A list of all the humans who have bonded to the Venom symbiote and its clone, the Mania symbiote.
The symbiote's original — retconned to be second — human host, and the one it longs for the most. Peter Parker was among the superheroes chosen by an entity called the Beyonder to participate in a battle between good and evil on an artificial planet called Battleworld. His costume was damaged in the course of a fight, and after learning Thor had found a machine that could repair costumes, Peter sought it out himself. He found a device that deposited a small black ball into his hand, which spread to cover his body in a jet-black and white costume inspired by his admiration of the one worn by the second Spider-Woman.
Peter quickly discovered the "Black Suit" could respond to his thoughts and whims: shapeshifting to resemble any clothing he imagined, creating its own webbing, and sliding away from his mouth so he could eat and drink without taking off his mask. Impressed, Peter took the Black Suit with him when he was returned to Earth. Despite its advantages, the Black Suit's autonomy began to unnerve Peter, who was becoming increasingly exhausted: the Black Suit was taking over his body while he slept and using it to fight crime. Wanting answers, Peter visited the Fantastic Four and asked Reed Richards to analyze it. Richards revealed to Peter that the Black Suit was not a costume, but a sentient extraterrestrial symbiote that was attempting to permanently bond with him. Horrified and disgusted, Peter had the Fantastic Four remove the creature, discovering it was vulnerable to intense sonics and heat, and returned to his classic red-and-blue outfit. The symbiote did not take Peter's rejection well and eventually escaped captivity, disguising itself as Peter's original costume and attempting to force itself on him during a fight with the Vulturions. In his struggle to remove it, Peter retreated to the bell-tower of an abandoned church and rung the bell, weakening the symbiote, which seemingly sacrificed itself to save him. Peter was given a synthetic copy of the Black Suit by his then-girlfriend Felicia Hardy, who thought it was sexier than his red-and-blue costume, and wore it until the symbiote returned in the form of Venom. He still wears it from time to time, usually when a villain pushes his Berserk Button too far.
Peter's second victory over the original Venom, Eddie Brock, ended with him exploiting the symbiote's lingering desire for him, though Brock and the symbiote quickly returned to serve as one of his most prominent arch-enemies. Peter's enmity with Eddie Brock ranged from being sworn enemies to reluctant allies, and they were frequently forced to co-operate to combat the symbiote's insane spawn, Carnage. When Eddie attempted suicide after giving up the symbiote, Peter saved him and convinced him to keep on living and redeem himself. He expressed outright contempt of Mac Gargan during the latter's stint as the third incarnation of Venom, and Flash Thompson being the fourth Venom put strain on their friendship in spite of each being oblivious to the other's secret identity. During the period in which Otto Octavius switched minds with Peter, the symbiote attempted to rebond to its original host after being separated from Flash, but was disgusted by the "new-and-improved" Spider-Man and tried to return to Thompson. Otto subjugated the symbiote with his will until it decided to completely take him over, at which point he fought to expel it. When Otto failed and gave up, the remnants of Peter's psyche intervened and the symbiote returned to Flash.
When Norman Osborn bonded to the Carnage symbiote and became the Red Goblin, Eddie Brock lent the Venom symbiote to Spider-Man so that he could fight him evenly. When Flash Thompson was mortally wounded, Peter transformed into Venom out of rage but was calmed by Flash before he died. As part of a gambit to seperate Osborn from the Carnage symbiote and to prevent it from being harmed, Spider-Man separated from it and sent it back to Eddie.
In order to reclaim the S.W.O.R.D. space station after it was taken over by symbiotes, Spider-Man temporarily bonded with another black symbiote for a power boost, controlling it with the help of No-Girl. Spider-Man successfully freed Deathbird from the symbiote that had overtaken her, briefly succumbing to the one bonded to him before it was blasted off of him by Beast.
Peter was bonded to a third symbiote by Poison Punisher in order to make him a target for the Poison Hive. When his efforts to remove it using the Our Lady of Saints Church bell failed, he reluctantly remained bonded to it; joining the attack on the Hive's flagship and teaming up with Venom to fight Poison Carnage. The symbiote was eventually removed from him by Alchemax, and taken back to Klyntar by the Young X-Men.
- Alternate Self: Given how iconic the symbiote is, it's rare to find a retelling or adaptation that hasn't featured Symbiote Spider-Man, and a few What If?s have asked the question of what would happen if the symbiote returned to Peter, or what would happen if they never separated to begin with.
- In What If the Alien Costume Had Possessed Spider-Man?, Peter is accidentally killed by the symbiote, which tries to atone for this by curing Bruce Banner of his Hulk problem but is killed by a vengeful Felicia Hardy.
- In What If? Brave New World, Peter is trapped on Battleworld with the other combatants. Over time, the symbiote assimilates his body until all that's left of him is a skeleton and his psyche, with the symbiote's biomass forming their body.
- In Marvel Comics 2, the symbiote rebonds to Peter, taking him over to create Spider-Venom (a black and grey Spider-Man with Venom's face). After bonding to Normie Osborn to become the heroic Dusk, it later bonds to his daughter May and sacrifices itself to save her life.
- In the Ultimate Spider-Man comic, the Black Suit is a cancer cure-turned-bioweapon created by Richard Parker that Peter accidentally exposes himself to. While he initially has the time of his life, he almost eats a burglar who reminds him of his Uncle's killer and realizes too late that the Suit is too dangerous to use. While he manages to rid himself of it and destroy the sample, Eddie Brock exposes himself to a second sample to become Venom. Said second sample later leaves Eddie to take over Peter until it's suppressed by the Ultimates.
- In Marvel Mangaverse, Peter finds a cursed amulet belonging to the evil Shadow Clan, which turns his costume black-and-white and amplifies his powers, but starts corrupting him at the same time. The cursed amulet is removed by Venom, who mysteriously returns with full control of the amulet's powers.
- In the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, the symbiote was created from a sample of Peter's blood and seeks to return to him. While it briefly bonds with him, it's notable that Harry Osborn is the one who becomes Symbiote Spider-Man, at least until he loses control of the symbiote.
- Venomverse has an alternate version of Symbiote Spider-Man who reclaimed the Venom symbiote from his villainous version of Eddie Brock. As such, he has a dim view of Earth-616 Venom; and just when it looks like they'll become Fire-Forged Friends, Venomized Spider-Man is consumed by a Poison and becomes Poison Spider-Man.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: When Spider-Man bonds to a symbiote to fight Deathbird and S.W.O.R.D. after they're overtaken, he enlists No-Girl to help him control it as proof she'd not the traitor within the X-Men. No-Girl has a showdown with the symbiote's will in the middle of Peter's inner replica of Queens and manages to hold it off for a while. She is ultimately no match for it and her consciousness is expelled, with Spider-Man being taken over and briefly turned into a copy of classic Venom.
- Blood Knight: With the symbiote he became more aggressive and bloodthirsty as he constantly lashed out in violence.
- The Bus Came Back:
- After years of being apart - not counting the "Superior Venom" incident - and moments where it looked like it would choose him again, the symbiote rebonded with Peter during his fight with Agent Venom during Civil War II. However, rather than take him over, it used the opportunity to have a long-overdue heart-to-heart with Peter and clarify a number of misconceptions.
- In Go Down Swinging, Eddie Brock lends the symbiote to Spider-Man so that he'll be able to fight evenly with the Red Goblin; the symbiote taking on an altered appearance with different spider-emblems and eyespots that stick out the side of his head.
- Characterization Marches On: Originally, the symbiote did not boost Spidey's powers or make him more aggressive, and he simply tried to kill the symbiote when he found out that it was alive and trying to bond with him. When later writers decided to use it as a new villain, they gave the previous story a quick Retcon based on the symbiote's portrayal in the 1994 animated series, and gave Peter a better excuse.
- Cheap Costume: Black Cat, who thought the Black Suit was sexier than Spidey's classic red-and-blues, made him a synthetic version that he wore until Venom attacked Mary-Jane. He still wears it from time to time, usually as an indicator of how pissed off he is.
- Costume Copycat:
- The Black Suit's appearance was based off of the second Spider-Woman's costume, which Peter had been admiring at the time.
- Eddie Brock, Mac Gargan, and Peter himself have invoked this, the former two by impersonating Symbiote Spider-Man to discredit Peter, and Peter to impersonate Mac Gargan and infiltrate the Dark Avengers.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: During one of the symbiote's moonlit joyrides, it came across Sandman. Baker engulfed Spider-Man attempting to smother him, only for the symbiote to rip him apart from the inside.
- Darker and Edgier: Black Cat thought Peter's black costume was sexy and made him a copy out of regular fabric after he got rid of the symbiote. He wore it for a while, until Mary-Jane was traumatized by Venom and begged Peter to stop wearing it. Peter started wearing it again during his Darkest Hour in Back in Black.
- A Darker Me: Following the retcon, Peter became increasingly aggressive under the symbiote's influence, especially when it was in complete control of his body. Spider-Man himself invokes this, as when he's pushed too far he puts on the synthetic black suit Black Cat gave him, stops cracking jokes, and stops pulling his punches. Just ask Wilson Fisk.
- Evil Costume Switch: On special occasions, like when Wilson Fisk hired a sniper who almost shot Aunt May and when Kraven the Hunter's family killed Kaine, Peter puts his synthetic Black Suit on and invokes this by not joking around and not holding back.
- Iconic Outfit: The Black Suit is hands-down Spider-Man's most famous and iconic costume aside from his red-and-blues, to the point of being featured in every adaptation since its inception.
- Legacy Character:
- When Mac Gargan agrees to join Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers and impersonate Spider-Man, he's given a drug that reverts the symbiote back to the way it looked when it was bonded to Peter. Also doubles as Evil Counterpart since Mac was still more-than happy to eat people.
- When it becomes clear that he's not powerful enough to take on the symbiote-possessed Deathbird, Spider-Man bonds to one of the symbiotes captured by Hellion and controls it with No-Girl's help, causing it to take on an appearance identical to the Venom symbiote's. Unfortunately, No-Girl loses her Battle in the Center of the Mind with the creature's will and it takes control of Spider-Man... for a single panel, before it's removed by Beast.
- When Spider-Man is bonded to a symbiote during Venomized, it immediately takes on the appearance of his black suit. Unable to remove it like he did his first one, he reluctantly remains bonded to it and it saves his life when he's impaled by Poison Carnage; ultimately being separated from him and returned to Klyntar.
- Heroic Host: During the brief period Peter was bonded to the symbiote, he used it for good. He reluctantly rebonds to it during Going Down Swinging in order to be able to fight the Red Goblin evenly, and begrudgingly admits they make a good team.
- One-Winged Angel: When the Red Goblin mortally wounds Flash Thompson, Symbiote Spider-Man goes berserk and Venomizes, punching Osborn halfway across the city and roaring that he's going to eat his brain. The dying Flash manages to calm Spider-Venom down and begs Peter not to let his rage and hatred towards Osborn be the reason the recently redeemed symbiote relapses into its bloodthirsty monstrous state.
- Retcon: Initially the Black Suit was just a snazzy new shapeshifting costume, but its lack of popularity quickly led it to be turned into an alien parasite. The idea that the Black Suit was making Peter evil stems from Spider-Man: The Animated Series, as prior to that Peter rejected the symbiote out of disgust and terror at learning it was alive and wanting to bond to him.
- Psychic Block Defense: When Mosaic possesses Spider-Man and tries to view Peter's memories of his family, he's brutally attacked by multiple copies of Symbiote Spider-Man.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Subverted initially, as all the Black Suit did was take his body out for joyrides while he slept. Later tellings have it make Peter more aggressive and brutal.
- Symbiotic Possession: Played with: All the symbiote wanted to do was help Peter, something it has repeatedly berated him for, but Peter was becoming increasingly unnerved by its autonomy and that it was joy-riding his body while he was asleep to fight crime.
In a half-joking retcon to the original events of the Secret Wars saga, Deadpool was among the heroes and villains abducted by the Beyonder and taken to Battleworld. When his costume was shredded, Deadpool noticed Thor had acquired a new one and asked where he'd gotten it. Finding a strange machine, Deadpool activated it and a small black orb spread all over his body, turning his costume black and white. Initially revelling in his new costume's powers, Deadpool quickly realized that it was not only alive but sentient, and returned it to the machine out of fear that exposure to his fractured psyche would drive it insane. Exiting the room just as a certain other hero whose costume had been damaged and who had received directions from Thor entered, Deadpool advised Spider-Man to remember that "black is slimming".
After Spider-Man forced the symbiote off of him using a church bell, the creature went into hiding, gradually regaining its strength with the help of a friendly janitor. When the alien bounty hunters Killer Thrill, Guzz, and Coldwar attacked its sanctuary in search of it, the symbiote fled and tracked down Deadpool, who it bonded with once again in order to save him and Machine Man from Dansen Macabre and the Cult of Kali. Deciding to keep the symbiote, Deadpool intervened to save the Power Pack and Obnoxio the Clown from a squadron of reptilian aliens called Snarks. Following this he was approached by Black Cat, who had mistaken him for Spider-Man, and teamed up with her to stop White Rabbit. When the three alien bounty hunters unveiled themselves and knocked Black Cat unconscious, Deadpool ate Coldwar and forced the other two to flee. After this he was attacked by Kraven the Hunter, who mistook him for Spider-Man until Deadpool unmasked himself. When Killer Thrill tried to set a trap by capturing and torturing Spider-Man, the symbiote seized control of Deadpool and chased her and Guzz off, eating her left arm. The bounty hunters taken care of, the symbiote attempted to kill the unconscious Spider-Man, but Deadpool refused to let it go through with it. The symbiote left him and returned to Our Lady of Saints church, just in time to meet a certain suicidal reporter.
Years later, Deadpool briefly (as in, one-panel) rebonds with the symbiote at the behest of an unidentified client for $1,000,000, reassuring the distraught Eddie Brock, "I'll bring it right back! I promise!"
- Alternate Self:
- One of Deadpool's alternate counterparts bonded the Venom symbiote and became known as Venompool. This is possibly alluded to when the Collector says that catastrophic calamity would have ensued if Deadpool had stayed bonded to the symbiote.
- The version of Wade from Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again kills Eddie Brock and steals the Venom symbiote so that he can use it to kill and eat Spider-Man. Unlike the What If Venompool, this one looks identical to the Earth-616 version.
- Badass Moustache: The Beyonder's power cured Deadpool of his cancer for the duration of the Secret Wars, at which point he spontaneously sprouted a thick Porn Stache and a Carpet of Virility.
- Big Eater: Venompool chows down a ship full of Zn'rx, Coldwar, and Killer Thrill's left arm in the space of a single night. He would have eaten the rest of Killer Thrill and Guzz had they not escaped, and would have eaten Spider-Man too had Wade not forced the symbiote to back off.
- The Corrupter:
- Deadpool is half-jokingly implied to be the true cause of the symbiote's insanity... at least until Venom: Space Knight revealed more of its backstory.
- In an indirect manner, after separating from it, Deadpool notes that he never used to admire Spider-Man and wonders if the symbiote pushed all its positive emotions onto him, leaving it only with hatred, rage, bloodlust, and twisted obsession.
- Costume Copycat: When first bonded to it, Deadpool uses the symbiote's shapeshifting abilities to mockingly copy the other heroes' outfits, including Spider-Man's.
- Eating the Enemy:
- After stopping a squadron of Snarks from abducting the Power Pack, Deadpool overhears Jack lament that they'll eventually return. After pondering how to solve this problem in a heroic fashion, Deadpool latches onto the Snarks' ship sporting claws and a Jagged Mouth, and has a super-sized helping of jumbo frog legs for dinner.
- When saving White Rabbit from Guzz and Coldwar, Deadpool Vulks out and chows down on the latter, completely disregarding that he's a robot.
- Venompool is revealed to be the reason Killer Thrill is missing her left arm, slicing it off with his tongue and pulling it into his mouth. Immediately after this the symbiote would have eaten Spider-Man, but Wade refused to let it.
- Go Through Me: When the symbiote separates from him to eat Spider-Man, Deadpool throws himself between it and Spidey, saying that it'll have to kill him too. It nearly does, then relents at the last second and returns to Our Lady of Saints Church.
- Hulking Out: After Black Cat is knocked out by Killer Thrill and White Rabbit is about to be killed by Guzz and Coldwar, Deadpool assumes a bulky, monstrous appearance and easily defeats them. Deadpool subsequently Venomizes when the symbiote takes over fighting Kraven, and in the final showdown against Killer Thrill.
- Innocently Insensitive: Deadpool looks up to Spider-Man, something the symbiote takes umbrage with.
- Interrupted Cooldown Hug: When the symbiote lashes out over its rage towards Spider-Man, Deadpool tries to calm it by assuring it that it's got him now, and that it doesn't need Spider-Man and can let go of its anger. Kraven picks that moment to attempt to apologize over his Mistaken Identity and the moment he mentions Spider-Man's name the symbiote goes berserk again.
- Jagged Mouth: Several of Venompool's Game Faces sport More Teeth than the Osmond Family that are black and blend into his mask.
- Lies to Children: When Julie Power asks what happened to the Snarks, Deadpool says they teleported away before their ship crashed into the East River... burping midway through the lie.
- Mistaken Identity: He's mistaken for Symbiote Spider-Man by Black Cat, the Power Pack, and Kraven the Hunter.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Whenever he gets angry and/or the symbiote takes over, Deadpool sprouts the massive fanged maw and slavering tongue that would later become the symbiote's trademark.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: After separating from the symbiote, Wade bumps into Eddie Brock and unwittingly sets the stage for him to become Venom.
- Pet the Dog: In a rare moment of compassion, Deadpool realizes that the symbiote is sentient and immediately returns it to its prison, hoping that the brief period it had spent bonded to him didn't have any adverse effects.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: Deadpool being who he is, he makes pop-culture references and Shout Outs to media such as Five Nights at Freddy's and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
- Power Incontinence: When Deadpool thinks about Spider-Man in a positive light, the symbiote nearly turns him into street pizza by refusing to shoot a webline. Black Cat catches him and cracks an innuendo about him being low on web fluid in more ways than one.
- On the Rebound: Deadpool: Back in Black reveals the symbiote used Deadpool as a rebound after Peter rejected it, going on adventures with him before eventually being returned to the Our Lady of Saints Church for its fateful meeting with Eddie Brock.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: As the symbiote's host, Deadpool fought off a Zn'rx battalion who were after the Power Pack, teamed up with Black Cat to fight White Rabbit, and was the target of Kraven the Hunter's "second-to-last" hunt — the latter two having mistaken him for Spider-Man. The symbiote is also being pursued by Killer Thrill, a bounty hunter first seen in the Drax comic.
- Running Gag: Deadpool is mistaken for Spider-Man by the Power Pack, Black Cat, and Kraven the Hunter. He briefly considers taking advantage of Felicia's misunderstanding, but decides that would be too creepy even for him.
- Shout-Out: Deadpool and the symbiote argue with each other a la Smeagol vs. Gollum in the middle of a fight with Kraven the Hunter.
- Talking to Themself: When Deadpool admires Spider-Man one too many times, the symbiote seizes control of him and goes on a tirade about how Spider-Man is a monster for trying to kill it and leaving it for dead on an alien world where it's being hunted. What follows is a Gollum-esque argument where Deadpool and the symbiote alternate control of their body, leaving Kraven the Hunter and three lions watching in stunned silence.
