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Jonathan "Johnny" Joestar (Stand: Tusk)
Jerkass Woobie due to his terrible upbringing and self-esteem issues, and much of the story is about him growing out of this behavior to become a much nicer, self-sacrificing person. His stand is Tusk, which allows him to fire his fingernails as bullets. Tusk has acts, much like Echoes from Part 4, and levels up as Johnny masters the spin. Act 2 allows him to move the bulletholes left by the nails, like dragging them along the surface. In Act 3, Johnny shoots himself to send the spin onto himself, allowing him to move through his holes and shoot from multiple angles. Act 4 allows Johnny to shoot a nail bullet with infinite spin, meaning he gains the power of infinity against his opponent and can completely incapacitate them, along with destroying Valentine's infinite dimension-hopping powers by applying the spin to him, as it follows Valentine across multiple universes.
- Abnormal Ammo: He shoots his nails.
- Anti-Hero: Johnny's the most ambiguously heroic of the Joestars for a number of reasons.
- Classical Anti-Hero: The neglect and contempt shown by his father, and the events that led up to him getting paralyzed, turned him into a bitter shadow of his former self, with deep-seated self-esteem issues. In fact, the reason he seeks to acquire the Corpse Parts is so that a "useless person" like him could have a purpose for living.
- Unscrupulous Hero: On top of that, Johnny is not really heroic. He just wanted the Corpse and is not particularly nice. To have the Corpse he'll do everything even if he must kill someone. He even proposed to Gyro to shoot a child with a serious face. He does mellow down over the course of the story, but still.
- Anyone Can Die: Bites it, 10 years after the events of SBR.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: Joestar.
- Johnny McCoolname: His nickname.
- Break the Haughty: He wound up paralyzed, simply because he thought he was too rich and famous to wait in line.
- Brick Joke: Even in an alternate universe, Dio manages to overshadow Jonathan in the eyes of his father...
- Byronic Hero: See Contrasting Reboot Character below for more details.
- Character Development: The whole story of SBR is basically about it. Over the course of the story, Johnny finds that there's more to life beyond the walls he had built around himself.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Other than similarities in their backstories, Johnny neither looks nor acts like Jonathan, in any way. Jonathan was a kind, idealistic, unselfish, and generous musclebound mountain of a man; Johnny is a cruel, cynical, self-centered, and petty scrawny kid (though partly justified by the atrophy caused by his disability). In other words, Jonathan was the Ideal Hero with scarcely any flaws, while Johnny is a very flawed Byronic Hero with few redeeming qualities.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Comes off as whiny, incompetent, and overly reliant on Gyro. In-battle, however, it becomes clear that he can hold his own. This is especially apparent when his "Dark Will" comes out.
- Deadpan Snarker: Out of all of the JoJos that have appeared, Johnny's definitely the snarkiest of them all. He likes to reply with sarcastic remarks, particularly when it comes to Gyro and his indecipherable jokes and weird songs.Gyro: ~Pizza Mozzarella... Pizza Mozzarella... Rella Rella Rella~ What do you think?
Johnny: Gyro... That's a damn good song.
Johnny: Yeah, it's sure to be a hit back in Europe.
- He's also the only character to compliment Josuke's hair in All Star Battle. The taunt is in the snark.
- Determinator: Getting his shit kicked out of him by a horse and having a piece of wood lodged in his leg will not stop this guy from learning the secret of Gyro's steel balls, and later on, absolutely nothing will get between him and the corpse parts.
- Embarrassing First Name: Jonathan Joestar, but he started calling himself "Johnny" after people started calling him "JoJo".
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Once he figures out the Golden Ratio, his nail bullets become incredibly powerful weapons which create movable rifts that seek out the target's vitals and destroy them.
- Expy: He doesn't have much in common with Jonathan at first, but then you find out his full backstory...
- It's more subtle, but he also takes some elements from Battle Tendency Joseph's personality as well. He used to be a Casanova Jerkass with a serious arrogant streak before Laser-Guided Karma struck, and towards the end, he also loses an arm soon after Gyro reveals his true name, although this time he gets better.
- Eyes Never Lie: He sees no problem with killing an opponent if he thinks it's necessary. Gyro can tell just by looking at his eyes — Johnny's killing intent is depicted as smoldering black flames in his pupils.
- Face Death with Dignity: He calmly accepts his fate after Diego from an alternate universe hits him with his own infinite rotation. Subverted in that he does get better in the end.
- Fetish: He has formicophilia.
- Finger Gun: A more serious example than usual. He sometimes poses like this to aim Tusk.
- Foreshadowing: Very early on in the arc, Gyro mentions to Johnny that mosquito bites are the number one causes of death. As we approach the climax, we find out about his little fetish...
- And ultimately, Gyro dies from dozens of small wounds from D4C's ability, resembling mosquito bites.
- Friendship Moment: A lot with Gyro, but the most touching scene is the one where he gave the corpse to the enemy in order to save him.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He gets a scar, after he got shot.
- Green Lantern Ring: The Golden Ratio also allowed him to use the rifts created by his nails to transport parts or all of him to other places.
- Handicapped Badass: Not being able to use the legs doesn't stop him from kicking ass, as well as participating in a country spanning horse race.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: How dangerous are his spinning fingernail bullets? Very.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Johnny sacrifices himself to save his son, when using the corpse's power to save his wife backfires horribly.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: He literally thinks of himself as "less than zero".
- Hot-Blooded: He is a JoJo. Tons of screaming and aggressive forcefulness is to be expected from him.
- Implacable Man: The higher evolutions of Tusk turn him (and his nail bullets) into this. Not even hiding behind cover, deflecting his attacks, or stopping time can protect you for very long.
- Improbable Weapon User: He shoots his fingernails like bullets. Even for JoJo, that's pretty over the top.
- In Series Nick Name: JoJo.
- Johnny Mc Cool Name: Johnny Joestar, although "Johnny" is a nickname he gave himself.
