Ho Yay / JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

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Joseph and Caesar. They'd die for each other.

Araki-sensei learned how to draw the male form by studying Ancient Greek art. Maybe that's why JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has way more Ho Yay than is normal for a shounen series. Some of the more egregious examples (such as when Joseph and Avdol were magnetized, and when Narancia heard Mista saying "Giorno, not so hard") are often played for comedy's sake, and the Ho Yay is sometimes lampshaded by the characters in the situation.

  • In general: Most of Dio's men towards Dio. 99.9% of the cast agrees that the man's got some serious chawryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyysma.
  • There is literally a piece of art that shows a bunch of Stands grinding on each other, with more than one male/male pair.
     Phantom Blood 
    Battle Tendency 
Battle Tendency is positively overflowing with it, what with it being about a bunch of musclebound men who do combat while covered in oil and wearing next to nothing:
  • Except for probably being asexual, the Pillar Men are shining pillars of Macho Camp.
    • Santana's idea of "eating" Joseph involves holding him tenderly to his body as he absorbs him.
    • Wamuu and Esidisi giving Joseph their Wedding Rings of Death.
    • Esidisi's fight with Joseph consists of surrounding Joseph with his blood vessels and then trying to fill Joseph with his hot bodily fluids.
    • Wamuu saying that maybe, he was waiting 1,000 years just for Joseph.
  • For all their Handsome Lechery, Joseph and Caesar sure have a lot of Belligerent Sexual Tension going on.
    • Going beyond Ho Yay into explicit Homoerotic Subtext, Messina teases Caesar and tells him he's worse than a woman when it comes to having a crush on Joseph.
    • Caesar becomes a painfully stereotypical Tsundere when he's overjoyed to see Joseph unharmed after his fight with Esidisi, only to catch himself and try to play it cool right after.
    • The end of the first confrontation with the Pillar Men has Caesar cradling Joseph's unconscious body in his arms all starry-eyed, like a pair of lovers.
    • One of the chapters has a cover image (the page image, in fact) featuring Joseph and Caesar pulling uncomfortably close together in what rather looks like an intimate embrace between lovers. The image is even redrawn in the anime artstyle and being sold as a wall scroll.
    • While another has Joseph swinging around on a vine with Caesar holding on a girlfriend sort of way.
    • There's literally no reason for Caesar to show up during the scene in Venice after their training except as an excuse to bump into Joseph at juuust the right height that they're a facemask away from kissing.
    • During their argument in Switzerland, Caesar pulls Joseph up close so he can chew him out over his insensitivity. But the way it's drawn it sure looks like something else. Unsurprisingly it's earned its share of parodies, such as this.
    • And possibly most damningly, some interpretations of the lyrics of Il Mare Eterno Nella Mia Anima aka the song of Caesar's death can be read as a one-sided love song from Caesar to Joseph.
  • Lisa Lisa's idea of Ripple training entails Joseph and Caesar climbing a tall, cylindrical tower that gushes oil out the top. Does This Remind You of Anything??
  • The first part of Joseph's battle with Wamuu involves him grabbing ahold of a long, thick shaft and coating it in oil so that he can penetrate Wamuu with it ( it's a hammer). Does this also remind you of anything?
    • And then Wamuu makes him feel inferior by whipping out a much bigger shaft. A stone pillar.
  • Hell, Joseph's most iconic outfit from this series could count, seeing as it's an unnecessarily Stripperific crop top which combined with his Scarf of Asskicking and tendency for ridiculous poses ends up making him look some sort of Club Kid.
    • Promotional material for the anime replaces his pants with ripped jeans belonging to his great-granddaughter Jolyne, and it seems no more out of place.
    • Let's not forget his attempt at crossdressing in Mexico. He seemed really put out by the soldiers seeing through his blatantly obvious disguise.
      Joseph: Man, that hurt my self-esteem!
