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Spawn befriends some bums in an alley, and becomes a urban-based vigilante. He fights [[ActionGirl Angela]], an angel trained to slay Spawns, who he later befriends as she becomes a DefectorFromDecadence. He also interacts with his former best friend and Wanda's current husband Terry Fitzgerald. After receiving antagonism from Violator (who is determined to see him keep to his obligations with Malebolgia), using his Green Goo powers to save Terry's life by curing his cancer, and presenting Wanda's daughter Cyan with a cursed shoelace, he goes back to the BonusLevelOfHell and re-visits his former foes. Malebolgia also mentions that his memories may be fake.

Unsure of his past life and having trouble with his costume changing and becoming wild all the time, Spawn starts to interact with former cops [[ThoseTwoGuys Sam and Twitch]], and finds out Mammon sent [[CatchphraseSpoutingDuo Ab and Zab]] to release a soul-destroying demon that makes its enemies DeaderThanDead. After turning it into SealedEvilInACan, Spawn {{hand wave}}s his way back to Hell and, with the help of Angela, kills Malebolgia.

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Spawn befriends some bums in an alley, and becomes a an urban-based vigilante. He fights [[ActionGirl Angela]], an angel trained to slay Spawns, who he later befriends as she becomes a DefectorFromDecadence. He also interacts with his former best friend and Wanda's current husband Terry Fitzgerald. After receiving antagonism from Violator (who is determined to see him keep to his obligations with Malebolgia), using his Green Goo powers to save Terry's life by curing his cancer, and presenting Wanda's daughter Cyan with a cursed shoelace, he goes back to the BonusLevelOfHell Hell and re-visits his former foes. Malebolgia also mentions that [[FakeMemories his memories may be fake.

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Unsure of his past life and having trouble with his costume changing and becoming wild all the time, Spawn starts to interact with former cops [[ThoseTwoGuys Sam and Twitch]], and finds out Mammon sent [[CatchphraseSpoutingDuo Ab and Zab]] to release a soul-destroying demon that makes its enemies DeaderThanDead. After turning it into SealedEvilInACan, [[SealedEvilInACan resealing that demon]], Spawn {{hand wave}}s his way back to Hell and, with the help of Angela, kills Malebolgia.



Suddenly, the whole story suffers a SnapBack and Spawn is revealed to be not just Al Simmons, but actually a mix of thousands of souls that died at the same time Al had. Spawn fights both Heaven and Hell as an independent warrior during the Apocalypse, and at the last minute, he manages to re-create the world. But in doing so, he discovers that, as Al, he intentionally caused his pregnant wife's miscarriage by ''punching her in the chest''. Additionally, she was planning to finally leave before he died. It turns out that his [[TraumaInducedAmnesia amnesia]] and [[SelfInflictedHell current form]] were actually subconsciously caused by his [[SelfInflictedHell unresolved guilt]], ''not'' by Malebolgia. He then retreats to the alleys to live out the rest of his life as TheAtoner, having [[BittersweetEnding saved everyone but himself]]. Since then, his universe has [[GrowingTheBeard evolved into]] more of an GothicPunk-focused CrapsackWorld. Al Simmons himself seemingly commits suicide, and the [[LegacyCharacter mantle of Spawn is passed on]] to a man named [[AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent Jim Downing]].

While ''Spawn'' was really popular during UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|of Comic Books}}, holding the title of best-selling independent comic for 15 years, the writing was full of {{Retcon}}s and {{Snap Back}}s. Spawn's Power Counter that informed the reader of how much Green Goo energy he had left before he had to return to Hell was also abandoned after a few issues, angering many fans. It's definitely gotten [[GrowingTheBeard much better]] over the years. There were definite cases of ScheduleSlip, but far less so that most of the initial Image Comics (as of January 2010, 196 issues will have been released in 211 months, missing only 15).

Furthermore, the heavily-publicized idea of creator rights surrounding Creator/{{Image}} in the early [[TheNineties nineties]] was, unfortunately, muddled when creator Creator/{{Todd McFarlane}} stopped writing and drawing the comic himself, and even had legal problems for using characters co-created by Creator/NeilGaiman (Angela - who eventually was sent to the MarvelUniverse because of this - Cogliostro, and Medieval Spawn), and which he assumed to have purchased the rights to (ComicBook/{{Miracleman}}, who was also sent to the Marvel Universe). However, he has since announced his intention to return to the main series, and is in the credits as co-writer and inks for the next few currently-unreleased issues.

