The symbiote's original host, and the one it longs for the most. Peter Parker was among the superheroes chosen by an entity called the Beyonder to participate in a battle between good and evil on an artificial planet called Battleworld. His costume was damaged in the course of a fight, and after learning Thor had found a machine that could repair costumes, Peter sought it out himself. He found a device that deposited a small black ball into his hand, which spread to cover his body in a jet-black and white costume inspired by the one worn by the second Spider-Woman.
Peter quickly discovered the "Black Suit" could respond to his thoughts and whims, shapeshifting to resemble any clothing he imagined, creating its own webbing, and sliding away from his mouth so he could eat and drink without taking off his mask. Impressed, Peter took the Black Suit with him when he was returned to Earth. Despite its advantages, the Black Suit's autonomy began to unnerve Peter, who was becoming increasingly exhausted: the Black Suit was taking over his body while he slept and using it to fight crime. Wanting answers, Peter visited the Fantastic Four and asked Reed Richards to analyze it. Richards revealed to Peter that the Black Suit was not a costume, but a sentient extraterrestrial symbiote that was attempting to permanently merge with him. Horrified and disgusted, Peter had the Fantastic Four remove the creature, discovering it was vulnerable to intense sonics and heat, and returned to his classic red-and-blue outfit. The symbiote did not take Peter's rejection well and eventually escaped captivity, disguising itself as Peter's original costume and attempting to force itself on him during a fight with the Vulturions. In his struggle to remove it, Peter retreated to the bell-tower of an abandoned church and rung the bell, weakening the symbiote, which seemingly sacrificed itself to save him. Peter was given a synthetic copy of the Black Suit by his then-girlfriend Felicia Hardy, who thought it was sexier than his red-and-blue costume, and wore it until the symbiote returned in the form of Venom. He still wears it from time to time, usually when a villain pushes his Berserk Button too far.
Peter's second victory over the original Venom, Eddie Brock, ended with him exploiting the symbiote's lingering desire for him, though Brock and the symbiote quickly returned to serve as one of his most prominent arch-enemies. Peter's enmity with Eddie Brock ranged from being sworn enemies to reluctant allies, and they were frequently forced to co-operate to combat the symbiote's insane spawn, Carnage. When Eddie attempted suicide after giving up the symbiote, Peter saved him and convinced him to keep on living and redeem himself. He expressed outright contempt of Mac Gargan during the latter's stint as the third incarnation of Venom, and Flash Thompson being the fourth Venom has put strain on their relationship in spite of each being oblivious to the other's secret identity. During the period in which Otto Octavius switched minds with Peter, the symbiote attempted to rebond to its original host after being separated from Flash Thompson, but was disgusted by "Peter's" new outlook and tried to return to Thompson. Otto subjugated the symbiote with his will until it decided to completely take him over, at which point he fought to expel it. He was successful, aided by the remnants of Peter's psyche, and the symbiote returned to Flash.
Probably the most famous incarnation of Venom. Eddie's mother died during childbirth, and as a result his father became cold and distant, instilling a thirst in Eddie to impress him. As an adult, he becomes a journalist for the Daily Globe, and enjoys great success until he mistakenly "outs" a compulsive confessor, Emil Gregg, as the serial killer Sin-Eater. Spider-Man debunks Brock's article by capturing the real killer, and Brock is fired from the Daily Globe, diagnosed with cancer, divorced by his wife, and disowned by his father. Reputation destroyed, he is only able to find employment as a two-bit writer for a disreputable tabloid. Blaming Spider-Man for his troubles, he begins to work out obsessively in an attempt to assuage his rage.
Eventually, Eddie cannot take it anymore. Raised a devout Catholic, he goes to his local church to pray for forgiveness for the suicide he is contemplating - unaware that Spider-Man had used the bells in the selfsame church to drive away the Venom symbiote. The symbiote, lying in wait in the rafters for an appropriate host, bonds to Brock, drawn by his obsession with Spider-Man. In the process, Brock learns Spider-Man's true identity, and Brock's overwhelming hatred for Spider-Man turns the already bitter symbiote's love into a twisted obsession.
As Venom, he becomes one of Spider-Man's most formidable foes: stronger, faster, and immune to his Spider-Sense. He wages a campaign of torment against Peter Parker, invading his private life and threatening his loved ones. He is not altogether evil, though: he exhibits moments of compassion, like rescuing a little girl during a pitched battle with Spider-Man. He even ends up in a few Enemy Mine situations with him - generally to combat the symbiote's "child", Carnage, which has bonded with Serial Killer Cletus Kasady. Over time, Venom slowly develops into a Nominal Hero and declares a truce with Spider-Man, moving to San Francisco for a time and becoming the "Lethal Protector" of a subterranean community of homeless people formed by the 1906 earthquake. Eddie is eventually abducted by the Life Foundation Organization, which forces the Venom symbiote to give birth to five more offspring, Lasher, Phage, Riot, Agony, and Scream, who beg Eddie for help controlling their symbiotes, though he wants nothing to do with them. note -Scream ultimately snaps and tries to kills the others, which merge together and bond to a VAULT guard named Scott Washington, becoming Hybrid.- Ultimately, Eddie returns to New York and to villainy following his ex-wife's suicide, temporarily joining the Sinister Six before a falling out with Sandman.
Eventually, it is revealed that the symbiote chose Brock as a host not only for his mutual hatred of Spider-Man, but also for the fact that it could "feed" from the excess adrenaline his cancerous body produces, keeping the disease in remission, but it no longer wishes to remain bonded to a dying host. Undergoing a Heel-Faith Turn, Brock, disgusted by the symbiote's growing bloodlust, decides to sell it to the highest bidder and donate the proceeds to charity, knowing it will mean the death of him. Unfortunately, the highest bidder turns out to be crime boss Don Fortunato, who gives the symbiote to his son Angelo. Proving an "unworthy" host in the symbiote's eyes, it abandons Angelo mid-jump, and the man falls to his death. Feeling responsible, Brock spirals into depression and attempts suicide numerous times, but is ultimately freed from his obsession with Venom by Spider-Man, who advises him to use the time he has left to atone. Eddie is acquitted of his crimes by Matt Murdock and his cancer is cured courtesy of the healing abilities of philanthropist Martin Li, who offers him a job at his soup kitchen, which Eddie eagerly accepts.
The remains of the symbiote in his bloodstream, altered by Li's mystical powers, bond with his white blood cells to transform Brock into the slightly more heroic "Anti-Venom" when the Venom symbiote attempts to rebond with him, having sensed he no longer had cancer. In this guise, he battles the third incarnation of Venom, Mac Gargan, several times - having come to consider the symbiote to be his greatest failure - and calls off his vendetta against Spider-Man for good. He attempts to become a true hero, setting out to cure drug addicts and hustlers with the help of an ex-junkie named Jenna Cole, but struggles to suppress his murderousimpulses after he learns his savior Martin Li is the supervillain Mr. Negative. As Anti-Venom, Eddie plays a key role in exposing Mr. Negative's true identity to the public, but ultimately he is forced to depower during the Spider-Island storyline so the Anti-Venom suit can be used to make an antidote to cure the infected millions of New York. Eddie sets out to slay the remaining symbiotes, starting with Hybrid and Scream, but after he is knocked out trying to kill the fourth incarnation of Venom, Flash Thompson, he is captured by the Crime Master, who bonds the Toxin symbiote to him. As Toxin, Eddie attacks Venom again, but is seemingly killed when Venom attempts to burn the Toxin symbiote and it drags Brock into the flames. It is later revealed Eddie survived, still bonded to the Toxin symbiote and obsessed with killing Venom, and has reverted back to his "Lethal Protector" mindset. Eddie pursues Venom to Philadelphia for a rematch, but their fight is interrupted by the Symbiote Slayers, cybernetic parasites similar to the symbiotes themselves. Toxin and Venom reluctantly team up to defeat the Symbiote Slayers, and Eddie begrudgingly concedes that he will leave Flash alone as long he uses the symbiote to do good.
Tropes pertaining to Venom I/Anti-Venom/Toxin II/Eddie Brock
Anti-Hero: As Venom, Eddie would kill almost anyone who got in his way, provided he didn't consider them innocent. As Anti-Venom, he made an effort to stop killing people, but occasionally slipped back into his Lethal Protector mindset. As Toxin, however, he's fully reverted back to his Lethal Protector mindset and has no problem killing bad guys.
The Atoner: What he tried to become as Anti-Venom.
Body Horror: When the Juggernaut knocked him into a vat of sentient chemicals in The Madness, the results were... disturbing◊.
Boom, Headshot: When the Punisher realizes Anti-Venom is Eddie Brock, he shoots him point-blank in the head with a shotgun. When Castle threatens to shoot through Jenna Cole to kill a random thug, the Anti-Venom symbiote gathers up the scattered pieces of Eddie's head, puts them back together, and reforms, leaving him none the worse for wear and severely pissed off.
Brain Food: Even before Ultimate Venom and Mac Gargan took this Up to Eleven, Eddie was known to threaten to devour various body parts - especially brains. A later retcon gave the symbiote an addiction to adrenaline and caused it to force Eddie to commit cannibalism, but this was seemingly discarded after it bonded to Angelo.
Can't Stay Normal: Eddie goes from being Venom to Anti-Venom to Toxin with brief periods of humanity in between.
