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Characters: Venom
This is the Character Sheet for Venom and the various characters that have hosted the symbiote or prominently appeared in his stories/series.

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The Venom Symbiote

    The Venom Symbiote 

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

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

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

  • Adaptive Armor: What the symbiote often acts as for the host. The 1996 The Hunger miniseries showed it is capable of forming an exoskeleton resembling that of a Xenomorph. Bonus points for it resembling body armor when bonded to Flash, and Agent Venom's "Mark III" concept art even has "H.R. Giger-y bioarmor" as a design note.
  • All Webbed Up: The symbiote produces organic webbing from its biomass, and Peter has exploited this to weaken it.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Justified in that all its hosts were English-speaking humans and it picked up the language over time. How eloquent it is depends on the writer.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Venom is a spider-based villain, justified in that the symbiote's first and favorite host was Spider-Man. Considering its third host was called The Scorpion, this trope was doubled, in a way.
  • Arch-Enemy: The symbiote, regardless of its host, is one of Spider-Man's most infamous and dangerous enemies.
  • Badass Grandpa: The symbiote is dangerous even without its hosts, has lived a very long time, and it is also a "grandfather", having grandchildren called Toxin and Scorn.
  • Blank White Eyes: The symbiote has large white eyes originally in the shape of Spider-Man's lenses, though after bonding to Eddie Brock they became distorted. When bonded to him, Mac Gargan's own eyes were visible within the symbiote's, although tinted green, yellow, or red with Hellish Pupils; and when under control Venom IV's eyes are black lenses rimmed with white.
  • Belated Backstory: Why the symbiote was in that container on Battleworld was revealed in the 1995 Planet of the Symbiotes, released a decade after Secret Wars. The whole story behind its imprisonment is set to be revealed in the upcoming "Planet Venom" arc of Guardians of the Galaxy, a full 30 years after its debut.
  • Blatant Lies: Reassures Flash Thompson it prefers him to Eddie Brock... immediately before abandoning him to rebond with Eddie, proclaiming "Home, sweet symbiosis!" Flash had to plead with it and remind it that Eddie would constantly fight its control to get it to return to him.
  • Blob Monster: What the symbiote amounts to sans-host, although it can manifest a head, eyes, mouth, and occasionally very rudimentary arms.
  • Brown Note/Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Killed the invading symbiotes in Planet of the Symbiotes with a psychic scream.
  • Brutal Honesty: The symbiote cares nothing for tact when it criticizes someone.
  • Category Traitor: The Venom symbiote was deemed this by the symbiote that took over Rune in Venom vs. Rune.
  • Characterization Marches On: The symbiote was exiled from its planet for refusing to kill its hosts, which deemed it a freak amongst its species. That's right, Venom was the one exception to an Always Chaotic Evil race. Of course, this characterization doesn't make a good villain, and was promptly forgotten by every writer on the planet, as nowadays it's usually presented as a man-eating parasitic monstrosity.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Its favorite hosts are Spider-Man and Eddie Brock in that order, and if the opportunity to rebond with either of them presents itself the symbiote will happily screw over its current host to do so.
  • Clingy Costume: It does not like letting go of a host, and in fact the reason it hates Spider-Man so much is because of how close they came to being permanently bonded before he rejected it and forced them apart.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: The symbiote can bestow superpowers on mundane hosts, mainly patterned after Spider-Man's due to its absorption of his DNA, and can also drastically boost the powers of superpowered hosts. A deconstruction, as it shows exactly what happens when your clothes have that kind of power...
  • Combat Tentacles: The symbiote can project pseudopodia and tendrils to attack and restrain prey, although Venom usually uses them in the guise of webbing. Superior Venom takes this to a new level by having the symbiote turn Otto's robotic spider legs into segmented tentacles resembling the ones he'd worn as Dr. Octopus.
  • Create Your Own Villain: All the symbiote originally wanted was to help Spider-Man. It was only when Peter rejected it on the grounds that it was alive and trying to permanently bond with him that it became embittered and angry.
  • Deal with the Devil: The symbiote made a deal with Mephisto to obtain demonic powers via the Hell Mark, though it later admitted this was a mistake.
  • Declaration of Protection: When it is berating Flash for his poor treatment of it, it mentions all it wants is to protect him.
  • Dem Bones: In a What If? story that showed what could have happened if everyone had remained on Battleworld, Spider-Man and the symbiote's minds eventually became one, and Spidey's body has been reduced to nothing more than a skeleton they use as a base for their humanoid form.
  • Demonic Possession: During the Circle of Four, the symbiote seemed eager to get its tentacles on the Spirit of Vengeance, but was stopped from absorbing it. Later, Daimon Hellstrom possessed the symbiote with a powerful demon to turn it into one of his Monsters of Evil, but Venom used the Hell Mark to suppress it. While the symbiote and the demon initially got along, the symbiote realized the demon was slowly pulling a Grand Theft Me on it and shunted the Hell Mark and demon onto its long-devoured clone, which it pukes up and bonded to Andi, turning her into Mania.
  • The Dreaded: Despite its weaknesses being more-or-less common knowledge, SHIELD considers the Venom symbiote to be a top-level threat to humanity.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: After finally getting its wish to rebond to its first host granted in Superior Spider-Man #24, the symbiote is the one disgusted by "Spider-Man" and tries to leave him to return to Flash, only for Otto to force it to stay bonded to him.
  • Emotion Eater: In some story lines the symbiote feeds off its host's negative emotions, and amplifies them as well.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Technically has no name, so it is variously referred to as the "Black Suit", "The Symbiote", or simply "Venom". Thus far, the only confirmed member of its species (discounting possible symbiotes like Krobaa and Dreadface) to have been given a real name, and not just a nickname, is Gabriel Summers's minion Zzxz.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Has been used as one for Spider-Man in most media following the 1994 Animated Series.
  • Evil Evolves: The symbiote changes appearance with each host, and sometimes while bonded to the same host. It's also stated to have become more powerful with each successive host it bonds to.
  • The Exile: The 1995 "Planet of the Symbiotes" arc revealed that the symbiote was the sole member of its species to refuse to kill its hosts, and as a result was imprisoned until Spider-Man accidentally released it.
  • Expressive Mask: Due to said "mask" being the symbiote's face.
  • False Soulmate: The symbiote believes it's meant to be with Peter, who wants nothing to do with it.
    Spider-Man: He doesn't have to be dead. You could save him if you wanted to. It's not too late, even now.
    Symbiote: Do not want Brock. Never did. Only you.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Even with no host, the symbiote often manifests a huge maw full of fangs.
  • Fate Worse than Death: How it regarded the prospect of returning to Eddie in The Spectacular Spider-Man: The Hunger. Shortly afterwards, it and Eddie parted ways, although it's tried to rebond with him twice after his cancer was cured.
    Symbiote: To combine with the flesh of Eddie Brock is to accept his cancer; an eternity of disease and suffering.
  • Fight Off the Kryptonite: While the symbiote is always weak to fire and sonics, how weak it is to them varies, as when once it cowered at the sight of a lighter it tanked an explosion while bonded to Mac Gargan and being blasted by Jack O'Lantern's broomstick glider's Weaponized Exhaust when bonded to Flash.
  • Food Chain of Evil: The symbiotes are the preferred prey of the Xenophages, who find ones that have been bonded to their host for a long time (like Venom) to be particularly delectable. Them aside, symbiotes seem to be feared as one of the galaxy's alpha predators, if Zzxz is any indication.
    • One of the worlds they conquered was eaten by Galactus. Due to their Genetic Memory, the entire species is now innately terrified of him, to the point that the mere sight of the Silver Surfer caused the Carnage symbiote to experience a Freak Out!, one that was severe enough to briefly traumatize Cletus, who the symbiote left out of fright.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: A meta example, seeing as how the symbiote started out as a new costume for Spider-Man and was initially unpopular with fans, so it was retconned into an alien parasite that later became one of Spider-Man's most dangerous and popular enemies.
  • Genetic Memory: Possesses genetic memories of its prior hosts and the symbiote species' prior conquests.
  • Glasgow Grin: Its mouth is disturbingly wide and lacks cheeks.
  • Good Counterpart: The Venom symbiote has one in the form of the Anti-Venom symbiote, which was formed when Martin Li accidentally fused the remnants of the Venom symbiote in Eddie's blood to his white blood cells. Unlike the Venom symbiote, the Anti-Venom symbiote had no will have its own, and was even immune to the symbiotes' traditional weaknesses.
  • Handicapped Badass: The US Army used a drug - possibly the same one Norman Osborn gave Mac Gargan - to suppress the symbiote, greatly limiting its ability to influence Flash. However, the drug's effects only lasts for 48 hours and the symbiote has found ways to work around it. When Flash joins the Avengers, Hank McCoy creates a perfected version that chemically lobotomizes it, although its effects are still temporary.
  • Healing Factor: Various stories have shown that the symbiotes can heal damage inflicted to their host. During his stint as Anti-Venom, Eddie Brock had his head blown apart by a gunshot from The Punisher. He promptly reconstituted his head and attacked Frank Castle in a rage, only further fuelled by Castle's willingness to shoot through Jenna Cole to kill a drug dealer. Another example of this occurred when Flash Thompson was almost disemboweled by Toxin, and was no worse for wear a couple of days later thanks to the Venom symbiote healing him. Cletus Kasady recovered from a lobotomy that left him in a comatose state as well as being torn in half by the Sentry thanks to his symbiote.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: During their falling out, Peter succumbed to the bells before the symbiote did. He would have died had it not used the last of its strength to drag him to safety before seemingly dying from its own injuries.
  • Hungry Menace: After bonding with Mac, the symbiote became a ravenous blob of teeth and tentacles with a taste for human flesh.
    Mini-Marvels Symbiote: Sure, you're fine with my super-strength, but everyone gets all bent out of shape when I get the munchies!
  • Iconic Logo: The stylized white spider emblem on its chest and back, though each host other than Peter, Eddie, and Mania - who share the same design - has a unique variation.
  • If I Can't Have You: Its relationship to Peter and Eddie can be boiled down to this, as whenever it's not trying to kill them it jumps at the first opportunity to rebond with them.
  • Kill It with Fire: Its second biggest weakness is fire, although it appears to have built up something of a resistance.
  • Killer Rabbit: One of the memories it shows Eddie Brock in Dark Origin portrays the symbiote bonding to a group of dying baby rodent-like aliens on a Death World.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Dr. Strange's memory wipe purged the symbiote's knowledge of Spider-Man's secret identity, but not its desire to be re-bonded to him.
  • Living Weapon: When the army confiscated the symbiote from Mac Gargan, they had the bright idea of using it as a combat suit by keeping it chemically lobotomized. The first few subjects succumbed to its bloodlust and were terminated, with Flash being the first to successfully control it.
  • Loud of War: Its biggest weakness is high-frequency sounds.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: The symbiote can project Combat Tentacles to attack or restrain foes, and in media like Marvel vs. Capcom can project spikes and tendrils tipped with fanged maws.
  • Magic Enhancement: The Grim Hunt, Venom Volume 2, and Spider Verse arcs imply that the symbiote's bonding to Spider-Man connected it to the Web of Life, the supernatural force that empowers all spider-themed superheroes and villains. The symbiote also bargained with Mephisto to receive demonic powers, but that didn't pan out as well as it would have liked.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: After bonding with Eddie the symbiote consistently manifests a wide mouth of fangs even when not bonded to a host. Spider-Man practically said this word-for-word in one story.
  • No Biological Sex: Has no sexual characteristics or gender identity. The default third-person pronoun for the symbiote is "it", though Flash occasionally refers to the symbiote using male pronouns.
  • No Sell: When Johnny Blaze tries to take it out with the Penance Stare, the symbiote not only proves immune but is so saturated in evil that it causes him to burn out.
    • Due to their unique heritages, Lyra and Senator Ward are apparently completely immune to the symbiote, and everything it can throw at them. The latter was able to handle it like it was nothing more than a blob of silly putty.
    • A group of Skrulls who attempt to take the symbiote from Flash and have it bond to one of them discover, just a little too late, that it prefers Flash.
  • Not Good With Rejection: The symbiote's reaction to Peter rejecting it was to break free of the Fantastic Four's containment and impersonate his original costume in order to rebond with him. Subsequently it alternates between trying to kill past hosts who spurned it and forcing itself on them if the opportunity presents itself.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Venom #41 reveals it's not nearly as brain-dead as Flash likes to think it is.
  • Offing the Offspring: Instinctually hates Carnage, its spawn. The Venom/Carnage miniseries states this is the norm, and that a symbiote having anything other than an antagonistic relationship with its offspring would be weird.
    Symbiote: Love? Between father and child? That's creepy... perverse... unsymbiote.
  • Overly-Long Tongue: Beginning with Erik Larsen's run, the the symbiote is often portrayed with a prehensile serpentine tongue.
  • Panacea: With the exception of a few drugs and poisons tailored to suppress it, the symbiote renders its hosts immune to any terrestrial disease and can even keep terminal illnesses like cancer in remission for prolonged periods of time. The Anti-Venom symbiote takes this Up to Eleven by producing antibodies for every malady the human body can be afflicted with and then some.
  • Picky People Eater: When bonded to Eddie, the symbiote had a thing for brains, which was explained as it needing chemicals found in brains to survive. After abandoning Eddie, it's become much less picky about who and what it eats.
  • Power Copying: The Venom symbiote bestows its hosts with powers similar to those of Spider-Man, but amplified. With Mac, it once manifested a scorpion tail, and with the Superior Spider-Man it turned his waldo spider legs into biomechanical Combat Tentacles.
  • Power Nullifier: The symbiote set off Peter's Spider-Sense when it first bonded to him, but it spent so long bonded to him that once it bonded to Eddie it no longer registered as a threat. Though there have been one or two instances of Spider-Man sensing Venom, either due to continuity errors, or to imply that Venom can "turn off" the nullification ability.
  • Prodigal Villain: The symbiote was cast into exile by its brethren, but is set to return home in the "Planet Venom" arc, beginning in Guardians of the Galaxy #21.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: While bonded to Peter, the symbiote would take his body out for crime-fighting joy-rides while he was sleeping. After bonding to Eddie the symbiote developed a habit of usurping control of its subsequent hosts Mac Gargan and Flash and going on feeding frenzies.
    • It also did this to Peter, the Hulk, and even Thor in a What If? story. (In that Alternate Reality, it was not a symbiote at all, but a true parasite.)
    • While Venom and Carnage refer to themselves using terms like "we" in Spider-Man Unlimited it's clear that the symbiotes have completely overtaken Eddie and Cletus, and are doing their own thing (serving their Eldritch Abomination Hive Queen). Eddie is able to briefly gain control at the end of One is the Loneliest Number, but only because he and the symbiote had only just re-bonded after having been separated for some time.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: If given the opportunity to speak for itself, the symbiote is fond of dishing out scathing remarks and criticisms to both its opponents and unsatisfactory hosts.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: During Flash's tenure as a member of Red Hulk's Thunderbolts, the white parts of the symbiote became red, making it look similar to the original concept for the symbiote created by Randy Schueller.
  • Reformed But Not Tamed: The symbiote actually prefers Flash Thompson as a host, or so it said just before ditching him for Eddie - although it did return to him - but that doesn't stop it from taking him over and eating people when it gets mad.
  • Revenge Before Reason: The symbiote is very spiteful, especially towards old hosts who've spurned it, and is obsessed with either killing or rebonding to Spider-Man and Eddie for rejecting it.
  • Royal "We": The symbiote likes to be acknowledged by its host and often takes offence if they don't use second person pronouns.
  • Serial-Killer Killer: When it goes off on its own in Venom: The Hunger, the symbiote initially sustains itself by feeding only on "deserving" victims like a Domestic Abuser, and gang members. The rift that had grown between it and Eddie causes it to be a lot less choosy in the similar Spectacular Spider-Man storyline also titled The Hunger.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: While the Venom symbiote didn't initially possess this power, during a battle with Carnage in the Microverse it developed the ability to form weapons like blade-arms and a tentacle-flail.
  • Shooting Superman: The symbiote can absorb gunfire and even send it right back, but according to Flash high-caliber weapons can still penetrate it.
  • Starfish Alien: As a symbiotic shapeshifting blob from outer space, definitely qualifies.
  • Stronger with Age: According to Flash, the symbiote is magnitudes more powerful than it was when it first bonded to Peter, and Klaw deduces that the more hosts a symbiote bonds to the stronger it becomes.note 
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: The symbiote functions as one for Flash, taking over him if he gets angry and being more-than happy to chow down on whoever had the misfortune of pissing him off. Retcons have it functioning as one for Peter too, making him more aggressive and callous the more it bonds with him.
  • Sweet Tooth: It didn't mind eating chocolate in place of brains... for a while.
    Eddie (dumping out a sack of candy bars): I feel the Other salivate with anticipation.
  • The Symbiote: Arguably the Trope Namer, and certainly the Trope Codifier.
  • Synchronization: Even if physically separated from their respective symbiotes, Eddie and Cletus maintain a mental connection to them, feeling their emotions and injuries, seeing what they do, etc. This no longer appears to be the case with Eddie and the Venom symbiote, however.
  • There's No Place Like Home: Stories like Hunger and one from Spider-Man Family posit that the only thing the symbiote may want more than Peter is to return to its pre-pariah life on its planet of origin.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In conjunction with Took a Level in Jerkass: the symbiote was once the least violent member of its species, and was content with playing the part of a shape shifting costume. Three hosts later, the symbiote is considered a top-tier threat by SHIELD, will seize total control of its host's body unless chemically suppressed, can tank explosions and fire-blasts, and has shown that it not afraid of abandoning unsatisfactory hosts and surviving prolonged periods on its own.note 
  • Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: While it was being held in the Baxter Building, the symbiote tried to coerce Franklin Richards into releasing it. When Franklin got close, the symbiote sensed how powerful he was, immediately backed off, and started cowering.
    • Dirt Nap is a mutant who can copy a person's appearance and powers by swallowing them whole, and storing them in his body. Venom and Scream's symbiotes didn't agree with him, and... well...
    • When the symbiote first met Ben Reilly, it tried to leave the unconscious Eddie for him, sensing his similarities to Peter. It found the state of mind Ben was in at the time distasteful, and quickly returned to Eddie.
  • To Serve Man: The symbiote has acquired quite the taste for human flesh. The 1996 The Hunger miniseries explained that the symbiote needs phenethylamine for its own health - which can be found most abundantly in two sources: human brains and chocolate. The 2003 ''Spectacular Spider-Man arc - also titled "The Hunger" - and other story lines going back to the "Planet of the Symbiotes" arc state that the symbiote drains its host of adrenaline, but these seem to have been forgotten following the symbiote's separation from Eddie.
  • Truly Single Parent: Symbiotes reproduce asexually, and Venom "gave birth" to Carnage, Agony, Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Scream, and technically Anti-Venom and Mania.
    Toxin: If you're my father, Carnage—who's my mother?
    Carnage: That ain't quite how the biology pans out, buster.
  • Upgrade vs. Prototype Fight: The Carnage symbiote is more resistant to attacks that affect Venom, is even stronger than him and Spider-Man combined, and has abilities the Venom symbiote doesn't. However, since Kasady is a Complete Monster next to Brock's Anti-Hero (and pretty often there's other heroes like Spider-Man there to help 'soften up' Carnage), Venom most often comes out on top. This is played with during the Minimum Carnage arc, where Flash is forced to emulate Carnage in order to defeat him.
  • Used To Be A Sweet Alien: All it initially wanted was to be bonded with Peter. Unfortunately, Peter's rejection and Eddie's hatred taught it anger and it hasn't really looked back since.
  • Vampiric Draining: The symbiote leaves Eddie in Venom: The Hunger and The Spectacular Spider-Man: The Hunger, and survives on its own by sucking phenethylamine (in the former) and a specific type of adrenaline (in the latter) out of people. A detective investigating the attacks in the latter even assumed they were the work of some kind of weird vampire.
  • The Voiceless: In its debut, it was mute. Beginning in the 2000's, however, it developed the ability to speak without using a host. It had an all lowercase internal monologue in 1994's Separation Anxiety, however.
    Symbiote: must find eddie. others pursue us. men with fire to hurt me. eddie will help. with eddie we are venom. we are strong. these stand in my way. they are nothing. they can die.
  • Voice of the Legion: Beginning in the 2000's, the symbiote talks using distorted black speech bubbles with white print.
  • Volumetric Mouth: Depending on the Artist, the symbiote is often drawn with a far larger mouth than any human could possess.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can transform into clothing and turn invisible by blending in with the background.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Sonics and intense heat, the former more so than the latter. His weakness towards fire was greatly Flanderized in the nineties; In one instance, Spider-Man was able to fend him off with a lighter. Yes, the villain who once bested the Human Torch was frightened off by a tiny little flame. However, in the Siege arc, tossing Mac Gargan into an explosion does nothing more than piss him off.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The symbiote claims to be pregnant with a child it actually cares for in The Spectacular Spider-Man: The Hunger. The baby has not been brought up since, presumably due to either being miscarried, being intended as foreshadowing for what later became Toxin, or because the symbiote was just lying about it in an attempt to engender sympathy from Spider-Man. That said, when fighting Venom, both symbiotes proclaims they intend to be the only one alive for an event they refer to as "the Spawning".
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The symbiote has occasionally berated Spider-Man for rejecting it when it only wanted to help him and make him stronger. Villain Has a Point, Parker. It also accuses Flash of this when he confronts it in Venom #41, and outright attacks him for keeping it chemically suppressed in Superior Spider-Man #25.
  • Whole Costume Reference: In-universe, the symbiote's design was based on the black-and-white Spider-Woman costume worn by Julia Carpenter.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The sight of a cheap lighter and a campfire once caused the symbiote to quiver in terror, much to the derision of the Sinister Six during Eddie Brock's brief tenure as a member.
    Sandman: Will you look at the big, bad supervillain... afraid of a little fire! Whatta sissy! Let me give you a hand, tough guy! And to think... I useta have nightmares about you!
    Venom: DO NOT MOCK OUR PAIN!
    Electro: I've got to admit it is a pretty silly weakness for an alleged super-criminal to have.note 
  • Yandere: The symbiote really can't stand the idea of any of its favorite hosts not wanting to be with it, and jumps at almost any opportunity to rebond with them when it isn't trying to kill them.
  • You Can Talk?: The symbiote developed the ability to speak even without a host, starting with Sssssnake Talk-laden You No Take Candle and becoming more articulate over time, although when doped up by Flash it reverts back to its early manner of speaking.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The symbiote pulls this on Eddie (to try to return to Peter), Angelo (leaving him to die), Mac (to try to return to Eddie, and possess Carol Danvers), and Flash (to try to return to Eddie again). Finally, the symbiote jumps at the chance to bond with SpOck after being separated from Flash, becoming the Superior Venom. It's Double Subverted in the last case, as the symbiote realizes that Spider-Man isn't the same as he used to be and tries to return to Flash only to have SpOck force it to stay bonded to himself.

