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James Roger

Real Name
James Roger



SHIELD (formerly)

Rebecca Shaffer (ex-girlfriend)

Elektra Natchios (ex-girlfriend)

Symbiotes' relatives:
Venom Symbiote (former symbiote, fragmented);

Anti-Venom Symbiote (former twin brother);


Base Of Operations
Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York; formerly SHIELD Helicarrier



Blue, Red (as Torment)



Marital Status

Former SHIELD Agent, Symbiote host

Part Symbiote part human

Place of Birth


First appearance


Quote1 I will avenge her Quote2
-- James Roger

James Roger was born in New York City. He lived a normal life with his girlfriend Rebecca Shaffer until she died, and Colonel Nicholas Fury offered him her spot as a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent.

This was actually a whole lie made by S.H.I.E.L.D. to get James to join S.H.I.E.L.D., as Rebecca is alive and dating James' friend Rafael Sosi. James takes this as treason and leaves the Organization.

However, after a fight with Black Suit Spider-Man, he got a part of the symbiote attached to him, turning him into Torment.

Powers and Abilities


Former Powers

  • Symbiotic Costume: The alien costume, which has now grafted itself to the nervous system of James Roger somehow absorbed the powers of Spider-Man during its brief symbiotic relationship with him. These powers have now been transferred to Roger, its current host.
  • Superhuman Strength: Now bonded with the symbiote, his strength has been increased to allow him to lift about 70 tons in his regular size. This is not his true limit as his strength increases with his variable muscle mass. Venom has been seen trading punches with very strong opponents by increasing his mass.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Now that the symbiote has bonded itself to him, he is capable of exerting himself at peak capacity for about 24 hours.
  • Superhuman Durability: The symbiote grants him superhuman durability. When distributed at a typical thickness over Gargan's body, the Symbiote is capable of absorbing bullets from small-arms weapons firing conventional ammunition. Roger is also capable of surviving in harmful areas for long periods of time such as underwater or in toxic gases, the symbiote filtering breathable air for him.
  • Accelerated Healing Factor: Additionally, the symbiote is capable of healing injuries in the host at a faster rate than normal human healing allows. The symbiote is even capable of healing injuries and illness that current human medical care cannot such as cancer.
  • Wall-Crawling: The alien costume also replicates Spider-Man’s ability to cling to walls by controlling the flux of inter-atomic attraction between molecular boundary layers.
  • Webbing Generation: With the symbiote, Roger can shoot strands of the alien’s substance in the form of "webbing" at high pressure up to a distance of 70 feet. The alien’s substance seems to be composed of tough, flexible fibers of organic polymers, which regenerate swiftly after "shedding". The strands have extraordinary adhesive properties, which diminish rapidly once they abandon their living source. After about three hours, with no source to nourish them, the strands dry up like dead skin and dissolve into a powder. The strands possess a tensile strength of 125 pounds per square millimeter of cross section. Roger is able to project this webbing through both his wrists.
  • Genetic Memory: The symbiote possesses some limited psychic ability, making it capable of obtaining information from its hosts and even other people and symbiotes simply by touch. It can, however, be forced to forget information if the symbiote is inflicted with heavy trauma.
  • ESP (Spider-Sense): Roger is also granted an extrasensory ability similar to Spider-Man’s spider-sense. This response is not as complicated as Spider-Man’s inherent sense since the alien costume can detect danger from every direction and conduct Roger in plenty of time. It's a lot more efficient than Spider-Man’s spider-sense because it takes less time to sense the danger, and Roger's reflexes are faster than Spider-Man's, because they are enhanced by the alien costume for instance Torment can dodge a gunshot or a barrage of bullets.
  • Constituent-Matter Generation: Torment can also use the same substance comprising the symbiote in the form of constituent black matter or he can generate tentacle-like appendages from various parts of his body, which he often uses either in combat situations or to restrain someone.
  • Camouflage Capabilities: The symbiote is capable of mimicking the appearance of any form of clothing, camouflaging with its surroundings, and even mimicking other people.
  • Stretching and deforming: Although it's wide known that the Symbiote can stretch and deform itself, recently it was able to perform this ability during bonded with a human host.


None known.

Strength level

James Roger possesses the normal human strength of a young male, and with his own height and build who engages in extensive regular exercise. However as Torment he possesses enhanced strength


  • Sonic and Heat: Despite the great resistance to physical injury afforded him by the symbiote, the symbiote itself is extremely vulnerable to heat and sonics and can be affected by attacks based on those two weaknesses.



  • Formerly: SHIELD uniform, made from 9-ply Kevlar (able to withstand ballistic impact up to .45 caliber bullets)and beta-cloth, a fire-resistant material whose kindling temperature is 1,700 °F (930 °C). Numerous S.H.I.E.L.D. paraphernalia including a radio-link tie, and a bulletproof suit


  • Formerly: SHIELD Flying Cars and various air, land, and sea craft provided by S.H.I.E.L.D.


  • Formerly: Needle gun



  • No trivia.

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