Carnage is a Spider-Man villain and the first spawn of Venom. The symbiote has bonded to a number of hosts over the years, and like Venom has accumulated a number of alternate-universe counterparts.
The Carnage Symbiote
The first spawn of the Venom symbiote, left behind during the alien's jailbreak of Eddie Brock. Needing a host and sensing Cletus' jealousy of Venom's power, the infant symbiote entered the serial killer's body through a cut and bonded to his bloodstream. The Carnage symbiote was utterly subservient to him and fully embraced his nihilistic philosophy to the point where it functioned as an extension of Cletus' will. 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. Despite initially being disgusted at the notion of giving birth, Cletus came to consider the Carnage symbiote to be female, causing his relationship with the creature to take on a new dynamic
Despite supposedly being irremovable, the Carnage symbiote has been bonded to people other than Cletus over the years, usually for a short duration. These range from unwilling hosts whose dark tendencies it encourages, such as Ben Reilly, Silver Surfer and Normie Osborn, to willing hosts seeking its power, such as Karl Malus and and Norman Osborn.
- Adaptive Armor: Like the Venom symbiote, the Carnage symbiote protects its host from harm and took on the appearance of body armor while bonded to Karl Malus.
- Alternate Self: Not to the same degree as the Venom symbiote, but the Carnage symbiote has a number of prominent AU counterparts.
- Ambiguous Gender: While technically genderless, writers have variously referred to the symbiote with gender-neutral, male, and female gender pronouns.
- Antagonistic Offspring: To Venom. Even Cletus refers to the black symbiote, regardless of its host, as his father.Symbiote: Maybe if my host had a little more filial sentiment... a little more human love for his own daddy... some of it would have crossed over to me. As it is, I feel nothing but cold empty contempt. I hate you daddy.
- Apocalypse How: Duplicates of the symbiote (created by the government to take down Mayhem after she went rogue) called "Biopreds" and "The Carnages" decimate and overtake most of the Earth in a Bad Future shown in Spider-Girl. Cletus had similar ambitions in Carnage USA.
- Arch-Enemy: To the Venom Symbiote and to a lesser extent Toxin.
- Archnemesis Dad: To Toxin and Scorn.
- The Assimilator: The Carnage symbiote has made a habit of assimilating others of its own kind, first during the Symbiote Invasion, then to rejuvenate itself after most of it was eaten by Venom, and to take over the remnants of the Grendel symbiote when it was bonded to Cletus.
- Asteroids Monster: Following the shenanigans at Hall Industries, the symbiote found it could separate pieces of itself and remotely control them. The only surviving piece of the symbiote to reunite with Cletus was stripped of this ability by the Superior Spider-Man, but regained it thanks to the Darkhold and being infused with Goblin Formula.
- Ax-Crazy: Just like its favorite host, the symbiote delights in bloodshed and violence.Symbiote: (on Black Cat) Look, Cletus, a pretty girl. Smells nice. Nice and soft...
Cletus: Squeeze all the perfume outta her.
Symbiote: Great idea, partner.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: After being launched into orbit by The Sentry, it saved itself and Cletus by inducing a comatose state in which they would only need oxygen (which the symbiote could convert CO2 into) to survive. While it's unknown how long they would have lasted like this, it's implied that they were near death by the time Hall Industries found them.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: When Knull tries to take over his body, Cletus fights back and overcomes him by consuming Scorn's codex to restore the Carnage symbiote.
- The Berserker: Without Cletus's mind to direct it the symbiote was little more than a feral predator attacking anything it saw, though after reuniting with him it develops the ability to speak on its own.
- Berserk Button: One of the first hints that Hall Industries's new tech is symbiote-based is Iron Man taking note of how a recovered piece of it goes absolutely nuts at the mere sound of Spider-Man's voice.
- Big Eater: Ate a meat processing plant's worth of cows and workers to increase its biomass in preparation for taking over Doverton, Colorado.
- Blank White Eyes: Like Venom, the Carnage symbiote manifests huge, distorted white eyespots.
- Blob Monster: Like its progenitor, the Carnage symbiote is an amorphous mass when not bonded to a host.
- Bloody Murder: The symbiote is bonded to Cletus' bloodstream, making it very difficult for them to be separated. There have even been times when, without it, Cletus was on the brink of death due to anemia.
- Body Surf: In order to reunite with Cletus in Superior Carnage Annual, the surviving remnant of the symbiote jumps from host to host, consuming them from the inside out to regenerate.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter:
- It acts this way towards Venom, who just wants to discuss its pregnancy, at the beginning of Venom vs. Carnage.Carnage Symbiote: The old fool has lost his mind. This is just his way to exert control. We'll both ignore him.
- Klaw explicitly compares it to a teenager, desiring independence from its original host but at the same time craving a connection with him.
- It acts this way towards Venom, who just wants to discuss its pregnancy, at the beginning of Venom vs. Carnage.
- Cannibalism Superpower: In Carnage USA, the symbiote ingests a meat processing plant's worth of cattle - and workers - and converts them into extra biomass. In Superior Carnage Annual, the symbiote regenerates from a small tissue sample by feeding off Carla Unger's hatred for her abusive husband and then eating her body and those of its other temporary hosts from the inside out after bonding to them.
- Can't Live Without You: In Superior Carnage Annual, the Carnage symbiote dies after being separated from its host for a prolonged period of time. The only part of it that survives is a "neutered" piece that was separated from the main body and makes a desperate bid to reunite with Cletus.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: When returning to Cletus, the symbiote tears itself away from the Wizard in as excruciating a way as possible as punishment for separating them. It also develops a taste for this while bonded to Norman Osborn.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Even when separated from Cletus, the remnants of the symbiote in his blood do not take kindly to the Poisons attempting to bond him to another symbiote and try to reject it.
- A Day in the Limelight: Web of Carnage, The Carnage Cosmic and Superior Carnage. And, even though Cletus was fully capable during the events of it, the symbiote was in charge in Venom vs. Carnage, even doing most of the talking.
- Dragon-in-Chief: The takeover of Doverton in Carnage, USA was the symbiote's idea, if a few of Cletus's comments are anything to go by.
- Emotion Eater: The Carnage symbiote can convert hatred and bloodlust into biomass, making it, Cletus, and Shriek a perfect team.
- Enemy Mine: Temporarily allied with Venom to try and kill Toxin. A slight Awkward Father-Son Bonding Activity-vibe was present.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The symbiote considers Cletus to be its one true host and hates being separated from him.
- Evil Counterpart: The Carnage symbiote was created to be one to the Venom symbiote.
- Evil Smells Bad: Doctor Kurtz from Mind Bomb notes that the symbiote reeks of "slaughterhouse sweat" while Sam Alexander less eloquently describes it as smelling "like puke".
- Female Monster Surprise: Played with: While the Carnage symbiote is actually asexual, Cletus referred to it with female pronouns after it gave birth to Toxin, although he also refers to it with male pronouns.
- From a Single Cell:
- Because it's bonded to Cletus' bloodstream, intwining itself into his very DNA according to some comics, there have been times when the symbiote was thought to be killed only for it to reform when he cut himself.
- In Superior Carnage Annual, the main body of the symbiote dies, leaving only a small tissue sample that proceeds to regenerate via The Power of Hate and Cannibalism Superpower.
- Fusion Dance:
- The remnants of the symbiote in Cletus' blood have apparently assimilated the doppelgänger he obtained in the Negative Zone.
- In Minimum Carnage, Marquis Radu creates multiple clones of the Carnage symbiote and Venom symbiote and merges them together. This inspires Carnage to try to assimilate the Venom symbiote, but he's stopped by Kaine.
- Goal-Oriented Evolution: Klaw deduces that the reason the symbiote keeps leaving Cletus for stronger hosts is so that when it returns to him they'll be more powerful than before.
- I Was Beaten by a Girl: Reacts poorly to Cletus blaming it for their loss to the newborn Toxin, telling him to shut up and threatening to leave him.
- Identical Stranger: After Venom devoured his symbiote, Cletus acquired an identical one from the Negative Zone in Webspinners. This has either been made into Canon Discontinuity, or the remnants of the original symbiote in Cletus' blood overtook the new one since it hasn't come up since.
- In Love with Your Carnage: The symbiote views Cletus as the perfect host due to his sociopathic nihilism enmeshing with its own predatory instincts.
- Kill It with Fire: One of the symbiote's weaknesses, although according to Karl Malus it doesn't mind flames if it's the one wielding them.
- Killed Off for Real: According to Donny Cates, Cletus Kasady's portion of the Carnage symbiote died trying to save him in Web of Venom: Carnage Born.
- Legacy Character: Despite being bonded to his blood, the symbiote has been separated from Kasady on numerous occasions and bonded to other people, namely Ben Reilly, Norrin Radd◊, Tanis Nieves◊, and Karl Malus◊. It always returns to him in the end, though.
- Loud of War: The symbiote's other weakness, although Cletus claims it's developed a resistance to it. After being augmented by the Darkhold, it loses this weakness completely.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Initially to a greater degree than Venom, as it enables its hosts to freely transform their limbs into weapons. Venom later develops this ability as well after bonding to Flash Thompson.
- Magic Enhancement: Exposure to the eldritch power of the Darkhold partially restores its ability to create and control copies of itself, and exchanges its vulnerability to sonics for a weakness to Chthonic magic.
- Make Way for the New Villains: Was incinerated via atmospheric re-entry in Web of Venom: Cult of Carnage's flashback sequence, and was replaced by the Grendel Symbiote at the start of Absolute Carnage.
- Maternally Challenged: It was just as thrilled to be pregnant with Toxin as Cletus was.Venom Symbiote: Don't be ashamed, Carnage. It happens to all of us.
Carnage Symbiote: I'm not ashamed. I just don't want anything to do with it.
- Mind Hive: The symbiote could remotely control separated parts of itself, enabling it to seize control of Tanis' prosthetic, the Iron Rangers' armors, the entire town of Doverton, Colorado, and Baron Karza's fused Venom/Carnage clones.
- Mind Rape: The symbiote forces Cletus' memories onto hosts as a form of psychological torture, in order to break them.
- Monster Is a Mommy: The symbiote has two offspring, Toxin and Scorn.
- Monstrous Cannibalism: It didn't object to Cletus having it feed on other symbiotes in Planet of the Symbiotes, or to trying to eat Venom in Minimum Carnage.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When the symbiote left Cletus and bonded to the Silver Surfer, it was apparently unaware that the separation would doom Cletus to a slow and painful death from stomach cancer. When it learned Cletus was dying, it instantly called off whatever plans for mass destruction it had and returned to him, not caring that he was still imprisoned or it could just stay with the far more powerful Silver Surfer.
- Oh, Crap!: When the symbiote sees the Silver Surfer it abandons Cletus in terror, having recalled an incident when Radd callously fed a symbiote-infested planet to Galactus.Carnage: I... we... know... you!
- Organic Technology: Hall Industries used the symbiote to create biomechanical prosthetics and Powered Armor.
- Overly Long Tongue: Although nowhere near as frequently as Venom, the Carnage symbiote has occasionally been drawn manifesting a long, thick tongue.
- Panthera Awesome: After being separated from Cletus by Scorn in Carnage U.S.A., the symbiote tries to return to him by bonding to a lion, while the rest of it takes over the other escaped zoo animals.
- The Power of Hate: Theorized to be one of the reasons why the Carnage symbiote is more powerful than the Venom symbiote. It can also feed off of negative emotions to become stronger.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: It was willing to abandon Cletus in order to take revenge on the Silver Surfer in the name of its species, many of whom were killed when the Surfer led Galactus to a planet overrun with symbiotes.Spider-Man: Talk to me, Kasady! Why did your symbiote ditch you?
Cletus: [in a Troubled Fetal Position] I-it was the Surfer... m-my other recognized him. Some kind of race memory... t-they all hate and fear the Surfer... because of what he did to them! R-revenge! They must have revenge! B-but there's only one way to conquer the Surfer... only one way.
- Puppeteer Parasite: While the symbiote is subservient to Cletus, it does possess a mind of its own, as it tried to take over Ben Reilly, Norrin Radd, and Norman Osborn. In Venom Vs. Carnage it was portrayed as being the one in control of Carnage, and following Cletus being put in a coma by Kaine it took over his body and that of Karl Marcus when forcibly transferred to him. The symbiote was also capable of infecting others with pieces of itself and controlling them through it. Cletus's influence on the symbiote was apparently once so all-encompassing that when it briefly left him in favor of the Scarlet Spider and the Silver Surfer, it acted almost exactly like Cletus while possessing Reilly and Radd (who, granted, put up a fight), and Nieves. While the symbiote was bonded to the comatose Cletus, it acted like a beast instead of mimicking his mannerisms, but following its reunion with Cletus it becomes able to talk, and in Superior Carnage Annual #1 vehemently turns down Dr. Jenner's request to become its new host.
- Psycho Supporter: The symbiote fully endorses Cletus' nihilistic vision of a world filled with wanton violence and anarchy.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: The symbiote's coloration is red and black, and Cletus' influence on the symbiote has made it even more savage than its progenitor.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When the Wizard sucks it out of Cletus' body and forcefully bonds it to Karlin Malus, the notsogood doctor warns Klaw that the symbiote is severely pissed off, which only gets worse when the Wizard blows up his base with Cletus's body inside. After taking control of Malus the symbiote shanked Klaw with a chunk of vibranium, massacred Spider-Man's soldiers, ate Malus after taking over the Wizard. When the Cletus is revealed to be alive, it rips itself off the Wizard in such a way as to cause maximum agony and was just about to eat him after reuniting with Kasady before Klaw hits it with a lightning bolt.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Carnage ran into the Silver Surfer, the symbiote (aware of the Surfer's connection to Galactus due to its Genetic Memory) freaked out and ran off, leaving Cletus behind.
- Secret Identity Apathy: It apparently didn't consider it pertinent to inform Cletus of everything it learned while bonded to the Scarlet Spider, like his and Spider-Man's secret identities, where they lived, etc.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: The Carnage symbiote lets its hosts morph their limbs into bladed/serrated weapons and fire projectiles formed from the symbiote. This was notably an ability the Venom symbiote did not regularly utilize until bonded to Flash Thompson.
- Sherlock Scan: It could somehow tell that the Spider-Man it was fighting was actually Ben Reilly.Symbiote: Wrong-o! You are not my true enemy! You are not the spidery specter who haunts the dreams of Kasady! Are you my Scarlet frien—ugnn!
Ben: He knows! He can somehow distinguish me from Peter! How—? How—?!
- Spike Shooter: The Carnage symbiote can fire projectiles made of its biomass, but they only last for roughly 30 seconds before disintegrating.
- Suddenly Voiced: The Web of Carnage four-parter was the first time the Carnage symbiote was shown speaking, though it only does so through internal dialogue, and hosts. It's established as having absolutely nothing in the way of goals or personality beyond what it picked up from Cletus, making it little more than an extension of his will.
- The Symbiote: The Carnage symbiote is the offspring of the Venom symbiote, and is even more vicious than its progenitor. It is completely subservient to Cletus and operates as an extension of his will and body... until he is lobotomized and their relationship is temporally inverted.
- Synchronization: The symbiote could sense Cletus was in danger in Superior Carnage Annual, and once he's shanked starts dying itself.
- Temporary Bulk Change: The John Jameson version of Carnage was very tall and very muscular, which was Ben Reilly's first clue that someone other than Cletus was in the suit.
