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    Al Simmons/Spawn I/King Spawn

The protagonist of the comic. Al Simmons used to be a black ops soldier and CIA assassin working for Jason Wynn, until he got executed for asking too many questions. Due to his life of murder, he was sent to Hell, where Malebolgia offered him a Deal with the Devil so he could go back to 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 dark magic 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.

  • '90s Anti-Hero: One of the most obvious examples, though he gradually gets better as the story goes.
  • Abusive Parents: Al's parents, specifically his mother, were this. In fact, it was his mother that helped mold him into the brutal psychopath he would later become in life due to her infatuation with Mammon. He himself is one, considering he actually tried to kill his daughter, Morana, while in the womb. Retconned out in Spawn: Resurrection; Al had a son, not a daughter, and never harmed him. This was a lie implanted in his head to trick him into committing suicide.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Zig-zagged in the animated series. He's much less of a protector to the homeless than he is in the comics and is more apathetic to the plight of innocents and also played a Bed Trick on Wanda by assuming the appearance of Terry, but he's also clearly that much more tormented by his existence as a Hellspawn.
  • All-Encompassing Mantle: His cloak often completely envelops his whole body except for his head.
  • All for Nothing: During Brian Holguin's run. After finally defeating both Heaven and Hell and closing their influence on mankind, Spawn attempts to use his new powers to make himself human and resume his life with Wanda. Then the Mother of All Creation shows him the truth: He was abusive to Wanda to the point of making her miscarry and she initially celebrated his death. In other words, she would have never taken him back no matter what. This news breaks him and he tries to kill himself. Spawn Resurrection retconned this with showing they had a loving relationship. However, her subsequent death ended any hope of them reuniting.
  • 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.
  • 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 movie. And why it's turned into an ax in Soul Calibur II.
  • Badass Normal: He was already a formidable fighter as a human, and retained his skills as a Hellspawn.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Granted, Spawn is more an 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.
  • Baritone of Strength: In the HBO series he has a deep and menacing voice, courtesy of Keith David.
  • 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.
  • Been There, Shaped History: A rare-inversion before his death, Al became aware of the plans for 9/11 and was convinced he was the only one who could stop it. This was actually his reasoning for forcing Wanda to miscarry. As a result of his death, 9/11 happened. Spawn Resurrection retconned his abuse towards Wanda so it is unknown if this is still cannon.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Stabbed a drug dealer to death for molesting his younger brother at the age of 19; this incident was something of a Start of Darkness for him.
  • BFS: Following his comeback, God gives him a massive sword with a rectangular, scalloped blade. He later uses it to trap God and Satan in Hell.
  • Big Good: Becomes this as the story goes on albeit a dark example.
  • Blood Knight: Despite his at times melancholy and remorseful nature, Spawn is always eager to take the fight to the forces of Hell and Heaven alike.
  • Body Horror: The reason he wears a mask? He was 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 Badass: After blowing up K7-Leetha to kill the Clown and Godsend, Spawn is so badly weakened that he reverts to his original appearance.
  • 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.
    • The Satan Wars arc ends with Al having his humanity restored and turning his symbiote into a necroplasm nuke to defeat Satan, only holding on to a couple of its chain links. He realizes that he can eventually regrow his costume from this - and has to to face a new wave of supernatural enemies - but has to make do with an arsenal of high-power weapons and a new Deadpool-esque costume.
  • 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 Chessmaster: Following Spawn: Resurrection, he starts manipulating both Heaven's and Hell's forces — with it being noted that they're falling right into the trap he's carefully plotted.
  • Cloak of Defense: Spawn can manipulate his cape for offense and defense. He once used it as a shield against Overtkill's laser.
  • Cool Sword:
    • In Spawn: Resurrection, Spawn is given a divine blade called the Sword of the Spirit by God, which he uses to seal Heaven and Hell away from Earth.
    • In Spawn #305, Spawn takes Medieval Spawn's demonic sword for himself.
  • The Cowl: A sinister-yet-heroic figure who hides in the shadows and uses lethal force to fight crime.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: When he was trapped in Limbo following his suicide, he was crucified and chained to the cross by his own suit.
  • The Cynic: He has a real love/hate relationship with humanity, trying to be their protector, but is still bitter and misanthropic.
  • 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 he won't hesitate to do so 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 Jade, another angelic bounty hunter that was after him.
  • 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 Abuse: Ironically, he subjected Wanda to this 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. This was retconned in Spawn: Resurrection, where God shows Spawn images of what really happened when he and Wanda had a son, but not a daughter and loved them genuinely. The above was a lie implanted in Spawn's head by Satan's forces to manipulate him into suicide.
  • Driven to Suicide: Ultimately Al kills himself, but a part of his soul seemingly came back as Omega Spawn.
  • Elemental Powers: Given to him by Greenworld.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: After he got turned into a Hellspawn.
  • Energy Absorption: He can feeds off "evil" energy from both bad people and "dark" animals such as cats, bats, rats, snakes, worms...
  • Faustian Rebellion: Initially subverted, as Malebolgia to ensured 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...
  • Facial Horror: Al suffered sereve, disfiguring burns all over his body, including his face.
  • Flying Brick: Spawn can levitate and fly, and while he isn't invincible he can heal almost any wound.
  • 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 accomplish his goals.
  • Grand Theft Me: Issue #249 implies he's done this to Jim Downing.
  • Guest Fighter: Becomes one for both SoulCalibur II on the Xbox and Mortal Kombat 11.
  • Healing Factor: He can regenerate from just about anything, though it costs him necroplasm.
  • 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 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.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Kinda to be expected considering what he is. It usually is bad already, but it got worse after Sankser messed things up even more.
  • The Hero:Albeit a much darker example than most.
  • He's Back!: Al Simmons returns as Spawn in the #250 anniversary issue after getting a pep talk from God.
  • 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.
  • Hybrid Monster: Spawn is part demon and part vampire, courtesy of Bludd. This means that he is weakened by bright light, especially sunlight.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: He consistently tells himself this when confronted about the sins of his past. In fact, much of the story plot involves him owning up and being accountable for all the terrible things he has done in his life.
  • I'm Your Worst Nightmare: His response to Chapel in the animated series when asked who he is? "Your worst fucking nightmare."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is cold, gruff, and brooding, but ultimately all he wants is to protect his family.
  • Kick The Son Of A Bitch: Considering that pretty much all of his victims had it coming, this should be guaranteed. One of the most notable instances of this trope in play is what he does to Jason Wynn: he kills a pair of his men, then presses him on Clown's location. After that? He trashes Wynn's "insurance" that prevents anyone from killing him on account of the fact that it would bring The End of the World as We Know It, effectively leaving him to die.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Malebolgia 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.
  • Messianic Archetype: In the Armageddon arc. Through his death and suffering, he became a Physical God. He even quotes Jesus as God and Satan burn him alive.
  • Military Superhero: Despite having superpowers up the wazoo, Simmons preferred to rely on his military training and guns. Lots and lots of guns.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: After his comeback in #250, Al is depicted with a conspicuously Venom-ish mouth full of fangs, complete with a long, prehensile tongue.
  • 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.
  • Necromancer: After the entity indwelling Cyan restores his powers, Spawn discovers he's able to control the dead and uses it to assemble an army out of his vanquished foes.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: Spawn refuses to hurt innocent people and will protect them.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: He can only be killed by a holy weapon forged in Heaven, if he has used all his energy, or in certain spots called Dead Zones.
  • One Hero, Hold the Weaksauce: As Spawn gets stronger, consecrated weapons and dead zones proved ineffective in killing him. He blows his own head off and gets better, and can touch holy weapons without fear of dying.
  • Papa Wolf: Cyan might not be his actual daughter, but if something happens to her, you can be sure he will hunt down those responsible 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 is 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 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.
  • Serial-Killer Killer: During his tenure as the guardian of Rat City, Spawn played this role.
  • 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 Malebolgia in order to see Wanda again.
  • Sociopathic Hero: As Spawn, despite being a better person than 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.
  • Superpower Lottery: A very large one; if not for the Cast from Lifespan aspect, he would probably be unstoppable.
  • Super-Strength: He can pick up and toss humans like rag dolls.
  • 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.
  • Superman Substitute: As of the recent Spawn Universe Titles he has becomes this.
  • 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).
  • The Team Benefactor : For The Scorched.
  • Teleportation: He can teleport at will.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can take on human form for brief periods of time and can also transform his cloak into various objects, such as a battle-axe.
  • Unholy Nuke: When fighting Satan to rescue Wanda's soul, Spawn detonates his symbiote in a nuke-level explosion. When confronting the Clown and Godsend, he repeats this — creating an explosion so powerful it dwarfs the planet.
  • 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, decapitation by a consecrated weapon and Dead Zones are the only means of killing him.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Twitch comes to him, petitioning his help on a rash of murders, suicides, and accidents in an apartment building. Spawn is tired and depressed after discovering that he killed his and Wanda's child, and as such, refuses to do anything more to help humanity. A few pages later, he confronts Jason Wynn to find out where Clown is, and shows up in the next issue to send him back to Hell.
  • 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. Ultimately he grows out of this on his own.