Main Hosts

    Spider-Man 

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 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 taking over his body while he slept and using it to fight crime. Wanting answers, Peter visited the Fantastic Four and asked Reed Richards to analyze it. Richards revealed to Peter that the Black Suit was not a costume, but a sentient extraterrestrial symbiote that was attempting to permanently merge with him. Horrified and disgusted, Peter had the Fantastic Four remove the creature, discovering it was vulnerable to intense sonics and heat, and returned to his classic red-and-blue outfit. The symbiote 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 Berserk Button 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 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 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 "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 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: Spider Man Main Characters

    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 cold and distant, instilling a thirst in Eddie to 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 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. Blaming Spider-Man for his troubles, he begins to work out obsessively in an attempt to assuage his rage.

Eventually, Eddie cannot take it anymore. Raised a devout Catholic, he goes to his local church to pray for forgiveness for the 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 turns the already bitter symbiote's love into a twisted obsession.

Calling himself Venom, Eddie becomes one of Spider-Man's most formidable foes: stronger, faster, and immune to his Spider-Sense. 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 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 Carnage. Spider-Man is forced to reveal his continued survival to Eddie and they declare a reluctant truce to defeat Carnage, after which Eddie moves to San Francisco for a time and becomes the "Lethal Protector" of a subterranean community of homeless people formed by the 1906 earthquake. Eddie is eventually abducted by the Life Foundation Organization, which forces the Venom symbiote to give birth to five more offspring, 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  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 no longer wishes to remain bonded to a dying host, especially one that refuses to feed it. Undergoing a Heel-Faith Turn, Brock, disgusted by the symbiote's growing bloodlust, decides to sell it to the highest bidder and donate the proceeds to charity, knowing it will mean 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 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 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 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 Jenna Cole, but struggles to suppress his murderous impulses after he learns his savior Martin Li is the supervillain Mr. Negative. As Anti-Venom, Eddie clashes with 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 Spider-Island storyline so the Anti-Venom suit can be used to make an antidote to cure the infected millions of New York. Eddie sets out to slay the remaining symbiotes, starting with 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 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 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.

  • '80s Hair: Eddie's had hairstyles ranging from a flattop to a mullet during the 80's and 90's, even switching to flat out Barbarian Longhair, and now has a crew cut.
  • Abusive Parents: His wife's death left Carl Brock a shell of a man who barely acknowledged his children.
  • Anti-Hero: As Venom, Eddie starts off as a Nominal Hero before mellowing into an Unscrupulous Hero, 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.
  • The Atoner: What he tried to become as Anti-Venom.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Had a beloved step or half-sister named Mary. When she fell into a coma due to an incident involving Nova, Eddie blamed the hero for it, and went after him. She was retconned into being his older sister in Dark Origin, and is presumably still in that Convenient Coma.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Anti-Venom's and Toxin's eye patches are jet-black.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: While not a power he possessed as Venom, as Anti-Venom and Toxin he developed the ability to morph his limbs into bladed weapons.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Eddie's hair color ranges from light to strawberry blond, and has occasionally been drawn as brown.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Eddie's definitions of guilt and innocence were inconsistent at best.
  • Body Horror: When the Juggernaut knocked him into a vat containing a sentient insanity-inducing virus in The Madness, the results were... disturbing.
  • Brain Food: Even before Mac Gargan took this Up to Eleven, 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.
  • Breakout Villain: Eddie-as-Venom is one of Spider-Man's most popular antagonists, and has been featured in almost every adaptation since his debut.
  • Butt Monkey: In the Return of the Sinister Six he's treated like dirt by the other villains, his weaknesses are brought Up to Eleven (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.
  • Can't Stay Normal: Eddie goes from being Venom to Anti-Venom to Toxin with brief periods of humanity in between.
  • Character Development: 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.
  • Characterization Marches On: Eddie started off as a standard supervillain but soon developed Moral Myopia in regards to those he considered innocent (see Anti-Hero above). Eventually, he had a Heel-Faith Turn and gave up being Venom. As Anti-Venom he tried to become a hero, but as Toxin he's back to being a Sociopathic Hero.
    • 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 based on the symbiote's portrayal in the 1994 animated series, and gave Peter a better excuse.
  • Cheap Costume: 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.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: 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 fangs and Overly-Long Tongue.
  • Christianity is Catholic: Eddie's religion was downplayed during his stint as Venom, only to get brought back as the driving force behind his Heel Face Door Slam 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.
  • Church Militant: As mentioned above, Eddie is a devout Catholic who sees himself on a mission from God to destroy the symbiotes.
  • Consummate Liar: 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.
  • Costume Copycat: 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.
  • Courtroom Episode: Eddie was captured and put on trial in... On Trial. Daredevil was his attorney, and Carnage was brought in as a witness for the prosecution.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Venom murdered a Vault Guardsman during one of his escapes. The man's wealthy father assembled a group of his son's grieving friends, gave them Powered Armor, and dubbed them "The Jury".
  • Creepy Long Fingers: 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Part of being Peter's Evil Counterpart, he's known to be the villain that actually makes Spidey scream "Shut up!"
  • Depending on the Artist: 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.
  • Driven to Suicide: He's tried to kill himself numerous times, including in his origin story.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Eddie is annoyed when one of Mr. Negative's goons continuously interrupts his "The Reason You Suck" Speech and completely incredulous when he learns that the thug is more afraid of the Wraith than he is of 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!
  • Easy Amnesia: Numerous blows to the head once made him forget various details about Spider-Man, including that he was Peter Parker.
  • Enemy Mine: 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.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Peter Parker, and later Flash Thompson.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: The reason he hates the symbiote so much is because of the things he did under its influence.
  • Extreme Melee Revenge: When Jorge Valdez rubbed the fact that Jenna Cole is back on drugs and "[his] girl" in Eddie's face, the first thing he did was grab the nearest thug and rip him in half while screaming in rage.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Eddie went from being a disgraced, terminally ill journalist to a monster simply by virtue of being in the right place at the right time.
  • 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.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: His initial characterization when he first debuted.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: As Anti-Venom his eyes were glowing red - and occasionally yellow.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Eddie referred to Jenna Cole as his "angel" in that she gave him motivation to not give in to his fraying sanity and resist the murderous impulses left over from the symbiote, which he referred to as his "devil".
  • Good Costume Switch: As Anti-Venom he is a colour-inverted version of Mac Gargan's Venom form.
  • Good Is Not Nice: As Anti-Venom and Toxin he was a good guy, but not adverse to using lethal force.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Despite possessing the ability to generate Combat Tentacles and spikes to dispose of pests, Eddie generally relies on his fists and claws in a fight.
  • Healing Hands: The Anti-Venom symbiote generated antibodies that could purge just about anything from drugs to symbiotes to radiation, though overusing this ability weakens him. Anti-Venom's cameo as Pestilence in an alternate universe version of Apocalypse's Four Horseman suggests that he can use this power to harm.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: His status swayed from story to story throughout the late 90s and into the 2000s until Mac Gargan took over.
    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 "Venom... Lethal Protector!"
  • Hellish Pupils: In the 1995 Christmas Special 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.
  • 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 Enemy Mine against the Symbiote Slayers.
  • Hulking Out: 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.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: As Anti-Venom and Toxin, Eddie has devoted himself to taking out Venom and Carnage.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: Eddie's aversion to satiating the Venom symbiote's appetite varies Depending on the Writer, but aside from The Hunger - where, in spite of his disgust, the symbiote forced him to follow through on his Brain Food 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 novels featuring him, particularly The Venom Factor, he's a lot less picky about munching on those he deems guilty.
  • I'm Cold... So Cold...: His not so last words in The Hunger, after the symbiote abandons him to hunt on its own.
  • It's All About Me: Eddie's attitude pre-Heel-Face Turn, 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.
  • Jagged Mouth: As Anti-Venom, Eddie was often drawn with black fangs similar to Carnage's.
  • King of the Homeless: During his time in San Francisco he lived in an underground city with the indigent.
  • Knight Templar: As Venom he was obsessed with killing Spider-Man. As Anti-Venom and as Toxin, he was obsessed with killing Venom and the rest of the symbiotes as well.
  • Large Ham: Very prone to chewing the scenery, especially as Anti-Venom.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Venom spent most of the 1990's fighting and teaming up with other vigilantes.
  • Make Way For The New Villains: Venom's threat level was diminished by the appearance of Carnage and villains with powers revolving around the symbiote's weaknesses.
  • Man Bites Man: Both as Venom and Toxin, Eddie didn't hesitate to put his teeth to use.
  • Memento Macguffin: An old photo he carried around convinced Eddie, burnt out over the whole superhero/villain thing, to try and reconnect with his ex-wife. This ended tragically.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: 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.
  • Morality Chain/Living Emotional Crutch: 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.
  • My Girl Is Not A Junkie: As Anti-Venom, calling Jenna Cole a junkie was a really bad idea. We're looking at you, Frank Castle.
  • Never My Fault: Eddie blamed Spider-Man for the series of unfortunate events that ruined his professional and personal life. To be fair, he genuinely didn't know that Emil Greg was a compulsive confessor and was forced into putting him by the police and his boss. Spider-Man catching the real Sin Eater the following day was just a bad coincidence.
  • No Sell: As Anti-Venom he not only laughed off the traditional weaknesses of symbiotes - fire and sonics - the only things effective against him were an anti-antivenom Norman Osborn created specifically to kill him and Mr. Negative's Darkforce magic. Small wonder he only appeared a handful of times before being depowered.
  • Offing the Offspring: Carnage, Toxin, and the Life Foundation symbiotes were all on Eddie's hit list.
  • Off Model: Purposely done by artist John Romita, Jr., who depicted Venom as being perpetually warped and distorted.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: 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 when he looses control of it, Toxin will Mercy Kill him.
  • Papa Wolf: Killed a clown when he thought it was threatening a child. As Anti-Venom he was violently protective of Jenna Cole.
  • Perma Stubble: Eddie usually has five o'clock shadow.
  • Pet the Dog: 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.
  • Poisonous Person: As Venom, Eddie develops a poisonous bite that almost kills Sandman, and he retains this ability as Toxin, using it to off Megatak.
  • Rage Against the Reflection: After being separated from the symbiote, Edddie continues to see Venom's face whenever he looks in the mirror, and begins to undergo Sanity Slippage until he meets Martin Li.
  • Rage Breaking Point: When Jenna Cole was abducted by the Quintas Cartel and relapsed into drug use, Eddie - who had resolved to redeem himself and reign in his fraying sanity for her sake - massacred a building full of armed thugs in a fit of rage, tearing several of them apart.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: As Toxin, Eddie is mostly red but has black lower arms and lower body with red Tainted Veins. A reporter even mistakes him for Carnage due to this.
  • Redemption Quest: As Anti-Venom, Eddie swore he would destroy Venom once and for all. He continued this after being depowered, expanding his crusade to include all symbiotes, killing Scream and Hybrid, but was turned into Toxin by the Crime Master. He maintains that the relationship between him and Toxin is a temporary truce to kill Venom, but Flash accuses him of enjoying being bonded to a symbiote.
  • Reformed But Not Tamed: 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.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: 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 Face-Heel Turn, but stops himself and storms off after webbing Spider-Man up.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: 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 Living Emotional Crutch Jenna Cole is back on drugs again... the result isn't pretty.
  • Royal "We": Refers to himself as "we" due to the presence of the symbiote. Gargan averts this, as does Flash mostly.
  • Sanity Slippage: 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 Love Interest while screaming incoherently and shapeshifting uncontrollably.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: 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 Self-Surgery.
  • Serial-Killer Killer: Eddie's most frequent targets were street-level criminals, thugs, and killers - people deserving of being turned into symbiote chow.
  • Smarter Than You Look: 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.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Eddie thinks nothing of killing those he deems guilty, although he has been persuaded to call truces with Spider-Man and Agent Venom.
  • Stranger Behind the Mask: 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.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Marvel's official handbook has variously ranked Eddie, both as Venom and Anti-Venom, as being able to lift either 11 tons, putting him just over Peter's 10 tons; or 25 tons, making him a little more than twice as strong as Spidey but weaker than Carnage. However, there have been occasions where he duked it out with the Juggernautnote  - whose strength is technically limitless - and Mac Gargan - who was able to lift 15 tons even without the Venom symbiote, which boosted his strength to 60 tons - and came out on top.note 
    • Possibly the best/worst instance of this occurred in All-Access #1, which had him almost effortlessly smack around Spidey and Superman... at the same time.
  • Spikes of Villainy: As Anti-Venom, Eddie had spikes protruding from his shoulders.
  • Start of Darkness: Chronicled in Uncanny Origins #7, Seed of Darkness, and Dark Origin.
  • Straw Hypocrite: 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.
  • Super Window Jump: Invoked in The Enemy Within.
    Morbius: I still don't understand — why not the front door, Venom?
    Venom: Something about dramatic entrances, Morbie — we'll explain later.
  • Symbiotic Possession: 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.
  • Take Me Instead: Horrifically inverted when Eddie and his future wife Ann are attacked by a gang in the prequel series Dark Origin.
    Eddie: P-please... just leave me alone. Take the girl... I won't say anything...
  • Tears of Fear: During the Spider-Island series, Eddie is reduced to sobbing in terror when the Venom symbiote takes advantage of him overusing his healing powers to ditch Flash Thompson and rebond with him.
    Eddie: Not again! No! Please, God!
    Venom: Home, sweet symbiosis!
  • Ten Little Murder Victims: The premise of Separation Anxiety: A depowered Eddie and a reporter are held captive in an Abandoned Warehouse by the Life Foundation symbiotes, and someone starts killing them off one by one...
  • That Man Is Dead: He seems to do this whenever he develops a new identity.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: His to-do list in Spider-Man Vol. 2, #10.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: 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.
  • The Unsmile: In Dark Origin, Eddie is shown with an unnaturally wide, creepy grin.
    Eddie: It was easy.
  • Villain Team-Up: He briefly allies with Carnage to kill the original Toxin in Venom/Carnage, and was a member of one incarnation of the Sinister Six, but only temporarily since the other bad guys (especially the Sandman) didn't like him very much. The only reason he was allowed to join in the first place is because Daniel Berkhart (the second Mysterio) weakly vouched for him.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Due primarily to Maternal Death? Blame the Child.
    Eddie: Shut up, Mary!
    Mary: You shut up! We used to have a mom, before you came along!
    Carl: Mary. I've told you, you're mother died from complications during childbirth. It wasn't Eddie's fault. We can't blame him for everything.
    Mary: Oh, what are you pouting about now?!
    Eddie: I can tell... he's lying.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Phlebotinum?: 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.
  • The Worf Effect: 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 Jenna Cole, inwardly admitting she's all that's keeping him from reverting back to his Lethal Protector persona and going utterly berserk when he learns she has been forced back into drug use.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: After they rescue Jenna Cole from the Quintas, Punisher takes aim at Eddie with a sniper rifle. Eddie looks right at him through the scope, smiles, and says "Can't do it, can you? I'm a good guy like you." Castle puts the rifle away and tells his assistant he's bleeding out and ran out of bullets.
  • Your Head A Splode: When the Punisher realizes Anti-Venom is Eddie Brock, he promptly shoots him point-blank in the head with a shotgun. When Castle is about to shoot through 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.

