Characters: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 2

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Joseph Joestar (Stand: Hermit Purple)

Click here  to see Joseph as he appears in the anime
Young Joseph voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (TV anime, All-Star Battle, J-Stars Victory Vs, and Eyes of Heaven), Hochu Otsuka (Heritage for the Future video game) (Japanese), Ben Diskin (TV anime) (English)
Old Joseph voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka (TV anime (Part 3) and Eyes of Heaven), Tomokazu Sugita (TV anime (Part 2) and All-Star Battle), Kenji Utsumi (CD drama parts 1 and 3), Gorō Naya (CD drama part 2), Chikao Ohtsuka (OVA), Tōru Ōkawa (Heritage for the Future video game) (Japanese), Michael Bennett (OVA), Richard Epcar (TV anime) (English)

Grandson of the original JoJo. An unscrupulous fighter who uses any means necessary to defeat his opponent. During the course of Battle Tendency, he travels the world to keep the vicious Pillar Men from obtaining the Red Stone of Aja and attaining a level of immortality that would render them absolutely invincible.

Following that, he joined up with his grandson, Jotaro, in order to put a stop to the revived Dio Brando. His role during these events was more or less a supporting part, though he did get a few moments to himself.

His final appearance was during the events of Diamond is Unbreakable, where he met his biological son Josuke and adopted the child known as Achtung Baby (later christened Shizuka Joestar).

