- "So Père Noël... Finally come to eliminate me as the competition, huh?"
- ―Ton Corpa[src]
Ton Corpa was a merchant in the Lucifenian Republic and the manager of the diva Rin Chan. Regularly using children for cheap labor, he adopted Rin and collaborated with Père Noël to set up the girl's debut as a singer. After turning her into an international celebrity, Ton abused the girl to exhaustion to maximize his personal profit.
- "Ton has been marked by the police. He's taken up many children besides Rin in the past, all of whom have disappeared for various reasons."
- ―Bruno Marlon[src]
Born a member of the Corpa family in the Lucifenian Republic sometime during the 6th century EC, Ton eventually became the head of the Corpa Firm. Living in his mansion in Rolled, the man became widely known among the Lucifenian elite; during the period, he began adopting children from local orphanages and making them work as cheap labor, disposing of them whenever their profitability faded or a more profitable replacement appeared while making their deaths appears to be accidents.
At some point, Ton began sponsoring Cirque de Lune. After acquiring a child skilled in taming animals, the merchant had the youth perform in the travelling circus as a lion tamer while raking in the profits for himself. At some point, he acquired a portrait of Princess Riliane Lucifen d'Autriche, becoming enamored with the girl's beautiful face. He also became knowledgeable about the criminal organization Père Noël, including its infamous Fifth Pierrot and Seventh Magician.
A New OpportunityEdit
Around early EC 601, Ton adopted a young girl named Rin and forced her to work at his mansion as a servant. Later hearing the girl's amazing singing talent, Ton recognized her potential to be a famous diva and offered to become her manager, plotting to profit off her talents. When the excited girl agreed, the merchant told her that her face was too plain to appear onstage.
Deciding to have Seventh Magician use her demonic power to change Rin's face to match his portrait of Princess Riliane, Ton took the girl and the artwork with him to Rollam to meet the fortune teller. Once Seventh Magician agreed to change her face, Ton had the woman use Riliane's portrait as a reference for the face change; once the procedure was successfully completed, Ton explained his choice for her new visage to the young girl.
Birth of a DivaEdit
- "At first, I was happy. I got a more beautiful face than before and became more and more famous—But, it gradually became painful. Mr. Ton wouldn't let me rest at all and I was singing at so many places..."
- ―Rin Chan[src]
Setting himself as the new manager of "Rin Chan", Ton planned for the girl's debut during the opening of Milanais Theater in EC 606, plotting to have his lion tamer die in an "accident" before Cirque de Lune performed and have Rin replace them as the opening act. Bringing his new child prodigy with him to the opera house, Ton discreetly set up the lion to maul its tamer and offered up Rin as the necessary replacement while the theater manager sorted out the resulting chaos.
After Rin's stunning debut to a wowed audience, the unscrupulous manager began expanding the girl's career across Lucifenia. As she became an international sensation, Ton Corpa had Rin work endlessly to perform in front of crowds all around the Evillious region. Once Rin became unable to sing in EC 609, Ton found a Netsuma girl with a similar singing voice named Chansaux to replace her. Recognizing the Netsuma's heritage might hurt her popularity, Ton planned to have Seventh Magician change her face like Rin before discovering the fortune teller was no longer operating in Rollam.
Afterward, Ton reluctantly decided to have Rin continue performing onstage and lip-sync while Chansaux secretly sang backstage. Later that year, he arranged for Rin Chan to "sing" at President Julia Abelard's inauguration party at the Lucifenian Palace on August 18 before performing at a concert in Asmodean soon after. Following Rin's "performance" at the palace, the three departed for Asmodean the next day. Soon after, Ton scheduled Rin for a concert at the Central Theater in Elphegort's capital city of Aceid on September 10. Arriving in Aceid's Southern District on September 1, the manager had the children make their Elphegort debut nine days later as scheduled.
Afterward, Ton and Rin returned to the merchant's home in Rolled in mid-September. When the Schuburg Newspaper later attempted to interview Rin Chan about her lip-syncing, Ton announced that she wouldn't meet with anyone on account of her exhaustion from the concert. Afterward, the merchant scheduled Cirque de Lune to perform at Milanais Theater again on October 10, allowing the popular troupe to camp on his mansion's grounds while they prepared for the performance.
- "The girl knows too much. No use for a canary that can no longer sing a tune. I have to make sure to "dispose" of her... along with you."
- ―Ton to Lemy Abelard[src]
After the Schuburg Newspaper published an anonymous tipster's claim that Rin lip-synced in their 60th issue on September 30, Ton locked Chansaux in the basement before murdering the Netsuma to remove the evidence. Afterward, Ton decided to dispose of Rin as well and find a new singer, relating his new plans to avoid the scandal to an associate. Afterward, he locked Rin in her room upstairs. Around 2:00 AM on October 6, Ton took a silver knife and headed to dispose of the diva, discovering the door to her room was opened.
