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Spawn: Why Violator Is Comics' Most HORRIFYING Clown

The Joker to Spawn's Batman, this villainous demon has proved time and time again that he's more than just a clown.

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When it comes to clowns in comics, most are quick to assume that the Joker is the most terrifying. While he may be insane and sadistic, constantly terrorizing Batman and his extended family, he certainly isn’t the most horrifying. That title belongs to the Clown otherwise known as the Violator, Spawn’s archenemy. He was introduced in Spawn #2 by Todd McFarlane, as an overweight, four-foot-tall, bald, vagrant with a dark sense of humor.

He later reveals his true form, as a giant demon from Hell with a penchant for ripping out the hearts of his victims. He has been looking for different ways to torture Spawn since his introduction in 1993 and it seems no matter what Spawn does, the Clown always comes back. As both characters are powered by necroplasm and are soldiers for Hell’s army it seems they are destined to be at odds for the rest of eternity.

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The Violator was born in the 16th century as the result of a demon summoning. The Phleboton Spirit of Upper Ayres impregnated five women who all died during childbirth. Even though he was the oldest of the group, he was continuously picked on by his younger brothers and abused by his father. This led to him killing his father which impressed Malebolgia, one of the Lords of Hell. He recruited the Violator as his Chief Lieutenant in charge of grooming and training the hell spawns. He always felt the humans who became hellspawns weren’t worthy of such power, causing the Violator to look down at them and try to establish his superiority. When Al Simmons died and became Spawn, the Violator saw him more as his rival than his enemy, aiming to prove to Malebolgia how he was better than the new hellspawn.

As a powerful demon from Hell, the Violator has a collection of abilities he uses quite often, including shapeshifting between a human and a demon. He is practically immortal, powered by the same necroplasm that bestows powers to Spawn and can summon demonic spirits and creatures to his aid. Lastly, he is able to also possess people as he has done on a variety of occasions throughout the past 300 issues of Spawn. In more recent storylines, he begins to build an army of clowns through his demonic possession to draw Spawn out and take his power. Still, even with so much at his disposal, he tends to get himself into situations where his brothers have to bail him out, or in other situations has his powers stripped from him causing him to be trapped in human form.

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The Violator was last seen in Spawn #300 by McFarlane, Scott Snyder, Jason Shawn Alexander, J. Scott Campbell, Greg Capullo, and Jerome Opeña, working with Godsend, an angel from Heaven to destroy Spawn and take over the world. While Spawn thought he had finally destroyed the clown, he reappeared, trapping Spawn and torturing him. He attempts to strip Spawn of his powers by taking his costume, only to find out in the worst ways that Spawn’s power is not derived from his suit. As Spawn escapes their trap he proves to them he always had the power by creating a giant explosion of necroplasm which allegedly killed both the Violator and Godsend.

While it seems like the Violator has taken his last stand it is probably safe to assume we will see his return in one form or the other. Unfortunately for Spawn it will probably take a lot more than a nuke-sized explosion to wipe the sadistic clown from existence. Hopefully, the next time we see the Violator will be on the big screen, in the upcoming reboot of Spawn helmed by the creator himself, Todd McFarlane. This would be the character’s second appearance, with John Leguizamo playing the Clown in the original movie from 1997.

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Violator

Important epithets

The Clown

Known affiliations

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The Violator is the demonic form of the Clown and Spawn's intended mentor on Earth and one of the famous Phlebiac Brothers. Spawn and the Violator often clash due to the Clown's persistent taunting of Spawn.

The Violator is in charge of personally mentoring all of the new Hellspawn, and clashes with Medieval Spawn as well. The Violator personally feels that humans are unworthy of the Hellspawn position, and often makes this point clear. He usually sees Spawn more as a rival than a threat as the two have fought on many occasions. He will often motivate Spawn or take advantage of his anger.

There is also a special mini series about Violator.

In 2009, Violator was ranked as IGN's 97th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.

