This is the Character Sheet for the Earth-616 incarnation of Venom and the various characters that have hosted the symbiote or prominently appeared in his stories/series. Carnage's section got so big it had to be moved. For alternate universe incarnations of Venom, see here.
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The Venom Symbiote
The Venom Symbiote
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #252A 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. This would be great and all, but for the minor detail that it isn't big on giving its hosts any kind of choice in the matter. 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 to 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 Spider-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. During one of their falling-outs, the symbiote emitted a psychic scream that summoned a spaceship from the evil space-faring symbiote empire to Earth. To stop the symbiotes from taking over Earth, Eddie and the symbiote seemingly merged, with their agony and despair leading to most of the invading symbiotes committing suicide. Eddie's relationship with the symbiote turned sour as Brock's cancer and conscience 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 crime lord 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 eagerly accepted, becoming the third incarnation of Venom, but the symbiote's bloodlust overwhelmed him to the point where he - at first impulsively and eventually willingly - committed cannibalism to satiate it. The symbiote attempted to abandon Gargan and return to Eddie after sensing 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 bargained 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 injured and angry 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 his will and forced it to remain bonded to him, but the symbiote seized control of him during a brawl with the Avengers, 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. Events led to the symbiote returning to its homeworld, where it was revealed that the "Klyntar" were originally benevolent, seeking out worthy hosts to bond to and make them into noble warriors called Guardians of the Cosmos. Hosts lacking an ideal physical and psychological balance resulted in a number of symbiotes being corrupted, leading to the foundation of the planet-conquering empire seen previously. The Venom symbiote was apparently the first returned to "factory setting" in its lineage, but it's experiences on Earth drove it insane. After returning to its home world it is reset and chooses Flash as its one true host.The symbiote accompanied Flash in his activities as part of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Agents of the Cosmos, developing the ability to assume humanoid form without a host. An altercation with the Gramosian space pirate Mercurio undid the cleanse and, succumbing to rage, the symbiote went on a rampage and tried to corrupt Flash. It was subdued and placed on trial by the Agents of the Cosmos, but managing to reign in its bloodlust with Flash's help. The symbiote returned with him to Earth to find Mania — whose corruption as a result of the Hell Mark was inhibiting its cleanse — and briefly rebonded to Spider-Man, having a long-overdue heart-to-heart and arranging a truce. Subduing Mania, the symbiote cleansed her symbiote of the Hell Mark's corruption.After parting ways with Flash Thompson, the Venom symbiote searched for a worthy replacement host. It comes across Lee Price, an Army Ranger discharged from service following the loss of part of his left hand. To its chagrin, Price turns out to be a sociopath who uses it to start a career as a super villain; which was incredibly short-lived, as Eddie, now a member of the FBI, manipulated Spider-Man into containing the symbiote, rekindling its hatred for him. Eddie then broke the symbiote out of containment, and thus, the original Venom was born again.
- Acquired Poison Immunity: According to Eddie and later Flash, the symbiote has become Stronger with Age and increasingly resilient to flames and sonics, especially the former. Just how resilient it's become depends on the writer.
- Addiction Powered: An unconventional example, as the symbiote is addicted to rage and hatred, which it feeds off of.
- 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.
- All Webbed Up: The symbiote produces organic webbing from its biomass, and Peter has exploited this to weaken it.
- 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.
- Angrish: After being tricked into returning to Eddie at the end of The Hunger, the symbiote yells something that is transcribed with what looks like a Y, a period, and four backwards Ls.
- Arch-Enemy: The symbiote, regardless of its host, is one of Spider-Man's most infamous and dangerous enemies.
- Asteroids Monster: In Venom #150, the symbiote starts leaving still-living pieces of itself behind, similarly to the Carnage symbiote's former ability to create duplicates of itself.
- 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.
- Belated Backstory: Why the symbiote was in that container on Battleworld was revealed in the 1995 Planet of the Symbiotes, released eleven years after Secret Wars. More details about its pre-Earth past have since been revealed in the 2008 Venom: Dark Origin and 2016 Venom: Space Knight series.
- Bio-Armor: The Venom symbiote and others of its species act as living costumes or suits of armor for its hosts. 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 and Call-Back to The Hunger.
- Blank White Eyes: The symbiote has large white eyespots originally in the shape of Spider-Man's lenses, though after bonding to Eddie Brock they became distorted. When bonded to Mac Gargan, his own eyes were visible within the symbiote's, although tinted green, yellow, or red with Hellish Pupils. When under control Venom IV's eyes are black lenses rimmed with white, although after his Guardians of the Galaxy makeover they became small white eyes, and are now glowing yellow with a white outline.
- 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, lie that he was desperate to have it back, 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. After its purification, it gains the ability to take on a humanoid form without a host. Though it can only stay like that for half an hour at a time (but with practice it could stay in humanoid form longer), and it prefers being bonded to Flash anyway.
- Bloodbath Villain Origin: The symbiote's first host used it to commit a Genocide from the Inside, leaving it corrupted and addicted to rage and violence.
- Body Surf: It makes its way back to Eddie by doing this in Separation Anxiety, and also jumps from Groot to Rocket to Drax when stuck with the Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Brown Note: Killed the invading symbiotes in Planet of the Symbiotes and several of the Venom/Carnage fusions in Minimum Carnage 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.Rune's Symbiote: (to Ann Weying) How we gorged on the life-blood of your puny civilization... accepting our birthright as the most perfect predators in the universe... and even your vaunted champions were helpless against our race. Your world was ours by right of conquest... until the traitor calling themself [sic] Venom... betrayed his people... and murdered our entire race... save for us. This host body protected us from Venom's attack. Isn't that lucky? Now Venom will suffer for his betrayal... writhing in agonizing pain, the memory of your painful death still burning in his brain.
- 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 prior to its return to the Klyntar Homeworld it was usually presented as a man-eating parasitic monstrosity. Arguably justified as it's experiences on Earth are explicitly mentoined to have driven it insane.
- Chest Insignia: A large white spider, usually with a matching symbol on its back. Originally thought to have been a result of the symbiote imitating Spider-Woman II's costume, but it was present even with its original host.
- The Chosen One: A dark example. Mephisto selected the symbiote as one of his potential replacements for the Descent and bestowed a Hell Mark on it.
- 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.
- The Comically Serious: In its attempts at coaching/cheerleading Angelo in Marvel Knights.
- Contagious Heroism: Being bonded to a heroic host helped undo some of the symbiote's corruption.
- The Corruptible: The symbiote started out benevolent, but exposure to evil hosts filled it with hatred and bloodlust. Even after it's cleansed, Flash worries that his bad temper will adversely affect it. Bonding to Mercurio for a short amount of time is enough to send it into a downward spiral back into the bloodthirsty monster it once was.
- Costume Evolution: The symbiote has changed its appearance with each host, and sometimes while bonded to the same host.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: During one of its "nighttime patrols" with Peter, it came across the Sandman posing as a dock worker. When Baker tried to smother Spider-Man, the symbiote tore him apart from the inside out.
- 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.
- A Darker Me: The symbiote has this effect on its hosts whenever it's not outright controlling them.
