Characters: Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Part 4
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Josuke Higashikata (Stand: Crazy Diamond)
The illegitimate son of Joseph Joestar. Josuke is known for his unique hairstyle and fierce temper regarding said hair. His adventures started when Jotaro tracked him down and informed him that he was Joseph's son and warned him about the deadly Stand user Angelo, who killed his grandfather shortly after the start of the story. Following that, he is pulled into the search for the serial killer that threatens Morioh-cho.
His Stand is Crazy Diamond, which allows Josuke to repair objects as he sees fit. This can be applied in several ways, including healing wounds, breaking two objects and combining them into one, and reducing something to its original components.
Note that going with the Theme Naming
of JoJo, the second kanji in his first name, can also be read as "jo," as well as that his proper name would be Josuke Joestar.
- Adorkable: Much like his father in his younger days, he's a big dork.
- And I Must Scream: Usually what he does to enemies he doesn't befriend.
- Anime Hair: His epic pompadour.
- Berserk Button: Never make fun of his hair, unless you want your face to literally be rearranged. This gets to the point of Josuke being driven literally blind with rage, preventing Heaven's Door from affecting him.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He will not, under any circumstance, kill you. But he will hurt you a lot if you piss him off.
- But Not Too Foreign: He's half Japanese and half British.
- Chick Magnet
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Even more prominent when you actually have the protagonist of the last part in the new one as well. From their first meeting alone, Josuke is a visibly far more relaxed and friendlier individual than Jotaro ever will be. As a result, Josuke befriends and gets along with people that Jotaro never could, like people with rotten personalities and his own silly mother. Josuke is also flightier and more prone to getting involved in silly antics and convoluted schemes than to his Straight Man nephew. On the other hand...
- Not So Different: Josuke also has a lot of the traits that Jotaro had when he was a delinquent himself; Same attachment to their favorite head ornaments (hair and hat respectively), same disregard for rules that inconvenience them, same lack of father figure in their lives, same intense sense of justice and loyalty to their friends, and same explosive attitude. This also extends to Josuke and his father Joseph, despite Josuke's initial hangups. Both of them are the goofiest and most personable Joestars to date.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Not for him, but when he finally defeated Angelo, he used Crazy Diamond to fuse him with a rock, and then he slapped a sign on him that read: "Please leave your doggy's waste in front of the rock".
- It also might an example of Cruel Mercy and/or Ironic Hell, because Angelo really hated doggy waste!
- There was also the time he printed the Enigma guy into paper...
- Combat Medic: His Stand, Crazy Diamond, is almost on par with Jotaro's Star Platinum when it comes to melee combat; it's also one of the rare instances where the healing power itself doubles as an offensive measure.
- Defeat Means Friendship: To a ridiculous extent. Almost everyone he faces ends up becoming his ally.
- Expy: Before Araki changed his art style to resemble "Fist of the North Star" less, there'd be some shots of him where you'd be most forgiven for thinking that he was related to Kenshiro.
- Fighting Spirit/Weirdness Magnet
- The Gambling Addict: Ask the pachinko owner. He also demonstrates this when trying to get extra money for the summer from Rohan.
- Genre Blind: Joseph tells Josuke that a Stand is suddenly turning the immediate area around a baby they found invisible. Josuke assumes he's senile. This can be a bit frustrating to a reader who has just finished Stardust Crusaders, where the characters would immediately assume anything even a little out of the ordinary was the work of a Stand.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Crazy Diamond is capable of restoring almost anything, including living beings, to their original state. This eventually gets used for healing some seriously messy injuries. However, he cannot heal himself with this power.
- Heroic Bastard: Joseph's illegitimate son. Joseph was sixty-five at the time, meaning Josuke is actually younger than his nephew, Jotaro.
- Honor Before Reason: Good heart be blamed, as he took this trait to absurd levels! And it backfired on him on several occasions, but his Laser-Guided Karma always triggered during those moments.
- In Series Nick Name: JoJo.
- Japanese Delinquents: A funny subversion: He looks like one thanks to his perpetual uniform and his characteristic pompadour, but personality-wise is almost the opposite provided said pompadour is not even remotely insulted.
- Kiai: DORARARARARARARA!!!
- Nice Guy: Most of the time. He is actually one of the nicer JoJos in the series.
- No Self Buffs: To prevent him from becoming Nigh Invulnerable, Josuke is incapable of using Crazy Diamond's healing powers on himself.
