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.
His stand is named after the Pink Floyd
composition "Shine on you Crazy Diamond."
- 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.
- Also, never mess with his mom. Angelo and Terunosuke have learnt this the hard way.
- 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: Like those in the Joestar line, though he's not nearly as bitter about it as Jotaro.
- 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 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.
- Cruel Mercy / Ironic Hell:
- After defeating 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". Angelo really hated doggy waste.
- When faced with Yuuya Fungami, then bed-ridden villain and pathetically begging "you wouldn't bully a weak and helpless cripple now, would you?", Josuke healed him back to pristine health with Crazy Diamond, and THEN:
- After coming back from being turned into a paper, he turned Terunosuke into a book.
- 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.
- Dub Name Change: The English release of All Star Battle renames his Stand to "Shining Diamond" to avoid copyright problems with Pink Floyd (The reference is still there but more subtle).
- 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: Crazy Diamond.
- 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.
- However, this is the only time Josuke acts this way, and only because he was under the, mostly correct, impression that Joseph was senile. Otherwise, he reacts the same way the Stardust crusaders do: Realizing it's a stand after three or four obvious attacks.
- 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...
- 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 positive Laser-Guided Karma always triggered during those moments.
- In Series Nick Name: JoJo.
- Japanese Delinquents: Subverted, 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.
- Odd Name Out: The "JoJo" 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.
Jotaro: Humans thrive on the destruction of others. But among them, there's you, and your power is the kindest, most generous ability one could ever have.
- 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 of the original timeline who 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.
- 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.
- 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, he finally comes to respect and love him in return.
- Zany Scheme: He managed to 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)
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 uses a sound-based Stand named Echoes which comes in several "Acts", each with a different power set. He can only use one version of Echoes at a time.
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 his desire to avenge his brother, even though he acknowledges that he 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.
- 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: His catchphrase is even some version of "Shut up! I ain't that smart!"
- Establishing Character Moment: Okuyasu's very first fight has Keicho reminding him how powerful his Stand is and that he better not screw up. Later in the fight, he showcases his Stand's ability to pull things towards him by doing it to Josuke...and accidentally pulling a nearby potted plant forward in the process, which hits him right in the head and knocks him out. Josuke then remarks that he'd be a lot more dangerous if he wasn't such an idiot.
- Shares a lot of similarities with Jean-Pierre Polnareff. 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.
- Facial Markings: His face has an odd set of lines best described as )(, circling around his eyes and not quite touching.
- Fighting Spirit/Weirdness Magnet
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Keicho's responsible.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Josuke. They are almost always seen hanging out together.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: How he's initially defeated. Josuke doesn't even need to lay a finger on him, because he accidentally KO's himself with his own powers.
- Idiot Hero: And well aware of it. Notice that he tends to attach himself to people who actually think before they act.
- 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.
- Anime Hair: What the hell is that jagged bit on his head? A headband? Part of his scalp? It's never explained or even mentioned by anyone.
- 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's also the main protagonist in several side stories such as the "Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe" one-shots. Also, Araki said that fans were asking him when will he appear in part 8. Although, it has to be his counterpart.
- Brutal Honesty: Really, really brutal.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a very capable mangaka, but he has a lot of quirks.
- Call Forward: According to Episode 16: At A Confesssional, in the time of his recuperation after the battle against Josuke, he went to Italy to do researching for Pink Dark Boy. The next arc, Vento Aureo, is set in Italy.
- 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, this incident wasn't 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.
- Of course said novel is a non-canon Crack Fic written by the author, so take that as you will.
- 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: Given his popularity, it's no surprise he has starred in many one-shots. He's even sometimes considered as a "bonus" protagonist.
- Spin-Off:... and from what it looks like, Araki could serialize his "Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan" one shots at least a couple of times a year if it's either in Weekly Shounen Jump or in Jump SQ without interrupting his current serialization of Part 8 in Ultra Jump.
- 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.
- Fiction 500: The wealth gained from the popularity of his manga allows him to buy Gucci, Armani and mountain ranges with enough money to make Scrooge McDuck green with envy. The last of those temporarily bankrupted him, mind.
- God Mode: His Stand amounts to this, especially once it becomes clear in Rohan au Louvre 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.
- 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 Koichi.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: By turning people's 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 as "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: Invoked. His comics have Taiwanese and French translations, but no English. According to Rohan, the American industry has no taste and won't publish him.
- No Sense of Personal Space
- One-Liner: From the Highway Star arc:
"However, I refuse."