- Karmic Death: In JoJolion, he stole the corpse that was supposed to have been sealed at the end of Part 7 in order to cure his wife from the unknown disease. Since the "curing" works on the Equivalent Exchange basis, and not wanting to get the disease himself, Johnny really begs that some stranger will get it instead. That "stranger" turns out be his son George. In grief, Johnny repeats the procedure, now getting the disease himself, with fatal results. JoJolion calls this "Johnny Joestar's Sin".
- Let's Get Dangerous: Deconstructed and subverted with his Dark Will. When Johnny has his mind set on killing someone, that's all he's focused on. He puts no other thoughts into his actions in this state, something easily exploited by his enemies.
- Mundane Utility: After Johnny first masters the Golden Ratio, and learns to create rotational force around his finger, he quickly finds innocuous functions, like grating cheese, wrapping spaghetti, and brushing his teeth. It even makes Gyro jealous.
- Nice Hat: His odd horseshoe-bandanna combo. JoJolion implies that at some point he traded it for a tasseled sailor's cap resembling Josuke's.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Of Axl Rose.
- Parental Neglect: His father focused most, if not all, of his attention on Johnny's brother, Nicholas, who was even more skilled in horse racing.
- Perpetual Frowner: In twenty-four volumes, Johnny smiles only twice, that's even less than Jotaro who's a notorious Perpetual Frowner himself.
- Pet the Dog: When his father finally apologizes to him for all those years of neglect.
- Phenotype Stereotype: To show how American he is, he wears a horseshoe hat, and star-patterned blue pants, and arm-warmers with the American Flag design on them. He replaces the hat for a Pork-pie hat with a star-patterned hem and gets rid of the original arm-warmers for some white ones.
- The Protagonist
- Reality Ensues: He regains his ability to walk in the end, but it's a slow and gradual recovery; not a single, climactic, miraculous, and perfectly timed moment.
- Red-Headed Hero: While some manga art portrays him as blond, his second most popular hair color is orange.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Gyro's blue, at the beginning. Interestingly, the roles are reversed as the story goes on.
- Say My Name: GYROOOOOOOOOOO!!
- Spell My Name with an "S": In Japanese, even! In the first chapter his name is spelled ジョニー, but afterward it's ジョニィ.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: A flashback in JoJolion reveals that Johnny was killed in Japan ten years after the events of Steel Ball Run.
- Symbol Motif Clothing: Stars are everywhere in his design, to show that he is a Joestar and an American.
- Took a Level in Badass: His stand, Tusk, keeps evolving as he learns to use the Golden Ratio in battle.
- Tranquil Fury: When his "Dark Determination" kicks in, he barely speaks; this means that he really wants to kill you.
- The Unfavorite: To his father.
- Victorious Loser: Not only did he NOT win Steel Ball Run, he was disqualified in the last 1000 meters. Yet, the sight of his father cheering him on with pride as he thundered past Broadway, and the thoughts of the memories of his epic trek with Gyro was more than enough. Johnny may have lost the race, but he won something far more precious; a true friend and his father's love.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy
Iulius Caesar "Gyro" Zeppeli (Stand: Scan / Ball Breaker)
scan the horizon for things of interest. When he masters the spin, he gains Ball Breaker, which allows him to accelerate the energy of an object if he hits it with the spin, i.e accelerating a persons cells to the point where they rapidly age.Gyro hails from Naples and comes from a family line of executioners. After questioning the morality of the job when an innocent boy, Marco, is convicted of treason for failing to report his employers' conspiracy against the king, he sets out to enter the Steel Ball Run and land first place to curry the king's favor and earn amnesty for Marco, who is awaiting execution.
- Anyone Can Die: No character named Zeppeli has ever reached the end of their given part alive.
- Badass Beard
- Badass Normal: Before he gained "Scan."
- Barbarian Long Hair: Has a wild untamed mane, and being a physical fighter, has the right to claim it.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Johnny.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Lesson 5...
- Blood from the Mouth
- Brought Down to Badass: After he willingly gave "Scan" away by handing the corpse part over to Lucy Steel.
- Catch Phrase: Nyohoho!
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Gyro has a couple of quirky moments in Steel Ball Run, his weird cheese song being one of the most notable.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: What killed him? Tiny scratches that by way of D4C's secondary ability traveled to his heart, thus dying of internal hemorrhage.
- Deuteragonist: He shares an equal amount of page-time with Johnny in the first 21 volumes, but following his defeat and subsequent death at Valentine's hands, he loses The Protagonist role to Johnny, who is left to defeat the villain by himself.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: He has balls of steel.
- '80s Hair: He had a mullet when he was a kid.
- Everyone Has Standards: Gyro is a professional assassin with a huge pragmatic streak, but even he gets disturbed by how ruthless Johnny can be.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: The basis for the steel balls' power is their rotation. Based on the Golden Ratio, no less.
- Embarrassing First Name: His actual given name is Iulius Caesar, the Latin form of "Julius Caesar".
- Expy: He's a Composite Character who fulfills the older and wiser mentor role of Part 1's William, as well as the best friend role and namesake of Part 2's Caesar. Likewise, his motive for freeing Marco calls to mind Mark from Battle Tendency as well.
- Friendship Moment: With Johnny.
- Generation Xerox: Like the other Zeppeli who have appeared in the series, he doesn't survive.
- The Hero: Johnny is the protagonist but Gyro is more heroic.
- Killed Off for Real: 'Tis the inevitable fate of the Zeppeli bloodline...
- The Last Dance
- Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: All of his jokes, which even Johnny finds to be indecipherable.Pizza mozzarella pizza mozzarella rella rella rella
- Meaningful Name: His nickname, Gyro, which means "revolve" in many romance languages, such as in "gyroscope" and "gyration". His real name, Iulius Caesar, has the obvious meaning... but it also connects him to Caesar from Part 2, another co-protagonist who started out stronger than the main character before being killed.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Named after Julius Caesar, much to his embarrassment. Unusual in that Gyro's case is the only time such a connection is acknowledged in the text.
- Nice Hat: Cut to resemble a cyclist helmet. Also, there's a pair of goggles which, instead of lenses, just has a few holes cut kinda like Kanye West venetian sunglasses.
