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     Joseph Joestar (Stand: Hermit Purple) 
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Young Joseph voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (TV anime, All-Star Battle, J-Stars Victory Vs, and Eyes of Heaven), Hochu Otsuka (Heritage for the Future video game) (Japanese), Ben Diskin (TV anime) (English)
Old Joseph voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka (TV anime (Part 3, 4) and Eyes of Heaven), Tomokazu Sugita (TV anime (Part 2) and All-Star Battle), Kenji Utsumi (CD drama parts 1 and 3), Goro Naya (CD drama part 2), Chikao Ohtsuka (OVA), Toru Okawa (Heritage for the Future video game) (Japanese), Michael Bennett (OVA), Richard Epcar (TV anime) (English)

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

Following that, he joined up with his grandson, Jotaro, in order to put a stop to the revived Dio Brando. He develops the Stand called Hermit Purple, which allows him to view precognitive images in photographs or televisions. His role during these events was more or less a supporting part, though he did get a few moments to himself.

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


  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • While JoJo was never known for its consistent color schemes, the anime has him as a brunette (a color yet to be used in the original manga or any other spinoff media until then). And then gives him purple hair in the OP (granted, probably for the faaaaaaabulous! factor).
    • The OVA's seemed to turn white/grey hair blond, meaning that his Part 3 incarnation was blond like Enya and Polnareff. Araki's updated artwork for Joseph's Part 3 incarnation gives him blond hair whilst the updated art for Part 2 kept his hair brown.
  • Adorkable: Even when he's in his 60's and 70's, he's still a total dork.
  • Adventurer Outfit: Associated with stereotypical pilot gear in Battle Tendency, which Araki seems to consider his Iconic Outfit over his actual one as of late, though he never wears it in the series proper. Wears Indiana Jones-esque clothes in Part 3, which fits nicely with his Hermit Purple.
  • Alliterative Name: Joseph Joestar
  • Ambiguously Brown: Tends to look this way in a lot of official art from the Battle Tendency period, and his All-Star Battle model is noticeably tanner than the other JoJos, despite being 100% British or at the least Western European.
  • Anti-Hero: Just because he respects his enemies and keeps his promises doesn't mean he won't use every dirty trick in the book (and a few more not in the book) to get the job done.
  • Anime Hair: Extremely spiky brown hair parted on the left in Part 2. The anime version just makes it look more ridiculous.
    • Averted with Part 3 and 4, where his hair is much less ridiculous.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: During Part 2, he's a rare good guy example. He mellowed with age, so by 3 he's more of a goofy father figure.
  • Artificial Limbs: Stroheim's associates gave him a robotic hand to replace the one that he lost during his final fight against Kars.
  • The Atoner: For what it's worth, he genuinely regrets not having being a part of Josuke's life (and let's be fair, nobody told him about the boy) and tries his best with what little time he has left to be a loving father to him. And thankfully, Josuke does eventually love him back as a son.
  • Attention Whore: As a youth, he was insanely obnoxious and often resented those who took attention away from himself. Case in point, he was all too willing to give Santana the benefit of the doubt, but when the Pillar Man dared to ignore him, Joseph decided to pettily trip him as punishment.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Joestar.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Established early on in a standoff with a mafioso, wherein Joseph quickly determines that his opponent uses brass knuckles, that he used them recently, and that he had no choice but to put them in his back pocket since his coat was off. In general, Joseph has an uncanny ability to read his opponents, to the point where predicting their next sentences word-for-word is a Catch-Phrase of his.
  • Awesome, yet Impractical: The impression one gets from his wacky Hermit Purple ability to take a picture of a distant place by crushing very expensive cameras.
    • Subverted, as he can produce an image by breaking anything, which he realizes in the fight against Nena, where he smashes a pot of sand to make a map. Furthermore, Dio is once shown taking a spirit picture just by tapping the camera, which means Joseph is misusing his power because he's so overdramatical.
    • In Part 2, his Clackers. While their design is aerodynamic enough for Joseph to make some pretty cool weapon tricks, he also tends to hurt himself whenever he gets too cocky.
  • Back from the Dead: Dio completely drained him of blood, leaving him a husk of a body for a short time before a transfusion from Star Platinum revived him.
  • Badass Baritone: In the TV anime.
  • Badass Beard: In Part 3.
  • Badass Family: As a Joestar, it's to be expected; having inherited his grandfather's talent for the Ripple and being the grandfather of an equally badass stand user.
  • Badass Grandpa: In Part 3. He may not get as many action scenes as he did in his youth so as to make place for the new protagonist, but he still displays his characteristic cunning (perhaps more than any other Jo Jo, he won his fights by outsmarting his opponents) by completely turning the tables on both the Empress and Mariah/Bast. Even in Part 4, where Joseph is in his elderly years and going senile, he doesn't lack courage at all, as proven in the Achtung Baby episode.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Tends to wear a crop top under his other clothes for much of Part 2, and which makes up part of his Iconic Outfit for it. Also the outfit most popular with fan artists, even though Part 2 is one of the few parts that averts Limited Wardrobe, for some reason.
  • Batman Gambit: A master of this trope due to the same mind-reading abilities that produce his catchphrase.
  • Battle Strip: Part 2's Joseph would often rip off his shirt when riled up, leaving only his skin tight undershirt.
  • Berserk Button:
    • During Part 2, Joseph had a strong disliking of arrogant people. He'd always go out of his way to wound the offender's pride in some manner.
    • After indirectly driving Caesar to his death by dishonoring the memory of his late grandfather, William A. Zeppeli, Joseph gains a rather severe hatred (likely stemmed from self-loathing) of people who dishonor the memory of their loved ones and friends. Kars finds this out the hard and painful way after doing this to Wamuu, whom Joseph had just befriended in defeat.
    • Even before his Character Development, Joseph will come down hard on anyone making a perceived threat or insult towards his family. This includes his Honorary Uncle Speedwagon and his late grandfather Jonathan.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: Has the same star shaped birthmark on his upper back that all JoJos have.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: The man is a freaking genius, but when it comes down to training to save his own life, he's not exactly that thrilled, and he has to be forcibly coerced into doing it. This extends to his Ripple training where he neglected it to the point where by the time he's in his late 70s, he's aging like a regular old man.
  • Blatant Lies: How he intervenes to save Smokey.
  • Book Ends: In his introductory chapter, his wallet is stolen by Smokey. During his last appearance in Part 4, his wallet is again stolen, this time by Josuke.
  • Born Lucky: He's the only male Joestar to escape the family curse of dying young. By the time Pucci reset the world, he was still kicking in his 90s, while the other Joestar men only lived to their 40s at best.
  • Butt-Monkey: In Part 3, if the slapstick isn't happening to Polnareff, it's happening to him.
  • Captain Crash: To the point that Jotaro refuses get into any aircraft with him. He states in the flight to Hong Kong in Part 3 that this is the third plane he's had to make an emergency landing with. He practically lampshades the trope and states that surviving a 3rd plane crash was already well beyond pushing his luck. His luck will still take him a long way beyond that. Amusingly enough, his dream as a youth was to become a pilot like his father.
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • "Your next line will be X!" And it nearly always is.
    • "What did you say? Depending on your answer, I may have to kick your ass!" was fully only said twice in a single chapter, but is a memorable boast and great material for "reaction" images.
    • He's well-known for his Gratuitous English and Large Ham reactions to things going slightly wrong. "OH MY GOOOOOD!" "OH NO!" "SON OF A BIIIITCH!" "HOLY SHIT!"
  • Character Development: Initially, the only people he really showed a great deal of concern for was his grandmother and Speedwagon. There wasn't any room for anyone else. However, over the course of Battle Tendency, he learns to respect others to the point he's a better man by the finale and a Cool Old Guy by Stardust Crusaders.
  • Characterization Marches On: The 69-year-old Joseph Joestar in Stardust Crusaders is almost unrecognizable as the delinquent hero from Battle Tendency. Justified due to the time skip - fifty years of a happy marriage and a successful career will change a person.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Caesar's bandana proved vital to Joseph's victory over Wamuu.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Fond of pulling these in Battle Tendency as befitting of his Troll nature, to the point that it's become a trademark of his among the fandom.
  • The Combat Pragmatist: His willingness to do anything to win is legendary. The first sign of it is when he uses a soda cap as a projectile against corrupt cop and shows a more serious example in his fight with Straizo when pulls out a Thompson submachinegun and hand grenades.
  • Combo Platter Powers: He uses both the Ripple and a Stand, and due to the nature of Hermit Purple, he can combine the two. The only things stopping him from being a Story-Breaker Power are that his age has declined, he neglected his Ripple training, and Hermit Purple isn't primarily a combat Stand.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Lisa Lisa reveals that she's the baby Erina saved all those years ago. Given that an earlier chapter revealed that said baby went on to marry Joseph's father... Joseph fixates on how that makes her 50 years old. Though it's possible Erina withheld the part about the baby from him.
  • Confusion Fu: His primary "fighting" style in Part 2.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: He's an explicit contrast to Jonathan. Whereas his grandfather is an honorable, sensitive, gentlemanly hero who fights with sheer determination, Joseph is a short tempered, arrogant, reckless Guile Hero who will use every cheap shot and magic trick he knows to outwit his foes.
  • Cool Old Guy: In Stardust Crusaders and to an extent Diamond is Unbreakable.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Joseph is easily the most random and unorthodox fighter out of all the JoJos, with how many odd weapons and plans he uses to win a fight. He'll use coke bottles, spinning clackers, submachine guns, mirrors, pigeons, and volcanoes to beat his opponents. He stops being ridiculous with his plans once he's older, but he's still incredibly creative.
  • Crazy-Prepared: With a healthy dose of Indy Ploy as he always has a dozen plans, usually disguising a trap with a more obvious to see plan, but is able to come up with a new scheme on the fly. However, he got really lucky in his fight with Kars. He said he planned everything in the beginning to piss Kars off
  • Curbstomp Battle: His fight with Esidisi is basically Joseph out gambiting him every step of the way and using his new found training to win with ease.
  • Deadpan Snarker: To an absolutely hilarious extent, especially since he usually resorts to it when angry and so pulls out some truly sick burns. He's occasionally a little too animated to be completely "deadpan", though.
  • Delinquent: Possibly the worst of the family, maybe besting even Jotaro. He has been incarcerated 7 times.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When he runs out of tricks and it sinks in that Kars has him dead to rights, Joseph just lies there with a blank look on his face, waiting for the end. It's every bit as jarring as it sounds. Of course, he's quick to recover when a bonafide miracle in the form of a volcanic eruption turns the tables.
  • Dirty Old Man: He conceived Josuke as a result of an affair with a much younger woman he had in his 50s, so he obviously never lost his eye for the ladies.
  • Disguised in Drag: A particularly funny moment in Part 2 has him attempt this so he can get into a German camp, but the guards aren't fooled for a second since he's way too muscular to pass as a woman.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Disguises himself as a German soldier in order to rescue Speedwagon.
  • Due to the Dead: JoJo may kill his opponents, but he always makes an effort to pay respects, if not outright admire their valiance and bravery.
  • Eagleland: Although he spent most of his childhood and adolescence in England, he becomes a Type 1 after moving to New York. By Part 3 he's fully embraced his American identity, losing his English accent and preferring American culture over any other, especially against the Japanese. Though, this doesn't get in the way of being a true ally and friend to his multi ethnic companions.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: One of the few JoJos to have an unambiguously Happy Ending, but went through a lot of crap just to live into his old age and as of JoJolion, is still the only main JoJo to even make it past the second generation.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Two in quick succession. He's introduced covering for a pickpocket (Smokey) that was being hassled by two Corrupt Cops, then punching one in the face when he puts a booger on his face and breaking the other's finger by a clever use of the ripple. However, we first get an idea of just how crazy he actually is when he's accosted by Straizo in the middle of a crowded street... and immediately pulls a tommy gun out of Hammerspace and starts blasting away.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He really does care about his Grandmother Erina.
  • Expy: Of Professor Henry Walton Jones Junior in Stardust Crusaders, right down to the iconic fedora; even moreso ever since the release of the fourth film, wherein Henry has aged enough to match Joseph in appearance; he even has Joseph's delightful tendency to sire illegitimate children.
    • According to Araki, Joseph is basically B.T. (a character from a previous manga by Araki) in Sylvester Stallone's body.
  • Fake Arm Disarm: He undergoes at least two cases of Fingore in Stardust Crusaders - but, luckily, only on his cybernetic left hand, which can have the lost fingers reattached with relative ease.
  • Failed a Spot Check: He carried Esidisi's gigantic, throbbing brain and flailing blood vessels off the battlefield, on his back, without noticing it.
  • Fun Personified
    • Rather worryingly, Joseph still finds time to enjoy the exotic cuisines and sightsee on his race against time to save his daughter's life journey in Stardust Crusaders.
  • Fighting Spirit: Hermit Purple, who can create images of faraway places when Joseph visualizes them.
  • Friend to All Children: Joseph is a FAMILY MAN. When his daughter in Stardust Crusaders, who by that time is 45-years-old, has developed a Stand that she can't control and will kill her, he breaks down emotionally as if he was about to lose a 9-year-old daughter and goes off on a dangerous journey to personally remedy it. He seems to function as a surrogate father to his grandson Jotaro, despite apparently not visiting him much, while Jotaro's own father is out on the road. Later, when he finds out he has another child that he fathered illegitimately, his first action (unlike so many other rich patriarchs with bastard children) was to recognize that child, Josuke, as his son and cut him in on his inheritance. This even extends to children he doesn't know - such as the baby stand user in Stardust Crusaders for whom he personally took care of until they reached the destination he was supposed to go to and Shizuka in Diamond is Unbreakable, for whom he nearly sacrificed his life without a second thought to protect and pretty much adopted as his own third child right there on the spot.
  • Freudian Excuse: Both his parents were absent during his formative years, leaving him in the care of his grandmother Erina (who was too old and tired to properly discipline him outside of whacking or shouting distance) and family friend Speedwagon (who was even older and was often away on business).
  • The Gadfly: He likes to tease people and will sometimes do it just because he can. Like during his fight against Kars.
    • Case in point, the first thing he does after he's brought back to life by a blood transfusion from Dio's corpse is to pretend that Dio has possessed him just to screw with Jotaro.
    • When he accidentally causes Kars to get blown to space, he decides to lie to Kars and tell him that it was all part of his plan just because he figures it'll piss him off.
  • Geek: Joseph's hobbies are watching movies, reading comics, and listening to popular music well after his "time" like Weird Al Yankovic and The Beatles. He was particularly proud that he sat through Lawrence of Arabia three times.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's over six feet tall and pure muscle in Part 2 but every victory he gains comes from his intelligence and cunning rather than with straight-on clashes, mostly due to all of his opponents being superhuman monsters.
