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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 incredibly selfish and prioritizes his own survival over most other things in the Death Game. He's easily manipulated by anything that would secure his life (ie. tokens) and rarely acts in a way anyone would call "selfless" 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 drives him to do even more impressively 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, it's heavily implied that he is a fairly good person in a bad situation. He's ashamed of 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. Contrary to his actions towards the younger participants of the Death Game, Q-taro seems to care deeply about children (especially ones from his orphanage), but can't bring himself to make any sacrifices for their sake due to his self-centered nature.

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. This is incredibly different from Q-taro in chapter two, who would forfeit his friend's dying wish for a higher chance of survival.

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

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? ジョー, Joe?
Keiji Q-taro Qタロウ, Q Taro? Keiji ケイジ, Keiji?
Shin Qタロウさん, Q-taro san? 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 N/A N/A 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? 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
Miley N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ranger 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?
ノエル, Noeru?
Safalin
Gashu 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.

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.

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Participants Sara ChidouinJoe TazunaKeiji ShinogiShin TsukimiKanna KizuchiGin IbushiQ-taro BurgerbergReko YabusameAlice YabusameKazumi MishimaNao EgokoroKai Satou
First Trial victims Kugie KizuchiMegumi SasaharaHinako MishukuNaomichi KurumadaShunsuke HayasakaAnzu KinashiMai TsurugiRanmaru Kageyama
ASU-NARO Sue MileyRio RangerTia SafalinGashu SatouMeisterMan from the MemorandumMaple
Other Sou HiyoriMr. ChidouinMrs. ChidouinRyoko HiroseBotsunGirl from the Memorandum
Survival Island characters ReiJin MutouTouko Rikuno
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