Being the 2nd most prominent JoJo in the series, his appearance greatly varies, adaptation to adaptation.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: While Jojo was never known for its consistent color schemes, the anime has him as a brunet (a color yet to be used in the original manga or any other spinoff media until then). And then gives him purple hair in the OP (granted, probably for the faaaaaaabulous! factor).
  • Adorkable: Even when he's in his 60's and 70's, he's still a total dork.
  • Adventurer Outfit: Associated with stereotypical pilot gear in Battle Tendency, which Araki seems to consider his Iconic Outfit over his actual one as of late, though he never wears it in the series proper. Wears Indiana Jones-esque clothes in Part 3, which fits nicely with his Hermit Purple.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Ambiguously Brown: Tends to look this way in a lot of official art from the Battle Tendency period, and his All Star Battle model is noticeably tanner than the other Jojos, despite being 100% British or at the least Western European.
  • Anti-Hero: Just because he respects his enemies and keeps his promises doesn't mean he won't use every dirty trick in the book (and a few more not in the book) to get the job done.
  • Anime Hair: Extremely spiky brown hair that parts to the right in Part 2.
    • Averted with Part 3 and 4, where his hair is much less ridiculous.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: During Part 2, he's a rare good guy example. He mellowed with age, so by 3 he's more of a goofy father figure.
  • Artificial Limbs: Stroheim's associates gave him a robotic hand to replace the one that he lost during his final fight against Kars.
  • The Atoner: For what it's worth, he genuinely regrets not having being a part of Josuke's life (and let's be fair, nobody told him about the boy) and tries his best with what little time he has left to be a loving father to him. And thankfully, Josuke does eventually love him back as a son.
  • Awesome McCool Name: Joestar.
  • Awesome, yet Impractical: The impression one gets from his wacky Hermit Purple ability to take a picture of a distant place by crushing very expensive cameras.
    • Subverted, as he can produce an image by breaking anything, which he realizes in the fight against Nena, where he smashes a pot of sand to make a map. Furthermore, Dio is once shown taking a spirit picture just by tapping the camera, which means Joseph is misusing his power because he's so overdramatical.
  • Back from the Dead: Dio completely drained him of blood, leaving him a husk of a body for a short time before a transfusion from Star Platinum revived him.
  • Badass: Part 2 is basically a long string of Badass moments, though he still has his moments in Part 3 and even Part 4.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Tends to wear a crop top under his other clothes for much of Part 2, and which makes up part of his Iconic Outfit for it. Also the outfit most popular with fanartists, even though Part 2 is one of the few parts that averts Limited Wardrobe, for some reason.
  • Batman Gambit: A master of this trope due to the same mind-reading abilities that produce his catchphrase.
  • Berserk Button: After indirectly driving Caesar to his death by dishonoring the memory of his late-grandfather William Zeppeli, Joseph gains a rather severe hatred (likely stemmed from self-loathing) of people who dishonor the memory of their loved ones and friends. Kars finds this out the hard and painful way after doing this to Wamuu, whom Joseph had just befriended in defeat.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: Has the same star shaped birthmark on his upper back that all JoJos have.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: The man is a freaking genius, but when it comes down to training to save his own life, he's not exactly that thrilled, and he has to be forcibly coerced into doing it. This extends to his Ripple training where he neglected it to the point where by the time he's in his late 70s, he's aging like a regular old man.
  • Blatant Lies: How he intervenes to save Smokey.
  • Born Lucky: He's the only male Joestar to escape the family curse of dying young. By the time Pucci reset the world, he was still kicking in his 90s, while the other Joestar men only lived to their 40s at best.
  • Captain Crash: To the point that Jotaro refuses get into any aircraft with him. Amusingly enough, his dream as a youth was to become a pilot like his father.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "Your next line will be X!" And it nearly always is.
    • "What did you say? Depending on your answer, I may have to kick your ass!" was fully only said twice on a single chapter, but is a memorable boast and great material for "reaction" images.
    • "OH. MY. GOOOOOD!" His other catchphrase.
    • "OH NO!" is something he says often.
  • Character Development: Initially, the only people he really showed a great deal of concern for were his grandmother and Speedwagon and not really anyone else, but over the course of Battle Tendency, he learns to respect others to the point he's a better man by the finale and a Cool Old Guy by Stardust Crusaders.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Caesar's bandana proved vital to Joseph's victory over Wamuu.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Fond of pulling these in Battle Tendency as befitting of his Troll nature, to the point that it's become a trademark of his among the fandom.
  • The Combat Pragmatist: His willingness to do anything to win is legendary. The first sign of it is when he uses a soda cap as a projectile against corrupt cop and shows a more serious example in his fight with Straizo when pulls out a Thompson submachinegun and hand grenades.
  • Combo Platter Powers: He uses both the Ripple and a Stand, and due to the nature of Hermit Purple, he can combine the two. The only thing stopping him from being a Story-Breaker Power is that his age has declined.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Lisa Lisa reveals that she's Elisabeth Joestar. Joseph fixates on how that makes her 50 years old. Though it's possible Erina withheld the part about the baby from him.
  • Confusion Fu: His primary "fighting" style in Part 2.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: He's an explicit contrast to Jonathan. Whereas his grandfather is an honorable, sensitive, gentlemanly hero who fights with sheer determination, Joseph is a short tempered, arrogant, reckless Guile Hero who will use every cheap shot and magic trick he knows to outwit his foes.
  • Cool Old Guy: In Stardust Crusaders and to an extent Diamond is Unbreakable.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Joseph is easily the most random and unorthodox fighter out of all the Jojos, with how many odd weapons and plans he uses to win a fight. He'll use coke bottles, spinning crackers, machine guns, mirrors, pigeons, and volcanoes to beat his opponents. He stops being ridiculous with his plans once he's older, but he's still incredibly creative.
  • Curbstomp Battle: His fight with Esidisi is basically Joseph out gambiting him every step of the way and using his new found training to win with ease.
  • Deadpan Snarker: To an absolutely hilarious extent, especially since he usually resorts to it when angry and so pulls out some truly sick burns. He's occasionally a little too animated to be completely "deadpan", though.
  • Delinquent: Possibly the worst of the family. He has been incarcerated 7 times.
  • Disguised in Drag: A particularly funny moment in Part 2 has him attempt this so he can get into a German camp, but the guards aren't fooled for a second since he's way too muscular to pass as a woman.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Disguises himself as a German soldier in order to rescue Speedwagon.
  • Due to the Dead: Jojo may kill his opponents, but he always makes an effort to pay respects, if not outright admire their valiance and bravery.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: One of the few Jojos to have an unambiguously Happy Ending before the timeline altered, but went through a lot of crap just to live into his old age and as of Jojolion, is still the only main Jojo to even make it past the second generation.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Two in quick succession. He's introduced covering for a pickpocket, then breaking the finger of the cop that tries to hassle him by a clever use of the ripple. However, we first get an idea of just how crazy he actually is when he's accosted by Straizo in the middle of a crowded street... and immediately pulls a tommy gun out of Hammerspace and starts blasting away.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He really does care about his Grandmother Erina.
  • Expy: Of Professor Henry Walton Jones Junior in Stardust Crusaders, right down to the iconic fedora; even moreso ever since the release of the fourth film, wherein Henry has aged enough to match Joseph in appearance; he even has Joseph's delightful tendency to sire illigitimate children.
    • According to Araki, Joseph is basically B.T. (a character from a previous manga by Araki) in Sylvester Stallone's body.
  • Fun Personified
    • Rather worryingly, Joseph still finds time to enjoy the exotic cuisines and sightsee on his race against time to save his daughter's life journey in Stardust Crusaders.
  • Fighting Spirit: Hermit Purple, who can create images of faraway places when Joseph visualizes them.
  • The Gadfly/Troll: He likes to tease people and will sometimes do it just because he can. Like during his fight against Kars.
    • Case in point, the first thing he does after he's brought back to life by a blood transfusion from Dio's corpse is to pretend that Dio has possessed him just to screw with Jotaro.
  • Geek: Joseph's hobbies are watching movies, reading comics, and listening to popular music well after his "time" like Weird Al Yankovic and The Beatles. He was particularly proud that he sat through Lawrence of Arabia three times.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's over six feet tall and pure muscle in Part 2 but every victory he gains comes from his intelligence and cunning rather than with straight-on clashes, mostly due to all of his opponents being superhuman monsters.
  • Genre Savvy: After Joseph is defeated by Wamuu in their first fight, he takes advantage of Wamuu's Blood Knight tendencies to demand respect for being the first human to injure him, negotiating the guarantee of his life and the opportunity to become stronger in exchange for the promise of a Duel to the Death. Later he mentions having learned much of what he does strategically from The Art of War.
  • Good Parents: To Holly, for sure, and most likely Shizuka as well. Although he didn't know about Josuke until it was too late to be this for him, he makes it clear that he would have if he did and tries his best to atone for it.
  • Gratuitous English: "OH NO!", "OH MY GOD!", "HOLY SHIT!", "HELP ME!", and "SON OF A BITCH!" are said in English, in a comical font. Not to mention things like "DOUBLE SHOCK!" and "NICE!" at various other times.
  • Guile Hero: Joseph never physically defeats his opponents. He outsmarts them.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: In Part 2. He mellows out significantly for 3 and 4.
  • Hammer Space: In his fight with Straizo he pulls out a Thompson sub-machinegun from his coat that he was never hinted to be carrying prior to doing so.
  • Heroic Build: Built like a truck, just like his grandfather, though to be honest he doesn't really need it.
  • Hey, That's My Line!: One of Joseph's favorite tricks in Part 2 is telling his opponent what they're going to say next, throwing them off guard in the process. Esidisi also pulls this on him.
  • Honor Before Reason: Only once in his entire life. He swore to not take Wamuu's antidote until he avenged Caesar's death.
  • Hot-Blooded: One of the more emotional Joestars. Particularly in the Capcom fighting game.
