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Agony was one of five symbiotes forcibly spawned from Venom by the Life Foundation to be used as guards/enforcers for them and their clients.


Life Foundation

The sinister Life Foundation a organization that was preparing for the M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction) fallout of the Cold War or in the event of world chaos, sought to provide a comfortable life for their wealthy clients after the impending holocaust. Needing a superhuman police force to protect this Utopian future, the Foundation's leader Carlton Drake seeing these futures guardians in the unborn offspring of Venom had him captured.[1]

Once the Foundation captured Venom who was in San Francisco at the time, they brought him to their lab in Mojave Desert California. There through a procedure they forcible extracted five “seeds” from Venom and hatched them. Too young to control a host she was merged with Leslie Gesneria a security force officer of the Life Foundation that comprised of cops, soldiers, and mercenaries. Together she and Gesneria along with the other four would become the Foundations Guardian Symbiotes.[2][3]

Venom: Lethal Protector #4.

When Spider-Man followed her “sister” Strike Agent Four Donna Diego, she and the other Guardian Symbiotes all attacked the wall crawler. But before they could kill him Eddie who had gotten free once they removed the Venom symbiote, appeared. But in order to beat them Eddie became Venom once again, and with Spider-Man defeated her the others using a metabolic accelerator, aging the symbiotes turning them into dust and seemingly killing them when Venom turned up the power. Her host as well as the other symbiotes also appeared to die in the ensuing explosion.[4]

Separation Anxiety

The symbiote not only survived along with her siblings due to efforts by the Life Foundation, but their hosts had too. But she and the others began to gain influence over their host, so the hosts wanting to keep control planned to seek out Eddie Brock for help.[5]

When Leslie Gesneria and the others suddenly left the Lift Foundation facility to get Eddie Brock's help, Donna went alone to talk to Brock/Venom but failed in her two attempts. She and the rest of the former Guardian Symbiotes joined her shortly after in her third attempt to get Brock's help. Together they broke Brock, who had lost the Venom symbiote, out of a New Mexico facility and brought him to an abandoned factory in a small city near Chicago to make him help them.[6][7][8][9][5]

Venom: Separation Anxiety #3.

Unfortunately yet again Brock refused, due to his belief that all of the Venom symbiote's “children” become psychopathic killers like Carnage. Later while Brock managed to escape, she was alone trying to gain control over her host when they were both killed by a sonic blade. When the others found them dead and believing at the time it was Eddie Brock wanted to make him pay.[10]

Even after her brother the light orange symbiote and his host Carl Mach were killed it was still believed to be the doing of Brock. That is until her sister and host Donna, Donna who had snapped from her schizophrenia and her sister's influence back when she first reached out to Brock for help picked up the sonic blade she been using to attack their brothers. Failing to calm her down she killed their siblings the dark blue symbuite and the green light aqua green mix symbiotes along with their hosts, Trevor Cole and Roman Hernandez. But when she turned the blade she stolen from those that had held Brock on him, he joined with his Venom symbiote who had been looking for him just in time and together they easily beat her.[1]

Later when the team tracking the Venom symbiote showed up, and failing to capture Venom it was revealed she along with her siblings had survived, though this time their hosts had not.[11][12]

The Vault

The symbiote and her four siblings were taken to the Vault a prison for superhuman criminals, once there they where sent to facility #12 for scientists to study and painfully experiment on them.[13]

One day during the Symbiote invasion, Venom and Brock sent world wide a psychic shriek that seemingly wiped out the invading symbiotes. Due to this along with the pain they were already experiencing, “she” and the others broke free and merged into one creature… a "Hybrid".[14][15]

After briefly bonding with Guardsmen Six Scott Washington, the new Symbiote escaped to find and bond with Scott once again and become the vigilante called Hybrid.[16]

Carnage, U.S.A. #3.

Carnage U.S.A.

After some time as the vigilante Hybrid they once again believed to be dead when Eddie Brock took it upon himself to kill all symbiotes. But again they survived and the host did not, they were presumably found by the U.S. Army and was defused into four separate creatures again and named Agony, Riot, Phage and Lasher.[17][18]

“She” and the others though apparently due to being defusioned had become catatonic and unable to totally bond with a host, were given to each member of the Mercury Team. A Contingency B team who has been training with Agony and the others for the soul purpose of eliminating Carnage. Agony was partly bonded to the left arm of Lieutenant James Murphy.[18]

When Carnage began taking over the people of Doverton Colorado and the Avengers (Captain America, The Thing, Hawkeye, Wolverine) say for Spider-Man, the team was sent in aided by Scorn. The team took on a large number of Carnage possessed towns people but ran into big trouble when Carnage and the Symbiote Avengers joined the fight. But even when Spider-Man, the sheriff Eric Morrell, a few townies and the arrival of Agent Venom the fight didn’t look good.[1]

But the battle seemed to turn when Scorn driving a souped up tractor caught Carnage and Agent Venom, who were fighting at the time, to Ralsby Meat Packing Plant where she had made a devise that separated the symbiotes from Thompson and Kasady, freeing the Carnage possessed. But things only continued to get bad as without Kasady’s control the Carnage symbiotes ran wild and took over the local zoo life. As Agony and the others fought a losing battle the team leader Marcus Simms ordered the go ahead to torch the area and thanks to Captain America kept the blast localized.[4]

With the Carnage symbiotes destroyed, Thompson having rejoined the Venom symbiote captured and handed Kasady over to the Avengers. Agony and “her” siblings were put back in their containers after Simms and the team left for the others to clean up.[19]

Deadpool vs. Carnage #3.

