You've heard the story a dozen times in a dozen different ways. Peter Benjamin Parker is an awkward and introverted science nerd and high-school student who was bitten by a genetically augmented spider during a tour of the OsCorp labs. Imbued with the ability to do most of "whatever a spider can," and giving himself the artificial ability to spin webs with wrist-mounted web-shooters and synthetic web-fluid of his unique creation, Peter decided to gratify his hungry and malnourished ego by getting into wrestling and TV showbiz as The Amazing Spider-Man. Blinded by his self-centered desires, Peter refused to help a security guard nab a burglar who robbed the fight promoter's office. It was as a consequence of this that the burglar later shot and killed Peter's uncle and surrogate father Ben Parker after breaking into the Parker family's suburban home in Forest Hills. Distraught at his uncle's death, Peter pursed the killer to a warehouse and struck him down, seeking his revenge. It was only after unmasking the killer and recognizing him as the burglar that he could have stopped, but didn't, that Peter finally understood the meaning of Uncle Ben's moralistic adage: "With great power, there must also come great responsibility." Ever since then, Peter has been fighting urban crime and corruption and saving lives in New York City as Spider-Man in order to atone for his past sins.
- Action Hero: Spider-Man has seen his fair share of action throughout his superhero career.
- The Adjectival Superhero: Spidey might have 3 adjectives — He has "Amazing", "Spectacular", and his favorite, "Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man".
- Adorkable: Just like his comic book counterpart and most versions, Peter is a science geek first and foremost in addition to being a costumed superhero.
- Affectionate Nickname: He's called "Tiger" by Mary Jane and "Pete" or "Petey" by many of his friends. The people of NYC and various other characters call him "Spidey", "Wall-Crawler", "Web-Slinger", or "Web-head" at times.
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Liz, a cheerleader and Peter's first girlfriend on the show, though Peter later decides that he does not, in fact, want a cheerleader. There is also Sally Avril in the first episode, who unequivocally rejected him.
- Alliterative Name: Peter Parker. Both his first and last name begin with the letter P. His middle name's "Benjamin", though — not that it comes up often.
- All Webbed Up: He does this to his enemies sometimes with the wrist-mounted web shooters that he created.
- The Atoner: His main motivation for doing good is that no one will have to suffer like he did when he inadvertently got his uncle killed.
- Moreover, it's his feeling that the world's responsibilities are his personal burden due to the fact that using his powers without a sense of responsibility got his Uncle killed.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: The webs, the wall-crawling. He's based on a spider, obviously, due to being given spider powers.
- Animal Motifs: Go on, guess which animal. Most of his villains have one as well.
- All-Loving Hero: He's Spider-Man. He tries to be selfless and altruistic in all situations, feels the need to take the weight of the world's problems upon his shoulders in addition to living an ordinary life, and tries to appeal to the good in even some of his enemies. Of course, he's not exactly perfect in fitting the archetype, on account of having a realistically human personality.
- Almighty Janitor: He is a teenage freelance photographer who constantly struggles to help pay his Aunt May's bills.
- Badass Adorable: Despite being incredibly agile and a super-powered daredevil, he's just so damn cute and fun when being in any situation with his life as a hero and a normal guy.
- Badass Bookworm: He's like his comic book counterpart: As Peter, he is a geeky science nerd who is intelligent and managed to create a pair of web-shooters (along with web-fluid), a utility-belt, and a costume; As Spider-Man, he is able to hand criminals their asses using his superhuman combat skills and his brilliant scientific mind.
- Beauty Mark: Next to his left eye. Considering his terrible luck, the Japanese connotations definitely fit.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: The symbiote takes Peter's body out to fight the Sinister Six after he wishes aloud that he could just fall asleep and find them in jail in the morning.
- Beware the Nice Ones: You DO NOT want to threaten his loved ones. The results will not be good for you.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: When Spider-Man stops cracking jokes, you know he's seriously pissed off.
- Being Good Sucks: Just like in the comics and most versions, Spider-Man is the Marvel Trope Codifier for this, as no matter how much good he does, many people are freaked out by him and things tend to not go his way.
- Blindfolded Vision: He used this as a tactic against Mysterio's illusions after correctly predicting that his spider-sense would only kick in for actual danger.
- Building Swing: As always, this is his usual mode of travel around the city.
- Butt-Monkey: As with most versions, things have the tendency of going wrong for him via the fact that he suffers humiliation, lack of money, a sickly aunt, difficulties with girls, and a large amount of unpleasantness.
- Boxing Lessons for Superman: Peter spent a brief time as a successful show-wrestler, learning how to fight using his powers and his webs before ever trying to fight crime.
- "With great power Comes Great Responsibility."
- "The old Parker Luck."
- Averted with "My Spider-Sense is tingling" as the one time he tries to say it, he gets creamed before he can finish the sentence. From then on, we just get the noise and he dodges without saying anything.
- Cannot Talk to Women: It goes with his crippling social awkwardness.
- Chest Insignia: The small black spider.
- Chick Magnet: Oh, boy, is he ever! This is perfectly cemented when he pretends to wear his Spider-Man suit as a Halloween costume in "The Uncertainty Principle", and Gwen, Mary Jane and Liz ogle him big time. Lampshaded, when Flash asks him for advice on how to win over Sha Shan, reasoning that he has to have some kind of secret to get both Gwen and Liz to "like his scrawny butt".
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Justified in that he blames himself for his inaction with Uncle Ben when he could have saved him just by stopping the burglar earlier.
- Clark Kent Outfit: His baggy clothes hide his well-defined, gymnast-like physique. The girls ogle this for all its worth when Peter shows up in costume to a Halloween party.
- Classical Anti-Hero: Just like his comic book counterpart during the the Lee-Ditko era.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Spider-Man's symbiote costume has enhanced his powers at a price.
- Combat Pragmatist: While the way he fights isn't exactly dirty per se, if he can exploit a weakness you have or use whatever is available in the nearby environment to beat you, best believe he won't pass it up.
- Comes Great Responsibility: The Trope Namer, as it's part of his catchphrase just like in the comics and most versions.
- Combat Parkour: This is Spider-Man's specialty. As a consequence of his powers, he fights reflexively. However, he is extraordinarily limber and agile, so by reflex he jumps, twirls, twists, and contorts all over the place to dodge blows and missiles. His only real weapons are his hands and feet.
- Composite Character: Of himself. This Peter Parker/Spider-Man is a combination of his comic book counterpart and some of the other versions of the character. While his brown eyes, slender yet toned physique, love interests, costume, difficulties (financially and socially), profession as a freelance photographer, paraphernalia, personality, and portrayal in this series comes from the comics (specifically the Lee-Ditko run) while the outfit that he wears as Peter Parker looks similar to the outfit that the Spider-Man from Spider-Man: The New Animated Series wore as Peter Parker (albeit it still gives Peter a nerdy outlook here) and his hair-style is similar to the hair-style that the Peter Parker from Spider-Man: The Animated Series had.
- Cool Loser: Peter is a nerd that is mocked and bullied relentlessly in high school, but as Flash and later Harry notes, somehow attracts the attention and friendship of incredibly pretty girls.
- Cool Mask: Peter wouldn't be Spider-Man without it.
- Curtains Match The Windows: He has matching brown hair and eyes.
- Cursed with Awesome: Peter often laments his powers and has made the occasional attempt to get rid of them.
- Deadpan Snarker: As always, his Spider-Man persona is the ultimate snarker and tends to make snide comments even in the midst of battle. However, his Peter Parker persona is portrayed as a shy, geeky bookworm/science nerd.
- Did Not Get Either Girl: Due to the show's premature cancellation.
- Doom Magnet: As always, he has infamously bad luck.
- Don't Think, Feel: Subverted. His powers work very well, if not even better, purely on instinct, but Spider-Man's most powerful foes tend to be exceedingly dangerous, and in very many cases more than a physical match for him. Usually, Spider-Man has to out-think or out-smart his enemies. Additionally, his live-saving reflexes and Spider-sense will generally kick-in whether or not he's thinking or distracted.
- Played straight with his fight against Mysterio, where he blindfolds himself so he won't think about the false threats, and only respond to the real ones thanks to his spider-sense.
- Dork Knight: As usual, Peter is socially awkward and quirky.
- Dude, Where's My Respect??: Are you kidding? As always, he's arguably Marvel's definitive example of this trope.
- The Everyman: As always, he is perhaps the poster child of the Marvel Universe.
- Expressive Mask: The eyes on his mask freely contort with his expression, despite the fact that they should be static plastic lenses.
- Failure Hero: This has happened to him in the series.
- The Fettered: After losing Uncle Ben through negligence, Peter swore to never abandon his responsibilities again.
- Former Friend of Jerk Jock: In this series, he and Flash were best friends as very young children.
- Friend to All Children: As always, Spider-Man has to deal with a lot of crap from adults, but not kids. Kids love their Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.
- Genius Bruiser: Just like his comic book counterpart, he is most certainly this trope. As Peter, He is academically at the top of his class; As Spider-Man, he is strong enough to fight super villains with his own two hands, inventions, and brilliant mind.
- Gadgeteer Genius: As always, he is very intelligent and able to use his inventing skills to create the equipment for his Spider-Man persona (web shooters, utility belt/spider signal, etc.) all by himself.
- The Gimmick: Spidey possesses several: The Spider theme, the quick wit, and, out of universe, being One of Us.
- Goofy Print Underwear: He wears heart-print thermals during the winter, as revealed via small Clothing Damage during his first battle with Kraven The Hunter.
- Grappling-Hook Gun: Webshooters, natch.
- Healing Factor: He tangles with preternaturally strong super villains to the point that he should at least have broken bones and severe internal bleeding. He's rarely more than sore after a good night's rest. Crossed with Made of Iron.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Slightly not as bad as in the comics, though. However, Jameson still hates Spider-Man as much as any other continuity and, just like his comic book counterpart, he is constantly bashed by J. Jonah Jameson which eventually resulted in him possessing a bad reputation.
- Hollywood Nerd: As per usual for Peter (although it is shown that he looked even nerdier before the spider bite, being also a case of He Cleans Up Nicely).
- I Just Want to Be Normal: He has a few bouts of this due to the responsibilities that come with his powers. Not to mention the fact that the inflated ego resulting from said powers directly resulted in Uncle Ben's death, which he still blames himself for. After the Lizard arc, he keeps a vial of Doctor Connors's gene cleanser just in case he decides to go normal forever until he realizes that his powers are necessary towards end of the first season and throws the solution away.
- Improbable Weapon User: He often has to get creative with his webbing in a fight.
- In-Series Nickname: "Spidey", "Webhead", "webslinger" or "wall-crawler", "Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man" or any combination thereof.
- LEGO Genetics: Just like in the Sam Raimi film series, he gets his powers from a genetically altered spider instead of a radioactive one.
- Le Parkour: Thanks to his spider agility, he's a superhuman practitioner.
- Lethal Chef: He decides to prepare Thanksgiving dinner so Aunt May can recover from her heart attack. His attempts result in a burned cream sauce and a bunch of exploded yams.
- Lightning Bruiser: The guy has taken hits that would have killed most fragile speedsters. He has fast enough reflexes to dodge lasers and lightning from Electro, he's survived vibro-blasts that tear through concrete walls, multiple grenades, and been hit so many times by villains with super-strength that if a contest was made on drinking a bottle of beer for every time he gets hit, the person's liver would be wrecked by half the first season.
- Likes Older Women: The first girl he tries to (actively) woo is 20-year-old Betty Brant, who is admittedly four years older than him. As Peter tries to sell it, when Betty is 70 and Peter is 66, it won't be such a big difference.
- Look Ma, No Plane!: Spider-Man swings by helicopters all the time.
- The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: And how. He has three girls go after him and being Spider-Man has driven off all of them in some way.
- Money, Dear Boy: This is what Peter Parker first thought of using his spider-powers for, before it resulted in Uncle Ben's death.
- Motor Mouth: He tends to be this while wisecracking as Spider-Man, just like in the comics.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He had this reaction when he recognizes the murderer of his uncle as the burglar he allowed to escape earlier.
- Nice Guy: Although he has some low points, he's still a kind, loyal person at heart.
- The Nicknamer: Much to the villains' chagrin.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: No one could suspected bookish, shy Peter Parker of being the web-slinging, wise-cracking Spider-Man.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Up until he gets bitten by a genetically-engineered spider. Though, Peter tries to keep his school life going while being Spider-Man.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The first hint that Peter is not himself and being controlled by the Symbiote is when the Sinister Six notices he's not cracking jokes during their second fight.
- Pro Wrestling Is Real: When Spider-Man first got his powers, he entered a wrestling tournament and beat a wrestler by the name of Crusher Hogan.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When Uncle Ben was murdered, Peter went after the criminal with every intent of returning the favor. The realization that he had inadvertently caused his uncle's death through inaction stopped him and he turned the burglar over to the police.
- Sad Clown: Much like his comic book counterpart.
- Save the Villain: He saves Electro from the Master Planner's lair in "Shear Strength" with some bellyaching.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Which results in Tombstone's We Can Rule Together offer being rejected.
- Secret Identity: Due to the show's premature cancellation, the only character to learn his secret identity is Venom along with NYPD captain George Stacy.
- Secret Identity Change Trick: Par for the course with Spider-Man, Peter tries to come up with an excuse for his disappearances. It doesn't always work out for the best.
- Signature Move: Spidey has always liked to shoot a small patch of webbing at his foes' eyes to blind them.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: During the flashback to his origin.
- Socially Awkward Hero: As always, he is the Trope Codifier.
- Spider-Sense: As always, this is a power of Spider-Man that allows him near precognitive ability to sense danger.
- Super Strength: His physical strength greatly improves when he is bitten by the spider.
- Talking Is a Free Action: And Spidey can keep it up all day.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Only as Spider-Man just like the comics.
- Teen Genius: Just like in the comics, Peter is a geeky science nerd who is an honors student with a scholastic interest towards science. He also managed to design his costume and created the paraphernalia that he uses as Spider-Man (such as the Web-Fluid, Webshooters, Spider-Signal, etc) as well as getting a job at as freelance photographer at the Daily Bugle and an internship at Empire State University while still being in high-school.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Tinkerer calls him out on it. Though ironically, at the end of the series, he thinks he's killed Norman Osborn.
- Trademark Favorite Food: His presumed love of Aunt May's wheatcakes dates back to his comic book counterparts first appearance in the Amazing Fantasy. And, of course, there's New York pizza and hot dogs.
- Truer to the Text: This Spider-Man is much more faithful to his comic book counterpart (specifically when he was a teenager) than most versions. Just like in the comics, Peter is a nerdy, loner hero who solves his problems on his own without adult mentors or sidekicks and he balances his school and superhero life himself. Of course, this adaptation still provides some setting updates and other changes, but it maintained that core of Peter as a non-sidekick teenage hero far more faithfully than any other version of the character (who tended to take an Adaptation Distillation approach).
- Utility Belt: Spider-Man wears a utility belt to hold extra web cartridges, his camera, and his "Spider-Signal" flashlight buckle. He wears it under his shirt but since it leaves only a small bulge, as well as its being the same color as his suit and he is usually moving around so much, most people don't even realize he has one.
- Wake Up, Go To School, Save The City: As always, Spider-Man may have been the Ur-Example of this.
- Wall Crawl: His trademark.
- Weak, but Skilled: Spider-Man is usually physically, sometimes mentally as well, outclassed by the bulk of his more dangerous enemies. He still manages to win by using his powers efficiently and creatively.
