- Actor Allusion - The Comment Special uses this for a joke. A comment is made referring to how Dio sounds like Tim Curry, and then Dio proceeds to ask other characters their opinions on this. The characters being Nigel Thornberry, Lord Dragaunus, Emperor Doviculus, and Dr. Frank N. Furter. ...Oh, and Pennywise the Clown shows up late to the party. And a pan full of curry who doesn't hear it.
- Another one shows up in Episode 4. When Polnareff gets a knife lodged in his back courtesy of J. Geil, he screams out "ZE IRONY!!", which might not make much sense until you remember he's based off of The Spy.
- Ambiguously Gay - Dio. Sure, he hits on Power Girl in the Stand Idol segment, but it sounds a lot like posturing.
- Anachronism Stew: Moreso in the "In 12 BC" video where mentions are made of the Internet, Google, and Youtube. In ancient Aztec territory. Mocked as well when Chief Steroidicus complains about how hard it is to get a signal in their time.
- Animal Wrongs Group: Or rather, Animal Wrongs HERO, in the case of PETA-Man.
- Anything That Moves - Dio, if the Comment Special is anything to go by.
- Art Shift
- Flashback (as well as Flash Forward) scenes in the original series are mainly shown as manga screenshots, since the OVA was the only available animated source at the time.
- Plus, the second half of the series comes from footage of the '90s OVA series, while the first half was made from the more recent series which was made to fill in the missing portions of the story. Lampshaded at the end when Jotaro's mother Holly wakes up from her coma, and she looks completely different.
Weren't you a brunette before?
- Author Appeal: Antfish likes sprinkling some pro-wrestling here and there.
- Badass - Even when played for comedy, Jotaro still comes across this way.
- Black Comedy Rape - Hol Horse's dreams of being raped by the Blue Collar Boys. And Mr. Popo.
- Brick Joke
- Avdol does actually end up going to McDonalds!
- FAJITAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS! And Peta-Man.
- "Jotaro can read minds!"
- Berserk Button
- Do NOT mention 9/11 around Avdol or blame him for causing it.
- Don't ever tell Leone Abbacchio that there's no such thing as a world inside a mirror ("The last person who said that got KILLED!")
- Don't compare Kakyoin to Keanu Reeves when his shades are on.
- And certainly don't refer to Booster Gold as Green Lantern.
- Big Damn Heroes: Polnareff jumping at Dio from behind before he can decapitate Jotaro, and earlier "Avdol returning and saving Polnareff from justice".
- Butt Monkey: Polnareff. Even more so than the source material.
- Call Back: The first time the gang meet Polnareff, Joseph gets a rapier through his artificial hand and screams "Ooh, my sexy hand!!". Around the final 3-part episode, Jotaro nails Dio's Stand with a deft punch, damaging its fists and as a consequence, cutting up Dio's hand. And he says the very same thing.
- And in the same video, just before he goes to cut Jotaro's head off, Dio remarks that he's been "looking for a place to store (his) bottle-caps." One earlier side video, "In 12 BC, Stone Mask was Beginning", after having sacrificed a virgin to become a vampire, when asked what they should do with her head, Aztec Chief Steroidicus tells them to give it to him, as he's been looking for a place to store his bottle-caps...
Chief Steroidicus: And my PENIS!!!
- Calling Your Attacks
- Subverted, Jotaro interrupts Dio as he calls out his Stand.
Dio: "The Worl-!" *Dio gets socked in the face by Star Platinum*
- Catch Phrase
- Avdol's "I have found the only way to defeat X is to BURN IT." where X is whatever they happen to be facing at the time. Lampshaded by Joseph when he asks if Avdol is trying to get that printed on a T-shirt.
- Double-subverted during episode 8, when he's interrupted by Polnareff, denies that he was going to say it because "That's just retarded."...and then proceeds to open Dio's casket by burning it. (It's hard to hear, but he actually screams PSYCHE! right before unleashing Magician's Red. He was just messing with Polnareff.)
- Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: Averted for laughs with Polnareff, who doesn't want to run away from getting revenge on J. Geil and Hol Horse for Abdul's recent death.
- Cloud Cuckoolander - Jotaro. His pen pal is Duck Dodgers, and he writes to him like it's a letter to Penthouse. Let's leave it at that. Given that Joseph isn't much better, it probably runs in the family.
- And while none of the characters (Except Kakyoin) are paragons of sanity, Holly might just be the worst of them.
- Cluster F-Bomb - Joseph drops quite a few when he flashes back to his final fight with Cars.
- In episode 5, when Jotaro confronts Enya Geil as being J. Geil's mother (and by extent, being a milf), Polnareff performs this whilst being carried away by Justice.
- Continuity Nod:
- Antfish is clearly a fan of the whole of JoJo, because he'll slip in little jokes about the other parts of the series. Other than the blatant ones such as the flashback to the Cars fight and the reference to Dio burning Danny (Jonathan Joestar's dog in Part 1), there's also little asides like Jotaro telling Polnareff not to get trapped in a turtle.
- Also, there's a another incredibly stealthy one from the "World Inside the Mirror" spinoff, "WHEELY HIGH." Brick Joke because Giorno and his gang soon meet Polnareff, confined to a wheelchair, who had also seen the Mirror World before.
- And even later in Episode 10:
Polnareff: I guess I'll just.....Stay here....Getting used to not moving my legs.....
- Jotaro making a "Your Girlfriend" joke on Dio is karmic, since he tried to steal Jonathan's fiance Erina.
- And he references the memetic steamroller scene:
Maybe he ran out of steam and just rolled out of there.
- Don't Explain the Joke:
- "It's funny because there are bitches in the way that need to move."
- Also, from episode 7:
Bartender: [...] Do you know where my foot will be if you don't order a drink?
Joseph: (sigh) We'll have four iced teas—
Bartender: It will be up your ass. Just saying.
- Double Meaning: When Polnareff laments about Abdul being dead "Just like the Iron Giant", Kakyoin points out that he survived. "He" could refer to both Abdul and the Iron Giant, since both seemingly died only to come back.
- Eagle Land: Hol Horse.
Hol Horse: I don't care if you're speaking Chinamanese, that sure ain't no Uncle Sam talk I hear!
- Jotaro accuses Hierophant Green of this after hearing that it likes to "hide underneath hair bangs."
Jotaro: So it's emo?
Kakyoin: Wha- no, it's not emo!
Jotaro: You said it likes to hide in hair bangs. Pretty sure that's an emo thing.
Kakyoin: That doesn't mean it's emo!
Jotaro: Dude, it is crying from its wrist. That is hard emo, bro.
- Made even funnier by the fact that Linkin Park's Crawling is playing in the background as he says it.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Dio's status as this gets parodied when N'Doul is gushing at length about how wonderful Dio is, and by the time he gets to "His trapezius muscles tore through his shirt," Jotaro interjects with "Okay, I'm getting a little uncomfortable..." and N'Doul immediately tells him to shut up because "Dio Brando's a sexy man!"
- Fake Crossover:
- Famous Last Words: Mocked, then played straight.
Dio: My only regret is that I didn't get to say WRYY--!
- Felony Misdemeanor: Pannacotta Fugo discovers the horrifying secret of the mirror world:
Fugo: Well, this doesn't seem so bad- Oh my God, they spelled "trash" backwards!
- Flash Forward: The "Flashback to the Future" segments.
- Fourth Wall Mail Slot: The "comment special" video.
- Get A Load Of That Square: In episode 1, Joseph tries speaking entirely in slang he learned from an in-flight movie on the way to Japan.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Joseph regularly says "Dagnabbit," but isn't at all afraid to use other, more powerful words.
- Grammar Nazi: Dio doesn't like grammar errors during the comment special.
Dio: reading a fan comment
Takahata101: Cast List Antfish - Everyone I SEE WOT U DID THAR
Dio: Well, I wished you saw what you typed because you can't f*cking spell.
