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    Bob 

Debut: Venom Vol. 1 #10

The CEO of the Ararat Corporation, Bob was actually a colony of robotic alien spiders that had been stranded on Earth after a failed attempt to wipe out humanity with a massive flood. Attaining enormous influence within the governments and militaries of the world, Bob created a clone of the Venom symbiote and ultimately succeeded in having the original absorb it despite interference from the Suit — a benevolent colony of the same species of robotic spiders sent to stop him, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and S.H.I.E.L.D. However, for unknown reasons Bob's plans failed to come to fruition, and neither he or the Ararat Corporation were seen again.


  • Bad Boss: He fed a Prison Rape-victim and a mentally-ill elderly man to the Venom symbiote's clone just to see which it would kill first, treats his copies of Vic and Frankie as expendable pawns, and later unleashed said clone on a lab full of employees — having deliberately supplied them with redacted misinformation regarding it.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Bob is the CEO of the Ararat Corporation, which created a clone of the Venom symbiote intended to wipe out humanity.
  • Fat Bastard: Bob's human avatars are a pair of obese bald men with moustaches, and he is an unrepentant asshole.
  • Jerkass: Bob treats Vic and Frankie as expendable pawns, and is arrogant and sadistic.
  • Diplomatic Impunity: Bob possesses seemingly global diplomatic immunity; being able to drop a nuke in the Northwest Territories — destroying a town and killing its inhabitants — without fear of reprisal from the Canadian government, and cowed Nick Fury into submission by threatening to have him thrown in the Vault if he continued to interfere in the Ararat Corporation's plan to wipe out humanity.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Bob's goal was to wipe out all life on Earth, having been manipulated by an evil entity into trying to do so with the Biblical Great Flood and not got the memo that he'd been tricked.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Bob alternates between arrogant smugness and gleeful excitement at the drop of a hat, particularly when observing the symbiote clone's sadism.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite the attempts by the Suit, S.H.I.E.L.D., and the Fantastic Four to stop him, Bob succeeded in accomplishing his goal of having the Venom symbiote assimilate its clone. Why his plan never came into fruition, however, was never explained and he hasn't been seen since.

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    Carnage 

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    Crime Master 

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AKA: Bennett Brant
Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #11; Venom Vol. 2, #1 (as the Crime Master)

"An ode to Bennett Brand and his little sis, Betty Brant. To the family. A family that was stripped away from me. But don't feel too badly—crime is my family now."

Introduced as a shadowy crime lord and Jack O'Lantern's boss, the Crime Master seeks to usurp control of the criminal underworld from the Kingpin, only to be opposed by Agent Venom. Blackmailing Flash into helping him acquire the Toxin symbiote, the Crime Master set up a team of super villains called the Savage Six and kidnapped Betty Brant. He revealed himself as Bennett Brant, her older brother who had been assumed dead for years.


  • Abduction Is Love: He kidnapped the boy who became Jack O'Lantern and raised him as an assassin.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He wore a pinstriped suit underneath his trench coat.
  • Big Bad: He was the main antagonist of Rick Remender's half of Venom Vol. 2, before being killed by his own sister.
  • Brother–Sister Incest/Villainous Incest: His feelings for Betty weren't very brotherly, that's for sure.
  • Coat, Hat, Mask: His outfit included a fedora, a black mask with white eyes and stripes, and a dark brown trench coat.
  • Cool Mask: A black mask with white eyes, a V-shaped strip over his nose, and two diagonal stripes parallel to the V going over his cheeks.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Prior to his return as the new Crime Master, Bennett's last appearance was in a 1964 story that ended with his apparent death.
  • Faking the Dead: For years Bennett was assumed to have been killed by loan-shark Blackie Gaxton.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He went from a successful lawyer with gambling problems to a criminal mastermind. Also counts as Face–Heel Turn and Took a Level in Jerkass.
  • Grave-Marking Scene: Betty visits his presumably empty grave in 1990's Web of Spider-Man #63
  • In the Back: He was shot from behind by his own sister.
  • Legacy Character: He succeeded the Lewis family as the Crime Master, and was succeeded himself by an unknown individual who purchased the moniker from Hobgoblin. Additionally, Remender's run retconned things by revealing that the Crime Master identity was not created by Nick Lewis, but instead has existed for centuries, and has been used by people all over the globe.
  • The Master: Of crime.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: He was opposed to Flash dating Betty out of a twisted form of brotherly affection.
  • Villain Team-Up: He created his own rip-off of the Sinister Six - the Savage Six - by recruiting Richard Deacon (the Human Fly), Roland Burroughs (Death Adder), Gregory Nettles (Megatak), and turning Eddie Brock into Toxin.

    Demon-Venom 

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Debut: Venom Vol. 2, #23

An unnamed demon that possessed Flash Thompson while he was investigating the Department of Occult Armaments and was exposed to one of their Possession Engines by Damon Hellstrom, who intended to turn the symbiote into one of his Monsters of Evil. This attempt backfired when the Hell Mark activated and suppressed the demon; preventing it from being exorcised despite begging to be removed due to Mephisto decreeing that possessing one who was marked was forbidden. It struck up a rapport with the symbiote, taking over Flash during his battle with the U-Foes and later on while he slept, terrorizing his friends and enemies alike until Flash moved to Philadelphia. The symbiote, realizing the demon was slowly taking over Flash, expelled the Hell Mark into its long-devoured clone and regurgitated it, freeing Flash from any infernal obligations but at the same time marking Andi Benton, who bonded with the possessed clone to become Mania.


  • Alternate Self: Flash has a dream of what would come to pass if the demon took him over and/or he was chosen for the Descent, with Demon-Venom perched on a headless statue overlooking a Planet Heck version of Philly.
  • Call-Back: The demon took Flash's body out for joyrides while he was asleep, just like the symbiote used to do to Peter.
  • Chest Insignia: One sign that the demon was possessing Venom was the white spider emblem on Venom's chest morphing into the Hell Mark pentagram.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils:
    • It seems to be a fairly high-ranking demon, though nowhere near as powerful as Mephisto.
    • In a nightmare/vision Flash has of a possible future wherein the demon takes him over and/or he becomes Mephisto's replacement, Demon-Venom is seen ruling over Philadelphia, which has been turned into a literal hellscape populated by demons.
  • Demonic Possession: After being suppressed by the Hell Mark, the demon starts corroding Flash's sanity and taking him over while he sleeps.
  • Enemy Within: It proves to be one to both Flash and the symbiote, who doesn't take kindly to the competition and kicks it out.
  • Expy: A What If? story from 2008 featured a version of Venom who was given demonic powers by Mephisto.
  • Horned Humanoid: When taking over Flash, it manifested a pair of long, backwards-curved horns.
  • Horror Hunger: After being summoned and possessing Flash, the demon was hungry.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: The demon wants nothing more than to be removed from Flash, but can't due to the Hell Mark.
  • Mind Rape: The demon has the ability to look into enemies' minds and remotely control several individuals at the same time. He only demonstrated it during his battle with the U-Foes and hasn't used it again since.
  • Oh, Crap!: When the demon realized Venom bore the Hell Mark, it panicked and begged to be exorcized.
  • Our Demons Are Different: This one's actual appearance is unknown, as it only manifests through the symbiote's shapeshifting.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: The demon was stuffed into Venom by Daimon Hellstrom, partly to turn the symbiote into one of his Monsters of Evil, partly to make Venom a more legitimate candidate for the Descent, and partly just to see what would happen. The first part backfired due to Flash possessing the Hell Mark.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The Demon Lord Venom seemingly had a red spider-emblem, although it could have just been the sky.
  • Restraining Bolt: The Hell Mark prevents the demon from taking over Flash while he's conscious, but also prevents it from being exorcized.
  • Spanner in the Works: Unwittingly fouled up both the symbiote's attempt to get demonic powers and Mephisto's nomination of Venom as a potential successor for the Descent. Both have been passed on to its clone, Mania.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: The symbiote reveals the demon was working towards this, and Flash's visions, backed up by his confrontation with Hellstrom, imply this would have happened if he'd been picked for the Descent.
  • To Serve Man: The first thing the demon did was eat one of the Department of Occult Armaments' acolytes, but its feast was interrupted when the Hell Mark activated and suppressed it.
  • Transformation of the Possessed: When the demon takes over, Venom sprouts a pair of horns and occasionally wings in addition to the symbiote's trademark set of fanged jaws.
  • Villain Team-Up: Following his black-out fighting the U-Foes, Flash wonders whether the symbiote and demon are teaming up to circumvent their respective handicaps and take him over.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Whether or not the demon was passed onto Mania alongside the Hell Mark and what the consequences of that would be were going to be dealt with in the "Descent" arc of Venom Vol. 3, which was cancelled before it even began.
  • Winged Humanoid: When it first possessed Flash, it manifested a pair of small wings from the symbiote's biomass.