- What You Are in the Dark: As shown in "Intervention", when he confronted Uncle Ben's killer, Spider-Man dropped him out of the building, but saved him because he knew Uncle Ben would never have approved.
- With Great Power Comes Great Perks: How Peter was before the fateful day where he learned...
- Working-Class Hero: As in the comics (particularly the Lee-Ditko era) and most versions, he is very much this.
- You Fight Like a Cow: Another classic trait from the character (deadpan or not).Dr. Octopus: Do you ever SHUT UP?!Spider-Man: Sorry, no. My fans expect a certain amount of quippage in every battle.
- Your Cheating Heart: Peter is not emotionally faithful and tends to be easily distracted (as MJ points out) by any pretty girl who gives him attention. He had a crush on Betty Brant but then forgot about her when he met MJ, and after kissing Gwen, he started dating Liz while still pining for Gwen and not being true to either of them. And of course in the middle of all that, when MJ is giving him a pep talk, he starts thinking about how pretty she is.
Gwendolyn Stacy is friends with Peter Parker and Harry Osborn. She is the daughter of New York City Police Department captain George Stacy. Despite romantic feelings between her and Peter, she dated Harry when Peter began dating Liz Allan.
- Adaptational Personality Change: In the comics, Peter met Gwen at college, and she was a popular beauty queen from high school who was initially an Alpha Bitch who gradually had her personality softened. This Gwen is a friend of Peter's from school, who confesses to loving him since seventh grade and sometimes acts angry toward Peter in the second season (mainly due to the fact that he would not speak to her about the kiss that they shared).
- Adorkable: Occasionally in the early episodes, she'd be a bit flustered to talk to Peter, and of course, her more modest look. Even after she became more confident, she still occasionally slips into this, and is still cute regardless.
- All Love Is Unrequited: She and Peter finally seem to get together at the end of Season 2, but Harry puts a stop to it.
- Betty and Veronica: Was the Betty to Liz's Veronica.
- Composite Character:
- Her initial somewhat nerdy look and personality makes her slightly more similar to Debra Whitman than the Gwen Stacy of the comics (we later meet a Debra Whitman briefly and she's a much older character). Although, she does evolve in order to become more like her comic book counterpart towards the end of the series.
- Her background as a childhood friend of Peter's, who also wears glasses and is one of his closest friends, makes her similar to the Ultimate Marvel version of Mary Jane. She becomes more faithful to her comic book counterpart near the end of Season 2, fittingly after getting a makeover with MJ's helpnote . The fact that she attends the same high school as Peter is similar to the Ultimate Gwen Stacy.
- Death Glare: Or "the Look", which has the same effect.
- Damsel in Distress: As always, she tends to be rescued by Spider-Man whenever she is captured or placed in danger.
- First Love: She was the first girl Peter truly loved, although it takes a while for him to realize that and still longer for him to act on it. Those delays likely prevented any real relationship from ever happening.
- The Glasses Gotta Go: She removes her glasses after she evolved into her comic book counterpart as a result of a makeover given by MJ.
- Girl Next Door: Just like her comic book counterpart.
- Hair Decorations: She wears a headband, as always.
- Hollywood Nerd: She was originally one (but not as much as Peter), but she becomes truly faithful and resembles her comic book counterpart.
- Love Interest: To Peter, eventually.
- Love Triangle: She is first in one with Peter and Liz and later one with Peter and Harry.
- Nice Girl: She is mostly kind to both Peter and Harry.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: She shows up to her Valentine's date with Harry sans glasses and wearing a dress.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Word of God said that, even if the series hadn't been cancelled, they had no plans to kill her off.
- Tsundere: Towards Peter in the second season.
- Two First Names: "Gwen" and "Stacy" are both common given names.
- Woman Scorned: She was initially upset that Peter seeming gave her the cold shoulder after their kiss.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Gwen seems to have quite a fondness for knee-high boots with thigh-high socks and skirts towards the end of the series.
Harry Osborn is the son of industry magnate Norman Osborn and the best friend of Peter Parker.Like many versions, he struggles with his resentment toward his best friend alongside with being desperate to get his father's attentions.
- Abusive Parent: Norman. Oh boy, Norman. His mother Emily, who is alive in this adaptation, is implied to be neglectful like her husband, more or less doing nothing to halt Norman's treatment of his son.
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: When he succeeds in getting popular after dosing on the Goblin drug, he's not too shy about getting ahead with the in-crowd.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He initially appears to be a fairly nice guy, but over the course of the series, he reveals himself to be rather entitled and prone to fits of envy in addition to having strong Never My Fault tendencies. He has also inherited a good bit of his father's manipulative streak.
- Corrupt the Cutie: Sure, he's not as good-hearted as he seems, but it's pretty clear that Norman has become more focused on ensuring his son follows his footsteps in being manipulative, ruthless and ambitious. Given how he did a guilt-trip to Gwen to stay with him, Norman is succeeding.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Harry is jealous and resentful of Peter for being smarter than him, getting more validation from his father, and the fact that Peter seems to be friends with Mary Jane Watson, upsetting him at the school dance and other events.
- Exact Eavesdropping: He seems to make a habit of listening in on conversations in order to learn more than one secret.
- Fantastic Drug: Globulin Green.
- Freudian Excuse: Beyond being raised by Norman Osborn, which is bad enough in it of itself, Norman tends to try and get Harry to emulate him in terms of ruthlessness and manipulation. Considering how Harry got Gwen to stay with him, it appears Norman is succeeding in this.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Peter, as per usual.
- It's All About Me: Another unfortunate trait he got from his father.
- Jerkass: He becomes more and more of this due to his dad's influence and machinations.
- Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates Gwen into staying with him in a way that would make his father proud.
- Never My Fault: He has the highest ratio of blaming Peter/Spidey for his own failures of all the characters in this series. Considering how Norman is, it's not surprising that Harry would gain this mentality.
- Parental Neglect: His father, Norman, is proved to ignoring Harry in favor of his main goal: getting more power and money. His mother doesn't seem much in his life either.
- Put on a Bus: He goes on a trip to Europe in "The Uncertainty Principle" and doesnt return until "First Steps".
- Took a Level in Badass: After his return from Europe, he can fly a helicopter and he actually saves Spider-Man's life at one point by destroying the windows and dispersing the knock-out gas the Green Goblin planned to kill Spider-Man with.
- Took a Level in Jerkass:
- The Unfavorite: His father prefers Peter to his own son.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Just like his comic book counterpart and most versions, Harry spends much of his life desperately trying to earn his father's approval.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: His addiction to the Green did a major job on him, though luckily not as bad as it did on his father. This is a known side-effect of Globulin Green, and though it makes him stronger it also makes him prone to sudden bouts of rage. He undergoes clear Sanity Slippage in "The Uncertainly Principle", which includes flipping out and throwing his father into a wall, all while mood-swinging constantly, and even though he ultimately wasn't the Goblin, the show makes it very believable that he could have been if given the opportunity.
- You Killed My Father: Given how he witnesses Spider-Man shove a pumpkin bomb into Norman's glider and blows it up, sending Norman into a watertower filled with pumpkin bombs, no surprise he believes Spider-Man killed his dad. Hell, Spidey himself believes he did so too.
May Parker is the widow of the deceased Ben Parker and aunt to the orphan Peter Parker.
- Almighty Mom: or Aunt in this case.
- Composite Character: Of herself. She is nigh-identical to her comic book counterpart, but she retains her film counterpart's trait of appearing not to dislike Spider-Man.
- Happily Married: To Uncle Ben, until his death.
- Heroic Bystander: Not only did she get between The Sinister Six and Spider-Man, she then told them off for attacking Spider-Man and refused to step aside to let them hurt Spider-Man, all with out a hint of fear.
- Maiden Aunt: Although she's a widow and not a maiden.
- Mama Bear: To Peter through the fact that she is overprotective of him. May had even established a curfew for Peter in order for him to return back into their house safely.
- Parental Substitute: As per usual, she is as a mother figure for Peter.
- Shipper on Deck: She was vocal about Peter/MJ shipper, and conspired with Anna to set them up on their first date into the Fall Formal.
- Supreme Chef: A great cook if her baked goods are anything to go by.
- The Match Maker: For Peter and Mary Jane.
J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson is the publisher and editor-in-chief of the newspaper The Daily Bugle. He is the father of astronaut John Jameson. He is known for his hatred towards Spider-Man.
- Alliterative Name: John Jonah Jameson.
- Anti-Villain: Type 1
- Bad Boss / Benevolent Boss: Zigzagged with both. He regularly verbally abuses those that aren't Joe Robertson, but he's also protective of his staff.
- Catchphrase: Saying he wants to do something/that he wants something done, and then expressing the amount of time it should be done in seconds. (Example: "I want a title in 28 seconds!")
- Da Editor: Editor-in-chief of the Daily Bugle.
- Disproportionate Retribution: While Jameson hated Spider-Man from the very beginning of the series, it was when he finds out a rival paper's story on Spidey outsold the Bugle's story on his son's return from space that causes him to decide to run a smear campaign against Spidey, outraged that Spider-Man gained more attention than his son.
- Doting Parent: He praises his son named John (who is an astronaut.)
- Everyone Has Standards: Stands up for human rights... because he hates everyone equally. He is absolutely committed to truth in reporting. Despite his hatred of Spidey, Jameson has always refused to use fake images in his newspaper.
- Good Is Not Nice: Most notably, when Rhino asks for Peter, JJJ notices Peter and gestures for him to hide, then lies to Rhino - claiming that he's never met Peter, that everything is done through email - even though this could easily cost him his life.
- Good Parents: He's a jerk, but he's a great dad too.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Toward Spider-Man, as usual.
- Grumpy Old Man: Absolutely!
- Hair-Trigger Temper: You do not want to get on Jonah's bad side. Unfortunately, it's hard not to.
- Hidden Depths: From his verbal tirades against Spider-Man and his own staff, you'd never know how much Jonah loves his family or how much he values those that work for him.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Despite being a Jerkass most of the time, he is still a good person deep down.
- When Aunt May has a heart attack, he feels it's his responsibility as Peter's boss to break the news to him. It backfires, but that's not his fault. We also see that he's extremely affectionate towards his son.
- Not only that, but when Rhino grabs him and threatens him to tell where Peter is, he actually sees Peter behind the Rhino, secretly indicates that he should hide, and lies right to Rhino's face about not even knowing what he looked like. The guy may be a jerk, but never call him a bad guy.
- Hypocrite: In "Gangland", he called Spider-Man "ungrateful" for trying to have Tombstone arrested after he "saved" him from Doc Ock. Yet earlier that same night, Jameson had shown no gratitude at all when Spidey saved him from being crushed by a falling chandelier.
- Inspector Javert: He doesn't like or trust Spidey, thinking he should be arrested.
- Irrational Hatred: Jameson hates Spider-Man with such a passion that no matter how many times the superhero has saved him and his loved one over and over again, Jameson is still stubbornly convinced that he is a menace.
- It's All About Me: Taken to a ridiculous degree in "Opening Night" when he claims that Spider-Man stopping the jailbreak was just an elaborate ruse orchestrated by both Spidey and the crooks.Jameson: They're all in it together!
Captain Stacy: [visibly irritated] Oh, to what end?
Jameson: To raise my blood pressure!!
- Jerkass: It wouldn't be J. Jonah Jameson if he weren't one. To summarize, JJJ is usually an arrogant, stubborn, and pompous skinflint who micromanages his employees.
- Mean Boss: Most of the time, he is constantly seen yelling and berating his employees.
- Never My Fault: He blames Spider-Man for what happens to his son, despite the fact that he was the one who goaded John into going after Spidey (who was the victim of another Frame-Up) in the first place.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When his son's space shuttle is damaged and it becomes uncertain if they can land it, Jameson becomes uncharacteristically quiet. When the news of the shuttle landing safely comes in, he takes a moment to calm himself, then starts yelling at his staff again, who treat it as a sign of everything being back to normal.
- Pet the Dog: He has received some of these moments over the series to show that once you get past the greedy, shouting, pissed-off exterior, he's not that bad a guy.
- Strawman News Media: Outside his hatred of superheroes, his integrity as a journalist is unimpeachable.
- That said, of course, while he'll begrudgingly print the truth of events after Spider-Man is cleared of some wrongdoing, he'll continue to demonize the web-slinger until that happens or spin the truth to make Spidey look bad.Peter: I can't believe you're printing flat-out lies!
Jameson: LIES?! Listen, you callow, insubordinate pup! The Bugle only prints FACTS! (aside) ...and whatever it takes to connect the facts together.
- That said, of course, while he'll begrudgingly print the truth of events after Spider-Man is cleared of some wrongdoing, he'll continue to demonize the web-slinger until that happens or spin the truth to make Spidey look bad.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Spidey has saved him, his employees, and his son's lives again and again, and yet he goes right back to smearing the superhero as always.
Norman Osborn is a ruthless businessman, inventor, gifted chemist, the head of OsCorp Industries, and the father of Harry Osborn.
- Abusive Parents: Norman is an emotionally neglectful parent, causing Harry to strive for his affection and showing preference to Peter over him. It's implied he does this to try and force Harry to do more.
- Bad Boss: As his treatment of both Toomes and Octavius can attest. It's no wonder they both came back for revenge.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: As always, he wears this whenever he's not rocking a green bodysuit and purple tunic.
- Bait the Dog: A particularly cruel version. At the end of season one after finding out his son was the Green Goblin, he suggest taking the blame to save him and eventually begs Spider-Man to not reveal it to anyone so his son won't become the target of New York's entire crime community. By the time of the season two finale, we find out he really had been the Green Goblin all along and framed Harry to milk sympathy from Spider-Man.
- Berserk Button: Spider-Man is one.
- Big Bad: Of the whole series.
- Catchphrase: "Don't apologize. I never do."
- The Chessmaster: As always.
- Composite Character: Just like in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, he takes the role of Gregory Bestman, the man who cheated the Vulture in the comics.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Just like his comic book counterpart, he's a ruthless business man who gets worse.
- The Corrupter: The primary negative influence in Harry's life and the worst part is that it's working.
- Don't Tell Harry: He initially tries to keep his identity secret from his son.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For all his evilness, he does shows concern for Harry when he and Spider-Man discovers he is the Green Goblin.
- Horribly twisted in the season 2 finale, where it turns out he had been framing his own son when he was the real Green Goblin. He did so to "protect" him. As he put it, if he (Norman) went to jail, who would "make a man" out of Henry? He even shows legitimate pride at how far Harry has come since his recovery, such as taking the initiative to fly a helicopter after them. Though he also shakes off Spidey's accisation that he did for himself. However, given how he gave the "potato, po-tah-toh" bit, it could mean that they're both right since Norman views Harry as an extension of himself.
- Evil Genius: Osborn is certainly this trope via one of the smartest characters in this adaptation.
- Evil Mentor: He tried to be this to Peter. In a more subtle and parental way, he's this to Harry. Most of his son's negative traits stem from Norman's own and Norman does seem to be trying to cultivate these.
- Evil Redhead: Norman has reddish-brown hair and is very evil.
- Faux Affably Evil: As in the comics, he veers closer to Affably Evil.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He is a very skilled inventor, as he secretly developed a trove of Halloween-themed weapons and equipment that he uses as the Green Goblin.
