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Vote for Spider-Man’s 50 Greatest Friends and Foes!

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Spider-Man, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Spider-Man, culminating with the release of the Amazing Spider-Man film in July. The first month was the 50 Greatest Spider-Man covers (click here for the results of the 50 Greatest Spider-Man Covers poll). The next two months will be about Spider-Man creators and Spider-Man stories. This month is all about Spider-Man characters!

Spider-Man has a rich history of interacting with other great characters, whether as friends (like Mary Jane or Aunt May) or as foes (like Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus)! So here you will be casting your vote for who you feel are the greatest Spider-Man villains as well as the greatest Spider-Man friends/associates of all-time!

You folks all vote in the comments section here up until 11:59 Pacific time, April 20th. I’ll tabulate all the votes and I’ll begin a countdown of the top 50 beginning April 21st.

Okay, here are the guidelines!

1. Vote in the comments section below, making sure to include that classic word “ACBC” somewhere in your comment so your vote will be marked invisible.

2. Vote for your TEN favorite Spider-Man villains as well as your TEN favorite Spider-Man supporting cast members/associates/fellow superheroes. So you’ll be listing 20 characters in total.

3. Rank each list of ten from #1 (what you think is the greatest character) to #10 (what you think is the 10th greatest). I’d prefer it if you actually numbered your entry, #1-10. It’s easier for me to count. On that note, please also avoid listing them like this “1) 2) 3) 4),” because 8 with a ) after it transforms into a smiley face in the comments section (this one 8) ). Just plain ol’ “1. 2. 3.” works best.

4. Your top choice will be given 10 points, your second choice 9, etc.

5. I’ll accept votes for Ultimate versions of characters. So specify if you are voting for the Ultimate version of a character, otherwise I’ll assume you mean the regular Marvel Universe version of said character.

6. On the friends list, do not vote for teams, like the Fantastic Four or the Avengers. Just list individual heroes. So, for instance, list Human Torch not the Fantastic Four, Captain America not the Avengers, etc.

7. As for villain teams, no Sinister Six for the villains list, as that team is just a collection of solo villains. Now the Enforcers, they can be counted as a team. The general rule of thumb is, “Did they first fight Spider-Man as a team?” If the answer is yes, then they can be voted on as a team. If no, then no.

8. For the sake of this list, J. Jonah Jameson is a friend/associate. Don’t put him on the villains list.

9. You can vote Harry Osborn as a friend while also voting for Harry as Green Goblin as an enemy. Same with Dr. Curt Conners as a friend while the Lizard is a foe. Venom is a foe, Black Cat and Flash Thompson are friends. Anti-Venom you can put as a friend. Same with the Punisher.

10. Here is a nice guide to Spider-Man’s supporting cast.

11. Make sure to include ACBC in your ballot.

If you have questions and or requests for clarification, feel free to ask them in the comments section below.

Remember, please include the following word: ACBC – on your ballot. It will make it so your ballot appears invisible to other readers, so only I can read it (and count your vote secretly).

Most importantly, have fun!

Now vote! :)

67 Comments

There’s quite a few characters who could be on both lists aside from those you mentioned, although I guess you’d put Black Cat as a friend and Venom as an enemy etc. The one I can’t figure out where to put is Dr Connors/The Lizzard, which side does he go?

Curt Conners is a friend while Lizard is a foe.

No problema. It was a good question.

Greatest foe was Green Goblin, but it looks like Dr. Octopus has raised the stakes.

Hypno-Hustler for number one villain.

LordEvilOfItaly

April 2, 2012 at 6:59 am

10 are really a few, considering how wide are Spidey’s friends/villains galleries! :P

Is Ben Reilly a friend/ associate? Or is he off-limits, because he was Spider-Man for a while?

As much as I’m primarily voting for the characters I love, I’m also very deliberately leaving out any Goblins or Symbiotes because I never liked them much and now I’m really sick of them. I’m not sure the Scorpion would have made my cut anyway (honestly, I forgot about him), but his stint as Venom probably would have disqualified him for me.

