Characters: Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Part 1
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Jonathan Joestar (Stand: Unnamed Precognitive Stand note + The World note )
Click here to see Jonathan as he appears in All Star Battle
Click here to see Jonathan as he appears in the anime
Jonathan Joestar. Nicknamed JoJo. Just a 12 year old boy minding his own business in 1880s Victorian England. One day, his father announces that Dio Brando is moving in with them, and Dio proceeds to push him out of his father's favor and ruin his life in every way possible. Jonathan, however, puts up with Dio, managing to get beyond it all and become an archaeologist. He researches a Mesoamerican stone mask that was in his father's collection, that, at first, appears to be a trap that kills the wearer. JoJo then finds out that Dio plans to kill his father and races to get an antidote from the evil Wang Chan with his newfound friend Robert E. O. Speedwagon. After getting the cure, the two men save JoJo's father and fight Dio, who, during the fight, shows that he has used the mask on himself and not died but become a vampire, and burns down Jonathan's house and escapes. JoJo and Speedwagon meet the Italian William Antonio Zeppeli, who teaches JoJo the vampire-killing fighting style Hamon (Ripple) to beat Dio. JoJo, Speedwagon, and Zeppeli go to a European village and face off with Dio. After defeating Dio, he and the love of his life, Erina prepare to go to America for their honeymoon. However, Dio, still alive from the fight, albeit a head at this point, ambushes them and turns almost everyone on the boat into a zombie. Dio intending to use his body as his host, lands a fatal blow onto him, but with his last breath he sacrifices himself to bring him well providing Erina and the infant, Elisabeth would later become Lisa Lisa, with a means of escape. After 100 years under the sea, Dio remerges with his head now attached to Jonathan's body.
Robert E. O. Speedwagon
An Ogre Street thug who becomes Jonathan's best friend after taking a beating from him
. After the events of Phantom Blood he moves to the United States and strikes it rich as an oil tycoon.
He is named after REO Speedwagon
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Highly hinted to be the reason for his Heel-Face Turn. Jonathan was the first person to show him any form of kindness.
- Captain Obvious: Made more apparent in the TV anime.
- Celibate Hero: The ending of part 2 states that before the events of part 3, he died of a heart attack at the age of 89, still single and unmarried.
- The Chick: Rare male example. His sheer emotional support and sensitivity towards Jonathan qualifies him for this as well as The Heart, being far more sensitive than even Erina
- Cool Old Guy: In part 2.
- Defeat Means Friendship: And by friendship, we mean Ho Yay levels of obsessions with Jonathan after a single fight.
- Detect Evil: Claims to be able to smell Dio's evil.
- Drop the Hammer: Begins using a sledgehammer in Windnights Lot to replace his old razor blade hat.
- Even Evil Has Standards: "Dio is somewhere in this town! I can't forgive that bastard! I steal things, but he steals life!"
- Expository Hairstyle Change: By Part 2 he's lost his mullet and his hair is much shorter.
- Foil: To Dio, both were urchins whose lives changed after they met Jonathan, but whereas Dio remained bad, Speedwagon became a better person, and eventually went on to gain all the wealth and status that Dio wanted
- Heel-Face Turn: But only a heel because he had to be one to look after his destitute family on the uncaring streets of 19th-Century London, mind you.
- Hero-Worshipper: Jonathan's #1 fanboy.
- Honorary Uncle: To Joseph.
- Hot-Blooded: So much so, he can cure frostbite...no, seriously.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Part I. He tried to learn the Ripple to be useful to Jonathan and Zeppeli. He failed.
- The Lancer: To Jonathan.
- Large Ham: Even moreso than Dio himself in Part 1, who spends each moment hamming his loyalty, passion etc. He gets a little better with age.
- The Load: Subverted. Even if he had absolutely no powers. He helped Jonathan and Zeppeli a lot.
- Love Redeems: Jonathan and Jonathan alone acknowledged the hardship Robert endured to protect his destitute family, and thereby became the first person to acknowledge his humanity...
- Nice Guy: ... and thus Fifty years after Jonathan awoke his decency, the bloodthirsty thug and murderer Robert E.O. Speedwagon became a sweet-tempered and kindhearted old-gentleman who contributes tirelessly and endlessly to medical-research and improving the lives of the destitute.
- Nice Hat: Aside from his razor blade bowler, he inherits Zeppeli's hat when Zeppeli dies.
