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    Josuke Higashikata 

Josuke Higashikata (Stand: Crazy Diamond)

Voiced by: Yuki Ono (TV anime, JP), Billy Kametz (TV anime, EN), Wataru Hatano (All-Star Battle and Eyes of Heaven)

Played by: Kento Yamazaki (live-action film)

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The illegitimate son of Joseph Joestar. Josuke is known for his unique hairstyle and fierce temper regarding said hair. His adventures started when Jotaro tracked him down and informed him that he was Joseph's son and warned him about the deadly Stand user Angelo, who killed his grandfather shortly after the start of the story. Following that, he is pulled into the search for the serial killer that threatens Morioh-cho.

His Stand is Crazy Diamond, which allows Josuke to repair objects as he sees fit. This can be applied in several ways, including healing wounds, breaking two objects and combining them into one, and reducing something to its original components.

Note that going with the Theme Naming of JoJo, the second kanji in his first name, can also be read as "jo," as well as that his proper name would be Josuke Joestar.

His Stand is named after the Pink Floyd composition "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", from the album Wish You Were Here.


  • Absurdly Youthful Father: An uncle variant. He's actually twelve years younger than his nephew Jotaro.
  • Absurd Phobia: Afraid of turtles and reptiles in general.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: A lot ruder, more snarky, and aloof in the Live-Action Adaptation, as he is a lot more distant towards people, though he still is a nice guy the majority of the time.
  • Adorkable: Much like his father in his younger days, he's a big dork.
  • Agent Peacock: By the second half of the series, his normally masculine body & face have become more slender & androgynous due to an extreme art shift. He spends his allowance on expensive designer & custom clothing, has a meticulously groomed hairstyle that would require waking up early & spending at least an hour working on it each morning to maintain, and freaks out if his hair is messed up or his style is insulted. He also loves to throw punches at people but is squeamish around amphibians, bugs, and rodents who can use a Stand (and even ones that can't), and is more of a healer while being somewhat inept in Stand combat. Jotaro also wore expensive designer clothing, but he only got miffed if his clothes were torn & didn't care if they got wet, whereas Josuke will take it off & actually cry if they get wet.
  • Anime Hair: His epic pompadour. Whenever it's insulted in the manga, it spikes upwards, but in the anime, not so much.
  • Apologizes a Lot: Part of his Establishing Character Moment involves apologizing for how he's dressed to a bunch of thugs, and then he apologizes for how his presence in the Joestar family (and the affair that resulted in his existing) has caused a lot of uproar in the family.
  • Badass Baritone: He has a rather deep voice in All-Star Battle, but it's noticeably softer in the anime.
  • Badass Family: With his "nephew" Jotaro and his father Joseph. He's also a paternal descendant of Jonathan Joestar through Joseph.
  • Bash Brothers: With Koichi and Okuyasu.
  • Berserk Button: Don't talk shit about his hair, unless you want your face to literally be rearranged. It's pretty telling that the only person to do so (though it was not on purpose) and avoid this fate is Jotaro.
  • The Berserker: His Berserk Button gets to the point of Josuke being driven literally blind with rage, preventing Heaven's Door from affecting him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He will not, under any circumstance, kill you. But he will hurt you a lot if you piss him off.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Half-Japanese, half-British.
  • Catchphrase: Has a tendency to say 'GREAT'. Also, just like his dad, he says so in Engrish.
  • Celibate Hero: He does not flirt relentlessly and is not perverted like Joseph, but when the girls near him express interest in him, he is flattered and was shown in the first episode to get along quite well with his female classmates and admirers. While he does express interest in women, it is not his main priority.
  • Chick Magnet: He is very popular with the girls. Kind of the in-between of Jotaro and Joseph when it comes to interacting with them; won't blow them off like Jotaro, won't actively flirt with them like Joseph.