If Ultimate is allowed, is 2099 up for grabs?

Only villains from Spidey Super Stories will be considered: The Thumper, the Spoiler, Funny Bunny, Mr. Measles, the Bookworm, and of course Thanos in his Thanoscopter.

If Ultimate is allowed, is 2099 up for grabs?

Nope.

Is Ben Reilly a friend/ associate? Or is he off-limits, because he was Spider-Man for a while?

No, he counts. He and Peter were practically brothers.

Brian, are you accepting the Punisher in allies or villains? Or both?

Also, can I include Joe Quesada as Spidey’s #1 villain?

Brian, are you accepting the Punisher in allies or villains? Or both?

It’s tough, but I’m going with “friends/associates” for ol’ Frank.

Daniel O' Dreams

April 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Surprisingly I had a hard time coming up with ten great villains, not happy with my number 10.
Had a hard time narrowing the friends/allies down to ten. Spidey’s supporting cast is much stronger than his rogues gallery.

Some thoughts I had, not necessarily relevant to my voting, but probably deserving some clarification generally.

1) “Enforcers” I assume counts as one villain? But what about Sinister Six?

2) Morbius: Friend or Foe?

Also, Puma?

Post-Brand New Day characters slipped into both of my number ten slots. Weird how that worked out.

Yeah, Spider-Man has a lot of fun villains, but supporting cast was where it got really competitive. I had to leave out a lot of characters I really love.

Some thoughts I had, not necessarily relevant to my voting, but probably deserving some clarification generally.

1) “Enforcers” I assume counts as one villain? But what about Sinister Six?

2) Morbius: Friend or Foe?

1. Enforcers do, indeed, count as one. The Sinister Six is weird. It feels weird, but I think I’m going to say no to the Sinister Six. I mean, if they were a specific team it would be one thing, but “Six of Spider-Man’s solo foes” is such a nebulous team, ya know?

2. Morbius. I think he’s been a foe more than a friend, so I say foe.

3. Puma, though, has mostly been a friend. So friend.

sandwich eater

April 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I hope Phillip Chang, one of my favorite supporting cast members, will make the list. I’ve liked him ever since he tried to take on Morbius using only kung fu. I don’t think he’s appeared in a Spider-Man comic since the early 90s, so he’s probably not very well-known.

Do DC characters like Superman and Batman count? Spidey has fought alohgside them in the various DC/Marvel crossovers.

Do DC characters like Superman and Batman count? Spidey has fought alohgside them in the various DC/Marvel crossovers.

Sure, you can vote for them if you’d like.

Leaving aside the whole Hobgoblin thing, that asshat Ned Leeds is still a foe, right, despite being a coworker? Man, I hated that guy as a kid. What a prick.

Ned is ostensibly a friend. At least an associate!

I came up with a list of 42 villains I like pretty easily, but choosing only ten wasn’t difficult. I don’t feel ultra strongly about anybody I excluded

I only came up with about 15 supporting characters, but choosing only ten is being heartbreaking. I have it down to 12 and will sleep on it.

I’m guessing we can count Cloak & Dagger as one pick. How about Spider-girl (May) or should we dodge the M2 stuff?

I’m guessing we can count Cloak & Dagger as one pick. How about Spider-girl (May) or should we dodge the M2 stuff?

Yeah, you can count Cloak and Dagger as one. I’m going to say no to Spider-Girl (May Parker). She’s not really a supporting character, ya know?

Thanks for the quick answer. Would the Fantastic Four count as one pick under allies or should we vote for them separately?

Separately.

Got my villains list done. Got a rough list of 23 for friends/allies though. Gonna be tough to trim it down.

Just curious but where there this many 50th year tribute polls for the Fantastic Four? I don’t recall that many.

Fantastic Four had the “misfortune” of having their anniversary also be the anniversary of the Marvel Age, so they had to share their polls with the rest of the Marvel Universe.

I second the notion of Quesada being #1 foe. #1 friend is the Human Torch.

HUMBUG!

I think JJJ should have been allowed on the villains list!!!

