This is the CharacterSheet for ComicBook/{{Venom}} and the various characters that have hosted the symbiote or prominently appeared in his stories/series.


!Main Hosts


-> '''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 "[[ComicBook/DoctorOctopus Peter]]" 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]]. He was successful, aided by the remnants of Peter's psyche, and the symbiote returned to Flash.

!!Tropes pertaining to Peter Parker

See: Characters/SpiderManMainCharacters

[[folder:Venom I / Anti-Venom / Toxin II]]

-> '''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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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... [[ disturbing]].
* BrainFood: Even before [[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan Ultimate Venom]] and [[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 --> BreakoutCharacter: Is one of Spider-Man's most popular antagonists, and has been featured in almost every adaptation since his debut.
* 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.
* 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.
** 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 is 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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!
* 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.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Goes from being a disgraced, terminally ill journalist to a monster simply by virtue of being in the right place at the right time.
* {{Gasshole}}: When he ate (not absorbed, ''[[ 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.
* GoodCostumeSwitch: As Anti-Venom he is a colour-inverted version of Mac Gargan's Venom form.
* GoodIsNotNice: As Anti-Venom and arguably as Toxin.
* 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.
* 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.
* KingOfTheHomeless: During his time in San Francisco he lived in an underground city 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]].
* 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.
* 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.'''
* [[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]].
* OffingTheOffspring: Carnage, Toxin, and the Life Foundation symbiotes were all on Eddie's hit list.
* 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.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: As Toxin, Eddie is mostly red but has black lower arms and legs 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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]] states that Eddie, both as Venom and Anti-Venom, could lift up to 11 tons, putting him just over Peter's 10 tons, yet there have been occasions where he duked it out with the Juggernaut[[note]]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.
** Possibly the best[=/=]worst instance of this occurred in ''All-Access'' #1, which had him almost effortlessly smack around Spidey and ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''... [[ 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''.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
--> '''Venom:''' Home, sweet symbiosis!
* 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]]
* 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.
* 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.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Due primarily to MaternalDeathBlameTheChild.
* 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.
* YourHeadASplode: When the Punisher realizes Anti-Venom is Eddie Brock, he [[ChunkySalsaRule shoots him point-blank in the head with a shotgun]]. When Castle threatens 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:She-Venom I]]

-> '''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.
* 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!
--> '''[[ 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!"
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: In the novel ''Venom's Wrath''.
--> '''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 [[ 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.
* 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.
* 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]].
* {{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 [[ viral]] [[ 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 [[ 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
* 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 ''[[ really]]'' apparent.

[[folder:She-Venom II]]

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


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 mysterious entity 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.

[[folder:Venom II]]

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


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

-> '''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 [[ThunderBolts the Thunderbolts]], taking part in the Comicbook/CivilWar and helping hold off the [[AlienInvasion Skrull Invasion]]. 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.

* 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: He was almost always this, 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 "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.
* 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.
* 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 kill him.
* DeadpanSnarker: While impersonating Spider-Man Mac took up a wry form of BlackComedy.
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: While he was initially afraid of the symbiote's growing influence over him, he thoroughly relished 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, [[ 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: When he first bonded to the symbiote, Mac was terrified of its [[HorrorHunger bloodlust]] and the [[PuppeteerParasite amount of control it had over him]].
* EyeScream: Had a poodle thrown at him by Bullseye on Daken's behest.
--> '''Mac:''' AHHHHH! Dog in the eye!
* 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, 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: His eyes were frequently drawn as glowing green or yellow in his Venom form.
* {{Gonk}}: They seemed intent on making Mac's Venom form look as repulsive as possible in ''Beyond!''
* HulkingOut: His first appearances as Venom had a Comicbook/{{Spawn}}-like vibe, with Gargan's eyes being visible within the symbiote's white eye-patches, but later appearances resemble a more massive and monstrous version of Eddie Brock's Venom form. Also played straight with his ability to shift between "Spider-Man" form and "Venom" form 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.
* 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 [[ 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.
--> '''Anti-Venom:''' You said "me" Gargan.
--> '''Mac:''' I-I-I meant usss!
* SanitySlippage: Mac became increasingly feral under the symbiote's influence, to the point where even his teammates were afraid he'd try to eat them.
* ScaryTeeth: His fangs were yellow and just plain rotten looking in ''Beyond!''.
* 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''.
--> '''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? 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. 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.
* 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.
* 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.

[[folder:"Agent" Venom IV]]

-> '''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 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 assume control of his body]]. During this time, Flash came into conflict with a criminal mastermind coincidentally 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. 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 had the symbiote [[FunctionalAddict under control]], within the SecretAvengers, the black-ops wing of Comicbook/TheAvengers. 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 kills 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 the team's reshuffling during MarvelNOW, Flash left the Secret Avengers roster, moved to Philadelphia, and became a member of Red Hulk's ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}, though he later had a "[[LetsYouAndHimFight falling out]]" with the team. 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 [[DistaffCounterpart Mania]]. Flash confronted Daimon Hellstrom, who revealed Memphisto's hell mark and the demon had been excised, and Flash returned to Mania, helping her escape 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 later returned to New York after hearing rumors of the Crime Master resurfacing. While Agent Venom engaged with the Crime Master's minions, the ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan arrived on the scene and assisted in defeating them and 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's men, 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 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.

* AdaptiveArmor: After bonding to Flash the symbiote took on the appearance of body armor, and later altered its appearance slightly.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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. Notably, this is a power the Venom symbiote was stated ''not'' to possess when bonded to Eddie and Mac.
* CallBack: The demon took Flash's body out for joyrides while he's asleep, just like the symbiote used to do to Peter.
* 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.
* 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.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Given his hero worship of Spider-Man it isn't that much of a surprise.
* DeadpanSnarker: Takes a leaf out of Spider-Man's book and dishes out witty quips while beating up bad guys.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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]]: To Eddie Brock, who he shares many similarities with, yet Flash manages to be completely moral... [[FailureHero most of]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide the time.]]
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* HonorBeforeReason: Has had bouts of this since the end of the Savage Six arc and his joining the Avengers.
* HornedHumanoid: When the demon sealed inside him by Daimon Hellstrom asserts control, Flash usually grows a pair of long horns.
* 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 almost matching Red Hulk in height and mass - and often emulates classic Venom's - and rarely Gargan-Venom's - appearance.
* 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'' has been shown happily munching on armed thugs.
* 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.
* JustEatHim: When Deadpool tried impersonating Spider-Man during Flash's fight with the Thunderbolts, Venom chews 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.
* 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 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.
* 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.
* 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]].
* 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.
* ThemeMobile: Once had the symbiote merge with a junked car to create the [[ Venom-Mobile]], which came complete with an "Agent Venom" VanityLicensePlate.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Has used the symbiote to assume a multitude of appearances ranging from a Satanic cultist to a morbidly obese nurse. While trying to stay incognito, Flash had some fun with this aspect of the symbiote early on 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.
* WorkingWithTheEx: His physical therapist ended up being his ex-wife Sha Shan Nguyen.


-> '''AKA:''' Andrea "Andi" Benton
-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom'' Vol. 2, #31; ''Venom'' Vol. 2, #38 (as 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 SonicTheHedgehog.
* BadassBoast: Mania threatened to stomp a mud-hole through ''[[SatanicArchetype Memphisto]]'', and when she made her debut gave a group of Lord Ogre's henchmen this gem:
--> '''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!
* 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 Memphisto's hell mark and possibly Daimon Hellstrom's demon.
* DistaffCounterpart: To Flash Thompson.
* KidSidekick: Reluctantly plays this role to Agent Venom.
* LittleMissBadass: Is only a high-school student, but threatens to "stomp a mud-hole" through [[SatanicArchetype Memphisto]].
* 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 [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: a fake]] Jack O'Lantern kills her father, Andi tried to tear him apart and smother him with the symbiote [[spoiler: even though 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.
* 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.

[[folder:Superior Venom]]

-> '''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)


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 driving it out with the help of 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 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 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 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 almost 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.
* 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. 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!

!Notable Alternate Universe versions of Venom

[[folder:Venom 2099]]


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

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.
* 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]].
* PurpleIsTheNewBlack: 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.
--> '''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:Venom (''Earth X'')]]

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


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 to be 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:Ultimate Venom]]

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


Eddie Brock Jr.'s father was a colleague of Peter Parker's, and they were ChildhoodFriends until a tragic accident resulted in both being orphaned. 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 the research his father and Peter's had been working on before they died - the Venom Project, the second stage of a protoplasmic cure for cancer that doubled as a living costume - and continued their work hoping to finish it. When Peter contacted him, Eddie showed him a sample of the Venom Project, but later in the evening 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 the Venom Project was dangerous: in its unfinished state the suit consumed its wearer, driving them to satiate its hunger or be devoured themselves, and inflicted them with an uncontrollable bloodlust. Their parents' financer, Bolivar Trask, had seen the unfinished suit as a potential bioweapon and tried to steal it, and it was during the ensuing legal battle that Richard Parker and Edward Brock Sr. had died. Even with his powers and genetic link to Richard, whose DNA the sample had been synchronized to, Peter had been overwhelmed by the suit's bloodlust and nearly devoured a criminal before removing the suit with a surge of electricity. Disregarding Peter's warning, Eddie took a second sample and deliberately exposed himself to it, transforming into a horrifying monster called Venom.

