Born This Way

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If something is closed and I open it, I'll be automatically pursued and attacked by that mysterious enemy rider...!

Born This Way (ボーン・ディス・ウェイ Bōn Disu Wei) is the Stand of Kei Nijimura, featured in the eighth part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, JoJolion.

As a humanoid Stand on a motorcycle, it automatically pursues a designated target, appears near them when they "open" something, and conjures strong freezing winds.

Appearance

Rider, head exposed

Born This Way is composed of a humanoid rider and a motorcycle. The rider is covered by black clothes apparently similar to protective motorcyle clothing, including a visored helmet. As such, it is not easily identifiable as a Stand, but when its helmet is removed, it has a stout, robotic head and face, lending it the appearance of a hunched back. This was done in order to make it clear at first glance that it was definitely a Stand and not a human when its helmet came off.[1]

The motorcycle is a heavy, almost armored black sport bike. The front wheels feature flower decals on the hub caps and the front fork has a stitched design similar to the face of the rider.

On the bottom of its helmet, there is a skull-shaped emblem, similar to those found on her brother's stand.

Born This Way and its motorcycle are primarily black in the colored manga. Underneath its helmet, Born This Way is also grey and purple.

Color Schemes

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

Rider(Light gray helmet, black gear.)
Motorcycle(Black with hints of dark gray.)

Personality

Knocking the rider off the bike causes it to make a "Shuu" noise and quickly jump back on.

Abilities

Born This Way is an automatic Stand defined by constant power independent of the distance from Kei, and is unusual in that it rides a motorcycle.[2] Equipped with a helmet and motorcycle riding gear,[3] Born This Way is more resilient than most Stands. The bike is durable enough to withstand Soft & Wet's punches,[4] and as a vehicle, can be used to ram into people.

Although Born This Way is physically powerful, it can only appear when certain conditions are met and can be warded off if the target is careful about their actions.

Summon Through Opening

Born This Way appears as a taxi door is opened

Kei Nijimura can employ Born This Way on any chosen target, but it only appears near them when they "open" something. In order to target a person, Kei must touch them at some point, but is otherwise able to act freely while her Stand attacks.[5]

The act of opening may concern doors, notebooks and cellphones[5] but not body parts such as opening one's eyes.[6] The individual does not have to intentionally open something, as merely touching an object as it is opening applies, for instance when Josuke backs into a taxi causing its driver to remotely open the door, or when Kei throws a loose pen at him, causing the cap to fall off when it hits.[7] Born This Way immediately appears near the target when they open something, but similarly disappears if anyone closes the relevant open object.[4]

Freezing Wind

Born This Way generating a cold wind

When Born This Way appears, it can conjure powerful and cold gusts of wind to attack. The wind is strong enough to push back a grown man, and can violently displace objects.[2] Moreover, it is supernaturally cold. The temperature dramatically drops where it blows, to the point the eyes can begin to freeze.[3] If the wind persists long enough, a large quantity of snow may appear, and Born This Way can also propel shards of ice into someone as projectiles.[4]

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Trivia

  • Born This Way was originally called Going Underground (ゴーイング・アンダーグラウンド Gōingu Andāguraundo) until the release of the JJL Volume 4 tankobon.
    • Despite this, Kei Nijimura's design still features the initials "G.U." on her clothing.

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