  • Good Parents: To Holly, for sure, and most likely Shizuka as well. Although he didn't know about Josuke until it was too late to be this for him, he makes it clear that he would have if he did and tries his best to atone for it.
  • Gratuitous English: "OH NO!", "OH MY GOD!", "HOLY SHIT!", "HELP ME!", and "SON OF A BITCH!" are said in English, in a comical font. Not to mention things like "DOUBLE SHOCK!" and "NICE!" at various other times.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Has his moments in Stardust Crusaders.
  • Guile Hero: Joseph never physically defeats his opponents. He outsmarts them.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: In Part 2. He mellows out significantly for 3 and 4.
  • Hammer Space: In his fight with Straizo he pulls out a Thompson sub-machinegun from his coat that he was never hinted to be carrying prior to doing so.
  • The Hero: Arguably the hero of the entire series, alongside Jotaro. Joseph is the lead in part 2, the secondary or tertiary lead in part 3, and plays a supporting role in part 4.
  • Heroic Build: Built like a truck, just like his grandfather, though to be honest he doesn't really need it.
  • Hey, That's My Line!: One of Joseph's favorite tricks in Part 2 is telling his opponent what they're going to say next, throwing them off guard in the process. Esidisi also pulls this on him.
  • Honor Before Reason: Only once in his entire life. He swore to not take Wamuu's antidote until he avenged Caesar's death.
  • Hot-Blooded: One of the more emotional Joestars. Particularly in the Capcom fighting game.
    • "CAEEEEEESAAAAAAAAAR!!"
    • In one of Joseph's super attacks, he uppercuts the opponent into the air, then has flashbacks to his youth in Part 2, with the opponent taking damage during this. Yes, Joseph's flashbacks convey enough strength to physically harm people.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: By the time of Diamond is Unbreakable, Joseph is completely unrecognizable from the tall, proud, handsome, and muscular warrior he was in Battle Tendency (and for that matter, Stardust Crusaders). Mortality has caught up with him, finally turning him into a wrinkled, rheumatic, shriveled, and senile old man (who is, by his own admission to Josuke, on the verge of death). Although his health at least improves in the end, he isn't seen again. Despite this, he still lives on for another 12 years.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Rags on Jotaro for talking to Holly with such disrespect despite how flippant he was towards both Erina and Lisa Lisa when he was around his age.
  • Iconic Outfit: His most well-known outfit consists of a small, torn, tight-fitting shirt, equally tight pants with boots, fingerless gloves and Caesar's headband.
    • In Part 3, he keeps the tight fitting part with his beige clothing, but now wears white gloves To conceal his mechanical arm and a fedora.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Joseph's Combat Pragmatist and Large Ham tendencies are legendary, and he rivals Jotaro as the most significant and recurring Jojo.
  • Identical Grandson: He's one of Jonathan, and he has his own in Jotaro. Araki pointedly made him not too dissimilar from Jonathan in terms of appearance because he didn't want to confuse readers into thinking the manga had completely changed in concept.
  • Idiot Ball: He sees Straizo take a hostage and assumes he's bluffing. This is despite the fact that for all he knew, Straizo murdered Speedwagon in cold blood, and he outright said he planned to killed Erina. He found out the hard way he wasn't bluffing.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: With a crossbow thanks to the power of the Ripple.
  • Improbable Weapon User: His Ripple can weaponize practically everything. From bottlecaps to cacti. His signature weapons also just happen to be a pair of Ripple-enhanced Clackers.
  • Incest Subtext: With regards to a certain moment, completely unaware that he was perpetrating it. You know how he peeped on Lisa Lisa? That's his mother. Imagine how he felt when he was told the truth.
  • In Series Nick Name: JoJo, and the last to be called this regularly for obvious reasons.
  • In the Blood: His grandfather Jonathan had a Stand (that we only see Dio channel using Jonathan's body) that looked and had powers very similar to Hermit Purple. Some questionably canon material states that it is also called Hermit Purple.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Absolutely. It's also lampshaded by Esidisi.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Gets this by Diamond Is Unbreakable. In Part 2, he was a very handsome, muscular young man, and even in part 3 he gained quite rugged looks even as an old man. But by Part 4, age has finally caught up to him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: During his Character Development phase, which contrasts greatly with his Nice Guy grandfather. That said, he might have been an obnoxious loudmouth as a teenager, but held deep respect for others nonetheless.
    • He mellows out greatly by the time Stardust Crusaders starts, but he can be pretty crotchety at times.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: He beats up a man for making his grandmother Erina cry, because he had to give her the bad news about Speedwagon's supposed passing. The man was a Mafia member though.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: His final super special plan consists of basically making the best use of his legs. In other words, to run the hell away while coming up with a better plan. His funny walk is referenced in the Capcom fighter and All-Star Battle, which has his retreat movement happens to be the fastest out of everyone else's.
  • Lamarck Was Right: While Jonathan was an Instant Expert when he learned how to use the Ripple, Joseph is able to use Ripple techniques long before receiving any training. Oddly enough, this skipped a generation, as his father, Jonathan's son, had no Ripple ability whatsoever (although it was said he would have had the talent for it).
  • Large Ham: Mainly in Part 2, though he still has quite a few moments in Part 3.
    • Milking the Giant Cow: In Part 2 once more. He will never turn down the chance to make an overly dramatic pose even when he isn't hamming it up.
  • The Leader: Of the Part 3 heroes, though Jotaro is still the protagonist.
  • Leitmotif: I'm In Control is pretty much the "Joseph is cooler than you" song. And then there's the aptly-named Appearance for whenever he busts onto the scene.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: When he was younger.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He talks Wamuu into sparing his life and leaving him alone by talking about what a shame it would be to deny a potential Worthy Opponent a chance to train for a rematch. Wamuu is fully aware of how badly Joseph's messing with him during this. He agrees anyway.
  • Manly Tears: Frequently in Part 2. On one occasion (Caesar's death), an entire page was devoted to his Manly Tears.
  • Mary Tzu: In-universe: Kars eventually starts to believe this, and Joseph decides to play along to piss him off. His thoughts, however, reveal he doesn't plan nearly as much as he claims to do, but is willing to say that he did just to piss Kars off.
  • The Mean Brit: The fact that he's British is commented on more than a few times and he is, let's be honest, kind of a Troll. He's still a good guy, though.
    • He is technically American though, since he has lived with his family in New York for most of his life, he's even referred to as New York's Joestar.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Probably the most overtly fanservicey male JoJo. Hell, Part 2 might be more aptly described as "JoJo's Beefcake Adventure", given that he's subjected to so many exploitative-looking antics throughout it that you'd be forgiven for thinking he was a Gender Flipped modern-day superheroine. The anime throws in an Animation Bump during a The Coats Are Off scene seemingly for no real reason than this trope.
  • Moment of Weakness: Cheating on his wife wasn't exactly the proudest moment of his life. He later shows regret for his affair and tries to compensate for not helping to raise his illegitimate son, though he's understandably cold towards him.
  • Nice Hat: Almost always seems to have one on in some way or form in official art, and spends most of Parts 3 and 4 with one. Hell, sometimes he manages to wear three of them at the same time.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Given his crafty nature and suspiciously swift recovery after his personal adventure with Josuke, it's heavily implied that he was nowhere near as senile as he acted during Part 4 and might just have been playing the fool to get his wife to stop hitting him for having an affair - in particular, once Reimi confirms that they're dealing with a Stand-using serial killer, he immediately starts scheming with Jotaro.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Often clowns around in order to catch his enemies off-guard or make them underestimate him.
  • Occidental Otaku: He's collected comics and manga since his youth.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Shows up in one for one of the post-chapter doodles on one of the tankobons. Unsurprisingly, this makes for a popular subject in fanart.
  • Older and Wiser: In Part 3, he's mellowed down and is the voice of wisdom in the group.
  • Older Than They Look: Doesn't seem to have aged a wink between 19 and 30, and is as fit as an athlete despite being almost 70 in Part 3 as a result of his inborn Ripple powers. Doesn't carry over to his appearance in Part 4, unfortunately.
  • Papa Wolf: Will go as far as to give up his own life if it means protecting his children, adopted or not.
  • Pet the Dog: His friendship with Smokey is built on this as he's the only companion of Joseph's that he doesn't sass or prank in any way despite the fact that their first meeting involved him stealing his wallet.
  • The Power of the Sun: The Ripple is powered by the sun.
  • Premature Eulogy: Or the spirit of it at least, as all his companions throughout Battle Tendency hold a funeral for him after he explodes the cap off a volcano to shoot the then immortal-by-conventional-means Kars into space. Hilarity Ensues when he shows up to the funeral perplexed as to why everyone's there in black and mourning his death; Turns out that Suzie Q forgot to send the telegram explaining that he survived, and he chases her all over the cemetery berating her for her absent-mindedness.
  • Put on a Bus: Never appears again after Part 4.
  • Racist Grandpa:
    • Played for laughs. He kicks a young man in the shin at JFK Airport for bumping into him after finding out that he's Japanese, but it's explained as just a grudge stemming from his Overprotective Dad nature. His heart doesn't seem to be in it normally, though, as he easily tolerates his half-Japanese grandson Jotaro as well as the fully Japanese Kakyoin, and most likely got over his prejudice altogether by Part 4 with another Japanese descendant, Josuke. At the least, he states that while he's not fond of the Japanese, he does like his Sony Walkman.
    • Also shows up in the occasional Part 3 gag where he makes some rather closed-minded assumptions about the local populace, only for them to be true anyway.
    • He grew up during WWII, AND wanted to be a pilot for the Air Force, so he unsurprisingly gained some anti-Japanese sentiment. But the fact that he has a Japanese grandson probably helped him ease up. So it would explain how grudgingly it is, but he almost completely mellows out after part 3, the part where he had two Japanese teens in his party to search for Dio.
  • Raised by Grandparents: After his father's death and his mother disappearing after avenging that death, leading to her being wanted, Joseph was left to be raised by his grandma Erina and Honorary Uncle Speedwagon.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Notable for being the only JoJo in the whole series to completely avert this.
  • Razor Floss: Some of his stunts in Part 2 involved strings which he could use as conductors for the Ripple. In Part 3, he uses the thorny vines of Hermit Purple for his tricks.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: In Part 2, he's the red to Caesar's blue, though it's eventually averted as Caesar is shown to be much more intense about just about everything and leaves reason behind more often than Joseph.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: See Premature Eulogy.
  • Retired Badass: Subverted in Part 4, even after his age finally catches up to him. Anyone who is willing to open a vein when an invisible baby falls into a lake so the blood can make her show up can't completely relinquish the title.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: It's never stated what career he took in adulthood after thwarting the scheme of the Pillar Men, though one can assume he still lives comfortably off the massive fortunes of Jonathan Joestar's estate well into his later years.
    • Actually averted, eventually, and his profession is revealed later in the manga. After Battle Tendency, he broke into the real estate business and became the most successful tycoon in New York. It's implied he helps fund the Speed Wagon Foundation after Speedwagon's death.
  • Say My Name: Caesar's death.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: In Part 2.
  • Semantic Superpower: He can produce an image by breaking anything, which he realizes in the fight against Empress, where he smashes a pot of sand to make a map.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Speedwagon and Erina; when the latter hears this, she's understandably angry, since she loved Jonathan too much to remarry and how Speedwagon was happy to have his best friend get married after the ordeal. Justified as both kept the whole thing lip-tight; especially with the whole Dio ordeal.
  • Silver Fox: Brought up multiple times in-universe. And hey, Jotaro was already in his teens when Josuke was born.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is listed in several places as Josef rather than Joseph.
  • Stripperific: His Iconic Outfit bares the most skin out of any of the main characters' after Jolyne's (sometimes as much or even more, depending on the panel). So of course the official artwork for the anime is going to stick him in a belly shirt and pair of pants that looks ready to either fall off or burst, then milk it even further by giving him Jolyne's pants and making his outfit even more revealing.
    • Amusingly enough, that last image seems to be a rather literal example of this trope, given that with the pose and dangerously high cutaways, it's possible to add in a stripper pole without anyone even realizing it's an edit.
  • Super Wrist-Gadget: Downplayed with his bracelets in part 2, which simply dispense oil whenever Joseph needs extra Hamon conductivity.
  • Supporting Leader: He unofficially leads the Crusaders in Part 3, even though the part is more centered around Jotaro punching their problems away.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Gave a eulogy for Esidisi after seeing his Villainous Valor and shows Wamuu sincere respect by easing the pain of his death with his own blood.
  • Tarot Motifs: The Hermit card represents wisdom and sharing knowledge with others. Throughout part 3, Joseph sometimes has bits where he shares his knowledge of different cultures and customs, and it is Hermit Purple that sets the group on their path to confront DIO and reveals the location of his hideout.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Went from having poor Ripple control and barely being able to beat a normal (albeit skilled) vampire, to being able to curbstomp a Pillar Man with ease and outsmart and defeat a Physical God.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Caesar's bandana becomes this to him in Part 2 after his death. He ultimately lights it on fire, but this is to land the killing blow on Wamuu, the man who killed Caesar in the first place, so it's still respectful.
  • Trickster Archetype
  • True Companions: He is absolute devoted to grandma Erina and uncle Speedwagon.
  • Tsundere: Joseph is incredibly rude to friend and foe alike, but is a superb companion to those that win his respect and survive his bluster.
  • Undying Loyalty: He will cross deserts and storm Nazi bases and rip your shit, all to get to his beloved great-uncle Speedwagon.
  • Vapor Wear: Possibly, in the anime and related images.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Is noted to be not particularly powerful or technically proficient with the Ripple. However, unlike most users, he grew up with it and thus spent his developmental years sporadically practicing the bare basics enough to be very good at applying it in critical situations. Even after proper training, he is never referred to as particularly powerful, unlike his grandfather Jonathan or Lisa Lisa, but gets even more creative and versatile.
    • In Part 3, his stand, Hermit Purple, is easily one of the weakest in the series, but nonetheless, his superior skill and combat experience allows him to defeat stronger Stands like the Empress.
  • Whip It Good: Hermit Purple's other ability. Got to put those vines to use, y'know?
  • The Worf Effect: His fight against DIO in part 3. Despite taking out the Pillar Men almost single-handedly in part 2, Joseph barely lands a hit on DIO and has to be saved by Jotaro.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Uses one against Santana by letting Santana eat him and then letting lose the Ripple from the inside out. And then does it again in the fight against Wamuu to distract him from a sneak attack.
  • Your Cheating Heart: How Josuke of Part 4 came into being; he was in his late 50's when he conceived the boy, thanks to his proficiency in Ripple Energy keeping him (relatively) young and attractive enough to seduce Josuke's mother.
  • You're Insane!: Caesar calls him 'insane' for using some clackers to fight Wamuu. Kinda hard to argue with him.