- Personality Powers: Heaven's Door is perfect for someone with writer's block.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Another point to bring up in the whole Author Avatar thing. In the author's note section of volume 35, Hirohiko wrote that he's against environmental destruction, and brings up that he recently visited his hometown, and a mountain that was there has been bulldozed to make room for a housing complex. Pretty much the same thing happened to Rohan in Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe - Mutsukabekaza, but Rohan just bought the entire mountain range instead of letting it get bulldozed, going bankrupt in the process. So, it's pretty obvious that Araki didn't take this lying down.
- Reclusive Artist: An In-Universe example, and he's somewhat infamous for it.
- Rewriting Reality: His stand, Heaven's Door, has the ability to alter a target's thoughts, memories, and even their physical space. It even makes them capable of doing physically impossible things if he wishes - he saves Koichi from the hands of the dead by writing "Koichi flies backwards at 70 KPH" in him. 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: In-universe example. 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. It doesn't help that he's fairly short-sighted outside of his work.
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.
- Driven to Suicide: Tries to kill himself with an Exacto knife when Bites The Dust is about to trigger and kill Josuke's group. Unfortunately for him, Bites The Dust is designed to keep him alive.
- 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 as she can to Josuke.
- Berserk Button: Coming on to her when she clearly isn't interested. She slams a guy's head into his car when refuses to let up.
- Distressed Damsel: Gets held hostage several times throughout Part 4.
- Teen Pregnancy: Conceived Josuke when she was still in college.
- Your Cheating Heart: Knows Joseph is married, but is still madly in love with him.
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 their mother and the family's descent into poverty made him abusive, but his financial problems were solved by joining Dio's henchmen. However, the flesh bud implant that came with this ran wild upon Dio's death, causing him to mutate into a monstrous form that would impair his intelligence and ability to speak and heal any wounds instantly. Keicho subsequently searches for a means to end his father's miserable life.
- Abusive Parent: Towards his sons, until he found Dio.
- And I Must Scream: Being turned into a blob that can't think or speak properly, it's the fate of anyone who has a seed of Dio inside them.
- Even worse, despite not being able to speak or otherwise communicate, he remembers who he was — enough that he's spent ten years trying to reassemble a torn-up photograph of his family and crying for days on end between attempts.
- Body Horror: Mutated into a massive green blob.
- Healing Factor: His unnamed stand seems to give him this power, allowing him to regrow a severed arm.
- Humanoid Abomination: Mutated into an almost mindless green blob monster with a beakish mouth.
- No Name Given
- Progressively Prettier: Starts off being utterly disgusting before Art Evolution made him into a Mon-like creature.
- Sanity Slippage: The seed not only decreased his looks, but his rationality as well, being completely animalistic by the time of the story.
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.
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 its imitating, the real person will be locked into copying the mannequin's movements.
- Casanova Wannabe
- Defeat Means Friendship
- Disproportionate Retribution: How he is introduced; Tamami narrates to Koichi and Josuke how he used his stand to force someone to rip his eye out just because the guy had argued with him.
- 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.
- Otaku: A big fan of Rohan Kishibe's Pink Dark Boy and nerdy interests in general.
- No Respect Guy: His own Stand makes fun of him.
- 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.
- Body Horror: While his cooking is beneficial, it also has the unfortunate side effect of doing some rather gross things to the person who eats it in the process (like causing Okuyasu's eyes to deflate and a dog to start puking up his intestines.)
- Dub Name Change: Pearl Jam to Opal Jam in the English version of All-Star Battle.
- 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/Personality Powers: 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.
- What You Are in the Dark: Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe - Poaching Reef gives a bit of background for Tonio's reason to migrate from Italy to Morioh. He wanted to find a cure for his lover's tumor.
- Weirdness Magnet
Shizuka Joestar (Stand: Achtung Baby)
An invisible baby found by Josuke Higashikata and Joseph Joestar. Her Stand ability, "Achtung Baby", allows her to turn her and anything at short range invisible.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite being adopted by Joseph at the end of part 4, she hasn't appeared since. And given the cosmic retcon in Stone Ocean, it's possible she never will.
- Meaningful Name: Shizuka means "calm" or "quiet"; both appropriate for someone with a stealth-themed Stand, and something her caretaker is going to hope for, as her ability causes trouble if she gets upset.
- Shout-Out: The "disguise" that Joseph and Josuke gives her might be a reference to The Invisible Man.
