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|“||Bring, ring, ring, ring, ring...||„|
|~ Doppio whenever he hallucinates a phone|
|“||I've made up my mind. I'm going to see through him for sure this time! Damn... I'll get within two meters of him no matter what!||„|
|~ Doppio's resolve against Risotto Nero|
|“||I feel so alone... Will you... call me again... like you always have? Boss...||„|
|~ Doppio's last words|
Vinegar Doppio is a major antagonist featured in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind. Serving as the secondary antagonist in the second half of the story arc.
He is voiced by Mitsuru Miyamoto in the PS2 game adaption of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, Akira Ishida in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven, and Sōma Saitō in the anime. In the English dub of the anime, he is voiced by Griffin Burns.
Doppio is introduced in Sardinia, carrying a suitcase while also trying to save a child from the road. After that, he catches the attention of a fortune teller. Doppio is first confused when the man guessed that he's searching for his teenage daughter, but after being haggled for money, Doppio snaps and Diavolo unleashes himself and ends the teller's life. The boy from earlier saw this, and reasonably flees in terror.
Getting on a taxi, he heads to Donatella Una's house, only for Diavolo to warn him about Risotto Nero through Doppio's "imaginary phone", who was there to attack Team Bucciarati and Doppio is ordered to eliminate the traitorous Stand user. Doppio, however, immediately forgets what he was supposed to do. Risotto then attacks Doppio, who is quickly outmatched by his Stand, Metallica. Risotto noticed that Doppio was a stand user due to him reacting to Aerosmith, the stand of Narancia, and the fight commences. The fight was long and brutal, and it nearly killed Doppio, but through strength and trickery, Diavolo manages to kill Risotto after emerging from Doppio, bringing an end to Squadra Esecuzioni.
After Diavolo replenishes the iron Doppio lost in the fight by eating a frog and drinking a boy's blood, Doppio is used as a trap for Diavolo to successfully slay Leone Abbachio. Not long after, Diavolo orders Doppio to send Cioccolata and Secco, his maligned but useful and living henchmen, after Buccellati's Group. In Rome, Doppio is briefly kidnapped by Secco, although Buccirati saves him, unknowingly saving Diavolo as well. Believing Doppio to be Trish, they corral him into the Coliseum, where Polnareff is.
As Chariot Requiem activated, his soul is put into Bucciarati's body while Bucciarati's soul is put into Diavolo's body. Keeping an eye on the body he's in, he's quickly shot down the moment he awakens by Mista. Doppio then fatally bleeds out on the pavement, feeling lonely and both wishing for his boss to call him but also approving his decision of sacrificing himself for his boss.
Of below-average height, Doppio appears as a man of young and slim but fit build with pink hair tied into a neck-length ponytail, tied back with a hair clip in the manga but the anime changes it into a weave-like braid, freckles, and brown (Pink in the manga) eyes. He wears a sweater with gash-like openings on it that leave the midriff exposed, a black shirt under said sweater, blue studded jeans, and blue shoes.
Doppio is quite kind, honest and a bit of a coward. He regularly hallucinates random objects as "phones" (Frogs, cigarettes, Ice cream, etc) to talk with his "boss", his alter-ego, who he is extremely loyal to. Doppio mostly behaves like a good-natured person and is by default a friendly and polite individual. He frequently seems good with children as he once successfully borrowed a toy phone from a child while taking a plane and even risked his life to save another one from a truck. Doppio is also shown to be an animal lover, as he's shown to care about even bugs. Whenever attacked, Doppio automatically reverts to a state of true fear and submission, often choosing the safest option such as comply with his aggressor's demands.
Fiercely loyal to his boss to a point of attempting to fulfill the mission first and foremost, Doppio is somewhat resourceful although Diavolo has to help and counsel him from time to time. Despite being a bit cowardly, Doppio doesn't bite down from a fight, as seen in his fight against Risotto, doing all he could to find a weakness in Risotto's stand, Metallica. He's usually completely unquestioning to the boss and as he died, Doppio's last thoughts are of his boss, remaining faithful until the end, wanting the boss to call him one last time, remarking that he feels lonely.
Considering that he's a unlucky person who deals with all kinds of obstacles every day, Doppio is a lot more patient than the usual person would be in certain situations. He will usually never resort to violence, even when he's being harassed, the only exceptions being when someone tries to kill him or his mission is being threatened by someone who's after the boss. For example, when a taxi driver not only tried to rip him off by rigging the meter and tried to force Doppio to pay 48400 yen (421 dollars), but then also physically harassed Doppio not once but three times, Doppio still didn't resort to physical self defense, only when the man found the photo in Doppio's envelope. Also, before the taxi driver rigged the meter and it was still 4840 yen (42 dollars), Doppio gave him 5000 yen, wanting the taxi driver to keep the change, showing Doppio's good-natured personality.
