* ActorAllusion:
** In the part 1 anime, Masashi Sugawara (George) plays a noble soul who lies about having given a thief something valuable of his, so he might use it to turn his life around, similar to what happened to [[Anime/LesMiserablesShojoCosette Jean Valjean.]] They even have a similar-looking BadassMoustache!
** In the ''Stardust Crusaders'' anime Jean Pierre Polnareff and Sherri Polnareff (brother and sister) are voiced by seiyuu named Fuminori Komatsu and Creator/YukaKomatsu. While not related in real life they both share the same last name. Similarly De-aged Polnareff is voiced by Creator/AyumiFujimura. Fujimura and Komatsu did voice [[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt a pair of sisters]] in another anime.
* ApprovalOfGod: Music/WeirdAlYankovic saw the episode post-defeat of Dio and resurrection of Joseph Joestar with his [[https://instagram.com/p/4KYC8sGu_1/ name mentioned and posted it in his Instagram]].
** [[https://twitter.com/darrenhayes/status/718702028055121920 Darren Hayes also approved of "I Want You"]] as the ED to Diamond is Unbreakable.
* BadExportForYou[=/=]ScrewedByTheLawyers: This is the main reason why it has taken forever for both the manga and anime to be released in the United States. Licensors would have to negotiate with the musicians and record companies to see if they can use their names, and while several characters do retain their original names, many had to be renamed because the costs of negotiating with the musicians and record companies to avoid lawsuits with them would simply be too much and can drive the licensors to bankruptcy[[note]]especially considering that manga and anime are niche nerd interests compared to comics books like DC Comics and Marvel[[/note]]. The only reason why it's Warner Bros. releasing the series in the US is because they're a big company so they can handle all of the expenses with the series, most notably the series' use of licensed music, such as ''Roundabout'' from Yes.
** Even considering the many licensing issues, many fans were unsatisfied with Warner Bros. official release of the anime, which was DVD only, had zero special features (unless one counts the english dub), and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking disappointing cover art]]. Because of this, said fans were happy when Creator/VizMedia managed to get the license to the series and are hoping for a more substantial rerelease.
* CastingGag:
** In ASB, [[Characters/JoJosBizarreAdventurePart3 Polnareff]] is voiced by Hiroaki Hirata. The same guy who voices a certain ButtMonkey, CasanovaWannabe [[GratuitousFrench French speaker]] and JerkWithAHeartOfGold in the adaptation of [[Manga/OnePiece another popular Shonen manga]]. Also, it's not the [[Film/DarkShadows first time]] [[Film/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter he deals]] [[Manga/{{Hellsing}} with vampires]], voice-acting wise.
** [[Characters/JoJosBizarreAdventurePart3 Kakyoin]] is voiced by Creator/DaisukeHirakawa, who plays [[SchoolDays Makoto Itou]], [[spoiler:who also ends up killed by [[NamesTheSame Sekai]]]]. In All Star Battle, he's voiced by Creator/KojiYusa, aka [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog Shadow the Hedgehog]]. Now, remind me who voices [[Creator/DaisukeOno Silver the Hedgehog]] again?
*** Creator/DaisukeHirakawa and Creator/KojiYusa were both starred in a BL Visual Novel, VisualNovel/KichikuMegane. And it's possible to [[ScrewYourself get them together and have sex]]...
** In the TV series,[[Characters/JoJosBizarreAdventurePart1 Erina Pendleton's]] [[Creator/AyakoKawasumi voice actress]] voiced [[Anime/QueensBlade Leina]], whose name is an anagram of ''Erina'' using the Japanese spelling, and also the name of Leina's younger sister in that series.
** Although this is most likely unintentional, but [[Characters/JoJosBizarreAdventurePart5 Giorno Giovanna]] is voiced by Creator/DaisukeNamikawa, who voiced Film/SinCity Roark Junior, known as That Yellow Bastard in the Japanese dub of the film. Which in a way That Yellow Bastard is a fitting title for Giorno (Gold Experience is a shade of yellow and Giorno is Dio's bastard son).
** [[Characters/JoJosBizarreAdventurePart5 Buccelati's]] [[Creator/NoriakiSugiyama voice actor in ASB]] is infamous for voicing [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight another character]] who [[spoiler:[[MemeticMutation doesn't die when killed]]]].
