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These are characters who, while they may or may not host a symbiote, play prominent supporting roles in Venom's series.
The Brock family
A family largely based out of San Francisco, all of whom are related to Eddie Brock.
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #375
- "What ever relationship between Edward Brock and myself is no longer applicable."
Carl is Eddie Brock's father. He was a man who lacked emotion, that was until he met Jamie and fell in love with her. He experienced happiness for the first time in his life and soon, the two were married. What she wanted most of all was to have a family with the man she loved. But unfortunately she died of complications from giving birth to their first and only son, Eddie Brock.
- Abusive Parents: Carl blamed Eddie for his wife's death in childbirth and used it as a excuse to be physically abusive and neglectful towards Eddie, while just waiting for an excuse to disown him. He also outright denies the existence of his daughter Mary when Eddie brings her up, and his younger son (or rather, grandson) approaches Eddie with a black eye and broken arm implied to have been inflicted by his father. Complicating matters somewhat is the fact that his denial, which takes place during Donny Cates' Venom, is completely valid, as Mary never existed, and was a hallucination made up by the Venom symbiote to keep Eddie close.
- It's also revealed that when Eddie killed a child in a drunk driving accident and tried to plead guilty to atone, Carl punched Eddie in the face and rammed his head into a table to make him agree into pleading not guilty.
- Benevolent Boss: Despite being callous and stoic, there were no indications he was cruel to his employees. The same maid has also been working for him since at least Eddie's early childhood.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Used his status and wealth to have Eddie cleared of charges of intoxication manslaughter so it wouldn't ruin his reputation and when his son wanted to instead plea guilty to atone for his accidental murder, Carl physically assaulted Eddie until he agreed to say he was innocent.
- Death Glare: The look Carl gave Peter when he brought up Eddie scared even him.
- I Have No Son!: When Eddie's career was ended in disgrace, Carl used that as an excuse to disown his son. Donny Cates' Venom has the Venom symbiote try speaking on Eddie's behalf by disowning him for both his and Dylan's safety.
- Maternal Death? Blame the Child!: His beloved wife died giving birth to Eddie, who Carl reviled as a result.
- Retcon: Dark Origin changed him from a wealthy businessman to a middle-class suburbanite, and made him into a balding man with a moustache.
- Riches to Rags: Donny Cates' Venom reveals that he was a successful businessman until Eddie accidentally killed a child driving home while drunk, bankrupted him with hospital bills and paying the court off. Part of it is his own fault, given he refused to let Eddie plead guilty like he wanted to and beat him into pleading not guilty.
- The Stoic: He was pretty much emotionless until he met his wife Jamie, who he adored.
- Workaholic: In his first appearance, Carl is shown ignoring his son to focus on office work.
First Appearance: Venom Vol. 4 #7
Eddie's purported half-brother, later revealed to be his son. Eddie meets him while fleeing from The Maker's goons and is dragged away before they can be properly acquainted. Later on, Dylan manages to catch up to Eddie and decides that he'd rather be with Venom than their abusive father.
The Thompson FamilyFlash's family, who he largely does not talk to due to his troubled relationship with his father.
First Appearance: Untold Tales of Spider-Man Vol. 1 #19
Flash's abusive, alcoholic father. He was a cop for the NYPD but is now retired, and Flash does not look fondly on his parenting, which instilled in him a need to impress his father. Flash also somewhat blames him for his bullying in his past.
- Abusive Parents: Physically and emotionally abusive for the most part, but he had "good days" when he'd act like a loving parent. This largely went away when he went sober after Flash joined the military.
- The Alcoholic: His career took its toll and Harrison eventually turned to the bottle. Flash assumed the Thompsons have a disposition for alcoholism in general.
- Killed Off for Real: Succumbed to cancer a little after Flash had started acting as Agent Venom.
- My Greatest Failure: His last words lament how he treated Flash throughout his life.
- Turn Out Like His Father: Was a violent bully to his son which Flash attributes his bullying attitude to.
First Appearance: Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 1 #1
Rose Thompson is the loving mother of Jessie Thompson and Flash Thompson and wife of Harrison Thompson. Although she cared for the children very much, she could not stop her husband's drinking and his violont outbursts after that, mostly towards their own children. Although Rose tried to keep the peace between the family, they mostly drifted apart after both Jessie and Flash had become adults.
