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Jotaro Kujo (Stand: Star Platinum: The World)

Voice: Kiyoyuki Yanada (CD drama and Heritage for the Future video game), Daisuke Ono (TV anime, All-Star Battle, Eyes of Heaven), Matthew Mercer (TV anime, English), Jurota Kosugi (OVA), Abie Hadjitarkhani (OVA, English), Tetsu Inada (Vento Aureo video game)
Child Voice: Kiyoyuki Yanada (Heritage for the Future video game), Natsumi Takamori (anime), Wendee Lee (anime, English), Dorothy Elias Fahn (anime [Egypt arc], English)
Played by: Yusuke Iseya (live-action movie)

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Click here  to see Jotaro in Diamond is Unbreakable.
Click here  to see Jotaro in the live-action film adaptation of Part 4.

"Your Stand gets to hide from the victim, the law and the consequences. That's why I will judge you myself!"

Jotaro Kujo is the grandson of Joseph Joestar. A perpetually angry youth, Jotaro's first appearance has him sitting in a jail cell which he willingly put himself in to keep the people around him from getting hurt by his Stand, Star Platinum, which he had no clue about, had minimal control over, and believed to be an evil spirit. After Joseph assures him he's not cursed and the Stand is under his control, he is recruited by his grandfather and Muhammad Avdol to search out and kill DIO Brando before the vampire takes over the world. And in case you were wondering, he and the entire Part 3 arc is what people normally think of when it comes to this series.

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He next appeared in Diamond Is Unbreakable, where he sought out his grandfather's illegitimate son, Josuke Higashkita. He made a few appearances after that but was regulated to a supportive role for most of that adventure.

He sent Koichi Hirose to find Giorno Giovanna in Vento Aureo, but aside from that had nothing to do with the plot.

His final appearance was in Stone Ocean with his daughter Jolyne Cujoh, wherein he spent most of the arc in an almost vegetative state brought on by Enrico Pucci's Whitesnake Stand.

His Stand, Star Platinum, is incredibly fast and accurate, to the point of being able to catch a bullet fired 3 inches away from Jotaro's head between his index and thumb. He also has diamond-hard fists, capable of punching through walls and bending steel bars. Later on in the story, it's revealed that Jotaro has the same type of ability as Dio; the ability to stop time. Though unlike Dio, who can maintain it for 10 seconds at his peak, Jotaro can only last 4-5 seconds.

