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Jonathan "Johnny" Joestar (Stand: Tusk)
A former horse racing prodigy, Johnny's heyday as an all-star jockey came to an abrupt end when a public incident cause him to become a wheelchair-bound invalid. He meets Gyro Zeppeli before the Steel Ball Run begins and finds himself captivated by the steel ball's power. Believing that the power of the Spin will allow him to walk again, Johnny pursuits and fights for Gyro's attention. After seeing Johnny's determination, the two team up for the race.
He's known for his cynical, self-centered, critical and fairly mean-spirited behavior. Despite this, he's a solid Jerkass Woobie due to his terrible upbringing and self-esteem issues, and much of the story is about him growing out of this behavior to become a much nicer, self-sacrificing person.
His Stand is Tusk, named for an album by Fleetwood Mac, which allows him to imbue his fingernails with the Spin, which then can be shot out like bullets. Throughout the course of the story, it gains more powers as Johnny increases his mastery of the Spin and evolves as a character; see Next Tier Power-Up for more information.
- 11th-Hour Superpower: In the climax to the Part, Johnny uses the power of the Golden Spin to gain access to Tusk ACT4.
- Abnormal Ammo: He shoots his nails.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Par for the course for JoJo's. The manga has him wearing light blue clothes with pink stars, All-Star Battle make his hat and shirt white with blue stars, and his pants the opposite, and Eyes of Heaven gives him a lime green outfit with red stars.
- Alliterative Name: Johnny Joestar. Though, the "Jo" in Johnny is usually pronounced "Joe" in Japan.
- Anyone Can Die: Kicks the bucket, 10 years after the events of SBR.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: The true ability of Tusk ACT4 is that it's impossible to properly protect oneself against its abilities. Need to get down into the sewers? ACT4 doesn't even need to break the ground, it'll just pull it aside like a sliding door. Time Stands Still? ACT4 can move in stopped time, even though Johnny can't. Not even a wall that deflects the concept of misfortune itself will stop Tusk ACT4. Even an ability that deflects all damage can't deflect ACT4's attacks.
- Awesome McCoolname: Joestar.
- The Big Guy: Averted with him physically since he's rather scrawny due to years of being confined to a wheelchair, but Tusk's abilities wind up making Johnny one of the most physically dangerous threats and very good in a fight even without a weapon to use. This becomes literal in both senses when Tusk evolves to ACT 4, as it is now physically very large and barrel chested and is the only Stand in the entire part to pull off a Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs barrage (accompanied by his lineage's trademark ORAORAORA Battle Cry). In addition to this, it can tear holes in dimensional walls, fire a Spin with infinite energy that can travel across dimensions, and straight up No-Sell a Time Stop!
- Bishōnen: Perhaps the most androgynous looking JoJo.
- Bishōnen Line: A heroic example; as Tusk evolves, it becomes more humanoid (and robotic).
- Bottomless Magazines: Tusk Act 1 allows Johnny to fire as many nail bullets as he wants. Unfortunately, these bullets don't do much damage, leaving Johnny helpless against stronger Stand users. However, Tusk's later Acts are limited by how many nails he has, and it takes some time for them to regrow.
- Break the Haughty: He wound up paralyzed, simply because he thought he was too rich and famous to wait in line.
- Brick Joke: Even in an alternate universe, Dio manages to overshadow Jonathan in the eyes of his father...
- And even in an alternate universe... Jonathan loses his head. Though, it's a vastly different way he does so.
- Byronic Hero: See Contrasting Reboot Character below for more details.
- Cartoon Creature: Tusk was designed to resemble an axolotl, but it partially resembles an elephant (with its big, floppy ears) and some kind of bird (from its conical "beak").
- Character Development: The whole story of SBR is basically about it. Over the course of the story, Johnny finds that there's more to life beyond the walls he had built around himself. His character development is crucial to not only the story but also the development of his Stand, and his powers. Act 1 is a fairly selfish ability, used by Johnny to defend himself and only really himself. Act 2 is born when, in the midst of a crisis, Johnny realizes Gyro's teachings on the Golden Circle and deepens the friendship he has with him. Act 3 is born when Johnny is pushed into a corner and finally decides to go on the offensive for getting the Corpse Parts rather than act defensively, giving him a downright dangerous ability to compensate. And Act 4, his strongest Stand, is created when Johnny finally fully internalizes Gyro's teachings on the Spin and manifests it his own way. As Johnny's Stand evolves it grows a pair of legs, symbolizing Johnny's learning to "walk again."
- Classical Anti-Hero: The neglect and contempt shown by his father, and the events that led up to him getting paralyzed, turned him into a bitter shadow of his former self, with deep-seated self-esteem issues. In fact, the reason he seeks to acquire the Corpse Parts is so that a "useless person" like him could have a purpose for living.
- Coming-of-Age Story: Johnny's journey to walk again runs parallel to his growth in maturity. This is reflected in his Stand's growth from ACT to ACT, culminating in achieving ACT 4, regaining his ability to walk, and his first real heroic act not motivated by revenge or selfishness in trying to stop Diego From Another World from having the Corpse.
- Conditional Powers: Johnny's Tusk Act 4 is one of the strongest Stands in the JoJoverse bar none, able to harness the power of infinity, enabling it to perform feats including and beyond instantly killing anything its empowered bullets hit, and No-Selling THE WORLD's time stop. The catch? Act 4 requires intimate knowledge and masterful use of the Golden Spinnote , and thus Johnny's paraplegia means he can only use Tusk Act 4 while riding a horse, at least for the duration of Steel Ball Run.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Other than similarities in their backstories, Johnny neither looks nor acts like Jonathan, in any way. Jonathan was a kind, idealistic, unselfish, and generous person; Johnny is cruel, cynical, self-centered, and petty. Jonathan was a musclebound mountain of a man; Johnny's background as a jockey and his later paralysis have given him a scrawny physique. In other words, Jonathan was the Ideal Hero with scarcely any flaws, while Johnny is a very flawed Byronic Hero with few redeeming qualities.
- In some instances, Johnny stands at a contrast to the previous part's JoJo, Jolyne Cujoh. While both are anti-heroic and both have serious daddy issues, how they started and how they ended couldn't be any more different. Jolyne Cujoh, flaws and sexuality aside, was genuinely heroic starting off, and a large part of her Character Development has her becoming self-dependent. Johnny, meanwhile, is cruel, cynical, and thoroughly self-interested, and a large part of his Character Development has him be more sympathetic and nicer to people. Additionally, while Jolyne fails in her quest to stop Enrico Pucci from resetting the universe, Johnny largely succeeds in his quest to receive his father's acknowledgement and stop Funny Valentine's plans from coming to fruition. And aside from all that, there's the fact that Jolyne and Johnny are opposite genders...
- He's also one to Giorno Giovanna from Part 5. Though they are the most ruthless and pragmatic of the Joestars we have seen so far, their goals are completely different. Giorno is an idealist with noble and lofty goals to put an end to Passione's drug trade, whereas Johnny is at the start of his story a cynic whose goals are self-serving in nature, at least at the start of the story. Though Giorno is the protagonist of his Part, he primarily plays a backseat to the development of his teammates and remains a Static Character throughout. Part 7, despite its plethora of characters, serves primarily as Johnny's Coming-of-Age Story from a amoral and self-serving cynic to a hero. Both Giorno and Johnny have stands that evolve into a more powerful state, but while Gold Experience Requiem's powers enable it to revert things to "zero", Johnny's Tusk Act 4 utilises the power of infinite rotation.
- Cool Big Bro: His deceased brother Nicholas was this, encouraging Johnny, and comforting him when their father punished Johnny for bringing his mouse to the dinner table. Part of the reason Johnny is so screwed up today is due to the belief that he was responsible for Nicholass death.
- Cosmic Plaything: Something he does have in common with Jonathan. Only its somehow worse.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Comes off as whiny, incompetent, and overly reliant on Gyro. In-battle, however, it becomes clear that he can hold his own. This is especially apparent when his "Dark Will" comes out.
- Cruel and Unusual Death:
- He can potentially cause this with his stand. Being hit by Tusk ACT4's infinite spin attacks causes one to split into rotating segments until they get completely disintegrated by the effect.
- His own death in JoJolion: he shoots himself in the head to inherit his wife and son's disease that turns their skin as stiff and folded as origami, before almost immediately having his head crushed by a boulder.
- Deadpan Snarker: Out of all of the JoJos that have appeared, Johnny's definitely the snarkiest of them all. He likes to reply with sarcastic remarks, particularly when it comes to Gyro and his indecipherable jokes and weird songs.Gyro: ~Pizza Mozzarella... Pizza Mozzarella... Rella Rella Rella~ What do you think?
Johnny: Gyro... That's a damn good song.
Johnny: [Sarcasm Mode] Ah... Oh man. It's great! It's awesome! This is insane! It's get stuck in your head so easily! Especially the "rella rella" part.. Its like... a masterpiece! I can't get it out of my mind! it'll definitely be a hit back in Europe.
- He's also the only character to compliment Josuke's hair in All Star Battle. The taunt is in the snark.
- Decoy Protagonist: Flip flopped, due to his namesake, readers may assume Johnny is the protagonist of the story. But according to Word of God, Gyro was originally written in the early parts of Steel Ball Run to be the protagonist. However, midway through the story Johnny starts to take more and more of a traditional protagonist role.
- Determinator: Getting his shit kicked out of him by a horse and having a piece of wood lodged in his leg will not stop this guy from learning the secret of Gyro's Steel Balls, and later on, absolutely nothing will get between him and the corpse parts.
- Disabled Snarker: Johnny may have lost the use of his legs, but that doesn't stop him from being a grade-A smartass.
- Disability Superpower: Completely averted. Johnny's paraplegia is nothing but a hindrance without any sort of supernatural compensation, and without his experience as a horseback rider while having a ranged Stand he'd be near useless. It's telling that one of his stands more useful secondary uses can be described as "quickly dragged by spinning fingers".
- Embarrassing First Name: Jonathan Joestar, but he started calling himself "Johnny" after people started calling him "JoJo".
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Once he figures out the Golden Ratio, his nail bullets become incredibly powerful weapons which create movable rifts that seek out the target's vitals and destroy them. Then when he perfects the spin, they become nigh unstoppable killing machines.
- Eyes Never Lie: He sees no problem with killing an opponent if he thinks it's necessary. Gyro can tell just by looking at his eyes — Johnny's killing intent is depicted as smoldering black flames in his pupils.
- Face Death with Dignity: He calmly accepts his fate after the Diego Brando From Another Universe hits him with his own Infinite Rotation. Subverted in that he does get better in the end.
- Fetish: He has formicophilia.
- Finger Gun: A more serious example than usual, since Tusk's nail bullets are fired from his fingers. He sometimes poses like this to aim Tusk.
- Fireball Eyeballs: How his "dark will" is typically represented.
- Foreshadowing: Very early on in the arc, Gyro mentions to Johnny that mosquito bites are the number one causes of death. As we approach the climax, we find out about his little fetish...
- And ultimately, Gyro dies from dozens of small wounds from D4C's ability, resembling mosquito bites.
- Friendship Moment: A lot with Gyro, but the most touching scene is the one where he gave the corpse to the enemy in order to save him.
- Glass Cannon: His Stand. Tusk boasts an impressive amount of firepower and a number of different ways to use it, but offers no defensive abilities, and the stand itself can't be used in a fight.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He gets a scar, after he got shot.
- Green Lantern Ring: The Golden Ratio also allowed him to use the rifts created by his nails to transport parts or all of him to other places.
- Guy Liner: He wears pale blue lipstick that's the same color as his outfit.
- Handicapped Badass: Not being able to use the legs doesn't stop him from kicking ass, as well as participating in a country spanning horse race.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: How dangerous are his spinning fingernail bullets? Very.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Johnny sacrifices himself to save his son, when using the corpse's power to save his wife backfires horribly.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: He literally thinks of himself as "less than zero".
- Hot-Blooded: He is a JoJo. Tons of screaming and aggressive forcefulness is to be expected from him.
- I'm a Man; I Can't Help It: His excuse for having a threesome with two women who are clearly gold diggers.
- Improbable Weapon User: He shoots his fingernails like bullets. Even for JoJo, that's pretty over the top.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Naturally, with his nail bullets. Case in point: He hits Alternate Diego through a New York City street from the sewer below, while on a horse, just from the sound of the hoofbeats of Diego's horse.
- In Series Nick Name: JoJo.
- Ironic Name: Johnny is unable to walk, but his stand is named after a song by Fleetwood Mac, while he was in a marching band.
- Karmic Death: Prior to JoJolion, he stole the corpse that was supposed to have been sealed at the end of Part 7 in order to cure his wife from an unknown disease. Since the "curing" works on the Equivalent Exchange basis, and not wanting to get the disease himself, Johnny really begs that some stranger will get it instead. That "stranger" turns out be his son George. In grief, Johnny attempts to repeat the procedure, but casts it aside, realizing the cruelty of inflicting the disease on an unsuspecting person. He uses the corpse to redirect the disease to himself, with fatal results. The old man telling this story calls it "Johnny Joestar's Sin".
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Deconstructed and subverted with his Dark Will. When Johnny has his mind set on killing someone, that's all he's focused on. He puts no other thoughts into his actions in this state, something easily exploited by his enemies.
- Mundane Utility: After Johnny first masters the Golden Ratio, and learns to create rotational force around his finger, he quickly finds innocuous functions, like grating cheese, wrapping spaghetti, and brushing his teeth. It even makes Gyro jealous.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The circumstances leading up to the aforementioned karmic death.
- Next Tier Power-Up:
- Act 1: Tusk starts off as simply allowing Johnny to spin and shoot his nails, and also lets him grow them back fast.
