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Character subpage for Jean Pierre Polnareff, a main protagonist of Stardust Crusaders and a supporting character in Vento Aureo.

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

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

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

Silver Chariot

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


Silver Chariot Requiem

After being trapped by Diavolo and prepared to be killed off, Silver Chariot touched the Stand Arrow, evolving into a new kind of stand. Chariot Requiem has the power to transfer the souls of people to another body, alongside the ability to put them to sleep. Is not considered a sentient stand, but it has a determination to stop anyone from touching the arrow, just as Polnareff wanted.

  • Body Surf: Chariot Requiem power is to transfer the souls of one body to the another, saving Polnareff from dying at the hands of Diavolo, but trapping him inside Mr. President.
  • Humanoid Abomination: What starts coming out of people when they are under Requiem's effects for too long. It's supposed to be because Requiem is quickening evolution to breakneck speed, though there are also indications that it has something to do with his soul-switching agenda and that Requiem is summoning them from somewhere (i.e., cutting corners on the whole "evolution" thing).
  • Sinister Silhouettes: Subverted. At first it seems to be another case of Face Framed in Shadow, a trope used quite a bit in Part 5. Bruno gets close to it and reveals that what seemed to be an abstract silhouette is actually its features and Requiem looks like it was made from black plastic.
  • Squishy Wizard: Chariot Requiem loses most of its old combat abilities, with one weakness that can be quickly destroyed; the trade off is the ability to control souls, turn Stands against their users, and even the ability to evolve lifeforms beyond their current state.
  • Outside-Context Problem