- To Serve Man: Not to the degree of the Venom symbiote, but the Carnage symbiote isn't averse to chowing down on human flesh when it can get it.
- Truly Single Parent: Like the Venom symbiote, the Carnage symbiote has given birth to several progeny: Toxin, Scorn, Raze, and the unnamed symbiote bonded to Jubulile van Scotter.
- Upgrade vs. Prototype Fight: The Carnage symbiote is more powerful than the Venom symbiote, but conversely weaker than the Toxin symbiote.
- The Un-Favourite: Of all Venom's children, Carnage is the one that's hated the most.
- The Voiceless: According to Superior Carnage #5 the symbiote could only vocalize by screeching, snarling, and roaring. It's been shown speaking through hosts before, however.
- Wife-Basher Basher:
- While in possession of John Jameson in Web of Carnage, the symbiote murders an abusive alcoholic in a Parking Garage, but leaves his wife alone.
- While bonded to a scientist named Carla Unger, the symbiote took time off from its reunite-with-Cletus-at-all-costs quest to help her put the "death" in "till death do us part".Carla (as Carnage): I want you to know something, Will. Everything that's about to happen... All the nasty things that I'm going to do to you... It's not the monster making me do it. I'm killing you because I want to. I've been married to you a long time. It's about time you started bringing me some joy!
- Yandere: The symbiote hates being separated from Cletus and is more-than-willing to do whatever it takes to reunite with him if they are separated. Woe betide the people responsible for their separation... and whoever gets in its way. The sole exception being when it willingly abandoned Kasady to try and take over the Silver Surfer.Warden: P-please. I've done what you wanted. I h-have a family.
Symbiote: Don't talk to me about your family! I've got family too! You kept them locked up here! You let this happen to my family!
Doctor Jenner: Your adopted family. You can always adopt a new one... one who is worthy of you... one who has dreamed of this... of your embrace... for oh-so-long.
Symbiote: Who... who... who... who... WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
- You Can Talk?: In Superior Carnage #5 it's revealed the symbiote has developed the ability to talk and treats it like a big deal, ignoring the previous occasions where it was shown to be capable of speech, like Venom vs. Carnage.Symbiote: Sssssstay back! Thisssss body isssss mine!
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The symbiote kills each of the intermediate hosts it bonds to in Superior Carnage Annual, although its roundabout thank-you to Carla Unger construes her death as a Mercy Killing since it had been eating her from the inside out.
- Animate Dead: It turned Cletus Kasady into a Revenant Zombie after being bonded to his corpse, and was later used to reanimate Emil Gregg.
- The Assimilator:
- By absorbing codices and other symbiotes, its connection to Knull was amplified and it grew in power to the point of effectively becoming a god. Additionally, absorbing the codices of superhumans — like the Ghost Rider Alejandra Jones — temporarily imbues it with the powers of those hosts.
- After Cletus was killed by Venom, the Dark Carnage symbiote was absorbed into the Venom symbiote... though this backfired when it absorbed the Venom symbiote from the inside. Eddie was able to separate them by electrocuting it, but this enabled it to briefly take over him.
- Ax-Crazy: It's just as bloodthirsty as the original Carnage symbiote, and seeks to carry on Cletus' mission to paint the world red with blood.
- Chest Insignia: As its connection to Knull grows stronger across the leadup to Absolute Carnage, it manifests a white version of Knull's dragon emblem on its chest.note After Cletus' death, it loses the emblem and appears almost-identically to the original Carnage symbiote.
- Dead Person Impersonation: It manifests as Cletus Kasady in Eddie's mindscape, though it's unclear whether it's indwelled by Cletus' soul like the Killmonger Symbiote from Black Panther Vol. 7 is indwelled by Emperor N'Jadaka.
- Dream Weaver: After bonding to Eddie Brock, it traps him in a nightmare where the Venom symbiote is killed, Dylan is taken away from him, and Knull attacks Earth.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Its eyespots glow yellow, signifying how its status as a symbiote demigod.
- Legacy Character: It serves as the more-powerful successor to the original Carnage symbiote, inheriting its personality and memories.
- Not Quite Dead: Eddie assumed he'd put an end to Carnage by killing Cletus at the end of Absolute Carnage, but the Dark Carnage symbiote survived and resurfaced a few weeks later.
- Puppeteer Parasite: After bonding to Eddie Brock, it torments him with visions of his worst fears coming true while it controls his body, intending to use him to pick up where Cletus left off.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: It originally appeared similar to Venom's Ancient/Corrupted form — black with a red spiral on its face and a distorted red dragon emblem on its chest. After absorbing Scorn's Carnage codex, it assumes the appearance of the original Carnage symbiote.
- Semi-Divine: As an offshoot of the Grendel symbiote, it inherited its progenitor's direct connection to Knull — which empowers it beyond the abilities of a normal symbiote; and it grows increasingly powerful by amplifying its connection to Knull through absorbing codices and other symbiotes.
- The Symbiote: The Dark Carnage symbiote was born from a piece of the Grendel symbiote-dragon that survived Tyrannosaurus and Venom's attempt to immolate it.
- Threatening Shark: After being separated from Eddie in Venom Vol. 4 #25, it escapes the Isla de Huesos by taking on the form of a shark.
- Throat Light: Its mouth glows yellow, signifying that it's Semi-Divine on a whole other level compared to other symbiotes.
Carnage's Main Hosts
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 behind a newly birthed spawn and a terrified and jealous Kasady. Sensing his desire for the power Eddie possessed, the spawn of the Venom symbiote 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. Years later Cletus would lose his symbiote in a conflict with the FBI's anti-symbiote task force.
When the Poisons invaded Earth-616, they sent a strike team to retrieve Cletus and offered him the chance to become Carnage again if he allied with them. Thinking they would reunite him with his beloved symbiote, Cletus accepted... but was instead bonded to a new symbiote, causing him excruciating pain as it came into conflict with the remnants of his original symbiote. Furious over having been tricked and tortured, Cletus rampaged — intent on escaping and reuniting with his original symbiote — but was quickly ambushed by an unbound Poison, which consumed him to become Poison Carnage. However, Cletus' bloodlust let his psyche mostly-withstand being consumed, and he faked loyalty to the Hive — ultimately being tossed into space by Venom. However, his body floated through the emptiness of space and returned to Earth — shattering the Poison and restoring his human form in the process. The Carnage symbiote sacrificed itself to protect Cletus as they reentered Earth's atmosphere, but Cletus died upon landing.
Cletus' body was spirited away by the authorities, only to be grabbed by an apocalyptic cult who saw him as the key to contacting and awakening the symbiote god Knull. Thanks to a piece of the ancient Grendel symbiote they had stolen from the Maker, Cletus was reanimated and transformed into Dark Carnage by devouring Scorn's "codex" — trace remnants of symbiote left in hosts' bodies. Wanting more of the experience he'd had, he was told that if he absorbed more "codexes" from other previous symbiote holders, he could even resurrect Knull.
- Artificial Limbs: Cletus was briefly equipped with cybernetic legs derived from his symbiote, although they were destroyed by a sonic machine. He regrew his legs while in the Microverse, but apparently loses them again after sacrificing himself in AXIS since the robot legs are inexplicably back in Nova.
- Arch-Enemy: To Venom and Toxin as well by extension it's hosts Eddie Brock and Flash Thompson.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Claims to have done this following exiting the Microverse, though he's quickly subdued by Agent Venom and Scarlet Spider.
- Ax-Crazy: Cletus believes that chaos is the natural order, and expresses this belief through wanton violence.Cletus: My name is Cletus Kasady and I kill people and I love it. I know nine million ways to kill a body and I love every single one of them. All dull day every day right up until I hit the hay I think of bodies. Bodies burst. Bodies slit right up the middle and shared across a hundred nice little gardens. And when I sleep I dream of ways to kill a body that ain't nobody thought of yet.
- Back from the Dead:
- Cletus was murdered by his psychologist Dr. Jenner, who wanted to become the symbiote's new host. It turned him down, resuscitated and rebonded to Cletus, and the reunited Carnage paid Jenner back with interest.
- In Web of Venom: Carnage Born, a cult dedicated to Knull resurrects Cletus so that he can free the dark god of the symbiotes from his prison in Klyntar. A Subverted Trope, as he isn't technically alive again, but reanimated.
- The Bad Guy Wins: One of the haunted house/scarezone themes for Universal's Halloween Horror Nights in 2002 involved Carnage brutally mass-murdering all of the Marvel heroes and taking over New York, turning the city into a warzone between a flourishing band of criminals and whatever remains of a hopeless police force.
- Big Bad: Of the Maximum Carnage, Carnage USA, Minimum Carnage story arcs, his own series, and some of Venom's stories. Basically, Carnage is the most recurring villain in Venom's rouge gallery, as well as having a number of miniseries focused solely on him.
- Big Eater: Between himself and Doppelgänger, Cletus ate a meat processing plant's supply of cattle and the workers stationed there to increase the symbiote's biomass and let him take over Doverton.
- Blade Below the Shoulder:
- One of his favourite means of attacking is morphing his limbs into bladed weapons, most commonly a battle-axe.
- As Poison Carnage, his arms appear to be permanently stuck in the form of sword-like blades.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: As Knull's prophet, his eyes have black sclera, red spiral-shaped irises, and no pupils.
- Blatant Lies: He's brought in as a witness◊ for the prosecution in Venom: The Trial. His testimony regarding his and Eddie's time together as cellmates is as believable as you'd expect.Cletus: It was almost impossible for me to hear my wonderfully intellectual classical music tapesnote —Beethoven, Mozart, and Mantovani—because of Brocko's loony lip!
"Flashback" Eddie: As a serial killer, you are some chump, Kasady. You got convicted on eleven counts. You must have been begging to get caught. I PUT DOWN MORE THAN TWICE AS MANY AND THEY'RE NEVER GOING TO MAKE ANYTHING STICK TO ME!
- Blood Knight: While Cletus prefers flat-out killing more than actual combat, he still enjoys a good fight and actually complained that "it was just gettin' good" when the Sentry left him to die after ripping him in half.
- Bomb Throwing Anarchist: Cletus espouses a nihilistic philosophy of lawlessness, randomized murder, and chaos.
- Book Dumb: Kasady is uneducated, having burnt his school to the ground, but is not an idiot, and prior to getting the symbiote had cleanly gotten away with a number of murders; worse, since he doesn't hold the same intense grudge against Spidey the same way his other enemies do and he doesn't have as sensitive an ego, he's not as vulnerable to Spidey's usual psychological tactics. Carnage is focused on his mission, and that mission is killing as many people as he can.
- Breakout Villain: Just like Venom, Carnage is easily one of Spider-Man's most popular villains.
- Brought Down to Normal: Venom once ate the symbiote, though Cletus was able to find a duplicate of it in the Negative Zone. There have also been times it's left him for stronger hosts.
- Came Back Strong: In Web of Venom: Carnage Born, Cletus is resurrected and not only has the Carnage symbiote restored, but is bonded to a piece of the ancient Grendel symbiote as well — making him more powerful than ever.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He kills people For the Evulz, and that's just about all there is to him.
- Cardboard Prison: Breaks out of prison on a semi-regular basis.
- Character Development: Following his return from space, Carnage started becoming increasingly megalomaniacal, taking over Doverton, Colorado and later trying to conquer the Microverse. This... didn't turn out so well for him, and in Superior Carnage Annual he decides to get back to basics. As Dark Carnage he becomes more methodical and cunning, to the frustration of Norman Osborn — whose mind was taken over by a copy of Cletus' original self.
- Character Rerailment: After breaking out of prison in Superior Carnage Annual, Cletus reflects on the foolishness of his past megalomaniacal escapades and decides to go back to just being a nihilistic mass murderer.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Cletus Kasady debuted as a bit-part bad guy in The Amazing Spider-Man #344.
- Chest Burster: The off-panel result of him attempting to hold in the Toxin symbiote.
- Chest Insignia: As a sign of his allegiance and growing connection to Knull, Carnage has a red/white version of Knull's dragon emblem in Absolute Carnage — though it's also been drawn as a spider similar to Venom and Mania's.
- Child Hater: If the look of exasperated annoyance on his face when a little boy with a Spider-Man doll starts pestering him wasn't a giveaway, the fact that that all Deadpool found of the kid was a few splotches of blood and the shredded Spider-Man doll certainly is.
- The Chosen One: Carnage is the subject of interest of at least two dark gods who see him as a suitable tool to bring about their revivals:
- A prophecy in the Darkhold, an eldritch tome compiled by Aelfric the Mad Monk, prophesies him as the "Red Slayer" who will awaken the Elder God Chthon. Carnage proceeds to do so thinking that Chthon will reward him with power, but is immediately disregarded by Chthon and unwittingly winds up contributing to the Elder God's defeat.
- In Web of Venom: Carnage Born, it's revealed that when Cletus was a baby he was chosen by Knull — the god of the symbiotes — to be the symbiote version of The Antichrist and bring about his revival. Donny Cates later revealed on Twitter that the cult made this up to hype Cletus as their messiah, but Cletus decided to run with it.
- Cloning Blues:
- Cletus gave a piece of the symbiote to Mr. Sinister, who spliced it with DNA samples taken from Kraven the Hunter and the original five X-Men in order to produce "Xraven"
- During the Carnage USA arc the symbiote demonstrated 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.
- 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.
- Comic Book Death: Meets his (presumbably temporary) end at the finale of Absolute Carnage by the hands of Venom, being impaled and then cut in half by a Necrosword.
- Conveniently Cellmates: The reason why Cletus Kasady acquired a symbiote to begin with was because he was sharing a cell with Eddie Brock.
- The Corrupter: Tries to convert Eddie Brock to his nihilistic philosophy when they first meet.Eddie: Sometimes I wish I didn't have to live with a foul serial killer like you.
- Corrupt Hick: Cletus is often given a Southern accent, which Spider-Man, Deadpool, and most other superheroes and villains relentlessly mock him about. He also requested a statue be built in his honor and draped in the Confederate flag. However, he hates that people think he's stupid because of his accent.Carnage: Ain't no clues!
Deadpool: Come on... be faithful to your backwoods upbringing. Don't you mean "Tweren't no clues"?
- Curious Qualms of Conscience: After being Inverted, Cletus developed a conscience that left him near-crippled with guilt and an overwhelming desire to redeem himself from all the "glorious chaos" he wrought over the years. And just after he finally rid himself of the burden on his conscience and resolves to become a true superhero... he's un-Inverted and goes back to being his usual self.
- Cyborg: For a short while he had prosthetic legs derived from the symbiote.
- A Day in the Limelight: The one-shots Mind Bomb and It's a Wonderful Life, the latter being a Journey to the Center of the Mind story.
- Deadpan Snarker: Carnage enjoys delving into Black Comedy.
- Depending on the Artist: Carnage was originally drawn as being red and black with black teeth, but starting with Kyle Hotz in It's a Wonderful Life, artists began depicting him as all-red with white teeth. The latter look has since become his most frequent, with his "classic" appearance having been last seen in 2004's Venom/Carnage miniseries and 2006's Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2's DLC. Even more recently, some artists have drawn him as being all-red with red teeth and glowing yellow eyes.
- Depending on the Writer: Whether Cletus is afraid to die, doesn't care if he does, or is secretly a Death Seeker varies on who is writing him.
