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Tomie Kawakami (川上 富江, Kawakami Tomie) is the main antagonist and titular character in the manga series of the same name. She is known for her beauty and ability to become clones and infect people, turning them into one of her, so much that Tomie is not a person and is simply the name every creature like her uses.


Description

Tomie Kawakami is a young woman frequently described as almost impossibly beautiful by those she meets. Tomie's hair is normally long and black, but in certain versions it is shorter but still black, while in others it is light blonde.

Tomie is a manipulative, hedonistic, and extremely selfish woman, seducing men to do her bidding. She is one of Junji Ito's most recurring characters, appearing for a grand total of 3 series: Tomie, Tomie: Part 2 and Tomie Again.

There have been numerous live-action adaptations of Tomie's stories, with the character herself being portrayed by a wide variety of actresses.

Abilities/Powers

Source of Obsession

Tomie's mere presence seems to drive people to become fixated on her, either positively or negatively. People thus enthralled tend to feel a mixture of intense love and hatred towards her, often beginning as the former and shifting towards the latter over time.

Super Regeneration

Tomie is able to regenerate herself from the smallest living piece of herself, including hairs, skin, and drops of blood. Each separate piece can grow into a full clone of herself, with its own independent mind. The only way to prevent Tomie's regeneration is to burn every part of her, leaving nothing for her to grow from.

Tomie's regeneration takes time but can be expedited by bringing her food or striking her with concentrated radiation. The story "Little Finger", which is about a group of Tomies growing to their full glory, each in sequence, implies that she can either control her regeneration if she wishes or that her regeneration works faster if she can manipulate someone into bonding with her.

It is also apparent that if her organs are implanted into someone, even if her organs are removed later from the host, her biology will take over the recipient and they will lose all sense of self, slowly becoming another Tomie; occasionally the recipient will become a physical clone of her who acts just like her but still refers to themself with their own name.

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Trivia

  • Tomie's last name, Kawakami, means river (川, kawa) and up (上, kami/ue). The kami sound is also associated with the 神 symbol, which is used in association with and means 'god'. This could be a reference to her flawless appearance and ability to seemingly live forever and recover from any damage done to her, however, since her name's symbols are not so, this is simply an assumption.
  • Tomie shares many similarities to a succubus:
    • She draws men of all ages towards her.
    • She uses men for her own amusement.
    • She retains her youthful appearance.
  • Throughout the entire run of her stories, Tomie has never killed a single person by her own hands, always having the men she seduced do it for her.
  • Tomie shares many similarities to the concept of death:
    • Where ever Tomie goes, people die; whether by their own hands or by others.
    • Tomie has been alive long before the earliest events of the manga, which involved meeting her future high school teacher when he was a child.
    • No matter how many times Tomie gets killed by the people she encounters, she comes back with almost no method to completely take her out for good.
    • The ways in which Tomie's victims die range from being murdered, committed suicide, driven mad, being left for dead in the middle of nowhere, and aging.
  • Each Tomie believes herself to be the most beautiful being, and they see even other Tomies as inferior copies of her and seek to kill any they come across. They do this by invoking men to hunt down the other Tomie and kill them with fire.
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