Venom stalked Peter, 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, although trace remnants of the suit in Peter's blood were unwittingly used to create Carnage, a vampiric monster. During a brawl with Spider-Man and the Beetle, the 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 state and regurgitating Carnage's host, a clone of Gwen Stacey. 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 second 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 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 cops 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, he resembled a taller, more muscular version of Spider-Man with no chest insignia.
* HorrorHunger: Taken above and beyond any other incarnation of Venom.
* HulkingOut: When Peter succumbed to the Suit's bloodlust he ''seriously'' bulked up.
* IAteWhat: Eddie instinctively ate a janitor and two cops after bonding to the Venom Suit, and was initially horrified.
* LegacyCharacter: The Venom Suit, or at least part of it, winds up at Roxxon, [[spoiler: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.
* NotGoodWithRejection: When Gwen spurns his advances, a furious Eddie sneers that she's [[AllWomenArePrudes no different from any of the other girls he's met]]. His roommate later remarks to Peter that Eddie was ''not'' a nice person.
* 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 a 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 thorns. After absorbing the Carnage symbiote during the War of the Symbiotes arc, he underwent an even more [[ monstrous transformation.]]
* PuppeteerParasite: The Black 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.
* 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 ''War of the Symbiotes''.


-> '''AKA:''' Norman "Normie" Harold Osborn
-> '''Debut:''' ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' Vol. 2, #105


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 Ulrich, and even to ''Mary Jane''. When he finally caught his big break and captured May, she talking 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 the Scriers. 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.
* BenevolentBoss: To Kristy Watson.
* 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: Can manifest extra arms.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: He has normal teeth in lieu of fangs, and a LanternJawOfJustice.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: When May is mortally wounded by the Scriers, both Normie ''and'' the symbiote go utterly berserk.


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


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 the Hobgoblin to stop a gang war. Their rivalry escalated until Mayhem attacked Spider-Girl, intent on proving herself to be the genuine daughter of the Parker family. The resulting fight sparked a fire, and May sacrificed herself to launch Mayhem out of the exploding building. Expelled from the Parker family after Mary Jane learned she had caused May's death, Mayhem tried to become a hero, but out of a belief that it would make the world a better place she embarked on a massacre of the remaining superheroes. In response, the government created clones of Carnage to stop her, but the Carnages went on a rampage instead. Determined to make things right, Mayhem stole Doctor Doom's time machine and traveled back to the past, sacrificing 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 [[ 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 was body-snatched by her future self from a BadFuture where May died because of her and 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. Mary Jane sees through it right away, figures out what happened, and furiously expels April from the Parker household.
* 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.
* 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.
* PeggySue: Travels back in time via MentalTimeTravel and saves May by controlling her younger self's body.
* 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.
* 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 [[ occasionally appears similar to Spider-Carnage]]. As Mayhem she looks similar to a black-and-blue Carnage.


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


In ''The Other'', Spider-Man died saving his wife from [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Morlun]], but was resurrected with [[CameBackStrong enhanced powers]] by his [[OurSoulsAreDifferent Inner Spider]]. In ''WhatIf The Other'', Peter [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech vehemently rejects]] the Spider'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, who turns him down. Poison threatens to transform her by force and {{Wolverine}} and [[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 his life 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.
* 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: 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 "Over my dead body!", he responds "I can make that happen."

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

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


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.
* 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.

!Venom's Progeny

[[folder:Carnage I]]

-> '''AKA:''' Cletus Kasady
-> '''Debut:''' ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' #344; ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' #361 (as Carnage)


A psychopathic serial killer imprisoned for eleven consecutive life sentences, Cletus Kasady met Eddie Brock when the latter, separated from the Venom symbiote by the toxic touch of the supervillain Styx, became his cellmate. Learning of Brock's grudge against Spider-Man, Kasady tried to convert him to his nihilistic philosophy, mocking Eddie over his claims to have once been the supervillain Venom. Repeatedly rebuked, Kasady decided to murder his cellmate, but before he could the Venom symbiote entered the cell and rebonded to Eddie. Venom broke free, leaving the terrified and jealous Kasady behind. Sensing his desire for the power Eddie possessed, a scrap of the symbiote left behind dripped onto Cletus' hand and bonded with him, transforming him into the monstrous Carnage. As Carnage, Kasady proved stronger than Spider-Man and Venom combined, and his symbiote was not only less susceptible to sonics than its progenitor but infinitely more difficult to remove, having bonded to his bloodstream. In his first appearance, Carnage forced Spider-Man and Venom to [[EnemyMine call a temporary truce]] to defeat him, and in his next major appearance Carnage rounded together numerous other super villains and [[MaximumCarnage nearly succeeded in taking over New York]] before being defeated.

Despite supposedly being irremovable, the Carnage symbiote left Cletus twice of its own volition, once to bond to Spider-Man's clone Ben Reilly, and the second time to bond to the Silver Surfer, but both times returned to its original host. Fed up with Carnage, Venom [[OffingTheOffspring once devoured the symbiote]], leaving Cletus powerless for a time, though the serial killer somehow managed to obtain an exact duplicate of it in the Negative Zone that has since merged with the remnants of the original. When Cletus realized the Carnage symbiote was about to give birth, he passed the offspring on to a police officer named Patrick Mulligan, exhausted from trying to suppress the process and intending to kill them both later. This backfired when the offspring, Toxin, teamed up with Spider-Man and Black Cat to defeat him and Venom. While imprisoned on the Raft, Carnage participated in a breakout but was apprehended by the Sentry, flown into orbit, and torn in half.

Presumed dead, Cletus was actually cocooned by the symbiote, but missed out on the Civil War, Skrull Invasion, and Dark Reign. His body was eventually recovered by Hall Industries, which extracted the symbiote from him and used it to engineer [[OrganicTechnology unique prosthetics]]. Equipped with a new pair of legs, Cletus was eventually reunited with the symbiote and stronger than ever, but was repelled by Spider-Man and Iron Man with help from the symbiote's new offspring, Scorn. Traveling to Doverton Colorado, Kasady took over the town by creating copies of the symbiote, even parasitizing the Avengers, but was defeated by the Life Foundation symbiotes, Scorn, and Agent Venom. Imprisoned, he was freed by servants of Marquis Radu, a tyrant in the Microverse who intended to use the Carnage symbiote to create an unstoppable army. Pursued by Agent Venom and the Scarlet Spider, Carnage betrayed Radu's forces but was captured, his symbiote cloned and fused to copies of the Venom symbiote. Intrigued by this, Carnage attempted to assimilate the Venom symbiote to become even more powerful, but was stabbed through the head by the Scarlet Spider's stingers and lobotomized.

Comatose and under the control of the symbiote, Cletus was eventually broken free by Klaw and the increasingly psychotic Wizard, who wanted to turn him into his own version of Agent Venom. Unable to do so due to Cletus being brain-dead, the Wizard had Klaw subdue the symbiote and transferred it into his old friend Karl Malus, [[DroppedABridgeOnHim blowing up his base with Kasady still in it]]. The Wizard's control over Malus proved tenuous at best, and during a fight with the Superior Spider-Man he lost control, allowing the symbiote to take over and go on a rampage, destroying Klaw's corporeal form in the process. The resulting shockwave blasted the symbiote off Malus and onto the Wizard, who the symbiote promptly [[LaserGuidedKarma took control of]] and resumed its rampage. Superior Spider-Man learned Kasady survived the explosion, albeit badly injured, and had his body recovered to exploit the symbiote's preference for him. The symbiote rebonded to Kasady, but the reunion was short lived before Klaw directed a bolt of lightning towards Carnage, separating Kasady and the symbiote once more. Spider-Man took the symbiote into custody while Kasady was reincarcerated... and revealed to have made a full recovery from his lobotomy. Cletus underwent psychotherapy and was integrated into the mainstream prison population, while without a host the symbiote began to die and escaped containment, seeking to reunite with him. Upon learning of the symbiote's escape, Kasady's psychologist Dr. Jenner hired a thug to shank him and then smothered him to death, offering himself to the symbiote as its next host. The symbiote instead resuscitated Kasady and rebonded to him, and the reunited Carnaged returns the favour by smothering Jenner.

Carnage decided that his ambitions of conquest and transcendence had caused him nothing but grief and decided to get back to basics with another randomized killing spree. This attracted the attention of psychotic antihero SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}, who tracked Cletus down using MediumAwareness, much to Carnage's confusion and outrage. Deadpool gained an upper hand until Carnage's girlfriend Shriek arrives. Carnage and Shriek escaped, but Deadpool tracked them down again and badly injures Shriek. Team Mercury arrived to break up the fight, but they were killed by Carnage and their symbiotes were taken by Deadpool, whose utter lack of a fourth wall drives Cletus into a VillainousBreakdown, causing him to believe he's being "controlled" by higher powers, and he willingly allows himself to be taken into custody.