- Mortal Wound Reveal
- Nonindicative Name: Minor, the chapter 'The Desert-Born Outlaws' shows us his steel balls are actually made of iron.
- Really Dead Montage: He gets one.
- Real Men Wear Pink: When packing for the race, he decided a comic book and a teddy bear took priority over toilet paper, scissors, and a tooth brush plus tooth powder.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The kid he ran the race to save does get saved by Johnny in the end, but dies just a few years later from a fever.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In the French official translation, "Gyro" becomes "Jayro". It becomes "J Lo" in Italy, but that's pronounced the same way.
- Technobabble: For those who aren't science or arithmetic buffs, the way his steel balls work will require some very serious research and at least one re-reading.
- Took a Level in Badass: Eventually gains "Ball Breaker", a second stand.
Lucy Steel (née Pendelton) (Stand: Ticket to Ride)
Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (All-Star Battle)The much younger wife of Stephen Steel, unwittingly dragged into the world of the Steel Ball Run and the Holy Corpse. Though living in constant danger of the wrath of the president, and overwhelmed by the gravity of the situation she is in, for the sake of her husband's safety, she opposes Valentine behind the scenes.
- Artistic Age: She's pretty tall and... well-developed for a 14 year-old.
- Badass Adorable
- Brick Joke: How she defeats Alternate Universe Diego Brando. She brings the original Diego's head close to him, which, because of how the same people from alternate universes die by being forcibly fused together, causes his head to explode into a bloody mess.
- Depending on the Artist: Sometimes she looks her age (at the beginning and at the near end), sometimes she doesn't.
- Guile Hero: She has no supernatural abilities whatsoever, so she has to rely on her wits to survive.
- The Heart
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Stephen Steel. It's far stronger than any normal friendship, though it doesn't necessarily qualify as "love".
- Ms. Fanservice: So much so that the President's wife took an interest in her.
- Pregnant Badass When the Holy Corpse took residence in her womb to mature into a complete form again.
- Selective Gravity: Subconsciously, during the second stage of being the host.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Pun aside, the fact that this young lady is willing and able to stand to the occasion in spite of being terrified out of her wits makes her as brave as any hero.
- Spanner in the Works: Ever notice how alternate Diego never got to seal the corpse in the vault before he died? When Stephen gets there, the door is already closed, and it is heavily implied that Lucy herself closed the vault. As it was built so that only the person who closed the vault could open it, this sets the stage for Johnny to take the Corpse from said vault to Japan many years later.
- Tears of Fear: Sheds these during her closer encounters with Valentine and his subordinates.
- Took a Level in Badass: Several by Book 24, enough to kill Diego Brando, who has The World as his stand.
- Younger Than They Look: She's actually 14, but she looks about four, five, or maybe even six years older than that. She's rather tall, pretty curvy, and is fetishized a lot more than many other 14-year-olds are. Valentine spent a few chapters trying to catch her and rape her.
Voiced by: Mitsuru Ogata (radio drama and All-Star Battle)
- Anime Hair: His hair looks less like hair and more like a broken eggshell, just like Foo Fighters'.
- Cool Old Guy
- Expy: Of the older Speedwagon from part 2.
- Gonk: It's the hair, which is cartoonishly simple compared to his otherwise realistic face, that makes him look so out of place.
- I Was Quite a Looker: An early chapter reveals he was more handsome in his youth.
- Lolicon: How his marriage to Lucy makes him look.
- Intergenerational Friendship: The true nature of their relationship, and it's stronger than many actual romantic marriages.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Due to his age, it looks like this. It's not.
Mountain Tim (Stand: Oh! Lonesome Me)
- Back for the Dead: It looked like he was killed off by Oyecomova's Stand, only to turn out to be OK... only to be killed by Blackmore.
- Boom, Headshot: Shot in the head by Blackmore.
- Decoy Protagonist: Early arcs and covers after his debut set him up to round out a Power Trio with Johnny and Gyro, recreating part 1's Joestar-Zeppeli-Speedwagon cast, and it's with his help that they're first clued into the true plot and intrigue behind the titular race. Instead, he leaves them be shortly after, and Steel Ball Run remained a Buddy Picture with frequent temporary companions.
- Defiant to the End:refuses to give the identity of Lucy to Blackmore, resulting in his death.
- Expy: His scar, long hair ,and hat makes him look a bit like Speedwagon. He's also firmly good-aligned and has a one-sided crush on Lucy.
- His Nice Hat and cowboy trappings also call Hol Horse's design to mind, though thankfully not his personality.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Towards Lucy Steel.
- Made of Plasticine: His Stand allows him to break his body up into pieces without harm as long as they stay connected to his rope. Not that it looks all that nice if you look at the part of his body the segments were originally attached to.
- Nice Hat: A zebra-patterned cowboy hat.
- Scars Are Forever
Hot Pants (Stand: Cream Starter)
- Bokukko: Tended to use Japanese male pronouns to keep up her Sweet Polly Oliver facade. After the reveal, she started to use gender-neutral pronouns instead.
- Church Militant
- Cynicism Catalyst: The death of her brother, for which she's partially responsible.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: During the fight against Valentine, she becomes a victim of his new ability thanks to Love Train. However, because of how fast it happens and how nobody really pays attention to it much after, lots of fans tend to forget this fact, likening it to a similar incident earlier on in which she was in danger, yet somehow escaped off screen.
- Enemy Mine: She double teams Valentine with the help of Diego Brando. Yes, really.
- Foe Romance Subtext: Her and and Diego when she makes a deal with him. Also their fight with Funny Valentine shows that they have a good chemistry.
- Swiss Army Superpower: Cream Starter is incredibly versatile for a Stand based around spraying flesh.
- Body Horror: Naturally. Also one of Hot Pants' favorite kill tactics, sealing the target's mouth and nose shut to stop them from breathing.
- Detachment Combat: She can use it to separate parts of her body from herself.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Comes in handy when the heroes need to get patched up after a battle.