- Rags to Riches: Starts off as a thug in the slums of London, but strikes it rich in the oilfields of Texas. The Speedwagon Foundation he creates remains an important player in the later parts of the series.
- Shout-Out/Steven Ulysses Perhero/Punny Name: REO Speedwagon.
- Scars Are Forever
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Dies only two chapters into Part 2. Subverted a few chapters later when he turns out to be Not Quite Dead.
- Sharp-Dressed Man
- The Team Benefactor: From Part 2 onwards.
- Uncle Pennybags: He dotes a lot on Erina and Joseph in Part 2. Joseph even calls him "Uncle Speedwagon".
- Undying Loyalty: To the point that the organization he's founded will always aid the Joestars in their crusades because of Jonathan's charisma.
- Weaponized Headgear: Much like Goldfinger's Oddjob, he uses a hat with a blade hidden within it.
William Antonio Zeppeli
An eccentric Italian man who trained in the martial art of Ripple, a technique that allows control over force (for example, breaking a boulder by punching a frog sitting upon it—without harming the frog) and simulation of other energies (like sunlight) through controlled breathing. He accompanies Jonathan on his quest to kill Dio and teaches him the technique.
He is named after Led Zeppelin
Voiced by: Tamio Oki
(TV anime), Osamu Saka
video game), Yoshisada Sakaguchi (Phantom Blood
A Tibetan monk and Zeppeli's Ripple master.
He is named after Tom Petty
Voiced by: Taketora (TV anime and All-Star Battle
), Yukitoshi Hori
One of Zeppeli's friends who trained under Tonpetty.
He and Straizo are named after Dire Straits
- Lethal Joke Character: His ripple ability seems to be an extremely slow kick, but it actually turns out to be an effective trap if an enemy takes the bait and gets too close.
- Let's You and Him Fight: How he meets the heroes.
- Literally Shattered Lives: How he dies.
- Mauve Shirt: He dies immediately after Dio uses his power, but does manage to inflict a blow before he passed on.
- The Worf Effect: Despite being competent enough to match Jonathan (if briefly), he is easily defeated and killed by Dio. Bad luck for him that Dio's Freezing Touch was the perfect counter to his Cross Thunder Technique,
- However, his final blow to Dio gives Jonathan a hint on how to defeat the former
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Just as he was being built up as a powerful ally against Dio the latter kills him before he do anything other than scratching his eye. Aside from this, all we know of him is that he was a fellow disciple of Tompeti with Zeppeli.
Another student of Ripple alongside Zeppeli. In part 2 he uses a newly discovered second stone mask to become a vampire and antagonizes Joseph
He and Dire are named after Dire Straits
- Better to Die than Be Killed: He commits suicide by channeling the Ripple into his body as a vampire after being defeated by Joseph.
- Calling Your Attacks: "SPACE RIPPER STINGY EYES!"
- Catch Phrase: "I, Straizo, will show no mercy!"
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: As a vampire, he claims that Dio failed because he wasted time testing out his powers, instead of simply killing Jonathan. So he decides to kill Joseph as soon as he can, with his first attack being the Eye Beams that actually managed to kill Jonathan.
- Drunk with Power
- Eye Beams: Uses Dio's old eye beam attack on Joseph after becoming a vampire. He gives it a really stupid name (Space Ripper Stingy Eyes), too.
- Face-Heel Turn: He turns into a vampire during Part 2, inspired by Dio's eternal beauty and youth.
- Fangs Are Evil: After becoming a vampire.
- Full-Frontal Assault: After Joseph blows Vampire Straizo up with a bundle of grenades he regenerates and continues to fight Joseph naked.
- Go Out with a Smile
- Gratuitous English: The aforementioned Space Ripper Stingy Eyes.
- He Knows Too Much: Why he claims he's trying to kill the Joestars after becoming a vampire.
- Immortality Seeker: Even though the Ripple slows aging down, it can't stop it completely, which is why he becomes a vampire.
- Implacable Man: After becoming a vampire.
- Last Name Basis: Possibly, since the novel Jorge Joestar gives his adoptive daughter's name as Elizabeth Straizo.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Pulling Himself Together: After Joseph blows him up.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Capable of absorbing the Ripple.
- Spell My Name with an S: Most of the fanbase calls him Straits or Straights.
- Stealth Mentor: While he did have some bad intentions with it, he got Joseph fully aware of his Ripple powers to fight the Pillar Men.
- Walking Spoiler: And for such a minor character!
- Warrior Monk: He's a Tibetan monk.