- Disability Immunity: When he was lobotomized, Kasady was immune to Wizard's mind control, leading the latter and Klaw to extract the symbiote from him and bond it to someone who isn't.
- Domestic Abuse: His relationship with Shriek. He enjoys hanging out with and doing horrible things with her and gets upset when other people hurt or try to kill her, but he's also perfectly fine with harming and trying to murder her himself whenever she starts to bore or annoy him.
- Draconic Humanoid: In Absolute Carnage #4, Dark Carnage assimilates the Venom symbiote and transformes into a demonic-looking form with horns and retractile draconic wings.
- The Dreaded: One of Spidey's most absolutely terrifying enemies and perhaps the only one he almost never chooses to fight alone; when Carnage shows up, Peter almost always seeks out friends- and in the case of Venom, even enemies- to team up with to take him down. Given Carnage is both quite a bit stronger than Spidey and by far the most homicidal and crazy of his rogues, this is a very sensible strategy.
- Eats Babies: David Michelinie described Cletus as "a lunatic who'd eat babies for breakfast and ask for seconds." The fact that all Deadpool found of a particularly annoying kid was a few splotches of blood supports this.
- Enemy Mine: Carnage only agrees to help Magneto and the heroes fight Red Onslaught because, although he likes Red Onslaught's methods, he doesn't like the thought of having to serve and worship him should he succeed in taking over the world. Additionally, when he notices that Deadpool has tagged along, he tells him that they are "going to have words after this"; then the Inversion happened◊.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Played for horror in Venomized. The Poison Queen appeared to her subjects as those they held dear and closest to their hearts. In Poison Carnage's case, she took on the form of Cletus's victims. Whatever that implies is probably incredibly disturbing.
- Eviler Than Thou:
- He was introduced into the comics pretty much for this express purpose. Venom had become something of a Noble Demon and Anti-Hero by the 90's, and the writers thought this was a waste of one of Spidey's most visually impressive and scariest enemies. David Michelinie had intended to kill Eddie off and have the symbiote jump from host to host, but Marvel vetoed the idea. Thus, Michelinie came up with Carnage as a stronger, scarier, and much more evil version of Venom who is he is damn proud of it too.
- Why he and the The Joker turned on each other in a Batman crossover. Carnage thought the Joker's plans were too slow, convoluted, and stupid. The Joker deemed Carnage's methods lazy, unoriginal, and a tad gross.
- In Deadpool vs. Carnage, Deadpool invokes this.
- Since the opposition had a version of Venom on their side, the Maestro considered recruiting Carnage to his Contest of Champions team, but abandoned the notion after catching a glimpse of what Cletus was currently up to.Maestro: An Eddie Brock from a world where he was smart enough—or crazy enough—to actually kill his Earth's Spider-Man. Heh. Let's go with crazy. Which makes me wonder. If crazy gets results... who's crazier than Venom...? (observes Carnage's latest rampage through a portal) On second though, there's such a thing as too crazy...
- Thanks to his moral inversion, Alice Gleason pulls this on him at the end of his AXIS tie-in not that he ever gets it. His cameo in Nova indicates that he killed her, since he'd made it his goal to hunt down and dispose of everyone who knew of his Inversion.
- Evil Counterpart: To Eddie Brock and Flash Thompson. In the former's case he was specifically created as an Eviler Counterpart, as Eddie does have some sort of moral compass in that he genuinely wants to protect innocents, while Cletus is a serial killer who has none and is more than happy to kill anyone and everyone he comes across.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Cletus loves his Dead Baby Comedy, which sometimes actually does involve dead babies.
- Evil Me Scares Me: Suppressed somewhere deep in Cletus' psyche is a traumatized little boy utterly terrified of the monster he has become.
- Evil Redhead: He has red hair and he's evil. Nuff said.
- Evil vs. Evil: Treated the invasion in Planet of the Symbiotes as a buffet, and butted heads with the Joker in Spider and Batman #1.
- Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Carnage's battle with Nova concludes with him being hit by a speeding truck.
- Faking the Dead: He faked his own death in Maximum Carnage by attaching a piece of the symbiote to a mangled body. He tries this again in Spider-Man and Batman #1, but the heroes see through it, though he meant it for the Joker, not them.
- Fanservice Pack: Cletus disturbingly borders on Mr. Fanservice when drawn by Clayton Crain.
- Feed It a Bomb: Deadpool stuffs a live grenade down Carnage's throat, losing his hand in the process, but all it does is temporarily incapacitate him.
- Fighting from the Inside: Cletus' true self is trying to overcome his Inversion, shown with him hallucinating about killing people.
- Flat Character: One of the common criticisms labeled against him both in real life and in-universe is that his obsession with death and chaos is really all there is to him. Efforts have been made to develop him into a more megalomaniacal villain, but at the beginning of Deadpool vs. Carnage, Cletus engages in a Motive Rant that serves as a Take That! to those efforts.
- For the Evulz: And unlike the Joker, he doesn't bother with being artistic: he just likes to flat-out kill.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Once tried to go on a rampage without the symbiote, waving a knife around while wearing nothing but red paint.
- Fully-Embraced Fiend: Cletus was jealous of Venom's powers right from the start, and once he got his own symbiote they all-but literally became inseparable.
- Fusion Dance: After witnessing the combined power of the cloned Venom and Carnage symbiotes in Baron Karza's Body Banks, Kasady tries to assimilate the Venom symbiote but is stopped by Kaine.
- In the Amalgam Universe, he was merged with Bizarro to create "Bizarnage".
- The Hall Industries Iron Rangers wore armor derived from the symbiote, which allowed Carnage to forcibly combine with them (killing the pilots) in a twisted Voltron-ish fashion.Mass Carnage: Metal feels funny next to their bodies, heh heh. This isn't the first time I've worn dead bodies as clothes... might be the most fun I've had though. Makes the top three at least.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Deadpool's psychotic lack of a fourth wall actually manages to out-crazy Carnage's nihilistic sociopathy and drives Cletus into a Villainous Breakdown, to the point that he questions everything he previously believed in.
- Goal-Oriented Evolution: After visiting the Microverse, Carnage decides to abandon his last vestiges of humanity and become the Ultimate Life Form by assimilating the Venom symbiote, though this is quickly stopped by Kaine.
- Godhood Seeker:
- At the end of Minimum Carnage, Cletus complains that he wanted to stay in the Microverse and conquer it to become a god, then decides he'll settle for throwing away what little humanity he has left and assimilating the Venom symbiote to become the Ultimate Life Form.
- In Carnage Vol. 2, Cletus frees Chthon expecting to be rewarded with apotheosis into an eldritch god. Chthon, no longer having any use for Carnage, contemptuously tosses the serial killer aside.
- After becoming the apostle of Knull, Cletus seeks to restore the Dark Carnage symbiote's deific power and develops a god complex that escalates as he becomes more powerful.
- 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, but lost his legs as a result of the Gene Bomb.
- Handicapped Badass: In addition to having been ripped in half, Cletus was left in a catatonic state by the Scarlet Spider, leaving the symbiote in full control of his body. Both his dismemberment and lobotomy seem to have been fixed by the symbiote as of Superior Carnage Annual, but he lost his legs again smothering the Gene bomb.
- Healing Factor: Cletus has regrown the lower half of his body, recovered from being lobotomized by the avatar of a spider-god, regrew his body from his severed head after being decapitated, and regrown the top half his head thanks to the symbiote.
- HeelFace Brainwashing: As a result of being Inverted in the AXIS crossover, Cletus and the symbiote try to become a superhero. Try, here meaning fail miserably more often than not.Spider-Man: Now that is really disturbing...◊
- Heroic Sacrifice: In AXIS, Cletus seemingly sacrifices himself protecting the others from a bomb. He makes Spider-Man promise to have a flamboyant musical statue built in his honor first. It doesn't stick, as he later appears to annoy Nova.
- Hero with an F in Good: Kasady is set to become a bonafide Sociopathic Hero following his Inversion.
- He's Back: A villainous example:
- At the end of the Superior Carnage miniseries, Cletus reveals he's recovered from his lobotomy.
- Cletus recovers from his Deadpool-induced Villainous Breakdown during the AXIS event and only joins Magneto's team to get revenge on Deadpool. However, the events of the crossover "invert" his morality, and cause him to embark on a redemptive journey of sorts that brings him into conflict with a new Sin-Eater. Following this, his inversion wears off and he goes back to being a serial killer.
- Hijacking Cthulhu: When consumed by a Poison, Cletus' bloodlust enabled his psyche to endure and hijack Poison Carnage.
- Hijacked by Ganon: Carnage appears as the True Final Boss of the Separation Anxiety game, despite not being featured at all in the storylines it's based on.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Cletus had a lousy childhood, but a lot of the things that happened he brought on himself.
- Horrifying Hero: Following his Inversion, Cletus became a combination of this and Terror Hero.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Like Venom, Carnage has threatened to eat his victims and isn't shy about using his teeth in combat. For more specific examples, it's implied that Cletus ate Eric Morrell's daughter Stephanie during his stay in Doverton; some guards joked to Ted Connelly that Kasady's cellmates tend to wind up as symbiote chow; and when reunited with Kasady after being forcibly bonded to Karl Malus, the symbiote was going to eat the Wizard as revenge for separating them.Mr. Sinister: You can't hurt me, Mr. Kasady. I will get what I want, with or without your cooperation. But I would prefer this go smoothly. Work with me, and I can help you.
Carnage: Help me get out? Help me eat the doctors?
Mr. Sinister: If you like. Appropriately enough, they're in the cafeteria.
- I Am Legion: Generally averted. In his first appearance, Kasady acknowledged the Carnage symbiote's intelligence, but tended to refer to himself as "I". Successive appearances had Carnage continue to do so, with the symbiote being completely subservient to him.
- And I Must Scream: After running afoul of the Silver Surfer, Carnage was imprisoned in a statue-like state - able to think, but in no way able to move or talk. He later got better, though.
- If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: The Jackal breaks into Ravencroft and violently extracts the Carrion virus from Shriek. Carnage, who is in a nearby cell, reacts negatively to this development.Carnage: If you've injured Shriek... If you attempted to harm her... I swear I'll have you squealing beneath my claws!
Jackal: Promises! Promises!
- Imagine Spot: When Alice Gleason betrays him, Carnage thinks of all of the good times◊ they could have shared, in a possible Shout-Out to a similar scene◊ involving Boomerang in The Superior Foes of Spider-Man.
- Indulgent Fantasy Segue:
- After Venom ate his symbiote, Cletus was left stewing his cell, fantasizing about getting revenge on him as Carnage.
- On his first night out as a superhero, Cletus comes across a man attempting to forcibly coerce a woman. His first response is to fantasize about ripping her in half. He scolds himself, then proceeds to knock the man's eyes out, cut another's hand off, and "gently" punch the woman unconscious after learning that she is a "lady of the evening" and thus also a criminal deserving of punishment.
- Ignore The Fanservice: Like the Joker, he is usually far too busy being evil to pay much attention to his Dark Mistress.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Pun aside, this is the reason Shriek fell for him. Cletus also feels this way towards the symbiote.
- Interspecies Romance: After getting it into his head that it was female, Cletus starts referring to the Carnage symbiote as his "girl" and "the missus", even teasingly accusing it of cheating on him when it took over Tanis Nieves. For its part, the symbiote views Cletus as its one true host and stops at nothing to reunite with him if they are forcibly separated.
- Jack the Ripoff: A heroic example: post-Inversion he tries emulating Spider-Man, even to the point of leaving a cutesy note and calling himself the "friendly neighborhood Carnage-Man." However, he's closer to ripping off Eddie Brock's Lethal Protector shtick.
- Jagged Mouth: Carnage was originally drawn with black teeth, giving this impression due to the majority of his mask being black.
- Joker Immunity: He's been frozen in an inescapable statue by the Silver Surfer and ripped in half by the Sentry and still survived, and survives being trapped in the Frightful Four's exploding base while he's in a coma. Even after he's murdered, the symbiote resuscitates him.
- Lean and Mean: He's usually lanky as both Cletus and Carnage, though in Carnage In New York he's described as being massive and imposing. This is taken Up to Eleven in Absolute Carnage, where he's literally skeletally-thin as Dark Carnage.
- Lightning Bruiser: Carnage is more powerful than both Venom and Spider-Man combined, and his serious attempts to wreck havoc have necessitated superhero teamups to stop him.
- Like an Old Married Couple:
- In Venom vs. Carnage Cletus displays this dynamic with his symbiote, exacerbated by the fact that he happened to be ironing clothes and drinking from a mug that says "#1 Dad" at the time.Cletus: How could you let him beat us? A kid? A whelp? Barely a week old!
Symbiote: Be quiet, Cletus Kasady.
Cletus: Oh, be quiet yourself. You might be the bus driver, but you need this bus.
Symbiote: Wrong. There are plenty more human hosts.
Cletus: So leave me. I don't need a symbiote to be a Grade A Bona Fide Terra Firma Quo Vadis psychopathic killer. I did just fine and dandy before you came along.
- Carnage #4, Cletus and Shriek engage in nagging banter:Shriek: Where are you going? You didn't say anything about my new face...
Carnage: Can I have five minutes to kill some dudes before you talk my ear off?!
Shriek: I'm just trying to help...
Carnage: I can't have you screaming around me with that voice!
Shriek: How long are you going to be?!
- In Venom vs. Carnage Cletus displays this dynamic with his symbiote, exacerbated by the fact that he happened to be ironing clothes and drinking from a mug that says "#1 Dad" at the time.
- Lobotomy: At the end of Minimum Carnage, Kaine stabs Cletus in the eye with one of his stingers, badly damaging his brain and leaving him in a coma. This just makes Carnage even more dangerous, since the pissed-off symbiote can act without restraint.
- Losing Your Head:
- During the Minimum Carnage arc, Carnage is decapitated by Agent Venom's arm-blade. He proceeds to regenerate his entire body in under a minute, while acting like nothing happened.
- In AXIS: Carnage #3, Alice Gleason blows off the top part of his head with a shotgun, but he regenerates it in a matter of seconds.
- Love at First Sight: Cletus becomes smitten with Alice Gleason and spends much of his AXIS series fantasizing about her.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: Cletus thought Michael Hall's screams as the Doppelgänger ate him made good thinking music.
- Magic Enhancement: Exposure to the Darkhold's eldritch magic has changed him and the symbiote, making them immune to sonics and partially restoring the symbiote's ability to replicate itself.
- Major Injury Underreaction:
- Cletus' reaction getting ripped in half by the Sentry was as follows:
- He's completely unfazed when Agent Venom decapitates him, and simply regrows his entire body from his severed head.
- Make My Monster Grow:
- During the Planet of the Symbiotes storyline, he discovered he could increase his size by forcibly absorbing the symbiote invaders. He wound up growing◊ to near Kaiju levels.
- Inverted Trope in Minimum Carnage, where, after exiting the Microverse, Carnage is temporarily seemingly huge, but it's actually that the heroes are still adjusting in size and are thus incredibly small instead.
- Make Way for the New Villains:
- When Mac Gargan became a far more bloodthirsty version of Venom than Eddie Brock had been, Carnage was seemingly killed off by The Sentry and only brought back after the Venom symbiote had been given to the heroic Flash Thompson.
- Cletus is Killed Off for Real in Absolute Carnage, but in the process Knull is released from his prison.
