into their sons. However, Norman is emotionally distant and frequently belittles Harry. Uncle Ben is kind and tries to steer Peter in the right direction, although Peter doesn't take it to heart until after his death. Norman tries to be a father figure to Peter, and as such is also much warmer to Peter than his own son, showing more interest in Peter's aspirations and accomplishments than Harry's, but in contrast to Ben's approach of guidance from a distance in the face of adversity, Norman seems much more privy to simply pulling strings or buying Peter or Harry an easier path. By the end of the film, Peter accepts Ben as his father over Norman.
- For the Evulz: Though he claims to be out for power, once his career as a villain is in full swing, all he aims to do is sadistically antagonize Spider-Man for wanting to do good.
- Gollum Made Me Do It: Norman uses this excuse in his final battle, though it appears that he actually is "Gollum" when saying this. Towards the end, the Goblin is in control. But in his dying moment, it was definitely Norman.
- Gone Horribly Right: Injecting himself with the serum was meant to prove that the experiment could work. And it did.
- Groin Attack: Fatally impaled by his glider through his lower abdomen, which also looks like it got him in his crotch.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He is ultimately killed by his own glider.
- Hyde Plays Jekyll: This happens just before his death; he asks for mercy, protesting his innocence while putting his glider into position to impale Peter. Upon his death, he definitely reverted back to Jekyll.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Averted. When Spider-Man overpowers him, he seemingly reverts back to his good side and begs for mercy. Since both he and Spider-Man know just how dangerous the Goblin can be, it's clearly telling that he's up to something.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Gets impaled by his glider while attempting to use it against Spidey.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Norman — absent, neglectful father. Goblin — power-hungry, sadistic and a complete lunatic. The Goblin insists that he's only doing what Norman secretly wants to do but lacks the nerve to actually follow through on.
- Jerkass Has a Point: When he takes off from Thanksgiving dinner, he tells Harry privately (though Peter, MJ, and May can hear him through the door) that MJ isn't with him because she's actually into him, practically calling her a Gold Digger. MJ is offended by this at the time, but ends up validating his words by the end of the movie, albeit not for the reasons he thinks.
- Large Ham: On a truly legendary level. Even when he's Norman Osborn and not the Goblin, Dafoe is giving every scene his all. He even carves a Thanksgiving turkey evilly!Green Goblin: WE'LL MEET AGAIN, SPIDER-MAN!!!
- Laser-Guided Karma: Goblin's attempt to backstab Peter backfires because he didn't know about Peter's Spider-Sense and he winds up being stabbed in the gut by his glider instead.
- Lean and Mean: In contrast to Peter's Heroic Build as Spider-Man, Norman's thin physique still looks the same despite his increased muscular density, but is still quite dangerous as Green Goblin.
- Like a Son to Me: Goblin invokes this at the very end to Spider-Man, and Peter rebuffs this, though it's implied that Norman is sincere about some fatherly affection towards Peter and Spider-Man, just not very sane or healthy.
- Lonely at the Top: In Peter's eyes, Norman is the perfect picture of success. A brilliant scientist who is also a successful businessman and has a family, but this turns out to be his public face. In actual fact, Norman's company depends on government funding to make super soldiers so as to better support the biochemistry research that Norman really cares about (as per his line about "tapping the potential of human evolution" before he injects himself), he is personally quite lonely and aloof because Intelligence Equals Isolation and he feels constantly Surrounded by Idiots and disappointed by his own son Harry, he's not well respected by his own company (since they keep going over his head, first Mendel Stromm saying "back to formula" to General Slocum and then his own board of directors acceding to a corporate merger without telling him). He apparently had a very bad marriage and in the way he projects Peter/Spider-Man as his real son, you can sense that he's really desperate for some connection, and represents a kind of cautionary tale for what Peter could become.
- Mood-Swinger: When Norman switches into Goblin mode in public, he gives off this vibe. Especially when he shouts in anger at the Oscorp board room meeting. Even more extreme is the dinner scene where he delights in mocking Aunt May's fixation on decorum for Thanksgiving and then suddenly storms off, but not before hurling misogynist insults towards Mary Jane.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: While the Goblin Formula increased his muscle strength and density, it doesn't make Norman look outwardly bulky compared to Peter's Heroic Build from the spider bite. It doesn't stop him from matching Spider-Man's Super Strength blow-to-blow as the Green Goblin though.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Despite dying, his actions heavily affects the trilogy. Peter makes a promise to him not to tell Harry he's the Green Goblin. This makes Harry think Spider-Man killed his father and becomes the second Green Goblin. And because no one was left to run his company but Harry, Harry has to fund Otto's experiment that turns Otto into Doc Ock to save the company.
- Nightmare Face: Bizarrely, at times, Norman Osborn's regular face looks infinitely more evil and scary than his Goblin mask.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He infamously does this to Spider-Man in all of the live-action history of the character. Spider-Man then returns the favor after he gloats about killing Mary Jane.
- Parental Neglect: To his son. He seems to apologize for it at the end, but the Goblin has so morphed Norman's mind, it's hard to know if it's true.
- Pet the Dog: To Peter on his graduation where he sincerely gives condolence on Uncle Ben's shooting and offers emotional support. It's about the only time he's being genuinely nice in the entire movie.
- The Peter Principle: He's a better scientist, well relatively speaking, than a businessman, not really good at optics or reading the mood of his clients, completely blindsided by a corporate merger of his own company behind his back which also has his ouster, and too passive to allow a coworker like Mendel Stromm to speak freely before a client rather than present a common front. Ironically, Harry Osborn actually shows more aptitude for the business side of things at the start of Spider-Man 2 and if Norman had appreciated that, groomed him, and promoted him, he could have balanced that part of his life better.
- Present Absence: He influences the story long after his death, particularly his son's Story Arc.
- Professor Guinea Pig: He became the Green Goblin due to him personally testing a performance-enhancing drug which went horribly wrong.
- Rage Helm: His goblin mask is fixed into a constant snarl.
- Rule of Three: He uses three types of pumpkin bombs throughout the first film. The first one is capable of causing explosions that could damage a large stone balcony, the second one that exposes a dangerous form of radiation capable of vaporizing people in an instant, and the third one that releases a couple of advanced flying shurikens.
- Sadistic Choice: Trope Namer. Presents one to Spider-Man in the climax: Save Mary Jane or a cable car full of children.
- Sanity Slippage: Norman starts losing it even without the Goblin's prodding.
- Satanic Archetype: His Goblin costume looks demonic in general. This is thoroughly emphasized when he attacks Aunt May during the middle of her prayer, burning background and all. Ironic considering Willem Dafoe once played Jesus.
- Slasher Smile: When Goblin smiles as Norman, run. The board meeting at Oscorp is a perfect example when one of the committee members says "You're out" and Norman replies "Am I?" with a really evil grin. Even more so is his smirk while playing with cutlery on Thanksgiving, which unnerves Aunt May. Incidentally, the Goblin Mask is frozen in a permanent full-toothed grin as well, which given that we don't see it associated in the early prototype demonstrations is something the Goblin really put work into emphasizing.
- Some, including no less than "Weird Al" Yankovic, have even noted that Dafoe looks scary enough without the Goblin mask.
- Split Personality: The effect of the Freak Lab Accident above.
- Straw Misogynist: The few times Norman interacts or talks about women, he seems to give this vibe. He calls his wife, Harry's mother, a Gold Digger and sees Mary Jane as just the same, doesn't hide a pervy glance at her, and mocks and insults her and Aunt May in public. As the Goblin, he delights in tormenting Aunt May when he attacks her at home and dials up the creep factor to Peter when he says how "MJ and I... we're gonna have a helluvatime!"
- Super Reflexes: Thanks to the Goblin Formula, his reflexes are enhanced to the point where he could not only maneuver his glider with ease but can also trade blows with Spider-Man despite his own enhanced reflexes and senses.
- Super Senses: Along with his reflexes, Norman's hearing is also acute to the point of being able to hear a single drop of blood splashing on the floor.
- Super Strength: Given he was using a formula meant to create super-soldiers, it's not surprising. According to Dr. Stromm, the formula would increase the muscle strength over 800% in earlier testing, but after Norman's enhancement with the formula, he was capable of sending Spidey two dozen feet across from him through a single punch and could to lift a Roosevelt Island tram cabin full of kids (take note: an empty cabin weighs at 22,125 lbs and could range up to 41,525 lbs full) with little effort.
- Super Speed: He's quite agile thanks to the formula, where he not only can skillfully pilot the Goblin Glider despite having no prior experience, but is quite fast when engaging Spidey in hand-to-hand.
- Super Supremacist: He seems to fit this bill. "There are eight million people in this city. And those teeming masses exist for the sole purpose of lifting the few exceptional people onto their shoulders. You, me? We're exceptional."
- Super Toughness: Along with his super strength, the formula has also made Norman much more durable than a normal human. This durability also increases when becoming the Green Goblin as his costume gives him additional protection. However, after Spider-Man dropped a thick wall on him is where the armor gains notable dents along with leaving him rather dazed and dies after being stabbed in the crotch by his own glider.
- Tragic Villain: His willingness to test an unstable serum on himself to protect his company's future and his continued isolation out of fear of being viewed as a failure by his own family leads to him losing control of himself and going Ax-Crazy. Even if you can't sympathize with him because of his Goblin personality, it's really tragic for anyone to go in that direction.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: While his successors definitely pose a threat and get their share of scary moments, the Goblin has the biggest body count, commits a gruesome mass-murder completely on-screen with the vaporizing pumpkin bomb, beats Peter within an inch of his life, and even gets a few jump scares in throughout the movie, all in an otherwise fairly lighthearted and somewhat campy film. Of course, he's still completely hammy and entertaining while this goes on.
- Villain Has a Point: He actually did make a good point about what would happen if Spider-Man died fighting him. After Jameson's editorial, Peter actually seems to agree (as Goblin's speech replays on a close-up of his face) but MJ then restores his faith:Green Goblin: I chose my path, you chose the way of the hero. And they found you amusing for a while, the people of this city. But the one thing they love more than a hero is to see a hero fail, fall, die trying. In spite of everything you've done for them, eventually, they will hate you. Why bother?
- Villains Want Mercy: See Dirty Coward above.
- Villainous Breakdown: He has a brief outburst at the Oscorp board members when they demand his resignation.
- Villainous Cheekbones: Both Norman and his Goblin mask sport these. In fact, Norman might even look scarier without the mask.
- Villainous Crush: Gave MJ a creepy Male Gaze when he first meets her then later taunts Peter with an Implied Rape threat towards her ("MJ and I... we're gonna have a helluvatime!").
- We Can Rule Together: He attempts this several times with Spider-Man during the movie.
- Why Are You Not My Son?: Norman and Goblin both seem to regard Peter and Spider-Man as their true son and heir. Norman genuinely appreciates Peter for his intelligence, his hard work, his difficult home situation, and the fact that Peter is independent enough to turn down a job offer at his company. Of course, the Goblin turns even these good qualities to the extreme. Norman also appreciates the fact that Peter actually read one of his scientific papers, which Harry snarks about when he leaves.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The original Goblin formula increased Norman's physical abilities but at the cost of giving him a sadistic and violent Split Personality.
- Would Hurt a Child:
- Sets an entire apartment complex on fire, which nearly kills a baby.
- Drops a cable car full of schoolkids off the George Washington Bridge.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: His costume has demonic golden yellow lenses, that alongside the demented teeth base, make him look like an evil demon, which is emphasized in the scene where he terrorizes Aunt May, who mentions his eyes while in hospital.
- You're Nothing Without Your Phlebotinum: For all of his strength, it becomes very apparent that the Green Goblin isn't that great of a fighter without his advanced weaponry. While he is the first foe that Spider-Man fought against who posed an actual threat with his own enhanced physical abilities and gadgets, the Green Goblin never fights the latter directly without putting him at a disadvantage beforehand (whether he uses his gadgets to weaken the hero or force a Sadistic Choice for a distraction). Once Peter gains a Heroic Second Wind in their final fight, the former is able to easily inflict a beatdown on the Green Goblin.
Dr. Otto Octavius / Doctor Octopus / "Doc Ock"
The Big Bad (sort of) of Spider-Man 2. Otto Octavius was a kind man who wanted to give the world unlimited power. However, his experiment turns into a Freak Lab Accident and his robotic arms are fused to his body. Corrupted by their evil AI, nothing will stop Otto from finishing his experiment even if it means destroying the city to do it.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Doctor Octopus is ugly in the comics, in contrast to his much more striking depiction by Alfred Molina in the film.
- Adaptational Heroism: Doctor Octavius himself never technically becomes Dr. Octopus. Rather, it's the AI of his arms that has this identity. For most of his history, until The '90s, Otto Octavius was a gangster and terrorist, who sought to control New York's underworld, fought gang wars with other superpowered gangsters (The Owl, Hammerhead), and once tried to bomb New York with a neutron bomb. This version makes that part of Otto solely the result of the AI tentacles overwriting his brain functions rather than his real self.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: He knows that this is a very real possibility with the radically advanced AI in his tentacles and that having said AI connected directly to his own brain could have some very dangerous consequences. Unfortunately, the failsafe he installs to protect himself gets fried when his experiment doesn't go as planned and the influence of the tentacles quickly leads directly to his inevitable FaceHeel Turn.
- Alas, Poor Villain: All he wanted in life was to create technology that could change the world in amazing ways and make everyone happier, a goal that ended up blowing up in his face as it resulted in the death of both his wife and his reputation, and ultimately led to him being corrupted by the very things he had good intentions with. In the end, he realizes his mistakes and puts an end to what was once his dream, taking himself along with it.
- Even his tentacles partially get this treatment in the novelization. As Otto sinks down into the river along with the fusion reactor, his tentacles are utterly terrified at the thought of dying, not wanting to go out after only having been alive for such a short time. As they continue to sink down further, they desperately beg for their "father" to save them, not even realizing that he's already long gone.
- Alliterative Name: Otto Octavius.
