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First Appearance: Venom: First Host #1 (October, 2018)
Symbiote Deadpool / Venompool
Alter Ego: Wade Winston Wilson
First Appearance: New Mutants #98; Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars #3 (with symbiote)
In a half-joking retcon to the original events of the Secret Wars saganote , 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. the symbiote eventually re-bonded to Wade, who accepted its presence and used it to help people, before it attempted to kill the unconscious Spider-Man, but Deadpool refused to let it. The symbiote left him and returned to Our Lady of Saints church, just in time to meet a certain suicidal reporter.
- 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.
- 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 for Cheating: 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.
- 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.
- 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 just in time for its fateful meeting with Eddie Brock.
- 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.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: 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.
- 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.
- Schrödinger's Canon: Cullen Bunn has gone on record saying that Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars and Deadpool: Back in Black are canon, and has included references to the latter in Poison-X and Deadpool: Assassin #4; being backed up by Jordan D. White — senior editor of the X-Men comics — as the reason why Deadpool admires Spider-Man. However, Donny Cates has stated on Twitter that as far as he's concerned Deadpool bonding to the Venom symbiote isn't canon, with a somewhat-teasing editorial note in Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool stating that they're not counting it.
- 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.
Alter Ego: Mysterio
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #2 (May, 1963) note ; Amazing Spider-Man #13 (June, 1964) note
Alter Ego: Mister Fantastic
First Appearance: Fantastic Four #1 (November, 1961)
Alter Ego: She-Hulk
First Appearance: Savage She-Hulk #1 (February, 1980) note ; Hulk Vol 4 #6 (July, 2017) note
Alter Ego: Invisible Woman
First Appearance: Fantastic Four #1 (November, 1961) note ; Fantastic Four #284 (November, 1985) note
Alter Ego: Powerhouse
First Appearance: Fantastic Four Annual #6 (November, 1968)
First Appearance: Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #99 (February, 1985)
- The Cameo: He was originally an unnamed tourist who was taken over by the Venom symbiote after its escape from Mister Fantastic's lab, with Absolute Carnage: Symbiote Spider-Man expanding on his backstory and what happened to him afterwards.
- Death Seeker: Following his son's death, Leonard became a nihilist who believed that people were inherently evil and nothing mattered anymore — including his own life. As such, he welcomed the brutal beatings he received from the inmates he'd convicted and happily offered himself to Dark Carnage.
- Despair Event Horizon: Watching his son die in front of him due to White Rabbit's petty prank, his ex-wife blaming him for their son's death at the funeral, accidentally killing a court recorder while trying to avenge him, and then having White Rabbit go from contritely accepting her sentence to mocking him for having done so caused him to snap and become a nihilist. When Dark Carnage comes to claim his codex, Leonard — who was dying of cancer anyway — openly offers himself to the serial killer-turned-cultist.
- In Prison with the Rogues: After being arrested, Leonard was locked up with many of the same convicts he'd put behind bars - who wasted no time brutalizing him until they realized that he was a nihilistic Death Seeker.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His son died of a heart attack after White Rabbit pulled a fake gun on them, despite her attempts to resuscitate him with her electroshock gloves.
- Stern Old Judge: Leonard was old enough to have an adult son, and put numerous criminals behind bars during his tenure. Unluckily for Lorina Dodson, Leonard wound up overseeing her trial and convicted her right off the bat due to having witnessed her brutalizing customers at a fast-food restaurant over not being able to order off the breakfast menu after 11:00 AM.
Alter Egos: Ms. Marvel, Binary, Warbird, Captain Marvel
First Apperance: Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (March 1968) note ; Ms. Marvel #1 (January 1977) note ; The Uncanny X-Men #164 (December 1982) note ; The Avengers #4 (May 1998) note ; Avenging Spider-Man #9 (July 2012) note
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #654 (April, 2011)
Alter Ego: Agent Venom
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #654 (April, 2011) note
Flash Thompson's ill-fated precursor as Agent Venom, having lost control of the symbiote and been blown up.
- Explosive Leash: Like Flash after him, Cal was implanted with a bomb to kill him if he ever lost control of the symbiote.
- The Ghost: Cal Henricksen is never shown, but wasn't Agent Venom for very long. He almost-immediately lost control of the symbiote and was blown up.
- Super Soldier: He was a military recruit brought into Project Rebirth 2.0 to serve as a symbiote-augmented supersoldier. At the very least his death helped them work some of the kinks out of the process.