- Gaslighting: He does this to Harry through making him think that his juiced version of the Globulin Green formula is actually making him the Green Goblin, going so far as to dress him in the costume and twisting his leg to make him feel that way. He also continues to make Harry live in guilt and loathing about his actions.
- Genius Bruiser: Arguably subverted. He's incredibly intelligent, he's super strong, but he often can't do both at the same time because of his mental instability.
- Hidden Depths: The rather stoic and straight-faced Norman is revealed to be very psychotic through his persona as the Green Goblin
- Jekyll & Hyde: Subverted. Norman is (relatively) sane and the Green Goblin is crazy, but they're both evil.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While he never apologizes for his own transgressions, he does give some solid advice to Harry on taking responsability for his failures. However, as Never My Fault shows, Norman's "don't apologize" philosophy is not based on dodging responsability, but more on following through in your ambitions with no regrets on taking out who is in your way and becoming skilled enough to do so in the first place.Norman: Enough, you're parked in a no-whining zone. Take some responsibility. Peter's not the reason you failed. You wanna pass a test? Study. You wanna be popular? Be popular. Take control of your destiny, boy.
- Living with the Villain: He's Peter's best friend's father, after all.
- It's All About Me: This Norman is a raging narcissist and megalomaniac who willingly allies with underworld types and a Mad Scientist in order to gain more power and money for himself.
- Karma Houdini:
- He never apologizes, after all.
- Due to the series' cancellation, he manages to evade karma for his crimes as the Goblin; the only thing close to punishment he receives is having to fake his death and flee New York.
- Motive Decay: As The Green Goblin, he went from wanting to take over New York's criminal underworld to being obsessed with killing Spider-Man. Justified, as by the last few episodes, he had accomplished his former goal and had become sick of Spider-Man's constant interference.
- Never My Fault: Apparently being a billionaire and genius makes you immune to responsibility or blame. Though he also doesn't spend that much time shifting it on others. It's more like he believes that if you want something, go ahead and take it, but make sure you're good enough to do so.
- No One Could Survive That!: He falls headfirst into a water tower filled with pumpkin bombs and is caught at the epicenter of the explosion, yet walks away with barely a scratch.
- Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: As Green Goblin, he has dozens of hideouts scattered across New York.
- Parental Neglect: Norman is emotionally neglectful of Harry, leaving Harry desperate to try and win his affections. Given what it causes Harry to do, it might even deliberate to some extent.
- Split Personality: Subverted; this version is presumably in control of what he does as the Green Goblin and doesn't display any sort of Super-Powered Evil Side.
- The Unapologetic: His Catchphrase.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Most of the time he presents himself as an ordinary citizen and businessman. Behind the scene, he agrees to make a deal with the Big Man to create new supervillains just to keep Spider-Man busy and is secretly The Green Goblin.
- We Can Rule Together: A Down Played version, he makes it very clear that he wants Peter to be his heir.
- Why Are You Not My Son?: He blatantly prefers Peter to Harry. Heck, he even provides the page quote of the trope.
Mary Jane Watson, or simply MJ, is a beautiful woman who is the niece of Anna Watson and commonly seen dating Peter Parker.
- Blind Date: This is how she met Peter just like in the comics.
- Catchphrase: "Face it, tiger you just hit the jackpot."
- Cool Big Sis: Especially toward Gwen. Word of God even describes her and Gwen as being best friends (just like in the comics).
- Deadpan Snarker: She's every bit as good at snarking as Peter when he is Spider-Man.
- Fiery Redhead: Wouldn't be MJ if she wasn't.
- Hello, Nurse!: The exact thing that Peter was not expecting when he opened the door to her for the first time. Hit the jackpot, he did indeed.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Peter is definitely attracted to her during their date, but he lets it go after she tells him she only sees him as a friend. She would have became the main girl anyway if not for the show's cancellation.
- Hidden Depths: She said she wasn't looking for romance until she saw a guy propose to his girlfriend in the Valentine's episode. It seems she really does love both Peter Parker and Mark Allan.
- Ironic Echo: When Aunt May and Anna Watson were trying to set them up on a blind date, Peter resisted due to thinking that May going on about her "wonderful personality" meant Mary Jane must be some pathetic teen that couldn't possibly get a date without help.
- Mythology Gag: Some episodes have her wearing the same pink t-shirt, blue skirt, and brown boots that her Raimi Trilogy counterpart wore in the first film.
- New Transfer Student: After hearing about Midtown's prestigious theater program, she decides to transfer in "Group Therapy."
- Popular Is Dumb: Subverted. She may not be a Teen Genius, but she definitely has better social intelligence than most characters.
- Official Couple: Mary Jane is usually Peter Parker's primary love interest but she gets the least amount of Ship Tease with him out of his love interests in Spectacular, although Word of God has confirmed that had the show not been cancelled then she would have been his ultimate love interest. It was their intention to keep Mary Jane Out of Focus at the start of the series and play around with the romances as Mary Jane being Peter's "the one" was a Foregone Conclusion and so it seemed too obvious to set up a romance between them early. The series would eventually have had Peter Parker and Mary Jane get married (just like in the comics).
- Promoted to Love Interest: Inverted; this is the first Spider-Man adaptation where Mary Jane is not Peter's main love interest. Although according to Word of God, she would have become the main love interest for Peter if the show had a chance to progress into a third season.
- Promoted to Opening Credits: In "Persona", the first episode of the Venom arc (which is also the first episode after Harry was Put on a Bus, This made space for her.)
- The Rival: Subverted; she appears to be this to Gwen at first, but it's quickly made clear that she only went to the prom with Peter to help and won't get in the way of Gwen. She's more of a rival to Liz, due to encouraging Peter and Gwen to being a couple, although this is lessened after she and Liz bond over the pain of losing Mark in "Subtext".
- Romantic False Lead: Intentional, as her date with Peter really was just a one time thing. She does like him as a friend, but if anything, she would rather see him with Gwen, although According to Word of God, she would have been promoted to Love Interest had the series gone further though.
- Sad Clown: Just like her comic book counterpart.
- Shipper on Deck: She is very pro Gwen/Peter.
- Ship Sinking: She doesn't end up with Liz's older brother after he's sent back to prison.
- Ship Tease: With Peter and Mark before the latter turns into Molten Man.
- The Social Expert: She is probably the one character who everyone seems to like, friendly even with people like Gwen and Liz (who see her as a competitor for Peter's affections), and about the only person she does not get along with, Eddie Brock, more or less proves to be a Jerkass.
- Truer to the Text: Her physical appearance and personality (i.e. an aloof and somewhat flaky, noncommittal but genuinely warm and loyal friend for both Peter and Gwen) were how she was originally conceived in the comics. Likewise, for being the only friend in Peter's circle who doesn't have baggage and is more or less on good terms with everyone. She also doesn't end up very often as a Damsel in Distress and is a hero in her own right when she comes to rescue Gwen from Venom in the finale of the first season, getting the rest of M-Cube to use the parade float as a giant cushion for her fall.
Eugene "Flash" Thompson
Eugene Thompson, better known by the nickname Flash, is a high school student and star football player. While coming off as a typical jock and bully, he gradually grew into a better person.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: His mom manages to be this, inadvertently humiliating him at his party by inviting Peter and revealing they were once friends.
- Book Dumb: He is not completely stupid (especially compared to his pal, Kenny Kong), but still a walking academic disaster area.
- The Bully: As with most versions, he is one to Peter.
- Catchphrase: "Hey, Puny Parker!"
- Character Development: He grew from being a Jerk Jock into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Embarrassing First Name: He does NOT like people calling him by "Eugene".
- Fanboy: Flash is Spider-Man's biggest fan, as always.
- Heroic Bystander: At several points, he is willing to take risks to help Spider-Man, even once going around in a Spider-Man costume. He actually ends up saving Spidey from Venom at one point.
- Hidden Depths:
- Also, he is truly outraged when Spider-Man is framed for crime and refuses to believe it's the real one.
- He also visits Aunt May in the hospital after hearing about her heart attack and it's revealed later on that him and Peter used to be close friends in their youth.
- It turns out that he holds sportsmanship higher than trophies.
- Irony: He picks on Peter in high school, but he is Spidey's biggest fan.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Flash, of all people, calls Peter out for acting like a jerk to everyone when they were comforting him about his aunt being in the hospital. This made Peter realize the symbiote was controlling him.
- Jerk Jock: Just like his comic book counterpart, he is a typical jock and bully.
- Jerkass: As with most versions, he tends to be mean towards Peter.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He eventually develops into this during the second season of the show.
- Loves My Alter Ego: He is a huge fan of Spider-Man and is as committed to defending him as he is to giving Peter Parker a hard time.
- Pet the Dog: He's genuinely angry at Peter for acting like a jerk (unknown to Flash, as a result of the symbiote's negative influence on him), towards his friends when they attempted to comfort him after Aunt May gets hospitalized from a heart attack and proceeds to rightfully call him out on it.
- He also visits Aunt May in the hospital after hearing about the heart attack. And when Peter later genuinely thanks him for the aforementioned reality check, Flash just replies, "Don't mention it.", while giving him a sincere smile.
- Playing Cyrano: He enlists Peter's aid to make sure he doesn't sound dumb while trying to impress a smart girl (it doesn't work, but she likes him anyway).
- We Used to Be Friends: It's revealed that Flash and Peter actually used to be best friends back in nursery school. It was Peter who gave Eugene the nickname "Flash" (which was not, as Flash would prefer people to believe nowadays, a comment on his speed).
- According to Word of God, their friendship broke up around when Peter's parents died - Flash, whose father was a police officer, was scared of this reminder of a parent's mortality and didn't want to hang out with Peter anymore, but couldn't articulate this reasoning and so convinced himself that Peter being an "egghead" justified dumping him as a friend. By the time of the show, he's completely forgotten this.
George Stacy is a captain in the New York Police Department and the father of Gwen Stacy.
- Ascended Extra: He was basically a minor character in the first season, but actually became a close ally of Spider-Man's throughout the second season.
- Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Clancy Brown himself.
- Badass Normal: He's got no powers whatsoever, but he's the Captain of the NYPD for a good reason.
- Big Good: While not outwardly shown much, he's one of the most wisest and good-hearted individuals in the show as well as one of the Captain of the NYPD.
- Police are Useless: Averted; he is very good at his job, usually quick to figure out that Spider-Man has been framed and willing to help him. Most notably, rather than jumping the gun, he will usually just compare the impostor's mannerism and voice to what the actual Spider-Man do and deduce the truth. It's strongly hinted he deduced Spider-Man's identity.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As per usual for the character.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: He knows that Peter Parker is Spider-Man in later episodes, but never tells Peter, although he drops enough hints that Peter suspects he knows.
- Spared by the Adaptation: He died in the comics, but he is alive in this adaptation. Although, it is possible that he would have died if the series continued.
Liz Allan is a popular girl and cheerleader at Midtown High.
- Alpha Bitch: She had made fun of Peter as much as everyone else because she initially did not want to be around Peter Parker as a result of their social standings.
- Ascended Extra: She went from being a character of mostly minimal importance to being a pretty important one in the second season.
- Betty and Veronica: She was the Veronica to Gwens's Betty.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: When she was first introduced, Liz is in a relationship with Flash, sees Peter as a geek and is extremely dismissive toward him, almost as much as Sally. She, however, quickly comes to appreciate him and ends up being the first girl to actually date him.
- Distressed Damsel: Doctor Octopus used her as one in his introduction episode.
- Fangirl: Like Flash, she idolizes Spider-Man.
- Give Geeks a Chance: Initially not, but she eventually does.
- Laugh of Love: She tends to do this around Peter:
- In "Reaction", she and Peter tend to laugh around each other as they grow close to one another.
- In "Destructive Testing", she giggles after hugging Peter, right before a football match she's cheering for is about to start.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: She eventually becomes this via Character Development, going from stuck-up in the second episode to eventually dating dorky Peter. She is notably more likable than Sally.
- Morality Pet: Sally only acts nice to Peter if Liz asks her to.
- Race Lift: Liz is white and blonde in the comics. In this adaptation, she is Hispanic.
- Romantic False Lead: Her flirting with Peter kicks into overdrive just as Peter realizes his feelings for Gwen.
- Spicy Latina: Liz was made Hispanic for the series.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Her last name is Allan, not "Allen".
- Two First Names: "Liz" and "Allan" are both common given names.
Curt Connors / The Lizard
Dr. Curtis Connors is a brilliant biologist. He accidentally transformed himself into the Lizard when he created a formula to re-grow his missing arm.
- Adaptational Villainy: While still a villain, Connors' Lizard persona in the comics is reluctant to attack his own family. This version of the Lizard on the other hand is completely feral and has no hesitation trying to eat his son. At least, until Brand New Day, when Comics!Lizard tried the same thing—and succeeded!
- Alliterative Name: Curtis Connors.
- Arc Villain: Of the Biology 101 story arc (episodes 1-3). Connors' transformation into the Lizard is a major plot point for the first three episodes.
- Ascended Fanboy: He is a reptile-loving herpetologist who becomes a reptile himself.
- Anti-Villain: Type IV. He's a perfectly nice guy, it's just that there's this one time he turned into a mindless, vicious animal and no one is ever gonna let him forget it.
- Artificial Limbs: He uses one for his missing right arm.
- The Atoner: He clearly feels sorry for what he did as the Lizard and tries his best to make up for it. Likewise, the fact that he cannot find a cure for Electro weighs heavily on his heart.
- Badass Labcoat: Even as the Lizard, he wears a tattered lab coat.
- Body Horror: His transformation into the Lizard.
- Career-Ending Injury: Losing his right arm ended his surgery and military careers.
- Dad the Veteran: To his son, Billy.
- FaceMonster Turn: Curt Connors is a good man. The Lizard is a monster.
- Genius Cripple: Curt is a genius herpetologist who lost an arm.
- Healing Factor: The Lizard can recover from injuries that would cripple or kill most others.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: His son tries it but fails.
- Immune to Bullets: The Lizard's scales are bulletproof.
- I'm a Humanitarian: He doesn't succeed in doing it, but has the inclination.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Connors' persona and the Lizard's personality are very different from one another.
- Just Think of the Potential: This is what prompted him to create a serum to regenerate limbs in the first place.
- LEGO Genetics: Connors turned into a reptilian monster by infusing himself with a serum derived from lizard DNA.
- Lightning Bruiser: Is stronger and faster than Spider-Man as the Lizard.
- Lizard Folk: His appearance looks like an anthropomorphic lizard.
- Logical Weakness: Being cold-blooded, the Lizard is susceptible to low temperatures.
- The Medic: Connors' occupation before he lost his arm and turned to science.
- Never Live It Down: The Lizard incident serves as an in-universe case. It even lets Warren blackmail his lab away from him.
- Nice Guy: If you exclude this one occasion where he turned into a giant murderous reptile, he is otherwise a very kind person.
- Painful Transformation: Curtis' transformation into the Lizard is agonizing.
- Prehensile Tail: As the Lizard he can coil his tail around things and carry them.
- Professor Guinea Pig: Partly - OK, mostly - out of desperation to regain the use of his amputated arm, he tested his own experimental serum on himself.
- Role Reprisal: He retains his voice actor from the first Activision Spider-Man game and its sequel, Spider-Man 2 Enter: Electro.
- Superpowered Evil Side: He has one for one episode, but that one was more than enough.
- Super Strength: The Lizard can lift approximately 12 tons.
- Wall Crawling: Much to Spidey's dismay.