Character Development: Zigzagged, as while Eddie slowly became more heroic as Venom and even tried to make the leap to true heroism as Anti-Venom, he lapsed back into Lethal Protector mode as Toxin. Even so, he was more willing to give Flash a chance to prove himself a hero than he was with Spider-Man.
Even Spider-Man went through this. Originally, the symbiote did not boost Spidey's powers or make him more aggressive, and he simply tried to kill the symbiote when he found out that it was alive and trying to bond with him. When later writers decided to use it as a new villain, they gave the previous story a quick Retconbased on the symbiote's portrayal in the 1994 animated series, and gave Peter a better excuse.
Christianity is Catholic: Eddie's religion is downplayed during his stint as Venom, only to get brought back as the driving force behind his Heel Face Door Slam and rejection of the Venom symbiote. As Anti-Venom, he even comes to consider himself the one anointed by God to kill the demon that is Venom.
Church Militant: As mentioned above, Eddie is a devout Catholic who sees himself on a mission from God to destroy the symbiotes.
Consummate Liar: Dark Origins reveals Eddie was a chronic liar, stemming from his desire for acknowledgement, and even lied his way into getting a job at The Globe.
'80s Hair: Eddie sported a combination of a mullet and a flattop in the 80's and 90's before switching to flat out Barbarian Longhair, and now has a crew cut.
Enemy Mine: Would reluctantly arrange temporary alliances with Spider-Man to fight a common enemy neither could beat on their own, usually Carnage. He also forms a temporary alliance with Flash Thompson to fight the Symbiote Slayers.
I Am A Humanitarian: In spite of his disgust, the symbiote has on occasion forced him to follow through on his Brain Food threats, although he's a lot less reluctant to satiate its hunger when it comes to a certain pesky wall-crawler. As Toxin, he also devours one of the symbiote slayers during his fight with Venom. In the novels featuring him, particularly The Venom Factor, he's a lot less picky about munching on those he deems guilty.
It's All About Me: Eddie's attitude pre-Heel-Face Turn, to the point where he has to remind himself that his therapist repeatedly reminds him that he is not the only important person in the world.
Reformed But Not Tamed: As Anti-Venom Eddie tried his hand at being a hero, but his less-than-stable psyche caused him to slip up a few times, and as Toxin he reverts to his Lethal Protector persona.
Reformed, but Rejected: When Eddie tries to expose Martin Li as Mr. Negative, Spider-Man attacks him and refuses to listen to Eddie's explanation, believing he's reverted back to his brain-eating phase. Eddie loses patience and almost does perform a Face-Heel Turn, but stops himself and storms off after webbing Spider-Man up.
Royal "We": Refers to himself as "we" due to the presence of the symbiote. Gargan averts this, as does Flash mostly.
Sanity Slippage: The Venom symbiote's growing influence over Eddie is one of the reasons he parts ways with it, and as Anti-Venom he suffers relapses into his Lethal Protector mindset following the revelation that Martin Li is Mr. Negative, or if Jenna Cole is in danger.
Sociopathic Hero: Eddie thinks nothing of killing those he deems guilty, although he has been persuaded to call truces with Spider-Man and Agent Venom.
Stranger Behind the Mask: During Venom's first appearance his identity was treated as a mystery, only for the enigmatic supervillain to be revealed as... a completely original, never before seen character.
Strong as They Need to Be: Marvel's official handbook states that Eddie, both as Venom and Anti-Venom, could lift up to 11 tons, putting him just over Peter's 10 tons, yet there have been occasions where he duked it out with the Juggernaut - whose strength is technically limitless - and Mac Gargan - who was able to lift 15 tons even without the Venom symbiote, which boosted his strength to 60 tons - and came out on top.
Straw Hypocrite: During their second rematch, Flash accuses Eddie of being a one for claiming that all symbiotes are evil blights that need to be exterminated and then getting "chummy" with the Toxin symbiote.
Symbiotic Possession: Eddie and the Venom symbiote got along perfectly until its growing bloodlust clashed with his growing conscience. He tells Agent Venom that he and the Toxin symbiote have reached an understanding that they'll kill each other after killing Venom, but Flash believes he's in denial about enjoying being bonded to a symbiote.
Tears of Fear: During the Spider-Island series, Eddie is reduced to sobbing in terror when the Venom symbiote takes advantage of him overusing his healing powers to ditch Flash Thompson and rebond with him.
The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: During Eddie's tenure as Venom if he teamed up with Peter, it was for this reason. As Toxin, Eddie promises Flash that if he will let him be so long as he uses the Venom symbiote for good, but when he looses control of it, Toxin will Mercy Kill him.
Yandere: For a while, Eddie was this towards his ex-wife Anne Weying, and when she committed suicide he blamed Spider-Man, called off their truce, and devolved back into a villain. During the New Ways To Live miniseries, Eddie displays some yandere tendencies towards Jenna Cole, inwardly admitting she's all that's keeping him from reverting back to his Lethal Protector persona and going utterly berserk when he learns she has been forced back into drug use.
She-Venom I/Ann Weying
A lawyer and Eddie's ex-wife, Ann was given the Venom symbiote by her ex-husband after being fatally shot by the new Sin-Eater, briefly turning her into the murderously psychotic She-Venom. In a later story, Ann merged with the symbiote again, Eddie having sent it to her through a telephone line to break her out of the prison she was being held in under false charges. Traumatized by being forced to transform into She-Venom again, and by Eddie becoming Venom directly in front of her after the symbiote returned to him, Ann committed suicide by jumping from her high rise apartment after seeing Spider-Man wearing the Black Suit. Eddie subsequently blamed Peter for her suicide and called off their truce.
Tropes pertaining to She-Venom I/Ann Weying:
Ax-Crazy: Clearly had very little control as She-Venom, though Eddie tells her the symbiote can't make a person do something they don't already want to.
The main character of the Shiver, Run, Patterns, and Twist arcs. After Venom's tongue was accidentally severed during a fight with the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, it was stolen by a nanorobotic alien named Bob and used to create a copy of the Venom symbiote that was transported to a military laboratory in the Canadian Arctic. The copy broke containment and slaughtered everyone in the lab, and in response to the disturbance a team of US Army soldiers stationed at the Christmastown outpost in Northern Canada were dispatched. The symbiote-copy followed them back to base, where it proceeded to kill the soldiers and scientists one-by-one until only Patricia Robertson, a communications specialist, was left. The copy was pursued by a mysterious entity known only as The Suit, who tried to stop it. The symbiote-copy escaped to a town called Voici, pursued by the Suit and Patricia, and attempted to take over Wolverine, who it viewed as an ideal host due to his Healing Factor. The copy was eventually tricked into bonding to Patricia, who was outfitted with a cybernetic collar enabling her to control it. The Suit revealed that if the copy united with the original Venom symbiote, the latter would become consumed with the desire to destroy all life on earth. Naturally, Patricia travelled to New York, where she engaged in a brawl with Spider-Man, who mistook her Eddie Brock. The original Venom showed up, and he, Spider-Man, and Patricia engaged in a three-way brawl, during which the collar was deactivated and the symbiote clone took control. Patricia was restrained by the Fantastic Four and the collar reactivated, but Bob, posing as the Suit, released her and deactivated the collar, sending her on a rampage. Venom eventually overpowered her and absorbed the symbiote-copy, deciding to fulfill the clone's programming, but nothing came of it before Eddie and the symbiote with their separate ways and it hasn't been mentioned since. In 2013 Flash Thompson sent a portion of the symbiote to save the life of his neighbour, Andrea Benton. It was later revealed that this portion was in fact the symbiote clone, which the original symbiote regurgitated and passed its Hell Mark and inner demon on to.
Aborted Arc: The whole "If the Venom Clone fuses with the original Venom the symbiote will become an Omnicidal Maniac" plot point, which was crucial to the miniseries, was discarded… although it could help account for the symbiote's increasedbloodlust.
Body Surf: The symbiote clone jumped from host to host before settling on Patricia. It next reappeared bonded to Andi as Mania.
Cloning Blues: Not strictly a true clone - more a case of Asteroids Monster - but referred to as such for simplicity's sake and to distinguish it from the original Venom symbiote.
Cyborg: The Suit turned Patricia into one to enable her to control the symbiote.
Horror Hunger: The symbiote clone drained its hosts dry and parasitized everyone it comes across.
Hulking Out: Regardless of its host - barring animals - the symbiote was massive and bulky.
Life Drinker: In its initial appearance it did this to its hosts.
Ms. Fanservice: One of the issues of Shiver opens with Patricia having a shower and wearing nothing but a small Modesty Towel afterwards.
The "second" Venom: mostly ignored by both readers and canon. Angelo was the timid son of Don Fortunato, a Mob Boss who purchased the Venom symbiote from Eddie Brock thinking it would get his son to man up. Despite quicklymastering the symbiote's powers, Fortunato's fight with Spider-Man turned into a Curb-Stomp Battle not in his favour when he murdered an otherwise innocent impostor dressed as Spider-Man. Angelo fled despite the symbiote urging him to keep fighting, causing it to deem him an unworthy host and abandon him in mid-leap to fall to his death.
Big Bad Wannabe: "Besides, have you seen how many websites this thing has out there? You seen how many chicks are writing fan fiction about him? Becoming Venom puts me in the Magneto or Doctor Doom class after eighteen years of getting the crap kicked out of me."