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  • 11th-Hour Ranger: In Part 6.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Near the end of Part 3, he learns that Star Platinum, like The World, can stop time, hence the name "Star Platinum: The World".
  • '90s Anti-Hero: Mostly subverted. He has the appearance and mood of one but acts like more of a Pragmatic Hero than anything else really.
  • Absurdly Youthful Father: After twenty-three years and a teenage daughter, Jotaro has apparently managed to age several years in reverse.
  • The Ace: Post-part 3. Jotaro is good at anything and everyone views him highly.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • In the anime and manga, Jotaro has green-blue eyes (depending on whether you're watching Stardust Crusaders or Diamond is Unbreakable). in the live-action adaptation, he has brown eyes.
    • His coat and hat are blue in the manga and OVA, with the OVA adding pink elements. They're black in the anime. This only applies to part 3, as he has a white outfit in pretty much every part 4 adaptation.
    • Star Platinum has many color schemes: in the manga, it's purple, the OVA and anime add some blue, while Heritage For The Future and All-Star Battle make it green.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed in the 2000s Adventure OVA's third episode, he's sealed inside an improvised steel cage which lets Polnareff's Silver Chariot kill Forever.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Something he is not happy with.
    Jotaro: Shut up! You are getting so annoying!
    Girl: He totally talked to me!
  • Anime Hair: His hair and his hat seem to seamlessly merge into each other.
  • Anyone Can Die: In Stone Ocean.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Jotaro has fessed up to putting people in hospitals when he gets into fights, attacking teachers who abuse their power and scaring them into never coming back and skipping out on restaurant bills when he doesn't like the food.
  • Back for the Dead: Gets killed off by Pucci shortly after snapping out of his coma.
  • Badass Adorable: Alessi de-aged him into a seven-year-old, but despite being a child facing an axe-wielding maniac, Jotaro still kicked his ass.
  • Badass Baritone: In the OVA especially.
    • His English voice serves as this as it's very masculine and badass.
    • In the mainstream anime as well, where he's voiced by Daisuke Ono.
    • In the live-action Diamond is Unbreakable movie too, courtesy of Yusuke Iseya.
  • Badass Biker: A few chapters of part three.
  • Badass Boast: Dio gets amused when he sees Jotaro coming up, commenting that after witnessing his power, Jotaro in his right mind should be running away in fear. Jotaro's response? "I won't be able to beat the shit out of you if I don't get close enough."
    (after defeating DIO) "You lost for a reason, DIO. One single, simple reason. You pissed me off."
  • Badass Bookworm: Can be seen in his jail cell, in the beginning, trying to study the mystery of his Stand with books subconsciously retrieved by Star Platinum. By the time Part 4 comes in, he is a marine biologist.note 
  • Badass Family: It's rather prominent with him, since he's with his grandfather in Part 3, his grandfather and uncle in Part 4, and his daughter in Part 6.
  • Badass Longcoat: In part 3, it's technically a school outfit, but still looks cool. Revised to a Badass Labcoat of Science and Medicine to go along with his new identity as a renowned marine biologist for part 4.
  • Badass Normal: Beats the tar out of Alessi without the use of his Stand.
  • Battle Aura: In the anime, where it starts out with a purple-colored aura for Part 3 before unexplainably assuming a golden-yellowish color for the fight against DIO. said newfound color maintains it's way onto the Part 4 anime.
    • In the live-action Diamond is Unbreakable movie, Jotaro's aura manifests itself as white wispy smoke.
  • Battlecry: "ORA!"
  • Berserk Button: Is a bit temperamental about the female attention he attracts. There's only so many times you can get hit on before it becomes incredibly annoying... that said, abusing women in front of him is a one-way ticket to the emergency ward, as Kakyoin found out.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Josuke (his uncle) and Koichi.
  • Big Good: Post-Part 3, after he's mellowed out, Jotaro takes the leadership role and serves as a connection to the Speedwagon Foundation on any kind of supernatural or Stand-related incidents, as well as serving as a mentor and behind the scenes force for the heroes of Parts 4, 5, and 6.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Initially, like his hat (and his grandfather's), the edges of his eyebrows tend to blend and/or join up with his hair... because that's how big they are. They became less ridiculous in Araki's current artstyle.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: The idea that everyone born into the Joestar family has a star-shaped birthmark on the back of their left shoulder was first introduced with Jotaro.
  • Blood Knight: A calmer version of this but Jotaro loves to beat the crap out of people.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: When ZZ (Wheel of Fortune in the dub) supposedly burned Jotaro to death, the surviving Jotaro comes out of a hole he safely hid in, and then comments that if he got killed at that point, who would be the main character of the current series?
    • In addition, at least twice in the series he anticipates opportunities to Quip to Black and instructs his teammates to say something cool before it cuts to commercial.
  • Broken Ace: We learn his marriage and family life crashed and burned because of his social inadequacies and two full-time jobs.
  • But Not Too Foreign: The best example in the series, which is saying something considering how weird the Joestar family tree gets. He's one quarter British and one quarter Italian from his mother's side (all the Joestars up to that point, including Lisa Lisa, were British, and Suzy Q is Italian) and half Japanese from his father's.
  • Calling Your Attacks:
    "STAR FINGER!"
    • Jotaro also has an odd, recursive version of this thanks to video game appearances. Normally, when using Star Platinum's Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs, he simply shouts "ORA ORA ORA!. However, games like All-Star Battle have actually dubbed this move "Ora Ora Ora".