  • Combat Medic: Josuke's Stand, Crazy Diamond, is almost on par with Jotaro's Star Platinum when it comes to melee combat; it's also one of the rare instances where the healing power itself doubles as an offensive measure, such as fixing dried blood on a piece of glass so that it would boomerang to a blood stain on his opponent's shirt.
  • Composite Character: Josuke borrows from each previous protagonist.
    • Jonathan: Kind, generous spirit, which resulted in a few villains pulling a Heel–Face Turn and becoming his allies (Speedwagon, Okuyasu).
    • Joseph: Passionate and driven.
    • Jotaro: Cool under pressure, with similar Stands.
    • Polnareff: Fun-loving and defensive of his hairstyle. There are echoes of Chariot's aesthetic in Crazy Diamond, with spiked shoulders and the light blue parts of the latter's body resembling plated armor and a helmet.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Even more prominent when you actually have the protagonist of the last part in the new one as well. From their first meeting alone, Josuke is a visibly far more relaxed and friendlier individual than Jotaro ever will be. As a result, Josuke befriends and gets along with people that Jotaro never could, like people with rotten personalities and his own silly mother. Josuke is also flightier and more prone to getting involved in silly antics and convoluted schemes than his Straight Man nephew. On the other hand...
  • Custom Uniform: He is seen always with his school uniforms customized with Bling symbols.
  • Cruel Mercy: Josuke doesn't kill his opponents, but what he does to enemies he doesn't befriend is often far worse than death.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: To a ridiculous extent. Almost everyone he faces ends up becoming his ally.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Don't be surprised if he takes a shot at you because you dared to talk shit about his pompadour.
  • Distressed Dude: He was actually caught by Terunosuke Miyamoto, along with Koichi and his mother, and was rescued by Yuya Fungami.
  • Dub Name Change: The English release of All Star Battle, the Crunchyroll subs, and the Viz Media English dub all rename his Stand to "Shining Diamond" to avoid copyright problems with Pink Floyd (the reference is still there, but more subtle). Doesn't exactly stop TOM from calling it Crazy Diamond during the commercial cuts, though.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Par the course for a Jojo, but Josuke in particular undergoes an especially noticeable shift in character design within his own part as he goes from looking like Jotaro with a pompadour in the early chapters of Part 4 to later slimming down, shrinking a bit, and taking on softer facial features. This is likely symptomatic of Araki's art design as a whole shifting away from musclebound beefcakes to smaller and more lithe characters over the course of Part 4. To wit, Josuke's design at the beginning of the Part 4 on the left, and at the end of Part 4 on the right. The anime and games took a middle ground and mix-and-match traits from both designs.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: If you buy the theory that the universe reset didn't kill anybody, then Josuke's one of the few JoJos to survive beyond their part, with only Joseph and Giorno falling into this category as well, if we don't count Joseph's "death" in Stardust Crusaders and Josuke getting killed by Bites the Dust.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • His first example of his Beware the Nice Ones personality comes after a bunch of seniors give him shit over how he's dressed, for which he immediately apologizes. However, after one of them talks shit about his hair and gravely injures an innocent turtle, he proceeds to let Crazy Diamond literally rearrange his face (specifically, his nose) before healing the turtle and carrying it back to its pond (and given that he's really afraid of turtles, this took some gumption on his part).
    • His first real character moment that shows his Honor Before Reason comes when he vehemently apologizes to Jotaro for how his presence in the Joestar family tree (and the affair that caused it) has thrown the family into disarray, and he refutes Jotaro's offer of one third of Joseph's inheritance money on the grounds that he and his mom are doing just fine without it.
    • Also, the moment when he helps an old, senile Joseph walk, rather than, as Okuyasu suggests, and as the audience was likely expecting him to, fix Joseph's cane with Crazy Diamond.
  • Face of a Thug: Before Araki changed his art style to look less like Fist of the North Star, he looks very big, scary, and menacing, especially in his debut arc. Koichi was very scared of him before they became friends. This doesn't reflect his (normally) goofy and friendly personality, though.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Tends to inflict these on villains whom don't pull a Heel–Face Turn (such as merging Angelo with a boulder and causing Terunosuke's own stand to turn him into a book).