- Man Bites Man: During his symbiote-less brawl with Flash Thompson, he took a bite out of the latter's shoulder and remarked that he tasted like pig.
- Mark of the Beast: In Absolute Carnage he has a white version of Knull's spiral emblem in the middle of his forehead, and a white version of Knull's dragon Chest Insignia.
- Metalhead: He's been shown to be a fan of bands like Mötley Crüe and Anthrax, to the annoyance of the symbiote, which only lets him listen to them with headphones.
- Mind Rape: Cletus once drove a doctor murderously insane by shoving a tentacle into his head, and showing him how he saw the world. The symbiote even reverse-hacked Iron Man's Bleeding Edge armor through sheer bloodlust.
- Mommy Issues: Culminated in him digging up and attempting to abscond with his mother's inexplicably empty casket at the end of Maximum Carnage.
- Morality Chain: Much like Jenna Cole was for Eddie Brock, Alice Gleason became one for Cletus for the duration of his inversion.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Like "father" like "son". Carnage's teeth were initially drawn as being black and blending in with the rest of his face, but they've also been drawn as white, yellow, and red.
- The Most Dangerous Video Game: Once killed a few people through Carnage Unleashed, and had plans to massacre even more when the game went online, though he was stopped by Venom in a cyberspace showdown.
- Multiple-Choice Past: Carnage's backstory is... inconsistent, which he himself admits. The most frequently drawn on story is that he killed his grandmother by pushing her down a flight of stairs, tortured his mother's dog, and manipulated his father into killing his mother. When sent to St. Estes Home for Boys, he was bullied due to his antisocial behaviour, and eventually murdered the disciplinarian administration and burned the place to the ground before becoming a full-time serial killer.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Carnage is tricked into nearly killing Shriek by Deadpool. Upon realizing what he has done, Cletus breaks down while cradling her in his arms.Carnage: Symbiote... covered her... disguised her... tricking me into... but they tried to warn me... tried to tell me... if I'd listened... no!
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Dude calls himself Carnage, and lives up to it.
- Nay-Theist: In one of his rants, he claims that the universe was created by a "drooling idiot".
- Nightmare Fetishist: Going back to his childhood, where his favorite film was one that happened to star John F. Kennedy.Carnage: I kill because it makes me feel like I'm on T.V., with my own personal soundtrack. Like JFK, brains on the leather and pretty blood on his pretty wife. JFK. NBK. KKK. And his pretty wife, now think of it, all wet and humiliated, crawling in front of the whole world—I like that, too. When I was a kid, my favorite movie was the Zapruder film.
- No One Could Survive That!: Cletus has been ripped in half, decapitated, stabbed in the head, trapped in an exploding base, and used himself to shield New York from a gene bomb. Aside from missing half his body and being in a coma,note he's still alive. Even when he's shanked, suffocated, and declared to be deceased, the symbiote just resuscitates him.
- While he can withstand gunfire easily thanks to the symbiote, Cletus has tanked getting hit by missiles without so much as a scratch, and what wounds he does get are quickly healed by the symbiote.
- After his symbiote is upgraded by the Darkhold, he loses his vulnerability to sonics — although he gains one to eldritch magic in exchange.
- After bonding to the Grendel symbiote, he is no longer vulnerable to flames and laughs off Mania's attempts to immolate him with hellfire.
- 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 derived from it.
- After his HeelFace Brainwashing, Cletus opts to sacrifice himself in an act of redemption, nearly bringing his former nemesis Spider-Man to tears. He succeeds in smothering the gene bomb's blast, and all that's found of him are bits of the symbiote. He's presumed dead, but later turns up alive but evil and missing the lower half of his body again.
- After the death of the Poison Queen, Poison Carnage's crystalline exoskeleton and consumed symbiote crumble to reveal Cletus somehow restored to humanity.
- Nothing but Skin and Bones: By Absolute Carnage, all that's really left of Cletus Kasady is charred, rotting skin stretched taught over his skeleton.
- Off-Model: Cletus has been blonde a lot, and looked almost completely different in Minimum Carnage.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Cletus has a body-count that only plagues and dictators can match, and he has jumped at the chance cause even greater mass-casualties. For instance, he sided with (and later betrayed) Blastaar the Living Bomburst and tried to unleash the dark god Chthon in order to bring about the end of human civilization. As Dark Carnage, Cletus devotes himself to freeing Knull in order to participate in the annihilation of the universe itself.
- One True Love:
- Cletus and the symbiote see each other as soul mates, taken to Interspecies Romance levels due to Cletus considering the symbiote to be a "girl" after it gives birth to Toxin.Carnage: I was hollowed out inside... Empty... Just like my other. We were both sick... Because we were incomplete... But not anymore. We healed each other... Made each other whole. Neither one of us can survive without the other. Forget host. Forget symbiote. There is only Carnage.
- To a lesser extant, there's Shriek.Boy: Mister... your girlfriend don't look so good. I think she might be dead.
Cletus: Shriek's alive. She's like me. Too mean to die.
- Cletus and the symbiote see each other as soul mates, taken to Interspecies Romance levels due to Cletus considering the symbiote to be a "girl" after it gives birth to Toxin.
- Only Friend: The closest thing he had to friend growing up was a boy named Billy. As Carnage, he decided to invoke Kick the Dog by tracking down and killing Billy, because what's more evil than murdering the only person who was ever genuinely nice to you? Currently, the Carnage symbiote is the only other entity Cletus genuinely cares about.
- Order Versus Chaos: Carnage thought that the Red Skull turning Genosha into one big death camp was pretty cool, but he still agreed to help Magneto combat him because he didn't like the idea of having to live under someone whose ideal world is a Nineteen Eighty-Four-style totalitarian police state in which non-conformists are shot on sight.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: Cletus has been known to make pop-culture references from time to time, such as quoting Babe and Fantasy Island (through the symbiote-controlled citizens of Doverton) in Carnage USA.
- Practically Joker: Clearly based off the Joker, with a bit of Norman Bates in there too. Arist Erik Larsen even admitted to patterning Kasady's looks on the Clown Prince of Crime. Coincidentally, the Joker was initially delighted to meet Carnage during a Batman/Spider-Man crossover, but they quickly had a falling out over their different opinions on how to kill people.
- Primal Stance: In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 and LEGO Marvel Superheroes, Carnage runs on all fours to emphasize his feral nature.
- Religion of Evil: The way he goes on about chaos, Cletus may as well be a disciple of Amatsu-Mikaboshi. By Donny Cates' Venom, he actually is an apostle of the void god Knull.Carnage: There ain't no clues! Everything I do... from here on out... is random. I can't be stopped! Can't be caged! Can't be tracked! My every action is a tribute... an offering... to the almighty—
- Revenant Zombie: His state in Donny Cates' Venom and Absolute Carnage: a reanimated, desiccated, maggot-infested corpse possessed by the primordial Grendel symbiote and capable of thinking for himself, but willingly serving the will of Knull.
- Rubber Man: Cletus can freely stretch and deform his limbs thanks to the symbiote, and can even stretch his neck out like a snake.
- Sadist: Exemplified in Carnage U.S.A., where he forces Hannah Morrell to go out and try to murder her husband, Eric. When Eric volunteers to be killed, Cletus becomes annoyed over him "ruining" everything and calls it off.
- Sanity Slippage: When Cletus was in a coma, Carnage was little more than a feral beast.
- Self-Duplication: Following the shenanigans involving Hall Industries Cletus discovered he could infect and control people using parts of his symbiote, although he's since lost the ability to do so.
- Self-Made Orphan: Cletus' most consistently used backstory is that he manipulated his father into killing his mother, who was trying to kill him after he'd murdered his grandmother and mutilated his mom's dog. His father was blamed for the crimes and imprisoned, leaving Cletus to be sent to an Orphanage of Fear.
- Self-Serving Memory: Cletus openly admits he has problems accurately remembering things about his past, such as substituting Venom for his fathernote and Alice Gleason for his mother in a flashback of his childhood. This may be why his flashback to his mother's death in Carnage Vol. 2 differs from what was previously established.
- Serial Killer: Before he got the symbiote he was in prison for 11 consecutive life sentences. It just made him worse.
- Sinister Minister: Acts like one, complete with stolen priest clothes, for a bit in USA.
- The Sociopath: Even before being bonded with the Carnage symbiote, Cletus was a diagnosed psychopath and convicted Serial Killer. Bonding to the symbiote made him worse.
- Sociopathic Hero: Despite being Inverted, Cletus is still very much a murderous psychopath bonded to a predatory alien parasite.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Marvel flip-flops on whether Cletus' last name has one "s" or two.
- Status Quo Is God:
- As pointed out in Superior Carnage, every time the symbiote leaves Cletus it ultimately returns to him.
- In Superior Carnage Annual, Cletus decides that all the character development he's undergone over the years — particularly his plots to Take Over the World and/or become the ultimate life-form — just hasn't worked out, and that he wants to get back to basics as the nihilistic and Ax-Crazy sociopath he was born to be.
- Straw Nihilist: Cletus doesn't believe in order and morality, and kills people for fun. He once argued with Demogoblin that God is probably a drooling idiot, if He even exists at all. Years later, he has a Villainous Breakdown when Deadpool convinces him that he's controlled by higher powers.
- Swiss Army Appendage: The theme of the cover of Carnage Vol. 2, #4.
- Synchronization: In Superior Carnage Annual, Cletus states that he can feel the symbiote getting weaker and dying even though he's separated from it by the entirety of the United States of America.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Demogoblin - a Knight Templar who only allied with him because it would allow him to kill more "sinners" than usual - in Maximum Carnage.
- This Is Gonna Suck: When Poison Carnage is tossed out into space at the conclusion of Venomized, he complains about this happening again.
- Throat Light: As Dark Carnage, his mouth glows a sickly yellow to accentuate his Semi-Divine nature.
- Tombstone Teeth: Befitting his status as an expy of The Joker, Cletus is sometimes drawn porting a Slasher Smile with these not counting his Jagged Mouth and/or fanged More Teeth than the Osmond Family as Carnage to highlight his maniacal and nihilistic bloodlust.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Carnage feeds the Sin-Eater his sin, which ultimately proves too much for balaclava-head to handle.
- The Topic of Cancer: Cletus was diagnosed with stomach cancer when he was hospitalized after the symbiote abandoned him to pursue its vendetta against the Silver Surfer. This hasn't been brought up since, presumably due to the symbiote curing him because, unlike Eddie Brock's adrenal cancer, the type of cancer Cletus had offered no benefit to it.
- Transhuman Treachery: When the offspring of the Venom symbiote bonded to him, Cletus Kasady - being a nihilistic psychopath - happily used it to become even more of a monster than he already was.
- Übermensch: At his most philosophical, Cletus rejects the morality of the world around him as an artificial construct intended to prevent people from being truly free, and believes himself to be one of the few enlightened individuals who understand that chaos is the natural state of existence. And boy oh boy is he ever The Unfettered when it comes to demonstrating this.
- Unholy Matrimony:
- Kasady's "wife" is Shriek, although their relationship is very dysfunctional.Cletus, through the Symbiote: She screams her pain as death and hatred. She kills for me. I like it. When it gets boring, I'll put her down like my mother's dog. I am Carnage. Killing someone I love will make me happy. So happy.
- Some lines in the Carnage Vol. 1, Carnage USA, Superior Carnage, and Venomized miniseries more-than imply Kasady considers his relationship with the symbiote to be this, such as referring to it as a "girl" and "the missus", and jokingly accusing it of cheating on him when bonded to Tanis Nieves.
- Kasady's "wife" is Shriek, although their relationship is very dysfunctional.
- Un-person: Upon becoming evil again, Carnage desperately tries to kill everyone aware of his heroism during AXIS, starting with Nova.
- Viler New Villain: As Venom transitioned from being a villain to an antihero, Cletus was introduced to be even worse by comparison. Eddie Brock may have an Irrational Hatred towards Spidey, but Cletus is a deranged Serial Killer who does things For the Evulz.
- Villain Protagonist: Cletus has had a number of series where he himself is the protagonist.
- Villain Song: Carnage Rules by Green Jelly, which was commissioned for the Maximum Carnage video game.
- Villainous Breakdown: Deadpool's taunts and jeers about Cletus being a Cosmic Plaything, coupled with various Contrived Coincidences that have occurred, cause Carnage to try and force the patients and staff of a mental institution to answer his nonsensical questions about being "controlled" by higher powers as he rants about breaking into one nuthouse after another until he gets satisfactory answers. After Deadpool tricks him into mangling Shriek - something he thinks the "higher powers" tried to warn him against doing through the muttering of a few mental patients - Carnage, convinced everything he's believed about chaos and randomness is false, suffers a mind-shattering Freak Out.Detective: Cell's not even locked. He could walk right out.
Carnage: Gonna sit right here... 'til I'm left alone... 'til I'm my own man again... and then... I'm gonna find Deadpool... and make him pay for trying to peel my eyes open!
- Voice of the Legion: Beginning in the 2000's, Carnage speaks using distorted red speech bubbles with white text.
- What Would X Do?: Cletus' first attempts at being a hero pretty much boil down to him asking himself "What would Spider-Man do?", not having a clue, and literally butchering it.
- Where I Was Born and Razed: Burned down the orphanage that took him in.
- The Worf Effect: Spider-Man's taken him down solo on occasion, and he was ripped in half by the Sentry.
- Worthy Opponent: Cletus initially saw Spider-Man as one, during their first encounter.Carnage: Gee, Webster, I dunno why Eddie ragged on ya so much! I think you're kinda fun! I mean, I could really get into reunion battles, grudge bouts! Too bad I gotta cut this short — — by killin' ya now!
- 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. This event, which had only been referenced once or twice in Carnage's early appearances, is revisited as a minor plot point in Axis.
- Cletus views the Carnage symbiote as his soul mate, and when the Poisons trick him into bonding with a new symbiote he screams at them to take it off and bring him his original. After the new symbiote finishes bonding to him, he promptly goes berserk — mowing down Poisoned incarnations of powerful heroes like Angela — while declaring his intent to reunite with his beloved Other.Carnage II: This ain't me! This ain't who I am! This ain't my other! Stand between me and my real self, I'll slaughter every damn one of you! You hear me, baby? I'm comin' for ya!
One of the two clone "brothers" of Peter Parker created by the Jackal, Ben Reilly believed himself to be the original Spider-Man and convinced Peter to retire, taking over the identity for a time.
When Ben learned that Carnage had escaped Ravencroft, an investigation revealed that the symbiote had left Cletus Kasady and taken over security chief John Jameson. During their fight, the Carnage symbiote left Jameson and latched onto Ben, bonding with him and transforming him into "Spider-Carnage". Spider-Carnage was stopped from killing Peter Parker by Ben's willpower, but after learning his friend Seward Trainer may have been behind the clone debacle, the symbiote overwhelmed him and set out to take revenge. Ben regained enough control to seek out Cletus Kasady, who the symbiote tried to return to when it realized that he was dying due to their separation. To stop this from happening, Ben elected to contain the symbiote within his own body and remain in Ravencroft. The symbiote left Ben when John Jameson flooded his cell with microwave radiation; but before it could be captured, it escaped through the room's sink and reunited with Cletus.
- Badass Boast: After successfully taking Ben over, the symbiote lets out the header statement.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Ben was continually fighting the symbiote for control of his body, and eventually managed to expel it.Cletus: You can't beat it. You can't control it. It's a disease—a cancer growing inside you—spreading its fingers throughout your brain—altering your perceptions—twisting you into what it wants to be!