- Grand Finale: Episode 10, in 3 parts. It's sweet, hilarious, and all-in-all kickass.
- Gratuitous French - Half of the words that comes out of Polnareff's mouth.
- Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Episode 4.
Kakyoin: Heads, Polnareff wins. Tails, J. Geil loses.
J. Geil: *thinking* That's not fair, either one I choose I... uh-oh.
- Hold Up Your Score
- Homoerotic Subtext:
- Parodied when Jotaro walks past Kakyoin in a series of freeze-frames, with a "CLAMP Warning" meter at the bottom of the screen that skyrockets just as he passes him. And then plummets back to zero when Jotaro walks past him and turns his attention to Enya.
- Also shows up in the "Or is there?" video:
Abbacchio: So don't ever say there's no such thing as a world inside a mirror! Got it?
Giorno: *beat* You smell nice.
Abbacchio: *stunned silence*
- I Have Many Names - The Rock introduces himself as such when auditioning for Stand Idol.
- I Have No Daughter: Jotaro is not happy to learn that Jolyne is allergic to fajitas.
- In Name Only: Abridged? The final episode is in three parts, and is nearly as long as the final episode of the OVA. Though shortening it would be difficult without cutting out material important to the plot, as the final battle rages across the entire city. And onto a river. And it's still hilarious.
- In addition, large parts of the series are played exactly the same as they are in the base series, with some jokes added. Compare to other abridged series where if you hadn't seen the original the story would be unrecognizable. JJBA is just that crazy to begin with.
- Insane Troll Logic - Joseph's interpretation of Kakyoin attacking the clock tower, which leads him to believe that Dio's stand can breathe fire.
- Also counts as a case of Fridge Brilliance as to his conclusion. Why would Joseph be so scared of fighting a fire-using enemy? Because Esidisi nearly killed him using that kind of power, not to mention the miscellaneous fiery explosions, the volcano thing with Kars, Kars melting his leg with the Ripple, almost burning up in re-entry — fire has never been Joseph's best friend (though it's still possible the reference was unintentional).
- Insistent Terminology - Episode 7
Joseph: As you all know, months have passed since we left for Egypt.
Polnareff: We've only been gone for three weeks.
Joseph: MONTHS. Have passed.
- Jive Turkey - N'Doul.
- Kitchen Sink Included: As in the original, Dio stops time and throws dozens of knives at a frozen Jotaro until there are too many for him to block or avoid. Before starting time up again, he adds, "And for comedic effect..." and a kitchen sink gets photoshopped into the scene.
- Large Ham - Dio was already one to begin with, but the Abridged Series cranked it up to 11.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Jotaro; he even quotes the trope namer.
- Major Injury Underreaction
- Polnareff's reaction when he is set on fire by Avdol?
- Kakyoin's response to getting sliced across the eyes by Geb? "Ow."
- Jotaro is also quite fond of this trope. For example: he does not so much as flinch while a zombified baby GNAWS ON HIS KNEECAP. Cue the following dialogue.
Kakyoin: Doesn't that hurt?
Jotaro: Doesn't what hurt?
Kakyoin: Aren't you in pain?!
Jotaro: What is "pain"?
- "Ban-dage? What a strange device. Do...do I eat it? Is...is it microwavable? Does it...taste like...poptarts? I don't know."
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Antfish used to do professional voice acting for radio after all.
- Minor Injury Overreaction:
- Mr. Fanservice: Lampshaded when Kakyoin is referred to as "the only reason women watch this show."
- Mythology Gag: The infamous CLAMP Jotaro/Kakyoin doujin is referenced on occasion, particularly in "The Mother of Jolyne Kujo."
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The original Vanilla Ice was nothing like his namesake.
- No Dead Body Poops: While Faking the Dead, Jotaro goes so far as to crap his pants when Dio decides to check for that as well.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer
- Also pulled two off earlier in Episode 4, during the infamous "beat your bum" line.
