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Jonathan Joestar (Dormant Stand: Unnamed Precognitive Stand note )
Young Jonathan voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (TV anime), Kazuya Nakai (Phantom Blood video game), Johnny Yong Bosch (English)
Adult Jonathan voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (TV anime, All-Star Battle, J-Stars Victory Vs, and Eyes of Heaven), Jurota Kosugi (OVA), Hideyuki Tanaka (Phantom Blood video game), Katsuyuki Konishi (Phantom Blood film) (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English)
Jonathan Joestar, nicknamed JoJo. Just a 12-year-old boy minding his own business in 1880s Victorian England. One day, his father announces that Dio Brando is moving in with them, and Dio proceeds to push him out of his father's favor and ruin his life in every way possible. Jonathan, however, puts up with Dio, managing to get beyond it all and become an archaeologist. He researches a Mesoamerican stone mask that was in his father's collection, that, at first, appears to be a trap that kills the wearer. JoJo then finds out that Dio plans to kill his father and races to get an antidote from the evil Wang Chan with his newfound friend Robert E. O. Speedwagon. After getting the cure, the two men save JoJo's father and fight Dio, who, during the fight, shows that he has used the mask on himself and not died but become a vampire, and burns down Jonathan's house and escapes. JoJo and Speedwagon meet the Italian William Antonio Zeppeli, who teaches JoJo the vampire-killing fighting style Hamon to beat Dio. JoJo, Speedwagon, and Zeppeli go to a European village and face off with Dio.
- The Ace: Achieved mastery of Hamon, a skill that usually takes a lifetime, within the span of a month. Aside from this, he's also a well educated man who excelled in his studies as well as in physical activities. His only rival in pretty much anything is Dio.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the 2012 anime, Jonathan is given blue hair as opposed to the brown hair he and the rest of his family have in the manga. Most likely this was in order to physically differentiate Jonathan from his Identical Grandson Joseph.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: When he grows up. We don't see much of it, though, because he's too busy fighting vampires.
- Affectionate Nickname: Inverted with Erina, who switches from calling him by his nickname "JoJo" to his real name Jonathan after marrying him.
- Alliterative Name: Jonathan Joestar.
- All-Loving Hero: As expected for a traditional shonen hero, but taken Up to Eleven. He even tries to see the best in Dio, a man who did everything possible to destroy Jonathan's life. This doesn't change even after Dio nearly murders his wife and child. In fact, it's clear that he still cares for Dio even as he burns to death in a sinking ship and Dio is stealing his body.
- Animal Motifs: In Tonpetty's prediction, he is compared to a lion. It's not a far-fetched comparison, as the mature Jonathan acquired many of the attributes commonly given to a lion: he's strong, noble and courageous.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Joestar.
- Badass Adorable: A well-mannered, sincere, sweet-tempered, and kind-hearted Boy Next Door.
- Badass Baritone: In the Phantom Blood movie where he is voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi. Inverted in the anime, where he's voiced by tenors Kazuyuki Okitsu and Johnny Yong Bosch (English dub), but remains a badass.
- Badass Bookworm: Studied and published articles on archaeology in college.
- Badass Cape: He wore one extensively as he traversed the streets of London.
- Badass Family: Up to Eleven. He was the only badass Joestar of his era, but his family basically Took a Level in Badass with each successive generation.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Spends the majority of Phantom Blood dressed in Victorian gentlemen's clothes. The only time he's not is during his climactic battle with Dio in the castle.
- Badass Normal: Before getting his Hamon abilities, he already was a strong fighter. In fact, he handed vampirized Dio a defeat despite not knowing Hamon at the time. He's the only main JoJo to never get a Stand eithernote , making him the most "normal" fighter of them all. He's also without a doubt the biggest physical fighter of all the main series JoJo's.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Despite being the kindest and most purehearted Jojo, even Jonathan can be terrifying when pushed too far. Dio learns this firsthand after he messes with Erina, leading to Jonathan furiously beating the bastard until he cries.Jonathan: (headbutts Dio, and repeatedly punches him) DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOOO!Dio: I-impossible...!Jonathan: (continues whaling on him) I'M GOING TO BEAT YOU 'TIL YOU CRY LIKE A BABY, DIO!
- Big Man on Campus: One of the best students of his school alongside Dio, athletic, and popular. He more than qualifies.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Being a Kenshiro expy he ought to have these.
- Birthmark of Destiny: Carries the star-shaped birthmark as other members of the Joestar family. But he's the one that serves as the hero of the first part.
- Bishōnen: Later illustrations make◊ him look much more slender and pretty.◊
- Boisterous Bruiser: In his younger days, he was this with his frequent fun-loving nature and his fiery willpower. When he's grown up, he remains a calmer personality, but still maintains his hot-bloodedness
- Boxing Battler: He's a trained boxer, even before he gains Hamon.
- Brave Scot: Owing to his family heritage as well as his chivalry.
- Butt-Monkey: Dio turned his younger days into a living hell just because "he was in the way". And even before that, on his very first appearance, he got the tar beaten out of him by two random bullies who picked on Erina, simply because he was the member of a rich family.
- Cain and Abel: Since Dio is his adopted brother, Jonathan is the Abel to Dio's Cain. The rivalry between the two leads to Dio attempting to stab JoJo and use his blood to activate the Stone Mask.
- Calling Your Attacks: Has the most out of all the JoJos.SUNLIGHT YELLOW OVERDRIVE!
- Cool Sword: He gets Bruford's Luck and Pluck. And uses it quite well to defeat Dio.
- Cosmic Plaything: To the point where you think that Araki personally hates him.
- Cultured Badass: He is THE gentleman of the Joestar family.
- Deader Than Dead: He's shot through the neck and bleeds out, before Dio decapitates him and takes over his body. As a result, there are no Back from the Dead or Spirit Advisor moments from Jonathan for the remainder of the series.
- Decoy Protagonist: Counts as this for the entire rest of the series, having the shortest and easiest-to-explain part, while it's next to impossible to discuss the rest of the series without bringing up his untimely fate and the subsequent jump ahead a few decades. The bulk of the series focuses on his descendants.
- Defeat Means Friendship: His defeat of Speedwagon, his first enemy, earned him a loyal friendship that lasted over not just one but multiple generations of the Joestar family.
- Denied Food as Punishment: After one slip-up too many at the dinner table, George has a servant take away the rest of Jonathan's meal as punishment for his poor manners.
- Determinator: Zeppeli stated that one of the reasons he could master Hamon in so little time was due to this characteristic. Dio realizes this is why he is so dangerous; no matter how much is thrown at him, Jonathan simply comes back stronger; and even when he gets beaten down, he keeps pushing on bravely, like when he defended Erina and got beaten up because of that.
- The Dog Bites Back: He's initially too timid to stand up to Dio, who went above and beyond to make his life miserable. All that changes when Dio steals Erina's first kiss just to spite and hurt him; Jonathan snaps, confronts Dio at the mansion, and beats him to a bloody pulp, actually driving him to tears.
- Dork Knight: Was quite a dork as a youth. He still has his moments as an adult, such as towards the end of Part 1 when he invites Erina (who he just married) to dinner, only to hit his head on the door because he's so tall.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: After being mortally wounded, he saves the lives of his wife, unborn son, and future daughter-in-law, the mother and mentor of his grandson Joseph from Dio, who he manages to trap under the sea for 100 years. In doing so, he ensures the Joestar bloodline will always be there to fight evil and protect the world.
- Empowered Badass Normal: A formidable boxer before he learned Hamon.
- Expy: He's over six feet tall and his body composition is mainly tightly-packed muscle. He's nice as a Boy Scout to people he meets. He also makes people explode; in his case, he does it to vampires by his fists of sunlight. Put all that together, and you get a serious Kenshiro expy. In the anime, he dresses and poses similarly too. Of course, since Araki himself has admitted that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure was partly inspired by Fist Of The North Star (especially in its early stages), it makes sense that the first JoJo would resemble Kenshiro a bit.
- Fighting from the Inside: Even though he's long dead by the time Stardust Crusaders rolls around, his body is still actively fighting back against DIO's control. Even after a century, DIO mentions that his body is still giving him trouble and he can't control it as well as he'd like. On top of that, DIO senses that Jonathan's body is sending out a distress signal to his descendants. This trope's presence is more apparent when DIO feeds on Joseph's blood — after doing so, DIO notices that his scars are healing much faster and the duration of his time stop ability jumps from 5 seconds to 9. If he had full control and Jonathan's body wasn't fighting back, DIO's time stop would likely have overwhelmed the Crusaders at the start of the fight.
