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    Jonathan Joestar
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Young Jonathan voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (TV anime), Kazuya Nakai (Phantom Blood video game), Johnny Yong Bosch (English)
Adult Jonathan voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (TV anime, All-Star Battle, J-Stars Victory Vs, and Eyes of Heaven), Jurota Kosugi (OVA), Hideyuki Tanaka (Phantom Blood video game), Katsuyuki Konishi (Phantom Blood film) (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English)

Jonathan Joestar. Nicknamed JoJo. Just a 12 year old boy minding his own business in 1880s Victorian England. One day, his father announces that Dio Brando is moving in with them, and Dio proceeds to push him out of his father's favor and ruin his life in every way possible. Jonathan, however, puts up with Dio, managing to get beyond it all and become an archaeologist. He researches a Mesoamerican stone mask that was in his father's collection, that, at first, appears to be a trap that kills the wearer. JoJo then finds out that Dio plans to kill his father and races to get an antidote from the evil Wang Chan with his newfound friend Robert E. O. Speedwagon. After getting the cure, the two men save JoJo's father and fight Dio, who, during the fight, shows that he has used the mask on himself and not died but become a vampire, and burns down Jonathan's house and escapes. JoJo and Speedwagon meet the Italian William Antonio Zeppeli, who teaches JoJo the vampire-killing fighting style Hamon (Ripple) to beat Dio. JoJo, Speedwagon, and Zeppeli go to a European village and face off with Dio.

After defeating Dio, he and the love of his life, Erina, prepare to go to America for their honeymoon. However, Dio, still alive from the fight (albeit a head at this point), ambushes them and turns almost everyone on the boat into a zombie. Intending to use his body as his host, Dio lands a fatal blow on him, but with his last breath, Jonathan sacrifices himself to take him with him, providing Erina and an infant with a means of escape. After 100 years under the sea, Dio reemerges with his head now attached to Jonathan's body.
  • The Ace: Achieved mastery of the Ripple, a skill that usually takes a lifetime, within the span of a month.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the 2012 anime Jonathan is given blue hair as oppose to the brown hair he and the rest of his family has in the manga. Most likely this was in order to physically differentiate Jonathan from his Identical Grandson Joseph.
  • Adorkable: Was quite the Dork Knight as a youth. He still has his moments as an adult, such as towards the end of Part 1 when he invites Erina (who he just married) to dinner, only to hit his head on the door because he's so tall.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: When he grows up. We don't see much of it, though, because he's too busy fighting vampires.
  • Alliterative Name: Jonathan Joestar.
  • All-Loving Hero: As expected for a traditional shonen hero, but taken Up to 11. He even tries to see the best in Dio, a man who did everything possible to destroy Jonathan's life. This doesn't change even after Dio nearly murders his wife and child. In fact it's clear that he still cares for Dio even as he burns to death in a sinking ship and Dio is stealing his body.
  • Animal Motifs: In Tonpetty's prediction, he is compared to a lion.
  • Anyone Can Die: He dies after finally defeating Dio.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Joestar.
  • Badass Adorable: A well-mannered, sincere, sweet-tempered, and kind-hearted Boy Next Door.
  • Badass Baritone: In the Phantom Blood movie where he is voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi.
  • Badass Bookworm: Studied and published articles on archaeology in college.
  • Badass Family: Up to 11. He was the only badass Joestar of his era, but his family basically Took a Level in Badass with each successive generation.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Spends the majority of Phantom Blood dressed in Victorian gentlemen's clothes. The only time he doesn't is for his climactic battle with Dio in the castle.
  • Badass Normal: Before getting his ripple abilities, he already was a strong fighter. In fact, he handed Vampirized Dio a defeat despite lacking the supernatural ripple skill. He's the only main JoJo to never get a Stand either, making him the most "normal" fighter of them all. He's also without a doubt the biggest physical fighter of all the main series JoJo's.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Even Jonathan can be terrifying when pushed too far. Dio learned this firsthand when he messed with Erina.
  • Big Man on Campus: Best student of his school alongside with Dio, athletic, and popular. He more than qualifies.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Being a Kenshiro expy he ought to have these.
  • Birthmark of Destiny
  • Bishōnen: Later illustrations make him look much more slender and pretty.
  • Boy Next Door: To Erina.
  • Brave Scot: Owing to his family heritage as well as his chivalry.
  • Butt-Monkey: Dio turned his younger days into a living hell just because "he was in the way." And even before that, on his very first appearance, he got the tar beaten out of him by two random bullies who picked on Erina, simply because he was the member of a rich family.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Dio's Cain.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Has the most out of all the JoJos.
  • Cool Sword: He gets Bruford's Luck and Pluck. And uses it quite well to defeat Dio.
  • Cosmic Plaything: To the point where you think that Araki personally hates him.
  • Cultured Badass: He is THE gentleman of the Joestar family.
  • Deader Than Dead: He's shot through the neck and bleeds out, before Dio decapitates him and takes over his body. As a result, there are no Back from the Dead or Spirit Advisor moments from Jonathan for the remainder of the series.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Counts as this for the entire rest of the series, having the shortest and easiest-to-explain Part, while it's next to impossible to discuss the rest of the series without bringing up his untimely fate and the subsequent jump ahead a few decades. The bulk of the series focuses on his descendants.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: His defeat of Speedwagon, his first enemy, earned him a loyal friendship that lasted over not just one but multiple generations of the Joestar family.
    • Hell, his ability to hold his own against Vampire Dio gains Dio's respect, and his victory and courage earned Dio's outright adoration. Too bad Dio's a Yandere.
  • Determinator: Zeppeli stated that one of the reasons he could master the Ripple in so little time was due to this characteristic. Dio realizes this is why he is so dangerous; no matter how much is thrown at him, Jonathan simply comes back stronger; and even when he gets beaten down, he keeps pushing on bravely, like when he defended Erina and got beaten up because of that.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: After being mortally wounded, he saves the lives of his wife, unborn son, and future daughter-in-law, the mother and mentor of his grandson Joseph from Dio, who he manages to trap under the sea for 100 years. In doing so he ensures the Joestar bloodline will always be there to fight evil and protect the world.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: A formidable boxer before he learned Hamon.
  • Expy: Over six feet tall? Check. Body composition mainly tightly-packed muscle? Check. Nice as a boy scout to children and people he meets? Check. Makes people explode? In this case, it's vampires by his fists of sunlight, but CHECK! Ladies and gentlemen, we have a serious Kenshiro expy. In the anime, he dresses and poses similarly too.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Life Magnetism Overdrive.
  • Genius Bruiser: His large size might give you the impression that he's a meathead, but he is quite intelligent, having majored in archaeology and become one of the top students at his university.
  • Gentle Giant: 195 Centimeters (6'5") tall and heavily muscled, but polite as a boy scout crossed with a choir-boy. He's so well mannered he uses the polite, non-threatening masculine personal pronoun "boku" to refer to himself, rather than the coarse, rude "ore" that Shounen manga leads are expected by genre to use.
    • What's more, he consistently uses the absolute-polite prefix of "Kimi" (My Dear/Good Man/Good Lady) when referring to everyone, even his enemies. Quite a jarring genre-shock when shounen heroes his build normally use Omae" (Hey You), "Kisama" (Bastard/Bitch), and "Teme" (A rude way of saying You) in the same situation.
    • Contrast with... well, most of his descendants, but especially Jotaro.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: Once again, the gentleman of the Joestar bloodline, and he was a very good university student and became an archaeologist.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He may be a gentleman, but he doesn't let off evil easily; notably, he has Doobie's own snakes attack him and that's not even getting into how he beat Dio for humiliating his possible lover.
  • Go Out with a Smile: As he dies from the wounds Dio inflicted on him, he smiles, both at Erina, and Dio himself.
  • Happily Married: If only for five days, the poor boy...
  • The Hero: His resolve to protect his family kicks off the whole story.
  • The Hero Dies: Dies at the end of "Phantom Blood", the first installment of the Bizarre Adventure.
  • Heroic Build: The original art style Araki used made him look incredibly ripped. His physique had been downplayed or even removed in later illustrations due to Art Evolution. Sometimes, this is taken to an illogical extreme. There are some full-body images of him that make it look like his head's too small for his body.
  • Honor Before Reason: The only JoJo protagonist to be completely honorable. All of the others are Anti Heroes and Combat Pragmatists, who were willing to hit girls.
  • Hot-Blooded: Not as much so as Joseph, but he does like shouting.
  • Ideal Hero: Jonathan is very much a gentleman, and firmly believes there is good in people, as well as believing in Honor Before Reason. Unfortunately this makes him Genre Blind as he fails to see the Genre Shift until it's literally in his face.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: If the page image of him wasn't any tipoff, in the volume covers, he's seen wearing unbelievably amazing clothing. However, the clothes he wore, like many, many others in Hirohiko-brand fashion, gave up practicality for fabulousness. Doesn't make them any less awesome in the long run.
    • The clothes he wore in the actual story were much less showy and more practical than what he wore in the volume covers and chapter art. But they still look pretty nice.
  • Iconic Outfit: His most well known outfit is a close-fitted tank top with capped sleeves, along with a pair of very skin tight pants. The anime version replaces them with leather pauldrons.
  • In Series Nick Name: JoJo.
  • Instant Expert: Masters the Ripple in half a freaking day when it takes a lifetime for pretty much anyone else in Part 1.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Jonathan was one, being ostracized because of his wealth and only having his dog for a friend.Then Dio came along...
  • Memetic Hand Gesture: The "palm over face" pose is commonly associated with him.
  • Next Tier Power-Up: Gets all of Zeppeli's Ripple energy as Zeppeli dies.
  • Nice Guy: He's polite, earnest, and openly kind, though most of his descendants don't have these traits.
  • Nice Hat: In the story, he wore a pretty nice deerstalker a few times.
  • Official Couple: With Erina. It doesn't last long, since he died on their honeymoon.
  • Only Friend: Rather sadly, Dio acknowledges in his diary (the novel "Dio: Made In Heaven") that recalling how Jonathan held him with genuine love and friendship as he died, he has come to return the sentiment in full 100 years later. Nobody else, after all, has shown him that, except maybe Pucci.
  • Present Absence: He casts a shadow over every subsequent story arc. Speedwagon never forgets his kindness and becomes an Honorary Uncle to Joseph in part 2, and Joseph in turn fights DIO in part (since his main objective is protecting his descendants) to avenge his late grandfather in part 3. In addition, DIO's son Giorno in part 5 was conceived whilst in possession of Jonathan's body, making him a Joestar by genetics. His redemption of and friendship with Speedwagon is also the reason why the future Joestars have the Speedwagon to supply them with seemingly limitless resources to fight evil.
  • Playing with Fire: Scarlet Overdrive.
  • The Power of the Sun: The Ripple is powered by the sun.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Beat, My Furious Heart!! Burn, Flames Of Passion!! Awaken, The Courage Of My Blood!! SUNLIGHT YELLOW OVERDRIVE!!
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: It's a Subverted Trope. His actions to sacrifice himself with Dio end up turning for the worst, as Dio manages to become more cunning and powerful by attaching his head to Jonathan's now dead body, seemingly making his sacrifice pointless. However, while he failed to kill his enemy, Jonathan succeeded in saving his pregnant wife and future daughter-in-law, and trapped Dio for 100 years. As a direct result of Jonathan's final moments, the survivors continue the Joestar bloodline, making him responsible for every good deed the protagonists in the series accomplish, including the ultimate defeat of DIO.
  • Static Character: Though he grows more determined and confident as the story goes on, Jonathan doesn't really undergo any major character development. He ends the story as selfless and loving as he started. Fans don't mind too much since his earnestness and gentlemanly behavior help him stand out even decades later after a long line of delinquent descendants, and the fanbase adores him for it.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Jotaro and especially Joseph resemble him.
  • Super Strength: As first with his ripple training, most of Jonathan's ability came from pumping his foes and obstacles full of hamon... Then came Zeppeli's Ultimate Deep Pass Overdrive, and Jonathan became so strong that he could absolutely manhandle Tarkus, a literal giant, as well as effortlessly crush the steel collar binding his neck that aforementioned giant outright said he had problems breaking.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: The only character in the entire franchise that could actually bring himself to genuinely like Dio, save perhaps Dio's mother.
  • Taking You with Me: Tries to pull this on Dio. He saves his family and succeeds in delaying Dio for 100 years.
  • Tareme Eyes: To contrast Dio's Tsurime Eyes. It reflects his idealistic nature.
  • Tender Tears: Has a heart so sensitive and kind he sheds these for everyone, even his enemies.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Jonathan was such a sweet and kind-hearted boy that his final moment on Earth was not filled with hate, but rather brotherly love for Dio as he tenderly hugged his disembodied head in spite of having being murdered by him, much like his own father was.
    • Plus he told Erina to take care of a baby of a woman he has no connections with and have them escape going down with Dio because he felt pity for the infant who lost her mother, and this tops it off.
    • "Be happy, Erina".
    • (Dying Thoughts) "It's just as you said, Dio; we are bound by a bizarre friendship, you and I."
  • Took a Level in Badass: He was originally a pretty big wimp and a Spoiled Brat, which initially allowed Dio to walk all over him. After a brief Time Skip, post Dio's Kick the Dog, he grew into a Badass Bookworm of sorts...
    • ...And then he took another level during his training to master the Ripple.
      • After Zeppeli's death, he takes another level of badass enough to curb stomp any vampire with the ease of killing a tick, aside from Dio himself.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Dio puts him through the wringer, beating him at everything, stealing his girl's first kiss, burning his dog, and that's when he was twelve.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Jonathan only had about a week of training with Hamon, and though he was a quick learner with plenty of potential, a lot of his strategies with it boiled down to simply "get in a position where I can use an Overdrive on whomever I'm fighting". He knew how to best apply his exceptional strength in combination with this, however, letting him overpower pretty much anyone once he actually was in a position where he could deliver a beatdown.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: Bonus points for the girl he defended actually becoming his wife 8 years later!
  • World's Strongest Man:
    • The strongest JoJo, or even human period in the series, even as far as Part 8. In fact, feats of strength like his wouldn't even be replicated again until Jotaro and Star Platinum came around.
      • He's so strong that it's implied that he'd be an absolute nightmare with a Stand. In the games, some Stand users express relief that he doesn't have one.
      • Given that Jotaro's Stand is Star Platinum The World, it is entirely possible that if Jonathan had a stand, it might have been The World. If true, it would mean that Jonathan, in addition to his enormous strength and powerful ripple, would have also had a Stand that was not only super strong and fast, but also had the ability to stop time. Not only that, but DIO is also showing using Joseph's Hermit Purple after taking over Jonathan's body, meaning that Jonathan had the potential to develop two Stands. He wouldn't have been an absolute nightmare, he would have been an Invincible Hero.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Anytime it looks like Jonathan will get a happy ending, Dio and Araki will be there to ruin it all.
  • You Don't Look Like You: All characters get this due to Art Evolution but while Araki's new artstyle makes them look similar, they retain their Iconic Outfits/Items. This is not the case with Jonathan, who is recently depicted with a scarf and Caesar's headband while Joseph (the one who is actually associated with both of those items) switched to pilot gear instead.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Supposed to be brown in the manga, but the anime follows Araki's coloring scheme (read: can be absolutely anything), so sometimes it looks green, or purple. But most of the time it's blue.

