YMMV: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

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  • Alas, Poor Scrappy
    • Many readers felt bad when Shigechi got brutally murdered by Kira in Part 4.
    • Even for a relatively unliked (for the wrong reasons) main villain, some readers felt that Diavolo's fate of being subjected to an infinite death loop is too excessive. Considering his track record, that's something.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Jotaro's difficulty in expressing his emotions or comprehending that others can't read them and his later tendency to wear odd marine-themed clothes has led to the popular interpretation that he is somewhere in the autism spectrum, complete with Memetic Mutation about what kinds of unexpressed emotions might be running through his head.
    • A related interpretation shows him as a typical teenage boy who tries really hard to be cool and constantly thinks about awesome one-liners to say. Some fans enjoy reading him this way a lot more than just taking him at face value.
  • Americans Hate Tingle:
    • Although Part 3 is by far the most popular part in Japan, Western fans tend to hold it in lesser regard, considering it to not have aged as well as many of the other parts, despite (or perhaps because of) it having coined many of the tropes commonly seen in Shounen series today. Similarly, although Jotaro is the most iconic figure in the series in Japan, other fans perceive him as bland, uninteresting, or even downright unlikeable in comparison to most of the other protagonists.
    • In addition, although Part 5 is also wildly popular in Japan, getting its own video game adaptation and being the most popular among the Doujinshi community, many non-Japanese fans actually regard it as one of the worst ones and see it as plagued by a large number of problems, such as excessive Monster of the Week fighting, a bland and uninteresting protagonist (though poor English translations may be partly to blame), careless dropping of bridges and established abilities, and an ending that reeks of Deus ex Machina, even by Jojo standards.
  • Arc Fatigue: While all of the Stand arcs until Steel Ball Run get accused of this to some degree, Part 3 is considered the one that suffers the most due to having a extremely formulaic Once an Episode Monster of the Week format against Stand users with little story relevance, not helped by the already-flimsy Excuse Plot. It becomes worse if you're not a huge fan of Polnareff who takes up more screentime than Jotaro himself. It's alleviated briefly once the team reaches Egypt ...only to resume the cycle once again. It doesn't help that Part 3 is longer than Parts 1 and 2 combined.
    • A common complaint with Part 4 is that the Akira arc goes on for far too long and that it doesn't Grow the Beard until Kira appears.
  • Archive Panic: Just try and recount everything from all the arcs in time order.
  • Ass Pull:
    • In Part 2, Joseph suggests the completely reasonable proposal to stop the villains' plan by destroying the MacGuffin they're chasing after, the Red Stone of Aja, which Lisa Lisa already possesses. To keep the story from ending prematurely on such a boringly mundane note, Araki has Lisa Lisa explain that according to a legend, without the Stone, the Pillar Men would ultimately be impossible to defeat. One can argue that this is true because Ultimate Kars is only defeated due to his own Aja-amplified Ripple causing a volcano to erupt, but that would require one to forget that the Red Stone of Aja is the only reason Kars became the Ultimate Lifeform in the first place, and that he was moments away from being killed by Joseph and Stroheim before he transformed. Subverted when you realize that Kars had intended to kill Joseph and Lisa Lisa with his army of vampires as soon as they entered his chambers. The only reason that they'd even gotten to have their one on one duels instead is because Lisa Lisa was able to use the Red Stone as a bartering chip, which they then had to prove was real before said duels. Additionally, the Red Stone's continued existence caused Kars to act in a more direct fashion. Without its presence, he likely would have gone into hiding until he could find a substitute, possibly creating an even larger vampire army.
    • Kars suddenly getting the mask with the stone inserted without anyone knowing, just as he's about to be fried by ultraviolet rays. The anime alleviates this somewhat due to a bit of Adaptation Expansion in which Kars makes a seemingly futile leap after first landing on the spikes, giving him a more plausible opportunity to grab the mask and put the jewel in.
    • In Part 3, Avdol surviving out of nowhere. He was clearly shot in the head several chapters ago with the rest of the cast confirming his status, but was brought back due to fan demand. Now, when it is revealed he is back, the cast tries to make it look like they kept his identity a secret. The anime tries to alleviate this by actually showing Avdol moving in the way he described when the bullet gashed his forehead.
  • Awesome Art: While every part has its fair share, Steel Ball Run shows a noticeable increase in quality after the series was changed from a weekly to a monthly release, to the point that it exhibits some of the most beautiful art in recent manga history. The super-detailed "DIO's World" arc qualify as well.
  • Awesome Ego: Many characters in this series are completely aware of how Crazy Awesome they are, with Dio Brando and Joseph Joestar being the two greatest examples.
  • Badass Decay: Joseph in Part 3. Somewhat justified since he's an old man by that point and is not the main JoJo of his part, but it's still frustrating to see the guy that took down Wham and Esidisi struggling so much to fight the enemy Stand users.
  • Base Breaker: Polnareff. Is he a fleshed out character deserving of main protagonist status or a Spotlight-Stealing Squad whose Butt Monkey antics are stealing onscreen/on-panel time from characters who need it more like Avdol or Kakyoin?
  • Broken Base:
    • Which part is the best part? The fanbase really can't agree on this one.
    • The 1993 OVA of Stardust Crusaders, which started In Medias Res and was a Compressed Adaptation that cut out most of the fights and humor of the original. Did it butcher the source material by taking out what made it popular in the first place? Or is it entertaining Fanservice to manga fans who just want to see their favorite fights animated? Are the changes to some of the fights and Dio's character design an improvement or do they make things worse? Or is it all just So Okay, It's Average and only worthwhile for serious fans?
    • The infamous torture scene in Part 5. Was it a tasteless moment that made it impossible to sympathize with the main characters? Or was it just a natural part of them being gangsters?