- Animal Motifs: Aside from the obvious octopus-theming in his name, the film also adds a very serpentine quality to his tentacles: they slowly slither (and then suddenly strike), open and close their claws like a snake with its jaw and whirl and hiss mechanically much like a serpent.
- Anti-Villain: Woobie Anti-Villain. A genuinely good man and husband wishing to use his intelligence for the good of mankind who turns into a monster because of his failed experiment and tries to replicate it despite endangering half of New York.
- Badass Bookworm: A smart (if delusional) scientist and a capable fighter with his tentacles.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears one to hide his tentacles.
- Big Bad: He is the main antagonist of the second film, though the AI of his metal arms are actually controlling him.
- Big "NO!": When he wakes up at the hospital after his mechanical tentacles went berserk and viciously murdered everyone present, Octavius realizes what just happened and lets out a particularly soul-crushing version of this trope. His arms scream with him, hinting that his control over them may not be completely gone.
- Cold Ham: Contrary to Green Goblin's bombastic-ness, Doc Ock speaks in gravitas.
- Combat Tentacles: Well he is called "Dr. Octopus." And the four metal arms look like tentacles.
- Composite Character: In addition to being based on his comic book counterpart, this Doc Ock shares similarities to multiple characters from the Spider-Man mythos:
- Naturally, his status as a successful scientist with mechanical tentacles of his invention that are welded to his back come from his comic book counterpart, as well as at least a touch of his hubris. Also, like his counterpart from Spider-Man: The Animated Series, he is an idol to Peter Parker and his chief work was a fusion energy project.
- His more amiable demeanor, happily married family life, friendship with Peter Parker/Spider-Man, genuine desire to help humanity with his work (in contrast to comic book Octavius more self-centered attitude), and experiment going awry leading to his transformation into a supervillain with something of a split mind of some kind resembles that of Curt Connors aka The Lizard (according to some sources, the character was in fact originally written to be Connors in an earlier draft).
- Also notably, the characters symbiotic relationship with the mechanical tentacle AI bears a striking resemblance to the character Eddie Brock/Venom through the fact that in both cases, each was a human man (Otto and Eddie) who becomes combined with some powerful resource that gives him superpowers (the tentacles and the symbiote) that has a personality of its own that comes to form an alliance with the man and sharing his mind/body. Also in both cases, the character started out as a good man whose life was torn apart because of an honest mistake on their part, however, both danced around accepting responsibility for it. Doc Ock even refers to himself as We during the films climax, which is a very well-known trait of the Venom from the comics.
- Conspicuous Trenchcoat: Only way to hide his tentacles, although he only hides them during the bank scene. The outer green trenchcoat remains a constant part of his wardrobe after the bank heist.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: In the previous film, Norman Osborn's Green Goblin was a manic, Axe-Crazy Malevolent Masked Man who relies on a wide range of gadgets to exact vengeance on his board members and later wreak havoc on the entire city. In contrast, Octavius is a more focused Deadpan Snarker who only resorts to violence and crime in pursuit of finishing his work, he makes no attempt to hide his identity and mostly relies on the direct brute force of his mechanical arms. Norman was also directly focused on tormenting Spider-Man in particular, while Otto viewed him as a nuisance and only actively targeted him on Harry's orders. And while Norman fully commits to his villainy and causes his own downfall, Otto comes to his senses with Peter's help and gives his life to save the city.
- Cool Shades: After becoming Dr. Octopus, he wears a classy Hipster style spectacles.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: The tentacles manipulate him to re-build his fusion reactor and continue his experiments, no matter the cost.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very much downplayed, but he has his moments of sardonic wit.[After increasing the speed of the subway train they were fighting on and destroying the brakes]
Otto: [tosses over the broken lever to Spider-Man] You have a train to catch!
- Dies Wide Open: He dies with his eyes open as shown in the final shot of his body sinking into the river.
- Dragon-in-Chief: He briefly becomes this to Harry Osborn. Otto approaches Harry to demand the tritium that he needs for his experiment, and Harry requests in return that Otto bring Spider-Man to him. Once Otto fulfils his end of the bargain, he takes the element and dismisses Harry without a second thought, while Harry sits out the rest of the film after telling Peter where Otto is.
- Evil Hand: The tentacles have an advanced AI. So advanced that Octavius added an inhibitor chip on them to protect his higher brain functions. The chip gets destroyed in the accident and, with their new-found freedom, the tentacles enter Octavius' mind and manipulate him into rebuilding his fusion reactor.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Alfred Molina has said that when researching the character, he knew he wanted to preserve Oct's "cruel, sardonic sense of humor". It shows — Otto deliberately performs a Jump Scare on Harry Osborn, enjoys his one-liners, and generally conducts himself as a downplayed Deadpan Snarker.Otto: Before we begin [the demonstration], has anyone lost a large roll of twenty dollar bills in a rubber band? Because we found the rubber band.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: Not nearly as much as the Goblin, but Otto's voice pretty frequently drops into a raspy growl when he's in full Doc Ock mode.
- Fatal Flaw: Despite his good intentions, Otto's hubris and overconfidence in his abilities drives him for most of the film. His refusal to shut down the unstable experiment results in Rosie's death and his transformation into Doctor Octopus, and his turn to villainy is caused by his insistence that the experiment's failure wasn't due to his mistake.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: When he gets corrupted by his advanced tentacle arms, he puts on a pair of sunglasses to complete the look.
- Freak Lab Accident: Became Doc Ock after his experiment demonstration failed horribly.
- A God Am I: It's clear Ock's newfound super strength has gone to his head after he boasts several times that no one stands a chance of stopping him from getting his way. He's also developed a massive hubris after getting a fleeting glimpse of his reactor, waxing poetic about holding "the power of the sun in the palm of my hand."
- Happily Married: To Rosie before she died in the accident. Octavius tells Peter about how he wooed Rosie with poetry in college.
- Heel Realization: He comes to have one at the end thanks to Peter.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He destroys his fusion reactor to save New York and drowns with it.
- Icarus Allusion: Octavius genuinely believes his intelligence should be used to benefit mankind and shepherd humanity into a new age. His hubris causes the artificial sun to malfunction and destroy Octavius' humanity in the process. With his spirit broken and at true emotional vulnerability, the tentacles unintentionally corrupt him due to their programming wanting to finish the experiment by any means necessary. When he realizes the weight of his actions in the third act, he redeems himself by sinking the experiment into the ocean, drowning in the process.
- Iconic Sequel Character: The trilogy's most revered villain but only appears in the second film.
- Ignored Epiphany: Initially admits his fusion reaction experiment was a failure, but goes immediately to denial and starts rebuilding his machine.
- Made of Iron: While his Combat Tentacles are a genuine power in their own right, granting him Super Strength and greater reach, his real body is still very much human and able to take many hits from the very much superhuman Spider-Man yet keep on fighting.
- Mad Scientist: As per norm for Doc Ock. His For Science! goal is what he believes for humanitys greater good even if the machine isnt stable, but he is manipulated by his tentacles to continue to do it anyways.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: His outfit here is a brown trench coat as opposed to his classic green and yellow jumpsuit from the comics.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: After the accident.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: He has four metal arms permanently attached to him.
- Nature Is Not a Toy: Otto endeavored to create a clean source of infinite energy to power all of New York, and in that pursuit, he made multiple breakthroughs in the field of robotics and fusion. This resulted in the creation of a reactor capable of forming a mini-star, and the four robotic arms, each with highly advanced AI and composed of the heat and magnetic-resistant material necessary to control the star's magnetic field. However, during the nearly successful demonstration in his home in New York, he neglects to account for the possibility of the star's magnetic field inducing currents on the metals within his own home (or arrogantly assumed it within his ability to control), and the resulting accident kills his wife, and fries the inhibitor chip preventing the arms' AI from controlling him. The second time he tries it, he regains enough of his humanity and his true identity to pull a Heroic Sacrifice before the star's growing magnetic field tears all of New York apart.
- Never My Fault: A byproduct of his hubris. Otto downplays any risks or oversights that his reactor experiment could have before and during his demonstration. He eventually (albeit briefly) admits he was wrong, but quickly shrugs the idea off with a little enabling from the arms, reasoning that he "couldn't have miscalculated" because the machine was clearly working at first. For the rest of the movie, his goal is to recreate the reactor, this time larger and without any alterations or new safeguards to speak of.
- Nice Guy: Before the accident.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: Can't wear a shirt due to the way the tentacles are strapped on him. Doesn't stop him from donning trenchcoats, though.
- Not Wearing Tights: He never dons any of his costumes from the comics.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: A researcher with a primary focus on particle physics/energy sciences... that develops a bio-mechanical masterpiece AS A SIDE PROJECT, just as a supplement/tool to help him in his other research. Possibly justified, as it's never specified he built the arms alone, and does have Oscorp funding, meaning it's possible he got significant help from their labs, but still an example as he understands its functionality well enough to show how it works off, as well as know how it's gone wrong after the accident.
- Offhand Backhand: Quite often, Ock strikes at something outside of his eyesight range without even turning around. This is because his tentacles have mechanical eyes, so he essentially has a 360 degree range of vision that allows him to easily spot and intercept any threat from any direction. It makes him rather menacing.
- Plot-Irrelevant Villain: An interesting example in that this isn't the case for Spider-Man 2, where Otto has a very large and crucial role to play, but for the overall myth arc of the Spider-Man trilogy. Green Goblin in the first film and Sandman in the third film are both very strongly tied to the overarching story of the trilogy, and they (unknowingly) play a large part in shaping the men Peter and Harry become over several years. By comparison, Otto's arc in the second film is much more standalone, and the only long-lasting consequence of his actions is exposing Peter's Secret Identity to both Harry and Mary Jane. In Spider-Man 3, the Grand Finale of the series, Otto is barely acknowledged compared to the other antagonists.
- Powers Do the Fighting: As Octavius himself is just a normal human, his tentacles are solely responsible for the action; they even go on a rampage (the first one, no less) in a surgery room while he's completely unconscious.
- Redemption Equals Death: "I will not die a monster!"
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Not Otto, but his tentacles. When they go on their attack of the doctors trying to remove them from Octavius, they spend most of it hurling them violently around the room, but when two of them spy one desperate doctor striking another tentacle with a power saw, the white "eyes" that allow them visual input turn a sudden red before they lash out directly at him and then it cuts to the man's final scream and the saw dropping to the ground.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: He is hesitant to do evil, but his tentacles persuade him into it.
- Self-Disposing Villain: Like most of the other antagonists in the series, Otto is killed off by his own hand once his character arc is complete, but unlike Carradine or the Green Goblin, his death is the result of him pulling a Heroic Sacrifice to save New York.
- Sinister Shades: Contrasting the goggles from the comics.
- The Speechless: The tentacles don't actually "speak" despite being capable of vocalizations in the form of hisses and screeches but because they're directly jacked into Otto's nervous system and brain, he can understand what they're "saying" to him.
- Too Dumb to Live: Even as his fusion experiment is going haywire and tearing the room apart, Otto refuses to shut it down, adamantly insisting that he has everything under control and it will stabilize, and going so far as to swat Spider-Man aside when he tries to pull the plug. This leads to his wife's death and his tentacles being fused to his body.
- Toxic Friend Influence: The AI in Octavius' tentacles to Octavius himself.
- Tragic Villain: The man is not and doesn't want to be evil, but his tentacles completely took over him until the end of the second film.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He wanted to use his intelligence for the good of mankind and hoped to do this with his fusion reactor. Unfortunately, the fusion experiment fails horribly, resulting in his wife's death and the tentacles fusing permanently to his body. Manipulated by the tentacles, he goes back to rebuilding the fusion reactor and doesn't care about the danger it brings to the city.
Edward "Eddie" Brock, Jr. / Venom
Peter's rival photographer and Spider-Man's Evil Counterpart Eddie started out as an arrogant, self-centered, and insufferable douchebag. And, after bonding with the alien symbiote, becomes Venom, and swears to destroy Peter's life just like he destroyed his.
- Adaptation Expansion: Mark Bagley himself drew a bonus tie-in comic, Spider-Man 3: The Black, portraying the events of the last third of the movie from Eddie's perspective.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: His Venom form doesn't look quite as beastly as it does in other media. His teeth are more shapely and his tongue is smaller which means he doesn't salivate as much.
- Adaptational Curves: Inverted. He doesn't have his comic book counterpart's exaggerated build, instead having a slender, if still muscular, body similar to Peter's.
- Adaptational Jerkass: In the comics, Eddie's grudge against Spider-Man was caused when he published an article incriminating a man he thought was a serial killer, only for Spider-Man to catch the real culprit. This publicly shamed Eddie, causing his company to fire him, his father to disown him, and his wife to leave him. Here, Eddie pretty much digs his own grave by forging fake photographs, making his grudge against Peter Parker seem pettier as a result. Furthermore, in the game, he kidnaps Penny to force Flint to help him. This even extends to his actual supervillain origin — in the comics, Eddie went to the Our Lady Of Saints Church to pray to God for forgiveness, as he was planning to commit suicide after his life fell apart, but here, Eddie prays for God to kill Peter Parker.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, Venom is something of an Anti-Hero, as he would try to protect innocents and stop other criminals, even teaming up with Spider-Man on occasion to stop worse villains like Carnage. Here, Eddie fully admits to Peter that he enjoys being a villain. Even before the merge, Eddie was a self-centered jerk who felt the world was centered around him.
- All There in the Script: He is referred to as Venom in virtually everything related to the film... except for the film itself.
- Ax-Crazy: The symbiote is sadistic, aggressive and bloodthirsty, and transfers similar behavioral patterns onto its hosts. Most notably Brock.
- Badass Boast: Delivers one to Peter during the climax:Eddie: Never wound what you can't kill!
- Big Bad: The Venom symbiote is this in the third film — of the other major villains, Harry is a Big Bad Wannabe while Sandman is a less malevolent Tragic Villain. Upon bonding to Brock, Venom convinces Sandman to join forces and becomes the Final Boss.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Sandman during second half of the third film. In a sense, the symbiote and Brock are one as well.
