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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
Young Jonathan voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (TV anime), Kazuya Nakai (Phantom Blood video game)
Adult Jonathan voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (TV anime, All-Star Battle, and J-Stars Victory Vs), Jurota Kosugi (OVA), Hideyuki Tanaka (Phantom Blood video game), Katsuyuki Konishi (Phantom Blood film)

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.
  • The Ace: Achieved mastery of the Ripple, a skill that usually takes a lifetime, within the span of a month.
  • Adorkable: Was quite the Dork Knight as a youth. He still has his moments as an adult, such as towards the end of Part 1 when he invites Erina (who he just married) to dinner, only to hit his head on the door because he's so tall.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist
  • Alliterative Name: Jonathan Joestar.
  • All-Loving Hero: He likes everybody — even Dio, the man who ruined his life, home, and happiness.
  • Animal Motifs: In Tonpetty's prediction, he is compared to a lion.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Joestar.
  • Badass: Even before he learned the Ripple, he was tossing around vampires in burning buildings.
  • Anyone Can Die: He dies after finally defeating Dio.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Even Jonathan can be terrifying when pushed too far. Dio learned this firsthand when he messed with Erina.
  • Big Man on Campus: Best student of his school alongside with Dio, athletic, and popular. He more than qualifies.
  • Birthmark of Destiny
  • Bishōnen: Later illustrations make him look much more slender and pretty.
  • Boy Next Door: To Erina.
  • Brave Scot: Owing to his family heritage as well as his chivalry.
  • Butt Monkey: Dio turned his younger days into a living hell just because "he was in the way."
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Dio's Cain.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Has the most out of all the Jojos.
    SUNLIGHT YELLOW OVERDRIVE!
  • Cool Sword: He gets Bruford's Luck and Pluck. And uses it quite well to defeat Dio.
  • Cosmic Plaything: To the point where you think that Araki personally hates him.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: His defeat of Speedwagon, his first enemy, earned him a loyal friendship that lasted over not just one but multiple generations of the Joestar family.
    • Hell, his ability to hold his own against Vampire Dio gains Dio's respect, and his victory and courage earned Dio's outright adoration. Too bad Dio's a Yandere.
  • The Determinator: Zeppeli stated that one of the reasons he could master the Ripple in so little time was due to this characteristic.
  • Expy: Over six feet tall? Check. Body composition mainly tightly-packed muscle? Check. Nice as a boy scout to children and people he meets? Check. Makes people explode? In this case, it's vampires by his fists of sunlight, but CHECK! Ladies and gentlemen, we have a serious Kenshiro expy. And in the anime, he dresses and poses similarly too.
  • Extra Ore Dinary: Life Magnetism Overdrive.
  • Go Out with a Smile
  • Genius Bruiser: His large size might give you the impression that he's a meathead, but he is quite intelligent, having majored in archaeology and become one of the top students at his university.
  • Gentle Giant: 195 Centimeters tall and heavily muscled, but polite as a boy scout crossed with a choir-boy. He's so well mannered he uses the polite masculine personal pronoun "boku" to refer to himself, rather than the coarse, rude "ore" that Shounen-Manga leads are expected by genre to use.
    • What's more, he consistently uses the absolute-polite prefix of "Kimi" (My Dear/Good Man/Good Lady) when referring to everyone, even his enemies. Quite a jarring genre-shock when shounen heroes his build normally use Omae" (Hey You), "Kisama" (Bastard/Bitch), and "Teme" (Motherfucker/Whore) in the same situation.
    • Contrast with...well, most of his descendants.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He may be a gentleman, but he doesn't let off evil easily; notably, he has Doobie's own snakes attack him and that's not even getting into how he beat Dio for humiliating his possible lover.
  • Happily Married: If only for two days, the poor boy...
  • The Hero: His resolve to protect his family kicks off the whole story.
  • The Hero Dies: Probably one of the most famous examples in manga history.
  • Heroic Build: How many Victorian bodybuilding archaeologists have you heard of? However, it's been downplayed or even removed in later illustrations due to Art Evolution.
    • Sometimes, taken to an illogical extreme. There are some full-body images of him that make it look like his head's too small for his body.
  • Honor Before Reason: The only JoJo protagonist to be completely honorable. All of the others are Anti Heroes, Combat Pragmatists, who were willing to hit girls. Given that his honor eventually got Jonathan killed, you can see his descendants' point.