Flash's crewDuring Flash's tenure as an Agent of the Cosmos, he found himself with an unlikely band of misfits.
First Appearance: Venom: Space Knight Vol. 1, #1
A servant and maintenance robot, 803 was the slave of a space pirate named Kio, who forced the hapless droid to do his malicious bidding. Centuries of mistreatment caused 803 to become suicidal, so he was quick to offer aid to Agent Venom when the Agent of the Cosmos infiltrated Kio's spaceship, convinced that Flash would destroy him afterward as a "reward" for his services. After killing Kio and his crew, and saving their captives, Flash instead took 803 on as a travelling companion, to the melancholic robot's immense disappointment.
- Artificial Limbs: He builds Flash a pair of prosthetic limbs as a present, reducing his reliance on the symbiote for mobility.
- Death Seeker: 803 continuously devises means of killing himself, necessitating Flash tell him not to. When torn in half by Pik Rollo, he is jubilant... only to be dismayed when this turns out to not be enough to do the job.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He fashioned a pair of prosthetic legs, repaired himself after being ripped in half, and fixed Venom's ship after it was almost completely demolished.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: He's jubilantly ripped in half by Pik Rollo, which enrages Venom. To 803's dismay, this isn't enough to kill him, so he repairs himself and fixes Venom's ship.
- Suicide as Comedy: 803's suicidal tendencies are played for laughs, with him devising dramatic manners of self-termination and being disappointed when told no by Flash.
First Appearance: Venom: Space Knight Vol. 1, #6
Hilla Rollo is the daughter of the criminal Pik Rollo. She was kidnapped by Mercurio and his space pirates to force Pik into doing his bidding. Pik allied herself with one of Mercurio's enemies, Venom, and they eventually managed to rescue Hilla. Hilla joined her mother as she accompanied Venom in his ensuing adventures.
- Blood Knight: Despite only being a child she delights in tearing her enemies to shreds with her fangs and claws.
- Cute Bruiser: Despite only being a cub, she can hold her own in combat against foes as formidable as Myntril.
- Sole Survivor: She is the last Ruu'lto after Mercurio's genocide.
- Ursine Aliens: She's a miniature version of her mother.
First Appearance: Venom: Space Knight Vol. 1, #3
- "I must make a name for myself in order to rule my people. Also, you seem unstable and I find that attractive."
Iqa was the warrior queen of the Wugin, living peacefully on their volcanic planet until the alien terrorist Mercurio planted a piece of technology in a volcano that caused it to erupt, pitting the Wugin in a war against the Underdwellers.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: After Venom goes berserk and tries to pound Mercurio into a meat-stain, Iqa states she finds his rage-issues attractive.
- Blood Knight: She's a warrior-queen who enjoys combat.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She takes an immediate dislike to Pik Rollo, assuming the Ruu'lto is a romantic rival.
- Convection Schmonvection: She's capable of standing in and around lava without sustaining injury.
- Fourth Date Marriage: After Flash saves her planet by shutting down Mercurio's machine, she kisses him and offers him a prized position in her husband stable. He turns her down, but she follows him off-world and is jealously possessive of him when meeting Pik Rollo for the first time.
- Gorgeous Gorgon: She and the other Wugin have snakes for hair.
- More Deadly Than the Male: The males of her species are weak and pathetic, so she finds Flash highly attractive.
- Of Course I'm Not a Virgin: She has a husband stable, but her inquiries as to whether or not Flash and Tarna are mating - they were actually trying to kill each other - lead Pik Rollo to ask if she even knows what mating looks like, implying that she's not as experienced as her husband stable implies.
- Rubber-Forehead Aliens: Aside from her red skin and serpentine hair, she looks like an attractive female human.
- Women Prefer Strong Men: She is the queen of an Amazonian society of Medusa-like aliens, but finds Flash Thompson irresistibly attractive due to his own strength, courage... and symbiote-enduced rage-issues.
First Appearance: Venom: Space Knight Vol. 1, #3
- "I am not a pan-duh. I am a Ruu'lto. And I am not experiencing any sadness at the moment. I feel only rage."
Pik Rollo is a warrior of the alien species known as the Ruu'lto. Her planet was raided by Mercurio and his pirates, where she was kidnapped alongside its other greatest fighters, forcing them into a life of crime. Additionally, the Gramosians took Pik Rollo's daughter, Hilla, captive.
