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Characters: Spawn
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Al Simmons/Spawn I/Omega Spawn

The protagonist of the comic. Al Simmons used to be a black ops. soldier and CIA assassin working for Corrupt Corporate Executive Jason Wynn, until he got executed for asking too many questions. Due to his life of murder he was sent to Hell, where Demon Lord Malebolgia offered him a Deal with the Devil so he could go back on Earth and see his wife Wanda again. He agreed, but ended up tricked: Malebolgia brought him back five years after his death, resulting in his wife having already married his best friend and ending up with a daughter. Also, rather than being merely brought back to life, Simmons was revived as a charred corpse and turned into a "Hellspawn", a Humanoid Abomination with a demonic costume symbiotically bonded to him and Green Goo powers. Al is initially lost and confused by the situation, but gradually tries to use his powers for good, resulting in Malebolgia sending a demon, the Violator, to form him into a proper general for his army.

Tropes Applying to Spawn
  • All-Encompassing Mantle: His cloak often completely envelops his whole body except for his head.
  • An Axe to Grind: Transforms his cloak into a battle axe in Soul Calibur II and Spawn: Armageddon.
  • Anti-Hero: He usually isn't above using drastic methods such as gruesomely killing or scarring criminals. Still, most of them have it coming.
  • Ascended Demon: Simmons briefly acquired power transcending that of God and Satan in order to stop the Apocalypse. It wasn't permanent, though.
  • The Atoner: He wants to make up for the evils he committed in his life.
  • Bad Ass
    • Badass Baritone: In the cartoon adaption, due to being voiced by Keith David.
    • Badass Cape: Not only does it look awesome, it lets Spawn fly and the tattered hem serves as Combat Tentacles.
      • However, it's a little too awesome for computer animation, which is why he doesn't always wear it in the movies. And why it's turned into an axe in Soul Calibur II.
    • Badass Normal: He was already a formidable fighter as a human, and retained his skills as a Hellspawn.
    • Empowered Badass Normal: After he got turned into a Hellspawn.
    • Heartbroken Badass: Big time. His grief over dying and not coming back home to his wife was so strong he made a Deal with the Devil to get back to her. Then it turns out, in short order, he still looks like a rotten, burned corpse under his creepy costume, he can disguise himself as a living person but not as his original self, and his wife has moved on by forming a new, happy relationship with his former best friend and they even have an adorable little girl together, the child Al Simmons could never give her. And he's too inherently noble to do something like kill even his former best friend, so he has to just watch them from the shadows while they live a normal life.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Granted, Spawn is more a Anti-Hero than a straight nice guy, but he is still a good guy who use powers that would perfectly fit any series' Big Bad.
  • Bed Trick: He uses his shroud's power to take the form of Terry in order to see Wanda and ends up sleeping with her.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Stabbed a drug dealer to death for molesting his younger brother at the age of 19, this incident is something of a Start of Darkness for him.
  • Body Horror: The reason he wears a mask - he was killed by being burnt to death and then sent back to his body after it had been decaying for five years. Under the costume, he looks exactly like the rotting corpse he is. Also, some of his powers can have this effect.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Twice for brief periods following Cogliostro's betrayal and Armageddon he was returned to life in his original human form. The first time he eventually got his Hellspawn powers back with Nyx's help, and the second he willingly discarded his humanity and became Spawn again.
  • Cast from Lifespan: His powers have a price - After X uses, he goes straight back to Hell. He compensates this by using various earth weapons in order to keep as much energy as possible in store.
  • Chain Pain: Spawn's costume is adorned with chains that basically function as Combat Tentacles.
  • The Cowl: A sinister-yet-heroic figure who hides in the shadows and uses lethal force to fight crime.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's an undead assassin who has a soul charged full of enough Black Magic to qualify him as a walking Weapon of Mass Destruction and who wears a creepy looking costume that is actually a soul-sucking demon which has grafted itself to him. However, he doesn't really want to hurt anyone (though won't hesitate if he has to), fiercely protects those who he cares about, and he came back from the dead because of his love for his wife.
  • Dating Catwoman: At some point, he ends up developing a relationship with Angela, who is an angel — and not just any angel, but an angel specifically charged with terminating new Hellspawn. The same can be seen in the animated series, only there he has a brief relationship with another angel bounty hunter that was after him - Jade.
  • Deal with the Devil: Probably the best known example of this in comics besides Ghost Rider.
  • Doom Magnet: Hell yes. It's like writers are always trying to find new ways to make his already crappy life suck even more. In the Animated Series, Cogliostro even states that evil people are drawn to his presence.
  • Domestic Abuser: Ironically, he was one to Wanda when he was alive, venting the frustration of his flagging job performance on her, and his last act towards her before he was killed was deliberately causing her to miscarry their unborn daughter when he learned she was pregnant. His subconscious guilt over this is the real reason he came back looking like a corpse, and when he remembers everything he has a Heroic BSOD.
  • Driven to Suicide: Ultimately Al kills himself, but a part of his soul came back as Omega Spawn.
  • Faustian Rebellion: Initially subverted, as Malebolgia was Genre Savvy to ensure the deal would make it impossible for Spawn to do anything that would not end up helping Hell. Then Spawn overthrew him. It's complicated...