Symbiote: And I want you to be a bloody piece of meat that I can play with! I want you to be small! Give in to me!
Ben: Rub a lamp, pal—this is my head—this is my mind—my will against yours—and I won't be cowed in my own head!
- Breakout Villain: Despite only appearing in three issues, Spider-Carnage has appeared in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, and The Amazing Spider Man 2.
- Cloning Blues: Both Peter and Ben believed themselves to be the original Spider-Man, although Ben had convinced Peter to retire as Spider-Man. The discovery of a skeleton wearing the charred remnants of a Spider-Man costume threw them both into a second round of existential crisis because it was found in the same smokestack where Spider-Man had cremated his apparently-dead clone.note For Ben, this was only made worse when he learned that his best friend Seward Trainer was involved with the bad guys responsible for the whole Clone Saga debacle. Add the Carnage symbiote to the mix, and it's a recipe for disaster.
- Consulting a Convicted Killer: In a desperate bid to learn how to control the symbiote, presumably to see if he can possibly use it for good, Ben breaks into Ravencroft to see Cletus.
- Demon Head: An in-universe example occurs when Ben forms one to tell a couple he saved from some muggers to get away.
- Fire and Brimstone Hell: The mental plane Ben fights the symbiote on is depicted as this.
- Fighting from the Inside: Ben struggled to overcome the symbiote's control of his body, and ultimately succeeded in expelling it.
- I Am Legion: After arguing with Peter about Seward Trainer, Ben angrily swings away, and refers to himself with "we" while doing so.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Peter tries this on Ben. It works, but barely.Peter: Ben... don't... don't do this.
Symbiote: I'm sorry... Ben is not available at the moment... please leave a message at the sound of the tearing flesh and he'll try to get back to you.
- Indulgent Fantasy Segue: While using his new powers to stop some muggers, Ben envisions ripping them apart, and very nearly does so.
- Jagged Mouth: Like the original Carnage, Spider-Carnage had black fangs that blended into his mask.
- Legacy Character: The Carnage symbiote ditched Cletus and took over John Jameson before jumping to Ben Reilly and bonding to him.
- Paint the Town Red: The symbiote declares this to be its intent during one of its mental arguments with Ben Reilly.Ben: No... leave him alone. Let him live.
Symbiote: Be quiet, Spider! Can't you seem I'm trying to work! Now shut up... you lose! I'm in control of this body now! And, as my old friend Cletus taught me... it's time to start painting this town a lovely shade of red.
- Power Fist: The symbiote forms a hand out of Ben's chest to try and punch its way into Cletus's cell.
- Power Limiter: The symbiote merging with him dulls Ben's Spider-Sense, but doesn't completely remove it.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: In Spider-Man Vol. 1, #67 the blue areas on Spider-Carnage's arms and legs were colored black.
- Rooftop Confrontation: Spider-Carnage fights Peter, John Jameson, and the Ravencroft crew on top of a hospital.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Ben regains control long enough to tell John Jameson to stick him in a Ravencroft cell, fully intending to spend the rest of his life in it if it means keeping Carnage contained.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: When symbiote successfully took over Ben it caused him to behave exactly as Cletus had, though he tried to fight its influence.
- Tainted Veins: The blue areas of Ben's Spider-Man costume are covered in red veins.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Ben was only Spider-Carnage for three issues before the symbiote returned to Cletus.
The cosmically-powered Norrin Radd is the former (and sometimes current) Herald of Galactus.
In an effort to cut costs, the new chief of security at Ravencroft weakened the microwave radiation keeping Carnage in his cell. Naturally, Cletus promptly escaped and headed to the Daily Bugle to pick a fight with Spider-Man, injuring Martha Robertson in the process. Spider-Man came out of retirement to do battle... and the Silver Surfer crashed the party. The symbiote recognized him as a Herald of Galactus and abandoned Cletus in terror, later ambushing the Surfer and bonding to him. Cletus revealed that he had terminal stomach cancer the symbiote was keeping in check, and was hospitalized. While Spider-Man tries to rally the superheroes against the threat of a cosmically-empowered Carnage, the Surfer flew out into space to try to suppress the symbiote, but was taken over and returned to Earth. Upon learning that Cletus was dying without it, however, the symbiote ditched Radd and returns to its original host, and the Silver Surfer imprisoned Carnage in an inescapable energy prison... from which he later escaped.
- Breakout Villain: Not to the extent of Spider-Carnage, but enough that he received a What If? comic where he fights the Avengers before committing suicide, and cameoed in Superior Carnage #5.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The combined power of the Carnage symbiote and the Power Cosmic completely overwhelms Spider-Man and the Avengers in What If?... The Avengers Battled The Carnage Cosmic? It's only Radd regaining control of himself long enough to commit suicide that stops him from killing everyone.
- Driven to Suicide: In the What If comic that showed what might have happened if the symbiote had decided to stay with the Silver Surfer, Carnage Cosmic almost kills the Avengers. Norrin regains control of himself long enough to fly himself and the symbiote into the sun to keep it from hurting anyone else.
- Fighting from the Inside: Norrin flies himself and the symbiote into space to stop it from killing innocents while he tries to fight it off. It succeeds in breaking him and returns to Earth... only to find that Cletus is dying without it.
- A God Am I: Carnage really enjoyed having access to the Power Cosmic.
- Humanoid Abomination: Radd by himself is a god-like entity due to the Power Cosmic, and the already Lovecraftian symbiote taking over him results in a threat the likes of which even the Avengers couldn't stop.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Radd asks Spider-Man to kill him before the symbiote takes him over completely.
- Jagged Mouth: As with most depictions of Carnage in the 1990's, he has black teeth that blend into his face.
- Legacy Character: The symbiote ditches Cletus out of terror and jumps Norrin in an alleyway, only returning to Cletus when it learns that he'll die without it.
- Mind Rape: The symbiote forces Cletus' memories onto Radd in an effort to break him.
- Monstrous Mandibles: Carnage Cosmic had four decorative spiked projections extending from his cheekbones and jawline.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Almost averted, as aside from his face and teeth, Carnage Cosmic is completely red.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: After returning the symbiote to Cletus, Norrin traps him in an inescapable energy field.
- Sky Surfing: Carnage Cosmic uses the Silver Surfer's Cosmic Surfboard covered in the symbiote's biomass.
- Spikes of Villainy: The main thing differentiating Radd's Carnage form from other hosts - aside from the giant surfboard - was that he was covered in huge spikes.
- Taking You with Me: At the end of his What If? comic, the Silver Surfer commits suicide by flying into the sun, and takes the Carnage symbiote with him.
- That Man Is Dead: Proclaims "The Silver Surfer is no more!" when revealing himself to Spider-Man.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Silver Surfer was only Carnage Cosmic for two issues (and a non-canon What If?) before the symbiote returned to Cletus, but he was acknowledged by Klaw as one of its four major hosts alongside Cletus, Ben Reilly, and Tanis Neives.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In an effort to make him think he's Not So Different from Cletus, the symbiote dredges up memories of all the planets he callously helped Galactus devour, including one that had been conquered by symbiotes.
Growing up, Karlin Malus was fascinated by the exploits of the Fantastic Four and graduated with a degree in biology, wanting to study the science behind superpowers. Unable to get money through legal means, Karl turned to crime and set up the Institute for Supranormality Research with backing from criminal organizations. Through illegal human testing, Malus developed supersoldier serums, but his desire to experiment on an already superpowered individual went unrealized until Richard Deacon, a supervillain called the Fly, came to him looking for a power boost. Malus' experiments brought him into conflict with Jessica Drew, the first Spider-Woman; and later Captain America. Malus was eventually hired by Power Broker, Inc. to supply superhumanly strong wrestlers for the Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation, though this arrangement backfired when the serum he used drove most of his subjects insane and his spine was broken. Wheelchair-bound, Malus was later recruited by his old friend the Wizard, who sought his help in controlling Carnage... by forcibly transferring the symbiote to his body and controlling him instead. Resentful of the Wizard's trickery, Malus nevertheless was forced to become the "Superior Carnage", joining Wizard's attack on city hall and coming into conflict with the Superior Spider-Man. Malus ultimately lost control of the symbiote and killed Klaw, and was stripped of it and eaten by the symbiote-controlled Wizard. However, he managed to survive the experience, emerging and returning to his mad science career...and having gained a symbiote's powers in the process.
- Adaptive Armor: Under the Wizard's direction, the Carnage symbiote takes on the appearance of body armor to mock Agent Venom.
- Back from the Dead: Malus survived being eaten by Carnage, "gestating" inside him for a while... and emerging with symbiotic powers himself.
- Badass Bandolier: Rocks one as part of his "superior" look.
- Badass Longcoat: Manifests one when the Wizard whines about too many superheroes and villains wearing Painted-On Pants and Sensual Spandex. After taking control of Malus, the symbiote remarks that it thought the coat was a stupid addition until it realized it could accessorize it with the tongues of Spider-Man's Mooks.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: As Superior Carnage, he has black sclera and glowing red pupil-less irises, though he has Blank White Eyes when the symbiote takes over.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Forms a curved sword-like blade on his left arm when assuming his "superior" look.
- Boxed Crook: Malus kept finding himself in this situation whenever he was arrested, having his bail paid in exchange for access to his knowledge on superpowers.
- Brought Down to Normal: After Malus loses control of the symbiote and kills Klaw, the shockwave strips Malus of the symbiote. The symbiote takes over the Wizard and promptly eats Malus.
- Eaten Alive: Karl is eaten off-panel by a Carnage-controlled Wizard. He survives and eventually emerges as a human-symbiote hybrid.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Was a crippled Mad Scientist before bonding to the Carnage symbiote.
- Evil Counterpart: The whole point of Wizard recruiting Carnage was to create one for Agent Venom. Like Flash Thompson, Malus is wheelchair-bound without the symbiote, though rather than being from a military background he is a scientist specializing in superpowers.
- Evil Cripple: He was wheelchair-bound thanks to having his spine broken by insane super-strong wrestlers he created for Power Broker Inc.
- Fighting from the Inside: Both Malus and the symbiote were very resentful at being forced to obey the Wizard and being separated from its favorite host respectively. Malus even warned Klaw that if the Wizard's control faltered for even a moment, the symbiote would take over and eviscerate them all in revenge for what they did to Cletus.
- Finger Firearms: Of a sort: Malus launched a flurry of shurikens formed from the symbiote's fingertips at Superior Spider-Man's Spiderlings, decapitating them.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Malus went from a relatively obscure Spider-Woman villain to the new Carnage.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Red ones as Superior Carnage, though he has Blank White Eyes when the symbiote takes over.
- Legacy Character: When Wizard is unable to mind control the original Carnage due to Cletus Kasady being in a coma, he extracts the symbiote and stuffs it down his old friend Dr. Karl Malus' throat.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Though his use of them is more sporadic than Kasady's, Malus uses tentacles to turn a flamethrower into an Arm Cannon.
- Mad Scientist: Dr. Malus, inspired by Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four, got a degree in biology from the University of California and once ran the Institute for Supranormality Research, experimenting on super-powered individuals and supplying the LA mob with Psycho Serum formulas.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Though they're not as pronounced as they are when the symbiote takes over.
- No-Sell: Uses tentacles to turn a flamethrower into an Arm Cannon, remarking that the symbiote doesn't mind the heat so much if it's the one dishing it out.
- Token Good Teammate: While Malus is not a good person by any stretch of the word, he is appalled by Klaw's drone-like obedience to Wizard and at his old friend's decrepit mental state.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: The symbiote becomes noticeably red-and-black again, and although it's subdued by the Wizard it's still plenty Ax-Crazy.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The first thing Malus does after becoming Carnage is try to kill the Wizard.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: When the Wizard's mind control slipped up after being defenestrated by Spider-Man, the symbiote partially reverts to its original appearance and rampages.
- Superhero Packing Heat: As Agent Venom's Evil Counterpart he is equipped with an arsenal of firearms, though the symbiote is markedly fond of disemboweling its victims instead.
- Take That!: Malus proclaims that Kasady was a fool for being so obsessed with chaos when much more power could be attained with even a little focus.
A longtime enemy of Spider-Man, Norman Osborn — aka the Green Goblin — was stripped of his powers and Ax-Crazy split personality by Spider-Man following his attempt to take over New York as the Goblin King. Despite Norman initially revelling in his newfound sanity, he eventually realized he was at a disadvantage against Spider-Man and became increasingly desperate to reawaken the Goblin within. When science and magic failed to re-empower him, Osborn hired a pair of mercenaries to retrieve the Carnage Symbiote from the government facility it was being kept in and bonded to it, thinking that he could control its bloodlust. Despite its initial resistance to Osborn's attempts to control it, Carnage had discovered that it somehow liked the idea of slowly killing people instead of out-and-out insta-kills. Osborn convinced the symbiote to let him have "the driver's seat" in order to show it more of that sort of violence. The symbiote purged Osborn of the vaccine, and he took the Goblin Formula to become a symbiote-Goblin hybrid; kidnapping J. Jonah Jameson and re-discovering Spider-Man's civilian identity of Peter Parker.
With this knowledge, Norman waged a war on Spider-Man by targeting Peter Parker's loved ones. While targeting Harry Osborn and his family, he also bonded his grandson Normie to a piece of the Carnage symbiote. Norman was eventually stopped by the combined efforts of Peter, his allies and Norman's own ego, in the end receiving brain damage for his efforts.
- Big Red Devil: Norman seems to be going for a demonic vibe as the Red Goblin, being Red and Black and Evil All Over and possessing fangs, claws, and a long tail with two serrations on the end.
- Bio-Armor: The Red Goblin's outfit strongly resembles a red-and-black version of the Green Goblin armor from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, with the addition of a Jagged Mouth and a tail.
- Breath Weapon: His new abilities enabled him to breath flames, which he used as a weapon against Venom.
- The Corrupter: He gave Normie some of the Carnage Symbiote, turning him into a smaller Red Goblin.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- Spider-Man is so terrified by the fact that Osborn has bonded to the Carnage symbiote that his brain almost shuts down and he flees without a single word besides "#$%& me." The Red Goblin effortlessly takes him down with a "Carnage-Bomb" and offers to let him live on one condition: Peter gives up being Spider-Man.
- The next issue features him dishing one out to all of Spidey's closest allies. The only one who puts up anything resembling a fight is Anti-Venom, and even then only because the latter has anti-Symbiote powers.
- The finale has him taking out both Venom and the Superior Octopus, though it didn't help that MJ accidentally had the symbiote deterrents on in Stark Tower and J. Jonah Jameson dropped in with a Spider-Slayer.
- Dressed in Layers: Osborn puts a Green Goblin costume on over the Carnage symbiote.
- Extra Eyes: In addition to his yellow-and-red eyes, the Carnage symbiote's white eyespots act as the Red Goblin's Big Ol' Eyebrows.
- Faking the Dead: Impaled by a girder, Norman pretends to be dying to troll Peter before revealing he's bonded to the symbiote and transforming into the Red Goblin for the first time.
- Good Counterpart: Spider-Man/Deadpool #47 contains a brief appearance by a version of the Red Goblin who allied with Earth's heroes against the Manipulator.