* ADayInTheLimelight: The one-shots ''Mind Bomb'' and ''It's a Wonderful Life'', the latter being a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind story.
* AnAxeToGrind[=/=]BladeBelowTheShoulder: One of his favourite means of attacking is morphing his limbs into bladed weapons.
* AndIMustScream: After running afoul of the ComicBook/SilverSurfer, Carnage was imprisoned in a statue-like state - able to think, but in no way able to move or talk. He later got better, though.
* AntagonisticOffspring: To Venom. Cletus even refers to the symbiote, regardless of its host, as his father.
* ApocalypseHow: Duplicates of the symbiote (created by the government to take down Mayhem after she went rogue) called "Biopreds" and "[[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]] Carnages" [[GoneHorriblyWrong decimate and overtake most of the Earth]] in a BadFuture shown in ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl''. Cletus had similar ambitions in ''Carnage [=USA=]''.
* ArtificialLimbs: Cletus was briefly equipped with cybernetic legs [[OrganicTechnology derived from his symbiote]], although they were destroyed by a sonic machine and he seems to have somehow regrown his legs.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Claims to have done this following exiting the Microverse, though he's quickly subdued by Agent Venom and Scarlet Spider.
* AxCrazy: Both Cletus and the symbiote greatly enjoy killing people on a whim.
* BackFromTheDead: Cletus was [[spoiler:murdered by his psychologist Dr. Jenner, who wanted to become the symbiote's new host. It turned him down, resuscitated and rebonded to Cletus, and paid Jenner back with interest.]]
* {{Badass}}: Carnage is definitely one of Spider-Man's most powerful enemies, as he has almost never been defeated without [[EnemyMine help from Venom]] or another character stronger than Spider-Man himself, and even managed to [[CurbStompBattle take down most of the Avengers]] in a What If? comic.
* TheBerserker: Without Cletus's mind to direct it the symbiote was little more than a feral predator attacking anything it saw, though after reuniting with him it develops the ability to speak on its own.
* BlatantLies: He's brought in as a witness for the prosecution in ''Venom: The Trial''. His testimony regarding his and Eddie's time together as cellmates is as believable as you'd expect.
--> '''Cletus:''' It was almost impossible for me to hear my wonderfully intellectual classical music tapes--Beethoven, Mozart, and Mantovani--because of Brocko's loony lip!
--> '''"Flashback" Eddie:''' As a serial killer, you are some chump, Kasady. You got convicted on eleven counts. You must have been begging to get caught. I PUT DOWN MORE THAN TWICE AS MANY AND THEY'RE NEVER GOING TO MAKE ANYTHING STICK TO ME!
* BloodKnight: While Cletus prefers flat-out killing more than actual combat, he still enjoys a good fight and actually complained that "it was just gettin' good" when the Sentry left him to die after ripping him in half.
* BloodyMurder: The symbiote is bonded to his bloodstream, making it ''very'' difficult for them to be separated. There have even been times when, without it, Cletus was on the brink of death due to anemia.
* {{Bomb Throwing Anarchist|s}}: Cletus espouses a nihilistic philosophy of lawlessness, randomized murder, and chaos. The ''Maximum Carnage'' storyline did the whole "[[OlderThanTheyThink Agent of Chaos]]" thing ''before'' ''Film/TheDarkKnight.''
* BookDumb: Kasady is uneducated but not an idiot, and prior to getting the symbiote had cleanly gotten away with a number of murders; worse, since he doesn't hold the same intense grudge against Spidey the same way his other enemies do and he doesn't have as sensitive an ego, he's not as vulnerable to Spidey's [[YouFightLikeACow usual psychological tactics]]. Carnage is ''focused'' on his mission, and that mission is killing as many people as he can.
* BroughtDownToNormal: Venom once ate the symbiote, though Cletus was able to find a duplicate of it in the Negative Zone. There have also been times it's left him for stronger hosts.
* CantLiveWithoutYou: In ''Superior Carnage Annual'', after being [[spoiler: separated from its host for a prolonged period of time the Carnage symbiote is dying and makes a desperate bid to reunite with Cletus. The only part of it that survives is a "neutered" piece that was separated from the main body.]]
* CardCarryingVillain: He kills people ForTheEvulz.
* CardboardPrison: Breaks out of prison on a semi-regular basis.
* CharacterDevelopment: Following his return from space, Carnage started becoming increasingly megalomaniacal, taking over Doverton, Colorado and trying to conquer the Microverse. This... didn't turn out so well for him, and in ''Superior Carnage Annual'' he decides to get back to basics.
* ChekhovsGunman: Cletus Kasady debuted as a bit part bad guy ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' #344.
* ChestBurster: The off-panel result of him attempting to hold in the Toxin symbiote.
* CloningBlues: Played with, as during the ''Minimum Carnage'' arc Cletus initially states that one Carnage is enough but is later delighted by the "incestuous" fusions of Venom and Carnage created by the body banks... mainly because he can control them. During the ''Carnage USA'' arc the symbiote demostrated the ability to create copies of itself at will, enabling Cletus to control multiple people through them. The remnant of the symbiote that survived the journey to rebond with Kasady in ''Superior Carnage Annual'' was stated to have been neutered, indicating it is incapable of doing this anymore.
** "[[XMakesAnythingCool Xraven]]" was the result of [[Characters/XMenVillains Mr. Sinister]] splicing DNA samples taken from Carnage, Kraven the Hunter, and the original five X-Men.
* TheCorrupter: Tries to convert Eddie Brock to his nihilistic philosophy when they first meet.
--> '''Eddie:''' Sometimes I wish I didn't have to live with a foul serial killer like you.
* CorruptHick: Cletus is [[DependingOnTheWriter often]] given an accent, which Deadpool immediately latches onto and [[BullyingADragon relentlessly teases him about]].
--> '''Carnage:''' Ain't no clues!
--> '''Deadpool:''' Come on... be ''faithful'' to your backwoods upbringing. Don't you mean "''Tweren't'' no clues"?
* {{Cyborg}}: For a short while he had prosthetic legs [[OrganicTechnology derived from the symbiote]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Carnage enjoys delving into DeadBabyComedy.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Carnage was originally drawn as being red and black with black teeth, but starting with Kyle Hotz in ''It's a Wonderful Life'', artists began depicting him as all-red with white teeth. The latter look has since become his most frequent, which his "classic" appearance having been last seen in 2004's ''Venom[=/=]Carnage'' miniseries and 2006's ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance II'''s DLC. Even more recently, some artists have drawn him as being [[ all-red with red teeth and glowing yellow eyes]].
* DependingOnTheWriter: Whether Carnage is afraid to die, doesn't care if he does, or is secretly a DeathSeeker.
* DisabilityImmunity: When he was lobotomized, Kasady was immune to Wizard's mind control, leading the latter and Klaw to extract the symbiote from Cletus and bond it to someone who isn't.
* TheDreaded: One of Spidey's most absolutely terrifying enemies and perhaps the only one he almost never chooses to fight alone; when Carnage shows up, Peter almost always seeks out friends- and in the case of Venom, [[EnemyMine even enemies]]- to team up with to take him down. Given Carnage is both quite a bit stronger than Spidey and by far the most homicidal and crazy of his rogues, this is a ''very'' sensible strategy.
* EmotionEater: The Carnage symbiote somehow converts hatred and bloodlust into biomass, making Cletus and [[HatePlague Shriek]] a perfect team.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: The symbiote considers Cletus to be its family.
** When Deadpool shreds their stolen car with a combine and badly injures [[DarkMistress Shriek]] in the process, Cletus becomes [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge uncharacteristically pissed off]].
--> '''Cletus:''' Shriek! Shriek, baby?!
--> '''Deadpool:''' Awwww, yeah! Frigding! Did big, bad Deadpool break your widdle psychotic suicide girl? Don't worry. Maybe you'll get conjugal visits -- in Hell!
--> '''Carnage:''' All right, dumbass! You wanna poke the komodo? YOU GOT IT! I'm gonna ''peel'' you outta there like a crawdaddy from its shell!
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Cletus tells off a businessman who has illegally parked in a handicapped spot in the Carnage Cosmic two-parter.
* EvilerThanThou: He was introduced into the comics pretty much for this express purpose. Venom had become something of a NobleDemon and even an AntiHero by the 90's, and the writers thought this was a waste of one of Spidey's most visually impressive and scariest enemies; thus, Carnage is basically a stronger, scarier, and much more evil version of Venom, and [[CardCarryingVillain he is damn proud of it too.]]
** Why he and the SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker turned on each other in a ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' crossover. Carnage thought the Joker's plans were too slow, convoluted, and stupid. The Joker deemed Carnage's methods lazy, unoriginal, and a tad gross.
** ''Deadpool vs. Carnage:''
--> '''SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}:''' See, pal, you may be a homicidal maniac. But when it comes to crazy, you're simply outclassed.
--> '''Shriek:''' [[DynamicEntry And you're outnumbered.]]
* EvilRedhead: He has red hair and he's evil. Nuff said.
* EvilMeScaresMe: Suppressed somewhere ''deep'' in Cletus' psyche is a traumatized little boy utterly terrified of the monster he has become.
* EvilVersusEvil: Treated the invasion in ''Planet of the Symbiotes'' as a buffet.
* {{Expy}}: Of the [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Joker]] (with [[Film/{{Psycho}} a bit of Norman Bates in there too.]]) Arist Erik Larsen even admitted to patterning Kasady's looks on the Clown Prince of Crime. Coincidentally, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker was initially delighted to meet Carnage during a {{Batman}}[=/=]SpiderMan crossover, but they quickly had a falling out over their different opinions on how to kill people.
