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King Umberto of Hearts, aka The Suicide KingKing Umberto of Hearts, aka The Suicide King

 

King Umberto is the famous Suicide King. In a deck of cards, the King of Hearts is usually illustrated holding his sword behind his head. This pose looks as if the king is stabbing his head with his sword, hence the moniker the "Suicide King".

King Umberto will usually be seen in a state of despair, desperately trying to commit suicide. But his suicides always fail. The reason for his suicidal tendencies is his precisely the fact that his suicides always fail, so he thinks of himself as a complete failure. Although King Umberto is the famous Suicide King, he is terrified of flying.

 

The name Umberto is a small credit to Umberto Eco, the author of the book The Name of the Rose, which was a partial inspiration for Casinoville.


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