    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 Scarlet Spider 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.

    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 Fantastic Four 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 proceeded to kill the soldiers and scientists one-by-one until only Patricia Robertson, a communications specialist, was left. The copy was pursued by a second nanorobotic alien known only as the Suit, who tried to stop it. The symbiote-copy escaped to a town called Voici, pursued by the Suit and Patricia, and attempted to take over Wolverine, who it viewed as an ideal host due to his Healing Factor. 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 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 Fantastic Four 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 fulfill the clone's programming, but nothing came of it before Eddie and the symbiote went their separate ways and it hasn't been mentioned since. 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.

  • Aborted Arc: The whole "If the Venom Clone fuses with the original Venom the symbiote will become an Omnicidal Maniac" plot point, which was crucial to the miniseries, was discarded... although it could help account for the symbiote's increased bloodlust.
  • Bald Women: Patricia's head was completely shaved to give her the implants necessary to control the clone.
  • Body Horror: 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.
  • Body Surf: The symbiote clone jumped from host to host before settling on Patricia. It next reappeared bonded to Andi as Mania.
  • Cloning Blues: Not strictly a true clone - more a case of Asteroids Monster - 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.
  • Creepy Cockroach: 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.
  • Horror Hunger: The symbiote clone drained its hosts dry and parasitized everyone it came across.
  • Hulking Out: Regardless of its host - barring animals - the symbiote was massive and bulky.
  • Jerk Ass: The clone was a dick who would do things like offer people head starts, then immediately trip them when they started running.
  • Life Drinker: In its initial appearance it did this to its hosts.
  • Ms. Fanservice: One of the issues of Shiver opens with Patricia having a shower and wearing nothing but a small Modesty Towel afterwards.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: The symbiote clone was programmed by Bob to want to Kill All Humans.
  • Possession Burnout: The symbiote clone quickly drained its hosts dry until it bonded to Patricia.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: The symbiote clone takes complete control of its hosts.
  • Purple Is Powerful/Purple Is The New Black: She-Venom is drawn as being purple-black in comparison to Venom's blue-black.
  • Put on a Bus: The symbiote clone disappeared for nine years and nothing came of the "if it merges with the original symbiote humanity will die" plot point.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Spider-Man mistook Patricia for Eddie due to their Venom forms being nigh-identical.
  • Ten Little Murder Victims: 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.
  • Tongue Trauma: The clone was grown from the tongue the original had cut off by the Human Torch while trying to kiss the Thing to death.
  • Voice Changeling: The clone did this to send out a fake distress signal.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: 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 the rundown of all the pre-Mac Gargan Venoms given in Mighty Avengers #8.
  • Wolverine Claws: When the symbiote clone was bonded to Wolverine, natch.

    Venom II 

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

The "second" Venom: 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 quickly mastering the symbiote's powers, Fortunato's fight with Spider-Man turned into a Curb-Stomp Battle 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.

  • Abusive Parents: It wasn't just his peers who bullied him.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: One of his reasons for wanting to become Venom was his belief in this.
  • And Show It to You: How he killed the Spidey impersonator.
  • Auction of Evil: Where he and his father acquired the symbiote.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: When Eddie took him aside and tried to warn him about the dangers of the symbiote, Angelo blew him off and gave him this little gem as his reason for desiring its power:
    Angelo: Besides, have you seen how many websites this thing has out there? You seen how many chicks are writing fan fiction about him? Becoming Venom puts me in the Magneto or Doctor Doom class after eighteen years of getting the crap kicked out of me.
  • Dirty Coward: When Spider-Man got serious in their fight, Angelo fled.
  • Disney Villain Death: The symbiote ditches him in mid-jump and he falls to his death.
  • Ironic Name: His name means "fortunate angel".
  • The Maggia: Is the son of Maggia don Vincente Fortunato.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: "I killed him for you, dad. You hear me? Angelo Fortunado just killed Spider-Man!"
  • No Sell: Surprisingly, a fiery explosion didn't even faze him.
  • Overly-Long Tongue: Averted, making him the first host since Peter Parker to not have one in his monstrous form.
  • Possession Implies Mastery: Learns to use the symbiote's powers in record time.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    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.
  • Royal "We": Averted, like Gargan and Flash.
  • Super Loser: As Spider-Man said of Mac Gargan, a loser with a symbiote is a still a loser.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Had all of Venom's power, but was nowhere near as competent a fighter as Eddie had been.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Appeared and died in the space of two issues.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: 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.
  • You Have Failed Me/You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The symbiote scornfully ditches him for not having "enough venom".

    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 directly approaches Gargan, already an established Super Villain called the 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 Norman Osborn's Sinister Twelve. He was imprisoned and became a member of the government-sponsored vigilantes the Thunderbolts, taking part in the Civil War and helping hold off the 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 Dark Avengers, where he gleefully impersonated Spider-Man. In this guise, Mac frequently went AWOL to 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 - almost like a drug addict. He became increasingly erratic and unstable, driven by the symbiote's bloodlust to commit cannibalism, even to the point of attacking his teammates and disobeying orders to chow down on street thugs.

  • An Arm and a Leg: 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.
  • Ass Kicks You: When Doctor Everything 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.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: During the early issues of Dark Reign, Gargan's Venom form was T. rex-sized.
  • Ax-Crazy: Not surprising, since the character was written by most writers in a way to top every extreme Venom was associated with.
  • Bald of Evil: He was almost always this, but it became more noticeable after he became Venom due to him being shown bareheaded a lot more.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: 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.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: 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!
  • Big Eater: Was fond of biting off people's limbs, and during the Secret Invasion Skrulls became one of the symbiote's favorite hors d'oeuvre.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: After Osborn is overthrown, Spider-Man complains that half of New York thinks he eats squirrels due to Mac viewing them as fuzzy popcorn.
  • Can't Live Without You: The procedure that gave Mac his powers destabilized his DNA, and without his Scorpion Powered Armor or the symbiote his health rapidly deteriorates.
  • Comically Missing the Point: 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".
  • Costume Copycat: 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.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Mac's habit of biting off the limbs of criminals leads to Hippo, General Wolfram, Eleven, Dementoid, and Doctor Everything being outfitted with cybernetic limbs by the Redeemer and setting out to kill him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: While impersonating Spider-Man Mac took up a wry form of Black Comedy.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: While he was initially afraid of the symbiote's growing influence over him, he thoroughly relished being Venom.
  • Evil Counterpart: As Venom, Mac was the symbiote's puppet. As the Sinister Spider-Man, he was all power, no responsibility.
  • Evil Is Petty: 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 Carmilla Black for having the audacity to use his old nom de guerre.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: When he first bonded to the symbiote, Mac was terrified of its bloodlust and the amount of control it had over him.
  • Eye Scream: Had a poodle thrown at him by Bullseye on Daken's behest.
    Mac: AHHHHH! Dog in the eye!
  • Fight Off the Kryptonite: Mac was blasted by Eleven's 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.
  • Fully-Embraced Fiend: 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.
  • Functional Addict: Despite initially fearing the symbiote, Gargan eventually gleefully embraces its bloodlust while impersonating Spider-Man.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: 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!
  • Healing Factor: The Swordsman almost cut Mac completely in half with his Makluan Sword, but he recovered.
  • Hulking Out: His first appearances as Venom in the Thunderbolts had a Spawn-like vibe, with Gargan's eyes being visible within the symbiote's white eye-patches. Later on, Mac's Venom form resembled a much more monstrous version of Eddie Brock's, and was massive to the point of making the Hulk look vertically challenged. Also played straight with his ability to shift between his "Spider-Man" and "Venom" forms during the Dark Avengers arc.
  • Human Pincushion: Bullseye turns him into one using a poodle and corn dogs.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: During his tenure with Thunderbolts and Dark Avengers, 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, Norman Osborn threatened to personally dispose of him when pictures of Gargan going AWOL and chowing down on various criminals almost went public.
  • Impersonation Gambit: Does this to the original Spider-Man as a member of the Dark Avengers, and has it done to him by Peter in return.
  • Insanity Immunity: 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.
  • Jumped at the Call: When the symbiote offered its services, Mac gleefully accepted.
  • Medium Awareness: Writes the summaries for and answers the Fourth Wall Mail Slot of his own Dark Reign tie-in.
  • Mêlée à Trois: 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 assassinate him, and the Rolling Sevens & Park Avenue gangs - who he had started a gang war between For the Evulz. Mac promptly Curb Stomp Battles everyone until J. Jonah Jameson breaks the fight up, accidentally making Gargan look like a hero in the process.
  • Never Found the Body: 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.
  • No Sell: Getting tossed into an explosion during the "Dark Avengers vs. Utopia" arc just made him angry.
  • Not Me This Time: During an altercation with the Jury, Mac exclaims, "Listen... I'm not... the same Venom... you guys had a beef with!"
  • Only in It for the Money ...and the strippers, and the take-out villain limbs...
  • Powered Armor: 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.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes were drawn as being red in some comics.
  • Reliable Traitor: 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 You Have Outlived Your Usefulness on him.
  • Royal "We": Sometimes averted, sometimes played straight, depending on the writer.
    Anti-Venom: You said "me", Gargan.
    Mac: I-I-I meant usss!
  • Sanity Slippage: Mac became increasingly feral under the symbiote's influence, to the point where even his teammates were afraid he'd try to eat them.
  • Scary Teeth: His fangs were yellow and just plain rotten looking in Beyond!.
  • Slasher Smile: As Spider-Man, Mac had a habit of manifesting a serrated grin without fully shifting into his Venom form, using it to frighten people.
  • Sociopathic Hero: 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.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Mac is given one by the symbiote, or maybe one of the new psychic prisoners, in Thunderbolts. Either way, it worked since he became a lot less reluctant about feeding it afterwards.
    Symbiote/Bluestreak III: Stop complaining. Always complaining. It's too cold. Stuff hurts. I didn't mean to eat that guy's arm. Whining little maggot. You don't deserve me. You never did. Did I actually hear you say you didn't want to be the scary guy? You used to be the Scorpion. You used to be a hard man. Why did you turn into a schoolgirl as soon as you tasted some fresh meat? 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.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Other than other humans, he has a taste for squirrels and Skrulls.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: As a member of the Thunderbolts and the Dark Avengers.
  • Wild Card: 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.

    "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 Jerk Jock bully of a friend. Flash enlists in the army during the 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 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 Super Soldier. However, should Flash become angry while wearing the symbiote or surpass his 48 hour time limit, it will 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 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 Red Hulk after him. Flash teamed up with Rulk, X-23 and the newest Ghost Rider against Blackheart while they were in Las Vegas and saved the world from Hell on Earth. With those actions in mind, Captain America placed Flash, under the belief that he hadn't bonded with the symbiote, within the Secret Avengers, the black-ops wing of The Avengers, and had Hank McCoy perfect the drug keeping the symbiote docile. Flash was called in to stop Carnage from conquering the town of Doverton, Colorado, and defeated Cletus Kasady 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 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 Secret Avengers, Flash began dating his teammate Valkyrie and struck up a friendship with Eric O'Grady, the then-current Ant-Man. After the team's reshuffling, Flash left the Secret Avengers roster, moved to Philadelphia, and became a member of Red Hulk's Thunderbolts. During an encounter with 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, 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 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 Mania. Flash confronted Daimon Hellstrom, who revealed Memphisto's hell mark and the demon had been excised, and Flash returned to save Mania from 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 supposedly lobotomized symbiote itself.

Flash returned to New York after hearing rumors of the Crime Master resurfacing, and while he engaged with the Crime Master's minions, the Superior Spider-Man arrived on the scene and assisted in exposing the Crime Master as an impostor. Flash thanked him for the help, but Spider-Man remarked that he didn't show up to take down the Crime Master, but rather Venom, blasting Flash with a wrist-mounted flamethrower. Flash 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" new attitude - but SpOck quickly became enamoured with the power it gives him and 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 Tony Stark, who told him of the Guardians of the Galaxy and that he felt that there needed to be an Avenger with the team after having spent some time with them himself. Flash was completely dumbfounded by the descriptions Tony gave him of these heroes, especially Groot and Rocket Raccoon, but decided to accept the offer. Though the Guardians were quick to be dismissive of Flash after seeing his handicapped form, they reconsidered their opinions once they saw him as Agent Venom. Before leaving, Tony gave Peter "Star Lord" Quill a device in case the symbiote got out of control and there was no way to stop it normally. Flash quickly adapted to life in space, although he was loathe to give up his trademark Multigun in exchange for alien weaponry, but was abducted by Skrulls who tried to take the symbiote from him. Although he reclaimed the symbiote and escaped, he chose not to reunite with the rest of the team.