  • The Gambling Addict: Ask the pachinko owner. He also demonstrates this when trying to get extra money for the summer from Rohan.
  • Genius Bruiser: He is quite cunning for a 15 year old teenager who has just now started to fight Stands that gives Jotaro and his father Joseph a run for their money.
  • Genre Blind: Joseph tells Josuke that a Stand is suddenly turning the immediate area around a baby they found invisible. Josuke assumes he's senile. However, this is the only time Josuke acts this way, and only because he was under the, mostly correct, impression that Joseph was senile.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Crazy Diamond is capable of restoring almost anything, including living beings, to their original state. This eventually gets used for healing some seriously messy injuries. He can't use it on himself, though.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Not often but whenever someone manages to press his Berserk Button about his hair he falls into a rage quite easily and it's very hard for him to stop. Just ask Rohan.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: He has black hair with purple shade (blue shade in anime).
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: In terms of secondary abilities among Stands, Crazy Diamond's healing is seemingly one of the weakest of any Jo Jo, especially given the significant limitations placed on it. However, Josuke is able to make extensive and creative use of Crazy Diamond, turning it into one of the strongest abilities in the series.
  • Heroic Bastard: Joseph's illegitimate son. Joseph was sixty-five at the time, meaning Josuke is actually younger than his nephew, Jotaro.
  • Heroic Build: Josuke used to look quite be well-built, then Art Evolution kicked in and Josuke was memorialized for having a far leaner physique. It balances out in the anime.
  • Hollywood Genetics: He has blue eyes in the anime, in spite of half-Japanese and his mother having brown eyes and his father having teal eyes. Made even weirder since he has purple eyes in the manga and inherited them from Joseph, who also had purple eyes in the manga.
  • Honor Before Reason: Good heart be blamed, as he took this trait to absurd levels! And it backfired on him on several occasions, but his positive Laser-Guided Karma always triggered during those moments.
  • Human Architecture Horror: He fused Angelo with a boulder for killing his grandfather and mocking his hair.
  • Hunk: Before Araki's Art Evolution kicked in, Josuke was drawn nearly as tall and as muscular as Jotaro.
  • Ill Boy: Was this as a child. When DIO was pierced with the Stand Arrow and gained The World, this meant all the Joestars connected to Jonathan's blood awakened a Stand. Crazy Diamond was one such Stand gained this way, but because Josuke was very young, he became extremely sick because of it. However, Tomoko managed to save Josuke in time, thanks to a pompadoured stranger who helped the mother and son travel through the snow.
  • In-Series Nickname: JoJo, though as is the case with every protagonist after Part 2, it isn't used much. Oddly, it doesn't even really apply to him, as he uses the Higashikata name rather than the Joestar one (due to being illegitimate) and consequently only has a single "Jo" in his name.
  • Japanese Delinquents: Subverted. He looks like one thanks to his perpetual uniform and his characteristic pompadour, but personality-wise is mostly the opposite provided said pompadour is not even remotely insulted.
  • Kiai: DORARARARARARARA!!!
    • Taken Up to Eleven in All Star Battle, where Crazy Diamond's VA sounds like he is outright screaming into the microphone.
  • Large Ham: He's nowhere as hammy as Jonathan, Joseph, or even Jotaro, but he can get extremely hammy when he needs to, especially when activating Crazy Diamond. Not too surprising since CD is named a song dedicated to Syd Barrett, who was quite hammy during his time in Pink Floyd.
    • DORARARARARARARA!!!
  • Left the Background Music On: The anime's ED has him lip-synching and posing along to Savage Garden.
  • Like Father, Like Son:
    • He got his passionate drive, cunning, and goofiness from his father, Joseph, and can get really fired up when angered like he does.
    • He got his kind heart from his paternal great-grandfather, Jonathan, which reflects in his Stand abilities.
