|Steve "Leopard" Leonard|
|Relatives||Mrs. Leonard (mother)|
|Status|| Deceased (Book series)|
|Book Universe||The Saga of Darren Shan|
|First Book Appearance||Cirque Du Freak|
|Movie/Book Character||Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant|
|Acted By||Josh Hutcherson|
Steve is Darren's (secret) best friend. His mom is always drunk and his dad is long gone. He dislikes his life and Darren was the only thing to make him feel good. However, that all changed after Darren became half-vampire instead of Steve.
Steve was a bad influence on Darren. He would often lead him into trouble. When Darren told him they had to be "secret best friends", he didn't like it at all. A flier for the Cirque du Freak came out of a car and they decided to go to that. There, Steve saw Vur Horsten, a vampire under the name of Mr. Crepsley.
After the show, Steve went to find Mr. Crepsley to ask to become a vampire. His blood was evil though. He then swore to kill him and left. He then found out that Darren had stolen Madam Octa, who then bit Steve. Steve was then in a coma, which Darren cured with the help of Mr. Crepsley. Steve then found out that Darren had 'died'.
At the funeral, Steve saw the marks on Darren's fingers and started shouting at him, only to be pulled off by Mr. Kersey. Steve gave Darren his PSP and left. At school, Steve punched a student in the face for bad mouthing Darren and threw his test paper at Mr. Kersey's face.
After being turned down by the Vampires, Steve finds the Vampaneze and joins their ranks. Murlough was his mentor. His first 'victim' is Mr. Kersey as he disliked him. Like this, Steve then made up a plan to kill Darren and Crepsley, leading them back to the Theatre. Darren comes to rescue his family and Rebecca. He and Steve fight before being stopped by Mr. Tiny. Mr. Tiny and Steve then leave the theater.
Steve is rash and a bad influence. He is quick to judge and will get into fights easily. He can hold a grudge easily and will go through elaborate plans to get what he wants.