Dirty Coward: When Spider-Man got serious in their fight, Angelo fled.
After ditching Angelo, the symbiote directly approaches Gargan, already an established Super Villain called theScorpion, offering him new abilities in exchange for murdering Spider-Man. Gargan eagerly agrees, and becomes the third incarnation of Venom just in time to join Norman Osborn's Sinister Twelve. He was imprisoned and became a member of the government-sponsored vigilantes the Thunderbolts, taking part in the Civil War and helping hold off the Skrull Invasion. Following Osborn being made the head of SHIELD, Gargan was given a drug that reverted the symbiote to the appearance it had when Peter Parker wore it and joined the Dark Avengers, where he gleefully impersonated Spider-Man. In this guise, Mac frequently went AWOL to take a bite out of crime and started a gang war to ruin Mayor Jameson's reputation. When Mac refused to stop and pictures of him eating criminals threatened to go public, Osborn sent Daken and Bullseye to kill Gargan, and when that failed threatened to dispose of Venom himself. After Osborn's botched invasion of Asgard, Gargan was arrested and forcefully separated from the symbiote by the government, who begin researching ways to weaponize it for the American army. Without his armour or the symbiote to stabilize the genetic degeneration caused by the process that gave him his powers, Gargan's health began to deteriorate until he was broken free by Alistair Smythe and outfitted with a new Scorpion suit.
Gargan's stint as Venom was characterized by an increasing dependence on the symbiote and its powers, despite the limitations that resulted - almost like a drug addict. He became increasingly erratic and unstable, driven by the symbiote's bloodlust to commit cannibalism, even to the point of attacking his teammates and disobeying orders to chow down on street thugs.
Tropes pertaining to Venom III/Sinister Spider-Man/MacDonald "Mac" Gargan
An Arm and a Leg: As the Sinister Spider-Man, he took to eating the limbs of criminals he apprehended. When several of these criminals and supervilllains banded together under the Redeemer and tried to kill him, Mac ate the rest of them as well.
Ax-Crazy: Not surprising, since the character was written by most writers in a way to top every extreme Venom was associated with.
Big Eater: Was fond of biting off people's limbs, and during the Secret Invasion Skrulls were the symbiote's favourite hors d'oeuvre.
Costume Copycat: As the Sinister Spider-Man, the symbiote takes on the appearance it had when Peter wore it. Peter later exploits this by infiltrating the Dark Avengers while wearing his synthetic Black Suit.
Hulking Out: His first appearances as Venom had a Spawn-like vibe, with Gargan's eyes being visible within the symbiote's white eye-patches, but later appearances resemble a more monstrous version of Eddie Brock's Venom form. Also played straight with his ability to shift between "Spider-Man" form and "Venom" form during the Dark Avengers arc.
I Am A Humanitarian: During his tenure with Thunderbolts and Dark Avengers, Gargan was overwhelmed by the symbiote's bloodlust to the point where he would commit cannibalism to satiate it. At one point, Norman Osborn threatened to personally dispose of him when pictures of Gargan going AWOL and chowing down on various criminals almost went public.
Impersonation Gambit: Does this to the original Spider-Man as a member of the Dark Avengers, and has it done to him by Peter in return.
Sociopathic Hero: As the Sinister Spider-Man, he deliberately abuses Spider-Man's reputation, and even as a member of the Thunderbolts he threatened to eat innocent civilians, though he later claimed it was to scare Skrulls out of hiding.
Peter Parker's former Jerk Jock of a friend. Flash enlists in the army during the Iraq War and is grievously wounded in action, losing his legs while saving his comrades. Lauded as a hero for his sacrifice, he is given an offer by the military: he can "rent" the Venom symbiote, which was subdued by drugs, for 48-hour periods (never long enough for the symbiote to establish control) for use in important missions, regaining the use of his legs in the process. Thompson agrees and subsequently becomes the new Venom, marking the character's transition to fully-fledged hero. In addition to the usual plethora of abilities, Thompson is a trained marksman, and uses a variety of firearms in his capacity as a government-sponsored Super Soldier. However, should Flash become angry while wearing the symbiote or surpass his 48 hour time limit, it will assume control of his body.
After the events of Spider-Island, Flash went AWOL to retain the symbiote and hopefully protect his friends and family. This led Captain America to send Red Hulk after him. Flash teamed up with Rulk, X-23 and the newest Ghost Rider against Blackheart while they were in Las Vegas and saved the world from Hell on Earth. With those actions in mind, Captain America placed Flash, under the belief that Flash had the symbiote under control, within the Secret Avengers, the black-ops wing of The Avengers. Flash was called in to stop Carnage from conquering the town of Doverton, Colorado, and defeated Cletus Kasady sans symbiote. Following that, he infiltrated the Crime Master's Savage Six and seemingly kills Eddie Brock, the original Venom, who had been forced to become the new Toxin by the Crime Master. After killing or capturing the remaining members of the Sinister Six, who had kidnapped Betty Brant, he teamed up with Kaine, the second Scarlet Spider, to stop Carnage, who had again escaped from prison and was being used to manufacture an army of symbiote super soldiers to conquer the Microverse.
As a member of the Secret Avengers, Flash began dating his teammate Valkyrie and struck up a friendship with Eric O'Grady, the then-current Ant-Man. After the team's reshuffling during Marvel NOW, Flash left the Secret Avengers roster, moved to Philadelphia, and became a member of Red Hulk's Thunderbolts, though he later had a "Let's You and Him Fight falling out" with the team. During an encounter with Daimon Hellstrom, Flash was possessed by an ancient demon, which seems to be getting along nicely with the Venom symbiote to the point where Flash is no longer sure which, if either, takes control of his body during his occasional blackouts. Flash sets up a new life for himself as a vigilante and assistant high-school gym coach, but came into conflict with Eddie Brock, who survived and tracked him down to Philadelphia. Their grudge match was interrupted by the Symbiote Slayers, parasitic biomechanical organisms similar to the symbiotes themselves, and Eddie and Flash arranged a truce to defeat them. Eddie agrees to leave Flash in peace so long as he continues to use the Venom symbiote for good, but Flash's vigilanteism brings him into conflict with Lord Ogre, a crime lord who puts a price on his head. The bounty alerts Jack O'Lantern, a former member of Crime Master's Savage Six, to Venom's whereabouts, and Flash is forced to bond a piece of the Venom symbiote to his teenaged neighbour/tutee Andrea Benton to save her life when her family is targeted, turning her into Mania. Flash confronts Daimon Hellstrom, who reveals Memphisto's hell mark and the demon have been excised, and Flash returns to Mania, helping her escape from Crossbones, who is hunting those who bear the hell marks. Wanting answers, Flash confronts the Venom symbiote and it reveals it passed both the hell mark and demon on to Mania in order to protect him and itself from being taken over. Flash and Andi summon Memphisto, who reveals the portion of the symbiote bonded to her is in fact the clone of the symbiote that had once been bonded to Patricia Robertson, and assists them in defeating Crossbones. However, he refuses to remove the hell mark, revealing that the deal that bestowed Venom with the hell mark had not been made with Flash, but with the supposedly lobotomized symbiote itself.
Flash later returns to New York after hearing rumors of the Crime Master resurfacing. While Agent Venom engages with the Crime Master's minions, the Superior Spider-Man arrives on the scene and assists in defeating them and exposing the Crime Master as an impostor. Flash thanks him for the help, although he thinks bringing an Arachnaught was a little excessive. Spider-Man, however, remarks that he didn't show up to take down the Crime Master's men, but rather Venom, blasting Flash with a wrist-mounted flamethrower. Flash fakes a surrender, takes out Spider-Man's Spiderlings, and escapes, the symbiote badly injured. He later shows up at Peter's house later in the day, interrupting a luncheon with Aunt May, Jay Jameson, and Peter's girlfriend Anna. "Peter" convinces Flash to undergo surgery to give him cybernetic legs and uses the operation as an excuse to remove the symbiote, which promptly escapes containment and reunites with its original host, transforming the Superior Spider-Man into the Superior Venom. Flash tries to coerce the symbiote to return to him - which it attempts to do, having been turned off by "Peter's" new attitude - but SpOck quickly becoming enamoured with the power it gives him, dominates it with his will and forces it to remain bonded to him, setting off to test his newfound power. Shortly afterwards Flash is informed that the drugs he had been taking to suppress the symbiote had altered his body chemistry to be dependant on it, and without it he only has a few hours left to live. With help from the Avengers, Flash succeeds in reclaiming the symbiote from SpOck, becoming Agent Venom once again, and returns to Philadelphia.
Tropes pertaining to Venom IV/Agent Venom/Flash Thompson
Adaptive Armor: Bonus points for the symbiote taking on the appearance of body armour.
Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When the symbiote ditches him to forcefully rebond to Eddie Brock, Flash is forced to plead for it to return to him, even though he was relieved to be rid of it.
The Alcoholic: Currently recovering after a relapse after stress with the passing of his father and other issues caused him to fall off the wagon before while in Las Vegas.
Arch-Enemy: Jack O'Lantern, formerly one of Crime Master's minions, seems to be shaping up to be the Green Goblin to Flash's Spider-Man, as he knows Venom's secret identity and even possesses the same arsenal as Norman.