  • Hot-Blooded: Not as much so as Joseph, but he does like shouting.
  • Ideal Hero: Unfortunately the only Jojo to date who has reached this lofty ideal.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: If the page image of him wasn't any tipoff, in the volume covers, he's seen wearing unbelievably amazing clothing. However, the clothes he wore, like many, many others in Hirohiko-brand fashion, gave up practicality for fabulousness. Doesn't make them any less awesome in the long run.
    • The clothes he wore in the actual story were much less showy and more practical than what he wore in the volume covers and chapter art. But they still look pretty nice.
  • In Series Nick Name: JoJo.
  • Instant Expert: Masters the Ripple in half a freaking day when it takes a lifetime for pretty much anyone else in Part 1.
  • Light 'em Up: SUNLIGHT YELLOW OVERDRIVE!
  • Next Tier Power-Up: Gets all of Zeppeli's Ripple energy as Zeppeli dies.
  • Nice Hat: In the story, he wore a pretty nice deerstalker a few times.
  • Nice Guy: He's polite, earnest, and openly kind, though most of his descendants don't have these traits.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His intended sacrifice leads to Dio possessing his body and becoming more dangerous than before
  • Official Couple: With Erina. It doesn't last long, since he died on their honeymoon.
  • Only Friend: Rather sadly, Dio acknowledges in his diary (the novel "Dio: Made In Heaven") that recalling how Jonathan held him with genuine love and friendship as he died, he has come to return the sentiment in full 100 years later. Nobody else, after all, has shown him that, except maybe Pucci.
  • Playing with Fire: Scarlet Overdrive.
  • The Power of the Sun: The Ripple is powered by the sun.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Beat, My Furious Heart!! Burn, Flames Of Passion!! Awaken, The Courage Of My Blood!! SUNLIGHT YELLOW OVERDRIVE!!
  • Senseless Sacrifice: One of the most infamous examples in shonen history, especially if you've read Part 3.
    • To be fair, said sacrifice did save his son, beginning the Jojo legacy that proved to be the only thing capable of defeating Dio and his vision. After a fashion.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: BIG TIME. His actions to sacrifice himself with Dio end up turning for the worst, as Dio manages to become more Dangerously Genre Savvy and powerful with attaching his head to his now dead body, making his sacrifice harshly pointless in the long run.
    • Though as mentioned above, this allows his son to continue the Joestar bloodline, making him responsible for every good deed the protagonists in the series accomplish.
  • Signature Move: SUNLIGHT YELLOW OVERDRIVE!
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Jotaro and especially Joseph resembles him.
  • Taking You with Me: Tries to pull this on Dio. He only succeeds in delaying him for around 100 years.
  • Tareme Eyes: To contrast Dio's Tsurime Eyes.
  • Tender Tears: Has a heart so sensitive and kind he sheds these for everyone, even his enemies.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Jonathan was such a sweet and kind-hearted boy that his final moment on Earth was not filled with hate, but rather brotherly love for Dio as he tenderly hugged his disembodied head in spite of having being murdered by him, much like his own father was.
    • Plus he told Erina to take care of a baby of a woman he has no connections with and have them escape going down with Dio because he felt pity for the infant who lost her mother, and this tops it off.
    • "Be happy Erina"
    • (Dying Thoughts) "It's just as you said Dio, we are bound by a bizarre friendship, you and I."
  • Took a Level in Badass: After a brief Time Skip, post Dio's Kick the Dog, he grew into a Badass Bookworm of sorts...
    • ...And then he took another level during his training to master the Ripple.
      • After Zeppeli's death, he takes '''another''' level of badass enough to curb stomp any vampire with the ease of killing a tick, aside from Dio himself.
  • Tragic Hero
  • Trauma Conga Line: Dio puts him through the wringer, beating him at everything, stealing his girl's first kiss, burning his dog, and that's when he was twelve.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: Bonus points for the girl he defended actually becoming his wife 8 years later!
  • You Gotta Have Rainbow Hair: Supposed to be brown in the manga, but the anime follows Araki's coloring scheme (read: can be absolutely anything), so sometimes it looks green, or purple. But most of the time it's blue.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Anytime it looks like Jonathan will get a happy ending, Dio and Araki will be there to ruin it all.
  • You Don't Look Like You: All characters get this due to Art Evolution but while Araki's new artstyle makes them look similar, they retain their Iconic Outfits/Items. This is not the case with Jonathan, who is recently depicted with a scarf and Caesar's headband while Joseph (the one who is actually associated with both of those items) switched to pilot gear instead.