    Jim Downing/Spawn II

An amnesiac man that awakens the exact day Al Simmons committed suicide. Tormented and vengeful, he struggles to find the truth about his past and his mysterious connection with Al Simmons, while fending off all the forces trying to control him.

  • 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. Again, some time after Jim's Heroic Sacrifice, when Al restores his soul to his comatose body in issue #292.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Is Caucasian with blond hair, whereas Al was African-American and bald. Is also famous, while Al tried to stay in secrecy in the alleys. And most importantly, is a Fallen Angel to Al's Ascended Demon.
  • Convenient Coma: Comes out of one the exact second Al Simmons kills himself. Following Al making a comeback, he's left stuck in another one. Losing one's soul tends to do that.
  • Declaration of Protection: To Sara, his Love Interest.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Jim faces off with K7-Leetha while standing in the Dead Zone and goads her into biting off his arm. She gets dragged down to Hell, but manages to drag him with her.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Al took on his appearance when he tried to assume human form way back in issue 2.
  • Enemy Mine: With the Violator against Malebolgia after learning he and the Clown were one-and-the-same.
  • Fallen Angel: One of his possible backstories, which turns out to be a partial truth. However, see Multiple Choice Past.
  • Famed In-Story: Becomes famous overnight after he resurrects someone on camera.
  • Heroic Host: For a given value of heroic...
  • 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.
  • Light 'em Up: Once he regains his angel powers.
  • Living MacGuffin: His unique status of being the only Hellspawn not to be born via a Deal with the Devil means that Violator, Malebolgia, Bludd, and Heaven are all after him.
  • Mad Scientist: In his former life as Director Kramer.
  • Morality Pet: Really loved his wife as Kramer, and also loves Sara. Wynn's murder of his wife is what drove him to betray Wynn.
  • 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 Super-Soldier, but he has the fingerprints of 10 deceased criminals and has been ID'd by an angel and Malebolgia as a fallen angel.
    • The truth is, he really was a former scientist working under Jason Wynn. He was trying to develop Super Soldiers by experimenting on over 47 different men, usually with fatal results. Wynn eventually had him killed, and his soul bounced from Heaven to Hell before being stuck on Earth once Al died.
  • 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 Malebolgia himself.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Wanda Blake recognized him, as Al had accidentally taken on his appearance at one point.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: Is implied to currently back inside the Leetha suit.
  • Spikes of Villainy: As a means of differentiating him from Al early on, he eschews the Badass Cape for a carapace of spines.
  • Superpower 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. On top of that, when separated from his costume he regains his angelic powers.
  • The Symbiote: Ends up bonded to K7-Leetha after Al's death.
  • The Bus Came Back: He's alive again, apparently part of Al's new plan against the forces of Hell and Heaven...
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: A whole lotta bad stuff happens when he wakes up.
    • He's also indirectly responsible for Overkill, Tremor, and a lot of other things that Al had to deal with.
  • 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 6: Was initially called Patient 47. If Wynn is telling the truth, that was supposed to be Al.


Leetha of the 7th House of K was the Hellspawn symbiote that was bonded to Al Simmons' soul by Malebolgia. 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. The leadup to Spawn #300 reveals that K7-Leetha has been continually adapting and evolving over the course of the series, and now both Heaven and Hell are interested in acquiring her.
  • 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: She's covered in chains that she can extend at will and use as Combat Tentacles.
  • Clingy Costume: Played with. Leetha's intended host was actually Simmons' daughter Morana, and Leetha abandons Al for her when the opportunity presents itself.
  • The Corruption: All those people Jim healed? Leetha infected them with bits of herself so that she could hold them hostage and drain their souls.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: Leetha knows Simmons is coming back, and tries to take over (and failing that kill) Downing before he can do so. She fails and is subjugated.
  • Emotion Eater: Can feed off of evil energy.
  • Enemy Without: After Downing learns Leetha has contaminated his loved ones in order to hold them hostage against him, he lets her take over Bludd and duke it out with him in a battle for supremacy.
  • 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. Then ressurrction retcons this with it being made of Al’s victims instead.
  • Expy: Leetha is essentially the demonic doppelgänger of a certain other black-and-white symbiote that Todd McFarlane had a hand in developing. More recent depictions of Spawn have made that even more blatant by outright calling Leetha a symbiote and giving Spawn fanged jaws and a super-long tongue.
  • 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. She intended to use him to take over the world, but fails.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Even without a host, Leetha can assume a humanoid form or appear as a grotesque mass of darkness and tendrils.
  • 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.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: It boasts to Downing that it is an ancient entity who's had multiple hosts over the centuries... and then less than five issues later it was retconned to being made by Malebolgia and the Violator out of the souls of the innocent people Al Simmons had killed while a soldier and CIA agent. The leadup to Spawn #300 reveals that the truth is a little bit of both — K7-Leetha and the other Hellspawn symbiotes were made by Malebolgia and the Violator out of the Necroplasmic essence of the first Hellspawn.
  • One-Winged Angel:
    • When brought into Heaven, she transforms into "Combat Mode", forcing Spawn to assume human form to avoid unwanted hostility.
    • When fighting Jim Downing, it manifests as a massive amorphous creature.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Takes over Nyx briefly before jumping to Morana, and later takes over Jim Downing to fight Omega Spawn and Malebolgia. Then Goes back to Al and it’s origins got retconned.
  • Really 700 Years Old: It's unknown how old Leetha is, but she's been around a lot longer than was previously suspected, and has had a multitude of hosts prior to Al Simmons.
  • The Starscream: Betrays Spawn on a semi-regular basis, and later tells Malebolgia 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.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Downing tells Leetha he let her take over him and that he's fooled her all along.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can morph her cloak into anything she or Al desires, and can disguise Al's ruined visage as a human.
  • Your Soul Is Mine!: How she sustains herself when she's not leeching off her host's necroplasm or ambient evil energy.

Supporting Characters

    Sam Burke 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.

  • 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.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: Sam sure loves his pastries.
  • Friend on the Force: Eventually come to play this role for Al and later Jim as well.
  • Fat and Skinny: Sam's fat, Twitch is skinny.
  • 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: Twitch, 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.
  • Token Good Cop: They are helpful and honest cops, despite being surrounded by bleakness and corruption that doesn't stop at the door to their own precinct.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Mrs. Williams is, in Sams' words, the 8th wonder of the world with curves like a racetrack. Which is a pretty accurate description.


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.
  • Big Bad: After becoming Sinn: he had become a contender for this role in the series.
  • Cool Old Guy: Is positively ancient, but still has a few tricks up his sleeves.
  • Evil All Along: Betrays Al to take over Malebolgia'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.
  • He's Back!: Reappears to inform Sam and Twitch about Al Simmons' return.
  • Julius Beethoven da Vinci: He was originally Cain, the first human murderer, but he took on many guises since then. He was the characters known as Malcus, Merlin, and Faustus written and told about in stories and myths.
  • The Mentor: Plays this role to Al by teaching him stuff.
  • Name of Cain: He used to be the original Cain.
  • Off with His Head!: He's killed by Gunslinger Spawn this way. He Got Better.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: 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.