  • Adaptive Armor: After bonding to Flash the symbiote took on the appearance of body armor, and later altered its appearance slightly to become more organic-looking. Since joining the Guardians of the Galaxy it's fully lost the body armor motif but retains a biomechanical exoskeletal appearance.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: 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.
  • The Alcoholic: Currently recovering after a relapse after stress with the passing of his father and other issues caused him to fall off the wagon before while in Las Vegas.
  • Arch-Enemy: 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 Love Interest, and even possesses a similar gimmick to Norman - with a few nasty tricks of his own.
  • Artificial Limbs: Flash initially uses the symbiote to form prosthetics, but is later equipped with a set of cybernetic legs. He's somehow misplaced them after leaving Earth, though.
  • Ascended Fanboy: As a teenager, Flash was a Spidey-fanboy. Flash forward to post-Dark Reign, and Flash is made the government-issue Spider-Man.
  • Badass Teacher: Is the assistant gym coach at a Philadelphia high school and frequently finds himself butting heads with Darius Fowler, the local Jerk Jock and a Generation Xerox to his high school self.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: When under control the symbiote's eyes take the appearance of white-rimmed black lenses, though they usually revert to their customary appearance when it goes berserk.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: When duking it out with Carnage, Flash transforms his arm into a sword-like blade and decapitates Cletus, and retains the ability to form bladed appendages afterwards. Notably, this is a power the Venom symbiote was stated not to possess when bonded to Eddie and Mac.
  • Blown Across the Room: Flash accidentally uses the symbiote to throw a dodgeball so hard it sends Darius Fowler halfway across the gym.
  • Call Back: The demon took Flash's body out for joyrides while he's asleep, just like the symbiote used to do to Peter.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: After Flash's alcoholic father berates him for being a cripple and dependent on the government, Flash internally berates his father for continually ruining his life even on his deathbed and walks... err... rolls out on him when he tries to apologize.
  • Can't Live with Them, Can't Live without Them: A 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.
  • Cool Gun: He initially had one, simply called the Multi-Gun which disappeared for no reason after issue six of his own series. Drax convinces him to sell it to an alien arms dealer in Guardians of the Galaxy #14, despite Flash protesting that it's a one-of-a-kind weapon and that he's grown fond of it.
  • Dark Messiah: 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.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Given his hero worship of Spider-Man it isn't that much of a surprise.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Takes a leaf out of Spider-Man's book and dishes out witty quips while beating up bad guys.
  • Demonic Possession: Gets a powerful demon put in him by 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 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.
  • Enemy Mine: 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.
  • Failure Hero: 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.
  • Face-Heel Turn: 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.
  • Friendly Enemy: 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."
  • Good Counterpart: To Eddie Brock, who he shares many similarities with, yet Flash manages to be completely moral... most of the time.
  • Get Out:
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Flash's night vision causes the black parts of his eye-patches to glow green, although he's only seen using it in during his battle with Kraven.
  • Guns Akimbo: 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.
  • Handicapped Badass: Proves it during a battle without the symbiote suit against a equally depowered and legless Cletus Kasady during the Carnage U.S.A. series.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Flash's first encounter with Spider-Man as Agent Venom happened when the symbiote was rampaging. Both of them were looking to save Betty Brant, who had been kidnapped by the Crime Master, but Spider-Man misinterpreted Flash's garbled attempts at explaining this, which weren't helped by the symbiote trying to kill him. Flash managed to berate the symbiote into leading Spider-Man to where Betty was being kept, and the two of them later argued over whether Venom had been behind the kidnapping or trying to help.
  • Healing Factor: 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.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: "Peter" outfits him with a set of robotic legs, and uses the operation as an excuse to remove the Venom symbiote from him.
  • Honor Before Reason: Has had bouts of this since the end of the Savage Six arc and his joining the Avengers.
  • Horned Humanoid: When the demon sealed inside him by Daimon Hellstrom asserts control, Flash usually grows a pair of long horns.
  • Hot Scoop: After Venom moves to Philly, he integrates himself with Katy Kiernan, who he initially assumes is using him to go in for the big scoop, but quickly finds her invaluable in setting up contacts and spies in the criminal underworld.
  • Hulking Out: 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.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: While Flash has tried to rein in the symbiote's appetite for human flesh, he hasn't completely suppressed it and in The Thunderbolts he has been shown happily munching on an armed thug's intestines.
  • I Hate Past Me: 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 Generation Xerox of his old self, which infuriates him to no end.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Flash refuses to be called a superhero, especially one remotely close to being at the level of his idol Spider-Man. He's just Venom.
  • Kid Sidekick: Gets one in the form of Mania when the Venom symbiote's clone bonds to his teenaged neighbour Andrea Benton.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Flash is not adverse to terrifying criminals by threatening to eat them.
  • Jagged Mouth: Since joining the Guardians of the Galaxy his appearance has changed yet again, with him manifesting a permanent mouth lined with solid black teeth.
  • Just Eat Him: When Deadpool tried impersonating Spider-Man during Flash's fight with the Thunderbolts, Venom simply chews him up before spitting him out in pieces.
  • Man Bites Man: Bites off Toxin's arm during their first rematch, and occasionally munches on thugs to satiate the symbiote's hunger.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: 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.
  • Military Superhero: He's a former colonel in the US military and was working for them until a short time after the Spider-Island arc. Following that, he served under Captain America 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.
  • Mind Rape: An ability Flash's "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.
  • One-Winged Angel: He has two: if he loses control of the symbiote it will revert to its monstrous form - often identical to Eddie Brock's while sometimes maintaining the body armour appearance and white-rimmed black eyes; and Demon Venom, which turns the spider symbol into a pentagram and usually adds a pair of long, backwards curved horns, a pentagram chest symbol, and the ability to control demons to "Classic Venom" mode.
  • Promotion to Parent: In his long list of aspirations, Flash notes that the one thing he never wanted to be was a father due to 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.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: The symbiote tries to usurp control of Flash whenever he gets sufficiently angry or the drugs suppressing it wear off. Its Horror Hunger even managed to freak out a demon Daimon Hellstrom put into Flash, though the two of them seem to have become 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.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: When he joins the Thunderbolts, Flash shifts the white parts of the symbiote to red, much to Deadpool's derision.
    Agent Venom: ... I might as well fall into compliance.
    Deadpool: Brown-noser.
    Agent Venom: Uniforms serve a purpose, you little $%&#%#. They let the dumber ones in the squad know which people not to shoot.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: 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.
  • Sleep Walking: 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.
  • Speak In Unison: Mania does this to annoy him while he's threatening Crossbones and Master Mayham.
  • 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.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: One of the trademarks of Flash's Venom is that he is usually armed with some form of gun or at least starts out like that. He even stores spare pistols using the symbiote.
    Spider-Man: The Punisher is dressed like me.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: 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.
  • Tainted Veins: There are visible veins in Flash's "mask" in Carnage U.S.A.
  • Terror Hero: Like Eddie, Flash is a Type 1 + 3 more-than willing to bust out the teeth, talons, and Brain Food threats to scare thugs into submission.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: 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 Anti-Venom powers intact.
  • Theme Mobile: Once had the symbiote merge with a junked car to create the Venom-Mobile, which came complete with an "Agent Venom" Vanity License Plate.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Flash and Peter rib each other over their past relationship as a Jerk Jock and Nerd, though they're Headbutting Heroes as Venom and Spider-Man.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: 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 early on, Flash had some fun with this aspect of the symbiote by coming up with a few alternate superhero identities, such as a chain-wielding ghostly nun.
  • Weapon of Choice: 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.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: All Flash wanted growing up was his abusive alcoholic father's approval.
  • Working with the Ex: His physical therapist ended up being his ex-wife Sha Shan Nguyen.

    Mania 

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.

  • 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.
  • Anime Hair: As Mania, Andi gains a spiky hairdo resembling Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Badass Boast: Mania threatened to stomp a mud-hole through 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!
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Can transform her arms into scythe or sword-like blades.
  • Call Back: Andi is bonded to the clone of the Venom symbiote created way back in 2003's Shiver mini-story.
  • Dark Action Girl: A female Kid Anti-Hero who kicks ass and takes names.
  • Demonic Possession: Bears Memphisto's hell mark and possibly Daimon Hellstrom's demon.
  • Kid Sidekick: Reluctantly plays this role to Agent Venom.
  • Little Miss Badass: Is only a high-school student, but threatens to "stomp a mud-hole" through Memphisto.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: 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.
  • Mind Manipulation: Can take control of demons using the hell mark.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: When pissed off she manifests a mouth full of fangs. When she's rampaging against the fake Jack O'Lantern, her whole face becomes a massive Lamprey Mouth out of sheer hatred and bloodlust.
  • Nineties Anti-Hero: Leaving aside her 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.
  • Oh Crap: When she realizes Lord Ogre wasn't bluffing about the dead man's switch-rigged bio-bomb.
  • Possession Implies Mastery: 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.
  • Rebellious Spirit: She has numerous facial piercings, dyes her hair purple, and routinely cuts class.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When a fake Jack O'Lantern kills her father, Andi tried to tear him apart and smother him with the symbiote 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.
  • Rubber Woman: Can stretch her limbs.
  • The Slacker: Was this before Jack O'Lantern paid her and her father a visit.
  • Speak In Unison: Does this with Venom to annoy him while they're threatening Crossbones and Master Mayhem.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Has been on the receiving end of several from Flash regarding her less-than heroic behaviour. She responds with You're Not My Father, but in the end they share a heartfelt hug.
  • You're Not My Father: When Flash starts getting overly protective of her and disrupting her Roaring Rampage of Revenge, 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.
  • You Killed My Father: The reason she wanted Lord Ogre dead.

    Superior Venom 

AKA: 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 something was very wrong with "Peter" and attempted to return to Flash. Otto, enamoured with the symbiote's power, 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.

  • Angel Face, Demon Face: When Otto was in control of the symbiote his eye lenses and webbing motif were smooth. However, he could assume a monstrous form with a fanged maw, jagged eyes, a distorted webbing motif.
  • Badass: Superior Venom was powerful enough to take on the majority of the Avengers and nearly won. He tanked a direct blow from Mjolnir while staggering Thor with a punch of his own, and badly damaged Iron Man's Model 42 armor with a single blow.
  • Bad Liar: 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.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Like Flash, Superior Venom has white-rimmed black lenses for eyes. Unlike Flash, Otto plays this trope straight.
  • Combat Tentacles: The symbiote turns Otto's robotic spider legs into biomechanical tentacles resembling the ones he had as Doctor Octopus.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Otto easily defeated Bruin, Devil-Spider, Steeplejack, Tumbler, Ringer, and Blaze - a troop of the Hobgoblin's minions. When the Avengers stopped him from killing Blaze, Otto proceeded to take them all on at once and hand them their asses.
  • Fighting from the Inside: In a striking inversion, the symbiote was the one fighting against Otto's control. When it succeeded in taking him over, Otto unsuccessfully tried to fight it off and gave up until Ghost Peter intervened.
  • Hijacking Cthulhu: Otto dominated the symbiote with his will, preventing it from returning to Flash. The symbiote later 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!
  • Hulking Out: Superior Venom bulks up massively when the symbiote takes over.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: The reason Otto decided to keep the symbiote instead of killing it or putting it back into containment.
  • Mythology Gag: The symbiote turned Otto's robotic spider legs into biomechanical tentacles similar to the ones he had as Doctor Octopus.
  • Oh Crap: When Otto realizes the symbiote has been undermining his will and that he can't control it anymore, let alone force it to leave him, he starts to panic and gives up. Fortunately for him, Peter's psyche intervenes.
  • Sssssnake Talk: As Otto's control over the symbiote wavered his speech became increasingly sibilant.
  • Tainted Veins: Superior Venom possesses a white webbing motif on his head and shoulders, as a Mythology Gag to Venom in Spider-Man 3. When he goes berserk, it becomes distorted and even more vein-like.
  • Voice of the Legion: 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: 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

    Venom 2099 

AKA: Kron Stone
Debut: The Punisher 2099 #1; Spider-Man 2099 #35 (as Venom 2099)

Kron Stone, the son of Alchemax CEO Tyler Stone and unknowingly the older half-brother of Miguel O'Hara, aka Spider-Man 2099. As a child, Stone was a bully and thug who took delight in tormenting his half-sibling, and as an adult he became a Serial Killer and murdered the family of Jake Gallows. In retaliation to Kron walking with only a minor fine, Gallows took up the mantle of 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 Love Interest 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 2099 equivalent of the Scorpion by a time flux caused by Jake Gallows and his own father.

  • '80s Hair: Kron had an... interesting haircut.
  • Abusive Parents: 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.
  • Ashes to Crashes: Upon being given what were assumed to be Kron's ashes, Tyler flushed them down the toilet.
  • Ax-Crazy: The symbiote bonding to him actually seemed to make Kron slightly less of a homicidal maniac.
  • Badass Abnormal: When last seen, the symbiote had bonded to Roman the Sub-Mariner, an already extremely powerful New Atlantean, and one who happens to hate all surface life. Oh crap.
  • Barbaric Bully/Bully Brutality: And he only got worse with each passing year.
  • Big Brother Bully: Though he and Miguel didn't know they shared DNA.
  • Blob Monster: Can become amorphous at will, and travel through plumbing.
  • Bloody Murder: He has Hollywood Acid for body fluids.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Miguel O'Hara's Abel.
  • Chest Insignia: Notably, it's not attached to the rest of the suit, instead dangling from white strands.
  • Deflector Shields: When confronted by the new Punisher, he employed a personal force field that rendered all firearms and fast-moving projectiles useless. The Punisher knifed him.
  • Depower: Kron was separated from the symbiote, which would go on to run off with Roman.
  • Evil Evolves: The symbiote mutated over the course of a century, giving Kron enhanced abilities.
  • Extreme Melee Revenge: 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.
  • Faking the Dead: Kron melted a vagrant down to a skeleton, and left his I.D. on the body.
  • Freudian Excuse: 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.
  • Guns Akimbo: With machine guns, no less.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: The caretaker robot thought he was a dog.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: The premise of the variant covers of his arc.
  • Human All Along: 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.
  • Insane Troll Logic: 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.
  • Kick the Dog: 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.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Being a humanoid blob of acidic gunk, most attacks were either harmlessly absorbed, or passed right through him.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: 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.
  • Obviously Evil: While almost all of the Venoms look menacing, this one is further augmented by glowing red eyes, and a face that looks like a skull.
  • Patricide: The first thing on Kron's to-do list after resurfacing as Venom was killing his father, Tyler.
  • Purple Is The New Black: Is dark blue rather than black.
  • Raised by Robots: His parents left him in the care of one that thought he was a dog.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has glowing red eyes.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: The Punisher's first villain became one of Spider-Man's deadliest foes.
  • Sadist/The Sociopath: A textbook example, as he was murderous even as a child.
    Miguel: You're... a monster. Human or not... alien or not... you're a monster.
  • Sadistic Choice: Tried to make Miguel choose between Dana and Xina.
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: As Miguel discovered when the wounded symbiote retracted.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: If you're rich and/or well-connected in the 2099 Verse, you can get away with anything, regardless of how heinous.
  • Serial Killer: Predates Mac Gargan in this respect.
  • Smug Snake: First due to his essentially limitless wealth, and then due to acquiring superpowers.
  • Spikes of Villainy: His tongue had spines on it.
  • Teens Are Monsters: While still in school, Kron (among other things) attempted to drown Miguel, and tried to rape a girl at knifepoint.
  • Token Motivational Nemesis: Kron was this for The Punisher 2099, who in turn caused his transformation into Venom. Ironically, the two never encountered each other again after becoming supers.
  • We Will Meet Again: 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.
  • White Mask of Doom: Unlike most incarnations of Venom, the Venom 2099's face is white.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: As Kron he is a serial killer with white hair.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He was about to massacre an amusement park when the Punisher caught up with him.

    Venom (Earth X

AKA: Mayday Parker
Debut: Earth X #1

In a world where Everyone Is a Super due to the release of a mutagen called the 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 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 Celestials. Venom and Spider-Girl initially fought, but after learning they were 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 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.

  • Alternate Self: To the various other May Parkers in the multiverse. She even meets one of them and they become Lovely Angels for a time.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Was mind-controlled by the Skull, who took her as his lover.
  • The Bus Came Back: Despite having not appeared since Paradise X in 2003, she returns in 2013's Uncanny Avenger's #14.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: When she sees her father's ideal reality is one where she never existed, May really lays into him.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: May is naked under the symbiote, and uses its shapeshifting ability in lieu of clothing.
  • Heroic BSOD: After seeing the Lotus-Eater Machine 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.
  • Heroic Host: May is host to the Venom symbiote, but it is subservient to her.
  • 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.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Peter correctly predicts that his May and the alternate May will fight, then reconcile and become friends.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: 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.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Her color scheme is more reminiscent of Carnage than Venom.
  • No Sell: The symbiote made her immune to Spiders Man's illusions.
  • Redheaded Hero: Like all Mays she has red hair.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: 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.
  • Sole Survivor: Seems to be this of the Earth X universe, although Kang has stated that he could restore it in exchange for her help.
  • Spider-Sense: Doubles as an Enemy Detecting Radar, similar to Matt Murdock's echolocation.
  • Super Cop: She is an NYPD officer with superpowers.
  • Symbiotic Possession: The symbiote initially wanted to take over May, but it was subjugated by her instead.
  • Tainted Veins: 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.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: In Earth-9997 the symbiotes are metaphysical lifeforms created by the Celestials, and their appearance and abilities are sustained by belief. Since Peter believed the machine the symbiote was contained in was a costume dispenser, the symbiote became a living costume with powers that mimicked those of Spider-Man's equipment. It's implied that it could become even more powerful if it became aware of this facet of its existence.

    Ultimate Venom 

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

Eddie Brock Jr.'s father was a colleague of Peter Parker's, and they were Childhood Friends 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 inflicted its wearer with an uncontrollable bloodlust, driving them to satiate its hunger or be devoured themselves. Their parents' financer, Bolivar Trask, had seen the unfinished suit as a potential bioweapon and stolen it, and 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 who reminded him of the man who killed his Uncle 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 Stacy. Venom retreated, but was captured by the Beetle and taken to Latveria.

A sample of the Venom Suit was acquired at some point by Roxxon, and used by Dr. Conrad Marcus to become the 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 the real Spider-Man II - who stripped Marcus of the Venom Suit by using his Venom Blasts from the inside - and shot dead by police, but not before he managed to fatally injure Rio Morales.