- Healing Factor: Both the Goblin Formula and the Symbiote give you one so, yeah... Even if you can put as much as a dent in this guy, he'll heal in way that could give Wolverine a run for his money. Being impaled is no big deal anymore, at least.
- Hellish Pupils: The Red Goblin has yellow eyes with red vertically-slitted pupils.
- Hero Killer: He murders Flash Thompson for ruining his plan to torture Peter's friends and loved ones.
- Hijacking Cthulhu: Norman thought he could do this, but the symbiote initially took over him. He quickly persuades it to listen to him by offering to teach it new ways to make people suffer.Norman: Stop! I am in control! Norman Osborn! The Green G-
Symbiote: G-g-give it up! There's no "I" here! And green is out! There's only red! We're making everything red! They'll be soaked in it! Drenched in it! And we are — Carnage! Hahahahahaaaa!
- Homing Projectile: His Pumpkin Bombs are now oddly adorable "Carnage Bombs" that can follow and latch onto their targets by biting them.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
- Norman is impaled through the back by a girder and tricks Spider-Man into thinking he's dying before he unveils his Red Goblin form.
- After Spider-Man saves Liz Allan from suffering Gwen Stacy's fate, Harry Osborn rams his father with an old Goblin Glider - impaling his chest in the same manner Norman had died the first time.
- Inflicts this on Phil Urich after finding his treacherous protege raiding the Goblin cache he was residing in.
- Jagged Mouth: The Red Goblin's mouth has serrated red teeth that blend into the rest of his mask.
- Mind Rape: Peter exploits Osborn's ego to trick him into rejecting the Carnage symbiote, then beats him to a pulp. When Osborn tries to rebond to the Carnage symbiote, Spider-Man immolates it and Osborn is hit with the full force of its dying agony, sending him into an Angst Coma. He recovers... somewhat, as he's now stark raving mad and under the impression that he's Cletus Kasady and that Spider-Man is Norman Osborn.
- He's strong enough to casually shrug off Miles Morales' Venom Bolt, which has infamously struck down his Earth-1610 counterparts with ease.
- He also resists a full power blast from Clash and the Human Torch- proving how he is completely immune to a Symbiote's conventional weaknesses.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Upon bonding to Osborn, the symbiote gleefully announces its intent to resume its mission to kill everyone in the world. However, Norman eventually manages to earn the Symbiote's favour by showing it that it can possibly do more harm through more intricate means, speculating that the Symbiote has actually gotten somewhat bored of mindless death and destruction.
- Partial Transformation: When interrogating Jameson, Norman is distracted by a rat and pounces on it. While attempting to use it as a Deadly Euphemism, he eats it — his shadow shown sporting a fanged maw and claws. When he kills Phil Urich, he's similarly shown in shadow with only his arm transformed.
- Playing with Fire: The Red Goblin was capable of creating explosive "Carnage Bombs", a flame-wreathed Carnage Glider, and breathing fire.
- Punched Across the Room: When Osborn mortally wounds Flash Thompson, Symbiote Spider-Man Venomizes and punches him halfway across the city in a berserk rage.
- Pride: This is what ultimately defeats him — Peter warns Osborn that if he kills him, he doesn't get credit for the kill; the Carnage symbiote does and thus Cletus Kasady.
- Sadist: Norman teaches the symbiote the joys of slowly torturing people to death, and offers to show it more nuanced ways to inflict death and suffering than turning people into confetti.
- Shock and Awe: Due to wearing his Green Goblin costume under the symbiote, he's able to use his gloves' Sparkle Blasters to electrocute Flash Thompson.
- Story-Breaker Power: The Green Goblin formula? Turns you into a Spidey-level bruiser at the cost of your sanity. The Carnage symbiote? Turns you into a heavy hitter with a few specific weaknesses. The two combined? Gives you a vastly-enhanced version of the Carnage symbiote's powers, and a combined Healing Factor that basically becomes Wolverine-Level, with none of the weaknesses. Spidey's allies (including Miles and his infamously overpowered Venom blasts, the Human Torch, and Agent Anti-Venom) drop like flies before him.
- To the Pain: The Red Goblin tells Spider-Man that he will kill everyone even tangentially-related to Peter Parker in ways too agonizing for him to comprehend if he catches him so much as wall-crawling. He keeps this promise by covertly slipping pieces of Carnage into them as seemingly nonlethal slivers in projectile attacks. He explains he can remotely will them to work their way up the victim's circulatory system to the brain, killing them in an unimaginably agonizing way.
- Underestimating Badassery: Peter takes up Osborn's offer to stop being Spider-Man because not only is he heavily outgunned at this point, he surmises that Osborn is completely underestimating who he is; he's so gung-ho on ridding himself of the Spider, he's completely ignoring the "-Man" part of "Spider-Man", thus he's going to fight him as Peter Parker.
- Wreathed in Flames: The Red Goblin's glider is augmented by symbiote biomass and is wreathed in flames.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He rips off the symbiote (who tells him doing such is a bad idea) when the opportunity to kill Spider-Man with his bare hands as the Green Goblin seems to present itself.
- You Need a Breath Mint: Noxious-looking fumes billow out of the Red Goblin's mouth whenever he speaks. It's presumably meant to be invocative of sulfur, given his Big Red Devil look.
- Ax-Crazy: Due to the symbiote's influence, he's very eager to kill not just Spider-Man - who he's always seen as a villain out to ruin his family - but people in general.
- Curb Stomp Cushion: The Superior Octopus catches him off-guard and smashes him around until he transforms into his monstrous form. Even then, Otto holds his own until the Red Goblin shows up.
- HeelFace Turn: He realizes his father loves him and sees just how much of a monster his "Pop-Pop" really is when Norman tries to do to Liz Allan what he did to Gwen Stacy; turning on his grandfather and helping his dad and Spider-Man fight him.
- Kids Are Cruel: Normie was always an arrogant, resentful brat; but under the Carnage symbiote's influence he says that baking cookies with raisins in them is a valid reason for Aunt May to deserve to die.
- Not Quite Back to Normal: While Dr. Steven seemingly removes the Carnage symbiote from Normie, a small amount still remains bonded to him.
- Overlord Jr.: Both as Normie Osborn and as the Goblin Childe, he's Norman Osborn's chosen successor and idolizes his grandfather until seeing just how much of a monster he really is. To sell this, as the Goblin Childe he looks like a miniature Red Goblin, but lacks his grandfather's Jagged Mouth.
- Partial Transformation: When attacking May Reilly, he sports fangs, yellow sclera, and tendrils but is otherwise human.
- The Resenter: He despises his infant half-brother Stanley, who he sees as stealing his father's affection.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Deep down he just wants his father's love and approval, which Norman pretends to fill while trying to twist him into his successor. Realizing that his dad does care for him is part of what causes him to turn on Norman.
Notable Alternate Versions of Carnage
When the events of Marvel vs. DC caused both universes to temporarily combine, Carnage was merged with longtime Superman foe Bizarro. This union created Bizarnage, a crazed monster that was the result of Project Cadmus's attempt to synthetically replicate alien DNA.
- Big Bad Ensemble: His rampage through Project Cadmus in Spider-Boy #1 allowed King Lizardnote to escape his cell.
- Black Eyes of Evil: His eyes look like nothing more than jagged empty holes.
- Cryptic Background Reference: He's cited as having previously appeared in The Outrageous Spider-Boy #254 and Way-Cool Spider-Boy #37, neither of which exist in Real Life.
- Fusion Dance: When the DC and Marvel Universe combined into the Amalgam Universe, so did everything and everyone in them, including two enemies of their flagship superheroes. To wit, he has Carnage's appearance and powers with and Bizarro's skin conditions and mental faculties.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: Yeah, Project Cadmus didn't intend for their experiment to create a killing machine.
- Hulk Speak: A holdover from Bizarro.
- Kill and Replace: His plan for Spider-Boy, as he so eloquently puts it.Bizarnage: Me want to be like you, Spider-Boy! But there am only one Spider-Boy! So stop fighting so Bizarnage will kill you!
- Palette Swap: Is identical to Carnage, but stark white with jagged black eyes.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Bizarro's naivety mixed with Carnage's bloodlust.
At some point, a teenage version of Spider-Man originating from Earth-15 merged with his world's Carnage symbiote, the two becoming a monster dubbed "the Spider". Incarcerated for the heinous crimes he went on to commit, the Spider was given a chance for freedom when he was drafted into Weapon X, a more extreme counterpart of the reality-hopping Exiles.
- Alternate Self: He is an alternate universe counterpart of Spider-Man from Earth-15, bonded to that universe's version of the Carnage symbiote.
- Anti-Hero Substitute: He and Weapon X were this for the Exiles, being given "unsavory" missions that could involve assassinations at best, and outright genocide at worst.
- Ax-Crazy: This version of Spider-Man was a convicted serial killer sentenced to sixty-seven consecutive life sentences.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: His preferred method of attack was to morph his arms into long spikes, which he used to give Vanisher a Torso with a View.
- Boxed Crook: He was drafted into Weapon X after being arrested.
- Co-Dragons: He and an evil Carol Danvers were this for King Hyperion.
- Enemy-Detecting Radar: His Spider-Sense allowed him to locate others, including the Exiles.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: His idea of a joke was something Deadpool would have appreciated. Ironically, the Deadpool he was teammates with had No Sense of Humor.
- Expy: His dark sense of humor makes him a Composite Character of both Carnage and Deadpool.
- Jerkass: Gambit orders She-Hulk to knock Hulk!Wonder Man into a portal, convincing her to do so by reassuring her that Spider will be able to reel her back in to safety. Spider doesn't lift a finger to help her, and can barely be bothered to come up with an excuse for why he didn't.
- Kill It with Fire: The Firestar from Earth-3062 flambéed him and herself.
- No Mouth: Unlike the other versions of Carnage, he didn't manifest a mouth.
- Oh, Crap!: Spider tries to get an alternate Wonder Man to back off by threatening WM's Morality Pet, the Scarlet Witch. This leads to him discovering that this Wonder Man is also the Incredible Hulk.Wanda: He does everything in his power to maintain control, you imbecile! You're threatening me—you're setting him off!!
- Older Than They Look: He was 42 when he died, but still looked fourteen. The symbiote or his status as a member of Weapon X presumably retarded his aging.
- Psycho for Hire: When King Hyperion usurped control of Weapon X, the Spider sided with him because Hyperion let him do whatever he wanted, namely kill and maim to his heart's content.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: He had an entirely red costume with a black chest insignia and webbing-like veins stretching from it to his shoulders.
- Rise of Zitboy: With the symbiote retracted, he's shown to be quite pockmarked.
- Samus Is a Girl: He's stunned when one version of Sasquatch turns out to be a black woman named Heather Hudson.
- The Sociopath: He's a mass-murderer with a depraved sense of humor.
- Terrible Trio: Formed one with King Hyperion and Ms. Marvel, after they decided to stop listening to the Timebroker.
- You Are Number 6: His inmate number was 24739.
A deranged madman who had committed crimes so severe even the Post refused to report them, Cletus Kasady was captured by Spider-Man after attempting to suicide-bomb a squad of police inside his booby-trapped house. Imprisoned at Ravencroft Asylum for the Criminally Insane, Cletus wound up in the cell next to Eddie Brock, who was doing time for his actions as the super villain Venom and undergoing therapy with Dr. Ashley Kafka. When Baron Mordo, servant of the demon lord Dormammu, offered to return the symbiote to Eddie, Cletus eavesdropped and eagerly offered his services in return for power. When the symbiote later returned for Eddie and Venom escaped, Cletus watched in jealous frustration, but later on Baron Mordo revealed that the symbiote had reproduced, offering its spawn to Cletus in exchange for his fealty to Dormammu. Kasady gleefully accepted, bonding to the creature, and was dubbed Carnage by Mordo.
As Carnage, he helped Venom steal Tony Stark's inter-dimensional portal device, and following Venom's defection was given the ability to drain life force via physical contact, using it to fill an urn that would set Dormammu free. After rampaging through the city, Carnage drained enough life force to nearly fill the urn, When Mordo told him only one more person's life was needed to free Dormammu, Carnage was disappointed but chose Detective Lee, his arresting officer, as his final victim. Spider-Man intervened, but Carnage defeated him, draining Detective Lee's life force and Dr. Kafka's as well when she arrived, taking her to Dormammu's lair. There, Mordo used the urn to open a portal to Dormammu's prison, but Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Venom intervened. Spider-Man reversed the portal's flow, but was unable to close it due to the power Dormammu had given Carnage. As he was pulled through the portal, Carnage grabbed Dr. Kafka, determined to take her with him, but Venom sacrificed himself to save her, trapping both himself and Carnage in the void between worlds.
Some time later, the Carnage symbiote - or possibly an alternate version of it - made its way through a portal and into the hands of a nihilistic alternate version of Spider-Man driven insane by the existence of a clone named Ben Reilly, transforming him into Spider-Carnage. Spider-Carnage sought to destroy the Multiverse and nearly succeeded, but was stopped by a team of Spider-Men from other worlds. When confronted by an alternate version of Uncle Ben, Spider-Carnage realized what a monster he had become and sacrificed himself to destroy the portal machine and the symbiote for good.
See the Spider-Man: The Animated Series characters page for more information.
Cletus Kasady was imprisoned in a maximum security prison cell before being broken out by Eddie Brock, who gifted Cletus with a portion of his symbiote and turned him into the monstrous Carnage. An unknown amount of time later, Carnage attacked Colonel Jameson's shuttle to Counter-Earth alongside Venom, guided by an entity they called the Synoptic. On Counter-Earth, Carnage and Venom began working to further the Synoptic's goal of conquering Counter-Earth with symbiotes, at times working with the High Evolutionary, but most often against.
See the Spider-Man Unlimited characters page for more information.
A protoplasmic entity created by Curtis Connors and Ben Reilly by combining a sample of Spider-Man's blood with a sample of his own - which contained traces of the Lizard Formula, and a sample of the Venom Suit. The creature's genetic code was incomplete, so to sustain itself it began attacking everyone it came across and draining them of all their vital fluids. Possessing fragments of Peter Parker's memories, it returned to his house, where it encountered and killed Gwen Stacy. Carnage later returned and attacked Peter, who led it away from his home into the city. After watching it transform into a monstrous replica of Richard Parker, Peter realized that it needed his DNA to become complete and, rationalizing that it wasn't alive to begin with, immolated it in an industrial smoke stack. Dr. Connors was arrested for his role in creating it, and Ben Reilly was fired.
Otto Octavius and Ben Reilly later created a second Carnage using a sample of the original and DNA samples of Gwen as a base. The second Carnage, possessing Gwen's memories, sought out Peter Parker after escaping from SHIELD during the Green Goblin's breakout. When Eddie Brock threatened Peter in an attempt to get the Venom Suit back from SHIELD, Gwen intervened and transformed into Carnage. This caused the traces of the Venom Suit inside Eddie's body to reform, and after a brief fight he assimilated Carnage, spitting out the fully human clone of Gwen.
In a World... where the Venom symbiote bonded to Deadpool, the Merc with a Mouth attempted to modernize his look by cutting off his Beyonder-inspired Jheri curls, not knowing that they contained the gestating spawn of his symbiote. Once separated from its parent, the baby symbiote assumed a human form, and became an enemy of Venompool.
- Ambiguously Human: There's no indication that Carnage Curl has a host, she might simply be a Blob Monster that can somehow make itself look like a person.