    • The ending of Part 6 is also very polarizing due to effectively resetting the entire Jojo universe and starting a new continuity.
    • As with all English dubs, the one for the 2012 anime has created some division:
      • Anime fans who are tired of hearing Johnny Yong Bosch everywhere aren't happy that he plays Johnathan, while others don't mind (and some even praise his performance, particularly the Sunlight Yellow Overdrive speech).
      • In the same vein, Bryce Papenbrook's performance as Caesar is quite divisive, especially thanks to his Italian accent.
      • Some are upset that some of the memetic lines like "Speedwagon withdraws coolly" and all of Joseph's Engrish have been changed, while others point out that a one-to-one translation would be impossible. A good example of this is Joseph's "OH NO! This woman is unbelievable!" from the end of Part 2; in the dub, he instead says "You had one job, woman! ONE! JOB!"
      • Speaking of Joseph, the casting of Ben Diskin isn't being debated as good or bad (most agree that he does a good job), but whether or not people can hear his voice and not instantly think of Numbuh One.
      • Averted for most of the other actors, with Patrick Seitz as Dio, Keith Silverstein as Speedwagon, and the Stardust Crusaders "test dub" cast garnering nearly universal praise (with Matthew Mercer's Jotaro being called "perfect" by some).
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • In Battle Tendency, after Wamuu released his masters Kars and Esidisi from their emprisonment, Kars accidentally steps on Wamuu's shadow. This caused the latter to instinctively attack the former. He quickly apologizes to his master and Kars does the same. That being said, stepping on Wamuu's shadow comes across as a Chekhov's Gun, but no. It's never mentioned again.
    • In Steel Ball Run, any time that Gyro comes up with a gag, odds are it's gonna be a weird non-sequitur joke that Makes As Much Sense In Context and is never alluded to again.
  • Canon Defilement: Kakyoin is notorious in anime fandoms as a poster boy for the Wimpification trope. Although the manga explicitly mentions early on that he's very strong-willed and the complete opposite of an Uke, it's not uncommon for fanworks to depict him as extremely sweet and innocent or slavishly submissive to Jotaro, and it's this characterization that became more famous with the Yaoi Fangirl Periphery Demographic, not helped by the fact that popular mangaka like CLAMP indulged in it (and may have even kicked it off).
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • The whole series. This is a manga which turned Rock-Paper-Scissors into an actual power and then used it for an epic battle to boot, complete with air jousting. Then there was that life-or-death game of catch in Part 6.
    • Among the protagonists, Joseph Joestar in Part 2, defeating his opponents by weaponizing sheer audacity. Part 2 in general as a whole seems to run exclusively on this trope moreso than any of the others.
    • One of the most intense and nail-biting battles in the entire series has not a single punch being thrown, instead being settled with a game of poker. This battle is so iconic, it even provides the page image for the Absurdly High-Stakes Game trope!
  • Creator's Pet: Part 4, at least from the perspective of Japan. It's regarded as one of the less popular parts over there due to being the first Post Script Season and showing it badly at times. But due to it being Araki's personal favorite part, it gets noticeably disproportionate representation in merchandise and spinoffs (such as the lopsided initial roster of Jojos Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle, which angered even Western fans) compared to other parts of the series.
    • From the Western perspective, Part 3. Despite not being held in very high regard in the West, it was until 2015 the only part to receive an official translation, and most merchandise is based on it. To rub salt in the wound, the Animated Adaptation of Part 3 was the first one to get a dub. Although this is mainly caused by the overexposure of Part 3 and nothing else while denying other parts' chance to shine.
  • Creepy Awesome: Yoshikage Kira is one of the most popular villains in the series, despite (or rather because of) the fact that he's a mentally unstable Mad Bomber and Serial Killer with a hand fetish.
  • Cult Classic: In the west; prior to the anime beginning in 2012 it was largely unknown with a small but very passionate following.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Some fans tend to think that Dio is less monstrous than he actually is, going so far as to draw him as a caring father to Giorno.
    • A sizeable part of the fandom likes Funny Valentine because of his patriotism.
  • Ear Worm: The special ED for episode 27 of Stardust Crusaders. OINGO! BOINGO! BROTHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERS!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • The unnamed female Pillar Man (seen here) has amassed quite a fanbase.
    • Muhammad Avdol, to the point that he was spared an early death.
    • At least in the English-speaking fandom, Ringo Roadagain is the subject of a great deal of awe, respect, and adulation.
    • Rohan Kishibe, one of the few cases where the lead Jojo is NOT the most popular character from their part. The fact that so many spinoffs center around him doesn't hurt.
    • Robert Edward O. Speedwagon, whom many fans find to be extremely adorable if they're overlooking how silly his last name is. The love from the fans was so great that his status was the driving factor behind him being in Eyes of Heaven.
    • Caesar is considered to be the most popular Zeppeli next to Gyro himself.
    • Stroheim is such a fun Large Ham that people are willing to overlook the fact that he's still a freaking Nazi.
    • Yoshikage Kira seems to be the most popular main antagonist after Dio despite his first appearance being halfway into Part 4.
    • Part 5 has one in Bruno Buccellati. In fact, many fans prefer him over Giorno himself, even going so far to say that Buccellati is the real main protagonist of that story.
    • Foo Fighters, to the point that she was one of the most requested DLC characters for All-Star Battle.
  • Estrogen Brigade: Has a huge female following, no doubt in part due to the large amounts of Ho Yay, fabulousness, and the casts outside of Parts 6 and 8 being 90% male. Each part has its own appeal to fangirls, with the earlier parts being full of Hunky Mr. Fanservice types and the later parts featuring a Cast Full of Pretty Boys. The characters of Part 5 in particular seem to be designed specifically to tap into this demographic.