- Act 2: By spinning his nails according to the Golden Ratio, Tusk's bullets become stronger, and the holes they leave behind can move and track down people. However, this comes at the cost of nail regrowth speed, meaning Johnny only ever has ten bullets at a time (minus his toenails, which he can't aim properly).
- Act 3: By shooting himself, Johnny can suck his body and/or parts of it into a wormhole, which he can then move around in and maneuver his way out of attacks, enter tight spaces, and get better vantage points.
- Act 4: By harnessing the golden rotational energy of a horse running at natural pace, Tusk gains an ability that is best described as an unstoppable, infinite attack that is guaranteed to be deadly unless reversed.
- Nice Hat: His odd horseshoe-bandanna combo. JoJolion implies that at some point he traded it for a tasseled sailor's cap resembling Josuke's.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Of Axl Rose.
- One-Hit Kill: Tusk Act 4 turns Johnny's shots into this, depicted as the target nigh-instantaneously being torn to shreds and twisting into nothing. Even with a healing factor, the force of the shot will never leave your soul, and more or less pins you to the spot.
- One-Word Vocabulary: Tusk knows only three words: "Movere Crus", which it said a couple of times in its debut arc, and "Chumimi~in", which it says more often.
- Parental Neglect: His father focused most, if not all, of his attention on Johnny's brother, Nicholas, who was even more skilled in horse racing.
- Perpetual Frowner: In twenty-four volumes, Johnny smiles only twice. That's even less than Jotaro who's a notorious Perpetual Frowner himself.
- Personality Powers: Johnny is cruel and distances himself from others, which reflects in Tusk's starting powerset of shooting projectiles instead of getting close and punching things. Tusk ACT 4 has Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs more alike to the other JoJos who start off as heroic figures, and represents Johnny's final stage of Character Development into a better person.
- Phenotype Stereotype: To show how American he is, he wears a horseshoe hat, and star-patterned blue pants, and arm-warmers with the American Flag design on them. He replaces the hat for a Pork-pie hat with a star-patterned hem and gets rid of the original arm-warmers for some white ones.
- The Protagonist: Of Steel Ball Run.
- Pyrrhic Victory: A number of his fights end this way, notably when Gyro's out of commission and he has to take over. He defeats Sandman, but then Hot Pants knocks him out and takes some of his corpse parts. He and Gyro ward off the Eleven Men, but then Johnny is forced to give up the parts they gained to save Gyro from turning into a tree. He has Axl RO on the ropes, but then Valentine shows up, shoots Axl, and takes the rest of the holy corpse. He defeats Valentine, but at the cost of Gyro's life, and didn't feel all too good about killing Valentine.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: While this series is no stranger to a good ole fashioned punch-fest, Johnny stands out due to the fact that Tusk ACT 4 is the only Stand in the entire Part to make use of this ability. This is due mostly to the fact the the vast majority of Stands in this Part are "ability" types that either don't have the strength to pull this off (Ball Breaker and In A Silent Way, for example) or don't even have a humanoid form (Scan, Cream Starter, Scary Monsters, etc.) and thus are physically incapable of doing so.
- Reality Ensues: He regains his ability to walk in the end, but it's a slow and gradual recovery; not a single, climactic, miraculous, and perfectly timed moment.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Gyro's blue, at the beginning. Interestingly, the roles are reversed as the story goes on.
- Sarcasm Mode: To Gyro's gags.
- Say My Name: GYROOOOOOOOOOO!!
- Situational Sword: Tusk Act 4 gains the ability to punch with the best of them, a durability rank of A, an INCREDIBLE boost in power, and the ability to No-Sell stopping time. The catch? While he can summon Tusk Act 4 by itself, he can only use it's infinite rotation power while riding a horse.
- Space Master: The higher acts of his ability approach this, with the ability to transport himself in the bullet holes of his shots.
- Tusk Act 4 masters it, being able to tear holes in physical and dimensional walls, such as ripping open a portal from a New York City street into the sewer below, and literally ripping D4C Love Train's dimensional barrier open with its own two hands.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In Japanese, even! In the first chapter his name is spelled ジョニー, but afterward it's ジョニィ.
- Story-Breaker Power: Tusk Act 4. Not only does it keep all of the abilities of its other Acts, but its infinite rotation will kill anything it touches, unless if they get hit with it again going the opposite direction which is something only Johnny can do, and will affect the enemy to their very soul, negating any attempts to heal or jump to a different body. It should be noted that the alternate Diego, who had THE WORLD as his Stand, spent most of their fight completely on the defensive, terrified about getting hit by it, and had to resort to cutting off his leg in order to win.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Zigzagged. A flashback in JoJolion reveals that Johnny was killed in Japan merely ten years after the events of Steel Ball Run. However, considering that JoJolion takes place over a century after the events of Steel Ball Run, it's pretty obvious that Johnny would have been long dead by that point anyway.
- The Stoic: Zig-Zagged. He's prone to shock and screaming as anyone else, and doesn't have the calm, calculating demeanor that Jotaro or Giorno have in battle. Outside of fights, he mostly keeps to himself and lets Gyro do the talking. However, (as seen in Sarcasm Mode above) it's played completely straight to Gyro's antics ... or when his dark will comes out.
- Symbol Motif Clothing: Stars are everywhere in his design, to show that he is a Joestar and an American.
- Throwing Off the Disability: In the final arc of the part, he regains his walking, which he had lost after being shot in the spine. A large part of his character before this moment consisted in him re-learning to ride a horse without the use of his legs.
- Time Stands Still: Defied; aside from Gold Experience Requiem, Tusk ACT 4 is the only known Stand to be able to get around a chronokinetic Stand like AU!Diego's THE WORLD due to its mastery of the Spin, giving it the infinite energy and mastery over gravity to move independently from time itself. However, Johnny himself will still be stopped, it's just that his Stand won't be.
- Took a Level in Badass: His stand, Tusk, keeps evolving as he learns to use the Golden Ratio in battle.
- Johnny himself goes from a scrawny paraplegic with low self esteem to one-hit-killing the Big Bad and standing down Alternate Universe Diego's THE WORLD confidently and calmly without a hint of fear, and even found out its ability without any help. Not even Jotaro could act that detached fighting The World.
- Tranquil Fury: When his "Dark Determination" kicks in, he barely speaks; this means that he really wants to kill you.
- The Unfavorite: To his father. The thought of his father cheering him on with pride as he thundered past Broadway, and the thoughts of the memories of his epic trek with Gyro was more than enough. Johnny may have lost the race, but he won something far more precious; a true friend and his father's love.
- Unscrupulous Hero: Johnny is not really heroic. He just wanted the Corpse and is not particularly nice. To have the Corpse he'll do everything even if he must kill someone. He even proposed to Gyro to shoot a child with a serious face. He does mellow down over the course of the story, but still.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Really, really wanted his father's love and approval. He got it in the end.
- What You Are in the Dark: At the climax of the Eleven Riders fight, Johnny realizes that in order to save Gyro's life, he must "use up" the corpse parts the two just fought their lives for. While he initially hesitates, he eventually does give them up, much to Gyro's surprise. It's from here on out he starts acting a lot less selfish as well.
Iulius Caesar "Gyro" Zeppeli (Stand: Ball Breaker)
A mysterious racer who suddenly shows up in the U.S. for the Steel Ball Run. He ends up catching the eye of many people, good and bad, for his high placement in the race's rankings, his past concerning his time in Naples, and his seeking of the Corpse Parts. He eventually acts as a sort of partner and a mentor to Johnny after the race begins.
To participate in fights, he primarily uses a hereditary technique known as the Spin. With it, he can use a pair of Steel Balls he carries around to make the things they touch rotate, or to throw them as powerful projectiles.
From the Corpse's right eye, he gains the non-Stand ability known as Scan, which enhances his eyesight and allows him to see through his Steel Balls. Later on, his use of the Golden Spin grants him the Stand ability Ball Breaker, named after the AC/DC song and album, which has the vast power to bypass dimensional barriers and accelerate life itself.
- '80s Hair: He had a mullet when he was a kid.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: The manga and All-Star Battle make him blonde and wearing a purple and tan outfit. Eyes of Heaven makes his clothes blue and his hair green. He has green eyes in the manga, but blue in the games.
- Anyone Can Die: No character surnamed Zeppeli has ever reached the end of their given part alive. Though Gyro certainly came the closest.
- Badass Beard: Those squares at his jawline count.
- Balloon Belly: Briefly during the Sugar Mountain arc.
- Barbarian Long Hair: Has a wild untamed mane, and being a physical fighter, has the right to claim it.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Johnny, despite not being related by blood. He is older, more experienced in the world, and mentors Johnny in mastering the Spin.
- Blood from the Mouth: Experiences this from having his inner organs ruptured during the fight with Valentine.
- Brought Down to Badass: After he willingly gave "Scan" away by handing the corpse part over to Lucy Steel.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Gyro has a couple of quirky moments in Steel Ball Run, his weird cheese song being one of the most notable.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: What killed him? Tiny scratches that by way of D4C's secondary ability traveled to his heart, thus dying of internal hemorrhage.
- Deuteragonist: He shares an equal amount of page-time with Johnny in the first 21 volumes, but following his defeat and subsequent death at Valentine's hands, he loses The Protagonist role to Johnny, who is left to defeat the villain by himself.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: He has balls of steel.
- Embarrassing First Name: His actual given name is Iulius Caesar, the Latin form of "Julius Caesar".
- Enlightenment Superpowers: Mastering the Golden Spin grants Gyro a Stand of his own, Ball Breaker, which induces rapid aging in whatever his Golden Spin empowered steel balls hit. While Ball Breaker's manifestation is slightly flawed (due to the chip in the steel ball used to channel it) it is still quite powerful, and one of the few Stands in Steel Ball Run unrelated to the Saint's Corpse.
- Everyone Has Standards: Gyro is a professional executioner with a huge pragmatic streak, but even he gets disturbed by how ruthless Johnny can be.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: The basis for the steel balls' power is their rotation. Based on the Golden Ratio, no less.
- Generation Xerox: Like the other Zeppeli who have appeared in the series, he doesn't survive.
- Handsome Lech: Tends to flirt with women, as shown in the Sugar Mountain arc, one flashback even has him having sex with a hospital patient, when he found out she was a married woman, he was more concerned about his fathers reaction than anything else.
- The Hero: Johnny is the protagonist but Gyro is more heroic.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He could have saved himself by moving into Love Trains light, but that would have killed some random person across the globe.
- Killed Off for Real: 'Tis the inevitable fate of the Zeppeli bloodline...
- The Last Dance: His duel with Valentine, he was already mortally wounded due to being bitten by a fish right as Valentine activated Love Train, moving the wound to his heart. That didnt stop Gyro from trying to take him down.
- Lost in Translation: Gyro's jokes are heavily reliant on Japanese puns or cultural references that are difficult to translate into other languages.
- Meaningful Name: His nickname, Gyro, which means "revolve" in many romance languages, such as in "gyroscope" and "gyration". His real name, Iulius Caesar, has the obvious meaning... but it also connects him to Caesar from Part 2, another co-protagonist who started out stronger than the main character before being killed.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Lesson 5...
- Mythology Gag: An Italian character named after food? Sounds like the Passione gangsters from Vento Aureo.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Named after Julius Caesar, much to his embarrassment. Unusual in that Gyro's case is the only time such a connection is acknowledged in the text.
- Nice Guy: He can act like an asshole sometimes, but hes ultimately a kind-hearted person who has trouble bringing himself to kill an enemy.
- Nice Hat: Cut to resemble a cyclist helmet. Also, there's a pair of goggles which, instead of lenses, just has a few holes cut kinda like Kanye West Venetian sunglasses.
- Nonindicative Name: Minor, the chapter 'The Desert-Born Outlaws' shows us his steel balls are actually made of iron. Presumably, it's the shape that allows him to conduct the Spin through them, since every iteration of the "steel balls" that he makes after losing or destroying a pair of them bear the same design on their surface.
- No Pronunciation Guide: In Italian, his name is pronounced 'Yee-ro', but in both All-Star Battle and the radio drama it's pronounced 'Jai-ro'.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: He's almost always referred to as Gyro; his true name Iulius Caesar Zeppeli is known only by his father and later, Johnny, after the two share their deepest secrets.
- Pungeon Master: Makes a lot of puns. Not a single one of them is funny.
- Rapid Aging: An effect of Ball Breaker allows it to rapidly age anything it hits.
- Really Dead Montage: As he dies, scenes of him and Johnny either bonding or fighting enemies go by as Johnny screams his name.
- Real Men Wear Pink: After his teddy becomes ragged and is falling apart, he orders a new one from a catalog. Specifically, the one with the pretty pink bow on its head.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Johnny's blue.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The kid he ran the race to save does get saved by Johnny in the end, but dies just a few years later from a fever.
- Signature Laugh: Nyohoho!
- Skewed Priorities: When packing for the race, he decides a comic book and a teddy bear take priority over toilet paper, scissors, and a toothbrush plus tooth powder. Semi-justified, as he reasons he can easily use his other tools and things from the wild for the same purposes.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In the French official translation, "Gyro" becomes "Jayro". It becomes "J Lo" in Italy, but that's pronounced the same way. His real name is also divided between Julius or Iulius or Yulius.
- Technobabble: For those who aren't science or arithmetic buffs, the way his steel balls work will require some very serious research and at least one re-reading.
- Took a Level in Badass: Eventually gains "Ball Breaker", a stand that rapidly accelerates anything it touches, including the aging process of cells.
Lucy Steel (née Pendleton) (Stand: Ticket to Ride)
The much younger wife of Stephen Steel, unwittingly dragged into the world of the Steel Ball Run and the Holy Corpse. Though living in constant danger of the wrath of the president and overwhelmed by the gravity of the situation she is in, she opposes Valentine behind the scenes for the sake of her husband's safety.