- Arch-Enemy: Carnage Curl went out of her way to make Venompool miserable after he rejected her.Venompool: Do you know what she put me through? Do you?! Carnage Curl killed my great secret uncle, Buffalo Hopskotch! She blew up the laboratory where I worked for years to create diarrhea retardant Olestra! She left an upper-decker at my country time birthday hoedown. Everyone thought I left a stinker!
- Denser and Wackier: This being a Deadpool-centered What If? comic, she was born from a botched haircut, looked completely human, and was sleeping with two cosmic entities.
- Monster Is a Mommy: She was dating the Beyonder, but got knocked up by Galactus.
- Most Common Superpower: She was incredibly buxom and not afraid of flaunting herself.
- One-Winged Angel: She's able to assume a form that resembles the mainstream Carnage, but with the addition of Femme Fatalons and Prehensile Hair.
- Opposite-Sex Clone: She was formed from Venompool's amputated Jheri curls.
- Ret-Gone: Venompool erased her from existence with the Retcon Expungifier.
- Sassy Black Woman: As her shirt advertises, she took the appearance of a dark-skinned human woman.
- AKA: Peter Parker (original); Otto Octavius, Iron Fist, Hulk, Agent Venom, Shriek, Mary Jane Watson (second)Universe: Earth-12041Debut: Ultimate Spider-Man Season 2 Episode 8 (original); Ultimate Spider-Man Season 4 Episode 13 (second)
The original Carnage symbiote was created by the Green Goblin from a modified sample of the Venom symbiote, and bonded to Peter Parker. Transformed into a berserk red-and-black monster dubbed Carnage by the Goblin, Peter was sent to kill Spider-Man and his team, and easily trounced them and a squad of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents until Harry Osborn - the former host of the Venom symbiote, intervened and took the symbiote from Peter, becoming Venom once again.
Several months later, Doctor Octopus and Hydra scientist Michael Morbius acquired a sample of the Venom symbiote from Agent Venom and modified it to create a second Carnage symbiote. Originally bonding to Otto Octavius, the symbiote quickly developed the ability to speak and manifest a humanoid form without a host. Carnage battled Spider-Man and Agent Venom until it was blown up, scattering pieces of the symbiote across the city that proceeded to take over most of the populace. Seemingly destroyed by Anti-Venom, the Carnage symbiote instead reformed and infested Midtown High, where it took over Mary Jane Watson and turned her into the Carnage Queen. Hydra intended to control her and use her to spread the symbiote around the world, but Mary Jane was able to overcome and tame the symbiote to become Spider-Woman.
See the Ultimate Spider-Man: Antagonists characters page for more information.
The Toxin Symbiote
The first offspring of the Carnage symbiote. Cletus, disgusted at the notion of giving birth, forcibly bonded the infant symbiote, later named "Toxin" by Venom, to police officer Patrick Mulligan, who attempted to use it as a force of good, inspired by Spider-Man. Despite initial success, Patrick was murdered by the demon Blackheart, who cloned the symbiote and bonded them to clones of X-23. Agent Venom was blackmailed by the Crime Master into stealing the Toxin symbiote from Blackheart, although the Venom symbiote took control of Flash and tried to kill its progeny. Jack O'Lantern extracted the symbiote and took it to the Crime Master, who later forcibly bonded it to Eddie Brock. The symbiote initially took total control of Eddie's body and tried to kill Venom, but was ignited by Flash. It survived, still bonded to Eddie, and they agreed to work together until they could kill Venom before trying to kill each other.
- Adaptive Armor: After Eddie joins the FBI's anti-Carnage task force, the symbiote emulates Agent Venom by taking on the appearance of body armor.
- Ambiguous Situation: The Toxin symbiote seemingly perishes when it is assimilated by Jubulile van Scotter's symbiote, which evaporates into wisps of pink and gold smoke after she fries Chthon with a massive beam of light. However, according to the writer's statement on Twitter it's possible that it might return in the future.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: When bonded to Eddie Brock, the symbiote's eye-patches are initially black with small white inner eyes.
- Cloning Blues: Blackheart made duplicates of the symbiote and bonded them to copies of X-23 to create an Amazon Brigade.
- Combat Tentacles: When enraged the symbiote sprouts a mass of tentacles from its host's back.
- Enemy Mine: Eddie told Flash that he and the symbiote had agreed to work together to kill Venom (and presumably Carnage as well), but after that they'd try to kill each other. They later come to an understanding and emulate Flash's appearance as Agent Venom.
- Good Counterpart: To Carnage, its "father".
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: When bonded to Patrick the symbiote was orange-red and blue, but when bonded to Eddie it's red and black.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: While bonded to Patrick it was on the side of good, however this changed when Patrick was murdered by Blackheart and the Venom symbiote (while bonded to Flash) attempted to murder it, driving it to become bloodthirsty and vengeful. After it's capture by the Crime Master, it would use Eddie Brock as a puppet and willingly joined the Savage Six in a effort to kill Agent Venom resulting in it and Eddie almost burning to death. This resulted in Eddie gaining enough control to work out a deal with it, if the Toxin symbiote allowed Eddie to have control and serve as a lethal protector once again, they would work together until they successfully kill Agent Venom where they would then try to kill each other, which it accepted. This rematch with Agent Venom ultimately ended with it landing as a face after forming a truce with Agent Venom and it would later sacrifice it's life to save the world from Chthon.
- Hulking Out: When it took over Eddie - and when Eddie later lost control while fighting Flash - it bulks up enough that Venom almost fits inside its mouth.
- Legacy Character: After Blackheart beat Patrick to death and took the symbiote, it was stolen again by the Crime Master and forcibly bonded to Eddie Brock.
- No Biological Sex: The symbiote has no gender identity.Symbiote: What are you writing?
Patrick: None of your business.
Symbiote: "I'm a boy"—you think? Maybe it's time I sat you down and talked about the birds and bees, symbiote-style.
- Nothing Is Scarier: This concept is lost on the symbiote, despite Patrick's attempts at explaining it while the two were reading The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
- Not Quite Dead: The Toxin symbiote was lit on fire by Flash, but survived and recuperated alongside its host.
- Overly Long Tongue: Like its "grandfather" (and occasionally "father"), Toxin manifests a serpentine prehensile tongue. The main difference, though, is that Toxin's tongue is green.
- Patricide: The symbiote wants to kill Carnage and Venom.
- Puppeteer Parasite: The Toxin symbiote seized total control of Eddie's body when it first bonded to him, but they later work out an arrangement similar to the one he had with the Venom symbiote.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Was supposed to be even more Ax-Crazy than Carnage and initially had the mentality of a child.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The Toxin symbiote delivers one to the Venom symbiote for letting Flash and the Avengers lobotomize it.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Toxin goes from being red-and-blue when bonded to Patrick to red-and-black when bonded to Eddie. As a result, after Eddie helps Flash take down the Symbiote Slayers, he's mistaken for Carnage by the media.
- Super Senses: The symbiote enhances its host's sense of smell.
- To Serve Man: While Toxin hasn't voiced its grandparent's monstrous appetite, while bonded to it Pat came close to munching on a few bad guys, while with Eddie they possibly ate a group of SWAT officers who found Toxin after killing a bunch of criminals (while one panel has a closeup with Toxin's jaws the comic ends when the SWAT officers start shooting) and two of the Symbiote Slayers' hosts.
- The Voiceless: Like Venom and Carnage were originally, the symbiote cannot speak unless bonded to a host.
- Voice of the Legion: When bonded to Pat, the symbiote spoke using slightly distorted blue speech bubbles with white text. When bonded to Eddie it speaks using red speech bubbles with jagged white text.
- Whole Costume Reference: On the alternate cover◊ for Venom Vol. 2 #33, Toxin is shown looking identical to Eddie's Venom form as a Mythology Gag to the cover of The Amazing Spider-Man #316.
- You Monster!: The symbiote reads Pat's journal, throws a tantrum after being referred to as a monster in it, breaks the laptop, loots a store to get a replacement (thinking Pat wouldn't notice the difference) and gets into a skirmish with Spider-Man.
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.
- Angel Face, Demon Face: When the Pat is calm he has No Mouth, but when angry he manifests More Teeth than the Osmond Family.
- Arch-Enemy: Razor Fist, despite the hilarious power difference.note He killed Pat's father, and tortured one of his friends nearly to death.
- By-the-Book Cop: Led to some friction with Black Cat.
- Chain Pain: His "web lines" look like chains.
- Costume Copycat: When the symbiote was calm, Pat looked a lot like Spider-Man sans the webbing motif.
- Consulting a Convicted Killer: When Patrick decides to help bring in the villains that Electro broke out of the Raft, he visits the imprisoned Mr. Hyde to get information on Hyde's ex-partner King Cobra.
- Curbstomp Battle: Dished these out regularly, victims including a Venom and Carnage tag team, and half of the Wrecking Crew. He was later on the receiving end of one from Blackheart, who killed him and took the symbiote.
- Cursed with Awesome: Patrick really didn't want to become host to what was the most powerful symbiote ever at the time.
- Disappeared Dad: Patrick abandoned his family to take care of the infant symbiote.
- Driven to Suicide: Pat tried to kill himself by jumping in front of a subway train, but the symbiote saved him.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Pat was beaten to death in an alley by Blackheart, who took his symbiote and ate his family - all off panel to boot.
- Expy: Patrick is comparable to Hybrid.
- Fast Tunnelling: Stopped a bank robbery by burrowing into the building.
- Heroic Build:Meadows: S-so this is your infamous symbiote. N-nice six-pack, pal. Not that six packs turn me on or anything.
- I Have a Family: Patrick tried this on Carnage. It didn't work.Pat: If you can understand me... please, please don't kill me! I-I've got a young wife—with a baby on the way.
Carnage: Correction. Ya got a young widow—with an orphan on the way!
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Pat left his wife and newborn to protect them from Venom and Carnage, and himself.
- "Just Joking" Justification: Patrick would go with this whenever he came close to eating someone.
- Killed Offscreen: Patrick disappeared for some time, and the symbiote resurfaced sans host in 2012. It was eventually revealed Blackheart had beaten him to death in a gutter to get his symbiote. And then there's what supposedly happened to his wife and baby.
- Lightning Bruiser: Was faster and stronger than Venom and Carnage combined.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Can spawn Combat Tentacles and shapeshift his limbs into weapons.
- Odd Friendship: Patrick's main confidante was Black Cat, a thief.
- One Steve Limit: Patrick's son's name? Edward.
- Painful Transformation: Patrick turning into Toxin rarely looked comfortable, what with all the wincing and grimacing and him exclaiming, "Aaghh!"
- Phlegmings: Patrick's drool was black.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: As long as he had something to go off of, like an article of clothing, he can track it.
- Split-Personality Takeover: Patrick arranged with the symbiote that they could alternate control of his body for two hours as long as it didn't kill anyone or commit any crimes.
- Super Reflexes: While still in human form, Patrick blocks all of Black Cat's attempts to knock him out, without even intending to.
- Symbiotic Possession: Toxin had a unique relationship with Patrick where they alternated control over his body.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Patrick gave one to Razor Fist, claiming that he uses blades instead of prosthetic hands because it makes him feel disassociated from his crimes, and because he wants others to tend to his every menial need like a helpless child.
- To the Pain: In his first superhero outing, he nearly loses it on a gang of bank robbers who have surrendered.Toxin: You are heartless killers. You killed a cop. Who no doubt had a family. Who'll be heartbroken. You deserve to die. In the most painful and heartless way imaginable. Your brains, maybe. Soft and eggy, no doubt. Evolved over thousands of years so you can waste them. I'll suck them out through your eye sockets.
- You Killed My Father: Patrick's father was murdered by Razor Fist. When Toxin goes after him, he tells Spider-Man that if he were to cross the line and kill Razor Fist, Spidey should "put me in Ryker's along with the other bad guys".
- Whole Costume Reference: When under control, Patrick as Toxin looks almost identical to Spider-Man, but without a webbing motif or spider emblems.
After giving up the Anti-Venom symbiote, Eddie Brock acquired an arsenal of advanced weapons and began hunting the symbiotes, believing them to be an evil that had to be exterminated at all costs. To this end he killed Scream and Hybrid, but when he tried to take out the fourth incarnation of Venom, Flash Thompson, he was incapacitated and captured by the Crime Master, who forcibly bonded him to the Toxin symbiote. Under the symbiote's control, Eddie became a member of the Crime Master's Savage Six, attacking Agent Venom before being incapacitated. During a rematch Flash attempted to incinerate the Toxin symbiote and free Eddie from it, but it latched onto Eddie and both seemingly perished. Both Eddie and the symbiote survived, working out a truce similar to the relationship Eddie once had with the Venom symbiote, and pursued Venom to Philadelphia for a rematch. Their fight was interrupted by the Symbiote Slayers, cybernetic parasites similar to the symbiotes themselves, and Toxin and Venom reluctantly teamed up to defeat the Symbiote Slayers. Impressed by Flash's determination, Eddie begrudgingly conceded that he will leave Flash alone as long he used the symbiote to do good, with a warning that the moment he slipped up Toxin would be there to put an end to him. Some time later, Eddie was captured by the FBI, who suppressed the Toxin symbiote and offered him a chance at permanent parole if he helped them put down Carnage once and for all. Eddie eagerly agreed, and partnered with FBI Agent Dixon, Colonel John Jameson, and Manuela Calderon to do so.
For more information on him, please refer to the Venom characters page.
Tanis Nieves was a psychologist working to rehabilitate Frances "Shriek" Barrison, "wife" of the presumed-dead serial killer Cletus Kasady. When the Doppelganger attempted to free its mother from captivity, Tanis lost her right arm due to a stray blast, and was given a prosthetic courtesy of Hall Industries. However, it turned out that the prosthetic had been engineered from the Carnage symbiote, which Hall Industries had been experimenting on. The symbiote remotely seized control of Tanis' arm, forcing her to break it free and bonding to her in an effort to relocate its original host, who was still alive even after being torn in half and spending a year in orbit. After the Carnage symbiote had returned to Cletus, Tanis discovered it had left a spawn that had merged with her prosthetic. Initially terrified, she ultimately embraced it, dubbing it "Scorn", and used it to help Spider-Man and Iron Man repel Carnage. Under the direction of the military, Scorn joined the Mercury Team and trained her symbiote's unique ability to assimilate any technological object. When Carnage resurfaced in Doverton, Scorn was dispatched alongside the other members of Team Mercury, and with the help of Agent Venom succeeded in capturing her "father".
- An Arm and a Leg: Tanis lost her right arm during a shootout between the Iron Rangers and the Doppelgänger. She later cut off the replacement upon realizing it was "infected" by Carnage's spawn, though she allowed it to return to her.
- Arm Cannon: Can fuse her arms to guns to give herself these.
- Back for the Dead: Scorn reappears for the first time since Carnage USA as the head of the apocalypse cult worshipping Carnage. Carnage's first action upon his resurrection is to rip out her spine and devour it.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Engaged in one with the Carnage symbiote.
- Brainy Brunette: When not in symbiote form. Otherwise, there's no way to tell.
- Children Are Innocent: Implied with the symbiote, as it left Shriek because she frightened it, and it actually asked Tanis's permission to return to her.
- Chrome Champion: The symbiote has a silver-colored right arm and constantly shifting metallic silver markings.