- Genius Bruiser: His large size might give you the impression that he's a meathead, but he is quite intelligent, having majored in archaeology and become one of the top students at his university. He also is quite resourceful in a fight despite being Unskilled, but Strong.
- Gentle Giant: 195 centimeters (6'5") tall and heavily muscled, but polite as a Boy Scout crossed with a choir boy. He's so well mannered he uses the polite, non-threatening masculine personal pronoun "boku" to refer to himself, rather than the coarse, rude "ore" that Shounen manga leads are expected to use based on the genre.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: Once again, the gentleman of the Joestar bloodline, and he was a very good university student and became an archaeologist.
- Good Is Not Soft: He may be a gentleman, but he doesn't let off evil easily; notably, he has Doobie's own snakes attack him and that's not even getting into how he beat Dio for humiliating his possible lover.
- Go Out with a Smile: As he dies from the wounds Dio inflicted on him, he smiles, both at Erina, and Dio himself.
- Greater-Scope Paragon: His Heroic Sacrifice ensures the Joestar line will survive to combat evil in the future, and no matter how different the other JoJos are, they all carry that same heroic spirit even if they aren't aware of it. He also inspired Speedwagon to pull a HeelFace Turn, which leads the latter to form the Speedwagon Foundation, an organization that helps the heroes throughout the rest of the series.
- Grew a Spine: He was constantly beaten up and humiliated by Dio, but was too timid to stand up to him. When Dio steals the first kiss of Jonathan's Love Interest Erina, and then attacked her for immediately washing her mouth out with a muddy puddle, this was the final straw: Jonathan personally confronted Dio at the mansion and beat him so brutally that Dio actually burst into tears.
- Guile Hero: Its not as pronounced as with his descendants, but Jonathan does win multiple battles because he thinks of something his opponents didnt.
- Happily Married: He marries Erina after defeating Dio. If only for five days, the poor man.
- The Hero: His resolve to protect his family kicks off the whole story.
- The Hero Dies: Dies at the end of Phantom Blood after being fatally wounded by Dio. But not before he uses his last strength to trap Dio and allowing Erina to escape.
- Heroes Love Dogs: His most beloved childhood companion was Danny, his Great Dane. The two weren't just master and dog, they were best friends.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Jonathan inherits Bruford's sword, "Luck" (which was renamed to "Luck and Pluck" by Bruford himself before giving it to JoJo, as a recognition to his valor) and he goes on to use the blade (charged with Hamon no less) in his attempt to vanquish Dio.
- Heroic Build: The original art style Araki used made him look incredibly ripped. His physique had been downplayed or even removed in later illustrations due to Art Evolution. Sometimes, this is taken to an illogical extreme. There are some full-body images of him that make it look like his head's too small for his body.
- Honor Before Reason: The only JoJo protagonist to be completely honorable. All of the others are Anti Heroes and Combat Pragmatists, who were willing to hit girls.
- Hot-Blooded: Not as much so as Joseph, but he does like shouting. Especially when he goes all out in battle with him screaming at the top of his lungs.
- Iconic Outfit: His most well known outfit is a close-fitted tank top with capped sleeves, along with a pair of very skin tight pants. The anime version replaces them with leather pauldrons.
- Ideal Hero: Jonathan is very much a gentleman, and firmly believes there is good in people, as well as believing in Honor Before Reason. Unfortunately, this makes him Genre Blind as he fails to see the Genre Shift until it's literally in his face.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes:
- If the page image of him wasn't any tipoff, in the volume covers, he's seen wearing unbelievably amazing clothing. However, the clothes he wore, like many, many others in Hirohiko-brand fashion, gave up practicality for fabulousness. Doesn't make them any less awesome in the long run.
- The clothes he wore in the actual story were much less showy and more practical than what he wore in the volume covers and chapter art. But they still look pretty nice.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: No matter how many terrible deeds Dio does to ruin his life, Jonathan never breaks and changes who he is. Even to the end of his life, he never bore true hatred towards his adopted brother and tried to see the best in him.
- In-Series Nickname: JoJo.
- Instant Expert: Masters Hamon in half a freaking day when it takes a lifetime for pretty much anyone else in Part 1.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Not in a literal sense, but he ultimately proves himself to be a truly pure-hearted hero who champions the weak and innocent, especially females in distress.
- Light 'em Up: SUNLIGHT YELLOW OVERDRIVE!
- Lonely Rich Kid: Jonathan was one, being ostracized because of his wealth and only having his dog for a friend.Then Dio came along...
- Making a Splash: Turquoise Blue Overdrive.
- Meaningful Name: This JoJo shares his first name with another Jonathan who hunts down a vampire in 19th century England.
- Memetic Hand Gesture: The "palm over face" pose is commonly associated with him.
- Messianic Archetype: Aside from having a life that is exactly the opposite of being born in a manger, Jonathan fits. He's an All-Loving Hero who successfully converts a man of questionable morals to his side. He dies a Heroic Sacrifice that sees him explicitly forgiving his worst enemy. Even though he doesn't come back from the dead, his descendants serve as a sort of metaphorical resurrection.
- Next Tier Power-Up: Gets all of Zeppeli's Hamon energy as Zeppeli dies.
- Nice Guy: He's polite, earnest, and openly kind, though most of his descendants don't have these traits.
- Nice Hat: In the story, he wore a pretty nice deerstalker a few times.
- Not Quite Flight: Life Magnetism Overdrive, which he and Zeppeli use to turn a bunch of fallen tree leaves into a makeshift hang glider.
- Not So Above It All: During his younger years, he showed some traits that wouldn't be out of place with his descendants. He only mellows down as an adult due to his father's strict upbringing and the gentleman standards of his time period.
- Official Couple: With Erina. It doesn't last long, since he died on their honeymoon.
- Only Friend: Rather sadly, Dio acknowledges in his diary (the novel "Dio: Made In Heaven") that recalling how Jonathan held him with genuine love and friendship as he died, he has come to return the sentiment in full 100 years later. Nobody else, after all, has shown him that, except maybe Pucci.
- Papa Wolf: He rescues a little boy named Poco from Dio's zombies, and then saves Poco's older sister from being sexually assaulted by Doobie. Even when he's dying, Jonathan forces his wife Erina to rescue a baby instead of being Together in Death with him, it's a Tear Jerker to think such a Papa Wolf never got see his own son or grandchildren.
- Playing with Fire: Scarlet Overdrive.
- Plucky Guy: Rare Male Example. Jonathan is not just any Determinator; though he does have his moments of grief or rage, generally he keeps an upbeat, optimistic attitude in life and does Go Out with a Smile despite everything Dio had put him through. Lampshaded by Bruford, who renames his sword to "Luck and Pluck" before giving it to Jonathan.
- The Power of the Sun: Uses Hamon, a Supernatural Martial Art which uses a special breathing technique to create energy similar to that of the sun, making it super-effective against undead foes.
- Present Absence: He casts a shadow over every subsequent story arc. Speedwagon never forgets his kindness and becomes an Honorary Uncle to Joseph in Part 2, and Joseph in turn fights DIO in part (since his main objective is protecting his descendants) to avenge his late grandfather in Part 3. In addition, DIO's son Giorno in Part 5 was conceived whilst in possession of Jonathan's body, making him a Joestar by genetics. His redemption of and friendship with Speedwagon is also the reason why the future Joestars have the Speedwagon Foundation to supply them with vast resources to help them fight evil.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs:
- He establishes the fine JoJo tradition of fist-mashing villains into a smooth paste when he beats tears out of Dio for forcing a kiss on Erina. They were both twelve at the time.
- When he fights Tarkus, he provides the Ur-Example of what JoJo is known for: souped-up, physically-impossible supernatural pummelings that put the "rapid-fire" in Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs.
- How my heart resonates! I'm pulsing with heat, and life! My very blood is a symphony within me!
SUNLIGHT YELLOW OVERDRIVE!
- Screaming Warrior: SUNLIGHT YELLOW OVERDRIVE!!