    • In one of Joseph's super attacks, he uppercuts the opponent into the air, then has flashbacks to his youth in Part 2, with the opponent taking damage during this. Yes, Joseph's flashbacks convey enough strength to physically harm people.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: By the time of Diamond is Unbreakable, Joseph is completely unrecognizable from the tall, proud, handsome, and muscular warrior he was in Battle Tendency (and for that matter, Stardust Crusaders). Mortality has caught up with him, finally turning him into a wrinkled, rheumatic, shriveled, and senile old man (who is, by his own admission to Josuke, on the verge of death). Although his health at least improves in the end, he isn't seen again. Despite this, he still lives on for another 12 years.
  • Identical Grandson: He's one of Jonathan, and he has his own in Jotaro.
  • Idiot Ball: He sees Straightz take a hostage and assumes he's bluffing. This is despite the fact that for all he knew, Straightz murdered Speedwagon in cold blood, and he outright said he planned to killed Erina. He found out the hard way he wasn't bluffing.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: With a crossbow thanks to the power of the Ripple.
  • Improvised Weapon/Improbable Weapon User: Weaponizes everything from bottlecaps to cacti.
  • In Series Nick Name: JoJo, and the last to be called this regularly for obvious reasons.
  • In the Blood: His grandfather Jonathan had a Stand (that we only see Dio channel using Jonathan's body) that looked and had powers very similar to Hermit Purple. Some questionably canon material states that it is also called Hermit Purple.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Absolutely. It's also lampshaded by Esidisi.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: During Character Development phase, which contrasts greatly with his Nice Guy grandfather. That said, he might have been an obnoxious loudmouth as a teenager, but held deep respect for others nonetheless.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: He beats up a man for making his grandma cry, because he had to give her the bad news about Speedwagon's supposed passing. The man was a Mafia member though.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: His final super special plan consists of basically making the best use of his legs. In other words, to run the hell away while coming up with a better plan. His funny walk is referenced in the Capcom fighter and All-Star Battle, which has his retreat movement be much faster than everyone else's.
  • Lamarck Was Right: While Jonathan was an Instant Expert when he learned how to use the Ripple, Joseph is able to use Ripple techniques long before receiving any training. Oddly enough, this skipped a generation, as his father, Jonathan's son, had no Ripple ability whatsoever (although it was said he would have had the talent for it).
  • Large Ham: Mainly in Part 2, though he still has quite a few moments in Part 3.
    • Milking the Giant Cow: In Part 2 once more. He will never turn down the chance to make an overly dramatic pose even when he isn't hamming it up.
  • The Leader: Of the Part 3 heroes, though Jotaro is still the protagonist.
  • Leitmotif: I'm In Control is pretty much the "Joseph is cooler than you" song. And then there's the aptly-named Appearance for whenever he busts onto the scene.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: When he was younger.
  • Manly Tears: Frequently in Part 2. On one occasion (Caesar's death), an entire page was devoted to his Manly Tears.
  • Mary Tzu: In-universe: Kars eventually starts to believe this, and Joseph decides to play along to piss him off. His thoughts, however, reveal he doesn't plan nearly as much as he claims to do, but is willing to say that he did just to piss Kars off.
  • The Mean Brit: The fact that he's British is commented on more than a few times and he is, let's be honest, kind of a Troll. He's still a good guy, though.
    • He is technically American though, since he has lived with his family in New York for his entire life, he's even referred to as New York's Joestar.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Probably the most overtly fanservicey male Jojo. Hell, Part 2 might be more aptly described as "Jojo's Beefcake Adventure", given that he's subjected to so many exploitative-looking antics throughout it that you'd be forgiven for thinking he was a Gender Flipped modern-day superheroine. The anime throws in an Animation Bump during a The Coats Are Off scene seemingly for no real reason than this trope.
  • Moment of Weakness: Cheating on his wife wasn't exactly the most proudest moment of his life. He later shows regret for his affair and tries to compensate for not helping to raise his illegitimate son, though he's understandably cold towards him.
  • Nice Hat: Almost always seems to have one on in some way or form in official art, and spends most of Parts 3 and 4 with one. Hell, sometimes he manages to wear three of them at the same time.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Often clowns around in order to catch his enemies off-guard or make them underestimate him.
  • Occidental Otaku: He's collected comics and manga since his youth.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Shows up in one for one of the post-chapter doodles on one of the tankobons. Unsurprisingly, this makes for a popular subject in fanart.
  • Older and Wiser: In Part 3, he's mellowed down and is the voice of wisdom in the group.
  • Older Than They Look: Doesn't seem to have aged a wink between 19 and 30, and is as fit as an athlete despite being almost 70 in Part 3 as a result of his inborn Ripple powers. Doesn't carry over to his appearance in Part 4, unfortunately.
  • Papa Wolf: Will go as far as to give up his own life if it means protecting his children, adopted or not.
  • The Power of the Sun
  • Put on a Bus: Never appears again after Part 4.
  • Racist Grandma:
    • Played for laughs. He kicks a young man in the shin at JFK Airport for bumping into him after finding out that he's Japanese, but it's explained as just a grudge stemming from his Overprotective Dad nature. His heart doesn't seem to be in it normally, though, as he easily tolerates his half-Japanese grandson Jotaro as well as the fully Japanese Kakyoin, and most likely got over his prejudice altogether by Part 4 with another Japanese descendent, Josuke. At the least, he states that while he's not fond of the Japanese, he does like his Sony Walkman.
    • Also shows up in the occasional Part 3 gag where he makes some rather closed-minded assumptions about the local populace, only for them to be true anyway.
    • He grew up during WWII, AND wanted to be a pilot for the Air Force, so he unsurprisingly gained some anti-Japanese sentiment. But the fact that he has a Japanese grandson probably helped him ease up. So it would explain how grudgingly it is, but he almost completely mellows out after part 3, the part where he had two Japanese teens in his party to search for Dio.
  • Raised by Grandparents: After his fathers death and his mother disappearing after avenging that death lead to her being wanted, Joesph was left to be raised by his grandma Erina and Honorary Uncle Speedwagon.
  • Razor Floss: Some of his stunts in Part 2 involved strings which he could use as conductors for the Ripple. In Part 3, he uses the thorny vines of Hermit Purple for his tricks.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: In Part 2, he's the red to Caesar's blue, though it's eventually averted as Caesar is shown to be much more intense about just about everything and leaves reason behind more often than Joseph.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: It's never stated what career he took in adulthood after thwarting the scheme of the Pillar Men, though one can assume he still lives comfortably off the massive fortunes of Jonathan Joestar's estate well into his later years.
    • Actually averted, eventually, and his profession is revealed later in the manga. After Battle Tendency, he broke into the real estate business and became the most successful tycoon in New York. It's implied he helps fund the Speed Wagon Foundation after Speedwagon's death.
  • Say My Name: Caesar's death.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: In Part 2.
  • Semantic Superpower: He can produce an image by breaking anything, which he realizes in the fight against Mariah, where he smashes a pot of sand to make a map.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Speedwagon and Erina; when the latter hears this, she's understandably angry, since she loved Jonathan too much to remarry and how Speedwagon was happy to have his best friend get married after the ordeal. Justified as both kept the whole thing lip-tight; especially with the whole Dio ordeal.
  • Silver Fox: Brought up multiple times in-universe. And hey, Jotaro was already in his teens when Josuke was born.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is listed in several places as Josef rather than Joseph.
  • Stripperific: His Iconic Outfit bares the most skin out of any of the main characters' after Jolyne's (sometimes as much or even more, depending on the panel). So of course the official artwork for the anime is going to stick him in a belly shirt and pair of pants that looks ready to either fall off or burst, then milk it even further by giving him Jolyne's pants and making his outfit even more revealing.
    • Amusingly enough, that last image seems to be a rather literal example of this trope, given that with the pose and dangerously high cutaways, it's possible to add in a stripper pole without anyone even realizing it's an edit.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Gave a eulogy for Esidisi after seeing his Villainous Valor and shows Wamuu sincere respect by easing the pain of his death with his own blood.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Went from having poor Ripple control and barely being able to beat a normal (albeit skilled) vampire, to being able to curbstomp a Pillar Man with ease and out smart and defeat a Physical God.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Caesar's bandana becomes this to him in Part 2 after his death.
  • Trickster Archetype
  • True Companions: He is absolute devoted to grandma Erina and uncle Speedwagon.
  • Tsundere: Joseph is incredibly rude to friend and foe alike, but is a superb companion to those that win his respect and survive his bluster.
  • Undying Loyalty: He will cross deserts and storm Nazi bases and rip your shit, all to get to his beloved great-uncle Speedwagon.
  • Vapor Wear: Possibly, in the anime and related images.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Is noted to be not particularly powerful or technically proficient with the Ripple. However, unlike most users, he grew up with it and thus spent his developmental years sporadically practicing the bare basics enough to be very good at applying it in critical situations. Even after proper training, he is never referred to as particularly powerful, unlike his grandfather Jonathan or Lisa Lisa, but gets even more creative and versatile.
    • In Part 3, his stand, Hermit Purple, is easily one of the weakest in the series, but nonetheless, his superior skill and combat experience allows him to defeat stronger Stands like the Empress.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Becomes a Stand User later.
  • Whip It Good: Hermit Purple's other ability. Got to put those vines to use, y'know?
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Uses one against Santana by letting Santana eat him and then letting lose the Ripple from the inside out. And then does it again in the fight against Wham to distract him from a sneak attack.
  • Your Cheating Heart: How Josuke of Part 4 came into being; he was in his late 50's when he conceived the boy, thanks to his proficiency in Ripple Energy keeping him (relatively) young and attractive enough to seduce Josuke's mother.
  • You're Insane!: Caesar calls him 'insane' for using some clackers to fight Wamuu. Kinda hard to argue with.

Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli

Click here  to see Caesar as he appears in All Star Battle
Click here  to see Caesar as he appears in the anime
Voiced by: Takuya Sato (TV anime, All-Star Battle, Eyes of Heaven) (Japanese), Bryce Papenbrook (English)

The grandson of Will A. Zeppeli. A shameless flirt with more training in the Ripple than Joseph. He is recruited to help hone Joseph's skills.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Whatever color they're supposed to be, his cheekmarks are pink in the anime and turquoise in All-Star Battle.
  • Anyone Can Die: Runs in the family; he's killed in a combination of Wamu's Holy Sandstorm and a fallen block of the building crushing his bones.
  • Badass: Very much so. He's a better Ripple user then Joseph for starters, and even though Wamu kills him, Wamu had to exploit a brief opening to do so. Wamu even admits that if Kars had been the one to fight him, he would have probably lost.
  • Bare Your Midriff: During the first fight with the Pillar Men.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Caesar's father walked out on him and his siblings, leaving him poor, bitter, and itching for a chance to kill his father in Revenge. He ended up killing him indirectly by unknowingly walking into a dangerous situation, which led to his father losing his life to save him. The guilt from this incident fuels his desire to wipe out the Pillar Men.
  • Bubble Gun: His signature technique uses soapy water to create swarms of Ripple-infused bubbles which he can control remotely.
  • The Casanova: His defining trait, which makes his talent with words and mannerisms contrast with Joseph's Brutal Honesty.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: While Speedwagon was only antagonistic to Jonathan for a moment and became friends with him right away for sparing his life, Caesar and Joseph don't get along right away but slowly develop into friends over training. In addition to that, Speedwagon is extremely emotional but also determined where's Caesar prefers to act calm but in reality is very reckless and impulsive. There's also the fact that Speedwagon never learned the Ripple and lived a happy life where's Caesar knew it met his end in battle.
    • In comparison to his Grandfather who was welcoming of Jonathan as a student and took a Fatherly mentor role to him, Casear sees Joseph as a failure at first before learning to respect him. When William dies, he chooses to sacrifice himself to save Jonathan and give him his Ripple while Caser runs off to battle Wammu in a fit of anger and dies giving his headband to Joseph.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Crushed by a large piece of debris shaped like a cross.
  • Cultured Badass: A suave ladykiller and more polite than Joseph.
    • Inverted; he's actually more of a Delinquent than Joseph is, he just hides it well.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: His father abruptly abandoned the family upon discovering the Pillar Men, who he dedicated the rest of his life to destroying.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: After his father abandoned him, he became a hopeless and near-murderous delinquent. As an adolescent, he finally discovered his father beneath the Coliseum with the Pillar Men statues, only to get him killed when Wamuu decided to extend his drill-horn.
  • Death By A Thousand Cuts: His bubbles don't do a lot of damage individually, but he can generate them in large numbers.
    • It contributes to his death via Wamuu's Holy Sandstorm cutting him to shreds.
  • A Death in the Limelight: His final battle with Wamuu showed that you didn't need to be a Joestar to be a Badass in the series.
  • Delinquent: Despite his introduction as The Casanova, he's actually even more of a delinquent than Joseph was, especially in his flashback. He hides it extremely well.
  • Determinator: Despite being hit by Wamuu's Death By A Thousand Cuts, he still tries to keep fighting, even managing to grab Wamuu's lip ring so Joseph could take it when he dies.
  • Honor Before Reason: Decides to hunt the Pillar Men by himself, despite being told it's a trap, in order to avenge his family's loss. It results in his death.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He actually had Wamuu essentially beaten by trapping him with his sunlight bubbles, but his own attempt at finishing Wamuu off in a single blow led to his own undoing.
  • Hot-Blooded: Very much so later on. Ends up being a Fatal Flaw though as it gets him killed.
  • Green Eyes: One of the few characters in Jojo with canonical hair and eye colors, and has the wild personality to match.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: The Storge. His dream was to have a radiant family. Too bad he died before he got it back.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Bubbles!
  • It's Personal: Caesar desperately wants to kill the Pillar Men due to their roles in the deaths of his great-grandfather, grandfather, and father.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Post-Character Development.
  • The Lancer/The Rival: To Joseph.
  • Magic Kiss: He manipulated a woman with a Ripple Kiss.
  • Mercury's Wings: The feathers woven into his hair can come off as this depending on the panel/frame. More apparent in his ASB model, where they're either this or a pair of Tiny Tsundere Twintails.
  • The Power of the Sun: He is a Ripple user.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Generally the blue to Joseph's red, though this becomes inverted after his past is revealed and Joseph Took a Level in Kindness.
  • Revenge Before Reason: His desire to kill the Pillar Man more or less drives him to the point where he lashes out at Joeseph for not going after them when their base is right before them. It ends up being the death of him.
  • Sacrificial Lion: It's a genetic trait.
  • Tsundere: Mild nonsexual example. While he's usually not willing to admit it when Joseph is around, it's clear that he respects him deeply and cares about him enough to die for him.

Lisa Lisa (Elisabeth Joestar, ne Straizo)

Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (TV anime and All-Star Battle) (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)

Caesar's Ripple master, the adoptive daughter of Straizo, and Joseph's mother. She was the baby Erina saved at the end of Part 1. She is named after Lisa Lisa.
  • Action Girl: The first of many in the series.
  • Action Dress Rip: Does this to escape after taking revenge on the zombie who killed her husband.
  • Agony of the Feet: After she is stabbed in the back and rendered nearly dead by Kars, he stabs two holes in her feet and binds them with rope to bait Jojo into an uneven fight.
  • Badass
  • Combat Commentator: Alongside Kars during the Joseph-Wamuu duel.
  • Cool Mask: She first confronts Caesar and Joseph in a Carnevale mask.
  • Cool Shades: Wears them when things get serious.
  • Furo Scene: Which gets interrupted by a fight scene.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Towards Joseph mainly, being his Sink-or-Swim Mentor and putting up a heavily nonchalant facade. That is, until Caesar's death.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: She's Joseph's mother.
  • Lady of War: Very graceful and dignified in her Ripple use. At one point, she even wins a fight using a silk scarf.
  • Modesty Towel
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: It's a bit hard to raise your son when you're the number one fugitive of his home country.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In the 2012 anime, you get to see her nude backside when she's taking a bath. Everyone who didn't look at the manga might wanna see this.
  • Nerves of Steel: She keeps her cool, even when faced with situations a lesser man would break under.
  • Older Than They Look: Looks like she's in her 20s, but is actually 50. Justified since mastering the Ripple also slows down aging.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
  • Repetitive Name
  • Samus Is a Girl: When Joseph meets her, she is initially fully dressed and her face is concealed, and he thinks she must be a man... until she reveals her face.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Literally she puts the Ripple into it and uses it as a weapon.
    Lisa Lisa (in All Star Battle): "Think you can touch me?" [Enemy character lands attack] "Think me weak, do you?" [Scarf repels attack and wraps around attacker] "How do you like my Sathiphorosia Scarab-thread scarf? It transmits 100% of the Hamon that flows through it!" [Attacker is electrically shocked as Lisa Lisa lands multiple punches] "It was specially made..." [One final kick] "...and rather expensive."
  • Sexy Mentor: To Joseph and Caesar. Thankfully, she doesn't exploit it, because in light of certain reveals like being Joseph's mom, it would just be Squicky. She's also the one woman Caesar won't flirt with, since he greatly respects her and views her like a second mother.
  • Sexy Walk: It was stated in her profile that she has a very alluring walk.
  • She's Got Legs: Fitting for such a Kick Chick Lady of War like herself. See also the image under Ms. Fanservice.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: She even provides the page picture.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Invoked unsuccessfully. She calmly pulls out a cigarette when Caesar dies in an attempt to maintain her aura of cool stoicism. It almost works... until Joseph points out that her cigarette is upside down.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Elisabeth or Elizabeth?
  • The Stoic: Puts forth an air of cool detachment, even when she finds out about Caesar's death, which pisses off Joseph...
    • Not So Stoic: ...Until he notices that she put her cigarette in her mouth backwards. When he mentions this out loud, Lisa Lisa has a moment of quiet surprise before she breaks down weeping for her murdered student/surrogate son.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: She's actually Joseph's mother and also about 50 years old, but she looks so youthful because mastering the Ripple slows down aging.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Deconstructed. Because she killed her husband's killer (a zombie disguised as a high member of the army) without thinking it through, she became a national fugitive and had to abandon Joseph when he was just a child.

