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.
    • Dio, in regards to his Pet the Dog moments: Did he genuinely see Pucci as a friend, and would he have treated Giorno with love, or did/would he see them as more pawns in his ultimate goal? Eyes of Heaven seems to take the former route, with Dio holding Pucci's hand, placing a hand on his shoulder, and referring to him as "friend" during their DHA together, while he gives a little nod of approval when he teams up with Giorno in their Dual Heat Attack (Giving him a little smile, saying "You did it, kid.")
  • Americans Hate Tingle:
    • Although Part 3 is by far the most popular part in Japan, Western fans tend to hold it in lesser regard, due to being the only part marketed everywhere else. It is frequently considered 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.
    • Josuke/Rohan is a popular ship in Asian countries due to their Foe Yay. But in the West, it's more of a Base Breaker because of how Josuke is 16 and Rohan is 20, thus spawning some rather heated debates about the ship being ephebophilia.
  • Americans Love Funny Valentine: While by no means unpopular in the series' native Japan, Funny Valentine sees a lot of love in America, mainly thanks to his genuine patriotism (which can be spun into endless jokes) and quirkiness.
  • 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 some of the story arcs prior to Rohan's appearance go on for far too long and that it doesn't Grow the Beard until Kira appears. To top it off, Part 4 is the longest JoJo part that is published on a weekly magazine.
    • Due to being extended quite a bit, the Egypt arc in the anime drags quite a bit, with a lot of random scenes with Iggy and other characters that don't really contribute much to anything.
  • 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, the fact that the majority of his training was based around Hamon which is only truly useful against vampire enemies, of which there are barely any in Part 3 and is not the main JoJo of his part, but it's still frustrating to see the guy that took down Wamuu and Esidisi struggling so much to fight the enemy Stand users. Even more increased and further justified by Part 4, where he's going senile and generally deliberately omitted from the action. He's pushing 80 and retired by then.
  • 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?
    • Jotaro gets this to a lesser extent. There are fans who admire him for being the cool, calm, and collected Badass one of the JoJos. But there are also fans who find his stoic personality boring compared to more popular and animated JoJos, such as Joseph Joestar, and they think of him as a Marty Stu in Part 3.
    • Narciso Anasui of Part 6, either beloved as a hilarious and Badass Jerk with a Heart of Gold and one of the most competent main characters bar maybe Jolyne, or hated as an overbearing Stalker with a Crush.
    • Joseph after part 2. Either the previously mentioned Badass Decay is justified, as he's not the main character anymore and he's still a decent character, or his depiction in parts 3 and 4 is a complete disgrace that makes him a total joke.
  • Broken Base:
    • Which part is the best part? A lot of fans consider Steel Ball Run to be the best from a literary standpoint, but the different parts are so numerous and varied that they all have their own rabid fans.
    • Reception to Araki's Art Evolution post Stone Ocean. On one hand, many fans celebrate the more detailed art and the higher degree of realism that Araki's style took, praising it as one of a number of aspects that the series that improved during Steel Ball Run. Others acknowledge that Araki has improved in many ways but are more critical, saying that the realism came at the cost of making Only Six Faces and Dull Surprise much more common (in contrast to the earlier parts, which had much more lively expressions and varied designs) and that the pre-SBR characters just don't look right in the new style. Some people feel that these aspects are being improved upon in JoJolion, however.
    • 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 Jonathan, 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 it's appropriate that he sound just like Numbuh One or whether he should've tried for a more unique sounding voice. Others debate whether his British accent was a good fit, or whether he should've used a different kind of accent such as Cockney or Estuary, or none at all. The same goes for all the other characters with accents.
      • 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). Though some still called foul when it turned out that Patrick Seitz did not do the iconic "Wrrryyyy!" at least when Dio first became a vampire.
    • The recasting of certain characters in Part 4 is a point of contention with some. Wataru Hatano is replaced by Yuki Ono as Josuke, Romi Park is replaced by Yuki Kaji as Koichi, and Hiroshi Kamiya is replaced by Takahiro Sakurai as Rohan. Fans are either annoyed since they think the first set of actors portrayed the characters best; happy, as they think the new actors are good choices; or confused as to why they're being replaced while still thinking the new seiyuu will do a good job. It doesn't help that this announcement was made before the release of Eyes of Heaven (which uses the first cast) and Yuki Kaji playing Johnny Joestar in All Star Battle and Eyes of Heaven already.
