This is the CharacterSheet for ComicBook/{{Venom}} and the various characters that have hosted the symbiote or prominently appeared in his stories/series. ComicBook/{{Carnage}}'s section got so big it had to be moved.

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! The Venom Symbiote

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-> '''Debut:''' ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' Vol. 1 #252

A member of a species of interstellar parasites, the symbiote that later became known as Venom was imprisoned by the other members of its species due to its desire to aid its hosts instead of dominating them. An unknown amount of time later, the symbiote's prison was later incorporated into the make up of Battleworld by an entity called the Beyonder. Spider-Man, one of the heroes chosen by the Beyonder to fight in an epic battle of good versus evil, accidentally freed the symbiote while looking for a machine repair his damaged costume. Taking on the appearance of a jet-black costume with stylized white spider emblems on its chest and back, the "black suit" proved an invaluable asset to Peter, so he brought it with him when he returned to Earth, reveling in the fact that it could change its shape to imitate civilian clothing and produce a seemingly unlimited supply of organic webbing. Desiring to deepen its bond with him, the symbiote began taking over his body as he slept, leaving him more exhausted when he woke up and he had been when he went to bed. Already wary of his new costume's autonomy, Peter took it to the ComicBook/FantasticFour, where Reed Richards revealed its true identity as an alien life-form. Horrified and disgusted, Peter had the Fantastic Four remove the creature, discovering it was [[WeaksauceWeakness vulnerable to sonics and intense heat]], and returned to his classic red-and-blue outfit. The symbiote [[NotGoodWithRejection did not take Peter's rejection well]] and eventually escaped captivity, disguising itself as Peter's original costume and attempting to force itself on him during a fight with the Vulturions. In his struggle to remove it, Peter retreated to the bell-tower of an abandoned church and rung the bell, weakening the symbiote, which seemingly sacrificed itself to save him.

Some time afterwards, a disgraced reporter named Eddie Brock entered the same church intent on committing suicide, having been fired after Spider-Man inadvertently revealed the serial killer he had been interviewing was a compulsive confessor, divorced by his wife, disowned by his father, and diagnosed with terminal cancer. Sensing Eddie's obsession with Spider-Man, the symbiote bonded to him - revealing Spder-Man's identity as Peter Parker in the process - but Eddie's overwhelming hatred [[TeachHimAnger twisted the already bitter]] alien's love into a [[{{Yandere}} malevolent obsession]]. Calling themselves themselves Venom, Eddie and the symbiote set out on a campaign of revenge against Spider-Man. During a confrontation with the supervillain Styx, the symbiote was seemingly killed and Eddie was imprisoned alongside serial killer Cletus Kasady. The symbiote staged a jailbreak, freeing Eddie but leaving behind a spawn that bonded to Kasady, turning him into the monstrous Carnage. After Eddie declared a tenuous truce with Spider-Man and relocated to San Francisco, he was captured by the Life Foundation, which forced the symbiote to give birth to five offspring: Scream, Lasher, Agony, Riot, and Phage. Eddie's relationship with the symbiote turned sour as Brock's cancer started acting up and the symbiote began to develop an appetite for human flesh, made worse when the symbiote assimilated a clone that had been programmed to want to destroy all of humanity. Motivated by a religious reawakening, Eddie sold the symbiote to Maggia don Vincente Fortunato, who gave it to his wimpy son Angelo. The symbiote, disgusted by Angelo's cowardice, left him to fall to his death and sought out Mac Gargan, offering him its power in exchange for killing Spider-Man. Mac accepted, becoming the third incarnation of Venom, but the symbiote's bloodlust overwhelmed him to the point where he willingly committed cannibalism to satiate it. The symbiote attempted to abandon Gargan and return to Eddie after realizing his cancer had been cured, but was repelled by the Anti-Venom symbiote. Anti-Venom nearly killed the symbiote, but Mac escaped and went on use it to impersonate Spider-Man as a member of the ComicBook/DarkAvengers.

After the Dark Avengers were arrested, the symbiote was appropriated by the US Military, which intended to use it as a living suit of combat armor. Bonded to Colonel Flash Thompson, the symbiote was kept suppressed by chemicals that prevented it from bonding to him for a period of 48 hours, although it could still take control of him should he become angry. After going AWOL to protect Betty Brant from the Crime Master, Flash opted to let the symbiote bond with him, though he still kept it suppressed in a [[SuperPoweredEvilSide semi-successful]] attempt to prevent it from rampaging and eating people. During a confrontation with Anti-Venom, the symbiote again attempted to rebond with Eddie and nearly succeeded, but returned to Flash after he reminded it that Eddie would constantly resist its control. During the Circle of Four, the symbiote secretly arranged with Mephisto to receive demonic powers via the Hell Mark, but was later forced to relinquish them to its clone after Daimon Hellstrom implanted a demon inside it. Hank [=McCoy=] developed a perfected version of the drug, enabling Flash to keep the symbiote completely docile. When separated from Flash by the Superior Spider-Man, the symbiote jumped at the opportunity to rebond with its original host, but was disgusted by Otto's psyche and tried to return to Flash. Otto dominated it with its will and forced it to remain bonded to him, but the symbiote seized control of him, lashing out at Flash for suppressing it with chemicals. After being repelled by Peter's psyche, the symbiote returned to Flash, accompanying him into space as a member of the ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy.

* AdaptiveArmor: What the symbiote often acts as for the host. The 1996 ''The Hunger'' miniseries showed it is capable of forming an exoskeleton resembling that of a [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]]. Bonus points for it resembling body armor when bonded to Flash, and Agent Venom's "Mark III" concept art even has "H.R. Giger-y bioarmor" as a design note.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Justified in that all its hosts were English-speaking humans and it picked up the language over time. How ''eloquent'' it is depends on the writer.
* AllWebbedUp: The symbiote produces organic webbing from its biomass, and Peter has exploited this to weaken it.
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Venom is a spider-based villain, justified in that the symbiote's first and favorite host was SpiderMan. Considering its third host was called The Scorpion, this trope was doubled, in a way.
* {{Angrish}}[=/=]ForeignCussWord: After being tricked into returning to Eddie at the end of ''The Hunger'', the symbiote yells something that is transcribed with what looks like a Y, a period, and four backwards Ls.
* ArchEnemy: The symbiote, regardless of its host, is one of SpiderMan's most infamous and dangerous enemies.
* BadassGrandpa: The symbiote is dangerous even without its hosts, has lived a ''very'' long time, and it is also a "[[NoBiologicalSex grandfather]]", having grandchildren called Toxin and Scorn.
* BelatedBackstory: Why the symbiote was in that container on Battleworld was revealed in the 1995 ''Planet of the Symbiotes'', released a decade after ''ComicBook/SecretWars''. The whole story behind its imprisonment is set to be revealed in the upcoming "Planet Venom" arc of ''Guardians of the Galaxy'', a full 30 years after its debut.
* BlankWhiteEyes: The symbiote has large white eyes originally in the shape of Spider-Man's lenses, though after bonding to Eddie Brock they became distorted. When bonded to Mac Gargan, his own eyes were visible within the symbiote's, although tinted green, yellow, or red with HellishPupils. When under control Venom IV's eyes are black lenses rimmed with white, although after his Guardians of the Galaxy makeover he now has small white eyes.
* BlatantLies: Reassures Flash Thompson it prefers him to Eddie Brock... immediately before abandoning him to rebond with Eddie, proclaiming "Home, sweet symbiosis!" Flash [[AintTooProudToBeg had to plead with it]] and remind it that Eddie would constantly fight its control to get it to return to him.
* BlobMonster: What the symbiote amounts to sans-host, although it can manifest a head, eyes, mouth, and occasionally very rudimentary arms.
* BodySurf: It makes its way back to Eddie by doing this in ''Separation Anxiety''.
* BrownNote[=/=]PsychicAssistedSuicide: Killed the invading symbiotes in ''Planet of the Symbiotes'' with a psychic scream.
* BrutalHonesty: The symbiote cares nothing for tact when it criticizes someone.
* CategoryTraitor: The Venom symbiote was deemed this by the symbiote that took over Rune in ''Venom vs. Rune''.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: The symbiote was exiled from its planet for refusing to kill its hosts, which deemed it a freak amongst its species. That's right, Venom was the ''one'' exception to an AlwaysChaoticEvil race. Of course, this characterization doesn't make a good villain, and was promptly forgotten by every writer on the planet, as nowadays it's usually presented as a [[ToServeMan man-eating]] parasitic monstrosity.
* TheChosenOne: A dark example. Mephisto selected the symbiote as one of his potential replacements for the Descent and bestowed a Hell Mark on it.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Its favorite hosts are Spider-Man and Eddie Brock in that order, and if the opportunity to rebond with either of them presents itself the symbiote will happily screw over its current host to do so.
* ClingyCostume: It does ''not'' like letting go of a host, and in fact the reason it hates Spider-Man so much is because of how close they came to being permanently bonded before he rejected it and forced them apart.
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: The symbiote can bestow superpowers on mundane hosts, mainly patterned after Spider-Man's due to its absorption of his DNA, and can also drastically boost the powers of superpowered hosts. A deconstruction, as it shows exactly what happens when your clothes have that kind of power...
* CombatTentacles: The symbiote can project pseudopodia and tendrils to attack and restrain prey, although Venom usually uses them in the guise of [[AllWebbedUp webbing]]. Superior Venom takes this to a new level by having the symbiote turn Otto's robotic spider legs into segmented tentacles resembling the ones he'd worn as Dr. Octopus.
* TheComicallySerious: In its attempts at coaching[=/=]cheerleading Angelo in ''Marvel Knights''.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: All the symbiote originally wanted was to [[HeroicHost help]] Spider-Man. It was only when Peter rejected it on the grounds that it was alive and trying to [[FusionDance permanently bond with him]] that it became embittered and angry.
* ADarkerMe: The symbiote has this effect on its hosts whenever it's not outright [[PuppeteerParasite controlling them]].
* DealWithTheDevil: The symbiote made a deal with Mephisto to obtain demonic powers via the Hell Mark, though it later admitted this was a mistake.
* DeclarationOfProtection: When it [[WhatTheHellHero is berating Flash for his poor treatment of it]], it mentions all it wants is to protect him.
* DemBones: In a ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' story that showed what could have happened if everyone had remained on Battleworld, Spider-Man and the symbiote's minds eventually became one, and Spidey's body has been reduced to nothing more than a skeleton they use as a base for their humanoid form.
* DemonicPossession: After [[ComicBook/GhostRider Zarathos]] was separated from Alejandra and captured by Blackheart, the symbiote seized control of Flash intending to absorb the Spirit of Vengeance and gain demonic powers. Later, Daimon Hellstrom possessed the symbiote with a powerful demon to turn it into one of his Monsters of Evil, but Venom used the Hell Mark to suppress it. While the symbiote and the demon initially [[VillainTeamUp got along]], the symbiote realized the demon was slowly pulling a GrandTheftMe on it and shunted the Hell Mark and demon onto its long-devoured clone, which it pukes up and bonded to Andi, turning her into Mania.
* DependingOnTheArtist: In the early 2000s, the symbiote's spider symbol was drawn to look like [[http://www.chasingamazingblog.com/wp-content/uploads/Hunger_03-738x1024.jpg a bony protrusion]], or something similar. It was the same with its clone from the Patricia Robertson[=/=]She-Venom II series.
* TheDreaded: Despite its weaknesses being more-or-less common knowledge, SHIELD considers the Venom symbiote to be a top-level threat to humanity.
* EmotionEater: In some story lines the symbiote feeds off its host's negative emotions, and amplifies them as well.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: After finally getting its wish to rebond to its first host granted in ''Superior Spider-Man'' #24, the ''symbiote'' [[{{Irony}} is the one disgusted by "Spider-Man" and tries to leave him]] to return to Flash, [[ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine only for Otto to force it to stay bonded to him]].
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: [[NoNameGiven Technically has no name]], so it is variously referred to as the "Black Suit", "TheSymbiote", or simply "Venom". Thus far, the only confirmed member of its species (discounting ''possible'' symbiotes like Krobaa and Dreadface) to have been given a real name, and not just a nickname, is [[Characters/XMenVillains Gabriel Summers's]] minion [[AVillainNamedZrg Zzxz]].
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Has been used as one for Spider-Man in most media following the 1994 Animated Series.
* EvilEvolves: The symbiote changes appearance with each host, and sometimes [[DependingOnTheArtist while bonded to the same host]]. It's also stated to have become more powerful with each successive host it bonds to.
* TheExile: The 1995 "Planet of the Symbiotes" arc revealed that the symbiote was the sole member of its species to refuse to kill its hosts, and as a result was imprisoned until Spider-Man accidentally released it.
* ExpressiveMask: Due to said "mask" being the symbiote's face.
* FalseSoulmate: The symbiote believes it's meant to be with Peter, who wants ''nothing'' to do with it.
--> '''Spider-Man:''' He doesn't have to be dead. You could save him if you wanted to. It's not too late, even now.
--> '''Symbiote:''' Do not want Brock. Never did. Only '''you'''.
* FangsAreEvil: Even with no host, the symbiote often manifests a [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily huge maw full of fangs]].
* FantasticDrug: The effect the symbiote has on its host has been compared to a highly addictive drug, one that just happens to be sentient and carnivorous.
* FateWorseThanDeath: How it regarded the prospect of returning to Eddie in ''The Spectacular Spider-Man: The Hunger''. Shortly afterwards, it and Eddie parted ways, although it's tried to rebond with him twice after his cancer was cured.
--> '''Symbiote:''' To combine with the flesh of Eddie Brock is to accept his cancer; an eternity of disease and suffering.
* FightOffTheKryptonite: While the symbiote is always weak to fire and sonics, ''how'' weak it is to them varies, as it once cowered at the sight of a lighter, but tanked an explosion while bonded to Mac Gargan, and likewise tanked being blasted by Jack O'Lantern's broomstick glider's WeaponizedExhaust when bonded to Flash.
* FoodChainOfEvil: The symbiotes are the preferred prey of the [[http://www.comicvine.com/xenophage/4005-42567/ Xenophages]], who find ones that have been bonded to their host for a long time (like Venom) to be particularly delectable. Them aside, symbiotes seem to be [[TheDreaded feared]] as one of the galaxy's alpha predators, if Zzxz is any indication.
** One of the worlds they conquered was eaten by ComicBook/{{Galactus}}. Due to their GeneticMemory, the entire species is now innately terrified of him, to the point that the mere sight of the ComicBook/SilverSurfer caused the Carnage symbiote to experience a FreakOut, one that was severe enough to briefly traumatize Cletus, who the symbiote left out of fright.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: A meta example, seeing as how the symbiote started out as a new costume for Spider-Man and was initially unpopular with fans, so it was retconned into an alien parasite that later became one of Spider-Man's most dangerous and popular enemies.
* GeneticMemory: Possesses genetic memories of its prior hosts and the symbiote species' prior conquests.
* GlasgowGrin: Its mouth is disturbingly wide and lacks cheeks.
* GoodCounterpart: The Venom symbiote has one in the form of the Anti-Venom symbiote, which was formed when Martin Li accidentally fused the remnants of the Venom symbiote in Eddie's blood to his white blood cells. Unlike the Venom symbiote, the Anti-Venom symbiote had no will of its own, and was even immune to the symbiotes' traditional weaknesses.
* HandicappedBadass: The US Army used a drug - possibly the same one Norman Osborn gave Mac Gargan - to suppress the symbiote, greatly limiting its ability to influence Flash. However, the drug's effects only lasts for 48 hours and the symbiote is still able to take over Flash when he gets angry. When Flash joins the Avengers, Hank [=McCoy=] creates a perfected version that chemically lobotomizes it, although its effects are still temporary.
* HeroicSacrifice: During their falling out, Peter succumbed to the bells before the symbiote did. He would have died had it not used the last of its strength to drag him to safety before seemingly dying from its own injuries.
* HungryMenace: After bonding with Mac, the symbiote became a ravenous blob of teeth and tentacles with a taste for human flesh.
--> '''Mini-Marvels Symbiote:''' Sure, you're fine with my super-strength, but everyone gets all bent out of shape when I get the munchies!
* IconicLogo: The stylized white spider emblem on its chest and back, though each host other than Peter, Eddie, and Mania - who share the same design - has a unique variation.
* IfICantHaveYou: Its relationship to Peter and Eddie can be boiled down to this, as whenever it's not trying to kill them it jumps at the first opportunity to rebond with them.
* KillerGorilla: After being accidently separated from Flash by Scorn in ''Carnage U.S.A.'', the symbiote makes its way back to him by possessing a gorilla, which it even gives the ChestInsignia.
* KillerRabbit: One of the memories it shows Eddie Brock in ''Dark Origin'' portrays the symbiote bonding to a group of dying baby rodent-like aliens on a DeathWorld.
* KillItWithFire: Its second biggest weakness is fire, although it appears to have built up something of a resistance.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Dr. Strange's memory wipe purged the symbiote's knowledge of Spider-Man's secret identity, but not its desire to be re-bonded to him.
* LivingWeapon: When the army confiscated the symbiote from Mac Gargan, they had the bright idea of using it as a combat suit by keeping it chemically lobotomized. The first few subjects succumbed to its bloodlust and were terminated, with Flash being the first to successfully control it.
* LoudOfWar: Its biggest weakness is high-frequency sounds.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: While the symbiote has consistently been capable of forming CombatTentacles, some of the more visceral portrayals of it make it resemble something straight out of the Cthulhu Mythos: an amorphous, ravenous mass of writhing tendrils, spikes, and fanged mouths.
* MagicEnhancement: The ''Grim Hunt'', ''Venom'' Volume 2, and ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'' arcs imply that the symbiote's bonding to Spider-Man connected it to the Web of Life, the supernatural force that empowers all spider-themed superheroes and villains. The symbiote also bargained with Mephisto to receive demonic powers via the Hell Mark and attempted to absorb [[ComicBook/GhostRider Zarathos]], but neither panned out as well as it would have liked.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: After bonding with Eddie the symbiote consistently manifests a wide mouth of fangs even when not bonded to a host. Spider-Man practically said this word-for-word in one story. A few appearances show that it can look [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/1/15659/3434278-venom-separation_anxiety%232-escape_route.jpg just]] [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/1/15659/3434284-venom-separation_anxiety%234-here.jpg as]] [[http://symbiote.fr/images/comics/venom-symbiotes0109.jpg creepy]] without them.
* NoBiologicalSex: Has no sexual characteristics or gender identity. The default third-person pronoun for the symbiote is "it", though Flash occasionally refers to the symbiote using male pronouns.
* NoSell: When [[ComicBook/GhostRider Johnny Blaze]] tries to take it out with the Penance Stare, the symbiote not only proves immune but is so saturated in evil that it [[HeroicRROD causes him to burn out]].
** Due to their unique heritages, [[ComicBook/SheHulk Lyra]] and Senator Ward are apparently completely immune to the symbiote, and everything it can throw at them. The latter was able to handle it like it was nothing more than a blob of silly putty.
** A group of Skrulls who attempt to take the symbiote from Flash and have it bond to one of them discover, just a little too late, that it prefers Flash.
%%** ComicBook/TrueBelievers member Mavis Trent ("Payback") is bonded to a highly evolved symbiote (it is akin to an EnergyBeing, and prefers positive emotions to negative ones) which has largely [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/1/15776/600650-payback6.jpg overcome]] the intense heat and sound weaknesses.
* NotGoodWithRejection: The symbiote's reaction to Peter rejecting it was to break free of the Fantastic Four's containment and impersonate his original costume in order to rebond with him. Subsequently it alternates between [[IfICantHaveYou trying to kill past hosts who spurned it]] and [[PuppeteerParasite forcing itself on them]] if the opportunity presents itself.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: ''Venom #41'' reveals it's not nearly as brain-dead as Flash likes to think it is.
* OffingTheOffspring: Instinctually hates Carnage, its spawn, and Toxin, its... grand-spawn. The ''Venom[=/=]Carnage'' miniseries states this is the norm, and that a symbiote having anything other than an antagonistic relationship with its offspring would be weird.
--> '''Venom:''' Love? Between father and child? [[YourNormalIsOurTaboo That's creepy... perverse... unsymbiote]].
* OverlyLongTongue: Beginning with Erik Larsen's run, the symbiote is often portrayed with a prehensile serpentine tongue.
* {{Panacea}}: With the exception of a few drugs and poisons tailored to suppress it, the symbiote renders its hosts immune to any terrestrial disease and can even keep terminal illnesses like cancer in remission for prolonged periods of time. The Anti-Venom symbiote takes this UpToEleven by producing antibodies for every malady the human body can be afflicted with and then some.
* PickyPeopleEater: When bonded to Eddie, the symbiote had a thing for brains, which was explained as it needing chemicals found in brains to survive. After abandoning Eddie, it's become ''[[HorrorHunger much]]'' less picky about who and what it eats.
* PowerCopying: The Venom symbiote bestows its hosts with powers similar to those of Spider-Man, but amplified. With Mac, it once manifested a scorpion tail, and with the ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan it turned his waldo spider legs into biomechanical CombatTentacles.
* PowerNullifier: The symbiote set off Peter's SpiderSense [[{{Foreshadowing}} when it first bonded to him]], but it spent so long bonded to him that once it bonded to Eddie it no longer registered as a threat. Though there have been one or two instances of Spider-Man sensing Venom, either due to continuity errors, or to imply that Venom can "turn off" the nullification ability.
* [[ProdigalHero Prodigal Villain]]: The symbiote was cast into exile by its brethren, but is set to return home in the "Planet Venom" arc, beginning in ''Guardians of the Galaxy'' #21.
* PuppeteerParasite: While bonded to Peter, the symbiote would take his body out for crime-fighting joy-rides while he was sleeping. After [[TeachHimAnger bonding to Eddie]] the symbiote developed a habit of usurping control of its subsequent hosts Mac Gargan and Flash and going on feeding frenzies.
** It also did this to Peter, [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk]], and [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor even Thor]] in a ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' story. (In that AlternateReality, it was not a symbiote at all, but a true parasite.)
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: If given the opportunity to speak for itself, the symbiote is fond of dishing out scathing remarks and criticisms to both its opponents and unsatisfactory hosts.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: During Flash's tenure as a member of Red Hulk's Thunderbolts, the white parts of the symbiote became red, making it look similar to the [[http://www.bleedingedgebastard.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/tumblr_lx0yxmplTx1qc63ooo1_1280-870x1024.jpg original concept for the symbiote]] [[DevelopmentGag created by Randy Schueller]].
* ReformedButNotTamed: The symbiote actually prefers Flash Thompson as a host, or so it said just before ditching him for Eddie - although it ''did'' return to him - but that doesn't stop it from taking him over and eating people when it gets mad.
* RevengeBeforeReason: The symbiote is ''very'' spiteful, especially towards old hosts who've spurned it, and is obsessed with either killing or rebonding to Spider-Man and Eddie.
* RoyalWe: The symbiote likes to be acknowledged by its host and often takes offence if they don't use second person pronouns.
* SerialKillerKiller: When it goes off on its own in ''Venom: The Hunger'', the symbiote initially sustains itself by feeding only on "deserving" victims like a DomesticAbuser and gang members. The rift that had grown between it and Eddie causes it to be a lot less choosy in the similar ''Spectacular Spider-Man'' storyline ''also'' titled ''The Hunger''.
* ShapeshifterWeapon: While the Venom symbiote didn't initially possess this power, during a battle with Carnage in the Microverse it developed the ability to form weapons like [[BladeBelowTheShoulder blade-arms]] and a [[EpicFlail tentacle-flail]].
* ShootingSuperman: The symbiote can absorb gunfire and even send it right back, but according to Flash high-caliber weapons can still penetrate it.
* StarfishAlien: As a symbiotic shapeshifting blob from outer space, definitely qualifies. This is especially the case in ''Venom: The Hunger'', where the forms the symbiote takes while running around on its own ran the gamut from "serpentine monster" to "thing with a bunch of faces" to "[[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/1/15659/4166039-venom-the_hunger%232.jpg WTF?]]"
* StrongerWithAge: According to Flash, the symbiote is magnitudes more powerful than it was when it first bonded to Peter, and Klaw deduces that the more hosts a symbiote bonds to the stronger it becomes.[[note]]He was referring to the Carnage symbiote, but the logic still applies to Venom[[/note]]
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: The symbiote functions as one for Flash, taking over him if he gets angry and being more than happy to chow down on whoever had the misfortune of pissing him off. Retcons have it functioning as one for Peter too, making him more aggressive and callous the more it bonds with him.
* SweetTooth: It didn't mind eating chocolate in place of brains... for a while.
--> '''Eddie''' (dumping out a sack of candy bars): I feel the Other salivate with anticipation.
* TheSymbiote: Arguably the TropeNamer, and certainly the TropeCodifier.
* TheresNoPlaceLikeHome: Stories like ''Hunger'' and one from ''Spider-Man Family'' posit that the only thing the symbiote may want more than Peter is to return to its pre-pariah life on its planet of origin.
* TookALevelInBadass: In conjunction with TookALevelInJerkass: the symbiote was once the ''least'' violent member of its species, and was content with playing the part of a shape shifting costume. Three hosts later, the symbiote is considered a top-tier threat by SHIELD, will seize total control of its host's body unless chemically suppressed, can tank explosions and fire-blasts, and has shown that it is not afraid of abandoning unsatisfactory hosts and surviving prolonged periods on its own.[[note]]An experience which nearly killed its purportedly more powerful progeny, the Carnage symbiote.[[/note]]
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: While it was being held in the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Baxter Building]], the symbiote tried to coerce [[GooGooGodlike Franklin Richards]] into releasing it. When Franklin got close, the symbiote sensed how powerful he was, immediately backed off, and started cowering.
** Dirt Nap is a mutant who can copy a person's appearance and powers by swallowing them whole, and storing them in his body. Venom and Scream's symbiotes didn't agree with him, and... [[VomitIndiscretionShot well...]]
** When the symbiote first met [[ComicBook/ScarletSpider Ben Reilly]], it tried to leave the unconscious Eddie for him, sensing his [[CloningBlues similarities]] to Peter. It found the state of mind Ben was in at the time distasteful, and quickly returned to Eddie.
** The symbiote tried to eat Eddie in ''Venom: The Hunger'', but spat him out because Eddie had slathered himself in things like bug spray and cleaning chemicals in anticipation of this happening.
* ToServeMan: The symbiote has acquired ''quite'' the [[IAmAHumanitarian taste for human flesh]]. The 1996 ''The Hunger'' miniseries explained that the symbiote needs phenethylamine for its own health - which can be found most abundantly in two sources: [[BrainFood human brains]] and chocolate. The 2003 ''Spectacular Spider-Man'' arc - also titled ''The Hunger'' - and other story lines going back to the "Planet of the Symbiotes" arc state that the symbiote drains its host of adrenaline, but these seem to have been forgotten following the symbiote's separation from Eddie.
* TrulySingleParent: Symbiotes reproduce asexually, and Venom "gave birth" to [[AxCrazy Carnage]], [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Agony, Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Scream]], and technically [[GoodCostumeSwitch Anti-Venom]] and [[CloningBlues Mania]].
--> '''Toxin:''' If you're my father, Carnage--who's my mother?
--> '''Carnage:''' That ain't quite how the biology pans out, buster.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: A lot of people, including Spider-Man, have assumed that the symbiote is borderline harmless on its own. They usually learn the hard way that it is capable of putting up a fight even without a host.
* UnexplainedRecovery: The symbiote disintegrates after being given a fatal overdose in ''Venom: Finale'', but resurfaces without explanation some time later. After a failed attempt at [[http://symbiote.fr/images/comics/spiderman-v20913.jpg returning to Peter]], it finds and forces itself on Eddie.
* UpgradeVsPrototypeFight: The Carnage symbiote is more resistant to attacks that affect Venom, is even stronger than him and Spider-Man combined, and has abilities the Venom symbiote doesn't. However, since Kasady is a CompleteMonster next to Brock's AntiHero (and pretty often there's other heroes like SpiderMan there to help 'soften up' Carnage), Venom most often comes out on top. This is played with during the ''Minimum Carnage'' arc, where Flash is forced to emulate Carnage in order to defeat him.
* [[UsedToBeASweetKid Used To Be A Sweet Alien]]: All it initially wanted was [[IJustWantToBeLoved to be bonded with Peter]]. Unfortunately, Peter's rejection and Eddie's hatred [[TeachHimAnger taught it anger]] and it hasn't really looked back since.
* VampiricDraining: The symbiote leaves Eddie in ''Venom: The Hunger'' and ''The Spectacular Spider-Man: The Hunger'', and survives on its own by sucking phenethylamine (in the former) and a specific type of adrenaline (in the latter) out of people. A detective investigating the attacks in the latter even assumed they were the work of some kind of weird vampire.
* TheVoiceless: In its debut, it was mute. Beginning in the 2000's, however, it developed the ability to speak without using a host. It had an [[{{all lowercase letters}} all lowercase]] internal monologue in 1994's ''Separation Anxiety'', however.
--> '''Symbiote:''' must find eddie. others pursue us. men with fire to hurt me. eddie will help. with eddie we are venom. we are strong. [[ItIsDehumanizing these]] stand in my way. they are nothing. they can die.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Beginning in the 2000's, the symbiote talks using distorted black speech bubbles with white print.
* VolumetricMouth: DependingOnTheArtist, the symbiote is often drawn with a far larger mouth than any human could possess.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Can transform into clothing and [[ChameleonCamouflage turn invisible by blending in with the background.]]
* WeaksauceWeakness: Sonics and intense heat, the former more so than the latter. His weakness towards fire was greatly [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] in the nineties; in one instance, Spider-Man was able to fend him off with a lighter. Yes, the villain who once bested the ''[[PlayingWithFire Human Torch]]'' was frightened off by a tiny little flame. However, in the ''Siege'' arc, tossing Mac Gargan into an explosion does nothing more than [[HulkingOut piss him off]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The symbiote claims to be pregnant with a child it actually cares for in ''The Spectacular Spider-Man: The Hunger''. The baby has not been brought up since, presumably due to either being miscarried, being intended as {{foreshadowing}} for what later became Toxin, or because the symbiote was just lying about it in an attempt to engender sympathy from Spider-Man. That said, when fighting Venom, both symbiotes proclaim they intend to be the only one alive for an event they refer to as "the Spawning".
* WhatTheHellHero: The symbiote has occasionally berated Spider-Man for rejecting it when it only wanted to help him and make him stronger. VillainHasAPoint, Parker. It also accuses Flash of this when he confronts it in ''Venom'' #41, and outright attacks him for keeping it chemically suppressed in ''Superior Spider-Man'' #25.
* WholeCostumeReference: In-universe, the symbiote's design was based on the black-and-white Spider-Woman costume worn by Julia Carpenter.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: The sight of a cheap lighter and a campfire once caused the symbiote to quiver in terror, much to the derision of the Sinister Six during Eddie Brock's brief tenure as a member.
--> '''Sandman:''' Will you look at the big, bad supervillain... afraid of a little fire! Whatta sissy! Let me give you a hand, tough guy! And to think... I useta have nightmares about you!
--> '''Venom:''' DO NOT MOCK OUR PAIN!
--> '''Electro:''' I've got to admit it is a pretty silly weakness for an alleged super-criminal to have.[[note]]Says the guy who has been beaten by water.[[/note]]
* {{Yandere}}: The symbiote really can't stand the idea of any of its favorite hosts not wanting to be with it, and jumps at almost any opportunity to rebond with them when it isn't trying to kill them.
* YouCanTalk: The symbiote developed the ability to speak even without a host, starting with SssssnakeTalk-laden YouNoTakeCandle and becoming more articulate over time, although when doped up by Flash it reverts back to its early manner of speaking.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The symbiote pulls this on Eddie (to try to return to Peter), Angelo (leaving him to die), Mac (to try to return to Eddie, and possess [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Carol Danvers]]), and Flash (to try to return to Eddie ''again''). Finally, the symbiote jumps at the chance to bond with [=SpOck=] after being separated from Flash, becoming the [[http://images.wikia.com/marveldatabase/images/f/f4/Superior_Spider-Man_Vol_1_25_Textless.jpg Superior Venom]]. It's DoubleSubverted in the last case, as the symbiote realizes that Spider-Man isn't the same as he used to be and tries to return to Flash only to have [=SpOck=] [[{{Irony}} force it to stay bonded to him]].
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!Venom's Main Hosts

[[folder:Spider-Man]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Peter Benjamin Parker
-> '''Debut:''' ''Amazing Fantasy'' #15; ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' Vol. 1, #252 (with symbiote)

The symbiote's original host, and the one it [[{{Yandere}} longs for the most]]. Peter Parker was among the superheroes chosen by an entity called the Beyonder to participate in a battle between good and evil on an artificial planet called Battleworld. His costume was damaged in the course of a fight, and after learning Thor had found a machine that could repair costumes, Peter sought it out himself. He found a device that deposited a small black ball into his hand, which spread to cover his body in a jet-black and white costume inspired by his admiration of the one worn by the second Spider-Woman.

