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  • Jotaro's unsettlingly calm anger is this in-universe for almost everyone around him, but we never really feel that as the audience, since we know he doesn't emote because he believes he is easy to read. ...And then we get a moment in the anime adaption, after Steely Dan taunts Jotaro's inability to save Joseph from him, a look of sort's at Jotaro's state of mind. A closeup of Jotaro's expression, consumed by Tranquil Fury on a black backdrop immersed in a red flame with what can only be described as screaming static blaring. It only lasts for a few seconds, but that short moment is downright chilling. You get a realistic murderous vibe from Jotaro.
  • Because Dio's abilities as a vampire weren't creepy enough, he gets another creepy ability: being able to implant Flesh Buds that subtly brainwash victims. How does he do this? By turning his hair into grotesque tentacles that slither into the victim's body and veins. Even Joseph is creeped out by them at one point.
    • Episode 40 of the anime gives us Kakyoin's recollection of when Dio did this to him, complete with a first-person view of the tentacle entering his brain. Naturally, it's utterly disturbing.
  • The sheer Paranoia Fuel that Stands and their users have, at least the ones that serve under Dio. Most of them look and act like regular people, or sometimes even animals. Not only that, but since most Stands are invisible to a regular person, you will not know that something is wrong until it's too late. And the ones that are visible usually take the form of inconspicuous objects, including a giant freighter ship, in the case of Forever's stand.
    • Forever himself is extremely creepy, being an intelligent orangutan that acts very human at times. Him lusting after Anne just makes it worse.
  • Tower of Gray. A Stand that looks like a massive stag beetle. Its main method of killing — namely, by literally ripping out the tongues of people — is pretty disgusting.
  • Ebony Devil is a creepy enough Stand that looks like a vaguely humanoid insect and has a Combat Sadomasochist for a user, but it resides in and possesses an Ax-Crazy Creepy Doll with More Teeth than the Osmond Family that can kill you by biting you or cutting you to death, and its small size makes it harder to catch.
    • A bellhop that Polnareff called earlier enters his hotel room, only for Ebony Devil to slice off the poor dude's entire face with a staight razor.
    • How Polnareff killed him wasn't exactly G-rated either; Devo's corpse was shredded into hamburger meat by the time he was done with him. Small wonder that Polnareff got arrested in the anime.
    • And in the Capcom Fighting Game, this terrifying ditty is his theme, which is perfectly fitting for a psycho killer.
  • Yellow Temperance is pretty creepy as well. It's basically a huge blob that can assimilate any organic matter, similar to The Thing (1982). It can also impersonate people, and is Nigh Invulnerable.
  • J. Geil. To list everything he did would take up its own page.
    • The Abridged Series plays him straight. That's how dark he is.
  • The stand Empress takes the form of a wart that grows and consumes its host.
    • Not to mention that as it grows stronger, it gains the ability to talk (in the 2014 anime, it has a horrifying high-pitched voice as well) and a physical body, so it can and will eventually kill its host.
    • And when she dies, so does Nena... revealing that the Indian woman is actually more like a skin coat disguise. Meaning that this is the ultimate fate of anyone Empress infects.
  • Steely Dan's Stand makes you feel any pain he has ten-fold. Not only can you not attack him (and thus risk injury to yourself), but you essentially become a hostage without him ever laying a finger on you.
  • Death 13 is essentially the JoJo equivalent of Freddy Krueger: it is a Stand that can invade your dreams and attack you while you sleep, and any harm inflicted on you in the dream becomes reality. If you're killed by it in the dream, you die in real life. And that's not even the worst part about it. The worst part is that its owner, Mannish Boy, is an infant, and when infants tend to play with things, they tend to be rather...destructive. And if you manage to wake up without dying? You forget everything that happened in the dream.
    • The preview for episode 19 is just a sound of a baby crying while zooming onto Kakyoin sleeping in a black background, after a few seconds, he starts screaming. What really doesn't help is that there's no background music this time.
    • The dream that Kakyoin and Polnareff gets trapped in during the plane ride starts off with a mutilated dog on a ferris wheel seat, then it gets worse when Death 13 arrives. Polnareff wakes up thanks to Joseph, but Kakyoin gets left alone defenseless. This is then followed by him melting into a ferris wheel post, getting tied onto it, and Death 13 oozing out eyeballs into his mouth. The eyeballs then sprout spider legs and start crawling up onto his face. Meanwhile on the outside Kakyoin starts kicking and screaming, jamming one of the plane engines in the process, if it weren't for Joseph using Hermit Purple, the plane would've crashed.
    • When he has everyone in the adventuring party pulled into his dream-world, he lets the unreality run free... as in "the fucking flowers and mail-boxes start laughing like the furniture in Evil Dead 2 crossed with a Disney Acid Sequence run free." Shiver.
    • To make matters worse, his stage in the Capcom fighting game is a carnival with fucking demonic faces adorning everything, and the music is all but fitting for this grotesque imagery.
    • If you listen carefully to it's voice in the anime, it has a demonic back noise to Mannish Boy's baby voice...
