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|Full Name:||Otto Gunther Octavius|
|First Appearance:||Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #3 (as Doctor Octopus)|
Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #698 (as Spider-Man)
Superior Spider-Man Vol. 1 #23 (as Venom)
|Created by:||Stan Lee; Steve Ditko|
|Place of Birth:||Schenectady, New York|
|Base:||Spider-Island Two, New York City, New York|
|Affiliations:||As Spider-Man: None; formerly the Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Spiderlings|
As Peter Parker: Parker Industries; formerly Horizon Labs
As Doctor Octopus: None; formerly Thunderbolts Army; Former leader of the Sinister Six and the Masters of Evil
|Powers/Abilities:||Radiation Specialist, Engineering, Leadership, Master Acrobat, Skilled Combatant|
|Height:||5' 10"; 5'9" as Otto Octavius|
|Weight:||167 lbs (76 kg); 245 lbs as Otto Octavius|
|Hair Color:||Brown; Bald as Otto Octavius|
|Eye Color:||Hazel; Brown as Otto Octavius|
|Unique Features:||(as Otto Octavius) Myopia necessitates the use of prescription eyeglasses|
"Farewell, Peter Parker. Know this, I will carry on in your name. You may be leaving this world, but you are not leaving it to a villain. I swear. I will be Spider-Man. Better yet, with my unparalleled genius-- and my boundless ambition-- I'll be a better Spider-Man than you ever were. From this day forth, I shall become... The Superior Spider-Man!"
Otto was born in Schenectady, New York, to Torbert and Mary Octavius. His upbringing was less than ideal. Torbert regularly abused Otto and his mother. In spite of this, Mary encouraged Otto to excel in school, in the hopes that his clearly high intelligence would grant him an opportunity for a greater life than the one his factory worker father had. Unfortunately, this encouragement, while inspiring Otto to use his intellect, had him labeled a "teacher's pet". He was bullied often, both for the label and for his shy demeanor.
Otto's efforts eventually paid off, and he was granted a university scholarship. Unfortunately, during his first year of college, his father died in an industrial accident. This made Otto delve even further in his studies. He focused on physical sciences. When he graduated, he managed to get a job at an engineering firm, eventually becoming an esteemed nuclear physicist and research consultant. He also became a gifted inventor, and often gave lectures.
During this time, Otto invented the apparatus that would give him his name; a set of advanced mechanical arms controlled by the brain. Shortly after this, Otto began a relationship with Mary Alice Anders, a fellow researcher. He even asked her to marry him, though he broke off the engagement when his mother voiced her disapproval. This led to an argument which caused his mother to have a fatal heart attack. These additional losses made Otto focus entirely on his work, while ignoring the precautions he once respected.
Becoming Doc Ock
Otto's refusal to follow operational procedure led to a radiation leak during one of his experiments, which caused an explosion. Otto survived and discovered that the explosion had fused his mechanical arms to his torso, and that he was now able to telepathically control his new arms. Recognizing that his newfound ability gave him immense power, he held the hospital staff that were treating him hostage, drawing Spider-Man's attention. With his tentacles' strength and speed, he easily bested the wall-crawler. Feeling arrogant from the victory, he took control of a nuclear research facility and was forced to once again face Spider-Man. This time, however, Spider-Man defeated him with just a single punch to the jaw.
Undeterred, Otto served his time and, after being released, accepted a job from Blackie Gaxton to spring him from prison, with the help of Bennett Brant. Spider-Man once again stopped him, but Bennett was shot. Otto fled the scene on the escape boat meant for Gaxton, and began committing crimes in other parts of the country, vainly hoping that Spider-Man would attempt to stop him again. When Spider-Man continuously failed to appear, he returned to New York, intent on besting the hero.
Otto remembered that in their last battle, Spider-Man was drawn into the conflict to save Betty Brant, and kidnapped her. As expected, Spider-Man arrived, though he was weakened. Otto easily defeated this weaker Spider-Man and unmasked him as Peter Parker. Believing that this weaker Spider-Man was not the one that bested him before, Otto rampaged through New York, releasing several zoo animals. This finally caught the "real" Spider-Man's attention, who defeated Otto yet again, trapping him in a burning building.
