The Violator is a primary villain in Image Comics' Spawn series. He is a demon under the service of Malebolgia. He is also one of the Phlebiac Brothers. His true form is that of a demon, but he prefers the appearence of a clown.
The Violator is one of Spawn's most recurring and vicious opponents, being a mentor of sorts to the Hell-Spawn he is a sadistic and cruel entity that delights in the pain of others, while naturally a gigantic monster he often took 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 being a former human.
In the live action movie, Violator works together with Jason Wynn to have Wynn's best assassin, Al Simmons killed.
Like in the comics, Violator is a dominant antagonist in the first season.
Violator appears as one of the main antagonists in the video-game Spawn: Armageddon and faces Spawn as a boss battle, like all of his previous appearances he is sadistic and cruel with a mocking personality and formidable demonic powers at his disposal.