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Peter Parker, how the hell are you?
~ Norman Osborn to Peter in Otto's lab.
The truth... Okay... The truth is, you were only ever worth a damn when you worked for me! The truth is you could never accept that I'm better than you! You're a failure, Otto. And you always will be.
~ Norman to Otto, defying him for the truth.

Norman Osborn is the overarching antagonist of the 2018 video game Marvel's Spider-Man, as well as a minor character in its 2020 spin-off Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales. He is the CEO of Oscorp, the former childhood friend of Dr. Otto Octavius, the father of Harry Osborn, and the former mayor of New York City.

He was voiced by Mark Rolston, who also played Bogs Diamond in The Shawshank Redemption, J. Scar in Eraser, Lex Luthor in Young Justice and Deathstroke in the Batman: Arkham series.

History

Marvel's Spider-Man

In his youth, Norman Osborn befriended Otto Octavius during his years in grad school. Together, the two eventually started a business company known as "Oscorp". However, as Norman became more and more obsessed with genetics, particularly a substance called Devil's Breath, the two had a falling out and Otto left Oscorp.

At some unknown point in time, Norman Osborn was elected mayor of New York. Despite this, Osborn was also known for his generally dishonest and condescending nature, as Peter Parker notes of him in his character bio.

Norman appeared in-person when he has his team shut down Otto Octavius' and Peter Parker's lab and cut his funding, due to the site being declared a safety hazard due to a recent accident. Otto insists his previous safety violations were excused, by Norman reminds him that he was the one who excused it and that Otto's equipment should have been confiscated long ago. Norman insists both Otto and Peter work at Oscorp from then on, but Otto rejects his offer.

Later, Norman is seen awarding Officer Jefferson Davis for his bravery and years on the police force until he receives a call from Mister Negative, warning Norman of an incoming attack. Norman escapes immediately before the Inner Demons attack the ceremony, killing many civilians, including Jefferson Davis.

In the aftermath of the attack, Miles Morales, the son of Jefferson Davis, joins F.E.A.S.T. as a volunteer, meets Peter, and quickly befriends him. At the same time, Osborn hires mercenary Silver Sable and her team from Symkaria to take down the Inner Demons. Sable does not trust Peter and constantly makes things difficult for him. Peter continues to pursue Mister Negative and the Inner Demons, discovering that Li has a grudge against Osborn and seeks to steal the Devil's Breath, a bioweapon Osborn inadvertently created while searching for a universal cure for disease. Li manages to steal the Devil's Breath and attempts to deploy it in Grand Central Station, but is foiled by the efforts of both Peter and Mary Jane. Li is subsequently arrested and sent to the Raft, a high-security prison.

Norman denies all wrongdoing and goes as far as to hire Silver Sable and her mercenaries for protection. After Martin Li is apprehended by Spider-Man, he claims credit and encourages the citizens of New York to vote for him in the incoming relection, and this enrages a now unhinged Otto Octavius, who blames him for his financial burdens and stealing his research.

He dons the mantle of Doctor Octopus and frees the convicts from prison, forming the Sinister Six and enlisting their help in dismantling Norman and his empire. Octopus eventually captures Norman himself, intent on forcing him to confess to his crimes. When he refuses, he is thrown from the top of Oscorp Tower, but is rescued by Spider-Man.

Sometime later, Norman resigns from office and is seen in his secret lab, looking at his son Harry. Rather than being in Europe as everyone believes, Harry has been put into a coma in a tank until his father can find a "cure" for his illness. It's shown that Harry is being kept in stasis with a black web-like substance, implied to be a Symbiote, which reacts and copies Norman when he places a hand on the tank.

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

More than a year after the defeat of Doctor Octopus and the Sinister Six, Norman is nowhere to be seen or heard from during Tinkerer's campaign against Simon Krieger. In this time, Miles Morales, Peter Parker's superhero apprentice has taken over his role as the sole Spider-Man in New York City while Peter goes to Symkaria with Mary Jane.

