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[[Characters/JoJosBizarreAdventurePart5 Vento Aureo a.k.a. "Golden Wind"]]|
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! Jonathan Joestar (Stand: Unnamed Precognitive Stand [[note]]Identical to and possibly named Hermit Purple[[/note]] + The World [[note]]In combination with DIO[[/note]])
[[caption-width:350:Click [[labelnote:here]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Jonathan_ASB_resized_7086.jpg[[/labelnote]] to see Jonathan as he appears in ''All Star Battle'']]
[[caption-width:286:Click [[labelnote:here]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/4d1e1a0c49a8091ae66bcdacf7d93761.jpg[[/labelnote]] to see Jonathan as he appears in the anime]]
->Young Jonathan voiced by: Creator/KazuyukiOkitsu (TV anime), Creator/KazuyaNakai (''Phantom Blood'' video game)\\
Adult Jonathan voiced by: Creator/KazuyukiOkitsu (TV anime, ''All-Star Battle'', ''J-Stars Victory Vs'', and ''Eyes of Heaven''), Creator/JurotaKosugi (OVA), Creator/HideyukiTanaka (''Phantom Blood'' video game), Creator/KatsuyukiKonishi (''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.

[[spoiler: 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 [[TakingYouWithMe 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]].
* TheAce: Achieved mastery of the Ripple, a skill that usually takes a lifetime, within the span of a month.
* {{Adorkable}}: Was quite the DorkKnight 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.
* AdventurerArchaeologist
* AlliterativeName: '''Jo'''nathan '''Jo'''estar.
* AllLovingHero: He likes everybody -- even ''Dio'', the man who ruined his life, home, and happiness.
* AnimalMotifs: In Tonpetty's prediction, he is compared to a lion.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Joestar.
* {{Badass}}: Even before he learned the Ripple, he was tossing around vampires in burning buildings.
** BadassAdorable: A well-mannered, sincere, sweet-tempered, and kind-hearted BoyNextDoor.
** BadassBookworm: Studied and published articles on archaeology in college.
** BadassFamily: UpToEleven. He was the only badass Joestar of his era, but his family basically TookALevelInBadass with each successive generation.
** BadassInANiceSuit: Spends the majority of Phantom Blood dressed in Victorian gentlemen's clothes. The only time he doesn't is for his climactic battle with Dio in the castle.
** BadassNormal: Before getting his ripple abilities, he already was a strong fighter. He's the only main JoJo to never get a Stand ether, making him the most "normal" fighter of them all. He's without a doubt the biggest physical fighter of all the main series JoJo's though.
** CulturedBadass: He is '''THE''' gentleman of the Joestar family.
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:He dies]] after finally defeating Dio.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Even Jonathan can be terrifying when pushed too far. Dio learned this firsthand when he messed with Erina.
* BigManOnCampus: Best student of his school alongside with Dio, athletic, and popular. He more than qualifies.
* BigOlEyebrows: Being a Kenshiro expy he ought to have these.
* BirthmarkOfDestiny
* {{Bishonen}}: [[http://jjba.wikia.com/wiki/File:126517.jpg Later illustrations make]] [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120714072314/jjba/images/8/8b/3876_-_giorno_giovanna_higashikata_josuke_jojo%27s_bizarre_adventure_jonathan_joestar_joseph_joestar_kujo_jotaro.jpg him look much more slender and pretty.]]
* BoyNextDoor: To Erina.
* BraveScot: Owing to his family heritage as well as his chivalry.
* ButtMonkey: Dio turned his younger days into a living hell just because "he was in the way."
* CainAndAbel: The Abel to Dio's Cain.
* CallingYourAttacks: Has the most out of all the Jojos.
* CoolSword: He gets Bruford's Luck and Pluck. [[spoiler:And uses it quite well to defeat Dio.]]
* CosmicPlaything: To the point where you think that Araki personally hates him.
* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler: Ignoring some of the ItWasHisSled information, Jonathan was shaped and set up to be the protagonist of the series, especally with the fact that the entire first arc was titled: Jonathan Joestar: His Youth. In reality, Jonathan was merely the first Joestar.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: 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}}.
* TheDeterminator: Zeppeli stated that one of the reasons he could master the Ripple in so little time was due to this characteristic. Dio realizes this is why he is so dangerous; no matter how much is thrown at him, Jonathan simply comes back stronger.
* {{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.
* ExtraOreDinary: Life Magnetism Overdrive.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: As he dies from the wounds Dio inflicted on him, he smiles, both at Erina, and Dio himself.]]
* GeniusBruiser: 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.
* GentleGiant: 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 but especially Jotaro.
* GoodIsNotSoft: He may be a gentleman, but he doesn't let off evil [[EasilyForgiven 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.
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:If only for two days, the poor boy...]]
* TheHero: His resolve to protect his family kicks off the whole story.
* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler: Probably one of the most [[ItWasHisSled famous examples in manga history.]]]]
* HeroicBuild: How many Victorian bodybuilding archaeologists have ''you'' heard of? However, it's been downplayed or even removed in later illustrations due to ArtEvolution.
** 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.
* HonorBeforeReason: The only [=JoJo=] protagonist to be completely honorable. All of the others are {{Anti Hero}}es, {{Combat Pragmatist}}s, who were willing to hit girls. Given that his honor eventually got Jonathan killed, you can see his descendants' point.
* HotBlooded: Not as much so as Joseph, but he does like shouting.
* IdealHero: Jonathan is very much a gentleman, and firmly believes there is good in people, as well as believing in HonorBeforeReason. Unfortunately this makes him GenreBlind as he fails to see the GenreShift until it's literally in his face.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: 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.
* InSeriesNickName: [=JoJo=].
* InstantExpert: Masters the Ripple in half a freaking day when it takes a ''lifetime'' for pretty much anyone else in Part 1.
* NextTierPowerUp: Gets all of Zeppeli's Ripple energy [[spoiler:as Zeppeli dies.]]
* NiceHat: In the story, he wore a pretty nice deerstalker a few times.
* NiceGuy: He's polite, earnest, and openly kind, though most of his descendants don't have these traits.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: His intended sacrifice leads to Dio possessing his body and becoming more dangerous than before]]
* OfficialCouple: With Erina. [[spoiler:It doesn't last long, since he died on their honeymoon.]]
* OnlyFriend: Rather sadly, Dio acknowledges in his diary (the novel "Dio: Made In Heaven") that recalling how Jonathan [[spoiler:held him with genuine love and friendship as he died]], he has come to return the sentiment in full [[spoiler:100 years later.]] Nobody else, after all, has shown him that, except maybe Pucci.
* PlayingWithFire: Scarlet Overdrive.
* ThePowerOfTheSun: The Ripple [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is powered by the sun]].
* RapidFireFisticuffs: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH9cNAOe34M Beat, My Furious Heart!! Burn, Flames Of Passion!! Awaken, The Courage Of My Blood!! SUNLIGHT YELLOW OVERDRIVE!!]]
* SenselessSacrifice: [[spoiler: [[ItWasHisSled One of the most infamous examples in shonen history]], especially if you've read Part 3.]]
** To be fair, [[spoiler: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.
* ShaggyDogStory: BIG TIME. [[spoiler:His actions to sacrifice himself with Dio end up turning for the worst, as Dio manages to become more DangerouslyGenreSavvy 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.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Jotaro and especially Joseph resembles him.
* TakingYouWithMe: Tries to pull this on Dio. [[spoiler:He only succeeds in delaying him for around 100 years.]]
* TaremeEyes: To contrast Dio's TsurimeEyes.
* TenderTears: Has a heart ''so'' sensitive and kind he sheds these for everyone, even his enemies.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Jonathan was such a sweet and kind-hearted boy that his [[spoiler: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.]]
** [[spoiler: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.]]
** [[spoiler:"[[FamousLastWords Be happy Erina"]]]]
** [[spoiler:(Dying Thoughts) "It's just as you said Dio, we are bound by a bizarre friendship, you and I."]]
* TookALevelInBadass: After a brief TimeSkip, post Dio's KickTheDog, he grew into a BadassBookworm of sorts...
** ...And then he took another level during his training to master the Ripple.
*** [[spoiler:After Zeppeli's death, he takes [[SerialEscalation '''another''' level of badass]] enough to curb stomp any vampire with the ease of killing a tick, aside from Dio himself.]]
* TragicHero
* TraumaCongaLine: Dio puts him through the wringer, beating him at everything, stealing his girl's [[SacredFirstKiss first kiss]], burning his dog, and that's when he was twelve.
* WifeBasherBasher: Bonus points for the girl he defended ''actually'' becoming his wife 8 years later!
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair 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.
* YankTheDogsChain: Anytime it looks like Jonathan will get a happy ending, Dio and Araki will be there to ruin it all.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: All characters get this due to ArtEvolution but while Araki's new artstyle [[OnlySixFaces makes them look similar]], they retain their {{Iconic Outfit}}s/[[IconicItem Items]]. This is not the case with Jonathan, who is recently depicted with a scarf and ''[[Characters/JoJosBizarreAdventurePart2 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: Creator/YojiUeda (TV anime, ''All-Star Battle'', and ''Eyes of Heaven''), Creator/MasayaOnosaka (''Phantom Blood'' video game)