    Robert E. O. Speedwagon
Voiced by: Yoji Ueda (TV anime, All-Star Battle, and Eyes of Heaven), Masaya Onosaka (Phantom Blood video game) (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (English)

An Ogre Street thug who becomes Jonathan's best friend after taking a beating from him. After the events of Phantom Blood, he moves to the United States and strikes it rich as an oil tycoon.

He is named after REO Speedwagon.
  • Ascended Extra: While only a narrator in All-Star Battle, he was Promoted to Playable in Eyes of Heaven and is a prominent character in story mode.
  • Awesome McCoolname: The surname "Speedwagon".
  • Badass Normal: The only major character to fight alongside the Joestars and not have any super powers or powerful technology at all.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Highly hinted to be the reason for his Heel–Face Turn. Jonathan was the first person to show him any form of kindness.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: The anime left out the manga's explanation for the Germans putting him in a straightjacket in Part 2: that Speedwagon had broken a glass bottle and attempted suicide with it.
  • Breakout Character: Is one of the more iconic characters of the franchise, and the popularity gave him a major role in Eyes of Heaven's story mode.
  • Butt-Monkey: Is the butt of the majority of the humor in Part 1.
  • Captain Obvious: Made more apparent in the TV anime.
  • Celibate Hero: The ending of part 2 states that before the events of part 3, he died of a heart attack at the age of 89, still single and unmarried.
  • Cool Old Guy: In Part 2.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: And by friendship, we mean Ho Yay levels of obsessions with Jonathan after a single fight.
  • Detect Evil: Claims to be able to smell Dio's evil.
  • Drop the Hammer: Begins using a sledgehammer in Windnights Lot to replace his old razor blade hat.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Speedwagon may be the leader of a group of thugs when he is first introduced, but he only steals for survival. He immediately hates Dio because Dio is pure evil and enjoys it.
    "Dio is somewhere in this town! I can't forgive that bastard! I steal things, but he steals life!"
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: By Part 2, he's lost his mullet and his hair is much shorter.
  • Fiction 500: Speedwagon became filthy, stinky rich in between Parts 1 and 2.
  • Foil: To Dio; both were urchins whose lives changed after they met Jonathan, but whereas Dio remained bad, Speedwagon became a better person, and eventually went on to gain all the wealth and status that Dio wanted, but used it for good reasons.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: Speedwagon himself is only in Parts 1 and 2, but the Speedwagon Foundation's resources are what allow the Joestars to fight evil so effectively all the way through Part 6. And the organization somehow makes its way into the Steel Ball Run setting in spite of being an entirely different universe.
  • The Heart: His sheer emotional support and sensitivity towards Jonathan qualifies him for this being far more sensitive than even Erina.
  • Heel–Face Turn: But only a heel because he had to be one to look after his destitute family on the uncaring streets of 19th-Century London, mind you.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Jonathan's #1 fanboy.
  • Honorary Uncle: To Joseph. (And, offscreen, to Joseph's father George.)
  • Hot-Blooded: So much so, he can cure frostbite by literally using his chest... no, seriously.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Part 1. He tried to learn the Ripple to be useful to Jonathan and Zeppeli. He failed.
  • The Lancer: To Jonathan.
  • Large Ham: Even moreso than Dio himself in Part 1, who spends each moment hamming his loyalty, passion etc. He gets a little better with age.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When Stroheim gets ready to save the day all on his own for once, Speedwagon reminds the viewer that he isn't allowed to.
    "It was actually the Speedwagon Foundation that created those UV lights... but our boy does like to brag."
  • The Load: Subverted. Even if he had absolutely no powers, he helped Jonathan and Zeppeli a lot during their battles against Dio's vampires. He even grabs a weapon and fights during Jonathan's final battle with Dio.
  • Love Redeems: A non romance example. Jonathan and Jonathan alone acknowledged the hardship Robert endured to protect his destitute family, and thereby became the first person to acknowledge his humanity.
  • Mr. Exposition: His primary role is to provide exposition as well as commentary during fights.
  • Nice Guy: Fifty years after Jonathan awoke his decency, the bloodthirsty thug and murderer Robert E.O. Speedwagon became a sweet-tempered and kindhearted old-gentleman who contributes tirelessly and endlessly to medical research and improving the lives of the destitute.
  • Nice Hat: Aside from his razor blade bowler, he inherits Zeppeli's hat when Zeppeli dies.
  • Non-Action Guy: Not so much in his debut scene, but spends most of his remaining screen time being at the sidelines. It would make sense considering that Speedwagon is unable to learn hamon and most of the enemies Jonathan and William fight against are powerful zombies and a vampire that can easily and permanently corrupt living beings.
  • Rags to Riches: Starts off as a thug in the slums of London, but strikes it rich in the oilfields of Texas. The Speedwagon Foundation he creates remains an important player in the later parts of the series.
  • Scars Are Forever: Has a large scar across his face.
  • Sharp Dressed Man: Is almost never seen wearing a suit and a hat, even in Battle Tendency he still retains a smiliar attire.
  • Shout-Out: REO Speedwagon.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Dies only two chapters into Part 2. Subverted a few chapters later when he turns out to be Not Quite Dead.
  • The Team Benefactor: From Part 2 onwards.
  • Uncle Pennybags: He dotes a lot on Erina and Joseph in Part 2. Joseph even calls him "Uncle Speedwagon".
  • Undying Loyalty: To the point that the organization he's founded will always aid the Joestars in their crusades because of Jonathan's charisma.
  • Weaponized Headgear: Much like Goldfinger's Oddjob, he uses a hat with a blade hidden within it.
  • Zerg Rush: Ogre Street, his unique fighting style in Eyes of Heaven, allows him to call in his friends to gang up on opponents.

    William Antonio Zeppeli
Voiced by: Yoku Shioya (TV anime, All-Star Battle, and Eyes of Heaven), Rikiya Koyama (Phantom Blood video game and film) (Japanese), Joe Ochman (English)

An eccentric Italian man who trained in the martial art of Ripple, a technique that allows control over force (for example, breaking a boulder by punching a frog sitting upon it — without harming the frog) and simulation of other energies (like sunlight) through controlled breathing. He accompanies Jonathan on his quest to kill Dio and teaches him the technique.

