Biographical Information
Real NamePhilip Cunningham
Wild Card TraitsInvisibility
Social Information
CitizenshipCitizen of the United States, deceased
Base of OperationsNew York City
AffiliationsShadow Fist Society, Werewolves
AlliesKien Phuc, Quinn the Eskimo, Sui Ma, Warlock
First AppearanceJokers Wild
Final AppearanceOne-Eyed Jacks
CreatorGeorge R.R. Martin

Fadeout is a fictional character from the Wild Cards series of books. He walks among the trusted inner circle of the Shadow Fist Society and has the power to turn himself completely invisible. He quickly became one of the top men in the Shadow Fist Society and also one of the few who know that Kien Phuc was the head of the organization. He was trustworthy within limits, but very ambitious. His ambition eventually got him killed.


Fadeout was already highly positioned within the Shadow Fists when he was only in his 20s, and was sent to kill Don Pichietti when the Mafia-Shadow Fist gang war erupted in 1986.

After the Mafia-Shadow Fist war left the Fists as the unchallenged crime syndicate of New York City, Cunningham began to consolidate his position among other high-level people in the organization, hoping to have his own people ready for an eventual overthrow of Kien Phuc. Cunningham called this operation "New Day."

Kien, always willing to embrace wild carders, used jumpers to cause Fadeout to reveal his treachery. In the end, Fadeout was killed by Blaise while Kien got to keep Cunningham's young healthy body.

Wild Card TraitsEdit

Fadeout's wild card power is invisibility. He can fade-out entirely, but light passing through his eyes makes him blind. More often then not, he'll fade in his eyes while keeping everything else invisible. He is very difficult to spot in this way.

He can transfer invisibility to his clothes and even a few things that he carries.


Cunningham is tall, fit, and athletic, with blond hair and blue eyes. He is handsome and an impeccable dresser.


Fadeout likes women, money and luxury. He's not afraid to kill, but doesn't particularly enjoy it. He's an excellent spy, and in fact is often used to check the loyalty of Kien's other underlings. He particularly enjoys this duty since every rival removed puts Fadeout more solidly in place in the organization.

Fadeout is trained in yoga and the martial arts. He can control his breathing, remain still for very long lengths of time, and move very, very quietly. His senses are quite acute and he's a skilled pick-lock. Fadeout has developed an excellent memory, since complete invisibility requires him to navigate without the use of his eyes.

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