Characters: Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Part 8
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"Josuke Higashikata" (Stand: Soft & Wet)
A muscular youth who Yasuho happens upon one day, wearing nothing but a hat and half-buried near some wall eyes. While he (mostly
) knows the things any normal person would, he is completely amnesic regarding his own identity. Along with his quirky personality, he has numerous odd physical attributes, such as a star-shaped birthmark on his back and four testicles
. Yasuho decides to name him after her childhood dog, Josuke, and decides to help him investigate his identity. Along the way, she sets him up with family friends the Higashikatas as his guardians.
Josuke's stand is Soft & Wet, which allows him to generate bubbles from his body. When these bubbles pop after touching something, they can rob that object of some attribute, ranging from scent to water content to friction. A second bubble can release this attribute or imbue a different object with it.
The bubbles themselves are also capable of concussive force, as well as being able to push and move people.
While he is named Josuke after the protagonist of Diamond Is Unbreakable
, it should be noted that his name is actually written differently (part 4 仗助 versus part 8 定助).
- Accidental Pervert: Asks Yasuho if she's wearing padding and unintentionally hugs her for too long.
- Adorkable: The guy is so goofy that it's cute. For instance, the way he eats buns.
- Ambiguously Brown: it may be the shading, but he's sometimes drawn with what looks like olive skintone.
- Amnesiacs Are Innocent: Although Josuke isn't exactly childlike, he has somewhat strange misconceptions about many day-to-day things — for example, he doesn't seem to grasp that you sleep on top of a mattress, not between it and the bedspring.
- Amnesiac Hero
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He seems to have amazing peripheral vision. While standing straight up and looking forward, he notices a man's hand near his ankles out of the corner of his eye. Keeping in mind that he had no knowledge or expectation of anyone else being around at the time. Despite the hand (and the person to whom it belonged) somehow disappearing instantly, Josuke managed to track where the person had been positioned before disappearing.
- Bad Ass: He is a force to be reckoned with in battle. As to be expected from a Jojo hero, he makes clever use of an incredibly weird power, and can think of and execute ridiculously complex battle strategies within a few brief moments.
- Berserk Button: Try to harm Yasuho, and Josuke will stop at nothing to end you. Case in point; when Yotsuyu takes her, the same "Dark Determination" Johnny had in his eyes in Part VII appears in Josuke's; the same cold, fiery look that means that he really wants to kill you.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: His vast intellect is inversely proportional to his grasp on common sense.
- Composite Character: Taken to ridiculous extremes. While he's technically the AU counterpart of Josuke, early on, we are led to believe his true identity is Yoshikage Kira. Later on, not only do we find out that Kira himself is a Composite Character of Kira and Jotaro, but that Josuke himself is a Fusion Dance (i.e. the literal version of this trope), being a synthesis of Kira and an unnamed man...
- In terms of his character design, his face and build are almost identical to Jotaro as drawn in the new art style, he spouts his "ORA!" (although one randomly becomes "ARA!") and Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs when fighting, wears sailor clothes referencing Jotaro's marine profession (though those originally belonged to Kira, who was a ship's doctor), and occasionally bears Jotaro's "raised hand/halt" insignia.
- His personality has a lot of similarities to Kira from "Diamond is Unbreakable", being extremely analytical and mathematically inclined, with some really weird habits such as sleeping under mattresses for comfort. Though he's not amoral or deviant.
- He also has a strong value for friendship and Guile Hero tendencies like his actual namesake, Josuke. It helps that their Stands work more by affecting the environment than actually combating enemies, so they go about fighting in the same manner.
- Continuity Nod: Soft & Wet's "Plunder" ability is similar to The Spin used in the previous installment of the series by Johnny Joestar and Gyro Zeppeli. It can apply and remove properties of the target like the Super Spin, and is manifested through perfect spheres. The earlier counterpart to the Spin, the Ripple, was also manifested as bubbles by Caesar Zeppeli in Battle Tendency.
- Contrasting Reboot Main Character: Josuke from Part 4 is a good contender for the most normal main character in the series. Aside from the circumstances of his birth, his ire towards anyone who insults his hair, and his gambling habit, he was basically an easy-going high school student with a good heart. Josuke from Part 8, on the other hand, is a good candidate for the weirdest main character, being physically abnormal, amnesiac, behaviorally eccentric, and the result of a Fusion Dance.
