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The Shocker (Spider-Man enemy) (Marvel Comics) Spidey defeated


(Herman Schultz) (Profile #1 - 1960s-80s)


The Shocker is a classic but C-list Spider-Man villain, who appeared in 1967.

This chronological profile covers the first three decades of his career. It stops precisely in December, 1989.

At this point the Shocker is mostly a stock villain, and a jobberWrestling slang for a wrestler who almost always loses.. This profile describes the era before he received the bulk of his character development.

This is handy for people who are only familiar with older comics. Or want an almost literally faceless super-villain to play a bit part.



  • Real Name: Herman Schultz.
  • Known Relatives: Martin (brother, deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: Former member of the Masters of Evil.
  • Base Of Operations: A hidden palace in the South Bronx.
  • Height: 5’9” (1.75m). Weight: 175 lbs. (80 Kg.).
  • Eyes: Brown. Hair: Brown.

Powers & Abilities

Schultz is good with tools and mechanics. He has developed an expertise in vibration-based technologies that allows him to build powerful devices.

He’s also an experienced safecracker and B&E guy, though not an exceptional one. This includes small-scale demolitions skills.

He’s somewhat smart. But nowhere near as smart as he thinks he is.

Though he doesn’t appear to have any special combat training, he’s surprisingly good at hand-to-hand fighting.

The Shocker (Spider-Man enemy) (Marvel Comics)


As the Shocker, his signature weapons are the vibro-shock units (aka “vibro-smashers”) worn over his hands. These can release powerful vibrations, capable of shaking loose the door of an old-fashioned mechanical safe – or of an armoured truck.

These are also powerful weapons, both to reinforce the Shocker’s punches and to emit a ranged vibration blast. Such punches hit with superhuman power, roughly comparable to a person with “class 30” strength.

Ranged attacks are a bit less dangerous. Since the blast appears to lose power as it travels.

The vibro-smashers proved powerful enough to rattle the She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters) during the early 1980s. However that was a close-range, surprise attack from behind. And it didn’t actually delay her much.

Schultz is remarkably good at hitting people with his vibro-shock units, either in melee or at a range. His speed and precision with his punches and blasts give him a fighting chance against even Spider-Man (Peter Parker), unless Spidey is actively dodging rather than attacking.

The vibro-smashers are reportedly less loud than a comparable explosion. Still, walls and floors near a discharge will shake.

By 1986 the Shocker has integrated the vibro-smashers into his costume, and no longer needs his gauntlets. He does keep a pair of dummy gauntlets on, though, to fool his enemies into trying to disarm him.


The Shocker’s costume is heavily padded and reinforced, to protect him against the effects of his vibro-shock units. It is also surrounded with a tight, invisible, inaudible vibration field that deflects hits such as punches or bullets.

Even Spider-Man needs to employ his full strength to hurt the Shocker through these defences.

This vibration field also allows the Shocker to vibrate and slip out of wrestling holds and similar restrains. Even Spider-Man cannot hold the Shocker in a full nelson  .

After Spider-Man used webbing to cover the Shocker’s eye-holes, the vibration field was further tuned to shake loose any substances sticking to Schult’s costume.

Early on the vibration field had to be activated by pressing the thumb controls on the vibro-shock units. Apparently, it can only be up for several seconds at a time, and can’t be just left on all the time.

A later refinement did away with this limitation. The vibration field is now activated whenever the Shocker is hit, without having to push a button.

The Shocker later developed his vibration field so it would triple the strength of his movements, and trained hard enough to fully master this asset. This puts him in the “peak human strength” range.


It’s not a long entry but let’s still have some 1967 music for chronological ambiance.

Say, the Box Tops. “The Letter” was quite good. And as usual, let’s go with a live (well, lipsync’d) performance to show some clothes, haircuts, etc. of that era.


Schultz was originally a small-time safecracker in New York City.

His third arrest resulted in a lengthy prison sentence. Since he was good with tools, he was put to work at the prison shop. But there, he clandestinely invented a safe-blasting device.

Though he nearly killed himself when he used it against a prison wall, his first vibro-smasher blew a hole that let him escape.

The shock doctrine

In 1967, after weeks of machining, sewing, etc. the Shocker was born.

