Manga / JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable

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The one with the beautiful Duwang! Pictured (clockwise from top left): Okuyasu, Jotaro, Koichi, Rohan, and Josuke (center).
Diamond Is Unbreakable (also known as "Diamond is not Crash", a common mistranslation that appeared on Japanese merchandise until 2013) is the fourth part of the long-running JoJo's Bizarre Adventure saga. It is preceded by Stardust Crusaders and followed by Vento Aureo.

Set in 1999, this part stars the friendly, confident high school student Josuke Higashikata, the product of an extramarital affair between Joseph Joestar and a Japanese college student. Jotaro Kujo travels to the northeastern Japanese town of Morioh to track down Josuke in order to sort out his placement in the aging Joseph's will, as well as warn him of a dangerous Stand user Joseph foretold. After encountering this Stand user, Jotaro and Josuke learn that he obtained his Stand as the result of being struck with an ancient arrow fired from a bow used by a local high school student. Jotaro stays in town to find the bow and arrow, believed to be the source of the Joestar family's Stands, while Josuke encounters multiple Stand users created as a result of the arrow, including classmates Koichi Hirose and Okuyasu Nijimura and local famous manga author Rohan Kishibe. After the bow and arrow is retrieved, and Josuke reunited with his father, the group learns from the earthbound ghost of a murder victim that there is a Stand-using serial killer loose in town. Josuke and his friends must find the murderer, Yoshikage Kira before his murder spree continues, thwarted by several other Stand users created in the wake of losing the bow and arrow once more.

An anime adaptation aired from April to December 2016, spanning 39 episodes. An OVA of its spin-off, Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe, will be a bonus for those who buy the entire DVD set for Part 4. A series of live action films are planned to be released sometime over 2017-2018 to coincide with the franchises 30th Anniversary.

I'm gonna fix this manga and reduce it to its original tropes!

  • Accidental Public Confession: Hayato tries to assassinate Kira, but it fails due to sheer bad luck. Kira in his gloating slips out his name, and is overheard by Josuke.
  • Adaptation Expansion
    • A few instances of Foreshadowing are added in the anime that hint at Kira's role as the Big Bad, and give many characters small cameos early on.
    • The anime also adds a new character Kai Harada who hosts the Morioh Town Radio show.
    • Episode "Another One Bites the Dust, Part 1" of the anime adds some extra scenes better explaining what's going on, such as showing what happened right after Kira was pierced by the arrow, something the manga more or less glosses over with just some exposition by Yoshihiro, as well as a scene where Hayato is told by Kira how Bites The Dust works in detail, complete with Kira gloating about having actually killed Hayato before Bites The Dust first activated, where in the manga he just figures that out by himself.
    • The final episode's ending includes a number of extra scenes showing off the supporting cast whereas in the Manga just a few text boxes told us that what happened to Okuyasu's dad and Shizuka. The anime even gives Toyohiro and Angelo some final cameos and shows that Okuyasu is trying to fix his dad through Pearl Jam's cuisine.
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: The Diamond Is Unbreakable adaptation shows glimpses of Kira's everyday activities, but the background consists of a western style house, while Kira's home is an old samurai villa.
    • A later episode, however, shows Kira cooking breakfast at the apartment of the woman he murdered the previous afternoon, very likely after staying the night there.
  • Always Someone Better: Kira purposely invoked this trope during his childhood by purposefully coming in third place in many competitions just so there would be no attention drawn towards him.
  • Amazon Chaser: Koichi falls in love with Yukako due to her forceful personality.
  • Anyone Can Die: Toned down in this part as none of the main protagonists die in it but that still doesn't stop a few arc characters (I.E. Shigechi and Aya) from getting killed alongside a few minor villains and other minor characters as well as Big Bad Yoshikage Kira.
  • Arrested for Heroism: Josuke Higashikata stops a hostage situation with his Stand Crazy Diamond, but gets arrested because his recklessness endangered the hostage anyway and the policemen cannot see Stands.