* FakingTheDead: He faked his own death in ''Maximum Carnage'' by attaching a piece of the symbiote to a mangled body. [[NeverRecycleYourSchemes He tries this again]] in ''Spider-Man and Batman'' #1, but the heroes see through it.
* FanServicePack: Cletus disturbingly borders on MrFanservice when drawn by Clayton Crain.
* FlatCharacter: One of the common criticisms labeled against him both in real life and in-universe is that his obsession with death and chaos is really all there is to him.
* ForTheEvulz: And unlike the Joker, he doesn't bother with being artistic: he just likes to flat-out kill.
* FullFrontalAssault: Once tried to go on a rampage without the symbiote, waving a knife around while wearing nothing but red paint.
* FullyEmbracedFiend: Cletus was ''jealous'' of Venom's powers right from the start, and once he got his own symbiote they all-but literally became inseparable.
* FusionDance: After witnessing the combined power of the cloned Venom and Carnage symbiotes in Baron Karza's Body Banks, Kasady tries to assimilate the Venom symbiote but is stopped by Kaine.
** In the ComicBook/AmalgamUniverse, he was merged with SelfDemonstrating/{{Bizarro}} to create "Bizarnage".
** The Hall Industries Iron Rangers wore armor derived from the symbiote, which allowed Carnage to forcibly combine with them (killing the pilots) in a twisted Anime/{{Voltron}}-ish fashion.
--> '''Mass Carnage:''' Metal feels funny next to their bodies, heh heh. This isn't the first time I've worn dead bodies as clothes... might be the most fun I've had though. Makes the top three at least.
* GoalOrientedEvolution: After becoming magnitudes more powerful from visiting the Microverse, Carnage decides to abandon his last vestiges of humanity and become the UltimateLifeForm by assimilating the Venom symbiote, though this is quickly kyboshed by Kaine. [[spoiler:Klaw ultimately deduces this is the reason the symbiote keeps leaving Cletus for stronger hosts: so that when it returns to him they'll be more powerful than before.]]
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Deadpool's psychotic lack of a fourth wall actually manages to out-crazy Carnage's nihilistic sociopathy and drives Cletus into such a VillainousBreakdown to the point that he [[WasItReallyWorthIt questions everything he previous believed in]].
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Was ripped in half by the Sentry, but survived thanks to the symbiote. He seems to have somehow regenerated his legs by the time of ''Superior Carnage''.
* HandicappedBadass: In addition to having been ripped in half, Cletus [[spoiler: was left in a catatonic state by the Scarlet Spider, leaving the symbiote in full control of his body. Both his dismemberment and lobotomy seem to have been fixed by the symbiote as of ''Superior Carnage Annual''.]]
* HealingFactor: Cletus seems to have somehow regrown the lower half of his body, and recovered from his lobotomization after reuniting with the symbiote.
* HeelFaceTurn: As a result of [[spoiler:being Inverted in the upcoming Axis crossover, Cletus and the symbiote will seek to redeem themselves]].
* HesBack: A villainous example: [[spoiler:Cletus is set to recover from his Deadpool-induced VillainousBreakdown and join the [[VillainTeamUp Axis]] alongside Red Skull[=/=]Onslaught, Loki, Doctor Doom, Sabretooth, and the Hobgoblin. However, the events of the crossover will "[[ invert]]" his morality, and cause him to embark on a redemptive journey of sorts, one of that will bring him into conflict with a new Sin-Eater]].
* HijackedByGanon: Carnage appears as the TrueFinalBoss of the ''Seperation Anxiety'' game, despite not being featured at all in the storylines it's based on.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Cletus had a lousy childhood, but a lot of the things that happened he brought on himself.
* HurlItIntoTheSun: How the Silver Surfer killed himself in ''WhatIf... The Avengers Battled The Carnage Cosmic?''
* IAmAHumanitarian: Like Venom, Carnage has threatened to eat his victims and isn't shy about using his [[FangsAreEvil teeth]] in combat. More gruesomely, Eric Morrell had three kids before the events of the ''Carnage USA'' story arc and [[EatsBabies only two kids after]]. In the ''Superior Carnage'' arc, some guards joke to Ted Connelly that Kasady's cell mates tend to wind up as symbiote chow, and when reunited with Kasady the symbiote tried to eat the Wizard as revenge for separating them.
--> '''Mr. Sinister:''' [[NoSell You can't hurt me, Mr. Kasady]]. I will get what I want, with or without your cooperation. But I would prefer this go smoothly. Work with me, and I can help you.
--> '''Carnage:''' Help me get out? Help me ''eat'' the doctors?
--> '''Mr. Sinister:''' If you like. Appropriately enough, they're in the cafeteria.
* IAmLegion: Generally averted. In his first appearance, Kasady acknowledged the Carnage symbiote's intelligence, but tended to refer to himself as "I". Successive appearances had Carnage continue to do so, with the symbiote being completely subservient to him.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: The Jackal breaks into Ravencroft and violently extracts the Carrion virus from Shriek. Carnage, who is in a nearby cell, reacts negatively to this development.
--> '''Carnage:''' If you've injured Shriek... If you attempted to harm her... I swear I'll have you squealing beneath my claws!
--> '''Jackal:''' Promises! Promises!
* IndulgentFantasySegue: After Venom ate his symbiote, Cletus was left stewing his cell, fantasizing about getting revenge on him as Carnage.
* IgnoreTheFanservice[=/=]NotDistractedByTheSexy: Like the Joker, he is usually far too busy being evil to pay much attention to his DarkMistress.
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: Pun aside, this is the reason Shriek fell for him. The symbiote considers Kasady its one true host due to this reason, as if it is transferred to another person it [[PuppeteerParasite takes control of them]] and rampages - often forcing Cletus' memories onto them in the process, but when it is bonded to Kasady it is utterly subservient to him.
* JaggedMouth: Carnage was originally drawn with black teeth, giving this impression due to the majority of his mask being black.
* JokerImmunity: He's been frozen in an inescapable statue by the Silver Surfer and ripped in half by the Sentry and still survived, [[spoiler: and survives being trapped in the Frightful Four's exploding base while he's in a coma. Even after he's murdered, the symbiote resuscitates him]].
* KillItWithFire: One of the symbiote's weaknesses, although according to Karl Malus it doesn't mind flames if it's the one wielding them.
* LeanAndMean: He's usually lanky as both Cletus and Carnage. Taken to the extreme in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited'', where he had a [[DemBones skeletal]] motif.
* LegacyCharacter: Despite being bonded to his blood, the symbiote has been separated from Kasady on numerous occasions and bonded to other people, namely [[ Ben Reilly]], [[ Norrin Radd]], [[ Tanis Nieves]], and [[ Karl Malus]]. It always returns to him in the end, though.
* LightningBruiser: Carnage is more powerful than both Venom and Spider-Man combined, and when he seriously tries to wreck havoc has necessitated superhero teamups to stop him.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: In ''Venom[=/=]Carnage'' Cletus displays this dynamic with his symbiote, exacerbated by the fact that he happened to be [[VillainsOutShopping ironing clothes]] and [[ drinking coffee]] at the time.
--> '''Cletus:''' How could you let him beat us? A kid? A whelp? Barely a week old!
--> '''Symbiote:''' Be quiet, Cletus Kasady.
--> '''Cletus:''' Oh, be quiet yourself. You might be the bus driver, but you need this bus.
--> '''Symbiote:''' Wrong. There are plenty more human hosts.
--> '''Cletus:''' So leave me. I don't need a symbiote to be a Grade A Bona Fide Terra Firma Quo Vadis psychopathic killer. I did just fine and dandy before you came along.
** ''Carnage'' #4:
--> '''Shriek:''' Where are you going? You didn't say anything about [[TwoFaced my new face...]]
--> '''Carnage:''' Can I have five minutes to kill some dudes before you talk my ear off?!
--> '''Shriek:''' I'm just trying to help...
--> '''Carnage:''' I can't have you screaming around me with that voice!
--> '''Shriek:''' How long are you going to be?!
--> '''Carnage:''' *sigh*
* LosingYourHead: During the ''Minimum Carnage'' arc, Carnage is decapitated when Venom copies his BladeBelowTheShoulder ability, and simply reattaches his head like nothing happened.
* LoudOfWar: The symbiote's other weakness, although he claims to have developed a resistance to it.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Initially to a greater degree than Venom, as he can freely transform his limbs into weapons. Venom later develops this ability as well after bonding to Flash Thompson.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: Cletus thought Michael Hall's screams as the Doppelgänger ate him made good thinking music.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Cletus' reaction getting ripped in half by the Sentry was as follows:
--> '''Carnage''': Now jus' who the hell is this Sentry buck? [[WorthyOpponent He's a strong one.]] Yeehaw! Fast too! [[OhCrap Wait, are those my...]] Heh heh... that shouldn't be funny, should it? Aw... Where you goin'? Don't leave me up here! [[BloodKnight It was just gettin' good!]] ... Guess I'm dyin'. Hope it's as fun as it looks.
* MakeMyMonsterGrow: During the ''Planet of the Symbiotes'' storyline, he discovered he could increase his size by forcibly absorbing the symbiote invaders. He wound up [[ growing]] to near {{Kaiju}} levels.
** After exiting the Microverse, Carnage is ''[[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever huge]]'', though it's only temporary.
* MindRape: The symbiote usually does this to non-Cletus hosts by forcing them to experience Cletus' twisted memories. Cletus himself once drove a doctor murderously insane by shoving a tentacle into his head, and showing him how he saw the world. He even reverse-hacked Iron Man's Bleeding Edge armor through sheer bloodlust.
* MommyIssues: Culminated in him digging up and attempting to abscond with his mother's inexplicably empty casket at the end of ''Maximum Carnage''.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Like "father" like "son". Carnage's teeth were initially drawn as being [[JaggedMouth black and blending in with the rest of his face]], but more recently they've been drawn as white, yellow, and even red.