- Your Cheating Heart: Black Cat — having mistaken him for Spider-Man — is disgusted when Deadpool admits to knowing many floozies and flirts with Killer Thrill, snapping that she's almost tempted to let the bounty hunter kill him.
Probably the most famous incarnation of Venom. Eddie's mother died during childbirth, and as a result his millionaire father became cold and distant, instilling a thirst in Eddie to impress him, to no avail. As an adult, he marries Anne Weying, a lawyer, and becomes a successful journalist for the Daily Globe in New York. Eddie's luck changes for the worst when he is contacted by a a man claiming to be the serial killer called the Sin-Eater. Eddie's interviews with the Sin-Eater initially bring him great success until the police force him to out his source, Emil Gregg. Unbeknownst to Eddie, Gregg is a compulsive confessor and the very next day Spider-Man debunks Brock's article by capturing the real killer. Brock is subsequently fired from the Daily Globe, diagnosed with terminal cancer, divorced by his wife, and disowned by his father. Reputation destroyed, he is only able to find employment as a two-bit writer for a disreputable tabloid. Blaming Spider-Man for his troubles, he begins to work out obsessively in an attempt to assuage his rage, but eventually Eddie cannot take it anymore. Raised a devout Catholic, he goes to the Our Lady of Saints church to pray for forgiveness for the suicide he is contemplating - unaware that Spider-Man had used the bells in the selfsame church to drive away his symbiotic Black Suit. The symbiote, lying in wait for an appropriate host, is drawn to Brock's mutual obsession with Spider-Man and bonds with him. In the process, Brock learns Spider-Man's true identity, and Brock's overwhelming hatred for Spider-Man turns the already bitter symbiote's love into a twisted obsession.
Calling himself Venom, Eddie becomes one of Spider-Man's most formidable foes: stronger, faster, and immune to his Spider-Sense. Directing the symbiote to grow a fanged mouth and claws, Eddie wages a campaign of torment against Peter Parker, invading his private life and threatening his loved ones by frightening Mary Jane in the Parkers' apartment and brutalizing Felicia Hardy, Peter's ex. He is not altogether evil, though: he exhibits moments of compassion, like rescuing a little girl during a pitched battle with Spider-Man. A turning point in Eddie's life occurs when he is separated from the symbiote by the villain Styx's cancerous touch and imprisoned in Ravencroft alongside nihilistic serial killer Cletus Kasady. The symbiote eventually returns and breaks him free, and Venom seemingly succeeds in killing Spider-Man and takes to living a peaceful existence on a tropical island. Unbekowst to him, the Venom symbiote had asexually reproduced and left its spawn in the prison cell, where it bonded with Kasady to become Carnage. Spider-Man is forced to reveal his continued survival to Eddie and they declare a reluctant truce to defeat Carnage, after which Eddie moves to San Francisco for a time and becomes the "Lethal Protector" of a subterranean community of homeless people formed by the 1906 earthquake. Eddie is eventually abducted by the Life Foundation Organization, which forces the Venom symbiote to give birth to five more offspring, Lasher, Phage, Riot, Agony, and Scream, who beg Eddie for help controlling their symbiotes, though he wants nothing to do with them, believing they will turn out to be as bad as Carnage.note After a stint as an antihero, Eddie returns to New York and to villainy following his ex-wife's suicide, temporarily joining the Sinister Six before a falling out with Sandman.
Eventually, it is revealed that the symbiote chose Brock as a host not only for his mutual hatred of Spider-Man, but also for the fact that it could leech off the excess adrenaline his cancerous body produces, keeping the disease in remission. However, the symbiote no longer wishes to remain bonded to a dying host, especially one that refuses to feed its growing appetite for human flesh. Undergoing a religious reawakening, Brock is disgusted by the symbiote's growing bloodlust and decides to sell it to the highest bidder and donate the proceeds to charity, knowing it will mean the death of him. Unfortunately, the highest bidder turns out to be crime boss Don Fortunato, who gives the symbiote to his son Angelo. Proving an "unworthy" host in the symbiote's eyes, it abandons Angelo mid-jump, and the man falls to his death. Feeling responsible, Brock spirals into depression and attempts suicide numerous times, but is ultimately freed from his obsession with Venom by Spider-Man, who advises him to use the time he has left to atone. Eddie is acquitted of his crimes by Matt Murdock, arguing that the symbiote forced him to commit murder, and his cancer is cured courtesy of the healing abilities of philanthropist Martin Li, who offers him a job at his soup kitchen, which Eddie eagerly accepts.
The remnants of the symbiote in Eddie's bloodstream, altered by Li's mystical powers, merge with his white blood cells and transform him into the slightly more heroic "Anti-Venom" when the Venom symbiote, having sensed Eddie no longer has cancer, attempts to leave its then-current host, Mac Gargan, and rebond with him. In this guise, he battles Gargan several times — having come to consider the symbiote to be his greatest failure — and calls off his vendetta against Spider-Man for good. He attempts to become a true hero, setting out to cure drug addicts and hustlers with the help of an ex-junkie named Jenna Cole, but struggles to suppress his murderous impulses after he learns his savior Martin Li is the supervillain Mr. Negative. As Anti-Venom, Eddie clashes with the Punisher and plays a key role in exposing Mr. Negative's true identity to the public, but ultimately he is forced to depower so the Anti-Venom suit can be used to make an antidote to cure the millions of New York infected with the Spider Virus. Eddie sets out to slay the remaining symbiotes, starting with Hybrid and Scream, but after he is knocked out trying to kill the fourth incarnation of Venom, Flash Thompson, he is captured by the Crime Master and bonded to the Toxin symbiote. As Toxin, Eddie attacks Venom again, but is seemingly killed when Venom attempts to burn the Toxin symbiote and it drags him into the flames. Eddie and the Toxin symbiote survive and recuperate, working out a temporary truce to kill Venom. Having unwittingly reverted back to his "Lethal Protector" mindset, Eddie pursues Venom to Philadelphia for a rematch, but their fight is interrupted by the Symbiote Slayers, cybernetic parasites similar to the symbiotes themselves. Toxin and Venom reluctantly team up to defeat the Symbiote Slayers, and Eddie begrudgingly concedes that he will leave Flash alone as long he uses the symbiote to do good.
No longer in denial about enjoying being bonded to a symbiote, Eddie was arrested and forcibly recruited by the FBI while eliminating criminals on the outskirts of Philadelphia. The Toxin symbiote was suppressed, and Eddie was taken to the West Virginia mine that they intended to lure Carnage to. When the initial plan to capture or kill Carnage goes awry, Eddie is sent into the mine with John Jameson to search for Carnage alongside his handler, Special Agent Claire Dixon, and Manuela Calderon, a soldier who once attended school with Kasady. When the operation goes south and Carnage acquires an eldritch tome called the Darkhold, Eddie accompanies the team on a voyage to an isolated island in the Timor Sea, where the cult of the Darkhold intends to use Carnage to resurrect the eldritch god Chthon. Befriending a girl named Jubulile van Scotter, who had been infected with an offshoot of the Carnage symbiote, Brock gives her the Toxin symbiote to empower her to slay Chthon.
A few months later, the Venom symbiote had been separated from Flash Thompson and bonded to Lee Price, whose cruel treatment of it and proclivity for violence began corrupting it. During a fight with Spider-Man, Eddie was brought in by the FBI due to his expertise with symbiotes. Seeking to rebond with it, Eddie manipulated Spider-Man into rekindling the symbiote's once-forgotten hatred towards him by tricking it by offering himself as a host and then trapping it once it separated from Lee, who was apprehended. Following this, Eddie initially attempted to persuade its guard into letting him see it, but ultimately resorted to assaulting him and breaking the symbiote free from containment, rebonding to it to become Venom once again and protecting innocent people, this time as a genuine super-hero. The symbiote's growing bloodlust led to him to seek the help of Alchemax in exchange for bringing in Stegron, a mad scientist-turned-anthropomorphic dinosaur with ambitions of conquering the world and bringing it back to the Mesozoic. After defeating Stegron with the help of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Venom finds himself unofficially working for Alchemax in exchange for medicine for the symbiote while once again serving as the protector of an underground civilization.
- '80s Hair: Eddie's had hairstyles ranging from a flattop to a mullet during the 80's and 90's, even switching to flat out Barbarian Longhair, and now has a crew cut.
- Abusive Parents: Carl Brock's wife's death in childbirth left him a shell of a man who barely acknowledged his children and blamed his son for her death.
- Adaptive Armor: While symbiotes in general tend to function as this, as an FBI agent Toxin takes some costume tips from Agent Venom, sporting vambraces, pauldrons, army boots, and a utility belt.
- Anti-Hero: As Venom, Eddie starts off as a Nominal Hero before mellowing into an Unscrupulous Hero, killing almost anyone who got in his way provided he didn't consider them "innocent". As Anti-Venom, he made an effort to stop killing people, but occasionally slipped back into his Lethal Protector mindset. As Toxin, however, he fully reverted back to his Lethal Protector mindset and has no problem killing and eating bad guys. Once returning to being Venom, Eddie is making an effort to stop killing people again, even chewing out his symbiote for killing a bunch of thieves.
- Anti-Hero Substitute:
- In an alternate universe where he remained bonded to the Enigma Force, Spider-Man settled his rivalry with Venom before deciding to join the big-league superheroes and left Eddie to become the new wall-crawler.
- As of All New, All Different, he seems to be being set up as a replacement for Agent Venom now that Flash is travelling the cosmos.
- Anti-Hero Team: Anti-Venom hooked up with the Revengers, and was the only member of the group that actually believed in team leader Wonder Man's rants about how the Avengers needed to be knocked off of their high horse and be made to learn a thing or two about accountability.
- Arch-Enemy: Eddie Brock was one of the reasons that Venom was one of Spider-Man's archenemies. After his HeelFace Turn, Carnage and Mr. Negative (during his time as Anti-Venom) would become this to Eddie.
- Art Evolution: Todd McFarlane's Venom looked just like a bulkier and black Spider-Man◊, before later artists started adding his iconic feral attributes. By editorial decree, Eddie returns to his original look after reclaiming the symbiote, with his monstrous traits only resurfacing when the symbiote goes feral.
- The Atoner: As Anti-Venom, Eddie tried to make amends for the crimes he committed by using his healing powers to cleanse drug addicts or their addictions, and taking out the dealers supplying them. He also devoted himself to exposing Martin Li as Mr. Negative.
- Ax-Crazy: Back when Eddie was a villain, Venom was unhinged and hell bent on vengeance against Spider-Man, even approaching some levels of homicidal urges. However, after character development Eddie has grown out of this, to the point that as Venom he tries not to kill criminals anymore.
- Badass Normal:
- After his career went down the dumper, Eddie spent all his time working out to vent his fury and developed a powerful physique; and even after becoming Venom kept working out to increase his base strength level. Long before he ever even crossed paths with Spider-Man, Eddie also single-handedly stopped the rampage of the crazed alien Krobaa (see below) with nothing but his flash camera.
- Often when separated from his symbiote or depowered, Brock has shown he can be quite resourceful in hunting down the symbiote after a stop at an army surplus store or fighting scores of guards while naked.
- Berserk Button: As Anti-Venom, calling his protectorate Jenna Cole a junkie will drive him into a violent rage.
- Big Brother Instinct: Technically younger but he does not act that way. He had a beloved older sister named Mary and when she fell into a coma due to an incident involving Nova, Eddie blamed the hero for it, and went after him. While presumably still in this Convenient Coma, she unfortunately later dies of cancer, much like what almost killed him, while he was away in New York. Eddie later states this is his first proper experience with grief in the 2018 series and still beats himself up over not being there.
- Eddie: I first learned about grief from my sister, Mary. She died of breast cancer while I was away doing God knows what in New York.
- Black Eyes of Evil: Anti-Venom's and Toxin's eye patches are jet-black, though as Anti-Venom he's not evil (and he's still not that evil as Toxin).
- Blade Below the Shoulder: While not a power he regularly utilized as Venom, he could morph his limbs into bladed weapons, something he did more frequently as Anti-Venom and Toxin.
- Blood Knight: Eddie's aggressiveness has led him to pick fights over minor insults, and he's at his most eager when it comes to killing Spider-Man and Carnage.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Eddie's definitions of guilt and innocence are inconsistent at best.
- Body Horror: When the Juggernaut knocked him into a vat containing a sentient insanity-inducing virus in The Madness, the results were... disturbing◊.
- Boxed Crook: He was apprehended by the FBI, injected with symbiote suppressant, and blackmailed/bribed into helping them hunt down Carnage.
- Brain Food: Even before Mac Gargan took this Up to Eleven, Eddie was known to threaten to devour various body parts - especially brains. A later retcon gave the symbiote an addiction to phenethylamine and adrenaline and caused it to force Eddie to commit cannibalism, which Eddie prevented by eating chocolate. This chemical dependence was seemingly discarded after it bonded to Angelo.
- Breakout Villain: David Michelinie had intended for Eddie Brock to be a minor villain and planned to kill him off 100 issues after his introduction. Eddie's runaway popularity with fans as an antihero kiboshed those plans and forced Michelinie to come up with Carnage instead. To this day, Eddie-as-Venom is one of Spider-Man's most popular antagonists and one of Marvel's most popular anti-heroes, being featured in almost every adaptation since his debut.
- Broken Ace: Growing up, Eddie was a straight-A student with multiple sports medals, became a successful journalist, and married a successful lawyer. All to please his aloof father.
- Butt-Monkey: In the Return of the Sinister Six he's treated like dirt by the other villains, his weaknesses are brought Up to Eleven (just the sight of a campfire and a lighter are enough to freak him out) and his stint as an anti-hero is the subject of repeated mockery. He gets his revenge when he nearly kills Electro, Kraven II, and the Sandman.
- Can't Stay Normal: Eddie goes from being Venom to Anti-Venom to Toxin to back to being Venom with brief periods of humanity in between.
- Catch-Phrase: As Anti-Venom up until he became Toxin, Eddie's was "I AM THE CURE!" Doubles as a Badass Boast.
- Character Development: Zigzagged, as while Eddie slowly became more heroic as Venom and even tried to make the leap to true heroism as Anti-Venom, he lapsed back into Lethal Protector mode as Toxin. Even so, he was more willing to give Flash a chance to prove himself a hero than he was with Spider-Man. Venom Vol. 2 and Carnage Vol. 2 gives him a great deal of character development, showing him accepting his bond with Toxin, striving to emulate Agent Venom, and accepting that the bad things he did as Venom weren't solely due to the symbiote. By the time of Venom Vol. 3, however, he seeks to reclaim his "darling" symbiote from Lee Price, although he's determined to be a true hero and ensure that his relationship with the symbiote is different this time around.
- Characterization Marches On: Eddie started off as a standard supervillain but soon developed Moral Myopia in regards to those he considered innocent (see Anti-Hero above). Eventually, he had a HeelFaith Turn and gave up being Venom. As Anti-Venom he tried to become a hero, but temporarily relapsed back to being a Sociopathic Hero. After the events of Carnage Vol. 2 and reclaiming the Venom symbiote Eddie has mostly gone back to his Anti-Venom characterization. His religious devotion, which was ignored while he was Venom, was turned Up to Eleven as Anti-Venom, but became more nuanced again when he became Venom again.
- Cheap Costume: While dying of cancer, Eddie was drilled into almost killing the hospitalized Aunt May by hallucinations of Venom, and donned a store-bought black Spider-Man costume for the occasion.Eddie: It's cheap nylon. It hangs loosely on my body. It's nothing like the symbiote. But it's everything... the only thing... I need now.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Venom, as originally drawn by Todd McFarlane, simply had an abnormally wide smile. It wasn't until Erik Larsen took over that he got his trademark fangs and Overly Long Tongue.
- Christianity Is Catholic: Eddie's religion was downplayed during his stint as Venom, only to get brought back as the driving force behind his averted HeelFace Door-Slam and rejection of the Venom symbiote. As Anti-Venom, he even comes to consider himself the one anointed by God to kill the demon that is Venom.
- Churchgoing Villain: Eddie was a devout Catholic... whenever he isn't bonded to a symbiote, that is. He even met the Venom symbiote while praying.
- Church Militant: As mentioned above, Eddie is a devout Catholic who, after becoming Anti-Venom, develops a messiah complex and sees himself on a mission from God to destroy the symbiotes, even turning the Our Lady of Saints church into his base of operations.
- Consummate Liar: Dark Origins reveals Eddie was a chronic liar, stemming from his desire for acknowledgement, and even lied his way into getting a job at The Globe.
- Costume Copycat:
- Aside from his tongue, fangs, claws, and eyes, Eddie-as-Venom was almost identical to Peter's black suit, a fact he exploited on occasion.
- Costume Evolution:
- Exactly how monstrous and bulky Eddie was as Venom depended largely on who was drawing him. During the 90's, he was even drawn as being dark blue instead of black.
- As Anti-Venom, whether his fangs were black or white depended on the artist.
- When Eddie first became Toxin in the "Savage Six" arc of Venom Vol. 2, he was solid red. When he reappeared in "Toxin With A Vengeance" arc his lower arms and lower body were black with red veins. After being recruited by the FBI, he took a leaf out of Agent Venom's costume book and was jet-black with red eyes, pauldrons, vambraces, spider-insignia, and a utility belt.
- Courtroom Episode: Eddie was captured and put on trial in... On Trial. Daredevil was his attorney, and Carnage was brought in as a witness for the prosecution.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- His early fights with Spider-Man had him dishing this out with Spider-Man only winning by the skin of his teeth thanks to some quick thinking, or in one case, faking his own death so Venom would leave him alone.
- As Anti-Venom dealt one to the Punisher in New Ways To Live. Frank shot in the back of the head with a shotgun loaded with armor piercing ammunition, only for him to expel all the bullets from his head, punch Frank through a wall and take one of his guns from him. He was an inch away from shooting him, only for a message from the cartel they were chasing to divert their attention. Frank tried to use flamethrowers when Anti-Venom lets his guard down only for him to No-Sell them and force him into working with him or he'll break his neck.
- Create Your Own Villain: Venom murdered a Vault Guardsman during one of his escapes. The man's wealthy father assembled a group of his son's grieving friends, gave them Powered Armor, and dubbed them "The Jury".
- Creepy Long Fingers: When drawn by John Romita, Jr. his fingers are unnaturally long, sometimes looking more like tentacles than digits. He also had these as Anti-Venom.
- Criminal Doppelgänger: Eddie initially tried to exploit his resemblance to Black Suit Spider-Man in order to defame and torment Peter and Mary-Jane.
- Dark Is Not Evil: After his HeelFace Turn as Venom, Eddie became an antihero who enforced his own self-styled and brutal version of justice. After reuniting with the Venom symbiote, Eddie is determined to go straight and become a true superhero, trying to avoid killing people when he can help it.
- Deadpan Snarker: Part of being Peter's Evil Counterpart, he's known to be the villain that actually makes Spidey scream "Shut up!"
- Depending on the Artist: Eddie has been drawn with hair color ranging from brown to blond, and his appearance as Venom has changed drastically depending on who's drawing him.
- Depending on the Writer: Eddie's characterization and backstory vary wildly depending on who's writing him.
- Driven to Suicide: He's tried to kill himself numerous times, including in his origin story.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?:
- Eddie is annoyed when one of Mr. Negative's goons continuously interrupts his "The Reason You Suck" Speech and completely incredulous when he learns that the thug is more afraid of the Wraith than he is of him.Anti-Venom: "The Wraith"?