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Green ones due to the necroplasm comprising his body.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Spawn does mean to do good, and doesn't really have villainous goals, but that doesn't stop him from murdering, maiming or mutilating people to do what he wants.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Kinda to be expected considering what he is. It usually is bad already, but it raised Up to Eleven after Sankser messed things up even more.
  • Horrifying Hero: The costume's creepy enough before you find out it's alive and feeds on souls, he looks like the walking decayed corpse he is underneath it, he uses Black Magic, and his typical approach to committing good deeds is gunning people down or ripping them apart with Combat Tentacles.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He's a symbiotic mesh of an undead corpse (Al Simmons himself) and a soul-devouring demon (his costume), all fueled by enough innate Black Magic to qualify him as a living WMD.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is cold, gruff, and brooding, but ultimately all he wants is to protect his family.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Malbolgia erased most of Al's memories before sending him back as a Hellspawn, leaving only his love for Wanda and his military training intact. Based on this, Spawn wound up deluding himself into thinking he and Wanda had been happy together but unable to have children, and when he finds out the truth it completely crushes him.
  • Love Makes You Evil: The whole reason for him becoming a Hellspawn. Later subverted, as love for his wife and a few other people gradually becomes the reason he manages to preserve some of his humanity and even actively seek to reclaim it.
  • Many Spirits Inside of One: One of the reasons Al is so incredibly powerful, even for a Hellspawn, is because he had the Legion of Lost Souls - 6000-or-so people who died at roughly the same time he did - sealed inside him by the Mother Of Existence. He learned to summon them as Hellspawn to give him an assist when he needed it, but most of them were ultimately killed, and he released the rest.
  • Mercy Kill: In the animated series he reluctantly does this to Jade, as per her request. She's hunted by Heaven as a traitor, heavily wounded, tired of fighting for centuries and wants to die as a warrior and go to the Elysium Fields, instead of being hunted endlessly and sent to Hell. The only way Jade's wish can be granted would be to die in battle with a Hellspawn.
  • Military Superhero: Despite having superpowers up the wazoo, Simmons preferred to rely on his military training and guns. Lots and lots of guns.
  • Mystical High Collar: His cape has one. It was meant to be a High Collar of Doom, but he decided not to become a villain.
  • Nineties Anti-Hero: One of the most obvious examples, though he gradually gets better as the story goes.
  • One-Winged Angel: The piece of his soul that embodied all that was evil in him descended into Hell after his suicide and attained power equal to Malbolgia's, becoming known as Omega Spawn the Conquerer.
  • Papa Wolf: Cyan might not be his actual daughter, but if something happens to her, you can be sure he will hunt down the responsibles and ensure they pay. As a matter of fact, he is most likely to have such a reaction toward any child close to him.
  • Physical God: For a brief time Spawn was empowered by the Man of Miracles in order to stop the Apocalypse, and sealed Satan and God in an alternate universe so they could solve their differences without killing everyone.
  • Powers Do The Fighting: Spawn is often more than content to simply stand in one spot and let his cloak and chains do the fighting.
  • Protectorate: After he chases the Mafia and other sundry criminal elements out of Rat City the homeless people there start calling him "The Guardian". He also very protective of his ex-wife and her family.
  • Red Is Heroic: His cape is red, as was part of his costume initially, and he's a hero by choice, despite getting his powers from the a demon lord.
  • Resurrected for a Job: Malebolgia sends him back to harvest souls for Hell's army.
  • Scary Black Man: Well, formerly, since his skin color is no longer visible due to his burnt face.
  • The Sociopath: In life, Al was utterly ruthless, bloodthirsty, and completely without morals, with Terry and Wanda barely functioning as his Morality Chains. After falling into Hell, Al had a Heel Realization, which was why he made the deal with Malbolgia in order to see Wanda again.
    • Sociopathic Hero: As Spawn, despite being a better person he was in his past life, Al is still not against using pretty violent and ruthless methods.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Quite ironic if you consider he is actually a good guy.
  • Super Power Lottery: A very large one; if not for the Cast from Lifespan aspect, he would probably be unstoppable:
  • Serial-Killer Killer: During his tenure as the guardian of Rat City, Spawn played this role.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: Despite his huge list of superpowers, Spawn often resorts to guns first, which makes sense as Al was a commando and assassin.
  • The Symbiote: His suit is a demon named Leetha of the 7th House of K, which grants him his ability to fly and to use his cloak and chains as weapons. All Hellspawn have one, and it's implied there's several types (Clown mentions that a "K-type" costume feeds on souls when Al worries if his suit is behind the blood-drinking murders, which implies there are variants that feed on blood).
  • Vigilante Man: Whenever crime tries to invade Rat City, Al stamps it out, though he usually has to get a What the Hell, Hero? speech from Cogliostro first in the HBO series.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Him running out of necroplasm, consecrated weapons, and Dead Zones are the only means of killing him.
  • Yandere: Averted some times and played straight at others. When he first found out his wife married someone else and got a daughter when he was dead, not only did Al make no attempt to eliminate her husband, being lucid enough to know this would only make things worse, but he also becomes extremely protective toward them, especially his wife's daughter. That said, there have been moments where he has been convinced that Terry and his wife betrayed him, only to be stopped by Cyan.