** Combined with CounterpartComparison, [[Characters/JoJosBizarreAdventurePart2 Mark's]] voice actor's role as the similarly-named Marco in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' might be one. Like Mark, Marco is also a freckled young and naive new soldier-to-be in a vaguely Germanic setting who ([[spoiler:gets half of his body devoured by {{Humanoid Abomination}}s, providing his best friend with a motive to fight against said {{Humanoid Abomination}}s.]])
** [[Characters/JoJosBizarreAdventurePart2 Smokey's]] voice actor already voiced a BlackBestFriend role before as Pete Ross in the Japanese dub of ''Series/{{Smallville}}''.
** [[Characters/JoJosBizarreAdventurePart2 Wamuu]] is played by Creator/AkioOhtsuka, who already voiced a character [[Videogame/StreetFighterIV who can use wind-based attacks at his will]] and a [[LightNovel/FateZero badass chariot driver]].
** Takuya Kirimoto, who voices [[Characters/JoJosBizarreAdventurePart3 J.Geil]] in the TV series, is also the Japanese dub voice of ''Series/{{Dexter}} Morgan'', another SerialKiller, except J.Geil is '''everything''' [[SerialKillerKiller Dexter]] hates and [[PayingEvilUntoEvil fights against it]] at daily basis.
** [[Characters/JoJosBizarreAdventurePart3 Iggy]] in the TV series. It's not the first time Creator/MisatoFukuen has voiced a character [[Anime/StrikeWitches related with dogs]].
** [[Characters/JoJosBizarreAdventurePart4 Red Hot Chili Pepper]] wouldn't be the first time Morikubo Shoutaro voiced a character with [[Manga/GetBackers an electric power]].
* ColbertBump:
** While the franchise has been relatively obscure in America for some time (but really big in Japan) outside of MemeticMutation, the new 2012 anime, as well as its immensely positive reception from many anime reviewers on the Internet, has caused its popularity to skyrocket stateside. Its popularity in English-speaking territories further improved when both the 2012 anime and the ''Stardust Crusaders'' sequel were added to Crunchyroll. This is the reason the [=PS3=] game was allowed for a U.S release (albeit with some of the names changed to avoid copyright as U.S laws are stricter here).
** The 2012 anime became one of these for the band Music/{{Yes}}, due to usage of their most popular song, "Roundabout", as the anime's ending theme song. The trend continued with "Stardust Crusaders" and its ending themes, "Walk Like an Egyptian" by Music/TheBangles and "Last Train Home" by the Pat Metheny Band; then in "Diamond is Unbreakable" with "I Want You" by Savage Garden.
** And there has to be at least a few people who were attracted to the series by [[WebVideo/JoJosBizarreAdventureAbridged this masterpiece]] of an AbridgedSeries.
** Many fans first became familiar with the series due to the Capcom fighting game which came about during a time when the manga wasn't released in the west yet.
** Popular Let's Players like [[{{WebVideo/Vinesauce}} Joel]] and [[{{WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay}} Woolie]] frequently reference the show, to the point where fans have started watching/reading just to see what the heck they're talking about.
** If you're into both classic rock and anime, you may be curious just to find out if there's anyone named after your favorite band/song.
* CrossDressingVoices:
** [[Creator/RomiPark Giorno]] and [[Creator/FujikoTakimoto Narancia]] in the [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 PS2]] video game adaptation of ''Vento Aureo''.
** [[Creator/RomiPark Koichi]], [[Creator/YukoSato Hayato Kawajiri]] and [[Creator/YukoSanpei Narancia]] in ''VideoGame/JoJosBizarreAdventureAllStarBattle''.
** [[Creator/IkueOtani Mannish Boy]], [[Creator/MisatoFukuen Iggy]], [[Creator/MotokoKumai Boingo]], [[Creator/AyumiFujimura Polnareff (kid)]], and [[Creator/NatsumiTakamori Jotaro (kid)]] in ''Stardust Crusaders''.
* DawsonCasting:
** For some reason (at least in Japanese), and until the TV series came out, most of the characters were voiced by older voice actors, despite voicing characters who are supposed to be teenagers or young adults. This is more exaggerated in the Part 3's [=OVAs=] when almost everybody are voiced by people who doesn't ''even'' try to sound like young men (excluding Joseph, for obvious reasons).
** Young Jonathan and Young Dio in Part 1 are both voiced by the same actors who voice their adult selves. They also don't make an effort to sound like adolescents.
