!!The band:

* AlbumFiller: Lots of it in the later releases.
* AwesomeMusic: ''Welcome to Hell'' and ''Black Metal'' for starters.
** VindicatedByHistory: However, when they were released, they were widely panned by the music press and other musicians as juvenile and sloppy. It was only later with the rise of First- and Second-Wave BlackMetal that they got recognition.
* EpicRiff: AllOfThem.
* FirstInstallmentWins: ''Welcome to Hell'' and ''Black Metal'' were their first two releases, as well as their most popular and well-liked.
* HilariousInHindsight: In recent years there have been a wave of scandals involving female teachers having sex with teenage male students. Making the song "Teacher's Pet" ahead of its time.
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: After ''At War With Satan'', ''Possessed'' (which was composed of songs that were written before ''AWWS'') was criticized for sounding the same as the first two albums. The bad production on it didn't help either.
* {{Narm}}: The poor quality of both their music and lyrics often makes it hard to listen to their music without laughing.
** NarmCharm: However, they ''DID'' go on to become one of Metal's most influential bands, so people still obviously like them.
* NightmareFuel: The lyrics to "Buried Alive" from ''Black Metal'' are pretty much guaranteed to give nightmares to anybody who is claustrophobic.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Common opinion on the ''Calm Before the Storm'' album, which has more melodic style.

!!Comic Character
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The [[EldritchLocation Realm of Insanity]] sequence from ''The Madness''.
* BrokenBase: A small one; [[FirstInstallmentWins Eddie]] [[CreepyAwesome Brock]] vs [[EnsembleDarkhorse Flash]] [[RedeemingReplacement Thompson]] on who is the best Venom.
** Another over Cullen Bunn's run on Venom. Some thought that he had a lot of potential and got progressively better at writing the comic, while others think that it's absolute shit and will never hold a candle to Rick Remender's run on the series.
** Several Agent Venom fans have expressed consternation and dissatisfaction over his redesign in ''Guardians of the Galaxy'', which removed his body armor motif, gave him a permanent mouth and solid white eyes, and took away the white spider emblem on his back.
* CrazyAwesome: [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/7/72463/1322827-galactus.jpg Venom, Devourer of Worlds]].[[note]]One of Mysterio's tricks.[[/note]]
* CreepyAwesome: Jack O' Lantern.
* CrossesTheLineTwice:
** Flash and Cletus are separated from their symbiotes in ''Carnage U.S.A'', and proceed to fight each other as regular human beings. Neither of them had legs.
** The disarmed Razor Fist using his stumps to try and punch Toxin.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Unsurprisingly considering Brock's sympathetic backstory and AntiHero tendencies, as well as the symbiote's {{Yandere}} behaviour toward Peter and, for people who are familiar with it, the far more symbiote-sympathetic original depiction of its seperation from Spider-Man, fans can easily find the character likeable.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Agent Venom is quickly becoming one. Although not as well-known as Eddie Brock as Venom, he's become beloved by fans and many hope that he stays as Venom permanently.
** Though Cullen Bunn's run wasn't overly well-received Andrea Benton aka Mania, Agent Venom's close-friend/sidekick, has become immensely popular with fans. Even more impressive in that she's yet to make an appearance outside of Venom's own book.
** The Venomized Mary Jane from ''Spider-Man[=/=]ComicBook/PowerPack'', going by all of the fan art.
* EvilIsCool: The Crime Master, Agent Venom's first archenemy/BigBad. Some fans were actually saddened by [[spoiler: his death]] for this very reason. Also Jack O' Lantern.
* FirstInstallmentWins: More like first host wins: even though the Venom symbiote has been used by various characters by now, the Eddie Brock incarnation remains the most popular, and the only one so far to have been adapted in other medias.
** [[EnsembleDarkhorse However the fourth Venom is quickly gaining a noticeable fanbase]], and even got [[WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan his own animated apppearance (in a show which ironically didn't feature Eddie Brock)]]. But will probably never be as well known as Eddie Brock Venom.
* FoeYay: the best way to describe the relationship between the Symbiote and Spider-Man.
** And that's not getting into the weird obsession Jack O' Lantern has with Flash. ''[[NoYay Yikes]]''.
* HilariousInHindsight: In ''Venom'' #20, Agent Venom is forced to kill Death Adder by snapping his neck in order to save a family. A few years later [[{{Franchise/Superman}} a certain superhero]] got a lot of attention and derision for [[Film/ManOfSteel being put in that same situation]].
* HolyShitQuotient: ''Carnage Unleashed!'' opened with Carnage using his symbiote to murder someone through the Internet, and it just got more insane from there, culminating in everything exploding.