- Big "NO!": His Last Words, in fact. When the symbiote has been separated from him in the climax and is about to be destroyed with one of the New Goblin's pumpkin bombs, Brock runs toward it while loudly screaming, "NOOO!" resulting in him being killed by the explosion alongside the symbiote.
- Body Horror: Just like in the comics, his mouth is distorted when he becomes Venom.
- Camera Fiend: He is also a photographer for the Daily Bugle and is Peter's professional rival.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Eddie is proud to be a supervillain, claiming it makes him happy.
- Catchphrase: "It's Brock, Sir. Edward Brock, Jr."
- Chekhov's Gunman: Jameson mentions a photographer named Eddie in the first film. The novelization confirms it was Brock.
- Churchgoing Villain: A twisted example. After being exposed and fired from the Bugle, Eddie goes to church... to pray for Peter Parker's death.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Even after bonding to the symbiote, Eddie isn't called "Venom" except in the end credits.
- Composite Character: This version of Venom is a mixture of the mainstream and Ultimate versions, with a touch of the animated series version thrown in for good measure. This version even has some elements of Venom's offspring, Carnage, such as having bonded with the symbiote so completely that he refers to himself with singular pronouns rather than the plural pronouns that his comic book counterpart does, and being a completely psychotic villain with no redeeming qualities as opposed to his comic book counterpart who, outside of his innate hatred of Spider-Man, is a classic Noble Demon-style Anti-Hero. He's also similar to Lance Bannon, who was a rival photographer at the Daily Bugle in the comics.
- Creepy High-Pitched Voice: Eddie's high-pitched voice remains so even when he's speaking as Venom, and he lets out some truly terrifying shrieks of rage.
- Death from Above: The junior novelization has the symbiote killed when Peter pulls down a load of pipes which hit everything and the din wipes the symbiote from existence.
- Decomposite Character: His symbiotic relationship with something and usual trait from the comics and most versions of referring to himself as We are given to Doc Ock.
- Didn't Think This Through: His fake picture is incredibly easily exposed as such, which leaves him fired and unable to get work as a photographer. Even pointed out by Peter that he should have thought of that earlier.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: The junior novelization has Eddie killed by Peter before the symbiote rather than getting blown up along with it.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Wants Peter to die for exposing him and stealing his girl (who never had any interest in him whatsoever).
- Evil Counterpart:
- To Peter. He is a photographer like him but tries to earn his money through framing rather than honest work, tries to get a girl but through imposing himself on her, gets Spidey-esque powers but chooses to become a villain rather than a hero and embraces the symbiote's negative influence rather than rejecting it.
- Also to Harry. Both are Peter's contemporaries who are Legacy Characters (Harry as the New Goblin, Eddie as Peter's successor as the symbiote host). But while Harry ultimately chooses to become a Redeeming Replacement to his father, Eddie chooses to become a straight-up murderous supervillain upon gaining the symbiote unlike Peter who only slipped into Anti-Hero territory.
- Evil Is Deathly Cold: In Spider-Man 3: The Black, Eddie states that the symbiote feels cold, lifted directly from the Ultimate comic.
- Evil Is Petty: His entire beef with Peter and Spider-Man is because he was fired from the Daily Bugle by the latter... for taking Peter's own photos and doctoring them to make them look bad.
- Fangs Are Evil: After bonding to the symbiote, he has fangs even with his mask retracted.
- For the Evulz: "I like being bad. It makes me happy..."
- Final Boss: He's the last opponent Spider-Man has to fight in the trilogy.
- Flat Character: The symbiote. In the comics, it was a very much alive parasitic organism with a fully fleshed out origin and has clear motivations. It also tells Eddie who Spider-Man really is (in the movie, Eddie sees Peter unmasked before the symbiote lands on him). But due to juggling so many characters in the movie, the trilogy not fitting with the sci-fi style origin of the symbiote, or having the rights to characters in his debut story, it's simply an alien parasite. The most it really shows is a lack of hostility toward Eddie — once they are separated and the symbiote grows into a giant, it's staring, roaring at, and even trying to attack Peter, and when Eddie desperately tries to rebond with it, the symbiote only briefly looks at him screeching before they're blown up.
- Freudian Excuse: Averted. All the bad things that happened to him are completely his own fault and deserved, and him becoming a supervillain rather than making up for his faults shows just how much of a self-centered jerk he is.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Goes from being a disgraced jerk of a photographer to a legitimate threat to Spider-Man simply by virtue of being in the right place at the right time.
- Hate Sink: Unlike other main villains in the series, Eddie has no tragic or redeeming aspects and is a lying, self-centered Jerkass right out of the gate.
- Hell Is That Noise: As Venom, he can let out a loud high pitch screech noise. It seems to be a cross between a bird and raptor.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Forging photographs for a professional news outlet practically guaranteed that Eddie was going to get caught in the act and eventually fired.
- Humiliation Conga: He's one-upped by Peter, turned down by Spider-Man (who smashes his camera to boot), slammed into a wall by a pissed off Peter, exposed as a fraud, and dumped by his girlfriend. The symbiote takes all that resentment and anger and cranks it Up to Eleven... then they get blown up.
- Immoral Journalist: Eager to get a leg up at the Bugle, Eddie takes pictures of Spider-Man and heavily doctors them to make them look as though he's engaged in criminal activity. When he's caught, his entire career is ruined and he's sent down the path to becoming Venom.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The junior novelization has him impaled on a pipe.
- It's All About Me: His purpose in the film is to show someone (unlike Peter, MJ, and Harry) whose descent into selfish behavior is irreversible and who can't forgive others for their selfishness toward him.
- Jerkass: He's as douchey as Peter is nice.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Sandman thinks he's Spider-Man and attacks him, but quickly realizes his mistake.
- Lightning Bruiser: Faster and stronger than Spider-Man thanks to the symbiote.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Eddie has the classic gaping maw full of fangs, but unlike most other versions, the symbiote's mask acts as lips so they're not visible when his mouth is closed.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Although the Venom of the comics also had a pitch-black suit, he had a huge white spider stretched across it. This one still does have a spider symbol, although it is smaller and darker than tradition.
- Mythology Gag: To both the animated series and Venom's original appearance in the comics, in a deleted scene Peter has a vision of himself as Venom when looking in a mirror, although his Venom form didn't have fangs.
- Never My Fault: True to his comic self, he blames Peter/Spider-Man for his shortcomings rather than take responsibility. It's even worse in this case, as while his comic book counterpart made an honest mistake, this version of him knowingly submitted fake pictures for publication.
- One-Winged Angel: After Peter tears Eddie from the symbiote, it becomes a hulking titan. It takes one of Harry's pumpkin bombs to kill it off, though Eddie dies along with it.
- Outside-Context Problem: The symbiote is an alien creature in a take on the Spider-Man mythos that's relatively grounded in reality. One common origin of Venom is that it was found on a space expedition, but here it just came to Earth on a meteorite.
- Paparazzi: He harasses Spider-Man, trying to take pictures of him to win the Bugle contest, and when Spider-Man smashes his camera out of frustration, Eddie photoshops a fake image to incriminate him in a bank robbery.
- Pipe Pain: Peter separates Eddie from the symbiote by trapping them in a ring of metal pipes and hitting them.
- Puppeteer Parasite:
- In Spider-Man 3: The Black, Eddie realizes "the Black" is influencing his thoughts... and decides that being able to do anything Spider-Man can is worth it.
- In the novelization, which was based on an early script, the symbiote can only live off of regular people for a few hours and wants Spider-Man as its true host because he's a superhuman who can sustain it indefinitely. All of this is discovered when Peter forces the symbiote off of Eddie, who is revealed to be nothing but an emaciated corpse that the symbiote had made look healthy while moving it around and mimicking Eddie's voice.
- Rival Turned Evil: Started off as The Rival of Peter professionally in the Daily Bugle and ended as his Evil Counterpart and Arch-Enemy.
- Role-Ending Misdemeanor: In-Universe example. Creating fake pictures of Spider-Man and using an already existing shot without proper credit from the source (Peter) to do so got him fired from the Daily Bugle and blacklisted in other media companies.
- Sanity Slippage: He realizes the symbiote is feeding him Peter's memories◊ and goes insane... er with the power.
- Satanic Archetype: An irredeemable villain whose superpower is acquired from Peter's literal and figurative manifestation of darkness. It even happened in a church, with the symbiote falling off from atop onto Eddie.
- Shadow Archetype: He represents what Peter could have become if the latter gave in to the symbiote's power trip and let his fame go to his head.
- Slasher Smile: As the symbiote covers him, Eddie goes from screaming in terror to grinning maniacally before eating the camera. After becoming Venom, his teeth become yellow and deformed even when he's not wearing his Venom-cowl.
- Smug Snake: Eddie is, at least initially, a slimy, unctuous creep who sucks up to Jameson to advance his own career prospects, is a bit too creepy-stalkerish with Gwen Stacy, the 'girl he intends to marry' (although Gwen is quick to point out that they've only ever been out for a coffee once) and ends up manufacturing a photo of Spider-Man robbing a bank to frame the superhero and secure a staff job at the Bugle. Then Peter exposes his fake, he loses his job, and Gwen breaks up with him and then he meets the Venom symbiote...
- Stalker with a Crush: After Gwen rejects him. This is much emphasized in the original script, which also had Jameson hiring Brock to spy on MJ after she jilted his son at the altar.
- Stripped to the Bone:
- Original plans involved Eddie being reduced to a skeleton by Venom — all that remained of him was a bunch of bones Venom used as an endoskeleton.
- Once the pumpkin bomb that kills Venom/Eddie goes off, you can briefly see a skeleton in the explosion.
- Tainted Veins: When he retracts his mask, tendrils of the symbiote remain stuck to his face and neck, thus giving him this appearance. In addition, the silvery webbing motif the symbiote manifested when bonded to Spider-Man becomes distorted and vein-like when bonded to Eddie.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: Eddie proclaims "I like being bad. It makes me happy!" after Peter tells him about the symbiote's corrupting influence.
- This Is Your Brain on Evil: This version of the symbiote enhances id-based emotions like anger and libido.
- Too Dumb to Live: He attempts to reunite with the symbiote, even though Peter just threw a bomb at it.
- Two First Names: Brock is commonly used as a first name. The trope also applies to his actor.
- Villains Want Mercy: Implores Peter, who he's just swindled out of a job, not to expose his fake Spider-Man photos.Eddie: I'm begging you. If you do this, I will lose everything. There's not a paper in town that will hire me.
Peter: You should've thought of that earlier.
- Villain Team-Up: Blackmails Sandman into helping him kill Spider-Man by threatening his daughter.
- Villainous Breakdown: Eddie ends the film pathetically leaping after the symbiote, uncaring that Peter has thrown a pumpkin bomb at it; it drives home that he's neither willing to work on himself nor compromise with his opposition to better his life.
- Voice of the Legion: Eddie's voice becomes distorted after bonding to the symbiote in the video game adaptation.
- You Don't Look Like You: In the first teaser trailers revealing his presence in the film, Venom looked a lot closer to his classic comic book appearance before his design was revamped to include the webbing motif present in Peter's black suit.
Flint Marko / Sandman
Flint Marco is a crook who escaped jail for robbery. He continues to rob when his now genetically altered body made from sand gives him the extra boost.
- Accidental Murder: He didn't intentionally kill Ben Parker.
- Action Dad: Father to Penny and part of the Big Bad Ensemble of the third film.
- Adaptational Heroism:
- Downplayed. While one of the more noble villains in Spidey's Rogues Gallery, who actually spent some time as a hero, comic book Sandman is a crook for selfish reasons. This one was pushed into crime because his daughter was sick and he couldn't afford medicine.
- Played straight in the official game. Instead of working together with Venom willingly like in the movie, he is forced to cooperate due to Venom holding his daughter hostage.
- Adaptational Name Change: In the comics, Sandman's true name is William Baker — in this universe, it's Flint Marko, which is an alias 616 Sandman uses on the streets.
- Adult Fear: He has a daughter with terminal illness. In fact it's the reason he turned to crime. And said decision strained his marriage, resulting in his daughter being kept away from him anyway.
- Alas, Poor Villain: All the way. His motive for his crimes was only to get enough money to pay for his daughter's treatment. His last interaction with Spider-Man isn't some final battle, but him explaining himself to Peter about his reasons and how Uncle Ben's death was an accident. Peter forgives him and Marko simply dusts away with his fate being left ambiguous, but for all we know he may not be able to help his daughter.
- Even more so in the original script/novelization where he learns that her illness is incurable.
- All for Nothing: The novelization and originally filmed ending reveal that his daughter's illness is incurable.
- Anti-Villain: Well-Intentioned Anti-Villain. He only wanted to get money to pay for his daughter's medical treatment. It turns out he was the one who really shot Uncle Ben but it was all an accident. He always regretted what he had done even if it wasn't his fault and never meant to hurt Peter or his family.
- Badass Baritone: His deep voice stands out among the other villains, making him all the more menacing.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With the Harry Osborn and Venom for the third film. The latter convinces him to join in a Big Bad Duumvirate, though it's clear that the symbiote is the primary threat.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: So, Peter thinks he killed Flint, who survives. You'd think he'll lay low and try to get money for his daughter instead of getting revenge on Spider-Man, right? Nope. He eventually gets better, though.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: He's a thug and a hardened criminal, but he's very loving towards his estranged daughter and feels guilt about killing Peter's uncle.
- The Brute: More than all of the other villains, Flint muscles his way through most of his problems; this is especially noticeable when he teams up with Venom in Spider-Man 3's last act.
- Composite Character: In addition to being based on his comic book counterpart, he shares some similarities with the Burglar through the fact that he has a daughter and is the criminal who unintentionally killed Ben Parker through shooting him.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Being a petty thief with no background in science, it wasn't Marko's own scientific breakthrough that gave him superpowers like the previous films' villains, and unlike them, he has an arguably more powerful ability.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: As noted on the main page, there were many ways he could've earned just as much, if not far more money legally than from a life of crime — in the comics, it's justified since he's somewhat selfish (but even he eventually started leaning more towards the heroic aspect), so it's more a matter of how desperate he is to fund his daughter's medical treatments here.