Biography[]

Violator is the oldest and most powerful of five hell-born demons known as the Phlebiac Brothers, and his main purpose is to guide Hellspawns towards fulfilling Satan's desire: to cultivate Evil souls on Earth for Hell's Army. He has been Hell's guide for multiple Hellspawn, his latest charge being the current Spawn, Al Simmons. However, Violator views humanity as weak and so asserts that demons should lead the armies of Hell, not Spawn. Accordingly, much of his terrestrial activities, sanctioned by Hell or not, are aimed at proving his superiority to his master. The Violator's current disguise is that of The Clown, a 5'6" overweight, balding man with menacing face-paint. 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. His hands are tied by his role, though, as he cannot kill a Spawn without an order from his superiors. His role is not to kill the Hellspawn, but to weaken them and cause them to waste their powers in wreaking havoc. His chief purpose is to groom and prepare the young Hellspawn for their service in Satan's Army. He has been killed multiple times, each time to be returned to Hell and reanimated by his master.

His brothers turn on him at one point, sending him fleeing for his life through a New York city shopping district. He becomes briefly allied with a moral, but naive vigilante.

At one point he is kept prisoner in a scientific facility seeking to weaponize his energies. Violator has to deal with an unexpected trip to Hell, an insanely murderous Angel and the facility's director of security, the stone-bodied Badrock.

Clown has recently reappeared in New York City (how he escaped from Hell is unknown). It is Clown who finds the decapitated body of Spawn in the alleys, and it is he who tries to mask the dead zone created after Spawn's suicide. Clown tries hard to keep the Spawn's death a secret and kills anyone aware of the Spawn's demise. Clown plans to put together his own army to bring down the kingdom of Heaven (against the wishes of the "Elders", supposedly, very powerful rulers of Hell). He travels to Connecticut to enlist the help of a fellow demon who now assumes the life of a human and is married to a human as well. Clown tries to convince the fellow demon (who has not yet been named) to join his own private army, but to no avail. Unfortunately for the nameless demon, Clown is not going to accept no for an answer. Clown gives the man two days to get his affairs in order before departing. The man, still defiant, looks in his cabinet to find the severed heads of his prize winning dogs and a note from the Clown reading, "I'm not Clowning around!"

Clown is absent for a while but then reappears in New York City to find an Angel crucified to a wall (done so by the newly ordained Hell Spawn). He is unaware that there is already a new Hellspawn and asks the Angel who pinned her to the wall, as he beats her with a crowbar. She laughs at his lack of knowledge about "What your side is doing, Mr. Clown," which angers Clown. He gives her a reason to fear him as he contorts his Clown face into that of the Violator. She says she is unafraid, to which he replies, "There are worse things than death, especially for an Angel," he then tears the wings from the helpless Angel's back.

After Jim and the Freak arrive on the scene, the Violator reveals himself. Though the Violator tells Jim he has the answers he seeks, it is made clear by the Freak, that the Violator is not on his side. When confronted by the truth, the Violator threatens Jim and the Freak. Before Jim can get any information from Violator, he retreats deeper into the alleys. The Violator goes to, "slaughter someone who could endanger my plans". The next scene, it is obvious that the Violator is switching between his two forms in order to trick Jim. Pretending the Violator is fighting the Clown.

The Clown emerges and claims that he has dispatched the Violator. The Freak curses the Clown, and then retreats in fear. The Clown and Jim are left alone. The Clown explains a little about Jim's newfound power. That his costume is alive and that there are ways of controlling it. He then laments over the Angel's current insanity. He makes Jim believe that someone else had been behind this vile act, and not he. The Clown explains that he is Jim's ally, and that Jim should trust him in order to find the answers he seeks. Before the two can converse any longer, the Clown dashes away. Telling Jim that he has an appointment, and he'll see Jim around.

The Clown is nearly run down by Sam and Twitch's car, after running in front of it. The Clown is then pursued by the two detectives, after he urinates on their car. After being stopped by Twitch, and tackled by Sam, the Clown is taken to the pair's precinct (although this was obviously the Clown's plan). Clown is put into a cell with three other men. Clown sits beside and talks to the one he identifies as Claudio.