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

The grandson of Will A. Zeppeli. A shameless flirt with more training in the Ripple than Joseph. He is recruited to help hone Joseph's skills.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Whatever color they're supposed to be, his cheekmarks are pink in the anime and turquoise in All-Star Battle.
  • Anyone Can Die: Runs in the family; he's killed in a combination of Wamuu's Holy Sandstorm and a fallen block of the building crushing his bones.
  • Bare Your Midriff: During the first fight with the Pillar Men.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Caesar's father walked out on him and his siblings, leaving him poor, bitter, and itching for a chance to kill his father in Revenge. He ended up killing him indirectly by unknowingly walking into a dangerous situation, which led to his father losing his life to save him. The guilt from this incident fuels his desire to wipe out the Pillar Men.
  • Bubble Gun: His signature technique uses soapy water to create swarms of Ripple-infused bubbles which he can control remotely.
  • The Casanova: His defining trait, which makes his talent with words and mannerisms contrast with Joseph's Brutal Honesty.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: While Speedwagon was only antagonistic to Jonathan for a moment and became friends with him right away for sparing his life, Caesar and Joseph don't get along right away but slowly develop into friends over training. In addition to that, Speedwagon is extremely emotional but also determined where's Caesar prefers to act calm but in reality is very reckless and impulsive. There's also the fact that Speedwagon never learned the Ripple and lived a happy life where's Caesar knew it met his end in battle.
    • In comparison to his Grandfather who was welcoming of Jonathan as a student and took a Fatherly mentor role to him, Caesar sees Joseph as a failure at first before learning to respect him. When William dies, he chooses to sacrifice himself to save Jonathan and give him his Ripple while Caser runs off to battle Wamuu in a fit of anger and dies giving his headband to Joseph.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Crushed by a large piece of debris shaped like a cross.
  • Cultured Badass: A suave ladykiller and more polite than Joseph.
    • Inverted; he's actually more of a Delinquent than Joseph is, he just hides it well.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: His father abruptly abandoned the family upon discovering the Pillar Men, who he dedicated the rest of his life to destroying.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: After his father abandoned him, he became a hopeless and near-murderous delinquent. As an adolescent, he finally discovered his father beneath the Coliseum with the Pillar Men statues, only to get him killed when Wamuu decided to extend his drill-horn.
  • Death By A Thousand Cuts: His bubbles don't do a lot of damage individually, but he can generate them in large numbers.
    • It contributes to his death via Wamuu's Holy Sandstorm cutting him to shreds.
  • A Death in the Limelight: His final battle with Wamuu showed that you didn't need to be a Joestar to be a badass in the series.
  • Delinquent: Despite his introduction as The Casanova, he's actually even more of a delinquent than Joseph was, especially in his flashback. He hides it extremely well.
  • Determinator: Despite being hit by Wamuu's Death By A Thousand Cuts, he still tries to keep fighting, even managing to grab Wamuu's lip ring so Joseph could take it when he dies.
  • Facial Markings: Has these marks on his cheeks, but we are never told what they are or how he got them.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: They remember him for a little while, but after Joseph's fight with Wamuu he isn't mentioned again, and the Zeppeli bloodline disappears from the story entirely until Part 7.
  • Green Eyes: One of the few characters in JoJo with canonical hair and eye colors, and has the wild personality to match.
  • Honor Before Reason: Decides to hunt the Pillar Men by himself, despite being told it's a trap, in order to avenge his family's loss. It results in his death.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He actually had Wamuu essentially beaten by trapping him with his sunlight bubbles, but his own attempt at finishing Wamuu off in a single blow led to his own undoing.
  • Hot-Blooded: Very much so later on. Ends up being a Fatal Flaw though as it gets him killed.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: The Storge. His dream was to have a radiant family. Too bad he died before he got it back.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Bubbles!
  • It's Personal: Caesar desperately wants to kill the Pillar Men due to their roles in the deaths of his great-grandfather, grandfather, and father.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Post-Character Development.
  • The Lancer: He's Joseph's for Part 2. Their contrasts are played up quite a bit when they first meet but they're also shown to be Not So Different. Even after they grow a mellow respect for each other, their differing approaches to problem solving are often played against one another.
  • Magic Kiss: He manipulated a woman with a Ripple Kiss.
  • Mercury's Wings: The feathers woven into his hair can come off as this depending on the panel/frame. More apparent in his ASB model, where they're either this or a pair of Tiny Tsundere Twintails.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a top hat like his grandfather's in his first appearance, though isn't seen with it again.
  • Not Too Dead to Save the Day: Caeser's headband, which he leaves as a Tragic Keepsake for Joseph, ends up being vital in Joseph's victory over Wamuu.
  • The Power of the Sun: He is a Ripple user.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Generally the blue to Joseph's red, though this becomes inverted after his past is revealed and Joseph Took a Level in Kindness.
  • Revenge Before Reason: His desire to kill the Pillar Man more or less drives him to the point where he lashes out at Joeseph for not going after them when their base is right before them. It ends up being the death of him.
  • The Rival: To Joseph. He's a better Ripple user then Joseph for starters, and even though Wamuu kills him, Wamuu had to exploit a brief opening to do so. Wamuu even admits that if Kars had been the one to fight him, he would have probably lost since it was Wamuu's unique elemental ability that allowed him to exploit that opening.
  • Sacrificial Lion: It's a genetic trait.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: Downplayed; they're just soaked in soap so that Caesar will have ammunition for his bubble attacks.
  • Tsundere: While he's usually not willing to admit it when Joseph is around, it's clear that he respects him deeply and cares about him enough to die for him.