- Dark and Troubled Past: As revealed in Venom: Space Knight, Venom was born with the intent of becoming an Agent of the Cosmos, a noble warrior dedicated to maintaining peace across the universe. However, its first host used it to carry out a genocide against his homeworld, reducing it to a barren wasteland and corrupting the symbiote into a bloodthirsty predator. Despite this, it retained its desire to protect and empower its hosts, eventually leading to the other corrupted symbiotes viewing it as an aberration and imprisoning it.
- Dark Is Not Evil: After being purged of its hatred and corruption, the symbiote is benevolent, but still has a menacing appearance when not bonded to Flash.
- Deadpan Snarker: When allowed to speak for itself, the symbiote often displays biting wit and a venomous tongue.
- 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: After Zarathos was separated from Alejandra and captured by Blackheart, the symbiote seized control of Flash intending to absorb the Spirit of Vengeance and gain demonic powers. Later, Daimon Hellstrom possessed the symbiote with a powerful demon to turn it into one of his Monsters of Evil, but Venom used the Hell Mark to suppress it. While the symbiote and the demon initially 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-assimilated clone, which it puked up and bonded to Andi, turning her into Mania.
- Depending on the Artist: In the early 2000's, the symbiote's spider symbol was drawn to look like a bony protrusion◊, or something similar. It was the same with its clone from the Patricia Robertson/She-Venom II series. Some of the portrayals of it in the mid-2010's give it an "H. R. Giger-y" look similar to the Xenomorphs from the Alien franchise, even when it's completely amorphous.
- The Dreaded: Despite its weaknesses being more-or-less common knowledge, SHIELD considers the Venom symbiote to be a top-level threat to humanity, on par with Doctor Doom, Magneto, and the Red Skull. Symbiotes in general are this throughout the galaxy, as a drunk Kree who'd never been to Earth before recognizes it as a corrupted klyntar and wets himself before being eaten.
- Eating the Enemy: When bonded to Deadpool, Mac Gargan, and Flash Thompson, the symbiote tended to deal with threats by eating them. Even robots and deific beings like Asgardians, Frost Giants, and Old Ones (albeit glamoured as fairies) are on the menu.
- Emotion Eater: In some storylines the symbiote feeds off its host's negative emotions, and amplifies them as well. This becomes a problem when the symbiote is purged of its rage and bloodlust, since there's nothing stopping Flash's own hotheadedness from causing it to relapse.
- Enlightenment Superpowers: By letting go - or rather, being forcibly purged - of its bloodlust, the symbiote becomes exponentially more powerful.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. This is seemingly a universal trait of corrupted (and even some non-corrupted) Klyntar, to the point where the Toxin symbiote sneers that Venom let the puny humans defang it.
- Fantastic Drug: The effect the symbiote has on its host has been compared to a highly addictive drug, one that just happens to be sentient and carnivorous.
- 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 it once cowered at the sight of a lighter, but tanked an explosion while bonded to Mac Gargan, and likewise tanked being blasted by Jack O'Lantern's broomstick glider's Weaponized Exhaust, flamethrowers, and even hellfire when bonded to Flash.
- Fire-Forged Friends: The symbiote and its fourth host, Flash Thompson, have gone through many trials and tribulations together, and over time developed a begrudging respect for each other that became genuinely sincere after it was cleansed. Even after returning to Eddie it inwardly admits it misses him, and a still-corrupted version of the symbiote in Secret Wars: Spider-Island was proud to call Flash its friend.
- 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, feral symbiotes seem to be feared as one of the galaxy's alpha predators, if Zzxz and the symbiotes that attacked S.W.O.R.D is any indication.
- One of the worlds they conquered was eaten by Galactus. Due to their Genetic Memory and Hive Mind, 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.
- The Poisons are a species of crystalline aliens with the ability to "consume" klyntar symbiotes, erasing their individuality. During Venomverse the Poisons exclusively target incarnations of Venom.
- From Camouflage to Criminal: The symbiote was bred to be an Agent of the Cosmos, a noble soldier keeping peace across the Cosmos. Instead, it was corrupted into a bloodthirsty predator and has bonded to several career criminals and warlords.
- 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 a weakened version of the non-corrupted symbiotes' Hive Mind in the form of inheriting 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 of its own, and was even immune to the symbiotes' traditional weaknesses.
- Go Mad from the Revelation:
- Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars #3 half-jokingly reveals that the true origin of the symbiote's corruption wasn't Peter rejecting it or Eddie Brock's hatred after all... but a couple of minutes spent bonded to Deadpool immediately before being found by Spider-Man for the first time. The two following events simply sent it on a downward spiral.
- When it was touched by a minion of Oberoth'M'Gozz in the Thunderbolts Annual, the symbiote became temporarily inert after screaming unintelligibly, with Flash noting that he's never heard it make a noise like the one it'd just emitted.
- 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 is still able to take over Flash when he gets angry. When Flash joined the Avengers, Hank McCoy created a perfected version that chemically lobotomized it, although its effects were still temporary.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: It was initially benevolent, but Deadpool's psychosis, Peter's rejection, and Eddie's hatred sent it down a dark path. Having been forcefully purged of its bloodlust, it was restored to its original benevolent state. Bonding to Mercurio seemingly causes it to succumb to corruption once more, though it admits being good was fun while it lasted. The next issue reveals that it was mostly an act, but it rapidly succumbs to bloodlust and hatred soon afterwards.
- 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: When corrupted, the symbiote is a ravenous blob of teeth and tentacles with a taste for flesh that it tries to influence its hosts into satiating. It only gets worse until the Klyntar hive mind purges its corruption.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.
- Irrational Hatred: The symbiote hates Spider-Man because he didn't want to be its host after finding out it was alive, and because of the corruptive effect Eddie Brock and Mac Gargan have had on it.
- It Has Been an Honor: The symbiote says something to this extent to Flash when it returns to its homeworld. The alternate universe symbiote seen in Secret Wars: Spider-Island says as much when separating from Flash to bond to the Spider-Queen, retorting that Flash wasn't just another host, but its friend.
- Killer Gorilla: After being accidentally separated from Flash by Scorn in Carnage U.S.A., the symbiote makes its way back to him by possessing a gorilla, which it even gives the Chest Insignia.
- 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 in order to protect them.
- Kill It with Fire: Its second biggest weakness is fire, although it appears to have built up something of a resistance.
- 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.
- The symbiote's cleansing erased all of its memories of its prior hosts except for Flash and its original host.
- 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: While the symbiote has consistently been capable of forming Combat Tentacles, some of the more visceral portrayals of it make it resemble something straight out of the Cthulhu Mythos: an amorphous black mass of writhing tendrils, spikes, and slobbering fanged mouths, ravenously devouring everything in its path.
- Magic Enhancement:
- Remnants of the Venom symbiote in Eddie's body were altered and fused with his leukocytes by Martin Li's Lightforce powers to become the Anti-Venom symbiote. The Anti-Venom symbiote could produce Lightforce-infused antibodies capable of curing any malady under the Sun, and was immune to traditional symbiote weaknesses — only being vulnerable to Mister Negative's Darkforce powers and a super-venom made specifically to kill it by Norman Osborn; though it did not possess a mind or will of its own.
- The Grim Hunt and Venom Volume 2 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. However, an FAQ in Spider-Verse officially jossed this, stating that the symbiotes' DNA is incompatible with the Web of Life.note ** During the Circle of Four arc, the symbiote attempted to absorb Zarathos and bargained with Mephisto to receive demonic powers via the Hell Mark, but neither panned out as well as it would have liked.
