Gyro Gearloose
Biographical Information
AliasesGyro Gearloose
Wild Card TraitsJumper
Social Information
CitizenshipCitizen of the United States, deceased
AffiliationsCard Sharks, Jumpers
AlliesHari Kari, Mam’zell Gerard
First AppearanceDealer’s Choice
CreatorGeorge R.R. Martin

Gyro Gearloose is a fictional character from the Wild Cards series of books.


The joker revolutionary known as Bloat wanted an army of jumpers to protect his island. The Shadow Fist Society wanted an army of jumpers to terrorize New York City and give them access to the highest levels of power. The jumpers' creator, Edward "Loophole" Latham, was willing to accommodate them both.

The son of an unnamed congressman, Gyro Gearloose (as he was known among the jumpers) was like many of those given the jumper power by Latham, a teenage runaway. At the time of the final assault on the Rox, there were almost one-hundred Jumpers. Gyro as one of those who took the amnesty offered by the government.

The majority of the jumpers offered amnesty were in fact killed in order to protect society from the threat they represented. Gyro was one of those three due to his relationship to a government official. He eventually became involved with the Card Sharks and was used by them until they decided to kill him.

Wild Card TraitsEdit

Gyro Gearloose 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.


  • The name "Gyro Gearloose" is taken from a Disney character of the same name.
  • Gyro is primarily only referred to and does not do anything of actual import throughout the novels where he is mentioned.

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