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"I'm tired of chess matches Flufferman. It's time to play...some fucking checkers"
—Klaus Starr to Lara Featherstone[src]

Herr Klaus Helmut Starr is the leader of the Samson Unit under the Grail. After discovering Jesse Custer's power, Starr decided to throw a coup against the Grail, using Jesse as the new messiah instead of Humperdoo. However, after Custer's frequent betrayals and releasing Humperdoo into the world, Starr reached his breaking point and moved on, planning to torture and kill Jesse.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Klaus Starr was orphaned when he was four years old.[1]

Joining the GrailEdit

Klaus Starr shoots the remaining candidate

In 2004, as a Lieutenant Colonel of Germany's Anti-Terrorist unit GSG-9, Starr was invited to try out for the Grail. He succeeded all of the trials. His methods were highly unorthodox, including distracting one of his opponents by masturbating, threatening a woman he was supposed to seduce, tolerating his genitals being electrocuted, and finally killing the remaining candidate but not being disqualified for it.[1]

Klaus learns of the Grail's origins and goals

Saltonstall explained to Starr the Grail's true goal: Maintain the bloodline of Christ. After being presented his new uniform, Klaus pushed Saltonstall off the tower and assumed command of the Samson Unit.[1]

In 2016, Starr was delivered a map from Dany while watching a Snuff film.[2]

Tracking Jesse CusterEdit

Starr had collected intel on Jesse and his power. He then sent Lara Featherstone and Hoover to New Orleans to confirm their intel.[3]

Klaus Starr calls the Grail in Vietnam

Klaus flew out to Vietnam after learning of a situation of a flying pig. He reported the situation back to the Grail and requested more operatives before deciding to kill the village and the pig with toxic water. After the village had been killed off due to the toxic water, Klaus was told to go to New Orleans for his next mission, Jesse Custer.[1]

Featherstone and Hoover show Jesse's power

Starr was shown footage of Jesse using Genesis but was barely interested. As he left for his date, Starr ordered Featherstone and Hoover to kill Jesse and his friends. His date was later interrupted and left abruptly. The following day, he prepared to execute Hoover and Featherstone for their botch but decided to spare them after Featherstone insisted they use "B.R.A.D." the next time. Starr then spoke of a rape fantasy and requested they order him professionals.[4]

Recruiting Jesse to replace the messiahEdit

Klaus Starr buggered by male prostitutes

As Starr reviewed surveillance of Jesse discussing God's disappearance, Starr finally decided to review Jesse's file. As he reviewed an Angelville pamphlet later, three male prostitutes barge into his office. Starr dismissed them, stating he wanted women but they take his "No" as a "Yes" and Starr was raped by a prostitute as he was held down by the other two. During which, Starr sparked an idea and ordered Featherstone to call off "B.R.A.D." after the prostitutes left.[4]

Starr introduces himself to Jesse

A week later, Starr confronted Jesse and told him he's aware he knows God is missing.[4] Starr explained the Grail to Jesse, including the fact that the Grail were the ones who hired and killed Mark Harelik. Starr then introduced Jesse to the Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury at his New Orleans office. After the Pope subtly mentions the messiah, he dismissed the two. However, Jesse commanded him to reveal who the boy is and to bring him to the messiah.[5]

Herr Starr introduces the Messiah to Jesse

Starr then brought him across the world. He then brought Jesse to the messiah, introducing Jesse to the messiah as "Humperdoo", who is an inbred simpleton descendant of Jesus. After the messiah broke into an agitated state, Starr and Jesse leave. As Starr escorted Jesse back to Denis' apartment, Starr proposed Jesse be the messiah instead of Humperdoo. After Jesse refused, he can be of better help than his friends.[5]

Starr recruits Featherstone and Hoover for his coup

When Featherstone asked why Jesse Custer is being kept alive, Starr told her that the messiah is a moron and plans to have Jesse replace the messiah. Starr then recruited Featherstone and Hoover to join the coup, which they don't hesitate to agree to. As Featherstone left, Hoover told Starr he doubts himself worthy for an assignment, but Starr told him there's no one available, praying it wouldn't come down to him when the time comes.[6]

Starr presents Jesse archives of his prayers

Later, Starr was told that God was hiding in a dog suit performing sex acts. Starr then deduced Jesse is only looking for God to look for forgiveness for having his father killed. Starr presents Jesse with archives of his past prayers. After Starr reviewed a few of them with Jesse, he told the latter that the only way he'd save his soul is if he joined him. When Jesse denied, Starr presented Jesse with a recording of a young Jesse claiming he's glad God killed his father. However, Jesse still denied to join him and was commanded to shove the tapes up his own ass, which he did. As he was doing so, Starr called Hoover, telling him it has come down to him.[6]

Starr kneels before Jesse

After the Saint of Killers returned to Hell, Starr had Cassidy and Tulip brought to his office. He explained to the two that Jesse is destined for greatness. Starr also explained Jesse doesn't need the two, which the latter knows deep down, prompting the two to leave Jesse. Later, Jesse, now alone, returned to his office. Starr was asked what happens next and Starr knelt before Jesse and placed Jesse's hand on his head.[7]

Starr records Jesse's first messiah speech

As Jesse prepared for his first messiah speech, Starr presented Jesse with an 11th-century Flemish fencing cloak which Jesse refused. Starr then joined Jesse and recorded Jesse as he made his first speech in front of christian children. When Armenians stormed the classroom, Starr was knocked aside. After Jesse took the Armenians down, Starr revealed Jesse has already gone viral. Starr was then pinned to the wall, after Jesse realized the Armenians were staged and told that wasn't what he signed up for.[8]

