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Venom's Family Tree by OrionSTARB0Y Venom's Family Tree by OrionSTARB0Y
UPDATED 11/23/16: Added the newest host to the Venom symbiote, Lee Price, as he first appeared in Venom (Vol. 3) #1.

UPDATED 7/27/16: Added new image for Toxin II (Eddie Brock) for his updated design. Added Mercurio-Venom from Venom: Space Knight and Raze from Carnage #10 (2016). Expect another update in the next few months adding the new Venom (host VI) once revealed in the new Marvel NOW! (2016) series, Venom (Vol. 3).

UPDATED 2/9/15:Added Groot-Venom, Rocket Raccoon-Venom, Drax-Venom, and an image of the "All-New Venom" under Eugene "Flash" Thompson's entry as per events from Guardians of the Galaxy: Planet of the Symbiotes.

UPDATED 8/25/14: Added Hybridpool after his brief run in the comic book miniseries, Deadpool vs. Carnage.

UPDATED 2/18/12: Thanks to Redditor "bserum" for reminding me that, technically, Mr. Fantastic, Sue Storm, and She-Hulk were possessed by the Venom symbiote pre-Venom, meaning that their possessions are subsequent to Spider-Man's bond with the symbiote.

UPDATED 2/14/12: After an illuminating conversation with fellow Venomaniac MySonsdram on The Venom Site's reddit forums, I have come to the conclusion that I've been identifying the cloned spawns all wrong. Only one of the spawns (She-Venom II/Mania) are true clones, whereas the rest of the cloned spawns are actually deviant spawns. Here's how he reasoned it: the symbiotes of the Life Foundation (as I call them, the Foundation Five) and Scorn's symbiote were actually extra seeds from the Venom and Carnage symbiotes, respectively. This was pointed out explicitly in Venom: Lethal Protector when the Life Foundation created the Foundation Five, in which the evil scientist/business guy (forgive my forgetfulness of his name if he had one) says something along the line of, "behold, the last son of Venom" and mentioned that after Carnage, they had discovered five extra un-birthed seeds in the Venom symbiote's physiology. These five alternate seeds (the Foundation Five) and Scorn's symbiotes, in essence, were the unborn spawn that were left behind after Carnage and Toxin—the true spawns and the continuation of the main lineage—were born. Additionally, they don't constitute as "clones" unlike the She-Venom II/Mania spawn because they're not exact carbon copies. This makes those symbiote spawns deviant from their true spawn siblings. This also means that symbiotes reproduce in litters, and that I need to update my "Symbiotes 101" article.

UPDATED 12/6/13: New 3-panel format, with one panel for each distinguishing class of symbiote: True Spawns (Main Lineage), Cloned Spawns, and Temporary Bonds. Reclassified She-Venom II and Mania as cloned spawns as per the Mania symbiote's origin story (revealed in Venom #42). Added: She-Carnage (Tanis Nieves); Ms. Marvel-Venom (from Siege: Spider-Man #1); Mr. Fantastic-Venom, She-Hulk-Venom, and Invisible Woman-Venom (from Spider-Man/Fantastic Four #2, which is arguably canon); Carnage (Wizard); and the Superior Venom (from The Superior Spider-Man #23). Made a few edits here and there to existing entries, too.

UPDATED 8/26/13: Added an entry for Andi Benton, a.k.a. Mania, as debuted in Venom #38 (2013). I'm still unsure how to classify her, and will update this at the (sad) end of the Venom series come issue #42. Also added back Phage/Rampage (Carl Mach), who somehow got deleted from previous files.

UPDATED 4/16/13: Added a new image for Eddie Brock's Toxin "Broxin" entry, depicting is new form a la Declan Shalvey. Also reclassified Scorn's standing as a forced spawn of Carnage's after a wonderful discussion with PaddysDemon and my final verdict as per my blog post on The Venom Site's blog, Mind Bomb, titled "Symbiotes 101: The Biology and Behavior of a Fictional Alien Race".

UPDATED 6/30/12: Added another Eddie Brock entry...this time as the new host of Toxin! This was revealed at the beginning of the currently-running Savage Six story line in the monthly Venom title. I'm happy to see Eddie with a symbiote again, hoping he will revert to his Lethal Protector ways after his tour with Crime Master, but even more anxious to have him back as Anti-Venom, which was one of the best moves Marvel did for him, and it was a great disservice to both Eddie and his fans when they took Anti-Venom away. Anyways, Eddie is Toxin!