  • Art Evolution: This Part marked the transition to more realistic, slimmer proportions over the muscular character designs from Parts 1-3.
  • Art Shift: Araki's art style for this part and the franchise as a whole abruptly changes towards the end of the first half.
  • Author Avatar: Rohan Kishibe from Diamond Is Unbreakable is based on the author, but there are a couple of differences. For instance, Rohan despises Josuke, despite Araki stating that Josuke is his favorite character. Though apparently, Araki dislikes when fans are intimidated by him due to his similarities with the (actually frightening) Rohan Kishibe. Apparently, the real Araki is terribly laid-back, and wishes to be seen as someone who strangers can relax around. Yet it's kind of hard to relax around someone who the fans think is an immortal vampire that ages backwards.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Shinobu Kawajiri's marriage is loveless, and she seems to take revenge on her husband by slighting him at every occasion. Very ironically, she starts to actually love her husbandů when Kira steals his face and replaces him.
  • Awkward Father-Son Bonding Activity: Josuke momentarily takes care of his elderly father Joseph, whom he never met, and he finds the moment very awkward indeed.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Josuke and Joseph's awkward relationship as bastard son and estranged father improves considerably after they have to take care of an invisible baby together.
  • Baby Carriage: One of the most awesome scene of Diamond Is Unbreakable happens during a chase between Josuke on a motorcycle and Highway Star. A random woman and her baby carriage appear and block Josuke's way. Instead of turning or braking, Josuke destroys his motorcycle to flip above the carriage and repairs it to resume riding it.
  • Badass Normal: A notable example in that this Part is the last one with a notable normal character in Hayato.
  • Beneath Notice: This is Yoshikage Kira's schtick, being so average in appearance, behavior or achievement that he's pretty much The Generic Guy and no one gives a thought about him.
  • Beta Couple: Koichi and Yukako, two side characters of Diamond is Unbreakable, get together in a side-plot.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Josuke is the nicest character of Part 4, he can also inflict you a Fate Worse Than Death.
  • Berserk Button: Josuke will indiscriminately assault anyone who insults his pompadour. This is eventually revealed to be because Josuke's pompadour is modeled after that worn by a stranger who saved his life as a child.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Ultimately, the story ends on a positive note: the town will forever be free of Kira's terror, and all that have been murdered by him have been avenged. However, the ending of the story makes it painfully clear this victory is not a very happy one. Due to the fact Killer Queen destroys all evidence, those murdered will forever be missing people, their cases never solved. The families of his victims will forever be waiting for the daughters and sisters stolen from them, waiting for them to come home. Even if they come to accept they will never return, they will never understand why they were taken. Shinobu will forever wait for Kosaku to come home, never knowing the truth of what happened to him, a burden Hayato must now live with. Shigechi's parents will forever wonder what happened to their 14 year old son.
  • Bookends: Both the Starter Villain and Big Bad are Serial Killers. Most of the build up reserved for the former at the beginning of the story wouldn't be out of place for the latter.
  • Boring, but Practical: Tamami Kobayashi's Stand "The Lock" is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Yet it is a very effective Stand for getting information out of enemies or getting them to give into demands.
  • Breather Episode:
    • The "Let's Eat Italian Food" arc following Yukako and Koichi's battle. A simple story arc about Okuasyu and Josuke going out to eat Italian food with no enemy Stand users or battles to speak of.
    • The "Achtung Baby" arc after the fight with Akira Otoishi. A simple short arc about Joseph and Josuke encountering an invisible baby who happens to be a Stand user with some funny yet endearing interactions between Josuke and his illegitimate father.
    • The "Cinderella" arc was this in the original manga. The arc, which was about Yukako seeing the beautician Aya to improve her looks for Koichi, came right after "Yoshikage Kira Wants a Quiet Life". The anime better integrates the arc by putting it immediately before said arc so that the anime version would immediately move into "Sheer Heart Attack" which ends in Aya's death.
  • Call Back: In spite of being a Post-Script Season, a good number of elements of this part relate to elements in previous parts.
