Manga / JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

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The one everyone knows about! Pictured: Jotaro (left) and Joseph (right)
Stardust Crusaders is Part 3 of the long-running manga series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. It is preceded by Battle Tendency and followed by Diamond Is Unbreakable.

Set in 1989, Stardust Crusaders stars Jotaro Kujo, a self-proclaimed delinquent who thinks he is possessed by an evil spirit. In fear of accidentally hurting others more than he needs to, he turns himself in to the police. When Jotaro's mother, Holly, realizes that she can see this "spirit", too, she calls in her father, Joseph Joestar, to resolve the situation. With the help of Egyptian fortune teller Mohammed Avdol, the Older and Wiser Joseph manages to prove to Jotaro that what he has is a mysterious power known as a Stand, which has been awoken in the Joestar family as a result of the resurrection of Dio Brando, now known only as "DIO" (written in Gratuitous English for good measure), who is sending several Stand-using assassins after Joseph and Jotaro to prevent them from stopping his rise to power. After fighting classmate Noriaki Kakyoin, who was put under DIO's thrall, the group discovers that Holly has formed her own Stand and it is slowly killing her due to her kind nature. Joseph, Jotaro, Avdol, Kakyoin, and later Frenchman Jean-Pierre Polnareff and the Stand-using dog Iggy, must head to Egypt to kill DIO once and for all to save Holly's life, while battling DIO's many Stand-using assassins along the way.

This arc has been adapted to a three-part CD drama, a Super Famicom RPG, two OVAs published from 1993-1994 and 2000-2002 (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 48-episode anime adaptation like Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency.


There are tropes about this series!? OOOH MYYY GOOOOODDD!!!

  • Abhorrent Admirer: At least, that's how Joseph reacts to the old woman who gets a crush on him during the Mariah sequence. She quickly switches gears, though, when Joseph and Avdol are trying to get themselves unstuck from each other...
  • Absurdly Ineffective Barricade: Polnareff futilely tries to barricade a door with a cabinet, forgetting that Vanilla Ice can disintregate anything Cream touches.
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Iggy fights Pet Shop in one, hoping that the restrained space would disadvantage the bird. When Pet Shop transforms the water in the sewers into ice, Iggy realize how wrong he was.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the OVA, Polnareff ambushes DIO and skewers his head. Contrary to the manga, it works wonders and distracts DIO long enough for Star Platinum to connect a punch.
  • Adapted Out: The OVAs infamously cut out around 21 characters from the plot, which were mostly DIO's acolytes, such as Gray Fly, "Captain Tennile", Devo The Cursed, and Pet Shop, among others.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Enya may have been a horrible, sadistic bitch and the worst possible judge of character when it comes to her son, but she was still one of DIO's most loyal henchmen, which made DIO deciding that she had outlived her usefulness and killing her to protect the secret of his Stand (even though she refused to disclose it even as she was dying) surprisingly tragic.
  • Anyone Can Die: One of the most brutal parts in this regard! A good number of Dio's henchmen are killed after their battles, many background characters including animals and a United States senator are killed by Dio and his henchmen, and of course the big ones Avdol who gets it TWICE, Iggy, Kakyoin, and Dio himself who is finally Killed Off for Real.
  • Arabian Nights/Days: Stardust Crusaders is featured briefly in Arabia.
  • Armor Is Useless: Silver Chariot's armor may as well be an Informed Ability because a simple barber's razor can cut through it.
    • Averted for once when Star Platinum fights Anubis well its shoulder pads manage to protect it from the blade.
  • Axe Before Entering: In "Stardust Crusaders", Alessi breaks down a door behind which a 4-year-old Polnareff is hiding, the scene is pretty much lifted from The Shining.
  • Back from the Dead: Avdol is supposedly killed by Hol Horse in India, but during Polnareff's battle with Judgment returns. However...
    • Back for the Dead: Avdol is Killed Off for Real right when him, Polnareff, and Iggy enter Dio's mansion and he is sucked into Vanilla Ice's Pocket Dimension. Also happens to Kakyoin who returns from the hospital before the protagonists raid DIO's mansion but he not only manages to get defeated by Terrence D'Arby in a video game, but is killed by DIO shortly afterwards.