While she had the Corpse's head, she was granted the Stand Ticket to Ride, named after a song by The Beatles. This allows her to use her tears as knives. Anything 'cut' by the knives becomes susceptible to a number of coincidences which happen in Lucy's favor.
- Attempted Rape: Valentine tries to sleep with her when she was disguised as Scarlet. Even after finding out that she was an impostor, Valentine proceeds to try and have his way with her anyway. Lucy was saved at the last minute by having Hot Pants' spray sticking onto Valentine.
- Happens again when she goes to confront the alternate Diego, with him only stopping when he realizes that she brought the original Diegos head with her.
- Artistic Age: She's pretty tall and... well-developed for a 14-year-old.
- Badass Adorable: A young 14-year-old girl who is a Guile Hero and is always finding her way through situations.
- Badass Normal: Prior to Acquiring a stand through the holy corpse, Lucy is just a normal 14-year-old girl who doesnt even know how to use the spin. Nevertheless, she manages to survive against Stand users through a mix of pragmatism and luck, best shown in the fight against Blackmore, where she shoots him through the chest while distracted, steals the holy corpse spine from him and them puts two more bullets in him for good measure. The only reason he even survived was by patching the wound with Catch the Rainbow, and even then he knew he would already be dead by the time the rain stops
- Beneath Suspicion: This is how she was able to get away with sabotaging Valentine's plans for so long. Nobody suspected a 14-year-old wife to be able to do anything.
- Body Horror: When The Holy Corpse starts manifesting her Stand, her skin starts to peel away to reveal the shriveled-up corpse parts underneath. Once Ticket to Ride reaches its final stage, her body becomes covered in triangular metal plates, and her joints start to look robotic in nature; it's a tossup whether this looks better or worse than the previous form.
- Brick Joke: How she defeats Alternate Universe Diego Brando. She brings the original Diego's head close to him, which, because of how the same people from alternate universes die by being forcibly fused together, causes his head to explode into a bloody mess.
- Call-Back: She has the same maiden name as Erina from Parts 1 and 2.
- Confirmed Bachelor: In JoJolion, she confirms that she never had an actual marriage following her "marriage" to Stephen Steel.
- Cool Old Lady: She's about 65 by the time of her flashback episode in Jojolion, but is still an accomplished botanist and geomorphologist for the Speedwagon Foundation who travels all around the world.
- Damsel in Distress: When she becomes The Holy Corpse, Funny Valentine keeps her captive in order to make himself unstoppable with Love Train's ability. The final battle involves Gyro and Johnny having to rescue her.
- Depending on the Artist: Sometimes she looks her age (at the beginning and at the near end), sometimes she doesn't.
- Dude Magnet: Is married to Stephen, Mountain Tim has feelings for her, Funny Valentine spent a few chapters trying to catch and rape her., Alternative Universe!Diego tried having sex with her, and...
- Even the Girls Want Her: Scarlet is more than eager to have sex with her.
- Fille Fatale: She ends up seducing Scarlet in a gambit to steal the corpse parts in Valentines possession
- Guile Hero: She has no supernatural abilities whatsoever (prior to merging with the Holy Corpse), so she has to rely on her wits to survive.
- The Heart: Shes a kind and caring person who only involved herself in this mess due to wanting to make sure that Stephen wouldnt be killed off due to not being useful.
- Hero of Another Story: Following the events of SBR, Lucy seems to have become quite the badass, becoming an agent for the U.S. Government, presumably tracking Johnny Joestar to Morioh shortly after his death, and eventually retrieving the Saint's Corpse.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Stephen Steel. It's far stronger than any normal friendship, though it doesn't necessarily qualify as "love".
- Living MacGuffin: Once she obtains the almost-completed Holy Corpse, she somehow becomes pregnant with its head.
- Morality Pet: Serves as one to multiple characters, including her husband Stephen, Mountain Tim, Johnny, and even Valentine to an extent.
- Ms. Fanservice: So much so that the President's wife took an interest in her.
- Power Degeneration: Develops a Stand called Ticket to Ride when the Holy Corpse fuses with her. It allows her to turn her tears into knives and gives her protection from misfortune, but it slowly turns her into metal and will eventually kill her.
- Pregnant Badass: When the Holy Corpse took residence in her womb to mature into a complete form again.
- Selective Gravity: Subconsciously, during the second stage of being the host.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Pun aside, the fact that this young lady is willing and able to stand to the occasion in spite of being terrified out of her wits makes her as brave as any hero.
- Spanner in the Works: Ever notice how alternate Diego never got to seal the corpse in the vault before he died? When Stephen gets there, the door is already closed, and it is heavily implied that Lucy herself closed the vault. As it was built so that only the person who closed the vault could open it, this sets the stage for Johnny to take the Corpse from said vault to Japan many years later.
- Tears of Fear: Sheds these during her closer encounters with Valentine and his subordinates.
- Teen Pregnancy: Not out of having sex, but rather by somehow becoming pregnant with the head of the Holy Corpse. ...At age 14.
- Took a Level in Badass: Several by Book 24, enough to kill Alternate Diego Brando, who has THE WORLD as his stand.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: As the bearer of the completed Holy Corpse, Ticket to Ride creates unlikely chains of events to protect its user. Valentine can combine this with his universe-hopping ability to create D4C's Love Train ability.
- Younger Than They Look: She's actually 14, but she looks about four, five, or maybe even six years older than that. She's rather tall, pretty curvy, and is sexualized a lot more than many other 14-year-olds are.
A one-time explorer and adventurer, who's gained and lost several fortunes. The MC and creator of the Steel Ball Run, though he doesn't realize what the President actually wants it for.
- Anime Hair: His hair looks less like hair and more like a broken eggshell, just like Foo Fighters'.
- Big Damn Heroes: He comes in just in time to save Johnny from being killed by Tusk Act 4.
- The Cameo: He runs the Campaign mode in All-Star Battle. And is extremely enthusiastic about it.
- Cool Old Guy
- Dirty Old Man: He's a 51-year-old man married to a 14-year girl. Subverted when its revealed that theyre actually Platonic Life-Partners.
- Gonk: It's the hair, which is cartoonishly simple compared to his otherwise realistic face, that makes him look so out of place.
- Intergenerational Friendship: The true nature of his and Lucy's relationship, and it's stronger than many actual romantic marriages. It made him look like a pedophile, however.
- I Was Quite a Looker: An early chapter reveals he was more handsome in his youth.
- Platonic Life-Partners: The actual nature of his marriage with Lucy.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of the older Speedwagon from Part 2. Among the oldest members of the cast, never fights, but primarily works behind the scenes through the power of his organization.
- Two-Faced Aside: In his debut chapter, he sternly reprimands an SBR employee to do his job properly. Once the employee has left the room, he then takes a moment to cry into Lucy's shoulder and voice his concerns about how he's worried about how the race will actually go, needing to be comforted by her for a moment before they attend the interview about the race.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Due to his age, it looks like this. It's not.
Mountain Tim (Stand: Oh! Lonesome Me)
His Stand, Oh! Lonesome Me, can segment his body along a rope. He is named after Mountain Jam, a song made by The Allman Brothers Band, while his Stand is named after a Don Gibson song.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Has a crush on Lucy, but Lucy does not return his feelings as she always loves her husband.
- Back for the Dead: It looked like he was killed off by Oyecomova's Stand, only to turn out to be OK... only to be killed by Blackmore.
- Big Damn Heroes: Rescues Lucy from being captured by Valentine's guards, but it ultimately costs him his life.
- Body Horror: His Stand allows him to separate his body parts into pieces, being only attached to each other with rope.
- Boom, Headshot!: Shot in the head by Blackmore.
- Decoy Protagonist: Early arcs and covers after his debut set him up to round out a trio with Johnny and Gyro, recreating part 1's Joestar-Zeppeli-Speedwagon cast, and it's with his help that they're first clued into the true plot and intrigue behind the titular race. His injuries from the start of the Oyecomova fight temporarily put him out of commission for the next few arcs, and he dies during shortly after his return.
- Defiant to the End: Refuses to give the identity of Lucy to Blackmore, resulting in his death.
- The Gunslinger: A trick-shooter that uses his Stand in conjunction with his pistol to land shots from the most unpredictable angles possible. This allows him to match Blackmore toe-to-toe in combat, and would have killed him if not for Catch the Rainbow's ability
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Towards Lucy Steel.
- Knows the Ropes: Being able to turn into rope certainly helps, but even without his Stand, Mountain Tim is an ace at using his lasso.
- Made of Plasticine: His Stand allows him to break his body up into pieces without harm as long as they stay connected to his rope. Not that it looks all that nice if you look at the part of his body the segments were originally attached to.
- MayDecember Romance: His crush on Lucy; he's just over twice her age.
- Mr. Exposition: Through him, the audience learns of the SBR universe's way of obtaining a Stand, and that's by passing through the Devil's Palm and surviving.
- Nice Hat: A zebra-patterned cowboy hat.
- Scars Are Forever
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: His haircut and hat make him look a bit like Speedwagon; the scar that Oyecomova gives his face helps cement the comparison. Also like Speedwagon, he's firmly good-aligned and has a one-sided crush on Lucy.
Hot Pants (Stand: Cream Starter)
Her Stand, Cream Starter, is a spray can that can spray flesh. Said flesh can be used to harm enemies, heal wounds, and to create a mask; it's surprisingly versatile. Hot Pants is named for a James Brown song of the same name, while Cream Starter is named after the song Firestarter by The Prodigy.
- The Atoner: She really wants to make up for sacrificing her brother to be eaten by a bear.
- Bifauxnen: Her looks can make her pass off as a Bishounen, while some characters were able to find out that she's a woman, some still don't.
- Body Horror: Seeing someone spray human flesh like a foam can be disturbing.
- Bokukko: Tended to use Japanese male pronouns to keep up her Sweet Polly Oliver facade. After the reveal, she started to use gender-neutral pronouns instead.
- Church Militant
- Combat Medic: Cream Starter can patch up wounds using its flesh spray.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Gets a spider, flies, wooden window frames, and glass sucked beneath her skin. The spider's venom kills her instantly.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The death of her brother, for which she's partially responsible.
- Death Is Dramatic: In a rarity for the Jojo series, this is averted. Her death happens extremely quickly and in a sudden way, with the newly acquired ability of D4C filling her with spiders, flies and window frames in less than 2 pages before she dies without even realizing what happened or getting the usual Famous Last Words (Unless, of course, if you count her surprised expression one). The heroes don't even know she died until Valentine tells Johnny during the final battle!
- Detachment Combat: Hot Pants can use Cream Starter to send out her own limbs; if she does so while holding a gun, she can shoot from unexpected angles.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: During the fight against Valentine, she becomes a victim of his new ability thanks to Love Train. However, because of how fast it happens and how nobody really pays attention to it much after, lots of fans tend to forget this fact, likening it to a similar incident earlier on in which she was in danger, yet somehow escaped off screen.
- Elemental Baggage: Hot Pants actually needs flesh to use as ammunition to spray from Cream Starter. She usually draws from her own mass, but luckily for her, she can spray the flesh of anyone she's touching.
- Enemy Mine: She double teams Valentine with the help of Diego Brando. Yes, really.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: A spray can that sprays flesh doesn't exactly sound all that useful, but Hot Pants manages to make the most out of it and turn it into a surprisingly useful Swiss-Army Superpower.
- Master of Disguise: Cream Starter can be used to flawlessly imitate a person's appearance, up to changing someone's voice to create an even better disguise.
- Nice Hat: A fur-lined pickelhaube.
- Non-Indicative Name: If she actually does have a pair of hot pants on, we don't get to see them, since they're covered by other clothes.
- Swiss-Army Superpower: Cream Starter is incredibly versatile for a Stand based around spraying flesh, being useful for offensive, defensive, and utility purposes.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Convincingly passed as a guy to the point where the viewer might actually think she's one at first.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: Johnny founds out that she's a woman by accidentally almost touching her breasts.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has pink hair.
Unlike Gyro's normal Steel Balls, Wekapipo uses a variation called Wrecking Ball which is embedded with smaller satellite balls that shoot out from the central ball to expand the possible range and send out shockwaves that induce a temporary stroke in victims.
He is named after a song by SOUL'd Out.
- Anime Hair: His hair can only be described as a grid-like style.
- Badass Normal: Wekapipo lacks a Stand entirely. His ability Wrecking Ball is just a variant of the Zeppeli family's Steel Ball techniques.
- The Cameo: A pre-match effect in Campaign mode in All-Star Battle, he uses Wrecking Ball to weaken your opponent.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The death of his sister triggers this. He gets better when it is revealed that Gyro's father is protecting her.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: You know how Funny Valentine can trigger a Never the Selves Shall Meet? He does it to Wekapipo. Valentine traps Diego in another dimension with the intent to kill him, but Diego quickly realizes how D4C works (allowing things to travel between dimensions when they get caught between two things) so Diego gets himself stuck between the two Wekapipos.
- Foil: To Gyro. Both are from Naples and both fight with steel balls, but Gyro is a Nice Guy who avoids killing unless absolutely necessary whereas Wekapipo is a former knight who lost everything and is perfectly willing to kill.
- HeelFace Turn
- I Owe You My Life: After he realizes that Gyro saved his sisters life.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: On figuring out that Gyro can use the wolf corpse to calculate the Golden Rectangle, he buries it under the ice with Wrecking Ball... which throws ice chips and melted water into the air. Given the freezing temperatures, they immediately become snow, which Gyro promptly uses to work out the Rectangle and defeat Wekapipo.
- Odd Name Out: Well, the second of two odd names out; like his partner Magent Magent, they're named after songs by Japanese band SOUL'd OUT.
- Revenge by Proxy: Gyros father exiled him from Naples, so Wekapipo takes the logical option and tries to kill Gyro.
