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Hellspawn are fictional supernatural warriors from Todd McFarlane's comic book series, Spawn. The main character in the series, Spawn, is himself a Hellspawn.[1]


The Hellspawn are under the command of Malebolgia, the ruler of the eighth realm of hell, and are mainly used as an officer corps for hell's army. They were created by Malebolgia and Mammon. Hellspawn are infused with dark energy matter, called Necroplasm, when they are created. This power is infinite while in Hell and finite when outside.[1]

Most Hellspawns were once human, and made a bargain with Malebolgia to return to Earth for either love or vengeance; he would agree to return them to Earth in exchange for the promise of service in Satan's Hellspawn army. This deal usually backfires on the Hellspawn, as then Malebolgia would return them to Earth several years (or decades) into the future. The Hellspawn are bonded with a symbiotic armor that protects the Host. Their time on Earth is also limited. Each time a Hellspawn uses his powers it brings him closer to a second death, returning him to hell.[1]

The nature of Hellspawn as generals in hell's army is threefold. Either the Spawn will be a successful murderer and will use his energy to kill innocent and evil alike, thereby providing hell with more souls, or he will try to do good by killing bad people. However, this will only supply hell with the souls of the worst kind of murderers (Kincaid, Wynn, etc.). Alternatively, some will refuse to kill and be destroyed by heaven, in which case hell does not lose anything and will just make another Hellspawn.

Eventually it is revealed that at least the last known Hellspawn are not creations of Malebolgia, but rather Mammon, trying to enact a breeding program between the most successful bloodlines represented by his Hellspawn. Al Simmons and Wanda, both related to famous Hellspawn of modern times, are the apex of such a process. However, later issues retcons this as Malebolgia and Violator were the true masterminds behind the hellspawns and their true origins are expanded in Spawn 291, 294, and 295 retcons this as Hellspawns were created by combining the powers of both Heaven and Hell by fusing a white demon and a black angel. Malebolgia was the one to discover them with Violator assisting him in the creation of Hellspawns since the first.

Notable Hellspawn

There are other Hellspawn such as Daniel Llanso from the Curse of the Spawn spinoff,[9] as well as Ken Kurosawa, Mangler, Cheveyo, and Caleb from the Shadows of Spawn manga, though it is unknown if they are part of the main series' continuity.

In other media

Hellspawn appear in some of the Spawn video games, as well as in the movie and the animated series. Some hellspawn appear as a cameo in Mortal Kombat 11.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Wagner, Hank; Golden, Christopher; Bissette, Stephen R. (28 October 2008). Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman. St. Martin's Press. pp. 239–252. ISBN 978-1-4299-6178-3.
  2. ^ a b David Hine (w), Brian Haberlin (p), Brian Haberlin (i). "Todd McFarlane" Curse of the Spawn v15, 182 (2008), Image
  3. ^ Hine, David. "Part I: Spawning Some New Terror". Comics Bulletin. Archived from the original on 2008-12-11.
  4. ^ Spawn 165: Mandarin Spawn
  5. ^ # Comic Book Resources-CBR News: A Hell of a Comic: David Hine Talks "Spawn"
  6. ^ Broken Frontier: Inside look: Spawn 175
  7. ^ Spawn 174-175: Gunslinger Spawn
  8. ^ Spawn 179: War Spawn
  9. ^ McElroy, Alan; Wood, Ashley (1999). Spawn: Blood and Salvation. Image Comics. p. 2. ISBN 978-1-58240-114-0.