Mook: She— She's everywhere, man!
Anti-Venom: And you're more scared of her... than me?! *tosses the Mook in the river* Idiot!
- After Spider-Island, Eddie was hailed as a hero for giving up the Anti-Venom symbiote, but a few months later was homeless and penniless with only an arsenal of advanced weaponry and his anti-symbiote crusade for comfort.
- Eddie is annoyed when one of Mr. Negative's goons continuously interrupts his "The Reason You Suck" Speech and completely incredulous when he learns that the thug is more afraid of the Wraith than he is of him.
- Easy Amnesia: Numerous blows to the head once made him forget various details about Spider-Man, including that he was Peter Parker.
- Enemy Mine: Would reluctantly arrange temporary alliances with Spider-Man to fight a common enemy neither could beat on their own, usually Carnage. He also forms a temporary alliance with Flash Thompson to fight the Symbiote Slayers.
- Evil Counterpart: To Peter Parker, and later Flash Thompson, though Eddie isn't evil. AS both Venom and Toxin Eddie Brock is pretty much what Peter and Flash would be he had Knight Templar qualities and never bothered to suppress the Symbiote they possessed.
- Evil Is Bigger: Eddie's Venom looks like a roided-up, exaggerated version of Spider-Man, more specifically his Black Suit◊.
- Evil Me Scares Me: The reason he hates the symbiote so much is because of the things he did under its influence. Even after rebonding to it and becoming Venom again, Eddie is unsure if that was the right decision to make given its renewed proclivity for excessive violence and that when he was unconscious it almost killed a innocent priest, and is making an effort to find out what happened to put it back in its vicious state.
- Extreme Mêlée Revenge: When Jorge Valdez rubbed the fact that Jenna Cole is back on drugs and "[his] girl" in Eddie's face, the first thing he did was grab the nearest thug and rip him in half while screaming in rage.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Eddie went from being a disgraced, terminally ill journalist to a monstrous anti-hero simply by virtue of being in the right place at the right time.
- The Fundamentalist: After his HeelFaith Turn he takes his religion a little too seriously, especially in the middle of his Sanity Slippage when it becomes the rock that he clings to. As Venom and Toxin, however, his zealotry is downplayed in favor of him eating people.(though as Venom him eating people was only a threat) His experiences in Carnage Vol. 2 ultimately cause him to abandon his faith, believing God has rejected him.
- Gasshole: When he ate (not absorbed, ate◊) the Carnage symbiote, he at first had trouble keeping it down, sprouting red tendrils, and burping almost non-stop.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: His initial characterization when he first debuted.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: As Anti-Venom his eyes were glowing red - and occasionally yellow.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Eddie referred to Jenna Cole as his "angel" in that she gave him motivation to not give in to his fraying sanity and resist the murderous impulses left over from the symbiote, which he referred to as his "devil".
- Good Costume Switch: As Anti-Venom he is a colour-inverted version of Mac Gargan's Venom form.
- Good Counterpart: As Anti-Venom, Eddie became this to his own successor Mac Gargan. That said, he was still fairly antiheroic; in many ways, he'd simply displaced his obsession with vengeance into an obsession with "curing" people of their various ailments.
- Good Is Not Nice: After his truce with Spider-Man, Venom became a good guy and stayed good as Anti-Venom and Toxin, but was not adverse to using lethal force or even eating people as Toxin.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Despite possessing the ability to generate Combat Tentacles and spikes to dispose of pests, Eddie generally relies on his fists and claws in a fight.
- Healing Hands: The Anti-Venom symbiote generated Lightforce-infused antibodies that could purge just about anything from diseases to drugs to symbiotes to radiation, though overusing this ability weakens him. Anti-Venom's cameo as Pestilence in an alternate universe version of Apocalypse's Four Horseman suggests that he can use this power to harm.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: His status swayed from story to story throughout the late 90s and into the 2000s until Mac Gargan took over. However, after Eddie Brock was cured from his cancer ad became Anti-Venom he made an effort to become a hero. As Toxin, he got back into this, first succumbing to the symbiote's control as a member of the Crime Master's Savage Six and later trying to take out Agent Venom, but after a heart-to-heart conversation with Flash he resolved to fight on the side of good in Carnage Vol. 2 and stayed good after becoming Venom once again.
- Hellish Pupils: In the 1995 Christmas Special The Venom Claus, Venom's eyes are drawn so that they had a black pupil-like slit, which was adapted from his appearance in the 1990's animated series.
- Heroic Host: Despite Eddie going through a HeelFace Revolving Door, most of the time Eddie serves as this for the Venom symbiote.
- Horrifying Hero: Eddie prides himself for being one as the "Lethal Protector" and Anti-Venom. Flash even describes him as "pretty frightening — but kind of nice, too" following their Enemy Mine against the Symbiote Slayers.
- Hulking Out: When Eddie or the symbiote gets angry, Venom can bulk up to massive proportions. Special mention goes to Eddie's first appearance as Toxin, where he was at least twenty feet tall.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: As Anti-Venom and Toxin, Eddie devoted himself to taking out Venom and Carnage.
- During the early years of his feud with Spider-Man, Eddie claimed to be a good Catholic but murdered an innocent cop and a VAULT guard when rendering them unconscious would have sufficed, lamenting the act as "necessary" to seek his revenge on Spider-Man.
- When Eddie came after Agent Venom claiming to have arranged a temporary truce with the Toxin symbiote, Flash accused him of being a hypocrite who spouted rhetoric about the symbiotes being cancer and demons while being in denial about enjoying being bonded to them.
- I Am A Humanitarian:
- Eddie's aversion to satiating the Venom symbiote's appetite varies Depending on the Writer, but aside from The Hunger - where, in spite of his disgust, the symbiote forced him to follow through on his Brain Food threats - he was never shown actually eating people as Venom and actively tried to prevent himself from doing so ever again by eating chocolate. In the novels featuring him, particularly The Venom Factor, he's a lot less picky about munching on those he deems guilty. After reuniting with the Venom symbiote, when Eddie learns that two teenagers were killed and partially eaten by a seven-foot tall monster with claws and fangs, he worries the Venom symbiote — which took control of him to attack a priest the night before — was responsible, and is relived that the culprit was one of Stegron's dinosaur-men.
- As Toxin, Eddie devours one of the symbiote slayers during his fight with Venom to prove a point to Flash, and eats a second one during their battle at the high school.
- I'm Cold... So Cold...: His not-so-last words in The Spectacular Spider-Man: The Hunger, after the symbiote abandons him to hunt on its own.
- Interspecies Romance: There are a few... suggestive moments in Venom: The Hunger, and in Venom Vol. 3 he outright calls the symbiote "my love".Eddie: (as the symbiote leaves him) We share everything. Thoughts. Feelings. A purpose. It's not human, but it's given me things no girlfriend ever could. I used to live for words. But the Other's shown me how small and useless they really are. We talk to each other with moods and pictures, memories and heartbeats. Some things are the same in any language. Like the one thing I thought I'd never hear.
- Confirmed to be a romance by writer Mike Costa.
- Intrepid Reporter: In order to impress his father, Eddie became a successful journalist until the Sin Eater fiasco ruined his career. He still puts his investigative skills to use as Venom and Toxin.
- Irrational Hatred: Eddie's hatred for Spider-Man stemmed from the fact that Spider-Man caught the Sin Eater, exposing the man Eddie had been interviewing and just handed over to police as a compulsive confessor, (however while inverted Carnage found out Eddie was right) which cost Eddie his job. He was subsequently disowned by his father, divorced by his wife, and diagnosed with terminal cancer, and blamed his misfortune on Spider-Man. Bonding to the symbiote just made it worse.
- It's All About Me: Eddie's attitude pre-HeelFace Turn, to the point where he has to remind himself that his therapist repeatedly reminds him that he is not the only important person in the world.
- Jagged Mouth: As Anti-Venom, Eddie was often drawn with black fangs similar to Carnage's.
- King of the Homeless: During his time in San Francisco he lived in an Under City with the indigent.
- Knight Templar: As Venom he was obsessed with killing Spider-Man. As Anti-Venom and as Toxin, he was obsessed with killing Venom and the rest of the symbiotes as well.
- Large Ham: Very prone to chewing the scenery, especially as Anti-Venom.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: For some time, Eddie forgot that Spider-Man was Peter Parker, and the symbiote neglected to re-inform him of the connection for reasons unknown.
- Legacy Character:
- Eddie passed on the identity of Venom to Angelo Fortunato, and later became the second incarnation of Toxin.
- A new Anti-Venom is among the "D-list do-gooders" recruited by Roderick Kingsley in Axis: Hobgoblin. Doubles as a Development Gag, since Cullen Bunn had planned to bring the character back in the Venom series. Whether he has some kind of duplicate of the symbiote or is just wearing a convincing yet entirely mundane costume is left unsaid.
- Flash becomes an actual new Anti-Venom in Venom Inc.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Venom spent most of the 1990's fighting and teaming up with other vigilantes, most notably Spider-Man, the Hulk, and Ghost Rider.
- Light Is Good: As Anti-Venom.
- Make Way for the New Villains: Venom's threat level was diminished by the appearance of Carnage and villains with powers revolving around the symbiote's weaknesses.
- Magic Enhancement: The Anti-Venom symbiote was created when Martin Li used his Lightforce powers to cure Eddie's cancer, reanimating and altering trace remnants of the Venom symbiote's biomass in his blood in the process.
- Man Bites Man: Both as Venom and Toxin, Eddie didn't hesitate to put his teeth to use, and as Toxin even ate people.
- Memento Macguffin: An old photo he carried around convinced Eddie, burnt out over the whole superhero/villain thing, to try and reconnect with his ex-wife. This ended tragically.
- The Mirror Shows Your True Self: After divesting himself of the symbiote, Eddie keeps seeing Venom's face in place of his reflection and wonders if this is the case for him.
- Misplaced Retribution: Eddie focused his revenge entirely on Spider-Man, who did nothing but catch the Sin-Eater, while at the same time ignoring the Sin-Eater, the fake Sin-Eater, The Daily Globe, Daredevil (who had helped Spidey bring the Sin-Eater down) and J. Jonah Jameson, who was revealed to have spearheaded Eddie's blacklisting in a late '90s story. The Insane Troll Logic of this and more is mercilessly lampshaded in the final issue of Erik Larsen's Nova run, which had Venom try to make Nova pay for being involved in a battle that left Eddie's sister comatose, not caring about the super villain who had actually started the fight. Paul Jenkins eventually wrote a story ("The Hunger") where it was revealed that the fixation was partly-spawned by Eddie knowing that deep down the symbiote would always love Peter more than him and wouldn't hesitate to abandon him to die of his cancer if Peter ever invited it back, so Spidey had to go.
- Morality Chain: Jenna Cole was one for Anti-Venom, as well as being his Living Emotional Crutch. Without her, he started slipping back into his "Lethal Protector" persona.Anti-Venom: *while massacring Mexican gangsters* I try to be good, I really do. But... my angel. He's got my angel. He's making her do things. Things she's not supposed to do anymore. I think about it and it makes me wanna force men's bodies to do things they're not supposed to do. Men like these... they bring out the evil in people. That's how they make their money. They don't want you to change for the good... So I show them the old me.
- Mugging the Monster: Eddie was subjected to this when a group of teenaged thugs mistook him for a homeless person, doused him in lighter fluid, and set him on fire while he was napping on the San Francisco subway. He was less than impressed.
- Multiple-Choice Past: Eddie is either the son of a millionaire who became a successful journalist until tragedy struck, or the son of a working-class suburbanite who lied his way into success before getting his comeuppance. This looks more to be a case of Series Continuity Error since Eddie did not personally recount his origins which showed him to be the son of a millionaire, instead this information was discovered and confirmed by witnesses. In Venom: Lethal Protector #3, Spider-Man visited Carl Brock, got rebuffed as Peter, but then as Spider-Man learned Eddie's origins through Carl Brock's housekeeper, who helped raise Eddie. Brock's ex-wife, Anne Weying, also confirms details concerning his bitter relationship with his father. The details about Brock's father being working-class suburbanite came from Venom: Dark Origin, a piece rife with continuity errors including but not limited to Anne Weying initially being portrayed as being an African-American woman despite being a blonde white woman in all prior appearances, Carl Brock himself was depicted as a balding brunette with a mustache, rather than a stern-faced blond man with a receding hairline and Eddie is even retconned to be around Peter's age. Becoming a skinny, bullied kid who was the sports team's waterboy rather than the previous depiction that showed him to be a straight-A student and athlete, constantly trying to improve himself in order to gain respect from his father. It should be noted that the recent run of Venom's comics uses Lethal Protector's version of Eddie's past but keeps the design changes to Carl.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: As Venom, Eddie was at minimum built like a heavyweight wrestler. He was also a lot stronger than Spider-Man, but at the same time less agile.
- My Girl Is Not a Slut: As Anti-Venom, calling Jenna Cole a junkie was a really bad idea. We're looking at you, Frank Castle.
- Necessarily Evil: Eddie lamented killng Hybrid since Scott was a good person and using his symbiote to do good, but justified doing so with the statement that it was either Scott die along with the rest of the symbiote hosts or the whole world would be overtaken later.
- Never My Fault: Eddie genuinely didn't know that Emil Greg was a compulsive confessor and was forced into outting him by the police and his boss, and Spider-Man catching the real Sin-Eater the following day was just a bad coincidence, but the mistake sparked a series of unfortunate events that ruined Eddie's professional and personal life, and he blamed Spider-Man for his misfortune.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond:
- As Venom, Brock never fared that well when he branched out and fought other heroes (Darkhawk, Daredevil and Seige, Iron Man, Quasar, etc.) besides Spider-Man, who he was a nightmare for due to being more powerful, knowing his secret identity, and being immune to his Spider Sense. The Amazing Spider-Man #317 includes a scene where Eddie visits an oblivious Aunt May as a means of intimidating Pete into no longer asking for help from any of his superfriends like the Fantastic Four, making it clear that if Pete won't keep their feud just between the two of them, then he won't either. Averted during his stints as Toxin and Anti-Venom, where he can kick a lot of ass. Mac Gargan and Flash Thompson also never ran into this problem, presumably because they already were an experienced supervillain and soldier, respectively. In his second stint as Venom, he has so far not really run into this problem, presumably owing to the Symbiote being more powerful and Brock being more experienced.
- Lampshaded in Venom Annual #1, where a group of villains at the Bar with No Name tell each other Venom stories. Black Cat speaks of how she once got the jump on him and kicked him into an exploding car, the bartender speaks of how Venom once fought Wolverine, who mocked him for picking only on Spider-Man and got the better of him in that particular bout, and lastly a third patron speaks of how Venom once went toe-to-toe with Juggernaut - while claiming the entire time that Venom was out of his depth and got curb-stomped, although the actual flashback shows Venom fending him off. Mac Gargan — who once was Venom himself, mind you — starts outright mocking Venom and asking why anything he just heard should give him the scares. Then it turns out the third patron was Venom in disguise and he sends the entire bars patronage running for their lives. Mac Gargan is not amongst the lucky ones, with the ending of the issue implying that Venom ate him.
- No-Sell: As Anti-Venom he not only laughed off the traditional weaknesses of symbiotes - fire and sonics - the only things effective against him were an anti-antivenom Norman Osborn created specifically to kill him and Mr. Negative's Darkforce magic. Small wonder he only appeared a handful of times before being depowered.
- Offing the Offspring: Carnage, Toxin, and the Life Foundation symbiotes were all on Eddie's hit list.
- Off-Model: Purposely done by artist John Romita, Jr., who depicted Venom as being perpetually warped and distorted.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: During Eddie's tenure as Venom, if he teamed up with Peter it was either for this reason or protecting people. As Toxin, Eddie promises Flash that he will let him be so long as he uses the Venom symbiote for good, but when he looses control of it, Toxin will Mercy Kill him.
- Papa Wolf: Killed a clown when he thought it was threatening a child. As Anti-Venom he was violently protective of Jenna Cole, and as "Agent Toxin" he was protective of Jubulile van Scotter.
- Is this to Sleeper, whom he and the Venom symbiote parented together.
- Perma-Stubble: Eddie usually has five o'clock shadow.
- Pet the Dog: Eddie's had several moments of compassion, but his most recent is putting his vendetta on Flash on hold, which he did a lot more readily than his grudge against Peter.
- Phlegmings: Venom is frequently drawn with copious amounts of green slobber. Angel Medina and especially Greg Luzniak really went overboard in this department, sketching spit being spewed all over the place.
- Poisonous Person: As Venom, Eddie develops a poisonous bite that almost kills Sandman, and he retains this ability as Toxin, using it to off Megatak.
- Progressively Prettier: In his early appearances Eddie looked (and was presumably meant to be) like a 40-ish, severly unkempt man, but as Comic-Book Time set in and he In-Universe started taking care of himself, he nowadays more closely looks like a handsome man in his late thirties, in spite of a solid half-decade at least having passed since his introdution.
- Rage Against the Reflection: After being separated from the symbiote, Eddie continues to see Venom's face whenever he looks in the mirror, and begins to undergo Sanity Slippage until he meets Martin Li.
- Rage Breaking Point: When Jenna Cole was abducted by the Quintas Cartel and relapsed into drug use, Eddie - who had resolved to redeem himself and reign in his fraying sanity for her sake - massacred a building full of armed thugs in a fit of rage, tearing several of them apart.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: In his second major appearance as Toxin, Eddie is mostly red but his lower arms and lower body are black with red Tainted Veins. A reporter even mistakes him for Carnage due to this.
- Redemption Quest: As Anti-Venom, Eddie swore he would destroy Venom once and for all. He continued this after being depowered, expanding his crusade to include all symbiotes, killing Scream and Hybrid, but was turned into Toxin by the Crime Master. He maintains that the relationship between him and Toxin is a temporary truce to kill Venom, but Flash accuses him of enjoying being bonded to a symbiote. Eddie eventually accepts this and comes to realize that it wasn't the symbiote who made Venom a monster but the other way around, and takes a leaf out of Flash's playbook.
- Reformed, but Not Tamed:
- As Anti-Venom, Eddie tried his hand at being a hero but his less-than-stable psyche caused him to slip up a few times, and as Toxin he reverts to his Lethal Protector persona.
- While working with the FBI, he maintains he's a good guy and is no longer in denial about being bonded to Toxin, even emulating Agent Venom's appearance. However, he's still eager to kill those he deems guilty (namely Carnage) and causally puts down a symbiote-infected sailor.
- Reformed, but Rejected:
- When Eddie tries to expose Martin Li as Mr. Negative, Spider-Man attacks him and refuses to listen to Eddie's explanations, believing he's reverted back to his brain-eating phase. Eddie loses patience and almost does perform a FaceHeel Turn, but stops himself and storms off after webbing Spider-Man up.
- When recruited by the FBI, Eddie repeatedly protests that as Toxin he's not the monster that he was as Venom, but Agent Dixon refuses to believe him, seeing him as being just as bad as Carnage. The lack of respect he gets despite taking Agent Dixon's place as the head of the Anti-Symbiote Task Force and his addiction to the power having a symbiote grants him causes him to reclaim the Venom symbiote and leave the organization.
- Religious Bruiser: Eddie returns to Catholicism with a vengeance after divesting himself of the Venom symbiote, and he's more than capable of kicking ass as Anti-Venom and Toxin. However, the events of Carnage Vol. 2 cause him to abandon his faith.