Midtown Manhattan Magnet High Students
Randy Robertson is on the Midtown High School football team with Flash Thompson, but is shown in the show to be much nicer and more neutral than his teammates. He is dating Sally Avril and is Robbie Robertson's son.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Randy in the comics is a hotheaded activist who is unafraid to speak his mind. Randy here is a laidback Nice Guy who tries to avoid as much conflict as possible.
- Alliterative Name: Randy Robertson.
- Badass Baritone: He has a pretty deep voice due to his voice actor.
- Big Eater: He is one according to his father.
- Black Best Friend: To Flash. And to John Jameson, who he refers to as "like a brother" to him.
- The Masochism Tango: His inexplicable (even to himself, much of the time) relationship with Sally Avril.
- Nice Guy: Much to Sally's chagrin.
- Only Sane Man: For the whole school along with Glory Grant.
- Positive Discrimination: He is the nicest of the sports clique to the main characters and is African-American.
- The Stoic: In a friendly, laid-back sort of way.
- Token Good Teammate: Rand is the nicest one among the jocks.
- What Does He See In Her: In regards to Sally. Even he doesn't seem to know, but he's too nice to break up with her.
Sally Avril is Randy Robertson's snobby cheerleader girlfriend and Peter Parker's one-time crush.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: She had black hair in the comics, though she did wear a blonde wig as Bluebird.
- Alpha Bitch: Calling her this would be an understatement.
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: In the first episode, Peter has a big crush on her and asks her out. The results? They ain't pretty.
- The Cheerleader: Mean as hell and none-too-bright, Sally does the stereotypes proud.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: A rare case when you can say she is better when not talking without looking sexist.
- Dumb Blonde: She has blonde hair and falls under the Popular Is Dumb category.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- She doesn't like Peter but, after one dangerous incident, openly admits that she's glad he's alright and even hugs him out of relief, flat out telling him that while she might not like him, she doesn't want to see him hurt.
- Also, back toward the end of the first season, it's mentioned that "even Sally" is worried for Peter when she heard that Aunt May had a heart attack.
- She makes a point of laying off Peter if Liz asks her to, showing that she at least genuinely respects Liz.
- Jerkass: She has softer moments, but most of the time, she's this. She even acts like one to Flash, and that's prior his Character Development.
- Popular Is Dumb: Popular, but not very smart.
- Ship Sinking: She is very much against Liz/Peter. She got her wish when Liz broke up with Peter (but it was actually Peter who broke her up).
- Spared by the Adaptation: She dies in the comics, but is still alive in this adaptation. Although, considering that her comic book counterpart died as consequence for trying to get pictures of Spider-Man and this version was not shown with any for him, its kind of inevitable.
Flash and Randy's friend and teammate on The Midtown High football team, who is in a relationship with Glory Grant. He often joins Flash in picking on Peter.
- Adaptational Dumbass: In the comics, he was smarter than he appeared and was even able to learn Peters secret about being Spider-Man. This version of Kong is shown to be more simple-minded.
- Adaptation Name Change: His last name in the comics was McFarlane, with "Kong" being a nickname. Here, Kong has been made his actual last name to complement the Race Lift.
- Alliterative Name: Kenny Kong.
- Big Fun: He comes closest to fitting the bill in his posse through being slightly less malicious than Flash and more energetic than Randy.
- Dumb Muscle/Dumb Jock: Both larger-sized than Flash and seemingly more simple-minded.
- Fat Best Friend: A Type C example to Flash.
- Hidden Depths: He's a surprisingly good actor if his snagging a major role in the school's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream is anything to go by.
- Men Are Childish: Its at full play in his relationship with Glory. He dotes on her, but she's often exasperated by his general immaturity. They break up once, but quickly get back together.
- Race Lift: He is caucasian in the comics. In this adaptation, he is Asian.
Glory Grant is a student at Midtown High School who is dating Kenny Kong. She's part of Flash's group of friends, though she seems to be more arts-oriented then the others.
- Age Lift: Glory was in her mid-20's in the comics and previous adaptations. In this adaptation, she is a teenager.
- Alliterative Name: Glory Grant.
- Closer to Earth: She is this compared to any of the other girls. She's the only one who's not instinctively jealous of MJ at first. This is also present in her relationship with Kenny.
- Only Sane Woman: She and Randy are the two people in their group who never strictly adhere to the notion of social cliques.
- Drama Queen: A very unusual take on the trope; she's grounded and fairly reserved, but is strongly hinted to be a theatre buff. It's her who introduces Mary Jane to the school's theatre magnet and her who recommends that Hobie replace Harry in the school play when the latter fails to show up, saying that she had seen him at an external production.
Sha Shan Nguyen
Sha Shan Nguyen is a student at Midtown High who is Flash Thompson's love interest after being dumped by Liz Allan in the show.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the original comics, Sha Shan started off as a Spider-Man villain named Sister Sun. In Spectacular, she's a normal high school student and Flash Thompson's Replacement Goldfish.
- Asian and Nerdy: She's smarter than most girls around, much to Flash's chagrin:Flash: She's, like, totally immune to The Flash!
Peter: 'Cause she's got a brain?
- Chekhov's Gunman: She's at the school dance in Season 1, but only becomes a speaking, recurring, named character in Season 2.
- Deadpan Snarker: To Flash, who makes it all too easy.
- Morality Pet: Flash got a lot more nicer thanks to her influence.
- Official Couple: With Flash in the end.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches to her waist.
- Second Love: To Flash, after he and Liz break up.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Sha Shan only started to seriously begin a relationship with Flash when she witnessed him defending Harry when the Midtown Football Trophy was confiscated after it was revealed that Harry cheated. Why? He holds sportsmanship higher than trophies. Later on, Sha Shan stated to Flash that she likes him for being "an honest guy, who stands up for what's right".
A student at Midtown and member of the football team. He's the subject of a Running Gag where he's interrupted before he can say anything.
- Adaptational Heroism: He shows no signs of becoming Prowler like in the comics.
- Always Second Best: He can't hold a candle to Harry or Peter at the football tryouts and loses out to Harry in bagging the lead role in the play (though when Harry doesn't show, Hobie proves to be an excellent replacement).
- Butt-Monkey: Poor guy keeps getting interrupted.
- Recurring Extra: He is always in the crowd during scenes at Midtown.
- The Voiceless: He doesn't get a line until the penultimate episode, when he has to fill in for Harry in the school play. It's a rather impressive performance, coming off almost like a Throw the Dog a Bone moment.
An extremely energetic student who but commentates the school's football matches.
Ben Parker is Peter Parker's uncle that raised him along with May Parker in their Forest Hills home. when his parents died in a plane crash when they were young.
- Cool Old Guy: He's been shown to have had his hip and happening side.
- Death by Origin Story: His murder set Peter down the path of using his powers for good.
- Happily Married: To Aunt May, until his death.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Was the Uncle Ben who helped Peter in "Intervention" just a memory or representation of his conscience, or was that actually Uncle Ben in some otherworldly form? The fact that he was able to interact with Peter and the symbiote suggests he was a bit more complex than just something Peter imagined.
- The Mentor: He is the main inspiration in Peter's resolution to do good.
- Parental Substitute: He is as a father to Peter.
- Posthumous Character: He's been dead since the beginning of the series.
- Spirit Advisor: To Peter in "Intervention".
- With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Told Peter this just like in the comics and film.
Black Cat is the code name of Felicia Hardy. She is a thief and daughter of Walter Hardy. Her path often crosses with Spider-Man.
- Anti-Hero: Type II
- Audible Sharpness: Her claws.
- Badass Normal: She does not have any powers in this continuity, and manages to kick Spider-Man around almost effortlessly in their first fight. Although, one could probably assume he was holding back on a girl, as he mostly treats it like a friendly-sparring match(as does she)and doesnt seem all that phased with her cheap shots.
- Bad is Good and Good is Bad: Apparently, if a "hero" like Spider-Man and his "stupid conscience" means her father will choose to stay in prison, then she'd rather stick with her life of crime and stop going easy on him.
- Cat Girl: Despite calling herself the Black Cat, she has no cat-like powers.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: She is an attractive thief.
- Composite Character: This version is a combination of her comic book counterpart and Jessica Carridine, as her father in this show is Uncle Ben's killer.
- Dark Action Girl: As always.
- Domino Mask: The only thing she wears to cover her face.
- Femme Fatale: She distracts Peter with a kiss so that she can get away with a jewel.
- Love Confessor: She admits to her father that she's "got a crush" on Spider-Man.
- Moral Myopia: She thinks Spider-Man is unforgivable for not allowing her father to be released, while completely ignoring and excusing the fact that her father murdered Spider-Man's uncle. Though she doesn't really know what exactly happened.
- Mystical White Hair: According to Ask Greg, it's her natural hair color, a platinum blonde that looks white in animation.
- The Tease: She really loves getting Spidey flustered.
- This Is Unforgivable!: To Spider-Man in her last appearance.
- Younger Than They Look: Word of God states that she's 19.
Colonel Jupiter / John Jameson
John Jameson is an Air Force colonel, astronaut, and J. Jonah Jameson's son.
- The Ace: Just like his comic book counterpart, he's a highly experienced pilot and astronaut. At least before his FaceHeel Turn.
- Anti-Villain: He made a pretty good hero, but after he mistook Venom for Spider-Man, and thought Spidey was pulling his own FaceHeel Turn, he went out to kill him.
- Deadpan Snarker: He reacts rather well to growing twice his size and being forced to wear a containment suit.
- FaceHeel Turn: Undergoes one in Growing Pains.
- Large Ham: After becoming Colonel Jupiter.
- Nice Guy: Was noticeably nicer than his father, at least before his FaceHeel Turn.
- Tragic Villain: He could've been a rather good hero if not for the FaceHeel Turn.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: After becoming Colonel Jupiter, his personality is warped, and once he loses his powers, he's desperate to get them back and is locked up for rehabilitation.
Jean DeWolff is a police officer for the New York City Police Department partnered with Stan Carter. Unlike Captain Stacy and Carter, she does not consider Spider-Man as much help as most of the criminals he captures wind up being released.
Stan Carter is a New York City police officer partnered with Jean DeWolff. He has a short temper and has shown an appreciation of Spider-Man's vigilantism.
- Hidden Depths: In one episode, Stan said that Spider-Man hasn't gone "far enough" dealing with criminals. Tellingly, in the comics, he becomes a serial killer whose targets include people he felt were too light on criminals.
Dr. Miles Warren is a renowned scientist and Professor Aaron Warren's brother.
- Badass Bookworm: He's a Non-Action Guy, sure, but when a huge burly hunter walks into his lab with a living lion and starts asking questions about Spider-Man, what does Warren do? He doesn't bat an eye, lies about giving Spidey his powers, and when Kraven demands to be ehanced as well, he calmly requests a hefty payment and receives it!
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Just look at the pic. This guy looks nothing like a villain and acts pretty affable at the beginning. Yet, as the series goes on, it becomes quite clear he is a bastard. Had the show gone on, he likely would have adopted his supervillain persona, The Jackal, in a future season.
- Faux Affably Evil: He acts affable only to increase his jerkassery.
- Hate Sink: With the exception of Norman Osborn, every other villain looks sympathetic compared to him.
- Jerkass: Especially toward Dr. Connors.
- Karma Houdini: He is responsible for mutating Kraven, stole Dr. Connors' research and caused him to leave through blackmail about him being the Lizard, amongst many other things. He gets away with it at the end thanks to the show's cancellation.
- LEGO Genetics: Well, he does use Connors' research.
- Mythology Gag: He looks just like how his comic book counterpart did in the Lee/Romita era of the Spider-Man comics.
Emily Osborn is Norman Osborn's wife and Harry Osborn's mother.
- Parental Neglect: She didn't pay attention to Harry when he made the team. Nor did she come to Harry's play.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the comics, she died shortly after Harry was born. (Word of God says that it seemed odd to have all of the ¡Three Amigos! come from single-parent families, but that it felt like too big a part of Aunt May and George Stacy's characters to change.) At the time, it should be stressed, as Go Down Swinging revealed that Emma, the nanny to Normie and Stanley, was really Emily, who realized what a horrible piece of shit Norman really was and faked her death to leave him.
- The Voiceless: She doesn't say a single word throughout the series.
Dr. Nicolas Bromwell
Dr. Bromwell is a doctor at the New York City Emergency Hospital and a good friend of May Parker.
- Race Lift: His comic book counterpart was white, but he's African-American in this adaptation.
- Will They or Won't They?: He's hinted to have a thing for Aunt May. Word of God says that she doesn't notice because it's too soon after Ben's death for her to even consider dating again. It's unknown if that would have continued in later seasons.
Martha Connors is Dr. Curt Connors's wife and fellow scientist.
Eddie's replacement at Dr. Connors' Lab after he goes missing.
- Voiced By: Courtney B. Vance
A business magnate who appears at Osborn's Auction of Evil.
- Aborted Arc: It's been confirmed that he was slated to become Hobgoblin in Season 3, just as in the comics.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Shows up at an auction alongside New York's biggest crime lords, despite publicly just being a perfume company owner.
- Mood-Swinger: He's calm and smug at the auction, but when we see him next, he's jittery and paranoid. This is probably a sign that, like in the comics, he has an identical twin serving as his body double.
- Race Lift: He is African-American instead of white just like his comic book counterpart.
The Cat / The Burglar / Walter Hardy
Walter Hardy is Felicia Hardy's father and the burglar who shot Ben Parker.
- The Atoner: He became this after killing Uncle Ben.
- Composite Character: In the comics, he's a separate character from Uncle Ben's unnamed killer.
- Heroic Sacrifice: A non-fatal example.
- Moment of Weakness: For most of his career, he prided himself on never hurting anyone. But as he got older and slower, he took to carrying a gun, just in case. He ended up shooting Ben Parker in a moment of panic.
- My Greatest Failure: Killing Uncle Ben.
- No Name Given: Averted. Unlike the original comics and most adaptations, excluding the Sam Raimi movies, Uncle Ben's killer is given a full name here.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out that way.
- You Killed My Father: Spider-Man's reaction to him. Ironically enough, Black Cat gives this right back to him when Walter decides to stay in prison.
The Sinister Six
Otto Octavius was a brilliant scientist and inventor before an accident bonded him to four mechanical tentacles driving him to extreme criminal activities. Taking the name Doctor Octopus, Doc Ock for short, he became one of Spider-Man's most formidable opponents, founded the Sinister Six, and took over the criminal underground as Master Planner.
- Affably Evil: He allowed Aunt May to pass and behaved like a perfect gentleman before attacking Spider-Man.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: As his moniker suggests, octopi.
- Alliterative Name: Both his first and last names begin with "O".
- Artificial Limbs: Well, he attached four mechanical arms of questionable morality to his spine.
- Appropriated Appellation: "Doctor Octopus" was a hated nickname Norman gave him.
- Badass Bookworm: He started out as Oscorp's top scientist. After turning into Dr Octopus, he is one of Spider-Man's strongest enemies.
- Badass Normal: Doctor Octopus himself is portly, in poor physical shape, near-sighted and doesn't actually have any superpowers himself. However, he can more than hold his own with his mechanical arms. He's also very good with planning and strategy and usually has some nasty tech to even the odds.
- Bad Boss: He could easily have been the Trope Namer for Insufferable Genius, given the way he treats the members of his Sinister Six.
- Badass Longcoat: He trades his lab coat in for a trench coat after becoming a supervillain.
