Tarkus

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For a similar character, see Tarkus
Let me hear your cries of despair! I'm an elite at slaughter! I create death and destruction by force!
—Tarkus, Chapter 31: The Knights' Ruins

Tarkus (タルカス Tarukasu) is a minor antagonist featured in the first part of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Phantom Blood.

Alongside Bruford, Tarkus the "Dark Knight" was a knight from 16th Century Great Britain and a loyal retainer of Mary Stuart. The two knights were executed after being betrayed by Elizabeth I. Resurrected as a zombie by Dio Brando, he is wholeheartedly loyal to his new master and fights the Joestar Group.

Appearance

Tarkus is a towering and heavily-muscled zombie wearing a heavy metal armor consisting of a chestplate, two shoulder pads, two legplates and a loincloth. Tarkus also wears a horned and crested metal helmet on top of his medium-length hair.

Color Schemes

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

Skin (Tan)
Hair (Brown)
Eyes (Brown)
Outfit
(Brown and gray armor with warm gray gauntlets. Black loincloth.)

Skin (Fair)
Hair (Black with navy highlights)
Eyes (White)
Outfit (Entirely gray armor. Brown loincloth.)

Skin (Dark Gray)
Hair (Black)
Eyes (Dark Red)
Outfit
(Brown and black armor with gold trim. Beige loincloth.)

Skin (Tan)
Hair (Red-Brown)
Eyes (Red)
Outfit
(Gray, black and pale brown armor. Gray helmet with crimson horns.)

Personality

That messed up spirit. That evil insanity. You've sold even the depths of your soul to Dio, haven't you?
—Jonathan to Tarkus, Chapter 35: Pluck for Tomorrow and the Successor, Part 3

Tarkus was a powerful knight during the time he was alive, and loyal to his queen. However, different from his partner Bruford, he lacks a sense of honor. Tarkus gets enraged easily and uses his anger for violence. Due to the corruption of Dio, he thinks of Bruford as a disgrace to the Dark Knights, having no qualms about destroying the armor of his former friend. Tarkus is a brutal and ruthless fighter and enjoys forcing his opponents to battle him to the death in the Chain Neck Deathmatch, even if it is against their own will.

Abilities

Physical Ability

As a trained warrior and one of the only five knights to succeed in the 77 Rings Challenge, Tarkus possesses an incredible amount of physical strength and endurance. Even while alive as a human, his neck could withstand several attacks and break the axes of executioners before being cut.[3]

Tarkus's display of strength

After being resurrected as a zombie, his brutality and power increases even more, making him capable of squashing people with his bare hands.[4] Tarkus initially demonstrates his strength by lifting a massive portion of the ground that Jonathan was standing on from beneath him, while only using a finger. He then shatters the giant boulder with the same finger.[5]

Later, he throws himself onto a stone wall in order to trap Jonathan in the Lair of the Two-Headed Dragon. Whereas Zeppeli states that Tarkus should be unable to move because his bones would have shattered from the collision, Tarkus manages to climb the building and still be in a state to fight Jonathan and Zeppeli afterwards.[6] A kick from him is strong enough to shatter the bone of Jonathan's upper arm.[7]

Chain Techniques

Tarkus is an expert at the Chain Neck Deathmatch, having killed forty-eight warriors in death matches.[7] He uses his surroundings to his advantage, such as ensnaring his opponents with a chain to rip their bodies apart.

  • Hell Heaven Snake Kill ( 天地来蛇殺(へルヘブンスネーキル) Heru Hebun Sunē Kiru, lit. "Heaven and Earth coming Snake kill"): Tarkus' signature technique. He jumps above his opponent while he manipulates his chain to strike them from below, cornering them from both sides. The chain wraps around his opponent and Tarkus pulls on it with enough force to tear a body in half.

Swordsmanship

When Tarkus was a knight of Mary Stuart, he was described as a hero who could cut rocks like butter with his sword. Proving the stories of his past, Tarkus strikes the ground with his sword and slices off a large cliff, causing the Joestar Group to fall.[4]

History

Background

A Manuscript depicting Bruford and Tarkus.

Born in the 16th century, Tarkus was a member of the Tudor Dynasty and a retainer of Mary Stuart. After losing his relatives in previous wars, the young Tarkus was brought up as Mary Stuart's knight and trained his body for that sole purpose. At the same time, Tarkus became attached to Mary. Alongside his fellow retainer Bruford, Tarkus passed the Challenge of the 77 Rings in 1563, being the only two out of five in history to succeed it.[8]

Bruford and Tarkus about to be executed

Eventually, when Mary was imprisoned by her political rival Queen Elizabeth, Bruford and Tarkus fought the queen's army until she offered Mary's release in return for their surrender. But on the day they of their execution as enemies of the Crown, Bruford and Tarkus learned from their executioner that Mary was already killed before they gave into the queen's demands. Tarkus was livid to hear that Elizabeth deceived them into giving up their lives for nothing and cursed her in his dying breath, rumors saying that his neck became so rigid from anger that several axes broke before he was beheaded. The story of Bruford and Tarkus was passed down and became famous in England[3]

Phantom Blood

Tarkus crushing Bruford's remains.