George Joestar I
Voiced by: Masashi Sugawara (TV anime and All-Star Battle
), Tsutomu Isobe
video game and film)
- Badass Mustache
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Horrible Judge of Character: Tends to assume the best of everyone, including complete bastards like Dario or Dio Brando.
- Nice Guy: Could never make himself to hate Dio even after being poisoned and murdered by him, and with his last breath asked for him to be buried next to his real father with sincere love and compassion.
- The Pollyanna: Quite possibly the most kind-hearted and generous Joestar in the series; considering the others include Jotaro, Joseph, Josuke andJolyne, it's quite the contrast.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Pretty much existed just to show that unlike other shonen villains in The Eighties Dio didn't fuck around.
- Scotland: He's a quintessential English lord, but the Joestar line seems to have Scottish roots. As shown here, he visits Scotland yard wearing a pretty glorious highland dress.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Speedwagon himself said as much when he wept for the death of this most decent and kind man.
- Casting Gag: In the TV series, her voice actress voiced Leina, whose name is an anagram of Erina using the Japanese spelling, and also the name of Leina's younger sister in that series.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Not only blonde, but saves a child of a woman that she didn't even know at the behest of Jonathan. And not to mention her treatment of Smokey (an African American) as an equal, which made especially clear since it was during the 30s, when racism was still abundant
- Go Out with a Smile: the ending of part 2 describes that she died a peaceful death surrounded by a lovely family.
- Her Heart Will Go On: Never remarried after Jonathan's death.
- I Was Quite a Looker: While she still looks pretty good for someone in her 70's, it's clear that personal tragedies have taken a toll on her.
- Nice Girl
- Official Couple: With Jonathan.
- Racist Grandma: Thankfully and completely defied. Erina Joestar is truly A Woman Ahead Of Her Times, as even though she was raised in Victorian England, an era famous for the advent of Scientific Racism, she not only treats Smokey (an African American) with as much love and respect as she would any of her white friends, but takes him in and treats him like family. Mind you, this progressive attitude NOT shared by most other 1930's Americans even in the Jojo-verse, as made painfully clear by the racist restaurant patron in Episode 10.
- Sacred First Kiss: Dio takes this from her as a child, throwing a wrench into her relationship with Jonathan.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Erina's attitude is a bit tougher than you'd expect from a Victorian lady, as seen from her indirectly insulting Dio by washing her mouth with dirty water after she kisses her. Fans like to joke that the succeeding Jojos got their impolite attitudes from her. The fact that she manages to survive at sea after a shipwreck while pregnant and looking after a baby that isn't even hers probably accounts for her toughness as well.
- Someone to Remember Him By
- Spell My Name with an S: Most fans spell her name as the more realistic "Pendleton", but the official art books et cetera spell it Pendolton.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Goes from being blond in the manga, to brunette in the anime.
- Cowardly Lion: Too scared to fight for himself, but ultimately lends a hand in defeating Tarkus by being the only one small enough to fit inside the passage to pull the lever to get Zeppeli and Speedwagon in.
- Tagalong Kid
Voiced by: Aya Endo
(TV anime), Junko Hagimori (Phantom Blood
Dio Brando (Stand: The World + Unnamed Precognitive Stand note )
Click here to see Dio as he appears in Stardust Crusaders
Click here to see Dio as he appears in OVA 6
The scornful child of a petty thief in 1800s England. Upon his father's death, he is adopted by George Joestar and makes it his goal to utterly ruin Jonathan's life in order to become the estate's sole inheritor. When that plan fails, Dio uses the stone mask to become a vampire and try to take over the world
He resurfaces in the 1980s in Stardust Crusaders
, having attached his severed head to Jonathan's body
, to resume his efforts, but meets resistance from Jonathan's descendant Jotaro Kujo. His actions during this arc influence all the arcs that come after, making him the overall Big Bad
of the entire series.
He is named after Ronnie James Dio
and Marlon Brando
- A God Am I: His motive after reappearing in the 1980s, as revealed in Stone Ocean.
- A Million is a Statistic/Shut Up, Kirk!: His response to Zeppeli on how many people he killed post vampirism.
Zeppelli: "Bastard...How many lives have you devoured to heal those wounds?"
Dio: "Do you remember every piece of bread you've ever eaten?"
- The Antichrist: Very much so, he was evil from birth, was a sociopathic teen and even gets vampiric Legions of Hell once he vampirizes.
