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Villain Overview
We all wear masks, Spider-Man. But which one is real? The one that hides your face, or the one that is your face?
~ The Green Goblin as he fights Spider-Man.
Don't apologize. I never do.
~ Norman Osborn's catchphrase.

Norman Osborn, or better known as the Green Goblin, is one of the two main antagonists (alongside Tombstone) of the animated TV series The Spectacular Spider-Man. He also becomes Spider-Man's most personal archenemy during the last few episodes.

He is a ruthless businessman, inventor, gifted chemist, the head of OsCorp Industries, and the father of Harry Osborn. After being exposed to a chemical formula, he turned to supervillainy as Green Goblin, terrorizing New York City to become one of Spider-Man's greatest archenemies along with Venom and Doctor Octopus. In Season 2, he usurps Tombstone as the Big Man of Crime but his reign is short-lived and is eventually defeated by Spider-Man. 

As the Green Goblin, he was voiced by Steve Blum, who also voiced VilgaxStarscream, and Smytus. As Norman Osborn, he was voiced by Alan Rachins, who also voiced Clock King in Batman: The Animated Series.

Personality

Norman is a sociopathic and ruthless businessman, inventor, gifted chemist, the head of OsCorp Industries, and the father of Harry Osborn. After being exposed to a chemical formula, gaining superhuman strength, agility, intellect, and regeneration. He turned to mega-villainy as Green Goblin, terrorizing New York City to become one of Spider-Man's greatest opponents along with Doctor Octopus and Venom.

He expresses disapproval and neglects his son Harry for not getting offered the ESU lab internship that was given to his friend Peter Parker and pushes his son very hard, often coming across as cruel. Bent on being the number one in weapons tech, Norman embezzled the designs of Adrian Toomes flight tech and later tipped off the crime boss known as the Big Man to the TRI-CORP technology shipment. In this incarnation, he has similar objectives to his comic counterpart of becoming the reigning crime boss in New York and killing Spider-Man.

Despite his abuse of Harry, he does have one scene that shows him act like a proper father figure by calling out Harry for blaming Peter for not helping him with studying and telling him that if he wanted to do well, he needed to stop relying on others for help. However, this along with taking him away onto a trip, was only a cover as Norman even broke Harry's leg to prevent anyone from knowing that he was the Green Goblin.

The Green Goblin appears as the Crime Lord in the background, controlling some events in the show.

Like many of his previous incarnations, the Green Goblin was always well-prepared for combat, usually rigging his surroundings with hidden pumpkin bombs and has secret hideouts. He rides on a bat-shaped "Goblin Glider" equipped with many deadly weapons, including razor-bats, electric gloves, knockout gas, Gob webs, and his signature Pumpkin Bombs to terrorize New York City and to kill Spider-Man.

Overall, this version of Norman is a heartless child abuser who would risk killing his son to get away with his crimes. Disregarding this, he is also a crime boss who funded several criminal operations even before he became the Goblin.

Norman appears to admire masks. During one of his meetings with Hammerhead, he holds up a Columbian mask and points out that he believes that the wearer actually takes on the personality of the mask. The same can be said with The Green Goblin, as Norman takes on the personality of the Green Goblin mask.

When Norman wears the Green Goblin costume, he becomes even more insane, sadistic, ruthless, psychotic, strong, violent, murderous, and dangerous. Norman states to Peter during their final battle that he invented Globulin Green, but he wasn't foolish to drink it. Small doses in gaseous form increase his strength, agility, and intelligence with no blackouts or loss of control. Also when Norman has the Green Goblin mask on, he uses a different and more frightening voice and Green Goblin's personality is somewhat different from Norman's normal and calmer personality. Despite that, Norman and Green Goblin are one and the same, unlike other versions where the Green Goblin and Norman are two separate entities. 

Biography

In season one, Norman coldly disapproves and neglects Harry for not getting offered ESU lab's internship that's given to Peter Parker and lashes out at his son in fury, telling his son to 'man up'. Around this time, Norman also made "Globulin Green", a highly addictive performance enhancer. Bent on getting more power and money, Norman embezzled aerodynamics engineer Adrian Toomes's flight tech designs, tipped off Tombstone (aka the Big Man crime boss) to TRI-CORP's technology shipment, and engineers the creations of the Sandman and the Rhino as part of the Big Man's deal which makes Osborn more profit. The Green Goblin first appears threatening to overthrow Tombstone as the Big Man in order to be New York's reigning crime boss and tries to kill Spider-Man. Spider-Man initially suspects Norman is the Goblin as the villain returns to the Osborn residence, but Harry is seen in the Goblin suit after a fierce confrontation. Spider-Man and Norman conclude that Harry's theft and consumption of "Globulin Green" resulted in the Goblin persona to fight the Big Man. After Spider-Man agrees to keep Harry's secret on the condition that the villain never reappears, Norman embarks on a tour to Europe with Harry so his son can relax and forget about the addiction to the formula.