An Ogre Street thug who becomes Jonathan's best friend [[DefeatMeansFriendship 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 Music/REOSpeedwagon.

* AscendedExtra: While only a narrator in ''All-Star Battle'', he was PromotedToPlayable in ''Eyes of Heaven''.
* BigGood: Throughout parts 1 and 6, the Speedwagon Foundation's resources are what allow the Joestars to fight evil so effectively.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Highly hinted to be the reason for his HeelFaceTurn. Jonathan was the first person to show him any form of kindness.
* ButtMonkey: Is the butt of the majority of the humor in Part 1.
* CaptainObvious: Made more apparent in the TV anime.
* CelibateHero: The ending of part 2 states that [[spoiler:before the events of part 3, he died of a heart attack at the age of 89, still single and unmarried.]]
* TheChick: Rare male example. His sheer emotional support and sensitivity towards Jonathan qualifies him for this as well as TheHeart, being far more sensitive than even Erina
* CoolOldGuy: In part 2.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: And by friendship, we mean HoYay levels of obsessions with Jonathan after a single fight.
* DetectEvil: Claims to be able to smell Dio's evil.
* DropTheHammer: Begins using a sledgehammer in Windnights Lot to replace his old razor blade hat.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: "Dio is somewhere in this town! I can't forgive that bastard! I steal ''things'', but he steals ''life''!"
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: By Part 2, he's lost his mullet and his hair is much shorter.
* FictionFiveHundred: 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, but used it for good reasons.
* HeelFaceTurn: 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.
* HeroWorshipper: Jonathan's #1 fanboy.
* HonoraryUncle: To Joseph.
* HotBlooded: So much so, he can cure frostbite... no, seriously.
* IJustWantToBeBadass: Part I. He tried to learn the Ripple to be useful to Jonathan and Zeppeli. He failed.
* TheLancer: To Jonathan.
* LargeHam: Even moreso than Dio himself in Part 1, who spends each moment hamming his loyalty, passion etc. He gets a little better with age.
* TheLoad: Subverted. Even if he had absolutely no powers, he helped Jonathan and Zeppeli a lot.
* LoveRedeems: Jonathan and Jonathan alone acknowledged the hardship Robert endured to protect his destitute family, and thereby became the ''first'' person to acknowledge his humanity...
* MrExposition: His primary role is to provide exposition as well as commentary during fights.
* NiceGuy: ... 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.
* NiceHat: Aside from his razor blade bowler, he [[spoiler:inherits Zeppeli's hat when Zeppeli dies.]]
* RagsToRiches: 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.
* ShoutOut[=/=]StevenUlyssesPerhero[=/=]PunnyName: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/REO_Speedwagon REO Speedwagon]].
* ScarsAreForever
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler:Dies only two chapters into Part 2. Subverted a few chapters later when he turns out to be NotQuiteDead.]]
* SharpDressedMan
* TheTeamBenefactor: From Part 2 onwards.
* UnclePennybags: He dotes a lot on Erina and Joseph in Part 2. Joseph even calls him "Uncle Speedwagon".
* UndyingLoyalty: To the point that the organization he's founded will always aid the Joestars in their crusades because of Jonathan's charisma.
* WeaponizedHeadgear: Much like ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'''s Oddjob, he uses a hat with a blade hidden within it.