After taking residence in Windknight's Lot following his transition into a vampire, Dio resurrects Bruford and Tarkus as his Zombie enforcers to exploit their hatred against the world. He first summons them to kill Jonathan, Will Anthonio Zeppeli, and Robert E. O. Speedwagon. While Bruford fights with Jonathan, Tarkus fights Zeppeli and Speedwagon. But following Bruford's defeat, Tarkus desecrates his remains while saying that Bruford disappointed him before assaulting the heroes. Tarkus violently kicks the remains of Bruford's armor, turning its pieces into a dangerous hail of metal and Zeppeli is wounded. He almost catches Poco but Jonathan grabs him just in time. Tarkus slices the ground with his sword, cutting the cliff and isolating the heroes near the knights' former training grounds. He then catches two men who stumbled upon the fight and squeezes the blood out of them to drink it. He rushes to attack again, but Jonathan and his friends attempt to escape Tarkus on a hang-glider created from Ripple-induced leaves. Tarkus jumps and crashes the glider. Though assumed indisposed, Tarkus' durability convinces Zeppeli that the zombie is a loose end they cannot ignore.

Jonathan fighting Tarkus

Jonathan enters the building to find a place where Poco can hide safely, finding himself in the Chamber of the Two-Headed Dragon where Tarkus engages Jonathan in a Chain Neck Deathmatch. After Poco nearly gets himself killed to get the others in, Zeppeli proceeds to fight Tarkus before the zombie binds him with the chain which is used to rip the Ripple master's torso from his legs while snapping Jonathan's neck. Fortunately, Zeppeli transfers all his remaining Ripple into Jonathan's body. Empowered and healed by the sudden surge of Ripple, Jonathan shatters his collar then easily kills Tarkus with a Ripple-infused double punch to the face.

Chapters / Episodes

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Chapters in order of appearance
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Episodes in order of appearance

Quotes

Quote.png Quotes
Don't make me laugh! [Broken] bones? I'll make mincemeat out of you!
—Tarkus, Chapter 30: Sleep as a Hero
I'm an elite at slaughter! I create death and destruction by force!
—Tarkus, Chapter 31: The Knights' Ruins

Video Games

Phantom Blood (PS2 Game)

Tarkus appears as a boss fight in the game. The player needs to beat him in under 280 seconds. At first, the player uses Zeppeli and then Jonathan afterwards. Like most of the enemies in the game, Tarkus will chase the player trying to attack him with punches and kicks. Tarkus's special ability allows him to use chains to inflict long-range attacks on the player.

Tarkus is playable during some missions in the Extra Battle mode, with either his helmet on or off. With his helmet on, his special ability is to use his giant sword to strike the ground.

Tarkus
Commands
Name
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Normal Combo
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Mega Strike
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Mega Swing
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Earthbound
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Hell Heaven Snake Kill
PS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Triangle.png
Mega Earthbound
Running PS Square.png or PS Triangle.png
Mega Tackle
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Back Step
PS Circle.png during damage
Mega Crush
PS R1.png (LV0)
Provocation
PS R1.png (LV1)
Rampage
PS R1.png (LV2)
Hell Heaven Snake Kill
PS R1.png (LV3)
Earthbound
Available Stages: Extra Battle 14
  • 77 Rings Knight Mode: Living Corpses

Diamond Records (Android/iOS)

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Tarkus appears in Diamond Records as a playable character in both the Action Battle and Tactical Battle game modes. He has a few unlockable statues varying between the 'Fighting Spirit' and 'Solitary' types, ranging from 4 stars to 6 stars. Tarkus' moveset in both game modes is comprised of various attacks inspired by the anime using his sword, chains, and brute strength. Despite being a zombie in canon, the game gives him the "vampire" tag and thus gives him the qualities of a vampire character (such as regeneration and weakness to the Ripple). Playing as him will force any outdoor stages into their night time variants.

Moveset
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Tarkus' basic attack string is a combination of up to five various attacks comprising of different strikes with his sword and fists. In Tactical Battle, this is cut down to only three hits.
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Tarkus performs a powerful swing with his sword that lands into the ground.
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Tarkus swings a chain around above his head briefly, then swings it down it at the opponent, covering a longer than average range. In Tactical Battle, this hits all opponents present on the stage. (Unlockable)
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Tarkus belly flops onto the ground, covering a medium sized area of effect. In Tactical Battle, this hits all opponents present on the stage.
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Tarkus lets out a barrage of punches while continuously walking towards his opponents. In Action Battle, you have control over Tarkus' movement as he is performing this skill and can use it to take on crowds of opponents. (Unlockable)
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Tarkus swings a chain at the opponent, then briefly disappears as the game cuts to the cutscene. In the cutscene, Tarkus is seen jumping into the air as he throws around the chains. When the cutscene ends it's revealed that the chains are wrapped around the opponent, and Tarkus performs his signature Hell Heaven Snake Kill and pulls the chain until it snaps and damages the enemy, similar to how he kills Zeppeli in the anime.

JoJo's Pitter-Patter Pop! (Android/iOS)

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Tarkus
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Slaughtering Elite ver.
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Max Power: 880

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Skill: Ground Shattering Attack
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Skill Lv 1
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Skill Lv 2
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Skill Lv 3
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Cooldown: 55
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Skill Lv 4
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Cooldown: 55
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Skill Lv 5
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Cooldown: 50

Gallery

Trivia

References

  1. Deduced from the date of death of Mary Stuart
  2. Either November 31st or December 1st, per Chapter 41
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chapter 27: Tarkus and the Dark Knight Bruford (2)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Chapter 31: The Knights' Ruins
  5. Chapter 26: Tarkus and the Dark Knight Bruford (1)
  6. Chapter 32: The Medieval Knights' Training Ground for Murder
  7. 7.0 7.1 Chapter 33: Pluck for Tomorrow and the Successor (1)
  8. Chapter 28: Tarkus and the Dark Knight Bruford (3), p. 11

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