Kars is the leader of the
Pillar Men appearing in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Part II: Battle Tendency. He was around
during the brink of evolution where the people lived underground and strived
off the essence of all living things at the same time, failing to reproduce
since they had such a long and worthy lifespan.
Frustrated by their
ignorance of perfection, Kars wanted the beings to find a way to "tame
the sun" and leave the underground to become perfect. In time, Kars
created the stone masks in order for his race to become immune to the effects
of the sun, and proceeded to kidnap humans in order to test the effects of the
stone masks. However, the masks that he created, while capable of turning
humans into vampires, were unable to penetrate deeply enough to unlock the
pillarmen's full potential, only resulting in some increased body manipulation
powers at the cost of greatly increased hunger. Eventually, his race began to
fear him for his obsession and sought to execute him due to the increased
hunger caused by the mask would threaten their way of life if their use became
widespread. Kars was shown protesting their actions before being forced to
slaughter the race of Pillar Men himself, including his own parents. Along
with Esidisi, he took two children
who were presumably the Pillar Men to be known as Santana and Wamuu.
Sometime between his
formation of his group of Pillar Men and the beginning of his millennia of
rest, he and his comrades would travel to Rome and fight a battle with the
ripple users that would end in their victory; how they ended up resting in the
wall is unknown.
Updated: June 6th, 2020
Gill is a JoJo reference? Indeed, Kars seems like definite early inspiration for Street Figther III's iconic boss. For the early JoJo series, Kars added unprecedented levels of "cool badguy artistry". He was a deceptive bastard and a great antagonist to
Joseph Joestar. I gained more respect for this design after watching the JoJo anime. I don't think he's the best badguy of the entire JoJo series, but he's probably Top 3.
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