|“||Ku ku ku ku ku... You really did waste your youth trying to hunt me down... but it looks like you won't succeed! What a pathetic life you've lived!||”|
J. Geil spends most of his time hiding from plain sight, preferring to have a partner in which to rely on. This made him a perfect candidate for Hol Horse, who liked him and believed that they should work in pairs. J. Geil would hide in the shadows while Horse broke the glass needed for his Stand to work; occasionally they would do a combination attack, such as Hol Horse breaking glass and J. Geil attacking while Hol Horse shot a bullet from his Stand, Emperor, locking the enemy into a mortal circle. He shared a special link to his mother, who received the same injuries he had moments before dying. He had a twisted and perverted personality, raping many girls during his life.
Like his mother he had a deformity that gave him two right hands. In the past he had long hair and a muscular body, but now is bald and is seen hardly able to stand up, likely due to age.
J. Geil is the man responsible for the murder and rape of Sherry Polnareff, earning him her brother's desire for revenge. He also tried to kill Sherry's friend but failed. It is later implied that he raped numerous girls before Sherry, as he says that he had many girls who "loved and admired" him, Sherry being just one of them.
J. Geil first shows by making his Stand appear in front of Polnareff and forcing him to separate from the rest of the group, making him an easy target for him and his partner Hol Horse. After a short confrontation between Emperor and Silver Chariot, Muhammad Avdol joins the fight but is quickly disposed of by a combination of the antagonists' Stands.
Polnareff is blinded by anger, and is almost killed in the same way, but Noriaki Kakyoin manages to save him in time. The two escape with a jeep, but Hanged Man follows them and destroys the vehicle. At this point, Polnareff deduces J. Geil's Stand's true nature: it is made of light and can move between reflections at high speed and attack from there. Having guessed its location and trajectory, Silver Chariot manages to stab it, revealing J. Geil's position.
However Polnareff and Kakyoin are once again tricked: J. Geil gathers a crowd of people and makes its Stand enter their eyes. The trick is spoiled by Kakyoin, who focuses the people's attention on a coin, allowing Polnareff to strike the final blow. Dead, J. Geil falls and accidentally hangs himself upside down on a gate.
There's almost no relation between J. Geil and the Tarot Card his Stand represents. The card symbolizes sacrifice, acceptance, renunciation, inner harmony and conformism, none of which J. Geil shows at any moment. He is, however, not afraid of sacrificing others to save himself and trick his enemies (which the reversed Hanged Man represents). However, patience, a virtue represented by the card, is briefly shown by his initial plan to separate Polnareff from the the group before his attack. Kakyoin notes that there's at least one relation between them: J. Geil's ironic death involves his body hanged by its feet on a gate, similar to the image in the Tarot Card. Of note is that in some decks the Hanged Man Tarot Card is called Il Traditore (The Traitor) – hanging a man from his feet was, in fact, a way of punishing traitors in Italy, one particularly painful and humiliating, a type of punishment that Polnareff wanted to give J. Geil and succeeded in doing so.
In Video Games
The events from EMPEROR AND THE HANGED MAN appears on the game without differences (being one of the few story arcs without drastic changes), as J. Geil appears as the last enemy faced on this arc story.
J. Geil himself appears on the last cutscene from his Chapter on SUPER STORY. His Stand, Hanged Man, is used as part of Hol Horse's moveset. As a special move, Hanged Man can appear from the ground and grab the opponent, rendering them unable to move. As part of one of Hol Horse's Super Comboes, he'll crawl out of the ground and stab the opponent in the back and deal massive damage, but only if the opponent is caught in one of the three cracks that Hol Horse shoots into the camera.
- In the First Edition of the Italian version of the manga, J. Geil actually had two left hands. This happened because in the 90s, manga chapters were mirror-printed in Italy, a standard procedure made to appeal the public accustomed to Western comics. From Part V onwards, mirror-printing ceased, therefore in the new Italian version of Part III, J. Geil has two right hands.
- When J. Geil is first mentioned, Polnareff tells the group about how the rain was bouncing in an invisible field around him, leaving the man completely dry. This strange ability is never mentioned again; it is unknown whether it was another ability of Hanged Man.
- In the anime he has the same voice as Whitesnake and C-Moon in All-Star Battle.
- It is possible that he was designed off of horror movie actor Michael Berryman.
- ↑ Silver Chariot - Vol.2 "Shueisha Jump Remix Stardust Crusaders Edition" P66 The Secret of JOJO Characters