Manga: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
is the story of the Joestar family and its endless conflicts with the supernatural. The series spans well over 100 years (and volumes
In the late 1800s, rich kid Jonathan Joestar
is introduced to a newly orphaned youth
named Dio Brando
. Jonathan's wealthy father takes the boy in and raises him as his own. However, Dio is secretly scheming to take Jonathan's place as the favored son and heir to the Joestar family fortune. He torments Jonathan throughout their childhood in an attempt to break him. When Jonathan's resolve seems insurmountable, Dio takes a new approach: building up a bond between them over many years while poisoning Jonathan's father. Things become complicated when Jonathan learns of these plans and Dio becomes a vampire
. After a fiery battle, Jonathan is informed that Dio is still alive and plans to take over the world. He sets out on an adventure to destroy his undying foe for good.
That's just the first of eight
parts to the immense saga of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
The series eventually evolved into a multi-generational epic
, following the adventures of Jonathan's descendants from the 19th century to the present day. Each part of the saga chronicles the adventures of another descendant of the Joestar bloodline, which spreads all over the world and gets pretty darn confusing.
They all have three things in common: A star shaped birthmark, a destiny to fight evil, and the nickname JoJo
. The story is split into eight parts, the first six of which form their own saga. The series undergoes a Continuity Reboot
of sorts with the storylines that occur afterward, set in an Alternate Universe
that features many of the elements from these first six storylines.
The series is (currently) broken down to these eight parts:
- Phantom Blood (originally Jonathan Joestar: His Youth)note
- In 1880s Britain, Jonathan Joestar, the son of an English nobleman, finds his life turned upside-down when scheming street urchin Dio Brando becomes his adoptive brother. When Dio turns himself into a vampire using a mysterious stone mask of Aztec origin, Jonathan must learn the ways of the Ripple, a mystical martial art, in order to stop Dio before he can take over the world.
This arc was adapted into a beat-'em-up PS2 game and a film, both titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood, as well as the first half of a below mentioned 2012 anime.
- Battle Tendency (originally Joseph Joestar: His Proud Lineage)note
- Set in 1938, Joseph Joestar is the rough-and-tumble but extremely clever grandson of Jonathan, and lives in New York City. When word gets out that Jonathan's best friend and Joseph's adoptive great uncle, Robert E. O. Speedwagon, has been murdered, Joseph sets out to avenge him. Upon learning of the "Pillar Men", a race of supreme beings and the original creators of the stone masks of the Aztecs, Joseph heads to Italy in order to train for his fateful encounter with the help of Caesar Zeppeli and their mysterious mentor, Lisa Lisa.
This arc was adapted into the second half of the 2012 anime, mentioned below.
- Stardust Crusaders (originally Jotaro Kujo: Heritage for the Future)note
- Set in 1989, an aging Joseph comes to visit his Japanese grandson Jotaro Kujo after the reappearance of Dio Brando causes the Joestar line to develop mysterious powers known as "Stands". Upon discovering that Jotaro's mother and Joseph's daughter, Holly, is slowly dying due to the awakening of her Stand, Jotaro, Joseph, and several other stand users must travel around the world to track down Dio and put an end to him and his dark power.
This arc has been adapted to a three-part CD drama, an SNES RPG, two OVAs, all titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and an arcade Fighting Game by Capcom titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future. In 2014, it received a new anime adaptation like Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency.
- Diamond Is Unbreakable (occasionally referred to as Diamond Is Not Crash/Crush; originally Josuke Higashikata)note
- Set in 1999, Jotaro travels to the Japanese town of Morioh to track down Joseph's illegitimate son, Josuke Higashikata. At the same time, a mysterious arrow that can grant Stands to its targets makes its rounds around town, creating more and more enemies for the two and their friends. Upon discovering the earthbound ghost of a murder victim, the group must track down a mysterious Stand-using serial killer named Yoshikage Kira terrorizing the town.
- Vento Aureo (Italian for "Golden Wind"; originally Giorno Giovanna: Golden Heritage)note
- Set in 2001 Italy, Giorno Giovanna is the son of Dio sired after his resurrection. Giorno seeks to take over the mafia and make it beneficial to the community rather than detrimental, but first has to deal with current boss Diavolo's intention to make it so no one knows his true identity, not even his teenage daughter who Giorno and his fellow Stand-using mobsters are ordered to protect by Diavolo himself.
This arc was adapted into a beat-'em-up PS2 game titled Le Bizzarre Avventure di GioGio: Vento Aureo.
- Stone Ocean (originally Jolyne Cujoh: Stone Ocean)note
- Set in 2011, while living in Florida, Jotaro's daughter, Jolyne Cujohnote , is framed for murder by a crazed disciple of Dio and sent to prison. While there, Jotaro is able to unlock her Stand but is rendered catatonic when prison chaplain Enrico Pucci, another one of Dio's disciples, manages to steal his soul. Jolyne must team up with several Stand-using inmates in order to rescue her father and stop Pucci from remaking the world in Dio's image.
- Steel Ball Runnote
- Set in 1890, the titular race is the first North American transcontinental horse race on record, with a first prize of $50 million. Johnny Joestar, a paraplegic and former prodigy jockey, enters the race to learn the secret of competitor Gyro Zeppeli's mysterious weaponized steel balls, not realizing that he will be plunged into multiple conspiracies involving the king of Naples, the mummified corpse of a mysterious "saint", and the President of the United States.
This arc has been adapted to an internet-based radio drama titled Steel Ball Run.
- Set in 2012, strange structures called "Wall Eyes" appear in the town of Morioh, Japan following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Near these Wall Eyes, a young woman named Yasuho Hirose discovers an amnesiac young Stand-User who, after some confusion as to whether he is one "Yoshikage Kira", she decides to name "Josuke" along with arranging him to stay with her neighbors, the Higashikata family. Together, the newly named Josuke Higashikata and Yasuho attempt to solve the mysteries surrounding Josuke and the Higashikatas' possible connection to them.
Created in 1987 by the mangaka Hirohiko Araki
, the series is famous for its original and unique art style, intricate plot, and creative battles. It also features a huge number of allusions to Western rock music, including characters named Dio
, and Zeppeli
, just to name a few. Although JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
has not been able to receive recognition like other imported manga and anime, it is still very well received by fans all over. And with the insane kind of plots that involve sapient plankton, turtles that are bigger on the inside
, and Rock, Paper, Scissors death matches, is it any wonder?
Western audiences are likely more familiar with the memes the series has produced because of the series' general theme (read: badassery
), as well as the Capcom fighting game Heritage For The Future
and OVA adaptations of Stardust Crusaders
To commemorate the manga's 25th anniversary in 2012, an HD port of the above fighting game was released, an anime adaptation written by Yasuko Kobayashi
and covering Part 1 and Part 2 debuted, and a new fighting game called JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle
was released as well. The anime was followed up in 2014 with an adaptation of Part 3, and All Star Battle
was released outside of Japan in the same year. The animated adaptations of Part 1, 2, and 3 (which is still ongoing), can legally be viewed on Crunchyroll
There is also the series of spinoffs of one-shots chronicling the adventures of the eccentric Author Avatar
manga-artist Rohan Kishibe, Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan
, which sometimes gets serialized either on the Weekly Shonen Jump
or Jump SQ
. The chapters/one-shots (the first one published back in 1997) are going to be finally compiled into its first tankoubon (trade paperback). Also important to remark that Kishibe has also starred similar special one-shots such as Rohan at The Louvre
(in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre) and Kishibe Rohan Goes to Gucci
as an special collaboration between Araki, Gucci and Spur Magazine in 2011.
There is a Character Sheet for each of the parts
, so post character tropes there.
This manga provides examples of:
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- The Casanova: Dio. He's got four sons, all from different mothers. There's also Hol Horse, who charms women so that he can use them easily.
- Call Back: JoJolion has several in the first two chapters. The punk from the first chapter is called Joshuu Higashikata. Our hero's hat was made by a company called Steel Ball Run, and apparently, our hero is half of Yoshikage Kira.
- Stardust Crusaders also has a Call Back during the Empress fight. Before Joseph finishes off Empress for good, he predicts that she will say "don't do this!", referencing his old trick of predicting his enemy's statement before they say it back in Battle Tendency.
- At the start of Vento Aureo, when Giorno is talking about how he hates having to repeat himself, he rants that it's "useless, useless, useless," or in the original Japanese, "muda, muda, muda."
- Similarly, in Steel Ball Run, Gyro says one after the other "muda, muda" and "yare yare daze".
- In the very last volumes of Steel Ball Run, Johnny's evolved Stand resorts to the classic Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs and ORA ORA battlecry the Kujos are known for. Steel Ball Run's lack of melee Stands makes this especially notable.
- In Steel Ball Run, the last battle between Johnny and Diego Brando is a call back to the final battle of Stardust Crusaders. Just like then, it happens on the bridge, and Diego damages his leg to defeat his opponent. The only difference this time is that he succeeds.
- The ending of Steel Ball Run mirrors the last arc of Phantom Blood, but with a more upbeat ending. Johnny leaves America for Europe and is implied to meet his future wife on the cruise; a coffin is brought in with the ship's cargo, but inside it is Gyro's body, prepped for burial in Italy as opposed to Dio and Wang Chan, out to kill Jonathan.
- The opening for Stardust Crusaders shows Jonathan's death and Joseph's resolve to kill Kars and the Pillar Men, after Caesar's death.
- Stardust Crusaders opening has a direct call back to the first opening from the previous season when the lyrics mention the century long conflict between Dio and the Joestars. The scene from the original OP where Jonathan punches Dio while they descend in a blue-shaded stair themed area as they are cloaked in auras is mirrored with Jotaro and Star Platinum getting ready to punch Dio as they are both cloaked in auras as they ascend upwards in a red-themed Tower area. Both the Joestar auras match the color of their environment while Dio's contrasts.
- Call Forward: The OP of the 2012 anime of Battle Tendency has a really subtle reference to Stardust Crusaders. At the 11 second mark, you can see a Thorn on the right, also known as Hermit Purple.
- In the same opening, we see several shots of Caesar and Joesph posing, until Caesar appears to be yelling. People who know what happens in the story will note that Caesar was screaming because he was dying, and used the last of his ripple power to help Joseph. His pose even matches the exact panel of the manga.
- The 2012 anime subtly shows off both Jonathan and Joseph's Joestar birthmarks, though no attention is called to them since they are not yet a plot device at this point. In the original manga, the family birthmark does not even appear once until Stardust Crusaders, where it first becomes significant.
- In the ED of Stardust Crusaders, a clock hand becomes a racing silhouette of the Arrow that gives people their Stands, first established in Part 4, and using the design last seen in Part 5.
- Also in the ED there is a reference to Dio's stand, The World. Right as it begins there is a clock covered in purple vines, hinting at Dio's power over time, as well as Jonathan's own Hermit Purple-like stand which he also controls
- In the Stardust Crusaders anime opening, there's a moment with five shooting stars flying over the world. In the very last moment you can see a sixth star on the far right, representing Iggy's later recruitment into the group.
- In episode 5 of Stardust Crusaders, during Polnareff's recollection of his meeting with Dio, there's once again a bird on Dio's shoulder. Only this time, instead of the manga's one-time parrot, the bird is Pet Shop.
- In the second half of Stardust Crusaders during the beginning of the Egyptian Arc, a photograph is taken of the group with the newly added Iggy. Besides showing up in the ED it is the cherished photograph of his friends that Jotaro would keep framed on his desk in Part 5. When he says it'll make for a good memory, it's a bittersweet call forward to when he looks at the photo with great melancholy while recalling their adventure to defeat Dio.
- During the first episode of the Anubis dyad, while Polnareff is getting his shave and haircut, Jotaro is seen reading a magazine on sea life, referencing his becoming a marine biologist in Part 4.
- Calling Your Attacks: Common in the earlier arcs, but once the Stands were introduced, this mostly disappeared characters usually just call out their Stand's name rather than a specific attack name.
- Camp: Pretty much everything, even and especially the later arcs.
- Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Parts 4, 5, and 7 have casts that are 90% composed of attractive young men.
- Cast of Snowflakes: While character faces, at times, look practically the same, the stands in the series are easy to differentiate from one another.
- Catch Phrase: Tons, from Dio's "Toki yo, tomare! (Time, stop!)" (which is parodied as often as his "Wryyyyyy") to the generation-spanning catchphrase of Jotaro's, "yare yare daze" (Gimme a break!) (And his daughter's "yare yare dawa"). Joseph is fond of making random English exclamations when things go south for him (OH. MY. GOOOOOOOODD!), and of informing you that, depending on the way you answer his questions, he "may have to kick your ass."
- Also, Joseph enjoys predicting what people are going to say out loud by saying "Your next words will be x."
- He tends to shout "OH NO!" in his younger years.
- Josuke would like you to know that he thinks this is "Great!"
- Censor Shadow: The broadcast anime does this to a lot of the heavier gore. The DVD releases remove this for the most part.
- Jotaro's face is always in shadow whenever he smokes in the anime, since he is underage, believe it or not.
- Character Title: The six original parts were published under these with a subtitle, with the exception of Diamond Is Unbreakable, which was simply Josuke Higashikata.
- Chekhov's Gun: Jotaro's Star Platinum had been mainly used to beat the crap out of anyone with his diamond-hard fists and also to freeze time. In the beginning, it was used to make things appear out of nowhere, and eventually his jail cell was filled with a lot of stuff, ranging from books, clothes, radios, RC cars, and weights. Jotaro used this ability again to throw off Daniel D'Arby in order to win a rigged poker game against him.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Who would've imagined that the little orphaned baby Erina rescued at the end of Part 1 would grow up to be Lisa Lisa, Joseph's mother and Hamon teacher in Part 2?
- Chick Magnet: Could almost be considered a bloodline trait amongst the Joestars, considering that Joseph was still a player when he was well into his golden years. Polnareff, Kakyoin, and several other sidekicks are also good with the ladies.
- Weather Report is better than all of them in terms of getting chicks. In terms of keeping them, however... not so much. Kinda hard to score when all the ladies around you are snails.
- Church Militant: In Steel Ball Run, Hot Pants is hinted to be a nun sent by the Vatican to retrieve the Corpse parts.
- City of Adventure: Both versions of the town of Morioh. Many chapters in Diamond Is Unbreakable would even end with little notes detailing local folklore or landmarks in town relating to the events of said chapter.
