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|First appearance||The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (January 1964)|
|Created by||Stan Lee|
|See:List of Sinister Six members|
|First appearance||The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (January 1964)|
|Created by||Stan Lee|
|See:List of Sinister Six members|
The Sinister Six are a group of supervillains in the Marvel Comics universe, drawn from Spider-Man's list of enemies. The original incarnation of the group was organized by Doctor Octopus, and first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (January 1964).
After suffering three defeats in a row from Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus contacts every known supervillain that had crossed paths with Spider-Man. Only Vulture, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, and Sandman respond. As none of the members are willing to relinquish the honor of killing Spider-Man themselves, they decide to challenge Spider-Man individually, with the order in which they face him determined by random drawing. The Sinister Six kidnap Daily Bugle secretary Betty Brant and Aunt May, holding them hostage in order to force Spider-Man to confront them. Spider-Man defeats the Sinister Six one-by-one, mocking their decision to battle him individually instead of as a team.
In The Amazing Spider-Man #334-339, Doctor Octopus, Electro, Mysterio, Sandman, and Vulture escape from prison and go to get revenge on the wall-crawler. Kraven the Hunter had since committed suicide, so the demonic Hobgoblin is added so that they can still be the Sinister Six. The group is organized once again by Doctor Octopus, who claims they would try to defeat Spider-Man. However, this was a trick, part of a larger plan by which Octavius alone would be the master of the world. The Sandman, at this point in his career reformed, aids Spider-Man in defeating the Sinister Six, and ultimately stopping Octavius' plans to conquer the world.
In Spider-Man #18-23, Electro, Mysterio, Vulture, and Hobgoblin reunite in a bid to take revenge on Doctor Octopus. To trick Sandman into joining them, they hit his foster family with a bomb, leading him to believe Octopus attacked them as punishment for betraying him. Sandman contacts Spider-Man and asks him to shadow the group as insurance against him being double-crossed. Doctor Octopus easily defeats the other members of the six with his newly reacquired adamantium arms, then zaps Sandman with a weapon that transforms his body into glass and beats Spider-Man nearly to death. When police surround the building, the other members of the Sinister Six agree to serve Doctor Octopus in exchange for his helping them escape. The assembled Sinister Six go off on a rampage, stealing advanced weapons and technology from several sources, including an alien dimension and a facility specializing in cybernetics. To again complete their quorum of six, they recruit Gog. Eventually, Spider-Man and several other heroes (including the Fantastic Four, Nova, the Hulk, and Solo) confront the villains as they are seizing a HYDRA base to gain access to deadly, world-devastating weapons. All six members are again incarcerated.
A variation known as the Sinister Seven is formed by Hobgoblin to fight Kaine. Hobgoblin's Sinister Seven consists of Beetle, Electro, Mysterio, Scorpia, Shocker, and Vulture. They finally find Kaine and a battle erupts. Spider-Man saves Kaine from being executed; the two then work together and defeat the Sinister Seven.
Eventually Sandman and a second Mysterio (the original had committed suicide following his fight with Daredevil) form a new version of the Sinister Six, with Venom temporarily replacing Doc Octopus with the other members consisting of Electro, a second Kraven the Hunter, and Vulture. Sandman uses the Sinister Six in order to get revenge on Doctor Octopus for turning him into glass. The Sinister Six are defeated again, and Venom subsequently attacks the various members of the Sinister Six. He nearly kills Sandman and badly injures Electro and Kraven the Hunter before he and his symbiote are briefly separated from each other.
In Marvel Knights Spider-Man, Norman Osborn is unmasked to the public as the Green Goblin and imprisoned after losing a battle to Spider-Man. Osborn contacts a group of supervillains who also bear grudges against Spider-Man, all of whom had been financed by Osborn's fortunes for years. Eager to retaliate, the villains agree to band together, and the Sinister Twelve is formed.
Mac Gargan is the de facto leader of the Twelve while Osborn is in prison, and he kidnaps Peter Parker's Aunt May and threatens to kill her if Spider-Man does not help Osborn escape from jail. Spider-Man, with help from the Black Cat, breaks Osborn out only to be confronted by the Vulture, Sandman, Electro, Chameleon, Lizard, Hydro-Man, Shocker, Hammerhead, Boomerang, and Tombstone. Osborn, now in the guise of the Green Goblin, introduces them as the Sinister Twelve.
Spider-Man and the Black Cat are rescued by Captain America, Iron Man, Daredevil, Yellowjacket and the Fantastic Four. A furious Green Goblin rockets away and kidnaps Mary Jane Watson and Spider-Man pursues him. Spider-Man and the Goblin clash upon a bridge (not the one where Gwen Stacy was killed). Finally Osborn gives a vital clue as to Aunt May's whereabouts, before being knocked into the river below. In the aftermath, Aunt May is found and saved. The rest of the Sinister Twelve are subdued by the heroes and arrested.