He tells Claudio that he wishes to have a conference with Claudio's boss. Claudio becomes defensive and asks why the Clown thinks the boss would want to see him. The Clown explains to Claudio that he is going to make his boss an offer he can't refuse. He proclaims that now that he has found a Spawn, he plans to combine his power, Spawn's power, and Claudio's boss' power in order to make the New Unholy Trinity.

Powers[]

He is shown to be very powerful force and has stated to have superhuman strength equivalent to that of 15 strong men. He can breathe fire, shape shift, possess others, and survive any form of attack with the exception of decapitation from an angel or Hellspawn.

Gallery[]

Clown

Violator in human form

The Violator

Violator's true form

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The Violator is one of the five Phlebiac Brother demons. He moonlights in a "Clown" form to hide amongst the living realm and has been sent back to the eighth sphere of Hell at various points for failing to complete his mission. He is powered by Necroplasm and can perform magic like incantations, possesses supernatural strength, agility, and cunning wit. He is naturally drawn to murder and maintains a casual attitude while doing so due to his eternal life-span.[1] He is the archenemy of Spawn and the most recurring villain of the spawn comics.

Origin

In the Sixteenth Century, Dr. John Dee summoned a demon, a Phleboton Spirit of the Upper Ayres. The demon had an insatiable appetite for murder and sex and was offered Dr. Dee’s wife to satisfy his needs. However, when Dr. Dee's wife gave birth to the spirit's offspring, the Violator, she died in the process. The Phleboton spirit continued on with mating and the death of the mother was the case with each of the five children the demon had with mortal women.

While growing up, the Violator was frequently picked on by his four younger brothers. His dad frequently took their side and punished Violator in the process. Eventually becoming fed up with the abuse, Violator retaliated and murdered his father. As a result for his ruthlessness, Malebolgia offered him a position as chief lieutenant in hell.[1]

Being the oldest of his five hell-born demons known as the Phlebiac Brothers, he viewed humanity as weak, and so asserted that demons should lead the armies of Hell, not humans. Accordingly, much of his terrestrial activities, sanctioned by Hell or not, were aimed at proving his superiority to his master.

Earth and Spawn’s Arrival

The Violator was sent to Earth. His purpose was to groom and prepare young Hellspawn for their service in hell's army. The Violator was not a demon to be taken lightly; he had shown many times that he was more than a match for young Hellspawn. His latest charge being the current Spawn, Albert Simmons. His hands were tied by his role, though, as he cannot kill a Spawn without an order from his superiors. His role was to weaken them and cause them to waste their powers in wreaking havoc. Upon expanding all their Necroplasm, Hellspawn would be returned to Hell to serve in Malebolgia’s army.

However, the Violator began a killing spree and incited the Mafia to lay low instead of causing more crime. The Violator was fed up with playing second fiddle to Hellspawn and attacked Albert Simmons. He was defeated in a battle by Spawn and was punished by Malebolgia for performing the opposite of his role’s intentions. Malebolgia locked the Violator in his Clown form as punishment, and gave him mortal weaknesses.[2]

Admonisher and Mini-Series

Due to the murders the Violator had caused, the Mafia was furious. They captured the Violator and forced him to admit his crimes against them. When they attempted to murder him, he broke free and escaped. Furious with his escape once more, Tony Twist hired the Admonisher to track down and murder the Violator.[3]

The Violator's older siblings, the Phlebiac Brothers, watched him struggle and agreed to head to Earth to save the Violator from dying by the hands of a human, and thus tarnishing the Phlebiac name. They decided his death by their hands would be much more satisfying.[1]

During the commotion between his brothers and the Admonisher, the Violator slipped out and tricked Spawn into restoring his magic powers and ability to transform.[4]

Working with Wynn

After laying low for several weeks, the Violator returned to New York City and met with Jason Wynn. He blackmailed Wynn to work with him. He had Wynn mess with Wanda Blake and Terry Fitzgerald to drive Spawn out from hiding.[5] Wynn was dragging his feet and the Violator stopped by and ordered Wynn to threaten the people close to Spawn to stir the pot.[6] The Violator wanted to be next to Malebolgia when Armageddon began. He decided to show Malebolgia that he could use his brains by manipulating Wynn into having Spawn use his limited powers.[7]