Forming the Sinister Six
Yet again, Otto found himself imprisoned, though this time without his tentacles. A team of specialists had seen fit to remove the harness and place it in another part of the facility. At this point, Otto discovered that he could still control his tentacles even if they were not attached to his body. Using this newfound skill, he summoned them back to him and escaped from prison once more.
Learning from his past failures, Otto knew he could not defeat Spider-Man on his own. Desiring the wall-crawler's death, he contacted every foe Spider-Man has faced. Only five responded; the Sandman, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, the Vulture, and Mysterio. He appealed to their desire for the glory of being the one to kill Spider-Man, while planning to take the title for himself. He organized a gauntlet, where Spider-Man would be forced to face each villain one on one, until he faced Otto last. Otto would then kill the exhausted and injured hero.
Needing something to draw the wall-crawler's attention, the newly named "Sinister Six" kidnapped Betty Brant, as well as May Parker, who Betty was visiting. This forced Spider-Man into action, as expected. Otto's plan then unfolded. Spider-Man defeated every villain, and finally fought Otto in a giant fishbowl. In spite of his exhaustion, Spider-Man bested him again, and all six villains were sent back to prison.
The Master Planner
Otto escaped the prison, and crafted a new identity for himself. Calling himself the "Master Planner", he crafted a series of thefts, in which he stole experimental substances to craft a radiation ray to rule the world with. However, his plan was fated to intersect with Spider-Man. His underlings stole an experimental substance, dubbed ISO-36, that Spider-Man needed to save his dying aunt. Spider-Man was able to track him to his underwater base, and was shocked to discover that the Master Planner was his longtime foe, Doctor Octopus. The base was destroyed in their battle, and Otto's plan was foiled again.
Otto's next plan to defeat Spider-Man was to use a device known as the Nullifier against Spider-Man. He was able to steal the device after a few attempts, and was able to use the device to temporarily wipe the wall-crawler's memory. He attempted to trick him into believing they were allies, but Spider-Man's spider-sense warned him that Otto could not be trusted. Trusting his senses, he defeated him again.
Once again separated from his tentacles, Otto found that the range that he could control his tentacles remotely had greatly increased, allowing him to escape yet again from prison. Free, he hijacked a plane and faked his death by blowing it up. Now believed to be dead, he began to rampage throughout New York, earning his archenemy's attention yet again. During their fight, Otto accidentally knocked down a chimney that ended up crushing George Stacy, the father of Spider-Man's girlfriend. George had been protecting a child from the falling chimney.
After breaking out of prison, Otto engaged Hammerhead in a gang war, taking advantage of the Kingpin's absence to claim dominion. Spider-Man's intervention was swift, and landed them all back in prison. While Otto was imprisoned, he found a catalyst for his next plan in the form of news that May Parker had just inherited a small island in Canada that held a commercial nuclear reactor. Once he was released from prison, he set out to marry May, and very nearly succeeded. The wedding was interrupted before it could be completed by Hammerhead. Otto fought the crime boss, inadvertently destroying the reactor he desired so much.
Otto later found himself battling the Owl. Spider-Man and the Black Cat attempt to intervene. The Black Cat was grievously wounded, leading a furious Spider-Man to beat Otto within an inch of his life. The violent defeat scarred Otto's psyche and caused him to have an intense fear of the wall-crawler. He was placed in a mental institution, in the hopes that his mind could be healed of the trauma. In spite of this fear, Otto was not deterred from his criminal career, instead choosing to be more creative with his schemes. He attempted to poison all of New York, using printers' ink. Spider-Man was unable to best this scheme, and was forced to fake a defeat. This restored Otto's confidence, and allowed him to face his foe again.
Later, Otto was dismayed to discover that Mary Alice, his ex-fiance, was dying from AIDS. Otto immediately began searching for a cure, going so far as to steal any materials he needed. His efforts were in vain, however, and Mary Alice died. Crushed by the death of one of the few people he cared about, he surrendered to Spider-Man, and was returned to prison.
Otto would escape yet again, in spite of his despair, and ended up saving Spider-Man's life. Spider-Man had been injected with a poison by the Vulture, and was near death. Not willing to let anyone but himself have the pleasure of ending the hero, he captured Spider-Man and analyzed his ailment. During the tests, he was forced to unmask him, and discovered his true identity as Peter Parker. Otto was able to create a cure, and gave it to Spider-Man. Without any other options, he accepted the cure, and was healed.