  • Bad Boss: In spite of how many he's hired, DIO doesn't care about most of his henchmen and as seen with Enya's death even some of his most loyal ones are disposable. Inverted with Vanilla Ice, Terrence D'Arbynote , and Pet Shop who DIO had a lot of trust in even going as far as turning Vanilla Ice into a vampire.
  • Bait and Switch: The 43rd episode of the Stardust Crusaders anime ends with a cliffhanger of Polnareff seemingly swallowed up by Vanilla Ice's Cream with his earring dropping to the ground. In the next episode, it's revealed that Iggy used the last of his strength to save Polnareff at the last moment.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: Jotaro vs Anubis, during which Star Platinum blocks the blade of the sentient sword Anubis and breaks it. However it manages to possess Polnareff and the blade lock doesn't work anymore because Anubis is now faster.
  • The Barber: Khan, the poor sap possessed by Anubis during its fight with Polnareff, is an otherwise ordinary barber.
  • Baseball Episode: Terence D'Arby challenges Jotaro to a baseball video game, resulting in teams of Star Platinum and Atum respectively playing baseball against each other.
  • Battle Butler: Roses, Suzie Q's chauffeur in Stardust Crusader can send a man flying with a high kick.
  • Big "OMG!": This series marks the start of Joseph Joestar liberally using this as a Catch-Phrase, beforehand, the more 'constant' one was just "OH NO!"
  • Bold Inflation: DIO's name is written in all caps.
  • Bond One-Liner: Jotaro taunts DIO one last time after killing him.
    Jotaro: There's a single one good reason why you've lost, DIO... you pissed me off
  • Black Dude Dies First: Abdul, who dies first TWICE in a row during Stardust Crusaders (the first time, he was faking his death).
  • Bluff The Imposter: In Stardust Crusaders, Jotaro accuses Captain Tenille of being an enemy, stating that all Stand users have a red nose when they smell smoke, every Stand user present instinctively check their nose, including Captain Tenille who is indeed an imposter.
  • Bond One-Liner: Jotaro taunts DIO one last time after killing him.
    Jotaro: There's a single one good reason why you've lost, Dio... you've pissed me off.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Humans on which DIO's spores are planted will become evil, even if they weren't before.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • During the confrontation with Z.Z. and his Stand Wheel of Fortune.
    Z.Z.: (after apparently burning Jotaro to death) I won! I ended Part 3 early!
    Jotaro: Ha... Then who's going to replace me as the main character?
    • Alessi also breaks the fourth wall in Stardust Crusaders when talking to Polnareff.
  • Bullet Catch: Jotaro demonstrates his Stand back when he believes it to be an evil spirit by having it catch a bullet when Jotaro tries to shoot himself in the head.
  • Building Swing: Joseph and Kakyoin do this with their Stands.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • This part is practically centered around this trope in that DIO returns after his hiatus during Battle Tendency.
    • Avdol returns after supposedly dying in India since he was able to fake his death and was hiding on a remote island.
    • Kakyoin after being sent to the hospital makes a full recover (though with reduced eyesight) after Iggy's fight with Pet Shop.
  • Cable-Car Action Sequence: Jotaro briefly fights Rubber Soul aboard a gondola.
  • Call-Back: When Nena attaches her Stand Empress to Joseph, he attempts to retaliate by using the Hamon and his famous "your next line is" trick from Battle Tendency.
  • Call-Forward: The anime adds a few.
    • While Joseph is running around infected by Empress, one of the billboards in the background has the Morioh Town logo on it.
    • While waiting in the hospital, Jotaro is seen reading a magazine on marine biology.
    • In the anime, the Stand Arrow makes an appearance in a flashback and in the background of Dio's mansion. The Stand Arrow would play a larger role in the next two parts, but that particular Stand Arrow happens to be the one that Polnareff was in possession of in Vento Aureo.
  • Calling Your Shots: When Jotaro plays a baseball video game with Terence D'Arby, both do that, Terence uses the classic variant by announcing a home run while Jotaro announces how and where his team will throw the ball. Subverted in that every throw ends up being different, which throws D'Arby off guard since his partial mind reading can only indicate that Jotaro is sincere about the throws. Turns out Joseph was playing in Jotaro's stead.
