- "Thank you! Fuck you! The star is here!"
- —Ladd Russo
- "I'm going to kill you, have a beautiful laugh, then dance until I go mad."
- —Ladd Russo
|Relations|| Lua Klein (fiancée)|
Placido Russo (uncle)
Lydia Russo (niece)
Graham Specter (rival)
Blasty (lupara or weapon)
|Voice Actor||Bryan Massey|
Little is known about Ladd's past, except that one of the White Suits that accompany him on the Flying Pussyfoot was a childhood friend of his, and that his former fiancée was killed during their elopement at an earlier age. Having been a part of the Russo Family since birth, he'd been trained as a hitman, learning how to fight, defend and kill. It is unknown how he came to be such a sadist, however, it is known that he did not have a very stable nor loving relationship with his uncle, Placido Russo, who was also the family boss. This can be seen when Ladd taunts him with a lupara (Blasty), jokingly threatening to kill him. He returns to his uncle later, however, fulfilling his seemingly empty threat, killing him without mercy because he felt too safe near him.
His love for acts of violence truly shows in the maniacal glee he exhibits while fighting or killing. He is exceptionally skilled in hand-to-hand combat—particularly boxing—and the use of firearms. He also has an abnormal level of durability and stamina due to his tendency to shrug of injuries and continue fighting. Ladd is deeply in love with his fiancée, Lua Klein, although he expresses it through a passionate promise to kill her someday.
Other than Lua, he does not seem to have any other person important to him. He does, however, see certain people, such as Graham Specter, as a challenge and a worthy opponent. He also thinks of Graham as somewhat of a brother, as they once fought against each other. He sees him as someone worth being associated with.
He is one of the shaking forces present during the Flying Pussyfoot incident and responsible for several of the deaths that took place on it, though when arrested he pleads self-defense. He is jailed in Alcatraz regardless.
Ladd is tall, with a good physical build. He's muscular, but not to the point of looking like a bodybuilder. He has blond hair, with a fringe/bangs that fall just above his eyebrows, curving inwards slightly. His eyes are a bright blue, a major contrast to the red specks of blood that can constantly be seen on his face. He is usually seen wearing a smart, white suit, like one at a wedding. He prefers such a color because the bloodstains are easier to see.
Ladd is a hitman for the Russo family. However, as he killed his own family boss, it can be safe to say that, while he is still technically a member of the Russo family, his loyalties do not completely lie there.
Ladd can be described as having two distict sides to his personality. One which seems to be a hate-driven lunatic bent on killing anyone that he feels are "too safe" and another more loving personality that is far more humane that one would expect from a hitman. To elaborate on the former Ladd is a sadist; more elaborately a sadistic, insane, childish sadist. He enjoys inflicting pain on others, finding the blood stimulating and refreshing to spill. His main entertainment in life is to kill. He's very intelligent, but extremely childish sometimes. Sadistic aside, Ladd is also seen as arrogant and rather cocky, brimming with confidence. When he questions whether a victim is scared, he merely grins, claiming that they should be because they encountered him. His hyperactive personality can also be seen through his combat style. He's exceptionally skilled in hand-to-hand combat, especially boxing, and is also good with firearms. When in a fight, his punches are continuous and energetic, reflecting his childish and hyperactive nature. They do, however, really hurt, and he can do some serious damage with his fists. While he acts like a child at times, his body certainly has the strength of a fully grown man and more.
Ladd hates people who are "too safe", such as Rail Tracer, who stated that the whole world might be merely one of his dreams and Czeslaw Meyer who, being an immortal, had no fear of death, but likes people who fight fearless knowing they might die (i.e. Chane Laforet) and "bastards that only he can kill" (i.e. Graham Specter).
Ladd's most notable trait is that his preference for killing, often defined as a sort of hatred is towards people who do not fear death, almost seeing himself as a divine reminder that anyone can die. However towards Isaac and Firo he did not show this hatred, becase Isaac was too stupid to know the fear of death (in his own words Isaac was beyond oblivious to fear anything) and that while Firo was immortal he was still aware and afraid of death.
Ladd also gets offended when people say they like his face. Especially in a bunch of different languages.
Towards his more humane side, however, can also show a softer side when concerning Lua, his lover and fiancée. He is truly in love with her, and this shows through his small, yet affectionate gestures, such as gently cupping her chin with his hand. This affection, however, is also laced with sadism as he vows that he will kill her one day, and that she will die by his hands and his hands alone.
Ladd also has a brotherly relationship with Graham Specter.
Overall, though, Ladd is just a sadistic child at heart, even going so far as to dance in a puddle of blood of a fallen comrade for his own enjoyment.
Going along with this "hatred" of his, Ladd himself has a lack of safety and when he feels safe he becomes threatened, as he did to his Uncle Placido Russa, despite claiming to love him. When he was faced with the Rail Tracer he showed a rare moment of fear and retreated from Chane Laforet showing that he is not without some sense of caution.
Ladd is a trained hitman and formidable fighter. While on the Flying Pussyfoot Ladd was capable to doing the most damage to the Black Suits (aka the Lemures) than any other hijacker, second only to the Rail Tracer. As he was the Leader of the White Suits, it is assumed that he was the most deadly and powerful fighter, notable that this group was made up of highly experience sadists, assassins and hitmen. Ladd's preference to kill is using his gun, a Lupara he has named Blasty using bullets in an orphodox but deadly and effective manner, usually aiming for vital parts of the body and blasting them with deadly accuracy showing remarkible marksmanship on Ladd's part. Using his fists to saveagely disfigure one's face, however he noted that he needed to work on his right hook. Also while Ladd's fists can do some serious damage, they do really hurt. It appears that by 1934 he has improved as he was able to defeat the Runorata Gustavo in only one clear hit and snap a table like a pencil using only his right hand. However after he lost his left hand to the Rail Tracer he suffered a significant loss to his capabilities and had to resort to getting a lot stronger with what he had left. Also he was fully able to go toe-to-toe with Chane Laforet, the Lemures's strongest fighter using a combination of his melee-combat and marksmanship showing that Ladd can combine the two. In the anime opening Ladd was shown throwing darts with great accuracy
Ladd is infamous in the underground world, more specifically his enjoyment to kill. According to Placido Russo, Homocidal Nutcases are wrary of Ladd, showing that he is even feared by homocidals, further elaborating his abilities.
While not usually shown, Ladd is an expert improviser and is very quick to react on unplanned occurances, when hurdling off of a train at deadly speed he used his own arm to punch into a tower to save himself and Lua Klein from death.
As a member of the Russo family he has access to all of the family's sources of income and influence. Indeed with his incarceration the family fell into dissaray and suffered greatly without the fear that Ladd struck into their enemies. As the leader of the white suits he was incharge of the hijackng and expertly coordinated all of the unexpected occurances to his own advantage, with his leadership he made sure that his men suffered far less casualities than the Black Suits while doing considerable damage to them as well, though he did not take into account the Rail Tracer he was one of the few who even theorized that their was another faction on the train when only Goose was the only other person to do so. Also he had a large amount of influence over Graham Specter's gang as Graham was his underling. It is unkown if Graham was Ladd's only underling but Graham may be all he needs as Graham is a powerful indavidual in his own right.
- According to the series' creator, Ladd is his favorite character.