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Jotaro is convinced that everyone can read his motives like a book, so he never bothers to display much emotion or explain himself. So no one has any idea what he's thinking.
  • Captain Obvious: Has some moments. From part 4:
    (stopping in front of a shoe store) "This appears to be a shoe store."
  • Catch-Phrase: "Yare yare daze." Means either "Well, well, well," "Good (freakin') grief," or "Give me a break", depending on the context.
    • A literal translation to English is nigh impossible, but it's a combination of an interjection like "oh" or "well" with an expression of disgust or displeasure, like "tsk" or "jeez". "Oh, bother", "For crying out loud" and the aforementioned examples capture the essence pretty well. The phrase is used to express annoyance, exasperation or sometimes mild surprise, and varies based on context and tone.
    • The dub uses "good grief" for the most part, though "good freakin' grief" is used to fit the lip sync if need be.
  • Chained by Fashion: Part of his outfit in Part 3. Mainly his black jacket.
  • Character Development: He's quick to get into a fight in Stardust Crusaders, and is generally reserved, but does come to obviously enjoy the company of his comrades. By Diamond is Unbreakable, he's wised up significantly, showing a greater amount of restraint along with being more social with other people.
  • Character Tic: Just before decimating his opponent with Star Platinum, Jotaro is likely to draw his right index finger across the brim of his hat.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Star Platinum was mainly used to beat the crap out of anything and anyone with his diamond-hard fists of fury and later to freeze time. In the beginning of the series, Star Platinum had the ability to make things appear out of nowhere, and soon Jotaro's once empty jail cell was filled with random items ranging from small furniture, electronics, books, and other things, even a freakin' exercise bike. Many chapters later during his poker game duel against Daniel D'arby, Jotaro used this skill again in order to throw D'arby off, first making a lit cigarette appear in his mouth then a glass of juice on the table, tricking him into thinking he was cheating with his Stand.
  • Chick Magnet: Throughout his travels in Part 3, he has women throwing themselves at him left and right. After the party grows a bit, they're usually distracted afterward by Kakyoin or Polnareff.
  • Closet Geek: Hardass delinquent he may be, Jotaro's officially listed hobbies skew very nerdy. Not only did he acquire his deductive abilities by obsessively watching Columbo, but he reads technical books about boats and planes for fun, and his favorite movie is a nature film about wolves and caribou. He even goes on to become a marine biologist.
  • Cold Ham: He manages to chew the scenery while still being stoic as possible.
  • The Comically Serious: Many of the funniest moments in the series are based on Jotaro's deadpan reactions to the bizarre things happening around him.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Continuing the tradition from Part 2. Both Joseph and Jotaro are muscular heroes who, despite this, use every trick in the book. However, Joseph is more Hot-Blooded and is essentially a Nice Guy while Jotaro is The Stoic who doesn't even bother with niceties.
  • Cool Uncle: Inverted, he's Josuke's cool nephew.
  • Custom Uniform: Jotaro's school uniform is less a uniform than it is a Badass Longcoat and Nice Hat ensemble that vaguely resembles one.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Jotaro didn't want Jolyne getting mixed up in the supernatural troubles that he's frequently a part of. That and his people skills led to Jolyne resenting him.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: His uniform is black in Stardust crusaders and he has the appearance of a delinquent, but he is actually a good person despite his rough exterior who will move mountains and travel to far off places to protect his loved ones.
    • Jotaro even believed that Star Platinum was an evil spirit because of its dark, menacing appearance, but Star Platinum has helped him fight against other Stand users who use their Stands for more malicious purposes and Star Platinum even has its user’s best interests at heart.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A subtler case, but you can detect some sarcasm in a few of his lines, particularly when he's one-upped a villain.
    Jotaro: (To Terence D'arby) If you want to know if we'll forgive you, why don't you read our souls? (D'arby does so) NO! NO! NO! NO!
  • Death by Irony: Oingo and Boingo's fortune-telling book said that Jotaro would get his face split in half. In spite of their incompetence, that's exactly how he's killed in Stone Ocean.
  • Death Glare: Jotaro is generally good at hiding his rage, but if you manage to break his stoic demeanor, this is what you'll find staring back at you while Star Platinum mercilessly beats you into the dirt.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Noriaki Kakyoin. Justified in that he risked his life to remove the mind control bud from Kakyoin's brain after putting him down.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Vento Aureo, he only has a brief cameo near the beginning of the arc. He becomes more important to the story once more in Stone Ocean.
  • Deuteragonist: He steps down from the main protagonist role in Diamond is Unbreakable, allowing Josuke into the spotlight. He's more important than the other main characters, however, as he shows up in lots of different arcs, and is the one Kira comes to fear after being on the receiving end of a beating from Jotaro that left him crippled. When he returns again in Stone Ocean, he moves into a Tritagonist role.
  • The Dreaded: He was already feared enough in Part 3. And later everybody metaphorically shit themselves due to his fearsome intellect and mastery of one of the most powerful Stands in the setting. Becomes something of a plot point in Part 4; the main antagonist, after a brief skirmish with Jotaro dreads running into him so much that the full potential of his Stand was designed around not wanting to encounter him, or so he says.