- Cleavage Window: If there's a male equivalent to this trope, then Giorno and Bruno's outfits both qualify for it.
- Climactic Volcano Backdrop: The Final Battle between Joseph Joestar and Kars in the Battle Tendency arc happened on the top of an erupting volcano.
- Closed Circle: In Vento Aureo, the fight with Notorious B.I.G. is made scarier by the fact that the gang are all stuck on an airplane over the ocean.
- Cloud Cuckoo Land: The world of JoJo is this; characters here are either quirky, outright demented, or somewhere in between. Jotaro Kujo is one of the few exceptions.
- Colour Coded Timestop: ZA WARUDO!
- Combat Pragmatist: Joseph. It's stated by many people that his tendency to resort to trickery is what makes him such a good fighter.
- Every JoJo is this to varying extents save for Jonathan, who believes in fighting honorably.
- Coming-of-Age Story: Steel Ball Run is explicitly this for Johnny Joestar.
- Compressed Adaptation: There was a OVA based off the third series made, but it started near the last third of the story (when the party runs into D'Arby) then went into Iggy's introduction before jumping to the final battle with Dio.
- Another set of OVAs were later made that started from the beginning of the third series, ending back to where the old OVA's starts.
- So far, each episode of the new anime has adapted five or six chapters of the manga each. It's rather understandable, considering that this series kinda long.
- Conspicuous Gloves:
- After Polnareff is saved from the flesh bud in his head, he asks Joseph about whether or not he has two right hands because he'd noted that Joseph never once took off his gloves. Joseph reveals that he just has a prosthetic hand from his adventures. He also reveals the antagonist he's looking for here.
- When the team enter a hotel, they find the manager as a little old lady who bandaged her left hand because of a burn. It's really a cover-up and the covered hand is also a right hand, revealing her as also the mother of the man Polnareff was looking for and killed before this incident.
- Continuity Reboot: Steel Ball Run is set in an alternate universe in the time period of Phantom Blood created by Made In Heaven speeding up time to the point where the universe ended. Pucci/Dio was killed before it was completed (which would have let him create his own perfect universe), which led to a new universe where things fated to happen occurred.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Whether coincidental or an intentional design choice, each protagonist of each part tends to have an opposing temperament to their predecessor.
- To put it simply, Jonathan is a Nice Guy Determinator bound by the honor of a gentleman and never giving up. His grandson, Joseph is a Guile Hero Jerk with a Heart of Gold who uses his wits to win against an enemy. Jotaro is an unforgiving Perpetual Frowner who varies from pummeling to cunning depending on his opponent. Josuke is honorable and doesn't kill his enemies, but is also a gambling addict who's got a Berserk Button with his hair. Giorno has a Robin Hood streak and isn't afraid to fight ruthlessly with his enemies. Jolyne is a flighty, irresponsible hedonist looking for a thrill. Johnny is a stubborn and strong-willed cripple with a major Inferiority Superiority Complex. Finally, "Josuke" is Adorkable with some brooding moments.
- It's such a prominent feature in this series that even the enemies are opposite of each other. Dio is a Narcissist megalomaniac casanova with various Kick the Dog moments, notably literally kicking a dog as his Establishing Character Moment and later incinerating it alive, and is never seen without a smirk. He is also favorable to humans that are nice to him, though he will dispose of them once they serve no use callously. Kars is a stoic super vampire with a single-minded goal of achieving perfection as the Ultimate Life Form, but notably cares more about wildlife than humans, and has no need for sex. He also cared more about his colleagues than Dio did. Kira, on the other hand, has significantly humbler ambitions than his predecessors, preferring to live a life without distractions and fixing his socks. He also has a sick obsession with women's hands. Diavolo is an apathetic man with no love for anyone but himself, and not even his own split personality's death brings any emotional response. He is obsessed with killing his own daughter, and has an even more extreme paranoia of being discovered by others than Kira. Pucci has Undying Loyalty to Dio, with some questionable undertones for a priest, is manipulative, and is an "evil that didn't know he was evil" kind of villain. Finally, Funny Valentine is a well-intentioned patriot whose reasons for his actions are the love for his country and to honor the memory of his father, going so far as to commit morally-wrong acts to attain eternal happiness and prosperity for his country.
- Covered with Scars: Joseph Joestar after his training, and Funny Valentine has the most patriotic scars ever, shaped as the American flag.
- Crack Fic: The Jorge Joestar novel at this point could be considered officially sanctioned crackfic. Although written and published for the 25th anniversary celebration of the franchise, it's not considered canonical by any means. It's also completely insane, which is an impressive feat given the franchise. See Serial Escalation below for a hint of the craziness involved.
- Cultural Cross-Reference: With character names like Robert E.O. (or REO) Speedwagon, Tonpetty (Tom Petty), and Dire and Straizo (Straits), it's obvious that Hirohiko Araki LOVES 1980s rock. The 70s also get several references, and as he started to run out of 80s names to use, 90s-music-based names started to become more prominent.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Dio in Stardust Crusaders. He doesn't take chances when it comes to the Joestars.
- Ditto for Straizo in Battle Tendency. The Pillar Men also act exceptionally Genre Savvy, but make plenty of genre-blind blunders due to sheer suicidal overconfidence and ego.
- Kira in Diamond Is Unbreakable, who is so savvy that it's paranoia at times.
- Darker and Edgier: Interesting case for the manga in that both Part 1 and 2 are pretty dark/edgy. Part 3 however, while still somewhat dark, is much less edgy (Invincible Heroes and whatnot). Part 4 becomes a little more edgy with the idiosyncrasies and anti-heroism. Part 5 is similar to Part 4 in that respect, so no change. Part 6 takes it a little higher. And Part 7 is probably the apex, with an asshole protagonist and somewhat apathetic deuteragonist. Lastly Part 8 takes it all the way down, probably back to Part 4's level of edginess.
- Dead All Along: Bruno Buccellati in Vento Aureo, after his first meeting with Diavolo. In a bit of a twist, it's noticed by several characters that he doesn't have a pulse or temperature, and this is used to stop a Stand User once.
- Decoy Protagonist: Jonathan Joestar, the original JoJo, is seemingly set up to be the hero of the entire storyline, as indicated by the title of the manga being possessive of his name and Phantom Blood originally being called Jonathan Joestar: His Youth. However, he dies at the end of Phantom Blood, and is succeeded by a number of characters that inherit his nickname.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Speedwagon, Bruford, Wamuu, Kakyoin, Polnareff, and more.
- Gets really crazy in Diamond Is Unbreakable: at least 6 of the people Josuke and Koichi fight wind up as friends.
- Also happens once in Vento Aureo: Giorno defeats Bruno but spares his life, and when Bruno wants to know why, Giorno basically answers "Because I'd rather be friends with you."
- Delinquents: Jotaro and Jolyne are both introduced having been locked up in jail, and having done their fair share of hell raising (the former got into fights, the latter boosted cars and bikes). Like Father Like Daughter.
- Deranged Animation: The Oingo Boingo Brothers Ending in the Anime is this, looking like Boingo's manga which has a very weird and deranged artstyle itself.
- Denser and Wackier: Each succeeding part is considerably stranger than the last, going from a Victorian powerhouse beating vampires to death with the power of the sun and only gets better from there.
- Design Student's Orgasm: The Battle Tendency opening is chock-full of this. The anime and the manga also qualify, what with the love of abstract backgrounds, and the creative approach to coloring and costume design.
- Deranged Animation: The TV anime often engages in this with its use of lurid colors and animated manga sound effects. Overall, it does an excellent job capturing Araki's style.
- Deus ex Machina: Due to the fact that Araki really likes to see the villains get what they were after, they generally become too powerful to beat normally and become defeated through this.
- Battle Tendency: Everything that happens in the Kars fight after he becomes immortal is essentially this, and it works perfectly.
- Stardust Crusaders: Jotaro's time-freeze resistance evolving into the ability to stop time himself, though the D'Arby fight hinted at it.
- Diamond Is Unbreakable: Echoes Act 3 and the ambulance.
- Vento Aureo: Gold Experience being hit with the Arrow and transforming into Gold Experience Requiem. Nuff said.
- Stone Ocean: Emporio getting Heavy Weather's disk pushed into him, and it being compatible to boot.
- Steel Ball Run: Lucy showing up with Diego's head. To be fair, Diego allows himself to be consumed with rage and tries to kill Lucy instead of running away.
- The spin is the Deus Ex Machina, not so much the trope as the concept. It is a reference to the logic of a 13th century priest, who stated that if a sphere spins, it can do so to infinity. He called this a "Deus ex Machina".
- Interestingly, Phantom Blood actually ends on a Diabolus Ex Machina. Dio and Wang Chen pull a surprise attack on the ocean liner that Jonathan is on, and end up getting everybody except for Erina, her unborn son, and an orphaned little girl killed.
- Determinator/Clap Your Hands If You Believe: All the JoJos are able to win because they either believe they can or they have too much to lose to fail (or, according to Jotaro, "Because [they] pissed him off").
- The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: In the Capcom fighter, if either player has Dio or Vanilla Ice selected, the fight will always be at an indoor or nighttime stage.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Yes. Yes it does. Constantly. Especially in Battle Tendency, which features JoJo and Caesar climbing a tall, cylindrical tower that gushes oil out the top, as well as vampire who doesn't just use his boiling hot blood as a weapon, he "pours his boiling blood into all the openings he drilled in [Joseph's] body with those blood stiiiiiings", and much, much more. A bunch of attacks are based on bodily fluids, too, because supersonic aqueous humor is somewhat more plausible than eye beams.
- And of course, the fact that both Joseph in Battle Tendency and Gyro in Steel Ball Run have used a pair of balls to fight. One piece of official artwork even shows Gyro licking one of his balls.
- "I must know the secret of the steel balls!"
- Just look at the covers for Steel Ball Run. They remind the audience of many things.
- Doing in the Wizard
- Doing in the Scientist
- Downer Ending: Phantom Blood, where Jonathan dies to save his wife and unborn child, taking Dio down to the bottom of the sea with him. It's a nasty way to go, for one of the more unambiguously heroic characters in the series.
- The Dragon: Vanilla Ice (yes, that's his real name) to Dio, Pucci to Dio, Wamuu to Kars, Kira's father to Kira.
- Vento Aureo has a subversion. Vinegar Doppio appears to be the most trusted subordinate of Diavolo, to the point that Diavolo has entrusted him with the power to use his Stand, King Crimson. In reality, Doppio is Diavolo's split personality. The two are actually one in the same.
- Drugs Are Bad: Giorno Giorvana's primary motivation in becoming the new Don of Italy is so that the new Mafia that he rules over will be one that will not sell drugs period, especially to innocent children.
- Dubstep: Used in scenes with the Pillar Men in the 2012 anime.
- The Dulcinea Effect: The boys of Vento Aureo go to great lengths to protect Trish, even though (as Fugo points out) they only met her a few days ago and barely know anything about her.
- Dull Surprise: An unfortunate side effect of the series' Art Evolution. The shift towards realism in art style and proportions has resulted in faces that are much less expressive as well.
- Early-Bird Cameo: The Joestar family star birthmark, which was introduced to the manga in Stardust Crusaders via Retcon, is present on both Jonathan and Joseph in the TV anime.
- We get a literal example in Polnareff's first encounter with Dio in Stardust Crusaders. In the manga, he carries an unknown bird on his shoulder, while the anime adaptation changes it to Pet Shop, who'd only be introduced later in the arc.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The stands in Stardust Crusaders had, for the most part, fairly typical, battle-oriented abilities like fire manipulation or super-strength. It wasn't until Diamond Is Unbreakable where everyone had really weird, really specific powers that required creative use.
- More importantly, stands didn't exist at all until Stardust Crusaders, the third part. In the first two parts, combat was based on the Ripple.
- Elemental Powers
- An Ice Person: Part 1 Dio, Pet Shop (Horus), Ghiaccio (White Album), Kyou Nijimura (Born This Way)
- Dishing Out Dirt: Cameo (Judgement), Iggy (The Fool; in this case, the Stand is more "Dishing Out Sand"), Secco (Oasis)
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Koichi Hirose (Echoes Acts 1 & 2), Sandman (In a Silent Way)
- Playing with Fire: Esidisi, Mohammad Avdol (Magician's Red)
- Making a Splash: N'Dour (Geb), Angelo (Aqua Necklace), Blackmore (Catch the Rainbow)
- Blow You Away: Wamuu, Wes Bluemarines and Emporio Alnino (Weather Report), Erba Gatta (Stray Cat)
- Shock and Awe: Akira Otoishi (Red Hot Chili Pepper), and to a lesser extent, Mariah (Bast), who deals in magnetism.
- Razor Wind: Stray Cat could be seen as a form of this.
- Light 'em Up: Cars (actually Visibly Sharp Blades), J. Geil (Hanged Man)
- Casting a Shadow: Alessi (Seth), Polpo (Black Sabbath)
- Extra Ore Dinary: Midler (High Priestess), Viviano Westwood (Planet Waves), Mike O. (Tubular Bells)
- The Power of the Sun: Arabia Fats (The Sun), any Hamon/Ripple user.
- Power of the Void: Vanilla Ice (Cream), Okuyasu Nijimura (The Hand)
- Time Master: Dio Brando (The World), Jotaro Kujo (Star Platinum), Yoshikage Kira (Killer Queen Bites the Dust), Diavolo (King Crimson), Giorno Giovanna (Gold Experience Requiem), Enrico Pucci (Made in Heaven), Ringo Roadagain (Mandom)
- Gravity Master: Lang Wrangler (Jumpin' Jack Flash), Enrico Pucci (C-Moon)
- Eldritch Location: Features more prominently in Steel Ball Run and JoJolion. In the former, "The Devil's Claw" is a roving, nightmarish region of the Arizona Desert that traps people until they either die or leave as Stand Users, and in the latter, the town of Morioh has "Shake Down Road" and the "Wall Eyes", both with unusual properties.
- Enemy Mine: Hol Horse is forced to team up with Jotaro's party when Enya comes gunning for him.
- Enhanced on DVD: Bowdlerization is removed, off-model art is fixed, and frame-combining is removed. Here and here are full comparisons of changes in the first six episodes (mouse over to see the home video version).