     Lisa Lisa (Elisabeth Joestar, née Straizo) 
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Click here  to see Lisa Lisa as she appears in the anime.
Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (TV anime and All-Star Battle) (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)

Caesar's Ripple master, the adoptive daughter of Straizo, and Joseph's mother. She was the baby Erina saved at the end of Part 1. She is named after Lisa Lisa.
  • Action Girl: The first example in the franchise.
  • Action Mom: She's Joseph's mother and a powerful Hamon master.
  • Action Dress Rip: Does this to escape after taking revenge on the zombie who killed her husband.
  • Agony of the Feet: After she is stabbed in the back and rendered nearly dead by Kars, he stabs two holes in her feet and binds them with rope to bait JoJo into an uneven fight, knocking off her pumps in the process.
  • Combat Commentator: Alongside Kars during the Joseph-Wamuu duel.
  • Cool Mask: She first confronts Caesar and Joseph in a Carnevale mask.
  • Cool Shades: Wears them when things get serious.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Caesar picks a fight with Joseph over the latter hitting on Lisa Lisa, Caeser curiously mentions that he respects Lisa Lisa as if she was his mother. This was an early hint at both Lisa Lisa's real age and her actually being Joseph's mom.
    • The most skilled Hamon masters before her aged very slowly. The skill she demonstrates in her introduction is easily at their level, suggesting that she could be quite a bit older than she looks.
  • Going Commando: In the anime, there's a scene of her stripping off her dress before she bathes. It turns out that she was wearing no undergarments whatsoever.
  • Guile Hero: She had a plan waiting to trick Kars and Wamuu into letting her and Joseph leave a trap that had them dead to rights by claiming she had rigged the stone to explode if she and Joseph weren't back in time to stop it. It works, since she's so cool under pressure that even Kars can't tell if she's bluffing. Joseph got it from her, apparently.
  • Happily Ever After: After the battle with the Pillar Men, she met a screenwriter and fell in love with him, going on to enjoy the rest of her life in peace as his wife.
  • Happily Married: The epilogue states that she eventually met a screenwriter and fell in love with him, taking him on as her second husband, and by extension, that unnamed man became Joseph's stepfather. But like many of the plot-insignificant members of the Joestar family tree, he gets little more than a footnote.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Towards Joseph mainly, being his Sink-or-Swim Mentor and putting up a heavily nonchalant facade. That is, until Caesar's death.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: She's Joseph's mother.
  • Lady of War: Very graceful and dignified in her Ripple use. At one point, she even wins a fight using a silk scarf.
  • Mommy had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: It's a bit hard to raise your son when you're the number one fugitive of his home country.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In the anime, you get to see her nude backside when she's taking a bath.
  • Nerves of Steel: She keeps her cool, even when faced with situations a lesser man would break under.
  • Not So Stoic: She's rather stoic until Joseph notices that she put her cigarette in her mouth backwards during one particular dramatic moment. When he mentions this out loud, Lisa Lisa has a moment of quiet surprise before she breaks down weeping for her murdered student. The anime makes it worse by showing Lisa Lisa vainly trying to choke back the grief before openly losing herself in tears along with Joseph.
  • Older Than They Look: Looks like she's in her 20s, but is actually 50. Justified since mastering the Ripple also slows down aging.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: One of her most alluring features. She has very long and attractively sleek hair, but is also very unusually and mysteriously fair-skinned due to her extended youth.
  • Repetitive Name: Making it Alliterative Name also.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: She did not react with grief when her first husband George was murdered. She reacted with blithe fury and immediately went and murdered the undead monster responsible for killing him, one of Dio's henchmen who had survived to see World War I and infiltrated the ranks of the British Royal Air Force. However, this backfired on her when the people who were under that zombie's command thought it was a wanton assassination and branded her an international criminal, forcing her into the life of a fugitive and leaving her no choice but to conceal her identity from her own child and give him up as an infant to live with Erina for his own safety.
  • Samus Is a Girl: When Joseph meets her, she is initially fully dressed and her face is concealed, and he thinks she must be a man... until she reveals her face.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Literally — she puts the Ripple into it and uses it as a weapon.
    Lisa Lisa (in All Star Battle): "Think you can touch me?" [Enemy character lands attack] "Think me weak, do you?" [Scarf repels the attack and wraps around attacker] "How do you like my Sathiphorosia Scarab-thread scarf? It transmits 100% of the Hamon that flows through it!" [Attacker is electrically shocked as Lisa Lisa lands multiple punches] "It was specially made..." [One final kick] "...and rather expensive."
  • Sexy Mentor: To Joseph and Caesar. Thankfully, she doesn't exploit it, because in light of certain reveals like being Joseph's mom, it would just be Squicky. She's also the one woman Caesar won't flirt with since he greatly respects her and views her like a second mother.
  • Sexy Walk: It was stated in her profile that she has a very alluring walk.
  • She's Got Legs: Fitting for such a Kick Chick Lady of War like herself. See also the image under Ms. Fanservice.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: She even provides the page picture.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Invoked unsuccessfully. She calmly pulls out a cigarette when Caesar dies in an attempt to maintain her aura of cool stoicism. It almost works... until Joseph points out that her cigarette is upside down.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Elisabeth or Elizabeth?
  • The Stoic: Puts forth an air of cool detachment, even when she finds out about Caesar's death, which pisses off Joseph...
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: She's actually Joseph's mother and also about 50 years old, but she looks so youthful because mastering the Ripple slows down aging.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Deconstructed. Because she killed her husband's killer (a zombie disguised as a high member of the army) without thinking it through, she became a national fugitive and had to abandon Joseph when he was just a child.
  • You Killed My Father: She admits to having complicated feelings towards Joseph due to him being the one to kill her adoptive father Straizo at the beginning of Part 2. Though she is more disappointed in Straizo losing his way and succumbing to his desire for immortality.

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

An officer experimenting upon the Pillar Men and vampires in Mexico to explore their potential as weapons of the German army.
  • Break the Haughty: After realizing he has no hope of taking on the Pillar Men without Joseph's help.
  • Came Back Strong: After blowing himself up to take down Santana, he's rebuilt by German science into a superhuman cyborg engineered specifically to kill Pillar Men. Unfortunately, all the physical data they had regarding the Pillar Men came from the aforementioned Santana, who was the weakest of the four.
  • Camp Straight: There's no indication that he's anything but straight; it's even more likely he's not gay because he's a Nazi officer, a profession where being gay generally led to a short career (and lifespan). He's still incredibly flamboyant no less.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He even throws a nazi salute as a combat pose which was censored in the anime. He's (maybe) not as prejudiced as most Nazis, though.
  • Chest Blaster: A 50 cal machine gun, which later gets an ultraviolet light upgrade. His ridiculously campy pose when using it is infamous in the fanbase.
  • Cyborg: After blowing himself to smithereens in an attempt to kill Santana, Stroheim returns as a cyborg, complete with a suite of weapons built into his prostheses.
  • Deadly Distant Finale: Is said to have died during the Battle of Stalingrad... Somehow. The anime implies that he sacrificed himself to cover a German retreat, ultimately falling against massive Allied forces.
  • Disney Death: Of the "We Can Rebuild Him" variant, his fight with Santana resulted in a botched Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Enemy Mine: With Joseph. Remember, it's okay to team up with Nazis, but only if your mutual enemies are a race of super-powerful vampire-eating vampires.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: He doesn't really have the fanatical hatred of foreigners the Nazis are known for (at least he doesn't seem to hate the Joestars for being British). All he cares about is how much ass you can kick.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Subverted. While initially he's researching the Pillar Men for the purposes of strengthening the German army, he orders Santana's destruction upon seeing just how dangerous he is.
    • As he is about to self-destruct, he explains that they awoke Santana so they could learn to destroy Pillar Men, not gain their powers.
  • Eye Beams: His UV Beam attack. It out to be extremely effective against the Pillar Men and their minions, and is later converted into backpack-mounted and platform-mounted versions for use by regular soldiers.
  • Failure Hero/Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: One of the biggest reasons why he's so sympathetic for a Nazi character. Stroheim starts off as a typical sadistic dog-kicker, but after Santana awakens he never accomplishes anything — or, at least not on his own. At his best, Stroheim is capable of showing up when the heroes are in trouble and evening the odds enough for them to get the upper hand again, and at his worst he'll get his ass kicked as soon as he's done bragging about GERMAN SCIENCE.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride; he is overconfident in virtually all situations and is always looking down on the Pillar Men. The first case even resulted in a Disney Death.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Fighting against a Nigh Invulnerable vampire god is a great way to learn how to get along with other people your philosophy teaches you to hate.
  • Foil: To Joseph, whose imposing and harsh demeanour conceals a juvenile and strangely honourable character. They both strive to extensively prepare for difficult challenges, but Stroheim lacks Joseph's ability to improvise so he's completely at a loss when his (admittedly) large batch of tricks runs out.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Most characters get wounded over the course of the series. Stroheim gets torn to pieces in every fight he gets into, because aside from his left arm, head and upper torso the rest is easily replaceable machinery.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Eh, they put him back together again.
  • Heel–Face Turn: While he's a Nazi through and through, he begrudgingly joins forces with Joseph to take down the Pillar Men.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Attempts this to kill Santana, but he got better.
  • Large Ham: GERMAN SCIENCE IS THE GREATEST IN THE WORLD! MY BODY... HAS BEEN FULLY REPAAAAAAAIRED!
  • Leitmotif: "Hike"/"Propaganda".
  • Mighty Glacier: After being rebuilt as a cyborg, his mechanical body has almost double the strength of a Pillar Man (which translates to about 6 times the strength of a strong vampire), at least in terms of finger grip strength, and his mechanical arms are tough enough to block Kars' bone blades (which slice through human bodies and buildings like butter) as long as they're not actively in Light Mode. Unfortunately for him, he's just too slow to defend himself when Kars (who's fast enough to deflect automatic weapons fire) gets really serious with the slicing and dicing.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Implied due to him not being the most Nazi-ish of Nazi's and being stated, during the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, to have died in the war — a proud soldier to the end. He also only ever boasts about Germany, never about the Nazi party (ie, "German science" instead of "Nazi science").
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His overzealousness in finishing off Kars leads to him accidentally powering the Red Stone mask he secretly put on, leading to his becoming the Ultimate Life Form.
  • No Indoor Voice: His VA really took his Large Ham tendencies Up to Eleven in the 2012 anime.
  • Noble Bigot: Averted. He might be a Nazi, but he doesn't care what race you are if you're brave.
  • Noble Demon: Despite being a fanatical Nazi soldier, he seems to lack the hate of foreigners common among Nazis (the reason may be, that according to the Nazis, the British were not deemed an "inferior race"). And also realizes that destroying the Pillar Men takes far higher priority than trying to use them as soldiers after what happened in Mexico.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His facial features and hair brings Dolph Lundgren to mind.
  • Pet the Dog: He and his scientists provide Joseph with a mechanical hand to replace the one Kars took off.
  • Pride: The heroes note that this is his Fatal Flaw.
  • Rocket Punch: In the climax he demonstrates this ability though unlike most examples it's not designed to come back. It's also notable that he doesn't use this ability to punch anybody but rather blast Kars and pin him to the plane he was grabbed onto in order to trap him there while it crashes.
  • Shout-Out: Over a decade before JoJo was conceived, Go Nagai had a German cyborg named Stroheim appear in Mazinger.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: "GERMAN SCIENCE IS THE GREATEST IN THE WORLD!!!"
  • Super Prototype: His UV Beam eye laser. It proves extremely effective, and the technology is given to the Speedwagon foundation to mass-produce anti-vampire weapons.
  • Taking You with Me: Successfully pulls this on Santana. It doesn't quite work, but unlike most cases, he also survives.
  • Tempting Fate: Might as well be his catchphrase. Every time he says something with confidence, he gets proven wrong in minutes. Even his claim that GERMAN SCIENCE IS THE GREATEST IN THE WORLD!!! was followed by him failing to do any major damage to his target barring knocking him off his feet.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: His initial appearance screams every bit of the stereotypical Nazi evilness that he is, but after his Heel–Face Turn, he cracks up his german antic into an entertaining level.
  • Token Evil Teammate: To an extent. He's a Noble Demon but he is also an unrepentant Nazi.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Twice!