- Mind Rape:
- When Danny Ketch first used his Penance Stare against Venom, it worked for a few seconds, but then the symbiote's presence somehow disrupted it, causing an explosion that briefly incapacitated Danny. The next time he tried it, Danny made sure to use his Hellfire to force the symbiote to retract first, leaving Eddie defenseless.
- When Johnny Blaze tried to use his Penance Stare (which was repeatedly◊ implied◊ to be weaker than Danny's) on Agent Venom during his challenge to see if the Thunderbolts could beat the unleashed symbiote, Venom was completely unfazed and laughed it off whereas Blaze was left unconscious from the memories of its past hosts and all the monstrous acts it had committed.
- 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. A few appearances show that it can look just◊ as◊ creepy◊ without them.
- My Suit Is Also Super: The reason Peter kept it and brought it to Earth is because of its versatility and the fact it augmented his abilities. One of the Spider-Man novels describes it as feeling light as silk but as durable as armor.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: After being cleansed, the symbiote is capable of hearing the voice of the cosmos and taking on humanoid form without a host for short periods of time.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Aside from intense heat, sonic vibrations, and being eaten by other symbiotes and Xenophages, symbiotes are almost indestructible. Their hosts are less-so, but that's what the Healing Factor is for.
- No Biological Sex: Has no sexual characteristics or gender identity. The default third-person pronoun for the symbiote is "it", though a number of characters refer to the symbiote using male pronouns. In addition, Spider-Man has joked that Venom's obsession and jealously makes it come off as a psychotic ex-girlfriend, much to the entity's annoyance.
- 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.
- When Johnny Blaze tried to take it out with the Penance Stare, the symbiote not only proved immune but is so saturated in evil that it causes him to burn out.
- 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 disguise itself as his original costume in order to rebond with him. Subsequently it alternates between trying to kill past hosts who've spurned it and forcing itself on them if the opportunity presents itself.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Venom Vol. 2 #41 reveals it's not nearly as brain-dead as Flash likes to think it is.
- Offing the Offspring: Instinctually hates Carnage (its spawn), and Toxin (its... grand-spawn). The Venom/Carnage miniseries states this is the norm, and that a symbiote having anything other than an antagonistic relationship with its offspring would be weird.Venom: Love? Between father and child? That's creepy... perverse... unsymbiote.
- Outside-Genre Foe: Of all of Spidey's rouges gallery, who are mostly science and technology-related but still more-or-less Earth based, the Venom symbiote stands out by being an alien lifeform.
- Overly Long Tongue: Beginning with Erik Larsen's run, the symbiote is often portrayed with a prehensile serpentine tongue.
- Panacea: With the exception of a few drugs and poisons tailored to suppress it, symbiotes render their hosts immune to any terrestrial disease (except diabetes◊) and can even keep terminal illnesses like cancer in remission for prolonged periods of time or outright cure them. The Anti-Venom symbiote takes this Up to 11 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 developed a taste 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 Hero: The symbiote was imprisoned by its brethren for not being evil. With some irony, years later it arrived on the symbiote homeworld as a bloodthirsty monster, and was promptly purged of its hatred.
- 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.)
- "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.
- Redemption Failure: The symbiote's cleansing by the Agents of the Cosmos is undone when it bonds to Mercurio, causing it to relapse back into its evil state. While it later comes to its senses, wanting to be good but struggling to suppress its violent urges, bonding to Lee Price and being tricked by Spider-Man causes it to almost completely revert back to its bloodthirsty, villainous self when it returns to Eddie Brock. It still wants to do good, but will now kill anyone that would in any way threaten to undo its bond with Eddie.
- Reformed, but Not Tamed:
- The symbiote actually prefers Flash Thompson as a host, or so it said just before ditching him for Eddie - it did return to him, though - but that doesn't stop it from taking him over and eating people when it gets mad.
- After reuniting with Eddie, the symbiote wants to be heroic, but its re-corruption is interfering with this and conflicting with Eddie's insistence that they not relapse into "Lethal Protector" mode.
- The Reptilians: With its gaping mouth, pointy teeth, and flailing tongue, Venom's face invokes this trope and plays it for all its worth.
- 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.
- Royal "We": The symbiote likes to be acknowledged by its host and often takes offence if they don't use second person pronouns. A sign of it beginning to influence its host is them using the second-person plural in reference to themselves, though some hosts have averted this trend.
- Sanity Slippage: Venom: Space Knight, Venom Vol. 3, and the rebranded Venom Vol. 1 show the symbiote slowly succumbing to rage and bloodlust again after being cleansed by the Klyntar Hive Mind, almost-completely reverting back to the predatory monster it once was despite Flash and Eddie's best attempts to restore and preserve its sanity.
- 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, when bonded to Mac Gargan it formed a scorpion-like tail and when bonded to Flash it developed the ability to form weapons like blade-arms and tentacle-flails.
- Shipper on Deck: During the final group battle against Lee Price, the Symbiote tells Eddie that Black Cat is "very capable". Eddie actually agrees, but reminds the Symbiote she probably won't forget that they beat her half-to-death when they first met.
- Shooting Superman: The symbiote can absorb gunfire and even send it right back, but high-caliber weapons can still penetrate it.
- Skeleton Motif: In more visceral depictions of the symbiote, the spider-emblem's legs are drawn as resembling bones, giving it the semblance of a ribcage.
- Starfish Alien: The exact nature of its species varies Depending on the Writer, but as a symbiotic shapeshifting blob from outer space, it definitely qualifies. This is especially the case in Venom: The Hunger, where the forms the symbiote takes while running around on its own ran the gamut from a "serpentine monster" to "thing with a bunch of faces" to "a spider-like monster◊".
- Stronger with Age: According to Flash, the symbiote is magnitudes more powerful than it was when it first bonded to Spider-Man, and Klaw deduces that the more hosts a symbiote bonds to the stronger it becomes.note
- Super-Powered Evil Side: The symbiote functioned as one for Mac Gargan (initially) and Flash Thompson, taking over them if they got angry and being more than happy to chow down on whoever had the misfortune of pissing them 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: The Venom symbiote is arguably the Trope Namer and certainly the Trope Codifier, being an amorphous alien organism that functions as a living costume for its host.
- 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. It gets that wish in Guardians of the Galaxy #23.
- Took a Level in Badass: In conjunction with Took a Level in Jerkass: the symbiote was once the least evil member of the corrupted faction of its species, and was content with "playing superhero" as a shape shifting costume. Three hosts later, the symbiote is considered a top-tier threat by SHIELD, will seize total control of its host's body unless chemically suppressed, can tank explosions and fire-blasts, and has shown that it is not afraid of abandoning unsatisfactory hosts and surviving prolonged periods on its own.note
- 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.
- The symbiote tried to eat Eddie in Venom: The Hunger, but spat him out because Eddie had slathered himself in things like bug spray and cleaning chemicals in anticipation of this happening.
- To Serve Man: In its corrupted state, symbiote is a ravenous predator not above influencing or forcing its host to commit cannibalism. 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.