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 hunting 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.
  • 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: She's an assassin sent from Heaven to kill Hellspawns.
  • Canon Immigrant: To Marvel's 616 universe. It was initially ambiguous as to 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 and very few details of her home dimension were given. It's ultimately revealed that Marvel's incarnation of Angela is not only Asgardian but Thor's long-lost half-sister, making her a completely different character from Image's incarnation.
  • 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 Catwoman: She developed a romance with Spawn after he saved her.
  • 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.
  • Stripperiffic: Even Neil Gaiman himself has questioned the practicality of Angela's dress code.

    Wanda Blake

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.

  • Break the Cutie / Go Mad from the Revelation: The full understanding that her twin children were actually God and Satan, the fact her ex-husband came back as a Hellspawn, and the coming apocalypse caused her to crack and eventually try to kill herself. She was stopped by Al but it is clear her mental state is in tatters.
  • 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.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: Spawn: Resurrection reveals she was murdered two days before Al's comeback during a riot, when the Violator threw a molotov cocktail into her car.
  • Happily Married: To Terry. It's cruelly subverted with Al, however: he thinks they were this, but this is because Malebolgia removed parts of his memory; he was actually an abusive husband who frequently beat her. Retconned and perhaps double subverted in Resurrection when said abuse was a false memory implanted in his head, with Al having loved and never hurt her.
  • Killed Off for Real: Word of God says that Wanda's most recent death is her final one and that she will not be resurrected any further. However, her soul has passed onto Heaven and she's apparently at peace, making hers at least a somewhat happy ending.
  • 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.

    Terry Fitzgerald 

Al Simmons' best friend prior to the series who married Wanda soon after Al had died. He is the father of Cyan and an ever-suffering figure due to Al's influence in his life.

  • Badass Bookworm: He maybe a pencil pusher but he knows how to fend for himself.
  • Butt-Monkey: A rather non-comedic example. A lot of terrible things that happen to him are the result Al's own actions (e.g. stealing weapons from a warehouse only he and Al had access to, killing Mafia goons, and etc.) or just some supernatural force screwing with his life to get to Al.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He's a benevolent enough man who tries to be a good father and husband, but Wanda's lingering and long-lasting love for Al in addition to the danger he generally brings to Terry and his family continuously puts him on edge of breakdown.

    Cyan Fitzgerald/Misery 

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

  • Action Girl: Her future self in the Spawn/Wild C.A.T.s (WildStorm) 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.
  • Demonic Possession: As a teenager she is indwelled by a powerful and enigmatic entity with mysterious designs for Spawn.
  • Future Badass: Teaches Nyx a spell to help Spawn defeat her demonically empowered half-sister Morana.
  • Morality Pet: To Spawn, keeping him from turning against his family.
  • Superpowered Alter Ego: The drugs she's been taking have activated an as-of-yet unnamed supernatural presence within her.
  • Super-Empowering: Cyan restores Al's powers after his battle with Satan leaves him a shadow of his former self.
  • Troubled Child: Following Wanda's death, Cyan started doing drugs and cutting her wrists, which landed her in a treatment center for troubled youth. Terry also slips her oxycontin.

    Granny Blake 

Wanda's religious mother and Cyan's grandmother. She acts as Spawn's spiritual guide and confidante in times of doubt and stress.

    Medieval Spawn I/Sir John of York 
A Hellspawn who was active in the late medieval period. Once Sir John of York, he was killed by King Henry's bodyguards and was sent to Hell, where he struck a deal with Malebolgia to become a Hellspawn.
  • Alternate Self: The 2018 Medieval Spawn and Witchblade comic features a new BFS-wielding Medieval Spawn, King Valon, who is completely unrelated to Sir John of York — who also encountered and fought alongside a host of the Witchblade in 1996's Medieval Spawn/Witchblade crossover.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: He's sent forward into the present day in the 2018 Medieval Spawn and Witchblade crossover, and is freed of the Hellspawn curse, effectively becoming human again.
  • Monster Knight: Medieval Spawn is a Hellspawn who was a knight. Despite being a demonic Humanoid Abomination, he allied with the Witchblade against the Darkness.
  • Precursor Heroes: He was one of Al Simmons' predecessors as a heroic Hellspawn, but despite doing good deeds he was hunted down and slain by Angela.
  • Nice Guy: In the 2018 Medieval Spawn and Witchblade crossover, he might just be the kindest Hellspawn who ever existed and proves to be nothing short of a Benevolent Boss. Though he does have a Dark and Troubled Past, where he was manipulated into killing his best friend.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Despite performing acts of goodness in the hopes he could repent for his sins, he was hunted down and slain by Angela.

    Nyx/She-Spawn I/Scion

A Wiccan girl who helped Al Simmons regain his Hellspawn powers and fell in love with him.

  • Back for the Dead: She's reintroduced in Spawn #298 and killed off-panel by Cogliostro in Spawn #300, though her death paves the way for Jessica Priest to become the new She-Spawn.She comes back as Scion of the Greenworld, and as of Spawn # 350, the Queen of Hell.
  • Breakout Character: Her appearance as She-Spawn is incredibly popular.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Has her magic stolen by Mammon following her returning K7-Leetha to Spawn. He later returns her powers after deciding he doesn't need them. Spawn #304 reveals she wasn't quite normal and unknowingly retained a piece of Spawn's symbiote, which was passed on the Jessica Priest.
  • The Bus Came Back: She disappeared from the comics after the battle with Mammon, but made a brief cameo appearance as She-Spawn in Spawn #296 and returned in full in Spawn #298 — having been in hiding from the forces of Hell while working with Spawn's other allies to assist him from the shadows.
  • Demonic Possession: Is taken over by Zera, Queen of the Seraphim, and later by K7-Leetha.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Learns a spell from the adult Cyan that lets her seal Mammon and Morana.
  • Flaming Hair: As She-Spawn, she has hair made of flames.
  • Hot Witch: Is a Wiccan possessing potent supernatural powers, and is quite attractive.
  • Morality Pet: Serves as one to Spawn following Cogliostro's betrayal.
  • More than Mind Control: Mammon manipulates Nyx into willfully betraying Spawn by showing her friend Thea's suffering in Hell.
  • Most Common Superpower: While her day-to-day attire belies this, Depending on the Artist as She-Spawn she can be quite busty.
  • Second Love: Became Spawn's lover for a time while helping him regain his powers.
  • Sinister Scythe: Her weapon of choice as She-Spawn is a large, oddly-shaped kusarigama.
  • The Symbiote: She "borrowed" K7-Leetha with Mammon's help to go spelunking in Hell looking for her friend Thea's soul.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: Expected Spawn to execute her for betraying him, but he dismissed her actions as trivial compared to his own.

    Jessica Priest/She-Spawn II 

Jessica Priest was the one who killed Al Simmons. She is now the second she-spawn.

  • Ax-Crazy: Massively so, even more than Al at his worst. She killed her parents as a five year old and joyfully roasted marshamallows afterwards. Even after several subsequent years receiving shock therapy in a mental hospital, she went on another killing spree and killed her entire school as a teenager after being released. Later retconned after becoming She-Spawn where she had become more heroic.
  • Canon Immigrant: She was created for Spawn (1997) to replace Chapel from Youngblood (Image Comics) as the killer of Al, then imported to the comics to replace Chapel canonically after Rob Liefeld was kicked out of Image.
  • Characterization Marches On: Originally, she was presented as a psychopathic murderer with no redeeming qualities. In the lead-up to her transformation into the second She-Spawn, Jessica is suddenly very caring about others. She's close with Nyx, and her relationship with Al Simmons is weirdly friendly given that she killed him. Among the Scorched, Jessica is the most heroic of them, going out of her way to help civilians while the other Spawns are focused on their personal mission.
  • The Leader: The Field leader of the Scorched.
  • Number Two: Is this for Al.
  • Only Sane Man: Once she returns to the books proper, she serves as this. She calls out Al for not caring about the casualties in his war against Heaven and Hell, and is the one to rein in Gunslinger Spawn when he gets all Jack Bauer. She's also the Spawn who is nicest to non-powered people, and will usually be pleasant to other Spawns unless they give her reason not to be.
  • Retcon: She replaced Chapel as Al’s killer. Her home life also was retconned, as she was originally established as having killed her parents as a child. However, in a later story, it turns out that Jessica's mother is alive and well and knows all about what she does, and is taking care of Jessica's daughter. About the only thing she has in common with her original incarnation is that she did still kill Al.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Her first foray into killing began with her parents, whom she poured lighter fluid on and set on fire along with her childhood home at the age of five. This was later retconned away around the time they decided to make her She-Spawn.
  • Wonder Woman Wannabe: As of the Spawn Universe recent titles.

