Ten Spider-Man Villains You Need To Know About

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Intro

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Second only to Batman, Spider-Man might have one of the most colourful and imaginative rogues galleries in superhero comics. Here are the ten heaviest hitters: the best, the most iconic, and the most downright bonkers.

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10. The Lizard

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 Dr Curt Connors might be the only Spider-Man character with a more tragic origin than the hero himself. After losing an arm during his time as an army surgeon, the scientist tried to regrow it by synthesising lizard DNA – since they often lose a tail only to regrow it. When he injected his serum, he instead transformed into a monstrous lizard creature with none of his intelligence and plenty violence.

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9. The Vulture

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Some of Spidey's villains are truly tragic, iconic adversaries. Some of them are hilarious running jokes, and Adrian Toomes fits into the latter category. An elderly man clad in a unique flying suit, he has an eye for shiny things (which makes him more of a magpie, which is a totally different bad guy...) and has almost every single one of his diamond heists foiled by the web slinger.

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8. Electro

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Max Dillon gained his abilities when, as he worked on a power line, he was struck by lightning. What should have been a fatal accident actually blessed Dillon with control over electricity, which he has used for everything from low-level crime to causing a jailbreak that unleashed hundreds of supervillains on Manhattan. Goofy costume, force to be reckoned with.  

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7. Mysterio

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The master of illusion, Mysterio gets his edge by playing mind games on his enemies. A former special effects wiz and stunt man in Hollywood, he never makes it as a leading man, and so goes to the next best thing: supervillainy. Lacking any actual powers or strength, Quentin Beck instead harnesses his skill for illusion to mess with Spider-Man.

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6. Sandman

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 Unlike many members of Spider-Man's rogues gallery, Flint Marko was actually a criminal before he got his special abilities. His life of crime was likely inspired by his father, who wound up in prison – on his release, Marko ran away from home and accidentally happened upon a nuclear test site on a beach, where he was fused with the sand. Now being made of said beach, he's basically invincible. And annoying to get in your pants.

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5. Kingpin

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Whilst primarily known as a Daredevil foe, Wilson Fisk actually debuted in The Amazing Spider-Man #50. The Kingpin of Crime doesn't actually have any superpowers, but he is an incredibly rich and influential leader in the city's criminal underworld. Also he's absolutely huge, meaning he's still not a physical threat you want to get on the wrong side of.

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4. Kraven The Hunter

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Not that Sergei Kravinoff has much need for superpowers, either. He still does pretty well as Kraven The Hunter, who has honed his body to peak physical strength and agility. Sort of like Batman, except he wears a lion-themed vest and hunts both safari and Spider-Man. And he's a member of the Russian royal family.

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3. Venom

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The Venom Saga is one of the most well-known modern Spider-Man storylines, as an alien suit briefly worn by Peter Parker instead becomes bonded to jealous fellow journalist Eddie Brock. The symbiote heightens Brock's already warped mind and turned him into Venom, a big scary monster who's nigh-invulnerable, but only really interested in tearing apart the wallcrawler. He's nice to everyone else

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2. Doctor Octopus

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 Otto Octavius again fulfils the mould of tragic Spider-Man villain: a brilliant scientist, during an accident at his lab the mechanical arms he wore to perform experiments became fused to his body and he went a bit nutty as a result. Since then he's been a grade A classic supervillain, complete with bad haircut and failed world-conquering plans.

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The Green Goblin

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Norman Osborn is without a doubt Spider-Man's greatest adversary. After all, he's the only one whose life is devoted to ruining Peter Parker's life – any other criminal endeavours seem secondary to that. A former genius industrialist who went a bit cuckoo and started dressing as a goblin, flying on a glider and chucking pumpkin bombs at people, he's since managed to off multiple loved ones of Spidey's, ran for president, and come back from the dead multiple times.