      • In particular Yuki Kaji as Koichi has been a divided casting choice. Some don't mind him voicing Koichi and think he's a good fit while others don't think his generic shounen hero voice works well for Koichi alongside of the fact that he's very overused in Japanese dubs.
    • The opening of the Part 4 anime, fans are either appreciating it for its vibrant colors and light hearted theme, or disappointed for not being in the heavily actioned CGI animations with loads of symbolism and foreshadowing elements that the previous four openings had.
    • The added scene in the beginning of Part 4's first episode Foreshadowing Yoshikage Kira's involvement in the story, as well as being a serious case of Surprise Creepy has split the fanbase. Some love how it establishes the main villain of the Part in a way that the manga didn't, while others feel that it spoils a really great plot twist and shouldn't have been included.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • In Phantom Blood Speedwagon once unfroze William Zeppeli's arm after it was frozen by Dio with nothing more than flaming hot abs... This is never brought up again.
    • 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).
    • The main problem behind this is that Kakyoin being depicted as weak means that he wouldn't be strong enough to control his stand and it would most likely end up harming him like Holly or Josuke when he was a child.
    • Jotaro doesn't come out smelling like roses either. It's uncommon (in Japan at least) control to have Jotaro's aggression/and or possessiveness is raised to Yandere levels at times.
  • 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 Favorite. Araki has stated that his favorite JoJo is Diamond Is Unbreakable's Josuke Higashikata. While he is generally liked by the fandom, he's not the favorite, those being Jotaro Kujo in Japan and Joseph Joestar in the west.
  • 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.
      • Jotaro himself is also an example, since he is by far the most likely to be featured in JoJo-related media, and being one of the most recognizable aspects of the series due to Pop-Cultural Osmosis only exacerbates this tendency, despite being one of the most controversial JoJos due to already being perceived as a Marty Stu on top of having a personality considered unlikeable. This causes many fans to go from indifference or or mere dislike to downright despising him, at least for his Part 3 incarnation (see Rescued from the Scrappy Heap).
  • 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. His time-travel shenanigans and complete nonchalance towards murder probably help matters.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: What do Narancia, Mista, and Fugo do after they disassemble Zucchero's body, hang his head, and roast his eye? They dance!
  • Cult Classic: In the west; prior to the anime beginning in 2012 it was largely unknown with a small but very passionate following. One of the main problems with exporting the series is the copyright issues there since Araki's musical shout-outs are beloved by the fans.
  • 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.
    • Some of the enemy Stand users from Part 3, particularly N'Dhoul, Mariah, Midler, and frighteningly the D'Arby brothers (especially Daniel) often have their evil qualities toned down in fan works. Some fans even go as far as believing that they're just regular people when not fighting for DIO.
    • While La Squadra Di Esecuzione was portrayed as a group of Anti-Villains, it's not uncommon to see their humanizing traits played up in the fandom and/or portraying them as having a family-like bond. Risotto Nero tends to get the blunt of this; despite being a cold, calculating assassin in canon, it's very common to see him characterized as an emotional and caring leader, if not outright dad-like in fanworks.
  • Ear Worm: The special ED for episode 27 of Stardust Crusaders. OINGO! BOINGO! BROTHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERS!
    • The reprise featuring Hol Horse from episode 36 is just as catchy.
    • Part IV's anime adaptation opens over a catchy radio jingle, and fans seemed to immediately fall in love with it. Mori-Mori-Morioooooh-cho Radiooooo! The fact that it's paired with a Surprise Creepy scene that wasn't in the manga helps, as well.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • 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.
    • The unnamed female Pillar Man (seen here) has amassed quite a fanbase.
    • Muhammad Avdol, to the point that he was spared an early death.
    • Noriaki Kakyoin gets Put on a Bus during the Egypt Arc and suffers from They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character (See below) as he dies at the end. It doesn't stop him from having a massive number of fanart in Pixiv and having his own share of memes that are popular within the fandom. It's not much of a surprise to see him be the only character along with Jotaro to appear in all demos of Eyes of Heaven and the Anime adding in extra scenes to expand his character.
    • While a lot of them are forgettable oneshot enemies, many of Dio's minions/assassins from Part 3 have gotten their fair share of love from the fanbase. In particular, most of the Egypt-arc minions are agreed to be significantly more interesting than those that came before, and bar them, Hol Horse is also very well-liked.