    • Most notable is the Stand Arrows that were introduced in this part. These are the same arrows that gave Dio and most of his henchmen Stands with Jotaro outright referencing the trip to Egypt after the discovery of the arrows.
    • Okuyasu's father had the same flesh bud implanted in his brain that Dio used to mind control Kakyoin, Polnareff, and any of his minions that weren't paid mercenaries. However Okuyasu's father delves into the horror of what it would be like if one didn't have their flesh bud removed by Star Platinum.
    • Cheap Trick is a remote Stand that cannot be controlled by its owner and has multiple users much like Anubis in Stardust Crusaders.
    • In one scene, Joseph is seen drinking Japanese coffee and proclaiming he likes it. In Stardust Crusaders there is a scene where Avdol brews him American coffee that he thinks is Japanese and he proclaims to hate Japanese coffee.
    • Okuyasu's Stand "The Hand" can erase any physical space in front of him. This is very similar to Vanilla Ice's Cream in Stardust Crusaders that can absorb physical matter into a Pocket Dimension.
    • Rohan's fight with Ken Oyanagi has him playing Rock, Paper, Scissors with his Stand on the line. This is similar to the fights with the D'Arby Brothers in Stardust Crusaders which had the protagonists playing poker and video games against them and losing their souls as the cost of a loss.
    • Yukako's Stand allowing her to use her hair as a weapon is very similar to Bruford using his hair to wield his sword in Phantom Blood.
  • Call Forward:
    • Kira awakening to Bites the Dust after being hit by a Stand arrow a second time. In Vento Aureo this becomes a main plot point in the final battle where Giorno and his friends are trying to stop Diavolo from getting his hands on the Arrow to stop him from getting a stronger Stand.
    • The third opening of the anime adds in a sign that says "VA 2001". 2001 is the year Vento Aureo takes place in.
      • The localized version instead has "GW 2001". GW now stands for Golden Wind as it is called that in this version.
  • Carnival of Killers: After Jotaro and Josuke find Yoshihiro Kira in the old Kira household he uses his Stand Arrow to create on by giving regular people in Morioh stands so he can take out the protagonists. Doesn't go as well as he would have liked however since some of his victims don't antagonize the protagonists such as Mikitaka (assuming he has a Stand) or aren't direct threats themselves (Kinoto didn't mean to harm Rohan but rather his Stand "Cheap Trick" is the antagonist).
  • Confused Question Mark: Josuke is surrounded by them when the self-styled alien Mikitaka and his mother both pretend that the other is wrong.
  • Conspicuous CGI: Used for the buildings in the anime's ending credits, as well as the brief shot of Traffic (the boat that brings Joseph to Morioh).
  • Cowardly Lion: Koichi Hirose is arguably the bravest character of the part because he jumps straight into the most dangerous situation while shaking from fear. He latter grows out of the cowardly part
  • Dancing Theme: To acknowledge the shift in tone to a more Slice of Life style, Part 4's anime uses a more lighthearted disco/funk theme ("Crazy Noisy Bizarre Town" by The Du) with 2D animation, in stark contrast to the first three season's hotblooded, CGI animation-filled themes. Most of the characters (Josuke, Koichi, Oyakasu, Yukako, and Tonio, for example) dance and pose along with the music, while Jotaro just stoically walks on by, though he does smile and pose a little bit, turning his signature finger-point into a John Travolta-type pose, denoting his Character Development.
  • Date Peepers: Josuke and Okuyasu peep on Koichi having his first date with Yukako.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Many of the Stand of the Week antagonists end up becoming allies with Josuke and Koichi. Josuke ends up befriending Okuyasu, Shigechi and Yuya after he outsmarts their Stand while Koichi becomes friends with Kobayashi, Hazamada, Yukako, and Rohan their defeats.
  • Defiant to the End: Koichi is cornered by Yoshikage Kira and defiantly manages to learn his identity and taunt him about how careless the supposed meticulous serial killer is. His last words before being punched through by Killer Queen is to say that he'll be waiting for Kira in the Underworld. Subverted when Josuke heals Koichi.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Joseph was the main character of Part 2 but gets only a couple of appearance in Part 4.