Rudol von Stroheim

Voiced by: Atsushi Imaruoka (TV anime, All-Star Battle, Eyes of Heaven) (Japanese), Dan Woren (English)

An officer experimenting upon the Pillar Men and vampires in Mexico to explore their potential as weapons of the German army.
  • Anime Hair: Notable case in that Stroheim was the inspiration for Guile's hairstyle.
  • Badass
  • Big Damn Heroes: Shows up in Narm Charm style with a Badass Army to save Joseph from Kars and his vampire army at the end of Battle Tendency.
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Break the Haughty: After realizing he has no hope of taking on the Pillar Men without Joseph's help.
  • Came Back Strong: After blowing himself up to take down Santana, he's rebuilt by German science into a superhuman cyborg engineered specifically to kill Pillar Men. Unfortunately, all the physical data they had regarding the Pillar Men came from the aforementioned Santana, who was the weakest of the four.
  • Camp Straight: There's no indication that he's anything but straight; it's even more likely he's not gay because he's a Nazi officer, a profession where being gay generally led to a short career (and lifespan). He's still incredibly flamboyant no less.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He even throws a nazi salute as a combat pose which was censored in the anime. He's (maybe) not as prejudiced as most Nazis, though.
  • Chest Blaster: A 50 cal machine gun, which later gets an ultraviolet light upgrade. His ridiculously campy pose when using it is infamous in the fanbase.
  • Cyborg: After blowing himself to smithereens in an attempt to kill Santana, Stroheim returns as a cyborg, complete with a suite of weapons built into his prostheses.
  • Deadly Distant Finale: Is said to have died during the Battle of Stalingrad... Somehow. The anime implies that he sacrificed himself to cover a German retreat, ultimately falling against massive Allied forces.
  • Disney Death: Of the "We Can Rebuild Him" variant, his fight with Santana resulted in a botched Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Enemy Mine: With Joseph. Remember, it's okay to team up with Nazis, but only if your mutual enemies are a race of super-powerful vampire-eating vampires.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: He doesn't really have the fanatical hatred of foreigners the Nazis are known for (at least he doesn't seem to hate the Joestars for being British). All he cares about is how much ass you can kick.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Subverted. While initially he's researching the Pillar Men for the purposes of strengthening the German army, he orders Santana's destruction upon seeing just how dangerous he is.
  • Eye Beams
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride; he is overconfident in virtually all situations and is always looking down on the Pillar Men. The first case even resulted in a Disney Death.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Fighting against a Nigh Invulnerable vampire god is a great way to learn how to get along with other people your philosophy teaches you to hate.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Eh, they put him back together again.
  • Heel-Face Turn: While he's a Nazi through and through, he begrudgingly joins forces with Joseph to take down the Pillar Men.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Attempts this to kill Santana, but he got better.
  • Hollywood Cyborg
  • Karmic Death: One of his earlier actions was to casually condemn a large group of Mexicans to death and spared only the boy who offered to take Stroheim's offer of sacrificing himself for the whole, an inexcusable act with only a For Science! reason. After the series, he dies fighting for the Nazi cause alone in Stalingrad against overwhelming Allied forces.
  • The Lancer: Replaces Caesar after his death.
  • Leitmotif: "Hike"/"Propaganda".
  • More Dakka
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Implied due to him not being the most Nazi-ish of Nazi's and being stated, during the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, to have died in the war — a proud soldier to the end.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His overzealousness in finishing off Kars leads to him accidentally powering the Red Stone mask he secretly put on, leading to his becoming the Ultimate Life Form.
  • No Indoor Voice: His VA really took his Large Ham tendencies Up to Eleven in the 2012 anime.
  • Noble Bigot: Averted. He might be a Nazi, but he doesn't care what race you are if you're brave.
  • Noble Demon: Despite being a fanatical Nazi soldier, he seems to lack the hate of foreigners common among Nazis (the reason may be, that according to the Nazis, the British were not deemed an "inferior race"). And also realizes that destroying the Pillar Men takes far higher priority than trying to use them as soldiers after what happened in Mexico.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His facial features and hair brings Dolph Lundgren to mind.
  • Pride: The heroes note that this is his Fatal Flaw.
  • Shout-Out: Over a decade before JoJo was conceived, Go Nagai had a German cyborg named Stroheim appear in Mazinger.
  • Taking You with Me: Sucessfully pulls this on Santana. It doesn't quite work, but unlike most cases, he also survives.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: His initial appearance screams every bit of the sterotypical Nazi evilness that he is, but after his Heel-Face Turn, he cracks up his german antic into an entertaining level.
  • Token Evil Teammate: To an extent.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Twice!


Erina Pendolton

See part 1

Robert E. O. Speedwagon

See part 1

Smokey Brown

Voiced by: Yuu Hayashi (Japanese), Robbie Daymond (English)

A pickpocket who steals from Joseph. However, Joseph defends him from the abusive cops who attempt to arrest him. He is named after Smokey Robinson.


Voiced by: Ryota Ohsaka (TV anime) (Japanese), Kyle McCarley (English)

Loggins and Messina

Loggins voiced by: Yutaka Nakano (TV anime and All-Star Battle) (Japanese)
Messina voiced by: Hidetoshi Nakamura (TV anime and All-Star Battle) (Japanese), Michael McConnohie (English)

They are named after Loggins and Messina.

Suzi Q

Voiced by: Sachiko Kojima (TV Anime), Shoko Saito (CD drama), Ryoko Kinomiya (OVA) (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)

Lisa Lisa's maid, who gets possessed by a Not Quite Dead Esidisi until Joseph and Caesar expel him. She also becomes the wife of Joseph, and eventually gives birth to Holly, Jotaro's mom.