- Demoted to Dragon: Joins forces with Venom in the climax, but is less of an active threat than the sadistic symbiote.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Thanks to the particle accelerator incident, he becomes a being composed entirely of sand.
- Elemental Shape Shifter: Sandman can become sand and change his shape so he can fit through small gaps or become a sand giant.
- Heel Realization: Seeing Venom die makes him re-think his supervillain career.
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: He is startled by his partner and accidentally discharges his gun at Uncle Ben, whom he was merely trying to carjack.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is a tough guy as well as one of the two villains of the third film and has robbed and stolen money. However, he is actually a good guy when you get to know him and very much an Anti-Villain, easily being the most sympathetic of all the Spider-Man villains.
- Karma Houdini: While he has sympathetic motivations, he still hurts and endangers the lives of several people and law-enforcement agents during the course of the movie, and willingly takes part in a plan that endangers the life of Mary Jane, but gets away scot-free at the end.
- Kick the Dog:
- Yes, he is a tragic character, and he wants to help his daughter, but him willingly teaming up with Venom to attack at least a few dozen cops, helping hold Mary Jane hostage, and brutally beating Peter to near-death is still not justified.
- Subverted in the game, where Sandman only teams up with Venom when the latter reveals he's holding the former's daughter hostage.
- A played-with and somewhat-literal example during the police chase leading to his inevitable transformation: He smacks an actual (police) dog away, but only in self-defense against it attacking him first.
- Yes, he is a tragic character, and he wants to help his daughter, but him willingly teaming up with Venom to attack at least a few dozen cops, helping hold Mary Jane hostage, and brutally beating Peter to near-death is still not justified.
- Lightning Bruiser: Especially whenever he becomes a sandstorm.
- Love Makes You Evil: All he wanted to do was get the money to help his daughter with her medical bills. He never intended to kill Uncle Ben, he carried the gun for intimidation purposes. Ben was on the verge of successfully convincing him to quit but Marko's partner startled him, causing him to instinctually pull the trigger.
- Mighty Glacier: His speed is greatly reduced while in his "sand giant" mode.
- My God, What Have I Done?: It turns out that he shot Uncle Ben by accident, and spent years regretting it.
- Not Wearing Tights: As usual, Sandman doesn't wear a typical supervillain costume, but does wear a spot-on recreation of his classic striped green shirt and khaki pants.
- One-Winged Angel: His aforementioned "sand giant" form.
- Papa Wolf: Providing for his daughter is his entire motivation for the film.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Given how he can become a sandstorm, a Kaiju, etc., he clearly has the largest-scale powers in the entire trilogy.
- Redemption Earns Life: Ultimately, Peter was able to forgive him and Flint is obviously contented to know that. Ironically, he's the only villain in the trilogy to actually survive his film.
- Tragic Villain: Even more than Norman and Octavius; Marko is the victim of other people's science rather than his own.
- Two First Names: Marko is commonly used as a first name.
- Villain Teamup: With Venom.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can change into a sandstorm or a 50-foot tall monstrosity after absorbing enough sand.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His tragic family situation and eventual accident make him this. Even more so when it's ultimately revealed that he didn't actually mean to kill Uncle Ben and has had a My God, What Have I Done? mindset ever since.
- You Killed My Father: Turns out he was the man who shot Uncle Ben. It's later revealed to have been an accident.
The carjacker who murdered Uncle Ben... or so it seems...
- Adaptation Name Change: In the tie-in video game for the first film, he's referred to as "Spike".
- Affably Evil: To a certain extent, as he actually takes the time to thank Peter for not stopping him from getting in the elevator.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Even though he desperately attempts to put up a fight, Peter, being a pissed-off superhuman enraged at Carradine's murder of his uncle, easily overpowers and beats his ass down.
- Death by Adaptation: In Amazing Fantasy #15, he survived his initial encounter with Spider-Man, though he later died of a heart attack from the shock of his second encounter with him in Amazing Spider-Man #200. Here, after his scuffle with Spidey, he ends up falling out of a window and the subsequent shot of his body on the boardwalk unambiguously shows that he's really most sincerely dead.
- Death by Falling Over: He trips through a window after being confronted by a very angry Peter.
- Decomposite Character: The Burglar's role is split between him and Sandman. He fulfills the origin story's role of Peter letting a criminal escape, while Sandman was the one who shot Uncle Ben — though due to Carradine grabbing Marko's arm and startling him, causing the gun to accidentally go off. Sandman also receives the Burglar's role from the comics of having a daughter.
- Dirty Coward: He pathetically begs for Peter to let him go when confronted, but pulls a gun on Peter when he's at an advantage.
- Evil Laugh: He does a sinister chuckle while pointing a gun directly at Peter's forehead.
- I Surrender, Suckers: Even though moments before he was begging for his life, he takes the opportunity to point a gun at Peter's head while Peter is distracted.
- Jerkass: While he didn't intentionally kill Ben, he, unlike Flint, demonstrates no sadness or remorse, abandons Flint to take the fall, and tries to shoot and kill Peter when he backs off. Finally, unlike Flint, he seemed to be a thief purely out of greed.
- Karmic Death: Robbed a guy at gunpoint, was the (indirect) cause of Uncle Ben's death (and unlike Flint, demonstrated no guilt), left Flint to take the fall, and smugly tried to put a bullet in Peter's head when he briefly let his guard down. To say the least, you won't be shedding any tears when this creep meets his fitting end.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His first scene has him robbing the wrestling promoter blind in which Peter refuses to help him. You would feel bad, if it weren't for the fact that said man cheats Peter out of his prize money and yet has the gall to call Peter out for refusing to help him.
- The Musketeer: He has a pistol and a combat knife, but never uses them at the same time.
- Named by the Adaptation: He is simply called "the burglar" in the comics and The Other Wiki. His last name does come from the comics in the form of his daughter Jessica Carradine.
- No Honor Among Thieves: A flashback in Spider-Man 3 shows that he refused to wait on Flint Marko, who was calling for help for Uncle Ben, driving off in Uncle Ben's car without him.
- Posthumous Character: We learn more about him in the third film.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Subverted. He holds a gun up to Peter's head and says, "See ya", only for Peter to swiftly disarm him before he has a chance to pull the trigger. Given how he soon after falls out of a window to his death, "See ya" fittingly ends up being his Last Words.
- Self-Disposing Villain: After Peter effortlessly snaps his wrist, he backs away from him in terror, causing him to trip and plummet out of a window to his death.
- Skunk Stripe: His hair has blonde highlights.
- Starter Villain: He is the first legitimate antagonist that Spidey fights.
- Villains Want Mercy: When Peter confronts and attacks him, he quickly and pathetically ends up begging for mercy, which only pisses Peter off even more.
Minor antagonists of Spider-Man 1 from unused footage.
- Bit-Part Bad Guys: They are the flies that are easily caught in Spider-Man's web.
- Evil Is Petty: One of the robbers says: "like candy from a baby" setting a very low bar for himself.
- Evil Laugh: One of the robbers had one after they took all of the money.
- No Name Given: Their names are not revealed.
- One-Shot Character: They only appear in the unused (in the released film) footage.
- Short-Lived Aerial Escape: They try to leave the bank in a helicopter and don't get very far before Spider-Man catches them in a big web between the Twin Towers.
- Tempting Fate: As the robbers are off in their helicopter, the pilot told them to "sit back and enjoy the ride". However, Spidey catches up to them and gives them a ride of his own to enjoy which ends with them being hauled off to jail.
- Adaptational Personality Change: On her views of Spider-Man. In the comicsnote and most adaptations, she's afraid of Spider-Man and, like Jameson, thinks he's a menace. Here, at least when he saved her from Doc Ock, does she see Spider-Man as a real hero. The opposite goes with her views of Doc Ock, whom she thinks is a nice man (and almost married him) in the comics.
- Adult Fear: Her husband gets suddenly murdered. She later faces the possibility of losing her house.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Shes a sweet old lady and a loving aunt, but she will deck you if you make her angry enough. Just ask Doc Ock.
- Combat Pragmatist: Defied for others, played straight for herself. When Doctor Octopus tries to bait Spider-Man and stab him with a blade hidden in one of his tentacles, she expresses being sickened by the foul play. She then proceeds to clock Octavius in the head, saving Spideys life.
- Cool Aunt: She and her late husband are Peter's loving Parental Substitutes.
- Cool Old Lady: She's always cheery, upbeat and rarely shows a negative side.
- Damsel out of Distress: When Doc Ock took her hostage, she completely loses it and attacks the man after seeing him preparing to use an underhanded tactic against Spidey.May: Shame on you!
- Happily Married: To Ben. In Spider-Man 3, she reflects on Ben's proposal while she's giving Peter her engagement ring.
- Nephewism: Peter is actually her brother-in-law's son. What exactly happened to Peter's biological parents is never mentioned.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Being played by a British actress, her natural accent tends to slip through in a few places.
- Parasol of Pain: Hits Doc Ock with her umbrella during her Damsel out of Distress moment.
- Parental Substitute: She and her late husband took care of Peter after his parents died(?).
- Secret Secret-Keeper: Possibly. It would explain her tone during her almost completely unprompted speech about heroes to Peter (which serves "unwittingly" as a pep talk for him to resume being Spider-Man), as well as her forgiving him for abandoning her at the bank after Ock's attack.
- Truer to the Text: Outside of her different view of Spider-Man, this May Parker is much more faithful to her comic book counterpart than all of the other live-action versions of the character.
- Widow Woman: After Ben's death.
- Aesop Collateral Damage: Peter's aesop comes at the expense of Ben's life.
- Arc Words: One more time; "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility."
- Cool Old Guy: He's very doting and always positive.
- Cool Uncle: He and his wife are Peter's loving Parental Substitutes.
- Death by Origin Story: Which triggered Peter becoming Spider-Man.
- Happily Married: To May.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: His death greatly affected Peter.
- Nephewism: Peter is actually his brother's son. What exactly happened to Peter's biological parents is never mentioned.
- Parental Substitute: He and his wife took care of Peter after his parents died(?).
- Present Absence: His influence on Peter is felt throughout the trilogy as it was he who inspired him to become Spider-Man.
- Spirit Advisor: To Peter in 2.
Daily Bugle staff
J. Jonah Jameson
Peter's boss at the Daily Bugle. Cantankerous and loud, his first dedication is to his money. And he doesn't like Spider-Man.
- Adaptational Heroism: While still a loud and cantankerous jerk, J. Jonah Jameson doesn't have his comic incarnation's habit of funding super villains to hunt down Spider-Man.
- Adaptational Jerkass: A subtle example, but his whole impetus for hating Spider-Man in the comics revolved around his wife being murdered by a masked man. This incarnation's wife is alive and well, meaning he's just badmouthing Spider-Man solely for the sake of sensationalism.
- Alliterative Name:
- Three names, all begin with Js. Doubles as Alliterative Family.
- The novelization of the first film lampshades this, as he defends the name "Green Goblin" on the grounds that alliteration makes names easier to remembernote . The text proceeds to describe how Peter Parker disagrees with this, while Betty Brant calls up J. Jonah Jameson about a call for him from famous scientists Reed Richards and Bruce Banner.
- Berserk Button: Has a lot of these, but one button you shouldn't press is deceiving him. When he fires Eddie Brock after humiliating him and his paper with photoshopped images, he's dead serious compared to the times he's "fired" Peter.
- Breakout Character: His screen time increases throughout the trilogy and he becomes widely regarded as the definitive version of the character in all forms of media, thanks to J. K. Simmons' excellent performance, which is so iconic that he's reprised the role in other Marvel projects such as The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Spider-Man: Far From Home. And even if he doesn't appear, his voice and mannerisms are at least emulated by others (like in Spider-Man (PS4), where the VA admitted to taking heavy influence from Simmons' version). In fact, the reason Jonah never appeared on-screen in this film series' reboot is because the filmmakers felt that no one could live up to Simmons in the role.
- Butt-Monkey: Bad things tend to happen to him a lot.
- Cigar Chomper: Introduced this way, and seen smoking later on as well.
- Da Editor: Like always.
- Deadpan Snarker: He snarks at almost every opportunity he has.Betty: Boss, your wife is on the line. She says she lost her checkbook.
Jameson: Thanks for the good news!
- Establishing Character Moment: His page quote is his very first line of dialogue in the series, and it tells you everything about what he thinks of the titular hero.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- In the first film, the Goblin attacks him to know the identity of the photographer who takes pictures of Spider-Man. Jameson, despite being obviously terrified, refuses to sell Peter out.
- In the third film, he issues a full retraction after Peter proves Eddie faked the photos of Spider-Man committing a robbery and fires Eddie immediately.
- George Jetson Job Security:
- "Fires" Peter a number of times for whatever reason, only to rehire him within a few seconds afterward.Jameson: You're fired.
Betty: Chief, the planetarium party.
Jameson: Oh, right. You're un-fired, I need you. Come here.
- Averted with his firing of Eddie; Jameson actually means it, and his attitude makes that very clear.
- "Fires" Peter a number of times for whatever reason, only to rehire him within a few seconds afterward.
- Get Out!: As Eddie Brock found out, whenever Jameson tells you this when you're fired, you know he's serious about it.
- Grumpy Old Man: To the freaking core!
- Hey, You!: This is practically how he calls people.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Despite being a Jerkass most of the time, he is still a good person deep down. Perhaps one of the most notable examples would have to be him immediately lying to the Green Goblin to protect Peter's identity in the first film, even while the Goblin chokes him. Another example is his fury when he finds that Eddie Brock printed a forged photo framing Spider-Man of robbery and actually prints a retraction apologizing to Spider-Man despite his dislike of him.
- Ignored Epiphany: He starts to have a Jerkass Realization in the second movie when Mary Jane is captured, bemoaning the fact that Spider-Man could have stopped it from happening had he not driven him away. Then Spidey returns (and steals back his costume), and Jameson goes right back to his old self.
- Inspector Javert: Firmly believes that Spidey is evil.
- Jerkass: An arrogant, stubborn and pompous skinflint who micromanages his employees, although he does have a decent side.