    • Happens to a lot of characters who have arcs centered around them early on but only have prominent appearances in one later arc before only making cameos later. Yukako and Hazamada in particular have a couple of appearances in the first half but don't appear as much later on and Yuya and Mikitaka are pushed to the side after the battles against Kanedaichi and Miyamoto respectively.
  • Dirty Old Man: Despite having been married for forty years and being in his sixties, Joseph is revealed to have cheated on his wife with a 20 years old Tomoko Higashikata.
  • Disc One Final Boss: Akira Otoishi is the primary antagonist of the first half being the one who steals the Stand Arrow from Okuyasu and Keicho and kills Keicho. After his defeat Jotaro reclaims the Stand Arrow from him wrapping up that part of the story.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The anime adds in a lot of these.
    • Okuyasu, Keicho, Hazamada, Yukako, and Rohan are present in the crowd at the convenience store in the first episode.
    • Yukako gets one in the "Surface" episode of the anime, having a non-speaking appearance in the school at the halfway point.
    • Before his first official appearance, there is a scene of a manga editor having a meeting with Rohan.
    • Kira and Kousaku can be seen walking from their jobs at the end of the "Red Hot Chili Pepper" arc.
    • After the "Sheer Heart Attack" arc, Mikitaka, Yuya, and Terunosuke are present in a crowd shot.
    • Technically every character gets one as in the first opening there is a scene where silhouettes fly across the screen which are every character that appears in this part. This also includes characters who don't appear during the first opening.
  • Emerging from the Shadows: Keicho Nijimura is placed in the shadows until his reveal.
  • Evolving Credits: Inverted with the first two openings which do not have a sound version like the previous openings. Played straight with the ending which adds in new characters as they are introduced.
    • Bites The Dust Part 2 changes the opening by giving Kira his "matured" hairstyle as well as using the last verse and chorus from Great Days (which starts with the song playing in reverse) after it pauses on the second stanza of the intro. It also skips to the very end of the opening and plays the whole thing in reverse in order to show the effects of Bites The Dust, much like how the last two episodes that used Sono Chi No Kioku had The World stop time before ending on Kira activating Killer Queen and everyone in the background turning to look at him.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Kobayashi's Stand "The Lock" is a lock, albeit one that can place restrictions on people.
  • Fairy Godmother: Aya Tsuji the beautician fancies herself being one during the Cinderella arc, making girls more "lovely" (literally) and making them find love, just like in Cinderella.
  • Fate Worse Than Death:
    • Okuyasu's father was turned into a blob monster after the death of Dio. He is incapable of proper speech, and above all cannot be killed in spite of how miserable he seems. Made even worse is the fact that it's unknown if he'll ever die naturally or is stuck being immortal forever.
    • Angelo and Terunosuke get this fate after their defeats. Angelo is forced to live the rest of eternity inside a rock while Terunosuke is trapped inside a book after Josuke uses his Stand ability against him.
  • Food Porn: The Italian Food Arc is mainly dedicated to it.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • After the discovery of the Stand Arrow in Morioh Town, Jotaro proclaims that he wants to prevent another Stand like "The World" from emerging. In the final arc, Kira is hit with the Stand Arrow again and awakens to the power Bites the Dust which can create a "Groundhog Day" Loop. Taken even further in Stone Ocean where Pucci awakens to the Stand "Made in Heaven" that can fast forward time and ultimately allows him to create a new universe. And it just so happens that Jotaro was able to witness both of these occurrences.
    • The anime adds many instances of this trope. Before Kira's appearance there are shots of murders he has committed throughout town, and he's even seen walking home from work after Otoishi's defeat. The anime also features silhouettes of characters that will appear later in crowd scenes and even has small stints of Yukako and Rohan before their official debuts.
    • The openings have plenty of instances of this...
      • Koichi and Yukako starting a relationship is foreshadowed in the first opening as Yukako's shadow remains by Koichi while the shadows of Keicho and Father Nijimura dissolve next to Okuyasu.