      • Aside from Hol Horse, Daniel J. D'Arby is the most popular of DIO's minions. His Affably Evil qualities and how he chose to fight the protagonists not because DIO wanted him to but for his passion of gambling have gained him a lot of respect among fans. It also helps that his fight was considered one of the best in Stardust Crusaders for the high tension and how it broke away from the action of previous fights and was more logic driven. He was so well liked among fans that his fight in the OVA shifted to Araki's art style, he got his own figure, and even appeared as a boss in Eyes of Heaven.
      • The Oingo Boingo Brothers have become popular among fans of recently for their hilarious chapter and how unlike DIO's other henchmen they weren't particularly villainous and had other character traits outside of following DIO. So much so that they got a figure, a one-shot that reveals Boingo tried to become a successful author after the events of Stardust Crusaders, a reference to Thoth in Stone Ocean and both arcs involving Boingo had alternate credits in the anime.
    • 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 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.
    • The entirety of La Squadra di Esecuzione also counts, especially Risotto Nero and Prosciutto.
    • Foo Fighters, to the point that she was one of the most requested DLC characters for All-Star Battle and the most common complaint about Eyes of Heaven is that she's not in it, not even as a sub-character.
    • At least in the English-speaking fandom, Ringo Roadagain is the subject of a great deal of awe, respect, and adulation.
    • Out of all of the antagonists in JoJolion, none are quite as popular as Yotsuyu Yagiyama.
      • Tamaki Damo has developed a notable fanbase in the last few chapters he's appeared in as well.
    • Josefumi Kujo became slightly popular upon the flashback arc in JoJolion, before skyrocketing to adored after Chapter 52 established him as The Woobie.
  • 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:
    • Dio Brando is the poster boy of this trope for all of manga.
    • The Pillar Men for their cool offense abilities, Fashion-Victim Villain be damned.
  • Evil Is Sexy: A good lot of evil characters in this series are quite attractive — especially in Part 5.

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  • Fandom Berserk Button:
  • 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/Okuyasu, Giorno/Mista, Jolyne/Hermes 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.
  • Fanon: There's no real 100% agreed upon color/style for any character in further parts, but in fan coloration and fanart it's very common to see many characters wearing lipstick, especially if they're fluorescent-colored.
  • 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.
    • This applies to a good deal of the other villains in Part 5, with special notice given to Risotto Nero. With an even more Stripperiffic version of Sephiroth's outfit, and a hat that looks like a piece of cloth with little balls dangling from it
    • 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, mainly due to Sequel Escalation enforced by the other parts.
  • 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.
    • The anime adaption of Part 3, added a flashback scene in which Kakyoin first meets Dio (and in turn get the flesh bud). Watching the scene feels like the poor guy is getting molested.
    • Terence D'Arby touching Kakyoin after storing his soul into doll, as well as looking under his coat and rubbing his cheek against his.
    • 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.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • A good number of JJBA fans are also fans of other Shounen Jump properties.
      • A lot of long time fans are also fans of Fist of the North Star. This is because both series starting running in Shounen Jump around the same time. Both series feature manly men doing manly things and insane amounts of over the top the violence. It helps that Jonathan was inspired by Kenshiro.
      • It is very common to see fans of JJBA who are also fans of Gintama. Considering how both series run in Shounen Jump and parody other Shounen Jump titles that ran at the same time, fans of one series are very likely to find appeal in the other. Especially made better when Tomokazu Sugita who voices Gintoki would eventually voice Joseph.
      • Thanks to Diamond is Unbreakable there has been an increase in the amount of JJBA fans who are also fans of YuYu Hakusho which ran in Shounen Jump while Diamond is Unbreakable was publishing and featured similar themes. Years down the line Diamond is Unbreakable would also produce an example of this trope with Persona.
      • As of recently there have been many JJBA fans who are also fans of Assassination Classroom which has a similar tone to JJBA and the author was even inspired by the JJBA franchise. Due to the similar tones that combine over the top humor, characters, and action with some serious dramatic moments some have even seen Assassination Classroom as a Spiritual Successor to JJBA now that JJBA no longer runs in Shounen Jump.
    • Fans of Metal Gear have gotten along with JoJo fans, since both series are seen as over-the-top but endearing stories with loads of hyper-masculinity.
  • 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.