- Large Ham: You will know when he's on-screen, largely when he starts yelling about Spider-Man.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After two movies of selfish, dickish behavior, karma starts to catch up Jameson in the third film with his own subtle Humiliation Conga — Betty drives him up the wall buzzing him about taking his pills, Eddie tricks him and humiliates him with a fake story, Peter strong-arms him into finally giving him a proper job at the Bugle, and a little girl scams him for a camera during the climax (charging extra money for the film).
- Mean Boss: Is constantly seen yelling and berating his employees.
- Morality Pet: About the only person we see him being nice towards is his son John.
- Motor Mouth: When he gets going.
- The Nicknamer: Comes up with the supervillain names for both Green Gobin and Doctor Octopus. For the latter, Hoffman initially comes up with "Doctor Strange", and Jameson admits that it's good... but realizes that it's already taken.
- Non-Action Guy: He's not combat-proficient obviously.
- OOC Is Serious Business:
- In the second film, when it seems like Spider-Man really isn't coming back, he shows actual remorse for dragging the hero's name through the mud.
- He's generally a sensationalist hell-bent on taking Spider-Man down, but when Eddie Brock's fake photograph debacle is exposed, he is genuinely pissed about it and fires Eddie immediately, though unlike the times he's "fired" Peter, he means it, showing that he still cares about publishing the truth despite his yellow journalist colors.
- Pet the Dog: He has his moments:
- He protects Peter's identity from the Green Goblin while he's being strangled.
- Has a Jerkass Realization when Mary Jane is captured and it appears that Spider-Man isn't there to save her.
- Prints out a retraction apologizing to Spider-Man when Eddie Brock hands in forged photos.
- The Scrooge: Jonah is one heck of a miser; he strives to pinch every single penny he can on any occasion from paychecks to his own son's wedding.
- Signature Laugh: When he cackles at Peter's demand to pay him in advance: it's frequently subjected to Memetic Mutation.
- Tranquil Fury: When it's revealed that Eddie Brock brought in forged photos of Spider-Man, Jameson quietly tells him to pack his things before angrily firing him.
- Verbal Tic: Tends to start certain sentences with "what?" when talking to his underlings.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: While he and his son didn't share many scenes together, their personalities clearly reflect this trope. Jonah is a Hot-Blooded Large Ham whose brashness are Played for Laughs while John is laid back.
Joseph "Robbie" Robertson
A longtime employee at the Daily Bugle.
- Alliterative Name: Robbie Robertson.
- Benevolent Boss: He is a Reasonable Authority Figure compared to Jameson, as he treats employees like Peter with respect; and unlike Jameson, considers Spider-Man to be a hero.
- Demoted to Extra: He is not important as his comic book counterpart and most versions.
- The Lancer: He is The Confidant of Jameson and his de facto Number Two at the Bugle.
- Non-Action Guy: He's obviously not proficient in combat.
- Number Two: The highest ranking person in the Bugle next to Jameson.
- Out of Focus: Robbie is usually one of Peter's closest friends at the Bugle. Here, he usually gets a line or two, and that's it.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: Similar to the comics, it's strongly implied early in the second movie that he's figured out the truth. When Peter explains where he just came from, Robbie observes that Spider-Man also happened to be there and gives him a glance.
- Token Black Friend: He is Jameson's Only Friend in work, or at least the closest person he has for one. He's also Out of Focus relative to his other appearances, and is one of few black characters seen.
The ad manager of the Daily Bugle.
- All There in the Manual: Though it's not stated in the movies, the novelization for Spider-Man 2 mentions that he's the ad manager for the Daily Bugle, hence why J. Jonah Jameson is always consulting him about ideas for headlines and supervillain names.
- All There in the Script: His first name is never said in the film, only in the novelizations and other supplementary material. Also The Danza.
- Behind the Black: For some reason, Jameson never seems to notice Hoffman until the dude is in the frame.
- Butt-Monkey: Most of his scenes involve him receiving the short end of the stick of J. Jonah Jameson's anger.
- Canon Foreigner: Having no comic book counterpart, he only exists in the films.
- Giver of Lame Names: When Jameson tells him to run out and copyright the name "Green Goblin", he proposes "the Green Meanie" instead. Jameson angrily shows him the door.
- Subverted when he comes up with the name of Doctor Octopus, only for Jameson to later subconsciously claim the idea as his own and shoo Hoffman away.
- Last-Name Basis: Throughout the film, he's only ever referred to by his last name. See All There in the Script.
- Offscreen Teleportation: The moment JJ calls his name he is instantly there, even when it's obvious he's nowhere nearby.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Whenever he appears onscreen, always expect an incoming joke or gag involving him.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: To J.J., kinda by necessity, as he doesn't want to be fired.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Being part of the film series from the very beginning, he is finally included in the opening billboard (OBB) of Spider-Man 3.
- Running Gag: He instantly appears whenever J. Jonah Jameson shouts his name. At one point, he appears as soon as Jameson calls him, to which Jameson reacts with a disturbed Double Take.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Mostly the 'Hi' part. Hoffman always seems to appear the femtosecond Jameson yells his name.
- Totally Radical: His campaign to make the Bugle more appealing to younger audiences might have worked...in 1957.
Elizabeth "Betty" Brant
Jameson's secretary at the Daily Bugle.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In the comics, Peter dated Betty for a while, before pursuing other romantic interests. Even though there is a slight hint of sexual tension between them in the films, they never get together.
- Alliterative Name: Betty Brant.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Obviously has a crush on Peter, who is head-over-heels for Mary Jane.
- Demoted to Extra: None of her characterization from the comics made it into the trilogy with the exception of being Peter's potential love interest, and even that isn't as prominent compared to the source material.
- Girl Friday: To Jameson.
- Laugh of Love: In Spider-Man 3, she laughs nervously when Peter, who's under the symbiote's influence, starts hitting on her at the Daily Bugle.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Being part of the film series since the beginning, she is finally included in the opening billboard (OBB) of Spider-Man 3.
- Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: She sports a bob in a sci-fi heavy superhero movie.
- Sexy Secretary: To the point that both Peter and Eddie hit on her as much as they can in the third film.
One of the Oscorp board of directors.
- Board to Death: Norman murders him and the rest of the board just so he can remain in charge of Oscorp.
- Bullying a Dragon: He knows full well that Oscorp designs weapons and he gives its founder a hard time.
- Canon Foreigner: Along with the rest of the Oscorp board of directors.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Green Goblin throws a special kind of pumpkin bomb at him that instantly disintegrates him into a skeleton and then into dust.
- Hate Sink: Norman had just finished wrapping up a report about how Oscorp had a successful year and Balkan's response is to sell the company out anyway just to make things easier for a rival company, a statement he openly savours with a side of tea.
- Earlier in the film, Ben mentioned corporations were downsizing their staff for a profit, and Peter is part of the working class, so Acceptable Targets is clearly in play on this one.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: As a result of him and the rest of the board of directors kicking Norman out, the latter dons the Goblin suit again and murders them all at the Unity Day Festival. Not only does the experience give Norman an even bigger lust for power, but it also leads to him first encountering Spider-Man at the festival, causing him to form a sick obsession with the hero.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets very little screen time before being killed.
One of the Oscorp board of directors.
- Bald of Evil: While not "evil" to a supervillain extent, he does play an antagonistic role towards Norman due to kicking him off the board of directors just so they can move forward with selling Oscorp.
- Board to Death: Norman murders him and the rest of the board in order to keep his position as CEO of Oscorp.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Unlike Balkan, Max atleast tries to show sympathy for Norman when they kick him out. Norman certainly doesn't buy it though.
- Canon Foreigner: Along with the rest of the Oscorp board of directors.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Green Goblin throws a special kind of pumpkin bomb at him that instantly disintegrates him into a skeleton and then into dust.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The board of directors forcing Norman out is what leads to the latter becoming the Green Goblin again and murdering them; an act that results in him becoming obsessed with power, which convinces him to use his abilities and weapons to become a dangerous public menace, rather than just using them to do his own corporate dirty work.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Just like Henry Balkan, he gets very little screen time before being killed.
Dr. Mendel Stromm
The head of Oscorp's research and development department.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the comic books, he's an antagonist that tried to have Norman murdered after the latter had him arrested for embezzlement so Osborn could steal his inventions. Along with that, he, later on, ended up becoming a cyborg supervillain. Here, he's a well-intentioned scientist that would've prevented the entire conflict of the first movie had Norman considered his warnings.
- Cowardly Sidekick: Norman considers him to be this, due to him not wanting to test the performance enhancers.
- Death by Adaptation: He has narrowly avoided death multiple times in the comics, but in the first film ends up being the Green Goblin's very first victim.
- In Name Only: Has nothing in common with his comic book counterpart outside of his name, association with Oscorp, and involvement with the formula that gave the Goblin his powers.
- Ignored Expert: Norman disregards his warnings that the performance enhancers could pose serious risks, a move that ultimately has disastrous consequences.
- Killed Offscreen: He's last seen getting attacked by the Green Goblin, and Norman is just told about his body being found when he comes to.
- Only Sane Man: He's the only one among the Oscorp personnel that believes that the performance enhancers need to be taken "back to formula", due to one trial run of them showing side-effects of aggression and insanity. In the end, it turns out he was entirely correct, although it would have been smarter to tell this to Norman first rather than blurt it out to the general looking for any excuse to cut their funding.
- Token Good Teammate: He's the only associate of Norman who doesn't yank his chain for the sake of feeling superior.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: By telling General Slocum they would need to take the entire line of performance enhancers "back to formula" in disregard to Norman's claims otherwise, Stromm's caution prompts Slocum to give Norman his ultimatum, which in turn leads to Norman testing them on himself and the whole resulting debacle.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Only appears in two scenes, as he's killed in the second one.
A General of the United States Army who funds Oscorp's technologies.
- Canon Foreigner: As with several other characters, he only appears in the film series.
- For the Evulz: Seems to resent Osborn enough to make business decisions for the purpose of antagonizing him. It is possible, however, that he knows Quest is producing the much more impressive and practical battle suit, which he wouldn't be faulted for favoring over the glider. It still doesn't explain why he'd like to see things through to the lengths of putting Oscorp out of business, though.
- The novelization reveals that Slocum sees Osborn as being arrogant, smug and insufferable; and that he felt Osborn was making promises without being able to deliver on them. Thus Slocum wants Osborn gone.
- Lack of Empathy: Per page quote, Slocum has no problem seeing Oscorp go out of business if he pulls his contracts from the corporation. Probably not the smartest of words considering he's killed by Green Goblin (who is really Norman Osborn) just after saying that.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He threatens to withdraw Oscorp's funding over one failed test of the performance enhancers once he learns what the consequences of that failed test were. When Norman tries to say that the rest of his staff believes they're ready for human testing, Slocum still listens to Dr. Stromm's recommendation that it be taken back to formula.
- Too Dumb to Live: Most people have the good sense to not bully a scientist who had just mentioned creating a drug that turns people into superpowered maniacs. The General is not most people.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It was because of him warning Norman that he'll pull Oscorp's funding if the performance enhancers weren't ready in time that led to Norman testing the incomplete serum on himself, which results in Norman becoming the Green Goblin; launching the film's main conflict.
- And Norman's death would push Harry into a vendetta against Spider-Man, which creates conflicts across the two sequels. All resulting from him being a dick to Norman.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Only appears for two scenes before he's killed.
New York Wrestling League
The promoter of the New York Wrestling League (NYWL).
- Entitled Bastard: Expected Peter to stop a burglar from stealing his money not long after screwing him over a prize money (the same money the burglar stole, mind you).
- Hate Sink: A sleazy promoter who screws Peter over the prize money who even has the gall to call him out for not helping him retrieve said money from a burglar.
- Jerkass: He's a sleazy promoter who doesn't give a fuck on anyone.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Immediately after screwing Peter over the prize money, he gets robbed.
- Loophole Abuse: The Exact Words of his exhibition match is that anyone who lasts three minutes against Bonesaw McGraw wins $3000. Since Peter beats Bonesaw in only two minutes, he didn't give Peter the full prize. Instead, he gives him only $100!
- No Name Given: Only credited as a wrestling promoter.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: As mentioned in Loophole Abuse above, he uses the Exact Words mentioned in the ad for his exhibition match to dupe Peter of his prize money.
- Small Role, Big Impact: His only role is to screw Peter of the promised prize money. If he didn't do that, however, Peter wouldn't be so pissed at him to the point of letting Dennis Caradine get away from robbing him, which leads to Uncle Ben's death, which in turn ultimately leads to Peter becoming Spider-Man.
The receptionist of the New York Wrestling League (NYWL).
- No Name Given: Only credited as a wrestling receptionist.
- Sassy Black Woman: A more subdued example. She has the snarky attitude and demeanor but she's more or less restrained.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: She does not notice Peter as a minor participating in a dangerous sport, but as someone who is underweight for it.
The ring announcer of the New York Wrestling League (NYWL).
- The Cameo: The first in the trilogy for Sam Raimi's groovy friend Bruce Campbell.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Shares the same actor as the Snooty Usher from the second movie, the French waiter from the third movie, and, had the fourth movie been made, Quentin Beck/Mysterio.
- Large Ham: Naturally, as a ring announcer.
- No Name Given: Only credited as a wrestling announcer.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He's dressed to the nines, but wearing a sparkly golden blazer and Cool Shades.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Only appears in a single scene, but it is he who named Spider-Man.
- Sunglasses at Night: He is sporting his Cool Shades in a dark arena.
A professional wrestler that Peter ends up fighting against for prize money.
- Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, the wrestler Peter fights is named Joseph "Crusher" Hogan.
- Badass Normal: He's just an ordinary wrestler, yet he puts up a solid fight against Spider-Man. To be fair though Peter is still just learning on how to get the hang of the full potential of his powers and skills.
- Catchphrase: "BONESAW IS READY!!!"
- Chairman of the Brawl: Bashes Peter several times with a chair.
- Combat Pragmatist: He has no problems with using a metal chair to bash Peter several times, and attempted to hit him with a crowbar, despite the fact that doing those is illegal in real-life wrestling. At the same time, however, Peter was still allowed to fight in the match by using his webbing.
