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    Default Why are most of Spider-Man villains named after animals?

    Why are most of Spider-Man villains named after animals?

    Dr. Octopus
    Kangaroo
    Scorpion
    Vulture
    Lizard
    Beetle
    Beetle
    Jackal
    Rhino
    Puma
    Tarantula
    Black Cat


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    I would say in the case of a few it is a no brainer. The Lizard? Turns into a giant Lizard. Scorpion? His origin had to do with getting Scorpion traits and such. Kangaroo? Super powered jumper. Vulture? A bird of prey with wings.
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    Because it would be really silly to name people that dress up as animals after rocks.

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    Because the animal kingdom fits the character.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kuro no Shinigami View Post
    Why are most of Spider-Man villains named after animals?

    1. Dr. Octopus
    2. Kangaroo
    3. Scorpion
    4. Vulture
    5. Lizard
    6. Beetle
    7. Beetle
    8. Jackal
    9. Rhino
    10. Puma
    11. Tarantula
    12. Black Cat
    You forgot Chameleon, Morbius the Living Vampire, Man Wolf, and Stegron.

    He also has:
    1. Terrible Tinkerer
    2. Sandman
    3. Electro
    4. Enforcers
    5. Mysterio
    6. Green Goblin
    7. Kraven the Hunter
    8. Spencer Smythe
    9. Molten Man
    10. The Cat
    11. Looter
    12. Mendell Stromm
    13. Shocker
    14. Kingpin
    15. Silvermane
    16. Man Mountain Marko
    17. Rose


    All these appear in the first 100 issues, more of them aren't named after animals.
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    To emphasize a parallel with Spider-Man --- as Spider-Man himself derives his powers and motif from an animal and acquired said powers through a freak accident of science, so many of his enemies are also patterned after animals and have as well acquired their powers through freak accidents or misapplication of science. In TV Tropes parlance, this would be called "Thematic Rogues Gallery," and like many Thematic Rogues Galleries, Spider-Man's parallels him in certain respects.
    The spider is always on the hunt.

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    OP Question -

    Because so is Spider-Man it fits the theme, 'nough said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speed Force League Unlimited View Post
    Because the animal kingdom fits the character.
    You forgot Chameleon, Morbius the Living Vampire, Man Wolf, and Stegron.

    He also has:
    1. Terrible Tinkerer
    2. Sandman
    3. Electro
    4. Enforcers
    5. Mysterio
    6. Green Goblin
    7. Kraven the Hunter
    8. Spencer Smythe
    9. Molten Man
    10. The Cat
    11. Looter
    12. Mendell Stromm
    13. Shocker
    14. Kingpin
    15. Silvermane
    16. Man Mountain Marko
    17. Rose


    All these appear in the first 100 issues, more of them aren't named after animals.
    Morbius was ASM 102. If I would rank my Dirty Dozen bad guys few are animals. In no particular order. 1: Green Goblin ( Norm). 2: Carnage. 3: Venom ( Brock). 4: Kingpin. 5: Kraven. 6:Mr. Negative. 7:Hobgoblin ( Kingsley). 8: Ock ( Otto). 9: Lizard. 10: Rhino. 11: Mysterio. 12: Morlun.
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    Because Stan Lee owned a set of encyclopedias?

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    Quote Originally Posted by

    He also has:
    [LIST=1
    [*]Terrible Tinkerer[*]Sandman[*]Electro[*]Enforcers[*]Mysterio[*]Green Goblin[*]Kraven the Hunter[*]Spencer Smythe[*]Molten Man[*]The Cat[*]Looter[*]Mendell Stromm[*]Shocker[*]Kingpin[*]Silvermane[*]Man Mountain Marko[*]Rose[/LIST]

    All these appear in the first 100 issues, more of them aren't named after animals.
    The Cat isn't named after an animal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaminn View Post
    The Cat isn't named after an animal?
    I dont think the Cat in the Spiderman comics is named after the animal but rather the ancient mythological monster from Greek stories. You know the one. The one the furry little guy who ate mice, played with yarn, jumped on people's laps and drank milk.
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    A) Because from the start, a spider, as in "Spider-Man", is also named after an animal.

    B) It is simply more fun.

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    "Ah, the Animal Kingdom offers many useful ideas!" — Dr. Otto Octavius,

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    Why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mistah K88 View Post
    "Ah, the Animal Kingdom offers many useful ideas!" — Dr. Otto Octavius,
    From The Spectacular Spider-Man, I take it?
    The spider is always on the hunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huntsman Spider View Post
    From The Spectacular Spider-Man, I take it?
    I recall, there was, on Season Two of Ultimate Spider-Man, when Otto was mad-scientist-ing his own "Sinister Six".

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