Venom

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Venom, or the Venom Symbiote, is a Symbiote, an extraterrestrial life form in the Marvel Comics universe. The creature is a sentient alien with a gooey, almost liquid-like form. It requires a host, usually human, to bond around for its survival. In return the Venom creature gives its host enhanced powers. In effect, when the Venom Symbiote bonds with a human to form a supervillain, that new dual-life form itself is also often called Venom. Its second host Eddie Brock, after bonding with the Symbiote to become the first Venom, is one of Spider-Man's archenemies. Spider-Man was the first host it merged with before its evil motives were clear. After Spider-Man rejected it, the Symbiote went on to merge with other hosts and so began its reign as the villain known as Venom. Comics journalist and historian Mike Conroy writes of the character: "What started out as a replacement costume for Spider-Man turned into one of the Marvel web-slinger's greatest nightmares."

Venom has become one of Spider-Man's most enduring and popular foes. Indeed, he has become so popular that he is seen as Spider-Man's arch-nemesis, in terms of his popularity. Venom was ranked as the 22nd Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time in IGN's list of the top 100 comic villains, 33rd on Empire's 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, and was ranked as the 98th Greatest Comic Book Character Ever in Wizard magazine's 200 Greatest Comic Book Characters of all Time list.

Spider-Man first encountered the Venom Symbiote in Secret Wars #8, in which he unwittingly merged with it. After Spider-Man rejected it, the Symbiote merged with Eddie Brock, its most well-known host, in The Amazing Spider-Man #298 (May 1988). Its next host became Mac Gargan, the villain formerly known as Scorpion.

Originally, the Symbiote was portrayed as a mute and lonely creature craving the company of a host. More recently, it has been shown as increasingly abusive of its hosts, and having the power of speech. The Venom Symbiote has no known name, as "Venom" is essentially the moniker it has adopted since its history with Spider-Man on Earth. According to S.H.I.E.L.D., it is considered one of the greatest threats to humanity, alongside Magneto, Doctor Doom, and Red Skull.

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Wins: 40
Losses: 23

Result Opponent A Score   B Score
Win Venom (Mac Gargan) 63 to 35
Loss Spider-Man 49 to 67
Loss Bizarro 50 to 85
Win Beast 63 to 26
Win The Evil Dead 106 to 10
Win Cell 62 to 59
Win Boba Fett 93 to 49
Win Savage Dragon 70 to 19
Win Kaine 73 to 38
Win The Xenomorph Queen 63 to 24
Win Violator 75 to 36
Win Predator 70 to 39
Loss The Silver Surfer 42 to 94
Win Electro 61 to 22
Loss God of War Kratos 54 to 65
Win Rhino 80 to 22
Win The Scorpion (Mac Gargan) 120 to 17
Loss Juggernaut 39 to 58
Loss Iceman 45 to 71
Win Omega Red 55 to 33
Loss Teen Titans 53 to 65
Win The Xenomorph Queen 83 to 38
Win Gaara of the Desert 64 to 32
Loss Samus Aran 50 to 64
Win Colossus 67 to 57
Win Doctor Octopus 61 to 39
Loss War Machine 46 to 87
Win The Crow 65 to 27
Win Sabretooth 86 to 22
Loss Doctor Doom 38 to 66
Tie Deadpool 48 to 48
Loss Batman 44 to 73
Loss The Abomination 49 to 82
Win Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) 82 to 34
Loss Wolverine 51 to 67
Win Alucard 63 to 45
Loss Professor Zoom/The Reverse Flash 53 to 62
Win Bane 89 to 44
Win Moon Knight 61 to 35
Tie The Marvel Family 45 to 45
Win Blade 70 to 34
Win The Thing 54 to 46
Loss Storm 51 to 70
Win The Green Goblin 60 to 23
Loss Spawn 40 to 63
Win The Green Goblin 62 to 31
Win Venom (Mac Gargan) 57 to 41
Loss Mister Fantastic 12 to 21
Win Alex Mercer 20 to 5
Win Siegfried 18 to 6
Win Avalanche 28 to 3
Loss Toxin 13 to 22
Loss Gambit 13 to 16
Loss Martian Manhunter 6 to 25
Win Quicksilver 14 to 7
Win Lu Bu 23 to 4
Win Mangaverse Spider-Man 20 to 5
Win Wolf Predator 19 to 14
Win Vilgax 13 to 7
Win Batman 8 to 4
Win Koan 8 to 4
Loss Kid Gohan 9 to 17
Loss Santa Claus 12 to 19