    • Not to be outdone by Rubber Soul, Mannish Boy's stand Death 13 mutilates a dog's head and then later in the nightmare world has eyeballs bursting out of the slain dog in a huge gush of blood. And the boy who was its owner mourns it in the real world, showing that the dog happened to be dreaming and an unfortunate bystander caught in the way of the Stand's scythe. Oh, and this scene where the poor boy finds his dog slain takes place before the moment Mannish Boy has eyeballs burst out of it, which is sure to have made mincemeat out of the poor animal in the real world and thankfully we don't get to see that, too. WHY THE HELL IS THIS SERIES SO DAMN CRUEL TO DOGS!?!
  • Cameo/Judgment. He starts and ends as one of the more comedic enemies, but when Polnareff wishes for his sister and Avdol to return to life, the Stand creates half-formed versions of them that begin eating his flesh in a scene straight out of a zombie film. The fake Avdol is particularly terrifying because of how furious it is, accusing Polnareff of being responsible for his death. On top of that, Polnareff believed he was responsible and gave in to despair - he would've died if the real Avdol hadn't saved him.
  • Alessi is one of the more genuinely terrifying villains in the series. His Stand, Sethan/Set, has the power to turn those who stand in his shadow into children, so he can have an easier time of killing them. The sequence involving him focuses around his attempts to kill Polnareff, and it wastes no time in showing how powerless and helpless he is as a child. Oh, and he keeps getting a lot younger as the chapter goes on, so there are times where there's almost nothing he can do to defend himself. That's not even the best part; that would be what becomes of a bystander woman who happens to run into Polnareff as child, but stays in Sethan's shadow for so long she de-ages into a fetus. She recovers, and things end just well enough, but that doesn't stop the chapter from being very tense and disturbing.
    • And in the Capcom Fighting Game, Alessi is a playable character from the start. And yes, he can use Sethan to turn any character in the game into a child,note  but that's not the disturbing part. Whenever someone is turned into a child, he pulls out an axe. Which, yes, does a lot more damage. Also, when his target is at normal age, he's his usual Dirty Coward self and has a particularly fast backdash. When they're children? It's his forward dash that's faster than usual. The icing on the cake really is his theme, which sounds like the theme of a maniac serial killer.
  • While D'Arby is not a fighting man in the least, his stand, Osiris, is very dangerous nonetheless. When someone gambling against him loses the wager, Osiris extracts their soul from their living body and turns it into a poker chip, which D'Arby then adds to his collection (a binder that's hundreds of pages thick, meaning he's been doing this for a very long time.) They can even be split into multiple chips and used in bets. Unlike with Atum's power, the souls can't feel anything while inside the poker chips, but the implications are still disturbing.
  • Pet Shop. Dear Heaven, Pet Shop. He would've murdered that poor little boy in a heartbeat if Iggy hadn't saved him, not to mention the fact that he ate the kid's dogs in front of him as slowly as possible For the Evulz. And his smile, ugh.
    • Pet Shop is presented as a bird version of a serial killer- while most of the people Jotaro and co. fight in this part have comedic traits, some of them have funny finishers, and some are just dumb. Pet Shop has absolutely NO comedic or tension-relieving moments in his fight. The whole fight against him is one jumpscare after the other, with Iggy barely being able to fight back against the onslaught of ice and screaming.
    • Speaking of screaming, Pet Shop's screech is absolutely chilling, sounding like a heavily condensed and processed lawnmower.
    • The anime, in a supreme example of Getting Crap Past the Radar, displayed the entire scene of Pet Shop eating the dog's eye... and the only thing they did to censor it was darken the eyeball.
  • Telence D'Arby. There's a reason why he's one of Dio's favourite servantsnote . He challenges people at video games and puts the loser's soul in a Creepy Doll, much like how his brother Daniel keeps them as poker chips. However, unlike the slightly more sane Daniel, who (for all intents and purposes) kills them first, he keeps his victims conscious and aware of their surroundings but unable to do anything but whisper barely audible pleas for mercy. Why? For fun. Some of them have presumably been in this state for years.
    • His favorite doll is a woman who mostly had been trapped for so long that she actually pleads with Telence to talk to her just so that she won't be left alone.
    • One of his dolls was a murderer. Why did Telence change him? Because he enjoyed listening to him recount his murders.
    • The gamer from Japan starts crying for his mother.
    • He changes their clothes. Even the ones belonging to his female dolls...
    • The anime cranks up the creepiness factor of the doll collection Up to Eleven, with the dolls audibly crying and moving a lot, while what sounds like a music box is playing in the background. It went from spooky to downright terrifying. And this is how the heroes would have ended up if Jotaro had lost...
    • When Kakyoin becomes a doll, you can hear a quiet low moan coming from him when the screen closes up on him.
    • The dolls themselves are animated with Conspicuous CGI, which heightens the Uncanny Valley aspect.
    • Telence's smile was unsettling as well.