Jim Downing/Spawn II

  • Back from the Dead: Was the last remaining member of the Legion of Lost Souls inside Al Simmons at the time of Al's suicide.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Is Caucasian with blond hair, whereas Al was African-American and bald.
  • Convenient Coma: Comes out of one the exact second Al Simmons kills himself.
  • Declaration of Protection: To Sara, his Love Interest.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Al took on his appearance whenever he tried to assume human form.
  • Enemy Mine: With the Violator against Malbolgia after learning he and the Clown were one-and-the-same.
  • Fallen Angel: One of his possible backstories, which turns out to be his true identity. He was once a high-ranking angel who had tried to kill God and was sent to Hell in exchange for 1000 souls.
  • Famed in Story: Becomes famous overnight after he resurrects someone on camera.
  • I Choose to Stay: While the other members of the Legion departed to their own special afterlife, Jim chose to remain inside of Al.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Had no memory of his past after waking up.
  • Legacy Character: Takes up the mantle - literally - of Spawn after Al dies.
  • Living MacGuffin: His unique status of being the only Hellspawn not to be born via a Deal with the Devil means that Violator, Malbolgia, Bludd, and Heaven are all after him.
  • Multiple Choice Past: Crime lord Carlos Nortego ID'd him as an ex-partner of Jason Wynn's called Kramer who had been left comatose after turning himself into a supersoldier, but he has the fingerprints of 10 deceased criminals and has been ID'd by an angel and Malbolgia as a fallen angel.
  • Power of the Void: Can open portals to a dimension of endless darkness at will.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: K7-Leetha takes over If Jim is knocked unconscious and happily Curb Stomp Battles anything that gets in her way, be it Omega Spawn or Malbolgia himself.
  • Remember the New Guy: Wanda Blake recognized him, as Al had accidentally taken on his appearance at one point.
  • Spikes of Antiheroism: As a means of differentiating him from Al early on, he eschews the Badass Cape for a carapace of spines.
  • Super Power Lottery: Gets the same deal as Al did, with the added bonus of being able to use his powers in Dead Zones due to being a fallen angel.
  • The Symbiote: Ends up bonded to K7-Leetha after Al's death.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: A whole lotta bad stuff happens when he wakes up.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Clown learned from his failure with Al and tricked Jim into thinking he was a good guy and that the Violator was someone else. It worked for a while, but Jim found out eventually and was pissed. He is also one to K7-Leetha, who intends to use him to kill God and take over the universe.
  • Winged Humanoid: Grows a pair of angelic wings after learning of his true past, but Leetha morphs them into demonic wings.
  • You Are Number Six: Was initially called Patient 47.

K7-Leetha

Leetha of the 7th House of K was the Hellspawn symbiote that was bonded to Al Simmons' soul by Malbolgia. Manifesting a voluminous cloak and chains, Leetha is capable of acting independently of her host and feeds off his necroplasm.