  • Evil Is Cool:
  • Evil Is Sexy: A good lot of evil characters in this series are quite attractive — especially in Part 5.
  • Fandom Berserk Button:
    • Mistaking the Stands for Personas.
    • Calling Parts anything other than Parts. (e.g. seasons, story arcs...)
    • Reading the parts out of order or skipping any of them.
    • Referring to characters and Stands by their Writing Around Trademarks names.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Due to the nature of the series, fans tend to prefer the JoJos with their Heterosexual Life Partners or Rivals instead of their canon love interests (if they even have one). The top picks for each part seem to be Jonathan/Dio, Joseph/Caesar, Jotaro/Kakyoin, Josuke/Rohan, Giorno/Mista, and Johnny/Gyro.
    • Besides that, Diego/Hot Pants, Rohan/Reimi, and Buccellati/Trish seem to be the most popular non-canon straight ships in the fandom, with Kakyoin/Holly as the hetero alternative to Jotaro/Kakyoin.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain:
    • The Pillar Men in Part 2, who seem to emphasize wearing as little clothing as possible. Esidsi at one point had what looked like leather pads sewn onto his skin.
    • Dio and Vanilla Ice in Part 3 seem to share a lot of clothing styles, namely leotards and heart decorations. Dio always has his pants loose and Vanilla Ice doesn't wear pants at all.
    • Diavolo stands out for looking incredibly garish even in the highly glamorized Part 5. He appears to wear what looks like lipstick, a body net, and trailing nets attached to his pants.
    • Aishou Dainenjiyama looks like he doesn't know how to wear clothes, with him wearing a sweater on his head among other things.
  • Faux Symbolism: Some chapters of Steel Ball Run take this to the extreme, what with all the Biblical references and what not.
  • First Installment Wins: Averted — thanks to Memetic Mutation and the Fighting Game, everyone knows the third Part best. In fact, Phantom Blood is near universally agreed to be the weakest part.
  • Freud Was Right:
    • Quite a few examples, but the most egregious probably being the overwhelming subtext in Pucci's flashbacks of Dio.
      "Do you believe in gravity, Enrico?"
    • Kakyoin's habit of rolling cherries around his tongue. If only cherries didn't symbolize womanhood and femininity.
    • Also, Dio Brando's bone.
  • Foe Yay: Occasionally overpowering.
    • In Part 1, Dio wants Jonathan's body. In order to "live gorgeously forever".
    • In Part 2, two of the Pillar Men actually become engaged to Joseph, with rings and everything. It's an engagement of Death, but an engagement nonetheless.
    • Josuke/Rohan is a pretty popular pairing even though Josuke doesn't care for Rohan and Word of God is that Rohan flat-out hates Josuke's guts for burning his house down. Then again, Rohan is pretty Tsundere, and is willing to endanger himself to protect Josuke against Highway Star, so there is a limit to his antipathy.
  • Fountain of Memes: If Dio doesn't inspire this, nobody does.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff
    • While mostly overshadowed by the later parts of the series in Japan due to being before Stands and featuring a completely non-Japanese main character at a time when such was viewed as anathema, Part 2 is widely considered to be one of the best by Jojo fans outside Japan, who enjoy its protagonist's absurd levels of Hot-Blooded and Crazy Awesome. In fact, Joseph being regarded as the best main character is one of the few things that the English-speaking fandom can come close to a consensus on. Some Stupid Sexy Flanders may or may not also be involved with Part 2's popularity, what with all the the memetic degree of Macho Camp and Ho Yay / LGBT Fanbase resulting from having the testosterone-enriched equivalent of a Cast Full of Pretty Boys, plus all the hilariously oversexualized male designs and fabulous posing involved.
    • Despite Josuke being a pretty popular Jojo, having the 2nd most popular villain (behind Dio), and being one of the most popular parts overseas, Part 4 is one of the least popular in Japan (ironic since it's one of the few parts that actually engages in Creator Provincialism). However, since it's Araki's favorite section of the manga, he pushes for merchandise of it.
    • Italy remains the only western country where has been fully released and has significant popularity. The series has a strong cult following around the world though. 1/5 of the cast is Italian, one of the 8 parts takes place in Italy and all parts with the exception of 3 references Italy to an extent. Italians love Jojo, and Jojo returns the favor.
    • Meanwhile, the French are big fans of the series as a whole, despite the first translation being by editor J'ai Lu (who was notoriously bad with its manga imprint, not only having usually borderline blind idiot translations, but also using extremely cheap paper and ink). Araki was even invited to do a fine arts exhibition in 2009 at the Louvre (which houses the Mona Lisa as well as countless other priceless works of art).
  • Genius Bonus: Whitesnake/C-Moon has "GΔCT" written all over its body to represent the four nucleobases that bond DNA. Astute geneticist readers will notice that the delta sign (Δ), where A should be, is the sign of gene deletion aka a missing genome, foreshadowing that Whitesnake/C-Moon aren't the "complete" forms of Pucci's stand.
    • A fairly depressing one regarding the second ED of part 3's anime. In it, you can see a section that has Joseph, Jotaro and Polnareff on one side of the river, and Abdul, Iggy and Kakyoin on the other side. In Japanese mythology, it's believed that the dead have to cross a river named the Sanzu River in order to make it to the afterlife, much like the Greek mythologies River Styx. In addition, the New Kingdom era of ancient Egypt traditionally buried the dead on the other side of the Nile, opposite Thebes. Kakyoin, Iggy and Abdul have already crossed the river, foreshadowing their tragic deaths.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • Phantom Blood generally came across as being a typical melodrama told in manga form, with nothing particularly "bizarre" about the titular adventure other than Speedwagon's somewhat anachronistic name and his buzzsaw-hat. Then Dio turned into a vampire, and at that point all bets were off. The beard-growing continued with the introduction of the Ripple fighting style, which led to some particularly clever and out-there battles. The art style also shows noticeable improvement at that point-faces are less cartoony and actually fit the detailed muscular bodies most of the cast have.