Peter quickly discovered the "Black Suit" could respond to his thoughts and whims: shapeshifting to resemble any clothing he imagined, creating its own webbing, and sliding away from his mouth so he could eat and drink without taking off his mask. Impressed, Peter took the Black Suit with him when he was returned to Earth. Despite its advantages, the Black Suit's autonomy began to unnerve Peter, who was becoming increasingly exhausted: the Black Suit was [[PuppeteerParasite taking over his body while he slept and using it to fight crime]]. Wanting answers, Peter visited the ComicBook/FantasticFour and asked Reed Richards to analyze it. Richards revealed to Peter that the Black Suit was not a costume, but a sentient extraterrestrial [[TheSymbiote symbiote]] that was attempting to permanently merge with him. Horrified and disgusted, Peter had the Fantastic Four remove the creature, discovering it was [[WeaksauceWeakness vulnerable to intense sonics and heat]], and returned to his classic red-and-blue outfit. The symbiote [[NotGoodWithRejection did not take Peter's rejection well]] and eventually escaped captivity, disguising itself as Peter's original costume and attempting to force itself on him during a fight with the Vulturions. In his struggle to remove it, Peter retreated to the bell-tower of an abandoned church and rung the bell, weakening the symbiote, which seemingly sacrificed itself to save him. Peter was given a synthetic copy of the Black Suit by his then-girlfriend Felicia Hardy, who thought it was sexier than his red-and-blue costume, and wore it until the symbiote returned in the form of Venom. He still wears it from time to time, usually when a villain pushes his BerserkButton too far.

Peter's second victory over the original Venom, Eddie Brock, ended with him exploiting the symbiote's lingering desire for him, though Brock and the symbiote quickly returned to serve as one of his most prominent arch-enemies. Peter's enmity with Eddie Brock ranged from being sworn enemies to reluctant allies, and they were frequently forced to co-operate to combat the symbiote's insane spawn, Carnage. When Eddie attempted suicide after giving up the symbiote, Peter saved him and convinced him to keep on living and [[TheAtoner redeem himself]]. He expressed outright contempt of Mac Gargan during the latter's stint as the third incarnation of Venom, and Flash Thompson being the fourth Venom put strain on their friendship in spite of each being oblivious to the other's secret identity. During the [[ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan period in which Otto Octavius switched minds with Peter]], the symbiote attempted to rebond to its original host after being separated from Flash, but was disgusted by the "[[ComicBook/DoctorOctopus new-and-improved]]" Spider-Man and tried to return to Thompson. Otto subjugated the symbiote with his will until it decided to completely take him over, at which point he [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind fought to expel it]]. When Otto failed and gave up, the remnants of Peter's psyche intervened and the symbiote returned to Flash.

!!Tropes pertaining to Peter Parker

* AlternateSelf: Given how iconic the symbiote is, it's rare to find a retelling or adaptation that hasn't featured Symbiote Spider-Man, and a few ''WhatIf''s have asked the question of what would happen if the symbiote returned to Peter, or what would happen if they never separated to begin with.
** In ''What If the Alien Costume Had Possessed Spider-Man?'', Peter is accidentally killed by the symbiote, which tries to atone for this by curing Bruce Banner of his Hulk problem but is killed by a vengeful Felicia Hardy.
** In ''What If? Brave New World'', Peter is trapped on Battleworld with the other combatants. Over time, the symbiote assimilates his body until all that's left of him is a skeleton and his psyche, with the symbiote's biomass forming their body
** In MarvelComics2, the symbiote rebonds to Peter, taking him over to create Spider-Venom. It later bonds to his daughter Mayday [[HeelFaceTurn to save her life]].
** In the ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' comic, the Black Suit is a cancer cure-turned-bioweapon created by Richard Parker that Peter accidentally exposes himself to. While he initially has the time of his life, he almost eats a burglar who reminds him of his Uncle's killer and realizes too late that the Suit is too dangerous to use. While he manages to rid himself of it and destroy the sample, Eddie Brock exposes himself to a second sample to become Venom. Said second sample later leaves Eddie to take over Peter until it's suppressed by the Ultimates.
** In ''MarvelMangaverse'', Peter finds a cursed amulet that turns his costume black-and-white, amplifying his powers, but starts corrupting him at the same time. The cursed amulet [[HeroicSacrifice is removed by Venom]], who mysteriously returns in a more monstrous form.
** In the ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' cartoon, the symbiote was created from a sample of Peter's blood and seeks to return to him. While it briefly bonds with him, it's notable that Harry Osborn is the one who becomes Symbiote Spider-Man, at least until he loses control of the symbiote.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Originally, the symbiote did not boost Spidey's powers or make him more aggressive, and he simply tried to kill the symbiote when he found out that it was alive and trying to bond with him. When later writers decided to use it as a new villain, they gave the previous story a quick RetCon [[NewerThanTheyThink based on the symbiote's portrayal in the 1994 animated series]], and gave Peter a better excuse.
* CheapCostume: Black Cat, who thought the Black Suit was sexier than Spidey's classic red-and-blues, made him a synthetic version that he wore until Venom attacked Mary-Jane.
* CostumeCopycat:
** The Black Suit's appearance was based off of the second Spider-Woman's costume, which Peter had been admiring at the time.
** Eddie Brock, Mac Gargan, and Peter himself have invoked this, the former two by impersonating Symbiote Spider-Man to discredit Peter, and the Peter to infiltrate the Dark Avengers.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Black Cat thought [[EvilIsSexy Peter's black costume]] was sexy and made him a synthetic version after he ditched the symbiote. He only puts it on to invoke EvilCostumeSwitch, though.
* ADarkerMe: Following the {{retcon}}, Peter became increasingly aggressive under the symbiote's influence, especially when it was in complete control of his body. Spider-Man himself invokes this, as when he's pushed too far he puts on the synthetic black suit Black Cat gave him, [[BewareTheSilentOnes stops cracking jokes]], and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown stops pulling his punches]]. Just ask Wilson Fisk.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: On special occasions, like when Wilson Fisk hired a sniper who almost shot Aunt May and Kraven the Hunter's family killed Kaine, Peter puts the Black Suit on and invokes this by not joking around and not holding back.
* LegacyCharacter: When Mac Gargan agrees to join Norman Osborn's ComicBook/DarkAvengers, he's given a drug that reverts the symbiote back to the way it looked when it was bonded to Peter. Also doubles as EvilCounterpart since Mac was still more-than happy to eat people.
* IconicOutfit: The Black Suit is hands-down Spider-Man's most famous and iconic costume aside from his red-and-blues, to the point of being featured in _every_ adaptation since its inception.
* {{Retcon}}: Initially the Black Suit _was_ just a snazzy new shapeshifting costume, but its lack of popularity quickly led it to be turned into an alien parasite. The idea that the Black Suit was making Peter evil stems from ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', as prior to that Peter rejected the symbiote out of disgust and terror at learning it was alive and wanting to bond to him.
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: Subverted initially, as all the Black Suit did was [[PuppeteerParasite take his body out for joyrides while he slept]].
* SymbioticPossession: Played with: All the symbiote wanted to do was help Peter, something [[WhatTheHellHero it has repeatedly berated him for]], but Peter was becoming increasingly unnerved by its autonomy and that it was joy-riding his body while he was asleep to fight crime.
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[[folder:Venom I / Anti-Venom I / Toxin II]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Edward "Eddie" Charles Allan Brock
-> '''Debut:''' ''Web of Spider-Man'' #18; ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' #299 (as Venom); ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' #569 (as Anti-Venom); ''Venom'' Vol. 2, #17 (as Toxin II)

Probably the most famous incarnation of Venom. Eddie's mother died during childbirth, and as a result his father became [[AbusiveParents cold and distant]], instilling a thirst in Eddie to [[WellDoneSonGuy impress him]]. As an adult, he becomes a journalist for the Daily Globe. Eddie's luck changes for the worst when he is contacted by a a man claiming to be the serial killer called the Sin Eater. Eddie's interviews with the Sin Eater initially bring him great success until the police force him to out his source, Emil Gregg, who unbeknownst to him is a compulsive confessor. The very next day Spider-Man debunks Brock's article by capturing the real killer, and Brock [[TraumaCongaLine is fired from the Daily Globe, diagnosed with cancer, divorced by his wife, and disowned by his father]]. Reputation destroyed, he is only able to find employment as a two-bit writer for a disreputable tabloid. [[FreudianExcuse Blaming Spider-Man for his troubles]], he begins to work out obsessively in an attempt to assuage his rage.

Eventually, Eddie [[DespairEventHorizon cannot take it anymore]]. Raised a devout Catholic, he goes to his local church to pray for forgiveness for the [[DrivenToSuicide suicide he is contemplating]] - unaware that Spider-Man had used the bells in the selfsame church to drive away the black symbiote. The symbiote, lying in wait in the rafters for an appropriate host, bonds to Brock, drawn by his obsession with Spider-Man. In the process, Brock learns Spider-Man's true identity, and Brock's overwhelming hatred for Spider-Man [[TeachHimAnger turns the already bitter]] symbiote's love into a [[IfICantHaveYou twisted obsession]].

Calling himself Venom, Eddie becomes one of Spider-Man's most formidable foes: stronger, faster, and immune to his SpiderSense. He wages a campaign of torment against Peter Parker, invading his private life and threatening his loved ones. He is not altogether evil, though: he exhibits [[PetTheDog moments of compassion]], like rescuing a little girl during a pitched battle with Spider-Man. A turning point in Eddie's life occurred when he was separated from the symbiote by the villain Styx's cancerous touch, and was imprisoned in Ravencroft alongside nihilistic serial killer Cletus Kasady. The symbiote eventually returned to him and broke him free, and Eddie seemingly succeeded in killing Spider-Man and took to living a peaceful existence. Unbekowst to him, the symbiote had asexually reproduced and left its spawn in the prison cell, where it bonded with Kasady to become [[AxCrazy Carnage]]. Spider-Man is forced to reveal his continued survival to Eddie and they declare [[EnemyMine a reluctant truce]] to defeat Carnage, after which Eddie moves to San Francisco for a time and becomes the "[[SociopathicHero Lethal Protector]]" of a subterranean community of homeless people formed by the 1906 earthquake. Eddie is eventually abducted by the [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Life Foundation Organization]], which forces the Venom symbiote to give birth to five more offspring, [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Lasher, Phage, Riot, Agony, and Scream]], who beg Eddie for help controlling their symbiotes, though he wants nothing to do with them, believing they will turn out to be as bad as Carnage.[[note]]-Scream ultimately snaps and tries to kills the others, which later [[FusionDance merge together]] and bond to a VAULT guard named Scott Washington, becoming Hybrid.-[[/note]] Ultimately, Eddie returns to New York and to villainy following his ex-wife's suicide, temporarily joining the Sinister Six before a falling out with Sandman.

Eventually, it is revealed that the symbiote chose Brock as a host not only for his mutual hatred of Spider-Man, but also for the fact that it could leech off the excess adrenaline his cancerous body produces, keeping the disease in remission. However, the symbiote [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no longer wishes to remain bonded to a dying host]], especially one that refuses to [[BrainFood feed it]]. Undergoing a HeelFaithTurn, Brock, disgusted by the symbiote's [[ToServeMan growing bloodlust]], decides to sell it to the highest bidder and donate the proceeds to charity, knowing it will mean [[HeroicSacrifice the death of him]]. Unfortunately, the highest bidder turns out to be crime boss Don Fortunato, who gives the symbiote to his son Angelo. Proving an "unworthy" host in the symbiote's eyes, it abandons Angelo mid-jump, and the man falls to his death. Feeling responsible, Brock spirals into depression and attempts suicide numerous times, but is ultimately freed from his obsession with Venom by Spider-Man, who advises him to use the time he has left to atone. Eddie is acquitted of his crimes by [[Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} Matt Murdock]] and his cancer is cured courtesy of the healing abilities of philanthropist Martin Li, who offers him a job at his soup kitchen, which Eddie eagerly accepts.

The remains of the symbiote in his bloodstream, altered by Li's [[YinYangBomb mystical powers]], merge with his white blood cells and transform Brock into the ''slightly'' more heroic "Anti-Venom" when the Venom symbiote, having sensed Eddie no longer has cancer, attempts to leave its then-current host, Mac Gargan, and rebond with him. In this guise, he battles Gargan several times - having come to consider the symbiote to be [[MyGreatestFailure his greatest failure]] - and calls off his vendetta against Spider-Man for good. He attempts to become a true hero, setting out to cure drug addicts and hustlers with the help of an ex-junkie named [[MoralityChain Jenna Cole]], but struggles to suppress his [[SanitySlippage murderous]] [[HairTriggerTemper impulses]] after he learns his savior Martin Li is the supervillain Mr. Negative. As Anti-Venom, Eddie clashes with [[ComicBook/ThePunisher the Punisher]] and plays a key role in exposing Mr. Negative's true identity to the public, but ultimately he is forced to depower during the ''ComicBook/SpiderIsland'' storyline so the Anti-Venom suit can be used to make an antidote to cure the infected millions of New York. Eddie [[KnightTemplar sets out to slay the remaining symbiotes]], starting with [[BackForTheDead Hybrid and Scream]], but after he is knocked out trying to kill the fourth incarnation of Venom, Flash Thompson, he is captured by the Crime Master, who bonds the Toxin symbiote to him. As Toxin, Eddie attacks Venom again, but is [[NeverFoundTheBody seemingly killed]] when Venom attempts to burn the Toxin symbiote and it drags Brock into the flames. It is later revealed Eddie survived, still bonded to the Toxin symbiote and still obsessed with killing Venom, having reverted back to his "Lethal Protector" mindset. Eddie pursues Venom to Philadelphia for a rematch, but their fight is interrupted by the Symbiote Slayers, cybernetic parasites similar to the symbiotes themselves. Toxin and Venom [[EnemyMine reluctantly team up]] to defeat the Symbiote Slayers, and Eddie begrudgingly concedes that he will leave Flash alone as long he uses the symbiote to do good.

* EightiesHair: Eddie's had hairstyles ranging from a flattop to a mullet during the 80's and 90's, even switching to flat out BarbarianLonghair, and now has a crew cut.
* AbusiveParents: His wife's death left Carl Brock a shell of a man who barely acknowledged his children.
* AntiHero: As Venom, Eddie starts off as a NominalHero before mellowing into an UnscrupulousHero, killing almost anyone who got in his way provided he didn't consider them "innocent". As Anti-Venom, he made an effort to stop killing people, but occasionally slipped back into his Lethal Protector mindset. As Toxin, however, he's fully reverted back to his Lethal Protector mindset and has no problem killing and eating bad guys.
* AntiHeroSubstitute: In an alternate universe where he remained bonded to the Enigma Force, Spider-Man [[CurbStompBattle settled his rivalry with Venom]] before deciding to join the big-league superheroes and left Eddie to become the new wall crawler.
* TheAtoner: What he tried to become as Anti-Venom.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Had a beloved step or half-sister named Mary. When she fell into a coma due to an incident involving ComicBook/{{Nova}}, Eddie blamed the hero for it, and went after him. She was retconned into being his older sister in ''Dark Origin'', and is [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse presumably]] still in that ConvenientComa.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Anti-Venom's and Toxin's eye patches are jet-black, though as Anti-Venom he's not evil (and he's still not that evil as Toxin).
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: While not a power he possessed as Venom, as Anti-Venom and Toxin he developed the ability to morph his limbs into bladed weapons.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Eddie's hair color ranges from light to strawberry blond, and has occasionally been drawn as brown.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Eddie's definitions of guilt and innocence were inconsistent at best.
* BodyHorror: When the Juggernaut knocked him into a vat containing a sentient insanity-inducing virus in ''The Madness'', the results were... [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/1/12871/1628085-kitty.jpg disturbing]].
* BrainFood: Even before [[IAmAHumanitarian Mac Gargan]] took this UpToEleven, Eddie was known to threaten to devour various body parts - especially brains. A later retcon gave the symbiote an addiction to phenethylamine and adrenaline and caused it to force Eddie to commit cannibalism, but this was seemingly discarded after it bonded to Angelo.
* BreakoutVillain: Eddie-as-Venom is one of Spider-Man's most popular antagonists, and has been featured in almost every adaptation since his debut.
* BrokenAce: Growing up, Eddie was a straight-A student with multiple sports medals, became a successful journalist, and married a successful lawyer. [[WellDoneSonGuy All to please his aloof father]].
* ButtMonkey: In the ''Return of the Sinister Six'' he's treated like dirt by the other villains, his weaknesses are brought UpToEleven (just the sight of a campfire and a lighter are enough to freak him out) and his stint as an anti-hero is the subject of repeated mockery. He gets his revenge when he nearly kills Electro, Kraven II, and the Sandman.
* CantStayNormal: Eddie goes from being Venom to Anti-Venom to Toxin with brief periods of humanity in between.
* CatchPhrase: As Anti-Venom up until he became Toxin, Eddie's was "I AM THE CURE!" Doubles as a BadassBoast.
* CharacterDevelopment: Zigzagged, as while Eddie slowly became more heroic as Venom and even tried to make the leap to true heroism as Anti-Venom, he lapsed back into Lethal Protector mode as Toxin. Even so, he was more willing to give Flash a chance to prove himself a hero than he was with Spider-Man.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Eddie started off as a standard supervillain but soon developed MoralMyopia in regards to those he considered innocent (see AntiHero above). Eventually, he had a HeelFaithTurn and gave up being Venom. As Anti-Venom he ''tried'' to become a hero, but as Toxin he's back to being a SociopathicHero. His religious devotion, which was ignored while he was Venom, was turned UpToEleven as Anti-Venom.
** Even Spider-Man went through this. Originally, the symbiote did not boost Spidey's powers or make him more aggressive, and he simply tried to kill the symbiote when he found out that it was alive and trying to bond with him. When later writers decided to use it as a new villain, they gave the previous story a quick RetCon [[NewerThanTheyThink based on the symbiote's portrayal in the 1994 animated series]], and gave Peter a better excuse.
* CheapCostume: While dying of cancer, Eddie was drilled into almost killing the hospitalized Aunt May by hallucinations of Venom, and donned a store-bought black Spider-Man costume for the occasion.
--> '''Eddie:''' It's cheap nylon. It hangs loosely on my body. It's nothing like the symbiote. But it's everything... the only thing... I need now.
* CheshireCatGrin: Venom, as originally drawn by Todd [=McFarlane=], simply had an abnormally wide smile. It wasn't until Erik Larsen took over that he got his trademark [[FangsAreEvil fangs]] and OverlyLongTongue.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Eddie's religion was downplayed during his stint as Venom, only to get brought back as the driving force behind his HeelFaceDoorSlam and rejection of the Venom symbiote. As Anti-Venom, he even comes to consider himself the one anointed by God to kill the demon that is Venom.
* ChurchMilitant: As mentioned above, Eddie is a devout Catholic who sees himself on a mission from God to destroy the symbiotes, and even turned the Our Lady of Saints church into his base of operations.
* ConsummateLiar: ''Dark Origins'' reveals Eddie was a chronic liar, stemming from his desire for acknowledgement, and even lied his way into getting a job at The Globe.
* CostumeCopycat: Aside from his tongue, fangs, claws, and eyes, Eddie-as-Venom was almost identical to Peter's black suit, a fact he exploited on occasion.
* CourtroomEpisode: Eddie was captured and put on trial in... ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin On Trial]]''. ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} was his attorney, and Carnage was brought in as a witness for the prosecution.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Venom murdered a Vault Guardsman during one of his escapes. The man's wealthy father assembled a group of his son's grieving friends, gave them PoweredArmor, and dubbed them "The Jury".
* CreepyLongFingers: When drawn by John Romita, Jr. his fingers are unnaturally long, sometimes looking more like tentacles than digits. He also had these as Anti-Venom.
* DeadpanSnarker: Part of being Peter's EvilCounterpart, he's known to be the villain that actually makes ''Spidey'' scream "Shut up!"
* DependingOnTheArtist: Eddie has been drawn with hair colour ranging from brown to blond, and his appearance as Venom has changed drastically depending on who's drawing him.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Eddie's characterization and backstory vary ''wildly'' depending on who's writing him.
* DrivenToSuicide: He's tried to kill himself numerous times, including in his origin story.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Eddie is annoyed when one of Mr. Negative's goons continuously interrupts his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and completely incredulous when he learns that the thug is more afraid of [[DeadPersonImpersonation the Wraith]] than he is of [[LovecraftianSuperpower him]].
--> '''Anti-Venom:''' "The Wraith"?
--> '''Mook:''' She-- She's everywhere, man!
--> '''Anti-Venom:''' And you're ''more'' scared of her... than ''me?!'' *tosses the Mook in the river* Idiot!
** After ''Spider-Island'', Eddie was hailed as a hero for giving up the Anti-Venom symbiote, but a few months later was homeless and penniless with only an arsenal of advanced weaponry and his anti-symbiote crusade for comfort.
* EasyAmnesia: Numerous blows to the head once made him forget various details about Spider-Man, including that he was Peter Parker.
* EnemyMine: Would reluctantly arrange temporary alliances with Spider-Man to fight a common enemy neither could beat on their own, usually Carnage. He also forms a temporary alliance with Flash Thompson to fight the Symbiote Slayers.
* EvilCounterpart: To Peter Parker, and later Flash Thompson.
* EvilMeScaresMe: The reason he hates the symbiote so much is because of the things he did under its influence.
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: When Jorge Valdez rubbed the fact that Jenna Cole is back on drugs and "[his] girl" in Eddie's face, the first thing he did was grab the nearest thug and rip him in half while screaming in rage.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Eddie went from being a disgraced, terminally ill journalist to a monster simply by virtue of being in the right place at the right time.
* TheFundamentalist: After his HeelFaithTurn he [[TheScourgeOfGod takes his religion a little too seriously]], especially in the middle of his SanitySlippage when it becomes the rock that he clings to. As Venom and Toxin, however, his zealotry is downplayed in favor of him eating people.
* {{Gasshole}}: When he [[MonstrousCannibalism ate]] (not absorbed, ''[[http://www.4thletter.net/gavok/venom/urp1.jpg ate]]'') the Carnage symbiote, he at first had trouble keeping it down, sprouting red tendrils, and burping almost non-stop.
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: His initial characterization when he first debuted.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: As Anti-Venom his eyes were glowing red - and occasionally yellow.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Eddie referred to Jenna Cole as his "angel" in that she gave him motivation to not give in to his fraying sanity and resist the murderous impulses left over from the symbiote, which he referred to as his "devil".
* GoodCostumeSwitch: As Anti-Venom he is a colour-inverted version of Mac Gargan's Venom form.
* GoodIsNotNice: As Anti-Venom and Toxin he was a good guy, but not adverse to using lethal force.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Despite possessing the ability to generate CombatTentacles and spikes to dispose of pests, Eddie generally relies on his fists and claws in a fight.
* HealingHands: The Anti-Venom symbiote generated antibodies that could purge just about anything from drugs to symbiotes to radiation, though overusing this ability weakens him. Anti-Venom's cameo as Pestilence in an alternate universe version of Apocalypse's Four Horseman suggests that he can use this power to harm.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: His status swayed from story to story throughout the late 90s and into the 2000s until Mac Gargan took over.
--> '''ComicBook/MarvelAdventures Venom:''' *drapes his arm around Spider-Man's shoulder* We're sick of being hounded by the law! We want to use our powers to help people, just like you! Show us the ropes, Spider-Man! Let us apprentice ourselves to you... as your sidekick! They'll call us "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Venom... Lethal Protector!]]"
* HellishPupils: In the 1995 ChristmasSpecial ''The Venom Claus'', Venom's eyes are drawn so that they had a black pupil-like slit, which was adapted into his appearance in the 1990's animated series.
* [[HorrifyingHero Horrifying Anti-Hero]]: Eddie prides himself for being one as the "Lethal Protector" and Anti-Venom. Flash even describes him as "pretty frightening -- but kind of nice, too" following their EnemyMine against the Symbiote Slayers.
** TerrorHero: As Venom, Eddie used his {{Lovecraftian Superpower}}s, monstrous appearance, and threats of cannibalism to intimidate people, making him a combination of Types I and III. As Anti-Venom, he thinks of himself as a Type V and is [[DudeWheresMyRespect insulted when he finds that is not the case]].
* HulkingOut: When Eddie or it gets angry, the symbiote can bulk up to massive proportions. Special mention goes to Eddie's first appearance as Toxin, where he was at least twenty feet tall.
* HunterOfHisOwnKind: As Anti-Venom and Toxin, Eddie has devoted himself to taking out Venom and Carnage.
* IAmAHumanitarian: Eddie's aversion to satiating the Venom symbiote's appetite varies DependingOnTheWriter, but aside from ''The Hunger'' - where, in spite of his disgust, the symbiote forced him to follow through on his BrainFood threats - he was never shown actually eating people as Venom. As Toxin, he devours one of the symbiote slayers during his fight with Venom to prove a point to Flash. In the [[ExpandedUniverse novels]] featuring him, particularly ''The Venom Factor'', he's a lot less picky about munching on those he deems guilty.
* ImColdSoCold: His not so last words in ''The Hunger'', after the symbiote abandons him to hunt on its own.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Eddie's attitude pre-HeelFaceTurn, to the point where he has to remind himself that his therapist repeatedly reminds him that he is ''not'' the only important person in the world.
* JaggedMouth: As Anti-Venom, Eddie was often drawn with black fangs similar to Carnage's.
* KingOfTheHomeless: During his time in San Francisco he lived in an UnderCity with the indigent.
* KnightTemplar: As Venom he was obsessed with killing Spider-Man. As Anti-Venom and as Toxin, he was obsessed with killing [[MyGreatestFailure Venom]] and the [[OffingTheOffspring rest of the symbiotes as well]].
* LargeHam: Very prone to chewing the scenery, especially as Anti-Venom.
* LegacyCharacter:
** Eddie passed on the identity of Venom to Angelo Fortunato, and later became the second incarnation of Toxin.
** A new Anti-Venom is among the "D-list do-gooders" recruited by Roderick Kingsley in ''ComicBook/{{Axis}}: Hobgoblin''. Doubles as a DevelopmentGag, since Cullen Bunn had planned to bring the character back in the ''Venom'' series. Whether he has some kind of duplicate of the symbiote or is just wearing a convincing yet entirely mundane costume is left unsaid.
---> '''Roderick:''' Hello, do-gooders!
---> '''Captain Ultra:''' [[{{Squee}} He means us!]]
---> '''Anti-Venom II:''' [[HellYesMoment Yeaaaaaah!]]
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Venom spent most of the 1990's fighting and teaming up with other vigilantes.
* MakeWayForTheNewVillains: Venom's threat level was diminished by the appearance of Carnage and villains with powers revolving around the symbiote's weaknesses.
* ManBitesMan: Both as Venom and Toxin, Eddie didn't hesitate to put his [[FangsAreEvil teeth]] to use.
* MementoMacguffin: An old photo he carried around convinced Eddie, burnt out over the whole superhero[=/=]villain thing, to try and reconnect with his ex-wife. This ended tragically.
* TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf: After divesting himself of the symbiote, Eddie keeps seeing Venom's face in place of his reflection and wonders if this is the case for him.
* MoralityChain[=/=]LivingEmotionalCrutch: Jenna Cole was one for Anti-Venom, as without her he started slipping back into his "Lethal Protector" persona.
--> '''Anti-Venom:''' *while massacring Mexican gangsters* I try to be good, I really do. But... my angel. He's got my angel. He's making her do things. Things she's not supposed to do anymore. I think about it and it makes me wanna force men's bodies to do things they're '''not supposed to do.''' Men like these... they bring out the evil in people. That's how they make their money. They don't want you to change for the good... '''So I show them the ''old'' me.'''
* MultipleChoicePast: Eddie is either the son of a millionaire who became a successful journalist until tragedy struck, or the son of a working-class suburbanite who lied his way into success before getting his comeuppance.
* [[MyGirlIsNotASlut My Girl Is Not A Junkie]]: As Anti-Venom, calling Jenna Cole a junkie was a ''really'' bad idea. We're looking at you, [[ComicBook/{{Punisher}} Frank Castle]].
* NecessarilyEvil: Eddie lamented killng Hybrid since Scott was a good person and using the symbiote to do good, but justified doing so with the statement that it was either Scott die along with the rest of the symbiote hosts or the whole world would be overtaken later.
* NeverMyFault: Eddie blamed Spider-Man for the series of unfortunate events that ruined his professional and personal life. To be fair, he genuinely didn't know that Emil Greg was a compulsive confessor and was forced into outting him by the police and his boss. Spider-Man catching the ''real'' Sin Eater the following day was just a bad coincidence.
* NoSell: As Anti-Venom he not only laughed off the traditional weaknesses of symbiotes - fire and sonics - the only things effective against him were an anti-antivenom Norman Osborn created specifically to kill him and Mr. Negative's Darkforce magic. [[TooPowerfulToLive Small wonder he only appeared a handful of times before being depowered]].
* OffingTheOffspring: Carnage, Toxin, and the Life Foundation symbiotes were all on Eddie's hit list.
* OffModel: Purposely done by artist John Romita, Jr., who depicted Venom as being perpetually warped and distorted.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: During Eddie's tenure as Venom if he teamed up with Peter, it was for this reason. As Toxin, Eddie promises Flash that he will let him be so long as he uses the Venom symbiote for good, but ''[[InsistentTerminology when]]'' he looses control of it, Toxin will MercyKill him.
* PapaWolf: Killed a ''clown'' when he thought it was threatening a child. As Anti-Venom he was violently protective of [[MoralityChain Jenna Cole]].
* PermaStubble: Eddie usually has five o'clock shadow.
* PetTheDog: Eddie's had several moments of compassion, but his most recent is putting his vendetta on Flash on hold, which he did a lot more readily than his grudge against Peter.
* {{Phlegmings}}: Venom is frequently drawn with copious amounts of green slobber.
* PoisonousPerson: As Venom, Eddie develops a poisonous bite that almost kills Sandman, and he retains this ability as Toxin, using it to off Megatak.
* RageAgainstTheReflection: After being separated from the symbiote, Edddie continues to see Venom's face whenever he looks in the mirror, and begins to undergo SanitySlippage until he meets Martin Li.
* RageBreakingPoint: When Jenna Cole was abducted by the Quintas Cartel and relapsed into drug use, Eddie - who had resolved to [[HeelFaceTurn redeem himself]] and reign in his fraying sanity for her sake - massacred a building full of armed thugs in a fit of rage, [[NoKillLikeOverkill tearing several of them apart]].
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: As Toxin, Eddie is mostly red but has black lower arms and lower body with red TaintedVeins. A reporter even mistakes him for Carnage due to this.
* RedemptionQuest: As Anti-Venom, Eddie swore he would destroy [[MyGreatestFailure Venom]] once and for all. He continued this after being depowered, expanding his [[KnightTemplar crusade to include all symbiotes]], [[spoiler: killing Scream and Hybrid]], but was [[CantStayNormal turned into Toxin]] by the Crime Master. He maintains that the relationship between him and Toxin is a [[EnemyMine temporary truce to kill Venom]], but Flash accuses him of ''enjoying'' being bonded to a symbiote.
* ReformedButNotTamed: As Anti-Venom, Eddie tried his hand at being a hero but his less-than-stable psyche caused him to slip up a few times, and as Toxin he reverts to his Lethal Protector persona.
* ReformedButRejected: When Eddie tries to expose Martin Li as Mr. Negative, Spider-Man attacks him and refuses to listen to Eddie's explanations, believing he's reverted back to his brain-eating phase. Eddie loses patience and almost ''does'' perform a FaceHeelTurn, but stops himself and storms off after webbing Spider-Man up.
* ReligiousBruiser: Eddie returns to Catholicism with a vengeance after divesting himself of the Venom symbiote, and he's more than capable of kicking ass.
* {{Retcon}}: ''Dark Origin'' retconned his backstory to bring him more in line with his ''Spider-Man 3'' self, but has largely been ignored.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Eddie's and the symbiote's vendetta against Spider-Man is a classic case of this: Eddie for losing his job and reputation; the symbiote for being rejected. As Anti-Venom, when Eddie learns his LivingEmotionalCrutch Jenna Cole is back on drugs again... the [[ExtremeMeleeRevenge result isn't pretty]].
* RoyalWe: Refers to himself as "we" due to the presence of the symbiote. Gargan averts this, as does Flash mostly.
* SanitySlippage: The Venom symbiote's growing influence over Eddie is one of the reasons he parts ways with it, and as Anti-Venom he suffers relapses into his Lethal Protector mindset following the revelation that Martin Li is Mr. Negative or if Jenna Cole is in danger.
** ''The Madness'' miniseries had Eddie dealing with the symbiote, a sapient insanity-inducing virus they had accidentally merged with, and extra dimensional demons that had taken to tormenting them. He ends up exploding (figuratively) and nearly rapes and kills his LoveInterest while screaming incoherently and shapeshifting uncontrollably.
* TheScourgeOfGod: As Anti-Venom and as a human before being bonded to Toxin, Eddie's fundamentalist Catholic worldview coupled with his tenuous hold on sanity to convince him that God had chosen him as a holy warrior to purge the world of sinners, starting with anyone bonded to a symbiote.
* SelfDestructMechanism: During his tenure as a government operative he had a thermite bomb equipped with communications gear implanted in his chest. He eventually removed it (a failsafe prevented the symbiote from expelling it or tampering with it) via painful SelfSurgery.
* SerialKillerKiller: Eddie's most frequent targets were street-level criminals, thugs, and killers - people deserving of being turned into symbiote chow.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Despite looking like a heavyweight professional wrestler when not in monster-mode, Eddie is smarter than he looks and often puts the investigative skills he developed as a reporter to good use.
* SociopathicHero: Eddie thinks nothing of killing those he deems guilty, although he has been persuaded to call truces with Spider-Man and Agent Venom.
* StrangerBehindTheMask: During Venom's first appearance his identity was treated as a mystery, only for the enigmatic supervillain to be revealed as... a completely original, never before seen character.
** RememberTheNewGuy: Although Peter knew who he was, even if the readers didn't.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: [[AllThereInTheManual Marvel's official handbook]] has variously ranked Eddie, both as Venom and Anti-Venom, as being able to lift either 11 tons, putting him just over Peter's 10 tons; or 25 tons, making him a little more than twice as strong as Spidey but weaker than Carnage. However, there have been occasions where he duked it out with the Juggernaut[[note]]albeit while enhanced by a sentient virus that amplified all of his abilities[[/note]] - whose strength is technically limitless - and Mac Gargan - who was able to lift 15 tons even without the Venom symbiote, which boosted his strength to ''60'' tons - and came out on top.[[note]]Although the Anti-Venom symbiote's ability to corrode the Venom symbiote factored in as well.[[/note]]
** Possibly the best[=/=]worst instance of this occurred in ''All-Access'' #1, which had him almost effortlessly smack around Spidey and ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''... [[http://cdn.denofgeek.us/sites/denofgeekus/files/styles/insert_main_wide_image/public/venommo1.jpg at the same time]].
* SpikesOfVillainy: As Anti-Venom, Eddie had spikes protruding from his shoulders.
* StartOfDarkness: Chronicled in ''Uncanny Origins'' #7, ''Seed of Darkness'', and ''Dark Origin'', the latter of which [[SeriesContinuityError contradicts the first two on a lot of points]].
* StrawHypocrite: During their second rematch, Flash accuses Eddie of being one for claiming that all symbiotes are demons that need to be exterminated and then getting "chummy" with the Toxin symbiote.
* SuperWindowJump: Invoked in ''The Enemy Within''.
--> '''ComicBook/{{Morbius}}:''' I still don't understand -- why not the front door, Venom?
--> '''Venom:''' Something about dramatic entrances, Morbie -- we'll explain later.
* SymbioticPossession: Eddie and the Venom symbiote got along perfectly until its growing bloodlust clashed with his growing conscience. He tells Agent Venom that he and the Toxin symbiote have reached an understanding that they'll try to kill each other after killing Venom, but Flash believes he's in denial about enjoying being bonded to a symbiote.
* TakeMeInstead: Horrifically inverted when Eddie and his future wife Ann are attacked by a gang in the prequel series ''Dark Origin''.
--> '''Eddie:''' P-please... just leave me alone. Take the girl... I won't say anything...
* TearsOfFear: During the ''ComicBook/SpiderIsland'' series, Eddie is reduced to sobbing in terror when the Venom symbiote takes advantage of him overusing his healing powers to ditch Flash Thompson and rebond with him.
--> '''Eddie:''' Not again! No! Please, God!
--> '''Venom:''' Home, sweet symbiosis!
* TenLittleMurderVictims: The premise of ''Separation Anxiety'': A depowered Eddie and a reporter are held captive in an AbandonedWarehouse by the Life Foundation symbiotes, and someone starts killing them off one by one...
* ThatManIsDead: He seems to do this whenever he develops a new identity.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: His to-do list in ''Spider-Man'' Vol. 2, #10.
** 1. Kill my [[CrankyLandlord landlord]]
** 2. Kill Spider-Man
** 3. Get symbiote back from Carnage
** 4. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Kill Spider-Man]]
** 5. Destroy ''The Daily Bugle''
** 6. [[RuleOfThree Kill Spider-Man]]
** 7. [[OverlyLongGag Kill Spider-Man]]
* UnscrupulousHero: While Eddie considered himself to be a hero, when bonded to Venom and later Toxin he had no qualms about brutally murdering and even eating those he considered guilty.
* TheUnsmile: In ''Dark Origin'', Eddie is shown with an unnaturally wide, creepy grin.
--> '''Eddie:''' [[ArcWords It was easy]].
* VillainTeamUp: He briefly allies with Carnage to kill the original Toxin in ''Venom[=/=]Carnage'', and was a member of one incarnation of the Sinister Six, but only temporarily since the other bad guys (especially the Sandman) didn't like him very much. The only reason he was allowed to join in the first place is because Daniel Berkhart (the second Mysterio) weakly vouched for him.
* WellDoneSonGuy: The ''Lethal Protector'' series revealed that Eddie's father was a wealthy millionaire who [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild hated his son due to his wife's death in childbirth]]. Out of a desire for acknowledgement, Eddie got straight A's in school, won numerous sports trophies, and became a successful journalist with a famous lawyer as a wife. The Sin Eater incident gave Eddie's father the excuse he needed to disown him, and Eddie's life went downhill from there. ''Dark Origin'' makes it more explicit, while {{Retcon}}ing most of the above to make Eddie less sympathetic.
--> '''Eddie:''' Shut up, Mary!
--> '''Mary:''' You shut up! We used to have a mom, before you came along!
--> '''Carl:''' Mary. I've told you, you're mother died from complications during childbirth. It wasn't Eddie's fault. We can't blame him for everything.
--> '''Mary:''' Oh, what are you pouting about now?!
--> '''Eddie:''' I can tell... he's lying.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsPhlebotinum: Eddie satiated the symbiote's appetite for a chemical found primarily within brains by feeding it chocolate, which contains trace amounts of what it needed. This became ineffective as the symbiote's hunger grew out of control and its tastes expanded to include human flesh in general.
* TheWorfEffect: Suffered this at the hands of Carnage, Shriek and Senator Ward (who curbstomped him entirely off-panel).
* {{Yandere}}: For a while, Eddie was this towards his ex-wife Anne Weying, and when she committed suicide he blamed Spider-Man, called off their truce and devolved back into a villain. During the ''New Ways To Live'' miniseries, Eddie displays yandere tendencies towards [[MoralityChain Jenna Cole]], inwardly admitting she's all that's keeping him from reverting back to his Lethal Protector persona and going [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge utterly berserk]] when he learns she has been forced back into drug use.
* YouWouldntShootMe: After they rescue Jenna Cole from the Quintas, Punisher takes aim at Eddie with a sniper rifle. Eddie looks right at him through the scope, smiles, and says "Can't do it, can you? I'm a good guy like you." Castle puts the rifle away and tells his assistant he's bleeding out and ran out of bullets.
* YourHeadASplode: When the Punisher realizes Anti-Venom is Eddie Brock, he promptly [[ChunkySalsaRule shoots him point-blank in the head with a shotgun]]. When Castle is about to shoot through [[MoralityChain Jenna Cole]] to kill a random thug, the Anti-Venom symbiote gathers up the scattered pieces of Eddie's head, puts them back together, and reforms, leaving him none the worse for wear and ''severely'' pissed off.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:She-Venom I]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Ann Weying
-> '''Debut:''' ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' #375; ''Venom: Sinner Takes All'' #2 (as She-Venom)

