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For a similar character, see Part 8 SpoilersKiller Queen (JoJolion)
Killer Queen can erase you at any time. For you see, Killer Queen can turn anything it touches into a bomb.

—Yoshikage Kira[2]

Killer Queen (キラークイーン Kirā Kuīn?) is the Stand of Yoshikage Kira, featured in Diamond Is Unbreakable.

Appearance

Killer Queen is a visibly muscular humanoid Stand about as tall as Kira himself, light in color overall. Its crown is flat, while two sharp, triangular shapes resembling cat ears stand on either side of the top of its head. Its eyes comprise cat-like vertical pupils in front of generally light-colored sclera. It has no nose, and its thin-lipped mouth is perpetually closed. It wears dark, studded, leather-like forearm-length gloves, mirrored in style by a garter belt-like band at its waist and ankle-height footwear. Its thumbs are additionally bandaged in white. Four short spikes line the top of its back. Its shoulders, the back of its hands, belt buckle, a plate hanging in front of its crotch, both sides of its ankles and the top of its feet all bear the emblem of a skull with ears resembling its own, in varying sizes and external decoration.[3] In the anime, after receiving the third bomb, Killer Queen's eyes adopt a deep glow.

Later, the space behind its stomach is revealed to be hollow and suitable for storing an object.[4]

Sheer Heart Attack takes the form of a plated sphere with a superficial, removable knob on its top and tank treads on either side. Embedded at its front is a cat-skull similar to those on Killer Queen's body, with the addition of a downward dagger on the forehead, a movable jaw, and a short spike as a nose.[5] While it is not visible to non-Stand users, if Sheer Heart Attack attaches to someone, it will leave visible tread marks on their clothing. It also leaves an indentation on Kira's hand that doesn't appear to be visible to non-Stand users.[6]

Personality

Killer Queen's semi-autonomous secondary bomb, Sheer Heart Attack, speaks phrases to its targets including "Look this way".[7]

Kira is able to speak through Killer Queen, as he does to Rohan while using Bites the Dust.[8]

Killer Queen shows no other evidence of consciousness with a perpetually blank expression.

Abilities

Killer Queen is a short-range humanoid Stand of average to above-average speed and melee attacking power.[9] Although undeniably powerful physically speaking, it is overshadowed by other close range Stands like Crazy Diamond and Star Platinum and thus Kira relies more on evading his enemies or using Killer Queen's set of power to prevail.

Killer Queen's powers revolve around setting up different kinds of bombs that can annihilate Kira's enemies in one blast, making it a very dangerous Stand to face. Not only are the bombs powerful, Kira is able to deploy two, then three kind of bombs with different strengths, giving the serial-killer a large array of options when dealing with his foes.

Primary Bomb (Bomb Transmutation)

Killer Queen Bomb

Killer Queen detonates a coin.

Killer Queen may charge any object, inanimate or not as a bomb simply by touching it.

Once a target has touched the object, Killer Queen can detonate the target by pressing its right thumb onto its index finger's middle phalanx, as if pressing a trigger on a handheld detonator; the charge immediately travels through the target's body before exploding.[10] Additionally, Killer Queen can blow up the charged target itself, as demonstrated with Stray Cat's air bullets during the final battle with Josuke Higashikata;[11] however, if someone else touches the charged target before Kira can detonate it, they will automatically be blown up instead, consuming the charge.[12] This can also be done through direct contact with Killer Queen or Kira himself, skipping the charging process.[13]

Matching Kira's desire to keep his murderous life a secret, anyone detonated by Killer Queen leaves no physical remains behind, including their body, their clothes, and any personal belongings they were carrying;[14][15] however, it is possible for a victim to survive an explosion if it comes from a nearby object instead of their own body, though this is a rare occurrence.[16] Kira can also control the size and strength of Killer Queen's explosions[17][18][19] as well as what parts of a victim's body are vaporized, usually resulting in Kira destroying his victim's body except for their right hand to keep.[20] The effects of Kira's explosions on their surroundings vary; they generally do not damage nearby walls and floors,[14] but during Kira's battle with Josuke, they could potentially affect nearby objects and Kira himself, though this may be due to Stray Cat's own Stand power being combined with Kira's.[21]

There are several limitations to this ability. First, if Kira or Killer Queen cannot press their thumb against their index finger's middle phalanx to trigger the bomb's detonation, the target cannot blow up.[22] In addition, since this power is similar to incendiary bombs, it also cannot induce their explosions if there is no air, as demonstrated by Stray Cat disabling a bomb by creating a vacuum around it.[23] Finally, Killer Queen can only charge one object at a time.[24]