- Epic Race: In Steel Ball Run.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Jotaro may be a violent delinquent, but his whole quest in Series 3 is one to save his mother from Dio's power. Not to mention one of the big reasons Dio hated his dad was because he treated his wife like crap.
- Joseph, who despite his aggressively violent and playful nature, loves and respects his Grandmother that raised him very much, as well as "Uncle" Speedwagon.
- For Dio, true to a fault since he was responsible for father Dario's death. Most likely not the reason behind this, but this fact in particular makes you wonder if it even matters.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: literally. Gyro Zeppeli's ability with his metal spheres involves causing them to spin, then endowing this spin to other objects, enabling him to cut through stone, alter someone's muscular system, and even harden skin enough that bullets bounce off. Wekapipo uses a variant for his Wrecking Ball.
- Evolving Credits: The ending credits. The animation is a slow pan over a carved Aztec mural as blood flows through its cracks, with the characters relevant to the current arc appearing in the foreground, although they're removed upon death. As the story moves to the next arc, the camera continues panning where the end of the previous arc's version of the ending left off; each update also sees the foreground characters change.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: This is a manga about the bizarre adventures of a guy whose nickname is JoJo.
- Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Generally averted; half of defeating an enemy Stand is figuring out what it does. Amusingly (and somewhat realistically), the less important a villain is, the more likely they are to give away what their Stand does. (Steely Dan is an exception; he was using his Stand's power as a deterrent.)
- Expository Theme Tune: All three anime openings so far.
- Expy: Kars' physical appearance, arm blades, and desire to be the perfect life form make him a villainous twist on Araki's single other successful series, Baoh.
- Leaky-eye-Luka is an expy of historical gangster Lucky Luciano.
- Also, Wish is a Boys Love flavored manga centering two characters who, rumors say, are shojo-style Expies of Jotaro and Kakyoin. CLAMP are known JoJo fans, so...
- Additionally, Rose from the Street Fighter Alpha series (and now, Street Fighter 4) is very clearly an Expy of Lisa Lisa from Battle Tendency.
- Speaking of Street Fighter, Juri Han, who was introduced in SSF 4, bears a striking resemblance to Jolyne Cujoh.
- Stroheim surely inspired Guile's design, and Polnareff certainly inspired Benimaru's.
- Even now, Benimaru is still referred as Polnareff by SNK.
- Sakuya Izayoi has Dio's knife-throwing and Time Stands Still abilities (with the same name), and works for a vampire who near-directly quotes one of Dio's lines (see Shout-Out).
- JoJolion is full of this. "Josuke" not only is named after his Diamond Is Unbreakable counterpart, but also looks like him sans the pompadour. He befriends an expy of Koichi and is initially mistaken for Kira. He is adopted into a family where two members look a lot like Giorno's fellow gang members from Vento Aureo.
- Jotaro Kujo was expressly based off Clint Eastwood.
- Jonathan (And to a lesser extent, Joseph and Jotaro) are based off of Kenshiro.
- Eye Scream: This is prevalent in literally every part of the series. Just to list a couple of examples:
- Face-Heel Turn: Straizo in Battle Tendency.
- The Faceless: In Stardust Crusaders, Dio's face is not shown until the final battles begin... even though he's clearly identified as Dio. (The fighting game calls this version "Shadow Dio".) Midler, meanwhile, is never clearly seen at all. When she appeared in the fighting game, Araki had to design her from scratch.
- Faking the Dead: How does Jotaro do it against Dio? By having Star Platinum grab and stop his heart. He is saved when Polnareff distracts Dio, allowing Star to massage Jotaro's heart and revive him.
- Fastball Special: Jotaro weaponizes Iggy in this fashion against N'Dour. N'Dour is able to pull back his Stand in time to defend himself, but not without losing track of Jotaro's location until it's too late.
- Fatal Family Photo: Happens to a random German soldier in Battle Tendency. His locket with his fiancée's photo in it even falls significantly to the floor as he dies.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Kars in Battle Tendency, Yoshikage Kira in Diamond Is Unbreakable, Diavolo in Vento Aureo, and Magenta Magenta in Steel Ball Run.
- Although Kira's fate, going by Deadman's Questions, arguably isn't that bad compared to Kars and Diavolo's fates.
- Anubis' ultimate fate in Stardust Crusaders. After its battle with Polnareff, it's broken and left at the bottom of a river to rust.
- After becoming the Ultimate Being and thus being indestructible, Kars is launched into space, unable to return to Earth, or do much of anything except float around in an endless void until he goes mad.
- Female Gaze: Although made with an adolescent male audience in mind, Battle Tendency is rather infamous for this. The main cast is composed predominantly of handsome and very muscular men in skintight, Stripperiffic clothing who engage in battles chock full of phallic or homoerotic innuendo and highly sensual poses that show off their bodies, with many panels drawing attention to their prominent buttocks and muscles. Many of the other parts would also qualify to an extent as well.
- Filler: Averted. The manga began in 1986, but it wouldn't receive a proper adaptation until October 2012, when the show's first season premiered. That's twenty-six years later. Fans won't have to worry about the anime overtaking the manga for quite a while.
- Fingore: Araki's next favourite target of cringe-inducing injuries after Eye Scream. Makes one wonder what kind of childhood the poor author had...
- Esidisi and Jonny are notable for weaponizing this trait in their fights.
- Fighting Spirit: The Stands introduced in Stardust Crusaders.
- First Kiss: Dio steals the one that would rightfully be Jonathan's.
- Five-Bad Band: Dio forms a classic one in Phantom Blood.
- Five-Man Band: The series' most famous Nakama, the protagonists of Stardust Crusaders:
- Flipping the Bird: Jolyne can do this in at least three different languages.
- Fly Or Die:
- Joseph and Caesar's Training from Hell in Battle Tendency starts with Lisa Lisa immediately throwing them into a deep pit, where the only way out is to climb a pillar covered in oil. If they can't do it, then they'll die.
- Several Stands over the course of the series are awakened by near-death experiences.
- Forceful Kiss: In Phantom Blood, when Dio steals Erina's First Kiss.
- Also in Steel Ball Run, Diego does this to Hot Pants, although he was actually trying to suffocate her after she tried to suffocate him. Even so, it gets the same sound effect as the Dio/Erina kiss.
- Foreign Language Theme: The anime's first season uses "Roundabout" by Yes as its ending theme, which would qualify as this trope to the Japanese audience.
- The first half of Stardust Crusaders uses "Walk Like An Egyptian" by The Bangles for its ending, while the second half has "Last Train Home" by Pat Metheny Group.
- Foreshadowing: In Stardust Crusaders, Jotaro and the gang fight Oingo and Boingo, two Stand users. Oingo has the ability to predict the future with 100% accuracy via his comic book. In one scene, he attempts to kill Jotaro by splitting his head open. Take 3 guesses as to how Jotaro dies in Stone Ocean.
- A silhouette that looks exactly like the Stand Arrow from Parts 4 and 5 shows up in the Stardust Crusaders ED.
- In the 7th episode opening sequence, we get a close-up on Dio's eye and see gears turning behind them, foreshadowing Dio's Stand power to stop time.
- In the OP for Part 3, five shooting stars are shown orbiting the Earth, representing the five main characters. Right near the end of the shot, a sixth shooting star can be seen approaching from off-screen, foreshadowing Iggy joining the group. Culminates in the Part 3 second OP, when the main characters burst from the stars.
- The second OP for part 3 is so rife with this it's actually kind of amazing. Several things are foreshadowed, namely:
- Dio's true powers, and what they actually are very foreshadowed by a heavy "clock and gear" theme in the OP. Also, at the end when Jotaro smashes the glass with Star Platinum, you can clearly see DIO's timestop abilities at hand when the OP suddenly changes color and freezes, with DIO suddenly being behind Jotaro. Speaking of Jotaro, his timestop abilities are also foreshadowed, showing the same streaking eye effect that DIO had in earlier OP's, refrencing the fact that Jotaro eventually develops the ability to think during the timestops, and eventually do his OWN timestops. You can also see the arms of DIO's stand, The World.
- The fact that the final enemy Stand users all use Egyptian-god named Stands is foreshadowed by a shot of the group climbing a staircase as a spotlight passes over them with the silhouette of an Egyptian god, like Bast, Set, etc. Each time it passes over, a new silhouette can be seen.
- The hole in the wall that the group busts through to save Polnareff can be very clearly seen.
- There is also an unbelievable amount of foreshadowing regarding the deaths of Iggy, Abdul, Joseph and Jotaro (before they get better). Specifically-
- A shot shows Iggy, Polnareff and Abdul climbing a staircase, with a red line that comes up and covers Abdul's arm, representing Vanilla Ice and Cream violently erasing him from existence and leaving only his arms behind.
- The shot of Kakyoin surrounded by thin green wires is a reference to Emerald Splash's final evolution, becoming a large web-like structure that acts as a kind of tripwire-Emerald Splash-minefield. His shadow also looks like the pillar he stands on before he's punched into the water tower.
- Joesph reaching out with a terrified look on his face ends with a white line slicing behind his head, mimicking how he was stabbed by DIO.
- Jotaro is surrounded with a number of white lines that seem to be attempting to reach him mimics the famous time-stop knife throw scene. It gets even more intense when a number of the lines touch Jotaro, hitting him in the exact spots he's struck with the knives. Also not to mention the ever so subtle finger wiggle.
- Four Is Death: A number of times, ranging from Pucci's four subordinates the heroes fight in the maximum security wing of the prison in Stone Ocean to Mista's fear of the number in Vento Aureo. Most notable, however, is the fact Phantom Blood is forty-four chapters long, and in the last one, Jonathan dies.
- Oddly enough, in the fourth arc, only two good guys die, but the trope still applies since the main villain is a mass murderer.
- Main villain Funny Valentine of Steel Ball Run has a stand named Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, shortened to D4C.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: The 2012 Anime adaptation has a few in the opening.
- The first arc has Jonathan developing a Dark Will of Johnny Joestar from Steel Ball Run. And by the way, Johnny's full name was Jonathan Joestar...
- The second arc further develops this to a degree.
- In the background of Joseph's silhouettes, you can find Hermit Purple.
- Similarly, in the introduction of the Pillar Men, a silhouette at the bottom of the screen resembles Risotto Nero's Stand Metallica, which won't be appearing until Vento Aureo.
- The pictures of the main cast are shown for a split second. This includes a family photo of Joestar family, Lisa Lisa, Straizo, Loggins and Messina, Stroheim, Smokey, a X-ray picture of Joseph with two rings in his body...
- When Wamuu uses his signature technique, Holy Sandstorm (神砂嵐), the producer of the opening sequences, Kamikaze Douga (神風動画), becomes Kamiarashi Douga (神嵐動画) for a split second.
- Plenty of Written Sound Effects that are almost invisible in normal speed. This doubles up as a Development Gag, when they play this on the creator's name.
- The Stardust Crusaders OP features a scene with five shooting stars in the sky; however, off to the far right, there's a sixth star, possibly hinting at Iggy joining the group in the second half of the story.
- The second opening has The World flash by for a split second right before Star Platinum punches through the glass.
- Fusion Dance: In JoJolion The Reveal has that the ground near Wall Eyes that Josuke Higashikata was found buried within somehow has the unique property of combining whatever is placed within it. Nijimura demonstrates this by burying a lemon and an orange briefly in the ground, then retrieving them to slice them open and reveal that some of the fruits' sections have switched sides. She reveals to Josuke that he was created in the same fashion, with part of him (and his Stand) being the body and soul of her late brother Yoshikage Kira and the other part an unknown person.
- Gag Sub: In homage to the gloriously terrible English translation of Diamond Is Unbreakable, one fansub group released 'DUWANG' subs for the 2012 anime, riffing on the show's over-the-top nature with a generous helping of Stylistic Suck. They soon became immensely popular.
- Generation Xerox: Averted for the most part, as most members of the Joestar/Kujo family look distinctive enough on their own (although Joseph does bear a striking resemblance to his Grandfather, but only for Battle Tendency). Avdol does look identical to his father though, which is still an aversion, because it's actually Avdol himself in disguise.
- Genius Bruiser: Joseph is no weakling, but his real strength is his wit and intelligence he uses against his enemies. Likewise with his great-granddaughter Jolyne, who is just as sharp but an even more kickass fighter — it's the reason Pucci's more afraid of her than of Jotaro.
- Weather Report from the Stone Ocean storyline is also notable. His abilities to manipulate weather are relatively limited in range, but he demonstrates remarkably precise control and clever applications of this power, as well as revealing a deep breadth of knowledge. All while looking like a humanoid version of Appa.
- Subverted for Annasui, who was a child prodigy and has a compulsion to discover and learn things (by taking them apart). He downplays this severely by acting every bit the part of a thug, and it's not even clear if he has to act at all.
- And Jotaro, who is well read, and eventually becomes a Marine Biologist!
- Jonathan and Dio were both Genius Bruisers in Phantom Blood: both played rugby in college, with Jonathan majoring in archaeology and Dio graduating as valedictorian.
- Genius Loci: Sort of. One mini-arc of Stardust Crusaders has the cast boarding a giant freighter and coming under attack by a mysterious Stand User, but are unable to locate the Stand, until they realize that the Stand is the freighter itself.
- Genocide from the Inside: Cars the Pillar Man did this when his race refused to join in attempting to become Ultimate Lifeform level powers. Only 3 survivors were left, his loyal follower and two infants he raised to be his servants.
- Genre Shift: Almost all parts are noticeably different. Part one is over-the-top action-horror with Fist of the North Star elements, part two is over-the-top Indiana Jones-style action-adventure with Fist of the North Star elements (again), the third part kind of resembles Journey to the West, the fourth part ends up being a murder mystery, part five is a mob thriller, part six is a prison story, and Steel Ball Run is a horse race/western. Two years into JoJolion, and it's still not clear what it really is.
- Gilligan Cut: Part 3. The Crusaders reach India. Joseph says is his first time, but that India gives the impression of "beggars, thieves, curry-eating, disease-ridden people". Avdol assures that all this stories are lies. Cuts to a crowd of beggars surrounding the group, Kakyoin's wallet is stolen, and a man is shown fallen on the street, sick. Avdol apparently is oblivious to all of this.
- Girls Behind Bars: The beginning of Stone Ocean.
