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Let me hear your cries of despair! I'm an elite at slaughter! I create death and destruction by force!
~ Tarkus
Taking a life's an art form, and I'm a master.
~ Tarkus

Tarkus is a minor antagonist in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood. He is one of the undead henchmen of Dio Brando.

In Japanese, he was voiced by the late Daisuke Gōri in the PS2 game adaptation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood, Yoshinori Sonobe in the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood movie, and Tetsu Inada in the anime. In English, he wass voiced by Jamieson Kent Price in the anime's dub.



Tarkus and his partner Bruford were knights who lived during the 16th century and served the young queen Mary Stuart of Scotland. Due to Mary being considered a legitimate heir to the throne, the English Queen Elizabeth I accused Mary of the death of her second husband Henry Stuart. This lead to a revolt among the nobles which Tarkus and Bruford fended off despite their faction being greatly disadvantage. Eventually, when the knights learned that Mary is in her custody, Elizabeth offered to free her in return that two men surrender and be executed as enemies of the crown. When they are about to be executed, they discover that Mary was already executed. The two knights died spewing bitter hatred for both Elizabeth and the world, legends speaking that Tarkus's neck became rigid in rage that numerous axes broke before he was finally beheaded.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood

Three centuries later, Dio Brando resurrects the two knights as his zombie enforcers. While Bruford was given Dio's blessing to face Jonathan Joestar in combat, Tarkus stood by until the duel ended as he smashed Bruford's armor in disgust of his failure. Despite Baron Zepelli's opinion on zombies, he and the others realize that Tarkus is too durability and strong to be ignored following an attempted escape on a hang glider created from Hamon-infused leaves.

But Jonathan ended up in Tarkus's favorite training hall, the Lair of the Two-Headed Dragon, forced into a Chain Neck Deathmatch while Zepelli and Speedwagon attempt to find a way in. Poco, a boy who was with them, enter a hole in the wall, but is violently knocked by Tarkus, who doesn't want interference in their battle. Poco, even wounded, manages to push the switch to open the door of the room. Zepelli, sensing it is his fate to die there, attacks Tarkus and ends up being bifurcated. But Zepelli mustered the last of his strength to transfer his Hamon into Jonathan, who easily defeats Tarkus.

Unlike his companion Bruford, Tarkus remained as Dio's undead minion to his second death, dying unrepentant.



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Phantom Blood
Dario Brando | Stone Mask Vampires (Wang Chan | Jack the Ripper | Bruford | Tarkus | Dio Brando) | Undead People

Battle Tendency
New York Police Officers | Brass Knuckle Gangster | Donovan | Straizo | Stone Mask Vampires | Pillar Men (Santana | Esidisi | Wamuu | Kars)

Stardust Crusaders
Gray Fly | Impostor Captain Tennille | Forever | Devo | Rubber Soul | Hol Horse | J. Geil | Nena | ZZ | Enya Geil | Steely Dan | Arabia Fats | Mannish Boy | Cameo | Midler | Egypt 9 Glory Gods (N'Doul | Oingo | Boingo | Anubis | Mariah | Alessi | Daniel J. D'Arby | Pet Shop | Terence T. D'Arby) | Kenny G. | Vanilla Ice | Nukesaku | DIO

Diamond is Unbreakable
Anjuro "Angelo" Katagiri | Keicho Nijimura | Tamami Kobayashi | Toshikazu Hazamada | Yukako Yamagishi | Akira Otoishi | Rohan Kishibe | Bug-Eaten | Yoshihiro Kira | Ken Oyanagi | Yuya Fungami | Toyohiro Kanedaichi | Terunosuke Miyamoto | Cheap Trick | Yoshikage Kira

Vento Aureo/Golden Wind
"Leaky Eye" Luca | Polpo | Mario Zucchero | Sale | Squadra Esecuzioni (Sorbet and Gelato | Formaggio | Illuso | Prosciutto | Pesci | Melone | Ghiaccio | Risotto Nero) | Unità Speciale (Squalo and Tiziano | Carne | Cioccolata | Secco) | Vinegar Doppio | Diavolo

Stone Ocean
Gwess | Johngalli A | Thunder McQueen | Foo Fighters | Miraschon | Lang Rangler | Sports Maxx | Viviano Westwood | Kenzou | D an G | Guccio | Miuccia Miuller | Ungalo | Rikiel | Donatello Versus | DIO | Enrico Pucci

Steel Ball Run
Mrs. Robinson | Boomboom Family (Andre Boomboom | L. A. Boomboom | Benjamin Boomboom) | Oyecomova | Pork Pie Hat Kid | Diego Brando | Dario Brando | Dr. Ferdinand | Ringo Roadagain | Soldier | Blackmore | Sandman | Eleven Men | Scarlet Valentine | Mike O. | Wekapipo | Magent Magent | Axl RO | D-I-S-C-O | Diego Brando (Alternate World) | Funny Valentine

Rock Organisms | Locacaca Organization (Yotsuyu Yagiyama | Aisho Dainenjiyama | A. Phex Brothers | Tamaki Damo | Jobin Higashikata | Urban Guerilla | Doremifasolati Do | Poor Tom | Wu Tomoki | Dododo De Dadada | Obladi Oblada | Satoru Akefu | Tooru) | Ojiro Sasame | Kaato Higashikata | Zaihei Nigatake | Milagro Man's Stand User | Dolomite | Radio Gaga

Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan
Rohan Kishibe | The Beggar | Mutsukabezaka | Gods of the Mountain | Moon Rabbit | Yoma Hashimoto | Yabubako-Hoshi | Eve | Eco-Terrorist

Cool Shock B.T.
B.T. | Police Officer | Kuroyama and Akagawa | Date | The Leader | The Major | Manabu | Manabu's Family | Outlaw Guys

Jorge Joestar
Eduardo Noriega | Funnier Valentine | The Funniest Valentine | Antonio Torres | Alejandro Torres | Javier Cortes | William Cardinal | Dio Brando (Jorge Joestar)

Miscellaneous Spin-Offs & Novels
Old Man Stand User | Absalom | Michal | Scribe Ani | Nameless Child Murderer | Rigatoni | Sogliola Lopez | Takuma Hasumi | Teruhiko Futaba | Hanae Orikasa | Sezione Droghe (Vittorio Cataldi | Angelica Attanasio | Vladimir Kocaqi | Massimo Volpe) | Prisoner 27 | Heaven Ascension DIO | Dija Maker | Scatola | Petsounds | Crossbow Wielder