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: It's a Subverted Trope. His actions to sacrifice himself with Dio end up turning for the worst, as Dio manages to become more cunning and powerful by attaching his head to Jonathan's now dead body, seemingly making his sacrifice pointless. However, while he failed to kill his enemy, Jonathan succeeded in saving his pregnant wife and future daughter-in-law, and trapped Dio for 100 years. As a direct result of Jonathan's final moments, the survivors continue the Joestar bloodline, making him responsible for every good deed the protagonists in the series accomplish, including the ultimate defeat of DIO.
- Shirtless Scene: Gets one during his fight with Tarkus.
- Signature Move: SUNLIGHT YELLOW OVERDRIVE!
- Spoiled Sweet: Grew up as a wealthy nobleman in the profoundly classist Victorian England, but doesn't have a mean or bigoted bone in his body. He's kind to everyone, even Dio.
- Static Character: Though he grows more determined and confident as the story goes on, Jonathan doesn't really undergo any major character development. He ends the story as selfless and loving as he started. Fans don't mind too much since his earnestness and gentlemanly behavior help him stand out even decades later after a long line of delinquent descendants, and the fanbase adores him for it.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Jotaro and especially Joseph resemble him.
- Super Strength: As first with his Hamon training, most of Jonathan's ability came from pumping his foes and obstacles full of Hamon... Then came Zeppeli's Ultimate Deep Pass Overdrive, and Jonathan became so strong that he could absolutely manhandle Tarkus, a literal giant, as well as effortlessly crush the steel collar binding his neck that aforementioned giant outright said he had problems breaking.
- Sympathy for the Devil: The only character in the entire franchise that could actually bring himself to genuinely like Dio, save perhaps Dio's mother.
- Taking You with Me: Tries to pull this on Dio. He saves his family and succeeds in delaying Dio for 100 years.
- Tareme Eyes: To contrast Dio's Tsurime Eyes. It reflects his idealistic nature.
- Tender Tears: Has a heart so sensitive and kind he sheds these for everyone, even his enemies.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Jonathan was such a sweet and kind-hearted boy that his final moment on Earth was not filled with hate, but rather brotherly love for Dio as he tenderly hugged his disembodied head in spite of having been murdered by him, much like his own father was. Plus he told Erina to take care of a baby of a woman he has no connections with and have them escape going down with Dio because he felt pity for the infant who lost her mother, and this tops it off.
- Too Hungry to Be Polite: As a boy, he was a little too eager to eat, which caused him to gobble hastily and spill his wine, much to his father's chagrin. He grew out of it in adulthood.
- Took a Level in Badass: He originally allowed Dio to walk all over him. After a brief Time Skip, post Dio's Kick the Dog, he grew into a Badass Bookworm, and then he took another level during his training to master Hamon. After Zeppeli's death, he takes another level of badass enough to curb stomp any vampire with the ease of killing a tick, aside from Dio himself.
- Tragic Hero: Jonathan did not have a good life. His childhood was all endless bullying from Dio. When he grew strong enough to beat Dio up, the latter decided to turn into a vampire afterward and continue to make trouble for him. In the end, he died at only his early 20s to protect his wife and unborn child from Dio and took him down with him.
- Trauma Conga Line: Dio puts him through the wringer, beating him at everything, stealing his girl's first kiss, burning his dog, and that's when he was twelve.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Jonathan only had about a week of training with Hamon, and though he was a quick learner with plenty of potentials, a lot of his strategies with it boiled down to simply "get in a position where I can use an Overdrive on whomever I'm fighting", unlike his more creative and resourceful grandson. He knew how to best apply his exceptional strength in combination with this, however, letting him overpower pretty much anyone once he actually was in a position where he could deliver a beatdown.
- Unstoppable Rage: Basically anytime he meets Dio in combat, as he is shown to stop hesitating with his power and will go all out in raging fury.
- Vocal Dissonance: Despite being very tall and muscular, he sounds as young and boyish as his son Giorno, in stark contrast with Joseph, Jotaro, and Josuke, who all have rougher and much deeper voices. However, this fits his gentlemanly and soft All-Loving Hero personality.
- Wife-Basher Basher: Bonus points for the girl he defended actually becoming his wife 8 years later!
- World's Strongest Man: The strongest JoJo, or even human period in the series, even as far as Part 8. In fact, feats of strength like his wouldn't even be replicated again until Jotaro and Star Platinum came around. He's so strong that it's implied that he'd be an absolute nightmare with a Stand. In the games, some Stand users express relief that he doesn't have one.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Anytime it looks like Jonathan will get a happy ending, Dio and Araki will be there to ruin it all.
- You Don't Look Like You: All characters get this due to Art Evolution but while Araki's new artstyle makes them look similar, they retain their Iconic Outfits/Items. This is not the case with Jonathan, who is recently depicted with a scarf and Caesar's headband while Joseph (the one who is actually associated with both of those items) switched to pilot gear instead.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Supposed to be brown in the manga, but adaptations follows Araki's coloring scheme (read: can be absolutely anything), so sometimes it looks green, or purple. The anime settles with blue to distinguish him from Joseph.
Robert E. O. Speedwagon
Voiced by: Yoji Ueda (TV anime, All-Star Battle, and Eyes of Heaven), Masaya Onosaka (Phantom Blood video game) (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (English)
An Ogre Street thug who becomes Jonathan's best friend after taking a beating from him. After the events of Phantom Blood, he moves to the United States and strikes it rich as an oil tycoon.
- Ambiguously Gay: Completely devotes his life to supporting Jonathan after gaining his friendship, extending said devotion to his descendants after Jonathan's untimely passing, all while never marrying himself (note that "he never married" in an obituary was a British euphemism for homosexuality). Meanwhile he's never shown as attracted to women aside from Joseph teasing him and Erina about having Unresolved Sexual Tension, though their reactions indicate that this is not the case.
- The Artful Dodger: Speedwagon grew up in the slums of London on Ogre Street, and he learned at an early age to steal to survive. He easily became adapted to his surroundings, and was so in-touch with the street rats he grew up around, that he could tell how good or bad a person was merely by their smell. Granted, after he became acquainted with Jonathan, his life turned around very quick, and he eventually became a millionaire through his oil excavation, which allowed him to form the Speedwagon Foundation for the sake of helping humanity, but it's never explicitly shown if Speedwagon has a residence. He could very well still be living on the streets, the one place he knows like the back of his hand.
- Ascended Extra: While only a narrator in All-Star Battle, he was Promoted to Playable in Eyes of Heaven and is a prominent character in story mode.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: The surname "Speedwagon".
- Badass Normal: The only major character to fight alongside the Joestars and not have any super powers or powerful technology at all.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Highly hinted to be the reason for his HeelFace Turn. Jonathan was the first person to show him any form of kindness.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: The anime left out the manga's explanation for the Germans putting him in a straightjacket in Part 2: that Speedwagon had broken a glass bottle and attempted suicide with it. Speedwagon does despairingly ask God why he was allowed to survive long enough for the Germans to interrogate him with Truth Serum, though.
- Big Good: Of Part 1, as he helps Jonathan Joestar on his journey to stop Dio Brando.
- Breakout Character: Is one of the more iconic characters of the franchise, and the popularity gave him a major role in Eyes of Heaven's story mode.
- Butt-Monkey: Is the butt of the majority of the humor in Part 1.
- Captain Obvious: Made more apparent in the TV anime.
- Celibate Hero: The ending of part 2 states that before the events of part 3, he died of a heart attack at the age of 89, still single and unmarried.
- Cool Old Guy: In Part 2.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After Jonathan defeats him, Speedwagon is so impressed by his resolve that he undergoes a HeelFace Turn and becomes Jonathan's loyal ally.
- Detect Evil: Claims to be able to smell Dio's evil.
- Drop the Hammer: Begins using a sledgehammer in Windnights Lot to replace his old razor blade hat.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Speedwagon may be the leader of a group of thugs when he is first introduced, but he only steals for survival. He immediately hates Dio because Dio is pure evil and enjoys it."Dio is somewhere in this town! I can't forgive that bastard! I steal things, but he steals life!"
- Expository Hairstyle Change: By Part 2, he's lost his mullet and his hair is much shorter.
- Fiction 500: Speedwagon became filthy, stinky rich in between Parts 1 and 2.
- Foil: To Dio; both were urchins whose lives changed after they met Jonathan, but whereas Dio remained bad, Speedwagon became a better person, and eventually went on to gain all the wealth and status that Dio wanted, but used it for good reasons.
- Greater-Scope Paragon: Speedwagon himself is only in Parts 1 and 2, but the Speedwagon Foundation's resources are what allow the Joestars to fight evil so effectively all the way through Part 6. And the organization somehow makes its way into the Steel Ball Run setting in spite of being an entirely different universe.