- Depending on the Artist: He's supposed to be built like Jotaro — i.e., very buff. This holds up most of the time since Araki has drawn images of Jotaro in his new art style and they are indeed consistent with Josuke's appearance. But then he shows up in the All Star Battle videogame, and he's one of the scrawniest members of the cast while Jotaro is extremely muscular as per the older artstyle, and it's impossible to tell they're supposed to be identical, let alone similar.
- It's there even within the manga itself. For instance, his introduction and some images like the profile pic above make it very clear that he is strongly built. At other points, the strange cut of his shirt completely hides his musculature and makes him seem very lean and thin.
- Easy Amnesia/Trauma-Induced Amnesia: "Josuke" claims he has no recollection of even his name. As we soon discover, it's not so much that he lost his memories — since he's the combination of two people who were buried near the Wall Eyes, he may just not have any memories.
- Feel No Pain: His eyes are shown getting repeatedly penetrated by loose chestnut spines, and he doesn't even blink.
- Flower Motifs: On the August 2012 cover of Ultra Jump, while Yasuho is surrounded by roses, Josuke is surrounded by orchids. "Orchid" is Greek for "testicle".
- Fusion Dance: "Josuke" is the fusion of Yoshikage Kira and someone else, resulting in four testicles, eyes split down the middle in two colors, a tongue split down the middle into two merged but still different and uneven halves, and most recently his JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle appearance has a costume color that highlights how his skin is also two-toned, although in a patchy manner. Soft & Wet is also the combination of Killer Queen and the mystery second person's Stand, and the bubble-themed visualization of Soft Wet's ability splits down the middle into two uneven halves.
- Genius Ditz: He's very good with numbers and extremely tactical despite having no memories to work off of.
- Genre Savvy:
- While running from a chilly stand, he comments that in horror movies, running to the second floor is a bad idea.
- Another great moment is when he's investigating a mysterious library against the owner's wishes and he needs to make sure that no one can tell he was there. He puts everything back in order, and once he leaves the room, the panels ominously zoom in on a bookmark he overlooked. Cue Josuke barging back in, grabbing the bookmark, and placing it where it originally was. Close shave!
- Hello, Sailor!: Let's face it, he may not be gay as far as can be told, but he's totally rocking that sailor fetish outfit. Some promotional images don't bother to pretend otherwise and just show him stripping.
- Humanoid Abomination: Aside from the four balls issue, he has eyes split down the middle in two colors and his uneven tongue as a result of being a Fusion Dance.
- I Am Who?: Currently, Josuke's motivation is to discover who he really is. What is known for sure right now is that he is the result of a fusion between Yoshikage Kira and some other person, and his Stand is also a result of a fusion between that other person's Stand and Kira's own. In fact, Kira's stand is shown to be Killer Queen in this universe as well, though its powers were slightly different.
- Liquid Assets: Soft & Wet can form soap bubbles that, when popped, can plunder anything from whatever they were on. So far, he was able to steal water from a woman's body, causing her to become thirsty, to stealing the sound in a room, making it soundproof. It can even steal stuff such as hair, and even small wounds. When they pop, they release whatever they stole to whatever popped them, making the noise they kept from sounding sound, placing hair on someone else, etc.
- In All-Star Battle, he uses Soft & Wet to steal the opponent's vision with his HHA and their friction with his GHA, as well as his own friction in one of his attacks.
- Memory Gambit: How he defeats Daiya.
- Naked on Arrival
- Name's the Same: He shares the same name and character traits as Josuke from Part 4 to imply he is a reincarnation of him.
- Nice Guy: He's very sweet and earnest to people who haven't screwed him over yet. Especially to Yasuho.
- Nice Hat: A sailor cap that is apparently a Joestar tradition, having started all the way back with Johnny Joestar, shortly after the end of "Steel Ball Run".
- Serial Escalation/Bigger Is Better in Bed: He has four testicles. This is a side effect of his being a Fusion Dance.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Though he speaks perfectly casually depending on who he's with.
- Sherlock Scan: Presumably a take on the original Kira's somewhat impressive analytical abilities.
- Super Reflexes: Josuke and Soft & Wet react extremely quickly, as seen when he essentially outdraws Nijimura and Yotsuyu Yagiyama on separate occasions, despite them having a significant range advantage/the element of surprise. Tellingly, Josuke/Soft & Wet seems to like surprising his enemies with a short barrage of nigh-instantaneous rabbit punches, as opposed to the extensive and drawn-out beatdowns that other Joestars inflict on their cornered opponents.