However, Doppio can also act bipolar once angered, being subjected to angry mood swings, swearing heavily during these fits. This happens whenever people are witholding "phones" from him, when Diavolo is calling when he's not supposed to, or when he's being harassed and people interfere in his private matters. Snappy, Doppio flat-out disobeyed and argued with his direct superior, the boss, during the battle with Risotto and even rebuked him once more for "calling" him in Bucciarati's presence.
Even with the bridge of identity to identity, however, he is entirely unaware of their co-inhabitance and considers himself Diavolo's underboss, not knowing that they share the same body, while Diavolo on the other hand is aware. Diavolo was also shown moving Doppio out of the alley shortly after killing the fortune teller so that Doppio didn't see the corpse, but also possibly to withhold his actions from Doppio entirely. Doppio seems to be completely unaware of what the objects he hallucinates as "phones" really are, being an ice cream cone, a burned cigarette or even a frog, nor does he know that the boss is him. He has a very poor memory to top it off, being subjected to amnesia and headaches. Before encountering Risotto, Diavolo warned Doppio that the assassin was in the area and gave him strict instructions on how to deal with him and how to complete the mission. However, upon "hanging up", it didn't take more than a brief moment for Doppio to immediately forget his mission, what he was just ordered, the fact that Risotto was in the area, and above all, how he managed to talk to the boss despite his phone being broken. He's also shown to get a headache each time Diavolo is taking control over him or after they stopped talking to each other through the "phone".
Doppio shows symptoms of DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) and Schizophrenia, such as Memory Loss/Amnesia, Headaches, Hallucinations (Visual and auditory, though they are mostly phones) and Unawareness that he and Diavolo share the same body.
Who was the original?
It is theorized that Doppio is the original personality or alternatively the dominant one, as the Boy seen in the flashback had fashioned his hair into a braid like Doppio and Doppio fits the "honest but dim" description better. However, whether this is true or not is currently unknown, one can only speculate.
In the extended flashback in the anime, the baby had Doppio's eye color and the boy had freckles, like Doppio. The boy was also shown to be a animal lover like Doppio, being seen talking to a frog. Doppio's voice actor, Soma Saito, also voiced the boy in the flashback, sounding exactly like Doppio, implying it even more to be him. When the Mangaka of JoJo drew all the Main Villains in one picture, it was Doppio there, not Diavolo. The episode in which Doppio appears for the first time together with the backstory is called "A Little Story From The Past my Name Is Doppio" (Manga) while Diavolo's first full appearance is in the episode called "His name is Diavolo" (Manga). "My name is Doppio, his name is Diavolo". While you can argue that it's because Doppio was the main character during the Metallica fight, Polnareff really didn't feel like the MC during his faceoff with Diavolo. It felt equally shared, so the use of "his" doesn't make sense unless Diavolo isn't Doppio's split personality. Doppio also has a full name, with the only Antagonists in the same part who have one as well being Mario Zucchero and Risotto Nero, while Diavolo doesn't have one. It was also confirmed in a Q&A that all added or extended flashbacks in the anime are canon, therefore making it highly likely for Doppio to have been the original personality until Diavolo became the dominant one.
Theory 1 - Dissociative Identity Disorder
Doppio shows many symptoms of it, as mentioned above. He has headaches, a poor memory, is unaware of him and Diavolo sharing the same body, and hallucinates. The Theory behind DID is that the mind as a defense/coping mechanism switches to a different personality resulting in a blackout for the main personality. So a person with DID tends to switch personalities when they're extremely angry or pressured into uncomfortable situations. This is seen several times with Doppio, as every time he was pressured/harassed, he switched to Diavolo/Diavolo took over, with Doppio having no idea what happened during that time and having a headache afterwards. When Polnareff explained DID, he used Billy Milligan as example who had a split personality which was muscled like a boxer (When Diavolo took over Doppio for the first time on screen, Doppio's body became buff).
