|“||(Roarke: I thought you were a nice guy) I am a nice guy. Just a different kind of nice guy.||„|
Wade is the main villain in The River Wild.
Wade and his partners, Terry and Frank, were armed robbers who were making it across the river with the stolen loot from a cattle auction-an event that resulted in Frank getting shot because Terry didn't search one of the guards. The guard was then killed by Wade. According to Terry, the three met in prison. Whether they escaped or were released on parole remains unknown.
Frank was going to guide them across but he was still recovering from his bullet wound from the robbery. Wade made Terry kill him when he realized he couldn't sail due to that wound. He then decides to use Gale Hartman to get them across the river. He quickly wins her and her son over but her husband, Tom is suspicious due to him trying to drown him at one point when he fell in the water and he was trying to save him. Gale seems to like Wade, but grows suspicious of him once he watches her as she's skinny dipping.
They attempt to escape, but Wade catches them before they can and threatens the entire family, even trying to kill their dog. One night when Tom tries to steal the gun and escape Wade and Terry catch him in the act and Wade chases him down and shoots at him. Believing he had killed him due to Tom faking his death, Wade proceeds to use Gail and her son to go further down the river. At one point, a Ranger whom Gail once knew catches them and refuses to let them go any further without a helicopter. Not wanting to get caught, Wade shoots him and throws him into the river, killing him.
Once they get further down the river to where they need to go, they take a break where Tom sets a trap for them. Gail gains the upper hand by getting a hold of their gun and threatens Wade, who begs for his life. Out of mercy, Gale shoots the gun in the air, however it doesn't fire. Thinking she has nothing to threaten him with, Wade proceeds to try and kill them all, until Gail realizes she just needs to turn the revolver. Wade attempts to attack her one last time but Gail manages to shoot him dead before he can do anymore damage. They call for the rangers and they are rescued while Terry is arrested.