- Berserk Button: Let's just say that he doesn't appreciate witty banter.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When he was first introduced in the show, Dr Octavius is a nice, shy, and awkward guy who could be considered as Oscorp's Token Good Teammate, often expressing worrying about his coworkers' well-being. After going crazy and becoming Dr Octopus as a result of a lab accident, he becomes a fearsome Chessmaster Evil Genius who is responsible for most of the Villain Team-Up in the show and becomes one of the top criminal leaders in New York City.
- Big Bad: In the sense of being the leader of the Sinister Six.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: In the second season, he builds a secret empire of supervillains that puts him on equal footing with Tombstone and later Silvermane.
- Card-Carrying Villain: You can tell that he has fully become one by the mug he drinks out of that has "Evil Genius" written on it.
- The Chessmaster: As the Master Planner.
- Combat Tentacles: As always, he has cybernetic artificial limbs that he uses for his evil schemes.
- Composite Character: He shares the short stature, occasional dumpiness, personality, and jumpsuit of his comic book counterpart, but has a coat similar to Alfred Molina's take on the character.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: He relishes in his Evil Genius persona.
- Extreme Doormat: He gets pushed around quite a bit before his lab accident occurs.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Doc Ock politely asks and waits for Aunt May and Anna Watson to excuse themselves from the upcoming brawl between the Sinister Six and Spidey. He even halted Rhino as he tries to charge through them.
- Evil Genius: As per usual, Doctor Octopus is a super villain who is also a brilliant engineer and inventor, as his coffee mug indicates.
- Freak Lab Accident: Courtesy of the Green Goblin, just like in the Ultimate universe.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Before his accident he was one of the most meek men on the planet. After it, he becomes one of the most dangerous criminals alive.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Just like his comic book counterpart and most versions.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: It's all but outright stated that Doc Ock's motivation for all the evil and power-hungry things he does are because of the years of belittlement and abuse he suffered in the employ of Norman Osborn. Ock often judges his enemies as "weak" to disparage them, implying that his main point of insecurity derives from the weak personality that he used to exhibit when he let Osborn walk all over him.
- Large Ham: TREACHERYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!
- Mad Scientist: He wasn't one to begin with, but he had a lot of repressed feelings and then there was this accident...
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Actually, he does hold at least one real doctorate (but not in medicine).
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: His claim to infamy is his four mechanical arms.
- Nerd Glasses: Before his transformation.
- Not That Kind of Doctor: But Spider-Man likes to dish out the medical doctor-based puns all the same and the fact that he had a doctorate in Nuclear Physics originally.
- Overarching Villain: He becomes a major recurring antagonist for the whole series after his transformation.
- Phlebotinum-Handling Equipment: What his tentacles were originally designed for.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness
- Spider Limbs: His tentacles act like these.
- The Starscream: Sort of; he always had a repressed resentment toward Norman Obsorn, but was too shy and insecure to actually act upon it (exemplified in his dream sequence). This... doesn't turn out well when he gets crazy enough to do it.
- Villainous Friendship: He seems to have one with Adrian Toomes/the Vulture, whom he knew before either of them became criminals. He also tends to be on friendly terms with Electro, but evidently not enough to go out of his way to save his life.
- Villain Team-Up: He becomes the founder and leader of the Sinister Six.
- Worthy Opponent: While he despises Spider-Man and is obsessed with defeating him, Octavious nonetheless appreciates that Spidey is highly intelligent and respects him as a formidable enemy.
Sandman / Flint Marko
Flint Marko was a petty criminal until an accident turned him into a being comprised of and able to control sand, known as Sandman.
- Anti-Villain: Deep down, Marko isn't a terrible person. He's mostly motivated by money and getting back at Spider-Man for constantly humiliating him when he was a petty thug. "First Steps" shows his more human side, where he builds a huge sand castle for a little girl, and later stops an oil tanker explosion.
- Book Dumb: He is not very well educated, but he can be clever in a pinch.
- Blob Monster: He can become soft sand or hard rock.
- The Brute: Marko and O'Hirn fulfill this role for the Sinister Six as the group's heavy hitters.
- Evil Duo: With Rhino, a.k.a. Alex O'Hirn.
- Elemental Shapeshifter: True to his codename, Marko can freely manipulate sand, which his entire body is comprised of.
- Freak Lab Accident: The experiment done on him was a failed attempt to give him an armor. O'Hirn and Mark Allan were more successful versions of the same experiment.
- Glass Cannon: He is nearly impossible to hurt, but if you bring water or fire into the mix...
- Heroic Sacrifice: Somewhat subverted, in that while the act really was a heroic self-sacrifice that ended in his disintegration, the episode in question uses The End... Or Is It?, as after things seem to have ended, he's shown reforming and then blowing away on the wind, so he's really Not Quite Dead.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Despite being a petty criminal, he really just wants to get money, not hurt anybody. He also makes a magnificent sand palace for a little girl when some other kids made fun of her sand castle.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He and O'Hirn were constantly being humiliatingly foiled by Spider-Man in the opening episodes of the series. Then Marko received his sand powers, and the rest is history.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A greedy, rude thug but capable of showing kindness when not seeking money or trying to kill Spider-Man.
- Logical Weakness: He can be turned to mud by water.
- Noble Demon: Just like his comic book counterpart.
- Only in It for the Money: He admits it in his last appearance.
- Pet the Dog: He shows kindness to a little girl in "First Steps" and in the same episode, he saves the people from the same oil tanker he's attacking.
- Story-Breaker Power: He was getting there by "First Steps", once he's started to get a proper hang of his abilities. It's probably no coincidence that his last appearance in the show is in the episode where he absorbs Rockaway Beach. Yes, all of it.
- That Man Is Dead: He doesn't take it as far as Electro, but on a few occasions he and Spidey seem to refer to "Flint Marko" like he was a totally separate person to emphasize this. He mostly seems to do it to be dramatic, though, and unlike Electro he doesn't seem to mind being called Marko or cast off his old identity that much.
- Took a Level in Badass: After eating a lot of raw silicates in prison, when he returns in "First Steps", his Elemental Shapeshifter abilities have become significantly more powerful.
- Villain Team-Up: He becomes a member of the Sinister Six.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can freely transform his body.
The Rhino / Alex O'Hirn
Alex O'Hirn is a former small time crook who was turned into the powerhouse known as the Rhino.
- Achilles' Heel: His suit is such a complete seal that his body can't perspire. His face does the sweating for his entire body, which isn't a problem in normal conditions, but get him in a hot steamy area...
- Adaptational Badass: In the comics, Rhino's a big dumb brute Spidey beats on a regular basis. Here, he is still a dumb brute but an unstoppable force of pure destruction that Spidey can only defeat through cleverly exploiting his one real weakness, and as seen in "Accomplices", can occasionally pull one over the web-slinger with some effort.
- Anti-Villain: Type I. He's mean and reckless, but he has standards. Completely self-serving standards, but still enabling him to do some good every once in a while.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Just like his comic book counterpart and most versions, he uses the name "Rhino" as his alias and has the same type of suit and powers as one.
- Blood Knight: As always, he is always willing to use violence and fight in any situation.
- The Brute: Alongside Sandman, but Rhino's more clear-cut example for the Sinister Six. He's large, strong, bulky, and fairly stupid, but occasionally has startling moments of insight.
- Clingy Costume: He can't take off his outfit unless it's surgically removed.
- Clothes Make the Superman: He wears a rhinoceros suit that gives him his superhuman abilities, particularly super strength and speed.
- Dumb Muscle: Downplayed. For the most part, he's a pretty unintelligent brute, but will occasionally show flashes of insight: he's no genius, but he does make some fairly intelligent deductions, including being the first one to realize that if Peter Parker takes Spider-Man's pictures, he can use Peter to find Spider-Man. "I ain't stupid" is practically his Catchphrase.
- Enemy Mine: In "Accomplices", he forms a brief alliance with Spider-Man to destroy a hard driver containing the specs to create more Rhinos. As soon as the drive is destroyed, he wastes no time dismantling their partnership.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He has Clancy Brown for his voice actor after all.
- Even Evil Has Standards: His standards being "I'm the Rhino, so I can't let anyone else get made to be like me so they'd give me competition and share in my wealth!"
- Evil Duo: With his partner in crime, Flint Marko, both before and after they got their powers.
- The Juggernaut: He's one of the toughest villains in Spidey's rogues gallery, impervious to damage and hits like a tank.
- Nigh Invulnerable: His armor is stated to be a form of titanium-resin, and it's just as tough as it sounds. He's only barely fazed by falling out of a twenty-two-story building and having a parking garage collapse on top of him.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He helps Spider-Man prevent people from getting their hand on the technology that created him, because he doesn't want competition.
- Significant Anagram: "O'Hirn" for "Rhino", much like the Ultimate incarnation of the character.
- Smarter Than You Look: Make no mistake, he's still pretty dim but is capable of surprising cunning. He's able to piece together that if Peter Parker can get pictures of Spider-Man, then he can use Parker to bring Spidey to him. He demonstrates this again in "Accomplices" where he intentionally takes out the pillars to the multistory parking garage they're in, to collapse it on top of Spider-Man. Spidey even chastises himself for falling for it.
- Uniqueness Decay: Works with Spider-Man to destroy the hard drive in "Accomplices" to preserve his status as the only Rhino.
- Villain Team-Up: He becomes a member of the Sinister Six.
Electro / Max Dillon
Electro, also known as Maxwell Dillon, is a former electrician who fell victim of a lab accident that turned him into an electricity-based supervillain and member of the Sinister Six.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Electro in the comics is little more than a violent thug, whereas here he's a Tragic Monster.
- Appropriated Appellation: Spidey calls him "Electro" offhand during their first confrontation. He later decides he likes it during his That Man Is Dead moment.
- Berserk Button: "Don't call me Max! The name is Electro! ELECTRO, I TELL YOU!"
- Blessed with Suck: He got highly powerful electrical powers... so much that he is forced to wear a suit constantly to prevent them from destroying everything around him. To make things worse, he can't even drink anymore since the mere contact with his mouth will cause a shock.
- Breath Weapon: In the Engineering arc, he starts shooting lightning from his mouth.
- Collapsible Helmet: He can retract the mask and gloves of his suit seemingly at will.
- Comes Great Insanity: When first he was introduced, he appears to be a cocky jerkass. The accident that gave him power clearly caused him to snap completely. The fact that everyone was misunderstanding to him probably factors in.
- Composite Character: This version of Electro is a combination of the main Marvel Comics universe and the Ultimate Marvel version. Just like the Earth-616 version, he was a normal man who got his powers through an electrical freak accident. But those powers are more in line with the Ultimate version. His face is designed to be similar to Earth-616's version.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Don't call him Max, or he'll fry you into nothing!
- Dumb Muscle: He's powerful, but not exactly the brightest member of Spider-Man's rogues gallery.
- For Want of a Nail: Electros whole creation was kickstarted by Max placing his drill on top of the filtration system hes replacing, which falls into the control panel, electrifying it. Max then tries to retrieve it, only to get shocked and fall back towards the aquarium full of electric eels, drenching him in their electric sludge, leading him to become what he is today.
- Freak Lab Accident: His Origin.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Was a simple electrician to a Psycho Electro.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He is possibly one of the most irritable versions of the character.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: At first. Later, he embraces his powers.
- Jerkass: He has developed a reputation for this. Not many villains are willing to team up with him anymore, largely because he can be a total dick when he wants to be.
- Large Ham: Come on, this is Crispin Freeman we're talking about.
- Like a Son to Me: Inverted. Never overtly stated, but Electro very much treats Doc Ock like a surrogate father. Otto, however, couldn't really care less about him other than as a powerful tool.
- The Millstone: He really tries to help Doc Ock, but he's so impulsive with using his powers that he probably does more to foil his schemes than Spider-Man.
- Never My Fault: He accuses his accident of being Curt Connors' fault even though it was Max's own negligence that caused it.
- Power Echoes/Voice of the Legion: Prominently in his first episode, though it's noticeably toned down after that.
- Power Incontinence: In this version, his body is always electrified, so he has to stay in his suit.
- Psycho Electro: Duh.
- Revenge Before Reason:
- One of his biggest flaws; Max would be a lot more successful if he could just get over his petty feud with Spider-Man.
- Not to mention his blame on Curt Conners for his condition, ignoring the fact that it was Max's own stupidity that caused it.
- Shock and Awe: He is a living generator of electricity and can absorb and discharge seemingly limitless volts of it.
- Stupid Evil: Petty, impulsive, unable to learn from his mistakes, rude and abrasive to the point where he regularly alienates his allies, and prone to repeating the same patterns that end the same way again and again... yeah, his main problem is that he's an idiot who never took Villain 101 but still thinks he's a big shot.
- There is also the fact that he treats Doc Ock like a surrogate father, despite the fact that Doc Ock could care less about him, which is shown when he left Electro to die underwater in "Shear Strength".
- That Man Is Dead: When he tries to threaten Doc Connors into curing him, he decides that no one will call him Max Dillon until he's normal again. Later on, he embraces his Electro identity completely, even claiming not to know anyone named Max.
- Tragic Villain: As much of a dick as he is, considering how he was turned into a walking electrical dynamo with no chance of a normal life in a freak accident, it's understandable that he would have some anger issues.
- Trigger Happy: Much to the misfortune of everyone else in the vicinity, including his own teammates.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He's a little bit more skilled than is typical for this trope, but he still barely uses one iota of his potential and never really bothers to train or expand upon what he can already do. He's still very powerful, but you wouldn't know it most of the time.
- Villain Team-Up: He becomes a member of the Sinister Six.
The Vulture / Adrian Toomes
Adrian Toomes was an elderly aerodynamics engineer who used his designs to become the supervillain Vulture.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Obviously, the vulture.
- Appropriated Appellation: Although as Norman irritatedly points out, he called him a buzzard, not a vulture.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Osborn didn't call him a buzzard for nothing.
- Bald of Evil: Toomes is an old man, but nevertheless a criminal.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: His wings are sharp enough to count as this.
- Badass Bookworm: Makes powered armor and goes toe to toe with Spidey.
- Circling Vultures: He flies a ring around Spider-Man before making his entrance as a member of the Sinister Six.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Without his suit, he's a normal old man.
- The Dragon: He usually serves as this in the Sinister Six and whenever in service to Doctor Octopus. Although, Toomes had animosity towards Octavius in the first episode (which was later retracted thanks to Norman Osborn's Brutal Honesty). When he re-emerged as Doc Ock, Toomes seems to have regarded him as a good comrade. It especially helps that their shared hatred of Norman.
- Evil Old Folks: The old part is lampshaded by Osborn, who points out that since he never had any success as a young man, no one would think he suddenly had a breakthrough as an old man. There is also the fact that Toomes is a geriatric supervillain who wears a bird-themed flight suit.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Well, he did create his suit of his own, after all.
- Grumpy Old Man: His default mood.
- Powered Armor: It is very metallic and technological in addition to allowing for him to fly.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His costume. A notable contrast with his usual green costume from the comics.
- Revenge: His primary goal is revenge against Norman Osborn for stealing Toomes' innovative flight technology and passing it off as his own company's invention.
- Say My Name: "OSBORN!"
- Small Role, Big Impact:
- Word of God states that Norman Osborn, not wanting to ever feel helpless again, began using Globulin Green on himself in response to the Vulture's attacks. Without the Vulture to provoke him, Norman probably wouldn't have been able to claim the role as the show's Big Bad.