* IronWoobie: Flash. It's pretty stunning that he manages to keep fighting after the sheer amount of crap he has to go through.
* JerkassWoobie: Eddie Brock.
* MagnificentBastard: The Crime Master.
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler: The Crime Master feeding Eddie Brock to the Toxin symbiote just so he can have Toxin for his personal LegionOfDoom.]]
** Jack O' Lantern killing Mania's dad. Notably this ends up being the act that cause Venom to try and kill Jack rather than capture him.
* MyRealDaddy: Depending on the fan and comic creator, many people have been credited with the creation of Venom. The reason being his somewhat convulted history.
** A reader by the name of Randy Schueller wrote into Marvel with the idea of giving Spider-Man a new black costume. Marvel's editor-and-chief at the time liked the idea and credited Schueller. Since he was writing ''Secret Wars'' at the time, Shooter asked Mike Zeck, the series' artist, to draw up a SpearCounterpart to Spider-Woman II's costume based on Schueller's design.
** Writers such as PeterDavid and Roger Stern gave the suit its ability to morph into other clothes, have an unlimited supply of web fluid, and decided to turn the costume into a living alien symbiote. Both men have taken some credit for Venom for this reason.
** Fans were not pleased with the change initially so the Spider-Man editors decided to get rid of it. David Michelinie, the writer of ''Amazing Spider-Man'', wanted to bring the costume back as a villain and came up with Eddie Brock's character. He also wrote the first miniseries and initially had the idea of turning him into an AntiVillain once he became popular enough.
** Todd [=McFarlane=] redesigned Spider-Man's black costume for the villain and came up with the name Venom. Because of this, [[SmallNameBigEgo he demanded full creative control of the character]] and when Marvel refused, he left to help form ImageComics.
** Since then, many writers have retconned the nature of the symbiotes - Are they drawn to negative emotions? Are they vampiric? Are they Darwinian monsters? - MarkMillar was the first to release the host from Eddie Brock and decided to turn it into a sort of LegacyCharacter, although [[DevelopmentGag that had been David Michelinie's intention from the start]].
** On at least one occasion, attempted to explain the origin of their species. Since the ''Planet of the Symbiotes'' storyarc happened during ComicBook/TheCloneSaga, it quickly fell into FanonDiscontinuity.
** Rick Remender for Agent Venom. His run was critically acclaimed and widely agreed upon as the definitive portrayal of Flash as Venom.
* NeverLiveItDown: The [[http://www.4thletter.net/gavok/venom/worstpagefire.jpg lighter incident]] from the Sinister Six storyline.
* ReplacementScrappy: Mac Gargan as Venom. Ostensibly it was an attempt to reverse Mac's rampant VillainDecay, but as Spider-Man put it "a loser in a Venom costume is still a freaking loser". Averted with Flash as Venom as many consider him to be a great character in his own right.
* {{Sequelitis}}: While plenty of people like Cullen Bunn's run on Venom (and Mania is a big EnsembleDarkhorse), general agreement is that it doesn't hold a candle to [[ToughActToFollow Rick Remender's run on the book]].
* ShockingSwerve: To some, the revelation that the third Crime Master was [[spoiler:Betty Brant's brother Bennett, saved from death and turned bad by a NebulousEvilOrganisation]].
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: A lot of fans still cannot accept the fact Eddie Brock is no longer Venom and keep asking that he and the symbiote get back together (despite this being highly improbable in the current situation).
* UglyCute: [[http://www.4thletter.net/gavok/venom/cute1.jpg The]] [[http://symbiote.fr/images/comics/venom-hunger0319.jpg Venom]] [[http://www.4thletter.net/gavok/venom/cute2.jpg symbiote]] in ''The Hunger''.
* VillainSue: Bob from the Daniel Way series. Along with being a GenericDoomsdayVillain, he casually does things like pull rank on ComicBook/NickFury, and order the ''nuking'' of Northern Canada, with it being stated that no government would dare question this demand.
* TheWoobie: The symbiote itself. All it ever really wanted was to be with Peter.
** The Life Foundation symbiotes. They were ripped out of their parent, artificially aged up, experienced the deaths of their hosts, were painfully experimented on by the government, experienced the death of their shared host after merging, were physically separated, more or less lobotomized and turned into little more than equipment by the military, and then experienced the deaths of yet ''another'' set of hosts.
** Mania. ''Holy crap''. Gets her dad killed by Jack O' Lantern, is unwillingly given a symbiote, and ends up stuck with a hellmark [[spoiler: that can't be removed as it's stuck to the symbiote not her]]. Not to mention getting said hellmark ends up putting her in Crossbone's sights.