- Crowbar Combatant: Attempts to use a crowbar against Peter, but gets beaten down before he has a chance to strike him with it.
- Garbage Wrestler: Though he has the skills on the mic to go with it, this is basically Bonesaw's style of fighting, complete with steel chair and (attempted) crowbar attacks.
- Large Ham: In just one scene, he manages to give both J. Jonah Jameson and Green Goblin a run for their money in terms of sheer hamminess.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Despite his freakishly-huge muscles, Peter manages to defeat him in two minutes. Justified, of course, given Peter's Super Strength abilities.
- Warm-Up Boss: He is the first major opponent Peter faces with his newly-acquired spider powers.
Other Supporting Characters
Dr. Curt Connors
Peter's college physics professor.
- Adaptational Heroism: In virtue of not turning into the Lizard, even though he did so in the third game.
- Adaptational Job Change: In the comics, he's a former surgeon turned herpetologist, while here he's a physicist. Peter still takes the symbiote to him however.I'm a physicist, not a biologist.
- Alliterative Name: Curt Connors.
- An Arm and a Leg: Is missing his right arm.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Wrongfully thinks that Peter is this.
- Composite Character: In a sense, as in Spider-Man 3, Peter has him examine the symbiote; whereas in the comics Peter gets Reed Richards to examine it. Though Spider-Man: The Animated Series had Connors fill this role as well.
- Cool Teacher: Peter constantly seeks his help if he needs any advanced and professional opinion.
- Deadpan Snarker: Dryly reprimands Peter's seeming laziness.Dr. Connors: Your paper on fusion is still overdue.
Peter: I know. I'm planning to write it on Dr. Otto Octavius.
Dr. Connors: Planning is not a major at this university, Parker.
- Decomposite Character: Since he doesn't turn into the Lizard, his role as Peter's mentor and idol turned tragic villain goes to Otto Octavius.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He's actually name-dropped in the first film, where he apparently fired Peter as his lab assistant.
- Iconic Sequel Character: He is a notable character in the trilogy but he only debuted in the second film.
- Ignored Expert: Peter disregards his multiple warnings of the potential dangers that the symbiote could pose; warnings that would, later on, prove to be entirely correct.
- Mythology Gag:
- He's the one Peter brings the symbiote to to study it, like in Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
- The novelization of the first movie shows his firing of Peter happening as he holds a lizard in a cage.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He lectured Peter when he is struggling to keep both his Spider-Man and personal lives balanced but is still very considerate of him.
- Second Episode Introduction: Introduced in the second film.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In the second film, once Peter gets his grades up by retiring Spider-Man, Connors commends him on his improvement, which makes Peter so happy that the movie goes into a freeze-frame.
Eugene "Flash" Thompson
Popular high school jock that once dated Mary Jane and also used to bully Peter.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is brown, as opposed to being blonde like in the comics and most versions.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Played With. He's never shown to undergo any of the character development his comic book counterpart went through, such as his admiration for Spider-Man, becoming a better person, and arc of actually becoming friends with Peter and co. However, since he completely disappears after the high school portion of the first film, it's possible that all of this happened offscreen. Indeed, his showing up for Harry's funeral at the very end of the trilogy implies that he did manage to become a better person.
- Back for the Finale: After being entirely absent from the second film, he appears right at the end of the final film for a cameo.
- Badass Boast: While he is ultimately nothing compared to Peter, he still gets a pretty good (and memorable) one during their "fight".Peter: I don't want to fight you, Flash.
Flash: I wouldn't want to fight me neither!
- Bastard Boyfriend: The novelization mentions that he was very controlling over Mary Jane, which is largely why she broke up with him. Fittingly, he disturbingly got along well with MJ's abusive father.
- The Cameo: He appears very briefly in 3 at Harry's funeral.
- Demoted to Extra: In the comics, Flash remained a central character in the Spidey mythos even well after Peter graduated high school, and the two even became good friends after a while. He is nowhere near as prominent in these movies, disappearing from the first movie after Peter's graduation, not even appearing in the second movie, and only making a short cameo at the end of the third.
- Graceful Loser: If MJ is to be believed, he is not angry about the aftermath of his fight against Peter, he is just glad he didn't give him a black eye before graduation. Considering the fact a Jerk Jock like him openly admitted this to his girlfriend, it seems he is pretty graceful about his loss.
- Hooked Up Afterwards: The ending of the Spider-Man 2 novelization briefly mentions that he got together with Liz Allan sometime after the first film.
- Humiliation Conga: Peter's first day with his new powers ends up being unpleasant for Flash, as he first gets hit in the back with a tray full of food, then gets easily bested in combat by Peter, and finally gets hit with food again, this time in the face.
- It's All About Me: The novelization explains that a big part of what caused him and Mary Jane to break up was his frustration with her wanting to pursue an acting career instead of what he wants for her and that he believes that she never thinks about his needs.
- Jerk Jock: As with the comics, he bullies Peter throughout high school.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Apparently, he has no intention of getting back at Peter for defeating him. He is just glad Peter didn't give him a black eye before graduation.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Downplayed, he is a 6 foot 5 muscular jock who is strong enough to put a dent in a locker with a single punch, but his opponent is Spider-Man. He gets Punched Across the Room.
- Not Good with Rejection: The novelization shows that he was furious with Mary Jane breaking up with him, as in it he secretly gets revenge on her by having his Aunt, who works in the Broadway industry, reject Mary Jane's acting audition, even though she actually nailed the part.
- Punched Across the Room: What happens to him at the end of his fight with Peter.
- Reformed Bully: Spider-Man 3 seems to imply this, as he shows up for Harry's funeral.
- Romantic False Lead: At the start of the first film, he's dating Mary Jane, which makes Peter's crush on her all the more painful. Luckily for Peter, the two eventually break up on rather rotten terms.
- Starter Villain: He's the first pain in Peter Parker's patootie, but he's quickly forgotten in favor of bigger fish.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He's strong enough to break an entire locker with a single punch, but ultimately falls victim to Peter's enhanced reflexes.
Peter's classmate and the apple of Eddie's eye.
- Adaptational Late Appearance: She is famously Peter's girlfriend prior to MJ in the comics. Here, she debuts well into Peter and MJ's relationship.
- Adapted Out: She doesn't appear in the tie-in game for the third movie.
- Being Good Sucks: The reason Gwen nearly died in the first place is because she went out of her way to help her colleague who tripped during the crane fiasco.
- Composite Character: She has traits of her comic book counterpart (namely her original Steve Ditko characterization before her latter dramatic personality shifts when Lee tried to make her the love interest) and Ann Weying (Eddie Brock's blonde girlfriend and love interestnote ). Her modeling career also alludes to her turn as a bikini model in Roy Thomas' Savage Land story arc.
- Demoted to Extra: Is nowhere near as prominent as her comic book counterpart. As a result, she also never meets her infamous fate.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She makes a brief appearance in the Spider-Man 2 novelization as one of the students in Doctor Connors' class, just as she is in the third film. note
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Eddie sure does. Symbiote Peter is also quite fond of her.
- Fanservice Model: Introduced during a photoshoot in which she's doing sexy poses.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's blonde, sweet, and very nice.
- Innocently Insensitive: She asks Peter for a photo of her kissing Spider-Man... right in front of MJ.
- Literal Cliffhanger: She gets acquainted with Spider-Man when he rescues her from falling off a building.
- Nice Girl: After realizing Peter (influenced by the symbiote) is using her to get back at Mary Jane, she apologizes to MJ and leaves.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In part of being Demoted to Extra. Hell, Spidey even saves from falling in her second scene, which he famously failed to do in the comics (and the next film incarnation).
- Statuesque Stunner: She's one of the tallest female characters in the entire trilogy in addition to being one of its prettiest.
- Truer to the Text: This version of Gwen is pretty accurate to the original Steve Ditko character. A beauty queen and glamor girl who serially dated boys, was a little flighty, and was otherwise not shown to be especially interested in science.
- Two First Names: Her last name is commonly used as a given name.
Captain George Stacy, NYPD
Captain of the NYPD and father of Gwen Stacy.
- Adaptational Late Appearance: As with Gwen, he's introduced well before Mary Jane in the comics. Here, he debuts long after her introduction.
- Adapted Out: Like Gwen, he's also absent from the tie-in video game for the third movie.
- Bearer of Bad News: He's the one who informs Peter and Aunt May that Flint Marko was Uncle Ben's actual killer. Peter doesn't exactly take it well.
- Cool Old Guy: Unlike his comic book counterpart, he has not yet retired from his position as police captain despite his age, and in the few scenes he appears in, he's shown getting pretty involved in things.
- Demoted to Extra: As with Gwen, his role in the film is very minimal compared to the comics. Also like Gwen, this lets him survive the film.
- Papa Wolf: In a deleted scene, he defends Gwen when Eddie shows up at her house and begs her to take him back; threatening to have Eddie arrested if he doesn't leave.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Due to his limited role, he survives the events of the movie; whereas fate wasn't so kind to his comic book counterpart.
- Two First Names: His last name is commonly used as a given name.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: When he sees his daughter hanging for her life in a destroyed building, he is more puzzled at what Gwen was doing on said building in the first place over the fact that his own daughter might die.
The landlord of Peter's apartment.
- Adapted Out: Doesn't appear in the tie-in video games for the second and third movies.
- Canon Foreigner: He is a character created exclusively for the films, having never appeared in any of the comics.
- Cold Ham: He collects Peter's rent fees in a subdued yet bombastic manner.
- Cranky Landlord: Always hounds Peter for rent money, though a few of his scenes in Spider-Man 3 hint at a softer side.
- Deadpan Snarker: Towards Peter.Mr. Ditkovich: Rent!
Peter: Not now.
Mr. Ditkovich: Listen, it's a free country, not a rent-free country.
- Demoted to Extra: In the Editor's Cut of Spider-Man 3, he only has less than a minute of screen time, as the cut removes the scene where Peter apologizes to him for having yelled at him earlier.
- Hidden Depths: After Peter snaps at him in the third movie, he acknowledges to Ursula that he knows Peter is not a bad person, late rent or not, and even expresses concern that Peter might be going through a rough time. He's a better people-reader than he lets on and seems to see his tenant as more than just a freeloading kid after all.
- Iconic Sequel Character: He and his daughter are notable characters in the trilogy but they only debuted in the second film.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the third film, it's suggested that he does care for Peter deep down, as he expresses legitimate concern for the latter's sudden change in personality, and later on tries giving him dating advice.
- No Name Given: His first name is never revealed.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Similar to J. Jonah Jameson, his jerkish demeanor is used in a very comedic way.
- Running Gag: Most of the scenes he appears in has him demanding that Peter pay up his rent money.
- Second Episode Introduction: Introduced in the second film.
- Tuckerization: "Ditkovich" is a reference to Steve Ditko, co-creator of Spider-Man.
An unassuming girl next door who is the daughter of Peter's landlord.
- Adapted Out: As with her father, she isn't in the video game adaptations of the second and third movies.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Obviously has a crush on Peter, who is head-over-heels for Mary Jane.
- Bare Your Midriff: Occasionally seen wearing a shirt that exposes a bit of her belly.
- Canon Foreigner: Like her father, she has no comic book counterpart.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: In her first scene, she gets so distracted by Peter that she accidentally sets her food on fire.
- Dogged Nice Girl: Towards Peter.
- Girlish Pigtails: To illustrate her sweet and innocent nature.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's one of the sweetest characters, who come to Peter when he's in a rough spot, whether it is offering him baked goods, or even giving him relationship advice over MJ.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Displays a supportive attitude towards Mary Jane's and Peter's relationship despite her own feelings for the latter.
- Iconic Sequel Character: She and her father are notable characters in the trilogy but they only debuted in the second film.
- Laugh of Love: In Spider-Man 3, she giggles briefly when she's feeding Peter cookies while he's talking to Dr. Connors over the phone.
- Second Episode Introduction: Introduced in the second film.
- Supreme Chef: She's good at making sweets. She baked a cake for Peter in the second film and made him cookies in the third, both times he's seen eating them ecstatically.
- Vague Age: Appears to be around her late teens to early twenties but it was never clarified on-screen.
The ex-wife of Flint Marko and mother of Penny Marko.
- Adult Fear: She has a daughter with a terminal illness and a husband who turned to crime as a result.
- All There in the Manual: The novelization of the third film greatly expands on her character and her history with Flint.
- Broken Bird: Her experiences with Penny becoming ill and Flint subsequently turning to crime has noticeably left her very cold and bitter.
- Canon Foreigner: She was created for the film series.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Her anger towards Flint may be unjust since he was just trying to support his family but she was right about several things.
- Accidental or not; Flint still killed a man, making him a danger to herself and Penny in her eyes.
- Due to his arrest; Emma was forced to face a tragedy alone and face financial struggle as well.
- He was currently on the run from the police during this conversation and Penny doesn't need this extra stress in her life as well.
- Mama Bear: Disgusted with the lifestyle Flint chose, she adamantly doesn't want him to have anything to do with Penny. In the novelization, she even flat-out tries to attack Flint when he approaches Penny.
- Prematurely Grey-Haired: She has several strands of grey hair, which the novelization hints are the result of all that she's been through.
The daughter of Flint and Emma.
- Ambiguous Ending: The film leaves it uncertain as to whether or not she can be cured of her illness. Conversely, the novelization/originally-filmed ending of the film gives a bleak ending to her story, revealing that her condition is indeed incurable.
- Canon Foreigner: At the time of the film's release, Flint Marko had no daughter in the comics. However, a character that could be his daughter was introduced into the comics in 2010, though she isn't named Penny and has almost nothing in common with the character in the film.
- Children Are Innocent: She still loves her father regardless of his criminal activities.
- Damsel in Distress: In a rather big deviation from the film, the video game adaptation has Venom kidnap and hold her hostage so as to blackmail Flint Marko (who in the game isn't willing to kill Spider-Man at first) into going along with his plans.
- Face Death with Dignity: Supplementary materials said that she is aware of her terminal illness and made peace with the inevitable outcome.