      • Reimi is foreshadowed in the first and second openings via the motif of the characters pointing their fingers into the air. Made more apparent in the second when the background is her alleyway and Rohan is looking into it.
      • The glass sheet above Josuke and Koichi walking to school in the second opening foreshadows Shigechi's desire to have friends and death before he was able to reach Josuke and Okuyasu.
      • The dotted line down Aya's arm in the second opening foreshadows her death at the hands of Yoshikage Kira.
      • In the "Bites the Dust" version of the third opening, Shinobu instead of looking at Kira as Kousaku looks at him and falls over. This foreshadows the fact that she'll never see her husband again but doesn't know that he is dead.
  • Finger Framing: Kira adopts this pose briefly to aim accurately with his invisible air bombs during the Crazy Diamond is Unbreakable arc.
  • Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: Joseph cheated on his wife with a Japanese woman, resulting in his bastard son Josuke.
  • Greater Scope Villain:
    • Keicho is the one who gave many of the characters in the first half their Stands in an attempt to find a Stand to turn his father back to normal.
    • Yoshihiro Kira acts as this in the second half since he is the one who granted Yoshikage Kira "Killer Queen" with the second Stand Arrow, gives Stands to the antagonists of the second half, and eventually gives Kira bites the dust.
    • In the end though, the ultimate Greater Scope Villain of them all is the archenemy of the Joestar Bloodline: DIO himself. It was he who entrusted Mr. Nijimura and Yoshihiro with Arrows when they still served him before his demise, who after his defeat still retained their Arrows, leading to all the misery Kira would spread with his murders and Keicho's determination to find a Stand that could fulfill his desires: which never would have been necessary at all had DIO not corrupted Mr. Nijimura. In the end, the people of Morioh, like so many, were also victims of DIO's ambition, albeit indirectly.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: Kira's Stand ability "Bites the Dust" causes a repeat of a day's events whenever Hayato witnesses him killing someone.
  • His Name Is...: Happens twice when the heroes are chasing after Kira, facilitated by the fact that he can make people explode.
  • "How Did You Know?" "I Didn't.": Resident dumbass Okuyasu is confronted by two Speedwagon Foundation agents, one of which is Akira Otoishi an evil Stand user, claiming each other to be the enemy in disguise. He punches Akira, and when he is asked how he could deduce the identity of the enemy, he reveals that he planned on punching both of them.
  • Humble Goal: Kira, who unlike many other villains, is content with living an ordinary life. Except he cannot resist the urges to kill people.
  • 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.
  • Insane Equals Violent: Kira is an insane sociopath with a sexual fixation on hands, and is one of the most unhinged characters of the series.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Jotaro and Koichi like and admire each other.
  • Invulnerable Knuckles: Averted when Star Platinum breaks its fist trying to punch Sheer Heart Attack.
  • Irony: Kira, a serial killer who murders women and cuts off their hands, has his own hand ripped off just before he's dragged into the afterlife. For bonus poetic justice, his very first victims (a young girl and her dog) are the ones to do it.
  • Kirby Dots: When manga artist Rohan Kishibe is feeling passionate or emotional about something in the anime, sometimes the shading on his body will gain these, or they'll appear in the background. He's also been framed by "ink splotches", black and white speed lines, and even rulers. Here's a few examples.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The first few chapters assume that you are aware that Jotaro defeated Dio in Egypt, Dio's Stand "The World" was capable of freezing time, and Jotaro had learned that Stand power himself.
  • A Love to Dismember: Since he saw the Mona Lisa's hands, Kira has had a sexual fixation on hand. Unfortunately, that love stops at the wrist thus Kira uses Killer Queen to disintegrate the body of his victims save their hands.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Yoshikage Kira hates social relationships because he looks down on everyone, and only talks to his girlfriends, which are severed hands.
  • Madwoman in the Attic: Keicho Nijimura keeps his monstrous father in his attic. Later Okuyasu sets him free.
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: More like "Stand Plastic Surgery". Kira Yoshikage forces Aya Tsuji the beautician Stand user to change his face and hair with the ones of a random guy he just killed, so he could escape the protagonists.