He is named after Led Zeppelin.
  • Badass Baritone: In the Phantom Blood movie and video game where he is voiced by Rikiya Koyama. Not so much in the other media, where he has a high-pitched, almost whistling tone.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He wears a suit, a bow tie and a top hat... And fights with this look without losing his hat!
  • Badass Mustache: Has well-groomed handlebar mustache.
  • Camp Straight: Very apparent in the anime.
  • Cool Old Guy: His hamon training masks his age, so he's still this.
  • Cultured Badass: One of the more classy heroes.
  • Expy: In a later interview, Araki notes that some of his physical features (namely his mustache) were based off of Iyami of Osomatsu-kun.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When he realizes he is about to face a sudden and horrific death, he does not seem to be too fazed by this and acts very casually with regards to life.
  • Gratuitous Italian: In the English Dub.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: A Ripple version. He kicks a zombie, sending Ripple into its body, into a group of other zombies dispersing the Hamon into all of them and destroying them.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Bisected at the waist by a chain. Doesn't stop him from having a nice long conversation while he dies.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Wine. He kills zombies with wine.
  • Killed Off for Real: His death begins the sad legacy of the Zeppeli family, none of whom ever survive the story.
  • The Mentor: Taught Jonathan the Ripple.
  • Nice Guy: Zeppeli is loyal, nurturing, and ends up sacrificing himself with no hesitation to save Jonathan.
  • Nice Hat: A black and white checkerboard patterned top hat. Speedwagon inherits it after Zeppeli dies.
  • Obi-Wan Moment: Even when he realizes he is about to face a sudden and horrific death, he does not seem to be too fazed by this and acts very casually with regards to life.
  • Older Than They Look: During his last moments, the effects of his Ripple training wear off, revealing his true age.
  • Sacrificial Lion: More apparent in the manga because of the current anime's fast pace.
  • Satiating Sandwich: Zeppeli is introduced to the series casually eating a sandwich with some extra pepper.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: After wounding a zombie, he orders JoJo to kill it without spilling a single drop from a glass of wine. If he spilled any, even if he had won, Zeppeli would have abandoned JoJo on the spot.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: He is trying to stop Dio because his father was the one who originally found the Stone Mask and used its powers for evil.
  • Surprisingly Good English: "Hey Baby!"
  • Walk on Water: One of the talents gifted by the ripple. Though Zeppeli sort of tiptoes across the surface rather than walk.

Voiced by: Tamio Oki (TV anime), Osamu Saka (Phantom Blood video game), Yoshisada Sakaguchi (Phantom Blood film) (Japanese), Michael McConnohie (Engish)

A Tibetan monk and Zeppeli's Ripple master.

He is named after Tom Petty.
  • Badass Grandpa: He might be old, and Older Than He Looks because of Ripple's natural age reduction, but Tonpetty can still put up a fight.
  • Bald of Awesome: He's a good guy, as well as bald.
  • Bus Crash: Straizo has his position by Part 2, so Tonpetty implicitly died in the between time. Given no one discussed it, it was probably of natural causes.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's the one who taught Zeppeli the art of the ripple.
  • The Mentor: To Zeppeli.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: The Jorge Joestar novel gives him the full name Ngapoi Ngawang Tonpetty, after Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme.
  • Old Master: To Zeppeli.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Pretty much any combination of To[m/n]pet[t][i/y] has been seen.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Averted. Though he predicts that Zeppeli is fated to die if he continues down his path, Tonpetty does try to dissuade him from continuing as he can live on if he chooses to give up training and settle down. The student refuses as his destiny is more important than his happiness.

Voiced by: Taketora (TV anime and All-Star Battle), Yukitoshi Hori (Phantom Blood video game) (Japanese), Paul St Peter (English)

One of Zeppeli's friends who trained under Tonpetty.

He and Straizo are named after Dire Straits.
  • Lethal Joke Character: His ripple ability seems to be an extremely slow kick, but it actually turns out to be an effective trap if an enemy takes the bait and gets too close.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: How he meets the heroes.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: How he dies.
  • Mauve Shirt: He dies immediately after Dio uses his power, but does manage to inflict a blow before he passed on.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite being competent enough to match Jonathan (if briefly), he is easily defeated and killed by Dio. Bad luck for him that Dio's Freezing Touch was the perfect counter to his Cross Thunder Technique.
    • However, his final blow to Dio gives Jonathan a hint on how to defeat the former.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Just as he was being built up as a powerful ally against Dio, the latter kills him before he do anything other than scratching his eye. Aside from this, all we know of him is that he was a fellow disciple of Tompeti with Zeppeli.

Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (TV anime and All-Star Battle), Hiroaki Miura (Phantom Blood video game) (Japanese), Dave Mallow (English)

Another student of Ripple alongside Zeppeli. In part 2, he uses a newly discovered second stone mask to become a vampire and antagonizes Joseph.

He and Dire are named after Dire Straits.


    George Joestar I
Voiced by: Masashi Sugawara (TV anime and All-Star Battle), Tsutomu Isobe (Phantom Blood video game and film) (Japanese), Marc Diraison (English)

Jonathan's father.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Dio's attempt to stab Jonathan, George acted as a human shield and was stabbed in the back instead.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Tends to assume the best of everyone, including complete bastards like Dario or Dio Brando.
    • To the point where he might as well be Too Dumb to Live when you consider the way he mistook Dario for his savior and this in turn brought Dio to his house. Worse yet, he even learned of Dario's theft at one point and tried to get the latter to pull a Heel–Face Turn, but he underestimated just how bad Dario really is.
  • Nice Guy: Could never make himself hate Dio even after being poisoned and murdered by him, and with his last breath asked for him to be buried next to his real father with sincere love and compassion.
    • That is except for the way he treated his son, especially when Dio comes to his household. He was nothing short of strict, and even borderline abusive, on Jonathan, punishing him for every little mistake. He does show some regret about it years later on when Jonathan is determined to search for a cure for his sickness though.
  • The Pollyanna: Quite possibly the most kind-hearted and generous Joestar in the series; considering the others include Jotaro, Joseph, Josuke, and Jolyne, it's quite the contrast.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Pretty much existed just to show that unlike other shonen villains in The '80s, Dio didn't fuck around.
  • Scotland: He's a quintessential English lord, but the Joestar line seems to have Scottish roots. As shown here, he visits Scotland yard wearing a pretty glorious highland dress.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Speedwagon himself said as much when he wept for the death of this most decent and kind man.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Even after learning Dario stole his ring, he covers for the latter by claiming that the ring was a gift, all in the hopes that his kindness will cause the thief to reform. Needless to say, Dario didn't make much progress.

    Erina Pendolton
Click here  to see Erina as she appears in Battle Tendency
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (TV anime and All-Star Battle), Aya Hisakawa (Phantom Blood video game), Nana Mizuki (Phantom Blood film) (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (English)

A childhood friend of Jonathan's, and for a time his only friend due to Dio's attempts to ruin his life. While they grow apart, again, due to Dio's actions, she rekindles their relationship by tending to Jonathan after his and Dio's encounter in the Joestar mansion leading to a romance and eventual marriage.

In Battle Tendency, she is the guardian figure of her grandson Joseph following the disappearances of both of his parents.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She and Jonathan met when they were both 12 years old, and despite Dio's attempt to ruin their relationship, they eventually get back together years later and marry.
  • Cool Old Lady: In Battle Tendency.
  • Go Out with a Smile: The ending of part 2 describes that she died a peaceful death surrounded by a lovely family.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Not only blonde, but saves a child of a woman that she didn't even know at the behest of Jonathan. And not to mention her treatment of Smokey (an African American) as an equal, which made especially clear since it was during the 30s, when racism was still abundant.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: Never remarried after Jonathan's death.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: While she still looks pretty good for someone in her 70's, it's clear that age and personal tragedies have taken a toll on her.
  • Nice Girl: Erina is a very sweet, caring young woman who is every bit the Proper Lady. Even like old woman, though significantly more stern, she was still the caring person she had always been.
  • Official Couple: With Jonathan.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: The poor woman not only loses her newlywed husband, but also her son George, and for a while her grandson.
  • Racist Grandma: Thankfully and completely defied. Erina Joestar is truly A Woman Ahead Of Her Times, as even though she was raised in Victorian England, an era famous for the advent of Scientific Racism, she not only treats Smokey (an African American) with as much love and respect as she would any of her white friends, but takes him in and treats him like family. Mind you, this progressive attitude is NOT shared by most other 1930's Americans even in the ''JoJoverse, as made painfully clear by the racist restaurant patron in Episode 10.
  • Romancing the Widow: Joseph asks her if this happened with Speedwagon and her after Jonathan's death. She hits him with her umbrella for being inappropriate.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Dio forcibly takes this from her as a child, throwing a wrench into her relationship with Jonathan.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Erina's attitude is a bit tougher than one would expect from a Victorian lady, as seen from her indirectly insulting Dio by washing her mouth with dirty water after he kisses her. Fans like to joke that the succeeding JoJos got their impolite attitudes from her. The fact that she manages to survive at sea after a shipwreck while pregnant and looking after a baby that isn't even hers probably accounts for her toughness as well.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: She conceives her and Jonathan's son during the five days they were married.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Most fans spell her name as the more realistic "Elena Pendleton", but the official art books et cetera spell it Erina Pendolton.

Voiced by: Yumiko Kobayashi (TV anime), Daisuke Sakaguchi (Phantom Blood video game) (Japanese), Amanda Céline Miller (English)

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Goes from being blond in the manga, to brunette in the anime.
  • Cowardly Lion: Too scared to fight for himself, but ultimately lends a hand in defeating Tarkus by being the only one small enough to fit inside the passage to pull the lever to get Zeppeli and Speedwagon in.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Spends the entirety of Anime barefoot. The only times he is seen wearing shoes is in the flashback when bullied, and during his final appearance. The latter is justified since he is dressed formally in his last appearance.
  • Mooning: When he first steals from the heroes (under Dio's hypnosis), he taunts them this way. Also does this to taunt Tarkus when Jonathan, Zeppeli, Speedwagon and him escape on an improvised leaf glider.

    Poco's sister
Voiced by: Aya Endo (TV anime), Junko Hagimori (Phantom Blood video game) (Japanese), Dorothy Elias Fahn (English)

  • Armor-Piercing Slap: To Poco for being a coward and to Dio when she refuses his offer to join him.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She first appears in Poco's flashback from when he was provoked by other kids. She suddenly appears and scares away the boys who bully him, and asks him when he will stop being a coward and start fighting back.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Again, she slaps Dio.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Dio attempts to seduce her into joining him in immortality. He uses the metaphor of a rose which is beautiful, but withers with age and dies. She refuses Dio's offer and slaps him, calling him a cursed monster.
  • No Name Given: Her name is unknown.
  • Plucky Girl: From what can be seen in the anime and manga, she is very independent and loving, but can also be serious.


