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Q-taro Burgerberg (バーガーバーグ Q太郎(Qタロウ), Bāgābāgu Q Tarō?) is a baseball pitcher and one of the 20 participants in the Death Game.

Appearance

Q-taro is a tall, muscular man with shoulder-length red hair and a chin beard. He wears a yellow vest with light green fur rimmed at the top over a long-sleeved mahogany shirt. In addition, he wears blue-grey pants with a brown belt and golden buckle. A green baseball cap with red accents sits on top of his hair as well.

He also has a collar device around his neck due to being a participant of the Death Game.

Personality

While he doesn't initially appear to be much more than friendly and easygoing, Q-taro can be selfish and interested in his own survival over most other things in the Death Game. He is often attracted to anything that would secure his life (ie. tokens) and rarely acts in the interest of others during the Death Game.

He is also very anxious about many situations in the death game, as evidenced by his need for a lengthy debate to decide the Challenger during Russian Roulette. His fear and anxiety drive him to do even more selfish things, such as taking the solitary-escape in a bad ending.

Further contrasting his appearance, Q-taro is actually rather intelligent. While probably not academically gifted, Q-taro is good with people and can make them act in ways that benefit him.

This is demonstrated in the second Main Game, where he collaborated with Keiji on a plan to ensure their survival that possibly even fooled Shin.

Another notable example of Q-taro's social intelligence is his accusation of Kanna, Gin, and Nao of being useless in the first Main Game. Due to the accusation, Gin and Nao both proved their worth and avoided being chosen in the preliminary vote. This was very likely Q-taro's intention, as he is visibly shocked when Kanna decides to accept her death.

Despite all of this, however, Q-taro has demonstrated a capacity for self-reflection. He expresses shame at his selfishness and anxiety, calling himself "pathetic" while explaining himself and acting resigned when lectured for his actions.

In the route where Alice lives, Q-taro pushes the button that aims the rest of the poison darts at him instead of Gin after he begs for his mother.

Q-taro's more casual interactions with other characters are usually positive, due to his friendly personality. When he has a conversation with Sara, he jokes around and asks about her crushes and generally acts nice towards her.

As of the first half of chapter three Q-taro has noticeably grown as a person and even forgives Mai for taking action against his life.

History

Background

Q-taro was raised in an orphanage, which is is the main reason his dialect is so varied, having been around so many different people throughout his childhood. He cares very deeply for the orphanage and more specifically the rest of the children there. His impetus for becoming a professional baseball player was to inspire the other children and to let them know that they can all achieve great things regardless of their upbringing.

His baseball position is pitcher, but he's confident all around. Despite his physical strength, he believes the main reason he's become so successful is because of his smarts, and also thinks that it's the most important part of any success.

Q-taro has never met his birth parents, but he can't help but wonder about what kind of people they are. He aspires to possibly reconnect with them once he becomes a very successful and famous baseball star.

The Death Game

I was all happy after a long-in-coming comeback game, so I went drinkin’, then I don’t remember a thing. Then when I wake up, I got a collar on in this place. Like I’m a dog or somethin’! Such a bummer! Can’t believe I can’t get this thing off!
— Q-taro's memories leading up the Death Game

On the night of the kidnapping, Q-taro was returning from a baseball game and went drinking. While drinking, he blacked out and found himself with a collar on in the Death Game.

His First Trial was for him to set up the props for the Death Game as well as carry a box with three keyholes. He then met up with the survivors. The box opens to reveal a doll head requesting for the others to find its body.

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Q-taro's War of Words.

Q-taro goes investigating in the Blue Room. After Sara finds 3 live bullets, 6 dummy bullets and a revolver, she, Q-taro, Joe, Keiji, and Kai are locked inside the Blue Room by the painting Meister. When the painting tells the five to decide who would be the Challenger, the one who uses the revolver, Q-taro is quick to say that he'd be a worthy candidate as he learned how to shoot when he visited the USA. He argues with Keiji who states that training with a gun wouldn't matter and that Sara should be the Challenger. Q-taro doesn't back down and suggests that if the Challenger can't be him, it should be Keiji since Keiji is a police officer. However, after learning of his traumatic past, Q-taro leaves him be. In the end, it depends on whether Sara was able to convince Q-taro or not if he should vote for her.

After Sara saves everyone, he leaves and goes back to investigating presumably with Kai. He's soon called to the Pink Room when Sara and Joe collect the remaining doll limbs. Keiji puts the doll together who soon comes to life and introduces itself as the Laughing Doll, Sue Miley. She hands everyone a tablet so they can do a practice majority vote. Q-taro votes for himself. Mishima receives the most votes and dies.

Q taro distributing cards

Q-taro distributing the roles cards.

Later, he begins to set up the props for the Death Game. While placing the role cards, he's caught by Sou.

At some point, he found a Commoner card.

During the Main Game, he's quick to ask Gin, Nao, and Kanna to prove themselves. While Gin and Nao are able to, he's caught off-guard by Kanna who says that she doesn't mind receiving the most votes and just wants to see her sister. During Gin's interrogation, Q-taro argues that Gin will have to defend himself unless he wants to face death. During the preliminary vote, he's implied to have voted for Kanna.

Relationships

Family

Q-taro never actually met his birth parents. Part of the reason he became a baseball player was so that he could become famous and increase the possibility of his birth parents watching him. If they were terrible parents and abandoned him for the worst reasons, Q-taro wants to be able to prove to them that he isn't trash and that he's worth something.