* TheMostDangerousVideoGame: Once killed a few people through ''Carnage Unleashed'', and had plans to massacre even more when the game went online, though he was stopped by Venom in a cyberspace showdown.
* MultipleChoicePast: Carnage's backstory is... inconsistent. The most frequently drawn on story is that he killed his grandmother by pushing her down a flight of stairs, tortured his mother's dog, and manipulated his father into killing his mother. When sent to [[OrphanageOfFear St. Estes Home for Boys]] he was bullied due to his [[TheSociopath antisocial behaviour]], and eventually murdered the disciplinarian administration and burned the place to the ground before becoming a full-time serial killer.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Dude calls himself Carnage, and lives up to it.
* NightmareFetishist: Going back to his childhood, where his favorite film was one that happened to star UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy.
--> '''Carnage:''' I kill because it makes me feel like I'm on T.V., with my own personal soundtrack. Like JFK, brains on the leather and pretty blood on his pretty wife. JFK. NBK. KKK. And his pretty wife, now think of it, all wet and humiliated, crawling in front of the whole world--I like that, too. When I was a kid, my favorite movie was the [[ Zapruder film]].
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Cletus has been ripped in half, decapitated, stabbed in the head, and [[spoiler: trapped in an exploding base]], but aside from missing half his body and being in a coma,[[note]]both of which he's recovered from thanks to the symbiote[[/note]] he's still alive. [[spoiler:Even when he's shanked and suffocated, the symbiote just resuscitates him.]]
* NotQuiteDead: The ''Carnage'' miniseries revealed that the Carnage symbiote managed to keep Kasady alive for nearly a year in space before a corporation found them, removed the symbiote, and gave Kasady [[{{Cyborg}} prosthetic legs]].
* OneTrueLove: Cletus and the symbiote see each other as soul mates, taken to InterspeciesRomance levels due to Cletus considering the symbiote to be a "girl" after it gives birth to Toxin.
-->'''Carnage''': I was hollowed out inside... Empty... Just like [[TheSymbiote my other]]. We were both sick... Because we were incomplete... But not anymore. We healed each other... Made each other whole. Neither one of us can survive without the other. Forget host. Forget symbiote. There is only Carnage.
** To a lesser extant, there's Shriek.
--> '''Boy:''' Mister... your girlfriend don't look so good. I think she might be dead.
--> '''Carnage:''' Shriek's alive. [[BirdsOfAFeather She's like me]]. Too mean to die.
* OnlyFriend: The closest thing he had to friend growing up was a boy named Billy. As Carnage, he decided to ''invoke'' KickTheDog by tracking down and killing Billy, because what's more evil than murdering the only person who was ever genuinely nice to you? Currently, the Carnage symbiote is the only other entity Cletus genuinely cares about.
* PrimalStance[=/=]RunningOnAllFours: In ''MarvelUltimateAlliance 2'' and ''LEGO Marvel Superheroes'', Carnage runs on all fours to emphasize his feral nature.
* PuppeteerParasite: Inverted, as it's implied that ''Kasady'' took control of the symbiote rather than the other way round. However, the symbiote ''does'' possess a mind of its own, as it tried to take over Ben Reilly when it turned him into Spider-Carnage and following Cletus being put in a coma by Kaine it took over his body and that of Karl Marcus when forcibly transferred to him. Cletus was also capable of infecting others with pieces of his symbiote and controlling them through it.
** Cletus's influence on the symbiote was apparently once so all-encompassing that when it briefly left him in favor of the ComicBook/ScarletSpider and the ComicBook/SilverSurfer, it acted ''almost exactly'' like Cletus while possessing Reilly (who, granted, [[FightingFromTheInside put up a fight]]), Radd. This aspect of it was seemingly discarded, with the symbiote acting like a beast instead of mimicking Cletus's mannerisms, but following its reunion with Cletus it becomes able to talk, and [[spoiler: in ''Superior Carnage Annual'' #1 turns down Dr. Jenner's request to become its new host]].
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: The symbiote's coloration is red and black, and Cletus is certainly evil all over.
* {{Retcon}}: Around about the same time the Venom symbiote was revealed to be keeping Eddie's adrenal cancer in check, Cletus was retconned as having stomach cancer that ''his'' symbiote was keeping in check. It's never been brought up since, possibly due to the symbiote curing it, as unlike the type of cancer Eddie had Cletus's was in no way beneficial.
* {{Sadist}}: Exemplified in ''Carnage U.S.A.'', where he forces Hannah Morrell to go out and try to murder her husband, Eric. When Eric ''volunteers'' to be killed, Cletus becomes annoyed over him "ruining" everything and calls it off.
* SamusIsAGirl: While the Carnage symbiote is actually asexual, ever since it gave birth to Toxin Cletus has considered it to be female.
* SanitySlippage: When Cletus was in a coma, Carnage was little more than a feral beast.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: When Carnage ran into the ComicBook/SilverSurfer, the symbiote (aware of the Surfer's connection to ComicBook/{{Galactus}} due to its GeneticMemory) freaked out and ran off, leaving Cletus behind.
* SelfDuplication: Following the shenanigans involving Hall Industries Cletus discovered he could infect and control people using parts of his symbiote, although he's since lost the ability to do so.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Cletus' [[MultipleChoicePast most consistently used backstory]] is that he manipulated his father into killing his mother, who was trying to kill him after he'd murdered his grandmother and mutilated his mom's dog. His father was blamed for the crimes and imprisoned, leaving Cletus to be sent to an OrphanageOfFear.
* SerialKiller: Before he got the symbiote he was in prison for 11 consecutive life sentences. It just made him worse.
* SinisterMinister: Acts like one, complete with stolen priest clothes, for a bit in ''[=USA=]''.
* TheSociopath: Even ''before'' being bonded with the Carnage symbiote, Cletus was a diagnosed psychopath and convicted SerialKiller. Bonding to the symbiote made him worse.
* SpikeShooter: The Carnage symbiote can fire projectiles made of its biomass, but they only last for 30 seconds before disintegrating.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Every time the symbiote leaves Cletus it ultimately returns to him. [[spoiler: In ''Superior Carnage Annual'', Cletus decides that [[EvilPlan all]] [[GoalOrientedEvolution the]] [[TakeOverTheWorld character development]] he's undergone over the years just hasn't worked out and that he wants to [[StrawNihilist get back]] [[AxCrazy to basics]].]]
* StrawNihilist: He doesn't believe in order and morality, and kills people for fun.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: After Venom devoured his symbiote, Cletus acquired an identical one from the Negative Zone. [[VoodooShark It was confusing]], and is now seemingly non-canon.
* TheSymbiote: Kasady is bonded to the offspring of the Venom Symbiote, which is even ''more'' vicious than its progenitor.
** SymbioticPossession: Kasady and the symbiote work in perfect sync, though his mind is dominant… [[spoiler: until Kasady is lobotomized and [[PuppeteerParasite their relationship is inverted]].]]
* TakeThat: Deadpool blasts Carnage with dubstep, noting that Agent ComicBook/{{Venom}} can't stand it. All it does is weaken the symbiote and give Cletus a headache.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: With Demogoblin - a KnightTemplar who only allied with him because it would allow him to kill more "sinners" than usual - in ''ComicBook/MaximumCarnage''.
* UnholyMatrimony: Kasady's "[[DarkMistress wife]]" is Shriek, although their relationship is ''very'' dysfunctional.
--> '''Cletus, through the Symbiote''': She screams her pain as death and hatred. She kills for me. I like it. [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness When it gets boring, I'll put her down like my mother's dog]]. I am Carnage. Killing someone I love will make me happy. So happy.
** Some lines in the ''Carnage'' miniseries imply Kasady considers his relationship with the symbiote to be this, as he refers to it as "girl" and jokingly accuses it of cheating on him when bonded to Tanis Nieves.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: To a far greater degree than Venom: Carnage can morph his limbs into bladed/serrated weapons and fire projectiles formed from the symbiote.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[NoFourthWall Deadpool's]] taunts and jeers about Cletus being a CosmicPlaything, coupled with various {{Contrived Coincidence}}s that have occurred, cause Carnage to try and force the patients and staff of a mental institution to answer his nonsensical questions about being "controlled" by higher powers as he rants about breaking into one nuthouse after another until he gets satisfactory answers. After Deadpool tricks him into mangling Shriek - something he thinks the "higher powers" tried to warn him against doing through the muttering of a few mental patients - Carnage, convinced everything he's believed about chaos and randomness is false, suffers a mind-shattering FreakOut.
--> '''Carnage:''' Gonna sit right here... t'il I'm left alone... t'il I'm my own man again...
--> '''Detective:''' Cell's not even locked. He could walk right out.
* VillainSong[=/=]ImageSong: ''Carnage Rules'' by Green Jelly.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Beginning in the 2000's, Carnage speaks using distorted red speech bubbles with white text.
* WhereIWasBornAndRazed: Burned down the orphanage that took him in.
* TheWorfEffect: Spider-Man's taken him down solo on occasion, and he was ''ripped in half'' by the Sentry.
* {{Yandere}}: As a teen he pushed a girl he had a crush on in front of a bus when she refused to go out with him.
** The symbiote is also yandere for Cletus, doing whatever it takes to reunite with him if they are separated.
* YouCanTalk: In ''Superior Carnage #5'' it's revealed the symbiote has developed the ability to [[SssssnakeTalk talk]].