Allies

     Erina Joestar 

     Robert E. O. Speedwagon 

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

A pickpocket who steals from Joseph. However, Joseph defends him from the abusive cops who attempt to arrest him. He is named after Smokey Robinson.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Not much, but in the anime of Stardust Crusaders (which is set almost 50 years later), he briefly appears on the cover of a magazine, which shows that he became the mayor of NY.
  • Black Best Friend: Of Joseph.
  • Good Counterpart: His first meeting with Joseph parallels how George Joestar I bailed out Dario. Unlike Dario, Smokey actually pulls a Heel–Face Turn and shows genuine gratitude towards his savior rather than taking advantage of him.
  • Nice Guy: He's only a pickpocket out of necessity when he's befriended by Joseph, he is sure repaying it.
  • Nice Hat: He commonly wears a sort of flat cap.
  • Token Minority: The only black character of the group.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite having no combat abilities whatsoever, he still risks getting being chased by Kars in order to tell Joseph about Lisa Lisa.

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


  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in Caesar's arms.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He smiles in peace when Caesar's Hamon dulls his pain, thanking him.
  • Fatal Family Photo: Shows off a locket photo of his fiancee. Wamuu kills him ten minutes later.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Wamuu remove half of his body..vertically!
  • Mercy Kill: Wamuu walks through him, causing half of Mark's body to be absorbed. His final wish was for Caesar to kill him so that he could die a painless death, which Caesar obliged to by sending the Ripple through his heart.
  • Nice Guy: According to Caesar.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Averted. He is a good guy that expresses full enthusiasm for his role as a Nazi because can serve his country.
  • Walking Spoiler: He is best known for dying tragically during the awakening of the three Pillar Men, making him this.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: There was very little characterization for him to go with before he bit the dust.

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

They are named after Loggins and Messina.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • After killing Loggins, Eisidisi kicks off his left arm in order to replace the one Joseph burnt off.
    • Messina loses an arm to Wamuu, but at the funeral, he seems to have a prosthetic.
  • Badass Mustache: Messina has a Fu Manchu style moustache.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: Unusually, Messina is a heroic character with a Fu Manchu mustache.
  • Graceful Loser: When the final exams come along Messina squares off against Caesar. They seem evenly matched until Messina surrenders noting that in spite of his shorter training Caesar has surpassed him and a prolonged fight would only end in a fatal loss of life (more so for him rather than Caesar). With that Messina tells him he passed.
  • Stern Teacher: Their characterization is extremely limited, but they come off as this. Joseph mentions nearly hating Loggins after all their offscreen training, and when traveling through Switzerland Messina slaps Joseph awake after catching him dozing off.
  • Stuffed in the Fridge: Loggins was supposed to fight Joseph as the final test. However, Esidisi encountered Loggins before the test and killed him with a single kick that ripped his lungs out, making him unable to use the Ripple. Joseph fights against Esidisi instead to avenge his master.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Loggins is immediately killed by Esidisi before Joseph has a chance to spar with him.
  • The Worf Effect: Pretty standard for mentor characters. Only Loggins's is fatal, though.

     Suzi Q 
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Clickhere  to her as she appears in Stardust Crusaders.
Voiced by: Sachiko Kojima (TV Anime), Shoko Saito (CD drama), Ryoko Kinomiya (OVA) (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)

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

She is named after the Dale Hawkins song "Susie Q".
  • Body Horror: She practically explodes with blood when Esidisi was possessing her.
  • Brainless Beauty: Zigzagged. She's got the looks, and a lot of the time it seems there's not much going on upstairs, but as explained below, Suzi Q is actually smarter than she acts.
  • Demonic Possession: Gets possessed by a Not Quite Dead Esidisi.
  • The Ditz: Without a doubt her most defining mental trait. First, she doesn't recognize Joseph at one point because he wasn't wearing his breathing mask. Secondly, Joseph's family and friends end up thinking Joseph died because she forgot to mail them the news he was alive, safe and recovering.
  • The Gadfly: She's consistently successful in trolling Joseph by playing dumb, which is probably why they got married. Even in the finale, when he's chasing her around a car because she apparently forgot to tell everyone that he was alive, he never considers the possibility that she did it to mess with him.
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: Even as an old lady she's still got quite the figure, as the Part 3 anime helpfully points out.
  • Hellish Pupils: Briefly took a hexagon shape with segmented lines when possessed by Esidisi.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Though they don't get much time together on paper, the end of Part 2 show that she and Joseph perfectly complement each other; in the anime, the flashback of their entire courting period is nothing but a series of stills of her trolling a practically paraplegic Joseph. Part 2 ends with Joseph chasing her around a car, threatening her with his prosthetic hand for letting everyone think he was dead for weeks on end while he was stuck in the hospital and getting married (having stumbled upon his funeral).
  • Love Interest: To Joseph; they even get married, though you'd already know this by now.
  • Ms. Fanservice: While she was always a cutie, she turns out to be quite the bombshell at the end of Battle Tendency.
  • Sexy Walk: Even in her late sixties, she still does this.
  • Smarter Than You Look:
    • Despite pretty obviously being quite out of the loop on a lot of things, she was still smart enough to figure out that her daughter's life was in danger despite Joseph and Roses deliberately hiding said fact from her to keep her from worrying, and understands that Joseph and Jotaro's trip to Egypt was actually to save Holly from dying from DIO's curse.
    • Her ditziest, most infuriatingly stupid lines are all directed at Joseph, who gets precisely as irritated as you'd expect. He doesn't seem to realize the connection between this and their Ship Tease moments.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Pretty much every possible spelling of Suzi is out there. Once (In the Duwang scans of Part 4) even translated as "Sigi".

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

Villains

     Pillar Men 
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The main villains of Part 2. Tropes that apply to all of the Pillar Men:
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Averted. Out of the entire Pillar Men race, Kars only managed to convince Esidisi to join him and was assaulted by the entire remainder of the species when they found out his ambitions. Wamuu and Santana were infants at the time and were raised to serve Kars afterwards.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Apparently Mesoamerican in origin, though the Pillar Man race appears to predate history and has traveled all over the globe during their quest for the Red Stone.
  • The Assimilator: Able to consume organic matter by touching it.
  • Body Horror: Pretty much their hat. All of the Pillar men have extreme control over their own bodies, resulting in a unique display of disgusting shapeshifting for each. Santana and Esidisi show the worst of it.
  • Crazy-Prepared: When Jojo challenges them to a fight after giving him time to train, they immediately force a time-delayed poison into his body so they can use a Poison-and-Cure Gambit to make sure he can't back out. Esidisi, Wamuu, and Kars were all carrying hollow rings filled with poison just for this purpose.
  • Determinator: Their Healing Factors allow them to come back from life-threatening injuries and make them very difficult to kill.
  • Facial Markings: Wamuu, Esidisi, and Satana all have visual facial markings unique to them.
  • Food Chain of Evil: Kars created vampires that plagued the previous series to act as both minions and a food source. By devouring the life force of multiple living beings in one body, vampires become far more nutritious meals than any normal life form could be to a Pillar Men.
  • Genius Bruiser: In addition to being very powerful fighters, they are also geniuses in and out of battle, and are capable of understanding modern language and technology in mere seconds.
  • Horned Humanoid: All of the Pillar Men have horns, varying in number and size between individuals.
  • Humanoid Abomination: At a glance, the Pillar Men look human, but their horns and Lovecraftian abilities prove they are anything but.
  • Immortality: Of the From a Single Cell type.
  • Immune to Bullets: As seen in Joseph's fight with Santana, their skin conducts Ripple, so unfocused Ripple strikes just slide off harmlessly. Joseph ends up having to go through Training from Hell to develop his Ripple to the point where his strikes can harm them, and he ends up primarily fighting them by finding ways to penetrate their skin to get a Ripple charge inside them. Oh, and they're immune to actual bullets also.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Battle Tendency starts off much more lighthearted than Phantom Blood, but once the Pillar Men are introduced it starts getting far more serious.
  • Last of His Kind: The 4 Pillar Men are the last members of their race. Kars slaughtered the rest.
  • Leitmotif: Awake for the Pillar Men as a whole.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: All of the Pillar Men have exquisite control over their own bodies and can use it to do things like shapeshift or other more Squicky things.
  • Made of Iron: The Pillar Men are extremely tough against anything except Ripple-based attacks; Esidisi once ate a stick of dynamite and was able to easily absorb the explosion without any injury. In contrast Straizo, a tougher-than-normal vampire was blown to tiny bits by a few grenades, although thanks to his regeneration he was able to pull himself back together in a few minutes. Added on top of their extreme regeneration abilities, and it's clear that ordinary humans don't stand a chance against them without Ripple or sunlight.
  • Musical Theme Naming: The Pillar Men are named after Santana, The Cars, AC/DC, and Wham.
  • Never Heard That One Before: Their reaction in general to those saying they'll take revenge for fallen friends. It both bores and amuses them.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The actual name of their race is unknown; they're only called the "Pillar Men" by the other characters because they were hibernating in stone pillars. It's likely that their race doesn't actually have a name.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Ancient Mayincatec demigod vampires at that.
  • Physical God: Their goal, although they're already pretty damn close. Kars literally is one after he becomes the Ultimate Life Form.
  • Puny Humans: Humans are merely prey to the Pillar Men. They've always looked down on our race as primitive and inferior. Hamon users and the likes of Jojo always impress or amuse the Pillar Men for being abnormalities from the pitiful creatures they're used to.
  • Really 700 Years Old: They predate human civilization, Wamuu and Santana are stated to be 12,000 and 10,000 years old respectively.
    • Time Abyss: Esidisi and Kars however, are 92,000 and 102,000 years old respectively.
  • Retcon: The Stone Mask in Part 1 was thought to be a ritual mask created by Mayincatec cults who desired immortality. Part 2 introduces the Pillar Men, the real creators of the mask.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The details of their reasons behind hibernation are vague, but they are definitely immobile until the 30s and wreak havoc onto the world once they're all unsealed. Bonus points for Kars and Santana, who get sealed twice, the former once through hibernation and a second time when his Adaptive Ability works against him, putting him into frozen stasis in order to survive space; the latter being sealed after being exposed to sunlight.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Depending on who you ask, their names are either Kars, Esidisi and Wamuu (the lawyer-friendly official spelling), or Cars, ACDC and Wham (the bands that provided their namesake). Santana is the only one who's name is spelled consistently.
  • Stripperific: If they wear anything more than a loincloth, it usually isn't much. Averted briefly when Kars switches to a Badass Longcoat to better fit in.
  • Super Mode: With the exception of Santana, each one has a unique one of these. Esidisi uses Fire Mode, Wamuu Wind Mode and Kars Light Mode.
  • Super Senses: Their senses are much more powerful than humanity's; Santana was able to see and hear through soundproofed one-way glass, and Kars was able to detect body heat through walls accurately enough to determine the exact position of everyone inside a room from the outside.
  • Super Strength: Much stronger than any human or vampire. Official stats put their raw physical strength as being at least three times stronger than even a particularly powerful vampire like Straizo.

