Awesome: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
is famous how more Crazy Awesome
it can get with each succeeding generation.
- Jonathan Joestar is at first a wimpy punching bag for Dio, but draws upon hidden reserves of badass when his father is poisoned. When he is accosted by thugs in an alley, for example, he stops their knives with his bare hands, impressing one of them so much that he swears lifelong allegiance to JoJo rather than fight him.
- Before that, there was the cathartic moment where he finally beat Dio so badly that Dio burst into tears, and this is after essentially making his life a living hell, climaxing with Dio stealing a Sacred First Kiss from Erina.
- Here is that scene animated Made even more awesome when you realize that Jonathan jumped over an entire water fountain.
- And of course, let us not forget the time he manages to fight the newly vampirized Dio to a draw without his Ripple powers and while heavily injured and ON FIRE, impaling him with the statue of Venus.
- His battle with Jack the Ripper was his coming of age as a Ripple Warrior, vaporizing Britain's most infamous serial killer through a stone wall.
- In his battle against Bruford, instead of falling for Bruford's underwater gambit, he was able to find an air pocket underwater and fire off a ripple attack that launched Bruford onto the land.
- He beat Bruford, a master swordsman who could strangle you with his hair into being a good-hearted knight again, in spite of his zombification.
- Jonathan using the Heroic Sacrifice of Will Zeppeli in order to to easily kill Tarkus, who had dominated the fight because the former couldn't attack metal. Jonathan breaks the chain, and a whole lot of bones, too!
- He dominates every vampire after Zeppeli's death because he's strong enough to handle anything less than Dio. What once seemed like implacable monsters now seem like pests to him.
- Jonathan sacrificing his life to stop Dio's takeover after suffering a fatal wound to the neck, after using his last Ripple to have Dio's assistant cause the boat to go down. Counts as a major Tear Jerker as well since it allowed Dio to get a body after decapitating himself after being beaten by Jonathan
- The very nature of the Ripple powers is itself a CMOA. Through special breathing techniques the characters change the flow of energy through their body to match the wavelength of sunlight. Then they use this power to punch vampires to death with fists that literally burn with the glory of the Sun herself.
- The first opening of the 2012 anime. It's basically telling you "Yeah, all this badassery? This is where it all began."
- Zeppeli sacrificing himself to save Jonathan from Tarkus. He knew it would result in his own death, but he did it anyway.
- Poco, a little kid, going into the castle in order to open the door to allow Zeppeli to save Jonathan, despite being terrified of Tarkus at the time.
- Straits kills 4 zombies with a chandelier, deeming them unworthy to waste his breath on.
- Dire, despite being frozen and shattered, manages to spit a Ripple-infused rose in Dio's eye.
- George Joestar taking the blunt of Dio's knife to save his son
- Erina washing out her mouth with muddy water after Dio steals her first kiss. It's a surprisingly direct show of disrespect from a woman raised in Victorian times.
- Minor character Peggy, who has no special powers whatsoever, slaps Vampire Dio's face and gets away with it.
- Dio, while not nearly as cool as he was in Part 3, has his moments:
- Bruford and Tarkus getting the heroes in situations where they can't use the Ripple. Not bad for two zombies from a far begone era.
- Dio himself has his moments to shine, most notably in Part 3 where he decides that the most effective way to kill Jotaro would be to drop a steamroller on him. This moment was considered so awesome that it became an internet meme via a popular flash video.
- The best part is, Jotaro survived.
- One of Dio's best moments is something that requires a little thought. Remember when Jotaro has Star Platinum carve a minaret in half and throw it an approaching Dio, then he explodes out of it to punch Dio a few times? What's cool isn't that Dio was able to chew away the building by punching it, without the assistance of The World, and not that he completely repels Jotaro's attack anyway, but that Jotaro was only able to get close enough because he occupied Dio's attention with the minaret. Dio is so tough that a building thrown at him is a distraction.
- Also works for Jotaro because that also means that he and Star Platinum are more threatening than having a building thrown at you.
- Dio deciding to use his infamous Flechette Storm on Jotaro, knowing he wouldn't be able to block all of them. And in an instance of Dangerously Genre Savvy, he checks the ground to check Jotaro's heartbeat and breathing, and then decides to decapitate him with a stop sign. If not for Polnareff, he would've killed him.
