Monday, September 21, 2009

Green Goblin

Real Name
Norman Osborn

Government agent; former professio
nal criminal, leader of the Order of the Goblin / Cabal of Scrier, businessman


Place of Birth
Hartford, Connecticut

Known Relatives
Emily Osborn (wife, deceased), Harold "Harry" Osborn (son), Sarah Stacy (daughter), Gabriel Stacy (son), Liz Osborn (daughter-in-law), Norman "Normie" Osborn Jr. (grandson), Amberson "Ambrose" Osborn (father, deceased), Alton Osborn Jr. (grandfather, deceased), Alton Osborn Sr. (great-grandfather, deceased)

Group Affiliation
Avengers (leader); formerly Thunderbolts (director); formerly Order of the Goblin (leader), Cabal of Scrier (leader), Sinister Twelve, Hellfire Club, Executives Club

College graduate


185 lbs.



Due to the "Goblin Formula" Norman possesses super-human strength (lifting 9 tons under optimal conditions), increased speed, reflexes, endurance, and healing rate. Though much slower than the likes of Wolverine, he can regenerate damaged tissue and organs. His intelligence has been enhanced to gifted levels, though at the price of his sanity. His involvement with the Gathering of the Five loosened his grip on reality, though he is able to maintain his sanity via chemically treated dermal patches. When not impaired by mental illness, Osborn is a cunning businessman, masterful strategist, and highly skilled at electronics, mechanics, and chemistry.

As a result of exposure to the experimental serum, Osborn's intellect has been greatly enhanced, augmenting his aptitude for genetics, robotics, engineering, and applied the cost of his sanity. His sanity is maintained via chemically treated dermal patches. As The Iron Patriot Osborn is now a Super genius just like iron man's.

Other Info
Norman Osborn had an oppressively stern upbringing by an alcoholic father who lost the family fortune. Because of this, Norman raised his son, Harry, dispassionately, often devoid of fatherly warmth. (To learn about Harry Osborn, click on his name above.)

Norman Osborn was the co-owner of a leading New York firm, Osborn Industries, which specialized in chemical manufacturing via Osborn Chemicals, as well as other areas of research and development, including robotics. His wife, Emily, died within a year after the birth of their son Harry. After some time, Norman had his business partner, Professor Mendel Stromm, arrested so he could gain full control of the firm. Osborn tested a serum, that Stromm had been working on, upon himself in his private lab. But, the unstable concoction exploded in his face, leaving him hospitalized for weeks. He emerged smarter and extremely strong, but at the cost of his sanity. (To learn about Norman's buisness partner, click on his name above.)

Osborn became power-hungry, and organized a world-wide crime group, targeting Spider-Man, as a means to establish his reputation. Osborn designed a grotesque green costume based on an image from a childhood nightmare and the color of Stromm’s serum, and armed himself with high-tech weaponry and a broomstick-like glider, becoming the Green Goblin. (As the Green Goblin, Osborn uses concussive, smoke, gas, and incendiary "pumpkin" bombs. He also has gloves capable of channeling pulsed discharges of up to 10,000 volts of high-frequency electric power, and flying 'razor bats' which ram into and cut things. Goblin also uses a vertical thrust "goblin glider" powered by a miniature turbo-fan. It can reach speeds between 90 to nearly 300 miles per hour and support 400 pounds--including Osborn's own weight.) (To learn about Spider-Man, click on his name above.)

Green Goblin tried to take out Spider-Man early in his villain career, but has been failed multiple times. The Hulk and the Human Torch have been there to save Spider-Man in a couple of these confrontations. (To learn about the characters above, just click on their names.)

Some time later, unaware of the Goblin's secret identity, Spider-Man protected an ungrateful Norman Osborn from the vengeance of Professor Stromm, who had been released from prison. Norman was able to create a compound that weakened Spider-Man's spider-sense so he could follow Spider-Man home to find out his secret identity as Peter Parker, one of Harry's classmates. Later, the Green Goblin confronted Spider-Man at his home, captured him, and carried him to a hideout at Osborn Chemicals. There the Goblin revealed to Spider-Man of his own secret identity and how he came to be. However, Spider-Man broke free, and in the ensuing battle, the Goblin fell back into live wires and vials of chemicals which left Osborn unconscious. From this, Osborn couldn't remember the past few years and his criminal alter-ego. Spider-Man decided Osborn was rendered an innocent man and burned his costume before police and firefighters arrived on the scene. The world believed the Green Goblin had perished. (Subsequently, Osborn’s insane mind developed a dual-personality disorder, as traumatic events triggered a switch between being a memory-impaired kinder Norman Osborn, concerned about his relationship with his son, and the villainous Green Goblin who is aware of Spider-Man's secret identity.)

After some time, Osborn's amnesia wore off and he relapsed into his Goblin persona twice more only to be defeated by Spider-Man each time. After helping rescue Peter Parker's girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, and her father, retired police captain George Stacy, from a kidnapping by the Kingpin, Osborn had a brief affair with Gwen which resulted in an unusually rapid pregnancy and secret birth of twins, Gabriel and Sarah. Even though Gwen left the twins in the care of Osborn's people in France, Gwen refused to give Norman custody of the twins, fearing that the fate of Norman's son, Harry (mentally deteriorating and turning to illegal hallucinogenic drugs) would befall her own children. Osborn threatened Gwen, but she insisted that she would tell Peter the truth. Gwen believed Peter would marry her and raise the twins, trusting that Parker's love for her would oversee her failings. After this, the Green Goblin kidnapped Gwen and took her to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge and threw her off. Spider-Man attempted to save her, but she had already died. Filled with rage, Spider-Man savagely attacked the Goblin, but came to his senses and stopped before he nearly killed the Goblin. The Goblin took advantage of the opportunity and remotely controlled his damaged goblin glider to impale the wall crawler. However, Spider-Man was able to dodge the glider, and the glider impaled the Goblin instead, seemingly killing him. (To learn about the characters above, just click on their highlighted names.)