- Odd Name Out: The "Jo Jo" Theme Naming isn't as obvious in Josuke's name as it is in the others.
- Personality Powers: As Jotaro discovered, the nature of Josuke's stand is a reflection of his good heart and desire to help those around him.
- Power Incontinence: If Josuke is distracted or angry, things tend to look really weird when he repairs them.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Okuyasu's Red.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Resembles Jotaro.
- Swiss Army Superpower: His ingenuity allows him to use his power to repair (and rearrange) things in plenty of creative ways.
- Symbol Motif Clothing: Hearts.
- Thou Shall Not Kill: Notable for being the only JoJo that doesn't kill a single person (except some Stand-using rats). He even went to great lengths to save the life of some of his foes.
- That said, he will mess you up good though. He even inflicted And I Must Scream against his first villain, and taunts the resulting statue.
- And when faced with a bed-ridden villain who pathetically begs "you wouldn't bully a weak and helpless cripple now, would you?", Josuke heals him back to prestine health with Crazy Diamond, and THEN:
- Why Did It Have To Be Turtles?: Averted. He is first seen confronting his fear by trying to touch a turtle; this is the only time he ever encounters one, it poses no obstacle to him whatsoever, and he even heals it after its shell gets shattered by some local thugs. Not that this stops him from getting spooked again by it shortly afterwards.
- Informed Flaw: ...Good for him no villain tried to exploit this weak-point, despite the Enigma battle being a perfect opportunity to do so.
- You Killed My Grandfather: He eventually gets to punish Angelo for what he did.
- You're Not My Father: He was initially cold and indifferent to Joseph's attempts to be a father to him, and angrily tells the old man to not even bother trying after being absent all his life. In Joseph's defence, he was never told about the boy's existence; and when Josuke saw just how sincere he was about wanting to be a loving and strong father-figure (cutting his wrists so his blood will locate where a drowning invisible baby girl is), he finally comes to respect and love him in return.
- Zany Scheme: He managed pull a couple of ingenious and successful money-making ploys...but not without incidents.
Jotaro Kujo (Stand: Star Platinum)
See part 3
Koichi Hirose (Stand: Echoes Act 1/Echoes Act 2/Echoes Act 3)
A schoolmate of Josuke's. He led a perfectly normal, boring life until he was pierced by the Stand Arrow. While he was too weak for it to work and was fatally wounded, Josuke healed him with Crazy Diamond, allowing him to eventually use the Stand granted to him by the Arrow.
Koichi's Stand is named Echoes and comes in several "Acts", each with a different power set; Koichi can only use one version of Echoes at a time. Act 1 can plant a written sound on something, which will repeat and increase in volume; it remains relevant despite Acts 2 and 3 due to its excellent movement range making it a useful scout. Act 2 can also plant written sounds, but these will instead "become real"; for example, if it plants the sound "whoosh", a strong gust of wind will appear; if it plants "cracklecrackle", flames will appear; etc. Act 3 has Act 2's sound powers along with the ability to generate a gravity well under anything it punches
- Anime Hair
- Badass Adorable
- Berserk Button: Don't touch his his mother or her sister.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: Voiced by women in all adaptations he's in.
- Death Glare
- Evolution Power-Up/ Multiform Balance: Echoes has 3 forms. ACT 3 is the strongest form but they have all their advantages.
- Expy: Shares the same name and a similar appearance and personality to a character from Araki's first serialized manga series, Magic Boy B.T. He is also an expy of Gohan, and Echoes an expy of Cell.
- Fighting Spirit/Weirdness Magnet
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Echoes' power to attach a sound to a person may be easy to dismiss in a fight, but you have to remember in its first ever appearance, it defeated a villain by driving him nearly insane from extremely loud, painful sounds ripping into his ears constantly. Rendered irrelevant later when Echoes Act 2 and 3 gain much more useful abilities.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Unlike other characters, Koichi visibly struggles early on with learning how to summon or control his Stand, possibly because he would have been one of the people that doesn't survive the Arrow, but being healed by Josuke allowed him to cheat death and get a Stand when he normally wouldn't be capable of it.
- Magnetic Hero: Through his actions he became appreciated by many characters in the manga, even his old enemies.Rohan himself stated that he appreciates him.
- Nice Guy
- Official Couple: Surprisingly he ends up with Yukako.
- Older Than They Look: His height's probably to blame.
- Ordinary High School Student
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Echoes Act 3 is about as tall as Koichi. It also packs a mean punch.