    • Part 7 is near-universally praised in the West for its fantastic storytelling as a strong start to the new continuity, but Japan seems to outright ignore it the most compared to every other part, due in part to residual bitterness to the end of part 6 and no small amount of They Changed It, Now It Sucks. Oddly enough, Part 8 has, so far, been perfectly well-received there.
    • 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.
    • Since Diamond is Unbreakable, the manga became increasingly more focused on the characterization and drama as well as the battles. In Steel Ball Run, this transition was firmly solidified, with the Shōnen-to-Seinen shift resulting in pronounced Art Evolution and a definitive 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 died, 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.
    • Not to long into Diamond is Unbreakable airing in Japan Prince (one of the biggest influences on the series) dies, not to mention David Bowie (who the Big Bad is modelled on) passing away early that same year.
  • 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.
      • Preference for explosives? Check. Mental instability masked with the facade of stoicism? Check. Ability to create Groundhog Day Loops? Check. Kira did the whole Homura Akemi shtick over fifteen years prior to the actual Homura. If only he ended up becoming Diavolo...
    • 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, where not only are metal balls used as weapons, but they're used mainly by Caesar's Alternate Self.
    • 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. Ben Diskin 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 True Companions on a boat or submarine.
    • The infamous 1994 CLAMP doujinshi where Kakyoin gives birth to a baby who's stand is a mixture of his and Jotaro, with the ability to unravel its body into tentacles and Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs. 6 years later, Stone Ocean stars Jotaro's daughter, Jolyne, and she has the ability to unravel her stand into string and has a battle cry of "Ora ora ora!". This is lampshaded in a fan video.
      • In both the doujinshi and canon, Jotaro's kids have a rocky relationship with him, so take what you will from that.
    • One wonders how Kakyoin would have reacted to Shizuka, given that she's another BABY STAND user.
    • As mentioned in Harsher in Hindsight above, the episode where Kakyoin gets a hole punched through his stomach by DIO's STAND was released on National Donut Day. The episode where Josuke and Okuyasu eat at Tonio's restaurant and Okuyasu's spaghetti gets punched by Josuke's STAND aired exactly one year later.
    • In the early parts of Stardust Crusaders he comments on how terrible Japanese coffee tastes, then fast-forward to Part 4 where he comments about how good Japanese coffee tastes. He really must be going senile...
  • 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.
    • During Jotaro and DIO's fight, it escalates into near-DBZ tier when both of them start flying, but what tops the "Holy Shit" cake is when DIO drops a motherfucking STEAMROLLER onto Jotaro.
    • 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! And then the universe ends.
    • 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.
    • Part 8 starts off with the protagonist who is discovered to have four testicles, and it only gets more and more bizarre from there, even by JoJo's standards, which, considering everything else listed here, is saying a lot.
  • 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.

    I - R 
  • 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, due to the series' longtime Cult Classic status there are some newer JoJo fans that only discovered 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.
    • Yoshikage Kira's existence, considering he only debuts or receives significant buildup shortly before the halfway point of the story. On that note, Akira Otoishi being a Disc One Final Boss.
    • Due to his and his stand's infamously poor reputation, Diavolo and King Crimson are pretty well-known. This makes his desire to make himself come off as The Ghost and an Ultimate Evil even more inept.
    • JoJolion Josuke being a fusion of Josefumi Kujo and that part's Yoshikage Kira has become relatively well known as of later chapters.
  • 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 grandson 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.
    • Kakyoin has a Friendless Background, never having any friends for his whole life, as it was his own choice since he's aware that he'll never connect to anyone, not even his own parents, due to having a stand. But yet shows no hints of it until the episode where he dies, and it's pretty heartbreaking to know that the first friends he ever made are also his last. This gets even more sadder if you listen to his Image Song Goodbye Nostalgia.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Dio Brando starts as this, spending the early chapters of Phantom Blood treated as though his infamous Jerkassery is a result of his abusive, impoverished upbringing, resenting Jonathan for all the nice things he and his family have. Then he discards his humanity and becomes what he's far more fondly remembered for: that utterly unrepentant, hammy monster that every fan loves to hate, fully embracing the fact that he's a bastard because that's just the way he is, and how he wouldn't have it any other way.
    • Caesar is a bit of a showoffy jerk and rival to Joseph, but the Heroic Sacrifice of his father, pent-up resentment towards Joseph for his grandfather's sacrifice for his grandfather, and his desire to prove himself in everyone's eyes are what draw fans to him and his bond with Joseph.