  • Mook Maker: Part 4 features a pair of mystical bow and arrows that can induce stands in people, used to create most of the stand users in Part 3, and passed on through different characters (Keicho Nijimura, Akira Otoishi and Yoshihiro Kira) in Part 4 as they create more stand users to hassle the protagonists and further their own ends.
  • Mr. Exposition: Koichi in Part 4 spends plenty of time watching his buddies fight and crying out what's happening.
  • 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.
  • Musical Theme Naming: This part marks a shift in the trope as characters (with the exception of Reimi) are no longer have music references for names but rather the Stands do. This part is perhaps the most varied in terms of music references with shout-outs in a way being a celebration of many of rock's greatest stars like Pink Floyd, Queen, The Band, Bob Dylan, alongside bands who were gaining recognition around the time like Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers, and even some R&B artists thrown in for good measure.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Yoshikage Kira, as Yoshikage means "lucky shadow", and Kira is a pun on the word "KILLER".
  • Near-Death Experience: Okuyasu is seemingly killed in the final arc, only to return in Big Damn Heroes fashion. He explains that he had a dream where he saw a bright light and met his dead brother Keicho and realized that he must have died. However Keicho, who'd always done the thinking for both of them, told Okuyasu that it was time for him to decide for himself what he was going to do; he decided to return to Morioh and help his friends, and woke up just in time to save Josuke.
  • Near Villain Victory: Thanks to Bites the Dust, Kira is able to kill Josuke, Okuyasu, Koichi, Jotaro, and Rohan; if he'd cancelled the time loops there, he would have won. However, he doesn't know what happened in previous loops and thus didn't know to stop them; this gave Hayato the chance to turn things around.
  • No Body Left Behind: The fate of anyone that Killer Queen comes into contact with. Once Killer Queen detonates its victim, there are no more traces of their existence.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The malicious spirits of Ghost alley. No one has seen their true form because anyone who turns back in the alley is dragged somewhere by hundreds of ghostly hand, and no one knows their motives. They are arguably the scariest things in the manga because so little is known of them.
  • Odd Name Out: Reimi is the only human character in this part whose name is a music reference: it's an anagram of the Japanese spelling of "Emily", taken from the Pink Floyd song "See Emily Play".
  • Offing the Annoyance: In "Diamond is Unbreakable", Kira is having a very bad month since he's forced to hide from the other Stand users, and is sexually frustrated. A couple publicly humiliate him and he follows them up to their appartment to atomize both.
  • Penny Shaving: Shigechi uses his Stand, Harvest, which is actually many small creatures, to collect lots of single coins, easily collecting large sums of money from small amounts most people didn't even notice.
  • Pocket Protector: After Hayato Kawajiri uses the time loop caused by "Bites the Dust" to spill hot coffee on Kira, he puts his wrist watch inside of his shirt pocket instead of wearing it on his burned wrist. It saves his life when Hayato later tries to kill him with Stray Cat's air bullets.
  • Posthumous Character: Both Reimi Sugimoto and Yoshihiro Kira died before this part started. Yet Reimi takes on the form of a spirit that stays in contact with the heroes while Yoshihiro's Stand allows him to continue his existence after death.
  • Prehensile Hair: Yukako Yamagishi's Stand, Love Deluxe, allows her to manipulate her hair.
  • Psycho Electro: Akira Otoishi is an unrepentant killer who can channel the power of Morioh's electrical grid into his Stand.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...:
    • When "Sheer Heart Attack" takes a pummeling from Star Platinum's harder-than-diamond fists unscathed, it's a clear sign that it's Nigh Invulnerable.
    • Happens to Kira near the end. When he can't get out of range, he decides to throw away his normal methods and engage Crazy Diamond in direct combat. As Killer Queen was never designed for direct combat, this backfires on him badly as Crazy Diamond effortlessly breaks Killer Queen's arms in seconds.
  • 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.