- Restraining Bolt: After being "recruited" by the FBI, he's pumped full of the symbiote-suppressant formula developed for Agent Venom. His handler, Agent Dixon, is given a device that will release an antidote and let him use the symbiote, but refuses to use it except as an absolute last resort.
- Retcon: Dark Origin retconned his backstory to bring him more in line with his Spider-Man 3 self, but has largely been ignored.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Eddie's and the symbiote's vendetta against Spider-Man is a classic case of this: Eddie for losing his job and reputation; the symbiote for being rejected. As Anti-Venom, when Eddie learns his Living Emotional Crutch Jenna Cole is back on drugs again... the result isn't pretty.
- Royal "We": Refers to himself as "we" due to the presence of the symbiote. Gargan averts this, as does Flash mostly.
- Sanity Slippage:
- The Venom symbiote's growing influence over Eddie is one of the reasons he parts ways with it, and as Anti-Venom he suffers relapses into his Lethal Protector mindset following the revelation that Martin Li is Mr. Negative or if Jenna Cole is in danger.
- The Madness miniseries had Eddie dealing with the symbiote, a sapient insanity-inducing virus they had accidentally merged with, and extra dimensional demons that had taken to tormenting them. He ends up exploding (figuratively) and nearly rapes and kills Beck Underwood while screaming incoherently and shapeshifting uncontrollably.
- The Scourge of God: As Anti-Venom and as a human before being bonded to Toxin, Eddie's fundamentalist Catholic worldview coupled with his tenuous hold on sanity to convince him that God had chosen him as a holy warrior to purge the world of sinners, starting with anyone bonded to a symbiote.
- Self-Destruct Mechanism: During his tenure as a government operative he had a thermite bomb equipped with communications gear implanted in his chest. He eventually removed it (a failsafe prevented the symbiote from expelling it or tampering with it) via painful Self-Surgery.
- Serial-Killer Killer: Eddie's most frequent targets were street-level criminals, thugs, and killers - people deserving of being turned into symbiote chow.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: Turns out he was right about Emil Greg being the original Sin Eater, and Stan Carter was the copycat all along.
- Ship Tease:
- Despite his obsession with his ex-wife Ann Weying, in the 90's series Eddie had a crush on Beck Underwood, a woman living in the underground city beneath San Fancisco.
- In Daniel Way's Venom Vol 1, Eddie constantly flirted with Venom (Patricia Robertson), even though she wanted nothing more than to kill him.
- As Anti-Venom, his relationship with Jenna Cole was very possessive.
- In Carnage Vol. 2, Eddie has a number of moments with Manuela Calderon, who ultimately passed him over for Victoria Montesi.
- After reuniting with the Venom symbiote, Eddie begins calling it "my love" and "dear".
- The Venom symbiote notes that while Eddie says that he dislikes Liz Allan, he also thinks about her a lot and experiences "strange feelings" whenever they visit her at Alchemax.
- Signature Move: Eddie's preferred method of killing people as Venom was to envelop their heads with the symbiote, using it to either suffocate them or cave their skulls in.
- Smarter Than You Look: Despite looking like a heavyweight professional wrestler even when not in monster-mode, Eddie is smarter than he looks and often puts the investigative skills he developed as a reporter to good use.
- Sociopathic Hero: As the Lethal Protector and Toxin, Eddie thought nothing of killing those he deems guilty, although he has been persuaded to call truces with Spider-Man and Agent Venom.
- Spikes of Villainy: As Anti-Venom, Eddie had spikes protruding from his shoulders.
- Start of Darkness: Chronicled in Uncanny Origins #7, Seed of Darkness, and Dark Origin, the latter of which contradicts the first two on a lot of points.
- Story-Breaker Power: As Anti-Venom, the fact that he was a walking cure-all, and at one point STARTED CLEANSING SPIDER-MAN OF HIS POWERS meant that the character had to be short-lived because of it.
- Stranger Behind the Mask: During Venom's first appearance his identity was treated as a mystery, only for the enigmatic supervillain to be revealed as... a completely original, never before seen character. Although Peter knew who he was, even if the readers didn't.
- Straw Hypocrite: During their second rematch, Flash accuses Eddie of being one for claiming that all symbiotes are demons that need to be exterminated and then getting "chummy" with the Toxin symbiote.
- Strong as They Need to Be: Marvel's official handbook has variously ranked Eddie, both as Venom and Anti-Venom, as being able to lift either 11 tons, putting him just over Peter's 10 tons; or 25 tons, making him a little more than twice as strong as Spidey but weaker than Carnage. However, there have been occasions where he duked it out with the Juggernautnote - whose strength is technically limitless, and Mac Gargan - who was able to lift 15 tons even without the Venom symbiote, which boosted his strength to 60 tons - and came out on top.note Possibly the best/worst instance of this occurred in All-Access #1, which had him almost effortlessly smack around Spidey and Superman... at the same time◊.
- Super Window Jump: Invoked in The Enemy Within.Morbius: I still don't understand — why not the front door, Venom?
Venom: Something about dramatic entrances, Morbie — we'll explain later.
- Symbiotic Possession: Eddie and the Venom symbiote got along perfectly until its growing bloodlust clashed with his growing conscience. He tells Agent Venom that he and the Toxin symbiote have reached an understanding that they'll try to kill each other after killing Venom, but Flash believes he's in denial about enjoying being bonded to a symbiote. Eddie later accepts this and sets out to follow Flash's example, working with Toxin as part of the FBI's Anti-Carnage Taskforce.
- Take Me Instead: Horrifically inverted when Eddie and his future wife Anne are attacked by a gang in the prequel series Dark Origin. Needless to say, many writers prefer to ignore it.Eddie: P-please... just leave me alone. Take the girl... I won't say anything...
- Tears of Fear: During the Spider-Island series, Eddie is reduced to sobbing in terror when the Venom symbiote takes advantage of him overusing his healing powers to ditch Flash Thompson and rebond with him.Anti-Venom: *as the symbiote engulfs him* No! Not again! The demon... get it off! *reverts to Eddie Brock* Not again! No! Please, God!
Venom: Wee arre returnedd! Hhoome, sssweet ssymbiosisss!
- Terror Hero: As Venom, Eddie used his Lovecraftian Superpowers, monstrous appearance, and threats of cannibalism to intimidate people, making him a combination of Types I and III. As Anti-Venom, he thinks of himself as a Type V and is insulted when he finds that is not the case.
- That Man Is Dead: He seems to do this whenever he develops a new identity.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: His to-do list in Spider-Man Vol. 2, #10.
- Token Evil Teammate: He's considered as such whenever he's teamed up with more scrupulous heroes to fight other villains, both as Venom and as Toxin.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After accepting his bond with Toxin, Eddie has displayed a shocking (to his comrades) degree of compassion towards Jubulile van Scotter, who is infested by the Carnage symbiote's spawn. It helps that she's an innocent teenaged girl being forced to suffer through unimaginable horrors, but at his worst he would have likely mercy killed her to prevent her from being taken over.
- Unscrupulous Hero: While Eddie considered himself to be a hero, when bonded to Venom and later Toxin he had no qualms about brutally murdering and as Toxin even eating those he considered guilty.
- The Unsmile: In Dark Origin, Eddie is shown with an unnaturally wide, creepy grin.Eddie: It was easy.
- Villain Team-Up: He, under the control of the symbiote, briefly allies with Carnage to kill the original Toxin in Venom/Carnage, and was a member of one incarnation of the Sinister Six. Both alliances were only temporarily since the other bad guys (especially the Sandman) didn't like him very much. The only reason he was allowed to join the Sinister Six in the first place is because Daniel Berkhart (the second Mysterio) weakly vouched for him.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: The Lethal Protector series revealed that Eddie's father was a wealthy millionaire who hated his son due to his wife's death in childbirth. Out of a desire for acknowledgement, Eddie got straight As in school, won numerous sports trophies, and became a successful journalist with a famous lawyer as a wife. The Sin Eater incident gave Eddie's father the excuse he needed to disown him, and Eddie's life went downhill from there. Dark Origin makes it more explicit, while Retconing most of the above to make Eddie less sympathetic.Eddie: Shut up, Mary!
Mary: You shut up! We used to have a mom, before you came along!
Carl: Mary. I've told you, your mother died from complications during childbirth. It wasn't Eddie's fault. We can't blame him for everything.
Mary: Oh, what are you pouting about now?!
Eddie: I can tell... he's lying.
- What Do You Mean, It's Phlebotinum?: Eddie satiated the symbiote's appetite for a chemical found primarily within brains by feeding it chocolate, which contains trace amounts of what it needed. This became ineffective as the symbiote's hunger grew out of control and its tastes expanded to include human flesh in general.
- Winged Humanoid: As Venom, Eddie once sprouted wings to glide away from Nova following their fight. After the symbiote is augmented by Knull, it sprouts a pair of bat-like wings reminiscent of Grendel's.
- The Worf Effect: Suffered this at the hands of Carnage, Shriek and Senator Ward (who curbstomped him entirely off-panel).
- Yandere: For a while, Eddie was this towards his ex-wife Anne Weying, and when she committed suicide he blamed Spider-Man, called off their truce and devolved back into a villain. During the New Ways To Live miniseries, Eddie displays yandere tendencies towards Jenna Cole, inwardly admitting she's all that's keeping him from reverting back to his Lethal Protector persona and going utterly berserk when he learns she has been forced back into drug use.
- You Fight Like a Cow: During his Lethal Protector days, Venom was constantly spouting wisecracks and bad jokes.
- You Wouldn't Shoot Me: After they rescue Jenna Cole from the Quintas, Punisher takes aim at Eddie with a sniper rifle. Eddie looks right at him through the scope, smiles, and says "Can't do it, can you? I'm a good guy like you." Castle puts the rifle away and tells his assistant he's bleeding out and ran out of bullets.
- Your Head A-Splode: When the Punisher realizes Anti-Venom is Eddie Brock, he promptly shoots him point-blank in the head with a shotgun. When Castle is about to shoot through Jenna Cole to kill a random thug, the Anti-Venom symbiote gathers up the scattered pieces of Eddie's head, puts them back together, and reforms, leaving him none the worse for wear and severely pissed off.
A lawyer and Eddie's ex-wife, Ann was given the Venom symbiote by her ex-husband after being fatally shot by the new Sin-Eater, briefly turning her into the murderously psychotic She-Venom. In a later story, Ann merged with the symbiote again, Eddie having sent it to her through a telephone line to break her out of the prison she was being held in under false charges, leading to a misadventure involving the Scarlet Spider and a criminal gang. Traumatized by being forced to transform into She-Venom again, and by Eddie becoming Venom directly in front of her after the symbiote returned to him, Ann became agoraphobic, and convinced the symbiote was out to get her. She subsequently committed suicide by jumping from her high rise apartment after seeing Spider-Man wearing his black suit, and the visiting Eddie turn into Venom to get rid of him. Eddie placed the blame for this squarely on Peter, and called off the shaky truce they had established.
- Alternate Self: 1602: Witch Hunter Angela #2 features appearances by Anne Weying and Edwin Brocc.
- Ax-Crazy: Clearly had very little control as She-Venom, though Eddie (who nearly threw up at the sight of what she did to two thugs) tells her the symbiote can't make a person do something they don't already want to.
- Boobs-and-Butt Pose: Is frequently drawn in this position as She-Venom, emphasizing her Impossible Hourglass Figure.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: "—before I eat your brains!!!", paraphrased from her ex-husband.
- Butter Face: Two thugs remark on how attractive her body is, despite her face being monstrous.Junior: Huh? Wuzzat, Big Brown?
Big Brown: I dunno, Junior - but it sure as heck is female!!
Junior: Hoo-ha!! We can put a sack over her ugly head after we stomp her into submission!
Reviewer: Yes. Yes, exactly. Because the first thing that comes to mind when I see a female Venom is, "Shit, I wish I could rape that thing!"
- Combat Tentacles: And unlike most other Venoms, Ann's weren't just for show.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Ann and Joe Robertson are kidnapped in the novel Venom's Wrath. When the day is saved, she dismisses Venom's involvement in her rescue.Ann: The New York Police Department and Spider-Man rescued me. As far as I'm concerned, my ex-husband had nothing to do with it.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: "I'm going to rip your own guts out and stuff them down your own throats!!
- Dark Action Girl: When bonded to the symbiote she thought nothing of ripping apart those tho threatened her.
- Damsel in Distress: Kidnapped or otherwise put in danger a lot.
- Destination Defenestration: Her method of suicide.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Eddie Brock, her ex-husband.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Ann receiving the symbiote through the telephone is depicted very suggestively◊. The symbiote making a "once you go black"-ish comment beforehand ("She'll want us back because she's had a taste?") doesn't help.
- Driven to Suicide: The trauma of being repeatedly confronted with her ex-husband and his monstrous alter-ego drove her to take her own life.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Mrs. Venom" and "The Bride of Venom".
- Evil Me Scares Me: Ann hated being She-Venom mostly due to being afraid of what she could end up doing. Part of the reason why she killed herself was because she believed the symbiote (which she claimed to be able to hear) might one day come back and attempt a permanent bonding. She might have been on to something, as the three times it bonded to Ann, the symbiote only left her because it was forced to.
- Femme Fatalons: The symbiote gives her long, thin talons.
- Grave-Marking Scene: While visiting her grave Eddie was attacked and temporarily separated from the symbiote by Senator Ward.
- Happier Home Movie: A wedding photo is used for the cover of Along Came a Spider #4.
- Hello, Attorney!: Ann was a lawyer, and a very successful and attractive one.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The tiny girl to Eddie's huge guy, except when She-Venom.
- I Have Your Wife: While it was ostensibly implied that the reason why Eddie and Ann broke up was because of Eddie's increasingly deranged obsession with Spider-Man, a story in Spider-Man Family #2 indicated that the real reason for the divorce was Ann nearly being murdered by Corrupt Corporate Executives that Eddie had been trying to expose.
- "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: Eddie tries this, but it fails.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Might have eaten her two victims, but it's left unclear.
- Interrupted Cooldown Hug: Ann breaks up a fight between Spider-Man and Venom. As things settle, the latter is attacked by Silver Sable and the Wildpack.
- Kick the Morality Pet: Along with establishing that her and Eddie's relationship was founded on lies, Dark Origin also felt it pertinent to include a scene where Eddie tries to save his own skin by desperately offering a knocked out Ann to the gang members who had attacked them. Most writers have since treated it as Canon Discontinuity.
- Meganekko: Anne wore glasses, except in Dark Origin.
- Most Common Superpower: The symbiote definitely emphasized her figure.
- Mr. Exposition: Introduced to provide details on Eddie's early life.
- Mythology Gag: She was the defense attorney of Curt Connors, according to the viral marketing for The Amazing Spider Man 2.
- My God, What Have I Done?: While She-Venom, she ripped apart a pair of thugs, and was left distraught by the incident.
- Nightmare Sequence: Has one where she bites off and eats Eddie's entire head in Rune vs. Venom.
- Pipe Pain: On Quintana, Rune, Ben Reilly... to quote The Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe:Minor Irritant: Man, Ann sure hits people with pipes a lot.
- Progressively Prettier: Was rather "mousy" in her first appearance, but like most "Plain Jane" comic characters she got hotter over time.
- Stuffed in the Fridge: Killed off just to reignite Venom's hatred of Spider-Man.
- Race Lift: Was black in early editions of Dark Origin. They realized the Series Continuity Error in time for later printings.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Was fond of dishing them out while disemboweling people.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: At the time Eddie killed rather bloodlessly. Ann, on the other hand, painted the room with her victims.
- Touch of the Monster: On the cover of Sinner Takes All #5
- Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Rune's symbiote messes with Eddie by pretending to be her in Rune vs. Venom.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Switched between Anne and Ann, though the latter was the most frequently used.
- Volumetric Mouth: She-Venom's mouth could stretch to a ludicrous degree. While this is true for almost every symbiote character, in Ann's case it was really◊ apparent.
The main character of the Shiver, Run, Patterns, and Twist arcs. After Venom's tongue was accidentally severed during a fight with the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, it was stolen by a nanorobotic alien named Bob and used to create an altered clone of the Venom symbiote that was transported to a military laboratory in the Canadian Arctic. Bob unleashed the clone, which slaughtered everyone in the lab and made its way to the US Army "Christmastown" outpost in Northern Canada were dispatched. The symbiote clone proceeded to kill the soldiers and scientists one-by-one until only Patricia Robertson, a communications specialist, was left. The copy was pursued by a second nanorobotic alien known only as the Suit, who tried to stop it. The symbiote clone escaped to a town called Voici, pursued by the Suit and Patricia, and attempted to take over Wolverine, who it viewed as an ideal host due to his Healing Factor. The copy was eventually tricked into bonding to Patricia, who was outfitted with a cybernetic collar enabling her to control it. The Suit revealed that if the copy united with the original Venom symbiote, the latter would give birth to an army of symbiotes that would wipe out all life on earth. Naturally, Patricia was tricked into traveling to New York, where she engaged in a brawl with Spider-Man, who mistook her for Eddie Brock. The original Venom showed up, and he, Spider-Man, and Patricia engaged in a three-way brawl, during which the collar was deactivated and the symbiote clone took control. Patricia was restrained by the Fantastic Four and the collar reactivated, but Bob, posing as the Suit, released her and deactivated the collar, sending her on a rampage. The symbiote clone seperated from her and was absorbed by the original Venom, who deciding to fulfill the clone's programming. Nothing came of it before Eddie and the symbiote went their separate ways, and it hasn't been mentioned since. In 2013, Flash Thompson sent a portion of the symbiote to save the life of his neighbour, Andrea Benton. It was later revealed that this portion was in fact the symbiote clone, which the original symbiote regurgitated and passed its Hell Mark and inner demon on to.
- Bald Women: Patricia's head was completely shaved to give her the implants necessary to control the clone.
- Body Horror: Patricia is knocked out, and wakes up bald, collared, and with a tube sticking out of the back of her skull. She is understandably upset.
- Cyborg: The Suit turned Patricia into one to enable her to control the symbiote.
- Evil Is Bigger: As Venom, she is depicted to be at a very large size.
- Expy: In the Shiver arc of the Venom series, the Venom clone was a carbon copy of the Thing, to go with the Whole Plot Reference.
- Fan Disservice: There are a lot of creepy scenes involving Patricia and the Venom clone, which get so much worse after Patricia loses her hair and has metal things stuck in the back of her head.
- Most Common Superpower: As revealed in Venom Vol. 1 #15, she's very busty, though it didn't show under her arctic gear.
- Ms. Fanservice:
- One of the issues of Shiver opens with Patricia having a shower and wearing nothing but a small Modesty Towel afterwards.
- When seducing Agent Whitaker, Patricia dresses in form-fitting hip-hugger jeans and a top that exposes her midriff, which she pulls down to expose her cleavage.
- While walking through the sewers after her first fight with Eddie, Patricia is completely naked... except for her cybernetic collar and the fact that the symbiote is slowly taking over her, turning her teeth into fangs and eyes solid white.
- Out with a Bang: Patricia seduces Agent Whitaker, kills him, and impersonates him the following day. Whether they had sex is left ambiguous.
- Pervert Revenge Mode: When a rowdy, drunk Shield Agent groped her at a dive bar, she knocked him out by flicking a golf ball into his face, then hit another lecher with a pool cue.
- Purple Is the New Black: Her Venom form is drawn as being purple-black in comparison to Eddie's blue-black Venom form.