Death and Return
Otto would eventually meet his end at the hand of Spider-Man's mad clone, Kaine. This would not last, however, as he was eventually resurrected by the Hand. Otto discovered that, in his absence, someone else had been using the Doctor Octopus title, a woman named Carolyn Trainer. She was happy to return his tentacles to him, and became his assistant. However, his resurrection was not perfect. Unbeknownst to him, his mind had been wiped of the knowledge of Spider-Man's identity by Carolyn, for reasons unknown.
After his resurrection, Otto tried several new schemes, such as creating a villainous Spider-Woman and attempting to create an army of brainwashed minions using prosthetics, but every attempt was foiled by Spider-Man. He also had to deal with another would-be usurper to his villainous title, a man named Luke Carlyle. He envied Otto's power, and wished to take it for himself. Otto defeated him with the help of Spider-Man.
Otto's next scheme involved kidnapping a Palestinian ambassador, for reasons unknown. This too, was thwarted by Spider-Man, and Otto was sent to Ryker's Island. There, he was brainwashed into battling the Green Goblin. He attacked the villain atop the Brooklyn Bridge, where the Goblin was currently doing battle with Spider-Man. Otto was found several days later, not remembering the battle.
During the Civil War, Otto attempted to form another Sinister Six, only for it to be swiftly defeated by the Secret Avengers. Otto alone managed to avoid capture. Also during this time, Otto watched the telecast in which Spider-Man revealed his identity to the world. Furious that he had been bested so many times by a teenage boy, Otto attacks the city. He ended up being defeated by an unmasked Spider-Man, and is sent to Baron Zemo's detention facility, where he is recruited into the Thunderbolts. Otto soon after left the team, not seeing a point in helping them, but was apprehended by S.H.I.E.L.D. and imprisoned.
Brand New Day
Otto eventually escaped from S.H.I.E.L.D. and was dismayed to discover that, after so many battles with Spider-Man, his body was failing. With only months to live, Otto modified himself, connecting his mind to an army of octopus robots and adding four tentacles to his harness. Otto planned to use these improvements to take over New York and form it into a paradise. During this assault, his mind's subconscious urged a few of the robots to attack Spider-Man, resulting in their interrupting the wedding of May Parker and Jay Jameson. They kidnapped Jay, as well as guests Carlie Cooper and Norah Winters. Spider-Man and the Human Torch eventually found Otto's base and were able to both free the captives and defeat Otto once more, halting his plans. However, Otto still had control of his robots, and immediately used them to break free. Furious over his failure, he vowed "terrible revenge".
Origin of the Species
Otto assembles a new supervillain team. He sends them after several items, promising rewards later, while he attempts to procure the newborn son of Menace. With the infant having pure Goblin Serum in his veins, Otto believes that it can be used to heal his failing body. Otto is once again thwarted by Spider-Man during his attempt, so he sends the villains after him. Unfortunately for Otto, they fail as well.
Otto sets his Octo-Bot army upon New York, drawing not only Spider-Man's attention, but also the attention of the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. As they fend off the robots, Otto and a new Sinister Six attack, planning to detonate a military base. With the combined might of the heroes, they are able to foil Otto's plan yet again.
Prolonging the Inevitable
His final plan requiring time to complete, Otto kidnaps Tony Stark and forces him to fashion a robot suit to prolong his life. Tony is unwilling to assist, so Otto threatens to detonate a nuclear bomb unless he complies. Stark is able to build the suit, giving Otto the time he needs to finish his master plan.
Ends of the Earth
Gathering the Sinister Six once more, Otto begins his plan. He announces to the world that he has crafted a device called the "Octavian Lens" that he can use to burn half of the planet. He intends to use the device, but he promises to reverse global warming if the United Nations do not interfere. After making this announcement, he sends out the Sinister Six, instructing them to steal various items that can be used to defeat the Avengers.