    • Battle Tendency was where the series went from unintentionally over-the-top, to not only embracing it, but cranking it Up to Eleven. It's also where the series' penchant for fights based more on intelligence and clever tricks truly started. Granted, there were a few moments like that in the previous part, usually revolving around Dio, but the sequel went full bore on it by turning the protagonist into a full-on Guile Hero and making almost everyone he goes up against not just Nigh Invulnerable, but extremely clever as well.
      • In an interesting parallel, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The Animation also got noticeably better during this part of the adaptation due to an increase in budget, allowing for more character movement, and a larger number of episodes dedicated to it, allowing for better pacing. It allowed the viewer to feel more emotionally invested in the characters.
    • Stardust Crusaders, when Stands were introduced and replaced the Hokuto Shinken-esque style of martial arts used in the previous parts, is considered by many to be the point when the series really got interesting with Puzzle Boss fights becoming the conflict of choice.
    • A lot of people who read Diamond Is Unbreakable find that Yoshikage Kira's introduction halfway through the story arc allowed that part of the series to really come into its own. This is particularly because of the later battles in the arc, which are cited as some of the best in the manga.
    • Grew another layer of hair midway into Steel Ball Run, with the Shōnen-to-Seinen shift resulting in pronounced Art Evolution and a move from fun action stories with occasional heavy moments to a serious character-driven and plot-heavy drama.
  • Harsher in Hindsight
    • A week or two after Robin Williams dies, the Judgment episode of Stardust Crusaders airs in Japan. It features a boisterous, Large Ham of a genie who even sounds somewhat identical to the character from the Disney film. Keep in mind that this particular chapter was published before Aladdin came out.
    • Part 6 has a suicidal prisoner named Xander McQueen who attempts to kill himself multiple times. His namesake, Alexander McQueen, hung himself ten years after the chapter featuring his character was released.
    • The Tower of Grey battle has the villain attack on a plane, killing the pilots and sending the plane to crash so everyone in it will die. Of course, this was before 9/11.
    • Could also be considered a Black Comedy version of Hilarious in Hindsight, but the day the anime episode when DIO fatally punches a hole into Kakyoin's stomach airs also happens to be National Donut Day.
  • Hell Is That Noise: "Abyss" from the 2012 anime is this in music form, which appropriately starts playing the first time the Pillar Men show off their Body Horror skills.
    • DIO's timestop ability is accompanied with an extremely loud buzzing noise with the sounds of clock hands slowing down mixed with it. It may give people a Jump Scare when they hear it for the first time.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In Part 1, Erina Pendleton has her Sacred First Kiss stolen by Dio Brando and is beaten mercilessly by him. She can't do much to avenge herself. In Part 7, Lucy Steel, the former Lucy Pendleton, personally causes (alternate universe) Diego Brando's head to explode. The best part is, she's not all that much better in the fighting department.
    • During Jonathan and Dio's fight in Windknight's Lot in Phantom Blood, Dio claims that Jonathan's efforts are useless, comparing it to a monkey fighting a man. This becomes quite funny come Stardust Crusaders, when one of the Stand users that Dio sends after the cast is an orangutan.
    • The Phantom Blood ending. Two lovers are boarding a ship to New York? Check. Something (or someone in Jojo's case) wrecks said ship? Check. The man sacrifices himself in the dire situation so that the woman can survive? This played out similarly to the Titanic (1997) film 10 years later, only without the zombies led by a vampire with eye beams.
    • The fact that Ryota Ohsaka (Mark in the Battle Tendency anime) later voiced Marco Bodt in Attack on Titan, due to the remarkable similarities between their names, backgrounds, personalities, appearance, role in the plot, and relationship with the other main characters. They even die in almost the same exact way from having the same half of their bodies eaten by a group of Humanoid Abominations, down to the identical use of Censor Shadow on their corpses.
    • During his fight with Kars, Joseph sets up a dummy with a henohenomoheji face on it as a decoy. One of the most famous roles of Kazuhiko Inoue, Kars's VA, is Kakashi in Naruto, whose namesake refers to scarecrows which in Japan are often marked with a henohenomoheji on their faces.
      • Part 2 also contains an internal example; during his fight with a Pillar Man (Santana), Joseph appears to lose his hand, only to reveal it was a joke. In his last fight with a Pillar Man (Kars), he gets the other one cut off for real.
    • During the fight with Hanged Man in Part 3, Polnareff thinks that it attacks from "a world inside the mirror". Kakyoin dismisses it, saying that there is no such thing as a world inside a mirror. Cut to Part 5 where Illuso and his Stand, Man in the Mirror, attacks by dragging people into a world inside a mirror.
    • Terence Trent D'Arby's stand — named Atum, which is all about different sorts of games? This one might actually be intentional, as Kazuki Takahashi, the writer/artist of Yu-Gi-Oh!, was influenced by Araki's work. It's obvious especially in his earlier artwork.
      • Terence reads Jotaro's mind during the baseball videogame match to counter his moves, but suddenly Jotaro's character starts doing moves that he didn't intend to. When Jotaro wins, it is revealed that he had secretly swapped controls with Joseph. Years later, one way to harm mindreader Psycho Mantis in Metal Gear Solid is to confuse him by putting the controller on the P2 port.
    • The Lovely Bones: Serial killer, victim trapped between worlds. Sounds like Part 4. Alas, it has no punches.