''Spawn'' is also TheMerch, as [=McFarlane=] Toys became popular for being skillfully detailed (and, according to some people, for using higher-quality material) and made the creator a fortune selling hundreds of toys, costumes, clothing, related comics, tatoos, Spawnmobiles (actually, those are just for show) and bumper stickers, amongst others. Additionally, the Spawn toyline had a massive impact on the toy industry, starting the careers of the [[http://www.sourcehorsemen.com Four Horsemen]] and other sculptors who introduced greater detail and articulation into mainstream superhero toys (even though the Spawn toys were notoriously unarticulated).

It later had [[WesternAnimation/{{Spawn}} an animated adaptation]] for {{Creator/HBO}} that viciously battered the AnimationAgeGhetto, and is often seen as being of [[AdaptationDistillation higher quality than the comic]]. [[Film/{{Spawn}} The 1997 movie adaptation]] placed Creator/MichaelJaiWhite in the lead role, Theresa Randle as his wife, Creator/MartinSheen as Wynn and Creator/JohnLeguizamo as cartoonish arch-foe Clown/Violator. Creator/KeithDavid voiced Spawn again when he was added as a GuestFighter to ''VideoGame/MortalKombat11'' in 2020.

A new ''Spawn'' movie is in development, written and directed by [=McFarlane=] himself and starring Creator/JamieFoxx.

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Suddenly, the whole story suffers a SnapBack and Spawn is revealed to be not just Al Simmons, but actually [[IAmLegion a mix of thousands of souls that died at the same time Al had.had]]. Spawn fights both Heaven and Hell as an independent warrior during the Apocalypse, and at the last minute, he manages to re-create the world. But in doing so, he discovers that, as Al, he intentionally caused his pregnant wife's miscarriage by ''punching her in the chest''. Additionally, she was planning to finally leave before he died. It turns out that his [[TraumaInducedAmnesia amnesia]] and [[SelfInflictedHell current form]] were actually subconsciously caused by his [[SelfInflictedHell unresolved guilt]], ''not'' by Malebolgia. He then retreats to the alleys to live out the rest of his life as TheAtoner, having [[BittersweetEnding saved everyone but himself]]. Since then, his universe has [[GrowingTheBeard evolved into]] more of an GothicPunk-focused CrapsackWorld. Al Simmons himself seemingly commits suicide, and the [[LegacyCharacter mantle of Spawn is passed on]] to a man named [[AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent Jim Downing]].

While ''Spawn'' was really popular during UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|of Comic Books}}, holding the title of best-selling independent comic for 15 years, the writing was full of {{Retcon}}s and {{Snap Back}}s. Spawn's Power Counter that informed the reader of how much Green Goo energy he had left before he had to return to Hell was also abandoned after a few issues, angering many fans. It's definitely gotten [[GrowingTheBeard much better]] over the years. There were definite cases of ScheduleSlip, but far less so that most of the initial Image Comics Creator/ImageComics (as of January 2010, 196 issues will have been released in 211 months, missing only 15).

Furthermore, the heavily-publicized idea of creator rights surrounding Creator/{{Image}} Image in the early [[TheNineties nineties]] was, unfortunately, muddled when creator Creator/{{Todd McFarlane}} stopped writing and drawing the comic himself, and even had legal problems for using characters co-created by Creator/NeilGaiman (Angela - who eventually was sent to the MarvelUniverse Franchise/MarvelUniverse because of this - Cogliostro, and Medieval Spawn), and which he assumed to have purchased the rights to (ComicBook/{{Miracleman}}, who was also sent to the Marvel Universe). However, he has since announced his intention to return to as of October 2008, he's back with the main series, and is in the credits as co-writer and inks for the next few currently-unreleased issues.

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''Spawn'' is also heavily invested in TheMerch, as [=McFarlane=] Toys became popular for being skillfully detailed (and, according to some people, for using higher-quality material) and made the creator a fortune selling hundreds of toys, costumes, clothing, related comics, tatoos, Spawnmobiles (actually, those are just for show) and bumper stickers, amongst others. Additionally, the Spawn toyline had a massive impact on the toy industry, starting the careers of the [[http://www.sourcehorsemen.com Four Horsemen]] and other sculptors who introduced greater detail and articulation into mainstream superhero toys (even though the Spawn toys were notoriously unarticulated).