  • Adaptive Armor: During Spawn's first fight with the Redeemer, Leetha underwent a metamorphosis that became Spawn's iconic look, with the the red portions of her costume form becoming black and the cloak she manifested becoming tattered. She later underwent an out-of-control metamorphosis after Al was taken to Heaven to participate in Angela's trial.
  • Cape Wings: The reason Spawn can use his cloak to fly is because it is actually Leetha's wings.
  • Combat Tentacles: How her chains and the hem of her cloak are used.
  • Chain Pain/Variable-Length Chain/Chained by Fashion: One of her main means of offence.
  • Clingy Costume: Played with. Leetha's intended host was actually Simmons' daughter Morana, and Leetha abandons Al for her when the opportunity presents itself.
  • Emotion Eater: Can feed off of evil energy.
  • Evil All Along: Leetha's intended host was never Al Simmons, but his miscarried daughter Morana, and the symbiote had made a deal with Mammon to insure this long before being bonded to Al.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: K7-Leetha had made a deal with Mammon long before bonding to Simmons, and ultimately deserted him for Morana, his stillborn daughter - but ends up being bonded to Jim Downing after Al's suicide.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Used Al to become more powerful for when she bonded to Morana, and intends to use Jim Downing to Take Over the World.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: When she separates from Spawn or takes over she manifests a mouth full of pointy teeth.
  • One-Winged Angel: When brought into Heaven, she transforms into "Combat Mode", forcing Spawn to assume human form to avoid unwanted hostility.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Takes over Nyx briefly before jumping to Morana, and later takes over Jim Downing to fight Omega Spawn and Malbolgia.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: How she sustains herself when she's not leeching off her host's necroplasm or ambient evil energy.
  • The Starscream: Betrays Spawn on a semi-regular basis, and later tells Malbolgia her intent is to destroy him, Take Over the World, and kill God.
  • The Symbiote: A standard-issue K-125 Unit neural parasite bred in the 4th level of Hell.
  • Throat Light: Lime green, the color of necroplasm.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can morph her cloak into anything she or Al desires, and can disguise Al's ruined visage as a human.

    Other Characters 

Sam Burkle and Twitch Williams

Two cops whose beat includes the area where Spawn comes to dwell after being sent back to Earth. They gradually come into contact with the hellspawn and became wary, distant allies.

  • Bad Ass
    • Badass Bookworm: Twitch is both a formidably smart investigator able to solve enigmas easily and an excellent marksman who could defeat Overtkill by shooting him in the right place.
    • Badass Normal: Both of them.
  • Big Eater: Sam constantly sends Twitch out to fetch food that is either greasy, sugary, or both.
  • Brains and Brawn: Twitch and Sam, respectively.
  • Breakout Character: They started out as minor characters from Spawn, then ended up with their own comic.
  • Commonality Connection: In the animated series Twitch develops one with journalist Lisa Wu, both complimenting the other one on their intelligence.
  • Creepy Monotone: Twitch in the animated series.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Twitch is especially renowned for his dry wit.
  • Friend on the Force: Eventually come to play this role for Al and later Jim as well.
  • Fat Bastard: Subverted with Sam, who looks and acts like one, but is actually one of the cleanest cops on the force.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Twich, ironically.
  • Ironic Nickname: Twitch. Because he never does. Ever.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sam; he is brutish, aggressive and tends to use foul language, but he is one of the few honest cops where he works, and his aggressiveness tends more toward bad guys.
  • Leave Behind a Pistol: They give this option to their chief in the animated series after they discover he's been working for Wynn and was the one who shot Twitch.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Guess who for each one.
  • Those Two Guys: Are the best of friends and partners, but constantly snark at each other.

Cogliostro

An enigmatic homeless man who appoints himself something of a mentor-figure to the confused, uncomprehending new Hellspawn. It then turns out he's actually a hellspawn who quit the armies of Hell himself.

  • All-Powerful Bystander: Old Cog usually just pops up long enough to scold Spawn for his callousness and issue cryptic advice before vanishing, but it's later revealed that he was one of the original Hellspawn.
  • Badass Beard: It gives him a sort of hobo wizard look... which is more or less what he is.
  • Badass Grandpa: Is over 2000 years old, and is still incredibly powerful.
  • Cool Old Guy: Is positively ancient, but still has a few tricks up his sleeves.
  • Cain and Abel: Literally; he used to be the original Cain.
  • Evil All Along: Betrays Al to take over Malbolgia's circle of Hell.
  • Face-Heel Turn: After Spawn defeated Malebolgia, Cog reveals himself to be Cain, kicks Spawn out of Hell, and turns him back into a human.
  • The Mentor: Plays this role to Al at first.
  • The Obi-Wan: To Spawn, except he doesn't die. He betrays Spawn and takes over part of Hell.
  • What The Hell Spawn: Gives these a lot to Spawn in the animated series, whenever the latter indulges in Murder Is the Best Solution. Also when Spawn uses a Bed Trick on his ex-wife Wanda, not only because she was tricked but because this accidentally got her pregnant from a hellspawn, which will endanger her due to a prophecy that the child of a hellspawn and a human woman would play a crucial part in Armageddon. This places her right in the middle of the war between Heaven and Hell.

Angela

An angel tasked by Heaven with slaying hellspawn, especially during their vulnerable period on Earth for the first time.