! William Antonio Zeppeli
->Voiced by: Creator/YokuShioya (TV anime, ''All-Star Battle'', and ''Eyes of Heaven''), Creator/RikiyaKoyama (''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 Music/LedZeppelin.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassMustache
** BadassInANiceSuit
** CulturedBadass
* CampStraight: Very apparent in the anime.
* CoolOldGuy
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:Literally.]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Wine. He kills zombies with wine.
* KilledOffForReal
* TheMentor: Taught Jonathan the Ripple.
** MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:And was ''told'' that this trope would happen and he still went through with it. This man's got [[CallForward Steel Balls!]]]]
* NiceHat
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: If William Zeppeli hadn't [[spoiler:let Jojo inherit his entire-lifetime's complement of power]], Dio would not have been as monstrously powerful as he was 100 years later [[spoiler:when he in turn inherits Jonathan's body, and hence the might of the old master as well. However, if he hadn't, Dio would of killed Jonathan in their fight, making this a subversion.]]
* TheObiWan: Fits every criteria needed. Which of course leads to a...
** ObiWanMoment: [[spoiler:as he dies.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler:During his last moments, the effects of his Ripple training wear off, revealing his true age.]]
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:More apparent in the manga because of the current anime's fast pace.]]
* SinkOrSwimMentor: Mostly noticeable in chapter 23.
* SinsOfOurFathers: He is trying to stop Dio because his father was the one who originally found the Stone Mask and used its powers for evil.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish

! 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 Music/TomPetty.
* BadassGrandpa
* BaldOfAwesome
* CoolOldGuy
* TheMentor: To Zeppeli.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: The ''Jorge Joestar'' novel gives him the full name Ngapoi Ngawang Tonpetty, after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngapoi_Ngawang_Jigme Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme]].
* OldMaster: To Zeppeli.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Pretty much any combination of To[m/n]pet[t][i/y] has been seen.

! Dire
-> Voiced by: Taketora (TV anime and ''All-Star Battle''), Creator/YukitoshiHori (''Phantom Blood'' video game)

One of Zeppeli's friends who trained under Tonpetty.

He and Straizo are named after Music/DireStraits.
* LethalJokeCharacter: 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.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: How he meets the heroes.
* LiterallyShatteredLives: [[spoiler:How he dies.]]
* MauveShirt: [[spoiler:He dies immediately after Dio uses his power, but does manage to inflict a blow before he passed on.]]
* TheWorfEffect: [[spoiler: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.]]
** [[spoiler:However, his final blow to Dio gives Jonathan a hint on how to defeat the former.]]
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Just as he was being built up as a powerful ally against Dio, [[spoiler: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: Creator/NobuoTobita (TV anime and ''All-Star Battle''), Hiroaki Miura (''Phantom Blood'' video game)

Another student of Ripple alongside Zeppeli. In part 2, he [[spoiler:uses a newly discovered second stone mask to become a vampire and antagonizes Joseph]].

He and Dire are named after Music/DireStraits.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:He commits suicide by channeling the Ripple into his body as a vampire after being defeated by Joseph.]]
* {{Biseinen}}
* CallingYourAttacks: [[spoiler:"SPACE RIPPER STINGY EYES!"]]
* CatchPhrase: "I, Straizo, will show no mercy!"
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler: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 EyeBeams that actually managed to kill Jonathan]].
** WrongGenreSavvy: However, Straizo clearly thought he was dealing with some StupidGood idiot like Jonathan, not the CrazyAwesome MagnificentBastard known as Joseph Joestar.
* DrunkWithPower: [[spoiler: After he becomes a vampire.]]
* EyeBeams: [[spoiler: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.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:He turns into a vampire during Part 2, inspired by Dio's eternal beauty and youth.]]
* FangsAreEvil: [[spoiler:After becoming a vampire.]]
* FullFrontalAssault: [[spoiler:After [[CrazyAwesome Joseph]] blows Vampire Straizo up with a bundle of grenades, he regenerates and continues to fight Joseph naked.]]
* GoOutWithASmile
* GratuitousEnglish: The aforementioned Space Ripper Stingy Eyes.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:Why he claims he's trying to kill the Joestars after becoming a vampire.]]
* ImmortalitySeeker: [[spoiler:Even though the Ripple slows aging down, it can't stop it completely, which is why he becomes a vampire.]]
* ImplacableMan: [[spoiler:After becoming a vampire.]]
* LastNameBasis: Possibly, since the novel Jorge Joestar gives his adoptive daughter's name as Elizabeth Straizo.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* ParentalSubstitute: [[spoiler: He's given the baby Erina saves to raise as his own. He raises the child into the ripple master Lisa Lisa]].
* PullingHimselfTogether: [[spoiler:After Joseph blows him up.]]
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Capable of absorbing the Ripple.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Most of the fanbase calls him Straits or Straights.
* StealthMentor: [[spoiler:While he did have some bad intentions with it, he got Joseph fully aware of his Ripple powers to fight the Pillar Men.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: And for such a minor character!
* WarriorMonk: 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)
* BadassMustache
* HeroicSacrifice
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Tends to assume the best of everyone, including complete bastards like Dario or Dio Brando.
* NiceGuy: 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.
* ThePollyanna: Quite possibly the most kind-hearted and generous Joestar in the series; considering the others include [[NinetiesAntiHero Jotaro]], [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Joseph]], [[TheGamblingAddict Josuke]], and [[LovableSexManiac Jolyne]], it's quite the contrast.
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:Pretty much existed just to show that unlike other shonen villains in TheEighties, [[HeroKiller Dio]] didn't fuck around.]]
* UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}: He's a quintessential English lord, but the Joestar line seems to have Scottish roots. As shown [[http://www.mangarush.com/manga/jojo39s-bizarre-adventure/12/p-8 here]], he visits Scotland yard wearing a pretty glorious highland dress.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Speedwagon himself said as much when he wept for the death of this most decent and kind man.

