Cleon was a co-founder of The Warriors and the Warlord of the gang until the meeting.

Cleon was a member of the Destroyers prior to his founding of The Warriors, and considered himself and Destroyers leader Virgil to be "brothers". However, when Virgil attempted to betray Cleon and fellow Destroyer Vermin, the two left the gang to found The Warriors. Following this, a war began between The Warriors and the Destroyers for control of Coney Island.