- Technicolor Eyes: Looking closely shows that each eye is split down the middle and a different color on each half of the iris. This is because each eye is actually two fused together.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Soft & Wet is built like a boxer, with a huge barrel chest and long, well-muscled, if unusually lean, arms.
- Vague Age: Younger than 29, could pass for a high-schooler, but also looks and acts a little older than college-age Yasuho and Joushuu. Josuke refers to himself as being (tentatively) nineteen.
- Would Hit a Girl: Multiple times. Very quickly. As she had been trying to kill him and nearly succeeded.
Yasuho Hirose (Stand: Paisley Park)
A girl who discovers an unnamed naked man near one of the mysterious "wall-eyes" and ends up embroiled in the mystery surrounding his identity. She has a long-range stand named Paisley Park, which gets her or someone related to her in any way to where they want to be, generally through digital interfaces. When Yasuho learns to use Paisley Park consciously, it becomes a special form of hacking such that she can view videos recorded by cameras that a car drove past simply by using Paisley Park on the car's own onboard computer.
- Adorkable: Namely her reaction when she sees Josuke again at the hopsital.
- Alcoholic Parent/Parental Neglect: Her mother.
- Brain Bleach: She really wanted some after getting a good look at Josuke's...nonstandard anatomy.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Not as much as Josuke, but she definitely has her share of out there, ditzy moments.
- Deuteragonist: She does most of the detective work helping Josuke find his memories, and does about half the narration.
- Flower Motifs: It's in her name, her hair-color, and even on her skirt. Hirohiko Araki even feels guilty for the way he drew the latter because the design must make it uncomfortable to sit down.
- Guile Hero: In comparison to Jousuke, who himself has many of those traits. While Jousuke gets involved with more Stand conflicts, Yasuho spends her time puzzling out the wall-eyes, the Higashikata and Joestar families, and Josuke's past.
- Paisley Park is also a bit of a Guile Hero, being an independent Stand who prefers to stay away from fighting and manipulates others to help.
- Hair Decorations
- Impractically Fancy Outfit: Her skirt is covered in large, realistic rose decorations.
- The Ingenue: Subverted, more or less. Josuke seems to be expecting this, since every time Josuke tells her to look away, she does, which Josuke uses as an opportunity to beat Oujirou for info. But considering he's beating up Oujirou in the same room she's in, she ends up watching the whole thing anyway, which says as much about Josuke as it does about her.
- Mission Control: Occasionally, since the Higashikatas barred her from seeing Josuke, which forces her into long distance contact. Because Josuke has trouble adjusting to the world as an amnesiac, she often guides him over the phone. However, the story often follows what she's doing at the same time, and both threads tend to be plot relevant.
- Mundane Utility: Paisley Park mostly just unconsciously helps optimize web searches and GPS tracking at first.
- Name's the Same: Named after Koichi Hirose from Part 4 and has likewise gained a Stand she can't control yet.
- The Nicknamer: She nicknamed our unnamed hero Josuke, because he reminded her of her dog.
- Press X to Not Die: Part of Paisley Park's skill set is reminiscent of this. When seen through some computer or phone, it provides Yasuho with multiple vague options that might help her overcome a critical situaton, but she must choose quickly or nothing will happen.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: Though she's more depressed and anxious than most instances of this trope, it is her kindness and willingness to accept and befriend Jousuke despite his...eccentricities that draws him to her and forms one of the strongest bonds in this part of the series.
- Semantic Superpower: Under great stress, her stand's power of "guidance" can directly implant hints into other peoples' minds, or help them remember important details.
- It's not just a support ability: her stand once "guided" off-road a car where Yasuho was held captive... by twisting the driver's leg. Ouch.
Joushuu Higashikata (Stand: Nut King Call)
Voiced by: Hiroaki Miura (All-Star Battle)
The second son of the Higashikata family. His Stand Nut King Call can materialize nuts and bolts onto objects. It can then unscrew the bolts at will, at which point the object falls apart as if it was actually being held together with those bolts.
- Anime Hair: It's a bit difficult to describe. Apparently, he only has hair follicles on the very top of his head and his hair grows in very neat "sheets", so it looks like he has a couple pieces of black construction paper glued to his otherwise bald head.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He really, really dislikes Josuke for "stealing his girl", which is basically a conclusion he jumped to all by himself.
