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Welcome...to the world of man... (ようこそ…「男の世界」へ…, Yōkoso… "Otoko no Sekai" e…)

Ringo Roadagain (リンゴォ・ロードアゲイン, Ringō Rōdoagein) is a secondary antagonist featured in the seventh part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Steel Ball Run, introduced in the "The World of Man" story arc.

Ringo Roadagain is a gunslinger at the service of Funny Valentine who traps Gyro, Johnny and Hot Pants at the beginning of the 4th STAGE, near Kansas City, to seize the Saint's Corpse's parts. He is a Stand user and uses his time-rewinding Mandom during gun fights to get the upper hand.

Appearance

Ringo is a man of average to above-average height and slim to average build. He has light hair passing his forehead, swept to his left; a long, thin mustache, a soul patch in the shape of a cartoonish skull, and a beard of two slim patches bordering his chin.

He wears a light cap-sleeved jacket with a tall collar, dark gloves revealing his thumbs and index fingers, and a wristwatch of a fine, modern design on his right. It's shown that his pants are lightly frilled and studded near the bottom of the legs.

As a gunman, Ringo also wields a gun with an assorted ammunition belt and holster. The gun is identified by Gyro as an 1874 Colt.

Color Schemes

The series is known for alternating colors between media, the information presented below may or may not be canon.
Skin(Tan)
Hair(White)
Eyes(Blue)
Outfit
(White jacket and pants, gray gloves, golden wristwatch, yellow ammunition belt with a pink buckle, tan boots.)
1874 Colt
(Gun-metal gray with a wooden brown grip panel.)

Personality

Ringo Roadagain is a peculiar gunman fixated on duels.

Ringo seeks "purification" through duels

When he was a child, Ringo was of particularly weak constitution, as he easily bled and fell ill frequently. When a deserter killed his family and threatened to kill him, Ringo awakened his fighting spirit and shot the man dead to defend himself. At this point, Ringo ceased to be afflicted with illness and it shaped his entire mindset.

As of his introduction, Ringo is obsessed with bettering himself through duels. Considering himself "incomplete", he wants to reach new spiritual heights through duels, thinking that the pure killing intent he experiences elevates his spirit. Because of this, he also has a strong personal moral code: Ringo prefers to fight on completely fair grounds and will even give pointers to his opponents regarding their weapons and position to perfectly level the playing field before their battle begins. Able to discern the dark will to kill in people, Ringo prefers to duel people who won't hesitate to kill on the spot so that his duels are as tense and pure as possible. For instance, Ringo initially refused to fight Gyro and preferred Johnny whom he saw had the will to kill him.

As a hardened gunman, Ringo looks down on "conformists"

Accustomed to risking his life in duels, Ringo shows a remarkable ability to keep his calm in the face of danger, not panicking even when the unexpected happens or when being outnumbered. On the other hand, he also readily acknowledges his nervousness when anticipating duels when Gaucho points out his shaking hand. He is also able to recognize an opponent's ability and cunning, praising how Gyro outsmarted him.

Ringo makes a point in differentiating between societal values and a man's values, believing that one finds his true strength in discovering the latter and that he will walk the "path of light" and live in "the world of man" once he does. He thus looked down on Gyro as a "conformist", in that he was chained down by the religious dogma forced on him by his father. Then noticing Gyro's growing determination, Ringo tried to steer him toward his own self-centered philosophy, telling him to go toward a "path of light" to victory.

In general, Ringo speaks gravely, acts with finality, and is usually extremely polite to those around him, even his foes. For instance, he makes it a point to bow when meeting someone and after defeating them, solemnly thanking them for the duel.

Abilities

Stand

Main article: Mandom

Ringo's Stand, Mandom, enables him to reverse time by exactly 6 seconds by turning a hand on his wristwatch. Although it is very limited, its ability is critical for Ringo to win his duels.

Mandom (マンダム)Link to this section
MandomAv.png
PWR
SPD
A
RNG
STA
E
PRC
DEV
C

Gunslinging

Ringo is also a capable gunfighter and seems to have incredible perception regarding gauging the range of various guns. He utilizes a 1874 Colt during his battle with Gyro Zeppeli.