    Dio Brando/ DIO (Stand: The World note
Click here  to see Dio as he appears in Stardust Crusaders manga.
Click here  to see Dio as he appears in the Phantom Blood anime.
Click here  to see Dio as he appears in the Stardust Crusaders anime.

"You were a fool to attack me. I have disowned my weakness in favor of life everlasting! "

Young Dio voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (TV anime), Kenji Nojima (Phantom Blood video game) (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (English)
Adult Dio voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (TV anime, All-Star Battle, and Eyes of Heaven), Norio Wakamoto (CD drama), Nobuo Tanaka (OVA), Hikaru Midorikawa (Phantom Blood video game and film), Isshin Chiba (Heritage for the Future video game), Kaneto Shiozawa (commercial for the SNES game) (Japanese), Andrew Chaikin (OVA), Patrick Seitz (TV series) (English)

The scornful child of a petty thief in 1800s England. After poisoning his own father, he is adopted by George Joestar and makes it his goal to utterly ruin Jonathan's life in order to become the estate's sole inheritor. When that plan fails, Dio ends up using the stone mask to become a vampire and try to take over the world for himself.

He resurfaces in the 1980s in Stardust Crusaders, having attached his severed head to Jonathan's body, to resume his goal of obtaining his ideal world, but meets resistance from Jonathan's descendant Jotaro Kujo. After meeting with Enya Geil, he gains a Stand called The World, which allows him to stop time. His actions during this arc influence all the arcs that come after, making him the overall Big Bad of the entire series.