- Jotaro Kujo has just way too many of these too list, but we'll try anyway:
- He stops his own heart in order to trick Dio into coming close enough to hit him with Star Platinum.
- Immediately prior to the above, after parrying about 20 or so thrown knives with his Stand, he gets hit by the rest (According to the OVA, seven knives, three in the chest, two in the stomach, one in the forearm, and one in each leg. Oh, and one in the forehead). He then reveals that he managed to survive by stuffing copies of Shonen Jump in his jacket. However, his arm and legs remain wounded, and the final knife in the forehead, despite sinking hilt-deep into his cranium through his hat, seems to have done no real damage.
- In the manga, it's shown that he stuffed a magazine in his hat as well. How the hell it fit there is anyone's guess, though.
- His very first appearance has him in jail. Out of nowhere, a can of beer appears in his hands and he starts shotgunning it. In a jail cell, in full view of the guards. Later on, we get a second view of the cell, and he's surrounded by clothes, books, and tons of assorted crap that no one can figure out how he got, because he's still in the damn cell and hasn't moved an inch.
- And everyone in the jail is terrified of him.
- His defeat of Daniel J. D'Arby, where his poker face is so incredibly good that D'Arby freaks out and thinks that Jotaro has a great hand. Jotaro keeps betting higher and higher, putting up not only his own soul, but his mother's and his friend's, without ever looking at his cards. D'Arby eventually gets so stressed out that he snaps and admits defeat, freeing all the souls that he'd taken over the years. (And by snaps that means he goes COMPLETELY insane, falling to the ground babbling and drooling). Jotaro's allies check out Jotaro's hand, and it's revealed that he had an absolutely worthless hand - an eight, a six, a ten, an ace, and a jack, all offsuit. He'd won entirely through mind games. Go watch episode three of the 1993 OVA.
- WHAT'S IT GONNA BE, D'ARBY? ''WHAT'S IT GONNA F***ING BE?!''
- Even better is the fact D'Arby had set the scene ahead of time so that he would be playing with a deck stacked 100% in his favor no matter what. He set it up so Jotaro would get a bad hand and he would get a good hand no matter what, yet Jotaro STILL managed to completely bluff him into losing while he had 4 Kings. And he wasn't even aware of his hand, it was just blind faith in his determination.
- Awesome-in-awesome: D'arby is a cheater, and proudly admits it. Jotaro turns that against him. Not by stopping him from cheating, no; he uses it. He uses Star Platinum to tell the order the cards are shuffled in, forcing D'arby to use a fresh deck. He breaks D'arby's finger when the man tries to deal the second card instead of the first, and then calls a kid over to deal instead. Basically, he makes D'arby, an expert cheater, doubt his own cheating.
- To make it even more of a friggin' epic win: by that time, D'arby had already stolen the souls of Joseph and Polnareff, and made Jotaro gamble his soul to play. Jotaro not only bets his soul, he bets Avdol's, Kakyoin's(who's in the hospital disabled at this time) and his own mother's, all to force a Sadistic Choice to which the above blinded D'Arby to the third option * . End result: D'arby becomes a complete wreck.
- Enya's stand, Justice is so invincible that she manage to beat Hol Horse and Polnareff. What does Jotaro do to beat her Stand? Inhale it and make Enya lose breath and faints.
- In the OVA, he makes Enya reveal herself by saying only stand users have a specific vein in their nose, making her immediately check her nose. In the manga and anime he does this same trick on the fake Captain Tennille.
- When Steely Dan plants his Stand in Joseph's head and threatens to kill him, Jotaro has to put up with a massive amount of crap from Dan in order to stall for time while Polnareff and Kakyoin get it out. After every incident of abuse, Jotaro writes down exactly what Dan did so "he can remember what to think about when I kick his ass". When Polnareff and Kakyoin succeed, Dan tries to put his Stand in Jotaro's head by distracting him with an innocent bystander. Jotaro, however, has already got Dan's Stand with his own, and he proceeds to beat the crap out of Dan. For three whole pages. When he's done, Jotaro tosses the book he'd been writing in onto Dan's badly battered body and tells him: "Here's your bill."
- Can we emphasize the point that we are talking about three whole pages of nothing but ORAORAORAORAORAORA and endless pain? Not one for half-measures, is Jotaro.