     Kars (Mode: Light) 
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Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (TV anime, All-Star Battle, Eyes of Heaven) (Japanese), John DeMita (credited as Will Barrett, English)
The leader of the Pillar Men, he and his two associates are revived in the 1930s when the Nazis unintentionally awaken them. His goal is to augment a stone mask with the Red Stone of Aja, allowing the stone mask's tendrils to pierce his and the other Pillar Men's brains and make them into Ultimate Lifeforms.

He is named after The Cars and/or the Gary Numan song Cars.
  • Adaptive Ability: Cranked Up to Eleven once he becomes the perfect life form.
  • And I Must Scream: Even though he attained the immortality he sought, he was launched into outer space and had all of the air in his body frozen, being rendered unable to return to Earth and frozen in the form of a statue. Eventually, he went insane and never thought again to cope with the sheer horror of his situation.
  • Ambition Is Evil: To literally genocidal extremes.
  • Asexual: Or, as the profile (and meme) goes, SEX: USELESS.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The leader of the Pillar Men, and responsible for the massacring of his entire race.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: After becoming the Ultimate Lifeform, he's able to master Ripple to the point of becoming the most powerful Ripple user who ever existed, simply from having seen it being used previously.
  • Badass Longcoat: Kars knows better than his companions how to blend into modern society with style.
  • Barbarian Longhair: His mane is glorious only for its sheer length, otherwise it's unkempt and warrior like..
  • Big Bad: Of Battle Tendency.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He finally gets the perfect immortality he desired, only to soon regret it, as he's forced to forever drift though space, unable to think in the end.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: His primary power, a pair of curved blades growing perpendicularly from his forearms.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Exhibits this more than other Pillar Men. He respects the natural world more than he does humans, leading to odd simultaneous dog petting and kicking moments where he will kill drunken drivers to save a dog, and purposely complicate a landing he could easily survive to avoid crushing a patch of flowers.
  • Body Horror: Much less than his subordinates, surprisingly. About the only adaptation he displays are the light chainsaws that seem to grow out of his forearms. At least, until he becomes the Ultimate Lifeform by putting on a Red-Stone-of-Aja-enhanced Vampire Mask (which, of course, does its thing.) and gains the ability to morph his body into pretty much whatever. This leads into squirrels that drill through torsos, feather projectiles that turn into piranha and octopi, etc.
  • Chainsaw Good: His arm blades are natural chainsaws, the individual blades move at such a speed that they reflect light to dazzling effect, which is where the name Light Mode comes from.
  • The Chessmaster: This line pretty much sums it up:
    "Move your pieces effortlessly across the board, making them effortlessly reduce the risks to minimum! Chance has nothing to do with it! That's a true fight!"
  • Combat Commentator: Served as this alongside Lisa Lisa for Joseph and Wamuu's duel.
  • Combat Pragmatist: To the point of offering Lisa Lisa a weapon so that their battle will be fair in Wamuu's honor... but using a body-double to get her guard down and stab her through the heart. He doesn't care about honor in the end — he just wants the Red Stone of Aja.
  • Complete Immortality: Upon becoming the Ultimate Life Form.
  • Compressed Hair: His headscarf is hiding a huge mane of Rapunzel Hair.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: In contrast to Dio's egotism and For the Evulz tendencies, Kars is a much more amoral figure who cares only for his goal being achieved, cares deeply for his comrades, and goes out of his way to protect parts of nature that aren't human. In a more literal example, whereas Dio prefers to kick dogs, Kars would rather pet them. He's also more reserved than Dio was, at first at least anyway.
    • Goes completely out the window once his subordinates are dead and he indulges in levels of sadism that Dio would be proud of.
    • It goes beyond that. While on the surface, Dio is a monster who enjoys killing people, he still has some sort of twisted sense of honor and even shows respect to those he considers Worthy Opponent. Kars, on the other hand, is willing to do anything to get his objectives, and, unlike Dio, he shows no respect or honor for his opponents.
  • Consummate Liar: If he offers you the chance to fight fairly, he's planning to skew the playing field in his favour so hard it hurts. However, he's so good at sounding convincing that it's easy to be fooled by him.
  • Deader Than Dead: See And I Must Scream above.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: THE SINGLE most powerful character in the [JoJoverse] franchise, and yet meets his end at the end of the second of eight sagas. Keep in mind that while he is incredibly powerful and later achieves Complete Immortality, he would probably lose to some Stand users who can defy metaphysics.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: In the 2012 Anime.
  • Elemental Armor: He's able to keep his crab-carapace armor from melting away by generating air bubbles to ensure he can regenerate it quickly enough.
  • Evil Counterpart:
  • Evil Is Petty: Had he chosen to ignore Joseph after his ascension, he might've had a less grotesque fate. Probably justified in that he was expecting to just squish him like a bug since he's that powerful now, and he was almost right considering what happened instead was actually out of sheer coincidence.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Esidisi's death pissed him off.
    • He's hurt by Wamuu's death, even if he'll lie about following his honor code.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While waiting on Esidisi to return from a mission, he sees a couple of reckless drivers dangerously close to running over a dog. He then proceeds to use his bone blade to slice the car (and the driver) in two, saving the dog in the process.
  • Evil Laugh: Underneath his stoicism, he's got an epically hammy laugh fitting for a JoJo Big Bad.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Politely offers Lisa Lisa some poison to commit suicide with when it looks like Wamuu's going to win, but then shows himself to be the dirtiest of fighters during his battle with her.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Becoming immortal really isn't worth it when you're consigned to wandering space for all of eternity, to the point that your brain stops working.
  • Forgot About His Powers: As the Ultimate Life Form, Kars could have used Esidisi's Heat Mode to keep his air vents from freezing over while trying to return to Earth. Too bad for him, the plot had decided he was too powerful to stick around and made sure he stayed on course to the heavens with a convenient case of forgetfulness.
  • Genius Bruiser: By far the smartest of the Pillar Men. He was the one who invented the Stone Masks, after all.
  • A Glass of Chianti: He was drinking a red glass of something in a rather sophisticated manner during the Joseph-Wamuu duel.
  • A God Am I: Views himself as one and eventually succeeds.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Retroactively to Part I, being the one who created the Stone Mask that allowed Dio to become a vampire and hailing from a race where the purpose of the Stone Mask was to create vampires, which his kind eat. This also means he's the Greater-Scope Villain to parts 3-6, where DIO is a major factor in several characters' motivations.
  • Harping on About Harpies: A rare male example but his ultimate form has him change his arms into wings, and considering that he's a Pillar Man.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Much of his final fate can be attributed to this. First of all he's launched into outer space by the same Aja that he used to become immortal, then is prevented from retaliating by the very arm he cut off of Joseph earlier, and finally, his own Adaptive Ability causes him to become frozen forever.
  • Immortal Procreation Clause: Being the ultimate life form means he no longer needs to procreate.
  • Interim Villain: Acting as one for Dio Brando, being the Big Bad, until his return as DIO.
  • Irony: Kars is considered one of, if not the, smartest JoJo villain, smart enough to become the Ultimate Lifeform. So when he's finally beaten, it's his genius mind to go first, not his body.
  • Jerkass: Is probably the most openly sadistic of the Pillar Men. Just look at how he treats Lisa Lisa.
  • The Juggernaut: As the Ultimate Life Form. Sunlight and the Ripple, his only weaknesses, no longer effects him, and he can shapeshift and adapt to any other attack, even magma. He's defeated by blind luck on Joseph's thanks to a convenient volcanic eruption sending Kars into space.
  • Kick the Dog: Kars's morality is different from the average person's; where one would see a valuable human life he only sees an insect. In spite of this there are moments where even with his warped morals he's capable of pointless acts of villainy.
    • When he fights Stroheim he coldly dismisses Santana as their weakest member. Kars's most humanizing trait is his love and respect for his fellow allies which makes his disowning of Santana, whom he raised, especially cruel.
    • When he becomes the ultimate life form he turns his hand into a squirrel which approaches another squirrel in nature and kills it. Kars's adherence to protecting nature allows for some of his Pet the Dog moments which ultimately shows how willing he is to throw away his own morals for power.
  • Kill It with Fire: Played straight or subverted depending on how you look at it. Because no life on Earth has adapted to lava, molten rock does a fantastic job of cooking through Kars' regeneration. However, once he decides to use air as an armor layer, he's able to survive complete immersion in lava by never making contact with it.
  • Lampshade Hanging: In the dub, he's the first and last character to acknowledge Joseph successfully predicting their next line, although it doesn't get in the way of him actually saying it.
    Joseph: Let me guess. You're gonna say 'Did you plan this too, JoJo?! Tell me!'
    Kars: How do you always know...?
    [gets drilled by hot rock fragments]
    Kars: [agonized scream] Did you plan this too, JoJo?! Tell me!
  • Large Ham: He slowly gets hammier with each appearance. By the time his turban comes off, it gets to the point of him playing "leg guitar" with the unconscious Lisa Lisa's legs just to gloat at Joseph.
  • Leitmotif: "Avalon" once he becomes the Ultimate Lifeform.
  • Light Is Not Good: His powers are light-themed. It's mostly aesthetic since his metal blades refract light, giving off the look that they are glowing. However, when he becomes the Ultimate Lifeform, he can use Hamon.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Averted especially at one point while his Stripperiffic allies only make some noticeable changes to their outfits in their second appearances, Kars briefly wore a Badass Longcoat, a Nice Hat, and pants with boots in order to infiltrate the Nazi camp without standing out. Because a near naked man would have no trouble, walking in a cold Switzerland, and would definitely not be seen as suspicious. He then goes back to his Walking Shirtless Scene outfit on the following reappearance.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: He certainly seems to think so, since his plan is to essentially gain an immunity to the one thing that can kill him.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: As the ultimate life form, he can turn parts of his body into other animals. This includes things like turning his hand into a murderous squirrel and launching feather-arrows that turn into armadillo scales, piranhas, and giant cephalopods.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The most feminine-looking among the Pillar Men, and described as having the beauty of a Greek god after becoming the Ultimate Life Form. Outside of that, he's probably the most shining example of a Walking Shirtless Scene within the series.
  • Near Villain Victory: He succeeds in getting the stone, putting it in the mask and becoming the ultimate lifeform like he always desired making him unkillable. He's only stopped due to Joseph managing to hang onto the Aja stone and his instincts subconsciously kicking in to hold it out as Kars goes in for the kill with a Ripple. The stone amplifies Kars' ripple and causes the volcano to erupt the chuck of rock they're on into the air. Some last minute luck with Joseph's severed hand stopping Kars' escape manage to push him out of the planet's atmosphere where the vacuum of space does the rest of the job in sealing his fate.
  • The Older Immortal: Unlike the other Pillar Men we see, his age has reached the sextuple-digits.
  • Pet the Dog: Almost literally, to demonstrate that he does have some concept of morality, skewed as it may be. It only applies to plants and animals, though. With humans, on the other hand, as far as he's concerned, he believes that as a superior being, he has a right to indulge in some of the most pointlessly cruel dog-kicking moments ever. Why? Because he finds everyone else's anger and despair amusing.
  • Power Gives You Wings: His most preferred transformation after becoming the Ultimate Life Form was become a winged bird humanoid.
  • The Power of Creation: Can turn parts of his body into animals by manipulating his DNA after becoming the Ultimate Lifeform.
  • The Power of the Sun: Gains the ability to use the ripple after becoming the Ultimate Lifeform.
  • Physical God: As the Ultimate Lifeform, he has total mutative control over his own cells, even remotely, and capable of choosing from every species that ever existed on Earth; regenerative abilities that are fast enough to give him temporary resistance to lava; and Hamon power that's enough to kill or physically harm non-undead opponents. He is the most powerful person in the series, capable of killing every character before or after him, and if Stands themselves weren't immune to non-Stand attacks Kars could probably even handle some of them. Unfortunately, for all his physical power, his new form doesn't make him any smarter, so Joseph defeats Kars by turning his own Hamon against him and kicking off a dramatic course of events that he had, of course, planned from the very beginning.
  • Progressively Prettier: In the manga he started as the biggest of the Pillar Men with a rougher face than his subordinates. Over time he is drawn to look less like a hulking giant comparatively (although still ripped) and his face becomes more feminine.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The anime shows his eyes to be red, fitting his villainous status. In the opening, there's a lingering shot of his red eyes to highlight his menacing presence.
  • Sanity Slippage: It all goes downhill once he's launched into space and freezes into a rock-like state, to the point where he stops thinking.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He killed his parents when they determined that his ambition made him a danger to everyone around him. Thus, it was kind of self-defense, unlike Dio Brando.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Has been spelled as Cars, Karz, or Kaaz.
  • The Stoic: Comes off as being the most serious of the Pillar men at first, though as he gets closer to the Aja, even he isn't immune to becoming a Large Ham.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Notably the first one in the series, and the only non-Stand one. Not only does he get Complete Immortality, and a virtually unlimited Adaptive Ability, he's also immune to sunlight, the one Pillar Man weakness, AND can use Ripple; thus, not only could he not be harmed by the same Weaksauce Weakness as his companions, he could actually use it to his advantage.
  • Ultimate Life Form: What he seeks to become after finding the Red Stone of Aja. When he becomes it, he's immortal, able to mutate and evolve his form into other beings as needed, and has no need for descendants and consequently, sex.
  • The Unfettered: What makes him so dangerous compared to the other Pillar Men is that things like scruples and standards won't hold him back from becoming the Ultimate Lifeform. Joseph even describes him as such, though in typical style he takes advantage of Kars' own persistence at various times to turn the tables on him.
  • Too Powerful to Live: Or rather, too powerful to stay on Earth. Not only having an Adaptive Ability cranked Up to Eleven, but he had the power of Ripple on a much higher level than any character in the series, so he had to leave the plot. Though to be honest, he would've eventually been beaten by the Stand Users who defy metaphysics, especially Giornio's.
  • Vibroweapon: His Blade Below the Shoulder works by rotating at high speeds. The light he is known for is a side-effect.
  • Villainous Friendship: He has a good deal of respect for his comrades, even raising Wamuu and Santana. Even after the reveal that many of his honorable qualities are an act he specifically states in his battle with Joesph that he intends to avenge his fallen friends.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: If he hadn't made the Stone Mask which in turn created vampires, the Ripple wouldn't have found its combative use in order to counter the vampiric menace. And that's not even getting into how it would've drastically changed Dio and the Joestars' destinies if the mask didn't exist. Also applies to much of Battle Tendency itself. Once the Pillar Men are awakened and the heroes are pulled into the conflict, it turns into a race to see who can beat the other to the rings/stone/etc.
  • Visionary Villain: Kars' original goal was to allow his race to overcome their weakness to sunlight and become god-like beings, and his genocide of his people was only done in self-defense when they discovered the villainous aspects of this plan. He even provides the page picture.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Most of the time, but makes a notable exception to his colleagues as he wore a Badass Long Coat complete with a Nice Hat during his first attempt to get the Red Stone of Aja.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Kars' backstabbing of Lisa Lisa is far more elaborate and well-planned than any of his other tricks, suggesting that he knew a true Hamon master could easily kill him in a fair fight. His Foil, Joseph, exhibits this trope in a different way; he has a powerful physique and great potential with Hamon, but he's so much better at outsmarting his opponents that he never needs to choose to use them.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Sunlight like all vampires. Notably inverted as he gains The Power of the Sun as well as immunity to sunlight once he becomes the Ultimate Life Form.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His original goal was to have his race overcome their weakness to become invincible. However, it would mean they'd have to waste a great deal of life in order to do so, as they hadn't discovered the Red Stone at the time. The result was Kars killing everyone in self-defense when they deemed him a threat to their society and that of the humans as well.
  • Winged Humanoid: Can turn into one by making his arms wings after becoming the Ultimate Life Form.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Tells Lisa Lisa that he finds it distasteful to hurt a woman, then goes and brutally stabs her in the back anyway after tricking her into attacking a body double.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Unlike Wamuu, he is willing to kill children because they'll grow up to be powerful Ripple warriors seeking revenge.
  • World's Strongest Man: He became THE strongest physical force in the series after becoming the Ultimate Lifeform.
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: Kars' entire quest is to get the Red Stone to become the Ultimate Life Form. Of course he's going to get that far or else there would be no plot, though Joseph still manages to find a way. Kars still becomes the Ultimate Life Form, thwarting the heroes' attempts to stop it; however, Joseph still manages to send him into space, nullifying his threat.

