Little is known about his past since he had been taken in by Abraham Ravenwood and was used as his puppet to do his deed and dirty work. He falls in love with Liv and sheds his cocky attitude and evolves as a person, becoming deeply protective over her.
John Breed was adopted and taken in by Abraham Ravenwood at an early age in his childhood and raised by him; his birth parents are unknown as well if they are even alive. John was presumably born as a hybrid, Incubus and Caster, and easily adapted to his powers and abilities. He was often used by Abraham like a puppet, always doing his dirty work and deeds and always blacked out during these times and woke up not knowing what had happened.
John makes his first appearance in the series in Beautiful Darkness as the mysterious stranger Lena was often seen with during the time of her grieving of Macon's death. He comforted her during her grieving and seemed to "totally get her." He is shown to be hated by Ethan because of his growing closeness and connection with Lena throughout the novel and John is shown to seemingly dislike him back, even fighting with him at the county fair. He convinces Lena to take off with him and Ridley to a place where no one would judge her and she could be herself, Lena's dream, which turned out to be a con in order to bring her to Abraham to force her go Dark. He is shown to bond with Lena during the trip there, growing even closer to her which Ethan witness through visions caused by Lucille Ball, his aunt's caster cat. During the climax of the novel, John bites Link; turning him into an Incubus.
John did not make another appearance until the third book Beautiful Chaos. In this one, it is revealed he is being used as Ridley's personal caster (since she was a short lived mortal and unable to perform casts). And also it is shown how he could not recall much of what had happened in the very end of the second novel; presumably being another black out since Abraham was using him.
He grows close to Liv while she studies him for her research with Macon. As a result of his bonding with her, he soon falls in love with her, also opening a new softer and kind side no one thought he could have. In result of his newfound love for Olivia, he grows to be very protective of her even threatening to kill Ethan if he hurt her when he believed himself to be the needed-to-be sacrifice and was about to kill himself. (Though he is saved before he could actually commit the sacrifice. He is now a better person because of Liv.)
Appearance and PersonalityEditJohn is shown to have short black hair, caster green eyes which turn incubus black when angry, and a ripped build due to being an Incubus, known to be strong creatures, and has a Harley motorcycle he often drives on. He is cocky and often swoons girls as a result of his Incubus blood.
However, after growing close with Liv, John begins to evolve as a person. He soon begins to lose his usual cocky and bad boy attitude becoming more sensitive and kind, espcially towards Liv, even calling her "sweetheart". This shocks Ethan. In the end of Beautiful Chaos, he comes as moral support for Ethan when Ethan goes to commit his needed sacrifice. This causing Ethan to realize that falling in love will change a person in dramatic ways given John's past nature and his now good guy behavior and personality on account of falling and changing for Liv.
Power and AbilitiesEdit
Being a hybrid, both Incubus and Caster, he has a strong amount of physical strength that is compared to a 2x4 impact and high speed. He can "Rip" or Travel to other places and also hear, smell, and see things that no mortal can. He is probably best known for his ability to absorb or "copy" powers of those whom he touches therefore gaining their powers though this does not remove the power from the person who's powers he absorbed. He refers to his gained powers as a "collection." He gained the powers of a Natural after he touched Lena and gained the powers of a Cypher after he hanged around one at Exile in Beautiful Darkness. He also absorbed the power of a Thaumaturge after he bumped into one. He absorbed the powers of Angelus in Beautiful Chaos and also Macon's which means he can read mortals' minds, channel energy, and mindhunt. He also absorbed Ridley's Siren powers as mentioned by Lena in the series. It is unknown what other powers he absorbed and is part of his "collection." He is also impervious to sunlight and can retain his strength without feeding as said by Abraham "An Incubus with all of our strengths and none of our weaknesses."