  • Alternate Self: To the mainstream Eddie Brock.
  • Big Eater: He has to constantly eat other living beings to prevent the Venom Suit from consuming him.
  • Body Horror: 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.
  • Chest Insignia: 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.
  • Childhood Friend: To Ultimate Peter Parker, also fulfilling the Evil Former Friend and Rival Turned Evil tropes.
  • Covert Pervert: 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.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: 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.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: 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, 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.
  • Heroic Build: When Eddie had the symbiote under control, he resembled a taller, more muscular version of Spider-Man with no chest insignia.
  • Horror Hunger: Taken above and beyond any other incarnation of Venom.
  • Hulking Out: When Peter succumbed to the Suit's bloodlust he seriously bulked up.
  • I Ate What?: Eddie instinctively ate a janitor and two cops after bonding to the Venom Suit, and was initially horrified.
  • Legacy Character: The Venom Suit, or at least part of it, somehow winds up at Roxxon, where Dr. Conrad Marcus uses it to become the second Venom to hunt down the second Spider-Man.
  • Living Weapon: Bolivar Trask intended to use the Venom Suit as one.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: As Venom, Eddie constantly sprouts and retracts Combat Tentacles and Spikes of Villainy.
  • Mythology Gag: 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.
  • Not Good With Rejection: When Gwen spurns his advances, a furious Eddie sneers that she's no different from any of the other girls he's met. His roommate later remarks to Peter that Eddie was not a nice person.
  • Off Model: 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.
  • One-Winged Angel: When Peter succumbs to the suit's bloodlust he transforms into the bulky, claws-and-fangs classic Venom with white chest and back insignia. When Eddie initially bonded to the symbiote, he resembled a 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.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: The Black Suit really wants to be bonded to Spider-Man due to sensing its genetic link to him.
  • Psycho Prototype: The Venom Suit is the second stage of a protoplasmic cure for cancer-turned-bioweapon.
  • Psycho Serum: 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.
  • Upgrade vs. Prototype Fight: 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.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The Ultimate symbiote is vulnerable to electricity rather than fire or sonics.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Not counting a robotic duplicate created by Ultron, Eddie hasn't been seen since War of the Symbiotes.

    Dusk 

AKA: Norman "Normie" Harold Osborn
Debut: What If? Vol. 2, #105

The son of Liz Allan and Harry Osborn, Normie Osborn held Peter Parker responsible for the deaths of his father and 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 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 The Avengers, who assigned him to Kaine's squad for reformed supervillains after he stopped a rampaging War Machine. 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.

    Mayhem 

AKA: April Parker
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Girl #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: 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, intent on proving herself to be the genuine daughter of the Parker family, attacked Spider-Girl. The resulting fight sparked a fire, and May sacrificed herself to launch Mayhem out of the exploding building. Horrified and repentant, April attempted to redeem herself by living May's life for her, but Mary Jane immediately realized what had happened and furiously expelled her from the Parker household. Realizing that she had been the clone all along, Mayhem embarked on a massacre of the remaining superheroes out of a belief that it would make the world a better place. In response, the government created clones of Carnage to stop her, but the Carnage Biopreds went on a rampage instead. Determined to make things right, Mayhem stole Doctor Doom's time machine and traveled back to the past, sacrificing herself to save May.

    Poison 

AKA: Peter Benjamin Parker
Debut: What If?: Spider-Man The Other #1

In The Other, Spider-Man died saving his wife from Morlun, but was resurrected with enhanced powers by his Inner Spider. In What If? The Other, Peter vehemently rejects the Spider's offer and 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 Darker and Edgier makeover and taking over Peter's body, crushing what little remained of his psyche in the process. The resulting being heads to Tony Stark's apartment, where Mary Jane and Aunt May are living, and introduces himself as Poison, offering to share his "love" with Mary Jane by bonding her to a symbiote. When she vehemently turns him down. Poison threatens to transform her by force and Wolverine and Luke Cage intervene, but Poison easily defeats them. To stop Poison from killing them, Mary Jane offers her body to him, but not her soul, promising to make their eternity together miserable. Poison then leaves and exhumes Gwen Stacy's body, resurrecting it with a red-and-black symbiote.

  • Ambiguously Evil: Poison is the Venom symbiote plus 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.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: 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 to show rather than to tell. But to show 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. So take the word of Uatu, the Watcher, that it was a long and terrible battle, and ultimately... one that Peter Parker lost".
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Poison has the same wrist-mounted stingers Peter did following The Other, but has conscious control of them. They're even capable of penetrating Luke Cage's nigh-invlunerable skin.
  • Came Back Wrong: 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 The Stinger.
  • Combat Tentacles: Like most incarnations of Venom, Poison can form tendrils to attack opponents,
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Wolverine and Luke Cage tried to stop Poison from talking to Mary Jane. It didn't end well... for them.
  • Do Not Call Me Paul/That Man Is Dead: Dismisses "Venom'' as a weakling who couldn't comprehend the symbiote's true power.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: 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.
  • Grand Theft Me: The symbiote pulls this on Peter's body.
  • Monster from Beyond the Veil: Poison is Peter resurrected and possessed by the Venom symbiote.
  • The Power of Love: The symbiote believes its Grand Theft Me of Peter was an act of "love and glory everlasting. A true blessing... the kind you pray for in church but never get." Lampshaded by the Watcher.
  • The Soulless: Peter's rejection of the Spider leaves him in this state, enabling the symbiote to finish off what's left.
  • Super Window Jump: How Poison gets into Stark's apartment.
  • We Can Rule Together: 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 Only Mostly Dead. Furthermore, when MJ's response to his We Can Rule Together offer is "Over my dead body!", he responds "I can make that happen."

    Venom (Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy) 

AKA: Edward "Eddie" Brock, Jr.
Debut: Spider-Man 3

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.

  • Adaptation Expansion: 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.
  • Asshole Victim: Sure, he was a jerk, but he didn't really deserve to be blown up.
  • Call Back: 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.
  • Comic Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Even after bonding to the symbiote, Eddie isn't called Venom except in the end credits.
  • Composite Character: 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.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart/Dropped a Bridge on Him: Spider-Man separates Eddie from the symbiote 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.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Jameson mentions a photographer named in Eddie in the first film. The novelization confirms it was Brock.
  • Evil Counterpart: This version of Eddie was specifically created to be one to Peter Parker, being a struggling photographer wanting enough cash to propose to his girlfriend.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: In Spider-Man 3: The Black, Eddie states that the symbiote feels cold, lifted directly from the Ultimate comic.
  • Fangs Are Evil: After bonding to the symbiote he has fangs even with his mask retracted.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: 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.
  • Humiliation Conga: 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 Up to Eleven... and then they get blown up.
  • Iconic Outfit: Not 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 The Spectacular Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man.
  • It's All About Me: Eddie's personality is described as being similar to what Peter would have been like had he not lost Uncle Ben.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Sandman thinks he's Spider-Man and attacks him, but quickly realizes his mistake.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's faster and stronger than Spider-Man thanks to the symbiote.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: 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.
  • Pipe Pain: Peter separates Eddie from the symbiote by trapping them in a ring of metal pipes and hitting them.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: 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.
  • Slasher Smile: As the symbiote covers him, Eddie goes from screaming in terror to grinning maniacally before eating the camera.
  • Take That, Audience!: 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.
  • Tainted Veins: 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.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Eddie proclaims "I like being the bad guy! It makes me feel good!" after bonding to the symbiote.
  • This Is Your Brain on Evil: This version of the symbiote enhances negative emotions.
  • Villain Team-Up: Blackmails Sandman into helping him kill Spider-Man by threatening his daughter.
  • Voice of the Legion: Eddie's voice becomes distorted after bonding to the symbiote in the game adaptation.
  • You Don't Look Like You: 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

Carnage

    The Carnage Symbiote 

Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #361

The first spawn of the Venom symbiote, left behind during the alien's jailbreak of Eddie Brock. Needing a host and sensing Cletus' jealousy of Venom's power, the infant symbiote entered the serial killer's body through a cut and bonded to his bloodstream. The Carnage symbiote was utterly subservient to him and fully embraced his nihilistic philosophy to the point where it functioned as an extension of Cletus' will. 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 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.

Eventually, like its progenitor, the Carnage symbiote gave birth to an offspring, which Venom later dubbed Toxin. Despite initially being disgusted at the notion of giving birth, Cletus came to consider the Carnage symbiote to be female, causing his relationship with the creature to take on a new dynamic. When Cletus was torn in half by the Sentry, the Carnage symbiote cocooned him in a state of suspended animation until they were recovered by Hall Industries, which extracted it and used it to create a line of biomechanical prosthetics and suits of powered armor. Kept alive by Shriek, the symbiote seized control of Dr. Tanis Nieves' prosthetic arm and forced her to free it and take it to Kasady, who had been equipped with a set of prosthetic legs. Following this the symbiote discovered that it could separate pieces of itself and remotely control people with them, using this ability to help Cletus take over the town of Doverton, Colorado. Cletus and the symbiote were freed by agents of Baron Karza, a warlord in the Microverse who wanted to build an unstoppable army. Karza used his Body Banks to create clones of the Venom and Carnage symbiotes and merge them together, though this backfired when Carnage seized control of them. When Cletus was lobotomized by Kaine, the symbiote assumed control of his comatose body. It was extracted from Cletus by the Wizard, who wanted to create his own version of Agent Venom but couldn't control the handicapped Cletus, and bonded to Dr. Karl Malus, who became Superior Carnage. The furious symbiote took control of Malus when the Wizard's control slipped during a battle with the Superior Spider-Man, killing Klaw before jumping hosts to the Wizard. The symbiote was temporarily reunited with Cletus before the disembodied Klaw separated them, and the alien was taken into Otto's custody.

Dying without its host, the symbiote escaped containment to search for Kasady, traveling across the United States, though the only part of it to survive the journey had been chemically neutered, making incapable of replicating itself. The symbiote found Cletus dead in a prison, having been stabbed and suffocated by his psychologist, Dr. Jenner, who wanted to become its new host. The symbiote vehemently turned him down and resuscitated Cletus, who reclaimed it and strangled Jenner in retribution.

  • Adaptive Armor: Like the Venom symbiote, the Carnage symbiote protects its host from harm and took on the appearance of body armor while bonded to Karl Malus.
  • Alternate Self: Not to the same degree as the Venom symbiote, but the Carnage symbiote has a number of prominent AU counterparts.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: To Venom. Even Cletus refers to the black symbiote, regardless of its host, as his father.
    Symbiote: Maybe if my host had a little more filial sentiment... a little more human love for his own daddy... some of it would have crossed over to me. As it is, I feel nothing but cold empty contempt. I hate you daddy.
  • Apocalypse How: Duplicates of the symbiote (created by the government to take down Mayhem after she went rogue) called "Biopreds" and "The Carnages" decimate and overtake most of the Earth in a Bad Future shown in Spider-Girl. Cletus had similar ambitions in Carnage USA.
  • Asteroids Monster: Following the shenanigans at Hall Industries, the symbiote found it could separate pieces of itself and remotely control them. The only surviving piece of the symbiote to reunite with Cletus no longer possesses this ability.
  • Ax-Crazy: Just like its favorite host, the symbiote delights in bloodshed and violence.
    Symbiote: (on Black Cat) Look, Cletus, a pretty girl. Smells nice. Nice and soft...
    Cletus: Squeeze all the perfume outta her.
    Symbiote: Great idea, partner.
  • Berserk Button: The symbiote hates being separated from Cletus.
  • Blob Monster: Like its progenitor, the Carnage symbiote is an amorphous mass when not bonded to a host.
  • Bloody Murder: The symbiote is bonded to Cletus' 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.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: It acts this way towards Venom, who just wants to discuss its pregnancy, at the beginning of Venom vs. Carnage.
    Carnage Symbiote: The old fool has lost his mind. This is just his way to exert control. We'll both ignore him.
  • Can't Live Without You: In Superior Carnage Annual, after being 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.
  • Emotion Eater: The Carnage symbiote somehow converts hatred and bloodlust into biomass, making Cletus and Shriek a perfect team.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Carnage symbiote was created to be one to the Venom symbiote.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The symbiote considers Cletus to be its one true host and hates being separated from him.
  • Female Monster Surprise: Played with: While the Carnage symbiote is actually asexual, Cletus has considered it to be female ever since it gave birth to Toxin.
  • From a Single Cell: Because it's bonded to Cletus' bloodstream, there have been times when the symbiote was thought to be killed only for it to reform when he cut himself.
  • Fusion Dance: The remnants of the symbiote in Cletus' blood have apparently assimilated the doppelgänger he obtained in the Negative Zone.
  • Goal-Oriented Evolution: Klaw deduces that the reason the symbiote keeps leaving Cletus for stronger hosts is so that when it returns to him they'll be more powerful than before.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: The symbiote views Cletus as the perfect host due to his sociopathic nihilism enmeshing with its own predatory instincts.
  • Kill It with Fire: One of the symbiote's weaknesses, although according to Karl Malus it doesn't mind flames if it's the one wielding them.
  • Legacy Character: 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.
  • Loud of War: The symbiote's other weakness, although Cletus claims it's developed a resistance to it.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Initially to a greater degree than Venom, as it enables its hosts to freely transform their limbs into weapons. Venom later develops this ability as well after bonding to Flash Thompson.
  • Maternally Challenged: It was just as thrilled to be pregnant with Toxin as Cletus was.
    Venom Symbiote: Don't be ashamed, Carnage. It happens to all of us.
    Carnage Symbiote: I'm not ashamed. I just don't want anything to do with it.
  • Mind Hive: The symbiote could remotely control separated parts of itself, enabling it to seize control of Tanis' prosthetic, the Iron Rangers' armors, and Baron Karza's fused Venom/Carnage clones.
  • Mind Rape: The symbiote forces Cletus' memories onto hosts in order to break them.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: The symbiote has two offspring, Toxin and Scorn.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When the symbiote left Cletus and bonded to the Silver Surfer, it was apparently unaware that the separation would doom Cletus to a slow and painful death from stomach cancer. When it learned Cletus was dying, it instantly called off whatever plans for mass destruction it had and returned to him, not caring that he was still imprisoned or it could just stay with the far more powerful Silver Surfer.
  • Oh Crap: When the symbiote sees the Silver Surfer it abandons Cletus in terror, having recalled an incident when Radd callously fed a symbiote-infested planet to Galactus.
  • Organic Technology: Hall Industries used the symbiote to create biomechanical prosthetics and Powered Armor.
  • Overly-Long Tongue: Although nowhere near as frequently as Venom, the Carnage symbiote as occasionally been drawn manifesting a long, thick tongue.
  • The Power of Hate: Theorized to be one of the reasons why the Carnage symbiote is more powerful than the Venom symbiote.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: 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 and Norin Radd, 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. The symbiote was also capable of infecting others with pieces of itself 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 Scarlet Spider and the Silver Surfer, it acted almost exactly like Cletus while possessing Reilly and Radd (who, granted, put up a fight), and Nieves. While the symbiote was bonded to the comatose Cletus, it acted like a beast instead of mimicking his mannerisms, but following its reunion with Cletus it becomes able to talk, and in Superior Carnage Annual #1 turns down Dr. Jenner's request to become its new host.
  • Psycho Supporter: The symbiote fully endorses Cletus' nihilistic vision of a world filled with wanton violence and anarchy.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The symbiote's coloration is red and black, and Cletus' influence on the symbiote has made it even more savage than its progenitor.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When the Wizard rips it out of Cletus' body and forcefully bonds it to Karlin Malus, the not–so–good doctor warns Klaw that the symbiote is severely pissed off, which only gets worse when the wizard blows up his base with Cletus's body inside. After taking control of Malus the symbiote shanked Klaw with a chunk of vibranium, massacred Spider-Man's soldiers, ate Malus after taking over the Wizard, and was just about to eat the Wizard after reuniting with Kasady before Klaw hit it with a lightning bolt.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Carnage ran into the Silver Surfer, the symbiote (aware of the Surfer's connection to Galactus due to its Genetic Memory) freaked out and ran off, leaving Cletus behind.
  • Spike Shooter: The Carnage symbiote can fire projectiles made of its biomass, but they only last for 30 seconds before disintegrating.
  • The Symbiote: The Carnage symbiote is the offspring of the Venom symbiote, which is even more vicious than its progenitor. It is completely subservient to Cletus and operates as an extension of his will and body... until he is lobotomized and their relationship is temporally inverted.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: The John Jameson version of Carnage was very tall and very muscular, which was Ben Reilly's first clue that someone other than Cletus was in the suit.
  • To Serve Man: Not to the degree of the Venom symbiote, but the Carnage symbiote isn't averse to chowing down on human flesh.
  • Upgrade vs. Prototype Fight: The Carnage symbiote is more powerful than the Venom symbiote, but conversely weaker than the Toxin symbiote.
  • The Voiceless: Prior to Superior Carnage #5 the symbiote could only vocalize by screeching, snarling, and roaring.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: The Carnage symbiote lets its hosts morph their limbs into bladed/serrated weapons and fire projectiles formed from the symbiote. This was notably an ability the Venom symbiote did not initially possess, though it later figured the trick out.
  • Suddenly Voiced: The Web of Carnage four-parter was the first time the Carnage symbiote was shown speaking, though it only does so through internal dialogue, and hosts. It's established as having absolutely nothing in the way of goals or personality beyond what it picked up from Cletus, making it little more than an extension of his will.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: While bonded to a scientist named Carla Unger, the symbiote took time off from its reunite-with-Cletus-at-all-costs quest to help her put the "death" in "till death do us part".
    Carla (as Carnage): I want you to know something, Will. Everything that's about to happen... All the nasty things that I'm going to do to you... It's not the monster making me do it. I'm killing you because I want to. I've been married to you a long time. It's about time you started bringing me some joy!
    • While in possession of John Jameson in Web of Carnage, the symbiote murders an abusive alcoholic in a Parking Garage, but leaves his wife alone.
  • Yandere: The symbiote is yandere for Cletus, doing whatever it takes to reunite with him if they are separated.
  • You Can Talk?: In Superior Carnage #5 it's revealed the symbiote has developed the ability to talk without using a host as a medium.