  • Loophole Abuse: When Josuke confronted Yuya in his hospital room, who used his Stand Highway Star to attempt to kill him, Yuya tried to play on Josuke's sense of honor about how low it is to attack a person who is heavily injured in bed and can't even move. Josuke admits that he couldn't bring himself to do something like that even on a scumbag like him, since that would be unsportsmanlike. Yuya thought he has won, but then Josuke uses Crazy Diamond to heal his body before casually mentioning now that he's all healed, fighting him now is no longer considered cheating. Cue Oh, Crap! moment by Yuya a moment before Josuke unleashes a brutal ass-kicking.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Formally introduces himself and his Stand, Crazy Diamond, to Yuya before beating him up at the end of the Highway Star arc.
  • Necessary Drawback: His Stand ability is one of the most powerful in the series thanks to how he uses it, but it does come with some limitations. Firstly, he can't use it on himself since he would be Nigh Invulnerable otherwise. Secondly, while he can mend grievous injury, he cannot bring back the dead, meaning if he's not fast enough, then the person stays dead.
  • Nice Guy: He is one of the nicer JoJos in the series, second only to Jonathan. Josuke's primary trait is his overall kindness, reflected in his Stand which repairs and heals. Upon meeting someone in not particularly antagonistic circumstances, Josuke will generally be polite and friendly.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: At the end of the heroes' first encounter with Kira, Kira severs his own left hand to let Sheer Heart Attack distract the heroes without him being affected by synchronization (like how Koichi used his Stand to weigh down both Heart Attack and Kira's left hand). Josuke neutralizes Heart Attack with his Stand's ability, consequently making Kira's severed hand return to him and allowing the heroes to track it to reach him... but they end up losing him in a crowd, making it for naught. If Josuke hadn't healed Kira's hand this way, then even if Kira changed his face, the heroes could have tracked him by looking for a man with only one hand.
  • No-Self Buffs: To prevent him from becoming Nigh Invulnerable, Josuke is incapable of using Crazy Diamond's healing powers on himself.
  • Not So Different: Despite being a Contrasting Sequel Main Character, Josuke also has a lot of the traits that Jotaro had when he was a delinquent himself: Same attachment to their favorite head ornaments (hair and hat respectively), same disregard for rules that inconvenience them, same lack of father figure in their lives, same intense sense of justice and loyalty to their friends, and same explosive attitude. This also extends to Josuke and his father Joseph, despite Josuke's initial hangups; both of them are the goofiest and most personable Joestars to date.
  • Odd Name Out: The "JoJo" Theme Naming isn't as obvious in Josuke's name as it is in the others.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Due to a mixture of reckless spending on frivolous luxuries and his mother taking away access to whatever large quantities of money he comes across to prevent said reckless spending, Josuke is less poor and more barred from spending as much cash as he'd like. Even Araki commented on how it's kind of inappropriate for a teenager to have access to over a million yen. It's a stark contrast to Okuyasu, who frugally saves the lottery money and uses his saved money to treat his father and Gatta to an outing at a cafe in the epilogue.
  • Personality Powers: As Jotaro discovered, the nature of Josuke's Stand is a reflection of his good heart and desire to help those around him.
    Jotaro: Humans thrive on the destruction of others. But among them, there's you, and your power is the kindest, most generous ability one could ever have.
  • Please Wake Up: After Okuyasu is mortally injured by Bites the Dust in the final battle with Kira, Josuke tearfully screams at his dying friend to wake up.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Josuke doesn't get any reference to pop-culture apart from the most famous ones like Mickey Mouse, but Superman is beyond his knowledge.
  • Power Incontinence: If Josuke is distracted or angry, things tend to look really weird when he repairs them.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Okuyasu's Red. But Red to Koichi's Blue.
  • Required Secondary Powers:
    • Crazy Diamond's ability to repair/reform anything has a secondary ability to make those pieces levitate so they may get into position. This has been useful to him a number of times; he's able to recall a motorcycle back to himself by only holding a piece he tore off, and when Shigechi tries to drop him and Okuyasu from a building, Josuke repairs the pipe that went out from underneath them, and he and Okuyasu easily stand on it to float back up.