In season two, the Green Goblin later resurfaces as a crime lord and is responsible for many events that have occurred. He manipulates Hammerhead into arranging a conference between Tombstone, Silvermane and Doctor Octopus, resulting in Spider-Man eventually taking down all three crime lords. Now the reigning crime boss in New York, the Goblin once again tries to kill Spider-Man, first through the creation of Molten Man, and then by trapping Spider-Man in a prison intended for most of Spider-Man's many enemies. In the series finale, the Goblin has a final showdown with Spider-Man. The truth of the villain's identity is finally revealed: Norman was the man in question all along and even framed his own son earlier for personal gain but claimed that he was helping. Norman later hired the Chameleon to keep Spider-Man guessing and set up for a trap. Following a grueling battle across the city, Norman is believed to have been killed when Spider-Man damages his glider and sends him crashing into a stash of his own pumpkin bombs. However, Norman is shown to have survived, leaving the country under a false identity.

It is unknown what happened to Norman after this, but it is very possible he could've returned once more if the series would've continued with more seasons. Since the Hobgoblin was planned to appear in Season 3, it is unknown if there is any connection between him and the Green Goblin or if they would become rivals.

Quotes

Adrian Toomes: I blame you for this! You told me to bring my magnetic-air transport system to OsCorp!
Dr. Otto Octavius: I know.
Adrian Toomes: You arranged the meeting with Norman Osborn!
Dr. Otto Octavius: (stuttering while walking backwards down the stairs) I had the best intentions.
Adrian Toomes: He studied my ideas and rejected them and then announces OsCorp flight tech four months later!
Dr. Otto Octavius: I... I am sorry Adrian...
Norman Osborn: Don't you dare apologize, doctor. OsCorp has nothing to apologize for.
Adrian Toomes: (angrily stunned) Nothing to a... Osborn! You
stole my work!
Norman Osborn: (smugly) That's dangerous talk, Mr. Toomes. Dangerous and unsupportable. Listen you old buzzard, you've been at this for decades without one success to your name. If you never accomplished anything as a young man, who'd believe you created tech flight as an old one? (to his body guards) Boys? show Mr. Toomes out.
Adrian Toomes: (to Dr. Octavius while being escorted out) Good news! I don't blame you anymore.
~ Adrian Toomes confronting Norman Osborn and Dr. Otto Octavius for embezzling him of his flight tech.
Vulture: Tell the truth, Osborn! Can your tech flight do this?! (flies acrobaticly)
Norman Osborn: Toomes?!
Vulture: Not Toomes now, I'm what you called me! I'm the Vulture!
Norman Osborn: I called you a buzzard!
Vulture: What?
Norman Osborn: You can't even get the name right! (gets thrown by Vulture before getting caught by him again) Toomes, stop! What will any of this accomplish!?
Vulture: A means to an end, Osborn! Something you know all about! You will announce to the world that Adrian Toomes is the genius behind tech flight! You will pay me all that I'm owed and you will publicly apologize for stealing
my invention!
Norman Osborn: I never apologize, old man!
Vulture: I may be an old man, but I'm not a patient one!
~ Vulture threatening Norman to tell the truth to the world about him being the genius behind the flight tech.
Although I will admit you have an annoying tendency to, well, survive, the Green Goblin has every contingency in place to test the outer limits of that talent! Until all that remains IS A RED AND BLUE STAIN ON THE PAVEMENT!
~ Green Goblin to Spider-Man
Good news, lowlives! The city's gone green! Say hello to the new Big Man of crime! The Green Goblin!
~ Green Goblin
Out there, in here, everywhere! Soon, I will be the Big Man, and I can always use a right-hand Flat-top!
~ Green Goblin
Why don't you just give up?
~ Green Goblin
All I want is your undying loyalty. Or, the dying kind. The Green Goblin is nothing, if not flexible!
~ Green Goblin
Hello! Good evening! Bonsoir! I am the Green Goblin and I am looking for the Big Man!
~ Green Goblin
Oh, he swings through the air, dishing all kinds of fear! This daring Goblin on the big chandelier!
~ Green Goblin
So the whole wanting to destroy you and take over your empire thing wasn't clear? Well darn.
Hello, I'm in the room! Really, you're both too rude!
~ Green Goblin
But the Green Goblin has a solution! You and I join forces! Consider what we could accomplish by combining our powers! We could rule New York!
~ Green Goblin
Oh well, your lose... of life!
~ Green Goblin
Ah, but the Green Goblin doesn't take orders from insects. The Green Goblin swats them into oblivion!
~ Green Goblin
Any minute now, the creme de la creme of New York City is going to paint the town red! Well, the ballroom anyway.
~ Green Goblin
Now lets see what break first. My gob-webs or your bones!
~ Green Goblin
What's wrong, Spider-Man? Off your game!
~ Green Goblin
Rule One: Spidey must splat!
~ Green Goblin
I told you I invented the Green! Of course, I wasn't a fool enough to drink it. Small doses in gaseous form increase my strength, agility, intelligence, with no black-outs, no loss of control!
~ Green Goblin
I protected Harry! If I was sent to prison, who'd have made a man out of him?!
~ Green Goblin
Once your out of the picture, I'll make everything right!
~ Green Goblin