** Inverted with both Erina Pendleton and Suzi Q, in the TV series' Parts 2 & 3: Both [=VAs=] (Creator/AyakoKawasumi and Sachiko Kojima, respectively) are normally typecasted for voicing younger girls or young adults, but they still voice their older versions in Parts 2 and 3, rather than casting much older [=VAs=] for the job.
** The same goes for both Speedwagon and Straizo's voice actors, since they are voiced by the same ones who voiced their younger counterparts in Part 1.
** Initially played straight with Joseph, then later averted. In Part 2, he is voiced by Creator/TomokazuSugita, who also voiced his older self at the end of said Part. He voiced both young (Part 2) and old (Part 3) Joseph in ''[[VideoGame/JojosBizarreAdventureAllStarBattle All Star Battle]]''. Once the anime got into Part 3, Sugita was [[TheOtherDarrin darrin'd]] by Creator/UnshoIshizuka, who is an older voice actor that's around Part 3 Joseph's age. Does that mean Ishizuka is now ''the'' official voice of Joseph, staying true to this trope by even voicing the character's younger self? Nope. He'll likely keep his role as old Joseph, but Sugita [[RoleReprisal reprised his role]] as young Joseph for ''[[VideoGame/JStarsVictoryVS J-Stars Victory VS]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/JoJosBizarreAdventureEyesOfHeaven Eyes of Heaven]]''. This falls in line with the TimeShiftedActor trope. This changing of voice actors is retained in the English dub, with Creator/BenDiskin voicing young Joseph and Creator/RichardEpcar voicing old Joseph.
* {{Defictionalization}}: Ever wanted to own Noriaki- er, ''[[{{Retcon}} Tenmei]]'' Kakyoin's sunglasses and handkerchief, school uniform, and/or the soul doll D'Arby made of him? [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2016/03/18-1/bandai-premium-says-yes-to-jojos-bizarre-adventure-replica-kakyoin-soul-doll You can!]] Granted, the uniform is more of a track suit, but it's still pretty neat.
* DisownedAdaptation: The 2007 adaptation of ''Phantom Blood'' was disliked by Araki for removing key bits of story, not explaining Hamon properly, and [[AdaptedOut removing]] or [[DemotedToExtra diminishing]] plot-important characters (such as Speedwagon and Straizo).
* FanNickname:
** Part 8 ''[=JoJolion=]'' has gained the nickname "Four Ball Run" due to the protagonist's...unique anatomical arrangement. The main character himself is also often referred to as Gappy or Jo2uke to avoid confusion with the protagonist of Part 4 in English-speaking fandom. Interestingly enough, the earliest recorded usages of the nickname "Gappy" predate knowledge of Josuke's name, which he didn't officially receive until a few chapters into part 8.
** Yoshikage Kira (at least in his original look) is usually just referred to as Music/DavidBowie due to his uncanny resemblance to him.
** "Holy Wubstorm" (after Wamuu's special attack Holy Sandstorm) for the Pillar Men's dubstep-flavored {{Leitmotif}} in the anime.
** Lucy Steel's temporary Stand is known as "Love Train"; however it appears in chapters called "Ticket to Ride" and was later confirmed to be named as such in JOJOVELLER.
** Pocoloco's Stand is sometimes called Music/{{Buckethead}} due to the shape of its head.
** Fans on Tumblr have taken to calling Kakyoin's prominent wavy strand of hair his "noodle".
** The Pillar Men have been called the [[{{Mayincatec}} Aztec]] [[HumanoidAbomination Gods of]] [[RatedMForManly Fitness]].
** The World is often jokingly called [[Music/RonnieJamesDio Holy Diver]].
** Mikitaka is sometimes referred to as 'Space [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Legolas]]' due to his long hair and pointed ears.
** Part 2's version of Joseph Joestar is sometimes referred to as WesternAnimation/BugsBunny due to his [[TricksterArchetype tricky nature]], ridiculous antics, and [[BornLucky incredible luck]].
** Likewise, Jotaro's sometimes jokingly compared to [[{{ComicStrip/Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]], due to his "Yare yare daze..." being translated into English as "Good grief..."
** [[{{WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons}} Joey Jo-Jo]] for Jonathan's Fan-[[{{TranslationTrainWreck}} DUWANG]]'d name.
