David Butler
Biographical Information
Real NameDavid Butler
Wild Card TraitsJumper
Social Information
CitizenshipCitizen of the United States, deceased
Occupationlegal intern, gang leader
AffiliationsJumpers, The Rox, Latham and Strauss
AlliesEdward St. John Latham (Loophole), Molly Bolt, K.C. Strange, Bodysnatcher, Kelly Ann Jenkins
First AppearanceOne-Eyed Jacks
Final 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, if not possibly the first, and quickly became implicated in the strange death of Hannah Jorde. Shortly after snatching a security guard's gun and shooting into a crowd filling up a packed lobby, Hannah killed herself while being held in police custody. It wasn't until later that Hannah's lover, an ace named Veronica, began to investigate the possibility that it was someone else in control of Hannah's body during the rampage. Unfortunately, David had already gone underground with the Rox Jumpers.

For a time, David was shadowed around the city by Jerry Strauss, who was convinced the young man had something to do with the death of his brother. David and his fellow jumpers easily captured the shape-shifting ace, but did not learn his true identity, dismissing him as an ugly thug bent on robbing some rich kids. It was during this encounter that David revealed his belief that he would one day be famous and powerful, that the supposed thug should remember his face.

David's grandiose dreams did not last long. He died from a broken neck, killed after an ill-fated experiment jumping one of the three personalities controlling the powerful, but tormented joker known as 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.


David Butler treads a fine line between spoiled thrill-seeker and depraved sociopath, but pales in comparison to some of the jumpers that followed in his wake. In spite of several amoral crimes under his belt he acted as the self-appointed protector of Kelly Ann Jenkins and claimed to value her innocence. Possibly caught in a downward spiral, the escapade that resulted in David's meeting the Oddity and then his death began with getting high on crack and threatening to gang rape a tiny joker called Barbie.

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