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Jean-Pierre Polnareff (Stand: Silver Chariot)

Child Voice: Ayumi Fujimura (TV anime) (Japanese), Erica Mendez (TV anime) (English)
Adult Voice: Fuminori Komatsu (TV anime and Eyes of Heaven), Hiroaki Hirata (All-Star Battle), Ken Yamaguchi (CD drama), Katsuji Mori (OVA), Tsutomu Tareki (Heritage for the Future video game), Akira Negishi (Vento Aureo video game), Mark Atherlay (OVA English), Doug Erholtz (TV anime) (English)

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SPOILERS Click here  to see Polnareff's Part 5 appearance

"My name is Jean-Pierre Polnareff. On the honor of my dear sister's soul, and so that my good friend may rest in peace... I'm going to hurl you into the depths of despair! Prepare yourself!"

Another victim to Dio's mind-control buds. Once he is freed by Jotaro and company, he tags along, in the hopes of finding the man who raped and murdered his sister in cold blood. Hot-headed, impulsive, and a bit dim, Polnareff is more often than not the receiving end of the current enemy's stand and foreign toilets. Nevertheless, his sheer determination and effectiveness in battle make him a valuable addition to Team Joestar, whether the rest of his teammates admit it or not. He is named after Michel Polnareff.

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  • Adaptational Villainy: In the OVA's, Polnareff apparently joined DIO of his own free will instead of being brainwashed. He still makes a Heel–Face Turn though.
  • Adorkable: He's goofy enough to rival Joseph.
  • Agony of the Feet: When fighting Vanilla Ice, Cream manifests under his foot, and shaves off part of it; he's left bleeding and limping for the rest of the fight.
  • An Arm and a Leg: If the above trope wasn't bad enough, King Crimson severs off his legs. Not even a pair of robot prosthetics will fix it, and Polnareff got bound to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
  • Anime Hair: A column of it. Also the inspiration for Benimaru from The King of Fighters.
  • Anti-Villain: The Villain in Name Only variant just like Kakyoin, though also of the Noble Villain variety when brainwashed due to his chivalry and nobility.
  • Archenemy: Becomes this to Enya after he kills her son, but given what he was, and what she is, it's hard to feel that Polnareff was in the wrong.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Oddly enough, the Butt-Monkey of the crusaders is the one most willing to actively murder his opponents. And has done so in brutal fashion, as Devo, J.Geil, and Vanilla Ice can attest to.
  • The Big Guy: A very weird example of the trope: he's the team's biggest guy physically, and his stand is the most physical one in terms of fighting ability, but Silver Chariot's actually a Fragile Speedster; still, he fulfills this spot on the team.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Poor Polnareff's got it tough. All indications in the final stages of Vento Aureo were that he was a Doomed Protagonist who would be Deader Than Dead after the day was saved: after getting his body killed by Diavolo, Requiem's soul-switching shenanigans popped him into the Stand-using turtle right before his soul could pass on, the effect being strictly temporary. However, after defeating Diavolo, it was revealed that the turle's Stand (Mr. President) was so powerful that it latched onto Polnareff's soul and refuses to let him die, so he gets to live on as a turtle. Could be better, could be worse; at least the stand, Mr. President, lets him hang out as his normal human self in a well-furbished trans-dimensional hotel room that anyone can visit whenever he wants, the only drawback being its lack of a bathroom. Taking Purple Haze Feedback as canon, he's even Number Two to Giorno in Passione's new hierarchy.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: When the submarine attacked by High Priestess crashes into the seafloor he screams Joseph's famous "OH MY GOD!!!". Considering Joseph was knocked out somebody had to scream it. Also, during the time he's turned to a kid, he also yelled in English, "OH NO!!!", another of Joseph's phrases.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: DIO's second mind slave, though he did a much better job fighting back than Kakyoin, given that he resisted the DIO compulsion to Kick the Dog.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Though he's by no means a straight-up Nice Guy (he is far too crass, vulgar and perverted for that), Polnareff is nevertheless a big-old warm, kind and sentimental softie who wears his heart on his sleeves, expresses all emotions with 120% honesty, and is the crusader most-prone to Manly Tears as a result.