    The Evangelist 

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Debut: Venom Vol. 2, #13

"We've done this dance before. I know all your weak spots, son. And there's a truckload. Can't beat me if you beat yourself. I know what you are."

A demon created by H'elian's Mirror Cauldron to embody Flash's fears and flaws, the Evangelist took the form of a tall, skinny preacher in a black suit, carrying a demonic Bible full of razor-sharp pages.


    The Grendel Symbiote 

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Debut: Venom Vol 4 #1

A powerful dragon-shaped gestalt symbiote created by Knull, the Grendel and its ilk swept across the cosmos devouring gods and annihilating civilizations. Indwelled by Knull, the Grendel symbiote attacked Earth and was defeated by Thor, severing the dark god's connection to his creations.

Imprisoned in a glacier, the Grendel symbiote was discovered by S.H.I.E.L.D. in the 1960s and used to create a team of symbiote-augmented supersoldiers. When this backfired, the Grendel symbiote and its offshoots were locked away. Decades later, Knull awakened and indwelled the Grendel symbiote again, sending it on a rampage.


  • The Assimilator: Knull absorbed the Sym-Soldiers' symbiotes into it, and tried to do the same to the Venom and Tyrannosaurus symbiotes in order to restore it and make it powerful enough to free him from his prison. Carnage's goal is to absorb as many codexes and symbiotes as he can in order to restore it and reconnect it to the Hive Mind to free Knull.
  • Asteroids Monster: Its living abyss can be used to infect lesser beings, giving rise to the Sym-Soldiers and to Carnage's minions.
  • Black Speech: Like the other primordial symbiotes, it speaks in an eldritch language that causes agony to mere mortals who hear it.
  • Captured Super-Entity: The Grendel symbiote-dragon was sealed away in a glacier by Thor when it visited Earth. At some point, the US government discovered it and managed to take pieces for a Vietnam symbiote super soldier program.
  • Draconic Abomination: It and its ilk are enormous dragon-shaped composite symbiotes powerful enough to devour most gods and conquer entire worlds, and can fly through the vacuum of space at hypersonic speeds.
  • Evil Is Bigger: The Grendel symbiote towers over Venom in both its draconic and humanoid forms, standing roughly thirteen feet tall in comparison to his approximate seven.
  • Goth Spirals: While bonded to Cletus Kasady, it initially manifested a red spiral-shaped eyespot, and later manifested a white/yellow version of Knull's spiral on its forehead.
  • No-Sell:
    • Recognizing it as a symbiote, the US army bombards it with sonic weapons and incendiary missiles, which do absolutely nothing to it.
    • When bonded to Carnage, it's blasted with hellfire by Andi Benton and the Monsters of Evil, but is completely unaffected.
  • Not Quite Dead: Eddie assumed he and Tyrannosaurus had killed it using the blast furnace, but a tiny piece survived and bonded to Cletus Kasady.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Under the control of Knull and bonded to a human host, it and its offshoots are black with red spirals for eyespots; and when bonded to Cletus Kasady it initially manifested a distorted red dragon emblem on its chest and back, and later adopted the appearance of the Carnage symbiote.
  • Remote Body: The Grendel symbiote served as one for Knull during the Rex arc, who is sealed away at the core of Klyntar.
  • To Serve Man: It's introduced devouring a group of Geat warriors shortly before receiving a Curb-Stomp Battle at the hands and hammer of Thor.
  • Weak to Magic: While it is nigh-invulnerable to traditional symbiote weaknesses, it is highly vulnerable to what Knull calls the Light, and has been incapacitated by the Asgardian god Thor's divine lightning, the Spider-Totem Miles Morales' bioelectric Venom Shock, and a handful of the Jury's sonic grenades going off inside its mouth.

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    Haze Mancer 

Debut: X-Men: Blue Annual Vol. 1, #1

Possessing an inexplicable Western flair, the extraterrestrial poacher cum arms-dealer Haze Mancer specializes in symbiotes, who he routinely abducts and sells, using aggression-enhancing chemical baths to turn the hapless creatures into tools of war all in the name of profit.


  • Arms Dealer: He's an arms-dealer who specializes in capturing symbiotes from Klyntar and weaponizing them.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It isn't shown what happened to him after the Poisons busted him out of jail.
  • Badass Longcoat: Haze Mancer, a master arms-dealer who deals in symbiotes, sports a duster coat to go along with his wide-brimmed hat, giving him a Western look.
  • The Corrupter: He marinates the symbiotes he captures in chemicals designed to corrupt them and speed up the bonding process.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Haze Mancer once captured and weaponized the Venom symbiote, but it doesn't remember this encounter.

    Jack O'Lantern V 

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Debut: Venom Vol. 2, #1

"Still, I wondered how long it would take, right? To earn a true arch-enemy you gotta hold a awfully personal grudge. And, guess what? I've got one. With you."

The fifth person to assume the mantle of the Jack O'Lantern after supposedly killing the other surviving ones, this Jack served as The Dragon to the Crime Master and has established himself as Agent Venom's arch-enemy.


  • Abduction Is Love: Was abducted by the Crime Master as a child on Halloween and became his loyal accomplice.
  • Adorable Evil Minions/Mecha-Mooks: Has a number of creepy puppet and doll-like robots who "wuv" to commit atrocities.
  • Anti-Hero Team: He's a member of the Astonishing Avengers in AXIS, and a group condemned to hunt down the Red Skull in Secret Wars. He and everyone else besides Magneto are immediately killed after being dumped in the Deadlands.
    Mr. Sinister: Hmmm, just like the pumpkin pie my granny used to make!
  • Arch-Enemy: Agent Venom's self-proclaimed one, and Mania's as well.
  • Ax-Crazy: While it's unknown whether he's doped up on Goblin formula, but he's certainly just as crazy as any of the Goblins.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How he ultimately dies, being shot in the head by Deadpool.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Even after being arrested he continues to plague Venom by remotely hypnotizing a security guard into taking on his identity.
  • Calling Card: Jack has a habit of removing his victims' brains and leaving a lit candle in their hollowed out heads.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Jack is on the receiving end of one when he picks a fight with the original Venom, Eddie Brock, at the beginning of Venomverse.
  • The Dragon: Served as this to the Crime Master before his death.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • When forced to team up with Agent Venom, Jack happily spent the duration of the trip repeatedly sledgehammering Flash's Berserk Buttons.
    Jack: I'd never poke fun about your drunk, dead, pig-cop dad. That would be very un-bro-like of me.
    • Magneto somehow convinced him to help in the fight against Red Onslaught.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He viewed the Crime Master as his father.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Jack is just as bad as any of the Goblins, if not worse.
  • Facial Horror: He's missing his nose and most of his teeth, and his head is covered in burns. Eating a live grenade, courtesy of Agent Venom, will do that to you. He's revealed to have undergone reconstructive surgery following his fight with Venom in the same issue he's killed in.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's generally cheerful and even downright friendly towards Flash at times, but that just serves to underline how much of a sadistic psychopath he is.
  • Flying Broomstick: Has taken up the Green Goblin's old broomstick glider, even using it to Goomba Stomp Venom in their first fight.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He's caught up in Doctor Doom's and the Scarlet Witch's Inversion Spell, which leads to him being deputized as an "Astounding Avenger" by Steve Rogers.
    Fan Edit!Jack O'Lantern: Wait, what'd you just say?
  • Hypno Fool: Jack's robots remotely hypnotize a security guard into taking up his identity and persona. After being subdued by Venom and Mania, the guard lapses into a coma.
  • Grave Robbing: In revenge for Agent Venom killing the Crime Master, Jack waits until Father's Day, exhumes Flash's father's corpse, replaces his brain with a candle, and hides him in the sewers. He then lures Flash there and mocks him over a PA system before blowing up the room.
  • It's Personal: After the Crime Master is killed, Jack's rivalry with Venom became even more intense.
  • Jagged Mouth: The mouth of his brainwashed replacement's helmet was intended to invoke the classic serrated-mouth jack o'lantern look.
  • Kill and Replace: Did this to the others who had born the moniker "Jack O'Lantern".
  • Legacy Character: Is the fifth Jack O'Lantern.
  • Let's Duet: Joins in on Flash singing Lynyrd Skynyrd's Free Bird while attacking him at the same time.
    Agent Venom: I'm free as a bird now.
    Jack O'Lantern: And this bird you'll never change. *attacks him* And this bird you can not change.
  • Living Prop: He's inverted at the beginning of AXIS, but spends the rest of the event quietly filling out crowd scenes, presumably in-between performing acts of heroism so selfless they would leave Flash's mouth agape were he not busy being in outer space.
  • Make Way for the New Villains: He boasts about murdering all of his surviving predecessors, which would be Daniel Berkhart, Maguire Beck, Steven Levins's brother, and the resurrected or imposter Jason Macendale from Secret War. Steven Levins, the second Jack O'Lantern, had previously been killed by The Punisher, then Ghost Rider.
  • Murder, Inc.: He's a member of the League of Assassins in Elektra and M.O.D.O.K. Assassin.
  • Off-Model: Most of his appearances outside of Venom have him looking identical to the previous Jacks, right down to using a Hover Board instead of the Flying Broomstick.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is unknown and everyone calls him by his supervillain moniker.
  • Playing with Fire: He has flamethrowers installed into his suit, his helmet is wreathed in flames, and he's not adverse to using the exhaust from his broomstick glider as a makeshift flamethrower.
  • Practically Joker: A criminal with a sadistic sense of humor who gets a kick out of trolling his archenemy, who has a disfigured face, and who survived a fall into a vat of toxic chemicals.
  • Serial Killer: Jack was trained as an assassin by the Crime Master, and turned to this in his spare time.
  • Sinister Scythe: His weapon of choice is a razor-sharp sickle. His brainwashed temporary replacement also used a miniature scythe.
  • The Sociopath: Even as a child he mutilated animals.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: In Edge of Venomverse #1 he picks a fight with Eddie Brock, who beats the stuffing with him and leaves him with severe injuries.
  • Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: Refers to himself as a bogeyman in conduction with his Halloween-themed getup.
  • Troll: Jack happily antagonizes Flash for the sake of making him angry. This backfires when Venom tries to eat him, and it's only Jack reminding Flash that the Crime Master will kill his friends and family that gets the symbiote back under control.
  • Weaponized Exhaust: Uses his glider as a makeshift flamethrower when fighting Venom.
  • Whole Costume Reference: His outfit is based off the Headless Horseman, to a greater degree than any Jack O'Lantern prior.
  • Wreathed in Flames: His pumpkin-shaped helmet is wreathed in flames, but that doesn't seem to bother him.