It is unknown if non-Stand users can see or feel the explosions, but they can see a victim of an explosion die.[25] Additionally, the explosion does not seem to generate much sound to anyone other than the victim, as Josuke and Okuyasu heard Shigechi call out to Josuke just outside of their classroom, but neither were aware of the ensuing explosion. Additionally, there were at least two other students in the same hallway as Shigechi when he was killed, but neither seemed to be aware of his demise as their backs were turned to him when he was killed and all evidence of an explosion dissipated within less than a few seconds.[14]

Secondary Bomb ("Sheer Heart Attack")

Manga Debut: Chapter 354, Sheer Heart Attack (1)
Anime Debut: DU Episode 22, Yoshikage Kira Wants a Quiet Life (2)

SheerHeartAttack After
Destructive Power: A
Speed: C
Range: A
Durability: A
Precision: E
Developmental Potential: A

Sheer Heart Attack (シアーハートアタック Shiā Hāto Atakku?) is Killer Queen's second type of bomb, featured primarily in the arc Sheer Heart Attack.

This threaded automatic bomb detaches from Killer Queen's left hand,[26] so any Stand abilities activated upon it are reflected onto Kira's left hand.[27] Because Sheer Heart Attack is attached to Kira's left hand, the primary bomb can still be used when Sheer Heart Attack is active.[28]

It is completely autonomous and has a great range, so Kira can safely engage Sheer Heart Attack and move a great distance away while it carries out its duties.[29] It seeks out whatever the warmest object in the vicinity is,[30] even changing targets the second a warmer object appears; upon reaching its target, it automatically induces an explosion with power and blast size equivalent to the the heat of the target.[31] If Sheer Heart Attack's explosion was set off by a non-human source, it will continue to seek out targets until it explodes from a human.[32] Like Killer Queen's first bomb, Sheer Heart Attack's explosions removes all physical evidence of the target.[33]

The body of Sheer Heart Attack is nigh-indestructible, withstanding countless blows from Jotaro's Star Platinum,[34] but can still be affected by non-damaging Stand powers[27] and cracked if pulled apart at the mouth with tremendous force.[35]

Its main drawback lies in its autonomous nature, which will sometimes prevent Sheer Heart Attack from prioritizing killing Kira's intended human target(s).[36][37] Secondly, since it needs to explode from making contact with a human target to fully dissipate, should Sheer Heart Attack need to be deactivated while actively seeking a target, the user must physically return in range of Sheer Heart Attack to deactivate and retrieve it.[38]

Tertiary Bomb ("Killer Queen Bites the Dust")

Manga Debut: Chapter 418, Another One Bites the Dust (1)
Anime Debut: DU Episode 35, Another One Bites the Dust (1)

KQ Bites the Dust AV

A miniature Killer Queen in Hayato's body.

Destructive Power: B
Speed: B
Range: A
Durability: A
Precision: D
Developmental Potential: A

Killer Queen Bites the Dust (キラー・クイーン バイツァ・ダスト Kirā Kuīn Baitsa Dasuto?), more simply known as just "Bites the Dust" (負けて死ね(バイツァ・ダスト) Baitsa Dasuto?, kanji lit. "Lose and Die"), is Killer Queen's third type of bomb; featured primarily in the arc Another One Bites the Dust.

Kira is granted this ability when Yoshihiro Kira's Stand-creating Arrow pierces him a second time.[39] It is born from Kira's desire to prevent anyone from knowing his true identity, as well as his desperation following his impulsive murder of Hayato Kawajiri.[40]

This bomb appears as a miniaturized form of Killer Queen that hides within whoever it is planted on; it acts independently of Kira's will, manifesting only when the bomb is triggered. When planted on Hayato, it activates when Kira's identity is revealed audibly or through writing,[41] as well as when other Stand users see the miniature Killer Queen.[42] When this happens, a miniature Killer Queen enters the eye of the person and causes an explosion, killing them.[43] The bomb can detonate multiple people simultaneously.[44]

After killing someone with its power, Bites the Dust creates a temporal loop, rewinding time to roughly one hour prior to the detonation.[45][46] Because Bites the Dust is completely independent and autonomous, Kira is not aware of who is killed by it,[47] nor is he aware of every time loop.[48] In fact, the only person who retains memory of each time loop is the person sheltering Bite the Dust.[49][50] All actions performed in the previous time loop are destined to occur as they had happened,[51] though slight deviations are permitted.[52] However, any person killed by Bites the Dust in a previous time loop is still destined to explode at the exact time that they were previously killed, even if they did not interrogate the person used as the bomb in the current time loop.[53]

KQ Bites the Dust

Bites the Dust loops time.