- Go Out with a Smile: Jonathan; Jolyne
- A God Am I:
- Battle Tendency says in the start that the Pillar Men were worshiped as gods. Kars pulls this at the very end.
- Enrico Pucci from Stone Ocean as well. He doesn't believe he IS God, but he believes that God chose him to create Heaven on Earth and control destiny.
- God and Satan Are Both Jerks: Through Theme Naming, not by actual principle — God and Satan are both alluded to, but are never established as characters (though Jesus is, and he's a pretty nice guy). "Dio" and "Diavolo" and respectively the Italian names for "God" and "The Devil". Neither of them are pleasant company, as the former is the Big Bad for Part 1 and Part 3, while the latter is the Big Bad for Part 5, and the both of them count as Bigger Bads for the first six arcs.
- Good Is Not Dumb: The large majority of the protagonists have at least some Guile Hero tendencies, and win their fight by outsmarting their opponents rather than brute strength.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Tends to be used by Araki as an excuse to really beat up on his protagonists, but there's no denying it comes in handy. Josuke's Crazy Diamond is the purest example of this, as its ability is to restore damaged things to their original state (unless he's mad, in which case the results can end up quite distorted). Less directly, Giornio's Gold Experience can turn inanimate objects into living tissue to replace damaged flesh, and Foo Fighters can do the same with plankton for a quick patch job. Since this isn't the intended purpose for those stands, however, the full healing process can take much longer and be more uncomfortable than Crazy Diamond's work. Jolyne can also stitch people up quickly with her strings, but that's more of a stop-gap solution that works better on her than on anyone else.
- In Steel Ball Run, Gyro has a Zombie Horse (healing string) seemingly just to let Araki mutilate him even more.
- Gorn: Not as bad as say...Vagabond or even Fist of the North Star since it's mainly blood, not guts or limbs flying. But it is still one of the more violent shonen series out there...
- Gratuitous English: Every single attack and Stand name is given in English, from Sunlight Yellow Overdrive in Phantom Blood through The World (ZA WARUDO!) and up to JoJolion's Soft & Wet.
- This goes for some catch phrases too. For example, Joseph Joestar's "OH! MY! GOD!" is written in English in the manga whenever he uses it. The D'Arby brothers also tend to say "GOOD!" when they come to agreement with their opponent, and Avdol's "Yes, I AM!" is always said with enthusiasm. Cameo and Judgment's "HAIL 2 U!" was parodied when Avdol corrupts it into "HELL 2 U!"
- From Diamond Is Unbreakable, Koichi's Stand, Echoes (Act 3) is capable of speaking, but usually does it "gangsta-style" like: "OK! Master Let's kill da ho! Beeetch!"
- The weird 3(san )kyu 4 evah in Steel Ball Run also a Pun.
- For years, Part 4's title was officially translated as Diamond is not Crash (or Crush). It's more frequently referred to by the less Engrishy Diamond Is Unbreakable, which has finally been seeing some use in Japanese materials as of 2013.
- Gratuitous German: The soundtrack releases to the TV anime's adaptation of Battle Tendency are titled Musik ("music") and Leicht Verwendbar ("lightnote usernote ").
- Gratuitous Italian: Everything in Vento Aureo, as it is set in Italy.
- Some fansubs groups of the first season of the anime also add a bit of Italian when either of the Zeppelis are involved.
- While it's not the Italian language per se, the vast majority of American citizens in Stone Ocean (set in Florida, US) have Italian names for some reason (because Araki names most Stand masters after famous fashion designers and companies, but there's no In-Universe reason).
- Gratuitous Japanese: In the English dub of the OVA, Kakyoin addresses Joseph as "Joestar-san".
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: Kira's final Stand ability, Bite the Dust, is a version of this.
- Guardian Entity: The Stands are the Trope Codifier in Japanese media.
- Guile Hero: All the protagonists. Almost every battle is decided through trickery and clever tactics rather than power.
- The Gunslinger: Guido Mista, Hol Horse, Magenta Magenta, and Foo Fighters.
- Lots of people in Steel Ball Run end up using revolvers, especially if their Stand is not really that useful for directly attacking an enemy, like Ringo's or Mountain Tim's.
- Funny Valentine uses a gun.
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- Hair Color Dissonance: Pretty much every character is victim to this, since Araki is partial to using wacky coloring on volume covers and other official art. For example, Yasuho from JoJolion is probably rose-haired but has also appeared with her hair colored purple and green.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Pretty much everyone, constantly. Taking seemingly-useless powers and making them awesome is a regular feature.
- Heel-Face Turn: Wekapipo, sorta.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Too many to count.
- Hijacked by Ganon: A mild case, but Dio Brando ends up being the final enemy in Steel Ball Run.
- Hot-Blooded: Being hot-blooded is practically a hereditary trait among Joestars, with Joseph being the most hot-blooded of the entire family.
- Hollywood Darkness: The anime portrays darkness with really out-there coloring. The first image is in torchlight; the second is "complete darkness".
- Honest Axe: Sugar Mountain, the guardian of The Saint's ears. If you throw something in the spring, she'll ask what it is that you lost among a selection of choices. Answer honestly and you get it all. Gyro and Johnny find out very quickly that there's a catch even to that. You have to "use up" whatever you got before sundown of that day, or else you'll be assimilated by a "tree". Only so many people can be assimilated at any point in time, and Sugar Mountain deliberately strung Gyro and Johnny along simply because she'll get her parents back if they get assimilated.
- Hotter and Sexier: Since the move to a seinen magazine, the series has been able to get away with showing the occasional nipple. Part 8 also is fairly sexualized at points, such as Gappy nearly having sex with Daiya, and Yashuo nearly getting raped, not to mention a decent bit of nudity.
- Hyper Awareness: Joseph is uncannily sharp about noticing things right away about his enemies.
- Hypocritical Humor: Mikitaka (who claims to be an alien) has something to say about Super Fly: "Boy, there are some weird people to live in a tower".
- Much earlier in Part 1, Dio declares Jonathan's attempts to fight him useless, likening them to a monkey fighting a man. Cue Part 3, in which he actually hires an orangutan to try and kill a man. Bonus points for a world-class Brick Joke.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Kira from Diamond Is Unbreakable's primary motivation, although "I Just Want To Be A Serial Killer In Peace" is probably more accurate. The lengths he goes to for this goal are impressive and include a completely orthodox career as a salesman and deliberately getting second place in all manners of contests as a child, including B's and A-'s in school.
- Idiot Ball: Happens all the time, unfortunately. For example, the whole damn Stardust Crusaders team (but especially Kakyoin) was collectively holding the ball when they were being attacked by Death 13. Even counting the fact that it attacks them in their dreams Freddy Krueger-style and they don't remember a thing when they wake up, Kakyoin acts completely hysterical when he finds out, to the point of convincing the others that he's losing his mind, while the others are unreasonably skeptical of the idea that the baby they're carrying around might be a Stand user (an orangutan turned out to be a Stand user earlier, why not a baby?) and that the Stand attacks them in their dreams when both Kakyoin and Polnareff remember having horrible nightmares (just not what happened during them) that day.
- Idiot Hero: Okuyasu. While Polnareff may be dense at times and Narancia may be really Book Dumb, Okuyasu manages to hurt himself with his stand and doesn't even use its full potential. However, considering its power, it may be the best for the story.
- I Lied
- A rare heroic example in Vento Aureo. After shooting Cioccolata in the head, Giorno suspects that he's still alive and says that he won't attack so long as Cioccolata doesn't move. When Cioccolata springs back into action and tries taking Giorno's friends hostage, Giorno reveals that he'd already planted what was essentially a time bomb in Cioccolata's head. Now dying for real, Cioccolata complains that Giorno broke his previous word. Giorno's response: "You should know better than that."
- Another heroic example in Stardust Crusaders. When Avdol was killed by Hol Horse and J. Geil, Joesph and Jotaro said that they buried him off-screen. When he turns up alive again, they reveal that they lied about that, knowing that he survived, but pretending that he died so that he could recover in secret.
- Immunity Disability: In Part 2, the villain Cars ends up gaining immortality and an auto-evolution ability after combining the Stone Mask and Red Stone of Asia. Joseph uses this ability against him by throwing him into an active volcano where he hardens in defense as it's about to erupt. He gets launched into space and is stuck floating around forever; eventually his mind shuts down completely.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: The picture on this page is a pretty good indication how swank the average character dresses. The Impossibly Cool Clothes factor evolves as the series progresses, and artwork outside of the actual story is just crazy. What is that hat? A deerstalker, maybe? Turned sideways? But what about that red...growth?◊
- Improbable Age: Several examples, particularly Abbacchio's police work.
- Improbable Weapon User: Zeppeli and WINE. His grandson uses soap bubbles. And his Alternate Timeline version uses Steel Balls.
- Inelegant Blubbering: Polnareff sheds some very un-manly tears after Avdol's (apparent) death.
- Esidisi's sudden crying fit, which was unexpected enough to rather unnerve his opponent, and looked pretty silly.
- I Never Told You My Name: Enya Gail, one of Dio's most loyal followers, pretends to be an innkeeper in order to lure Jotaro and company in to be killed by the effect of her Stand, Justice. However, she inadvertently gives herself away by addressing Jotaro by his correct name, when in fact he had registered to the inn under a false name.
- Infant Immortality: Subverted in Phantom Blood; one Dio's finest instances of dog buggering.
- Informed Ability: Kakyoin's Stand, Hierophant Green, is supposed to both love enclosed spaces to a fault, and have a passion for ripping things apart. It never really demonstrates these qualities, as HG is used mostly as a long-range Stand, and its ability is firing gemstones at the enemy.
- Intellectual Animal: Developing a Stand in an animal brings its level of intelligence to near-human levels. Iggy, Pet Shop, and Stray Cat being the primary examples.
- Foo Fighters is an even more extreme example: it's a mass of plankton formed into its own Stand, though later it conceals itself by taking over a dead girl's body to walk around in. It's less squicky than it sounds. Her main reason for allying with Jolyne is that she's absolutely in love with experiencing things like sights, smells, tastes, and sensations, and having actual memories.
- Invisible to Normals: Stands themselves, being psychic manifestations, cannot be seen by the non-sensitive. The two best occasions that illustrate this is in Stardust Crusaders, where Holly says she saw a "hand" emerge from Jotaro to stop a bullet, something other people couldn't see, and in Steel Ball Run, Blackmore notes that Lucy can't see his Stand, which takes the form of a mask, while from Lucy's point of view she only sees his face as normal. There are exceptions to this rule, however, such as the huge ship Stand used by the orangutan.
- Irony: The Red Stone of Aja, the key to Kars' ascendance to godhood, was also the key to his ultimate defeat.
- Ironic Echo: In the anime, Part 2 specifically, the same music is used when Caesar is introduced as when his body is found.
- Ironic Hell: Kars wants to become utterly immortal in every sense of the word. So Joseph uses a volcano to shoot him into space, where he can't die or change his trajectory and spends the rest of eternity curled into a ball until he goes insane and stops thinking.
- Most of the villains actually end up suffering ironic fates.
- Kira just wanted to be left alone and keep on murdering people to achieve happiness. He ends up being dragged to hell by the ghosts of his victims as karmic payback.
- Diavolo wanted to erase all ties to his past and stand alone at the top of humanity. He ends up stuck in an infinite and continuously changing death loop due to Gold Experience erasing the moment of his death. Afterward, Giorno takes over his organization.
- Funny Valentine abuses the power of D4C to escape any harm in his goal to take the corpse. Tusk Act 4 slams him into a hole in the ground, and Funny's attempts to use D4C to escape by switching bodies with his counterparts fail since Tusk Act 4's power forces his counterparts into a hole as well, leading to a temporary repetitious loop of Funny escaping only to be dragged back into the hole.
- The only exception is Dio Brando, who was originally cosigned to spending the rest of his limited unlife on a sunken ship in the arms of the dead Jonathan Joestar, the one person who he loved and hated more than anything in the world. Not only did he get what he wanted in the first place, but he came back stronger than ever from it. It's later revealed to be a Double Subversion when Jotaro uses Time Stands Still powers against him, leading to his defeat.
- Jack the Ripper: As mentioned above, and since it bears repeating, VAMPIRE JACK THE RIPPER!!!!
- Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: JoJolion is past its second year of syndication, and it's still not clear what genre the story falls under.
- Just as Planned: The end of Battle Tendency. Technically, it was all coincidence, but that didn't stop Joseph from taking credit for it and saying he planned it all along.
- Kiai: Dio Brando's "Wryyyyyy!" The most famous version is from the popular flash-movie with it.
- In the first two parts, everybody, even oneshot characters, had their own.
- Kick the Dog: Being a villain in this series means you have to do this at least once.
- Killer Rabbit: After Kars achieves his goal of godhood, the first thing he does is turn his hand into a squirrel, much to the confusion of everyone present. Said squirrel through plows a hole through Stronheim's stomach and rips off another soldier's face.
- Laser-Guided Karma: No atrocious deeds are left unchecked; every bad guy gets what's coming to him.
- Last Episode Theme Reprise: The last episode of the anime uses the first theme song, "Sono Chi no Sadame (JoJo)", as Kars is finally defeated.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: In it's own series! Due to the widely different plots, locations and characters of each part, they can all be considered "sequels" of a sort. This means that knowing something about the other parts, like plot developments (i.e in part 3, DIO re-animates and posses Johnathan body, which will spoil the ending of part 1) or characters ( i.e Giorno, the protagonist of part V is Dio's son, or how Diamond is Unbreakable 's Josuke is the son of Joeseph, and therefore Jotaro's uncle), it's safe to say you should DEFINITELY read this series in order.
- Laughing Mad: During The Sun arc of Stardust Crusaders, the heroes are trying to figure out the enemy stand when everyone including Jotaro (but not Joseph) starts laughing out loud. Joseph wonders if everyone has gone crazy, but it turns out they had realized how the enemy was hiding and felt it was that much hilarious.
- Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone: Speedwagon knows when to withdraw cooly/serenely skedaddle.
- Leg Cling: One of the covers to◊ Steel Ball Run has Johnny doing this to Gyro.
- Legacy Character: Each of the protagonists are in some way, shape, or form, related to the Joestar Family, and have a Jo, or in Giorno's case Gio, in their first and last name, making them all the titular JoJo.