- Master of Disguise: It can flawlessly immitate a person's appearance, up to changing someone's voice to create an even better disguise.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Convincingly passed as a guy to the point where the viewer might actually think she's one at first.
Sandman/Soundman (Stand: In a Silent Way)
- Badass Native
- Badass Normal: In a race involving horses, he's the only one to run completely barefoot, yet he's almost always in the top running.
- Braids Beads And Buck Skins
- Horse of a Different Color: Sort of; he runs barefoot in a horse race.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: His Stand allows him to manipulate sound.
- Magical Native American: By way of his Stand.
- Mondegreen/I Am Not Shazam: His name is not Sandman, it's actually Soundman. Though people continue to refer to him as "Sandman" after the reveal.
- Named After Somebody Famous: The (non-canon)Jorge Joestar novel gives his full name as Goyathlee Soundman, after Goyathlay.
- Noble Savage: Sandman is a Magical Native American who participates in the Steel Ball Run to get the necessary money for his tribe to legally own their land. He is reasonably nice, and honorable enough to help contestants in need. Even then he decides being a Punch Clock Villain to Valentine is a better option to help his tribe than the race.
- Neutral No Longer: Although he appears at the very beginning of part 7 as a sympathetic character, and even seems like he may become an ally of Johnny and Gyro, his dedication to saving his homeland and people ultimately aligns him with Valentine.
- Tragic Villain
- Weapons-Grade Vocabulary: His Stand can create the sound effect kana that, when touched, induces the related effect, i.e. "burning", "cutting", or "stabbing".
Pocoloco (Stand: Hey Ya!)
Voiced by: Yasuhiko Kawazu (All-Star Battle), Fumihiro Okabayashi (radio drama)
- Boring Invincible Hero: Arguably a Shadow Archetype for Gyro and Johnny. While all three seek to win the race (and Johnny's main goal isn't so much the money as figuring out Gyro's spin secrets), Pocoloco's absurd luck means the race has no personal meaning to him, and he never grows as a person because of his complacent dependence on his power. So while he may have won the race and the money, it pales in comparison to Gyro and Johnny's struggles and personal growth, represented by their greater cause to stop Funny Valentine from obtaining the whole Corpse.
- Born Lucky: The effect of his Stand.
- The Fool: The man's a dimwit, and yet he is blessed with crazy luck.
- Meaningful Name: The (non-canon) Jorge Joestar novel gives his full name as Pocoloco Tripleseven, emphasizing his ridiculous luck.
- Mistaken for Badass: Despite being a complete dolt, thanks to his amazing luck, he is commonly mistaken as a racing genius who only looks like a moron at first glance.
- Nice Guy: An easygoing and humble guy who just wants to relax and watch the clouds. This helps take the edge off the audience when he ends up winning the Steel Ball Run.
- Rags to Riches
A young woman who is the representative of a Stand-possessing Tree, which has the Stand named Sugar Mountain's Spring.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: She even quotes Lolita at one point.
- Honest Axe: Anytime something gets dropped into the spring, she is compelled to offer the actual object or something more extravagant. If you're honest, she'll give you both. Gyro figures out her game and drops rabbit ears into the spring, earning him and Johnny the corpse ears. The catch is that if you don't use all of the items you earned by sundown, your soul will be trapped in the tree by the spring.
- Older Than They Look: She's around 66, although she was trapped by the Tree for about 50 years.
- Bald of Awesome
- Cool Old Guy: Anyone who survives, let alone wins even a single stage in the Steel Ball Run at the age of 68 more than qualifies. It also helps that he has two navels.
- Foreshadowing: His two navels foreshadow the next arc.
- Red Herring: During the confrontation with the Stand "In A Silent Way", Johnny (and by extension, the reader) presumed that he was the user. No less than three pages later, we find out it's actually Soundman.
- Black Guy Dies First: He might not have died, but he's the first to be "eliminated" from the race.
- Expy: Of Mohammad Avdol.
- Horse of a Different Color: He enters the race riding a camel.
- Nice Hat: He wears a turban.
- Bi the Way: She thinks that Lucy is really cute, and is more than willing to have sex with her.
- Depraved Bisexual: Lucy drugs her and sneaks into Valentine's room to steal his corpse part. Scarlet wakes up and ambushes her, furious that Lucy had just pretended to like her to get to Valentine.
- They Really Do Love Each Other: Even though she's more than willing to cheat on her husband with another woman, she genuinely loves Valentine, and sees him as a kind and compassionate soul.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed by Mike O.'s stand, as his balloon dogs had caught wind of 'Scarlet's' (actually Lucy in disguise thanks to Hot Pants) scent and tracked down and killed her.
- Abusive Parents: Up to Eleven if it were possible with Dario.
- Bishōnen: To contrast the original's Evil Old Folks appearance, he's much more handsome. Not that he's better; in fact, he's worse.
- Jerkass: Even more than the original, if it were possible.
- Karma Houdini: Nothing has been said about his fate except Diego wants to find him for what he did. Unfortunately he didn't get a chance.
- Kick the Dog: His attempt to have Diego drowned in order to not have an extra mouth to feed.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: While the original universe Dario was a drunk and an abusive father that led Dio to evil, he still ultimately cared for his welfare. Here, he's an unrepentant Jerkass who throws Diego into the river in hopes he'll die to not have another mouth to feed.
Funny Valentine (Stand: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheapnote )
Voiced by: Yasuyuki Kase (All-Star Battle and Eyes of Heaven)The President of the United States (of Valentine...). The mastermind behind the Steel Ball Run; the race actually stops along the locations of the corpse pieces, which he intends to take for himself.His Stand is Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, sometimes just shorted to D4C, which allows him to interact with alternate universes.
- Agent Peacock: His style.
- Animal Motif: Rabbit, as the Up the Real Rabbit Hole, white color scheme, ability to multiply himself to large numbers, and upward-pointed horns of his Stand implies.
- Anime Hair: How does his hair manage to stay that curly?
- Anti-Villain: Arguably the most sympathetic Big Bad so far, being driven by his desire to protect his country at all costs.