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  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: In his debut appearance, his hat is smaller, especially the crown section of the hat. It gets increasingly angular as time goes on, which also affected his hairstyle and his hat eventually appears to blend with his hair.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Jotaro Kujo was kicking ass even since he was a young child without a Stand, as Alessi finds out the hard way.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: Jotaro is easily annoyed by people doing silly things, especially cracking bad jokes. Joseph is frequently responsible for grinding down his patience for acting so goofy half the time.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The moment he discovers his Stand, he decides to stay in jail so he can safely research it in case his power turns out to be too dangerous. This establishes that he's a Badass Bookworm and that he's a good person despite being a delinquent.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas:
    • Despite being callous and generally kind of a jerk, he's willing to go to the depths of Cairo to stop Dio from indirectly killing his mother.
    • Extends to his Grandmother, Suzi Q. When she calls while the crusaders are in a leaking sub, Jotaro calmly makes a point to answer, and to do everything he can to calm her, assuring her that Joseph will be fine because he's with him, and that they will call her back really soon. All this without mentioning that Joseph was just knocked unconscious and that the sub they are in is leaking. Jotaro's interaction with his grandmother is also completely lacking the usual impatience he has for people who get antsy and begin questioning him.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Jotaro casually admits without angst that he's a bad person, but even he has lines he won't cross in his first battle with Kakyoin:
      "Look. No one ever said Jotaro Kujo was a nice guy. I beat the crap out of people, more than I have to; some of them are still in the hospital. I've had idiot teachers who liked to talk big, so I taught them a lesson... and they never came back to class. If I go to a restaurant and the food's bad, I make it a policy to stiff 'em with the bill. But... even a bastard like me can spot true evil when he sees it! True evil are those who use the weak for their own gain, then crush them with their foot when they're through! Especially an innocent woman! And that is exactly what you've done, isn't it?! And your Stand gets to hide from the victim, the law and the consequences! That's why... I will judge you myself!"
    • Played for Laughs. In Eyes of Heaven he calls out Part 2 Joseph for cheating and...cross-dressing.
      "You cross-dress, and you cheat on your wife. I've really had it with you, old man..."
  • Experienced Protagonist: By Parts 4-6, Jotaro has a lot more experience as a Stand User. And that experience also allows him to mentor the rookie Stand Users of Morioh.
  • Expy: Jotaro's capless scenes from the OVA are reminiscent of Kenshiro. May be intentional or not, but if it's any help, Araki himself has stated in interviews that he's a North Star fan.
    • Word of God: Jotaro's personality is based off of Clint Eastwood and the many Western movie characters he plays. This is slightly referenced in the final battle against Dio at the very end.
  • Flower Motifs: An exhibition picture has Jotaro alongside a lone dandelion, which symbolizes sunlight and overcoming obstacles, both of which align with his hero status. It is also a hardy flower which alludes to Jotaro's delinquent background.
  • Foil: To Kakyoin, who's much more calm, analytical and kind, while Jotaro is the foul-mouthed bruiser. The JoJonium interviews go into detail that even the way they wear their gakuran is supposed to represent their differences, with Jotaro, the delinquent, having it wide open and accessorized, and Kakyoin, the honour student, having it tidily buttoned up. Their Stands also contrast, with Star Platinum being short-range and Hierophant Green being long-range.
  • Former Teen Rebel: By Part 4, Jotaro dropped much of his delinquency, has matured, and become successful marine biologist. He's also a Big Brother Mentor to Josuke and most of his friends in part 4, and works closely with the Speedwagon Foundation.
  • Foreshadowing: Jotaro's hat has an emblem with a "halt" or "stop" hand sign. His stand shows the ability to stop time at the end of Stardust Crusaders.
  • Friend to All Children: Implied. For a person who is prone to outbursts towards people he doesn't like, Jotaro is shown to be surprisingly patient with children. He dives after Anne to save her from a shark and Dark Blue Moon both times without hesitation, and never yells at her in spite of her disruptive antics. During the Yellow Temperance battle, he promises to buy a boy a new ice cream after taking one from him despite being in the middle of a fight.
  • Genius Bruiser: He eventually earns a Ph.D. in marine biology, but even in his later years is capable of dishing out a beating.
    • Hell, the guy wrote his dissertation while he was hunting down a Stand using serial killer. He became a doctor on his down time.
  • Guile Hero: Big time. Jotaro doesn't defeat the bad guys by beating the shit out of them, he does it by outsmarting them. He beats the shit out of them after they're defeated.
  • The Hero: Arguably the most active hero in the canon, alongside Joseph - he plays a significant role in three of the stories.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Let's just say people who have the interests as him tend to be rather plain-looking in Real Life compared to him.
