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    Joseph Joestar (Stand: Hermit Purple) 

    Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli 

Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli

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"A true man knows his history!"

Voiced by: Takuya Sato (TV anime, All-Star Battle, Eyes of Heaven) (Japanese), Bryce Papenbrook (English)

"We Italians have the strongest familial bonds of any culture in the world. We are very proud of that tradition! It is everything to us!"

The grandson of Will A. Zeppeli. A shameless flirt with more training in Hamon than Joseph. He is recruited to help hone Joseph's skills.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Whatever color they're supposed to be, his cheekmarks are pink in the anime and turquoise in All-Star Battle.
  • Anyone Can Die: Runs in the family; he's killed in a combination of Wamuu's Holy Sandstorm and a fallen block of the building crushing his bones.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Caesar's Establishing Character Moment shows him to be quite the lothario around women, but at one point Messina teases him about having a crush on Joseph, and he doesn't exactly deny the allegation. That the first thing he does upon reuniting with Joseph is a stock Tsundere reaction doesn't help his case.
  • Bare Your Midriff: During the first fight with the Pillar Men.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Caesar's father walked out on him and his siblings, leaving him poor, bitter, and itching for a chance to kill his father in Revenge. He ended up killing him indirectly by unknowingly walking into a dangerous situation, which led to his father losing his life to save him. The guilt from this incident fuels his desire to wipe out the Pillar Men.
  • Bubble Gun: His signature technique uses soapy water to create swarms of Hamon-infused bubbles which he can control remotely.
  • The Casanova: His defining trait, which makes his talent with words and mannerisms contrast with Joseph's Brutal Honesty.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: While Speedwagon was only antagonistic to Jonathan for a moment and became friends with him right away for sparing his life, Caesar and Joseph don't get along right away but slowly develop into friends over training. In addition to that, Speedwagon is extremely emotional but also determined, whereas Caesar prefers to act calm but in reality is very reckless and impulsive. There's also the fact that Speedwagon never learned Hamon and lived a happy life, whereas Caesar knew it and met his end in battle.
    • In comparison to his grandfather who was welcoming of Jonathan as a student and took a fatherly mentor role with him, Caesar sees Joseph as a failure at first before learning to respect him. When William dies, he chooses to sacrifice himself to save Jonathan and give him his Hamon while Caesar runs off to battle Wamuu in a fit of anger and dies giving his headband to Joseph.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Crushed by a large piece of debris shaped like a cross.
  • Cultured Badass: A suave ladykiller and more polite than Joseph.
    • Inverted; he's actually more of a Delinquent than Joseph is, he just hides it well.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: His father abruptly abandoned the family upon discovering the Pillar Men, who he dedicated the rest of his life to destroying.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: After his father abandoned him, he became a hopeless and near-murderous delinquent. As an adolescent, he finally discovered his father beneath the Coliseum with the Pillar Men statues, only to get him killed when Wamuu decided to extend his drill-horn.
  • Death by a Thousand Cuts: His bubbles don't do a lot of damage individually, but he can generate them in large numbers.
    • It contributes to his death via Wamuu's Holy Sandstorm cutting him to shreds.
  • A Death in the Limelight: His final battle with Wamuu showed that you didn't need to be a Joestar to be a badass in the series.
  • Delinquent: Despite his introduction as The Casanova, he's actually even more of a delinquent than Joseph was, especially in his flashback. He hides it extremely well.
  • Determinator: Despite being hit by Wamuu's Death by a Thousand Cuts, he still tries to keep fighting, even managing to grab Wamuu's lip ring so Joseph could take it when he dies.
  • Facial Markings: Has these marks on his cheeks, but we are never told what they are or how he got them.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: They remember him for a little while, but after Joseph's fight with Wamuu he isn't mentioned again, and the Zeppeli bloodline disappears from the story entirely until Part 7.
  • Honor Before Reason: Decides to hunt the Pillar Men by himself, despite being told it's a trap, in order to avenge his family's loss. It results in his death.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He actually had Wamuu essentially beaten by trapping him with his sunlight bubbles, but his own attempt at finishing Wamuu off in a single blow led to his own undoing.
  • Hot-Blooded: Very much so later on. Ends up being a Fatal Flaw, though, as it gets him killed.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: The Storge. His dream was to have a radiant family. Too bad he died before he got it back.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Bubbles!
  • It's Personal: Caesar desperately wants to kill the Pillar Men due to their roles in the deaths of his great-grandfather, grandfather, and father.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Post-Character Development.
  • The Lancer: He's Joseph's for Part 2. Their contrasts are played up quite a bit when they first meet but they're also shown to be Not So Different. Even after they grow a mellow respect for each other, their differing approaches to problem solving are often played against one another.
  • Magic Kiss: He manipulated a woman with a Hamon Kiss, allowing him to control her actions.
  • Mercury's Wings: The feathers woven into his hair can come off as this depending on the panel/frame. More apparent in his ASB model, where they're either this or a pair of Tiny Tsundere Twintails.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a top hat like his grandfather's in his first appearance, though isn't seen with it again.
  • Not Too Dead to Save the Day: Caesar's headband, which he leaves as a Tragic Keepsake for Joseph, ends up being vital in Joseph's victory over Wamuu.
  • The Power of the Sun: He is a Hamon user.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Generally the blue to Joseph's red, though this becomes inverted after his past is revealed and Joseph Took a Level in Kindness.
  • Revenge Before Reason: His desire to kill the Pillar Man more or less drives him to the point where he lashes out at Joeseph for not going after them when their base is right before them. It ends up being the death of him.
  • The Rival: To Joseph. He's a better Hamon user than Joseph for starters, and even though Wamuu kills him, Wamuu had to exploit a brief opening to do so. Wamuu even admits that if Kars had been the one to fight him, he would have probably lost, since it was Wamuu's unique elemental ability that allowed him to exploit that opening.
  • Sacrificial Lion: It's a genetic trait.
  • Senseless Sacrifice:
    • Caesar's rampage against Wammu gets him killed for no good reason. In his final sacrifice, he manages to snatch Wammu's lip ring with the final antidote to Joseph's poison and deliver it via a Hamon bubble composed of his own blood. Joseph collects the ring but refuses to use it until he legitimately defeats Wamuu, per the terms Wammu originally set. And he does.
    • It eventually ends up being Subverted in a really strange way. Caesar leaves his headband behind as a Tragic Keepsake for Joseph, who wears it during his final battle with Wamuu. It turns out to be the Improvised Weapon that lands the killing blow on Wamuu. Without the headband, Joseph would have been screwed.
  • Super Empowering: His brief battle with Joseph has him use a Hamon-charged kiss to hypnotize a woman, as well as give her a boost of Hamon energy to fight Joseph.
  • Technician vs. Performer: The Technician to Joseph's Performer. Unlike Joseph, who simply got used to using Hamon growing up, Caesar spent several years of his life honing the skill upon meeting Lisa Lisa, and develops his own unique fighting style with Hamon. As a result, Caesar can use much more complex Hamon techniques than Joseph, who tends to mix basic usage of Hamon with creative tricks and whatever he can get his hands on.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: Downplayed; they're just soaked in soap so that Caesar will have ammunition for his bubble attacks.
  • Tsundere: While he's usually not willing to admit it when Joseph is around, it's clear that he respects him deeply and cares about him enough to die for him.

    Lisa Lisa 

Lisa Lisa

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"IF YOU TRULY WISH TO MASTER HAMON IN A MONTH, YOU MUST BE PREPARED TO DIE FOR IT!"

Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (TV anime and All-Star Battle) (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)

"I did not accept the responsibility of training you just you can save your own skin. I am forging a squad of warriors capable of annihilating our enemies!"

Caesar and Joseph's Hamon master.