  • Action Girl: Big time. She's an angelic warrior who's been hinting Hellspawn for centuries.
  • Adapted Out: Appears only once in the Animated Series before being replaced by another angel bounty hunter named Jade, who largely fills the same role.
  • Bad Ass: She slays Hellspawns as her job. And it's made quite clear she always succeeded until fighting Al.
  • Blood Knight: In her brief appearance in the animated series, she lures two gangsters who made lewd comments and later threatened her into an alley and gleefully curb-stomps them. She's also pissed off at not being allowed to hunt the latest Spawn.
  • Bounty Hunter: For Heaven, but still.
  • Canon Immigrant: To Marvel's 616 universe. It is unknown whether the Angela that debuted in Marvel Comics is the same one in Spawn, as she says she was involuntarily pulled into the Marvel Universe from her own, though very few details of her home dimension have been given.
    • It seems to be the case that they're different characters. Her backstory is revealed shortly after the Guardians manage to subdue her, and absolutely no references - even subtle ones - are made to Spawn or the Image universe. Marvel seems to be treating her and her race as another set of aliens, rather than invoking the religious aspects from Spawn.
  • Category Traitor: When she failed to kill Spawn she was put on trial for treason.
  • Chainmail Bikini: A metal bra and panties are all the armor she needs to hunt demons.
  • Dating Batman: She developed a romance with Spawn at some point.
  • Defector from Decadence: Flees from Heaven after being framed for treason and becomes Spawn's lover after he saves her.
  • Domino Mask: Her mask covers her eyes and leaves the rest of her face exposed.
  • Fiery Redhead: Is fierce and temperamental.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: How she finally helped Spawn to defeat Malebolgia.
  • Meaningful Name: The angel girl is named Angela.
  • Mercury's Wings: On her circlet that she wears in battle.
  • Our Angels Are Different: A stripperiffic bounty hunter who kills Hellspawn for a living.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She's been doing her job for hundreds of years.
  • Rescue Romance: Falls in love with Simmons after he saves her life.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When she is accidentally dragged into the Marvel Universe she swears vengeance on the one who caused it to happen.
  • Stripperiffic: Even Neil Gaiman himself has questioned Angela's dress code.

Wanda

Al Simmons' wife prior to the series, it is love of her that motivates him to barter with Malebolgia, becoming a Hellspawn in exchange for being allowed to see her again.

  • Adult Fear: When she and Terry realize Cyan's been kidnapped.
  • Crusading Lawyer: In the animated series, she's the only one who questions her client's guilt as the child killer and proves he was framed. Not only that, Wanda goes ahead and pokes around secret government files to find the real murderer, even after her friend warns her this will get her hurt.
  • Happily Married: To Terry.
    • Cruelly subverted with Al; he thinks they were this, but this is because Malebolgia removed parts of his memory; he actually was an abusive husband who frequently beat her.
  • Morality Pet: To Spawn, though she doesn't seem to be aware of it. Nevertheless, his love for Wanda is the first and main reason Al managed to preserve a shred of his humanity.

Cyan

Wanda and Terry's little daughter. She was born sometime after Al's death.

  • Action Girl: Her future self in the Spawn/Wildcats crossover was the new Zealoth.
  • Cheerful Child: Is one of the few people not afraid of Al's monstrous form.
  • Children Are Innocent: Her often-naive innocence is one of the reasons she serves as Spawn's Morality Pet.
  • Future Badass: Teaches Nyx a spell to help Spawn defeat her demonically empowered half-sister Morana.
  • Morality Pet: To Spawn.

Nyx

Lisa Wu / Jade

First introduced in the animated series Lisa Wu is a journalist interested in investigating Jason Wynn's dirty dealings and finding out who's behind the alley murders. She's also revealed to be a hunter for Heaven under the name Jade and as such obliged to track down and kill new Hellspawn.