- Apologetic Attacker: She apologizes for attacking Venom, but says she has no choice but to kill him.
- Back-to-Back Badass: When confronted by an army of Bhiv robots, Pik and Venom stand back-to-back in preparation for a last stand.
- Badass Adorable: She resembles nothing less than a gigantic fluffy panda with a lemur tail, but she is a wanted criminal who enjoys drinking the blood of her enemies.
- Blood Lust: Venom notes she occasionally drinks the blood of her enemies, but still finds her adorable.
- Enemy Mine: She was sent by Mercurio to kill Venom, but they end up working together to escape the Bhiv King's gladiator arena, and when Venom promises to save her child she turns on her master.
- Faking the Dead: She pretends to have been killed by Venom in order to lure the Bhiv King into a false sense of security, then rips his head off from behind.
- Mama Bear: She works for Mercurio because he's holding her child hostage. She sides with Venom when Flash promises to rescue her kid, and says that if he goes back on his promise she'll kill him.
- Recruiting the Criminal: She and Venom arrange a tenuous alliance after she was sent to kill him.
- Roar Before Beating: When Venom starts gushing about how adorable she is, Pik backhands him, rips 803 in half, and roars while baring her fangs.
- Sole Survivor: She and her child are the last remaining Ruu'lto after Mercurio enslaved them.
- Unstoppable Rage: Despite her nonthreatening appearance - ignoring her fangs and claws - Pik is solely motivated by rage over Mercurio's genocide of her species and holding her child hostage.
- Ursine Aliens: Pik looks like a gigantic bipedal panda with gorilla-like arms, huge claws, and a lemur-like tail. She takes offence to Venom calling her "Sad Panda", though.
First Appearance: Venom: Space Knight Vol. 1, #2
A hot-tempered Skrull Agent of the Cosmos bonded to a purple symbiote. She and her mentor, Myntril, followed Venom for some time before abducting his ship. Tarna immediately picked a fight with Agent Venom, having deemed him unworthy of being an Agent of the Cosmos, but was stopped by Tarna. After witnessing Flash's friendship with the symbiote, she was moved by the lengths he was willing to go to protect it, and ultimately defected to the Space Knights. She eventually rejoined the Skrull Empire, and in the wake of the war with the Cotati she was sent with a small squad — including fellow former symbiote host M'lanz — to investigate a series of attacks on Kree and Skrull colonies at the edge of the galaxy, unaware that it was the work of Knull, the King In Black and god of the symbiotes.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: She morphs an arm into a hooked blade and slashes Venom across the chest, pissing him off.
- Brought Down to Badass: She loses her symbiote, yet remains a skilled Skrull soldier.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: She's supposed to be in charge of Venom's training in the ways of being a Guardian of the Cosmos, but Myntril doubts she'll fulfill her duty.
- Dying to Be Replaced: Flash assumes she intends to kill the Venom symbiote and take Flash back to the Planet of the Symbiotes to get a non-corrupted Klyntar after the Venom symbiote is re-corrupted by Mercurio. Tarna and her symbiote both state that they're wrong, but either don't bother to or aren't able to provide clarification before things escalate into a fight.
- Fire-Forged Friends: She initially disliked Flash, but after seeing his dedication to Venom even in the face of the symbiote's corruption, she begrudgingly comes to care for him and stands up for him against Myntrill.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: The form we first see her in is her Game Face. Underneath it she's a Skrull.Tarna: This upsets you?
Flash: Skrulls and folks from Earth haven't always played well together.
- Heroic Host: She is the host of a purple Klyntar and an Agent of the Cosmos. She also proves to be more loyal to her friends than to her duty as an Agent, siding with Flash and Venom.
- Let's You and Him Fight:
- She deliberately picks a fight with Venom, thinking he's not worthy of being a Guardian of the Cosmos.
- When she shows up to return the Venom symbiote to the Cosmos, her antagonistic attitude leads Flash to believe she intends to kill it. While she mentions he's misunderstanding, she doesn't bother clarifying and a fight breaks out instead.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Stands out from other Skrulls by having turquoise-colored skin instead of the normal green, while her uniform is red with some gold rather than the typical purple.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Unusually for a being bonded with a sane Klyntar, her mouth is lined with fangs.