A lawyer and Eddie's ex-wife, Ann was given the Venom symbiote by her ex-husband after being fatally shot by the new Sin-Eater, briefly turning her into the murderously psychotic She-Venom. In a later story, Ann merged with the symbiote again, Eddie having sent it to her through a telephone line to break her out of the prison she was being held in under false charges, leading to a misadventure involving the ComicBook/ScarletSpider and a criminal gang. Traumatized by being forced to transform into She-Venom again, and by Eddie becoming Venom directly in front of her after the symbiote returned to him, Ann became agoraphobic, and convinced the symbiote was out to get her. She subsequently committed suicide by jumping from her high rise apartment after seeing Spider-Man wearing his black suit, and the visiting Eddie turn into Venom to get rid of him. Eddie placed the blame for this squarely on Peter, and called off the shaky truce they had established.

* AxCrazy: Clearly had very little control as She-Venom, though Eddie (who nearly threw up at the sight of what she did to two men) tells her the symbiote can't make a person do something they don't already want to.
* BlondesAreEvil: As She-Venom, [[CompressedHair not that you can tell]].
* BoobsAndButtPose: Is frequently drawn in this position as She-Venom, emphasizing her ImpossibleHourglassFigure.
* BorrowedCatchphrase: "--before I eat your brains!!!"
* ButterFace:
--> '''Junior:''' Huh? Wuzzat, Big Brown?
--> '''Big Brown:''' I dunno, Junior – but it sure as heck is female!!
--> '''Junior:''' Hoo-ha!! We can put a sack over her ugly head after we stomp her into submission!
--> '''[[http://4thletter.net/2008/12/we-care-a-lot-part-5-wrath-of-the-butterface/ Reviewer]]''': Yes. Yes, exactly. Because the first thing that comes to mind when I see a female Venom is, "Shit, I wish I could '''rape''' that thing!"
* CombatTentacles: And unlike most other Venoms, Ann's weren't [[RuleOfCool just for show]].
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: Ann and [[Characters/SpiderManDailyBugle Joe Robertson]] are kidnapped in the novel ''Venom's Wrath''. When the day is saved, she dismisses Venom's involvement in her rescue.
--> '''Ann:''' The New York Police Department and Spider-Man rescued me. As far as I'm concerned, my ex-husband had nothing to do with it.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: "I'm going to '''rip''' your own '''guts''' out and '''stuff''' them down your own '''throats'''!!
* DarkActionGirl: When bonded to the symbiote she thought nothing of ripping apart those tho threatened her.
* DamselInDistress: [[IHaveYourWife Kidnapped]] or otherwise put in danger a lot.
* DestinationDefenestration: Her method of suicide.
* DistaffCounterpart: To Eddie Brock, her ex-husband.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Ann receiving the symbiote through the telephone is depicted very [[http://www.4thletter.net/gavok/venom/venomphonesex.jpg suggestively]]. The symbiote making a "once you go black"-ish comment beforehand ("She'll want us back because she's had a taste?") doesn't help.
* DrivenToSuicide: The trauma of being repeatedly confronted with her ex-husband and his monstrous alter-ego drove her to take her own life.
* EmbarrassingNickname: "Mrs. Venom" and "The Bride of Venom".
* EvilMeScaresMe: Ann hated She-Venom mostly due to being afraid of what she could end up doing as her. Part of the reason why she killed herself was because she believed the symbiote (which she ''[[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane claimed]]'' to be able to hear) might one day come back and attempt a permanent bonding. She might have been on to something, as the three times it bonded to Ann, the symbiote only left her because it was forced to.
* FemmeFatalons: The symbiote gives her long, thin talons.
* GraveMarkingScene: While visiting her grave Eddie was attacked and temporarily separated from the symbiote by Senator Ward.
* HappierHomeMovie: A [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080805192404/marveldatabase/images/e/e2/Venom_Along_Came_A_Spider_Vol_1_4.jpg wedding photo]] is used for the cover of ''Along Came a Spider'' #4.
* HelloAttorney: Ann was a lawyer, and a very successful and attractive one.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: The tiny girl to Eddie's huge guy, except when She-Venom.
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: Eddie tries this, [[OffhandBackhand but it fails]].
* ImAHumanitarian: Might have eaten her two victims. It's left unclear.
* InterruptedCooldownHug: Ann breaks up a fight between Spider-Man and Venom. As things settle, the latter is attacked by ComicBook/SilverSable and the Wildpack.
* {{Meganekko}}: Except in ''Dark Origin''.
* MostCommonSuperpower: The symbiote definitely emphasized her figure.
* MrExposition: Introduced to provide details on Eddie's early life.
* MythologyGag: Is the defense attorney of Curt Connors, according to the [[http://thedailybugle.tumblr.com/post/64888475045/by-ned-leeds-city-bureau-a-trial-date-has-been viral]] [[http://thedailybugle.tumblr.com/post/72509118182/by-joy-mercado-the-trial-of-dr-curt-connors-came marketing]] for ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2''.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: While She-Venom, she ripped apart a pair of thugs, and was left distraught by the incident.
* NightmareSequence: Has one where she bites off and eats Eddie's entire head in ''Rune vs. Venom''.
* PipePain: On Quintana, Rune, Ben Reilly... to quote [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix5/weyingannvenm.htm The Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe]]:
--> '''Minor Irritant:''' Man, Ann sure hits people with pipes a lot.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: Was rather "mousy" in her first appearance, but like most "Plain Jane" comic characters she got hotter over time.
* StuffedInTheFridge: Killed off just to reignite Venom's hatred of Spider-Man.
* RaceLift: Was black in early editions of ''Dark Origin''. They realized the SeriesContinuityError in time for later printings.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Was fond of dishing them out while disemboweling people.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: At the time Eddie killed rather [[BloodlessCarnage bloodlessly]]. Ann, on the other hand, painted the room with her victims.
* TouchOfTheMonster: On the cover of ''Sinner Takes All'' #5
* ShapeshifterGuiltTrip: Rune's symbiote messes with Eddie by pretending to be her in ''Rune vs. Venom''.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Switched between Anne and Ann, though the latter was the most frequently used.
* VolumetricMouth: She-Venom's mouth could stretch to a ludicrous degree. While this is true for almost every symbiote character, in Ann's case it was ''[[http://symbiote.fr/images/comics/venom-spider0322.jpg really]]'' apparent.
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[[folder:She-Venom II]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Patricia Robertson
-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom: Shiver'' #1; ''Venom: Run'' #5 (as She-Venom II)

--> '''Venom:''' Aw, c'mon cutie... is that any way to greet the love of your life?
--> '''She-Venom II:''' I don't have a life... not anymore. And neither should... you...

The main character of the ''Shiver'', ''Run'', ''Patterns'', and ''Twist'' arcs. After Venom's tongue was accidentally severed during a fight with the FantasticFour and Spider-Man, it was stolen by a nanorobotic alien named Bob and used to create a copy of the Venom symbiote that was transported to a military laboratory in the Canadian Arctic. The copy broke containment and slaughtered everyone in the lab, and in response to the disturbance a team of US Army soldiers stationed at the Christmastown outpost in Northern Canada were dispatched. The symbiote-copy followed them back to base, where it [[MookHorrorShow proceeded to kill the soldiers and scientists one-by-one]] until only Patricia Robertson, a communications specialist, was left. The copy was pursued by a second nanorobotic alien known only as the Suit, who tried to stop it. The symbiote-copy escaped to a town called Voici, pursued by the Suit and Patricia, and attempted to take over ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, who it viewed as an ideal host due to his HealingFactor. The copy was eventually tricked into bonding to Patricia, who was outfitted with a cybernetic collar enabling her to control it. The Suit revealed that if the copy united with the original Venom symbiote, the latter would become [[OmnicidalManiac consumed with the desire to destroy all life on Earth]]. Naturally, Patricia was tricked into traveling to New York, where she engaged in a brawl with Spider-Man, who mistook her for Eddie Brock. The original Venom showed up, and he, Spider-Man, and Patricia engaged in a three-way brawl, during which the collar was deactivated and the symbiote clone took control. Patricia was restrained by the FantasticFour and the collar reactivated, but Bob, posing as the Suit, released her and deactivated the collar, sending her on a rampage. Venom eventually overpowered her and absorbed the symbiote-copy, deciding to [[KillAllHumans fulfill the clone's programming]], but [[AbortedArc nothing came of it before Eddie and the symbiote went their separate ways and it hasn't been mentioned since.]] [[spoiler: In 2013, Flash Thompson sent a portion of the symbiote to save the life of his neighbour, Andrea Benton. It was later revealed that this portion was in fact the symbiote clone, which the original symbiote regurgitated and passed its Hell Mark and inner demon on to.]]

* AbortedArc: The whole "If the Venom Clone fuses with the original Venom the symbiote will become an OmnicidalManiac" plot point, which was crucial to the miniseries, was discarded... although it could help account for the symbiote's [[IAmAHumanitarian increased]] [[HorrorHunger bloodlust]].
* BaldWomen: Patricia's head [[TraumaticHaircut was completely shaved]] to give her the implants necessary to control the clone.
* BodyHorror: Patricia is knocked out, and wakes up bald, collared, and with a tube sticking out of the back of her skull. She is understandably upset.
* BodySurf: The symbiote clone jumped from host to host before settling on Patricia. [[spoiler: It next reappeared bonded to Andi as Mania.]]
* CloningBlues: Not strictly a true clone - more a case of AsteroidsMonster - but referred to as such for simplicity's sake and to distinguish it from the original Venom symbiote.
--> '''Patricia:''' Who... are you?
--> '''Clone:''' I don't know. I used to know what I was. But now... Now I am... something else.
* CreepyCockroach: The arctic area was nuked in an attempt to deprive the clone of anything it could use as a host. The clone one-upped everyone by overtaking a swarm of cockroaches living in an abandoned cellar.
* {{Cyborg}}: The Suit turned Patricia into one to enable her to control the symbiote.
* HorrorHunger: The symbiote clone drained its hosts dry and parasitized everyone it came across.
* HulkingOut: Regardless of its host - barring animals - the symbiote was massive and bulky.
* JerkAss: The clone was a dick who would do things like offer people head starts, then immediately trip them when they started running.
* LifeDrinker: In its initial appearance it did this to its hosts.
* MsFanservice: One of the issues of ''Shiver'' opens with Patricia having a shower and wearing nothing but a small ModestyTowel afterwards.
* OmnicidalManiac: The symbiote clone was programmed by Bob to want to KillAllHumans.
* PossessionBurnout: The symbiote clone quickly drained its hosts dry until it bonded to Patricia.
* PuppeteerParasite: The symbiote clone takes complete control of its hosts.
* PurpleIsPowerful[=/=]PurpleIsTheNewBlack: She-Venom is drawn as being purple-black in comparison to Venom's blue-black.
* PutOnABus: The symbiote clone disappeared [[spoiler: [[TheBusCameBack for nine years]]]] and [[AbortedArc nothing came of the "if it merges with the original symbiote humanity will die" plot point]].
* SamusIsAGirl: Spider-Man mistook Patricia for Eddie due to their Venom forms being nigh-identical.
* TenLittleMurderVictims: The ''Shiver'' arc has the symbiote's clone infiltrate the Christmastown military base, taking over and killing the inhabitants one by one with Patricia and the Suit trying to stop it.
* TongueTrauma: The clone was grown from the tongue the original had cut off by the Human Torch while trying [[KissOfDeath to kiss the Thing to death]].
* VoiceChangeling: The clone did this to send out a fake distress signal.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Pat hasn't been seen since the miniseries ended in 2004. So far, the only reference to her subsequent to the series has been in [[ContinuityCavalcade the rundown]] of all the pre-Mac Gargan Venoms given in ''ComicBook/MightyAvengers'' #8.
* WolverineClaws: When the symbiote clone was bonded to Wolverine, natch.
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[[folder:Venom II]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Angelo Fortunato
-> '''Debut:''' ''Marvel Knights: Spider-Man'' #7

--> ''"Man, I'm 5'9, a hundred and ten pounds and the only girls that even talk to me are the ones my dad rents every birthday and Christmas. Exactly what am I throwing away here?"''

The "second" Venom: [[FanonDiscontinuity mostly ignored]] by both readers and canon. Angelo was the timid son of Don Fortunato, a Mob Boss who purchased the Venom symbiote from Eddie Brock thinking it would get his son to man up. Despite [[InstantExpert quickly]] [[PossessionImpliesMastery mastering]] the symbiote's powers, Fortunato's fight with Spider-Man turned into a CurbStompBattle not in his favour when he murdered an otherwise innocent impostor dressed as Spider-Man. Angelo fled despite the symbiote urging him to keep fighting, causing it to deem him an unworthy host and abandon him in mid-leap to fall to his death.

* AbusiveParents: It wasn't just his peers who bullied him.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: One of his reasons for wanting to become Venom was his belief in this.
* AndShowItToYou: How he killed the Spidey impersonator.
* AuctionOfEvil: Where he and his father acquired the symbiote.
* BigBadWannabe: When Eddie took him aside and tried to warn him about the dangers of the symbiote, Angelo blew him off and gave him this little gem as his reason for desiring its power:
-->'''Angelo:''' Besides, have you seen how many websites this thing has out there? [[MostFanficWritersAreGirls You seen how many chicks are writing fan fiction about him?]] Becoming Venom puts me in the SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} or SelfDemonstrating/{{Doctor Doom}} class after eighteen years of getting the crap kicked out of me.
* DirtyCoward: When Spider-Man got serious in their fight, Angelo fled.
* DisneyVillainDeath: The symbiote ditches him in mid-jump and he falls to his death.
* IronicName: His name means "fortunate angel".
* [[TheMafia The Maggia]]: Is the son of Maggia don Vincente Fortunato.
* MilkingTheGiantCow: "I killed him for you, dad. You hear me? Angelo Fortunado just killed Spider-Man!"
* NoSell: Surprisingly, a fiery explosion didn't even faze him.
* OverlyLongTongue: Averted, making him the first host since Peter Parker to not have one in his monstrous form.
* PossessionImpliesMastery: Learns to use the symbiote's powers in record time.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
--> '''Spider-Man:''' You weren't bullied any more than I was, Angelo. You weren't punched or kicked or spat upon any more than me. You were given great powers and you used them to kill people, you little freak. So like I said, no more chances.
** Later:
--> '''Symbiote:''' Sigh. You know your problem, Angelo...? You just don't have enough Venom!
--> '''Angelo:''' Jeezus! Where are you going!
--> '''Symbiote:''' To find someone else, what does it look like? You're even more pathetic than Eddie Brock ended up.
* RoyalWe: Averted, like Gargan and Flash.
* SuperLoser: As Spider-Man said of Mac Gargan, a loser with a symbiote is a still a loser.
* UnskilledButStrong: Had all of Venom's power, but was nowhere near as competent a fighter as Eddie had been.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Appeared and died in the space of two issues.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Wanted his father's approval and thought he could earn it by becoming Venom. It worked. Too bad Angelo wasn't alive to hear the praise.
* YouHaveFailedMe[=/=]YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The symbiote scornfully ditches him for not having "enough venom".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Venom III / "Sinister" Spider-Man III]]

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-> '''AKA:''' [=MacDonald=] "Mac" Gargan
-> '''Debut:''' ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' #19; ''Marvel Knights: Spider-Man'' #10 (as Venom III); ''Dark Avengers'' #1 (as Spider-Man III)

After ditching Angelo, the symbiote [[DealWithTheDevil directly approaches]] Gargan, already an established SuperVillain called [[BewareMyStingerTail the]] [[ScaryScorpions Scorpion]], offering him new abilities in exchange for murdering Spider-Man. Gargan eagerly agrees, and becomes the third incarnation of Venom just in time to join NormanOsborn's [[VillainTeamUp Sinister Twelve]]. He was imprisoned and became a member of the [[VillainWithGoodPublicity government-sponsored]] vigilantes the ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}, taking part in the Comicbook/CivilWar and helping hold off the [[AlienInvasion Skrull Invasion]]. During an altercation with the Steel Spider, Gargan, under the influence of the symbiote, bit off and ate his arm. This incident caused his teammates - and Gargan himself - to become increasingly distrustful of the symbiote's growing control over him. This came to a head when a group of prisoners with psychic powers were imprisoned in Thunderbolt Mountain and began [[MindRape psychically torturing]] the team. Gargan willingly surrendered to the symbiote's bloodlust and rampaged until being cut down by the Swordsman. Following Osborn being made the head of SHIELD, Gargan was given a drug that reverted the symbiote to the appearance it had when Peter Parker wore it and joined the [[EvilKnockoff Dark Avengers]], where he gleefully impersonated Spider-Man. In this guise, Mac frequently went AWOL to [[IAmAHumanitarian take a bite out of crime]] and started a gang war to ruin Mayor Jameson's reputation. When Mac refused to stop and pictures of him eating criminals threatened to go public, Osborn sent Daken and Bullseye to kill Gargan, and when ''that'' failed threatened to dispose of Venom himself. After Osborn's botched invasion of Asgard, Gargan was arrested and forcefully separated from the symbiote by the government, who begin researching ways to weaponize it for the American army. Without his armour or the symbiote to stabilize the genetic degeneration caused by the process that gave him his powers, Gargan's health began to deteriorate until he was broken free by Alistair Smythe and outfitted with a new Scorpion suit.

Gargan's stint as Venom was characterized by an increasing dependence on the symbiote and its powers, despite the limitations that resulted - [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything almost like a drug addict]]. He became increasingly [[AxCrazy erratic]] and unstable, driven by the symbiote's bloodlust to commit [[IAmAHumanitarian cannibalism]], even to the point of attacking his teammates and disobeying orders to chow down on street thugs.

* ADayInTheLimelight: ''The Sinister Spider-Man'' miniseries is all about Mac's misadventures impersonating Spider-Man.
* AffectionateNickname: Gargan calls the symbiote "Symby" in his diary.
* AnArmAndALeg: As the Sinister Spider-Man, he took to eating the limbs of criminals he apprehended. When several of these criminals and supervilllains banded together under the Redeemer and tried to kill him, Mac ate the rest of them as well.
* AssKicksYou: When Doctor Everything [[WipeThatSmileOffYourFace replaces his mouth with a metal plate]] and Dementoid grabs him from behind, Mac turns his butt into a massive pair of jaws and tries to eat him that way.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: During the early issues of ''Dark Reign'', Gargan's Venom form was ''T. rex''-sized.
* AxCrazy: Not surprising, since the character was written by most writers in a way to top every extreme Venom was associated with.
* BaldOfEvil: Mac has brown hair but keeps his head shaved, but it became more noticeable after he became Venom due to him being shown bareheaded a lot more.
* BewareMyStingerTail: Mac once sprouted a stinger-tipped tail, the first hint that the symbiote was beginning to develop the ability to form weapons like its descendants can. After the symbiote was nearly killed by Anti-Venom, Norman modified the Scorpion armor he'd built to turn Mac into "[[AtrociousAlias Venorpion]]", equipping the tail with a poison tailored specifically to kill Anti-Venom.
* BigBadWannabe: Why Mac so willingly partnered with the symbiote. When it abandons him in ''What If? The Other'' he's left on the verge of tears.
--> '''Mac:''' Wait! Stop! Where are you--?! Get back here! Don't leave me! Don't make me be nothing again!
* BigEater: Was fond of biting off people's limbs, and during the Secret Invasion Skrulls became one of the symbiote's favorite hors d'oeuvre.
--> '''Gargan:''' I eat most anything. Strippers, school buses, grapes. If it's something that can be eaten, I'll down it.
* BizarreTasteInFood: After Osborn is overthrown, Spider-Man complains that half of New York thinks he eats squirrels due to Mac viewing them as fuzzy popcorn.
* BlackComedyCannibalism: Gargan devouring people willy-nilly due to the symbiote's influence was, for the most part, played for laughs.
* CantLiveWithoutYou: The procedure that gave Mac his powers destabilized his DNA, and without his Scorpion PoweredArmor or the symbiote his health rapidly deteriorates.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Norman Osborn threatens to personally kill him the next time he goes AWOL, Gargan walks out, stating the valuable lesson he learned was that "if you start eating someone, finish the job".
* CostumeCopycat: As the Sinister Spider-Man, the symbiote takes on the appearance it had when Peter wore it. Peter later exploits this by infiltrating the Dark Avengers while wearing his synthetic Black Suit.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Mac's habit of biting off the limbs of criminals leads to [[FunnyAnimal Hippo]], [[ThoseWackyNazis General]] [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Wolfram]], [[MakeMeWannaShout Eleven]], [[MindVirus Dementoid]], and [[CaptainErsatz Doctor]] [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Everything]] being outfitted with cybernetic limbs by the Redeemer and setting out to rehabilitate or kill him (whichever came first).
* CurbstompBattle: Mac tried to attack ComicBook/MsMarvel, who responded by pulling him out the symbiote through Venom's mouth ("The Hell, lady?"). Unfortunately, this lead to [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/1/11136/1200049-ms._marvel_venom.jpg the symbiote possessing Carol]].
--> '''Symbiote:''' Ha! We can fly! Ms. Marvel is now my favorite superhero!
* DeadpanSnarker: While impersonating Spider-Man, Mac took up a wry form of BlackComedy.
* TheDragon: Before he fully succumbed to the symbiote's bloodlust, Gargan was more-or-less Norman's number two on the Thunderbolts.
* DressedInLayers: Some story lines had him somehow wearing his Scorpion armor under the symbiote, although this was quickly discarded.
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: While he was initially afraid of the symbiote's growing influence over him, he came to thoroughly relish being Venom.
* EvilCounterpart: As Venom, Mac was the symbiote's puppet. As the Sinister Spider-Man, he was all power, no responsibility.
* EvilIsPetty: Started a gang war just to mess with J. Jonah Jameson's reputation, [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/prev_img.php?pid=3242&pg=5 vomited a half-digested squirrel onto Dexter Bennet's desk]] to get back at him for an unflattering article in the [=DB=], and tried to kill [[Characters/IncredibleHulk Carmilla Black]] for having the ''audacity'' to use his old nom de guerre.
* EvilMeScaresMe: Mac grew increasingly terrified of the symbiote's [[HorrorHunger bloodlust]] and the [[PuppeteerParasite amount of control it had over him]], especially after he ate the Steel Spider's arm. After the symbiote gave him a BreakingSpeech, however, he [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope embraced its bloodlust wholeheartedly]].
* EyeScream: Had a poodle thrown at him by Bullseye on Daken's behest.
--> '''Mac:''' AAAAAAH! Dog in the eye! Dog! Dammit!
* FightOffTheKryptonite: Mac was blasted by Eleven's [[MakeMeWannaShout sonic scream]]... and ate her. During the ''Siege'', he was thrown into an explosion by Colossus, and came out none the worse for wear but ''extremely'' pissed off.
* FullyEmbracedFiend: While he was initially afraid of the symbiote when it was dormant, after its BreakingSpeech Gargan came to fully embrace the power it gave him and relished it.
* FunctionalAddict: Despite initially fearing the symbiote, Gargan eventually [[EvilFeelsGood gleefully]] embraces its bloodlust while impersonating Spider-Man.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Gargan initially had a Comicbook/{{Spawn}}-like vibe, with glowing green or yellow eyes being visible within the symbiote's white eye-patches. Later on, Mac's Venom form resembled a ''much'' more monstrous version of Eddie Brock's, without the inner eyes at all.
* {{Gonk}}: They seemed intent on making Mac's Venom form look as repulsive as possible in ''Beyond!''
* HealingFactor: The Swordsman almost cut Mac completely in half with his Makluan Sword, but he recovered.
* HulkingOut: One of Mac's hallmark traits as Venom was that most often he was just a really bulky guy with sharp teeth, but whenever he got angry or the symbiote came down with a case of the munchies he'd bulk up to the point where he made the Hulk himself look vertically challenged. Also played straight with his ability to shift between his "Spider-Man" and "Venom" forms during the ''DarkAvengers'' arc.
* HumanPincushion: Bullseye turns him into one using a [[EyeScream poodle]] and ''corn dogs''.
* IAmAHumanitarian: During his tenure with {{Thunderbolts}} and DarkAvengers, Gargan was overwhelmed by the symbiote's bloodlust to the point where he would more-than willingly commit cannibalism to satiate it. At one point, NormanOsborn threatened to personally dispose of him when pictures of Gargan going AWOL and chowing down on various criminals almost went public.
* ImpersonationGambit: Does this to the original Spider-Man as a member of the Dark Avengers, and has it done to him by Peter in return.
* InsanityImmunity: He was unaffected by Dementoid's madness-inducing touch, either due to the symbiote or because he's already too far off the deep end to go any further.
* JumpedAtTheCall: When the symbiote offered its services, Mac gleefully accepted.
* MediumAwareness: Writes the summaries for and answers the FourthWallMailSlot of his own ''Dark Reign'' tie-in.
* MeleeATrois: In the ''Sinister Spider-Man'' miniseries, Mac wound up caught between the surviving Redeemers - a group of vengeful supervillains he'd mutilated, Daken and Bullseye - who'd been sent by Osborn to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness assassinate him]], and the Rolling Sevens & Park Avenue gangs - who he had started a gang war between ForTheEvulz. Mac promptly {{Curb Stomp Battle}}s everyone until ''J. Jonah Jameson'' breaks the fight up, accidentally making Gargan look like a hero in the process.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Gargan was used to invoke this as a member of the Thunderbolts and Dark Avengers: anyone Norman wanted disappeared was thrown into Venom's cell.
* NeverLiveItDown: [[invoked]] After Gargan eats the Steel Spider's arm, the team becomes increasingly afraid of him, citing this incident and his growing inclination towards satiating the symbiote's hunger.
* NoSell: Getting tossed into an explosion during the "Dark Avengers vs. Utopia" arc just [[HulkingOut made him angry]].
* NotMeThisTime: During an altercation with the Jury, Mac exclaims, "Listen... I'm not... the same Venom... you guys had a beef with!"
* OnlyInItForTheMoney ...and the strippers, and the [[AnArmAndALeg take-out villain limbs]]...
* PoweredArmor: Norman made him a new Scorpion suit, but Mac turned it down to wear the symbiote. Osborn later [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/11/117763/2651773-amazing_spider_man__572___page_24.jpg modified the armor]] so that Mac could wear it over the symbiote after it was almost killed by Anti-Venom. It's destroyed when Mac and the symbiote begin bickering over what they should do with Eddie.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: His eyes were drawn as being red in some comics.
* ReliableTraitor: Mac deliberately disobeys Norman's orders multiple times, beginning from when he became Venom instead of using the new Scorpion suit Gobby had made for him. This comes to a head when he is photographed eating people, putting Norman's power in jeopardy and causing Osborn to try to pull a YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness on him.
* RoyalWe: Sometimes averted, sometimes played straight, depending on the writer. In his ''Dark Reign'' tie-in, he sneers that Eddie was a "sissy elitist" for insisting on referring to himself as "we".
--> '''Anti-Venom:''' You said "me", Gargan.
--> '''Mac:''' [[DiggingYourselfDeeper I-I-I]] meant usss!
* SanitySlippage: Mac became increasingly feral under the symbiote's influence, to the point where even his own teammates were afraid he'd try to eat them.
* ScaryTeeth: His fangs were yellow and just plain rotten looking in ''Beyond!''.
* SlasherSmile: As Spider-Man, Mac had a habit of manifesting a [[GameFace serrated grin]] without fully shifting into his Venom form, using it to frighten people.
* SociopathicHero: As the Sinister Spider-Man he deliberately abused Spider-Man's reputation, and even as a member of the Thunderbolts he threatened to eat innocent civilians, though he later claimed it was to scare Skrulls out of hiding.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Mac is given one by the symbiote, or maybe one of the new psychic prisoners, in ''Thunderbolts''. Either way, it worked since he became a ''lot'' less reluctant about feeding it afterwards.
--> '''Symbiote[=/=]Bluestreak III:''' Stop complaining. Always complaining. It's too cold. Stuff hurts. I didn't mean to eat that guy's arm. Whining little maggot. You don't deserve me. You never did. Did I actually hear you say you didn't want to be the scary guy? You used to be the Scorpion. You used to be a hard man. Why did you turn into a schoolgirl as soon as you tasted some fresh meat?
--> '''Gargan:''' What's... What's going on...
--> '''Symbiote[=/=]Bluestreak III:''' I can't sit back and wait for you to become a man. I get hungry. Look at me, you little girl! It's time I took control of things. No more of you pretending you can't hear me, up there in the driver's seat. I'm hungry. We need to take care of that. Today. Now.
--> '''Gargan:''' No...
--> '''Symbiote[=/=]Bluestreak III:''' Yes. Yes yes yes yes yes. We are going to get us an honest-to-God meal today. Or I'm just going to have to eat you from the inside out.
* TakeThat: Gargan calls Eddie a "sissy elitest" for referring to himself as "[[RoyalWe we]]" all the time.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Julia Carpenter convinced Mac to join her, Spider-Woman and Anti-Venom in their crusade against the corrupted Peter in ''What If Spider-Man Killed Kraven the Hunter?''.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Other than [[IAmAHumanitarian other humans]], he has a taste for squirrels and Skrulls.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: As a member of the Thunderbolts and the Dark Avengers.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Back when Norman Osborn and Gargan both wore green, they worked together and Gargan came to consider Osborn a friend of sorts. With Osborn in [[PoweredArmor red-white-and-blue]] and Gargan in [[TheSymbiote black-and-white]], they're less amicable towards one another.
* WildCard: Osborn refers to him as such during their search for Spider-Man, where Mac was disregarding orders to follow the symbiote's psychic link to its past hosts.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Gargan begrudgingly admires J. Jonah Jameson for having "the cahones to grow a Hitler 'stache."
[[/folder]]