- He also smiles while being humiliated "Why are you smiling?" "Because it's going to be all the more fun when I kick your ass later"
- The anime rendition of this scene is just as satisfying when Star Platinum unloads on Dan for twenty full seconds.
- To prove that he really is badass personified, Jotaro beats up Alessi with his own fists after Alessi's stand Sethan turns him into a kid. Please note that, due to how Alessi's Stand works, Jotaro doesn't have Star Platinum at this point. He's a normal seven-year-old who just happens to be able to reduce a grown man to a pulp with his bare hands.
- While fighting the stand without a master, Anubis, Jotaro gets stabbed in the gut, but manages to break Anubis' sword by using his own body as leverage. That's right: he intentionally gets almost mortally wounded to defeat an enemy who is literally an evil sword that possesses people.
- When Captain Tennille and Dark Blue Moon try to dive into the water with a hostage, Jotaro beats seven shades of crap out of Dark Blue Moon and rescues the hostage before they can even hit the water.
- And before that, the "cigarette-nose" trick. He claims that if a Stand user inhales cigarette smoke, a blood vein pops in their nose, causing everyone else (including the fake Captain Tennille and excluding the Runaway Girl) to touch their nose. Turns out Jotaro was just messing about whilst causing the fake Tennille to accidentally expose himself as an enemy. Dastardly clever.
- Noriaki Kakyoin gets three of them:
- While battling the Hanged Man, a Stand that attacks by leaping from reflective surface to reflective surface (including people's corneas), Kakyoin and Polnareff figure out how to attack him and trap him in one surface. In response, the Hanged Man's user yells that they're handing out free money, drawing every beggar in India to them (and giving him a bevy of places to hide). Kakyoin's response: he throws a coin in the air, causing everyone to look at it and trapping the Hanged Man with one destination.
- Then there's how he punishes Death 13's stand user, Mannish Boy. It's just a baby, and nobody else remembers what it did, so he can't hurt him... but he makes him suffer nonetheless. How does he do it? By spoon-feeding the baby his own shit!
- After encountering Dio, Kakyoin manages to entangle a plethora of buildings in his Stand. He specifies that it will detect anything that Dio or the World happen to do when they come in contact with it. Dio bypasses it completely, by using his Stand's Time Stop power, and is able to impale Kakyoin with the World's arm. Despite living his last moments, Kakyoin manages to keep calm, analyze the ability that the World possesses, and even pass on his conclusion to the rest of the group by blasting a clock tower with his Emerald Splash.
- Polnareff and Avdol share a CMOA when they battle the Stand Judgement; they find the air tube the stand user's breathing out of while he's hiding underground and collectively...urinate into it in order to draw him out; Avdol then proceeds to burn the Stand user's clothes right off, leaving him nearly naked and with a bad hair job.
- Polnareff has a better one: his whole fight with Vanilla Ice. After seeing two of his friends die by Ice's hands and being pushed to the brink of death, he figures out Ice only survived being stabbed in the head because Dio turned him into a vampire, and forces him into the sunlight.
- When Joseph completely turning the tables on The Empress a Stand that takes the form of a parasitic flesh that slowly devours the host outgambitting her big time by using his map powers in order to land a finishing blow on her
- He shares on with Avdul when they turn Bast's Shock and Awe powers against her
- When he manipulates the controllers of Terrence D'Arby's game while making it seem Jotaro was the one that was playing. Counts as a touching moment as well, showing how much they've grown to trust each other.
- Avdul returning from the "dead" to save Polnareff from Judgment
- It's an even more awesome in the OVA when he appears to save the group from Justice and it's treated as solemnly awesome.
- The Part 3 2014 anime has a subtle one - Star Platinum's punches have a sound that can only be described as a gun firing when it punches, so we get a amazing scene of Star Platinum closing it's fist, one finger at a time, and launching into it's very first ORA ORA ORA - it sounds like someone firing a machinegun and its INCREDIBLY thrilling, it adds completely to showing how fast and intense Star Platinum's punches are.
- Iggy: Willing to rip his own paw off just to escape Pet Shop takes BALLS. And then killing that damn hawk by biting his beak shut so the ice spike about to shoot out ends up destroying Pet Shop's face, all as one "all or nothing" attack born from desperation.
- In his story for the Capcom fighting game, he does a lot of his usual stuff. When the time comes to fight Vanilla Ice, however, he not only defeats him entirely, but goes on to be the one who kills DIO.