- Put on a Bus: Patricia hasn't been seen since the ending of the series, aside from a brief pseudo-cameo.
- Samus Is a Girl: Spider-Man mistook Patricia for Eddie due to their Venom forms being nigh-identical.
- Scary Teeth: While struggling to control the symbiote through sheer force of will, she undergoes a Partial Transformation that turns her teeth into fangs.
- Ten Little Murder Victims: The Shiver arc has the symbiote's clone infiltrate the Christmastown military base, taking over and killing the inhabitants one by one with Patricia and the Suit trying to stop it.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Pat hasn't been seen since the miniseries ended in 2004. So far, the only reference to her subsequent to the series has been in the rundown of all the pre-Mac Gargan Venoms given in Mighty Avengers #8.
The "second" Venom: mostly ignored by both readers and canon. Angelo was the timid son of Don Vincente Fortunato, a Maggia don who purchased the Venom symbiote from Eddie Brock thinking it would get his son to man up. Despite quickly mastering the symbiote's powers, Fortunato's fight with Spider-Man turned into a Curb-Stomp Battle not in his favour when he murdered an otherwise innocent impostor dressed as Spider-Man. Angelo fled despite the symbiote urging him to keep fighting, causing it to deem him an unworthy host and abandon him in mid-leap to fall to his death.
- Abusive Parents: It wasn't just his peers who bullied him.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: One of his reasons for wanting to become Venom was his belief in this.
- And Show It to You: How he killed the Spidey impersonator.
- Auction of Evil: Where he and his father acquired the symbiote.
- Big Bad Wannabe: When Eddie took him aside and tried to warn him about the dangers of the symbiote, Angelo blew him off and gave him this little gem as his reason for desiring its power:Angelo: Besides, have you seen how many websites this thing has out there? You seen how many chicks are writing fan fiction about him? Becoming Venom puts me in the Magneto or Doctor Doom class after eighteen years of getting the crap kicked out of me.
- Dirty Coward: When Spider-Man got serious in their fight, Angelo fled.
- Disney Villain Death: The symbiote ditches him in mid-jump and he falls to his death.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: He was bullied and ridiculed his whole life, and abused by his father, who bought the symbiote in the hopes of getting his son to toughen up. During his fight with Spider-Man, Angelo ends up killing a cosplayer dressed like the web-slinger, to which Spidey decides to stop holding back and give him a verbal beatdown, rebuking Angelo's crappy past and pointing out he himself was a bully magnet, but didn't become a killer.Spider-Man: You weren't bullied any more than I was, Angelo. You weren't punched or kicked or spat upon any more than me. You were given great powers and you used them to kill people, you little freak.
- Ironic Name: His name means "fortunate angel".
- The Mafia: Angelo was the son of Maggia don Vincente Fortunato.
- Milking the Giant Cow: "I killed him for you, dad. You hear me? Angelo Fortunado just killed Spider-Man!"
- No-Sell: Surprisingly, a fiery explosion didn't even faze him.
- Overly Long Tongue: Averted, making him the first host since Peter Parker to not have one in his monstrous form.
- Possession Implies Mastery: Learns to use the symbiote's powers in record time.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
- After Angelo kills a cosplayer dressed as Spider-Man, the web-slinger decides to stop pulling his punches and gives him a verbal beatdown to match.Spider-Man: You weren't bullied any more than I was, Angelo. You weren't punched or kicked or spat upon any more than me. You were given great powers and you used them to kill people, you little freak. So like I said, no more chances.
- When Angelo flees from Spider-Man's beatdown, the symbiote decides it's had enough of him and ditches him mid-jump:Symbiote: Sigh. You know your problem, Angelo...? You just don't have enough Venom!
Angelo: Jeezus! Where are you going!
Symbiote: To find someone else, what does it look like? You're even more pathetic than Eddie Brock ended up.
- After Angelo kills a cosplayer dressed as Spider-Man, the web-slinger decides to stop pulling his punches and gives him a verbal beatdown to match.
- Royal "We": Averted, like Gargan and Flash.
- Sinister Schnoz: It was rather bulbous.
- Super Loser: As Spider-Man said of Mac Gargan, a loser with a symbiote is a still a loser.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Had all of Venom's power, but was nowhere near as competent a fighter as Eddie had been.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Appeared and died in the space of two issues.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Wanted his father's approval and thought he could earn it by becoming Venom. It worked. Too bad Angelo wasn't alive to hear the praise.
- You Have Failed Me: The symbiote scornfully ditches him for not having "enough venom".
After ditching Angelo, the symbiote directly approaches Gargan, already an established Super Villain called the Scorpion, offering him its power in exchange for murdering Spider-Man. Gargan eagerly agrees, and becomes the third incarnation of Venom just in time to join Norman Osborn's Sinister Twelve. He was imprisoned and became a member of the government-sponsored vigilantes the Thunderbolts, taking part in the Civil War and helping hold off the Skrull Invasion. Gargan's stint as Venom is characterized by an increasing dependence on the symbiote and its powers, despite the limitations that resulted - almost like a drug addict. He became increasingly erratic and unstable, driven by the symbiote's bloodlust to commit cannibalism, even to the point of attacking his teammates while berserk and threatening to chow down on innocent civilians. During an altercation with the Steel Spider, Gargan loses control of the symbiote and bites off the Steel Spider's arm, eating it. This incident causes his teammates - and Gargan himself - to become increasingly distrustful of the symbiote's growing control over him; which comes to a head when a group of prisoners with psychic powers were imprisoned in Thunderbolt Mountain and began psychically torturing the team. Gargan willingly surrenders to the symbiote's bloodlust and rampages until being cut down by the Swordsman. Following Osborn being made the head of SHIELD, Gargan is given a drug that reverts the symbiote to the appearance it had when Peter Parker wore it, and joins the Dark Avengers, where he gleefully impersonates Spider-Man. In this guise, Mac frequently goes AWOL to take a bite out of crime, and starts a gang war to ruin Mayor Jameson's reputation. When Mac refuses to stop and pictures of him eating criminals are threatened to go public, Osborn sends Daken and Bullseye to kill Gargan, and when that failed threatens to dispose of Venom himself. After Osborn's botched invasion of Asgard, Gargan is arrested and forcefully separated from the symbiote by the government, who begin researching ways to weaponize it for the American army. Without his armour or the symbiote to stabilize the genetic degeneration caused by the process that gave him his powers, Gargan's health begins to deteriorate until he is broken free by Alistair Smythe and outfitted with a new Scorpion suit.
Gargan's subsequent run-in with the symbiote occurred years later, when Lee Price volunteered to join Black Cat's crime syndicate. Suspicious, Gargan was tipped off that Price had bonded to the symbiote and later ambushed Price in order to kill him — outwardly wanting to kill the symbiote but secretly desiring to reclaim it for himself. After Eddie Brock reclaimed the symbiote, Gargan attacked him but was knocked out when the symbiote exploited his fear of it to destroy his advanced Scorpion armor. When Lee Price attacked Black Cat's syndicate with the Mania symbiote, Gargan was transformed into a Venomized version of the Scorpion, revelling in regaining symbiote powers. This proved to be short-lived thanks to Agent Anti-Venom, but Gargan volunteered to join the FBI's Anti-Symbiote Task Force in order to become the host of the Venom symbiote's latest spawn, but was foiled when he went AWOL to kill Venom and was incapacitated by Agent Claire Dixon.
- A Day in the Limelight: The Sinister Spider-Man miniseries is all about Mac's misadventures impersonating Spider-Man.
- Affectionate Nickname: Gargan calls the symbiote "Symby" in his diary.
- An Arm and a Leg: It all started when Gargan ate Steel Spider's arm under the influence of the symbiote. As the Sinister Spider-Man, he took to eating the limbs of criminals he apprehended. This led to several of these criminals and supervilllains banded together under the Redeemer and trying to kill him.
- Ass Kicks You: When Doctor Everything replaces his mouth with a metal plate and Dementoid grabs him from behind, Mac turns his butt into a massive pair of jaws and tries to eat him that way.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: During the early issues of Dark Reign, Gargan's Venom form was T. rex-sized.
- Ax-Crazy: Not surprising, since the character was written by most writers in a way to top every extreme Venom was associated with.
- Bald of Evil: Mac has brown hair but keeps his head shaved, but it became more noticeable after he became Venom due to him being shown bareheaded a lot more.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: Mac once sprouted a stinger-tipped tail, the first hint that the symbiote was beginning to develop the ability to form weapons like its descendants can. After the symbiote was nearly killed by Anti-Venom, Norman modified the Scorpion armor he'd built to turn Mac into "Venorpion", equipping the tail with a poison tailored specifically to kill Anti-Venom.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Why Mac so willingly partnered with the symbiote. When it abandons him in What If? The Other he's left on the verge of tears.Mac: Wait! Stop! Where are you—?! Get back here! Don't leave me! Don't make me be nothing again!
- Big Eater: Was fond of biting off people's limbs, and during the Secret Invasion Skrulls became one of the symbiote's favorite hors d'oeuvre.Gargan: I eat most anything. Strippers, school buses, grapes. If it's something that can be eaten, I'll down it.
- Bizarre Taste in Food: After Osborn is overthrown, Spider-Man complains that half of New York thinks he eats squirrels due to Mac viewing them as fuzzy popcorn.
- Black Comedy Cannibalism: Gargan devouring people willy-nilly due to the symbiote's influence was, for the most part, played for laughs.
- Bring It: The discussion Gargan has with Norman Osborn after Daken and Bullseye fail to assassinate him invokes this; though it's not made clear whether Norman meant he'd suit up as the Green Goblin or Iron Patriot, and nothing ever came of it.Spider-Man: Why'd you send 'em to kill me, Norman?
Norman Osborn: You were causing more trouble than you were worth.
Spider-Man: And now?
Norman Osborn: Now you learn to behave, or next time I'll suit up myself.
Venom: Any time, cornrows.
- Bullying a Dragon: Gargan tries to kill Lee Price out of personal dislike, with full knowledge that he's the Venom symbiote's most recent host. Even after the symbiote emerges and Venom starts trouncing him, Gargen continues to fight in hopes of taking the symbiote back.
- Can't Live Without You: The procedure that gave Mac his powers destabilized his DNA, and without his Scorpion Powered Armor or the symbiote his health rapidly deteriorates.
- Comically Missing the Point: When Norman Osborn threatens to personally kill him the next time he goes AWOL, Gargan walks out, stating the valuable lesson he learned was that "if you start eating somebody, you finish the job".
- Captain Ersatz: What if Carnage was Venom?
- Costume Copycat: As the Sinister Spider-Man, the symbiote takes on the appearance it had when Peter wore it. Peter later exploits this by infiltrating the Dark Avengers while wearing his synthetic Black Suit.
- Create Your Own Villain: Mac's habit of biting off the limbs of criminals leads to Hippo, General Wolfram, Eleven, Dementoid, and Doctor Everything being outfitted with cybernetic limbs by the Redeemer and setting out to rehabilitate or kill him (whichever came first).
- Criminal Doppelgänger: As the Sinister Spider-Man, Mac was identical in appearance to Black Suit Spider-Man, enabling him to gleefully impersonate his longtime foe and run Spider-Man's reputation into the ground.
- Curbstomp Battle:
- When the Redeemers attempted to "redeem" him, Gargan ate two of them and mutilated the rest. Later, Osborn sent Daken and Bullseye to assassinate him. Gargan threw Daken halfway up a skyscraper and punched Bullseye's face in, all while chowing down on members of the Rolling Sevens and Park Avenue Players gangs.
- Mac tried to attack Ms. Marvel, who responded by pulling him out the symbiote through Venom's mouth ("The Hell, lady?"). Unfortunately, this lead to the symbiote possessing Carol◊.Symbiote: Ha! We can fly! Ms. Marvel is now my favorite superhero!
- Later:Mac/Symbiote: I felt her emotions towards you. Wanna guess what they were?
Spider-Man: Wait—you what?
Mac/Symbiote: Oh, that got your attention, huh?
- Mac is on the receiving end when he suits up as the Scorpion and tries to kill Lee Price, who had acquired the symbiote. Despite his tail possessing sonic and flame armaments, Gargan is swiftly defeated and only saved from being eaten when Spider-Man intervenes.
- Deadpan Snarker: While impersonating Spider-Man, Mac took up a wry form of Black Comedy.
- The Dragon: Before he fully succumbed to the symbiote's bloodlust, Gargan was more-or-less Norman's number two on the Thunderbolts. Their relationship decayed as Gargan became increasingly bloodthirsty and reckless.
- Dressed in Layers: Some story lines had him somehow wearing his Scorpion armor under the symbiote, although this was quickly discarded.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: While he was initially afraid of the symbiote's growing influence over him, he came to thoroughly relish being Venom. Even after getting an upgraded Scorpion Suit, he tries to take the symbiote back from Lee Price.
- Eating the Enemy: After the Bluestreak incident, Gargan's go-to solution to dealing with enemies was eating them.
- Evil Counterpart: As Venom, Mac was the symbiote's puppet. As the Sinister Spider-Man, he was all power, no responsibility.
- Evil Hero: As a member of Osborn's Thunderbolts and Dark Avengers, Gargan was a government-employed superhero... who was more-than willing to maim and kill the criminals he apprehended, start gang-wars to troll Mayor Jameson, and couldn't be fussed about collateral damage in fights.
- Evil Is Petty: Started a gang war just to mess with J. Jonah Jameson's reputation, vomited a half-digested squirrel onto Dexter Bennet's desk to get back at him for an unflattering article in the DB, and tried to kill Carmilla Black for having the audacity to use his old nom de guerre.
- Evil Me Scares Me: Early during the Thuderbolts run, Mac grew increasingly terrified of the symbiote's bloodlust and the growing amount of control it had over him, especially after he ate the Steel Spider's arm. After a hallucination of the symbiote gave him a Breaking Speech, however, he embraced its bloodlust wholeheartedly.
- Eviler Than Thou: As bad as Lee Price is, the Venom symbiote considers Gargan to be even worse: while Price is callous and ruthless, he follows orders to the letter; while Gargan is more-than willing to go against orders and cause collateral damage to get what he wants.
- Eye Scream: Had an angry toy poodle thrown at him by Bullseye on Daken's behest.Mac: AAAAAAH! Dog in the eye! Dog! Dammit!
- Fight Off the Kryptonite: Mac was blasted point-blank by Eleven's sonic scream... and ate her. During the Siege, he was thrown into an explosion by Colossus, and came out none the worse for wear but extremely pissed off.
- Fully-Embraced Fiend: While he was initially afraid of the symbiote when it was dormant, after its hallucinated Breaking Speech Gargan came to fully embrace the power it gave him and relished it.
- Functional Addict: Despite initially fearing the symbiote, Gargan eventually gleefully embraces its bloodlust while impersonating Spider-Man.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Gargan initially had a Spawn-like vibe, with glowing green/yellow/red eyes being visible within the symbiote's white eye-patches. Later on, Mac's Venom form resembled a much more monstrous version of Eddie Brock's, without the inner eyes at all.
- Gonk: Marvel seemed intent on making Mac's Venom form look as repulsive as possible in Beyond!
- Healing Factor: The Swordsman almost cut Mac completely in half with his Makluan Sword, but he recovered thanks to the symbiote.
- Hulking Out: One of Mac's hallmark traits as Venom was that most often he was just a really bulky guy with sharp teeth, but whenever he got angry or the symbiote came down with a case of the munchies he'd bulk up to the point where he made the Hulk himself look vertically challenged. Also played straight with his ability to shift between his "Spider-Man" and "Venom" forms during the Dark Avengers arc.
- Human Pincushion: Bullseye turns him into one using a toy poodle and corn dogs.
- I Am A Humanitarian: During a fight with the Steel Spider, Gargan was overwhelmed by the symbiote's bloodlust and ate Osnick's arm. Gargan was initially horrified by this, and his team mates wouldn't let him live it down. Following a Breaking Speech by a hallucination of the symbiote caused by Bluestreak III, he embraced its bloodlust to the point where he would more-than willingly commit cannibalism to satiate it.
- If I Can't Have You...: Despite his fear of the symbiote, Gargan is addicted to its power and tries to take it back from Lee Price and Eddie Brock. When Maniac re-empowers him, he's jubilant to have symbiote powers again, and pleads with Agent Anti-Venom to let him keep them as he's being cleansed. He then joins Claire Dixon's Symbiote Task Force intending to bond to the Venom symbiote's latest offspring.
- Impersonation Gambit: Does this to the original Spider-Man as a member of the Dark Avengers, and has it done to him by Peter in return.
- Insanity Immunity: He was unaffected by Dementoid's madness-inducing touch, either due to the symbiote or because he's already too far off the deep end to go any further.
- Jumped at the Call: When the symbiote offered its services, Mac gleefully accepted.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: After the symbiote's Breaking Speech, Mac willingly succumbed to its bloodlust.
- Medium Awareness: Wrote the summaries for and answers the Fourth-Wall Mail Slot of his own Dark Reign tie-in.
- Mêlée à Trois: In the Sinister Spider-Man miniseries, Mac wound up caught between the surviving Redeemers - a group of vengeful supervillains he'd mutilated, Daken and Bullseye - who'd been sent by Osborn to assassinate him, and the Rolling Sevens & Park Avenue gangs - who he had started a gang war between For the Evulz. Mac promptly Curb Stomp Battles everyone until J. Jonah Jameson breaks the fight up, accidentally making Gargan look like a hero in the process.
- Never Found the Body: Gargan was used to invoke this as a member of the Thunderbolts and Dark Avengers: anyone Norman wanted disappeared was thrown into Venom's cell. Om nom nom.
- Never Live It Down: After Gargan eats the Steel Spider's arm, the team becomes increasingly afraid of him, citing this incident. Gargan initially protested it had been an accident, but this became less and less convincing due to his growing inclination towards satiating the symbiote's hunger, and he eventually became proud of the event.
- No-Sell: Getting tossed into an explosion during the "Dark Avengers vs. Utopia" arc just made him angry.
- Not Me This Time: During an altercation with the Jury, Mac exclaims, "Listen... I'm not... the same Venom... you guys had a beef with!"
- Only in It for the Money: Gargan maintained he was only in the superhero gig for the money... and the strippers, and the take-out villain limbs...
- Powered Armor: Norman made him a new Scorpion suit, but to Osborn's outrage Mac turned it down to wear the symbiote. Osborn later modified the armor◊ so that Mac could wear it over the symbiote after it was almost killed by Anti-Venom. It's destroyed when Mac and the symbiote begin bickering over what they should do with Eddie.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes were drawn as being red in some comics.
- Royal "We": Sometimes averted, sometimes played straight, depending on the writer. In his Dark Reign tie-in, he sneers that Eddie was a "sissy elitist" for insisting on referring to himself as "we".Anti-Venom: You said "me", Gargan.
Mac: I-I-I meant usss!
- Sanity Slippage: Mac became increasingly feral under the symbiote's influence, to the point where even his own teammates were afraid he'd try to eat them.
- Scary Teeth: His fangs were yellow and just plain rotten looking in Beyond!.
- Seinfeldian Conversation: He has several such scenes with the other Thunderbolts/Dark Avengers.Daken: So then I cut off his hand.
Bullseye: Whose hand?
Daken: That Deadpool @#$%
Daken: I did.
Bullseye: With what?
Daken: With these.
Bullseye: Well, sure. That'll do it.
Mac: I don't believe you, Daken.
Daken: I don't care.