- The Heart: His sheer emotional support and sensitivity towards Jonathan qualifies him for this being far more sensitive than even Erina.
- HeelFace Turn: But only a heel because he had to be one to look after his destitute family on the uncaring streets of 19th-Century London, mind you.
- Hero-Worshipper: Jonathan's #1 fanboy.
- Honorary Uncle: To Joseph. (And, offscreen, to Joseph's father George.)
- Hot-Blooded: So much so, he can cure frostbite by literally using his chest... no, seriously.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Part 1. He tried to learn Hamon to be useful to Jonathan and Zeppeli. He failed.
- The Lancer: To Jonathan.
- Large Ham: Even more so than Dio himself in Part 1, who spends each moment hamming his loyalty, passion etc. He gets a little better with age.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When Stroheim gets ready to save the day all on his own for once, Speedwagon reminds the viewer that he isn't allowed to."It was actually the Speedwagon Foundation that created those UV lights... but our boy does like to brag."
- The Load: Subverted. Even if he had absolutely no powers, he helped Jonathan and Zeppeli a lot during their battles against Dio's vampires. He even grabs a weapon and fights during Jonathan's final battle with Dio.
- Love Redeems: A non romance example. Jonathan and Jonathan alone acknowledged the hardship Robert endured to protect his destitute family, and thereby became the first person to acknowledge his humanity.
- Mr. Exposition: His primary role is to provide exposition as well as commentary during fights.
- Musical Theme Naming: He is named after REO Speedwagon.
- Nice Guy: Fifty years after Jonathan awoke his decency, the bloodthirsty thug and murderer Robert E.O. Speedwagon became a sweet-tempered and kindhearted old-gentleman who contributes tirelessly and endlessly to medical research and improving the lives of the destitute.
- Nice Hat: Aside from his razor blade bowler, he inherits Zeppeli's hat when Zeppeli dies.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His Shut Up, Hannibal! about Dio and letting everyone know Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse is the final catalyst Dio needs to go full on Card-Carrying Villain and all the tragedy therein.
- Non-Action Guy: Not so much in his debut scene, but spends most of his remaining screen time being at the sidelines. It would make sense considering that Speedwagon is unable to learn Hamon and most of the enemies Jonathan and William fight against are powerful zombies and a vampire that can easily and permanently corrupt living beings.
- The Nose Knows: As he puts it, Speedwagon has trained himself to be able to smell the difference between good and bad people. Through this, he's able to tell, and inform Jonathan, that Dio is just rotten to the core, Freudian Excuse or not.
- Not a Game: He objects to Zeppeli giving Jonathan the wine glass test in the middle of the Jack the Ripper fight by namedropping this trope, but backs down after Zeppeli explains himself and Jonathan passes the test.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He's a skilled and competent fighter... by the standards of ordinary humans. Compared with hamon-users, zombies, vampires, Nazi cyborgs and Pillar Men, not so much.
- Rags to Riches: Starts off as a thug in the slums of London, but strikes it rich in the oilfields of Texas. The Speedwagon Foundation he creates remains an important player in the later parts of the series.
- The Reliable One: Speedwagon and by extension his foundation are always there to aid the Joestar family no matter what.
- Scars Are Forever: Has a large scar across his face.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Is almost never seen wearing something else than a suit and a hat, and even in Battle Tendency he still retains a similar attire.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Dio tries to use his abusive father as an excuse for his actions after being exposed for poisoning George Joestar, Speedwagon steps in and completely tears his argument apart, declaring that he can smell Dio's malice and that he was born evil. Notably, upon hearing this, Dio actually agrees with Speedwagon's assessment and fully embraces being evil, no longer trying to justify himself.Speedwagon: This fellow reeks of brimstone and blood worse than anyone I've ever laid eyes on! He is pure evil, right down to his very bones! Is he a victim of circumstance, you're wondering? Not on your life! He's been evil since he drew his first breath!
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Dies only two chapters into Part 2. Subverted a few chapters later when he turns out to be Not Quite Dead.
- The Team Benefactor: From Part 2 onwards.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Went from being a petty street thug in the uncaring streets of London to a lifelong friend of the Joestars and their allies.
- Uncle Pennybags: He dotes a lot on Erina and Joseph in Part 2. Joseph even calls him "Uncle Speedwagon".
- Undying Loyalty: To the point that the organization he's founded will always aid the Joestars in their crusades because of Jonathan's charisma.
- Weaponized Headgear: Much like Goldfinger's Oddjob, he uses a hat with a blade hidden within it.
- Zerg Rush: Ogre Street, his unique fighting style in Eyes of Heaven, allows him to call in his friends to gang up on opponents.
William Anthonio Zeppeli
Voiced by: Yoku Shioya (TV anime, All-Star Battle, and Eyes of Heaven), Rikiya Koyama (Phantom Blood video game and film) (Japanese), Joe Ochman (English)
An eccentric Italian man who trained in the martial art of Hamon, a technique that allows control over force (for example, breaking a boulder by punching a frog sitting upon it — without harming the frog) and simulation of other energies (like sunlight) through controlled breathing. He accompanies Jonathan on his quest to kill Dio and teaches him the technique.
- Badass Baritone: In the Phantom Blood movie and video game where he is voiced by Rikiya Koyama. Not so much in the other media, where he has a high-pitched, almost whistling tone.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He wears a suit, a bow tie and a top hat... And fights with this look without losing his hat!
- Badass Mustache: Has a well-groomed handlebar mustache.
- Camp Straight: Very apparent in the anime.
- Cool Old Guy: His Hamon training masks his age, so he's still this.
- Cultured Badass: One of the more classy heroes.
- The Dandy: He's always dressed in fine clothing.
- Eccentric Mentor: While Zeppeli is a master of Hamon and trains Jonathan into a hardened Hamon user in a matter of days, he's also quite odd, varying moments where he sounds wise and mysterious, but sneezing on too much pepper the next moment.
- Expy: A flamboyantly dressed mentor of Mediterranean descent who is older than he looks, has a Badass Mustache, and dies heroically to save his pupil brings to mind Ramirez from Highlander.
- Face Death with Dignity: Marches to his death with no fear, and only the slightest hesitation, knowing that he will pay the ultimate price for saving his protege.
- Gratuitous Italian: In the English Dub.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: A Hamon version. He kicks a zombie, sending Hamon into its body, into a group of other zombies dispersing the Hamon into all of them and destroying them.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Bisected at the waist by a chain. Doesn't stop him from having a nice long conversation while he dies.
- Improbable Weapon User: Wine. He kills zombies with wine.
- Killed Off for Real: His death begins the sad legacy of the Zeppeli family, none of whom ever survive the story.
- The Mentor: Taught Jonathan Hamon.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: And was told that this trope would happen and he still went through with it, leading to his death at Tarkus' hands
- Named After Somebody Famous: Named after Led Zeppelin, without the "N" at the end.
- Nice Guy: Zeppeli is loyal, nurturing, and ends up sacrificing himself with no hesitation to save Jonathan.
- Nice Hat: Zeppeli own two hats, the most famous of which being a black and white checkerboard patterned top hat. Speedwagon inherits it after Zeppeli dies.
- Obi-Wan Moment: Even when he realizes he is about to face a sudden and horrific death, he does not seem to be too fazed by this and acts very casually with regards to life.
- Off-Model: One rather infamous panel of Zeppeli and Speedwagon arguing has Zeppeli drawn without his iconic mustache. This mistake was never corrected in decades of publication.
- Older Than They Look: Practicing Hamon has the effect of slowing down aging. During his last moments, the effects of his Hamon training wear off, revealing his true age.
- Sacrificial Lion: More apparent in the manga because of the current anime's fast pace.
- Satiating Sandwich: Zeppeli is introduced to the series casually eating a sandwich with some extra pepper.
- Shout-Out: In a later interview, Araki notes that some of his physical features (namely his mustache) were based off of Iyami of Osomatsu-kun.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: After wounding a zombie, he orders JoJo to kill it without spilling a single drop from a glass of wine. If he spilled any, even if he had won, Zeppeli would have abandoned JoJo on the spot.
- Sins of Our Fathers: He is trying to stop Dio because his father was the one who originally found the Stone Mask and used its powers for evil.
