Alessi

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Attaboy...
—Alessi's catchphrase

Alessi (アレッシー Aresshī) is a minor antagonist featured in the third part of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Stardust Crusaders, specifically the "'Sethan' Alessi" story arc.

This cowardly assassin is one of the Egypt 9 Glory Gods and attempts to assassinate Polnareff in Luxor as Mariah battles Joseph and Avdol. His Stand is Sethan, a rejuvenating shadow.

Appearance

Alessi is a man of short stature and height, depicted as little more than a foot taller than an average child, and dwarfed by Jotaro and Polnareff. His biggest hallmark is his bizarre hairstyle, which resembles a dust mop with decorative beads hung underneath. He wears a loose-fitting dress shirt that conceals his weapons of choice: an over-sized hatchet (engraved with the word 'Ax') and a suppressed handgun. Over his shirt is a pair of suspenders attached to a belt that holds two pouches.

Color Schemes

The series is known for alternating colors between media, the information presented below may or may not be canon.

Skin (Fair)
Hair (Red with golden beads)
Eyes (Light Gray)
Upper outfit
(Lavender dress shirt with velvet stripes and brown straps, yellow undershirt, red arm warmers)
Lower outfit
(Yellow pants with silver pouches, pink shoes)

Skin (Tan)
Hair (Black with yellow beads)
Eyes (Black)
Outfit
(Blue dress shirt with black straps, white undershirt)

Skin (Fair)
Hair (Brown with golden beads)
Eyes (Dark Brown)
Outfit
(Purple dress shirt with dark purple stripes, dark blue straps, undershirt, arm warmers, pouches, and shoes, orange pants)

Skin (Fair)
Hair (Brown with silver beads)
Eyes (Dark Red)
Upper outfit
(Lavender dress shirt with purple stripes and dark purple straps, blue undershirt, brown arm warmers)
Lower outfit
(Khaki pants with brown pouches, brown shoes)

Personality

Alessi loves picking on the weak, especially children

Alessi is a sadistic yet cowardly man who will only fight those who are weaker than him. He takes extreme pleasure in taunting and humiliating his opponents before finishing them off, and will exploit any underhanded method to gain an unfair advantage.

Despite this cowardice, he has an odd sense of pride in his work and will go out of his way to take revenge on those who humiliate him, even if it leaves him vulnerable.

The mercenary takes odd leaps of "logic" to rationalize his sadism and creepiness, which he seems to acknowledge and deny at the same time (employing what could be considered doublethink), claiming that "people who always say that they are weird aren't actually weird... So I'm not weird."

His Stand Sethan is named after Set, the Egyptian God of Tornadoes and Storms. The fact that the Ancient Egyptians considered Set the embodiment of evil may have also played a role in the naming of the Stand of such a twisted and malicious personality.

Abilities

Main article: Sethan

Alessi's Stand is Sethan, with which he is able to turn back the age of those who step in his shadow.

History

Stardust Crusaders

Alessi is deployed in Egypt by DIO to kill the members of the Joestar Group. He makes his move in Luxor: as Mariah fights Joseph Joestar and Muhammad Avdol, he trails Jotaro Kujo and Jean Pierre Polnareff. In his first appearance, he bumps into a boy whose bucket of mud splashes on his pants. Feigning sympathy, he asks the boy where his parents are to make sure they aren't nearby and when he learns that the boy's alone, he uses the opportunity to beat him up.

Alessi turns Polnareff into a child

Alessi keeps following Jotaro and Polnareff but the Frenchman spots him. Alessi tries to deflect suspicion off him by pretending to have lost a coin but Polnareff isn't fooled and summons Silver Chariot. In turn, Alessi uses Sethan and sends his shadows toward Polnareff, grazing it. Surprisingly, he then runs away. In reality, Alessi is gaining time for Sethan's power to take its full effect. Polnareff, who had isolated himself while running after Alessi, is eventually turned into a little boy. Once Polnareff is turned, Alessi returns and corners him in a back alley. He violently kicks Polnareff in the air, causing the boy to get stuck on the wooden underside of a balcony. Alessi draws a gun but Polnareff summons a child version of Silver Chariot that manages to deflect the bullets. Alessi thus decides to give Sethan an ax and make it swing at Silver Chariot, but the blade breaks and stabs Alessi in the neck, driving him away.

Polnareff is found by a woman named Malèna who mistakes him for a lost boy. Humiliated, Alessi hides from them but vows to take his revenge. He follows Malèna and Polnareff up to her house and sneaks in. As she bathes Polnareff, Alessi turns Malèna into fetus and confronts Polnareff. Alessi uses Sethan to pin Silver Chariot against a wall with the ax and decides to drown Polnareff in the bathtub. However, Polnareff then poops and throws his feces at Alessi, making him back up in disgust.

Polnareff gets out and looks for Malèna but Alessi reveals what he's done to her and sends Sethan again toward Polnareff. Turning younger and younger, Polnareff has no choice but to run and lock himself in a room. Alessi breaks down the door and notices that the room is empty. He quickly realizes that Polnareff must be hiding in the room and sees three potential hiding spot: a teddy bear, a bucket, and a drawer. In a sick game of hide-and-seek, Alessi swings his ax at a fourth potential hiding place, a clock, but comes empty. Then, he destroys each of the other hiding spots but Polnareff is nowhere to be seen. Seeing a fish in an aquarium disappear, Alessi tries to take a closer look but is ambushed by Polnareff, who had been hiding in the aquarium thanks to a mirror and a balloon. Silver Chariot stabs his nose and slashes at his face, driving Alessi away again. Alessi falls down a window and incidentally meets Jotaro.