- Josuke Higashikata has a couple as well:
- Actually, Rohan gets a few himself.
- At the final confrontation, Okuyasu wills himself to life after getting a hole blasted in his chest and rescues Josuke from getting blown up by Kira.
- Koichi deserves honorable mention for standing up to Kira and his unstoppable mini-death-tank-bomb, Sheer Heart Attack, and evolving his Stand into another Act.
- And as aprt of his new ability Echos Act 3 can force things to freeze by increasing their weight. Koichi stops Sheer Heart Attack by making it sink into solid concrete!
- Hayato, probably the last example of a Badass Normal in the series, managing to stop Kira's Bite The Dust bomb, inflicting some heavy damage on him in the process using a plant-cat.
- To be a bit more specific, Bites The Dust has forced him through a "Groundhog Day" Loop several times by this point. He picks up Gatta (host of the Stray Cat Stand), waits for Kira to step out from behind a tree to mock his attempts at changing fate, and has Gatta shoot him. Kira survives this due to having put his wristwatch in his coat, and proceeds to taunt Hayato again... except Hayato had learned Josuke's phone number on a previous loop, and arranged for him and his allies to meet up a bit sooner than in the last loops. Kira made the mistake of using his real name while talking to Hayato; while Bites The Dust would kill anyone Hayato told that to, it can't do shit if Kira says it. Kira's forced to yank Bites The Dust back to its Killer Queen state to avoid being beaten down, shutting off the bomb.
- And of course Kira Yoshikage himself.
- "By the way, I touched that doorknob..."
- His entire final battle against Josuke, where he teamed up with the aforementioned plant-cat in order to create explosive homing air bombs that were being guided by the photograph containing the spirit of Yoshihiro Kira.
- As a supporting character, Jotaro survives getting blown up and while nearly knocked out from it is able to beat down Kira.
- During the "Yukako Yamagishi Falls in Love" Chapters, Yukako has Koichi trapped in a secluded place. He's managed to get a warning to Josuke and intends to hold out until rescue arrives. Instead, Koichi's Stand evolves to Echoes Act 2 and he's able to defeat Yukako on his own before Josuke arrives.
- Yuuya Fungami, the user of Highway Star, gets one when Josuke ropes him into fighting Enigma's user. Enigma can turn anything into paper, even people if its user can figure out their fear tell. Josuke and Koichi both get transformed, and Fungami has to go through several layers of paper to get to them. The last one? A paper shredder. Fungami freaks out when he can't turn it off, getting himself turned into paper... Which was what he wanted to happen - as paper, his hand is now thin enough to reach into the shredder and yank them free.
- Giorno Giovanna did stuff too.
Mista: The helicopter is too far away, I can't hit it!
Giorno: How do you know you can't do something until you try.
(Then the two, working together, catch the helicopter by turning Mista's bullets into branches that spear the copter in midair.)
- And then there's Bruno Bucciarati, and his zipper-making Stand, and that monumentally unnerving scene when he zips his own head open, effectively splitting it in half, to dodge an enemy's hit. And then zips it right back up, of course. For creative Stand use, there's really no competition.
- But doesn't he trump himself at another point when he unzips his body into many, many pieces, stopping his blood circulation in order to trick a Stand user that can sense his heartbeat into thinking he suddenly escaped? Even Bucciarati eventually became convinced that he was going to die anyway when he had to keep it up for so long.
- Guido faces off against Ghiaccio, an obnoxious mafiosi who's only lightly pushed back by his bullets due to his freezing powers. The bullets also get bounced back into Guido's body. How does he resolve this? Luring Ghiaccio to a tree branch and hammering away at him with his bullets until his neck gets impaled. Guido gets shot a whole bunch of times, and Giorno is ultimately the one to finish off Ghiaccio, but you've got to admire his guts.
- Even before Guido got his stand, he got caught in the middle of a gun fight and literally dodged every bullet while getting a bullseye everyone.
- A small mention for Narancia in his fight against Formaggio. Escapes from a shrunken state by blowing up a nearby car. So when Formaggio shrinks himself to try and escape, what does Narancia do? Blow up every damned car on the street to turn the whole place into an inferno.
- Narancia winning his fight against Tizziano and Squalo, all the while showing how relentless he is even when attacked and showcasing a lot more strategy than what you'd think he could. Giorno gets some props too, as even when he has his throat damaged to the point of actually stopping to breath he still manages to give some crucial support to Narancia in his fight. Talk about some nano-second-tactics.