UPDATED 4/12/12: After the events of Venom: Circle of Four and Carnage U.S.A., the following have been added: Venom-Hulk-Rider, Phage (new), Riot (new), Lasher (new), and Agony (new). Had to expand the tree into two separate Inspiration 8 files, because supposedly I can't make files bigger than 16 MB. Hopefully the chart is still clear. Again, you'll have to press the "Download" button on the right to be able to read any of it.

UPDATED 7/27/11: By popular demand, I have included Spider-Carnage, Carnage Cosmic, and Carnage (John Jameson).

UPDATED 7/15/11: Credit to Kiekan88 for providing images of Trevor Cole and Ramon Hernandez, as well as informing me of Phage's name controversy. Phage's bubble now includes the proper name in parentheses.

UPDATED 6/25/11: Now includes corresponding character illustrations, years of each character's first appearance as a symbiote host, and red lines to trace the true descendents of the Venom symbiote line (excludes forced spawns, like the Life Foundation five, and temporary copies, like the She Venoms).

Yeah yeah, I know it ain't art, but I thought a lot of fanboys and girls out there could use a nice, solid Venom Family Tree reference guide. This includes every major host of the Venom symbiote, the She-Venoms, and the children of the symbiote - both legitimate and bastard children - and their children and so on. Hopefully it's big enough to read. I'll update it once the new She-Carnage host name has a solid confirmation. And as an added bonus I colored each balloon to the colors of the individual symbiotes (the very thin stroke of each balloon is also colored appropriately, but you might not see it).

Venom and all related names (as listed above) are copyrighted property of Marvel Entertainment, Inc. I do not claim any ownership to this deviation.
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AraghenXD Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Talk about a twisted family tree!
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SpiderTrekfan616 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As Far as I can rememeber The Life Foundation Symbiotes came from "seeds" that were artificially matured unless I'm wrong.
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OrionSTARB0Y Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional Writer
You're right, but I won't classify the Foundation Five (as I call them) as "True Spawn" by this reasoning: Venom is claimed to be the 998th spawn of his generation, Carnage the 999th spawn, and Toxin the 1,000th spawn. We know the Foundation Five came before Toxin, but they're not counted as 1,000–1,004th spawns, respectively. Thus, they must be cloned seeds/spawn.
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SpiderTrekfan616 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Carnage and the Life Foundation Symbiotes could all have an equal claim to the 999th when you think about it.:shrug:
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OrionSTARB0Y Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional Writer
Indeed, and on the same note, the She-Venom II clone spawn could be a contender for a numeral. In the first trade paperback volume of Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 2, the story arc titled "The Hunger"), the Venom symbiote told Peter Parker that it was pregnant with a new spawn, and that Brock's cancer threatened the spawn's life if the Venom symbiote stayed with him (which Spidey forced it to do). Not long after that comic published, we had Daniel Way's Venom limited series, which introduced the second She-Venom as a symbiote that fractured from the main Venom symbiote. In Venom #42 (Vol. 2, the most recent, now-defunct series), Cullen Bunn basically validated Way's limited run as canon to the mainstream continuity by revealing that the Mania symbiote is, in fact, the She-Venom II symbiote that Venom had absorbed at the end of Way's run. So, arguably, the She-Venom II (now the Mania) symbiote is also a contender for a numeral alongside the Foundation Five. However, I'm sticking to what's already canon (the numeration of Venom, Carnage, and Toxin) as representative of the true nature and lineage of these symbiotes. If the Foundation Five and Mania aren't numbered spawns in mainstream continuity—even if they were all at one point claimed to be legitimate "seeds" of the Venom symbiote—then those symbiotes are, hypothetically, clones, and not true spawns.
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PaddysDemon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Scorn was forced as well
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OrionSTARB0Y Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Writer
So the outcome of the poll is that Scorn straddles the line between forced and true spawn, but leaning a little more towards the true spawn side. I'll keep her where she is for now.
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PaddysDemon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But despite what the poll says Carnage had his spawn and genetic material taken from him by force. Whether it’s called milked or some other term it’s the same thing that happened to Venom in the Lethal Protector series. Whether Cletus was willing or not his alien was forced to give up its genetic material ahead of its natural schedule.

