Hot Pants competes in the Steel Ball Run race while posing as a man but is revealed as an agent of Naples and the Vatican and her main goal is to gather the Saint Corpse Parts. She acts as a distant ally, yet a rival to Gyro, Johnny, Lucy and Diego. Hot Pants is a Stand User and wields Cream Starter.
Hot Pants is a woman of above-average height, medium build, and straight short hair. However, her relatively androgynous traits and loose clothes allow her to pass off as a man.
Hot Pants' whole body is covered by a baggy stripped suit further covered with a long blouse decorated with metallic flowers and leaves decorations, lined with fur and having a second layer of cloth covering her chest. Hot Pants also has various accessories such as a fur cap decorated with a single spike at its top, furred elbow pads, and assorted leg warmers. She also has a belt bearing the letters "HP".
Hot Pants keeps Cream Starter in a holster at her hip.
Hot Pants is introduced as a rough and vindictive individual, accusing Johnny and Gyro of stealing her supplies and immediately attacking them upon their first meeting. Even when Johnny disproves Hot Pants' accusations, Hot Pants merely backs off and doesn't apologize for her attack, claiming that the duo was guilty of eating some of her meat anyway. This behavior earns her a particular enmity from Gyro's part, who would see her as an enemy.
Hot Pants speaks in a particularly rough and masculine manner in spite of her gender, for instance using the pronoun Ore (オレ) to refer to herself. This and her clothes allow her to pretend to be a man and perform her mission under a false identity.
It is revealed that Hot Pants harbors great guilt. As a child, she and her younger brother were attacked by a bear and Hot Pants ultimately pushed her brother toward the bear to escape. Having kept her dark secret from everyone, Hot Pants became a nun to seek forgiveness from God and her brother. Furthermore, she is dedicated to the search for the Saint's Corpse as she hopes that in gathering them, she will also be granted forgiveness. For instance, she shows a rare bliss when taking a Corpse Part and is ready to risk her life against Funny Valentine.
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Hot Pants is a skillful horseback rider and serious competitor in the Steel Ball Run race. Although she is not often seen riding, she has managed to always stay among the top racers in each of the stages she participated in (for instance ending at the sixth place during the first stage) and she also won the third stage with a significant lead of one hour over the other top competitors
When she was a child, Hot Pants went to collect nuts in the woods with her younger brother. Attacked by a grizzly bear, they hid in a rock crevice. Injured and scared, Hot Pants pushed her brother out of the crevice - saving herself at the price of his life. The people in her hometown were very kind to her and her parents after the "tragic accident", but Hot Pants became unable to bear the burden of the truth surrounding her brother's death.
Hot Pants left her home and joined a convent in Italy, becoming a nun in the hopes of earning forgiveness from God and her brother. At one undisclosed point in life, she acquired Cream Starter. Working for the Kingdom of Naples and the Vatican, she was then sent on a mission in the United States, participating in the Steel Ball Run to gather the Saint's Corpse under a false identity.
Hot Pants remains among the top racers in the first and second stages of the Steel Ball Run, but doesn't make any wave until she finishes the third stage at the first place. She arranges for a cow to be deposited on her route so that she can slaughter and eat it.
Steel Ball Run
A Real Man's World
Hot Pants first appears at the beginning of the race's Fourth Stage in a forest. She confronts Johnny and Gyro, accusing them of having killed the cow she's arranged for herself. Hot Pants attacks them both with her Stand Cream Starter. Cream Starters sprays flesh, which blinds and chokes Gyro and Johnny. Gyro uses his ability to punch Hot Pants' spine with his Steel Ball, and the Spin blocks her arms. Johnny defuses the fight by shooting a nail into the ground, proving that neither of them has the weapon that killed the cow. Hot Pants calls off her attack but doesn't apologize as the two still took meat from the cow. However, Hot Pants gets lost in the forest and meet Johnny and Gyro again, who are also lost. Gyro still hates Hot Pants but the three decide to cooperate to limit their time loss. They see a nearby house and decide to go ask the residents for direction.
However, the three also meet Gaucho, another competitor who is also lost but also expresses anger against the resident of the house, who said that they would have to kill him to ever go out of theses woods. Gaucho shouts and challenges the inhabitant to a gun duel and the gunslinger named Ringo Roadagain appears. After a quick duel, Ringo kills Gaucho and salutes him. Shocked, the three leave and try to go out of the woods again without success. Resigned to fight, the trio prepares their fight and Hot Pants throws her Cream Starters onto the house's roof beforehand. They confront Ringo, who asks Johnny to be the first duelist. Hot Pants then attacks and melts Ringo's gun hand, but Ringo uses his power Mandom to rewind time to 6 seconds ago. He avoids the ambush. Johnny attacks but is shot in the head while Hot Pants is shot in the chest and taken out.
After the fight, Johnny discovers that Hot Pants is a woman when he checks for her heartbeat but inadvertently gropes her breasts.
Chasing the Corpse Parts
At the end of the fourth stage, in Kansas City, Hot Pants is seen meeting Norisuke Higashikata I at the waterpoint set up for the racers. She cuts in to take her water but politely lets Norisuke take it since he was there before. Norisuke tries to engage conversation but eventually speaks about his double navels, which disgust her. Norisuke sees through her disguise and agrees that it wouldn't be proper for her to touch them. Near the Mississippi, Hot Pants finds Johnny Joestar and Gyro Zeppeli, just out of a battle against Sandman. Gyro is unconscious and Johnny is exhausted from the fight, so Hot Pants uses this opportunity to knock out Johnny and take his Corpse Parts. However, she leaves a vertebra and helps them cross the Mississippi on a raft.