! Erina Pendolton
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[[caption-width-right:280: Old]]
->Voiced by: Creator/AyakoKawasumi (TV anime and ''All-Star Battle''), Creator/AyaHisakawa (''Phantom Blood'' video game), Creator/NanaMizuki (''Phantom Blood'' film)
* CastingGag: In the TV series, [[Creator/AyakoKawasumi her voice actress]] voiced [[QueensBlade Leina]], whose name is an anagram of ''Erina'' using the Japanese spelling, and also the name of Leina's younger sister in that series.
* ComfortingTheWidow: Joseph asked her if this happened [[spoiler:with Speedwagon and her after Jonathon's death]], her response is to hit him with her umbrella for being inappropriate.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: 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.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:the ending of part 2 describes that she died a peaceful death surrounded by a lovely family.]]
* HerHeartWillGoOn: [[spoiler:Never remarried after Jonathan's death.]]
* IWasQuiteALooker: While she still looks pretty good for someone in her 70's, it's clear that personal tragedies have taken a toll on her.
* NiceGirl
* OfficialCouple: With Jonathan.
* RacistGrandma: [[DefiedTrope 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.
* SacredFirstKiss: Dio takes this from her as a child, throwing a wrench into her relationship with Jonathan.
* SilkHidingSteel: 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. [[spoiler: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.]]
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: 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: Creator/YumikoKobayashi (TV anime), Creator/DaisukeSakaguchi (''Phantom Blood'' video game)

* AdaptationDyeJob: Goes from being blond in the manga, to brunette in the anime.
* CowardlyLion: 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. [[spoiler:Also does this to taunt Tarkus when Joseph, Zeppeli and him escape on an improvised leaf glider]].
* TagalongKid

!!Poco's sister
->Voiced by: Creator/AyaEndo (TV anime), Junko Hagimori (''Phantom Blood'' video game)

* ArmorPiercingSlap: To Poco for being a coward and to Dio when he considers making her LegalJailbait via vampirism.
* NoNameGiven
* PluckyGirl



! Dio Brando/[[spoiler:DIO Joestar]] (Stand: The World + Unnamed Precognitive Stand [[note]]Identical to and possibly named Hermit Purple; Originating from Jonathan Joestar[[/note]] / Mode: Ice)
[[caption-width:342:Click [[labelnote:here]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dio_brando_stardust_crusaders_2726.jpg[[/labelnote]] to see Dio as he appears in ''Stardust Crusaders'']]

--> "'''''WRRRYYYYYYY!!!'''''"

->Young Dio voiced by: Creator/TakehitoKoyasu (TV anime), Creator/KenjiNojima (''Phantom Blood'' video game)
->Adult Dio voiced by: Creator/TakehitoKoyasu (TV anime and ''All-Star Battle''), Creator/NorioWakamoto (CD drama), NobuoTanaka (OVA), Creator/HikaruMidorikawa (''Phantom Blood'' video game and film), Creator/IsshinChiba (''Heritage for the Future'' video game) (Japanese), Andrew Chaikin (OVA), Creator/PatrickSeitz (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'', [[spoiler: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 BigBad of the entire series.