- Defiant to the End/"The Reason You Suck" Speech: A non lethal example. But he was ready to die a clearly said to Kira that he sucked
- Sensitive Guy: To Josuke and Okuyasu's Manly Men.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Echoes Act 3 is very foul-mouthed, even in the Japanese original.
- Took a Level in Badass: Several times, actually. The first time he did, his Stand was created, the other times his Stand leveled up with him. Ends with his Crowning Moment of Awesome: "Your stupidity has exposed you! I will wait for you in the other world!"
- Unsound Effect: Echoes's first ability.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Okuyasu Nijimura (Stand: The Hand)
Josuke's schoolmate. At first he antagonizes Josuke at the behest of his elder brother, but the two later become friends. He's a bit slow on the uptake.
Okuyasu's stand is The Hand. When he swings his right hand, anything along the arc's path will vanish, and the resulting gap will close; for example, if Okuyasu erases the middle section of a sign, the two ends will join in the middle. Okuyasu commonly uses this ability to teleport by erasing the air in front of him and zooming in to replace it. Despite the incredible potential of this ability, Okuyasu is too stupid to consider its implications and is poor in a fight. Well, most of the time.
- Avenging the Villain: His determination to stop Akira stems from this, even though he acknowledges that his brother probably got what was coming to him.
- Back from the Dead: In the final battle, Okuyasu comes back from getting a large chunk of his abdomen blown to smithereens. Just in time to save Josuke, too!
- The Big Guy: The Hand is essentially pure strength in Stand form.
- Butt Monkey: Like Polneraff and Narancia, he is usually the first person to get subjected to enemy Stands.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Expect to see this a lot where Josuke is concerned.
- Dumb Muscle
- Expy: Shares a lot of similarities with Polnareff from part III. Both are impulsive, a bit dim, and are usually the first guys to be affected by enemy Stands. But at the same time, they are determined, and more loyal to their True Companions than anyone else.
- Kuwabara, being both soft-hearted and extremely gullible.
- Fighting Spirit/Weirdness Magnet
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: He is obviously the foolish one.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Josuke. They are almost always seen hanging out together.
- The Lancer: Shares this with Koichi and sometimes Rohan to Josuke.
- Lethal Joke Character: The Hand erases from existence anything it swipes. This would be one of the single most dangerous stands in the franchise if it was being used by...well, anyone smarter than Okuyasu.
- Portal Cut: Okuyasu personally believes that this is how The Hand's ability works, but claims that he has no idea where the portal leads.
- Power Palm: There's a reason his stand is called The Hand, after all.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Josuke's Blue.
Rohan Kishibe (Stand: Heaven's Door)
A mangaka noted for his incredible success at just 20 years old and his extremely
eccentric personality. His stand is Heaven's Door, which makes anyone who sees his artwork (tracing his finger in the air is adequate) into an "open book" that he can freely read and write notes in. With these notes he can alter people's personalities with phrases like "I cannot attack Rohan Kishibe" or "I speak fluent Italian"; even things like "I will fly backward 10 meters" will have an effect.
- Author Avatar: Subverted. Although he shares many traits with Araki, the latter has mentioned in interviews that his personality is nothing like Rohan's despite the superficial similarities. For one thing, although Araki likes Josuke, Rohan can't stand him.
- Bare Your Midriff: Most of his outfits.
- Breakout Character: Very popular among the fans. He is the main protagonist in some one-shots. And Araki recently said that fans were asking him when will he appear in part 8. It's his counterpart though.
- Brutal Honesty: Really, really brutal.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a very capable mangaka, but he has a lot of quirks.
- The Cameo: He's briefly namedropped in Stone Ocean as one of the few mangaka who are still making their deadlines after Made in Heaven takes effect. Keep in mind, that means he's drawing entire chapters of manga in a couple minutes each when time is going so fast that the ink on his pen should be drying out before he can touch paper.
- Cerebus Retcon: According to the Jorge Joestar novel, the incident outlined in The Cameo above was not just a joke. Rohan was so utterly absorbed in his work that Made in Heaven simply didn't affect him and he carried over into the next universe unchanged.
- Characterization Marches On: Initially, he's portrayed as being reclusive, extremely rude, and possibly even mentally unstable. As time went on, those traits got toned down considerably to where he seemed more eccentric than anything else. He almost seems like a different character in the one-shots compared to how he seemed at his first appearance.
- A Day in the Limelight: To date there are five oneshots starring him. He's sometimes considered a "bonus" protagonist.