- Defrosting Ice King: Warms up to Josuke somewhat, while still being as much of an ass as he was before. The fact that abandoning him for a couple of bucks and promising to treat him to a meal after he's bailed out of jail may actually be seen as a positive development for the character says a lot about Joshuu.
- Dumbass Teenage Son: He's vindictive, he's whiny, he's self-absorbed, and he's a pervert with a comically powerful self-serving memory. He definitely holds the Idiot Ball tighter than anyone else in his family could.
- Expy: To Yukako Yamagishi. He has an unhealthy obsession with someone named Hirose, jumps to conclusions, attempts to solve his "problems" with violence, and becomes less hostile after being beaten.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: his Stand basically makes screws everywhere, on anything. He can screw things together, or take things apart by unscrewing them (by taking the bolt off). Like most simple Jo Jo Stands, it's absolutely dangerous - Joshuu accidentally unscrews a thug's hands from his wrists when it automatically protects him. And then screws them back on the wrong way around.
- Jerkass: He's a whiny, self-absorbed brat.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Out of all the Higashikatas that have been given focus, he's the only one with almost no knowledge about the family's supernatural side. It's pathetic when you consider that his young nephew isn't left in the dark, yet Joshuu is.
- No Social Skills
- Unknown Rival: Josuke's.
- Wild Card: At this point, no one knows what side he'll end up on when all is said and done.
- Yandere: He attempts to bash Josuke's head in with a rock when he sees him with Yasuho for the first time.
The Alternate Universe
counterpart of Holly Kujo.
- Cloudcuckoolander: This version of Holly is a bit off. It turns out that a large portion of her brain, along with a number of other organs, have been surgically removed for reasons unknown. However, the doctors have not found any surgery scars.
- Cool Shades
- Covert Pervert: She takes a very noticeable interest in Yasuho because she supposedly looks like a porn star in a magazine she's been reading.
- Nice Hat
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: She bears a striking resemblance to Lady Gaga.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: It's all but outright stated that she's more aware of what the hell is going on than most.
- Older Than They Look: She looks almost as young as Yasuho despite being 52.
Yoshikage Kira (Stand: Name unknown)
A ship's surgeon and this continuity's version of the main villain from Part 4 (Diamond is Unbreakable
). Here, he is the son of one Yoshiteru Kira, rather than Yoshihiro
as in the original timeline. He was at first thought to be the protagonist's true identity, but it's soon shown that the truth is far more complicated.
While it's unconfirmed that he's a Serial Killer
as he was in Diamond Is Unbreakable
, his apartment, where he saves and catalogs his nail clippings and obsessively stocks green foods, and firsthand accounts of his personality would imply that he's at least a complete psychopath.
His stand is so far unnamed but resembles Killer Queen from Diamond Is Unbreakable
. Its power is generating exploding bubbles.
- Break Them by Talking: Talks Oujirou into biting his fingertips clean off to prove himself a man, for no apparent reason.
- Composite Character: In the Alternate Universe, a man named Yoshiteru Kira married Holly Joestar instead of Sadao Kujo, so as a result their son resembles both Jotaro Kujo and the original Yoshikage Kira.
- Dead All Along
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Kira is a nasty piece of work, but he was apparently trying to save his mother's life before his death. Holly Joestar was dying of a disease that would harden parts of her body (apparently the same disease that afflicts first-born Higashikatas). It is implied that Kira somehow noticed the disease in his mother in its early stages when it was still in the brain and, possibly in desperation, used his Stand to destroy those parts of her brain, explaining the mysterious holes in her x-rays as well as her brain damage.
- Identical Stranger: Looks like an older Josuke. In fact, a DNA test shows that there's a 95.8% chance that Kira and Josuke are the same person! This is because "Josuke" is the fusion of Yoshikage Kira and someone else.
- Irony: In a flashback, he told Oujirou Sasame that he hated things which are 'in-between' or ill-defined. After his death, he became half of the Fusion Dance which created Josuke.
- Mythology Gag: His stand's ability is highly reminiscent of the Killer Queen/Stray Cat tandem attack, shown in the final battle of Part IV.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Unlike Josuke, his name is written exactly like it was in part 4, so he still has a given name meaning "lucky shadow" and a family name that sounds like "killer".
- Narcissist: He had casts of his hands made, since they're so beautiful.