She is named after the Dale Hawkins song "Susie Q".
  • Body Horror: She practically explodes with blood when Esidisi was possessing her.
  • Brainless Beauty: Zigzagged. She's got the looks, and a lot of the time it seems there's not much going on upstairs, but as explained below, Suzi Q is actually smarter than she acts.
  • Demonic Possession: Gets possessed by a Not Quite Dead Esidisi.
  • The Ditz: Without a doubt her most defining mental trait. First, she doesn't recognize Joseph at one point because he wasn't wearing his breathing mask. Secondly, Joseph's family and friends end up thinking Joseph died because she forgot to mail them the news he was alive, safe and recovering.
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: Even as a old lady she's still got quite the figure, as the Part 3 anime helpfully points out.
  • Hellish Pupils: Briefly took a hexagon shape with segmented lines when possessed by Esidisi.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Though they don't get much time together on paper, the end of Part 2 show that she and Joseph perfectly complement each other; in the anime, the flashback of their entire courting period is nothing but a series of stills of her trolling a practically paraplegic Joseph. Part 2 ends with Joseph chasing her around a car, threatening her with his prosthetic hand for letting everyone think he was dead for weeks on end while he was stuck in the hospital and getting married (having stumbled upon his funeral).
  • Love Interest: To Joseph; they even get married, though you'd already know this by now.
  • Meido
  • Ms. Fanservice: While she was always a cutie, she turns out to be quite the bombshell at the end of Battle Tendency.
  • Sexy Walk: Even in her late sixties, she still does this.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Despite pretty obviously being quite out of the loop on a lot of things, she was still smart enough to figure out that her daughter's life was in danger despite Joseph and Roses deliberately hiding said fact from her to keep her from worrying, and understands that Joseph and Jotaro's trip to Egypt was actually to save Holly from dying from DIO's curse.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Pretty much every possible spelling of Suzi is out there. Once (In the Duwang scans of Part 4) even translated as "Sigi".

George "Jorge" Joestar II

Joseph's father. An ace fighter pilot in World War I who died during the war while flying. This is just the cover story. In reality, he was killed by his commanding officer, who turned out to be a zombie henchman of Dio's.


Pillar Men

The main villains of Part 2. Tropes that apply to all of the Pillar Men:
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Averted. Out of the entire Pillar Men race, Kars only managed to convince Esidisi to join him, and was assaulted by the entire remainder of the species when they found out his ambitions. Wamuu and Santana were infants at the time and were raised to serve Kars afterwards.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Apparently Mesoamerican in origin, though the Pillar Man race appears to predate history and has traveled all over the globe during their quest for the Red Stone.
  • The Assimilator: Able to consume organic matter by touching it.
  • Body Horror/Lovecraftian Superpower: All of the Pillar Men have exquisite control over their own bodies and can use it to do things like shapeshift or other more Squicky things.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: The reason the Pillar Men have survived so long in spite of their Weaksauce Weakness is their ability to outsmart most conventional Ripple users, as well as many of the heroes in Part 2. Ultimately, though, their sheer suicidal overconfidence and ego drives them to make genre-blind blunders that often lead to their undoing.
  • Determinator: Their Healing Factors allow them to come back from life-threatening injuries and make them very difficult to kill.
  • Facial Markings
  • Genius Bruiser: In addition to being very powerful fighters, they are also geniuses in and out of battle, and are capable of understanding modern language and technology in mere seconds.
  • Horned Humanoid
  • Humanoid Abomination
  • Immortality: Of the From a Single Cell type.
  • Large Ham
  • Last of His Kind: The 4 Pillar Men are the last members of their race. Kars slaughtered the rest.
    • Sole Survivor: Of the four Pillar Men, Santana is the only one who's still alive by the end of Battle Tendency. Maybe.
  • Leitmotif: Awake for the Pillar Men as a whole.
  • Musical Theme Naming: The Pillar Men are named after Santana, The Cars, AC/DC, and Wham.
  • Never Heard That One Before: Their reaction in general to those saying they'll take revenge for fallen friends. It both bores and amuses them.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The actual name of their race is unknown; they're only called the "Pillar Men" by the other characters because they were hibernating in stone pillars. It's likely that their race doesn't actually have a name.
  • Stripperific: If they wear anything more than a loincloth, it usually isn't much. Averted briefly when Kars switches to a Badass Longcoat to better fit in.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Ancient Mayincatec demigod vampires at that.
  • Physical God: Their goal, although they're already pretty damn close. Kars literally is one after he becomes the Ultimate Life Form.
  • Really 700 Years Old: They predate human civilization, Wamuu and Santana are stated to be 12,000 and 10,000 years old respectively.
    • Time Abyss: Esidisi and Kars however, are 92,000 and 102,000 years old respectively.
  • Retcon: The Stone Mask in Part 1 was thought to be a ritual mask created by Mayincatec cults who desired immortality. Part 2 introduces the Pillar Men, the real creators of the mask.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The details of their reasons behind hibernation are vague, but they are definitely immobile until the 30s and wreak havoc onto the world once they're all unsealed. Bonus points for Kars and Santana, who get sealed twice, the former once through hibernation and a second time when his Adaptive Ability works against him, putting him into frozen stasis in order to survive space; the latter being sealed after being exposed to sunlight.

Kars (Mode: Light)

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (TV anime, All-Star Battle, Eyes of Heaven) (Japanese), Will Barrett (English)
Without Headdress

The leader of the Pillar Men, he and his two associates are revived in the 1930s when the Nazis unintentionally awaken them. His goal is to augment a stone mask with the Red Stone of Aja, allowing the stone mask's tendrils to pierce his and the other Pillar Men's brains and make them into Ultimate Lifeforms.