  • Action Girl: Takes Angela's place in the animated series, and was the one who killed Genghis Khan, among numerous other Hellspawn.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Her battle outfit. As Lisa Wu she dresses quite modestly.
  • All Asians Know Martial Arts: Subverted. She's both a proficient fighter and Asian, but her fighting skills are most probably due to having been a bounty hunter for centuries.
  • Art Evolution: When she first appears in season two, she's given an average appearance with a more geeky, almost teenage look, with a round face and snub nose. She also has a more casual dress code as a reporter, wearing a T-shirt under her usual suit. In contrast, in season three where her role is expanded, she has a more detailed and attractive face, with a straight nose and high cheekbones. She's also given several Fanservice scenes and her usual modest suit is made to look more elegant by keeping the coat buttoned up and having her wear a shirt underneath.
  • Badass: Has killed numerous Hellspawn over the centuries, including Genghis Khan.
  • Bounty Hunter: For Heaven's forces.
  • Boyish Short Hair / Short Hair With Tail: The former when she's Lisa Wu and the latter when she's Jade in her hunter outfit.
  • Category Traitor: Heaven doesn't care if the current Spawn is capable of redemption, they just want him dead. Jade's disagreement with this brands her as a traitor in their eyes.
  • Commonality Connection: She and Twitch develop a mutual respect for their analytical skills and intelligence. They even swap information about Al Simmons and Jason Wynn in order to finish their respective jobs.
  • Contract on the Hitman: Jade gets a bounty placed on her head by Heaven for defying her orders to kill Spawn.
  • Cool Sword: Carries two.
  • Creepy Monotone: Almost always talks this way.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Saves Spawn with little effort from a group of men armed with guns using only her swords.
  • Defector from Decadence: After sparing Spawn she has no desire to continue fighting for Heaven, as she sees they're also flawed and indiscriminate in their zeal.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: In the end [[spoiler:Jade begs Spawn to kill her and dies in his arms.
  • Dual Wielding: Her preferred weapons are two identical slightly curved swords.
  • Emotionless Girl: She starts off as one.
  • A Good Way to Die: Asks Spawn to give her one when Heaven sends bounty hunters after her, as being killed by a Hellspawn would redeem her in the eyes of Heaven and possibly send her to the Elysium Fields, while being killed by Heaven's hunters as a traitor would banish her soul to Hell. Spawn reluctantly complies and stabs her, saving her soul.
  • In Love with the Mark: Jade falls for Spawn after seeing there's good in him and he's capable of sacrificing himself for the ones he loves.
  • Intrepid Reporter: As Lisa Wu.
  • Lady of War: She's elegant but knows how to handle herself in a fight.
  • Licked by the Dog: Lisa seems like a cold and calculating individual, and obviously interested in Spawn for some purpose... But when Cyan calls her a pretty lady and hugs her, with Lisa returning the gesture with a warm smile, it's obvious she's not going to be one of the villains.
  • Meganekko: As Lisa Wu. The glasses don't seem to serve any actual purpose as she ditches them when on the hunt.
  • Morality Pet: Becomes one to Spawn later on, as she's one of the few people outside his family he seems to care about. She also urges him to defy his Hellspawn nature and become a better person.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Jade is not explicitly called an angel, but it's implied her nature is the same as Angela's.
  • Out with a Bang: Is shown in a flashback to have killed Genghis Khan by pretending to be his lover and loyal follower to get close enough... then decapitating him during sex.
  • Power Glows: When she first reveals herself as Heaven's bounty hunter in front of Cogliostro, she glows a faint green and the burst of energy from her body throws him on the ground. Ironically, her eyes can sometimes be seen to glow with a green light, like Spawn's.
  • Power Tattoo: Jade has several large green dragon tattoos on her body. Those on her arms seem to move and morph into handwraps.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has black hair and pale skin.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Like any other angel hunter in the series.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right:Jade chooses to defy Heaven because for the first time in her life she sees a Hellspawn who has preserved some good in him, and thus she feels it's wrong to kill someone with the potential to defy Hell and his own inner demons.
  • Secret Identity: Jade lives under the name Lisa Wu, a journalist, when she's not hunting Hellspawn.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: What prompts her to save Spawn and spare his life.
  • Temporary Love Interest: Her sympathy for Spawn ultimately causes her to develop feelings for him and save his life. It appears mutual, but doesn't last since she becomes a traitor to Heaven and hunted by her own kind.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: As she learns more and more about Al Simmons and his current actions as Spawn, she starts to develop sympathy for him, which conflicts with her duty as a Hellspawn hunter.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Happens often when she's concerned, which is why Cogliostro warns Spawn about it.
  • Worthy Opponent: When Jade first meets Spawn face to face he is heavily injured by a vampire and at her mercy. Instead of finishing him off, she decides to let him recover, so he has a fighting chance later.

    Villains 

Jason Wynn / Redeemer I

Al's former boss, and one the responsible for his death and transformation in a Hellspawn.

Malebolgia

The Demon Lord Al made a deal with in order to become a Hellspawn.