- Spinoff: Going to be the star of a new short in Weekly Jump called Rohan Kishibe Does Not Move.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Only partially. Rohan gets along very well with Hazamada and Koichi, but not Josuke. He was defeated by the latter, mind you.
- God Mode: His Stand amounts to this, especially once it becomes clear that he can even use it on himself. He can make it impossible for others to attack him and if he had just a little more motivation, he could have been one of the most fearsome characters in the series with it.
- Fiction 500: The wealth gained from the popularity of his manga allows him to buy Gucchi, Armani and mountain ranges with enough money to make Scrooge McDuck green with envy.
- Fighting Spirit/Weirdness Magnet
- Haunted Hero: From the manga to the one-shots, every story about Rohan involves him encountering ghosts.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Rohan believes that normal people are a waste of his precious time, and will ONLY show his barely kind and caring side to those who earn his respect.
- It's Personal: He's even more motivated to bring down Kira when he learns that one of Kira's victims once babysat him at her home on the same night Kira chose her as his newest "girlfriend" donor. She neglected her own safety so she could ensure that Rohan would not be killed as well. Suffice to say that Rohan becomes determined to repay her sacrifice.
- Lack of Empathy: Caused by a combination of his inborn eccentricity and his pride in his skills as an artist. He does slowly gain some after befriending Kouichi.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: By turning peoples flesh into pages, he can rip the pages out, taking their memories and weight.
- Mad Artist: He is eccentric, arrogant, reclusive, and initially comes across as sociopathic though he shows his nicer side later.
- A Man Of Wealth And Taste: Wealthy, yes. Buys top classy brands, oh definitely. Taste? Well... His are "different" as his personality.
- Meaningful Name: In Rohan au Louvre, he explains that his parents combined the characters for "tied to" and "the ephemeral" to give him the name "Rohan". This explains why he seems to always attract wandering spirits.
- Nice Hat: Heavens's Door has one.
- No Export for You: His comics have Taiwanese and French translations, but no English. According to Rohan, the American industry has no taste and won't publish him.
- One-Liner: "However, I refuse."
- Personality Powers: Heaven's Door is perfect for someone with writer's block.
- Reclusive Artist
- Rewriting Reality: His stand, Heaven's Door, has the ability to alter a target's thoughts, memories, and even their physical space. As of Rohan au Louvre, he can even use the ability on himself.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He bought a few mountains in order to stop construction so he could proceed with research for his manga in an undisturbed environment. He went bankrupt in the process, but money is never an object to him anyway.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: When Josuke attempts to trick him into betting enormous amounts of money in a gambling game involving an alien disguised as dice, Rohan becomes so focused on figuring out how Josuke cheats that he fails to notice that his very expensive home is on fire. He then proceeds to ignore the fire entirely, still hell-bent on figuring out Josuke's scheme. Later on, it is shown that he was quick to pay for the extremely high housing repair costs incurred due to the fire without so much as batting an eyelash.
- Shōnen: Apparently Rohan's editors believed that he needed more large-breasted female characters for his manga to be successful. It seems that his manga, Pink Dark Boy, is an action story full of young men and was able to become a massive hit even without the addition of more female characters.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: While they do appreciate him, nearly everyone agrees that Rohan is an extremely unpleasant individual. Even Koichi is still unnerved around him from time to time. This suits Rohan just fine, since he has little interest in the rest of them in return, beyond being his allies in uncovering Kira. The only exceptions to this are with Koichi, the only friend he truly respects, and Josuke, the only friend he really hates.
- Tsundere: Type A
- Write What You Know: Like Araki, believes in researching reality to improve his stories. Maybe unlike Araki, he does some extreme things for that purpose. Early on he tortures a spider to see how it reacts to pain, then kills it...but not before tasting it with a casual lick.
- Write Who You Know: Being able to literally read people like books comes in handy for when he needs inspiration for new characters...
- The Worf Effect: Despite having one of the most broken stands in Part 4, Rohan constantly falls for traps set by enemy stand users.
The ghost of Yoshikage Kira's first victim. She clues in Koichi and Rohan to the presence of a serial killer in Morioh.
Kosaku Kawajiri's son.
- Badass Normal: Has no Stand power. Catches onto the villain first, escapes his elaborate trap, and throws himself in harm's way in a determined attempt to make sure Kira gets what he deserves. As a kid in elementary school, he more than qualifies.
- Papa Wolf: Ironic in that, being just a child, he's willing to die and even kill to protect his mother from Kira in the guise of his father.
