- I deserve this. All the people I hurt--what I did to them. I deserve to be punished. To suffer. But the truth is... I've never felt more free.
- -- Stan Carter src
Stanley Carter's parents were drug addicts who became romantically involved with one another. Stanley's father later died, leaving Stanley's mother pregnant and alone. Stanley's mother was sent to a rehabilitation clinic and Stanley went to be raised by his grandparents in the Ozark Mountains. While under his grandparents' care, his grandfather passed away due to a rattler bite. Fruit was placed on his Grandfathers corpse, and a young Stanley presumably saw a Sin-Eater eat it. This incident would have lasting consequences on the character of Stanley Carter. A few weeks after his grandfather's death Stanley's mother came and retrieved her son so that she could raise him.
As an adult, Stanley became a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Stanley volunteered for an experimental drug, developed by S.H.I.E.L.D. R&D basing on Phencyclidine and aimed to increase strength and stamina. The project was interrupted because it was considered too dangerous, and Carter, who considered this an affront and an abuse of authority, violently resigned. There were no traces of drugs in his system, being totally purified, but nevertheless the drugs had already driven him crazy.
Carter then joined the NYPD and become a detective. His partner died in a shoot-out while fighting some young criminals. This unchained in Carter an obsession to destroy people who abused their authority and thus "sinned". He decided to "absorb the sins of the world". He wanted to purge evildoers from a society where nobody else could punish them. He bought a shotgun and clothes to improvise a costume and became the Sin-Eater.
The Sin-Eater's first victim was his own lover, Police captain Jean DeWolff, whose death attracted attention throughout all New York City — including DeWolff's friend Spider-Man. The Sin-Eater had stolen DeWolff's purse, creating a precedent of taking one personal object from each of the victims. The object should be "associated" with the victim's sins.
Ironically, Carter was assigned the task to find DeWolff's murderer and work with Spider-Man.
The Sin-Eater then murdered Judge Horace Rosenthal, who was a friend of Matt Murdock, blind lawyer and secretly masked crimefighter Daredevil. While leaving the crime scene, the Sin-Eater met Spider-Man and shot him, accidentally killing an innocent bystander. Spider-Man found his own aunt May Parker in the alarmed crowd, so he had to stop and confirm she was all right. In the confusion, the Sin-Eater escaped.
The Sin-Eater's third victim was Bernard Finn, an African-American priest. This led to a great public protest against the Sin-Eater.
The Sin-Eater then entered the Daily Bugle looking for J. Jonah Jameson. Joe Robertson pretended to be Jameson, to attract the Sin-Eater's attention so he would free his hostage. The Sin-Eater aimed at Robertson but Peter Parker (who was really Spider-Man) knocked him out using surprise. The Sin-Eater was captured and then unmasked to reveal Emil Gregg, Carter's neighbor. An unbalanced person, Gregg had overheard Carter planning the murders from the thin walls, and he thought he was hearing "inner voices" ordering him to murder Jameson.
Daredevil's improved senses discovered that Gregg was not the Sin-Eater and, by examining Gregg's house, Daredevil and Spider-Man discovered a door to Carter's, and the Sin-Eater's paraphernalia there. Daredevil and Spider-Man discovered that Jameson was the next on the list and went to rescue him.
Daredevil and Spider-Man found the Sin-Eater in Jameson's home and stopped him in time to save Betty Brant-Leeds, Jameson's secretary who was there visiting Jameson's wife Marla (both Jameson and Betty's husband Ned were away on a business trip). Spider-Man felt that Carter had betrayed him personally and beat him, but Daredevil stopped him before he could kill Carter.
Carter was sent to jail and judged, but he was found not guilty due to madness and sent to a mental hospital. However, a mob believed that the police had been working along with Carter, "one of their own", to protect him. The fact that Carter would not even go to jail was also an offense to them. Daredevil opposed the mob, believing that everybody deserved a fair judgement, while Spider-Man initially refused to join Daredevil because he was too angry with Carter. Eventually, Daredevil convinced Spider-Man to help him, and Carter was safely transported to a high-security hospital.
In the hospital, Carter was partially cured. The Sin-Eater's personality was completely separated from Carter's, so that only one of the personalities could control the body. When freed, Carter needed to fight the Sin-Eater constantly.
