Blood, Those who oppose Zato
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Guilty Gear X
Night of Knives
Venom (ヴェノム, Venomu) is a character in the Guilty Gear series of fighting games, who first appears in Guilty Gear X. Like many other characters in the series, Venom uses a very unusual weapon: a pool cue. Many of his special attacks involve the use of the stick and billiard balls.
Venom is a person extremely devoted to Zato-1, the man who saved his life. Almost all his actions in the story are motivated by his loyalty to him. Even when Zato-1 died, Venom did things to honor his memory, like hunting down Millia for revenge, and being the leader of the Assassin's Guild. It is stated that he was a person who doesn't want to kill, yet because of his loyalty, he carries out any order with no question. Despite this, he shows kindness and understanding in some instances. In one ending, he quits to Guild to start a new life, and in another he forgives Millia despite his hatred of her.
In interacting with other characters, Venom is always sober and does not speak nonsense. He dislikes the authorities and mocks them, while he invites some fighters he meets to join the Guild.
Venom was an orphan rescued by the Assassin's Guild. He showed promise in all avenues, save one flaw: his reluctance to kill. The Guild was prepared to execute him when he was rescued by the former leader of the Guild, Zato-1. Zato saw Venom's potential and took him in as his apprentice. From there on, Venom was eternally grateful to Zato for saving his life, and pledges his loyalty to him, even after Zato's death.
Guilty Gear XEdit
Around this time, Zato-1 goes missing, so Venom sets off to find his master. Eventually, he finds Zato-1, but Eddie has almost taken complete control of Zato-1. In one ending, Venom defeats Eddie, but Zato seems to be inert, if not catatonic. In the other ending, Venom feigns defeat to lure Eddie into his own body, whereupon he reveals his trickery to Eddie and indicates that he will sacrifice himself to kill Eddie and save Zato.
Guilty Gear XXEdit
Venom's Story Mode begins with Slayer's dissolution of the Assassins Guild. Angry at the perceived disrespect for Zato-1's authority as leader of the Guild (albeit absent authority), Venom trains himself to eventually challenge Slayer, defending all that is left of Zato.
In one of his endings, Venom defeats Slayer, although, as Slayer wryly points out, Venom is still not strong enough to destroy him. He then locks Slayer in an iron coffin. In another ending, Venom is distracted by a chance encounter with Eddie and chases him. Soon after fighting and defeating Eddie, he collapses and dies. In his third ending, he also meets Eddie by accident, but when he finds him, Millia Rage has already fought and won, and killed Zato as well. Enraged, Venom kills Millia, then pledges his loyalty and life to Zato's soul.
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core PlusEdit
Despite bringing the Guild back from the edge of destruction, Venom fails to find any joy in his work. He sets out to find Millia so he may stop having nightmares about Zato. In one of his endings, he spares Millia after deciding her death would accomplish nothing, and turns his attention to the Post-War Administration Bureau, if only for the sake of picking a fight. In the other, he kills Millia and, still feeling empty and unhappy, destroys all feelings he had for Zato. He disbands the Guild and becomes a traveling pool player. Upon his travels, he meets an orphaned boy named Eddie, whose village had just burned down. After confirming he had nowhere to go, Venom adopts him and takes him on his journeys.
Main article: Venom's Command List
Powers & AbilitiesEdit
- A Solitude That Asks Nothing in Return - Guilty Gear X and Guilty Gear XX
- Keeper of the Unknown - Guilty Gear XX: #Reload Korean OST
- The Irony Of Chaste - Guilty Gear Isuka
References and AllusionsEdit
- Venom gets his name from English black metal band Venom.
- Venom himself is a very interesting possible allusion to the Marvel Comics villain "Venom", which was originally an alien symbiote, and its first owner (after leaving Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man) was a man named Eddie Brock. Moreover, when the suit was separated from its owner, it took the form of a "black shade", and when worn, it constantly was suppressing the will of its owner - alluding of course, to the relationship between Venom's mentor Zato-1 and Eddie.