He is named after Music/RonnieJamesDio and MarlonBrando.
* AGodAmI: His motive after reappearing in the 1980s, as revealed in Stone Ocean.
* AMillionIsAStatistic[=/=]ShutUpKirk: 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?"
* AndIMustScream: Trap for almost a century under the sea with only Jonathan's corpse for company.
* TheAntichrist: Very much so; he was evil from birth, [[TeensAreMonsters was a sociopathic teen]], and even gets vampiric LegionsOfHell once he vampirizes.
** Defied in following arcs, where his followers see him as a DarkMessiah. It's an act and he's very much the antichrist underneath this facade.
* ArchNemesis: Dio is this to the entire Joestar family. Every single one of them can trace at least one of their misfortunes back to him.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: In Part 1 for the zombies, and he has an even bigger cult that ranges for several sagas involving Stand Users.
* AxCrazy: While he was never mentally sound, especially after becoming a vampire, he loses what little sanity he had [[spoiler:when absorbing Joseph's blood]] and goes completely psychotic.
* {{Badass}}: One of the biggest in the entire series.
** BadassBaritone: His voice actors include Creator/TakehitoKoyasu, Creator/IsshinChiba, and ''Creator/NorioWakamoto'' in Japanese, and Creator/PatrickSeitz in English.
** BadassBookworm: He keeps a library in his hidden base that he actually reads. He also [[AmoralAttorney studied law]] in university.
** BadassFamily: Technically, [[spoiler:he is a Joestar. His 3 sons in part 6 are badassess too.]]
** HandicappedBadass: His greatest feat as a HeroKiller was done [[spoiler:when he was just a head]]. Not to mention he was handicapped for the majority of Part 3 despite having a stand [[spoiler:due to Jonathan's body rejecting him and weakening The World.]]
** TookALevelInBadass: First the major jump from human to vampire, and then he took a million more when he got his Stand.
* BerserkButton: Dogs really piss him off. He also really hates people defying him, so much so that he was furious when Erina did a TakeThat to him.
* BigBad: Of Part 1 and Part 3.
** BiggerBad: Of the series overall, climaxing in Part 6. The only time he's outdone is in Part 2, where Kar's is the BiggerBad for part 1.
* BigManOnCampus: Both he and Jonathan were the top students of their university, excelling in sports and law. [[TranshumanTreachery Unfortunately, Dio decided to become an immortal vampire instead]].
* BigScrewedUpFamily: [[spoiler: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. Along with all that, due to having Joestar blood in him, Dio is this towards [[DidntThinkThisThrough his new family.]]]]
* BirthmarkOfDestiny: Three spots on his left earlobe. According to Wang Chan, this marks him as [[BornLucky extremely lucky]]. Also [[spoiler:the Joestar Birthmark after succeeding in stealing Jonathan's body.]]
* BitchInSheepsClothing: In Part 1, before he became ridiculously charismatic and hardcore.
* BiTheWay: WordOfGod is that he doesn't care about whether someone's male or female as long as they interest him.
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* BoldInflation: From Part 3 onwards he addressed himself as DIO and everybody else refer him as such.
* BornLucky: See above.
* BreakoutVillain: By far the most popular villain of the series and one of the most popular characters.
* BrokenAce: Of the evil variety in Part 1.
* ByronicHero: Mostly alluded to while [[spoiler:he's still alive]], but starts to come out piece by piece in his flashbacks with Pucci in part 6. Most explicit in the semi-canon novel Over Heaven, which may or may not represent him lying out of his ass for 309 pages.
* CainAndAbel: Although adopted, he plays the Cain dangerously straight to Jonathan's Abel [[spoiler:to the point that he kills him and later takes over his body]].
* CallForward: If one regards the Pillar Men and the Modes they have, Dio becomes a Ice Mode.
* CameBackStrong: 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.
* CardCarryingVillain: Fully embraces it once he becomes a vampire.
* TheCasanova: Four of his sons from numerous liaisons appear in the series, and it's implied that there may be many more.
* CharmPerson: 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.
* CharacterDevelopment: Appears much more subtle after [[spoiler: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.]]
* ClassicVillain: 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 OrcusOnHisThrone.
* ComboPlatterPowers: SuperStrength, HealingFactor, FightingSpirit projection, MindManipulation, PrehensileHair, prehensile ''veins'', [[spoiler:[[TimeStandsStill time-stopping]]]], [[AnIcePerson blood-freezing powers]], high-pressure blood EyeBeams, the ability to turn people into zombies...
* CurbstompBattle: 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 [[spoiler: 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 TimeStop against him]]. To put it bluntly, the only time he was ever on the receiving end was once when he set off Jonathan's BerserkButton, when they were both kids.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: 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.
** His plan to kill Jonathan in Part I while he's out trying to cure George. Dio figured out how the Stone Mask worked and saw it drove tentacles into a person's head and decided to kill him with it and since nobody else knew about the mask's functions everyone would be none the wiser. He turned out be WrongGenreSavvy, but once he figured out its real purpose he came up with a plan B to kill Jonathan use his blood to trigger the mask by taking advantage of his trusting nature. The only reason it didn't work was because George took the hit for him, but Dio still became a vampire and almost killed him anyways.
* DarkIsEvil: In Part 1, he wears very black or darkened colors associated with night, not to mention his creations of zombies are sometimes extremely demonic.
* DarkMessiah: A few of the part 3 hirelings, such as Enya and N'Dour, see him as at least akin to this [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk 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]]. [[OnlyFriend Pucci is possibly the only exception]]. As N'Dour put it, "even the bad guys...need a savior."
* DetachedSleeves: [[http://i.imgur.com/m5hd69D.jpg One of his outfits]] in the ''Phantom Blood'' film, [[LightIsNotGood and very white too]].
* TheDeterminator: 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.
* DiabolicalMastermind: 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 [[IncrediblyLamePun the world]], and he has a ridiculously swanky mansion in Cairo with a fabulous looking bed.
* DiscardAndDraw: He trades in his old vampire powers after obtaining Jonathan's body for the far more badass ability [[spoiler:to stop time.]]
* DittoFighter: What the power of ''The World'' may actually be, rather than TimeStandsStill; 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, [[spoiler:and TimeStandsStill]].
** [[FridgeBrilliance Not too surprising, if true;]] most of what Dio possesses was gained at the expense of others.
* DueToTheDead: 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.
* EightiesHair: Sports one hell of a mullet in Part 3, [[JustifiedTrope though he has the excuse of it actually being]] [[TheEighties the 1980s.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: He literally [[KickTheDog kicks Jonathan's dog Danny]] because he was running towards him.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: His only soft spot, who died before the story even ''began'', thereby letting his personality run loose.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: 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.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Dear lord, do they ever.
* EvilBrit: Even if only in the literal sense, since the entirety of Phantom Blood takes place in Britain.
* EvilOverlord: 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 DiabolicalMastermind.
* EvilSoundsDeep
* EvilIsNotWellLit: Spends a good deal of time in the dark, being a vampire and all.
* {{Expy}}: Basically, [[InterviewWithAVampire Lestat DeLioncourt]] with ''all'' the humanizing and redeeming qualities removed.
** And ironically, it is revealed that Claudia the [[UndeadChild Child Vampire]] (created by Lestat himself) from TheVampireChronicles tried to do ''exactly'' to her newly turned Vampire adoptive-mother what Dio did to Jojo; [[spoiler: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 AnneRice 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.''
* EyeBeams: Sort of. He can shoot [[EyeScream 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.
** [[ForgotAboutHisPowers But for some reason, he did not use this ability in Part 3]] [[spoiler:despite being able to do so as even a head]].
* FaceFramedInShadow: In ''Stardust Crusaders'', DIO's face is always obscured in the darkness... despite looking exactly the same he did in ''Phantom Blood''.
* FangsAreEvil: He [[OurVampiresAreDifferent doesn't use them to drink blood though.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: A case which swaps between this and actual AffablyEvil, 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 [[spoiler:recreate of the universe]] if he ever "veered off track".
* FightingSpirit: The World.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Averted, and also a literal example, as he's shown no discomfort in the 1980s.
* FlechetteStorm: One each on Joseph and Jotaro by throwing as many knives as he hands could hold.
* ForTheEvulz: [[SacredFirstKiss 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.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: On a literally cosmic scale. Dio was originally the son of a drunken bum with no super special secret origins or evil ChosenOne status, but through cunning and charisma, he became a very DangerouslyGenreSavvy vampire. Even then, he would have just been a {{Mook}} compared to the Pillar Men. Then he still set into motion a plan [[spoiler:that led to the destruction and recreation of the freaking universe!]]
* FreudianExcuse: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] and immediately [[DefiedTrope defied]]. Dio tries to blame his villainy on his upbringing, but Speedwagon says he can ''smell'' that Dio's been evil since birth.
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:After killing Jonathan, Dio attaches his own head to the body's neck.]]
* GeniusBruiser: He has a passion for reading and dropping steamrollers on people.
* GratuitousEnglish: ZA WARUDO!!
** Good-bye Jojo!
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Just after becoming a vampire, he throws a constable's body with enough force to kill two others and break Speedwagon's arm.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Jonathan nearly slices him in half in final fight. It barely slowed him down.
* TheHeavy: 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). [[{{Irony}} He's also the reason why the Joestars became so badass in the first place]].
* HeroKiller: Oh yes. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that he is ''the'' original shonen HeroKiller. His direct kills include [[spoiler:[[SacrificialLamb George Joestar]], [[MauveShirt Dire]], [[TheHero Jonathan Joestar]], [[TheLancer Kakyoin]], and [[CoolOldGuy Joseph Joestar]]... though the last one got better.]]
* HumiliationConga: His TakeThatKiss against Jonathan led to him being publicly humiliated by Erina, abandoned by his sidekicks, getting a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown 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.
* AnIcePerson: In Part 1, he demonstrates the ability to freeze limbs solid through the use of really exaggerated [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evaporative_cooler#Physical_principles evaporative cooling]]. He replaces it with [[spoiler:the power to stop time]].