During her campaign, Tinkerer began to use the now-abandoned Oscorp Science Center as a hideout, given that the building has been closed down, most likely due to Oscorp's stocks having tanked as a result of Norman being indirectly responsible for the events that transpired in the previous year. Ever since the whole Devil's Breath crisis, Norman has retreated into obscurity along with his company for the current time.

In the mid-credits scene, Norman is revealed to have still kept Harry in stasis in a green liquid container with the unidentified black web-like substance. Feeling that Harry can be released from his stasis now after seeing him awake, Norman demands Dr. Curt Connors, Harry's medical caretaker, to release him, despite Connors' reluctance given that Harry's condition is still unstable, though Norman angrily ordered him to do it.

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Trivia

  • Even though Doctor Octopus and Mister Negative are the main antagonists, Norman is arguably the one who caused a large portion of the game's events, including Doctor Octopus's descent into madness. Despite this, he does not act as an antagonist in the main story, making him the overarching antagonist.
  • While he belittled and taunted Octavius even when he had him at his mercy and was ready to kill him, he apologized to Martin Li, when Li had him as his prisoner, indicating that he may feel remorse about what happened to him.
  • According to his in-game bio, Norman Osborn is 58 years old, weighs 185 pounds, and is 5'11".
  • The prototype hand grenades and combat mask in Norman’s penthouse foreshadow his potential transformation into the Green Goblin, which is yet to happen.

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Spider-Man: Green Goblin | Dennis Carradine | Bank Robbers | Harry Osborn | J. Jonah Jameson
Spider-Man 2: Doctor Octopus | Harry Osborn | J. Jonah Jameson | Green Goblin
Spider-Man 3: Venom | Sandman | New Goblin | J. Jonah Jameson | Green Goblin | Dennis Carradine
The Amazing Spider-Man: Lizard | Gustav Fiers | Cash Register Thief | Norman Osborn
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Electro | Green Goblin | Donald Menken | Rhino | Alistair Smythe | Ashley Kafka | Felicia Hardy | Gustav Fiers | Norman Osborn
Spider-Man: Homecoming: Bestman Salvage (Vulture, Tinkerer, Shocker #1, Shocker #2 & Randy Vale) | Mac Gargan | Aaron Davis
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Kingpin | Doctor Octopus | Prowler | Tombstone | Scorpion | Green Goblin | Vanessa Fisk | Richard Fisk
Spider-Man: Far From Home: Mysterio's Crew (Mysterio, William Ginter Riva, Victoria Snow, Gutes Guterman, Janice Lincoln, & Doug) | Elementals (Molten Man, Hydro-Man, Sandman, Cyclone and Elemental Fusion) | Skrulls (Talos) | Obadiah Stane | J. Jonah Jameson
Spider-Man: No Way Home: Raimiverse (Green Goblin (Earth-TRN925), Sandman (Earth-TRN927) & Doctor Octopus (Earth-TRN926)) | Webbverse (Electro (Earth-TRN929) & Lizard (Earth-TRN928)) | J. Jonah Jameson | Venom | Mysterio

Television
Spider-Man (1967)
Vulture | Green Goblin | Electro | Rhino | Mysterio | Doctor Octopus | Scorpion | Human Fly | Kingpin | Lizard | Spider-Slayer | Sandman | Dr. Matto Magneto | Enforcers (Cowboy and Ox) | Frederick Foswell | Mole Man | J. Jonah Jameson

Spider-Man (1981)
Doctor Doom | Kingpin | Doctor Octopus | Lizard | Black Cat | Sandman | Silvermane | Magneto | Mysterio | Ringmaster | Green Goblin | Sidewinder | Kraven the Hunter | Red Skull | Chameleon | Vulture | Hammerhead | Wizard | Medusa

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Spider-Man Unlimited
High Evolutionary | Venom | Carnage | Electro | Kraven the Hunter | Green Goblin | Vulture | Man-Wolf | J. Jonah Jameson

Spider-Man: The New Animated Series
Harry Osborn | Electro | Kraven the Hunter | Turbo Jet | Kingpin | Lizard | Shikata | Silver Sable