- Morphic Resonance: Her symbiote form retains her long black hair.
- Purple Is Powerful: Her Klyntar is purple, and she was strong enough to make Venom mad enough to show his fangs.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Unlike the Blank White Eyes commonly associated with symbiotes, she has glowing red eyes.
- Roar Before Beating: While fighting Venom all she initially did was roar and snarl at him, leading him to think she was bonded to a feral Klyntar.
- Royal Rapier: Her weapon when not using the symbiote is a saber.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After Myntril breaks up the fight between her and Venom, she complains to Myntril that Venom isn't worthy of being called a Guardian of the Cosmos, since he's a newbie and barely in-sync with his Klyntar.
- Sole Survivor: She and Talos are the only members of their squadron that manage to escape Knull's symbiotes, and even then, Talos doesn't know if she really escaped somewhere safe. King In Black: Wiccan and Hulkling reveals she didn't escape but she is ultimately rescued by the new Kree-Skrull Alliance.
- Uncertain Doom: Talos doesn't know if her escape pod made it somewhere safe from which she can warn the rest of the universe of Knull's return, or she was assimilated like the rest of their squad. King in Black: Wiccan and Hulkling clears up the uncertainty by revealing her escape pod was intercepted and she was taken over by a symbiote.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: She impersonates Myntril to help Flash get into the arena where the Venom symbiote is being tried, and morphs her arms into rocky fists to fight the guards.
Government PersonnelOver the years, the Venom symbiote and its hosts have found themselves embroiled in the affairs of Earth's various governments, from the Project Rebirth program to SHIELD.
General Brad Dodge
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1, #654
- "You ever let that alpha-jock brute anger sully my "Operation Venom" again, I will cut you off the team faster than a mohel."
A United States General and the head of Project Rebirth 2.0, Dodge is the person who selected Flash to become Agent Venom. Because of his own disability — he was blinded at some point in his life — he has a soft spot for Flash, but is also willing to prioritise the mission above all else.
- Don't Make Me Destroy You: He's killed at least one prior applicant because they lost control of the symbiote, and threatens to do so to Flash if he goes AWOL. When Flash briefly loses control of the symbiote, he hesitates to pull the trigger and instead settles for yelling at Flash. When Thompson goes AWOL a second time, Dodge detonates the bomb, but by this point the symbiote had extracted it and tried to use it to kill Crime Master and Jack O'Lantern.
- Handicapped Badass: Despite being blind, can play squash very well, so the man's still got some skills.
- Heroic Dog: Has a seeing eye dog that can detect when Flash has bonded with the Symbiote.
- Oh, Crap!: When he sees Captain America has discovered Project Rebirth 2.0, he has the rest of the team Destroy the Evidence and tries to lie to Cap's face.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He constantly hounds Flash about being bonded to the Symbiote for too long and will often remind Flash that he can detonate the both of them should he have to... and he's right to. Flash accidentally bonded to the symbiote only a few missions into his tenure as Agent Venom, and progressively did so more and more and lied to Dodge about it. The only reason he got away with it is because Dodge kept trusting him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Once Flash goes AWOL, Dodge is never really mentioned again.
Captain Katherine "Kate" Glover
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1, #654
- "I'm not babysitting you, Thompson. I'm monitoring the alien. That's my job. The first sign it's in control, I push this kill-switch, fry it, and leave you hanging in the wind. Literally without a leg to stand on. So when I say jump, you don't say "how high?"... you shut the hell up and jump!"
Captain Katherine Glover works for the United States Special Forces, she is in charge of Flash Thompson's Venom missions overseas. Kat is shown to be a strong and courageous woman, whom can take care of herself. Flash's partner during his time as Agent Venom, Kate, like Dodge, is in charge of keeping him in-check and on-mission. Unlike Dodge, she also assists Flash in the field.
- Good-Looking Privates: Then first thing Flash does when he meets her is hit on her.
- Out of Focus: Dan Slott clearly set her up with something in mind, putting a large amount of focus on her and Flash's dynamic... and she was never given a large role by anyone but him.
- Straight Man: Her primary purpose seems to be to play this role to Flash's jokey side.