    Jorge Valdez 

Debut: Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Anti-Venom - New Ways To Live #1

The leader of the Baja-Moreno Quintas, a Mexican drug cartel based out of Rio Camundo. His gang's New York branch was attacked by Anti-Venom and the Punisher, leading to Valdez taking Anti-Venom's companion Jenna Cole hostage and taunting Eddie over her relapse into drug use. He was killed when Anti-Venom smashed a jeep onto him, then ran over his head.


  • Bullying a Dragon: Jorge threatened to rape Jenna to Anti-Venom's face, mocked the Punisher, and when the Punisher dumped Eddie off at one of the cartel's bases, Jorge made sure to inform Eddie that Jenna had relapsed into drug use and was "his girl" now.
  • The Cartel: Valdez is the leader of the Quintas, a cocaine and heroin-smuggling cartel based out of Rio Camundo.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Anti-Venom crushes Jorge with the same jeep he tried to run him over with, puts his boot on his mouth, and runs over his head.
  • Dirty Old Man: He kept a bunch of teenage-to-twentysomething girls as his personal harem, and added Jenna Cole to it to spite Eddie Brock.
  • Nerves of Steel: He had the guts to taunt Anti-Venom and the Punisher to their faces, and when Eddie was in full Lethal Protector mode, Valdez didn't flinch and kept trying to kill him.
  • Oh, Crap!: When a ricocheting shield takes out a number of men in the Quitas's Staten Island base, Jorge looks terrified at the thought of Captain America coming after him.

    The Jury 

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AKA: Orwell Taylor, Edwin Cord, Bomblast (Kenneth Parmenter), Firearm, Ramshot (Samuel Caulkin), Sentry (Curtis Elkins), Wysper (Jennifer Stewart), Screech (Maxwell Taylor)
Debut: Venom: Lethal Protector #2

Orwell Taylor: I had a son—Hugh. Fresh out of the army, he became a guard at the federal prison called the Vault. He was the first man you killed when you escaped from that institution.
Venom: We... we didn't want to hurt anyone...!
Orwell Taylor: And that makes it all right?! You murdered my son! That's why I put together the Jury! These warriors—including the ex-Guardsman who holds you helpless—we're Hugh's friends in the military. But now they're sole purpose, like my own—is killing you!

During one of his escapes from the Vault, Venom murdered a guard named Hugh Taylor, having deemed the man "acceptable collateral." Hugh's grief-stricken father, General Orwell Taylor, proceeded to use his connections and resources to equip Hugh's brother and several of his comrades with enhanced Guardsman armor so that they could make Venom pay.


  • A Day in the Limelight: The Trial Run backup story from Sinner Takes All.
  • Amoral Attorney: Maxwell Taylor became the group's defence attorney.
  • Anti-Hero Team: They're a squad of over-glorified prison guards aiming to kill Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote.
  • Atrocious Alias: Nobody takes "Screech" seriously.
  • Crusading Widower: Wysper applied for the Jury after her prison guard husband was murdered by the second Tarantula during a riot at the Vault that was instigated by Venom.
  • Demoted to Extra: Despite all of their set-up, they only appeared thrice in Eddie's series, and two of those appearances were just in backup stories that did not involve Venom at all.
  • Hanging Judge: The role of the short-lived member "Gavel".
  • Kangaroo Court: After apprehending their target they try, sentence, and execute them without any real intention of finding them innocent.
  • Knight Templar: They aimed to "judge" Venom, Tarantula II, Spider-Man,note  and Abe Jenkins using lethal force, and while they've reformatted to be more representative of an American court of law they still use lethal force.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Sentry was the leader, so he got to have unique armor while the rest dressed nigh-identically.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Their suits were designed with symbiote weaknesses in mind, which is reflected by most of their codenames (Bombblast, Wysper, Screech, Firearm).
  • Motive Decay: General Taylor eventually put the whole "gotta avenge my dead son" thing on the backburner and started caring only about the money that he could make whoring the team out as Hired Guns.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Firearm's real name is unknown.
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: Their backup story in Sinner Takes All was obviously setting up a Jury series that never materialized.
  • Powered Armor: They all wear modified Guardsman armor, which itself was based on blueprints for Tony Stark's Iron Man armour.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: They were demoted to this status while working for the Life Foundation in The Arachnis Project.
  • Revenge: Their goal is to avenge the comrades who were killed during one of Eddie Brock's escapes.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Jennifer Stewart is the only female member.
  • Villain Has a Point: During his first run-in with the gang, Venom begrudgingly admits that General Taylor has every right to hate and want him dead, so he spends most of their fight doing evasive maneuvers and defending himself, rather than actually fighting them. He at some point got over this, though, going out of his way to try and kill them in The Arachnis Project.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Screech (Max Taylor) was The Unfavorite whose life revolved almost entirely around appeasing General Taylor.

    Killer Thrill 

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Debut: Drax Vol. 1 #6

"Take this guy, er... girl. Whatever. Take this thing, for example, Dragon-Poo. Can I call you Dragon-Poo? Hm. Would I have to capitalize that if I were writing? Anyway, this goof right here is weak. No matter how tough or scary it looks, it's all mush and peas on the inside. It's our job to show things like this that they ain't so big and scary when the inside peas are on the outside. Are you taking notes? Everything is weak. Everything bleeds, and we make 'em bleed!"

An alien of indeterminate origin, Killer Thrill's father had her constantly fight and imperil herself to hone her psychic powers, which she put to good use as a bounty hunter after she murdered her parents "while they were hugging me!"