  • Carnival of Killers: DIO hires assassins from all over the world to kill the Crusaders before they get to him, as he deems himself too weak to fight directly.
  • Chained to a Bed: A possessed doll ties Polnareff under a bed to sadistically torture him before the kill.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Jotaro's Star Platinum is mainly used to beat the crap out of anyone with his diamond-hard fists. 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. Even though Star Platinum is a short-ranged Stand. Jotaro used this ability again to throw off Daniel J. D'Arby in order to win a rigged poker game against him. This also foreshadows Star Platinum's ultimate ability to stop time.
  • Cobweb of Disuse: DIO's library is filled with cobwebs despite the fact that he actually uses it.
  • Coincidental Dodge: At one point, Polnareff sneezes on Jotaro due to the villain sticking his fingers in Polnareff's nose. Naturally, Jotaro backs out in disgust and coincidentally avoids a bullet meant for him.
  • Color-Coded Timestop: This is how the series represents DIO's stand ability activating. In the 1993 OVA, the scenery turns to negative colors for a moment after time stops. In the 2015 anime, the scenery turns to greyscale after a brief negative-color flash.
  • 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.
  • Convenient Cranny: Subverted. Transformed into a little child, Polnareff is being cornered by into a small room with no exit as Alessi smashes the door with an axe. There are several hiding places, yes, but too obvious to be safe so Polnareff engineers his own hiding spot using an aquarium, a mirror to hide his body and a balloon to hide his head. Thanks to this Polnareff can surprise Alessi and hit him with Silver Chariot's sword.
  • Cool Submarine: Avdol bought one under the guise of a rich Arab to cross the Red Sea.
  • Cringe Comedy: What results when Joseph and Avdol are both affected by Bastet's magnetism. Both are literally attracted to each other and are stuck in compromising positions in public.
  • Dangerously Close Shave: Polnareff almost gets his throat sliced by a possessed barber, due to Anubis.
  • Demoted to Extra: Downplayed. Joseph was the main character of Part 2, and plays a major supporting role in Part 3.
  • Derivative Differentiation: This Part was the point where the focus on Fist of the North Star-style martial arts was phased out in favor of battles with psychic powers, in the form of Stands, which would become a franchise staple.
  • Disgusting Public Toilet: More due to culture clash than outright dirtiness, but the idea is here. Polnareff is shocked to experience a toilet where pigs can stick out their head out of the toilet bowl in India, and when Joseph sees that wind toilets involve the poop rolling away and disintegrating due to the wind and the dryness of the air, as well as wipe oneself with sand, he prefers to wait for the hotel.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Holly- um, we mean Seiko Kujo, insists on being called this despite her birth name being Holly, to Joseph's dismay. In a bit of Bilingual Bonus, both mean the same thing.
  • Driving Question: Arguably the main question is what DIO's stand does in the latter half of Stardust Crusaders. The heroes know absolutely nothing about DIO's stand except for the fact that it absolutely terrifies his minions; and even asking about it is enough to elicit panic and fear in DIO's less loyal subjects. It's kept hidden for good reason too since it causes DIO to have an insurmountable advantage over the Crusaders during the final battle. It's the ability to stop time.
  • Dub Name Change: The Website/Crunchyroll subtitles had and Viz Media manga translation had to change a few of the music references to avoid copyright issues, though some changes like Abdul to Avdol, Enya to Enyaba, and ZZ to Zii Zii come from Romanization. Individual examples can be found on the character sheet.
  • Dungeon Bypass: Invoked when Joseph instructs Avdol to burn down DIO's mansion if he's not back after a certain amount of time. Later part of the group surprises DIO by entering the mansion by smashing an outer wall.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: DIO begins the fight with the surviving Crusaders with a somewhat calm, Faux Affably Evil demeanor with only occassional Large Ham tendencies. But after he drains Joseph's blood, cementing his control over Jonathan's body, he drops all pretense and revels in his newfound strength, calling it "the greatest high".
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The anime adds one for Pet Shop who appears as Dio's hawk on his shoulder in the first half.