The Spectacular Spider-Man
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Spidey and His Amazing Friends (2021)
Green Goblin | Doctor Octopus | Rhino

Video Games
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Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six: Sinister Six (Doctor Octopus, Electro, Hobgoblin, Mysterio, Sandman and Vulture)
Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin: Kingpin | Doctor Octopus | Lizard | Electro | Sandman | Hobgoblin | Venom | Tinkerer | Mysterio | Vulture | Bullseye | Typhoid Mary
Spider-Man & X-Men: Arcade's Revenge: Arcade | Carnage | Rhino | Apocalypse | Juggernaut | Selene Gallio | Sentinels | Master Mold
Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage: Carnage | Shriek | Doppelganger | Demogoblin | Carrion
Spider-Man and Venom: Separation Anxiety: The Jury | Sentry | Ramshot | Screech | Bomblast | Firearm | Wysper | Life Foundation | Symbiotes (Carnage | Riot | Phage | Lasher | Agony | Scream)
Spider-Man (2000): Doctor Octopus | Symbiotes | (Carnage, Venom) | Jade Syndicate | Monster Ock | Scorpion | Rhino | Mysterio, J. Jonah Jameson, Lizard
Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro: Electro | Beetle | Hammerhead | Lizard |Sandman | Shocker
Spider-Man (2002): Green Goblin | Shocker | Vulture | Spider-Slayers | Scorpion | Kraven the Hunter | Dennis Carradine | Harry Osborn | J. Jonah Jameson
Spider-Man 2: Doctor Octopus | Harry Osborn | Rhino | Mysterio | Shocker | Puma | Black Cat | Vulture | Calypso | J. Jonah Jameson
Ultimate Spider-Man: Bolivar Trask | Venom | Vulture | Silver Sable | Shocker | R.H.I.N.O. | Electro | Beetle | Green Goblin | Sandman | Carnage
Spider-Man 3: Venom | Sandman | New Goblin | Lizard | Scorpion | Kraven the Hunter | Calypso | Kingpin | Rhino | Morbius | Shriek | H-Bombers (Mad Bomber) | J. Jonah Jameson
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows: Spider-Man | Venom | Kingpin | Black Cat | Vulture | Electro | Tinkerer | Rhino
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions: Mysterio | Kraven the Hunter | Hammerhead | Hobgoblin | Electro | Sandman | Vulture | Scorpion | Deadpool | Juggernaut | Silver Sable | Goblin | Serena Patel | Carnage
Spider-Man: Edge of Time: Peter Parker | Atrocity | Walker Sloan
The Amazing Spider-Man: Spider-Slayers (Alistair Smythe) | Lizard | Rhino | Vermin | Scorpion | Felicia Hardy | Iguana | Nattie
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Carnage | Kingpin | Green Goblin | Shocker | Kraven the Hunter | Black Cat | Electro | Chameleon | Norman Osborn | Cash Register Thief
Marvel's Spider-Man: Sinister Six (Doctor Octopus, Mister Negative, Electro, Vulture, Rhino and Scorpion) | Inner Demons | Norman Osborn | Silver Sable | Kingpin | Shocker | Tombstone | Taskmaster | Black Cat | Screwball | Hammerhead | Walter Hardy | Yuriko Watanabe
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales: Roxxon Energy Corporation (Simon Krieger) | The Underground (Tinkerer) | Prowler | Rhino | Kingpin | Norman Osborn | Doctor Octopus | Vulture

See Also
Black Cat Villains | Cloak & Dagger Villains | Morbius: The Living Vampire Villains | Prowler Villains | Punisher Villains | Scarlet Spider Villains | Silk Villains | Silver Sable Villains | Solo Villains | Sony's Spider-Man Universe Villains | Spider-Girl Villains | Spider-Gwen Villains | Spider-Man 2099 Villains | Spider-Man Noir Villains | Spider-Woman Villains | Toei's Spider-Man Villains | Venom Villains

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