[[folder:"Agent" Venom IV]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Colonel Eugene "Flash" Thompson
-> '''Debut:''' ''Amazing Fantasy'' #15; ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' #654 (as Venom IV); ''Secret Avengers'' #23 (as Agent Venom)

Peter Parker's former JerkJock [[TheBully bully]] of a friend. Flash enlists in the army during the [[TheWarOnTerror Iraq War]] and is grievously wounded in action, losing his legs while saving his comrades. Lauded as a hero for his sacrifice, he is given an offer by the military: he can "rent" the Venom symbiote, which was subdued by drugs, for 48-hour periods (never long enough for the symbiote to establish control) for use in important missions, regaining the use of his legs in the process. Thompson agrees and subsequently becomes the new Venom, marking the character's transition to fully-fledged [[{{Superhero}} hero]]. In addition to the usual plethora of abilities, Thompson is a trained marksman, and uses a variety of firearms in his capacity as a government-sponsored SuperSoldier. However, should Flash become angry while wearing the symbiote or surpass his 48 hour time limit, it will [[SuperPoweredEvilSide attempt to take control of his body]]. During this time, Flash came into conflict with a criminal mastermind called the Crime Master, and acquired an archenemy in the form of Jack O'Lantern, the Crime Master's [[TheDragon right hand]].

After the events of Spider-Island, Flash went AWOL to retain the symbiote and hopefully protect his friends and family from the Crime Master. This led Captain America to send RedHulk after him. Flash teamed up with Rulk, ComicBook/{{X-23}} and the newest Comicbook/GhostRider against Blackheart while they were in Las Vegas and saved the world from HellOnEarth. With those actions in mind, Captain America placed Flash, under the belief that he hadn't bonded with the symbiote, within the SecretAvengers, the black-ops wing of Comicbook/TheAvengers, and had Hank [=McCoy=] perfect the drug keeping the symbiote docile. Flash was called in to stop Carnage from conquering the town of Doverton, Colorado, and defeated Cletus Kasady [[HandicappedBadass sans symbiote]]. Following that, he infiltrated the Crime Master's Savage Six and seemingly killed Eddie Brock, the original Venom, who had been forced to become the new Toxin by the Crime Master. After killing or capturing the remaining members of the Sinister Six, who had kidnapped [[LoveInterest Betty Brant]], he teamed up with Kaine, the second Scarlet Spider, to stop Carnage, who had again escaped from prison and was being used to manufacture an army of symbiote super soldiers to conquer the Microverse.

As a member of the SecretAvengers, Flash began dating his teammate Valkyrie and struck up a friendship with Eric O'Grady, the then-current AntMan. After [[MarvelNOW the team's reshuffling]], Flash left the Secret Avengers roster, moved to Philadelphia, and became a member of Red Hulk's ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}. During an encounter with [[TheAntichrist Daimon Hellstrom]], Flash was possessed by an ancient demon, which seemed to be getting along nicely with the Venom symbiote to the point where Flash was no longer sure which, [[VillainTeamUp if either]], took control of his body during his occasional blackouts. Flash set up a new life for himself as a vigilante and assistant high-school gym coach, but came into conflict with Eddie Brock, who had survived and tracked him down to Philadelphia. Their grudge match was interrupted by the Symbiote Slayers, parasitic biomechanical organisms similar to the symbiotes themselves, and Eddie and Flash [[EnemyMine arranged a truce]] to defeat them. Eddie agreed to leave Flash in peace so long as he continued to use the Venom symbiote for good, but Flash's vigilanteism brought him into conflict with Lord Ogre, a crime lord who put a price on his head. The bounty alerted Jack O'Lantern to Venom's whereabouts, and Flash was forced to bond a piece of the Venom symbiote to his teenaged neighbour[=/=]student Andrea Benton to save her life when her family was targeted, turning her into [[KidSidekick Mania]]. Flash confronted Daimon Hellstrom, who revealed Memphisto's hell mark and the demon had been excised, and Flash returned to save Mania from [[Characters/CaptainAmerica Crossbones]], who was hunting those who bore the hell marks. Wanting answers, Flash confronted the Venom symbiote and it revealed it passed both the hell mark and demon on to Mania in order to protect him and itself from being taken over. Flash and Andi summoned Memphisto, who revealed the portion of the symbiote bonded to her was in fact the clone of the symbiote that had once been bonded to Patricia Robertson, and assisted them in defeating Crossbones. However, he refused to remove the hell mark from Andi, revealing that the deal that bestowed Venom with the hell mark had not been made with Flash, but with the [[ObfuscatingStupidity supposedly lobotomized]] symbiote itself.

Flash returned to New York after hearing rumors of the Crime Master resurfacing, and while he engaged with the Crime Master's minions, the ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan arrived on the scene and assisted in exposing the Crime Master as an impostor. Flash thanked him for the help, but Spider-Man remarked that he didn't show up to take down the Crime Master, but rather Venom, blasting Flash with a wrist-mounted flamethrower. Flash [[ISurrenderSuckers faked a surrender]], took out Spider-Man's Spiderlings, and escaped, the symbiote badly injured. He showed up at Peter's house later in the day, interrupting a luncheon with Aunt May, Jay Jameson, and "Peter's" girlfriend Anna. "Peter" convinced Flash to undergo surgery to give him cybernetic legs and used the operation to remove the symbiote, which promptly escaped containment and reunited with its original host, transforming the Superior Spider-Man into the Superior Venom. Flash tried to coerce the symbiote to return to him - which it attempted to do, having been turned off by "Peter's" [[ComicBook/DoctorOctopus new attitude]] - but [=SpOck=] quickly became enamoured with the power it gives him and [[ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine dominated it with his will, forcing it to remain bonded to him]]. The Superior Venom set off to test his newfound power, and shortly afterwards Flash was informed that the drugs he had been taking to suppress the symbiote had altered his body chemistry to be dependant on it and without it he only has a few hours left to live. With help from the Avengers, Flash succeeded in reclaiming the symbiote from [=SpOck=], becoming Agent Venom once again, and returned to Philadelphia.

After "[[LetsYouAndHimFight amicably]]" leaving the Thunderbolts, Flash was confronted by [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]], who told him of the ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy and that he felt that there needed to be an Avenger with the team after having spent some time with them himself. Flash was completely dumbfounded by the descriptions Tony gave him of these heroes, especially Groot and Rocket Raccoon, but decided to accept the offer. Though the Guardians were quick to be dismissive of Flash after seeing his handicapped form, they reconsidered their opinions once they saw him as Agent Venom. Before leaving, Tony gave Peter "Star Lord" Quill a device in case the symbiote got out of control and there was no way to stop it normally. Flash quickly adapted to life in space and befriended Drax the Destroyer, although he was loathe to give up his trademark Multigun in exchange for alien weaponry. However, he was abducted by Skrulls, who tried to take the symbiote from him. Although he reclaimed the symbiote and escaped, he chose not to reunite with the rest of the team.

* AdaptiveArmor: After bonding to Flash the symbiote took on the appearance of body armor. Since joining the Guardians of the Galaxy it's fully lost the body armor motif but retains a biomechanical exoskeletal appearance.
* AintTooProudToBeg: When the symbiote ditches him to forcefully rebond to Eddie Brock, Flash is forced to plead for it to return to him, even though he was relieved to be rid of it.
* TheAlcoholic: Currently recovering after a relapse after stress with the passing of his [[AlcoholicParent father]] and other issues caused him to fall off the wagon before while in Las Vegas.
* ArchEnemy: Jack O'Lantern, formerly one of Crime Master's minions, is the Green Goblin to Flash's Spider-Man, as he knows Venom's secret identity, targeted his LoveInterest, and even possesses a similar gimmick to Norman - with a few nasty tricks of his own.
* ArtificialLimbs: Flash initially uses the symbiote to form prosthetics, but is later equipped with a set of cybernetic legs. He's somehow misplaced them after leaving Earth, though.
* AscendedFanboy: As a teenager, Flash was a Spidey-fanboy. Flash forward to post-''ComicBook/DarkReign'', and Flash is made the government-issue Spider-Man.
* BadassTeacher: Is the assistant gym coach at a Philadelphia high school and frequently finds himself butting heads with Darius Fowler, the local JerkJock and a GenerationXerox to his high school self.
* BlackCloak: Morphs the symbiote into one while infiltrating the DOA cultists and when incognito at an alien bar.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: When under control the symbiote's eyes take the appearance of white-rimmed black lenses, though they usually revert to their [[BlankWhiteEyes customary appearance]] when it goes berserk.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: When duking it out with Carnage, Flash transforms his arm into a sword-like blade and decapitates Cletus, and retains the ability to form bladed appendages afterwards. Notably, this is a power the Venom symbiote was stated ''not'' to possess when bonded to Eddie and Mac.
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Flash accidentally uses the symbiote to throw a dodgeball so hard it sends Darius Fowler halfway across the gym. It's what tips Andi Benton off that there's something strange about her gym coach.
* CallingTheOldManOut: After Flash's alcoholic father berates him for being a cripple and dependent on the government, Flash internally berates his father for continually ruining his life even on his deathbed and walks... err... rolls out on him when he tries to apologize.
* CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem: A [[CantLiveWithoutYou literal example]]: Flash may not like being bonded to an oversized alien amoeba with a taste for human flesh, but he finds out that the drugs he's been taking to control it have altered his body so that without the symbiote he'll die in a few hours time. Of course, he only learns this ''after'' Superior Spider-Man separates him from the symbiote and takes it for himself.
* CoolGun: He initially had one, simply called the [[SwissArmyGun Multi-Gun]] which disappeared for no reason after issue six of his own series. Drax convinces him to sell it to an alien arms dealer in ''Guardians of the Galaxy'' #14, despite Flash protesting that it's a one-of-a-kind weapon and that he's grown fond of it.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Given his hero worship of Spider-Man it isn't that much of a surprise.
* DarkMessiah: Mephisto chose Venom as a candidate to become a Demon Lord following the events of the Circle of Four. Damian Hellstrom even stuffed a powerful demon into him in an effort to turn the symbiote into one of his Monsters of Evil. The "honor" has since been passed on to Mania.
* DeadpanSnarker: Takes a leaf out of Spider-Man's book and dishes out witty quips while beating up bad guys.
* DealWithTheDevil: After he's [[NeckSnap killed]] by Gari Goyle, Flash, Red Hulk, Ghost Rider, and X-23 make a deal with Mephisto, who offers to resurrect them in exchange for an unspecified service later on. Unbeknownst to them, the demon lord marks them as potential successors should he be selected to become the Devil during the Descent. When the Hell Mark is passed on to his teenage neighbor Andrea Benton and makes her a target of the DOA, Flash summons Mephisto, who helps them dispose of his turncoat minions but refuses to remove the Hell Mark from Andi, revealing it belongs not to either human but the symbiote.
* DemonicPossession: Gets a powerful demon put in him by [[TheAntichrist Daimon Hellstrom]], though in a subversion the demon is ''not'' happy with the arrangement and actually ''wants'' to be exorcised. Flash is worried it and the symbiote are [[VillainTeamUp cooperating]] to take over him, but it turns out the symbiote itself is less-than pleased with the arrangement and apparently evicts the demon along with the Hell Mark into Mania.
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: Flash has a dream-vision of what would have come to pass had the demon taken him over and[=/=]or he'd become a Hell-Lord after the Descent, with Philly reduced to a PlanetHeck and his demon-form perched on a decapitated statue.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Prior to joining the Guardians of the Galaxy, Flash's Agent Venom form had two main designs, dubbed "[[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120428010912/marveldatabase/images/8/8c/Eugene_Thompson_%28Earth-616%29_Agent_Venom.png MK I]]" and "[[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_maesxk16QE1qc63ooo1_500.jpg MK III]]" in the concept art. Which design was used depended largely on who was drawing him.
* EnemyMine: Pulls one with Eddie Brock to fight the Symbiote Slayers, and Eddie eventually concedes that as long as Flash uses the Venom symbiote to do good he'll leave them alone.
* FaceHeelTurn: Invokes this in ''Thunderbolts #23'' when he lets the symbiote take over to see if the team could stop him if he truly lost control.
* FailureHero: No matter how much Flash tries, he gets as much and even worse crap dropped in his lap than Peter Parker in a much shorter amount of time. He lampshades this in an inner monologue, that none of his childhood dreams have come true.
* FriendlyEnemy: Flash tries to be this towards Eddie after they team up against the Symbiote Slayers, even going so far as to tell the reporters that Toxin fought to protect the students, give him sole credit for the rescue, and call him "pretty frightening... but kinda nice too."
* [[EvilCounterpart Good Counterpart]]:
** Flash is one to Eddie Brock, who he shares many similarities with. However, while Flash manages to be suppress the symbiote [[FailureHero most of]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide the time.]], Eddie never bothered suppressing it.
** H'elian's Mirror Cauldron spat out the Evangelist, a tall, skinny preacher with a Bible full of razor-edged pages, as Flash's Antithesis. While technically Ichor was [[ComicBook/GhostRider Alejandra's]] Antithesis, it was designed to look like an angelic version of Agent Venom.
* GetOut:
** When Andi comes across him [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice severely wounded]] after his rematch with Toxin, Flash yells at her to leave him alone.
** Noticing Flash has a symbiote, an alien shopkeeper angrily demands that he leave the premises, screaming, "[[FantasticRacism We don't serve your kind here!]]" [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] due to symbiotes in general being highly dangerous predatory parasites that are [[TheDreaded feared throughout the galaxy]].
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Flash's night vision causes the black parts of his eye-patches to glow green, although he's only seen using it in during his battle with Kraven and when tracking down Jack O'Lantern.
* GunsAkimbo: Usually uses guns this way on the covers. Switches back and forth between this trope and the proper way to use a gun in the books themselves.
* HairTriggerTemper: Flash still has a bit of a temper left over from his alpha-jock high-school bully days, and he has a minefield of {{Berserk Button}}s that set him off, like being offered alcohol, Jack O'Lantern's [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor antics]], his girlfriend being threatened, and his father.
* HandicappedBadass: Proves it during a battle without the symbiote suit against a equally depowered and legless Cletus Kasady during the ''Carnage U.S.A.'' series.
* HeadbuttingHeroes: Flash's first encounter with Spider-Man as Agent Venom happened when the symbiote was rampaging. Both of them were looking to save Betty Brant, who had been kidnapped by the Crime Master, but Spider-Man [[PoorCommunicationKills misinterpreted Flash's garbled attempts at explaining this]], which weren't helped by the symbiote trying to kill him. Flash managed to berate the symbiote into leading Spider-Man to where Betty was being kept, and the two of them later argued over whether Venom had been behind the kidnapping or trying to help.
* HealingFactor: Flash has had his head sliced in half by Jack O'Lantern and was impaled by Toxin, and recovered with a few days' R & R thanks to the symbiote.
* HollywoodCyborg: "Peter" outfits him with a set of robotic legs, and uses the operation as an excuse to remove the Venom symbiote from him. Flash later throws them away.
* HonorBeforeReason: Has had bouts of this since the end of the Savage Six arc and his joining the Avengers.
* HotScoop: After Venom moves to Philly, he integrates himself with [[IntrepidReporter Katy Kiernan]], who he initially assumes is using him to [[GoingForTheBigScoop go in for the big scoop]], but quickly finds her invaluable in setting up contacts and spies in the criminal underworld.
* HulkingOut: When the symbiote takes control of Flash it usually bulks up enormously - to the point of matching Red Hulk in height and mass - and often emulates Eddie Brock's appearance as Venom, and more rarely Mac Gargan's.
* IAmAHumanitarian: While Flash has tried to rein in the symbiote's appetite for human flesh, he hasn't completely suppressed it and in ''The Thunderbolts'' he has been shown happily munching on an armed thug's intestines.
* IHatePastMe: Flash hates that he used to be a bully in high school - especially after seeing the trauma he caused his former victims - and finds himself wishing he could go back in time and beat some sense into his teenaged self. Unfortunately, one of his students, Darius Fowler, is a GenerationXerox of his old self, which infuriates him to no end.
* ImNotAHeroIm: Flash refuses to be called a superhero, especially one remotely close to being at the level of his idol Spider-Man. [[ImAMonster He's just Venom]].
* KidSidekick: Gets one in the form of [[DistaffCounterpart Mania]] when the Venom symbiote's clone bonds to his teenaged neighbour Andrea Benton.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Flash is not adverse to [[ScareEmStraight terrifying criminals]] by threatening to eat them.
* JaggedMouth: Since joining the Guardians of the Galaxy his appearance has changed yet again, with him manifesting a permanent mouth lined with solid black teeth.
* JustEatHim: When Deadpool tried impersonating Spider-Man during Flash's fight with the Thunderbolts, Venom simply chewed him up before spitting him out in pieces.
* ManBitesMan: Bites off Toxin's arm during their first rematch, and occasionally munches on thugs to satiate the symbiote's hunger.
* TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife: His relationship with Betty Brant takes a nosedive after he becomes the new Venom. It is only after her surviving the Savage Six arc and learning he has been operating as Venom where she dumps him for good.
* MilitarySuperhero: He's a former colonel in the US military and was working for them until a short time after the ''ComicBook/SpiderIsland'' arc. Following that, he served under ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and the Avengers while moonlighting as an independent hero. He later signed onto Red Hulk's Thunderbolts before leaving the team to join the Guardians of the Galaxy.
* MindRape: An ability Flash's "[[SuperpoweredEvilSide Venom]]" persona developed after Hellstrom stuck a demon into him, making it able to look into enemies' minds and remotely control several individuals at the same time. He only demonstrated it during his battle with the U-Foes and hasn't used it again since.
* MistakenForGay: Deadpool jokes that Flash has the hots for General Ross. His response:
-->'''Agent Venom:''' [[SarcasmMode Don't ask; don't tell.]]
* MonstrousHumanoid: The form Flash takes when threatening a drunk Kree was ''very'' H. R. Geigery.
* OneWingedAngel: He has two: if he loses control of the symbiote it will revert to its monstrous form - often identical to Eddie Brock's while sometimes maintaining the body armour appearance and white-rimmed black eyes; and Demon Venom, which turns the spider symbol into a pentagram and usually adds a pair of long, backwards curved horns, a pentagram chest symbol, and the ability to control demons to "Classic Venom" mode.
* PromotionToParent: In his long list of aspirations, Flash notes that the one thing he ''never'' wanted to be was a father due to [[AbusiveParents his own being a jerk]]. However, he ultimately accepts the responsibility of looking after Andi after her own father is killed because of him and she's bonded to the symbiote's demonically-enhanced clone.
* PuppeteerParasite: The symbiote tries to usurp control of Flash whenever he gets sufficiently angry or the drugs suppressing it wear off. Its HorrorHunger even managed to freak out a ''demon'' Daimon Hellstrom put into Flash, though the two of them seem to have become [[VillainTeamUp BFFs]]... at least until the symbiote decides it doesn't want a roommate and apparently shunts the demon along with its clone to a new host.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: When he joins the Thunderbolts, Flash shifts the white parts of the symbiote to red, much to SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'s derision.
--> '''Agent Venom:''' ...I might as well fall into compliance.
--> '''Deadpool:''' Brown-noser.
--> '''Agent Venom:''' Uniforms serve a purpose, you little [[SymbolSwearing $%&#%#]]. They let the ''dumber'' ones in the squad know which people ''not'' to shoot.
* SelfDestructMechanism: Initially had one of these placed by the government on him if he ever went out of control in the suit, though the symbiote later removed the device.
* SleepWalking: Develops a dangerous example due to the demon inside of him taking over, where while asleep he lashes out at various people ranging from {{Mooks}} he defeated earlier to terrorizing his own traumatized mother.
* SpeakInUnison: Mania does this to annoy him while he's threatening Crossbones and Master Mayham.
* [[SpikesOfVillainy Spikes Of Heroism]]: The symbiote's pauldrons, vambraces, and greaves are often drawn as being studded with spikes meant to make them resemble an arthropod carapace.
* SuperheroPackingHeat: One of the trademarks of Flash's Venom is that he is usually armed with some form of gun or at least starts out like that. He even stores spare pistols using the symbiote's pocket dimension ability.
--> '''Spider-Man:''' The Punisher is dressed like me.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: If Flash loses his temper or surpasses the drugs' time limit the symbiote takes control and rampages, often taking on appearances similar to Brock's or Gargan's incarnations.
** Later he gets a actual demon placed in his body that occasionally tries to take over him.
* TaintedVeins: There are visible veins in Flash's "mask" in ''Carnage U.S.A.''
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Flash and the symbiote only get along because Flash keeps it chemically lobotomized most of the time and he likes being able to walk, and because it's sick of changing hosts all the time and all its favorite hosts want it dead. Flash was relieved when it briefly abandoned him to rebond with Eddie Brock, and only took it back because he needed Eddie's [[HealingHands Anti-Venom powers]] intact.
* TerrorHero: Like Eddie, Flash is a Type 1 + 3 more than willing to bust out the [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily teeth]], talons, and BrainFood threats to [[ScareEmStraight scare thugs into submission]].
* ThemeMobile: Once had the symbiote merge with a junked car to create the [[http://cdn.denofgeek.us/sites/denofgeekus/files/styles/insert_main_wide_image/public/venommo10.jpg Venom-Mobile]], which came complete with an "Agent Venom" VanityLicensePlate.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Flash and Peter rib each other over their past relationship as a JerkJock and {{Nerd}}, though they're HeadbuttingHeroes as Venom and Spider-Man.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Flash used the symbiote to assume a multitude of appearances ranging from a Satanic cultist to a morbidly obese nurse. While trying to stay incognito early on in Philly, Flash had some fun with this aspect of the symbiote by coming up with a few alternate superhero identities, such as a chain-wielding ghostly nun.
* WeaponOfChoice: While Flash is good with a variety of guns, semi-automatic pistols are his favourite, and he keeps several stored in the symbiote's vambraces.
* WellDoneSonGuy: All Flash wanted growing up was his abusive alcoholic father's approval.
* WingedHumanoid: When Flash loses control of the symbiote after joining the Guardians, his new Venom form has wings instead of arms.
* WorkingWithTheEx: His physical therapist ended up being his ex-wife Sha Shan Nguyen.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mania]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Andrea "Andi" Benton
-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom'' Vol. 2, #31; ''Venom'' Vol. 2, #38 (as Mania)

--> ''"You vermin couldn't be so lucky. The Devil herself has come for you. You only ''wish'' I was Venom. But me... you can call me -- MANIA!"''

A teenage girl who lives in the apartment above Flash's and goes to the high school where Flash teaches as an assistant gym coach, Andi noticed something was unusual about her teacher and came to the conclusion Thompson was Agent Venom. Shortly afterwards, her family was attacked by Jack O'Lantern, a supervillain who knew Venom's secret identity and had come in response to a bounty placed on Venom's head by the crime boss Lord Ogre. Andi watched Jack O'Lantern murder her father and was nearly killed herself, but Flash sent a portion of the Venom symbiote to protect her. The symbiote bonded with her, and she nearly beat Jack O'Lantern to death before being stopped by Flash. Andi, calling herself Mania, swore revenge on Lord Ogre and while Flash was otherwise occupied started a brutal crusade against Philadelphia's mob. When Mania finally located Lord Ogre, Flash stopped her from killing him and informed her that the portion of the symbiote she possessed contained the hell mark bestowed upon Venom by Mephisto and possibly the demon Daimon Hellstrom had possessed him with. Crossbones shows up hunting the possessor of the hell mark and unleashes an army of demons, but she seizes control of them and she and Venom retreat. Flash summons Mephisto to remove the Hell Mark from Andi, but the demon reveals that the mark belongs to the symbiote, and that the portion of the symbiote bonded to her was actually the symbiote clone once bonded to Patricia Robertson.

* [[AntiHero Anti-Heroine]]: Andi is more than willing to mow down any crook who gets between her and Lord Ogre. Flash tries to restrain her, but isn't very successful.
* AnimeHair: As Mania, Andi gains a spiky hairdo resembling VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog.
* BadassBoast: Mania threatened to stomp a mud-hole through ''[[SatanicArchetype Mephisto]]'', and when she made her debut gave a group of Lord Ogre's henchmen a chilling little introduction.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Can transform her arms into scythe or sword-like blades.
* CallBack: Andi is bonded to the clone of the Venom symbiote created way back in 2003's ''Shiver'' mini-story.
* DarkActionGirl: A female [[KidHero Kid]] AntiHero who kicks ass and takes names.
* DemonicPossession: Bears Mephisto's hell mark and possibly Daimon Hellstrom's demon.
* KidSidekick: Reluctantly plays this role to Agent Venom.
* LittleMissBadass: Is only a high-school student, but threatens to "stomp a mud-hole" through [[SatanicArchetype Mephisto]].
* LeeroyJenkins: Despite promising Flash that she'll wait for him to get back from checking up Daimon Hellstrom, she goes on a rampage the moment he boards the plane.
* MindManipulation: Can take control of demons using the hell mark.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: When pissed off she manifests a mouth full of fangs. When she's rampaging against the fake Jack O'Lantern, her whole face becomes a massive LampreyMouth out of sheer hatred and bloodlust.
* NinetiesAntiHero: Leaving aside her [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast choice of alias]], Andi sports a loose belt, knee-pads, vambrace, bangles, and army boots, all studded with spikes. She's also more vicious and unrestrained than Flash is.
* OhCrap: When she realizes Lord Ogre ''wasn't'' bluffing about the dead man's switch-rigged bio-bomb.
* PossessionImpliesMastery: One of the things that tipped Flash off to the fact that something was off about Mania was how fast she mastered the symbiote's abilities.
* RebelliousSpirit: She has numerous facial piercings, dyes her hair purple, and routinely cuts class.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: When the fake Jack O'Lantern kills her father, Andi tried to tear him apart and smother him with the symbiote, even though she knew he'd been hypnotized by the real Jack O'Lantern, until Flash called her off. She also swore revenge against Lord Ogre and was even willing to detonate the dead man's switch he had connected to a bioweapon powerful enough to take out half of Philly, reasoning that the symbiote would make her immune to the fallout.
* [[RubberMan Rubber Woman]]: Can stretch her limbs.
* TheSlacker: Was this before Jack O'Lantern paid her and her father a visit.
* SpeakInUnison: Does this with Venom to annoy him while they're threatening Crossbones and Master Mayhem.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Andi hasn't been seen since the conclusion of ''Venom'' Vol. 2, where Flash promised to help remove the Hell Mark and demon from her.
* WhatTheHellHero: Has been on the receiving end of several from Flash regarding her less-than heroic behaviour. She responds with YoureNotMyFather, but in the end they share a heartfelt hug.
* YoureNotMyFather: When Flash starts getting [[PapaWolf overly protective of her]] and disrupting her RoaringRampageOfRevenge, Mania yells at him that he is not her father. This is enough to shock Flash out of his Venom form, though they later reconcile with a hug.
* YouKilledMyFather: The reason she wanted Lord Ogre dead was that the bounty he put on Flash got her father killed.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Superior Venom]]

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-> '''AKA:''' [[ComicBook/DoctorOctopus Doctor Otto Gunther Octavius]] in the body of Peter Benjamin Parker
-> '''Debut:''' ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' #697; ''Superior Spider-Man'' #23 (as Superior Venom)

--> ''"We... are... the SUPERIOR VENOM!"''