* IKnowYoureWatchingMe: He can tell when Hermit Purple is being used on him.
* ItAmusedMe: As highlighted by the community, a lot of Dio's Part 3 moments can be chalked up to this:
** Him trolling Polnareff by [[spoiler: taunting him on the stairs to get him to start climbing up followed by using The World on and off to relocate Polnareff down several steps, then rinsing and repeating]], which eventually leads to him [[spoiler: spawning a chair after a few rounds and speechifying to him.]]
** Randomly killing a cat and then dumping it in someone's drink during [[spoiler:his time stop to kill Joseph]].
** And of course, the usage of the steamroller.
** In Part 1, there's no good reason other than this for him to fuse the heads and bodies of various animals together to serve as pet zombies. This gets lampshaded in the [[WebVideo/JoJosBizarreAdventureAbridged Abridged Version.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: ''Hoo'' boy, is it ever.
* {{Irony}}: If Dio hadn't become a vampire, the [=JoJo=]s 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, [[spoiler: needed Jonathan's body after he was reduced to a head]], [[spoiler: needed Joesph's blood to work better with Jonathan's body]], and [[spoiler: he relies on Jotaro's TimeStop ability, as well as Joeseph's Hermit Purple]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Doesn't even ''begin'' to describe him.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: 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 [[spoiler:absorbing Joseph's blood.]]
* {{Kiai}}: [[SpamAttack MUDA MUDA MUDA MUDA MUDA!!!!]][[note]] ''Muda'' means "useless".[[/note]] and '''''WRRRYYYYYYYYY!!!!!'''''[[note]]"Wry" doesn't really mean anything.[[/note]]
* KickTheDog: Just for starters, he literally kicks Danny the moment Jonathan introduces Danny to Dio. Later, he [[spoiler:arranged for Jonathan's dog Danny to be stuck in the estate's incinerator]]. And it gets worse from there.
* KnifeNut: Especially against Jotaro. It suits his {{Yandere}} persona.
* KnightOfCerebus: 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 DespairEventHorizon, and it gets worse with the GenreShift when he becomes a vampire by killing his adopted father, leading him to be an effective HeroKiller, culminating [[spoiler: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 DarkestHour 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 BloodierAndGorier the fight was.
* LackOfEmpathy: He pretends otherwise in Part 1 through BitchInSheepsClothing, after becoming a vampire and by the events of Part 3, he's more of a DarkMessiah at least to his followers who think he shares the same compassion to them as their loyalty to him. [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk It's not the case at all]], [[OnlyFriend except possibly Pucci]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: For Dio, being killed by Jotaro only gets him [[spoiler:killed in part six]]. Towards Dio, being a treat to mankind killing some of the heroes gets [[spoiler:himself killed by Jotaro]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQZgOMfn_nI Hidden Feelings]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK1ZXVLbRCk From The Dark Abyss]], both of which play a sinister violin revealing his true vile nature.
* LightIsNotGood: 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.
* MakeSureHesDead: In an excellent example of being DangerouslyGenreSavvy, 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. [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:Polneraff pulled a BigDamnHeroes when Jotaro was completely defenseless just before the street sign cut his head off.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: 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 6.
* MeaningfulName: "Dio" means "God" in Italian. To say he has a god complex would be an understatement.
* MeaningfulRename: His Part 3 self is called ''[[CapsLock DIO]]'' to distinguish him from his Part 1 self.
* MobileMenace: In Part 1, Dio Brando was always one step ahead of Jonathan. However, after becoming DIO in Part 3, OrcusOnHisThrone set in.
* {{Narcissist}}: Yeah...does this even need to be explained?
* NewPowersasthePlotDemands: In Phantom Blood, after his debut fight he displayed the power heal by sucking blood, freeze the blood in his enemies, can't die unless his head is destroyed, and EyeBeams.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: He's as responsible for the [=JoJo=]s getting so strong as they did with him.
** Making Vanilla Ice a vampire, which he did as a reward for his loyalty, proved his downfall since [[spoiler: it allowed Polneraff to kill him by exposing him sunlight, and because he survived Polneraff was able to come to Jotaro's rescue as Dio was about to kill him.]]
* NotBloodSiblings/ SiblingRivalry: With Jonathan. And it becomes [[CainAndAbel worse later]].
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:See OffWithHisHead below.]]
* ObviouslyEvil: In Part I, nobody he's evil despite his literal KickTheDog, beating Jonathan for no reason, driving his thumb into Jonathan's eye in boxing match he already won, and nobody but Jonathan notices that he's evil until he forced kiss on Erina.
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:Dio does this to himself in order to not be affected by Jonathan's Ripple, and later pulls a GrandTheftMe on the latter's body]].
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Justified; as he is WeakenedByTheLight, he can't go far before the sunlight destroys him, so he has his human minions go and kill the Joestars.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: He sucks blood with fingers... yeah.
** Then there's the fact that awakening human potential via Stone Mask results in vampirism.
* PetTheDog: 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.
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:Continues to influence the later parts from beyond the grave. Both times.]]
* PsychoticSmirk / SlasherSmile: [[spoiler:After absorbing Joseph's blood]].
* RealMenWearPink: In typical Jojo fashion. Who else could get away with wearing heart headbands and elf boots?
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Begins with blue (orange in he anime) eyes that become red upon his transformation into a vampire.
* RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain: One of the only two ways of killing him, but only the latter. Decapitation only results in an angry vampire head [[GrandTheftMe eager to find a new body to attach itself to.]] Complete brain obliteration is the only option.
* SacredFirstKiss: Does this in an infamous scene with Erina in order to throw a wrench in her relationship with Jonathan. [[ForTheEvulz Why? Because he likes Jonathan to suffer for kicks!]]
** ForcedKiss: Dio's kiss was forced onto Ernia. [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown It doesn't end well for Dio]], [[BewareTheNiceOnes as Jonathan showed him]].
* SarcasticClapping: His taunt in the Part III fighting game, while wearing his jacket. It's played with in that his teleportation move in that form [[ConfusionFu also has him clapping]], instead of turning his back to the opponent.
* SealedEvilInACan: Trapped under the sea in a coffin for almost a hundred years.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Poisons his own father and tries to do the same to his adoptive father George, but is foiled. [[spoiler:Later, he does manage to stab him to death with a knife.]]
* SelfMutilationDemonstration: Starts using it as an intimidation tactic after [[spoiler: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.
* SmugSnake: For all his smarts, it still doesn't stop him from letting his arrogance get the better of him.
** After he defeats Jonathan and Zeppeli, he avoids killing them because he decides he method for countering the Ripple means they aren't a threat. When Jonathan came to face him again, he avoids killing because he wanted to turn him a zombie. Once he reveals his EyeBeams, it became clear he could have killed him without so much as throwing a punch if he didn't let his ego get in the way, further emphasized when he managed to kill him when reduced to a head.
** In Part III, despite wanting to make sure Jotaro was dead at first, after he tried to crush him with a steamroller he was so caught up in the idea that he won his feud with the Jostars that he didn't check to make sure Jotaro was dead.
* SmugSuper: Even more in Part 3.
* TheSociopath: 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.
* SexyBacklessOutfit: Has apparently developed a thing for backless halter tops in Part 3.
* SoLastSeason: He uses none of his vampiric BodyHorror attacks in ''Stardust Crusaders'', favoring his Stand instead. [[spoiler:This may be because his body from the neck down is Jonathan's and not his own]].
** Still no excuse for not using the EyeBeam [[spoiler:-- 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 '''[[TimeStandsStill The World!!!!!]]'''
* StockholmSyndrome: 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 [[spoiler:managing to utterly destroy his invincible vampiric body, leaving only his head intact.]] It was not until [[spoiler: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.
* StoryBreakerPower
** [[spoiler:While Jotaro can use TimeStandsStill as well]], he's nowhere as proficient as Dio was. While [[spoiler: 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 he has the super speed and strength in order to use it more effectively (an infamous example would be his KnifeNut attack), and had an overall advantage over everyone [[spoiler:until Jotaro cleverly stopped time on him in order to get a shot at him. Had Jotaro not stopped him, Dio's time stop would eventually have reached infinite 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.]]
** Hell even Dio's [[KillItWithIce Flash Freezing Powers]] were a clear breaker. Since the only thing that could kill him was the Sun and the Ripple, he could simply freeze any attack thrown at him. Objects would freeze then the user, even a full sword filled with Hamon froze easily. For him to actually be deated, Jonathan had to ''literally'' light his hand on fire and use the Ripple. If he has used that ''and'' The World...
* TimeStandsStill: The effect of The World.
* TranshumanTreachery: What Dio says [[OurVampiresAreDifferent before becoming a vampire with the Stone Mask]] while attempting to kill Jonathan, [[spoiler:but getting George Joestar instead]].
-->'''Dio''': "'''I REJECT MY HUMANITY, JOJO'''"!!! ''[Cue LaughingMad.]''
* TsurimeEyes
* VampireBitesSuck: Rather than biting, he uses ''his fingers'' to suck blood via the fingers' blood veins.
* VampiresAreSexGods: 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.
* VillainousLegacy: 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.
* VillainsActHeroesReact: 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.
* VocalDissonance: At parts in the 2012 anime, due to GratuitousEnglish, Dio sounds less like a cultured villian and more like a southern hick, most notably including [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsxXvKnuZ7s this famous moment]].
* WasOnceAMan: Started out as a man until he used the Stone Mask to become a vampire.
* WeakenedByTheLight: Which comes with being a vampire, and justifies his OrcusOnHisThrone act in Part 3, since he can't move in sunlight
* WeirdnessMagnet: [[spoiler:All Stand users attract other Stand users, so it's not uncommon to encounter another one.]]
* WickedCultured: 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.
* WorthyOpponent: [[spoiler:After losing his head]], he considers Jonathan this, but it's to {{Yandere}} extremes and he needed [[spoiler: 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.
* YourHeadASplode: [[spoiler:How he finally bites it. Notable in that it happened after his stand was punched in the ''knee''.]]

