Mannish Boy (マニッシュ・ボーイ Manisshu Bōi) is a tertiary antagonist featured in the third part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Stardust Crusaders, specifically the "Death Thirteen" story arc.
Mannish Boy is an evil genius baby and Stand user in DIO's service. He tries to murder the Joestar Group inside the nightmare-world of his Death Thirteen.
Mannish Boy is a dark-complected baby. He has large ears, and his most notable features are fang-like canines. Mannish Boy wears typical baby clothes, complete with shoes and a headscarf.
Mannish Boy is an impossible genius: although he is a baby, he thinks and behaves much older. In public, Mannish Boy hides his true self and acts like an ordinary baby to throw people off.
Although he cannot speak yet and at best can chuckle an evil "hee hee hee", Mannish Boy is a much more cunning foe than he lets on. Though he can't speak, he can express his true self through his Stand, Death Thirteen. Mannish Boy is able to see a scorpion, identify it as a threat, and use a pin to kill it before it attacks him. He is also quick-witted enough to hide said scorpion in his mouth as Kakyoin searches his crib for proof of its eccentricity. Mannish Boy is exceptionally cruel and sadistic as he enjoys playing with his helpless victims by submitting them to horrifying dreams (e.g. covering Kakyoin with eyeballs to silence him) and humiliating them. He is mostly foul-mouthed and arrogant, looking down on the heroes, frequently insulting them in thoughts and rubbing in their powerlessness when he has them in his dreamworld. Mannish Boy also smokes.
- Main article: Death Thirteen
Mannish Boy's Stand is Death Thirteen, a clown-like Stand which can pull the consciousness of its sleeping victims into a dream-world where it has absolute control and where they cannot summon their Stands, then murder them with impunity.
Demonstrating physical skill also unusual for his age, Mannish Boy is dexterous enough to kill a scorpion with a safety pin. Moreover, he is unusually intelligent for his age, as he's able to speak and have coherent thoughts, despite being only a baby.
Stardust Crusaders (1988)
Sent by DIO to kill the Joestar Group, Mannish Boy manages to reach Yabrin at the same time as the heroes. He tries to assassinate Noriaki Kakyoin but only manages to kill a nearby dog caught in Death Thirteen's nightmare world before Kakyoin is woken up by Jean Pierre Polnareff. In the dream, Kakyoin's hand was cut by Death Thirteen's scythe and the wound carried over to the waking world. Meanwhile, Mannish Boy is found near a well and pretends to be sick. He is given to the care of the Joestar Group by a woman claiming that they need to bring him to a hospital. They reluctantly agree, without knowing the woman was actually scared of him and that the baby was a Stand user.
Onboard an airplane, Mannish Boy uses his Stand to attack Noriaki Kakyoin and Jean Pierre Polnareff. Kakyoin remembers everything and tries to warn Polnareff but Death Thirteen begins its attack. It almost kills Polnareff but the Frenchman is woken up by Joseph Joestar, who orders him to change the baby's diapers. Kakyoin is left alone with Death Thirteen, revealing that he is the baby. Kakyoin tries to cut his arm with a knife but Mannish Boy dismisses the move as futile. In addition, Kakyoin struggles hard and his violent movements in his sleep in response to the attack end up downing the plane. As no one remembers what happened once awaken, everyone believes that Kakyoin is becoming unstable. Kakyoin then discovers the words "Baby Stand" carved on his arms and begins to suspect the baby. He accuses the baby of being an enemy but no one believes in him.
A scorpion crawls into Mannish Boy's crib, and he just as suddenly kills it with a pin. However, he's seen by Kakyoin who runs to the crib and tries to find the scorpion. Mannish Boy quickly and discretly hides the scorpion in his mouth which preserves his cover, although he's almost unmasked when Joseph tries to feed him. Desperate, Kakyoin reveals the carving on his arms, which only convinces the others that he's mad. As a last resort, Kakyoin decides to summon Hierophant Green and attack the baby but Polnareff knocks him out. Put back in his crib, Mannish Boy is able to spit out the scorpion and wait until everyone is asleep.
The Joestar Group find themselves in Death Thirteen's nightmare world where he begins to torment the heroes. However, he's then attacked by Kakyoin and his Hierophant, because falling asleep with one's Stand out allows one to utilize them in the nightmare. Hierophant Green strangles Death Thirteen but Mannish Boy sees that Kakyoin's going easy on him because he's a baby. By controlling his nightmare, he attempts to scythe Hierophant from behind but it has already infiltrated the inside of Death Thirteen. Mannish Boy is forced to heal Kakyoin's wounds and leave the others be.