- The Scapegoat: Blames the Zeppeli family for ruining his life, but in reality, Gyro saved his sisters life
- Unskilled, but Strong: The Zeppeli family's Spin techniques are reliant on using the natural world around them as a reference to create golden rectangles with their Spin, boosting their power. The Spin of the Neapolitan guard isn't reliant on this, but their Wrecking Balls are far stronger in a situation without golden ratios to empower throwing techniques.
Sandman (Stand: In a Silent Way)
His Stand lets him turn sounds into Written Sound Effects, which then replicate that effect on whatever touches them. He is named after the song Enter Sandman by Metallica, while his Stand's name is derived from an album by Miles Davis.
- Anti-Villain: He join in the Steel Ball Run race and states an aim to win and use the prize money to liberate or defend his tribe. He later reveals to have allied with the government in order to defend this interest.
- Badass Native: He's Native American, but he's able to compete in a horse race on foot.
- Badass Normal: In a race involving horses, he's the only one to run completely barefoot, yet he's almost always in the top running.
- Big Heroic Run: Sandman really puts the "run" part in Steel Ball Run. Being on foot also gives him the advantage of being able to take alternate routes that require climbing, wide jumps, or anything that most horses won't be able to cross.
- Braids, Beads and Buckskins: The only Native American in Steel Ball Run. The only other native American in JoJo was part 3's Devo the cursed.
- Decoy Protagonist: He is one of the first characters introduced in the Part, and is one of the major focuses during the first part of the race, indicating that hes gonna end up being a major player. But after that, Sandman drops off the plot until He ends up being an enemy who is killed after his first fight.
- Early Installment Weirdness: During his debut chapter, his Stand materializes; first, it's shown to let him rapidly climb up a cliff face, and later creates a hand of sand from a gemstone to blind one of the race managers.
- Horse of a Different Color: Sort of; he runs barefoot in a horse race.
- Killed Off for Real: The first victim of Tusk Act 2.
- Make Some Noise: In a Silent Way creates Written Sound Effects that replicate the effect of whatever is written.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: His Stand allows him to manipulate sound.
- Magical Native American: By way of his Stand.
- Multicolored Hair: Has light turquoise braids and his ponytail is black.
- Named After Somebody Famous: The (non-canon) Jorge Joestar novel gives his full name as Goyathlee Soundman, after Goyathlay.
- Naturalized Name: Sandman is only the name given to him by white people. His real name is "Soundman" in English, and his people call him "the one who creates sound".
- Noble Savage: Sandman is a Magical Native American who participates in the Steel Ball Run to get the necessary money for his tribe to legally own their land. He is reasonably nice and honorable enough to help contestants in need. Even then he decides being a Punch-Clock Villain to Valentine is a better option to help his tribe than the race.
- Neutral No Longer: Although he appears at the very beginning of part 7 as a sympathetic character, and even seems like he may become an ally of Johnny and Gyro, his dedication to saving his homeland and people ultimately aligns him with Valentine.
- Punch-Clock Villain: His reasons for joining with Valentine halfway through part 7 is due to his motivation to save his tribe rather than to win the race.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: The moniker "Sandman" seems accurate; see Early Installment Weirdness above, where it seems he has partial manipulation over sand. "Soundman" is just as accurate, when In A Silent Way is truly fought and Soundman has to create sounds to utilize his Stand's power.
- Tragic Villain
- We All Live in America: Despite being a Native American in the 19th century, Sandman's Stand revolves around the Japanese language.
- Weapons-Grade Vocabulary: His Stand can create the sound effect kana that, when touched, induces the related effect, i.e. "burning", "cutting", or "stabbing".
Pocoloco (Stand: Hey Ya!)
The son of a former slave, disinclined to hard work. He lost all his money to gambling and joined the Steel Ball Run race because a fortune teller predicted that he wouldn't suffer any misfortune for the following months.
His Stand, Hey Ya!, gives him seemingly nonsensical advice that always turns out in his favor. He is named after the composition Un Poco Loco made by Bud Powell, while his Stand is named after a song by OutKast.
- Born Lucky: A fortune teller inform him that he would be at the highest point in his life for two months, so Pocoloco decided to take advantage of his newfound luck and enter the race. Despite the misconception that his Stand improves Pocoloco's luck, it doesn't do anything other than encourage its user and put them in a good mood.
- The Cameo: An extremely rare post-match effect in All-Star Battle Campaign mode, he shares his "pot of luck", completely refilling your energy.
- Didn't See That Coming: Pocoloco is advised by Hey Ya! to veer right while a blizzard blinds all the riders; Johnny and Gyro, who are ahead of them, almost fall into a hole they couldn't see. They then create a makeshift bridge from a combination of Gyro's steel balls and Johnny's hole bullets so they can keep going full speed ahead, which genuinely shatters the confident swagger Hey Ya! had up until that point.
- The Fool: The man's a dimwit, and yet he is blessed with crazy luck.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: His Stand's ability basically amounts to being a cheerleader and counsel - but when you're Born Lucky, good self-esteem and some extra info is all you need.
- Humble Goal: He's after the prize money so that he can afford to just watch the clouds, and so his father doesn't have to be a sharecropper anymore.
- Invincible Hero: Arguably a Shadow Archetype for Gyro and Johnny. While all three seek to win the race (and Johnny's main goal isn't so much the money as figuring out Gyro's spin secrets), Pocoloco's absurd luck means the race has no personal meaning to him, and he never grows as a person because of his complacent dependence on his power. So while he may have won the race and the money, it pales in comparison to Gyro and Johnny's struggles and personal growth, represented by their greater cause to stop Funny Valentine from obtaining the whole Corpse.
- Joke Character: Not him, but rather, his stand - said stand has absolutely no combat ability whatsoever (all of its stats are rank E except its B-tier durability), and its sole ability (giving advice/words of encouragement) is an incredibly mundane skill that could be replicated by a personal trainer, and at best would provide second-hand Awesomeness by Analysis too slow to really assist in a battle. Pocoloco should consider himself extremely lucky that he never actually had to fight any other stand users.
- Meaningful Name: The (non-canon) Jorge Joestar novel gives his full name as Pocoloco Tripleseven, emphasizing his ridiculous luck.
- Million-to-One Chance: He takes advantage of his predicted good fortune to really push his luck in the races.
- The earliest example of this is to sprint down the hills on the first stage, despite the fact that it risks one's horse to trip over; he manages to land on a cow carcass and use it like a sled, preserving his momentum while letting his horse rest for the next stage of the race.
- On the third stage, he's faced with two paths around a lake; either go the conventional flat ground route along the right side or the rocky mountain slope on the left side. Sandman can take the left route because he's not on a horse and can maneuver around with climbing, but Pocoloco follows after Sandman and comes out the route just fine anyway.
- Mistaken for Badass: Despite being a complete dolt, thanks to his amazing luck, he is commonly mistaken as a racing genius who only looks like a moron at first glance.
- Nice Guy: An easygoing and humble guy who just wants to relax and watch the clouds. This helps take the edge off the audience when he ends up winning the Steel Ball Run.
- One Steve Limit: Averted, since Hey Ya! is also the name of his horse.
- Rags to Riches: At the start of the story, he's lost all of his funds to gambling. Due to ultimately being 1st place of the Steel Ball Run, he wins the 50 million dollars.
Diego "Dio" Brando (Stand: Scary Monsters)
A genius racer from England. After his mother died due to terrible treatment while working in a hellish Victorian England, he bitterly vowed to achieve the top place in society and take vengeance on the father who abandoned him; the Steel Ball Run race is the next stepping stone towards that goal.
After grabbing a hold of one of the Corpse's eyes, he eventually gains Scary Monsters as a Stand, which allows him to turn himself and the living beings he touches into dinosaurs and fossils. It's named after a song by David Bowie.
- The Ace: Everybody recognizes him as a genius jockey. And when he faces off against Valentine, he ends up having the upper hand for most of the fight; the only reason Valentine won was due to pure luck.
- Always Someone Better: Diego was always recognized as more talented than Johnny, much to George Joestar's chagrin. Throughout the race, Johnny continuously tries to gain an edge over Dio. The results are... mixed.
- Animorphism: After he fuses with one of the Turbo Eyes shortly before Dr. Ferdinand's death, he gains the ability to change into a dinosaur at will, thus gaining his own stand. The Ability itself comes from Dr. Ferdinand's Stand "Scary Monsters", thus the derived name.
- Anti-Villain: Unlike the original Dio, Diego was portrayed as a sinister yet still tragic figure wanting to have his existence acknowledged; it may be hard to call him a good guy, but his goals and actions eventually line up with the heroic side.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He doesn't do this in Stand battles, but in the horse-race sections, Diego is able to describe a horse's movements to the tiniest detail, and explain the weaknesses of those movements and pass them. He's also a brilliant tracker, going so far as being able to identify horse tracks in the snow as those of Wekapipo's horse just by their depth and distance apart.
- Bishōnen: Handsome as his original counterpart, but thanks to Art Evolution he's much slimmer.
- The Bluebeard: Diego is rumored to have murdered his 83-year-old wife for her money.
- Chick Magnet: Girls love him so much they jumped on him while he was still racing.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To Dio, of course. Dio's entire character is that he's pure evil, sparked forward from the abuse received from his father; Diego was treated even worse, but his motives are no more evil than wanting vengeance against the father who abandoned him. Dio is manipulative and has repeatedly assembled legions of loyal followers to do his bidding; Diego is resentful of humanity and only considers working with others if he has something significant to gain out of it. Dio weaseled his way into the Joestar estate and poisoned Jonathan's father to try to claim the inheritance; Diego doesn't care at all about the Joestars beside the fact that Johnny's after the Corpse Parts (and Diego's "poisoning of an elderly woman" is an unsubstantiated rumor Johnny once heard).
- Demoted to Dragon: The original Dio was essentially the Greater-Scope Villain of the first universe, but is now just a reoccurring Wild Card.
- Determinator: He's nothing if not determined.
- Dragon Ascendant: To Dr. Ferdinand, taking the latter's power for his own after his demise and using it in far more inventive ways than the original user. For example, at one point he transforms two men into dinosaurs to make them obey him, and then he transforms the dinosaurs into dinosaur lamps. He points out that they won't light up, though.
- Enemy Mine: He reluctantly teams up with Hot Pants to take down Valentine.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Has the power to invoke this by turning himself and others into dinosaurs.
- Everybody Has Standards: Diego is a rather ruthless individual who will always prioritize his own well being over others, but he's not above common decency. During his fights with Gyro and Johnny, he has a tendency to warn the two of them to back off before he gets serious rather than just outright attack them, and it's made clear that his bitter attitude is a manifestation of his Dark and Troubled Past rather than being genuinely evil like the original Dio was. Ultimately he comes around in the end, and sides with the heroes (though for ultimately selfish reasons). It's telling that one of the major differences between him and his alternate universe counterpart is that the latter lacks many of these traits, and thus ends up more like the original Dio than Diego.
- Evil Brit: Downplayed. While he is very unfettered in getting his way and implied to have done nasty things to get to where he is, he is far more humane and sympathetic than the original Dio.
- Glasgow Grin: When he uses Scary Monsters in a more humanoid form.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: How the original Diego dies, as he's cut in half by a train.
- HeelFace Turn: Diego, originally opposed to Gyro and Johnny and even teamed up with Valentine solely for money and influence, slowly comes around to the side of "good" over the course of the Steel Ball Run. Tragically, he is killed before he can fully cement his turn in the eyes of the other characters, besides perhaps Hot Pants who was close enough to witness his final moments.
- In-Series Nickname: Consistently referred to as "Dio".
- It's All About Me: Even when he (technically) sides with the heroes, it's mostly so that he could have the Holy Corpse all to himself.
- Let Them Die Happy: The original dies believing he defeated Valentine.
- Morphic Resonance: His raptor form has the same coloration as his human form's clothing.
- Nice Hat: Sports a stunningly fabulous one, with his name literally on it.
- Nominal Hero: The first Diego is in his own league of who to align himself with.
- Power Incontinence: At first, he doesn't have the greatest control over his dino shapeshifting.
- Pungeon Master: Shares Gyros love of bad puns, but his are somehow even worse.
- Raptor Attack: His dinosaur form resembles a scaly raptor, with the letters DIO appearing on his skin patterns and quills on his head with rounded tips.
- Redemption Equals Death: Diego's first truly selfless act in the entire volume (and arguably his adult life) is allying with Hot Pants to attempt to finish off Valentine. He dies in the process, but goes out believing himself to have finally done something truly good.
- The Rival: Serves as this for Johnny and Gyro.
- Scaled Up: The power of Scary Monsters is to turn Diego (and others) into dinosaurs.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: Technically, he did kill Valentine, three times no less, but doing so brought on a new Valentine with a new power.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Johnny openly despises Diego and automatically assumes the worst of him, even before Diego did anything villainous in the story. To contrast, Diego seems to respect Johnny as a horse racer, he seemed impressed that Johnny got back in the saddle after being paralyzed, and he's friendly towards Johnny and Gyro on multiple occasions.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Dio Brando, albeit slightly less evil, and much more sympathetic.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: While the Original Dio was an asshole since his birth, Diego turned evil only because of his father abandoning him and his mother.
- Black Dude Dies First: He might not have died, but he's the first to be "eliminated" from the race.
- Horse of a Different Color: He enters the race riding a camel.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Slams his camel into any horse that gets close, hoping to drive their riders out of the race. He thus brings it on himself when Gyro lures him into a patch of cacti.
- Nice Hat: He wears a turban.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Muhammad Avdol, though Avdol was far less of a dick.
An old Japanese man famous for being "the man with two navels", who enters the Steel Ball Run. The ancestor of Part 8's Higashikata family.
