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Black Tongue
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Biographical Information
Real NameMarcus Morgan
AliasesBlack Tongue, Infamous Black Tongue, IBT
GenderMale
ClassJoker-ace
Wild Card TraitsPoisonous tongue and snake body
Social Information
CitizenshipCitizen of the United States
OccupationVigilante
Base of OperationsJokertown
AlliesOddity
Origin
First AppearanceFort Freak

Marcus "Black Tongue" Morgan is a fictional character from the Wild Cards series of books.

History Edit

Due to his mother's allergy to many if not most fur-bearing animals, the only pets Marcus had during his childhood were reptiles of various kinds mostly snakes. Over time he developed an affinity for them. Eventually he managed to acquire, but not tame, a coral snake. The snake bit him, triggering the turning of his card, whereupon he developed his snakelike traits. This caused him to become a pariah in his family, and he fled to New York City and Jokertown to find a life there.

In New York, bereft of friends and funds, Marcus briefly tried joining the joker gang known as the Demon Princes, participating in a raid on a small pack of rival Werewolves. Soon after he quickly (and falsely) became the prime suspect of the murder of former American Hero contestant Joe Twitch, whereupon he took to hiding in the sewers and alleys of Jokertown until his name could be cleared.

Eventually, the Oddity came to him, offering him the keys to a hideaway for him to use as a base of operations, choosing him as a successor before they retired.

Wild Card Traits Edit

Black Tongue has a snakelike body, and snake venom which he applies by striking his target with his extendible reptilian tongue.

Appearance Edit

He is described as having the body of a fit African-American male from the waist up, the rest being the body of a coral snake.

Personality Edit

Marcus is very bitter for his age, and resigned to life as a loner. Inexperienced with women, Marcus is uncertain how his serpentine lower half responds to arousal.

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