In the morning, Kakyoin teaches Mannish Boy a lesson by mixing some of the baby's excrement into his baby food. Naturally, Joseph and Polnareff, who are clueless about this and believe Mannish Boy to be hungry, decide to feed him the food.
Chapters / Episodes
- Chapter 139: Yellow Temperance, Part 4 (Mentioned only)
- Chapter 168: Death Thirteen, Part 1
- Chapter 169: Death Thirteen, Part 2
- Chapter 170: Death Thirteen, Part 3
- Chapter 171: Death Thirteen, Part 4
- Chapter 172: Death Thirteen, Part 5
- Chapter 173: Death Thirteen, Part 6 (Incapacitated)
- SC Episode 19: Death Thirteen, Part 1
- SC Episode 20: Death Thirteen, Part 2 (Incapacitated)
- SC Episode 24: High Priestess, Part 2 (Flashback)
- “You are in my dreamworld of death, Polnareff!!!”
- “Laliho! Isn't it romantic to die in a dream?”
- “I'm eleven months old!!! And I'm a genius! A genius!! Although I still shit on my diapers, I'm still smarter than all you jokers combined!!! Laliho!”
JoJo RPG (SFC)
The events from Death Thirteen occur in a different way. Unlike the printed storyline, in the game Mannish Boy attacks the group from inside a plane en route to India.
Capcom Fighters (PS1/DC/Arcade)
Death Thirteen appears as a secret boss Story Mode. After winning 5 consecutive matches as someone from the Joestar Group, the player will face Death Thirteen. Defeating Death Thirteen is optional, and Story Mode will continue as normal even when losing.
The stage Amusement Park is based on Death Thirteen’s battle from the manga.
Heritage for the Future
Death Thirteen appears in the same manner, however with the addition of Fearless Kakyoin (恐怖をのり越えた花京院), Death Thirteen is also a part of his Story Mode. Kakyoin faces his allies, in a bizarre dream created by Mannish Boy as revenge for their earlier encounter (Though Death Thirteen still remains an optional battle).
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (PS1)
With the addition of Super Story Mode, Death Thirteen appears as a battle in the plot. Mannish Boy traps the Joestar Group in a dream and Kakyoin must defeat him using Hierophant Green. Death Thirteen's special battle can be unlocked in Book Mode, but the player can only play as one of the Joestar Group (including Young Joseph and New Kakyoin).
Eyes of Heaven (PS4/PS3)
Death Thirteen's Nightmare Dream world where the Joestar Group was trapped, is a playable stage in the game. There is a stage gimmick where Death Thirteen will hunt your character.
Diamond Records (Android/iOS)
JoJo's Pitter-Patter Pop! (Android/iOS)
- Although he appears in the PlayStation version of the game, unfinished sprites for Mannish Boy exist in Heritage for the Future.
- Mannish Boy's catchphrase of "lali-ho" is a reference to the sleep spell (localized as "Snooze") in the Dragon Quest series.
- Mannish Boy was not given a proper name until years later, eventually being officially documented in JOJO A-GO!GO!.
- ↑ Lovers - Vol.4 "Shueisha Jump Remix Stardust Crusaders Edition" P124 The Secret of JOJO Characters
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Chapter 170: Death Thirteen, Part 3
- ↑ Chapter 168: Death Thirteen, Part 1 P.13.
- ↑ Chapter 170: Death Thirteen, Part 3 P.15.
- ↑ Chapter 170: Death Thirteen, Part 3 P.3-4.
- ↑ Chapter 171: Death Thirteen, Part 4 P.4-5 & P.18.
- ↑ Chapter 170: Death Thirteen, Part 3 P.5.
- ↑ Chapter 172: Death Thirteen, Part 5 P.7. & P.9.
- ↑ Chapter 170: Death Thirteen, Part 3 P.16.
- ↑ Chapter 171: Death Thirteen, Part 4 P.13.
- ↑ Chapter 170: Death Thirteen, Part 3 P.8.
- ↑ Chapter 173: Death Thirteen, Part 6 P.11.
- ↑ JOJO A-GO!GO!: STANDS, p.104
- ↑ Chapter 168: Death Thirteen, Part 1
- ↑ Chapter 169: Death Thirteen, Part 2
- ↑ Chapter 171: Death Thirteen, Part 4
- ↑ Chapter 172: Death Thirteen, Part 5
- ↑ Chapter 173: Death Thirteen, Part 6
- ↑ The Cutting Room Floor