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You've been violated, little girlie-man!
~ The Violator's famous cathphrase.

The Violator is a major villain in the Image Comics' series Spawn and the titular character's archenemy (alongside Malebolgia,Jason Wynn, and The Redeemer) as well as the most recurring villain in the franchise. He is a demon under the service of Malebolgia, Mammon, and even Satan himself. He is also one of the Phlebiac Brothers. His true form is that of a demon, but he prefers the appearance of a morbidly obese clown. He also had his own series title Violator with him as the main character. In the recent issues 294 and 295, it is revealed that he had been the designer and creator of the Hellspawn's suits and powers with Al Simmons being the most recent since the first Hellspawn making him the The Heavy of the franchise due to him having helped created the first Hellspawn and everyone after him including Al Simmons.He is also the one who killed Wanda Al's former wife just to get more power.


Comic Book

The Violator is one of Spawn's most recurring and vicious opponents. Being a mentor of sorts to the Hellspawn, he is an arrogant and cruel entity with a sadistic sense of humor, that delights in the pain of others. While naturally a gigantic monster he often takes the disguise of an obese clown when interacting with the mortal realm, hence earned his alter ego of "The Clown".

Violator sees murder, torture and depravity as forms of entertainment and holds humanity in contempt; feeling true demons like himself are superior beings. This in part fuels his particularly brutal interactions with Spawn: who he is sworn to serve but still holds in extreme contempt for formerly being human.Violator would team up with bludd to take control of JIm Downing and later fought his former master Malebolgia with has been revived.

After Al Simmons returns, he was stuck in his clown form for quite sometime after Jim Drowning's time as Spawn and he later teams up with Simmions to get power. But unknown to Simmons, he still had his ability to shapeshift. In later issues he is seen plotting something and had a hand in Wanda's death. In the recent issues, (specifally #294 and #295) it's revealed that Violator was the one who designed Spawn's suit along with every other Hellspawn's symbiotes. Hence why he watches over them Malebolgia simply took the credit. He has been killed multiple times, each time to be returned to Hell and reanimated by his master, or on his own.There was one arc where he possesed a man and had corrupted people into become derenaged clowns have them kill each other and tried to have the suriviors attack Spawn. Violator was defeated in 295 and appears in 296-297 in the recap.He also had possed Jason Wynn one time and later possesd many people to attack Spawn.After Spawn resetted the unviese after the Armageddon arc Violator possesses on new form and attack Spawn once more.During the Jim Dowing Era he teamed up with a vampire called Bludd to take control of Jim Dowing and take Malebolgia's place and to make a new unholy trinity.After Simmons returns he offers Vioatlor to help him get to Hell to save wanda in excange to get his powers back but it's revealed that Violator still retained enough power he simply wanted more.In issue 290,293,295 and 298 it's revealed that Violator now possess as a politician and discusses Gabreille about Spawn and how he had a hand in Spawn's anger. In 299 and 300 it's revealed that Violator was the one who killed Wanda and thanks to Spawn empowering him had now evolved to a point as his demon form had bulked up.


In the live action movie he is the secondary antagonist of the film, Violator works together with Jason Wynn to have Wynn's best assassin, Al Simmons killed.

He was portrayed by comedian John Leguizamo.

Shadows of Spawn

Violator appears as the deuteragonist in the anime manga series, where a Japanese-American, is a street thug who hires himself out for money in order to care for his younger sister Mariko, who is very sick. He was known by the nickname Double K. After promising his sister to be with her for her birthday, Ken is murdered by clients. Seven years later, Ken is brought back as a Hellspawn. (It is heavily implied that Ken returned to Earth at the exact same time as did Al Simmons, as many events parallel events in the original comic). Like Al Simmons, Kurosawa initially has no memories, and is confronted almost immediately after awakening by the Clown. Clown briefly leaves the manga, replaced by a faerie-like creature calling herself Beelzebub. He returns as the Violator

HBO Series

In the HBO animation, Violator serves as one of the main antagonists in the series.

Video Games

Todd McFarlane's: Spawn for Super Nintendo

Violator appears early in game and started a Prison Break to get to Billy Kincaid. Violator appears in the game as the clown, but immediately changes into Demon Form for the fight.. After Violator retreats, Billy is "used" to access a portal to Hell.

Spawn: In the Demon's Hand

Violator in his clown form appears as a playable character.

Spawn: Armageddon

Violator appears as a major antagonist in the videogame Spawn: Armageddon and faces Spawn as a boss battle, like all of his previous appearances he is sadistic and cruel with a mocking and arrogant personality and formidable demonic powers at his disposal.


  • Violator is based on the Joker from Batman.Both are the archenemy to their respetive protagonists and Violator even has gotten an indenity called Joseph C. Kurr with some differences Joker is obessed with Batman while VIolator despies Spawn and simply want to lead Hell's army as well as being a demon.
  • Violator has appeared in the most issues than any other Spawn villain making him the most recurring villain in the series with the second being Jason Wynn and the third being Malebolgia.
  • Violator is one of the five villains in the Spawn series to be Pure Evil the others being Malebolgia, Jason Wynn, Billy Kincaid, and Mammon.
  • Iced Earh made a Spawn album that features a sone VIolate based on the character.
  • Violator was listed on Ign's top 100 greatest Comic book villains of all time as number 97 being the only villain in the Spawn franchise to do so.
  • Violator can also be the equilvant of both Carnage and Blackheart of Marvel comics as the former is the arch-enemy of Venom who is the inspiration of Spawn while the latter is essntally the right-hand of Mephisto who is the most likely the inspration of Malebolgia.


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