First Appearance:' Venom'' Vol. 4 1
A former Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and one-time symbiote supersoldier during the Vietnam War, Rex Strickland begrudgingly recruits Eddie Brock to rescue his old comrades from a S.H.I.E.L.D. black-box facility in exchange for information regarding the symbiotes... until it's revealed that "Rex" is a symbiote himself — an offshoot of the ancient Grendel symbiote-dragon that had bonded to the real Rex Strickland and impersonated him for decades after he was killed in the war.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Delivers a number to Eddie in their first meeting, particularly centered about how much he actually knows his symbiote, like if he even knows its true name.
- Dead Person Impersonation: It's revealed that "Rex" is actually the Tyrannosaurus symbiote impersonating the real Rex Strickland, who was killed by Nick Fury during the Vietnam War.
- Deadpan Snarker: He chuckles at Eddie's inquiries and exclamations with wry sarcasm and laughter at how naive Eddie is.
- Fusion Dance: After it's revealed that Rex is a symbiote impersonating its old host it fuses with Venom to increase their power.
- HeelFace Turn: The Tyrannosaurus symbiote - moved by Rex's nobility and Logan's compassion - broke free from Knull's control and turned against its former master.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In order to save Eddie, Tyrannosaurus grabs Knull's avatar and drags it into a blast furnace, sacrificing itself to immolate its progenitor.
- Humanity Is Infectious: After bonding to Rex Strickland and Logan, Tyrannosaurus was touched by their compassion and tried to save them when Nick Fury self-destructed his LMD to eliminate any witnesses to the failure of the Sym-Soldier Program. In the "Rex" arc, he can feel Knull trying to corrupt him again but doesn't want to succumb to it since he finds the "light" of compassion too beautiful to give up.
- My Sibling Will Live Through Me: Or in Rex's case, my host will live through me, as it's revealed that while the real Rex died during the Vietnam War his symbiote imprinted his memories and personality into itself so that it could impersonate him.
- Pieces of God: Indirectly; Tyrannosaurus and the other Sym-Soldier symbiotes were all sampled from the symbiote dragon that Knull's consciousness was stuck in, leading to Knull trying to reabsorb all of them to become capable of freeing himself from Klyntar.
- Scary Black Man: While impersonating Rex Strickland, he used to be a supersoldier and agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., knows more about symbiotes than anyone aside from Flash Thompson, and is able to put that knowledge to use to subdue Venom. While he's more a Deadpan Snarker, the knowledge he possesses intimidates Eddie Brock.
- Together in Death: In Venom #32, it's revealed that the Tyrannosaurus symbiote was posthumously reunited with Rex Strickland — or at least his codex — in depths of the Hive-Mind, which functions as something of a symbiote afterlife.
Rebecca "Beck" Underwood
First Appearance: Venom: The Madness #1
- "He has a reputation for extreme violence. But he seems so... earnest. Sigh, why is it the bigger their problems the more I want to save them?"
A young lawyer fighting for the oppressed people of San Francisco, Beck Underwood befriended Eddie Brock and had a short-lived romantic relationship with him during his time as the Lethal Protector of the Underground City.
- Attempted Rape: When the mercury virus causes Eddie to snap, he attempts to forcibly "bond" to Beck while spouting sexist and sleazy quips. The Juggernaut rescues her, and while Beck forgives Eddie since he wasn't in control of himself at the time, she breaks up with him.
- Damsel in Distress: Beck is kidnapped by the Juggernaut in The Madness, Mace in The Mace, and the Stalkers in Nights of Vengeance. The Mace incident was, admittedly, due to a series of misunderstandings.Beck: Listen to me! This guy doesn't deserve...
Venom: To live? I know.
Beck: Nooo! &%# it, shut up, and listen!
- Easily Forgiven: Beck's response to nearly being raped and/or killed by the temporarily psychotic and bestial Venom in The Madness is Let's Just Be Friends.
- He Knows Too Much: This is why Scarmore, Inc. hired the Juggernaut to eliminate her in The Madness.
- Hello, Attorney!: Beck is a lawyer, just like Ann was. Maybe Eddie has a thing for them?
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Tiny Girl to Eddie's Huge Guy. Especially when he's Venom◊.
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: To ensure Beck's safety, Eddie moves back to New York, and leaves her behind in San Francisco.
- Looks Like She Is Enjoying It: The other tenants' reaction to the sounds of Eddie and the Juggernaut fighting in Beck's apartment in The Madness.