  • Enemy Rising Behind: After being skewered multiple times, Vanilla Ice, who is a vampire, rises behind Polnareff but the latter isn't fooled.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: DIO is ready to accept men and women from any nationality, the elderly and babies, people with disabilities, and even hawks or orangutans, so long as they pledge absolute loyalty to DIO.
  • Evil Laugh: Dio lets out a deep laugh when he crushes Jotaro under a steamroller.
  • Excuse Plot: Stardust Crusaders has a paper-thin plot which only serves to give an excuse for Jotaro and co. traveling around the world to kick ass. Word of God indicates that this part was designed to give the impression of a board game.
  • 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 Capcom fighting game, Araki had to redesign her from scratch.
  • Fake Arm Disarm: Joseph's mechanical hand is the most targeted part of his body.
  • Fastball Special: Jotaro uses Star Platinum to throw Iggy at N'Doul. N'Doul 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.
  • Fiction 500: Joseph in Stardust Crusaders. Not only does he still have the Joestar family wealth, he also built the largest real estate company in New York City and was willed all the resources of the Speedwagon Foundation, a multinational corp of elite scientists and peacekeepers.
  • Fictional Video Game: F-Mega and Oh! That's A Baseball in Part 3. The Part 4 anime gives a Continuity Nod to the previous season by including a snippet of Oh! That's A Baseball '99.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Polnareff is possessed by Anubis and Jotaro now has to fight the combination of Sivler Chariot and Anubis.
  • Foreshadowing: The way that Boingo's Stand predicts Jotaro's death is a bomb peeling through his face. While this instead ends up happening to Oingo disguised as Jotaro (he doesn't die however), Jotaro dies a very similar death at the hands of Pucci in Stone Ocean.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: In episode 47 of Stardust Crusaders, DIO uses the World to time-stop the opening credits.
  • Friendless Background: Kakyoin grew without friends because no one could see his Stands thus, understand his condition.
  • Gate Guardian: Pet Shop functions as a feathered guard dog for DIO's mansion, and even gets the moniker "Guardian of Hell".
  • Genie in a Bottle: Judgement passes as one, and even can grant you three wishes. However it is malevolent and makes objects out of clay.
  • 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.
  • The Ghost: Jotaro's father, Sadao Kujo, is never seen. Somewhat justified as it's stated that he's a musician who's always on tour.
  • Giant Poofy Sleeves: People in "Stardust Crusaders" often sport these for some reason.
  • Gilligan Cut: 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.
  • Grand Finale: Was originally meant to be this for the franchise as a whole and is this as far as the "DIO saga" is concerned but Stone Ocean would take the official role of this for the original continuity later.
  • Grand Staircase Entrance: DIO's reveal in the final arc happens in a staircase at which top he poses and greets Polnareff.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: In the English dub of the OVA, Kakyoin addresses Joseph as "Joestar-san".
  • Greater-Scope Villain:
    • Even though Enya is only a minor villain in this part, she has had a major influence over the events in the franchise. While it was Diavolo that gave her the Stand Arrows, she was the one who gave them to Okuyasu's father, Yoshihiro Kira, and Pucci. There's also the fact that DIO would not have "The World" had she not received the Stand Arrows.
    • While DIO may have been defeated at the end of this part, his actions will continue to create chaos in the future.
      • It is because of DIO and Enya that the Stand Arrows found their ways into Morioh Town by giving them to the Nijimura family father and Yoshihiro Kira. In the case of the former, DIO's death lead to Keicho's exploits in using the Stand Arrow to find a Stand that could save his father. As for the latter, this lead to Yoshikage Kira awakening to "Killer Queen" and "Bites the Dust" eventually. In short, the events of Part 4 would have not happened without DIO's influence.
      • The only reason Josuke found himself in the Joestar family's never ending battle against evil is that DIO awakening to a Stand and taking control of Jonathan's body lead to him awakening to a Stand.
      • After DIO's defeat, Polnareff took the Stand Arrow from his mansion. This then lead Polnareff to go to Italy and track down Diavolo after finding out about the Stand Arrow in Passione's possession.
      • Pucci's role as an antagonist in Stone Ocean is entirely on DIO. His Stand was given to him by DIO, and Pucci was the one who was assigned to continue DIO's bidding even after DIO's death. There's also the fact that the events of Stone Ocean occurred as the results of the actions of one of DIO's henchmen that the protagonists did not encounter on the way to Egypt.