  • Self-Deprecation: In Diamond Is Unbreakable: "Anyone employed as a professional manga artist is definitely 'eccentric'!"
  • Serial Killer: Yoshikage Kira, the Big Bad of Diamond Is Unbreakable. His character was created due to Araki's then interest in the phenomenon of serial killers and he created Kira in order to portray one in his series.
  • Shoot the Hostage: More like Punch The Hostage, but same idea. In Part 4 a criminal makes the mistake of insulting Josuke's hairstyle. He thinks he's safe with a hostage, but Josuke just punches through both. Of course the hostage is still safe and sound thanks to Josuke's healing abilities.
  • Sitcom Character Archetypes: In "Diamond is Unbreakable".
    • Josuke is The Wisecracker, his boisterous personality and zany schemes match the description.
    • Koichi is The Dork through he grows out of it, but he is more often the Butt Monkey than any other, and doesn't have the same assertive personality as everyone else.
    • Jotaro is the The Square and overlaps with The Sage, he is the serious man of the group and is more focused than Josuke on the hunt for Stand users.
    • Okuyasu is the The Goofball of The Ditz type, even less serious than Josuke, Okuyasu provides the humor more than anyone else.
    • Rohan is the The Bully, he hates everyone equally. Unlike other bullies, he likes Koichi the most.
    • Other less recurring characters provide other archetypes. Joseph is another Sage while Shizuka is The Precocious, Yuya is a downplayed Charmer, Shigechi is a Bigmouth and Mikitaka is another Goofball of the Cloud Cuckoolander type
  • Sniper Duel: How the fight between Bug-Eaten and Josuke shapes up, with both hiding behind cover and Jotaro out in the open attempting to draw fire from Ratt, which will expose Bug-Eaten's position. However, there is a twist; Bug-Eaten is using what is essentially a rat-sized artillery cannon, while Josuke has Crazy Diamond fire rifle rounds by hand.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Yukako Yamagishi develops a crush for Koichi and begins to stalk him, her cute demeanour hiding how much unbalanced she truly is.
  • Take That!: The manga has a scene where Joseph asks Rohan if he ever considered getting his manga published in America, but Rohan dismisses the idea, saying that Americans have poor taste in comics. This exchange is conspicuously absent from the anime adaptation.
  • Tempting Fate: After learning about the serial killer, Josuke notes to Koichi that they don't have to panic and rush, because, aside from the killer likely not being a stand user, they have nothing to go on and that "it's not like we'd run into him right away, like we'd hailed a taxi cab." Guess who nearly accidentally runs over Koichi with his car seconds later?
  • *Twang* Hello: Keicho Nijimura introduces himself shooting the Arrow at Koichi.
  • Villain of the Week: More on the lines of "Stand of the Week" since a few of the arc characters like Tonio, Aya, and Mikitaka do not antagonize the main characters and have arcs to either introduce their Stand abilities or have the reader learn more about Morioh Town.
  • Villains Out Shopping: The beginning of the Killer Queen arc has Yoshikage Kira going out to get a sandwich for lunch.
  • White Shirt of Death: Wearing white is a great way to accentuate wounds and blood loss.
    • Jotaro's new white outfit becomes torn and soaked with blood during the Sheer Heart Attack bout and highlights just how much he's in bad shape.
    • Yoshikage Kira's outfit for the final battle was changed from purple to white for the anime. In the final bout he bleeds quite a bit and the white business jacket makes the blood more pronounced, especially the two puncture wounds he gets on his back.
  • Yandere: Produced one of the earliest examples of this trope in the form of Yukako Yamagishi who predates the trope name. Though her tendencies are toned down as the story progresses.
  • Zany Scheme: The "invincible trio" of Josuke, Okuyasu and Shigekyio use Harvest to gather many supermarket coupons and get prizes out of them, and later use a winning lottery ticket to claim the prize despite not being the buyers. Later, Josuke cooperates with the shapeshifting alien Mikitaka to cheat on a game of cee-lo and scam Rohan, who quickly catches on his scheme.


Alternative Title(s): Diamond Is Unbreakable

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