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Leoncio Almeida

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Leoncio Almeida is the main villain of the 2004 telenovela A Escrava Isaura (The Slave Isaura), an adaptation of the book of the same name. Leoncio is based of the character of the same name who appears in said book.

He was portrayed by Leopoldo Pacheco..


When he was a child, he watched all the immoral attitudes his father the Commander had, like his extravagances, his adulterous affairs with the female slaves and his cruel attitudes towards his slaves. Specially, he watched when the Commander whipped the slave Juliana because she didn't want to sleep with him, and just after she gave birth to Isaura, a white mulatto who was the daughter of his former foreman, Miguel.

In the school, he was absolutely mischievous and incorrigible. He even threatened the teachers to put snakes in the classrooms if they told anything about his misbehaviour in class. In home, whenever he misbehaved, her mother Gertrudis disciplined him, but more often than not his father was very overindulgent with him.

When he grew up, he wasn't any better. He once raped a female slave in the outskirts of the hacienda and was so violent that the slave got hit by a stone in the floor and thus died. Manuela, André's mother, watched everything while she was gathering leaves to prepare tea for Gertrudes. Leoncio lied to his parents about the cause of death of the slave he killed, but Manuela told the truth to the Commander. As a punishment, Leoncio was whipped by his father, so the former wanted to kil Manuela. He commanded the current foreman, Francisco "Chico", to poison Manuela with shnapps. The slaves, including her lover Joao and her sister Joaquina, didn't know the real cause of her death for long time. Years later, when he was sent to the university, he eventually stopped studying and instead the money supposed to afford univesity was squandered in extravagant parties and prostitutes. He made his parents believe that he was studying. In holiday time, he sent them a letter saying he won't come because he preferred to study. The Commander knew that his son was lying.

Leoncio eventually returned to Campos, unbeknownst to his parents. He was having an affair with a woman called Tomasia Albuquerque. He didn't love her and he just used her to have sexual relations.

The Commander later received a payment letter with a huge debt his son contracted and realized that he wasn't studying all along. He managed to learn that his son was in Campos living in concubinage with a woman. He got angry and went towards the place both cohabited, wanting to punish Leoncio.

When Tomasia informed him that she was pregnant with him, he revealed that he never loved her and insulted her saying her that he would never marry her because she was poor and also the child could be of another person. The Commander arrived and lectured Leoncio for what he did and also insulted her. When she told her that she was pregnant with Leoncio, the Commander surprised, but Leoncio claimed that the baby could be of everyone and insulted her, although he knew perfectly that she was telling the truth. Then the Commander had also an insulting attitude towards her. When both left the place, the Commander scolded his son because of the debts and told his son that he would be married to Malvina, the Colonel Sebastiao's daughter. When they arrived home, they were received happily by Gertrudes and Isaura. When Leoncio saw Isaura, he noted how has she become a beautiful woman and became infatuated by her.

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