88 Facts About Norman Osborn


Norman Osborn is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

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In recent years, Norman Osborn gained new status as a public hero as the original iteration of Iron Patriot.

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Norman Osborn has been adapted to serve as Spider-Man's adversary in live-action, animated, and video game incarnations.

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However, the story's writer, Gerry Conway, had Harry Norman Osborn adopt the Green Goblin identity in the aftermath of "The Night Gwen Stacy Died", later remarking that "I never had any intention of getting rid of the Green Goblin as a concept".

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Harry Norman Osborn's becoming the Green Goblin was mostly well received, with fans remarking that Harry was more menacing than his father had ever been.

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Writer Christos Gage took over for the Secret Invasion tie-in stories, which end with Norman Osborn taking credit for the defeat of the Skrulls after he kills the Skrull queen Veranke.

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Norman Osborn introduced new characters to serve as Osborn's black ops team, explaining:.

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Norman Osborn's clearly fiercely intelligent and a natural born leader, with the ego and competitive drive to succeed against all odds.

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Norman Osborn truly believes that he deserves public adulation, and it bugs the hell out of him that so-called 'superheroes' are getting it instead of him.

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Norman Osborn had returned earlier than he had originally, and, due to concern for his son's mental wellbeing after being the Green Goblin, had arranged for Harry's death to be faked, with help from Mysterio.

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Norman Osborn quickly came to despise his father, resolving to be a better breadwinner while developing early homicidal tendencies as a means of relieving the stress of his father's abuse.

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In college, where he studied chemistry, business administration, and electrical engineering, Norman meets his college sweetheart, who eventually marries him and has their son Harold "Harry" Osborn.

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Norman Osborn was hugely successful, and Norman re-gained the wealth that he had lost during his childhood.

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Norman Osborn adopts the Green Goblin identity with the goal of being the leader of organized crime in New York City, and intends to cement his position by defeating Spider-Man.

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Soon, Stromm returns from prison, and attempts to exact revenge on Osborn using an army of robots, but Norman is saved by Spider-Man, and Stromm apparently dies of a heart attack.

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Soon, Norman Osborn is troubled by repressed memories of the Goblin and Spider-Man.

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Norman Osborn is rescued from custody thereafter by his cabal of henchmen.

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Norman Osborn comes to see Parker as the son he had always wanted and attempts to have Parker take on the Green Goblin mantle using physiological torture, but ultimately fails.

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Years after Gwen's death, it is revealed that Norman Osborn had a one-night stand with Gwen, which led to Gwen's pregnancy with his illegitimate twin children.

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Norman Osborn thus has three motives for killing Gwen; revenge against Spider-Man, to prevent Gwen from talking of their affair and creating a scandal, and to take their children to raise by himself, thus being his ideal heirs.

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Gabriel and Sarah return to attack Peter as Norman Osborn has the twins believe that Peter is the twins' father who abandoned the two and responsible for Gwen's death to which Peter learned the details of Gwen's past with Norman Osborn and the twins from Mary Jane.

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Meanwhile, Gabriel personally learns the truth of his relation to Norman Osborn after watching a video message at one of the Goblin lairs, aligning with his father to stabilize his own condition using a variation of the Goblin formula at the cost of sanity.

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Norman Osborn himself leads the Dark Avengers as the Iron Patriot, a suit of armor fashioned by himself after Iron Man's armor with Captain America's colors.

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Norman Osborn welcomes Harry into Avengers Tower, wanting to make his son into the American Son.

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When Harry finds a cure for Lily Hollister's Goblin condition for their baby's safety, Lily reveals that it is a ruse to coerce Harry into taking the American Son armor, whom Norman Osborn had plotted would die in a tragedy to increase sympathy for Norman Osborn and his Dark Avengers.

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At Loki's suggestion, Norman Osborn creates a rationale to invade Asgard, claiming the world poses a national security threat, by sending the U-Foes to attack Volstagg in Chicago, leading to the destruction of Soldier Field.

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Norman Osborn tells them they are all dead as the Void is released.

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Norman Osborn uses a group of followers known as the "Green Goblin Cult" to break out with the aid of corrupt senators; he plans to turn himself in after killing his fellow escapees, setting him up as a 'champion' of the judicial system.