Schultz went on a crime spree during which he defeated Spider-Man. But Spider-Man prevailed during a second encounter – by webbing the Shocker’s thumbs so he could no longer activate his vibro-shock units. The Shocker was thus arrested again.

Two years later the Shocker was back. He stole a rare antique from the NYPD’s Captain Stacy.

Frustrated that he couldn’t fence it since it was too hot, the Shocker went on another crime wave to build up his street cred. While attacking a cash transport, he was intercepted by Spider-Man, and arrested again.

The Shocker (Spider-Man enemy) (Marvel Comics) costume and weapons


To reaffirm his ego, the Shocker cut the power from within selected sewers. His plan was only comprehensible from a high enough altitude – the Shocker was spelling his name by making entire city blocks go dark.

Spider-Man intervened, but Schultz nearly killed him by collapsing part of a sewer tunnel. The Shocker went on to blackmail the Mayor of New York City, demanding one million dollars ($5.44M in 2022 USD).

After the Mayor refused, Schultz attempted to destroy the Queens power station. But this time Spider-Man defeated him and left him for the cops to find.


The Shocker was among the villains recruited by Libra (from the android version of the Zodiac) to sow chaos as fake Defenders.

During an attack on the New York Stock Exchange, Schultz forced a trader to commit fraud and walked away with a million dollars. The real Defenders intervened, but the Shocker apparently escaped after the Valkyrie (Brunnhilde) went berserk.

The Shocker apparently used this windfall to buy himself new headquarters. Located in a rats-infested, dilapidatedWhen a structure was ruined by age and neglect. part of the South Bronx, his quarters were hidden behind well-protected trick doors.

The Shocker enjoyed luxurious furnishing and decorations albeit with tacky, distinctly nouveau richeTacky, loud display of wealth by people who aren’t old money. aesthetics.

The Shocker (Spider-Man enemy) (Marvel Comics) by Ditko

Circa 1980

Schultz’s brother Marty, a student at ESU, committed suicide. Since correctional authorities refused to let the Shocker attend his brother’s funeral, he escaped.

After fighting the police and Spider-Man, Herman went to his brother’s grave. He unexpectedly found Spider-Man there, as Spidey knew Marty Schultz from ESU.

The Shocker and Spider-Man ended up talking about Marty. Herman agreed to finish his prison sentence then attempt to turn his life around by renouncing crime – so unlike his brother he would have a future.

(These events take place in a novel. So it is our *assumption* that something akin to it took place on Earth-616The main Marvel Comics version of Earth.).


The Shocker was hand-picked by Egghead (Elihas Starr) to join his Masters of Evil. The team was part of Starr’s cunning plot to make his nemesis Henry Pym look like a despicable criminal.

The Masters attacked while Pym was on trial, to make it look like he was escaping with underworld allies.

The Shocker was taken down by the She-Hulk and Hawkeye (Clint Barton). But that was part of Egghead’s plan all along. Schultz has been unknowingly brainwashed so he would be certain that his employer was Henry Pym.

(It is possible that the Shocker intended to go straight – but was brainwashed by Egghead into becoming a criminal again to make Pym’s protests of innocence look hollow. This is a No-Prize HypothesisA made-up explanation to plug a plot hole., though.)



By 1986 the Shocker was free – perhaps because the brainwashing meant that he wasn’t responsible for his actions. He was hired by Nazi war criminal Wolfgang von Lundt (a.k.a. “Simon Steele”) to kill Dominic Fortune (Duvid Fortunov).

The Shocker nearly killed an intervening Spider-Man. But he focused too much on his old enemy, and Fortune used this to stun Schultz just in time. Defeated by Spider-Man, the Shocker was arrested.

The Shocker thought that he could blackmail “Steele” into getting him out of prison. But the Nazi had anticipated Schultz recording their deal. He had the Shocker’s prized headquarters demolished to destroy the evidence.


The Shocker bought blueprints from a security firm called Sensor so he could rob their clients. This was possible since he had some dirt about the firm’s CEO, acquired while in prison.

However, Electro (Maxwell Dillon) was running the exact same racket. Dillon became furious after he twice hit a place right after the Shocker robbed it.

Electro narrowly won his fight against the Shocker, then discovered the truth. But Schultz escaped as Spider-Man defeated Dillon.