- Trickster Mentor: Against Jack the Ripper, Zeppeli orders Jonathan to defeat him alone, while also holding a glass of wine without spilling any of it. It is soon revealed that he gave the wine to act as a radar to detect the zombie even in the dark tunnels leading to Windknight's Lot.
- Walk on Water: One of the abilities Hamon masters can use. Though Zeppeli sort of tiptoes across the surface rather than walk.
- Wine Is Classy: In the tunnel leading to Windknight's Lot Zeppeli is seen constantly holding a bottle and a glass to sip wine from. It helps that he can weaponize the wine easily.
Voiced by: Tamio Oki (TV anime), Osamu Saka (Phantom Blood video game), Yoshisada Sakaguchi (Phantom Blood film) (Japanese), Michael McConnohie (Engish)
A Tibetan monk and Zeppeli's Hamon master.
- Bald of Awesome: He's a good guy, as well as bald.
- Bus Crash: Straizo has his position by Part 2, so Tonpetty implicitly died in the between time. Given no one discussed it, it was probably of natural causes.
- Cool Old Guy: He might be old, and Older Than He Looks because of Hamon's natural age reduction, but Tonpetty can still put up a fight.
- The Mentor: To Zeppeli, and to Dire and Straizo as well.
- Multiple-Choice Future: Though he predicts that Zeppeli is fated to die if he continues down his path, Tonpetty does try to dissuade him from continuing as he can live on if he chooses to give up training and settle down. The student refuses as his destiny is more important than his happiness.
- Named After Somebody Famous:
- Old Master: He's the one who taught Zeppeli the art of Hamon.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Pretty much any combination of To[m/n]pet[t][i/y] has been seen.
Voiced by: Taketora (TV anime and All-Star Battle), Yukitoshi Hori (Phantom Blood video game) (Japanese), Paul St. Peter (English)
One of Zeppeli's friends who trained under Tonpetty.
- Defiant to the End: In spite of having his body completely frozen and shattered, and therefore having been reduced to a mere head, Dire still has just enough energy to do a last act — grab a rose with his mouth, infuse it with Hamon and throw it right into Dio's eye, making him lose his composure on the spot.
- Lethal Joke Character: His Hamon ability seems to be an extremely slow kick, but it actually turns out to be an effective trap if an enemy takes the bait and gets too close.
- Let's You and Him Fight: How he meets Jonathan.
- Literally Shattered Lives: How he dies.
- Mauve Shirt: He dies immediately after Dio uses his power, but does manage to inflict a blow before he passed on.
- Named After Somebody Famous: He and Straizo are named after Dire Straits.
- The Worf Effect: Despite being competent enough to match Jonathan (if briefly), he is easily defeated and killed by Dio. Bad luck for him that Dio's Freezing Touch was the perfect counter to his Thunder Cross Technique. However, his final blow to Dio gives Jonathan a hint on how to defeat the former.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Just as he was being built up as a powerful ally against Dio, the latter kills him before he can do anything other than scratching his eye. Aside from this, all we know of him is that he was a fellow disciple of Tonpetti with Zeppeli.
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (TV anime and All-Star Battle), Hiroaki Miura (Phantom Blood video game) (Japanese), Dave Mallow (English)
Another student of Hamon alongside Zeppeli, who joins Jonathan on his quest to defeat Dio. He returns in Battle Tendency, albeit playing a very different role; see his folder on the Part 2 page for more info.
- Biseinen: Early Jojo's may be abundant with Rated M for Manly designed characters but Straizo himself is quite a bit more boyishly feminine with his good looks even though he's an adult with visible muscles.
- Catchphrase: "I, Straizo, will show no mercy!"
- Last-Name Basis: Possibly, since the novel Jorge Joestar gives his adoptive daughter's name as Elizabeth Straizo.
- Named After Somebody Famous: He and Dire are named after Dire Straits.
- Older Than They Look: His knowledge of Hamon has let him age very gracefully, going from his twenties to seventies with just whitened hair to show for it.
- Parental Substitute: He's given the baby Erina saves to raise as his own. He raises the child into the Hamon master Lisa Lisa.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Most of the fanbase calls him Straizo or Straits.
- Tranquil Fury: His default expression as he fights Dio's zombies in Part 1."I will make him pay dearly for that."
- Warrior Monk: He's a Tibetan monk.
George Joestar I
Voiced by: Masashi Sugawara (TV anime and All-Star Battle), Tsutomu Isobe (Phantom Blood video game and film) (Japanese), Marc Diraison (English)
Jonathan's father and Dio's adoptive father.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Tends to assume the best of everyone, including complete bastards like Dario or Dio Brando. He initially mistook Dario for his savior and this in turn brought Dio to his house. It's revealed later that he eventually learns of Dario's theft and tried to get the latter to pull a HeelFace Turn, but he underestimated just how bad Dario really is.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Downplayed; he was tough on Jonathan while he was growing up because he wanted him to become a good gentleman but it's never implied that he was at all cruel, just strict.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Implied to have had this reaction as he was dying. Seeing Dio had tried to kill him via poison, and that he had treated Jonathan harshly as a child, made him feel he had failed as a father to both. He takes the attack on Jonathan for him and promptly dies after apologizing for failing them both.
- Nice Guy: Could never make himself hate Dio even after being poisoned and murdered by him, and with his last breath asked for him to be buried next to his real father with sincere love and compassion. That is except for the way he treated his son, especially when Dio comes to his household. He was nothing short of strict on Jonathan, punishing him for every little mistake. He does show some regret about it years later on when Jonathan is determined to search for a cure for his sickness though.
- Papa Wolf: While overly strict towards Jonathan, George still took a killing blow aimed for Jonathan by Dio.
- Parental Favoritism: When Dio comes to live with him, George falls into this, punishing Jonathan harshly for every little mistake while essentially letting Dio do as he pleased. At the end of his life, he acknowledges that this was a mistake- in fact, he was stricter on Jonathan due to having higher standards for his biological son- and had he been tougher on Dio, perhaps he wouldn't have turned out as bad as he did.
- Parents as People: He's extremely strict when it comes to raising Jonathan, due to the high standards of conduct at the time. He shows regret in later years for being too harsh, and spends his last moments apologizing to Jonathan for how he treated him and apologies to Dio for failing to be a better role model to him, even though he was more than kind to him.
- The Pollyanna: Quite possibly the most kind-hearted and generous Joestar in the series; considering the others include Jotaro, Joseph, Josuke, and Jolyne, it's quite the contrast.
- Sacrificial Lion: His death shows that Dio doesn't fuck around.
- Taking the Bullet: In Dio's attempt to stab Jonathan, George acted as a human shield and was stabbed in the back instead.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Speedwagon himself said as much when he wept for the death of this most decent and kind man.
- Tough Love: He's strict with Jonathan, but cares for him and wants him to grow up to be a respectable gentleman. He implies in his dying moments that his leniency with Dio was due to not treating Dio as a son.
- Turn the Other Cheek: Even after learning Dario stole his ring, he covers for the latter by claiming that the ring was a gift, all in the hopes that his kindness will cause the thief to reform. Needless to say, Dario didn't make much progress.
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (TV anime and All-Star Battle), Aya Hisakawa (Phantom Blood video game), Nana Mizuki (Phantom Blood film) (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (English)
A childhood friend of Jonathan's, and for a time his only friend due to Dio's attempts to ruin his life. While they grow apart, again, due to Dio's actions, she rekindles their relationship by tending to Jonathan after his and Dio's encounter in the Joestar mansion leading to a romance and eventual marriage.
In Battle Tendency, she is the guardian figure of her grandson Joseph following the disappearances of both of his parents.
- Affectionate Nickname: She inverts this trope, as she switches from calling her beloved person by his nickname "JoJo" to his real name Jonathan after marrying him. But later, long after he died, she uses his old nickname for her beloved grandson Joseph.
- Childhood Friend Romance: She and Jonathan met when they were both 12 years old, and despite Dio's attempt to ruin their relationship, they eventually get back together years later and marry.
- Cool Old Lady: In Battle Tendency, Erina is in her 70s. She shows surprisingly progressive values for the time, accepting Joseph's African-American friend Smokey, and tolerates Joseph getting into a fight to defend him as long as he doesn't get bystanders involved.
- Girl Next Door: A kind and gentle Nice Girl who Jonathan befriended when he was 12 and ends up being his love interest.
