'Masked Singer' Fans Strongly Believe Serpent Is 'Hamilton' Star Leslie Odom Jr.

Selena Barrientos
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From Good Housekeeping

  • Who is Serpent on The Masked Singer season 4? Below are the best guesses so far based on the clues revealed.

  • At the moment, we’d say Serpent is Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr.

Serpent is making history on season 4 of The Masked Singer. The reptile is stepping on to the singing competition stage with more than just sharp fangs and piercing eyes. For the first time in the show’s history, animatronics have been integrated into a Masked Singer costume. Serpent has six robotic snake arms, making them an even more intimidating competitor. But who could be behind the cold-blooded character?

Although the initial clues are vague, Masked Singer fans have gone to work to discover the meaning behind them.

Who Is Serpent on The Masked Singer?

Gathering all the clues together, we know:

  • Serpent has an Egyptian-inspired costume with “exquisitely detailed imitation snakeskin.”

  • Serpent also wears snakeskin-patterned high boots with a large black and gold necklace.

  • For the snake's first official clue, Serpent says the prescription number to its identity is “#31118.”

  • In the first clue package, Serpent is shown eating a banana while sitting in a library surrounded by books entitled How to Dig Yourself Out of Debt and Serpent Manual.

  • Serpent says that “it took a chain of miraculous events to get here” accompanied by a map of the Caribbean.

  • When Serpent was young, he was “mischievous and devious” but his father saved him “with a one-way ticket away from the wrong crowd and on to a path towards success.”

With all these details in mind, here’s who Masked Singer viewers have a hunch it could be:

Leslie Odom Jr.

Photo credit: Robin L Marshall - Getty Images
Photo credit: Robin L Marshall - Getty Images

Broadway performer, singer, author — you name it, Leslie Odom Jr. has done it. Going off the clue “#31118,” fans believe it signifies his career when the numbers are separated. “3- Leslie has put out 3 albums! 11- he has been in 11 Broadway/off-Broadway productions (including workshops), 18- he’s done Broadway from 1998-2016!" a Reddit user wrote, according to Express.

Others believe the numbers represent the Bible verse Romans 3:11-18, which was penned by Paul. Before starring alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton, Leslie appeared as Paul in the play Rent in 1996. “The clue in the special said he 'instantly appeared on the scene' and showed the prescription bottle. His first appearance was Paul in Rent," another Reddit user said.

Chris Jackson

Photo credit: Ilya S. Savenok - Getty Images
Photo credit: Ilya S. Savenok - Getty Images

Hamilton fans also have their eye on Chris Jackson, who plays George Washington in the Broadway musical. After viewers began naming the 45-year-old actor as the Serpent, he took to Twitter to dismiss the rumors. But many became even more convinced by his need to speak out. Plus, Serpent may have referenced Lin-Manuel’s 2005 musical In The Heights, where Chris portrayed Benny. “Lighting a fire inside me to aspire to new heights,” Serpent said.

Dr. Elvis Francois

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Elvis Francois went viral for singing to his patients at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Since he was young, the 34-year-old has had a love for music. “Music is something I’ve always been passionate about, just from a very early age,” he told The Associated Press. “And medicine is something that I’ve always been equally passionate about, so recently I’ve just been finding ways to blend and marry the two.”

In April, the orthopedic-surgery resident released a four-song EP to benefit COVID-19 relief. Entitled Music Is Medicine, Dr. Francois covers classics like John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Bill Withers’s “Lean on Me” with his colleague and friend Dr. William Robinson on piano. What’s more, he’s planning on completing a fellowship in spine surgery, which may correlate to the book spines in Serpent's clue package. Also, Serpent's map of the Caribbean could be a nod to Dr. Francois's family in Haiti.

Lastly, the "31118” clue could be a tie to singer Elvis Presley’s record label code for his 1964 Christmas album. After all, Serpent said it was the prescription number to his identity and Dr. Francois was named after the King of Rock and Roll. “Growing up, I finally asked [my mom] why she decided to name me Elvis, and originally, she was going to name me Gregory. But she had a dream two weeks before I was born that she was at an Elvis concert and her newborn baby was at the concert as well,” he told the outlet. “So instead of Gregory, she decided to call me Elvis.”

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