Otto goes to the UN to appeal to them, after getting the Chameleon to pose as Al Gore. Spider-Man and the Avengers interrupt the meeting and expose the Chameleon. He is taken into custody, but is later freed by Otto and the rest of the Sinister Six. They quickly discover that they have been tailed by the Avengers, and begin to battle. Using the items that Otto had them procure, they are able to defeat the Avengers. Spider-Man and Otto face off, but Spider-Man is able to escape the futile battle thanks to Silver Sable.
Otto and his team return to his secret base, and Otto announces his demands. He desires clean records for his team, two billion dollars per person, and an academy built in his honor bearing his name. He also announces that he still intends to fix global warming if they comply.
Otto threatens his teammates in order to make them obey his orders, making them begin to question continuing working with him. Unwilling to take chances with his plans, Otto sends a message to a group called the "Dark Corners", asking them to ensure that his plans continue even in the event of his death. However, one of the members of the group, a Russian hero called Titanium Man, informs Spider-Man of the message. Spider-Man attacks Otto's facility, and Otto then realizes that he never intended to cure global warming. Rather, he planned to activate the Octavian lens whether his demands were met or not. To prove this, he activated the machine, incinerating half of the world, including Silver Sable's home nation of Symkaria.
This is revealed to be a trick by Mysterio, however, who was masquerading as Otto inside a Doctor Octopus battle suit. Otto learns of this and chides Mysterio for it. Mysterio decides to help Spider-Man after this, and reveals that Otto's base is in Guatemala. Spider-Man, Silver Sable, and the Black Widow rush to the base, only to be halted by The Avengers, who have been brainwashed by Otto to serve as his new Sinister Six. Spider-Man alone is able to get past all of Otto's defenses, and Otto reveals that he planned to destroy almost the entirety of the human race, in order for the remaining few to rebuild the race in his image, cementing his place in history. This infuriates Spider-Man, and enables the wall-crawler to break free of Otto's tentacles and smash the controls to the Octavian Lens, ruining Otto's master plan.
The "Superior" Spider-Man
Superior No More and Death
When Otto failed to act on his own to save someone from being hit by a train and Peter had to will him into it, Otto realized he was not the superior Spider-Man. He knows how to analyze a situation, but he can't react like Peter does. He then fills Peter in on everything he's missed and wipes all of his memories out of Peter's head. He then tells Peter that he is the superior Spider-Man and then he dies. Peter regains his body and defeats the Goblin King. Later, he speaks with Anna Maria, Otto's girlfriend, and realizes how much she loved him. Peter becomes sad, knowing someone had to die that day.
Powers & Abilities
- Spider Physiology: After swapping bodies with Spider-Man, Otto in Peter's body possesses the proportionate powers of a spider, granted to him from an irradiated Common House Spider (Achaearanea tepidariorum) which bit Peter Parker that was apparently already mutated from prior exposure to certain frequencies of radiation and received a final, lethal dose during Parker's attendance of the exhibition. The radioactive, complex mutagenic enzymes in the spider's blood that were transferred at the time of the bite triggered numerous body-wide mutagenic changes within Parker, granting him superhuman strength, speed, toughened flesh, and numerous arachnid-like abilities. Like many superhuman powers, the effectiveness of Spider-Man's abilities varies based on the author and the needs of the story. His powers include:
- Wall-Crawling: Spider-Man's exposure to the mutated spider venom induced a mutagenic, cerebellum-wide alteration of his engrams resulting in the ability to mentally control the flux of inter-atomic attraction (electrostatic force) between molecular boundary layers. This overcomes the outer electron shell's normal behavior of mutual repulsion with other outer electron shells and permits the tremendous potential for electron attraction to prevail. The mentally controlled sub-atomic particle responsible for this has yet to be identified. This ability to affect the attraction between surfaces is so far limited to Spider-Man's body (especially concentrated in his hands and feet) and another object, with an upper limit of several tons per finger.
- Superhuman Strength: Spider-Man possesses superhuman strength enabling him to press lift approximately ten tons. Spider-Man's physical strength is sufficient enough to enable him to lift and throw objects as heavy as a big rig semi truck with ease. He must also pull his punches and kicks unless fighting someone of similar or greater physical durability. Otherwise, his blows would prove fatal to a normal human being. He has demonstrated that he is strong enough to enable him to knock out people with normal durability with as little as a tap to the head. Spider-Man's physical strength also extends into his legs, enabling him to be able to jump to a height of several stories in a single bound.