    • The things Crazy Diamond repairs or heals come back together the way they're supposed to, i.e. the broken fragments will seek each other out automatically to right themselves. Josuke later uses this on a severed hand to send it back to its owner so they could follow it and track him down. He later manages to weaponize this by smearing some of Yoshikage Kira's blood on broken shards of glass then "healing" the blood, making the glass act like very sharp homing missiles.
  • Secretly Wealthy: For the most part, he ends the series with a large sum of money under his belt, both due to being a heir of Joseph's, thus getting a slice of his inheritance, and gaining money from a winning lottery ticket Okuyasu and he found (though his mother froze the account till he was 18 since she didn't want him having that much money at his current age).
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: He swears just as much as everyone. Taken Up to Eleven when someone mocks his hair.
  • Spanner in the Works: Of a sort. While Kira manages to kill him and the rest of the group with Bites The Dust, Josuke manages to avoid it in the next time loop, and thus save the others just by oversleeping and not getting to Kira's house on time (though Hayato calling him so that he shows up before the "Groundhog Day" Loop kicks in plays a part as well).
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Resembles Jotaro and Joseph.
  • Swiss-Army Superpower: His ingenuity allows him to use his power to repair (and rearrange) things in plenty of creative ways.
    • The most triumphant example of this is in his fight against Highway Star. He can't slow down the motorcycle he's riding, or Highway Star will catch up to him, but there's a baby carriage in the way. So what does he do? Crazy Diamond breaks the motorcycle, Josuke flies through the air, and Crazy Diamond reassembles the bike before he hits the ground. The baby inside said carriage was so amazed by Josuke's feat that it stops crying!
    • Overlaps with a significant amount of Loophole Abuse; Josuke often gets around Crazy Diamond's short physical range with creative long-range attacks. During the finale, he's even able to use his own dried blood on shards of glass as homing projectiles.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: Hearts and Peace symbols, which represent his kind and caring nature (Berserk Button and nasty temper aside).
  • Tears of Joy: He cries these when Okuyasu suddenly appears, apparently recovered and alive, to save him from Killer Queen's bombs, despite Josuke witnessing his death prior. Even as Josuke looks angry and berates his friend, his tears and huge grin show that he's really happy to learn that Okuyasu was alive after all.
  • Technical Pacifist: He will not kill you, no matter what. He will do everything to you except kill you.
  • Theme Naming: Crazy Diamond's name becomes more apropos in the live action film, as its body now looks to be made out of a spectral, crystalline substance.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: Notable for being one of two JoJos with a really low body count. He even went to great lengths to save the life of some of his foes.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: A relatively mild phobia of turtles and other reptiles, as he may not like touching or even looking at them, but he has no problems healing the turtle's shell and carrying it to safety after a bunch of thugs threw it against a wall
  • You Killed My Father: He eventually gets to punish Angelo for what the latter did to his maternal grandfather.
  • You're Not My Father: He was initially cold and indifferent to Joseph's attempts to be a father to him, and angrily tells the old man to not even bother trying after being absent all his life. In Joseph's defense, he was never told about the boy's existence; and when Josuke saw just how sincere he was about wanting to be a loving and strong father-figure, he finally comes to respect and love him in return.
  • Your Size May Vary: Given the Art Evolution away from giant musclebound men that occurred during Diamond is Unbreakable, it's very easy to forget that Josuke is supposed to be almost as big as Jotaro. By the end of his time in the manga, he's drawn roughly the same size as Giorno, while the anime and games consistently depict him as somewhere in between.
  • Zany Scheme: He managed to pull a couple of ingenious and successful money-making ploys... but not without incidents.