  • Action Girl: She is a Hamon master who kills vampire mooks with style, and only lost her fight against Kars because he cheap-shotted her with a mook disguised as himself.
  • Action Mom: She's Joseph's mother and a powerful Hamon master.
  • Compressed Hair: In her first appearance, she has her long hair put under a hat. This plus her Cool Mask causes Joseph and Caesar to mistake her as a male gondolier at first. Not as jarring as many examples of the trope, as the gondolier hat is quite tall, making it more reasonable that she could fit her hair there.
  • Cool Mask: She first confronts Caesar and Joseph in a Carnevale mask.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Caesar picks a fight with Joseph over the latter hitting on Lisa Lisa, Caesar curiously mentions that he respects Lisa Lisa as if she was his mother. This was an early hint at both Lisa Lisa's real age and her actually being Joseph's mom.
    • The most skilled Hamon masters before her aged very slowly. The skill she demonstrates in her introduction is easily at their level, suggesting that she could be quite a bit older than she looks.
  • Going Commando: In the anime, there's a scene of her stripping off her dress before she bathes. It turns out that she was wearing no undergarments whatsoever.
  • Guile Hero: She had a plan waiting to trick Kars and Wamuu into letting her and Joseph leave a trap that had them dead to rights by claiming she had rigged the stone to explode if she and Joseph weren't back in time to stop it. It works, since she's so cool under pressure that even Kars can't tell if she's bluffing. Joseph got it from her, apparently.
  • Happily Ever After: After the battle with the Pillar Men, she met a screenwriter and fell in love with him, going on to enjoy the rest of her life in peace as his wife.
  • Happily Married: The epilogue states that she eventually met a screenwriter and fell in love with him, taking him on as her second husband, and by extension, that unnamed man became Joseph's stepfather. Like many of the plot-insignificant members of the Joestar family tree, he gets little more than a footnote.
  • Hartman Hips: Lisa Lisa's ass and hips are fairly prominent, emphasizing her role as a motherly Ms. Fanservice character in addition to a capable warrior.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Towards Joseph mainly, being his Sink-or-Swim Mentor and putting up a heavily nonchalant facade. That is, until Caesar's death.
  • Lady of War: Very graceful and dignified in her Hamon use. At one point, she even wins a fight using a silk scarf.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: She's Joseph's mother.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Barely subverted. She was defeated in combat by Kars (who used a body double to trick her), narrowly avoiding death thanks to Joseph who manages to save her just in time.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In the anime, you get to see her nude backside several times.
  • Musical Theme Naming: She is named after Lisa Lisa.
  • Nerves of Steel: She keeps her cool, even when faced with situations a lesser man would break under.
  • Not So Above It All: For such a strict mentor, Lisa Lisa is very amused and very proud of every cheap trick Joseph uses during his fight with Wamuu. Since it's the first time she sees her son fight a proper battle, it makes sense.
    Wamuu: Rrrgh... JoJo! HE did this!
    Lisa Lisa: That cheeky little devil!
    Kars: You BASTARD!!
  • Not So Stoic: She's rather stoic until Joseph notices that she put her cigarette in her mouth backwards during one particular dramatic moment. When he mentions this out loud, Lisa Lisa has a moment of quiet surprise before she breaks down weeping for her murdered student. The anime makes it worse by showing Lisa Lisa vainly trying to choke back the grief before openly losing herself in tears along with Joseph.
  • Older Than They Look: Looks like she's in her 20s, but is actually 50. It's justified since mastering Hamon also slows down aging.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: One of her most alluring features. She has very long and attractively sleek hair, but is also very unusually and mysteriously fair-skinned due to her extended youth.
  • Repetitive Name: Making it Alliterative Name also.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: She did not react with grief when her first husband George was murdered. She reacted with blithe fury and immediately went and murdered the undead monster responsible for killing him, one of Dio's henchmen who had survived to see World War I and infiltrated the ranks of the British Royal Air Force. However, this backfired on her when the people who were under that zombie's command thought it was a wanton assassination and branded her an international criminal, forcing her into the life of a fugitive and leaving her no choice but to conceal her identity from her own child and give him up as an infant to live with Erina for his own safety.
  • Samus Is a Girl: When Joseph meets her, she is initially fully dressed and her face is masked, and he thinks she must be a man... until she reveals her face.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: Literally — she puts Hamon energy into it and uses it as a weapon.
    Lisa Lisa (in All Star Battle): "Think you can touch me?" [Enemy character lands attack] "Think me weak, do you?" [Scarf repels the attack and wraps around attacker] "How do you like my Sathiphorosia Scarab-thread scarf? It transmits 100% of the Hamon that flows through it!" [Attacker is electrically shocked as Lisa Lisa lands multiple punches] "It was specially made..." [One final kick] "...and rather expensive."
  • Sexy Mentor: To Joseph and Caesar. Thankfully, she doesn't exploit it, likely because she's Joseph's mom. She's also the one woman Caesar won't flirt with since he greatly respects her and views her like a second mother.
  • Sexy Walk: It was stated in her profile that she has a very alluring walk.
  • She's Got Legs: Fitting for such a Kick Chick Lady of War like herself. See also the image under Ms. Fanservice.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Her first lesson involved tossing Joseph into a pit where the only exit was a greased pillar. If he didn't learn properly, then she would let him starve. She even provides the page picture.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Invoked unsuccessfully. She calmly pulls out a cigarette when Caesar dies in an attempt to maintain her aura of cool stoicism. It almost works... until Joseph points out that her cigarette is backwards.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Elisabeth or Elizabeth?
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's most definitely beautiful, and she stands at the rather tall height of 175 cm (5'9'').
  • The Stoic: Puts forth an air of cool detachment, even when she finds out about Caesar's death, which pisses off Joseph...
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: She's actually Joseph's mother and also about 50 years old, but she looks so youthful because mastering Hamon slows down aging.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Deconstructed. Because she killed her husband's killer (a zombie disguised as a high member of the Royal Air Force) without thinking it through, she became a national fugitive and had to abandon Joseph when he was just a child.
  • The Worf Effect: She is defeated and nearly killed by Kars, to show how much more cunning and dangerous a villain he is, despite not being such a mighty warrior as Wamuu had been.
  • You Killed My Father: She admits to having complicated feelings towards Joseph due to him being the one to kill her adoptive father Straizo at the beginning of Part 2. Though she is more disappointed in Straizo losing his way and succumbing to his desire for immortality.
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    Rudolf von Stroheim 

Rudolf von Stroheim

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SPOILERS: Click here to see Stroheim as he appears from "Von Stroheim's Revenge" onwards. 

Voiced by: Atsushi Imaruoka (TV anime, All-Star Battle, Eyes of Heaven) (Japanese), Dan Woren (English)

"No need to look so pale. I told you from the start that there was nothing to fear."

An officer experimenting upon the Pillar Men and vampires in Mexico to explore their potential as weapons of the German army.