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

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

  • Anime Hair: Seeing as we never see what's under his Nice Hat before his body's demise, Esidisi seems to have a tuff of white hair that looks like a clownish hairstyle.
  • Bloody Murder: He raises his body temperature in order to heat his blood to 500°C/932°F, then extends his blood vessels out of his body and makes them into long, prehensile needles with which he injects his hot blood into enemies.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: While proving his own tactical wit, Esidisi uses Joseph's own, "Your next line is [X]" trick against him.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: Briefly turns into a long-horned giant to attack Joseph after being Out-Gambitted.
  • Combat Tentacles: His fighting style. Esidisi uses his blood vessels to transfer his super-hot blood to burn his opponents alive.
  • Co-Dragons: With Wamuu, and fits the loyal servant part well.
  • Confusion Fu: The first opponent that Joesph is unable to read, though this doesn't last long.
  • Death Is Dramatic: Played with. He acts very over the top in his flashy "death" when Joseph outwits him. This is actually a decoy to allow Esidisi to possess Suzie Q and perform a failed attempt at Taking You with Me.
  • Demonic Possession: To Suzi Q, after being beaten badly.
  • Determinator: Even more so than Santana, if that were possible. His bones and muscles are destroyed by Joseph, but his brain and blood vessels possess Suzi Q who takes the Red Stone of Aja to Kars in Switzerland, and then tried to make her into a blood bomb. That takes guts.
  • Dub Name Change: Sorta, his name really is suppose to be spelled AC/DC like the band. But Lucky Land decided to go with Esidisi instead.
  • Emotional Bruiser: He even notes that he's more emotional than the other two.
  • Evil Counterpart: Similarly to Joseph, Esidisi relies on reading and altering the opponent's emotions to control the flow of battle.
  • Facial Markings: Has an X-shaped mark on his face.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: All of the Pillar Men could count for this, but his manages to probably be the most awkward of them all. In his first appearance in the manga, he wears a backless loincloth that reveals his buttocks (censored with a thong in the anime), and in subsequent appearances, his outfit appears to be a series of leatherwork patches sewed directly onto his skin.
  • Fingore: Usually extends his blood vessels through his nails, which open up to reveal the tendrils.
  • Genius Bruiser: He knows an excerpt from Sun Tzu's Art of War that "all war is based on deception", not because he read it from the book, but because he had met the man in person.
  • Hot-Blooded: Both the metaphorical and the literal sense.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He uses his own blood vessels as weapons by extending them out of his body like tentacles.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: During his Villainous Breakdown, which, quite frankly, looks utterly ridiculous.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Losing an arm is a minor injury for a Pillar Man, but Esidisi reacts to this by sobbing and screaming like a spoiled child, which really freaks Joseph out. It's an act, though, since he's fine with spikes impaling his feet as he walks towards Lisa Lisa's place.
  • Mood-Swinger: It's merely a tactic to relieve stress and mess with the enemy, but it comes off as creepy, going from Inelegant Blubbering to Tranquil Fury and finally back to normal, which is very dissonant.
  • My Blood Runs Hot: His fighting style is to raise his body temperature to lethal degrees and then give you an unwanted, impromptu blood transfusion.
  • Nice Hat: It hides his horn.
  • Nightmare Face: When Out-Gambitted by Joseph, he does this in an attempt to kill him as well.
  • Not Quite Dead: Turns out Esidisi survived Joseph's Ripple as a brain with tissues long enough to do a Grand Theft Me on Suzie Q before he is ultimately killed. And this is after giving a very convincing act of actually dying at Joseph's hands.
  • Out-Gambitted: He boasts about figuring out Joseph's plan and cuts the strings meant to ensnare him, only to discover it was a trap and get caught by a set of backup strings.
  • Playing with Fire: Known as the "Eccentric Blazing King".
  • Smug Snake: Prides himself on his ability to Out Gambit Joseph and undo his plans at every turn. Unfortunately, Joseph is aware of this as well, so it's not long before his overconfidence becomes his own undoing.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": He's Esidisi in Japanese, and many Western fans prefer that (as opposed to ACDC) since it actually sounds like a name.
  • Taking You with Me: Attempts to pull this on Joseph at the end of his battle, and when this doesn't work, what's left of him also tries to pull this on Suzi Q as well.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Defied. Jojo predicted he would send Esidisi into a blind rage, but the Pillar Man instead openly weeps like a small child. After abruptly stopping his crying fit, Esidisi explains that he cries like that to relieve stress and anger to avoid flying into a rage.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Actually invoked for the sake of stress relief (and messing with the opponent), apparently.
    • Suffers a real one once he's caught in a Ripple trap by Joseph.
  • Villainous Valor: For all his flaws, Esidisi truly cared about his fellow Pillar Men, and he will not give up for their sake even after being reduced to just a brain. After he knows he's screwed, he tries to take the heroes with him to make things easier for the Pillar Men.
  • Wicked Cultured: He knows The Art of War.
  • Worthy Opponent: He sees Joseph as one, and Joseph returns the favor after seeing his Villainous Valor.