History

Background

A young Ringo kills a would-be rapist

From birth, Ringo was sickly. As a young boy, he had fragile skin and was often ill. Ringo's father was drafted and sent to war, later escaped, was imprisoned, and then died because of a disease. Ringo's family, branded as traitors, were forced to travel across the country. Ringo, at the age of ten, woke up one night to a large man in military uniform by his bed and his family, his mother and two sisters, killed underneath the table that had a bloody knife sticking on top of it. The large man looming over Ringo then tried to rape him but was greeted with a gun, which Ringo slyly took from the large man, pointing towards him. Ringo quickly shot the man as he charged at him. It was after this event that the formerly sick young boy experienced a newfound power. He overcame a wall that he called "the world of man," that he believed was the only path he could pursue.

Three years before the events of Steel Ball Run, Ringo acquired his Stand, Mandom. He then entered Funny Valentine's service.

Steel Ball Run

The World of Man

Ringo duels and kills Gaucho

Ringo Roadagain is dispatched during the fourth stage and sets up camp in a cabin located in a forest where the racers will pass through. He purposefully activates Mandom's power regularly while the racers cross the forest, making them lose their way. A contestant named Gaucho confronts him but Ringo refuses to let him go or help him, saying that he'll only let him free after he kills him. Gaucho leaves for the moment.

Gaucho shouts and challenges Ringo while Johnny Joestar, Gyro Zeppeli, and Hot Pants observe from afar. Ringo prepares to draw, and although his hand shakes from fear, Ringo argues that it's better than to be frozen by fear. Analyzing the situation, Ringo sees that Gaucho's gun will be inaccurate to the right at their current distance and requests that Gaucho is five steps out of the accurate range. Angry, Gaucho draws and shoots first but merely grazes Ringo's shoulder, then completely misses. Ringo shoots Gaucho in the chest and kills Gaucho before saluting him. Shocked, the three leave and try to go out of the woods again without success. Ringo then begins to bury Gaucho.

Johnny, Gyro, and Hot Pants return and confront Ringo as they too cannot get out of the forest. Ringo asks Johnny to be the first duelist. Hot Pants then attacks from behind with Cream Starter and melts Ringo's gun hand, but Ringo uses his power Mandom to rewind time to 6 seconds ago. He avoids the ambush. Revealing his Stand, Ringo explains its power and says again that they must kill him to escape. Ringo shoots Hot Pants's hand. Johnny attacks and wounds Ringo lightly, but is shot in the head while Hot Pants is shot in the chest and taken out. Gyro is also shot in the guts when he retaliates, but Ringo spares him out of disdain since he attacked merely as a reaction to his friend's death. Ringo drags Johnny inside as Gyro yells, defeated. In the cabin, Ringo examines Johnny's Corpse Part and sends the coordinates of the next Corpse Part to the President with a messenger pigeon.

Ringo's death

However, Gyro returns with a renewed fighting spirit. He throws his Steel Ball through the walls into Ringo's face, forcing the gunslinger to rewind time. However, Gyro has detected an old wound in Ringo, a damaged collarbone on the left shoulder that would paralyze Ringo if it was broken. Breaking in, Gyro confronts his opponent. The two attack at the same time. Gyro is shot in the throat but Ringo's collarbone is broken, paralyzing him. He is forced to rewind time by shooting his wristwatch's scroll wheel. The two attack again, moving to get a better position. Gyro is shot in the shoulder but Ringo blocks the Steel Ball with his arm. Ringo arms his revolver for a second shot but inadvertently places himself in the trajectory of a falling piece of wood that impales his collarbone, which was what Gyro was aiming for. Ringo is defeated, but both fighters acknowledge their respective skill. To force Gyro to finish him off, Ringo aims at Gyro again and Gyro finishes him off. As he dies, Ringo utters, "Welcome... to the world of man..."