- The Reveal: Yoshikage Kira is Holly's son, not Jotaro — and 'Josuke' is a fusion of Kira and someone else.
- Stuff Blowing Up: His stand power: soap bubbles that cause explosions.
- Tsurime Eyes: The art style doesn't really feed into the tsurime/tareme dichotomy, but this is the main point where his features differ from Josuke's; Kira's eyes are cold and much sharper than Josuke's.
Kyou Nijimura (Kira) (Stand: Born This Waynote )
The young but stern maid to the Higashikata household. Her Stand Born This Way manifests as a biker and motorcycle that produces a freezing wind if her target opens something.
- Defeat Means Friendship
- Determinator: Once you trigger Born This Way, he won't stop trying to freeze/impale/run over you.
- Evil Is Deathly Cold: The stand warps the environment, especially leaves, to become extremely cold. Though it's subverted, as Nijimura is not really evil.
- Heel-Face Turn
- An Ice Person
- Jump Scare: The stand manifests itself whenever its victim opens a door (or anything else for that matters).
- Name's the Same: Named after Okuyasu Nijimura from Part 4 who possesses a powerful Stand and becomes Josuke's ally.
- Not So Stoic: She's seen stonefaced until Josuke confronts her about why she doesn't want him to see Holly Joestar.
- Semantic Superpower: Her stand can appear when anything is opened, including removing the cap of a pen.
- Theme Naming: Each of the Nijimura family members' names is a reference to a very large number. Whereas Okuyasu's name contains the character for "hundred million" and Keicho's has "trillion", Kyou's name means "ten quadrillion".
- You Shall Not Pass: She is trying to stop Josuke from reaching Holly Joestar.
Daiya Higashikata (Stand: California King Bed)
The youngest daughter of the Higashikata household. She is blind and loves classic rock, and is completely infatuated with Josuke. Her Stand is California King Bed, which allows her to set a rule. If her target breaks that rule, they will lose memories which will be contained within chess pieces.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Harbors jealousy towards Yasuho, since she often has the attention of Josuke.
- Defeat Means Friendship: It helps that she was already obssessed with Josuke.
- Disability Superpower: Sure enough, although she is blind, her other senses work extremely well.
- Fille Fatale: Subverted against Josuke.
- Heel-Face Turn
- Ms. Fanservice: She is...very....gifted.
- Memory Wiping Crew: Basically has this as a power.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Looking at her traits, along with the other members of her family, she seems to resemble Bucciarati or Narancia, given her hairstyle and the way she acts. Adding to this, most of her family has someone that resembles someone from Giorno's Gang for that matter...
- Her appearance is also quite similar to Sugar Mountain of the previous part.
- Theme Naming: All of the women of the Higashikata family have playing card-themed names. Daiya is the Suit of Diamonds.
- Yandere:She falls almost instantly for Josuke, much to his confusion.
Jobin Higashikata (Stand: Name unknown)
The eldest son of the Higashikata family. Aloof and often disappears. Has a wife, Mitsuba, and a "daughter", Tsurugi. He possesses a Stand (name presently not revealed) that is able to produce heat through objects he has touched.
- Expy: If all the other Higashikata children are inspired by Passione, then Jobin could be said to be based off of Fugo. His hair is similarly light in color and his outfit is a suit-and-tie combo covered in spikes, which calls to mind Fugo's swiss cheese getup. He also looks a lot like Wekapipo.
- Man Child: Played with. Tsurugi repeatedly warns Josuke that Jobin is a sharp, competent, mature businessman as long as he thinks there's even the remotest possibility of business being discussed. Otherwise, he's somewhat obsessed with his hobbies and can't resist a challenge. Even his room reflects this dichotomy—it's spartan and plainly furnished, except for the many silly-looking toy robots and the massive amounts of preserved or domesticated beetles along the walls.
- Older Than They Look: He doesn't look that much older than his 18-years old brother, despite being nearly twice his age.
- Playing with Fire: His Stand, while unable to produce actual flames, produces localized warmth conducted through an object he has held to where he can melt wax by brushing one of his pet beetles with a paintbrush or give Josuke a nosebleed by giving him a tissue to wipe his face with, bursting a blood vessel in his nose.
- Politeness Judo: Engages in this with Josuke in his first appearance.