- Love Triangle: One forms between her, Eddie, and a doctor named Elizabeth.
- Morality Chain: She tried to get Venom to consider non-violent solutions. It rarely worked.
- Puppeteer Parasite: She's nearly taken over by the Stalkers in Nights of Vengeance.
- Talking the Monster to Death: Beck manages to talk down the Juggernaut... and then the mutated and crazed Venom attacks.
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man: Extra! #2
- "Not gonna do bad things anymore, starting tomorrow... starting tomorrow... gonna be good... Eddie Brock... you're my hero."
A teenaged heroin addict Eddie Brock befriended as Anti-Venom. Supposedly cured of her addiction, she helped him infiltrate and take down drug cartels, but was secretly getting high. She was captured by the Quintas cartel when the Punisher interrupted Eddie's shakedown, leading to them setting aside their differences to rescue her. She hasn't been seen since.
- Bare Your Midriff: She wears a tank top, a miniskirt or short shorts, and tattered stockings, with her midriff exposed.
- The Conscience: As Anti-Venom, Eddie considers her to be the good angel to his murderous impulses' - personified by hallucinations of the Venom symbiote - bad angel.
- Dark Secret: Even after Eddie purged her, she kept shooting up.
- Drugs Are Bad: Jenna was a heroin addict, and despite Anti-Venom's best efforts kept relapsing.
- Embarrassing Nickname: She's known on the streets as Jenna the Junkie. Anti-Venom nearly throttles a thug who insists on calling her that.
- Facial Markings: She has a pair of horizontal black bars under her eyes.
- Freak Out: When she saw a berserk Anti-Venom she had a panic attack. Granted, she was high on drugs at the time.
- Hookers and Blow: When Jenna was abducted by the Quintas gang, she's next seen splayed next to drug lord Jorge Valdez alongside other scantily-clad women, high out of her mind on heroin.
- The Informant: Eddie used her to track down and bust drug dens.
- The Ingenue: Eddie thinks of her as being this. She's not nearly as innocent as he thinks, as she's secretly doing drugs behind his back and didn't say to not kill the gangster who insulted her, just not to do it in front of her.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: Frank Castle refers to her as an "it" when he's about to shoot through her to get to a Quintas thug.Quintas Thug: Hold up, cabron! You shoot me with that thing you gonna kill the girl too!
The Punisher: That's not a girl... it's a junkie.
- Living Emotional Crutch: She was the only thing keeping Eddie Brock from reverting back to his Lethal Protector persona. When she was kidnapped, he snapped.
- My Girl Is Not a Slut: Call her a junkie in Anti-Venom's presence at your own risk.
- Shameful Strip: Is forced to take her top off by some hoods, possibly for titillation or to prove she wasn't wearing a wire.
- Vague Age: Jenna's age is never addressed, just that she's a teenager.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Hasn't been seen since the Anti-Venom/The Punisher crossover New Ways to Live.
- You Can See That, Right?: She thought Eddie's Anti-Venom form was a drug-induced hallucination when she first sees him.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has white hair but it isn't explained if it's natural or she dyes it.
Katherine "Katy" Kiernan
First Appearance: Venom Vol. 2, #23
- "Listen... not that I'm anything less than fabulous... but why would you need my help? I write about bat-babies and Jesus figures appearing in oatmeal. And you look like you have connections."
A reporter working for the Daily Inquisitor, who serves as Agent Venom's eyes and ears in the criminal underworld of Philadelphia.
- Alliterative Name: Katy Kiernan.
- Dark Secret: She has ties to J. Jonah Jameson... and The Kingpin.
- Going for the Big Scoop: Agent Venom worries her involvement with him will cause her to be targeted.
- The Informant: Agent Venom used her to get intel on the Department of Occult Armaments and later to track down Lord Ogre.
- Intrepid Reporter: She actively helps Agent Venom in his investigations in order to get a better story out of it, though she takes offence when he accuses her of this being her sole motive for helping him.
- Nerves of Steel: After an understandable moment of panic upon being abducted and dragged into the Microverse, she quickly calms down and is unfazed by Carnage declaring he's going to eat her.
- Out of Focus: She disappeared after the conclusion of Venom Vol. 2.
