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Pork Grind (symbiote, Earth-8311) with Spider-Ham and Mary Jane Waterbuffalo. Art by Jay Fosgitt.

A symbiote may refer to either any real-life organism (also known as a symbiont) involved in symbiosis, i.e. the long-term biological interaction between two different biological organisms, or a (fictional) sentient parasitic alien being that bonds with other living organisms, usually in order to survive (also via a symbiotic relationship) with its host.

This bond can be competitive, mutualistic, commensalistic, or parasitic in nature.

Etymology (Marvel)[edit]

The concept of the alien symbiote was first brought up by Marvel Comics, particularly regarding the villainous character Venom, often synonymized with the term "living costume" due to the way that such beings envelop their hosts.

The Marvel universe technical term for this symbiote is a Klyntar. Klyntar is also the official homeworld of the symbiote.[1]

In Spider-Ham's (Spider-Man's anthropomorphic funny animal pig counterpart) universe, Venom is identified as Pork Grind instead, following the "pig" related theme, as a tongue-in-cheek take on pork rind, a culinary term for the skin of a pig, whereas it is rendered, deep-fried in fat, baked, roasted, and dehydrated until puffy and crisp, to produce a kind of pork cracklings (USA), or scratchings, which are then served in small pieces as a snack, appetizer or side dish.

Symbiotes and furry[edit]

Anthropomorphic symbiotes enjoy a fair degree of popularity in the furry fandom, particularly in the rubberfur and transformation subfandoms, both in art and literature.

Symbiotic transformations which result in a stark alteration of the physical structure of the furry may usually be depicted in several ways, such as originating from either some sort of amorphous, shapeless living goo, from a costume that is seemingly meant for more casual fitting (i.e., a fursuit, which is actually a symbiote hiding in plain sight, akin to Marvel's Venom supervillain costume form), or within the host itself (under the skin or fur).

See also[edit]


  1. Symbiotes article on the Marvel [Database] website. Retrieved February 28, 2022.

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