- Superhuman Speed: Spider-Man is capable of running and moving at speeds that are far beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete. Spider-Man has showed to be fast enough to catch up to an accelerating car while on foot, but prefers to travel by webs.
- Superhuman Stamina: Spider-Man's advanced musculature produces less fatigue toxins during physical activity than an ordinary human. This allows him to exert himself physically for much longer periods of time before fatigue begins to impair him. At his peak, Spider-Man can physically exert himself at his peak capacity for several hours before the build up of fatigue toxins in his blood begins to impair him. Several accounts depict Spider-Man as able to hold his breath for eight minutes or more.
- Superhuman Durability: Spider-Man's body is physically tougher and more resistant to some types of injury than the body of a normal human. His body is more resistant to impact forces than anything else. He can withstand great impacts, such as falling from a height of several stories or being struck by an opponent with super strength, that would severely injure or kill a normal human with little to no discomfort. Spider-Man's body is durable to the point where tensing his super-strong muscles while being punched in the torso by a trained heavyweight boxer caused the attacker's wrists to break; also, Spider-Man has stated that he must roll with punches thrown by people without similar strength or durability to avoid breaking their wrists.
- Superhuman Agility: Spider-Man's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are all enhanced to levels that are far beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete. Spider-Man is extraordinarily limber and his tendons and connective tissues are twice as elastic as the average human being's, despite their enhanced strength. He has the combined agility and acrobatic prowess of the most accomplished circus aerialists and acrobats. He can also perform any complicated sequence of gymnastic stunts such as flips, rolls, and springs. He can easily match or top any Olympic record at gymnastics apparatus such as flying rings, climbing ropes, horizontal bars, trampolines.
- Superhuman Equilibrium: Spider-Man possesses the ability to achieve a state of perfect equilibrium in any position imaginable. He seems able to adjust his position by instinct, which enables him to balance himself on virtually any object, no matter how small or narrow.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Spider-Man's reflexes are similarly enhanced and are currently about 40 times greater than those of an ordinary human. In combination with his spider-sense, the speed of his reflexes allows him to dodge almost any attack, or even gunfire, if he is far enough away. Spider-Man has even been shown in some cases, to be able to dodge gunfire using just his reflexes without his Spider-Sense.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: Spider-Man has a limited healing factor. While not on Wolverine's level, it is sufficiently powerful enough to recover from severe injuries from broken bones and large amounts of tissue damage in a matter of days. **Foreign Chemical Resistance: Due to his accelerated metabolism, Spider-Man has a higher tolerance for drugs and diseases than normal humans, and he can recover from the effects of larger doses rapidly. During an encounter with the Swarm, Spider-Man was incapacitated by thousands of bee stings, but recovered in less than 24 hours. His resistance and recovery time to other toxins and diseases varies, but is typically significantly higher than normal. However, Spider-Man has the normal human tolerance for alcoholic beverages.
- Spider-Sense: Spider-Man possesses an extrasensory "danger" or "spider" sense which warns him of potential immediate danger by the manifestation of a tingling sensation in the back of his skull, and links with his superhuman kinesthetics, enabling him to evade most any injuries, unless he cognitively overrides his automatic reflexes. The precise nature of this sense is unknown. It appears to be a simultaneous clairvoyant response to a wide variety of phenomena (everything from falling safes to speeding bullets to thrown punches), which has given several hundredths of a second warning, which is sufficient time for his reflexes to allow him to avoid injury. The sense also can create a general response on the order of several minutes: he cannot discern the nature of the threat by the sensation. He can, however, discern the severity of the danger by the strength of his response to it. Spider-Man's spider-sense is directional and can guide him to or away from hidden weapons and enemies.Sudden and extreme threats can cause his spider-sense to react with painful intensity. Spider-Man can also sense and dodge attacks directed randomly or by an artificial intelligence. Using his spider-sense to time his enhanced reflexes, Spider-Man can casually dodge attacks up to and including automatic-weapons fire, provided there is sufficient distance. His spider-sense is sufficiently well-linked to his reflexes to the point that a threat can trigger them even when Spider-Man is asleep or stunned. His spider-sense has helped him preserve his secret identity since it alerts him to observers or cameras when changing into or out of his costume. The spider-sense does react to those who Peter does not consider to be a threat, such as Aunt May. Spider-Man can choose to ignore his spider-sense, and distraction or fatigue diminish its effectiveness. Spider-Man's fighting style incorporates the advantage that his "spider-sense" provides him. His body begins to produce more adrenaline after the sense is triggered, an extension of the 'fight or flight syndrome.' Even when he does not have the use of his eyes Spider-Man can still use his Spider Sense in a similar fashion to Daredevil's Radar Sense to help him see by sensing the direction the danger is coming from by listening on the loudest noise around him.