  • Wham's blanked out expression in the manga after taking a surprise Ripple attack to the arms during the first stage of the chariot race looks a little suggestive when posted out of context. But the anime takes this even further, where he's drenched in sweat and bouncing up and down in a way that's almost obscene. Needless to say, it wasn't long before someone realized this scene wouldn't look out of place with a Brazzers logo on it.
    • Kars and Esidisi raised Wamuu and Santana from infancy in a rather literal case of Has Two Daddies. Given that there were no Pillar Women left in existence, and they probably lived for centuries more before going into hibernation, you can probably put two and two together.
  • The anime dub adds some where it wasn't in the original, where right after Joseph "tags" Santviento, he starts treating him like a male fashion model:
    Joseph: "Oh, I get it! You're the strong, silent type. Ever thought about modeling? C'mon, let's see what you've got. Give me a smile. ...Make love to the camera!"
    Stardust Crusaders 
  • The infamous "Mantrain" at the beginning of the manga, where four of the heroes are pressed up extremely close to each other. More overt in the manga where it seems like they're physically joined at the hip.
  • Bast magnetizing Joseph and Avdul together, especially when Avdul tries to slide off only to get caught by the neighborhood kids with his head stuck to Joseph's belt area. Even better in the anime
  • Polnareff and Avdul's questionable poses in certain artbook scans.
    • Avdol and Polnareff gets lots of ho-yay; starting with their first battle where Polnareff (who is under Dio's influence via fleshbud) insists on having a fair fight and then after he loses Avdol holds his unconscious body very tenderly, cupping the back of his head gently.
    • Later, even after Polnareff insists on finding J. Geil himself Avdol goes after him, tackling Polnareff to the ground and laying on him as he scolds him.
    • When Polnareff gets two wishes from Judgement he wishes to bring his sister back to life...along with Avdol.
    • When Polnareff's soul is taken by D'Arby, Avdol is completely furious and almost attacks D'Arby.
    • Avdol promises that if they make it out of Dio's mansion alive he'll take Polnareff to dinner (and taking a close look at the book he's reading during the anime's credits reveals it is about Egyptian restaurants).
    • The OVA plays it up even more by having Avdol come back to the group much earlier and his and Polnareff's reunion consists of both of them hugging each other around the neck, with Polnareff nuzzling his head into Avdol's neck.
  • The photo the group take of each other features Polnareff grasping the bottom of Joseph's chin in a rather suggestive way.
  • Jotaro and Kakyoin have Ho Yay moments, most of the time outside of the official Manga/Anime. Which is unsurprising considering how CLAMP infamously made a lot of fanworks featuring the two back in the 1990s, which may have likely sparked all of the Ho Yay for the adaptations.
    • The scene where Jotaro removes Kakyoin's fleshbud involves him cupping his cheeks while he's lying down. Kakyoin asks him why he decides to save him, Jotaro answers that he doesn't know, Kakyoin began tearing up after hearing that. Meanwhile Holly, who was watching from afar, murmurs that she knows why he did.
    • A recent piece of official Jojo's art features Jotaro and Kakyoin wearing rings. Jotaro is wearing an emerald ring while Kakyoin is wearing a platinum ring. It's hard not to imagine wedding rings.
    • One of the animators drew a "What if" scenario of Kakyoin surviving the end of part 3 and going to school with Jotaro in the Winter. He drew a picture of Jotaro and Kakyoin walking in the snow together. The image on the animator's actual tumblr page has it tagged as jotaro x kakyoin. Yes, really.
    • Jotaro and Kakyoin are the only characters to appear in all demos of Eyes of Heaven, and they're often promoted as a duo in trailers. They're even shown together in the back cover.
    • Jotaro is the first person to notice Kakyoin's presence even if he hasn't shown himself to the group when they were ready to enter DIO's mansion, this was carried over to Eyes of Heaven; where Jotaro was the first to notice Kakyoin's presence, and after Kakyoin gets purified by Speedwagon, his first words were "Uggh... Where am I? Jotaro?".