    Carnage 

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 call a temporary truce to defeat him, and in his next major appearance Carnage rounded together numerous other super villains and nearly succeeded in taking over New York before being defeated. 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 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, 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 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 Deadpool, who tracked Cletus down using Medium Awareness, 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 Villainous Breakdown, causing him to believe he's being "controlled" by higher powers, and he willingly allows himself to be taken into custody.

  • A Day in the Limelight: The one-shots Mind Bomb and It's a Wonderful Life, the latter being a Journey to the Center of the Mind story.
  • An Axe to Grind/Blade Below the Shoulder: One of his favourite means of attacking is morphing his limbs into bladed weapons.
  • And I Must Scream: After running afoul of the Silver Surfer, 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.
  • Artificial Limbs: Cletus was briefly equipped with cybernetic legs derived from his symbiote, although they were destroyed by a sonic machine and he seems to have somehow regrown his legs.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Claims to have done this following exiting the Microverse, though he's quickly subdued by Agent Venom and Scarlet Spider.
  • Ax-Crazy: Cletus believes that chaos is the natural order, and expresses this belief through wanton violence.
  • Back from the Dead: Cletus was 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 the reunited Carnage 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 help from Venom or another character stronger than Spider-Man himself, and even managed to take down most of the Avengers in a What If? comic.
  • The Berserker: 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.
  • Big Eater: Between himself and Doppelgänger, Cletus ate a meat processing plant's supply of cattle and the workers stationed there to increase the symbiote's biomass and let him take over Doverton.
  • Blatant Lies: 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!
  • Blood Knight: 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.
  • Bomb Throwing Anarchist: Cletus espouses a nihilistic philosophy of lawlessness, randomized murder, and chaos. The Maximum Carnage storyline did the whole "Agent of Chaos" thing before The Dark Knight.
  • Book Dumb: 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 usual psychological tactics. Carnage is focused on his mission, and that mission is killing as many people as he can.
  • Brought Down to Normal: 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.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He kills people For the Evulz.
  • Cardboard Prison: Breaks out of prison on a semi-regular basis.
  • Character Development: Following his return from space, Carnage started becoming increasingly megalomaniacal, taking over Doverton, Colorado and later 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.
  • Chaotic Evil: [invoked] Cletus is a psychopathic nihilist obsessed with spreading chaos and death.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Cletus Kasady debuted as a bit-part bad guy in The Amazing Spider-Man #344.
  • Chest Burster: The off-panel result of him attempting to hold in the Toxin symbiote.
  • Cloning Blues: 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.
    • "Xraven" was the result of Mr. Sinister splicing DNA samples taken from Carnage, Kraven the Hunter, and the original five X-Men.
  • The Corrupter: 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.
  • Corrupt Hick: Cletus is often given a Southern accent, which Spider-Man and Deadpool relentlessly tease 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 derived from the symbiote.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Carnage enjoys delving into Dead Baby Comedy.
  • Depending on the Artist: 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 Marvel Ultimate Alliance II's DLC. Even more recently, some artists have drawn him as being all-red with red teeth and glowing yellow eyes.
  • Depending on the Writer: Whether Cletus is afraid to die, doesn't care if he does, or is secretly a Death Seeker varies on who is writing him.
  • Disability Immunity: 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.
  • The Dreaded: 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, 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.
  • Eats Babies: David Michelinie described Cletus as a ""
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When Deadpool shreds their stolen car with a combine and badly injures Shriek in the process, Cletus becomes 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!
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Cletus tells off a businessman who has illegally parked in a handicapped spot in the Carnage Cosmic two-parter.
  • Eviler than Thou: He was introduced into the comics pretty much for this express purpose. Venom had become something of a Noble Demon and Anti-Hero by the 90's, and the writers thought this was a waste of one of Spidey's most visually impressive and scariest enemies. David Michelinie had intended to kill Eddie off and have the symbiote jump from host to host, but Marvel vetoed the idea. Thus, Michelinie came up with Carnage as a stronger, scarier, and much more evil version of Venom who is he is damn proud of it too.
    • Why he and the The Joker turned on each other in a 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:
    Deadpool: See, pal, you may be a homicidal maniac. But when it comes to crazy, you're simply outclassed.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Cletus loves his Dead Baby Comedy, which sometimes actually does involve dead babies.
  • Evil Redhead: He has red hair and he's evil. Nuff said.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: Suppressed somewhere deep in Cletus' psyche is a traumatized little boy utterly terrified of the monster he has become.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Treated the invasion in Planet of the Symbiotes as a buffet.
  • Expy: Of the Joker (with 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, The Joker was initially delighted to meet Carnage during a Batman/Spider-Man crossover, but they quickly had a falling out over their different opinions on how to kill people.
  • Faking the Dead: He faked his own death in Maximum Carnage by attaching a piece of the symbiote to a mangled body. He tries this again in Spider-Man and Batman #1, but the heroes see through it.
  • Fan Service Pack: Cletus disturbingly borders on Mr. Fanservice when drawn by Clayton Crain.
  • Flat Character: 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.
  • For the Evulz: And unlike the Joker, he doesn't bother with being artistic: he just likes to flat-out kill.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Once tried to go on a rampage without the symbiote, waving a knife around while wearing nothing but red paint.
  • Fully-Embraced Fiend: Cletus was jealous of Venom's powers right from the start, and once he got his own symbiote they all-but literally became inseparable.
  • Fusion Dance: 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 Amalgam Universe, he was merged with 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 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.
  • Goal-Oriented Evolution: After becoming magnitudes more powerful from visiting the Microverse, Carnage decides to abandon his last vestiges of humanity and become the Ultimate Life Form by assimilating the Venom symbiote, though this is quickly kyboshed by Kaine.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Deadpool's psychotic lack of a fourth wall actually manages to out-crazy Carnage's nihilistic sociopathy and drives Cletus into such a Villainous Breakdown to the point that he questions everything he previous believed in.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: 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.
  • Handicapped Badass: In addition to having been ripped in half, Cletus 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.
  • Healing Factor: Cletus seems to have somehow regrown the lower half of his body, and recovered from his lobotomization after reuniting with the symbiote.
  • Heel-Face Turn: As a result of being Inverted in the upcoming Axis crossover, Cletus and the symbiote will seek to redeem themselves.
  • He's Back: A villainous example:
    • At the end of the Superior Carnage miniseries, Cletus reveals he's recovered from his lobotomy.
    • Cletus is set to recover from his Deadpool-induced Villainous Breakdown during the AXIS event. 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.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Carnage appears as the True Final Boss of the Seperation Anxiety game, despite not being featured at all in the storylines it's based on.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Cletus had a lousy childhood, but a lot of the things that happened he brought on himself.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: Like Venom, Carnage has threatened to eat his victims and isn't shy about using his teeth in combat. It's implied Cletus ate Eric Morrell's daughter Stephanie during his stay in Doverton; some guards joked to Ted Connelly that Kasady's cell mates tend to wind up as symbiote chow; and when reunited with Kasady after being forcibly bonded to Karl Malus, the symbiote tried to eat the Wizard as revenge for separating them.
    Mr. Sinister: 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.
  • I Am Legion: 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.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: 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!
  • Indulgent Fantasy Segue: After Venom ate his symbiote, Cletus was left stewing his cell, fantasizing about getting revenge on him as Carnage.
  • Inter Species Romance: After getting it into his head that it was female, Cletus starts referring to the Carnage symbiote as his "girl" and "the missus", even teasingly accusing it of cheating on him with it took over Tanis Nieves. For its part, the symbiote views Cletus as its one true host and stops at nothing to reunite with him if they are forcibly separated.
  • Ignore the Fanservice/Not Distracted by the Sexy: Like the Joker, he is usually far too busy being evil to pay much attention to his Dark Mistress.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Pun aside, this is the reason Shriek fell for him.
  • Jagged Mouth: Carnage was originally drawn with black teeth, giving this impression due to the majority of his mask being black.
  • Joker Immunity: He's been frozen in an inescapable statue by the Silver Surfer and ripped in half by the Sentry and still survived, 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.
  • Lean and Mean: He's usually lanky as both Cletus and Carnage. Taken to the extreme in Spider-Man Unlimited, where he had a skeletal motif.
  • Lightning Bruiser: 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.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: In Venom/Carnage Cletus displays this dynamic with his symbiote, exacerbated by the fact that he happened to be 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 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*
  • Losing Your Head: During the Minimum Carnage arc, Carnage is decapitated when Venom copies his Blade Below the Shoulder ability, and simply reattaches his head like nothing happened.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Cletus thought Michael Hall's screams as the Doppelgänger ate him made good thinking music.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Cletus' reaction getting ripped in half by the Sentry was as follows:
    Carnage: Now jus' who the hell is this Sentry buck? He's a strong one. Yeehaw! Fast too! Wait, are those my... Heh heh... that shouldn't be funny, should it? Aw... Where you goin'? Don't leave me up here! It was just gettin' good! ... Guess I'm dyin'. Hope it's as fun as it looks.
  • Make My Monster Grow: 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 huge, though it's only temporary.
  • Make Way For The New Villains: Well... more like "Make Way For A New Version Of An Old Villain". When Mac Gargan became a far more bloodthirsty version of Venom than Eddie Brock had been, Carnage was seemingly killed off and only brought back after the Venom symbiote had been given to Flash Thompson.
  • Man Bites Man: During his symbiote-less brawl with Flash Thompson, he took a bite out of the latter's shoulder and remarked it tasted like book learnin', pig.
  • Mind Rape: 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.
  • Mommy Issues: Culminated in him digging up and attempting to abscond with his mother's inexplicably empty casket at the end of Maximum Carnage.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Like "father" like "son". Carnage's teeth were initially drawn as being black and blending in with the rest of his face, but more recently they've been drawn as white, yellow, and even red.
  • The Most Dangerous Video Game: 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.
  • Multiple Choice Past: 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 St. Estes Home for Boys he was bullied due to his antisocial behaviour, and eventually murdered the disciplinarian administration and burned the place to the ground before becoming a full-time serial killer.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Dude calls himself Carnage, and lives up to it.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Going back to his childhood, where his favorite film was one that happened to star John F. Kennedy.
    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.
  • No One Could Survive That: Cletus has been ripped in half, decapitated, stabbed in the head, and trapped in an exploding base, but aside from missing half his body and being in a coma,note  he's still alive. Even when he's shanked and suffocated, the symbiote just resuscitates him.
  • Not Quite Dead: 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 prosthetic legs.
  • One True Love: Cletus and the symbiote see each other as soul mates, taken to Interspecies Romance 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 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. She's like me. Too mean to die.
  • Only Friend: The closest thing he had to friend growing up was a boy named Billy. As Carnage, he decided to invoke Kick the Dog 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.
  • Pop Cultured Badass: Quotes Babe and Fantasy Island (through the symbiote-controlled citizens of Doverton) in Carnage USA.
  • Primal Stance/Running on All Fours: In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 and LEGO Marvel Superheroes, Carnage runs on all fours to emphasize his feral nature.
  • 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.
  • Sanity Slippage: When Cletus was in a coma, Carnage was little more than a feral beast.
  • Self-Duplication: 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.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Cletus' 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 Orphanage of Fear.
  • Serial Killer: Before he got the symbiote he was in prison for 11 consecutive life sentences. It just made him worse.
  • Sinister Minister: Acts like one, complete with stolen priest clothes, for a bit in USA.
  • The Sociopath: Even before being bonded with the Carnage symbiote, Cletus was a diagnosed psychopath and convicted Serial Killer. Bonding to the symbiote made him worse.
  • Status Quo Is God: Every time the symbiote leaves Cletus it ultimately returns to him. In Superior Carnage Annual, Cletus decides that all the character development he's undergone over the years just hasn't worked out and that he wants to get back to basics.
  • Straw Nihilist: He doesn't believe in order and morality, and kills people for fun.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: After Venom devoured his symbiote, Cletus acquired an identical one from the Negative Zone. It was confusing, and is now seemingly non-canon.
  • Take That: Deadpool blasts Carnage with dubstep, noting that Agent Venom can't stand it. All it does is weaken the symbiote and give Cletus a headache.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Demogoblin - a Knight Templar who only allied with him because it would allow him to kill more "sinners" than usual - in Maximum Carnage.
  • Transhuman Treachery: When the offspring of the Venom symbiote bonded to him, Cletus Kasady - being a nihilistic psychopath - used it to become even more of a monster than he already was.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Kasady's "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. 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 and Carnage USA miniseries more-than 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.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Deadpool's taunts and jeers about Cletus being a Cosmic Plaything, coupled with various Contrived Coincidences 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 Freak Out!.
    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.
  • Villain Song/Image Song: Carnage Rules by Green Jelly.
  • Voice of the Legion: Beginning in the 2000's, Carnage speaks using distorted red speech bubbles with white text.
  • Where I Was Born and Razed: Burned down the orphanage that took him in.
  • The Worf Effect: Spider-Man's taken him down solo on occasion, and he was ripped in half by the Sentry.
  • Worthy Opponent: Cletus initially saw Spider-Man as one.
    Carnage: Gee, Webster, I dunno why ragged on ya so much! I think you're kinda fun! I mean, I could really get into reunion battles, grudge bouts! Too bad I gotta cut this short — — by killin' ya now!
  • 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.

    Spider-Carnage 
AKA: Benjamin "Ben" Reilly
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1, #145; The Amazing Spider-Man Vol., 1 #410 (as Spider-Carnage)

"I am reborn in BLOOD and AGONY! I am remade into a bringer of DEATH and DESTRUCTION! CHAOS is my only love - and CARNAGE is my name!"

One of the two clone "brothers" of Peter Parker created by the Jackal, Ben Reilly believed himself to be the original Spider-Man and convinced Peter to retire, taking over the identity for a time. When Ben learns that Carnage has escaped Ravencroft, an investigation reveals that the symbiote had left Cletus Kasady and taken over security chief John Jameson. During their fight, the Carnage symbiote left Jameson and latched onto Ben, bonding with him and transforming him into "Spider-Carnage". Spider-Carnage is stopped from killing Peter Parker by Ben's willpower, but after learning his friend Seward Trainer may have been behind the clone debacle, the symbiote overwhelmed him and set out to take revenge. Ben regains enough control to seek out Cletus Kasady, who the symbiote tries to return to when it realizes that Cletus is dying due to their separation. To stop this from happening, Ben elects to contain the symbiote within his own body, and remain in Ravencroft. The symbiote leaves Ben when John Jameson floods his cell with microwave radiation, but before it can be captured, it escapes through the room's sink, and reunites with Cletus.

  • Badass Boast: After successfully taking Ben over, the symbiote lets out the above statement.
  • Battle in the Centre of the Mind: Ben was continually fighting the symbiote for control of his body, and eventually managed to expel it.
    Cletus: You can't beat it. You can't control it. It's a disease—a cancer growing inside you—spreading its fingers throughout your brain—altering your perceptions—twisting you into what it wants to be!
    Symbiote: And I want you to be a bloody piece of meat that I can play with! I want you to be small! Give in to me!
    Ben: Rub a lamp, pal—this is my head—this is my mind—my will against yours—and I won't be cowed in my own head!
  • Break Out Villain: Despite only appearing in three issues, Spider-Carnage has appeared in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
  • Cloning Blues: Both Peter and Ben believed themselves to be the original Spider-Man, although Ben had convinced Peter to retire as Spider-Man. The discovery of a skeleton wearing the charred remnants of a Spider-Man costume threw them both into a second round of existential crisis because it was found in the same smokestack where Spider-Man had cremated his apparently-dead clone.note  For Ben, this was only made worse when he learned that his best friend Seward Trainer was involved with the bad guys responsible for the whole Clone Saga debacle. Add the Carnage symbiote to the mix, and it's a recipe for disaster.
  • Consulting a Convicted Killer: In a desperate bid to learn how to control the symbiote, presumably to see if he can possibly use it for good, Ben breaks into Ravencroft to see Cletus.
  • Demon Head: An in-universe example occurs when Ben forms one to tell a couple he saved from some muggers to get away.
  • Fire and Brimstone Hell: The mental plane Ben fights the symbiote on is depicted as this.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Ben struggled to overcome the symbiote's control of his body, and ultimately succeeded in expelling it.
  • I Am Legion: After arguing with Peter about Seward Trainer, Ben angrily swings away, and refers to himself with "we" while doing so.
  • I Know You Are In There Somewhere Fight: Peter tries this on Ben. It works, but barely.
    Peter: Ben... don't... don't do this.
    Symbiote: I'm sorry... Ben is not available at the moment... please leave a message at the sound of the tearing flesh and he'll try to get back to you.
  • Indulgent Fantasy Segue: While using his new powers to stop some muggers, Ben envisions ripping them apart, and very nearly does so.
  • Jagged Mouth: Like the original Carnage, Spider-Carnage had black fangs that blended into his mask.
  • Legacy Character: The Carnage symbiote ditched Cletus and took over John Jameson before jumping to Ben Reilly and bonding to him.
  • Paint the Town Red:
    Ben: No... leave him alone. Let him live.
    Symbiote: Be quiet, Spider! Can't you seem I'm trying to work! Now shut up... you lose! I'm in control of this body now! And, as my old friend Cletus taught me... it's time to start painting this town a lovely shade of red.
  • Power Fist: The symbiote forms a hand out of Ben's chest to try and punch its way into Cletus's cell.
  • Power Limiter: The symbiote merging with him dulls Ben's Spider-Sense, but doesn't completely remove it.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: In Spider-Man Vol. 1, #67 the blue areas on the Spider-Carnage's arms and legs were colored black.
  • Rooftop Confrontation: Spider-Carnage fights Peter, John Jameson, and the Ravencroft crew on top of a hospital.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can/Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Ben regains control long enough to tell John Jameson to stick him in a Ravencroft cell, fully intending to spend the rest of his life in it if it means keeping Carnage contained.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: When symbiote successfully took over Ben it caused him to behave exactly as Cletus had, though he tried to fight its influence.
  • Tainted Veins: The blue areas of Ben's Spider-Man costume are covered in red veins.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Ben was only Spider-Carnage for three issues before the symbiote returned to Cletus.