However, Spawn soon disappeared. While happy at first, Violator realized he wouldn't get promoted unless he proved himself to Malebolgia.[8] He grew weary of waiting for Wynn and took matters into his own hands.[9] The Violator kidnapped Cyan Fitzgerald and attempted to frame Wynn for the action.[10]

When Spawn learned of Cyan's kidnapping and discovered it was the Violator, he attacked the Violator in the alleys. However, the Violator laughed at Spawn. He informed him that he was slow-minded and thought it was funny that he still thought it was Chapel that had killed him. This put doubts in Spawn's head that he would soon chase out his real killer. Spawn had enough of the Violator's tongue and used his Necroplasm to banish the Violator from Earth.[11]

The Fight for the Throne of Hell

Later, when Hell was vacated by the death of Malebolgia,[12] the Violator attempted to step in as its new ruler as he was still banished to hell. However, Spawn soon returned to hell to challenge him for the throne.[13] The Violator was quickly defeated when Spawn unleashed and embraced the power of hell.[14]

Possessing Wynn

Later, The Violator still wanted revenge on Spawn. He was convinced by Mammon to head to earth and pollute Jason Wynn's mind. One of the first orders of business Wynn performed while under the Violator's control was to have old files of Al Simmons dug up.[15] While researching Al by day, at night he moonlight with hookers. He specifically met with hookers that dressed and acted like Wanda Blake.[16] He then murdered them and wrote messages to Spawn on the wall with their blood.[17]

Later, Jason Wynn, still under control by Violator, painted Violator make-up on himself and cornered a woman who looked like Wanda in an abandoned building in New York City. The innocent woman pleaded to be let go but Wynn closed in on her with a drill and called her Wanda. Spawn burst onto the scene and quickly overpowered Wynn. Spawn pulled back his mask to reveal he was Al Simmons and wanted him to remember it was him who brought him down. Wynn had an internal mental battle with the Violator and the Violator broke free from Wynn. Wynn then threw himself from the building and Spawn was speechless, watching him mentally battle himself, unaware that he was possessed by the Violator.[18]

While the fall would have killed any normal man, the Violator took control of Wynn's body one more and snapped his joints and bones back into place having survived the multi-story drop. The Violator was now in complete control of his body.[18]

Thousand Clown Circus

Now reborn, the Violator soon revealed his true form to several drug dealers and used his powers to convert them to his loyal followers as he moved once again to get back at Spawn.[19] He built up an army of thousands of clown followers and lured Spawn into a trap.[20] After defeating him in battle, the Violator had Spawn tied up with a thorn-crown on his head in the Dead Zone. Spawn layed battered and unable to recover due to the Dead Zone's neutralizing affects on his powers. One of the Clown's followers get too close and Spawn grabbed him and threatened to kill the follower if he was not released. The Violator laughed and cut the man's head off. He ordered his followers to grab the man and throw him on the dinner table for food. He had all of his followers throw food at Spawn and ridicule him to show how evil he had become.[21]

Spawn eventually freed himself by temporarily transforms into his mortal form of Al Simmons but quickly changed back. The transformation loosened his shackles as he pulls himself out of the Dead Zone so his powers could heal him. He immediately headed to where he heard the Clown's music. He pulled back a curtain and found the Violator waiting for him. He stood in the middle of a circus ring and welcomed Spawn to challenge him to a fight in front of his converted clown army. The Violator easily beat the weakened Spawn as his followers cheered. He unleashed his followers to cause havoc in the city.[22]

Spawn defeated the many civilians who were inhabited by Violator and the Violator retreated once more though he left Al Simmons severely wounded. All according to Mammon's plan for why Violator had been released.[23]

Return

He returns in Spawn #167, now a thin clown. In Spawn #168 it's revealed that his spirit jumped into the body of an unfortunate man named Barney Saunders, who was trapped in the garbage chute and without the spirit of Violator would have been eaten alive by rats and roaches. In his new appearance, Violator has also become very dangerous in his Clown form displaying great speed and agility, using a knife to attack his enemies. He has also regained his ability to change into his demon form when he wishes.