- Serious Business: Beetle Fighting. Yes, he is very serious about gambling on his prized fighting beetles. So serious in fact that his Stand appears during it
- Theme Naming: All of the women of the Higashikata family have playing card themed names. Jobin's wife Mitsuba is the Suit of Clubs (mitsuba is Japanese for "Three-Leaves", resembling the shape of the Clubs).
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Until he was twelve.
The eldest daughter of the Higashikata family. She works as a fashion model, and when she first meets Josuke she tries to sell him a magazine she appears in. Tsurugi claims that she too has a Stand.
- Dumb Blonde: She ruins a family trip to Hawaii by not getting her passport. She thought Hawaii was part of Japan because both Pearl Harbor (真珠湾) and Kamehameha (亀破波) are written in kanji.note
- Expy: In looks, she's practically a Gender Flip of Leone Abbachio.
- Theme Naming: All of the women of the Higashikata family have playing card themed names. Hato is the Suit of Hearts.
Tsurugi Higashikata (Stand: Paper Moon Kingnote )
The nine-year-old son
of Jobin and Mitsuba, and next head of the Higashikata family. Tsurugi has been disguised as a girl his entire life in order to ward off the curse that afflicts the first born of any generation of his family that slowly turns them to stone.
Tsurugi's Stand Paper Moon King imbues control over origami creations. Any piece of origami created will have the properties of the object it represents; a frog can jump and leap on its own, a cicada flies, a paper fortune teller can actually predict someone's thoughts, bunch of bananas can make someone slip and fall, etc. If someone happens to come in contact with one of Paper Moon King's creations, the person's sense of perception is completely disrupted, particularly if the target is looking for something or someone, as everything around them begins to look the same.
- Creepy Child: At first until Yasuho warms up to him.
- Expy: Little Tsurugi bears an awfully close resemblance to Shizuka Joestar, with her large sunglasses and heavy makeup. Mitsuba also looks incredibly similar to Trish Una. Subverted, as Tsurugi is actually a boy, whereas it was made very clear that Shizuka was female.
- Paper Moon King is also similar to Aya's Cinderella stand in a way, in regards to changing faces.
- Freudian Excuse: He's under constant fear of a deadly family curse, ready to end his life the second he lets his guard down. It's no wonder he complies to Yotsuyu's demand; anyone in that situation would hang on to even a mere shred of hope.
- Older Than They Look: Looks more like a chubby three year old than a nine year old. This is due to Araki retconning Tsurugi's age from from two years old.
- Paper Master: Tsurugi's Stand power involves the art of origami. Tsurugi is covered in them and uses uses a cootie catcher to easily predict information about Yasuho and Josuke. Later Tsurugi manages to fold up Yasuho's phone into a frog, which then leaps at her and infects her with a mysterious mental illness.
- You ALL Look Familiar: Weaponized. Tsurugi's stand appears to be able to be able to afflict its victims with an abstract form of visual agnosia that makes them unable to differentiate between objects that they're looking for. When first used on Yasuho and Josuke, all faces around the two of them, even their own reflections, look the same to them, and all signage and lettering around Yasuho turns into the name of the store she's trying to go to. When used on Aishou Dainenjiyama while he's looking for the combined Paper Moon King and Paisley Park as an origami frog, all leaves at Dainenjiyama's feet turn into origami frogs. Tsurugi claims this effect is because the afflicted don't understand who they are in their hearts.
- Theme Naming: All of the women of the Higashikata family have playing card themed names. Tsurugi is the Suit of Spades (tsurugi is Japanese for "Sword", an alternate name of the Spades suit).
- Wholesome Crossdresser: And by "daughter" we actually mean "son". Turns out it's a Higashikata custom to dress firstborn sons as girls until they're 12 to protect them from evil curses.
- Yandere: Towards Yasuho, even moreso than Joshuu. Tsurugi actually tries to break her mentally, just to get close to her. At least Tsurugi does feet regret for what has been done and apologizes to her.
Norisuke Higashikata IV (Stand: King Nothing)
The patriarch of the Higashikata family. His Stand King Nothing has a jigsaw pattern and is able to track objects by replicating their appearance and movement. He can also use his Stand to detach psychic projections of his limbs if his own arms cannot fit.
- Anime Hair: While Josuke has too many balls on his crotch, Norisuke has too many balls in his hair.
- Big Good: Events were playing up to Norisuke being behind several events in the arc. It was later subverted when it was revealed that he's on Josuke's side after all.