- Trish from part 5 defeats a so called "invincible stand" that had defeated everyone else so far by DESTROYING THE GOD DAMN PLANE THEY WERE RIDING. It was the first time she had used her stand.
- Jotaro gets his head about half chopped off, only to shrug it off and return to thinking of ways to beat his opponent. So what if Diver Down took the brunt of the attack?
- No mentions for Jolyne yet? During her fight against Versacci's "Underworld", which can recreate events from memories, she and Hermes are trapped on a plane that will crash. Their only way of surviving is to take two seats whose occupants miraculously survived, so they shove the occupants aside... and Versacci promptly drops three children from the hospital into the memory. He's convinced he's won; even if Jolyne would let them get killed to save herself and Hermes, the guilt would cripple her. The solution? She gives the seats to two of the children, has Hermes use Kiss to split one of the two surviving occupants (since they're destined to survive anyway), stick the third kid in between, and reseal the survivor, so the kid will live too. Finally, Hermes hides herself the same way in the second survivor, and Jolyne unwinds most of herself into string and shoves it down Hermes' throat. The lengths these people go to accomplish their goals astound me.
- The stand C-Moon demonstrates its power to turn things inside-out by punching Jolyne in the legs, crippling her... until she kicks C-Moon in the fists to reverse the process. When C-Moon starts aiming for her heart and chest, Jolyne weaves her body into a Mobius strip that can't be inverted.
- Both those Jolyne moments pale in comparison to the time she set her whole body on fire to make her enemy's attack stop working!!
- She forms a bridge out of herself that allows her to walk on water.
- This saves her because whe ended up using so much string that her enemy punches through her instead of into her.
- During her fight with Guard Westwood, a meteorite is pulled towards Planet Waves—with Jolyne directly in between—as Westwood kicks her. Just getting out of the way won't help, because Planet Waves will make the meteorite disintegrate by the time it gets anywhere near Westwood. Solution: Jolyne steals Westwood's boot, places a brick in it, and positions it so the meteorite will fly in. Planet Waves can make the meteorite disintegrate because that's what it's controlling. It can't stop the brick, though, even though it just gained the meteorite's own velocity.
- Ending of part 6: After Pucci's started over a new world, wimpy kid Emporio's his last threat. But since everything except Pucci's actions will be exactly as in the universe's previous cycle, he can't change his actions, and will hide in the ghost room. When Pucci tries to strike him, though, he holds up the disc with the Weather Report stand, and Pucci effectively pushes the disc into his head. Emporio promptly gets serious the likes of which only Joestars can dream of, and beats Pucci into a bloody pulp, before finally killing him off with an ability that Pucci didn't even know Weather Report possessed.
- This is the kid whose Stand is ONLY rooms with things in it that cannot affect/be affected by anything else other than Stand Users. He also, while running from a sped-up Pucci, used a ghost gun from one of the rooms and fired the bullets, teaming with Hermes's Stand Kiss to merge the bullet with its copy, just barely outmaneuvering Pucci. Kid is basically a Badass Normal, with the weakest Stand ever (Survivor is SOOO not the weakest Stand).
- The first time Josuke fully awakens Soft & Wet. After all the "ability"-type Stands of part 7, it's refreshing to see again a humanoid Stand doing things like destroying a wall with a single kick.
- Josuke's Memory Gambit to defeat Daiya's California King Bed. The only way to defeat it, and get back any memories it's stolen, is to get Daiya to step into Josuke's shadow. Despite being blind, Daiya is Crazy-Prepared in her awareness of where every possible light, object, or shadow could possibly be located. Because of this, Josuke knew there was a very good chance of being further victimized by her ability before he could defeat it. So he sets up a trap that takes advantage of this fact by hiding Daiya's phone in the refrigerator (using Soft & Wet to conceal the sound of the door's opening and closing). When sent to retrieve it (not knowing himself by this point why he put it there), he opens the door, collects the phone, and the soap bubble containing the fridge door's sound pops, making Daiya think it's closed. This lures her in and gets her to step on Josuke's shadow, cast by the fridge light.
- Josuke's defeat of Yotsuyu Yagiyama, which culminates in him interrupting Yagiyama's devastating stand ability with a single well-placed punch.