Artificial Limbs: Flash initially uses the symbiote to form prosthetics, but is later equipped with a set of cybernetic legs.
Ascended Fanboy: As a teenager, Flash was a Spidey-fanboy. Flash forward to post-Dark Reign, and Flash is made the government-issue Spider-Man.
Badass Teacher: Is the assistant gym coach at a Philadelphia high school and frequently finds himself butting heads with Darius Fowler, the local Jerk Jock and a Generation Xerox to his high school self.
Blade Below the Shoulder: When duking it out with Carnage, Flash transforms his arm into a sword-like blade and decapitates Cletus. Notably, this is a power the Venom symbiote was stated not to possess when bonded to Eddie and Mac.
Call Back: The demon takes Flash's body out for joyrides while he's asleep, just like the symbiote used to do to Peter.
Can't Live with Them, Can't Live without Them: A literal example: Flash may not like being bonded to an oversized amoeba with a taste for human flesh, but he finds out that the drugs he's been taking to control it have altered his body so that without the symbiote he'll die in a few hours time. Of course, he only learns this after Superior Spider-Man separates him from the symbiote and takes it for himself.
Dark Messiah: Had the potential to become a Demon Lord following the events of the Circle of Four, and Damian Hellstrom even stuffed a powerful demon into him in an effort to turn the symbiote into one of his Monsters of Evil and make him a more legitimate candidate. The "honor" has since been passed on to Mania.
Dark Is Not Evil: Given his hero worship of Spider-Man it isn't that much of a surprise.
Deadpan Snarker: Takes a leaf out of Spider-Man's book and dishes out witty quips while beating up bad guys.
Demonic Possession: Gets a powerful demon put in him by Daimon Hellstrom, though in a subversion the demon is not happy with the arrangement and actually wants to be exorcised. Flash is worried it and the symbiote are cooperating to take over him, but it turns out the symbiote itself is less-than pleased with the arrangement and apparently evicts the demon along with the Hell Mark into Mania.
Enemy Mine: Pulls one with Eddie Brock to fight the Symbiote Slayers, and Eddie eventually concedes that as long as Flash uses the Venom symbiote to do good he'll leave them alone.
Failure Hero: No matter how much Flash tries, he gets as much and even worse crap dropped in his lap than Peter Parker in a much shorter amount of time. He lampshades this in an inner monologue, that none of his childhood dreams have come true.
Friendly Enemy: Flash tries to be this towards Eddie after they team up against the Symbiote Slayers, even going so far as to tell the reporters that Toxin fought to protect the students, give him sole credit for the rescue, and call him "pretty frightening... but kinda nice too."
Handicapped Badass: Proves it during a battle without the symbiote suit against a equally depowered and legless Cletus Kasady during the Carnage U.S.A. series.
Hollywood Cyborg: "Peter" outfits him with a set of robotic legs, and uses the operation as an excuse to remove the Venom symbiote from him.
Honor Before Reason: Has had bouts of this since the end of the Savage Six arc and his joining the Avengers.
Horned Humanoid: When the demon sealed inside him by Daimon Hellstrom asserts control, Flash usually grows a pair of long horns.
Hot Scoop: After Venom moves to Philly, he integrates himself with Katy Kiernan, who he initially assumes is using him to go in for the big scoop, but quickly finds her invaluable in setting up contacts and spies in the criminal underworld.
Hulking Out: When the symbiote takes control Flash, usually transforming into classic Venom.
I Am A Humanitarian: While Flash has tried to rein in the symbiote's appetite for human flesh, he hasn't completely suppressed it and in The Thunderbolts has been shown happily munching on armed thugs.
I Hate Past Me: Flash hates that he used to be a bully in high school, especially after seeing the trauma he caused his former victims, and finds himself wishing he could go back in time and beat some sense into his past self. Unfortunately, one of his students, Darius Fowler, is a Generation Xerox of his old self, which infuriates him to no end.
Man Bites Man: Bites off Toxin's arm during their first rematch, and occasionally munches on thugs to satiate the symbiote's hunger.
The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: His relationship with Betty Brant takes a nosedive after he becomes the new Venom. It is only after her surviving the Savage Six arc and learning he has been operating as Venom where she dumps him for good.
Military Superhero: Former US military and was working for them until a short time after the Spider-Island arc. Following that, he served under Captain America and the Avengers while moonlighting as an independent hero. He later signed onto Red Hulk's Thunderbolts before leaving the team to join the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Mind Rape: A new ability Flash's "Venom" personality has developed after Hellstrom sticks a demon into him, making it able to look into enemies' minds and remotely control several individuals at the same time, as demonstrated during his battle with the U-Foes, though Flash is uncertain whether the symbiote or the demon (or both) was in control at the time.
One-Winged Angel: He has two: if he loses control of the symbiote it will revert to its monstrous form - often identical to Eddie Brock's while sometimes maintaining the body armour appearance and white-rimmed black eyes; and Demon Venom, which turns the spider symbol into a pentagram and usually adds a pair of long, backwards curved horns and the ability to control demons to "Classic Venom" mode.
Promotion to Parent: In his long list of aspirations, Flash notes that the one thing he never wanted to be was a father. However, he ultimately accepts the responsibility of looking after Andi after her own father is killed because of him and she's bonded to the symbiote's clone.
Self-Destruct Mechanism: Initially had one of these placed by the government on him if he ever went out of control in the suit, though the symbiote later removed the device.
Sleep Walking: Develops a dangerous example due to the demon inside of him, where while asleep he lashes out at various people ranging from Mooks he defeated earlier to terrorizing his own traumatized mother.
Speak In Unison: Mania does this to annoy him while he's threatening Crossbones and Master Mayham.
Split Personality Takeover: The symbiote tries to usurp control of Flash whenever he gets sufficiently angry or the drugs suppressing it wear off. Its Horror Hunger even managed to freak out a demon Daimon Hellstrom put into Flash, though the two of them seem to have become BFFs... at least until the symbiote decides it doesn't want a roommate and apparently shunts the demon along with its clone to a new host.
Superhero Packing Heat: One of the trademarks of Flash's Venom is that he is usually armed with some form of gun or at least starts out like that.
Superpowered Evil Side: If Flash loses his temper or surpasses the drugs' time limit the symbiote takes control and rampages, often taking on appearances similar to Brock's or Gargan's incarnations.
Later he gets a actual demon placed in his body that occasionally tries to take over him.
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Flash and the symbiote only get along because Flash keeps it chemically lobotomized most of the time and he likes being able to walk, and because it's sick of changing hosts all the time and all its favorite hosts want it dead. Flash was relieved when it briefly abandoned him to rebond with Eddie Brock, and only took it back because he needed Eddie's Anti-Venom powers intact.
Voluntary Shapeshifting: Has used the symbiote to assume a multitude of appearances ranging from a Satanic cultist to a morbidly obese nurse.
A teenage girl who lives in the apartment above Flash's and goes to the high school where Flash teaches as an assistant gym coach, Andi noticed something was unusual about her teacher and came to the conclusion Thompson was Agent Venom. Shortly afterwards, her family was attacked by Jack O'Lantern, a supervillain who knew Venom's secret identity and had come in response to a bounty placed on Venom's head by the crime boss Lord Ogre. Andi watched Jack O'Lantern murder her father and was nearly killed herself, but Flash sent a portion of the Venom symbiote to protect her. The symbiote bonded with her, and she nearly beat Jack O'Lantern to death before being stopped by Flash. Andi, calling herself Mania, swore revenge on Lord Ogre and while Flash was otherwise occupied started a brutal crusade against Philadelphia's mob. When Mania finally located Lord Ogre, Flash stopped her from killing him and informed her that the portion of the symbiote she possessed contained the hell mark bestowed upon Venom by Memphisto and possibly the demon Daimon Hellstrom had possessed him with. Crossbones shows up hunting the possessor of the hell mark and unleashes an army of demons, but she seizes control of them and she and Venom retreat. Flash summons Memphisto to remove the Hell Mark from Andi, but the demon reveals that the mark belongs to the symbiote, and that the portion of the symbiote bonded to her was actually the symbiote clone once bonded to Patricia Robertson.
Tropes pertaining to Mania/Andrea Benton
Anti-Heroine: Andi is more than willing to mow down any crook who gets between her and Lord Ogre. Flash tries to restrain her, but isn't very successful.
Nineties Anti-Hero: Leaving aside her choice of alias, Andi sports a loose belt, knee-pads, vambrace, bangles, and army boots, all studded with spikes. She's also more vicious and unrestrained than Flash is.
Possession Implies Mastery: One of the things that tipped Flash off to the fact that something was off about Mania was how fast she mastered the symbiote's abilities.
Rebellious Spirit: She has numerous facial piercings, dyes her hair purple, and routinely cut class.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When a fake Jack O'Lantern kills her father, Andi tried to tear him apart and smother him with the symbiote even though he'd been hypnotized by the real Jack O'Lantern until Flash called her off. She also swore revenge against Lord Ogre and was even willing to detonate the dead man's switch he had connected to a bioweapon powerful enough to take out half of Philly, reasoning that the symbiote would make her immune to the fallout.