- Weirdness Magnet
Shigekiyo "Shigechi" Yanguu (Stand: Harvest)
A fat middle schooler with a greedy streak. He commands Harvest, a 500-man stand resembling tiny bee men.
- Anyone Can Die
- Best Friend Manual
- Big Eater: Is very touchy when someone threatens his lunch. This in part gets him killed.
- 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
- Gonk: He's short, fat, and has bumps on his head instead of hair.
- 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.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: One of the best examples in the series. Shigechi's stand seems like nothing special, being just a bunch of tiny creatures with a stinger that has practically nil offensive capability, and with a little compartment in their head in which they can store anything that fits, which is not much. However, multiply that offensive capability by five hundred and you actually have a potentially pretty dangerous stand, and he can also command his stand to look for things to bring him which manage to fit in their head, such as coins. If he commands them to go find 100 yen coins, it means he'll get back five hundred of those. That's roughly $500 American dollars, which he can ask the stand to bring him pretty much at will. Him getting those five hundred 100 yen coins every day would set him for life.
- Mundane Utility: He uses his Stand to collect lost coins around town.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only shows up in two arcs, his introduction and his fatal meeting with Yoshikage Kira. The latter ends up finally giving his friends a lead on the serial killer.
- Spanner in the Works: Kira is so Dangerously Genre Savvy that the cast most likely would've been spinning their wheels for a long time trying to find him if Shigechi hadn't stumbled onto him and gotten himself killed trying to tell the others.
- We Hardly Knew Ye
Aya Tsuji (Stand: Cinderella)
The manager and chief beautician of the Cinderella spa. Her Stand, Cinderella, allows her to change the body features of any person.
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.
- Dub Name Change: Earth, Wind, and Fire to Terra Ventus in the English version of All-Star Battle.
- The Masquerade: He claims that he is maintaining this in front of his mother.
- Mundane Utility: His first appearance has him acting as rigged dice.
- Nice Guy: He always wants to be helpful to Josuke, even when the latter is annoyed by it.
- Pointy Ears
- Voluntary Shapeshifting
- Weirdness Magnet
Yuuya Fungami (Stand: Highway Star)
- Chick Magnet: Is continually attended by three girls.
- Dub Name Change: Highway Star to Highway Go Go in the English version of All-Star Battle.
- Fighting a Shadow: His stand is capable of separating into multiple moving shadow footprints, capable of chasing someone for up to 60 km/h.
- Gorgeous George
- Heel-Face Turn: Although he was actually compelled to help by Josuke in order to deal with Enigma.
- Japanese Delinquents: Part of a biker gang; he got his Stand when Yoshihiro's arrow caused him to end up in a massive auto accident.
- The Nose Knows: He could tell if a peach has gone bad from across the room, and track down a person with scent.
- Vampiric Draining: Or "nutrients", in this case.
An anonymous salaryman.
Kosaku Kawajiri's wife.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Kira's actions when disguised as her husband ignites romantic feelings in her.
- Locked Out of the Loop: She is the only named character who didn't know about the murder of her husband and posthumous use as a disguise for Kira.
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 and disposing of their bodies, keeps their hands, which he treats as a girlfriends, 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 a student who accidentally discovers Kira's current girlfriend. A chase ensues, but Kira is clever enough to force a makeup worker to alter his face to resemble a local nobody, and gets away. The rest of Diamond is Unbreakable
deals with the JoJo team searching 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.
His Stand is named after the Queen
song "Killer Queen"
. Bomb No. 2, "Sheer Heart Attack", is also named after the namesake song, also from Queen.
- Affably Evil: Unlike the previous Big Bads, while a sociopath, his Cloudcuckoolander traits are genuine, going out of his way to tell Shigechi his lifestyle and commenting on joining a gym because he saw it. At least at first.
- Faux Affably Evil: Once he usurps Kosaku's identity and gets 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.
- Artificial Stupidity: Sheer Heart Attack is completely automated (which means it can have the strength of a short-range stand despite technically being a long-range stand), but can be easily fooled if it's would-be-victims are clever enough.
- A Day in the Limelight: In Dead Man's Questions.
- Badass in a Nice Suit
- Barred from the Afterlife: Dead Man's Questions shows that after his defeat and posterior death at the hands of the Ghost Alley's victims, he wanders as a revenant in Morioh, having lost Killer Queen, but can't go to either heaven or hell.
- 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 guy.
- Blow You Away: After obtaining Stray Cat, he can make air bombs in addition to his other explosives.