  • Alien Blood: She has bright blue blood, as revealed when Venompool cut her arm off.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Picking a fight with Venompool resulted in her left arm becoming a symbiote snack. She replaced it with the limb of a Flora Colossus (Groot's species), but it was destroyed by Drax. Bonding to a symbiote allows her to replicate it using its biomass.
  • Ax-Crazy: As her codename suggests, she is a thrill-seeking, maniacal sadist who delights in violence.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: She was already bad, but being captured by the Hujah made her infinitely worse.
  • Blood Knight: She greatly enjoys combat, at least when she's winning, and with reason: her powers are activated by adrenaline.
  • Boldly Coming: She casually remarks to the Young X-Men that she uses her symbiote as a sex-toy.
  • Bounty Hunter: When she's not acting as a Space Pirate, Killer Thrill is an unscrupulous bounty hunter with no qualms about causing massive amounts of collateral damage.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: If her reaction to Venompool eating Coldwar is any indication, her team-ups with other bounty hunters tend to go south.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: While she and Guzz got a couple of decent blows in during their final battle against Venompool, they were soundly defeated and barely escaped with their lives.
  • Eaten Alive: She and her symbiote were consumed by a Poison, becoming Poison Killer Thrill.
  • Freudian Excuse: Played with; she's a Tyke Bomb whose partner left her to be taken captive by other aliens who tortured and experimented on her, but it's also repeatedly implied that Killer Thrill was always screwed up, as Training from Hell aside her parents were inferred to have been otherwise normal (Killer Thrill offhandedly mentions that she murdered them "While they were hugging me!") and the reason why Ora abandoned her is because she found out that Killer Thrill was murdering innocent people (including children) behind her back.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: She is an attractive (if you can get past the insanity) female alien with blue skin and pink hair.
  • Green Thumb: Her Flora Colossus arm prosthetic allowed her to form branches that act as spears.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: Combat and bloodshed is a major turn-on for her, to the extent that she constantly flirts with her opponents and considers torture to be a form of foreplay.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: When her arm was lopped off and eaten, all she did was complain that Venompool was being mean.
  • Off-Model: She has a human face on the first page of X-Men: Blue #22.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Killer Thrill will gleefully render entire planets extinct on a whim.
  • Psychic Powers: She has adrenaline-activated psychokinesis and telepathy that enables her to either Mind Rape or mind control people.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: She is extremely childish and immature in her actions.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Her first appearance had her facing off against Drax the Destroyer, and in "Poison X" she's moved from one Venom to another, bedeviling Eddie Brock and the Young X-Men, coming complete with a new upgrade to even things out.
  • The Symbiote: Likely inspired by her run-in with Venom, Killer Thrill buys a symbiote from Haze Mancer to make up for her lost Flora colossus prosthetic.
  • Thrill Seeker: Partially as a result of her psychic powers being adrenaline-activated, partially due to insanity, she's a thrill-seeking mass-murderer.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: When Venompool declares his intent to eat her brains, she gleefully quips that if he weren't a mark she'd take him up on that offer. She's also kinky enough to use her symbiote as a sex toy.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: She sold her teammate Guzz to the Collector as a consolation prize, and even offered to wipe out the rest of his species on her way home.
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     Knull 

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God of the Symbiotes

Debut: Thor: God of Thunder Vol 1 #6 (unnamed)
A malevolent and ancient deity who created the symbiotes, Knull seeks to destroy the gods and corrupt their creations in order to return the universe to the primordial void.
  • 0% Approval Rating: Being that he is an omnicidal psychopath desiring the extermination of all life, the other deities express nothing but fear towards Knull — with the Volstagg of Earth-14412 mocking Gorr for not knowing who Knull is and for thinking he measures up to his precursor. It takes being brainwashed by Knull to avoid hating him and most other symbiotes loathe him. Only the vilest of villains, like Carnage, align with his interests in any way.
  • Admiring the Abomination: He remarks that Venom's berserk form looks beautiful.
    Knull: [After seeing Venom's berserk form] Oh. look at you. Beautiful.
  • Ancient Evil: He is billions of years old, roaming the cosmos and devouring entire civilizations. Grendel, a symbiote-dragon under his control, terrorized Earth during the early medieval period; attacking the Geats and fighting Thor before being sealed away.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To the symbiotes; the more heroic symbiotes such as Venom greatly dislike him for understandable reasons.
    Venom Symbiote: [impersonating Eddie] I met my god. He's a @#$%^.
  • Arc Welding:
    • His connection to Thor and Gorr is unexpected to say the least. To be more specific, Knull is the unnamed black god that had been seemingly killed by another gold-armored god and was encountered by Gorr when the latter claimed the Godslayer, and his recounting of his origins in issue 4 partly retells those events from his point of view. Additionally, Gorr's homeworld is revealed to be the planet shown in the Venom symbiote's flashback in Venom: Dark Origins, otherwise a largerly ignored comic.
    • According to Cates, the severed head of the Celestial that he killed also ended up becoming Knowhere.
    • Web of Venom: Carnage Born indicates that Knull is behind Cletus Kasady's Joker Immunity.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 5 #3 reveals that he created the Exolon parasites that gave Wraith and the other Nameless their powers.
  • Battle Aura: Knull can wreathe himself and his sword in an aura of fiery purple energy.
  • Black Speech: He and the symbiotes he controls speak in an ancient symbiote dialect that Eddie describes as sounding like shards of glass being driven into his brain.
  • Black Knight: He is clad in black medieval-style symbiote-armor, and wielded a symbiote-sword.
  • Black Swords Are Better: The symbiote-sword he manifested from his shadow later became known as All-Black the Necrosword, and is capable of killing deities as powerful as the Celestials. After All-Black was stolen he eventually created a replacement — though it's unknown if it had the same properties as the original.
  • Blood Knight: During his one-god deicide he revelled in combat and destruction, and was the original Butcher of Gods.
  • Casting a Shadow: Formed the symbiotes from his own shadow, and seems to have vast control over the "Living Abyss" he hails from.
  • Chest Insignia: His symbiote-armor has red dragons on its chest and back. Cates and Stegman confirmed on Twitter that Knull's dragon-emblems inspired Venom's spider insignia.
  • Civilization Destroyer: He's spent billions of years travelling the cosmos and devouring entire civilizations using his army of corrupted symbiotes.
  • Complete Immortality: When asked if King Thanos from Thanos Wins had killed Knull during his successful crusade to wipe out all life, Donny Cates replied that Knull cannot be killed.
  • Cool Sword: Knull wielded a sword made of living Abyss, the first symbiote, which he called All-Black. After All-Black was stolen by Gorr, Knull created a replacement symbiote-sword, presumably with the same properties as All-Black, and wielded it until he was overthrown.
  • The Corrupter: His presence fills symbiotes with bloodlust, and he tries to purge the Venom symbiote of the compassion it had acquired during its time on Earth.
  • Dark Is Evil: He is a deranged counterpart to Venom’s Dark Is Not Evil and his realm is a hellish red and black world.
  • Draconic Humanoid: By wreathing his avatar in the Grendel symbiote-dragon, Knull transforms into a towering hybrid of his humanoid and its draconic forms.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: First appeared as an unnamed corpse in an issue of Thor that told the origins of Gorr the God-Butcher five years before his actual debut.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Knull's eyes have black sclerae, red spirals for irises, and no pupils.
  • Expy: According to Donny Cates, Knull was inspired by Gorr the God Butcher and Morlun.
  • Humanity Is Special: He came to Earth because it was particularly filled with light and found the humans protecting their children behind closed doors at his presence. It was there he was confronted by Thor, whose divine lightning severed his connection to the symbiotes' hive mind. This allowed his symbiotes to adopt noble traits from their hosts and grow heroic, turning against him and sealing him away.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He is a powerful and monstrous deity older than the universe, taking on the form of a masculine humanoid entity with pale skin, eyes with black sclerae and red spiral-shaped irises, white hair, and — when angry — a gaping maw full of fangs. He created the symbiotes from what he calls the "living abyss" and was worshipped by them as a malevolent deity of darkness, madness, and death; infecting them with insanity, speaking in an ancient language that inflicts Sensory Abuse on humans who hear it, and travelling the cosmos to conquer other planets and slay or enslave their gods.
  • Faux Affably Evil: When manifested on Earth, he is composed and regal in his bearing, addressing the Venom symbiote as his child... until Eddie makes him angry, whereupon he furiously confronts him and manifests a fanged maw and slavering tongue.
  • Fighting a Shadow: When attacked by a berserk Venom, Knull remarks that there's no point in trying to harm him since he's nothing more than an avatar manifested using the Grendel symbiote-dragon's living abyss. His true body is sealed away in Klyntar, the so-called Planet of the Symbiotes.
  • Galactic Conqueror: Knull spent almost 14 billion years conquering the universe with his army of symbiotes, before a run-in with Thor knocked him out of commission and his symbiote-army betrayed him.
  • Game Face: Knull's face is humanoid in appearance while he's calm, save for six openings in his cheeks. When he's angry, however, it transforms into a fanged maw with a long, prehensile tongue.
  • God Is Evil: Knull is a primordial god of darkness so evil that even the symbiotes he's not brainwashing hate him, and in Thor: God of Thunder the few gods who remember him remark that even Gorr doesn't compare.
  • Goth Spirals: Knull's emblem is a jagged red spiral on a black background, inspired by the Spiral of Carcosa from True Detective. The symbiotes under his control have a spiral in place of their eyespots, and symbiote hosts under his influence have black pupil-less eyes with red spiral-shaped irises.
  • Greater-Scope Villain:
    • He was the dark god from whose unconscious body Gorr recovered All-Black the Necrosword. The sword itself was forged from his own shadow, in the fires of a slain Celestial's energy, in a campaign to kill all gods for bringing light into his abyssal void. The forging process is why symbiotes are weak to sonics and fire, they fear the instinctual memory of the forge's fire and the sound of the hammer's strikes.
    • Knull resurrected Cletus Kasady and marked him as an Agent of the Void when the future serial killer died as an infant of nuchal cord strangulation, a destiny also foretold in the Darkhold. He's also indicated to be behind the serial killer's inability to stay dead.
  • Kame Hame Hadoken: Knull incapacitates the Silver Surfer by firing a massive beam of fiery purple energy from his hands.
  • Kill the God: He hates the Celestials and other deities, and created the symbiotes in order to carry out a genocide against them and corrupt their creations. The few gods he did spare were bonded to symbiotes and enslaved.
  • Living Weapon: He manifested the first symbiote — All-Black — as a sword made of living darkness, and later created a replacement symbiote-sword after it was stolen by Gorr.
  • Mind Hive: While Knull himself is an individual, he was the nexus of the symbiotes' hive-mind before Thor fried his connection to it. He retains control over the Grendel symbiote, tried to take over Venom, and seeks to reassert his rulership over his creations.
  • Mind Rape: He corrupts symbiotes under his influence, driving them insane with bloodlust; and can forcibly seize control of them — causing their eyespots to transform into a jagged red spiral, and protruding red veins and porous holes to appear all over their bodies.
  • More Dakka: When fighting the Silver Surfer, Knull manifests multi-barrelled artillery from the Symbiote Throneworld's surface and fires volleys of purple energy projectiles at him.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: When angered, Knull's face distorts into a fanged maw with a prehensile tongue — which he passed down to his "children".
  • Monster Progenitor: Knull is the divine progenitor of the symbiotes — pulling All-Black from his shadow, and spawning the symbiote that later became Venom from his suit of symbiote-armor.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He was outraged when the Celestials filled the universe with planets, stars, etc. and set about conquering and destroying what they had created.
  • One-Man Army: Knull is powerful enough to decapitate a Celestial with a single strike, and singlehandedly slaughter entire armies of gods.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: He created a fleet of symbiote-dragons, one of which — Grendel (no relation to the dark elf Grendell) — wound up on Earth and was used to create an avatar he used to confront Eddie Brock.
  • Overarching Villain: Serves as this for Donny Cates' Venom, as the plot involves him even when he isn't taking the Big Bad status of a given arc.
  • Physical God: Knull is the "God of the Symbiotes", and lives up to the name — having created the symbiotes and Exolon to carry out a genocide against the other gods for millennia.
  • Power of the Void: When perched on the palm of a Celestial, he created the first symbiote — All-Black the Necrosword — from his shadow and used it to kill the alien god; and later used this same "living abyss" to create the other symbiotes.
  • Predecessor Villain: Knull was the creator and first wielder of All-Black the Necrosword, Gorr obtaining it from him after he was seemingly killed in battle. Volstagg of Earth-14412 even mocked Gorr for being oblivious regarding the identity of the being whose legacy he was continuing.
    Volstagg: I asked... if you knew where that weapon of yours came from. But you don't even know the name of the god you stole it from, do you? To you it's still just a... a sharp stick for poking things. You're blind to its true —
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone: His awakening causes symbiotes and their hosts to have recurring nightmares of his conquests and rampages.
  • Puny Earthlings: He dismisses humans as uselessly fragile, and doesn't even acknowledge Eddie's questions until he angers him.
  • Rage Helm: The "helmet" of Knull's symbiote-armor resembles a fanged dragon-head when manifested, though it's unknown if it's like other symbiote "masks" in that the jaws are fully-functional.
  • Remote Body: He can use his total control of symbiotes to project his consciousness into them, using composite symbiote-dragons to raze and consume planets.
  • Satanic Archetype: Knull is a powerful deity who started a war with the godlike Celestials, created a race of parasitic eldritch beings who warped their hosts into monstrosities, and even had his mind sealed away inside a symbiote-dragon.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Twofold, his mind is sealed away in the body of a symbiote dragon he's projecting into, while his body is sealed underneath a planet's mass worth of his symbiotes. Turns out the word Klyntar is symbiote for cage.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Knull created the first symbiote — All-Black the Necrosword — from his shadow, and later created a replacement sword.
  • Time Abyss: He is billions of years old — older than the universe itself, and quite possibly the oldest thing in existence after the Chaos King — and has traveled the cosmos conquering planets and devouring entire civilizations.
  • To Serve Man: Some of his comments indicate that he ate some of the gods he killed, and he used the symbiotes he created and indwelled to do so.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • In Venom Vol 4 #6, after Venom and Tyrannosaurus destabilize the Grendel symbiote-dragon and manage to injure his avatar — causing his real body pain — Knull incredulously asks if Eddie is a god before launching into a furious tirade and commanding Venom to submit to the will of his god.
      Knull: You... you think me undone... You... you have no idea what I am! I am your god! And you will obey me!
    • In Silver Surfer: Black #2, after the Silver Surfer breaks free of his control and flies away, Knull lets out a scream of rage and turns the Symbiote Throneworld into a flurry of arms trying to grab him, before regaining his composure.
  • Villain Respect: Knull is mildly impressed when Eddie requests to be shown more of the symbiotes' backstory, having expected his feeble mortal mind to shatter from the eldritch truth.
  • Weakened by the Light: Knull's only vulnerability is "the Light" — a force brought into the universe by the Celestials, and particularly potent in the divine power wielded by gods.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Knull has long white tendril-hair, matching his deathly-pale skin.