- Achey Scars: During his time as a soldier, he was tortured and left with scars resembling the Stars and Stripes on his back. He claims they usually ache, but stop doing so during the race, which he takes as a sign.
- Affably Evil: Charismatic, dignified, and polite at all times.
- Alternate Universe: Manages to actually weaponize dimensional hopping.
- Back from the Dead: One of D4C's abilities. He uses it a lot more often than one would expect.
- Badass Longcoat
- Big Bad: Of Part 7, although at first, he's more sympathetic than most of the previous Big Bads. Valentine's clever use of his stand, and sheer determination that rivals even the main duo's, make him a deadly adversary.
- Big Beautiful Man: Even before he became a well-toned hunk, Valentine looked quite attractive, thanks to the nature of Araki's artstyle.
- Biseinen: Would you believe he's pushing 50?
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Blond and evil.
- Camp Straight: With an Agent Peacock style.
- Catchphrase: Dojya~~~n!
- Cloudcuckoolander: He demonstrates the best way to drink out of a can by piercing its bottom and drinking from there. He can also play the mandolin with his feet.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Takes Pucci's Knight Templar tendencies fueled with a Freudian Excuse to the extremes, to the point where he skews towards Anti-Villain territory. Also compared to most JoJo villains, Funny Valentine may be the most dignified and honorable of the lot, being a man of his word, always calm under pressure, and wanting to do what's best for America, even if it has to be over the corpses of others. He is still no less ruthless and amoral than the other villains.
- The Cynic: More or less sums up his motivations. Since he sees life as a zero-sum game where there is a set amount of "fortune" and "misfortune" to be distributed amongst the whole of humanity, he wishes to give his country as much "fortune" as possible while pushing away all the "misfortune", even if it means dooming non-Americans to more suffering.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Knowing he's screwed since he has no way to counter Jonny's new Stand power, he calls forth someone who can deal with it while in the midst of universe traveling.
- Dub Name Change: In the simplest way possible — D4C is never called by its full name in the English version of All-Star Battle. There are, however, cheeky references to no one knowing what D4C stands for, or the statement that Valentine will do anything "for a fair and honest price"... but you can hear him saying "Dirty deeds done dirt-cheap" in Gratuitous English. Surprisingly, his "Love Train" ability is still called that.
- Eagle Land: An interesting mix of type 1 and 2. On the one hand, he's a dignified man who works hard for the good of his country, treats his underlings and enemies with respect, yet still possesses a quirky and buffoonish side to him that makes him likable on a personal level. On the other hand, his patriotism perhaps goes too far, as he's willing to bring suffering to the entire world if it means more happiness for America. He's also very self-righteous, ruthless in his methods, and the fairly rapey vibes he gives off towards Lucy might paint him in a darker light.
- Evil Virtues: Ambition, Determination, Diligence and Resourcefulness.
- Family Theme Naming: The (non-canon) Jorge Joestar novel introduces two brothers of his named Funnier and The Funniest.
- Fat Bastard: At first, but at some point he gets a Fanservice Pack involving a rugged jaw and a chiseled body. He may have switched himself with a sexier version from an alternate universe, as it's implied he has done so several times before, and may have been using Fat!Valentine as cover.
- Freudian Excuse: His father died in battle for America's stability, leading him to do the same.
- Four Is Death: The name of his stand is shortened to D4C.
- Also, the C is pronounced as shi, making it a bilingual deathly pun.
- Hope Spot: When he discovered D4C's powers, he thought it would give him a chance to visit an alternate version of his father who survived the war so he could see him one last time. Tragically, his father's death is one of the constants throughout all the the parallel realities.
- I Gave My Word: He promises Lucy Steel that he'll save the life of her husband, Stephen, and holds to it even after Stephen interferes with his plan. But even if he ensures Stephen doesn't die, he'll punish him with pain.
- Improbable Weapon User: Literally. I.e, he weaponizes the abstract concept of improbability and karma to fight the heroes.
- Karma Houdini: Weaponized. When Valentine stands in the dimensional gap created by the Corpse, any attack against him will be reflected on somebody else in the world in the form of Karmic Death.
- Light Is Not Good: Not only is he a blonde and wearing white clothes, but his stand is also white in color.
- Man in White: His clothes.
- Manipulative Bastard: On the verge of being defeated, Valentine puts off a Rousing Speech at Johnny, mixed with Freudian Excuse and Motive Rant, at least convincing him that Valentine had the moral upper ground, and almost convincing him that he would spare the latter. Almost.
- Me's a Crowd: At one point, Valentine along with two other alternate dimension copies attack Diego Brando. They lost.
- Mr. Fanservice: He's attractive and shows it.
- Mundane Utility: It's implied that he's used his Stands to walk without the sound of footsteps.
- Never the Selves Shall Meet: If more than one iteration of a person or object exist in the same universe, their presence will end up annihilating both. D4C's power protects Valentine himself from this effect, but he weaponizes it against others.
- Not So Different: Johnny eventually dies doing what Valentine tried to do with the Corpse Parts; shunting the misfortune of those he cared about onto others.
- Overly Long Name: "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" is tied with "Killer Queen Bites the Dust" for the series' longest Stand name so far, which is likely the main reason it's generally called D4C.
- President Evil: Albeit, a more sympathetic one, especially since he's a JoJo Big Bad
- Quick Draw: How Valentine is finally defeated.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Wears a bright pink longcoat in the colored manga and Eyes of Heaven.
- The Rashomon: A side-effect of D4C's abilities.
- Superpower Lottery: Keeping with JoJo villain tradition, Valentine hit the jackpot.
- Alternate Universe: By closing himself between two objects, he can transport himself to one.
- Immortal Life Is Cheap: D4C can transport Valentine's consciousness to an alternate universe body if he suffers a mortal wound, then bring the fresh body back.
- Me's a Crowd: He can also simply just transport a private army of himselves to attack en masse.