Starr tells Jesse to return for his soul extract when he's finished with Tulip

On the way to the airport, Starr asked Jesse why he didn't use Genesis on the Armenians and Jesse claimed he didn't need to. Regardless, Starr warned Jesse he will have to soon. When they arrived at the airport, Jesse is bombarded by journalists by Starr dismissed them. After they board the plane, Starr told Jesse not to worry about his friends after Cassidy left a voice message. However, when he learned Tulip had been shot, he told Jesse to deal with her and to return to him once he's finished for an extract of his soul. Starr then called Featherstone and scolded her for compromising his plan and to call off Tulip's ambulance.[8]

Breakdown in negotiations Edit

As Humperdoo's unveiling approaches, Starr is tasked with eliminating members of the Hare Krishna. While he's away, he sends Hoover and Featherstone to Angelville to spy on Custer. The two are captured, but let go by Jesse as a token of good faith. Starr meets with Jesse in secret and delivers him his missing soul piece, though this turns out to be a placebo as Starr knew Jesse would try and use it against him. He is still willing to work with Jesse though, and takes him to the car to give him his soul. Unfortunately, Starr and the Grail are attacked by Tulip who, acting on God's orders, guns most of them down and injures Starr, scarring the top of his head. Starr flees without returning Jesse's soul and subsequently decides to leave Jesse to his own devices for a while. Meanwhile, Starr is forced to train Humperdoo in order to prepare him for his unavailing. He receives a call from the Allfather, who wants to know what progress Starr has made with the Messiah. Much to Starr's surprise, D'Aronique is fascinated by Humperdoo's tap dancing abilities, and wants the unveiling accelerated. He then questions Starr about Jesse Custer, but Starr assures him that Jesse is no threat to the Messiah.

Forced to accelerate his plan, Starr sets his sites on Cassidy, hoping to use the him to bring Jesse to his side. The Grail successfully kidnap the inebriated vampire, and even manage to film a hostage video. Unfortunately for Starr, Cassidy is rescued by Les Enfants du Sang. He tasks Hoover with retrieving Cassidy while he figures out another way to get to Jesse.

When Starr arrives in his office, he is greeted by the D'Aronique himself, much to his shock. After feasting with the Allfather, the leader of the Grail explains his vision of the apocalypse, which involves a nuclear holocaust. The Allfather asks if Starr is a true believer and, after being satisfied with the answer, demands to know about Jesse Custer once more.

Out of time Edit

Starr goes to Angelville to negotiate Jesse's release from his contract. After rejecting his offers (by urinating on his shoes), Madame L'Angelle informs Starr that she wants souls. Starr then proposes giving her hundreds of souls from the Soul Happy Go Go vault, as the company is a subsidiary of Grail Industries. Unfortunately, he can't do this directly, as it would arise suspicion from the Allfather. Instead, he organizes a heist, which would see Tulip and Jody travel to Osaka, accompanied by one of his agents (Featherstone). Marie agrees to lend Jesse, though she warns Starr she will kill her grandson without a second thought if he tries to double-cross her.

With Gran'ma out of the way, Starr and Jesse travel to the Grail headquarters in New Orleans. Shortly before arriving on their floor, Starr warns Jesse that if he wants to be the Messiah, he will have to kill Allfather D'Aronique. The Allfather greats them once the elevator door is opened as Starr pretends to have captured Jesse. Jesse steals Starr's gun and kills all of the guards before shooting the Allfather himself. With the threat seemingly neutralized, Jesse asks where his soul is, and Starr informs him it's up D'Aronique's ass. Much to their surprise, D'Aronique is still alive, as the bullet didn't penetrate his fat. Jesse is quickly surrounded by more guards, as Starr pretends once more to have captured Jesse.

On the Allfather's orders, Starr has Jesse strapped to a gurney, though he also puts a gun in the preacher's pocket. Jesse eventually manages to free himself and kill D'Aronique, with Starr arriving just in time to see the aftermath. As he congratulates Custer, the preacher's soul drops from the Allfather's intestine, resulting in a scuffle between Starr and Jesse. Jesse reaches his soul first and swallows it. Armed with genesis once more, he rejects Starr's offer to become the Messiah, thinking Starr is just as crazy as the Allfather. Starr warns him that if Jesse refuses to be the Messiah, he will have to resort back to D'Aronique's plan, which prompts Jesse to consider murdering Humperdoo. Starr pleads with Jesse, reminding him that he's not a cold-blooded killer, though Jesse seems undeterred. Though Custer ultimately relents, he ruins Starr's plans all the same by dressing Humperdoo as one of the clones and releasing them all onto the streets of New Orleans. Before Jesse leaves, he uses the Word on Starr, forbidding him from wearing hats.

New purpose Edit

After bitterly trying on new wigs, Starr is finally successful in capturing Cassidy. He takes the vampire to Masada and orders his favorite torturer, Frankie Toscani, flown in. After killing Hoover, Starr informs Featherstone of his plan to use Cassidy as bait for Jesse. Starr also claims he is done with trying to bring Jesse over to his side, having grown tired of being betrayed and humiliated by the preacher. His new mission is to torture and kill Jesse along with everyone he cares about.

AbilitiesEdit

  • Durability: When Starr tried out for the Grail, he endured his testicles being shocked while showing no signs of pain.
  • Multilingual: Starr is fluent in English and knows Vietnamese to an extent. It is assumed he speaks German as well, it being his native language.
  • Expert marksman: Starr is shown to be highly proficient in using a handgun.

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ReferencesEdit

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