- Let The Past Burn: Jonathan's house burning down marks the end of the first arc of Phantom Blood, and the Genre Shift from Glamorous Manly Elizabethan Melodrama to Glamorous Manly Supernatural Horror-Adventure.
- Local Reference: Every volume starting with the third one has some reference to Japan or Japanese characters.
- A Love to Dismember: A big part of why Kira kills is his fixation on female hands, starting with an erotic fascination with the Mona Lisa's hands. Unfortunately, that love stops at the wrist...
- Like a God to Me: Enrico Pucci, as he puts it, loves Dio as he loves God (Bonus points for "Dio" being "God" in Italian.)
- Like Father, Like Son: Josuke is remarkably clever, just like his father Joesph.
- Limited Wardrobe: Averted in the first two parts and select few characters in Steel Ball Run. Lampshaded in Stardust Crusaders, where Jotaro mentions that it was pretty convenient to have run into a tailor in Pakistan that knew how to weave a Japanese school jacket out of sheep wool that looks exactly like his old one.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: With one new set of them for every arc (not to mention some of the returning ones), it's no surprise.
- Loners Are Freaks: Yoshikage Kira.
- Long-Range Fighter: Stand-users with long range Stands, such as Heirophant Green or Highway Star, and automated Stands, such as Black Sabbath and Killer Queen's Sheer Heart Attack.
- Long Runner: One of the longest-running manga series in Japan. 108 volumes and still going! (Although it doesn't share the joy of extensive numbering as other manga long runners, the volume account is constantly reset as of Vento Aureo with 63 Volumes, now each new part begins with Volume 1.)
- Lost Him in a Card Game: With souls. D'arby's brother Terrence does it with video games. And a running theme.
- Further weaponized by the Stand Marilyn Manson in Stone Ocean, which will forcefully take away your stake on a lost bet, and it sees your organs sold on the black market as perfectly legitimate collateral if you can't pay in cash.
- MacGuffin Delivery Service: Due to manipulating Axl R.O., Funny Valentine was able to arrange for all but two of the Corpse parts to come together and are now in his possession.
- Macho Camp: The series' character design has often been described as "a Glam Rock version of Fist of the North Star". It starts to become really blatant with the Pillar Men, then runs off and never looks back. Later in the series, however, it seems to downplay the "macho" part, and up the camp.
- Made of Plasticine: Not just Mooks, but often the protagonists as well.
- It gets worse in later arcs when someone can heal.
- Subverted in Steel Ball Run, where Gyro and Johnny actually have to often worry about dying from blood loss from serious wounds.
- Magical Camera: When Joseph Joestar smashes a camera with Hermit Purple, he can capture an image from anywhere he can envision.
- The Magic Poker Equation: Subverted in Stardust Crusaders.
- Magical Native American: Devo the Cursed. Of course, that's nothing more than what he wants the world at large to believe. It's not mysticism or sorcery he uses, just his Stand's mechanism for gaining strength. He might end up vulnerable if someone found out how he actually accomplishes all his kills...
- Sandman plays with this. His running style is one of the things that got him thrown out of his village; it's based on Western running techniques but modified and practiced to perfection so he can run for indefinite periods of time without ever tiring. His Stand, however, is pretty darn Magical.
- 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.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Yoshikage Kira.
- Manly Tears: Most apparent in Phantom Blood, because most chapters have manly tears being shed by Jonathan or his companions.
- Mascot Villain: Dio Brando by a long shot. If there's a parody of thisseries, either him or Jotaro will be involved. Being a Recurring Villain and a Fonntain Of Memes helps
- Masquerading As The Unseen: In the side story, Purple Haze Feedback, we learn that Giorno has essentially done this since his defeat of Diavolo. Since Diavolo was obsessive about No One Sees the Boss, Giorno simply claimed he was the boss with no one the wiser.
- Mayincatec: The Pillar Men have this vibe to them.
- Match Cut: Done in Stardust Crusaders ED with a clock hand, a directional arrow on a map, and various tarot cards.
- Meaningful Name:
- As we find out in Stardust Crusaders, all Joestars have a star-shaped birthmark on their back. They're JoJos with stars on their bodies.
- Subverted by Jolyne's boyfriend. His name is Romeo, but he's the one who framed Jolyne for murder and even got her lawyer to lie to her in order to get her a longer prison sentence with no chance of appeal.
- Secco and Gyro count.
- Every story part's subtitle has something to do with either the plot or the main character:
- Phantom Blood: Vampires, ghouls, blood in itself being a key factor.
- Battle Tendency: Joseph's characteristic trend towards getting into fights, especially when he's in over his head. A more accurate translation of the Japanese title is "Tide of Battle", which is also accurate to Joseph's savvy during fights and his ability to read said tide of battle.
- Stardust Crusaders: The whole plot is a crusade towards Cairo to save Holly's life.
- Diamond Is Unbreakable: More than anything, this is true of Josuke's resolve. The final arc of the story is even named Crazy Diamond Is Unbreakable.
- Vento Aureo: Gold is an ever-present motif connected to Giorno.
- Stone Ocean: Stated in-series, it's what prison is to Jolyne.
- Steel Ball Run: Aside from the obvious, Gyro's balls, there's the race.
- JoJolion: Ambiguous so far as the story is still picking up steam, but apparently the "-lion" is a reference to the myth of Pygmalion (Josuke is an artificial human of sorts, being the fusion of two people) and Christian terminology like "evangelion", which are Gospel accounts of Jesus Christ, usually read during Mass (while also serving as allusions to Neon Genesis Evangelion and "Joe The Lion").
- Meta Origin: A conclusive one isn't given, though characters offer several theories on the origin of Stands.
- Mix-and-Match Man: Giorno Giovanna.
- Mixand Match Critters: Phantom Blood has vampire dogs with human heads, Battle Tendency has Kars, and Steel Ball Run has dinosaur horse and dinosaur fleas.
- The Mob Boss Is Scarier: During Stardust Crusaders, this is the main reason why the heroes have so little information on the Big Bad's stand. The most obvious example is Daniel J. D'Arby, who has a mental breakdown after being cornered to spill this information.
- Moment Killer: When Jolyne and her Dolphin Prison crew take a breather after the Heavy Weather incident and Weather Report's death, Jolyne ends up falling asleep on Annasui's shoulder. Realizing that he probably won't get another chance, Annasui decides that he's going to properly confess his feelings when she wakes up and quietly slips a ring that he bought for her on her finger to surprise her. He is then immediately cockblocked by, as Hermes likes to call them, "fuckin'◊ alligators.◊"
- A more tragic example is Jonathan's Honeymoon coming to a screeching halt when he realizes Dio is still alive and the boat is now doomed.
- Mon: Stands, though unlike most series, they're treated as an extension of their power and very few have their own personalities.
- Mondegreen: Via Memetic Mutation, everybody "knows" Dio's phrase is "Toki wo tomare" (Time stands still). Only via reading the original manga (or setting your system's language to Japanese for the PSN/X360 version) or even studying basic Japanese grammar do you find out it's actually supposed to be the more command-like "Toki yo tomare" (Oh time, stand still).
- Mood Whiplash: Joseph is a master at this, causing a number of comedic moments like this during the otherwise-tense fight with Santana, as well as pretending to be Dio as a prank after he's resurrected in Stardust Crusaders.
- Mundane Utility: Because it takes a strong, fighting spirit to control one's Stand, the vast majority of Stand users throughout the series are psychos, delinquents, and/or heroes. Diamond Is Unbreakable, however, being more about (relatively) normal people tapping their Stand powers, introduces a chef who only uses his Stand to produce miraculously healthy food and a beautician who uses hers to alter the features of her customers.
- Multinational Team: The first three Team Joestars had very diverse backgrounds and ethnicity.
- Phantom Blood: A British Aristocrat (Jonathan), a Street Urchin (Speedwagon), an Italian (Zeppeli), and three Tibetan monks that don't look Tibetan (Dire, Straizo, and Tonpetty).
- Battle Tendency: A British American (Joseph), an Italian (Caesar), an British-Italian-Tibetan Monk (Lisa Lisa} and a German Nazi (Stroheim).
- Stardust Crusaders: A half Japanese, half British American high school student (Jotaro), a British American real estate tycoon (Joseph), a Japanese high school student (Kakyoin), an Egyptian fortuneteller (Avdol), a French whatever the hell it was was Polnareff did before DIO came along, (Polnareff), and a Boston Terrier from New York (Iggy).
- Myth Arc: JoJolion develops an ongoing mystery surrounding the whereabouts of the Corpse following Steel Ball Run.
- Mythology Gag: Mixed in with Fridge Brilliance. Joseph Joestar's Stand, Hermit Purple, allows him to use some unique methods of divination. It's basically an expansion of his ability to predict what his opponent will say next.
Joseph: This is the part where you say "No, anything but that!"
The Empress: No, anything but that!...HUH?!
- The new universe introduced in Steel Ball Run often has small references to the original universe:
- Several unseen racers in the Steel Ball Run are named after characters from the original universe.
- Jotaro's hat from Stardust Crusaders is seen in the hat shop Josuke and Yasuho visit.
- A little girl's compact in JoJolion resembles the Red Stone of Aja from Battle Tendency.
- An artist is shown drawing a sketch of Crazy Diamond on the sidewalk when Josuke walks to Shakedown Road.
- The kid whose house Josuke hides in from Born This Way resembles a younger Giorno. He even has a ladybug pin on his shirt.
- At one point in episode 7 of the 2014 Stardust Crusaders anime, Jotaro gets a Palette Swap into his familiar blue scheme.
- Nature Versus Nurture: Steel Ball Run being a retelling of Phantom Blood turned upside-down, actively plays with this trope; what if Jonathan Joestar (the gentle and kind Ideal Hero of the previous-universe) was raised in the cold-and-abusive manner that Dio (the Big Bad) was and the latter was raised with kindness and parental love instead? Jonathan becomes a mean and selfish nihilist, while Dio gains a heart and humanity that his original abused counterpart completely lacked. Araki's point? Nobody is born good or bad; your upbringing makes you so.
- Never Smile at a Crocodile: Thanks to Sports Max's Stand, Jolyne, Hermes, and Foo Fighters end up having to deal with an invisible alligator zombie - an encounter which cemented their eternal hatred for alligators in general.
Hermes: They think they're so goddamned safe just 'cause they're a protected species. Scared the crap out of us back in prison.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: In the early parts, villains or heroes sometimes used powers that weren't easily explained by their nature or even foreshadowed before their use such as Dio's first use of Space Ripper Stingy Eyes and Star Platinum's Star Finger and its use of Super Breath to suck up Justice.
- Next Sunday A.D.: Stone Ocean ran from 2000 to 2003 but is set in 2011.
- Likewise, Vento Aureo took place in 2001 but ran from 1996 to 1999, and Diamond Is Unbreakable took place in 1999 but ran from 1992 to 1996.
- Near Villain Victory: All of the BigBads in Araki's story come very close to accomplishing their goals, but fall short thanks to some oversight in their carefully laid plans.
- Battle Tendency: Cars becomes the Ultimate Lifeform but very quickly forgets about the Stone of Aja soon after. It ends up being the unintentional key to his defeat after it erupts a volcano he was standing on, sending him into space.
- Stardust Crusaders: Dio succeeds in attaining the blood needed for his perfect body and killing off almost all of Jotaro's allies. Unfortunately, he forgot about Polnareff.
- Diamond Is Unbreakable: Kira's perfect disguise is negated thanks to Hayato's Batman Gambit. Later on, his attempt to escape is thwarted thanks to his luck finally giving out, when he gets hit by an ambulance.
- Vento Auero: Diavolo successfully gets rid of La Squadra and most of the members of Passione, along with Polnareff. Then he's defeated thanks to the three biggest thorns in his side denying him the Arrow; Buccellati, Trish, and Giorno.
- Stone Ocean: Pucci actually restarts the universe and kills off the heroes except the Tagalong Kid. While he gets points for trying to tie up that loose end, Emporio ends up defeating him by using the stand power of Weather Report that was gifted to Jolyne.
- Steel Ball Run: This actually happens twice. Funny Valentine succeeds in obtaining the power of the Corpse and killing off Gyro Zeppeli. He didn't count on Johnny unlocking the full power of the Golden Spin... by watching Gyro's last Golden Spin himself. Afterwards, the alternate universe Diego Brando actually renders Johnny helpless, wins the race, and is about ensure complete possession of the Corpse when Lucy arrives with the first Diego's head, which merges with him, and blows him up.
- Nice Hat: Baron Zeppeli and, later, Joseph and Jotaro are practically identified by their headgear.
- Gyro has one with holes to resemble a cyclist helmet.
- Esidisi has one that covers his horn.
- Speedwagon likes sporting these. His first one even doubles as a bladed throwing weapon.
- Nightmare Dreams: Mannish Boy's Stand, Death 13, whose power is this.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: At one point, Battle Tendency introduced vampire horses.
- No Sell: Gold Experience Requiem in a nutshell. All of Giornio's enemies' aspects are brought to zero the moment they oppose him.
- Jotaro seems to be just a bit annoyed by getting a fan blade stuck in his shoulder in his battle against Strength.
- Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: Averted by two gambling-based stands, part 3's Osiris and part 6's Marilyn Manson. Even if the cheating isn't observed, the bet is automatically forfeit when cheating occurs, since the opponent will admit to their deceit in their heart of hearts. Osiris's wielder, Daniel J. D'Arby, is a huge hypocrite about it, however, and claims that it's the victim's own fault if they got cheated without being able to detect it. It helps that Osiris's ability will only attack his opponent.
- Invoked when Josuke challenges Rohan to a dice game using a shapeshifting (alleged) alien as the dice. Unfortunately, said alien is horrible at being subtle about giving Josuke good rolls, and Rohan finds out pretty quickly that Josuke is cheating. Fortunately, Rohan is more angry at himself for not figuring out how Josuke is cheating, and lets him continue on the condition that if he finds out, Josuke has to forfeit one of his fingers.
- Not Quite Dead : Magenta Magenta, Esidisi.
- Not What It Looks Like: In Stardust Crusaders with Joseph and Avdol after they get magnetized to each other. When they try to separate by having Avdol slide himself down to Joseph's feet, but only makes it halfway before they drew a crowd.
- In Vento Aureo with Giorno and Mista where Giorno uses Gold Experience to heal a critically wounded Mista, which was a very painful process. Narancia spotted them, but with Giorno's head blocking the view around Mista's midsection, not to mention how and what he was screaming that could definitely be taken the wrong way, Narancia gets the wrong idea.