- Then when Polnareff and Kakyoin see J. Geil's Hanged Man in the chrome of their vehicle's steering wheel, the bizarre case of Lip Lock from the dub is referenced here by Kakyoin stating:
Kakyoin: POLNAREFF! He's in the CHROME of the STEERING WHEEL! (Subtitle: ACTUAL DUB INFLECTION)
- Oh, Crap:
- Many, many from episode ten:
Dio: *tossing a ship* Enjoy your stay on the S.S. Plummet, Jotaro!
Dio: *overhead with a gas tanker* LOOK WHAT I'VE GOOOOOOOT!
Jotaro: Well...that's a first.
"Why can't I move? Wh... why can't I- No, no, nononoNONO! MOTHERF**KER!!! NO! NO! NO! NO! BULLS**T! BULLS**T! BULLS**T!"
- Product Placement: Briefly mocked in episode 9 (and was present in the original OVA as well) when Joseph and Kakyoin land in front of a large 7-UP sign.
Joseph: Gee, I really feel thirsty all of a sudden...
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis! - In Episode 9, the Chauffeur's speech patterns are...odd.
Chauffeur: SON. OF A HIPPO'S. LEFT. NUT.
- Quip to Black - "'cause I'm cold... as ice." (YEEEEEEAAAAAAAH!)
- Rant Inducing Slight: Doppio grows steadily more impatient and temperamental when more and more people keep dialling his number while he's expecting an important call from Diavolo. He finally blows his top upon getting yet another call from Roman Bellic thinking he was calling Niko for a bowling invitation. And then he accidentally blows his top when Diavolo finally does call him.
- Real Song Theme Tune
- Killswitch Engage's cover of Ronnie James Dio's (who was the Big Bad's namesake) "Holy Diver". Dio's original version is later used at the end of episode 8, when Dio makes his first non-shadowed appearance.
- Dark Reprise: The above use of Holy Diver could be considered this.
- The anime uses a shortened version of its actual opening theme.
- Refuge in Audacity
- Using N'Doul as a jive turkey? Possibly offensive to some. Proceeding to ramp it up by then quick-cutting to most known black stereotypes within only 10 seconds? Hilarious.
- Reminiscing About Your Victims: J. Geil does this by bragging about killing Polnareff's sister.
I raped her, then I killed her, then I dressed her up as Liza Minelli, then I raped her again. I know, I'm f***ed up like that.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: Ironically, whilst Dio mocks one comment for spelling Polnareff's name as "Boneraff", Antfish frequently typoes his name as "Polneraff."
- Rule 63 - A genderflipped picture of Dio and Jotaro is shown in episode 7, complete with Les Yay. Very Squickish. Said genderflipped Dio made an appearance on the comment special.
- Short Runner - Seeing as how the original OVA (and therefore, the abridged series) only covered a portion of the series with two OVAs (One made in 1993 with only 6 episodes, ad the later OVA with 7 episodes for a total of only 13 episodes), it really can't be helped.
- Thankfully, this trope is subverted as after the new anime series, the abridged series is starting up again, adapting parts 1 and 2 (the original adapted part 3).
- Shout-Out: Even with just ten episodes, the shoutouts are already too numerous to count, so enjoy them having their own page!
- Sound Effect Bleep
- Spirit Advisor: Jotaro's appears to him in times of dire need in the form of Steve Buscemi.
- Straight Man: Avdol, despite being an easily angered pyrokinetic with megalomaniacal life goals, is by far the most level-headed of the Joestar troupe.
- Take Over the World: Dio ends up having a desire to Take Over the World around the end of the final episode, speaking of a world of fear, ruled by him, Dio. Enter the realization that he, Dio, can't move.
- Take That:
- Tempting Fate
- Two examples.
Antfish: OH GOD I WAS RIGHT!
: Guess what, everyone! We're one of the first Abridged Series' to go six episodes without a Metal Gear
Others: Huzzah! *cue exclamation point and alert sound*
Joseph: Nobody make a sound...
- Invoked, then played straight later in the episode.
Joseph: All right, so long as no one jinxes it-
Jotaro: Hey, Granddad, the stand's dead.
