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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) (Japanese), Kellen Goff (TV anime) (English)
The head of Passione, the target of Giorno's efforts, and a first-class paranoiac with two huge obsessions: 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 unique "Reqiuem" 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 magenta 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.
- Ambiguously Human: Diavolo himself is such an oddity that he would be suited as a horror movie monster, as he exhibits a number of bizarre traits that dont point to his Stand as an explanation. He can change his physique, pupils, and eye color at will whenever he switches from Doppio to himself. His father died two years before he was born while the anime added that his mother showed absolutely no signs of pregnancy during that stretch of time until the very moment of his conception. Making things odder is his symbiosis with Doppio, which may possibly go beyond a mere Split Personality when its revealed that theyre two separate souls that have inhabited the same body from birth. The story never gives an explanation to what he is or how human he actually is. Despite these factors, he was still physically able to father a child that does not exhibit any of the aforementioned.
- And I Must Scream: His fate after being killed by Giorno is being trapped to experience death forever, being killed by circumstances that he has no power to prevent. Eventually it drives him completely insane.Diavolo: H-How many times am I going to die?! W-When am I going to be attacked next, and from where?! (to a little girl) S-Stay back! Stay away! S-Stay... Stay the hell away from me!
- Arch-Enemy: Due to his direct involvement in establishing the drug trade of distributing illegal drugs to youths and doing extremely heinous actions with no consideration of what his followers would think of these actions; Diavolo has earned many enemies, both from outside and from inside his own organization- with several notable examples.
- To Bruno, the man had already destroyed a great deal of his trust by selling drugs to youths, which already made it very hard to remain on his side out of professional obligation; but it was burnt irreparably when it was discovered he wanted Trish brought to him so he could kill her out of irrational paranoia; Bruno goes from wanting him dethroned to wanting his demise due to all the evils he represents.
- Giorno to a lesser extent, having joined his organization specifically to take Diavolo down due to the drug trade he was running, despite not meeting him personally until the finale. It increased further when the Boss killed Bruno, Abacchio and Narancia, solidifying Giorno's personal hatred towards the man.
- To Polnareff, who also targeted him due to the evils he was committing as well as the drug trade. Diavolo personally crippled him and left him for dead, only to stop him years later from acquiring the Stand Arrow to get the Requiem power. Diavolo himself saw him as a roadblock that needed to be killed.
- To Risotto and La Squadra as a whole. The group were upset with their lack of high pay and lack of freedom in contrast with their effectiveness and being the Boss' personal hitman squad, the Boss would send back two of their executed teammates in needlessly cruel displays just for trying to look into his background. They went quiet for a while until Trish came to be known to the Mafia underground network, reigniting their passion to go after the Boss in both an attempt to get control of the drug trade and more importantly, avenge their two fallen comrades.
- To Trish, who took his extreme pursuit of having Bruno's Team bringing her to him so he could murder her himself personally. From that point onwards, she would dedicate herself to taking down her evil father.
- Archnemesis Dad: To Trish, starting when he attempts to kill her even though she had no idea of who he was until he found about her existence through second-hand informants.
- Asshole Victim: Under the effects of Gold Experience Requiem, Diavolo becomes subjected to various and infinite fatal misfortunes such as being stabbed by a junkie or being hit by an oncoming car after tripping over the pavement. Given his cruelty and the misery he caused, its still well-deserved.
- 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 so that King Crimson can take care 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 in Italy 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 anyone who even starts trying to track down his identity, going all the way to his daughter, Trish (who's completely unrelated to the Mafia affair), purely because of the possibility that someone could use her against him. 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: Deconstructed. Due to Diavolo's paranoid and controlling nature, he utilizes very brutal methods to keep his subordinates in line. However, these same draconian methods end up alienating his subordinates, causing many in his organization to turn against him. After denying the very effective La Squadra a pay raise and some territory (when other teams had been given those rewards), he (or Cioccolata in the anime) gruesomely killed two of their comrades when they started searching for his identity as a warning. When La Squadra learns about Trish, they turn against Diavolo in an attempt to overthrow him. Similarly, learning that Diavolo wanted Trish brought to him so he could kill her himself to protect his identity is the final straw that causes Bucciarati, whose loyalty to Diavolo was already strained due to the latter's drug trade, to turn against him completely. Even Cioccolata, one of his Elite Guard, only served him as a licence for his sadistic hobbies and planned to betray him. By the time the series ends, the only one to remain loyal to Diavolo to the end is Doppio, Diavolo's alter ego, meaning that Diavolo is loyal only to himself.
- 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 himself rather than protect her, since anyone else chasing him could use her to find him. 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.
- Berserk Button: Attempting to uncover his identity will be met with brutal retaliation. Just ask Sorbet and Gelato how well that worked out for them.
- 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.
- Broken Pedestal: To Bruno after he tries to kill Trish, notably he was teetering on this loyalty beforehand due to the organization selling drugs and reluctantly accepting it as a Necessary Evil until Giorno said he'd take down the Boss- deciding at least, to dethrone him from the organization. The Boss wanting Trish brought to him to be killed by his hands out of extreme paranoia just burnt what loyalty Bruno still had left and became Bruno's Arch-Enemy from that point onwards, wanting the man dead for his crimes.Bucciarati: Now the boss is... Our damn boss...! His wretchedness makes me want to puke! Abusing the weak and innocent is just a means to an end! Profiting off the pain and suffering of countless citizens! Coward! You'd do it to your daughter?! You're a fiendish monster! You're a disgrace, and you've let me down again! BUT YOU'VE DONE IT FOR THE LAST TIME!
- Diavolo's reveal to Polnareff brings to mind the latter's encounter with DIO at the climax of Part 3. Only this time, it's Polnareff who's at the top of the stairs.
- 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.
- Related to the above, Diavolo tries to do the same with Giorno, but like DIO did with Jotaro, it doesn't work.
- 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.
- Combat Pragmatist: Fitting his paranoid nature, Diavolo uses Epitaph to predict his opponent's next move, then uses King Crimson's time erasure to position himself in a more advantageous spot such as behind his unsuspecting victim after which he ends the fight with a swift punch through the opponent's chest.
- 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 its 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 at best. 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 before ending them, 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 before confronting him; 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. Their Stands are also foils to each other. The World is utterly emotionless, can stop time and can interact with his opponents, but his user prefers to with toy them first. King Crimson can't interact with objects directly whilst in skipped time, but he simply avoids events that negatively impact him and keeps those that benefit, while also being the main form of emotional expression for its user. DIO's servants are kept in line through a combination of mind control, irresistible 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 Stand user of Passione planning to turn against him in spite of their wealth and power, except for his split personality Doppio. Dio attained what he wanted to evolve his Stand's ability (Joseph's blood) but is defeated when his opponent attained the same power and used it against him while his power's evolving, while Diavolo didn't get the Stand Arrow and it was used against him. 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 received the worst example in his Part by far; erasing time means diddly 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.
- More ironic is that he's spent his life paranoid that everything and everyone is out to kill him, and now, because of Giorno, that is actually the case and he can now do nothing to stop it. Also, he believed that his ability to see the future made him invincible, but after being trapped in the death loop, he could no longer even predict where his next death would come from.
- The deaths shown echo that of his and his associates's dirty dealings. In order, the first death is that the person who stabbed him was clearly high on an injected drug, the same thing that started Bucciarati's rebellion. The second death, for the autopsy and how he was essentially conscious while the mortician was cutting him up brings to mind the brutal dismemberment of Sorbet, which he was implied to have ordered Cioccolata (a former doctor) to do prior to the anime's start. The third death is a reflection on his life as Doppio, who is introduced falling into the path of a moving vehicle both during his introduction and a part of their shared backstory. The final death shown is the cause of his downfall; his paranoia getting the better of him.
- 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 after discovering the secret power of the "Reqiuem" Stand Arrow, and the final act of Vento Aureo is a race to get the Requiem Arrow first so he doesn't get his Araki-Signature Villainous 11th-Hour Superpower.
- 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 unknown 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. Fugo was so terrified of Diavolo that he ultimately abandoned Bucciarati's group as he considered the prospect of fighting Diavolo to be virtually suicide.
- Dual Age Modes: How he and Doppio work. Though, they're considered separate characters.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: His waist length pink hair combined with purple lipstick, a very slim frame and mesh shirt can make Diavolo's gender seem ambiguous at first. The anime didn't help this distinction, making him look more feminine and sharing similar facial features with Trish. With these traits, it's easy to misinterpret Diavolo as Trish's older sister.
- Edible Theme Naming: More subtly than most other Passione members, but his name most likely comes from a style of Italian cooking centered on Fra Diavolo sauce, a spicy sauce made with hot peppers. Its name means "Brother Devil" in Italian, fitting his Satanic Archetype.
- 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.note However, it can be agreed that this was when he started becoming more like what he is today.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
- While Diavolo treats most of the Passione members as disposable pawns, he does seem to care greatly for his alter ego Doppio as he's the only one who Diavolo treats with any sort of affability despite his usual mistrust of people. He often acts as a mentor figure for Doppio, giving him advice, stepping in to protect him when he's in trouble, and even letting him use King Crimson's sub Stand Epitaph. This trait is more prominent in the English Dub where he refers to Doppio in oddly affectionate terms such as "My Sweet, Charming Doppio" or Mi Caro (Italian for "my dear"). Risotto even notes that Diavolo places quite a lot of trust in him and the feeling is mutual as Doppio is one of the few to remain loyal to Diavolo. Though whether his care for Doppio is genuine or is out of self-preservation (as killing Doppio means killing Diavolo as well) is up in the air.
- Diavolo also seemed to genuinely love Donatella, Trish's mother. As shown in flashbacks, Diavolo fell head over heels for her when they first met, awkwardly asking her out, letting her keep the photo he took of her, and even fathering a child with her. And though he ultimately abandoned her to become a mafia don, he never went back to kill her despite his obsession with keeping his identity a secret, implying he still had some feelings for her.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- He does not like Cioccolata and actually seemed disgusted with himself for 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 his own conduct, he does try to avoid killing innocents unless he feels it's unavoidable, if at the least to not draw attention to himself. For example, a maid suddenly came into his hotel room to clean, not knowing he was there. Rather than 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 witnessed the murder but Diavolo didn't bother going after him.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Due to his isolated and paranoid lifestyle, Diavolo is genuinely incapable of empathizing with others and will always assume the worst of someone. When Bucciarati tries to rescue Trish, Diavolo openly questions why he would do this and immediately comes to the conclusion that Bucciarati is attempting to overthrow him as head of Passione. Bruno flat out tells him that someone like him would never be able to understand his feelings.Diavolo: Your rationale intrigues me. Just what were you thinking? I had a great deal of respect for your excellence and devotion to the mission until now. Was your judgment clouded by your promotion to Capo? Or, did your hubris seduce you into thinking you had the power and ability to overtake me?
Bucciarati: Once Trish regains consciousness, I'll be sure to let her know you never existed!
Diavolo: Trish, you say? Why bring her into this dispute? My daughter is of no concern to you and your ilk.
Bucciarati: Demon! You could never understand what's in my heart!
- 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 for their sheer killing potential.
- 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 and Kellen Goff 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 irrational 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 initial 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 and (somehow) flee, alongside his paranoia over Giorno's abilities led him to let the group go, allowing them to dismantle his elite forces and learn of his identity.
- 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 and he can't avoid them - 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.
- Flower Motifs: Roses, at least in the anime. His hooded silhouette in the first opening is surrounded by rose petals. Also, his post-credit scene midway through is about him using King Crimson to escape his hotel room unnoticed, leaving behind only a towel and a bunch of roses.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Hard to believe that the most feared mafia don in Italy was once an odd boy from a simple village.
- Freudian Excuse: Much like Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas, it could be played straight, defied, or subverted. Depending on how the scene is read by the audience, he either snapped and became paranoid after inexplicably finding his mother under the floorboards, did the deed himself and was always like this despite his good nature beforehand, or snapped because the evidence was found and as such razed his hometown to prevent word from being leaked, causing the paranoid 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 before they reach the Coliseum in Rome.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Another unknown, see the above two unknowns Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas and Freudian Excuse for cross-references. However, it should be said that dissociative identity disorder stems 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).
- Greater-Scope Villain: In Part 5 it is revealed that Diavolo was the one who discovered the Stand Arrows and distributed them. He sold them to people such as Enya and by extension DIO. Hes the main reason that most people have Stands, making him this position from Parts 3 and onwards.
- 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.
- Guttural Growler: In the English Dub, courtesy of Kellen Goff. When Diavolo is enraged, his smooth baritone will drop to a growling tone, as if he's a stone's throw away from a particularly bad psychotic breakdown.
- Guyliner: It's revealed that his eyelashes are much more defined than other villains and he, like Dio, wears 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, also to 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 with naturally-occurring Stands 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: Diavolo is tall and completely ripped, as well as being the first villain besides Kars to be shirtless, not helped by the fact that his mesh shirt looks more like a tattoo.
- When found out by Polnareff, he gloats about being discovered; this is paradoxical to his usual paranoia about 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 inevitable 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 during the erased time 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 immediately 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.
- Karmic Death: One of the many deaths he experiences after being affected by Gold Experience Requiem's ability is being stabbed to death by a homeless man under a bridge. In the anime, this is extended by having Diavolo spot a drug needle within a campfire of other homeless people, meaning that he was fatally stabbed by one of the many lives destroyed by his drug-trafficking operation.
- Kinslaying Is a Special Kind of Evil: He wanted Trish brought safely to him, so he could personally kill her himself so there wouldn't be any doubt of her existence leading back to him in spite of Trish being unaware of the Boss' existence prior to the retrieval, let alone any intent to do harm to him. An action that Bruno even as a brutal gangster who was not above torturing for information or brutally killing his foes, immediately found as a final straw to openly turn against him.
- 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 before he left her. This is due to his pride and obsession with keeping his identity a secret.
- Large and in Charge: While Diavolo's exact height is unknown, his key art and especially his in-game character models in the fighting games suggest that he is one of the tallest antagonists in the series, only behind DIO himself.
- 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 with La Squadra and Bruno's group. He uses the former to kill his enemies in spite of La Squadra's lower wages and keeping them under the threat of execution to hold them back from rebelling, and the latter being his unsuspecting delivery service for the daughter he intended to kill.
- 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 and unnatural 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.
- Mysterious Past: 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.
- The fact that his name is actually Diavolo, which in Italian means Devil. If Doppio is indeed the original soul, then why is he even named "Devil"?
- 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 show him strongly resembling Doppio, and he 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.
- 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. Also, his first full on-screen appearance is him removing his sweater like a male stripper just to showcase his ripped abs.
- 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. Probably because he can tell that there's no point in doing so when it's unlikely that anyone would believe them about what they saw.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: On the receiving end of one at the hands of Gold Experience Requiem which lasts for 15 seconds in the anime, making it the third-longest beatdown in the series behind Cioccolata and Steely Dan.
- 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. Abbachio and Narancia learned this the hard way.
- 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 is a Control Freak over his organisation to 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, Diavolo'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, it's easy to understand why sending him out is only a last minute resort, as the sheer amount of casualties Cioccolata 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 fair 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.
- Riddle for the Ages: Practically everything about his past is left unanswered, even after his defeat.
- Satanic Archetype: Firstly his name in Italian translates to devil. He's also primarily associated with being in lower areas like the basement of the location that he wanted Trish delivered and at revealing himself to Polnareff at the bottom of the stairs instead of the top, like DIO did- subtly implying themes of the Devil lording in Hell, which is normally situated below the earth. Not to mention, his defeat by Giorno, has him being tossed down into an And I Must Scream Fate Worse than Death scenario mirroring the Devil being cast out of heaven into hell. Not to mention joining his gang for fame and other goals is presented like a Deal with the Devil with lethal consequences if you try to later back out of said deal.
- 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.
- 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 for so long.
- Smug Super: Believes himself to be invincible thanks to the powers of King Crimson, and for most of the story he's right to be smug.
- 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.
- 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.
- Undignified Death: What he's ultimately doomed to experience for eternity, trapped in an infinite loop of dying by humiliating and cruel ways, getting stabbed by a junkie or tripping by the sidewalk and getting rammed by a car.
- 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. This trait is best reflected by his Stand, King Crimson, who's signature ability to erase time enables Diavolo to effectively erase the cause from the effect.
- 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 starting from an unassailable position and then 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. He also ends up doing something similar with Bucciarati's group.
- Instead of simply waiting for Trish to be delivered to him and then killing her behind Bucciarati's back, letting him think she had started a new life somewhere... 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. Granted, the sheer brokeness of his Stand meant none of them would be a real threat to him, but still.
- The six or seven times that the Mundane Solution of using the tank-destroying strength of King Crimson and its ability to erase time were avoided usually because of his rampant paranoia. If he wasn't so desperate to never show himself, the show would have ended about midway through.
- For that matter, he could have killed Nero in seconds if he wasn't so determined to wait until the last minute to show himself. If Aerosmith hadn'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.
- Villainous Breakdown: Upon seeing Gold Experience Requiem avert his powers, Diavolo starts to show desperation and panic when he starts to realize his defeat is near. After supposedly escaping, he's stabbed to death by a crazed drugger and becomes horrified when he discovers he's doomed to die infinitely forever. He's last seen having gone completely insane all-while screaming at a little girl to get away from him.
- Vocal Dissonance: Despite being only 33, his voice in both Japanese and English make him sound closer to his mid-40s to early-50s.
- 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, but 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 (2 years as opposed to around 8 months), 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 Requiem 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 dark green or violet in color. The hair is naturally colored pink too, considering Trish inherited it and the anime shows he had it as a newborn. According to JOJOVELLER, the spots 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 King Crimson's Time Skip, Diavolo has to focus on the immediate actions around himself to prepare for his counter attack, and he tends to not consider 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.
- Ambiguous Situation: Is King Crimson the mouth piece of Diavolo while the latter was hiding his identity or King Crimson the '''true''' Diavolo, being a sapient Stand and is using his host- Doppio in order to interact with the world. It initially pushes towards the former when Diavolo reveals himself and when the body swap powers of Chariot Requiem are reversed, with Diavlo himself speaking and King Crimson remaining non-expressive. However, elements during that body-swap and prior to those events, also point to the latter explanation. During the time of the body swap, King Crimson, rather than Diavolo who had revealed himself is the visual POV of the character, whenever its internal monologue or when forced to expose himself to Giorno and the gang. Additionally, during the fight with Risotto, Diavolo spoke about needing 10 seconds to manifest himself in order to take the La-Squadra leader down as if he were King Crimson himself.
- 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.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist:
- Much like Diavolo is one to Dio, King Crimson is one to The World. On paper, the two Stands are extremely similar, both being powerful close-ranged Stands with control over time and monstrous raw strength. However, The World can only stop time for five (later nine) seconds while King Crimson can erase time up to ten seconds and has a sub Stand called Epitaph that lets Diavolo see the future. Also, while The World is able to interact with objects and people while time is stopped, King Crimson cannot take any action unless it was part of Epitaph's prediction. The World is a muscular being dressed in gold armor to highlight Dio's god complex while King Crimson is a slender being dressed in red to highlight Diavolo's satanic imagery. The World rarely emotes and always has a blank, emotionless stare on its face while King Crimson is very expressive and is prone to frequent and unnerving facial expressions. Likewise, The World never speaks outside of its Stand Cry while Diavolo is constantly shown speaking through King Crimson. Their fighting styles are also polar opposites, reflecting the contrasts between their owners. The World prefers to pummel its enemies with Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs, reflecting DIO's sadism and tendency to toy with his opponents while King Crimson prefers to end fights quickly by punching a hole through an opponent's chest or slicing them in half with a single karate chop, reflecting Diavolo's no-nonsense approach to fighting.
- Also, as Diavolo is one to Yoshikage Kira, King Crimson is one to Killer Queen. Both are powerful, close-ranged Stands with control over time and are equipped with sub Stands to make them more dangerous. However, Killer Queen is not as effective at close combat and relies mostly on its bomb making ability and its remote bomb Sheer Heart Attack to be a threat while King Crimson's ability to both erase time and see the future with Epitaph combined with its immense strength make any attempt at close combat virtually a suicide mission. Killer Queen never emotes and always has a blank, emotionless stare on its face while King Crimson is prone to frequent and unnerving facial expressions. Likewise, Killer Queen never speaks nor has a Stand Cry while Diavolo constantly speaks through King Crimson. Even their time powers are polar opposites. Bites the Dust turns back time, reflecting the idea that You Can't Fight Fate while King Crimson's time erasure and powers of precognition allows Diavolo to control fate.
- 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: Likely as a result of adjusting King Crimson's powers, his abilities before the final battle are a bit inconsistent or don't match up.
- 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 and the ability is never explained in greater detail either.
- In King Crimson's second fight, his power causes bullets to pass harmlessly through him during his skipped time. This is the only time he ever does something like this. In his previous encounter, he had to physically move away from an attack and admitted he cut it close, and in future encounters he is shown physically moving out of the way of bullets during his skipped time or otherwise deflecting them before they can reach him. This also happens to be the ability that leads to the most difficult to describe explanation of his powers.
- Prior to the finale, he was unable to do anything except move during his skipped time, something he used to position himself better. Later instances such as the above mentioned bullets and his killing of Narancia don't line up with this ability.
- 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.
- 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 a perpetual grimacing 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 or excited...
- Ominous Visual Glitch: The anime portrays King Crimson's time skip with streaks of reddish-pink not unlike a VHS tape skipping.
- Perpetual Frowner: Except for the very rare moments of feeling confident, King Crimson is either grimacing or contorted into a wrathful snarl, all with a nigh-constant frowning face.
- 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 Requiem 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 Requiem 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 handily punching holes through victims, nearly cutting them in half with a karate chop, or violently dismembering them with a single 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.Diavolo: No being is immune to the peaks and valleys of life as the strong struggle to survive. One succeeds while the other fails. But with my power, one can gaze upon life's pitfalls in all their glory. Sidestepping them becomes but a chore, and life becomes a succession of triumphs. A state of personal perfection. And truly, how could it not?
- 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, Japanese), Griffin Burns (TV anime, English) 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, on top of being the Split Personality of that said crime boss.
- 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. And even as Doppio, he has no qualms with killing people in cold blood.
- 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 and Soma Saito in the anime.
- 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; most notably of all, Diavolo appeared to be forcibly restraining himself from emerging when Secco attempted to take Doppio hostage, then slapped him; the only hint that he was about to turn at that time was his eyes, and his hairstyle slightly unseating itself.
- 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.
- Even in their base form, in the anime, Doppio's eyes never once reflect light. This subtly hints that there's something wrong with him.
- 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.
- Obliviously Evil: Unlike his alter-ego who is Obviously Evil from the get go, Doppio comes off to both the cast and the audience as too silly and mild-mannered to be a threat, let alone a dangerous mafioso. Which is exactly what Diavolo wants.
- 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, JP), Matthew David Rudd (TV anime, EN)
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 other than Pericolo 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.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He has a low, imposing voice.
- 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) (Japanese), Brook Chalmers (TV anime) (English)
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 it's 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 double-octave voice.
- Ate His Gun: Literally did this unaware. In his defense, at that time it was transformed into a banana and he was in the process of unpeeling when it turned back. And one of the peels was the trigger. It did not end well.
- Autocannibalism: So gluttonous that he makes a habit of eating his own fingers. They grow back. Somehow.
- Big Eater: One has to wonder how exactly Polpo didn't die from obesity before the events of Act 5. Giorno mistook him for a mattress before he started moving.
- Black Eyes of Evil: 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 is renamed to "Shadow Sabbath" in official English translations.
- 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, putting aside the administration of his territory. 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's ranks.
- 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 yellow bed until he got up and realized that Polpo was actually just sleeping.
- Faux Affably Evil: Polpo is an easygoing 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 then smoothly ties those philosophies into total loyalty to Passione 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.
- Hypocrite: Polpo gives a long speech about trust and honesty, but everything in it is a lie he doesn't care about honesty or trust, he only cares about the initiate's skills and whether they fear him enough to obey him. This is made clear during his lighter test, which actually depends on the testee lying and turning the lighter back on, resulting in them gaining a Stand and joining, or dying.
- Implacable Man: The only thing that can stop Black Sabbath from hunting you down is light, and even then, it'll immediately slink away through any nearby shadows unless it's either pinned down or completely cut off from any shadows.
- 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 as big as he was over himself, and takes 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.
- 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 know.
- 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, thanks to a well-stocked private pantry that regularly has luxurious food and wine paired to his meals in it.
- 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, and he stays since it doesn't matter to him if he's inside or not. 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.)
- Plot-Triggering Death: Polpo's early death is what arguably starts the main plot of Vento Aureo up. His death gives Bucciarati the means to become a capo and he is given Polpo's assignment of protecting Trish which gives Giorno and Bucciarati's quest to find and kill the boss a major leg up.
- Pretty Little Headshots: Subverted. Beyond just the excess blood splatter that coats the upper wall of his cell, the outline of his head post-headshot makes it very clear that it blew out the entire back of his skull. Considering it was a revolver, it's to be expected.
- 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, in the various flashbacks showing how the protagonists joined the gang, all of them end with a meeting with Polpo for their initiation.
- Starter Villain: While Luca and Bucciarati are technically the first opponents 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 in the process.
- 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 all the food and wine he could ever want. 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 an additional octave layered beneath it, giving off this effect.
- 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 and avoid Black Sabbath, then Polpo recruits a new resourceful and determined ally into Passione, one that exemplifies the virtues he talks about. If they relight the lighter and survive the Stand Arrow and Black Sabbath, then Passione gets a new capable 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, and it's impossible to trace back to them since Black Sabbath doesn't leave evidence. 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, Japanese), Aleks Le (TV anime, English) 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.
- 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 into other lanes or about to hit a red light. He also leaves the car while it's in motion mid-conversation.
- Dub Name Change: His Stand is renamed to "Tender Machine" in official English translations.
- 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.
- Eye Scream: As part of his torture, he gets his eyelid held open by a fishhook and has his right eye burned by the sun magnifying light into his selera. Guido threatens to burn his other eye in the same way if he doesn't cooperate.
- 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, Japanese), Alejandro Saab (TV anime, English) 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.
- Dub Name Change: His Stand is renamed to "Arts and Crafts" in official English translations.
- 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) (Japanese), John Snyder (TV anime) (English, credited as Leonard Draper)
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
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 during 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.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: They are effectively introduced as the Evil Counterparts to Bucciarati's crew, as they come into conflict with Bucciarati due to their desire to kidnap Trish as revenge against the Boss. While they are ruthless gangsters who wouldn't hesitate to put innocents in danger as well as take over the drug trade, La Squadra are heavily implied to have a genuine sense of camaraderie with each other that's as strong as the bonds between Bruno's group, and are primarily motivated to get revenge on the Boss for killing two of their colleagues. Compared to the Boss aka Diavolo, who is willing to kill his unsuspecting daughter just for having an unwitting connection to him and their successors, the Unita Speciale; especially Cioccolata who gleefully have no scruples about killing citizens and their fellow members. As a result, La Squadra comes across as the lesser evil.
- 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, which is a part of why they're about to betray the Boss by the story's start. Being the head don's personal hitmen might sound formidable on paper, but compared to the cash inflow that 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.
- Home Base: As seen in the episode 10 of the anime, they had the address of the team's hideout to be Vico Pallonetto Santa Chiara, 8, 80134, Napoli NA.
- Lesser of Two Evils: In spite of wanting to take over the drug trade by exposing the Boss through the unsuspecting Trish, La Squadra as a whole comes across as more decent and noble compared to the Boss himself, who wanted Trish brought to him in the first place just so he could kill her due to being his own daughter.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Purple Haze Feedback expands upon their goal to monopolize Passione's drug trade, with them thinking it runs just like any drug organisation through imports and manufacturing industries. 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 while nearly killing two of them, Prosciutto and Pesci failed in their attempt but nearly killed all of them, 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.
- Villainous Valour: Apart from Sorbet, Gelato and Melone, they all display an impressive amount of determination and resourcefulness when cornered, which is noted by some of the protagonists: Formaggio slits his own wrist to extinguish himself, Illuso sacrifices his hand to escape Fugo's virus, Prosciutto manages to maintain his ability while crushed under the wheels of the train, Pesci tries to finish off the crew after his neck was broken, Ghiaccio continued to fight Mista as his neck was being impaled on a metal shard and froze his own blood to stop it from sinking deeper, and Risotto used the last of his strength to take control of Aerosmith and try to finish off the Big Bad Diavolo.
Sorbet and Gelato
Voiced by: Yoshihito Sasaki (Sorbet, TV anime) (Japanese), Sean Chiplock (Sorbet) (English)
- 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, but nobody ever asked them about this so it remains uncertain whether they were or if they were just really close friends. The subtext given is enough to figure out what was the actual situation, however, it remains unofficial until Araki stated 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 many 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.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: They look like they can actually blend in as normal people compared to every other seen Passione members.
Formaggio (Stand: Little Feet)
Voiced by: Jun Fukushima (TV anime), Yuji Kishi (Vento Aureo video game) (Japanese), Jonah Scott (TV anime) (English)
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.
- 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 incidentally crushes his dinner date.
- Death by Irony: Formaggio dies exactly as his namesake suggests: melted and full of holes.
- Dub Name Change: His Stand is renamed to "Tiny Feet" in official English translations.
- 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, Prosciutto, and Pesci 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 and giant corpse to pieces to fit inside the incinerator. He's the only one who finds it funny.
- Hand Gagging: In the anime when witnessing Sorbet's chopped up body parts up close, Formaggio is gagging his own mouth, struggling to keep the contents of his stomach from coming up and silencing his screams of pure horror.
- 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 the furniture, 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 and irreversible for them unless Formaggio is killed.
- 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 recent 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 at normal size, 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. The cat does not appreciate this, and he puts the cat into a bottle it can't get out of, so he's not kind to that cat.
- 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.
- Pet the Dog: Subverted. When Formaggio first appears on screen, he is shown attempting to pet a panicked cat. The establishing character moment occurs when he shoves the cat facedown in a glass bottle that it can't escape.
- Underestimating Badassery: Downplayed, but at every stage of his fight with Narancia, he keeps underestimating how tactical of a fighter Narancia can actually be, after watching Narancia take way too long to figure out he's shrinking.
- 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) (Japanese), Ben Lepley (TV anime) (English)
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: It's easy to feel sorry for anyone who's about to be killed by Purple Haze. Especially after he had to muster 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.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: If only he had finished off Fugo quickly after figuring out the key was at the dog mosaic, he wouldn't have been killed.
- 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. The opening is even pretty similar, with Fugo looking at the mirror and seeing Illuso, just as Polnareff looked at a mirror and saw Hanged Man before destroying the mirror into multiple surfaces.
- Catch-22 Dilemma: His death amounted to one of these. Either stay in the mirror world and die to Purple Haze's virus, 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 in the real world, 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 hit by constant 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: His Stand is renamed to "Mirror Man" in official English translations.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He may be a Jerkass, but 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. Although slightly downplayed since he is not outright hated by the rest of the squad, he doesn't have any close ties with any of his teammates in particular. Whereas Prosciutto and Pesci have a brotherly bond going on and Melone and Ghiaccio express a professional relationship, Illuso and Formaggio seem to have a rather negative relationship. 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 going into the mirror, you're effectively defeated. That said, Man in the Mirror has the worst Durability rating possible 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.
- 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.
- Odd Name Out: The only member of the La Squadra with a name that doesn't follow the Edible Theme Naming of the other members.
- 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 demonstrated.)
- 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 specifically 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.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: A rare male example. He keeps a piece of paper containing information on Fugo tucked underneath his vest.
- 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 is 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) (Japanese), Bill Millsap (TV anime) (English)
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 green, like Pesci's, but this is the only instance of him having green hair; all other portrayals give him platinum blond hair instead, which could either be natural or bleached. The dub has Pesci call Bruno "brother-killer," suggesting that the two are actually brothers.
- An Arm and a Leg: Loses his right hand after falling off the train.
- Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Tatsuhisa Suzuki.
- Badass Boast: "We don't indulge in empty threats or self-coddling compliments to hide our feeble shortcomings. Our breed doesn't need the aid of such lowbrow extravagances to enhance a battle performance. For the moment we visualize the death of our enemy... their fate is sealed! They cannot escape the inevitable!"
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He is a competent assassin with a professional attitude who never cracks under pressure, and wears a cool-looking custom suit.
- Big Brother Mentor: He serves this role for Pesci, both scolding him/beating him up when he screws certain things up, but also immediately 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: His Stand is renamed to "The Thankful Dead/Death" in official English translations.
- Edible Theme Naming: Named after a type of dry-cured Italian Ham. Ironically, he prefers fish sticks.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He boasts some of the deepest voices in La Squadra.
- 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.
- Foil: To Keicho Nijimura of Part 4 in regards to their younger brother/partner. Both employ Tough Love when trying to encourage their respective brothers to better themselves, but while Keicho took to being a thorough Aloof Older Brother to Okuyasu in order to get him to be more independent, Prosciutto is both stern and caring to Pesci, so that Pesci would gain more confidence in himself as a gangster.
- The Gunslinger: The only member of La Squadra shown using a gun, though that gun was Mista's in the first place.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Zig-zagged. As seen when he beats Pesci for feeling weak in his abilities, but later he 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 stopping the aging effect, 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 of the gang's unknown hiding place. And he's the only one of the gang aside from Risotto who takes his job the most seriously.
- 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 by itself; 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 in a fight, and he doesn't have a more instantly lethal ally to protect him or finish off weakened targets. Pesci potentially fulfills this requirement quite nicely.
- 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 the bizarre 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, wanting 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) (Japanese), Joe Hernandez (TV anime) (English)
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 onto whoever Pesci has snared.
- 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, Bruno nearly dies outright learning what happens when Prosciutto is killed, and we're shown just how much of himself Pesci's been 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 of 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. Once Prosciutto kicks it however, Pecsi's personalty begins to darken more and more until Bucciarati can only see him as as a "piece of shit" who spitefully tries to murder Bucciarati's entire team in one go by attempting to smash Coco Jumbo against a rock with his last action.
- 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.
- Break the Cutie: He's easily the most endearing member of the Assassination Squad, due to his heavy admiration of his big brother figure Prosciutto. But when the person Pesci admires the most dies in front of him, his heart is broken, he loses his dopey and loveable mannerisms and suddenly goes all out.
- 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. He goes 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".
- Dub Name Change: His Stand is renamed to "Fisher Man" in official English translations. One can imagine Mike Love having a hard time with them otherwise.
- It could be another case of them replacing a reference with another one, possibly being named after the Primus song John the Fisherman.
- 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 about this personal failing of his from Prosciutto and stops doing it... but during the final encounter between him and Bucciarati, Pesci starts ranting about killing him instead of just killing Bucciarati, 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 initially appears to only be 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. Its one seeming weakness, the time it takes to creep to the victim's heart through their arm, even turned out to just be Pesci playing it safe instead of taking the riskier but faster direct shot.
- 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 is required 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 Bucciarati's chest while admitting that he only previously shot for the arm because of a lack of confidence in his aim. 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.
- Inexperienced Killer: Despite being a member of a deadly mafia assassination team, Pesci has apparently never actually killed anyone by himself before. It's when he engages the heroes and after Prosciutto's death that he gets his first and last kill, an Innocent Bystander who basically called him a momma's boy, as a way to psych himself up to kill Bucciarati.
- 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 on the train wasn't the one who could rapidly age people, it was the guy with the fishing line.
- 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 out of concern for Prosciutto, and his halting of the train coincidentally rejiggering Bruno's zipped-up pieces back into place, just as Bruno was about to die from his heart not beating. 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.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Pesci stands out from his colleagues and the cast in general for having a lack of chin, making his already large, pineapple shaped head and neck blend to look like his head encompasses his entire skull above the shoulders and small beady, eyes.
- 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 in prior Parts 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: Used in his favor. 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 train's main A/C unit.
- Simpleton Voice: He speaks with a very gruff voice racked with rather childish inflections.
- Smug Snake: Quickly goes from confident to overconfident during his fight with Bucciarati, much to his undoing.
- 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 throes. 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 most deadly Stand user on the train was actually Pesci the whole time, 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) (Japanese), Brian Hanford (TV anime) (English)
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.
- Adaptational Jerkass: When Melone finds Prosciutto and Pescis bodies in the manga, his body is notably trembling, implying that hes shaken by their deaths. In the anime, however, he shows no such reaction and even calls them two disfigured losers in the dub. The anime also plays up his lecherous tendencies which were simply part of his Mad Scientist shtick rather than actual perversion in the manga.
- 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 biomass.
- 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: His Stand is renamed to "Babyhead" in official English translations.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Melone has a well-kept shoulder length hair which is combed to the side, a very slim frame and a Stripperiffic outfit which all make him look very effeminate. And especially so in the colored manga scans where his hair is blonde.
- 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, a sample of 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 Junior finally ready to take on an opponent. If Baby Face's Junior is defeated and killed, he has to do the entire process again with another "mother". Melone has no means to defend himself while setting up Baby Face in the meantime, so if Bucciarati's team wasn't on the run, he would've been defeated easily.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Junior's ability inspires Giorno to get creative with his own Gold Experience - he learns to transform inanimate objects into body parts and organs, molding him into a potentially more effective healer than even Crazy Diamond. This bites many villains in the ass later on (with fatal results), including Ghiaccio and even Diavolo.
- 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 for Melone, 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) (Japanese), Chris Hackney (TV anime) (English)
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, lack of volume control, and overall emotionalness are similar to several traits on the Autistic Spectrum.
- 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 is aware of this trope and has a very nasty surprise for anyone who tries to attack it.
- Ax-Crazy: He's unhinged, aggressive and totally ruthless when it comes to battle.
- Berserk Button: Confusing metaphors and foreign languages in Italian culture set him off.Ghiaccio: Everyone knows the capital of France, but English speakers pronounce it "Paris"note , while some call it "Paris"note the way it's supposed to be. But somehow "Venice" has replaced the real "Venezia" as the global standard. Like those stories, The Merchant of Venice and Death in Venice. WHY?! CALL THE DAMN BOOK DEATH IN VENEZIA! IT'S NOT THAT HARD! ARE WE NOT GOOD ENOUGH?! LEARN A LITTLE ITALIAN, PUTTANA, AND CALL THE DAMN THING WHAT'S IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE! WHAT KIND OF POMPOUS BULLSHIT ARE THEY ON ABOUT?!
- 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.
- Clothes Make the Superman: His stand is a full-body suit of armor.
- 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: His Stand is renamed to "White Ice" in official English translations.
- 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 squad'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 is shown with his early ranting on anything that sets him off, where he ignores everything around him while he goes off on his latest issue. This tunnel vision bites him when it causes him to forget that he's not just fighting Mista. Ghiaccio focuses on killing Mista, the first target he sees, and makes no real move to attack Giorno in the fight beyond countering his attempts to get Mista out of the river. He finally remembers that Giorno exists once he's got his own neck impaled on a jagged light post, and Giorno takes advantage of being ignored.
- 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 pronouncing things wrong in the midst of a fight.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: For some reason, Ghiaccio hates idioms and the corruption of language. He skids to a halt in the middle of a busy road and starts kicking the ever-loving hell out of his car, just over him being previously told to "take a leaf out of their book"note , raging how literally nobody would ever put a leaf in a book. (Similarly, the dub changes it to "think outside the box" where he rants how it sounds like his brain is in a box.)
- 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.
- Hot-Blooded: He's extremely emotional, expressive, and prone to going on angry rants without any provocation.
- 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.
- 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.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Most of his angry diatribes involve some element of this, and range from taking idioms seriously, to questioning why everyone around him calls Venice by its English name rather than in the original Italian.
- Lightning Bruiser: He can skate fast enough 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.
- Literal-Minded: Ghiaccio gets enraged at metaphors that make no sense if they're interpreted literally.
- Lucky Translation: In the original Japanese, he is told to search for Giorno and his squad with a Japanese expression that translates roughly to "dig up root and leaf", which sends him into a tantrum about how leaves aren't underground, and thus impossible to dig up. In the English translation, he is instead told to take a leaf from someone's book, and he then rants about how there's no reason for a leaf to be in a book.
- 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.
- Nigh Invulnerable: White Album is tough enough to make him outright immune to most damage, handily shrugging off bullets from Mista and only having his visor crack slightly after Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs from Gold Experience. And when he activates Gently Weeps, any projectile sent at him is not only negated, but violently reflected back at its owner. Even its Achilles' Heel, the breathing hole on its nape, can be removed if Ghiaccio deems it necessary. The only way to break through its defense is piercing damage, excessive amounts of force, or a combination of the two.
- 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 now 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 the word'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 speeding car.
- Skewed Priorities: Would rather focus on ranting about the pronunciation of Venezia/Venice over focusing on the fact that he's currently in a battle against Giorno and Mista.
- 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) (Japanese), Takaya Kuroda (Eyes of Heaven), Armen Taylor (TV anime) (English)
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.
- Adaptation Distillation: 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.
- In JJBA's video game Eyes of Heaven, he was voiced by Takaya Kuroda, a same voice actor for Kiryu Kazuma from Yakuza. Yes. It's that guy...
- Badass Longcoat: Risotto wears a long black coat.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Of the first half of Part 5 alongside the Boss himself. While Giorno and Bruno's endgame was to defeat the Boss, Risotto as the leader of La Squadra serves as their main opposition towards that goal.
- 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 in the second half. He never meets face-to-face with Team Bucciarati, instead meeting his end at the Boss's hands.
- Black Eyes of Evil: 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: His Stand is renamed to "Metallic" in official English translations.
- 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).
- Extra-ore-dinary: Metallica manipulates the iron within their target's blood, allowing it to create objects such as razor, needles, or a pair of scissors.
- 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.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He boasts a very deep, imposing voice.
- 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.
- Guy Liner: In a photo of a younger him that's only shown in the manga, he seemed to have wore dark lipstick not unlike Abbacchio.
- 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: He is the second tallest member of La Squadra after Illuso, yet is their most heavily-built and imposing member, which is fitting for a leader.
- 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.
- Posthumous Character: From the views of the main characters, he's this. Even though Narancia technically killed him and almost Diavolo, he had no idea he was fighting him, as his Stand was being manipulated by Doppio and Risotto respectively. The moment the heroes saw him, he was dead already and Doppio had already ran off.
- 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.
- The Stoic: Risotto outright states to the rest of La Squadra that they need to remain in control of their emotions if they want to win, and he continues to keep this stone-faced calmness throughout most of the time the audience sees 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.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: With his good looks, striking fashion, exposed chest, and deep voice, he definitely fits this type.
- 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.
Unità 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 an effective team, and Bucciarati explicitly says that Cioccolata and Secco's Stands work amazingly together.
- 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: 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 the 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. Carne and Cioccolatta in particular are capable of causing massive collateral damage with their stand abilities.
- 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.
- Viler New Villain: The Unita Speciale are the personal guard of the boss. With the exception of Squalo and Tiziano, none of them have sympathetic qualities that La Squadra Esecuzioni are capable of displaying and are even more dangerous.
Squalo (Stand: Clash)
Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno (TV anime), Hidenobu Kiuchi (Vento Aureo video game) (Japanese), Ryan Colt Levy (TV anime) (English)
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.
- Badass Gay: A rare villainous example, he and his lover Tiziano are both elite assassins who combine their Stand powers to form an incredibly effective strategy.
- Battle Couple: Not only are Squalo and Tiziano a couple, they also fight alongside each other, using both of their Stand powers combined.
- Dub Name Change: His Stand is renamed to "Crush" in official English translations.
- 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.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: What causes him to get defeated; he has Narancia dead to rights with Clash at the boy's throat, but unlike Giorno, he attempts to burrow Clash into the throat to torture him as payback for Tiziano's death rather than go for a fatal throat bite then and there. This plus Clash's small size from the small spray of blood on Narancia and a bit of Heroic Willpower gives Narancia more than enough time to finish off Squalo despite the severe pain he was in by simply riddling the man with bullets.
- 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) (Japanese), Jordan Reynolds (TV anime) (English)
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.
- Badass Gay: A rare villainous example, he and his lover Squalo are both elite assassins who combine their Stand powers to form an incredibly effective strategy.
- Battle Couple: Not only are Squalo and Tiziano a couple, they also fight alongside each other, using both of their Stand powers combined.
- 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.
- Dub Name Change: His Stand is renamed to "Talking Mouth" in official English translations.
- 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 whose 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.
- Named After Someone Famous: He is named after Italian Renaissance artist Tiziano Vecelli.
- 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 few seconds, 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 Japanese), Jordan Reynolds (TV anime English), David Vincent (Notorious B.I.G. TV anime English)
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: In a particularly unique instance for the series, Carne got a Stand that would not activate until he was murdered. 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, and goes on to managing to temporarily incapacitate Giorno, Mista and Narancia.
- Death-Activated Superpower: Notorious B.I.G isn't truly activated until it receives feelings of hate and contempt on account of Carne's death.
- Dub Name Change: His Stand is renamed to "Notorious Chase" in official English translations. It's a fairly meaningful one, since Notorious B.I.G can only attack moving objects; thus, it's chasing them.
- Edible Theme Naming: "Meat".
- 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.
- 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. Though this is also Downplayed as though Notorious B.I.G. is never destroyed, it is still trapped surrounded by the currents of the ocean. For a being that can only detect movement, this is absolute misery.
- 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.
- No Pronunciation Guide: "B.I.G" is pronounced as "Big", not "Bee Eye Gee" like its namesake.
- 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.
- Non-Standard Character Design: While most of the Jojo characters, including the gonky ones, look relatively realistic, Carne looks like an alien trying to disguise itself as a human. He's repulsively obese with a distinct lack of neck, a square shaped body, no visible nose, a lack of external ears, a tiny mouth, and small round eyes with pin-prick pupils.
- 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.
- Uncanny Valley: He looks more alien than human, due to his flat, wide, noseless face, completely round eyes, square torso shape, and spindly limbs. Likely Invoked, to make him look more frightening.
- Uncatty Resemblance: His Stand in its humanoid form bears a heavy resemblance to him, down to the shape of his eyes, teeth, and proportions.
- 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, utterly unable to discern the way out of the water.
- 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 drops in altitude, the mold begins to grow and will devour the flesh of whatever it's implanted on.
- 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 sliced Sorbet up. While he's presented as a shadowy silhouette, his distinctive hairstyle clearly makes it apparent that it's him.
- 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.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: Flesh-eating mold that causes people to dissolve; Sounds like the perfect power for a psychotic Mad Doctor who Loves the Sound of Screaming. Justified, as Stand abilities often reflect the user's personality.
- Bare Your Midriff: His outfit.
- Body Horror: A lot of Stands are downright nasty, but a flesh-devouring mold that makes people disintegrate 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 in 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.
- Creepy High-Pitched Voice: He has this in the Vento Aureo video game, fitting of his Monster Clown appearance.
- 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. He's beaten with such force that his body was starting to fall apart due to the stitches he used to sew his body together in their fight coming loose. before finally getting 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 conscious for most of it. And he deserved every second of it.
- Death by Irony: After spending a lifetime tormenting people mentally and physically for his own twisted pleasure giving no mercy to anyone, Cioccolata suffers one of the most brutal beatdowns in the franchise's history after Giorno denies him mercy.
- Detachment Combat: He can dismember himself and keep the various parts still functioning even when they're not connected.
- Dub Name Change: His Stand is renamed to "Green Tea" in official English translations.
- 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.
- Evil Laugh: Has an especially nasty, annoying and sadistic cackle in the anime adaptation.
- 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. He exploits this in his Detachment Combat, knowing how to exploit his Stand's power to detach parts of his body without losing too much blood, and quickly sew them back if he needs to.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He is voiced by Atsushi Miyauchi in the anime, giving Cioccolata a very deep voice with some melodic inflections that fit his deranged personality.
- Expy: The only things stopping him from being a complete JoJo copy of The Joker is the fact that he doesn't paint his face white, and his Stand doesn't drive people insane.
- 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.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: 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.
- Gaslighting: Elaborated more on in the Anime. When he worked in an elderly home, one of his pastimes was to degrade his patients and convince them that their families hated and avoided them. Several committed suicide as a result.
- Gender-Blender Name: His name is actually the feminine equivalent of the word cioccolato.
- Godzilla Threshold: Due to his terrifying Stand's killing potential and Cioccolata's gleefully unnecessary cruelty, the Boss only uses him as a last resort when Bucciarati's gang defects and comes closer to finding his identity.
- Green Is Gross: His stand Green Day creates a sickening green mold that consumes any unfortunate victim alive.
- 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. The anime reinforces this by expanding on his backstory that shows his cruelties in gruesome detail as if to show how irredeemable the monster is.
- Healing Factor: Green Day can be used in this way, though only under certain circumstances and only for Cioccolata himself. 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 surprise 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.
- The Hedonist: His life philosophy in a nutshell. Killing people and observing despair on those about to perish isn't even sufficient to him, he needs to record everything so he can watch it later as means of entertainment. And when he's not busy killing or torturing, he's living in excess.
- Calls Giorno "a sick bastard" (or "so mean" in the anime) 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 tortured 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. Of course, Giorno had just revealed that he never intended to keep that promise even if Cioccolata HAD stayed still, but even so...
- 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.
- "Instant Death" Radius: Cioccolata's Green Day is an unusual example of the trope is that the mould afflicts anything that is of a lower altitude than that of the stand. Anything that is unable to ascend to a higher altitude in time will have their bodies consumed by the mould until they explode. To make matters worse, the mould can spread from its victims to others, which expands Green Day's killing range.
- Irony: When Cioccolata starts his rampage throughout Rome, one of the civilians runs towards a payphone with the intent of calling a doctor for a girl who had just succumbed to Green Day's mold. Little did he know that a doctor was already there... but with all the wrong intentions.
- 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 Diavolo'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's 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, giving him the highest body count for a minor antagonist in the entire series.
- Knife Nut: In the anime, he cut Sorbet into 34 pieces starting at his feet, alive, with an especially large and sharp blade.
- Lack of Empathy: Has no qualms about killing millions of people just because it amuses him. As seen during his mold-infested rampage throughout Rome, he enjoys all the destruction and chaos his Stand ability brings to innocent bystanders. He also feels no remorse for driving elderly patients to the point they killed themselves or practicing human experimentation on his patients.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Cioccolata's preaching of Social Darwinism ends up backfiring at him nicely. When Cioccolata is killed, Secco disowns him entirely, as his death ultimately proves his weakness.
- Laughably Evil: There's no denying that he's a genuinely depraved individual, but his hammy antics with Secco are certainly funny.
- Light Is Not Good: Aside from his signature white longcoat and trousers, he's also shown wearing doctor's uniform in his backstory.
- 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 uses the Boss' order to stop Bruno's gang as an excuse to go 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.
- Made of Iron: Somehow manages to survive being dissected apart, shot in the head and having his brains turned inside out by a stag beetle bursting through his head and it's not until Giorno pummels him within an inch of his life and launches his mangled body into the garbage disposal truck when he finally dies.
- 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 and he eventually landed in a garbage truck's compactor.
- Obviously Evil: Of all the members of Passione, Cioccolata has the most blatantly evil and psychotic appearance, making him look more of an anarchist than a gangster. This is further emphasized in the anime in how you can see his distinct silhouette brutally slicing up Sorbet way before his proper introduction, and the only part of his face you can see is a sick grin.
- 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, assuming Secco was being truthful.
- 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.
- Personality Powers: Giorno remarks that a Stand as capable of widespread and indiscriminate destruction as Green Day must have been born from a truly evil heart.
- 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. Cioccolata is too strong and useful for his organization to get rid of, but also far too dangerous to keep in close proximity to the Boss.
- 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.
- In general, he sports a twisted grin every he murders or is about to murder someone.
- 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: Cioccolata is obsessed with the suffering of others, asking Secco to film their victims' expressions as they lose hope in their final moments and die in agony. He is not above lying to manipulate people (for example, trying to trick Giorno into sparing him). And he does it all without any guilt or empathy towards those he tramples. He has always been a high-functioning sociopath, shown by him being able to give a relatively harmless impression of himself during a decades-long career in respectable medical professions, without anyone ever connecting him to the deaths of his patients or ever realizing just what kind of monster he was underneath.
- 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, soon as 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.
- Torture Technician: His part-time duty in Passione. He makes a very gruesome example of Gelato and Sorbet for violating the Boss' privacy.
- 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, making no effort at all to avoid gassing civilians.
- 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 and killing hundreds of civilians 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. However, in the anime, Seccos voice audibly breaks as he says this, so he might have been lying.
- 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 says he really doesn't care about Cioccolata himself, only sticking around him for the benefits. Assuming he was telling the truth.
- The Brute: One of the Boss's last subordinates and with enough fighting strength to physically overwhelm Bruno, but not much brainpower to back it up. Or so you would think.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Alongside Ghiaccio (and Rubber Soul when he uses his Stand as armor), he's one of two Stand users whose Stands take the form of full-body suits.
- Creepy High-Pitched Voice: His voice is shaky tenor that really drives home how unhinged he is.
- 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: His Stand is renamed to "Sanctuary" in official English translations.
- Ear Ache: In the climax of their fight Bruno blows up a car's 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 entirely, disabling him and winning Bruno the fight.
- Evil Counterpart: To Bruno, ability wise. Both can go through solid matter with no trouble at all.
- 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 and is totally going to stop it, unwilling to believe that he already has been defeated so soundly.
- Foil: As it turns out, he's a pretty good foil for Pesci. Both form a Dual Boss that chase after the heroes with their respective partners, initially acting as support while their partner's Stand does all the heavy lifting but later ends up being more dangerous than they appear as Bucciarati finds out when their partner is defeated. Both are an Improbable Weapon User but while that trope is essentially Pesci's whole schtick, Secco is only an Improbable Weapon User as one of his main abilities. Both have the ability to accurately find their opponent despite not being able to see them but Pesci's Beach Boy makes attacking them much easier as he is a Long-Range Fighter while, Secco tends to be more suited to fighting up close. Pesci's relationship with Prosciutto is an example of Tough Love but is still nevertheless a genuine relationship where both characters care for each other. Though Cioccolata does seem to care about Secco (though as a pet or as a genuine person is ambiguous), Secco was only interested in Cioccolata for his money and strength. As such when he dies, Secco doesn't go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge like Pesci does.
- 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 instead kept going all out while fighting Bruno and if he had not accidentally 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 spears of rock.
- Jerkass: Although not quite as deranged as Cioccolata, Secco lacks the Faux Affably Evil tendencies of his master and is easily the bigger douche of the two. He is loud, obnoxious, foul-mouthed and completely indifferent to the innocent lives Cioccolata kills for the sake of his own amusement. His "friendship" with Cioccolata was also just a facade for leeching off of his wealth.
- Just Here for the Free Snacks: He says he only joined Cioccolata for the treats, wealth, and participation in the slaughter after the latter dies.
- 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.
- 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.
- Recurring Element: Both he and Ghiaccio. Both are the last of the Villain of the Week group fought in the respective arc before an encounter with Diavolo, and they both have a suit that operates with an element of nature as their Stand - ice for Ghiaccio and earth for Secco. Both are also rather dangerous foes, with Ghiaccio almost killing Mista in his battle, and Bruno having to end up destroying his eardrums (he didn't need his anyways) to cripple Secco.
- Sand Is Water: Stone is water in his case. His Stand power other than manifesting as armor.
- Scary Teeth: He has weird & crooked teeth that look very unpleasant.
- 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: Easily 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 B.I.G. 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 loses, Secco tosses him aside and considers him a loser.
- Speech Impediment: In the anime, he speaks with a slight stutter.
- 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.
- Support Party Member: While Oasis is capable of combat itself, Secco's main role is to use Oasis to sink enemies into the ground, in order to increase the effectiveness of Cioccolata's Green Day which functions on altitude.
- Sycophantic Servant: An idolizing, almost pet-like sidekick to Cioccolata. It's an act to be able to enjoy watching Cioccolata's depredations firsthand, along with getting a cut of the profits.
- 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 says he couldn't care less if he was felled. Of course, Secco was also one of Cioccolata's previous victims that he grew attached to, 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.
Voiced by: Mariko Higashiuchi (TV anime, JP), Jade Dennis (TV anime, EN)
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.
- It's All About Me: When asked about leaving Giorno, still a little child in his crib alone in her apartment, her response is that she's not going to waste away her youth raising him.
- Jerkass: She's overall neglectful, hedonistic and overall selfish- not batting an eye on her lack of association to Giorno.
- Lack of Empathy: She left an infant Giorno alone in her apartment while she went out and didn't stop her future husband abusing her son.
- No Name Given: As a result of only appearing briefly in a flashback, her name is never revealed.
- Parental Neglect: She willingly left Giorno alone to gallivant with her friends with no concern for his well-being- while the boy was a toddler- traumatizing the youth. It does not help matters that later, she didn't appear to lift a finger against the future husband's treatment of the boy.
- Small Role, Big Impact: In spite of being a character in Giorno's flashback; her decisions to not raise him and marry an abusive Jerkass led to Giorno becoming good at reading others and meeting the gangster that would influence his future. On a broader scale in the overall saga, she showed that DIO had multiple children with several women during his time after coming back in the late 1980s. Some becoming significant enemies in the next part.
Jotaro Kujo (Stand: Star Platinum: The World)See Jotaro Kujo
Koichi Hirose (Stand: Echoes)See Diamond is Unbreakable Heroes
Voiced by: Hiroshi Shirokuma (TV anime, JP), Armen Taylor (TV anime, EN)
A mobster who gets saved by Giorno when he was a child.
- Ambiguously Evil: While he was helpful to Giorno by making the boy's life easier through his influence after being saved by the boy out of gratitude, was against Giorno joining the mafia and despises drug dealers much like how Giorno would later become; at the same time, he was still a gangster and will kill anyone on the drug trade, regardless of whether or not they have loving families.
- 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.
- Hidden Eyes: His eyes are never seen, always obscured by shadows.
- 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.
- No Name Given: His name is never revealed in the short screen time he has.
- 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 Stones)
Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (TV anime), Hidenobu Kiuchi (Vento Aureo video game)
A sculptor who appears in the epilogue flashback, followed by Mista and Bucciarati who believe him to be an enemy Stand user.
Rolling Stones 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 Stones causes a peaceful, 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.
- Dub Name Change: His Stand is renamed to "Prophecy Stones" in official English translations.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Not him, but Rolling Stones appears in the first seconds of the Fighting Gold OP and is the first Stand seen during the Modern Crusaders ED. However, due to a combination of dark lighting, lack of focus on the Stand, and its simple appearance amongst the stone in the ED, one likely would not take notice to it unless already aware of Rolling Stones's existence and significance.
- 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 Stones 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 as 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 Sleeping Slaves 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.
- Walking Spoiler: Scolippi is the last character to be introduced in Part 5, and his Stand is very hard to talk about without spoiling which members of Bruno's team end up dead.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Subverted. Rolling Stones 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.