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Dark Details About Carnage's Alter Ego Cletus Kasady That All Venom Fans Need To Know

List RulesVote up the darkest elements to Carnage's backstory.

In the spandex world of superheroes, good and bad are not so black and white. Many so-called villains can have a soft spot (such as Loki or Ghost) while some heroes have a dark side (like Venom, Punisher, or Cable). There's plenty of gray area in which both can thrive - unless it's Cletus Cortland Kasady. Then there is no white, no gray. Just black, like his heart and soul. 

Perhaps one of the most evil characters to ever grace comic book pages, Cletus and his alter ego Carnage live to inflict pain and death to anyone in their path. And he does it with a smile. 

But even before the evil symbiont became one with his deranged host, Cletus was already an established villain who took to violence like a fish to water. Take a look back at all the darkest and most gruesome moments of his life, everything that made him a perfect host for Carnage and the main antagonist of Venom 2: There Will Be Carnage. Vote up the darkest details.

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    He Saw His Father Kill His Mother

    There are a few different accounts regarding Louise's death. In one retelling, his "father" Roscoe was beating the boy when he accidentally knocked his wife into the side table, killing her in the fall. In another incident, it is believed Roscoe was trying to save the boy from Louise's wrath after Cletus "accidentally" dropped a TV in her bath.

    In either scenario, Cletus refused to help his father by testifying on his behalf.

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    Even As A Boy, He Never Saw The Humanity In His Victims

    Warped by years of abuse and damaged by earlier experiences with possible symbiotes, Cletus was never a normal child. His love for destruction and violence bloomed when he was a young boy and only grew with age.

    But readers later discover there was never any hope for the young child to become "normal." Even as a kid, he never saw himself as a villain or a killer, but as a hero, who was "freeing" his victims of this life. He dedicated his life to the idea that somehow, he was their "savior."

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    He Killed And Tortured Small Animals For Fun

    After the death of his grandmother, Cletus was sent to live with Roscoe and Louise, his foster parents (although Roscoe was possibly the boy's biological father). Years of abuse at the hands of his grandmother had already taken their toll on the young boy, twisting his mind into something subhuman. 

    Cletus claimed that his "mother" was a liar who purposely tried to get him in trouble because she "loved that stupid dog [Fifi] more" than him, and eventually, the boy took matters into his own hands - with a power drill. 

    After he was caught, he continued to place blame elsewhere, saying it was Fifi's fault and that the poor animal "made a mess in the basement."

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    He's A Descendent Of North America's Very First Serial Killer

    Cletus can trace his roots back to Cortland Kasady, an English settler who was driven mad when cannibalistic cultists attacked him after abducting his sweetheart, Molly Ravencroft. During the scuffle, the cultists infected Cortland with symbiotes, causing him to murder his fellow settlers. He was eventually imprisoned, though he escaped soon after.

    It is believed the violent bloodline began with Cortland and was passed down to each generation, culminating with Cletus.

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