- Curbstomp Battle: Easily thrashed Shriek and Doppelganger in her debut appearance.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The events of the Carnage miniseries were this for her.
- The Engineer: While the Mercury Team scours Doverton, Scorn stays behind to work on a machine that will separate the Carnage symbiote from Cletus and the residents of the town.
- Evil Hand: The Carnage symbiote escaped captivity by taking control of Tanis's prosthetic arm.
- FaceHeel Turn: In Web of Venom: Carnage Born, Scorn makes her return for the first time since 2011's Carnage USA having become the leader of a cult worshipping the dark god Knull. She uses the stolen sample of the Grendel symbiote to resurrect Cletus Kasady... and promptly gets her spine ripped out and eaten.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Due to the symbiote being able to interface with technology.
- Genetic Memory: The Scorn symbiote instinctively dislikes Spider-Man, despite having had no extended interaction with him.
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: The symbiote was initially red-orange, but became purple and silver after bonding with Tanis.
- Military Superhero: Was drafted into being one, and is currently categorized as still in-training.
- Most Common Superpower: As Scorn, Tanis' bust is emphasized more than in her human form.
- No Mouth: The Scorn symbiote has yet to manifest its species' trademark More Teeth than the Osmond Family while bonded to Tanis.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Looks quite different from the other symbiotes, due to the smaller eyes, and not yet displaying fangs or Lovecraftian Superpowers.
- Organic Technology: Her right arm was a prosthetic formed from the Carnage symbiote.
- Psycho Psychologist: As She-Carnage.
- Purple Is Powerful: The Scorn symbiote is purple, and even stronger than its "father" Carnage.
- Sarcasm Mode:General Duggan: Doctor Tanis Nieves, I'm General Brandon Duggan. You were the victim of a prolonged psychic assault by the Carnage symbiote, resulting in a permanent bond with its alien progeny.
Scorn: Oh yeah, thanks. It totally slipped my mind.
- Shoot the Dog: She explicitly compared putting Shriek in a coma to this.
- Sixth Ranger: For the Mercury Team, being the only one of the group to not have a military background or Life Foundation symbiote.
- The Smart Guy: For the Mercury Team.
- Spock Speak: While building the anti-symbiote sonic weapon, the symbiote speaks using a sophisticated manner that comes across as a Machine Monotone bordering on Robo Speak.
- Technopath: Because it spawned from Tanis' symbiote prosthetic, the Scorn symbiote doesn't distinguish between itself and technology, allowing it to merge with anything composed of metal.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: When Tanis rejected the symbiote, it joined with Shriek, but it soon left her and returned to Tanis because Shriek terrified it.
- Tron Lines: The symbiote has silvery vein-like markings on it.
- Warrior Therapist: Before her encounter with Carnage, she was The Shrink. Whether the army is continuing to let her practice is left unstated. Probably not.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Originally was one to the point where she almost got herself killed saving the Doppelgänger.
- Winged Humanoid: Due to being augmented by her prosthetic the Carnage symbiote could form wings.
- An Arm and a Leg: Victoria Montesi cuts off her right arm to free Toxin when she and Carnage grab him. Claire regenerates it thanks to her symbiote.
- Back from the Dead: She died in Eddie Brock's arms, but the power of the Darkhold resurrected her and is implied to be influencing her behavior.
- Bad Boss: She is condescending and downright hateful towards Eddie Brock, and was more than happy to kill him if it meant Carnage would die as well. She also had Mac Gargan outfitted with a taser powerful enough to knock him out, in case he went AWOL like he'd done with the Thunderbolts and Dark Avengers.
- Badass Back: A Broodling of Chthon tries to attack her from behind while she's preoccupied with reading a journal left behind by 19th century whalers. The Raze symbiote promptly impales it on a dozen-odd tendrils without Claire even reacting.
- Depower: She's stripped of her symbiote by Jubulile, but she retains a measure of eldritch power courtesy of the Darkhold.
- FaceMonster Turn: She starts out as a but well-intentioned but prejudiced FBI agent, but is transformed into one of the very monsters she loathes... and outwardly embraces it. Inwardly, however, she suffers an existential crises as she tries to figure out where Claire Dixon ends and where Raze begins.
- Fantastic Racism: She thinks Eddie Brock is just as much a monster as Cletus Kasady because of his actions as Venom, and because she thinks he willingly bonded to the Toxin symbiote.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When facing off against Spider-Woman, her eyes glow yellow as she draws on the Darkhold's power.
- Heroic Sacrifice: When Carnage attempts to impale the task force members with a flurry of tendrils, Claire shields her former team with her body and refuses to be healed afterwards.
- I Ain't Got Time to Bleed:
- She's injured in a cave-in, but prioritizes putting a stop to Carnage over receiving medical treatment.
- Despite suffering from a major concussion, she makes her way to Alchemax's xenobiology lab in order to stop the Scorpion from killing Eddie before passing out from her injuries.
- Jagged Mouth: As Raze, she has black teeth that blend into the rest of her face, to the point where it appears she has No Mouth.
- Just Following Orders: After returning from the dead she bears no ill-will to Eddie himself, capturing him because she was ordered to obtain his symbiote's latest offspring. Despite having a concussion, she saves Eddie from being killed by the Scorpion, and when told Venom's spawn was stillborn she sincerely apologized to him for his loss.
- Living Weapon: She describes herself as being one after bonding to the Raze symbiote.
- Phrase Catcher: "Shut up, Brock." It's also her last words until her resurrection.
- Reforged into a Minion: She's captured by Carnage, who uses her as a guinea pig to test his eldritch symbiote powers, turning her into Raze.
- Start X to Stop X: The FBI's plan was to use monsters (Man-Wolf and Toxin) to stop a monster (Carnage). Dixon isn't very gung-ho about it, especially viewing using Toxin as an absolute last resort.
- Transhuman Treachery: After becoming Raze, she declares herself to be a weapon. Her true thoughts on the matter are more complex, as she suffers an existential crisis due to Carnage's influence over her.
- Unexplained Recovery: Claire pops back up in NYC helping the FBI recapture Eddie, who had since returned to being Venom. After she captures him, Eddie speculates that her exposure to the Darkhold's eldritch power through the Raze symbiote had something to do with it, and that she's not entirely who or what she was prior to her death.Eddie: You died. On that island. You died in my arms.
Claire: Think about your lifestyle, Brock. Who do you know who hasn't died and turned up again? Didn't you die once?
- Ungrateful Bastard: Eddie helped save her from being trapped in the mine, and she repays him by trying to bury him.
- Villain Takes an Interest: She develops an interest in Jubulile van Scotter, who is also bonded to one of the Carnage symbiote's Darkhold-altered spawn.
- Accidental Misnaming: Cletus calls her Jujubee, to her annoyance.
- Attack Backfire: Cletus bonds her to a part of the Carnage symbiote to turn her into a minion. Instead it empowers her and enables her to escape him.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: When she's attacked by a Broodling of Chthon, she easily defeats it using her symbiote-augmented strength.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Jubulile almost literally does so, blasting the evil Elder God Chthon with a massive beam of light magic.
- Failed a Spot Check: She failed to notice that Cletus's body had fully healed and his legs reappeared a few hours after she discovered him badly burned.
- Light 'em Up: After her symbiote manifests, one of its powers is firing beams of light energy.
- Oh, Crap!: Jubulile is understandably terrified when the man she rescued turns into a monster right in front of her.
- Protectorate: Eddie Brock seems surprisingly protective of her, considering she's bonded to a symbiote.
- Psychic Link: As a result of having been bonded to the Carnage symbiote's Darkhold-corrupted spawn, she can sense Cletus's emotions and presence, view his memories, and shares his pain when he's hurt.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: After she's infected by the Darkhold-altered spawn of Carnage symbiote, her eyes turn solid red when she taps into its power.
- Super Mode: When empowered by the Darkhold, her symbiote takes on the form of an angelic knight.
- The Symbiote: Jubulile is infected with a Darkhold-augmented spawn of the Carnage symbiote, which she amalgamates Hybrid-style with the Toxin and Raze symbiotes to create a pink flight-capable symbiote. When further empowered by the Darkhold, it transforms into a white angelic knight, but disperses into wisps of pink and gold smoke after Chthon is vanquished, leaving the Toxin symbiote's status up in the air.
- Tagalong Kid: She's a sixteen year-old girl with no combat experience, accompanying a team comprised of a Badass Normal soldier, a soldier-turned-alien werewolf, a symbiote-augmented former serial killer, and the half-human child of an Eldritch Abomination. Her navigational skills and ability to sense Carnage keep her from being The Load.
Originally a "living geometric pattern" that resided in another dimension, Doppelgänger and several other members of his kind were turned into twisted duplicates of various superheroes by the Magus during the Infinity War. Unlike the other knock-offs, this one survived that event, and has periodically resurfaced to torment the real Spider-Man.
For more information on him, please refer to the Spider-Man rogues gallery page.
As a child, Shriek was abused by her parents, especially her mother, whose cruelty drove her to drugs, overeating, and heavy metal. Shriek's mental stability was further damaged when she was shot in the head during an altercation with the police, and when she had a run-in with heroes Cloak & Dagger, whose powers did something to Shriek, giving her various superhuman abilities of her own. Now fully capable of taking revenge on the world she blames for her misery, Shriek found soul mates of sorts in the form of her "husband" Carnage, and "son" Doppelganger.
For more information on her, please refer to the Spider-Man rogues gallery page.
A therapist working at Kramer Penitentiary, Dr. Jenner requested to work with spree killer Cletus Kasady, who had been separated from the Carnage symbiote by the Superior Spider-Man. Under his guidance, Cletus was admitted into the general populace and finally seemed ready to sever psychological ties with the symbiote. However, Jenner secretly desired to become the symbiote's new host and hired an inmate to shank Cletus, smothering him when he learned the symbiote was on its way. When it reached the prison, Jenner offered himself to it, but it vehemently rejected him and resuscitated Cletus, who proceeded to kill Jenner along with the rest of the prisoners.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Pun aside, when face-to-face with the symbiote he gushes about how he's dreamed of becoming its host. The symbiote is not amused.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: He kills Cletus Kasady in an effort to convince the symbiote to take him as its next host. It doesn't work.
- Psycho Psychologist: He only agreed to be Cletus' shrink to become the next incarnation of Carnage, and had Cletus murdered when the opportunity presented itself.
- The Shrink: He was a therapist at the Kramer Penitentiary.
A man who contacted Eddie Brock claiming to be the Sin-Eater serial killer, but was seemingly exposed as a compulsive confessor. In the wake of Carnage's morality (or lack thereof) being altered by the events of AXIS, he was found to have died, but returns as a sin-eating demon, and places the symbiote serial killer in his crosshairs after Cletus interferes with his mission to wipe out the press.
For more information on him, please refer to the Venom Rogues Gallery page.
- Ambition Is Evil: She is an attractive but unscrupulous reporter who wants to take over the position of her deceased colleague ASAP.
- Berserk Button: Does not like the hair being mussed, as she indignantly yells at both Carnage and the Sin-Eater.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She pretended to be distraught over her co-worker's deaths, when in fact she, as the Sin Eater put it, reeks of "sin, vainglory, selfishness and hubris".
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Has to continually reel in the overzealous Carnage.
- Karma Houdini: Presumably got rich and famous from the events of AXIS.
- Morality Chain: Cletus latched onto her in much the same way Eddie Brock once latched onto Jenna Cole. Unfortunately for him, she proves to be a less-than-upstanding individual.
- Nerves of Steel: After an initial moment of panic, she seems quite alright hanging out with a nihilistic serial killer whose soul mate is a carnivorous alien parasite masquerading as a costume.
- Really Gets Around: She was sleeping with her co-worker, solicited a police officer who had been sent to guard her after said co-worker's murder, pretended to be interested in Kasady, and seemingly tried to seduce the Sin-Eater ("And I'm totally not wearing any underwear") to save herself even after seeing what's under his mask.
- Spirit Advisor: After being bombarded with missiles, Carnage has near-death experience involving an angelic Alice, who offers him sage wisdom:Alice: You have great power, yes. And with great power comes great, like all kinds of, I don't know, stuff... so don't be a jerk. You're good now and you've got mad skillz. Be a hero! Save me!
- Tagalong Reporter: Is abducted by Carnage, who adamantly believes that she can teach him to be good. Alice goes along with it, due to the fame that can entail becoming close to a "cape".
- Ungrateful Bastard: After Carnage saves her from the Sin Eater, she thanks him by blowing off his head and screaming at the police to finish him off. Cletus interprets this as her teaching him that The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She hasn't been seen since the end of the AXIS: Carnage miniseries. Considering that Cletus had been hunting down those aware of his HeelFace Brainwashing and she openly admitted to using him to his face, it doesn't bode well for her.
- Action Girl: She's a soldier who served three tours of duty, and is agile enough to dodge Carnage's tentacles.
- Ambiguously Bi: While it was implied that she might have had a slight attraction to Eddie Brock, in the end he gets the impression that she's developed a thing for the canonically gay Victoria Montesi.
- Badass Normal: She's an unaugmented human who is capable of keeping up with the likes of Toxin and Man-Wolf.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Victoria Montesi flirts with Manuela after she commiserates with her hellish backstory.
- The One That Got Away: Manny was the Sole Survivor of Cletus's first killing spree, and he intends to rectify that.
- Only a Flesh Wound: She's set on fire by Gleason but still manages to put up a good enough fight to steal one of the Darkhold's pages and put the fire out.
- Ship Tease: She is sympathetic towards Eddie Brock, who himself seems to be infatuated with her. However, in the last couple of issues Victoria Montesi begins flirting with her and Manny appears to reciprocate, with Eddie joking that he may as well have been furniture to them.
- Taking You with Me: When Carnage is about to eat her, she presses a detonator to blow up a large amount of mining explosives. Toxin shows up in time to shield her from the blast.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He's the evil mastermind behind the first arc of the 2015-2016 Carnage Vol. 2 series. He doesn't last long after Carnage catches him.
- Killed Offscreen: It's not shown exactly what Carnage did to him after/while interrogating him about the Darkhold, but it wasn't pretty.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: When the sonic cannons open up a sinkhole that plunges Carnage and several FBI agents into the depths of his mine, Gleason protests he had no idea that would happen several times. Turns out he planned it all.
- One Steve Limit: Despite having the same last name as the manipulative lady reporter in the AXIS: Carnage miniseries, he's presumably not related to her.
- Playing with Fire: He can summon a wall of flames using the Darkhold.
- Religion of Evil: He is a member of the Cult of the Darkhold, a cult that worships an ancient evil entity called Chthon.
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: He possesses a copy of the Darkhold, a tome of dark magic written by the evil deity Chthon.
- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: His day job is the manager of a mining corporation, which he uses as cover for his night job is as a cultist to an evil deity.
- FaceHeel Turn: Prior to his run-in with the Others, he was an all-around decent person who dearly loved Molly Ravencroft. Afterwards, he became a bloodthirsty symbiote-worshiping cannibal.
- In the Blood: Cortland being forcibly recruited into the symbiote-worshipping cult is implied to be the reason why his descendants Roscoe and Cletus were a violent abuser and a serial killer of unprecedented bloodlust respectively.
- Serial Killer: Cortland became the first American serial killer after being corrupted by the symbiote-worshipping cult.
- Wingding Eyes: After being forcibly recruited by the symbiote-worshipping cult, he's shown with red spirals for irises.