A few months later, Schultz was among the New York City villains manipulated into attacking the Fantastic Four during the Acts of Vengeance conspiracy. But his assault on Four Freedom Plaza was defeated by the automated security systems. The Shocker was arrested.

The Shocker (Spider-Man enemy) (Marvel Comics) shoots at Spidey vibro-blast


Originally, Schultz was fed up with being arrested (can’t a man just rob in peace ?). He wanted to be tougher than any cadre of guards or cops so he could always escape with his loot.

His Shocker equipment greatly bolstered his confidence. He was always boasting about how powerful and unstoppable he was – and revelling in his power.

This need to affirm his ego led to increasingly grandiose and public crimes. Schultz wanted everyone to know that the Shocker was in control.

I say thee meh

As can be imagined, this ego trip did not improve his social skills. Schultz is greedy (often in a petty way), conflict-prone, temperamental, and holds grudges. He wants to be the alpha and project an impression of opulence.

But he can still work fairly well with employers… as long as the paycheque is large enough to flatter him.

He also tends to overestimate his power, once getting into a brawl with Tiger Shark. Still, the Shocker *is* surprisingly powerful for his niche.

After the incident with Egghead, the Shocker was determined never to get used by an employer again. He took precautions such as hidden cameras recording his deals.

The Shocker (Spider-Man enemy) (Marvel Comics) from the handbook


“All right… you asked for it, fool ! See how you like a punch with a triphammer vibration shock added !”

“Next time you’ll know better than to challenge your superiors ! My vibro-blast power makes me the most invincible human on Earth… as you’ve already learned !”

(Stealing from a cash truck) “Don’t worry about this money, gentlemen ! I promise you that the Shocker will put it to very good use !”

“Hey, you ! The Shocker wants to be a millionaire — so hop to it !”

“I’m not gonna be some hotshot’s stooge — or take a rap for one ! Never again !”

“He thinks I’m a lowlife — a loser ! Well, I’m not ! I’ve learned from my past mistakes ! I’ll kill Fortune and I’ll humiliate and kill Spider-Man ! Then I’ll have the respect I DESERVE ! The Shocker is one of the WINNERS, now !” (KA-BLOOM !)

DC Heroes RPG

Shocker I

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 04
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 04
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 03
Init: 014 HP: 030


Gadgetry: 05, Military science (Demolitions): 04, Scientist (Drawing plans): 04, Thief (Locks and safes, Security systems): 04, Weaponry (Vibro-shock units (both ranged and melee)): 08


Headquarters (Extensive, only between 1978 and 1986), Scholar (Vibration-based devices).


Underworld (Low).


Socially Inept (Minor, Persuasion Only).




Burglar, hitman.




  • VIBRO-SHOCK UNITS [BODY 07, Vibe (Diminishing): 11, Thief (Locks and Safes): 07, Bonus: Thief can be done within a single Phase and without further equipment, Limitation: Thief can only be used on locks and safes that can be opened by shaking the mechanism loose, Drawback: MPR (operating the UNITS without proper protection is usually dangerous), Descriptor: Bludgeon.]
  • COSTUME [/STR/ 05 /BODY/ 06, Grappling Immunity: 06, Skin armour: 02, Bonuses & Limitations :
    • Later on, Grappling Immunity can also be deployed against adhesives. That means more forms of Snare (including Spidey’s webbings), and lowering the OV/RV when ripping off objects stuck onto the COSTUME.
    • Early on, Grappling Immunity and Skin Armour both required pressing the controls of the VIBRO-SHOCK UNITS to erect the vibration field. This didn’t take an Action, but they couldn’t be just left on all the time. This limitation was soon removed].
  • The VIBRO-SHOCK UNITS are later integrated to the COSTUME. But he keeps a pair of fake Vibro-Smashers [BODY 02 – note that these can be Taken Away] as a decoy.

Design notes

The Shocker has a high AV, and will happily spend Hero Points on it to hit difficult opponents. This allows him to hit even a non-Dodging Spider-Man quite often.

However, he doesn’t have the HPs to keep doing that and boost his EV. And thus, his precise blows are survivable by superhuman tough opponents.

He *does* force most of them to LDD, though. Since at close range his EV is high by street-level standards.