- Underestimating Badassery: A lot of people, including Spider-Man, have assumed that the symbiote is borderline harmless on its own. They usually learn the hard way that it is capable of putting up a fight even without a host.
- Unexplained Recovery:
- It seemingly died after coming into contact with Styx, but then reappeared to break Eddie (and, inadvertently, Cletus Kasady) out of prison.
- The symbiote disintegrates after being given a fatal overdose in Venom: Finale, but resurfaces without explanation some time later. After a failed attempt at returning to Peter◊, it finds and forces itself on Eddie.
- Unwanted False Faith: The symbiote lashing out at Kraven for mentioning Spider-Man's name awed him into revering it as a dark predatory deity, the Spider's Black Spirit.
- 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 an utter bastard 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.
- The symbiote itself can be considered the "Upgrade" to Spider-Man; Venom bestows on hosts all of Peter's innate super-powers with some improvements such as increased strength and not being reliant on web-shooters — not to mention its own innate powers like Combat Tentacles and Shapeshifter Weapon. It's also not detectable by Peter's Spidey-sense, giving it a distinct edge against that specific fighter.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: All it initially wanted was to be bonded with Peter and — in the words of Killer Thrill — "[play] superhero". Unfortunately, Deadpool's psychosis, Peter's rejection, and Eddie's hatred brought out the worst in it and it didn't look back until its corruption was purged.
- 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 form tentacles and pseudopods, transform into clothing and turn invisible by blending in with the background. It can also transform its host's limbs into wings to enable gliding, or into bladed or blunt weaponry — though it does not do this as frequently as its progeny.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Extreme noise and intense heat, the former more so than the latter.
- Weak to Fire: Its weakness towards fire was greatly Flanderized in the nineties; in one instance, Spider-Man was able to fend Venom 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 Toxin, both symbiotes proclaim they intend to be the only one alive for an event they refer to as "the Spawning".
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- The symbiote has frequently berated Spider-Man for rejecting it when it only wanted to help him and make him stronger. Villain Has a Point, Parker.
- In Venom Vol. 2 #41, it accuses Flash of rejecting its help when he confronts it, and outright attacks him for keeping it chemically suppressed in Superior Spider-Man #25.
- In Venom #151, when Eddie tells the symbiote they need to trust each other, the symbiote reveals it knows Eddie was the one behind Spider-Man's betrayal in Venom Vol. 3 #6 and chews him out for it.
- Whole Costume Reference: In-universe, the symbiote's appearance was based on the black-and-white Spider-Woman costume worn by Julia Carpenter, which Peter had been admiring.
- 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: Both before its purification and after its re-corruption, the symbiote can't stand the idea of any of its favorite hosts — namely Peter Parker and Eddie Brock — not wanting to be with it, and jumps at almost any opportunity to rebond with them when it isn't trying to kill them for rejecting it, and is more-than willing to kill anyone who even tangentially threatens to undermine its bond.
- 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 No Take Candle: When the symbiote figures out how to speak, its grammar isn't exactly the best although it later learns how to speak articulately. Venom Vol. 3 portrays the symbiote lapsing back into this as its corruption worsens.
- 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, and later to try to bond to Kaine). 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 him.
The Mania/Maniac Symbiote
Debut: Venom Vol 1 1
- Aborted Arc: The whole "If the Venom Clone fuses with the original Venom the symbiote will become an Omnicidal Maniac and take over the planet" plot, which was crucial to the miniseries, was discarded... although it could help account for the symbiote's increased bloodlust.
- Badass Longcoat: When bonded to Lee Pice as Maniac, it was the badass longcoat — taking on the form of a black trench coat with the spider emblem's legs lining the lapels. It could also bulk up to replicate his Venom form, and grow even larger.
- Body Surf: Over the course of the "Shiver" and "Run" arcs of Venom Vol. 1, the symbiote clone jumped from a sled dog to Saunders to Colonel Malone to Jackson to Delacroix to Perry back to the sled dog to a crow to Orrie to Clem to Nan to an old man to a swarm of cockroaches to Wolverine to Patricia — killing all but the last two. It next reappeared bonded to Andi as Mania.
- Cloning Blues: It was grown from a chunk of the original Venom symbiote's tongue, and was programmed to want to reunite with its progenitor.Patricia: Who... are you?Venom Clone: I don't know. I used to know what I was. But now... Now I am... something else.
- Creepy Cockroach: Bob had Vicky and Frankie drop a nuke on the town of Voici, Northwest Territories, in an attempt to deprive the clone of anything it could use as a host. The clone one-upped everyone by bonding to a swarm of cockroaches living in an abandoned cellar.
- Dead Person Impersonation: One of the clone's favourite tactics was impersonating people to lure in prey. It used Colonel Malone's corpse as a puppet to trick the Suit.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: The clone has a perchance for sadistic jokes, and enjoyed taunting and tormenting its prey.
- Explosive Breeder: Bob engineered it to be this once it merged with the original Venom symbiote, intending to use it to exterminate all life on Earth. For unknown reasons, this didn't happen.
- Expy: For the duration of the "Shiver" arc, it was one to The Thing, taking over and impersonating the members of an Arctic military installation while killing them one by one.
- Fusion Dance: It merged with the original Venom symbiote in Venom Vol 1. #18, and in Venom: Space Knight #13.
- Horrifying the Horror: As abhorrently sadistic and evil as the Mania symbiote was, Andrea Benton under the control of the Hell Mark terrified it.
- 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.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Like its progenitor, it possesses an appetite for human flesh, which it quips about when visiting Nan's diner as Clem and fighting Wolverine.
- 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 drained its hosts of their vitality until they died, seemingly out of pure sadism.
- Magic Enhancement: The Venom symbiote passed the Hell Mark onto its clone, giving it the ability to control and summon demons, and conjure hellfire... at the cost of slowly corrupting it into an Ax-Crazy monster. The Hell Mark sensed Andrea's anger issues and transferred from the symbiote to her.
- 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, killing them within a few hours of bonding to them, until it bonded to Patricia.
- Puppeteer Parasite: The symbiote clone took complete control of its hosts unless they were wearing a special cybernetic control collar. It didn't have this effect on Andi at first, but after being corrupted by the Hell Mark it resumed doing so.
- 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.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Presented with the choice of Eric Moody, a prison inmate who killed six people — four of them fellow inmates, and a psychotic elderly man named Poina, the symbiote clone took over Poina, revealed that Moody had killed the four men in revenge for raping him and to cover up that he had some form of venereal disease — implied to be HIV... and then gleefully told him it was going to happen again while pouncing on him.
- Sadist: Frankie and Vic note that the symbiote doesn't kill to feed but because it enjoys doing so, taking its time hunting down and toying with its prey.
- Skeleton Motif: Throughout Venom Vol. 1, the symbiote clone's spider-emblem was drawn with resembling bones.
- Stalker Without A Crush: The clone wanted to be bonded to Patricia Robertson — even though with Wolverine it had a host it could feed off for eternity, and Frankie and Vic were wearing special suits and control collars intended to irresistibly compel it to bond with them — not because it needed her, but because it wanted to make her suffer more than it already had.
- Tongue Trauma: The clone was grown from the original Venom symbiote's tongue, which was cut off by the Human Torch while Venom was trying to kiss the Thing to death.