! Bruford
-> Voiced by: Creator/KenjiroTsuda (TV anime), Creator/NobutoshiCanna (''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}}.

* DyingAsYourself
* TheEvilGenius
* FaceDeathWithDignity: The second time he dies.
* FallenHero: Along with Tarukus, he used to be a brave self-sacrifcing knight before Dio raised him.
* GenreSavvy: Despite his [[HonorBeforeReason chivalry]], he creates a fighting style designed to stop the Ripple from working.
* GracefulLoser
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Tarukus.
* HonorBeforeReason: Averted. While he is an honorable and noble knight as well as a fair fighter and good sport, he is pragmatic enough to not fight the Ripple head on and uses strategies that hinder it.
* LightningBruiser
* NobleDemon: Kills a zombie going after Jonathan because he considers the latter a WorthyOpponent after destroying his hair.
* PrehensileHair: Apparently he had this ability before he became a zombie.
* SenselessSacrifice: He originally died when he sacrificed his life hoping to save his queen, only to discover it was a trap and she was already dead.
* TakeUpMySword: Gives his sword to Jonathan [[spoiler:as he dies.]]
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: With Tarukus.
* UndyingLoyalty: Originally to his queen, Mary, then to Dio after his resurrection.
* WorthyOpponent: Views Jonathan as one after he destroys his hair with Ripple.