Mac: You cut off his hands?
Moonstone: Good. That guy is annoying.
Daken: He thinks he's hilarious.
Mac: Like Spider-Man. "Oh Ho! I'm so funny!"
Bullseye: Spider-Man's kind of funny.
Mac: Uh, not really.
Bullseye: If you're in the mood for it.
Mac: Well, then I'm never in the mood for it.
Moonstone: Every time I hear a guy prattle on like that with those stupid jokes, all I can think is that he must have a really small—
Bullseye: Captain Crazy is back.
- Slasher Smile: As Spider-Man, Mac had a habit of manifesting a serrated grin without fully shifting into his Venom form, using it to frighten people.
- Sociopathic Hero: As the Sinister Spider-Man, he deliberately abused Spider-Man's reputation. Wven as a member of the Thunderbolts he threatened to eat innocent civilians, though he later claimed it was to scare Skrulls out of hiding.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Mac is given one by the symbiote - actually a hallucination induced by Bluestreak III - in Thunderbolts. It worked, since he became a lot less reluctant about feeding it afterwards."Symbiote": Stop complaining. Always complaining. It's too cold. Stuff hurts. I didn't mean to eat that guy's arm. Whining little maggot. You don't deserve me. You never did. Did I actually hear you say you didn't want to be the scary guy? You used to be the Scorpion. You used to be a hard man. Why did you turn into a schoolgirl as soon as you tasted some fresh meat?Gargan: What's... What's going on...
"Symbiote": I can't sit back and wait for you to become a man. I get hungry. Look at me, you little girl! It's time I took control of things. No more of you pretending you can't hear me, up there in the driver's seat. I'm hungry. We need to take care of that. Today. Now.
"Symbiote": Yes. Yes yes yes yes yes. We are going to get us an honest-to-God meal today. Or I'm just going to have to eat you from the inside out.
- Take That!: Gargan calls Eddie a "sissy elitest" for referring to himself as "we" all the time.
- Token Evil Teammate: Julia Carpenter convinced Mac to join her, Spider-Woman, and Anti-Venom in their crusade against the corrupted Peter in What If Spider-Man Killed Kraven the Hunter?.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Other than other humans, he had a taste for squirrels and Skrulls.
- Transhuman Treachery: Mac originally dreaded the symbiote's influence over him, but after Bluestreak's Mind Rape he embraced it and became its willing slave. As Venom, Mac deliberately disobeyed Norman's orders multiple times, beginning from when he bonded to the symbiote instead of using the new Scorpion suit Gobby had made for him. This comes to a head when he is photographed committing crimes, putting Norman's power in jeopardy and causing Osborn to try to pull a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness on him.
- Villain with Good Publicity: As a member of the Thunderbolts and the Dark Avengers.
- We Used to Be Friends: Back when Norman Osborn and Gargan both wore green, they worked together and Gargan came to consider Osborn a friend of sorts. With Osborn in red-white-and-blue and Gargan in black-and-white, they're less amicable towards one another.
- Wild Card: Osborn refers to him as such during their search for Spider-Man, where Mac was disregarding orders to follow the symbiote's psychic link to its past hosts.
- Worf Had the Flu: Towards the end of Dark Reign, Osborn grew weary of Gargan's wily ways and tried to curb them by forcing him to take mood-altering drugs that rendered him meek, introspective, and largely ineffectual.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Gargan begrudgingly admires J. Jonah Jameson for having "the cahones to grow a Hitler 'stache."
Peter Parker's former Jerk Jock bully of a friend. Flash enlists in the army during the Iraq War and is grievously wounded in action, losing his legs while saving his comrades. Lauded as a hero for his sacrifice, he is given an offer by the military: he can "rent" the Venom symbiote, which was subdued by drugs, for 48-hour periods (never long enough for the symbiote to establish control) for use in important missions, regaining the use of his legs in the process. Thompson agrees and subsequently becomes the new Venom, marking the character's transition to fully-fledged hero. In addition to the usual plethora of abilities, Thompson is a trained marksman, and uses a variety of firearms in his capacity as a government-sponsored Super Soldier. However, should Flash become angry while wearing the symbiote or surpass his 48 hour time limit, it will attempt to take control of his body. During this time, Flash came into conflict with a criminal mastermind called the Crime Master, and acquired an archenemy in the form of Jack O'Lantern, the Crime Master's right hand.
After the events of Spider-Island, Flash went AWOL to retain the symbiote and hopefully protect his friends and family from the Crime Master. This led Captain America to send Red Hulk after him. Flash teamed up with Rulk, X-23 and the newest Ghost Rider against Blackheart while they were in Las Vegas and saved the world from Hell on Earth. With those actions in mind, Captain America placed Flash, under the belief that he hadn't bonded with the symbiote, within the Secret Avengers, the black-ops wing of The Avengers, and had Hank McCoy perfect the drug keeping the symbiote docile. Flash was called in to stop Carnage from conquering the town of Doverton, Colorado, and defeated Cletus Kasady sans symbiote. Following that, he infiltrated the Crime Master's Savage Six and seemingly killed Eddie Brock, the original Venom, who had been forced to become the new Toxin by the Crime Master. After killing or capturing the remaining members of the Savage Six, who had kidnapped Betty Brant, he teamed up with Kaine, the second Scarlet Spider, to stop Carnage, who had again escaped from prison and was being used to manufacture an army of symbiote super soldiers to conquer the Microverse.
As a member of the Secret Avengers, Flash began dating his teammate Valkyrie and struck up a friendship with Eric O'Grady, the then-current Ant-Man. After the team's reshuffling, Flash left the Secret Avengers roster, moved to Philadelphia, and became a member of Red Hulk's Thunderbolts. During an encounter with Daimon Hellstrom, Flash was possessed by an ancient demon, which seemed to be getting along nicely with the Venom symbiote to the point where Flash was no longer sure which, if either, took control of his body during his occasional blackouts. Flash set up a new life for himself as a vigilante and assistant high-school gym coach, but came into conflict with Eddie Brock, who had survived and tracked him down to Philadelphia. Their grudge match was interrupted by the Symbiote Slayers, parasitic biomechanical organisms similar to the symbiotes themselves, and Eddie and Flash arranged a truce to defeat them. Eddie agreed to leave Flash in peace so long as he continued to use the Venom symbiote for good, but Flash's vigilanteism brought him into conflict with Lord Ogre, a crime lord who put a price on his head. The bounty alerted Jack O'Lantern to Venom's whereabouts, and Flash was forced to bond a piece of the Venom symbiote to his teenaged neighbour/student Andrea Benton to save her life when her family was targeted, turning her into Mania. Flash confronted Daimon Hellstrom, who revealed Mephisto's hell mark and the demon had been excised, and Flash returned to save Mania from Crossbones, who was hunting those who bore the hell marks. Wanting answers, Flash confronted the Venom symbiote and it revealed it passed both the hell mark and demon on to Mania in order to protect him and itself from being taken over. Flash and Andi summoned Mephisto, who revealed the portion of the symbiote bonded to her was in fact the clone of the symbiote that had once been bonded to Patricia Robertson, and assisted them in defeating Crossbones. However, he refused to remove the hell mark from Andi, revealing that the deal that bestowed Venom with the hell mark had not been made with Flash, but with the supposedly lobotomized symbiote itself. Accepting that he had become Andi's surrogate father, Flash promised to remove the hell mark from her.
Flash returned to New York after hearing rumors of the Crime Master resurfacing, and while he engaged with the Crime Master's minions, the Superior Spider-Man arrived on the scene and assisted in exposing the Crime Master as an impostor. Flash thanked him for the help, but Spider-Man remarked that he didn't show up to take down the Crime Master, but rather Venom, blasting Flash with a wrist-mounted flamethrower. Flash faked a surrender, took out Spider-Man's Spiderlings, and escaped, the symbiote badly injured. He showed up at Peter's house later in the day, interrupting a luncheon with Aunt May, Jay Jameson, and "Peter's" girlfriend Anna. "Peter" convinced Flash to undergo surgery to give him cybernetic legs and used the operation to remove the symbiote, which promptly escaped containment and reunited with its original host, transforming the Superior Spider-Man into the Superior Venom. Flash tried to coerce the symbiote to return to him - which it attempted to do, having been turned off by "Peter's" new attitude - but SpOck quickly became enamoured with the power it gives him and dominated it with his will, forcing it to remain bonded to him. The Superior Venom set off to test his newfound power, and shortly afterwards Flash was informed that the drugs he had been taking to suppress the symbiote had altered his body chemistry to be dependant on it and without it he only has a few hours left to live. With help from the Avengers, Flash succeeded in reclaiming the symbiote from SpOck, becoming Agent Venom once again, and returned to Philadelphia.
After "amicably" leaving the Thunderbolts, Flash was confronted by Tony Stark, who told him of the Guardians of the Galaxy and that he felt that there needed to be an Avenger with the team after having spent some time with them himself. Flash was completely dumbfounded by the descriptions Tony gave him of these heroes, especially Groot and Rocket Raccoon, but decided to accept the offer. Though the Guardians were quick to be dismissive of Flash after seeing his handicapped form, they reconsidered their opinions once they saw him as Agent Venom. Before leaving, Tony gave Peter "Star Lord" Quill a device in case the symbiote got out of control and there was no way to stop it normally. Flash quickly adapted to life in space and befriended Drax the Destroyer, although he was loathe to give up his trademark Multigun in exchange for alien weaponry. However, he was abducted by Skrulls, who tried to take the symbiote from him. Although he reclaimed the symbiote and escaped, he chose not to reunite with the rest of the team, instead searching for a way to return to Earth. However, Flash found his way to the symbiotes' homeworld, where he learned the truth of the creatures and had his symbiote cleansed of its hatred and powered up.
Between missions with the Guardians, Flash went on solo missions as an Agent of the Cosmos, though his solitude was short-lived, as during a mission involving Space Pirates he picked up a suicidal robot "sidekick" called 803; a "space panda" mercenary called Pik-Rollo and her daughter Hilla; Iqa, the queen of a Medusa-like species of aliens; and Tarna, a symbiote-bonded Skrull and fellow Agent of the Cosmos. Coming into conflict with the Gramosian space pirate Mercurio, Flash allowed the warlord to take his symbiote as a ploy to buy time and get more info, but the experience re-corrupted the symbiote and sent it on a rampage. With the symbiote's hold on sanity tenuous, Flash learned that the cleanse had been imperfect due to their guilt over abandoning Mania - who had succumbed to the hell mark's corruption - Flash returned to Earth with the rest of the Guardians intending to fulfill the promise he made to her. Venom was ambushed by Spider-Man, who wanted to free his friend, but the symbiote managed to clear up the misunderstanding. With Spider-Man's help, Venom located and captured Mania, but it was revealed the Hell Mark had jumped to Andi. After a battle with a horde of demons, Venom injected her with the cure, restoring her sanity.
Some time later, Venom and Mania relocated to New York. Venom was ambushed by FBI Agent Wambaugh, who used a suit of powered armor equipped with anti-symbiote weaponry to strip Flash of the Venom symbiote and send it into a berserk state, causing it to flee. After Flash defeated him, he searched for the symbiote with Mania's help, to no avail.
Flash's search for the symbiote lead him back to New York, especially after Andi was ambushed, stripped of her symbiote and left for dead by Lee Price. He contacted Peter Parker to ask Spider-Man for help, but changed his mind after Peter said Spider-Man was more likely to want the symbiote dead. He attempted to get into Alchemax thanks to his friendship with Liz Allen, but was denied and thrown out, stealing a guard's ID pass and sneaking back in. There, he came face to face with Eddie Brock and the two fought for the heart and soul of the Venom symbiote, which tried to bond to both its favorite hosts at the same time. Spider-Man entered the picture and attempted to end the fight and kill the Venom symbiote by dumping a vat of serum derived from the Anti-Venom symbiote on them. Eddie won possession of the symbiote, but Flash was transformed, the remains of the symbiote in him mixing with the chemicals to turn him into Agent Anti-Venom.
After dealing with Lee Price, Flash stayed behind in New York, playing a small but critical role in disrupting the Poison Invasion and being called in by Peter when Norman Osborn began attacking with the Carnage Symbiote as the "Red Goblin". Flash was the only standing hero when a coalition of heroes — Miles Morales, the Human Torch, Silk, Clash and himself — attacked the Red Goblin and failed, forcing him to overextend the symbiote and heal them enough to save their lives. He later healed Peter when he was forced to step out. Flash tended to the heroes, as well as Mary Jane, Aunt May and the Superior Octopus, as they were brought to the hospital. When the Red Goblin attempted to ambush them, Agent Anti-Venom saved them and revealed what he had done to Osborn. In anger, the Red Goblin attacked Flash, electrocuting him on an electrical box. Having learned Peter's secret identity from a delirious Silk, Flash made his peace with Peter and begged him not to be consumed by his rage lest he and the borrowed Venom symbiote fall back into it before dying.
However, Flash's story wasn't over. When an encounter with an ancient evil caused the Venom symbiote to be rendered brain dead (for a better lack of term), Eddie encountered the Maker, the evil Reed Richards of the Ultimate Universe. Wanting his symbiote to be saved, the Maker used a saved portion of Flash's essence and bonded it with the symbiote, creating a brand new personality.
- Adaptive Armor: After bonding to Flash the symbiote took on the appearance of body armor. When he joined the Guardians of the Galaxy it lost the body armor motif but retained a biomechanical exoskeletal appearance. After being purged of its bloodlust, the symbiote has gotten a new design which combines the body armor look with a sci-fi motif and a ridged faceplate resembling the Destroyer's.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When the symbiote ditches him to forcefully rebond to Eddie Brock, Flash is forced to plead for it to return to him, even though he was relieved to be rid of it.
- The Alcoholic: Currently recovering after a relapse after stress with the passing of his father and other issues caused him to fall off the wagon before while in Las Vegas.
- Alternate Self: As with most long-running Spider-Man characters, there have been a number of alternate universe iterations of Flash, both as himself and as Agent Venom.
- Anti-Hero Team:
- Flash joined the Red Hulk's Thunderbolts, a black ops team of black-and-red-clad antiheroes, until he felt that the team's liberal attitude towards lethal force was causing his hold on the symbiote to slip.
- Arch-Enemy: Jack O'Lantern, formerly one of Crime Master's minions, is the Green Goblin to Flash's Spider-Man, as he knows Venom's secret identity, targeted his Love Interest, and even possesses a similar gimmick to Norman - with a few nasty tricks of his own.To some extend Carnage serves as this as well.
- Artificial Limbs: Flash initially uses the symbiote to form prosthetics, but is later equipped with a set of cybernetic legs. He's somehow misplaced them after leaving Earth, though.
- Ascended Fanboy: As a teenager, Flash was a Spidey-fanboy. Flash forward to post-Dark Reign, and Flash is made the government-issue Spider-Man.
- Badass Teacher: He was the assistant gym coach at a Philadelphia high school and frequently finds himself butting heads with Darius Fowler, the local Jerk Jock and a Generation Xerox to his high school self.
- Black Cloak: Morphs the symbiote into one while infiltrating the DOA cultists and when incognito at an alien bar.
- Black Eyes of Evil: When under control the symbiote's eyes take the appearance of white-rimmed black lenses, though they usually revert to their customary appearance when it goes berserk.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: When duking it out with Carnage, Flash transforms his arm into a sword-like blade and decapitates Cletus, and retains the ability to form bladed appendages afterwards.
- Blown Across the Room: Flash accidentally uses the symbiote to throw a dodgeball so hard it sends Darius Fowler halfway across the gym. It's what tips Andi Benton off that there's something strange about her gym coach.
- Calling the Old Man Out: After Flash's alcoholic father berates him for being a cripple and dependent on the government, Flash internally berates his father for continually ruining his life even on his deathbed and walks... err... rolls out on him when he tries to apologize.
- Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: A literal example: Flash may not like being bonded to an oversized alien amoeba with a taste for human flesh, but he finds out that the drugs he's been taking to control it have altered his body so that without the symbiote he'll die in a few hours time. Of course, he only learns this after Superior Spider-Man separates him from the symbiote and takes it for himself.
- Cool Gun: He initially had one, simply called the Multi-Gun which disappeared for no reason after issue six of his own series. Drax convinces him to sell it to an alien arms dealer in Guardians of the Galaxy #14, despite Flash protesting that it's a one-of-a-kind weapon and that he's grown fond of it.
- Cursed with Awesome: Flash sees being Anti-Venom as such, as it prevents him from re-bonding with the Venom symbiote.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Given his hero worship of Spider-Man it isn't that much of a surprise.
- Dark Messiah: Mephisto chose Venom as a candidate to become a Demon Lord following the events of the Circle of Four. Damian Hellstrom even stuffed a powerful demon into him in an effort to turn the symbiote into one of his Monsters of Evil. The "honor" has since been passed on to Mania.
- Deadpan Snarker: Takes a leaf out of Spider-Man's book and dishes out witty quips while beating up bad guys.
- Deal with the Devil: After he's killed by Gari Goyle, Flash, Red Hulk, Ghost Rider, and X-23 make a deal with Mephisto, who offers to resurrect them in exchange for an unspecified service later on. Unbeknownst to them, the demon lord marks them as potential successors should he be selected to become the Devil during the Descent. When the Hell Mark is passed on to his teenage neighbor Andrea Benton and makes her a target of the DOA, Flash summons Mephisto, who helps them dispose of his turncoat minions but refuses to remove the Hell Mark from Andi, revealing it belongs not to either human but to the symbiote.
- Demonic Possession: Gets a powerful demon put in him by Daimon Hellstrom, though in a subversion the demon is not happy with the arrangement and actually wants to be exorcised. Flash is worried it and the symbiote are cooperating to take over him, but it turns out the symbiote itself is less-than pleased with the arrangement and apparently evicts the demon along with the Hell Mark into Mania.
- Demon Lords and Archdevils: Flash has a dream-vision of what would have come to pass had the demon taken him over and/or he'd become a Hell-Lord after the Descent, with Philly reduced to a Planet Heck and his demon-form perched on a decapitated statue.
- Depending on the Artist: Prior to joining the Guardians of the Galaxy, Flash's Agent Venom form had two main designs, dubbed "MK II◊" and "MK III◊" in the concept art. Which design was used depended largely on who was drawing him.
- Enemy Mine: Pulls one with Toxin to fight the Symbiote Slayers, and Eddie eventually concedes that as long as Flash uses the Venom symbiote to do good he'll leave them alone.
- FaceHeel Turn: Invokes this in Thunderbolts #23 when he lets the symbiote take over to see if the team could stop him if he truly lost control.
- Failure Hero: No matter how much Flash tries, he gets as much and even worse crap dropped in his lap than Peter Parker in a much shorter amount of time. He lampshades this in inner monologues, lamenting that none of his childhood dreams have come true and that he continuously fails the people most important to him.
- Fire-Forged Friends: After transitioning from an Enemy Mine through Teeth-Clenched Teamwork, Flash's relationship with the Venom symbiote - especially post-purification - has become this. Even after it's re-corrupted by Mercurio, Flash refuses to let Tarna kill it and take him to the Planet of the Symbiotes to get a replacement, calling it his friend, and helps it keep a handle on its rage.
- Friendly Enemy: Flash tries to be this towards Eddie after they team up against the Symbiote Slayers, even going so far as to tell the reporters that Toxin fought to protect the students, give him sole credit for the rescue, and call him "pretty frightening... but kinda nice too."