Star Platinum & Silver Chariot beat Alessi

Jotaro is curious but unaware that Alessi is the enemy, allowing the latter to pretend he merely is a window cleaner who slipped. Polnareff appears and distracts Jotaro, allowing Alessi to summon Sethan and turn Jotaro into a young boy. Remembering that Jotaro didn't have a Stand until recently, Alessi gloats and approaches the young Jotaro, thinking he's helpless. Nonetheless, Jotaro proves to be tougher than Alessi, even as a child, and pummels Alessi. Alessi is temporarily knocked out, allowing Polnareff and Jotaro to regain their real age. Polnareff decides that the beating wasn't enough and thus, both Jotaro and Polnareff summons their respective Stands to beat him up so violently he's blown far away and is retired.

Chapters / Episodes

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Chapters in order of appearance
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Episodes in order of appearance

Quotes

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Joestar and Avdol are fighting Mariah and I'll handle Jotaro and Polnareff. They're strong, so I'll do whatever it takes. Ha ha ha he he heheheh!
—Alessi, Chapter 204: "Bastet" Mariah, Part 6
I love to pick on the weak. I'm such a good boy~
—Alessi, Chapter 205: "Sethan" Alessi, Part 1
I can't say this out loud, but I adore picking on weak things. I like it a little too much. Heeheeeheehee... I'm sick in the head, but you know what they say..." If you think you're crazy then you probably aren't"? That must mean I'm okay!
—Alessi, Chapter 204: "Bastet" Mariah, Part 6
Don't you have any basic human decency? A main character would never do a thing like that! You're not a good boy! Not a good boy at all!
—Alessi after Polnareff throws his feces at him, Chapter 207: "Sethan" Alessi, Part 3

Video Games

JoJo RPG (SFC)

Alessi is one of the bosses fought by the heroes during the game. Unlike in the original manga, Alessi works in concert with Oingo and Boingo to ambush the Joestars and their companions. The Oingo Boingo brothers lead the Joestar Group into a library (after taking Iggy and confiscating the group's equipment) in which the group scatters to search the different aisles until Jotaro and Polnareff find themselves alone. Alessi turns Joseph, Avdol and Kakyoin into children offscreen, forcing Jotaro and Polnareff to fight him in a two vs. one boss battle.

Heritage for the Future (PS1/DC/Arcade)

Alessi plays the same role he did in the manga during Story Mode. He is an assassin hired by DIO to destroy Jotaro Kujo and his companions. Very little is offered in terms of his backstory, so his motivations and the potential reward for helping DIO are a mystery.

During his storyline, he manages to defeat the protagonists, and he starts to believe that he is even more powerful than DIO himself. Alessi travels to DIO's mansion and kills Vanilla Ice and his vampire master. Alessi becomes the most powerful Stand Master in the world afterward and contemplates "who to torture next" in his ending.

Strategy

Alessi is characterized as a comic-relief character (such as Dan from the Street Fighter series) with his ridiculous animations and over the top attacks, but is, in fact, a powerful character. His active Stand possesses incredible range and can be extended even further by holding the Summon button down while calling it out. Its weakness, however: Alessi will not be able to attack aerially with it active since Sethan is a shadow, and cannot leave the ground.

Alessi has two notable attacks, one of which uses his Stand Sethan to de-age his opponent. This is done by sending a 'wave' through Sethan while it is not Active, and reaching out and 'grabbing' with shadowy hands while Sethan is Active. His other attack allows Alessi to pull out his signature handgun and pelt his opponent with bullets from a distance, although it is aimed with a reticule that must be moved across the screen. Alessi is vulnerable during this time period.

Alessi possesses three super techniques. The first causes him to dash forward a short distance and subject his opponent to a flurry of hits from Sethan, ending in them being de-aged. The second causes Sethan to rise from the ground vertically, (unblockable to opponents in the air) and repeatedly hit the foe until they are turned into the child. The final technique is the 'Tandem' mechanic of the game, which allows certain characters to pay one super gauge to attack and move much faster for a brief period of time. This can be combined with Alessi's other special or super techniques for devastating combos.


JoJo's Pitter-Patter Pop! (Android/iOS)

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Alessi
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Max Power: 1198

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Skill Lv 1
Maximum Boost: 3
Cooldown: 85
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Skill Lv 2
Maximum Boost: 4
Cooldown: 85
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Skill Lv 3
Maximum Boost: 4
Cooldown: 80
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Skill Lv 4
Maximum Boost: 5
Cooldown: 80
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Skill Lv 5
Maximum Boost: 5
Cooldown: 75

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Boost Lv 1
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Boost Lv 2
# of Replaced Panels: 10
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Boost Lv 3
# of Replaced Panels: 12
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Boost Lv 4
# of Replaced Panels: 14
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Boost Lv 5
# of Replaced Panels: 16

Gallery

Trivia

  • When he chops through the door to the bedroom in which Polnareff is hiding, the shot resembles the famous "Heeeeeere's Johnny!" scene from The Shining.

References

  1. N'Doul's Geb - Vol.6 "Shueisha Jump Remix Stardust Crusaders Edition" P132 The Secret of JOJO Characters
  2. Chapter 209: 'Sethan' Alessi (5) - Alessi, 38, single, was punched into oblivion and can no longer fight.

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