    Krobaa 

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Debut: Venom: Seed of Darkness #-1

"Such... great... horror. A terrible abundance of sorrow. What monstrous Gods would create a race with so much buried greatness—yet curse them with souls born wounded?"

While experimenting with dimensional and intergalactic travel, quack scientist Nigel Donlevy brought the symbiote-like alien Krobaa to Earth. A member of a benevolent empire, Krobaa merged with Donlevy (intending to do so only temporarily) to learn about the new planet he had been brought to, and its people. Unfortunately, the darkness within Donlevy (aka the human ID) drove Krobaa insane, and he went on rampage through a nearby town and industrial park.


  • A Villain Named "Z__rg": The story was a throwback to the Marvel Monsters era, so of course this naming convention was used.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Whether Krobaa was a symbiote of the same sort as Venom has never been made clear, though parallels between them certainly exist.
  • Blob Monster: Krobaa was an amorphous blob of black goo, though he became slightly humanoid after taking over Donlevy.
  • Foreshadowing: An initially benevolent black blob from another world which was corrupted by exposure to humans, who it could bond to physically and mentally. Subtle.
    • The resemblance is further strengthened by Guardians of the Galaxy asserting that symbiotes are inherently good, and only become evil due to external factors like imperfect hosts.
  • Episode 0: The Beginning: His issue was designated "Venom #-1".
  • Humanity Is Insane: Merging with a human causes Krobaa to lose it, and after returning to normal, he kills himself.
    Nigel Donlevy: But he knew nothing of the primal beast that lurks within the human subconscious, the inner demon that Freud called the ID. He was overwhelmed, nearly driven mad—until your strobe light shocked him out of it. And then... I could feel his revulsion... his pity. Considering himself infected, he committed suicide rather than risk unleashing a plague of madness on the universe... our madness.
  • Weakened by the Light: To the point that a camera could disorient him.

    Kulan Gath 

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Debut: Conan the Barbarian #14; Spider-Man Red Sonja #3 (as Venom)

An evil sorcerer from the Hyborian Age, Kulan opposed Conan the Barbarian and Red Sonja, attempting to summon and control Shuma-Gorath. Kulan resurfaced in modern-day Manhattan, coming into conflict with Spider-Man due his wife Mary-Jane being possessed by Red Sonja. In one of these attempts Kulan enthralled several villains, including the Hobgoblin, Vermin, and Venom. In order to accrue additional power, Kulan stole the Venom symbiote and bonded to it, but the alien's attempts to abandon him distracted him long enough for Sonja to destroy his amulet.