- Born Lucky: Kira often finds himself on the end of much good fortune and lucky coincidences that help his plans. At one point even boasts of having fate on his side. Ironically, this plays heavily into his defeat, as it is his boasting of this that alarms Josuke of his true identity, and later he is run over by an ambulance that was called to help him, by chance. See also Meaningful Name.
- 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 Dio Brando and Kars, 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: Due to his irrational paranoia, Kira is extremely savvy of the kind of mistakes that usually 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 that was called to help him, by chance.
- Dissonant Serenity: The father-son speech with Hayato, especially since he's much calmer than he usually is.
- Dub Name Change: All-Star Battle turns Killer Queen into Deadly Queen, while Sheer Heart Attack is shortened to Heart Attack. Surprisingly, Bites the Dust is unchanged; even though it's only part of a song title, that reasoning didn't stop a number of other name changes.
- 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: Heavily implied at the end of Part 4 when he's grabbed by hellish-looking hands in the border to the afterlife. The spinoff Dead Man's Question shows that he got away from that, but at the expense of losing Killer Queen.
- Fighting Spirit/Weirdness Magnet
- Ghost Amnesia: In Dead Man's Question. He can remember his name, but nothing else.
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: When pierced by his father's Arrow, he gains an ability called "Bites 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: All of Killer Queen's attacks are explosion-based.
- Hidden Depths: During his bout with Stray Cat, he protects his "wife" Shinobu and experiences a sense of protectiveness, much to his confusion. While he tries to dismiss his feelings as simply being a desire to protect his identity, this is possibly the closest thing Kira has to a redeeming factor after being portrayed as a completely ruthless serial killer throughout the story.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Shown to great effect during his Great Heat Attack in Jojos Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Though 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.
- 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 Shigechi 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.
- Spell My Name with an S: Official art books and the like commonly list his name as "Yoshikage Kill·A". All-Star Battle plays with this by naming Kosaku Kawajiri's theme "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)
A serial murderer and the first villain of the story. Carries the Stand Aqua Necklace, who can travel through any liquid body and kill people from their insides.
- And I Must Scream: His 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 it turns out he was a Psycho for Hire for Keicho.
- Fighting Spirit/Weirdness Magnet
- Making a Splash: Aqua Necklace's power is a lot like N'Dour's Geb. 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.
Keicho Nijimura (Stand: Bad Company)
Brother of Okuyasu Nijimura and wielder of the Stand Bad Company, an army of miniature soldiers, toy-sized helicopters, and tanks who deal a lot of damage.
Akira Otoishi (Stand: Red Hot Chili Pepper)
A rock guitarist who tries to kill Joseph. He wields the stand Red Hot Chili Pepper, who can travel through (and use) electricity.
"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)
Yoshikage's father, dead before the story starts but living as a ghost in the Kira estate thanks to his Stand, Atom Heart Father, which also allows him to bind himself to photographs.
- Death by Irony: In the final battle, he gets killed by one of Killer Queen's air bombs.
- 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.
- Dub Name Change: Atom Heart Father is shortened to Heart Father in the English version of All-Star Battle.
- 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.
- Moral Myopia: He stands fast by the idea that he should support his son's desires. Even when that son, as early as his teens, had an unstoppable need kill women and take their hands for his own. If you're not his family? He couldn't care less about you, and will kill you horribly if you threaten Yoshikage's peace of mind.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: The only reason he's sticking around is because his Stand binds his soul to photographs.
- Papa Wolf
- Posthumous Character
- Reality Changing Miniature
Ken Ooyanagi (Stand: Boy II Man)
Voiced by: Miho Hino (All-Star Battle)
Also called "the Rock-Paper-Scissors
kid". A young admirer of Rohan Kishibe who also wants to challenge him to a RPS duel. He wields the Stand Boy II Man, who can drain the energy of another Stand user by playing a Rock Paper Scissors game and winning it.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: After losing, he throws himself into the way of a truck to avoid having his powers locked by Rohan. Impressed, Rohan jumps along and the truck misses them both by chance.
- Creepy Child: It's bad enough that this kid stalks Rohan to challenge him to Rock Paper Scissors matches, but then it turns out those matches have Rohan's life energy at stake.
- Dub Name Change: Boy II Man is renamed BoyManMan in the English version of All-Star Battle.
- Fighting Spirit/Weirdness Magnet
- Magic A Is Magic A: There are some rules to the usage of Boy II Man. It can only play 5 matches, take portions of the energy in thirds, and if it loses, he must return the energy.