Kron Stone, the son of Alchemax CEO Tyler Stone and unknowingly the older half-brother of Miguel O'Hara, aka Spider-Man 2099. As a child, Stone was a bully and thug who took delight in tormenting his half-sibling, and as an adult he became a Serial Killer and murdered the family of Jake Gallows. In retaliation to Kron walking with only a minor fine, Gallows took up the mantle of The Punisher and fatally stabbed him before dumping him in the sewers. Dying, Kron brushed against the Venom symbiote, which had laid dormant for nearly a century, and it bonded to and took over him. As Venom, Kron was bestowed with powers beyond those Eddie Brock had possessed, and used them to torment Miguel, even going so far as to murder his Love Interest Dana, but was ultimately defeated when Miguel used the city's speakers to amplify a sonic blast. Venom was taken in for study and the symbiote was separated from its host, but escaped and bonded to Roman the Sub-Mariner, escaping into the ocean. In the Timestorm 2009–2099 crossover event, an alternate version of Kron Stone is transformed into the 2099 equivalent of the Scorpion by a time flux caused by Jake Gallows, and his own father.
In a world where Everyone Is a Super due to the release of a mutagen called the Terrigan Mist, May Parker has taken over for her cynical, retired father as New York's resident web-slinger. At some point in her past, May became bonded to the Venom symbiote, which sought to use her to take revenge on Peter Parker, but ended up subjugating it and becoming Venom, which further alienated her and her father. May attempted to stop the psychic supervillain the Skull from taking over New York City, but was subdued by his bodyguard/lover Iron Maiden and subjugated to the Skull's mind control, becoming his "lady". May was freed from the Skull's mind control by her father, who came out of retirement, and Captain America, who killed the Skull, and joined the NYPD alongside her father at Luke Cage's request.
When her father was sent to capture a being known as "Spiders Man", who was capable of spinning illusion-enducing energy webs and was working for the Church of Immortus, Venom went looking for him and found him ensnared in Spiders Man's illusions. Tapping into Peter's dream world, she was outraged to find he'd constructed a fantasy world where he had married Gwen Stacy and had a son named Ben. Forcing her father to face reality and come to terms with his life, Venom helped take Spiders Man into custody, and subsequently helped stop the Church of Immortus from dousing the Human Torch, a reactor created to purify the air of the Terrigan Mist, in New York. Venom eventually encountered an alternate version of herself from Earth-1122, who had come to warn Peter Parker about the threat of entities called the Celestials. Venom and Spider-Girl initially fought, but after learning they were Alternate Selves they came to regard each other as sisters. Later, Venom accompanied her father to quell a disturbance at the Baxter Building caused by denizens of the Negative Zone, and it was discovered that Captain Marvel had created an afterlife called Paradise in the depths of the Zone and was seeking to kill Death, to which end he had reincarnated several deceased heroes and villains as the Avenging Host. Venom was forced to retreat from the Negative Zone as her world was consumed by the expansion of Paradise. May returns in "Uncanny Avengers" #14, where Krang rescues her from being sucked into the expanding vortex, and recruits her into the Chronos Corps, his team of heroes and villains from doomed universes, in order to stop the Apocalypse Twins.
I Hate You Superhero Dad: May's relationship with her father became strained after MJ's death due to cancer, and worsened when she bonded to the Venom symbiote. It only improved after they joined the NYPD together.
Reformed, but Rejected: Peter thinks the symbiote is controlling his daughter in an effort to get to him - which, granted, was the reason it bonded to her in the first place - and refused to believe May's insistence that it's been reformed.
Tainted Veins: May's face is covered in pronounced black veins when she retracts the symbiote, and her costume is covered in blood-red vein-like markings.
Your Mind Makes It Real: In Earth-9997 the symbiotes are metaphysical lifeforms created by the Celestials, and their appearance and abilities are sustained by belief. Since Peter believed the machine the symbiote was contained in to be a costume dispenser, the symbiote became a living costume with powers that mimicked those of Spider-Man's equipment.
Eddie Brock Jr.'s father was a colleague of Peter Parker's, and they were Childhood Friends until a tragic accident resulted in both being orphaned. While Peter was sent to live with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben, Eddie was put into foster care. As a college student, Eddie uncovered the research his father and Peter's had been working on before they died - the Venom Project, the second stage of a protoplasmic cure for cancer that doubled as a living costume - and continued their work hoping to finish it. When Peter contacted him, Eddie showed him a sample of the Venom Project, but later in the evening saw a televised broadcast of Spider-Man wearing a black costume. Thinking Peter had betrayed him and that Spider-Man had stolen their parents' legacy, Eddie returned to the lab to find a battered and injured Peter attempting to dispose of the sample. Peter admitted to Eddie that he was Spider-Man, and warned him that the Venom Project was dangerous: in its unfinished state the suit consumed its wearer, driving them to satiate its hunger or be devoured themselves, and inflicted them with an uncontrollable bloodlust. Their parents' financer, Bolivar Trask, had seen the unfinished suit as a potential bioweapon and tried to steal it, and it was during the ensuing legal battle that Richard Parker and Edward Brock Sr. had died. Even with his powers and genetic link to Richard, whose DNA the sample had been synchronized to, Peter had been overwhelmed by the suit's bloodlust and nearly devoured a criminal before removing the suit with a surge of electricity. Disregarding Peter's warning, Eddie took a second sample and deliberately exposed himself to it, transforming into a horrifying monster called Venom.
Venom stalked Peter, attacking him at school, but their brawl was interrupted when Venom stepped on a broken power line. Eddie vanished for some time, later revealed to have been hiding in Central Park and feeding off the homeless population, although trace remnants of the suit in Peter's blood were unwittingly used to create Carnage, a vampiric monster. During a brawl with Spider-Man and the Beetle, the suit left Eddie and bonded to Peter, briefly taking over him before being removed and seized by the Ultimates. Having grown addicted to the suit's power, Eddie attempted to threaten Peter into retrieving it, but the reborn Carnage intervened and in the ensuing fight the particles of the Venom suit within Eddie reformed. Venom eventually gained the upper hand against Carnage and devoured it, transforming into an even more monstrous state and regurgitating Carnage's host, a clone of Gwen Stacey. Venom retreated, but was captured by the Beetle and taken to Latveria.
A sample of the Venom Suit was acquired at some point by Roxxon, and used by Dr. Conrad Marcus to become the second incarnation of Venom. Marcus, a former Oscorp employee, sought to cover up the connection between Oscorp's OZ-enhanced spiders and Spider-Man by killing reporter Betty Brant and attacking the Morales family, believing Jefferson Davis to be Spider-Man II. He followed the injured Davis to the hospital, but was defeated by Spider-Man II - who stripped Marcus of the Venom Suit by using his Venom Blasts from the inside - and shot dead by police, but not before he managed to fatally injure Rio Morales.
Tropes pertaining to Ultimate Venom I/Eddie Brock Jr.
Covert Pervert: Goes on one date with Gwen Stacy and expects her to sleep with him when she is only 15, assuming a "girl like [her]" wouldn't care about the age difference or the fact they'd just met earlier that day.
Evil Is Deathly Cold: As the Black Suit engulfs Eddie, all he can think about is how much he hates Peter, how he can't breathe, and how cold it is.
I Am A Humanitarian: Predates Mac Gargan in this respect, but takes it to an even greater extreme.
Horror Hunger: Taken above and beyond any other incarnation of Venom.
Hulking Out: When Peter succumbed to the Suit's bloodlust he seriously bulked up.
Legacy Character: The Venom Suit, or at least part of it, winds up at Roxxon, where Dr. Conrad Marcus uses it to become the second Venom to hunt down the second Spider-Man.
Living Weapon: Bolivar Trask intended to use the Venom Suit as one.
Mythology Gag: When Peter briefly succumbed to the Black Suit's bloodlust his appearance was identical to that of the mainstream Eddie Brock Venom. Ultimate Eddie Brock's Venom form was more amorphous.
Off Model: In Issue 38, Venom is drawn with the spider emblem in a small panel when on all the prior and subsequent ones he didn't have it.
One-Winged Angel: When Peter succumbs to the suit's bloodlust he transforms into the bulky, claws-and-fangs classic Venom. When Eddie initially bonded to the symbiote, Eddie resembled a taller, bulkier version of Spider-Man with no chest insignia. Then came the teeth, talons, tentacles, and thorns. After absorbing the Carnage symbiote during the War of the Symbiotes arc, he underwent an even more monstrous transformation.◊
Puppeteer Parasite: The Black Suit really wants to be bonded to Spider-Man due to sensing its genetic link to him.
Psycho Prototype: The Venom Suit is the second stage of a protoplasmic cure for cancer-turned-bioweapon.
Psycho Serum: The Venom Suit functions as one due to its incomplete nature and because the suit is tailored to a specific person's - Richard Parker's - DNA. Because of this, Peter - Richard's son - is able to resist the suit's negative effects better than Eddie, but only for so long.
Upgrade vs. Prototype Fight: The War of the Symbiotes arc had Eddie fight Gwen, who had become the Ultimate version of Carnage. Eddie won and stripped Gwen of the Carnage symbiote.