    • Keicho Nijimura debuts as a cold bastard who attacks people with the Bow and Arrow to draw Stands out of them; uncaring if people die or if the new users hurt others. He's abusive to his brother and even tries to dispose of him when Okuyasu gets in his way. Then we learn his backstory where in his childhood he was kinder and more protective of his younger brother especially after they lost their mother and their father turns abusive. Upon seeing his father devolve into a pitiful and barely human monster, Keicho would rather Shoot the Dog and put him out of his misery than let him continue as a pitiful shell of a man. In the end his past comes back to bite him when one of the people he gave powers to returns to kill him, but Keicho's last action is to save his younger brother. Upon seeing his remains Okuyasu breaks down.
    Okuyasu: My Big Bro... deserved to end up like that. There's no way he could have lived a decent life. That was his fate. But you know... In the end, in the very end my big bro defended me didn't he?
    • Shigechi is a Fat Bastard who tries to screw his friends out of money in their introductory arc, but he becomes their close friend regardless. Ultimately, he's a middle-schooler with no friends besides Okuyasu and Josuke, very protective of his family, and his death at the hands of Kira Yoshikage is absolutely heart-rending.
    • The members of Buccelati's gang in part 5 are gangsters, and much of what that entails, but all of them have sympathetic qualities which shine on through, and their True Companions nature, tragic backstories, and the depravity of the real villains make it easy to root for them. When some of them die, it's nearly always sudden, meaningless, and painful, and even Fugo choosing to Opt Out, and the rest of the scene being the rest of the group leaving him behind, right down to Narancia, is a massive Tear Jerker.
      • Their opposition, La Squadra di Esecuzione, are a group of True Companions and Anti Villains who got screwed over by Diavolo, which is the reason why they're trying to kill Trish and the rest of Bruno's gang. Nero himself has faced tragedy not unlike the protagonists, and once he gets a good chance to get back at Diavolo, the rest of his gang has already been killed.
  • 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
  • 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 (which he himself eventually denies is the case), 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.
    • Kira Yoshikage. As one of the most popular JoJo villains, he actively and unrepentantly serial-kills for 15 years, and after his initial defeat, runs circles around the protagonists without even trying. And when he does try...
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Dio in Parts 1 and 3, Kars in Part 2, and Funny Valentine in Part 7. And for a rare benevolent example, Joseph Joestar in Part 2.
    • Once he gains Bites The Dust, it's almost beautiful how well Kira defeats the heroes time and time again before Hayato finally puts a stop to it.
  • Memetic Loser: Okuyasu is remembered as the guy who never used his Stand to the best of its abilities.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • Moe: Speedwagon, for his exuberant supportiveness towards Jonathan (and the fact that he continues supporting the Joestars financially and emotionally by following Joseph on his adventures, and then financially through the Speedwagon Foundation after Speedwagon himself passes on).
    • Koichi Hirose, a genuinely Nice Guy who at times shows signs of being a Nervous Wreck, especially in the anime. The anime adaptation ended up endearing him even to fans who had felt neutral or even negative towards him when reading the original manga.
  • 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. Goes into an in-universe edition when he killed Zeppeli, so as far as Jonathan is concerned, all bets are off.
    • 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.
    • Jotaro's one-liners during his fight with Kira are hilariously bad and completely out of place for someone like him.
    "Nice watch. Too bad it won't be able to tell time after I break it. Break your face that is."
    "Yare, Yare. Now that I look at it up close your watch looks like crap, but you dont have to worry about that. After all, I am about to make it much worse, your face that is."
  • 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 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.
    • Kakyoin will also never live down the creepy tongue thing a thing he only did once as the other two times it was Rubber Soul simply impersonating him.
    • A lot of fans still can't get over the fact that the TV airing for Stardust Crusaders had to censor scenes that involved Jotaro smoking since he is a minor, but didn't censor Anne's nudity during the fight with Forever or even Mannish Boy's genitals. Especially because none of these moments are major scenes but rather smaller parts of much bigger scenes.
    • Pretty much any instance where Araki has a villain pull off a Kick the Dog moment. The most notable example was Vanilla Ice beating Iggy to death in Stardust Crusaders so much so that any discussion on Vanilla Ice will most likely refer to him as a "dog kicker" and some even overlook the fact that he killed Avdol beforehand just because the beatdown he gave Iggy was so brutal.
  • 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.