[[folder:Superior Carnage]]

-> '''AKA:''' Doctor Karlin "Karl" Malus
-> '''Debut:''' ''Spider-Woman'' #50; ''Superior Carnage'' #2 (as Superior Carnage)


Growing up, Karlin Malus was fascinated by the exploits of the Fantastic Four and graduated with a degree in biology, wanting to study the science behind superpowers. Unable to get money through legal means, Karl turned to crime and set up the Institute for Supranormality Research with backing from criminal organizations. Through illegal human testing, Malus developed supersoldier serums, but his desire to experiment on an already superpowered individual went unrealized until Richard Deacon, a supervillain called the Fly, came to him looking for a power boost. Malus' experiments brought him into conflict with Jessica Drew, the first Spider-Woman, and later Captain America. Malus was eventually hired by Power Broker, Inc. to supply superhumanly strong wrestlers for the Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation, though this arrangement backfired when the serum he used drove most of his subjects insane and his spine was broken. Wheelchair-bound, Malus was later recruited by his old friend the Wizard, who sought his help in controlling the Carnage symbiote... by forcibly transferring it to his body and mind-controlling him instead. Resentful of the Wizard's trickery, Malus nevertheless was forced to become the "Superior Carnage", joining Wizard's attack on city hall and coming into conflict with the Superior Spider-Man. Malus ultimately lost control of the symbiote and killed Klaw, and was stripped of it and eaten by the symbiote-controlled Wizard.

* AdaptiveArmor: Under the Wizard's direction the Carnage symbiote takes on the appearance of body armor to mock Agent Venom.
* ArchEnemy: To [[SpiderWoman Jessica Drew]] and CaptainAmerica.
* BadassBandolier: Rocks one as part of his "superior" look.
* BadassLongcoat: Manifests one when the Wizard whines about too many superheroes and villains wearing PaintedOnPants and SensualSpandex. After taking control of Malus, the symbiote remarks that it thought the coat was a stupid addition until it realized it could [[CreepySouvenir accessorize it]], namely with the tongues of Spider-Man's {{Mook}}s.
* BlackEyesOfCrazy: As Superior Carnage he has black sclera and glowing red pupil-less irises, though he has BlankWhiteEyes when the symbiote takes over.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Forms a curved sword-like blade on his left arm when assuming his "superior" look.
* BoxedCrook: Malus kept finding himself in this situation whenever he was arrested, having his bail paid in exchange for access to his knowledge on superpowers.
* BroughtDownToNormal: After Malus loses control of the symbiote and kills Klaw, the shockwave strips Malus of the symbiote. The symbiote takes over the Wizard and promptly eats Malus.
* EatenAlive: Karl is eaten off-panel by a Carnage-controlled Wizard.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Was a crippled MadScientist before bonding to the Carnage symbiote.
* EvilCounterpart: The whole point of Wizard recruiting Carnage was to create one for Agent Venom. Like Flash Thompson, Malus is wheelchair-bound without the symbiote, though rather being from a military background he is a scientist specializing in superpowers.
* EvilCripple: Is wheelchair-bound thanks to having his spine broken by insane super-strong wrestlers he created for Power Broker Inc.
* FightingFromTheInside: Both Malus and the symbiote were ''very'' resentful at being forced to obey the Wizard and being separated from its favourite host respectively. Malus even warned Klaw that if the Wizard's control faltered for even a moment, the symbiote would take over and eviscerate them all in revenge for what they did to Cletus.
* FingerFirearms: Of a sort: Malus launched a flurry of shurikens formed from the symbiote's fingertips at Superior Spider-Man's Spiderlings, decapitating them.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Malus went from a relatively obscure Spider-Woman villain to the new Carnage. He died ''very'' shortly afterwards.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: [[RedEyesTakeWarning Red ones]] as Superior Carnage, though he has BlankWhiteEyes when the symbiote takes over.
* LegacyCharacter: When Wizard is unable to mind control Carnage due to Cletus Kasady being in a coma, he extracts the symbiote and stuffs it down his old friend Dr. Karl Malus' throat.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Though his use of them is more sporadic than Kasady's, Malus uses tentacles to turn a flamethrower into an ArmCannon.
* MadScientist[=/=]MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr. Malus, inspired by [[ReedRichardsIsUseless Reed Richards]] of the Comicbook/FantasticFour, got a degree in biology from the University of California and once ran the Institute for Supranormality Research, experimenting on super-powered individuals and supplying the LA mob with PsychoSerum formulas.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Though they're not as pronounced as they are when the symbiote takes over.
* NoSell: Uses tentacles to turn a flamethrower into an ArmCannon, remarking that the symbiote doesn't mind the heat so much if it's the one dishing it out.
* TokenGoodTeammate: While Malus is ''not'' a good person by any stretch of the word, he ''is'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards appalled]] by Klaw's drone-like obedience to Wizard and at his old friend's [[SanitySlippage decrepit mental state]].
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: The symbiote becomes noticeably red-and-black again, and although it's subdued by the Wizard it's still plenty AxCrazy.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The first thing Malus does after becoming Carnage is try to kill the Wizard.
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: When the Wizard's mind control slipped up after being defenestrated by Spider-Man, the symbiote partially reverts to its original appearance and rampages.
* [[SuperheroPackingHeat Supervillain Packing Heat]]: As Agent Venom's EvilCounterpart he is equipped with an arsenal of firearms, though the symbiote is markedly fond of disemboweling its victims instead.
* TakeThat: Malus proclaims that Kasady was a fool for being so obsessed with chaos when much more power could be attained with even a little focus.
* WalkingSpoiler: For those reading the ''Superior Carnage'' miniseries.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Was only Superior Carnage for a single issue before he was stripped of the symbiote while [[TakingYouWithMe killing Klaw]], and was eaten by the Carnage-controlled Wizard immediately afterwards.


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


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.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: The symbiotes use this argument to keep Scott from committing murder.
* 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 was indeed Number 6.

[[folder:Toxin I]]

-> '''AKA:''' Patrick "Pat" Mulligan
-> '''Debut:''' ''Venom Vs. Carnage'' #1; ''Venom Vs. Carnage'' #2 (as Toxin I)


Patrick "Pat" Mulligan was an [=NYPD=] police officer who had the misfortune of running across the supervillain Carnage, who had just spawned a baby symbiote. Too weak to kill them, Carnage bonded the infant symbiote to Patrick and left, intending to kill them once he regained his strength. When the symbiote matured, Venom named it Toxin, but when he realized that not only was it more powerful than both himself and Carnage combined but that it was unlikely to aid him in his crusade against Spider-Man, he joined with Carnage in trying to kill it. Pat accepted his bond with the symbiote and joined forces with Spider-Man and Black Cat in defeating them, and on a number of other occasions, leaving his family behind in order to tame the symbiote, eventually succeeding after stopping himself from killing Razorfist, who had killed Pat's father. Pat made a deal with the infantile symbiote: in exchange for complete control of its powers, it could take over his body for two hours a day, provided it didn't commit crimes. Pat was listed as one of the Civil War Initiative's potential recruits, but was ultimately beaten to death in a gutter by Blackheart, who stole the symbiote. Crime Master later re-stole the symbiote and bonded it to Eddie Brock, who was initially taken over by the symbiote but later tamed it himself and used it to return to his Lethal Protector lifestyle.