- Radio Frequency Detection: Peter's spider-sense also enables him to track certain radio frequencies, which he has used to his advantage via his Spider-Tracers.
- Tentacles: Doctor Octopus' superhuman abilities derived from the four mentally-controlled, electronically-powered, telescoping, prehensile titanium-steel tentacles attached to a stainless steel harness encircling his body from lower chest to waist. Each tentacle, approximately five inches in diameter, terminates in three single-jointed pincers. The pincers were able to rotate in relation to the arm for 360 degrees, in a screwdriver-like twisting motion. Each tentacle segment contained four high-efficiency electric motors equipped with a clutched, helical-gear train, independently mounted on frictionless gimbals and housed in four thin, overlapping layers of titanium-niobium steel. The titanium-steel alloy is light, has high-tensile strength, a high melting point, and high thin-wall rigidity. The motors got their power from a small nuclear-powered thermo-electric generator, which can provide several hundred watts per hour for up to five years before needing to replace its U-239 core. The tentacles have been modified since the time of the original accident to include high-efficiency battery packs (enabling movement when cut off from the central power source) and individual micro-circuit control modules (enabling each arm to perform certain pre-programmed actions when Octopus loses conscious control). In the event that Octopus lost consciousness, the control module of each arm had enough pre-programmed conditional responses in its memory chip to enable it to perform a relatively complex sequence of actions, such as saving his life. The trauma of his arm or arms being separated from the harness causes a period of disorientation in which his arms flail about uncontrollably until the pre-programming takes over.
- Telepathic Control over Tentacles: Octopus could control the actions of his artificial arms psionically, even when they have been severed from his body and are separated from him by vast distances (a distance of 900 miles has been recorded).
- Telescoping: Each tentacle was approximately six feet long at full contraction, but can extend to a maximum of 24 feet in length.
- Superhuman Striking Force: Each tentacle was capable of moving at a speed of ninety feet per second and strike with the force of a jackhammer.
- High-Wind Generation: The tentacles could generate 50 mile per hour winds if spun like a giant fan.
- Wall-Climbing and Traveling: By combining the intrinsic strength of both his tentacles and the pincers, Doctor Octopus can scale stone, brick, or concrete walls by rending "handholds" in the surface of the wall. Octopus is able to use his tentacles for traversing horizontal distances as well. At full extension, he can travel high above the ground as if on stilts, either using two tentacles, or for maximum speed (approximately 50 miles per hour), four tentacles.
- Sensation Feeling: Although there are no nerve endings throughout the length of his artificial arms, Octopus could "feel" basic sensations with them. As a result of the mutagenic changes from exposure to radiation during the accident, electrical connections have been made from his chest harness to his spine. Thus, Doctor Octopus can mentally perceive "tactile" sensations by feeling the amount of electrical resistance that the pincer's electric motors feel when the pincers grasp an object.
- Superhuman Concentration: Doctor Octopus possessed extraordinary mental abilities and concentration, and through years of practice was able to perform two complex and two simple independent actions, simultaneously, one with each arm.
- Radiation Specialist: Doctor Octopus is one of the world's leading authorities on nuclear radiation and its effect on animal physiology.
- Engineering: Doctor Octopus is a brilliant engineer and inventor.
- Leadership: Doctor Octopus is a superb strategist and a charismatic leader.
- Master Acrobat: Thanks to his great strength and phenomenal equilibrium, Otto is an excellent athlete, excelling in all gymnastic fields and being able to perform every acrobatic stunt ever performed, including others that can never be performed by even an Olympic acrobat.