- Get Out!:
- When Andi comes across him severely wounded after his rematch with Toxin, Flash yells at her to leave him alone.
- Noticing Flash has a symbiote, an alien arms dealer angrily demands that he leave the premises, screaming, "We don't serve your kind here!" Justified due to symbiotes in general being highly seen as dangerous predatory parasites that are feared throughout the galaxy.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Flash's night vision causes the black parts of his eye-patches to glow green, although he's only seen using it in during his battle with Kraven and when tracking down Jack O'Lantern.
- Good Counterpart:
- Flash is one to Eddie Brock, who he shares many similarities with. However, while Flash manages to suppress the symbiote (most of the time), Eddie never bothered suppressing it and just gave into its bloodlust.
- H'elian's Mirror Cauldron spat out the Evangelist, a tall, skinny preacher with a Bible full of razor-edged pages, as Flash's Antithesis. While Ichor was technically Alejandra's Antithesis, it was designed to look like an angelic version of Agent Venom.
- Guns Akimbo: Usually uses guns this way on the covers. Switches back and forth between this trope and the proper way to use a gun in the books themselves.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Flash still has a bit of a temper left over from his alpha-jock high-school bully days, and he has a minefield of Berserk Buttons that set him off, like being offered alcohol, Jack O'Lantern's antics, his girlfriend being threatened, and his father. Unfortunately, Flash getting angry gives the symbiote a foothold to take control and start eating people.
- Handicapped Badass: Proves it during a battle without the symbiote suit against a equally depowered and legless Cletus Kasady during the Carnage U.S.A. series.
- Headbutting Heroes:
- Flash's first encounter with Spider-Man as Agent Venom happened when the symbiote was rampaging. Both of them were looking to save Betty Brant, who had been kidnapped by the Crime Master, but Spider-Man assumed Venom was behind it and misinterpreted Flash's garbled attempts at explaining what was happening, which weren't helped by the symbiote trying to kill him. Flash managed to tell Spider-Man where Betty was being kept, and the two of them later argued over whether Venom had been behind the kidnapping or trying to help.
- During a manhunt for Carnage, Agent Venom bumped into Kaine, who was - to put it lightly - having a bad day. The Venom symbiote going on a rampage and first trying to eat and then bond to Kaine didn't help matters.
- As a member of Ross' Thunderbolts team, Flash didn't get along with any of the other members due to the nature of the missions clashing with his moral compass and making it hard to keep the symbiote in check.
- When Venom returned to Earth to find Mania, Spider-Man ambushed him and picked a fight, thinking the symbiote was still evil and had taken over Flash.
- Healing Factor: Flash has had his head sliced in half by Crossbones and was impaled by Toxin, and recovered with a few days' R & R thanks to the symbiote.
- Heroic Host: From the start Flash has served as this for the Venom symbiote, even joining multiple super hero teams including the Secret Avengers, Ross' Thunderbolts, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Agents of the Cosmos.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Despite his weakened state, he attempts to battle and loses against the Red Goblin, being electrocuted by the madman.
- Hollywood Cyborg: "Peter" outfits him with a set of robotic legs, and uses the operation as an excuse to remove the Venom symbiote from him. Flash later throws them away, but gets a new set from 803.
- Honey Pot: The Thunderbolts Annual has the team acquiring mystical weapons for use against a rogue Doctor Strange (actually a disguised Eldritch Abomination). Flash's mission involved... seducing and sleeping with his on/off girlfriend Valkyrie while the Punisher raided her armory and made off with her Cool Sword.
- Honor Before Reason: Has had bouts of this since the end of the Savage Six arc and his joining the Avengers.
- Hulking Out: When the symbiote takes control of Flash it usually bulks up enormously - to the point of matching Red Hulk in height and mass - and occasionally emulates Eddie Brock's appearance as Venom, and more rarely Mac Gargan's.
- I Am A Humanitarian: While Flash has tried to rein in the symbiote's appetite for human flesh, he wasn't able to completely suppressed it. When overwhelmed by a group of armed thugs in The Thunderbolts #17, he loses control and is shown chowing down on an armed thug's intestines.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate:
- The Punisher interprets Flash's request for the Thunderbolts to take him down with the symbiote cut loose as a request for a mercy-killing.
- Flash tells Eddie that if he ever loses control of the symbiote, he'll want Toxin to mercy-kill him.
- I Hate Past Me: Flash hates that he used to be a bully in high school - especially after seeing the trauma he caused his former victims - and finds himself wishing he could go back in time and beat some sense into his teenaged self. Unfortunately, one of his students, Darius Fowler, is a Generation Xerox of his old self, which infuriates him to no end.
- I Just Want to Be Special: After losing the symbiote, Flash laments to Betty Brant that he misses being a superhero and hates being a normal human.
- I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Flash refuses to be called a superhero, especially one remotely close to being at the level of his idol Spider-Man. He's just Venom.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Flash is not adverse to terrifying criminals by threatening to eat them.
- Jagged Mouth: After joining the Guardians of the Galaxy his appearance changed, with him manifesting a mouth lined with solid black teeth.
- Just Eat Him: When Deadpool tried impersonating Spider-Man during Flash's fight with the Thunderbolts, Venom simply chewed him up before spitting him out in pieces.
- Kid Sidekick: Gets one in the form of Mania when the Venom symbiote's clone bonds to his teenaged neighbour Andrea Benton.
- La Résistance: Secret Wars: Spider-Island is set in a domain of Battleworld based on a reality where the Spider-Queen succeeded in taking over New York. Flash is the head of a resistance that includes Spider-Woman, Vision, the furry half of Werewolf by Night, Stegron, Spider-Man, and monster-ized versions of Captain America, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Betty Brant, Mary Jane, Carlie Cooper, and Sharon Carter.
- Light Is Good: As Agent Anti-Venom.
- Man Bites Man: He bites off Toxin's arm during their first rematch, and occasionally munches on thugs to satiate the symbiote's hunger.
- The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: His relationship with Betty Brant takes a nosedive after he becomes the new Venom. It is only after her surviving the Savage Six arc and learning he has been operating as Venom where she dumps him for good.
- Military Superhero: He's a colonel in the US military and was working for them until a short time after the Spider-Island arc. Following that, he served under Captain America and the Avengers while moonlighting as an independent hero. He later signed onto Red Hulk's Thunderbolts before leaving the team to join the Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Mind Rape: An ability Flash's "Venom" persona developed after Hellstrom stuck a demon into him, making it able to look into enemies' minds and remotely control several individuals at the same time. He only demonstrated it during his battle with the U-Foes and hasn't used it again since.
- Mistaken for Gay: Deadpool jokes that Flash has the hots for General Ross. His response:Agent Venom: Don't ask; don't tell.
- Monstrous Humanoid:
- When the symbiote went berserk when bonded to Flash both as Agent Venom and as a member of the Agents of the Cosmos, Venom would often transform into a monstrous form similar to Eddie's but with two spider legs going over his shoulders and two under his arms... or just transform into Eddie's Venom form.
- The form Flash takes when threatening a drunk Kree was very H. R. Giger-y.
- Off the Wagon: After the death of his father and being blackmailed into helping Jack O'Lantern steal the Toxin symbiote, he goes AWOL and resumes binge-drinking.
- One-Winged Angel: He has two: if he loses control of the symbiote it will revert to its monstrous form - often with a chest insignia having two spider legs going over his collarbones and two going under his arms, while sometimes maintaining the body armour appearance and white-rimmed black eyes; and Demon Venom, which turns the spider chest insignia into a pentagram and usually comes with a pair of long, backwards curved horns and the ability to control demons.
- Promotion to Parent: In his long list of aspirations, Flash notes that the one thing he never wanted to be was a father due to his own being a jerk. However, he ultimately accepts the responsibility of looking after Andi after her own father is killed because of him and she's bonded to the symbiote's demonically-enhanced clone.
- Puppeteer Parasite: The symbiote tries to usurp control of Flash whenever he gets sufficiently angry or the drugs suppressing it wear off. Its Horror Hunger even managed to freak out a demon Daimon Hellstrom put into Flash, though the two of them seem to have become BFFs... at least until the symbiote decides it doesn't want a roommate and apparently shunts the demon along with its clone to a new host.
- Rage Breaking Point: In the lead-up to and during Spider-Island, Flash had a really rough time, to the point where he was happy to let the symbiote take over Eddie Brock. When on his way to the hospital to check on Betty and begrudgingly make amends with his dying abusive father, Flash came across the Hijacker going on a bank-robbing spree while the NYPD is struggling to recover from being turned into spider-monsters. The Hijacker runs over a security guard ploughing through a bank wall, and when Agent Venom tries to stop him he rockets his tank into the air and accidentally runs over a mother and her young son. Flash promptly goes berserk and ambushes the Hijacker when gets back to his base, breaking his fingers off, beating his face in, making him beg for his life, and then biting his head off.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: When he joins the Thunderbolts, Flash shifts the white parts of the symbiote to red, much to Deadpool's derision.Agent Venom: ...I might as well fall into compliance.Deadpool: Brown-noser.Agent Venom: Uniforms serve a purpose, you little $%&#%#. They let the dumber ones in the squad know which people not to shoot.
- Re-Power: While Flash may have lost the Venom symbiote, as part of Venom Inc. he became Agent Anti-Venom.
- Second Super-Identity: In order to avoid people figuring out that he's Venom after moving to Philadelphia, Flash uses the symbiote's shapeshifting to come up with secondary super identities, including a spectral nun called Hail Mary, the Mother Superior of Punishment.
- Self-Destruct Mechanism: Initially had one of these placed by the government on him if he ever went out of control in the suit, though the symbiote later removed the device.
- Sleep Walking: Develops a dangerous example due to the demon inside of him taking over, where while asleep he lashes out at various people ranging from Mooks he defeated earlier to terrorizing his own traumatized mother.
- Speak in Unison: Mania does this to annoy him while he's threatening Crossbones and Master Mayham.
- Spikes of Villainy: An antiheroic example. The symbiote's pauldrons, vambraces, and greaves were often drawn as being studded with spikes meant to make them resemble an arthropod carapace.
- Superhero Packing Heat: One of the trademarks of Flash's Venom is that he is usually armed with some form of gun or at least starts out like that. He even stores spare pistols using the symbiote's pocket dimension ability.Spider-Man: The Punisher is dressed like me.
- Superpowered Evil Side:
- If Flash loses his temper or surpasses the drugs' time limit the symbiote takes control and rampages, often taking on appearances similar to Brock's or Gargan's incarnations. Following it being purged of bloodlust, this is (presumably) no longer an issue, though it can still manifest a fanged mouth and tongue at will.
- Later he gets a actual demon placed in his body that occasionally tries to take over him.
- Tainted Veins: There are visible veins in Flash's "mask" in Carnage U.S.A.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
- Flash and the symbiote initially only got along because Flash kept it chemically lobotomized most of the time and he liked being able to walk, and because it was sick of changing hosts all the time and all its favorite hosts wanted it dead. Flash was relieved when it briefly abandoned him to rebond with Eddie Brock, and only took it back because he needed Eddie's Anti-Venom powers intact, while the symbiote jumped at the opportunity to return to its former hosts and only reluctantly returned to Flash.
- During the Minimum Carnage crossover, Scarlet Spider and Agent Venom don't get along too well, with Flash being less-than impressed with Kaine's callousness and hair-trigger temper. Things aren't helped with the Venom symbiote takes over Flash, beats the snot out of Kaine, and tries to leave Flash to take over him.
- When the Symbiote Slayers attack the high school where Flash is working as a gym coach, Flash and Eddie set aside their differences and grudgingly work together, though Flash briefly considers letting the machines kill Eddie.
- Terror Hero: Like Eddie, Flash is a Type 1 + 3 more than willing to bust out the teeth, talons, and Brain Food threats to scare thugs into submission.
- Theme Mobile: Once had the symbiote merge with a junked car to create the Venom-Mobile◊, which came complete with an "Agent Venom" Vanity License Plate.
- Token Good Teammate: Flash was the most moral member of the Red Hulk's Thunderbolts, and ultimately quit due to their proclivity towards excessive lethal force undermining his control of the symbiote.
- Top-Heavy Guy:
- Whenever Flash gets mad or the symbiote takes over, it usually bulks up to the proportions it had when bonded to Eddie Brock and Mac Gargan.
- Space Knight Venom was given a bulky appearance as a deliberate callback to when Eddie first wore the symbiote.
- Unstoppable Rage: After C-List Fodder Hijacker murders a security guard and a mother and her son with his battle tank in front of him, Flash goes berserk and tracks him to his lair. He proceeds to break off Hijacker's fingers and brutally beat him to near-death, then tells the thug to beg for his life before biting his head off and spitting it back out.Flash: I could take him to the cops. Vehicular manslaughter, fleeing the scene of a crime - he'd get life in jail. But he doesn't deserve life anywhere.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Flash and Peter rib each other over their past relationship as a Jerk Jock and Nerd, though they're Headbutting Heroes as Venom and Spider-Man.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Flash used the symbiote to assume a multitude of appearances ranging from a Satanic cultist to a morbidly obese nurse. While trying to stay incognito early on in Philly, Flash had some fun with this aspect of the symbiote by coming up with a few alternate superhero identities, such as a chain-wielding ghostly nun.
- Weapon of Choice: While Flash is good with a variety of guns, semi-automatic pistols are his favourite, and he keeps several stored in the symbiote's vambraces.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: All Flash wanted growing up was his abusive alcoholic father's approval.
- Winged Humanoid: When Flash loses control of the symbiote after joining the Guardians, his new Venom form has bizarre bat/insect wings instead of arms.
- Working with the Ex: His physical therapist ended up being his ex-wife Sha Shan Nguyen.
A teenage girl who lives in the apartment above Flash's and goes to the high school where Flash teaches as an assistant gym coach, Andi noticed something was unusual about her teacher and came to the conclusion Thompson was Agent Venom. Shortly afterwards, her family was attacked by Jack O'Lantern, a supervillain who knew Venom's secret identity and had come in response to a bounty placed on Venom's head by the crime boss Lord Ogre. Andi watched Jack O'Lantern murder her father and was nearly killed herself, but Flash sent a portion of the Venom symbiote to protect her. The symbiote bonded with her, and she nearly beat Jack O'Lantern to death before being stopped by Flash. Andi, calling herself Mania, swore revenge on Lord Ogre and while Flash was otherwise occupied started a brutal crusade against Philadelphia's mob. When Mania finally located Lord Ogre, Flash stopped her from killing him and informed her that the portion of the symbiote she possessed contained the hell mark bestowed upon Venom by Mephisto and possibly the demon Daimon Hellstrom had possessed him with. Crossbones shows up hunting the possessor of the hell mark and unleashes an army of demons, but she seizes control of them and she and Venom retreat. Flash summons Mephisto to remove the Hell Mark from Andi, but the demon reveals that the mark belongs to the symbiote, and that the portion of the symbiote bonded to her was actually the symbiote clone once bonded to Patricia Robertson.
After Flash left Philadelphia, Andi continued fighting crime as Mania; but eventually lost control of her temper, the Hell Mark corrupting her symbiote into a bloodthirsty monster. When Venom returned to find her, Mania attacked him out of rage at abandoning her, but was subdued by Spider-Man. The Mania symbiote was cleansed by Venom, but Andi revealed the Hell-Mark had transferred to her and summoned an army of demons, intending to kill her mentor and take both the Mania and Venom symbiotes for herself. Before she could do so, Andi was injected by an alien elixir that suppressed the Hell-Mark, returning her to her senses. Reclaiming her symbiote, she and Flash reconciled and set out to fight crime like old times.
When giant monsters started suddenly appearing and rampaging through major cities, Andi was on a list of potential suspects due to her Hell-Mark's ability to summon demons.
Andi was one of the symbiote hosts summoned to take part in the Poison War, and was one of the few members to survive and be returned to her home dimension. While Flash was hunting down the person who stole the Venom symbiote, Andi found herself ambushed by Lee Price, the man who initially took the Venom symbiote. She was badly beaten after being attacked with sonics and flamethrowers and left hospitalized while the Mania symbiote was stole by Price. Despite this, she dragged herself out of the hospital and allied herself with Flash, Eddie Brock, Spider-Man, and the Black Cat. Despite having sought to reclaim her symbiote from Price, Andi ultimately decides to return to Philadelphia without it; leaving Flash to keep the peace between Spider-Man and Venom.
- Alternate Self: One of the alternate timelines or futures glimpsed◊ by the Rigellian Recorder in Deadpool & the Mercs for Money #5 showed Mania as a member of a team that included Valkyrie, Adam Warlock, a female Vision, and what looked like the Superior Spider-Man.
- Anti-Hero: Andi is more than willing to mow down any crook who gets between her and Lord Ogre. Flash tries to restrain her, but isn't very successful.
- Anime Hair: As Mania, Andi gains a spiky hairdo resembling Sonic the Hedgehog.
- The Apprentice: Venom tells Spider-Man that Mania is his protégé. According to Cullen Bunn, Toxin (Eddie Brock) also took her under his wing before being apprehended by the FBI.
- Badass Boast: Mania threatened to stomp a mud-hole through Mephisto, and when she made her debut gave a group of Lord Ogre's henchmen a chilling little introduction.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Can transform her arms into scythe or sword-like blades.
- Brought Down to Badass: While her symbiote was stolen by Lee Price at the beginning of Venom Inc., Andi still has the Hell-Mark's demonic powers.
- The Bus Came Back: Despite Flash essentially adopting her and promising to help rid her of the Hell Mark at the end of Venom Vol. 2, he joined up with the Guardians of the Galaxy with nary a mention or thought of her, leading to fans fearing she'd been Killed Offscreen by the DOA or Toxin. It's revealed that Flash told her he was leaving, but he essentially forgot all about her after going into space and that the Hell Mark subsequently corrupted both her and her symbiote.
- Call-Back: Andi was bonded to the clone of the Venom symbiote created way back in 2003's Shiver mini-story.
- The Corruption: Venom: Space Knight reveals that the Hell-Mark has corrupted her symbiote, causing it to take complete control of her and slaughter criminals. It then transferred to her and turned her evil until she was injected with an elixir that suppressed its influence.
- Dark Action Girl: A female Kid Anti-Hero who kicks ass and takes names with a demonically-enhanced alien parasite for a costume.
- Demonic Possession: Bears Mephisto's hell mark and possibly Daimon Hellstrom's demon.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Andi's eyes glow red when her Hell-Mark activates.
- Horrifying the Horror: The symbiote is revealed to actually be afraid of the Hell Mark-corrupted Andi in Venom: Space Knight #12.
- Inadequate Inheritor: Mania sees Eddie Brock as being an inferior Venom to Flash Thompson in Venomverse, sneering that he's not her Venom.
- Kid Hero: While her age has never been stated, she attends high-school and Declan Shalvey envisioned her as being in her early-to-mid teens.
- Kid Sidekick: She plays this role to Agent Venom, initially with great reluctance.
- Little Miss Badass: Is only a high-school student, but threatens to "stomp a mud-hole" through Mephisto, a powerful demon-lord.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Despite promising Flash that she'll wait for him to get back from checking up Daimon Hellstrom, she goes on a rampage the moment he boards the plane.
- Mark of the Beast: Her Hell-Mark manifests as a flaming pentagram either on her chest or forehead.