Barney Saunders as it turns out was the lover of a married woman named Wilma Barbera. Trying to escape discovery by Wilma Barbera's husband, Barney Saunders had tried to escape through the garbage chute only to be trapped there a couple of days before the bright light event (Spawn's destruction and recreation of the world).

The Violator is revealed to be the cause of all the havoc of the apartment complex, freeing the residents of restraint and allowing them to fulfill their desires and violent urges. This allowed the Violator to create a portal to hell from which Violator's brothers could enter the earth. Violator was confronted by Spawn, but easily gained the upper hand in the battle. Clown/Violator had a weakness though which was the love the Barney Saunders had for his girlfriend, causing the downfall of his plan. Just mere moments from Violator's victory, Barney Saunder's spirit was able gain control when he saw the face of his lover, Wilma Barbera, but he still had the appearance and powers of the the Clown. Barney Saunders decided to go through the portal into hell, knowing that the only way to close the portal was to trap himself and Clown on the other side while he could still maintain control over his body. But Barney Saunders/Clown did not want to go to hell alone. After a discussion, Barney Saunders revealed that he was angry at his lover for not coming to save him when he was starving to death in the garbage chute and took her with him, thus stranding The Violator, Barney Saunders and Wilma Barbera in hell. Now comes the wait for Clown's return, his reaction to sharing one body with Barney Saunders and to see what has become of Wilma Barbera.

Post-Resurrection

The Violator had been stuck in his clown form for quite some time. He spent his time a nudie bars and was eventually approached by Albert Simmons. Al needed a demon guide to help open the gateway to the Tunnel. The Violator agreed if he exchanged some power for him so that he could 'shape-shift' again. Unknown to Spawn, the Violator already had the ability and was craving more power.[24] They soon entered the Tunnel together, where the Violator guided them to the gateway that would bring Spawn to Satan.[25]

Appearances, Images, and QuotesEdit

  • Phlebiac Trivia: The Phlebiac's personalities are each based on their names.
    • Vacillator: Can never make up his mind and always vacillates between options.
    • Vandalizer: Is the bull-headed one who charges ahead and uses brute physical force to vandalize his opponents.
    • Vaporizer: Always vaporizes his opponents by swallowing them whole as opposed to toying with them like the rest of the Phlebiac brothers.
    • Vindicator: Likes to rescue people by saving Billy Kincaid in hell and votes to save Violator in his human form when he was in danger.
    • Violator: Like to murder and violate people by violating their bodies and ripping our their hearts.
  • In the HBO miniseries Todd McFarlane's Spawn, the Clown was voiced by Michael Nicolosi in his human form, and by James Hanes in his demonic form.
  • In the 1997 live-action film, Clown was portrayed by John Leguizamo.
  • The Violator appears briefly with Spawn in the Grim Tale from Down Below web comic.
  • Clown/Violator fought against Badrock in a crossover comic book.
  • The Violator appears in the Japanese manga Shadows of Spawn.
  • The Violator has been featured in almost every Spawn video game released since the first title launched on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES).
  • The Violator is referenced in Mk11 by Erron Black who says a clown paid him. He makes a cameo as a severed head in Spawn's intro and is seen in Spawn's ending.
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John Leguizamo as Clown in the Spawn feature film

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Violator in the Spawn feature film

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Spawn Lore: The Violator

Violator (comics)

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Violator (also referred to at times as The Violator) is a fictional supervillain, who appears in the Spawncomic books published by Image Comics. The character first appeared in Spawn #2 (cover-dated May 1992) and was created by writer-artist Todd McFarlane. He is by far the most recurring villain of the series and Spawn's archenemy. He is also the maker of the Hellspawns, hence, he trains and keeps tabs on them.