  • Blood Magic: Kulan Gath's bread and butter is blood magic, which lets him strip the Venom symbiote from Eddie Brock after Venom tries to eat him.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Kulan Gath is an evil sorcerer who gets his powers from Shuma-Gorath and other eldritch gods.
  • Grand Theft Me: Kulan is able to possess whoever wears the amulet that serves as his phylactery.
  • More Than Mind Control: He bends the Venom symbiote, and through it Eddie Brock, to his will; and does the same with numerous other supervillains like the Hobgoblin and Lizard.
  • Our Liches Are Different: Kulan Gath is a powerful sorcerer who stored his soul in a mystical amulet, enabling him to be resurrected several times.
  • Reality Warper: In the Spider-Man/Red Sonja crossover, he turns a significant portion of Manhattan into a medieval — or rather, Hyborean — city and transforms its citizens to suit that new reality.
  • Soul Jar: He used an amulet, later made into a necklace as a phylactery.

    Lord Ogre 

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Debut: Venom Vol. 2, #36

"You come looking for Lord Ogre... and you'll find him. But this is a careful-what-you-wish for scenario, see?"

Philadelphia's resident crime lord, who takes an exception to Agent Venom taking a bite out of his profits and places a bounty on his head. This sets off a chain reaction that leads to Andrea Benton becoming Mania and swearing revenge for the death of her father.


  • Ambiguously Brown: He has brown skin but his ethnicity isn't disclosed before he is killed.
  • Badass Boast: When Mania cuts down his personal bodyguards, Ogre sneers at her and calls her a child wearing a mask.
  • Bald of Evil: He's bald and a really nasty piece of work.
  • Bullying a Dragon: When he meets Mania for the first time, he sneers at her and calls her a little girl hiding behind a mask, knowing full well she could eat him. He also does the same to Agent Venom, although with the added precaution of a buttload of high-calibre firepower.
  • Create Your Own Hero: The bounty he places on Agent Venom attracts Jack O'Lantern, who kills Andi's father and tries to kill her. Flash accidentally turns her into Mania trying to protect her, and Andi swears revenge on Lord Ogre.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He mocks Venom and Mania, both of whom are more than capable of eating him alive, to their faces.
  • The Don: He's Philadelphia's number one crime lord, involved in everything from prostitution to drug running to human trafficking.
  • Eaten Alive: He's partially-devoured by demons summoned by Master Mayhem.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The guy calls himself "Lord Ogre" and while he's not an actual ogre, he can be just as brutal.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Mania is one claws-bredth away from killing him, he reveals he's rigged a biological weapon to go off if he dies. To his horror, she decides to call his bluff, reasoning her symbiote would protect her from the fallout.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: He's never seen without them, to the point where they appear to be fused to his face.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: Installed a biological weapon powerful enough to devastate most of Philadelphia into his chest and rigged it to a dead man's switch, thinking it'd be enough to scare off assassins.
  • Starter Villain: Served as one for Mania, as while he was a ruthless and cunning crime lord, he was only human and grossly outclassed by the likes of Crossbones and Master Mayhem.
  • Taking You with Me: He installed a dead man's switch and a biological bomb so powerful he claims it would wipe out half of Philly into his chest, thinking it would prevent Mania from killing him.
  • Tattooed Crook: He has a number of tattoos on his face.

    Mercurio 

Debut: Thor Vol. 1, #204

When a freak space warp manifested near Gramos it altered the planet's polarity, making it so that only the extremes of the electromagnetic wavelengths could penetrate its atmosphere. As many Gramosians began to go mad and die due to this phenomenon, Mercurio volunteered to try and find a solution to the problem by venturing to Earth, the electromagnetic fields of which he decided to steal using power siphoned from Donald Blake's transformations into the Mighty Thor. While Mercurio eventually succeeded in finding alternative means of saving his homeworld, his adventures gave him a thirst for conquest that led him to become a ruthless warlord intent on establishing a galaxy-spanning Gramosian empire.


  • The Corrupter: He takes the Venom symbiote from Flash and bonds to it, corrupting it.
  • I Have Your Wife: He's taken Pik Rollo's child hostage, forcing her to do his bidding.
  • Space Pirate: He's a Gramosian space pirate who travels the galaxy enslaving species and disrupting planetary stability.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: According to Pik Rollo, his goal is to harvest energy for his homeworld, but his people are too pacifistic to go along with his extreme methods.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Mercurio's appearance is completely different from his original appearance as the 4D Man in Thor.

    Pyre 

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AKA: Gray Russell
Debut: Venom: Funeral Pyre #1

"Turn me into a monster! Cripple me! It can't get much worse... Come on! Let's finish it!"

Gray Russell is a Californian reporter who becomes embroiled in the activities of the JADOO street gang when looking for a story. He got a message out to Venom telling him about how he'll have to kill some gang mebmers as part of an initiation, but Venom was unable to help him and he killed the gang members in question — in the end, Gray gabe himself superpowers, but hated Venom for not stopping him from doing so.


  • Amazing Technicolor Population: The machine that gives Pyre his abilities also turns his skin red.
  • Continuity Nod: When Eddie, who had since become Anti-Venom, and the Punisher "team up" again in New Ways to Live, Castle repeatedly sneers that he hasn't changed since they last parted ways.
  • Distinguishing Mark: A pink birthmark on the neck, which Venom uses to identify him.
  • Immune to Bullets: They melt before they can reach him.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Why Venom was so intent on helping him.
    Venom: We're all on the same side here. But you're blowing our quiet little rescue—of a fellow journalist undercover in a local gang.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Pyre's mere presence causes Venom excruciating pain.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The Punisher's interference really screwed Gray over. Except for the part where Frank tried to nullify Pyre's powers, and only succeeded in making them stronger.
  • Not Quite Dead: As Venom and the Punisher leave the scene, coughs emanates from the rubble; Pyre's survival is confirmed in Civil War: Battle Damage Report.
  • Rage Against the Reflection: While fighting Venom, Pyre catches sight of his reflection, and becomes even more enraged.

    The Redeemers 

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AKA: Doctor Shep Gunderson (Redeemer); Claude Cramer (General Wolfram); Jenni Pate (Eleven); Jonathan N. York (Doctor Everything); Mrs. Fluffy Lumpkins (Hippo); Richard Earle Amtower IV (Dementoid)
Debut: Dark Reign: Sinister Spider-Man #1

"All right, people! Let's go save Spider-Man!"

A ragtag bunch of criminals and supervillains with one thing in common: a grudge against Mac Gargan for "amputating" one or more of their limbs. Gathered together by the Redeemer, they swore to bring the Sinister Spider-Man to justice.


  • Absurd Phobia: Dementoid develops one towards buttocks and anuses after Gargan turns his rear end into a set of jaws and nearly eats him in reverse.
  • An Arm and a Leg: With the exception of Doctor Everything, they all had a limb or two eaten by Venom.
  • Affectionate Nickname: In his diary-style summary of the previous issue in Dark Reign: Sinister Spider-Man #3, Mac has heart-shaped cutouts with photos of the Redeemers on them and little captions, referring to Redeemer as "Nerd", Hippo as "Lunch", Eleven as "Dessert", Wolfram as "Midnight Snack", Dementoid as "Gassy", and Doctor Everything as "Naked. It's weird."
  • Back from the Dead: Despite being eaten by Venom, Hippo later reappears to fight Spider-Man and Luke Cage.
  • Breakout Villain: Hippo is apparently popular with someone, as he somehow recovered from being devoured by Mac, and went on to become a minor recurring villain for the real Spider-Man.
  • Captain Ersatz: Doctor Everything is a blatant parody of Doctor Manhattan.
  • Catchphrase: Hippo's is "Pachyderm Power!" ... which doesn't make any sense given that he's not an elephant.
  • Censor Box: Doctor Everything's junk is obscured by a small black censor bar.
  • Eaten Alive: Hippo and Eleven are eaten by Venom during their first showdown.
  • Evil Old Folks: General Wolfram is a World War II veteran.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Doctor Everything remarks he has no need for clothes to Eleven when she complains about his nudity.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Hippo is an anthropomorphic hippo created by the High Evolutionary, and wears a pair of Hulk-sized green pants.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Their cybernetic limbs were rentals, and their plan was to threaten Venom with legal action and kill him if he refused their list of demands, which were fairly reasonable if absurdly naive. To say they failed miserably was an understatement.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Eleven's power. Unfortunately for her, Mac was able to Fight Off the Kryptonite.
  • Nemean Skinning: Wolfram wears the skin of a wolf... with glowing red eyes.
  • No-Sell: Venom is immune to Dementoid's insanity-inducing touch, and when Doctor Everything covers his mouth with a metal plate he tries to use his ass to eat people.
  • Reality Warper: Doctor Everything can warp reality, although his use of this power is limited to comedic effect, such as conjuring a metal plate over Venom's mouth. He's even arrested.
  • Save the Villain: The Redeemer's professed goal is to save "Spider-Man"... by killing him.
  • Sinister Schnoz: Doctor Shep Gunderson's nose was enormous.
  • Skull for a Head: The Redeemer's mask is intended to invoke this.
  • Smurfette Principle: Eleven is the only girl on the team.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: General Wolfram was a Nazi scientist during World War II.
  • Time for Plan B: In the aftermath of their failed attempt to redeem or kill Mac, Dementoid and Wolfram visit the now quadriplegic Redeemer, who has them enact the backup plan - sending pictures of "Spider-Man's" innumerable crimes to J. Jonah Jameson.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Wolfram claims to have been a wolf humanized by the Nazis, though the Redeemer points out that there are a lot of holes in that story. A much more competent and science-oriented General Wolfram later appeared in a Wolverine story set during WW2, and it's entirely possible this one based his persona off of the original or even that they are the same person since the original was subjected to Weapon X.
  • Uplifted Animal: Hippo is one of the High Evolutionary's New Men, or Beastials.
  • Villain Team-Up: They're a self-help group for supervillains who lost limbs to Mac Gargan.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Eleven is introduced and killed within two issues, and none of the other members - except Hippo - have reappeared.