** "Oldseph" for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Old Joseph.]]
** Stands are often referred to as "punch ghosts" for reasons that should be fairly obvious.
** The companions are occasionally referred to as "Brojos" for their close relationship to their part's Joestar, in particular whichever given character in a part had the closest friendship with the associated JoJo (ie Speedwagon, Gyro).
** If only for the notoriously memetic translation, the main and supporting characters of Part 4 [[labelnote:*]] Josuke, Koichi, and Okuyasu, with Rohan, Jotaro, Yukako, and/or Mikitaka usually mixed in [[/labelnote]] are sometimes referred to as the "Duwang Gang."
** Enrico Pucci is sometimes called "Gay Priest" by fans due to his seemingly sexual relationship with Dio.
* FanTranslation: The ''Stardust Crusaders'' RPG for the SuperFamicom has one by the Aeon Genesis group. Several exist for the manga itself, as well.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: A film adaptation of ''Phantom Blood'' came out in theaters in 2007. It hasn't seen any sort of home release. However, an incomplete cut (that is, there is no voice acting, and occasionally full animation is replaced by storyboard stills) of the first 16 minutes has appeared on the internet.
* NamesTheSame: From Part 7 on, you'll notice a lot of characters are named either partially or directly after characters from the previous six parts. Potentially justified if it's confirmed that they take place [[spoiler:in the new universe created after Made in Heaven's reboot at the end of ''Stone Ocean''.]]
** Jonathan Joestar of Part 1 and Jonathan "Johnny" Joestar of Part 7.
** Diego Brando is commonly nicknamed "Dio", like someone we know.
** Josuke Higashikata of Part 4 and Josuke Higashikata of Part 8, the only difference between the names being a single different kanji used to spell it. Besides, the latter isn't even exactly Josuke Higashikata; the name was pegged for him by Yasuho, and then Norisuke took him into the Higashikata family home. Oh, and it gets better: in this 'verse there was a guy, for whom Ojiro mistakes this Josuke, called Yoshikage Kira.
* NoExportForYou: The manga aside from ''Stardust Crusaders'' for America, one SNES RPG, and two beat 'em up games for the [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 PS2]]. Though oddly averted with the Capcom fighting game which was released for [=PS1=] and later Dreamcast during a time when the manga was hardly known.
** Now averted, since not only the Animation (2012, and "Stardust Crusaders") is being streamed on Crunchyroll since July 2014 (with very few edits or name changes), but Viz will ''also'' publish ''Phantom Blood'' (September 2014) and ''Battle Tendency'' (March 2015), both based on the current "Jojonium" Japanese release of the series, with future parts possibly following if sales hold up.
** And now JJBA: The Animation (Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency, specifically) is getting dubbed (albeit being released only on DVD for now). Plus, Jonathan and Joseph appear in ''[[VideoGame/JStarsVictoryVS J-Stars Victory VS]]'', which got a stateside release. Things are looking up.
** Aaaand the Diamond is Unbreakable anime is going to be simulcast on both viz.com and Crunchyroll. Yup. You heard that right. A PROPER LOCALIZATION OF PART FOUR. Not only that, but the adaptations of the other three parts are being released on VIZ's site alongside it, with each part being released subtitled at first, and getting dubs later on (Yes, all four parts are getting the dub treatment,although whether they'll reuse the Warner dub for PB and BT has not been decided yet). On top of this, Part 3 is getting a Jojonium release. We're done here, people!
* PlayingAgainstType: Subverted, Jonathan Joestar is actually the kind of character Creator/JohnnyYongBosch would voice (as he had voiced a {{Hotblooded}} shonen protagonist named [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ichigo Kurosaki]] before). The fact that Johnny Yong Bosch pulled a BritishAccent (and a realistic one) actually surprised a lot of fans. [[note]]Johnny Yong Bosch had historically never done accents in any of his voice work except for a particular [[VideoGame/BinaryDomain third-person shooter video game]][[/note]]
* RelationshipVoiceActor:
** In the dub, [[Creator/BrycePapenbrook Caesar]] and [[Creator/BenDiskin Young Joseph]] are [[LightNovel/SwordArtOnline Kirito and Death Gun]].
** Young Joseph is voiced by Creator/BenDiskin while Old Joseph is voiced by Creator/RichardEpcar. Similarly both voice actors were [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Young Xehanort and Ansem]] who are also younger and older equivalents to the same character.