  • Heroic Build: Star Platinum is ripped and built much like Jonathan or Joseph in part 2, but Jotaro himself downplays by wearing his school uniform jacket as it doesn't show off his impressive physique. Unlike grandfather and great-great grandfather who show off their muscular bodies.
  • Hidden Depths: Contrary to what one would expect, he is quite intelligent for a violent delinquent, though he admits some of his detective skills come from watching a lot of Columbo. When the group meets her, Enya is hesitant to confront him directly because she knows he might be intelligent enough to see through her deceptions.
    • His favorite film is 'Never Cry Wolf', which speaks volumes about him.
    • David Production is fond of adding little moments like having Jotaro read a Marine Life magazine while waiting for Polnareff's haircut to finish. At least as far the anime is concerned, Jotaro's always been interested in Marine sea life and the sea.
  • Iconic Outfit: Jotaro's chain collared uniform and hat combo. He also retained this style of hat and trench in the next parts.
  • Identical Grandson: To Joseph apparently; so much so that Josuke's mother leapt onto Jotaro with a flying embrace, telling him how much she has missed him.
    • Made odd by the fact that while Jotaro does resemble Joseph when he was 20 years old, Old Joseph in Stardust Crusaders (a mere 5 years after he slept with Miss Higashikata) looks nothing like his younger self.
  • I Never Told You My Name: Jotaro does this to expose Enya as a servant of Dio. He had already gotten suspicious of her when she addressed Joseph by name (she quickly claimed she heard Polnareff address Joseph), then was confirmed at how she knew his own name as it was never uttered by any of the rest of the group nor did he tell her. Enya quickly claims she knew Jotaro's name because she saw him sign his name in the guest book. Jotaro would've slightly believed it, if he didn't sign himself in as "Qtaro", thus exposing her lie.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: It's never explained why Star Platinum (and by extension, Jotaro) is so strong. It just is.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He sets off Josuke after telling the latter's admirers to have their stupid talk about hair later, not knowing that talking shit about his hair is an easy way to ask for a beatdown.
  • In Series Nick Name: Again, JoJo.
  • Internal Homage: Star Platinum looks like an amalgamation of Bruford and the Pillar Men. Additionally, the pattern on his belts is similar to that on Caesar's headband.
  • It's All About Me: Jotaro starts out like this, being completely self absorbed and uncaring of anyone but himself. Fortunately, thanks to his mother and the Crusaders he grows out of this trope learning to care about others.
  • Japanese Delinquents: Interestingly enough, the only time that he apparently went to prison was when he voluntarily walked into a cell.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yes, he's a street punk who disproportionately beats up people, and he's quick to get annoyed by people who fawn over him, but he's ultimately a good guy at heart. His mother alludes to this before she falls into a coma.
    • Goes into Gentle Giant territory when he runs into Josuke's mother when looking for him, despite Tomoko confusing him for Joseph and squeals with tears in his arms, the kind of thing that sends him into a angry shout. He instead calmly breaks that he is not Joseph but is here in place of him, and upon leaving, sincerely offers condolences for the trauma she has recently been through.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: He pulls one of these on DIO with, of all things, a couple of small magnets. During a time stop, DIO discovers a magnet planted on his bracelets that matches one on Jotaro's cuff buttons. He interprets this as a sign that Jotaro really couldn't move during stopped time and that the movement he saw earlier was just magnetic attraction, so he winds up for a swooping blow... only for Jotaro to very definitely move by punching Star Platinum's fist straight through The World's abdomen. In DIO's words:
    "The magnet wasn't there to make me think he could move... it was there to make me think he couldn't!"
  • Legacy Character: The last of the Joestars to answer to the nickname JoJo with the abbreviation becoming a Mythology Gag of sorts in later chapters.
  • Leitmotif: During the anime, you just know a beatdown is to come when you hear the song "Stardust Crusaders" playing as Steely Dan found out the hard way. He even retains this in Part 4.
  • Ludicrous Melee Accuracy: Star Platinum is not only strong and fast, it has the Super Senses and motor precision to do things like surgically remove a brain-infesting parasite with no medical training, master the timing in a baseball video game in minutes, and stop and start a human heart by hand.
  • Man in White: In Diamond is Unbreakable and Vento Aureo when he's seen during his cameo in the latter part, as he has switched from a black coat, black hat, black pants and shoes to a white version of the aforementioned clothing artifacts. with only his shirt retaining any sort of actual color. in the live-action Part 4 movie, even his shirt (worn underneath his coat) has been changed to being gray to fit with his apparel of choice. with only his belts and shoes providing any contrast.
  • Meaningful Name: Besides being called JoJo, the "-taro" in Jotaro's name is a reference to the tarot cards in part 3.
  • Mission Control: To Koichi in Part 5.