- Voice Changeling: The clone did this to send out a fake distress signal, luring Patricia into the Ararat base so it could take over her sled dog.
- Wolverine Claws: When the symbiote clone was bonded to Wolverine, it made full use of his Adamantium-coated claws.
CarnageSee his character page here.
Life Foundation Symbiotes / Hybrid / Mercury Team
- Spider-Man: Oh, man! Five enemies with the power of Venom and Carnage? Maybe I should've stayed in New York...
- Abandoned Warehouse: Their hideout in Seperation Anxiety.
- Back from the Dead: The symbiotes were seemingly aged to dust and the hosts killed in an explosion, but they returned through unknown means.
- Fusion Dance: After their hosts were killed by Scream, the Agony, Lasher, Phage, and Riot symbiotes merged into Hybrid.
- Hired Guns: The hosts were mercenaries before being bonded to their symbiotes.
- Jagged Mouth: The exceptions being Lasher, who had No Mouth, and Riot, who had normal teeth instead ones that looked like an extension of his face.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: They're symbiotes, so this is a given.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Four of the five, though two of those had Jagged Mouths.
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 Speed, 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.
AKA: Donna Diego
Debut: Venom: Lethal Protector #4A 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.
"I can hear it! I've always been able to hear mine. Even before I was united with it. The voices! The voices told me they were coming. Told me to be quiet about them. Told me what I had to do!"
- 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 proactive 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.
- Not So Different:Scream: (while killing Riot and Lasher) It had to be. We were corrupted by them! I had to kill Leslie... Carl... before their others took over. They want to spawn... to multiply... I can't let that happen.Eddie: (while killing Hybrid) Scott's been using Hybrid to suppress crime in his neighborhood. Done a fair job. But the demon will turn. Will become another spore. When the time comes it will spawn. I helped spread this alien plague. But I know now. And I know the cure.
- 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...
- 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...
- 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.
AKA: Leslie Gesneria; James Murphy
Debut: Venom: Lethal Protector #4A 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.
- Bare Your Midriff: Leslie tended to wear tube tops.
- The Big Guy: James for the Mercury Team.
- The Cameo: Along with several other obscure characters, the original Agony appeared in a teaser for Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
- Chainsaw Grip BFG: James's rail gun.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Leslie was the Dark Chick. James is The Big Guy.
- Dark Chick: Despite being a mercenary, Leslie was shown to rather emotional, and has a scene◊ where she acts like a Team Mom.
- Distaff Counterpart: James Murphy to Leslie Gesneria.
- Elemental Absorption: Along with being able to regurgitate chemicals, Leslie could also absorb them.
- Handicapped Badass: James is missing his left arm and uses the symbiote as a prosthetic.
- Heel Realization: Leslie, right before her death.
- Hollywood Acid: Leslie's breath was highly corrosive.
- Legacy Character: Was bonded to Leslie Gesneria initially, and later to James Murphy.
- Magnetic Weapons: James' weapon of choice is a huge railgun.
- Most Common Superpower: Leslie was quite busty, and the symbiote accentuated her figure.
- Poisonous Person: Leslie used the symbiote to spit highly corrosive acid.
- Prehensile Hair: Like Scream, Agony's hair was a mass of tendrils when bonded to Leslie; though unlike Scream, she never used it as a weapon.
- Purple Is Powerful: The Agony symbiote is purple.
- Signature Move: The Life Foundation team could do basically the same things as Carnage (form weapons, tentacles, etc.) Leslie was the only member of the quintet with genuinely unique powers, being able to spew acid, and harmlessly absorb chemicals like Spider-Man's webbing.
- Super Spit: Leslie's acid breath.
- Super Strength: James's and Deadpool's main power granted to him by the symbiote.
- Tragic Villain:Leslie: Such a pretty smile... such a pretty face... such a pretty... me. What am I doing here in an abandoned factory in the middle of nowhere? I was going to do something with my life. Help people. What am I allowing this living costume to turn me into?
- Two Girls to a Team: She and Scream were the only female members of their squad.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Leslie literally had blue hair.
AKA: Ramon Hernandez; Marcus Simms and a War Dog
Debut: Venom: Lethal Protector #4A 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.
- Ambiguous Gender: The dog has been referred to as male and female.
- 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. As of Deadpool vs. Carnage, she's fully awake and active◊.
- 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.
AKA: Carl Mach; Rico Axelson
Debut: Venom: Lethal Protector #4A 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 and Deadpool's vision to the point they 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 and Deadpool.
- 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?"
AKA: Trevor Cole; Howard Ogden
Debut: Venom: Lethal Protector #4A 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.
- Ax-Crazy: Trevor was almost as bad as Carnage.
- The Brute: Trevor was the most brutal and savage of the Life Foundation Symbiotes.
- Carry a Big Stick/Drop the Hammer: Trevor's main means of offence was morphing his hands into hammers and mace heads.
- Ceiling Cling: Howard's symbiote-augmented legs allow him to stick to surfaces.
- Depending on the Artist: The first Riot's coloration was inconsistent, alternating between gray, blue, and brown. On the cover of Deadpool vs. Carnage #4◊ the symbiote is black.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Unlike the others, Riot doesn't manifest weapons in the Separation Anxiety game.
- Guns Akimbo: Howard's preferred method of attack.
- Handicapped Badass: Like Flash Thompson, Howard is missing his legs and uses the symbiote as a prosthetic.
- In-Name-Only: The name Riot came from an entirely unrelated toyline-exclusive character.
- Knife Nut: Howard's weapon of choice is a knife.
- Palette Swap: The first Riot was Venom with an alternating color scheme and no Chest Insignia.
- The Quiet One: Howard is explicitly described as such.
- Super Speed: Howard and Deadpool use the symbiote to run faster than a person could blink.
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".
"He was there. Dreads, he calls himself. He was there, that day two months ago, when Eazy X gangsters forced me, my brother Derek, and our friend Dwight Simms off a basketball court... and I'll bet he was there that same night, when Eazy X bang-boys kicked our door in and shot me and Derek down in cold blood... killing my little brother... paralyzing me from the waist down... and getting away with it! Yeah, he was there all right... and now he's here. Well, so am I Dreads... and you're not getting away from Hybrid this time!"
- Adaptational Villainy: Is a bad guy not even hinted at having a human host in Marvel: Avengers Alliance. Although it's later subverted as it turns out he's being controlled by a serum created by the Green Goblin and even warns Anti-Venom about said serum and of Goblin's plans. He's later on made available for recruitment as a Hero.
- all lowercase letters: How the symbiotes spoke.
- Angry Black Man: He wants revenge for the murder of his brother and it's the symbiotes who have to restrain him.
- Anti-Hero: As much as Scott wanted to be a Sociopathic Hero, the symbiotes wouldn't let him, so he settled for being The Cowl.
- Back for the Dead: After a 16-year hiatus was brought back to be killed by Eddie Brock.
- Badass Cape: He has one made of Combat Tentacles.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason the Hybrid symbiote bonded to him.
- Berserk Button: The symbiotes were whipped into a frenzy by the sight of the Jury (which was composed of several former Vault Guardsmen), and decided to disregard their Thou Shalt Not Kill policy and force Scott to murder them.Symbiotes: guardsmen. pain. torture. evil. revenge!
- Big Brother Instinct: He viewed it as his duty to keep his little brother Derek on the straight and narrow.