Named after Ronnie James Dio. His last name comes from Marlon Brando.
  • Adaptational Badass: Randomly gains the ability to teleport in the Phantom Blood anime.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: All-Star Battle and Eyes of Heaven give him some Pet the Dog moments with Giorno and Pucci (as in outright moments of camaraderie rather than the implication of manipulating him that was in the manga).
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He has, on multiple occasions.
  • All Your Powers Combined: The World was originally intended to have the power of all the Tarot stands (an allusion to the real tarot card, which often symbolizes this), hence why it uses Hermit Purple's ability early on. Araki dropped the idea, likely because it would be impossible to write a fight scene around.
  • Always Someone Better: Jonathan and Jotaro prove to be superior combatants in terms of intelligence and technique with him only managing to put the pressure on them with his vampirism and The World respectively.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Dio´s staunch ambition is the core force driving his actions throughout the series. Dio´s overall goal is to always stand on top of everyone else through any means available to him. At first, he desired to take the Joestar fortune for himself. Then, after becoming a vampire, he sought to rule over the world. After re-emerging from the Atlantic, he set in motion a plan to recreate the universe in his image.
  • And I Must Scream: Trapped for almost a century under the sea with only Jonathan's corpse for company. Nevermind enduring the agonizing process of fusing with a body who actively rejects his presence, to the point he still isn't fully healed when he comes back in Stardust Crusaders.
  • The Antichrist:
    • Very much so; he was evil from birth, was a sociopathic teen, and even gets vampiric Legions of Hell once he vampirizes.
    • Defied in following arcs, where his followers see him as a Dark Messiah. It's an act and he's very much the Antichrist underneath this facade.
  • Arch-Nemesis: Dio is this to the entire Joestar family. Every single one of them can trace at least one of their misfortunes back to him.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: In Part 1 for the zombies, and he has an even bigger cult that ranges for several sagas involving Stand Users.
  • Ax-Crazy: While he was never mentally sound, especially after becoming a vampire, he loses what little sanity he had when absorbing Joseph's blood and goes completely psychotic.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: He kills Jonathan at the end of Phantom Blood, and his plan to reset the universe comes to fruition, though it backfires on him.
    • Meaningless Villain Victory: Pucci makes a grievous error that gets him killed, resulting in a universe where the Joestar line apparently never suffered at Dio's hands. For all his work, all he ends up with was a world where his greatest enemies escape him.
  • Badass Baritone: His voice actors include Takehito Koyasu, Isshin Chiba, and Norio Wakamoto in Japanese, and Patrick Seitz in English.
  • Badass Bookworm: He keeps a library in his hidden base that he actually reads. He also studied law in university.
  • Badass Family: Technically, he is a Joestar. His 3 sons in part 6 are badasses too. And his first son, the protagonist of Part 5, gets what is possibly the most broken Stand in the series.
  • Berserk Button: Dio has many, particularly those related to his childhood and weaknesses.
    • Dio absolutely does not stand anyone looking down on him or considering him weak, or even worthy of pity. This in particular has lead to the death of George Joestar, who Dio believed saw him as nothing but a charity case.
    • Dogs really piss him off.
    • He hates the very mention of his father.
    • Anyone invading his world of stopped time. His internal monologue after he discovers this is LIVID. The lady in the store he crash landed into and Jotaro found out about this button the hard way.
  • Baddie Flattery: Prone to doing this from time to time. He gradually grew to respect (and even admire) Jonathan and applauded Polnareff for surviving the entire journey (although he was simply trying to get him back on his side). He even admits Joseph is quite cunning once or twice. Completely averted towards Jotaro, who he despises.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Alongside the standard set of vampiric abilities, Dio has several other nasty powers such as hypnotism, flesh parasites that enslave a victim to his will and will kill anyone who tries to remove them, prehensile veins, fusing creatures together to create mutant chimeras, etc.
  • Big Bad: Of Part 1 and Part 3.
  • Big Man on Campus: Both he and Jonathan were the top students of their university, excelling in sports and law. Unfortunately, Dio had to become an immortal vampire instead.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: He is a jerk himself, Giorno's mom was a bitch, and among his other three sons in Stone Ocean, Rykiel is the only one who isn't a jerk. Along with all that, due to having Joestar blood in him, Dio is this towards his new family.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: Three spots on his left earlobe. According to Wang Chan, this marks him as extremely lucky. Also the Joestar Birthmark after succeeding in stealing Jonathan's body.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In Part 1, before he became ridiculously charismatic and hardcore.
  • Bi the Way: Word of God is that he doesn't care about whether someone's male or female as long as they interest him. He's not a Depraved Bisexual because his sexuality is portrayed as being entirely incidental to his villainy.
  • Bold Inflation: From Part 3 onwards he addressed himself as DIO and everybody else refer him as such, even in the original Japanese.
  • Born Lucky: See above.
  • Breakout Villain: By far the most popular villain of the series and one of the most popular characters.
  • Broken Ace: Of the evil variety in Part 1.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When Zeppeli asked him how many people he killed in order to heal his injuries from a previous fight with Jonathan. Dio's answer was to ask Zeppeli if he remembered every time he ate bread. Zeppeli was not pleased with that answer.
  • Byronic Hero: Mostly alluded to while he's still alive, but starts to come out piece by piece in his flashbacks with Pucci in part 6. Most explicit in the semi-canon novel Over Heaven, which may or may not represent him lying out of his ass for 309 pages.
  • Cain and Abel: Although adopted, he plays the Cain dangerously straight to Jonathan's Abel to the point that he kills him and later takes over his body.
  • Call-Forward: If one regards the Pillar Men and the Modes they have, Dio becomes a Ice Mode.
  • Came Back Strong: After his revival in Part 3 as DIO, he was stronger, faster, and smarter than before due to assimilating Jonathan and Zeppeli's powers into himself.
  • Caps Lock: Starting in Part 3, his name is spelled in all caps.
  • Car Fu: Forced Senator Phillips to run over several people to catch Joseph and Kakyoin. And of course, the Road Roller.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: After being exposed by Speedwagon and becoming a vampire, he embraces it fully, declaring himself to be the "evil elite".
    Most humans are bound by the laws of good. They fear the power of evil. However, a rare few are born unfettered by good...the evil elite!
  • The Casanova: Four of his sons from numerous liaisons appear in the series, and it's implied that there may be many more.
  • Character Development: Undergoes it throughout both Phantom Blood and Stardust Crusaders.
    • Before becoming a vampire, Dio was self-justifying, preferring to tell himself that his problems stem from his background and being Dario´s son and that anyone would do the same things he did, never thinking of himself as a bad person and not yet intending to use the mask. After Speedwagon shows up and strips him of his self-justifications and beliefs about himself, and exposes him in front of Jonathan, George and the police, Dio, cornered and with little choice, rejects his humanity and becomes a vampire. From that point forward Dio starts to do as he pleases, playing with his power like a child with a new toy and never even attempting to pretend to be a normal human.
    • After his defeat and century-long imprisonment under the Atlantic, Dio appears far more thoughtful, introspective, self-aware and seems to have abandoned his views of obtaining merely power through money and physical abilities. He appears questioning his goals and the nature of metaphysical concepts such as happiness and fate, and has matured significantly. He also seems to have lost his views of detachment and superiority to humans thanks to Jonathan and has very few vampiric followers in Part 3, with most of his loyal servants being Stand-using humans.
  • Charm Person: Dio has an inhuman amount of charisma that makes both the forces of good and evil want to serve him. This increases in Part 3 because attaining Jonathan's body made people even more aware of how superior DIO is even before brainwashing comes in, further adding into his Chessmaster character.
  • The Chessmaster: Especially in Part 3, where he plays with everyone, so he can get more powerful, and to get rid of his enemies, namely the Joestars. He was also the one who manipulated Enrico Pucci into carrying out his plans posthumously, and almost came dangerously close in succeeding.
  • Classic Villain: Dio is classic in many ways. He represents Ambition, Pride, Envy, Lust, Wrath, Gluttony, and Greed — the only thing Dio isn't is Slothful, unless you count Orcus on His Throne.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Super Strength, Healing Factor, Fighting Spirit projection, Mind Manipulation, Prehensile Hair, prehensile veins, time-stopping , blood-freezing powers, high-pressure blood Eye Beams and the ability to turn people into zombies. In the non-canonical game Eyes Of Heaven, his Stand has evolved into The World Over Heaven, which can overwrite the reality of an object by punching it.
  • The Corrupter: Enrico Pucci was a well-meaning priest before meeting Dio, who molded him into a homicidal Knight Templar.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: A lot of his fights end up being this way. He tossed Jonathan and Zeppeli around and killed Dire with ease in Phantom Blood, and in Stardust Crusaders he killed Joseph though he got better, and Kakyoin. Then he defeated Polneraff without trouble, and had Jotaro at his mercy until Jotaro began using his own Time Stop against him. To put it bluntly, the only time he was ever on the receiving end was once when he set off Jonathan's Berserk Button, when they were both kids.
  • Dark Is Evil: In Part 1, he wears very black or darkened colors associated with night, not to mention his creations of zombies are sometimes extremely demonic.
  • Dark Messiah: A few of the part 3 hirelings, such as Enya and N'Doul, see him as at least akin to this despite not caring for them in the slightest if they fail and treat them favorably if they succeed if only to have further use for them. Pucci is possibly the only exception. As N'Doul put it, "even the bad guys...need a savior."
  • Death by Irony:
    • His fight with Jotaro ends with the one part of his body that survived the events of Part 1 exploding violently.
    • Also after going on about how his Stand has allowed him to surpass all of his old weaknesses, His stand is what causes his death, since no one except Joseph could use Hamon. Jotaro couldn't kill a vampire just attacking DIO himself. Instead Jotaro obliterates DIO's stand, basically blowing up DIO's soul. Also, what finally destroys his body for good was being exposed to sunlight, the most basic vampire weakness.
  • Death from Above: RODO ROLLA DA!!
  • Defeat Means Explosion: His upper body bursts into a bloody mess from getting punched in the leg.
  • Determinator: Dio manages to cheat death a total of three times during Phantom Blood. The second time was because he ripped off his own head as his body was burning away due to a ripple, and then he maintained to maintain his (highly questionable) sanity while being stuck under the ocean for a century.
  • Deuteragonist: Of Part 1.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: In Part 3 as DIO, he controls a giant villain network made of Stand Users and vampires fanatically loyal to him, has a ridiculous amount of money to throw around, his influence reaches out across the world, and he has a ridiculously swanky mansion in Cairo with a fabulous looking bed.
  • Dirty Coward: Above all else, Dio is determined. This does not mean that he is particularly brave and for all his pride, he isn't above fleeing or begging for his life when things turn sour.
  • Discard and Draw: He trades in his old vampire powers after obtaining Jonathan's body for the far more badass ability to stop time.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: For the whole series after Phantom Blood, but averted within the Part itself, though Jonathan's final battle with him is after he loses his body in their earlier struggle.
  • Ditto Fighter: What the power of The World may actually be, rather than Time Stands Still; the tarot card The World represents Integration and Wholeness, amongst others, which Dio's Stand mirrors by integrating Joseph's and Jotaro's stands's abilities of precognition, superhuman physical capabilities, and Time Stands Still.
  • Due to the Dead: Zigzagged. While Dio does desecrate Jonathan's corpse to use as his new body, certain materials state that he feels guilt about demeaning his old foe's remains, but he also feels that Jonathan's body is the only thing in existence worthy of containing his will. Yeah, Dio's weird like that.
  • '80s Hair: Sports one hell of a mullet in Part 3, though he has the excuse of it actually being the 1980s.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He literally kicks Jonathan's dog Danny because he was running towards him.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: His only soft spot, who died before the story even began, thereby letting his personality run loose.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • In his own twisted way, Dio did care about Jonathan. Before becoming a vampire, Dio came to form a certain bond of brotherly friendship with Jonathan that he later came to admit as a weakness, and even after that he saw Jonathan as the only man worthy of his admiration. In fact, he was enraged when his henchman Wang-Chan suggested that they should torture Jonathan in his dying breaths, ordering the zombie to show JoJo the respect he deserves by letting him die with dignity. Certain materials imply or state that he felt guilt for using his body to move around as DIO.
    • And of course, there is his undying love for his unnamed mother.
    • In Eyes of Heaven, he had a few Pet the Dog moments with Giorno (his biological son).
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Dear lord, do they ever.
  • Evil Brit: Even if only in the literal sense, since the entirety of Phantom Blood takes place in Britain.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Underestimated Jonathan's nobility until the very end. His last words to him were an attempt to bribe his rival with vampiric immortality so he could survive his wounds, not understanding that someone willing to sacrifice himself in such a way would never take up that offer.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Speedwagon, who grew up in similar dire circumstances on the streets of London, but managed to rise above his misfortune to be a true man of greatness. Ultimately, by choosing to fight the darkness he was born into instead of spreading it, Speedwagon gets everything Dio wanted, striking it rich, living his life out with peace of mind, and ultimately gaining a form of immortality through the Speedwagon Foundation.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: His ice powers in Part 1.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Absolutely.
  • Evil Is Not Well-Lit: Spends a good deal of time in the dark, being a vampire and all.
  • Evil Overlord: Tried to be one in Phantom Blood as Dio Brando... it didn't really pan out. He had much more success as DIO in Stardust Crusaders as a Diabolical Mastermind.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Being voiced by Patrick Seitz tends to have this effect.
