Creator / Hirohiko Araki

Hirohiko Araki (born Toshiyuki Araki), is the legendary manga-ka behind JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, one of the longest-running manga series ever, running continuously from 1987 to date. He is well-known for his distinctive (read: FABULOUS!) art style, incredibly clever fights, use of strange character poses, and the fact he never ages. He's also almost perfectly symmetrical.

Other works by Hirohiko Araki:
  • Buso Poker (1980)
  • Autoto Man (1982)
  • Virginia ni Yohroshiku (1982)
  • Magic Boy BT (魔少年ビーティー mashōnen bītī 1982–1983)
  • Baoh (1984–1985)
  • Gorgeous Irene (1985–1986)
    • The Story of the Girl's Mansion (1985)
    • The Girl That Came to the Slums (1986)
  • The Lives of Eccentrics (2004)

JoJo spinoffs
  • Under Execution, Under Jailbreak (1999)
  • Dolce and His Master (1999)
  • Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe. Episode 16: At a Confessional (1999)
  • Dead Man's Questions (1999)
  • Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe - Mutsukabezaka (2006)
  • Front cover of Cell (scientific journal) (September 7, 2007): Imagine that chemicals were stands. Apparently, the scientist who discovered that SCRAPPER blocks RIM1alpha was a big JJBA fan.
  • Rohan at the Louvre (2010)
  • Rohan da Gucci (2011)
  • Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe. Episode 5: Village of Millionaires (2012)
  • Jolyne, Fly High with Gucci (2013)
  • Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe. Episode 6: Poaching Coast (2013)
  • Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe. Episode 4: Mochizuki Family Moon Viewing (2014)
  • Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe. Episode 7: Monday, Rainy Weather (2015)

Tropes common in Araki's works beyond JJBA:

  • Ascended Fanboy:
    • Went from referencing Yes and Savage Garden in his work to them licensing their songs as the end themes for JJBA episodes.
    • His love for fashion designers. In 2011 Spur Magazine, a women’s fashion magazine, hire him and Gucci to celebrate their 30th and 90th anniversaries respectively with a one-shot story.
  • Anyone Can Die: To the point where he commonly crosses into We Have Reserves territory.
  • Art Evolution: One of the most prominent examples.
  • Body Horror: He's somewhat of a Nightmare Fetishist, especially where JoJo's is concerned:
    Araki: "Also, it's not related, but I actually enjoy drawing skin getting peeled."
  • Cloud Cuckoolander
  • Costume Porn: Even for historical figures!
  • Gonk: Especially short fat people.
  • Kick the Dog: Almost literally, evil is frequently shown as something that likes to kill dogs or other animals.
  • Meme Acknowledgment: See the page image? That's him acknowledging the Memetic Hand Gesture posturing that made JoJo so famous.
  • Older Than They Look: He was born in 1960. There's a reason why fans think that Araki's immortal. According to Araki himself, he gets his youthful looks from washing his face every morning with Tokyo's tap water.
  • Old Shame: In-Universe. He considers Gorgeous Irene to be this as he wrote it before he was married and had a more mature view of women.
  • Reference Overdosed: His love of American and British rock music makes JoJo packed with references to band, album, and song names, to the point that translation attempts are blocked by trademark issues. His favorite bands can be identified by the prevalence to their works in the story, including The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Queen, Prince, and Yes (whose song "Roundabout" was chosen for the anime edition's first ending theme).
  • We Have Reserves: This seems to be an integral part of his writing style. No shonen mangaka has killed off as many characters as him.
  • You Don't Look Like You: A consequence of his evolving art style. Thanks to that, his current drawings of his old characters like Jonathan Joestar and Gorgeous Irene look almost nothing like how he used to draw them in their original mangas.