Because the person on whom this bomb is planted must be alive in order to activate the trigger, Bites the Dust will neither harm the person in any way with its explosions or let them be harmed by other forces, demonstrated when the miniature Killer Queen prevented Hayato from slitting his own throat with a knife to prevent anyone else from dying.[54] Ironically, Bites the Dust also prevents the Stand User themselves from harming the bomb's carrier, with the miniature Killer Queen intercepting Kira's fist when he tries to punch Hayato.[55] It also appears to be able to revive that person if they are dead when it is activated, as Hayato was alive once more when it was planted on him after Kira had impulsively killed him, implying that time was relooped to prevent Hayato from dying and also preventing him from dying again the same way.[56]

The only way to stop Bites the Dust's effects is to outright kill Kira or otherwise force him to withdraw it; should this occur, all targets marked for death in the future due to a previous time loop will be spared from their fate.[57] Additionally, using Bites the Dust forcibly prevents him from activating any of Killer Queen's abilities because Killer Queen is planted in the body of the third party; thus, he must deactivate the ability and withdraw Killer Queen if he needs to defend himself.[58] Hayato also deduces that Bites the Dust only works on non-Stand users, such that Kira can only tell a non-Stand user his secrets to enable the ability.[59]

Air Bomb Transmutation ("Stray Cat")

KQ prepares a bubble bomb

Killer Queen charges an Air Bomb.

Main article: Stray Cat

Manga Debut: Chapter 427, Another One Bites the Dust (10)
Anime Debut: DU Episode 37, Crazy Diamond Is Unbreakable (1)
During the final battle, Kira places Stray Cat (猫草(ストレイ・キャット) Sutorei Kyatto?) in Killer Queen's hollow abdomen.[4] With Killer Queen's Primary Bomb charging Stray Cat's condensed air bubbles, Kira may create virtually invisible air bombs (空気弾 Kūki-dan?) to use as projectiles.[60] These can be detonated automatically through contact[61] or manually through Killer Queen's switch.[62] Although he also cannot see these bombs, Kira is skilled in determining their trajectory using basic mathematical skills;[63] additionally, Yoshihiro Kira can verbally help him direct his aim by flitting about the battlefield in his photograph form.[64]

Gallery

Trivia

  • This Stand's abilities appear to draw inspiration from lyrics to the song Killer Queen – "She's a killer queen / Gunpowder, gelatine / Dynamite with a laser beam / Guaranteed to blow your mind / Anytime". Additionally, its appearance and eventual use of Stray Cat may be another lyrical reference, specifically. – "Playful as a pussy cat".
  • Araki includes Killer Queen's whole design among his favorite things to draw.[65]
    • From the Stands up to Part 5, he considers Killer Queen his 2nd favorite in terms of design, below Gold Experience and above Echoes. The stand was designed to incorporate both the darkness surrounding Kira and the sort of eeriness a cat possesses.[66]
  • According to Araki, the sword on Sheer Heart Attack's skull is representative of an assassin.[67]
  • Araki states that when creating Killer Queen Bites the Dust he didn't want it to become an "ultimate Stand" of sorts that could do anything. So to give it a limitation, he had Bites the Dust be a separate ability that was difficult for Kira to abuse.[67]
  • In All-Star Battle, Killer Queen's Bites the Dust ability will reverse many effects. As examples; Pucci's Made in Heaven may be reverted back to Whitesnake, also reverting the timer back to its proper speed, the stage background to normal, and clearing any words already said to Green Baby; Kars' Ultimate form and Giorno's Gold Experience Requiem will revert to their previous forms; Johnny's Tusk will revert back to ACT1 if its transformed into ACTs 2, 3, or 4; and if Jonathan Joestar or Funny Valentine disable their HH gauges from using their special healing or comeback moves successfully, Bites the Dust will restore their HH gauges.