John first meets Liv in the second book of the series, but does not truly get to know her until third book of the series when she begins to study his past and life as research for her and Macon studying Lena's Claiming effect on the Order between the Mortal and Caster worlds as well as research on Abraham. At first their relationship was just purely platonic since Liv is shown to be somewhat wary of him due to his actions in the second novel. Liv, henceforth, had something of a guard up around him though she often gently defended him when Ethan would get too cold with him in her opinion. Though throughout their time together, a strong romantic tension forms between them as John slowly begins to open up and evolve as a person. As a result of his growing romantic closeness with Liv, John slowly loses his cocky attitude and facade as he begins to fall for her. Soon, he admits his feelings for her and Liv returns his feelings back having fallen for him back. He gives her his mother's gold bracelet that is inscribed in Niadic.
As a result of his love for her, John is gets to be very protective over Liv often shoving her behind him when danger comes and even threatening to kill Ethan if he did anything to hurt her when he was about to kill himself believing himself to be the needed sacrifice in the novel. (Although he is saved before he could actually kill himself.) He even tells Liv he had nothing in his life until he met her and she made his life all the more worth living. Despite their love, fans have speculated how they can be together physically since Casters and Mortals cannot be together in such an intimate way. In Beautiful Redemption, it is said by Lena it likely due to how John is a hybrid and not a full blooded Caster.
Abraham Ravenwood is his adoptive father who raised him since he was a child. He often used him to do his dirty work using him like a puppet; which often caused John to black out and to wake up with no memory of what had happened. Abraham seemed to only have kept him to use him for his own gain, but there have been hints that he may have loved him like that of a son since he grew angry when he could not find his location and find him in a father-like way. Before that he was a blood feeding Incubus who asked John Breed to practically kidnap Lena Duchannes, and bring her to him and Sarafine to force her to go dark.
John first meets Lena in the second novel of the series. He comforts her during Macon's death and grows close to her inciting jealousy in Ethan. He seemed to understand her more than anyone else and was often seen with her time and again. As a result of his closeness with her, he convinced her to take off with him and Ridley to a place where she could be herself; which was really a con to transfer her to Abraham and Sarafine to force her to turn Dark. Lena, in a fragile and weak emotional state, agreed and even forced herself to break up with Ethan believing he was better off without her in his life.
When Ridley eventually left the group to secretly aid Ethan, Link and Liv to find Lena aware of the trap, John and Lena grew even closer as he began comforting her in her weak state seeming to genuinely understand her (though Lena says that nothing "like that" occurred between them and that he was just a good friend towards her). This inciting even more jealousy on Ethan's part who was secretly watching these moments in visions due to Lucille ball, his aunts' cat. But even John could tell that Lena, despite severing ties with him, was still in love with Ethan and tried to convince her Ethan was just holding her back from her true nature and power when sensing she was greatly worried about Ethan's safety. (Though Lena thought this was the other way around for her and Ethan and that she was holding him back from a normal life.) He eventually gives her to Sarafine and Abraham, though their plans fails when Macon, Ethan, Link and Liv and Ridley and others show up.
Lena feels betrayed by john in Beautiful Chaos due to him pretending to have been her friend was all just a con to help Sarafine and Abraham, though things smooth over in time and they are left as friends.
John and Ethan were shown to have very hostile and tense relationship due to Ethan's high jealousy of John's closeness with Lena in Beautiful Darkness. Ethan is shown to be revolted by John and hating him greatly not trusting him at all. John, for some reason though possibly because of Ethan's hatred for him, dislikes him just as much back. He and Ethan's relationship continues to be hostile since Ethan was still fuming with anger at him for his past actions in the second novel of the series.
However, after John falls for Liv and sheds his cocky attitude and begins to evolve as a person and become better in personality, he and Ethan make something of amends since, in his own words, "falling in love can do that to a person". John even attends Ethan's sacrifice saying that "when you're up there" making the jump is the hardest thing to do and comes as support for Ethan, by then completely cementing a friendship together.
- "Sorry to disappoint you."
- "That's not true. I didn't know what they were gonna do. Bring me the Bible. The Book of Moons. Whatever you want. I'll swear on it."
Notes and TriviaEdit
- John Breed is the first hybrid in the series.
- He is the third Caster to transit affiliations, other than Genevieve and Macon