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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.
  • 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.
    • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. However, 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).
  • Complete Monster:
    • Dio Brando. He has no compunctions with forcing people to do his bidding, and if they do that, it's no guarantee of survival (think the rich man who drives him around in Part 3). His shadow also looms large over all antagonists that follow him, with all of them being connected to him in some way, and he's directly responsible for the events of Part 6, where he corrupted a Priest into carrying out a plot that would allow Dio to remake the world in his own image by proxy. He used his time-stopping stand to force someone to eat a dead cat and stab someone else in the face — and he did this just because he could. In Part 1, after being adopted by Jonathan Joestar's father, he proceeded to make Jonathan's life a living hell for no adequate reason. He beat up Jonathan, humiliated his girlfriend, burned his dog alive, tried to poison his father, and forfeited his humanity to become a nigh-immortal vampire. Dio then embarked on a killing spree across London, with his atrocities including cornering a young woman, who begged Dio to spare her baby. Dio agreed, promising not to kill the baby, but killed the woman only to revive her as a zombie. True to his word, he left the baby, but watches as the zombified woman proceeded to eat her own child in front of him. He refused to die after being defeated, with his severed head returning at the very end to attack the cruise ship Jonathan and his new wife are on, thus sinking it, leaving few survivors. Jonathan drags him to the bottom of the sea with him, finally killing Dio... until he returns 100 years later, using Jonathan's corpse as a body for his severed head. Even though Dio had a hideously abusive father, his Freudian Excuse isn't nearly good enough to excuse his barbaric behaviour.
    • Cioccolata. For starters, his back story involves him torturing old people to death while maintaining a guise of being a good samaritan. When he starts fighting the heroes, he makes sure that he starts horribly killing the innocent people in the village just for fun. His Stand, Green Day, which causes a fleshing-eating mold to quickly devour its victims, works when people are at a lower altitude than him, so what does he do? He gets on a helicopter and flies above Rome to kill as many people as possible. It says something when even the Big Bad Diavolo, a man who would kill his own daughter to protect his identity, is disgusted by him. Thankfully, Giorno proceeds to give Cioccolata the biggest and longest beatdown in the series, which sends him flying into a garbage truck with "Combustable Trash" labeled on the back.
  • 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.
  • Cult Classic: In the west; prior to the anime beginning in 2012 it was largely unknown with a small but very passionate following.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Quite a few characters, such as:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fan Favorite:
    • Jotaro and Joseph are the most popular Jojos among the Japanese and Western fanbases, respectively.
    • Will A. Zeppelli and Speedwagon, mostly due to their respective Nice Hats, and many find that Speedwagon is extremely adorable, as well as Zeppeli's grandson, Caesar.
    • Stroheim is such a fun Large Ham that people are willing to overlook the fact that he's still a freaking Nazi.
    • Jean-Pierre Polnareff, who stands out for being an Idiot Hero amongst a cast of Genius Bruisers, but is also the most fiercely loyal of the group, hot blooded as all hell and genuinely damn funny.
    • Kakyoin, especially with the female fandom.
    • Among the villains, Dio. The fight with him in Part 3 is considered one of the more memorable moments of the OVAs and the manga.
    • 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.
    • Yoshikage Kira seems to be the most popular main antagonist after Dio.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Dio and Vanilla Ice in Part 3, the Pillar Men in Part 2, and Diavolo in Part 5. Most of the Higashikata family in JoJolion would qualify as well.
  • 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?"
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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 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?
      • 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.
      • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Dio. In the first volume, to avenge himself from Jonathan giving him a much-deserved ass-whupping (in a fair fight, no less), he retaliates 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... 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • One True Threesome: DIO/Pucci/Vanilla Ice
  • 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 for reasons given such as being considered a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere, having a lame Freudian Excuse for a motive, a design so garish that it's Narmy and thus hard to take seriously, and ultimately being defeated through an extremely unsatisfying Deus ex Machina. 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.
  • 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 and Expy-laden manga made by CLAMP in the early 90's.
    • 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!"), 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, 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: Kira's date with one of his victim's hands.
    • Vento Aureo: "This taste... It's the taste of a liar! Giorno Giovanna!"
    • Stone Ocean: The effects of the Green Baby and Heavy Weather turning people into snails.
    • Steel Ball Run: The whole Scary Monsters encounter and Dirty Deeds Done Dirty Cheap's first appearance.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The English dub of the OV As.
  • Superlative Dubbing: In contrast, opinions of the initial release of the JJBA The Animation: Stardust Crusaders dub have been mostly positive, with even non-fans judging it as So Okay, It's Average at worst.
  • 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".
  • 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.
    • Melone's interrogation techniques for choosing the next host for Baby Face is more than a little predatory.
  • 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.
    • Oyecomova from Part 7. Seriously, just look at him.
  • 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.
  • 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?

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