- Go Out with a Smile: The ending of Part 2 describes that she died a peaceful death surrounded by a lovely family.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Not only blonde, but saves a child of a woman that she didn't even know at the behest of Jonathan. And not to mention her treatment of Smokey (an African American) as an equal, which made especially clear since it was during the 30s, when racism was still abundant.
- Her Heart Will Go On: Never remarried after Jonathan's death.
- I Was Quite a Looker: While she still looks pretty good for someone in her 70's, it's clear that age and personal tragedies have taken a toll on her.
- Nice Girl: Erina is a very sweet, caring young woman who is every bit the Proper Lady. Even as an old woman, though significantly more stern, she was still the caring person she had always been.
- Official Couple: She's Jonathan's Love Interest, and following his victory over Dio, the two get married.
- Outliving One's Offspring: The poor woman not only loses her newlywed husband, but also her son George, and for a while her grandson.
- Racist Grandma: Thankfully defied. Erina Joestar is truly a woman ahead of her time, as even though she was raised in Victorian England, an era famous for the advent of scientific racism, she not only treats Smokey (an African American) with as much love and respect as she would any of her white friends, but takes him in and treats him like family. Mind you, this progressive attitude is not shared by most other 1930's Americans even in the JoJoverse, as made painfully clear by a racist restaurant patron in Episode 10.
- Rescue Romance: When they were children, she first met Jonathan when he stood up for her against two mean boys who stole her doll, laughed at her and made her cry. Even though he got beaten up for his efforts, she was touched by his kindness towards her and they became friends, and eventually fell in love during their adulthood.
- Romancing the Widow: Joseph asks her if this happened with Speedwagon and her after Jonathan's death. She hits him with her umbrella for being inappropriate.
- Sacred First Kiss: Dio forcibly takes this from her as a child, throwing a wrench into her relationship with Jonathan.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Erina's attitude is a bit tougher than one would expect from a Victorian lady, as seen from her indirectly insulting Dio by washing her mouth with dirty water after he kisses her. Fans like to joke that the succeeding JoJos got their impolite attitudes from her. The fact that she manages to survive at sea after a shipwreck while pregnant and looking after a baby that isn't even hers probably accounts for her toughness as well.
- Someone to Remember Him By: She conceives her and Jonathan's son during the five days they were married.
- Small Role, Big Impact: To put it bluntly, she is what allowed the Joestars to even continue as a family. Her importance is reflected in Part 3, where despite being dead for many years, part of Joseph's motivation to defeat DIO is to bury Jonathan's body for her.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Most fans spell her name as the more realistic "Elena Pendleton", but the official art books et cetera spell it Erina Pendolton.
- Widowed at the Wedding: Her first night as Mrs. Joestar ends with her escaping a sinking cruise ship with a newly orphaned little girl, after her husband dies from being mortally wounded by Dio.
Voiced by: Yumiko Kobayashi (TV anime), Daisuke Sakaguchi (Phantom Blood video game) (Japanese), Amanda Céline Miller (English)
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Goes from being blond in the manga, to brunette in the anime.
- Cowardly Lion: Too scared to fight for himself, but ultimately lends a hand in defeating Tarkus by being the only one small enough to fit inside the passage to pull the lever to get Zeppeli and Speedwagon in.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Spends the entirety of the anime barefoot. The only times he is seen wearing shoes is in the flashback when bullied, and during his final appearance. The latter is justified since he is dressed formally in his last appearance.
- Mooning: When he first steals from the heroes (under Dio's hypnosis), he taunts them this way. Also does this to taunt Tarkus when Jonathan, Zeppeli, Speedwagon and him escape on an improvised leaf glider.
- Tagalong Kid: He starts off trying to pickpocket the heroes, having been used by the vampires in order to lure them into a trap, but ends up accompanying the heroes throughout the Windknights Lot portion of the Part.
Voiced by: Aya Endo (TV anime), Junko Hagimori (Phantom Blood video game) (Japanese), Dorothy Elias Fahn (English)
- Armor-Piercing Slap: To Poco for being a coward and to Dio when she refuses his offer to join him.
- Big Sister Instinct: She first appears in Poco's flashback from when he was provoked by other kids. She suddenly appears and scares away the boys who bully him, and asks him when he will stop being a coward and start fighting back.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Again, she slaps Dio.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Dio attempts to seduce her into joining him in immortality. He uses the metaphor of a rose which is beautiful, but withers with age and dies. She refuses Dio's offer and slaps him, calling him a cursed monster.
- No Name Given: Her name is unknown.
- Palette Swap: She practically resembles Erina Pendleton, with the exception of hair colour.
- Plucky Girl: From what can be seen in the anime and manga, she is very independent and loving, but can also be serious.
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka & Ryōta Asari (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)
A pair of bullies who were first seen tormenting Erina and easily beating Jonathan for trying to defend her. Later seen accompanying Dio when he stole Erina's Sacred First Kiss from Jonathan
- What Happened to the Mouse?: These two weren't seen again after Dio kissed Erina.
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (TV anime), Nobutoshi Canna (Phantom Blood video game), Toru Nara (Phantom Blood film) (Japanese), Tony Oliver (English)
A knight who served under Mary of Scots, raised from the dead as Dio's minion.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: Compared to his partner Tarkus, he's slightly less malicious, coming to see Jonathan as a Worthy Opponent and reverting to the person he used to be before his death.
- Blood Knight: He quickly realizes Jonathan is a Worthy Opponent and asks Dio permission to duel him because he wants to test his and JoJo's mettle in combat.
- Combat Pragmatist: Actively uses his hair in combat, and also tries to trap Jonathan underwater to hinder his Hamon.
- Dying as Yourself: He respects Jonathan's power as he kills him and when Bruford lays dying its clear he's the noble knight who sacrificed himself rather than the undead monstrosity Dio created. Though Bruford was one of the few zombies who maintained his humanity when risen again it was his dying moments that affirmed his chivalry.
- Dub Name Change: In the English localization, he is renamed as Blueford.
- Face Death with Dignity: The second time he dies.
- Fallen Hero: Along with Tarkus, he used to be a brave self-sacrificing knight before Dio raised him.
- Graceful Loser: Shows utmost respect to Jonathan for defeating him.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tarkus.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Twice. He first tries to give himself an advantage against Jonathan by setting up their battle underwater, but Jonathan finds a reservoir of air bubbles underwater, which he uses to breathe and launch a Hamon attack at Bruford (water itself acting as a conductor of Hamon), with the knight barely dodging it. He then has JoJo strangled and tied to a tree, but again Jonathan finds the strength to free his legs and blocks Bruford's sword attack with a foot, using that same foot to send Hamon through the sword into Bruford's arm, melting it.
- Honor Before Reason: Averted. While he is an honorable and noble knight as well as a fair fighter and good sport, he is pragmatic enough to not fight Hamon head on and uses strategies that hinder it, such as fighting underwater where Jonathan can't perform the special breathing techniques required to use Hamon.
- Named After Somebody Famous: He is named after former Yes drummer Bill Bruford.
- Noble Demon: Kills a zombie going after Jonathan because he considers the latter a Worthy Opponent after destroying his hair.
- Prehensile Hair: Apparently he had this ability before he became a zombie.
- Senseless Sacrifice: He originally died when he sacrificed his life hoping to save his queen, only to discover it was a trap and she was already dead.
- Take Up My Sword: Gives his sword to Jonathan as he dies.
- Undying Loyalty: Originally to his queen, Mary, then to Dio after his resurrection.
- Villainous Valor: As Jonathan notes, even as zombie he still retains a great deal of his warrior spirit.
- Worthy Opponent: Views Jonathan as one after he destroys his hair with Hamon.
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (TV anime), Daisuke Gōri (Phantom Blood video game), Yoshinori Sonobe (Phantom Blood film) (Japanese), Jamieson Price (English)
Another knight who served with Bruford.
- Ax-Crazy: Unlike Bruford, who is more of a Blood Knight and is thus immediately interested in dueling Jonathan while paying no attention to Zeppeli or the others, Tarkus manifests glee at the prospect of violence and killing victims, and takes pride, not in besting his opponents but in taking their lives. Just read his quote above.
- BFS: His Weapon of Choice.
- The Brute: Relies on Super Strength and his surprising agility, and is undoubtedly crueler than Bruford.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Is initially dishing one out against Jonathan, nearly killing him before Zeppeli intervenes only to get killed himself, but his intervention allows Jonathan to turn the fight into a stomp in his favor.
- Dub Name Change: In the English localization, he is renamed as Tarukus.