The son of Liz Allan and Harry Osborn, Normie Osborn held Peter Parker responsible for the deaths of his father and grandfather and took up the mantle of the Green Goblin to settle the score, prompting Peter's daughter Mayday to do the same and become Spider-Girl. As the third incarnation of the Green Goblin, Normie proved ineffective, losing not only to Mayday but to Peter, Phil Ulrich, and even to Mary Jane. When he finally caught his big break and captured May, she talking him into forsaking his ancestors' legacy and he reformed, becoming one of her allies. Oblivious to May's crush on him, he began dating Brenda "Raptor" Drago, the daughter of Blackie Drago, the second Vulture, but his repressed feelings for May and the arrival of a fiancée named Élan DeJunae strained that. Élan interrupted Normie's wedding to Brenda, forcibly bonding him to the Venom symbiote as a "wedding present", and the Venom-controlled Normie went berserk until being subdued by Mayday. Despite being urged to kill it, Normie opted to keep the symbiote, stating that if he could be redeemed then so could it.
With the symbiote, Normie set out to become a superhero, though he secretly instructed his secretary to have Spider-Girl kill him if he ever lost control. He was arrested for harbouring the alien by The Avengers, who assigned him to Kaine's squad for reformed supervillains after he stopped a rampaging War Machine. When Spider-Girl was mortally wounded by the Hobgoblin's Scriars, both Normie and the symbiote rampaged until they had killed or driven back the Scriars. The symbiote then transferred itself to Spider-Girl in order to save her life and empower her, removing Normie's tattoos and scars - mementos of his time as the Green Goblin - as a parting gift, and sacrificed itself to protect her and Peter from the Hobgoblin.
In The Other, Spider-Man died saving his wife from Morlun, but was resurrected with enhanced powers by his Inner Spider. In What If? The Other, Peter vehemently rejects the Spider's offer and kills it, leaving him in a coma. The Venom symbiote, languishing in prison with its then-current host Mac Gargan, senses Peter's predicament and abandons Gargan, taking over a prison guard and rushing to the bridge where Peter had cocooned himself. The symbiote ditches the guard and enteres the cocoon, giving it a Darker and Edgier makeover, and taking over Peter's body, crushing what little remained of his psyche in the process. The resulting being heads to Tony Stark's apartment, where Mary Jane and Aunt May are living, and introduces himself as Poison, offering to share his "love" with Mary Jane, who turns him down. Poison threatens to transform her by force and Wolverine and Luke Cage intervene, but Poison easily defeats them. To stop Poison from killing them, Mary Jane offers her body to him, but not her soul, promising to make his life miserable. Poison then leaves and exhumes Gwen Stacy's body, resurrecting it with a red-and-black symbiote.
Came Back Wrong: Poison is the Venom symbiote bonded to Peter's comatose/dead body. He can do this to people as well, as he threatens to do this to Mary Jane when she spurns him and resurrects Gwen Stacy in The Stinger.
Combat Tentacles: Like most incarnations of Venom, Poison can form tendrils to attack opponents,
Curb-Stomp Battle: Wolverine and Luke Cage tried to stop Poison from talking to Mary Jane. It didn't end well... for them.
The Power of Love: The symbiote believes its Grand Theft Me of Peter was an act of "love and glory everlasting. A true blessing... the kind you pray for in church but never get." Lampshaded by the Watcher.
Yandere: The symbiote's desire for Peter is so strong it doesn't care that Peter is Only Mostly Dead. Furthermore, when MJ's response to his We Can Rule Together offer is "Over my dead body!", he responds "I can make that happen."
Eddie Brock Jr. was a freelance photographer hired by the Bugle to take pictures of Spider-Man and looking to get the next big scoop so he could earn the cash to propose to his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy. Eddie proved more than a nuisance to both the Bugle staff and Spider-Man, distracting Spider-Man during a bank-robbery conducted by Sandman and accidentally enabling the villain to escape. Spider-Man, made more aggressive by a symbiote bonded to him, smashed Eddie's camera in retribution, but Eddie got his revenge by Photoshopping one of Peter Parker's pictures to make it look like he was robbing the bank. A livid Peter, under the influence of the symbiote, exposed him as a fraud, coldly rebuking Eddie's pleas for leniency with "You want forgiveness? Get Religion." Eddie was unceremoniously fired, and later that evening \ came across Gwen on a date with Peter, not realizing Peter was using he to make his ex girlfriend Mary Jane jealous. Consumed by despair, Eddie followed Peter's advice and went to a nearby church to pray for God to kill Peter Parker, not aware that Spider-Man had gone to the same church to purge himself of the symbiote. Hearing Spider-Man struggling to remove the parasite, Eddie came to investigate just in time to discover Spider-Man was Peter and for the symbiote to land on him. Taken over by the symbiote, Eddie sought out Sandman and after a brief scuffle proposed a deal to take down Spider-Man once and for all. Eddie and Sandman worked together to lure Spider-Man into a trap by kidnapping Mary Jane, and easily gained the upper hand until Harry Osborn arrived to back Peter up. Eddie impaled Harry with his own glider, and a furious Peter weakened the symbiote using a set of pipes and ripped Eddie out. Eddie, addicted to the symbiote's power, flung himself back into it just as Peter threw a pumpkin bomb, and both Eddie and the symbiote were killed in the resulting explosion.
Adaptation Expansion: Mark Bagley himself drew a bonus tie-in comic, Spider-Man 3: The Black, portraying the events of the movie from Eddie's perspective following him bonding with the symbiote.
Asshole Victim: Sure, he was a jerk, but he didn't really deserve to be blown up.
Call Back: In one to both the animated series and Venom's original appearance in the comics, in a deleted scene Peter has a vision of himself as Venom when looking in a mirror, although his Venom form doesn't have fangs.
Evil Is Deathly Cold: In Spider-Man 3: The Black, Eddie states that the symbiote feels cold, lifted directly from the Ultimate comic.
Fangs Are Evil: After bonding to the symbiote he has fangs even with his mask retracted.
From Nobody to Nightmare: Goes from being a disgraced, jerk of a photographer to a legitimate threat to Spider-Man simply by virtue of being in the right place at the right time.
Humiliation Conga: He's smashed into a wall by a pissed off Peter, exposed as a fraud, and dumped by his girlfriend. The symbiote takes all that resentment and anger and cranks it Up to Eleven... and then they get blown up.
More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Eddie has the classic gaping maw full of fangs, but unlike most versions the symbiote's mask acts as lips so they're not visible when his mouth is closed.
Paparazzi: Harasses Spider-Man trying to take pictures of him to win the Bugle's contest, and when Spider-Man smashes his camera out of frustration Eddie photoshops a fake image to incriminate him in a bank robbery.
Puppeteer Parasite: In Spider-Man 3: The Black, Eddie realizes "the Black" is influencing his thoughts... and decides that being able to do anything Spider-Man can is worth it.
Take That, Audience!: Sam Raimi was once quoted saying he disliked Venom and that the character would not appear in his films. Sony disagreed, and fans of Venom were severely disappointed with how the character was handled in the movie, criticizing everything from the actor portraying him, to the fact he spent most of his screen-time as Venom - the last 10-15 minutes of the movie - with his mask retracted, to the fact he was unceremoniously killed at the end of the movie.
Tainted Veins: When he retracts his mask, tendrils of the symbiote remain stuck to his face and neck and give him this appearance. In addition, the silvery webbing motif the symbiote manifested when bonded to Spider-Man becomes distorted and vein-like when bonded to Eddie.
Then Let Me Be Evil: Eddie proclaims "I like being the bad guy!" after bonding to the symbiote.
Villain Team-Up: Blackmails Sandman into helping him kill Spider-Man by threatening his daughter.
Voice of the Legion: Eddie's voice becomes distorted after bonding to the symbiote in the game adaptation.
You Don't Look Like You: In the first teaser trailers revealing his presence in the film, Venom looked a lot closer to his comic book appearance before his design was revamped to include the webbing motif present in Peter's black suit.
Carnage I/Cletus Kasady
A psychopathic serial killer imprisoned for eleven consecutive life sentences, Cletus Kasady met Eddie Brock when the latter, separated from the Venom symbiote by the toxic touch of the supervillain Styx, became his cellmate. Learning of Brock's grudge against Spider-Man, Kasady tried to convert him to his nihilistic philosophy, mocking Eddie over his claims to have once been the supervillain Venom. Repeatedly rebuked, Kasady decided to murder his cellmate, but before he could the Venom symbiote entered the cell and rebonded to Eddie. Venom broke free, leaving the terrified and jealous Kasady behind. Sensing his desire for the power Eddie possessed, a scrap of the symbiote left behind dripped onto Cletus' hand and bonded with him, transforming him into the monstrous Carnage. As Carnage, Kasady proved stronger than Spider-Man and Venom combined, and his symbiote was not only less susceptible to sonics than its progenitor but infinitely more difficult to remove, having bonded to his bloodstream. In his first appearance, Carnage forced Spider-Man and Venom to call a temporary truce to defeat him, and in his next major appearance Carnage rounded together numerous other super villains and nearly succeeded in taking over New York before being defeated.
Despite supposedly being irremovable, the Carnage symbiote left Cletus twice of its own volition, once to bond to Spider-Man's clone Ben Reilly, and the second time to bond to the Silver Surfer, but both times returned to its original host. Fed up with Carnage, Venom once devoured the symbiote, leaving Cletus powerless for a time, though the serial killer somehow managed to obtain an exact duplicate of it in the Negative Zone that has since merged with the remnants of the original. When Cletus realized the Carnage symbiote was about to give birth, he passed the offspring on to a police officer named Patrick Mulligan, exhausted from trying to suppress the process and intending to kill them both later. This backfired when the offspring, Toxin, teamed up with Spider-Man and Black Cat to defeat him and Venom. While imprisoned on the Raft, Carnage participated in a breakout but was apprehended by the Sentry, flown into orbit, and torn in half.