- Although Yagiyama then tells Josuke that the Higashikatas still can't be trusted and will eventually betray him, so nobody knows whose side he's truly on.
- Cool Old Guy: Says some of the most memorable lines in Part 8, such as "Your Stand is like your butthole: you can't go around showing it to other people!"
- In the Blood: Joushuu, Daiya, Tsurugi, and Norisuke all have stands with "King" in their names; it's assumed that Jobin and Hato follow suit as well.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: King Nothing can take a "scent" of someone off an object they touched, and then reconstruct their movements.
- It can also be set to automatically "reconstruct" a given "scent", if any trace is nearby. This reveals to Josuke (but not Norisuke) that Jobin is connected to the mysterious Rokakaka fruit.
- Shadow Archetype: To the main character in a sense. His given name was also Josuke before taking the title of "Norisuke", and his mother's name was Tomoko (the same as Josuke's from Part IV). All with different kanji, of course.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Until he was 12.
Norisuke IV's mother.
- Expy: Of the original Tomoko, given that Norisuke IV's birthname was Josuke.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Gave up her life to take the Higashikata family illness from Norisuke and died in his place.
- Posthumous Character
Oujirou Sasame (Stand: Fun Fun Fun)
A man who despises Yoshikage Kira, staking out his apartment to attack him when he came home. His Stand is Fun Fun Fun. If Oujirou is standing above his target, he can completely control any limbs they have injured.
- Expy: The limb control suggests that Fun Fun Fun is this continuity's counterpart to Hazamada's Surface.
- Fingore: Kira somehow manipulated him into doing this to himself, which is the reason for his grudge against him.
- People Puppets: His Stand power.
The Gingko Trees of Shakedown Road (Stand: Les Feuilles [Autumn Leaves])
This stand can make a target slip along a trail of gingko leaves but instantly return to their original location, before the target themselves can notice. It seems that anyone can freely manipulate the Stand ability and accuse someone else of causing some kind of damage, using the Stand to have the ginkgo leaves make the damage real. The target is then extorted into covering the repairs. The phenomenon is only seen in one area of town, which has become infamous and is nicknamed "Shakedown Road". Josuke and Joushuu have difficulty pinning down the actual user; according to the townspeople, anyone
can manipulate the phenomenon as they see fit, and there is an unspoken rule that anyone can extort someone else after being extorted themselves.
- The Stand's current application is similar to The Lock from Diamond Is Unbreakable, except the guilt tripping isn't forced by the Stand and more everyone else on the road.
- Later chapters shows that there are hundreds of little Stands moving around the leaves, much like Harvest.
- Gratuitous French: While the Stand's name in Japanese clearly is read as the English phrase "Autumn Leaves", the "English" translated name is the French phrase "Les Feuilles", after its musical namesake "Les feuilles mortes" (still known as "Autumn Leaves" in English).
- Mundane Utility: The inhbaitants of Shakedown Road tend to use the effect of Les Feuilles to make dirty money.
- Place of Power: While everyone knows about Shakedown Road and the strange "rules" that surround it, it's treated like a natural phenomenon since nobody can see the Stand itself, until Josuke and Joushuu arrive.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: One possible truth of the matter is that the ginkgo trees themselves are the "user", the stand being just an aftereffect of the Holy Corpse's influence on the local area that stuck around after Johnny attempted to use it to save his wife and child. However, after Johnny lands on the gingko leaves when he directs Rina's illness onto himself, his head is almost instantaneously crushed by a rock, suggesting Les Feuilles has been there the whole time.
- Punch Clock Villain: When they're not wringing coins out of unwitting suckers, the people on Shakedown Road are somewhat decent, for the most part.
- Teleport Interdiction: The power of Les Feuilles works by creating a pathway with the Gingko leaves as a medium, and from there anyone can send things to or away at near-light speeds as long as the leaves' paths intersect.
