As a child, this small, unassuming kid got picked on a lot. When he was 10, an older kid (Luca Vincent) took him under his wing and protected him from the other kids in the orphanage. Why he did that, he didn’t know or care – he was just glad to have someone standing up for him. When Luca suggested that they run away, he instantly jumped at the challenge. He knew that the two of them would easily fair better on the outside than in that orphanage. Once they got away, they never looked back, and were inseparable.
Over the next few years, they continued to get into trouble with the criminal underground as well as the law. It was his inexperienced youth combined with Luca’s brashness. It didn’t matter, though, because Luca always, always shielded him as best he could. A true friend, no… a brother. In their endeavors, Luca always came up with the schemes, while Leo always played Devil’s Advocate. In this duo, Leo was the level-headed one. He was a conundrum, though… He wasn’t a risk-taker, but he absolutely loved the thrill of danger. Where Luca loved the prize, Leo “the Lion” loved the challenge of going after the prize.
As a cyber, Leo was too wise for his own good. As he matured, he took fewer and fewer risks. Stealing, drugs, pushing, enforcing, conning, and scamming – it was sure to lead to a dead end, either dead literally, or in prison. The last job they did together didn’t go so well… Luca made a bad choice, but this time it was Leo that bailed them out. So, as it is, the two parted ways.
Nowadays, Leonardo “the Lion” Russo acts as a private bodyguard and chauffeur – he even has a professional license, and his very own lightly armored limousine (still making payments, though). As a young man who went into legitimate business for himself, he can’t really hold the claim of Cyber anymore. While he prefers the life of a legitimate entrepreneur, he’s not content – just look at his chosen profession – bodyguard – and you can see that he still craves the element of danger… He both loves and hates his best friend for that.