*Geb attacks Joseph*
- Kakyoin does this three times Jotaro's just messing around the first time:
Kakyoin: Hierophant Green.
Jotaro: John Green.
Kakyoin: Okay, now you're just messing with me!
Hehehe. I do that sometimes.
Kakyoin: I warn you, Jotaro—
Jotaro (thinking): Wait, how'd his Stand get there?
Kakyoin: My Stand doesn't like to be in open spaces. It would much rather be hiding in something like a dark corner. Or hair bangs.
Jotaro: So... it's emo.
Kakyoin: Wha—? No, it's not emo!
Jotaro: You said it likes to hide behind hair bangs. Pretty sure that's what emos do.
Kakyoin: That doesn't mean it's emo!
[cut to a wounded Hierophant Green, with Linkin Park's "Crawling" playing in the background] Jotaro:
Dude, it is crying from its wrist.
That is hard
- Lastly, Kakyoin completely screws himself over
Jotaro: You should be glad to know that today's Tuesday, because Tuesday is fajita night.
- Dio pulls two off as well at the finale. First is seeing that Jotaro survived being beaten by The World in Part One
Dio: They were really hard punches!
Jotaro: Not as hard as my dick...
: ...when I f*cked your girlfriend!
- The second one happens when Jotaro stops time shortly after being hit with a Oil Rig
"Why can't I move? Wh... why can't I- No, no, (sees Jotaro
walking out the fire) nononoNONO! MOTHERF**KER!!! (Jotaro
stops in front of him) NO! NO! NO! NO! BULLS**T! BULLS**T! BULLS**T! Okay, okay, okay, calm down, Dio. Calm down. Calm down, Dio...calm down. Okay...okay. If I, Dio, don't move, then he won't realize that I, Dio, am not in front of-"
(Star Platinum smashes Dio's leg)
Dio: OH MY GOD!
- Tim Curry: Abridged Dio is basically him to a peg.
- The Unreveal: Dio's speaking voice gets roughly a third of a second of screen time before being interrupted by the opening titles. Subverted in Episode 8, when we finally hear him speak.
- Too Much Information: In episode 3. After the plane crash in the beginning and their entry onto the ship-stand Strength, one of the pilots gets close to Forever the orangutan and teases him about what he's reading. Kakyoin goes into very dark and grisly detail about what the orangutan could do to a normal human being.
- Trademark Favorite Food - Jotaro is easily distracted by any mention of fajitas.
- Villainous Breakdown
- Dio has a short but massive one when he learns Jotaro can stop time and do it so that Dio can't move.
- And of course, there's D'Arby's infamous one, when Jotaro's high speed stand bluff trick-cum mind molestation makes D'Arby lose his shit epically.
- Verbal Tic:
- "I, Dio, do not know why I, Dio, am included as an example here."
- Also a nod to actual canon where in Dio often refers to himself as (based on rough translation) "this Dio".
- D'Arby over-emphasizing the "oo" sound in anything he says.
- Visual Pun: In the comment special, in the aforementioned answer to a comment saying he sounds like Tim Curry, Dio, after asking other Tim Curry-voiced actors (including Dr. Frank N. Furter), then asks a pan full of curry. Personally, he doesn't hear it.
- Vocal Evolution: Kakyoin's voice went from this to this. Note that everyone else hasn't changed a whole lot.
- Wacky Sound Effect: The series is filled with this to add to the funny factor. Ends up lampshaded in Episode 4 when Polnareff and Kakyoin's car gets knocked about by J. Geil, making squeaky toy noises as it goes.
- Waxing Lyrical:
- Polnareff attempts to pick-up Enya using only song lyrics. She immediately notices this.
Enya: Are you just reciting song lyrics?
- As noted above, D'Arby quotes several lines from "Ace of Spades" when he introduces himself.
- What If? - The whole point of the epilogue episode, really.
- X Days Since - The first episode has this.
- Your Mom: Well, more like Your Girlfriend.
Dio: They were really hard punches!
Jotaro: Not as hard as my dick...
Jotaro: ...when I f*cked your girlfriend!