  • Evil Virtues: Ambition, Determination, Valor.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: His hair spikes up to Super Saiyan levels when he takes Joseph's blood, showing how much power he gained and sanity he lost.
  • Eye Beams: Sort of. He can shoot eye goop from his eyes at the speed of a bullet in Part 1, though in the 2012 anime it's treated as a laser, slicing a few zombies in half along with the top of the building he's in.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: In Stardust Crusaders, DIO's face is always obscured in the darkness... despite looking exactly the same he did in Phantom Blood.
  • Fangs Are Evil: He doesn't use them to drink blood though.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. He's so overconfident in his ability that leaves Jonathan to his minions (elite minions, but still), allowing him to get both his sword and a massive power boost, both instrumental in Dio's eventual defeat. Then, even when he's actually facing Jonathan, he doesn't use his laser eyes until he's already defeated, and even when he has JoJo at his mercy (he literally has his carotid between his fingers) he gloats about him, and puts himself in a position that makes JoJo's body warmth a necessity (Jonathan calls him out for this flaw), giving him the opportunity to strike back and almost killing him. At the end of the series, reduced to just a head, he gets serious using the aforementioned laser eyes and curb-stomps JoJo in ''seconds''. When he comes back in Stardust Crusaders, he commits the same mistake by taking such a pride in The World's ability to use only that, without his vampiric powers (althought it's possible he couldn't use some of them, but there was at least one he could use, and to great effect), giving Jotaro the possibility to fight back, defeating him and killing him for good, this time.
  • Faux Affably Evil: A case which swaps between this and actual Affably Evil, since while he's a smooth and suave talker who's deep down a megalomaniacal sociopath, he's not completely faux. Dio usually does not attack unless he is provoked or deems his foe dangerous, though this is usually due to a smug sense of superiority rather than kindness. He will first try persuading people to work for him, then fight them if they oppose. He's also not incapable of forming friendships with those who are nice to him, and trusted Pucci enough to give him control of his plan to recreate the universe if he ever "veered off track".
    • Played completely straight in his younger days, where he would have people brought to his castle. He would act like a Noble Demon only to play mind games with the kidnapped person before brutally killing them, turning them into vampires or using them for his Body Horror hobby.
  • Femme Fatalons: When a vampire his nails grew sharp and pointed and when he appeared in Part 3 they were black and the anime gave special focus to them. They serve to make him sinister but unlike the weaponized variation its his strength along that grants him the ability to pierce his fingers into his victims' skin rather than the nails themselves.
  • Fighting Spirit: The World.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Averted, and also a literal example, as he's shown no discomfort in the 1980s.
  • Flechette Storm: One each on Joseph and Jotaro by throwing as many knives as his hands could hold.
  • For the Evulz: While Dio did all those atrocities to Jonathan when they were 12 because he hated Jonathan and wanted to be the only one worthy of the Joestar fortune, some of the things he does after becoming a vampire fall straight into this category. Creating fusions between animals and humans, tricking a woman into eating her own baby and turning several of the people in Windknights Lot into monstrous zombies falls straight into this trope.
    • The ambiguously canon (not created by Araki) novel "OVER HEAVEN" has Dio state that the biological experiments he performed at Windknights Lot taught him how to fuse a head with a different body, leading to his eventual possession of Jonathan.
  • Freudian Excuse: Invoked and immediately defied. Dio tries to blame his villainy on his upbringing, but Speedwagon says he can smell that Dio's been evil since birth, and brutally exposes him for the monster he is (which ends up changing Dio´s view of himself as well).
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: On a literally cosmic scale. Dio was originally the son of a drunken bum with no super special secret origins or evil Chosen One status, but through cunning and charisma, he became a very dangerous vampire. Even then, he would have just been a Mook compared to the Pillar Men. Then he still set into motion a plan that led to the destruction and recreation of the freaking universe!
  • Genius Bruiser: He has a passion for reading and dropping steamrollers on people.
  • A God Am I: His motive after reappearing in the 1980s, as revealed in Stone Ocean. Dio seeks to use Made In Heaven to finally achieve the world he desires and control his destiny.
  • God of Evil: Heaven Ascension DIO.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: The reveal of what Heaven Ascended DIO would have looked like in Eyes of Heaven shows that he has alabaster white skin with golden accoutrements and facial tattoos, and his ascended Stand The World Over Heaven has a predominantly white color scheme compared to its original gold.
  • Grand Theft Me: After killing Jonathan, Dio attaches his own head to the body's neck.
  • Gratuitous English:
    • "ZA WARUDO!!"
    • "Good-bye JoJo!"
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Just after becoming a vampire, he throws a constable's body with enough force to kill two others and break Speedwagon's arm.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Jonathan nearly slices him in half in their final fight. It barely slowed him down.
  • Handicapped Badass: His greatest feat as a Hero Killer was done when he was just a head. Not to mention he was handicapped for the majority of Part 3 despite having a stand due to Jonathan's body rejecting him and weakening The World.
  • Hate Sink: He has numerous Kick the Dog moments and loathsome, arrogant and cruel personality meant to make him a despicable person so the audience would root for the Joestars who kick his ass. Instead, inexplicably, the opposite happened. Interestingly, this is referenced in Part 3 by Abdul. When recounting his first encounter with DIO, he speaks of DIO's paralyzing beauty, charisma and sensuality and how these traits almost made him fall to DIO's brainwashing and control despite prior knowledge of how evil he is.
  • He Was Right There All Along: Meta example; in the 2015 anime opening, if you look carefully during the scene where Star Platinum breaks the glass/screen you can make out the outline of The World, and DIO is standing behind Jotaro's shoulder when it zooms into his face. This was not a stylistic choice or an Easter Egg; "Dio's World Part 3" reveals that DIO was actually there the whole time on our side of the glass/screen, which The World actually broke during a time stop rather than Star Platinum. This is then followed by the camera panning around to Jotaro's back and showing DIO casually strolling past him during the time stop with a smirk before assuming his position behind him (now fully illuminated) before restarting time and engaging The World in a Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs duel with Jotaro and Star Platinum.
  • The Heavy: Aside from his own appearances in Part 1 and 3, the plots of most other Parts are propelled by pursuing leftover plot points related to Dio or his followers (the Stone Mask, the Bow and Arrow, his children, the Bone, and Green Baby). He's also the reason why the Joestars became so badass in the first place.
  • Hell Is That Noise: In the 2015 anime, much like with Vanilla Ice and Cream's Portal Cut, The World's time stop is signaled by a loud buzzing noise as well as the sound of a clock's hands slowing down and stopping.
    • The timestop in the OVA is less intimidating and a heck of a lot more creepier, sounding like a low-tuned siren going off before fading away as the timestop expands outwards.
  • Hero Killer: Oh yes. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that he is the original shonen Hero Killer. His direct kills include George Joestar, Dire, Jonathan Joestar, Noriaki Kakyoin, and Joseph Joestar... though the last one got better.
  • Humiliation Conga: His "Take That!" Kiss against Jonathan led to him being publicly humiliated by Erina and getting a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Jonathan that caused him to burst into tears. He also suffers a second one after returning from Ogre Street when he discovers Jonathan is still alive, Speedwagon exposing his plan to deceive Jonathan and and having his plot to poison George Joestar exposed. When he used the Stone Mask, it was because vampirism was the only option he had left other than prison.
  • Hypocrite: Hates dogs for being "bootlickers", but always surrounds himself with fanatically loyal minions.
  • I Control My Minions Through...: Throughout his appearences in the series, Dio displays several different methods of control
    • Loyalty: Most of Dio´s minions are fanatically loyal to him, many of which would much rather kill themselves than fail him. In Part 1, Dio´s minion army consisted of the worst criminals he could find turned into zombies. In Part 3, Dio took advantage of Stand users and how they have a hard time fitting in society to convince them to serve him.
    • Fear: His vampire minions are said to have surrendered themselves to him by fear, and he threatens Hol Horse with his power to scare him back to his side.
    • Mind Control: In Part 1, Dio uses his hypnotic abilities and vampire abilities to turn people into subservient zombies. And in Part 3, he utilized flesh buds to surrender Kakyoin and Polnareff to his will, and used them to keep Enya under control.
    • Money: A lot of Dio´s minions in Part 3 are hired mercenaries.
    • A Piece Of The Action: In Part 4, it´s revealed that Dio used the arrows owned by Enya to create powerful subordinates by granting them Stands.
    • Power
    • Love: Most of his minions but particularly Vanilla Ice and Pucci.
  • I Know You're Watching Me: He can tell when Hermit Purple is being used on him.
  • An Ice Person: One of the vampiric abilities he demonstrated in Part 1 was to snap-freeze parts of his body (really exaggerated version of evaporative cooling), which, in turn, would drain heat from, and freeze, the bodies of any who came into physical contact with him. This proves to be effective against not only to close-range attacks, but Hamon as well: frozen blood can't carry oxygen throughout the body as effectively, and thus, considerably weakens his victim's Hamon. After returning in the eighties, he replaces it with the power to stop time.
  • Iconic Outfit:
    • His Part 1 outfit consists an ornate shirt and breeches, a large pair of boots, vambraces, and two suspenders attached to a band around his waist. The anime version of this outfit made it look like his legs were much bigger than they actually were.
    • Part 3 had him wear a suit colored yellow. He wears a jacket with a backless tank-top underneath. He now also wears a heart-shaped circlet, and rings for his cuffs. His pants are held up... somehow, and also wears... elfboots. No, really. And he's still the most terrifying villain of the JoJo franchise.
  • Irony:
    • If Dio hadn't become a vampire, the JoJos wouldn't have gained the strength to fight future enemies like the Pillar Men and Stand Users, as Jonathan would've remained a normal man having normal descendants.
    • Not only that, but Dio's attempt to kill Jotaro is almost darkly amusing. He attempts to defeat an opponent, by separating the head and the body, and seemingly expects it to be fatal.
    • Dio is quite the badass, but for all of his power he is almost always relying on the Joestar family for really, everything. To elaborate; he needed George's money and wealth for his own greed, needed George's stone mask in order to become a vampire, needed Jonathan's body after he was reduced to a head, needed Joseph's blood to work better with Jonathan's body, and he relies on Jonathan's Hermit Purple #2.
  • It Amused Me: As highlighted by the community, a lot of Dio's Part 3 moments can be chalked up to this:
    • Him trolling Polnareff by taunting him on the stairs to get him to start climbing up followed by using The World on and off to relocate Polnareff down several steps, then rinsing and repeating, which eventually leads to him spawning a chair after a few rounds and speechifying to him.
    • Randomly killing a cat and then dumping it in someone's drink during his time stop to kill Joseph.
    • And of course, the usage of the steamroller.
    • In Part 1, there's no good reason other than this for him to fuse the heads and bodies of various animals together to serve as pet zombies. This gets lampshaded in the Abridged Version.
  • It's All About Me: His goal of controlling his own destiny and obtaining happiness is entirely based on what Dio believes he deserves, and he couldn't care less about the people he ruins in his way.
  • Jerkass: Doesn't even begin to describe him.
  • The Juggernaut: His vampiric healing abilities are played to horrifying effects in Phantom Blood. Not even Hamon, which is designed to fight vampires puts him down for long.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Dio wasn't exactly stable to begin with, but all that power slowly yet surely chips at whatever sanity is left in him. Especially after absorbing Joseph's blood.
  • Kiai: MUDA MUDA MUDA MUDA MUDA!!!!note  and WRRRYYYYYYYYY!!!!!note 
  • Kick the Dog: Just for starters, he literally kicks Jonathan's dog Danny the moment Jonathan introduces Danny to Dio. Later, he arranged for Danny to be stuck in the estate's incinerator. And it gets worse from there.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Poisoning his father is a little understandable considering the abusive behavior he's suffered. He probably just didn't expect him to do something nice on his deathbed like sending him to live with the Joestars.
  • Killing Intent: During Dio´s encounter with Will Zeppeli, after their exchange of words, Zeppeli remarks on Dio´s evil atmosphere and majestic presence as it physically pushes him back.
  • Knife Nut: In Part 3 he carries an array of knives with him to make up for The World's short range and likes to combine this with The World's Time Stands Still power. Especially against Jotaro. It suits his Yandere persona.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Everything went to hell for Jonathan once he showed up to mess with his life for no reason other than to drive him down the Despair Event Horizon, and it gets worse with the Genre Shift when he becomes a vampire by killing his adopted father, leading him to be an effective Hero Killer, culminating in the death of Jonathan to have his body used for Dio's now decapitated head.
    • In Part 3, when he finally steps up to fight, it results in the Darkest Hour of the saga, with the majority of the cast killed and Polneraff nowhere to be seen; meaning Jotaro is forced to fight Dio and his godlike powers alone. Not to mention how Bloodier and Gorier the fight was.
  • Lack of Empathy: He pretends otherwise in Part 1 through Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, after becoming a vampire and by the events of Part 3, he's more of a Dark Messiah at least to his followers who think he shares the same compassion to them as their loyalty to him. It's not the case at all, except possibly Pucci.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: For Dio, being killed by Jotaro only gets him killed in part six. Towards Dio, being a threat to mankind killing some of the heroes gets himself killed by Jotaro.
  • Leitmotif: Hidden Feelings and From The Dark Abyss, both of which play a sinister violin revealing his true vile nature.
  • Light Is Not Good: In Part 3, as if to contrast his depiction in Part 1, he wears golden yellow clothes with hearts and has a Stand that looks more like a masked demigod than a force of evil that he truly is.
  • Logical Weakness: Dio is an immortal vampire, making most forms of physical attacks a temporary inconvenience at best, and his Stand is a manifestation of his soul or life force. Jotaro kills him by destroying his Stand, thus destroying his soul and getting around that pesky regeneration.