* AmbiguousGender[=/=]NoBiologicalSex: Referenced.
--> '''Symbiote:''' What are you writing?
--> '''Patrick:''' None of your business.
--> '''Symbiote:''' "I'm a boy"--you think? Maybe it's time [[TheTalk I sat you down and talked about the birds and bees]], symbiote-style.
* AngelFaceDemonFace: When the symbiote is calm it has NoMouth, but when angry it manifests MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily.
* ArchEnemy: Razor Fist, despite the hilarious power difference.[[note]] Razor Fist has blades for hands. That's literally it.[[/note]] He killed Pat's father, and tortured one of his friends nearly to death.
* BlackEyesOfCrazy: When bonded to Eddie Brock the symbiote's eye-patches are black with small white inner eyes.
* ByTheBookCop: Led to some friction with [[ClassyCatBurglar Black Cat]].
* ChainPain: His "web lines" look like chains.
* CloningBlues: Blackheart made duplicates of the symbiote and bonded them to copies of ComicBook/{{X-23}} to create an AmazonBrigade.
* CostumeCopycat: When under control the symbiote looked a lot like Spider-Man sans the webbing motif.
* CombatTentacles: When enraged Toxin sprouts a mass of tentacles from his back.
* ConsultingAConvictedKiller: When Patrick decides to help bring in the villains that Electro broke out of the Raft, he visits the imprisoned Mr. Hyde to get information on Hyde's ex-partner King Cobra.
* CurbstompBattle: Dished these out regularly, victims including a Venom and Carnage tag team, and the entire Wrecking Crew. He was later on the receiving end of one from Blackheart, who killed him and took the symbiote.
* CursedWithAwesome: Patrick really didn't want to become host to what was the most powerful symbiote ever at the time.
* DisappearedDad: Patrick abandoned his family to take care of the infant symbiote.
* DrivenToSuicide: Pat tried to kill himself by jumping in front of a subway train, but the symbiote saved him.
* {{Expy}}: Comparable to Hybrid.
* GoodCounterpart: To Carnage, its "father".
* GoodColorsEvilColors: When bonded to Patrick, the symbiote is orange-red and blue. When bonded to Eddie Brock, the symbiote is RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver.
* HeroicBuild:
--> '''Meadows:''' S-so this is your infamous symbiote. N-nice six-pack, pal. Not that six packs turn me on or anything.
* FaceHeelTurn: After bonding to Eddie Brock the symbiote becomes bloodthirsty, presumably due to the trauma of Patrick's death, and being held prisoner by Blackheart and the Crime Master.
* FastTunnelling: Stopped a bank robbery by burrowing into the building.
* HulkingOut: When it's angry it ''really'' bulks up.
* IHaveAFamily: Patrick tried this on Carnage.
--> '''Pat:''' If you can understand me... please, please don't kill me! I-I've got a young wife--with a baby on the way.
--> '''Carnage:''' Correction. Ya got a young widow--with an orphan on the way!
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: Pat left his wife and newborn to protect them from Venom and Carnage, and himself.
* JustJokingJustification: Patrick would go with this whenever he came close to eating someone.
* KilledOffScreen: Patrick disappeared for some time, and the symbiote resurfaced sans host in 2012. It was eventually revealed Blackheart had beaten him to death in a gutter.
* LightningBruiser: Was faster and stronger than Venom ''and'' Carnage combined.
* LegacyCharacter: After Blackheart beat Patrick to death and took the symbiote, it was stolen again by the Crime Master and forcibly bonded to Eddie Brock.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Can spawn CombatTentacles and shapeshift his limbs into weapons.
* OverlyLongTongue: Like its "grandfather", but Toxin's tongue is ''green'' and prehensile.
* PainfulTransformation: Patrick turning into Toxin rarely looked comfortable, what with all the wincing and grimacing and him exclaiming, "Aaghh!"
* {{Patricide}}: The symbiote wants to kill Carnage and Venom.
* PuppeteerParasite: The Toxin symbiote pulls this on Eddie when it first bonds to him, but they later work out an arrangement similar to the one he had with the Venom symbiote.
* PsychopathicManchild: Was supposed to be even ''more'' AxCrazy than Carnage and has the mentality of a child, but the symbiote struggles to overcome its instincts with varying success.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Toxin goes from being red and blue when bonded to Patrick to red and black when bonded to Eddie, and while it tries to be good, it ultimately becomes a villain, or at least an UnscrupulousHero.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: As long as he had something to go off of, like an article of clothing..
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: Patrick arranged with the symbiote that they could alternate control of his body for two hours as long as it didn't kill anyone or commit any crimes.
* SymbioticPossession: Toxin had a unique relationship with Patrick where they alternated control over his body.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The Toxin symbiote delivers one to the Venom symbiote for submitting to Flash.
** Also gave one to Razor Fist, claiming that he uses blades instead of prosthetic hands because it makes him feel disassociated from his crimes, and because he wants others to tend to his every menial need like a helpless child.
* TheVoiceless: The symbiote never speaks, physically or mentally, in ''Venom/Carnage''. In subsequent appearances, it's quite chatty.
* YouKilledMyFather: Patrick's father was murdered by Razor Fist. When Toxin goes after him, he tells Spider-Man that if he were to cross the line and kill Razor Fist, Spidey should "put me in Ryker's along with the other bad guys".
* YouMonster: The symbiote reads Pat's journal, throws a tantrum after being referred to as a monster in it, breaks the laptop, [[HilarityEnsues loots a store to get a replacement]] (thinking Pat wouldn't notice the difference) and gets into a skirmish with Spider-Man.
* WholeCostumeReference: When under control, Patrick as Toxin looks almost identical to Spider-Man, but without a webbing motif or spider emblems.

[[folder:Scorn / She-Carnage]]

->'''AKA:''' Doctor Tanis Nieves
->'''Debut:''' ''Carnage'' #1; ''Carnage'' #2 (as She-Carnage); ''Carnage'' #5 (as Scorn)


Tanis Nieves was a psychologist working to rehabilitate Frances "Shriek" Barrison, "wife" of the presumed-dead serial killer Cletus Kasady. When the Doppelganger attempted to free its mother from captivity, Tanis lost her right arm due to a stray blast, and was given a prosthetic courtesy of Hall Industries. However, it turned out that the prosthetic had been [[OrganicTechnology engineered]] from the Carnage symbiote, which Hall Industries had been experimenting on. The symbiote remotely seized control of Tanis' arm, forcing her to break it free and bonding to her in an effort to relocate its original host, who was still alive even after being torn in half and spending a year in orbit. After the Carnage symbiote had returned to Cletus, Tanis discovered it had left a spawn that had merged with her prosthetic. Initially terrified, she ultimately embraced it, dubbing it "Scorn", and used it to help Spider-Man and Iron Man repel Carnage. Under the direction of the military, Scorn joined the Mercury Team and trained her symbiote's unique ability to assimilate any technological object. When Carnage resurfaced in Doverton, Scorn was dispatched alongside the other members of Team Mercury, and with the help of Agent Venom succeeded in capturing her "father".