- Master Combatant: Back when he was Doctor Octapus, he was a formidable combatant although he had no formal combat training. After swapping bodies with Spider-Man, he was able to defeat the Sinister Six single-handedly. He has also gained the the ability to use Spider-Man's special martial art style, the "Way of the Spider".
Without the use of his artificial tentacles, Otto possessed the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in no regular exercise. Each of his tentacles is able to lift approximately 8 tons (provided that Octopus supports his harness with at least one other arm in order to prevent the chest harness/skin interface from bearing any part of the effort). With one arm, Octopus could lift an automobile. With two arms, he could throw an automobile tens of feet, or lift a small bus. The pincers on his arms are capable of gripping with a force of 175 pounds per square inch, sufficient to deform any object made of a thin-walled substance less durable than steel. The pincers can, for instance, crush a handgun. By combining the intrinsic strength of both his tentacles and the pincers, Doctor Octopus could perform such feats as tearing steel doors off bank vaults.
Unlike many superheroes, Spider-Man does not have a weakness he is automatically vulnerable to, but in recent years methods have been created to render him vulnerable.
- Spider-Sense Disruption: Spider-Man's Spider Sense can lose its effectiveness if it is blocked or temporarily weakened by specialized equipment or certain drugs. It also would not trigger if it detects something that is not registered as a threat. When deprived of his spider-sense, Spider-Man becomes vulnerable to surveillance and attack, and web-slinging requires most of his concentration.
- Ethyl Chloride: Perhaps as a side effect of gaining his powers, Spider-Man is susceptible to the pesticide ethyl chloride. This chemical is frequently used as a weapon by the Spider-Slayers.
- Web-Shooters: These twin devices worn on his wrists are able to shoot thin strands of a special "web fluid" at high pressure.
- Web Fluid: A shear-thinning liquid, virtually solid until a shearing force is applied to it, rendering it fluid, whose exact formula remains unknown, but is rumored to be related to nylon. The web line’s tensile strength is estimated to be 120 pounds per square millimeter of cross section.
- Utility Belt: Spider-Man keeps a utility belt holding web cartridges and his signature Spider-Signal.
- Horizon Labs identi-card: As Horizon Labs' creative engineer, Peter had his own indenti-card.
- Superior Spider-Man Suit: An updated version of the original Spider-Man costume that features sharp talons on the hands and feet, as well as enhanced lenses in the mask with HUD and tracking abilities. The talon gloves feature retractable talons on his finger-tips and toe tips which can be used for clawing and climbing. After making new ones, Otto can activate the talons faster.
- Spider-Bots: While the smaller versions are used for gathering information, the larger versions are used for the purpose of mobility and combat.
Spider-Man's main form of transportation is "web slinging" with the aid of his spider-webs.
- Hover Jet
- Tentacles: Dr. Octopus has possessed a total of three different harnesses during his career: the original titanium harness, a more powerful adamantium harness, and the current harness, which was modified in 2004 to resemble the version seen in the movie Spider-Man 2. The original and adamantium harnesses were both destroyed in the Lethal Foes of Spider-Man miniseries. The most recent harness had eight tentacles as opposed to four.
- Original Harness: With his titanium harness, Doc Ock was able to beat Daredevil, a seasoned combatant with superhuman senses, almost to death out of sheer power. It was also temporarily worn by Spider-Man after Octavius' death, until the Hobgoblin caused it to short-cirtuit via pumpkin bomb. Spider-Man than proceeded to rip them apart when he lost control.
- Adamantium Harness: Using adamantium Octavius created an entirely new indestructible harness, with all of the abilities he had before but with exponentially higher durability. Using this harness he was able to best Iron Man in combat, tearing the hero's armor apart with a defeat so harsh that Tony Stark began to doubt his abilities almost enough to resort back to alcoholism. He knocked the Hulk unconscious and, by Spider-Man's own reckoning, was "holding his own" against the combined forces of himself, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Deathlok, Ghost Rider, and Solo, even after the rest of the Sinister Six were defeated or fled.
- He was once killed by Kaine but then resurrected by The Hand.
- The DC Comics super-villain Gorgon of The Extremists is based on Doctor Octopus.
- Otto's phone number is 800-555-7739, and he advertised it as 1-800-555-SPDY.