Joseph Joestar (Stand: Hermit Purple)
See part 2
Josuke's mother, who is deeply in love with Joseph. She's rather normal, being as good of a parent she can to Josuke.
Josuke's grandfather. A police officer who served in Morioh for 35 years. A jokester who is somewhat neglectful of his duties, but genuinely eager to help his community. Gets killed by Anjuro.
Nijimura Family Patriarch (Stand: Nijimura Family Patriarch's Stand)
The father of the Nijimura brothers, the loss of the matriarch and descent into poverty made him abusive until coming into money sent by Dio. A seed implanted by Dio caused his body to mutate into a monstrous form, and later lose his ability to speak. This form would automatically heal any wounds inflicted. Keicho subsequently searched for a means to end his father's miserable life.
Tamami Kobayashi (Stand: The Lock)
A local thug who shakes down people for money by using his stand, The Lock, which places a heavy padlock on a target's heart that amplifies feelings of guilt. After his defeat at the hands of Koichi and his newly awakened Stand, he ceases his criminal activities and helps the party from time to time.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After being defeated, he becomes a follower of Koichi...and smaller in stature, for some reason.
- Driven to Suicide: If The Lock becomes heavy enough, its victim will become so guilt-addled that they'll think suicide the only proper thing to do.
- Heel-Face Turn: Brought on by not wanting to have his eardrums explode by Echoes.
- Loan Shark
- Older Than They Look: Not a Stand power, but he was an average-sized man till Koichi defeated him, which somehow resulted in him shrinking to midget size.
- Weirdness Magnet
Toshikazu Hazamada (Stand: Surface)
A bully at Koichi's high school. He uses his stand, Surface, to alter a life-size wooden mannequin into an exact double of someone. If the Surface-doppelganger makes eye contact with whoever it's imitating, the real person will be locked into copying the mannequin's movements.
- Casanova Wannabe
- Defeat Means Friendship
- Fighting Spirit/Weirdness Magnet
- Green-Eyed Monster: Really hates popular guys like Josuke.
- Heel-Face Turn
- Older Than They Look: After being defeated by Josuke and befriending Koichi, Hazamada suddenly looks quite a bit younger than before, partly because he suddenly looks a lot shorter. On the other hand, Koichi is the primary point of view, so this may be an indication of Hazamada no longer being a threat to him. The same thing happened with Tamami.
- Otaku: A big fan of Rohan Kishibe's Pink Dark Boy and nerdy interests in general.
- People Puppets: Surface uses an interesting version of this. Once it begins mimicking a person, it can actually control their actions so long as it maintains eye contact. Specifically, whenever it makes a motion while doing so, the one mimicked will wind up doing the same motion, albeit with the other side of their body, as though they were Surface's mirror reflection.
- The Sociopath: Rohan's use of Heaven's Door on him reveals he tortures animals and his younger brother and nearly raped a girl he had a crush on...and as such, is absolutely terrible writing material for Rohan. Naturally, he's really crushed by it.
Yukako Yamagishi (Stand: Love Deluxe)
A beautiful classmate of Koichi's who falls deeply in love with him due to his pure heart and potential. Her Stand, Love Deluxe, makes her hair prehensile.
Antonio Trussardi (Stand: Pearl Jam)
An Italian chef who sets up shop in Morioh. His stand, Pearl Jam, allows his dishes to correct poor health.
- Berserk Button: Kitchen hygiene is something that Antonio takes very, very seriously. He does not take ignorance of said hygiene well, as Josuke found out.
- He Knows Too Much: Subverted. It looks like he's flying into a rage when Josuke and Okuyasu see his Kick the Dog moment. Turns out he was just pissed that they didn't come in with the proper hygiene.
- Kick the Dog: Shockingly subverted, considering this series' track record for the trope. Josuke and Okuyasu witness Antonio feeding some of his food to a sickly dog, and witness said dog puke up his intestines. Turns out (as Okuyasu finds out the hard way) that it's just Pearl Jam's way of curing people, as they need to expel the damaged body parts. The dog turns out to be perfectly fine and better than before.
- Mundane Utility: Pearl Jam was awakened by his resolve to perfect his culinary arts, and its ability reflects that—it quickens the body's digestion and utilization of food to repair any diseases the eater is suffering from.
- Personality Powers: see Mundane Utility above.