  • Anime Hair: Notable case in that Stroheim was the inspiration for Guile's hairstyle.
  • Anti-Hero: He's an unrepentant Nazi, but he puts his campaign on hold and works together with the heroes after Santana proves to be too much for him to handle.
  • Big Damn Heroes: While being quite ineffectual at dealing with the Pillar Men by himself, Stroheim does come to Joseph's aid in the nick of time saving him in several ocassions through the story.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: The guy seems incapable of battling without talking about how great he is.
  • Break the Haughty: After realizing he has no hope of taking on the Pillar Men without Joseph's help.
  • Butt-Monkey: For all his bluster and flashy cyborg tricks, Stroheim has absolutely horrible luck in his fights, and both of his battles with Kars end with him being reduced to a torso and put on Combat Commentator duty.
  • Came Back Strong: After blowing himself up to take down Santana, he's rebuilt by German science into a superhuman cyborg engineered specifically to kill Pillar Men. Unfortunately, all the physical data they had regarding the Pillar Men came from the aforementioned Santana, who was the weakest of the four.
  • Camp Straight: There's no indication that he's anything but straight; it's even more likely he's not gay because he's a Nazi officer, a profession where being gay generally led to a short career (and lifespan). He's still incredibly flamboyant no less.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He even throws a Nazi salute as a combat pose which was censored in the anime. He's (maybe) not as prejudiced as most Nazis, though.
  • Chest Blaster: A .50 cal M2 Browning machine gun, which later gets an ultraviolet light upgrade. His ridiculously campy pose when using it is infamous in the fanbase.
  • Cultured Badass: He quotes Plutarch's lines on men's courage in the face of peril as he attempts a Heroic Sacrifice to kill Santana.
  • Cyborg: After blowing himself to smithereens in an attempt to kill Santana, Stroheim returns as a cyborg, complete with a suite of weapons built into his prostheses.
  • Deadly Distant Finale: Is said to have died during the Battle of Stalingrad... Somehow. The anime implies that he sacrificed himself to cover a German retreat, ultimately falling to the Soviet forces in their counterattack.
  • Disney Death: Of the "We Can Rebuild Him" variant, his fight with Santana resulted in a botched Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Enemy Mine: With Joseph. Remember, it's okay to team up with Nazis, but only if your mutual enemies are a race of super-powerful vampire-eating demigods that pose a direct threat to all humanity, whereas the Nazis only threaten most of humanity. A comment Joseph makes at the end of Battle Tendency confirms that their alliance was only temporary, and in Stardust Crusaders, the Speedwagon Foundation easily takes over the responsibility of repairing Joseph's prosthetic hand.
    "I've been meaning to ask Stroheim if he can jazz it up with a gadget or two... but I guess that went out the window with our fighting Germany."
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: He doesn't really have the fanatical hatred of foreigners the Nazis are known for (at least he doesn't seem to hate the Joestars for being British). All he cares about is how much ass you can kick.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Subverted. While initially he's researching the Pillar Men for the purposes of strengthening the German army, he orders Santana's destruction upon seeing just how dangerous he is.
    • As he is about to self-destruct, he explains that they awoke Santana so they could learn how to destroy Pillar Men, not gain their powers.
  • Eye Beams: His UV Beam attack. It turns out to be extremely effective against the Pillar Men and their minions, and is later converted into backpack-mounted and platform-mounted versions for use by regular soldiers.
  • Failure Hero: One of the biggest reasons why he's so sympathetic for a Nazi character. Stroheim starts off as a typical sadistic dog-kicker, but after Santana awakens, he never accomplishes anything — or, at least not on his own. At his best, Stroheim is capable of showing up when the heroes are in trouble and evening the odds enough for them to get the upper hand again, and at his worst, he'll get his ass kicked as soon as he's done bragging about GERMAN SCIENCE.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride; he is overconfident in virtually all situations and is always looking down on the Pillar Men. The first case even resulted in a Disney Death.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Fighting against a Nigh Invulnerable vampire god is a great way to learn how to get along with other people your philosophy teaches you to hate. It helps that both Stroheim and Joseph saw great courage in each other.
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    • To Joseph, whose imposing and harsh demeanour conceals a juvenile and strangely honourable character. They both strive to extensively prepare for difficult challenges, but Stroheim lacks Joseph's ability to improvise, so he's completely at a loss when his (admittedly large) batch of tricks runs out.
    • He's one to Wamuu as well. Both are blonde men with a sense of honour and bravery, and come to respect Joseph for exhibiting those same traits despite his juvenile personality. Wamuu, however, is the Token Good Teammate of his fellow Pillar Men, while Stroheim is the Token Evil Teammate of the heroes as he's still a Nazi.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Most characters get wounded over the course of the series. Stroheim gets torn to pieces in every fight he gets into, because aside from his left arm, head, and upper torso the rest is easily replaceable machinery.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Eh, they put him back together again.
  • Heel–Face Turn: While he's a Nazi through and through, he begrudgingly joins forces with Joseph to take down the Pillar Men.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Attempts this to kill Santana, but he got better.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: After his Disney Death, he’s resurrected as a super-strong half-machine with weapons hidden throughout his mechanical body.
  • Kick the Dog: The dude’s a Nazi, so it’s kinda expected that he’d do some horribly dickish things before joining the heroes.
    • A Mexican woman he ordered to help him shave accidentally cuts him, so he tells her to lick it off. By that, he puts the sharp edge of the straight razor under her tongue, so if she moves she'll cut herself on the blade, laughing and taunting her as he does so. Fortunately, the woman leaves with her tongue intact.
    • When the Nazis plan to feed the Pillar Men blood, they send in a group of civilians they have forcibly seized to use as food. Stroheim then brings out an actual Nazi practice: he offers a trade, letting one civilian die for the others to live. One boy steps forward, and Stroheim congratulates him for his courage...then has his men open fire on the rest of the civilians.
  • Large Ham: GERMAN SCIENCE IS THE GREATEST IN THE WORLD! MY BODY... HAS BEEN FULLY REPAAAAAAAIRED!
  • Leitmotif: "Hike"/"Propaganda".
  • Majorly Awesome: Initially he holds the rank of Major within the SS. Gets promoted to Colonel once he returns as a Cyborg.
  • Mighty Glacier: After being rebuilt as a cyborg, his mechanical body has almost double the strength of a Pillar Man (which translates to about 6 times the strength of a strong vampire), at least in terms of finger grip strength, and his mechanical arms are tough enough to block Kars' bone blades (which slice through human bodies and buildings like butter) as long as they're not actively in Light Mode. Unfortunately for him, he's just too slow to defend himself when Kars (who's fast enough to deflect automatic weapons fire) gets really serious with the slicing and dicing.
  • More Dakka: The modified M2 Browning machine gun can fire 600 rounds a minute through 30mm armor plating. However, Kars still dodges it easily.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His overzealousness in finishing off Kars leads to him accidentally powering the Red Stone mask he secretly put on, leading to his becoming the Ultimate Life Form. When he realizes what is going to happen, all he can do is yell a Big "NO!".
  • No Indoor Voice: His VA really took his Large Ham tendencies Up to Eleven in the 2012 anime.
  • Noble Bigot: Averted. He might be a Nazi, but he doesn't care what race you are if you're brave.
  • Noble Demon: Despite being a fanatical Nazi officer, he seems to lack the hate of foreigners common among Nazis (the reason may be, that according to the Nazis, the British were not deemed an "inferior race"). And also realizes that destroying the Pillar Men takes far higher priority than trying to use them as soldiers after what happened in Mexico. He seems to see himself as a German first and foremost, and is not particularly focused on the Nazi ideology at all.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His facial features and hair brings Dolph Lundgren to mind.
  • No Swastikas: Curiously, despite being a Nazi officer, there are no swastikas anywhere on his uniform. His use of the Nazi salute is also censored in the anime, and the English dub rarely uses the word “Nazi” to describe him.
  • Patriotic Fervor: He's very fond of declaring that German [X] is "THE GREATEST IN THE WORLD!"
  • Phallic Weapon: The design of the machine gun built into his chest isn't even subtle. The pose he strikes while firing it makes the imagery even less subtle.
  • Pride: The heroes note that this is his Fatal Flaw.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Well, he's a Nazi... One of the JoJo's fandom jokes involves saying that Battle Tendency is the only work of fiction in which the viewers were glad when the Nazis arrived.
  • Rocket Punch: In the climax he demonstrates this ability, though unlike most examples it's not designed to come back. It's also notable that he doesn't use this ability to punch anybody, but rather blast Kars and pin him to the plane he had grabbed onto in order to trap him there while it crashes.
  • Running Gag: If Stroheim shows up to the battle in one piece, full of bravado, and generally combat-capable, don't expect any of that to be true by the end. You can also expect him to brag about the superiority of German science.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: He can hit some pretty high notes when he screams in horror.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: A variation. Once he realizes how dangerous the Pillar Men are, he ignores any orders or attempts to capture them and immediately sets out to kill them, knowing it is too dangerous to let them live.
  • Shout-Out: Over a decade before JoJo was conceived, Go Nagai had a German cyborg named Stroheim appear in Mazinger Z.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: "GERMAN SCIENCE IS THE GREATEST IN THE WORLD!!!"
  • Super Prototype: His UV Beam eye laser. It proves extremely effective, and the technology is given to the Speedwagon foundation to mass-produce anti-vampire weapons.
  • Taking You with Me: Successfully pulls this on Santana. It doesn't quite work, but unlike most cases, he also survives.
  • Tempting Fate: Might as well be his catchphrase. Every time he says something with confidence, he gets proven wrong in minutes. Even his claim that GERMAN SCIENCE IS THE GREATEST IN THE WORLD!!! was followed by him failing to do any major damage to his target barring knocking him off his feet.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: His initial appearance screams every bit of the stereotypical Nazi evilness that he is, but after his Heel–Face Turn, he cranks up his German antics to an entertaining level.
  • Token Evil Teammate: To an extent. He's a Noble Demon, but he is also a proud German officer during 1930s-era Germany, meaning he's a member of the Nazi party (and with a tag on his collar, possibly the SS). Unlike most examples of this, however, he solidly identifies himself as German, not a Nazi, indicating he is loyal to Germany itself and not the Nazi party. This, however, does not prevent him from dog-kicking.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Twice! German Science revives him and makes him stronger.

Allies

    Erina Joestar 

    Robert E. O. Speedwagon 

    Smokey Brown 

Smokey Brown

Voiced by: Yu Hayashi (Japanese), Robbie Daymond (English)

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A pickpocket who steals from Joseph. However, Joseph defends him from the abusive cops who attempt to arrest him, making him into one of his closest friends.


  • Adaptation Expansion: Not much, but in the anime of Stardust Crusaders (which is set almost 50 years later), he briefly appears on the cover of a magazine, which shows that he became the mayor of New York City.
  • Good Counterpart: His first meeting with Joseph parallels how George Joestar I bailed out Dario. Unlike Dario, Smokey actually pulls a Heel–Face Turn and shows genuine gratitude towards his savior rather than taking advantage of him.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Yep, you guessed it: Smokey Robinson.
  • Nice Guy: He's only a pickpocket out of necessity when he's befriended by Joseph.
  • Nice Hat: He commonly wears a sort of flat cap.
  • Token Minority: The only black character of the group.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite having no combat abilities whatsoever, he still risks getting chased by Kars in order to tell Joseph about Lisa Lisa. In general, he's got this to both Joseph, who saved him from racist cops despite being his pickpocket victim, and Erina, who took him in like family (in defiance of her having grown up and aged in times unkind to black people), such that in the epilogue of Part 2 years after, he's among the close family gathered at Erina's side on her deathbed.
  • The Watson: Smokey has no knowledge of Hamon, the Pillar Men, the Stone Mask, Dio Brando, or any of the other craziness that Battle Tendency runs on. Most of his reactions, as a result, allow the other heroes to explain what they wouldn't have a reason to talk about.
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    Mark 

Mark

Voiced by: Ryota Ohsaka (TV anime) (Japanese), Kyle McCarley (English)

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  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Wamuu removes half of his body...vertically!
  • Mercy Kill: Wamuu walks through him, causing half of Mark's body to be absorbed. His final wish was for Caesar to kill him so that he could die a painless death, which Caesar obliged to by sending Hamon through his heart.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Averted. He is a good guy that expresses full enthusiasm for his role as a Nazi because he can serve his country.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: There was very little characterization for him to go with before he bit the dust.

    Loggins and Messina (dub: Loggs and Machina) 

Loggins and Messina

Loggins voiced by: Yutaka Nakano (TV anime and All-Star Battle) (Japanese), Ray Chase (English)

Messina voiced by: Hidetoshi Nakamura (TV anime and All-Star Battle) (Japanese), Michael McConnohie (English)

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Loggins is on the left, Messina is on the right

Lisa Lisa's bodyguards and Joseph & Caesar's Hamon mentors.


  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • After killing Loggins, Eisidisi kicks off his left arm in order to replace the one Joseph burnt off.
    • Messina loses an arm to Wamuu, but at the funeral, he seems to have a prosthetic.
  • Badass Mustache: Messina has a Fu Manchu style mustache.
  • Dub Name Change: The English dub renamed them to Loggs and Machina.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: Unusually, Messina is a heroic character with a Fu Manchu mustache.
  • Graceful Loser: When the final exams come along, Messina squares off against Caesar. They seem evenly matched until Messina surrenders, noting that in spite of his shorter training, Caesar has surpassed him and a prolonged fight would only end in a fatal loss of life (more so for him rather than Caesar). With that, Messina tells him he passed.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: They are named after Loggins and Messina.
  • Stern Teacher: Their characterization is extremely limited, but they come off as this. Joseph mentions nearly hating Loggins after all their offscreen training, and when traveling through Switzerland; Messina slaps Joseph awake after catching him dozing off.
  • Stuffed in the Fridge: Loggins was supposed to fight Joseph as the final test. However, Esidisi encountered Loggins before the test and killed him with a single kick that ripped his lungs out, making him unable to use Hamon. Joseph fights against Esidisi instead to avenge his master.
  • Those Two Guys: Never mentioned without one another.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Loggins is immediately killed by Esidisi before Joseph has a chance to spar with him.
  • The Worf Effect: Pretty standard for mentor characters. Only Loggins's is fatal, though.