    • Jotaro (Part 4) and Kakyoin in Eyes of Heaven have a winning quote that sounds a bit naughty if taken out of context.
    Kakyoin: "Feels like you've become a better partner than ever, Jotaro!"
    Jotaro (Part 4): "It's been 10 whole years. I must have grown a little."
    • Jotaro (Part 4)'s winning quotes against Kakyoin really sounds like lamenting over a lost lover.
    Jotaro (Part 4): "It's good to see you again."
    Jotaro (Part 4): "I won’t forget you… from now on, either."
    • Jotaro, being The Stoic, does not smile that often, but he does when he unleashes a DHA with Jolyne, Old Joseph, and Kakyoin; keep in mind that the former two are family members.
    • Kakyoin's ending in Heritage For The Future has him being fatally injured from his fight against DIO on the plane ride back to Japan, Jotaro starts becoming concerned about his wellbeing, and when Kakyoin succumbs to his wounds and dies, Jotaro began screaming out his name followed by a Big "NO!". Yes, this is Jotaro we're talking about!
  • In the anime, DIO spends a lot of time feeling himself and looking at a mirror. That's Jonathan's body we are talking about...
  • This:
    Hol Horse: There's no way your sword can beat my gun.
    Polnareff: Oh, what's that? You say I can beat your bum? Oh, you're into that stuff!
  • During the Lovers arc Joseph uses Hermit Purple to get a closer look inside his brain... which looks like this. Joseph literally has dicks on his mind.
  • VANILLA ICE. His profile states that his hobbies include "anything that involves Dio" and the guy completely cuts his own head off the second Dio mentions offhand that he should probably find some blood to drink soon.
    • Vanilla Ice is the only servant Dio trusted enough to turn into a vampire, and both of them wear similar heart shaped acessories and clothes. Coincidence?
    • Let's not forget the fact that he runs around in a loincloth that leaves some of his ass exposed.
  • Dio is confirmed to be bi and sleeps with many women, so he doesn't change his seductive behavior towards Kakyoin during their first meeting in the anime; which includes rose vines wrapping around Kakyoin's legs and Dio whispering "There's nothing to be afraid of. Let's be friends" into his ear from behind while playing with his earring, which makes Kakyoin start breathing heavily with a smile on his face. The scene alone really feels like Kakyoin is getting molested.
  • After Kakyoin loses against Terence D'Arby and gets his soul stored in a doll, D'Arby proceeds to taunt Jotaro and Joseph that hurting him will also cause harm towards Kakyoin while stroking the doll's chest, having his hand stop at the crotch area, peek under his coat, rubbing his cheek against his, and then stroking his cheek. Similar to the scene mentioned above, this was also anime exclusive.
    Diamond Is Unbreakable 
  • But of course! How about the scene where Yoshikage Kira walks into the bathroom while Hayato's bathing? Or even any piece of official art involving Kira and his stand Killer Queen for the matter.
  • There's another piece of official art that has Killer Queen and The World dancing together in a rather provocative manner. And considering that their owners are both male...
  • Rohan is a straight up Jerkass, but has a huge soft spot for Koichi, whom he considers his inspiration and Only Friend. However, his near-obsessive behavior over him has freaked out Koichi a few times. He was even willing to kill him in order to inmortalize him in his manga!
    • Hell, even as Rohan dies in the time-loop caused by the effects of Bites the Dust, he is more concerned about Koichi than himself and he dies saying his name.
    • Not to mention that in Mutsu-kabe Hill, after Rohan goes bankrupt, he lives for a time at Koichi's house. Make of that what you will.
  • Tsuji Aya is very appreciative of Yukako's looks. Hell, she even feels her breasts (apparently to gauge their symmetry) and giggles when she gets slapped for it!
    • The 2nd opening for the anime even shows Aya holding Yukako's chin and it stays at that frame for a few seconds.