A new version of the Sinister Six apparently bands together during the Civil War storyline. The line-up consists of Doctor Octopus, Grim Reaper, Lizard, Shocker, Trapster, and Vulture. They are stopped by Captain America and his Secret Avengers off-panel and found bounded up by S.H.I.E.L.D.
Following the events of the "Origin of the Species" storyline which involves Doctor Octopus assembling Spider-Man's enemies into targeting Harry Osborn's baby (who Doctor Octopus thought had some of Norman Osborn's DNA), only Chameleon, Electro, Mysterio, Rhino, and Sandman remain with Doctor Octopus to reform the Sinister Six when the baby does not inherit Norman Osborn's DNA. Their first plot involves sending Micro-Octobots to blow up an Air Force base. This is prevented by Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the Fantastic Four.
Spider-Man and the Future Foundation stumble on a plot on a Caribbean Island by the Sinister Six which involves the use of a zombie pirate crew. During the fight with the Sinister Six, Spider-Man realizes that the Doctor Octopus, Electro, Rhino, and Sandman that they are fighting are robots while Mysterio and Chameleon are the only ones present. Meanwhile, Doctor Octopus infiltrates the Baxter Building to look for specific technology plans.
While the adult Avengers are dealing with the eruption of Mount Etna, Tigra and the Avengers Academy students learn that Electro has broken into a French lab. Once on the scene, the students discover the Electro is accompanied by the rest of the Sinister Six. The Sinister Six overpower the students and Doctor Octopus steals a device containing self-sustaining power. Doctor Octopus and the Sinister Six later fight Intelligencia where Chameleon had infiltrated the group disguised as Klaw. After the Intelligencia members are defeated, the Sinister Six steal their Zero Cannon (a weapon which changes Earth's gravity field to send specific objects to space). Doctor Octopus later appears in a robot suit which would help to keep him alive.
Doctor Octopus and Mysterio coordinate the Octobots that have infiltrated the Apogee 1 Space Station and taken over some of the crew members. When Mysterio notices that some of the Octobots were disabled, Doctor Octopus orders the Octobots to finish their mission and then destroy the space station. When Spider-Man arrives on the Apogee 1 Space Station, Doctor Octopus pushes a button that starts to move the Apogee 1 Space Station close to Earth. After Apogee 1 Space Station is destroyed and the crew is evacuated by Spider-Man, Human Torch, and John Jameson, Doctor Octopus tells the rest of his Sinister Six that his master plan is about to begin.
In the "Ends of the Earth" storyline, all of these preparations come to fruition in a plan to conquer the world. Doctor Octopus activates a giant antenna called the Octahedral which activates his satellites called Octavian Lens which are orbiting around the Earth. The Octavian Lens ends up speeding up the Greenhouse Effect and heats up the Earth. Upon hacking into the TV screens all around the world, Doctor Octopus announces what is happening and shuts down the satellites. He says he can save the world at a price. At Palazzo Senatorio, an international meeting of the world's greatest minds and the world leaders is carried out to discuss about Doctor Octopus' supposed offer to save the world. The Avengers crash the assembly and Spider-Man captures Chameleon, who is at meeting disguised as Al Gore. Letting Chameleon go, Spider-Man secretly places a Spider-Tracer on Chameleon. He and the Avengers follow Chameleon to the Mediterranean Coasts where the rest of the Sinister Six is waiting. The Sinister Six subdue the Avengers, leaving only Spider-Man standing. He is taken down when trying to gain control of Doctor Octopus's tentacles with his helmet.
The Sinister Six then leave the area. As Doctor Octopus issues his demands for two hundred facilities to be turned over to him to launch the missiles needed for the process to start as well as two billion dollars for each of the Sinister Six, Spider-Man contacts Horizon Labs for help. Doctor Octopus sends Sandman to guard one of his facilities in the Sahara Desert. After Spider-Man, Black Widow, and Silver Sable defeat Sandman and enter one of the facilities, Doctor Octopus contacts the U.N. again and orders them to kill Spider-Man. Although Spider-Man and his allies defeat the Rhino during a later raid, they are attacked by S.H.I.E.L.D. forces before they can capture him and are forced to flee, subsequently attempting to rally support from Earth's other heroes after the Titanium Man alerts them to the fact that Octavius has been recruiting other villains. Tracking down a final facility, Spider-Man learns that Octavius has already launched all his satellites. However, this is revealed to be a deception created by Mysterio and the Chameleon. Spider-Man defeats the Chameleon when he attempts to attack them in a 'Doc-Ock' suit of armor and convinces Mysterio to help them track down Octavius's base, only to find themselves pitted against the 'new' Sinister Six in the form of the mind-controlled Avengers.