    Suzi Q 

Suzi Q

Voiced by: Sachiko Kojima (TV Anime), Shoko Saito (CD drama), Ryoko Kinomiya (OVA) (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)

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Clickhere  to her as she appears in Stardust Crusaders.

Lisa Lisa's maid and eventually Joseph's wife.


  • Body Horror: She practically explodes with blood when Esidisi was possessing her.
  • Brainless Beauty: Zigzagged. She's got the looks, and a lot of the time it seems there's not much going on upstairs, but as explained below, Suzi Q is actually smarter than she acts.
  • Demonic Possession: Gets possessed by a Not Quite Dead Esidisi.
  • The Ditz: Without a doubt her most defining mental trait. First, she doesn't recognize Joseph at one point because he wasn't wearing his breathing mask. Secondly, Joseph's family and friends end up thinking Joseph died because she forgot to mail them the news he was alive, safe and recovering.
  • The Gadfly: She's consistently successful in trolling Joseph by playing dumb, which is probably why they got married. Even in the finale, when he's chasing her around a car because she apparently forgot to tell everyone that he was alive, he never considers the possibility that she did it to mess with him.
  • Hellish Pupils: Briefly took a hexagon shape with segmented lines when possessed by Esidisi.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Though they don't get much time together on paper, the end of Part 2 shows that she and Joseph perfectly complement each other; in the anime, the flashback of their entire courting period is nothing but a series of stills of her trolling a practically paraplegic Joseph. Part 2 ends with Joseph chasing her around a car, threatening her with his prosthetic hand for letting everyone think he was dead for weeks on end while he was stuck in the hospital and getting married (having stumbled upon his funeral).
  • Love Interest: To Joseph; they even get married, though you'd already know this by now.

    George "Jorge" Joestar II 

George "Jorge" Joestar II

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Jonathan's son and Joseph's father. An ace fighter pilot in World War I who died during the war while flying.


Villains

    Straizo 

Straizo

Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (TV anime and All-Star Battle), Hiroaki Miura (Phantom Blood video game) (Japanese), Dave Mallow (English)

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Previously one of Zeppeli's students, he developed a fear of growing old and dying, which led him to use the Stone Mask to turn himself into a vampire. He acts as the Starter Villain of Part 2, trying to eliminate Joseph before he can develop more Hamon experience. See also his folder on the Part 1 page for more information about his role in the previous part.


  • Better to Die than Be Killed: He commits suicide by channeling Hamon into his body as a vampire after being defeated by Joseph.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "SPACE RIPPER STINGY EYES!"
  • Eye Beams: Uses Dio's old eye beam attack on Joseph after becoming a vampire. He gives it a really stupid name (Space Ripper Stingy Eyes), too.
  • Fallen Hero: Lisa Lisa herself laments how such a hero like Straizo was Driven to Madness by his fear of aging.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He turns into a vampire, inspired by Dio's eternal beauty and youth.
  • Fangs Are Evil: After becoming a vampire.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: After Joseph blows Vampire Straizo up with a bundle of grenades, he regenerates and continues to fight Joseph naked.
  • Gratuitous English: The aforementioned Space Ripper Stingy Eyes.
  • He Knows Too Much: Why he claims he's trying to kill the Joestars after becoming a vampire.
  • I Regret Nothing: Even as he's dying, he doesn't regret becoming a vampire, because he'd rather violently die as a young man than whither away.
  • Immortality Seeker: Even though the Hamon slows aging down, it can't stop it completely, which is why he becomes a vampire.
  • Implacable Man: As a vampire, he can survive a Tommy Gun's entire drum magazine's worth of bullets. Having several grenades blow up while attached to him does put him down, but only for a short time.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: He and Dire are named after Dire Straits.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Straizo claims that while Dio spent too much time playing around with his powers, which allowed Jonathan to master Hamon and defeat him, he'll eliminate Joseph before he can become a threat.
  • Pulling Himself Together: After Joseph blows him up, his body parts all crawl back together, though the process takes long enough that Joseph and Smokey can run away.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: Just like his pupil Lisa Lisa's, his scarf doesn't just look cool, it's made from beetle intestines that conduct Hamon. However, whereas Lisa Lisa uses her scarf to conduct her own Hamon energy into an opponent, Straizo uses his to conduct an opponent's Hamon into the ground, giving him a way to nullify Hamon attacks.
  • So Last Season: He uses the Eye Beams that killed Jonathan in Phantom Blood against Joseph; Joseph figures out the move after watching it several times before reflecting them back with Hamon-infused shot glasses.
  • Starter Villain: Takes this position in Part 2, kicking off Joseph's involvement in the plot in the process.
  • Stealth Mentor: While he did have some bad intentions with it, he got Joseph fully aware of his Hamon powers to fight the Pillar Men.
  • Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Turns on Speedwagon and becomes a vampire right at the start of Battle Tendency.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Straizo assumes Joseph is basically the same as Jonathan. He's mostly wrong, though he was ultimately right that Joseph would agree to fight him if an innocent bystander was in danger.

Pillar Men

    In General 
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The main villains of Part 2. Tropes that apply to all of the Pillar Men:
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Averted. Out of the entire Pillar Men race, Kars only managed to convince Esidisi to join him and was assaulted by the entire remainder of the species when they found out his ambitions. Wamuu and Santana were infants at the time and were raised to serve Kars afterwards.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Apparently Mesoamerican in origin, though the Pillar Man race appears to predate history and has traveled all over the globe during their quest for the Red Stone.
  • Art Major Biology: Apparently, their species evolved naturally and predates humans by hundreds of thousands of years. Don't think too hard about how.
  • The Assimilator: Able to consume organic matter by touching it.
  • Crazy-Prepared: When Jojo challenges them to a fight after giving him time to train, they immediately force a time-delayed poison into his body so they can use a Poison-and-Cure Gambit to make sure he can't back out. Esidisi, Wamuu, and Kars were all carrying hollow rings filled with poison just for this purpose. They also ensure that their rings are filled with different poisons and fuse them into Joseph's vital organs to ensure that their victim must face them individually and can't remove the rings surgically just to ensure that there is no escape.
  • Determinator: Their Healing Factors allow them to come back from life-threatening injuries and make them very difficult to kill. And even after suffering injuries beyond the scope of their Healing Factors, they still keep fighting.
  • Facial Markings: Wamuu, Esidisi, and Santana all have visual facial markings unique to them.
  • Food Chain of Evil: Kars created vampires that plagued the previous series to act as both minions and a food source. By devouring the life force of multiple living beings in one body, vampires become far more nutritious meals than any normal life form could be to a Pillar Man.
  • Genius Bruiser: In addition to being very powerful fighters, they are also geniuses in and out of battle, and are capable of understanding modern language and technology in mere seconds.
  • Healing Factor: Their regeneration is so strong that they can come back from being blown into chunks in less than a minute. Nothing short of Hamon or the Sun can slow their healing. Even that can be recovered from if they can avoid more exposure for a few minutes and their brains survive.
  • Horned Humanoid: All of the Pillar Men have horns, varying in number and size between individuals. They normally cover them, displaying them signifying either respect or aggression.
  • Humanoid Abomination: At a glance, the Pillar Men look human, but their horns and Lovecraftian abilities prove they are anything but.
  • Immortality: Of the From a Single Cell type. It's worth noting that the original race of Pillar Men, unaltered by the Stone Masks do die from age eventually or can be killed by sustained injury.
  • Immune to Bullets: As seen in Joseph's fight with Santana, their skin conducts Hamon, so unfocused Hamon strikes just slide off harmlessly. Joseph ends up having to go through Training from Hell to develop his Hamon to the point where his strikes can harm them, and he ends up primarily fighting them by finding ways to penetrate their skin to get a Hamon charge inside them. Oh, and they're immune to actual bullets as well.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Battle Tendency starts off much more lighthearted than Phantom Blood, but once the Pillar Men are introduced, it starts getting far more serious.
  • Last of His Kind: The 4 Pillar Men are the last members of their race. Kars slaughtered the rest.
  • Leitmotif: "Awake" for the Pillar Men as a whole.
  • Master of Your Domain: Pretty much their hat. All of the Pillar Men have extreme, near-Lovecraftian control over their own bodies to the point of Body Horror, resulting in a unique display of disgusting shapeshifting and biomass absorbtion for each. Think of them as Phantom Blood Dio on steroids, and Santana and Esidisi show the worst of it.
  • Musical Theme Naming: The Pillar Men are named after Santana, The Cars, AC/DC, and Wham!.
  • Never Heard That One Before: Their reaction in general to those saying they'll take revenge for fallen friends. It both bores and amuses them.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The actual name of their race is unknown; they're only called the "Pillar Men" by the other characters because they were hibernating in stone pillars. It's likely that their race doesn't actually have a name.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Ancient Mayincatec demigod vampires at that.
  • Physical God: Their goal is to become this, although they're already pretty damn close. Kars literally is one after he becomes the Ultimate Life Form.
  • Puny Humans: Humans are merely prey to the Pillar Men. They've always looked down on our race as primitive and inferior. Hamon users and the likes of Jojo always impress or amuse the Pillar Men for being abnormalities from the pitiful creatures they're used to.
  • Really 700 Years Old: They predate human civilization; Wamuu and Santana are stated to be 12,000 and 10,000 years old respectively. They're the youngest ones. Meanwhile, Esidisi and Kars are 92,000 and 102,000 years old respectively.
  • Retcon: The Stone Mask in Part 1 was thought to be a ritual mask created by Mayincatec cults who desired immortality. Part 2 introduces the Pillar Men, the real creators of the mask.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The details of their reasons behind hibernation are vague, but they are definitely immobile until the 30s and wreak havoc onto the world once they're all unsealed. Bonus points for Kars and Santana, who get sealed twice, the former once through hibernation and a second time when his Adaptive Ability works against him, putting him into frozen stasis in order to survive space; the latter being sealed after being exposed to sunlight.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Kars, Esidisi, and Wamuu are consistently used as the official spellings of their names, but The Cars, AC/DC, and Wham! were (the bands that their names reference). Santana's name tends to be spelled consistently unless he receives a Dub Name Change for copyright reasons.
  • Stripperific: If they wear anything more than a loincloth, it usually isn't much. Averted briefly when Kars switches to a Badass Longcoat to better fit in.
  • Super Mode: With the exception of Santana, each one has a unique one of these. Esidisi uses Fire Mode, Wamuu Wind Mode, and Kars Light Mode.
  • Super Toughness: The Pillar Men are extremely tough against anything except Hamon-based attacks; Esidisi once ate a stick of dynamite and was able to easily absorb the explosion without any injury. In contrast, Straizo, a tougher-than-normal vampire, was blown to tiny bits by a few grenades, although thanks to his regeneration, he was able to pull himself back together in a few minutes. Added on top of their extreme regeneration abilities, and it's clear that ordinary humans don't stand a chance against the Pillar Men without Hamon or sunlight.
  • Super Senses: Their senses are much more powerful than humanity's; Santana was able to see and hear through soundproofed one-way glass, and Kars was able to detect body heat through walls accurately enough to determine the exact position of everyone inside a room from the outside.
  • Super Strength: Much stronger than any human or vampire. Official stats put their raw physical strength as being at least three times stronger than even a particularly powerful vampire like Straizo.

