Jedah Dohma first appeared in Vampire Savior/Darkstalkers 3 along with other newcomers, Lilith, Q-Bee and B.B.Hood who has similarities with the Grim Reaper and the Shinigami. Initially, he was designed to be Belial Jr., but this concept was changed during the development of the game. Jedah also appeared in crossover games such as Capcom Fighting Evolution, Cross Edge, Project × Zone and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.
Background[edit | edit source]
Although he is over 6000 years old, he is the youngest out of the three High nobles of Makai.
He was always concerned about the future of Makai. He believed that if Makai was left to rule by Belial Aensland, the master of the Aensland family and the true ruler of Makai, then it would fall into chaos. Belial would most likely say that is destiny and life. To Jedah, Belial was a being who is not fit to rule. He looked for an opportunity to destroy Belial and waited for the right time to strike as a means to control the realm for himself.
After the fall of Galnon, the master of the Voshtal family and the oldest of the three high nobles, Jedah had a confidant named Ozomu. The reason he came to Jedah was to be able to collect souls. As a noble, his skills were second class, but his ability to trick others and pain tactics was first class, as he was a genius in tactics. Ozomu advised Jedah about using the gate of Makai. Jedah, being confident in his ability to absorb souls, agreed to this, telling Ozomu to break part of the seal to open the gate wider.
When Ozomu arrived at the gate, he felt the enormous power that lay within it. He realized that even Jedah would destroy himself if he absorbed all this energy at once, and saw this as his chance to take over the throne and the realm for himself. He tricked Jedah and told him that he must destroy all the seals because of the little energy that was coming out. After destroying the seals, he ran off to the far reaches of Makai. The fall of Jedah meant his rise in power and the success of his plan. Though Jedah's power was greater than Ozomu predicted, he was still destroyed due to the sheer amount of power that was coming out.
Ozomu gathered the remaining power and stored it in the Dohma Castle, becoming the new master of the Dohma family: Emperor Ozomu.
After a century long sleep, Jedah was revived in Makai. He felt concern towards the realm Makai, with nobles fighting each other. Instead of anger, he felt pity towards Ozomu. Jedah had already made up his mind: his complete revival and the cleansing of all souls. For this, a new stage was necessary, a new realm, the Majigen.
Jedah arrived at Dohma Castle and extended his hand to Ozomu. Although his powers were not yet completely restored, he had enough to remove Ozomu. Ozomu had become a spineless gourmet, and he was full of fear by Jedah's return. Jedah quietly whispered, "Ozomu... I am sorry, but please lend me your powers. Your soul will become the foundation of Majigen and will help the future of Makai."
Dohma Castle was taken into a dark space along with Ozomu. This was the beginning of Ozomu's salvation. Jedah believed that he was the one that needed to recreate life by fusing all souls into one life form: the Shintai, the divine fetus. To do this, he summoned all those with worthy souls to enter his new realm as a way to control humanity and the destiny of Makai.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Jedah is a sinister being with the desire for a utopia. He is calm, collected, and intelligent otherworldly being, with a degree of confidence that doesn't seem to border or arrogance. He is purely focused in achieving his goal of making his ideal world, one with only one being to live in it, since he has given up on Makai's prosperity and doesn't care for Earth. Though mostly emotionless, can display negative emotion by showing short fits of rage when his plans are being interfered or disagreed with, such as Q-bee's betrayal, and his opinions on Belial's rule. He also is amused whenever he hurts an opponent, showing that though he wishes for world peace, he still enjoys violence.
Powers and Abilities[edit | edit source]
Being an S-Class Darkstalker, Jedah is one of the most dangerous supernatural beings in Darkstalkers media.
His liquid body allows him to change shape. He also has the power to absorb souls from humans which in turn increases his own strength and is presumed to communicate with supernatural beings from other realms and influencing the darkest parts of a person's soul. He has no need to sleep, eat or drink, nor does he tire. At the limit of his power, he can create a space-time continuum in the UDON Comics, this however leaves him weakened and must regrow his strength.
The blood inside his body can change colors, and can harm humans and even some supernatural beings. Jedah's usage of his blood is very versatile, as he can turn torrents of blood into jagged blades and dark energy and, more notably, into his trademark attacks by turning his wings and blood into a rotating buzzsaw. In addition, he can pump his enemies full of blood until their cells are destroyed from the inside and summon large supernatural hands to ensnare and attack his enemies. He can even fight with his blade against his foes and can mutilate any of his body parts without suffering any ill effects, as he has a healing factor that allows him regenerate missing limbs instantaneously. He is fond of contorting his wings for flying and can turn them into weapons, such as forming them into spinning blades, scythes or use them as shields. He doesn't really use punches or kicks, instead relying on his wings and claws. He can use his blood to split his limbs extend his attack range, extending his claws towards his foes to pierce them.
He has the power of telepathy and the ability to phase through other realms and he can sense the energies of humans and supernatural beings on a great scale.
About the Shinigami[edit | edit source]
In Asian myths, a Shinigami, the Japanese God of Death, is a supernatural being that guides souls to many different realms. They are commonly synonymous with the Grim Reaper, and is considered a similar being.