** Both voices for [[Creator/KatsuyukiKonishi Jonathan]] [[Creator/KazuyukiOkitsu Joestar]] would eventually move on to voice [[Manga/PrisonSchool Gakuto and Andre]].
* SailorEarth: Pick a song name. Ideally, an older rock song. Come up with a power based on the lyrics, or failing that, just make one up. You now have a brand new Stand.
* ScienceMarchesOn: In Part 6, Rykiel's so-called sky rods were eventually revealed to be normal insects flying at such high speeds that cameras would capture them as longish "rods" (hence the name) with multiple wings. Not that Araki would [[RuleOfCool let a minor detail like this affect the nature of Sky High's minions...]]
* StarMakingRole:
** Jonathan Joestar for Creator/KazuyukiOkitsu.
* TroubledProduction: Apparently, one of the reasons for the poor-quality of the ''Phantom Blood'' movie and why it's [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes never been released on DVD]] was because one of the producers was killed in an accident and his family pulled the plug on funding, leaving an incomplete, rushed mess of a film.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Araki originally planned for ''Part 3'' to be a modern retelling of the Literature/{{Dracula}} story, but only one of the Magazine/ShonenJump editors thought it was a good idea, the rest saying the series was already too focused on foreign settings/characters.
*** Joseph's constant complaints about having to fly to Japan to visit his family and having to do things the Japanese way while there are likely a reference to this.
** There were plans to release the ''Vento Aureo'' [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 PS2]] game overseas, but all of the copyright-problematic Stand names combined with Araki's unwillingness to change any of said names nixed those plans.
** Fugo was originally planned to be TheMole for the Boss in ''Part 5'' with Giorno killing him as a result but Araki found the idea too heartbreaking.
** Apparently in Part 3, Avdol was going to stay dead and [[HeelFaceTurn Hol Horse would join up with the heroes]] and replace him. However due to Avdol's surprising popularity, his death was changed and Hol Horse remained a villain.
** The new universe that Part 7 and beyond take place in partially runs on this, with [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of prior characters often doing things that Araki would have liked to do with the original parts. For example, Part 7's BuddyPicture nature forms from Araki wishing he could have done more with the Joestar-Zeppeli relationships.
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* ''[=JoJo's=] Bizarre Adventure''. It is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. ''Everything'' in this series is just mindblowingly bizarre. From the cyborg Nazi guy whose looks inspired [[Franchise/StreetFighter Guile]], to the timestopping vampire who is also TheCasanova, to the vampires who eat other vampires, to the PsychicPowers which can have the most ridiculously specific abilities, to the [[AnimeHair ridiculous hairstyles]] and the fabulous clothing.
** And there's a 16-year-old who has a 30-year-old nephew because his father was in his fifties when he was conceived. That's before we even get into where Giorno Giovanna fits into the Joestar family: Giorno is Dio's son, conceived after Dio stole Jonathan's body, which makes Jonathan Giorno's biological father. This makes Giorno ''Joseph's'' uncle. Note that Joseph is in his eighties by the time Part 5 starts and Giorno is ''fifteen''. ''No'' series can top this one when it comes to sheer [=WTFness=].
** By sheer nature of his never having been human, no villain can top Kars for [=WTFness=]. (Except perhaps an out-of-it Pucci in one particular chapter.) Of course, this also applies to just about any other series as well. The stuff he could do, simply unreal!
* But the most bizarre thing is the mangaka himself -- he hasn't aged a day in over 20 years (either that, or he's aging backwards). Recent photographs show him looking ''younger'' than he did when he started on ''Phantom Blood''...back in 1986.
* The TV anime is currently one of the most requested shows for {{Creator/Toonami}} on Creator/AdultSwim.
* Tying in somewhat to the first bit of trivia, was the very first scene depicted. The story actually started before Jonathan's time, back at least two millennia in some South American civilization, which eventually died out for one reason or another, had used the Stone Mask to gain immortality as a vampire. And the first character shown was a [[VirginSacrifice maiden to be sacrificed]]. This lost tribe is later revealed as the Pillar Men, though it was specifically Kars who created the Masks.
* The phrase "Lucky Land" appears frequently on signs throughout the series, a reference to Lucky Land Communications, the company Araki formed to formally hold copyrights for the series.
* The Red Hot Chili Peppers Album 'The Getaway' was released on the same day the episode of the Diamond Is Unbreakable anime aired that had Josuke's climatic fight with Akira Otoishi and Red Hot Chili Pepper.
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