      • Persona 4: Serial Killer, Defeat Means Friendship, Fighting Spirit, small Japanese town, and a flighty protagonist in an open school uniform. Also sounds like Part 4.
      • The villain of Part 4: a bishonen serial killer looking to make the world adapt to his will. His name: Kira. Just as planned... And just like the latter Kira, he is also defeated by announcing his victory a little too early.
      • Even better? Both Kiras have the power to kill their enemies with a "sheer heart attack".
      • The bomb-using villain of part 4 swaps faces with someone else, and the child of the man he's disguised as aids in his defeat. Face/Off came out one year later.
    • In the very first chapter of Vento Aureo, the first person Koichi stumbles upon after landing in Italy turns out to be Giorno. Romi Park first voiced Giorno in the PS2 Vento Aureo game, and then she voiced Koichi in All-Star Battle.
    • "KOICHI REALLY STEALS? NO DIGNITY" was already one of the more popular and quotable lines from Duwang. Then this happens. Perhaps Araki has a time-travel stand.
    • Nazis fighting vampires... now why should that sound familiar?
    • During his initial fight with Wamuu Ceasar criticizes Joseph's fighting abilities, stating "All you did was throw some metal balls." And then comes Steel Ball Run...
    • Alessi is a child murderer whose Stand is a purple silhouette with a stylised face, and his Part takes place in 1987. Hmm...
    • The real-life Vanilla Ice has been to Egypt!
    • Rohan dismissing the Americans as "having no taste" because they won't publish him. Rohan At The Louvre was translated into English in America (who have also gotten Part 3, the Anniversary editions of Parts 1 and 2, the anime thus far, and several of the video games). Americans actually seem to love JoJo!
    • Dub only example, but: Joseph's ability to use completely otherwise mundane tools as powerful weapons (including a set of clackers, a Coke bottle, and a headband), his almost childlike mischievous attitude, and English descent all call to mind a certain kid squadron leader and his adult fighting organization. BenDiskin played both Numbah 1 in KND, and the dubbed voice of Joseph.
    • Jotaro's later career choice of a marine biologist, despite the fact that the Moon, Strength, and High Priestess cards all attacked Jotaro and his nakama on a boat or submarine.
  • HSQ: Due to the author's don't-show-everything-at-the-start storytelling style and... imagination... the series continually throws ever more crazy abilities at the reader.
    • Nazis pulling a Heel-Face Turn.
    • Part 2 near the ending: Nazi-eating, Vampire Squirrels grown out of the shoulder of Kars.
    • Start from chapter one of Stone Ocean — and you'll still go "WTF???!!!!" trying to figure out the freaky basis of the latest enemy Stand!
    • Whitesnake, a Stand who can open your head like it was a CD player and take out CDs containing either your Psychic Powers or your soul.
    • In the opening of Chapter 47 of the Stardust Crusaders anime DIO breaks the fourth wall and interrupts the opening to have a duel with Jotaro. The cherry on the top of the cake is that David Production planned it from the beginning.
  • Hype Backlash: Sadly, the DIO's World arc of the anime has gotten a bit of this, thanks to how DIO suffers from being Off Model a lot.
  • It Was His Sled: Dio. You'd have to live under a rock in another universe to not know that he was reduced to just a head, then kills Jonathan and steals his body. Also, he's the Big Bad of Stardust Crusaders and can also stop time. It sort of makes all the buildup leading to the reveal for naught. However, there are some newer Jojo fans that got into the series thanks to the Animated Adaptation that began in 2012. By some miracle, these fans are just now learning about those aforementioned facts concerning Dio as they're revealed in the anime.
  • Iron Woobie:
    • Jonathan's life became horrible when Dio entered the scene. He loses his dog, his girlfriend, and all his friends. He somehow makes it to adulthood without a single noticeable emotional scar.
    • Joseph's life was also bad, thanks to Dio's influence. His father was killed by one of Dio's surviving zombies, his mother had to go into hiding after killing that zombie, he grew up a lonely child, and it's heavily implied his colorful personality developed as a defense mechanism, his best friend was killed by a near immortal vampire-like being, by Part 3, most of the people who had been his allies have died, his daughter was on the verge of death due to Dio's influence, Dio even succeeded in killing him for a time, and it takes nearly bleeding himself to death before his attempts to bond with his son work. Yet, he's still one of the more optimistic JoJos.
    • All the shit Jolyne goes through at the beginning of Stone Ocean. It makes her determination to save her father all the more heartwarming.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: In Part 3, people most remember the Jotaro vs. Dio, fight as it is very unique and epic. Especially true for the 1993 OVA; while people's opinions vary on whether it's a good adaptation as a whole, nearly everybody agrees that the final episode of Jotaro and Dio's fight was pulled off near-flawlessly and a must-see.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships
    • Dio, natch. Helps that practically every other scene he appears in is positively dripping with Ho Yay and that he appears in so many parts, whether directly or indirectly.
    • Joseph, for similar reasons. Doesn't help that he romanced a college girl in his 60s, or got married to two men at the same time.
    • Jotaro has been paired up with just about every other protagonist from the parts where he's a major character. Yes, that includes his grandfather, uncle, and daughter.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Unsurprising since the entire series is positively dripping with Ho Yay, and appeals to a wide spectrum of queer audiences. The first parts are filled with Tom of Finland-esque manly designs popular with Bara Genre fans, while later ones appeal to fans of Bishōnen. On the female side of things there's Part 6 which takes place in Girls Behind Bars and includes strong, sometimes even Butch Lesbian looking women in its cast, as well as Scarlet Valentine in Part 7 who is openly Bi the Way.