- Also, in a bit of a Chekhov's Gun, Toomes's tech flight was said to have been stolen and duplicated by Norman in the first episode...which is seen a few episodes later in the form of the Goblin Glider.
- Starter Villain: He is the first actual super-villain Spider-Man fought. He is also the first one (along with Electro and the Lizard) who motivated the Big Man into asking Norman Osborn to create new villains for him.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: He is a vulture-themed supervillain named Toomes (tombs).
- Taught by Experience: In the first episode, Spider-Man defeats him by destroying his harness through the use of Super Strength. He learns from it and has his harness reinforced with a stronger steel when he comes back in the Sinister Six.
- Villain Team-Up: He becomes a member of the Sinister Six.
Kraven the Hunter / Sergei Kravinoff
Kraven the Hunter is a highly skilled big-game hunter capable of taking down his quarries with his bare hands who sets out to vanquish Spider-Man and was transformed into a cat-like creature.
- All Your Powers Combined: Kraven specifically asks for his DNA getting combined with African big cats, granting him the speed of a cheetah, the agility of a leopard and the strength of a lion.
- Badass Mustache: Even as a beast man, he still has it.
- Badass Normal: When he was first introduced.
- Beast Man: Thanks to Warren.
- Composite Character: He starts out with the backstory, appearance, and abilities of his comic book counterpart, but is then mutated by Warren into a beast-man closer to his Ultimate self.
- Egomaniac Hunter: Its so much that he was willing to have himself mutated into a beast man just so he could be a match to Spider-Man.
- Empowered Badass Normal: He becomes this after going through one of Warren's formulas.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His lover Calypso and his pet lion.
- Friend to All Living Things: Yes, really. His first action is to take down a mad rhino by hand so it can be given proper medical treatment in order to put the creature down. Then, he has a friendly sparring match with his lion whom he shows much affection for. The guy may be an Egomaniac Hunter, but also seems to have a genuine love for animals.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: He believes that Spider-Man was some sort of fantastic beast and pursues him to regain his lost honor and test his prowess.
- Husky Russkie: Just like most versions, he has a Russian accent.
Mysterio / Quentin Beck
Quentin Beck was a film special effects expert. He eventually became a supervillain under the name Mysterio where he joined the Sinister Six.
- Affably Evil: He can come off as very likable and snarky at times. On the other hand...
- Actually a Doombot: During the first time Spidey caught him, the Mysterio that was captured turned out to be a robot double. The second time, Spidey is smart enough to pinch Beck to make sure he caught the real one. But it turns out that this Beck was also a robot double.
- Adorable Evil Minions: The gremlin/gargoyle like robots he uses, which would also qualify as The Imp.
- Badass Cape: The eye-shaped clasps can even shoot lasers.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He first met Spider-Man as the Chameleon's henchman. When he reveals his identity after being defeated, Spidey barely remembers him.
- Canis Latinicus: He uses latin words for his "incantations," usually in arrangements that make no sense when translated.
- Cape Swish: This is part of his being a Large Ham.
- Doing It for the Art: Beck seems to view the disguises and special effects he uses for his crimes as akin to acting and is concerned about putting on a good performance.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He steals, endangers lives, and works with other supervillains, but darn it, he's at least polite enough to say "gesundheit" to a sneezing Spider-Man.
- Evil Genius: Much like his comic book counterpart, he is this.
- Evil Laugh: Adds to his villainous dramatics.
- Evil Brit/Fake Brit: It's not his real accent, he just uses it for dramatic effect.
- Fatal Flaw: His ego won't let him allow anyone else to take credit for Mysterio.
- Karma Houdini: At the end of the series, the Beck who was sent to prison turns out to be a robot double and thus the real Beck is running around free somewhere.
- Large Ham: As always with Mysterio.
- Laughably Evil: While he is an acceptable threat and a competent villain, his incredible hamminess, weird accent and sissy mannerism makes him really hard to take seriously.
- Master of Illusion: Just like his comic book counterpart, this is his specialty and he even uses it as a title. Though his illusions are all based from his previous employment in the special effects industry.
- Sissy Villain: Besides the costume and the accent as Mysterio, Beck out of costume is a wimpy actor with a bit of a lisp, and in his first appearance (before taking on the Mysterio identity), he's shown providing Room Disservice in a way (unintentionally?) evocative of Wint and Kidd in Diamonds Are Forever.
- Science Versus Magic: Mysterio is introduced as an Evil Sorceror who looks down on technology and demands to be worshipped. But it's all an act and Mysterio's powers are purely technological.
- Smoke Out: One of his main gimmicks.
- Stage Magician: He tends to be compared to one and it certainly explains the persona.
- Third-Person Person: Does this in his Mysterio persona. Lampshaded by Spider-Man.
- Teleport Cloak: As part of his act, he often uses to cape to make himself "disappear".
- Villain Team-Up: He becomes a member of the Sinister Six.
- You Fool!: He says this to people several times in his first appearance.
Shocker / "Montana"
Jackson Brice, also known as the codenames Montana and Shocker, was one of the Spider-Mans opponents serving as the leader of the Enforcers and member of the Sinister Six.
- As Lethal as It Needs to Be: He can use the airblasts to punch through steel and tunnel through rock, yet they mainly just provide knockback on living targets. Whenever he is out of the suit, he could use a lasso to choke someone.
- Badass Normal: He is a Professional Killer and leader of the Enforcers out of the Shocker suit.
- Bad Guys Play Pool: Whenever he's not committing crimes, he can be seen playing pool at a local bar.
- Barrier Warrior: His suit can also form a barrier.
- Blow You Away: Uses "pressurized air blasts," by Word of God.
- Composite Character: Montana (which this version of him shares many similarities to his comic book counterpart) and the Shocker (which this character has some traits) are two different people in the comics.
- Consummate Professional: He regards himself as a professional, which means always taking care of his "responsibilities" aka targets. He's annoyed with amateurs like Flint and O'Hirn, and when he joins the Sinister Six it's clear he just wants to get the job over with and go back to working for Tombstone.
- Cowboy: He does use a lasso, wears a cowboy hat, and have a strong southern accent.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Although he's still a capable fighter without them.
- Deflector Shields: This is one of the secondary abilities of the suit.
- Empowered Badass Normal: He goes from a "mere" Professional Killer to a full-blown supervillain in the Shocker suit.
- Faux Affably Evil: He speaks in a polite, somewhat aphoristic way which is enhanced by his strong Texan accent, but he's definitely not a nice person by any means (even outside of the whole "killing people for money" thing).
- Hand Blast: As usual for the Shocker, he wears wrists-mounted blasters.
- Meaningful Name: His real name is Montana and he was born in Bozeman, Montana.
- Mythology Gag: In "Opening Night" (also seen in the first episode), Montana uses to the same weapon as his comic book counterpart: a lasso.
- Nothing Personal: He tells Spider-Man this when trying to kill him in his first episode as the Shocker.
- Professional Killer: A seasoned professional of the hitman type.
- Wind Is Green: His blasts are green.
- Villain Team-Up: He was a one-time member of the Sinister Six, but is a member of the enforcers.
- Wisdom from the Gutter: In his first appearance as the Shocker, he speaks to Spider-Man about a man needing to follow his commitments and Spider-Man being one of his (i.e. it goes against his "code" to fail to kill a target). Peter later repeats this verbatim to Aunt May when offering to chip in to pay the bills.
- You Got Spunk: He tells Spider-Man he admires his spunk. Not enough to let him go, of course, but still.
Tinkerer / Phineas Mason
Phineas Mason, also known as Tinkerer, is a genius inventor who has worked with several major supercriminals who fought against Spider-Man.
- The Dragon: He serves this role to the Master Planner for a time.
- Evil Genius: He enjoys making tech for the likes of Chameleon and Doctor Octopus.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Just like his comic book counterpart, he cobbles most of his inventions together from scraps and junk, he has a fairly low overhead and thus is a go-to guy for the budget conscious super-villain.
- Non-Action Guy: As kindly pointed out by Mysterio: "Strictly technical support. Trust me, he is useless in a fight."
- Straight Man: To Mysterio's theatrics.
- Vocal Dissonance: He sounds way younger than he looks.
The Green Goblin / Norman Osborn
After being exposed to a chemical formula, Norman Osborn turned to supervillainy as Green Goblin, terrorizing New York City to become one of Spider-Man's greatest archenemies along with Venom and Doctor Octopus.
- Alliterative Name: Green Goblin.
- Ax-Crazy: He definitely enjoys trying to blow people up. Only when he's the Goblin. He's far more lucid out of costume, but still evil.
- Arch-Enemy: The main one for Spider-Man.
- Armor Is Useless: According to the MAU wiki, Green Goblin wears chainmail under his purple tunic or layering the green parts of his costume.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Whenever he's not rocking a green bodysuit and purple tunic. Hell, while monitoring Mark Allan (who he considered becoming Molten Man) he actually donned a wide-brimmed hat and trenchcoat over his costume, and fools everyone.
- The Bad Guy Wins: By the end of "Gangland", the Green Goblin is revealed to be the ultimate victor of the entire arc, successfully playing everyone against each other to eliminate his competition and secure his status as the new Big Man of Crime.
- Big Bad: Of the whole series. Although the Goblin himself only appears for a grand total of six episodes, his actions as Norman Osborn have far-reaching consequences that eclipses every other villain in the series. This is reinforced by the fact that by the end of the series, Goblin has effectively played Spidey into eliminating his competition, leaving him as the sole crime lord of New York.
- Canon Character All Along: As it turns out, he IS Norman Osborn. The one who was seen with Goblin was the Chameleon in disguise.
- Cast as a Mask: Steve Blum doesn't voice any of his potential secret identities.
- The Chessmaster: The Chemistry and Criminology arcs consist of his efforts to become the reigning crime lord in New York and get rid of Spider-Man. By the end of the gang war, Gobby successfully eliminated his competition, with Silvermane and Doc Ock imprisoned and Tombstone's empire crippled, leaving himself as the last man standing and no one the wiser until he'd already won.
- Crazy-Prepared: Seriously, he seems to have a back-up plan, trick or trap placed in advance for any situation. In fact, at several points where Spider-Man has been close to catch him, it turned out he had already put something (typically Bombs) to distract him long enough to escape should this happen
- Deadpan Snarker: As per usual, he manages to verbally hold his own with Spider-Man in their battles.
- Demoted to Extra: Happens to him in episodes with Venom, though the two never meet on screen. In fact, Spider-Man has to juggle between who to catch first.
- Don't Tell Mama: He initially tries to keep his identity secret from his son, Harry.
- Evil Counterpart: He is a mysterious masked man with an unknown secret identity who appears and threatens the Big Man's criminal empire. In Spidey's case, it's because it's the right thing to do, but Gobby just wants to take Tombstone's place.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Osborn is a Type 2 at times as the Green Goblin, cracking sadistic jokes at the expense of his victims.
- Actually Pretty Funny: On the other hand, he can be this sometimes as well.
- Evil Laugh: He wouldn't be the Green Goblin without it. And Steve Blum does a terrifyingly good job too.
- Expressive Mask: The Green Goblin's freaky mask may as well be his face given how expressive it is.
- Fourth-Wall Observer: Sometimes addresses the audience directly, notably when he's luring Tombstone and Spider-Man to an industrial facility loaded to the brim with his bombs, and also when he frees several prisoners from Ryker's Island, and Rhymes on a Dime to boot.
- Fatal Flaw: Gobby's (lack of) sanity.
- Foreshadowing: For his true identity.
- His theft of Osborn tech and attacking Tombstone's party. While the Globulin Green made Harry stronger and possibly smarter, there's no indication he should be smart enough to know the kind of anti-gravity tech his father was involved with works. Also, someone like Norman would know where the party was, much less who L. Thompson Lincoln is.
- The Norman Osborn who appeared right when Goblin was making another theft was said by the security guard to be acting out of character, namely arriving so soon and through the front door. Furthermore, the next episode shows Chameleon impersonating Norman for a scheme.
- Goblin's removing of Doctor Octopus, Silvermane and Tombstone as threats. Harry was on a date with Gwen at the time. Furthermore, given his manipulations from an earlier episode, only someone like Norman would know where the other crime bosses were.
- Green Goblin knowing how to operate The Vault. Someone who was involved with the construction of the prison, and the one who invited Spider-Man, would certain have no problem taking control.
- For the Evulz: Green Goblin's motivation in all situations; and Norman Osborn's motivation in many.
- Gadgeteer Genius: As Norman Osborn, he secretly developed a trove of Halloween-themed weapons and equipment.
- Hand Blast: His seldom-used finger lasers.
- Idiosyncrazy: The Goblin suit is patterned after Halloween fright masks, his flying device is shaped like a bat, his arsenal is mostly jack-o'lanterns and more bats...Osborn must really like Halloween.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: The razor bats and the pumpkin bombs.
- It's Personal: His conflict with Spider-Man.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Zig-Zagged. When they thought the Goblin was Harry, this was the justification given for how he was unaware of his actions as the Goblin. Later on, however, the man behind the mask said that he was in complete control, leaving it ambiguous if his personality remained as unaffected by the Globulin Green as Norman claims.
- Karma Houdini: He faked his death and is still alive to plot more evil... and that's where the show ends.
- Large Ham: He has a sense of drama to say the least.
- Laughably Evil: He has some great lines.Tombstone: Sir, I don't know who you are, but-Green Goblin: Of course you don't! That's the point of the mask, genius!
- Mad Bomber: His signature weapon, the pumpkin bombs. He even left one in a ball room to take out Tombstone, the party guests and even his own henchmen.
- Motive Decay: He went from wanting to take over New York's criminal underworld to being obsessed with killing Spider-Man. Justified, however, as by the time of his re-emergence in Season 2 hes succeeded in the former goal and now has a personal grudge against Spider-Man for constant interference in his plans.
- Nice Hat: An utterly ridiculous-looking floppy purple pilot cap that is nevertheless an iconic part of the outfit.
- Not His Sled: Double-subverted; season 1 ends with the discovery he was Harry Obsorn (rather than his father Norman as usual) after having built up The Reveal enough to make it convincing. However, the season 2 finale then reveals he really was Norman Osborn all along; Harry was just used as a Scapegoat.
- Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: He has dozens of hideouts scattered across New York.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He has this towards Spider-Man, as usual.
- Overarching Villain: Seemingly not at first, but the reveal that he is Norman Osborn shows that he is the main recurring antagonist in the series. The sheer amount of trouble that he has caused eclipses all other villains.
- Rhymes on a Dime: While he isn't usually an example, he does this in "Opening Night". Not only is it lampshaded, but it's also partially justified: several of his lines are quotes from Shakespeare's verse. It also acts as a clue to his identity. Harry Osborn, who is the prime suspect behind the mask, was supposed to be playing Puck in a school play and all of the Shakespeare lines are Puck quotes. It turned out to be a Red Herring, but a nice touch...
- Pride: His main flaw (besides mental illness, that is).
- Slasher Smile: This is his default expression.
- Super Strength: Thanks to the goblin serum, he can match Spider-Man blow for blow and take as much as he can give, which is quite a lot.
- Secret Identity: Norman Osborn.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Is quick to send quips back at Spider-Man(even though they're a bit more messed up).
- Sky Surfing: His Goblin Glider. In his introductory episode, after crashing Tombstone's party and getting into a fight with Spidey, he deliberately crashes it through a building while facing backwards... only for him to follow up by doing a backflip off the glider as it plowed through said building, allowing him a proper landing whence it came out the other side. Even Spider-Man is left speechless when he sees this.