    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.
  • 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 3 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.
  • Canon Foreigner: She was created for the show.
  • 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.
  • 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 Jade begs Spawn to kill her and dies in his arms.
  • Dual Wielding: Her preferred weapons are two identical slightly curved swords.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Navel-Deep Neckline: Her battle outfit has a plunging v-neckline that reaches her navel. As Lisa Wu, she actually dresses quite modestly.
  • 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.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: As Lisa Wu. The glasses don't seem to serve any actual purpose as she ditches them when on the hunt.
  • 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.

    Man of Miracles / Mother of Creation 

  • Canon Immigrant: He's supposed to be the same person as Marvel Comics' Miracleman, who Neil Gaiman co-created. Gaiman filed a lawsuit, and Marvel eventually undercut Todd by purchasing the character from its original creator. Despite this, the Mother of Creation makes a brief appearance in Spawn #287 as Cogliostro and the Redeemer recap Spawn's history.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon
  • Jesus Was Way Cool: She incarnated herself as the big JC to try and get humanity to lighten up.
  • Nature Spirit: It is the deity known as Gaia, and is the master of Greenworld.
  • No Gender: It has appeared in both male and female form, and has no true gender.
  • Top God: She was the mother of God and Satan, and chose Spawn to stop the war between her children.


  • Archangel Michael: When Spawn confronts him over his identity, Mike reveals himself to be the Archangel Michael, stripped of his divine powers.
  • Take That!: While reading Todd McFarlane's autobiography, he derides the idea of a superhero with spider-powers as a stupid, ridiculous concept.

    Gunslinger Spawn 
A Hellspawn cowboy

A large alien hellspawn
  • The Big Guy: One of the largest characters in the series

A fusion between two brothers

    Sergei Medvedev/Soul Crusher 2 
The second soul crusher who killed the orginal real name Sergei Medvedev.

    Eddie Frank/Redeemer III/Reaper 
A young man who became the third Redeemer and later the Reaper

    Marc Rosen/Medieval Spawn II 
A young reporter who became the host of Medieval Spawn


    Jason Wynn / Redeemer I/Disruptor

Al's former boss, and the one responsible for his death and transformation in a Hellspawn. Also heavily involved in Jim Downing's past work as Director Kramer.

  • Acrofatic: He has a noticeable gut, but he has quick reflexes and is still an accomplished martial artist.
  • Ax-Crazy: Seriously, behind all the charm lies a sadistic psychopath, and he only gets worse under the Redeemer mantle.
  • Badass Normal: As a human, he had no powers of his own, but is still proficient in martial arts.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a goatee and chinstrap beard that accentuate his malicious appearance.
  • Back from the Dead: As Disruptor.
  • Bad Boss: Put it this way: Anything and anybody that isn't useful to him is cast aside or killed, employees are no exception.
  • Control Freak: Wynn hates not having anything or anyone under his control one way or another and will work to ensure he gets whatever he needs to make that happen if he deems them as a threat.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Ran the USSC and a number of black market operations until he was toppled by Spawn. Loses it all permanently thanks to Jim Downing.
  • Dead Man's Switch: Wynn has what's known as an Executive Discretionary Directive which he uses to keep Spawn from killing him off at will. The directive is that once he dies he has orders in place to have anyone he deemed an enemy to be executed which includes Terry Fitzgerald and his family if Spawn managed to kill him.
  • Deal with the Devil: Later issues reveal he actually traded Al's soul to Malebolgia in exchange for psychoplasm, a piece of Hell itself.
  • Demonic Possession: Is possessed by Violator for a short while.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Under Violator's possession and when acting as the Redeemer.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Is a cunning and sadistic individual who arranged Al's death in exchange for a piece of Hell on Earth.
  • Dirty Coward: Moreso in the comic than the cartoon, absolutely refuses to get involved in anything physical unless he has an overwhelming advantage.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: As the Redeemer, which allowed him to completely flatten Spawn in their first fight. He was turned back to normal eventually. He would later become Disruptor with Powered Armor.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: As much as a despicable man he is, and he'll even threaten other people's children if it suits him, he seems to have a hatred for senseless child killers like Billy Kincaid, and can't understand why his Father is going so far to defend him.
  • Freudian Excuse: According to Wynn, he was once an earnest government employee who wanted to keep his country safe, but got involved with the supernatural when agents from Heaven tried to use him to secure portals from Heaven using American resources and lies against the Soviet Union before building them a supersoldier against the forces of Hell. His malicious egocentrism and desire for control are the result of finding out Heaven and Hell were both controlling and corrupting the souls of mankind and wanted to secure a power base for himself for protection.
  • Good Counterpart: He was the Redeemer/Anti-Spawn for a short time.
  • Hated by All: He is utterly despised by anyone who knows him personally. The only reason he hasn't been assassinated yet is because he has gathered incriminating evidence on various governments and organizations throughout his career, preventing him from being terminated and providing him with a bargaining chip to regain his authority if lost. However, Spawn later found and destroyed Wynn's collection of evidence, leaving Wynn without the safety net that he had built for himself as protection against all those who want him dead. While he rebuilds his power base, he is ultimately strangled to death by Jim Downing, one of his former employees.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: He's quite one of the most evil of all Spawn's enemies. And he's not a demon.
  • Karmic Death: Spends his entire career as a villain trying to get a Hellspawn to kill him as part of a deal he made with Hell. He gets his wish, but Jim Downing makes a point of killing Wynn as a human so that Wynn gets nothing.
  • Kick the Dog: Feeds a puppy to a tank of piranhas in the Animated Adaptation while calmly chatting on the phone.
  • Devilish Hair Horns: His hair horns accentuates his evilness.
  • Lack of Empathy: Wynn views his employees as disposable assets, as Al found out the hard way. Jim was in no better condition.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Cunningly manipulates everyone around him while weeding out everyone who could prove to be a liability.
  • Obviously Evil: He has Devilish Hair Horns and is frequently shrouded in darkness in the comics and the animated series. The movie ends up exaggerating this trope even further by giving him an ashtray on his desk with a tarantula crawling around in it and pictures of nuclear explosions on either side of him.
  • Powered Armor: As Disruptor.
  • Serial Killer: In one arc, he murdered women who resembled Wanda under Clown's urging.
  • Skin Tone Sclerae: In the Animated Adaptation, possibly as a Red Right Hand to hint to viewers that he's actively aligned with Malebolgia.
  • The Sociopath: Wynn is greedy, ruthless, sadistic, and not above torturing and killing people he thinks pose a threat to his enterprise.
  • Straw Nihilist: He became one of these after finding out about the war between Heaven and Hell and geared his existence towards fulfilling a cushy reward in Hell since nothing else apparently mattered.
  • Slasher Smile: Can pull off a particularly twisted one.
  • Superpower Lottery: As the Redeemer. He has similar powers to Spawn, except he doesn't have the Cast From Life Span weakness because his energy has an unlimited supply. On the downside, being such a bastard means his power source puts him in constant pain.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Basically his shtick: if he can't use it anymore, he disposes of it. Eventually bites him in the ass thanks to both Simmons and Downing not staying dead.