- Cool Old Guy: Anyone who survives, let alone wins even a single stage in the Steel Ball Run at the age of 68 more than qualifies, not to mention the fact that he places fourth in the finals, being moved to third after Diego's disappearance. It also helps that he has two navels.
- Foreshadowing: His two navels foreshadow the next arc.
- Red Herring: The reader is led to believe he's the user of In A Silent Way. Johnny speculates that Norisuke's the Stand user, he's introduced in the same arc as the Stand being revealed, and Diego notes that he saw In A Silent Way's user drinking after the race, which is how Norisuke is introduced. No less than three pages after Johnny calls to Sandman for help, we find out it's actually Sandman.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He accumulates significance in Jojolion when he is revealed to have established the success of the Higashikata bloodline, founding the Higashikata Fruit Company. And not forget that his daughter Rina marry Johnny and his bloodline give the birth of Yoshikage Kira (that is also Jotaro's version in this universe).
Sugar Mountain (Stand: Sugar Mountain's Spring)
Sugar Mountain's Spring teleports anything that falls in any nearby body of water to the current guardian of the tree, in addition to giving them a more extravagant version of the item. If someone confronts the guardian and claims their item, they will be offered both; if they lie and claim the extravagant item that doesn't belong to them, they will be dissected by the tree. Telling the truth and insisting on only receiving the item that truly belongs to them will result in being given both items, but dire consequences come for those who are unable to use them before sunset.
Both Sugar Mountain and the Stand are named after a song by Neil Young.
- And I Must Scream: Failing to use up the items you accepted from Sugar Mountain before sunset comes causes you to turn into a "fruit" of the tree; turned to wood and embedded into the tree's bark. The only way you'll get out is if someone takes your spot in the tree, which forces you to become the tree's guardian instead.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: She even quotes Lolita at one point.
- Honest Axe: Sugar Mountain notes that the original version of this trope is how the tree came to be. Anytime something gets dropped into the spring, she is compelled to offer the actual object or something more extravagant. If you're honest, she'll give you both. Gyro figures out her game and drops rabbit ears into the spring, earning him and Johnny the corpse ears.
- Obvious Rule Patch: You must use up all the items that Sugar Mountain's Spring gives you before sunset, but getting them stolen, giving them away, or throwing them out won't count as using them up; attempting to do so accelerates the rate at which one turns into part of the tree.
- Older Than They Look: She's around 66, although she was trapped by the Tree for about 50 years.
Funny Valentine's bisexual wife.
- All Women Are Lustful: Attempts to throw herself on Lucy.
- Depraved Bisexual: Lucy drugs her and sneaks into Valentine's room to steal his corpse part. Scarlet wakes up and ambushes her, furious that Lucy had just pretended to like her to get to Valentine. That's not even getting into the fact that she was trying to have sex with a 14-year-old girl.
- They Really Do Love Each Other: Even though she's more than willing to cheat on her husband with another woman, she genuinely loves Valentine, and sees him as a kind and compassionate soul.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed by Mike O.'s stand, as his balloon dogs had caught wind of 'Scarlet's' (actually Lucy in disguise thanks to Hot Pants) scent and tracked down and killed her.
Funny Valentine (Stand: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap)note
The 23rd President of the United States (of Valentine...). The mastermind behind the Steel Ball Run; the race actually stops along the locations of the Corpse Parts, which he intends to take for himself.
His Stand is Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, sometimes just shorted to D4C, which allows him to move between alternate universes if something pushes him into a surface with any amount of force. He can also transfer the ownership of D4C to the alternate universe Funny Valentines, who don't have Stands.
Once the Stand of the completed Saint's Corpse begins to manifest in Lucy's body, Funny Valentine takes advantage of her Stand to grant new abilities to his own; D4C Love Train is the result. It creates a dimensional wall that redirects harm away from him, but creates fatal accidents elsewhere in the world.
He's named after the song My Funny Valentine by Richard Rodgers, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap is a song by AC/DC, and Love Train is a song by The O'Jays.
- Achey Scars: During his time as a soldier, he was tortured and left with scars resembling the Stars and Stripes on his back. He claims they usually ache, but stop doing so during the race, which he takes as a sign.
- Achilles' Heel:
- He can only resurrect himself when he dies in a universe where an alternate version of himself is present. When he's killed by Johnny, there's no other Valentine present, meaning that he's dead permanently this time.
- His wounds are only removed if they come into contact with the corpse's light. Therefore there's no coming back from a fatal shot to the head. Furthermore, not even the corpse can stop the infinite rotation.
- Affably Evil: Charismatic, dignified, and polite at all times, even though he's willing to go to disturbing extremes to achieve his goals. However, he becomes more Faux Affably Evil towards the end after he gains the power of Love Train.
- Alternate Universe: D4C's ability allows Valentine to access other universes via being pressed between two surfaces.
- Animal Motif: Rabbits; he hails from the "root universe" as the Up the Real Rabbit Hole implies, some portrayals give him a white color scheme, he can multiply himself to large numbers, his Stand has really long "ears", and his ability to make things appear and disappear by throwing cloth over it is similar to how stage magicians can make rabbits vanish from a hat.
- Anime Hair: His earliest appearance has hair that's comparable to a more exaggerated version of a colonial president's haircut. Once he's killed by Lucy for the first time, his hair gets longer and flows more freely, but still keeps the doughnut loops at the end.
- Anti-Villain: Valentine feels that if he doesn't use the Holy Corpse to transfer all of America's misfortune onto the rest of the world, another nation will do it first; hence, he must "take the first napkin"note and ensure that his country is the one that ends up on top. This makes his actions more morally ambiguous compared to those of other Big Bads from the series.
- Back from the Dead: One of D4C's abilities allow him to swap his body with that of an alternate universe counterpart if he is fatally wounded. He uses it a lot more often than one would expect.
- Bad Boss: Casually kills a subordinate for the sake of his own convenience.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Downplayed. While the Corpse parts don't turn the US into a utopia like he planned, they're still sealed away in Trinity Church where they won't be used against his country, which means his worst fears won't be realized. Johnny manages to steal the parts and bring them to Morioh, but it's implied American agents take them back after he dies.
- Even after his death, he will still go down as one of the most beloved US Presidents in history, with approval ratings as high as 91%.
- Big Bad: Of Part 7, although at first, he's more sympathetic than most of the previous Big Bads. Valentine's clever use of his stand, and sheer determination that rivals even the main duo's, make him a deadly adversary.
- Big Beautiful Man: Even before he became a well-toned hunk, Valentine looked quite attractive, thanks to the nature of Araki's art style.
- Boom, Headshot!: How Johnny ultimately does him in. While Valentine is affected by the Golden Spin, Johnny shoots him in the head.
- Catchphrase: Dojya~~~n!note
- The Charmer: Valentine is president of the United States for a reason; he's incredibly charismatic and many of his followers believe him for his rhetoric alone. Interestingly enough he was able to convince Johnny to forgive him for killing Gyro and all of his other actions, and would have probably found an ally in him had Valentine not hidden a gun behind his back. During the epilogue, his approval rating was around 91%.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He demonstrates the best way to drink out of a beer can by piercing its bottom and drinking from there. He can also play the mandolin with his feet.
- Continuing is Painful: Swapping out his injured self is not an instantaneous process and Valentine must put himself between two surfaces to initiate the transfer while he's mortally wounded. And he gets painfully assaulted quite often.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist:
- Like Part 6 Big Bad Enrico Pucci, Valentine acts as an Affably Evil Well-Intentioned Extremist who desires to bring happiness to his people. That is until he reveals more of his true colors. Pucci is far more jaded and cynical due to the traumatic experience of losing his sister but nonetheless has genuinely good intentions. Valentine is far more cordial and collected, but that only serves to conceal the hypocritical self-righteousness beneath. Pucci sought to remake the universe in order to grant happiness to everyone, whereas Valentine's concept of happiness comes at the expense of the majority of humanity outside of his country.
- Valentine is also the only Stand using Big Bad so far whose Stand doesn't manipulate the flow of time in some way; The World stopped time, Killer Queen Bites The Dust could reverse it, King Crimson skipped portions of it, and Made In Heaven could accelerate it to relativistic speeds, but D4C weaponizes alternate dimensions and universes for its powerset. However, considering space and time are both part of the fourth dimension, it's arguable that the contrast is actually Valentine simply manipulating the other side of the same coin, as D4C allows him to manipulate space, with the most obvious example being the ability to teleport himself and others.
- The Cynic: More or less sums up his motivations. Since he sees life as a zero-sum game where there is a set amount of "fortune" and "misfortune" to be distributed amongst the whole of humanity, he wishes to give his country as much "fortune" as possible while pushing away all the "misfortune", even if it means dooming non-Americans to more suffering.
- Death by Irony: The effects of Tusk ACT 4's infinite spin force him to return to the ground, and his attempts to "resurrect" himself transfer said effect to D4C's newest user. Each universe's Valentine is surrounded by earth, the ideal conditions to trigger D4C, and him transferring the effects of the infinite spin parallels how he used Ticket to Ride earlier to transfer misfortune to others.
- Unrelated to his stand, he desires the Corpse Parts to keep America safe, and throughout the part, he fights Gyro and Hot Pants (both Italians) and Diego (British), but he's killed by Johnny, a fellow American.
- Dub Name Change: In the simplest way possible — D4C is never called by its full name in the English version of All-Star Battle. There are, however, cheeky references to no one knowing what D4C stands for, or the statement that Valentine will do anything "for a fair and honest price"... but you can hear him saying "Dirty deeds done dirt-cheap" in Gratuitous English. Surprisingly, his "Love Train" ability is still called that. When Eyes of Heaven came along they kept D4C, but his attack name where he says "Dirty deeds done dirt-cheap" is changed to Filthy Acts at a Reasonable Price.
- Eagleland: An interesting mix of types 1 and 2. On the one hand, he's a dignified man who works hard for the good of his country, treats his underlings and enemies with respect, yet still possesses a quirky and buffoonish side to him that makes him likable on a personal level. On the other hand, his patriotism perhaps goes too far, as he's willing to bring suffering to the entire world if it means more happiness for America. He's also very self-righteous, ruthless in his methods, and the fairly rapey vibes he gives off towards Lucy might paint him in a darker light.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
- Subverted. He's not that upset when he finds out that Scarlet was killed.
- It's more ambiguous with his father. In his final confrontation with Johnny, he confesses that he tried using D4C's power to find an alternate version of his father, only to be disappointed in failing to do so.
- Evil Is Petty: He stomps of Stephen Steel's open wounds out of spite for interfering with his plans.
- Family Theme Naming: The (non-canon) Jorge Joestar novel introduces two relatives of his named Funnier and The Funniest.
- Fat Bastard: He spends a good portion of the story as this; while he's not too wide, his multiple chins certainly give the impression of this trope. During the chapter where he attempts to force himself on Lucy, he gets a Fanservice Pack involving a rugged jaw and a chiselled body. He may have switched himself with a sexier version from an alternate universe, as it's implied he has done so several times before and may have been using Fat!Valentine as cover.
- Foreshadowing: To D4C and its powers - notice that in the first few chapters, Funny Valentine is surrounded by people who look exactly like him, save for one or two features (like height or facial hair).
- Freudian Excuse: His father died in battle for America's stability, leading him to do the same.
- Four Is Death: The name of his Stand is shortened to D4C. Not only is the number 4 in there, but D is the fourth letter of the alphabet, and C can be pronounced "shi" in Japanese, so all parts of the name reference the number 4 in some way.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He secretly tries to bring a gun from an alternate dimension in order to kill Johnny. Unfortunately for him, Johnny tosses the gun from the main dimension to him, which merges with the alternate one and exposes Valentine's treachery. The worst part is that Johnny was actually convinced by his speech, so he would have achieved all of his goals if he had just trusted Johnny to accept his offer.
- Holier Than Thou: For a guy who's willing to fuck over the majority of humanity, he's quite eager to preach about his own righteousness.
- Hope Spot: When he discovered D4C's powers, he thought it would give him a chance to visit an alternate version of his father who survived the war so he could see him one last time. Tragically, his father's death is one of the constants throughout all the parallel realities.
- I Gave My Word: He promises Lucy Steel that he'll save the life of her husband, Stephen, and holds to it even after Stephen interferes with his plan. But even if he ensures Stephen doesn't die, he'll punish him with pain. Subverted when he vows not to take revenge on Johnny, as his refusal to destroy his pistol suggests that he was probably full of shit.
- Immortal Life Is Cheap: D4C can transport Valentine's consciousness to an alternate universe body if he suffers a mortal wound, then bring the fresh body back.
- Improbable Weapon User: Literally. I.e, he weaponizes the abstract concept of improbability and karma to fight the heroes.
- Ironic Name: The song, Love Train, is about uniting the world as one. Valentine plans on using the ability, D4C Love Train, to send America's misfortunes to the rest of the world and make his country stand above all others.
- I Surrender, Suckers: He attempts this on Johnny when defeated by the Golden Spin, offering to bring Gyro back in exchange for Johnny undoing the Infinite Rotation, only to plan on shooting him once his guard is down.
- Karma Houdini: Weaponized. When Valentine stands in the dimensional gap created by the Corpse, any attack against him will be reflected on somebody else in the world in the form of Karmic Death.
- Killed Off for Real: In the end, not even the power to resurrect himself saved him, due to the power of the Golden Spin transcending dimensions, meaning that he couldn't just swap places with another version of himself. He's ultimately shot by Johnny during their last battle.
- Light Is Not Good: Despite being the Big Bad of Part 7, not only is Valentine a blonde and wearing either white or pink clothes, but D4C is also either white or baby blue in color, and Love Train literally surrounds his body with shining rays of golden light.
- Manipulative Bastard: On the verge of being defeated, Valentine puts off a Rousing Speech at Johnny, mixed with Freudian Excuse and Motive Rant, at least convincing him that Valentine had the moral upper ground, and almost convincing him that he would spare the latter. If only Valentine didn't bring in that pistol....