He is named after the Cars or the Gary Newman song Cars.
  • Adaptive Ability: Cranked Up to Eleven once he becomes the perfect life form.
  • And I Must Scream: Even though he attained the immortality he sought, he was launched into outer space and had all of the air in his body frozen, being rendered unable to return to Earth and frozen in the form of a statue. Eventually, he went insane and never thought again to cope with the sheer horror of his situation.
  • Ambition Is Evil: To literally genocidal extremes.
  • Asexual: Or, as the profile (and meme) goes, SEX: USELESS.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The leader of the Pillar Men, and responsible for the massacring of his entire race.
  • Badass
    • Badass Longcoat: Kars knows better than his companions how to blend into modern society with style.
  • Barbarian Longhair: His mane is glorious only for it's sheer lenght, otherwise it's unkempt and warrior like..
  • Big Bad: Of Battle Tendency.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He finally gets the perfect immortality he desired, only to soon regret it, as he's forced to forever drift though space, unable to think in the end.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: His primary power.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Exhibits this more than other Pillar Men. He respects the natural world more than he does humans, leading to odd simultaneous dog petting and kicking moments where he will kill drunken drivers to save a dog, and purposely complicate a landing he could easily survive to avoid crushing a patch of flowers.
  • The Chessmaster: This line pretty much sums it up:
    "Move your pieces effortlessly across the board, making them effortlessly reduce the risks to minimum! Chance has nothing to do with it! That's a true fight!"
  • Combat Commentator: Served as this alongside Lisa Lisa for Joseph and Wamuu's duel.
  • Combat Pragmatist: To the point of offering Lisa Lisa a weapon so that their battle will be fair in Wamuu's honor... but using a body-double to get her guard down and stab her through the heart. He doesn't care about honor in the end — he just wants the Red Stone of Aja.
  • Complete Immortality: Upon becoming the Ultimate Life Form.
  • Compressed Hair: His headscarf is hiding a huge mane of Rapunzel Hair.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonistic: In contrast to Dio's egotism and For the Evulz tendencies, Kars is a much more amoral figure who cares only for his goal being achieved, cares deeply for his comrades, and goes out of his way to protect parts of nature that aren't human. In a more literal example, whereas Dio prefers to kick dogs, Kars would rather pet them. He's also more reserved than Dio was, at first at least anyway.
    • Goes completely out the window once his subordinates are dead and he indulges in levels of sadism that Dio would be proud of.
    • It goes beyond that. While on the surface, Dio is a monster who enjoys killing people, he still has some sort of twisted sense of honor and even shows respect to those he considers Worthy Opponent. Kars, on the other hand, is willing to do anything to get his objectives, and, unlike Dio, he shows no respect or honor against his opponents.
  • Consummate Liar: If he offers you the chance to fight fairly, he's planning to skew the playing field in his favour so hard it hurts. However, he's so good at sounding convincing that it's easy to be fooled by him.
  • Disc One Final Boss: THE SINGLE most powerful character in the Jojo-verse franchise, and yet meets his end at the end of the second of eight sagas. Keep in mind that while he is incredibly powerful and later achieves Complete Immortality, he would probably lose to some Stand users who can defy metaphysics.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: In the 2012 Anime.
  • Evil Counterpart: He can be seen as one to Lisa Lisa in the sense that both are leader figures and Combat Pragmatists who focus on long-term strategizing and the big picture in contrast to their apprentices, who focus more on short-term tactics. Parallels extend to their physical appearances as well; Lisa Lisa's long hair makes her an elegant and Raven Hair Ivory Skinned Lady of War, whereas Kars is appropriately an Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette whose unkempt hair makes him both a Long-Haired Pretty Boy and also a Barbarian Longhair.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Esidisi's death pissed him off.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While waiting on Esidisi to return from a mission, he sees a couple of reckless drivers dangerously close to running over a dog. He then proceeds to use his bone blade to slice the car (and the driver) in two, saving the dog in the process.
  • Evil Laugh: Underneath his stoicism, he's got an epically hammy laugh fitting for a Jo Jo Big Bad.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Politely offers Lisa Lisa some poison to commit suicide with when it looks like Wamuu's going to win, but then shows himself to be the dirtiest of fighters during his battle with her.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Becoming immortal really isn't worth it when you're consigned to wandering space for all of eternity, to the point that your brain stops working.
  • Genius Bruiser: By far the smartest of the Pillar Men, even if his special abilities are less powerful than the others. And he was the one who invented the Stone Masks, after all.
  • A Glass of Chianti: He was drinking a red glass of something in a rather sophisticated manner during the Joseph-Wamuu duel.
  • A God Am I: Views himself as one and eventually succeeds.
  • Greater Scope Villain: Of the entire Jojo Saga, in the sense that he created the Stone Mask, leading to Dio's ascension to power.
  • Guyliner: Particularly in the anime.
  • The Heavy: The entire series, starting with Dio's ascendance to vampiredom — the same Dio who would become a heavy influence over the story in his own right — began with Kars' desire to be in the sun.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Much of his final fate can be attributed to this. First of all he's launched into outer space by the same Aja that he used to become immortal, then is prevented from retaliating by the very arm he cut off of Joseph earlier, and finally, his own Adaptive Ability causes him to become frozen forever.
  • Honor Before Reason: Kars would probably be better off just leaving Joseph to his own devices after becoming the Ultimate Life Form instead of going out of his way to kill Joseph just because he thinks it would be thematically appropriate to kill the biggest thorn in his side now that he's invincible.
  • Immortal Procreation Clause: Being the ultimate life form means he no longer needs to procreate.
  • Interim Villain: Acting as one for Dio Brando, being the Big Bad, until his return as DIO.
  • Irony: Kars is considered one of, if not the, smartest Jo Jo villain, smart enough to become the Ultimate Lifeform. So when he's finally beaten, it's his genius mind to go first, not his body.
  • Jerkass: Is probably the most openly sadistic of the Pillar Men. Just look at how he treats Lisa Lisa.
  • Large Ham: He slowly gets hammier with each appearance. By the time his turban comes off, it gets to the point of him playing "leg guitar" with the unconscious Lisa Lisa's legs just to gloat at Joseph.
  • Leitmotif: "Avalon" once he becomes the Ultimate Lifeform.
  • Light Is Not Good: His powers are light-themed. It's mostly aesthetic since his metal blades refract light, giving off the look that they are glowing. However, when he becomes the Ultimate Lifeform, he can use Hamon.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Averted especially at one point while his Stripperiffic allies only make some noticeable changes to their outfits in their second appearances, Kars briefly wore a Badass Longcoat, a Nice Hat, and pants with boots in order to infiltrate the Nazi camp without standing out. Because a near naked man would have no trouble, walking in a cold Switzerland, and would definitely not be seen as suspicious. He then goes back to his Walking Shirtless Scene outfit on the following reappearance.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: As the ultimate life form, he can turn parts of his body into other animals. This includes things like turning his hand into a murderous squirrel and launching feather-arrows that turn into armadillo scales, piranhas, and giant cephalopods.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The most feminine-looking among the Pillar Men, and described as having the beauty of a Greek god after becoming the Ultimate Life Form. Outside of that, he's probably the most shining example of a Walking Shirtless Scene within the series.
  • Near Villain Victory: He succeeds in getting the stone, putting it in the mask and becoming the ultimate lifeform like he always desired making him unkillable. He's only stopped due to Joseph managing to hang onto the Aja stone and his instincts subconsciously kicking in to hold it out as Kars goes in for the kill with a Ripple. The stone amplifies Kar's ripple and causes the volcano to erupt the chuck of rock their on into the air. Some last minute luck with Joseph's severed hand stopping Kars' escape manage to push him out of the planet's atmosphere where the vacuum of space does the rest of the job in sealing his fate.
  • Pet the Dog: Almost literally, to demonstrate that he does have some concept of morality, skewed as it may be. Only applies to plants and animals, though. With humans, on the other hand, as far as he's concerned, he believes that as a superior being, he has a right to indulge in some of the most pointlessly cruel dog-kicking moments ever. Why? Because he finds everyone else's anger and despair amusing.
  • Power Gives You Wings: His most preferred transformation after becoming the Ultimate Life Form was become a winged bird humanoid.
  • The Power of Creation: Can turn parts of his body into animals by manipulating his DNA after becoming the Ultimate Lifeform.
  • The Power of the Sun: Gains the ability to use the ripple after becoming the Ultimate Lifeform.
  • Physical God: Literally.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Sanity Slippage: It all goes downhill once he becomes the Ultimate Lifeform, to the point where he stops thinking.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Although it was in self-defense, unlike a certain Dio Brando.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Has been spelled as Cars, Karz, or Kaaz.
  • The Stoic: Comes off as being the most serious of the Pillar men at first, though as he gets closer to the Aja, even he isn't immune to becoming a Large Ham.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Notably the first one in the series, and the only non-Stand one. Not only does he get Complete Immortality, and a virtually unlimited Adaptive Ability, he's also immune to sunlight, the one Pillar Man weakness, AND can use Ripple; thus, not only could he not be harmed by the same Weaksauce Weakness as his companions, he could actually use it to his advantage.
  • Ultimate Life Form: What he seeks to become after finding the Red Stone of Aja. When he becomes it, he's immortal, able to mutate and evolve his form into other beings as needed, and has no need for descendants and consequently, sex.
  • The Unfettered: What makes him so dangerous compared to the other Pillar Men is that things like scruples and standards won't hold him back from becoming the Ultimate Lifeform. Joseph even describes him as such, though in typical style he takes advantage of Kars' own persistence at various times to turn the tables on him.
  • Too Powerful to Live: Or rather, too powerful to stay on Earth. Not only having an Adaptive Ability cranked Up to Eleven, but he had the power of Ripple on a much higher level than any character in the series, so he had to leave the plot. Though to be honest, he would've eventually been beaten by the Stand Users who defy metaphysics, especially Giornio's.
  • Vibroweapon/Chainsaw Good: How his Blade Below the Shoulder works.
  • Villainous Friendship: He has a good deal of respect for his comrades, even raising Wammu and Santana. Even after the reveal that many of his honorable qualities are an act he specifically states in his battle with Joesph that he intends to avenge his fallen friends.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: If he hadn't made the Stone Mask which in turn created vampires, the Ripple wouldn't have found its combative use in order to counter the vampiric menace. And that's not even getting into how it would've drastically changed Dio and the Joestars' destinies if the mask didn't exist. Also applies to much of Battle Tendency itself. Once the Pillar Men are awakened and the heroes are pulled into the conflict, it turns into a race to see who can beat the other to the rings/stone/etc.
  • Visionary Villain: Kars' original goal was to allow his race to overcome their weakness to sunlight and become god-like beings, and his genocide of his people was only done in self-defense. He even provides the page picture.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Most of the time, but makes a notable exception to his colleagues as he wore a Badass Long Coat complete with a Nice Hat during his first attempt to get the Red Stone of Aja.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Sunlight like all vampires. Notably inverted as he gains The Power of the Sun as well as immunity to sunlight once he becomes the Ultimate Life Form.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His original goal was to have his race overcome their weakness to become invincible. However, it would mean they'd have to waste a great deal of life in order to do so, as they hadn't discovered the Red Stone at the time. The result was Kars killing everyone in self-defense.
  • Winged Humanoid: Can turn into one by making his arms wings after becoming the Ultimate Life Form.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Tells Lisa Lisa that he finds it distasteful to hurt a woman, then goes and brutally stabs her in the back anyway after tricking her into attacking a body double.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Unlike Wamuu, he is willing to kill children because they'll grow up to be powerful Ripple warriors seeking revenge.
  • World's Strongest Man: He became THE strongest physical force in the series after becoming the Ultimate Lifeform.
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: Kars' entire quest is to get the Red Stone to become the Ultimate Life Form. Of course he's going to get that far or else there would be no plot, though Joseph still manages to find a way. Kars still becomes the Ultimate Life Form, thwarting the heroes' attempts to stop it; however, Joseph still manages to send him into space, nullifying his threat.