- Rock-Paper-Scissors: Yes, Boy II Man uses that as its modus operandi. He can compel someone to play a 3-of-5 match with him. That's it... until he wins. If he ever gets to finish a match and win, he'll permanently hijack the loser's Stand.
- The Fatalist: Really obsesses over the power of luck until Rohan defeats him.
- Wound That Will Not Heal: The hole in his cheek from Yoshihiro's arrow, like actual wounds of that nature, doesn't heal naturally.
Gatta (Stand: Stray Cat)
Once a normal a cat (British Blue) living in the Kawajiri estate who hates Shinobu Kawajiri. He was hit with an Arrow, died, and got reborn with a new Stand, Stray Cat, attached to him. Stray Cat allows him to manipulate air and create air bubbles.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Of the sort that afflicts most cats - Kira is able to distract him by giving him golf balls to play with.
- Berserk Button: Don't try to take away its sunlight. Also, don't be Shinobu Kawajiri (she was responsible for the cat dying).
- Blow You Away
- Cats Are Magic: Though it could be considered a subversion, since at this point in the series, there'd already been a magical orangutan, a magical dog, a magical falcon, and two magical rats, but what is magical about it is that it's a plant with a cat's mind that can manipulate the air around it.
- Cool Pet: Flower. With. A cat's brain. If you don't get why that's cool, you're reading the wrong manga.
- Dub Name Change: "Stray" becomes "Feral" for the English version of All-Star Battle.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: Its eyes are on the inside of its petals.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: It can manipulate air and make bubbles. Doesn't sound like much, but when those bubbles pop, they put out a lot of force. And then it almost killed Kosaku by forcing an air bubble into his veins. Oh, and Kira can turn those bubbles into bombs...
- Heel-Face Turn: The epilogue of Part 4 states that Okuyasu's dad adopted him as a pet.
- Killer Rabbit: He's a flower with the mind of a cat. He almost killed Kosaku.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He's just a plant with a cat's mind! How dangerous could he be? Answer: Very. And that's before Kira realises that he can use him to make air bombs...
- When Flowers Attack
Toyohiro Kanedaichi (Stand: Superfly)
A hermit living a lonesome life in an old, retired telephone tower. The tower itself wields the Stand Superfly, a completely autonomous Stand which restrains the user's freedom by keeping it within its reach.
- Anti-Villain: All he wants is to escape from Superfly. Even as he plans to leave Josuke trapped in it, he offers up some advice on how to get out, like getting his friends to help him swap places with a criminal. He doesn't actually try to kill Josuke until he gets too stubborn in trying to force him back in. In the end, he reveals that he's been stuck for so long that part of him didn't actually want to leave, and he eventually agrees to stay behind.
- Call Back/Mythology Gag: To Anubis in part 3, as Superfly cannot be controlled by its user and possesses it.
- Though more so Gray Fly, and old man that uses an insect as a stand named "Tower of Gray". Comparing it to Kanedachi who uses an tower named after an insect...
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He's rather athletic because of his unusual living conditions.
- Genius Loci: His Stand is bound to the telephone tower he lives in. While it's great that it attacks autonomously, it also really hates when people try to leave it, user included.
- Gonk: Once it's revealed that he wears a mask, it starts looking more and more like this as the fight goes on, though what he actually looks like under the mask is never revealed..
- Heel-Face Turn: Is convinced by Josuke to let him go, and stays in the tower. He ends up becoming a landmark in Morioh and enjoys a small amount of fame with curious tourists.
- Latex Perfection
- Not Good with People
- The Tower
Terunosuke Miyamoto (Stand: Enigma)
Voiced by: Makoto Naruse (All-Star Battle)
A man obsessed with fear. Wields the Stand Enigma, which can turn people and objects into paper sheets by tricking them in order for them to show their Character Tics
Masazo Kinoto (Stand: Cheap Trick)
A quiet and timid, yet greedy architect. Wields, although against his wishes, the Stand Cheap Trick, who acts by inflicting fear in its wielder saying that anyone who can see his back is bound to death.
- 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.
- Enemy Within: Kinoto wasn't strong-willed enough to control a Stand, so it manifested as an externalization of his own fears and went along with Yoshihiro Kira's plan to kill Rohan, knowing that it would kill its own User.
- 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.
- Omniglot: Cheap Trick's voice can be heard and understood by anyone, even animals; it uses this talent to insult anyone it can in order to get people (or dogs and cats) to attack its host.
- 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.