C.C. Ryder
Biographical Information
Real NameC.C. Ryder
Wild Card TraitsMetamorphosis
Social Information
CitizenshipCitizen of the United States
Base of OperationsNew York City
AlliesBagabond, Cordelia Chaisson, Rosemary Muldoon
First AppearanceWild Cards
CreatorLewis Shiner

C.C. Ryder is a fictional character from the Wild Cards series of books.

C.C. Ryder is a singer/songwriter. She had some small success in the sixties, some of her songs being recorded by the likes of Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen and doing benefit concerts for SNCC.

After being raped, her wild card turned and she drew a joker. She transformed into a sentient subway car but was eventually returned to normal by Dr. Tachyon.

C.C. Ryder became reclusive, seeing only a few close friends. She avoids any situation that might be more than she could handle. Not even Dr. Tachyon could tell her what might set off the series of internal changes that could result in another transformation. C.C. must control her emotions, never allowing them to exceed a certain low level. If she takes the anti-depressants prescribed for her, she can't write. Not being able to create her songs is even worse than the prospect of changing again.

In 1987, she took a chance that a small show would not affect her greatly and performed a comeback concert at the Funhouse AIDS/Wild Card Benefit with Buddy Holley.

Wild Card TraitsEdit

Uncontrolled transformations. She turned into a sentient subway car at one point. She was able to communicate by "writing" graffitti on her sides.


Her nose is a little large and her skin is not that good.


Prior to drawing her joker, Ryder was an enthusiastic and laid back individual. She often chose to wear masculine clothing and was a frequent supporter of various activist causes. Her wild card has dulled her enthusiasm somewhat, yet she still exhibits strong sympathetic leanings for social change.