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Why Batman & Spider-Man Are Basically The Same Character

Holy friendly neighborhood coincidences, Batman! In an age where it feels like everything is a reboot, retool, rip off, or homage, we're bound to find some similarities in ever expanding cavalcade of the super heroes multiverse. Whether innocent happenstance or blatant plagiarism these similarities have our spidey-senses are tingling.

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They were both orphaned as children

Come on, you had to have noticed this one on your own! It's the most obvious. Both are orphaned and both use the experience to become crime fighting vigilantes in fictitious New York-esq cities.

Sure, Peter's "a-ha!" moment came from loosing his Uncle Ben, essentially making him a double-orphan. The most orphaned orphaned of them all.

Do you hear that? It's the waaambulance; except when it arrives it's saving justice.

Both are inventors

Avid fans know Spidey actually invented the webbing; it wasn't originally part of his superhero abilities (you're drunk, Sam Raimi). Batman has been known to craft one or two gadgets himself such as the batarang, batmobile, batwing...really, anything with the prefix 'bat'. The guy's got a motif, that's for sure.

He probably thinks them all up on his bat-toilet after taking his bat-shower before his bat-breakfast is ready. You bat-get it.

Both are named after animals of fear

Chiroptophobia, or fear of bats, is incredibly common. Notable fictional offenders are Ace Ventura, Hank Hill, and women in vampire movies. Heck, it was a major plot point in the Dark Knight series.

Alternatively, according to, around 55% of women and 18% of men experience a fear of spiders to some degree. Those numbers are pretty significant. And if you need further proof, just tell me that gif doesn't freak you out a little.

Come to think of it, 1 or 2 of their villains are pretty similar...

Like their respective Scarecrows, Killer Croc/The Lizard, Green Goblin/Joker, Sandman/Clayface, Mysterio/Riddler, Bullseye/Deadshot, Doc Oct/Hugo Strange, and more.

In fact, if you look hard enough most of their villains probably have doppelgängers.

They both have multiple love interests

Forget Lois Lane, these guys play the field.

Spiderman's got Mary Jane AND Gwen Stacy, because why choose between vanilla and chocolate when you can just eat chocolate after vanilla dies?

Meanwhile, Batman's a regular Charlie Sheen when it comes to women. And probably alcohol. Scratch that. Definitely alcohol.

Each had a villain murder their close ally.

The Joker cooked Robin and Green Goblin...ugh...Goblined (?) Gwen Stacy.

What I'm trying to say is they're both dead. The icing on this funereal cake is that both were murdered by each other's villainous doppelgängers, The Joker and The Green Goblin.

Neither can fly!

This may sound like a minor point, but in the ability to fly is practically synonymous with being a super hero. In fact, most of the heroes that don't fly either have direct ties or have spawned from Spiderman & Batman comics.

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