    Kars 

Kars

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Click here to see Kars as he appears from "The Warrior of Wind" onwards. 

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (TV anime, All-Star Battle, Eyes of Heaven) (Japanese), John DeMita (credited as Will Barrett, English)

"Look at you fools! Don't you want to have dominion over the sun? To stand in ascendance over all life? TO PURGE YOUR FEARS AND REIGN FOREVER AS GODS?! If not, then die."

The leader of the Pillar Men, he and his two associates are revived in the 1930s when the Nazis unintentionally awaken them. His goal is to augment a stone mask with the Red Stone of Aja, allowing the stone mask's tendrils to pierce his and the other Pillar Men's brains and make them into Ultimate Lifeforms.

He is named after The Cars and/or the Gary Numan song Cars.


  • Adaptive Ability: Cranked Up to Eleven once he becomes the perfect life form.
  • Agent Peacock: He's incredibly powerful, dangerous, intelligent, and sadistic. He wears brightly sparkling blades, eye makeup and he has long purple hair. Both aspects of this trope are taken Up to Eleven once he becomes the Ultimate Life Form, one of the most powerful beings in JoJo while sporting long head plumes that serve no practical purpose alongside his iridescent wings.
  • And I Must Scream: Even though he attained the immortality he sought, he was launched into outer space and had all of the air in his body frozen, being rendered unable to return to Earth and frozen in the form of a statue. Eventually, he went insane and never thought again to cope with the sheer horror of his situation.
  • Ambition Is Evil: To literally genocidal extremes.
  • Artistic License – Ornithology: Obviously, a male harpy with a Lovecraftian Superpower isn't going to be scientifically accurate in any way, but the thumb claws on his wings should have alulas.
  • Asexual: Or, as the profile (and meme) goes, SEX: USELESS. Though he gets rather touchy-feely with the unconscious Lisa Lisa's legs, it's likely he's doing it to piss off Joseph.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The leader of the Pillar Men, and responsible for the massacring of his entire race.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: After becoming the Ultimate Lifeform, he's able to master Hamon to the point of becoming the most powerful Hamon user who ever existed, simply from having seen it being used previously.
  • Badass Longcoat: Kars knows better than his companions how to blend into modern society with style.
  • Bad Boss: Won't hesitate to have one of his minions killed by Lisa Lisa if it gives him the opportunity to catch her by surprise.
  • Barbarian Longhair: His mane is glorious only for its sheer length, otherwise it's unkempt and warrior-like.
  • Big Bad: Of Battle Tendency.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He finally gets the perfect immortality he desired, only to soon regret it, as he's forced to forever drift though space, unable to think in the end.
  • Benevolent Boss: While he treats his vampire minions like crap, he genuinely cares for his Pillar Men subordinates. When Wamuu accidentally attacked Kars out of reflex when the latter stepped in the former's shadow, Kars lets the incident slide and even apologises to Wamuu instead.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: His primary power, a pair of curved blades growing perpendicularly from his forearms, which sets him up as the counterpart to the heroic Joseph's tendency to fight with rope.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Exhibits this more than the other Pillar Men. He respects the natural world more than he does humans, leading to odd simultaneous dog petting and kicking moments where he will kill drunken drivers to save a dog, and purposely complicate a landing he could easily survive to avoid crushing a patch of flowers.
  • Body Horror: Much less than his subordinates, surprisingly. About the only adaptation he displays are the light chainsaws that seem to grow out of his forearms. At least, until he becomes the Ultimate Lifeform by putting on a Red-Stone-of-Aja-enhanced Vampire Mask (which, of course, does its thing) and gains the ability to morph his body into pretty much whatever. This leads into squirrels that drill through torsos, feather projectiles that turn into piranha and octopuses, etc.
  • Boring, but Practical: Compared to the other Pillar Men. Popping a blade out of your arm is a lot less flashy than twisting your arms so fast that they make a tornado, or sticking your blood vessels into people to pump your boiling blood into them. However, Kars' Light Mode is capable of cutting through just about anything, and even Joseph admits that he can't think of any way to get past his blades.
    • However, this gets thrown completely out the window once he becomes the Ultimate Life Form, where his attacks get much, much flashier. The best example is probably firing his razor-sharp feathers at Joseph's plane before turning them into piranhas to eat through it.
  • Chainsaw Good: His arm blades are natural chainsaws, and the individual blades move at such a speed that they reflect light to dazzling effect, which is where the name Light Mode comes from.
  • Character Tics: On two occasions - removing his headscarf and basking in the light of the sun – he sticks his tongue out while posing, not to mention Licking the Blade below and his lips when saying "How long can you last?"
  • The Chessmaster: This line pretty much sums it up:
    "Move your pieces effortlessly across the board, making them effortlessly reduce the risks to minimum! Chance has nothing to do with it! That's a true fight!"
  • Combat Commentator: Served as this alongside Lisa Lisa for Joseph and Wamuu's duel.
  • Combat Pragmatist: To the point of offering Lisa Lisa a weapon so that their battle will be fair in Wamuu's honor... but using a body-double to get her guard down and stab her through the heart. He doesn't care about honor in the end — he just wants the Red Stone of Aja.
  • Complete Immortality: Upon becoming the Ultimate Life Form.
  • Compressed Hair: His headscarf is hiding a huge mane of Rapunzel Hair.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: In contrast to Dio's egotism and For the Evulz tendencies, Kars is a much more amoral figure who cares only for his goal being achieved, cares deeply for his comrades, and goes out of his way to protect parts of nature that aren't human. In a more literal example, whereas Dio prefers to kick dogs, Kars would rather pet them. He's also more reserved than Dio was, at least on one's first impression.
    • Goes completely out the window once his subordinates are dead and he indulges in levels of sadism that Dio would be proud of.
    • It goes beyond that. While on the surface, Dio is a monster who enjoys killing people, he still has some sort of twisted sense of honor and even shows respect to those he considers Worthy Opponent. Kars, on the other hand, is willing to do anything to get his objectives, and, unlike Dio, he shows no respect or honor for his opponents.
  • Consummate Liar: If he offers you the chance to fight fairly, he's planning to skew the playing field in his favour so hard it hurts. However, he's so good at sounding convincing that it's easy to be fooled by him.
  • Daylight Horror: Notably, when he becomes the Ultimate Creation he's the first villain in the series to be safe in the daylight, which had been a sign of safety until then.
  • Deader Than Dead: See And I Must Scream above.
  • Death by Irony: His immortality and adaptive ability are what ends up doing him in. When Joseph launches him into space, he curls up and evolves a thick shell to protect himself from the adverse conditions. He remains adrift in space, and his mind eventually shuts down.
  • Diagonal Cut: His Brilliant Bone Blade is so sharp, it can deliver a clean cut that only falls apart after a few seconds. Stroheim finds out, and so do some vampires who get in the way of Kars' fight with Lisa Lisa.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: THE SINGLE most powerful character in the JoJo franchise, and yet meets his end at the end of the second of eight sagas. Keep in mind that while he is incredibly powerful and later achieves Complete Immortality, he would probably lose to some Stand users who can defy metaphysics.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Is the palest and darkest-haired of the Pillar Men in the 2012 anime.
  • Elemental Armor: He's able to keep his crab-carapace armor from melting away by generating air bubbles to ensure he can regenerate it quickly enough.
  • Evil Counterpart:
  • Evil Is Petty: Had he chosen to ignore Joseph after his ascension, he might've had a less grotesque fate. Probably justified in that he was expecting to just squish him like a bug since he's that powerful now, and he was almost right considering what happened instead was actually out of sheer coincidence.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Esidisi's death pissed him off, seeing Joseph as his Arch-Enemy from then on, plotting to kill the man who killed his friend.
    • He's hurt by Wamuu's death, even if he'll lie about following his honor code.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While waiting on Esidisi to return from a mission, he sees a couple of reckless drivers dangerously close to running over a dog. He then proceeds to use his bone blade to slice the car (and the driver) in two, saving the dog in the process.
  • Evil Laugh: Underneath his stoicism, he's got an epically hammy laugh fitting for a JoJo Big Bad.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: When he isn't screeching like a banshee, Kars has a deep, husky voice to match his menacing stature.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Politely offers Lisa Lisa some poison to commit suicide with when it looks like Wamuu's going to win, but then shows himself to be the dirtiest of fighters during his battle with her.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Becoming immortal really isn't worth it when you're consigned to aimlessly wandering space for all of eternity, to the point that your brain stops working out of sheer boredom and despair.
  • Feather Flechettes: Performs a bizarre variant as the Ultimate Life Form by morphing some of his feathers into bulletproof armored scales before launching them.
  • Genius Bruiser: By far the smartest of the Pillar Men. He was the one who invented the Stone Masks, after all.
  • A Glass of Chianti: He was drinking a red glass of something in a rather sophisticated manner during the Joseph-Wamuu duel.
  • A God Am I: Views himself as one even before he becomes the Ultimate Life Form.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Retroactively to Part I, being the one who created the Stone Mask that allowed Dio to become a vampire and hailing from a race where the purpose of the Stone Mask was to create vampires, which his kind eat. This also means he's the Greater-Scope Villain to parts 3-6, where DIO is a major factor in several characters' motivations.
  • Harping on About Harpies: His Ultimate form resembles a rare male version, being a humanoid with fangs, wild hair, and avian wings with thumb claws.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Much of his final fate can be attributed to this. First of all he's launched into outer space by the same Aja that he used to become immortal, then is prevented from retaliating by the very arm he cut off of Joseph earlier, and finally, his own Adaptive Ability causes him to become frozen forever.
  • Hypocrite: He has the guile to call Joseph a lunatic, despite the fact that he committed omnicide of his own people and species.
  • Immortal Procreation Clause: Being the ultimate life form means he no longer needs to procreate.
  • Interim Villain: Acting as one for Dio Brando, being the Big Bad, until his return as DIO.
  • Irony: Kars is considered one of, if not the, smartest JoJo villain, smart enough to become the Ultimate Lifeform. So when he's finally beaten, it's his genius mind to go first, not his body.
  • Jerkass: Is probably the most openly sadistic of the Pillar Men. Just look at how he treats Lisa Lisa.
  • The Juggernaut: As the Ultimate Life Form. Sunlight and Hamon, his only weaknesses, no longer effects him, and he can shapeshift and adapt to any other attack, even magma. He's defeated by blind luck on Joseph's part thanks to a convenient volcanic eruption sending Kars into space.
    • When he fights Stroheim he coldly dismisses Santana as their weakest member. Kars's most humanizing trait is his love and respect for his fellow allies which makes his disowning of Santana, whom he raised, especially cruel.
    • When he becomes the ultimate life form he turns his hand into a squirrel which approaches another squirrel in nature and kills it. Kars's adherence to protecting nature allows for some of his Pet the Dog moments which ultimately shows how willing he is to throw away his own morals for power.
  • Kill It with Fire: Played straight or subverted depending on how you look at it. Because no life on Earth has adapted to lava, molten rock does a fantastic job of cooking through Kars' regeneration. However, once he decides to use air as an armor layer, he's able to survive complete immersion in lava by never making contact with it.
  • Lampshade Hanging: In the dub, he's the first and last character to acknowledge Joseph successfully predicting their next line, although it doesn't get in the way of him actually saying it.
    Joseph Let me guess. You're gonna say 'Did you plan this too, JoJo?! Tell me!'