In 2009, Violator was ranked as IGN's 97th-greatest comic book villain of all time.[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Violator is the oldest and most powerful of five hell-born demons known as the Phlebiac Brothers, and his main purpose is to guide Hellspawns towards fulfilling Malebolgia's desire: to cultivate evil souls on Earth for Hell's army. He has been Hell's guide for multiple Hellspawn, his latest charge being the current Spawn, Al Simmons.[2] However, Violator views humanity as weak and so asserts that demons should lead the armies of Hell, not Spawn. Accordingly, much of his terrestrial activities, sanctioned by Hell or not, are aimed at proving his superiority to his master. The Violator's current disguise is that of Clown, a 3'10"[3] overweight, balding man with menacing face-paint and four fingers on each hand. 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. His hands are tied by his role, though, as he cannot kill a Spawn without an order from his superiors. His role is not to kill the Hellspawn, but to weaken them and cause them to waste their powers in wreaking havoc. His chief purpose is to groom and prepare the young Hellspawn for their service in Satan's army. He has been killed multiple times, each time to be returned to Hell and reanimated by his master.

Fighting for his life[edit]

His brothers turn on him at one point, sending him fleeing for his life through a New York city shopping district. He becomes briefly allied with a moral but naive vigilante.[4]

At one point he is kept prisoner in a scientific facility seeking to weaponize his energies. Violator has to deal with an unexpected trip to hell, an insanely murderous angel and the facility's director of security, the stone-bodied Badrock.[5]

After suffering a humiliating defeat in Hell during Spawn's return to claim the throne of the 8th sphere, Clown reappeared on Earth on the order of Mammon to wreak havoc in Spawn's life as part of the larger plan to give Nyx an opportunity to betray Al. He was a "mental adviser" to Jason Wynn, his former contact and partner in the deal that cost Al Simmons his life. He helped Wynn regain his sanity and return to the NSA, but had other plans, rather than being charitable. He has assumed the dominant role in Wynn's psyche and when Wynn was vulnerable, hanging from a steel girder many stories up, he caused him to fall to his apparent death. Clown then took over Wynn's body and used it as his new vessel. He turned Wynn's body into a fanged, bloated parody of his former self. Clown then began to attack and 'mark' citizens of Rat City, turning them all into blue face-painted Clowns. It was revealed that the Violator was possessing hundreds of civilians and forcing them to run amok, committing acts of violence and vandalism, all with a smile on their faces. After their attacks brought Spawn to the brink of death, leaving him bleeding and broken on the streets of Rat City in his Al Simmons persona, the Clowns vanished. The Violator has not been seen since, but has revealed that he has been turned loose on Earth with no strings attached, and it is only a matter of time before he returns to plague Spawn anew.

In Spawn #167, a new Clown emerges, who is thin and agile, and fond of using knives. Clown hijacked the body of Barney Saunders, who had been having an affair with a married woman named Wilma Barbera. Trying to escape discovery by Wilma Barbera's husband, Barney Saunders jumped down the garbage chute only to be trapped there a couple of days before the bright light event (Spawn's destruction and recreation of the world), and doomed to be eaten alive by rats and roaches. The new Clown easily escapes and frequently uses a knife to attack his enemies. He also can still change into his demon form when he wishes.

The Violator is revealed to be the cause of all the havoc of an apartment complex, freeing the residents of restraint and allowing them to fulfill their desires and violent urges. This allowed the Violator to create a portal to Hell from which the other Phlebiac Brothers could enter the world. Violator is confronted by Spawn, but easily gains the upper hand in the battle. Mere moments from Violator's victory, Barney Saunder's spirit gains control when his body sees his lover Wilma. Barney Saunders decides to go through the portal into Hell, knowing that the only way to close the portal was to trap himself and Clown on the other side while he could still maintain control over his body. Barney reveals that he was angry at his lover for not coming to save him when he was starving in the garbage chute and takes her with him, stranding The Violator, Saunders and Wilma in Hell.