While searching the duo, Hot Pants doesn't find the right eye and deduce that they have a third collaborator who has it. Hot Pants drops out of the race in its sixth stage to further pursue the Corpse Parts.Hearing about a government search for a woman, Hot Pants finds Lucy Steel in Chicago and cooperates with her to take the Corpse Parts. She gives Lucy some meat spray from Cream Starter to change her appearance in order to infiltrate Valentine's compound, and two doses of sleeping agent hidden in her fingernails. She tells Lucy how to bring the corpse parts together using one of the eyes of the corpse. After Lucy is found out and ends up killing Scarlet, Hot Pants enters the compound to help her. Hot Pants ends up in the bathroom adjacent to Funny Valentine's bedroom and is seen by the agent Mike O.. The two fight and Mike O. uses his Stand Tubular Bells to control the metallic objects around them. Hot Pants detaches her hand to spray Mike O. at point-blank range but a metallic shutter cuts it off. Nonetheless, some of her flesh is sprayed on Mike O. and infiltrates his body. Hot Pants tells Lucy to stay still but it tips off Mike O. about her presence. With another shutter, Mike O. cuts off Hot Pant's other arm and destroys a stall, uncovering Lucy and the dead body of Scarlet Valentine. Furious, Mike O. steps inside the bathroom through the window but when he blows his nails, Hot Pants' ability triggers and makes his throat and lungs inflate if he tries to blow his weapons. Ultimately, Mike O. dies when he does so and his throat explodes. Lucy has extracted unexpected Corpse Parts from Valentine and while Hot Pants can take the Heart and Ears, she cannot bring the Right Arm through the drain. Likewise, Lucy is trapped in the building. To save her, Hot Pants disguises Lucy as Scarlet and disposes of Scarlet's body in the Fox River, disguising her as Lucy and making it look like she drowned.
Hot Pants follows the race's route until she reaches Gettysburg. She is seen by Gyro and Johnny speeding towards the city and follow her to a garbage dump. However, she's then in her nun's habits and Gyro doesn't recognize her. Gyro ventures further inside the building while Johnny confronts her reveals to Hot Pants that he knows her true gender. For the first time, she breaks down into tears as she tells Johnny that her Corpse Parts were taken by someone. At that moment, her deceased brother appears on her body due to Civil War. She says that the guilt has followed her even as she collected Corpse Parts, even when she became a nun in her hometown. She tells Johnny to run as the memory of her brother's death nearly consumes her. Axl RO is eventually defeated by Valentine, who steals all the Corpse Parts.
In Philadelphia, Hot Pants finds Diego in the river port. A short fight ensues during which Hot Pants tries to ambush Diego, only for Diego to sniff her out and leap to attack. Cream Starter covers Diego's mouth and nose and disables the small dinosaurs he sends. Hot Pants pins Diego and intends on incapacitate him with another flesh spray but Diego grabs her and merges her face with the flesh she's just sprayed. Seeing that the fight is going towards a dangerous mutual kill, Hot Pants sprays her mouth on the ground and calls for a truce. She explains that they use Lucy Steel's scent to trail the President and offers Diego everything that Valentine has while she takes the Saint's Corpse. Finally, she persuades Diego by mentioning that with the resources at her disposal, she can find Diego's father for him. Diego reluctantly accepts and they begin to follow Lucy's trail.
They arrive in a trainyard and see a train depart with Valentine in it and thus continue their pursuit. However, alternate Hot Pants and Diego fall from the train. The two Diego leave to pursue the train, leaving Hot Pants and her counterparts facing each other awkwardly. The tension escalates between them and they attack at the same time, blinding each other with Cream Starter. They grab the same Cream Starter, but Hot Pants has the advantage of her horse and uses its flesh to preserve her hand and flee. However, the other Hot Pants pursue her on horseback. Hot Pants manages to board the train and Diego closes the door on their alternate selves, rejecting them out of this universe. They approach the President's car and formulate a plan. For her part, Hot Pants's guilt is out of control and she is ready to do anything to acquire the Saint's Corpse and earn forgiveness. Diego directly confronts Valentine in a close quarters fight, using his superior speed to prevail while Hot Pants detaches her hand and controls it to ensure Valentine can't put himself between objects. Despite being heavily wounded, Valentine manages to splash water on himself and disappears. Valentine comes back, hitting Hot Pants from a drawer and knocks her onto the ground, allowing two other Valentines to appear. However, Diego and Hot Pants enact their plan. Cream Starter disguises Diego into Valentine, confusing the Presidents and allowing Diego to instantly kill two of them. The remaining Valentine jumps through a window and manages to kill Diego and replace himself.
Hot Pants watches Lucy and marvels at the mosaic of the Corpse Parts on Lucy's body. However, Lucy's Stand, Ticket to Ride, finally takes form and causes further spatial anomalies. Hot Pants is the first to fall victim to the Stand's ability as multiple insects and a window frame merge with her, puncturing her heart, inflicting a mortal wound. This causes Hot Pants to fly out of the moving train and tumble onto the ground, where she perishes.
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Hot Pants drops out in the sixth stage, with a total of 215 points and one extra hour of time.
Hot Pants appears in Eyes of Heaven as a support in Story Mode. She has one voice line, performed by Megumi Toyoguchi.
- Hot Pants's name is spelled as Hotto Pantsu in Japanese. The Pantsu part is the Japanese pronunciation for pants, but can also refer to the Japanese word for women's underwear, causing a pun which mirrors her character.
- The revelation of her true gender is an homage to works like Shakespeare in Love or The Rose of Versailles.
- Hot Pants's Japanese voice actress in Eyes of Heaven, Megumi Toyoguchi, would later voice Tomoko Higashikata in the Part 4 TV anime.
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