It later had [[WesternAnimation/{{Spawn}} an animated adaptation]] for {{Creator/HBO}} that viciously battered the AnimationAgeGhetto, and is often seen as being of [[AdaptationDistillation higher quality than the comic]]. [[Film/{{Spawn}} The 1997 movie adaptation]] placed Creator/MichaelJaiWhite in the lead role, Theresa Randle as his wife, Creator/MartinSheen as Wynn and Creator/JohnLeguizamo as cartoonish arch-foe Clown/Violator. He's also appeared as a GuestFighter in a few games: he was an exclusive character to the UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} version of ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soulcalibur II]]'', where he was voiced by Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson, while Creator/KeithDavid voiced Spawn again reprised the role when he was added as a GuestFighter DLC fighter to ''VideoGame/MortalKombat11'' in 2020.

''VideoGame/MortalKombat11''.

A new ''Spawn'' movie is in development, written and directed by [=McFarlane=] himself and starring Creator/JamieFoxx.Creator/JamieFoxx, though [[DevelopmentHell it's taking a while to get here]] ([=McFarlane=] having made mention of working on it as early as 2015).


''Spawn'' is a ComicBook telling the story of commando [[HitmanWithAHeart Al Simmons]], who is betrayed by CIA spook [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Jason Wynn]] and murdered by [[BashBrothers his friend and teammate]] [[NinetiesAntiHero Chapel]] (later {{retcon}}ned as Priest, a DistaffCounterpart of Chapel). The character first appeared in ''Malibu Sun #13'' (May 1992), created by [[{{Creator/ToddMcfarlane}} Todd [=McFarlane=] ]].

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''Spawn'' is a ComicBook telling the story of commando [[HitmanWithAHeart Al Simmons]], who is betrayed by CIA spook [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Jason Wynn]] and murdered by [[BashBrothers his friend and teammate]] [[NinetiesAntiHero Chapel]] (later {{retcon}}ned as Priest, a DistaffCounterpart of Chapel). The character first appeared in ''Malibu Sun #13'' (May 1992), created by [[{{Creator/ToddMcfarlane}} Todd [=McFarlane=] ]].Creator/{{Todd McFarlane}}.



Furthermore, the heavily-publicized idea of creator rights surrounding Creator/{{Image}} in the early [[TheNineties nineties]] was, unfortunately, muddled when creator [[{{CReator/ToddMcfarlane}} Todd [=McFarlane=]]] stopped writing and drawing the comic himself, and even had legal problems for using characters co-created by Creator/NeilGaiman (Angela - who eventually was sent to the MarvelUniverse because of this - Cogliostro, and Medieval Spawn), and which he assumed to have purchased the rights to (ComicBook/{{Miracleman}}, who was also sent to the Marvel Universe). However, he has since announced his intention to return to the main series, and is in the credits as co-writer and inks for the next few currently-unreleased issues.

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Furthermore, the heavily-publicized idea of creator rights surrounding Creator/{{Image}} in the early [[TheNineties nineties]] was, unfortunately, muddled when creator [[{{CReator/ToddMcfarlane}} Todd [=McFarlane=]]] Creator/{{Todd McFarlane}} stopped writing and drawing the comic himself, and even had legal problems for using characters co-created by Creator/NeilGaiman (Angela - who eventually was sent to the MarvelUniverse because of this - Cogliostro, and Medieval Spawn), and which he assumed to have purchased the rights to (ComicBook/{{Miracleman}}, who was also sent to the Marvel Universe). However, he has since announced his intention to return to the main series, and is in the credits as co-writer and inks for the next few currently-unreleased issues.


* BornOfHeavenAndHell: A retcon for the origin of the Hellspawns were that they were a fusion between a white demon and a black angel created by Malebolgia and Violator.

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* BornOfHeavenAndHell: A retcon for the origin of the Hellspawns were that they were a fusion between a white demon and a black angel created by angel, and that Malebolgia and Violator.Violator took the first Hellspawn's Necroplasm and used it to engineer the Hellspawn symbiotes.

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* BornOfHeavenAndHell: A retcon for the origin of the Hellspawns were that they were a fusion between a white demon and a black angel created by Malebolgia and Violator.


It later had [[WesternAnimation/{{Spawn}} an animated adaptation]] for {{Creator/HBO}} that viciously battered the AnimationAgeGhetto, and is often seen as being of [[AdaptationDistillation higher quality than the comic]]. [[Film/{{Spawn}} The 1997 movie adaptation]] placed Creator/MichaelJaiWhite in the lead role, Theresa Randle as his wife, Creator/MartinSheen as Wynn and Creator/JohnLeguizamo as cartoonish arch-foe Clown/Violator.