- Weirdness Magnet
Shizuka Joestar (Stand: Achtung Baby)
Shigekiyo "Shigechi (Fatty)" Yanguu (Stand: Harvest)
A fat middle schooler with a greedy streak. He commands Harvest, a 500-man stand resembling tiny bee men. He is killed by Kira when he discovers the latter's identity.
- Anyone Can Die
- Best Friend Manual
- Big Eater
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: One application of his Stand.
- Even Jerkasses Love Their Parents: He's a selfish money-grubber, but when Kira threatens his parents after damaging him heavily, he spills the beans about Morioh's search for Reimi's killer.
- Fat Bastard: While he is one of the good guys, Shigechi is also greedy, quick to blame his friends when something goes wrong and has a tendency to go back on his word. Justified in that he hasn't exactly been treated nicely in the past.
- Fighting Spirit/Weirdness Magnet
- He Knows Too Much: One day he buys an expensive sandwich made in limited quantities. He misplaces it and finds another bag from the same bakery. Unfortunately, Yoshikage Kira also bought and misplaced the same sandwich and left his current "girlfriend" in the bag. Shigechi finds Kira's sandwich bag and discovers his "girlfriend", so Kira kills him because he cannot leave any witnesses alive.
- Mundane Utility: He uses his Stand to collect lost coins around town.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only takes place in two arcs, his introduction and his fatal meeting with Yoshikage Kira that ends up finally giving his friends a lead on the serial killer.
- We Hardly Knew Ye
Aya Tsuji (Stand: Cinderella)
Mikitaka Hazekura / Nu Mikitakazo Nshi (Stand(?): Earth, Wind, and Fire)
An alien. ...Maybe
. His Stand (...maybe
) is Earth, Wind, and Fire, which allows him to shapeshift into anything.
- Ambiguously Human: He claims to be an alien, but it's never confirmed. It's not even clear if his shapeshifting power is actually a Stand—while it fits all the other criteria, the Stand arrow swerves away from his body when fired at him, which...shouldn't happen. He also can't see Stands, an ability every Stand user is supposed to have.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Even if he really is an alien.
- The Masquerade: He claims that he is maintaining this in front of his mother.
- Mundane Utility: His first appearance has him act as rigged dice.
- Pointy Ears
- Voluntary Shapeshifting
- Weirdness Magnet
Yuuya Fungami (Stand: Highway Star)
An anonymous salaryman, who Kira kills and steal his identity.
Kosaku Kawajiri's wife, who unknowingly falls for Kira when he is disguised as her husband.
Yoshikage Kira (Stand: Killer Queen)
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A simple businessman and serial killer who has been secretly operating in Morioh for nearly 20 years. He targets beautiful women, and after killing one and disposing of her body, keeps her hands, which he treats as a girlfriend, including taking them on dinner dates and buying them gifts of jewelry, until they finally rot. He first runs afoul of the heroes when he is forced to kill Shigechi
after he accidentally discovers Kira's current girlfriend. A chase ensues, but Kira is clever enough to force Aya Tsuji to alter his face to resemble local nobody Kosaku Kawajiri
and gets away. The rest of Diamond is Unbreakable
deals with the Joestars' search for him.
His Stand is Killer Queen, who is able to make anything into a touch-activated bomb that leaves absolutely no evidence; this is what kept him off the police's radar. Other abilities include Sheer Heart Attack, an indestructible heat-seeking bomb on tank treads, and Bites the Dust
, a stealth bomb that causes a local time loop around the target
His Stand is named after the Queen
song "Killer Queen"
- Affably Evil: Unlike the previous Big Bads, while a sociopath, his Cloudcuckoolander traits are genuine, going out of his way to tell Fatty his lifestyle and commenting on joining a gym because he saw it. At least at first.
- Faux Affably Evil: Once he gets Another One Bites The Dust, he becomes notably sarcastic and demeaning with a sly wit.
- Animal Motif: Cat. Killer Queen has very feline features, can be dangerous when his lifestyle is threatened and even gets a power boost from a Stand called Stray Cat. Kira's finicky mannerisms and constant need to trim his nails also fit the motif.
- Arc Villain: While he is regarded as the villain of part four, he doesn't show up until about halfway through and is only dealt with intermittently afterward. Before and between these encounters, Josuke's main concern is minor villains like Akira Otoishi.
- A Day in the Limelight: In Dead Man's Question.
- Badass in a Nice Suit
- Big Bad: Of Part 4, but notably is not mentioned or hinted at until halfway through the arc.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Assuming the player one character colors in All-Star Battle are the canon colors, Kira is a blond. But as you could tell by our purple-haired image of him, Hair Color Dissonance is a pretty big problem for this series.