Robert E. O. Speedwagon

Voiced by: Yoji Ueda (TV anime and All-Star Battle), Masaya Onosaka (Phantom Blood video game)

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

Voiced by: Yoku Shioya (TV anime and All-Star Battle), Rikiya Koyama (Phantom Blood video game and film)

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.

Tonpetty

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.

Dire

Voiced by: Taketora (TV anime and All-Star Battle), Yukitoshi Hori (Phantom Blood video game)

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.

Straizo

Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (TV anime and All-Star Battle), Hiroaki Miura (Phantom Blood video game)

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.

    Allies 

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.

Erina Pendolton

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Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (TV anime and All-Star Battle), Aya Hisakawa (Phantom Blood video game), Nana Mizuki (Phantom Blood film)

  • 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.

Poco

Voiced by: Yumiko Kobayashi (TV anime), Daisuke Sakaguchi (Phantom Blood video game)


  • 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

Poco's sister

Voiced by: Aya Endo (TV anime), Junko Hagimori (Phantom Blood video game)


    Villains 

Dio Brando (Stand: The World + Unnamed Precognitive Stand note )

Click here  to see Dio as he appears in Stardust Crusaders

"WRRRYYYYYYY!!!"

Young Dio voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (TV anime), Kenji Nojima (Phantom Blood video game)
Adult Dio voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (TV anime and All-Star Battle), Norio Wakamoto (CD drama), Nobuo Tanaka (OVA), Hikaru Midorikawa (Phantom Blood video game and film), Isshin Chiba (Heritage for the Future video game) (Japanese), Andrew Chaikin (OVA), Patrick Seitz (TV series) (English)