- Defied in following arcs, where his followers see him as a Dark Messiah. It's an act and he's very much the antichrist underneath this facade.
- Arch-Nemesis: Dio is this to the entire Joestar family. Every single one of them can trace at least one of their misfortunes back to him.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: In Part 1 for the zombies, has an even bigger cult that ranges for several sagas involving Stand Users
- Ax-Crazy: While he was never mentally sound, especially after becoming a vampire, he loses what little sanity he had when absorbing Joseph's blood and goes completely psychotic.
- Badass: One of the biggest in the entire series.
- Berserk Button: Dogs.
- Big Bad: Of Part 1 and Part 3.
- Bigger Bad: Of the series overall, climaxing in Part 6.
- Big Man on Campus: Both he and Jonathan were the top students of their university, excelling in sports and law, unfortunately Dio decided to become an immortal vampire instead
- Big Screwed-Up Family: He is a jerk himself, Giorno's mom was a bitch and among his three sons in SO, Rykiel is the only who isn't one.
- Birthmark of Destiny: Three spots on his left earlobe. According to Wang Chan, this marks him as extremely lucky. Also the Joestar Birthmark after succeeding to steal Jonathan's body.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In Part 1, before he became ridiculously charismatic and hardcore.
- Bi the Way: Word of God is that he doesn't care about whether someone's male or female as long as they interest him.
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- Born Lucky: See above.
- Breakout Villain: By far the most popular villain of the series and one of the most popular characters.
- Broken Ace: Of the evil variety in Part 1.
- Cain and Abel: Although adopted, he plays the Cain dangerously straight to Jonathan's Abel to the point that he kills him and later takes over his body.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Fully embraces it once he becomes a vampire.
- The Casanova: Four of his sons from numerous liaisons appear in the series, and it's implied that there may be many more.
- Character Development: Appears much more subtle after his defeat and imprisonment under the Atlantic. He also seems to have lost his views of detachment and superiority to humans thanks to Jonathan and has very few vampiric followers in Part 3 with most of his loyal servants being Stand-using humans.
- Classic Villain: Dio is classic in many ways. He represents Ambition, Pride, Envy, Lust, Wrath, Gluttony, and Greed—the only thing Dio isn't is Slothful, unless you count Orcus on His Throne.
- Combo Platter Powers: Super Strength, Healing Factor, Fighting Spirit projection, Mind Manipulation, Prehensile Hair, prehensile veins, time-stopping, blood-freezing powers, high-pressure blood Eye Beams, the ability to turn people into zombies...
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: And well-beloved by the fandom for it, from utilizing a technique to freeze enemy Ripple users' blood flow to checking on the heartbeat of Jotaro to see if he's still alive, then deciding to just decapitate him from a safe distance anyway.
- Dark Is Evil: In Part 1, he wears very black or darkened colors associated with night, not to mention his creations of zombies are sometimes extremely demonic
- Dark Messiah: A few of the part 3 hirelings, such as Enya and N'Dour, see him as at least akin to this despite not caring for them in the slightest if they fail and treat them favorably if they succeed if only to have further use for them Pucci is possibly the only exception. As N'Dour put it, "even the bad guys...need a savior."
- Detached Sleeves: One of his outfits◊ in the Phantom Blood film, and very white too
- The Determinator: Dio manages to cheat death a total of three times during Phantom Blood. The second time was because he ripped off his own head as his body was burning away due to a ripple.
- Ditto Fighter: What the power of The World may actually be, rather than Time Stands Still; the tarot card The World represents Integretion and Wholeness, amongst others, which Dio's Stand mirrors by integrating Joseph's and Jotaro's stands's abilities of precognition, superhuman physical capabilities and Time Stands Still.
- '80s Hair: Sports one hell of a mullet in Part 3, though he has the excuse of it actually being the 1980s.
- Establishing Character Moment: He literally kicks Jonathan's dog Danny because he was running towards him.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: His only soft spot, who died before the story even began, thereby letting his personality run loose.
- Inverted in the novel "Dio: Made In Heaven" (not written by Araki, mind you; so the canonicity is debatable). The first person memoire coldly recalls how he had nothing but contempt for a woman who remained kind and selfless in poverty when being wicked and selfish would have given her happiness. If anything, Dio in his memoires loved (or rather, respected) his father for being the wiser of the two.
- Not to mentioned, he actually regretted killing him
- Even the Guys Want Him: Dear lord do they ever.