Clown has recently reappeared in New York City (how he escaped from Hell is unknown). It is Clown who finds the decapitated body of Spawn in the alleys, and it is he who tries to mask the dead zone created after Spawn's suicide. Clown tries hard to keep the Spawn's death a secret and kills anyone aware of the Spawn's demise. Clown plans to put together his own army to bring down the kingdom of Heaven (against the wishes of the "Elders", supposedly very powerful rulers of Hell). He travels to Connecticut to enlist the help of a fellow demon who now assumes the life of a human and is married to a human as well. Clown tries to convince the fellow demon (who has not yet been named) to join his own private army, but to no avail. Unfortunately for the nameless demon, Clown is not going to take "no" for an answer. Clown gives the man two days to get his affairs in order before departing. The man, still defiant, looks in his cabinet to find the severed heads of his prize winning dogs and a note from Clown reading, "I'm not Clowning around!".

Clown is absent for a while, but then reappears in New York City to find an Angel crucified to a wall (done so by the newly ordained Hellspawn). He is unaware that there is already a new Hellspawn and asks the Angel who pinned her to the wall, as he beats her with a crowbar. She laughs at his lack of knowledge about "What your side is doing, Mr. Clown," which angers Clown. He gives her a reason to fear him as he contorts his Clown face into that of the Violator. She says she is unafraid, to which he replies, "There are worse things than death, especially for an Angel"; he then tears the wings from the helpless Angel's back.

After Jim and the Freak arrive on the scene, the Violator reveals himself. Though the Violator tells Jim he has the answers he seeks, it is made clear by the Freak that the Violator is not on his side. When confronted by the truth, the Violator threatens Jim and the Freak. Before Jim can get any information from Violator, he retreats deeper into the alleys. The Violator goes to "slaughter someone who could endanger my plans". In the next scene, the Violator is switching between his two forms in order to trick Jim, pretending the Violator is fighting Clown.

Clown emerges and claims that he has dispatched the Violator. The Freak curses Clown and then retreats in fear. Clown and Jim are left alone. Clown explains a little about Jim's newfound power; that his costume is alive and that there are ways of controlling it. He then laments over the Angel's current insanity. He makes Jim believe that someone else had been behind this vile act and not he. Clown explains that he is Jim's ally and that Jim should trust him in order to find the answers he seeks. Before the two can converse any longer, Clown dashes away, telling Jim that he has an appointment and he will see Jim around.

Clown is nearly run down by Sam and Twitch's car, after running in front of it. Clown is then pursued by the two detectives after he urinates on their car. After being stopped by Twitch, and tackled by Sam, Clown is taken to the pair's precinct (although this was obviously Clown's plan). Clown is put into a cell with three other men. Clown sits beside and talks to the one he identifies as Claudio.

He tells Claudio that he wishes to have a conference with Claudio's boss. Claudio becomes defensive and asks why Clown thinks the boss would want to see him. Clown explains to Claudio that he is going to make his boss an offer he cannot refuse. He proclaims that now that he has found a Spawn, he plans to combine his power, Spawn's power, and Claudio's boss' power in order to make the New Unholy Trinity. Spawn 294 and 295 reveals that he had made Spawn's powers and all of the other Hellspawns. Later, 300 confirms that Violator was the one who killed Wanda Blake and had evolved to a point as he is now more bulky in his demon form.

Other versions[edit]

Violator and his siblings are New York's ad-hoc police force in the dystopia-Spawn-ruled future of 2015.[6]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Being a relatively mid-level demon within Hell's hierarchy, the Violator possesses considerable strength and resilience to injuries; enough to tear out a Hellspawn's heart with one hand and survive multiple high-caliber gunshots that would instantly kill or cripple a human being. He possess a degree of shape-changing powers, typically used to take on the appearance of "the Clown." He's also shown to breathe flames and take possession of others. As with any demon, he can only be destroyed by an equal or higher power such as a Hellspawn or Heavenly weapons.