    Scorpion/Venom III 

AKA: Macdonald "Mac" Gargan
Debut: Amazing Spider-Man #19

A fellow member of Spider-Man's Rogues Gallery, Mac Gargan as the Scorpion could in some ways be considered a precursor to Venom; an Evil Counterpart to Spidey who mainly held the edge with superior strength. Unlike Eddie, who in spite of his shakier performance when fighting people other than Spidey still had a respectable win-loss record and reputation, Mac was the epitome of a Super Loser and C-list fodder. After the Venom symbiote split with Eddie and briefly bonded with Angelo Fortunato, it eventually offered its power to Mac, who eagerly accepted it in the hopes of becoming "A-list".

After a stint as Venom defined by an increasing dependance on the symbiote, a feud with Brock-as-Anti-Venom, and increasingly canniballistic tendencies, Mac and the Venom symbiote were seperated by the US military following a failed siege on Asgard as a part of the Dark Avengers. Resuming his mantle as the Scorpion, Mac has since become a recurring foe of Venom; having, among other things, tried to both kill and reclaim the Venom symbiote — which, post-Flash Thompson and Klyntar cleansing, wants nothing to do with Mac and ironically fears that he will corrupt it, kidnap its newborn offspring, and has talked trash about Venom in supervillain bars.

For info about his stint as Venom himself, see the Venom's Hosts page. For more on his general super-villain career, see the Main Spidey villains page.


  • If I Can't Have You...: Similarly to Eddie following his tenure as Anti-Venom, Mac is both terrified of and obsessed with the Venom symbiote, leading to him alternately trying to kill and reclaim it.
  • Sketchy Successor: As Venom, Mac — despite being supposedly stronger than Eddie in his first stint as Venom — still didn't get any real respect or fear from most of the superhero/villain community, least of all Spider-Man himself. The only point where Mac was genuinely feared was when the symbiote was in near-total control, which was exploited by the Thunderbolts to scare unregistered heroes into surrendering during the Civil War.
    Spider-Man: A loser with the Venom Symbiote is still a freaking loser.''
  • Super Strength: Scorpion had the whole "like Spider-Man, but stronger" shtick going on decades before Venom. It later on became more of an Informed Attribute as the Superior Spider-Man punched off his jaw while not holding back, but Mac is still strong enough to effortlessly smack around the herculean Eddie Brock when the latter briefly had no symbiote.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Mac, despite having been Venom and knowing how violent the symbiote can be, apparently didn't rate Eddie Brock's Venom all that high and outright mocked Venom in a bar filled with supervillains, clearly not expecting Venom himself to be in attendance.
  • Would Hurt a Child: After being recruited by the Anti-Symbiote Task Force, Mac decides that if he can't have the Venom symbiote or Maniac symbiote, he will kidnap Venom's newborn offspring and bond to it by force, which the Venom symbiote fears as it would corrupt the newborn from the get-go.

    Sin-Eater I 

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AKA: Emil Gregg
Debut: Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #107

"I am the held breath awakened, reborn again unto the city. Lust, Gluttony, and Greed abound in this seething cesspool of lies and sin. The lies have many voices. The sins, many faces. I take form, and will. I know what must be done. I am the dark at the end of the light."

A man who contacted Eddie Brock claiming to be the Sin-Eater serial killer, but was seemingly exposed as a compulsive confessor. In the wake of Carnage's morality (or lack thereof) being altered by the events of Axis, he was found to have died in a shantytown. A sin-eating demon that appeared at around the same time claimed to be Emil's ghost, dismissing Stan Carter as an imposter; and put the symbiote serial killer in his crosshairs after Cletus interfered with his mission to wipe out the press.


  • Anatomy of the Soul: After killing his victims, he sucks what he claims is all of the sin out of their souls, it taking the form of monstrous green apparitions.
  • Back from the Dead: His corpse is discovered in a homeless camp, but he comes back as a sin-eating demon, and later as a minion for Carnage and Knull.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: He and his neighbor Stan Carter independently acted as the Sin-Eater during The Death of Jean DeWolff. Since Stan was a detective working the case and had actual superhuman (or very nearly so) abilities he was seen as the primary threat and the true Sin-Eater, with Emil being regarded as just some lunatic driven to copy him by the sound of Stan's arguments with himself emanating from the adjoining apartment.
    Emil: It was the voices. I had to do it. Couldn't resist voices in the night. It was the voices... they said when and where. I didn't want to at first. I didn't think I had. But the people died. So it must have been me, right?
  • Curtain Camouflage: He hides behind the curtains of Alice Gleason's apartment, but his shoes give him away. Not that it matters.
  • Detect Evil: Apparently how he finds his victims. He states that Alice Gleason reeks of "sin, vainglory, selfishness and hubris".
  • Dramatic Unmask: When the mask comes off, it's revealed that all that's underneath it is a skull.
    Chris Rollins: Oh, God... what are you?
  • Evil Overlooker: On the cover of Axis: Carnage #3
  • Face Framed in Shadow: Was almost always shown only in the shadows in Dark Origin.
  • Healing Factor: He regrows his skeletal head within seconds of Carnage destroying it.
  • Jack the Ripoff: When Carter is brought up, this guy claims to be the true Sin-Eater, asserting that "the imposter" is still dead. Alice later realizes that Emil Greg was the original after all and Eddie Brock was right all along.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Follows the Sin-Eater tradition of wearing a ski mask.
  • Nightmare Face: The last thing Chris Rollins sees before he dies.
  • No Body Left Behind: After Gregg is resurrected by Carnage and Knull, Eddie beats his reanimated corpse into dust.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Appeared to have been shot to death by the mother of one Engelschwert's victims in Sinner Takes All, but years later was revealed to have survived... only to die alone in a shantytown.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Cletus starts seeing him as the Devil.
  • Phlebotinum Overload: Absorbing all of Carnage's repressed evil gave him a power and size boost... and quickly overwhelmed him, causing him to explode and be reduced to a withered corpse.
  • Room Full of Crazy: The walls of his lair are covered in religious graffiti and stuff pertaining to the original Sin-Eater case.
  • Serial Killer: He was a religious psychopath who targets those with "sin".
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Sin-Eaters love shotguns.
  • Skull for a Head: As a demon he's very Ghost Rider-esque, though instead of being Wreathed in Flames he has a Sickly Green Glow. When he's wearing his mask, however, he appears to have skin and eyes.
  • Token Motivational Nemesis: He contacted Eddie Brock and confessed to being the Sin-Eater. Spider-Man catching Stan Carter wearing the trademark green balaclava seemingly discredited Eddie and led to his humiliation, but it turns out he was right all along.
  • Unknown Rival:
    Carnage: I'm coming for you, Alice! And you too, Green Ski Mask Guy!
  • Would Hurt a Child: Once resurrected by Knull, he kidnaps a bunch of kids in order to sacrifice them to Knull as a gift.
  • Your Head A-Splode: Carnage makes the Sin-Eater shoot himself in the head, and leaves before he notices it reassembling.

    Sin-Eater III 

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AKA: Michael G. Engelschwert
Debut: Venom: Sinner Takes All #1

Venom: Hear those voices yet, Sin-Muncher? Hear them going tweet tweet tweet?
Sin Eater: All I hear is the voice of the Lord... and it is the sound of sweet thunder!