JAlexanderGrey

April 11, 2012 at 9:14 am

So how many of the Top 50 villains will be women?

Don’t forget about those villainesses too, ladies and gentlemen

Iron Maiden and I are on the same wavelength re: FF. I think it’s obvious who I’ll vote for as Spidey’s greatest friend, IM. ;)

Brian, your take on Flash Thompson/Hobie Brown (Prowler)? Flash was technically a foe of Peter Parker, same with Hobie.

EZEKIEL AND MORLUN!!!

Brian, your take on Flash Thompson/Hobie Brown (Prowler)? Flash was technically a foe of Peter Parker, same with Hobie.

Both friends.

JAlexander, the only long-lasting worthy female Spidey fiend of note would be Black Cat, of her classic encounters against Spidey in 1979-1982, and other continuity (Ultimate, Marvel Adventures) encounters in her original, catburglar self, aswell as an episode of Spider-Man (1981 series) and kind of a battle in her first ep in Spider-Man TAS, before ten minutes later, straightened out, and became more like who she was 1983-onwards.

However, mod is apparently still judging her mostly out of her current state; towards the 616 version’s more straight and narrow path, since 1983, even though she still occassionally thieves and burglarizes.

Otherwise, Princess Python is a pretty formidable character in her own right, but of Marvel Universe’s, she may have first encountered Spider-Man, but has since met the likes of Avengers, Captain America, and Hulk.

Doc Ock should of always been portrayed as one of his greatest villians, unfortunantly the character has been treated as a joke. Even now, i see pictures of him and now he’s an expressionless robot-type thing. Come on, they can do better than that. What’s the artist supposed to draw? His vacant eyes?

Cardiac?

Friend.

Gun-totin bastard

April 12, 2012 at 8:48 am

From what I gather you want us to vote for Venom only as a villain and Anti-Venom only as an ally, but I don’t feel covered by just Anti-Venom, as they teamed up previously on multiple occasions, so I don’t give a fuck about the rules, I’m voting for Eddie as a whole. :)

I’ll have to go with Doctor Octopus as greatest villain, just because the two of them as enemies always made sense to me. Human Torch as best friend for me, since this is one of those rare people who knows Peter in all of his forms, as Peter Parker and Spider-Man, and is still his friend.

Mrs. Muggins… Friend or Foe?

I’d hate to have a friend/associate who for years was verbally abusive, kept me broke by underpaying me for photos he used to make millions in editorials calling me a menece, then used said millions to create various villians,spiderslayer robots,and placed a $5,000,000 bounty on my head…….whatta friend!

Uhmm, can you put family members in the Friends list? Like say MJ and Aunt May? Or are relatives and former spouses out?

Uhmm, can you put family members in the Friends list? Like say MJ and Aunt May? Or are relatives and former spouses out?

Friends is just shorthand for “supporting cast.” So basically anyone in his supporting cast that isn’t a super-villain.

Ummm, Iceman and Firestar, because they’re “Amazing,” duh.

First half of each list was fast and easy, the rest will require much pondering.

Well, don’t ponder too much. The deadline is tonight!

Joe Quesada.

I hope that Horizon Labs counts as a whole, because their new characters who haven’t been firmly established yet, but if they don’t Max Modell is the best of the new crop of supporting characters.

Alright, pondering over, votes in!

Can I vote for Sandman during his reformed period as a friend?

Also, is Mud-Thing considered a separate character from Sandman and Hydro-Man or can he only be counted as those two separately?

Can I vote for Sandman during his reformed period as a friend?

No.

Also, is Mud-Thing considered a separate character from Sandman and Hydro-Man or can he only be counted as those two separately?

I’d rather you vote for them separately so that they each have a better shot of getting on to the list.

Okay; last question I promise (my lists just need a finishing touch): Frederick Foswell when not acting as Big Man: Friend or Foe?

Yeah, he counts.

Venom for sure is the greatest foe of all time followed by carnage they are compleatly awesome

Venom for sure is the greatest foe of all time followed by carnage they are compleatly awesome

When I think people may truly think that, it makes me sad. It also makes my brain itch.

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