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[[caption-width-right:350:Volume 28 of [[ArchivePanic 116]]!]]

-> ''"This story depicts the mysterious Stone Mask from Mexico, and its effect on the destinies of two youngsters and their Bizarre Adventures!"''
-->-- '''The prologue of chapter 1.''' '''[[LongRunner Of 901 and counting.]]'''

''[=JoJo=]'s Bizarre Adventure'' (''Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken'') is the story of the Joestar family and its endless conflicts with the supernatural. The series spans well over 100 years ([[ArchivePanic and volumes]]).

In the late 1800s, [[LonelyRichKid rich kid]] [[ButtMonkey Jonathan Joestar]] is introduced to a [[SelfMadeOrphan newly orphaned youth]] named [[DevilInPlainSight Dio Brando]]. Jonathan's wealthy father takes the boy in and raises him as his own. However, Dio is secretly scheming to take Jonathan's place as the favored son and heir to the Joestar family fortune. He torments Jonathan throughout their childhood in an attempt to break him. When Jonathan's resolve seems insurmountable, Dio takes a new approach: building up a bond between them over many years while poisoning Jonathan's father. Things become complicated when Jonathan learns of these plans and confronts Dio, only for Dio to become a ''[[GenreShift vampire]]'' using an ancient stone mask. After a fiery battle, Jonathan is informed by a man named William A. Zeppeli that Dio is still alive and plans to take over the world. He sets out on an adventure to train in the ways of the [[PowerOfTheSun Ripple]] and destroy his undying foe for good.

That's just the first part of the currently ''eight'' parts long immense saga of ''[=JoJo's=] Bizarre Adventure''.

The series eventually evolved into a [[GenerationalSaga multi-generational epic]], following the adventures of Jonathan's descendants from the 19th century to the present day. Each part of the saga chronicles the adventures of another descendant of the Joestar bloodline, which spreads all over the world and gets [[TangledFamilyTree pretty darn confusing.]] They all have three things in common: A star shaped birthmark, a destiny to fight evil, and the nickname [[LegacyCharacter JoJo]]. The story is split into eight parts, the first six of which form their own saga focusing on the impact of the Stone Mask on the Joestar family's lives. The series undergoes a ContinuityReboot of sorts with the storylines that occur afterward, set in an AlternateUniverse that features many of the elements from these first six storylines.

The series is (currently) broken down to these eight parts:

