Shout Out / JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Araki has a big thing for Classic Rock. The sheer number of references in his work is baffling. This was a nightmare regarding translation, since most of the names were copyrighted, so they had to rename a lot. And as it went on, a little pop group here, a little rapper there, in addition to more contemporary bands.
- Smokey Brown, named after the R&B singer Smokey Robinson.
- Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli
- Lisa Lisa and her servants Loggins and Messina, the latter named after an ex-member of the band Poco.
- Wired Beck. The first name is a reference to one of Jeff Beck's albums, and the other, well...
- The Pillar Men are named Santana, Esidisi, Wamuu and Kars, all of them after bands of similar names.
- Suzi Q.
- Lisa Lisa kills Wired Beck in classic Fist of the North Star fashion - complete with Joseph assuring Beck that "You Are Already Dead."
- During the flashback when Speedwagon's plane was hijacked, Joseph is reading Superman. In the TV anime, it is replaced by Baoh, an earlier work of Araki's.
- The Pillar Men seek the Red Stone of Aja.
- The island where Joseph's training with Lisa Lisa and Caesar takes place, Air Supplena Island, is named after the band Air Supply.
- The song "Propaganda" from the anime quotes Friedrich Nietzsche, more specifically Also Sprach Zarathustra.
- Speaking of the OST, "Welcome to the World" opens with a guitar riff too similar to "Owner of a Lonely Heart" for it to be unintentional. Cemented by the fact that "Owner" and "Roundabout", the show's ending theme, are both songs by the band Yes.
- In the beginning, Holly was singing Little Eva's hit (rerecorded by many other artists from Grand Funk Railroad to Kylie Minogue), "The Loco-Motion".
- When Joseph demonstrates the powers of Hermit Purple, a series of images appears, one of them being the cover of Tom Petty's debut solo album, Full Moon Fever.
- All of the initial Stands are named after Tarot cards. Later, Egyptian God names are used, and when they ended, band names were the source.
- Jotaro Kujo's Stand is named Star Platinum, after the Star tarot card.
- Jotaro's last name is a nod to the Stephen King novel, Cujo.
- When the crew registers in the hotel run by Enya, Jotaro registers under the alias "Qtaro Kujo", a reference to the children manga Obake no Q-taro by Fujiko Fujio.
- Joseph Joestar gains the Stand Hermit Purple, after the Hermit tarot card.
- Muhammad Avdol. His last name is a play on Paula Abdul's last name.
- His stand is Magician's Red, named after the Magician tarot card.
- One of his attacks with Magician's Red is called Crossfire Hurricane, after the first line from The Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash" ("I was born in a crossfire hurricane...")
- Probably coincidental, but his name could be a reference to the Saudi Arabian singer Mohammed Abdu
- Noriaki Kakyoin's Stand is called Hierophant Green, after the Hierophant tarot card.
- Jean-Pierre Polnareff.
- The character's sister is named Sherry, after the singer's hit song "Tout, Tout Pour Ma Chérie" (everything for my darling).
- His stand is named Silver Chariot after the Chariot tarot card and is another shout out to Fist of the North Star. Silver Chariot's helmet resembles Jagi's.
- He does a Shout-Out to The Princess Bride, more exactly towards Inigo Montoya. Although they look and act nothing alike, Polnareff and Montoya have oddly similar backstories, both being European fencers who lost a family member after they were killed by a man with a deformed hand. It's outright Lampshaded when he and Kakyoin are finally facing J. Geil and losing (badly). J.P. calmly explains to a desperate Kakyoin that, when the moment of revenge arrives, you don't just shout random insults. There's a certain code you have to follow, and there are some precise phrases that have to be spoken. You know how it ends.
- Captain Tenille uses a Stand called Dark Blue Moon, named after the Moon tarot card.
- Devo The Cursed. In the Viz translation, he's called Soul Sacrifice.
- He uses the Ebony Devil Stand, named after the Devil tarot card.
- Rubber Soul.
- He uses the Yellow Temperance Stand named after the Temperance tarot card.
- Hol Horse is a play on the hip-hop group Full Force's name. Others have also theorized that its referencing Hall & Oates as well. His Stand is called the Emperor, after the Emperor tarot card.
- He fights alongside J. Geil, whose Stand is called The Hanged Man, after the namesake tarot card.
- Nena uses the Stand Empress, after the Empress tarot card.
- ZZ uses the Stand Wheel of Fortune, after the namesake tarot card.
- Enya Geil uses the Stand Justice, after the namesake tarot card.
- Steely Dan uses the Stand Lovers, after the namesake tarot card.
- Arabia Fats is a play on Fats Domino's name. He also uses the Stand The Sun, named after the namesake tarot card.
- Mannish Boy is named after a song by Muddy Waters, a blues musician, and has the Stand Death 13, named after the Death tarot card. The way he attacks is also reminiscent of Freddy Krueger.
- Cameo has the Judgement as his Stand, after the namesake tarot card.
- Midler, a character who's better known as a playable character in the Fighting Game, and who uses the High Priestess Stand, after the namesake tarot card.