Appearances

Season 1

  • Survival of the Fittest
  • Market Forces
  • Competition
  • The Invisible Hand
  • Catalysts
  • Reaction
  • The Uncertainty Principle
  • Persona (mentioned and Chameleon in disguise)
  • Group Therapy (mentioned)
  • Intervention (flashback)

Season 2

  • Blue Prints
  • Shear Strength
  • First Steps (illusion)
  • Growing Pains (mentioned)
  • Identity Crises
  • Accomplices
  • Probable Cause
  • Gangland
  • Subtext
  • Opening Night
  • Final Curtain

Trivia

  • Since the series was canceled before Season 3 was put in production, The Green Goblin/Norman Osborn is the final antagonist that Spider-Man fought in this series.
  • The Green Goblin's personality and portrayal in this series are based on the original incarnation from the Ditko era.
  • Out of all the cartoon incarnations of The Green Goblin, this version is considered to be the evilest of them all. In fact, he is more evil than the movie's version. He framed and neglected his own son Harry Osborn and is responsible for some of the events that happened in the series. For example, he is responsible for creating Vulture (indirectly), Sandman, Rhino, Doctor Octopus, and Molten Man. He is also responsible for the events that took place in the Gang War as he manipulates Hammerhead into arranging a conference between Tombstone, Silvermane, and Doctor Octopus, resulting in Spider-Man eventually taking down all three crime lords and thus making the Green Goblin become the new Big Man of Crime for a short time.
  • This is the first version of the character, and so far only, to be truly faithful to the original comics. Spider-Man featured a version that was merely a petty crook and Norman Osborn never appeared. Spider-Man and Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends featured a Green Goblin that transformed unwillingly similar to Lizard. Green Goblin of Spider-Man: The Animated Series had split personalities who fought each other. Norman Osborn of Spider-Man: The New Animated Series never actually appeared, though he was based on the first Spider-Man film which ended with the death of Green Goblin. Green Goblin of Ultimate Spider-Man followed the Ultimate line where Norman transforms into a large creature, though that version only transformed unwillingly making them two separate entities.
  • Though he shares the main antagonist role with Tombstone, The Green Goblin is the bigger bad of the two as he is responsible for many of the events of the series and has a personal connection with Spider-Man/Peter Parker, more so than Tombstone.
  • Since the Green Goblin's reign as the Big Man of Crime was short-lived and Tombstone's chances of returning as the Big Man is very low, it is unknown if a new Crime Lord takes over New York. In a fan-made Season 3 trailer for Spectacular Spider-Man by Browntable, it shows that Hammerhead usurps the Green Goblin's position as the new Big Man of Crime. It is unknown if this was actually confirmed that this would've happened if Season 3 would have continued or not.

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The Amazing Spider-Man: Lizard | Gustav Fiers | Cash Register Thief | Norman Osborn
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The Spectacular Spider-Man
Green Goblin | Tombstone | Doctor Octopus | Hammerhead | Venom | Sinister Six (Rhino, Vulture, Electro, Sandman, Mysterio & Kraven the Hunter) | Chameleon | Tinkerer | Enforcers (Shocker, Ricochet & Ox) | Molten Man | Silver Sable | Harry Osborn | Lizard | J. Jonah Jameson | Black Cat | Miles Warren | Frederick Foswell | Calypso | Roderick Kingsley | Morris Bench | Cletus Kasady

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