Father Styx

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Father in Heaven, it seems you have a thing for sending me to crappy places... (神よ、あんたはこのおれをくせー所へやるのがお好きなようだ…Kami yo, anta wa kono ore o kuse tokoro e yaru no ga o sukina yōda...)
—Father Styx, Chapter 42: Fire and Ice, Jonathan and Dio, Part 4

Father Styx (スティクス神父 Sutikusu-shinpu) is a tertiary character featured in the first part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Phantom Blood.

Styx is an alcoholic priest who boards a voyage to Mexico for a mission. While on the ship, he discovers Dio Brando's coffin.

Appearance

Father Styx is a tall man with an average build. He has wavy neck-length hair with parted bangs and long sideburns. He also has sunken cheeks, a long nose, and a light stubble. He is seen wearing a cassock with a cross necklace.

Color Schemes

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

Skin(Fair)
Hair(Light brown)
Eyes(Light blue)
Outfit
(Black cassock, white shirt, yellow buttons)

Skin(Fair)
Hair(Blond)
Eyes(Cyan)
Outfit
(Black cassock, white shirt, gray buttons)

Skin(Pale)
Hair(Brown)
Eyes(Gray-Green)
Outfit
(Black cassock, white shirt, grayish yellow buttons)

Personality

Contemplates leaving the rosary behind but realizes he needs it for his job

Styx is an individual who is respected by his fellow priests as they have high hopes for his missionary trip. However, in reality, he doesn't want to travel for them, and seems more motivated by money than spirituality. While he's alone and intoxicated on the ship while drinking, he complains that God often sends him to nasty places, which suggests that he is xenophobic. He doesn't like getting dirty and would have no problem leaving his rosary behind in the cargo hold if it wasn't his precious business tool for making money. Consequently, his motivation for wealth leads to his demise when he closely inspects Dio's coffin, assuming something important would be inside it.[2]

History

Phantom Blood (1889)

Styx observing the shiny box in front of him

Styx is told by three other priests that his new religious mission is to go a village in Mexico. They wish him good luck in spreading the word of their faith and mention that they have high hopes for him.[2] In the anime, the three priests are shown seeing him off before he leaves.[3] He boards the ship on February 7, 1889, and drinks alcohol until he is intoxicated.

Later, Styx accidentally drops his rosary while drinking and walking around the ship. It falls through a grate, landing in a cargo hold. He contemplates leaving it there but realizes he has no choice but to pick it up since it's his tool of the trade. He heads down to the cargo hold and retrieves his rosary on top of a shiny box. Intrigued, he inspects it assuming that it's a safe, but realizes that it's strangely unlocked. Taking a closer look, he notices that it's actually locked from the inside. Immediately after he realizes this, a metal ball above the lock shoots out from the coffin and obliterates Father Styx's head, making his eyeballs fly out and sending his body flying. Wang Chan opens the box afterward, revealing that it contains Dio Brando's head.[2]

Chapters / Episodes

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Chapters in order of appearance
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Episodes in order of appearance

Quotes

Quote.png Quotes
  • I shall do my best. (微力を尽くしますBiryoku o tsukushimasu.)
    —Father Styx, Episode 9: The Final Ripple!
  • Hic-... I could just leave it there... but it can't be helped. It's my valuable tool of the trade, so I might as well pick it up... (ヒック… うっちゃってもいいが… しかたない。大事な商売道具ひろいにいくか…Hikku... Utchatte mo īga... Shikatanai. Daijina shōbai dōgu hiroi ni iku ka...)
    —Father Styx, Chapter 42: Fire and Ice, Jonathan and Dio, Part 4
  • Father in Heaven, it seems you have a thing for sending me to crappy places... (神よ、あんたはこのおれをくせー所へやるのがお好きなようだ…Kami yo, anta wa kono ore o kuse tokoro e yaru no ga o sukina yōda...)
    —Father Styx, Chapter 42: Fire and Ice, Jonathan and Dio, Part 4
  • What a sturdy-looking box... It's like a safe. Is something important in there? (なんて頑丈そうな箱だ、まるで金庫だな。どんだ大切なものが入っているんだ?Nante ganjō-sōna hakoda, marude kinkoda na. Donda taisetsunamono ga haitte iru nda?)
    —Father Styx, Chapter 42: Fire and Ice, Jonathan and Dio, Part 4
  • What is this luggage...? It's unlocked... And what's even more bizarre — I can see inside through the gap in the lid. I can see a sparkling clasp... In other words, this box... is locked from the inside! (なんだ、この荷物…錠が…開いているぞ… それに奇妙だ…このフタのスキ間からみえる。とめ金が光って見えるぞ つまり…この箱、中から鍵がかかっている!Nanda, kono nimotsu... Jō ga... aiteiru zo... Sore ni kimyō da... kono futa no sukima kara mieru. Tome-kin ga hikatte mieru zo. Tsumari... Kono hako, naka kara kagi ga kakatte iru!)
    —Father Styx, Chapter 42: Fire and Ice, Jonathan and Dio, Part 4

Video Games

Phantom Blood (PS2)

Styx in the PS2 game

Father Styx appears in the secret alternate version of Chapter 23 in the Phantom Blood PS2 game. Like in the original story, Styx accidentally drops his cross into the ship's hold; he discovers Dio's coffin while retrieving it, and comes to the realization that the coffin is locked from the inside. Unlike the original story, however, he is then killed by two blasts of fluid from inside the coffin. Jonathan Joestar soon enters the hold, glimpsing the still-upright priest from behind. Jonathan asks the "priest" where Wang Chan escaped to, only to discover that Dio has taken the priest's body.

Styx's body destroyed

Dio reveals that although he got his current body instantly, it is not suitable for him because he has no respect for it; announcing his intent to steal Jonathan's body, Dio starts his final battle with him. Dio is defensive during the battle, dodging most of Jonathan's attacks and letting his three zombie knights, Winzaleo, Eijkman, and Caineghis, fight instead. He occasionally fires Space Ripper Stingy Eyes and uses his Vaporization Freezing Technique.

After Jonathan defeats him and his zombies, his Ripple flows through Styx's body, destroying it. However, Dio cuts off his head before the Ripple can reach it, thus managing to survive. Wang Chan then reappears to protect Dio; as Erina enters the hold, Dio fires Space Ripper Stingy Eyes at Jonathan, setting the original story's ending in motion.

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Trivia

  • In the anime, Styx's dialogue during his complaint to God is altered. Rather than complaining that God often sends him to nasty places, Styx asks why God must always place him in difficult situations.[3]
  • Dio took over Father Styx's body in the secret final battle of the PS2 game because the game producer, Yusuke Sasaki, thought Wang Chan wouldn't be a good final boss if he remained completely accurate to the story. However, he didn't want to completely stray away from JoJo's story, so Araki gave him various ideas.[4]
    • Although the entirety of Styx's canon appearance is preserved in the alternate final chapter of the PS2 game, he is cut from the normal final chapter.

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