Harry Osborn (Norman's son) had witnessed the apparent death of his father at the hands of Spider-Man and removed the Goblin costume before the authorities could arrive, thus preserving his secret identity. He even bribed the coroner so that further autopsy reports would show no mention of the "goblin" formula in Norman's blood. And for many years, the world believed Norman Osborn to be dead.

After this apparent death of the Green Goblin, others tried to follow in his footsteps, including his son Harry, Harry's therapist Bart Hamilton, and millionaire Roderick Kingsley who attempted to create his own variation and legacy on the Goblin motif as the murderous Hobgoblin. Each subsequent version of the Goblin was defeated, and Harry eventually died as a result of exposure to an untested experimental version of the formula that had given his father his abilities. (To learn more about some of the Green Goblin followers, click on their highlighted names above.)

The same formula that had given Osborn his heightened strength and intellect, also gave him powerful regenerative abilities, allowing him to survive the impalement by his goblin glider. He escaped the morgue, replaced his body with that of a drifter he had murdered, and fled to Europe. In Europe, he joined the Cabal of Scriers, eventually moving up in their ranks and completely taking them over. Osborn also manipulated Gwen Stacy's children into believing that Peter Parker was their father and had abandoned them and that Spider-Man had killed Gwen. Osborn also raised them to believe he was a loving and kind figure, preparing them to become his heirs. (To learn about the team above, click on it's name.)

After some more battles with Spider-Man, Norman Osborn was finally revealed to the public as the Green Goblin and after an another climatic battle with Spider-Man and Luke Cage that raged across Manhattan, he was finally imprisoned. (Click on the highlighted Luke Cage, to learn more about him.)

From behind bars, Osborn once again masterminded a plan against Spider-Man. This time he had Mac Gargan (aka Scorpion, or the recent Venom) kidnap Peter's Aunt May. The plan was for Spider-Man to break Osborn out of prison in exchange for his Aunt's life. Peter reluctantly agreed and with the help of the Black Cat proceeded to break Osborn out; however, Osborn had assembled the Sinister Twelve (twelve of Spider-Man's greatest enemies) who were waiting for Spider-Man outside the prison. But, Mary Jane had contacted S.H.I.E.L.D. and the villains were faced with the combined might of Captain America, Iron Man, Yellowjacket, Daredevil and the Fantastic Four. During the battle, Green Goblin escaped and kidnapped Mary Jane. He took her to the George Washington Bridge in order to replay his murder of Gwen Stacy to get at Spider-Man one more time. However, a drugged Doctor Octopus intervened and attacked the Goblin. Spider-Man was able to save Mary Jane after a bolt of lightning sent the two villains into the river. Osborn escaped, but he gave Spider-Man some verbal clues so he could find his Aunt May. Peter then received a letter, mailed by Osborn before the fight, thanking Peter for giving his life meaning and purpose. (To learn about all the characters and teams above, just click on their highlighted names. Note: Beware of Black Cat's bio page. She has a form-fitting and revealing costume!)

After Osborn was picked up by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in France and returned to jail, the twins of Gwen Stacy resurfaced to destroy Spider-Man. (They had rapidly aged to teenagers due to their superhuman physiology inherited from their father, and had developed superhuman strength and endurance.) The twins confronted Spider-Man, whom they believed to be their real father who had killed their mother and abandoned them. Spider-Man told the twins the truth; however, Gabriel rejected Spider-Man, and accepted the Goblin mantle as the Gray Goblin, becoming insane in the process. Sarah, on the other hand, sought training to use her powers for good.

The passage of the Superhuman Registration Act provided an opportunity for Osborn to offer his abilities for the good of the country. Injected with nanites by Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) capable of delivering a powerful shock should he go astray, Osborn was offered leadership of a new government sponsored Thunderbolts with a small army of super-powered evildoers as a temporary means to round up rogue heroes who refused to register. (To learn about the Thunderbolts, click on their name above. Note: the main picture on the Thunderbolts' bio page has a character in a very form-fitting outfit!)

Later, Osbron was able to find someone to remove the nanites in his body. Now, he was able to set up the media to see him as a hero and Iron Man as a coward in a confrontation with aliens known as Skrulls. With the government on his side, and Iron Man out of the picture, Osborn organized a new group of Avengers, who are villains disguised as heroes. This new new team is known as the "Dark Avengers." Osborn was able to steal some armored suits from Iron Man and he now wears armor and goes by the name "Iron Patriot." (The fifth picture posted is of Osborn as the Iron Patriot. Also, to learn more about the Skrulls or the Avengers, click on their names above. doesn't have a good description of the Dark Avengers yet, but here is a link to a different website if you would like to learn more about the "Dark Avengers,"

To learn more about Norman Osborn/Green Goblin/Iron Patriot, click on the following link,


  1. I've decided pretty much everyone in the Marvel Universe is either miserable or crazy. And what is with the creators of the women characters and their tight and revealing outfits?! Sheesh!

  2. I agree with everything you said, Wendi. The more I have read about these characters, the more I realize that almost every single one has a messed up life!

  3. Whoa. This guy is crazy! The movies also change and blend a lot of characters in the Spiderman universe. When I first saw "Avengers" under his group affiliation list, I wondered if he was one of those good/bad villains. Now I know he's just a poser. Lame.