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  • Nerves of Steel: Able to bluff Daniel J. D'Arby into folding a game of poker for the souls of himself and everyone he loves through his sheer confidence, when Daniel had the entire adventuring-party dead to all rights holding Four Kings while JoJo didn't even have a hand period.
  • Nice Hat: Although just a school boy's cap, Jotaro's fashioned a few charms to it. However, the main reason why it's cool is because of how it's missing the back. Then again, over the course of the series, the exact place the hat ends and hair begins becomes so blurred, it eventually becomes a part of his head.
    • Exaggerated in the recent adaptation, where it almost seems to be literally that. Not only Jotaro not lose his hat while he was drowning in a whirlpool, he later congratulates N'Doul for managing to knock it off with a claw made of water, even Lampshading the previous run-in with water.
      • When he recovers his hat after his battle with N'Doul, we can see that only the rearmost part of the hat is actually ripped off, making this property all the stranger.
      • Araki himself said in an interview that Jotaro's hat is a part of himself, which is why he never intentionally takes it off. It also makes him easy to recognize even when viewed from behind.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In the final battle with DIO, he gains the advantage and set to finish him off. He does his usual throttle move...only to inadvertently knock DIO to where Joseph is. DIO quickly drains Joseph of his blood and gains full control of Jonathan's body which increases him power. A VERY BIG mistake.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His design and moves have a bit of a Michael Jackson influence to it. Word of God says he's also based on Clint Eastwood. In part 4, he also bears some resemblence to Humphrey Bogart.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He killed DIO to rescue his mother from dying, but this would lead to his own death at the hands of Pucci, DIO's best friend.
  • Nominal Hero: Has shades of it early on, where he's given something of a foul-mouthed, misogynistic streak. It's pretty much forgotten after the first few episodes, but was an unusual aspect of his character nonetheless.
  • Non-Indicative Name: There's Magician Red, Silver Chariot, Hierophant Green, Hermit Purple, in EVERY media, Star Platinum has been coloured green, blue and even purple! Not a single trace of being colored silver or white, although the wispy white aura his Stand gives off in the live-action film might be a way of explaining his Stand's name.
  • No Social Skills: Even after he stops swearing at people he has trouble picking up social cues and understanding what he's supposed to do in social interaction. Koichi comments that attempting small talk with Jotaro is even more uncomfortable than hanging out with Rohan.
  • Not Good with People: A bit more patient with animals than he is with people. This kind of attitude, unfortunately, cost the love of his daughter.
    Jotaro: (to Koichi) Eh, he [Josuke] deserved it. If you don't wanna get unnecessary attention, you [must] stop dressing like that... and that hair... I'm rather pissed at the kid as well. The turtle got killed and he didn't do a thing about it.
  • Not So Stoic: He freaks out when his mother tries to get out of bed after she's affected by Dio's curse and laughs with Kakyoin and Polnareff when they find out Arabia Fats's weakness. Later he gets furious when he sees Joseph killed in front of him, and when Dio drains his blood.
  • Oh, Crap!: Noticing that Pucci can see inside his stopped time is shown to visibly disconcert him.
  • Older and Wiser: When he returns in Diamond Is Unbreakable, he's more level-headed and less explosive than during his younger days.
  • Older Than They Look: He appears to get younger later in the series, in spite of having a teenage daughter. Having the power of a Stand slows aging and apparently makes you younger in Jotaro's case.
  • One-Liner: One of the few cracks in his extremely stoic personality is his love of delivering hammy and downright cheesy one-liners to people he's intent on beating up. Because of this, some fans have guessed that the reason he's so silent is due to thinking up new one-liners all the time.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • If Jotaro stops caring about looking "cool" during a fight (e.g. losing The Stoic attitude and his one-liners), it probably means his opponent has REALLY screwed up and he's done holding back for the sake of style. For example, towards the end of Stardust Crusaders, Jotaro has an uncharacteristic moment of It's Personal right before he prepares to make his opponent a Man on Fire:
      "You know, normally I hate to kick a guy when he's down on his luck, but with you I don't give a damn. You killed my friends and countless innocent bystanders, so don't expect any mercy."
    • However, this is played with when he faces off with Yoshikage Kira in Diamond Is Unbreakable and almost seems to power up as he tosses out one-liners and strikes a pose with his hat. A few fans have proposed that he's actually flashing back to his Stardust Crusaders days.
      "That's a nice watch. But I'll break it so you can never see the time on it again... and by that, I mean I'll break your face."
      "Upon closer inspection... good grief. What an ugly watch. But you won't have to worry about that anymore, because your face is going to end up... even uglier."
  • Papa Wolf: One of the few times his stoicism breaks and he shows any emotion is when his daughter is attacked. He also tried to keep her away from the insanity that is the Joestar lifestyle at the cost of their relationship.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He has two settings: impassive and angry.
  • Power Up Let Down: Star Platinum: The World's time stoppage isn't as good as it sounds. It was a gamebreaker in Dio's hands because his Vampire stamina allowed him to hold the time-stop for a consistent 5-10 seconds and actually accomplish something in that time with his super-speed and super-strength. Jotaro doesn't have the constitution to use it for longer than a few seconds on average (though he can push himself if desperate), nor can he spam it like Dio could, and can only get in a couple of free attacks. He has to be a lot more strategic about using it. Somewhat subverted in that, given Star Platinum's insane speed, precision and diamond-shattering strength, there's untold devastation he could wreak in those few frozen seconds.
  • The Promise: When Steely Dan takes Joseph hostage with his Stand, preventing Jotaro from attacking him. Steely Dan takes horrible advantage of this by abusing and humiliating Jotaro, knowing he can't attack him since he'd injure Joseph in the process. Jotaro promises that once Kakyoin and Polnareff rid Joseph of The Lovers Stand, he will beat the shit out of Dan for all the crap he pulled. Jotaro even went as far as to record every offense Dan inflicted upon him in order to pay him back. Once Steely Dan gets incapacitated, Jotaro delivers on his promise that he'd pay, with interest, and pummels him to death via Star Platinum's Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs.
  • Rage Breaking Point: DIO, we know you were desperate, but you really shouldn't have drained Joseph.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: ORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
  • Rated M for Manly: The manliest 17 year-old you'll ever see.
  • Reincarnation: In the 2000s OVA Jotaro is implied to be a reincarnated Jonathan.
  • Real Men Hate Affection: Deconstructed in Part 6. Stone Ocean shows that if you persist on being an emotionally-lacking fencepost who doesn't smile, cry, hug your children, and tell them that you love them, they will grow up to HATE you. In other words, emotionless and cynical Nineties Anti Heroes grow up to be loser-fathers if they remain emotionless and cynical Nineties Anti Heroes into adulthood.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Wears a purple tanktop under his jacket in Part 3. Averted in the anime, where it's more into the dull-green territory.
    • Played Straight in Diamond Is Unbreakable's Anime Adaption, where his second outfit has a dark pink shirt, along with the trench coat being a slightly lighter shade of dark pink on the inside.
  • Refusal of the Call: In the first episode of the anime, Joseph tries to recruit Jotaro to fight against DIO. Jotaro's reaction to the story pretty much sold it, especially when he found out that his own mother was ill.
    What do you want me to say? "Okay gramps, let's go find this DIO!" Who would believe such an absurd story?!