- Evil Brit: Even if only in the literal sense, since the entirety of Phantom Blood takes place in Britain.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Evil Is Not Well Lit: Spends a good deal of time in the dark, being a vampire and all.
- Expy: Basically, Lestat DeLioncourt with all the humanizing and redeeming qualities removed.
- And ironically, it is revealed that Claudia the Child Vampire (created by Lestat himself) from The Vampire Chronicles tried to do exactly to her newly turned Vampire adoptive-mother what Dio did to Jojo; decapitating her and reattaching her own head to the stump, therefore gaining the sensuous and mature body of an adult woman that she will otherwise be doomed to never have. Makes one wonder if Anne Rice was a fan of Jojo in the 1980's to write this dark Retcon into Claudia's once sympathetic desire for a mother in her life in the 2000's.
- Dio is also a far more villainous version of the protagonist from Araki's early work Cool Shock B.T., not to mention a re-endition of Ikuro Hashizawa, the protagonist of Baoh The Visitor.
- Eye Beams: Sort of. He can shoot eye goop from his eyes at the speed of a bullet in Part 1, though in the 2012 anime it's treated as a laser, slicing a few zombies in half along with the top of the building he's in.
- Fangs Are Evil: He he doesn't use them to drink blood though
- Faux Affably Evil: A case which swaps between this and actual Affably Evil, since while he's a smooth and suave talker who's deep down a megalomaniacal sociopath, he's not completely faux. Dio usually does not attack unless he is provoked or deems them dangerous, though this is usually due to a smug sense of superiority rather than kindness. He will first try persuading people to work for him, then fight them, if they oppose. He's also not incapable of forming friendships with those who are nice to him, and trusted Pucci enough to give him control of his plan to recreate of the universe if he ever "veered off track".
- Fighting Spirit: The World.
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: Averted, and also a literal example, as he's shown no discomfort in the 1980s.
- Flechette Storm: One each on Joseph and Jotaro.
- For the Evulz: stealing a kiss that should've rightfully been Jonathan's, burning his dog, putting human heads on dogs and making the Jojo's lives a living hell. Why? Because he can.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: On a literally cosmic scale. Dio was originally the son of a drunken bum with no super special secret origins or evil Chosen One status, but through cunning and charisma he became a very Dangerously Genre Savvy vampire. Even then he would have just been a Mook compared to the Pillar Men. Then he still set into motion a plan that led to the destruction and recreation of the freaking universe!
- Freudian Excuse: Invoked and immediately defied. Dio tries to blame his villainy on his upbringing, but Speedwagon says he can smell that Dio's been evil since birth.
- Grand Theft Me: After killing Jonathan, Dio attaches his own head to the body's neck.
- Genius Bruiser: He has a passion for reading and dropping steamrollers on people.
- Gratuitous English: ZA WARUDO!!
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Just after becoming a vampire, he throws a constable's body with enough force to kill two others and break Speedwagon's arm.
- The Heavy: Aside from his own appearances in Part 1 and 3, the plots of most other Parts are propelled by pursuing leftover plot points related to Dio or his followers (the Stone Mask, the Bow and Arrow, the Bone and Green Baby. He's also the reason why the Joestars became so badass in the first place.
- Hero Killer: Oh yes. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that he is the original shonen Hero Killer. His direct kills include George Joestar, Dire, Jonathan Joestar, Kakyoin, and Joseph Joestar...though the last one got better.
- An Ice Person: In Part 1, he demonstrates the ability to freeze limbs solid through the use of really exaggerated evaporative cooling. He replaces it with the power to stop time.
- It Amused Me: Why else would he decide to put a cat in a man's drink during his time stop in order to kill Joseph?
- It's All About Me: Hoo boy, is it ever.
- Irony: If Dio hadn't become a vampire, the JoJos wouldn't have gained the strength to fight future enemies like the Pillar Men and Stand Users as Jonathan would've remained a normal man having normal descendants.
- Not only that, but Dio's attempt to kill Jotaro is almost darkly amusing. He attempts to defeat an opponent, by separating the head and the body, and seemingly expects it to be fatal.
- Jerkass: Doesn't even begin to describe him.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Dio wasn't exactly stable to begin with, but all that power slowly yet surely chips at whatever sanity is left in him. Especially after absorbing Joseph's blood.
- Kiai: MUDA MUDA MUDA MUDA MUDA!!!!note and WRRRYYYYYYYYY!!!!!note
- Kick the Dog: Just for starters, he literally kicks Danny the moment Jonathan introduces Danny to Dio. Later, he arranged for Jonathan's dog Danny to be stuck in the estate's incinerator. And it gets worse from there.