Chapters

Book Icon.png Manga Appearances
Chapters in order of appearance

Quotes

Quote.png Quotes
  • If you want to get out of here… you must kill me. That is the path that is to be taken. A decision that must be made eventually.
    —Ringo Roadagain, Steel Ball Run Chapter 33: The World of Man, Part 1
  • If we were to engage in a shootout, now… If, of course…. You wouldn’t be able to defeat me. The gentleman on the left stands a chance. So you, kindly step back.
    —Ringo Roadagain to Gyro, Steel Ball Run Chapter 34: The World of Man, Part 2
  • Mere self-defense will not be enough to defeat me. Passive observers are not needed.
    —Ringo Roadagain, Steel Ball Run Chapter 34: The World of Man, Part 2
  • My name is Ringo Roadagain. I am a Stand user. I developed my abilities 3 years ago in the desert. I call it Mandom. Please, recognize it as such. Only 6 seconds. Not a second more, not a second less. For precisely 6 seconds, I can rewind time.
    —Ringo Roadagain, Steel Ball Run Chapter 34: The World of Man, Part 2
  • I want you to attempt to kill me. A fair duel will allow me to grow as a human being. Devoid of pettiness… a murder attempt for the darkest of intentions will raise me toward sacred heights. I am yet incomplete, as a human. These are things that I must overcome. Divinity is pursuit.
    —Ringo Roadagain, Steel Ball Run Chapter 34: The World of Man, Part 2
  • This is the world of man. Do you want to condemn it as backwards? This world that we live in…. It seems as if our values are leaning heavily towards one of spoiled indifference.
    —Ringo Roadagain, Steel Ball Run Chapter 34: The World of Man, Part 2
  • Interesting, Gyro Zeppeli! Your eyes have taken on a better glow! But you are still merely a conformist!
    —Ringo Roadagain, Steel Ball Run Chapter 35: The World of Man, Part 3
  • Find the path of light! The shining path that one must tread… these are societal values, and also a man's values. They used to be synonymous in the past but currently… the two are not necessarily one and the same. The man and society are completely different ideals now, but the true road to victory requires embracing a man's values… and you should be able to see it now…. Continue the race and find out for yourself the path of light. That is what I will pray for. And I thank you.
    —Ringo Roadagain, Steel Ball Run Chapter 35: The World of Man, Part 3
  • Welcome...to the world of man... (ようこそ…「男の世界」へ…, Yōkoso… "Otoko no Sekai" e…)

Video Games

All-Star Battle (PS3)

Ringo Roadagain makes his game debut in the PS3 title, appearing as the voice announcer for the Versus Mode.

Eyes of Heaven (PS3/PS4)

Ringo Roadagain appears in Eyes of Heaven as a support, having one voice line performed by Hiroki Yasumoto.

All-Star Battle R (Various)

ASBR Guide Chara Ringo.png

An antagonist from Part 7: Steel Ball Run. He is the user of the Stand Mandom. He challenges Johnny and company due to his philosophy that killing with Dark Determination helps a person grow spiritually. He dies after losing a duel with Gyro, but his ideas make a lasting impact on the man.

User of the Stand Mando. His reasons for challenging Johnny and company are based on his own philosophy that brutality and murder help a person grow. He is defeated and killed in battle with Gyro, but his ideas have a deep impact on Gyro.

第7部『スティール・ボール・ラン』の登場人物。『マンダム』のスタンド使い。漆黒の意志による殺し合いは人を成長させるという独自の考え方に基づき、ジョニィたちに決闘を挑む。ジャイロとの闘いに敗北して死亡するが、彼の考えはジャイロに大きな影響を与えた。
ASBR Guide Chara Ringo.png

Ringo Roadagain appears in All-Star Battle R as the guide character for both Versus Mode (バーサスモード, Bāsasu Mōdo) and Online Mode (オンラインモード, Onrain Mōdo).