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He rules over other demons because he's powerful, not because any of them have any sort of loyalty to him.
  • Back from the Dead: After his apparent death, Malbolgia possessed the Freak, and reveals himself to the Clown after Jim Downing becomes Spawn.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Jason Wynn.
    • Bigger Bad: In the both the HBO series and the film. In the former, despite his role in the series, he never actually seen or heard. In the latter, he mostly stays in the background while Clown acts as the Big Bad.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Knows better than to make a deal that gives highly powerful demonic powers to a human being without taking measures to ensure it will end up helping him whatever happens.
  • Demonlords And Archdevils: Ruled the Eighth Circle of Hell for 70 000 years before being deposed by Spawn.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Seriously, just look at the picture.
  • Evil Overlord: Is the ruler of the 8th Ring of Hell.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: In the movie he has a deep voice.
  • Hero Killer: Took a Heroic Sacrifice from Angela to put him down.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: In the HBO series he is never seen.
  • Large and in Charge: He's a demon lord, and he's very big.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Especially in the HBO series, where he sent Simmons back to fulfill a prophecy that required a Hellspawn to impregnate a human.
  • Memory Gambit: He left Al Simmons with only the happy memories of his wife and his military training, and even planted false memories, in order to confuse and disorient him. It worked perfectly.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Like most of the true demons, Malbolgia has a maw full of pointy fangs.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Mostly sits in his circle of hell and doesn't act much himself unless directly threatened. He doesn't need to get and do much since things mostly go the way he wants them to.
  • Our Demons Are Different: A horrific Eldritch Abomination with control over a supernatural substance called necroplasm.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Like most other demons.
  • Satan: Subverted; he appears to be this initially, but it eventually turns out he wasn't; Satan also exists in the Spawn universe as a separate character.
  • Xanatos Gambit: The way his deal with Spawn was; if Spawn uses his power to do evil, it favours Hell's cause on Earth; if he uses them to do good, his killed enemies' souls are sent to Hell and as such swells the Demon army; and if he does nothing with them, he will eventually turn less and less human until he goes back to Hell, thus becoming more suitable as a general for Hell's army.

Clown/The Violator

A demon sent by Malebolgia to teach Al how to be a good Hellspawn.

  • Ax-Crazy: Dear lord...
  • Beware the Silly Ones: His Butt Monkey facade belies the fact that he is a powerful demon in his own right and perfectly capable of defeating Spawn if need-be.
  • Big Bad: In the animated series, with Malbolgia as the Bigger Bad.
  • Blood Knight: He loves fighting and killing, and constantly tries to pick fights with Spawn fights whenever he can.
  • Breath Weapon: Can breath fire as the Violater.
  • Butt Monkey: He was this as Clown initially.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Is extremely lecherous, especially towards Wanda, though this may just be a ploy to piss Spawn off.
  • The Corrupter: His job is to provoke Spawn to violence and evil.
  • Creepy Monotone: As the Violater in the HBO series.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Initially appears to be a wisecracking Monster Clown providing Dead Baby Comic Relief, but once he reveals his true form he easily Curb Stomp Battles Spawn.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Constantly sneers at Spawn's efforts to protect his loved ones in an attempt to steer him towards evil.
  • The Dragon: To Malebolgia, and later to Mammon.
  • Demonic Possession: Possesses Jason Wynn for a brief period of time.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: He is here to turn Spawn into a future general for Hell's army, and he is willing to endanger his family and friends for this purpose.
  • Evil Mentor: To Spawn, sort of. Or rather he's supposed to be, but Spawn rarely listens to him.
  • Fantastic Racism: He looks down on hellspawn as inferiors, though Malebogia forbids him from killing them. He can however, do anything else to them...
  • Fat Bastard: In his Clown form; as the Violator, he's rail-thin.
  • Faux Affably Evil: His cheerful demeanour accentuates his utter sadism.
  • For the Evulz: Calling him a sick sadist would be a compliment.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: As can be seen in his image, though every human in the series has five fingers. This is a subtle indication of the fact he's a demon in disguise.
  • Glamour Failure: He has the wrong number of fingers and blood-red eyes in human form, which is a pretty clear warning he's not really human.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: In the HBO series he remarks that his current human form is due to him displeasing Malbolgia.
  • Jerk Ass: Big time.
  • Large Ham: When played by John Leguizamo.
  • Lean and Mean: Following Spawn rewriting reality, Violator returns with a new, skinny Monster Clown disguise, though he eventually returns to his old one.
  • Manipulative Bastard: The Clown was tasked with corrupting Spawn and he'll use any means necessary to do so.
  • Monster Clown: In his human disguise, he resembles an obese balding clown.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: As the Violator he has a broad upper jaw and a narrow lower jaw, both lined with fangs.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: The fat ridiculous clown who serves as Spawn's personal Butt Monkey? Turns out he is a big badass demon who can handle him in a fight.
  • One-Winged Angel: Rips out of his "human" form to reveal his true form.
  • Our Demons Are Different: His human form is an obese, grotesque clown, while his true form is a hideous horned creature with a gaping maw.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In both forms he has glowing red eyes.
  • The Shadow Knows: In the Animated Adaptation, the second episode has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene where Clown clearly has Violator's shadow. He promptly turns into Violator for the first time a few minutes later.
  • Slasher Smile: Both as the Clown and as the Violator.
  • The Starscream: After Jim Downing becomes Spawn, Violator decides to usurp his former master Malbolgia's place.
  • Trickster Mentor: Possibly the sickest deconstruction of this trope ever.
  • Wicked Cultured: In spite of his slovenly appearance, he evidently reads - or knew - Shakespeare.