  • A Handful for an Eye: At the very end of DIO and Jotaro's climactic fight, Dio splash Jotaro's eyes with his blood, trying to kick his head off at the same time.
  • Hassle-Free Hotwire: At one point Polnareff tries to hotwire a motorcycle, figuring it must work like in the movies. He fails but Jotaro then plays the trope straight by just kicking the motorcycle.
  • Hat Damage: N'Doul manages to knock Jotaro's hat off his head, a feat no Stand user has manages before that, and Jotaro acknowledge N'Doul's talent for doing that. It also takes a knife hit that saves Jotaro's life in the final battle.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: After being defeated two times, Boingo swears to be a braver and just man, but unwittingly hurts Iggy and is thrown to the hospital.
  • High-Dive Escape: When Jotaro and co. sniff an ambush in the room in which DIO supposedly sleeps, the all jump through the window to escape.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: The cast of Stardust Crusaders is more iconic than those of the two previous parts.
  • Idiot Ball: DIO grabs it in the moments before his final defeat. After he blinds Jotaro with blood from his leg, he decides to kill him with a kick from The World instead of a punch. Because of The World having the same leg injury as DIO, Jotaro's Star Platinum shatters both of them with his counterattack to the leg.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...: Nonverbal version. Hol Horse gets the idea of killing Dio while he's looking the other way, thereby freeing himself from servitude. Before he can fire, however, Dio casually moves behind Hol Horse using The World, going as far as commending Hol Horse's ambition and composure before leaving without another word. The implications are unmistakable, and Hol Horse submits again to Dio immediately.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: In 'Stardust Crusaders', more specifically The Sun arc, Joseph tells his companions that he knows all there is to know about camel riding. Except he can't even make the camel sit and ridicules himself. Finally he admits to Polnareff that his so-called 'experience' about camels comes from watching Lawrence of Arabia two or three times. He even slept through the latter watchings.
  • I Lied: A heroic example: when Avdol was seemingly 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.
  • Impending Clash Shot: The penultimate cover of Stardust Crusaders. Invoked again in the final episode of the Stardust Crusaders anime.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Silver Chariot and anyone possessed by Anubis will have these thanks to their supernatural nature.
  • I Never Told You My Name: Enya Geil, 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, which he does so after he gets suspicious when she calls Joseph "Mr. Jostar" which she passes off as having heard Polnareff say his name
  • 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.
  • In Medias Res: The first OVA begins during the Egypt arc as opposed to Joseph's arrival in Japan.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Pet Shop's appearance is when Stardust Crusaders becomes more serious with the remaining villains being about as deranged as DIO himself, getting to see how bad Holly's condition has gotten, and the deaths of Avdol, Iggy, and Kakyoin.
  • 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.
  • Lodged-Blade Recycling: During the final battle, Jotaro is stabbed with several knives by DIO. He uses one of them to prevent the latter from escaping by bursting the wheel of a car DIO hijacked.
  • Loyalty Mission: Initially, Polnareff doesn't have any wish to stay for long with Jotaro and co. However, after Avdol and then Kakyoin fight alongside him to kill J. Geil, his sister's killer, Polnareff definitely joins the group to fight DIO in Egypt.
  • Luxury Prison Suite: At the start of the arc, Jotaro is residing in a prison cell filled with items his "demon" procured for him, including a personal computer, beer, and Shonen Jump comics. By the time Joseph and Avdol arrive, it looks almost like a bedroom.
  • 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 during Jotaro and Daniel J. D'Arby's poker game. It is revealed that at the most critical hand, where Jotaro is risking the souls of his whole party and his mother's, he's been dealt a worthless hand because Daniel was cheating. However, Jotaro manages to make Daniel believe that he too is cheating at this critical hand through sheer bluff, and Daniel fold.
  • 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.
  • Mama Bear: A villainous example in Enya, who swears to avenge her son J. Geil and kill all the heroes when Polnareff kills him.
  • Man Hug: The survivors (Jotaro, Joseph and Polnareff) do this at the end of Stardust Crusaders.
  • Match Cut: Done in Stardust Crusaders ED with a clock hand, a directional arrow on a map, and various tarot cards.