When Agent Venom returned to New York City to hunt down the supposedly resurrected Crime Master and his minions, the Superior Spider-Man intervened and helped him. When Agent Venom thanked him for the assist, Otto remarked that he hadn't done so intentionally before blasting him with a flamethrower, injuring the symbiote. When Flash showed up at Peter's house later on in the day, Otto convinced him to undergo surgery at Parker Industries to equip him with cybernetic legs, using the operation as an excuse to extract the symbiote from his body. Flash's warnings that the symbiote was more powerful than when it had been bonded to Peter were ignored, and the alien escaped containment and took advantage of the opportunity to rebond to its beloved original host. However, the symbiote soon realized that [[FreakyFridayFlip something]] [[GrandTheftMe was]] [[KillAndReplace very]] [[AntiHeroSubstitute wrong]] with "Peter" and attempted to return to Flash. Otto, enamoured with the symbiote's power, [[ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine subjugated it and forced it to remain bonded to him]] before setting out to test his newfound power. As the "Superior" Venom, Otto targeted anyone committing ''any'' crime, no matter how minor, using even more brutal force than usual.

When his girlfriend Anna Maria Marconi informed him that Aunt May had made discriminatory comments regarding her stature, Otto lashed out at his aunt. When Mary Jane attempted to scold him, Otto received a message about an ongoing heist conducted by Hobgoblin's minions and transformed into Venom in front of her. Fearing the symbiote had finally succeeded in taking Peter over, Mary Jane contacted the Avengers, who interrupted Otto's attempted murder of Blaze and instructed him to stand down and surrender the symbiote. Otto refused and summoned his Spiderlings for backup, leading to an all-out brawl between him and his former teammates. As Superior Venom gained the upper hand, Captain America sent Iron Man to find Flash Thompson, who was dying without the symbiote. When Flash attempted to coax the symbiote to return to him a second time, the livid alien fully seized control of Otto's body and attacked him in retribution for being controlled with chemicals. Otto attempted to expel the symbiote, but nearly lost his internal struggle before it was driven out by Peter's restored psyche. The symbiote returned to Flash, leaving Otto to face the wrath of the furious Avengers ''and'' a mob of civilians revolting against his brutal, authoritarian methods. Realizing he could use the incident to his advantage, Otto told them that traces of the symbiote in his body had been influencing his behaviour for months before finally taking him over. With Mary Jane and the Avengers seemingly accepting this explanation at face value, Otto rejoiced that he had fooled everyone, but Captain America later asked Flash if the symbiote could provide an explanation for Peter's bizarre behavior.

* AngelFaceDemonFace: When Otto was in control of the symbiote his eye lenses and webbing motif were smooth. However, he could assume a monstrous form with a fanged maw, jagged eyes, a distorted webbing motif.
* {{Badass}}: Superior Venom was powerful enough to take on the majority of the Avengers and nearly won. He tanked a direct blow from Mjolnir while staggering Thor with a punch of his own, and badly damaged Iron Man's Model 42 armor with a single blow.
* BadLiar: Otto tells everyone that he was being controlled by traces of the symbiote that infected him when Spider-Man first fought Agent Venom in ''Venom'' #4. Mary Jane buys the excuse, but the Avengers do not.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Like Flash, Superior Venom has white-rimmed black lenses for eyes. Unlike Flash, Otto plays this trope straight.
* CombatTentacles: The symbiote turns Otto's robotic spider legs into biomechanical tentacles resembling the ones he had as Doctor Octopus.
* CurbStompBattle: Otto easily defeated Bruin, Devil-Spider, Steeplejack, Tumbler, Ringer, and Blaze - a troop of the Hobgoblin's minions. When the Avengers stopped him from killing Blaze, Otto proceeded to take them all on at once and hand them their asses.
* FightingFromTheInside: In a striking inversion, the ''symbiote'' was the one fighting against Otto's control. When it succeeded in taking him over, Otto unsuccessfully tried to fight it off and gave up until Ghost Peter intervened.
* HijackingCthulhu: Otto dominated the symbiote with his will, preventing it from returning to Flash. The symbiote later [[PuppeteerParasite returned the favor]].
--> '''Symbiote:''' Old host... bad. Tastes... wrong. Want to go home.
--> '''Flash:''' That's it. Come to Flash. Back where you belong.
--> '''Otto:''' I think not!
* HulkingOut: Superior Venom bulks up massively when the symbiote takes over.
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: The reason Otto decided to keep the symbiote instead of killing it or putting it back into containment.
* MythologyGag: The symbiote turned Otto's robotic spider legs into [[CombatTentacles biomechanical tentacles]] similar to the ones he had as Doctor Octopus.
* OhCrap: When Otto realizes the symbiote has been undermining his will and that he can't control it anymore, let alone force it to leave him, he starts to panic and gives up. Fortunately for him, Peter's psyche intervenes.
* SssssnakeTalk: As Otto's control over the symbiote wavered his speech became increasingly sibilant.
* TaintedVeins: Superior Venom possesses a white webbing motif on his head and shoulders, as a MythologyGag to Venom in ''Film/SpiderMan3''. When he goes berserk, it becomes distorted and even more vein-like.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: As Otto's control of the symbiote slips, he speaks in distorted red speech bubbles with jagged white text, though he often catches himself and goes back to speaking normally. When the symbiote fully takes over, the speech bubbles become black.
* WhatTheHellHero: When Flash asks the symbiote to come back to him a second time, it fully seizes control of Otto and lays into him verbally and physically for keeping it chemically suppressed.
--> '''Venom:''' You... used chemicals, controlled me. Now I am in control. Better, faster, stronger... Sssuperior!
[[/folder]]

!Notable Alternate Universe versions of Venom

[[folder:Venom 2099]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Kron Stone
-> '''Debut:''' ''ComicBook/{{The Punisher 2099}}'' #1; ''ComicBook/SpiderMan2099'' #35 (as Venom 2099)

--> ''"As I live and breathe... or whatever it is... I do... Miguel O'Hara... and Tyler Stone... together again. We... I get to kill you... at the same time... how awfully... awfully... considerate. To show my appreciation... I'll kill you slowly."''

Kron Stone, the son of Alchemax CEO Tyler Stone and unknowingly the [[CainAndAbel older half-brother]] of Miguel O'Hara, aka Spider-Man 2099. As a child, Stone was [[TheBully a bully]] and thug who [[TheSociopath took delight in tormenting his half-sibling]], and as an adult he became a SerialKiller and murdered the family of Jake Gallows. In retaliation to Kron walking with only a minor fine, Gallows took up the mantle of [[Comicbook/ThePunisher2099 The Punisher]] and fatally stabbed him before dumping him in the sewers. Dying, Kron brushed against the Venom symbiote, which had laid dormant for nearly a century, and it bonded to and took over him. As Venom, Kron was bestowed with powers beyond those Eddie Brock had possessed, and used them to torment Miguel, even going so far as to murder his LoveInterest Dana, but was ultimately defeated when Miguel used the city's speakers to amplify a sonic blast. Venom was taken in for study and the symbiote was separated from its host, but escaped and bonded to Roman the Sub-Mariner, escaping into the ocean. In the ''Timestorm 2009–2099'' crossover event, an alternate version of Kron Stone is transformed into the [[MixAndMatchCritters 2099 equivalent]] of the [[ScaryScorpions Scorpion]] by a [[TimeyWimeyBall time flux]] caused by Jake Gallows and his own father.

* EightiesHair: Kron had an... interesting haircut.
* AbusiveParents: Tyler Stone had nothing but disdain for Kron. Upon noticing him in captivity, Tyler promised to have him executed once he regained control of Alchemax.
* AlternateSelf: The Kron Stone in ''Timestorm'' became a monstrous version of the Scorpion. ''Shattered Dimensions'' lampshades this by positing that they're either the same person or Kron Stone is a really common name in 2099.
* AshesToCrashes: Upon being given what were assumed to be Kron's ashes, Tyler flushed them down the toilet.
* AxCrazy: The symbiote bonding to him actually seemed to make Kron ''slightly'' less of a homicidal maniac.
* BadassAbnormal: When last seen, the symbiote had bonded to [[SdrawkcabName Roman]] the Sub-Mariner, an already extremely powerful New Atlantean, and one who happens to hate all surface life. Oh crap.
* BarbaricBully[=/=]BullyBrutality: And he only got worse with each passing year.
* BigBrotherBully: Though he and Miguel didn't know they shared DNA.
* BlobMonster: Can become amorphous at will, and travel through plumbing.
* BloodyMurder: He has HollywoodAcid for body fluids.
* CainAndAbel: The Cain to Miguel O'Hara's Abel.
* ChestInsignia: Notably, it's not attached to the rest of the suit, instead dangling from white strands.
* DeflectorShields: When confronted by the new Punisher, he employed a personal force field that rendered all firearms and fast-moving projectiles useless. [[MundaneSolution The Punisher knifed him]].
* {{Depower}}: Kron was separated from the symbiote, which would go on to run off with Roman.
* EvilEvolves: The symbiote mutated over the course of a century, giving Kron enhanced abilities.
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: After the depowered Kron was captured, Miguel made him a deal; beat me in a fight, and I'll let you go, but if I win, you tell me all about how you became Venom. Miguel mopped the floor with Kron, and continued to do so even after Kron had cried uncle.
* FakingTheDead: Kron melted [[DisposableVagrant a vagrant]] down to a skeleton, and left his I.D. on the body.
* FreudianExcuse: Kron claimed his family never loved him, leaving a robot to care for him but never bothering to program it, causing it to default to veterinarian mode.
--> '''Kron:''' Do you know what it's like to be fitted with a collar, live in a kennel, and be fed on dog meat?!
--> '''Jake:''' No, but I know what it's like to have your family butchered by a crazy with a sob story.
* GunsAkimbo: With machine guns, no less.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: The caretaker robot ''thought he was a dog''.
* HostileShowTakeover: The premise of the variant covers of his arc.
* HumanAllAlong: Miguel is shocked to discover a human underneath the goo, considering all of the powers Venom 2099 had previously displayed, like reshaping after being reduced to a puddle.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Kron wiped out Jake Gallows's relatives, but left Jake alive, reasoning that since Jake was no longer a member of a family, he didn't have a beef with him anymore.
* KickTheDog: Does everything in his power to torment Miguel, and there's also how he acts while being tried for the murder of the Gallows family.
--> '''Kron:''' Jake! Good to see you... glad you could make it...
--> '''Judge:''' Kron Stone, you are sentenced to a fine of 2.2 mega dollars and micro brain surgery to cure your anti-social behavior.
--> '''Kron:''' Human life--cheap, isn't it? I paid more for this suit.
* NighInvulnerable: Being a humanoid blob of acidic gunk, most attacks were either harmlessly absorbed, or passed right through him.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Venom 2099 is blue instead of black, has glowing red eyes, a bone-white face, a claw protruding from his ankle, and detached webbing in place of legs on his spider emblems.
* ObviouslyEvil: While almost all of the Venoms look menacing, this one is further augmented by glowing red eyes, and a face that looks like [[SkullForAHead a skull]].
* {{Patricide}}: The first thing on Kron's to-do list after resurfacing as Venom was killing his father, Tyler.
* PurpleIsTheNewBlack: As Venom he is dark blue rather than black.
* RaisedByRobots: His parents left him in the care of one that thought he was a dog.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: He has [[GlowingEyesOfDoom glowing red eyes]].
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: The Punisher's first villain became one of Spider-Man's deadliest foes.
* {{Sadist}}[=/=]TheSociopath: A textbook example, as he was murderous even as a child.
--> '''Miguel:''' [[YouMonster You're... a monster]]. Human or not... alien or not... you're a monster.
* SadisticChoice: Tried to make Miguel choose between Dana and Xina.
* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp: As Miguel discovered when the wounded symbiote retracted.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: If you're rich and/or well-connected in the 2099 Verse, you can get away with anything, regardless of how heinous.
* SerialKiller: Predates Mac Gargan in this respect.
* SmugSnake: First due to his essentially limitless wealth, and then due to acquiring superpowers.
* SpikesOfVillainy: His tongue had spines on it.
* TeensAreMonsters: While still in school, Kron (among other things) attempted to drown Miguel, and tried to rape a girl at knifepoint.
* TokenMotivationalNemesis: Kron was this for ComicBook/ThePunisher2099, who in turn caused his transformation into Venom. Ironically, the two never encountered each other again after becoming supers.
* WeWillMeetAgain: The parting words of "Venom the Sub-Mariner":
--> '''Roman:''' Rue this day, Alchemax! Dread the future, O'Hara! We return to our ocean home! But someday, we shall finish what we have begun! Enjoy the rest of 2099, O'Hara, for you will not see 2100.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: Unlike most incarnations of Venom, the Venom 2099's face is white.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: As Kron he is a serial killer with white hair.
* WouldHurtAChild: He was about to massacre an amusement park when the Punisher caught up with him.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Venom (''Earth X'')]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Mayday Parker
-> '''Debut:''' ''EarthX'' #1

--> ''"You don't have me, dad. Maybe mom thought you shouldn't be a hero, but I don't."''

In a world where EveryoneIsASuper due to the release of a mutagen called the [[MassSuperEmpoweringEvent Terrigan Mist]], May Parker has taken over for her cynical, retired father as New York's resident web-slinger. At some point in her past, May became bonded to the Venom symbiote, which sought to use her to take revenge on Peter Parker, but ended up subjugating it and becoming Venom, which further alienated her and her father. May attempted to stop the psychic supervillain the Skull from taking over New York City, but was subdued by his bodyguard/lover Iron Maiden and subjugated to the Skull's mind control, becoming his "lady". May was freed from the Skull's mind control by her father, who came out of retirement, and Captain America, who killed the Skull, and joined the [=NYPD=] alongside her father at Luke Cage's request.

When her father was sent to capture a being known as "Spiders Man", who was capable of spinning illusion-enducing energy webs and was working for the [[CorruptChurch Church of Immortus]], Venom went looking for him and found him ensnared in Spiders Man's illusions. Tapping into Peter's dream world, she was outraged to find he'd constructed a fantasy world where he had married Gwen Stacy and had a son named Ben. Forcing her father to face reality and come to terms with his life, Venom helped take Spiders Man into custody, and subsequently helped stop the Church of Immortus from dousing the Human Torch, a reactor created to purify the air of the Terrigan Mist, in New York. Venom eventually encountered an alternate version of herself from Earth-1122, who had come to warn Peter Parker about the threat of entities called the [[EldritchAbomination Celestials]]. Venom and Spider-Girl initially fought, but after learning they were [[AlternateSelf Alternate Selves]] they came to regard each other as sisters. Later, Venom accompanied her father to quell a disturbance at the Baxter Building caused by denizens of the Negative Zone, and it was discovered that Captain Marvel had created an afterlife called Paradise in the depths of the Zone and was seeking to kill Death, to which end he had reincarnated several deceased heroes and villains as [[OurAngelsAreDifferent the Avenging Host]]. Venom was forced to retreat from the Negative Zone as her world was consumed by the expansion of Paradise. Krang the Conquerer rescues her from being sucked into the expanding vortex and recruits her into the Chronos Corps, his team of heroes and villains from doomed universes, in order to stop the Apocalypse Twins. May helps the team in their attack on Eimin Worthington, and takes down the resurrected Banshee herself.

* AlternateSelf: To the various other [[ComicBook/SpiderGirl May Parkers]] in the multiverse. She even meets one of them and they become LovelyAngels for a time.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Was mind-controlled by the Skull, who took her as his lover.
* TheBusCameBack: Despite having not appeared since ''Paradise X'' in 2003, she returns in 2013's ''Uncanny Avenger's #14''.
* CallingTheOldManOut: When she sees her father's ideal reality is one where she never existed, May ''really'' [[WhatTheHellHero lays into him]].
* FullFrontalAssault: May is naked under the symbiote, and uses its shapeshifting ability in lieu of clothing.
* HeroicBSOD: After seeing the LotusEaterMachine that her father was placed in by Spiders Man.
--> '''May:''' You had... a son. That's what you wanted. You didn't want mom. And you didn't want me.
* HeroicHost: May is host to the Venom symbiote, but [[SymbioticPossession it is subservient to her]].
* [[IHateYouVampireDad I Hate You Superhero Dad]]: May's relationship with her father became strained after [=MJ=]'s death due to cancer, and worsened when she bonded to the Venom symbiote. It only improved after they joined the NYPD together.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Peter correctly predicts that his May and the alternate May will fight, then reconcile and become friends.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Tries to beat Spiders Man to death after he shows her what her father always wanted, coming close to caving his head in with a spiked mace before Peter stops her.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Her color scheme is more reminiscent of Carnage than Venom.
* NoSell: The symbiote made her immune to Spiders Man's illusions.
* RedheadedHero: Like all Mays she has red hair.
* ReformedButRejected: Peter thinks the symbiote is controlling his daughter in an effort to get to him - which, granted, ''was'' the reason it bonded to her in the first place - and refused to believe May's insistence that it's been reformed.
* SoleSurvivor: Seems to be this of the EarthX universe, although Kang has stated that he could restore it in exchange for her help.
* SpiderSense: Doubles as an EnemyDetectingRadar, similar to Matt Murdock's echolocation.
* SuperCop: She is an NYPD officer with superpowers.
* SymbioticPossession: The symbiote initially wanted to [[PuppeteerParasite take over May]], but it was subjugated by her instead.
* TaintedVeins: May's face is covered in pronounced black veins when she retracts the symbiote, and her costume is covered in blood-red vein-like markings.
* {{Wingdinglish}}: The symbiote speaking is at one point represented by a word bubble containing what looks like a spiral.
* YourMindMakesItReal: In Earth-9997 the symbiotes are metaphysical lifeforms created by the Celestials, and their appearance and abilities are sustained by belief. Since Peter believed the machine the symbiote was contained in was a costume dispenser, the symbiote became a living costume with powers that mimicked those of Spider-Man's equipment. It's implied that it could become even ''more'' powerful if it became aware of this facet of its existence.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Venom (Unlimited)]]

-> '''AKA:''' Eddie Brock
-> '''Debut:''' ''Spider-Man Unlimited'' Episode 1 ("Worlds Apart, Part One")

Eddie Brock was an unscrupulous reporter working for the Daily Bugle, covering the story of John Jameson's trip into space. When Spider-Man rid himself of the symbiote, Eddie, who had been webbed up nearby, became its next host, clashing with Spider-Man repeatedly before being taken into SHIELD custody. While escaping prison, Venom bonded a portion of his symbiote to the serial killer Cletus Kasady, turning him into Carnage, and the two became a monstrous team. Over the years, the symbiote took complete control of Eddie's body, and together with Carnage attacked John Jameson's shuttle to Counter-Earth, guided by an entity they called the Synoptic. On Counter-Earth, Venom and Carnage began working to further the Synoptic's goal of conquering Counter-Earth with symbiotes, at times working with the High Evolutionary, but most often against both him and Spider-Man.

Eddie was separated from the symbiote by the High Evolutionary's forces, who wanted to study and dissect the alien. Spider-Man reluctantly took Eddie to Dr. Yamada-Jones, who revealed that without the symbiote he would die. Eddie demanded Spider-Man retrieve the alien, threatening to reveal his secret identity, and Spider-Man tracked it down to a laboratory. Discovering it was dying without a host, he reluctantly allowed it to bond to him. In the clinic, Eddie slowly reconnected with his humanity and befriended Dr. Yamada-Jones' son, Shane, deciding to die as a human rather than become a monster again. Carnage, having sensed something was wrong, attacked just as Spider-Man arrived, and Brock re-bonded to the symbiote to protect his new friends. He remained in control just long enough to get Carnage out of the clinic before the symbiote reasserted control.

* AlternateSelf: To the [[Characters/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries Venom]] of ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries''.
* TheBadGuyWins: Venom and Carnage succeed with their plan to unleash the Synoptic across Counter Earth.
* BigBadEnsemble: He and Carnage had this dynamic with the High Evolutionary.
* BlobMonster: He can become completely amorphous, a power implied to have been conferred on him by the Synoptic.
* CantLiveWithoutYou: He's spent so long bonded to the symbiote that he can't live without it.
* EvilRedhead: Unlike [[BlondesAreEvil the mainstream Eddie]], this version is a redhead.
* FusionDance: He and Carnage merge together to fight Spider-Man.
* HeelFaceTurn: As he's dying, Eddie apologizes for all the harm he's caused. Unfortunately, the symbiote's brief reunion with Spider-Man didn't make it any more sympathetic towards humanity and it goes right back to serving the Synoptic after retaking Eddie.
* PuppeteerParasite: The symbiote is in complete control of Eddie's body.
* ReligionOfEvil: He and Carnage worship the Synoptic, an EldritchAbomination formed from the fused corpses of millions of ancient symbiotes.
* RoyalWe: Like most incarnations of Venom, he speaks in the first-person plural.
* RubberMan: Venom could stretch and freely elongate his limbs.
* SiblingTeam: Carnage and Venom refer to each other as brothers and are almost always found together.
* SpikesOfVillainy: His back has two rows of spikes on his back in place of a spider emblem
* TinyHeadedBehemoth: He possesses an almost comically small head atop a Hulk-sized body.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Venom's voice is [[EvilSoundsDeep deep]] and distorted.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ultimate Venom]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Edward "Eddie" Brock, Jr.
-> '''Debut:''' ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' #33; ''Ultimate Spider-Man'' #37 (as Venom)

--> ''"It needs you -- it needs you to survive. It needs you more than me!! I can't do it alone. It needs you... this is all your fault."''

Hoping to create a cure for cancer and other diseases, Edward Brock Sr. and Richard Parker began work on the Venom Project, developing a viscous black fluid designed to encase and enhance the wearer's body. Having run out of funding, they turned to Trask Industries, who financed their research into the project's second stage. However, when military applications for the Suit became apparent, Trask seized their research, intending to weaponize it. During the ensuing legal battle, Richard and Edward and their wives were killed in a plane crash, orphaning their sons Peter and Eddie Jr. While Peter was sent to live with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben, Eddie was put into foster care. As a college student, Eddie uncovered their notes and a sample of the Venom Suit and continued their work hoping to finish it. When Peter contacted him, Eddie showed him the sample, proclaiming it to be their inheritance. While Eddie went out on a date with Gwen Stacy, Peter, furious over how Trask Industries had stolen his father's research, snuck into the lab to take some of the sample for his own research. Peter accidentally spilled a drop on his hand, which enveloped his body in a jet-black bio-suit that amplified all of his powers. Overjoyed with his new invulnerability and augmented powers, Peter stopped a kidnapping and took down the Shocker. After witnessing a robbery gone wrong that reminded him of his Uncle's murder, Peter was overwhelmed by rage, transforming into a monstrous creature and nearly devouring the robber before coming to his senses. Unable to control the Venom Suit even with his powers and genetic link to Richard, whose DNA the sample had been synchronized to, Peter accidentally leapt into telephone wires and the resulting surge of electricity destroyed the Suit.

After being turned down by Gwen, Eddie saw a televised broadcast of Spider-Man wearing a black costume. Thinking Peter had betrayed him and that Spider-Man had stolen their parents' legacy, Eddie returned to the lab to find a battered and injured Peter attempting to dispose of the sample. Peter admitted to Eddie that he was Spider-Man, and warned him that in its incomplete state the Venom Suit inflicted its wearer with uncontrollable bloodlust. Unable to stop Peter from destroying the sample, Eddie waited until he had left before taking a second specimen and deliberately exposing himself to it. Eddie immediately lost control and transformed into a horrifying monster called Venom, discovering the hard way that the Venom Suit consumed incompatible hosts from the inside out, forcing them to continually consume other living organisms to stay alive.

Eddie, compelled by the suit's genetic memories of Peter and his own hatred, attacking him at school, but their brawl was interrupted when Venom stepped on a broken power line. Eddie vanished for some time, later revealed to have been hiding in Central Park and feeding off the homeless population. Trace remnants of the Venom Suit remained in Peter's blood and were unwittingly used to create Carnage, a vampiric monster that killed Gwen Stacy. During a brawl with Spider-Man and the Beetle, the Venom Suit left Eddie and bonded to Peter, briefly taking over him before being removed and seized by the Ultimates. Having grown addicted to the Suit's power, Eddie attempted to threaten Peter into retrieving it, but the reborn Carnage intervened and in the ensuing fight the particles of the Venom Suit within Eddie reformed. Venom eventually gained the upper hand against Carnage and devoured it, transforming into an even more monstrous form and regurgitating Carnage's host, a clone of Gwen Stacy. Venom retreated, but was captured by the Beetle and taken to Latveria.

A sample of the Venom Suit was acquired at some point by Roxxon, and used by Dr. Conrad Marcus to become the third incarnation of Venom. Marcus, a former Oscorp employee, sought to cover up the connection between Oscorp's OZ-enhanced spiders and Spider-Man by killing reporter Betty Brant and attacking the Morales family, believing Jefferson Davis to be Spider-Man II. He followed the injured Davis to the hospital, but was defeated by the real Spider-Man II - who stripped Marcus of the Venom Suit by using his Venom Blasts from the inside - and shot dead by police, but not before he managed to fatally injure Rio Morales.

* AlternateSelf: To the mainstream Eddie Brock.
* BigEater: He has to constantly eat other living beings to prevent the Venom Suit from consuming him.
* BodyHorror: The Black Suit slowly consumes its host if they aren't compatible with it, and is in general more amorphous and asymmetrical than the mainstream Venom.
* ChestInsignia: Worth noting that in the comics Venom ''lacks'' the iconic white spider symbol, but has it on some of the covers and by the end of the video game.
* ChildhoodFriend: To Ultimate Peter Parker, also fulfilling the EvilFormerFriend and RivalTurnedEvil tropes.
* CovertPervert: Eddie goes on one date with Gwen Stacy and expects her to sleep with him when she is only 15, assuming a "girl like [her]" wouldn't care about the age difference or the fact they'd just met earlier that day.
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: As the Black Suit engulfs Eddie, all he can think about is how much he hates Peter, how he can't breathe, and how cold it is.
* IAmAHumanitarian: A janitor had the misfortune of walking in on Eddie immediately after he'd bonded to the Black Suit, and he promptly ate her. When he briefly gained control of the suit, [[IAteWhat he was horrified]], but when two security guards walked in he lost control and ate them too. Following that, he realized the Venom Suit was eating him from the inside out and the only way to stop it from killing him was succumbing to its bloodlust and satiating its hunger.
* HeroicBuild: When Eddie had the symbiote under control for a few seconds, he resembled a taller, more muscular version of Spider-Man with no chest insignia.
* HorrorHunger: Taken above and beyond any other incarnation of Venom, as the Suit consumes its wearer from the inside out unless they satiate it.
* HulkingOut: When Peter succumbed to the Suit's bloodlust he ''seriously'' bulked up.
* IAteWhat: Eddie instinctively ate a janitor and two security guards after bonding to the Venom Suit, and was initially horrified.
* ItCanThink: The Suit has a genetic memory and a will of its own, desiring not only to feed on everything around it but to be bonded to Peter Parker, its only compatible host. The sample of the Suit worn by Conrad Marcus was likewise drawn to Miles Morales.
* LegacyCharacter: The Venom Suit, or at least part of it, somehow winds up at Roxxon, where Dr. Conrad Marcus uses it to become the second Venom to hunt down the second Spider-Man.
* LivingWeapon: Bolivar Trask intended to use the Venom Suit as one.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: As Venom, Eddie constantly sprouts and retracts CombatTentacles and SpikesOfVillainy.
* MythologyGag: The Ultimate version of the symbiote was an unfinished cure for cancer that was converted into a bioweapon, a reference to the mainstream symbiote keeping Eddie's cancer in remission while it was bonded to him. When Peter briefly succumbed to the Black Suit's bloodlust his appearance was identical to that of the mainstream Eddie Brock Venom, whereas Ultimate Eddie Brock's Venom form was more amorphous and lacks the iconic spider emblems.
* NoSell: When Peter was shot, the Venom Suit blocked the bullet, and he was completely unaffected by Shocker's gauntlet blasts.
* NotGoodWithRejection: When Gwen spurns his advances, a furious Eddie sneers that she's [[AllWomenArePrudes no different from any of the other girls he's dated]]. His roommate later remarks to Peter that Eddie was ''not'' a nice person even in the best of moods.
* OffModel: In Issue 38, Venom is drawn with the white spider emblems in a small panel when on all the prior and subsequent ones he didn't have one, except on the covers.
* OneWingedAngel: When Peter succumbs to the suit's bloodlust he transforms into the bulky, claws-and-fangs classic Venom with white chest and back insignia. When Eddie initially bonded to the symbiote, he resembled a [[HeroicBuild taller, bulkier version]] of Spider-Man with no chest insignia. Then came the teeth, talons, tentacles, and spikes. After absorbing the Carnage symbiote during the War of the Symbiotes arc, he underwent an even more [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100604150535/marveldatabase/images/3/38/153_Ultimate_Venom_-_War_of_the_Symbiotes.jpg monstrous transformation.]]
* PuppeteerParasite: The Venom Suit ''really'' wants to be bonded to Spider-Man due to sensing its genetic link to him.
* PsychoPrototype: The Venom Suit is the second stage of a protoplasmic cure for cancer-turned-bioweapon.
* PsychoSerum: The Venom Suit functions as one due to its incomplete nature and because the suit is tailored to a specific person's - Richard Parker's - DNA. Because of this, Peter - Richard's son - is able to resist the suit's negative effects better than Eddie, but only for so long.
* RobotMe: Ultron created a robotic doppelgänger of Venom.
* UpgradeVsPrototypeFight: The ''War of the Symbiotes'' arc had Eddie fight Gwen, who had become the Ultimate version of Carnage. Eddie won and stripped Gwen of the Carnage symbiote.
* WeaksauceWeakness: The Ultimate symbiote is vulnerable to electricity rather than fire or sonics.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Not counting a robotic duplicate created by Ultron, Eddie hasn't been seen since 2008's ''War of the Symbiotes''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Dusk]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Norman "Normie" Harold Osborn
-> '''Debut:''' ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' Vol. 2, #105; ''Spider-Girl'' #82 (as Venom); ''Spider-Girl'' #90 (as Dusk)

--> ''"We are not Venom. They were the result of a union between the symbiote and man called Brock. We are unique. You need to get over past prejudices, May... and learn to trust us."''

The son of Liz Allan and Harry Osborn, Normie Osborn held Peter Parker responsible for the deaths of his father and [[NormanOsborn grandfather]] and took up the mantle of the Green Goblin to settle the score, prompting Peter's daughter Mayday to do the same and become Spider-Girl. As the third incarnation of the Green Goblin, Normie proved ineffective, losing not only to Mayday but to [[HandicappedBadass Peter]], Phil Urich, and even to ''Mary Jane''. When he finally caught his big break and captured May, she talked him into forsaking his ancestors' legacy and he reformed, becoming one of her allies. Oblivious to May's crush on him, he began dating Brenda "Raptor" Drago, the daughter of Blackie Drago, the second Vulture, but his repressed feelings for May and the arrival of a fiancée named Élan [=DeJunae=] strained that. Élan interrupted Normie's wedding to Brenda, forcibly bonding him to the Venom symbiote as a "wedding present", and the Venom-controlled Normie went berserk until being subdued by Mayday. Despite being urged to kill it, Normie opted to keep the symbiote, stating that if he could be redeemed then so could it.

With the symbiote, Normie set out to become a superhero, though he secretly instructed his secretary to have Spider-Girl kill him if he ever lost control. He was arrested for harbouring the alien by Franchise/TheAvengers, who assigned him to Kaine's squad for reformed supervillains after he stopped a rampaging ComicBook/WarMachine. When Spider-Girl was mortally wounded by the Hobgoblin's Scriers, both Normie and the symbiote rampaged until they had killed or driven back their enemies. The symbiote then transferred itself to Spider-Girl in order to save her life and empower her, removing Normie's tattoos and scars - mementos of his time as the Green Goblin - as a parting gift, and sacrificed itself to protect her and Peter from the Hobgoblin.

The symbiote would briefly live on (in a way) through April "Mayhem" Parker, a clone created by Norman Osborn using [=DNA=] samples taken from it and Mayday.

* ArrangedMarriage: Was put into one with [[{{Yandere}} Élan DeJunae]] by Norman.
* BadassInANiceSuit: He typically had the symbiote disguise itself [[http://symbiote.fr/images/comics/spidergirl-9615.jpg as business attire]].
* BenevolentBoss: Normie treated Kristy Watson, his secretary, with a degree of respect that contrasted sharply with his grandfather.
* DeathSeeker: During his time as the Green Goblin, Normie hoped May would kill him.
* DoNotCallMePaul: Objects to being called "Venom", as that was the moniker the symbiote went by when bonded to Eddie Brock.
* HeelFaceTurn: Normie undergoes one, and his caring nature convinces the Venom symbiote to undergo one as well.
* HeroicSacrifice: The symbiote sacrifices itself to save May and ''Peter'' from the Hobgoblin.
* LegacyCharacter: Normie manages to be one to both his father and grandfather, and to Eddie Brock as well.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: As Dusk he was capable of manifesting extra arms, once trying to punch Kaine during a sparring match by sprouting one from his upper back.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: When he first bonded with the symbiote, Normie looked identical to the Eddie Brock version of Venom. As Dusk, he has normal teeth in lieu of fangs, and a ''very'' prominent LanternJawOfJustice.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: When May is mortally wounded by the Scriers, both Normie ''and'' the symbiote go utterly berserk.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mayhem]]

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-> '''AKA:''' April Parker
-> '''Debut:''' ''The Amazing ComicBook/SpiderGirl'' #20

--> ''"This is my chance to forget about May. It's the only time I don't care which of us is the original. (Even though I'm still convinced she's my clone!) This is when April Parker truly comes into her own as--the merciless Mayhem!"''