    Kars: How do you always know...?
    [Gets drilled by hot rock fragments]
    Kars: [Agonized scream] Did you plan this too, JoJo?! Tell me!
  • Large Ham: He slowly gets hammier with each appearance. By the time his turban comes off, it gets to the point of him playing "leg guitar" with the unconscious Lisa Lisa's legs just to gloat at Joseph.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: His final fate has so much of this. He's managed to become the Ultimate Lifeform, has Joseph cornered and with a severed hand, and is about to use the Hamon to finish him off with a flourish of irony. However, Joseph uses the perfect Red Stone of Aja, the item that made his plan possible, to block the attack, amplifying the Hamon into a beam that triggers a volcanic eruption which sends the two flying on a chunk of rock. Then, just as Kars tries to fly away, Joseph's severed hand distracts him long enough for volcanic debris to launch him out of the atmosphere. Finally, before he can return to Earth, his Adaptive Ability turns him to stone to keep him alive in the vacuum of space, leaving him stranded in space forever.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the English dub, he hums the opening bars of Roundabout, the series ending them, when playing Lisa Lisa's legs like a guitar.
  • Leitmotif: "Avalon" once he becomes the Ultimate Lifeform.
  • Licking the Blade: Does this with his own arm blade in anticipation of his fight with Lisa Lisa.
  • Light Is Not Good: His powers are light-themed. It's mostly aesthetic since his metal blades refract light, giving off the look that they are glowing. However, when he becomes the Ultimate Lifeform, he can use Hamon.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Averted especially at one point while his Stripperiffic allies only make some noticeable changes to their outfits in their second appearances, Kars briefly wore a Badass Longcoat, a Nice Hat, and pants with boots in order to infiltrate the Nazi camp without standing out. Because a near naked man would have no trouble, walking in a cold Switzerland, and would definitely not be seen as suspicious. He then goes back to his Walking Shirtless Scene outfit on the following reappearance.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: He certainly seems to think so, since his plan is to essentially gain an immunity to the one thing that can kill him.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His long hair and feminine appearance gives him this vibe, though it's generally downplayed considering his body is drawn like a Hunk. However, Araki's modernised artstyle gives him a more slender and prettier appearance which plays this trope straight.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: As the ultimate life form, he can turn parts of his body into other animals. This includes things like turning his hand into a murderous squirrel and launching feather-arrows that turn into armadillo scales, piranhas, and giant cephalopods.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Purrs "What a wonderful sound" as Joseph screams in agony after Kars cuts off his hand.
  • Mad Scientist: The inventor of the Stone Mask who callously murdered his entire species to pursue his studies further.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The most feminine-looking among the Pillar Men, and described as having the beauty of a Greek god after becoming the Ultimate Life Form. Outside of that, he's probably the most shining example of a Walking Shirtless Scene within the series.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: He succeeds in getting the stone, putting it in the mask and becoming the ultimate lifeform like he always desired making him unkillable. He's only stopped due to Joseph managing to hang onto the Aja stone and his instincts subconsciously kicking in to hold it out as Kars goes in for the kill with Hamon. The stone amplifies Kars' Hamon and causes the volcano to erupt the chuck of rock they're on into the air. Some last minute luck with Joseph's severed hand stopping Kars' escape manage to push him out of the planet's atmosphere where the vacuum of space does the rest of the job in sealing his fate.
  • Modernized God: Unlike the other Pillar men, wears a Badass Long Coat and Nice Hat sometime after awakening.
  • Nice Hat: He wears one with a very wide brim above his headdress to accompany his trench-coat when he's in Switzerland.
  • The Older Immortal: Unlike the other Pillar Men we see, his age has reached the sextuple-digits.
  • Perpetual Molt: In his Ultimate form.
  • Power Gives You Wings: His most preferred transformation after becoming the Ultimate Life Form was become a winged bird humanoid.
  • The Power of Creation: Can turn parts of his body into animals by manipulating his DNA after becoming the Ultimate Lifeform.
  • The Power of the Sun: Gains the ability to use Hamon after becoming the Ultimate Lifeform.
  • Physical God: As the Ultimate Lifeform, he has total mutative control over his own cells, even remotely, and capable of choosing from every species that ever existed on Earth; regenerative abilities that are fast enough to give him temporary resistance to lava; and Hamon power that's enough to kill or physically harm non-undead opponents. He is the most powerful person in the series, capable of killing every character before or after him, and if Stands themselves weren't immune to non-Stand attacks Kars could probably even handle some of them. Unfortunately, for all his physical power, his new form doesn't make him any luckier, so Joseph defeats Kars by turning his own Hamon against him and kicking off a dramatic course of events that he had, of course, planned from the very beginning.
  • Progressively Prettier: In the manga he started as the biggest of the Pillar Men with a rougher face than his subordinates. Over time he is drawn to look less like a hulking giant comparatively (although still ripped) and his face becomes more feminine.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The anime shows his eyes to be red, fitting his villainous status. In the opening, there's a lingering shot of his red eyes to highlight his menacing presence.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He killed his parents when they determined that his ambition made him a danger to everyone around him. Thus, it was kind of self-defense, unlike Dio Brando.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Lisa Lisa states that there is a legend that the Red Stone of Aja will be the one that will bring about the Pillar Men's defeat. It ends up being the one to defeat Kars, as it triggered a volcanic eruption that sends him into outer space.
  • Shapeshifter Baggage: As the Ultimate Lifeform, Kars' shapeshifting can create mass out of nowhere. This also extends to the life he separates from his body — during the plane chase with Joseph, Kars fires armadillo plates into the plane before remotely mutating them into full-size piranhas and Giant Squid.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Kars is the official spelling, but various fan translations have made Cars, Karz, Kazu, or Kaaz almost as common.
  • The Stoic: Comes off as being the most serious of the Pillar men at first, though as he gets closer to the Aja, even he isn't immune to becoming a Large Ham.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Notably the first one in the series, and the only non-Stand one. Not only does he get Complete Immortality, and a virtually unlimited Adaptive Ability, he's also immune to sunlight, the one Pillar Man weakness, AND can use Hamon; thus, not only could he not be harmed by the same Weaksauce Weakness as his companions, he could actually use it to his advantage.
  • Superpower Lottery: Once he's the ultimate lifeform, he not only has his usual abilities, but a variety of new ones. He now has Complete Immortality, an Adaptive Ability, a Shapeshifter Baggage that allows him to use the properties of any organic being on the planet and the ability to use Hamon hundreds of times more powerful than any Hamon user before.
  • Super Reflexes: He's got the speed and reaction time to slice hundreds of bullets fired from a machine gun, perfectly down the middle with his Brilliant Bone Blade.
  • Too Powerful to Live: Or rather, too powerful to stay on Earth. Not only having an Adaptive Ability cranked Up to Eleven, but he had the power of Hamon on a much higher level than any character in the series, so he had to leave the plot. Though to be honest, he would've eventually been beaten by the Stand Users who defy metaphysics, especially Giornio's.
  • Ultimate Life Form: What he seeks to become after finding the Red Stone of Aja. When he becomes it, he's immortal, able to mutate and evolve his form into other beings as needed, and has no need for descendants and consequently, sex.
  • The Unfettered: What makes him so dangerous compared to the other Pillar Men is that things like scruples and standards won't hold him back from becoming the Ultimate Lifeform. Joseph even describes him as such, though in typical style he takes advantage of Kars' own persistence at various times to turn the tables on him.
  • Vibroweapon: His Blade Below the Shoulder works by rotating at high speeds. The light he is known for is a side-effect.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Once he's stuck in space, he tries to get back to Earth, only to panic when the cold vacuum of space freezes his whole body. It all goes downhill once he turns into a rock-like statue, to the point where he stops thinking.
  • Villainous Friendship: He has a good deal of respect for his comrades, even raising Wamuu and Santana. Even after the reveal that many of his honorable qualities are an act he specifically states in his battle with Joseph that he intends to avenge his fallen friends.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: If he hadn't made the Stone Mask, which in turn created vampires, Hamon wouldn't have found its combative use in order to counter the vampiric menace. And that's not even getting into how it would've drastically changed Dio and the Joestars' destinies if the mask didn't exist. Also applies to much of Battle Tendency itself. Once the Pillar Men are awakened and the heroes are pulled into the conflict, it turns into a race to see who can beat the other to the rings/stone/etc.
  • Visionary Villain: Kars' original goal was to allow his race to overcome their weakness to sunlight and become god-like beings, and his genocide of his people was only done in self-defense when they discovered the villainous aspects of this plan. He even provides the page picture.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Most of the time, but makes a notable exception to his colleagues as he wore a Badass Long Coat complete with a Nice Hat during his first attempt to get the Red Stone of Aja.
  • Weak, but Skilled: While he's extremely powerful in his own right, Kars's fighting style isn't as powerful nor as versatile as Esidisi or Wamuu's. However, he makes up for it through his cunning and willingness to use dirty tactics in order to outsmart his opponents.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Sunlight like all vampires. Notably inverted as he gains The Power of the Sun as well as immunity to sunlight once he becomes the Ultimate Life Form.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His original goal was to have his race overcome their weakness to become invincible. However, it would mean they'd have to waste a great deal of life in order to do so, as they hadn't discovered the Red Stone at the time. The result was Kars killing everyone in self-defense when they deemed him a threat to their society and that of the humans as well.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Zig-Zagged. On Earth, Kars's immortality seemed like it would be pretty great, which would subvert the trope. Unfortunately, he is then launched into space by a volcano, frozen and unable to die. As the narrator puts it, Kars eventually went insane from the isolation and the inability to die, and after that, his mind disappeared altogether.
  • Winged Humanoid: Can turn into one by making his arms wings after becoming the Ultimate Life Form.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Tells Lisa Lisa that he finds it distasteful to hurt a woman, then goes and brutally stabs her in the back anyway after tricking her into attacking a body double.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Unlike Wamuu, he is willing to kill children because they'll grow up to be powerful Hamon warriors seeking revenge.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Pretends to be unconscious in order to goad Stroheim into firing the UV rays to finish him off, which he would then use to activate the stone mask and the Stone of Aja to become the ultimate lifeform.
  • World's Strongest Man: He became THE strongest physical force in the series after becoming the Ultimate Lifeform.
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: Kars' entire quest is to get the Red Stone to become the Ultimate Life Form. Of course he's going to get that far or else there would be no plot, though Joseph still manages to find a way. Kars still becomes the Ultimate Life Form, thwarting the heroes' attempts to stop it; however, Joseph still manages to send him into space, nullifying his threat.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In the anime, it's a deep purple.
  • You're Insane!: To say the least, he's rather taken aback when Joseph impales him onto a plane and flies it into an active volcano.
    "You're a LUNATIC!"

