At first, I thought that the first part of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure featuring Dio recruiting Jack the Ripper and vampirizing him was just a way to further amplify the magnitude of Dio's evil. Namely, he got the one of the scariest people in real-life England to join his side. Only much later did I realize what Araki was playing with. The battle between Jonathan and Jack ends with Jack being disintegrated by hamon force. This doesn't just explain why Jack the Ripper's killings ended without an arrest. It's also, in Jojoverse, why Jack was never identified with anyone's birth name. How do you identify someone who now only exists as a fine film of dust?
In Part I, Dio had the power to even freeze blood to slow his opponents -such as Jonathan- down in combat. Why didn't he use it against Jotaro? Not his body, so he couldn't do it.
The name of Jonathan's sword, Luck & Pluck, reflects both his hardworker nature and the insane luck he required to succeed against superhuman adversity even before his own abilities became superhuman. Especially since his nemesis was Born Lucky.
In Part 7, "Steel Ball Run", Jesus, after the Resurrection, went to North America, lived there, died there, and his mummified corpse was divided in pieces that were scattered across the country. Could the inspiration for this plot have come from the song "American Jesus", by Bad Religion?
I always thought it was Mormonism through a weird lens, but knowing Araki, a song reference is more likely.
Or it is a reference to the fact that the Chinese complained that Jesus did not tell them anything about God.So, now that he had a second chance he did tell the whole world.
As someone else pointed out in the Abridged series, Jotaro's trick on D'Arby was more powerful than he imagined. A cigarette and a drink appearing out of nowhere while you are not looking? Easy when you can STOP TIME, or at least that's what D'Arby thought.
Jotaro had time stop all the time inside him. He does not need to stop time, just to move his stand really fast, which his Stand can already do, and then use Star Platinum to move his own body. Just as in the Heroes shoutout to Dio.
Jotaro's hat decoration which is a symbol of the Stardust Crusaders arc is a open, raised hand. A stop sign.
Jotaro's name is a bigger one. Jo plus tarot minus the last t equals Jotaro. His name is one big reference to part 3's use of tarot cards also taro is a popular japanese name.
Star Platinum's battle cry is just the last three of Jotaro's name backwards.
The only way you can finish off a vampire with Hamon is to cause it to reach their head, and Dio normally drains people by jamming his fingers into their head. Now think back to that boxing match Johnathan and Dio had in their childhood, The rule was the first hit in the head loss.
Joeseph Joestar's stand, Hermit Purple, is mostly used for reconnaissance. It's easy to think that it was always lying dormant within him, though, given how easily he could predict his opponent's next line...
Furthermore, there's a good reason why it doesn't have many combat capabilities: Jonathan can already use The Ripple.
Why Jesus? Because he's Joshua son of Joseph.
The jojolion protagonist's stand Soft and Wet has lines down the middle of his eyes....
Taken from a Nico Nico video, if one takes some measurements and calculations, one can conclude that it would be impossible for Joseph Joestar to have survived the fall after launching Kars into space, as he would have either been vaporized into plasma from air friction, asphyxiated and bleed to death in the upper atmosphere, incinerated by ultraviolet radiation, or blown up with the force of 1 metric tons of TNT... It would be possible for him to survive if he formed a Ripple barrier, but he had never performed a Ripple anywhere near that powerful before... that is, unless he took advantage of the very property of the Red Stone of Aja that allowed him to defeat Kars...
Stone Ocean takes place in Port St. Lucie, Florida. If one was to look closely at its most notable residents, former rapper Vanilla Ice also lives in the east coast Florida city as well. A possible hidden hint of Dio's minions plans to come?
When Dio and the senator drives through the crowd, Waldo can be seen as one of the people they run over. Why waldo? because waldo = warudo = World, Dio's Stand.
Except Waldo is known by his original name, Wally, in Japan.
From Part 3 to 7, all of the Big Bads' Stands are related to time. Word of God even confirms this and states that the reason why the villains have those powers is because if they had control over time, they could be unbeatable and that stories need to have powerful villains.
Killer Queen (or rather, its Bite The Dust ability, which is unlocked much later): "Groundhog Day" Loop.
King Crimson: can erase time, allowing its user to evade attacks
Stairway To Heaven: can accelerate time around the user. It can get to the point it can go to the end of the Universe, to the beginning of the Universe, to the starting point.
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap: can access alternate timelines
If someone really wants to add it to the list, Cars becoming the Ultimate Life Form. After you become completely immortal, time and aging have no meaning.
