Tarkus

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I respected that long-haired swordsman Bruford, but it turns out he was just a magician... On the other hand, I am an elite at slaughter! I create death and destruction by force! (ブラフォードは長髪を利用した奇策をつかう剣士尊敬してはいたがしょせん技士にすぎめ男…だがおれは殺戮のエリートを目指した!力で殺しまくり破壊し尽くすだけだッ!Burafōdo wa chōhatsu o riyō shita kisaku o tsukau kenshi sonkei shite haitaga shosen gishi ni sugi-me otoko... Daga ore wa satsuriku no erīto o mezashita! Chikara de koroshi makuri hakai shi tsukusu dakeda!)
—Tarkus, Chapter 31: The Knights' Ruins

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

Tarkus was a knight in 16th-century Britain who served alongside Bruford as a loyal retainer of Mary Stuart. The two knights were executed after being betrayed by Elizabeth I. After being resurrected as a zombie by Dio Brando, he becomes wholeheartedly loyal to his new master and fights the Joestar Group, eventually trapping Jonathan in a one-on-one Chain Neck Deathmatch.

Appearance

Tarkus is a towering and muscular zombie. He wears a set of heavy metal armor consisting of a chestplate, two shoulder pads, two legplates and a loincloth. On top of his medium-length hair, Tarkus wears a horned and crested metal helmet, which he removes during his Chain Neck Deathmatch with Jonathan.

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? (そのゆがんだ精神!掌握なる狂気!心の奥底まで魂をディオに売り渡したな!Sono yuganda seishin! Shōaku naru kyōki! Kokoro no okusoko made tamashī o dio ni uriwatashita na!)
—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, unlike 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 77 Rings winners, 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

As a trained warrior and one of the only five knights to succeed in the trial of the 77 Rings, Tarkus possesses an incredible amount of physical strength and endurance. He was also a skilled swordsman, described as a hero who could cut rocks like butter with his sword. Even while alive as a human, his neck could withstand several attacks and break the axes of executioners before being cut.[3] Tarkus also became an expert at the Chain Neck Deathmatch, besting and killing a total of forty-eight warriors.[4]

Superhuman StrengthLink to this section
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After being resurrected as a zombie, his brutality and power increases even more, making him capable of squashing people with his bare hands.[5] 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.[6]

Later, he throws himself onto a stone wall in order to trap Jonathan in the Lair of the Two-Headed Dragon. Though 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.[7] A single kick from him is strong enough to shatter the bone of Jonathan's upper arm.[4]

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")Link to this section
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Tarkus's signature method of execution in the Chain Neck Deathmatch. Jumping above his opponent, Tarkus manipulates his chain to strike from below, cornering the opponent from both sides. The chain wraps around the opponent; once Tarkus lands, he pulls on the chain with enough force to tear a human body in half.

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, eventually becoming attached to Mary. Alongside his fellow retainer Bruford, Tarkus passed the trial of the 77 Rings in 1563, becoming one of the only five in history to complete 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. However, on the day of their execution, Bruford and Tarkus learned from their executioner that Mary had already been killed. Tarkus was livid to hear that Elizabeth deceived them and cursed her in his dying breath; rumors say 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, pitting them against Jonathan, Will Anthonio Zeppeli, and Robert E. O. Speedwagon. While Bruford fights Jonathan, Tarkus prevents Zeppeli and Speedwagon from interfering in the fight. However, following Bruford's defeat, Tarkus desecrates his remains, calling him a mockery of the 77 Rings winners. Tarkus violently kicks the remains of Bruford's armor, turning its pieces into a dangerous hail of metal that wounds Zeppeli. Two bullies drag Poco into the graveyard to take revenge on him for his tall tales, only to run away upon catching sight of Tarkus; Tarkus nearly grabs Poco, but Jonathan saves him. Tarkus slices the ground with his sword, cutting through the cliff and isolating the heroes upon the knights' former training grounds. He then catches the two bullies and squeezes the blood out of them to drink it. Tarkus rushes to attack again, but Jonathan and Zeppeli use the Ripple to create a hang-glider from the nearby leaves. Though Tarkus jumps onto the glider, the group jumps from the glider as it plummets into a stone wall. Tarkus' durability allows him to survive the fall, convincing 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, only to be caught in the Chamber of the Two-Headed Dragon, where Tarkus engages Jonathan in a Chain Neck Deathmatch. Poco sneaks in and successfully unlocks the door, despite taking a kick from Tarkus. Zeppeli prepares to fight Tarkus, but the zombie leaps into the air. Tarkus wraps Zeppeli in his chain before pulling it tighter, tearing the Ripple master in half and snapping Jonathan's neck. Although Tarkus presumes the two dead, Zeppeli transfers all his remaining Ripple into Jonathan's body. Empowered and healed by the sudden surge of Ripple, Jonathan shatters his collar and slices through Tarkus' arm. Though Tarkus spits his fangs into Jonathan's eye, Jonathan easily kills Tarkus with a barrage of Ripple-infused punches.