- The Obi-Wan: Will A. Zeppelli in Phantom Blood.
- Joseph, to Jotaro right at the end of Stardust Crusaders, brief stint as a Spirit Advisor for about 5 chapters included.
- Gyro even comes back as a ghost.
- Off Model:
- The early parts of Phantom Blood (before Dio became a vampire) had quite a few panels where characters were in anatomically-questionable poses with near-Liefeldian proportions. Battle Tendency also has its problems, but at least the poses don't look cripplingly painful.
- The 2012 anime has several examples of oddly drawn facial expressions. However, examples from Phantom Blood aren't terrible, and most examples were fixed for home video. The later episodes of Battle Tendency, on the other hand, manage to have some of the best and worst moments in the series. Here are examples of both◊.
- Offhand Backhand: Polnareff with a rapier, when defeating Vanilla Ice.
- Older Than They Look: The Vampires go without saying, being anywhere from over 100 to several thousand years old. Jotaro doesn't age physically after Stardust Crusaders, depite the rest of the series spanning about 30 years in-world time. Also, Hirohiko Araki himself. Apparently, extrapolating from various comments, Stand Users age slower than normal people. He does not look 52 no matter how you slice it◊.
- Plus, because he was sick as a child, Narancia looks and acts like the youngest of the group in Vento Aureo, but he's always quick to point out that at 17, he's actually two years older than the main character.
- Once an Episode: The anime always has a Palette Swap occur mimicking Araki's technique. In Stardust Crusaders, this tends to be saved for the most climatic moment of the episode.
- Only Six Faces: A result of the series' Art Evolution. As the character designs became more outlandish, newer parts have come to be much more reliant on using costumes and hairstyles to distinguish between different characters, while the faces on the other hand are extremely similar to the point that it can be very difficult to tell the difference between males and females at times. In contrast, older parts featured much more simplistic clothing and focused much more on differences in facial features such as eye, nose, and head shapes to differentiate between the characters.
- Our Vampires Are Different:
- First of all, you had a proud warrior race of horned humanoids without a name who lived in South America. They reproduced sexually but infrequently, were immortal, and fed by absorbing other living creatures into their bodies. They could also contort and shapeshift their bodies to make weapons or move in agile ways. But they were temporarily turned to stone by sunlight. In order to conquer this weakness, one of them created the Stone Mask, which was supposed to alter their brain chemistry to allow them to live in sunlight. That didn't work, but if used on humans, it did turn them into:
- Vampires, the run of the mill kind. Well, except for the fact that JoJo's vampires can shoot rock-smashing water pressure through their eyes, freeze things on touch, and suck blood with their fingers. They can only be killed by severe blunt trauma to the head (decapitation only leaves a living head that will usually re-attach itself to its body, but is fully capable of taking someone else's body if necessary) or direct sunlight, which disintegrates them. They are able to recover almost instantly from anything else up to and including almost being bisected and being blown to shreds by grenades. They feed on humans but were fed on by the above race. Always Chaotic Evil. Vampires can make humans vampires by giving them their blood (which Dio does to Vanilla Ice), and humans fed on by vampires become:
- Zombies: fanged rotting undead corpses that feed on blood and flesh, still vulnerable to sunlight and somewhat weak. Always Chaotic Evil, ugly, and dumb as bricks.
- All of the above are also fortunately vulnerable to both the Ripple and (presumably) Stands.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Sports Max's Limp Bizkit. Not only does it bring back the dead as zombies, they also become INVISIBLE.
- Parental Abandonment: Most protagonists (save Josuke) have at least one or both parents dead or missing. Although in some cases, like Giorno and Trish, this was probably for the best considering who their dads were.
- Parental Marriage Veto: Annasui probably shouldn't have asked Jotaro for permission to marry his daughter on the brink of the apocalypse.
Jotaro: Are you insane?
- Pet the Dog: Kars, who is to vampires what vampires are to humans, slaughters a bunch of people driving past who were going to run over a puppy, making this both a dog-petting and a dog-kicking.
- Pistol-Whipping: Machine gun ran out of ammo, but the bad guy isn't dead yet? Joseph Joestar provides a simple solution◊.
- Please Wake Up: When Avdol is supposedly killed by Hol Horse, Kakyoin responds this way in the anime.
- Poke in the Third Eye: In one scene in part 3, Joseph uses Hermit Purple and a TV to observe Dio. He's surprised when Dio responds.
- Powers Do the Fighting: While the first two parts of the series focus on direct physical fighting, the series evolves into this when Stands are introduced. In most battles, combatants don't lay an actual finger on their opponents, allowing their Stands (and the crazy abilities they have) to do the fighting. Aside from most Stands just beating the crap out of the foe or hitting them with long-range attacks, some Stands are based on remote-controlled use, and some even work without the user being aware of it.
- Powers as Programs: Part of the ability of Pucci's Whitesnake.
- The Power of the Sun: The Ripple uses energy from the sun's rays to vaporise objects, make objects more volatile, and destroy vampires.
- Prehensile Hair: Bruford can control his hair via a move he calls "Danse Macabre." Yukako as well, through her Stand, Love Deluxe.
- Product Placement: In Stone Ocean, Jolyne gets attacked by a Pepsi and the word "Pepsi" is thrown around 8-9 times.
- Joseph using a Coca-Cola bottle cap to smash a corrupt cop's finger in Battle Tendency. He also drinks it in Stardust Crusaders, and even uses it in an analogy.
- During the battle with Dio in the Stardust Crusaders OVA, Joseph and Kakyoin can be seen behind a large 7-UP sign atop a building.
- Jotaro is seen reading Shonen Jump while sitting in prison.
- In one scene of Vento Aureo, Mista asks if Narancia brought drinks. He asks him for a Sprite and proceeds to spill it on Narancia's boombox.
- Progressively Prettier: Some of the characters also turns into this within their own parts as a result of Art Evolution. Examples include Kars from Battle Tendency, Iggy from Stardust Crusaders, Rohan from Diamond Is Unbreakable, Johnny and Gyro from Steel Ball Run.
- Properly Paranoid: The crew in Part 3 automatically assume that anything strange is the result of a Stand. They're almost always right.
- Right after arriving in Egypt Joseph, Jotaro, and Polnareff stop in a cafe. Joseph warns them that they are now in the heart of enemy territory and have to be cautious about what they eat or drink in case an enemy tries to poison them. Unknown to Joseph, their waiter is Oingo, an enemy Stand user who was plotting exactly that and gets stymied by Joseph demanding unopened bottles of cola, insisting they'll open the bottles themselves, and picking specific bottles at random.
- Psychic Powers: Stands, which can have pretty damn crazy abilities at times. It's not just humans who can have them either; Iggy, a dog, faces off against Dio's pet falcon Pet Shop. Other Stand users include a rat (who can melt organic tissue), an orangutan (with telekinetic control over every single piece of a boat) and a cat that died and grew into a flower (who can use the air to fire "bullets"). Araki's insane.
- Pummel Duel: Kujo Jotaro versus Dio Brando, in the famous ending to Stardust Crusaders.
- Punny Name: Dire and Straits from Phantom Blood.
- Puzzle Boss: The very first big fight scene featured Jonathan and Speedwagon trying to figure out what could kill a seemingly-immortal vampire, and Battle Tendency had (among other things) an extended battle consisting of nothing but two men atop stone columns, thinking of no fewer than four different ways to outflank each other with telekinetic string. The introduction of Stands turned many fights into these, especially once some of the more esoteric Stand abilities were introduced.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Star Platinum, The World, Crazy Diamond, Gold Experience, Sticky Fingers, Stone Free, Tusk Act 4, and Soft & Wet.
- The Rashomon: A side-effect of D4C's abilities.
- Rated M for Manly: It's been described as "the glam version of Fist of the North Star" for a good reason: even though 90% of the characters are well-dressed, sparkly attractive guys, it oozes testosterone, blood and raw fighting spirit from every page.
- Really 700 Years Old: Vampires and anyone with a Stand or the "Ripple" kung-fu teachings has a greatly extended lifespan. Jotaro actually seems to appear younger as the series progresses.
- The mangaka himself, Hirohiko Araki, actually looks younger now than he did when the series began in 1987, leading to a running fandom joke that he's really an immortal vampire.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Pick a male character in this manga. Any male character. Chances are they can kick your ass six ways from Sunday and look absolutely fabulous in the process.
- Real Song Theme Tune: The 1971 song "Roundabout" by British band Yes was chosen to be used as the ending theme of the 2012 anime adaptation.
- The Stardust Crusaders anime uses "Walk Like an Egyptian" by the Bangles.
- Red Herring: During Stardust Crusaders, Joesph uses his Stand to try and get info from Dio, only to get a message that Kakyoin is a traitor. While they believe it at first, it eventually turns out that the Kakyoin in question was actually one of Dio's Stand users impersonating him.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Gyro and Johnny have this kind of relationship in Steel Ball Run. But it's more complicated than that; Gyro is the much more prideful and headstrong one, but he also is more worldly in some respects. In terms of understanding people and what they have in mind, however, Johnny is leagues beyond Gyro.
- This isn't the first time a Joestar and Zeppeli have had this relationship either. See also the second series.
- Red Right Hand: J. Geil and his mother Enya Geil in Stardust Crusaders. Both have two right hands. Both are not nice people.
- Red Shirt: Don't work for the Speedwagon Foundation if you're interested in any kind of life expectancy.
- Reference Overdosed: Don't try to start a Drinking Game with a shot for every reference to music (or fashion brands, if you're knowledgeable and pick up Stone Ocean) you find here. You'll die of liver failure before you know it.
- Removed Achilles Heel: Achieved by the Big Bad Kars as part of his Evil Plan.
- The stands Cheap Trick and Notorious B.I.G. were impossible to destroy because their users were dead.
- Retcon: In the anime, Joseph's birthmark can be seen in Battle Tendency. The concept of the Joestar birthmark was only introduced in Stardust Crusaders of the manga.
- Ret Gone: This was the fate of Jotaro and Jolyne — and, presumably, Weather, Hermes, Annasui, and Versace — when Pucci accelerates time and resets reality. This is because you only get to stick around if your spirit is still there. Dead = no spirit to exist for any time in the new universe = causality/history altering to compensate for that. However, when Pucci is killed, the reset effect snaps back, and all his victims are restored, albeit in slightly different forms. Probably because reality has to take into account the fact that Pucci has been hit with Ret Gone now.
- Revive Kills Zombie: The Ripple was as bad as sun for vampires, but when Zeppeli first learned about it, it was used for medicinal purposes in normal humans. Also, the Ripple can make plants grow.
- Ironically, as Joseph shows, it's just as effective on humans as it is vampires. With the exception that humans are only injured as opposed to being completely destroyed.
- To clarify, depending on the intensity of the Ripple and the experience and animosity of the user, and everyone's own strength, its effect on humans can vary from nothing to healing, controlling their bodies, causing internal damage, and melting flesh. For vampires, it causes partial or total destruction.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Polnareff pulls this on Vanilla Ice after the latter kills Iggy and Avdol.
- Rock-Paper-Scissors: The Stand Boyz II Men, which leads to an insanely epic game. Were you to remove the dialogue, you'd think a climactic battle was going on. Even with the text, it still was.
- Running Gag: Joseph being unable to successfully land a plane and Polnareff's fear of foreign toilets.
- Heck, whenever a Joestar gets into a flying vehicle, it's never a smooth trip. What with Joseph, Jotaro, and Giorno's airplanes, and Jolyne's helicopter...
- The secret Joestar technique to run away.
- The sites of Part 4's stand battles becoming urban legends and/or tourist traps, such as the rock Josuke seals Angelo in or the cliffside where Koichi fought Yukako.
S - Z
- Say My Name: "CAEEEEEESAAAAAR!" Yeah, Part-2-era Joseph likes doing this.
- Scenery Porn: Carries over especially well in the anime.
- School Uniforms Are the New Black: Lampshaded in Stardust Crusaders.
Joseph: I can't believe you found a tailor in Pakistan to make you a new school uniform.
Jotaro: Made from sheep wool, too.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Seems to be a favorite tactic of the Joestar lineage; Joseph and Jotaro have both used it at least once.
- Seinfeldian Conversation: Despite being arguably the most battle-centric arc, it shows up a few times in Vento Aureo. Whenever Buccellati's group stops to eat, Mista invariably leads them into an odd conversation, with such topics as how hardcore vegetarians are and how Narancia would be the tastiest of the group to eat.
- Also prevalent in Stone Ocean. It's practically slice of prison life at times.
- In Steel Ball Run, for another example, Johnny suggests that he and Gyro take a moment to think about how they're going to cross the Mississippi River. Gyro then interrupts to share the totally awesome song about cheese he just came up with. Johnny is, naturally, incredibly amazed by his friend's talent.
- Self-Deprecation: In Diamond Is Unbreakable: "Anyone employed as a professional manga artist is definitely 'eccentric'!"
- Send in the Clones: Funny Valentine's Stand power makes him practically immortal, since when he dies, a parallel version of himself is brought in to take his place, and gets all his memories too.
- Sequel Hook: Done by the anime to hype up adaptations for the next parts of the story. Part 1's adaptation ends on a shot of Santana inside of a stone pillar, while Part 2's adaptation ends with DIO's coffin being fished out of the sea, and then a shot of Jotaro Kujo sitting in his prison cell.
- Serial Escalation:
- The series goes through this, as it brings a whole new level of "over-the-top" with every succeeding part, no, chapter. Vampires can do stuff like shoot "Eye Beams" made of their vitreous humor? How about supervampires who can sprout Killer Rabbits from their skin? Dogs and birds with superpowers? Pfft! Try plankton! Jotaro has superspeed punches and can stop time? Well, Giorno can Retcon any action taken against him and make his opponent experience death...forever.