- Blow You Away: After obtaining Stray Cat, he can make air bombs in addition to his other explosives
- Born Lucky
- Cats Are Mean: As part of his Animal Motif, he's this Up to Eleven as a Serial Killer
- Cloudcuckoolander: He saves his nail clippings and only kills during years where his nails grow especially quickly. And he "dates" severed hands...hey, he's a serial killer.
- Contrasting Sequel Big Bad: Played very straight. Unlike the villains of Part 1/3 and 2 who had grand ambitions, Kira actually makes an effort to never stand out in the crowd. He's also a Cloudcuckoolander with Super OCD.
- Creepy Child/Enfant Terrible: He is a serial killer since his childhood.
- Creepy Monotone: What makes him creepier than Dio is that he's not very hammy, having a normal tone to not stand out.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Kira due to his irrational paranoia, is extremely savvy of the genres that usually make get serial killers caught. His preparations to counter everything are done so well, that only his arrogance manages to undo his plans
- Death by Irony: The man who claimed that luck is always by his side. Gets run over by an ambulance, by chance.
- Dissonant Serenity: The father-son speech with Hayato, especially since he's much calmer than he usually is.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Becomes one to hide from the heroes.
- Evil Genius: Even without taking into account his deadly cunning, he's shown himself to be extremely good at performing advanced mathematical equations in his head, which comes in handy for him when he uses it to weaponize Stray Cat's air bubbles.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Very heavily implied when he's grabbed by hellish-looking hands in the border to the afterlife, though a spin-off shows him being given the chance to redeem himself.
- Fighting Spirit/Weirdness Magnet
- Ghost Amnesia: In Dead Man's Question. He can remember his name, but nothing else.
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: When his father's Arrow cuts him, he gains the ability "Bite the Dust" which allows him to create brief versions of this. He can even control whether or not they elapse...and even if they DON'T repeat, whomever he killed to start one will die anyway—as long as he doesn't retract his Stand beforehand...
- Having a Blast: His Bite The Dust attack, as well as his Bomb No. 2 and No. 1 attacks.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Keep in mind that his definition of "normal" is "live without anything obstructing his rituals". He wants his life to be predictable...by him and Yoshihiro, at least.
- Ironic Drag To Hell: Kira is dragged off to hell by hundreds of hands.
- Implacable Man: Sheer Heart Attack is completely indestructible and will track the hottest target it can find.
- Kick the Dog: Turning Hayato into a literal Tyke Bomb in order to keep his identity secret.
- Knight of Cerebus: While many of the villains in Part 4 were definitely horrible people, they usually had a few humorous quirks. Kira, on the other hand, has an air of creepiness about him starting from his first appearance, and his mannerisms are just downright disturbing. He further cements this trope when he murders Shigechi.
- A Love to Dismember: Erotic fascination with women's hands, absolutely no use for the rest of the woman's body. Take it from there...
- Mad Bomber: Most of his powers revolve around blowing things up, and while he doesn't have an explosive personality, there's definitely something horribly wrong with his thought process.
- Magic Plastic Surgery: Although since it's done through a Stand, it pretty much is magic.
- Man in White: Same rationale as the Blond Guys Are Evil trope; assuming All-Star Battle is using the canon colors, this trope applies.
- Made of Iron: The No. 2 bomb forces Jotaro to go all out and even he fails to destroy it. Koichi's Echoes, while upgraded, can only slow it down. Kira on the other hand....
- Meaningful Name/Names to Run Away From Really Fast: "Yoshikage" means "lucky shadow", and he's a serial killer named "Kira," predating Death Note. Maybe this is part of why Light was unimpressed with his fans' nickname for him—unoriginal.
- Multicolored Hair: Gains this along with "Bite The Dust" once he's hit by the Stand Arrow again.
- Nice Hat: Sports a bowler hat in Dead Man's Question.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Of David Bowie.
- Not So Harmless: His first interactions with the protagonists is trying to comically get back the hand of his latest victim. He then kills "Fatty" with his Stand effortlessly.
- Red Right Hand: His fingernails grow unnaturally fast. They seem to be growing faster when he's thinking about killing, too. A more straightforward example is Sheer Heart Attack, a self-operating bomb that's directly attached to Killer Queen's left hand.
- Self-Made Orphan: Thanks to Josuke's trickery during the final battle.