    Redeemer II,III,IV
Spawn's heavenbound counterpart chosen as Heaven's answer to the Hellspawn to become a righteous being infused with heavenly matter to smite the forces of Hell and protect the members of Heaven's Flock.There have been two other versions after Jason Wynn that were chosen after Wynn proved to be an unsuitable candidate:1. Phil Timper (II)2. Eddie Frank (III)
  • Anti-Villain:
    • The second and fourth Redeemers work for a corrupt Heaven but are blatantly shown in each incarnation save the first to be an honorable servant who tries to protect the innocent from Hell's forces.
    • The third, Eddie Frank, was an innocent boy who was manipulated into trying to kill Spawn by Mammon. Upon realizing his deception, Eddie literally goes to hell to save Spawn's life.
  • BFS: The two final Redeemers are given large golden swords that can destroy corrupt souls.
  • The Bus Came Back: After a years long absence after being defeated by Al, The Redeemer shows up again several times during Downing's era and resurfaces again after Al returns. Also applies to Eddie Frank as issue #298 reveals that he's still the host of The Redeemer.
  • Foil: While the Heaven he acts under is as corrupt as the forces of Hell, he is shown to be much more honorable and polite to others than Spawn and more willing to protect innocent people. His costume and powers are similar yet diametrically opposite to Spawn's.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Eddie Frank goes through this depending on how much the suit takes control of him. As of 300 Eddie Frank is now the Repear while a new Redeemer shows up siding with the Scorched.
  • Hero Antagonist: The second and Fourth Redeemers are hardly evil and are mostly up against demons like Spawn.
  • I Am the Noun: The third Redeemer often did this: "I am the Light that drives out the Darkness!", "I am the Sword the slays the Infernal Dragon!"
  • Implacable Man: The Redeemer is this for Spawn to act as an effective countermeasure.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Comes off as this while speaking of slaying the Infernal Dragon aka Spawn. The third Redeemer even wears golden armor and has gilded wings.
  • Knight Templar: The second one in particular basically Heaven's walking version of this as their soldier and pawn against Spawn.
  • Large Ham: The Third Redeemer.
  • Light Is Good: As good as a noble villain can be when working for a corrupt Heaven. He later sides with the Scorched.
  • Obliviously Evil: Has no idea the Heaven and the Angels he works under are as corrupt as the forces of Hell.
  • Pet the Dog: Often does this towards innocents and allies. He gave Nyx the courage to find her friend's soul in Hell and accompanied her to make sure she was safe then swore to protect her for rescuing him from Hell after Spawn left him behind, and later gave Jim Downing's girlfriend Sara a crucifix and a prayer before leaving despite being sent to kill her because he discovered she was a Christian.
  • Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: The Redeemer (besides the first, Jason) is always shown as courteous and downright chivalrous to others in comparison to the crass and acerbic Spawn.
  • Superpower Lottery: The Redeemer has similar powers to Spawn, except he doesn't have the Cast From Life Span weakness because his energy has an unlimited supply. Unique to him: are Eye Beams, the ability to control earth, a Blade Below the Shoulder and a Flaming Sword
  • Unstoppable Rage: Much like their demonic counterparts, the Redeemers carry the same limitless rage inside their souls, however the core of their anger is that of light rather than darkness.
  • Winged Humanoid: The third incarnation of the Redeemer is given angelic wings. These are actually a critical weakness. Rip them off, and the Redeemer's powers are destroyed.


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

  • 0% Approval Rating: All of his former servants abandon him after his death and resurrection. Nobody cares that he was dead either, constantly mocking his memory.
  • Asskicking Leads to Leadership: 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, Malebolgia possessed the Freak, and reveals himself to the Clown after Jim Downing becomes Spawn.
  • Big Bad:The First one of the franchise and he comes back during the Downing era as one of the major villains.
  • Demonic Possession: Hijacked the Freak's body at one point.
  • Demonlords And Archdevils: Ruled the Eighth Circle of Hell for 70,000 years before being deposed by Spawn.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Ordinarily, Hellspawn cannot wield holy weapons.
  • 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. Also in the video game Spawn:Armageddon.
  • Fat Bastard: Aside from being one of the worst demons in Hell, he has a notable beer gut.
  • The Ghost: In the cartoon.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: In the both the HBO series and the film. In the former, despite his role in the series, he's never actually seen or heard. In the latter, he mostly stays in the background while Clown acts as the Dragon-in-Chief.
  • Hero Killer: Killed Angela.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: In the HBO series he is never fully seen.
  • Karmic Death: Is decapitated by the very man he's been tormenting and manipulating for so long, with a sword from an angel Malebolgia had just seconds ago murdered.
  • Large and in Charge: He's a demon lord, and gigantic.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Especially in the HBO series, where he sent Simmons back to fulfill a prophecy that required a Hellspawn to impregnate a human.
  • Meaningful Name: He's named after the Malebolge, which is the 8th Circle of Hell in The Divine Comedy. And he's the ruler of this circle in the Spawn Mythos.
  • 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, Malebolgia has a maw full of pointy fangs.
  • Reality Warper: In his own circle of hell, and to some extent on Earth. One reason Cogliostro and Al didn't dare attack him directly for so long was trying to find a way around this. Turns out it's useless against someone wielding holy weaponry.
  • 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 reality warping 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.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Killed his creator, Leviathan, and imprisoned his essence.
  • Xanatos Gambit: The way his deal with Spawn was; if Spawn uses his power to do evil, it favors 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.
  • Unseen Evil: In the cartoon, he goes unseen except in the deeds he drives humans to commit.

    Clown / The Violator
As The Violator

A demon sent to Earth's surface to act as guide to the newest Hellspawn. Needless to say, they don't see eye-to-eye and become bitter rivals.

  • Archenemy: Although Spawn has an extensive rogues gallery, Clown is arguably his personal nemesis. He’s been around since the beginning of the series and is one of the most frequently recurring villains, in addition to there being a lot of bad blood between him and Spawn.
  • Ax-Crazy: Violator is a brutal, sadistic demon who feels Malebolgia should use pure demons instead of the half-human Hellspawn.
  • Bad Habits: Disguises himself as an unhinged priest on a rampage in the animated series.
  • Been There, Shaped History: His job is to groom and prepare the Hellspawn for service in Satan's army, something he did in medieval times, where he was mythologized as "the first dragon".
  • Beware the Silly Ones: The Violator is not a demon to be taken lightly: he has shown many times that he is more than a match for a young Hellspawn.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: In the less-stylized comics, the Clown has been drawn with black sclera and red irises.
  • Blood Knight: He loves fighting and killing, and constantly tries to pick fights with Spawn whenever he can.
  • Breath Weapon: Can breathe fire as the Violator.
  • 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. He also serves as this to the residents of an apartment building in one arc.
  • Creepy Monotone: As the Violater in the HBO series, he speaks via telepathy in a menacing whisper and only changes his inflection maybe once or twice.
  • 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.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Once Malebolgia and Mammon out of the picture, he tries to strike out on his own.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: In the animated series, and the film with Malebolgia as the Greater-Scope Villain.
  • Dragon Their Feet: In the comic.
  • Demonic Possession: Possesses Jason Wynn for a brief period of time, and later a man hiding in the apartment vents. Somehow, he returns to his old form eventually.
  • 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.
  • Driven by Envy: The source of his antagonism with Hellspawn in general. He absolutely despised how Malebolgia chose humans like Spawn and the other hellspawns to lead his armies to overtake Heaven instead of indigenous residents of Hell like himself because he viewed them as more intelligent and cunning warriors. Therefore, he tries to prove to Malebolgia at every opportunity that he and his kind are superior to the Hellspawns until he is given the status and respect he feels he deserves.
  • Enemy Mine: He agrees to help Simmons in exchange for a donation of power.
  • Evil Mentor: To Spawn, sort of. Or rather he's supposed to be, but Spawn rarely listens to him. Violator also has his own plans...
  • Eviler than Thou: Survives a fight with Omega Spawn, the strongest Hellspawn who could crush armies of Hellspawn armies with ease and once endangered the Imageverse.
  • Eye Scream: Downing's beatdown left him missing his right eye, though he later regenerated it.
  • Exact Words: Malebolgia forbade Violator from killing Al. Possessing an army of innocent people and controlling them to torture Al almost to death is fair game.
  • Fantastic Racism: He views humanity as weak and as such looks down on Hellspawn as inferiors. However, Malebogia forbids him from killing them. But can do anything else to them...
  • Fat Bastard: In his Clown form; as the Violator, he's rail-thin.
  • Faux Affably Evil: His cheerful demeanor 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.
  • Gonk: His Clown form is morbidly obese and quite unpleasant to look at.
  • 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.
  • Healing Factor: He can regenerate lost limbs such as fingers, but not his head.
  • The Heavy:The Most prominent villain in the franchise.
  • Hero Killer: Killed Wanda Blake since Spawn: Resurrection.
  • Hulking Out: As of Spawn 300 Violator is now hulking mass of muscle.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: In the HBO series he remarks that his current human form is due to him displeasing Malebolgia.
  • If You Taunt Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: His role is not to kill the Hellspawn, but to weaken him and cause them to waste his powers stopping Violator from wreaking havoc.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He's already disgustingly unpleasant and cruel. When he occasionally shows a willingness to reason with Spawn, it's because he just wants to make him suffer later.
  • 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.
    • His true form, starting out at least, was primarily drawn as being impossibly rail-thin in many areas, as if he was merely skin draped over bone with no muscle beneath.
  • Legacy Character: After his ascendancy he transforms a weaker demon into a duplicate of his original Clown form and sends him to be killed by Spawn; revealing the deception in Spawn #300, as well as that he was the one who killed Wanda Blake.
  • Literalsplit Personality: As of Gunslinger Spawn Spawn's nuke caused him to spilt into his clown and Violator forms into two the former kept his mind while the latter is a mindless berserker.
  • Looks Like Orlok: While in the body of Barney Saunders, he has a pair of ratlike fangs and claws.
  • 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 with four-fingered hands and glowing red eyes.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: As the Violator he has a broad upper jaw and a narrow lower jaw, both lined with fangs.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: THE VIOLATOR.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Violator is a supremely strong, fast, and resilient demon with various powers, including shape/size shifting, super-hearing, breathing underwater, regeneration, telepathy, possession of others, fire breath (hot enough to one-shot a Hellspawn), energy blasts, teleportation, and necromancy.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: It is stated that he is incapable of experiencing pain. Bullets, fire, and energy blasts don't faze him at all. Rather, it "tickles" him.
  • 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.
    • Only gets worse in a later arc when he makes his own funhouse: by creating an army of brainwashed humans and forcing them to murder each other for fun, and then setting the survivors on Spawn.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: In the movie, anyway.
    Clown: Destroy the cosmos, ask questions later!
  • 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.
  • Practically Joker: Spawn's Joker equivalent, with his Monster Clown Ax-Crazy characterization. At one point Clown even disguises himself as a doctor named "Joseph C. Kerr."
  • Precision F-Strike: In the animated series, after he first shows his true form to Spawn.
    Violator: Consider this a friendly reminder: GET WITH THE FUCKING PROGRAM.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: His hands are tied by his role, since he cannot kill a Spawn without an order from his superiors.
  • Really 700 Years Old: An 800-year old demon from the 8th sphere of Hell. He's the eldest of the 5 Phlebiac brothers.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In both forms he has glowing red eyes.
  • Sadist: Clown thoroughly enjoys the suffering and death he leaves in his wake, as well as pushing others to commit horrific acts of evil.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock:
    • Malebolgia does give him this as a punishment for trying to kill Spawn in an early issue. Malebolgia still needed Al alive... for the moment.
    • Downing supposedly left him stuck in his Clown form and Covered with Scars, and he agrees to help Simmons in exchange for having his ability to transform restored. Once Al leaves, he reveals he already has enough power to do so.
  • Slasher Smile: Both as the Clown and as the Violator.
  • The Starscream: After Jim Downing becomes Spawn, Violator decides to usurp his deceased master Malebolgia's place. By Spawn #300 he succeeds, becoming the commander of the demons on Earth.
  • Super Supremacist: Violator views humanity as weak and asserts that demons should lead the armies of Hell, not Spawn. Much of his terrestrial activities, sanctioned or not, are aimed at proving his superiority to his boss, Malebolgia. Although Violator has shapeshifting powers and can take any appearence he'd like, he uses the Clown shape because he sees humans as pathetic and disgusting, like him.
  • Telepathy: In his Violator form, he speaks to Spawn this way in most appearances besides the comic as of the animated series. Partly justified, since speech would be difficult with his disproportionately long lower jaw. Though the end of season one shows that he can actually talk conventionally. It's possible that he just does it to torment Spawn, since it apparently physically hurts him.
  • Tombstone Teeth: In his humanoid form of The Clown, the demonic Violator is often drawn with these as an indicator that he's a) not human, and b) evil — whenever he's not just drawn with straight-up fangs.
  • Took a Level in Badass: It's revealed in Spawn #300 that he was the one who killed Wanda Blake, and recieved a significant boost in power after doing so.
  • Trickster Mentor: Possibly the sickest deconstruction of this trope ever. He mentors Spawn into fulfilling his true potential as a Hellspawn and accepting his inner demons, but he does so with the purpose of making Spawn into a true loyal minion of Hell and goes about trying to make Spawn as miserable as possible by attacking his loved ones and bystanders alike to make that happen. As well as for his own sick amusement.
  • Villain Has a Point: He's a psychotic and all around unpleasant demon, but even Spawn said that he was right that the victims of his influence in the apartment had to live with the responsibility for their actions, regardless of whether Clown pushed them to give in to their depravity.
  • Villain Protagonist: Of his own mini series.
  • Wicked Cultured: In spite of his slovenly appearance, he evidently reads - or knew - Shakespeare.

    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.


  • Ax-Crazy: Is a cyborg assassin who enjoys killing.
  • The Brute
  • 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.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: His animated counterpart used a homophobic term to disparage Al's outfit when they first met.
  • Psycho for Hire: Was an assassin hired by Tony Twist to kill Spawn.
  • Reforged into a Minion: Spawn recovers his corpse from a corrupt prison's secret laboratory, and reanimates him to serve as a minion alongside Cy-Gor and the Freak.
  • 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. This is averted in the animated adaptation, where Spawn kills him for real the first time he puts him in pieces.note 

    Billy Kincaid
As a Hellspawn

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.

  • Adaptational Personality Change: In the comic, he was just as revolting in personality as he was in appearance, using politeness only to lure lure children into his grasp. The animated series portrays him as more childish and clearly not all there mentally.
  • Ax-Crazy: He's an insane Serial Killer of children who takes sickening joy in his crimes.
  • Asshole Victim: The guy is a child killer. No one will blame Spawn for killing him gruesomely.
  • Bad Humor Truck: Uses his cover as an ice cream vendor to abduct children.
  • 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.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's been on the receiving end of a lot of humiliating, violent, and often anticlimactic deaths in almost every single arc he's appeared in. Not to say he doesn't deserve every single one.
  • 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 a message echoing his Ironic Nursery Tune.
  • Demonic Possession: After losing his status as a Hellspawn, he becomes Diabolus Interium, forcing victims to become psychotic murderers and claiming their souls when they die.
  • Evil Counterpart: As a Hellspawn, he becomes this to Al.
  • Fat Bastard: Repulsively obese, and a sadistic monster who enjoys kidnapping, 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.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He uses an ice cream truck to lure in his child victims, and he acts this way toward Christopher in the Armageddon arc, offering him free action figures while getting his shiv to kill him.
  • Hate Sink: Kincaid just might be the most absolutely revolting of Spawn's recurring enemies. He's really nothing more than just a child molesting serial killer and has none of the Violator's cool traits and Laughably Evil demeanor or even the otherwise cowardly Mammon's suaveness and cunning.
  • Ironic Echo: After murdering him Spawn leaves his corpse to the police with a message echoing his song: "Boys screamed and girls screamed. So I made him scream, scream and scream..."
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: "You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream."
  • Karmic Death: He returns during the Armageddon arc to serve as an obstacle to Christopher — a child who was one of the 6,000 souls inside Spawn — who he lures to the funhouse to torture and kill him. Christopher mutilates him with his cape.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: His first demise at the hands of Spawn is the ultimate culmination of his depravity, and later when being made a Hellspawn himself, he gets violated by the suit while it bonds to him before he gets decapitated by Spawn. Can't get more karmic than that.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: At least he is in the animated series, where he's shocked at someone swearing and asks the Clown for ice cream just before he's shot. This is decidedly averted in the comics, though.
  • Serial Killer: He lures children into his ice cream truck where he brutally tortures and kills them.
  • 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 symbiote named K3-Myrlu, which 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.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Clown pulls this on him in the comics.