- Cool Mask: His looks a lot like Wolverine's.
- Expy: As Hybrid he is one of Spawn.
- Fusion Dance: His symbiote is a merger of four of the five Life Foundation symbiotes.
- Guilt by Association Gag: An overzealous ally of the Jury wanted to hold him accountable for everything that occurred during Planet of the Symbiotes.
- Handicapped Badass: Was confined to a wheelchair after being beaten by a thug.
- Hero of Another Story: Scott's tale was told through backup stories featured in The Hunted and Along Came a Spider.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: The symbiotes use this argument to keep Scott from committing murder.
- I Work Alone: Scott was offered the chance to join the New Warriors, but turned it down in favor of being a solo act. He also turned down joining Mercury Team for this reason, but the military appropriated the symbiotes after his death.
- Let Off by the Detective: He helped the newly formed Hybrid symbiote escape and didn't tell his colleagues, which cost him his job.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Like the other symbiotes.
- Only in It for the Money: The reason he agreed to oversee the experiments on Life Foundation symbiotes was because the bonus it offered would help him get his family out of the ghetto.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After experiencing the pain and suffering the Life Foundation symbiotes endured, much of which was at the hands of the experimentation he oversaw, Scott tries to defend them and loses his job.
- Powered Armor: He wore a suit of green armor derived from Iron Man's as a Guardsman at the Vault.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When his brother was murdered and he was crippled, Scott went from being a Nice Guy to an Angry Black Man bent on vengeance. The Hybrid symbiote was quite put off by this, and tried to act as his voice of reason, a stark contrast to the other symbiotes.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: The symbiote enforced this policy on Scott, as when he tried to kill a gang member it left him until he was endangered.Symbiotes: cannot allow murder Scott. we are permanently bonded with you Scott. but we are not Venom. we are not Carnage. we will not kill.
- Tracking Chip: By inserting a part of the symbiote's biomass into someone, Scott could track their location.
- Twofer Token Minority: A black paraplegic.
- You Are Number 6: As a Guardsman his designation actually was Number 6.
Supporting CastThese are characters who, while they may or may not host a symbiote, play prominent supporting roles in Venom's series.
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #375
"What ever relationship between Edward Brock and myself is no longer applicable."
- Abusive Parents: Carl blamed Eddie for his wife's death in childbirth, neglected him growing up, and was just waiting for an excuse to disown him.
- Benevolent Boss: Despite being callous and stoic, there were no indications he was cruel to his employees. The same maid has also been working for him since at least Eddie's early childhood.
- Death Glare: The look Carl gave Peter when he brought up Eddie scared even him.
- Honest Corporate Executive: He's implied to be a high-ranking official, but there's no indications he's corrupt.
- I Have No Son: When Eddie's career was ended in disgrace, Carl used that as an excuse to disown his son.
- Maternal Death? Blame the Child: His beloved wife died giving birth to Eddie, who Carl reviled as a result.
- Retcon: Dark Origin changed him from a wealthy businessman to a middle-class suburbanite.
- The Stoic: He was pretty much emotionless until he met his wife Jamie, who he adored.
- Workaholic: In his first appearance, Carl is shown ignoring his son to focus on office work.
Debut: Venom: The Madness #1A young lawyer, and ally and love interest for Eddie Brock during his time in San Francisco.
"He has a reputation for extreme violence. But he seems so... earnest. Sigh, why is it the bigger their problems the more I want to save them?"
- Damsel in Distress: Beck is kidnapped by the Juggernaut in The Madness, Mace in The Mace, and the Stalkers in Nights of Vengeance. The Mace incident was, admittedly, due to a series of misunderstandings.Beck: Listen to me! This guy doesn't deserve...Venom: To live? I know.Beck: Nooo! &%# it, shut up, and listen!
- Easily Forgiven: Beck's response to nearly being raped and/or killed by the temporarily psychotic and bestial Venom in The Madness is Let's Just Be Friends.
- He Knows Too Much: This is why Scarmore, Inc. hired the Juggernaut to eliminate her in The Madness.
- Hello, Attorney!: Beck is a lawyer, just like Ann was. Maybe Eddie has a thing for them?
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: To ensure Beck's safety, Eddie moves back to New York, and leaves her behind in San Francisco.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Tiny Girl to Eddie's Huge Guy. Especially when he's Venom◊.
- Looks Like She Is Enjoying It: The other tenants' reaction to the sounds of Eddie and the Juggernaut fighting in Beck's apartment in The Madness.
- Love Triangle: One forms between her, Eddie, and a doctor named Elizabeth.
- Morality Chain: She tried to get Venom to consider non-violent solutions. It rarely worked.
- Puppeteer Parasite: She's nearly taken over by the Stalkers in Nights of Vengeance.
- Talking the Monster to Death: Beck manages to talk down the Juggernaut... and then the mutated and crazed Venom attacks.
Debut: Venom Vol. 1, #2Untold 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.
Venom Clone: Why have you come for me?
The Suit: I have come to destroy you. I know what you are.
Venom Clone: Yeah... and we know all about you. You're no better than we are.
The Suit: That is arguable.
Venom Clone: Heh-heh... wanna argue?
The Suit: No.
- Ancient Astronauts: 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:Spider-Man: I... won't let you... murder him.The Suit: I do not require your permission... nor do I, at this distance, require the phone. It is merely a conductor. I am the weapon.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He wears a black business suit, hence the name.
- Cannot Tell a Joke:Venom: Come to papa...The Suit: Very well. But, as you can see—and to paraphrase—papa now possesses an entirely brand-new bag. I believe my attempt at levity was successful. Ha. Ha.
- 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.
- Good Is Not Nice: He does things like stick a bomb inside the unconscious Wolverine in order prevent him from being taken over by the Venom clone, and knocks Patricia out so that he can perform an invasive and disfiguring surgery that will give her the implants necessary to control the clone.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: He operates as a 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.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Though due to the art style, he was far from the only one with an oversized mandible.
- 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 settled for tearing 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.
- Time Abyss: He's existed since pre-Biblical times.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He supercharges himself in order to obliterate both Venoms, but the blast is contained by Invisible Woman. It's unknown if he survived the backfire, but seeing as how he has yet to reappear...
- The Worm That Walks: He's full of innumerable robotic spiders, which exit and enter his body through his eye sockets.
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man: Extra! #2A teenaged heroin addict Eddie Brock befriended as Anti-Venom. Supposedly cured of her addiction, she helped him infiltrate and take down drug cartels, but was secretly getting high. She was captured by the Quintas cartel when the Punisher interrupted Eddie's shakedown, leading to them setting aside their differences to rescue her. She hasn't been seen since.
"Not gonna do bad things anymore, starting tomorrow... starting tomorrow... gonna be good... Eddie Brock... you're my hero."
- Bare Your Midriff: She wears a tank top, a miniskirt or short shorts, and tattered stockings, with her midriff exposed.
- The Conscience: As Anti-Venom, Eddie considers her to be the good angel to his murderous impulses' - personified by hallucinations of the Venom symbiote - bad angel.
- 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 throttles a thug who insists on calling 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 on heroin.
- 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 didn't say to not kill 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 in Anti-Venom's presence at your own risk.