! Tarukus
-> Voiced by: Creator/TetsuInada (TV anime), Creator/DaisukeGori (''Phantom Blood'' video game), Yoshinori Sonobe (''Phantom Blood'' film)

Another knight who served with Bruford. He is named after Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer album ''Tarkus''.

* {{BFS}}: His WeaponOfChoice.
* TheBrute: Relies on SuperStrength and his surprising agility, and is undoubtedly crueler than Bruford.
* CurbStompBattle: Is initially dishing one out against Jonathan, nearly killing him before Zeppeli intervenes [[spoiler: only to get killed himself, but his intervention allows Jonathan to turn the fight into a stomp in his favor.]]
* EvilRedHead
* EvilSoundsDeep
* ImplacableMan: Despite not having a HealingFactor and being a rotting corpse, he can take a lot of damage.
* FallenHero: Same as Bruford, but more so as he gets a little too DrunkWithPower and [[TookALevelInJerkass treated his partner like trash when he died]].
* GeniusBruiser: Very smart despite being TheBrute.
* GenreSavvy: Like Bruford, he creates a situation where the Ripple is useless.
* HeroKiller: [[spoiler: Kills Zeppeli as he tries to rescue Jonathan]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Bruford.
* KickTheDog: Did he really need to kick his fallen ally's remains like that?
* LightningBruiser: Hits fast and hits ''very'' hard.
* MadeOfDiamond: Back when he was alive, his executioner broke a hundred axes trying to behead him.
* SenselessSacrifice: Same as Bruford.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Tarkus or Tarukus?
* SuperStrength: Enough to demolish a cliff side.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: With Bruford.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Goes from being Bruford's friend in life to becoming DrunkWithPower and treating his remains like garbage.
* UndyingLoyalty: Basically Bruford with the JerkAss elements taken to an extreme level.

! Jack the Ripper
-> Voiced by: Naomi Kusumi (TV anime), Creator/HisaoEgawa (''Phantom Blood'' video game)
* AxCrazy: More like knife crazy, but you get the point.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: VAMPIRE JACK THE RIPPER!
* TheDarkChick: His insanity firmly puts him in this position.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Dio turns him into a ''vampire'' after sensing a kindred spirit in him. At least it helps explain [[FridgeBrilliance why he was never caught and identified]] -- Jonathan's Ripple disintegrated him before that could happen.
* KnifeNut: To the point that, after becoming a vampire and thus no longer running on biological processes, but on pure will and power, he ''implants a mess of knives in his body''.
* SelfMutilationDemonstration: Casually slices off his pinky and shoves a scalpel all the way through his cheek to the other side of his head.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent

! 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 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Chung_(band) Wang Chung]].
* TheDragon: In a way, since he is Dio's first and also final minion.
* DumbMuscle: Dio has to walk this moron through ''everything''.
* GenreBlind: To contrast Dio being DangerouslyGenreSavvy. If he had half a brain, Dio would have taken Jonathan's [[spoiler:body]] without any trouble at all.
* InformedAttribute: Speedwagon says he dangerous and shouldn't be messed with. We never got to see what he does or why [[spoiler:during his human phase.]]
* PrimalStance: Walks and jumps around like a monkey.
* TooDumbToLive: Seriously! Dio kept on telling him not to underestimate Jonathan and just kill him, but does he listen? No...
* TookALevelInDumbass: He was much more cunning as a human than as a zombie.
* WolverineClaws: Uses a pair in a manga-only fight with Jonathan.
* YellowPeril: 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)

* EatenAlive: In a rather dark course of action, Jonathan has his own snakes [[HoistByHisOwnPetard devour him]].
* NightmareFace
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Has venomous snakes coming out of his face which he uses to poison victims.

! Adams
-> Voiced by: Hidenori Takahashi (TV anime)

* CurbStompBattle: Defeated with a single kick from a freshly powered-up Jonathan.
* GameFace: How it's revealed that he's one of Dio's zombies.
* OverlyLongTongue

! Page, Jones, Plant, and Bornnam

Four of Dio's zombie minions. They are named after the members of Music/LedZeppelin.

* CurbStompBattle: 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.
* NightmareFace: All of them, especially Jones and Page.
* NonstandardCharacterDesign: While most of the other zombies can look human for the most part, these four guys look like aliens, monsters, or even demons.


! 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.

* AbusiveParents: No wonder Dio turned out the way he did.
* TheAlcoholic: A lot of his abuse to Dio happened when he was drunk.
* AssholeVictim: Dio's first victim, that we at least, and unlike the rest, everything we see of him seems to justify Dio's hate for him.
* BaldOfEvil: While he does have some hair in the manga, the 2012 adaptation gives him extreme male pattern baldness in comparison.
* BeardOfEvil: Complete with BaldOfEvil, he looks very old for a father of the {{Bishonen}} Dio.
* {{Jerkass}}: Treated his wife like crap, and even wanted to sell her dress to get money, having no compassion for her at all. [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas Dio didn't take kindly to this]].
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: At least to his son, as he gave an opportunity to Dio that he knew he himself could never provide.
** JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: To George Joestar; he "'''saved'''" him, but really wanted his body to sell to the highest bidder.
* PetTheDog: 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 [[spoiler: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
* SmallRoleBigImpact: 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 DotingParent who worked hard and treated his family with kindness ''all'' his life, ''Dio Brando'', The Tyrant [[spoiler: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.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: See PetTheDog above.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: He's in his 50s, but looks to be much older, especially in the 2012 adaptation.