During the Clone Saga, Dr. Otto Octavius was killed by Kaine and was replaced not long after, by Carolyn Trainer, daughter of Seward Trainer, an adoring student of Octavius. She obtained a set of four tentacles identical to Octavius' and made use of a personal force-field that kept anything from hitting her. (However, her tentacles could lash out from the shield at any time during its use.) She took the name Doctor Octopus in honor of her beloved instructor, the original Dr. Octopus.
When she found her father was being protected by the Scarlet Spider, she became jealous of the father-son relationship between him and her father. Her attempts to claim her father's then-comatose body resulted in her defeat and capture by the police. Later, she was involved in the resurrection of Otto Octavius.
After Octavius was brought back to life by the cult known as the Hand, Trainer returned the tentacles to him. She then joined him as an assistant and faded into the background for him to move forward.
She was hired by Lucia von Bardas as a part of a plan to get vengeance on Nick Fury, who used numerous superheroes to attack Latveria. She and a new Hobgoblin were commanded to attack Captain America. She was later seen rampaging through New York, where she was quickly defeated by Ronin and Mockingbird.
Lady Octopus was among several animal-themed super-villains captured by Taskmaster and Black Ant to serve as hunting targets in Central Park for Kraven the Hunter, Arcade, and a host of wealthy participants controlling robotic drones. Vulture quickly appointed himself as leader of the surviving criminals, and led Lady Octopus and the others to safety. Soon after, the force field holding the criminals inside of Central Park deactivated, and Lady Octopus presumably escaped.
When the Beetle founded an all-female criminal enterprise named the Syndicate, Lady Octopus was part of it. Together, they went after Boomerang for revenge. After Beetle arranged behind her partners' back to hand him over to the Kingpin, the entirety of the Syndicate felt compelled to help him evade arrest when he disclosed that he was trying to keep the pieces of the Lifeline Tablet out of Fisk's hands. The Syndicate were subsequently apprehended, but Beetle broke them out of police custody. Not long afterward, Beetle was kidnapped by Madame Masque and Crime Master due to being the daughter of Tombstone. Tombstone enlisted the help of the Syndicate to rescue her and her boyfriend Randy Robertson. In the process, Lady Octopus and her teammates unwillingly teamed up with Spider-Man again, who was also helping foil Masque's and Crime Master's plans.
As part of his final attack against Spider-Man, the demonic Kindred abducted numerous villains that had been recently involved in the hero's life and implanted parasites in their brains to force them to do his bidding, including Lady Octopus. After capturing Spider-Man, Kindred let the villains loose on the hero, having promised that whoever killed the Web-Slinger was the only one to escape eternal damnation at his hands. The villains waged war against Spider-Man and each other until Doctor Octopus managed to broadcast an ultrasonic frequency that killed the parasites inside every villain's brain, neutralizing Kindred's only leverage on them, but also knocking all of them unconscious.
Powers and Abilities
- Carolyn is a nuclear physicist with multiple CS degrees
Carolyn possesses the strength of a normal human female who performs regular exercise. While wearing the tentacles, Trainer can lift between 3 and 75 tons, depending upon how many tentacles are doing the lifting.
The harness she uses can act as an extension of her own body, and can lift far more than the weight of her body, provided she braces herself appropriately with other tentacles. The reaction time of these "tentacles" is superhuman. The tentacles also enable her to traverse difficult terrain and cover ground at car-like speeds. The tentacles are also armed with lasers.
Through the tentacles, Lady Octopus seems able to interface with appropriately equipped computer systems and enter virtual-reality interfaces telepathically.
The force field the harness projected over her body was resistant to most traumatic concussive force and conventional weapons attack.
- 46 appearance(s) of Carolyn Trainer (Earth-616)
- 4 minor appearance(s) of Carolyn Trainer (Earth-616)
- 2 mention(s) of Carolyn Trainer (Earth-616)
- 33 image(s) of Carolyn Trainer (Earth-616)
- 1 item(s) used/owned by Carolyn Trainer (Earth-616)
Links and References
- Carolyn Trainer (Earth-616) on Wikipedia.org
- Trainer's profile at Spiderfan.org
- Brief bio of Lady Ock at Spider-Girl fansite