- Mind Manipulation: Can take control of demons using the hell mark.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: When pissed off she manifests a mouth full of fangs. When rampaging against the fake Jack O'Lantern, her whole face becomes a massive Lamprey Mouth out of sheer hatred and bloodlust.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When Andi comes to her senses and sees the destruction she caused as a result of succumbing to the Hell-Mark, she's horrified.
- '90s Anti-Hero: Leaving aside her choice of alias, Andi sports a loose belt, knee-pads, vambrace, bangles, and army boots, all studded with spikes. She's also more vicious and unrestrained than Flash is.
- Oh, Crap!: When she realizes Lord Ogre wasn't bluffing about the dead man's switch-rigged bio-bomb.
- Out of Focus: She disappeared for the majority of Venom: Space Knight, and only returned in Venom Inc. so that Lee Price could steal her symbiote.
- Playing with Fire: One of the powers granted by the hellmark, and one she retains after being separated from her symbiote. She later uses it against its thief to great effect.
- Possession Implies Mastery: One of the things that tipped Flash off to the fact that something was off about Mania was how fast she mastered the symbiote's abilities.
- Put on a Bus: Andi was left to fill in for Flash on Earth while he served with the Guardians of the Galaxy, to the point Flash literally forgot about her and had to return after being informed her symbiote was corrupted. She's been put back on the bus after Venom Inc., going back to Philadelphia to act as its protector while Flash stayed in New York to "keep Brock and Spidey from killing each other".
- Rebellious Spirit: She has numerous facial piercings, dyes her hair purple, and routinely cuts class.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When the fake Jack O'Lantern kills her father, Andi tried to tear him apart and smother him with the symbiote, even though she knew he'd been hypnotized by the real Jack O'Lantern, until Flash called her off. She also swore revenge against Lord Ogre and was even willing to detonate the dead man's switch he had connected to a bioweapon powerful enough to take out half of Philly, reasoning that the symbiote would make her immune to the fallout.
- Rubber Man: She can stretch her limbs to attack foes at a distance.
- The Slacker: Was this before Jack O'Lantern paid her and her father a visit.
- Speak in Unison: Does this with Venom to annoy him while they're threatening Crossbones and Master Mayhem.
- Street Urchin: After Venom left for space, Andi ended up living in the sewers.
- Summon Magic: Andi can use her Hell-Mark to summon demons, which lands her on a suspect list in Monsters Unleashed #2 when giant monsters start popping up.
- Troubled Fetal Position: When the corrupted Mania symbiote retracts from her after a night of violence, Andi huddles into a fetal position, crying and begging for help.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Has been on the receiving end of several from Flash regarding her less-than heroic behaviour. She responds with You're Not My Father, but in the end they share a heartfelt hug.
- You're Not My Father: When Flash starts getting overly protective of her and disrupting her Roaring Rampage of Revenge, Mania yells at him that he is not her father. This is enough to shock Flash out of his monstrous Venom form, though they later reconcile with a hug, and it's clear that she does view him as a surrogate father.
- You Killed My Father: The reason she wanted Lord Ogre dead was that the bounty he put on Flash got her father killed.
When Agent Venom returned to New York City to hunt down the supposedly resurrected Crime Master and his minions, the Superior Spider-Man intervened and helped him. When Agent Venom thanked him for the assist, Otto remarked that he hadn't done so intentionally before blasting him with a flamethrower, injuring the symbiote. When Flash showed up at Peter's house later on in the day, Otto convinced him to undergo surgery at Parker Industries to equip him with cybernetic legs, using the operation as an excuse to extract the symbiote from his body. Flash's warnings that the symbiote was more powerful than when it had been bonded to Peter were ignored, and the alien escaped containment and took advantage of the opportunity to rebond to its beloved original host. However, the symbiote soon realized that something was very wrong with "Peter" and attempted to return to Flash. Otto, enamoured with the symbiote's power, subjugated it and forced it to remain bonded to him before setting out to test his newfound power. As the "Superior" Venom, Otto targeted anyone committing any crime, no matter how minor, using even more brutal force than usual.
When his girlfriend Anna Maria Marconi confided in him that Aunt May's discriminatory comments regarding her stature had hurt her feelings, Otto lashed out at "his" aunt. When Mary Jane attempted to scold him, Otto received a message about an ongoing heist conducted by Hobgoblin's minions and transformed into Venom in front of her. Fearing the symbiote had finally succeeded in taking Peter over, Mary Jane contacted the Avengers, who interrupted Otto's attempted murder of Blaze and instructed him to stand down and surrender the symbiote. Otto refused and summoned his Spiderlings for backup, leading to an all-out brawl between him and his former teammates. As Superior Venom gained the upper hand, Captain America sent Iron Man to find Flash Thompson, who was dying without the symbiote. When Flash attempted to coax the symbiote to return to him a second time, the livid alien fully seized control of Otto's body and attacked him in retribution for being controlled with chemicals. Otto attempted to expel the symbiote, but lost his internal struggle, giving up out of despair before it was driven out by Peter's restored psyche. The symbiote returned to Flash, leaving Otto to face the wrath of the furious Avengers and a mob of civilians revolting against his brutal, authoritarian methods. Realizing he could use the incident to his advantage, Otto told them that traces of the symbiote in his body had been influencing his behaviour for months before finally taking him over. With Mary Jane and the Avengers seemingly accepting this explanation at face value, Otto rejoiced that he had fooled everyone, but Captain America later asked Flash if the symbiote could provide an explanation for Peter's bizarre behavior.
- Angel Face, Demon Face: When Otto was in control of the symbiote his eye lenses and webbing motif were smooth. However, he could assume a monstrous form with a fanged maw, jagged eyes, a distorted webbing motif.
- Bad Liar: Otto tells everyone that he was being controlled by traces of the symbiote that infected him when Spider-Man fought Agent Venom in Venom Vol. 2 #4. Mary Jane buys the excuse, but the Avengers do not.
- Black Eyes of Evil: Like Flash, Superior Venom has white-rimmed black lenses for eyes. Unlike Flash, Otto plays this trope straight by becoming increasingly brutal and bloodthirsty.
- Combat Tentacles: The symbiote turns Otto's robotic spider legs into biomechanical tentacles resembling the ones he had as Doctor Octopus.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Otto easily defeated Bruin, Devil-Spider, Steeplejack, Tumbler, Ringer, and Blaze - a troop of the Hobgoblin's minions. When the Avengers stopped him from killing Blaze, Otto proceeded to take them all on at once and nearly won. He tanked a direct blow from Mjolnir while staggering Thor with a punch of his own, and badly damaged Iron Man's Model 42 armor with a single blow.
- Fighting from the Inside: In a striking inversion, the symbiote was the one fighting against Otto's control. When it succeeded in taking him over, Otto unsuccessfully tried to fight it off and gave up until Ghost Peter intervened.
- Hijacking Cthulhu: Otto dominated the symbiote with his will, preventing it from returning to Flash. The symbiote later returned the favor.Symbiote: Old host... bad. Tastes... wrong. Want to go home.Flash: That's it. Come to Flash. Back where you belong.Otto: I think not!
- Hulking Out: Superior Venom bulks up massively when the symbiote takes over.
- In Love with Your Carnage: The reason Otto decided to keep the symbiote instead of killing it or putting it back into containment.
- Mythology Gag:
- The symbiote turned Otto's robotic spider legs into biomechanical tentacles similar to the ones he had as Doctor Octopus.
- Otto refers to himself as a Lethal Protector, Eddie Brock's title during his period as an anti-hero.
- Oh, Crap!: When Otto realizes the symbiote has been undermining his will and that he can't control it anymore, let alone force it to leave him, he starts to panic and gives up. Fortunately for him, Peter's psyche intervenes.
- Sssssnake Talk: As Otto's control over the symbiote wavered his speech became increasingly sibilant.
- Tainted Veins: Superior Venom possesses a white webbing motif on his head and shoulders, as a Mythology Gag to Venom in Spider-Man 3. When he goes berserk, it becomes distorted and even more vein-like.
- Voice of the Legion: As Otto's control over the symbiote slips, he speaks in distorted red speech bubbles with jagged white text, though he often catches himself and goes back to speaking normally. When the symbiote fully takes over, the speech bubbles become black.
- What the Hell, Hero?: When Flash asks the symbiote to come back to him a second time, it fully seizes control of Otto and lays into him verbally and physically for keeping it chemically suppressed.Venom: You... used chemicals, controlled me. Now I am in control. Better, faster, stronger... Sssuperior!
- AKA: Lee PriceDebut: Venom Vol. 3 #1
Lee Price grew up in Queens living with his abusive parents, and was viciously bullied. After his mother died and his father abandoned him when he was a child, Price spent five years in child services before joining the Army Rangers. He was injured in a mine explosion that killed several members of his squad and cost him two fingers on his left hand. Discharged from the army and desperate for employment, Price accepts a job offer from Mac Gargan as muscle for Black Cat's gang during a black market deal with Tombstone's gang. The deal falls through when Tombstone's crew refuses to pay Black Cat's crew and insults their boss, resulting in a shootout. The Venom symbiote intervenes, seeking a worthy host to replace Flash Thompson, and bonds to Price. Revelling in the symbiote's power, Lee ignores its pleas that he use its power to become a hero and dominates it with his will, using it to slaughter the members of both gangs. Killing his childhood friend Tony to keep his transformation secret, Price sets out to earn money as an enforcer for Black Cat, which nets him the attention of the FBI when agents Bagman and Wambaugh, spying on Black Cat's hideout, come across Price as Venom fighting off a hitman sent by Tombstone. The symbiote's efforts to resist Price's control also earns him the suspicion and ire of Mac Gargan, who is one of the symbiote's former hosts and working as an enforcer for Black Cat. The FBI tries to blackmail Price into unveiling Spider-Man's secret identity, while Gargan decides to take matters into his own hands and suits up as the Scorpion to kill Price himself. As Venom, Price defeats Gargan but is stopped from killing him by Spider-Man. Tracking down Adams, Black Cat's second-in-command and the one who facilitated Gargan's attack, Price decides to turn him over to the FBI and take over Black Cat's organization once she's been arrested. However, Agent Bagman turns out to be a mole for Adams and has Price ambushed. During the ensuing battle with the FBI and Spider-Man, the symbiote finally managed to break free from Price's control when Spider-Man stated he wanted to be its host again. However, this turned out to be a trick orchestrated by Eddie Brock, and the symbiote was captured while Price was subsequently arrested by the NYPD.
Desiring to reclaim the Venom symbiote, Price arranged for his lawyer to have him acquitted and made his way to Philadelphia, where he ambushed Andi and stole the Mania symbiote for himself. Dubbing himself Maniac, he returned to New York and began assembling a gang of criminals infected with pieces of the symbiote. Taking over Black Cat's gang and later temporarily infecting Spider-Man, he ultimately made his major power play — infecting and taking over the Five Families. Price was defeated by Venom, Spider-Man, Black Cat, Agent Anti-Venom, and Mania; and was taken into military custody, but remained bonded to the symbiote.
- Abusive Parents: Price states that his father was a violent man who beat both him and his mother, and abandoned him after her death. It's later revealed that he murdered both his parents to stop them from beating him.
- Anime Hair: He has slicked-back spiky black hair with a couple of strands that dangle alongside his face, giving him a striking resemblance to Zack Fair from Final Fantasy VII.
- Badass Long Coat: He's a former soldier and host to to the Venom symbiote, which he's subdued with his will alone; and usually wears a brown trench coat, which accentuates his sinister appearance. As Maniac, he shifts the Mania symbiote into a black and white trench coat.
- Big Bad: Lee Price returns as the main antagonist of the Venom Inc. crossover, where he steals the Mania symbiote from Andi Benton and renames himself Maniac.
- Big "SHUT UP!": When the Venom symbiote gushes about how much it's looking forward to making the world a better place with him, Price snaps at it to shut up and then dominates it with his will.
- Composite Character: Costa has stated that Price takes aspects from all previous hosts of Venom. So far he's exhibited a similar appearance to Brock's Venom form, Flash's military background, and Gargan's villainous role.
- The Corrupter: The symbiote was searching for a worthy host to replace Flash Thompson... but it picked the wrong person. It was initially excited to bond to another soldier, but upon discovering how callous and cruel Price was it came to intensely dislike him. Price, however, revels in the power it gives him and is slowly turning the symbiote from a heroic Agent of the Cosmos back into a "slathering, fanged monster". In issue 4, Price notes that the symbiote is becoming less eloquent and more vicious as its corruption worsens. Using the Mania symbiote, it's gotten worse — he can now possess other people.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Despite Gargan having outfitted his Scorpion suit with sonic and flame weapons, once Price transforms into Venom the only thing that saves Mac from being eaten is Spider-Man's timely intervention.
- Establishing Character Moment: His very first scene sets him up as a stoic man with no moral qualms about killing people. He even creeps out longtime super-villain and former Venom host Mac Gargan by barely saying anything. His response to being asked if he's killed anyone is about as casual as it gets.Gargan: You ever kill anybody?
Price: Yeah. Why? We gonna have to kill someone for this job?
- Evil Counterpart: As a soldier who was unable to serve as a result of losing a limb, Price serves as one to Flash Thompson — thus far being a thoroughly unlikable psychopathic Jerkass.
- Evil vs. Evil: Price bonding to the Venom symbiote leads to him being targeted by the Scorpion.
- Fin Gore: Price lost the ring and pinky fingers of his left hand in an explosion, which saw him discharged from the military. He wears a glove on his left hand to hide this, but bonding with the symbiote evidently healed him, as both of his hands look normal on the final page of his first issue.
- Flat "What.": His response when FBI Agent Bagman, rather than ask him to be a mole in Black Cat's syndicate, tells him to reveal Spider-Man's civilian identity.
- From Camouflage to Criminal: He was a member of the Army Rangers who lost part of his hand in a mine explosion, and turned to crime to make ends meet when his disability cheques failed to come in.
- Hate Sink: Dear God. There's almost no likeable or redeeming qualities from him. Even Mac Gargan, the previous villainous host of Venom, is creeped out by him.
- He Knows Too Much: Casually murders his best friend since kindergarten because he knows Tony can't keep a secret.
- Hulking Out: After Agent Anti-Venom, Venom, Mania, and Spider-Man defeat and depower his Inklings, Lee Price reabsorbs the distributed parts of the Mania symbiote and transforms into his monstrous Venom form, roaring that the symbiote only belongs to him. In the following issue he grows even bigger.
- I Am A Humanitarian: As Venom, Price tries to bite off Mac Gargan's head and later attempts to eat him like an oyster.
- Immune to Mind Control: Thanks to his military training, Price has been conditioned to be resistant to psychic incursions, including the symbiote's.
- I Never Told You My Name: The symbiote causes Lee to slip up and call Gargan Black Cat's "pet Scorpion," causing Gargan to become suspicious since he'd never mentioned his super villain codename.
- Ineffectual Loner: Price adamantly insists that friends and allies are a liability, even as his plans come crashing down around him.
- Legacy Character: Lee Price is the Venom symbiote's fifth main host, and second outright villainous host after Mac Gargan. He's also the Mania symbiote's sixteenth host.
- Love Is a Weakness: When the symbiote reveals that Lee wasn't always so callous and once had friends and comrades in the army, he sneers that all that taught him was that friends are a weakness.
- Make My Monster Grow: In the final issue of Venom Inc., Price reabsorbs the scattered pieces of the Mania symbiote and grows into a fifty-foot tall Venom.
- Mind Rape: He forces the symbiote to view his memories of his traumatic childhood in order to shut it up when it berates him for using its powers to kill wantonly. When it finally separates from him, the symbiote returns the favour by doing to Lee what it did to Flash on its first host's homeworld.
- Missing Mom: His mother was killed in an accident involving a pyrokinetic mutant child when he was a boy.
- Mistaken Identity: Not knowing the symbiote changed hosts, Spider-Man initially mistakes Price-as-Venom for Flash Thompson.
- More Than Mind Control: As Maniac, he can control people by infecting them with a portion of the symbiote, somewhat similarly to Carnage's former ability.
- Morton's Fork: After cornering Price in Tony's apartment, Agent Bagman offers him an ultimatum: work as a mole for the FBI, or kill him and risk being blown up by a high-explosive RPG. Both choices ruin Price's plans of anonymity, but Bagman points out that even if he survives the RPG, Black Cat would become suspicious and he would be targeted by every law enforcement agency and superhero on the planet.
- Neck Snap: He casually breaks the neck of his childhood friend Tony, on account of him being unable to keep secrets.
- Not So Stoic: Beneath his mask of stoicism and anger is a lonely, abused child who doesn't want to be alone.
- Partial Transformation: As Maniac, rather than take on a monstrous appearance like he did as Venom, Price forms the symbiote into a trench coat and gloves, and it only covers his face — leaving his mouth and occasionally his eyes visible behind its eyespots and jaws.
- Perpetual Frowner: He almost-constantly sports a serious expression, to the extent that it creeps even the likes of Mac Gargan out. The only time he was shown smiling is as a child, when witnessing the powers of a pyrokinetic mutant, or in the rare occasions he breaks into a menacing grin.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Price is cunning and scheming by nature, seeking to exploit every opportunity to advance his position while not drawing attention to himself. As a result, he eschews standard super-villain schemes and tries to avoid unnecessary collateral damage, not because he's a good person but because it's impractical and counterproductive.
- Revisiting the Roots: Mike Costa mentions that he's harkening back to the original Venom as depicted by David Michelinie, Todd McFarlane, and Erik Larsen.
- Revenge: His goal in Venom Inc. is to take revenge on Venom, Spider-Man, and Black Cat for ruining him and getting him arrested at the end of Venom Vol. 3.
- Self-Made Orphan: The symbiote reveals he killed his own parents, though Lee protests that he did so to stop them from hurting him anymore.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Price had a rough life growing up, which he joined the Army Rangers to escape. He was injured in combat when a mine blew up next to his squad, and was discharged. Mac Gargan pegs him as having P.T.S.D., but gives him No Sympathy.
- Slasher Smile: Lee breaks out into a menacing grin when the symbiote lets slip about its sanguinary past, and when telling Patrick Healy to hang up the phone.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Like Flash Thompson, Lee Price is a soldier, specifically a former Army Ranger... but he completely lacks Flash's moral compass. As a result of his messed up childhood and possible PTSD from serving overseas, Price is cold and ruthless to an extent that unsettles even hardened criminals like Mac Gargan. His first action upon bonding to the Venom symbiote is to tell it to shut up and then use it to slaughter both Tombstone's and Black Cat's groups of thugs, the latter of whom he was working for.
- The Starscream: Once his plans to remain anonymous and keep his possession of the symbiote secret are FUBAR'd, Price decides to turn Adams over to the FBI so that Black Cat can be put away for good, and then take over her organization.
- The Stoic: Price rarely shows emotion, lecturing the outraged Venom symbiote that it's the people who stay calm who are the victors. Even Mac Gargan is creeped out by how emotionless he appears.
- Villain Protagonist: Price is a stoic psychopath who gives the Venom symbiote a taste of its own medicine by dominating it with his will and using it to commit crimes. Costa has drawn comparisons with his intentions for Price and Walter White from Breaking Bad: an ordinary if unscrupulous man in a desperate situation who stumbles across something that grants him the power to change his circumstances for the better, but is corrupted by that power into something even worse than he started out as.
- Volumetric Mouth: When Venom'd up and about to eat the Scorpion like an oyster, Price's mouth opens to an enormous extent.
- War Is Hell: He expresses this view to Gargan, telling him he never wants to serve another tour of duty again.