- Paparazzi: Agent Venom accuses her of being one, to which she takes offence.
First Appearance: Venom Vol. 1 #152
An Alchemax astro-biologist whom Liz Allan assigns to help Eddie Brock keep his symbiote under control.
- Black and Nerdy: He's African-American, very intelligent and he sure is nerdy.
- Comically Missing the Point: Thinks that Spider-Man (who was the mascot of the recently-bankrupted Parker Industries) had been hired by Alchemax as security when he turns up at his lab, only to be informed that it was because "[Spider-Man's] best friend and worst enemy were turning his lab into a Cronenberg film" right behind him.
- Deadpan Snarker: He frequently complains to Liz about the lack of funding his department receives and in general is rather sarcastic.
- First-Name Basis: He's called Dr. Steven but his last name isn't mentioned.
- Geek Physiques: Dr. Steven is morbidly obese, but highly intelligent and specializes in astro-biology.
- Genius Cripple: He's confined to a wheelchair, but is the head of Alchemax's astro-biology department and whips up a short-term treatment for the symbiote's degeneration issues in only a few hours.
- Nerd: He has a blue Pikachu-expy bowl and eats sugary cereal in his lab in the middle of the night.
- Only One Name: He is only ever called Doctor Steve(n). This actually gets lampshaded in King In Black.Doctor Korpse: Dr. Steve? What, do you have only one name? Like Cher?
Alter Ego: Julia Fontana
First Appearance: Venom Vol. 1 #156
A Spanish animal biologist who was used as a test subject for Stegron's dinosaur serum, being transformed into a humanoid pterosaur. She was freed from Stegron's control by Venom, and was later attacked by Kraven the Hunter.
- Horned Humanoid: She has a Parasaurolophus-like crest on her head.
- Only Sane Man: When the other dinosaur people go after the rats sent by Kraven to distract them, only Tana is wary.
- Ptero Soarer: She is a Half-Human Hybrid pterosaur.
- Was Once a Man: She was once a Spanish animal biologist before being transformed by Stegron.
- Winged Humanoid: Tana is a pterosaur-type hybrid, and has vestigial wings on her forearms that she can transform into full wings.
First Appearance: Venom Vol. 1, #2
- Venom Clone: Why have you come for me?
The Suit: I have come to destroy you. I know what you are.
Venom Clone: Yeah... and we know all about you. You're no better than we are.
The Suit: That is arguable.
Venom Clone: Heh-heh... wanna argue?
The Suit: No.
Untold millennia ago, an alien entity informed a race of mechanical, self-replicating spider-like beings that humans were a violent and chaotic species that needed to be destroyed, lest they eventually spread throughout the cosmos. As they prepared to wipe out humanity, the spiders were delayed by horrific weather conditions, and during that time they realized that they had been duped, and that their benefactor had merely wanted the humans gone so that it could claim the Earth as its own. Most of the spiders left Earth, but a small cluster, still believing in their mission, stayed behind. Weakened, this group started slowly gathering physical and political power so that it could one day commit the genocide it was hired to.
In the present day, Reed Richards discovered a swarm of the spiders during a space expedition. The spiders eventually created a humanoid form dubbed "The Suit". Making contact with Nick Fury, the Suit explained that the Venom symbiote, which he was briefly exposed to while it and Eddie Brock were in the custody of the Fantastic Four, was going to be used in a plot to cause chaos on a global scale. Learning that a clone of the Venom symbiote, made by the genocidal spiders to further their goals, was in the Arctic, the Suit headed there to eliminate it.
- Ancient Astronauts: According to the Suit, the story of the Ark is an overexaggerated fabrication.note Noah was the alien that hired the spiders, having decided to save select members of humanity for unknown reasons. The "flood" was an exaggeration of the bad weather that fortunately delayed the spiders' attempt to Kill All Humans, allowing them to realize that they were being manipulated.
- Badass Boast: When Spider-Man tries to stop him from killing Venom by depriving him of his phone, the Suit remarks that he doesn't need it.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He wears a black business suit, hence the name.
- Cannot Tell a Joke:Venom: Come to papa...
The Suit: Very well. But, as you can see—and to paraphrase—papa now possesses an entirely brand-new bag. I believe my attempt at levity was successful. Ha. Ha.
- Cool Shades: They're used to hide his lack of eyes, and were Nick Fury's idea◊.