- Knife Nut: Especially against Jotaro
- Knight of Cerebus: Everything went to hell for Jonathan once he showed up to mess with his life for no reason other than to drive him down the Despair Event Horizon, and it gets worse with the Genre Shift when he becomes a vampire by killing his adopted father, leading him to be an effective Hero Killer accumulating In the death of Jonathan to have his body used for Dio's now decapitated head
- In Part 3, when he finally steps up to fight, it results in the Darkest Hour of the saga, with the majority of the cast killed and Polneraff nowhere to be seen; meaning Jotaro is all alone to fight Dio and his godlike powers alone. Not to mention how Bloodier and Gorier the fight was
- Lack of Empathy: He pretends otherwise in Part 1 through Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, after becoming a vampire and by the events of Part 3, he's more of a Dark Messiah at least to his followers who think he shares the same compassion to them as their loyalty to him. It's not the case at all except possibly Pucci
- Large Ham: "I REJECT MY HUMANITY, JOJO!"
- Leitmotif: Hidden Feelings and From The Dark Abyss, both of which play a sinister violin revealing his true vile nature.
- Light Is Not Good: In Part 3, as if to contrast his depiction in Part 1, wears golden yellow clothes with hearts and has a Stand that looks more like a masked demigod than a force of evil that he truly is
- Make Sure He's Dead: In an excellent example of being Dangerously Genre Savvy, Dio isn't quite satisfied with sticking Jotaro through with knives and dropping him from over a dozen stories high, so he grabs a policeman's gun and shoots him. Afterward he puts his ear to the ground to listen for Jotaro's heartbeat from a safe distance. Despite hearing nothing, he then decides to behead him with a street sign just to be sure. He fails, as Jotaro used his Stand both to catch the bullet just after it pierced his skin and to temporarily stop his heartbeat.
- That and Polneraff pulled a Big Damn Heroes when Jotaro was completely defenseless just before the street sign cut his head off.
- Manipulative Bastard: Manipulation is pretty much a superpower of his, considering most of the enemies in Parts 3 and 6 are composed of those who have been charmed to his side, whereas another of his followers plays a major role in the plot of Part 4.
- Meaningful Name: "Dio" means "God" in Italian. To say he has a god complex would be an understatement.
- Meaningful Rename: His Part 3 self is called DIO to distinguish him from his Part 1 self.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: He's as responsible for the JoJos getting so strong as they did with him.
- Not Blood Siblings/ Sibling Rivalry: With Jonathan. And it becomes worse later
- Off with His Head!: Dio does this to himself in order to not be effected by Jonathan's Ripple, and later pulls a Grand Theft Me on the latter's body
- Orcus on His Throne: Justified, as he is Weakened by the Light, he can't go far before the sunlight destroys him, so he has his human minions go and kill the Joestars.
- Our Vampires Are Different: He sucks blood with fingers...yeah.
- Then there's the fact that awakening human potential via Stone Mask results in vampirism
- Pet the Dog: Dio may be a sociopath who literally treats most of the women who encounter him as food, but felt compelled to spare the women who mothered his sons for unknown reasons. He also seemed to genuinely care for Pucci as a friend, which is unusual for someone so manipulative and self-centered.
- In "Dio Made In Heaven", he did feel grief after killing Jonathan to gain his body; he was after all the first person to unconditionally love him for who he was, flaws and all.
- Posthumous Character: Continues to influence the later parts from beyond the grave. Both times.
- Psychotic Smirk / Slasher Smile: After absorbing Joseph's blood.
- Real Men Wear Pink: In typical Jojo fashion. Who else could get away with wearing heart headbands and elf boots?
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Begins with blue (orange in he anime) eyes that become red upon his transformation into a vampire.
- Removing the Head or Destroying the Brain: One of the only two ways of killing him, but only the latter. Decapitation only results in an angry vampire head eager to find a new body to attach itself to. Complete brain obliteration is the only option.
- Sacred First Kiss: Does this to in an infamous scene with Erina in order to throw a wrench in her relationship with Jonathan why? because he likes Jonathan to suffer for kicks
- Sarcastic Clapping: His taunt in the Part III fighting game, while wearing his jacket. It's played with in that his teleportation move in that form also has him clapping, instead of turning his back to the opponent.