    Esidisi 

Esidisi

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"I'VE MET AND DEVOURED COUNTLESS HAMON USERS LIKE YOU THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO!"

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (TV anime, All-Star Battle, Eyes of Heaven) (Japanese), Chris Jai Alex (English)

"I'll tell you this one more time. Back away. You know that with one touch of my hand, you'll soon be missing half of your body."

One of the Pillar Men. A longtime supporter of Kars's cause, he is the second-in-command of the main trio of Pillar Men.

He is named after AC/DC.


    Wamuu 

Wamuu

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"I admire your weapon, your courage and your creativity, human. I'm actually enjoying your company. You deserve time."
Click here to see Wamuu as he appears from "A Hundred Against Two" onwards. 

Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka (TV anime, All-Star Battle, Eyes of Heaven) (Japanese), Paul St. Peter (English)

"To me, only the strong truly existed. Victory was the single quality to be admired. I existed only to my code of honour."

One of the Pillar Men. He is highly loyal to Kars and Esidisi, but loves nothing more than to have a fair fight with strong opponents.

He is named after Wham!.


  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: How his Razor Wind works. Wamuu twists his arms into opposite corkscrews before letting them spin like rubber band propellers. The wind generated from this spinning from two opposite directions creates the Divine Sandstorm.
  • Affably Evil: Probably due to being the most honorable of the Pillar Men. Epitomized by the moment when Joseph pulls out some clackers to fight him with (which is considered to be Narm in-universe by all witnesses; Caesar outright says that "He's insane!"), yet he still treats it moderately respectfully as a 'weapon', aside from justifiably finding it amusing.
  • Anti-Villain: Downplayed. He may believe in playing fair and abiding by certain standards, but he's too battle-obsessed and firmly aligned with Kars to truly qualify.
  • Badass Baritone: Being voiced by Akio Ohtsuka or Paul St. Peter tends to make you one.
  • Berserk Button: Wamuu doesn't like it when people step on his shadow, and he'll reflexively attack anyone who does. His other button is any act of cowardice during battle, which Joseph uses to distract him at crucial moments.
  • Blood Knight: Despite his loyalty to his masters, he loves to fight as seen with Joseph as he spares the latter for the promise of becoming a stronger warrior.
  • Blow You Away: By using his barbed dreadlocks or turning his arms in opposite directions, he can create mini twisters or large torrents of wind.
  • Body Horror: Determines that the best way to stop getting tricked by Joseph in their final fight is to stop relying on his eyes. Thus, he stabs them out. More minor examples involve his wind jets, which emerge from within his body to suck and blow air, and his final technique, which rips up his own body when used.
  • Co-Dragons: With Esidisi to Kars.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He might not believe in full-blown cheating, but he can fight just as trickily as Joseph when he needs to.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: His Desperation Attack, Atmospheric Rift, is incredibly powerful, but generates so much friction and heat in his body while in use that it starts falling apart on him.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: He's very tanned, and has bleached blonde hair.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: JoJo may have killed him, but in his final moments there was an undeniable sense of understanding, respect, and admiration between the two men, and yes, even palpable sadness on JoJo's part for Wamuu's passing.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: After being reduced to a head and slowly crumbling away, Joseph decides to use his own blood to ease Wamuu's pain. Wamuu is outraged, thinking that Joseph is taking pity on him, though Joseph reassures him that it's not out of pity but out of respect for a Worthy Opponent.
  • The Dragon: A traditional one to Kars, as well as one of the Co-Dragons with Esidisi.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Despite being reduced to a severed head that's slowly disintegrating from Joseph's hamon, he proceeds to use his head as a makeshift crossbow bolt to slaughter the vampire army when they tried attacking Joseph.
  • Establishing Character Moment: For him, and for Esidisi and Kars by proxy. Remember how Santana took a significant amount of time to learn human languages and regain his intelligence and coordination? Wamuu bursts out of his pillar not only by sneak-attacking a Nazi mook, but by making extremely deliberate stretching motions and demonstrating a complete grasp on new languages. Any viewer expecting this gang to be anything like Santana was certainly in for a surprise.
  • Eye Scream: To himself, as part of a gambit to beat Joseph.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Wamuu makes a promise, he will keep it, and if you prove to be an equally noble adversary, he will honor your final wishes in your place after slaying you. He also refuses to murder children, even if they are those of his enemies; a compunction that Kars does not share.
  • Evil Counterpart: Arguably is one to Joseph. Both have Undying Loyalty to their masters (although Joseph will never admit it). And in spite of their similarly Heroic Builds, both are masters of thinking on the fly who rely primarily on their wits to fight, and who base their tactics on reversing the flow of battle to surprise their enemies. They also occupy complementary positions on the morality scale: Joseph is an arrogant and jerkish trickster anti-hero who will do anything to win, while Wamuu is a polite and noble warrior who nonetheless enjoys a good punch up.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Courtesy of Akio Ohtsuka.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Even in death, he doesn't allow anyone to sully the honor of his fight with Joseph and feels that he was a Worthy Opponent to kill him.
  • Fair-Play Villain: A defining trait. He could've killed off Joseph while he was bleeding and helpless in their first fight and destroyed Caesar's scarf holding the antidote to Joseph's poison ring after fatally wounding the latter, but his pride as a warrior caused him to not do so. This is, in fact, frequently exploited by Joseph to increase his chances of surviving against him.
  • Foil: He's one to Rudol von Stroheim. Both are blonde-haired men with a strong sense of honour, loyalty and bravery, and end up befriending Joseph who exhibits the same traits despite his juvenile personality. However, while Stroheim is a Token Evil Teammate on the side of the heroes due to his allegiances with the Nazis, Wamuu is the Token Good Teammate of his fellow Pillar Men as thanks to his more honourable traits.
  • Friendly Enemy: A little one-sided on his part. Wamuu is genuinely polite and cordial to Joseph, and enjoys having him as his Worthy Opponent. Joseph eventually returns the sentiment after landing the killing blow on Wamuu.
  • The Gift: Everyone calls him a "combat genius", and it shows — all of the battle-changing moves he makes are instinctual.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's the first opponent that could see through Joseph's gambits.
    • He came up with the idea of making himself temporarily immune to sunlight by surrounding himself with a light-refracting wind suit.
  • Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: He does this to himself when Joseph counters his Holy Sandstorm, by poking his eyes out.
  • Go Out with a Smile: In the end, as only a severed head, he dies smiling knowing he met someone as interesting as Joseph in his life.
  • Graceful Loser: He even helps Joseph as he dies because some vampire mooks tried to besmirch the honor of their battle.
  • Handicapped Badass: He makes himself even more powerful by blinding himself.
  • Has Two Daddies: Kars and Esidisi aren't just his masters. He was raised by them.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Several times during his duel with Joseph. Joseph wraps Hamon-infused reins around Wamuu's arms when he uses Holy Sandstorm which damages them enough that he can't use Holy Sandstorm again, and uses Wamuu's rebounding shot trick against him to sneak in a shot from behind. Wammu wastes valuable time trying to hit Joseph with his Atmospheric Rift attack because he couldn't aim properly since he poked his eyes out, and the extra time Joseph gets is enough to trick Wamuu into sucking in oil and Caesar's burning bandanna which blows him up.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He's an excellent shot with a crossbow, especially since he was reading air currents at the time instead of relying on sight.
  • Improbable Weapon User: At one point he uses a pillar as a javelin in his battle with Joseph.
  • Invisibility: Can manipulate the wind to make himself invisible, thus protecting him from the sun, since the light reflects off of his body due to the wind distorting the rays.
  • Leitmotif: "Burning Coliseum", aka "Holy Wubstorm" after his main technique.