Esidisi (Mode: Fire)

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (TV anime, All-Star Battle, Eyes of Heaven) (Japanese), Chris Jai Alex (English)

One of the Pillar Men. He is named after AC/DC.

Wamuu (Mode: Wind)

Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka (TV anime, All-Star Battle, Eyes of Heaven) (Japanese), Paul St Peter (English)

One of the Pillar Men. He is named after Wham!.

Santana (Mode: Flesh)

Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (TV anime) (Japanese), Kaiji Tang (English)

One of the four Pillar Men resurrected by Stroheim. He is named after Santana.
  • Bad with the Bone: His Rib Blades ability, which allows him to extend his ribs out of his body to shish-kebab opponents.
  • Badass Baritone/Evil Sounds Deep
  • Body Horror: He can do this with his body by making it extremely thin to fit into an air vent or extending his ribcages out of his flesh as a weapon. He also inflicts an Eye Scream on a hapless Nazi, causing a Body Horror transformation into an obese sub-human.
  • The Brute: Not a man of many words, so he relies on physical action instead. Justified in that he's slowly learning the language after being imprisoned longer than his superiors.
  • Creepy Monotone: Subverted. He's just slow at picking up modern language compared to the other Pillar Men, and once he gets the hang of it, he's as hammy as the rest of them.
  • Disc One Final Boss: He's initially referred to as the creator of the Stone Mask until his three superiors show up, one of which is the one who actually invented them.
  • Dub Name Change: The reference to him in All-Star Battle changes his name to "Santviento", roughly Spanish for "warm wind". This is actually appropriate, given that's what Stroheim claimed to be naming him after.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: As the Nazis found out.
  • Facial Markings: Has a marking under his left eye shaped like half of a gear.
  • Implacable Man: He's like a biological Terminator!
  • No Name Given: His name was made up by Stroheim. However, Kars later refers to him as Santana, so maybe Stroheim happened upon the right name.
  • The Stoic: The least emotional of the Pillar Men.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Although Stroheim first assumes that he has the intelligence of a caveman, he's actually extremely intelligent and capable of learning things at a heightened rate. He just needs some time to adjust to his surroundings.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Does this to a hapless Nazi and Stroheim via Grand Theft Me.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Technically speaking, he's above both Dio and Straizo in terms of vampiric power.
    • Meanwhile, as powerful as he is, he's still far inferior to the three Pillar Men in Europe, seeing as it took him a while to pick up modern language whereas the others were able to learn it in an instant, and he has no specific powers of his own that aren't universal to the Pillar Man race.
  • Sole Survivor: Of the four Pillar Men, Santana is the only one who's still alive at the end of Battle Tendency. Maybe.
    • Last of His Kind: By extension as the 4 Pillar Men were the last members of their race.
  • Taken for Granite: Looks to be this when he is first found inside the pillar in Mexico, though he's actually just hibernating. Happens to him for real after Joseph takes care of him, though. Twice.
  • Ultimate Life Form: One of a group of uber-vampires, and described as being one, though the others are even more powerful.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Wears nothing more than a thong, which is far less than his slightly more dressed allies have.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He spent the majority of his screen time trying to adjust to modern times, but by the time he fully adjusts, he is sealed away once more.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After he was turned to stone and taken for studying by the Speedwagon Foundation, we don't hear of him even at the ending. It's usually assumed that Joseph destroyed him offscreen.

Other villains


See part 1


Voiced by: Kenichiro Matsuda (TV anime) (Japanese), Ray Chase (English)

A strange German assassin sent to capture Joseph as he travels the Mexican desert.

Wired Beck

Voiced by: Satoshi Tsuruoka (TV anime) (Japanese), Mike Davis (English)

A vampire the Pillar Men created with a stone mask. He guards the inner sanctum of the Pillar Men's fortress in Switzerland. He is named after Jeff Beck and his album Wired.
  • Camp Straight: Very effeminate and flamboyant. Mentions killing his girlfriend.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He was pretty much doomed just by appearing in front of Lisa Lisa.
  • Spikes of Villainy: He can turn every hair on his body into a large metal spike. However, they fall off shortly after meeting Lisa Lisa.
  • Verbal Tic: "OK?"
    • Though also translated as "Man" or "Buddy" (e.g. "You could say I'm in his debt, man.").
  • You Are Already Dead: As soon as Lisa Lisa attacks him, he's pretty much living on a delayed reaction. Joseph even mocks him with this line.