  • ...But He Sounds Handsome: When fighting Vanilla Ice, one of his three options is worded as "The Handsome Polnareff will devise the perfect counterattack just in the nick of time."
  • Butt-Monkey: The first comedic example in the series, often being the butt of many jokes and being the first to get victimized by an enemy's Stand.
  • Casanova Wannabe: It's only shown occasionally though.
  • Captain Obvious: If Joseph isn't the one taking on this role, Polnareff does it. Kakyoin especially hates it, and calls that habit out constantly.
  • The Chew Toy: If any member of the team ends up in a horrible situation, it's usually Polnareff.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: While he (in Joseph's words) "thinks with his dick," he's rarely disrespectful towards women; this character trait also tends to be downplayed since Part 3 focuses more on fighting than the rest.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Polnareff isn't exactly the brightest member of Team Joestar, but whenever danger is present, he can be quite a formidable fighter: he was the first to figure out the trick to Diavolo's stand and developed a very clever way to counter it; however, it ended up being for naught because King Crimson was simply too strong for it to matter.
  • Death Seeker: He admits that he didn't care if he died killing J. Geil, but thanks to Avdol and Kakyoin, Polnareff learns to fight to live.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: In the OVA, he wasn't even possessed by one of Dio's buds.
  • Dented Iron: In part 5, while he can still use his Stand, he's been so badly injured by battling that he's leagues behind the rest of the cast, and can no longer walk.
  • Designated Victim: Part of the reason that Polnareff gets so much screentime in Part 3 is his habit of blundering into trouble and being saved by the others.
  • Deuteragonist: Of Stardust Crusaders, receiving the most character development as well as a similar number of fights to Jotaro. He also has multiple character arcs, each with their own payoff - killing J. Geil to avenge his sister, grieving over Avdol seemingly sacrificing himself to save his life and his sister's death, avenging both Avdol and Iggy by killing Vanilla Ice, and paying DIO back for taking over his mind.
  • Dub Name Change: The English version of All Star Battle renames him "Jean-Pierre Eiffel", a strange case as previous English-licensed JoJo works used "Polnareff" just fine.
    • It's even more confusing when Eyes of Heaven has "Polnareff" removed from his name altogether, making him just Jean Pierre.
    • Fortunately averted in the Crunchyroll subs and the dub of Part 3.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: For the Part 5 gang; in fact, him contacting them and them seeking him out is the impetus for the entire endgame.
  • Emotional Bruiser: He's very in touch of his emotions that he dedicated his fight over his emotions of vengeance over the death of his sister (though he got better and replaced it with fighting for his friends later), and is very Hot-Blooded and occasionally dumb or perverted moments. The bruiser part is more highlighted on how he's one of the close range/physical-oriented fighters of the group. And most of the time, he's the supplier of Manly Tears of the team.
  • Everyone Looks Sexier If French: He is French, and he is a pretty boy.
  • Expy: Let's see. A skilled fencer, on a quest for revenge for a murdered family member, with the murderer responsible having a deformed left hand. Where have I heard this story before?
  • Eyepatch of Power: After Diavolo takes his eye. The translucency of it makes it more closely resemble a tattoo.
  • Face Death with Dignity: After failing to escape from Vanilla Ice's spiral attack, Polnareff accepts that "reality isn't that nice", bids farewell to Iggy, and tells him to flee; but then, Iggy uses his remaining strength to save Polnareff.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Doomed to spend the rest of this life as a turtle by the end of Vento Aureo, not that he seems to mind. See Bittersweet Ending above.
  • Fingore: When fighting Vanilla Ice, Cream disintegrates two of Silver Chariot's fingers causing two of Polnareff's to be sliced off. Though after the fight the wound comes and goes, sometimes Polnareff has them and sometimes he doesn't. When he reappears in Part 5, he has a prosthetic pinkie but his ring finger is fine. In the flashbacks however his hand is completely intact and he only loses the finger to Diavolo.