  • Missed Him by That Much: In the "Empress" arc, Joseph has his arm possessed by Empress and is frantically searching for Polnareff for help. However due to Nena constantly distracting him with her good looks, Joseph never sees him and at one point the two are separated by a mere carpet.
  • 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. They have a VERY good reason for this, because DIO's stand is completely unstoppable even to almost all stand users.
  • 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).
  • Monster Mash: Many of the Tarot Card Stands are shout-outs to horror movies.
  • Multinational Team: 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).
  • Musical Theme Naming: All of DIO's henchmen have names that are music references with this part mostly having references to pop and R&B artists who were popular in the late 70's and throughout the 80's with a few of Araki's usual rock music references thrown in. Avdol and Polnareff's surnames and Iggy's name are also references as well as Vanilla Ice's Stand "Cream", Senator Wilson Phillips, and Avdol's pet chickens.
  • Nice Hat: Jotaro's hat is so iconic that it became essentially a symbol of the entire Jojo franchise. It actually shocks him when the hat gets knocked off at one point, since it fits on him so well that it's recognized in universe that the hat is nigh irremovable, almost as if it's glued to his head. It actually saves his life against DIO by STILL being able to fit on his head while hiding a magazine inside it, which lets it stop one of DIO's knifes.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Yellow Temperance is a Blob Monster immune to freezing and heat on top of blunt force. Jotaro deemed that its wielder was the weak point.
  • Nightmare Dreams: Mannish Boy's Stand, Death XIII, whose power is this.
  • No, I Am Behind You: When DIO tried to crush Jotaro under a road roller, he reappeared behind him and stops time, leaving DIO at his mercy.
  • Odd Name Out:
    • Vanilla Ice's Stand "Cream" is not based on Tarot Motifs nor an Egyptian God but it is rather a music reference, and the only Stand to have a name as such in this part. Though this would become the standard in later parts.
    • Kenny G's Stand "Tenore Sax" is one for the franchise as a whole. With the exception of Gyro's initial Stand "Scan" it is the only Stand in the series to not be named after a Tarot Card, Egyptian God, or to be a music reference.
    • Nukesaku is the only one of DIO's henchmen whose name isn't a music reference on top of being the only one without a Stand.
  • Offhand Backhand: Vanilla Ice tries to sneak on Polnareff from behind, but Silver Chariot then skewers him with its rapier without even looking.
  • Paranoia Gambit: Jotaro pulls one on Daniel J. D'Arby during their game of poker. First Jotaro doesn't bother to look at his cards, claiming he's fine with them, D'Arby is only a little bit unfazed but then Jotaro keeps raising the stakes of the game while making random objects appearing in his hands, making D'Arby suspect that Star Platinum switched Jotaro's cards, an impossible feat according to D'Arby, but Jotaro successfully crushes any certainties. The final straw is Jotaro betting the soul of his mother against information about Dio's Stand power, and D'Arby folds, unable to handle the pressure. It's revealed Jotaro had nothing, and only planned to psyche D'Arby out.
  • Pocket Protector: Jotaro survives a storm of knives thrown at him by DIO during a timestop because of his hat and several copies of Shonen Jump he had stuffed in his jacket (the fact his stand was able to move for 1 second during the timestop and deflect half of the knives helped, but he still would have died were it not for the hat and magazines).
  • 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.
  • Power Floats: Terence D'Arby is introduced levitating ominously towards the heroes. Taken Up to Eleven when Dio and Jotaro start flying during the final battle, which isn't an established power for either of them, or anyone in the whole series other than Ultimate Kars.
  • Punch Clock Villain: A heavily recurring trope in this part as many of the arc villains are mercenaries that Dio paid large sums of money to either to kill the protagonists or perform some other task for him. In fact when many villains are about to be beaten down, they'll often utter that they were just hired mercenaries.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Avdol gets this treatment after his supposed death at the hands of Hol Horse. It is until the Judgment arc where he returns unexpectedly. As it turns out while he was badly injured he was in good enough condition to fake his own death and was hiding on a remote island with everyone but Polnareff knowing of his whereabouts.