  • One True Threesome: Joseph/Caesar/Suzie Q and Jolyne/Hermes/Foo Fighters are common OT3s within the fandom.
  • 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.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Just for about every ship, to start with:
    • Part 1 has JonaDio for Dio/Jonathan and JonaEri for Jonathan/Erina
    • Part 2 has CaeJose for Joseph/Caesar.
    • Part 3 has JotaKak (JoKa for Japanese speakers) for Jotaro/Kakyoin and PolDul/AvPol for Polnareff/Abdul.
    • Part 4 has Josuyasu for Josuke/Okuyasu and JosuHan for Josuke/Rohan.
    • Part 5 has GioMis for Girno/Mista, BruAbba for Abbacchio/Bucellati and NaraFugo for Narancia/Fugo.
    • Part 6 has Jolymes for Jolyne/Hermes.
    • Part 7 has GyJo for Gyro/Johnny.
    • Part 8 has Josuho for Josuke/Yasuho.
  • 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.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Part 4 for Jotaro, who is a big Base Breaker outside Japan. The Jerk Ass and Nineties Anti-Hero aspects that make him The Scrappy for a lot of Part 3 fans are heavily dialed down down, positive traits like his nerdy animal-loving side become a lot more prominent, his stepping down from the protagonist role makes him less of a Marty Stu, and his reticence makes him Adorkable rather than hard to empathize with this time around. It also helps that he serves as a Big Brother Mentor to both Josuke and Koichi. Further rescued in Part 6, which deconstructs the character traits used to try to make him seem "cool" in Part 3, acknowledging them as character flaws which have damaged his relationship with his daughter.

    S - Z 
  • 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. While other tagalong characters end up serving a purpose (such as the Tagalong Kid in Part 1 risking his life and taking a kick from an undead warrior to allow Johnathan to get rescued), she never accomplishes anything.
    • 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.
    • Pocoloco in Part 7. A boring fool with an absurd amount of luck (which is his Stand's power) who never grows as a person because of his complacent dependence on his power. No surprise that Araki put him onn the sidelines when he kicked off the real plot.
    • Among DIO's henchmen in Stardust Crusaders it is very hard to find fans of Steely Dan and Alessi. Steely Dan is an unpleasant Jerkass whose frequent bullying of Jotaro got irritating, ended up being a Dirty Coward and his fight was a case of Could Have Avoided This Plot. Alessi on the other hand is highly disliked for being a creepy child abuser, turning an innocent woman into a fetus, only allying himself with DIO for the money and some have even seen him as an unnecessary tonal shift.
    • Part 8 gives Joshu Higashikata, a whiny Jerkass that gets angry over completely petty problems, on top of being seen to have an unattractive design. When abandoning Josuke for money and promising to buy him a meal after he's bailed out is considered positive character development, he is definitely a huge asshole. Being playable in Eyes of Heaven instead of Yasuho ended up increasing the hate.
  • 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.
  • Ship Mates: A lot of fans who ship Jotaro/Kakyoin also ship Polnareff with Avdol, due to their many moments of Ho Yay, and headcanoning Joseph formally being in a relationship with Caesar. The same applies for Giorno/Mista shippers also going with Abbachio/Bucellati and Narancia/Fugo. Jolyne/Hermes/Foo Fighters fans ship Annasui with Weather Report.
  • Shipping Goggles: Especially prevalent in a series ripe with Ho Yay. Fans may interpret Dio and Jonathan's relationship as Foe Yay, or use one character's opinion that Caesar Zeppeli is "worse than a woman with Joseph" to support their Ship.
    • One of the most popular couple is Dio and Pucci, as they are shown to share many intimate moments, such as one time when both are lying in the same bed reading. Somehow Araki thought that it would represent two buddies crashing at each other's place. He might as well have Anti Shipping Goggles at this point.
  • 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...
  • So Bad, It's Good:
    • The English dub of the OVAs.
    • How many view the accents in the Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency dubs, which are... inauthentic at best.
    • Before Diamond is Unbreakable got a proper translation, it had a translation known as 'Duwang scans', riddled with numerous errors, sub-par typesetting, and overall awful quality. Unlike Vento Aureo below, however, most key information is preserved, and it enjoys a So Bad, It's Good reputation and a degree of Memetic Mutation that part 5 lacks.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Unlike Part 4's Duwang scans, Part 5's not as well received since it watered down the characterizations of the cast and made the overall dialogue bland and near-incomprehensible. Giorno gets hit hard the worst, causing him to be very polarizing among many English-speaking fans.