    S-Z 
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black
    • Lampshaded when asked why he and Kakyoin are still wearing theirs on a road trip to Egypt:
    "We're students, so we should look like students."
    • It comes up again shortly after the heroes defeat ZZ. Jotaro had sacrificed his jacket to make ZZ think an attack had succeeded. As they're headed through Pakistan, Joseph expresses amazement that Jotaro was able to get a Japanese student jacket there. Jotaro simply replies, " 100% Sheep wool" - he had one woven.
  • Series Mascot: Out of all the JoJos, he has the most appearances, having appeared in every part since his introduction, he's usually in a major supporting role. America-wise, he's the first character that is brought up when people think of the series and is recognized by most fans as the absolute most badass protagonist of the series.
  • Sherlock Scan: Showing that the hyper awareness isn't limited to his stand, he shows this in Part 4, making a series of accurate deductions about Kira just from the jacket he saw hanging on a coat rack. From this Jotaro guesses his age range, height, income, profession type and that Kira is unmarried. All those deductions are accurate. And true.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: He is barely scratched in most of his battles and tends to have the most stylish or impressive finishers.
  • Signature Sound Effect: Two for Star Platinum. When he simply closes his fist, the sound of a pretty nasty punch plays. When he's actually beating the shit out of you, it sounds like automatic shotgun fire.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Does not exactly have the cleanest mouth in his teen years — not even his own mother is safe.
    Joseph: Jotaro, don't you dare call your mom a bitch! And, Holly, stop smiling when he calls you that!"
  • Skyward Scream: Not Jotaro, being too stoic to even flinch when barely dodging a lethal headshot, but Star Platinum surely isn't averse to it.
  • Slasher Smile: Star Platinum displays an impressive example before he beats up Alessi.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Cool enough to drive an opponent into insanity, even.
  • So Proud of You: During the final fight in Part 4 against Kira that had the tables turned around thanks to Koichi, he comments that he grew so much since he had first met him.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name's romaji is meant to have extended vowels; thus it's meant to be romanized fully as "Joutarou Kuujou".
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The first JoJo people think about in this series is Jotaro. Especially so in America, as Part 3 and the Capcom game based on it are the only things from the series officially translated into English. Hilarously, Jotaro himself is upstaged in Part 3 by Polnareff.
  • Static Character: When all things are considered, Jotaro in part 3 is hardly developed in comparison to his Grandfather Joseph, and his Uncle Josuke. However, much like Jonathan, this is not considered a bad thing, as Jotaro's awesomeness is why he's well loved.
  • Strong and Skilled: He's exceptionally clever, has one of the strongest, fastest Stands in the series, and can manifest it within his own body to give himself Super Strength, Super Toughness, and Master of Your Domain abilities. He can be thought of as a combination of the previous JoJos: whereas Jonathan powered through his fights and Joseph tended to win through strategy, Jotaro finishes his fights by first outsmarting his opponents, then hauling out Star Platinum to deliver a beating.
  • Talk to the Fist: Jotaro uses Star Platinum to do this on defeated mooks begging for mercy, but the most notable was against Alessy. After de-aging Jotaro into a kid, Alessy began taunting how he's now a helpless child since he doesn't have Star Platinum before coming in for what he thought would be an easy kill. Cue Kid Jotaro punching a surprised Alessandro in the face hard enough to knock out a tooth.
  • Tarot Motifs: The Star card has many positive connotations associated with heroism, such as hope, good omens, and peace after the storm. This tells the audience that despite Jotaro's angry outward appearance, he is still the virtuous hero of the story. Also, Jotaro is the "star" of Stardust Crusaders.
  • The Stoic: He doesn't think showing emotions is necessary because he assumes people can tell what he feels by looking at him. Understandably, this causes misunderstandings with people, including with his own daughter, who assumed he didn't care about her.
    • When playing an incredibly high stakes poker game, his opponent, a skilled gambler and cheater, is completely unable to get a bead on Jotaro's poker face, which just so happens to be his default expression that he wears all day
    • The part three finale where Jotaro is just as tearful as his companions when they have to say goodbye.
    • The face he pulls when Jolyne is wounded before his eyes in the fight against Jongalli A could best be described as pure homicidal rage. Yes, even Jotaro can be a Papa Wolf.
  • Tearful Smile: Of all people, Jotaro smiles with tears in his eyes along side both Joseph and Polnareff as the three embrace and share a heartfelt goodbye at the airport in the part three finale.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Star Platinum is so powerful that a dozen or so blows from it is enough to make an enemy go down for the count. Jotaro never throws anything less than hundreds of blows.
  • Tranquil Fury: This is his defining character trait in part 3. Underneath his near permanent stoic exterior Jotaro is very easily pissed off. DIO's assassins constantly trying to kill him doesn't help much in this department. During his battle with Dio, Jotaro often monologued about how pissed off he was and even credits his victory to that, yet the entire time he looked fairly cold and calculated as usual, to the point he lets the battle end in a honourable Quick Draw. Even when he mellows out in part 4 he falls back into this several times, most famously during his beatdown of Kira after Killer Queen almost blew him to pieces and punched a hole in Koichi's chest.
    • His Voice Actor, Daisuke Ono, says remembering this was a key component to voicing the character properly. He said that Jotaro was someone who was cool on the outside, but internally was "white hot".
  • Triple Shifter: Not only is Jotaro a research professor, he's also heavily involved with the Speedwagon Foundation's work and investigations. His personal life has suffered for it.
  • Unstoppable Rage: After DIO drank Joseph's blood, he essentially was unbeatable. Or rather he would have been, if this hadn't been Jotaro's final straw.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Or so Holly would like to think. She seems to be viewing memories of her son's childhood through rose-colored glasses. However, when Alessi de-aged him to about seven years old, Jotaro was still capable of seriously pounding him, and still had his not-accepting-any-nonsense mentality. Which, given the way Set works, he must have had theses traits when he was a little kid. It's possible that he was always a mix of sweet and uncompromising, and the "uncompromising" part just worked its way to prominence without Holly taking account of it. Either that or Holly is simply in denial or a big case of being an Open-Minded Parent.
    • We do see pictures of a younger Jotaro smiling next to his mother, which lends support to the former theory.
    • Considering that we don't know the role Sadao played in Jotaro's childhood and prominent theories that he's a When You Coming Home, Dad?, a lot of fans like to connect the dots and say Jotaro grew up pissed off at his dad for being absent all the time and it drove him to delinquency.
      • Set's power affected its victims' bodies instantly, but their minds gradually (as seen with Polnareff's memory "resetting" back to childhood over time). So another possibility might be that Jotaro still possessed his normal mental faculties and beat the snot out of Alessi before his mind regressed.
  • Vacuum Mouth: This is what he used in order to finish Enya and her Stand Justice.
  • Vocal Evolution: Daisuke's original voice for Star Platinum in All-Star Battle had a slightly deeper and more subdued pitch than his Anime version, where it's more like he's yelling in his lowest pitch and sounds more like Jotaro.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Compare him with his mom and especially his grandfather.
  • Weirdness Magnet: On top of being subject to the "stand users attract other stand users" rule, Jotaro also painted a bullseye on himself when he killed a highly charismatic vampire with many devoted followers. This eventually became enough of an issue that he divorced his wife.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: His own father wasn't around often, due to being a jazz musician that was frequently on tour. Not that he seems to resent him for this, but he clearly didn't understand most people need a dad while growing up. This affects his and Jolyne's relationship in Stone Ocean, as he just sort of assumed that his daughter would inherently know that his almost constant absence was to keep her and her mother out of the Stand-related trouble he regularly dealt with.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Oh, hell yes. Given his Breakout Character infamy, in any material that covers multiple stories of the series, he is given top billing as the JoJo.
  • World's Strongest Man: Not physically himself, but his Stand, Star Platinum, is reputed to be one of the strongest Stands around, and that's without taking its time stopping ability into account. Only DIO, Josuke, Okuyasu, Akira Otoishi, Bruno Bucciarati and Diavolo have Stands that can match it in pure physical strength.
  • Worthy Opponent: Of DIO's followers, the ones Jotaro ended up gaining the most respect for as worthy adversaries were N'doul and D'Arby.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: During the Egypt Arc in Stardust Crusaders, Boingo makes a prediction using Thoth that Jotaro would die by having his face split in two. However, Oingo is seemingly the true victim of Thoth's prediction whilst disguised as Jotaro. Then as shown later on in Diamond is Unbreakable (due to Bites the Dust) and Stone Ocean Jotaro dies with the same split in his face from Thoth's initial prediction, meaning that Jotaro was always destined to die that way, it just took longer then Boingo expected.
  • You Don't Look Like You: In the prequel OVAs made in 2000. Seriously, if it weren't for his outfit, Jotaro would look like a completely different character.
  • You Won't Like Me When I'm Angry: Holy shit. Most people would be wise not to do anything to piss him off.
  • Younger Than They Look: He doesn't look at all 17 in Part 3. This makes his appearance in Part 6 ironic, as he does actually look like as old as he should have been in Part 3.

