|Real Name||Leo Barnett|
|Citizenship||Citizen of the United States|
|Base of Operations||Washington D.C.|
|Affiliations||SCARE, Justice Department, Millenarians|
|First Appearance||Down and Dirty|
|Creator||Arthur Byron Cover|
Leo Barnett is a fictional character in the Wild Cards series of books.
Barnett's father, Colonel Belvedere Fincastle, was a flashy evangelist who owned an empire of radio stations in the South. Barnett himself was the result of an affair his father had with his accountant's wife. When the colonel's numerous affairs came to light his empire soon collapsed.
From the 1960's to the mid 80's, Barnett served in the Marine Corps before he followed in his father's footsteps. Where the colonel used radio, his son used television to spread the Gospel. Gaining political clout in the late 1980s, Barnett eventually garnered the Democratic presidential nomination and subsequently won the presidency on a ticket with General Frank Zappa as his vice president.
Barnett narrowly escaped an invisible coup of his presidency by the Card Sharks conspirators. A plan was in place to utilize a jumper to replace Barnett's mind with that of Card Shark operative, Phillip Baron von Herzenhagen. The Sharks' plans were thwarted and the jumper killed by ace vigilante Black Shadow and wild card mercenary Croyd Crenson. It is doubtful President Barnett even realized he was in danger.
After his term as president, Barnett retired to private life, writing his memoirs and constructing a huge Biblically-themed amusement park known as the Heavenly Kingdom, though he still stayed abreast of wild card affairs and took a hand in events. It was on Barnett's orders that the Midnight Angel was sent to protect newly turned ace John Fortune from the Allumbrados.
Leo is handsome man, roughly 6 ft tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He's blond-haired, blue-eyed and possesses a dimpled, square chin.
Leo is an expert propagandist and naturally manipulative. He possesses immense wealth and, like his father, has had his share of women. A very compassionate man, Leo practices faith healing and uses his wealth to donate to many charities. He firmly believes that the wild card virus is the work of the Devil, but these beliefs also appear subject to change. Later in life, Barnett came to regard Fortunato's son, John Fortune, as the possible second coming of Jesus Christ.
- Barnett was present at the restaurant hold-up that ended in the death of joker-ace society reporter Pesticide.
Selected Reading Edit
- Wild Cards Volume V: Down and Dirty
- Wild Cards Volume VI: Ace in the Hole
- Wild Cards Volume XV: Black Trump
- Wild Cards Volume XVII: Death Draws Five 2003