- Evil Is Bigger: He towers over everyone else in the main cast.
- Evil Red Head: In the anime, his hair is notably red.
- Evil Sounds Deep: With Tetsu Inada as his voice actor, a deep, gruff voice is part and parcel.
- Fallen Hero: Same as Bruford, but more so than him as Tarkus gets a little too Drunk with Power and treated his partner like trash when he died.
- Fangs Are Evil: He's got vicious vampire fangs and they're a lot more pronounced on him than less evil Bruford. He even weaponizes them by grounding down hard enough to break two off and spitting them at Jonathan as makeshift dart projectiles.
- Genius Bruiser: Very smart despite being The Brute.
- Hero Killer: Kills Zeppeli as he tries to rescue Jonathan.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Bruford.
- Horns of Villainy: He wears a horned helmet and is rotten to the core.
- Implacable Man: Despite not having a Healing Factor and being a rotting corpse, he can take a lot of damage.
- Lightning Bruiser: Hits fast and hits very hard.
- Made of Diamond: Back when he was alive, his executioner broke a hundred axes trying to behead him.
- Senseless Sacrifice: He originally died when he sacrificed his life hoping to save his queen, only to discover it was a trap and she was already dead.
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: He is named after Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Tarkus.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Tarkus or Tarukus?
- Super Strength: Enough to demolish a cliff side.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Goes from being Bruford's friend in life to becoming Drunk with Power and treating his remains like garbage.
- Undying Loyalty: Basically Bruford with the Jerkass elements taken to an extreme level.
- Unskilled, but Strong: While he's smarter than he looks, he favors power over technique, as expressed in his quote.
- Would Hurt a Child: Tries to kill Poco when he crawls into the room he and Jonathan are fighting in. Even though Jonathan saves Poco, Tarkus manages to kick Poco in the face.
Voiced by: Naomi Kusumi (TV anime), Hisao Egawa (Phantom Blood video game) (Japanese), Paul St. Peter (English)
A serial killer who stalks the streets of London and murders women. He meets Dio Brando and is transformed into a Zombie and sent to fight the Joestar Group.
- Ax-Crazy: More like knife crazy, but you get the point.
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: ZOMBIE JACK THE RIPPER! Though, unusually for this trope, he only became a supernatural being after doing what made him famous.
- Exotic Weapon Supremacy: What the hell is that big metal-sword-jaws-on-a-hinge thing he fights Jonathan with?
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Dio turns him into a zombie after sensing a kindred spirit in him. This helps explain why he was never caught and identified — Jonathan's Hamon disintegrated him before that could happen.
- Knife Nut: To the point that, after becoming a zombie and thus no longer running on biological processes, but on pure will and power, he implants a mess of knives in his body.
- Self-Mutilation Demonstration: Casually slices off his pinky and shoves a scalpel all the way through his cheek to the other side of his head.
- Warmup Boss: While fought a ways into Phantom Blood, he is quite literally used as a final test for Jonathan by Zeppeli.
Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka (TV anime and All-Star Battle), Kazumi Tanaka (Phantom Blood video game), Jun Itoda (Phantom Blood film) (Japanese), Doug Stone (English)
A Chinese apothecary who sells Dio poison to use on George. Upon Dio becoming a vampire, Wang Chan becomes his zombie minion.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Jonathan uses Hamon to control Wang.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Spends the entirety of the arc of the manga barefoot. Subverted in the 2012 anime adaptation, though.
- The Dragon: In a way, since he is Dio's first and also final minion.
- Dragon Their Feet: Disappears for a while before bringing Dio's head onto the boat in the finale.
- Dumb Muscle: Dio has to walk this moron through everything.
- Genre Blind: To contrast Dio. If he had half a brain, Dio would have taken Jonathan's body without any trouble at all.
- Informed Attribute: Speedwagon says he dangerous and shouldn't be messed with. We never got to see what he does or why during his human phase.
- Magical Asian: Wang Chan is an evil version, being part medicine man who sells poison to Dio, and part fortune teller who tells his that his ear birthmarks are signs of good luck.
- Named After Somebody Famous: He is named after Wang Chung.
- Off with His Head!: How he was defeated and killed.
- Primal Stance: Walks and jumps around like a monkey.
- The Renfield: Of all of Dio's followers, he fits this trope the most.
- Too Dumb to Live: Seriously! Dio kept on telling him not to underestimate Jonathan and just kill him, but does he listen? No...
- Took a Level in Dumbass: He was much more cunning as a human than as a zombie. Probably because Dio brainwashed him to be subservient and took away some of his duplicity in the process to ensure unwavering loyalty.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Jonathan destroyed his head, leaving his body intact. He then pumped Hamon into the man's body and used its vampiric strength to restrain the screw shaft of the steam-powered paddleboat the whole group was on, causing a tremendous explosion when it backed up the boilers.
- Wolverine Claws: Uses a pair in a manga-only fight with Jonathan.
- Yellow Peril: He looks the part, but he's really only concerned with running a business. Until Dio turned him into a minion.
Voiced by: Hidenori Takahashi (TV anime) (Japanese), Anthony Hansen (English)
Voiced by: Yuichi Ishigami (TV anime) (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English)
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Although he's a huge zombie with snakes in his head, he's killed rather easily by Jonathan without much trouble. The only thing Doobie managed to do was to have his head's snakes bite Jonathan but then the latter quickly expelled the poison out of his bloodstream, just like that.
- Eaten Alive: In a rather dark course of action, Jonathan has his own snakes devour him.
- Eye Scream: The first punch Jonathan strikes him with knocks out an eyeball. This, of course, results in the reveal that he has snakes inside his head.
- Monstrous Humanoid: A tall, muscular humanoid with a very ''un-''humanlike face. He's also covered in a dripping liquid of unknown origin.
- Named After Somebody Famous: After the American rock band, The Doobie Brothers.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Has venomous snakes coming out of his face which he uses to poison victims.
Jones, Bonham, Page, Plant
Four of Dio's zombie minions.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: The anime made Plant's design a lot more compact and snake-like while the manga art he was much more of a deformed mess.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: As soon as they introduce themselves, Straizo traps them all in a chandelier and sends Hamon through it, instantly vaporizing them all at once.
- Named After Somebody Famous: They are named after the members of Led Zeppelin.
- Nightmare Face: All of them, especially Jones and Page.
- Nonstandard Character Design: While most of the other zombies can look human for the most part, these four guys look like aliens, monsters, or even demons.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Bornnam or Bonham?
- Two-Faced: Bornnam, as the left side of his face is an another face entirely.
Voiced by: Tadashi Miyazawa (TV anime), Koji Yada (Phantom Blood video game), Kazuhiro Ozawa (Phantom Blood film) (Japanese), Steve Kramer (English)
Dio's father, an abusive drunk and petty thief.
- Abusive Parents: No wonder Dio turned out the way he did.
- The Alcoholic: A lot of his abuse to Dio happened when he was drunk.
- Asshole Victim: Arguably the only victim of Dio who really had it coming.
- Bald of Evil: While he does have some hair in the manga, the 2012 adaptation gives him extreme male pattern baldness in comparison.
- Beard of Evil: Complete with Bald of Evil, he looks very old for a father of the Bishōnen Dio.
- Establishing Character Moment: When he stumbled upon the Joestar family's wrecked carriage, one of the first things he tried to snitch was Mary's wedding ring, noting that she wouldn't need it anymore now that she was history.
- Fatal Flaw: Greed. Dario was a thief by trade who bagged a wife for mostly selfish reasons. He did love her, but he worked her like a slave until she dropped dead because nothing was ever enough for him. Dio blamed Dario for all their current misery and squalor, then finally decided to punish him with a lethal implement of poison.
- Hate Sink: From his abuse of his wife and son, attempts to milk George Joestar's kindness for what it's worth, and overall smug behavior, Dario has very few genuinely likable qualities.
- Jerkass: Treated his wife like crap, and even wanted to sell her dress after she died to get money, having no compassion for her at all. Dio didn't take kindly to this.
- MayDecember Romance: He basically met his wife at a bar and sweet-talked into going along with his schemes when she really didn't really want to be involved but still clung to him out of gratitude. It was definitely the worst and last mistake she ever made, as Dario gained an entitled hold over her and treated her like a slave until she dropped dead from exhaustion.
- Meaningful Name: DarIO is the father of DIO.