- Iggy. His Stand is The Fool, after the namesake tarot card.
- N'Dour uses the Stand Geb, after the Egyptian God of Earth.
- Oingo & Boingo, whose names are changed in the Viz translation for Zenyatta and Mondatta, uses the Stands Khnum and Thoth, the Egyptian Gods of inundation (also a Creator God) and writing/knowledge.
- Mariah uses the Stand Bast, after Bastet, the Goddess of Protection.
- Alessi uses the Sethan Stand, after Seth, the God of Chaos.
- Chaka and Khan, the first two hapless wielders of the Anubis sword. The original user of Anubis, Caravan Serai, is named for one of Santana's albums. The Anubis Sword, meanwhile, is named after the Egyptian God of Mummification.
- Pet Shop uses the Stand Horus, named after the Egyptian God of the Sky.
- Kenny G; gets renamed "Billie Jean" for the English releases.
- Telence T. D'Arby. His Stand is named Atum, after the namesake Creator God.
- Telence's brother, Daniel J. D'Arby, has a Stand named Osiris, after the Egyptian God of the Dead.
- Vanilla Ice, whose Stand is called Cream.
- Wilson Phillips, better known as senator DIO drove crazy by using The World and forced him to run over people.
- Dio's name in Part III is shortened to just "DIO" and written in all caps as well and writing it consistently in English letters even in Japanese printings, changing the shoutout to Ronnie James Dio's band, also named "DIO." His gained Stand is named The World, after the namesake tarot card.
- In the manga version of the scene where Joseph uses Hermit Purple on a TV to get a message from randomized channels, Doraemon and The Godfather are among the shows displayed. The anime removes the references, but still shows a character asking where "Michael" is and adds a reference to Gorgeous Irene, one of Araki's previous works.
- When Joseph is revived via the blood from DIO's corpse after having his own blood drained, he tries to prank Jotaro by pretending to be possessed by DIO. He's spared from a vicious beating when he proves it's really him by remembering the name of the lead actress from Tarzan the Ape Man (Bo Derek) and the singer of the parody song "Eat It" ("Weird Al" Yankovic).
- Episode 8 of the Stardust Crusaders anime has cameos of Lupin and Jigen when the party enters the hotel.
- Episode 12 appears to have a nod to Part 4 in one shot: when it shows the outside of the hospital Joseph is escaping from, the Morioh town M logo can be seen.
- The opening for the second season of the Stardust Crusaders anime is titled "Sono Chi no Kioku~end of THE WORLD" which may refer to Pat Metheny Group's * "To the End of The World" and DIO's "End of The World".
Diamond Is Unbreakable
- Josuke Higashikata's stand: Crazy Diamond. All Star Battle's English release changes it to "Shining Diamond" which retains the reference, though on a more subtle level.
- Anjuro "Angelo" Katajiri's name is inspired by D'Angelo.
- Koichi Hirose's stand: Echoes. Koichi also looks like SS2 Gohan, while Echoes Act 3 looks like Cell.
- Okuyasu Nijimura's stand: The Hand.
- Keicho Nijimura's stand: Bad Company.
- Toshikazu Hazamada's stand: Surface.
- Yukako Yamagishi's stand: Love Deluxe.
- Akira Otoishi's stand: Red Hot Chili Pepper.
- Shizuka Joestar's stand: Achtung Baby.
- Both rats' stand: Ratt.
- Rohan Kishibe's stand: Heaven's Door.
- Tonio Trussardi's Stand: Pearl Jam.
- Reimi Sugimoto has no stand, but has two references to Pink Floyd: her name is a play on "See Emily Play" and she has a dog called "Arnold".
- Her backstory seems to be a direct reference to the urban legend 'Humans Can Lick Too'.
- Yoshikage Kira's Stand: Killer Queen. Upgrades extend the reference to the respective album (Sheer Heart Attack) and another song ((Another One) Bites The Dust).
- Shigekiyo Yanguu's stand: Harvest.
- Yoshikage's father, Yoshihiro's Stand: Atom Heart Father.
- Ken Ooyanagi's stand: Boy II Man, a play on Boyz II Men.
- Mikitaka Hazekura's stand(?): Earth, Wind & Fire.
- Toyohiro's Stand: Super Fly (obviously more the soundtrack than the film).
- Terunosuke Miyamoto's Stand: Enigma.
- Masazo Kinoto's Stand (with a mind of its own): Cheap Trick.
- Gatta's stand: Stray Cat.
- While Jotaro and Josuke are searching for a rat, they come across a large clump of rats in a cube made of the rat's own meat. Jotaro pokes it with a stick, to see what it is. Josuke claims that he poked it in the same way Arale pokes a piece of poop with a stick.
- When Jotaro first annonced they were looking for a rat stand user, Josuke immediately thinks of Mickey Mouse.
- When Rohan meets Kinoto and is curious about why he doesn't want people to look at his back, Rohan's reminded of Duke Togo from Golgo 13.
- In the Sheer Heart Attack chapter, an excerpt about Morioh from a book about Japanese vacation spots is mentioned, with the publisher being Minmei Shobou.
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