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.

Phantom Blood

Battle Tendency

  • 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.

Stardust Crusaders

  • 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

  • The refferences to Elvis are quite numberous in Jojo, almost every Jojo does the "Elvis Lip" a couple of times per part. However Part 4's Josuke Higashikata bears the closest resemblence to the long dead musician.
  • 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 Gohan (Super Saiyan 2 version) from Dragon Ball, while Echoes Act 1 and 2 bears similarities to the villain Cell, in that both take three forms, with the first two forms having a long tail and the second and third having progressively more humanoid shapes. Act 3 may also be likened to the villain Frieza.
  • Okuyasu Nijimura's stand: The Hand.
  • Keicho Nijimura's stand: Bad Company.
  • Toshikazu Hazamada's stand: Surface.
    • Surface is also a reference to Perman's (a work of Fujiko Fujio) eponymous copy-robots. In the series, the copy-robot transforms into an identical clone to help the main character keep his secret identity during missions.
  • 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, with bonus points for the chorus of the song itself being a very apt description of the stand's power set.note  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.
  • Aya Tsuji's stand: Cinderella refers to the old fairy tale and also the band from the 80's.
  • Koichi's family has an old dog named "Police."
  • In one of Yukako's earliest appearances, she mentions Prince and asks what the term "funky music" means. For bonus points, the anime episode that adapted the scene aired about a month after Prince passed away.
  • When Okuyasu, at Tonio's restaurant, eat the mozzarella and tomato appetizer he finds delicious, he compares the dish to a Simon & Garfunkel duet, a sketch of Ucchan and Nanchan (a japanese comedy duo) and to Ashita no Joe.
  • The ship Joseph Joestar arrives on is called the S.S. Traffic
  • When Joseph first meets Okuyasu, he mishears Okuyasu's name and calls him "Osomatsu".
  • 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 announced 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.
  • The name of the oneshot Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe! being a reference to the English name of Also Sprach Zarathustra.

Vento Aureo

Stone Ocean

Steel Ball Run

JoJolion

  • Jousuke Higashikata's stand: Soft & Wet
  • Yasuho Hirose's stand: Paisely Park
  • Joushuu Higashikata's stand: Nut King Call.
  • Oujirou Sasame's stand: Fun Fun Fun
  • Daiya Higashikata's stand: California King Bed. She also starts to sing Bicycle Race and asks Josuke if he heard of Yes.
  • Speaking of Yes, the Wall Eyes bear a resemblance to the... structures... on the cover of their album Relayer.
    • Speaking of those structures, you say those Wall Eyes came after a major earthquake? Scientists around the world don't know their cause or purpose? Where have we heard that one before?
  • Kyou Nijimura's stand: Born This Way (Formerly Going Underground).
  • One of the places in Morioh is known as "Shakedown Road", which could also be called "Shakedown Street". The reason it's like this is the Stand of the ginkgo trees there: Les Feuilles.
  • Tsurugi Higashikata's stand: Paper Moon King, as well as being a reference to It's Only A Paper Moon
  • Norisuke Higashikata's stand: King Nothing
  • Yotsuyu Yagiyama's stand: I Am A Rock
  • Jobin Higashikata's Stand: Speed King.
    • After returning from vacation, he, among other things, offers a Tetsujin 28-go Sofvi figure as a gift to Josuke.
  • Aishou Dainenjiyama's stand: Doobie Wah
  • The Aphex Brothers' Stands: Schottkey No. 1 and Schottkey No. 2.
  • Tamaki Damo with a stand name of Vitamin C is undoubtably a Can reference what with the name being reference to Damo Suzuki of Can and their song Vitamin C
  • Dual layered with the "Milagro Man", as Milagro is Spanish for Miracle so it's a reference to "Miracle Man" by Ozzy Osbourne. But Milagro is also the name for a Japanese leather goods company which produces among other things, wallets. Thus tying back into the whole money aspect.

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