- Meaningful Name: His namesake song My Funny Valentine is one of the most covered jazz pieces in modern history with over 600 artists who performed it. It's fitting for someone who can access infite copies of himself.
- Me's a Crowd: At one point, Valentine along with two other alternate dimension copies attack Diego Brando. They lost.
- Moral Myopia: He claims that everything he does is for the good of his country, which of course makes it okay to try to rape a teenager, use innocent people as meat shields, fuck over most of humanity, and do what he did to that train engineer.
- Mundane Utility: It's implied that he's used his Stands to walk without the sound of footsteps. In his debut chapter, he also uses D4C's power to make the coffee Lucy spilt vanish.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His Stand is named Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.
- Never the Selves Shall Meet: If more than one iteration of a person or object exist in the same universe, their presence will end up annihilating both, disintegrating both entities into Menger sponges. Being in close proximity causes this, but touching one's copy makes the process inescapable. D4C's power protects Valentine himself from this effect, but he weaponizes it against others.
- Not So Different: Johnny eventually dies doing what Valentine tried to do with the Corpse Parts: shunting the misfortune of those he cared about onto others.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims to want the corpse to help America, but his talk of 'taking the first napkin' tells a different story. Or at least that's one interpretation.
- Overly Long Name: "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" is tied with "Killer Queen Bites the Dust" for the series' longest Stand name so far, which is likely the main reason it's generally called D4C.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Condescendingly refers to Diego as a peasant for thinking he could negotiate with him as an equal.
- President Evil: The Big Bad of the story, and the 23rd president of the United States.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Tries to force himself onto Lucy Steel. Keep in mind that she's fourteen.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Wears a bright pink longcoat in the colored manga and Eyes of Heaven.
- Self-Duplication: Valentine can use D4C to bring alternate versions of himself back with him to the root universe in order to gang up on enemies.
- Stealth Pun: As mentioned above under Animal Motifs, Valentine is associated with rabbits. Usagi is the Japanese word for rabbit, sometimes shortened to just "usa", thus, United States of America.
- Superpower Lottery: Keeping with JoJo villain tradition, Valentine hit the jackpot. D4C's ability to travel between universes is incredibly versatile, allowing him to come back after being killed, instantly kill anyone by exposing them to their alternate self, and call upon copies of himself to gang up on enemies. Love Train is even more powerful, giving him control over fortune: this means immunity to anything that can be construed as "misfortune", effectively allowing him to No-Sell practically any attack (except those using the Golden Spin) by transferring them to another person, and also turning any wound his enemies suffer into fatal ones (such as a small scratch on the arm moving to your heart).
- The Unfettered: No act is too amoral for Valentine if it means certain glory for America.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He doesn't like working with Diego and only brought over his stronger alternate version as a last resort.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Becomes a lot more arrogant once he obtains the Love Train effect and becomes virtually invincible, believing that he has been marked for greatness by the Holy Corpse.
- Up the Real Rabbit Hole: He constantly refers to his original world as the root world. Justified, since the root world is the only world where the Holy Corpse exists.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He was a normal child until the story of his father's death "inspired" him.
- Villainous Breakdown: Averted, which is unusual for a JoJo villain, especially a Big Bad, who all go down screaming at their fate; in fact, after being overwhelmed by Johnny's new power, he quickly re-composes himself by playing to his soft side in order to get a shot at him. And even when that failed, he made sure he'd had an ace by bringing an alternate universe Diego Brando in order to get the Corpse.
- Villain with Good Publicity: The public adores Funny Valentine. Our heroes, and their companions? Not so much. By the time of his death, his approval ratings were at 91% while foreign dignitaries sent distinctions to him.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Valentine's main motivation for obtaining the Corpse is patriotism, as he wants to use the Corpse's ultimate power for the sake of the United States. His main fear, as he explains to Johnny and Dio, is that the corpse falls into the hands of another country's leader. His intentions are so noble, even Jesus himself approved of his action.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Who names their kid "Funny"?
- Winds of Destiny, Change: Weaponized, but only while under the effect of "Love Train". When standing inside the dimensional gap, all "misfortune" will pass through him and hit another victim in another part of the world. It also alters the karma of his enemies, by giving him an Unblockable Attack: even the smallest scratch he gives you on the arm will transform into a small scratch on your vital organs, such as your heart.
He lacks a Stand and instead has turned his body into a holding ground for trained insects.
He's named after Mrs. Robinson, a song by Simon & Garfunkel.
- Badass Normal: Doesn't have a Stand, has a girlish name, can kick your ass regardless.
- The Beastmaster: With beetles. Although, the less said about *where* he raises and trains those beetles, the better.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He's built up as a serious threat before being defeated in a few chapters.
- Call-Back: His being left for dead and tied to a cactus in his backstory calls to mind the assassin Donovan that Joseph left in a similar state in Battle Tendency.
- Creepy Crossdresser: Definitely looks like a woman, if nothing else.
- Flechette Storm: When attacking Gyro and Johnny, he has his beetles' movements set off the nearby cholla's needles. The beetles can quickly get out of the way, leading to the needles becoming a bullet fusillade.
- Gender-Blender Name: Subverted; you'd expect one of the characters to make a comment about his unusual name. There isn't.
Benjamin Boom Boom (Stand: Tomb of the Boom 1)
He and his two sons shared Stand is Tomb of the Boom, which has magnetic powers. Each of them has a different specialty.
His name along with his childrens' given names can be combined to get Andre Lauren Benjamin, one of the musicians in OutKast. Their Stands are named after Tomb of the Boom, a song by OutKast.
- Abusive Parents: You really have to feel bad for his sons. What with all the upbraiding he sends their way, especially to L.A., not to mention the fact that he badmouths their mother almost as much as he does to them. And then there's intentionally shooting through Andre's own wound to get more blood on the heroes, and not really paying attention when it's clear Andre's starting to succumb to the lizard venom.
- The Family That Slays Together: A family of assassins.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Benjamin is used to demonstrate Tusk's spinning nails ability when Johnny cuts him in half with them.
- Jerkass: See the Abusive Parents entry above.
- Let's You and Him Fight: He knows that Mountain Tim is after the three of them, and devises a plan; disguising himself as Johnny, touching Mountain Tim to turn him into a magnet as well, then tricking Mountain Tim into following Johnny and Gyro so that the increased magnetism from their proximity just flat-out crushes them.
- Magnetism Manipulation: Each version of Tomb of the Boom that the family members carry is slightly different, but the one power that they all share is the ability to turn anything they touch, including their own blood into a powerful magnet.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can take advantage of his prosthetic iron jaw by using Tomb of the Boom to reshape it into his face and from there reshape his face into someone else's (e.g. Johnny Joestar's).
Andre Boom Boom (Stand: Tomb of the Boom 2)
- Bloody Murder: The point of his initial contact with Gyro and Johnny wasn't just to get fire to treat his lizard bite. It was also to get some of his blood on them for his Stand to start work with. His Stand, by the way, manipulates magnetism. Now, consider that blood contains iron...
- Body Horror: He has the... peculiar tricks of making his nostrils flat and stuffing his ear in his earhole.
- Facial Markings: Multiple rows of circular markings, underneath his chin and along the sides of his face.
- Nice Hat: One with little bowties on the side; kind of like Diego's hat, sans the large "DIO" writing above the brim.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Acts very weird in the presence of Johnny and Gyro, but it's all just a trick to get at least one of them to touch his bloody knife and activate his Stand power.
- Torso with a View: That giant target on his clothes provides more than enough foreshadowing that something is going to happen to his abdominal region.
L.A. Boom Boom (Stand: Tomb of the Boom 3)
- The Ditz: He apparently inherited his uneven intellect from his mother. Unfortunately, Benjamin and even Andre don't hold back from tearing into him for it, although Andre isn't nearly as brutal about it.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Probably got that from his mother too.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Tomb of the Boom 3's unique power is that it can create iron sand, which promptly sticks to and binds together its magnetized victims.
- Uncertain Doom: Last we see of him, he had his foot shot off crying about how Johnny and Gyro will pay. Whether he got out of the Devils Palm or not is unknown.
Oyecomova (Stand: Boku no Rhythm wo Kiitekurenote )
An anti-monarchist from Naples, out to kill Gyro as part of a plot to destabilize the monarchy.
His Stand, Boku no Rhythm wo Kiitekure ("Listen to My Rhythm"), allows him to attach clock-shaped grenade pins to anything he touches. Even the slightest amount of force can separate the pins from the object; if that happens, they will detonate on a short fuse.
He and his Stand are named for the Tito Puente song "Oye Como Va"; the Stand's name is a rough translation of the song's hook ("Oye cómo va/Mi ritmo").
- Anime Hair: Seemingly, some parts of his hair ends in thick curls jutting out of his hat. Well, if they aren't already part of his hat.
- Fog of Doom: Well, more like "cigarette smoke of doom", but Oyecomova attaches grenade pins to it.
- Holier Than Thou: Not as bad as Blackmore, but he tends to regard his terrorist deeds (and, for that matter, his Stand awakening) as God's will.
- Knight of Cerebus: Marks when the battles start amping up in seriousness.
- Odd Name Out: The Stand's name appears to be the rough Japanese interpretation of the lyrics in the song Oye Como Va. This marks Boku no Rhythm wo Kiitekure as the first Stand to be named after a song's lyrics rather than a song name, band, or album.
- Pet the Dog: When Mountain Tim confronts him over searching through Gyros stuff. Oyecomova warns him about touching his skin, and when Tim actually touches him, he tries to give Tim advice on how to not activate the bombs and getting out of the range of the stands effect. Not that it would have helped in the end.
- River of Insanity: At one point, he creates bombs attached to the surface of a river — meaning there's nothing to apply pressure to keep them from popping. Gyro and Johnny have to implement an Outrun the Fireball plan, keeping their horses moving faster than the bombs can explode.
- Spam Attack: Have fun trying to disarm all those bombs before they go off...
- Sticky Bomb: Can create grenade pins with clock heads that can attach to anything and explode when pulled or let loose. And we mean anything.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Anything he touches can have a grenade pin attached to it, and that includes running water and smoke.
- Uncanny Valley Makeup: Good lord.
- Western Terrorists: Oyecomova is rather determined to assassinate the King of Naples. He targets Zeppelli on account of how his winning would rally the people back behind the monarchy.
Fritz von Stroheim
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Attempts to kill Gyro and Johnny Joestar, but is quickly taken out by Gyro's steel balls.
- Finger Gun: His index finger and parts of his palm fold out to reveal a gun contained within.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The alternate version of Rudolf von Stroheim.
- Western Terrorists: Stated as one.
Pork Pie Hat Kid (Stand: Wired)
Pork Pie Hat actually seems to be his first name, being referred to as such a number of times. A bizarre assailant who attacks Johnny and Gyro, seeking their Corpse Parts.
His Stand, Wired, is a mechanism consisting of a crank and two hooked cables inside Pork Pie Hat's mouth. He can either fire them from his mouth normally, or drop them through an object floating on water, in which case the hooks create a two-way portal connecting to a corresponding object elsewhere; when he does this, the water also lets him see the location the hooks are dropped in.
He's named after the song Goodbye Pork Pie Hat by Charles Mingus, and his Stand is named for an album by Jeff Beck.
- Extreme Omnivore: He likes the taste of ink, he wonders if his own teeth taste good...No wonder Wired's bound to his tongue.
- Funetik Aksent: He has a problem pronouncing Johnny's name.
- Gonk: He looks like a cracked out Jonny 2x4, and once he loses the pipes on his head... ugh...
- The Hilarity of Hats: His is either a bunch of pipes or reeds strapped around his head with rope.
- Hooks and Crooks: Pork Pie Hats has two hooked chains coming from his mouth which he can send through various objects to attack.
- Non-Indicative Name: Whatever that is on his head could be called a hat, but it's definitely not a pork pie hat.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Pesci, given how both their Stands involve manipulating fishing hooks.
- Vertical Kidnapping: Pork Pie Hat hooks his victims from above via falling feathers.
- Western Terrorists: By now, it becomes clear to Gyro and Johnny that the terrorists are after one thing, the components of the Saint. Even if they have to kill to do it.
Dr. Ferdinand (Stand: Scary Monsters)
His Stand, Scary Monsters, allows him to turn people and corpses into dinosaurs and control them. It is a slight variation of the Stand that Diego has, accidentally passing it onto him with the Holy Corpse's left eye; Ferdinand's version makes the dinosaur transformation infectious but lacks the ability to transform its own user into a dinosaur.
- The Beastmaster: Well, first he has to transform other beings into at least partial Utahraptors, but once that's done...
- He can also turn them into other dinosaurs, such a bear into a T-rex and mice into some Compsognathus.
- Berserk Button: Calmer than most other instances, but doing anything that looks even a little disrespectful to the ground is one very fast way to get on his bad side.
- Bishōnen: To insane levels.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: His Stand revolves around this trope, to create an army of dinosaurs under his command.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Once Scary Monsters is disengaged, it turns out it was at the worst possible time for Ferdinand, because the two Utahraptors nearest to him had originally been mountain lions. Unhappy mountain lions, at that. Cue one savage mauling.
- Insane Troll Logic: He seems to think that the dinosaurs died out because they disrespected the environment.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: If Scary Monsters affects you, and you're not holding a piece of the Saint's corpse, you get to look forward to becoming part Utahraptor.
- Just Desserts: Most likely how he met his end, since the last time we saw him, he was mauled by lions.
- Laser-Guided Karma: The mountain lions that he forcibly transformed into dinosaurs ended up being the ones to kill him.
- Living Motion Detector: The dinosaurs created by Scary Monsters lose their ability to detect non-moving objects, instead relying on their motion sense and smell to track things down.