Related to the above, the same can be said for the Stands that defeat said Big Bads:
Star Platinum: yep, can stop time too.
Crazy Diamond: can repair objects, effectively rewinding time.
Gold Experience Requiem: nullifies effects, effectively rewinding any action.
Weather Report: it controls weather conditions... in Italian,"tempo atmosferico", "atmospheric time".
Addictionally: Cars is defeated by his own immortalityafter he is left in space, unable to move; the villain of part 7 is defeated by the Golden Spin, which, once activated, is "infinite" as in "constant through space and time"; and alternate Diego Brando is defeated by coming in contact with the original Diego's severed head.
Part 8 Josuke uses bubbles, much like his AU counterpart's father's best friend, Caesar.
Dio, despite sucking young women dry back in his youthful vampire days, doesn't go and kill the women who would bear his sons. This may seem like an oddity, but recall how his Start of Darknessbegan...
Not to mention that Dio hates the thought of being anything like his father, who he believes was responsible for his mother's death.
Cars values natural life over humans. Also, he gains the ability of every living being on Earth upon becoming the Ultimate Lifeform. How is he defeated? He's thrown into space, where you can only survive with human technology.
When Josuke heals Yuuya in exchange for his cooperation, Yuuya complains that his eyelids are a little droopy. It was previously established that Crazy Diamond's ability messes the things he heals up a little if Josuke is angry. Clearly, Josuke didn't like having to work with a former enemy.
Most of the powers are things that at a time people believed as scientifically correct. Vampires become super intelligent via trapanation. King Crimson works by presuming that time is an illusion, created by the flow of events. Cars uses the theory that all creatures are the same before the fetus gestates, which predates Lamarck. The spin works with the revised Deus ex Machina theory ( made by the same priest that made the "time is an illusion" theory). It consists in the hypothesis that if the hand of God is the primal mover, a spherical object can push all his mass in an equal mass, thus start to spin indefinitely.
Why is the #5 Sex Pistol the one who's the Butt Monkey? Because, due to Guido's complex about the number four, the numbering sequence is 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7... which makes Sex Pistol #5 the fourth one in the group.
Part 4 Josuke has the power to restore things, making them whole again. Part 8 Josuke has the power to take something out of things, making them incomplete. Both versions of Kira have the power to destroy things, reducing them to nothing. Jo2uke's power is a middle ground between Josuke's and Kira's.
According to Part 4 Josuke's profile, his favorite musician is Prince. What's the name of Part 8 Josuke's stand? Soft & Wet. A Prince song.
Did you notice something about Tusk, Jhonny's Stand? Act 1 and 2 don't have legs, as Jhonny is unable to move his lower body. Act 3 and 4 do. This is because Act 3's power is allowing Jhonny to be teleported through the bullet holes he makes, while he actually becomes able to stand on his legs by the time he achieves Act 4.
In Part 2, the first use of Ripple was to pop the cap off a Coke bottle into a cop's face and the last use of Ripple was to pop off a crater off a volcano to send Kars into space; the latter is just a larger form the former.
Jotaro appears as if he never aged a day in Part 6. You know who are also Older than They Look? his grandfather, Joseph, and his great-grandmother Lisa Lisa. Who have the ability to make themselves younger. It comes with two theories: Either somewhere down the line, Jotaro learned to use The Ripple or Stands have something to do with it.
Jo Jo Lion having a royalty subtheme. Allied Stands that have KING in their name, Moriah itself such as it's crest (the M has a crown, the fruits trees) and it's history, and Kira almost certianly had Killer QUEEN, so Jo2uke is the union between a KING and a QUEEN.
We all know of the irony of Yoshikage Kira being killed by the ambulance that arrived to help save him. But it goes even further than that: in the spirit world, Kira's ghost is tricked by Reimi into looking behind him, thereby getting him dragged into a cruel afterlife by a swarm of severed arms. How fitting is it that the severed-hand fetishist suffered his final punishment at the hands of hundreds of disembodied limbs?
In Deadman's Questions and Answers, Ghost Yoshikage Kira wears a nice, bowler hat. At first I thought Araki-sama just threw it in to just for the fashion, but then I remembered how Yoshikage died: his head was crushed by an ambulance. And Ghosts in Jo Jo retain their wounds!