- Dramatic Unmask: While the Suit is fighting the Venom clone, his sunglasses are knocked off, revealing his eye sockets are completely empty.
- Good Counterpart: To Bob, a member of the same race as him which intends to wipe out humanity.
- Good Is Not Nice: He does things like stick a bomb inside the unconscious Wolverine in order prevent him from being taken over by the Venom clone, and knocks Patricia out so that he can perform an invasive and disfiguring surgery that will give her the implants necessary to control the clone.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: He operates as a torso for a while after being diced by the clone-possessed Wolverine.
- Immune to Bullets: He simply repairs himself if shot, though high-caliber rounds can stun him.
- Improbable Weapon User: He channels electrical blasts through his cellphone. They can knock people out, or reduce them to smoldering skeletons.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Though due to the art style, he was far from the only one with an oversized mandible.
- Made of Indestructium: The spiders, which are more or less described as such by Reed Richards. He was unable to find a way to even dent them, and they emerge unscathed from being at ground zero of a nuclear warhead.
- The Men in Black: Obviously inspired by them, he comes off as very similar to Agent K.
- Noodle Incident: When the Suit reappears in New York, he's missing an arm and most of his head. The closest thing to an explanation that he offers is a nonchalant, "I was delayed".
- No-Sell: The symbiote clone attempted to take over him but failed due to him neither being human or organic. It settled for tearing him apart instead.
- Pulling Themselves Together: Whenever the Suit is dismembered or blown up, the spiders he contains piece him back together, good as new.
- Shock and Awe: He's electrokinetic, but is usually only able to use his powers through his cellphone or something similar.
- Spell My Name with a "The": Because otherwise it would be even more awkward.
- The Stoic: The smirk he gives in the above image being one of the few exceptions to all-around cool demeanor.
- Time Abyss: He's existed since pre-Biblical times.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He supercharges himself in order to obliterate both Venoms, but the blast is contained by Invisible Woman. It's unknown if he survived the backfire, but seeing as how he has yet to reappear...
- The Worm That Walks: He's full of innumerable robotic spiders, which exit and enter his body through his eye sockets.
First Appearance: Venom: Space Knight Vol. 1, #2
Myntril is a high-ranking member of the Agents of the Cosmos, and a champion of the universe dedicated to protecting those in need. He assigns Tarna to work with Venom, but once Venom's symbiote relapses into its corrupted state he puts it on trial for its life.
- Black Bead Eyes: He has six round solid-black eyes.
- Heroic Host: He is the host of a white Klyntar and an Agent of the Cosmos.
- Killed Offscreen: Cullen Bunn remarked that the Agents of the Cosmos had all been killed when asked if they were aware of the activities of symbiote poacher Haze Mancer. Even if he survived that and the Poisons' subsequent raid on the planet, he would have been killed by Knull destroying Klyntar.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He breaks up the fight between Venom and Tarna and explains why they were following Flash around, as well as providing some clarification about how being an Agent of the Cosmos works. He even lets Tarna go with Flash after she sides with him against the Agents of the Cosmos - though he warns her she'll have to face trial for her treason when she returns.
- Top-Heavy Guy: He has a cephalothorax and long, bulky arms in comparison to his relatively short and scrawny legs.
Alter Ego: M'lanz
Notable Aliases: Sleeper
First Appearance: Venom: First Host #1
M'lanz was a Skrull intelligence officer sent to hunt down the Kree supersoldier Tel-Kar, who she had helped capture at the end of the Kree/Skrull War. Tracking Tel-Kar to Earth, M'lanz deduced that he intended to reclaim the symbiote he had used during the war — now going by Venom — and attacked Eddie Brock hoping to prevent Tel-Kar from reclaiming it. When Tel-Kar forced the Venom symbiote to rebond to him, M'lanz reluctantly teamed up with Eddie and Venom's latest spawn Sleeper, stopping Tel-Kar from unleashing a plague created to wipe out entire species.
M'lanz returned to the Skrull Empire, and in the wake of the war with the Cotati she was sent with a small squad — including fellow former symbiote host Tarna — to investigate a series of attacks on Kree and Skrull colonies at the edge of the galaxy, unaware that it was the work of Knull, the King In Black and god of the symbiotes.
For more on her, see Skrulls