* AnArmAndALeg: Tanis lost her right arm during a shootout between the Iron Rangers and the Doppelgänger. She later cut off the replacement upon realizing it was "infected" by Carnage's spawn, though she allowed it to return to her.
* ArmCannon: Can fuse her arms to guns to give herself these.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Engaged in one with the Carnage symbiote.
* BrainyBrunette: When not in symbiote form. [[CompressedHair Otherwise, there's no way to tell]].
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Implied with the symbiote, as it left Shriek because she frightened it, and it actually asked Tanis's permission to return to her.
* ChromeChampion: The symbiote has metallic silver markings.
* CurbstompBattle: Easily thrashed Shriek and Doppelganger.
* CynicismCatalyst: The events of the ''Carnage'' miniseries were this for her.
* TheEngineer: While the Mercury Team scours Doverton, Scorn stays behind to work on a machine that will separate the Carnage symbiote from Cletus and the residents of the town.
* EvilHand: The Carnage symbiote escaped captivity by taking control of Tanis's prosthetic arm.
* GadgeteerGenius: Due to the symbiote being able to interface with technology.
* GeneticMemory: The Scorn symbiote instinctively dislikes Spider-Man, despite having had no extended interaction with him.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: The symbiote was initially red-orange, but became purple and silver after bonding with Tanis.
* MilitarySuperhero: Was drafted into being one, and is currently categorized as still in-training.
* MostCommonSuperpower: As Scorn, Tanis' bust is emphasized more than in her human form.
* NoMouth: The Scorn symbiote has yet to manifest its species' trademark MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily while bonded to Tanis.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Looks quite different from the other symbiotes, due to the smaller eyes, and not yet displaying fangs or {{Lovecraftian Superpower}}s.
* OrganicTechnology: Her right arm was a prosthetic formed from the Carnage symbiote.
* PsychoPsychologist: As She-Carnage.
* PurpleIsPowerful: The Scorn symbiote is purple, and even stronger than its "father" Carnage.
* SarcasmMode:
--> '''General Duggan:''' Doctor Tanis Nieves, I'm General Brandon Duggan. [[AsYouKnow You were the victim of a prolonged psychic assault by the Carnage symbiote, resulting in a permanent bond with its alien progeny.]]
--> '''Scorn:''' Oh yeah, thanks. It totally slipped my mind.
* ShootTheDog: She explicitly compared putting Shriek in a coma to this.
* TheShrink[=/=]WarriorTherapist: Whether the army is continuing to let her practice is left unstated. Probably not.
* SixthRanger: For the Mercury Team, being the only one of the group to not have a military background or Life Foundation symbiote.
* TheSmartGuy: For the Mercury Team.
* {{Technopath}}: Because it spawned from Tanis' symbiote prosthetic, the Scorn symbiote doesn't distinguish between itself and technology, allowing it to merge with anything composed of metal.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: When Tanis rejected the symbiote, it joined with Shriek, but it soon left her and returned to Tanis because Shriek terrified it.
* TronLines: The symbiote has silvery vein-like markings on it.
* WideEyedIdealist: Originally was one to the point where she almost got herself killed saving the Doppelgänger.
* WingedHumanoid: Due to being augmented by her prosthetic the Carnage symbiote could form wings.

!!Life Foundation Symbiotes / Mercury Team

[[folder:Life Foundation]]


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 forcibly spawned from the Venom symbiote.

[[folder:Mercury Team]]


The Unites States Army formed the Mercury Team after Agent Venom went AWOL. The group is composed of four soldiers from different military branches, all who use symbiotes from the now separated Hybrid symbiote. 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.



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

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 ''[[ 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.
* BackFromTheDead: The symbiote was seemingly aged to dust and Donna killed in an explosion, but both returned through unknown means.
** 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 competent 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.
* JaggedMouth: Like Carnage her teeth were black and blended with her mask.
* 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.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Like the other symbiotes.
* 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. [[ It was uncomfortable]].
* MostCommonSuperpower: Was quite busty, and the symbiote accentuated her figure.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Like most of the other symbiotes, she had a mouthful of pointy teeth.
* MulticoloredHair: Donna's red hair shows through her yellow symbiote, creating this effect.
* MsFanservice: [[ Yeah]], appears to have been designed with this in mind.
* 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: With Agony.
* VibroWeapon: The Sonic Knife, presumably.


-> '''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. 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: James is killed by Carnage in ''Deadpool vs. Carnage'' #3.
* BackFromTheDead: The symbiote was seemingly aged to dust and Leslie killed in an explosion, but both returned through unknown means.
* 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: Leslie.
* DistaffCounterpart: James Murphy to Leslie Gesneria.
* ElementalAbsorption: Allowing with being able to regurgitate chemicals, Leslie could also absorb them.
* FusionDance: After its host was killed the symbiotes merged into Hybrid.
* 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.
* LegacyCharacter: Was bonded to Leslie Gesneria initially, and later to James Murphy.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Like the other symbiotes.
* MagneticWeapons: James' weapon of choice is a huge railgun.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Like most of the other symbiotes had a mouthful of pointy teeth.
* 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 her hair was a mass of tendrils when bonded to Leslie.
* 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 main power.
* 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: With Scream.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Leslie, literally.


-> '''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. 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.

* AngryGuardDog: The symbiote's second host was one of these.
* BackForTheDead: Marcus is killed by Carnage in ''Deadpool vs. Carnage'' #3.
* BackFromTheDead: The symbiote was seemingly aged to dust and Ramon killed in an explosion, but both returned through unknown means.
* 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.
* FusionDance: After their hosts were killed the symbiotes merged into Hybrid.
* HeroicDog: The Lasher hound, especially now that it's become the new Hybrid.
* HiredGuns: Ramon was a mercenary before being bonded to his symbiote.
* TheLeader: Marcus for the Mercury Team.
* LegacyCharacter: Was bonded to Ramon Hernandez initially, and later to a military dog.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Like the other symbiotes, although Ramon's CombatTentacles are his WeaponOfChoice.
* 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]].
* 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.
* 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.


-> '''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. 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.

* 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:''' Brock is a psychopath and he's got to die...TONIGHT!
* BackForTheDead: Rico is killed by Carnage in ''Deadpool vs. Carnage'' #3.
* BackFromTheDead: The symbiote was seemingly aged to dust and Carl killed in an explosion, but both returned through unknown means.
* 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.
* JaggedMouth: Like Carnage his teeth were black and blended with his mask.
* FriendlySniper: The symbiote's second host was Rico Axelson, a sniper in the army.
* FusionDance: After their hosts were killed the symbiotes merged into Hybrid.
* HiredGuns: Carl was a mercenary before being bonded to his symbiote.
* 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.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Like the other symbiotes.
* 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 vision to the point he 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.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: "You're making me mad Brock! I'm losing control! You know what happens when a human and a symbiote lose control?"


-> '''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. 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.

* AxCrazy: Trevor was almost as bad as Carnage.
* BackForTheDead: Howard is killed by Carnage in ''Deadpool vs. Carnage'' #3.
* BackFromTheDead: The symbiote was seemingly aged to dust and Trevor killed in an explosion, but both returned through unknown means.
* 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 ''[[ Deadpool vs. Carnage #4]]'' the symbiote is black.
* FusionDance: After their hosts were killed the symbiotes merged into Hybrid.
* 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.
* HiredGuns: Trevor was a mercenary before being bonded to his symbiote.
* KnifeNut: Howard's weapon of choice is a knife.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Like the other symbiotes.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: And Trevor's weren't [[JaggedMouth the same color as his mask]].
* TheQuietOne: Howard is explicitly described as such.
* SuperSpeed: Howard uses the symbiote to run faster than a person could blink.

!Supporting Cast

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

[[folder:Beck Underwood]]


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

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. [[ 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:The Suit]]


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

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.
* CoolShades: They're used to hide his lack of eyes.
* 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 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.
* 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. 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.
* 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.
* TheWormThatWalks: He's full of innumerable robotic spiders, which exit and enter his body through his eye sockets.

[[folder:Jenna Cole]]

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

A teenaged heroin addict Eddie Brock befriended as Anti-Venom.

* 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 the first thug who calls 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 she didn't say ''not'' to 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:''' Hrrg...
--> '''Jorge Valdez:''' Adios, $%$#%$!
--> '''Anti-Venom:''' '''''[[{{Angrish}} 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:Katy Kiernan]]

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

A reporter working for 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.


The variety of opponents faced by the various Venoms.



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

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.
* 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.
* 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:Sin-Eater II]]


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

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.
--> '''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!]]
* 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 [[ 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 [[ 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.
* 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.
* 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:The Xenophage]]


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

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 surprisingly excellent English.
--> '''Xenophage:''' 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!
* 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.
* NighInvulnerable: Nothing could lay a scratch on his exoskeleton.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: The villain of ''Venom: The Hunted''.
* MeaningfulName: Roughly translated, it means "alien devourer".
* 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.
* 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 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:The Redeemers]]


-> '''Debut:''' ''Dark Reign: Sinister Spider-Man'' #1

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 [[ 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 not-so obscured by a black censor bar.
* EatenAlive: Hippo and Eleven are eaten by Venom during their first showdown.
* EvilOldFolks: General Wolfram is a World War II veteran.
* 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" innumerable crimes to J. Jonah Jameson.
* UnreliableNarrator: Wolfram claims to have been a wolf humanized by the Nazis. The Redeemer points out that there are a lot of holes in that story. A much more competent General Wolfram later appeared in a ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' story set during [=WW2=], and it's entirely possible this one based his persona off of that one.
* 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:Jack O'Lantern V]]


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

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.
* ArchEnemy: Agent Venom's self-proclaimed one, and [[YouKilledMyFather Mania's as well]].
--> '''Jack O'Lantern:''' 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.
* AxCrazy: While it's unknown if he's doped up on Goblin formula, 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.
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumour: Jack is just as bad as any of the Goblins, if not ''worse''.
* 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.
* 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.
* ItsPersonal: After the Crime Master is killed, Jack's rivalry with Venom became even more intense.
* 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''.
* MechaMooks: Has a number of creepy puppet and doll-like robots who "wuv" to commit atrocities.
* 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.
* WeaponizedExhaust: Uses his glider as a makeshift flamethrower when fighting Venom.
* WreathedInFlames: His pumpkin-shaped helmet is wreathed in flames, but that doesn't seem to bother him.

[[folder:Symbiote Slayers]]


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

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 a 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: 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.
* 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:Lord Ogre]]

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

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.
* 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.
* 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.