    • Kakyoin gets it at the beginning of the Egypt arc where he is fatally wounded by N'Dhoul. He's placed in the hospital immediately afterwards and doesn't return until after Iggy kills Pet Shop.
  • Prophecy Twist: Boingo's Stand Thoth can predict the future, however Prophetic Fallacy is in full play and the predictions are incomplete, leading to the villains be victims of Thoth.
  • Properly Paranoid: The crew in Part 3 automatically assume that anything strange is the result of a Stand. They're almost always right. For example, 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.
  • Pummel Duel: Jotaro and DIO begin their clash by comparing the strength of their respective Stands. The fistfight ultimately evolves into a Pummel Duel where The World prevails due to superior technique.
  • 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.
  • Race Against the Clock: This is the main plot for Stardust Crusaders. Jotaro and company have a few weeks to track down and kill Dio, or else Jotaro's mother Holly will be killed due to her stand negatively affecting her. Also in another sense since if they do not kill Dio in time he will eventually master his stand The World (which is the ability to stop time) to the point of becoming unstoppable.
  • Retcon: Forever, Rubber Soul, Arabia Fats, and Mannish Boy were all nameless characters in the initial serialization. However the databook released by Araki in 2000 gave them official names and the JoJonium releases as well as the anime would refer to them as such. In the case of Forever, he is named after an album that was released after the serialization, by a band that was formed after the fact as well.
  • Red Right Hand: J. Geil and his mother Enya Geil. Both have two right hands. Both are not nice people.
  • Rewatch Bonus: In the anime's version of the Arabia Fats fight, you can actually see the reflected rock that he was hiding behind in a few of the panning shots well before the main cast has figured out how and where he's hiding.
    • Another one from the anime: during the standoff at the end of the N'Doul fight, a strange sound effect accompanies Jotaro's initial punches. Specifically, the same sound effect that would later be used to indicate Time Stop, implying that Jotaro was subconsciously using his time powers to win the standoff.
  • Road Sign Reversal: During the Wheel of Fortune arc, ZZ flips a road sign to lead the Joestar Group away from Pakistan instead of toward Pakistan, causing them to get lost.
  • Road Trip Plot: The Part as a whole is structured very similar to one of these. The characters spend most of the story traveling from Tokyo to Cairo, stopping at various points along the way, and as much time is devoted to exploring the cultural quirks of the different countries as is to the battles.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Polnareff goes absolutely berserk on Vanilla Ice after the latter kills Iggy and Avdol. Jotaro combines this with his usual Tranquil Fury after DIO sucks Joseph's blood.
  • Rooftop Confrontation: Kakyoin and Joseph briefly fight DIO over the rooftops of Cairo, their rope-like Stands allowing greater mobility than DIO's.
  • 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.
  • Screaming at Squick: Joseph cannot help but scream when Jotaro takes out a flesh bud from Polnareff's head.
  • Sequel First: The manga had its third part released in the United States first. Averted in other foreign markets like in Europe.
  • 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!
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The fight against Daniel D'Arby, to an extent. By the time Jotaro had beaten him, D'Arby's Villainous Breakdown was to the point that he couldn't give any meaningful information about Dio's location. The OVA attempts to remedy this by having D'Arby deliriously inform the group that DIO's in Cairo (which they know in the manga but not in the OVA.)
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Played With in Stardust Crusaders. While Jotaro survives, so do Polnareff and Joseph, the two goofiest characters of the party. They get to witness first-hand the death of their companions, so they don't have any reason to play around.
  • Showing Off the New Body: Dio Brando seems to be a little too happy with the body he hijacked from Jonathan.
  • Sic 'em: When Jotaro disposes of the last of the Egyptian Gods, we are treated to DIO sending Vanilla Ice who proves more effective at killing heroes than every other minion of his combined.
  • Sliding Scale of Villain Effectiveness: With the large amount of antagonists in this part, DIO's henchmen range from incompetent nuisances that are no threat to the protagonists whatsoever to cunning intellectuals or powerhouses that either come close to winning their fights or even kill some of the protagonists. It all depends on how powerful or useful their Stand and physical capabilities are as well as how smart and creative they can be with their Stands.
  • Soft Glass: Averted in the final battle, DIO is propelled through a glass window and gets his leg cut off.
