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David Butler
Biographical Information
Real NameDavid Butler
Wild Card TraitsJumper
Social Information
CitizenshipCitizen of the United States, deceased
AffiliationsJumpers, The Rox,
AlliesEdward St. John Latham (Loophole), Blaise Andrieux, Molly Bolt, K.C. Strange, Bodysnatcher
First AppearanceOne-Eyed Jacks
CreatorWalton Simons

David Butler is a fictional character from the Wild Cards series of books.

David is rich, well schooled, with a good family and a good future. He has a wild streak, but most rich kids do. Lots of clubbing, probably bisexual. He becomes a new intern working under St. John Latham at the law firm Latham and Strauss.


David became a Jumper, one of the first, and quickly became implicated in the strange death of Hannah Jorde. He went underground with the Rox Jumpers, and was eventually killed by the Oddity.

Wild Card TraitsEdit

David Butler is a Jumper. The "jumper" power is an infused power, gained by having sexual relations with the ace, Edward St. John "Loophole" Latham. Once infused, a jumper gains the ability to swap minds with a victim, essentially stealing their body for a time. A jumper must be able to see a subject in order to switch bodies. The jump is indefinite unless reversed by another jumper. Jumpers can even do three-way jumps to switch the minds of two non-jumpers (jumping the first person, then the second, then jumping back to their own body, putting the first person’s mind into the second person's body).

When they jump an ace, they generally get the ace's powers, both physical and mental. Jumper victims often spend the duration of the jump in a catatonic state due to trauma and mental strain caused by the jump itself, but some retain consciousness in the borrowed body.


Tall, blonde, young, handsome and rich.

Selected ReadingEdit

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