Quote.png Dialogue
  • Your host for today's Versus Mode battle is... Me! Ringo Roadagain! (バーサスモードを案内させていただく……… 名は……『リンゴォ・ロードアゲイン』)
    —Entering Versus Mode
  • Fighting fair separates the men from the boys. (公正なる『果し合い』は未熟な者を 人間的に生長させてくれる)
    —Entering Versus Mode
  • A fair fight drives the doubts from your mind. (公正なる闘いは内なる不安をとりのぞく)
    —Entering Versus Mode
  • Welcome... to the real man's world! (ようこそ………『男の世界(・・・・)』へ……………)
    —Entering Versus Mode
  • There's your path. Take it. (それが進むべき道)
    —Entering a sub-mode
  • How amusing. (おもしろいぞ)
    —Entering a sub-mode
  • Right! (よし)
    —Entering a sub-mode
  • Very good. (いいだろう)
    —Entering a sub-mode
  • That's fine... (それでもかまわない…)
    —Exiting a sub-mode or the stage menu
  • What will it be? (どうする?)
    —Exiting a sub-mode or the stage menu
  • Hmph... (ふん…)
    —Exiting a sub-mode or the stage menu
  • I see... (そうか…)
    —Exiting a sub-mode or the stage menu
  • Pick an arena. (ステージを選びたまえ)
    —Entering the stage menu
  • Pick an arena. And make it fair! (公平(フェア)」に………ステージを選択しろ)
    —Entering the stage menu
  • What arena are you gonna play? (どのステージにする?)
    —Entering the stage menu
  • Pick an arena you wanna play. (好きなステージを選べ…)
    —Entering the stage menu
  • Single Battle eh? That's your path to walk. (シングルバトル… それが進むべき道)
    —Selecting Single Battle
  • A true test of skill, 1-on-1 combat. (バトルをするのは…… ひとりずつにしたい)
    —Selecting Single Battle
  • A fighter must have a pitch black will lurking in their heart. (バトルをしていいのは 「漆黒の意志」が心の中にある者だけだ)
    —Selecting Single Battle
  • Make sure it's a fair fight. (「公正(フェア)」なバトル… そう認識していただきたい)
    —Selecting Single Battle
  • Team Battle eh? That's your path to walk. (チームバトル… それが進むべき道)
    —Selecting Team Battle
  • Bringing friends to your fight, are you? I suppose so. (仲間と共に挑むか… それでもかまわない…)
    —Selecting Team Battle
  • To be victorious, you must become a real man. (「男の価値」が必要だ… それはここにある…)
    —Selecting Team Battle
  • I hope that you will follow the shining path. (「光輝く道」に辿り着け… オレはそれを祈っているぞ)
    —Selecting Team Battle
  • Tournament eh? That's your path to walk. (トーナメント… それが進むべき道)
    —Selecting Tournament
  • Progress through the ranks, and always remember the shining path. (トーナメントを進んでそれを確認しろ…… 「光輝く道」を…)
    —Selecting Tournament
  • Trying your hand at a tournament? You just might win. (トーナメントに挑むか… 君なら可能性はある)
    —Selecting Tournament
  • You wont make it through with the same old orthodox defense. (こびりついた「正統なる防衛」では勝ち残れない)
    —Selecting Tournament
  • There's only one right path. (正しい道はひとつだ)
    —Exiting Versus Mode
  • You've gotta make up your mind and go for it. (心を決めなくてはならない)
    —Exiting Versus Mode
  • You can give up if you want. It's your call. (やめるのは自由)
    —Exiting Versus Mode
  • There's no room for passiveness here! (受け身の『対応者』はここでは必要なし)
    —Exiting Versus Mode

