February 27 (Pisces)
Family, grapes, agriculture, the Holy scriptures
Loneliness, poverty, capitalists
Guild member (former)
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
John is a young man with an average height and build, with short blonde hair and blue eyes. He wears a flat cap on top of his head, a white shirt with his sleeves pulled up a bit, a blue overall with a black belt, and dark boots.
He carries with himself a raw potato; and navaja, a tool used by him in order to activate his ability.
John appears to be a relaxed and easygoing man, casually commenting about the countryside and talking with his partner, Lovecraft, without minding being heard.
His ability grants him great confidence in himself, enough to spend time talking to his enemies, which can also be his downfall.
He claims to hate chores, trying to save himself some trouble while doing them, which demonstrates that he is a cunning person. Nevertheless, he is in no way a lazy person, as he's capable enough to carry the missions given to him.
Although he may be polite and kind, he shows no regard for his enemies, claiming to not care about what he has to do to them. But he is not an entirely bad person, due to his main motive for doing this job being his family.
The Grapes of Wrath (怒りの葡萄, Ikari no Budō?) allows Steinbeck to grow grapevines from any part of his body. By grafting the vines attached to his body to other plants, the flora in the entire vicinity become an extension of his body.
His own branches, as well as the others from the flora, can be used as means to capture and hold a person or object with tremendous strength, as well as shield him from attacks.
He can even combine his ability with Q's, due to the fact that Q's ability is cursing people who hurt him. Fitzgerald's emergency plan involved both of their abilities: Steinbeck using his Grapes of Wrath to connect the plants directly into Q's body, affecting his sense of touch. Thus, when a person harms a plant in any way, it hurts Q, causing the person to get cursed.
Prior to joining The Guild, Steinbeck was a farmer in North America, just like Tom Joad, the main character from The Grapes of Wrath. It is implied that prior to working for The Guild, his large family was poor.
Steinbeck first appears in Chapter 18, where he's shown on the ground after crashing his truck, then complaining about the country's narrow roads. After getting up, he talks with Lovecraft about a package about to be delivered. Some time later, he shows up with his partner in the middle of the conflict between the Armed Detective Company and the Port Mafia, warning them about the arrival of the package (which is nothing more than ability users from The Guild). After wiping out both factions, he retires with the rest of his partners.
John shows up later in Chapter 22, in the countryside together with Lovecraft after accepting the Mafia's proposal to capture the clerks from the Armed Detective Company as bait, even though they knew it was obviously a trap. In the next chapter, they are seen waiting to ambush the clerks, where he then activates his ability in order to capture them. The clerks attempt to escape by car via another route, but due to the propagation of his ability, the car is caught easily. There, he has a small conversation with Naomi, revealing information about his ability and himself. But thanks to this, he loses precious time and gets surprised by Kunikida and Tanizaki, whom he then engages in combat. He loses the battle and is stripped of his vines.
But thanks to the time bought by Lovecraft, he is able to stand once again and make use of his ability, catching the clerks once more. He then has a small talk with Tanizaki. During the conversation, he notices a single truck drifting off its lane thanks to Light Snow. Having no time to react, the vehicle crashes into him and Lovecraft.
It's discovered that they survived, but just as they are about to resume the pursuit, they get arrested by the police.
Steinbeck, together with Lovecraft, makes an appearance again in Chapter 31, where they both ambush Dazai who came to rescue Yumeno Kyusaku / Q. However, Chuuya Nakahara makes an unexpected appearance, resulting in their defeat and Q's rescue.
After the Guild's fall in Chapter 37, Steinbeck is shown to have lost most of his foot during the battle during the previous fight with Chuuya Nakahara and Dazai Osamu. Steinbeck says that he will stay, protecting what's left of the Guild as their Leader had gone missing.
During Fitzgerald's comeback in Chapter 44, while he was planning to rebuild the Guild, an infuriated Steinbeck observes Fitzgerald and Alcott. He says that he will crush Fitzgerald's ambitions, but still wanting to befriend his former leader.
- He made an appearance in the mobile game "Kimito Lead Puzzle 18" as a stage boss and a limited time character.
- The name of his siblings are based on the actual characters from The Grapes of Wrath.
- He seems to like eating potatoes.
- John is actually good at making impressions.
- Much like Tanizaki, he cherishes his own little sister quite a lot, constantly spoiling her.
- Though he is one of the Guild's members, he hates Fitzgerald due to his endless ambition and arrogance.