George RR Martin's Wild Cards BlaiseANDRIEUX, BLAISE

The definitive enfant terrible, this grandchild of Dr Tachyon's started out as an insufferable teenage brat and hasn't improved with age. Blame it on his one-quarter Takisian heritage. Blame it on having terrorists for parents. Hell, just blame it on his red hair.

Although not an Ace, his Takisian genes have gifted him with considerable mental powers. He's a telepath with awesome mental shields, able to mind-control anyone he wishes. And now he can control more than one subject at a time thanks to his grandfather's tutelage - another reason for Tachyon to feel guilty. This is a bad boy who just loves to be bad.

Positive attributes - None.
Negative character traits - Bully, sociopath, sadist, megolamaniac, vindictive, no sense of humour, hates everything.
Main appearances - Aces Abroad, Dead Man's Hand, One-Eyed Jacks, Jokertown Shuffle, Double Solitaire.
Supporting appearances - Down and Dirty, Ace In The Hole.
In a nutshell - Red Devil.
Random quote - 'You're going to wish I had only killed you.'

 

AQUARIUS - See CAPTAIN TRIPS

 

ASTRONOMER, THE

Diminutive, bespectacled Ace of advanced years with a mole-like appearance, usually confined to a wheelchair when his energy levels are low. But don't let that fool you. This guy's a major league badass in the Wild Cards universe with abilities that match Fortunato's - thus making him one of the most powerful sentient beings around. Whereas most of us only use 10% of our brains, this guy can access the other 90% of his, and then destroy yours for kicks - and will, given the chance.

Leader of the Egyptian Masons and capable of astral projection, telekinesis, telepathy, partial or total mindwipes, and precognition. Can also induce blind spots to avoid detection. Oh, and he recharges his batteries through human torture and sacrifice.

Positive qualities - Absolutely none whatsoever - totally evil in every way imaginable.
Negative character traits - Sociopath, sadist, megolamaniac, manipulative, pathological liar, vindictive, petty, humourless (despite annoying giggle).
Main appearances - Aces High, Jokers Wild.
Supporting appearances - None.
In a nutshell - Every kind of wrong.
Random quote - 'You will all die screaming.'