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However, double agent Skaar betrays Norman Osborn, allowing the Avengers to dogpile Norman Osborn's body, overloading him with superpowers and sending him into a coma.

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Norman Osborn later poses as the Hobgoblin and is sighted by some of the Spiderlings.

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Norman Osborn assures Monster that he is Norman, but refuses to remove his Goblin mask until Carlie has proven a loyal follower and dispatches Monster and Menace on a mission.

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When Otto finds being unable to win against Norman Osborn's resources, having had various allies abandoned, and with faith in his own abilities gone, Otto sacrifices himself to restore the original Spider-Man's mind in order to save Anna Maria Marconi.

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When Spider-Man arrives for the final confrontation, Norman Osborn quickly realizes that the original personality is back in control when Spider-Man responds to his nemesis' taunts with his own wisecracks.

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Norman Osborn is revealed to have played a part in the recent coup of Symkaria.

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When Norman moves against the Osborns and proves immune to Carnage's traditional weaknesses of Human Torch's fire and Clash's sound devices, Peter is forced to step back into action despite the injured leg, with Agent Anti-Venom sacrificing a chance to get back into action himself to heal Spider-Man's injury as Osborn merges a part of the Carnage symbiote with his grandson Normie turning into a miniature version of Red Goblin.

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Norman Osborn reveals to Spider-Man he infected some of Peter's friends and family with slivers of the Carnage symbiote which he could send to their brain to kill them.

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The villain is enraged by this and when Peter removes the Venom symbiote and to challenge him, Norman Osborn takes off the Carnage symbiote to reveal his old Green Goblin persona.

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However, Carnage attacks Ravencroft as they attempt to retrieve Norman Osborn, transforming most of the patients into his drone soldiers and turning Norman Osborn into another version of Carnage due to him still believing himself to be Kasady.

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Norman Osborn quoted that Norman looked down on the citizens of New York from his tower and states that he could have his centipedes rip him apart if he wanted them to.

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Norman Osborn then turns his target towards Dylan Brock and Normie.

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Norman Osborn reveals that he was planning to use the weapons to counter Kindred who is after both of them.

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When Norman Osborn recovered, he was found by Kafka as most of Sin-Eater's followers are arrested.

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Norman Osborn claims to Mary Jane that Harry Osborn is Kindred to which Mary Jane claimed that she just saw Harry Osborn alive.

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When Norman Osborn continues to ask for Spider-Man and Mary Jane's help, Spider-Man beats him up and then walks out.

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Norman Osborn was turned into the Green Goblin by a chemical solution he had devised based upon a formula originally conceived by Professor Mendel Stromm.

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Norman Osborn bonded to the Carnage symbiote to use to expel the anti-serum from his body which restores his former powers in the process, but once more at the cost of his mind.

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Norman Osborn has since claimed to have 'perfected' the formula so that it will grant the subjects powers while reverting those he chooses to a more basic mentality where they will accept his orders.

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Norman Osborn wears a green costume underneath bulletproof chainmail with an overlapping purple tunic.

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Norman Osborn's mask has a built-in gas filter to keep him safe from his own gasses.

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Originally, Norman Osborn used a mechanical broomstick to fly through the air during his first few exploits as the Green Goblin.

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Norman Osborn's star shaped Uni Beam projector on his chest has a less powerful output.

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Norman Osborn is known to have absorbed the abilities of Luke Cage, Vision, Red Hulk and Protector, and it is suggested that he absorbed the abilities of his current Dark Avengers.

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Norman Osborn's durability was sufficient to withstand the combined attacks of all the Avengers, and he demonstrated remarkable healing abilities, recovering in seconds after Daisy Johnson used her powers to make his heart explode.

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Norman Osborn could turn intangible by manipulating his density, as the Vision does.

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However, Norman Osborn had no control over his Super-Adaptoid abilities; he would automatically absorb the powers of any superhuman he touched, even if he did not consciously want to.

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Norman Osborn revived its ability to spread its constituent matter to others.

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Norman Osborn has consistently been depicted with several unusual weaknesses related to his psychosis and to his personality.