- Self-Made Orphan: Poisons his own father and tries to do the same to his adoptive father George, but is foiled. Later he does manage to stab him to death with a knife.
- Self-Mutilation Demonstration: Starts using it as an intimidation tactic after draining Joseph's blood, tearing off parts of his face and casually ramming his finger through his skull just to show Jotaro how little it affects him.
- Smug Super: Even more in Part 3.
- The Sociopath: Speedwagon states he's been this way since birth. It's arguable how true this actually is, but no doubt having an abusive drunk of a father who drove his mother to her death made it worse.
- Made worse in the semi-canon novel "Dio Made In Heaven", wherein he also hated his mother for being a kind fool in the dog-eat-dog streets of Victorian London. Then deconstructed once-more towards the closing chapters, where he was warcked genuine grief for Jonathan that he had to pause his writings.
He held me , the head that remained of me and with his last breath felt nothing but brotherly love for me. For that moment, that one moment, we finally became true friends..... I apologize, that thought alone rips my heart apart with such sadness. Allow me to regain my composure by continuing on the next page.
- He also felt guilt for killing his father, something that haunted him for the rest of his life
How ironic, how this scum of a father, without one decent bone in his body, can reach Heaven with this one gesture, when even my foolishly kind mother, let alone I, is unworthy to enter its gates. How simply contemptible.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Has apparently developed a thing for backless halter tops in Part 3.
- So Last Season: He uses none of his vampiric Body Horror attacks in Stardust Crusaders, favoring his Stand instead. This may be because his body from the neck down is Jonathan's and not his own.
- Still no excuse for not using the Eye Beam something he possessed even without a body
- Cheerfully Lampshaded in his battle with Joseph Joestar:
Ah yes, Ripple
-Energy I believe! It was quite literally
the death of me 100 years ago; but now that I wield The Power of The Stand, that which once slew me is now less than insignificant
before The Might of The World!!!!!
- Stockholm Syndrome: Dario Brando's twelve-years of constantly abusing Dio has quite litearlly beaten and mangled his perception of "love" into "I will love you if you can dominate and control me." Tragically, this is why he came to genuinely love Jonathan for utterly destroy his invincible vampiric body, leaving only his head intact. It was not until Jonathan embraced him like a brother with his dying breath and meeting Father Puchi that Dio would know what it felt like to be unconditionally loved for who he is, flaws included.
- Story Breaker Power: While Jotaro can use Time Stands Still as well, he's nowhere as proficient as Dio was. While Jotaro can only use it as a desperate gamble for only one or two attacks or more if he's desperate, Dio can spam it as long as he wants to, has an overall longer use for it, as super speed and strength in order to use it more effectively (an infamous example would be his Knife Nut attack) and had an overall advantage over everyone till Jotaro cleverly stopped time on him in order to get a shot at him
- Time Stands Still: The effect of The World.
- Transhuman Treachery: What Dio says before becoming a vampire with the Stone Mask while attempting to kill Jonathan, but getting George Joestar instead
- Vampire Bites Suck: Rather than biting, he uses his fingers to suck blood. Don't ask how that works.
- Vampires Are Sex Gods: Has fathered at least four sons with four different women in the span of less than four years. Not to mention many of his minions are pretty open about their lust for him.
- Villainous Legacy: Even after his death, his shadow looms over the Joestar, causing them and the world much trouble. Even he, however, is a result of a much more ancient evil from mesoamerica.
- Villains Act, Heroes React: While the Stand Arrow and Bow would've still existed even without him around, if Dio hadn't given into his ambitions, the Joestars would've not had the drive to learn the Ripple as it wasn't necessary to do so until Dio presented a threat to the world.
- Vocal Dissonance: At parts in the 2012 anime, due to Gratuitous English, Dio sounds less like a cultured villian and more like a southern hick, most notably including this famous moment.
- Was Once a Man: Started out as a man till he used the Stone Mask to become a vampire
- Weakened by the Light: Which comes with being a vampire, and justifies his Orcus on His Throne act in Part 3, since he can't move in sunlight
- Weirdness Magnet: All Stands Users attract themselves so it's not uncommon to encounter another one.
- Wicked Cultured: When not making the Joestars' lives suck, he's enjoys the finer things in life, like drinking blood champagne and reading books in his private library in his hidden base. Or watching Michael Jackson concerts.
- Worthy Opponent: After losing his head he considers Jonathan this, but it's to Yandere extremes and he needed his body to move again.