Zera

Mammon

  • Bigger Bad: Took over the management of Hell in Satan's absence.
  • The Chessmaster: He is the mastermind behind all the events that led Al Simmons to become Spawn, having steered him towards evil since childhood.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He is even better at this than Malebolgia.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Prides himself in his affluence, and is the embodiment of Greed.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Though not because he is weak; he just doesn't like to get his hands dirty if he can avoid it.
  • The Old Demons: Is the last of the Forgotten Ones, a group of ancient and extremely powerful fallen angels who led the attack on Heaven thousands of years ago.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Is sealed away by Nyx with the help of Cyan.
  • Wicked Cultured: As the incarnation of avarice, he takes the appearance of a man in an expensive suit.

Bruce Stinson/Chapel

  • Evil Former Friend: Subverted; he killed Al only because it was his orders, and goes to hunt Spawn because it's his job rather than by malice.
  • Heel-Face Turn: He eventually left Wynn and became part of the superhero team Youngblood.
  • Nineties Anti-Hero: Even more so than Spawn.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Killing Simmons was just a job for him.
  • Scary Black Man: Almost as much as Spawn.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Frequently shown smoking.
  • Skull for a Head: Partially; after remembering that he was the one who killed him, Spawn hunted him down and cut his face out in the shape of a skull, forcing Chapel to graft an actual skull on his face to replace the missing skin.

Tony Twist

One of the earlier criminals that Spawn interferes with, a Mafia boss who comes off the worse when he picks a fight with Spawn.

  • Bullying a Dragon: He ends up trying to take down Spawn after mistakenly/actually believing him to be responsible for the murder of his followers (it was actually Clown's work in the comics, while Spawn did kill them in the Animated Adaptation). Predictably, attacking a Humanoid Abomination who just wanted to be alone had bad results on his organisation...
  • The Don: Runs the Italian side of the underworld.
  • Fat Bastard: He rivals Kincaid in this area.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Is prone to frequent and violent tantrums.
  • Sinister Shades: Frequently seen with shades.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Especially in the animated adaptation.

Overtkill

  • Ax-Crazy: Is a cyborg assassin who enjoys killing.
  • Cyborg: Is a cybernetically enhanced assassin with a number of weapons.
  • Death by Adaptation: Unlike his comic book counterpart, the animated version doesn't survive beyond his second confrontation with Spawn.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Is fast enough to provide Spawn with a challenge.
  • Psycho for Hire: Was an assassin hired by Tony Twist to kill Spawn.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: How he became what he is now. In the comic, this is also used several times to bring him back to life after his various defeats.
    • Averted in the animated adaptation, where Spawn kills him for real the first time he puts him in pieces.

Billy Kincaid

The psychotic son of a doting senator, his father uses his influence to cover up the fact Billy is an implicitly pedophiliac serial killer, who uses his guise as an icecream truck driver to scope out and snatch up his victims.

  • Asshole Victim: The guy is a child killer. No one will blame Spawn for killing him gruesomely.
  • Back from the Dead: Upon his death, he descends to Malebolgia's part of Hell and is made into a Hellspawn himself.
  • Bastard Bastard: In the Animated Adaptation, at least, he's illegitimate, which is part of the reason his father wants to cover up his atrocities; to try and atone for not marrying his mother.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Spawn stabbed him to death with a ice cream scoopers and popcicle sticks, then left his bloody corpse in Sam and Twitch's office with the message : "Boys screamed and girls screamed. So I made him scream, scream and scream..."
  • Fat Bastard: Repulsively obsese, and a sadistic monster who enjoys kidnapping, possibly raping, torturing and murdering children, doing things like "finger painting" (by cutting fingers off of his victims and gluing them to a wall) or scalping them to wear their hair as wigs.
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: "You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream."
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Subverted; Spawn does spares him in the animated adaptation, but he is still killed a few seconds later by a very pissed off Clown.
  • The Symbiote: After his death he bonds to a Hellspawn that practically rapes him while doing so. Then Al kills him again, and he is separated from the symbiote.
  • Would Hurt a Child: And he makes a hobby of this.

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