Midler (ミドラー Midorā) is a tertiary antagonist featured in the third part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Stardust Crusaders, specifically the "High Priestess" story arc.
Midler is the last of DIO's assassins the heroes encounter before entering Egypt. She is a Stand user, and her High Priestess attacks the group as they travel by submarine in the Red Sea.
Midler's appearance is mostly obscured within the story, however she is described as beautiful. She appears as a woman of average height and build with a plain dress and long hair. Polnareff notes that her face is unbearable to look at since Jotaro broke all of her Stand's teeth.
In the Super Famicom game's instruction manual artwork, Midler has fair skin, blonde hair, and a teal dress.
Midler received a complete redesign for Heritage for the Future. She is a slim woman of average height wearing an outfit in the minimal style of a belly dancer. Her long hair is held together by a headscarf and five pins with a large star on each sticking out of the headscarf. A gemstone hangs on her forehead in addition to elaborate earrings consisting of several teardrop-shaped gemstones, each ending in one small orb. A veil covers her mouth. She wears a bikini-style bra with star-shaped cups, a fishnet-style band on her right arm, bracelets with frills, a loincloth, and high heels.
Midler is a ruthless mercenary of DIO who does not hesitate to kill the Joestar Group with High Priestess, both sinking their submarine and attempting to kill them directly with her Stand. She tends to laugh when she injures any of them. She is clever with her Stand, nearly killing both Polnareff and Jotaro.
Despite her brutality, Midler is romantic and flirtatious, as she flippantly laments that she has to kill Jotaro, who is her kind of guy. She even seems somewhat touched by Jotaro's lie that he likes her. However, she is easily angered by men who lie about being attracted to her.
- Main article: High Priestess
Midler's Stand is High Priestess, possessing mineral materials in order to form shapes large and complex with which she may attack. Due to its long-range, Midler was capable of using it from ashore, while it attacked the group on the ocean floor.
Midler is a Stand User hired by DIO to kill the Joestar Group on their way to Egypt. Similar to other hired help like Devo the Cursed, she has a notable underground reputation as an assassin, as Muhammad Avdol was not only able to identify her, but also describe her Stand's ability and characteristics. Prior to engaging the crusaders, Midler had High Priestess travel through the water and enter their submarine through a hole in the wall.
Stardust Crusaders (1988)
Midler intercepts the group during their passage through the Red Sea. Due to her Stand's extensive reach, she is able to position herself on the African coast as High Priestess invades their underwater submarine just above the coral reef. With the intent of sinking the vessel, Midler punctures a hole through its hull and disguises her Stand as one of the group's coffee mugs.Joseph Joestar's prosthetic hand before merging itself into the wall disguised as one of the submarine's gauges. Jotaro attempts to attack one of the gauges with Star Platinum, but during that time, Midler had already moved her Stand to a light fixture behind Noriaki Kakyoin, landing on a blow on his neck. As the ship continues to fill with water, Avdol rushes toward the door in an attempt to escape the room and seal Midler off, but is surprised when it's revealed the door handle is her Stand. Midler attempts to attack Avdol, but is momentarily subdued by Star Platinum who then attempts to crush High Priestess with its bare hands. The shapeshifting Stand morphs into a giant razor, forcing Star Platinum to let go and damages Jotaro in the process. Midler taunts the group through a series of laughs before disappearing into the hull of the submarine waiting to strike again. 
Just as the Joestar group attempts to exit the submarine, they discover that Midler had already disguised her Stand as Polnareff's scuba regulator and begins to attack him. Kakyoin and Joseph use their respective Stands to drag High Priestess out of Polnareff before it's able to do any notable damage. Midler retaliates by transforming her Stand into a harpoon gun, but is unable to follow through as the group had already exited the submarine and closed the hatch. Jean Pierre Polnareff goes to take a look at her face to see if she is attractive, but is immediately horrified by her lack of teeth, refusing to comment on her condition and telling the other group members not to take a look.
Chapters / Episodes
- Chapter 179: High Priestess, Part 1 (Voice only)
- Chapter 180: High Priestess, Part 2 (Voice only)
- Chapter 181: High Priestess, Part 3 (Voice only)
- Chapter 182: High Priestess, Part 4 (Retired)
- SC Episode 23: High Priestess, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- SC Episode 24: High Priestess, Part 2 (Retired)
- “You guys are so stupid! All of you didn't even realize that the entire seabed is full of minerals!”
- “I am on the shore seven meters from here! But High Priestess will chew you to bits, so you will never see my face!”
- “Jotaro, you're my kind of guy... I regret that I have to destroy you...”
- “Shut up, you lying bastards! You don't mean any of that! I'll kill you all!”
- “These teeth are as hard as diamonds! You'll never break them! I'll crush you first!”
Creation and Development
Hirohiko Araki made High Priestess's user a woman, though he didn't make her very feminine so that "it would be more unexpected".
In Weekly Shonen Jump 1990 Issue #33, Midler's name was spelled as "Shidler" (シドラー Shidorā).
When Capcom produced Heritage for the Future, they wanted to use Midler. However, as her face was never shown, they asked Araki to redesign her into something like a belly-dancer. Since then, as shown in the JOJO A-GO!GO! artbook, this new look is now her standard appearance. Most of the art featured in-game of her is based on Yukako Yamagishi, from character portrait, close-up, and defeat sprites. In addition, some of Midler's lines are borrowed from Mariah; the most obvious example is "Unfortunately, you have to die." (残念だけど死んでもらうわ Zan'nen dakedo shinde morau wa), used for Midler's appearance in the game.
JoJo RPG (SFC)
The events from HIGH PRIESTESS appear in the game with some alterations, with Midler being a stewardess on the same plane the team is attacked by DEATH 13, and her Stand taking on the shape of the restroom's doorknob.
Heritage for the Future (PS1/DC/Arcade)
- Main article: Heritage for the Future/Midler
Midler appears as a playable character in the Capcom game. She was part of the original roster in JoJo's Venture, and is an Active Stand user. Midler was redesigned for the game, as she only appears briefly towards the end of her fight unconscious.
Moveset & Gameplay
Midler is a very versatile character, with powerful super moves and spacing but lacks combo potential. As a playable character, Midler's Stand makes her a great medium-to-long-range fighter. While her normal attacks have a fairly good range, most of her attacks use High Priestess' ability to change into something, such as scissors, razor blades, harpoons, a tractor, cars, and an anvil.
Stardust Shooters (Android/iOS)
Despite not appearing in the game herself, Midler's Stand, High Priestess, appears as one of the several Metal Strikers available to choose. Its FINISH move is a regular scratch done on the defeated opponent's Metal Striker.
- ↑ Death 13 - Vol.5 "Shueisha Jump Remix Stardust Crusaders Edition" P152 The Secret of JOJO Characters
- ↑ Midler - Character Introduction
- ↑ JOJOVELLER: STANDS, p.50
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Chapter 180: High Priestess, Part 2
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Chapter 181: High Priestess, Part 3
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Chapter 182: High Priestess, Part 4
- ↑ JOJO A-GO!GO!: STANDS, p.104
- ↑ Chapter 179: High Priestess, Part 1
- ↑ JOJOVELLER: Araki's Stand Commentaries - High Priestess