  • Make Sure He's Dead: Dio isn't quite satisfied with sticking Jotaro through with knives and dropping him from over a dozen stories high, so he grabs a policeman's gun and shoots him. Afterward, he puts his ear to the ground to listen for Jotaro's heartbeat from a safe distance. Despite hearing nothing, he then decides to behead him with a street sign just to be sure. He fails, as Jotaro used his Stand both to catch the bullet just after it pierced his skin and to temporarily stop his heartbeat. Polnareff then intervenes and attacks Dio before he can attempt to decapitate Jotaro.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Manipulation is pretty much a superpower of his, considering most of the enemies in Parts 3 and 6 are composed of those who have been charmed to his side, whereas another one of his followers plays a major role in the plot of Part 6.
  • Meaningful Name: "Dio" means "God" in Italian. To say he has a god complex would be an understatement.
  • Meaningful Rename: His Part 3 self is called DIO to distinguish him from his Part 1 self. It's even written that way in the Japanese version.
  • Menacing Stroll: Dio does that in the streets of Cairo.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: His response to Zeppeli on how many people he killed post vampirism.
    Zeppelli: "Bastard...How many lives have you devoured to heal those wounds?"
    Dio: "Do you remember every piece of bread you've ever eaten?"
  • Mobile Menace: In Part 1, Dio Brando was always one step ahead of Jonathan. However, after becoming DIO in Part 3, Orcus on His Throne set in.
  • Narcissist: Yeah...does this even need to be explained?
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: In Phantom Blood, after his debut fight he displayed the power to heal by sucking blood, freeze the blood in his enemies, can't die unless his head is destroyed, and Eye Beams.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He's as responsible for the JoJos getting as strong as they did. Forcing Erina to kiss him is what finally drives Jonathan to beat him up and prove himself "worthy of respect" in Dio´s eyes.
  • Not Quite Dead: See Off with His Head! below.
  • Obviously Evil: In Part 1, nobody notices he's evil despite his literal Kick the Dog, beating Jonathan for no reason, driving his thumb into Jonathan's eye in boxing match he already won, and nobody but Jonathan notices that he's evil until the forced kiss on Erina.
  • Off with His Head!: Dio does this to himself in order to not be affected by Jonathan's Ripple, and later pulls a Grand Theft Me on the latter's body.
  • Only One Name: From Part 3 onward, he's known only as DIO. (Yes, in all capital letters.)
  • Orcus on His Throne: Justified; as he is Weakened by the Light, he can't go far before the sunlight destroys him, so he has his human minions go and kill the Joestars.
    • In Part 3, he is this because for the majority of the Part he is getting accustomed to Jonathan Joestar's body and it's only when the heroes are literally at his doorstep does he decide to come out and deal with them.
    • Over Heaven reveals that he pretended to be this, when in actuality he was secretly researching ways to upgrade his Stand so he could bring about The End of the World as We Know It.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: He sucks blood with fingers, freezes his own limbs and fires beams from his eyes... yeah. Then there's the fact that awakening human potential via Stone Mask results in vampirism.
  • Overarching Villain: He's the Big Bad of Part 1 and 3, and while he's killed off at the end of Part 3, his actions while alive still indirectly influences the following parts in various ways. Especially in Part 6, where the Big Bad is one of his followers who wanted to realize his goals.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Dio may be a sociopath who literally treats most of the women who encounter him as food, but felt compelled to spare the women who mothered his sons for unknown reasons. He also seemed to genuinely care for Pucci as a friend, which is unusual for someone so manipulative and self-centered.
    • Although they aren't canon, Dio expresses admiration for his son, Giorno, in All-Star Battle and Eyes Of Heaven.
  • Poor Communication Kills: If he bothered to tell Vanilla Ice about his newfound vampirism, along with the strengths and weaknesses, the battle against Polnareff might have ended differently.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: In part 3, he develops an appreciation for contemporary music.
  • Posthumous Character: Continues to influence the later parts from beyond the grave. Both times.
  • Predecessor Villain: The Overarching Villain of the series, even after his final death at the end of Part 3, climaxing as far forward as Part 6. The only segment he's outshone in is Part 2, where Kars is revealed to have been the Greater-Scope Villain to Part 1. Dio and his twisted plans remain a constant threat, even with the man himself being deceased.
  • Properly Paranoid: Despite having an overwhelming advantage in terms of strength, speed, and his time stop, Dio is infinitely more careful fighting Jotaro than he is in dealing with any of the other protagonists, because he knows Jotaro is not to be underestimated. Up until Dio takes Joseph's blood, nearly all of their fighting together is just Dio gauging the full extent of Jotaro's abilities, and staying at a distance to safely force Jotaro to reveal his hand.
  • Psychotic Smirk: After absorbing Joseph's blood.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Towards the end of his fight with Jotaro, Dio gets punched in the side of the head so hard that it almost completely fractures that side of his skull, giving him severe blunt-force trauma and a concussion, as well as leaving him in immense pain. Even with his inherent vampiric abilities, Dio is left so incredibly weak that the only reason Jotaro doesn't immediately kill him is due to The World stepping in, and his recovery through Josephs blood.
    • Likewise attacking Jotaro before he was fully healed after Jotaro broke his leg. Since Jotaro was at full power at that point, his attack proved stronger and destroyed Dio's Stand, which in turn killed Dio.
  • Reality Warper: In the Eye's of Heaven game, this is the power of The World Over Heaven, the final evolution of his Stand has this power. The extent he is able to overwrite reality is unlimited but The World Over Heaven does have a major limitation; It can only be initiated through The World Over Heaven's fists, meaning that the stand would have to punch something in order to rewrite it.
  • Really Gets Around: He has at least four illegitimate sons with four different women. And it's implied that those women are just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: In typical JoJo fashion. Who else could get away with wearing heart headbands and elf boots?
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Begins with blue (orange in he anime) eyes that become red upon his transformation into a vampire.
  • Removing the Head or Destroying the Brain: Subverted. To kill a vampire Hamon or sunlight energy has to reach the target's brain. Grinding him to a bloody paste would still allow him to regenerate unless Hamon or sunlight are involved. Decapitation only results in an angry vampire head eager to find a new body to attach itself to. As an example, Straizo was blown into tiny chunks by grenades in Battle Tendency; and recovered so it's unlikely complete brain destruction short of destruction on the atomic level even works. His regenerative powers are slow enough that it heavily cripples him until he recovers however. The only other way to kill him is by completely destroying his stand, which is a method that works on every stand user.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Does this in an infamous scene with Erina in order to throw a wrench in her relationship with Jonathan. Why? Because he likes Jonathan to suffer for kicks!
  • Sarcastic Clapping: His taunt in the Part 3 fighting game, while wearing his jacket. It's played with in that his teleportation move in that form also has him clapping, instead of turning his back to the opponent.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Trapped under the sea in a coffin for almost a hundred years.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Poisons his own father and tries to do the same to his adoptive father George, but is foiled. Later, he does manage to stab him to death with a knife.
  • Self-Mutilation Demonstration: Starts using it as an intimidation tactic after draining Joseph's blood, tearing off parts of his face and casually ramming his finger through his skull just to show Jotaro how little it affects him.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Has apparently developed a thing for backless halter tops in Part 3.
  • Sibling Rivalry: With Jonathan. And it becomes worse later.
  • Smug Snake: For all his smarts, it still doesn't stop him from letting his arrogance get the better of him.
    • After he defeats Jonathan and Zeppeli, he avoids killing them because he decides his method for countering the Ripple means they aren't a threat. When Jonathan came to face him again, he avoids killing because he wanted to turn him a zombie. Once he reveals his Eye Beams, it became clear he could have killed him without so much as throwing a punch if he didn't let his ego get in the way, further emphasized when he managed to kill him when reduced to a head.
    • In Part 3, despite wanting to make sure Jotaro was dead at first, after he tried to crush him with a steamroller he was so caught up in the idea that he won his feud with the Jostars that he didn't check to make sure Jotaro was dead.
  • Smug Super: Even moreso in Part 3, merely breaking Jotaro's bones rather than doing one swift Megaton Punch to the gut like he did to Kakyoin. Leads to his death when he tries to attack him with a kick one last time before his legs were fully healed.
  • The Sociopath: Speedwagon states he's been this way since birth. It's arguable how true this actually is, but no doubt having an abusive drunk of a father who drove his mother to her death made it worse.
  • So Last Season: He uses none of his vampiric Body Horror attacks in Stardust Crusaders, favoring his Stand instead. This may be because his body from the neck down is Jonathan's and not his own.
    • Still no excuse for not using the Eye Beam — something he possessed even without a body.
    • Cheerfully Lampshaded in his battle with Joseph Joestar:
      Ah yes, Ripple-Energy I believe! It was quite literally the death of me 100 years ago; but now that I wield The Power of The Stand, that which once slew me is now less than insignificant before The Might of The World!!!!!
    • In other words, arrogance was pretty much the reason he didn't bother falling back on his vampire powers. He was confident he didn't need them. Expanded materials indicate however that those powers had actually atrophied due to lack of use and Dio preferring to focus on developing The World.
  • Start of Darkness: One could argue that the death of his mother didn't help his mental state in the slightest. Dio's mother possibly could have curbed Dio's own sociopathic tendencies if she had lived.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Dario Brando's twelve-years of constantly abusing Dio has quite literally beaten and mangled his perception of "love" into "I will love you if you can dominate and control me." Tragically, this is why he came to genuinely love Jonathan for managing to utterly destroy his invincible vampiric body, leaving only his head intact. It was not until Jonathan embraced him like a brother with his dying breath and meeting Father Pucci that Dio would know what it felt like to be unconditionally loved for who he is, flaws included.
  • Story-Breaker Power
    • While Jotaro can use Time Stands Still as well, he's nowhere as proficient as Dio was. While Jotaro can only use it as a desperate gamble for only one or two attacks or more if he's desperate, Dio can spam it as long as he wants to, has an overall longer use for it, as he has the super speed and strength in order to use it more effectively (an infamous example would be his Knife Nut attack), and had an overall advantage over everyone until Jotaro cleverly stopped time on him in order to get a shot at him. Had Jotaro not stopped him, Dio's time stop would eventually have reached infinite duration as demonstrated by Dio's time stop gradually increasing in duration after using Joseph's blood to finally sync Jonathan's body with his head.
    • Hell even Dio's Flash Freezing Powers were a clear breaker. Since the only thing that could kill him was the Sun and the Ripple, he could simply freeze any attack thrown at him. Objects would freeze then the user, even a full sword filled with Hamon froze easily. For him to actually be deated, Jonathan had to literally light his hand on fire and use the Ripple. If he has used that and The World...
    • The worst, however, has to be his high-pressure blood from the eyes. Granted, it doesn't sound impressive at all like that, but they are basically lasers (hell, the anime actually shows them that way) that he can shoot from his eyes. They are so powerful that, while the other two were spammed, he only used them twice in the whole series, and outside main fights, because there would have just been no way he'd have lost otherwise. Let's see: they have a ridiculous range, speed and power (he cut a freaking tower in half), making them an excellent ranged weapon, they have no charging time, and requires him merely to look at his target to be use, making them not only usable, but even worse at close range, and can work as long as he keeps his head even if the body is destroyed, as Jonathan found out the hard way. On their own, they would have been strong enough to be a serious threat, if not lethal, even for the stand users. Combined with The World? It would have been a Total Party Kill right there.
  • Stupid Evil: Zigzagged. At first, he wisely makes the decision to stop antagonizing Jonathan and instead pretend to turn a new leaf to lull him into a false sense of security. However, as a young adult, he poisons George in order to get his inheritance faster, but with the same exact poison he used on his father, leading to Jonathan connecting the dots and exposing him. This also comes off as unnecessary and For the Evulz due to the fact that Dio is already doing great in studying law, could have waited for George to die of natural causes, and could have used George's continued support while he was still alive. However, his actions do lead to him becoming a powerful Stand-wielding vampire due to his crazy luck.
  • Tarot Motifs: The World. In addition to being the highest-ranking card in the Major Arcana, representing that DIO is the biggest obstacle the Joestars face, it symbolizes fulfillment, completion, and achieving what we desire most. Dio is constantly striving for perfection and completion in everything he does. When the card is reversed, it can symbolize being incomplete (meaning that he has not yet reached the perfection he strives for), and isolation (symbolizing how Dio holes himself up in his mansion and lets his minions fight for him).
  • Third-Person Person: Often talks about himself like this. With an 'I, Dio' instead of just 'I' or 'Me'
  • This Cannot Be!: His Famous Last Words pretty much drip with this after Jotaro wins their final duel as his attack was more powerful, shattering his Stand's body right to his head, imploding Dio from the inside out. All the while he's screaming "I AM DIO!!!" in disbelief that his recently gained newfound power has failed him.
  • Time Stands Still: The effect of The World.
  • Took a Level in Badass: First the major jump from human to vampire, and then he took a million more when he got his Stand.
  • Transhuman Treachery: What Dio says before becoming a vampire with the Stone Mask while attempting to kill Jonathan, but getting George Joestar instead.
    Dio: "I REJECT MY HUMANITY, JOJO"!!! [Cue Laughing Mad.]
  • Troll: Dio absolutely loves getting under people's skin, and will take every opportunity to infuriate people around him. Until he loses the upper hand, almost everything out of his mouth and action he takes is done with the purpose of terrifying or pissing off someone for his own amusement.

Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (TV anime), Nobutoshi Canna (Phantom Blood video game), Toru Nara (Phantom Blood film) (Japanese), Tony Oliver (English)

A knight who served under Mary of Scots, raised from the dead as Dio's minion. He is named after former Yes drummer Bill Bruford.

  • Dying as Yourself: He respects Jonathan's power as he kills him and when Bruford lays dying its clear he's the noble knight who sacrificed himself rather than the undead monstrosity Dio created. Though Bruford was one of the few zombies who maintained his humanity when risen again it was his dying moments that affirmed his chivalry.
  • Dub Name Change: In the English localization, he is renamed as Blueford.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tarkus.
  • Honor Before Reason: Averted. While he is an honorable and noble knight as well as a fair fighter and good sport, he is pragmatic enough to not fight the Ripple head on and uses strategies that hinder it.

Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (TV anime), Daisuke Gori (Phantom Blood video game), Yoshinori Sonobe (Phantom Blood film) (Japanese), Jamieson Price (English)

Another knight who served with Bruford. He is named after Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Tarkus.

  • BFS: His Weapon of Choice.
  • The Brute: Relies on Super Strength and his surprising agility, and is undoubtedly crueler than Bruford.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Is initially dishing one out against Jonathan, nearly killing him before Zeppeli intervenes only to get killed himself, but his intervention allows Jonathan to turn the fight into a stomp in his favor.
  • Dub Name Change: In the English localization, he is renamed as Tarukus.

    Jack the Ripper
Voiced by: Naomi Kusumi (TV anime), Hisao Egawa (Phantom Blood video game) (Japanese), Paul St Peter (English)

  • Ax-Crazy: More like knife crazy, but you get the point.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: VAMPIRE JACK THE RIPPER! Though, unusually for this trope, he only became a supernatural being AFTER doing what made him famous.
  • The Dark Chick: His insanity firmly puts him in this position.
  • Exotic Weapon Supremacy: What the hell is that big metal-sword-jaws-on-a-hinge thing he fights Jonathan with?
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Dio turns him into a vampire after sensing a kindred spirit in him. At least it helps explain why he was never caught and identified — Jonathan's Ripple disintegrated him before that could happen.
  • Knife Nut: To the point that, after becoming a vampire and thus no longer running on biological processes, but on pure will and power, he implants a mess of knives in his body.
  • Self-Mutilation Demonstration: Casually slices off his pinky and shoves a scalpel all the way through his cheek to the other side of his head.
  • Warmup Boss: While fought a ways into Phantom Blood, he is quite literally used as a final test for Jonathan by Zeppeli.

    Wang Chan
Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka (TV anime and All-Star Battle), Kazumi Tanaka (Phantom Blood video game), Jun Itoda (Phantom Blood film) (Japanese), Doug Stone (English)

A Chinese apothecary who sells Dio poison to use on George. Upon Dio becoming a vampire, Wang Chan becomes his zombie minion. He is named after Wang Chung.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Jonathan uses Hamon to control Wang
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Spends the entirety of the arc of the manga barefoot. Subverted in the 2012 anime adaptation, though.
  • The Dragon: In a way, since he is Dio's first and also final minion.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Disappears for awhile before bringing Dio's head onto the boat in the finale.
  • Dumb Muscle: Dio has to walk this moron through everything.
  • Genre Blind: To contrast Dio. If he had half a brain, Dio would have taken Jonathan's body without any trouble at all.
  • Informed Attribute: Speedwagon says he dangerous and shouldn't be messed with. We never got to see what he does or why during his human phase.
  • Off with His Head!: How he was defeated and killed.
  • Primal Stance: Walks and jumps around like a monkey.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Seriously! Dio kept on telling him not to underestimate Jonathan and just kill him, but does he listen? No...
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: He was much more cunning as a human than as a zombie. Probably because Dio brainwashed him to be subservient and took away some of his duplicity in the process to ensure unwavering loyalty.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Jonathan destroyed his head, leaving his body intact. He then pumped Hamon into the man's body and used its vampiric strength to restrain the screw shaft of the steam-powered paddleboat the whole group was on, causing a tremendous explosion when it backed up the boilers.
  • Wolverine Claws: Uses a pair in a manga-only fight with Jonathan.
  • Yellow Peril: He looks the part, but he's really only concerned with running a business. Until Dio turned him into a minion.

Voiced by: Yuichi Ishigami (TV anime) (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English)

Voiced by: Hidenori Takahashi (TV anime) (Japanese), Anthony Hansen (English)

  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Defeated with a single kick from a freshly powered-up Jonathan.
  • Game Face: How it's revealed that he's one of Dio's zombies.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Displays this after being introduced, signalling to audience that he's an underling of Dio.

    Jones, Bornnam, Page, Plant
(From Right to Left) Jones, Bornnam, Page, Plant.

Four of Dio's zombie minions. They are named after the members of Led Zeppelin.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: The anime made Plant's design a lot more compact and snake-like while the manga art he was much more of a deformed mess.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: As soon as they introduce themselves, Straizo traps them all in a chandelier and sends a Ripple through it, instantly vaporizing them all at once.
  • Nightmare Face: All of them, especially Jones and Page.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: While most of the other zombies can look human for the most part, these four guys look like aliens, monsters, or even demons.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Bornnam or Bonham?
  • Two-Faced: Bornnam, as the left side of his face is an another face entirely.


     Dario Brando
Voiced by: Tadashi Miyazawa (TV anime), Koji Yada (Phantom Blood video game), Kazuhiro Ozawa (Phantom Blood film) (Japanese), Steve Kramer (English)

Dio's father, an abusive drunk and petty thief.

  • Abusive Parents: No wonder Dio turned out the way he did.
  • The Alcoholic: A lot of his abuse to Dio happened when he was drunk.
  • Asshole Victim: Dio's first victim, that we at least, and unlike the rest, everything we see of him seems to justify Dio's hate for him.
  • Bald of Evil: While he does have some hair in the manga, the 2012 adaptation gives him extreme male pattern baldness in comparison.
  • Beard of Evil: Complete with Bald of Evil, he looks very old for a father of the Bishōnen Dio.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When he stumbled upon the Joestar family's wrecked carriage, one of the first things he tried to snitch was Mary's wedding ring, noting that she wouldn't need it anymore now that she was history.
  • Fatal Flaw: Greed. Dario was a thief by trade who bagged a wife for mostly selfish reasons. He did love her, but he worked her like a slave until she dropped dead because nothing was ever enough for him. Dio blamed Dario for all their current misery and squalor, then finally decided to punish him with a lethal implement of poison.
  • Hate Sink: From his abuse of his wife and son, attempts to milk George Joestar's kindness for what it's worth, and overall smug behavior, Dario has very few genuinely likable qualities.
  • Jerkass: Treated his wife like crap, and even wanted to sell her dress after she died to get money, having no compassion for her at all. Dio didn't take kindly to this.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Dio spat on his grave once he was dead and gone.
  • May–December Romance: He basically met his wife at a bar and sweet-talked into going along with his schemes when she really didn't really want
  • Pet the Dog: Ironically, his one act of kindness and fatherly love, wanting the best for Dio and giving him a bright future, is what (indirectly) caused countless tragic deaths, atrocities, and eventually the destruction and recreation of the entire Universe.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Make a cup of coffee, sit back and imagine for a second; if a petty pick-pocket, a nobody in the grand scheme of the universe, had instead been a Doting Parent who worked hard and treated his family with kindness all his life, Dio Brando, The Tyrant who remade The World, would have grown up to be just another honest yet equally faceless laborman in Victorian London...
    • And more importantly; the Joestar/Kujo family's legacy as Warriors and Heroes would never have been awakened without him finding George, accidentally saving his life, which in turn led to Dio's vicious bullying of Jonathan in childhood. Like-father Like-Son, after all. Though linking with the above, even if the Joestar/Kujo's legacy would never awaken, no threats would come to the world because Dio would grew as a honest man.
    • And outside the Brando/Joestar feud, if Jonathan hadn't been on Ogre Street looking for the source of Dio's poison, he wouldn't have met and befriended Robert Speedwagon, who would've perhaps stayed a petty street gangster instead of the CEO of The Speedwagon Foundation, which would not have been around to research the stone masks nor their connection to the Pillar Men, who might've awaked with nothing and no-one to stop them. Granted, there is still the Zeppeli bloodline that knows its threat and the means to combat it (Hamon/Ripple), but without the Joestars (Since Will agreed to teach Jonathan in the first place because of his involvement with the Stone Mask, in addition of his history with Dio) or the Speedwagon foundation to enforce them, they will most likely fail.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: See Pet the Dog above.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's in his 50s, but looks to be much older, especially in the 2012 adaptation.

     Dio's Mother
Voiced by: Aiko Iwamura (TV anime)

Dio's mother, heavily implied but never outright confirmed to be the female accompanying him at the carriage wreck. She was a woman he met in a bar who was reluctant to go along with Dario's schemes, but he later persuaded her to follow through with them. This decision led to romance and the birth of her son Dio, but ultimately, being drawn into Dario's corruptive existence backfired and resulted in her downfall when he exhausted her to the point she became sick and died.

  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Dio thinks so highly of her that it stands to reason that had she not died in his youth, he would've turned out a very different man.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Opposing the idea of stealing Mary Joestar's wedding ring.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Her blue eyes signify her innocence and compassionate nature.
  • May–December Romance: Given Dario's age and her youthful appearance compared to him, this looks very much to be the case.
  • No Name Given: Her real name is never spoken of.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Her demise is the reason Dio turned into such a vicious monster, wanting to exact revenge on his father for working her to death.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: The only person among the Brandos who was genuinely kind, and look what it got her- a lifetime of scraping to the bone until it finally killed her.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Unlike Dario, she was very fair and very beautiful, and such a pretty-faced lady that it caught the latter's eye.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She's only seen at the very beginning of the story, at the scene of the Joestars' wrecked horse carriage. By the time the story picks up with her son, Dario has worked her to an early grave.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair: she had very vivid purple hair.

     Mary Joestar
The late wife of George Joestar, who her son Jonathan never knew growing up. When she accompanied her husband on a trip to London with her baby boy on a rainy night, their horses and their carriage slid off the beaten path and tumbled down a ravine, where the jagged rocks below showed no mercy. She gave her life protecting her son, and was the first Joestar to die in the story.

  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: We never saw her for who she was, only what she did in her last moments- save her son's life at the cost of her own.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: All we see of Mary are her legs and dress hanging out of the overturned carriage. Whatever horrid death-dealing injury she suffered was kept undisclosed because introducing a main character's mother all mutilated and letting that be how the audiences remembered her would not be tasteful, while the carriage driver and the horses were shown gruesomely maimed, whose were less consequential deaths used for shock value in the opening moments of the series.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Shielded her infant son Jonathan with her body rather than trying to save herself.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Had she survived the wreck, Dario would never have been able to lie to George's face so flawlessly, nor wanted to steal her ring. Even if Dio still ended up being their adopted son, her survival would have definitely stood in the way of his plans to destroy the Joestars and also prevented George from being blindly grateful to Dario and naive to Dio's true nature because there would have been two people to work over instead of one.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She's dead on arrival, having been flung upside-down in the carriage wreck and presumably suffered fatal head trauma. We don't even get to see her in full except in old photos.


Voiced by: Hiroaki Tajiri (Anime)

A gangster from London and one of Speedwagon's friends from his criminal days. Named because of a distinctive facial tattoo.

  • Back for the Finale: He and Speedwagon's other criminal associate reappear at the end of Part 1 along with Straizo, Tonpetty, Poco, and Speedwagon himself all to see Jonathan off.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: It's implied he gave up his life of crime along with Speedwagon when beaten by Jonathan.
  • Fiery Red Head: He has a bright red mane of hair and was a lot more erratic and crazy during his attack on Jonathan when compared to his companions.
  • Meaningful Name: A giant tattoo across his eyes per his name.

Alternative Title(s): Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Part 1