- If the manga is bizarre, then the Jorge Joestar novel is 765 pages of completely insane Japanese text and keeps getting crazier. There's more than one utterly impossible Villain Team-Up, the entire landmass of Morioh and the Passione's island sprout legs and start walking around, and the Holy Corpse from Steel Ball Run was the original Dio's body, not Jesus's, and Jonathan fuses with it after returning to life. There have actually been several universal reboots, not just the one between Stone Ocean and Steel Ball Run and they're actually limited to Earth. In most of them, the basic plot of Battle Tendency happens, so there are 36 different versions of Kars living on Mars together. One of the Kars manages to convince Killer Queen to leave Kira and become his stand, uses Bites The Dust to reverse time so that all 36 universal reboots never happen, reaches the Steel Ball Run universe, and gets Made In Heaven Requiem.note
- Serial Killer: Yoshikage Kira, the Big Bad of Diamond Is Unbreakable, whose Stand Killer Queen makes him that much harder to track down, since he can easily dispose of bodies without leaving a trace behind.
- Sex Face Turn: Subverted in Part 3. When Midler expresses some annoyance at having to kill Jotaro, Polnareff gets the idea of exploiting her Villainous Crush and goads Jotaro into flirting with her so she'll spare their lives. There's only one problem with this plan: Jotaro really sucks at romance, and nobody else ends up doing much better.
Joseph: Baby, if I were thirty years younger-
Midler: SHUT UP!
- Sherlock Scan: Joseph does this to his enemies, along with predicting exactly what his foe is going to say next, which catches them completely off guard.
- Shoot the Medic First: Tizziano and Squalo try this tactic in Vento Aureo.
- Shout-Out: With its own page.
- Showing Off the New Body: Dio Brando seems to be a little too happy with the body he hijacked from Jonathan.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: This exchange from ''Phantom Blood', a favorite among fans:
Zeppeli: Bastard...How many lives have you devoured to heal those wounds?
Dio: Do you remember every piece of bread you've ever eaten?
- Gets a Shout-Out in Marisa's scenario in Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, the sixth game in the Touhou series:
So, how many people's blood have you sucked by now? Remilia:
Do you remember how many times you've eaten bread? Marisa: Thirteen times.
I prefer Japanese food.
- Simultaneous Arcs: The Jorge Joestar novel alternates between two plots: the lives and courtship of Jorge and Lisa Lisa, and a really, really weird story about...something. See Serial Escalation above to get an idea. The two plot threads eventually meet (somehow) with a Zombie Apocalypse at Jorge and Lisa Lisa's wedding.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: The series is firmly idealistic; believing that whatever life throws at you, the human spirit will conquer it all. It's just that it'll have to go through a lot of shit, before it does.
- Slow Clap: At the end of the Steel Ball Run.
- Soft Water: Jotaro and Rubber Soul don't seem to look like they're in pain after falling into the sea from a cable car. While Rubber Soul's Yellow Temperance may have protected him, Jotaro fell into the water first.
- So Last Season: Cheerfully lampshaded by Dio during his battle with Joseph Joestar in Stardust Crusaders:
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!!!!!
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Delightfully averted; The power scale of the Big Bads of each saga jump all over the place, with the Big Bad of the week not necessarily more powerful (if even equally) as the one before. Saga 1 gave us a fledgeling-vampire with aspirations of megalomania; Saga 2 amps up the power by giving us the Godlike predecessors of the vampire race; Saga 3 drops in power level back to the fledgeling, and Saga 4 plummets in power-level and world-shaking aspirations with a mere serial killer who wants to stay hidden and is not one hundreth the warrior that the fledgeling vampire of Sagas 1 and 3 was.
- To illustrate, what is likely the most powerful antagonist, Kars, showed up in only Battle Tendency (the second part out of eight as of 2014). Unlike any other villains, Kars had no vulnerabilities or exploitable weaknesses and was so durable that brains-over-brawn was no longer a viable tactic simply because there was no way to merely trick someone into taking that much damage. Only Enrico Pucci from Stone Ocean at his very peak was portrayed as any more powerful. Every other antagonist (except for Dio, who could at least be worn down) could be taken out by a single well-placed attack.
- In detail below – Battle Tendency and Stone Ocean tend to stand out in terms of both power and motivation.
- Phantom Blood: Dio Brando: an immortal, super-strong, super-fast, but not invulnerable vampire with complete control of his body ravaging the countryside. He wanted to "live gorgeously forever."
- Battle Tendency: Kars: the originator of the vampire curse. At his peak, he was superhuman in every way, completely immortal, regenerative, could survive bathing in lava, was a shapeshifter, and the most powerful Ripple user in the series. He wanted to rule everything.
- Stardust Crusaders: Dio again, but this time in addition to his own enhanced physicality, he had his Stand The World attached to him, who was stronger and faster than a vampire and could stop time. He also had a huge villain network. He had a vaguely defined objective of uplifting humanity.
- Diamond Is Unbreakable: Yoshikage Kira: an OCD-riddled serial killer with a good eye and cunning; his Stand could make small but lethal explosions and a local time-loop. Outside of an influential father, he had no connections and no greater plans than to lay low.
- Vento Aureo: Diavolo: The head of an Italian Mafia with vast resources. His stand was the most physically powerful thing in the series at close range and his power could mess with time perception. He wanted to remain the head of the mafia and kill his daughter to maintain anonymity.
- Stone Ocean: Enrico Pucci: A prison priest with influence over many of the most powerful inmates at Green Dolphin Penitentiary. At his peak, he could move and think at relativistic speeds and speed forward through time arbitrarily, in addition to wreaking havoc with time-space on a global scale and severely skewing gravity for miles around by his mere presence. He wanted to fulfill Dio's plans for uplifting humanity by destroying the universe and remaking it in his image.
- Steel Ball Run: Funny Valentine: President of the US with all the resources that implies. At his peak, he was automatically shielded from all probability of harm. Additionally, his Stand could travel to alternate dimensions for back-up, teleportation, and replacement upon death. He wanted to acquire powerful mystical resources for American prosperity.
- Araki discusses the trope on Volume 46's notes.
: "I was thinking about how strong enemies show up in manga. After them, an even stronger enemy shows up, and after them, an even stronger one… so what happens at the very end? It's kind of like thinking about the edges of the universe. Once you look about the world, you realize that what it really means to be a 'strong' person is not to do bad things
. 'An enemy who does bad things' is a person who has 'a spiritual weakness, and what’s truly scary is when someone takes that weakness and uses it to lash out against others."
- Spam Attack: "ORA ORA ORA ORA ORA ORA ORAAAAAAAA!" "MUDA MUDA MUDA MUDA MUDA MUDA MUDA MUDAAAAAAA!" Though, frankly, every humanoid Stand can do this to some extent.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the Super Famicom game of Part 3, every single playable hero can survive the adventure.
- Sparing The Aces: In Battle Tendency, Joseph convinces Wamuu via Scheherezade Gambit that it would be a waste for a Proud Warrior Race Guy to kill the one creature who has a chance of becoming the Worthy Opponent that he seeks.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Along with the usual problems, many characters aren't directly named after something despite fans generally preferring to spell it that way. For example, while he's named after Wham!, he's officially Wamuu, not Wham; while he's named after Dire Straits, it's Straizo, not Straits. The Writing Around Trademarks necessitated by the current attempts at English adaptations (such as All Star Battle) introduces another layer; for example, Santana becomes Santaviero in ASB.
- Spit Take: In Stardust Crusaders, performed by Jotaro, Joseph, and Polnareff when Iggy starts causing trouble. Since it was poisoned tea courtesy of Oingo no less, this inadvertently saved their lives.
- Spoiler Opening:
- The first opening of the TV anime summarizes Phantom Blood in its entirety while omitting major character deaths.
- The TV anime opening of Battle Tendency spoils Caesar's death. Specifically the part where Joseph ties Caesar's headband around his head while crying.
- The manga panels preview future JoJos up to Jolyne, including an out-of-context spoiler for Battle Tendency (later animated in the second opening)!
- The opening for Battle Tendency subtly alludes to Caesar's death and Joseph's eventual Stand. You can also clearly see Kars standing before the rising sun.
- The first opening for the Stardust Crusaders anime shows Kakyoin and Polnareff fighting as part of the group, even though they initially appear as antagonists; additionally, during the shot of five stars shooting towards Dio's lair, a sixth one joins the group, foreshadowing Sixth Ranger Iggy. The second opening shows, although much faster, shots mirroring those just before the deaths of Avdol and Kakyoin, as well as the near-death of Joseph, and is replete with clock/gear imagery representing the fact that Dio's Stand can stop time. And there are many more split-second ones, such as Jotaro's hand moving during Dio's time stop and the World appearing in Star Platinum's reflection.
- The Stinger: In the anime. After the credits for Phantom Blood, the expedition that leads to Santana's rise can be seen. After the credits for Battle Tendency, Dio's coffin is shown being raised in 1983 and Jotaro Kujo is sitting in his jail cell, setting up the beginning of Stardust Crusaders.
- Super Mode: Essentially what the "Requiem" effect is the arrow has on Stands.
- Symbolic Blood: When Joseph takes a bad hit during his fight with Esidisi, Lisa Lisa's glass of red wine cracks and leaks all over her tablecloth on another part of the island.
- Synchronization: Any damage done to the Stand is inflicted upon its wielder, and vice-versa. Of course, since Stands are essentially a projection of the wielder's mind and personality, you technically ARE hitting them when you hit their Stand.
- There are specific Stands that inflict this on others to attack. Steely Dan's the Lovers and Xander McQueen's Highway to Hell being prominent examples.
- Takes One to Kill One: A Stand can only be damaged by another Stand. Although some Stands can't be harmed at all.
- Taking You with Me: This is the specific purpose of a few Stands. Notorious B.I.G. in Vento Aureo can only be activated upon its user's death, at which point it becomes an indestructible Body Horror Determinator. Stone Ocean has a more direct example in Highway To Hell. Its user has extreme suicidal tendencies, and whenever he attempts to kill himself, the exact same trauma will be experienced by the Stand's target.
- Talking the Monster to Death: Almost inverted by Funny Valentine on Johnny in Steel Ball Run.
- Talk to the Fist: Jotaro interrupts Dio when he's about to use his Stand by socking him in the face so hard he's sent flying into a car.
- Talking Is a Free Action: "You may not realize it yet, but you've just lost to Dio in this game of wits. Does this street look familiar to you, or, being the tourist that you are, do all streets look the same?" All said while flying backwards through the street at a ludicrous speed.
- There's also Polnareff having almost an entire paragraph's worth of inner monologue as a bullet is flying at him.
- The 2012 anime gleefully dives headfirst into this trope. There's rarely an episode where someone doesn't move in slow motion while thinking/talking at the speed of light. Of course, all the examples from the anime were present in the manga as well, such as Joseph and Cars' tumble off a cliff, where they have more than enough time to discuss strategies and counterstrategies against each other (especially when Cars rebounds Joseph off the cliffside to slice him up with his arm blade, during which he apparently has enough time to deliver a paragraph's worth of gloating.)
- Tangled Family Tree: All thanks to Dio Brando and Joseph Joestar. Jotaro Kujo is just about the only man to have four great-grand-uncles that are half his age - and all with two biological fathers, no less.
- At the beginning of Diamond Is Unbreakable Jotaro even lampshades how crazy it sounds to Josuke when he tells him that officially he is his Nephew, even with the 12 year difference of age.
- Tarot Motifs: At first, the Stands in Stardust Crusaders were all named after the major arcana. The Stands were faithful to the card meaning, except Ebony Devil (impure instinct) and Hanged Man (self-sacrifice) seem to be switched.
- Taught by Television: If Jotaro is anything to go by, Columbo is very educational.
- Theme Music Power-Up: In the climax of the final battle between Joseph and Kars. Notable in that the theme music in question is "Sono Chi no Sadame" - the theme music from the Phantom Blood arc.
- Theme Naming:
- Musical Theme Naming: With the exception of those from Vento Aureo and Stone Ocean, nearly all characters in the series are some kind of reference to a band or song. This also applies to Stands from Diamond Is Unbreakable onward.
- In Stardust Crusaders, the first 22 stands introduced are all named after the major arcana of the tarot. Dio's nine Egyptian agents, meanwhile, have Stands named after Egyptian deities.
- Edible Theme Naming: Many characters in Vento Aureo are named after Italian foods. Examples include Pannacotta Fugo, Abbacchio Leone, Risotto Nero, Melone, Cioccolata, Gelato, Sorbet (which is not actually italian, the correct word being "sorbetto"), Prosciutto, Pesci, Formaggio, and Mario Zucchero.
- The extra-canonical light novel Purple Haze Feedback has every character's stand, save for characters who appear in Part 5 itself except for Fugo, named after a Jimi Hendrix song
- Characters in Stone Ocean are named after various fashion designers or clothing brands.
- All the women of the Higashikata family in JoJolion, including Mitsuba, who married into it, are named after the four playing card suits.
- And all their Stands have King in them. (Nut King Cole, King Nothing, Paper Moon King, California King Bed)
- Third-Person Person: Dio in the English dub of the OVA. He takes it to new heights: he refers to himself in the first person, then the third person ("I, Dio"), as an attempt at translating his Japanese "Kono Dio" tic. Calling oneself 'kono -your name here-' is putting on the ritz; appending -sama to your name is just being a giant blowhard. Dio, it seems, does both, hence his translated pronoun quirk.
- Time Master: All the Big Bads are either immortal or can manipulate the flow of time in some fashion.
- Time Stands Still: Memorably, both Dio's The World (ZA WARUDO!) and Jotaro's Star Platinum have this ability, although Dio can only stop time for a few seconds at first. It's mentioned that if he hadn't been beaten, he eventually would've been able to stop time for as long as he wanted.
- Those Wacky Nazis: Stroheim and his group. Keep in mind, they're good guys (at least temporarily) in Battle Tendency, helping to defeat the Pillar Men for the sake of the world. GERMAN SCIENCE!!
- Tongue-Tied: The Talking Heads Stand has this as its power. Crosses with Can Not Spit It Out as Narancia desperately tries to figure out a way to circumvent its ability and warn the others about a different enemy Stand.
- Training from Hell: Sometimes you feel sorry for the main characters when you see how they're taught. In Series 2, Joseph Joestar had to climb up a tower with his bare hands, while said tower gushed oil (more like vegetable oil than crude oil) from the top, making it too slick for a normal person to even attempt climbing. Joseph Joestar does it with his fingertips, though it takes him 'four consecutive days'.
- Translation Convention: Near-constant. English, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, French, Hindi, Arabic, and others are all presented as Japanese — hardly surprising when, on the whole, very little of the series is actually set in Japan. However, when Koichi heads to Italy and confronts Giorno, Giorno commends him on his fluency in Italian, which Koichi lets slip that it was the result of Rohan using Heaven's Door on him. Regardless, both are presented as speaking in Japanese to the reader.