The symbiotes are only supposed to give birth when ready and when they do they deposit one spawn at a time over a long period of time rather than give birth to a litter. This is why it was necessary for their captors to force the genetic material from them.


It’s the difference between natural child birth and doctors extracting several eggs from a woman’s uterus and bringing them to term outside of her womb. One happens naturally over time and one is forced to happen against nature’s time table.
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OrionSTARB0Y Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Writer
I posed the question of Scorn's standing on the Venom Site's forums, so we'll see where that leads. I'll change the deviation according to the outcome.
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1stSuperboyFan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
I like Flash has the new Vemon host.
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Zapdos-Smithh Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No zoom in :(
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OrionSTARB0Y Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Writer
Gotta click "Download" to get a full view.
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reuelroom Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
actually Patricia Robertson was possessed by a clone of venom which was absorbed back into the original but its your chart and it's still kinda true i guess. btw Phage, lasher, riot and agony have new host now. check out carnage USA #3
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OrionSTARB0Y Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional Writer
I've been reading Carnage USA. I plan on updating this once the miniseries is over. I also have to add Venom-Hulk-Rider...
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reuelroom Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
fair enough
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Kukapetal Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
This is really excellent. One of the most accurate and details representations of venom's family I've found.

I wish it was a little bigger though, because it's a bit hard to read. But otherwise, it's perfect. You even remembered poor She-Venom II (everyone always forgets about her).
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OrionSTARB0Y Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks! And if you click the "Download" Button, it will magnify to its actual size, which is MUCH better for reading.
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Kiekan88 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
This is very, very well done. Great job!

One minor correction:
Phage is the incorrect name for the orange Life Foundation symbiote. Since none of the Life Foundation symbiots have actual aliases (except Scream and Lasher, who were named in a few Marvel Encyclopedias and their action figures), most people initially called the orange symbiote "Rampage".

The name "Phage" is short for the Xenophage character from the mini-series 'Venom: The Hunted'. Somewhere down the line, someone began using the name "Phage" for the orange symbiote because they heard that there is an action figure with the name and assumed they were the same character. which isn't true. Instead, the Phage action figure is for the Xenophage.

See these links:
[link]
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Xenophage action figure: [link]


Also, if you wanted to update your family tree, here are host portraits for Lasher and Riot:

Lasher:
[link] (Taken from Venom: Seperation Anxiety #2)
[link] (Taken from Venom: Seperation Anxiety #4)
(There was an editorial error in this mini and the hosts for Lasher and Rampage got mixed up, so which ever one you'd want to use is correct.)

Riot:
[link] (Taken from Venom: Seperation Anxiety #2)
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Kiekan88 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
A few more things:

-She-Venom II is a clone of the original Venom symbiote. The Suit's (a character from the Tsunami Marvel line's Venom series) alien race found a piece of the original Symbiote that Ben Grimm ripped off and made a clone from it. This clone is later abosrbed into the original symbiote at the end of the series, though.

-If you include crossover stories, in the Image/Marvel 2-part, 'Backlash/Spider-man', the Pike bonds with a piece of the Venom symbiote.

Pike info: [link]
Pike bonded to a piece of the Venom symbiote: [link]
Info on the mini-series: [link]
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OrionSTARB0Y Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you very much for all this helpful information! I'll update both the Family Tree and the Venom Family Emoticon Pack to include the appropriate characters and names. You also confirmed my worry that the Foundation Five truly are all whites despite the ethnic names. XD Oh well, I'll keep my versions of Trevor and Ramon as bonus customs for the emote pack. Need a little variety, y'know what I mean?
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Kiekan88 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Heh, no problem. Happy to help. :)

You mixed up Riot and Lasher's host pictures, though. The guys look similar, but they're different.
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OrionSTARB0Y Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Writer
Trust me, the two look so similar, it won't make too much of a difference. Besides, the two pics of Lasher have conflicting hair colors, so I differentiate between Lasher and Riot's hair color (brown vs. yellow-blonde).
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Kiekan88 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
I read that a second time and realized it wasn't very clear.

This is what Trevor Cole looks like: [link]
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Jamven1213 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
i knew about toxin but never knew about scorn kind of feel bad now but judging by the picture doesnt seem that good of a person...
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OrionSTARB0Y Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Writer
she was only introduced last week at the end of the Carnage limited series.
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alexmadigan Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Oh,thank you for that! :clap:
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BIGBMH Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Nice job! I had no idea about most of these characters.
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