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

One of the Pillar Men. He is named after Wham!.
  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: How his Razor Wind works. Wamuu twists his arms into opposite corkscrews before letting them spin like rubber band propellers. The wind generated from this spinning from two opposite directions creates the Divine Sandstorm.
  • Affably Evil: Probably due to being the most honorable of the Pillar Men. Epitomized by the moment when Joseph pulls out some clackers to fight him with (which is considered to be Narm in-universe by all witnesses; Caesar outright says that "He's insane!"), yet he still treats it moderately respectfully as a 'weapon', aside from justifiably finding it amusing.
  • Anti-Villain: Downplayed. He may believe in playing fair and abiding by certain standards, but he's too battle-obsessed and firmly aligned with Kars to truly qualify.
  • Badass Baritone: Being voiced by Akio Ohtsuka or Paul St Peter tends to make you one.
  • Berserk Button: Wamuu doesn't like it when people step on his shadow, and he'll reflexively attack anyone who does. His other button is any act of cowardice during battle, which Joseph uses to distract him at crucial moments.
  • Blood Knight: Despite his loyalty to his masters, he loves to fight as seen with Joseph as he spares the latter for the promise of becoming a stronger warrior.
  • Blow You Away: By using his barbed dreadlocks or turning his arms in opposite directions, he can create mini twisters or large torrents of wind.
  • Body Horror: Determines that the best way to stop getting tricked by Joseph in their final fight is to stop relying on his eyes. Thus, he stabs them out. More minor examples involve his wind jets, which emerge from within his body to suck and blow air, and his final technique, which rips up his own body when used.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He might not believe in full-blown cheating, but he can fight just as trickily as Joseph when he needs to.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: JoJo may have killed him, but in his final moments there was an undeniable sense of understanding, respect, and admiration between the two men, and yes, even palpable sadness on JoJo's part for Wamuu's passing.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: He's very tanned, and has bleached blonde hair.
  • The Dragon: A traditional one to Kars, as well as one of the Co-Dragons with Esidisi.
  • Establishing Character Moment: For him, and for Esidisi and Kars by proxy. Remember how Santana took a significant amount of time to learn human languages and regain his intelligence and coordination? Wamuu bursts out of his pillar not only by sneak-attacking a Nazi mook, but by making extremely deliberate stretching motions and demonstrating a complete grasp on new languages. Any viewer expecting this gang to be anything like Santana was certainly in for a surprise.
  • Eye Scream: To himself, as part of a gambit to beat Joseph.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Wamuu makes a promise, he will keep it, and if you prove to be an equally noble adversary, he will honor your final wishes in your place after slaying you. He also refuses to murder children, even if they are those of his enemies; a compunction that Kars does not share.
  • Evil Counterpart: Arguably is one to Joseph. Both have Undying Loyalty to their masters (although Joseph will never admit it). And in spite of their similarly Heroic Builds, both are masters of thinking on the fly who rely primarily on their wits to fight, and who base their tactics on reversing the flow of battle to surprise their enemies. They also occupy complementary positions on the morality scale: Joseph is an arrogant and jerkish trickster anti-hero who will do anything to win, while Wamuu is a polite and noble warrior who nonetheless enjoys a good punch up.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Courtesy of Akio Ohtsuka.
  • Explosive Overclocking: His Desperation Attack, Atmospheric Rife, is incredibly powerful, but generates so much friction and heat in his body while in use that it starts falling apart on him.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Even in death, he doesn't allow anyone to sully the honor of his fight with Joseph and feels that he was a Worthy Opponent to kill him.
  • Fair-Play Villain: A defining trait. He could've killed off Joseph while he was bleeding and helpless in their first fight and destroyed Caesar's scarf holding the antidote to Joseph's poison ring after fatally wounding the latter, but his pride as a warrior caused him to not do so. This is, in fact, frequently exploited by Joseph to increase his chances of surviving against him.
  • Friendly Enemy: A little one-sided on his part. Wamuu is genuinely polite and cordial to Joseph, and enjoys having him as his Worthy Opponent. Joseph eventually returns the sentiment after landing the killing blow on Wamuu.
  • The Gift: Everyone calls him a "combat genius", and it shows — all of the battle-changing moves he makes are instinctual.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's the first opponent that could see through Joseph's gambits.
    • He came up with the idea of making himself temporarily immune to sunlight by surrounding himself with a light-refracting wind suit.
  • A Good Way to Die/Go Out with a Smile: In the end, as only a severed head, he dies smiling knowing he met someone as interesting as Joseph in his life.
  • Graceful Loser: He even helps Joseph as he dies because some vampire mooks tried to besmirch the honor of their battle.
  • Handicapped Badass: He makes himself even more powerful by blinding himself.
  • Hero Killer: To Caesar Zeppeli.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He's an excellent shot with a crossbow, especially since he was reading air currents at the time instead of relying on sight.
  • Improbable Weapon User: At one point he uses a pillar.
    • Also, his barbed dreadlocks, apparently designed for blocking Ripple-charged projectiles.
  • Invisibility: Can manipulate the wind to make himself invisible, thus protecting him from the sun, since the light reflects off of his body due to the wind distorting the rays.
  • Kiai: SHYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH
  • Leitmotif: "Burning Coliseum", aka "Holy Wubstorm" after his main technique.
  • Morality Chain: It's subtle, (and works only for a particular definition of morality) but he's the reason Kars upholds his promise to fight fairly. After Joseph kills him, Kars' Pragmatic Villainy kicks in. This turns the order of fights into a XanatosGambit on Kars' part, since either Wamuu wins, and they still have the strongest fighter (before Kars' ascension) to rely on, or he dies and Kars is free to use his tricks to compensate for his lesser fighting skills.
  • Noble Demon: Keeps his promises, respects his enemies, and will not murder children. He still has some principles despite his loyalty to an evil cause.
  • Pet the Dog: Before he dies after their battle Caesar uses that last of his Hamon to create a bubble made of his own blood containing the antidote for the poison ring around Josephs heart. Wamuu notes afterwards that he could very easily destroy the bubble and retrieve the antidote but that he had come to respect Caesar from their fight and instead leaves the bubble in tact to honour his fallen foes memory. This act earns him Joseph's respect during their final duel.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: A trait that Joseph exploited to survive after losing the first fight.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: See Noble Demon above.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Wamuu, Waam, or Wham? The katakana suggest that it should be "Wamuu" in contrast to the band name, which uses a different spelling.

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

One of the four Pillar Men resurrected by Stroheim. He is named after Santana.
  • Bad with the Bone: His Rib Blades ability, which allows him to extend his ribs out of his body to shish-kebab opponents.
  • Body Horror: He can do this with his body by making it extremely thin to fit into an air vent or extending his ribcage out of his flesh as a weapon. He also inflicts an Eye Scream on a hapless Nazi, causing a Body Horror transformation into an obese sub-human. He can even weigh down opponents with stray chunks of his flesh.
  • The Brute: Not a man of many words, so he relies on physical action instead. Justified in that he's slowly learning the language after being imprisoned longer than his superiors.
  • Creepy Monotone: Subverted. He's just slow at picking up modern language compared to the other Pillar Men, and once he gets the hang of it, he's as hammy as the rest of them.
  • Death Glare: His default facial expression lies somewhere in between "I'm not a morning person" and "I'm going to enjoy killing you, primitive."
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's initially referred to as the creator of the Stone Mask until his three superiors show up, one of which is the one who actually invented them.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Unlike his sandaled fellows, possibly meaning his lowest ranking among them.
  • Dub Name Change: The reference to him in All-Star Battle changes his name to "Santviento", which is claimed by Stroheim to mean "warm wind" in Spanish (which is quite wrong - if anything, Santviento seems to be a corrupted form of "santo viento", Spanish for "holy wind"). The anime's English dub cleans this up a bit by having Stroheim settle on "Sanviento," supposedly to reference the Mexican wind in general.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: As the Nazis found out.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Santana's English and Japanese voices are both deep and rough from his time in hibernation.
  • Facial Markings: Has a marking under his left eye shaped like half of a gear.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Surprisingly despite the Pillar Men showing Villainous Friendship for one another the same can not be said for Santana whom the others mock when they find out he was defeated and they show no interest in either avenging his defeat or rescuing him from the heroes.
  • Implacable Man: He's like a biological Terminator! Joseph is able to slow him down at best and he's only defeated when exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Last of His Kind: By extension, as the 4 Pillar Men were the last members of their race.
  • No Name Given: His name was made up by Stroheim. However, Kars later refers to him as Santana, so maybe Stroheim happened upon the right name.
    • More likely, though, Kars heard it from when Joseph mentions him back in their first encounter.
  • Not So Stoic: After acting like a killer robot with a Creepy Monotone, when he is exposed to sunlight, he begins to ham it up like every other character in the series.
  • The Stoic: The least emotional of the Pillar Men.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Although Stroheim first assumes that he has the intelligence of a caveman, he's actually extremely intelligent and capable of learning things at a heightened rate. He just needs some time to adjust to his surroundings.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Does this to a hapless Nazi and Stroheim via Grand Theft Me.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Technically speaking, he's above both Dio and Straizo in terms of vampiric power.
    • Meanwhile, as powerful as he is, he's still far inferior to the three Pillar Men in Europe, seeing as it took him a while to pick up modern language whereas the others were able to learn it in an instant, and he has no specific powers of his own that aren't universal to the Pillar Man race.
  • Sole Survivor: Of the four Pillar Men, Santana is the only one who's still alive at the end of Battle Tendency. Maybe.
  • Taken for Granite: Looks to be this when he is first found inside the pillar in Mexico, though he's actually just hibernating. Happens to him for real after Joseph takes care of him, though. Twice.
  • Ultimate Life Form: One of a group of uber-vampires, and described as being one, though the others are even more powerful.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Wears nothing more than a thong, which is far less than his slightly more dressed allies have.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: After Joseph's relatively easy fight dispatching Starter Villain Straizo Santana is introduced to show how much more terrifying and dangerous the Pillar Men are in comparison to one fairly strong vampire. At the same time however the introduction of his superiors not long after his early defeat show that, while still strong, he's nowhere near their level and as such Joseph is nowhere close to being ready to defeat them yet.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He spent the majority of his screen time trying to adjust to modern times, but by the time he fully adjusts, he is sealed away once more.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After he was trapped by the UV lights, there's no clue to where he is now. Assuming he's still alive.
  • When He Smiles: Parodied in the dub only. Joseph spends the opening of episode 13 trying to get Santana to crack a smilenote . The gag is revisited at the end of the episode, where Joseph narrates the final shot on Santana's permanently-frozen Nightmare Face.
    Joseph: He's a statue now... but, we finally got that smile!

Alternative Title(s): Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Part 2

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