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The 25 Greatest Comic Book Villains of All Time

25. Venom

First appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #199 (April 1988)
Created by: Randy Schueller, David Michelinie, and Todd McFarlane
Most villainous act: Trying to kill Peter Parker and his family.

With a collection of sharp fangs and that iconic tongue, Miley Cyrus Venom broke onto the scene in the late ‘80s and instantly became a fan favorite villain in the Marvel Universe. In addition to having all of Spider-Man’s abilities, he also knows who's really hiding under the red and blue mask, creating a much more personal hatred between the two.

Fans latched onto Venom early because of terrifying appearance, but as the years went on, it became clear that he's much more than a cool pin-up image. He's a character who is just as much of a psychological threat as he is a physical threat to Spider-Man. Oftentimes he feels like something out of a horror movie, as opposed to a comic.

Recent years have seen Venom change hosts and become a hero in his own comic book title, but we’ll always see Eddie Brock as the one true incarnation of the character. If Venom can survive Topher Grace, we think a brief stint as a hero won’t hurt his credibility.

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