    Carnage Cosmic 
AKA Norin Radd
Debut: Fantastic Four #48; The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #430 (as Carnage Cosmic)

"My mind is aflame with MADNESS! OUTRAGE, WRATH, and CHAOS now smolder within me! I long to give vent to my most wanton desires and my basest emotions! The Silver Surfer is no more! In his place soars... THE CARNAGE COSMIC!"

In an effort to cut costs, the new chief of security weakens the microwave radiation keeping Carnage in his cell. Naturally, Cletus promptly escapes and heads to the Daily Bugle to pick a fight with Spider-Man, injuring Martha Robertson in the process. Spider-Man comes out of retirement to do battle... and the Silver Surfer crashes the party. The symbiote recognizes him as a Herald of Galactus and abandons Cletus in its terror, later ambushing the Surfer and bonding to him. Cletus reveals that he has terminal stomach cancer the symbiote was keeping in check, and is hospitalized. While Spider-Man tries to rally the suprheroes against the threat of a cosmically-empowered Carnage, the Surfer flies out into space to try to suppress the symbiote, but is taken over and returns to Earth. Upon learning that Cletus is dying without it, however, the symbiote ditches Radd and returns to its original host, and the Silver Surfer imprisons Carnage in an inescapable energy prison.

  • Break Out Villain: Not to the extent of Spider-Carnage, but enough that he received a What If? comic where he fights the Avengers before committing suicide, and cameoed in Superior Carnage #5.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The combined power of the Carnage symbiote and the Power Cosmic completely overwhelms Spider-Man and the Avengers in What If?... The Avengers Battled The Carnage Cosmic? It's only Radd regaining control of himself long enough to commit suicide that stops him from killing everyone.
  • Driven to Suicide: In the What If comic that showed what might have happened if the symbiote had decided to stay with the Silver Surfer, Carnage Cosmic almost kills the Avengers. Norin regains control of himself long enough to fly himself and the symbiote into the sun to keep it from hurting anyone else.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Norin flies himself and the symbiote into space to stop it from killing innocents while he tries to fight it off. It succeeds in breaking him and returns to Earth... only to find that Cletus is dying without it.
  • A God I Am: Carnage really enjoyed having access to the Power Cosmic.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Radd by himself is a god-like entity due to the Power Cosmic, and the already Lovecraftian Carnage symbiote taking over him results in a threat the likes of which even the Avengers couldn't stop.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Radd asks Spider-Man to kill him before the symbiote takes him over completely.
  • Jagged Mouth: As with most depictions of Carnage in the 1990's, he has black teeth that blend into his face.
  • Legacy Character: The symbiote ditches Cletus out of terror and jumps Norin in an alleyway, only returning to Cletus when it learns that he'll die without it.
  • Mind Rape: The symbiote forces Cletus' memories onto Radd in an effort to break him.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Almost averted, as aside from his face and teeth, Carnage Cosmic is completely red.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: After returning the symbiote to Cletus, Norin traps him in an inescapable energy field.
  • Sky Surfing: Carnage Cosmic uses the Silver Surfer's Cosmic Surfboard covered in the symbiote's biomass.
  • Spikes of Villainy: The main thing differentiating Radd's Carnage form from other hosts - aside from the giant surfboard - was that he was covered in huge spikes.
  • Taking You with Me: At the end of his What If? comic, the Silver Surfer commits suicide by flying into the sun, and takes the Carnage symbiote with him.
  • That Man Is Dead: Proclaims "The Silver Surfer is no more!" when revealing himself to Spider-Man.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Silver Surfer was only Carnage Cosmic for two issues (and a non-canon What If?) before the symbiote returned to Cletus, but he was acknowledged by Klaw as one of its four major hosts alongside Cletus, Ben Reilly, and Tanis Neives.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In an effort to make him think he's Not So Different from Cletus, the symbiote dredges up memories of all the planets he callously helped Galactus devour, including one that had been conquered by symbiotes.

    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.

  • Adaptive Armor: Under the Wizard's direction the Carnage symbiote takes on the appearance of body armor to mock Agent Venom.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Jessica Drew and Captain America.
  • Badass Bandolier: Rocks one as part of his "superior" look.
  • Badass Longcoat: Manifests one when the Wizard whines about too many superheroes and villains wearing Painted-On Pants and Sensual Spandex. After taking control of Malus, the symbiote remarks that it thought the coat was a stupid addition until it realized it could accessorize it, namely with the tongues of Spider-Man's Mooks.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: As Superior Carnage he has black sclera and glowing red pupil-less irises, though he has Blank White Eyes when the symbiote takes over.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Forms a curved sword-like blade on his left arm when assuming his "superior" look.
  • Boxed Crook: Malus kept finding himself in this situation whenever he was arrested, having his bail paid in exchange for access to his knowledge on superpowers.
  • Brought Down to Normal: 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.
  • Eaten Alive: Karl is eaten off-panel by a Carnage-controlled Wizard.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Was a crippled Mad Scientist before bonding to the Carnage symbiote.
  • Evil Counterpart: 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.
  • Evil Cripple: Is wheelchair-bound thanks to having his spine broken by insane super-strong wrestlers he created for Power Broker Inc.
  • Fighting from the Inside: 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.
  • Finger Firearms: Of a sort: Malus launched a flurry of shurikens formed from the symbiote's fingertips at Superior Spider-Man's Spiderlings, decapitating them.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Malus went from a relatively obscure Spider-Woman villain to the new Carnage. He died very shortly afterwards.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Red ones as Superior Carnage, though he has Blank White Eyes when the symbiote takes over.
  • Legacy Character: 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.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Though his use of them is more sporadic than Kasady's, Malus uses tentacles to turn a flamethrower into an Arm Cannon.
  • Mad Scientist/Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Dr. Malus, inspired by Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four, 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 Psycho Serum formulas.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Though they're not as pronounced as they are when the symbiote takes over.
  • No Sell: Uses tentacles to turn a flamethrower into an Arm Cannon, remarking that the symbiote doesn't mind the heat so much if it's the one dishing it out.
  • Token Good Teammate: While Malus is not a good person by any stretch of the word, he is appalled by Klaw's drone-like obedience to Wizard and at his old friend's decrepit mental state.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The symbiote becomes noticeably red-and-black again, and although it's subdued by the Wizard it's still plenty Ax-Crazy.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The first thing Malus does after becoming Carnage is try to kill the Wizard.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: When the Wizard's mind control slipped up after being defenestrated by Spider-Man, the symbiote partially reverts to its original appearance and rampages.
  • Supervillain Packing Heat: As Agent Venom's Evil Counterpart he is equipped with an arsenal of firearms, though the symbiote is markedly fond of disemboweling its victims instead.
  • Take That: 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.
  • Walking Spoiler: For those reading the Superior Carnage miniseries.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Was only Superior Carnage for a single issue before he was stripped of the symbiote while killing Klaw, and was eaten by the Carnage-controlled Wizard immediately afterwards.

Life Foundation Symbiotes / Mercury Team

    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 (Scream, Agony, Lasher, Phage, and Riot) forcibly spawned from the Venom symbiote.

    Mercury Team 

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

  • Back for the Dead: The team is wiped out by Carnage in Deadpool vs. Carnage #3, with the dog being the Sole Survivor.
  • Expy: Might have been inspired by the Gamma Corps, soldiers turned into Gamma Mutants to combat Gamma Mutants.
  • Military Superhero: They're soldiers equipped with nerfed symbiotes.
  • Wrecked Weapon: The symbiotes were put in a catatonic state by Scott's murder and were incapable of correctly bonding to a host, granting only one superpower each. Agony gives Super Strength, Riot Super Strength, Phage telescopic vision, and Lasher control of the dog it is grafted to.
  • The World's Expert on Getting Killed: An army unit created for the express purpose of dealing with symbiote-related threats. They are all killed in their second storyline by a symbiote-related threat.

    Scream 

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 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.

  • Adaptational Villainy: Tries to attack a daycare in Marvel Avengers Alliance, which also gave her a Make Me Wanna Shout attack.
  • Adaptational Wimp: 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.
  • Alliterative Name: Turned out to be the case when her surname was revealed.
  • All There in the Manual: The name Scream came from an action figure and the tie-in comic to The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, while Diego is from Civil War: Battle Damage Report. Both became 100% canon when she came Back for the Dead.
  • The Atoner: Tried to make up for murdering her teammates by helping those still bonded to symbiotes in the aftermath of Planet of the Symbiotes.
  • Ax-Crazy: Her schizophrenia led her to murder the other Life Foundation symbiotes' hosts.
  • Back for the Dead: After a hiatus of 15 years she was brought back solely to be killed by Eddie Brock.
  • Big Good: Decided to be this for any symbiote-bonded people still around after Planet of the Symbiotes. The only two she found (Zeena and George) were eaten by the Xenophage.
  • Big "OMG!": When the china cabinet in her apartment turned out to be the Xenophage.
  • Breakout Villain: 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).
  • Dark Action Girl: The most competent of the Life Foundation team.
  • Enemy Mine: Teamed up with Venom against the Xenophage, Chimera, and Dirtnap.
  • Evil Redhead: More as Donna than Scream, who is mostly yellow.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Got shorter hair to go with her newfound sanity post-Seperation Anxiety.
  • Hearing Voices: Even before acquiring a symbiote. When her madness is revealed, Lasher outright wonders how she managed to pass the Life Foundation's psychological evaluations.
  • Heel Face Door Slam: Turned kind of good, vanished, and was brought back to be killed by Eddie.
  • Heel-Face Turn: By The Hunger and Tooth & Claw, though she disappeared at the end of those miniseries, so any heroics she went on to perform are left to the imagination.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: 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.
  • Ironic Nickname: Referenced in Marvel Avengers Alliance:
    Spider-Man: You know what's weird? She calls herself Scream even though symbiotes don't like sonic weapons.
  • Karmic Death: Eddie killed her for the same reason she killed her teammates, and in almost the exact same way.
  • Knife Nut: She created a knife specifically designed to exterminate symbiotes. Ironically, it only succeeded in killing the hosts.
  • Meanwhile, Back at the...: 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.
  • Most Common Superpower: Was quite busty, and the symbiote accentuated her figure.
  • Multicolored Hair: Donna's red hair shows through her yellow symbiote, creating this effect.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Yeah, appears to have been designed with this in mind.
  • Power Born of Madness: Donna's psychosis enabled her to create a "Sonic Knife" that she used to kill the other Life Foundation symbiotes.
  • Prehensile Hair: As Scream her hair was a mass of tendrils.
  • Rapunzel Hair: In human (at first) and symbiote form.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female member of the Sinister Syndicate in Universal's The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.
  • Sole Survivor: Of the original Life Foundation hosts, until Eddie killed her.
  • Swallowed Whole: By Dirtnap, but she turned out to be...
  • Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Like Venom she couldn't be properly digested by Dirtnap, so he eventually puked her back up.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Scream had this dynamic with Agony.
  • Vibro Weapon: The Sonic Knife, presumably.

    Agony 

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

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

    Lasher 

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

A mercenary selected by the Life Foundation to be bonded to one of the five symbiotes forcibly spawned from the Venom symbiote, Ramon chose to employ his symbiote's Combat Tentacles as his Weapon of Choice. 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.

  • Angry Guard Dog: The symbiote's second host was a catatonic military German Shepherd.
  • Combat Tentacles: Ramon usually had a half-dozen of these sprouting from his back.
  • Covered in Gunge: Ramon's tentacles could secrete a heavy slime.
  • Dashing Hispanic: Ramon was a villainous example.
  • Heroic Dog: The German Shepherd, especially now that she's become the new Hybrid.
  • Handicapped Badass: The German Shepherd that serves as the symbiote's second host is in a coma, but that doesn't stop her from putting the run on the Doppelgänger.
  • Jagged Mouth: In her first appearance, the Lasher Hound's mouth was lined by green fangs that blend into her snout.
  • The Leader: Marcus was the leader of the Mercury Team.
  • Legacy Character: Was bonded to Ramon Hernandez initially, and later to a military dog.
  • No Mouth: Unlike the others Ramon didn't manifest a mouth when bonded to the symbiote.
  • The Smart Guy: Ramon was the most levelheaded of the quintet, and tried to act as the voice of reason.
  • Sole Survivor: The dog was the sole survivor of Carnage's massacre of Mercury Team.
  • Stock Animal Diet: After taking a chunk out of the Doppelgänger, Lasher settled down to finish off a half–eaten cow and was seen chomping down a huge bone.
  • Super Senses: The symbiote-augmented German Shepherd could scent any target in a five-hundred mile radius.
  • Team Pet: The Lasher hound, even though it's the actual host of the symbiote.
  • Tentacle Rope: If he didn't whip his enemies with his tentacles, Ramon would ensnare them.
  • Third Eye: The Lasher hound has an eye in the middle of her forehead.
  • Too Many Mouths: Marcus issues commands to the Lasher hound through a mouth on his forearm, created by the tendril "leash" that connects him to the dog.
  • Whip It Good: As his name suggests, his main means of attack were whip-like Combat Tentacles.

    Phage 

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

A mercenary selected by the Life Foundation to be bonded to one of the five symbiotes forcibly spawned by the Venom symbiote, Carl chose to employ his symbiote's Shapeshifter Weapon ability as his Weapon of Choice, 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.

  • Avenging the Villain: It was implied that Carl had a crush on Leslie, and when all signs pointed to Eddie being her killer, Carl decided to stop negotiating, and start killing.
    Carl: She's dead. He killed Leslie. Brock is a psychopath and he's got to die... TONIGHT!
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Carl's Weapon of Choice, contrasted with Lasher's primary weapon being tentacles.
  • Conjoined Eyes: The symbiote's eyes were conjoined when bonded to Carl.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Eddie Brock's, to be precise.
  • Friendly Sniper: The symbiote's second host was Rico Axelson, a sniper in the army.
  • In the Back: How Scream killed Carl.
  • Leader Wannabe: Carl thought he was the leader of the Life Foundation Symbiotes, but the real boss was Scream.
  • Legacy Character: Was bonded to Carl Mach initially, and later to Rico Axelson.
  • No Mouth: Rico follows the Heroic Host=No Mouth trend, making his pseudonym (which more or less means "devour") an Ironic Nickname.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: 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.
  • Super Senses: Augmented Rico's vision to the point he could hit a target from a mile away without a sniper rifle or scope.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Possessed Batman-like serrations on his arms, back, and legs, when bonded to Carl.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: "You're making me mad Brock! I'm losing control! You know what happens when a human and a symbiote lose control?"

    Riot 

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

A mercenary selected by the Life Foundation to be bonded to one of the five symbiotes forcibly spawned by the Venom symbiote, Trevor Cole chose to employ his symbiote's Shapeshifter Weapon ability as his Weapon of Choice, 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.

    Hybrid 

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 Deadpool, turning him into a new 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".

Carnage's Spawn

    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.

