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Buddy, I don't pay attention to the landscape when I'm working.
~ Chapel to Spawn.
YOU'RE NOT REAL! YOU CAN'T BE! It must be Giger messin' with me again! --Always throwing some illusion or trick at me! But to use Simmons...! That's a good one! That traitor's already died once, let him rot in hell! You got your own problems to worry about!
~ Chapel while fighting Spawn.

Bruce Stinson also known as Chapel, is a major antagonist in the popular comic book series Spawn. He also appears in other comic book series Youngblood as one of the main protagonists (alongside with Spawn).

Chapel is a servant of Jason Wynn. Chapel is also the one responsible for the death of his ex-best friend Al Simmons, who later became Spawn.


There is little known about Chapel's life before the events, Chapel was born in a prison in Joliet, Illinois. He is a known smoker and womanizer, who is proficient in unconventional warfare such as torture. Chapel was in Operation Knightstrike alongside Simmons. Chapel became a fellow soldier, but later became a mercenary, who becomes a servant to the corrupt mastermind Jason Wynn.

At one point Chapel was ordered by his superior to murder Al Simmons. The order was given because Al Simmons was a suspected spy. However, Al Simmons became the dark vigilante, Spawn.

Later in his career, Chapel was instilled with several chemicals that would give him some various superhuman abilities. Chapel was later injected with some type of HIV that can be activated by the superiors with a special serum. Wynn, who had frequent feuds with Al Simmons, commissioned Chapel to kill Spawn.

Spawn eventually regained his memory of Chapel being his killer and began hunting him. Spawn ambushed Chapel and took him to a swampy area, where Chapel had his face cut out by Spawn (in the shape of a skull). Afterward Chapel was forced to replace the missing skin with a skull that he had grafted onto his bone.

In Other Media

Todd McFarlane's Spawn

Chapel appears in the animated series as a major antagonist and loose cannon servant of Jason Wynn. He was responsible for the murder of Al Simmons in his mortal days. Chapel serves as a supporting antagonist in season 1, the secondary antagonist in the first half of season 2. Chapel is attacked by Spawn who then reveals his identity as Al Simmons to, his disbelief until it is proven true to him. After beating him, Spawn spares Chapel who is found by the cops. He serves as a minor character in season 3.

He was voiced by Ruben Santiago-Hudson.


Maybe it's you and maybe it's not. Never could stomach your whining all the time... ...trying to fix everything. You always were the goodie-two-shoes. Think you're screwed?! --Then DAMN! you! It was me who took the serum, not YOU! I'M the one poisoned with H.I.V.! So SCREW your sob story!
~ Chapel while trying land a hit on Spawn.
Spawn: So you believe what you want. I don't care. But it is me... ...Back from the dead. With more power than I need... ...But little else.
Chapel: You don't scare me, Simmons! I killed you once-- I can do it AGAIN!
~ Spawn and Chapel.
Badrock: CHAPEL! You okay?! Hey, man, what happe- JEEZ!
Shaft: Badrock, get the first aid-- NOW! He needs help! Chapel-- what's up?! Where's that caped guy? How'd you get here? What'd he want? What'd he say?!
Chapel: Nothing...
~ Badrock and Shaft finding Chapel after the fight.
Surprise, surprise--I'm here to learn your secrets, Al-Baby! I mean, come on, man! It's not every day one of the guy's I wasted in the line of duty comes back to life----I wanna know how you did it!
~ Chapel preparing to fight Spawn once again.
Chapel: Cut rate Spawn-- You don't stand a chance. You and your friends are already dead! You have no clue You're up against.
Spawn: Keep-- Talking--
~ Chapel and Spawn.





  • In the motion picture, due to contractual rights, Chapel was not written into the screenplay. Later arguments between Rob and Todd ended Chapel's appearances entirely. The character that replaced his role was Jessica Priest, who ironically enough, was retconned as Al's true killer in later issues.


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1997 Film
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