In DID, particular identities may emerge in specific circumstances. Transitions from one identity to another are often triggered by emotional stress. In the possession-form of dissociative identity disorder, alternate identities are visibly obvious to people around the individual. A possession-form identity in DID is defined as "an identity that often manifests as a behavior that appears as if a spirit or other supernatural being has taken control of the person." When Diavolo takes control over Doppio, it certainly looks like something is possessing him. In addition to Diavolo quite possibly being an example of a possession-form identity, it's also important to note the contrasting personalities these two have. Often times in DID, the other personality will contrast the main one's. For example, Doppio has been shown to be caring of others, so much to the point that he risked his life for a random kid. Diavolo on the other hand, cares so much about his identity being revealed that he's willing to kill innocent people over it.
Identity fragmentation essentially means that while the identities of an individual with DID are different, they are not completely separate from each other. One perfect example of this is the level of paranoia that Doppio and Diavolo have. Both have this, but they are basically on opposite ends of the spectrum. Doppio has been shown to get paranoid in certain situations, such as the one with the fortune teller, freaking out when the fortune teller pressed him. Diavolo, on the other hand, has severe paranoia. Not only were all of his orders done by email but he tries to eradicate anyone who even has the possibility to find out his identity. A possible explanation is that all the paranoia that Doppio developed during his childhood may have manifested itself as a personality based on it, Diavolo.
Theory 2 - Doppio is possessed by the devil
As we know, Doppio and Diavolo are two souls trapped in separate bodies, due to them being given different, separate bodies when everyone’s bodies were swapped by Silver Chariot Requem. However, while everyone (including Doppio) was transferred to a separate body, Diavolo wasn't. His "soul" (In the form of King Crimson) latched onto Mista's body instead which had already another soul in it, implying that Diavolo needs a Host to be able to live on while Doppio was transferred to Buccellati's body where he was able to live on alone until he was killed by Mista. And while we were able to clearly see everyone's souls (including Doppio), instead of seeing Diavolo’s soul out of his body, King Crimson was presented as his soul instead. The pregnancy of Doppio/Diavolo's mother happened spontaneously and her belly grew in an instant. The baby had brown eyes like Doppio and his eye color changed for a moment in a blink, from brown to red and back to brown again, indicating that the baby, Doppio, is possessed by something, Diavolo. The name "Diavolo" also means devil (Part 5 has many religious symbolism, the MC Giorno is the son of Dio whose name means God) and whenever Diavolo takes control over Doppio, it looks like a demonic possession.
|“||Bring, ring, ring, ring, ring...Wait, hang on. Did you hear that just now? The phone rang. Hey! Answer the damn question, no way that busted up phone was ringing, so what gives? Bring, ring, ring, ring, ring...There it is again, where is it? Bring, ring, ring, ring, ring...Where is it? Bring, ring, ring, ring, ring...So you do have a working phone, you've been holding out on me Mr. Driver! Bring, ring, ring, ring, ring...Hello? Yes, it's Doppio.||„|
|~ Doppio hallucinating a decorative figure as a phone.|
|“||Bring, ring, ring, ring, ring...Huh? Bring, ring, ring, ring, ring...I know I heard a phone ringing! Bring, ring, ring, ring, ring...Huh? That's incredible. Who would ever guessed that there'd be a payphone all the way out here? Click. Beep! Hello?||„|
|~ Doppio hallucinating a frog as a phone.|
|“||Boss? Where did my phone go? I just had it. Did I...drop it? No, that's just a frog. Oh, there it is! Now how the heck did it get all the way down there? It's underneath all these rocks, ughh, and covered in sand. This is insane, I've gotta get to the phone and report back to the Boss. Oh no, did it break..? Bring, ring, ring, ring, ring...Huh? Bring, ring, ring, ring, ring...Oh, thank goodness! It's amazing how they get these phones so small yet so sturdy. It's me. You would be proud Boss. The bastard's as good as dead.||„|
|~ Doppio hallucinating a cigarette as a phone.|
|“||Bring, ring, ring, ring, ring...Bring, ring, ring, ring, ring...Hey, you there! The hell do you get off answering my phone?! That calls for me, dammit. Gimme that, you stupid brat! Y-Yes! Uh, hello, it's Doppio speaking.||„|
|~ Doppio hallucinating a ice cream as a phone.|
|“||Bring, ring, ring, ring, ring bring, ring, ring, ring, ring...Oh my goodness! I wonder what that noise could've been? Bring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring...Bring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring...Why do you to call now of all times?! Do you want him to find out?! Bring, ring, ring, ring, ring... WILL YOU QUIT BLOWING ME UP, DUDE?! WHAT'S SO DAMN IMPORTANT YOU GOTTA TELL ME RIGHT THE SECOND? YOU'RE GONNA BLOW MY FREAKING COVER!||„|
|~ Doppio, angry that the Boss calls him at a inappropriate time.|
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