Jedah's abilities and his interests in souls and the ability to travel to other realms is similar to that of a Shinigami, and is the Darkstalkers' interpretation of such mythical creatures of lore.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire
- Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower
- Darkstalkers Resurrection
|SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash||Neo Geo Pocket||1999|
|SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters 2||Neo Geo Pocket Color||2001|
|Capcom Fighting Jam||Arcade||2004|
|SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS||Nintendo DS||2006|
|Cross Edge||Playstation 3||2008|
|Project × Zone||Nintendo 3DS||2012|
|Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite||Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC||2017|
|Pocket Fighter||Jedah appears on Demitri's Moving Castle stage in his Midnight Bliss form.|
|Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3||Jedah makes a cameo in Hsien-Ko's ending.|
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- During development, early sketches of Jedah called him Belial Jr. This was changed and Jedah was, in a sense, an enemy of Belial who adopted Morrigan.
- During Demitri's "Midnight Bliss", Jedah is transformed into a woman with long blonde hair.
- During Anakaris' "Pharaoh's Curse", Jedah transforms into a raven carrying a scythe.
- If Sangue=Passare is used on Jedah himself (via a mirror match), his belly expands outward and grows until his outie bellybutton shows through his coat before exploding.
- Close inspection of Jedah's sprites reveal that his wings are not actually attached to his body, but instead hover behind. This is apparent especially when he is flying or hovering.
- When electrocuted his sprites show that his skeleton takes the form of what looks like a jumble of letters or strings.
- Jedah's ability to make his eyes glow red is very similar to beings who are under the corruptive influence of Pandora.
- Jedah's Japanese voice actor in the Darkstalkers series is Isshin Chiba, who also voices the Mishima Clan member Jin Kazama in Namco's Soul Calibur and Tekken franchise. Chiba had previously voiced Victor von Gerdenheim and Le Malta in the Vampire Hunter drama CDs, and Kyosuke Kagami from Rival Schools. Chiba is also known for being the voice of Dio Brando in Capcom's arcade fighter JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future.
- In the English version of Cross Edge, Jedah is voiced by Travis Willingham, who is also the current English voice actor of Guile in the Street Fighter series and UDON Comics. Willingham was later succeeded by David Kaye (who voiced Pyron in the anime continuity) for Jedah's appearance in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.
- In spite of his collected demeanor and vast power coupled with age, Jedah appears to be fearful of the presence of Anita, the young orphan girl who travels with Donovan. This is most likely because Jedah believes that she's the prophesized savior and eventual queen of the human realm who is yet to awaken.
- In his first game appearance of Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire, he went so far as to thank the Darkstalker hunter for bringing her to to him. Like Donovan himself, Jedah can possibly sense a hidden power buried deep within her; one posing a threat to his future plans for both the Makai and human realm.
- Anita demonstrates her own power in Dee's appearance and ending, where it is implied she killed Dee due to his power becoming a threat in his non-canon ending, which has destabilized since Night Warriors.
- Jedah's outfit is based off of a Japanese highschool uniform (gakuran), likely to emphasize that his race's physiology and multiple resurrections have kept him looking far younger than he really is. When holding his iconic scythe, he draws inspiration from the western concepts of the grim reaper.
- All of Jedah's attacks are named in Italian.
- Unlike most characters, Jedah's special confrontation in Darkstalkers 3 is against himself.
- Jedah's boss battle is against Demitri Maximoff in Darkstalkers 3. During Demitri's dialogue, he mentions how ugly the fetus is.
- The "Fetus Of God" is also featured in the Namco X series (a world when Namco × Capcom, Project × Zone and Street Fighter × Tekken seems to take place).
- Jedah's appearance is influenced by Akira Fudo's supernatural form from Go Nagai's Devilman.
- In the Marvel vs. Capcom universe (Earth-30847), Jedah appears to know about the vigilante Spider-Man and his friendship with Daredevil and also about their arch-foe the Kingpin and the cosmic villain Thanos, and his alliance with Death.
- In Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower, Jedah's stage is renamed as "Creator's Fetus" instead of "Fetus of God."
- The blood in Jedah's gore-related animations is toned down to flash light purple in some versions of Darkstalkers 3, while other games turn it solid purple.
- Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite also replaces his self-decapitation move into an upward-forward version of his scythe slash, while "Sangue Passare" is simply removed entirely.
Sprite[edit | edit source]
Official artwork[edit | edit source]
|The full image gallery for Jedah Dohma may be viewed here.|
Videos[edit | edit source]
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|Anakaris • Baby Bonnie Hood • Bishamon • Demitri Maximoff • Donovan Baine • Felicia • Hsien-Ko • Huitzil|
Jedah Dohma • Jon Talbain • Lilith • Lord Raptor • Morrigan Aensland • Pyron • Q-Bee • Rikuo • Sasquatch
Victor von Gerdenheim
|Anita • Belial Aensland • Dark Talbain • Dee • Le Malta • Mei-Ling • Oboro Bishamon • Ozom|
|Harry Grimoire • John Stately • Majorette/Thomas • Marionette • Shadow • Jack|
[edit | edit source]
- Jedah - StrategyWiki Page
- Jedah - Mizuumi Wiki
- Jedah - Capcom Database Page
- Jedah - Marvel vs. Capcom Wiki
References[edit | edit source]
- Capcom, (2008). Darkstalkers Graphic File. Udon Entertainment Corp, pg. 110. ISBN 1897-37604-9
- Capcom, (2008). Darkstalkers Graphic File. Udon Entertainment Corp, pg. 112. ISBN 1897-37604-9