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

Film[edit]

The character appears as a major antagonist in the 1997 live-action Spawn film portrayed by John Leguizamo in Clown form. His true demonic form was achieved through a combination of animatronicpuppetry and CGI. He is responsible for an elaborate scheme to train Al Simmons into an assassin for a military program, and had Simmons' superior Jason Wynn betray and kill him. This leads a vengeful Simmons into agreeing to become the leader of Hell's army. Clown is frustrated that Malebolgia chose Spawn to be his general instead of him. Spawn and Violator had some kind of a rivalry. He is a constant presence in the movie, attempting to get Simmons into the path of evil. In an effort to spread chaos and destruction, he convinces Wynn to attach a device in his body that would cause an apocalyptic disaster in the event of his death. This was part of the scheme to get Simmons to destroy the world. Simmons later confronts the Violator, who turns into his true form and attacks him. The Violator fails to kill him due to the intervention of Cogliostro. Simmons later confronts Wynn and extracts the device before the Violator attacks again, dragging Spawn into a showdown in Hell. Simmons rejects his role as the leader of Hell's army, and alongside Cogliostro, fights off the Violator back on Earth, decapitating him in the end. His head, still conscious, retreats back to Hell.

Other comic books[edit]

The Violator appears in the JapanesemangaShadows of Spawn as well as the Spawn spin-off miniseries Violator and the crossover Violator/Badrock.

Video games[edit]

  • Violator also appears in a cameo in Mortal Kombat 11 in one of Spawn's intros, with Spawn putting his head on steel rebar, and in his arcade mode ending.

Music[edit]

Violator is the subject of the song "Violate" by heavy metal band Iced Earth, from their Spawn-themed concept album The Dark Saga.

Action figures[edit]

Both the demonic and human forms of this character have been the basis for a number of action figures from McFarlane Toys.[11][12][13][14][15]

Web[edit]

The Violator makes an appearance on Angry Video Game Nerd episode on Spawn games, where he forces the titular gamer to play video games based on the Spawn franchise, while attempting to trick the Nerd into cheating at the games to enact a plan to get the nerd into trouble with the demonic Malebolgia. He was played by Justin Silverman.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^Violator is number 97IGN. Retrieved 10-05-09.
  2. ^Misiroglu, Gina Renée; Eury, Michael (2006). The Supervillain Book: The Evil Side of Comics and Hollywood. Visible Ink Press. p. 223. ISBN .
  3. ^Spawn #15, pp. 1
  4. ^Violator #1–3 (1994)
  5. ^Violator Vs. Badrock #1–4 (1995)
  6. ^Spawn/WildC.A.T.S. #1–4 (1996)
  7. ^ ab"Clown Voices (Spawn) - Behind The Voice Actors". behindthevoiceactors.com. Retrieved March 20, 2020. Check marks indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources.CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  8. ^ abc"Violator Voices (Spawn) - Behind The Voice Actors". behindthevoiceactors.com. Retrieved March 12, 2020. Check marks indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources.CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  9. ^Muir, John Kenneth (2008). The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television. McFarland & Company. p. 494. ISBN .
  10. ^DeGayla, ed. (30 September 1998). The Big Playstation Book: Prima's Unauthorized Game Secrets. Prima Publishing. pp. 321–323. ISBN .
  11. ^Scott, Sharon M. (2010). Toys and American Culture: An Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. p. 201. ISBN .
  12. ^Consoli, Jim (February 17, 1995). "TOYS SELL FASTER THAN A SPEEDING LOCOMOTIVE". The Record – via HighBeam Research(subscription required). Bergen County. Archived from the original on September 21, 2014.
  13. ^Szadkowski, Joseph (November 3, 2007). "A Spawn X for Shelf, Space Mechanic for Play". The Washington Times. Washington, DC.[dead link]
  14. ^Benitez, Tina (October 1, 2006). "Spawn at 30". Playthings – via HighBeam Research(subscription required). Archived from the original on September 21, 2014.
  15. ^Szadkowski, Joseph (March 3, 2001). "Film, TV, Comic Characters Ready to Hit Store Shelves". The Washington Times. Washington, DC. [dead link]

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