  • 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: On the one hand DIO has hired henchmen like Hol Horse and the Oingo Boingo Brothers who are nothing more than hired mercenaries that he just handed Stand powers over to and are so incompetent to the point where the protagonists find them to be laughable. On the other he is also working with extremely loyal allies such as the D'Arby Brothers, Pet Shop, and Vanilla Ice who not only possess powerful and terrifying Stand abilities but know how to handle themselves.
  • 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.
  • Stab the Scorpion: Hol Horse read Boingo's comicbook which can predict the future, and is outraged that he'd have to kick a woman in the neck. He reluctantly does as the comicbook predicts and in fact kills a dangerous scorpion hidden in the woman's scarf.
    • A literal example with Death 13''s Stand Owner, an Enfant Terrible who impales a scorpion jumping at him with his diaper pin. While this does kill the creature, it also confirms Kakyoin's (who was watching) suspicions that the baby they were taking with them was the true threat.
  • Super Window Jump: Joseph and Avdol get out of the women's bathroom by jumping out of the bathroom's window, partially because Mariah did the same, partially because they want to get away from the embarrassing position of being thought of as peeping toms.
  • Take It to the Bridge: Jotaro's climatic battle with DIO ends on a bridge.
  • 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 Animal: Iggy is one animal whose voice we can hear, but he cannot truly talk to humans. Foo Fighters is a plankton colony able to talk through its Stand.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Often played straight. After Kakyoin traps Dio and launches Emerald Splash, Dio takes a few seconds, while the projectiles are in flight, to boast about how unbeatable his power is - note that this is before he stops time. Jotaro, for his part, can only stop time for 2 or 3 seconds at a time, but while doing so takes several seconds to trash talk Dio.
  • Tarot Motifs: A central trope in this part. The Stands for all of the protagonists, DIO, and the minor antagonists in the first part are named after Tarot Cards.
  • Taught by Television: If Jotaro is anything to go by, Columbo is very educational.
  • Team Pet: Iggy is this for the crew of Stardust Crusaders.
  • There Was a Door: Dio laments that Vanilla Ice could just as easily use a door than exit his room using his Stand.
  • The Tooth Hurts: DIO pulls out Senator Wilson Philips' fronth teeth the second he meets him.
    • Also when Star Platinum "digs" its way out of the High Priestess's mouth, allowing the group to escape. As High Priestess was a Stand, this also obliterates its user's teeth. An impressive feat, considering the chompers were stated to be as hard as diamonds.
  • Undead Child: Enya uses a zombified baby to bite Jotaro by surprise and try to take control of his body through his wounds.
  • Undying Loyalty: While some of Dio's henchmen are simply hired mercenaries who Dio brought with money or brainwashed pawns, a good number of the arc villains are fanatically loyal to Dio.
  • Unexpectedly Realistic Gameplay: The racing game that Kakyoin and D'Arby play against each other in part 3 is absurdly realistic for the time. The game is fully rendered in 3D and it has a good enough physics engine to be able to accurately simulate airtime and collisions. All of this on completely ordinary NES-style gaming hardware from the 1980s.
  • Villain of the Week: Very prevalent in this part starting with Jotaro's fight with Kakyoin as each new arc in this part has the protagonists facing off against one of Dio's many henchmen and ultimately Dio himself.
  • Villain Respect: In Part 3, DIO has learned to respect Jonathan's and by extension the Joestar's determination, and acknowledge that they are his greatest enemies.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: When Boingo pukes right into Hol Horse's lap, we see it in all it's sandbrown-liquid "glory".
  • Walk into Mordor: Jotaro and co. are forced to travel by land across Asia and the Middle East to Egypt because they realize that fighting in a plane or a boat will prove even more dangerous if the vehicle is damaged up in the sky or in the middle of the sea.
  • Weapon Tombstone: Jotaro makes a grave in the middle of the Sahara for N'Doul with his cane as a tombstone, one of the only enemies he has respect for.
  • You Have to Believe Me: During the Death XIII arc, Kakyoin is sure that the baby they are carrying is a Stand User who tries to kill them in their dreams. Only the crew interprets his frantic accusations as him being overstressed.


Alternative Title(s): Stardust Crusaders

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