  • Love to Hate: Dio Brando. He is an evil son-of-a-bitch, and he comes with a convenient Freudian Excuse for apologists to latch onto, but he's so damn cool that he is easily the series' most popular character precisely because of it rather than in spite of it.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Dio in Parts 1 and 3, Kars in Part 2, and Funny Valentine in Part 7. And for a rare protagonist example, Joseph in Part 2.
  • Memetic Molester: Tusk ACT 4. No matter what doors or walls you put up to protect yourself, it will break them down trying to get you while crying "chumimi~in".
  • Memetic Sex God:
    • Noriaki Kakyoin wants Jotaro's mom. He wants your mom. He wants all moms.
    • Dio is this both in and out-verse; he's Bi the Way, so he'll go after anyone. Every one of his closest minions are pretty much worshiping his feet and/or have implied to have slept with him at one point, and he's fathered at least four sons out of four random women.
    • Jolyne Kujo: Dear God, Jolyne. Most girls think that her brash appearance is appealing and the guys, even if she's a Tomboy, so appealing, because she enjoys sex so much. They wouldn't mind be with a girl like her, on the opposite, they'd love it.
    • Thanks to the posing, macho swaggar, provocative clothing, and just being a stateside fan favorite in general, Joseph has also reached this status in the fandom. It's sometimes exaggerated to him having a reputation for Anything That Moves.
      • Not to mention somewhere in the manga, there's an explanation that all men of the Joestar bloodline have had just one woman in their life. Think about who Josuke Higashikata's biological father happens to be.
  • Misblamed: Many instances in which characters' official names are My Nayme Is variants of real-world musicians or brands, such as Straizo, Esidisi, and Ermes are accused of being the results of translators Writing Around Trademarks when they are in fact more accurate reflections of the original Japanesenote  than the direct references many fans are used to, which are actually the result of fan translations. While the official English translations do use Writing Around Trademarks out of necessity, actual instances of this tend to be more overt (e.g. "Oingo" and "Boingo" becoming "Zenyatta" and "Mondatta", "J. Geil" becoming "Centerfold", and "Santana" becoming "Santviento"), which makes sense since such lawsuits often account for name variations anyway.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Dio pretty much crosses it by tying up Jojo's beloved pet dog in steel wire, putting him in a wooden box, and putting the box in the Joestar estate's incinerator, so that when the butler lights it up... all because Jonathan beat him in a fight. Plus, there's the business of the captive mother who lets herself be turned into a zombie by Dio if he will spare her baby's life...
    • Tarkus crushing the remains of his friend Bruford after his death and mocking his weakness, revealing that he'd given himself over to Dio's control entirely (whereas Bruford at least remained a Noble Demon) surely counts.
    • Kars when he goes back on his word on fighting fairly with Lisa Lisa, by striking her from behind because it was more convenient than fighting head on; not only does it reveal that he's completely dishonorable, but it besmirches the memory of his two comrades, the latter of which gave his life in a life-threatening battle moments before this.
    • Angelo when he killed Josuke's grandfather.
    • Serial killers garner little sympathy in the first place, but at least at first Kira limits his murders to his usual targets and witnesses. Then he turns his adopted son, Hayato, into a bomb to destroy anyone who wants to question him, and then repeats the process over and over again—a completely mean spirited act that causes the reader to outright despise him.
    • Diavolo crosses this for Bruno when he reveals that the reason for bringing Trish to him was to kill her himself, since she was his daughter, on the miniscule possibility that people would discover his identity through her. Bruno immediately went from curious to wanting him dead.
    • Pucci crosses it for Jotaro when he decides to pull Dio's signature knife move on Jolyne to anger him.
    • Funny Valentine crosses it after trying to rape Lucy. In Johnny's eyes, he crosses it when he backs out of his promise to revive Gyro when he decides to kill him.
  • Most Annoying Sound: It doesn't come across very well in English, but Magenta Magenta's voice is supposed to be incredibly whiny and nasal.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The sound The World makes in the anime when it stops time.
  • Narm:
    • "Even Speedwagon is afraid!"
    • Mark's Cruel and Unusual Death at the hands of the Pillar Men? Horrifying and dramatic. Caesear and Joseph's immediate reaction afterwards? Not as much.
    • Johnny Joestar's scream of "I MUST KNOW THE SECRET OF THE BAAAAALLLLSSSS" is more hilarious (or ridiculous — take your pick) than the serious and emotionally impacting line it's supposed to be.
    • The face Polnareff makes in the anime when he hesitates to answer the woman who took care of him as a child from Alessi.
    • While DIO's World is just as fearsome and powerful in the anime, the sound that plays when it stops time is...anything but. While the OVA went for a more distinct ambient sound, the Capcom game went with an impressively imposing roar and hum and All Star Battle played an ominous small chime, the anime instead plays an odd electronic sound that sounds more like farting.
  • Narm Charm: All the Crazy Awesome makes the ridiculous names somehow great instead of pure corn. The manga and anime are full of constant grit and Gorn. However, take that, throw in some of Japan's best voice actors, as well as bright colors, strong art direction, and acting and narrative that is so over-the-top it's awesome, and you can see why so many are hooked.
    • What other series could make you take a villain dressed in hearts named Vanilla Ice with his stand Cream seriously?
    • Caesar's death is played for all the melodrama it's worth, especially in the anime, where they even break out the opera music. It's still one of the most tragic scenes in the series.
    • As mentioned before, the sound The World makes when it stops time. While it does sound like a dubstep fart, it also means that all is about to break loose.
  • Never Live It Down: Kakyoin's status as a Memetic Sex God originates from an offhand line early in Part 3, where he mentions that he admires Jotaro's mom and would want to one day marry a woman like her. It comes rather out of the blue, moments before they set out to find Dio.
  • No Yay: The real traction of some of Diavolo's quotes have this going with him and Doppio, calling his other personality "My Doppio... Oh, Doppio... My cute little Doppio!" It sounds either endearing or creepy considering how insane he is.