  • Big Bad:The Second one in the series.
  • The Chessmaster: He is the mastermind behind all the events that led Al Simmons to become Spawn, having steered him towards evil since childhood. Is heavily implied to be the demon Wynn made a deal with to start all of this.
  • Demoted to Dragon: When Satan returns, he is immediately demoted and reduced to begging for his life. Satan was NOT happy about Mammon's mistakes in his absence. Happens again in King Spawn.
  • Dirty Coward: Will run if faced with something resembling a fair fight and never gets his hands dirty even if he can't avoid it; preferring to hide behind pawns like Morana.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Took over the management of Hell in Satan's absence.
  • Faux Affably Evil: For all his charming behavior, he's still a demon and a corrupter who wants nothing more than supreme power for himself.
  • Kick the Dog: Does it any turn that he can. One such example is when he senselessly crushed a waitress' spirit by telling her of the bleak future in store for her.
  • Knight of Cerebus: As soon as he shows up, the comic gets even darker. From Clown's near-takeover of New York by way of The Virus to Armageddon being triggered prematurely to Spawn discovering a horrible truth about his life as Al Simmons...
  • Mammon: A humanoid demon who dresses in high-class businessman attire. The theme of Greed is more subtle than in other depictions; instead, Mammon's main goal is to be the supreme ruler of Hell as well as take the Throne of Creation for himself so that he can also have control over Heaven.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He is even better at this than Malebolgia or Wynn.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Prides himself in his affluence, and is the embodiment of Greed.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He assumes the name Malefick when he meets Al's mother and her children. Not that "Mammon" isn't an example of this trope, but you can't get much more blatantly evil than a surname that literally means having a malicious influence.
  • Navel-Deep Neckline Her She-Spawn suit has a plunging neckline that goes past her navel.
  • 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 Gods: Is the last of the Forgotten Ones, a group of ancient and extremely powerful fallen angels who were cast out of Heaven eons ago for refusing to fight the angels who rebelled against God despite being on God's side.
  • 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. Comes back in King spawn.


  • Bad Boss: Gouges out the eyes of one of his footsoldiers in the Armageddon arc just for telling him that Spawn wiped out his armies.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Pre-retcon, he noticeably has nothing in his groin area. He shares this trait with his brother.
  • Big Red Devil: Both pre and post retcon, Satan is depicted as a crimson-skinned horned abomination capable of growing even bigger.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He spells it out pretty clearly at the end of the Armageddon arc.
    Satan: If I didn't give them free will there would be no Attila the Hun, no Genghis Khan, no war, no genocide... no HELLSPAWN!
  • Complete Immortality: Pre-Resurrection, he can't be destroyed by any means, so he's sealed away alongside God in a parallel universe for all eternity. Though he's destroyed in Resurrection by Spawn's makeshift nuke.
  • Divine–Infernal Family: Before the retcon in Resurrection he and God were warring brothers, though post-Resurrection it no longer applies.
  • Enemy Mine: Forms one with God after his Hellspawn are all sent back to Hell ... by Spawn. It lasts until after the two of them destroy him.
  • God and Satan Are Both Jerks: He's really no better than God and was just as much to blame for their ancient feud, using humans as cannon fodder for Armageddon. Retconned as of Resurrection, where he's the Big Bad to God's Big Good.
  • God of Evil: He is God's twin brother and equal in power pre-retcon.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of the entire Spawn franchise. Malebolgia himself answers to him.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: He abducts Wanda's soul and offers it to Spawn in exchange for K7-Leetha, which he wants for himself. Simmons, knowing it's a trap, refuses.
  • Hulking Out: When Spawn pisses him off, he bulks up and grows in size even more.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: For a few moments, after the destruction of Spawn, he begins to show guilt for the destruction he and God wrought, until God turns on him and blames him for their war in the first place.
  • Satan: Well, who else would he be?
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Spawn banishes him and God to a parallel universe pre-retcon.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: When Spawn asks if Satan remembers what happened to Malebolgia,note  Satan sneers that the demon-lord was weak and pathetic.

  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Pre-retcon, he noticeably has nothing in his groin area. He shares this trait with his brother.
  • Complete Immortality: Pre-Resurrection, he can't be destroyed by any means, so he's sealed away alongside Satan in a parallel universe for all eternity.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When She appears before a crucified Al Simmons in Limbo, She snarks that She tried crucifixion once and wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
  • Demiurge Archetype: God from Pre-Resurrection Spawn is actually a spawn of the Mother of Creation, the true god, and wages petty war against the equally-evil Satan, causing all the strife and misery in the series for the sake of power and so that all of creation would worship him. However, Post-Resurrection God is more benevolent.
  • Dirty Old Man: Pre-Resurrection, it's mentioned many of the top tier angels appear as scantily clad supermodels is because God personally made them that way to suit his lecherous tastes.
  • Divine–Infernal Family: Pre-Resurrection he is Satan's brother. Post-Resurrection the two are no longer related.
  • Enemy Mine: In the Armageddon arc, he forms one with Satan after Spawn incapacitates Zera. It lasts until after the two destroy him.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: In Resurrection, She appears before Al Simmons in the form of a collie he had when he was a child.
  • Gender Flip: God is originally referred to with male pronouns, but post-Resurrection is referred to with female pronouns.
  • God Is Evil: Pre-Resurrection, God was portrayed as being just as bad as Satan. This is retconned following Spawn #250, though Spawn still hates her.
  • God Is Good: Post-Resurrection, she is retconned into being a good guy/gal.
  • God's Hands Are Tied: What She tells Al Simmons in Resurrection, that She wants to intervene, but can't.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: post-resurrection
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Pre-Resurrection
  • Knight Templar: Pre-Resurrection, this is the reason why He was portrayed as an antagonist. As seen in the Celestine mini-series, God even made it so that his angels who were zealously loyal and killed for him would end up in Hell after they died because the deaths they caused in His name are still deemed as murders and murderers were decreed to go to Hell when they die.
  • Little Miss Almighty: Mike refers to God using feminine pronouns, though Spawn refers to God as an androgyne.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Subverted. After killing Spawn, him and Satan begin to regret their annihilation of all humanity ... but then he turns and blames his brother for giving humans free will and starting their war in the first place.
  • Narrator: Following the reboot, God narrates Spawn's To Hell and Back adventure to save Wanda.
  • Never My Fault: After all of humanity is wiped out, God angrily blames it all on Satan for giving them free will in the first place.
  • Not Quite the Almighty: Pre-Resurrection, He wasn't the true Top God, but Him and Satan were the sons of the real Top God in the Man Of Miracles.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Pre-Resurrection, he hates how he's depicted in the Bible as a kind and compassionate being.
  • Retcon: Resurrection brings Him - or rather Her - back and retcons the whole "God is the Man of Miracles' child and Satan's twin brother" stuff.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Spawn banishes Him and Satan to a parallel universe. Resurrection retcons all this, along with the Man of Miracles being God's progenitor and Jesus.

    Bruce Stinson / Chapel
See the YoungbloodImageComics character page.

    John Sansker / Jean de St Clair 

  • Badass Boast:
    I'm not Bela Lugosi, I'm Heartless John, and I'm a vampire's vampire. I gargle with holy water and pick my teeth with crucifixes. In the Sudan, I once endured an hour of noon heat...
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Not only does he pull a Karma Houdini at the end of Blood Feud, but he technically succeeds in destroying pretty much anything around Spawn, turning everyone against him, from his homeless friends to his CIA contacts. The only thing he failed was his attempt to kill Spawn, and he doesn't seems to care much.
  • Hunter of Monsters: He hunts mostly supernatural beings such as vampires and werewolves.
  • Knight of Cerebus: In an already dark comic, he provides one of the darkest periods in Spawn's unlife, single-handedly ruining his reputation.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His pseudonym is a corruption of a nickname given to him, "Jean Sans-Coeur", meaning "Heartless John".
  • Our Vampires Are Different: He stands apart from other vampires, being much stronger than the average of his species. He resists things such as religious symbols and can even stand sunlight (he mentions having survived daylight in the Soudan). This plays a large part in his personality.
  • Smug Super: Is prideful about his superiority over other vampires.
  • Snake People: He can transform into a snake-like monster.
  • The Social Darwinist: His speeches to Spawn sound a lot like this.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: He turns out to be a vampire himself.