A clone of Spider-Girl bonded at a genetic level to a sample of the Venom symbiote, created by the Green Goblin. The clone was kept in stasis until it was found by Normie Osborn, who alerted Peter to its existence. During their analysis of the status fluid, the clone awakened and escaped, hunting down May and attacking her. May and her clone fought, demonstrating that while they were mostly identical there was one key difference: [[ThouShaltNotKill the clone was willing to kill people and May wasn't]]. Following Norman Osborn's final defeat, the clone was adopted by the Parker family at May's behest - despite Peter's protests - giving herself the name "April Parker". April enrolled in school as May's "cousin", helping her in her superhero duties and occasionally impersonating her as Spider-Girl while aiding in investigating Gwen Reilly's death. Not wanting to live under May's shadow, April let her darker impulses take over and fully embraced her symbiote side, taking on the alias "Mayhem". As Mayhem, April came into conflict with Spider-Girl, killing Tombstone and the Hobgoblin to stop a gang war. Their rivalry escalated until Mayhem, intent on proving herself to be the genuine daughter of the Parker family, attacked Spider-Girl. The resulting fight sparked a fire, and May sacrificed herself to launch Mayhem out of the exploding building. Horrified and repentant, April attempted to redeem herself by [[MySiblingWillLiveThroughMe living May's life for her]], but Mary Jane immediately realized what had happened and furiously expelled her from the Parker household. Realizing that she had been the clone all along, Mayhem embarked on a massacre of the remaining superheroes out of a belief that it would make the world a better place. In response, the government created clones of Carnage to stop her, but the Carnage Biopreds went on a rampage instead. Determined to make things right, Mayhem stole Doctor Doom's time machine and traveled back to the past. [[TeleFrag Trapped in a wall]], Future Mayham transferred her memories into her past self before dying, who then sacrificed herself to save May.

* AngelFaceDemonFace: April's costumed form looks similar to a black-and-blue version of Spider-Girl's, but when she becomes Mayhem her eyes become distorted, she frequently forms a [[JaggedMouth wide mouth full of black teeth]], and the black markings on her suit become chaotic.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: During her time with the Parkers, she was this to May.
* AntiHeroSubstitute: What she was intended to be. May has to keep April on track to prevent her from injuring or killing people. As "the merciless Mayhem" she breaks with May to become a full-on antiheroine, but after realizing the damage she's caused she returns to the good side and turns back time to sacrifice herself to save her sister.
--> '''April:''' The friendly neighborhood days are over! [[DarkerAndEdgier If you want to survive, you need to go grim! Go gritty!]]
* BadFuture: Causes one when she decides that the only way the world can be fixed is if she kills every other superpowered individual she comes across.
* BadPowersGoodPeople: Has powers similar to Carnage, but deep down is a good person.
* BerserkButton: Hates being compared to May, one of the reasons she went rogue as Mayhem.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Can transform her limbs into simple bladed objects.
* BornAsAnAdult: Came out of the tank a teenager.
* CloningBlues: April was convinced that it was ''May'' who was the clone and that she was the original Parker baby, much like [[ComicBook/TheCloneSaga Ben Reilly]] was.
* CombatTentacles: Due to being part symbiote she can create tentacles at will and often uses them to [[MundaneUtility complete chores faster]].
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: During the climactic fight that resulted in May's death, April makes declarations like, "[[InsaneTrollLogic You only saved me to make me look bad!]]"
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to Spider-Girl, April can come across as malicious, especially as Mayhem.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: Tries to invoke MySiblingWillLiveThroughMe after accidentally killing May, but it fails when Mary Jane sees through her right away.
* DistaffCounterpart: To Ben Reilly, Kaine Parker, and Venom.
* EmoTeen: Due to the whole CloningBlues thing.
--> '''Mary Jane:''' What on--April! What's wrong, sweetheart? Why are you in the dark? Oh, my! Where did you get that outfit--and why are you crying?
--> '''April:''' E-everyone hates me. The kids at school... May... even you and Uncle Pete!
* EvilCostumeSwitch: April normally looked similar to a black-and-blue version of Spider-Girl, but as Mayhem she [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110404200230/marveldatabase/images/3/39/Mayhem_%28Earth-982%29_0003.jpg takes a leaf out of Carnage's costuming department]].
* EvilDetectingBaby: Benjy is the first to realize there is something off about "May".
* EvilTwin: Starts out as one of May.
* FreakOut: Has one when she accidentally causes May's death.
* HalfHumanHybrid: She was a clone of May Parker fused at a genetic level to the Venom symbiote.
* HeelFaceTurn: Decides to embrace her dark side and becomes the antiheroine Mayhem, but ultimately [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor sacrifices herself to save May]].
* HeroicSacrifice: April, having been given memories of a BadFuture where May died because of her by her own future self, sacrificed herself to save May.
* FallenHero: After May's death, April tried to become a hero. "Tried" here meaning "killed every other super powered individual she could find".
* FemmeFatalons: Due to being half symbiote she could transform her fingers into claws.
* GenerationXerox: To Kaine, being an angsty homicidal clone of a member of the Parker family.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: The combined grief of accidentally killing May, being kicked out of the Parker family, and realizing that she was the real clone causes April to snap and go on a rampage, killing any superhero being she comes across in an effort to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans make the world a better place]].
* KillAndReplace: After causing May's death, April tries to impersonate her as a form of repentance. Mary Jane saw through it right away, figured out what happened, and furiously expelled April from the Parker household. The combined trauma drove April insane.
* KnightTemplar: Decides the only way the world can be fixed is if all other superpowered individuals kick the bucket.
* JaggedMouth: As Mayhem she manifests a mouth full of black teeth that blend into the rest of her mask.
* MirrorMatch: Any time she and May fought, due to her being a clone.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Espouses this viewpoint when it comes to crime fighting, killing Tombstone and Hobgoblin, and even threatening to kill May herself if she gets in her way. When she decides to become a hero and make the world a better place, it's by killing all the other superpowered people she can find.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The look of horror on Mayhem's face when the warehouse she and Spider-Girl were fighting in exploded is visible even through the symbiote's BlankWhiteEyes and MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily, showing that she never truly intended to kill May and was genuinely remorseful that she'd succeeded.
* MySiblingWillLiveThroughMe: April tries to invoke this via DeadPersonImpersonation after accidentally causing May's death. Unfortunately for her, Mary Jane sees through it right away, and when she figures out what happened furiously kicks April out of the Parker family.
* NightmareFace: Was capable of manifesting Venom's [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily fanged maw]] and [[OverlyLongTongue absurdly long tongue]] while in human form.
* NinetiesAntiHero: April is brooding and sarcastic at the best of times. At the worst, she's downright bloodthirsty, and while she lacks [[MostCommonSuperpower some]] [[TooManyBelts common]] [[{{Stripperiffic}} attributes]], as Mayhem she can tick off scary "costume" and [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast scary name]] as well.
* OneLetterName: Goes by "[[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/5/57845/1427980-mayhem003.jpg Auntie A]]" in the BadFuture.
* PrehensileHair: When her symbiote side manifests, her hair looks like it's suspended underwater.
* PunnyName: As April herself put it, "After all, April comes before May".
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: When her [[KillEmAll actions]] lead to the government mass-producing copies of Carnage that subsequently go out of control, Mayhem decides to travel back in time and stop herself from killing May.
* SerialKillerKiller: Adopts this approach to fighting crime, even taking out bigwigs like Tombstone and the Hobgoblin.
* TeleFrag: When she travels back in time, Future Mayhem appears inside a wall, but lives long enough to transfer her memories to her past self.
* TwinSwitch: Impersonated May to make out with Wes, and later tried to take her place in life after accidentally killing her.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: In her grief after May's death and her expulsion from the Parker family, Mayhem kills almost every other superhero out of a belief that it would make the world a better place. This only makes things worse when the government [[NiceJobBreakingItHero mass-produces clones of Carnage to stop her and they go on a rampage]].
* WholeCostumeReference: April's superhero persona looks almost identical to Spider-Girl, and when she lets her symbiote side surface she [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100404191811/marveldatabase/images/b/b7/April_Parker_%28Earth-982%29_0001.jpg occasionally appears similar to Spider-Carnage]]. As Mayhem she looks similar to a black-and-blue Carnage.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mangaverse Venom]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Venom
-> '''Debut:''' ''MarvelMangaverse: Spider-Man'' #1

* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: He has blue-grey skin due to being poisoned with spider-venom as a child.
* AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome: The Shadow Clan amulet he took from Peter is the Mangaverse equivalent of the symbiote, and Venom can use its power without [[CastFromLifespan the usual drawbacks]].
* HeroicSacrifice: He sacrificed himself to save Peter from the cursed Shadow Clan amulet, repaying his life debt. He later [[UnexplainedRecovery reappeared with control over the Amulet's powers]], and when asked how responded with YouDoNotWantToKnow.
* InstantArmor: He can draw on the cursed amulet's power to encase himself in samurai armor.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: He can turn his arms into multiple tentacles or blades when using the Amulet's power.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Drawing on the amulet's power gives him an enormous fang-studded mouth.
* {{Ninja}}: He was a member of the Shadow Clan before joining the Spider Clan.
* {{Ronin}}: His occupation before his HeelFaceTurn.
* TattooedCrook: He has white tattoos that invoke spider-legs.
* YouShallNotPass: Pulls this with Peter during the Spider-Verse, but is webbed up.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Poison]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Peter Benjamin Parker
-> '''Debut:''' ''ComicBook/WhatIf: Spider-Man The Other'' #1

--> ''"Venom? Venom was a hopeless loser. Venom didn't realize his full potential. Venom was a sad, lonely creature. I'm so much more now, but if you can't find it in your heart to call me Peter... then how about... Poison?"''

In ''The Other'', Spider-Man died saving his wife from [[Characters/SpiderManTheInheritors Morlun]], but was resurrected with [[CameBackStrong enhanced powers]] by the [[OurGodsAreGreater Great Weaver]]. In ''WhatIf The Other'', Peter [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech vehemently rejects]] the Great Weaver's offer and [[OffWithHisHead kills it]], leaving him in a coma. The Venom symbiote, languishing in prison with its then-current host Mac Gargan, senses Peter's predicament and abandons Gargan, taking over a prison guard and rushing to the bridge where Peter had cocooned himself. The symbiote ditches the guard and enters the cocoon, giving it a DarkerAndEdgier makeover and [[PuppeteerParasite taking over Peter's body]], crushing what little remained of his psyche in the process. The resulting being heads to [[IronMan Tony Stark's]] apartment, where Mary Jane and Aunt May are living, and introduces himself as Poison, offering to share his "love" with Mary Jane by bonding her to a symbiote. When she vehemently turns him down. Poison threatens to transform her by force and ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} and [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] intervene, but Poison easily defeats them. To stop Poison from killing them, Mary Jane offers her body to him, but not her soul, promising to make their eternity together miserable. Poison then leaves and exhumes Gwen Stacy's body, resurrecting it with a red-and-black symbiote.

* AmbiguouslyEvil: Poison is the [[IAmAHumanitarian Venom symbiote]] plus [[TheHero Peter Parker]]. What that equals was not really shown, but he ''did'' leave Mary Jane in peace when she refused him and spared Wolverine and Luke Cage at her request.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Off-panel, but what was left of Peter's psyche put up a fight against the symbiote that lasted several months. It lost.
--> '''Uatu the Watcher:''' What follows then is a long, difficult, and terrifying confrontation. It does not occur overnight. No... It takes many months. Months of struggle on both a physical and psychic level – for Peter Parker has a determined, strong personality. It is said that in storytelling that it is preferable [[ShowDontTell to show rather than to tell]]. But to show [[LossOfIdentity the slow, gradual destruction of the being known as Peter Parker]]... it would be too heartbreaking. I speak of these ‘What Ifs’ to educate... to bring you understanding of the many directions that choices can take you. Not to send you into spirals of depression, nor depict things so nightmarish that you will never have another full night's sleep, ever, if you bear witness to them. [[TakeOurWordForIt So take the word of Uatu]], the Watcher, that it was a long and terrible battle, and ultimately... one that Peter Parker lost".
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Poison has the same wrist-mounted stingers Peter did following ''The Other'', but has conscious control of them. They're even capable of penetrating Luke Cage's nigh-invlunerable skin.
* CameBackWrong: Poison is the Venom symbiote bonded to Peter's comatose/dead body. He can do this to people as well, as he threatens to do this to Mary Jane when she spurns him and resurrects Gwen Stacy in TheStinger.
* CombatTentacles: Like most incarnations of Venom, Poison can form tendrils to attack opponents,
* CurbStompBattle: Wolverine and Luke Cage tried to stop Poison from talking to Mary Jane. It didn't end well... for them.
* DoNotCallMePaul[=/=]ThatManIsDead: Poison dismisses "Venom'' as a weakling who couldn't comprehend the symbiote's true power.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Why the symbiote ditches Gargan, why Poison offers to turn Mary Jane into a symbiote-bonded monster, and why he resurrects Gwen Stacy as one when [=MJ=] refuses.
* GrandTheftMe: The symbiote pulls this on Peter's body.
* MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil: Poison is Peter resurrected and possessed by the Venom symbiote.
* ThePowerOfLove: The symbiote believes its GrandTheftMe of Peter was an act of "love and glory everlasting. A true blessing... the kind you pray for in church but never get." [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by the Watcher.
* TheSoulless: Peter's [[OffWithHisHead rejection]] of the Spider leaves him in this state, enabling the symbiote to finish off what's left.
* SuperWindowJump: How Poison gets into Stark's apartment.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Offers Mary Jane an eternal life by his side... as a symbiotic monster. She refuses.
* {{Yandere}}: The symbiote's desire for Peter is so strong it doesn't care that Peter is OnlyMostlyDead. Furthermore, when [=MJ=]'s response to his WeCanRuleTogether offer is "I'd rather be dead." His response?
--> '''Poison:''' Dead's no problem. I can make that work.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Venom (Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy)]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Edward "Eddie" Brock, Jr.
-> '''Debut:''' ''Film/SpiderMan3''

--> ''"I like being bad. It makes me happy!"''

Eddie Brock Jr. was a freelance photographer hired by the Bugle to take pictures of Spider-Man. and was looking to get the next big scoop so he could earn the cash to propose to his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy. Eddie proved more than a nuisance to both the Bugle staff and Spider-Man, distracting the latter during a bank-robbery conducted by Sandman and accidentally enabling the villain to escape. Spider-Man, made more aggressive by a symbiote bonded to him, smashed Eddie's camera in retribution, but Eddie got his revenge by digitally editing one of Peter Parker's pictures to make it look like ''Spider-Man'' was robbing the bank instead. A livid Peter, under the influence of the symbiote, exposed him as a fraud and coldly rebuked Eddie's pleas for leniency with "You want forgiveness? Get religion." Eddie was unceremoniously fired, and later that evening came across Gwen on a date with Peter, not realizing Peter was using her to make his ex-girlfriend Mary Jane jealous. Consumed by despair, Eddie followed Peter's advice and went to a nearby church to pray for God to kill Peter Parker, not aware that Spider-Man had gone to the same church to purge himself of the symbiote. Hearing Spider-Man struggling to remove the parasite, Eddie came to investigate just in time to discover that Spider-Man was Peter and for the symbiote to land on him. Taken over by the symbiote, Eddie sought out Sandman and after a brief scuffle proposed a deal to take down Spider-Man once and for all. Eddie and Sandman worked together to lure Spider-Man into a trap by kidnapping Mary Jane, and easily gained the upper hand until Harry Osborn arrived to back Peter up. Eddie impaled Harry with his own glider, and a furious Peter weakened the symbiote using a set of pipes and ripped Eddie out, throwing one of Harry's pumpkin bombs into it as it tried to escape. Eddie, addicted to the symbiote's power, flung himself back into it and both he and the symbiote were killed in the resulting explosion.

* AdaptationExpansion: Mark Bagley himself drew a bonus tie-in comic, ''Spider-Man 3: The Black'', portraying the events of the last third of the movie from Eddie's perspective.
* AssholeVictim: Sure, he was a jerk, but he didn't really deserve to be blown up.
* CallBack: In one to both the animated series and Venom's original appearance in the comics, in a deleted scene Peter has a vision of himself as Venom when looking in a mirror, although his Venom form didn't have fangs.
* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames: Even after bonding to the symbiote, Eddie isn't called Venom except in the end credits.
* CompositeCharacter: This version of Eddie is a mixture of the mainstream and Ultimate Venoms, with a touch of the animated series thrown in for good measure.
* DeadAlternateCounterpart[=/=]DroppedABridgeOnHim: Spider-Man separates Eddie from the symbiote [[LoudOfWar using metal pipes]] and throws a pumpkin bomb at it as it tries to escape. Eddie throws himself back into it and both are incinerated in the explosion.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Jameson mentions a photographer named in Eddie in the first film. The novelization confirms it was Brock.
* EvilCounterpart: This version of Eddie was specifically created to be one to Peter Parker, being a [[NotSoDifferent struggling photographer wanting enough cash to propose to his girlfriend]].
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: In ''Spider-Man 3: The Black'', Eddie states that the symbiote feels cold, lifted directly from the ''Ultimate'' comic.
* FangsAreEvil: After bonding to the symbiote he has fangs even with his mask retracted.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Goes from being a disgraced jerk of a photographer to a legitimate threat to Spider-Man simply by virtue of being in the right place at the right time.
* HumiliationConga: He's one-upped by Peter, turned down by Spider-Man (who smashes his camera to boot), slammed into a wall by a pissed off Peter, exposed as a fraud, and dumped by his girlfriend. The symbiote takes all that resentment and anger and cranks it UpToEleven... and then they get blown up.
* IconicOutfit: Not [[TheScrappy this version of Eddie/Venom]], but the symbiote's appearance when bonded to Peter has been a reoccurring element in recent Spider-Man media, including ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' and ''VideoGame/TheAmazingSpiderMan''.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Eddie's personality is described as being similar to what Peter would have been like had he not lost Uncle Ben.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Sandman thinks he's Spider-Man and attacks him, but [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily quickly realizes his mistake]].
* LightningBruiser: He's faster and stronger than Spider-Man thanks to the symbiote.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Eddie has the classic gaping maw full of fangs, but unlike most other versions the symbiote's mask acts as lips so they're not visible when his mouth is closed.
* {{Paparazzi}}: Harasses Spider-Man trying to take pictures of him to win the Bugle's contest, and when Spider-Man smashes his camera out of frustration Eddie photoshops a fake image to incriminate him in a bank robbery.
* PipePain: Peter separates Eddie from the symbiote by trapping them in a ring of metal pipes and hitting them.
* PuppeteerParasite: In ''Spider-Man 3: The Black'', Eddie realizes "the Black" is influencing his thoughts... and decides that being able to do anything Spider-Man can is worth it.
* SanitySlippage: He realizes the symbiote is [[http://www.4thletter.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/letit.jpg feeding him Peter's memories]] and goes insane...er with the power.
* SlasherSmile: As the symbiote covers him, Eddie goes from screaming in terror to grinning maniacally before [[EatTheCamera eating the camera]].
* TakeThatAudience: Sam Raimi was once quoted saying he disliked Venom and that the character would not appear in his films. Sony evidently disagreed, and fans of Venom were severely disappointed with how the character was handled in the movie, criticizing everything from the actor portraying him, to the fact he spent most of his screen-time as Venom - the last 10-15 minutes of the movie - with his mask retracted, to the fact he was unceremoniously killed at the end of the movie.
* TaintedVeins: When he retracts his mask, tendrils of the symbiote remain stuck to his face and neck and give him this appearance. In addition, the silvery webbing motif the symbiote manifested when bonded to Spider-Man becomes distorted and vein-like when bonded to Eddie.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: Eddie proclaims "I like being the bad guy! [[EvilFeelsGood It makes me feel good!]]" after bonding to the symbiote.
* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: This version of the symbiote enhances negative emotions.
* VillainTeamUp: Blackmails Sandman into helping him kill Spider-Man by threatening his daughter.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Eddie's voice becomes distorted after bonding to the symbiote in the game adaptation.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: In the first teaser trailers revealing his presence in the film, Venom looked a lot closer to his classic comic book appearance before his design was revamped to include the webbing motif present in Peter's black suit.
[[/folder]]

! Venom's Spawn

!! Carnage

See [[Characters/{{Carnage}} his character page here]].

!!Life Foundation Symbiotes / Mercury Team

[[folder:Life Foundation]]

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--> '''Spider-Man:''' Oh, man! Five enemies with the power of Venom and Carnage? Maybe I should've stayed in New York...

The Life Foundation believed that the conclusion of the Cold War would bring about a nuclear holocaust that would result in the mutually assured destruction of modern civilization. To that end, they constructed a large fall-out shelter and provide a place for their wealthy clients to live comfortably. In order to protect their future Utopian society, they created five symbiotes (Scream, Agony, Lasher, Phage, and Riot) forcibly spawned from the Venom symbiote.

* AbandonedWarehouse: Their hideout in ''Seperation Anxiety''.
* BackFromTheDead: The symbiotes were seemingly aged to dust and the hosts killed in an explosion, but they returned through unknown means.
* FusionDance: After their hosts were killed by Scream, the Agony, Lasher, Phage, and Riot symbiotes merged into Hybrid.
* HiredGuns: The hosts were mercenaries before being bonded to their symbiotes.
* JaggedMouth: The exceptions being Lasher, who had NoMouth, and Riot, who had normal teeth instead ones that looked like an extension of his face.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: They're symbiotes, so this is a given.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Four of the five, though two of those had {{Jagged Mouth}}s.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mercury Team]]

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After the semi-successful implementation of Agent Venom, the Unites States Army formed PROJECT: LIQUID, an initiative intended to use Venom, Toxin, Hybrid, Scorn, and Anti-Venom as weapons to combat symbiote-related threats like Carnage. With Flash Thompson AWOL, Eddie Brock depowered, Scott Washington "[[KilledOffForReal unwilling to cooperate]]", and Patrick Mulligan "[[KilledOffscreen missing]]", the army formed Mercury Team as a subdivision of PROJECT: LIQUID, bonding four special ops soldiers from different military branches to the catatonic Lasher, Phage, Riot, and Agony symbiotes, which had separated after Hybrid was murdered by Eddie. Each member uses their respective symbiote for a specific purpose, and are used as a deterrent in black ops missions and symbiote-related scenarios. The team was sent to fight Carnage when the villain tried to take over Doverton, Colorado. Some time later, Carnage took his revenge by hunting down the Mercury Team and butchering them. The symbiotes were taken by Deadpool, who used them to gain an upper hand against Cletus.

* BackForTheDead: The team is wiped out by Carnage in ''Deadpool vs. Carnage'' #3, with the dog being the SoleSurvivor.
* {{Expy}}: Might have been inspired by the [[Characters/IncredibleHulk Gamma Corps]], soldiers turned into Gamma Mutants [[StartXToStopX to combat]] Gamma Mutants.
* MilitarySuperhero: They're soldiers equipped with nerfed symbiotes.
* WreckedWeapon: The symbiotes were put in a catatonic state by Scott's murder and were incapable of correctly bonding to a host, granting only one superpower each. Agony gives SuperStrength, Riot SuperSpeed, Phage telescopic vision, and Lasher control of the dog it is grafted to.
* TheWorldsExpertOnGettingKilled: An army unit created for the express purpose of dealing with symbiote-related threats. They are all killed in their second storyline by a symbiote-related threat.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Scream]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Donna Diego
-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom: Lethal Protector'' #4

--> ''"I can hear it! I've always been able to hear mine. Even before I was united with it. The voices! The voices told me they were coming. Told me to be quiet about them. Told me what I had to do!"''

A security guard working for the Life Foundation, Donna Diego was selected to be bonded to one of the five symbiotes forcibly spawned from the Venom symbiote. The de-facto leader of the group, Donna, alongside Agony, Lasher, Phage, and Riot, attacked Eddie Brock, but were defeated and seemingly killed by Venom and Spider-Man. Donna and the other Life Foundation symbiotes returned, having somehow survived, and begged Eddie for training to control their symbiotes. Venom refused, believing them to be lost causes like Carnage, and his prediction eventually came true: Donna had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, which was made worse by her symbiote's bloodlust, and ultimately suffered a psychotic breakdown, killing the other symbiotes' hosts before going into hiding. When the Xenophage attacked, Donna resurfaced, having regained her sanity and control over her symbiote, and helped Venom defeat it. Afterward, she discovered the creature's ship, the tracker of which brought her an alternate dimension where Venom and ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} were in the middle of battling supervillains Chimera and Dirtnap. Scream aided the two in defeating the villains, freeing those Dirtnap had previously absorbed in the process, and she and Venom left on amiable enough terms. Some time later, however, Eddie, on a crusade against the symbiotes, lured her into a trap that disabled her symbiote, allowing him to stab her in the head with a heated dagger, killing both her and her symbiote.

* AdaptationalVillainy: Tries to attack [[EatsBabies a daycare]] in ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'', which also [[AdaptationalBadass gave]] her a MakeMeWannaShout attack.
* AdaptationalWimp: In the video game ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venom/Spider-Man:_Separation_Anxiety Venom/Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety]]'', her attack pattern is quite predictable compared to other Symbiotes, and thus she is arguably the easiest Symbiote boss to defeat.
* AlliterativeName: Turned out to be the case when her surname was revealed.
* AllThereInTheManual: The name Scream came from an action figure and the tie-in comic to ''[[Ride/TheAmazingAdventuresOfSpiderMan The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man]]'', while Diego is from ''Civil War: Battle Damage Report''. Both became 100% canon when she came BackForTheDead.
* TheAtoner: Tried to make up for murdering her teammates by helping those still bonded to symbiotes in the aftermath of ''Planet of the Symbiotes''.
* AxCrazy: Her schizophrenia led her to murder the other Life Foundation symbiotes' hosts.
* BackForTheDead: After a hiatus of 15 years she was brought back solely to be killed by Eddie Brock.
* BigGood: Decided to be this for any symbiote-bonded people still around after ''Planet of the Symbiotes''. The only two she found ([[AerithAndBob Zeena and George]]) were eaten by the Xenophage.
* BigOMG: When the china cabinet in her apartment turned out to be the Xenophage.
* BreakoutVillain: The only one of the Life Foundation symbiotes to appear in a main ''Spider-Man'' title, she was also included in the Universal Studios ride, and a game based on the 1990s animated series (despite never appearing in it).
* DarkActionGirl: The most proactive of the Life Foundation team.
* EnemyMine: Teamed up with Venom against the Xenophage, Chimera, and Dirtnap.
* EvilRedhead: More as Donna than Scream, who is mostly yellow.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Got shorter hair to go with her newfound sanity post-''Seperation Anxiety''.
* HearingVoices: Even before acquiring a symbiote. When her madness is revealed, Lasher outright wonders how she managed to pass the Life Foundation's psychological evaluations.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Turned kind of good, vanished, and was brought back to be killed by Eddie.
* HeelFaceTurn: By ''The Hunger'' and ''Tooth & Claw'', though she [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse disappeared at the end of those miniseries]], so any heroics she went on to perform are left to the imagination.
* HunterOfHisOwnKind: During a psychotic break, she became convinced symbiotes and all those who associated with them were evil, and it was her duty to slay them, resulting in her killing her "siblings" and very nearly Venom.
* IronicNickname: Referenced in ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'':
--> '''Spider-Man:''' You know what's weird? She calls herself Scream even though symbiotes don't like sonic weapons.
* KarmicDeath: Eddie killed her for the same reason she killed her teammates, and in almost the exact same way.
* KnifeNut: She created a knife specifically designed to exterminate symbiotes. Ironically, it only succeeded in killing the hosts.
* MeanwhileBackAtThe: Didn't really become involved in the plot of the ''Tooth & Claw'' until the third and final issue. Until then, she spent the story stuck in the Xenophage's abandoned ship with a pair of teenage skateboarders. [[http://www.4thletter.net/gavok/venom/football.jpg It was uncomfortable]].
* MostCommonSuperpower: Was quite busty, and the symbiote accentuated her figure.
* MulticoloredHair: Donna's red hair shows through her yellow symbiote, creating this effect.
* MsFanservice: [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/1/15659/3403932-scream-venom-separation_anxiety%231-incognito.jpg Yeah]], appears to have been designed with this in mind.
* NotSoDifferent:
--> '''Scream:''' (while killing Riot and Lasher) It had to be. We were corrupted by them! I had to kill Leslie... Carl... before their others took over. They want to spawn... to multiply... I can't let that happen.
--> '''Eddie:''' (while killing Hybrid) Scott's been using Hybrid to suppress crime in his neighborhood. Done a fair job. But the demon will turn. Will become another spore. When the time comes it will spawn. I helped spread this alien plague. But I know now. And I know the cure.
* PowerBornOfMadness: Donna's psychosis enabled her to create a "Sonic Knife" that she used to kill the other Life Foundation symbiotes.
* PrehensileHair: As Scream her hair was a mass of tendrils.
* RapunzelHair: In human (at first) and symbiote form.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The only female member of the Sinister Syndicate in Universal's ''The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man''.
* SoleSurvivor: Of the original Life Foundation hosts, until Eddie killed her.
* SwallowedWhole: By Dirtnap, but she turned out to be...
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: Like Venom she couldn't be properly digested by Dirtnap, so he eventually puked her back up.
* TwoGirlsToATeam: Scream had this dynamic with Agony.
* VibroWeapon: The Sonic Knife, presumably.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Agony]]

-> '''AKA:''' Leslie Gesneria; James Murphy
-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom: Lethal Protector'' #4

A mercenary selected by the Life Foundation to be bonded to one of the five symbiotes forcibly spawned from the Venom symbiote, Leslie developed the ability to spit a powerful acid and absorb chemical compounds such as Spider-Man's webbing. Alongside Scream, Lasher, Phage, and Riot, she attacked Eddie Brock, but was defeated and seemingly killed by Venom with help from Spider-Man. Leslie and the other Life Foundation symbiotes returned, having somehow survived, and begged Eddie for training to control their symbiotes. Venom refused, believing them to be lost causes like Carnage, and his prediction eventually came true: Scream, driven insane by her schizophrenia, murdered Donna and the other hosts. The Agony symbiote was transported to the Vault and experimented on, eventually merging with its brethren to become the Hybrid symbiote. After Eddie Brock killed Scott Washington, Hybrid's host, the fused symbiote separated back into its components, which were collected by the US army. Agony was bonded to Lieutenant James Murphy, a Navy Seal and heavy munitions expert missing his left arm, as part of the Mercury Team, and was used to help apprehend its "brother" Carnage after he took over Doverton, Colorado.

* BareYourMidriff: Leslie tended to wear tube tops.
* TheBigGuy: James for the Mercury Team.
* TheCameo: Along with several other obscure characters, the original Agony appeared in a teaser for ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance''.
* ChainsawGripBFG: James's rail gun.
* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: Leslie was the DarkChick. James is TheBigGuy.
* DarkChick: Despite being a mercenary, Leslie was shown to rather emotional, and has [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/1/15659/3402242-agony-venom-separation_anxiety%232-leslie_consoles_carl.jpg a scene]] where she acts like a TeamMom.
* DistaffCounterpart: James Murphy to Leslie Gesneria.
* ElementalAbsorption: Along with being able to regurgitate chemicals, Leslie could also absorb them.
* HandicappedBadass: James is missing his left arm and uses the symbiote as a prosthetic.
* HeelRealization: Leslie, [[HeelFaceDoorSlam right before her death]].
* HollywoodAcid: Leslie's breath was highly corrosive.
* LegacyCharacter: Was bonded to Leslie Gesneria initially, and later to James Murphy.
* MagneticWeapons: James' weapon of choice is a huge railgun.
* MostCommonSuperpower: Leslie was quite busty, and the symbiote accentuated her figure.
* PoisonousPerson: Leslie used the symbiote to spit highly corrosive acid.
* PrehensileHair: Like Scream, Agony's hair was a mass of tendrils when bonded to Leslie; though unlike Scream, she never used it as a weapon.
* PurpleIsPowerful: The Agony symbiote is purple.
* SignatureMove: The Life Foundation team could do basically the same things as Carnage (form weapons, tentacles, etc.) Leslie was the only member of the quintet with genuinely unique powers, being able to spew acid, and harmlessly absorb chemicals like Spider-Man's webbing.
* SuperSpit: Leslie's acid breath.
* SuperStrength: James's and Deadpool's main power granted to him by the symbiote.
* TragicVillain:
--> '''Leslie:''' Such a pretty smile... such a pretty face... such a pretty... [-me-]. What am I doing here in an abandoned factory in the middle of nowhere? I was going to do something with my life. Help people. What am I allowing this living costume to turn me into?
* TwoGirlsToATeam: She and Scream were the only female members of their squad.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Leslie literally had blue hair.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lasher]]

-> '''AKA:''' Ramon Hernandez; Marcus Simms and a War Dog
-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom: Lethal Protector'' #4

A mercenary selected by the Life Foundation to be bonded to one of the five symbiotes forcibly spawned from the Venom symbiote, Ramon chose to employ his symbiote's CombatTentacles as his WeaponOfChoice. Alongside Scream, Agony, Phage, and Riot, he attacked Eddie Brock, but was defeated and seemingly killed by Venom with help from Spider-Man. Ramon and the other Life Foundation symbiotes returned, having somehow survived, and begged Eddie for training to control their symbiotes. Venom refused, believing them to be lost causes like Carnage, and his prediction eventually came true: Scream, driven insane by her schizophrenia, murdered Ramon and the other hosts. The Lasher symbiote was transported to the Vault and experimented on, eventually merging with its brethren to become the Hybrid symbiote. After Eddie Brock killed Scott Washington, Hybrid's host, the fused symbiote separated back into its components, which were collected by the US army. The Lasher symbiote was bonded to a war dog, attached to and controlled by Chief Petty Officer Marcus Simms, as part of the Mercury Team and was used to help apprehend its "brother" Carnage after he took over Doverton, Colorado.