The Sin-Eater eventually triumphed and became a threat again. Surrounded by S.W.A.T., he took a boy as a hostage, aiming at him with his weapon. S.W.A.T. shot the Sin-Eater, killing him. However, when they examined the corpse, they discovered that the Sin-Eater's weapon was unloaded — Carter had partially succeeded.
Resurrected by Kindred
After suffering his victims' sins he had ate, Stan Carter was saved and resurrected by Kindred. Under the directions of Kindred, he began going after various criminals such as Overdrive,, the Lethal Legion. and Juggernaut. He confronted Overdrive, who had been working with the Inner Demons during their heists. Sin-Eater manifested the inner sins of the gang into monstrous beings, which proceeded to kill their hosts, and wanted Overdrive to "confess his sins". Overdrive tried to run away from him via his getaway vehicle, but Sin-Eater was able to find him in every turn, each time getting closer to Overdrive. After three days of evading him, Overdrive eventually crashed allowing Sin-Eater to finally get to him. However, Spider-Man tried to intervene to save Overdrive, but Stan was able to shoot Overdrive, cleansing him of his sins, while telling Spider-Man that the one who called him had plans for him before teleporting away.
He then shot each member of the Lethal Legion while they were fighting Spider-Man during their heist. Before leaving he used the powers he stole from the Legion to subdue Spider-Man, while the public applauded Sin-Eater, seeing him as a new and better vigilante. After Norah Winters tried to interview Count Nefaria at Ravencroft, she got to her car where Sin-Eater greeted her. She shot him in self-defense, but he was left unharmed and proposed to Winters to do an interview. In the interview he held a speech saying that the world was full of sin that needed to be cleansed and encouraged people to join him and his cause. After that, a great number of people were convinced and formed a group with Sin-Eater as their leader. When preparing their assault on the sinners, Mister Negative came up to Carter and pleaded to get cleansed. However, Spider-Man attacked Carter and tried to reason with the people, but it was all in vain as Stan proceeded to attack the hero, forcing Spider-Man to leave. He then proceeded to shot Negative, cleansing him and absorbing his powers.
As some of Sin-Eater's forces spread throughout the city, Sin-Eater and the majority of his allies approached Ravencroft, intending to finally cleanse Norman Osborn. After sharing his powers with his followers, they assaulted the asylum, but Spider-Man intervened to save Osborn. Stan then took control of doctor Ashley Kafka and under his commands set the Juggernaut free which allowed Stan to absorb his powers. This caused him to transform into a monster resembling Juggernaut's armor. He then went after Spider-Man and Norman, who had returned to his identity of the Green Goblin. After several attempts at capturing Norman, he was eventually trapped when Spider-Man and Green Goblin used a EMP inside Norman's underground hideout to liquefy the floor.
Stan was able to free himself and reverted back to his human form. He finally caught up with Norman, who had been thrown out of the escape boat, and cleansed him. However, when Kindred showed up he berated Stan about his crimes stating that he was just his tool this whole time and presumably killed him by erupting him in demonic energy.
Stan however survived and woke up in the park where the last of his supporters were. After he saw the video what other Spiders were doing in New York, Stanley stated that he had not lost his faith in his "master" and claimed to cleanse the sins of Morlun next.
After forcibly injecting his followers with Spider-Virus to lure Morlun, the Inheritor arrived and feasted on the man-spiders. Carter started to fight him but noticed he had been left powerless after his "master" erupted him in demonic energy. While he did receive a heavy beating from the Inheritor, Carter managed to disorient Morlun with a grenade and shoot him with his shotgun. He then went to face the Order of the Web in Kindred's cemetery, whom had just arrived from the Astral Plane.
Using the powers of Morlun, Carter was easily defeating the Order, until Madame Web let him take her sins and powers. After absording the psychic powers of Madame Web, Carter saw how Kindred had lied and manipulated him and in the shock, took his own life with his shotgun.
Carter was a good fighter, knowledgeable in martial arts and in guns, particularly shotguns. He was also a good detective and law enforcer.
The Sin-Eater possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular exercise.
Shotgun (modified to increase damage)
- The sin-eater is an occupation in certain cultures, particularly in the United Kingdom and the Ozark Mountains in the U.S. As a part of religious magic, whenever a person died, his or her relatives placed fruit and other foods on the chest of the corpse. The food is supposed to absorb the dead person's sins. The sin-eater would eat the food and thus cleanse the dead person's soul.
- After being released from the sanatorium, Carter showed multiple personalities, divided between moral and sincere Carter and the Sin-Eater.
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