The heroes prevail against their mind-controlled teammates. As the three Avengers left standing take out Octavius's missiles, Spider-Man and Silver Sable confront Octavius in his base. Rhino confronts them, drowning himself and Sable simply to hurt Spider-Man, but Spider-Man is able to destroy Octavius's arms and equipment before taking his foe away to a doctor.
As part of the Marvel NOW! event, the Superior Spider-Man (Doctor Octopus' mind in Peter Parker's body) encounters a new Sinister Six consisting of Boomerang, Overdrive, Shocker, Speed Demon, Living Brain, and the female Beetle that previously fought Bucky and Black Widow. The group of villains attacks Horizon Labs, but Spider-Man defeats them, using a power dampening field to disable their equipment. He is preparing to kill Boomerang when the still living consciousness of Peter Parker stops him. Otto gives the villains to the NYPD and EMTs upon their arrival.
This version of the Sinister Six (minus Living Brain), appears in its own series, Superior Foes of Spider-Man. At one point, to steal from the Chameleon, the group expands into a "Sinister Sixteen" made up of Boomerang, Owl, Armadillo, Lady Beetle, Bi-Beast, Clown, Cyclone, Human Fly, Kangaroo, Man Mountain Marko, Mirage, Overdrive, Scorcher, Shriek, Speed Demon, Spot, and Squid 
Following the deletion of Peter Parker's memories and acquiring The Raft as his new base which he renamed Spider-Island II, Otto begins to collect former Sinister Six members and store them in his underwater lab with the implied intention to create a team as the Superior Spider-Man. First, he acquired the sand grain that contained Sandman's consciousness. When Electro returned to Earth after being hurled into space by Thor, the Superior Spider-Man enlisted Thor to help defeat Electro. The Superior Spider-Man then confiscated Chameleon from S.H.I.E.L.D. custody. The Superior Spider-Man came across Mysterion (a villain that is dressed like Mysterio) robbing the bank. Upon defeating Mysterion, the Superior Spider-Man discovered that the villain he thought was Mysterio wasn't Quentin Beck but an unnamed man who bought the Mysterio gear from the Hobgoblin. Finally, the Superior Spider-Man went up against Vulture who seeks to get even with the Superior Spider-Man for beating him up twice. The Superior Spider-Man managed to defeat Vulture.
The Superior Spider-Man debuts with mind-controlled members as the supposedly reformed "Superior Six" at the time when Lightmaster invades Alchemax to obtain an invention that would work in sync with his own light powers. The Superior Six ended up fighting the Wrecking Crew (who were hired by Lightmaster to assist him). Due to the second Sun Girl's widespread attack, the Superior Spider-Man lost control of the Superior Six and they attacked him. The Superior Spider-Man and Sun Girl had to defeat them.
In the "Age of Apocalypse" 10th anniversary limited series, Mister Sinister assembles his own group dubbed the Sinister Six. However, this group is unrelated to the more established lineup of criminals. It includes Cloak and Dagger, Sonique, Sauron, Blob, and Phoenix.
On the planet Earth created by the Shaper of Worlds, the Sinister Six are known as the Six Most Sinister, a group of criminals operating a tollbooth in the Webwood who are led by the Goblin King. When the Champions of the Realm attempt to pass through the Webwoods, they are attacked by the Six Most Sinister, who they easily deal with and leave defeated as they move on. The group included Kraven the Hunter, Electro, Mysterio, Sandman, Lizard and Doctor Octopus.
A zombified version of the Sinister Six appears in Marvel Zombies: Dead Days. They are seen attacking innocent civilians upon the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier, but are repelled by Wolverine and Magneto. These infected members each include Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin, Vulture, Sandman, Electro, and Mysterio.
In the Marvel Zombies series, the Sinister Six appear in an alternative universe that Zombie Spider-Man enters, working for the Kingpin and consisting of Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Vulture, Mysterio, Electro, and Kraven the Hunter. They are quickly and violently ripped apart, bitten, and zombified (except Sandman who hopefully flees by turning into sand and disguising himself as the dirt Zombie Spider-Man stood on), and end up eating Spider-Man's friends, which causes them to be killed in retaliation. The only uninfected person who could help the zombie Spider-Man avenge Aunt May and Mary Jane, is Sandman. Upon him leaving and dead, Zombie Spider-Man thanked Sandman, whom Sandman is saying "Good riddance, ya disgusting freak". Later, Sandman was congratulated by Uatu the Watcher for the wipeout help.
An older version of the Sinister Six, dubbed the "Sinner Six" appeared in Spider-Man: Reign. This version of the team (composed of Scorpion, Electro, Mysterio, Kraven the Hunter, Sandman, and Hydro-Man) are forced into the employ of New York's fascist mayor Mayor Waters via microchips placed inside them that would detonate if they attempted to leave the city. If they succeeded in killing Spider-Man, they would be given their freedom.