* AngryGuardDog: The symbiote's second host was a catatonic military German Shepherd.
* CombatTentacles: Ramon usually had a half-dozen of these sprouting from his back.
* CoveredInGunge: Ramon's tentacles could secrete a heavy slime.
* DashingHispanic: Ramon was a villainous example.
* HeroicDog: The German Shepherd, especially now that she's become the new Hybrid.
* HandicappedBadass: The German Shepherd that serves as the symbiote's second host is in a coma, but that doesn't stop her from putting the run on the Doppelgänger. As of ''Deadpool vs. Carnage'', [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140627210804/marveldatabase/images/b/bf/NormalLasherHound.png she's fully awake and active]].
* JaggedMouth: In her first appearance, the Lasher Hound's mouth was lined by green fangs that blend into her snout.
* TheLeader: Marcus was the leader of the Mercury Team.
* LegacyCharacter: Was bonded to Ramon Hernandez initially, and later to a military dog.
* NoMouth: Unlike the others Ramon didn't manifest a mouth when bonded to the symbiote.
* TheSmartGuy: Ramon was the most levelheaded of the quintet, and tried to act as the voice of reason.
* SoleSurvivor: The dog was the sole survivor of [[spoiler:Carnage's massacre of Mercury Team]].
* StockAnimalDiet: After taking a chunk out of the Doppelgänger, Lasher settled down to finish off a half–eaten cow and was seen chomping down a huge bone.
* SuperSenses: The symbiote-augmented German Shepherd could scent any target in a five-hundred ''mile'' radius.
* TeamPet: The Lasher hound, even though it's the actual host of the symbiote.
* TentacleRope: If he didn't whip his enemies with his tentacles, Ramon would ensnare them.
* ThirdEye: The Lasher hound has an eye in the middle of her forehead.
* TooManyMouths: Marcus issues commands to the Lasher hound through a mouth on his forearm, created by the tendril "leash" that connects him to the dog.
* WhipItGood: As his name suggests, his main means of attack were whip-like CombatTentacles.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Phage]]

-> '''AKA:''' Carl Mach; Rico Axelson
-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom: Lethal Protector'' #4

A mercenary selected by the Life Foundation to be bonded to one of the five symbiotes forcibly spawned by the Venom symbiote, Carl chose to employ his symbiote's ShapeshifterWeapon ability as his WeaponOfChoice, focusing on blades. The nominal leader of the group, Carl, alongside Scream, Agony, Lasher, and Riot, attacked Eddie Brock, but was defeated and seemingly killed by Venom with help from Spider-Man. Carl and the other Life Foundation symbiotes returned, having somehow survived, and begged Eddie for training to control their symbiotes. Venom refused, believing them to be lost causes like Carnage, and his prediction eventually came true: Scream, driven insane by her schizophrenia, murdered Carl and the other hosts. The Phage symbiote was transported to the Vault and experimented on, eventually merging with its brethren to become the Hybrid symbiote. After Eddie Brock killed Scott Washington, Hybrid's host, the fused symbiote separated back into its components, which were collected by the US army. The Phage symbiote was bonded to a Lieutenant Rico Axelson, a Navy Seal sniper, as part of the Mercury Team, and was used to help apprehend its "brother" Carnage after he took over Doverton, Colorado.

* AvengingTheVillain: It was implied that Carl had a crush on Leslie, and when all signs pointed to Eddie being her killer, Carl decided to stop negotiating, and start killing.
--> '''Carl:''' She's dead. He killed Leslie. Brock is a psychopath and he's got to die... TONIGHT!
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Carl's WeaponOfChoice, contrasted with Lasher's primary weapon being tentacles.
* ConjoinedEyes: The symbiote's eyes were conjoined when bonded to Carl.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Eddie Brock's, to be precise.
* FriendlySniper: The symbiote's second host was Rico Axelson, a sniper in the army.
* InTheBack: How Scream killed Carl.
* LeaderWannabe: Carl thought he was the leader of the Life Foundation Symbiotes, but the real boss was Scream.
* LegacyCharacter: Was bonded to Carl Mach initially, and later to Rico Axelson.
* NoMouth: Rico follows the HeroicHost=NoMouth trend, making his pseudonym (which more or less means "devour") an IronicNickname.
* PuppeteerParasite: Like the other symbiotes, Howard's is brain-dead. This didn't stop it from instinctively shooting a civilian possessed by a piece of Carnage. Fortunately, the woman survived.
--> '''Howard:''' I didn't take the shot... I think my symbiote did. These things must hate each other.
* SuperSenses: Augmented Rico's and Deadpool's vision to the point they could hit a target from a mile away without a sniper rifle or scope.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Possessed Franchise/{{Batman}}-like serrations on his arms, back, and legs, when bonded to Carl and Deadpool.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: "You're making me mad Brock! I'm losing control! You know what happens when a human and a symbiote lose control?"
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Riot]]

-> '''AKA:''' Trevor Cole; Howard Ogden
-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom: Lethal Protector'' #4

A mercenary selected by the Life Foundation to be bonded to one of the five symbiotes forcibly spawned by the Venom symbiote, Trevor Cole chose to employ his symbiote's ShapeshifterWeapon ability as his WeaponOfChoice, focusing on hammers and maces. The most savage member of the group, Trevor, alongside Scream, Agony, Lasher, and Phage, attacked Eddie Brock, but was defeated and seemingly killed by Venom with help from Spider-Man. Carl and the other Life Foundation symbiotes returned, having somehow survived, and begged Eddie for training to control their symbiotes. Venom refused, believing them to be lost causes like Carnage, and his prediction eventually came true: Scream, driven insane by her schizophrenia, murdered Carl and the other hosts. The Riot symbiote was transported to the Vault and experimented on, eventually merging with its brethren to become the Hybrid symbiote. After Eddie Brock killed Scott Washington, Hybrid's host, the fused symbiote separated back into its components, which were collected by the US army. The Riot symbiote was bonded to Petty Officer Howard Ogden, a Marine Corps. reconnaissance expert, as part of the Mercury Team, and was used to help apprehend its "brother" Carnage after he took over Doverton, Colorado.

* AxCrazy: Trevor was almost as bad as Carnage.
* TheBrute: Trevor was the most brutal and savage of the Life Foundation Symbiotes.
* CarryABigStick[=/=]DropTheHammer: Trevor's main means of offence was morphing his hands into hammers and mace heads.
* CeilingCling: Howard's symbiote-augmented legs allow him to stick to surfaces.
* DependingOnTheArtist: The first Riot's coloration was inconsistent, alternating between gray, blue, and brown. On the cover of ''[[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140430024503/marveldatabase/images/f/f7/Deadpool_vs._Carnage_Vol_1_4_Solicit.jpg Deadpool vs. Carnage #4]]'' the symbiote is black.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Unlike the others, Riot doesn't manifest weapons in the ''Separation Anxiety'' game.
* GunsAkimbo: Howard's preferred method of attack.
* HandicappedBadass: Like Flash Thompson, Howard is missing his legs and uses the symbiote as a prosthetic.
* InNameOnly: The name Riot came from [[http://www.figurerealm.com/actionfigure.php?FID=14448 an entirely unrelated toyline-exclusive character]].
* KnifeNut: Howard's weapon of choice is a knife.
* PaletteSwap: The first Riot was Venom with an [[DependingOnTheArtist alternating]] color scheme and no ChestInsignia.
* TheQuietOne: Howard is explicitly described as such.
* SuperSpeed: Howard and Deadpool use the symbiote to run faster than a person could blink.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hybrid]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Scott Washington
-> '''Debut:''' ''New Warriors'' #6; ''Venom: Along Came A Spider'' #2 (as Hybrid)

--> ''"He was there. Dreads, he calls himself. He was there, that day two months ago, when Eazy X gangsters forced me, my brother Derek, and our friend Dwight Simms off a basketball court... and I'll bet he was there that same night, when Eazy X bang-boys kicked our door in and shot me and Derek down in cold blood... killing my little brother... paralyzing me from the waist down... and getting away with it! Yeah, he was there all right... and now he's here. Well, so am I Dreads... and you're not getting away from Hybrid this time!"''

Scott Washington became Guardsman Number 6 at the Vault, a high-tech prison for supervillains, in order to earn enough money to move his family out of the gang-ruled ghetto they called home. Scott trained with the superhero Justice, in prison for murdering his abusive father, developing a sense of empathy for the prisoners in the process. When the symbiote invasion occurred, Scott was asked to oversee experiments on four of the five Life Foundation symbiotes, Agony, Lasher, Riot, and Phage. He agreed due to the pay bonus he would receive, but when the Venom symbiote unleashed a psychic scream that killed off almost every other member of its species, the four tortured aliens merged together, escaped containment and briefly latched onto Scott. Touched by their suffering, Scott helped the "Hybrid" symbiote escape captivity at the cost of his job, and returned to the ghetto. Having been blacklisted by the government, he was only able to find work as a security guard, and worked to keep his younger brother Derek out of the Eazy X Gang. This backfired when one of the gang members broke into their house, killed Derek, and crippled Scott. Sensing his suffering, the Hybrid symbiote bonded to him, but Scott was no longer the sympathetic individual he had once been and sought to use them to attain revenge. The Hybrid symbiote eventually managed to persuade Scott to let go of his anger, and he devoted himself to becoming a more positive hero. However, some time later Scott was confronted by Eddie Brock, who was on a crusade against the symbiotes. Despite protesting that he wasn't evil, Scott was killed and the Hybrid symbiote separated back into Agony, Lasher, Riot, and Phage.

After the Mercury Team is wiped out by Carnage, their surviving symbiotes bond to the dismembered SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}, turning him into a new [[FrankensteinsMonster Frankenstein-ian]] version of Hybrid. After using the symbiotes to defeat Carnage and Shriek, Deadpool gives them to the war dog that is bonded to the Lasher symbiote, and instructs it to take the aliens back to "the governmental bigwigs who know how to take care of 'em".

* AdaptationalVillainy: Is a bad guy not even hinted at having a human host in ''Videogame/MarvelAvengersAlliance''.
* AllLowercaseLetters: How the symbiotes spoke.
* AngryBlackMan: Wants revenge for the murder of his brother and it's the ''symbiotes'' who have to restrain ''him''.
* AntiHero: As much as Scott wanted to be a SociopathicHero, the symbiotes wouldn't let him, so he settled for being TheCowl.
* BackForTheDead: After a 16-year hiatus was brought back to be killed by Eddie Brock.
* BadassCape: He has one made of CombatTentacles.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: The reason the Hybrid symbiote bonded to him.
* BerserkButton: The symbiotes were whipped into a frenzy by the sight of the Jury (which was composed of several former Vault Guardsmen) and decided to disregard their ThouShaltNotKill policy, and force Scott to murder them.
--> '''Symbiotes:''' guardsmen. pain. torture. evil. revenge!
* BigBrotherInstinct: He viewed it as his duty to keep his little brother Derek on the straight and narrow.
* CoolMask: His looks a lot like Wolverine's.
* {{Expy}}: As Hybrid he is one of ComicBook/{{Spawn}}.
* FusionDance: His symbiote is a merger of four of the five Life Foundation symbiotes.
* GuiltByAssociationGag: An overzealous ally of the Jury wanted to hold him accountable for everything that occurred during ''Planet of the Symbiotes''.
* HandicappedBadass: Was confined to a wheelchair after being beaten by a thug.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Scott's tale was told through backup stories featured in ''The Hunted'' and ''Along Came a Spider''.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: The symbiotes use this argument to keep Scott from committing murder.
* IWorkAlone: Scott was offered the chance to join the ComicBook/NewWarriors, but turned it down in favor of being a solo act. He also turned down joining Mercury Team for this reason, but the military appropriated the symbiotes after his death.
* LetOffByTheDetective: He helped the newly formed Hybrid symbiote escape and didn't tell his colleagues, which cost him his job.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Like the other symbiotes.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: The reason he agreed to oversee the experiments on Life Foundation symbiotes was because the bonus it offered would help him get his family out of the ghetto.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After experiencing the pain and suffering the Life Foundation symbiotes endured, much of which was at the hands of the experimentation he oversaw, Scott tries to defend them and loses his job.
* PoweredArmor: Wore a suit of green armor derived from Iron Man's as a Guardsman at the Vault.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: When his brother was murdered and he was crippled, Scott went from being a NiceGuy to an AngryBlackMan bent on vengeance. The Hybrid symbiote was quite put off by this, and tried to act as his voice of reason, a stark contrast to [[PuppeteerParasite the]] [[AxCrazy other]] [[IAmAHumanitarian symbiotes]].
* ThouShaltNotKill: The symbiote enforced this policy on Scott, as when he tried to kill a gang member it left him until he was endangered.
--> '''Symbiotes:''' cannot allow murder Scott. we are permanently bonded with you Scott. but we are not Venom. we are not Carnage. we will not kill.
* TrackingChip: By inserting a part of the symbiote's biomass into someone, Scott could track their location.
* TwoferTokenMinority: A black paraplegic.
* YouAreNumberSix: As a Guardsman his designation actually was Number 6.
[[/folder]]

!Supporting Cast

These are characters who, while they may not host a symbiote, play prominent supporting roles in Venom's series.

[[folder: Carl Brock]]

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-> '''Debut:''' ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' #375

--> ''"What ever relationship between Edward Brock and myself is no longer applicable."''

* AbusiveParents: Carl blamed Eddie for his wife's death in childbirth, neglected him growing up, and was just waiting for an excuse to disown him.
* BenevolentBoss: Despite being callous and stoic, there were no indications he was cruel to his employees at Treece International. The same maid has also been working for him since at least Eddie's early childhood.
* DeathGlare: The look Carl gave Peter when he brought up Eddie scared even him.
* HonestCorporateExecutive: He's implied to be the CEO of Treece Internationals, or at least a high-ranking official, but there's no indications he's corrupt.
* IHaveNoSon: When Eddie's career was ended in disgrace, Carl used that as an excuse to disown his son.
* MaternalDeathBlameTheChild: His beloved wife died giving birth to Eddie, who Carl reviled as a result.
* {{Retcon}}: ''Dark Origin'' changed him from a wealthy businessman to a middle-class suburbanite.
* TheStoic: He was pretty much emotionless until he met his wife Jamie, who he adored.
* {{Workaholic}}: In his first appearance, Carl is shown ignoring his son to focus on office work.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Beck Underwood]]

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-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom: The Madness'' #1

--> ''"He has a reputation for extreme violence. But he seems so... earnest. Sigh, why is it the bigger their problems the more I want to save them?"''

A young lawyer, and ally and love interest for Eddie Brock during his time in San Francisco.

* DamselInDistress: Beck is kidnapped by the Juggernaut in ''The Madness'', Mace in ''The Mace'', and the Stalkers in ''Nights of Vengeance''. The Mace incident was, admittedly, due to a series of misunderstandings.
--> '''Beck:''' Listen to me! This guy doesn't deserve...
--> '''Venom:''' To live? I know.
--> '''Beck:''' Nooo! [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu &%# it, shut up, and listen!]]
* EasilyForgiven: Beck's response to nearly being raped and[=/=]or killed by the temporarily psychotic and bestial Venom in ''The Madness'' is LetsJustBeFriends.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: This is why Scarmore, Inc. hired the Juggernaut to eliminate her in ''The Madness''.
* HelloAttorney: Beck is a lawyer, just like Ann was. Maybe Eddie has a thing for them?
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: To ensure Beck's safety, Eddie moves back to New York, and leaves her behind in San Francisco.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: The Tiny Girl to Eddie's Huge Guy. [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/1/11863/339060-30726-beck.jpg Especially when he's Venom]].
* LoveTriangle: One forms between her, Eddie, and a doctor named Elizabeth.
* MoralityChain: She tried to get Venom to consider non-violent solutions. It rarely worked.
* PuppeteerParasite: She's nearly taken over by the Stalkers in ''Nights of Vengeance''.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Beck manages to talk down the Juggernaut... and then the mutated and crazed Venom attacks.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Suit]]

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-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom'' Vol. 1, #2

--> '''Venom Clone:''' Why have you come for me?
--> '''The Suit:''' I have come to destroy you. I know what you are.
--> '''Venom Clone:''' Yeah... and we know all about you. You're no better than we are.
--> '''The Suit:''' That is arguable.
--> '''Vernom Clone:''' Heh-heh... wanna argue?
--> '''The Suit:''' No.

Untold millennia ago, an alien entity informed a race of mechanical, self-replicating spider-like beings that humans were a violent and chaotic species that needed to be destroyed, lest they eventually spread throughout the cosmos. As they prepared to wipe out humanity, the spiders were delayed by horrific weather conditions, and during that time they realized that they had been duped, and that their benefactor had merely wanted the humans gone so that it could claim the Earth as its own. Most of the spiders left Earth, but a small cluster, still believing in their mission, stayed behind. Weakened, this group started slowly gathering physical and political power so that it could one day commit the genocide it was hired to.

In the present day, Reed Richards of the ComicBook/FantasticFour discovered a swarm of the spiders during a space expedition. The spiders eventually created a humanoid form dubbed "The Suit". Making contact with ComicBook/NickFury, the Suit explained that the Venom symbiote, which he was briefly exposed to while it and Eddie Brock were in the custody of the Fantastic Four, was going to be used in a plot to cause chaos on a global scale. Learning that a clone of the Venom symbiote, made by the genocidal spiders to further their goals, was in the arctic, the Suit headed there to eliminate it.

* AncientAstronauts[=/=]BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: The story of the Ark. Noah was the alien that hired the spiders, having decided to save select members of humanity for unknown reasons. The "flood" was an exaggeration of the bad weather that fortunately delayed the spiders' attempt to KillAllHumans, allowing them to realize that they were being manipulated.
* BadassBoast:
--> '''Spider-Man:''' [[SaveTheVillain I... won't let you... murder him]].
--> '''The Suit:''' I do not require your permission... nor do I, at this distance, require the phone. It is merely a conductor. [[IAmTheTrope I am the weapon]].
* BadassInANiceSuit: Hence the name.
* CannotTellAJoke:
--> '''Venom:''' Come to papa...
--> '''The Suit:''' Very well. But, as you can see--and to paraphrase--papa now possesses an entirely brand-new bag. I believe my attempt at levity was successful. Ha. Ha.
* CoolShades: They're used to hide his lack of eyes, [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/1/15659/2049233-the_suit_origin.jpg and were Nick Fury's idea]].
* DramaticUnmask: While the Suit is fighting the Venom clone, his sunglasses are knocked off, revealing his eye sockets are completely empty.
* GoodCounterpart: To Bob, a member of the same race as him which intends to wipe out humanity.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: He operates as a torso for a while after being diced by the clone-possessed ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}.
* ImmuneToBullets: Though high-caliber rounds can stun him.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: He channels electrical blasts through his cellphone. They can knock people out, or reduce them to smoldering skeletons.
* MadeOfIndestructium: The spiders, which are more or less described as such by Reed Richards. He was unable to find a way to even dent them, and they emerge unscathed from being at ground zero of a nuclear warhead.
* TheMenInBlack: Obviously inspired by them, he comes off as very similar to [[Franchise/MenInBlack Agent K]].
* NoodleIncident: When the Suit reappears in New York, he's missing an arm and most of his head. The closest thing to an explanation that he offers is a [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction nonchalant]], "I was delayed".
* NoSell: The symbiote clone attempted to take over him but failed due to him neither being human or organic, so it tore him apart instead.
* PullingThemselvesTogether: Whenever the Suit is dismembered or blown up, the spiders he contains piece him back together, good as new.
* ShockAndAwe: He's electrokinetic, but is usually only able to use his powers through his cellphone or something similar.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: Because otherwise it would be even more awkward.
* TheStoic: The smirk he gives in the above image being one of the few exceptions to all-around cool demeanor.
* TimeAbyss: He's existed since pre-Biblical times.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: He supercharges himself in order to obliterate both Venoms, but the blast is contained by Invisible Woman. It's unknown if he survived the backfire.
* TheWormThatWalks: He's full of innumerable robotic spiders, which exit and enter his body through his eye sockets.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jenna Cole]]

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-> '''Debut:''' ''The Amazing Spider-Man: Extra!'' #2

A teenaged heroin addict Eddie Brock befriended as Anti-Venom. Supposedly cured of her addiction, she helped him infiltrate and take down drug cartels, but was secretly getting high. She was captured by the Quintas cartel when the Punisher interrupted Eddie's shakedown, leading to them setting aside their differences to rescue her. She hasn't been seen since.

* BareYourMidriff: She wears a tank top, a miniskirt or short shorts, and tattered stockings, with her midriff exposed.
* DarkSecret: Even after Eddie purged her, she kept shooting up.
* DrugsAreBad: Jenna was a heroin addict, and despite Anti-Venom's best efforts kept relapsing.
* EmbarrassingNickname: She's known on the streets as Jenna the Junkie. Anti-Venom nearly eats a thug who insists on calling her that.
* FacialMarkings: She has a pair of horizontal black bars under her eyes.
* FreakOut: When she saw a berserk Anti-Venom she had a panic attack. Granted, she ''was'' high on drugs at the time.
* HookersAndBlow: When Jenna was abducted by the Quintas gang, she's next seen splayed next to drug lord Jorge Valdez alongside other scantily-clad women, "[[BerserkButton high out of her mind]]".
* TheInformant: Eddie used her to track down and bust drug dens.
* TheIngenue: Eddie thinks of her as being this. She's not nearly as innocent as he thinks, as she's secretly doing drugs behind his back and didn't say to ''not'' eat the gangster who insulted her, just not to do it in front of her.
* ItIsDehumanizing: [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Frank Castle]] refers to her as an "it" when he's about to shoot through her to get to a Quintas thug.
--> '''Quintas Thug:''' Hold up, ''cabron''! You shoot me with that thing you gonna kill the girl too!
--> '''The Punisher:''' That's not a girl... it's a junkie.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: She was the only thing keeping Eddie Brock from reverting back to his Lethal Protector persona. When she was kidnapped, he snapped.
--> '''Jorge Valdez:''' Hear that, gringo? She's my girl now. Wanted you to know before my men smoke your ass.
--> '''Anti-Venom:''' [[{{Angrish}} Hrrg...]]
--> '''Jorge Valdez:''' Adios, $%$#%$!
--> '''Anti-Venom:''' '''''[[RageBreakingPoint ARRGH... YAARRGH]]!!!''''' *rips the nearest thug in half*
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Call her a junkie at your own risk.
* ShamefulStrip: Is forced to take her top off by some Quitas hoods, possibly for titillation or to prove she wasn't wearing a wire.
* YouCanSeeThatRight: Thinks Eddie's Anti-Venom form is a drug-induced hallucination when she first sees him.
* VagueAge: Jenna's age is never addressed, just that she's a teenager.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Hasn't been seen since the Anti-Venom[=/=]ComicBook/ThePunisher crossover ''New Ways to Live''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Katy Kiernan]]

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-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom'' Vol. 2, #23

A reporter working for the Daily Inquisitor, who serves as Agent Venom's eyes and ears in the criminal underworld of Philadelphia.

* DarkSecret: She has ties to J. Jonah Jameson... and ComicBook/TheKingpin.
* GoingForTheBigScoop: Agent Venom worries her involvement with him will cause her to be targeted.
* HotScoop: Is a highly attractive female reporter, and occasionally flirts with Flash.
* TheInformant: Agent Venom used her to get intel on the Department of Occult Armaments and later to track down Lord Ogre.
* IntrepidReporter: She actively helps Agent Venom in his investigations in order to get a better story out of it, though she takes offence when he accuses her of this being her sole motive for helping him.
* {{Paparazzi}}: Agent Venom accuses her of being one, to which she takes offence.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Demon-Venom]]

-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom'' Vol. 2, #23

An unnamed demon implanted in Flash Thompson by Daimon Hellstrom in order to turn the symbiote into one of his Monsters of Evil, though this attempt backfired when the Hell Mark activated and suppressed it. The presence of the Hell Mark prevented it from being exorcised despite begging to be removed, stating that possessing one who was marked was forbidden. It struck up a rapport with the symbiote, taking over Flash during his battle with the U-Foes and later on while he slept, terrorizing his friends and enemies alike until Flash moved to Philadelphia. The symbiote, realizing the demon was slowly taking over Flash, expelled the Hell Mark into its long-devoured clone and regurgitated it, freeing Flash from any infernal obligations but at the same time marking Andi Benton, who bonded with the possessed clone to become Mania.

* AlternateSelf: Flash has a dream of what would come to pass if the demon took him over and[=/=]or he was chosen for the Descent, with Demon-Venom perched on a headless statue overlooking a PlanetHeck version of Philly.
* CallBack: The demon took Flash's body out for joyrides while he was asleep, just like the symbiote used to do to Peter.
* ChestInsignia: One sign that the demon was possessing Venom was the white spider emblems morphing into the Hell Mark pentagram.
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: It seems to be a fairly high-ranking demon, though nowhere near as powerful as Mephisto.
* DemonicPossession: After being suppressed by the Hell Mark, the demon starts corroding Flash's sanity and taking him over while he sleeps.
* EnemyWithin: He proves to be one to both Flash ''and'' the symbiote, who doesn't take kindly to the competition and kicks him out.
* {{Expy}}: A ''What If?'' story from 2008 featured [[http://www.4thletter.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/frightful.jpg a version of Venom]] who was given demonic powers by Mephisto.
* HornedHumanoid: When taking over Flash, it manifested a pair of long, backwards-curved horns.
* HorrorHunger: After being summoned and possessing Flash, the demon was ''hungry''.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: The demon wants nothing more than to be removed from Flash, but can't due to the Hell Mark.
* MindRape: The demon has the ability to look into enemies' minds and remotely control several individuals at the same time. He only demonstrated it during his battle with the U-Foes and hasn't used it again since.
* OhCrap: When the demon realized Venom bore the Hell Mark, it panicked and begged to be exorcized.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: This one's actual appearance is unknown, as it only manifests through the symbiote's shapeshifting.
* SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan: The demon was stuffed into Venom by Daimon Hellstrom, partly to turn the symbiote into one of his Monsters of Evil, partly to make Venom a more legitimate candidate for the Descent, and partly [[ForTheEvulz just to see what would happen]]. The first part backfired due to Flash possessing the Hell Mark.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: The [[AlternateSelf Demon Lord]] Venom seemingly had a red spider-emblem, although it could have just been the [[RedSkyTakeWarning sky]].
* RestrainingBolt: The Hell Mark prevents the demon from taking over Flash while he's conscious, but also prevents it from being exorcized.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Unwittingly fouled up both the symbiote's attempt to get demonic powers and Mephisto's nomination of Venom as a potential successor for the Descent. Both have been passed on to its clone, Mania.
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: The symbiote reveals the demon was working towards this, and Flash's visions, backed up by his confrontation with Hellstrom, imply this would have happened if he'd been picked for the Descent.
* ToServeMan: The first thing the demon did was eat one of the Department of Occult Armaments' acolytes, but his feast was interrupted when the Hell Mark activated and suppressed him.
* TransformationOfThePossessed: When the demon takes over, Flash sprouts a pair of horns and occasionally wings in addition to the symbiote's trademark set of fanged jaws.
* VillainTeamUp: Following his black-out fighting the U-Foes, Flash wonders whether the symbiote and demon are teaming up to circumvent their respective handicaps and take him over.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Whether or not the demon was passed onto Mania alongside the Hell Mark and what the consequences of that would be were going to be dealt with in the "Descent" arc of ''Venom'' Vol. 3, which was cancelled before it even began.
* WingedHumanoid: When it first possessed Flash, it manifested a pair of wings from the symbiote's biomass.
[[/folder]]

!Antagonists

The variety of non-symbiote opponents faced by the various Venoms.

[[folder:The Jury]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Orwell Taylor, Edwin Cord, Bomblast (Kenneth Parmenter), Firearm, Ramshot (Samuel Caulkin), Sentry (Curtis Elkins), Wysper (Jennifer Stewart), Screech (Maxwell Taylor)
-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom: Lethal Protector'' #2

--> '''Orwell Taylor:''' I had a son--Hugh. Fresh out of the army, he became a guard at the federal prison called the Vault. He was the first man you killed when you escaped from that institution.
--> '''Venom:''' We... we didn't want to hurt anyone...!
--> '''Orwell Taylor:''' And that makes it all right?! You murdered my son! That's why I put together the Jury! These warriors--including the ex-Guardsman who holds you helpless--we're Hugh's friends in the military. But now they're sole purpose, like my own--is killing you!

A group of VAULT Guardsmen organized by General Orwell Taylor to take revenge for Hugh Taylor, Ryan Stewart, and other Guardsmen killed during a jailbreak by Venom.

* ADayInTheLimelight: The ''Trial Run'' backup story from ''Sinner Takes All''.
* AmoralAttorney: Maxwell Taylor became the group's defence attorney.
* AntiHeroTeam: They're a squad of over-glorified prison guards aiming to kill Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote.
* DemotedToExtra: Despite all of their set-up, they only appeared twice in Eddie's series, and one of those appearances was just in a backup story that did not involve Venom at all.
* HangingJudge[=/=]KangarooCourt: After apprehending their target they try, sentence, and execute them without any real intention of finding them innocent.
* KnightTemplar: They aimed to "judge" Venom, Tarantula II, Spider-Man,[[note]]Ostensibly for bringing the symbiote to Earth, though this was later revealed to be a ruse to draw out Venom.[[/note]] and Abe Jenkins using lethal force, and while they've reformatted to be more representative of an American court of law they still use lethal force.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Firearm's real name is unknown.
* PoweredArmor: They all wear modified Guardsman armor, which itself was based on blueprints for Tony Stark's Iron Man armour.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: They were demoted to this status while working for the Life Foundation.
* {{Revenge}}: Their goal is to avenge the comrades who were killed during one of Eddie Brock's escapes.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Jennifer Stewart is the only female member.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pyre]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Gray Russell
-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom: Funeral Pyre'' #1

--> ''"Turn me into a monster! Cripple me! It can't get much worse... Come on! Let's finish it!"''

A Californian reporter, Gray Russell learns that his dying father was once a scientist employed by Comicbook/{{Hydra}}, and that the laboratory he worked in is still standing, albeit now abandoned. Gray goes to the warehouse containing the lab in search of answers, and discovers that it is now being used as the headquarters of the Jadoo street gang, which Gray bluffs his way into becoming a prospective member of. Unfortunately, Gray learns afterward that joining the Jadoos is a lifetime commitment, and that he will soon have to kill a rival gang member to prove himself, or be killed in turn. Desperate, Gray gives a note requesting aid to a young boy, who in turn gives it to Venom. Unfortunately, run-ins with ComicBook/{{the Punisher}} leave Venom unable to reach Gray before the journalist is forced into committing mass murder by the Jadoos. When the Punisher storms the gang's warehouse, he mistakes Gray for just another Jadoo, which prompts the terrified Gray to seek shelter in a pod in the Hydra lab, which mutates him into a being capable of wielding microwave radiation. Unhinged by the combination of his mutation and status as a killer, Gray (now going by "Pyre") blames Venom and the Punisher for his woes, and attacks them, sparking a battle that brings the entire building down on him.

* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: The machine that gives Pyre his abilities also turns his skin red.
* ContinuityNod: When Eddie, who had since become Anti-Venom, and the Punisher "team up" again in ''New Ways to Live'', Castle repeatedly sneers that he hasn't changed since they last parted ways.
* DistinguishingMark: A pink birthmark on the neck, which Venom uses to identify him.
* ImmuneToBullets: They melt before they can reach him.
* IntrepidReporter: Why Venom was so intent on helping him.
--> '''Venom:''' We're all on the same side here. But you're blowing our quiet little rescue--of a fellow journalist undercover in a local gang.
* ManOfKryptonite: Pyre's mere presence causes Venom excruciating pain.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Punisher's interference really screwed Gray over. Except for the part where Frank tried to nullify Pyre's powers, and only succeeded in making them ''stronger''.
* NotQuiteDead: As Venom and the Punisher leave the scene, coughs emanates from the rubble; Pyre's survival is confirmed in ''ComicBook/CivilWar: Battle Damage Report''.
* RageAgainstTheReflection: While fighting Venom, Pyre catches sight of his reflection, and becomes even more enraged.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sin-Eater II]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Michael G. Engelschwert
-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom: Sinner Takes All'' #1

--> '''Venom:''' [[HearingVoices Hear those voices]] yet, Sin-Muncher? Hear them going tweet tweet tweet?
--> '''Sin Eater:''' All I hear is the voice of the Lord... [[BoomHeadshot and it is the sound of sweet thunder!]]

A Gulf War veteran, the mentally fractured Michael G. Engelschwert was left homeless after the conflict and came to reside in a shelter, where he frequently bunked with Emil Gregg, the unstable man who had confessed to being the serial killer known as the Sin-Eater (in actuality, Stan Carter) to Eddie Brock. Emil's nonstop religious rants wormed their way into Mike's mind, and he took up the mantle of the Sin-Eater, being even deadlier than Carter.

* AxCrazy: More so than Stan Carter, who had a MaskOfSanity.
* BadassBandolier: Lots.
* BadassLongcoat: Allowing for easy firearm concealment.
* BadassNormal: Has no special powers or gear, just lots and lots of guns.
* BigBadEnsemble: With Kirsten's mother in ''Sinner Takes All''.
* ChurchMilitant: He's even a former soldier.
* CrazyHomelessPeople: With exposure to other mentally ill vagrants making him worse.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Is tackled out a window after activating his explosive vest.
* EvilOverlooker: On [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_large/6/67663/3415768-01.jpg the cover]] of ''Sinner Takes All'' #1.
* EvilVersusEvil: Exterminates a group of militants, and gets into a fight with and is fatally shot by a crazy woman who has a grudge against Venom.
* FakingTheDead: He switches clothes with a hostage, and tricks Venom into killing the captive.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Makes it clear he's targeting Ann [[http://www.symbiote.fr/images/comics/venom-sinner0119.jpg simply because she's a lawyer]].
* FrameUp: Leaves Sin-Eater gear under Emil's cot, which leads to him being arrested, and later [[AcquittedTooLate killed]] by the mother an officer Mike had earlier murdered.
* GogglesDoNothing: He sometimes wears red ones.
* TheHeavy: While he and Kristen's mother share the villain role in ''Sinner Takes All'', the latter only becomes involved halfway through the series, whereas Mike is the main threat, and there from start to finish.
* {{Irony}}: Crazy old Emil Gregg was driven to try and become the Sin Eater by Stan Carter's conversations with himself, which he could hear through the walls of the apartment building they both lived in. Later, crazy old Michael Engelschwert was driven to become the Sin-Eater by Emil Gregg's conversations with himself, which he could hear in the homeless shelter they both lived in.
* ItsPersonal: Nearly kills Eddie's ex-wife, Ann. Venom is also just plain happy to take on the Sin-Eater, even if it isn't Stan Carter or Emil Gregg.
--> '''Venom:''' Here's one for you--'Exclusive! Sin-Eater Revealed!' Eddie Brock, aka--Venom!"
* JackTheRipoff: Of Stan Carter, the original Sin-Eater.
* MadBomber: Wears an explosive vest, and attempts to blow up the New York Stock Exchange.
* MakeWayForTheNewVillains: Is introduced blowing away the man responsible for the ''[[TheMostDangerousVideogame Carnage Unleashed!]]'' game from the storyline of the same name.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: A reddish-pink balaclava, as opposed to the green one (which he does have on the covers) worn by Stan Carter.
* MysteriousMiddleInitial: What could it stand for?
* OneManArmy: In the Gulf War, and against the authorities, up to and including SWAT teams.
* RealMenWearPink: His mask is kind of... pinkish.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Why he became indigent.
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: His main weapon is a shotgun.
* SoleSurvivor: He was the only survivor of a Black Hawk crash in the Gulf War. After the airplane went down, he managed to slaughter an entire troop of enemy soldiers by himself before being found.
* TalkativeLoon: Speaks almost entirely in Bible quotes.
* TakingYouWithMe: Dying from being shot, Mike decides to blow himself and everyone else present up. Mixed with a bizarre instance of PetTheDog:
--> '''Mike:''' ... But I can save you all! I am about to enter the kingdom, and I can take you all with me!
* ThrowDownTheBomblet: Nearly kills Venom with tons of thermite and white phosphorus grenades.
* WalkingArsenal: Including anti-tank weaponry.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Xenophage]]

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-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom: The Hunted'' #1

--> ''"I must say that my sojourn on your [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet little blue planet]] has been a quite a little gastronomic adventure-and comparatively trouble free! Why, up until now, the local authorities didn't even know I existed!"''

A monstrous yet highly intelligent race of extraterrestrials, the Xenophages prey on symbiotes, and presumably originate from the same galaxy as them. In the aftermath of ''Planet of the Symbiotes'', an unnamed member of the species travels to Earth to devour the surviving invaders, bringing him into conflict with Scream (who he captures) and Venom (who is blamed for his killing spree). After a city-wide chase, the creature is brought down when Venom tricks him into eating a grenade, blowing his head off. Afterward, the Xenophage's spaceship is uncovered by Scream and a pair of teenaged skateboarders, who use it to help Venom and Wolverine defeat mutant supervillains Chimera and Dirtnap. The ship presumably remained in Scream's possession until her death at the hands of Eddie Brock.

* AliensSpeakingEnglish: No explanation is given for his SurprisinglyGoodEnglish.
* BrainFood: Goes for the brain first, which is why Venom is blamed for all the deaths.
* CombatTentacles: His entire lower half is composed of these.
* CoolStarship: It's BiggerOnTheInside, can shrink down to the size of a football without harming the occupants, travel to other dimensions, and track symbiotes anywhere.
* TheDreaded: Instinctively feared by symbiotes.
* FangsAreEvil[=/=]MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Just like his snacks.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Very eloquent.
* FeedItABomb: Venom creates a fake head containing a grenade, and tricks the Xenophage into biting it.
* FeelNoPain: "My exoskeleton is not equipped with pain receptors... [[SophisticatedAsHell unlike your face!]]"
* FoodChainOfEvil: A symbiote predator.
* HungryMenace: While obviously sentient, he doesn't care about anything but his next meal.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Where he tucked away Scream.
* LeanAndMean: His bottom half is nothing but tentacles, while his abdomen is skeletal with CreepilyLongArms.
* LightningBruiser: Very agile, despite his size.
* TheMerch: Surprisingly, he got an action figure, though the packaging referred to him as "[[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/1/15659/2077379-phage_venom_front.jpg Phage]]".
* MonsterOfTheWeek: The villain of ''Venom: The Hunted''.
* MeaningfulName: Roughly translated, it means "alien devourer".
* NighInvulnerable: Nothing could lay a scratch on his exoskeleton.
* NoNameGiven: His actual name (if he had one) is unrevealed, so he's just called "the Xenophage" or simply "the Phage".
* TheParalyzer: He can temporarily disable symbiotes with his spit, turning them into dead weight for their hosts. Eddie compares getting doused to being put in a straitjacket.
* SuperSpit: It's an incendiary neurotoxin that paralyzes symbiotes, and enhances their taste.
* StarfishAliens: A gangly monster with an ornate golden face and mandibles, a body made up mostly of fur and tentacles, and the ability to perfectly emulate inanimate objects down to the finest detail.
* TentacleRope: Scream is entangled in them for most of the story.
* ToServeMan: While he feeds on symbiotes, he is able to sustain himself on humans, and presumably other beings.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Able to flawlessly mimic a cabinet, complete with fine China.
* WouldHurtAChild: Attempts to eat some kids who try to help Venom and Scream.
--> '''Scream:''' What do you want with those kids? I thought you only ate symbiote brains!
--> '''Xenophage:''' It's what I prefer, but any cerebral cortex will do in a pinch! In fact, I could do with a snack just about now...
* YourHeadASplode: His death.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Krobaa]]

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-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom: Seed of Darkness'' #-1

--> ''"Such... great... horror. A terrible abundance of sorrow. What monstrous Gods would create a race with so much buried greatness--yet curse them with souls born wounded?"''

While experimenting with dimensional and intergalactic travel, quack scientist Nigel Donlevy brought the symbiote-like alien Krobaa to Earth. A member of a benevolent empire, Krobaa merged with Donlevy (intending to do so only temporarily) to learn about the new planet he had been brought to, and its people. Unfortunately, the darkness within Donlevy (aka the human ID) drove Krobaa insane, and he went on rampage through a nearby town and industrial park. ''Daily Globe'' reporter Eddie Brock, alerted to Krobaa's existence by someone looking for burnt-out paranormal investigator [[Series/KolchakTheNightStalker Cal Carlchok]], travelled to the area Krobaa was laying waste to, and after evading the monster's attacks, realized it had an aversion to light. With the flashes produced by his camera, Eddie restored Krobaa to his senses; unfortunately, the extraterrestrial was so traumatized by what he had done and experienced that he committed suicide by reducing himself to dust and gas, expelling the hysterical Donlevy. Eddie submitted the story to his editor, only to have it dismissed (as Carlchok hinted it would be) as a "turn-off" for the average reader and advertiser. The disheartened Eddie was left to brood--"I'll make the big time eventually. I can feel it in my gut. Sooner or later--I'm going to strike oil".

* AVillainNamedZrg: The story was a throwback to the Marvel Monsters era, so of course this naming convention was used.
* BlobMonster: Krobaa was an amorphous blob of black goo, though he became slightly humanoid after taking over Donlevy.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: An initially benevolent black blob from another world which was corrupted by exposure to humans, who it could bond to physically and mentally. Subtle.
* EpisodeZeroTheBeginning: His issue was designated "''Venom'' #-1".
* HumanityIsInsane: Merging with a human causes Krobaa to lose it, and after returning to normal, he kills himself.
--> '''Nigel Donlevy:''' But he knew nothing of the primal beast that lurks within the human subconscious, the inner demon that Freud called the ID. He was overwhelmed, nearly driven mad--until your strobe light shocked him out of it. And then... I could feel his revulsion... his pity. Considering himself infected, he committed suicide rather than risk unleashing a plague of madness on the universe... our madness.
* WeakenedByTheLight: To the point that [[WeaponizedCamera a camera]] could disorient him.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Redeemers]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Doctor Shep Gunderson (Redeemer); Claude Cramer (General Wolfram); Jenni Pate (Eleven); Jonathan N. York (Doctor Everything); Mrs. Fluffy Lumpkins (Hippo); Richard Earle Amtower IV (Dementoid)
-> '''Debut:''' ''Dark Reign: Sinister Spider-Man'' #1

--> ''"All right, people! Let's go save Spider-Man!"''

A ragtag bunch of criminals and supervillains with one thing in common: a grudge against Mac Gargan for "[[IAmAHumanitarian amputating]]" one or more of [[AnArmAndALeg their limbs]].[[note]]Except for Doctor Everything, who removed his own arm to fit in with the others.[[/note]] Gathered together by the Redeemer, they swore to bring the Sinister Spider-Man to justice... and [[EatenAlive failed miserably]].

* AnArmAndALeg: With the exception of Doctor Everything, they all had a limb or two eaten by Venom.
* AffectionateNickname: In his [[PreviouslyOn summary of the previous issue]] in ''Dark Reign: Sinister Spider-Man'' #3, Mac has [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/assets/images/preview/3242/prv3242_pg1.jpg heart-shaped cutouts with photos of the Redeemers on them and little captions]], referring to Redeemer as "Nerd", [[{{Foreshadowing}} Hippo as "Lunch", Eleven as "Dessert"]], Wolfram as "Midnight Snack", Dementoid as "Gassy", and Doctor Everything as "Naked. It's weird."
* BackFromTheDead: Despite being eaten by Venom, Hippo later reappears to fight Spider-Man and Luke Cage.
* BreakoutVillain: Hippo is apparently popular with someone, as he [[UnexplainedRecovery somehow]] recovered from being devoured by Mac, and went on to become a minor recurring villain for the real Spider-Man.
* CaptainErsatz: Doctor Everything is a blatant parody of [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Doctor Manhattan]].
* CatchPhrase: Hippo's is "Pachyderm Power!" ... which doesn't make any sense given that he's not an elephant.
* CensorBox: Doctor Everything's junk is obscured by a [[TeenyWeenie small black censor bar]].
* EatenAlive: Hippo and Eleven are eaten by Venom during their first showdown.
* EvilOldFolks: General Wolfram is a World War II veteran.
* FiveBadBand:
** BigBad: The Redeemer, the team's founder.
** CoDragons: Dementoid and General Wolfram, mostly by virtue of being the only ones besides the Redeemer to make it out of the group's first assault against Venom.
** EvilGenius: Doctor Everything, the ''self-proclaimed'' omniscient.
** TheBrute: Hippo, because he is a big bulky hippopotamus.
** DarkChick: Eleven, who is also the sole female member of the team.
* FullFrontalAssault: Doctor Everything remarks he has no need for clothes to Eleven when she complains about his nudity.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Hippo is an anthropomorphic hippo created by the High Evolutionary, and wears a pair of Hulk-sized green pants.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Eleven's power. Unfortunately for her, Mac is able to FightOffTheKryptonite.
* NemeanSkinning: Wolfram wears the skin of a wolf... with glowing red eyes.
* NoSell: Venom is [[InsanityImmunity immune]] to Dementoid's insanity-inducing touch, and when Doctor Everything covers his mouth with a metal plate he tries to use his ass to eat people.
* RealityWarper: Doctor Everything can warp reality, although his use of this power is limited to comedic effect, such as conjuring a metal plate over Venom's mouth. He's even arrested.
* SaveTheVillain: The Redeemer's professed goal is to save "Spider-Man"... by killing him.
* SkullForAHead: The Redeemer's mask is intended to invoke this.
* SmurfettePrinciple: Eleven is the only girl on the team.
* ThoseWackyNazis: General Wolfram was a Nazi scientist during World War II.
* TimeForPlanB: In the aftermath of their failed attempt to redeem or kill Mac, Dementoid and Wolfram visit the now quadriplegic Redeemer, who has them enact the backup plan - sending pictures of "Spider-Man's" [[IAmAHumanitarian innumerable crimes]] to J. Jonah Jameson.
* UnreliableNarrator: Wolfram claims to have been a wolf [[HumanityEnsues humanized]] by the Nazis, though the Redeemer points out that there are a lot of holes in that story. A much more competent and [[MadScientist science-oriented]] General Wolfram later appeared in a ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' story set during [=WW2=], and it's entirely possible this one based his persona off of the original or even that they are the same person since the original was subjected to Weapon X.
* UpliftedAnimal: Hippo is one of the High Evolutionary's New Men, or Beastials.
* VillainTeamUp: They're a self-help group for supervillains who lost limbs to Mac Gargan.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Eleven is introduced and killed within two issues, and none of the other members - except [[BackFromTheDead Hippo]] - have reappeared.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Crime Master]]

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-> '''AKA:''' Bennett Brant
-> '''Debut:''' ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' #11; ''Venom'' Vol. 2, #1 (as the Crime Master)

--> ''"An ode to Bennett Brand and his little sis, Betty Brant. To the family. A family that was stripped away from me. But don't feel too badly--crime is my family now."''

Introduced as a shadowy crime lord and Jack O'Lantern's boss, the Crime Master seeks to usurp control of the criminal underworld from the Kingpin, only to be opposed by Agent Venom. Blackmailing Flash into helping him acquire the Toxin symbiote, the Crime Master set up a team of super villains called the Savage Six and kidnapped Betty Brant. He revealed himself as Bennett Brant, her older brother who had been assumed dead for years. Bennett offered Betty a chance to join him before Agent Venom arrived, but just as he was about to kill Flash he was shot in the back by his own sister and died unmourned by anyone except [[ItsPersonal Jack O'Lantern]].

* AbductionIsLove: He kidnapped the boy who became Jack O'Lantern and raised him as an assassin.
* BadassInANiceSuit: He wore a pinstriped suit underneath his trench coat.
* BigBad: He was the main antagonist of Rick Remender's half of ''Venom'' Vol. 2, before being killed by his own sister.
* BrotherSisterIncest[=/=]VillainousIncest: His feelings for Betty weren't very brotherly, that's for sure.
* CoatHatMask: His outfit included a fedora, a black mask with white eyes and stripes, and a dark brown trench coat.
* CoolMask: A black mask with white eyes, a V-shaped strip over his nose, and two diagonal stripes parallel to the V going over his cheeks.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: Prior to his return as the new Crime Master, Bennett's last appearance was in a 1964 story that ended with his apparent death.
* FakingTheDead: For years Bennett was assumed to have been killed by loan-shark Blackie Gaxton.
* GenreSavvy: He knew Betty was lying when she said she'd join him.
* GraveMarkingScene: Betty visits his presumably empty grave in 1990's ''Web of Spider-Man'' #63
* FromNobodyToNightmare: He went from a successful lawyer with gambling problems to a criminal mastermind. Also counts as FaceHeelTurn and TookALevelInJerkass.
* InTheBack: He was shot from behind by his own sister.
* LegacyCharacter: He succeeded the Lewis family as the Crime Master, and was succeeded himself by an unknown individual who purchased the moniker from Hobgoblin. Additionally, Remender's run retconned things by revealing that the Crime Master identity was ''not'' created by Nick Lewis, but instead has existed for centuries, and has been used by people all over the globe.
* TheMaster: Of crime.
* MySisterIsOffLimits: He was opposed to Flash dating Betty out of a [[VillainousIncest twisted form of brotherly affection]].
* VillainTeamUp: He created his own rip-off of the Sinister Six - the ''Savage'' Six - by recruiting Richard Deacon (the Human Fly), Roland Burroughs (Death Adder), Gregory Nettles (Megatak), and turning Eddie Brock into Toxin.
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[[folder:Jack O'Lantern V]]

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-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom'' Vol. 2, #1

--> ''"Still, I wondered how long it would take, right? To earn a true arch-enemy you gotta hold a awfully personal grudge. And, guess what? I've got one. With you."''

The fifth person to assume the mantle of the Jack O'Lantern after supposedly killing the other surviving ones, this Jack served as TheDragon to the Crime Master and has established himself as Agent Venom's arch-enemy.

* AbductionIsLove: Was abducted by the Crime Master as a child on Halloween and became his loyal accomplice.
* AdorableEvilMinions[=/=]MechaMooks: Has a number of creepy puppet and doll-like robots who "wuv" to commit atrocities.
* ArchEnemy: Agent Venom's self-proclaimed one, and [[YouKilledMyFather Mania's as well]].
* AxCrazy: While it's unknown whether he's doped up on Goblin formula, but he's certainly just as crazy as any of the Goblins.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Even after being arrested he continues to plague Venom by remotely hypnotizing a security guard into taking on his identity.
* CallingCard: Jack has a habit of removing his victims' brains and leaving a lit candle in their hollowed out heads.
* TheDragon: Served as this to the Crime Master before his death.
* EnemyMine:
** When forced to team up with Agent Venom, Jack happily spent the duration of the trip repeatedly sledgehammering Flash's {{Berserk Button}}s.
--> '''Jack:''' I'd never poke fun about your drunk, dead, pig-cop dad. That would be very un-bro-like of me.
** SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} somehow convinced him to help in the fight against Red Onslaught.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He viewed the Crime Master as his father.
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumour: Jack is just as bad as any of the Goblins, if not ''worse''.
* {{Expy}}: A criminal with a sadistic sense of humor who gets a kick out of {{troll}}ing his archenemy, who has a disfigured face, and who survived a fall into a vat of toxic chemicals. Sounds pretty similar to the SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, doesn't it?
* FacialHorror: He's missing his nose and most of his teeth, and his head is covered in burns. Eating a live grenade will do that to you.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's generally cheerful and even downright friendly towards Flash at times, but that just serves to underline how much of a sadistic psychopath he is.
* FireBreathingWeapon[=/=]PlayingWithFire: He has flamethrowers installed into his suit, his helmet is wreathed in flames, and he's not adverse to using the exhaust from his broomstick glider as a makeshift flamethrower.
* FlyingBroomstick: Has taken up the Green Goblin's old broomstick glider, even using it to GoombaStomp Venom in their first fight.
* HeelFaceTurn: He's caught up in Doctor Doom's and the Scarlet Witch's Inversion Spell.
* HypnoFool: Jack's robots remotely hypnotize a security guard into taking up his identity and persona. After being subdued by Venom and Mania, the guard lapses into a coma.
* GraveRobbing: In revenge for Agent Venom killing the Crime Master, Jack waits until Father's Day, exhumes Flash's father's corpse, [[CallingCard replaces his brain with a candle]], and hides him in the sewers. He then lures Flash there and mocks him over a PA system before blowing up the room.
* ItsPersonal: After the Crime Master is killed, Jack's rivalry with Venom became even more intense.
* JaggedMouth: The mouth of his brainwashed replacement's helmet was intended to invoke the classic serrated-mouth jack o'lantern look.
* KillAndReplace: Did this to the others who had born the moniker "Jack O'Lantern".
* LegacyCharacter: Is the fifth and current Jack O'Lantern.
* LetsDuet: Joins in on Flash singing Lynyrd Skynyrd's ''Free Bird'' while attacking him at the same time.
--> '''Agent Venom:''' ''I'm free as a bird now.''
--> '''Jack O'Lantern:''' ''And this bird you'll never change.'' *attacks him* ''And this bird you can not change.''
* MakeWayForTheNewVillains: He boasts about murdering all of his surviving predecessors, which would be Daniel Berkhart, Maguire Beck, Steven Levins's brother, and the resurrected or imposter Jason Macendale from ''ComicBook/SecretWar''. Steven Levins, the second Jack O'Lantern, had previously been killed by ComicBook/ThePunisher, [[MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil then]] ComicBook/GhostRider.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: His real name is unknown and everyone calls him by his supervillain moniker.
* SerialKiller: Jack was trained as an assassin by the Crime Master, and turned to this in his spare time.
* SinisterScythe: His weapon of choice is a razor-sharp sickle. His brainwashed temporary replacement also used a miniature scythe.
* TheSociopath: Even as a child he mutilated animals.
* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: Refers to himself as a bogeyman in conduction with his Halloween-themed getup.
* {{Troll}}: Jack happily antagonizes Flash for the sake of making him angry. This backfires when Venom tries to eat him, and it's only Jack reminding Flash that the Crime Master will kill his friends and family that gets the symbiote back under control.
* WeaponizedExhaust: Uses his glider as a makeshift flamethrower when fighting Venom.
* WholeCostumeReference: His outfit is based off the Headless Horseman, to a greater degree than any Jack O'Lantern prior.
* WreathedInFlames: His pumpkin-shaped helmet is wreathed in flames, but that doesn't seem to bother him.
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[[folder:The Evangelist]]

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-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom'' Vol. 2, #13

--> ''"We've done this dance before. I know all your weak spots, son. And there's a truckload. Can't beat me if you beat yourself. I know what you are."''

A demon created by H'elian's Mirror Cauldron to embody Flash's fears and flaws, the Evangelist took the form of a tall, skinny preacher in a black suit, carrying a demonic Bible full of razor-sharp pages. After he killed Red Hulk, Agent Venom strangled him to death.

* BadassLongCoat: Wears one as part of his preacher getup.
* BreakingSpeech: Gives Flash a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech stern, mocking lecture]], leaving him in a HeroicBSOD.
* CurbStompBattle: He easily takes out Venom with a few words during their first match, and later gave Red Hulk a TorsoWithAView with a sheet of paper, killing him.
* EvilCounterpart: He's the manifestation of Flash's fears and insecurities.
* MoreThanMindControl: Seized control of the symbiote and used it to taunt Flash during his BreakingSpeech.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: He's the manifestation of Flash Thompson's inner demons and takes the form of a stereotypical 19th-century Bible-thumping preacher.
* QuirkyMiniBossSquad: Made up one with [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Ichor]], [[EvilIsVisceral Encephalon]], and [[TheCheerleader X-666]].
* PaperMaster: His demonic Bible can shoot razor-sharp pages like a Gatling gun fires bullets.
* SinisterMinister: His entire shtick is "creepy, evil priest".
* TranslatorBuddy: Able to understand [[TheUnintelligible Encephalon]].
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Flash doesn't have a good first impression of his opponent, declaring, "I ain't big on church, pops. And you look so... weak".
* WeHardlyKnewYe: After he kills Red Hulk, Agent Venom strangles the Evangelist to death.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: He has snow-white hair and is a demonic preacher.

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[[folder:Symbiote Slayers]]

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-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom'' Vol. 2, #32

--> ''"C-can't stop us. The adaptation matrix is in our bloodstream. The lethality equation... changing us!"''

Four biomechanical alien parasites, the Symbiote Slayers were discovered by Vector, who tried to market them to the Crime Master, who in turn had them implanted in an unnamed man who later escaped. Driven to cannibalism by them, their host came into conflict with Agent Venom, who attempted to get the man to surrender in order for a cure to be found. Toxin interrupted just as the man was acquiescing and ate him, causing the four symbiote slayers to escape and and take over a group of homeless people. The symbiote slayers traced Venom and Toxin to the high school where Flash worked as a teacher, and Eddie and Flash were forced to work together to destroy them. One Symbiote Slayer was shown to have survived, but nothing's come of it since.

* BodyHorror: When they enter combat mode, the [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily results]] [[CombatTentacles are]] [[BladeBelowTheShoulder not]] [[ArtificialLimbs pretty]].
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: And your flesh, and your sanity. It's hard not to feel sorry for their victims.
* EatenAlive: Their original host and one of the Symbiote Slayers were eaten by Toxin. They attempted to return the favor, but were stopped by Venom.
* EatingMachine: They're carnivorous cybernetic organisms.
* {{Expy}}: They're quite similar to the Stalkers from the earlier Venom miniseries ''Nights of Vengeance''.
* HealingFactor: They can repair minor damage to their hosts.
* MechanicalLifeform: They appear to be biomechanical.
* MechanicalMonster: They are a cybernetic equivalent of the symbiotes.
* NoNameGiven: The hosts are all anonymous.
* NotSoDifferent: Agent Venom uses this argument to try to get the symbiote slayers' original host to calm down. It worked... until Toxin showed up.
* PuppeteerParasite: They take over their host in much the same way symbiotes do.
* RoboSpeak: They communicate in this manner, and judging by the font they use MachineMonotone and ComputerVoice apply as well.
* RobotMe: They have a lot in common with the symbiotes.
* ReluctantMonster: Their original host didn't want to kill and eat people. The metal monsters attached to his back made him do it.
* SoleSurvivor: One of them was revealed to have survived, but nothing's come of it since.
* StarfishRobots: When not bonded to a host they are a mass of segmented tendrils with blades poking out.
* ToServeMan: They have a taste for human flesh.
* WouldHurtAChild: They attack the high school where Flash works looking for Venom.
* UnwillingRoboticisation: Its safe to say their hosts didn't volunteer to be turned into ravenous cyborg zombies.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: One of the symbiote slayers escaped, and hasn't been seen or heard from since. Cullen Bunn intended to resolve the various plot holes in ''Venom'' Vol. 3, but [[AbortedArc it was cancelled before it was even started]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lord Ogre]]

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-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom'' Vol. 2, #36

--> ''"You come looking for Lord Ogre... and you'll find him. But this is a careful-what-you-wish for scenario, see?"''

Philadelphia's resident crime lord, who takes an exception to Agent Venom taking a bite out of his profits and places a bounty on his head. This sets off a chain reaction that leads to Andrea Benton becoming Mania and swearing revenge for the death of her father. He's killed by Crossbones and Master Mayhem.

* AmbiguouslyBrown: He has brown skin but his ethnicity isn't disclosed before he is killed.
* BadassBoast: When Mania cuts down his personal bodyguards, Ogre sneers at her and calls her a child wearing a mask.
* BaldOfEvil: He's bald and a really nasty piece of work.
* BullyingADragon: When he meets Mania for the first time, he sneers at her and calls her a little girl hiding behind a mask, knowing full well she could eat him. He also does the same to Agent Venom, although with the added precaution of a buttload of high-calibre firepower.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: The bounty he places on Agent Venom attracts Jack O'Lantern, who kills Andi's father and tries to kill her. Flash accidentally turns her into Mania trying to protect her, and Andi swears revenge on Lord Ogre.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: He mocks Venom and Mania, both of whom are more than capable of eating him alive, to their faces.
* TheDon: He's Philadelphia's number one crime lord, involved in everything from prostitution to drug running to human trafficking.
* EatenAlive: He's partially-devoured by demons summoned by Master Mayhem.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The guy calls himself "Lord Ogre" and while he's not an ''actual'' ogre, he can be just as brutal.
* OhCrap: When Mania is one claws-bredth away from killing him, he reveals he's rigged a biological weapon to go off if he dies. To his horror, she decides to call his bluff, reasoning her symbiote would protect her from the fallout.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: He's never seen without them, to the point where they appear to be fused to his face.
* SelfDestructMechanism: Installed a biological weapon powerful enough to devastate most of Philadelphia into his chest and rigged it to a dead man's switch, thinking it'd be enough to scare off assassins.
* StarterVillain: Served as one for Mania, as well he proved to be a ruthless and cunning crime lord, he was only human and grossly outclassed by the likes of Crossbones and Master Mayhem.
* TakingYouWithMe: Installs a dead man's switch and a biological bomb so powerful he claims it would wipe out half of Philly into his chest, thinking it would prevent Mania from killing him.
* TattooedCrook: He has a number of tattoos on his face.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sin-Eater III]]

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-> '''Debut:''' ''Axis: Carnage'' #1

--> ''"I am the held breath awakened, reborn again unto the city. Lust, Gluttony, and Greed abound in this seething cesspool of lies and sin. The lies have many voices. The sins, many faces. I take form, and will. I know what must be done. I am the dark at the end of the light."''

In the wake of Carnage's morality (or lack thereof) being altered by the events of ''ComicBook/{{Axis}}'', a new Sin-Eater has emerged, and he places the symbiote serial killer in his crosshairs after Cletus interferes with his mission to wipe out the press.

* AnatomyOfTheSoul: After killing his victims, he sucks what he claims is all of the sin out of their souls, it taking the form of monstrous green apparitions.
* CurtainCamouflage: He hides behind the curtains of Alice Gleason's apartment, but his shoes give him away. [[ImmuneToBullets Not that it matters]].
* DetectEvil: Apparently how he finds his victims. He states that Alice Gleason reeks of "sin, vainglory, selfishness and hubris".
* DramaticUnmask: When the mask comes off, it's revealed that all that's underneath it is a skull.
--> '''Chris Rollins:''' Oh, God... what are you?
* EvilOverlooker: On [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/imgsrv/imglib/0/0/1/AXISCARN2014003cov-b4ea5.jpg the cover]] of ''Axis: Carnage'' #3
* HealingFactor: He regrows his skeletal head within seconds of Carnage destroying it.
* JackTheRipoff: The second Stan Carter imitator, or third if you count Emil Gregg. When Carter is brought up, this guy claims to be the ''true'' Sin-Eater, asserting that "the imposter" is still dead.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: Follows the Sin-Eater tradition of wearing a ski mask.
* NightmareFace: [[http://www.spidermancrawlspace.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Axis-Carnage.jpg The last thing]] Chris Rollins sees before he dies.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Cletus starts seeing him as [[http://i.newsarama.com/images/i/000/138/320/original/AXISCARN2014003002_col.jpg the]] [[http://i.newsarama.com/images/i/000/138/321/original/AXISCARN2014003003_col.jpg Devil]].
* SerialKiller: He's going after reporters.
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Sin-Eaters love shotguns.
* SkullForAHead: Very ComicBook/GhostRider-esque, though instead of being WreathedInFlames it has a SicklyGreenGlow. When he's wearing his mask, however, he appears to have skin and eyes.
* YourHeadASplode: Carnage makes the Sin-Eater shoot himself in the head, and leaves before he notices it reassembling.
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