- Serial Killer: A Dangerously Genre Savvy one that tries to keep a low profile.
- Shout-Out: In Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey there's an attack called Bites the Dust that gives characters the Bomb status, which instanly KO's them if hit by a second physical attack.
- Spell My Name with an S: Official art books and the like commonly list his name as "Yoshikage Kill·A".
- Stuff Blowing Up: Killer Queen has the ability to imbue things with explosive energy. Whenever someone touches the imbued thing...BOOM. Not the object, by the way, but the person.
- Super OCD: The reason why he's so obsessed with having a normal, predictable life. He even delays finishing off Koichi after noticing that his sock was inside out, and couldn't concentrate until he put his sock and shoe back on right, despite knowing that Josuke would be arriving to help in less than a minute.
- Tongue Tied: Bites The Dust can turn any Muggle who knows Kira's secret identity into a carrier of a miniature Killer Queen. If anyone tries to interrogate them about Kira, Bites the Dust will cause an internal explosion that destroys the interrogator, then causes a repeating temporal time loop that only ends when Kira lets time resume normally or retracts Bites the Dust to defend himself.
Anjuro "Angelo" Katajiri (Stand: Aqua Necklace)
- And I Must Scream: Angelo's fate after Josuke melds him into a boulder. Although it's probably more a scream of fury than a scream of agony that's building up in him.
- Disc One Final Boss: Jotaro's interest and build up of his character makes him seem like this, but turns out he was a Psycho for Hire for Keicho who was also a Disc One Final Boss.
- Fighting Spirit/Weirdness Magnet
- Making a Splash: Aqua Necklace's power is a lot like Geb's. The main difference is that while Aqua Necklace can't control as much fluid as Geb could at a time, it's a lot more precise, and can even control water vapor.
- Serial Killer: A very depraved one, his background is that he kills little boys and rapes them. Notably, one of his worse acts is nailing one unlucky victim's body parts to a wall.
- Token Motivational Nemesis: He kills Josuke's grandfather, but is immediately dealt with.
Keicho Nijimura (Stand: Bad Company)
Akira Otoishi (Stand: Red Hot Chili Peppers)
A rock guitarist who tries to kill Joseph.
"Bug-eaten" and an unnamed rat (Stand: Ratt)
Two rats who were pierced with the Stand arrow, granting them both the stand Ratt. Jotaro nicknames one of them "Bug-eaten" due to one of its ears having a large chunk missing. Ratt resembles a small turret-like robot and fires toxic barbs, which melt anything they hit into a sort of blood gelatin for the rats to eat later.
Yoshihiro Kira (Stand: Atom Heart Father)
- Evil Old Folks
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Think Atom Heart Father sounds weak? He came within inches of killing both Jotaro and Josuke. It's because any person in a photo with him in it is bound by the area that the photo covers, and whatever Yoshihiro does to the people in the image will happen to the actual people, without any way to stop it. The only way to defeat this is to take another photograph that makes him the only feature.
- Even when his stand's main power is defeated, it still allows him an extreme amount of autonomy since he's still able to manipulate the photo itself and interact with the outside world.
- The Dragon: To his son, Yoshikage.
- The Heavy: Nearly every stand that was introduced after Atom Heart Father was due to Yoshiro personally shooting their users with the Bow and Arrow. Including Kira's Another One Bites The Dust.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: The only reason he's sticking around is because his Stand binds his soul to photographs.
- Papa Wolf
- Reality Changing Miniature
Ken Ooyanagi (Stand: Boy II Man)
Voiced by: Miho Hino (All-Star Battle)
Erba Gatta (Stand: Stray Cat)
Toyohiro Kanedaichi (Stand: Superfly)
Terunosuke Miyamoto (Stand: Enigma)
Voiced by: Makoto Naruse (All-Star Battle)
Masazo Kinoto (Stand: Cheap Trick)
- Body Horror: Anyone who's had this Stand removed will have their back opened and die, as well as shrink down to a shriveled corpse the size of the palm of your hand.
- Dragged Off to Hell: Rohan specifically does this as a command for Cheap Trick
- Fighting Spirit/Weirdness Magnet
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Overlaps with Yoshihiro Kira for creating Cheap Trick. Cheap Trick tried to get Rohan to burn the photos he had of Hayato following people with a Camcorder, confirming that Kira was one of the crowd people.
- Synchronization: A rather interesting case in this series, as it essentially attaches and becomes a separate Stand to whoever sees the back of the previous person.