- Ill Girl: She has a possibly terminal illness that Flint is desperate to seek out a cure for.
- Ironic Name: Penny's family has money problems.
- Ret-Canon: Before her introduction in the third film, Sandman never had children in the comics. Penny and her father's dynamic, albeit short, is so well received that succeeding comics and adaptations gave Sandman a daughter (through all are radically different from Penny).
- Small Role, Big Impact: Despite only appearing in one scene, she is the driving force behind all of Flint Marko's actions.
- Tragic Keepsake: Played with. She gives Flint a locket that contains a photo of herself, which Flint from then on treats as his prized possession, as it serves as a constant reminder for him to keep on fighting for her ailing life.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: In the originally-filmed climax of the film (that's still featured in the novelization), she convinces Flint to stop attacking Spider-Man and to give up his life of crime, telling him to face the reality that there is no cure for her condition and that killing Spider-Man will most definitely not make her get any better. She also helps encourage Peter to forgive Flint for what he did to his uncle.
- Your Days Are Numbered: She has a terminal illness and is aware of her impending death.
The butler of Norman Osborn and later Harry Osborn.
- Adaptation Name Change: He's referred to as Edmund Bernard in the novelizations.
- Ascended Extra: In the first two films, he only briefly shows up for one scene. Come to the third film, he's given prominence in several scenes, particularly at the end when he tells Harry the truth about Norman's death.
- Canon Foreigner: He's not a character from the comics.
- Canon Immigrant: After first appearing in the films, his character also appeared in The Spectacular Spider-Man.
- Helpful Hallucination: Word of God is that, while he's real in all his other appearances, he's a hallucination of Harry's in the scene where he tells him the truth surrounding Norman's death; representing Harry overcoming his own inner demons. The scene was originally going to show this, but it was cut from the final picture.
- Punny Name: A butler with a surname of Houseman.
Otto Octavius' wife and assistant.
- Advertised Extra: Her actress is included in the Spider-Man 2 opening billboard (OBB) despite dying during her second scene.
- Affectionate Nickname: Otto always calls her "Rosie".
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Despite the fatal Eye Scream moment mentioned below, her corpse is later seen without any form of disfigurement. Hell, there's not even a trace of blood.
- Canon Foreigner: Was a character created for the films, as Otto Octavius didn't have a wife in the comics.
- Eye Scream: In her death scene, a very clear visual implication suggests that one of the glass shards flew directly into her eye.
- Happily Married: She is this to Otto.
- Human Pincushion: Though it's not shown on screen, she is killed upon being impaled by several shards of glass.
- Mother Nature, Father Science: Both she and Otto Octavius are college professors, but whereas Otto specializes in nuclear physics, she teaches literature.
- Screaming Woman: Screams at the top of her lungs just before her death.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Appears for only two scenes before being killed.
Captain John Jameson III, USAF (AFSPC)
The highly successful son of J. Jonah Jameson, who in the second movie becomes engaged to Mary Jane.
- Ace Pilot: Just like his comic book counterpart, he's a highly experienced pilot and astronaut.
- Adaptational Heroism: Although he serves the role of a romantic rival to Peter, he doesn't become a supervillain like in the comics.
- Alliterative Name: John Jameson. Doubles as Alliterative Family.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappears after the second film, though he was present in earlier drafts.
- Disposable Fiancé: A rare non-romantic comedy instance. He serves the part of the "Bland Perfection" man that ultimately gets dumped by Mary Jane for Peter at the end of the movie, on what was supposed to be their wedding day, no less.
- Flat Character: He only appears in the second film, and only exists to be Mary Jane's boyfriend. Plus, he only gets two lines of dialogue in the entire film. Seriously, this guy makes MJ look three-dimensional in comparison. He also never becomes the Man-Wolf.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: He always comes off as relatively calm and collected no matter the situation, a big contrast to how his father reacts to everything. In one version of the script for the third movie, his father hired Eddie Brock to spy on MJ after she dumped him; John, by contrast, handled it quite well.
- Not Good with Rejection: Averted, at least in the film's novelization. If anything he is much better than he has any reason to, given the callous way that he has been rejected. While saddened, he's generally understanding with Mary Jane deciding to move on, as deep down he himself was feeling unsure if their relationship was going to work out.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Was this in the early drafts for the third film, which had him unknowingly bringing the Venom symbiote back from his space mission.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: While he and his father didn't share many scenes together, their personalities clearly reflect this trope. Jonah is a Hot-Blooded Large Ham whose brashness are Played for Laughs while John is laid back.
The wife of J. Jonah Jameson.
- Alliterative Name: Joan Jameson. Doubles as Alliterative Family.
- Foil: The second film goes the extra mile to show that she and J. Jonah Jameson have quite different ideas when it comes to budgeting things. While JJJ seeks to be as cheap as possible, she on the other hand generally wants to go all-out with everything.
- The Ghost: Shes mentioned but does not appear in the first and third movies.
- Plucky Comic Relief: In a sense, as whenever she appears or gets brought up, it's always for an imminent joke or gag.
- Spared By Adaptation: Although her character died in the comics, the movies depict her as being alive and well.
- Unseen No More: She's mentioned in the first film but didn't appear until the second.
Mary Jane's play co-star and close friend.
- All There in the Script: Her name is not given in the film, only in the credits. Likewise, only the novelization reveals her last name.
- Ascended Extra: Shes almost literally an extra in the theatrical cut of Spider-Man 2, but the extended 2.1 cut of the film gives her an entire scene where she talks with Mary Jane over the latter's feelings for John Jameson and if she really does love him or not.
- Best Friend: She's one of Mary Jane's closest friends, to the point that she serves as her maid of honor at her wedding.
- Canon Foreigner: Although she shares a first name with Louise Kennedy (a character that briefly appeared in the Spider-Man comics of the '90s before getting killed off), she has zero relation to the character; rendering her this.
- Hooked Up Afterwards: Towards the end of the novelization for Spider-Man 2, there's a strong implication that she and John Jameson will start dating.
- Shipping Torpedo: Downplayed. She shows disapproval towards Mary Jane wanting to marry John Jameson so early, not because she doesn't think they'd be good together, but rather because she highly suspects that Mary Jane doesn't truly love him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Nowhere to be seen in the third film despite being MJ's closest friend.
The manager of Joe's Pizza.
- Advertised Extra: Despite being shown several times in the main trailer for Spider-Man 2, he's only in the actual film for two scenes.
- All There in the Script: In both the film and video game, he's only referred to as Mr. Aziz, while the film's novelization reveals his first name to be Rahi.
- Canon Foreigner: He's yet another film-exclusive character.
- Mean Boss: A subversion — while he comes off as a strict manager, his reasons for firing Peter are entirely justifiable, and he does manage to show a bit of sympathy towards the latter, admitting that Peter's "a nice guy, but just not dependable".
- Serious Business: Justified. Given that a pizza order becomes free after 29 minutes, thus losing the restaurant money and potential repeat customers, Aziz treats the 29-minute guarantee as a serious matter.
- Small Role, Big Impact: His dismissing Peter from Joe's Pizza is what marks the beginning of the latter's downward spiral when it comes to the pressure of balancing his superhero life with his civilian life.
- Verbal Tic: He tends to end his sentences with "man", as shown in the above quotes.Peter: Why didn't you send Salim?
Mr. Aziz: Salim was deported yesterday, man.
- You Have Failed Me: A non-lethal example. When Peter fails to make an important delivery on time along with his reputation of tardiness, Mr. Aziz understandably has no choice but to fire Peter.
Siblings playing on a patio
Siblings saved by Peter in Spider-Man 2.
- Free-Range Children: Their parents/guardians are nowhere to be seen while they're playing on a patio near a fucking street.
- Half-Identical Twins: It's not stated on-screen but they're played by actual twins.
- No Name Given: They're only credited as "Boy/Girl Playing On The Street".
- Small Role, Big Impact: Peter saving them from a speeding truck causes him to miss his last shot delivery, which leads to his firing from Joe's Pizza, which marks the beginning of Peter's downward spiral when it comes to the pressure of balancing his superhero life with his civilian life.
A hotel receptionist who was Peter's final customer as a pizza delivery guy for Joe's Pizza.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: A visibly snooty woman played by the beautiful Emily Deschanel.
- Canon Foreigner: She's yet another film-exclusive character.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Snobby and inconsiderate she may be, it doesn't change the fact that Peter was late on his delivery.
- No Name Given: Only credited as the hotel receptionist.
- Oral Fixation: She's seen chewing bubble gum.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Her being inconsiderate towards Peter leads to him being dismissed from Joe's Pizza, which marks the beginning of Peter's downward spiral when it comes to the pressure of balancing his superhero life with his civilian life.
An old man who frequently appears.
- Ambiguous Situation: May or may not be the same entity as The Watcher Informant.
- Ascended Extra: After appearing as a Heroic Bystander without any lines in the first two films, the third film finally gives him a short yet heartfelt scene with Peter.
- Catchphrase: In the third film, he gets to say one of Stan's many, many notable phrases: "'Nuff Said".
- The Cameo: Because this is Stan Lee we're talking about.
- Cool Old Guy: Has no hesitation saving strangers despite his advanced age.
- Cool Shades: And he's never seen without them.
- Heroic Bystander: His first two appearances have him saving people from being caught in the battle between Spider-Man and the respective film's Big Bad.
- No Name Given: Only credited as "Man in [insert scene]".
The banker at the bank Aunt May attempts to get a loan at.
- Jerkass: He's a smug asshole who takes great pleasure in denying Aunt May a loan and a Free Toaster. When Doctor Octopus arrives, he still doesn't let up.
- Morally Bankrupt Banker: He's a total jackass who tries to take advantage of Doctor Octopus' bank robbery to steal some money for himself. Fortunately, Aunt May puts a stop to it.
Video Game Exclusive CharactersCharacters that appear in the tie-in video games, but are otherwise non-canon to the films.
The narrator of all three games. Does not quite take this job seriously.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Some of the things he says can be... pretty out there, for sure.
- Deadpan Snarker: Whatever is going on in the game, you can bet he's got a quip for it.
- Jerkass: Makes his low opinion of you abundantly clear whenever he can.
- Lemony Narrator: Constantly snarks at what's happening, goes off on funny tangents, and at one point leaves during the tutorial to get lunch and comes back later with his mouth full.
Herman Schultz / Shocker
A talented thief that uses a set of gauntlets that launch blasts of concentrated air vibrations to make short work of anyone that opposes him.
- Clothes Make the Superman: He has no superpowers, instead of using his special gauntlets and insulated suit to make himself a match for Spider-Man.
- Embarrassing but Empowering Outfit: His outfit is just as silly-looking as it is in the comics, but it still serves a functional purpose. Upon their first encounter, Spider-Man is quick to mock his outfit.Spider-Man: So you must be... Quilt-Man? Padded Pete? Mr. Triple-Ply? Oh! I've got it! [macho voice] "The Cushion"!
- No Honor Among Thieves: After Spider-Man defeats him, he willingly gives up Vultures location, reasoning that If Im not getting mine, Vultures not getting his.
- Sphere of Destruction: In the second game, he can generate a massive spherical blast of vibrational air.
- Tornado Move: His gauntlets are able to generate small tornadoes.
- Villain Team-Up: He teams up with Vulture to perform a heist, and they split the shares.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Hes the first boss that Spider-Man battles that arent just a mere thug.
Adrian Toomes / Vulture
A bird-like elderly man that uses a flight suit to commit robberies.
- Bald of Evil: As with his comic book counterpart, he has no hair due to his age.
- Clock Tower: He lives inside of one, using it as his own Supervillain Lair.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Would be an ordinary old man if not for his flight suit.
- Death Course: His lair is filled to the brim with explosive booby traps.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: The game offers no explanation behind his turn to crime.
- Evil Old Folks: He's a criminal that's noticeably older than any of the villains Spider-Man has fought.
- Feather Flechettes: Uses sharp, metallic feathers against Spider-Man in combat.
- Grenade Spam: He throws down a massive amount of grenades at Spider-Man as the latter makes his way up to his location.
- No Respect Guy: His status as an old man is constantly the butt of Spider-Man's jokes, and he even gets made fun of by a cop after being webbed up.
- Villain Team-Up: Briefly teams up with Shocker in order to perform a heist, and splits the shares with him afterward.
A man has unwillingly given superpowers and a cybernetic tail and forced to be an agent/hitman for MechaBioCon Industries.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the third game, he has no desire to do any harm, only wanting to get back at those that made him into what he is now. However, his willingness to kill for revenge and lack of interest in being an actual hero like Spider-Man pushes him more into the Anti-Hero range.
- Arch-Enemy: Dr. Stillwell, who was the person in charge of the project that made him into the Scorpion.
- Ascended Extra: He only appeared in two levels in the first game before becoming a major character with his own subplot in the third.
- Bald of Awesome: The third game shows that he has lost all of his hair as a result of the experiments done on him.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: His cybernetic tail is able to shoot out energy blasts and can also be used effectively in hand-to-hand combat.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: His armor in Spider-Man 3 gives him retractable blades underneath his wrists.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: He briefly becomes this in the third game, until Spider-Man is able to free him.
- Combat Parkour: In combat, he can be just as agile as Spider-Man.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: He considers himself to be a "freak" and desperately wants to get his rid of a prehensile tail.
- Powered Armor: In both of his appearances, he wears a metal armor that enhances his abilities along with giving him some protection.
- Prehensile Tail: He has a cybernetic scorpion tail that's been gruesomely fused to his spine.
- Scary Scorpions: Not only does he have a scorpion tail, but the first game briefly mentions that he's been infused with radioactive scorpion DNA.
- Wall Crawl: Similar to Spider-Man, he's able to cling to and climb up walls.
Sergei Kravinoff / Kraven The Hunter
A sadistic hunter who in the Xbox version of the first game is hired by Norman Osborn to hunt down Spider-Man. After being defeated, he later returns in the third game, this time with the intent to not only kill Spider-Man but The Lizard as well.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He's quite a show-off when it comes to both his fighting abilities and his traps.
