Biographical Information
Real NameFfodor Mathias
AliasesBlackhole, Karolus Kowach, Nicolao Tholdy
Wild Card TraitsGravity control, invisibility
Social Information
Place of BirthHungary
CitizenshipHungarian citizen, deceased
Base of OperationsVienna, Austria
First AppearanceSuicide Kings
CreatorMelinda M. Snodgrass

Ffodor "Blackhole" Mathias is a minor character in the Wild Cards series of books.


Mathias was contacted by Noel Mathews to participate in a bank heist with a team of several other aces. His role was to be part of the bank vault infiltration team from the outset, maintaining a neutral pull of gravity on the others so as to avoid triggering any pressure plates, and then with the gold secured he helped lighten the load to extract it from the bank. The heist began successfully until Tesseract double-crossed the group and transported them to her family's barn and into an ambush. Mathias escaped unscathed, letting Noel do the fighting, and once he, Noel, and Tesseract, were back at their planned destination it was Mathias who calmed the subsequent tension down. He chastised Tesseract for her stupidity before taking his cut and departing.

Mathias ultimately took the girl under his wing and tutored her in the criminal way of life. Following one of Mollie's more dangerous ideas he found himself running afoul of the ace known as Baba Yaga. Mollie used her power to flee, but Mathias caught by the older ace's power was killed when she warped his body into a Louis XIV chair.

Wild Card TraitsEdit

Blackhole has the power to manipulate gravity. He can make light things heavy, and heavy things light, in his near vicinity. Such is his power that he can bend light, thus rendering himself invisible.


Mathias is an older man with a fine network of wrinkles adorning his face. His knuckles show the swelling of rheumatoid arthritis.


Mathias is a seasoned criminal and master of his profession. He chain smokes, caring little for the discomfort that this causes to non-smokers in the vicinity.

Selected ReadingEdit

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