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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. Intending to use his body as his host, Dio lands a fatal blow on him, but with his last breath, Jonathan sacrifices himself to take him with him, providing Erina and an infant with a means of escape. After 100 years under the sea, Dio reemerges 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
- Big Good: Throughout parts 1 and 6, the Speedwagon Foundation's resources are what allow the Joestars to fight evil so effectively.
- 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.
- Butt Monkey: Is the butt of the majority of the humor in Part 1.
- 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.
- Fiction 500: Seedwagon became filthy, stinky rich in between Parts 1 and 2.
- 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...
- Mr. Exposition: His primary role is to provide exposition as well as commentary during fights.
- 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 (Phantom Blood video game), Yoshisada Sakaguchi (Phantom Blood film)
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.
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita
(TV anime and All-Star Battle
), Hiroaki Miura (Phantom Blood
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
- Parental Substitute: He's given the baby Erina saves to raise as his own. He raises the child into the ripple master Lisa Lisa.
- 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 (Phantom Blood 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 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, and Jolyne, 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.
- Comforting the Widow: Joseph asked her if this happened with Speedwagon and her after Jonathon's death, her response is to hit him with her umbrella for being inappropriate.
- 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 is 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 "Elena Pendleton", but the official art books et cetera spell it Erina 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.
- Mooning: When he first steals from the heroes (under Dio's hypnosis), he taunts them this way. Also does this to taunt Tarkus when Joseph, Zeppeli and him escape on an improvised leaf glider.
- 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
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 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: Naomi Kusumi (TV anime), Hisao Egawa
Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka (TV anime and All-Star Battle), Kazumi Tanaka (Phantom Blood video game), Jun Itoda (Phantom Blood film)
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
- Informed Attribute: Speedwagon says he dangerous and shouldn't be messed with. We never got to see what he does or why during his human phase.
- 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.
Voiced by: Tadashi Miyazawa (TV anime), Koji Yada (Phantom Blood video game), Kazuhiro Ozawa (Phantom Blood film)
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.
- 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
- 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 been 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/Kujo 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.