- Chapter 2 of Steel Ball Run has a disclaimer that says that all U.S. customary units will be converted to metric and currency amounts will be inflated to modern standards. Also, Sandman can apparently write Japanese.
- Translation Train Wreck: While the entire series so far has been fan-translated to English, a quality translation for Vento Aureo is still in progress. The only available complete translation is beyond terrible, featuring untranslated text, sentences that don't begin with capital letters, and other massive screw-ups, edging into Macekre territory, as much of the cast's characterization was altered as well.
- Before Diamond is Unbreakable got a proper translation, it had a translation known as 'Duwang scans', riddled with numerous errors, sub-par typesetting, and overall awful quality, to the point that it went memetic in the community.
- Truer To The Text:
- The TV anime version of Phantom Blood is much more faithful to the manga than the rare film version released years prior, both in art style and story.
- The Stardust Crusaders TV anime is also much, much more faithful to the manga than the OVA adaptation.
- Truth in Television: Sandman. Yes, there were Native Americans who could run as fast as a horse. The beggar in Stardust Crusaders with a Mercedes is Rippedfromthe Headlines (of the time) as is Mista's back story.
- Turn Out Like His Father: After George is killed and Lisa Lisa is sent on the run for taking down his killer, Erina decides that it would be best to tell Joseph that both of his parents are dead, lest he follow in their footsteps.
- Someone to Remember Him By: Dio kills Jonathan, but not before Jonathan can father a son with his newly wedded wife, Erina.
- Undead Child
- Unexpected Character: Nobody thought Midler would show up in the fighting game (see The Faceless for why). Young Joseph (called "JoJo") was also a bit of a surprise.
- All-Star Battle brought in multiple characters throughout the series that nobody expected, especially as DLC. Akira and Shigechi from Part 4 were bad enough. Then they announced Baoh.
- Unexpected Gameplay Change: The fights in Steel Ball Run could be considered a narrative equivalent. Unlike the previous parts, which had a large number of humanoid Stands fighting directly, most Stands in Steel Ball Run tend to simply grant superhuman abilities, while their users fought personally, making fights even complicated and tactical.
- The Unfavorite: Johnny had this unfortunate problem in Steel Ball Run with his brother Nicholas. The fact that Johnny indirectly killed Nicholas by not killing a pet rat that would go on to startle his horse makes it all the more heart-wrenching.
- Unorthodox Reload: Mista's hat bullets, though he reloads the normal way as well.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: A number of times in the series. Most blatant with Annasui in Stone Ocean, since he actually was a woman in his first appearance but was retconned into a man for his second. Then inverted in Steel Ball Run with Hot Pants, who we find out is a woman when Johnny treats her wounds.
- Unskilled, but Strong: The Sons of Dio in part 6 have powerful stands, but have possessed them for a day at most. This causes their tactics to be very basic, leaveing them open to more experienced Stand users. Rykiel, in particular, reveals himself to Jolyne and Hermes in what they immediately recognize as a ploy to get them to come closer to him.
- Unsound Effect: The Stand Echoes gets this in its Act 2 form. Write kaboom, and something will explode. Put zoom on something, it will go fast. Act 1 allows it to paste said sound on someone and force them to hear it over and over, while Act 3 gives Koichi Super Saiyan hair and the ability to put a gravity well on anything by saying "Freeze"; this can apply to anything from a person's hand to a car.
- Sandman from Steel Ball Run, real name Soundman, has something similar.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: This is Enrico Pucci's motivation in Stone Ocean. His plan involves using the fusion of his Stand and a homonculus of Dio to accelerate time to the point where the cosmos undergoes both a Big Crunch and a Big Bang, and everything repeats as before, just without anyone who died during the acceleration. The utopia is supposed to come from the fact that those who got to live through the singularity will subconsciously remember everything that ever happened to them in the previous, identical cycle. This means that they will be imbued with a kind of fatalism, immensely dampening any shock, horror, agony, etc. that they would otherwise experience. Basically, Pucci's idea of "paradise" is "a world without surprises".
- Vampire Bites Suck: Vampires in the JJBA universe feed by shoving their fingers into your body. No, they don't have any powers that make this easier - they shove their fingers into you.
- Viewers Are Geniuses: Araki likes to give in-depth explanations about the biology and physics behind certain abilities and Stands, despite the fact that most of the readers won't understand it. Half of the physics in the series are complete bullshit anyway.
- And then there's all of the religious symbolism and imagery that's been popping up in Steel Ball Run lately. Though having shifted demographics and being a seinen now, it's a lot more likely to be picked up on by readers.
- In Steel Ball Run, it is just turned to astronomical levels. The explanation of the first use of the Spin, put on top of criminals for execution is not true. The weight was put there so the dead could not be turned into vampires, as an old superstition. Best misleading ever. Just to understand the Spin is a whole problem in itself.
- Villain Pedigree: Vampires are quickly replaced by Pillar Men, who are quickly replaced by Stand users, mostly out of necessity. At the time, both Dragonball and YuYu Hakusho were running in Shonen Jump, and while JoJo was more in the vein of Fist of the North Star (which already finished) thanks to vampires and the Ripple power, it was still similar enough, and was behind both of them in popularity. Stands brought something fresh and new to the manga, and differentiated it from its peers.
- The Virus: Dr. Ferdinand's Scary Monsters Stand, which turns its victims into dinosaurs.
- We Need a Distraction: Speedwagon realizes early on that he can't fight vampires and zombies directly, so he serves as a distraction for others, even nicknaming himself "The Interfering Speedwagon".
- Weaponized Teleportation: Several Stands (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, etc.) can teleport between or instantaneously travel through things like electrical currents or water. Oftentimes, they use this offensively by dragging their opponent along for the ride.
- Wham Episode: The death of William Zeppeli.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Subverted to hell and back. No matter how stupid or ridiculously limiting a Stand power seems, the user will find a way to make it an advantage.
- Played straight with Survivor, Cheap Trick, and Superfly, however. Dio himself derides the former as a useless Stand because it's always on, cannot select its targets, and is woefully restrictive in what it does. It makes people fight each other, and relays to them their opponents' weakest points. That's it. It can play off of aggression, but it won't make people fight if they don't have much animosity. Its user didn't even fight, and got quite a large bridge dropped on him, while the last two only exist to kill/completely screw over the users.
- To clarify, Cheap Trick kills its user if someone sees his back and goes to the person who saw it. It also tries to get people to see the back of the current "user". Superfly "protects" its user by keeping him contained in its tower.
- Generally, nearly all stands which function independent of the user and can't be turned off get a degree of this treatment just by the virtue that even the user can't control it if they wanted to. They often just try to get the user as close to their target as they can and let it operate naturally under the mentality of "Well, at least it's their problem too now."
- What Measure Is A Nonhuman: Averted with any non-human members of the protagonists' True Companions, and even their enemies are largely treated the same as their human foes. In Stone Ocean, Foo Fighters (a Stand composed of pond algae) is even given a Heel-Face Turn and joins the core group.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Part 2 does this, even though the series would continue on for another twenty years.
- Lisa Lisa eventually revealed that she was Joseph's mother, then went on to marry a Hollywood screenwriter.
- Erina Joestar, Joseph's grandmother, worked as a teacher before quietly passing away at the age of 81 surrounded by her loved ones.
- Robert E.O. Speedwagon continued his several capital ventures, which paved the way for new advances in science and medicine. He died at the age of 89.
- Rudol von Stroheim continued to fight in the German army. He was killed in action in the Battle of Stalingrad.
- Smokey Brown went on to graduate college with a major in political science, eventually becoming the first black mayor in his home state of Georgia.
- White and Grey Morality: Part 7 is founded on this. While people like Gyro and Lucy are good people (Johnny eventually comes around as well, though he's much grayer than most heroes), none of the main villains are really evil, per say. Diego wants to win because it's his job, and to fulfill his dream of being wealthy to avenge his mother. Funny Valentine, on the other hand wants the parts because he feels that they are too dangerous for anyone else, and he wants to use them to further the gain of his country and make his citizens lives better. When the main villain is a guy that Jesus Christ himself approves of, you know this trope is in full effect.
- Widget Series: Even before orangutans, dogs, swords, turtles, and plankton were allowed to be bestowed psychic powers, the series was just plain weird. Doesn't stop it from being manly, awesome, and badass as hell.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The average Stand makes you untouchable by non-Stand users; ordinary people can't even see your Stand, much less do anything about it. This allows you to do pretty much whatever you want whenever you want to whomever you want. This is hinted now and then to be a big reason why so many of the evil Stand users are so Ax-Crazy.
- World of Badass: By Stardust Crusaders, it's practically invoked as a law. Stand Users seem to be drawn together by fate. So if you're one, chances are your daily life will generally involve badasses.
- World of Ham: Why talk when you can SHOUT!? Why stand when you can POSE!? Why walk when you can LEAP!?
- World of Muscle Men: The male cast are almost entirely buff, manly men. Way back at the beginning of the series, Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando can, at age 12, be easily mistaken for older because of this trope.
- It was downplayed as the series went on; Vento Aureo had all the men be slender due to Araki wanting to overload his readers with Ho Yay and fabulousness, none of the men in Stone Ocean were notably heavyset and the main characters were women of healthy builds, and parts 7 and 8 had a large Art Shift that all but eliminated overt musculature in clothed characters.
- Close examination shows that both Johnny and Josuke from JoJolion are very well built, Josuke being about as muscular as Jotaro (who was clearly huge). The fact that they're drawn so thin is a tribute to how far Araki has gone to eliminate the trope.
- Worthy Opponent: Subverted in Battle Tendency. Kars tells Lisa Lisa that he will give her a fair fight to honor the memory of Wamuu and Esidisi... only to disguise a mook as himself during their "fight" and stab her while she was distracted. He then tells her that he wanted the Red Stone of Aja, which she had on her person, enough to not take the chances his dead companions had. As you'd imagine, this comes across as a massive Kick the Dog moment, as it basically slanders the honor and struggles of his deceased companions.
- Played straight with Joseph, who feels this way towards Wamuu as well as Esidisi for their determination in wanting to go all out for their master.
- Wamuu himself feels this for both Ceasar and Joseph after getting the chance to fight each of them one on one.
- In Phantom Blood, Dio views Jonathan as this, after Jonathon uses Ripple to destroy Dio's body.
- Bruford views Jonathan as this for defeating him, even lending him his Cool Sword in respect towards him.
- Pucci views Joylne as this, due to her tactical mind and flexibility that makes her more dangerous than Jotaro.
- Jotaro views N'Doul as this, even thinking that they would've been allies if he weren't loyal to Dio.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Averted, big time. It doesn't matter if you're a man, girl, animal, or even a child. If you piss off a JoJo, and he/she gets their hands on you, then you're better off dead.
- Wamuu, Kars' dragon, plays it completely straight, though. He even provides the page image.
- Well, if said women aren't evil, then Jotaro could qualify.
- Writing Around Trademarks: The English translation of the arcade game is loaded with this, as many of the bad guys have their names romanized differently to avoid copyright infringement (Devo becoming D'bo and Vanilla Ice becoming Iced, for instance).
- Araki not letting it happen a second time is why the Vento Aureo game was not released stateside, despite Capcom's every intention to do so.
- The anime primarily doesn't have to (or at least wouldn't in the US) do this because it's funded by Time-Warner, whose music label owns the rights to the majority of artists referenced.
- A few instances do come up, however, such as J.Geil becoming Centerfold (which was Araki's suggestion) and Captain Tennille becoming Captain Dragonnote .
- Written Sound Effect: Araki takes this trope very seriously. Very notable written sound effects are one of the notable traits of his style and he considers them an integral part of his artwork. As a result, they have shown up in all of the video games and the 2012 anime. Two separate characters have sound effect-based powers, as well.
- Example: Memetaa◊, the sound of a frog being punched
- Written Roar: Like it needs to be said at this point?
- Wrongly Accused: Well, technically Lisa Lisa did kill that high-ranking British officer she's accused of murdering - it's just that she was the only one who knew he was secretly a bloodsucking undead monster.
- Yandere: Yukako Yamagishi.
- One example of her crazy love is when she discovers that the one she loves (Koichi) isn't exactly an upstanding individual. Of course, this was a plot set up by Koichi's friends in order to make her stop liking him. This fails, however, because it instead makes her kidnap him in order to make him the perfect man. Then it got worse...
- Daiya Higashikata from JoJolion seems to be yandere as well, seeing as she steals her new brother Josuke's memories because she wanted to share his experiences and be with him forever.
- Dio is infamous for his disturbing obsession with the Joestars, especially Jonathan. Enough to steal his body because he felt him worthy enough to host to "live gorgeously" forever.
- Years Too Early: In Battle Tendency, while preparing a coup de grace against Kars, Joseph tells him that he may be thousands of years old, but he's still ten years too early to beat Joseph's wits.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Surprisingly a case in this series. Pucci thought Made In Heaven would give him the power to Screw Destiny and control everyone else, but that's disproven when Emporio kills him. Boingo's Stand seemingly would enable him take advantage of it to defeat Jotaro and company, but due to a Prophecy Twist, that tanked and he attributed it to Jotaro being favored by destiny.
- There's a prequel chapter at the end of Vento Aureo as well, which retroactively predicts Bucciarati's death.
- The recent chapters of JoJolion revealed that Johnny still ended up dying young just as the original Jonathan did to save a child (this time, his son George as opposed to Elizabeth/Lisa Lisa in the original timeline) as well as his wife after a failed attempt to save Rina from an unknown illness using the corpse.
- Boingo was correct in saying that his stand is never wrong, no matter what the prediction is. It just never tells you the whole story.
- King Crimson's predictions are always true as well, until Gold Experience Requiem comes into play.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Some fan translations Phantom Blood gives the Dark Knights Tarukus and Bruford this.
- You Taste Delicious: Vento Aureo. "This taste... it's [the taste] of a liar!"
- Clarification: According to Bruno, sweat tastes sweeter when the person sweating is nervous, indicating they're hiding something. While he was correct in that instance, licking the person's face probably doesn't help them keep their cool.
- You Can't Thwart Stage One: A staple of every major villain's plot in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
- Your Head Asplode: