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The Leaders of Passione
Note that the leaders of Passione are Walking Spoilers, so all spoilers are unmarked in their folders.
Diavolo (Stand: King Crimson)
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (TV anime), Toshiyuki Morikawa (All-Star Battle, Eyes of Heaven), Mitsuru Miyamoto (Vento Aureo video game)
The head of Passione, the target of Giorno's efforts, and a first-class paranoid man with a high obsession over two things: keeping himself a secret and becoming far stronger than those around him. Because of his secretive nature, Diavolo has eliminated many people (barring an old girlfriend) for this sake, and tries to do the same to his own daughter, who has never met him. For most of the series, his only goal is to keep his identity secret by killing anyone who tries to figure it out, but when he learns about the Stand Arrowhead in the final arc, he changes priorities to recapturing it and making King Crimson even more powerful. He also dabbled in a drug trafficking project, which is the crux of Purple Haze Feedback.
- Action Dad: Technically qualifies, though it's too bad he doesn't have the heart of one.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Quite literally - in the anime, his hair eventually fades from pink to red near the endings of the strands.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When Bucciarati is about to destroy Chariot Requiem, thus putting the arrow out of Diavolo's reach, the latter begs him not to do it, asking him to consider who is truly worthy of the arrow.
- All for Nothing: Purple Haze Feedback reveals that within several days~months of Giorno taking over Passione, not only was Diavolo declared legally dead (as in, he's totally not in a loop of deaths and is still alive and conscious somewhere in the world), but Giorno claims to the rest of Passione that he's always been the Boss and immediately begins his clean-up, something which no one apparently questions despite Giorno being 15 and Passione being roughly as old. There is also no one who questions the fact that a 15 year old kid could sound like a 33-year old man.note
- Ambiguous Situation: Given the eventful weirdness throughout Diavolo's early life and his own obsession of erasing his past, a lot of details are left extremely vague and were never resolved.
- The circumstances of his birth is a first, from the identity of his father to how he should be even born in the first place. His mother was in an all-female prison (which includes the guards) for two years before she gave birth to him and she claims that the father died of illness before she was sentenced. The anime makes it even more bizarre: she showed no signs of pregnancy beforehand according to the guards, while Diavolo had his eyes open the whole time post-birth, he wasn't crying at all like normal newborns, and the guard washing him sees his eyes change color from brown to red and back.
- His mother was later found Buried Alive under his house with her mouth stitched shut. Whether it was Diavolo himself or someone else, the identity of the perpetrator was left unsolved. The anime implies that Diavolo was the one who did it.
- Finally, the relationship between Diavolo and his Split Personality Doppio. Polnareff theorizes that he manifested Doppio from being abused as a child, but his theory was never confirmed nor discredited. There is also ambiguity to whether Doppio was Diavolo's split personality, and instead may be the other way around. Doppio was never aware that he and Diavolo were the same person, similar to how Dissociative Amnesia affects victims of Dissociative Identity Disorder. Flashbacks of Diavolo's childhood shows him strongly resembling Doppio, and even has similar personality traits such as timid awkwardness and love for animals, and young Diavolo has the same voice as Doppio. Additionally, when Diavolo was born in the prison, the anime showed a scene where his eyes change pupils when he blinked, even as a baby - similar to how Doppio and Diavolo changed their pupils.
- It's debatable whether or not Diavolo and Doppio are even split personalities to begin with. It's implied that they could instead be two separate souls sharing the same body, making them some kind of twisted chimera as a result of the unusual circumstances of their birth.
- Archnemesis Dad: To Trish, when he attempts to kill her.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: When he realizes Risotto is spying on Doppio, he orders his subordinate to fight back and get within two meters of him. Even after seeing Risotto's abilities in action, he keeps pressing Doppio to fight back. Then Risotto summons scissors in Doppio's throat and Diavolo begins to reconsider his plan.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The Don of Passione, but having the most broken Stand around certainly helps.
- Ax-Crazy: A subdued variant compared to Cioccolata's more obvious insanity, and arguably worse. He suffers from extreme irrational paranoia — enough to kill his daughter, Trish, who's completely unrelated to the Mafia affair. Even his goals are very unconventional; see Evil Plan below.
- Badass Baritone: Easily one of the most powerful antagonists and has a very deep voice. This deep voice contrasts Doppio's lighter pitched and younger voice.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Early glimpses of him have him wearing a suit. The anime even changes his first encounter with Bruno from being completely in silhouette to wearing a red suit with his face in shadow. He doesn't wear it in the final battle, presumably because he doesn't have time to change out of Doppio's clothes other than removing his sweater, but it's become common-place in most fan art.
- Bad Boss: And how! After denying the very effective La Squadra a pay raise and some territory, he killed two of their comrades when they started searching for his identity. How did he kill them? Binding and gagging the first to be Forced to Watch as he cuts the second into pieces, enough to force the former to commit suicide. And then delivers more than 30 pieces of his body by his messengers, one at a time to La Squadra.
- Bait the Dog: The extent of Diavolo's morality is left up in the air for the first third of the series. He ordered Luca's dismemberment, but Pericolo speaks highly of him, being thankful that Diavolo let him live such an exciting life. He gives the team a mission to protect his daughter and communicates to them with strange yet also grateful messages. Then we learn that he wanted Trish to be brought to him so he could kill her rather than protect her. He's that paranoid!
- Barbarian Long Hair: Depending on the situation, Diavolo has either short, slicked-back hair (while wearing a suit), or a very long one which reaches all the way down to his hips (when fully revealed). The latter makes more sense during the climax due to him living years in almost complete isolation. His hair is also rather well kept during the final fight, despite it having been in a braid just pages before.
- Bastard Bastard: It's unknown who his father is, he never married Donatella, and he's... yeah.
- Batman Gambit: He needs Trish dead. He wants Squadra dead for going rogue, and Bruno's group dead for attempting to get more power; let's pit them against each other and take out the surviving group after they're all worn out.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He lived his whole life as the shadowy Boss of Passione, obsessed with his identity being kept a secret from everyone. In the end, he succeeded so thoroughly that no-one batted an eye when Giorno claimed to have been the Boss all along.
- Big Bad: Of Vento Aureo. His habit of encouraging the sale of drugs to children is what kicks off the main plot, and Giorno seeks to defeat him in order to put a stop to this.
- Biseinen: Well built, at least by Araki's art style at the time, and is pretty handsome for a man pushing into his forties.
- Born Lucky: A fortuneteller he meets at Sardegna states that he has never seen anyone brimming with as good a fortune as Diavolo. Given his tendency to exploit just the right amount of convenient circumstances to his advantage, there may be some truth to this.
- Call-Back: Diavolo putting blood in Polnareff's eye is a clear one to DIO putting blood in Jotaro's eye (Both Jotaro and Polnareff are also Part 3 characters), with the main difference being that it actually works out for Diavolo but not DIO.
- The Chessmaster: Manipulates everyone into ultimately serving him or disposing of those who oppose him by pitting them against other groups.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Is on the receiving end of this by almost everyone in Passione. Giorno, La Squadra, and Cioccolata all plan on usurping him as leader of Passione.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist:
- Yoshikage Kira had a rather mundane history, aside from the whole hand fetish and serial murder thing, was dangerous mainly because he kept slipping away before he could be punished for his heinous actions, and wanted to live a "normal" life. He was also mentally ill, though with OCD and egocentric traits, but all the while acknowledged them and saw them as nothing more than bad habits. Meanwhile, Diavolo had a past that was saturated in eventful weirdness, was dangerous because he used his intellect and enormously powerful Stand to actively hunt down his enemies instead of running away from them, and wanted absolutely nobody to know he existed; his own definition of a "normal life". He also has paranoia and Dissocative Identity Disorder, and he doesn't seem to care. Even their Stands are opposites; Killer Queen is a scary Stand since it's instantly lethal bombs can be made out of anything, making it a perfect Stand for non-direct combat, while King Crimson's incredible strength and disorienting time skip mean that trying to fight it directly is an invitation to be gravely wounded. Kira's Bites the Dust can turn back time while King Crimson's skips it ahead, Bites the Dust is about the idea that You Can't Fight Fate whereas King Crimson's time-skip allows him to decide fate.
- He's also one to DIO. Both seem similar on paper: rising to power from humble beginnings, have stands that can manipulate time, created powerful organisations made up of mostly Stand users, and are fathers of two of the main heroes of this part. However, DIO's goal is to have all worship him as a god, basically wanting them to know his identity. Diavolo, on the other hand, prefers his identity to be kept a secret from everyone. While DIO prefers to toy with his opponents for his own amusement, Diavolo would rather end the fight as quickly as possible. During Stardust Crusaders, DIO was a villain whose presence was already established prior to the story and most of the Crusaders' efforts are to figure out his Stand's power; Diavolo never makes a true appearance until the final chapter, but he himself gives an explanation on King Crimson's ability when he's first encountered. DIO's servants are kept in line through a combination of mind control, irresistable charisma, fear, and wealth, all the way up to the devotedly loyal Enya, Vanilla Ice, and Pucci. Diavolo, on the other hand, has practically every member of Passione of his planning to turn against him, except for his split personality Doppio. To drive the point home even further, DIO is Italian for "God", whereas Diavolo is Italian for "Devil".
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Gave several over the course of the entire part, specifically during the final fight, but erasing time means squat against a No-Sell ability that negates anything you do, as he found out.
- Death by Irony: It's actually an ironic Fate Worse than Death, but Diavolo, whose name means "Devil" in Italian, was basically sent to an effective Hell by Giorno, doomed to suffer for eternity by dying over and over.
- Diabolus ex Machina: Averted and no pun intended. Diavolo is arguably the only villain in the series to progress as far as he has without the need for the sudden last-minute Power-Up, signature of Araki himself. King Crimson was just as powerful and had all the same abilities at the climax of the final battle as when it was first introduced. He does attempt this upon discovering the secret of the Stand Arrows.
- The Don: Of the Passione Mafia. Though an unusually low-profile one, as no one in his Mafia knows what he looks like.
- The Dreaded: His brutality, paranoia and Stand ability all invoke great fear in his underlings and for a good reason. La Squadra gets to see firsthand what happens to those who try to unmask him and Bruno's initial encounter with King Crimson shows how those who betray Diavolo are swiftly and effectively erased.
- Dual Age Modes: How he and Doppio work. Though, they're considered separate characters.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: His waist-long pink hair combined with purple lipstick, a very slim frame and mesh shirt make Diavolo's gender seem ambiguous at first. The anime didn't help this distinction, making him look more feminine.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Unknown whether it's played straight or subverted, as while his mother was Buried Alive under the house he lived in with the priest that raised him, it's never clearly stated whether Diavolo did it, the priest did it, or someone entirely unrelated did it. However, it can be agreed that this was when he started becoming more like what he is today.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- He does not like Cioccolata and actually seemed disgusted with himself after having ordered him and Secco to fight. He does it anyway though, so he doesn't ultimately care about the civilian casualties, hating Cioccolata due to a more pragmatic reason, as dispatching him is damaging to Passione as well.
- When it comes to matters himself, he does try to avoid killing innocents unless he feels it's unavoidable, if at the least not to draw attention to himself. For example, a maid came into his hotel room to clean not knowing he was there. Rather then kill her, he just erased time, gathered his things and left. Likewise when he killed a fortune teller, that was mostly due to said teller not backing off when he had the chance. A kid saw him murder said teller but he didn't bother going after him.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Diavolo expects Bucciarati to turn a blind eye to the fact that he really wants to kill his daughter. When Bruno intervenes, Diavolo thinks he's being opportunistic and wants to take over Passione. Bruno flat out tells him that someone like him would never be able to understand his feelings.
- Evil Counterpart:
- To Giorno. Both Giorno and Diavolo have grown up under a similar background, being born by single mothers and have parents who are absent throughout their childhood and are instead brought up/inspired by men whom they saw as a father figure. Both are strongly driven by ambition and are more than willing to resort to underhanded methods in order to accomplish their goals. But the difference is that Giorno has moral boundaries, and only projects his ruthlessness on enemies who truly deserved it. Diavolo, on the other hand, has little regard for the innocents he has to drag into the conflict. Gold Experience's life-giving abilities portray it as some sort of Messianic Archetype, while Diavolo and his King Crimson lean more towards the Satanic Archetype.
- To Bruno as well. Both grew up with the sea, with Bruno being the son of a fisherman, while Diavolo dreamt of becoming a sailor. But while Bruno fell into crime due to tragic circumstances, Diavolo willingly turned to crime out of a desire for power and ambition. Bruno is A Father to His Men who genuinely cares for his fellow gang members, fights alongside them, and wins their loyalty through trust and kindness. Diavolo prefers to sit on the sidelines and leave the dirty work to his men. Diavolo also keeps a tight leash on his organisation through power and fear, and as a result, everyone backstabs him at any given opportunity.
- Evil Plan: Surprisingly averted for the most part as for the majority of the Part his ambitions don't extend further than killing Trish and any traitors that get in his way out of sheer paranoia. However, once he learns about the power of Requiem Stands he decides to gain said power for himself in order to become the Ultimate Evil and Take Over the World.
- Evil Redhead: Is revealed to have pink hair, and is undoubtedly Part 5's Big Bad.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Courtesy of Toshiyuki Morikawa, and later on Katsuyuki Konishi in the anime.
- The Faceless: For a good chunk of Part 5. His first fight with Bucciarati has his face constantly obscured by shadows or blocked by King Crimson. His first appearances are also incredibly different to how he was revealed, as he had short, combed hair and actually seemed a lot taller than he turned out to be.
- Fatal Flaw: Paranoia. Diavolo's own obsession with keeping his identity a secret was essentially what shot him in the foot. It is what led to a lot of poor choices on his part such as alienating his followers, causing Bucciarati to turn against him and nearly got him killed by Risotto by trying to leave the fighting to his less-experienced self Doppio. It's not because Diavolo is stupid, but rather he's too paranoid to make decisions that would otherwise benefit him on the chance his identity is compromised. This is probably best demonstrated after his fight with Bucciarati when he could have used King Crimson to get the drop on the rest of the group and kill everyone there but his paranoia that he might not kill them fast enough before someone saw his face led him to let the group go.
- Fate Worse than Death: He ends up getting sent into an infinite death loop courtesy of Gold Experience Requiem, experiencing a variety of ends but never truly dying. And worse, he's the only one aware of it - cars hit him without stopping, he was dissected without the nurse realizing he was awake, and so on.
- Final Boss Preview: The fight with Bucciarati, which showcases the power of his stand King Crimson.
- Foil: To Akira Otoishi in Diamond is Unbreakable. Both of them have very powerful Stands in terms of pure strength and speed and use their stands to hide their identities for the majority of the arc and only reveal them when they get overconfident. Both also had control over the Stand Arrows at some point in the story. However, while Akira was just a simple Jerkass trying to make money by stealing, Diavolo is an absolute Hate Sink that attempts to murder his daughter over pure paranoia and doesn't mind killing innocent civilians that get in his way or find out his identity. In addition, while Diavolo is an adult man who controls Italy through the mafia, Otoishi is a young adult and a student wanting to do guitar lessons. While Otoishi is mostly on par with Crazy Diamond through the whole part with Red Hot Chili Pepper until Red Hot Chili Pepper gets a power boost by absorbing all the electricity in Morioh, King Crimson is always stronger than Gold Experience until Giorno gets the Requiem arrow and gains a power boost.
- Freudian Excuse: Much like Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas, it could be played straight, defied, or subverted. Depending on how it's read, he either snapped and became paranoid after finding his mother under the floorboards, did the deed himself and was always like this despite his good nature before hand, or snapped because the evidence was found and as such razed his hometown to prevent word from being leaked, causing the obsession due to the spur of the moment.
- Godzilla Threshold: While he detests Cioccolata and Secco, he still feels it's necessary to deploy them as a last ditch effort to kill off Bucciarati's group.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Another unknown, see the above two unknowns Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas and Freudian Excuse. However, it should be said that dissocative identity disorder streams from similar roots to that of paranoia - abuse, fear, trauma, or stress. Polnareff outright discusses the roots by stating that Diavolo could've been abused as a child, and since only certain points of his history were touched upon, he could very well be right.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Doppio's irises are pink (gold in the anime) by default. When Diavolo speaks through him or otherwise takes control, they become black (green in the anime) and fragmented. During the Silver Chariot Requiem arc, Bucciarati inhabits Diavolo's body; this causes the fragments to "repair" and form back into a normal iris shape (they become pink in the manga and green in the anime).
- Guardian Entity: Played with towards Doppio. Since, logically speaking, killing Doppio would also kill Diavolo and vice versa, it's hard to tell how much Diavolo cares for Doppio and how much he cares for Doppio. He does, however, step in whenever Doppio is getting mugged and does offer advice that best fits the situation, whether it's running away or using luck and intelligence.
- Guyliner: It's revealed that his eyelashes are much more defined than other villains and he, like Dio, dons lipstick.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Coincides with his paranoia most of the time, but he did go overboard with punishing La Squadra given what he did to Sorbet and Gelato.
- This also extends to King Crimson. Hilariously, so does the head on its forehead.
- The Heavy: Kars may have started the plot and Dio may have set the Joestars on the path of heroism, but if Diavolo hadn't found the Stand-creating arrows on his fateful trip to Egypt and then sold all but one to Enyaba, none of the stories past Part 2 until Part 6 would've happened the way they did: DIO never would've earned his Stand, the Joestars never would've earned theirs by proxy, and no one else with the exception of people like Kakyoin and Polnareff would have had theirs (and this includes Kira and Pucci). You can thank Diavolo for every ounce of misery caused in half of the previous and all of the future parts.
- Hellish Pupils: Has extremely small pupils like his Stand, except when possessed by Bruno, when he temporarily gains normal looking eyes. However, his eyes look as if the irises are simply fragments circling his pupils.
- Hero Killer: Personally responsible for the deaths of Abbacchio, Narancia, Bruno and Polnareff. He has the second highest protagonist body count in the series, only behind Father Pucci in Stone Ocean.
- Hunk: In contrast with Kira's Salary Man appearance, Diavolo is completely ripped, as well as being the first villain besides Kars to be shirtless.
- When found out by Polnareff, he gloats about being discovered; this is paradoxical to his usual, xenophobic desire of not being seen by others. It is possible that he was only bragging about it for fun due to being confident about killing Polnareff.
- He is openly repulsed by Cioccolata and Secco's excessive sadism. But unleashing them upon the heroes as a last resort in order to stop them from reaching Coliseum despite the mass civilian casualties is something he considers justified, and he previously sicced them on Sorbet and Gelato for betraying him.
- Invincible Villain: He has a Rank A Strength Stand with the ability to erase time and see into the future. The only way that the heroes even beat it is to activate an even more ridiculous ability — that of the No-Sell.
- In the Back: Prefers to have King Crimson get behind his opponents and send a Megaton Punch through the chest, rather than hitting them face-on. It fits with both his paranoid nature and his general lack of redeeming features.
- In the Hood: His first -shadowed- appearance has him with this, covered in a blanket in a dark room while musing about finding his daughter.
- It's All About Me: Everything Diavolo does is in his own self-interest, whether it be to kill to keep his identity a secret or to rule the world with an iron fist. In fact, the only one he seems to be capable of interacting with affably is Doppio, his alter ego.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: The narrative makes no effort to hide that he's a ruthless crime lord, but he seems to go to great lengths to ensure his daughter is delivered to him. Once she's delivered, he's established as a completely heartless villain by trying to kill her in order to hide all traces of his identity.
- Just Between You and Me: Believing that he had Bruno dead to rights, he goes on to explain his Stand's powers (albeit not completely) at length. This gives the capo a chance to discover King Crimson's only significant weakness and the opportunity to plan around it to escape.
- Knight of Cerebus: While Vento Aureo already plays itself more seriously than the previous parts and was never lighthearted to begin with, it is the introduction of Diavolo, his true personality, motives and the depths of his depravity halfway through that marks as a significant turning point for the much darker second half of the storyline. Also, unlike DIO, Kars and Kira before him, Diavolo has no darkly comedic traits or hamminess going on for him and he is played completely seriously.
- Lack of Empathy: Diavolo is unable to empathize or understand others' emotions and morality, plus an inability to interact with anyone barring Doppio and maybe Donatella. This is due to his pride and obsession with keeping his identity a secret.
- Let's You and Him Fight: He pretty much set up Squadra against Bruno's team, even if both were against Diavolo.
- Longest Pregnancy Ever: His mother claimed to be pregnant with him for two years in an all-female prison, meaning that the possibility that she was impregnated within the prison is extremely unlikely.
- Love at First Sight: Flashbacks in the anime implies that he fell in love with Donatella Una when they met each other for the first time, with him awkwardly asking her out.
- Manipulative Bastard: Prefers to control others from the shadows like he does La Squadra and Bruno's group.
- Meaningful Name:
- Diavolo means "devil" in Italian to counter Dio's "God". Many take this as his mother or someone dubbing him this due to his bizarre birth.
- King Crimson's name and its abilities are believed to come from three different songs by the titular band, and all songs from the same album (a hidden prod towards his Dissocative Identity Disorder):
- "In the Court of the Crimson King": Which ends with the stanza The yellow jester does not play / but gentle pulls the strings / And smiles as the puppets dance / in the court of the Crimson King. The song may inspire Diavolo's dubbing of being emperor, as well as his ploys usually revolving around controlling others, and then his eventual downfall to Giorno, who had been planning Diavolo's fall since the start of the arc and has a gold/yellow Stand.
- "Epitaph": The name for his sub-Stand, the lyrics speak of someone who has "confusion as my epitaph", and believes the world is "in the hands of fools".
- "21st Century Schizoid Man": Diavolo is quite literally a schizoid man living in the 21st century.
- Mr. Fanservice: Wears a transparent mesh shirt that shows off his well-toned body. His long flowing hair does not hurt either. Even when in his hooded appearances, they take the time to showcase his bare legs as well.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Diavolo literally means devil. If that doesn't make you run away, then nothing will.
- Nice to the Waiter: Played with. One of his few softer spots is that despite his paranoia about hiding his existence or anything that could hint at it, this doesn't extend to people who merely see something unwittingly, such as a maid entering his hotel room or a cab driver who might have seen a picture, though this kindness is only exhibited by not killing them on the spot.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Diavolo is serious in dealing with his targets to ensure they are killed and prefers to end his fights as soon as possible. Unlike his enemies with their Stands, he is not interested in repeatedly beating up his foes with his Stand, King Crimson with a Stand cry. When Diavolo deals with them, he ensures each punch by his Stand is fatal.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Although everything else about him fits in with JoJo, Diavolo is the only character whose eyes are entirely too different from others. In All Star Battle, he's given normal grey eyes until he's low on health.
- Obviously Evil: The narrative makes it very clear that he is rotten to the core. First, his organization is confirmed to be selling drugs to children before brutally showcasing in the case of La Squadra for what happens to those who try to breach his privacy. He also spends time in his dimly lit hotel room while covering his face with a long cloak to make himself even more ominous. And finally, he manipulates his most loyal capo into committing suicide in order to cover his tracks and then tries to kill Trish in order to erase his bloodline after Bucciarati's team manages to escort her safely to Venice which, at this point, is no longer surprising. Diavolo's appearance is also suggesting this: before his full reveal, he was shown as an ominous shadowy silhouette looming over his goons and when fully revealed, he has a somewhat demonic appearance with Hellish Pupils and an equally terrifying Stand with a Nightmare Face.
- Offing the Offspring: Spends all of Part 5 trying to kill Trish. He briefly succeeds when he forces her soul out of Mista's body, but Bucciarati saves her by reversing the soul-swapping process.
- Older Alter Ego: Inverted with Doppio, who is Diavolo's younger alter ego. Maybe...
- Orcus on His Throne: Throughout most of the part, he always remains in the shadows and leaves the heavy-lifting to his underlings and split personality Doppio. It's only until Cioccolata and Secco are taken out that he does do the job himself.
- Parental Abandonment: Apart from just averting the hell out of the usual guilt part, from not knowing she existed to desiring to kill her right off the bat, Diavolo suffered from this himself because his mother was in jail for eight years of his life and his father never appeared.
- The Paranoiac: And how. The guy's absolutely obsessed in remaining anonymous to the point he's willing to kill his daughter to tie up any loose ends, and a Control Freak over his organisation in the highest degree.
- Personality Powers: Diavolo is obsessed with keeping his identity a secret; King Crimson's ability to remove everyone's perception of time plays into that.
- Pet the Dog: He spared his girlfriend Donatella, whom he told many lies to about his life and had a child with, and let her keep the photo he took of her. He comes to regret this decision when he discovers that the photo could be traced back to him.
- Pragmatic Villainy: For the most part Diavalo's grasp of the Villain Ball leads him away from this trope where a number of situations with simple solutions are ignored for more involved violent ones. That said there's a number of times where he tries his hand at this. Though he thinks Cioccolata is trash its easy to understand why sending him out is only a last minute resort, the sheer amount of casualties he can rack up would attract far too much attention (that and he's well aware of Cioccolata's treacherous streak). There's also the fact that he cut a deal with the Narcotics team, a powerful group of Stand users in their own right, rather than fighting them and taking the operation for himself.
- Real Men Wear Pink: A quite literal case in that he has pink hair and is a Mr. Fanservice courtesy of JoJo fashion style yet he is among the most terrifying villains of the series, being the one who has given the stand arrows to various people, such as Enya Geil. In the anime, his first on-screen appearance has him wear a dark pink suit.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In the anime, just when he's born, one of the prison guards noticed that his eyes briefly turn red.
- Satanic Archetype: It's in his name, after all. There's also the weird and unsettling circumstances of his birth that wouldn't be out of place in a horror film.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Diavolo believes that his daughter Trish will end up having him killed... he turns out to be right, but only because he tried to kill her. If he'd left her alone, she wouldn't have been around to develop her stand, which proved crucial in helping Bucciarati's gang defeat him.
- Self-Made Orphan: Might have had his mother Buried Alive and burned down the village he was raised in, including the priest who raised him as a father. The anime implies that he murdered the priest with an ice pick.
- Shadow Archetype: Diavolo has all of Giorno's unscrupulous traits but without the redeeming qualities such as righteousness and especially trusting in others. He is essentially what Giorno could have become had Giorno not met the mobster who saved him from an abusive childhood.
- Sinister Silhouettes: Spends the entirety of his fight with Bruno as one and appears a few times before then as a mobster covered in shadows.
- Smart Ball: Despite his tendency to grasp the Villain Ball in Vento Aureo, in Purple Haze Feedback it's commented that Diavolo decided it would be a better idea to negotiate with the narcotics team rather than force them into working for him. Considering that the narcotics team is one of the primary sources of Passione's income and its leader's Stand can prolong the consequences of an event indefinitely (thereby being a hard fight for King Crimson), that's a pretty smart decision on his part.
- Smug Snake: Diavolo sees himself as a lot smarter than he really is. It's only thanks to circumstances, luck and the power of his stand that things were able to go his way.
- Smug Super: Believes himself to be invincible thanks to the powers of King Crimson.
- The Sociopath: Extremely prone to fits of anger and extremely paranoid, plus the whole Lack of Empathy thing. May spare some empathy towards Donatella and Doppio, though, even if the later can be reasoned.
- Split Personality: An integral part of Diavolo's masquerade is that he has a second personality, Vinegar Doppio, which he allows to stay in the forefront of the body's control while still observing. Doppio, while a member of Passione, is still pretty innocent compared to the likes of Cioccolata and Risotto, and is also a cardinal Cloudcuckoolander thanks to the way Diavolo communicates with him. Oddly enough, when Chariot Requiem goes haywire, it turns out that Doppio and Diavolo are actually separate souls. Arguably, they're actually a chimera resulting from one fetus absorbing the other in utero.
- The Spook: His goal in the series is to remain a feared, shadowy leader through any means necessary.
- Surprise Pregnancy: Was a victim of it; He didn't know Trish existed for fifteen years.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He's basically a much more manic Dio Brando, allowing Giorno to confront someone very much like his father at the climax of Part 5. In the final opening scene of the anime, he even walks behind Giorno while his Stand ability is activated, much like DIO does with Jotaro in the final opening scene of Stardust Crusaders.
- Take Over the World: After learning the full capacity of the Stand Arrows, he does everything he can to obtain the remaining one to dominate all life with the possible power upgrade it can provide.
- Tattooed Crook: Inverted. The floral patterns in his sleeves look a lot like highly stylized tattoos.
- Ultimate Evil: Desperately wants to be this, and does a decent job for a time, but ultimately fails. See Villain Ball.
- The Unfettered: He admits to only caring about results and he'll do anything to keep his identity a secret, including unleashing Cioccolata upon Bruno's team despite the mass civilian casualties.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Described in flashbacks as a timid but well-meaning kid whose dream is to become a sailor. The anime also shows that he was also a Friend to All Living Things. As he grows older, it all goes downhill from there, with Doppio being the only remaining shred of his old self.
- Vampiric Draining: Never said explicitly, but it's implied that he drank almost all of a kid's blood. Granted, he did it to replenish the iron he had lost in the battle against Risotto Nero, but that doesn't make it any less squicky.
- Verbal Tic: In the anime, he tend to use a sarcastic "eh?" from time to time.
- Villain Ball: Vento Aureo is less of a story of Giorno overthrowing a really superior villain and more of Diavolo digging a hole for himself:
- In his attempts to make his drugs the only drugs on the market, he alienates some of his followers, including Bucciarati... which starts the plot.
- Brutally killing Sorbet and Gelato as a message of how he didn't want anyone finding out his identity. This led to La Squadra, a very competent and dangerous assassin team, rebelling two years before the plot. Their leader, Risotto Nero, basically has an "Instant Death" Radius.
- Instead of simply waiting for Trish to be delivered to him and then killing her behind Bucciarati's back, Diavolo thought it was a good idea to snatch her from him, knowing full well that Bruno is an altruistic man, that he's an experienced Stand user, and that his friends are literally down the street and nothing is stopping them from entering the building and finding them.
- Considering how La Squadra was after Trish, Diavolo set it up so that Bucciarati's gang and La Squadra would wipe each other out with Trish at the core of the battle. Not only did this fail, and horribly so, but then Risotto met Doppio...
- And if Aerosmith didn't come in when it did, Diavolo would be dead five volumes before Part 5 actually ended. By the secondary antagonist of the part, no less.
- Killing Abbacchio while he was most vulnerable was a smart idea... however, in the process, Diavolo gave the gang exactly what they needed: a clue to the Boss' identity. Abbacchio used the last of his stand energy to imprint his assassin's face onto stone—which Diavolo also managed to miss—because he took the time to show himself. Even if Moody Blues rewound to Diavolo's youth in Sardenia, he would look too young to be able to match any existing records.
- The six or seven times a Mundane Solution of using the tank-destroying strength of King Crimson and its ability to erase time were avoided because... something. Case in point, the entire Risotto fight. He also never used Doppio efficiently, God knows why, even when Doppio himself points out that Bucciarati could never hurt him.
- Voices Are Mental: Played with, since Diavolo technically can alter how any part of Doppio looks and may not just be external.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Well, it's actually a mesh shirt, for what it's worth it's transparent.
- Walking Spoiler: Nearly everything about him is shrouded in mystery until the last part of the story. His face and name are treated as big secrets, with the gang's attempt to uncover his identity being an important story arc.
- Where I Was Born and Razed: Very likely was the one who burnt down the church and town he grew up in.
- Who's Your Daddy?: Inverse edition. To call the circumstances regarding his conception "bizarre" would be a gross understatement. His mother was an inmate in a female prison with absolutely no male guards. Add in the timing of when she was incarcerated, and the oddly long pregnancy, and we are looking at one very difficult-to-decipher paternity issue, in the form of no viable candidates. At all.
- Worthy Opponent: Rather surprisingly for a Hate Sink like Diavolo, he actually does show respect towards Risotto Nero for almost succeeding in killing him and using a last ditch move to almost kill Diavolo with Aerosmith, which ended with Nero dying instead of giving him back the iron he stole and in effect almost leading to Diavolo's capture by the heroes.
- You Can't Thwart Stage One: Averted; In a series where the Big Bad usually gets what he wants before a Deus ex Machina shows up to punish them, not only does Diavolo not get the Stand Arrow to increase his power, he becomes the guinea pig for the enhanced power of Giorno's new Requiem ability.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink with spots, either green or violet in color. The hair is naturally colored pink too, considering Trish inherited it. According to JOJOVELLER, they aren't natural. Apparently he paints them in because "he's a Punk".
King Crimson (named after King Crimson), can erase, or "skip" time - it eliminates a section of time from anywhere between .5 to 10 seconds, and during which not only is Diavolo completely immune to attacks, but can also set up others to be hit. It has a sub-stand named Epitaph, which allow him to see the future for 10 seconds.
For the better part of Vento Aureo, Diavolo hides in the shadows, with only his stand King Crimson making the occasional appearance. However, it is not considered a sentient Stand.
- Achilles' Heel: Tunnel vision. When using Time Skip, King Crimson focuses on the immediate actions around himself to prepare for his counter attack without considering what might happen once time flows normally. Some savvy fighters have taken advantage of this, Such as one of Bruno's attacks being a feint to set up his escape.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Although All-Star Battle and Eyes of Heaven gave it a pink-reddish body with yellow highlights and white armor, the colored manga, the PS2 game, and the anime gave it a crimson body with white highlights and silver armor. Epitaph is always a shade of pink, though, and its eyes are always emerald green.
- Combat Clairvoyance: King Crimson has a secondary ability called Epitaph that lets Diavolo and Doppio see 10 seconds into the future. It functions more as a Required Secondary Power, since otherwise Diavolo wouldn't be able to predict or plan around King Crimson's time erasure.
- Dark Reprise: During its first use against Bruno, Diavolo has it subject him to an Out-of-Body Experience reminiscent of what Gold Experience did to him near the start of the series. Unlike Giorno, Diavolo takes full advantage of his opponent's helplessness and technically murders him on the spot.
- Dub Name Change: King Crimson is promoted to Emperor Crimson for All-Star Battle in the English localization, as well as the subs for the anime. It fits with his habit of declaring himself emperor, making it a little more fitting than other name changes. In addition, his "Epitaph" attack (taken from a King Crimson song) becomes "Eulogy", which also fits Diavolo as eulogies are often praise to someone.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In Diavolo's first encounter with Bruno, he uses King Crimson in such a way that Bruno sees his future self. Like Gold Experience's "life overdrive" ability, King Crimson's time skip is never portrayed this way again, except in the video games where it's the basis of his Great Heat Attack.
- Glass Cannon: While King Crimson is able to accomplish what Star Platinum, The World, and Crazy Diamond can usually do with a barrage of attacks with a single blow, its durability is absolutely abysmal compared to them with a rating of 'E'. Though this doesn't really matter thanks to its Time Skipping abilities, as he could just see the attack coming thanks to Epitaph and then move before erasing time to avoid the blow anyway.
- "Instant Death" Radius: King Crimson's powers of foresight and erasure, combined with its chaotic strength, make any attempt at melee a suicide mission.
- Irony: Epitath is a stand that sees the future while King Crimson can erase part of it, and it belongs to a man who wants to erase the past.
- Lightning Bruiser: King Crimson has shown to be able to easily parry, react to, and even outmaneuver faster-than-light Stands like a weakened Silver Chariot, Sticky Fingers, and Gold Experience, even without the use of Epitaph. King Crimson's speed may be comparable to that of even Star Platinum and Silver Chariot in its prime. Likewise, his strength is incredible, and he can rip apart opponents with singular strikes and is one of the few Stands capable of delivering one-hit kills without the use of an ability.
- Megaton Punch: In contrast to The World's Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs, King Crimson only bothers to use one solid punch to get the job done. Just ask Bruno and Abbacchio.
- Mouth of Sauron: When first revealed, King Crimson acts as Diavolo's mouthpiece with actual moving lips, hanging in front of its user to help hide them in the shadows. This aspect is dropped when Doppio enters the picture, but returns again during the period where everyone has swapped bodies, as Diavolo can't actually directly control the body he is currently inhabiting.
- Nightmare Face: In contrast to the stoic expressions of The World and Killer Queen, King Crimson has a nightmarish plain white face with unnatural and constantly open fish-like eyes couple with grinning mouth. And let's not forget the second face it has on its forehead, combining Extra Eyes and Too Many Mouths in one feature. Araki mentions that this extra face was inspired by Kuato from Total Recall (1990). And that's not getting into the contorted facial expressions whenever it gets angry...
- Ominous Visual Glitch: The anime portrays King Crimson's time skip with streaks of reddish-pink not unlike a VHS tape skipping.
- Personality Powers: King Crimson's user can be incredibly paranoid when regarding certain situations, so to alleviate this, it gives him the power to see into the future and never have to worry about what'll happen to him.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: In the anime at least, he's shown to be capable of rapid punches despite preferring singular lethal strikes. When the Stand Arrow crawls up Gold Experience's arm, King Crimson delivers a flurry of punches in a vain attempt to stop the former from transforming.
- Required Secondary Powers: This is Epitaph's function. It gives Diavolo the ability to see ahead and allows his to decide which course of action to take with King Crimson's time-skip.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: One of the effects of King Crimson's ability is that nobody's quite aware what happened during the portion of time that gets "erased", except for Diavolo.
- Slasher Smile: The anime adaptation has King Crimson flash a brief, but sadistic grin as it chops a humongous gash into Bruno's body.
- Smash Cut: This is the simplest way to explain King Crimson's ability. He either strikes his enemies after they've been disoriented from the skip, performs actions he would have already taken without anyone else being aware of them, or uses it to save himself from events he doesn't want to happen.
- Super Empowering: Epitaph's prediction ability is "lent" to Doppio from Diavolo. Subverted; they're the same person.
- Superpower Lottery: Precognition, Super Strength, and the ability to delete short periods of time. Diavolo lucked out big time when he got King Crimson and Epitaph. If he had gotten the Stand Arrow, King Crimson Requiem would very likely have been unstoppable.
- Super Strength: King Crimson is easily one of the physically strongest Stands in the series, capable of killing a person by punching a hole through them or cut a their arms clean off in one swift punch. It can throw a pair of scissors with such force that it could slice off limbs as well.
- The Omniscient: Epitaph is incredibly powerful for what it does, and simultaneously reveals to Diavolo every and all actions and outcomes that could take place. Diavolo himself says that, rather than predicting what happens and reacting to that, he merely chooses which outcome he wishes to happen.
- Time Master: King Crimson's ability is to erase time. For ten seconds, every action and event that takes place has no effect and no one else retains any memory of that time interval, but the results of any of those actions remainnote , and as a result, it looks like Teleport Spam since Diavolo can use this time to disappear and reappear at will - except everyone else teleports along with him. The nature of the erased time allows Diavolo to see all possible actions simultaneously and follow whichever sequence of events he wants to occur during the time skip using Epitaph. The most intuitive explanation, and the one that Diavolo himself seems to favor, is that for about 10 seconds, he controls fate and destiny in the surrounding area. A good example of this is when he gets Risotto killed, where he uses King Crimson to erase the process of bullets passing through him but keeps the result of Risotto being killed, leaving him unharmed.
- Walking Spoiler: Discussing King Crimson and Epitaph's powers make it nigh impossible to discuss Diavolo without spoiling damn near everything about the guy and his motivations.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: This is what King Crimson's ability to "erase time" actually does. Unlike DIO, Diavolo cannot initiate actions during the erased time - as such, he can't activate King Crimson, then throw a bunch of knives at you and have them impact when time returns normally. Instead, he can use Epitaph to predict his opponent's actions and implement counters to them before activating King Crimson. For instance, if someone is about to shoot at him, he can predict it and start to move behind that person to position himself for a counterattack. Activating King Crimson at the moment the trigger is pulled will then cause all actions that would have occurred in the next ten seconds to instead take place simultaneously - Diavolo's opponent will shoot, Diavolo will get out of the way of the bullet, and the bullet will impact the wall behind him in the same moment. The net effect is that Diavolo can see the future and weaponize it by skipping over any actions that are harmful to him, but keeping the ones that benefit him.
- You Can't Fight Fate: To contrast The World, where its active state allows DIO to do pretty much anything, Diavolo is forbidden from directly interacting with beings affected by King Crimson's active state. The only exception is if said interaction is an action King Crimson had already predicted he would perform, such as when he cuts off Trish's hand or splashes blood in Polnareff's eyes.
Vinegar Doppio (Stand: Epitaph)
Voiced by: Soma Saito (TV anime), Akira Ishida (All-Star Battle, Eyes of Heaven), Mitsuru Miyamoto (Vento Aureo video game)
The underboss of Passione, not that he looks like it or even acts like it. Unlike the other members of Passione, Doppio is overall polite and very loyal and only ever acts like his subordinates when upset. He communicates with Diavolo over telephone...or so he thinks—anyone observing him will see that he's actually speaking into an ice cream cone, or a frog, or some other strange object. Despite that, he's actually very capable in a battle despite his lack of abilities in combat.
His Stand (named after a song by King Crimson) is on lend from his boss: Epitaph allows Doppio to see up to ten seconds into the future and then react accordingly, allowing him to change the outcomes as far as who gets hit with what.
Doppio is in reality a split personality of Diavolo, which explains how he can use King Crimson's Epitaph ability. Diavolo remains hidden away in Doppio's subconscious but still pretends to call him on the "phone", directing his actions. Diavolo only shows his true self when Doppio is in danger of revealing his own identity.
- Adorkable: If you aren't disturbed by him having a conversation into a frog's stomach, then yes. Even Diavolo thinks he's cute.
- Affably Evil: A pleasant young man who's willing to help total strangers while also simultaneously working for one of the most brutal crime lords in Italy who is slowly poisoning the nation with illegal drugs.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Doppio was left to die alone in Bucciarati's body, waiting for his Boss to reassure him like always and begs for Diavolo to call him.
- Amnesia Loop: Appears to be the case, and not even Diavolo's fault for once, because Doppio's memory is ridiculously faulty. For example, Diavolo warns Doppio of Risotto Nero, teaches him a strategy to fight him, tells him to investigate the house Donatella lived in, and then hangs up. Doppio then forgets in one panel that he had the phone conversation and every single order he was given except for the "get within two meters of Risotto and kill him" part. Later on, he sacrifices his current "phone" in order to get an attack in on Risotto, only to realize after his monologue he's phoneless... and again, in one panel, forgets his phone was destroyed and questions why there's a frog filled with razors right in front of him.
- Anti-Villain: He'd probably be a pretty nice guy if he wasn't part of Passione and Diavolo's split personality.
- Bare Your Midriff: Due to how his sweater is designed. Helps when Diavolo needs a quick switch.
- Berserk Button: Just like his Boss, he's not especially fond of having people figuring out his identity. The danger of it being revealed is what triggers his personality switching to Diavolo's.
- Beware the Silly Ones: You may think he's not much judging by his quirky traits and overall timidness, but once Diavolo takes over he becomes violent and erratic.
- Bishōnen: He's around/looks like 17, so he's no older than the protagonists. He's even voiced by Akira Ishida in All-Star Battle.
- Body Horror: When he uses Epitaph, the first time it manifests, the smaller face visibly grows out of Doppio's forehead.
- Bullying a Dragon: Diavolo does not take kindly to those pressuring Doppio, and anyone trying to is in for a nasty surprise.
- Cloudcuckoolander: At least, to those around him. Whenever he "gets a call" from Diavolo, he practically falls into a trance, stumbling away with a blank expression as he imitates the sound of a phone ringing, only to snap back periodically and question where the noise is supposed to come from.
- Combat Clairvoyance: Has a limited version of this granted to him by his boss. Epitaph's ability isn't complete; it can only see specific moments in time as opposed to King Crimson foreseeing everything that happens during the predicted time, and also lacks KC's ability to remove everyone's perception of the predicted time.
- The Consigliere: This is his official rank in Passione, meaning that he second only to Diavolo himself. Even though he is fairly capable with a dangerous ability, he is an extremely unusual example of this trope as he appears relatively younger and more naive as opposed to the more hardened but lower ranked members. What makes it even more unusual is that since Doppio is a split personality of Diavolo, this means that Diavolo in effect served as his own Consigliere.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite being a bit of an idiot and an Unwitting Pawn to his own Split Personality Doppio was able to cut of Risotto's foot and was able to take him on before Diavolo had to take over showing that he is more dangerous then he initially seems.
- Curtains Match the Window: In the colored manga, Doppio has pink hair to go with pink eyes. This is only ever played straight, however, when Doppio or Bucciarati control Diavolo's body.
- Cute and Psycho: He's really scary when he's angry or when Diavolo hijacks the conversation.
- The Dragon: Played with in a few ways: His position is largely assumed and it's only likely that he's the underboss due to Diavolo's care. Although Giorno and his allies planned to overthrow Diavolo, they never targeted Doppio and his authority is never proven because he keeps away from other members of Passione. In fact, despite being one of the few who actually communicates with Diavolo, Risotto Nero had no idea who he was until Doppio accidentally revealed he was a Stand user. For the most part, he's just Diavolo's gopher. He also is Diavolo, but doesn't realize it.
- Dual Age Modes: From 17-year old into 33-year old Diavolo.
- Dub Name Change: In the Italian translation he's renamed Aceto, which is actually Italian and is close to the actual Italian surname of "Aceti"note .
- Early-Bird Cameo: Is the one who orders Squalo and Tiziano to move in on Bucciarati's group in the anime at the end of Episode 21.
- Edible Theme Naming: "Vinegar", obviously. A "Doppio", on the other hand, is an espresso that by the use of a special coffee filter is twice the size of a regular "solo" espresso.
- Fighting Spirit: Subverted. Not only does Doppio not really fight, nor is Epitaph that helpful in attacking, it's never defined as to whether his powers are his or if Diavolo owns King Crimson since Stands are originated from souls and he and Diavolo are two separate ones.
- Fish Eyes: On-and-off with Diavolo' black eyes. This is usually a sign Diavolo is gazing out of Doppio's body and may or may not relate to how much of Doppio is being controlled by Diavolo.
- Friend to All Living Things: Doppio shows protectiveness and affection for animals, including frogs and insects.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Doppio's irises are pink (gold in the anime) by default. When Diavolo speaks through him or otherwise takes control, they become black (sometimes green in the anime) and broken.
- Hulking Out: As Diavolo's right-hand man, he can "channel" King Crimson's powers to see a little bit into the future or to briefly boost his physical parameters (size, strength, etc).
- I Will Fight Some More Forever: Done during the Risotto Nero fight when Doppio decides to stay and fight while figuring out how to counteract Metallica. Invoked when Diavolo takes back his order to fight and begins yelling at Doppio to run and Doppio begins to purposefully ignore the advice.Diavolo: Doppio, get out of there! You're going to be attacked!
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: When Diavolo takes over he ends up nearly gouging a sleazy cab driver's eye out after said driver tried to cheat Doppio of his cab fare before physically threatening the boy.
- Made of Iron: Pun unintended, but, during the Risotto fight he had scissors burst from his neck and he remained standing and willing to fight!
- Meaningful Name: "Doppio" is Italian for double, which Doppio essentially is to Diavolo.
- Mood Ring Eyes: See Diavolo's Hellish Pupils.
- Morality Pet: Probably the only person Diavolo shows any degree of affection too, and he shows a sense of protectiveness whenever Doppio is in trouble. Though considering that they're one and the same person, it could be chalked up to Pragmatic Villainy out of self-preservation.
- Mugging the Monster: Apart from being commonplace in Doppio's life, something Diavolo does try to fix on occasion, Risotto Nero's battle came down to this and Secco randomly chose him to become his hostage as a last-ditch effort.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: He's a nice person, but the Boss' orders come before anything else. He very likely would have spared the fortune teller he met in his introductory arc had the poor guy not kept prying deeper and deeper into Doppio's true nature.
- Older Than They Look: Despite looking to be around the protagonists' age, he's actually the Split Personality of Diavolo, who is around thirty-three. Many theorize their ages look so different because Doppio is what Diavolo looked like when he was 17~19 and, being a split personality, stopped aging at that point for one reason or another.
- Plot Armor: Doppio had been on the verge of death two times, once by Risotto Nero and another by Bruno. For Risotto, it was just by luck that he had manipulated Narancia's stand, and for Bruno, it was by luck he was mistaken for a civilian. It was the second instance that got Diavolo close to Polnareff in the final battle as well.
- Punny Name: Going back on the espresso meaning, to become Diavolo, Doppio doubles in size.
- Serious Business: He can get aggressively intense if he thinks people are preventing him from answering phone calls from Diavolo. Mostly out of loyalty, but partially out of fear.
- Shoe Phone: Parodied. Doppio's main form of communication with his boss is supposedly his cell phone. But when it breaks, he starts grabbing random objects and treating them like phones, going so far as to make ring tone noises himself, while being completely unaware that he's the one making those noises. Among the objects Doppio has used as phones include car charms, toy phones, and frogs. Despite this, Doppio is able to communicate with the boss by using these random objects as phones; presumably the only reason this seems to work is because the boss is his split personality.
- Slipknot Ponytail: Played with. Doppio's hair is mostly pinned back in a very elaborate braid or tied back with a scrunchie and, while it doesn't come undone while fighting Risotto, somehow it becomes undone with the simple action of removing his sweater.
- Split Personality: To Diavolo, who acts as his Super-Powered Evil Side.
- Technicolor Eyes: In All-Star Battle, on the other hand, Player 1 colors have Doppio with orange eyes to contrast the purple. His eyes are dulled down into brown in the anime.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Averted. People who see Doppio talking to himself in these "phones" react like any normal person would.
- Villain Protagonist: Though Doppio's fight with Risotto Nero is a villain vs. villain affair, it's structured from the perspective of Doppio. Doppio fulfills the typical hero role of being outmatched at first and trying to figure out his opponent's Stand ability alongside the audience.
- Voices Are Mental: Played with, since Diavolo technically can alter how any part of Doppio looks and may not just be external.
- Walking Spoiler: The fact that both he and Diavolo are in fact one and the same person is a major spoiler.
- Youthful Freckles: Doppio somehow manifests them whenever Diavolo shifts over to him. And neither Diavolo nor Trish have freckles.
Major Passione Members
Voiced by: Daiki Hamano (TV anime)
Technically the first enemy Giorno meets, Luca tries to mug the protagonist. Quickly dies due to Gold Experience, but his defeat is what calls Bucciarati over to investigate Giorno. Technically, he didn't really "die" from Gold Experience - he actually dies when the Boss ruthlessly orders him to be dismantled and have his body parts used for scare tactics on Giorno.
- Asshole Victim: He's a nasty piece of work, so his grisly fate on the Boss' order was pretty well-deserved.
- Bait the Dog: The anime adds in an introductory scene where he gives his Establishing Character Moment. After threatening to beat up a taxi driver for not paying him his fees, the driver tells him he's trying to support his family. Without the context, it appears he's shedding a tear for him, only to immediately get enraged and hit him with his shovel. Even after hearing from him about Giorno doing the same thing he was, he wasn't finished yet.
- Early Installment Weirdness: He's the only member of Passione who doesn't have a Stand or seem to know about the existence of Stands, which seems to go against Polpo's entry test. It's possible he is intended to be a low level enforcer who doesn't need to know about Stands, but no members like that in Passione are shown for comparison.
- Eye Scream: The origin of his nickname. Luca got stabbed in the face before the series began and though the wound was healed, it damaged his eye making it seem like he cries all the time.
- Hidden Disdain Reveal: In the Sleeping Slaves prologue-of-an-epilogue, Narancia states upon receiving news of Luca's death that he always hated him. While Bucciarati tells him not to say such things out loud in the gangsters' world, it can be easily assumed that he shared the same feelings, as Luca sold drugs to children.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Attacks a frog created by Gold Experience with a shovel, causing him to cave in his own skull when the attack is reflected back at him.
- Jerkass: When a frog jumps on Giorno (created by his Stand, but Luca doesn't know that), he orders Giorno to step on it for no reason other than to be an asshole, and then tries to kill it himself (this backfires horribly). It's also revealed later on that he sold drugs to children.
- Mugging the Monster: To be fair, he had no idea what he was getting into when he attempted to mug Giorno. And he doesn't even have a Stand.
- Muggle: One of the few members of Passione to not have a Stand.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His name and injured eye suggest he's based on the 30s Sicilian-American gangster "Lucky" Luciano.
- Red Right Hand: His right eye constantly tears up because of an eye injury in the past.
- Shovel Strike: His weapon of choice when confronting Giorno, which has the letters SPQR (Senatus populusque Romanus) emblazoned on it.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He dies in the very same chapter he's introduced, but it's because of his death that Bucciarati tracks down Giorno to get the identity of his murderer out of him.
- His body is also torn apart on the Boss' order, which is the very first hint that the Boss is a fan of unnecessary cruelty.
- Zero-Effort Boss: Giorno didn't need to lift a finger to beat him. In fact, he ends up knocking himself out by accident.
Polpo (Stand: Black Sabbath)
Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (TV anime), Yuji Kishi (Vento Aureo video game)
A higher up, or capo, in Passione. He was entrusted with an Arrow and used it and his Stand to test members coming into the gang by ordering an impossible task of keeping a lighter lit for a day. If the lighter goes out, his Stand appears and stabs them with the Arrow: if they survive and become a Stand user, they'll be allowed into the gang.
His Stand, Black Sabbath (named after Black Sabbath), materializes when Polpo's order is disobeyed. It can move within shadows and control them to an extent.
- Accidental Murder: Since Black Sabbath is an automated Stand, Polpo doesn't have direct control over its actions, so the janitor's death wasn't of his volition.
- Ambiguously Human: While its never addressed in universe Polpo's bizarre body, even for this series, throws his humanity into some doubt. He is almost as tall as his cell (about twenty feet high), morbidly obese, has black eyes, and can somehow eat his own fingers and grow them back with no problem. The anime doesn't help matters by giving him a voice that echoes.
- Ate His Gun: Literally did this unaware. In his defense, at that time it was transformed into a banana. It did not end well.
- Autocannibalism: So gluttonous that he makes a habit of eating his own fingers. They grow back.
- Big Eater: One has to wonder how exactly Polpo didn't die from obesity. Giorno mistook him for a mattress before he started moving.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: One of his most recognizable features are his black eyes and bright pupils.
- Call-Back: Koichi likens Black Sabbath's traits to the first automatic Stand that he fought, Sheer Heart Attack. In a fun reversal of roles, the fight against SHA was when Koichi was the one who didn't know what an automatic Stand was, while an allied JoJo was giving him instructions; here, it's the JoJo who receives advice from the more experienced Koichi.
- Casting a Shadow: His stand Black Sabbath is a shadowy figure that inhabits dim areas, and is harmed by sunlight.
- Churchgoing Villain: He believes that he has the right to kill someone who betrays him because he also believes that God would approve of it.
- Dark Is Evil: Black Sabbath is a primarily black-colored shadow Stand who can move through the shadows to subject those unfortunate enough to light Polpo's lighter to a trial who may kill them or not, while belonging to a nasty user too. This contrasts with Polpo's main yellow outfit.
- Dub Name Change: His Stand becomes Shadow Sabbath in the Crunchyroll sub.
- Edible Theme Naming: "Polpo" means octopus.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Not exactly the nicest person around, and has a suitably deep voice.
- Fantastic Recruitment Drive: This seems to be Polpo's main function (at least the one most prevalent with him) to Passione. It's noted that Polpo tends to be the one who new potential members must talk to if they want to become members of the gang (for instance apparently all of the members of Bruno's gang had to meet him first). This becomes even more apparent as Polpo is the one whom the Boss trusts with the arrow in order to grant new Stand users to Passione.
- Fat Bastard: Almost to the point of absurdity. Polpo is so massive and morbidly obese that he nearly takes up the entirety of the cell he lives in (which should be noted is probably about 20 feet high). Hell, when Giorno first came to see him he assumed that Polpo was a bed until he got up and realized that Polpo was actually just sleeping.
- Faux Affably Evil: Polpo is an easy going man who enjoys the pleasures of life be they simple ones or extravagant ones. His two discussions with Giorno show him to be not only well read and introspective but how that goes hand in hand with him being an especially dangerous and calculating criminal. He's happy to wax philosophical but ties those philosophies into loyalty to the gang and the justifications he has towards casual murder with the full belief that even God would see him and his fellow gangsters as in the right.
- Fingore: Giorno witnesses him eating his own fingers, only to grow them back immediately after. This is the first thing that hints Giorno off that Polpo is a Stand user, although we never find out if the finger regeneration is actually an ability of Black Sabbath.
- Gonk: Polpo is a very ugly and morbidly obese man.
- Jabba Table Manners: For all his Wicked Cultured mannerisms, he stuffs his face without a care for anyone who visits him. During Giorno's last visit, he had draped a Pizza over himself as big as he was and took several bites out of it before slurping it up like pasta.
- Karmic Death: Giorno uses Polpo's gluttony and changes a gun into a banana, tricking Polpo into shooting himself. It also has the bonus benefit of not only allowing Giorno to kill Polpo without making it look like foul play (after all, very few people knew of Gold Experience's abilities at that point), but it also benefited Giorno's companions by giving Bruno an opportunity to take over Polpo's territory as a new capo, and take on the mission of protecting Trish.
- Kick the Dog: Black Sabbath kills an unfortunate janitor that was unlucky enough to relight the lighter that actually calls him forth. Giorno doesn't let it slide.
- Lack of Empathy: Giorno was furious about Black Sabbath's murder of an innocent janitor, but his acquired knowledge of automatic stands meant that he knew Polpo didn't know about it. Polpo's speech of how God would forgive murder in retaliation for being insulted, however, was what made him believe Polpo wouldn't care if he did knew.
- Living Shadow: His Stand Black Sabbath is a long-range automated stand traveling in object's shadows.
- Luxury Prison Suite: Polpo eats well in prison.
- Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: Lampshaded, as Polpo with his high seat in Passione could leave at just about any time. The guards also don't honestly care if things can get into his cell, like for example guns and food. (Though in the anime Zucchero claims that Polpo is literally too fat to physically leave his cell.)
- Power Echoes: In the anime, his voice has a reverb-y echo to it.
- Shout-Out: The lyrics of the song "Black Sabbath" make mention of a figure in black declaring a "chosen one". The Stand Black Sabbath happens to be clad in black and uses Stand Arrows to find those with the potential for a Stand. The two fingers that he bites off are even one to the band's guitarist, Tony Iommi, who lost the tips of his middle and ring fingers on his right hand in an industrial accident when he was 17.
- Sigil Spam: The "PoL" marks dotting all over his shirt. His signature lighter also bears the same insignia.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Polpo is just around for the arc that Giorno is initiated in but his role in the story is quite great. The arc immediately following is the hunt for his lost treasure which allows Bruno to Rank Up, and the main quest that sets off the story, protecting Trish, was originally Polpo's assignment before it fell to them. Similarly the various flashbacks saying how the protagonists joined the gang all end with a meeting with Polpo for their initiation.
- Starter Villain: While Luca and Bucciarati are technically the first oponents whom Giorno confronts at the beginning of the story, the first was a nuisance at worst and didn't even had a Stand, while Bucciarati eventually becomes the co-protagonist of the Part. This makes Polpo (or rather, Black Sabbath, since Polpo was unaware of what was happening during the whole fight) into the true first hostile Stand user found in Vento Aureo.
- Super Empowering: Black Sabbath can stab people with an arrow to either grant them a Stand or kill them.
- Superpower Lottery: Among automated Stands, Black Sabbath is one of the best. It's strong enough to manhandle people and even Stands specialising in direct combat, can teleport from shadow to shadow, and is smart enough to doggedly pursue its targets through lateral tactics. What's more, even if it's somehow "killed", its link with Polpo is tenuous enough that he isn't harmed in the least, allowing him to send it out to do his bidding as often as he likes.
- Synchronization: Played With. Koichi notes that Black Sabbath is an automated Stand and compares it to Sheer Heart Attack, noting that any damage to it will not reflect back on Polpo. In the end the trope is played straight but different from normal wherein the damage Polpo takes is reflected onto the stand rather than the other way around and Polpo's gunshot wound damages Black Sabbath in a similar way.
- Trrrilling Rrrs: In the anime, especially when talking about his "crrrrrrackers".
- Undying Loyalty: To the Boss. After his death, a lot of Passione's members dismiss the notion of him planning to betray the Boss.
- Villainous Glutton: Due to his position in the mob, he gets to stay well protected in a posh prison cell, surrounded by food. The number of times he can be seen on screen not gorging himself can be counted on one's own hands.
- Voice of the Legion: In the anime, his voice has a reverb-y echo to it.
- Weakened by the Light: Black Sabbath dissipates if it's caught in sunlight.
- Wicked Cultured: He has several well-known paintings in his cell, and quotes Thomas Fuller while explaining the conditions of his test.
- Xanatos Gambit: This seems to be how Polpo's lighter test truly works. If someone actually succeeds in keeping the lighter lit for 24 hours then Polpo recruits a new resourceful ally into Passione, if they relight the lighter and survive the Stand Arrow then Passione gets a new Stand user as a member, if they die from the Arrow then the gang doesn't have to worry about some weakling joining their group. The one thing he didn't count on was his Stand's automatic nature causing a civilian to get caught up and killed in his trial, leading to the righteous Giorno to kill him as revenge.
Mario Zucchero (Stand: Soft Machine)
Voiced by: Shinya Takahashi (TV anime), Ryuzou Ishino (Vento Aureo video game)
A greedy member of Passione who attacks Bucciarati's gang while they are on their ship. He actually manages to catch everyone but Bucciarati, but is stopped through the abilities of Moody Blues and Sticky Fingers. His Stand, Soft Machine (named after Soft Machine), can literally deflate objects or people by stabbing them, reducing them to paper-thin husks.
- Back for the Dead: Returns in the spin-off novel Purple Haze Feedback only to get killed off.
- Close-Range Combatant: While Soft Machine's deflation power is devastating one poke and you're not fighting anymore, and very much at Zucchero's mercy it has terrible range. This is why Zucchero takes pains to first corner enemies in a narrow space, so they won't have time to dodge the stabs.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Suffers this at the hands of Giorno's group after his defeat. It involves a fishhook, glasses, and getting sectioned by Sticky Fingers. He was also then left on the boat after his partner's defeat.
- Drives Like Crazy: Zucchero can drive just fine, but he doesn't keep an eye on the damn road when he's in a conversation (one of the most mundane yet idiotic mistakes a driver can make), meaning Sale has to tell him when he's drifting or about to hit a red light. He also leaves the car while it's in motion mid-conversation.
- Dub Name Change: Soft Machine to Tender Machine
- Dumb Muscle: His stand power makes his a formidable foe, but he doesn't have much going on upstairs. While his strategy of using Soft Machine to overlay one boat with another to give himself effectively infinite points of ambush was inspired, he still abandoned his partner mid-conversation in a car he was driving and thought that Bucciarati, a hardened mafioso, would be unable to act if his teams lives were threatened.
- Edible Theme Naming: "Zucchero" is sugar.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Zucchero gets ruthlessly tortured by Bucciarati's gang to show that, yes, they're actual mafiosos who aren't afraid to do horrible things to get what they want. Of course, he's an experienced mafia thug himself and tried to hold them hostage for the location to Polpo's treasure, so it isn't like his hands were completely bloodless. It also doesn't help that the torture implements were found on the boat he set up, which implies that they were what he planned to use for the interrogation.
- Odd Name Out: One of only three antagonists note in Vento Aureo to be given a full name. This is especially odd, considering he was only a minor antagonist, while the other two are the underboss of Passione and the leader of La Squadra, respectively.
- Off with His Head!: Courtesy of Bucciarati.
- One Steve Limit: Averted, he shares his first name (Mario) with the father of Caesar Zeppeli / son of Will Zeppeli featured in Part 2.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He slowly picks off each of Bucciarati's team one by one in surprise ambushes and uses them as hostages when the chips are down and Bucciarati has removed his means of obscuring himself. If this had been any of the previous parts his threat might have held weight, but Bucciarati's a hardened gangster who isn't the type to falter under that kind of pressure.
Sale (Stand: Kraft Work)
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa (TV anime), Hidenobu Kiuchi (Vento Aureo video game)
Zucchero's partner, he attacked the gang when they arrived at Capri Island. His Stand, Kraft Work (named after Kraftwerk), can remove the kinetic energy from objects, locking them in place. Stopped objects can then accumulate kinetic energy, shooting out with built-up speed once Sale releases his ability.
- Ambition Is Evil: He and Mario discuss their plans for Polpo's treasure, and while Mario thinks of all the things he can spend the money on, Sale simply states he'll give it to the gang to Rank Up, stating that's where the real wealth and power will be.
- Anime Hair: From the front, Sale's hair looks more like a big, orange spider is just residing on his scalp, with the way that multiple locks droop over the sides of his head.
- Attack Reflector: One of the truly scary things he can do with guns is, once Kraft Work's stilled the bullets, tap the bullet with his own finger to add potential kinetic energy. Once enough is stored, Sale can release the bullet, back toward the poor sap who shot at Sale.
- Back for the Dead: He reappears in the Light Novel Purple Haze Feedback, and is quickly killed off.
- Dub Name Change: His Stand becomes "Arts and Krafts" in the dub.
- Edible Theme Naming: To complement Zucchero's sugar, "Sale" is Italian for salt.
- The Faceless: Sale is the first of many Passione members introduced with only a full body featureless silhouette in order to add some mystery to him. The anime downplays this, making him completely visible for his debut scene barring his Hidden Eyes.
- Floating Platforms: Turning individual pieces of gravel into these is yet another application of Kraft Work.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Tries to use one of Mista's bullets against him once Mista runs out of ammo. But doesn't see Sex Pistol on his hand till it's too late. By that point, he's released the bullet and Sex Pistol kick it back at him. He tries to block it but the bullet splits and one of the pieces flies into a bullet wound that Mista managed to make earlier. Pushing a previous bullet that he barely stopped further into his head which takes him out.
- Made of Iron: Even getting a bullet in the outside of his brain doesn't kill him!
- Nigh Invulnerable: As far as he's concerned, he's this because his Stand can alter the velocity of anything it touches so that it stands still with respect to him. This includes bullets and, unfortunately, Mista uses them.
- Stepping Stones in the Sky: He does this with a couple of rocks that were falling, removing their kinetic energy and leaving them fixed in the air for him to hop across.
Voiced by: Shinpachi Tsuji (TV anime)
A capo who gave Bucciarati's group their mission to deliver Trish to the boss.
- Affably Evil: Pericolo's a powerful gangster but also a respectful and personable man. The anime adds to it with some small moments and a fairly warm inflection to his voice.
- Cool Old Guy: Pericolo seems like a very friendly man and Bucciarati holds him in great esteem telling his men to bow in respect when he first arrives.
- Fish Eyes: Pericolo's left eye is always shown wandering although he seems far from unintelligent.
- Janitor Impersonation Infiltration: Him and Trish don custodian's clothing to disguise themselves as they meet Bucciarati outside a public washroom.
- Muggle: He notes that he doesn't have a Stand which makes him one of the few non-Stand users inside Passione aside from Luca.
- Meaningful Name: Pericolo is Italian for peril. By giving Bucciarati his mission to protect Trish, he sets off the chain of events that wipes out whole squads within Passione and just under half of Bucciarati's group due to the ensuing intra-gang conflicts.
- Mr. Exposition: Pericolo is the one who informs Bucciarati's group of Trish's identity as the boss's daughter, provides a brief explanation of Trish's mother and informs the group that she is being targeted by La Squadra Esecuzioni.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Pericolo only appears a few times in the manga before his death yet he is the one who makes Bucciarati an officer and is the one to give him the mission to protect Trish essentially kick-starting off the main story of Vento Aureo.
- Undying Loyalty: Pericolo holds a great deal of admiration for the Boss, enough that he's willing to kill himself to prevent La Squadra Esecuzioni from finding out Trish's whereabouts.
La Squadra Esecuzioninote
Bruno: Who is it? Who's after her?
Pericolo: People who have betrayed the organization. We don't know how many of them there are, but they're trying to defeat the boss and take over his drug trafficking routes.
La Squadra Esecuzioni was a former squad of Passione. As the name suggests, they are specializing in assassination. Led by Risotto Nero, its members defected after being threatened by their Boss for exposing his secret identity and are set on trying to kidnap Trish Una as a means for retaliation. They serves as Villain of the Week for Team Bucciarati for the first half of Vento Aureo.
Tropes applying to La Squadra Esecuzioni in general
- Adaptational Early Appearance: In the manga, the majority of them don't make a proper full appearance until their respective battles. In episode 9 of the Golden Wind anime, the other members besides Formaggio make a brief early appearance. This is further expanded upon in episode 10 as the whole squad is shown in full in their flashback as opposed to simply being indistinguishable shadowy silhouettes as originally presented in the manga.
- Adaptation Expansion: All of them receive more characterization in the anime. Episode 10 shows Formaggio getting rid of a target of Passione alongside some of his teammates, 18 shows some further interaction between Ghiaccio and Melone, and 27 has the whole team work as a group, ransacking a building to find some information on the Boss.
- Anti-Villain: A great deal of them, especially Risotto and Pesci have humanizing traits of True Companions-ship despite being the enemies of the heroes, as well as their need for vengeance against the Big Bad for killing their two friends. They still want the money of the drug trade, mind you. They become even more of this after Bucciarati's gang also defects, making La Squadra the lesser of two evils.
- Avenging the Villain: Part of their motivation. They of course want to take over the gang and corner the drug trade, but the deaths of Sorbet and Gelato were the triggering instance that fully turned them against the Boss. Pesci also states that he wants to avenge the loss of Formaggio and Illuso.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: Baby Face's rapey vibes, Pesci's tracking fishing rod, Grateful Dead's aging powers, the cryokinesis of White Album... All of the Squadra powers are incredibly lethal and well suited for clean and efficient assassinations. The only power without obvious offensive use is that of Little Feet, and even then... well, let's just say that size manipulation is an incredibly lethal power when used well.
- Determinator: Their motto is to never back down in a fight, even on the brink of death.
- Disc-One Final Boss: While antagonizing the heroes for a great majority of the saga, they are ultimately a wall to beat in order to get to the Big Bad's group.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: The only reason why they got involved in the plot was because the Boss doesn't pay them as much as they should. He constantly refuses their requests for more territory like the gambling and narcotics teams were given.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Subverted. Being the head don's personal mob hitmen might sound formidable on paper, but compared to cash inflow the less glamorous but more dependable sections of the organisation like gambling and drug dealing reel in on a regular basis, La Squadra makes relatively little money from their missions and they're further hampered by being forced to work for the Boss exclusively.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Though they're all friendly with each other, Formaggio, Pesci, and Prosciutto give Melone a look of disgust when he displays some of his predatory tendencies towards a woman. The anime also expands on their reaction to Sorbet and Gelato's death, all of them reacting with shock, sorrow and horror at their fates.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Purple Haze Feedback reveals their goal to monopoly over Passione's drug trade, thinking it runs just like any drug organisation through imports and manufacturing industries. But Murolo reveals that the drugs were created by a Stand user rather than imported.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Because Diavolo didn't want to promote them and then murdered two of their members, La Squadra got involved in the plot.
- Professional Killer: Their job is to serve as the organisation's hitmen.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: In a twist of Dramatic Irony, La Squadra's goal of overthrowing the Boss align with Giorno's.When Diavolo tries to kill Trish, Bucciarati's team turned against him like La Squadra did, and ultimately succeeded in toppling Diavolo. Had they not attempted to take Trish from the gang, La Squadra might have survived. To rub salt to the wound, Purple Haze Feedback reveals that even if they succeed in toppling Diavolo, they still won't be able to monopolise the drug trade like they intended.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Sorbet and Gelato died offscreen, Formaggio barely fought, Illuso only really mugged the heroes, Prosciutto and Pesci failed in their attempt, Melone was threatening for a few pages, Ghiaccio nearly killed Mista and Giornonote , and Risotto was two moves away from removing the Big Bad Diavolo off the face of the earth.
- Unwitting Pawn: Diavolo was using them to fight off the heroes, hoping they'd kill each other in their race to find the boss and kill him, rather than kill them all himself. This plan goes rather swimmingly for the most part, but turns out to be a mistake that almost gets him killed by the remaining member, Nero, if not for a coincidental attack by Narancia on the latter.
Sorbet and Gelato
Voiced by: Yoshihito Sasaki (Sorbet, TV anime)
A possibly gay couple of assassins that, after realizing they had little territory, attempted to discover the Boss's identity. As you can see from the fact that they're labeled posthumous, it clearly did not end well. Sorbet was hacked to pieces and Gelato swallowed his gag to stop having to watch. It's unknown whether or not they were Stand users.
- Ambiguously Gay: For each other. Formaggio in his flashback notes that the two were so close that many people thought that they were a couple, however, nobody ever asked so it remains uncertain whether they were or if they were just close friends. The subtext gives is enough to figure out what was the actual situation, however, it remains unofficial until Araki states it as such.
- The anime makes it far less ambiguous: Formaggio's observation is replaced with Illuso believing them to be a couple, before joking that their absence is probably due to them getting it on. It is also revealed that the two wear matching nail polish.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Sorbet is cut into several pieces, starting from his toes. See Gorn below for more information. In the manga, Formaggio points out that he must have died at some point in the midst of the torture, but given that the anime omits it and having Cioccolata do the actual deed, it's entirely possible that he suffered the entirety of it, since Cioccolata's Stand ability can keep its victims alive and fully conscious during drawn-out, gratuitous deaths.
- Edible Theme Naming: They're both named after ice-cream-esque desserts: sorbet is flavored frozen water, gelato is Italian for "ice cream".
- Forced to Watch: Gelato had to watch Sorbet's gruesome death and was so horrified by it that he ate his gag and thus choked himself to death. The anime also reveals that the executor of Sorbet's end was Cioccolata. This means that not only could Gelato no longer bear to witness his possible lover's nightmarish end, he knew he was next.
- Gorn: Sorbet's fate. To precise, he's cut into several slices then all the pieces were put into glass boxes full of formaldehyde which form a gruesome set inspired by one Damien Hirst's artworks.
- He Knows Too Much: They were executed for merely wanting to know too much about the Boss.
- Knowledge Broker: They presumably serve as this to La Squadra, given their designated role to find the Boss's identity.
- Make an Example of Them: When Gelato's body was delivered to his teammates, the Boss attached a note that only said "Punishment" and left the gag in. He also went the extra mile with Sorbet, having preserved his corpse with formaldehyde and stuck it in 32 individual little frames that, when put together, made the entirety of the corpse.
- Plot-Triggering Death: For La Squadra, whom always resented the Boss but never acted upon their hatred until Sorbet and Gelato died.
- Posthumous Character: The two were brutally tortured and murdered before the start of the series which was the push that the rest of La Squadra needed to finally betray The Boss.
- Shout-Out: Their deaths are reminiscent to Luca Brasi's killing of two enemies.
- Stuffed in the Fridge: Both, but especially Sorbet.
Formaggio (Stand: Little Feet)
Voiced by: Jun Fukushima (TV anime), Yuji Kishi (Vento Aureo video game)
The sadistic first member met by the main characters. He engages Narancia in battle in order to kidnap Trish, resulting in a one-versus-one.
Little Feet (named after Little Feat) can shrink Formaggio or other people by touch, which also diminishes their weight and can create unusual weapons. By growing an object back to full size, it can potentially damage someone by stabbing into them or alternatively make a quick get-away a la catapult.
- Adaptational Dye Job: Colored scans give him orange hair while the anime changed his hair to grey.
- Anime Hair: He looks like he's wearing orange skin on his head. It's actually a stylized buzzcut.
- Bare Your Midriff: His shirt under his jacket exposes his mid section, and it doesn't look like it would cover much even if he did button it up.
- Black Comedy: When we first meet Formaggio, he's wrangling a cat while reading the newest email. As he leaves the room, we pan out to see he's left his cat in a bottle.
- Later, when he greets Narancia, he opens it up by joking about Polpo's death and how he'd have to be chopped to piece just to fit into the incinerator, then instantly jumps into attacking and asking why Narancia and his friends didn't bother to attend the funeral.
- Body Horror: Narancia set off a car explosion to free himself from his grasp, which set Formaggio on fire was a result. He manages to survive through quick thinking note , but it gave him a seriously bad makeover.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: The anime adds an additional scene featuring his assassination of a government figure via dropping a microscopic car in his drink; once he leaves the establishment, the car resumes its full size inside of him, bursts him open, and crushes his dinner date.
- Death by Irony: Formaggio dies exactly as his namesake suggests: melted and full of holes.
- Dub Name Change: Little Feet -> Tiny Feet.
- Edible Theme Naming: Cheese.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- While one of the more openly sadistic members of the crew, Formaggio was quite disturbed by what the Boss did to Sorbet.
- The anime adds a few extra scenes where it's revealed that Formaggio discovered Gelato's body and was similarly horrified. That and when the group perform an assassination he and Prosciutto share a look of disgust at Melone leering at a woman.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Formaggio jokes about Polpo's death and laughs at imagining the guards having to chop his morbidly obese corpse to pieces to fit inside the incinerator. He's the only one who finds it funny.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Invoked by Formaggio, who mentions that even his teammates sneer at him for his seemingly weak power. However, he argues that it's up to the user to make their Stand power useful. His ability to shrink instantly makes infiltration very easy and him very hard to hit. Moreover, Formaggio can shrink his enemies and wait for them to become too small for their Stands to do any damage whatsoever.
- Improbable Weapon User: He sics a spider on Narancia by sticking the two in a bottle he carried with him, and in the video game he'll throw furniture at the player by shrinking them, throwing them, and allowing them to grow back to full-size midair. In the anime, he uses a shrunken-down car to murder a target by making it grow inside of the target after he ingested it.
- Improv Fu: Used a rat and a pen to escape Narancia.
- Incredible Shrinking Man: Little Feet can do this to both Formaggio and his targets. When used on himself, he can freely toggle the effect and shrink to any desired size instantly. His targets can't, and the process is gradual for them.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Bemoans how his teammates believe his Stand to be useless, but turns around to use those insults to demean Little Feet's current victims.
- Jerkass: Subverted. He appears as one of the least sympathetic assassins at first, but then again he is obviously reeling from the deaths of Sorbet and Gelato. Him cruelly joking about Polpo's death and how he was apparently sliced apart in order to have his enormous carcass carried away from his cell seems to stern from a PTSD of witnessing his friend Sorbet's sliced up body parts up close.
- Karmic Death: He possesses a stand that can shrink things so he and it can tower over them. He winds up being killed by Narancia, who is shorter than him by default with Little Feet likewise getting defeated by Aerosmith, which is much smaller than it.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Sort of. His opening scene, as seen above, is him wrestling with his cat to pet it.
- Man on Fire: When he tries to escape from Narancia by shrinking, Narancia sets the whole area on fire, threatening to burn him down. Formaggio thus must grow back and reveal himself.
- Oh, Crap!: Aerosmith's unexpected appearance catches Formaggio badly off-guard, finding himself cornered in the back of a car while frantically trying to avoid getting swiss-cheesed (heh) by an angry effeminate teenager and his small, but deadly Stand's hail of bullets.
- Underestimating Badassery: Downplayed, but at every stage of his fight with Narancia, he keeps underestimating how tactical of a fighter Narancia can actually be.
- Villain Ball: Patiently waiting for Narancia to lead him to the rest of his gang so he could report the location to his fellow La Squadra teammates so they could attack it en masse would have been the smart play, but it wouldn't have made for an interesting fight.
Illuso (Stand: Man in the Mirror)
Voiced by: Ken Narita (TV anime), Akira Negishi (Vento Aureo video game), Kazuya Nakai (Eyes of Heaven)
A very confident assassin, Illuso sticks to his world of mirrors when planning attacks. He attacks Giorno, Abbacchio, and Fugo while they're in Pompeii to pick up a key the Boss left them.
Man in the Mirror (named after a song by Michael Jackson) allows Illuso to travel in mirror dimensions and makes him invisible to anyone he isn't dragging into the world with him. Since Stands can only be harmed by other Stands, unless one is brought in with a victim, Illuso is mostly untouchable by anything other than the real world and more conventional weapons.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Downplayed. Illuso was pretty confident and arrogant in the manga, it's just the anime expanding and fleshing him out more that shows a few more Jerkass moments to his own teammates as well. He's both visibly less stoic and more arrogant in scenes from the manga as well.
- Alas, Poor Villain: He's much of a Smug Snake he was, but it's easy to feel sorry for anyone who's about to be killed by Purple Haze. Especially after he had muster up the resolve to cut off his own arm to in a vain attempt to avoid its virus.
- Bare Your Midriff: Illuso's outfit only shows two parts of his body, excluding his hands and face: the top part of his chest, and his stomach.
- Call-Back: To the Hanged Man battle in Part 3, with Abbacchio playing the Kakyoin to Fugo's Polnareff. He also greatly resembles Steely Dan from the same part, another villain that Kakyoin and Polnareff teamed up against.
- Catch-22 Dilemma: His death amounted to one of these. Either stay in the mirror world and die to Purple Haze's poison, or chop off his hand while leaving the mirror world to avoid dying, but enter Purple Haze's range.
- Combat Pragmatist: The guy may not have a physically powerful stand, but he's quite the determined individual to make sure his mission is a success. He uses his stand abilities in the most crafty ways, and whenever backed into a negative situation, he turns it into a positive, almost to Xanatos Speed Chess levels. Sadly for him, Purple Haze put a halt to his plans.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: One of the most graphic deaths in the entire series. Illuso is infected by Purple Haze's flesh-eating virus so he cuts off his hand in order to prevent it from spreading. Only to make himself more vulnerable to a full-frontal assault from Purple Haze who proceeds to infect his face. Illuso is then brutally finished by Purple Haze which pummels him repeatedly, spreading the virus in his entire body in the process and finally punching his face off before he is liquefied into a pile of mush at an alarming rate.
- The Determinator: During his fight with Giorno and the others, Illuso was at disadvantages, but always quickly turned those around to his favor. Even when he was in his death throes, he was still determined to block Purple Haze's punch. However, his determination was not enough and as such, he was melted for it.
- Didn't Think This Through: Illuso smugly believed that chopping his infected hand would be the end of his problems, forgetting that leaving the Mirror World would make him vulnerable to getting brutalized by Purple Haze.
- Dub Name Change: Man in the Mirror -> Mirror Man.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He may be a Jerkass to his fellow teammates, Formaggio especially, he's nonetheless just as horrified as everyone else when they saw Sorbet's remains.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Implied to be inverted in Purple Haze Feedback. Despite the fact that Murolo disliked La Squadra and was actually the one that essentially leads Ghiaccio and Risotto to their deaths out of disdain for them, he double-takes when Sheila E reveals her disdain for Illuso and scoffs "What did he do to you?"
- The anime adaptation seems to imply this with its additional scenes of La Squadra interacting as a group and Illuso being the most condescending and arrogant of the bunch. Whereas Prosciutto and Pesci have a brotherly bond going on and Melone and Ghiaccio express a professional relationship, Illuso mocks Formaggio instead. However, it should be noted that Pesci declared a desire to avenge his death along with Formaggio.
- Glass Cannon: Pun notwithstanding, being dragged into the mirror world means that Man in the Mirror is free to wail on you as much as Illuso needs; if Illuso catches you and you don't have a trick up your sleeve, you're effectively defeated. That said, Man in the Mirror has the worst Durability and in-universe he even acknowledges the fact that it's physically weak. This is even supported by the physically average Moody Blues beating Man In The Mirror up.
- Impractically Fancy Outfit: Who has the time and the money to order a shirt, a pair of pants and a vest made entirely out of puffed quilted fabric? In some panels, Illuso's metal cuffs are revealed to actually be more quilted fabric.
- Improvised Weapon: Illuso actually has a weapon on hand - mirror shards. His standard attack in the Vento Aureo game is throwing mirror shards, and in his attacks, you can also see him using one as a makeshift dagger. In the manga, he grabs one once he's pinned down Abbacchio and then later on nearly uses one to slice Giorno's throat.
- Info Dump: His first action after dragging Fugo into the Mirror World and knocking him off his feet is to read off a shortened version of Fugo's life history, which later was restated for PHF. He also implies that while he doesn't have anything on their Stands, he does know Abbacchio's backstory as well, and probably would've gathered something on Giorno if he had the time.
- Irony: Remember when Kakyoin in Stardust Crusaders dismissed Polnareff's 'mirror world' theory about The Hanged Man's powers because "there's no such thing as a world in the mirror"? Well... On top of that, guess who shows up for the climax?
- Jerkass: Easily the most dickish member of La Squadra. He constantly rants about his near-invincible Stand power, tortures and bullies his victims in the midst of a fight and overall showcases an overtly smug, cocky and overconfident demeanor. The anime adaptation adds to this by showing that he is quite condescending towards Formaggio and mocks his Stand ability for being useless and remarks Sorbet and Gelato's absence being that of them "trying to get it on" simply because they act like a couple. Even when the rest of the gang are more concerned that Sorbet and Gelato might be killed off by the boss, he seems more amused by it.
- Knowledge Broker: Might be this to La Squadra, considering that Formaggio had no idea that Narancia was even a Stand user to begin with, the rest of the team severely underrated their opponents and the fact that Illuso's abilities aren't suited for assassination as much as they are spying. He's also the most observant in battle, being able to hear Abbacchio run off to find the key and later on used fractured mirror shards to his advantage, as well as spot when the key disappeared, despite being in mid-speech.
- Lean and Mean: Has a slender build and is one of the more unpleasant members of La Squadra.
- Life-or-Limb Decision: When he's infected by Purple Haze's virus, he cuts his arm off between the mirror world and the real world.
- Major Injury Underreaction: Averted. He not only flies into a panic upon seeing Abbacchio's wound but also stops rationalizing the moment he needs to cut off his own hand.
- Meaningful Name: It sounds similar to Illusion (or its Italian form, Illusione), which would kinda match the power of Man In The Mirror. However, it actually means "deluded" or "fool". Seeing how he found his demise, it's quite fitting. As well, he's the only one out of La Squadra to not have a name related to food or food ingredients.
- Apparently he actually has a title: "Illuso of the Mirror".
- Mirror Monster: He used to be the picture for that page.
- No Body Left Behind: All that's left of him is a puddle of goop, thanks to Purple Haze.
- No Name Given: Illuso never introduces himself or actually, properly explains what his Stand does outside of "I removed your powers", leaving it up to Show, Don't Tell - this is in a series where someone usually narrates the enemy's power (in fact, Abbacchio did this in the battle about Purple Haze). The only times his name is given is when it introduces his Stand, which is also when his powers are explained (in volume 51), at the start of volume 52 in a caption box, and when Pesci comments on seeking revenge for "Illuso of the Mirror".
- Not So Stoic: When Abbacchio cuts off his hand, followed by everything just nosediving for Illuso's mood.
- The Stoic: Remarkably, Illuso is the only member of La Squadra who, through the fight, doesn't become overly angry or panicky. Even his pride is pretty subdued since he's attempting to stick to his mission. Compared to this, about the only other person who doesn't emote as much as him is Risotto Nero.
- Power Nullifier: His mirror world powers effectively act as this, allowing him to separate a Stand user from their Stand and render them completely helpless (though he can be tricked into pulling a Stand into the mirror world as Abbacchio demonstrates.)
- To be exact, the Mirror World is entirely made up of energy, similar to how Stands are. By cutting people away from the energy of Stands, it can separate a Stand user from its abilities; it might also be able to separate people from their weapons, even if it's a non-Stand object. Illuso is the only person capable of touching anything in the Mirror World as well, and it may be that only Stands can harm Illuso while he's in the Mirror World.
- Also, according to Man In The Mirror's rules, clothing is also energy. Which means, if Illuso chooses so, combined with the fact he can appear invisible if he desires...
- Psychotic Smirk: Sports these a lot over the course of his story arc.
- Selective Obliviousness: Inverted and enforced. A helpful thing about Man in the Mirror is that only one person out of a party, the person Illuso's targeting, will be able to see Illuso in the reflection.
- Smug Snake: Thinks his stand is near-invincible, he's prone to being all high-and-mighty when dealing with his enemies up until he realizes he's screwed.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Illuso, in general, is a call back to J. Geil from Stardust Crusaders. During his fight with Fugo, Abbacchio, and Giorno, only Fugo could see him at first, similar to how Polnareff was having problems proving J. Geil was attacking him. Later, in Purple Haze Feedback, it's revealed he's the killer of Sheila E's sister and she was seeking revenge for it.
- Villains Want Mercy: Played with; although he doesn't exactly beg for mercy, per se, he does beg for a death that isn't Purple Haze. Considering what it ends up doing to him, Illuso was absolutely justified.
- Weak, but Skilled: Man in the Mirror has rather sub-par stats, but Illuso one of the only two members of La Squadra whose Development Potential is E-Rank, alongside Ghiaccio; he fully understands how his Stand works, and makes good use of it against his targets.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Breaks from the fight to call out Abbacchio for cutting off his hand and then later essentially screeches this to Giorno when he takes the Purple Haze infection inside the Mirror World.
Prosciutto (Stand: The Grateful Dead)
Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki (TV anime), Takuma Terashima (All-Star Battle), Takayasu Usui (Vento Aureo video game)
A very supportive assassin, Prosciutto is Pesci's partner and often reminds him how strong he is. He's a sort of "big brother" archetype to the group, and he attacks with Pesci on a train the heroes have boarded to get to Florence. He's also ruthless and doesn't take chances, immediately shooting at Mista when Prosciutto has him pinned.
The Grateful Dead (named after The Grateful Dead) accelerates aging, both mentally and physically to certain points - infants would have their skin wrinkled and would succumb to their hair falling out instead of just outright growing them into adults. It's one of the few Stands that can affect its user, as Prosciutto can change his appearance should he need to. It can do so rapidly if it touches its victim, or slowly if its victim touches the gas it secretes; the latter method won't work on anything that's too cold, however.
- Adaptational Dye Job:All Star Battle gives him green hair as opposed to his usual blonde.
- Affably Evil: Despite being a ruthless assassin, he still wants Pesci to believe in himself, and also recognizes Bruno's worth as a capo.
- Artistic License Biology: While males and females do have slight differences in base body temperature, it wouldn't be nearly enough to leave Trish relatively young while her companions were busy wasting away. That said, The Grateful Dead may just use the temperature difference to target its powers rather than relying on the degree of difference to control the degree of aging it inflicts.
- Ambiguously Related: Is Prosciutto actually related to Pesci? Pesci's use of "aniki" in the original Japanese implies Prosciutto is an older brother, but aniki can also refer to a superior akin to how blood brothers in the Yakuza refer to each other. Throwing more ambiguity onto the fire, All Star Battle turns his hair as green, like Pesci's, but this is the only instance of him having green hair; all other portrayals give him platinum blond hair instead.
- An Arm and a Leg: Loses his right hand after falling off the train.
- Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Tatsuhisa Suzuki.
- Badass Boast: "Our team isn't some buddy-buddy club with a bunch of losers who just spout about killing people while trying to cheer each other up. Once we decide in our hearts that we're gonna kill someone, the deed has already been done!"
- Big Brother Mentor: He serves this role for Pesci both scolding him/beating him up when he screws certain things up but also encouraging him to become a better gangster and to trust his instincts.
- The Cameo: He and Pesci appear as Stage Hazards on the Naples Train stage in ASB.
- Consummate Professional: Played with. He is generally nice to Pesci, but a lot of his screen-time is devoted to teaching Pesci about his inner strength, which actually succeeds when Prosciutto is shoved out of the train.
- The Determinator: He promised Pesci that he'd keep his Stand running even if all the bones in his body were broken, and he meant it. He also had enough strength of will to crawl out of the train and call the remaining members of La Squadra and inform them about where the rest of Bucciarati's group were heading and the secret of the turtle before dying.
- Dub Name Change: Grateful Dead —> Thankful Death
- Edible Theme Naming: Named after a type of dry-cured Italian Ham. Ironically, he prefers fish sticks.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: His Stand has eyes all over its body.
- The Faceless: In the manga, Prosciutto is completely shadowed in his first few appearances, even when he's in full sunlight. This is averted in the anime where he goes through the same motions but does so fully revealed.
- The Gunslinger: Only member of La Squadra shown using a gun though that gun was Mista's.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: As seen when he beats Pesci for feeling weak in his abilities. Zig-zagged, however, as Prosciutto is just as quick to cool down.
- In-Series Nickname: Aniki (Big Brother), by Pesci. Fan translations have used "Fratello" (the Italian word for "brother") in place.
- Irony: Prosciutto's Stand is affected by temperature, specifically lower temperatures, which Ghiaccio, another assassin of La Squadra can manipulate. Seems kind of convenient, especially since they share the same temperament.
- Knight of Cerebus: While his teammates before him targeted members of Bruno's gang with little-to-no collateral damage, Prosciutto has no qualms about mass-murdering an entire train of civilians with his Stand just to flush Trish out. And he's the only one of the gang aside from Risotto who has no comedic quirks or eccentricities.
- Made of Iron: It's one thing to fall off of a train and survive. It's quite another to be crushed under the wheels of one and still keep his Stand running for a few more minutes.
- Make Sure He's Dead: After incapacitating Mista, he decides to put three bullets in his head just to be sure. It's only through pure luck and Mista's stand that saved Mista.
- Rapid Aging: Within a matter of seconds to boot.
- Selective Slaughter: Enforced. The Grateful Dead's aging effect is slowed down not just by ice, but also by whether or not you're male or female.
- Stealth Pun: As noted above under Edible Theme Naming, Prosciutto (the food) is prepared without moisture. When Grateful Dead uses its ability on someone, their skin shrivels up like a dried raisin.
- Support Party Member: Fighting alongside Pesci isn't just for his sake, Prosciutto benefits from it as well. The Grateful Dead has a strong ability, but it doesn't seem able to outright kill; Prosciutto still has to finish Mista off once he's downed. And, it being unable to age anything that's sufficiently cold means that Prosciutto is boned if his enemy figures out Grateful Dead's loophole and he doesn't have a more instantly lethal ally to protect him or finish off weakened targets.
- Synchronization: Played Straight especially because Prosciutto's resolve makes him keep his Stand manifested even through physical trauma. By the end The Grateful Dead loses an arm just like Prosciutto and when his leg is mangled, one of the wire/intestine things sprouting from below Grateful Dead's chest is twisted in a similar way. When Prosciutto dies his Stand fades at the same time.
- Tough Love: He's extremely harsh on his partner Pesci, even beating him up at times. But Prosciutto genuinely cares for him and only acts strict because he wants Pesci to be more confident in himself.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Prosciutto has a decidedly less outrageous design than any of the other Part 5 characters especially next to Pesci. When he ditches his coat and ages himself he blends right in with the infected passengers, looking no stranger than the average civilian. It helps that, in the manga, his face was shadowed right up till the reveal.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Officially, Prosciutto is platinum blond. According to ASB, however, his hair is just nearly as green as Pesci's.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: While he is quick to get on Pesci's case about him being a scaredy cat and acting weak it's only because he does have genuine confidence in Pesci's abilities and wants him to have more pride in himself and become a better gangster. His last words before his death are him telling Pesci that he will help him in his fight and is watching over him implying that Prosciutto finally saw him become the gangster that he always knew Pesci could be.
- Younger Than They Look: The Grateful Dead can do this to Prosciutto. It's how he manages to trick Mista.
Pesci (Stand: Beach Boy)
Voiced by: Subaru Kimura (TV anime), Shinya Fukumatsu (All-Star Battle), Tomohiro Nishimura (Vento Aureo video game)
Prosciutto's partner in crime, Pesci is very eager to please his partner and will do anything he asks. Though, he's very cowardly at first and lacks a lot of strength, not helped by his odd Stand. However, when pushed to his point, Pesci finds his inner strength his friend always told him about and begins to fight seriously, making even Bucciarati hesitant.
Beach Boy (named after The Beach Boys) is a fishing rod capable of three things: it's capable of tracking people and literally fishing them out from other rooms, it can phase through any and all objects including skin, and attacking the line simply reflects damage.
- Adorkable: For a supposed assassin, Pesci is oddly soft-hearted and endearing; he looks up to Prosciutto as a Big Brother Mentor, and his drink of choice is milk instead of espresso. Even so, well, lets just say Bruno nearly dies outright learning what happens when Prosciutto is killed, and shown just how much of himself Pesci's holding back.
- And Show It to You: A nasty ability of Beach Boy is that if the hook connects to a target's heart he can rip it from their body. He nearly killed Bruno in their final showdown like this.
- Anti-Villain: Easily the most sympathetic member of La Squadra, and possibly the most sympathetic enemy the Passione fights period. After all, he doesn't have much in the way of truly malicious behavior, and is generally quite eager-to-please for his partner Prosciutto. And even after Prosciutto is disposed for the rest of the train encounter, he doesn't hold as much ill will against Bruno and the gang as much as he wants to avenge Prosciutto.
- Anime Hair: It's green and stands straight up before flopping down to the sides. One can compare it to the leaves on a pineapple.
- Attack Reflector: All attacking the line will do is send the damage into whatever the hook's attached to, which is most likely you at that point. However, Bucciarati manages to use this to his own advantage and to Prosciutto's detriment.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's mostly a shy person who respects Prosciutto as his brother. But once Bucciarati crushes Prosciutto under the train... he stops being shy.
- Bully and Wimp Pairing: Played With. Prosciutto can be rather threatening to the "mammoni" Pesci, but the former just wants to bring out the best in his brother.
- The Cameo: The stage hazard of Naples Train in ASB, as well as being the Situation Finish.
- Character Development: Pesci surprisingly undergoes a significant amount of growth over the course of his and Prosciutto's battle with Bucciarati going from being a cowardly, shy individual into a cold-hearted warrior that almost managed to kill Bucciarati and escape with Trish. Bucciarati even lampshades how completely different he seems by the end of the fight.
- Cowardly Lion: When he appears, Pesci seems all talk, has no confidence and easily cowers when in danger. However, Prosciutto's example inspires him enough to fight one-on-one against Bruno.
- Death By A Thousand Cuts: He was already dying by then thanks to a Neck Snap. But Bruno finishes him off with having Sticky Fingers unzip him into chunks to stop him from killing his men.
- Death by Irony: He dies not unlike Formaggio in his death being a grisly reference to their name; by the time Bruno finishes him off, Pesci's left in multiple pieces in the lake, or "swimming with the fishes".
- Drink Order: In the anime, he drinks milk to settle his uneasy stomach while waiting on Formaggio's assassination plot. The rest of La Squadra poke fun at him for it.
- Dub Name Change: "Beach Boy" becomes "Fisher Man" in English-language versions of All-Star Battle. One can imagine Mike Love having a hard time with them otherwise.
- Edible Theme Naming: Italian for fish... the noun, mind you, not the verb. More correctly, fishes.
- Enemy Scan: A downplayed version, but he's able to tell some details about whoever is hooked with Beach Boy, including identifying them by weight and knowing exactly where Beach Boy's hook is in relation to their body.
- Failed a Spot Check: Beach Boy's hook is sensitive enough to detect the sound of a beating heart, yet when Bucciarati does Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs on the line to reflect the zippers onto himself, Pesci just can't piece together what his opponent just did.
- Fatal Flaw: Pesci's tendency to live behind words instead of actions is what brings his downfall. He quickly learns this from Prosciutto but during the final encounter between him and Bucciarati, Pesci starts ranting about killing him which, of course, Bucciarati uses at his advantage.
- Fingore: When fighting Mista, Mista manages to pinpoint his location after knocking him off balance. Pesci takes two bullets to his right hand, one blowing off his pinkie.
- Gonk: While not as out there as Polpo, his design is one of the stranger ones even by JoJo standards, with his lack of chin and Anime Hair.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: While it can pass through walls and flesh Beach Boy is only really useful under certain circumstances. As his arc goes on, Pesci gets much more aggressive and finds ways to make his Stand a force to be reckoned with. At the arc's beginning, The Grateful Dead was doing the heavy lifting while Beach Boy was support while at the arc's end it's the opposite with Pesci very nearly killing the whole team.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Bruno kills him by hitting Beach Boy's line with Sticky Fingers causing it to lasso around Pesci's head and neck. Since Pesci is pulling on the line in an attempt to pull out Bruno's heart, it tightens and ends up breaking his neck.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Initially it seems like Pesci has to shoot for the arm with Beach Boy in order to balance out its power. Then during his final confrontation with Bucciarati, he just shoots Beach Boy's lure straight into his chest while admitting that he only shot for the arm because of a lack of confidence. Due to the stress of the battle he'd grown confident enough to take the riskier shot.
- Improbable Weapon User: A fishing rod. Pesci's Stand is a fishing rod. This being JoJo, he manages to make it extremely lethal and effective.
- Intangibility: Beach Boy can selectively go through matter, making it very deadly in an enclosed environment.
- It Gets Easier: His first murder of a man dying of old age happens around the same time he stiffens up and becomes a serious threat to Bucciarati.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Pesci is a soft-hearted and friendly member of La Squadra who looks up to Prosciutto. So when his companion dies, he ends up upturning his previous image completely by showing just how powerful he really is. By the end of it, Pesci nearly wiped out the team and killed Bruno, and only really lost in the end due to bad luck.
- Logical Weakness: While Beach Boy itself cannot be harmed, Pesci isn't immune to its effects, which Bruno uses to break Pesci's neck after wrapping Beach Boy's line around it.
- Meaningful Name: His name means "fishes", and his Stand manifests itself as a fishing rod. He's also disposed of by being separated into chunks and left to "sleep with the fishes".
- Minion with an F in Evil: A thoroughly brilliant reconstruction and reexamination of this trope. Despite being a part of the Italian mafia's assassination branch, he acts quite un-gangster-like overall; he's generally quite soft and cowardly, and the anime even shows he's a milk-drinker compared to his companions' espresso. Subverted after Prosciutto's thrown off the train, as he shows just how much of himself that he held back before that point. By the end of the fight, Bruno even lampshades that the truly dangerous Stand user wasn't the one who could rapidly age people.
- Near-Villain Victory: Of all of the fights the Passione have, Pesci came the closest alongside Notorious B.I.G., Cioccolata and Diavolo from completely wiping out the group. He only really lost in the end due to him giving up his search for Bruno at the last minute, and his halting of the train rejiggering Bruno's zipped-up pieces back into place. If he had waited a minute more, Part 5 would've ended a lot sooner.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Bucciarati unzips himself into a dozen pieces, including splitting his heart in half, to hide from Beach Boy's hook. He holds it so long that he almost dies... until Pesci, flipping out in a rage over Prosciutto's death, forces the train to stop. This jumbles Bucciarati's separated pieces back into each other, causing him to instinctively zip them together and revive.
- Personality Powers: Beach Boy, as a Stand, seems rather harmless and innocuous at first glance, kind of like Pesci; for reference, the most similar weapon-like Stand at the time was Hol Horse's gun, so a fishing rod appears to be a large step down. Despite its looks however, Beach Boy has incredible killing potential, which also reflects Pesci himself.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Despite being a member of an elite mafia assassination group, Pesci apparently never secured a kill of his own until he kills an innocent bystander while fighting Bucciarati.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Prosciutto's death, Pesci loses it and comes close to killing Bucciarati in his rage.
- Rod And Reel Repurposed: He has a weapon Stand, and it's a fishing rod. It's also incredibly effective.
- Schmuck Bait: The Grateful Dead is ineffective against anything sufficiently cold, so Pesci quickly figures out that the first thing he should do is use Beach Boy to trap the A/C unit.
- Taking You with Me: Attempted. After Bruno breaks his neck, he uses the last vestige of his life to show Bruno he managed to capture Coco Jumbo. While he frees Trish unharmed (since his group need her alive) he's more then willing to kill the rest of the heroes in his death thrones. Bruno prevents him by hitting him with Sticky Fingers and unzipping him into pieces.
- Took a Level in Badass: When Pesci gains confidence in himself, he nearly kills Bruno Bucciarati during their battle. Lampshaded by Bucciarati who admits that the deadly user on the train was Pesci and not Prosciutto.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Bruno notes that once he became a determined assassin, whatever redeeming qualities he believed he had shriveled up and he'd become "a piece of shit."
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is green.
Melone (Stand: Baby Face)
Voiced by: Junji Majima (TV anime), Kenji Nojima (All-Star Battle), Hidenobu Kiuchi (Vento Aureo video game)
A rather passive researcher and assassin, Melone's Stand requires him to act like a nut, so how much of his personality is simply natural is unknown. However, he seems to be very good at deducing things like blood type from simply licking people, treats humans like cattle to be bred for the ultimate weapons, and his dedication to his job of killing others shows in how he teaches his Stand.
Baby Face (named after Babyface) is a remote Stand taking the shape of a computer that can generate homunculi, known as Juniors, which after Melone trains them for a short bit can act as remote soldiers that grow. These creatures gain their personalities from the women Melone uses to form his Stands, and with "improper teaching" (or just brutally attacking them), they will spin out of control.
- Adaptational Dye Job: The colored manga gave him blonde hair while the anime made his hair purple just like his suit.
- Body Horror: Baby Face can break objects up into cubes, including living people, and transform them into other objects (or in the case of living things, just kill them by ripping out cubes of vital flesh.) It also comes into being by infecting a human host and learning from them for a short period of time before deconstructing them for extra mass.
- The Cameo: Guide to the Options Menu in ASB, and is notably disliked by Speedwagon.
- Catchphrase: "Molto Bene!(Very good)" or "Di Molto!"
- Death by Irony: Has Lecherous Licking as his quirk. He dies when his tongue is bitten by a snake.
- Also his modus operandi is to send the homunculus that Baby Face creates to act as an assassin to do the dirty job for him while he remains hidden in a secure spot. Giorno follows the same tactic to kill him, sending the snake he created with Gold Experience's ability to end his life.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Babyface can create a homunculus by impregnating a woman. This is darkly similar to a Child by Rape scenario. Thankfully, it's made clear that the Junior isn't created in a sexual way. Unfortunately it's more like a parasitic wasp, which probably makes it even worse.
- Dub Name Change: Babyface —> Babyhead
- Edible Theme Naming: "Melon"; think cantaloupes.
- Enfant Terrible: His Stand actually creates these.
- Evil Counterpart: Giorno notes that Baby Face's ability to turn living things into inanimate objects mirrors Gold Experience's ability to turn inanimate objects into living things. Besides that, they also both can create lifeforms (Baby Face's homunculus versus GE's life giving ability), and said lifeforms can track someone down by using a part of that person (GE can use anything, from clothing to bodyparts and even parts from a Stand; Baby Face requires a DNA sample to do so).
- Fashionable Asymmetry: His right eye is covered by his mask and the right side of his suit has pieces missing.
- Gratuitous Italian: He often says "di molto" ("of a lot") as a expression of joy, although it makes no sense in Italian. Of course, it became a Memetic Mutation after the anime was released.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Sort of. After killing Baby Face, Giorno transforms its remains into a venomous snake, which returns to Melone and bites him.
- Kill It with Fire: How Baby Face eventually meets its end, getting tricked into absorbing the motorcycle it rode in on, and getting killed in the resulting gasoline explosion.
- Killed Offscreen: In the manga, he's never seen dying on-panel, the last we see of him is being bitten by Giorno's snake. This is averted in the anime, as we can see him drop dead on-screen by showing him Dies Wide Open with his tongue sticking out.
- Lack of Empathy: While he is polite, he treats his victims as nothing more than breeding cattle for his Stand.
- Lecherous Licking: In the anime, he licks his lips while leering at the legs of a target's girlfriend, much to the disgust of his comrades. When a woman slaps him on the train, he proceeds to lick her hand. He later licked his lips again when he saw a potential "mother" for Baby Face after he leaves the train at Rome right before Giorno's snake killed him. To add irony to it, the snake bites him in his tongue.
- Necessary Drawback: Baby Face is an automatic long-range Stand, with great stats all-around, won't synchronize damage onto Melone, and unlike other automatic Stands, can be partially controlled by him. The process to activate it, however, is very complicated; first, Melone needs a suitable "mother" for Baby Face (and, if he wants to track someone down, that person's DNA), next is that the mother has to be impregnated and given time and sustenance to grow Baby Face's homunculus, then Melone has to educate it with his laptop, and only after all that is it ready to take on an opponent. Melone has no means to defend himself while setting up Baby Face, so if Bucciarati's team wasn't on the run, he would've been defeated easily.
- Non-Action Guy: Unlike his fellow squad members, he never fights alongside his stand, preferring to support from the sidelines and hidden from the enemy.
- No Sense of Personal Space: As shown in the train, he gets unnervingly touchy-feely with a woman, casually searching through her belongings and licking her hand.
- Peek-a-Bangs: The "deception" variety, though it also makes him look more androgynous.
- Power Incontinence: In exchange for being a powerful long-ranged Stand, Baby Face is completely autonomous, and its willingness to listen to Melone depends on its original host. Unfortunately, this particular Junior eventually proves to be a bit too hot-headed and eventually starts disobeying him.
- Self-Made Orphan: The Baby Face Junior ends up eating the woman that served as its "mother".
- Token Evil Teammate: He's one of the nastier members of La Squadra, given his Lack of Empathy or redeeming qualities like his teammates, his predatory-by-nature stand and lecherousness, the latter of which disgusts his fellow teammates (in the anime at least).
- Tongue Trauma: That's where Giorno's snake bit him.
- Tyke Bomb: Baby Face's Juniors aren't intended to do anything but fight. If Melone has someone's DNA, he can upgrade them into tykebombs that can innately track that person.
- Weirdness Magnet: The franchise-wide "Stand users are attracted to other Stand users" is still at play, but Giorno wonders if he and Baby Face were drawn together even more-so because of the similarities of their Stands.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has purple hair in the anime.
Ghiaccio (Stand: White Album)
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (TV anime), Tatsuhisa Suzuki (All-Star Battle), Tomohiro Nishimura (Vento Aureo video game)
The final member of La Squadra the team faces, Ghiaccio is very friendly with his allies. That's pretty much the only nice thing about him, though: he's extremely temperamental, is confused and enraged by metaphors, and is a Grammar Nazi to the extreme, to the point of ranting about the pronunciation of "Venice" in the middle of a fight. Despite his eccentricities, though, he's an extremely determined and dangerous foe.
White Album (named after The White Album) forms as a body suit with long ice skates for feet. It completely encases Ghiaccio and allows him to lower the temperatures of just about anything, allowing for quick travel on icy routes and freezing or thawing things on the spot. It has a secondary ability known as White Album Gently Weeps, where Ghiaccio's immediate vicinity becomes so cold that the air itself becomes frozen.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: The original manga gives Ghiaccio a white blouse with blue shadows and sky blue hair, while White Album is primarily white with some blue highlights and pink adornments on its helmet. The Vento Aureo game turns his blouse entirely blue and his hair yellow; the blue highlights on White Album are changed to green, though some blue spots remain. The anime uses Ghiaccio's manga colors and a tweaked version of White Album's video game colors, with the remaining blue highlights on the latter being changed to pink.
- Ambiguous Disorder: His unhealthy obsession with vocabulary and grammar, impulsive and violent behavior and very... unique mindset.
- Attack Reflector: The main use of White Album Gently Weeps, freezing the air around him to create floating ice crystals that reflect Mista's bullets back at him.
- Attack Its Weak Point: There's a hole in the back of White Album, roughly in the neck area, that allows Ghiaccio to breathe. However, Ghiaccio has a very nasty surprise for anyone who tries to attack it.
- Berserk Button: Confusing metaphors and foreign languages in Italian culture set him off.
- The Cameo: The guide for ASB's in-game dictionary, and of course he rants if you attempt to leave.
- Chewing the Scenery: Due to his Hair-Trigger Temper, he's often prone to hamming it up that practically every moment he has onscreen is him basically him screaming at the top of his lungs.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Sort of. He occasionally goes off on very strange tangents.
- Cool Car: Is shown to be driving a yellow (manga)/red (anime) first-generation Mazda MX-5* .
- Dub Name Change: White Album to White Ice. Curiously, Gently Weeps is kept the same, though that could be because it's merely two words from the title of a song instead of the whole song.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Out of all the members of La Squadra, he's the most vocal about the gang's displeasure of not getting paid as much as they should.
- Fatal Flaw: Ghiaccio has a bit of a problem with tunnel vision, focusing entirely on one thing at a time. This tunnel vision bites him when it causes him to forget that he's not just fighting Mista.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Downplayed. Araki designed Ghiaccio's thick red-rimmed glasses to give him a distinctive appearance underneath White Album's visor. They highlight his deranged expressions which can be played seriously or for comedy.
- Gonk: Although it's mainly due to the constant just-stepped-on-a-Lego-barefoot expression he has than any inherent ugliness.
- Grammar Nazi: To a ridiculous degree. He suddenly starts ranting on non-Italian speakers in the midst of a fight.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: For some reason, Ghiaccio hates idioms and the corruption of language.
- Harmless Freezing: Noooope. His power brings all the nastiness of sub-zero temperatures with it including freezer burn, exposed limbs sticking to surfaces (Mista didn't even realize he lost a finger when he tried to wipe away fog on the window until just before Ghiaccio attacked), decreased breathing and naturally Literally Shattered Lives.
- An Ice Person: His Stand takes the form of ice armor around his body, and he can rapidly lower temperature in an area to create ice and trap his opponents, capable of freezing the very air around him to a halt, down to the molecule.
- An Ice Suit: His Stand is the suit. Additionally, the interior of the armor is insulated like an igloo, since his Stand powers don't actually include resistance to cold.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Mista tricks him into using White Album Gently Weeps when, unbeknownst to Ghiaccio, there's a sharp pole right behind him. Newton's Third Law throws him neck-first onto it. Remarkably, he stayed alive for a while by freezing his blood, but he failed to take into account that he was fighting Mista and Giorno and wound up getting kicked by Gold Experience until the spike was jammed completely through his neck.
- Improbable Hairstyle: One of the more "out-there" hairstyles by JoJo standards; his light-blue hair clings to his head in a low number of large spirals. I wonder if taking a bite out of that head gives you stretchy rubber powers...
- Ironic Name: His stand has ice powers and his name literally means "Ice", yet he's the most hot-blooded member of La Squadra by a long shot. See Power Stereotype Flip below.
- Lightning Bruiser: He can skate to catch up with a car, his freezing ice is dangerously lethal if it's not immediately undone, and his suit almost completely negates blunt force. The only way to hurt him is to pierce White Album using something sharp and a lot of force.
- Literal-Minded: Ghiaccio enrages at metaphors that make no sense if they're interpreted literally.
- Meaningful Name: "Ghiaccio" quite literally means "Ice" in Italian, though if one takes his temper into account it becomes an Ironic Name.
- Nerd Glasses: He wears a pair of thick-rimmed spectacles.
- Oh, Crap!: He gets a spectacular case of this moments before his death. In his tunnel vision to kill Mista, he forgot that Giorno was there too. Once he realized that he was immobilized with a metal spike jammed halfway into his throat and exhausted while Giorno was almost completely unharmed, he goes into what would've been a full on Villainous Breakdown if he'd lived longer than a few seconds after that.
- Power Armor: White Album manifests around him as An Ice Suit. It gives him enhanced speed, durable armor, and, since it's a Stand itself, allows him to physically fight other Stands.
- Power Stereotype Flip: While his Stand ability, coupled with his nerdy look, make him seem like your average Scary Shiny Glasses -wearing, emotionless intellectual with a personality as icy as his powers, in reality he's anything but icy. Out of all the members of La Squadra Esecuzioni, Ghiaccio is the most hot-headed of the bunch, utterly losing his shit over trivial, language-related Berserk Buttons, like confusing figurative idioms or metaphors, and people saying "Venice" like in English instead of "Venezia" like it's actually pronounced in Italy.
- Required Secondary Powers: Averted with Ghiaccio himself, but played straight with his stand. He isn't immune to White Album's freezing effects, thus he wears his stand like An Ice Suit to protect him thanks to its insulated interior.
- Rollerblade Good: Or rather, Ice Skates Good. With them, he can skate fast enough to catch up with a car.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: Surprise surprise, his name means "ice" in Italian.
- Worthy Opponent: He didn't think much of Mista and Giorno when he attacks them but as the fight draws to an end and he sees just how much punishment Mista takes, Ghiaccio admits that he respects him.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Light blue, to be exact.
Risotto Nero (Stand: Metallica)
Voiced by: Shinshu Fuji (TV anime), Yuji Kishi (Vento Aureo video game)
The leader of La Squadra with emotions like stone, Risotto is the only assassin of the group that doesn't take on Giorno, mostly due to finding a different opponent in Doppio. He's serious and intelligent but doesn't concern himself with common people, but upon realizing Doppio was a Stand user, he engaged in a battle.
Metallica (named after Metallica) is a colony of white or grey beings shaped like pillows with stitches and hollow eyes living inside Nero. It manipulates iron and magnetism and can form objects within his or victim's bodies as long as they're 100% iron (like needles, razor blades, and scissors). It also can bounce light away from Nero's body, giving him complete invisibility.
- Adaptational Dye Job: Has white hair in the anime rather than purple hair in the manga.
- Adapted Out: Although he has a more extended in first part of the series, his backstory of how he came to be (originally text in the manga) is nowhere to be seen in the anime.
- Artistic License Biology:
- The adult human body contains around 4 grams of iron, not enough for even one razor, let alone a pair of scissors (assuming Metallica needs an exact ratio of iron to work with).
- On the other hand, Metallica should technically be even more lethal than it's portrayed as; to shunt all the iron in a person's bloodstream would require destroying all their hemoglobin, which would render their blood useless for delivering oxygen. While this is acknowledged with Doppio being unable to breathe, he should have been doomed by then; even if he does eat a frog to replenish some of his iron, the human body wouldn't be able to produce blood cells fast enough to survive that.
- Humans don't actually have black sclera. Of course, that's assuming that he's human in the first place...Or that he's not just wearing contacts, or it's a side effect of his Stand power.
- The adult human body contains around 4 grams of iron, not enough for even one razor, let alone a pair of scissors (assuming Metallica needs an exact ratio of iron to work with).
- Ascended Extra: Downplayed. Risotto's role in both the anime and manga is the same but he's benefited the most from Adaptational Expansion and he gets much more screentime in the anime. While he was always a looming threat in the manga he was mostly in the shadows until his fight; the anime checks in on him a lot, establishing a developed relationship with his team, and even has an extra scene where he uses Metallica to torture a Passione lackey.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Took on Doppio, and by extension the boss, and was actually doing incredibly well despite it all until Aerosmith came in. Hell, even if he didn't kill Doppio, by the time Aerosmith came in, Doppio had lost a lot of blood and the only wound Nero had was a lost foot - the Boss even admits that he wouldn't have been able to use the full extent of King Crimson because of the lost blood and iron and Risotto's Stand can become staples that can hold his limbs together effortlessly.
- Badass Baritone: Has a very deep voice in the anime, and is La Squadra's most powerful member.
- Badass Longcoat: Risotto wears a long black coat.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Risotto ultimately falls into this role for the narrative in spite of his threat level. Despite being the leader of La Squadra, the main antagonists for the first half of Vento Aureo, he ultimately becomes an afterthought once Diavolo directly takes over as the Big Bad, the heroes begin fighting the much more dangerous Unita Speciale, and never even meet Risotto until after his death. His fight with Doppio/Diavolo cements this after he is gunned down by Aerosmith thanks to Diavolo's cunning showing that he never stood a chance against the boss.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: His irises are surrounded by black sclera.
- Bloody Murder: Although in this case, he's using his opponent's blood as a weapon.
- Body Horror: This guy has the ability to transform the iron in a person's bloodstream into any kind of sharp metal objects he pleases, while the iron is still inside the person's body. Hence the scene where he makes Doppio cough up a handful of razor blades, and then later on summoning needles all through-out Doppio's face and neck and having them rip themselves out.
- Call-Back: All together, his name spells "rice in cuttlefish ink". This calls back to Battle Tendency, where Joseph Joestar was surprised to learn that noodles in squid ink, "nero di seppia", is an actual dish.
- The Cameo: In a very sad sense. Despite there being now three occasions where he could have appeared in a video game, Nero has never been an opponent. However, his model can be found in Golden Whirlwind and Metallica is the loading screen icon used in both All-Star Battle and Eyes Of Heaven.
- Dark Is Evil: He dresses in dark clothing, and his even his name "Nero" is Italian for "black".
- Death by Irony: In an anime flashback Nero tells his men to control their emotions in spite of what happened to Sorbet and Gelato noting that those who allow their emotions to get the best of them will die. Nero's death comes once he believes that his victory over Doppio is guaranteed and he losses his emotionless façade as he focuses entirely on Doppio and forgets about Aerosmith who attacks him once Bruno's group are alerted to their fight.
- Defiant to the End: After suffering life-threatening injuries from Aerosmith, Diavolo comes up to Nero and tells him that he will offer him a quick and painless death if he replenishes the iron that Nero ripped out of his body during the course of their fight. Nero instead uses the blown off pieces of his body as trackers and places them on Diavolo's back with the intent on using Aerosmith to kill Diavolo for him. If not for King Crimson's ability Diavolo would have died, and even though he survives Nero still ends up dead without returning any of the iron Diavolo desperately needed. Diavolo even praises him for dying without losing his pride.
- Dub Name Change: Metallica was shortened to Metallic for Eyes of Heaven and the Vento Aureo anime.
- Edible Theme Naming: Like most of his team, he also has some kind of food in his name (a type of rice dish prepared with ink from squid or similar animals).
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
- He's A Father to His Men, and his goal to overthrow the Boss stems from a desire to avenge his dead comrades.
- He also murdered the man who killed his cousin in a drunk-driving accident.
- Evil Counterpart: He's La Squadra's counterpart to Bucciarati. They both fell into a life of crime as a result of trying to avenge a family member; Bruno's father and Risotto's cousin. His confrontation with Doppio is even framed similarly to how Bruno first met Giorno with him confusing the smaller gangster by manifesting foreign objects from within his own body albeit with blades instead of body parts.
- A Father to His Men: Risotto tries to run a tight ship and like Bucciarati he does seem to care about his team. When attending Sorbet and Gelato's funeral in the anime, Risotto says that they must forget about the two and continue on with their lives. In spite of that he remains at the church the longest staying even when the others leave and he's alone.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Two of his biggest advantages when fighting Doppio are his magnetism and the ability to remove iron, and therefore oxygen, from his opponent's blood. Doppio uses both of these to trick the heroes into killing him; the magnetism sends scalpels made by Risotto flying towards Bruno's gang so that they think he's attacking them, and the low amount of oxygen in Doppio's blood means only Risotto shows up on Aerosmith's radar when Narancia fires back.
- "Instant Death" Radius: Not shown in action, but the this is usually what happens when Risotto has his eyes set on a target.
- Invisibility: Thanks to Metallica, he can blend in pretty well with the surroundings, using Metallica to deflect light from his body making him seemingly invisible.
- Large and in Charge: As the leader of La Squadra, he is the most heavily built and towers over everyone else in stature.
- The Leader: Of La Squadra.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Risotto's Stand Metallica manifests as a swarm of maggot-like creatures living inside of him.
- Magnetism Manipulation: Risotto Nero's true power is the ability to create a short range magnetic field around him and freely manipulate iron inside his range, including the iron in a person's own body.
- Meaningful Name: "Nero" means black, which matches his outfit and his sclerae.
- Mr. Fanservice: He's a Bishōnen whose outfit exposes most of his well-muscled chest and has a very deep, very attractive voice.
- Near-Villain Victory: Came very close to taking out Doppio and the Boss himself, if not for Narancia's Aerosmith being tricked into shooting Risotto instead which cost him the fight.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: Risotto does not wear anything under his jacket, exposing his muscled chest.
- Not So Stoic: When he finally decides to kill Doppio, his calm expressions turn into a very manic smile.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Killed the guy who murdered his cousin in his backstory.
- Pragmatic Villainy: While his cohorts may at time indulge in their work, Risotto is all business. When he first confronted Doppio and thought him to be just a civilian, he was willing to just leave him be.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: At least in the anime. Prior to the anime, many portrayals of him gave him white irises to match the rest of his outfit.
- Shapeshifter Baggage: The only way to explain his ability. See Artistic License Biology.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Although the Boss knew Risotto was in the area, Doppio didn't do anything until Risotto snuck up behind him.
- Swiss-Army Superpower: Nero's stand Metallica is very versatile. Its magnetic powers allow him to manipulate metals, including the very iron in a person's body and mold them into weapons, make himself invisible, and even hijack other stands.
- Taking You with Me: Attempts this with Doppio and the Boss, but unfortunately fails.
- The Unfought: He's the only member of La Squadra that Bruno's gang never encounters, much less fight. He instead fights the Boss himself.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He does have a jacket, but it's never buttoned and he doesn't wear a shirt under it.
- Weak, but Skilled: Metallica itself is physically very weak, but more than makes up for it in sheer versatility.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Though to be fair, he was aware he just lost every single man working under him.
Unita Speciale per Bossnote
Unita Speciale is an elite subdivision in Passione. They are deployed by the Boss after Team Bucciarati defected from Passione to hunt down its members one by one, although the majority of members don't actually show loyalty to the boss, as some of them have their own reasons. They serves as Villain of the Week for Team Bucciarati for the second half of Vento Aureo.
Tropes applying to Unita Speciale in general
- Bash Brothers: In the group, only Carne is fought by himself. Squalo and Tizano form a great pair together, and Bucciarati explicitly says that Cioccolata and Secco's Stands combo amazingly with each other.
- Elite Mooks: They are groups of assassins deployed in Venice as the response for Team Bucciarati betraying the Boss and are referred to as his elite guards.
- Foil: To La Squadra, the previous team they replaced as Villain of the Week of Vento Aureo. While La Squadra were never trusted by the Boss and as such were in the lower echelons of the Passione hierarchy, Unita Speciale serve as the Boss's elites and as such are the highest ranking members. And unlike La Squadra who were plotting against the Boss and overthrow him, Unita Speciale still remained serving under him despite having no real loyalty to their boss.
- Only in It for the Money: Squalo and Tiziano in particular have their own reason to hunt down Bucciarati's group is for satisfying their own pocketbook and the Boss's approval.
- Praetorian Guard: They are the Boss's elite guard, and as such, they're all much stronger than Squadra Esecuzioni that Team Bucciarati previously faced. La Squadra typically had an advantage by having strong Stand abilities and fighting the members of Bucciarati's group in isolation, but all of the Unita Speciale's fights are practically against the entirety of the gang-stars, and they still manage to be a major threat.
- Psycho for Hire: Cioccolata and Secco (the former in particular) are solely in it for the killing and torture and have no real loyalty to the Boss.
Squalo (Stand: Clash)
Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno (TV anime), Hidenobu Kiuchi (Vento Aureo video game)
Tiziano's partner, Squalo and he attack Narancia to force the heroes into misdirection. His Stand, Clash (named after The Clash), takes the appearance of a shark and can travel through liquids to attack.
- Anime Hair: Squalo's is tied up in about six or seven pigtails that hang from the top of his head.
- Berserker Tears: After Tiziano dies to protect him.
- Dub Name Change: Clash to Crush.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He cares deeply for his partner Tiziano, and is driven to avenge Tiziano after the latter took the bullet for him.
- Gayngster: He and Tiziano are confirmed to be a couple.
- Meaningful Name: Italian for "shark", which his Stand embodies.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A teleporting, sizeshifting, robot shark Stand.
- Only Flesh Is Safe: See Weaksauce Weakness below; because of this restriction, Clash can't teleport inside of your blood, cranial fluids, tears, etc. unless it's already been expelled from your body in some way.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The hotheaded and aggressive red to Tiziano's more level-headed and tactical blue.
- Seldom-Seen Species: While Clash does have some resemblances to sharks, like the sharp teeth or elongated top fin, its general shape more closely resembles an Ostracoderm.
- Shark Fin of Doom: When Clash is idle in a body of liquid, very often will only the top fin of it be visible. It'll do this even if the liquid isn't deep enough to reasonably fit Clash at its size, like when it's swimming in the tears streaming off of someone's cheeks.
- Sizeshifter: An involuntary example compared to other shape shifting Stands, Clashs size changes depending on the amount of water/fluid it teleports into. A glass of water or a stream of tears makes it no bigger than a human tongue, while Venetian canals make it at least as big if not bigger than a regular shark.
- Shoot the Medic First: His primary motive for wanting to take Giorno out first. If him and Tiziano get rid of Bucciarati's healer, then any injuries that his group sustain will wear them down much faster.
- Teleporters and Transporters: His Stand has the power to teleport from one body of water to another (or other mostly-water liquids like a bowl of soup or glass of wine).
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Clash has some good range on how far it can travel, but it needs some form of liquid to subsist within. Great if you're fighting someone in Venice, a city famous for the waterways all over it; horrible if you're fighting someone in a place that's extremely dry.
- Threatening Shark: His Stand Clash, that has the form of a metallic shark with three eyes, played straight this situation. Especially when it's in your soup and can jump from liquid to liquid as needed to follow you. And when he captures his target, intending drag him along on the teleportation trips where, if Squalo isn't stopped quickly enough, they will drown.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Clash can't teleport into a liquid if it is sealed off.
Tiziano (Stand: Talking Head)
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (TV anime), Ryuzou Ishino (Vento Aureo video game)
Squalo's partner, Tiziano replaces Narancia's tongue with his Stand in order to misdirect the heroes.
His Stand, Talking Head (named after Talking Heads), can attach itself to opponent's tongues. It then forces the victim into miscommunication if they tell the truth, no matter what they do.
- Adaptational Dye Job: His silver hair in the colored manga, but blonde in the anime.
- Ambiguously Brown: Has a darker complexion than other characters of this part.
- Anime Hair: Downplayed. While the coloring is bizarre, his hair-style is one of the more realistic ones especially in Part 5. A Long Haired Prettyboy doesn't stand out too much in real life.
- The Comically Serious: Tiziano isn't that quirky himself, but his Stand is the subject for the humorous attempts Narancia makes in trying to keep his friends from danger.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Although the colored manga has him with silver hair.
- Dub Name Change: From Talking Head to Talking Mouth.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Both he and his partner Squalo care for one another, to the point Tiziano takes a bullet for his partner not only to save him, but also to give him the required liquid to use his stand.
- Gayngster: Confirmed to be in a relationship with Squalo.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Downplayed. Much in the vein of Little Feet and Beach Boy, Talking Head is a weaker Stand who's user applies its ability in a creative way to be a bigger threat than it first appears. That said, while Formaggio and Pesci could put up a fight independently, Talking Head only works as a supporting Stand and has no real ability to fight directly. He's still a threat and even manages to turn the tide when Narancia and Giorno outmaneuver them, but the physical fighting is left up to Squalo and Clash.
- Irony: When they were hiding from Narancia, Tiziano keeps telling Squalo to keep calm in order to prevent Aerosmith from tracking them. It was Tiziano's own moment of panic that gave them away.
- Multi Purpose Tongue: Talking Head also has the ability to elongate and control its victims tongues which it uses to cut Narancia with his own knife.
- Poor Communication Kills: The reason he is so deadly when combined with Clash, as he can invoke this on his victims.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The level-headed and tactical blue to the hotheaded Squalo's red.
- Support Party Member: His Stand is not suited for combat on its own, but working in tandem with Squalo's offensive stand Clash makes Talking Head a deadly threat.
- Taking the Bullet: Not just to save his beloved Squalo, but also to give Clash a liquid field via his own blood. Sadly, it doesn't buy Squalo much more than about a minute, if that.
- Tongue-Tied: His Stand twists the victim's words so they always communicate the opposite of their intent — even if it's writing or gesturing.
Carne (Stand: Notorious B.I.G)
Voiced by: Daisuke Sakaguchi (TV anime)
A member of Passione that was, upon introduction, shortly killed by Mista. Unfortunately, it activated his Stand (named after The Notorious B.I.G.), which follows and consumes whatever is moving fastest and increasing its pace to keep up. Since he never spoke, or really did much of anything, the following tropes are more for Notorious B.I.G than Carne.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Carne has green hair in the manga, while the anime changes it to pink. Notorious B.I.G's "flesh" is changed to be a meaty orange as well; the manga made it white (when it was first summoned), and later, a pinkish-purple (as its blob form).
- Ambiguous Situation: It's not clear to what extent Notorious B.I.G is sapient or if there's some vestige of Carne's soul inside it, as it's clearly capable of intimidation tactics and revealing its own name to Giorno, something only Carne would've known.
- And I Must Scream: Screaming is all Notorious B.I.G can do once it gets trapped in the ocean forever, chasing the never stopping currents. Making matters worse for it is also being surrounded by maddening amounts of motion-based stimuli from the waves in all directions and being unable to die due to its immortality.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Notorious B.I.G is one of the strongest Stands of the manga, but its power can only be activated if the user dies.
- Blessed with Suck: As a unique post-mortem Stand, Notorious B.I.G can't die, ever. It comes back to bite it hard once it gets trapped in the ocean.
- Blob Monster: Notorious B.I.G is a flesh consuming creature that attacks and consumes the fastest moving thing in the vicinity.
- Complete Immortality: Noticeably, it is one of the few Stands that can outlive their master, including Anubis, but more importantly cannot be destroyed by any means, being able to regenerate from any attack that even harms it.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Horribly, horribly subverted. Carne goes down less than a minute thanks to Mista and then Notorious B.I.G attacks, managing to temporarily incapacitate Giorno, Mista and Narancia.
- Dub Name Change: From Notorious B.I.G to Notorious Chase. It's a fairly meaningful one, since Notorious B.I.G can only attack moving objects; thus, it's chasing them.
- Eldritch Abomination: Even by Stand standards, it's bizarre. It is immortal, able to infect the nearest organic body in order to grow as well as control those infected parts, and has an overall monstrous appearance.
- Energy Absorption: Kinetic energy can feed Notorious B.I.G to grow its size. Someone moving their limbs around won't grow it in any noticable way, but the hundred-thousand RPM of a plane engine, on the other hand...
- From a Single Cell: ...is capable of growing even the smallest flecks of B.I.G into a monstrosity as big as the plane itself.
- Gonk: Carne is baffling to look at, as while his head and torso are clearly that of an obese man he looks like his arms and legs were taken from a much skinnier person. He's also oddly square in shape.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: While Carne goes down easily, Notorious B.I.G is so strong that only dropping it in the ocean keeps it from harming the heroes any further.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": "B.I.G" is pronounced as "Big", not "Bee Eye Gee".
- The Juggernaut: See Nigh Invulnerable.
- Karma Houdini: Though Notorious B.I.G. is driven more by primal instinct rather than calculated villainy it's still a threat and one that the protagonists never managed to kill. As the ending of its arc notes its still a danger to people and sinks any speedboats that come by it.
- Living Motion Detector: While the "living" part is far from reality, Notorious B.I.G will only target moving objects, sending itself at a speed faster than the thing it's tracking in order to catch it.
- Logical Extreme: Of Ebony Devil, the stand of Devo the Cursed. The primary ability of Ebony Devil activates when Devo is hurt, powered by his hatred of his target. The only ability from Notorious B.I.G activates from the grudge caused by Carne's death, but it's far, far more potent.
- Logical Weakness: Notorious B.I.G targets moving objects and is immune to damage from its target. One way to damage it is by having B.I.G be the moving object that crashes into something, while its surroundings stay stationary; another way is by distracting it with a different source of motion stimuli while crushing it slower than the distraction can move.
- Meaningful Name: His name means "meat," as in "dead meat." Doubles as Edible Theme Naming.
- Mirthless Laughter: In the anime, thus explaining why he has a voice actor credit, the only sound he makes other than grunts of pain after Mista shoots him is a very disturbing staccato chuckle. It doesn't help that his pinprick pupils get even smaller and he gets a really creepy smile on his face when he does it.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Notorious B.I.G isn't truly activated until it receives feelings of hate and contempt on account of Carne's death.
- Nigh Invulnerable: And unlike Yellow Temperance and Yo-Yo Ma, there is absolutely nothing anybody can do about it. Their best bet is to drop it in the ocean, but that just changed what it was attacking.
- Personality Powers: Likely because his master dies so easily, Notorious B.I.G inherits his master's desire to live no matter what to achieve vengeance.
- Psychotic Smirk: Carne gives one as he's approaching the group's plane.
- Puppeteer Parasite: One of the first things that B.I.G does is manipulate Giorno's arm into subconsciously writing his thoughts, before revealing its own name.
- Sea Monster: After Trish dumped it into the sea, it was trapped by the rapid tides and attacked any ship that came near, earning its haunt as a place where ships mysteriously vanished. The anime adds a still during it's "post-mortem" that depicts it as having grown into a vast Kraken-esque creature, likely due to the sailors and ships it consumed.
- Story-Breaker Power: An indestructible amorphous murder engine that, since his user activated him through death, is effectively even more unkillable than Kars. Thankfully, he cannot see and acts on impulsive instinct. To the sea with ye, ye great blob monster.
- Super-Persistent Predator: Notorious B.I.G's powers in a nutshell. It locks onto and tries to consume the thing moving fastest in its range and increases its own speed to ensure that it can't get away. This also means that chucking it out of a plane to try and get rid of it is pointless since it'll just move at Super Speed to keep pace.
- Undying Loyalty: He willingly gets himself killed just so he could unleash his obscenely deadly Stand ability upon the heroes.
- Weaksauce Weakness: It's possible to hurt it if one attacks with the right amount of force slow enough that it doesn't see it coming, though this won't stop it. Also its own motion tracking ability means that if it gets dropped in something as chaotic as, say, the ocean, it'll be trapped as it chases the shifting tides and any ships that come into range.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Carne himself has no characterization before he gets killed by Mista, though the anime adds him chuckling to himself as he approaches implying that he knew what was going to happen and his Undying Loyalty to the Boss made him unafraid of his own death.
Cioccolata (Stand: Green Day)
Voiced by: Atsushi Miyauchi (TV anime), Naoya Uchida (All-Star Battle), Ryuzou Ishino (Vento Aureo video game)
The last opponent the heroes face before confronting the Boss, he's partnered with Secco. A former doctor who tormented patients that came to him, he did things like intentionally misdiagnosing them so they'd go under his knife, limiting their anesthetics so they'd begin to scream mid-operation, and inflicting pounds upon pounds of mental abuse to the elderly. His Stand, Green Day (named after Green Day), is similar to Purple Haze, but with mold instead of toxins. Once infected, if the victim is under a certain altitude, the mold begins to grow and will devour the flesh of whatever it's implanted on.
- 0% Approval Rating: Absolutely no one likes this guy, and for good reason too. Even Secco didn't give a damn about him after his death, and only hung out with him because Cioccolata would give him treats and money.
- Adaptational Curves: The manga never shows Green Day from the chest down. The PS2 game opted to connect it to a slug-like lower body, and in the anime, it's given normal legs and a bit of a tubby potbelly.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: In episode 10 of the Golden Wind anime, he appears in the flashback of La Squadra Esecuzioni as the one who apparently sliced Sorbet up. While he's presented as a shadowy silhouette, his distinctive hairstyle clearly makes it apparent that it's him in the flashback.
- Adaptational Modesty: The anime and the game give him an undershirt, so the holes cut in his jacket no longer show skin underneath. There are also less holes in the anime, perhaps most notably on his sleeves; what was originally a spiderweb of missing fabric in the manga has been reduced to a single line of T-Tetronimo shapes along his outer arms.
- A Match Made in Stockholm: Thinks Secco was this to him. Actually, not in the least.
- Ambiguously Gay: He tells Secco "I love you". It is ambiguous because he treats Secco as a pet rather than as a fellow human.
- Anime Hair: Long spikes with puff-balls on the ends, fittingly making it look like a mold growth. And it's green.
- Ax-Crazy: Like most villains, but has no restraints whatsoever to limit his insanity, such as Alessi's cowardice and Dio's twisted sense of honor, making him incredibly dangerous.
- Badass Baritone: In the anime where he is voiced by Atsushi Miyauchi.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: Flesh-eating mold that causes people to explode; Sounds like the perfect power for a psychotic Mad Doctor who Loves the Sound of Screaming.
- Bare Your Midriff: His outfit.
- Body Horror: A lot of Stands are downright nasty, but a flesh-devouring mold that makes people explode if it germinates fast enough? Even more amazing, he's immune to the more harmful effects, so he can sever off body parts and use the mold to prevent blood loss and keep nerves connected? Geez.
- Call-Back: Cioccolata's seven page/30 seconds beatdown at the hands of Giorno's Gold Experience is a direct reference to Steely Dan's beatdown by Jotaro's Star Platinum which "only" lasted three pages in the manga and roughly 20 seconds in the anime. Both are preceded by "The Reason You Suck" Speech but in Cioccolata's case the actual beating is taken Up to Eleven as he is pummeled more than enough to kill him which is followed by him landing on a garbage disposal truck. You could say that Steely Dan having multiple bones fractured and being launched through a brick wall is tame in comparison.
- Catchphrase: "Good, Good, Good, Good."
- Creepy Cool Crosses: There's a cross on his chest that opens to his midriff.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He gets shot in the head, then the bullet turns into a stag beetle that eats his brains and bursts out of it, then he suffers a savage beatdown for seven pages/30 seconds from a Stand that can make its victims experience pain longer than normal, and finally gets crushed in a garbage truck's compactor. The anime makes it worse by having him attempting to beg Giorno to stop shortly before the beatdown ends, making it clear that he was still alive for most of it. And he deserved every second of it.
- Detachment Combat: He can dismember himself and keep the various parts still functioning even when they're not connected.
- Dub Name Change: His Stand's called Green Tea in the anime.
- Edible Theme Naming: His name is Italian for "chocolate".
- Early-Bird Cameo: In the anime, during Formaggio's flashback, he's briefly seen as the one that gave Sorbet his gruesome fate, following the boss's orders.
- Elder Abuse: In his teens he worked at a care home and proceeded to drug and gaslight the patients. He drove several to suicide.
- Evil Counterpart:
- To Giorno, as both have Stands that can manipulate living things. Where Giorno temporarily vitalizes things with Gold Experience, though, Cioccolata effectively de-vitalizes whatever Green Day's spores manifest upon.
- To Fugo, as they both possess similar stands and are intelligent people who have a violent dark side. The difference is that Fugo has a genuine moral code and he keeps his darker impulses under wraps as oppose to Cioccolata who revels in the destruction he causes and has no morals. It makes sense when you consider that Cioccolata was likely meant to serve as a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for Fugo after the mole plot was dropped.
- Eviler Than Thou: Inverted. You know you're an awful person when someone who is currently trying to murder their own daughter out of sheer and unjustified paranoia thinks you're horrible. He's this to the entire organization as well and is arguably its most depraved member. Even the hardened assassins of La Squadra are terrified of the lengths of depravity he's willing to go.
- Evil Genius: He's a Mad Doctor who is very knowledgeable about human biology.
- Facial Markings: Hard to tell if they're makeup, tattoos, or something else. At any rate, they're creepy.
- Faking the Dead: Near the end of the fight with Giorno. Although like his father, Giorno's not fooled, and was even prepared for it beforehand.
- Fantastic Nuke: Green Day has such a large area of effect (effectively infinite in urban areas) for its deadly power that it's an equivalent to a bio-weapon or dirty bomb, and the fight against him has one of the highest body counts in the entire series.
- Faux Affably Evil: He is surprisingly soft-spoken and polite when addressing Giorno during their fight despite being such a repulsive mass murderer. But this all falls apart when Giorno starts getting the upper hand which reduces Cioccolata into a pathetic worm desperately trying to save his own skin.
- Fluffy the Terrible: His name translates to chocolate, but he's far more bitter than sweet.
- For the Evulz: The reason why he kills people is to see their faces trapped in terror as they perish.
- Gaslighting: Elaborated more on in the Anime. When he worked in an elderly home one of his past times was to degrade his patients and convince them that their families hated and avoided them. Several committed suicide as a result.
- Godzilla Threshold: Due to his terrifying stand and unnecessary cruelty, the Boss only uses him as a last resort when Bucciarati's gang defects and come closer to finding his identity.
- Hate Sink: Even in a cast full of gangsters and assassins, Cioccolata stands out as the vilest of the lot and anyone he comes across in-universe considers him as such (Yes, that includes Diavolo who is alongside DIO as the nastiest Big Bad in the series). There's literally nothing even remotely likable or redeeming about the guy except the very well deserved and prolonged beatdown of seven pages/30 seconds by Giorno's Gold Experience.
- Healing Factor: Green Day can be used in this way, though only under certain circumstances. When Cioccolata dismembers himself he animates his detatched limbs using Green Day with the mold keeping him from losing too much blood. After he's launched his suprise attack Green Day puts him back together no worse for wear. In the anime he sews himself back together and the Green Day mold seems to fix his fractured bones, muscles, and blood vessels.
- Calls Giorno "a sick bastard" for lying about sparing his life, just to buy enough time for the stag beetle to burst through his brain. This is quite a statement from a guy who tortures his patients for fun.
- Giorno promises to let Cioccolata go if he doesn't move. Cioccolata proceeds to attack Mista instead and after Giorno turns the tables on him, Cioccolata is angry that Giorno broke a promise... that he himself already broke.
- I Know You Know I Know: Up to Level 3 against Giorno. Cioccolata pretends he's dead, but Giorno knows and is verbal about it. Cioccolata takes Mista hostage while Giorno is talking and believes that no matter if Giorno knew he was dead, he would still win. Giorno then reveals that he had an insurance plan for Cioccolata to stay down.
- Insane Troll Logic: Believes humanity grows stronger through curiosity, and curiosity amplifies as people die.
- Karmic Death: His modus operandi involves torturing his victims in long, drawn-out deaths. Giorno kills him in the same prolonging and agonising death that Cioccolata inflicts on his victims. He and Secco are also referred to as "trash" by Diavolo. After he and Secco's defeat, they both end up in a garbage truck.
- Kick the Dog: Almost all of Part 5's villains have a purpose for their cruelty and many of Diavalo's most heinous actions are done to benefit him in some way beyond sadism. Cioccolata has killed dozens if not hundreds of people out of morbid curiosity and the sick pleasure he takes in watching people die. Even when he does reveal an ulterior motive (wanting to overthrow the boss), he still does what he does for fun.
- Kill Them All: Does this to a notable chunk of Rome for a motiveless killing spree.
- Knight of Cerebus: Of all the minor antagonists in this part, Cioccolata is easily the darkest and most twisted. It's made abundantly clear that he is far too depraved for Passione standards the moment Diavolo first mentions him and digs into every gruesome detail on his past as a sadistic surgeon. His mold-infested rampage throughout Rome is also a move that makes Prosciutto's massacre of a train full of civilians look tame in comparison.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: The sounds? He wants to see your face as you die recorded on tape to watch on a later date.
- Mad Bomber: By the sheer nature of his explosive germinating Stand, and the fact he essentially goes on a killing spree on Rome to just kill as many people as possible.
- Mad Doctor: Became a doctor specifically so he could torture and experiment on people.
- Might Makes Right: Believes that the strong have a duty to rule the weak.
- Monster Clown: With his puff ball Anime Hair, Guyliner, Facial Markings, and overall monstrous behavior, he looks like a deranged harlequin.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Cioccolata has an extremely morbid and sick sense of curiosity and experiencing the death and suffering of others gives him the feeling that he truly understands life itself.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: With his Body Horror abilities, psychotic looks, and his depravity, Cioccolata's this all by himself.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Subjected to the longest one in the series as of yet, going for about seven pages/30 seconds in total (making it more than twice as long as the iconic Steely Dan beatdown), resulting in his death as bits of his flesh and body parts began flying off. Giorno meant to turn him into pudding.
- Obviously Evil: Of all the members of Passione, Cioccolata has the most blatantly evil and psychotic appearance. Which is further emphasized in the anime in how you can see his distinct silhouette brutally slicing up Sorbet way before his proper introduction.
- Only Flesh Is Safe: An Inverted version, just to show how horrifying Green Day's mold is. It'll only manifest in anything that's alive, so Stands and Bucciarati's resurrected body are immune to its powers.
- Only Friend: Thinks of Secco as this, as he trusts him to find the man with the Macguffin in his place. He couldn't be more wrong with that assessment.
- Person of Mass Destruction: His cataclysmic massacre of Rome by flesh-eating mold easily rivals Dio's rampage through Cairo in mayhem, brutality and sheer body-count, and would only be outdone by the global cataclysm unleashed by Enrico Pucci in Stone Ocean. In fact, Cioccolata's rampage through Rome is the single longest battle in the entire Jojo franchise so far, lasting two whole volumes whereas Stardust Crusaders' final battle only lasted one collected volume.
- Playing Possum: Tries to do this after getting shot in the head in order to lure Giorno closer. Unfortunately it doesn't work, as Giorno not only saw right through him, but had a plan that would guarantee his death in the form of a stag beetle.
- Practically Joker: His psychotic behaviour, green hair, clownish appearance and unnervingly toxic and abusive relationship with his assistant all bring into mind the Joker.
- Psycho for Hire: He's the only member of Passione who seems to be in it purely because he enjoys watching people suffer and die and is such a loose cannon that the boss himself has to keep him at bay, as he is too strong to get rid of but too dangerous to keep in close proximity.
- Rasputinian Death: Shot in the head with a bullet that eventually turns into a stag beetle and busts back out, then given the longest beatdown in JoJo to date, before being launched off the rooftop of the tallest building in the area. He then lands in a garbage truck (the anime shows his limp body being crushed by the compactor), and the inscription on the back of it implies that his body will be burned in an incinerator.
- Sadist: Given his own profession, he delights in the pain and suffering he brings to other people.
- Serial Killer: You did not want to end up at the hospital where he worked.
- Slasher Smile: When Giorno falls down, he unleashes an epic one while gloating about his logic.
- Snuff Film: Likes to film his murders so he can watch them later.
- Social Darwinist: Believes that the strong should dominate the weak.
- The Sociopath: This in an understatement for a guy who considers observing the pain and suffering of others as the sole purpose of life. Even his own "affection" for Secco is more akin to an owner and his pet than a genuine friendship.
- The Starscream: A phone call he makes to Secco that he receives posthumously implies that he planned to "exceed the boss" in fighting capability. Notably he discovered that the group was after a secret to defeating the boss he ordered Secco to retrieve it rather than destroy it.
- Stuff Blowing Up: A nasty side effect of the mold — if it germinates fast enough, it causes the victim to explode.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A violent yet intelligent enemy who earns a deep personal revulsion from the protagonists, possessing a powerful, hard to control flesh-eating stand, faced nearly right before the final showdown with the boss... Seems like Araki couldn't quite let go of all of his ideas for Fugo's scrapped betrayal.
- Teens Are Monsters: Was only fourteen when he voluntarily attended elderly care in order to drive vulnerable people to suicide and film their expressions on camera.
- There's No Kill Like Overkill: Shot in the head, had his brains half-eaten by a beetle, beaten in a pulp by Giorno before being tossed into a garbage disposal truck.
- The Unfettered: What makes him dangerous is that he has no pragmatic or ethical restraints like most villainous Stand Users to hold him back from unleashing the full power of his stand. Giorno observes that even among the cold-blooded assassins that make up Passione, most have reservations against random slaughter of civilians which limits the lethality of their Stands. Cioccolata has no such reservations, and even delights in the mass murder that is a side effect of trying to kill the protagonists.
- Viler New Villain: He is the nastiest piece of work among the Boss's elite squad and the whole organization as well. Unlike most of them who are either anti-villains or have redeeming/honorable traits, none of this applies to Cioccolata whose in it for the killing and torture. He even willingly unleashes his Stand above Rome despite causing the deaths of multiple Passione members in the process.
- Villainous Friendship: Cioccolata and Secco work as a team, with both killing people as Secco films their deaths and expressions for Cioccolata's pleasure, although the relationship is closer to a pet-and-master relationship. Upon Cioccolata's death, however, Secco admits that he never liked him.
- Villains Want Mercy: In the anime, as he's being beaten to death by Giorno, he can be heard pleading for him to stop just before he's sent flying into a garbage truck.
- Would Hurt a Child: During Cioccolata's mold infestation rampage in Rome, one of the many on-screen victims is a little girl which demonstrates perfectly that he simply doesn't care who dies as long as he gets to see it.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He believed Giorno would let him go, and tried to kill Mista once he lets his guard down. It might have worked for a previous protagonist like Jonathan, but Giorno is a completely different case. Cioccolata proceeds to get beaten into a bloody pulp for his troubles.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is green.
- You Said You Would Let Me Go: To Giorno's I Lied. When Cioccolata is shocked at Giorno for lying to him, Giorno notes that being spared is something too good to be true for the likes of him.
Secco (Stand: Oasis)
Voiced by: KENN (TV anime), Hiro Shimono (All-Star Battle), Takayasu Usui (Vento Aureo video game)
As far as the Boss learned, Secco is an obedient servant of Cioccolata that shared his viewpoint on suffering. He's the one who records Cioccolata's tapes and acts an awful lot like his dog.
His Stand, Oasis (named after Oasis), is a wearable suit that allows Secco to turn solid ground into mud at will and travel through it for the price of removing his vision as he does so. Despite it turning concrete into mud, it also prevents Secco from being hit by projectiles while he's underground.
- 24-Hour Armor: Secco is always shown with his Stand Oasis on and is never seen in normal clothes. It's not made clear like his only contemporary Ghiaccio if he's wearing anything underneath or if non-stand users would be subjected to a Full-Frontal Assault.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: In episode 10 of the Golden Wind anime, he appears with Cioccolata in the flashback of La Squadra Esecuzioni when Sorbet is getting sliced up. Despite being a shadow silhouette, the fact that Cioccolata is in the scene and that there's a figure who appears to be filming the gruesome death (along with the fact the figure looks to be wearing a skin-tight suit, which is how Secco's Stand manifests), it's a dead ringer for Secco.
- Ambiguous Disorder: What exactly goes on in Secco's head is a mystery, as even the Boss himself wasn't able to find enough background information on him. But not everything is quite right there to begin with as he joined forces with Cioccolata due to their similar morbid interests. Secco's pet-like behavior (see Obfuscating Stupidity) is obviously just a ruse to leech on Cioccolata's wealth and he turns out a bit more stable than him but he definitely has some psychopathic behavior going on.
- Battle Couple: Subverted; after Vento Aureo gave many strong examples of this general trope, like Pesci and Prosciutto and Squalo and Tizano, Cioccolata's farewell voice message to Secco sets him up for another Avenging the Villain moment like the others... except he really doesn't care about Cioccolata himself, only sticking around him for the benefits.
- The Brute: One of the Boss's last subordinates and with enough fighting strength to physically overwhelm Bruno. Or so you would think.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Alongside Ghiaccio, he's one of two Stand users whose Stands take the form of full-body suits.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His Stand lets him liquefy solid ground into elastic-like mud, so long as he's touching it in some way. His main way of weaponizing this is by flinging it around, usually by getting a mouthful of said "mud" and spitting it out.
- Dub Name Change: Oasis to Sanctuary in the anime.
- Ear Ache: In the climax of their fight Bruno blows up a cars tire, which was sucked into the earth thanks to an earlier attack by Oasis, and the blast reverberates through the liquid like concrete and blows out Secco's eardrums disabling him and winning Bruno the fight.
- Evil Counterpart: To Bruno, ability wise.
- The Faceless: Inverted. Secco's face and a bit of his chest is all we get to see of him; everything else is covered up by Oasis, which he wears 24/7.
- Feigning Intelligence: After Cioccolata's defeat, Secco reveals his true colors. But though he thinks he's The Chessmaster due to his Stand's potent abilities and tracking capabilities, once Bucciarati blasts out his eardrums and secures his victory, Secco's ego causes him to assume he's "figured out" Bucciarati's plan to destroy his eardrums, unwilling to believe that he already has.
- Gonk: Proportionally he looks like a rather average person, but his wide mouth, crazed expressions and Overly Long Tongue make him look like a demented murderous frog-man.
- Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: His fate in a nutshell. With his hand stuck to his neck by Sticky Fingers he has two options. Let his power melt his throat for a slow death, or pull the hand away and just tear his own throat out for a quick death.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Had he not started gloating and going all out while fighting Bruno and dragged a car underground, he wouldn't have given Bruno an opportunity to turn the fight around; later on, Bruno also uses Oasis' ability to melt flesh against him by securing his own hand to his throat, sealing his fate.
- Human Pet: To Cioccolata. It's an act to leech off the mad doctor.
- Improbable Weapon User: When he isn't dragging Green Day's victims down to get the mold to germinate, he will spit mud at his foe. Here's the problem for his opponent, though — it's only mud when it's within Oasis, the relevant sub-area in this case being Secco's mouth. Once it's fully spit out, it turns back into rock. High-velocity rock.
- Kiai: "OAAAAAAAAAAASIS!!"
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Once Ciocolata dies, he shows he is much more dangerous and intelligent than he initially appeared.
- Lightning Bruiser: As Bruno notes Secco is shockingly fast and strong enough to overpower Sticky Fingers in a one-on-one fight and can even increase his speed by bouncing his punches off the pavement with Oasis.
- Logical Weakness: Oasis turns stone and soil into water in Secco's vicinity, with all the properties it entails so Bruno popping a tire underground is far louder due to water transmitting sound better than air or soil, rupturing Secco's eardrums.
- Just Here for the Free Snacks: He only joined Cioccolata for the treats, wealth, and participation in the slaughter.
- A Match Made in Stockholm: Secco was originally one of Cioccolata's patients, and now he's his loyal sidekick. Subverted when Secco turns against Cioccolata once the mad doctor dies.
- Meaningful Name: Secco means both "dry" and "slim" or "skinny", in Italian. He is quite skinny, and his Stand allows him to turn the "dry" soil into a more malleable (and swimmable) substance.
- Obfuscating Insanity: A downplayed version. The Human Pet schtick is partially a ruse to stay on Cioccolata's good side, but he's still a nut once he learns the latter has died.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: It was just so he could easily tag along with Cioccolata. Once Cioccolata dies and Secco finds he wasn't as strong as he thought, though...
- Overly Long Tongue: No real attention is called to it outside of his bizarre facial expressions, but his tongue is disturbingly long.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He goes into a crying fit over Bruno drawing blood on his face, despite otherwise being unharmed.
- Sand Is Water: Stone is water in his case. His Stand power other than manifesting as armor.
- Self-Disposing Villain: He threatens to melt Doppio after he's taken him hostage, but Bucciarati punches his arm and he ends up using his melting powers on his throat. He then promptly trips into a garbage truck, coincidentally the same one Cioccolata's mangled corpse is in.
- Shoot the Hostage Taker: Gets hit with this.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: He might not be quite as sadistic as Cioccolata, but he is certainly one of the most foul-mouthed members of Passione.
- Smarter Than You Look: He's quick enough to notice Bucciarati's immunity to Cioccolata's mold despite having dropped to a lower altitude, and then immediately questions on whether if it would had any effect on Notorious Big if it was alive or not.
- Social Darwinist: Secco reveals himself to be this in the Oasis half of the Green Day and Oasis fight after Cioccolata dies. Secco was perfectly happy to act subservient to Cioccolata because he was strong and smart but the second he losses Secco tosses him aside and considers him a loser.
- The Starscream: Zig-Zagged. Though he's revealed to be disdainful of Cioccolata and feigned his loyalty, he only does that when he discovered Cioccolata was dead and up till then was fine serving under him as he believed Cioccolata was powerful. It's played straighter when he continues his pursuit of the Boss's weakness as Secco explicitly states his intentions to use it to overthrow him.
- Super Spit: Even if he's spitting concrete at his opponents, it really shouldn't be as lethal as it would normally be. He's also ridiculously precise with his ability to spit, being able to deflect Mista's bullets at point blank range and shoot at a sugar cube several feet in the air to disrupt its trajectory and catch it.
- Sycophantic Servant: An idolizing, almost pet-like sidekick to Cioccolata. It's an act to be able to enjoy watching Cioccolata's depredations firsthand.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Secco loves sugar cubes. Cioccolata keeps a box of them on him to treat Secco whenever he feels he deserves it.
- Undignified Death: Bucciarati uses Sticky Fingers to zipper his hand to his neck, causing it to melt into mud. He then stumbles into the road trying to find a way to escape and trips into the same garbage truck Cioccolata fell into, spending his last few moments of life gurgling Cioccolata's name as he, presumably, bleeds out and/or is crushed to death by the truck's trash compactor.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Despite Cioccolata having treated him with candy, money, and overall better treatment than anyone else in Passione would give him, Secco couldn't care less if he was felled. Of course Secco was also one of Cioccolata's previous victims that he grew attached, so he's justified in not caring about the mad doctor's fate.
- Yes-Man: To Cioccolata. It's only to be able to participate in the slaughter, not out of prior emotional attachment.
A Japanese woman that had a one night stand with DIO and then went to live in Italy, where she married a local man. She was quite distant and abusive to Giorno.
- Abusive Parents: She was a distant parent to Giorno and barely cared about him. According to Over Heaven, DIO chose women with black hearts to reproduce since they were the complete opposite of his mother, and he thought the offspring would be strong willed.
Jotaro Kujo (Stand: Star Platinum: The World)See Jotaro Kujo
Koichi Hirose (Stand: Echoes)See Diamond is Unbreakable Heroes
Voiced by: Hiroshi Shirokuma
A mobster who gets saved by Giorno when he was a child.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite the events of Golden Wind being focused around gangsters, this one is nowhere to be found after he shows up in Giorno's backstory.
- Do Not Do This Cool Thing: In-Universe, he was strongly opposed to Giorno joining the mafia for his own safety.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He may be a ruthless mafioso, but he won't tolerate drug-dealing.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's undoubtedly not a bad person, with his decision to repay his debt to Giorno, but he won't tolerate scum. This extends to murdering the father of a young boy because that man sold drugs.
- I Owe You My Life: Giorno leads the men who would've finished him off away from his injured body. For this, he helps Giorno get by with his crapsack childhood.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Never appears during the main plot, only its flashbacks, but his presence singlehandedly shapes Giorno into the person he is. In the anime, his personality heavily suggests Giorno grew up to emulate his sense of justice.
Scolippi (Stand: Rolling Stone)
Voiced by: Hidenobu Kiuchi (Vento Aureo video game)
A sculptor who appears in the epilogue flash back, followed by Mista and Bucciarati who believe him to be an enemy Stand user.
Rolling Stone is an automatic ranged Stand that operates independently of Scolippi. Its ability is predicting the deaths of people who are fated to die soon. It then tries to forcibly euthanize them. Rolling Stone causes a peacefull, instant death to those who it seeks out.
- Blessed with Suck: His Stand shows him how people who get close to him die. If they touch it, it kills them (peacefully). If they avoid it for long enough, they'll be doomed to die a horrible death. There's nothing he can do but try to warn people, and as an automatic Stand it moves on its own, no matter his wishes.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Not him, but Rolling Stone appears in the first seconds of the Fighting Gold OP and is the first stand seen during the Modern Crusaders ED.
- Edible Theme Naming: His name is a distortion of "Scaloppine" (small scallops, thinly sliced meat).
- Messianic Archetype: Starts with a crown of thorns and gets stigmata over the course of his story. This combines with his general demeanor.
- Non-Malicious Monster: Rolling Stone isn't really evil, and its motive of trying to spare people from dying horrible deaths is noble. The only thing that makes it antagonistic is that it doesn't really give you the option of saying no.
- When Mista jumps out of a window to break it against the pavement below, it seems to save him, as he wasn't supposed to die.
- Personality Powers: In the same vein of the mangaka Rohan Kishibe having the power to turn people into books, Scolippi's Stand manifesting as a stone that slowly turns into a statue makes sense, since he's a sculptor.
- Post-Final Boss: From our perspective, anyways, as the Rolling Stone arc is shown to us after Diavolo has died. In general, Scolippi isn't so much an opponent as his deadly Stand is, and he himself is a Nice Guy.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Subverted. Rolling Stone automatically manifests near those it senses will die soon, and even gradually takes the form of what their pose and status will be at death. However, if the one sensed touches it, it will give them another, less futile way to die. The victim still cannot escape their death either way.