References

  1. Harvest - Vol.17 "Shueisha Jump Remix Stardust Crusaders Edition" P190 The origin of STANDS! Part.6
  2. Chapter 345, Yoshikage Kira Wants a Quiet Life (4); pages 17-18
  3. Chapter 345, Yoshikage Kira Wants a Quiet Life (4); page 10
  4. 4.0 4.1 Chapter 427, Another One Bites the Dust (10); page 19
  5. Chapter 354, Sheer Heart Attack (1); page 12
  6. DU Episode 22, Yoshikage Kira Wants a Quiet Life (2)
  7. Chapter 354, Sheer Heart Attack (1); page 13
  8. Chapter 420, Another One Bites the Dust (3); page 13
  9. Chapter 345, Yoshikage Kira Wants a Quiet Life (4); page 16
  10. Chapter 346, Yoshikage Kira Wants a Quiet Life (5); pages 15-17
  11. Chapter 428, Crazy Diamond is Unbreakable (4); page 6
  12. Chapter 429, Crazy Diamond is Unbreakable (2); page 9-11
  13. Chapter 410, My Dad Is Not My Dad (1); pages 10-11
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Chapter 346, Yoshikage Kira Wants a Quiet Life (5); pages 17-18
  15. Chapter 364, Sheer Heart Attack (11); page 14
  16. Chapter 346, Yoshikage Kira Wants a Quiet Life (5); pages 2-3
  17. Chapter 345, Yoshikage Kira Wants a Quiet Life (4); pages 17-19
  18. Chapter 370, Yoshikage Kira;s New Situation (1); page 16
  19. Chapter 395, The Cat Likes Yoshikage Kira (4); page 17
  20. Chapter 410, My Dad Is Not My Dad (1); pages 16-17
  21. Chapter 428, Crazy Diamond is Unbreakable (4); page 18
  22. Chapter 438, Town Guardian Spirits; page 3
  23. Chapter 394, The Cat Likes Yoshikage Kira (3); pages 13-14 & 17
  24. Chapter 429, Crazy Diamond is Unbreakable (2); page 8
  25. Chapter 410, My Dad Is Not My Dad (1); pages 10-11
  26. Chapter 355, Sheer Heart Attack (2); page 1
  27. 27.0 27.1 Chapter 359, Sheer Heart Attack (6); pages 12-16
  28. Chapter 360, Sheer Heart Attack (7); pages 11-13
  29. Chapter 356, Sheer Heart Attack (3); page 16
  30. Chapter 356, Sheer Heart Attack (3); page 18
  31. Chapter 357, Sheer Heart Attack (4); pages 5-8
  32. Chapter 357, Sheer Heart Attack (4); page 11
  33. Chapter 355, Sheer Heart Attack (2); pages 4-5
  34. Chapter 355, Sheer Heart Attack (2); pages 12-19
  35. Chapter 356, Sheer Heart Attack (3); page 8
  36. Chapter 357, Sheer Heart Attack (4); pages 5-6
  37. Chapter 358, Sheer Heart Attack (5); pages 6-7
  38. Chapter 359, Sheer Heart Attack (6); page 18
  39. Chapter 418, Another One Bites the Dust (1); page 16
  40. Chapter 419, Another One Bites the Dust (2); page 2
  41. Chapter 420, Another One Bites the Dust (3); pages 8-9
  42. Chapter 423, Another One Bites the Dust (6); pages 10-13
  43. Chapter 420, Another One Bites the Dust (3); pages 8-14
  44. Chapter 423, Another One Bites the Dust (6); pages 14-15
  45. Chapter 420, Another One Bites the Dust (3); page 15
  46. Chapter 423, Another One Bites the Dust (6); page 16
  47. Chapter 421, Another One Bites the Dust (4); page 6
  48. Chapter 424, Another One Bites the Dust (7); page 18
  49. Chapter 420, Another One Bites the Dust (3); pages 15-17
  50. Chapter 423, Another One Bites the Dust (6); pages 16-17
  51. Chapter 421, Another One Bites the Dust (4); pages 15-19
  52. Chapter 424, Another One Bites the Dust (7); page 9
  53. Chapter 422, Another One Bites the Dust (5); pages 2-5
  54. Chapter 423, Another One Bites the Dust (6); pages 8-10
  55. Chapter 425, Another One Bites the Dust (8); pages 15-16
  56. Chapter 418, Another One Bites the Dust (1); page 18
  57. Chapter 426, Another One Bites the Dust (9); pages 16-18
  58. Chapter 426, Another One Bites the Dust (9); pages 15-17
  59. Chapter 436, Crazy Diamond is Unbreakable (9); page 11
  60. Chapter 428, Crazy Diamond is Unbreakable (1); pages 6-8
  61. Chapter 428, Crazy Diamond is Unbreakable (1); page 9
  62. Chapter 428, Crazy Diamond is Unbreakable (1); pages 14
  63. Chapter 430, Crazy Diamond is Unbreakable (3); page 3
  64. Chapter 433, Crazy Diamond is Unbreakable (6); pages 10-14
  65. Author's Note (JoJolion) § JJL Vol. 5
  66. JOJO A-GO!GO!: STANDS, p. 34
  67. 67.0 67.1 JOJOVELLER: STANDS - Comments by Hirohiko Araki


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