- Raptor Attack: Primarily uses raptors as his attack dogs.
- Scaled Up: The power of Scary Monsters.
- The Virus: Anything that the dinosaurs wound will also turn into a dinosaur, a process that can be infinitely recurring.
- Western Terrorists: Willing to turn an entire town into dinosaurs in order to carry out his goals.
Ringo Roadagain (Stand: Mandom)
A man who lives in the woods along the Steel Ball Run course. He seeks to duel those who come his way in order to purge himself of fear and uncertainty.
His Stand, Mandom, lets him rewind time by six seconds, leaving everyone in its range with the memory of what happened in those seconds.
His given name is shared with Ringo of The Beatles fame, his surname is named after the REO Speedwagon song Back on the Road Again, and his Stand is named after the recurring word "mandom" from the song Lovers of the World by Jerry Wallace.
- Absolute Cleavage: Male example.
- Affably Evil: He's very polite, willing to let Gyro fight without any hidden agendas, and a very honest and honorable warrior.
- Alliterative Name: Ringo Roadagain.
- Badass Baritone: His voice in All-Star Battle is very deep and smooth, fitting his calm and purposeful behavior.
- Badass Beard: His goatee is shaped like a skull. He's just that awesome.
- Bare Your Midriff: In his debut chapter his shirt does this, next chapter, however, it gets covered.
- Blood Knight: Pretty obliquely, though. He intentionally gets those in his orchard bound into Mandom's effect so they grow desperate enough to kill him. He believes that if he engages in duels only with those who seek only his death, with no spite or the like involved, his spirit will be purified of uncertainty, and he'll grow ever more useful to humanity.
- The Cameo: He's in charge of Versus mode in All-Star Battle, bringing his ideal of fair play with him.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Easily defeats Gaucho, Hot Pants, and Johnny due to Mandom's power. If it weren't for Gyro finding a way to cripple him, he would've lost too.
- Death Seeker: Seeks death to be purified of uncertainty to be useful to humanity.
- Disappeared Dad: His father was drafted for war but later died from a disease in prison.
- Explaining Your Powers to the Enemy: As per his ideals of honorable combat, he insists that both sides know exactly what the other is capable of before the fight starts.
- Fireball Eyeballs: Has the black flames indicative of Dark Will — just like Johnny's — just before he kills the deserter who murdered his family.
- Foreshadowing: Johnny's encounter with Ringo basically foreshadows the battle between him and Alternate!Diego and THE WORLD, right up to Ringo's final words "True Man's World".
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: Only six seconds worth, but everyone gets to react to what they know will happen in those six seconds.
- The Gunslinger: Type D, the Quick Draw. Goes hand in hand with his power. By being able to turn ambushes into a moot point, the only thing left you can do is go head-to-head with a man who can quite clearly outshoot you, nor flinching in the slightest, due to his Death Seeker tendencies.
- Honor Before Reason: Good news: He explains everything that could be a factor in a fight. He's purifying chance out of his duels.
- Ill Boy: He was born with really fragile skin and was often ill because of it.
- Killing in Self-Defense: Murders a burglar who murdered his family and attempted to rape him.
- Knight of Cerebus: The first battle of the bunch to actually have a meaningful effect, as well as actually being quite challenging.
- Missing Mom: His mother and two sisters were murdered by a burglar, who later tried to rape him.
- Mr. Fanservice: Has a really handsome face, and his shirt shows a lot of his chest.
- Noble Demon: Honest, polite, and will explain how his Stand works in order to get a fair fight.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He looks very similar to Charles Bronson; adding to this is the fact that his Stand is named the same as a brand of deodorant whose Japanese commercials featured Bronson.
- Rape as Drama: Well, almost raped by a vagrant murderer who'd already killed the rest of his family. "Almost" because of Mandom's power. Basically, the threat of rape was what awakened Mandom.
- Spanner in the Works: Johnny's encounter with Ringo gave him the required knowledge on how to deal with subsequent Stand users who can manipulate time. This knowledge proved useful in his battle against Alternate!Diego and his stand THE WORLD.
- Throwing Off the Disability: Born with hemophilia; a rare, incurable illness that makes blood unable to clot. He throws it off when he gains the will to kill, which forms the basis of his dueling lifestyle from a desire to improve himself.
- Time Master: And, oddly for JoJo, he's not the main antagonist even though he has this sort of power.
- Weak, but Skilled: Mandom never attacks on its own, and its appearance as a limbless creature attached to its host implies that it can't, its rewind ability grants Ripple Effect-Proof Memory to Ringo and anyone involved in the loop, on top of Ringo explicitly telling them how his ability works, and finally Ringo has to manually rewind his watch to activate the ability, which leaves him vulnerable to any attacks that incapacitates him long enough (which is exactly what he loses to). Ringo's threat level comes almost entirely from his exceptional gunslinging skills.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Downplayed, while he's still a kind gentleman, he intended to anger the victims of his Stand to the point they desire to kill him. He was born with said white hair.
Blackmore (Stand: Catch the Rainbow)
One of Funny Valentine's assistants sent to find who intercepted a carrier pigeon whose message contained the location of a Corpse Part.
His Stand, Catch the Rainbow, takes the form of the mask he wears. It can only function if it's raining, but allows him to jump across raindrops, make them sharp and stagnant in the air, manifest his body parts through them, and substitute vital organs with rainwater.
Named after Ritchie Blackmore, while his Stand is named after "Catch the Rainbow" a song created by Ritchie Blackmore's band, Rainbow.
- A Plague on Both Your Houses: Dies while cursing Johnny, Gyro and Lucy and calling them sinners.
- Apologizes a Lot: It's even his verbal tic.
- The Atoner: After seeing Jesus, his actions are the result of trying to atone for even thinking about betraying Valentine.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Catch the Rainbow has a very scary powerset that makes it very strong in the rain. The problem is that it only functions in the rain, and unlike many other situational use Stands, whether or not it's raining is out of Blackmore's control.
- Battle in the Rain: He needs rain to even use Catch The Rainbow, so this is a given.
- Confusion Fu: He can do nearly anything in the rain, leaving it very hard to predict what trick he has up his sleeve next.
- Detachment Combat: He can detach his body parts. He mainly uses his mouth to bite and intimidate via speech.
- The Eeyore: Acts like this, constantly apologizing and looking sad, although when he gets going...
- Enigmatic Minion: His eccentrities set him apart from the rest of Valentine's goons, and to some extent imply some ulterior motives for his service to Valentine. For the first half of his arc, he's primarily dressed in all black and fully-masked, creepily flies around with an umbrella, talks very little, and successfully kills a member of the supporting cast. After his chance encounter with Jesus himself (who chooses him of all people to communicate to), he goes absolutely nuts and even more devoted to the cause until his death.
- Hazardous Water: He can manipulate raindrops into platforms, blades, bandages, etc.
- Hero Killer: Shoots Mountain Tim in the head.
- Holier Than Thou: Once he sees a vision of Jesus in connection with the pieces of the Corpse, he gets really bad when it comes to confronting the heroes.
- Knight of Cerebus: Even with Ringo Roadagain and Oyecomova preceding him, he's the first where the heroes could barely fight him, and is successful at killing Mountain Tim.
- Implacable Man: He continued to pursue the heroes even with the fatal wounds he sustained, albeit thanks to Catch the Rainbow.
- Lightning Bruiser: In the rain, he can move around at insane speeds, he can plug up fatal wounds, as well as making rain sharp and painful to touch.
- Living on Borrowed Time: He uses rain to fill the wounds caused by him getting shot by Lucy, but he knows that at the moment it stops raining, his wounds will open and he will die.
- Malevolent Masked Man: Catch The Rainbow manifests as a mask.
- Mysterious Mercenary Pursuer: Downplayed, we get to see his face and seemingly he isn't a big name, but he's still a very efficient and determined assassin.
- Professional Killer: A highly efficient assassin of Valentine's.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: He discovers Lucy and Mountain Tim in a blink. He is way more observant than the average president underling.
- Situational Sword: Catch The Rainbow only works if it is raining.
- Strange-Syntax Speaker: His dialogue is... broken... up in a... very odd manner.
- Swiss-Army Superpower: Catch The Rainbow has an amazingly versatile set of abilities, perhaps one of the more versatile in the entire manga. The catch is, it only works when it's raining.
- Verbal Tic: "Im so-rry".
- White Mask of Doom: Although he creates it using his Stand, meaning it's Invisible to Normals.
- Would Hurt a Child: Lucy Steel was 14 and he was ready to kill her.
- Would Hit a Girl: By extension of the above trope.
The Eleven Riders (Stand: Tatoo You!)
Eleven nameless men, sent by Funny Valentine to retrieve the Corpse Parts from Johnny and Gyro.
They share a Stand, Tatoo You!, named after an album by The Rolling Stones. It takes the shape of an expressionless face on the back of their heads and allows them to travel between each other's bodies, even if some of their numbers are dead.
- Actually Four Mooks: Tatoo You! is a non-video game example of this trope. Well, eleven mooks would be more accurate in this case.
- Anime Hair: The haircut itself is rather tame, but all of their hair (including facial hair) is detailed in a way that makes it look like they have newspaper clippings there instead.
- Hive Mind: Not much is known about their personality, but they have an uncanny ability to act in unison. Even their horses step at the same cadence.
- I Am Legion: They act as one and lack any apparent autonomy/personality as individuals, working as a sort of singular mind that is able to coordinate each others' actions and meld into each other to avoid being hit.
- The Men in Black: They act as an Old West variation- uniform attire, very little distinctive traits except subtle facial hair variations and emote very little other than being no-nonsense and professional retrievers of the Corpse Parts.
- No Name Given: To the point another name some fans use for them is "Eleven Nameless Men".
- Sole Survivor: One of the riders manages to get away with part of the Holy Corpse's ears and right arm.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In the original Japanese, the Stand's name is indeed written: "TATOO YOU!", without the second T in "tattoo" like how it's usually spelled.
- Zerg Rush: Tatoo You!, as a Stand ability, just sucks, since its only ability is very limited in use. The only reason they posed a threat to Johnny and Gyro is because 11 to 2 odds heavily favor the side with more men.
Mike O. (Stand: Tubular Bells)
His Stand, Tubular Bells, allows Mike O. to inflate balloons out of metal. These balloons can be twisted and bent to turn into animals, at which point they act like the animal they imitate.
He's named for English musician Mike Oldfield, while his Stand takes the name of Oldfield's debut album, Tubular Bells.
- The Beastmaster: An interesting sort, in that his breath transforms pieces of metal into balloon animals that act like their real-life counterparts.
- The Dragon: If only because he's the White House's head of security.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: His Stand turns nails into balloon animals. The things he can pull off with this border cringeworthy, at times.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The balloon dogs he makes out of nails turn back into nails and stab their target's body to attack.
- Monster Clown: Is dressed in a flamboyantly poofy and spikey outfit and wears face paint that make him look more like a court jester than the president's top bodyguard. It certainly fits his ability to create deadly balloon animals.
- OOC Is Serious Business: He's a stoic weirdo most of the time, right up until he realizes that Lucy just killed the First Lady. He is shaken to his core, and then immediately resolves to murder her on the spot.
- Verbal Tic: He seems to have a fixation with the word "world", and he works it more or less awkwardly into every other sentence.
- Your Head A-Splode: What happens when Hot Pants makes it impossible for Mike to properly exhale Tubular Bells.
Magent Magent (Stand: 20th Century Boy)
His stand, 20th Century Boy, manifests as armor and gives Magent Magent complete invulnerability when he kneels.
Magent Magent's name comes from SOUL'd OUT's song "Magenta Magenta", while "20th Century Boy" is a song by Marc Bolan's band T.Rex.
- Ambiguously Gay: REALLY wants Wekapipo to acknowledge him, and later on claims he "even liked you/loved you" (depends on which translation you are reading) while crying. He also likes Dio and wants to see him.
- And I Must Scream: His final confrontation with Diego and Wekapipo forces him to activate 20th Century Boy underwater. Far underwater. And 20th Century Boy's aegis extends to not letting him drown. Since no one can find him there, and deactivating his Stand will kill him, and it won't let him do that, he's now an underwater edition of Kars/Anubis.
- Eye Scream: Try to remember that what goes up must come down, next time!
- Fate Worse than Death: After being thrown into a river, he uses 20th Century Boy to prevent himself from drowning, but this also leaves him stuck down their with no way of dying.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Much like Kars, Magent Magent stops thinking after an unspecified but presumably lengthy period of being trapped underwater with functional immortality.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Being forced into activating his own stand leads to his imprisonment at the bottom of the sea.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Magent Magent can wear 20th Century Boy to obtain this, with the added side-effect that it renders him completely immobile as well. This comes back to bite him, as he is trapped underwater and unable to move presumably forever until his mind breaks down.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He appears to be based on Marc Bolan of T. Rex fame. His stand name supports this.
- No Indoor Voice: Although we can't hear his voice per se, the translation team assures us that due to the way his speech is written in Japanese that he sounds like "a more coherent Donald Duck or a male Fran Drescher".
- Nose Nuggets: Magent Magent is...disgusting. His nose is constantly running, and while that can be attributed to the cold weather when he sneezes into his hands he licks up the snot.
- Odd Name Out: Like his partner Wekapipo, he's named after a song by Japanese band SOUL'd OUT.
- Repetitive Name
- Spell My Name with an "S": Many people translated his name as "Magenta Magenta", as his namesake is a SOUL'd OUT song by that name; however, the Japanese translation of his name doesn't have an A at the end.
- Stone Wall: 20th Century Boy is one of the most powerful stands when it comes to defense, taking gunfire, steel balls and tusk's nail bullets to the face without even flinching. This comes at the downside of having zero offensive abilities and leaving him vulnerable to sneak attacks once he cancels the effect.