- Death Course: He turns the Central Park Zoo into one for Spider-Man.
- Egomaniac Hunter: His whole reason behind wanting to kill Spider-Man and the Lizard was to show to himself that he really can kill anything.
- Empowered Badass Normal: In both of his appearances, he drinks potions that enhance his abilities in different ways.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Attempts to hunt the clearly-human Spider-Man, as well as the human-turned-monster Lizard.
- I Gave My Word: In the first game, he poisons Spider-Man and promises that he'll give him the antidote if defeated. After Spider-Man beats him, he keeps his promise and hands him the antidote.
- Poison-and-Cure Gambit: In order to prevent Spider-Man from merely leaving his Death Course, he poisons and says that he'll give him the antidote only if he gets beaten by him in combat.
- Sniper Rifle: There are several moments in the first game where he'll wield a sniper rifle, which Spider-Man will have to take cover against.
Aleksei Sytsevich / Rhino
A super-powered agent/hitman of MechaBioCon that wears a metallic rhino-like armor.
- The Brute: Between his super-muscles and metallic armor, he's a mega-tank.
- Bullfight Boss: In his fight with him in the third game, Spider-Man tricks him into charging into a wall by moving out of the way at the last second.
- Death from Above: He is killed in Spider-Man 3 upon being crushed by several massive ceiling monitors.
- The Dragon: He serves as this to Dr. Stillwell in the third game.
- Dumb Muscle: He isn't bright in the slightest, which Spider-Man figures out upon first seeing him.Spider-Man: Rhino... I'm gonna take a wild guess that you're strong but dumb.
- Powered Armor: The armor he wears makes him all the more powerful, specifically rendering him invulnerable to most attacks.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Only attacks people or steals things when his bosses send him out to do so.
- Shockwave Stomp: This is one of his special moves in Spider-Man 3. Whenever he's about to perform it, Spider-Man has to move out of the way or get hit.
- Super Strength: Very much so, to the point that in the third game, he can wield parts of the scenery against Spider-Man.
Felicia Hardy / Black Cat
A cat-themed crimefighter that takes an interest in Spider-Man.
- Absolute Cleavage: As with many of her comic book counterparts outfits, her costume has quite a low neckline.
- Action Girl: She loves to throw herself into the middle of a battle whenever possible.
- Adaptational Heroism: Unlike the comics, she's not a burglar, and is instead a full-time vigilante. Though in contrast to Spider-Man, she fights crime because she thinks it's fun, not because she sees the importance of stopping criminals; and in general, she lacks the sense of responsibility that a hero is usually expected to have.
- Badass Normal: While she doesn't appear to have any superpowers, that doesn't mean she's incapable of throwing criminals around.
- Building Swing: Uses a grappling hook to get her from building to building.
- Dating Catwoman: Averted. Though she seems to have feelings for Spider-Man, Peter doesn't appear to reciprocate those feelings and just sees her as a close friend/ally.
- Domino Mask: What she hides her identity with.
- Exposition Fairy: Helps Spider-Man through several missions in the game.
- Flirting Under Fire: She's always flirting with Spider-Man.
- Foil: To Mary Jane. In the game, she represents the side of Peter that wants to forever be Spider-Man, while Mary Jane represents the side that wants to just be a normal civilian.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Wears a black leather catsuit, which Spider-Man even remarks about at one point.Spider-Man: So, skin-tight leather. Doesn't that chafe?
Black Cat: You'll never find out, that's for sure!
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When Spider-Man decides that he's not going to give up his civilian life and then tells her just that, she ends up being completely understanding of his decision, saying that all she wanted was for him to finally learn to follow his heart in life. She even encourages him to go and make amends with Mary Jane.
- In a Single Bound: Despite not having superpowers, she's somehow able to jump great distances.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She tends to be overly-cocky and irresponsible with how she handles crimefighting and is sometimes rude towards Spider-Man, but deep down does have a truly caring side to herself.
- Ms. Fanservice: To the point that one of the game's hint markers will give you her exact measurements.
- Roof Hopping: When she's not using her grappling hook, she'll do this.
- Secret Identity Identity: She lives most of her life as a crimefighter, and tries to convince Spider-Man to do the same.
- Stalker with a Crush: To an extent, as there are many moments in the game where she manages to track down Spider-Man's location out of random.
- Stripperiffic: Her costume is this, as a result of her low neckline.
- The Tease: She's even more successful at being this to Spider-Man than her comic book counterpart, due to this Spider-Man having a more awkward personality than previous incarnations.
Quentin Beck / Mysterio
A Hollywood special effects artist that attempted to expose Spider-Man as a fraud. When proven wrong, he angrily decides to take it out on the entire city by using his extensive knowledge of effects and illusions to create chaos.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, he has a solid amount of hand-to-hand combat knowledge. Here, he goes down after one punch from Spider-Man.
- Alien Invasion: After being humiliated by Spider-Man he uses this as his own grand illusion on New York City.
- Berserk Button: He'll quickly fly into a rage when mocked.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": His Mysterio costume has a large "M" on the front.
- Canon Character All Along: A What Could Have Been example. Had the fourth film in the series been made, Mysterio would have made an appearance... revealing all of Bruce Campbell's previous appearances to be him in disguise.
- Circus of Fear: Puts Spider-Man right into the middle of a twisted carnival as part of one of his many illusions.
- Cool Shades: He sports some as Quentin Beck.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Even though he's invented many technologically-advanced items, he only uses them for the sake of his own ego.
- Evil Genius: He's capable and creating his own elaborate illusions and building his own androids.
- Fishbowl Helmet: Wouldn't be Mysterio without one.
- Jet Pack: He rides around on one during his first challenge with Spider-Man at the arena.
- Master of Illusion: His own personal specialty, which he ends up using for evil purposes.
- Monumental Damage: He sets up an elaborate illusion to make it seem as if the Statue of Liberty has been replaced with his own likeness.
- Narcissist: He is shown to be very arrogant and smug, even when Spider-Man defeats him. He also reshapes the Statue of Liberty into his image.
- No, You: Does this with Spider-Man, who isn't impressed in the slightest.Spider-Man: You're a sad little man, Beck.
Quentin Beck: I know you are, but what am I?
Spider-Man: ... I can't believe you just said that.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Though ineffective in hand-to-hand combat, his illusions and inventions do put up quite a challenge for Spider-Man.
- Smug Snake: While he should have cred for his mastery of illusions, he is far too arrogant and goes on rants on how good he is and how he is going to destroy Spider-Man even though Spider-Man can beat him effortlessly.
- Sore Loser: When Spider-Man successfully beats all of his challenges, Mysterio angrily attempts to actually harm him in response, only to be even further humiliated when his cannon malfunctions.
- Villain Decay: He goes from attacking a press conference, taking over the Statue of Liberty, and putting Spider-Man through a Death Course to being easily defeated by the hero in a man-to-man confrontation.
- Villains Want Mercy: Upon getting punched by Spider-Man, he immediately surrenders and pleads Spider-Man not to hit him again.
- Weak, but Skilled: On one hand, his illusions are powerful enough to affect something the size of the Statue of Liberty. On the other hand, he's as durable as wet tissue, and goes down after one punch.
- Zero-Effort Boss: It only takes one hit to defeat him.
A voodoo priestess that assists Kraven in Spider-Man 3. She also appears as a secret boss in Spider-Man 2.
- An Ice Person: She can briefly freeze Spider-Man in a block of ice in the second game.
- Bonus Boss: In Spider-Man 2, she's only available to fight in the game's battle arena, which is unlocked after beating the story mode.
- Magic Wand: She has a magic wand in Spider-Man 2 that teleports around the arena at random. Spider-Man needs to hit the wand in order to make her vulnerable.
- Hollywood Voodoo: Along with having elemental powers, she's also able to do things like making the Lizard grow to gigantic size.
- Playing with Fire: Uses fire in addition to her ice attacks.
Thomas Fireheart / Puma
A supervillain hired by Doctor Octopus to attack Spider-Man. He is exclusive to the PC version of Spider-Man 2 (which has a plot that drastically differs from the movie).
- Beast Man: His Puma form is a cross between that of a human and a mountain lion.
- Combat Parkour: Is equally as agile as Spider-Man.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: The game gives zero explanation as to what led to him getting his powers in this universe.
- "Get Back Here!" Boss: Spider-Man has to chase him throughout the city, with there being small fighting segments spread out in-between.
- Lured into a Trap: He steals a car just so he can lead Spider-Man into an ambush.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Doctor Octopus hires him just to be a mere distraction for Spider-Man while he kidnaps Mary Jane.
Luke Carlyle / Mad Bomber
A once-successful businessman that was ruined after the Daily Bugle published an article exposing his illegal business practices. Out of revenge, he uses technology developed by his own company and with it makes multiple attempts at blowing up the entire city.
- Adaptational Villainy: He is far worse than his comic book counterpart, being a mass murderous Bad Boss. He's actually one of the most murderous villains in the game trilogy.
- Bad Boss: To a serious extent, as after having his chopper destroyed by Spider-Man he kills his own crew by activating explosive devices that were hidden in their suits.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: What he used to be prior to having his practices exposed.
- In Name Only: Has almost nothing in common with his comic book counterpart, who was a mere one-shot villain that attempted and failed to be Eviler Than Thou to Doctor Octopus and had nothing to do with the bombing.
- Jet Pack: He flies around on one.
- Karma Houdini: While his plot is thwarted, he escapes with no repercussions.
- Mad Bomber: To the point of it literally being his name.
- Mooks: He has his own team of "H-Bombers" that help him plant bombs all over the city, as well as attack anyone that tries to stop him.
- Starter Villain: He's the first villain Spider-Man fights in the third game.
Detective Jean DeWolfe
A member of the NYPD that secretly enlists Spider-Man's help in exposing the Dirty Cops in the department.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: She is brunette in the game, as opposed to being blonde.
- Adaptation Name Change: Similar to the Ultimate comics, her last name is spelled as "DeWolfe" instead of "DeWolff".
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She initially comes off as very cold and dislikes vigilantes like Spider-Man, but warms up to him in the end, especially when he saves her life.
- Distress Call: She plays a fake distress call to get Spider-Man's attention at first.Spider-Man: Didn't your parents ever teach you not to cry wolf?
- Spared by the Adaptation: While she does get shot, she manages to survive due to Spider-Man's intervention; a big difference from the comics, where she was famously Killed Off for Real.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: At first she views working with Spider-Man as this, having only recruited him out of desperation, but eventually grows to appreciate him and admit that they make a good team together.
The lead scientist behind the creation of both Scorpion and Rhino.
- And Your Little Dog, Too!: When Scorpion returns to MechaBioCon to expose her, she holds Dr. Jessica Andrews, the only person that ever showed him any kindness, at gunpoint and threatens to kill her if Scorpion doesnt kill Spider-Man and rejoin MechaBioCon.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: She throws all corporate and scientific ethics right into the dumpster.
- Evil Laugh: When Scorpion demands that she removes his cybernetic tail, she laughs just before revealing what was done to him is irreversible.
- Gender Flip: In the comics, the scientist that created Scorpion was a man.
- Only One Name: Her first name isn't revealed.
Wilson Fisk / The Kingpin
A powerful crime lord that ends up crossing paths with Spider-Man.
- Affably Evil: Is about as classy as a crime lord could get.
- Badass Normal: He has no actual powers, and yet is able to put up a strong fight against the black-suited Spider-Man.
- Disney Villain Death: Subverted. Spider-Man tosses him out of a window to his apparent death, but upon looking down on the streets below, he's nowhere to be seen; leaving the implication that something had saved him from his fall.
- Kung-Shui: At the end of his first fight with Spider-Man, he grabs him by the head and smashes him into two pillars, destroying them in the process.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: At the time of the game's release, the film rights to the Kingpin were held by 20th Century Fox, due to him being a part of the Daredevil franchise. What allowed him to appear in the game was the mere fact that Activision held the game rights to him.
- Truer to the Text: Of all the villains that appear in the tie-in games, he is by far the one that's the most accurate to his comic book counterpart via looking as if he walked straight out of the comics.
Frances Louise Barrison / Shriek
The wife of Michael Morbius, who winds up being possessed by a different kind of symbiote that, while giving her a variety of superpowers, also drives her completely evil.
- Adaptation Species Change: Her comic book counterpart is a mutant whose powers activated during a confrontation with Cloak & Dagger. In the Spider-Man 3 video game, she's a normal human that received her powers from a symbiote.
- Ambiguous Ending: Its left uncertain as to whether or not the symbiotes effects on her can be reversed.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Being possessed by the symbiote causes her skin to become deathly white.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: She can emit sonic screams, which she uses to temporarily stun Spider-Mans black suit.
- Master of Illusion: In her last battle with Spider-Man, she uses illusions to trick him into seeing Mary Jane, Harry Osborn, Dr. Connors, and J. Jonah Jameson berating him.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: She uses her mind control abilities to force several citizens into walking into areas filled with toxic gas.
- Puppeteer Parasite: An alternate type of symbiote bonds to her and drives her to evil.
- Related in the Adaptation: She's married to Morbius in the game, whereas in the comics, she has no connection to him and is instead in love with Carnage.
- Stripperific: Her outfit leaves little to the imagination.
- Telepathy: Her mind control ability is much more powerful in the game than it is in the comics, as shes able to outright make people serve as her children.
Dr. Michael Morbius / Morbius the Living Vampire
A scientist that is turned into a vampire after he was exposed to the unique blood pathogens he was researching due to an accident caused by his wife.
- De-Power: After being beaten by Spider-Man, Shriek has a last-second HeelFace Turn and uses her powers to somehow completely restore him to normal.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: He becomes this upon turning into a vampire.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: His vampire form is a case of this, especially when compared to his human self.
- Flying Brick: He has Super Strength in addition to being able to fly.
- Pointy Ears: As part of his vampire form.
- Related in the Adaptation: He's married to Shriek in the game, while in the comics the two have no connection to each other and even fought against one another in the Maximum Carnage storyline.
- Weakened by the Light: Exposure to sunlight will make him far more vulnerable to Spider-Mans attacks.