  • In the 8th episode of the anime, Josuke and Okuyasu are watching Yukako confess her love to Koichi. When she says Koichi's facial features are sharpening and he has a cute smile, Josuke remarks "she's got a point." To make matters worse, Okuyasu then asks Josuke "my face is pretty sharp too, right?" He was asking because he was jealous that no girls like Yukako were hitting on him, but the context makes it look like it is Josuke's approval he wants.
  • Josuke and Rohan during the Highway Star arc. Josuke tells Rohan he never wishes to see him again, yet he still checks up on him at the tunnel where Rohan falls into Highway Star's trap. Even if Rohan hates Josuke down to the core, he still tries to get him to safety after Highway Star drains his nutrients. After defeating the user, Josuke tries to befriend Rohan only for the latter to still despise him for not listening to his warning.
    Vento Aureo 
  • Buccelati can taste your lies.
  • Mista going "Stop, Giorno. Please be more gentle. Ahhh! Not so rough! Don't take off my clothes!" could be very misleading. Narancia totally believes that something else was going on.
    • One time Giorno grasped Mista's gun (an actual one) with his other hand around his torso. This is their shared intro in Eyes of Heaven.
  • Tizani and Squallo. Also less known, but Sorbei and Gelato from the assassin team.
  • Abbaccio says that the only place he's ever felt at peace is with Bucciarati. Unsurprisingly, they've become the second most popular ship in Part 5 after Giorno/Mista.
  • Giorno and his Stand are a little intimate at times.
  • Fugo's wistful, fond thinking of Narancia all throughout Purple Haze Feedback really seems like he's reminiscing on a crush.
    • Not to mention the way Fugo offers his body, soul and heart to Giorno at the end.
  • There's more than one chapter cover where the Bucciarati team are all over each other.
    Stone Ocean 
  • Pretty much everybody is Les Yay towards Jolyne. Doesn't help that Anasui was originally going to be a girl.
  • While pretty much all of Dio's minions may as well be gay for him, Enrico Pucci may be the one case where the attraction seems mutual and on equal terms, considering the various flashbacks where they lounge around in bed together, shirtless, discussing the nature of the world, mankind, and Heaven. The biggest example is probably the scene where Dio tells Pucci that he should just use Whitesnake to steal The World and use it to conquer the world himself, and forces Pucci's hands onto his head...but Pucci refuses to do it.
    • Also, Dio gave Pucci his bone - no, not like that! - which...turns into a child...On second thought, maybe it is sort of like that. Said powers granting Pucci a link to the Joestar bloodline is pretty major, given how he obsessed over Jonathan's body back in Phantom Blood. In which case Pucci talking about how the family must be eliminated for him to reach Dio in 'Heaven' almost sounds like Murder the Hypotenuse.
  • Quite a few post-chapter sketches have Jolyne and Hermes touching and fondling each other closely.
    • Covers, too.
    • Hermes eagerly offering Jolyne her own panties goes a little beyond just gals being pals.
    Steel Ball Run 
  • Gyro and Johnny. Just look at some of the volume covers! Especially this one and this one!
    • The chapter in which Johnny shoots and kills Valentine for doing the same to Gyro is called Break My Heart, Break Your Heart. Make of that what you will...
  • One of the post-chapter doodles features Mountain Tim and Johnny pressing their crotches against each others'. Seriously. Fitting, considering Mountain Tim is basically AU Speedwagon.
  • Scarlet Valentine's one-sided affection for Lucy Steel, although at least Scarlet is explicitly into women.
    Jojolion 
  • While this part is decidedly an aversion of the series penchant for Ho Yay due to its focus on a heterosexual Official Couple and Male Gaze, even then it occasionally indulges in some from time to time. The scene where Joushuu is patted down for money by a bunch of thugs gives off a lot of molestation vibes.
  • Josuke's very design. Even if he doesn't actually do anything remotely homoerotic, it's enough to make him look like the campest Camp Straight ever.
  • Jobin wanting to lick Josuke's eyeball was pretty suggestive.
  • Josefumi Kujo and Kira Yoshikage were pretty close, also they gave birth to Josuke, in some way.
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