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?"
  • And I Must Scream: Trap for almost a century under the sea with only Jonathan's corpse for company.
  • 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, and he 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 one who isn't a jerk.
  • 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 in stealing 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
  • Bold Inflation: From Part 3 onwards he addressed himself as DIO and everybody else refer him as such.
  • 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.
  • Came Back Strong: After his revival in Part 3 as DIO, he was stronger, faster, and smarter than before due to assimilating Jonathan and Zeppeli's powers into himself.
  • 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.
  • Charm Person: Dio has an inhuman amount of charisma that makes both the forces of good and evil want to serve him. This increases in Part 3 because attaining Jonathan's body made people even more aware of how superior DIO is even before brainwashing comes in.
  • 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...
    • Discard and Draw: A lot of his stranger vampire abilities disappear after part 1 when Dio develops his Stand.
  • Curbstomp Battle: A lot of his fights end up being this way. He tossed Jonathan and Zeppeli around and killed Dire with ease in Phantom Blood, and in Stardust Crusaders he killed Joeseph though he got better, and Kakayoin. Then he defeated Polneraff without trouble, and had Jotaro at his mercy until Jotaro began using his own Time Stop against him.
  • 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, and then he maintained his sanity while being stuck under the ocean for a century.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: In Part 3 as DIO, he controls a giant villain network made of Stand Users and vampires fanatically loyal to him, has a ridiculous amount of money to throw around, his influence reaches out across the world, and he has a ridiculously swanky mansion in Cairo with a fabulous looking bed.
  • Discard and Draw: He trades in his old vampire powers after obtaining Jonathan's body for the far more badass ability to stop time.
  • Ditto Fighter: What the power of The World may actually be, rather than Time Stands Still; the tarot card The World represents Integration 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.
  • Due to the Dead: Zigzagged. While Dio does desecrate Jonathan's corpse to use as his new body, certain materials state that he feels guilt about demeaning his old foe's remains, but he also feels that Jonathan's body is the only thing in existence worthy of containing his will. Yeah, Dio's weird like that.
  • '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.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In his own twisted way, Dio did care about Jonathan, and certain materials imply or state that he felt guilt for using his body to move around as DIO.
    • Dio's a big stickler for being courteous to women, even as an evil vampire determined to take over the world: when one underling suggested taking advantage of a young woman he held captive, he killed it and declared that people who cannot act like civilized beings should bugger off.
  • 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 Overlord: Tried to be one in Phantom Blood as Dio Brando... it didn't really pan out. He had much more success as DIO in Stardust Crusaders as a Diabolical Mastermind.
  • 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.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: In Stardust Crusaders, DIO's face is always obscured in the darkness... despite looking exactly the same he did in Phantom Blood.
  • Fangs Are Evil: 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 his foe 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!!
    • Good-bye Jojo!
  • 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.
  • Humiliation Conga: His Take That Kiss against Jonathan led to him being publicly humiliated by Erina, abandoned by his sidekicks, getting a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Jonathan that caused him to burst into tears, and having his plot to poison George Joestar exposed. When he used the Stone Mask, it was because vampirism was the only option he had left other than prison.
  • 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.
    • Dio is quite the Badass but for all of his power he's always relying on the Joestar family for really, everything. To elaborate; he needed Geroge's money and wealth for his own greed, needed Jonathan's body after he was reduced to a head, needed Joesph's blood to work better with Jonathan's body, and he relies on Jotaro's Time Stop ability, as well as Joeseph's Hermit Purple.
  • 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. It suits his Yandere persona.
  • 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, culminating 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 forced 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, he 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 one 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.
  • Mobile Menace: In Part 1, Dio Brando was always one step ahead of Jonathan. However, after becoming DIO in Part 3, Orcus on His Throne set in.
  • Narcissist: Yeah...does this even need to be explained?
  • 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.
  • Not Quite Dead: See Off with His Head! below.
  • Off with His Head!: Dio does this to himself in order to not be affected 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.
  • 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.
  • Ret Gone: Pucci's ultimate defeat in Part 6 means that, in the new universe, Dio doesn't exist. In the end, Dio is completely and utterly defeated, with no trace that he was ever there. Bear in mind, the Joestars exist in the new universe, cementing how badly Dio has lost.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Does this 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.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Trapped under the sea in a coffin for almost a hundred years.
  • 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.
  • 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 literally 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 managing to 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 until Jotaro cleverly stopped time on him in order to get a shot at him. Edit: It was confirmed by Araki and Dio himself during the last fight, that, had Jotaro not stopped him, Dio's time stop would eventually have reached unlimited duration. As demonstrated by Dio's time stop gradually increasing in duration after using Joseph's blood to finally sync Johnathan's body with his head.
  • 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.
    Dio: "I REJECT MY HUMANITY"!!! Cue Laughing Mad.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • 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 Joestars/Kujos, 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 in to his ambitions, the Joestars would not have 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 until 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 Stand users attract other Stand users, 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.

Bruford

Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (TV anime), Nobutoshi Canna (Phantom Blood video game), Toru Nara (Phantom Blood film)

A knight who served under Mary of Scots, raised from the dead as Dio's minion. He is named after Bill Bruford of Yes.


Tarukus

Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (TV anime), Daisuke Gōri (Phantom Blood video game), Yoshinori Sonobe (Phantom Blood film)

Another knight who served with Bruford. He is named after Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Tarkus.


Jack the Ripper

Voiced by: Naomi Kusumi (TV anime), Hisao Egawa (Phantom Blood video game)

Wang Chan

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.

Doobie

Voiced by: Yuichi Ishigami (TV anime)


Adams

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.

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Dario Brando

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.
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