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For some of his early appearances, he and the Goblin were separate personalities; his Goblin side disdaining his human weaknesses, while his Norman Osborn persona was primarily motivated by his concern for Harry.

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Norman Osborn is highly sadistic, showing a complete lack of empathy for the lives of innocent people who stand between him and his objectives.

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In later conversations with the Sentry, Norman Osborn revealed that he had come to accept his own mental illness.

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Norman Osborn goes out of his way to remind others of their personal failures and shortcomings and to remind those in close relationships with him, such as his son, that they are incapable of measuring up to his achievements.

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Norman Osborn missed the opportunity to lead the original Sinister Six because he felt that joining the group would mean admitting he needed the help of others to rid himself of Spider-Man.

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Norman Osborn has demonstrated a high degree of sadism: while in prison, a guard once asked him for his advice in helping his critically ill wife; Norman Osborn's advice led her to a quicker and more agonizing death.

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Norman Osborn has bat-like glider-wings and a bag of "tricks", similar to the 20th century version.

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Norman Osborn is sentenced to be sent back to England, where capital punishment is still practiced.

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Norman Osborn is the prime economic power and de facto ruler of the country.

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Norman Osborn is partially responsible for the deaths of the Avengers as he sent them to battle a now Super Intelligent Absorbing Man.

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Norman Osborn is later used as a pawn for the Red Skull, until Spiders Man makes him think he's with Gwen Stacy who shoves him out the window where his foot catches on a flag and his neck snaps similar to how Gwen died.

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An unidentified version of Norman Osborn operates as the Ghost Goblin where he possesses powers similar to Ghost Rider and throws flaming noggin bombs that are in the shape of a skull.

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Norman Osborn appears as a member of the Multiversal Masters of Evil.

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Norman Osborn accompanied Black Skull in attacking Captain America and Captain Marvel until Star Brand matures and drives them off.

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Norman Osborn and Harry Osborn appear in issue four of Spider-Man Fairy Tales, a gender-swapped retelling of the story of Cinderella.

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Two years later, Norman would attempt to gain incredible power through the Gathering of Five, but in a final battle with Spider-Man, Osborn is slain in an explosion that severely injures Peter, costing him one of his legs.

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Norman Osborn visited Elan in prison and questioned her about this, but she refused to say anything.

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In 1966, Norman Osborn loses his memories as the Green Goblin shortly after a fight with Spider-Man.

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In 1977, the still imprisoned Norman Osborn convinces Harry to suit up as the Black Goblin to steal "The Gemini Project" from Miles Warren, which is revealed to be a clone of himself.

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Harry discovers that Miles cloned Peter and Gwen Stacy and deduces that Norman Osborn cloned Peter because he still considered Peter the more worthy heir.

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Norman Osborn is eventually released from prison and feigns his old age affecting his mental state before disappearing from the public.

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Norman Osborn is pyrokinetic, as he can throw flaming balls of destructive energy.

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Norman Osborn's alter-ego is later referred to as the "Green Goblin" by the public.

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In Peter Porker the Spectacular Spider-Ham, Norman Osborn is a turkey and enemy to Spider-Ham calling himself the Green Gobbler.

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Norman Osborn has appeared in comics, cartoons, films, video games, coloring books, novels, records, and children's books.

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Norman Osborn appeared in other print forms besides the comics, including novels, children's books, and the daily newspaper comic strip The Amazing Spider-Man, which debuted in January 1977, with the earliest installments written by Stan Lee and drawn by John Romita, Sr.

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Norman Osborn has been adapted to other media including games, toys, collectibles, and miscellaneous memorabilia, and has appeared as the main character in numerous computer and video games on over 15 gaming platforms.

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Norman Osborn will appear in the upcoming series Spider-Man: Freshman Year, which is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise.

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Norman Osborn was featured in a trilogy of live-action films directed by Sam Raimi and played by Willem Dafoe.

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Norman Osborn was the main antagonist in the first film, and later made cameo appearances in Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 as a hallucination.

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Norman Osborn was one of the characters portrayed in the 1987 live adaptation of Spider-Man's wedding at Shea Stadium.

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