Leo is what you would consider a hermit, spending most of his time shut away in his dark room with little to no social interactions outside of his occassional outtings. The dark circles under his eyes tell a story of insomnia led by late-night binge-watching and countless hours wasted on the songs he writes and eventually throws away. Leo is extremely intelligent but his father feels like his talents are being wasted on his hobby-job as an underappreciated singer. On his free time, he can be found drinking whiskey in local pubs, hanging out at the Serpents headquarters or avoiding all responsibilities that pertain to education. Leopold is a violent and unpredictable young man thanks to the Serpent's Curse that he inherited and is not one you want to cross. Essentially, you'll be fine as long as you don't piss him off; he has an explosive temper.
Leo is also trickster at heart (once you get beneath his gauard), often disguising his intelligence with dry humor and quips. He has a contagious grin that is slightly lopsided and likes to poke fun at those he cares for. Leo has never dated nor spent a lot of time around the opposite sex and often finds himself getting flustered and nervous around anyone atttactive. The quickest way to his heart is through mozzarella sticks and junk food. He likes to play drunken rounds of pool and darts with his twin brother and otherwise struggles to maintain normal friendships due to his lack of them throughout his childhood. Leo refuses to read books and instead uses them as coasters for his drink. He can be extremely messy and frusterating at times but at the end of the day, he is fiercely loyal to those he keeps around.
Leopold is one out of two oldest sons belonging to Ambrose Kinglsey and despite being his most well-tempered child, was cursed from the beginning to fail - much like his twin brother, Dom. Unlike his five lively siblings, Leo struggled throughout his childhood to maintain a good image for the Kingsley family but something bad always happened regardless. When he was five years old, Leo snagged a pair of headphones from an electronic store and was ultimately caught by Ambrose not long after and was forced to return it in shame. The days of a well-tempered young Leo came to an abrupt halt. When he was seven years old, he almost ran over one of his younger siblings with his bike. At eight, he had been involved with the wrong crowd of children in the neighborhood and was caught with a switchblade knife. Every year since then, he has either caused injury or conflict within the family without meaning to. Thinking he wad a bad seed, Leopold learned to close himself off and put up a guard to protect his feelings and often even avoided his brothers and sisters out of fear of harming or influencing them. Eventually his insecurities festered to the point where he believed he was a monster and eventually stopped attending normal family functions and meals shared together.
Leo's first signs of magic showed a little bit later than usual, when he wad nine years old and in a very violent form. He nearly burned down their home with a botched fire spell. Destruction and disappointment became the norm for Leopold, even when attending Ilvermormy. He never had the best grades or coolest friends. He preferred to spend his time writing music and practicing his vocals when no one was around, selfishly hiding his talents from the world. He was rendered a loner and outcast by many of his yearmates and even a potential danger. During his fourth year, Leopold eventually reached out through letters to his estranged aunt against the better judgement and knowledge of his father. Artemisia and Leo developed and relationship built on understanding and likemindedness; one thing he couldn't quite find with anyone else. She understood his darkness and even shared some of her own.
By his fourth year, Leopold was getting into fights with students and spent every other week in detention for causing trouble. Leo spiralled even worse over the summer before his fifth year and locked himself emotionally and physically away from those who cared. In his fifth year, Leopold eventually attempted to commit suicide and was stopped thanks to his father's quick thinking but was left with scars on his arms as a reminder. This became the moment in which Ambrose and Leo's relationship began to mend itself with time and Leopold couldn't help but feel excited when he propositioned moving from America. A fresh start and new school could mean the world of difference when it came to changing his gloomy outlook on life. He now fully intends to locate Artemisia Kingsley and join the Serpents.
After going missing for nearly half a year, Leopold has returned slightly different than when he was last here. After taking some time to himself, he discovered he no longer wanted to be the future leader of the serpents.