  • Paranoia Fuel:
    • Hanged Man. It can attack from any reflective surface. This includes eyes..
    • Teranosuke Miyamoto — his powers only work on a person if that person gets scared. This is easier for him to do than you would think.
    • Pray to god that nobody looks at your back if Masazo Kinato's Cheap Trick is attached to you...
    • Polpo's shadow ability. It's to the point where he can come out of the shadows of flying birds.
    • It's Zucchero's sheer effectiveness with his Stand in staying hidden while attacking that makes him paranoia-inducing. It takes Moody Blues to actually find out why the rest of the team is disappearing one by one.
    • Squalo's Stand in the Tizziano/Squalo arc: "There's a shark in the soup!"
    • Going Underground/Born This Way, at least until Josuke figure out how it works. It just keeps showing up out of nowhere!
    • This video was made to show what DIO's time-stopping abilities would look like to an in-universe character in real-time. Watching it will drive home just how utterly terrifying the events of the DIO's World arc were to the heroes.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The sheer HSQ in the series can warrant this, whether from the characters' fabulous mannerisms, the over the top and clever powers and fights, or how much Dio can Kick the Dog.
  • The Scrappy:
    • The runaway girl/Anne from Stardust Crusaders is despised by a number of fans for serving no real purpose to the story and just for being a nuisance. Even Jotaro and the gang can't stand her and eventually trick her onto a flight back to Hong Kong just to get her away from them.
    • Shigechi, a fat, greedy kid who's quick to blame his friends when something goes wrong and has a tendency to go back on his word. He is one of the least liked characters in Part 4, but his death at Kira's hands still warrants some pity.
    • Diavolo is probably the least-liked major villain in the entire series, but rather than it due to being a Hate Sink as was intended, he is often held up as an example of how not to write a villain. Reasons include his reason for having Trish brought to him being a Shocking Swerve, having a lame Freudian Excuse for a motive, an utterly generic end goal that contradicts with his previous characterization, repeatedly holding on to the Villain Ball, a design so garish that it's Narmy and thus hard to take seriously, and being defeated with an extremely unsatisfying Deus ex Machina thanks to his overpowered Stand. That said, even his haters still think his final fate was undeserved.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: This is the eighth-longest-running manga, ever, and it seems tired at points (but no less awesome) by today's standards, seeing as it invented most of the current shonen tropes. This ironically played in the 2012 anime's favor, since in these days of deeply flawed heroes, sympathetic villains and many played and subverted shonen fighter tropes, Part 1 Phantom Blood's by the book Ideal Hero Jonathan, unambiguously and Obviously Evil (yet still having some degree of complexity) Dio and many played seriously straight shonen tropes actually look fresh.
  • Sequel Displacement: Of a sort. Even after the 2012 anime, when you mention Jojo's to most people, it's Stardust Crusaders that'll come to mind first. SC was when the series' popularity really caught on.
  • Serial Escalation: The entire series has elements like this, which only become more and more prominent with each successive installment and Stand introduced.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night:
    • Although Jotaro/Kakyoin is hugely popular in the fandom, the two are not very close in the original manga, given that Jotaro does not talk much to anyone in Part 3 aside from his grandfather. In fact, their interaction in the source material is so limited that it actually leans closer to the Crack Pairing side. Much of the pairing's popularity appears to stem rather from an infamous doujinshi made by CLAMP in the early 90's (as well as the two main characters in one of their works, Wish, very strongly resembling Jotaro and Kakyoin in both names and appearance). Seeming acknowledged in Eyes of Heaven, where Jotaro and Kakyoin are part 3's 'official' duo similarly to how Joseph and Caesar are part 2's duo.
    • Giorno/Jolyne has a fair degree of popularity even though they've never met (despite some teasing of a cameo in Stone Ocean) and he's technically her great-great-great-uncle. Even Araki's drawn art of them getting frisky.
  • Signature Scene: Several...
    • Phantom Blood: Dio kissing Erina, Dio becoming a vampire ("I reject my humanity, Jo Jo!"), William Zeppelli punching a frog, Johnathan's death in the cruise ship, and "How many breads have you eaten in your life?".
    • Battle Tendency: Wamuu awakening the other Pillar Men, Caesar and Joseph declaring revenge for Mark's death (specifically, the part where they pose), and Caesar's death.
    • Stardust Crusaders: The fight between Jotaro and Dio, the road roller bit in particular, as well as the game with D'Arby, ending with the latter's epic meltdown.
    • Diamond is Unbreakable: "When I first saw the Mona Lisa's hands, I got... a boner...", Kira's date with one of his victim's hands and Josuke punching Okuyasu's spaghetti.
    • Vento Aureo: "This taste... It's the taste of a liar! Giorno Giovanna!" and "Giorno Giovanna's dream is to be a Gangstar!"
    • Stone Ocean: The effects of the Green Baby and Heavy Weather turning people into snails.
    • Steel Ball Run: The whole Scary Monsters encounter and Johnny's ultimatum with Funny Valentine.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The English dub of the OV As.
  • Superlative Dubbing: In contrast, opinions of the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders test dub have been mostly positive, with even non-fans judging it as So Okay, It's Average at worst.
    • The later dub of the first TV series (which seems to be aiming for some level of consistency with the previous SC test dub, retaining Patrick Seitz as Dio) has gained similar response, though the reaction to the use of accents has been the slightest bit mixed.
  • Song Association:
    • Thanks to the new anime series, many an anime fan automatically correlates Yes's classic prog-rock song "Roundabout" with Jojo.
    • Thanks to Stardust Crusaders, the same has happened to the Bangles' "Walk Like an Egyptian".