  • Foil:
    • To both Avdol and Kakyoin, and for roughly the same reason: they're the calm strategists, while Polnareff always goes headfirst into combat.
    • To Jotaro as well. While both can be hot-blooded and impulsive, Polnareff is far more goofy and tends to be a Casanova Wannabe who tends to flirt with women as opposed to Jotaro would would rudely rebuff them.
  • Forgot About His Powers: After joining the Crusaders, Polnareff suddenly forgot the ability to generate shadow clones of Silver Chariot.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: Said stand also lost its high defense, even with the armor intact.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: This is what Requiem does upon awakening to the entire population of Rome.
  • French Jerk: He is French, and comes off as arrogant, confrontational and can be rather impulsive.
  • Gratuitous French: He is French. While in the Japanese version he didn't insert those phrases willy-nilly in Japanese 'ranguage', in the dub, he inserts some French phrases at times (e.g: "Merci.")
  • Good Is Dumb: Everyone in the group except him knew that Avdol survived getting shot by Hol Horse specifically for this reason; they all agreed that he's not good at keeping a secret. He has had moments of brilliance in more than one fight, but it's generally buried by his bullheadedness every where else.
  • Heroic Albino: Kind of.
  • Heroic Build: He is very buff, even more so than his team mates.
  • Handicapped Badass: Courtesy of Diavolo, in part 5 Polnareff uses a wheelchair; this doesn't actually make him any weaker, in large part because his Stand doesn't need legs and if someone knocks the chair over, his Stand helps him right it.)
  • Hero of Another Story: He's been going on stand-related adventures alone since well before meeting DIO, and would continue to do so for years after the end of part 3.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: If anyone on the Crusaders is closest to Jotaro (bar Joseph, his grandfather), it's him, especially during the Egypt arc when they wind up paired against the likes of Anubis, Alessi, and DIO himself, each of which only reaffirms how deeply they respect one another.
  • Hollywood Hacking: He's able to hack into Passione's computer system in order to communicate with Bruno's gang.
  • Hot-Blooded: In a series stuffed to the gills with hot-blooded characters, Polnareff is a constant fountain of Manly Tears, Idiot Hero saves, and goofy moments; it's very hard not to like a guy who's so incredibly motivated.
  • Idiot Hero: Played With. Polnareff suffers from Genre Blindness thus is prone to be fooled by women, and also tends to act before thinking; however, Polnareff is a perceptive and formidable combatant against male opponents, has outsmarted his enemies more than once, and is a skilled hacker. He can make stupid mistakes, but he'll show flashes of brilliance in a pinch just as often.
  • Irony:
    • His favorite color is gold, but his Stand is Silver Chariot.
    • His Stand's main special ability is its Super Speed. At the end of part 5, his soul is trapped inside of a turtle, an animal known for being slow.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Can be very abrasive and hot-headed, but he means well.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: How he sees himself, and it's the form Silver Chariot takes.
  • Last-Name Basis: After his introduction he is simply just called Polnareff. Some media, for legal reasons however call him Jean-Pierre, inverting this trope.
  • Large Ham: As the comic-relief of the band, Polnaref expresses each and every emotion with 120% purity and honesty, be it rage, sorrow, love or joy.
  • Leitmotif: Heritage for the Future gives him one, which gets remixed for his surprise Part 5 appearance in GioGio's Bizarre Adventure.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: He's the only member of the team kept in the dark about Avdol being Not Quite Dead (because the others feared he might accidentally blab about it to the enemy.)
  • Manly Tears: Of all the Stardust Crusaders, these flow the easiest from his big, warm and kind heart.
  • Master Swordsman: Silver Chariot. Not much Polnareff himself, but he's not a half bad fencer either.
  • No Brows: He apparently was born without eyebrows.
  • No Indoor Voice: Unless forced to utilize stealth, each and every line of Polnaref's dialogue is screamed out full-gusto on the gop of his lungs.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Before the events of Vento Aureo: recieves King Crimson's hand chop through the right side of his face, then gets all but one of his limbs severed, before promptly being dropped off a cliff onto a hard rock. He gets better.