- The Sociopath: Is willing to blow up a ballroom, the upper-class attendees of the gala held therein, and his own recently acquired henchmen as part of the effort to kill 'one' man, and gleefully jokes about "painting the town red" upon informing Spider-Man of this. Also, what he does to his son as revealed in the final episode proves the Goblin has no conscience whatsoever.
- Split Personality: In his civilian identity, he claims he doesn't suffer from the personality-warping side effects of Globulin Green. He acts so differently in and out of costume that this claim seems somewhat suspect.
- Third-Person Person:"Ah, but the Green Goblin doesn't take orders from insects. The Green Goblin SWATS THEM INTO OBLIVION!"
- Throw Down the Bomblet: His signature pumpkin bombs are jack o'lantern-themed grenades.
- Truer to the Text: This version of the Green Goblin is much more faithful to his comic book counterpart than most versions, particularly the Fox animated and Spider-Man Trilogy versions) since they argued that Norman was a flawed but decent man turned evil. In this adaptation, Norman is the Green Goblin, "a bad man turned worse" and his psychopathic, manipulative, abusive Mad Bomber aesthetic, as well as his Gaslighting of his own son, is Norman Osborn in all his ugliness. Likewise, the Goblin's personality and plans for the two seasons, i.e. take over New York's underworld and killing Spider-Man, is how Steve Ditko conceived him as is his great athleticism and flexibility, making him the only villain who can keep up with the web-slinger.
- Undercover When Alone: In "Opening Night", even though he's alone and in the air where no one can reach him, he still acts like a crazed loon, even quoting lines from the same play going on at the same time.
- Villain Takes an Interest: As with his Earth-616 and Raimi counterparts, he briefly attempted to recruit Spider-Man.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: An absolute master of this. Aside from the backflip mentioned above, the Goblin has a warehouse and hideout of tricks up his sleeve.
- After kidnapping Hammerhead on Halloween, the Goblin leaves a Red Herring for both Spidey and Tombstone in the form of "jump drive" in Hammerhead's possession that could expose L. Thompson Lincoln as the Big Man. The two fall for it, but that's not the meat of the plot: once they get to the industrial facility, the Goblin immediately unload everything the place has to offer, from molten metal to gas pipes. However, Tombstone and Hammerhead are able to escape, so Gobby sets his crosshairs on Spidey as consolation, thrashing him about with his newly-equipped Gob-Webs. Once Spider-Man beats him yet again, the Goblin limps over to his glider and makes his way back to his hideout. And who does Spider-Man find unmasking himself, and conveniently with a limp as well? Harry Osborn.
- Following that, there's also Gobby tricking the crime lords of New York (Tombstone, Silvermane, and Doc Ock) into fighting each other, causing the collapse of all three of their empires and allowing him to step into the light.
- After cementing his position as the new Big Man, Gobby gets to work setting up several traps for Spider-Man, one after the other: first Molten Man/Mark Allan, then the Ryker's Island incident, and the final curtain, using New York itself as a weapon loaded with his pumpkins. By the time of his last gambit, Spidey's up to his boiling point with the Goblin, proceeding to give him a well-deserved beatdown and unmasking him to be Norman Osborn. He had faked the limp he had Halloween night, and unexpectedly/conveniently found his son on the floor, blacked out from an overdose of the Goblin formula. He then proceeded to put his own son in the costume, incriminating him, and intentionally injured his leg to further the illusion. Unfortunately for him, Spidey's now angrier than before, and all of Norman's hard work fell apart after he crashed his glider into a bombed-up water tower. Unexpectedly, even ''this'' was something Norman could adapt to on the fly, and he ends up a Karma Houdini by the show's end, escaping the country and abandoning Spider-Man and Harry. Speaking of his son, Norman's "death" is what prompts Harry to declare vengeance on Spidey and is the one winds up with Gwen (who is only with him out of pity). Since Peter's broken emotionally, Norman's Thanatos Gambit was his best and it was only fitting that he went out with a bang, both figuratively and literally.
- You Fight Like a Cow: Just like his comic book counterpart, the Green Goblin doesn't get annoyed by the Web-Head's quipping and and still has a wacky personality, manipulative planning, and amazing acrobatism. He is shown to crack sadistic jokes.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: His Goblin mask is usually drawn with yellow sclera, if not solid yellow eyes, emphasizing his maniacal personality.
Tombstone / L. Thompson Lincoln
L. Thompson Lincoln is the villain Tombstone, and the crime boss who goes by the name of The Big Man.
- Ambiguously Human: Aside from his chalk-white skin (which could simply be a symptom of albinism), he also possesses pointed, fang-like teeth, seemingly superhuman-level strength, and an odd imperviousness to pain.
- Adaptational Badass: While the Tombstone of the comics worked for organized crime families, he was basically a thug and hired muscle. As mentioned below, this version is basically the shows version of The Kingpin and hence is the head of an organization.
- Adaptational Intelligence: In the comics, Tombstone was a thug who never finished high school. This Tombstone is the head of a major crime organization who also poses as a legitimate businessman.
- Badass Baritone: This is what happens when you have a character voiced by Keith David and Kevin Michael Richardson.
- Badass Normal: Presumably. See Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Fittingly, since he's a totally legitimate businessman, nothing more.
- Badass in Distress: He was able to defeat and overpower Spider-Man with ease in his first appearance. In "Gangland", however, he had no such luck going up against another superpowered villain like Doctor Octopus and was being thoroughly manhandled before Spider-Man joined the fray.
- Composite Character: He has Tombstones name and appearance, but he otherwise takes on several traditional traits of The Kingpin, who couldnt be used in the series due to rights issues.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His aforementioned first encounter with Spidey.
- Demoted to Extra: This happens to Tombstone after the Green Goblin arc of the first season and up until the episode "Gangland". In the first episode of the series, he sends Enforcers to destroy Spider-Man and is set up as New York's most powerful crime lord. He's the Big Bad for the first six episodes, ordering Norman Osborn to create supervillains to distract Spider-Man and is set up as one of Spidey's arch-enemies. He also plays a big role in the Green Goblin arc (7-9), fighting against Green Goblin and teaming up with Spider-Man to stop him. However after that, he becomes a secondary character and in the Symbiote arc and only appears briefly in beginning of episodes "Intervention" and "Nature vs. Nurture" and only accepting job offers and doing nothing more. Thus, Symbiote/Venom replaces him as Big Bad of Season 1. In the first half of season 2 (the Master Planner and Venom arcs), he doesn't even appear and is only mentioned in "First Steps". In the Gang War arc, while he is set up as one of the crime lords fighting for control over New York, he doesn't appear in "Accomplices" and appears in the beginning of "Probable Cause". However in "Gangland", he returns as one of the big bads and fights against Doc Ock, Silvermane, and Spidey. In the final episodes, he doesn't get mentioned at all.
- Enemy Mine: He does with Spider-Man in one episode in order to fight against the Green Goblin.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He stays behind to help Spider-Man search for a bomb in his high-rise, answering Spidey's questioning with "My party, my mess." Also when Tombstone gives a symbiote-influenced Spider-Man his "fight no ordinary crime for a week" employment test, he notes that Spider-Man can fight any supervillain crime that directly endangers innocent people.
- Evil Albino: As always.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Again, he's voiced by Keith David and Kevin Michael Richardson, so it's natural he has a deep voice.
- Genius Bruiser: Strong enough to match Spider-Man in a fight. Also a skilled Magnificent Bastard and the main criminal leader at the beginning of the story.
- Genre Savvy: When Spider-Man first confronts him he notably avoids flat-out saying that he's The Big Man, instead making observations like "The Big Man, whomever he might be", presumably in case Spidey was recording their conversation.
- Hoist by His Own Petard:
- He's the one who commissions Osborn to create super villains; said villains become his main competitor and Osborn himself puts him out of business.
- He doesn't trust anyone. Unfortunately, when the genuinely-loyal Hammerhead realizes that this includes him, he takes offense and becomes The Starscream.
- Kingpin in His Gym: Demolishes a punching bag while giving orders to Hammerhead.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Hammerhead and the Enforcers. He's also indirectly responsible for the creation of Shocker, Rhino, and Sandman.
- Manipulative Bastard: He will twist facts and people around to suit his ends.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Per Word of God, it was deliberately left ambiguous whether he has actual Super Strength or if he merely trained himself to the point that he might as well.
- Meaningful Name: Summated by Hammerhead:Hammerhead: You can't be afraid of what you don't respect. And I've only respected one man enough to fear.
Green Goblin: The Big Man! Alias: L. Thompson Lincoln! See, I've already peeked under his mask!
Hammerhead: Lincoln IS the mask! The Big Man's Tombstone! 'Cause that's all that's left when you cross him.
- Noble Demon: Only shows this when up against The Green Goblin, but he's the least evil of show's the major villains; whereas Ock and Goblin are psychos with megalomaniac intent and Venom is driven by petty revenge, he's only interested in profit and doesn't seem too fond of gratuitous violence. He even admits to Spider-Man that he has nothing against his heroic acts and only sees him as a problem because he's causing problems to his own organization.
- No One Sees the Boss: According to Hammerhead, when Marko is excited at the prospect to meet him, "nobody meets the Big Man."
- Overarching Villain: Tombstone is a very prominent figure throughout the series, being one of the most challenging foes Spidey has faced, not just because of his cunning, but because of his influence as the top crime lord in New York. As such, it takes the entire two seasons just to put him in jail, and even then, it's only briefly.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Tombstome is a credible threat, and the main villain Spidey contends with early on in the series. But he finds himself facing serious competition when many of the supervillains he helped create rally behind Doc Ock to form their own criminal empire, and then there's the Green Goblin that seeks to supplant him. He's quite capable of going toe to toe with superpowered characters like Spidey, a power-armored Silvermane, and even Doc Ock.
- Pet the Dog: After the Green Goblin kidnaps Hammerhead and suspends him over molten lead, Tombstone risks his life to save Hammerhead's.
- Red Baron: The Big Man of Crime.
- Slave to PR: Refuses to do anything villainous when civilians that could incriminate him are around.
- Third-Person Person: He always refers to his "Big Man" alias as though it were a separate person to avoid accidentally incriminating himself.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Despite being the leader of the Pegre and having an Obviously Evil look, he succeeds in keeping the image of a philanthropist in the eyes of everybody.
- Villainous Friendship: Seems to have an understated one with his right-hand man, Hammerhead. Tombstone seems offended just as much by the idea that Hammerhead thought he needed blackmail material on him as a defense, as much as the idea that any such material could actually protect him. Later in the same episode, after it's revealed Goblin lied about the blackmail, Tombstone risks his own life to save Hammerhead's. This goes out the window after Hammerhead betrays him in season two.
- We Can Rule Together: When he first met Spider-Man in person, he offers to pay him if he agrees to only chase criminals when allowed by him to do so. Of course, Spider-Man declines. He later does agree under the symbiote's influence, but goes back to declining it after being freed from it.
Hammerhead is a criminal famous for his steel-plated skull. He worked for Tombstone before moving out on his own.
- Badass Baritone: It comes with being voiced by John DiMaggio.
- Badass Normal: He has no powers other than possibly the prothesis on his head, but he is still a quite competent enemy.
- Big Bad Wannabe: In season 2, when he attempts to betray Tombstone, but the Green Goblin winds up being the beneficiary of Hammerhead's betrayal.
- The Dragon: To Tombstone.
- Distressed Dude: In "The Uncertainty Principle", he is kidnapped by the Green Goblin and used as a bait to trap Spider-Man and Tombstone. And he's not happy about it:Hammerhead: This is so embarrassing...
- Evil Sounds Deep: He has a deep, menacing voice.
- Hard Head: There's a metal plate in it.
- Smug Snake: He becomes one after switching from The Dragon to The Starscream - he's just not as good at scheming on his own as he is at carrying out someone else's schemes which leads to his becoming a pawn of the Green Goblin.
- The Starscream: During the Criminology arc. Which is surprising because he seemed to be extremely faithful toward his leader. However, he is understandably fired by said boss shortly after they (or at least the boss) were arrested.
- Unwitting Pawn: His scheme to betray Tombstone turns out to have been a plan orchestrated by the Goblin using him.
- Use Your Head: Though he doesn't use it as often as one would think.
- You Have Failed Me: He has done this too many times with Tombstone and is fed up with him. This results in Hammerhead becoming The Starscream.
Silvermane / Silvio Manfredi
Silvio Manfredi is a deposed crime boss known as Silvermane.
- Arc Villain: With Tombstone and Doctor Octopus for the Criminology arc (episodes 8-10) in season 2, being one of the three major crime lords vying for control of Manhattan.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: When not wearing his armor, at least.
- Evil Old Folks: Already an old man, which the other gang-lords point out.
- Fatal Flaw: If you succeed in damaging his suit enough to stop it from functioning, he'll be left helpless.
- Powered Armor: How he manages to stay in the game despite being an ordinary and rather old human. A reference to the comics, where he gets a robot body.
- Predecessor Villain: He was the main criminal leader twelve years ago until Frederick Foswell exposed his activities, causing him to end up in jail while his empire was taken over by Tombstone.
- The Rival: He is one to Tombstone, who usurped his rule over New York's underworld.
Sable Manfredi, also known as Silver Sable, is the daughter of the criminal Silvermane.
- Abnormal Ammo: Giant staples.
- Adaptation Name Change: Her name is Silver Sablinova in the comics.
- Adaptational Villainy: AntiHeroine in the comics, Daddy's Little Villain in this show. Word of God says she would have become closer to her comic counterpart had the series continued.
- Composite Character: Of the heroic character from the comics and Silvermane's villainous daughter Alisha from Spider-Man: The Animated Series. Word of God mentioned that, much like the show's Gwen Stacy, Silver Sable was shown from her beginnings and would grow into her comic book counterpart, but the show was cancelled before this was achieved.
- Daddy's Little Villain: She'll do anything for her father.
- The Dragon: To her father.
- Mafia Princess: Her father, Silvermane, used to run the crime in New York and aims to get back on top.
Ricochet / "Fancy Dan"
Fancy Dan is a member of the Enforcers. He later acquired technology to become Ricochet.
- Badass Normal: Normal human with enough agility and martial-arts expertise to incapacitate cops and fight blow-for-blow with Spider-Man.
- Bouncing Battler: His suit lets him become a Hyper-Destructive Bouncing Ball.
- Clothes Make the Superman: His suit is what grants him his abilities.
- Composite Character: Fancy Dan and Ricochet are two different characters in the comics.
- Empowered Badass Normal: He is able to go head-to-head with Spider-Man before acquiring the Ricochet suit and becoming a full-blown supervillain.
- Lightning Bruiser: He was already pretty quick, but the suit enhances it to superhuman levels.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: He's the shortest of the Enforcers, but no less dangerous.
- Pinball Projectile: As the result of his suit, he can do this.
- Professional Killer: He was initially brought in to take out Spider-Man.
- Meaningful Rename: He changes his codename to Ricochet to reflect his suit's abilities.
- Race Lift: He's white in the comics, but he is African-American instead in this adaptation.
Ox is a member of the Enforcers that possesses superhuman strength.
- Badass Mustache: He sports a handlebar mustache.
- Badass Normal: The first of Spider-Man's foes that's strong enough to rip through webbing, and he's just an ordinary human.
- The Brute: He's the Enforcers' muscle.