    • The theme song for the Phantom Blood OVA "VOODOO KINGDOM" caused fans to associate the series with the Japanese hip-hop band Soul'd Out as well. It helps that two SBR characters are named after said band's songs.
  • Squick:
    • The Pillar Men's Body Horror powers, Esidisi's Fingore and Santana's abilities stand out the most.
    • Yoshikage Kira takes hand fetishism to the extreme: he likes to sever the hands of the women he kills and treat them as girlfriends, buying them gifts of jewelry and taking them on dates before they rot away. Just...ew.
    • Just try to look at how Pesci uses Beach Boy on Mista without cringing.
    • The way Jolyne uses Stone Free to unravel herself is pretty cringe-worthy.
    • Dio lying in bed shirtless with Pucci, talking about things like "gravity". Pucci was 15 at the time.
    • Melone's interrogation techniques for choosing the next host for Baby Face is more than a little predatory.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The Stardust Crusaders OVAs sometimes get this reaction for altering all battles except one, being much more serious in tone, and having grittier character designs. On the other hand, it's pretty much universally agreed that the D'Arby the Gambler episode, which was perfectly faithful to the manga (it even changed the art style to Araki's) save for one plot detail at the very end, is awesome. David Production even made a homage to it by casting Banj˘ Ginga as D'Arby as a replacement for the late Kenji Utsumi (both are famous for playing Fist of the North Star villains Souther and Raoh).
    • Araki himself reacted this way to the Phantom Blood movie, which was created by the people behind the OVAs; among other things, Speedwagon only appears as a mugger, Dire and Straizo are removed entirely, the concept of Hamon was not properly explained.
    • Among the changes made to the script for the English dub of Parts 1 and 2, the removal of Dio's "Wryyyyy!", all but one instance in which Joseph cries "OH NO!", and the change of the German soldiers' painful cry of "Tacos!" to "Ouchies!" was met with derision.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Alessi from Stardust Crusaders had a Stand that could turn people into younger versions of themselves. There just so happened to be a Cool Old Guy among the Crusaders who kicked a lot of ass in his youth, as documented in Battle Tendency. Too bad Alessi ended up getting pounded into hamburger by Jotaro and Polnareff before he came across Joseph. For what it's worth, Heritage for the Future explored this scenario with Jojo's Story, though it was more of an Excuse Plot than anything.
  • Too Cool to Live: The ultimate fate of anyone in the Zeppeli family.
  • Ugly Cute:
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • A lot of people find "cute" Iggy's face to be unsettling due to his cartoonier proportions making his face more humanlike, causing them to find his earlier and more realistic appearance cuter.
    • Diavolo's eyes are drawn differently than anyone else's in the manga, and it does look pretty unsettling.
    • His stand isn't any better; King Crimson's eyeballs are placed outside the eye sockets. Its perpetual sadistic glare doesn't help either.
    • Oyecomova from Part 7. Seriously, just look at him.
    • The animated version of Phantom Blood often falls into this thanks to the very still and inexpressive characters that resulted from its low animation budget. Jonathan is the most common victim of this, though the Blu-ray/DVD releases fixed most of the faces.
  • Values Dissonance: Giorno and Bruno are involved in the mafia, which is guilty of a wide swath of terrible deeds, such as the murder of innocents, blackmail, extortion, and assassination. Yet for them the big crossing of the Moral Event Horizon comes from gang members selling drugs to children. While most Westerners can agree that it's terrible, they wouldn't consider it as so much necessarily worse than those other things combined either. Part of this can be explained by Japan having a much stronger stigma against drug usage than most countries in the West, to the point that even minor marijuana offenses face steep sentences.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Narancia, L.A. Boomboom, and Yotsuyu Yagiyama.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The Stardust Crusaders anime's depiction of DIO and The World's Time Stop looks amazing.
  • Watch It for the Meme: Usually it's Dio's MUDA MUDA MUDA, WRYYYYYY and ZA WARUDO.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?:
    • Ranks up there with Fist of the North Star and Apocalypse Zero as the top candidate for this trope. The sheer frank homoeroticism and casual brutality of this franchise, tolerable to teenage boys in Japan, would have Jack Chick doing gymnastics in his grave!
    • Vento Aureo is probably the worst in this regard, occurring before the shift to a more mature seinen magazine—each and every arc in the series (which is to each of the dozen conflicts with stand users) centers around some aspect of bloody, gory, painful body horror. The next part, Stone Ocean, is also pretty bad with the gore. And has prostitutes, vibrators as currency and people exploding into snails.
  • The Woobie: Both protagonists of JoJolion, Yasuho and Josuke, have very compelling personal conflicts—Yasuho's terrible mother and Josuke's lack of family—that cause them considerable angst. The poor guys are just constantly reminded of the shitty aspects of their lives. Yasuho even breaks down crying because of the stress and Josuke tears up a little when he sees a happy family playing around and is reminded that absolutely no one came to look for him when he went missing and lost his memory. The latter is also in the context of the Japanese natural disasters of 2011, wherein it is pointed out that families came together to support and protect each other in that great time of need.
    • Polnareff gets it pretty hard in Part 3 when he's not just being the designated Butt Monkey. Aside from the whole dead sister thing, how many people have one of their friends die to protect them twice?
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Even in the highly glamorous Part 5, Fugo's outfit is incredibly tacky. It has holes all over it, even on the pants, Fugo isn't wearing any undershirts, just a necktie, and if Word of God is to believed, he even wears a thong so the underwear wouldn't be shown through the holes.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Many people's reactions to Stroheim's English VA due to being pretty mediocre and instead of being hammy like Atsushi Imaruoka is instead stereotypically German and not having much energy. Just look what they did to his most famous scene.
    • Same could be said to the other Voice Actors to some people.