# '''''Phantom Blood''''' (originally ''Jonathan Joestar: His Youth'')[[note]]Manga volumes 1-5, TV anime episodes 1-9[[/note]]
** In 1880's Britain, Jonathan Joestar, the son of an English nobleman, finds his life turned upside-down when scheming street urchin Dio Brando becomes his adoptive brother. When Dio turns himself into a vampire using a mysterious stone mask of Aztec origin, Jonathan must learn the ways of the Ripple, a mystical martial art, in order to stop Dio before he can take over the world.\\
This arc was adapted into a beat-'em-up [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 PS2]] game and a film, both titled ''[=JoJo's=] Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood'', as well as the first half of the 2012 anime.
# '''''Battle Tendency''''' (originally ''Joseph Joestar: His Proud Lineage'')[[note]]Manga volumes 5-12, TV anime episodes 10-26[[/note]]
** Set in 1938, Joseph Joestar is the rough-and-tumble but extremely clever grandson of Jonathan, and lives in New York City. When word gets out that Jonathan's best friend and Joseph's adoptive great uncle, Robert E. O. Speedwagon, has been murdered, Joseph sets out to avenge him. However, after defeating Speedwagon's alleged murderer, he learns that Speedwagon is actually being held captive by the Waffen-SS in a research facility in Mexico, led by Commander Rudolf von Stroheim. While rescuing Speedwagon, Joseph learns of Stroheim's latest discovery: a race of ancient, superhuman beings known as the Pillar Men, the original creators of the Aztec stone masks. After a heated fight with a Pillar Man in the research facility, Joseph heads to Italy in order to train for his fateful encounter with three more powerful Pillar Men with the help of Caesar Zeppeli (grandson of Jonathan's teacher William Zeppeli) and their mysterious mentor, Lisa Lisa.\\
This arc was adapted into the second half of the 2012 anime, mentioned below.
# '''''Stardust Crusaders''''' (originally ''Jotaro Kujo: Heritage for the Future'')[[note]]Manga volumes 12-28[[/note]]
** Set in 1989, an aging Joseph comes to visit his Japanese grandson Jotaro Kujo after the reappearance of Dio Brando, now known only as [[BoldInflation "DIO"]], causes the Joestar line to develop mysterious powers known as "STANDS". Upon discovering that Jotaro's mother and Joseph's daughter, Holly, is slowly dying due to the awakening of her STAND, Jotaro, Joseph, and several other STAND users must travel around the world to track down DIO and put an end to him and his dark power, all while fighting various STAND-using assassins hired by DIO. \\
This arc has been adapted to a three-part CD drama, an SNES RPG, two [=OVAs=] (all titled ''[=JoJo's=] Bizarre Adventure''), and an arcade FightingGame by {{Capcom}} titled ''[[VideoGame/JojosBizarreAdventureHeritageForTheFuture JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future]]''. In 2014, it received a new anime adaptation like ''Phantom Blood'' and ''Battle Tendency''.
# '''''Diamond is Unbreakable''''' (occasionally referred to as ''Diamond is not Crash/Crush'' after a mistranslation from the part's earliest scanslations; originally ''Josuke Higashikata'')[[note]]Manga volumes 29-47[[/note]]
** Set in 1999, Jotaro travels to the Japanese town of Morioh to track down Joseph's illegitimate teenage son, Josuke Higashikata, in order to sort out his placement in Joseph's will. At the same time, a mysterious bow & arrow that can grant STANDS to its targets makes its rounds around town, creating more and more enemies for the two and their friends. Upon discovering the earthbound ghost of a murder victim, the group must track down a mysterious STAND-using serial killer named Yoshikage Kira terrorizing the town. \\
An anime adaptation was confirmed on October 24, 2015, and the first episode aired on April 1, 2016; it is scheduled to run for 39 episodes. An {{OVA}} of its spin-off, ''Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe,'' will be a bonus for those who buy the entire DVD set for Part 4.
# '''''Vento Aureo''''' (Italian for "Golden Wind"; originally ''Giorno Giovanna: Golden Heritage'')[[note]]Manga volumes 47-63[[/note]]
** Set in 2001 Italy, Giorno Giovanna is the son of DIO, sired after his resurrection. Giorno seeks to take over the mafia and make it beneficial to the community rather than detrimental, but first has to deal with current boss Diavolo's intention to make it so no one knows his true identity, not even his teenage daughter who Giorno and his fellow Stand-using mobsters are ordered to protect by Diavolo himself. What follows is a roadtrip with a subgroup of Diavolo's mob, first to protect said daughter and later to find Diavolo himself.\\
This arc was adapted into a beat-'em-up [=PS2=] game titled ''Le Bizzarre Avventure di [=GioGio=]: Vento Aureo''.
# '''''Stone Ocean''''' (originally ''Jolyne Cujoh: Stone Ocean'')[[note]]Manga volumes 1-17--beginning with this part, each new part restarts the numbering at 1[[/note]]
** Set in 2011, while living in [[OnlyInFlorida Florida]], Jotaro's daughter, Jolyne Cujoh[[note]]Jotaro's surname changed after moving to America[[/note]], is framed for murder by a crazed disciple of DIO and sent to prison. While there, Jotaro is able to unlock her STAND but is rendered catatonic when prison chaplain Enrico Pucci, another one of DIO's disciples, manages to use his own STAND to steal Jotaro's memories in order to further DIO's agenda. Jolyne must team up with several STAND-using inmates in order to rescue her father and stop Pucci from remaking the world in DIO's image.
# '''''Steel Ball Run'''''[[note]]Manga volumes 1-24[[/note]]
** Set in 1890, the titular race is the first North American transcontinental horse race on record, with a first prize of $50 million. Johnny Joestar, a paraplegic and former prodigy jockey, enters the race to learn the secret of competitor Gyro Zeppeli's mysterious weaponized steel balls, not realizing that he will be plunged into multiple conspiracies involving the king of Naples, the mummified corpse of a mysterious "saint", and the President of the United States.\\
This arc has been adapted to an internet-based radio drama titled ''Steel Ball Run''.
# '''''[=JoJolion=]'''''[[note]]Currently in serialization; 11 volumes currently compiled[[/note]]
** Set in 2012, strange structures called "Wall Eyes" appear in the town of Morioh, Japan following the [[RippedFromTheHeadlines 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami]]. Near these Wall Eyes, a young woman named Yasuho Hirose discovers an amnesiac young STAND-User who, after some confusion as to whether he is one "Yoshikage Kira", she decides to name "Josuke" along with arranging him to stay with her neighbors, the Higashikata family. Together, the newly named Josuke Higashikata and Yasuho attempt to help Josuke restore his memories, which the Higashikatas need to help lift a curse which has plagued their family for generations and has connections to Johnny Joestar.