  • Vanilla Ice's stand, Cream. A demonic looking figure can devour both itself and Ice himself, turning into sphere that erases everything it comes into contact with. It's horrifying to see how it takes out Avdol and Iggy. In the OVA, Iggy gets cut in half and you have to look at his waist stump. In the manga, Iggy dies by the wounds he sustains from a (literal!) Kick the Dog moment and by protecting Polnareff. Again, THIS SERIES IS SO DAMN CRUEL TO DOGS.
    • The anime shows the fatal beatdown in full detail, complete with Iggy puking out blood with every kick backed by disturbing music and Show Hayami making Vanilla Ice sound utterly deranged.
    • Vanilla Ice himself is utterly and insanely loyal to Dio. The reason he killed Iggy like that? Iggy forced him to attack a sand image of Dio, and he got mad. A freaking image sent him off the deep end. Oh, and he cut off his own head to give Dio blood. Note that this was before he was turned into a vampire.
    • How did he die? First, he got up from being stabbed in the head, getting stabbed some more times, and then dissolving in the sun (which the anime helpfully showed happening to his face).
  • DIO sadistically taunting Polnareff by offering him one last chance to rejoin him if he takes two steps downstairs, or if he keeps going upstairs, he's going to be killed. Polnareff goes to step up... and finds himself further down the staircase. This happens several times. It soon becomes apparent DIO is moving him downstairs with his Stand, showing him he's utterly powerless to stop him and DIO could kill him at any time if he wants to, and that alone terrifies Polnareff more than any other enemy he's faced before.
  • DIO ordering the Senator to speed across a crowded sidewalk, killing everyone in the way. This is easily one of DIO's cruelest moments; just picture yourself in Philips' situation. A man walks into your car, pulls out your teeth and breaks your nose and orders you to do what he wants or die. And you can't escape no matter what you do. The anime mercifully cuts to Jotaro and Polnareff as he starts driving and then shows the front of the car covered in blood, but in the manga and OVA you get to see the slaughter in all its glory.
    DIO: *(referring to the song he requested Senator Phillips to play as he ran down everyone on the sidewalk)* It's funny because there are bitches in the way that need to move.
    • Phillips' Sanity Slippage. In both the OVA and anime. In the OVA, the senator was begging DIO to let him stop. In the anime, he's just Laughing Mad and trying to convince himself it's just a dream. Then he turns around and asks DIO if he's going to let him live:
    DIO:(Death Glare) No.
  • The whole "battle" between Dio and Joseph. Joseph knows from the start that he is outmatched especially when Dio figures out he is infusing his Hermit Purple with Hamon, and desperately tries to escape. Just when he is telling Jotaro The World's power Dio activates his Stand and easily incapacitates Joseph and causes terror for everyone else there, including killing a cat. What makes this scene terrifying is the effect of The World's time stop ability in the anime, which causes a distorted buzzing sound, followed by the sound of clocks stopping which combined with him calling The World out, is really chilling.
    • A fan-made video shows how Dio's stand looks like his opponents and bystanders in real time. Within a second, allies are killed or wounded, all seemingly by Dio doing the simple act of teleporting. It does an excellent job of showing how terrifying and tough the fight against Dio was for the heroes. The OVA version is just as nightmarish.
  • Some serious Fridge Horror occurs in, of all places, the opening for the Egypt Arc. If you pay close attention to the section where Star Platinum punches the screen, you can make out the faint outline of The World before it breaks, and then there's a stylized Time Stop followed by a shadowy DIO appearing behind Jotaro's shoulder. Dio's World (3) reveals that this is neither a stylized sequence relating to the character nor is The World's outline a cleverly hidden Easter Egg; DIO and The World are actually in the sequence, but we haven't seen them until now because he uses a Time Stop to hide the fact that it is The World that broke the screen, not Star Platinum. He then casually saunters into place while throwing an absolutely wicked smirk Jotaro's way before restarting time. The only reason we see him now (other than this intro being used in the penultimate episode of the season) is likely because we didn't know how his Stand works until now.
    • Made even worse due to the fact that DIO walks in from our side of the screen. He could've been right behind us the whole time, and we'd never know due to the time stop. The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You, indeed.
      • Take a closer look at the opening for Stand Proud. Towards the end, you see Star Platinum punching a screen, and then the camera moves around to give us that shot with his fist having broken through it. For a brief moment, we see DIO behind the screen. So yes, he was in fact on our side of the screen the whole time. Once again, The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You.
    • The smug side-eye DIO gives Jotaro in the opening as he passes by, as if he's thinking, "I've already won."
  • From the 1993 OVA's sixth episode, during his battle with Jotaro. after being punched into a meat fridge. DIO begins to keep using his ability to freeze time while moving from a balcony to sitting upon a vehicle and so on and so forth as he theorizes how Jotaro can move while time is stopped and for how long exactly, he gains glowing red eyes twice during the battle. which only serves to make Brando even more threatening than he already is.
  • DIO was terrifying before he absorbed Joseph's blood. Afterwards he ditches his cold superior demeanor in favor of going completely batshit crazy, riding a literal Power High and wounding himself for kicks. At one point while maniacally gloating DIO rams one of his fingers into his goddamn skull and starts twisting it causing his blood to spurt everywhere just because he can.


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