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It later had [[WesternAnimation/{{Spawn}} an animated adaptation]] for {{Creator/HBO}} that viciously battered the AnimationAgeGhetto, and is often seen as being of [[AdaptationDistillation higher quality than the comic]]. [[Film/{{Spawn}} The 1997 movie adaptation]] placed Creator/MichaelJaiWhite in the lead role, Theresa Randle as his wife, Creator/MartinSheen as Wynn and Creator/JohnLeguizamo as cartoonish arch-foe Clown/Violator. \n Creator/KeithDavid voiced Spawn again when he was added as a GuestFighter to ''VideoGame/MortalKombat11'' in 2020.

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* AbsurdlySharpClaws: Spawn uses his claws to tear through the roof of a truck, and to climb a stone church.


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* AlienBlood: Spawn has glowing green blood.
** The Violator's Clown disguise has red blood, but his true demonic form has green blood.


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* SelfMutilationDemonstration: The scene where Spawn repeatedly stabs himself in the chest with a piece of glass to show Cogliostro how he can't die, even if he wants to.

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* HeavenVersusHell: It centers around an eternal conflict between the agents of Heaven and the agents of Hell. Spawn was recruited by Malebolgia under Satan's orders to lead Hell's armies against the Host of Heaven led by God and his angels, who is actually Satan's ''twin'' (or at least, was until {{Retcon}} set in).


** Speaking of Batman, he's has a few crossovers with the guy, with one written by Creator/FrankMiller and the other by all three main ''Batman'' writers of the '90s (that's to say, Alan Grant, Chuck Dixon ''and'' Doug Moench all chipped in.

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** Speaking of Batman, he's has a few crossovers with the guy, with one written by Creator/FrankMiller and the other by all three main ''Batman'' writers of the '90s (that's to say, Alan Grant, Chuck Dixon ''and'' Doug Moench all chipped in.in).


* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Subverted, and got [=McFarlane=] into deep shit later on. To elaborate, one of Spawn's primary antagonists was a {{Mafia}} boss named Tony Twist, whom [=McFarlane=] named after a real-life NHL player. The player was not amused.

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* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Subverted, and got [=McFarlane=] into deep shit later on. To elaborate, one of Spawn's primary antagonists was a {{Mafia}} Mafia boss named Tony Twist, whom [=McFarlane=] named after a real-life NHL player. The player was not amused.


A new ''Spawn'' movie is due to release in 2019, written and directed by [=McFarlane=] himself and starring Creator/JamieFoxx.

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A new ''Spawn'' movie is due to release in 2019, development, written and directed by [=McFarlane=] himself and starring Creator/JamieFoxx.


* ContractOnTheHitman: Rebelling against {{Hell}} will have this effect.

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* ContractOnTheHitman: Rebelling against How Al ended up in {{Hell}} to begin with - and he soon finds that rebelling against Hell will have this effect.


* MoreDakka: How the hired grunts shoots their BFGs, sometimes Spawn as well.

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* MoreDakka: How the hired grunts shoots their BFGs, {{BFG}}s, sometimes Spawn as well.


* {{Bowdlerise}}: The action figure packages referred to Hell as "The Darklands", for obvious marketing reasons. ShadowHawk's action figure bio also excludes any mention of the character having HIV. Despite the amount of gore the toys DID get away with, the bio notes do tend to pull their punches when necessary

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: The action figure packages referred to Hell as "The Darklands", for obvious marketing reasons. ShadowHawk's [=ShadowHawk's=] action figure bio also excludes any mention of the character having HIV. Despite the amount of gore the toys DID get away with, the bio notes do tend to pull their punches when necessary


** Speaking of Batman, he's has a few crossovers with the guy, with one written by Creator/FrankMiller and the other by all three main ''Batman'' writers of the '90s (that's to say, Alan Grant, Chuck Dixon ''and'' Doug Moench all chipped in.)

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** Speaking of Batman, he's has a few crossovers with the guy, with one written by Creator/FrankMiller and the other by all three main ''Batman'' writers of the '90s (that's to say, Alan Grant, Chuck Dixon ''and'' Doug Moench all chipped in.)



** Spawn is a guest character in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat11''[='=]s first Kombat Pack.

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** Spawn is a guest character in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat11''[='=]s first Kombat Pack. Curiously, this follows the trend of a previous ''Mortal Kombat'' guest character (specifically [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]], who was a guest in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' and had previously appeared in a ''Soul'' Series game, specifically ''Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny'').

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* SerialKiller: Spawn deals with one early on who likes to go after kids. How he deals with him is anything but pretty.

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