- Pet the Dog: Ironically, his one act of kindness and fatherly love, wanting the best for Dio and giving him a bright future, is what (indirectly) caused countless tragic deaths, atrocities, and eventually the destruction and recreation of the entire Universe.
- Pragmatic Villainy: When grave robbing the Joestar's carriage, he finds a case containing the stone mask, but dismisses it as creepy and worthless to steal.
- Small Role, Big Impact:
- If a petty pick-pocket, a nobody in the grand scheme of the universe, had instead been a Doting Parent who worked hard and treated his family with kindness all his life, Dio Brando, The Tyrant who remade The World, would have grown up to be just another honest yet equally faceless laborman in Victorian London...
- And more importantly; the Joestar/Kujo family's legacy as Warriors and Heroes would never have been awakened without him finding George, accidentally saving his life, which in turn led to Dio's vicious bullying of Jonathan in childhood. Like-father Like-Son, after all. Though linking with the above, even if the Joestar/Kujo's legacy would never awaken, no threats would come to the world because Dio would grow to be a honest man. Well, except for the Pillar Men...
- And outside the Brando/Joestar feud, if Jonathan hadn't been on Ogre Street looking for the source of Dio's poison, he wouldn't have met and befriended Robert Speedwagon, who would've perhaps stayed a petty street gangster instead of the CEO of The Speedwagon Foundation, which would not have been around to research the stone masks nor their connection to the Pillar Men, who might've awakened with nothing and no-one to stop them. Granted, there is still the Zeppeli bloodline that knows its threat and the means to combat it (Hamon), but without the Joestars (Since Will agreed to teach Jonathan in the first place because of his involvement with the Stone Mask, in addition of his history with Dio) or the Speedwagon foundation to enforce them, they will most likely fail.
- Basically everything that happened on the series (up to part 6), all the lives that had to take a sudden turn, all was because a certain Dario Brando existed.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: See Pet the Dog above.
- Younger Than They Look: He's in his 50s, but looks to be much older, especially in the 2012 adaptation, but it's probably justified due to his rough lifestyle and excessive alcoholism.
Voiced by: Aiko Iwamura (TV anime)
Dio's mother, heavily implied but never outright confirmed to be the female accompanying him at the carriage wreck. She was a woman he met in a bar who was reluctant to go along with Dario's schemes, but he later persuaded her to follow through with them. This decision led to romance and the birth of her son Dio, but ultimately, being drawn into Dario's corruptive existence backfired and resulted in her downfall when he exhausted her to the point she became sick and died.
- The Chew Toy: DIO considers her this in Over Heaven. Despite her best to be a nice person, she was constantly being abused by everyone in town or by her husband, which made DIO feel disgusted at her weakness of heart.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Dio thinks so highly of her that it stands to reason that had she not died in his youth, he would've turned out a very different man.
- Establishing Character Moment: Opposing the idea of stealing Mary Joestar's wedding ring.
- The Ghost: If she really isn't the the woman Dario was with at the wreckage.
- Horrible Judge of Character: She initially paired up with Dario because she liked his companionship... and then when she got further involved with him and had a son, Dario started to reveal his ugliest qualities and used that duty she now had to raise their son as an excuse to make her slave away at whatever he wanted.
- Impoverished Patrician: According to Over Heaven, DIO suspected she may have been from a noble family, which would explain the education he got from her that allowed him to survive until he was adopted by the Joestars. His father, in one of those moments he was sober, said she escaped with him from home out of love, which DIO found laughable.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Her blue eyes signify her innocence and compassionate nature.
- MayDecember Romance: Given Dario's age and her youthful appearance compared to him, this looks very much to be the case.
- Morality Pet: She was Dio's, and when she died, he turned extremely vindictive.
- No Name Given: Her real name is never spoken of.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Her demise is the reason Dio turned into such a vicious monster, wanting to exact revenge on his father for working her to death.
- Small Role, Big Impact:
- Her kindness affected Dio enough that losing her triggered his Start of Darkness. If she was still alive, Dio wouldn't have become the vainglorious bastard we all know and dread/enjoy.
- According to Over Heaven, DIO's desire for Heaven comes from his mother, as she was constantly telling him "that honorable and good people" go to Heaven. Likewise, the secret words were possibly inspired by a lullaby she sang to Dio as a child.
- Tragic Stillbirth: DIO muses he may have lost a sibling due to Dario's constant abuse on his wife in Over Heaven.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: The only person among the Brandos who was genuinely kind, and look what it got her — a lifetime of scraping to the bone until it finally killed her.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Unlike Dario, she was very fair and very beautiful, and such a pretty-faced lady that it caught the latter's eye. Presumably she's where Dio got his good looks from, considering his father was a borderline Gonk.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She was a kind, virtuous woman who did everything she could to make her family happy, especially her son, Dio. Unfortunately, her inability to stand up for herself and her death by overwork eventually led to Dio's conclusion that Virtue Is Weakness, making her one of the reasons why Dio became such a vile creature later in life. While Dio loved his mother, he hated the virtue she symbolized.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She's only seen at the very beginning of the story, at the scene of the Joestars' wrecked horse carriage. By the time the story picks up with her son, Dario has worked her to an early grave.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair: She had very vivid purple hair.
The late wife of George Joestar, who her son Jonathan never knew growing up. When she accompanied her husband on a trip to London with her baby boy on a rainy night, their horses and their carriage slid off the beaten path and tumbled down a ravine, where the jagged rocks below showed no mercy. She gave her life protecting her son, and was the first Joestar to die in the story.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: We never saw her for who she was, only what she did in her last moments — save her son's life at the cost of her own.
- Gory Discretion Shot: All we see of Mary are her legs and dress hanging out of the overturned carriage. Whatever horrid death-dealing injury she suffered was kept undisclosed because introducing a main character's mother all mutilated and letting that be how the audiences remembered her would not be tasteful, while the carriage driver and the horses were shown gruesomely maimed, whose were less consequential deaths used for shock value in the opening moments of the series.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Shielded her infant son Jonathan with her body rather than trying to save herself.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Had she survived the wreck, Dario would never have been able to lie to George's face so flawlessly, nor wanted to steal her ring. Even if Dio still ended up being their adopted son, her survival would have definitely stood in the way of his plans to destroy the Joestars and also prevented George from being blindly grateful to Dario and naive to Dio's true nature because there would have been two people to work over instead of one.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Over Heaven claims she is the one that bought the Stone Mask, meaning that everything that happened in the series is due to Mary Joestar's curiosity.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She's dead on arrival, having been flung upside-down in the carriage wreck and presumably suffered fatal head trauma. We don't even get to see her in full except in old photos.
Voiced by: Hiroaki Tajiri (Anime)
A gangster from London and one of Speedwagon's friends from his criminal days. Named because of a distinctive facial tattoo.
- Back for the Finale: He and Speedwagon's other criminal associate reappear at the end of Part 1 along with Straizo, Tonpetty, Poco, and Speedwagon himself all to see Jonathan off.
- Defeat Means Friendship: It's implied he gave up his life of crime along with Speedwagon when beaten by Jonathan.
- Fiery Red Head: He has a bright red mane of hair and was a lot more erratic and crazy during his attack on Jonathan when compared to his companions.
- Meaningful Name: A giant tattoo across his eyes per his name.
Jonathan's beloved Great Dane.
- Artistic License Animal Care: Jonathan feeds Danny a grape. Grapes are highly toxic to dogs, even being lethal in small amounts. Then again, considering what Dio does to Danny shortly after, it wouldn't really have mattered.
- Big Friendly Dog: Being a Great Dane, he's tall, and he's definitely amiable.
- Canine Companion: He was Jonathan's beloved pet and companion throughout his childhood years.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Locked in a box in an incinerator, with his maw wrapped in steel wire so he doesn't make any noise until the groundskeeper's lit it on fire. It's worse in the manga, where we get to see his charred yet still-alive body jump out of the incinerator.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Averted; he gleefully runs towards Dio to greet him, only to get kneed in the face.
- Heroic Dog: In the manga, he saved Jonathan from drowning when Jonathan was still a child. What makes this even more noteworthy is that Jonathan and Danny didn't get along at all prior to this incident.
- Incorrect Animal Noise: He has an unusually high-pitched sound for a Great Dane, who are known for having deep barks, being rather large dogs.
- True Companions: He and Jonathan weren't just dog and master, they were best friends. Before meeting Erina, Jonathan spent all of his time with Danny alone.