  • Ambiguous Gender/No Biological Sex: The symbiote has no gender identity.
    Symbiote: What are you writing?
    Patrick: None of your business.
    Symbiote: "I'm a boy"—you think? Maybe it's time I sat you down and talked about the birds and bees, symbiote-style.
  • Angel Face, Demon Face: When the symbiote is calm it has No Mouth, but when angry it manifests More Teeth than the Osmond Family.
  • Arch-Enemy: Razor Fist, despite the hilarious power difference.note  He killed Pat's father, and tortured one of his friends nearly to death.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: When bonded to Eddie Brock the symbiote's eye-patches are black with small white inner eyes.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Led to some friction with Black Cat.
  • Chain Pain: His "web lines" look like chains.
  • Cloning Blues: Blackheart made duplicates of the symbiote and bonded them to copies of X-23 to create an Amazon Brigade.
  • Costume Copycat: When under control the symbiote looked a lot like Spider-Man sans the webbing motif.
  • Combat Tentacles: When enraged Toxin sprouts a mass of tentacles from his back.
  • Consulting a Convicted Killer: 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.
  • Curbstomp Battle: 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.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Patrick really didn't want to become host to what was the most powerful symbiote ever at the time.
  • Disappeared Dad: Patrick abandoned his family to take care of the infant symbiote.
  • Driven to Suicide: Pat tried to kill himself by jumping in front of a subway train, but the symbiote saved him.
  • Expy: Comparable to Hybrid.
  • Good Counterpart: To Carnage, its "father".
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: When bonded to Patrick, the symbiote is orange-red and blue. When bonded to Eddie Brock, the symbiote is Red and Black and Evil All Over.
  • Heroic Build:
    Meadows: S-so this is your infamous symbiote. N-nice six-pack, pal. Not that six packs turn me on or anything.
  • Face-Heel Turn: 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.
  • Fast Tunnelling: Stopped a bank robbery by burrowing into the building.
  • Hulking Out: When it's angry it really bulks up.
  • I Have a Family: 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!
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Pat left his wife and newborn to protect them from Venom and Carnage, and himself.
  • "Just Joking" Justification: Patrick would go with this whenever he came close to eating someone.
  • Killed Off Screen: 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.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Was faster and stronger than Venom and Carnage combined.
  • Legacy Character: After Blackheart beat Patrick to death and took the symbiote, it was stolen again by the Crime Master and forcibly bonded to Eddie Brock.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Can spawn Combat Tentacles and shapeshift his limbs into weapons.
  • Odd Friendship: Patrick's main confidante was Black Cat.
  • One Steve Limit: Patrick's son's name? Edward.
  • Overly-Long Tongue: Like its "grandfather" (and occasionally "father"), but Toxin's tongue is green..
  • Painful Transformation: 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.
  • Phlegmings: Patrick's drool was black.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: 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.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Was supposed to be even more Ax-Crazy than Carnage and has the mentality of a child, but the symbiote struggles to overcome its instincts with varying success.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: 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 Unscrupulous Hero.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: As long as he had something to go off of, like an article of clothing..
  • Split Personality Takeover: 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.
  • Super Reflexes: While still in human form, Patrick blocks all of Black Cat's attempts to knock him out, without even intending to.
  • Symbiotic Possession: Toxin had a unique relationship with Patrick where they alternated control over his body.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: 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.
  • To the Pain: In his first superhero outing, he nearly loses it on a gang of bank robbers who have surrendered.
    Patrick: You are heartless killers. You killed a cop. Who no doubt had a family. Who'll be heartbroken. You deserve to die. In the most painful and heartless way imaginable. Your brains, maybe. Soft and eggy, no doubt. Evolved over thousands of years so you can waste them. I'll suck them out through your eye sockets.
  • The Voiceless: The symbiote never speaks, physically or mentally, in Venom/Carnage. In subsequent appearances, it's quite chatty.
  • You Killed My Father: 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".
  • You Monster!: The symbiote reads Pat's journal, throws a tantrum after being referred to as a monster in it, breaks the laptop, loots a store to get a replacement (thinking Pat wouldn't notice the difference) and gets into a skirmish with Spider-Man.
  • Whole Costume Reference: When under control, Patrick as Toxin looks almost identical to Spider-Man, but without a webbing motif or spider emblems.

    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 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".

Supporting Cast

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

    Beck Underwood 

Debut: Venom: The Madness #1

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

    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 Fantastic Four discovered a swarm of the spiders during a space expedition. The spiders eventually created a humanoid form dubbed "The Suit". Making contact with Nick Fury, 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.

  • Ancient Astronauts/Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: 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 Kill All Humans, allowing them to realize that they were being manipulated.
  • Badass Boast:
    The Suit: I do not require your permission... nor do I, at this distance, require the phone. It is merely a conductor. I am the weapon.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Hence the name.
  • Cool Shades: They're used to hide his lack of eyes, and were Nick Fury's idea.
  • Dramatic Unmask: While the Suit is fighting the Venom clone, his sunglasses are knocked off, revealing his eye sockets are completely empty.
  • Good Counterpart: To Bob, a member of the same race as him which intends to wipe out humanity.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: He operates as torso for a while after being diced by the clone-possessed Wolverine.
  • Immune to Bullets: Though high-caliber rounds can stun him.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He channels electrical blasts through his cellphone. They can knock people out, or reduce them to smoldering skeletons.
  • Made of Indestructium: The spiders, which are more or less described as such by Reed Richards. He was unable to find a way to even dent them, and they emerge unscathed from being at ground zero of a nuclear warhead.
  • The Men in Black: Obviously inspired by them, he comes off as very similar to Agent K.
  • Noodle Incident: 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 nonchalant, "I was delayed".
  • No Sell: The symbiote clone attempted to take over him, but failed due to him neither being human or organic. It tore him apart instead.
  • Pulling Themselves Together: Whenever the Suit is dismembered or blown up, the spiders he contains piece him back together, good as new.
  • Shock and Awe: He's electrokinetic, but is usually only able to use his powers through his cellphone or something similar.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": Because otherwise it would be even more awkward.
  • The Stoic: The smirk he gives in the above image being one of the few exceptions to all-around cool demeanor.
  • The Worm That Walks: He's full of innumerable robotic spiders, which exit and enter his body through his eye sockets.

    Jenna Cole 

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

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

  • Bare Your Midriff: She wears a tank top, a miniskirt or short shorts, and tattered stockings, with her midriff exposed.
  • Dark Secret: Even after Eddie purged her, she kept shooting up.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Jenna was a heroin addict, and despite Anti-Venom's best efforts kept relapsing.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: She's known on the streets as Jenna the Junkie. Anti-Venom nearly eats the first thug who calls her that.
  • Facial Markings: She has a pair of horizontal black bars under her eyes.
  • Freak Out!: When she saw a berserk Anti-Venom she had a panic attack. Granted, she was high on drugs at the time.
  • Hookers and Blow: When Jenna was abducted by the Quintas gang, she's next seen splayed next to drug lord Jorge Valdez alongside other scantily-clad women, "high out of her mind".
  • The Informant: Eddie used her to track down and bust drug dens.
  • The Ingenue: 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.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: 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.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: 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: ARRGH... YAARRGH!!! *rips the nearest thug in half*
  • My Girl Is Not a Slut: Call her a junkie at your own risk.
  • Shameful Strip: Is forced to take her top off by some Quitas hoods, possibly for titillation or to prove she wasn't wearing a wire.
  • You Can See That, Right?: Thinks Eddie's Anti-Venom form is a drug-induced hallucination when she first sees him.
  • Vague Age: Jenna's age is never addressed, just that she's a teenager.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Hasn't been seen since the Anti-Venom/The Punisher crossover New Ways to Live.

    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.

  • Dark Secret: She has ties to J. Jonah Jameson... and The Kingpin.
  • Going for the Big Scoop: Agent Venom worries her involvement with him will cause her to be targeted.
  • Hot Scoop: Is a highly attractive female reporter, and occasionally flirts with Flash.
  • The Informant: Agent Venom used her to get intel on the Department of Occult Armaments and later to track down Lord Ogre.
  • Intrepid Reporter: 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.

Antagonists

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

    Pyre 

AKA: Gray Russell
Debut: Venom: Funeral Pyre #1

A Californian reporter, Gray Russell learns that his dying father was once a scientist employed by 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 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.

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: The machine that gives Pyre his abilities also turns his skin red.
  • Continuity Nod: Eddie, who had since become Anti-Venom, and the Punisher "team up" again in New Ways to Live.
    Punisher: You haven't changed a bit.
  • Distinguishing Mark: A pink birthmark on the neck, which Venom uses to identify him.
  • Immune to Bullets: They melt before they can reach him.
  • Intrepid Reporter: 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.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Pyre's mere presence causes Venom excruciating pain.
  • Not Quite Dead: As Venom and the Punisher leave the scene, coughs emanates from the rubble; Pyre's survival is confirmed in Civil War: Battle Damage Report.
  • Rage Against the Reflection: While fighting Venom, Pyre catches sight of his reflection, and becomes even more enraged.

    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.

    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.

  • Aliens Speaking English: No explanation is given for his surprisingly excellent English.
    Xenophage: I must say that my sojourn on your 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!
  • Brain Food: Goes for the brain first, which is why Venom is blamed for all the deaths.
  • Combat Tentacles: His entire lower half is composed of these.
  • Cool Starship: It's Bigger on the Inside, can shrink down to the size of a football without harming the occupants, travel to other dimensions, and track symbiotes anywhere.
  • The Dreaded: Instinctively feared by symbiotes.
  • Fangs Are Evil/More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Just like his snacks.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Very eloquent.
  • Feed It a Bomb: Venom creates a fake head containing a grenade, and tricks the Xenophage into biting it.
  • Feel No Pain: "My exoskeleton is not equipped with pain receptors... unlike your face!"
  • Food Chain of Evil: A symbiote predator.
  • Hungry Menace: While obviously sentient, he doesn't care about anything but his next meal.
  • Hammerspace: Where he tucked away Scream.
  • Lean and Mean: His bottom half is nothing but tentacles, while his abdomen is skeletal with Creepily Long Arms.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Very agile, despite his size.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Nothing could lay a scratch on his exoskeleton.
  • Monster of the Week: The villain of Venom: The Hunted.
  • Meaningful Name: Roughly translated, it means "alien devourer".
  • No Name Given: His actual name (if he had one) is unrevealed, so he's just called "the Xenophage" or simply "the Phage".
  • The Paralyzer: He can temporarily disable symbiotes with his spit, turning them into dead weight for their hosts. Eddie compares getting doused to being put in a straitjacket.
  • Super Spit: It's an incendiary neurotoxin that paralyzes symbiotes, and enhances their taste.
  • Starfish Aliens: 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.
  • Tentacle Rope: Scream is entangled in them for most of the story.
  • To Serve Man: While he feeds on symbiotes, he is able to sustain himself on humans, and presumably other beings.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Able to flawlessly mimic a cabinet, complete with fine China.
  • Would Hurt a Child: 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...
  • Your Head A Splode: His death.

    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 "amputating" one or more of their limbs.note  Gathered together by the Redeemer, they swore to bring the Sinister Spider-Man to justice... and failed miserably.

  • An Arm and a Leg: With the exception of Doctor Everything, they all had a limb or two eaten by Venom.
  • Affectionate Nickname: In his 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", Hippo as "Lunch", Eleven as "Dessert", Wolfram as "Midnight Snack", Dementoid as "Gassy", and Doctor Everything as "Naked. It's weird."
  • Back from the Dead: Despite being eaten by Venom, Hippo later reappears to fight Spider-Man and Luke Cage.
  • Breakout Villain: Hippo is apparently popular with someone, as he somehow recovered from being devoured by Mac, and went on to become a minor recurring villain for the real Spider-Man.
  • Captain Ersatz: Doctor Everything is a blatant parody of Doctor Manhattan.
  • Catch Phrase: Hippo's is "Pachyderm Power!" ... which doesn't make any sense given that he's not an elephant.
  • Censor Box: Doctor Everything's junk is obscured by a small black censor bar.
  • Eaten Alive: Hippo and Eleven are eaten by Venom during their first showdown.
  • Evil Old Folks: General Wolfram is a World War II veteran.
  • Five-Bad Band:
    • Big Bad: The Redeemer, the team's founder.
    • Co-Dragons: Dementoid and General Wolfram, mostly by virtue of being the only ones besides the Redeemer to make it out of the group's first assault against Venom.
    • Evil Genius: Doctor Everything, the self-proclaimed omniscient.
    • The Brute: Hippo, because he is a big bulky hippopotamus.
    • Dark Chick: Eleven, who is a girl.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Doctor Everything remarks he has no need for clothes to Eleven when she complains about his nudity.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Hippo is an anthropomorphic hippo created by the High Evolutionary, and wears a pair of Hulk-sized green pants.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Eleven's power. Unfortunately for her, Mac is able to Fight Off the Kryptonite.
  • Nemean Skinning: Wolfram wears the skin of a wolf... with glowing red eyes.
  • No Sell: Venom is 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.
  • Reality Warper: 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.
  • Save the Villain: The Redeemer's professed goal is to save "Spider-Man"... by killing him.
  • Skull for a Head: The Redeemer's mask is intended to invoke this.
  • Smurfette Principle: Eleven is the only girl on the team.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: General Wolfram was a Nazi scientist during World War II.
  • Time for Plan B: 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.
  • Unreliable Narrator: 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 Wolverine story set during WW2, and it's entirely possible this one based his persona off of that one.
  • Villain Team-Up: They're a self-help group for supervillains who lost limbs to Mac Gargan.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Eleven is introduced and killed within two issues, and none of the other members - except Hippo - have reappeared.

    Crime Master 

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

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

  • Abduction Is Love: He kidnapped the boy who became Jack O'Lantern and raised him as an assassin.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He wore a pinstriped suit underneath his trench coat.
  • Big Bad: He was the main antagonist of Rick Remender's half of Venom Vol. 2, before being killed by his own sister.
  • Coat, Hat, Mask: His outfit included a fedora, a black mask with white eyes and stripes, and a dark brown trench coat.
  • Cool Mask: A black mask with white eyes, a V-shaped strip over his nose, and two diagonal stripes parallel to the V going over his cheeks.
  • Faking the Dead: For years Bennett was assumed to have been killed by loan-shark Blackie Gaxton.
  • Genre Savvy: He knew Betty was lying when she said she'd join him.
  • Grave Marking Scene: Betty visits his presumably empty grave in 1990's Web of Spider-Man #63
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He went from a successful lawyer with gambling problems to a criminal mastermind.
  • Legacy Character: He succeeded the Lewis family as the Crime Master, and was succeeded himself by an unknown individual who purchased the moniker from Hobgoblin.
  • My Sister Is Off Limits: He was opposed to Flash dating Betty out of a twisted form of brotherly affection.
  • Villainous Incest: His feelings for Betty weren't very brotherly, that's for sure.
  • Villain Team-Up: He created his own ripoff of the Sinister Six - the Savage Six - by recruiting Richard Deacon (the Human Fly), Roland Burroughs (Death Adder), Gregory Nettles (Megatak), and turning Eddie Brock into Toxin.

    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 The Dragon to the Crime Master and has established himself as Agent Venom's arch-enemy.

  • Abduction Is Love: Was abducted by the Crime Master as a child on Halloween and became his loyal accomplice.
  • Arch-Enemy: Agent Venom's self-proclaimed one, and 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.
  • Ax-Crazy: While it's unknown if he's doped up on Goblin formula, he's certainly just as crazy as any of the Goblins.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Even after being arrested he continues to plague Venom by remotely hypnotizing a security guard into taking on his identity.
  • Calling Card: Jack has a habit of removing his victims' brains and leaving a lit candle in their hollowed out heads.
  • The Dragon: Served as this to the Crime Master before his death.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He viewed the Crime Master as his father.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Jack is just as bad as any of the Goblins, if not worse.
  • Facial Horror: 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.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's generally cheerful and even downright friendly towards Flash at times, but that just serves to underline how much of a sadistic psychopath he is.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon/Playing with Fire: 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.
  • Flying Broomstick: Has taken up the Green Goblin's old broomstick glider, even using it to Goomba Stomp Venom in their first fight.
  • Hypno Fool: Jack's robots remotely hypnotize a security guard into taking up his identity and persona. After being subdued by Venom and Mania, the guard lapses into a coma.
  • It's Personal: After the Crime Master is killed, Jack's rivalry with Venom became even more intense.
  • Jagged Mouth: The mouth of his brainwashed replacement's helmet was intended to invoke the classic serrated-mouth jack o'lantern look.
  • Kill and Replace: Did this to the others who had born the moniker "Jack O'Lantern".
  • Legacy Character: Is the fifth and current Jack O'Lantern.
  • Let's Duet: 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.
  • Make Way For The New Villains: 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 Secret War.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Has a number of creepy puppet and doll-like robots who "wuv" to commit atrocities.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is unknown and everyone calls him by his supervillain moniker.
  • Serial Killer: Jack was trained as an assassin by the Crime Master, and turned to this in his spare time.
  • Sinister Scythe: His weapon of choice is a razor-sharp sickle. His brainwashed temporary replacement also used a miniature scythe.
  • The Sociopath: Even as a child he mutilated animals.
  • Things That Go Bump in the Night: Refers to himself as a bogeyman in conduction with his Halloween-themed getup.
  • Weaponized Exhaust: Uses his glider as a makeshift flamethrower when fighting Venom.
  • Wreathed in Flames: His pumpkin-shaped helmet is wreathed in flames, but that doesn't seem to bother him.

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

    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.

  • Ambiguously Brown: He has brown skin but his ethnicity isn't disclosed before he is killed.
  • Badass Boast: When Mania cuts down his personal bodyguards, Ogre sneers at her and calls her a child wearing a mask.
  • Bald of Evil: He's bald and a really nasty piece of work.
  • Bullying a Dragon: 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.
  • Create Your Own Villain: 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.
  • The Don: He's Philadelphia's number one crime lord, involved in everything from prostitution to drug running to human trafficking.
  • Eaten Alive: He's partially-devoured by demons summoned by Master Mayhem.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The guy calls himself "Lord Ogre" and while he's not an actual ogre, he can be just as brutal.
  • Oh Crap: 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.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: He's never seen without them, to the point where they appear to be fused to his face.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: Installed a biological weapon powerful enough to devastate most of Philadelphia into his chest and rigged it to a dead man's switch.
  • Starter Villain: 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.
  • Taking You with Me: 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.
  • Tattooed Crook: He has a number of tattoos on his face.

    Sin-Eater III 

Debut: Axis: Carnage #1

In the wake of Carnage's morality (or lack thereof) being altered by the events of Axis, a new Sin-Eater has emerged, and he's placed the symbiote serial killer in his crosshairs.

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