  • Number Two: Purple Haze Feedback mentions that Polnareff serves as the second-in-command of Passione.
  • Older and Wiser: When he reappears in Vento Aureo, he came a long way from the goofball he was in Stardust Crusaders.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After defeating Alessi, Polnareff actually has a chance to pursuit the romance he always wanted with the woman who took care of him when he was de-aged (named Malena in the anime). Knowing that sticking with his group without a Stand means danger (and the group last time just deported the little girl who were just tagging along for the same reason), Polnareff turns her down, pretending not to know her, and for once, he's very serious about not pursuing romance.
  • Overly Long Tongue: He's fully capable of using his tongue to try to signal to his friends that Hol Horse had him at gunpoint.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Falls into this trope during his fight with J. Geil.
  • Royal Rapier: Silver Chariot's Weapon of Choice.
  • Running Gag: In Part 3, Polnareff is victim of a recurring gag involving bathrooms: every time he goes to one he gets into trouble, be it an attack from the enemy or the bathroom itself; this is noted by Avdol after he has trouble in finding Mariah in a bathroom, as he comments that Polnareff is the expert with incidents regarding them.
    • Brick Joke: Polnareff's soul winds up resting inside the extra-dimensional space of Coco Jambo... which doesn't have a bathroom inside it.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: In the anime, he's briefly arrested for being the prime suspect in Devo the Cursed's sudden murder (which he did indeed commit, but Devo was an Ax-Crazy Serial Killer that was trying to kill him, so it evens out), but luckily manages to avoid jail time thanks to lawyers from the Speedwagon Foundation.
  • Spanner in the Works: His going off to try confront Dio on his own after the remaining group escape from the mansion ends up throwing a wrench into Dio's endgame as if the group had tried to attack Dio en masse, all of them would've been killed by Dio's power right then and there. Thanks to him, the group end up splitting up and slowly managed to find out how Dio's power worked: by the time Jotaro finally confronts Dio head on, he's able to start getting around Dio's power; what's more, him saving Jotaro when Dio was about to kill him allowed Jotaro to get a fatal blow in on Dio.
  • Staying Alive: Who else in the Jojo universe has faced both Dio and Diavolo and lived to tell the tale? He even survives death itself by his soul ending up in the turtle's body.
  • Survivor's Guilt: He's racked with guilt over Avdol apparently dying to save him - both times.
  • Tarot Motifs: The Chariot card is all about being goal-driven and determined to achieve victory: Polnareff is driven by his determination to avenge his sister's murder, and from a more meta standpoint, some fans claim that he outshines the other Crusaders because of how many enemies he comes across by himself and eventually defeats.
  • Undying Loyalty: Ever since the moment he joins the team, Polnareff is THE most dedicated member to taking care of his buddies. Seeing one of them hurt sends him into full-on Roaring Rampage of Revenge mode. He only lapses once early on, when avenging his sister is on the line, and after Avdol pays the price for that is more loyal than ever.
  • Unexplained Recovery: In Part 5, during the flashback, not only are Polnareff's legs severed by Diavolo, one of his arms gets hacked off as well. Despite that, he still has it when he's seen in the present. The anime even shows none of his severed limbs fell into the ocean the cliff was facing, which begs the question of how he reattached his arm, but not his legs.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kakyoin. The former constantly chastises Polnareff for being reckless and a huge Captain Obvious sometimes, but they're very close - as proven by their handshake.
  • Walking Spoiler: His presence in Part 5, and his stand's evolution, Requiem.
  • Worthy Opponent: He is willing to explain his abilities to Avdol during their fight, and while he is burning alive, he honors Avdol's skill, leading to him being spared and befriended.
  • Youthful Freckles: When de-aged by Alessi, he is shown to have freckles as a kid.
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Silver Chariot