  • Suspiciously Similar Songs: Or rather, Leitmotif. Josuke's theme in the Diamond Is Unbreakable Anime sounds incredibly similar to Jotaro's Leitmotif.
  • 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 mixed. While there has been some critisicm towards a few voices, generally the dub is seen as fairly good. Notably Patrick Seitz stands out, generally being praised as being on par with Takehito Koyasu, as well as Ben Diskin.
  • Song Association:
    • Thanks to the new anime series, many an anime fan automatically correlates the various licensed songs used in the show's credits sequences with JoJo. So far, we've got Yes's classic prog-rock song "Roundabout", the Bangles' "Walk Like an Egyptian", Pat Menthy Group's "Last Train Home", and Savage Garden's "I Want You". Humorously enough, when "I Want You" was revealed to be Part 4's ending theme, one of the first JoJo-related comments on Savage Garden VEVO's upload of the song's music video read "KNOCK KNOCK IT'S THE JOJO FANDOM."
    • 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 Wekapipo and Magent Magent from Steel Ball Run are named after said band's songs, and Araki did design one of their album covers.
    • To a lesser extent, any song referenced in the series will get this from fans.
  • Squick: Well, when you have a series that has several... unique ways of showing bodily trauma and harm, its best to carry a paper bag whenever your watching this.
    • The Pillar Men's Body Horror powers, Esidisi's Fingore and Santana's abilities stand out the most.
    • Death 13 gagging Kakyoin by filling his mouth with eyeballs. Nightmares, man.
    • 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.
    • The Cold-Blooded Torture in Part 5 is... Not for the weak of heart.
    • Just try to look at how Pesci uses Beach Boy on Mista without cringing.
    • In the same vain, Risotto uses Metallica to turn the iron in your blood into sharp, painful blades, making you cough them up.
    • The way Jolyne uses Stone Free to unravel herself is pretty cringe-worthy.
    • The effects of the Green Baby's stand, which turns people close by into human trees.
    • Heavy Weather may be the most infamous example of this in the entire series. It sends subliminal messages that cause people to perceive everything around them turning into snails.
    • 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.
  • Stoic Woobie: Jotaro's had a pretty rough life. His mother falls victim to DIO, his friends and nearly his grandfather are killed by him and his men, he spends the rest of his life hunting other Stand users, which lost him the love of his daughter, and he gives his life trying to save her. And yet he hardly displays any outward sadness over any of these things.
    • Erina has lost her first kiss, her newlywed husband, her son(indirectly) and daughter-in-law (while, she did find her again eventually) to Dio by her time in Battle Tendency where she's in her 70s, Yet keeps a stoic, but kind personality that normally wouldn't be seen from women born in her time.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Steely Dan kills Enya for the sake of money, attempts to kill Joseph for his own personal amusement, beats a child to demonstrate how his Stand works, forces Jotaro to rub his back, polish his shoes, and act as a bridge, and frames him for stealing a necklace. There's a good reason why Jotaro beating him down and then tossing a bill at him is one of the best parts of Stardust Crusaders.
  • 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 Banjo 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).
    • 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 Just Didn't Care: Surface is renamed "Show-Off" in the subbed version of the anime, but when it's first referred to by name, the original name is presented in English at the same time, which kind of negates the Writing Around Trademarks the subs were going for.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Plenty of examples from throughout the series' long life. In rough chronological order...
    • Santana, the first Pillar Man encountered and defeated, while a little slow on the uptake, was still an immensely quick learner, and was Taken for Granite and brought in for research by the Speedwagon Foundation at the end of his arc, with very few failsafes mentioned to prevent his escape. He never appears again, not even getting a Mode like the other three.
    • Hol Horse, who had signs of strongly considering a Heel–Face Turn, and even would have had Avdol not returned, and is generally one of the more popular minor villains in the series. Instead, he suffers heavily from (admittedly hilarious) Badass Decay.
    • While Noriaki Kakyoin was a major ally for a good chunk of the story, he was hit hard with this during the Egypt section of Part 3, being Put on a Bus to recover until the Crusaders were heading into DIO's place. He gets set up to have a cool fight against Terence, but ends up losing and generally doing nothing more of significance except for leaving a Dying Clue.