- Karma Houdini / Winds of Destiny, Change: Weaponized, but only while under the effect of Lucy's "Love Train". When standing inside the dimensional gap, all "misfortune" will pass through him and hit another victim in another part of the world. It also alters the karma of his enemies, by giving him an Unblockable Attack: Even the smallest scratch he gives you on the arm will transform into a small scratch on your vital organs, such as your heart.
- The Unfettered: No act is too amoral for Valentine, if it means certain glory for America.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Becomes a lot more arrogant once he utilizes Lucy's Love Train effect and becomes virtually invincible, believing that he has been marked for greatness by the Holy Corpse.
- Up the Real Rabbit Hole: He constantly refers to his original world as the root world. Justified, since the root world is the only world where the Holy Corpse exists.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Until the story of his father's death "inspired" him.
- Villainous Breakdown: Averted, which is unusual for a JoJo villain, especially a Big Bad, who all go down screaming at their fate; in fact, after being overwhelmed by Johnny's new power, he quickly re-composes himself by playing to his soft side in order to get a shot at him. And even when that failed, he made sure he'd had an ace by bringing alternate universe Diego Brando in order to get the Corpse.
- Villain with Good Publicity: The public adores Funny Valentine. Our heroes, and their companions? Not so much.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Valentine's main motivation for obtaining the Corpse is patriotism, as he wants to use the Corpse's ultimate power for the sake of the United States. His main fear, as he explains to Johnny and Dio, is that the corpse falls into the hands of another country's leader.
- Jesus approved of him. Do we need to say more?.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: Valentine weaponizes abstract concepts such as luck, karma and probability to take down the heroes. It works extremely effectively.
Diego "Dio" Brando (Stand: Scary Monster/The World)
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (All-Star Battle and Eyes of Heaven), Masayuki Katou (radio drama)A genius racer from England. After his mother died due to terrible treatment while working in hellish Victorian England, he bitterly vowed to achieve the top place in society. After grabbing a hold of one of the Corpse's eyes, he eventually gains Scary Monster as a Stand, which allows him to turn himself and others into dinosaurs. Funny Valentine eventually uses his Stand to summon another Diego from an alternate universe, who has The World as a Stand to fight his enemies.
- The Ace: Everybody recognizes him as a genius jockey. He not only thoroughly kicks Valentine's ass, he also kicks the asses of several alternate universe Valentines and even his Stand at the same time.
- Alternate Universe: An alternate Diego is brought into play by Valentine as a backup if he died. This Diego doesn't have Scary Monster as a Stand, but he does have The World.
- Always Someone Better: Diego was always recognized as more talented than Johnny, much to George Joestar's chagrin. Throughout the race, Johnny continuously tries to come on top over Dio, but ultimately fails to ever defeat even him, even with the power that allowed him to defeat Valentine, Tusk ACT 4.
- Animorphism: After he fuses with one of the Turbo Eyes shortly before Dr. Ferdinand's death, he gains the ability to change into a dinosaur at will, thus gaining his own stand. The Ability itself comes from Dr. Ferdinand's Stand "Scary Monsters", thus the derived name.
- Anti-Villain: Unlike the main universe one, Diego was portrayed as a sinister yet still tragic figure wanting to have his existence acknowledged. Alternate Diego, on the other hand, is closer to the original in personality.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: The trope is subverted in the end; it may be hard to call him a good guy, but his goals and actions eventually line up with the heroic side. However, it's played very straight with alternate Dio.
- The Bluebeard: Diego is rumored to have murdered his 83 year-old wife for the money.
- Brick Joke: How AU Diego is defeated by Lucy Steel.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": AU!Diego's version of the World is pretty much the same (in appearance) as the original Dio's, but it has "D"s where the original The World had hearts, and seems to be slimmer (the original The World was as muscular as Star Platinum, maybe even more).
- Chick Magnet: Girls love him so much they jumped on him when he was still racing.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: The AU Diego is even more careful than the original Dio in his tactics when dealing with Johnny. These involve not only his knives, but Razor Floss, setting him on fire with gasoline, and finally using his own leg filled with Tusk Act 4 on Johnny to inflict his own infinite spinning on him. This is significant because unlike the original, he actually beats Johnny.
- Demoted to Dragon: The original Diego was essentially the Greater Scope Villain of the first universe. He still gets the honor of being the Final Boss, however.
- Dragon Ascendant: The original was not Valentine's dragon, and in fact eventually opposed him, but the Alternate Universe Diego is this to Valentine.
- He's also this to Dr. Ferdinand, taking the latter's power for his own after his demise and using it in far more inventive ways than the original user. For example, at one point he transforms two men into dinosaurs to make them obey him, and then he transforms the dinosaurs into dinosaur lamps. He points out that they won't light up, though.
- Enemy Mine: He reluctantly teams up with Hot Pants to take down Valentine.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Has the power to invoke this by turning himself and others into dinosaurs.
- Evil Brit: While he is very unfettered in getting his way and implied to have done nasty things to get to where he is, he is far more humane and sympathetic than the original Dio.
- Expy: Of Dio Brando, albeit slightly less evil, and much more sympathetic. AU!Diego, however, is a much straighter example.. He also looked much like Giorno as a child.
- Foe Romance Subtext: When Hot Pants makes a deal with him. Also their fight with Funny Valentine shows that they have a good chemistry. Although this is still debatable since his thoughts before the fight imply he may backstab Hot Pants after they kill Funny Valentine.
- Glasgow Grin: When he uses Scary Monsters in a more humanoid form.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: AU Diego whacks Johnny with his own leg. He also gets killed by Lucy Steel when he uses the head of the original Diego against him.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: How the original Diego dies, as he's cut in half by a train.
- Heel–Face Turn: Was originally opposed to Gyro and Johnny, and had even teamed up with Valentine, then decides to go against Valentine.
- Hijacked by Ganon: AU!Diego shows up with The World. There's also the fact that he's just as much of a Jerkass as the original Dio.
- It's All About Me: Even when he (technically) sides with the heroes, it's mostly so that he could have the Holy Corpse all to himself.
- Killed Off for Real: This is where his Alternate Universe counterpart comes into play.
- Let Them Die Happy: The original dies believing he defeated Valentine.