- Clothes Make the Superman: As with Ricochet and Shocker, he wears a suit that granted him superhuman abilities.
- Empowered Badass Normal: He can rip through Spider-Man's webbing with his bare hands before getting his super suit. Once he gets his suit, he becomes a full-blown supervillain.
- Fourth-Wall Observer: Somehow knows the theme song of the show. He finds it catchy.
- Meaningful Rename: Averted. He insists on still going by "Ox" after donning his new suit.
- Powered Armor: What he wears to give his his abilities.
- Professional Killer: As with his fellow Enforcers, he was first brought in to deal with Spider-Man.
- Race Lift: He's Hispanic on the show instead of being white just like his comic book counterpart.
- The Quiet One: He is less talkative than his fellow enforcers Fancy Dan and Montana.
- Super Strength: Amplified further by his suit.
Venom is the result of a bond between Eddie Brock and the alien symbiote previously worn by Spider-Man. Eddie's hatred of Peter Parker combined with the symbiote's betrayal by Spider-Man make them one of the greatest foes for the webslinger alongside Doctor Octopus and Green Goblin.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Venom is a spider-based villain, justified in that the symbiote's first and favorite host was Spider-Man.
- Arc Villain: The Symbiote itself is this for the Psychology story arc (episodes 10-13) of season 1, culminating in the birth of Venom.
- Arch-Enemy: The symbiote, especially with Eddie as his host, is one of Spider-Man's most infamous and dangerous enemies.
- Battle in the Centre of the Mind: When Peter realises the Symbiote is affecting him negatively, it drags him into one of these in order to push him off the Despair Event Horizon and force him to bond with it. It nearly succeeds, too, until Peter manages to fight it off with The Power of Friendship. Later, when Spider-Man tricks it into abandoning Eddie, it happens again, only that time it was a mental Curbstomp Battle in Peter's favour.
- Belly Mouth: When Spider-Man webs his mouth shut, Venom forms a second one across his chest and keeps talking.
- Beneath the Mask: See Broken Ace below.
- Big Brother Mentor: Started as one to Peter, but obviously didn't stay as one.
- Blank White Eyes: The symbiote has large white eyes originally in the shape of Spider-Man's lenses, though after bonding to Eddie Brock they became distorted.
- Blob Monster: What the symbiote amounts to sans-host.
- Broken Ace: Was introduced as a Genius Bruiser liked by everyone, and as a frequent Heroic Bystander. Turns out that the heroism was because he was a Death Seeker, and he had some really deep-seated emotional problems. This explains his rapid FaceHeel Turn when things go bad.
- Clingy Costume: It does not like letting go of a host, and in fact the reason it hates Spider-Man so much is because of how close they came to being permanently bonded before he rejected it and forced them apart.
- Composite Character: Eddie Brock shares a lot of characteristics with the Ultimate version of the character, like being a scientist (along with Dr. Connors' lab assistant) and Peter's close childhood friend. Although, he also has the muscular build of his mainstream self and the symbiote retains the alien origin from the mainstream version.
- Conspicuous CG: The symbiote's first appearance. It's not the usual 3D model example, but is instead a black blob whose shine doesn't at all conform to the curve of the space shuttle's hull. It's like an awkward piece of clipart.
- Create Your Own Villain: He blames Spider-Man and Peter Parker for his life going bad. Peter Parker by taking photographs of Dr. Connors' rampage, more or less started the ball rolling for the ESU lab to lose its funding via bad publicity, which ended up costing Eddie his job, and Spider-Man by misplacing the symbiote from the Lab's possession and never reporting it, further cost them their last best chance.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Venom's physical altercations with Spider-Man consisted of the latter dodging or getting swatted around. Realizing he couldn't beat Venom in a straight fight forced Spider-Man to use trickery and exploit the symbiote's weaknesses.
- Death Seeker: According to Word of God, his frequent reckless heroics in earlier episodes were a sign of this on a subconscious level.
- Easy Impersonation: Despite being a heck of a lot taller and bulkier than Spider-Man and possessing a completely different fighting style, Venom was able to trick several people - including J. Jonah Jameson and his son - into thinking he was Spider-Man wearing the Black Suit while he was framing him.
- Evil Counterpart: Comes with being Venom. This dynamic is also explicitly noted with their backstories; while Peter and Eddie lost their parents in the same accident, Peter was able to rely on the guidance of his aunt and uncle to eventually become Spider-Man. Whereas Eddie's increasing resentment made him the perfect host for Venom.Venom: Like looking in a mirror, bro. The funhouse kind.
- Evil Is Bigger: As Venom, he's much, much larger than Spider-Man.
- Evil Is Hammy: He gets hammier and hammier as he nears his FaceHeel Turn.
- Evil Former Friend: Eddie and Peter were childhood friends.
- FaceHeel Turn: Gradually over season 1.
- Fangs Are Evil: As Venom.
- Foreshadowing: Eddie Brock's black motorcycle suit looks an awful lot like the symbiote.
- Genius Bruiser: He used to be a football star. He is also Doctor Connors' lab assistant and practically a Scientist.
- Giggling Villain: He has a very creepy laugh as Venom.
- Glasgow Grin: Its mouth is disturbingly wide and lacks cheeks.
- Hidden Depths: Eddie always resented Peter for having a better life than he did.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The gene cleanser he intended to use to De-Power Spider-Man wound up being used on him, causing the symbiote to leave him.
- Hypocrite: He accused Peter of being self-centered and using everyone around him to get what he wants and not caring who he hurts regardless of how close he is to them. He then started to do the very same things as Venom.
- I Am Legion: As always, Venom uses plural pronouns due to the fact that both he and the symbiote have their own minds.
- I Can't Sense Their Presence: As is usually the case, Venom doesn't trigger Peter's Spider-Sense. There's a different (and simplified) explanation this time: because Peter spent so much "quality time" bonded to the symbiote, Venom doesn't register to it as a threat.
- Iconic Logo: The stylized white spider emblem on its chest and back, which changes in appearance as the symbiote's influence over Peter grows.
- If I Can't Have You...: The Symbiote's attitude towards Peter after he rejects it.
- Interim Villain: He is one of the few villains that does not have any connection to the Green Goblin/ Norman Osborn, Doc Ock, or Tombstone beyond a small interaction, but he appears right after the Green Goblin is Put On The Bus. Once Venom leaves the picture, Tombstone, Doc Ock, and the Green Goblin return to the forefront.
- Jerkass: Once he goes off a loose end, he becomes a major possessive and domineering one, and the only character that Mary Jane outright got enraged over and cut off all ties with.
- Lightning Bruiser: He is far more faster and stronger than Spider-Man thanks to the Symbiote.
- Lovable Jock: Well, he was one in high school.
- Loud of War: Its biggest weakness is high-frequency sounds.
- Karma Houdini: After being forcibly unbonded from Eddie (who is last seen being hauled away while strapped to a gurney and ranting madly), the symbiote itself escapes into New York's sewers.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: He wouldn't be Venom without them.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Even Spidey points out how unlikely someone who goes by the name of Venom should be trusted.
- The Nth Doctor: The symbiote uses an evil version of the voice of whoever it's bonded to. When it's engaged with Peter in a Battle in the Center of the Mind, it's played by Josh Keaton, who uses an... eviler version of Spidey's voice. When bonded to Eddie, it's voiced by Ben Diskin in a high-pitched monstrous voice alongside Eddie's normal voice.
- Overly Long Tongue: As per usual, Eddie as Venom has a prehensile serpentine tongue.
- Power Copying: The Venom symbiote bestows its host with powers similar to those of Spider-Man, but amplified.
- Pet the Dog: To his credit, he did visit Aunt May in the hospital after her heart attack. Though that gets nullified after he attempts to harm her after becoming Venom in an effort to emotionally break Peter.
- He also takes Gwen to the dance and looks genuinely angered at how hurt she is upon seeing Peter arrive with Mary Jane.
- He seemed genuinely concerned for Max Dillion's well-being after the electric accident, even keeping him company inside his hospital room and attempting to reassure him.
- Power Nullifier: The symbiote spent so long bonded to Peter that once it bonded to Eddie it no longer registered as a threat to Peter's Spider Sense.
- Revenge Before Reason: The symbiote is very spiteful towards Peter for spurning it, and is obsessed with either killing or rebonding to him.
- Rival Turned Evil: Though more like best friend turned evil, since he wasn't especially in rivalry with Peter at the beginning.
- Royal "We": As the symbiote's influence over him increases, Peter starts speaking in the plural. Him noticing this is what tips him off to this. Just like most incarnations of Venom, Eddie speaks in the first-person plural. At one point, Eddie trips over his pronouns and ticks off the symbiote, which spurns him.
- Secret Keeper: He is the only character in the series who knows Peter's Secret Identity as Spider-Man once the symbiote bonds with him. Of course, he starts a campaign to expose Peter as Spider-Man in season 2, but is unsuccessful.
- Shipper on Deck: He shipped Gwen/Peter. Keyword: shipped.
- Slasher Smile: As Venom.
- The Symbiote: He is arguably the Trope Namer and certainly the Trope Codifier.
- Talking to Themself: We're Venom!
- Took a Level in Jerkass: It happened about the time Peter got the black costume and even more so after he started wearing it. In the case of the former, it's because Peter accidentally stealing the suit as Spider-Man lead to Eddie's whole life falling apart.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Eddie has this going on, but it's pretty exaggerated with Venom.
- Unstoppable Rage: The Black Suit inflicted this on Peter.
- Villainous Breakdown: He has one upon losing the symbiote.
- Villains Never Lie: As Spidey points out in frustration, the general public is way too quick to trust the word of an Obviously Evil half-alien with More Teeth than the Osmond Family regarding Spidey's secret identity.
- Voice of the Legion: Venom speaks in two voices simultaneously; Eddie Brock's normal voice, combined with a more twisted and inhuman voice by the same voice actor. And the two voices aren't always even at the same pace, making it both brilliant and terrifying.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Sonics and presumably intense heat, though the latter hasn't come up...
- We Used to Be Friends: Eddie and Peter's friendship is broken beyond repair before the end of the first season.
- Yandere: The symbiote is obsessed with being with Spider-Man, and Eddie is obsessed with being with the symbiote.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Symbiote's main goal is to either re-bond with Peter or kill him, and feeds off of Brock's mutual hatred for him to achieve this, but it clearly favors Peter as its host. Naturally, when Peter pretends to accept it again, the Symbiote promptly abandons Brock.
The Chameleon is a supervillain mercenary and master of disguise.
- The Blank: A variation: He has visible eyes and a mouth, just really no other facial features.
- Cast as a Mask: Every one of his disguises uses the voice actor of that character.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He's first introduced merely as a villain who impersonates Spider-Man so he can take advantage on his accusation of being a thief to steal money and is defeated at the end of his episode (though he escapes). Norman Osborn recruits his service in the finale to pose as him while he's the Goblin, such giving himself an alibi. Also, he's revealed in the finale to have actually shown up before his first onscreen appearance.
- Critical Research Failure: He seems to think that the terms are "web-shooter" (as opposed to web-slinger) and "insect early warning system."
- Foreshadowing: In his first onscreen appearance, he disguises himself as Norman Osborn among several others. It turns out he'd been already been masquerading as Osborn a bit longer than anyone knew.
- Identity Impersonator: He serves as this for the Goblin / Norman Osborn - first accidentally, then on purpose.
- Latex Perfection: His masks are able to perfectly mimic the people he's imitating.
- Master of Disguise: Well, it's Chameleon. What did you expect?
- Not What I Signed on For: He notes this after fleeing when we discover the truth about Green Goblin.
- Shapeshifter Default Form: He's got a blank white face and a Russian accent, but he's never shown out of the clothing of his disguises.
- Spotting the Thread: While he is a master of disguise, he is not a shapeshifter and can't change his body mass or size. This is how Captain Stacy quickly figure out he was an imposter, as Captain Stacy noted he was far too tall to be Spider-Man.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Both times he showed up, he ended up escaping.
Molten Man / Mark Allan
Mark Allan is Liz Allan's big brother. He eventually becomes an unwilling test subject for Norman Osborn, thus becoming the supervillain Molten Man.
- Adaptational Dumbass: In the comics, Molten Man was a scientist who always learned from his defeats. In this adaptation, he only has average intelligence, is sorely lacking in common sense, and (as his gambling addiction shows) doesn't learn from his mistakes.
- Anti-Villain: Type II. His transformation into a villain was entirely caused by the Green Goblin since he had no desire to become one. He didn't even want to fight Spider-Man until he was forced to.
- Catchphrase: "It's a lock!" (meaning that it's a sure thing - which it never is).
- Chrome Champion: A villainous example. Also, unlike his comic book counterpart, Spider-Man's webbing can stick to his skin if Spidey had cooled him down previously.
- Composite Character: His gambling problem and being a biological brother to Liz Allan (in the comics, his last name was Raxton and he and Liz were stepsiblings) comes from Bennett Brant (Betty Brant's brother), while his powers, design, first name, and (to a lesser extent) origin comes from his comic book counterpart.
- Everyone Has Standards: He was quite dismayed with Peter for leaving Liz at their Valentine's Day date and even wanted their relationship to end due to Peter having stronger feelings for Gwen.
- Fatal Flaw: His gambling addiction is what causes him to become a meta-human against his will.
- Flaw Exploitation: He'll easily stab himself in the proverbial foot if you dangle a good enough prize ahead of him, constantly looks for easy ways out of his problems, and doesn't have enough common sense to quit while he's behind. This makes him very gullible - something that's taken advantage of by Gaxton, the Green Goblin and Spider-Man - who humiliates him twice merely by goading him with a simple "I bet you can't-".
- The Gambling Addict: No matter what, he's unable to stop even when he's going straight.
- Hope Spot: When it seems like he got off lightly with his run-in with being the guinea pig for Miles Warren, the Green Goblin pushes him further into villainy using a remote control.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Not only is his heart really not in it, but as the Green Goblin says, he's an amateur forced to play supervillain. The first time he appears as Molten Man his every action just makes things worse for himself, and once Spider-Man is forced to fight seriously he gets humiliated in seconds. The second time he's coerced into fighting in the first place, gets pushed around by the other villains and is tricked once again. Even without his tragic backstory, it's not hard to feel sorry for the guy.
- Magic Pants: When his powers activate, it burns off all his clothes...except for his underwear, apparently. At one point his pants seem to reappear after his powers are turned back off.
- Magma Man: Just look at his picture.
- Mr. Fanservice: He is fairly muscular and gets a good number of Walking Shirtless Scenes.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Subverted. He knows Peter has feelings for Gwen and tells Peter Liz is "too good" for him.
- Playing with Fire: As Molten Man.
- Power Incontinence: A variant: the Goblin has a remote that controls when his powers activate.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He commits evil because he just wants a cure for his condition.
- Race Lift: Hes Caucasian in the comics, but hes a Latino in the show because of the decision to make Mark and Liz biological siblings rather than step-siblings.
- Related in the Adaptation: He's a biological of Liz in this adaptation. In the comics, they're step-siblings.
- Tragic Villain: Norman, you son of a bitch.
- Unwitting Pawn: His gambling addiction made him an easy target for the Green Goblin's manipulations. Not only was he pushed into agreeing to undertake Miles Warren's experiment as a means to clear his gambling debts, he was deceived into thinking he could control his new powers by thought, all so he'd go out in public and be used to cause trouble to draw Spider-Man in.