- Shameful Strip: Is forced to take her top off by some hoods, possibly for titillation or to prove she wasn't wearing a wire.
- You Can See That, Right?: She thought Eddie's Anti-Venom form was 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.
Debut: Venom Vol. 2, #23A reporter working for the Daily Inquisitor, who serves as Agent Venom's eyes and ears in the criminal underworld of Philadelphia.
"Listen... not that I'm anything less than fabulous... but why would you need my help? I write about bat-babies and Jesus figures appearing in oatmeal. And you look like you have connections."
- 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.
- 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.
- Nerves of Steel: After an understandable moment of panic upon being abducted and dragged into the Microverse, she quickly calms down and is unfazed by Carnage declaring he's going to eat her.
- Paparazzi: Agent Venom accuses her of being one, to which she takes offence.
Debut: Venom Vol. 2, #23An unnamed demon implanted in Flash Thompson by Daimon Hellstrom in order to turn the symbiote into one of his Monsters of Evil, though this attempt backfired when the Hell Mark activated and suppressed it. The presence of the Hell Mark prevented it from being exorcised despite begging to be removed, stating that possessing one who was marked was forbidden. It struck up a rapport with the symbiote, taking over Flash during his battle with the U-Foes and later on while he slept, terrorizing his friends and enemies alike until Flash moved to Philadelphia. The symbiote, realizing the demon was slowly taking over Flash, expelled the Hell Mark into its long-devoured clone and regurgitated it, freeing Flash from any infernal obligations but at the same time marking Andi Benton, who bonded with the possessed clone to become Mania.
- Alternate Self: Flash has a dream of what would come to pass if the demon took him over and/or he was chosen for the Descent, with Demon-Venom perched on a headless statue overlooking a Planet Heck version of Philly.
- Call-Back: The demon took Flash's body out for joyrides while he was asleep, just like the symbiote used to do to Peter.
- Chest Insignia: One sign that the demon was possessing Venom was the white spider emblem on Venom's chest morphing into the Hell Mark pentagram.
- Demon Lords and Archdevils:
- It seems to be a fairly high-ranking demon, though nowhere near as powerful as Mephisto.
- In a nightmare/vision Flash has of a possible future wherein the demon takes him over and/or he becomes Mephisto's replacement, Demon-Venom is seen ruling over Philadelphia, which has been turned into a literal hellscape populated by demons.
- Demonic Possession: After being suppressed by the Hell Mark, the demon starts corroding Flash's sanity and taking him over while he sleeps.
- Enemy Within: It proves to be one to both Flash and the symbiote, who doesn't take kindly to the competition and kicks it out.
- Expy: A What If? story from 2008 featured a version of Venom◊ who was given demonic powers by Mephisto.
- Horned Humanoid: When taking over Flash, it manifested a pair of long, backwards-curved horns.
- Horror Hunger: After being summoned and possessing Flash, the demon was hungry.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: The demon wants nothing more than to be removed from Flash, but can't due to the Hell Mark.
- Mind Rape: The demon has the ability to look into enemies' minds and remotely control several individuals at the same time. He only demonstrated it during his battle with the U-Foes and hasn't used it again since.
- Oh, Crap!: When the demon realized Venom bore the Hell Mark, it panicked and begged to be exorcized.
- Our Demons Are Different: This one's actual appearance is unknown, as it only manifests through the symbiote's shapeshifting.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: The demon was stuffed into Venom by Daimon Hellstrom, partly to turn the symbiote into one of his Monsters of Evil, partly to make Venom a more legitimate candidate for the Descent, and partly just to see what would happen. The first part backfired due to Flash possessing the Hell Mark.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: The Demon Lord Venom seemingly had a red spider-emblem, although it could have just been the sky.
- Restraining Bolt: The Hell Mark prevents the demon from taking over Flash while he's conscious, but also prevents it from being exorcized.
- Spanner in the Works: Unwittingly fouled up both the symbiote's attempt to get demonic powers and Mephisto's nomination of Venom as a potential successor for the Descent. Both have been passed on to its clone, Mania.
- Split-Personality Takeover: The symbiote reveals the demon was working towards this, and Flash's visions, backed up by his confrontation with Hellstrom, imply this would have happened if he'd been picked for the Descent.
- To Serve Man: The first thing the demon did was eat one of the Department of Occult Armaments' acolytes, but its feast was interrupted when the Hell Mark activated and suppressed it.
- Transformation of the Possessed: When the demon takes over, Venom sprouts a pair of horns and occasionally wings in addition to the symbiote's trademark set of fanged jaws.
- Villain Team-Up: Following his black-out fighting the U-Foes, Flash wonders whether the symbiote and demon are teaming up to circumvent their respective handicaps and take him over.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Whether or not the demon was passed onto Mania alongside the Hell Mark and what the consequences of that would be were going to be dealt with in the "Descent" arc of Venom Vol. 3, which was cancelled before it even began.
- Winged Humanoid: When it first possessed Flash, it manifested a pair of wings from the symbiote's biomass.
Debut: Venom: Space Knight Vol. 1, #1A servant and maintenance robot, 803 was the slave of a space pirate named Kio, who forced the hapless droid to do his malicious bidding. Centuries of mistreatment caused 803 to become suicidal, so he was quick to offer aid to Agent Venom when the Agent of the Cosmos infiltrated Kio's spaceship, convinced that Flash would destroy him afterward as a "reward" for his services. After killing Kio and his crew, and saving their captives, Flash instead took 803 on as a travelling companion, to the melancholic robot's immense disappointment.
- Artificial Limbs: He builds Flash a pair of prosthetic limbs as a present, reducing his reliance on the symbiote for mobility.
- Death Seeker: 803 continuously devises means of killing himself, necessitating Flash tell him not to. When torn in half by Pik Rollo, he is jubilant... only to be dismayed when this turns out to not be enough to do the job.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He fashioned a pair of prosthetic legs, repaired himself after being ripped in half, and fixed Venom's ship after it was almost completely demolished.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: He's jubilantly ripped in half by Pik Rollo, which enrages Venom. To 803's dismay, this isn't enough to kill him, so he repairs himself and fixes Venom's ship.
- Suicide as Comedy: 803's suicidal tendencies are played for laughs, with him devising dramatic manners of self-termination and being disappointed when told no by Flash.
Debut: Venom: Space Knight Vol. 1, #2A hot-tempered Guardian of the Cosmos bonded to a purple symbiote. She and her partner, Myntril, followed Venom for some time before abducting his ship. Tarna immediately picked a fight with Venom, having deemed him unworthy of being a Guardian of the Cosmos, but was stopped by Tarna.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: She morphs an arm into a hooked blade and slashes Venom across the chest, pissing him off.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: She's supposed to be in charge of Venom's training in the ways of being a Guardian of the Cosmos, but Myntril doubts she'll fulfill her duty.
- Dying to Be Replaced: Flash assumes she intends to kill the Venom symbiote and take Flash back to the Planet of the Symbiotes to get a non-corrupted Klyntar after the Venom symbiote is re-corrupted by Mercurio. Tarna and her symbiote both state that they're wrong, but either don't bother to or aren't able to provide clarification before things escalates into a fight.