The Shocker (Spider-Man enemy) (Marvel Comics) scared of

DC Adventures RPG

Shocker (Herman Schultz 1960s-1980s) — Averaged PL8.6

01 02 02 03
04 02 01 01


Vibro-shock units ● 11 points (Removable) ● Descriptor: technology, vibration.
– Ranged concussive Damage 11, Accurate 1, Limited 1 (Each Rank of Range beyond -1 diminishes the Ranks of Damage by 1. So if shooting at a Range of 4, Damage is 11-5= 6.)
– Feature (+4 to Technology (Security) rolls against mechanisms that can be defeated by being shaken loose, such as older locks and safes).
– Quickness 2 (Limited 2 to tasks covered by the Feature above).
– Quirk (Operating the vibra-shock units requires special protection, such as the Shocker Costume].

Shocker costume ● 8 points (Removable) ● Descriptor: technology, vibration.
– Enhanced Strength 3, Enhanced Stamina 3.
– Protection 3 (Limited 1 to non-energy attacks), Defensive Roll 1.
– Enhanced Strength 7 (Limited 2 to the Escape combat action, and similar rolls such as breaking a Snare-type Affliction), Feature (Also useable to rip off things stuck to his costume, such as webbing over his mask’s eyes).
– Feature (Fake, removable vibro-units. These decoys can deceive opponents into trying to take them away, which achieves nothing.)

Combat Advantages:

Accurate Attack, Close Attack 3, Defensive Roll 1, Ranged Attack 1.

Other Advantages:

None demonstrated.


Athletics 3 (+4), Close combat (Vibro-shock units) 5 (+8), Deception 1 (+2), Expertise (Burglar) 6 (+8), Expertise (Vibration-based techs) 10 (+12), Perception 4 (+5), Ranged combat (Vibro-shock units) 7 (+10), Technology 8 (+10).


Initiative +2
Unarmed +7, Close, Damage 1 (4 w/Costume)
Vibro-shock units +13, Ranged, Damage 11 (less past four metres).


Dodge 08
Fortitude 06 / 09**
Parry 08
Toughness 02* / 04 / 07** / 10***
Will 03

* Without Defensive Roll.
** With Shocker Costume.
*** With Shocker Costume and vs. non-energy attacks.


  • That’s what I want The Shocker is after the moolah.
  • I’ll have the respect I deserve ! The Shocker has a big ego and makes pointless shows of being in control.
  • Not a smooth operator Schultz’s people skills are just… bad.
  • Weapons checkmate Early on, the vibro-shock units had a thumb button, allowing for disarming attempts (or jamming the weapons to keep uncontrollably firing). This was soon fixed.

Powers Levels:

  • Trade-off areas. Attack/Effect PL 12, Dodge/Toughness PL 9, Parry/Toughness PL 9, Fort/Will PL 6.
  • Points total 95. Abilities 32, Defences 16, Skills 22, Powers 00, Devices 19, Advantages 6. Equiv. PL 7.

Design Notes

The Limitation on his ranged Damage is one of the many cases where a -0.5 would be nice, since a -1 makes little sense. But as always I favour modelling what’s in the comics. See below for an alternative.

His Toughness is counted as 9 for PL computations, as a rough expected average. His Attack/Effect PL could also be lowered, since he often attacks at longer ranges and thus with fewer Damage Ranks.

Schultz likes Accurate Attack manoeuvres for his vibro-shock attacks. This is meant to force his opponents on the defensive, and uses the fact that he has lots of Damage Ranks for a street-level character.

More Design Notes

From our contributor Pawsplay :
For Shocker’s ranged concussion, I would be inclined to just slap on two ranks of Diminished Range. Keeping in mind, after all, that with damage saves, being able to hit probabilistically affects damage anyway.

But if you are married to the reduced Damage approach, I think a level 2 Quirk might work better than a Limited power. He really shouldn’t get the same break as making it Close range.

Writeups.org writer avatar Sébastien Andrivet

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: I don’t have the Untold Tales of Spider-Man novel, so the note about the events therein are second-hand (specifically from Spider-fan.org  ).

Helper(s): Paul Ewande, Kansas Jim, Sean Quaid, Nick Yankovec, Jay Myers, Peter Piispanen, David Johnston, Pawsplay.

Writeup completed on the 21st of March, 2014.