He doesn't dwell that much on his relationship with his birth parents, having never met them. He knows the people at the orphanage are his real parents. He also cares greatly about the kids, seen when he tries to escape the Death Game via the vending machine in Chapter 2, Part 1. Even knowing if he leaves, everyone else in the game will die, he says the kids are waiting for him and he escapes with them in mind.

Kai Satou

Although the two only interacted for one chapter, Q-taro and Kai became close quickly. They were searching partners for most of Chapter 1, Part 1. During the Russian Roulette Challenger discussion, Kai is the only one to vote for Q-taro as the Challenger, which may appear odd, as Kai always wanted to ensure Sara's survival, and choosing her as the Challenger would make sure she lives through the mini-game. Nevertheless, he votes for Q-taro.

At the end of the first Main Game, when Miley is about to execute Kai, Q-taro lunges at Miley and refuses to let go of her, risking his life so that Miley won't be able to execute Kai. Q-taro is the most upset out of everyone over Kai's death, and refuses to believe that Kai was "good-for-nothing", and promises to prove that he wasn't a bad guy.

Beyond Kai's death, Q-taro is constantly wondering about who Kai really was and wishing to know more about him.

Appellations

Person What they call Q-taro What Q-taro calls them
English Japanese English Japanese
Sara Q-taro Qタロウさん, Q Taro-san? Sara サラ, Sara?
Joe Q-taro Qタロウさん, Q Taro-san? Joe ジョー, Joe?
Keiji Q-taro Qタロウ, Q Taro? Keiji ケイジ, Keiji?
Shin Q-taro Qタロウさん, Q-taro san? Sou ソウ, Sou?
Gin Muscle Gorilla 筋肉ゴリラ, Kin'niku gorira?
Qタロウさん, Q-taro san?
Gin ギン, Gin?
Kanna Qタロウさん, Q-taro san? Kanna カンナ, Kanna?
Q-taro (self) オレ, Ore?
Reko Q-taro Qタロウ, Q-taro? Reko レコ, Reko?
Alice Cubetaro Hamburger バンガーバーグ丼太郎, Bangābāgu don Tarō?, lit. "Banger hamburg steak donburi Taro"
バンガーバーガ丼太郎, Bangābāga don Tarō?, lit. "Banger burger donburi Taro"
Alice アリス, Arisu?
Mishima Q-taro[4] Qタロウさん, Q-taro-san?[4] Old man
Mishima
おっさん, Ossan?, lit. "Old guy; uncle"
ミシマ, Mishima?
Nao Qタロウさん, Q-taro san? Nao ナオ, Nao?
Kai N/A N/A Kai カイ, Kai?

Person What they call Q-taro What Q-taro calls them
English Japanese English Japanese
Kurumada Pro-wrestler old timer
Old man Q-taro
プロレスラーのおっさん, Puroresurā no ossan?
Qタロウのおっさん, Q-taro no ossan?
Kurumada クルマダ, Kurumada?
Hinako Hinako ヒナコ, Hinako?
Ranmaru Q-taro Qタロウさん, Q taro-san?
Mai Q-taro
Master
Qタロウさん, Q-taro-san?
ご主人様, Goshujinsama?, lit. "master"
Mai マイ, Mai?
Anzu
Hayasaka
Megumi
Kugie

Person What they call Q-taro What Q-taro calls them
English Japanese English Japanese
Miley N/A N/A Missy[4]
Lassie[4]
N/A
Ranger Q-taro Burgerberg Qタロウ, Q Taro?
Qタロウさん, Q Taro-san?
バーガーバーグ Qタロウ, Bāgābāgu Q Taro?
Ranger ノエル, Noeru?
Safalin
Gashu Mr. Q-taro Burgerberg
Mr. Q-taro
Qタロウ 神, Q Tarō-sama? ガシュー, Gashū?
ヒゲ, Hige?, lit. "Moustache"

Trivia

  • After talking about how smarts are important, he reflects on that one time he ripped apart a puzzle ring by force.
  • His likes are listed as baseball and hamburg steak in his character profile.[3]
  • The kanji that makes up his first name are 太郎, taro?, lit. "strong, heroic, masculine". "Taro" is a very common, old fashioned name meaning "eldest son."
  • He has an 8.8% chance of winning the Death Game.
  • Q-taro's name is a possible reference to the manga/anime series JoJo no Kimyo na Boken: Sutādasuto Kuruseidāsu or JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders. This is a potential reference to the name that Jotaro Kujo, the show's protagonist, writes in Enya the Hag's guestbook in order to throw her off guard later: Qtaro Kujo.
  • Additionally, his name could possibly be a reference to "Little Ghost Q-Taro," a Japanese manga that follows the adventures of a mischievous ghost, Q-Taro, who loves scaring people.

References

  1. Chapter 1, Part 1. Your Turn to Die ―Death Game By Majority― (キミガシネ ―多数決デスゲーム―) by Nankidai. August 28, 2017.
  2. What Is The Legal Drinking Age In Japan? You Would Not Expect The Answer. Medium (July 17, 2018). Q-taro is on the list of those approved for drinking in the bar.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Nankidai (May 30, 2019). Kimi Ga Shine Character Profile Vol. 1 (キミガシネ キャラクタープロフィール第1弾, Kimigashine kyarakutāpurofīru dai 1-dan?) (Japanese). Pixiv.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Island Existence: Mishima's Story. Your Turn to Shine: Island Existence (キミガシネ番外編 ~生存島~) by Nankidai. December 20, 2019.

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First Trial victims Dummies Hinako MishukuNaomichi KurumadaShunsuke HayasakaAnzu KinashiMai TsurugiRanmaru Kageyama
Kugie KizuchiMegumi Sasahara
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