- Fire-Forged Friends: She initially disliked Flash, but after seeing his dedication to Venom even in the face of the symbiote's corruption, she begrudgingly comes to care for him and stands up for him against Myntrill.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: The form we first see her in is her Game Face. Underneath it she's a Skrull.Tarna: This upsets you?Flash: Skrulls and folks from Earth haven't always played well together.
- Heroic Host: She is the host of a purple Klyntar and an Agent of the Cosmos. She also proves to be more loyal to her friends than to her duty as an Agent, siding with Flash and Venom.
- Let's You and Him Fight:
- She deliberately picks a fight with Venom, thinking he's not worthy of being a Guardian of the Cosmos.
- When she shows up to return the Venom symbiote to the Cosmos, her antagonistic attitude leads Flash to believe she intends to kill it. While she mentions he's misunderstanding, she doesn't bother clarifying and a fight breaks out instead.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Unusually for a being bonded with a sane Klyntar, her mouth is lined with fangs.
- Morphic Resonance: Her symbiote form retains her long black hair.
- Purple Is Powerful: Her Klyntar is purple, and she was strong enough to make Venom mad enough to show his fangs.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Unlike the Blank White Eyes commonly associated with symbiotes, she has glowing red eyes.
- Roar Before Beating: While fighting Venom all she initially did was roar and snarl at him, leading him to think she was bonded to a feral Klyntar.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After Myntril breaks up the fight between her and Venom, she complains to Tarna that Venom isn't worthy of being called a Guardian of the Cosmos, since he's a newbie and barely in-sync with his Klyntar.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: She impersonates Myntril to help Flash get into the arena where the Venom symbiote is being tried, and morphs her arms into rocky fists to fight the guards.
Debut: Venom: Space Knight Vol. 1, #2
- Black Bead Eyes: He has six round solid-black eyes.
- Heroic Host: He is the host of a white Klyntar and an Agent of the Cosmos.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He breaks up the fight between Venom and Tarna and explains why they were following Flash around, as well as providing some clarification about how being an Agent of the Cosmos works. He even lets Tarna go with Flash after she sides with him against the Agents of the Cosmos - though he warns her she'll have to face trial for her treason when she returns.
- Top-Heavy Guy: He has a cephalothorax and long, bulky arms in comparison to his relatively short and scrawny legs.
Debut: Venom: Space Knight Vol. 1, #3
"I must make a name for myself in order to rule my people. Also, you seem unstable and I find that attractive."
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: After Venom goes berserk and tries to pound Mercurio into a meat-stain, Iqa states she finds his rage-issues attractive.
- Blood Knight: She's a warrior-queen who enjoys combat.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She takes an immediate dislike to Pik Rollo, assuming the Ruu'lto is a romantic rival.
- Convection Schmonvection: She's capable of standing in and around lava without sustaining injury.
- Fourth Date Marriage: After Flash saves her planet by shutting down Mercurio's machine, she kisses him and offers him a prized position in her husband stable. He turns her down, but she follows him off-world and is jealously possessive of him when meeting Pik Rollo for the first time.
- Gorgeous Gorgon: She and the other Wugin have snakes for hair.
- Of Course I'm Not a Virgin: She has a husband stable, but her inquiries as to whether or not Flash and Tarna are mating - they were actually trying to kill each other - lead Pik Rollo to ask if she even knows what mating looks like, implying that she's not as experienced as her husband stable implies.
- More Deadly Than the Male: The males of her species are weak and pathetic, so she finds Flash highly attractive.
- Rubber-Forehead Aliens: Aside from her red skin and serpentine hair, she looks like an attractive female human.
- Women Prefer Strong Men: She is the queen of an Amazonian society of Medusa-like aliens, but finds Flash Thompson irresistibly attractive due to his own strength, courage... and symbiote-enduced rage-issues.
Debut: Venom: Space Knight Vol. 1, #3
"I am not a pan-duh. I am a Ruu'lto. And I am not experiencing any sadness at the moment. I feel only rage."
- Apologetic Attacker: She apologizes for attacking Venom, but says she has no choice but to kill him.
- Back-to-Back Badass: When confronted by an army of Bhiv robots, Pik and Venom stand back-to-back in preparation for a last stand.
- Badass Adorable: She resembles nothing less than a gigantic fluffy panda with a lemur tail, but she is a wanted criminal who enjoys drinking the blood of her enemies.
- Blood Lust: Venom notes she occasionally drinks the blood of her enemies, but still finds her adorable.
- Enemy Mine: She was sent by Mercurio to kill Venom, but they end up working together to escape the Bhiv King's gladiator arena, and when Venom promises to save her child she turns on her master.
- Faking the Dead: She pretends to have been killed by Venom in order to lure the Bhiv King into a false sense of security, then rips his head off from behind.
- Mama Bear: She works for Mercurio because he's holding her child hostage. She sides with Venom when Flash promises to rescue her kid, and says that if he goes back on his promise she'll kill him.
- Recruiting the Criminal: She and Venom arrange a tenuous alliance after she was sent to kill him.
- Roar Before Beating: When Venom starts gushing about how adorable she is, Pik backhands him, rips 803 in half, and roars while baring her fangs.
- Sole Survivor: She and her child are the last remaining Ruu'lto after Mercurio enslaved them.
- Unstoppable Rage: Despite her nonthreatening appearance - ignoring her fangs and claws - Pik is solely motivated by rage over Mercurio's genocide of her species and holding her child hostage.
- Ursine Aliens: Pik looks like a gigantic bipedal panda with gorilla-like arms, huge claws, and a lemur-like tail. She takes offence to Venom calling her "Sad Panda", though.
Debut: Venom: Space Knight Vol. 1, #6
- Blood Knight: Despite only being a child she delights in tearing her enemies to shreds with her fangs and claws.
- Cute Bruiser: Despite only being a cub, she can hold her own in combat against foes as formidable as Myntril.
- Sole Survivor: She is the last Ruu'lto after Mercurio's genocide.
- Ursine Aliens: She's a miniature version of her mother.
Debut: Venom Vol. 1 #152An Alchemax astro-biologist who Liz Allan assigns to help Eddie Brock keep his symbiote under control.
- Deadpan Snarker: He frequently complains to Liz about the lack of funding his department receives and in general is rather sarcastic.
- Geek Physiques: Dr. Steven is morbidly obese, but highly intelligent and specializes in astro-biology.
- Genius Cripple: He's confined to a wheelchair, but is the head of Alchemax's astro-biology department and whips up a short-term treatment for the symbiote's degeneration issues in only a few hours.
- Nerd: He has a blue Pikachu-expy bowl and eats sugary cereal in his lab in the middle of the night.
AKA: Julia Fontana
Debut: Venom Vol. 1 #156A Spanish animal biologist who was used as a test subject for Stegron's dinosaur serum, being transformed into a humanoid pterosaur. She was freed from Stegron's control by Venom, and was later attacked by Kraven the Hunter.
- Horned Humanoid: She has a Parasaurolophus-like crest on her head.
- Only Sane Man: When the other dinosaur people go after the rats sent by Kraven to distract them, only Tana is wary.
- Ptero Soarer: She is a Half-Human Hybrid pterosaur.
- Was Once a Man: She was once a Spanish animal biologist before being transformed by Stegron.
- Winged Humanoid: Tana is a pterosaur-type hybrid, and has vestigial wings on her forearms that she can transform into full wings.