Deadpool vs. Carnage

When Carnage began a seemingly random killing spree throughout Oklahoma Deadpool tried to stop him and his girlfriend Shriek. But as the body count raised it was revealed that Kasady was after Mercury Team and Agony as well as her siblings. Kasady found the team in an underground base in an abandoned town, he killed them all but the German Shepherd war dog, who managed to get to Lasher and save Agony and the other symbiotes. When Deadpool showed up to find the dead soldiers and empty symbiote containers, he was cut to pieces by Kasady and left like that until Lasher with Agony and the others attached to the dog saved him when she and the other two bonded to Deadpool, pulling him together.[5]

Instead of becoming one like they did before Agony and the other two symboites having partly bonded with Deadpool became a Frankenstein like monster but keeping Deadpool in full control despite the extra voice in his head. Together they went after Carnage who was at Carrington Cottage Psychiatric Hospital torturing staff and patients with Shriek. They sent a leashed Lasher to attack Carnage, as they tricked Shriek to get Carnage alone, and then managed to trick Carnage into taking out Shriek which drove Carnage into giving himself up.[1]

In the end Deadpool gave Agony and her two siblings up to their brother Lasher and asked him to bring them back to the government in hopes they’ll be able to take care of them.[20]

Absolute Carnage and King in Black

Knullified Agony

Following Knull's awakening, Lasher and the other Life Foundation symbiotes succumbed to his control. When the German Shepherd was found by a young girl named Sadie - whose family was falling apart - Lasher and its brethren separated from each other and took over Sadie's family to grant her wish that they be able to stay together, with Agony bonding to Sadie's mother Tess. Following this, the family set out for Manhattan in order to assist in Knull's reawakening.[21][22]

They arrived at a warehouse where Dylan Brock - son of Eddie Brock - and Normie Osborn - former host of the Carnage Symbiote - hid alongside the Maker. The Maker distracted the symbiotes while Dylan and Normie hid, however, Riot ordered Phage to go after them while it and Agony tried to kill him. Sleeper appeared just in time to save the boys from Phage,[23] but the Maker managed to put it along with the other symbiotes under containment.

However, Normie and Dylan decided to flee, afraid of what the Maker could do to them. They tried to use firearms on him but it ended up freeing the symbiotes, except for Sleeper. They fused itselfs into the Maker and tried to get Dylan's codex. Fortunately, The Thing, Wolverine, Captain America and Spider-Man arrived and kept Hybrid occupied.[24] Dylan freed Sleeper and used his powers to control the symbiote, enter the Maker's body and alter his chemicals, so Hawkeye shooted a flaming arrow at him, seemingly killing the symbiotes.[25]

When Knull invaded Earth, the four Life Foundation symbiotes were sent to hunt down Dylan Brock and came into conflict with their estranged sister Scream, who had bonded to Andi Benton. They merged into Hybrid and - remote-piloted by Knull - attempted to assimilate the Scream symbiote, but were blown apart by hellfire conjured by Andi's Hell-Mark. With Andi assuming them deceased, the four symbiotes regrouped and escaped into the sewers.[26]

Powers and Abilities


The Agony symbiote gives its host the following powers:

  • Superhuman Strength
    • Muscle Mass Enhancement: Agony had been modifed by the U.S. Government to give its user added musculature growth in order to further bolster their physical strength. Enabling the usage and carrying around high end heavy duty ordinance normally found upon a aerial assault albatross.
  • Superhuman Durability
  • Superhuman Stamina
  • Accelerated Healing Factor
  • Wall-Crawling
  • ESP (Spider-Sense)
  • Immunity to Spider-man's Spider Sense
  • Webbing Generation
  • Camouflage Capabilities
  • Constituent-Matter Generation
  • Metabolic Acid Generation: Agony could also use her metabolism to spit acid, which could burn through most substances, however the full extent or limit and range of her acid projectiles are unknown.
    • Metabolic Chemical Absorption: Agony could even absorb and redistribute chemicals in different ways, (such as regurgitating Spider-Man's artificial webbing.) This ability has not been shown in any of the other LF symbiotes.


  • The names (Agony, Screech and Shriek) are fan names for Agony and his host Leslie Gesneria. The fan-name Agony was devised as being a name suited for a symbiote that seems to be a female version of Carnage, due to her appearance and coloration.

See Also

Links and References


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Venom: Lethal Protector #3-4 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "4-4" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "4-4" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "4-4" defined multiple times with different content
  2. Venom: Lethal Protector #3
  3. Venom: Lethal Protector #5
  4. 4.0 4.1 Venom: Lethal Protector #4-5 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "5-5" defined multiple times with different content
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Venom: Separation Anxiety #1-2 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "2-2" defined multiple times with different content
  6. Venom: Lethal Protector #4
  7. Spider-Man #52
  8. Web of Spider-Man #119
  9. Spider-Man #53
  10. Venom: Separation Anxiety #3
  11. Venom: Separation Anxiety #2
  12. Venom: Separation Anxiety #4
  13. Venom: The Hunted #1
  14. Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
  15. Venom: Along Came a Spider #1
  16. Venom: Along Came a Spider #2
  17. Venom #15
  18. 18.0 18.1 Carnage, U.S.A. #2
  19. Carnage, U.S.A. #5
  20. Deadpool vs. Carnage #4
  21. Deadpool Vol 7 #14
  22. Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety #1
  23. Venom Vol 4 #17
  24. Venom Vol 4 #18
  25. Venom Vol 4 #19
  26. King in Black: Planet of the Symbiotes #1
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