Moving to the entrance, the merchant saw a teenage boy with Rin and supposed he was a rat before recognizing the kid was dressed like a pierrot. While blocking their escape at the door, the corpulent merchant demanded to know where the boy was taking Rin; once the child told him to get out of the way, the manager refused, citing that Rin knew too much and that he'd have to dispose of them both. Taking out his knife, he asked what the boy was doing there and who asked him to come to them.
When he heard the child reply he was Fifth Pierrot, the startled businessman turned pale and angrily assumed Père Noël finally came to eliminate him as the competition. The fearful merchant then laughed, admitting he didn't expect the infamous assassin to be a small child. Certain even he could handle the boy, Ton gradually moved in for the kill when the child suddenly disarmed him, took the weapon, and stabbed him in the back. Fatally wounded, Ton Corpa collapsed to the ground and died shortly after.
Following Ton's death, Lemy Abelard took the terrified Rin and fled across the border to Elphegort. A servant that witnessed the event and discovered Ton's corpse reported the murder-kidnapping to the World Police shortly after. That same morning, the San Fauro Newspaper received a letter allegedly from Fifth Pierrot, taking credit for Ton's assassination. Ton's death was later investigated as part of a string of local prostitute murders also allegedly perpetrated by Fifth Pierrot. During the investigation, Justea officer Willus Zorach speculated the culprit learned his target was a prostitute from Ton before killing him.
Personality and TraitsEdit
- "Mr. Ton... He was certainly a bad person..."
- ―Rin Chan[src]
Ton was a vile, greedy man. As the head of the Corpa family and its firm, the miser was obsessed with maximizing his profits while minimizing costs. Therefore, he regularly employing orphaned children as cheap labor and guiltlessly abused them to squeeze as much worth out of their work as possible. He was also quick to kill them after they lost their profitability, further emphasizing his disregard for their lives. Despite his apathy toward the children he "hired", Ton treated them well enough when they proved especially useful, though still choosing to maximize their profit margins over care for their long-term wellbeing.
Despite his abusive practices, Ton was fearful of government intervention and acted especially careful to leave no evidence tying him to the children's murders, preferring to frame each death as a disease or accident. However, the man otherwise demonstrated no care for the law and readily circumvented it whenever he could, even collaborating with Père Noël's Seventh Magician for his personal gain. Regardless, the greedy merchant still feared being targeted by the criminal organization for his financial success, especially terrified of facing its infamous assassin Fifth Pierrot.
Still, Ton normally acted very arrogant, and regained some confidence in confronting Fifth Pierrot after hearing Lemy claim he was the assassin. However, his selfish hubris also made him rash, ultimately leading to his demise. While managing his firm, Corpa appeared to have an inclination for the entertainment industry. Despite his harsh treatment of children, the merchant took a particular liking to the young Princess Riliane and even collected a portrait of the infamous "Daughter of Evil" for himself.
Skills and AbilitiesEdit
- "Shortly after Mother adopted me, she was picked up by a merchant, Ton Corpa. She was a good singer as expected so that's how she came to work in the opera house and such."
"And as a result, she became the diva of Lucifenia. Ton Corpa definitely had the eyes to see that..."
- ―Lemy and Bruno regarding Rin Chan's success[src]
Ton was an excellent businessman, frugal enough to cut costs by any means and cunning enough to avoid legal punishment for it. Due to his money-focused mindset, the merchant was keen to see talent in individuals and knew how to best utilize those talents for profitable ventures, entertaining the widest consuming audience possible. Ton's knowledge extended into the criminal underworld as well. When faced with setbacks in his shady business dealings, he could also act to rectify his failures relatively quickly to turn the situation to his favor.
Due to this and his lineage in the Corpa family, Ton had a massive amount of wealth at his disposal and utilized it greatly to sponsor even more profitable investments; as a result, the man was one of the richest merchants in the Evillious region, even surpassing Lucifenian President Julia Abelard in terms of wealth. Aside from his business savvy, Ton's large, corpulent figure made him appear more intimidating to children and generally difficult to bypass; he was also proficient in wielding a knife.
Rin Chan: A source of money for Ton. Initially adopting the girl to treat as a cheap servant, Ton was impressed by Rin Chan's singing talent and saw her as a opportunity to make money with her voice. Only valuing her for the money she brought in, Ton treated the girl poorly and refused to take her health into consideration when the strain of performance became too much. This disregard culminated in preparing to kill her once her use to him had ceased in the lip-syncing scandal.
Chansaux: A young Netsuma Ton saw use for. Finding the girl's voice to be an acceptable replacement for Rin Chan's, Ton used the girl when Rin lost her voice from the pressure of performance. Caring little for the girl personally, he had no scruples against murdering her after she became a liability in the wake of the lip-syncing scandal.
Conceptualization and OriginEdit
- A "ton" is a unit of weight equivalent to 2000 lbs and can also colloquially refer to any large number of amount; this may be a reference to Ton's corpulent body.
- His surname, Corpa, may be a pun on the Latin word corpus (コーパス), meaning "body".
- Deadly Sins of Evil: Gift from the Princess who Brought Sleep (first mentioned)
- Deadly Sins of Evil: Fifth Pierrot (first appearance)