  • Morality Chain: It's subtle, (and works only for a particular definition of morality) but he's the reason Kars upholds his promise to fight fairly. After Joseph kills him, Kars' Pragmatic Villainy kicks in. This turns the order of fights into a Xanatos Gambit on Kars' part, since either Wamuu wins, and they still have the strongest fighter (before Kars' ascension) to rely on, or he dies and Kars is free to use his tricks to compensate for his lesser fighting skills.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: No matter what happens he's loyal to Kars, despite Kars being dishonorable and selfish.
  • Noble Demon: Keeps his promises, respects his enemies, and will not murder children. He still has some principles despite his loyalty to an evil cause.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: His Holy Sandstorm technique is extremely destructive, and can destroy entire buildings with just one usage. Joseph and Lisa Lisa identify Wamuu as a combatant even when they can't see him from far away just from the destruction Holy Sandstorm leaves behind.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: A trait that Joseph exploited to survive after losing the first fight.
  • Signature Move: Holy Sandstorm. By spinning his arms at high speeds, he can create tornadoes around them that shred anything in front of him to pieces with extreme erosion.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Wamuu is the official spelling — the katakana used by his name in Japanese actually differ from those used by the band name — but various unofficial translations have also produced Waam, Wham and Whammu.
  • Third-Person Person: Refers to himself like this in his first and last scenes.
  • This Is a Drill: His horn resembles one.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Kars.
  • Villain's Dying Grace: After being defeated by Joseph and the two acknowledge each other as Worthy Opponents, when a hoard of vampires try to kill Joseph in his exhausted state, an outraged Wamuu uses the last of his strength to launch himself at and kill them all. And this is after being reduced to a disembodied head.
  • What You Are in the Dark: After mortally wounding Caesar, causing the latter to generate a Hamon bubble to protect the antidote; Wamuu could’ve destroyed it- ruining Joseph’s chances for a cure to his poison and no one would know. Despite this, he chooses not to out of a sense of respect.
  • The Worf Effect: Inflicts this on both Joseph (who defeated Santana beforehand) and Caesar (an accomplished Hamon user) by making short work of them. This shows that neither of them are on the level required to pose a threat to the Pillar Men yet.
  • Worthy Opponent: Dear heavens, does Wamuu enjoy having one in Joseph. Wamuu's dying words even note that he thinks he lived for as long as he did just so he could fight Joseph. Before him was Caesar. Wamuu said that his fight with him was the first fight to satisfy him in thousands of years.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Not afraid to pull off one of his own against Joseph.
  • Would Not Hurt A Child: Even if they are the children of his enemies.
  • Your Head A-Splode: Inverted. His death comes from his body exploding, leaving only his head.

    Santana (dub: Sanviento) 

Santana

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"It would... seem... that humans have... evolved. Their confidence..."

Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (TV anime) (Japanese), Kaiji Tang (English)

"You are playing... games, primitive. I do not... want to play... games."

One of the four Pillar Men resurrected by Stroheim. He is named after Santana.


  • Ax-Crazy: Unlike the other Pillar Men he actually presents himself as unstable and gleefully murders the scientist who have awakened him. Also during his fight with Joseph proves this further as he is happily to tear him apart.
  • Bad with the Bone: His Rib Blades ability, which allows him to extend his ribs out of his body to shish-kebab opponents.
  • Body Horror: He can do this with his body by making it extremely thin to fit into an air vent or extending his ribcage out of his flesh as a weapon. He also inflicts an Eye Scream on a hapless Nazi, causing a Body Horror transformation into an obese sub-human. He can even weigh down opponents with stray chunks of his flesh.
  • The Brute: Not a man of many words, so he relies on physical action instead. Justified in that he's slowly learning the language after being imprisoned longer than his superiors.
  • Creepy Monotone: Subverted. He's just slow at picking up modern language compared to the other Pillar Men, and once he gets the hang of it, he's as hammy as the rest of them.
  • Death Glare: His default facial expression lies somewhere in between "I'm not a morning person" and "I'm going to enjoy killing you, primitive."
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's initially referred to as the creator of the Stone Mask until his three superiors show up, one of which is the one who actually invented them.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Unlike his sandaled fellows, possibly meaning his lowest ranking among them.
  • Dub Name Change: The reference to him in All-Star Battle changes his name to "Santviento", which is claimed by Stroheim to mean "warm wind" in Spanish (which is quite wrong - if anything, Santviento seems to be a corrupted form of "santo viento", Spanish for "holy wind"). The anime's English dub cleans this up a bit by having Stroheim settle on "Sanviento," supposedly to reference the Mexican wind in general.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: As the Nazis found out.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Santana's English and Japanese voices are both deep and rough from his time in hibernation.
  • Facial Markings: Has a marking under his left eye shaped like half of a gear.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Surprisingly, despite the Pillar Men showing Villainous Friendship for one another, the same can not be said for Santana. The others mock him when they find out he was defeated, and they show no interest in either avenging his defeat or rescuing him from the heroes.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Joseph bisects him during their fight. It barely even slows him down.
  • Has Two Daddies: Like Wamuu, he was raised by Kars and Esidisi.
  • Implacable Man: He's like a biological Terminator! Joseph is able to slow him down at best and he's only defeated when exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Last of His Kind: By extension, as the four Pillar Men were the last members of their race.
  • No Name Given: His name was made up by Stroheim. However, Kars later refers to him as Santana, so maybe Stroheim happened upon the right name.
    • More likely, though, Kars heard it from when Joseph mentions him back in their first encounter.
  • Not So Stoic: After acting like a killer robot with a Creepy Monotone, when he is exposed to sunlight, he begins to ham it up like every other character in the series.
  • The Stoic: The least emotional of the Pillar Men.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Does this to a hapless Nazi and Stroheim via Grand Theft Me.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Technically speaking, he's above both Dio and Straizo in terms of vampiric power. Meanwhile, as powerful as he is, he's still far inferior to the three Pillar Men in Europe, seeing as it took him a while to pick up modern language whereas the others were able to learn it in an instant, and his only unique ability is his ribcage attack, which is rather underwhelming compared to the elemental Modes the others have.
  • Sole Survivor: Of the four Pillar Men, Santana is the only one who's still alive at the end of Battle Tendency. Maybe.
  • Taken for Granite: Looks to be this when he is first found inside the pillar in Mexico, though he's actually just hibernating. Happens to him for real after Joseph takes care of him, though. Twice.
  • Ultimate Life Form: One of a group of uber-vampires, and described as being one, though the others are even more powerful.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Wears nothing more than a thong, which is far less than his slightly more dressed allies have.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: After Joseph's relatively easy fight dispatching Starter Villain Straizo Santana is introduced to show how much more terrifying and dangerous the Pillar Men are in comparison to one fairly strong vampire. At the same time however the introduction of his superiors not long after his early defeat show that, while still strong, he's nowhere near their level and as such Joseph is nowhere close to being ready to defeat them yet.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He spent the majority of his screen time trying to adjust to modern times, but by the time he fully adjusts, he is sealed away once more.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After he was trapped by the UV lights, there's no clue to where he is now. Assuming he's still alive.
  • When He Smiles: Parodied in the dub only. Joseph spends the opening of episode 13 trying to get Santana to crack a smilenote . The gag is revisited at the end of the episode, where Joseph narrates the final shot on Santana's permanently-frozen Nightmare Face.
    Joseph: He's a statue now... but, we finally got that smile!

Alternative Title(s): Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Part 2

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