      • At least the anime adds some scene that gives him some development, such as flashbacks. And if his image song "Goodbye Nostalgia" is anything to go by, may have had a low view on himself.
    • Mohammad Avdol gets it even worse. After recruiting Polnareff, he was Put on a Bus when the Crusaders reached India (fairly early in the story) and only returned by the end of the Judgment arc. He doesn't do much of significance upon his return, and he only has two fights afterwards; one shared with Joseph and the other is barely even a fight since he ended up being killed by Vanilla Ice in one shot. And all of this is an improvement on the original gameplan, that he would've just straight died in India and been replaced with his killer. All in all, it's pretty clear that Araki had no clue what else to do with the poor guy.
    • Tomoko Higashikata, Josuke's mother in Part 4, shows signs of an interesting personality and dynamic with her son (and is said to still not be over Joseph), but barely ever appears and is explicitly kept away from him for her own sake.
    • Tonio Trussardi is the only Stand-using ally in Part 4 who does absolutely nothing after his debut arc, only getting a couple cameos.
    • Koichi Hirose becomes this in Part 5, seemingly having a prominent role in the first few arcs as a connection to Jotaro and the SPW foundation, only to drop off the face of the story.
    • Pannacotta Fugo, who chose to Opt Out right when the plot really intensified. The ramifications of doing so are explored in Purple Haze Feedback.
    • Risotto Nero was the Anti-Villain leader of the assassins Buccelati's gang had been fighting for the lion's share of the Part, had an absolutely devastating power (also putting him under Too Powerful to Live), and gets beaten without them even knowing he was there, courtesy of Diavolo/Doppio and some timely intervention by Aerosmith. He then proceeds to get next to no representation in any of the game-related media.
    • Foo Fighters, one of the more popular characters in Part 6, is one of the most unique character concepts in recent history, is not only the first major ally to go, but due to her nature, has absolutely no counterpart in the Steel Ball Run verse. She's also pretty shafted from videogame adaptations despite her versatile powers and popularity.
    • Jolyne’s unnamed mother, from what little we’ve seen of her, she cares deeply for Jolyne. She was also married (and eventually divorced) to Jotaro, which had the potential to show how she and someone like Jotaro got into and acted in an intimate relationship.
  • 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. Part 3's Spiritual Successor to Will and Caesar, Kakyoin, counts for the same reasons.
    • Leone Abbachio and Bruno Buccellati. Bruno, however, is so cool that he keeps "living" anyway for most of Part 5.
    • Literally every one of Part 6's heroes, in particular Foo Fighters.
  • 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 and the almost all the Asian continent,note  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:
    • Hayato Kawajiri in Part 4. His parents don't care about him and fight often, and one day his father is murdered and replaced by a Serial Killer. His mother becomes absolutely enamored with him, while he can only investigate in horror, having no stand of his own and no context for what has happened. Towards the part's climax, a "Groundhog Day" Loop is built around causing him to kill the protagonists off. Shortly afterwards, Kira is killed, leaving Hayato's mother with no knowledge of what happened to her "husband." It's all he can do to comfort her, and we never learn how the rest of his life goes.
    • 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.
    • [Jojolion] eventually reveals that Josuke is a fusion of two men, Yoshikage Kira and Josefumi Kujo. Josefumi nearly drowned as a child thanks to his negligent mother, which led him to develop major issues. When he's confronted by the fruit selling gang and put in a position where he'll probably die, he cries and asks himself why he's always abandoned, remembering how his mother didn't seem to care for him much and nearly let him die. It's hard not to feel bad for him.
    • 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?
    • Emporio Alnino, holy shit. Just for starters, the kid grew up in prison with his mother dead, and he's often on the receiving end of the nastier Stand attacks of Part 6. And then, the Made In Heaven chapters: Pucci kills everyone he knows and loves before his eyes with his new, terrifying Stand, the last being Jolyne who goes out in a Heroic Sacrifice to save his life. Then he watches the universe's DESTRUCTION AND REBIRTH, commits murder with the aid of Weather's Stand, and suddenly finds himself in a universe where all of his friends are reincarnated with no idea who he is. Granted, the last part hints at something bittersweet, but Emporio's got it rough.
  • 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.
  • Woolseyism: While the dub is contentious, there are a few moments that most people acknowledge that Joseph's banter when he meets Santana was translated as best as it could be. Instead of saying a difficult-to-translate Japanese pun, Joseph instead treats Santana like a model just to mess with him.

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