  • Actually Not a Vampire: In most of her appearances, she wears a black cloak, has a pair of fangs and red eyes, and needs to drink blood. But it's revealed that she's somehow not a vampire, or a vrykolakas, who are later introduced. One panel suggests that she had a demon placed inside her by Mammon, which caused her transformation. Furthermore, she cures herself of her condition by bathing in the blood of virgins.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: to Al.Later retconned thanks to ressurrction and king spawn makes them unrelated.
  • Black Cloak: Wears one in most of her appearances, keeping her identity hidden.
  • Blood Bath: More like "blood shower." She strings a few White Light followers up by their feet and beheads them, then showers herself in their blood, turning her human.
  • Combat Tentacles: Uses some thorny-looking ones as a Hellspawn.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: Was killed by Al while still in Wanda's womb.
  • Dark Is Evil: She dresses in a Black Cloak and has her face enshrouded in shadow, and is a sadistic, vampiric being in service to Mammon.
  • The Dragon: To Mammon, who raised her to hate her father.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Is far more of a fighter than her master and when she goes down, they both do.
  • Evil Counterpart:Both to her father and Nyx.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Once she dons the K-7 Leetha symbiote, she grows to an immense height, which she uses to her advantage to crush the Legion.
  • Freudian Excuse: Al nearly killed her while Wanda was pregnant with her, but when it turned out that she survived, she was led to believe — likely by Mammon — that her parents "threw her away like trash".
  • Heroic Lineage: Well, more like "Villainous Lineage." Mammon had been manipulating her parents' bloodlines to have countless Hellspawn as her ancestors.
  • I Hate You, Hellspawn Dad: Hates her father for nearly killing her before she was even born, and was raised by Mammon as the perfect Hellspawn.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Offers a suicidal vrykolakas a chance to die in exchange for biting Spawn. At the end, the vrykolakas is trapped in a permanent "Groundhog Day" Loop, being forced to relive the events leading to the loop over and over again.
  • Meaningful Name: She was named after the Slavic goddess of death.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Is sealed away by Nyx.
  • Stripperiffic: Her version of the She-Spawn suit is noticeably more revealing than Nyx's.
  • The Symbiote: K-7 Leetha ditches Al to bond with Morana. Of course didn’t last
  • Tragic Villain: "Killed" by her own father while she was still in the womb, then raised by Mammon as a vampiric creature with the intention of becoming the perfect Hellspawn? Yeah, pretty tragic. The. Her origin got retconned.
  • Walking Spoiler: Is Spawn's miscarried daughter and the final antagonist he faces before committing suicide. Of course didn’t last and Morana’s origins got retconned.

A vampire with an interest in Jim Downing.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: In his human guise of Matthew Ramus, Bludd controlled a multinational conglomerate called the Ramus Corporation.
  • Enemy Mine: In his efforts to take K7-Leetha for himself, he has allied with both demons and angels.
  • Meat Puppet: He's turned into one by K7-Leetha when she ditches Jim Downing to fight him.

    Omega Spawn 

A sadistic archangel warrior wearing a living costume similar to a Hellspawn symbiote.
  • Combat Tentacles: His outfit's stole functions similarly to Spawn's chains and cape.
  • Enemy Mine: When he first appears before Spawn he extends the offer of a temporary alliance to destroy Hell before fighting each other. After Spawn rejects this, he forms an alliance with Cogliostro and the Clown.
  • Hero Killer: He is an angelic warrior who has a reputation for killing Hellspawn, and also claims to have killed Angela and her allies. He's also implied to have killed Nyx.
  • In the Hood: His symbiote manifests a translucent blue hood that changes shape depending on his mood.
  • Light Is Not Good: He's an angel, but he's very much an antagonist.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: He has a cheekless mouth with dozens of identical teeth, contributing to his unnerving appearance. When he's enraged they turn into fangs.
  • Razor Wings: He can extend his wings and slash things with his feathers.
  • Sinister Scythe: When confronting Spawn for the final time, he wields a scythe.
  • The Symbiote: Godsend's outfit is pretty much an angelic version of Spawn's symbiote, sporting a translucent blue hood that changes shape depending on his mood and a stole wrapped around his arms that he uses in much the same manner that Spawn uses his cape and chains.
  • Winged Humanoid: As an archangel, he has four white avian wings.

    Plague Spawn 
The first Hellspawn, an entity formed when the demon-lord called the Serpent and the angelic Deceiver allied to claim the skulls of their commanders, the Black Angel and White Demon, and merged them together. After his death, his power was harnessed by Malebolgia and the Violator to create the Hellspawn symbiotes. He was called Plague Spawn.
  • Ancient Evil: The original Hellspawn was a supernatural warlord who existed at the time of the first Armageddon, thousands — possibly millions of years ago.
  • Ax-Crazy: More deranged that the other hellspawns
  • Born of Heaven and Hell: The original Hellspawn was created when the demonic Serpent and the angelic Deceiver merged the skulls of the Black Angel and White Demon, creating an entity that possessed the powers of both.
  • Double Weapon: The original Hellspawn is shown wielding a double-bladed battleaxe in Issue #291.
  • Hero's Evil Predecessor: The original Hellspawn was a warlord and tyrant who presided over Hell until he died.Expect not as he was sealed away
  • Humanoid Abomination: A fusion between a dark angel and a light demon, the Hellspawn proved more powerful than both Heaven and Hell's forces combined.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: He wore the fused skulls of the Black Angel and White Demon as a mask.
  • Psycho Proto Type: Plague was this for the Hellspawns due to him he more deranged and uncontrollable.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Has red eyes and Red stripes as well as being more eviler than regular spawn.
  • Spikes of Villainy: He has spikes on his back.
  • Winged Humanoid: He had a pair of black angelic wings, evocative of a Fallen Angel. later retconned to have spikes instead as Plague Spawn

    Ab & Zab 
Abadon and Zabraxas, a pair of lesser demons known as "openers" ordered by Malebolgia to summon the dark god Urizen to trigger Armageddon. After Urizen is defeated and Malebolgia slain, Ab and Zab spend their time as reluctant servants to Spawn and occasionally performing random acts of chaos.
  • Evil Duo: Ab is the partier of the two, while Zab is a bit more pessimistic and reserved.
  • Punch-Clock Hero: They're only in service to Spawn for their own self-preservation and go around corrupting and murdering people and sometimes opening portals to Hell when they have free time.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Initially serve as this to Malebolgia. They aren't all that interested in kickstarting Armageddon, although it's subverted when they start doing horrific things in their spare time.
  • Red Right Hand: Easily identifiable as evil with their facial tattoos.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: They haven't been seen since the Tale of Three Brothers arc.

    The Curse 
A Relious Zealot who turned himself into a cyborg








    King Spider 

    The Freak 
A Man named Bryan Kulizbrci who went mad after his wife left him.

    Soul Crusher 1 

    Dark Redeemer/Forsaken 
The First Redeemer

The New Leader of Hell and replacement of the Hellspawns

An ancient god that existed before heaven and hell

    Margaret Love 
A russian spy who later teams up with necro Cop

     Necro Cop 
A robotic Hellspawn created from Spawn's cape and later teams up with Margaret love.

    Mandarin Spawn 
an ancient Hellspawn from China.

A zealot scientist from Heaven who took over Heaven and leads the Purifiers.

    Black Azazel 
A Fallen angel who lost one of his wings.

The daughter of Violator

A bounty hunter from heaven sent to kill spawn


A cyborg who used to work for the mafia.

A large monster born to bring ruin.


    Raven Spawn 
One of Malebolgia's deathknights

    Nightmare Spawn 
An ancient Hellspawn who travels between the real world and the dream world