    Star Platinum: The World 
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"Ora Ora Ora!"

Named after the Star card of the tarot, Star Platinum is a short-ranged Stand with extreme precision, speed and strength. Upon its sudden awakening, Jotaro came to believe he was possessed by an evil spirit and surrendered himself to local jail before his grandfather taught him about Stands. Star Platinum is not a sentient stand.


  • The Ace: Widely considered among the best Stands around, to the point many antagonists from part 3 and part 4 are afraid to go near Jotaro due to Star Platinum. Kira outright states that he created Bites the Dust so he wouldn't run into Jotaro and Akira stated that he didn't want to deal with Jotaro's ability to stop time as it would make Star Platinum more than a match for Red Hot Chili Pepper.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: A Downplayed Example, considering Star Platinum is not a sentient Stand, but in the manga, it shows a wide variety of expressions, including evil smiles. In the anime, Star Platinum is portrayed mostly as serious just as its user besides the occasional Slasher Smile Played for Laughs
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Star Platinum can make a perfect photocopy of a microscopically sized fly in a photograph, that no other Stand or technology could find. That plus the fact that it was able to find said fly within all the ambient darkness in the first place.
  • Barbarian Long Hair: Star Platinum has it, more noticeably in the OVAs.
  • Blood Knight: Star Platinum seems to be this, keeping an emotionless face, but when he's punching the daylights out of something, his expression shows he is having an absolute blast. This is mostly in the manga, whereas in the anime he continues to show no clear emotion. Though if his Slasher Smile before beating the daylights out of Steely Dan and Alessi is any indication, he's just hiding it more than his manga counterpart.
  • Boring, but Practical: In a series full of Stands that can shoot fire, shoot water-propelled emeralds, and so on, for the most part, Star Platinum's schtick is that it can punch really hard, really fast. That said, it can punch really hard, really fast using fists as strong as diamonds. Gets more awesomeness later on, when Jotaro discovers that he, like Dio, can stop time. Star Platinum also has good precision, which helped remove a flesh bud from Kakyoin and Polnareff, something that Joseph and Avdol previously thought was about impossible, and has incredibly good eyesight which is a boon in long-range encounters or helping to figure out where Dio was hiding out.
  • The Dreaded: Not for no reason do most villains in Stardust Crusaders and especially Diamond Is Unbrekable fear a direct confrontation with Star Platinum so much that they do everything they can to actively avoid it; it's one of the most powerful Stands around, with a lot of strengths and no actual weaknesses to speak of, which is further compounded by the fact that its Stand User is a Badass Normal with a sharp cunning mind, a coldly pragmatic approach to combat, and lots of experience.
  • Extendable Arms: One of Star Platinum's earlier abilities is Star Finger, where Jotaro focuses all his power into Star Platinum's hand to extend its fingers.
  • Flight: By virtue of being a ghostly entity, Star Platinum is capable of floating around and even flying in the air with impunity.
  • Flying Brick: Star Platinum passively hovers in midair, and has superhuman speed, strength, durability, senses, and breathing power and capacity.
  • Heroic Build: Star Platinum is ripped, and he has the strength to prove it. Even throughout Araki's Art Evolution when his drawings had his characters become progressively skinnier, Star Platinum managed to stay ripped.
  • Glass Cannon: By the events of Stone Ocean, Star Platinum's durability took a significant downgrade due to Jotaro's age.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: With Star Platinum's superhuman eyesight, Jotaro can make some really good long distance throws.
  • In a Single Bound: Star Platinum himself can more or less fly, but like other Stand-users Jotaro can only channel his strength in bursts that allow him to leap.
  • Intangibility: Star Platinum is usually a ghostly presence, but can be become rock solid whenever Jotaro feels like it. It's not really useful for anything other than making him portable, until Jotaro is able to channel Star Platinum within his body. At which point, Jotaro can use it to manipulate his insides or to defend from internal damage.
  • Kiai: "ORA ORA ORA ORA!"
  • Large Ham: In stark constrast to Jotaro.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Star Platinum hits really hard, can take as much as it dishes out, and is among the fastest Stands in the series even without factoring in the Time-Stop ability.
  • No Indoor Voice: Even for a Stand, he still manages to be extremely loud while shouting out his Kiai. It's a miracle on how Daisuke Ono, or any of his voice actors, somehow managed to not damage his vocal chords while voicing him.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Although the coloring is inconsistent, certain depictions of Star Platinum, such as in the anime and manga, have lots of purple in its color scheme. Fitting enough for what is possibly the most powerful of all Stands.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs:ORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
  • Roar Before Beating: Star Platinum's ORA! in the final dub, while recognizable, is a lot less distinct and makes him sound like a wild animal. Given that rapid-fire Kiai are easier to perform in Japanese and that they're not usually played seriously in English media, this comes off as a Pragmatic Adaptation.
  • Super Reflexes: In its debut, Star Platinum showed itself to be capable of catching a bullet that was fired from a gun at merely a few centimeters away from Jotaro's head. It is neither an Automatic Stand nor a Sentient one, and at that point Jotaro was not consciously controlling it like an experienced Stand User would, therefore it was operating solely on raw reaction speed to active threats rather than anticipated ones. It continued to demonstrate similarly prodigious reflexes in later battles with other Stand Users.
  • Super Senses: It has really good eyesight, so much that it can spot a miniscule fly in a photograph despite it being practically invisible to the naked human eye not only due to its nigh-microscopic size in the image, but also the atrocious lighting conditions of the environment it was photographed in.
  • Super Speed: Can move almost instantaneously; for instance, he can retrieve items fast enough to make it seem like they teleported into Jotaro's hand and can match Silver Chariot strike-for-strike. This or the momentum caused by this may be what allows him to continue moving when time is stopped.
  • Super Strength: Star Platinum destroyed High Priestess's teeth, which were said to be as hard as diamonds, and, in the OVA, lifted and threw a small building after ripping it off the tower it was standing on. It's worth noting that although diamond is exceptionally hard, it's also relatively brittle, making the feat less impressive than it sounds on paper.
  • Super Toughness: Star Platinum's strength allows it to withstand incredible force from enemy attacks, making it a very terrifying Stand to face. Also, Jotaro is eventually able to activate Star Platinum inside of him, which gives him a generous buffer against damage. The same effect is otherwise achieved by reflexively summoning the Stand right between him and whatever is about to hit him.
  • Time Stands Still: While fighting Dio in the final arc of Stardust Crusaders, Jotaro discovers that Star Platinum has the power to stop time for a few seconds, just like Dio's Stand, The World.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Inverted. While Star Platinum is considered The Ace in Stardust Crusaders and Diamond is Unbreakable, by Stone Ocean, Jotaro's age made Star Platinum generally weaker.
  • Vacuum Mouth: In order to defeat Justice, the seemingly invincible Stand of Enya the Hag, Star Platinum inhales in huge amounts of air in the process of literally vacuuming Justice into its lungs and then trapping it there. As Justice had been practically filling the entire room, that amounts to a volume of air far above the ability of a human to inhale, implying SP's lungs (or its analogue for such) have an unambiguously superhuman capacity for compressing inhaled air.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Star Platinum is very durable, can be channeled within and around Jotaro for protection, and is otherwise just a Lightning Bruiser with limited range and no other abilities until he learns to stop time. Applying Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs tactically is the key to his success in his final battle of Part 3 against DIO.
  • Worf Had the Flu: In Diamond Is Unbreakable, Star Platinum could only maintain time stop for only two seconds instead of the normal five, due to Jotaro's lack of usage of it over the years. This prevents the time stop from being too much of a Story-Breaker Power. He regains its maximum time limit by the end of Stone Ocean due to Star Platinum becoming a Glass Cannon.

"Yare yare daze..."

Alternative Title(s): Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Jotaro

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