Axl RO (Stand: Civil War)
His stand, Civil War, manifests objects or people a target has left behind, given up, or feels guilt toward. If the target comes in contact with these manifestations, they will expand into a membrane that fuses with the victim or strangles them to death. It can also revive people who are killed within its range (provided they feel guilty about it), and the guilt and sacrifices of the victim will be manifest and attack the assailant.
He is named after Axl Rose, the lead singer on the band Guns N' Roses. Civil War is a song performed by the same band.
- Anachronism Stew: Wears what appears to be an WWII M1 Helmet, in the 1890s.
- Gas Mask Mooks: Because it's a Stand of a soldier, Civil War fittingly has what resemble gas mask canisters on the lower portion of its head.
- Kill It with Water: Being splashed with water prevents the manifestations of Civil War from fusing with its target.
- Logical Weakness: While Civil War can bring Axl back from the dead if his killer feels remorse over his death, it can also do the same for Axl's victims if he feels guilt for killing them, which Johnny uses to his advantage. Likewise, Civil War can't resurrect Axl if his killer has no remorse for his death, or if the cause for killing him is ruled as just - Valentine manages to ward off the Stand's effects this way by shooting Axl to "save" Johnny.
- Meaningful Name: For his Stand. An American Civil War veteran who wields the Stand called Civil War.
- Personality Powers: Befitting a veteran soldier wracked with PTSD over his Dark and Troubled Past, Civil War brings its targets' pasts back to haunt and overwhelm them. Axl himself even notes that his desire to purify himself of his sins must be why Civil War acts as it does.
- Resurrective Immortality: Civil War forces guilt onto Axl's opponents and manifests it as physical beings. He can even do this with the guilt of himself being killed, and thus can bring himself back to life as a manifestation of guilt.
- Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Manifests and brings to life objects the victim feels guilt over. This includes the Stand owner, who can actually bring himself back to life if he's killed by someone who feels any form of guilt over his death.
- Survivor Guilt: The basis of Civil War's power. Also Axl's backstory as a Civil War lookout who failed to warn a town of an incoming army.
- Thanatos Gambit: Willingly lets himself be killed to force his own personal guilt onto his foe. Ends up being Hoist by His Own Petard when Johnny uses his own Thanatos Gambit to return Axl's personal guilt back onto himself.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Clean water forces the objects summoned by Civil War to leave their victims.
D-I-S-C-O (Stand: Chocolate Disco)
His Stand is Chocolate Disco, named for a song by Perfume. It is an armband covered in buttons and switches that covers his left forearm and creates a grid in the space directly in front of D-I-S-C-O while in use. Pressing a button or lever on Chocolate Disco redirects any projectiles near its user to hit the corresponding square on the grid.
- Death from Above: Projectiles redirected by Chocolate Disco will appear above the position that D-I-S-C-O is targeting.
- Homing Projectile: Chocolate Disco allows D-I-S-C-O to do this with everything, from nails to acid. Unfortunately for D-I-S-C-O, the JoJoverse works on Heart Is an Awesome Power and Artistic License Physics.
- Odd Name Out: His name as well as that of his Stand Chocolate Disco when compared to other Stand names. Including Stands from JoJolion, this is the only Stand named after a Japanese song, Perfume's "Chocolate Disco".note
- Show, Don't Tell: Unlike most fights in JoJo, D-I-S-C-O doesn't explain a lick of information about his Stand besides its name. Thankfully, the power of Chocolate Disco is very intuitive to understand, so an explanation isn't necessary.
- The Silent Bob: Has exactly two lines of dialogue; one where he tells Gyro what his Stand's name is, and the other where he just says "that is all".
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Lasts two chapters, only to serve as a distraction to Gyro. The only time he speaks is to give the name of his stand. The rest is D-I-S-C-O getting curb-stomped by Gyro.
Diego Brando from Another Universe (Stand: THE WORLD)
Funny Valentine eventually uses his Stand to summon another Diego from an alternate universe, who has THE WORLD as a Stand to fight his enemies.
- Always Someone Better: As something of a Brick Joke to the fact that the original Jonathan Joestar could never truly surpass Dio, Johnny's reality-breaking Stand still proves to be unable to stand against a time-stopping Stand such as THE WORLD.
- Alternate Universe: He is an alternate Diego brought into play by Valentine as a backup if he died. This Diego doesn't have Scary Monsters as a Stand, but he does have THE WORLD.
- Bold Inflation: THE WORLD is differentiated from The World by... well, you can already tell. This technically makes it a different Stand than the original The World used by DIO in Stardust Crusaders, but it is functionally identical with the five-second time stops and Super Strength.
- Brick Joke: How he is defeated by Lucy Steel.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": Alternate Diego's version of THE WORLD is almost identical as the original The World, but it has "D"s where the original The World had hearts, and seems to be slimmer (the original The World was as muscular as Star Platinum, maybe even more. Though that one was more likely due to the influence of Art Evolution).
- Call-Back: Another Universe Diego has more nods to the original Dio than the original Diego did. His Stand is THE WORLD, he attacks via knife spam during Time Stop, he makes his final fight on a bridge against the main protagonist who can act during stopped time just like the climax of Stardust Crusaders, he forces himself on Lucy Pendleton (albeit via Attempted Rape instead of stealing her first kiss), and his ultimate fate is that he gets beheaded.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: Much like how Dio could only defeat Johnathan by riding the coattails of a greater villain, namely Kars and his stone masks, AU Diego would have most likely been obliterated by Tusk Act 4 had Valentine not told him the nature of its infinite rotation and how to outwit it. And similarly to how Dio defeats Johnathan but not the Joestars, AU Diego ends up being Hoist by His Own Petard when he turns Tusk against its user: sure, he beats Johnny and his terrifying Stand, but is then killed pathetically because he couldn't merely run away from Lucy Steel, an otherwise stand-less teenage girl, due to chopping off his own leg to do so.
- Dragon Ascendant: The original was not Valentine's dragon, and in fact eventually opposed him, but this Diego is this to Valentine.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Alternate Diego whacks Johnny with his own leg. He also gets killed by Lucy Steel when she uses the head of the original Diego against him.
- Gratuitous English: The original The World was spelled with Katakana in the Japanese print. Alternate Diego's THE WORLD is spelled this way in all caps, much like how the original Dio's name is spelled as DIO in Stardust Crusaders onwards.
- Hate Sink: AU Diego basically has nothing that made his main universe version noble and sympathetic, instead taking more cues from Dio Brando personality wise. Even then, he doesn't have the flair and hammyness as Dio himself did, leaving only a sadistic, condescending and self-serving prick who gloats and mocks Johnny for not saving his main counterpart's fangirls and cementing himself as a disgusting being once he makes his intent of raping, torturing and killing Lucy clear. It's safe to say that when his head gets blown up, he more than had it coming.
- Hijacked by Ganon: It's as if the original DIO showed up to give Johnny one last opponent.
- Human Shield: Once Johnny goes on the offensive, AU Diego proceeds to use his main counterpart's fangirls as distractions to be offed by Johnny's attacks.
- Invincible Villain: The original The World was only ever defeated because it faced off against another Stand that could stop time. Since is no other such Stand user in the SBR universe, Diego Brando is able to finish the Steel Ball Run race near-unimpeded, with even Johnny's ultimate Stand, capable of transcending fortune and misfortune, under the mercy of Dio's Time Stop. The only reason he was ever stopped was by the simple virtue of not belonging in the "root world".
- Kick the Dog: If killing off his main counterpart's fangirls wasn't cruel enough, AU Diego decides to further rub salt in the wound by mocking Johnny for failing to save them.
- Knife Nut: Just like the original DIO, he uses knives as throwing weapons against Johnny.
- Mythology Gag: Lucy brings mainline Diego's head in order to kill AU Dio, mirroring how Wang Chung brings Dio's head in order to kill and steal the body of Johnathan.
- Never the Selves Shall Meet: AU Diego is defeated when Lucy brings him the head of the original Diego, causing the two to explode.
- Opportunistic Bastard: Since he's not from the root universe, he originally didn't know about the corpse parts and likely had a different plan to achieve his ambitions, but meeting Valentine and accepting the latter's offer gave him an opportunity to use the corpse to his advantage.
- Post-Climax Confrontation: While Valentine is the overall Big Bad and the fight against him is the proper climax of the story, this Diego is the final enemy fought by Johnny, tying up the last few loose plot threads.
- Replacement Flat Character: This version of Diego is essentially what Diego was before his lengthy character development kicked in, albeit perhaps with even more of a mean streak, and a much more abusable Stand to boot.
- So Last Season: Back in Part 3, The World was a juggernaut of a Stand that was nigh unbeatable and had the heroes on their toes the entire fight with DIO. Now its a bit less impressive due to a combination of Johnny being a long-range fighter, Tusk being immune to the time stop, and that Johnny only needs to get in one good hit to win. To put it into perspective, Jotaro spent most of his fight with DIO on the defensive, having to use his movement in stopped time wisely and only won due to Star Platinum gaining the ability to stop time itself. Meanwhile alternate Diego spent most of his fight running away from Johnny and he only wins due to being told everything about Tusk thanks to Valentine.
- However, subverted in that, the mere fact that Diego was able to do that Valentine with D4C - Love Train could not highlights just how effective a Stand THE WORLD really is. It should be noted that Diego is not a vampire and therefore lacks the physiology to stop time for more than five seconds, although he is still able to do it in quick successions unlike Jotaro. Even with a Story-Breaker Power like Tusk ACT 4, Johnny still has a lot of trouble against an ability that can stop time. This goes to show that despite the introduction of various powerful Stands throughout the series, THE WORLD remains as one of the deadliest.
- Time Stands Still: THE WORLD has the ability to stop time, as expected.
- Walking Spoiler: Its very hard to talk about him without spoiling the climax of Part 7.
- Weak, but Skilled: Compared to the original DIO, Diego cannot stop time for as long and has no vampiric powers, forcing him to fight more carefully and use information from Valentine in order to defeat Johnny. However, unlike Jotaro, it is implied that Diego's usage of Time Stop does not require significant physical exertion, being able to stop time in quick successions like the original DIO despite lacking his vampiric physiology.
- Your Head A-Splode: How AU Diego meets his demise.
George Joestar I
- Abusive Parents: He was almost unreasonably strict to Johnny for much of Johnny's childhood, criticizing Johnny constantly for minor infractions in his etiquette. When Johnny revealed that he brought a mouse home as his pet, George demanded he drown the mouse and show him the body. He became a lot worse after Nicholas died, constantly downplaying Johnny's own accomplishments while taking every opportunity to compare him unfavorably to his older brother, before finally disowning Johnny after a nasty fight between the two. He appears during the final leg of the Steel Ball Run race and publicly apologizes for his poor treatment of his son, leading to him and Johnny silently reconciling.
- Call-Back: Even when Dio isn't adopted into the Joestar family, George Joestar still finds a way to have a favorite son.
- Parental Favoritism: He favored Nicholas over Johnny for much of his life, something that became more blatant after Nicholas' death, culminating in him indirectly saying that Johnny should've died instead after a nasty fight between the two. He realizes just how unfair his treatment of Johnny was sometime before Steel Ball Run's final stretch and publicly apologies for his poor treatment him, declaring that he's proud of Johnny.
- Pet the Dog: He finally apologizes to Johnny for all those years of neglect.
- So Proud of You: Finally has second thoughts about his rejection of Johnny during Steel Ball Run's final fight.
- You Should Have Died Instead: George was already pretty harsh on Johnny, but Nicholas' death leads to the situation between the two worsening.
- Abusive Parents: Even worse when the original Dario. He tried to kill his son.
- Bishōnen: To contrast the original's Evil Old Folks appearance, he's much more handsome. Not that he's better; in fact, he's worse.
- Jerkass: Even more than the original, if it were possible.
- Karma Houdini: Nothing has been said about his fate except Diego wants to find him for what he did. Unfortunately, he never got a chance.
- Kick the Dog: His attempt to have Diego drowned in order to not have an extra mouth to feed.
- Offing the Offspring: Dario's attempt to drown Diego.
Jesus of Nazareth
Passing through an area where one of his bodyparts is located is known to grant a Stand. Being in possession of a Corpse Part, however, grants a more powerful Stand; in addition to this, the Corpse Parts all have the innate ability to reveal the locations of the other parts, and some of them grant other effects such as the right eye giving its owner enhanced eyesight.
Being in possession of all of the Corpse Parts blesses their owner with a powerful ability. For more details, see Funny Valentine's entry.
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: It's suggested that Jesus was a Stand user. It's also suggested he was legitimately divine, and Stands are just how his power manifests when someone else has his corpse.
- Contrived Coincidence: How Ticket to Ride functions.
- Cryptic Conversation: Gives Johnny some advice on how to defeat Axl RO, which amounts to "Don't shoot if your heart is wavering." Somehow, Johnny manages to translate this into "shoot yourself with nail bullets to give yourself portals you can send your body through", and it works.
- Since Civil War works off of guilt, it's likely Jesus was trying to tell Johnny not to shoot him unless he's absolutely certain he can survive the karmic guilt backlash. Johnny realizes he's not, and then realizes he can shoot himself with his own nail bullets through reasoning.
- Dismantled Macguffin: Assembling the complete Saint's Corpse is the ultimate goal of almost every single major character in the story.
- Sentient Cosmic Force: Jesus' motives are very unclear. The effects of the Corpse Parts suggest that he wants the Corpse to be reassembled, but why he wants so is never explained.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Never appears before anyone in the story, always behind them. Blackmore and Johnny both understand that they saw Jesus in their peripheral vision, but aren't able to confirm it.
- Stealth Pun: Jesus' supposed real name was Joshua, and since he was raised by Mary and Joseph he would be Joshua ben (son of) Joseph. In other words, Jesus was a JoJo.