Quote.png Dialogue
  • Your host for today's Online Mode battle is... Me! Ringo Roadagain! (オンラインモードを案内させていただく… 名は…『リンゴォ・ロードアゲイン』)
    —Entering Online Mode or a lobby
  • Fighting fair separates the men from the boys. (公正なる『果し合い』は未熟な者を 人間的に生長させてくれる)
    —Entering Online Mode or a lobby
  • A fair fight drives the doubts from your mind. (公正なる闘いは内なる不安をとりのぞく)
    —Entering Online Mode or a lobby
  • Welcome... to the real man's world! (ようこそ………『男の世界(・・・・)』へ……………)
    —Entering Online Mode or a lobby
  • There's your path. Take it. (それが進むべき道)
    —Entering a sub-mode
  • How amusing. (おもしろいぞ)
    —Entering a sub-mode
  • Right! (よし)
    —Entering a sub-mode
  • Very good. (いいだろう)
    —Entering a sub-mode
  • A Player Match... This will uplift us to the holy land. (プレイヤーマッチ…聖なる領域へと高めてくれる)
    —Selecting Player Match
  • Choose your conditions... You'll never leave this place! (条件を決めろ…ここからは絶対に出て行けないッ!)
    —Selecting Player Match
  • Taking on a Player Match? You've gotta make up your mind and go for it. (プレイヤーマッチに挑むか…心を決めなくてはならない)
    —Selecting Player Match
  • Online Battle... It's trying to respond. (オンラインバトル…それに『対応』しようとしている)
    —Selecting Player Match
  • A Ranked Match... This will uplift us to the holy land. (ランクマッチ…聖なる領域へと高めてくれる)
    —Selecting Ranked Match
  • The Real Man's World is just ahead. (『男の世界』はこの先にある・・・)
    —Selecting Ranked Match
  • Taking up a Ranked Match? Thank you so much. (ランクマッチに挑むか…感謝いたします)
    —Selecting Ranked Match
  • Well? The decision is yours. (どうする? 決めるのは君だ…)
    —Selecting Ranked Match
  • Rankings... Truly the Real Man's World. (ランキング…まさに『男の世界』・・・)
    —Selecting Rankings
  • The names of those who have followed the Shining Road are engraved here. (ここには「光輝く道」に辿り着いた者たちの名が刻まれて いる)
    —Selecting Rankings
  • There's society's values, and then there's your values as a real man. (『社会的な価値観』がある そして『男の価値』がある)
    —Selecting Rankings
  • Your name could be here if you weren't a passive responder. (君が受け身の『対応者』で無ければ ここに名前があるかもな)
    —Selecting Rankings
  • Online Missions... Some things in life were made to be overcome. (オンラインミッション… 乗り越えなくてはならないものがある)
    —Selecting Online Mission
  • This mission's going to be interesting. (おもしろいぞこのミッション)
    —Selecting Online Mission
  • Trying a mission? That's also correct. (ミッションに挑むか… それも正しい)
    —Selecting Online Mission
  • Someone who merely copes with the situation will never complete this mission. (このミッションは受け身の『対応者』ではクリアできない)
    —Selecting Online Mission
  • Set battle conditions. (バトル条件を設定したまえ)
    —Opening Custom Match settings
  • Set battle conditions... but always be fair. (公平(フェア)」に………バトル条件を設定しろ)
    —Opening Custom Match settings
  • What conditions will it be? (どんな条件にする?)
    —Opening Custom Match settings
  • Let's get the conditions set. (条件を設定しろ…)
    —Opening Custom Match settings
  • This is a Real Man's World! (これが「男の世界」…………)
    —Entering a Custom Match
  • That look in your eye... That's the look of a real man! (いい「眼光」になったッ!!)
    —Entering a Custom Match
  • Look around. See where you're heading. Follow the path of light. (確認しろ……「光り輝く道」を…)
    —Entering a Custom Match
  • I hope you come out unscathed. (健闘を祈っているぞ)
    —Entering a Custom Match
  • Time to make a decision. (いずれ決断しなくてはならない)
    —Leaving or failing to find a Custom Match
  • Hmph. People are losing their values. They're always looking for the easy way out. (今の時代………価値感が『甘ったれた方向』へ 変わって来ているようだな…)
    —Leaving or failing to find a Custom Match
  • Time to leave. (ここを出て行くがいい…)
    —Leaving or failing to find a Custom Match
  • Real men are strangers in our modern society. Tsk! (「男」と「社会」はかなりズレた価値観になっている…)
    —Leaving or failing to find a Custom Match
  • There's only one right path. (正しい道はひとつだ)
    —Exiting Online Mode or a lobby
  • You've gotta make up your mind and go for it. (心を決めなくてはならない)
    —Exiting Online Mode or a lobby
  • You can give up if you want. It's your call. (やめるのは自由)
    —Exiting Online Mode or a lobby
  • There's no room for passiveness here! (受け身の『対応者』はここでは必要なし)
    —Exiting Online Mode or a lobby


Ringo also has a few Tag Lines (プレイヤーカード名言, Pureiyā Kādo Meigen). They can be unlocked by completing ASBR Secret Mission.png 270 Secret Missions in All-Star Battle Mode.

Quote.png Medal Speech.png Tag Lines
  • Welcome... to the real man's world! (ようこそ………『男の世界(・・・・)』へ……………)
  • And so... we meet again. (改めて………よろしくお願い申し上げます)
  • It's called Mando. Don't forget it. (能力名は『マンダム』。そう認識していただきたい)
  • To travel the path to true victory, you need to be a real man. (『真の勝利への道』には『男の価値』が必要だ…)
  • There's no room for passiveness here! (受け身の『対応者』はここでは必要なし)

Gallery

Trivia

  • Both Ringo's Stand's name and his ideology of "the world of man" reference Jerry Wallace's song, Mandom - The World of Man (マンダム~男の世界, Mandamu ~ Otoko no Sekai), also given the English title of Mandom—Lovers of the World. The song was created for a 1970 commercial starring Charles Bronson, which advertised Mandom, a Japanese male grooming products company.
  • Ringo's voice actor for All-Star Battle and Eyes of Heaven, Hiroki Yasumoto, would voice later Dija Maker in Escape From JoJo's Bizarre Mansion.

References

  1. Steel Ball Run Chapter 33: The World of Man, Part 1, Ringo dies on the 11th day of stage 4.
  2. Steel Ball Run Chapter 35: The World of Man, Part 3

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