When Sheer Heart Attack gets hit by Koichi's "Freeze", Kira's hand becomes affected too. At first this doesn't make sense, because it contradicts the rule that "Automatic Stands act indipendently from the user, so they don't share damage unless the user gets unconscious/killed" (and sometimes not even after that: see Notorious BIG). But Killer Queen is a "normal" kind of Stand, which does share damage with its user. This also explains why he lost Sheer Heart Attack after he took Kosaku Kawajiri's identity and looks, but his hand (and Killer Queen's hand) stayed: he got a replacement hand, while Sheer Heart Attack returned to his old hand thanks to Crazy Diamond and was left behind.
The heart symbols on Dio's outfit and Stand in Part 3 may just look like a case of Light Is Not Good (and aren't really out of place in the world of Jojo fashion), but what organ is responsible for his main food source as a vampire?
The reason behind Echoes Act 3 sudden gravitional powers comes from untranslatable Japanese text. In katakana, Echoes is written out "Akuto Surii" and Echoes changes this to "Furizu". Echoes itself comments on this:
Echoes Act 3: "From 'Three' to 'Freeze'. All I did was change the spelling. No big deal."
Fridge Horror: Just how many poor frogs had to die for Master Zeppeli to perfect that "frog-punch" trick? (Nervous laugh)
None. He could've tried with inanimate objects first. And considering that the Ripple travels through living objects, usually without lasting effects...
The "Steel Ball Run" arc of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure combines this with Religious Horror, when it becomes apparent that the cross-country race used to frame the story is just a cover for President Valentine's agenda of collecting the scattered corpse of Jesus. When he succeeds in gathering all the parts into one vessel, Valentine's powers evolve and create an effect which draws good fortune toward him and casts misfortune away. When Johnny Joestar tries to shoot him, this effect protects Valentine, but the misfortune has to be re-directed elsewhere, resulting in children being killed on the other side of the world. Given the source of this power, it casts dark, dark questions on the miracles in the New Testament.
Not necessarily. That ability was specifically related to the dimensional gap created by D 4 C after its power were enhanced by Valentine's possession of the Saint's corpse; not to mention, the misfortune was only cast away after Valentine was directly attacked by Johnny and Gyro. The New Testament miracles probably didn't cause anything bad to happen in other parts of the world.
If they did, though, it would seem to fit under Valentine's assumption that, in the eyes of God, human lives are a zero-sum game: they're all of equal worth, so if one person is healed and another falls sick, it's all good.
Part 4 reveals that Dio implanted his spores into all of his followers, to activate in case they ever turned against him, with the possible exception of Vanilla Ice, and the results of the death of Dio causes the Nijimura's father, a servant of his to undergo horrific Body Horror when the spore activated. This makes you wonder what happened to the guys that Jotaro and company fought.
The fact the spores where in all of his followers in order to kill them if they ever betray him, makes D'arby's fears of disclosing Dio's stand all the understandable.
In Stone Ocean, when Pucci Accelerates time, he's able to move normally compared to everybody else. That means Pucci waited for trillions of years after killing Jolyne just so Dio could achieve his dream.
Rohan Kishibe has apparently gone into the next Earth unscathed. This means everything he's familiar with has been replaced with alien people and places he knows nothing of. But hey, at least Josuke's not around anymore!
More Fridge Squick than anything else, but after Lisa Lisa is revealed to be Joseph's mother, it changes everything about the scene where he peaks at her through the keyhole...
Do you think Shinobu slept with Kosaku Kira when she fell for his new attitude? Because one wonders if Shinobu would notice anything different in the bedroom, and it would also make Kira a rapist on the grounds he gained consent through a false identity.
Considering how little he cares about women beyond their hands, and his restraint at ever turning her into one of his victims to the point keeping her at arm's length, they probably never got intimate (probably much to Shinobu's annoyance).
At the beginning of Steel Ball Run, when Johnny's trying to tame Slow Dancer, he's got a large chunk of wood lodged in his leg. Obviously he can't feel it, but given the time between that and when he shows up to the starting line, one must wonder if he had time to get it removed and treated correctly.
In the Tubular Bell arc, Lucy believes Funny has only one Corpse Part when really he has three. The more Corpse Parts you have the more powerful your stand becomes, so how can you make D4C even more powerful?
why does Dio have fangs when he sucks blood through his fingers?
Who says those fangs are for sucking? His body was augmented in other ways, the fangs may just be a side effect
Redundancy. You can't kill a vampire just by lopping off its head, and if a vampire is reduced to just its head it doesn't have fingers to suck blood through. We also see that the Pillarmen can consume people through their entire bodies, Dio seems to only be able to use his hands to suck blood, and zombies are stuck using their teeth (where sharpened incisors would be helpful).