Presumed dead, Cletus was actually cocooned by the symbiote, but missed out on the Civil War, Skrull Invasion, and Dark Reign. His body was eventually recovered by Hall Industries, which extracted the symbiote from him and used it to engineer unique prosthetics. Equipped with a new pair of legs, Cletus was eventually reunited with the symbiote and stronger than ever, but was repelled by Spider-Man and Iron Man with help from the symbiote's new offspring, Scorn. Travelling to Doverton Colorado, Kasady took over the town by creating copies of the symbiote, even parasitizing the Avengers, but was defeated by the Life Foundation symbiotes, Scorn, and Agent Venom. Imprisoned, he was freed by servants of Marquis Radu, a tyrant in the Microverse who intended to use the Carnage symbiote to create an unstoppable army. Pursued by Agent Venom and the Scarlet Spider, Carnage betrayed Radu's forces but was captured and his symbiote cloned and fused to copies of the Venom symbiote. Intrigued by this, Carnage attempted to assimilate the Venom symbiote to become even more powerful, but was stabbed through the head by the Scarlet Spider's stingers and lobotomized.
Comatose and under the control of the symbiote, Cletus was eventually broken free by Klaw and the increasingly psychotic Wizard, who wanted to turn him into his own version of Agent Venom. Unable to do so due to Cletus being brain-dead, the Wizard has Klaw subdue the symbiote and transfers it into his old friend Karl Malus, blowing up his base with Kasady still in it. The Wizard's control over Malus proved tenuous at best, and during a fight with the Superior Spider-Man he lost control, allowing the symbiote to take over and go on a rampage, destroying Klaw's corporeal form in the process. The resulting shockwave blasted the symbiote off Malus and onto the Wizard, who the symbiote promptly took control of and resumed its rampage. Superior Spider-Man learns Kasady survived the explosion, albeit badly injured, and has his body recovered to exploit the symbiote's preference for him. The symbiote eluded Spider-Man's attempts to capture it and rebounded to Kasady, curing him of his coma, but the reunion was short lived before Klaw directed a bolt of lightning towards Carnage, separating Kasady and the symbiote once more. Spider-Man takes the symbiote into custody while Kasady is reincarcerated... and revealed to have made a full recovery from his lobotomy. Cletus undergoes psychotherapy and is integrated into the mainstream prison population, while without a host, the symbiote begins to die and escapes containment, seeking to reunite with him. Upon learning of the symbiote's escape, Kasady's psychologist, Dr. Jenner, hires a thug to shank him and then smothers him to death, offering himself to the symbiote as its next host. The symbiote refuses and resuscitates Kasady, rebounding to him, and the reunited Carnage returns the favour by smothering Jenner.
Ax-Crazy: Cletus greatly enjoys killing people on a whim.
Back from the Dead: Cletus was murdered by his psychologist Dr. Jenner, who wanted to become the symbiote's new host. It turned him down, resuscitated Cletus and rebonded to him, and paid Jenner back in full.
The Berserker: Without Cletus's mind to direct it the symbiote is little more than a feral predator attacking anything it sees, though after reuniting with him it develops the ability to speak on its own.
Bloody Murder: The symbiote is bonded to his bloodstream, making it very difficult for them to be separated. There have even been times when, without it, Cletus was on the brink of death due to anemia.
Character Development: Following his return from space, Carnage started becoming increasingly megalomaniacal, taking over Doverton, Colorado and trying to conquer the Microverse. This... didn't turn out so well for him, and in Superior Carnage Annual he decides to get back to basics.
Cloning Blues: Played with, as during the Minimum Carnage arc Cletus initially states that one Carnage is enough but is later delighted by the "incestuous" fusions of Venom and Carnage created by the body banks... mainly because he can control them. During the Carnage USA arc the symbiote developed the ability to create copies of itself at will, enabling Cletus to control multiple people through them. The remnant of the symbiote that survived the journey to rebond with Kasady in Superior Carnage Annual was stated to have been neutered, indicating it is incapable of doing this anymore,
Depending on the Artist: Carnage was originally drawn as being red and black with black teeth, but starting with Kyle Hotz in It's a Wonderful Life, artists began depicting him as all-red with white teeth. The latter look has since become his most frequent, which his "classic" appearance having been last seen in 2004's Venom/Carnage miniseries. Even more recently, some artists have drawn him as being all-red with red teeth and glowing yellow eyes.
Disability Immunity: Due to being lobotomized, Kasady is immune to Wizard's mind control, leading the latter and Klaw to extract the symbiote from Cletus and bond it to someone who isn't.
Eviler than Thou: Why he and the The Joker turned on each other in a Batman crossover. Carnage thought the Joker's plans were too slow, convoluted, and stupid. The Joker deemed Carnage's methods lazy, unoriginal, and a tad gross.
Arist Erik Larsen even admitted to patterning Kasady's looks on the Clown Prince of Crime.
Flat Character: One of the common criticisms labelled against him both in real life and in-universe.
For the Evulz: And unlike the Joker, he doesn't bother with being artistic: he just likes to flat-out kill.
Fusion Dance: After witnessing the combined power of the cloned Venom and Carnage symbiotes in Baron Karza's Body Banks, Kasady tries to assimilate the Venom symbiote.
Goal-Oriented Evolution: After becoming magnitudes more powerful from visiting the Microverse, Carnage decides to abandon his last vestiges of humanity and become the Ultimate Life Form by assimilating Venom, though this is quickly kiboshed by Kaine. Klaw ultimately deduces this is the reason the symbiote keeps leaving Cletus for stronger hosts: so that when it returns to him they'll be more powerful than before.
Half the Man He Used to Be: Was ripped in half by the Sentry, but survived thanks to the symbiote. He seems to have somehow regenerated his legs by the time of Superior Carnage.
Handicapped Badass: In addition to having been ripped in half, Cletus was left in a catatonic state by the Scarlet Spider, leaving the symbiote in full control of his body. Both his dismemberment and lobotomy seem to have been somehow fixed as of Superior Carnage.
I Am A Humanitarian: Like Venom, Carnage has threatened to eat his victims and isn't shy about using his teeth in combat. More gruesomely, Eric Morrell had three kids before the events of the Carnage USA story arc and only two kids after. In the Superior Carnage arc, some guards joke to Ted Connelly that Kasady's cell mates tend to wind up as symbiote chow, and when reunited with Kasady the symbiote tried to eat the Wizard as revenge for separating them.
I Am Legion: Generally averted. In his first appearance, Kasady acknowledged the Carnage symbiote's intelligence, but tended to refer to himself as "I". Successive appearances had Carnage continue to do so - implying that Kasady outright overtook the young symbiote's personality (the fact that it's bonded with his blood likely helps).
In Love with Your Carnage: Pun aside, this is the reason Shriek fell for him. The symbiote considers Kasady its one true host, as if it is transferred to another person it takes control of them and rampages, but when it is bonded to Kasady it is utterly subservient to him.
Jagged Mouth: Carnage was originally drawn with black teeth, giving this impression due to the majority of his mask being black.
Joker Immunity: He's been frozen in an inescapable statue by the Silver Surfer and ripped in half by the Sentry and still survived, and survives being trapped in the Frightful Four's exploding base while he's in a coma. Even after he's murdered,
No One Could Survive That: Cletus has been ripped in half, stabbed in the head, and trapped in an exploding base, but aside from missing half his body and being in a coma, he's still alive. Even when he's shanked and suffocated, the symbiote just resuscitates him.
Not Quite Dead: The Carnage miniseries revealed that the Carnage symbiote managed to keep Kasady alive for nearly a year in space before a corporation found them, removed the symbiote, and gave Kasady prosthetic legs.
One True Love: Cletus and the symbiote see each other as soul mates.
Carnage: I was hollowed out inside... Empty... Just like my other. We were both sick... Because we were incomplete... But not anymore. We healed each other... Made each other whole. Neither one of us can survive without the other. Forget host. Forget symbiote. There is only Carnage.
Only Friend: The closest thing he had to friend growing up was a boy named Billy. As Carnage, he decided to invokeKick the Dog by tracking down and killing Billy, because what's more evil than murdering the only person who was ever genuinely nice to you?
Puppeteer Parasite: Inverted, as it's implied that Kasady took control of the symbiote rather than the other way round. However, the symbiote does possess a mind of its own, as it tried to take over Ben Reilly when it turned him into Spider-Carnage and following Cletus being put in a coma by Kaine it takes over his body, and that of Karl Marcus when forcibly transferred to him. Cletus is also capable of infecting others with his symbiote and controlling them through it.
Cletus's influence on the symbiote was apparently once so all-encompassing that when it briefly left him in favor of the Scarlet Spider and the Silver Surfer, it acted almost exactly like Cletus while possessing Reilly (who, granted, put up a fight) and Radd. This aspect of it was seemingly discarded, with the symbiote acting like a beast instead of mimicking Cletus's mannerisms, but following its reunion with Cletus it becomes able to talk, and in Superior Carnage Annual #1 turns down Dr. Jenner's request to become its new host.