- Winds of Destiny, Change
Yotsuyu Yagiyama (Stand: I Am A Rock)
The architect of the Higashikata household and self-described as someone obsessed with social status. He is first seen assaulting Yasuho in the Higashikata household without the family's knowledge. He is also apparently the man responsible for taking Josuke's memories away. His Stand I Am A Rock has gravity-themed power that allows him to turn anyone he touches into a gravitational point for any object of his choosing such as heavy pottery, prickly chestnuts, or bottles of toxic pesticide. He can also form a film from his eyes and mouth that can more easily direct his gravitational powers, such as waterboarding by pouring water onto it. He also possesses the ability to turn his skin and body into stone; however, Norisuke IV and Josuke surmise this cannot be because of a Stand ability and discover upon his death that he is somehow made of stone at all times
- Ambiguous Gender: Extremely androgynous in appearance, and after he falls apart Norisuke wonders where the penis has gone. It's possible that Yagiyama may have never had one at all.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady
- Not only does the name Yotsuyu share a kanji with Rohan Kishibe, but he has similar eyes and headdress to Diavolo's and Scolippi's, respectively.
- His Stand also works like Mariah's Bast in that it attracts objects to a target, but in his case he uses gravity. Considering the possibility that his ability to turn into rock doesn't originate from his Stand, he's closer to Mikitaka from Part 4, regarding an ability which may or may not be part of a Stand.
- His body's rock-like composition is similar to a Pillar Man's after they are exposed to sunlight. His continuous and peculiar posing (including one that is nearly identical to Kars' iconic "trapped in space" pose) is also reminiscent of the Pillar Men.
- Josuke threatens him with Magenta Magenta's fatenote . Alas, his unusual condition doesn't make him waterproof.
- Genre Savvy: Knows of the existence of Stands and knows how to coerce a Stand to come out of their users, even those that are automatic.
- Humanoid Abomination: One of the first things he does is manhandle a Stand, which is usually only possible BY stands (his own Stand is barely visible in helping him do this, but the presentation is still very unusual for the series). Similarly, he can make magic plastic-wrap come out of his eyes (also presumably a Stand-ability) which is decidedly freaky in presentation. And if that isn't enough, JoJolion Chapter 30 reveals that his body's constitution is made up of... rocks. The implication within that chapter is that that wasn't a Stand ability.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: He explicitly uses waterboarding (although without the board).
- No Sense of Personal Space: Possibly necessary, since he was waterboarding Yasuho while trying to talk to her.
- Rummage Sale Reject: His clothes are weird as hell, and include what seems to be a breast plate worn over a tunic worn over a black spike-covered body-suit, as well as spiked shoulder pads on top of all that.
- Spikes of Villainy: They are present in all of his body. He also wants Josuke dead and isn't afraid of using villain-like techniques to achieve his goals.
- Chapter 30's special illustration in the April 2014 Ultra Jump shows this trait extends to his Stand.
- Stalker with a Crush: He doesn't want Josuke to be sad because he claims that Josuke will die again, and therefore, wants to erase Josuke's memories again. And he's been stalking both Josuke and Yasuho the whole time.
- Theme Naming: "Yagiyama" is a neighborhood and mountain range near Morioh and S-City (as well as in real world Sendai). It's suggested that he and Dainenjiyama have simply used these nearby mountains as pseudonyms in order to infiltrate human society.
- Weak Sauce Weakness: Thought it seems that Yagiyama has no need to breathe, his skin needs continuous access to oxygen for him to function when he's petrified. In fact, it seems that whatever species Yagiyama belongs to is far more dependent on air than mankind, as he literally cracks and falls apart when underwater after Josuke uses Soft & Wet to steal the oxygen from his body.
Aishou Dainenjiyama (Stand: Name unknown)
A mysterious dealer with access to fruit-trees that cure the Higashitaka illness; the Rokakaka fruit actually has an Equivalent Exchange aspect, as someone who eats the fruit is cured of one affliction while gaining another
. He has associated with both Yotsuyu Yagiyama and Jobin Higashikata in the past. It is believed he is another member of the rock-person race like Yagiyama.
His currently unnamed Stand allows him to create an automatically attacking tornado that grows in intensity with the breathing of his targets.
- Do Not Touch the Funnel Cloud: His Stand takes the form of a miniature twister that tracks down and tears its victims apart. What's worse is that it can reform in your presence by using your breath.
- Fashion-Victim Villain: He has a sweater wrapped around his hair, among other things.
- Healing Potion: The fruits of the saplings he carries with him are basically this. However...
- Equivalent Exchange: For whatever ailment the fruits cure, they require the subject to "trade" something in return. An elderly man regrows one of his legs at the cost of his eyesight.
- Theme Naming: Like Yotsuyu Yagiyama, "Dainenjiyama" is a mountain near Morioh and S-City (as well as real world Sendai).