- Likewise, he seems to regard Jotaro as a worthy adversary, even enjoying the fight with him. And while Jonathan may have been the only foe Dio actually respected, Jotaro seems to be the only enemy he feared.
- Yandere: To Jonathan and the Joestars in general
- Your Head A Splode: How he finally bites it. Notable in that it happened after his stand was punched in the knee.
A knight who served under Mary of Scots, raised from the dead as Dio's minion. He is named after Bill Bruford of Yes
Another knight who served with Bruford. He is named after Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Jack the Ripper
Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka
(TV anime and All-Star Battle
), Kazumi Tanaka
video game), Jun Itoda (Phantom Blood
A Chinese apothecary who sells Dio poison to use on George. Upon Dio becoming a vampire, Wang Chan becomes his zombie minion. He is named after Wang Chung
- The Dragon: In a way, since he is Dio's first and also final minion.
- Dumb Muscle: Dio has to walk this moron through everything.
- Genre Blind: To contrast Dio being Dangerously Genre Savvy. If he had half a brain Dio would have taken Jonathan's body without any trouble at all.
- Primal Stance: Walks and jumps around like a monkey.
- Too Dumb to Live: Seriously! Dio kept on telling him not to underestimate Jonathan and just kill him, but does he listen? No...
- Took a Level in Dumbass: He was much more cunning as a human than as a zombie.
- Wolverine Claws: Uses a pair in a manga only fight with Jonathan.
- Yellow Peril: He looks the part, but he's really only concerned with running a business. Until Dio turned him into a minion.
Voiced by: Yuichi Ishigami (TV anime)
Voiced by: Hidenori Takahashi (TV anime)
Page, Jones, Plant, and Bornnam
Four of Dio's zombie minions. They are named after the members of Led Zeppelin
- Curb-Stomp Battle: As soon as they introduce themselves Straizo traps them all in a chandelier and sends a Ripple through it, instantly vaporizing them all at once.
- Nightmare Face: All of them, especially Jones and Page.
- Nonstandard Character Design: While most of the other zombies can look human for the most part, these four guys look like aliens, monsters, or even demons.
Dio's father, an abusive drunk and petty thief.
- Abusive Parents: No wonder Dio turned out the way he did.
- The Alcoholic: A lot of his abuse to Dio happened when he was drunk.
- Bald of Evil: While he does have some hair in the manga, the 2012 adaptation gives him extreme male pattern baldness in comparison.
- Beard of Evil: Complete with Bald of Evil, he looks very old for a father of the Bishōnen Dio.
- Jerkass: Treated his wife like crap, and even wanted to sell her dress to get money, having no compassion for her at all. Dio didn't take kindly to this.
- Inverted as Dio actually hated his mother for being selfless and had some guilt on killing his father in "Dio Made In Heaven".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At least to his son, with further evidence in "Dio Made In Heaven" to support this.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: To George Joestar, he "saved" him, but really wanted his body to sell to the highest bidder.
- Pet the Dog: Ironically, his one act of kindness and fatherly love, wanting the best for Dio and giving him a bright future, is what (indirectly) caused countless tragic deaths, atrocities, and eventually the destruction and recreation of the entire Universe.
Dio, I'm gonna be dead soon, and the ONE thing I'm going to be worried about is you, my only son. Go to this address, the man who lives there owe me. You're smart, my dear boy; I'm sure you'll become one rich and successful fella.
- And the saddest thing? The love was for once genuine; and according the to diary that Jotaro burnt (later released as the novel Dio: Made In Heaven), this fact haunted Dio for the rest of his life, as it would have been much easier on his conscience if he had killed a man who had shown him no love and kindness period.
How ironic, how this scum of a father, without one decent bone in his body, can reach Heaven with this one gesture, when even my foolishly kind mother, let alone I, is unworthy to enter its gates. How simply contemptible.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Make a cup of coffee, sit back and imagine for a second; if a petty pick-pocket, a nobody in the grand scheme of the universe, had instead being a Doting Parent who worked hard and treated his family with kindness all his life, Dio Brando, The Tyrant who remade The World, would have grown up to be just another honest yet equally faceless laborman in Victorian London...
- And more importantly; the Joestar family's legacy as Warriors and Heroes would never have been awakened without Dio's vicious bullying of Jonathan in childhood. Like-father Like-Son, after all.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: See Pet the Dog above.
- Younger than They Look: He's in his 50s, but looks to be much older, especially in the 2012 adaptation.