- Never the Selves Shall Meet: AU Diego is defeated when Lucy brings him the head of the original Diego, causing the two to explode.
- Nice Hat: Sports a stunningly fabulous one, with his name literally on it.
- Nominal Hero: The first Deigo is in his own league of who to align himself with.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Long-time JoJo fans might get a bit unnerved when they see Dio Brando playfully joke around with a Joestar and a Zeppeli.
- Power Incontinence: At first, he doesn't have the greatest control over his dino shapeshifting.
- The Rival: Johnny's and Gyro's.
- Scaled Up: The power of Scary Monsters.
- Shaggy Dog Story: Technically, he did kill Valentine, three times no less, but doing so brought on a new Valentine with a new power.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: While the Original Dio was an asshole since his birth, Diego turned evil only because of his father.
- Walking Spoiler: Diego is brought back as a Dragon Ascendant for Funny Valentine, for the final battle in the series.
- Your Head A Splode: How AU Diego meets his demise.
Don't let the name fool you. This character is actually a he, and is always referred to as such. An outcast from a village after losing a duel and being left to die by being tied to a cactus. He's only interested in killing superior jockeys to claim the prize money for himself.
- Badass Normal: Doesn't have a Stand, has a girlish name, can kick your ass regardless.
- The Beastmaster: With beetles. Although, the less said about *where* he raises and trains those beetles, the better.
- Flechette Storm: When attacking Gyro and Johnny, he has his beetles' movements set off the nearby cholla's needles. The beetles can quickly get out of the way, leading to the needles becoming a bullet fusillade.
- Gender-Blender Name: Subverted; you'd expect one of the characters to make a comment about his unusual name. There isn't.
Andre Boomboom (Stand: Tomb of the Boom 1)
- Bloody Murder: The point of his initial contact with Gyro and Johnny wasn't just to get fire to treat his lizard bite. It was also to get some of his blood on them for his Stand to start work with. His Stand, by the way, manipulates magnetism. Now, consider that blood contains iron...
L.A. Boomboom (Stand: Tomb of the Boom 2)
- The Ditz: He apparently inherited his uneven intellect from his mother. Unfortunately, Benjamin and even Andre don't hold back from tearing into him for it, although Andre isn't nearly as brutal about it.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady
Benjamin Boomboom (Stand: Tomb of the Boom 3)
- Abusive Parents: You really have to feel bad for his sons. What with all the upbraiding he sends their way, especially to L.A.... And then there's intentionally shooting through Andre's own wound to get more blood on the heroes, and not really paying attention when it's clear Andre's starting to succumb to the lizard venom...
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: He immediately stepped on Johnny's arm when he noticed him the Spin on a lead bullet to interrupt it because even though he didn't understand the Spin, he figured Johnny could use it against them.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can take advantage of his prosthetic iron jaw by using Tomb of the Boom to reshape it into his face and from there reshape his face into someone else's (e.g. Johnny Joestar's).
Oyecomova (Stand: Boku no Rhythm wo Kiitekurenote )
- Holier Than Thou: Not as bad as Blackmore, but he tends to regard his terrorist deeds (and, for that matter, his Stand awakening) as God's will.
- River of Insanity: At one point, he creates bombs attached to the surface of a river — meaning there's nothing to apply pressure to keep them from popping. Gyro and Johnny have to implement an Outrun the Fireball plan, keeping their horses moving faster than the bombs can explode.
- Spam Attack: Have fun trying to disarm all those bombs before they go off...
- Sticky Bomb: Can create grenade pins with clock heads that can attach to anything and explode when pulled or let loose. And we mean anything.
- Western Terrorists: Oyecomova is rather determined to assassinate the King of Naples. He targets Zeppelli on account of how his winning would rally the people back behind the monarchy.
Fritz von Stroheim
Pork Pie Hat Kid (Stand: Wired)
Pork Pie Hat actually seems to be his first name, being referred as such a number of times.
- Expy: Of Pesci.
- Extreme Omnivore: He likes the taste of ink, he wonders if his own teeth taste good...No wonder Wired's bound to his tongue.
- Funetik Aksent: He has a problem pronouncing Johnny's name.
- Gonk: Once he loses the pipes on his head...ugh...
- Hooks and Crooks: Pork Pie Hats has to two hooked chains coming from his mouth which he can send through various objects to attack.
- Vertical Kidnapping: Pork Pie Hat hooks his victims from above via falling feathers.
- Western Terrorists: By now, it becomes clear to Gyro and Johnny that the terrorists are after one thing, the components of the Saint. Even if they have to kill to do it.
Dr. Ferdinand (Stand: Scary Monsters)
- The Beastmaster: Well, first he has to transform other beings into at least partial utahraptors, but once that's done...
- He can also turn them into other dinosaurs, such a a bear into a T-rex and mice into some Compsognathus.
- Berserk Button: More calm than most other instances, but doing anything that looks even a little disrespectful to the ground is one very fast way to get on his bad side.
- Bishōnen: To insane levels.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Once Scary Monsters is disengaged, it turns out it was at the worst possible time for Ferdinand, because the two utahraptors nearest to him had originally been mountain lions. Unhappy mountain lions, at that. Cue one savage mauling.
- Insane Troll Logic: He seems to think that the dinosaurs died out because they disrespected the environment.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: If Scary Monsters affects you, and you're not holding a piece of the Saint's corpse, you get to look forward to becoming part utahraptor.
- Scaled Up: The power of Scary Monsters.
- Western Terrorists
Ringo Roadagain (Stand: Mandom)
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (All-Star Battle)
- Affably Evil: He's very polite, willing to let Gyro without any hidden agendas, and a very honest and honorable warrior.
- Badass Baritone: His voice in All-Star Battle is very deep and smooth, fitting his calm and purposeful behavior.
- Badass Beard: His goatee is shaped like a skull. He's just that awesome.
- Blood Knight: Pretty obliquely, though. He intentionally gets those in his orchard bound into Mandom's effect so they grow desperate enough to kill him. He believes that if he engages in duels only with those who seek only his death, with no spite or the like involved, his spirit will be purified of uncertainty, and he'll grow ever more useful to humanity.