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Silver Chariot, named after the Chariot card, has the ability to move at incredibly high speeds and is exceedingly skilled with its rapier, to the point of generating completely solid after-images, and catching 5 flying coins on its rapier. When it removes its armor, it sacrifices its decent durability for even higher speeds and can move at the speed of light. However, unlike most close-range humanoid Stands, Polnareff can't see through its eyes and has to be able to watch the combat himself to direct it effectively.

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Silver Chariot Requiem

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The Requiem Plays Quietly
After being trapped by Diavolo and prepared to be killed off, Silver Chariot touched the Stand Arrow, evolving into a new kind of stand. Chariot Requiem has the power to transfer the souls of people to another body, alongside the ability to put them to sleep. Is not considered a sentient stand, but it has a determination to stop anyone from touching the arrow, just as Polnareff wanted.
  • Body Surf: Chariot Requiem's power is to transfer the souls of one body to the another, saving Polnareff from dying at the hands of Diavolo, but trapping him inside Mr. President.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Chariot Requiem, without Polnareff to guide it, seemingly decides to change all life on earth into bizarre, alien forms so that there will be no humans left to threaten The Arrow.
  • Eye for an Eye: Any attempt to interfere with Chariot Requiem is paid back proportionately. For example simply standing in its way will have it either walk around the obstacle or gently push it aside. A direct attack, or worse, an attempt at the arrow, will be met with attempted murder via said nuisance's own Stand turning against them.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: This is one of Chariot Requiem's main abilities, to swap people's souls into other bodies.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Chariot Requiem's existence is one itself. Since Polnareff's body was destroyed thanks to his battle with Diavolo years prior he hadn't been in a true fight in years and as such knew he couldn't control the power of the arrow. However once Diavolo found him Polnareff knew he couldn't allow him to gain the arrows power and instead used it on his Silver Chariot to transform it into Chariot Requiem and keep the arrow away from Diavolo.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Chariot Requiem has exactly one purpose given to it by its dying master; to protect the arrow at all costs from Diavolo. It works but, since Polnareff can no longer control his Stand anymore, Chariot Requiem now protects the Stand from everyone trying to get it including the good guys and his former master. Not only that but its soul swapping powers indiscriminately target anyone they can find and slowly mutate them via rapid evolution.
  • Hate Plague: In order to protect the arrow, Chariot Requiem possesses the ability to turn stands against their masters. It made the cheerful Sex Pistols No.1 into a violent nut who tried to kill Mista.
  • Humanoid Abomination: What starts coming out of people when they are under Requiem's effects for too long. It's supposed to be because Requiem is quickening evolution to breakneck speed, though there are also indications that it has something to do with his soul-switching agenda and that Requiem is summoning them from somewhere (i.e., cutting corners on the whole "evolution" thing).
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Like with Notorious B.I.G., a stand surviving its master is unkillable and will heal any harm done to it. The only way to defeat Chariot Requiem is to destroy a marble of light behind your head, as Requiem is the "shadow of one's soul".
  • Outside-Context Problem: A stand arrow being able to affect an existing stand was only hinted at with Killer Queen Bites the Dust, but Chariot Requiem's existence singlehandedly changes the climax of Vento Aureo.
  • Sentient Cosmic Force: The nature of Chariot Requiem (and Requiem Stands in general) is obscure, but it seems to represent the very concept of "souls" embodied into a corporeal being and given a single goal ("Protect the Arrow") by the dying will of its former master.
  • Shout-Out: Chariot Requiem's design is deliberately based on the mysterious man who visited Mozart to commission the unfinished piece Requiem.
  • Sinister Silhouettes: Subverted. At first it seems to be another case of Face Framed in Shadow, a trope used quite a bit in Part 5. Bruno gets close to it and reveals that what seemed to be an abstract silhouette is actually its features and Requiem looks like it was made from black plastic.
  • Soul Power: Chariot Requiem's domain as a Requiem Stand is "soul", and thus it can control the souls of all living beings on earth given time, forcing them between different bodies, turning peoples' own Stands against them, and, unless promptly dismissed, changing all life into strange extra-dimensional beings through soul manipulation.
  • Squishy Wizard: Chariot Requiem loses most of its old combat abilities, with one weakness that can be quickly destroyed; the trade off is the ability to control souls, turn Stands against their users, and even the ability to evolve lifeforms beyond their current state.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's hard to bring up Chariot Requiem's existence without spoiling the final stretch of Part 5.

Alternative Title(s): Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Polnareff

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