Chapters / Episodes

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Chapters in order of appearance
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Episodes in order of appearance

Quotes

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  • You coward! You make a mockery of the knights that have completed the 77 Rings! (このこしぬけが!「77の輝輪(リング)」の試練をのりこえた騎士の恥さらしよKono koshinuke ga! '77 no Ringu' no shiren o norikoeta kishi no hajisarashi yo.)
    —Tarkus to Bruford's remains, Chapter 30: Sleep as a Hero
  • Don't make me laugh! I'll make mincemeat of you, bones and all! (笑わせるな!骨ごと ひき肉(ミンチ)にしてやるわWarawaseru na! Hone-goto, minchi ni shite yaru wa.)
    —Tarkus, Chapter 30: Sleep as a Hero
  • I respected that long-haired swordsman Bruford, but it turns out he was just a magician... On the other hand, I am an elite at slaughter! I create death and destruction by force! (ブラフォードは長髪を利用した奇策をつかう剣士尊敬してはいたがしょせん技士にすぎめ男…だがおれは殺戮のエリートを目指した!力で殺しまくり破壊し尽くすだけだッ!Burafōdo wa chōhatsu o riyō shita kisaku o tsukau kenshi sonkei shite haitaga shosen gishi ni sugi-me otoko... Daga ore wa satsuriku no erīto o mezashita! Chikara de koroshi makuri hakai shi tsukusu dakeda!)
    —Tarkus, Chapter 31: The Knights' Ruins

Video Games

Phantom Blood (PS2 Game)

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Tarkus appears as the enemy faced in Chapters 16 and 17. Tarkus' moveset is primarily made up of punches and kicks, although some of his attacks utilize long-range chains to inflict damage. Tarkus is playable with his helmet on in 77 Rings Knights Mode and during one fight in Extra Battle Mode; in these battles, he gains the ability to strike the ground with his giant sword.
Tarkus
Commands
Name
Japanese
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Normal Combo
通常コンボ
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Mega Strike
メガストライク
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Mega Swing
メガスイング
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Earthbound
アースバウンド
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Hell Heaven Snake Kill
天地来蛇殺
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Mega Earthbound
メガアースバウンド
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Mega Tackle
メガタックル
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Back Step
バックステップ
PS Circle.png during damage
Mega Crush
メガクラッシュ
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Taunt
挑発
PS R1.png (LV1)
Rampage
大暴れ
PS R1.png (LV2)
Hell Heaven Snake Kill
天地来蛇殺
PS R1.png (LV3)
Earthbound
アースバウンド
Available Stages: Extra Battle 14
  • 77 Rings Knights 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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Skill Lv 5
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Cooldown: 50

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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, Part 2
  4. 4.0 4.1 Chapter 33: Pluck for Tomorrow and the Successor, Part 1
  5. Chapter 31: The Knights' Ruins
  6. Chapter 26: Tarkus and the Dark Knight Bruford, Part 1
  7. Chapter 32: The Medieval Knights' Training Ground for Murder
  8. Chapter 28: Tarkus and the Dark Knight Bruford, Part 3

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