- Death Seeker: Seeks death to be purified of uncertainty to be useful to humanity.
- Go Out with a Smile
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: Only six seconds worth, and they have to be spaced out by at least a minute. But everyone gets to react to what they know will happen in those six seconds.
- The Gunslinger: Type D, the Quick Draw. Goes hand in hand with his power. By his being able to turn ambushes into a moot point, the only thing left you can do is go head to head with a man who can quite clearly out shoot you, nor flinch in the slightest, due to his Death Seeker tendencies.
- Honor Before Reason: Good news: He explains everything that could be a factor in a fight. He's purifying chance out of his duels.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Possibly of Charles Bronson.
- The Obi-Wan: Although he's an enemy, his duel and death trigger Gyro's Character Development arc.
- Rape as Drama: Well, almost raped by a vagrant murderer who'd already killed the rest of his family. "Almost" because of Mandom's power. Basically, the threat of rape was what awakened Mandom.
- Time Master: And, oddly for JoJo, he's not the main antagonist even though he has this sort of power.
Blackmore (Stand: Catch the Rainbow)
- Detachment Combat: He can detach his body parts. He mainly uses his mouth to bite and intimidate via speech.
- Hazardous Water: He can manipulate raindrops into platforms, blades, bandages, etc.
- Holier Than Thou: Once he sees a vision of Jesus in connection with the pieces of the Corpse, he gets really bad when it comes to confronting the heroes.
- Swiss Army Superpower: Catch The Rainbow has an amazingly versatile set of abilities, perhaps one of the more versatile in the entire manga. Catch is, it only works when it's raining.
- White Mask of Doom: Although he creates it using his Stand, meaning it's Invisible to Normals.
The Eleven Riders (Stand: Tatoo You!)
- Hive Mind
- I Am Legion
- No Name Given
- Spell My Name with an "S": In the original Japanese, the Stand's name is indeed written "TATOO YOU!"
Mike O. (Stand: Tubular Bells)
- The Beastmaster: An interesting sort, in that his breath transforms pieces of metal into balloon animals that act like their real-life counterparts.
- The Dragon: If only because he's the White House's head of security.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: His stand turns nails into balloon animals. The things he can pull off with this border cringeworthy, at times.
- Monster Clown: Is dressed in a flamboyantly poofy and spikey outfit and wears face paint that make him look more like a court jester than the president's top bodyguard. It certainly fits his ability to create deadly balloon animals.
- Your Head A Splode: What happens when Hot Pants makes it impossible for Mike to properly exhale Tubular Bells.
Voiced by: Ken Narita (All-Star Battle)
- Badass Normal: Wekapipo lacks a Stand entirely. His ability Wrecking Ball is just a variant of the Zeppeli family's Steel Ball techniques.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The death of his sister triggers this. He gets better when it is revealed that Gyro's father is protecting her.
- Expy: He has a connection to Zeppeli/Gyro, knows some Hamon/Spin techniques, joins the heroes, and is ultimately offed by Dio/Diego. Kinda like Dire. On the other hand, his backstory and the fact that he pulls a Heel–Face Turn after being misguided by his hatred also makes him comparable to Polnareff.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: You know how Funny Valentine can trigger a Never the Selves Shall Meet? He does it to Wekapipo. Valentine traps Diego in another dimension with the intent to kill him, but Diego quickly realizes how D4C works (allowing things to travel between dimensions when they get caught between two things) so Diego gets himself stuck between the two Wekapipos.
- Heel–Face Turn
Magent Magent (Stand: 20th Century Boy)
- And I Must Scream: His final confrontation with Diego and Wekapipo forces him to activate 20th Century Boy underwater. Far underwater. And 20th Century Boy's aegis extends to not letting him drown. Since no one can find him there, and deactivating his Stand will kill him, and it won't let him do that, he's now an underwater edition of Kars/Anubis.
- Eye Scream: Try to remember that what goes up must come down, next time!
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Much like Kars, Magent Magent's brain stops working after an unspecified but presumably lengthy period of being trapped underwater.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Being forced into activating his own stand leads to his imprisonment at the bottom of the sea.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Magent Magent can wear 20th Century Boy to become this, with the added side-effect that it renders him completely immobile as well. This comes back to bite him, as he is trapped underwater and unable to move presumably forever until his mind breaks down.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He appears to be based on Marc Bolan of T. Rex fame. His stand name supports this.
- No Indoor Voice: Although we can't hear his voice per say, the translation team assures us that due to the way his speech is written in Japanese that he sounds like "a more coherent Donald Duck or a male Fran Drescher".
- Nose Nuggets: Magent Magent is...disgusting. His nose is constantly running, and while that can be attributed to the cold weather when he sneezes into his hands he licks up the snot.
- Repetitive Name
- Spell My Name with an "S": Many people translated his name as "Magenta Magenta", as his namesake is a SOUL'd OUT song by that name; however, the Japanese translation of his name doesn't have an A at the end.
Axl RO (Stand: Civil War)
- Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Manifests and brings to life objects the victim feels guilt over. This includes the Stand owner, who can actually bring himself back to life if he's killed by someone who feels any form of guilt over his death
- Survivor Guilt: The basis of Civil War's power. Also Axl's backstory as a Civil War lookout who failed to warn a town of an incoming army.
- Thanatos Gambit: Willingly lets himself be killed to force his own personal guilt onto his foe. Ends up being Hoist by His Own Petard when Johnny uses his own Thanatos Gambit to return Axl's personal guilt back onto himself.
D-I-S-C-O (Stand: Chocolate Disco)
- Homing Projectile: Chocolate Disco allows D-I-S-C-O to do this with everything, from nails to acid. Unfortunately for D-I-S-C-O, the JoJoverse works on Heart Is an Awesome Power and Artistic License - Physics.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Lasts two chapters, only to serve as a distraction to Gyro. The only time he speaks is to give the name of his stand. The rest is D-I-S-C-O getting curb-stomped by Gyro.