Created in 1987 by the mangaka Creator/HirohikoAraki, the series is famous for its original and unique art style, intricate plot, and creative battles. It also features a huge number of allusions to Western rock music, including characters named [[Music/RonnieJamesDio DIO]], [[Music/REOSpeedwagon Speedwagon]], and [[Music/LedZeppelin Zeppeli]], just to name a few. Although ''[=JoJo's=] Bizarre Adventure'' has not been able to receive recognition like other imported manga and anime (primarily due to the [[ScrewedByTheLawyers egregious legal issues]] caused by the wide number of musical references), it is still very well-received by fans all over. With the insane kind of plots that involve sapient plankton, turtles that are {{bigger on the inside}}, and Rock, Paper, Scissors death matches, is it any wonder?

Western audiences are likely more familiar with the memes the series has produced because of the series' general theme (read: [[WorldOfBadass badassery]]), as well as the Capcom fighting game ''[[VideoGame/JoJosBizarreAdventureHeritageForTheFuture Heritage For The Future]]'' and OVA adaptations of ''Stardust Crusaders''.

To commemorate the manga's 25th anniversary in 2012, an HD port of the above fighting game was released, an anime adaptation written by Creator/YasukoKobayashi and covering Part 1 and Part 2 debuted, and a fighting game called ''[[VideoGame/JoJosBizarreAdventureAllStarBattle JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle]]'' was released as well. The anime was followed up in 2014 with an adaptation of Part 3, and ''All Star Battle'' was released outside of Japan in the same year. The animated adaptations of Part 1, 2, and 3, can legally be viewed on [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/jojos-bizarre-adventure Crunchyroll]]. At Anime Expo 2015, it was confirmed that the 2012 anime, covering Part 1 and Part 2, will be getting an English dub. In late October 2015, it was confirmed that there would be an adaptation of Part 4. In 2015, All-Star Battle received a sequel titled ''[[VideoGame/JoJosBizarreAdventureEyesOfHeaven JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven]]'', which features tag-team battles in interactive 3D environments, as well as an original storyline.

There is also the series of spinoffs of one-shots chronicling the adventures of the eccentric AuthorAvatar manga-artist Rohan Kishibe, ''Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan'', which sometimes gets serialized either on the ''Weekly Shonen Jump'' or ''Jump SQ''. The chapters/one-shots (the first one published back in 1997) are going to be finally compiled into its first tankoubon (trade paperback). Also important to remark that Kishibe has also starred similar special one-shots such as ''Rohan at The Louvre'' (in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre) and ''Kishibe Rohan Goes to Gucci'' as an special collaboration between Araki, Gucci and Spur Magazine in 2011.

There is a [[Characters/JoJosBizarreAdventure Character Sheet for each of the parts]], so post character tropes there.
!![[{{Trope Overdosed}} Because of the sheer number of trope present in the manga, the trope examples list has been split into sub-pages]]:
* JoJosBizarreAdventure/AToF
* JoJosBizarreAdventure/GToO
* JoJosBizarreAdventure/PToZ