Self-Made Orphan: One of Cletus' backstories is that he manipulated his father into killing his mother, who was trying to kill him after he'd murdered his grandmother and mutilated his mom's dog. His father was blamed for the crimes and imprisoned, leaving Cletus to be sent to an Orphanage of Fear.
Serial Killer: Before he got the symbiote. It just made him worse.
Yandere: As a teen he pushed a girl he had a crush on in front of a bus when she refused to go out with him.
You Can Talk?: In Superior Carnage #5 it's revealed the symbiote has developed the ability to talk.
Life Foundation Symbiotes/Team Mercury
A security guard working for the Life Foundation, Donna Diego was selected to be bonded to one of the five symbiotes forcibly spawned from the Venom symbiote. The de-facto leader of the group, Donna, alongside Agony, Lasher, Phage, and Riot, attacked Eddie Brock, but were defeated and seemingly killed by Venom and Spider-Man. Donna and the other Life Foundation symbiotes returned, having somehow survived, and begged Eddie for training to control their symbiotes. Venom refused, believing them to be lost causes like Carnage, and his prediction eventually came true: Donna had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, which was made worse by her symbiote's bloodlust, and ultimately suffered a psychotic breakdown, killing the other symbiotes' hosts before going into hiding. When the Xenophage attacked, Donna resurfaced, having regained her sanity and control over her symbiote, and helped Venom defeat it and destroy the creature's ship. 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 many times with a heated dagger, killing both her and her symbiote.
Ax-Crazy: Her schizophrenia led her to murder the other Life Foundation symbiotes' hosts.
Back from the Dead: The symbiote was seemingly aged to dust and Donna killed in an explosion, but both returned through unknown means.
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).
A mercenary selected by the Life Foundation to be bonded to one of the five symbiotes forcibly spawned from the Venom symbiote, Leslie developed the ability to spit a powerful acid and absorb chemical compounds such as Spider-Man's webbing. Alongside Scream, Lasher, Phage, and Riot, she attacked Eddie Brock, but was defeated and seemingly killed by Venom with help from Spider-Man. Leslie and the other Life Foundation symbiotes returned, having somehow survived, and begged Eddie for training to control their symbiotes. Venom refused, believing them to be lost causes like Carnage, and his prediction eventually came true: Scream, driven insane by her schizophrenia, murdered Donna and the other hosts. The Agony symbiote was transported to the Vault and experimented on, eventually merging with its brethren to become the Hybrid symbiote. After Eddie Brock killed Scott Washington, Hybrid's host, the fused symbiote separated back into its components, which were collected by the US army. Agony was bonded to James Murphy, a sniper 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.
Ascended Fanon: The name "Agony" wasn't officially recognized until Carnage USA.
Back from the Dead: The symbiote was seemingly aged to dust and Leslie killed in an explosion, but both returned through unknown means.
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.
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?
A mercenary selected by the Life Foundation to be bonded to one of the five symbiotes forcibly spawned from the Venom symbiote, Ramon chose to employ his symbiote's Combat Tentacles as his Weapon of Choice. Alongside Scream, Agony, Phage, and Riot, he attacked Eddie Brock, but was defeated and seemingly killed by Venom with help from Spider-Man. Ramon and the other Life Foundation symbiotes returned, having somehow survived, and begged Eddie for training to control their symbiotes. Venom refused, believing them to be lost causes like Carnage, and his prediction eventually came true: Scream, driven insane by her schizophrenia, murdered Ramon and the other hosts. The Lasher symbiote was transported to the Vault and experimented on, eventually merging with its brethren to become the Hybrid symbiote. After Eddie Brock killed Scott Washington, Hybrid's host, the fused symbiote separated back into its components, which were collected by the US army. The Lasher symbiote was bonded to a war dog, attached to and controlled by Chief Petty Officer Marcus Simms, as part of the Mercury Team and was used to help apprehend its "brother" Carnage after he took over Doverton, Colorado.
A mercenary selected by the Life Foundation to be bonded to one of the five symbiotes forcibly spawned by the Venom symbiote, Carl chose to employ his symbiote's Shapeshifter Weapon ability as his Weapon of Choice, focusing on blades. The nominal leader of the group, Carl, alongside Scream, Agony, Lasher, and Riot, attacked Eddie Brock, but was defeated and seemingly killed by Venom with help from Spider-Man. Carl and the other Life Foundation symbiotes returned, having somehow survived, and begged Eddie for training to control their symbiotes. Venom refused, believing them to be lost causes like Carnage, and his prediction eventually came true: Scream, driven insane by her schizophrenia, murdered Carl and the other hosts. The Phage symbiote was transported to the Vault and experimented on, eventually merging with its brethren to become the Hybrid symbiote. After Eddie Brock killed Scott Washington, Hybrid's host, the fused symbiote separated back into its components, which were collected by the US army. The Phage symbiote was bonded to a Rico Axelson, a lieutenant in the US Army, as part of the Mercury Team, and was used to help apprehend its "brother" Carnage after he took over Doverton, Colorado.
Ascended Fanon: The name "Phage" wasn't officially recognized until Carnage USA.
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.
Brock is a psychopath and he's got to die...TONIGHT!
Back from the Dead: The symbiote was seemingly aged to dust and Carl killed in an explosion, but both returned through unknown means.
That Makes Me Feel Angry: "You're making me mad Brock! I'm losing control! You know what happens when a human and a symbiote lose control?"
Riot/Trevor Cole/Howard Ogden
A mercenary selected by the Life Foundation to be bonded to one of the five symbiotes forcibly spawned by the Venom symbiote, Trevor Cole chose to employ his symbiote's Shapeshifter Weapon ability as his Weapon of Choice, focusing on hammers and maces. The most savage member of the group, Trevor, alongside Scream, Agony, Lasher, and Phage, attacked Eddie Brock, but was defeated and seemingly killed by Venom with help from Spider-Man. Carl and the other Life Foundation symbiotes returned, having somehow survived, and begged Eddie for training to control their symbiotes. Venom refused, believing them to be lost causes like Carnage, and his prediction eventually came true: Scream, driven insane by her schizophrenia, murdered Carl and the other hosts. The Riot symbiote was transported to the Vault and experimented on, eventually merging with its brethren to become the Hybrid symbiote. After Eddie Brock killed Scott Washington, Hybrid's host, the fused symbiote separated back into its components, which were collected by the US army. The Riot symbiote was bonded to a Howard Ogden, a boatswain in the US Army, as part of the Mercury Team, and was used to help apprehend its "brother" Carnage after he took over Doverton, Colorado.
Ascended Fanon: The name "Riot" wasn't officially recognized until Carnage USA.
Super Speed: Howard uses the symbiote to run faster than a person could blink.
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.
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: Wore a suit of green armor derived from Iron Man's as a Guardsman at the Vault.
Patrick "Pat" Mulligan was an NYPD police officer who had the misfortune of running across the supervillain Carnage, who had just spawned a baby symbiote. Too weak to kill them, Carnage bonded the infant symbiote to Patrick and left, intending to kill them once he regained his strength. When the symbiote matured, Venom named it Toxin, but when he realized that not only was it more powerful than both himself and Carnage combined but that it was unlikely to aid him in his crusade against Spider-Man, he joined with Carnage in trying to kill it. Pat accepted his bond with the symbiote and joined forces with Spider-Man and Black Cat in defeating them, and on a number of other occasions, leaving his family behind in order to tame the symbiote, eventually succeeding after stopping himself from killing Razorfist, who had killed Pat's father. Pat made a deal with the infantile symbiote: in exchange for complete control of its powers, it could take over his body for two hours a day, provided it didn't commit crimes. Pat was listed as one of the Civil War Initiative's potential recruits, but was ultimately beaten to death in a gutter by Blackheart, who stole the symbiote. Crime Master later re-stole the symbiote and bonded it to Eddie Brock, who was initially taken over by the symbiote but later tamed it himself and used it to return to his Lethal Protector lifestyle.
Tanis Nieves was a psychologist working to rehabilitate Frances "Shriek" Barrison, "wife" of the presumed-dead serial killer Cletus Kasady. When the Doppelganger attempted to free its mother from captivity, Tanis lost her right arm due to a stray bullet, and was given a prosthetic courtesy of Hall Industries. However, it turned out that the prosthetic had been engineered from the Carnage symbiote, which Hall Industries had been experimenting on. The symbiote remotely seized control of Tanis' arm, forcing her to break it free and bonding to her in an effort to relocate its original host, who was still alive even after being torn in half and spending a year in orbit. After the Carnage symbiote had returned to Cletus, Tanis discovered it had left a spawn that had merged with her prosthetic. Initially terrified, she ultimately embraced it, dubbing it "Scorn", and used it to help Spider-Man and Iron Man repel Carnage. Under the direction of the military, Scorn joined the Mercury Team and trained her symbiote's unique ability to assimilate any technological object. When Carnage resurfaced in Doverton, Scorn was dispatched alongside the other members of Team Mercury, and with the help of Agent Venom succeeded in capturing her "father".
An Arm and a Leg: Tanis lost her right arm during a shootout between police and the Doppelgänger. She later cut off the replacement upon realizing it was "infected" by Carnage's spawn, though she allowed it to return to her.
Arm Cannon: Can fuse her arms to guns to give herself these.