A Gulf War veteran, the mentally fractured Michael G. Engelschwert was left homeless after the conflict and came to reside in a shelter, where he frequently bunked with Emil Gregg, the unstable man who had confessed to being the serial killer known as the Sin-Eater to Eddie Brock. Emil's nonstop religious rants wormed their way into Mike's mind, and he took up the mantle of the Sin-Eater, being even deadlier than his predecessor Stan Carter.


  • Badass Longcoat: Allowing for easy firearm concealment.
  • Badass Normal: Has no special powers or gear, just lots and lots of guns.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With Kirsten's mother in Sinner Takes All.
  • Church Militant: He's even a former soldier.
  • Crazy Homeless People: With exposure to other mentally ill vagrants making him worse.
  • Disney Villain Death: Is tackled out a window after activating his explosive vest.
  • Evil Overlooker: On the cover of Sinner Takes All #1.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Exterminates a group of militants, and gets into a fight with and is fatally shot by a crazy woman who has a grudge against Venom.
  • Faking the Dead: He switches clothes with a hostage, and tricks Venom into killing the captive.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Makes it clear he's targeting Ann simply because she's a lawyer.
  • Frame-Up: Leaves Sin-Eater gear under Emil's cot, which leads to him being arrested, and later killed by the mother an officer Mike had earlier murdered.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: He sometimes wears red ones.
  • The Heavy: While he and Kristen's mother share the villain role in Sinner Takes All, the latter only becomes involved halfway through the series, whereas Mike is the main threat, and there from start to finish.
  • Irony: Crazy old Emil Gregg was driven to try and become the Sin Eater by Stan Carter's conversations with himself, which he could hear through the walls of the apartment building they both lived in. Later, crazy old Michael Engelschwert was driven to become the Sin-Eater by Emil Gregg's conversations with himself, which he could hear in the homeless shelter they both lived in.
  • It's Personal: Nearly kills Eddie's ex-wife, Ann. Venom is also just plain happy to take on the Sin-Eater, even if it isn't Stan Carter or Emil Gregg.
    Venom: Here's one for you—'Exclusive! Sin-Eater Revealed!' Eddie Brock, aka—Venom!"
  • Jack the Ripoff: Of Stan Carter, the original Sin-Eater.
  • Mad Bomber: Wears an explosive vest, and attempts to blow up the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Make Way for the New Villains: Is introduced blowing away the man responsible for the Carnage Unleashed! game from the storyline of the same name.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: A reddish-pink balaclava, as opposed to the green one (which he does have on the covers) worn by Stan Carter.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: What could it stand for?
  • One-Man Army: In the Gulf War, and against the authorities, up to and including SWAT teams.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: His mask is kind of... pinkish.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Why he became indigent.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: His main weapon is a shotgun.
  • Sole Survivor: He was the only survivor of a Black Hawk crash in the Gulf War. After the airplane went down, he managed to slaughter an entire troop of enemy soldiers by himself before being found.
  • Talkative Loon: Speaks almost entirely in Bible quotes.
  • Taking You with Me: Dying from being shot, Mike decides to blow himself and everyone else present up. Mixed with a bizarre instance of Pet the Dog:
    Mike: ... But I can save you all! I am about to enter the kingdom, and I can take you all with me!
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: Nearly kills Venom with tons of thermite and white phosphorus grenades.
  • Walking Arsenal: Including anti-tank weaponry.

    Symbiote Slayers 

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Debut: Venom Vol. 2, #32

"C-can't stop us. The adaptation matrix is in our bloodstream. The lethality equation... changing us!"

Four biomechanical alien parasites, the Symbiote Slayers were discovered by Vector, who had them implanted in an unnamed man who later escaped. Driven to cannibalism by them, their host came into conflict with Agent Venom, who attempted to get the man to surrender in order for a cure to be found.


    Tel-Kar 

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Debut: Venom: First Host #1

A Kree soldier who fought during the The Kree/Skrull War, Tel-Kar was the Venom symbiote's self-proclaimed first host. Initially a noble soldier, Tel-Kar was betrayed and turned over to the Skrull. Years of being tortured left him vengeful and cruel — obsessed with reclaiming his symbiote and committing genocide against the Skrull.


  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: He took a leaf out of the Skrull playbook by using his symbiote's shapeshifting abilities to disguise himself as one of them.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Tel-Kar loyally served the Kree Empire during the Kree/Skrull War, and for his trouble was branded a traitor by Ronan the Accuser and turned over to the Skrull Empire, who spent years torturing him. While he can conjure a facade of his old noble self, he's become bitter, cruel, and genocidally vengeful.
  • Collapsible Helmet: Due to his helmet being formed of the symbiote's biomass, he can retract and reform it at will.
  • Fallen Hero: Tel-Kar was a supersolder during the Kree-Skrull War who sacrificed everything for his people, and was repaid with betrayal, imprisonment, and torture. This left him angry, embittered, and genocidal.
  • Lobotomy: In the final issue of Venom: First Host, the Sleeper symbiote bonds to Tel-Kar and lobotomizes him as payback for what he did to the Venom symbiote.
  • Retcon: The 2018 Venom: First Host miniseries establishes him as the Venom symbiote's first host, despite Venom: Space Knight having already established the symbiote's original host as a genocidal maniac who used it to wipe out his homeworld. First Host explains this by revealing that the symbiote's memories of Tel-Kar were suppressed until they reunited, and that the genocidal alien from Space Knight was its second host.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He wants to carry out a genocide against the Skrull as revenge for the Kree-Skrull War, and can't understand why the other Kree don't want to help him. After Venom and Sleeper stop him, he decides to wipe out humanity with the last sample of the Skrull bioweapon.
  • Super Soldier: He was a Kree soldier and veteran of the Kree-Skrull war, using the symbiote's shapeshifting abilities to spy on the Skrull.
  • Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Tel-Kar sets himself up as an ally to Eddie Brock by helping saving him from a Skrull, only to blackmail him into relinquishing the Venom symbiote by threatening the Venom symbiote's latest offspring.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He issues Venom the ultimatum of the symbiote returning to him, threatening to bond to and corrupt its latest offspring if it refuses.

    The Xenophage 

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Debut: Venom: The Hunted #1

"I must say that my sojourn on your little blue planet has been a quite a little gastronomic adventure-and comparatively trouble free! Why, up until now, the local authorities didn't even know I existed!"

A monstrous yet highly intelligent race of extraterrestrials, the Xenophages prey on symbiotes, and presumably originate from the same galaxy as them. In the aftermath of Planet of the Symbiotes, an unnamed member of the species travels to Earth to devour the surviving invaders, bringing him into conflict with Scream (who he captures) and Venom (who is blamed for his killing spree).


  • Feed It a Bomb: Venom creates a fake head containing a grenade, and tricks the Xenophage into biting it.
  • Feel No Pain: "My exoskeleton is not equipped with pain receptors... unlike your face!"
  • Food Chain of Evil: A symbiote predator.
  • Hungry Menace: While obviously sentient, he doesn't care about anything but his next meal.
  • Hammerspace: Where he tucked away Scream.
  • Lean and Mean: His bottom half is nothing but tentacles, while his abdomen is skeletal with Creepily Long Arms.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Very agile, despite his size.
  • Monster of the Week: The villain of Venom: The Hunted.
  • Meaningful Name: Roughly translated, it means "alien devourer".
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Nothing could lay a scratch on his exoskeleton.
  • No Name Given: His actual name (if he had one) is unrevealed, so he's just called "the Xenophage" or simply "the Phage".
  • The Paralyzer: He can temporarily disable symbiotes with his spit, turning them into dead weight for their hosts. Eddie compares getting doused to being put in a straitjacket.
  • Super Spit: It's an incendiary neurotoxin that paralyzes symbiotes, and enhances their taste.
  • Starfish Aliens: A gangly monster with an ornate golden face and mandibles, a body made up mostly of fur and tentacles, and the ability to perfectly emulate inanimate objects down to the finest detail.
  • Tentacle Rope: Scream is entangled in them for most of the story.
  • To Serve Man: While he feeds on symbiotes, he is able to sustain himself on humans, and presumably other beings.
  • Traintop Battle: The final battle takes place on top of a subway train.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Able to flawlessly mimic a cabinet, complete with fine China.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Attempts to eat some kids who try to help Venom and Scream.
    Scream: What do you want with those kids? I thought you only ate symbiote brains!
    Xenophage: It's what I prefer, but any cerebral cortex will do in a pinch! In fact, I could do with a snack just about now...
  • Your Head A-Splode: His death.
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