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50 Greatest Spider-Man Friends and Foes Master List

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. Future installments will deal with Spider-Man creators and Spider-Man stories, but this month will be about Spider-Man’s supporting cast and his villains.

This is the master list of Spider-Man’s greatest supporting cast members as well as his greatest villains. Click on each character for a write-up of that character.


25. Kaine (Scarlet Spider II)

24. Prowler (Hobie Brown)

23. Norah Winters

22. Puma

21. Silver Sable

20. Madame Web

19. Ben Urich

18. Wolverine

17. Doctor Curt Connors

16. Captain George Stacy

15. Carlie Cooper

14. Captain Jean DeWolff

13. Ben Reilly (Scarlet Spider I/Spider-Man II)

12. Ben Parker

11. Daredevil (Matt Murdock)

10. Betty Brant

9. Joe “Robbie” Robertson

8. Harry Osborn

7. Flash Thompson

6. Human Torch

5. Gwen Stacy

4. Black Cat (Felicia Hardy)

3. Aunt May Parker

2. J. Jonah Jameson

1. Mary Jane Watson


25. Mister Negative

24. Hobgoblin (Jason Macendale)

23. Juggernaut

22. Hobgoblin (Phil Urich)

21. The Burglar

20. Morlun

19. Morbius

18. Chameleon

17. Shocker

16. Green Goblin (Harry Osborn)

15. Carnage

14. Jackal

13. Mac Gargan (Scorpion/Venom)

12. Vulture

11. Rhino

10. Electro

9. Sandman

8. Mysterio

7. Lizard

6. Kingpin

5. Hobgoblin (Roderick Kingsley)

4. Kraven the Hunter

3. Venom (Eddie Brock)

2. Doctor Octopus

1. Green Goblin (Norman Osborn)


Hypno Hustler better be number one.

Black Cat is a terrible character. Baffled how she gets so much attention.

The Lizard! One of the less interesting characters I can think of (and he’s getting the movie treatment). What has he really done to deserve 7th place?

I wouldn’t have put Kraven quite so high up on the list (probably not ahead of the Lizard and the Hobgoblin), but not a bad list overall.

And DAMN RIGHT, Mary Jane Watson.

theres 3 hobgoblins on that list! …wow!

Black Cat is a great character as she has pushed Peter to limits that he normally wouldn’t consider and vice versa.

There have been some great Lizard stories as well as stories set around his family. Also, it’s the Jekyl and Hyde aspect that makes him more interesting as well, being both Spider-Man’s Ally and Enemy.

Any chance of see who else got at lest one vote? I’m curious to see who all are the also-rans that people had soft spots for. I suspect that for both categories the 26 and later places would produce more interesting results than the top tier characters.

@Rick – Black Cat is a great character! I’m 34 now, and old and boring. But when I was in my twenties, there was always a ‘Black Cat’ in my life — you know, you have the good, stable girls, and then the Black Cat sweeps into your life, convinces you to do things you shouldn’t, sleeps with you, and leaves, leaving all of your other relationships in shambles…And just when you manage to get a little stability back in your life, she shows up again and the cycle repeats itself.

Anyways, if I were a superhero, I’d be that dumb guy that chases Black Cat to the ends of the earth. I loved that recent Black Cat/Omega Drive stuff in Daredevil…

Brian from Canada

May 2, 2012 at 10:37 am

Disppointed Joe Quesada didn’t make the top 25 villains. :-|

Somebody was going to say Joe Quesada.

I always thought Doc Ock never got the story or respect his deserved. Don’t ask me to read the new stuff, because I won’t. It just isn’t the same character(s) to me anymore.

Actually I’d love to read Ben Reilly as Spider-man. That was a great version of him.

Why Wolverine?


What stories? I’d love to read them, as most issues I’ve read with the Lizard are exactly just the ‘he will help you with some science stuff, then try to eat you’ kind, aka Jekyll and Hyde. The Hulk already does that and he’s far from being a favorite of mine as well. They are just too one-dimensional in my opinion.

For example. Rhino, being your average strong super villain has some decent stories about trying to get away from the mob, returning to the Eastern block or fighting the new Rhino.

As a villain, J. Michael Straczynski tops them all though, with that disrespectful Gwen Stacy storyline…

Just noticed Cloak & Dagger didn’t make the allies list. That’s a bit of a surprise to me.

Just noticed Cloak & Dagger didn’t make the allies list. That’s a bit of a surprise to me.

Me, too. They weren’t even #26 or 27.

IMHO, Norah Winters is this era’s Lance Bannon or Debra Whitman or Cissy Ironwood.

If you have no idea who the heck Lance Bannon or Debra Whitman or Cissy Ironwood is, don’t feel bad, no one does unless you were reading Spider-Man comics at one particular point in time.

They were completely forgottable (and forgotten) characters, just like Norah Winters, and in ten years’ time, if this list were redone, I’d bet anything that Norah Winters doesn’t place in the top 50, let alone at #23, since no-one is going to remember who the heck she is.

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