Scorpion was tossed out a window and presumably killed by Spider-Man. Electro and Hydro-Man were killed when Spider-Man caused the two to fall onto each other. Spider-Man defeated both Kraven and Mysterio and left them webbed up.
After his long-lost daughter was killed by the Reign (policemen under Waters' control), Sandman confronts Waters who gives him the detonator. As Spider-Man is battling a series of Venom symbiotes, Sandman gives him the detonator before allowing himself to be devoured by the symbiotes. Spider-Man presses the detonator, causing the rest of the Six to presumably explode.
The Sinister Six's Ultimate Marvel version was an Ultimate Six consisting of Sandman, Doctor Octopus, Kraven the Hunter, Electro and Green Goblin. the group went up against Nick Fury and the Ultimates after the villains escaped a S.H.I.E.L.D. prison they were held in after each had been defeated by Spider-Man and arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D. for illegally altering their genetic codes. Spider-Man temporarily became the sixth member as he believed that Aunt May had been kidnapped. When Captain America informed Spider-Man that she was safe in S.H.I.E.L.D custody, Spider-Man turned on the Ultimate Six and helped the Ultimates defeat the Ultimate Six.
In Ultimate X-Men Annual #1, the X-Men fought simulations of the five in the Danger Room.
The Ultimate Six return in the "The Death of Spider-Man" storyline. It is revealed that Norman Osborn did not die as originally thought but had survived. Osborn transforms and escapes at the first chance, breaking out fellow prisoners Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Electro, Kraven the Hunter and Vulture. The Six steal a helicopter which Electro pilots and escape before taking refuge in someone's apartment. It is their luck that they have escaped at the same time the Ultimates fight the New Avengers as there will be no one to stop them from attacking Spider-Man. Unfortunately, Doctor Octopus doesn't want to kill Spider-Man stating that he and Osborn were responsible for Spider-Man's creation. Osborn retaliates by turning into Green Goblin and killing Doctor Octopus. The remaining five villains make their way to Elijah Stern's lair where Vulture's suit is upgraded and Kraven the Hunter gets a set of blasters and knives. The five go to Peter Parker's house in Queens and confront Johnny Storm and Bobby Drake. Johnny defeats Osborn with a powerful blast but is quickly defeated by Sandman while Bobby is defeated by Electro. Peter arrives on the scene and dispatches Vulture and quickly defeats the other three with ease. Sandman gets back up and assists Vulture into knocking down Peter. Electro regains consciousness and is prepared to deal the final blow. Aunt May suddenly arrives on the scene, shooting Electro multiple times. This causes Electro to unleash a huge amount of electricity which renders Kraven, Sandman and Vulture unconscious. As May and Peter embrace, Osborn gets back on his feet and prepares to attack. After a brutal battle through Queens, Peter finally kills Osborn with a flaming van but is caught in its explosion. Culminated with a bullet wound earlier, Peter dies in his aunt's arms as Osborn dies with a smile in victory.
In the Spider-Man Adventures magazine, a version of the Sinister Six appears, formed by Doctor Doom. It consisted of Doctor Octopus, Vulture, Electro, Rhino, Sandman, and Venom (Eddie Brock). They appear in a multi-part storyline with Spider-Man fighting each member in a different time period. In the final part, the Sinister Six and Doctor Doom fight Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four. All are defeated, though Vulture went into the Baxter Building and tried to steal some gold statues only to be pummeled by the heroes.
During Adam-Troy Castro's Sinister Six trilogy of Spider-Man novels, a new Sinister Six - consisting of Doctor Octopus, the Vulture, Electro, Mysterio, the Chameleon, and an original character called Pity - are formed by Gustav Fiers, a notorious criminal known as the Gentleman, who wishes to kill Peter Parker in revenge for the actions of his parents in thwarting some of the Gentleman's schemes in the 1960s. Seeking to score a victory against Spider-Man, while also making a profit, Fiers arranges a 'Day of Terror', featuring the Sinister Six mounting attacks across New York to distract Spider-Man while Electro and Pity steal an ink-destroying catalyst from a nearby facility, subsequently remaining underground before stealing a powerful generator from an adamantium research facility a week later. With this equipment, Fiers plans to trigger a massive electromagnetic pulse that would blank out all databanks in Manhattan, subsequently releasing the catalyst from his private plane to destroy all ink in New York, triggering a complete financial collapse, while the Gentleman's own recently purchased material wealth would significantly increase in value. Electro, the Vulture and Mysterio are taken out by Spider-Man and S.A.F.E. before Electro can trigger the pulse, Doctor Octopus and the Chameleon both attempt to betray the Gentleman and take control of his plan, and Pity is convinced to help Spider-Man defeat her two former teammates. Fiers dies of gunshot wounds when the Chameleon attempts to take his place and reap the benefits of his scheme (only to be caught by Octavius).