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Real Name
First Appearance
Spawn #1 (May, 1992)
Todd MacFarlane
Team Affiliations
Base of Operations
Great demonic power
Skills and Abilities
Master Manipulator

Malebolgia was originally considered an embodiment of The Devil within the Image produced series known as Spawn - however, after the entity was defeated by Spawn, his status as Lord Of Hell was passed onto Mammon, Malebolgia's position as Lord Of Hell fell even further into decline when the true Satan of Spawn's world revealed himself after centuries of banishment. He was the main antagonist of the Spawn series alongside Mammon and Satan.


Malebolgia acted as the chief antagonist of Spawn for over 100 issues until his ultimate downfall and held great power, though it was later revealed he was "but a flea" compared to beings such as Mammon who in turn was also a flea compared to Satan, yet for a long time such beings served him loyally (or at least acted loyal) - one of Malebolgia's most infamous henchmen was the Violator, who would become the archenemy of Spawn throughout the series. Malebolgia is also one of his archenemies alongside Jason Wynn.

Malebolgia was obsessed with creating an army of Hellspawn by which to spark the apocalypse and tear down the gates of Heaven and make Earth into a living Hell - the rebellion of Spawn proved to be a thorn in Malebolgia's side and ultimately, his demise. However he returned to life recently possessing the Freak's body for a while.


As Spawn #199 ends, the now-returned "Freak" from early Spawn canon is attacked by Clown, who rips the Freak's arms off. The Freak laughs it off and lets Clown know that he is not scared of him or any other of the Spawns because they are all "his." Clown quickly shies away as the Freak begins to transform. After reattaching his arm, the Freak transports Violator to Hell. Upon returning to Hell, Violator regains his full strength, as well as his senses. Fear consumes Violator as he looks deep into the Freak's eye, which becomes all too familiar to him. Violator trembles in fear and astonishment. The Freak reveals his true identity to be Malebolgia. After being defeated by Al Simmons, the Lords of Hell cut off Malebolgia's power and set up "roadblocks" to ensure that he never returned.

Betrayed, Malebolgia swears to regain his true power and form and kill all those who tried to prevent his return, including the Violator who had sided with Malebolgia's greatest rival, Mammon, after Malebolgia's fall. Malebolgia orders Violator to tell of his return in order to spread fear. He then teleports, leaving a skeptical and terrified Violator alone in the wastelands of Hell. Malebolgia is seen approaching an asylum or prison inmate, demanding the prisoner return something of his.The Freak's body was destroyed by Jim Downing but it seems that Malebolgia is still technically around. Malebolgia appears in the History of Spawn recapping the history of the series up to the current issues. Malebolgia made a cameo in Spawn 300 and also appears in a few Spawn spin-offs.


Malebolgia appears as the main antagonist in the 1997 live action film Spawn. His right-hand man, the Violator, bargains a deal with the man named Jason Wynn to create a powerful man-made substance, a deadly virus to bring more deaths and collect more human souls in exchange for Wynn's control over the Earth. Malebolgia ordered his loyal servant to request Wynn to recruit an important soldier for them, for Malebolgia, has chosen a general to lead his dark army. That chosen candidate was the government assassin, Al Simmons.

Video game appearances[]

Malebolgia appeared in the Spawn video games including Spawn: Armageddon as the secondary antagonist in the game and voiced by David Sobolov. He is also a boss in Spawn: In the Demon's Hand and appeared in the other Spawn games. Malebolgia appears in the SNES game of the same name as the main antagonist as well as the Gameboy game, Spawn, and Spawn: The Eternal.

Malebolgia cameos in one of Spawn's outros and his ending in Mortal Kombat 11.

Spawn: The Animated Series[]

Malebolgia does not appear in the series. But is mentioned throughout the series, thus, making him the unseen overarching antagonist of the series. He briefly appears in the season one episode "Dominoes".