    Jotaro Kujo 

Jotaro Kujo (Stand: Star Platinum: The World)

Josuke's nephew (yes, really). See Jotaro Kujo.

    Koichi Hirose 

Koichi Hirose (Stand: Echoes)

Voiced by: Yuuki Kaji (TV anime, JP), Zach Aguilar (TV anime, EN), Romi Park (All-Star Battle and Eyes of Heaven), Rio Natsuki (Vento Aureo video game)

Played by: Ryunosuke Kamiki (live-action movie)

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Click here  to see Echoes Act 1.
Click here  to see Echoes Act 2.
Click here  to see Echoes Act 3.

A schoolmate of Josuke's. He led a perfectly normal, boring life until he was pierced by the Stand Arrow. While he was too weak for it to work and was fatally wounded, Josuke healed him with Crazy Diamond, allowing him to eventually use the Stand granted to him by the Arrow.

He makes two appearances in Vento Aureo, first arriving in Italy at Jotaro's request to investigate DIO's son, Haruno Shiobana, only to get robbed by his target, who now goes by Giorno Giovanna. Later on, he assists Giorno in his fight against Black Sabbath.

Koichi uses a sound-based Stand named Echoes which comes in several "Acts", each with a different power set. He can only use one version of Echoes at a time, but can freely switch between them.

Echoes is named after the Pink Floyd song "Echoes", from the album Meddle.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga, he is blonde, in All Star-Battle his hair is light-blue, in the anime it's grey, and in the live-action movie it's a regular black. His uniform also changes in color from purple to blue to green depending on the adaptation.
  • Amazon Chaser: Koichi ultimately falls in love with Yukako due to her forceful personality.
  • Anime Hair: Starts off with long slicked back hair, then cuts his hair into a flat top to get rid of Yukako's hair. Whenever he gets excited, angry, or determined, his hair forms pointed clumps and stands up like a Super Saiyan.
  • Badass Adorable: He's cute and rather short for his age, but you still don't want to mess with him.
  • Batman Gambit: He pulls one on Kira during his first fight with him by secretly grabbing Kira's wallet and looking at his driver's ID card so he could learn Kira's real name. Kira was so enraged that he deals the boy a mortal blow, but Koichi has made it so that even if he is successfully killed, Kira will always be haunted by the fact that a mere kid managed to uncover his identity.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Much like Josuke, Koichi is nice up to a point. But mess with his friends or family, and he will ensure that you regret ever doing it. The change from "nice" to "badass" is more pronounced than Josuke, however, in that Koichi's normally soft features become much harsher-edged (and he grows a Super Saiyan-like aura) when he's pissed.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Inverted; he attacks and eventually defeats Tamami after the latter targets Koichi's mother and older sister with The Lock.
  • Character Development:
    • He starts off as a weak and shy youth, but as the series progresses, he began to be more confident and eventually gains the respect of Jotaro Kujo. And while he still had enough heart to save Yukako from falling off a cliff and getting impaled during their fight, he makes it clear to her that he won't tolerate her aggressive advances anymore... which, of course, makes Yukako fall in love with him even more and even provokes slight Character Development. His Stand's different appearances symbolizes his change, discarding the shell of its former body every time it transforms.
    • Further more, his theme from All-Star Battle, "Does that mean I got stronger again?!", mixes the gentle piano and violin that represent his meekness, with the aggressive electric guitar/bass and techno elements that represent his newfound ability to fight back. The result is a triumphant melody that tells the story of his greatest achievements in music form.
  • Covert Pervert: Cares very much for Reimi because of the murder mystery, but can't help but blush when Rohan talks about her breasts, and when she first got her period.
  • Cowardly Lion: Heaven's Door describes him as cowardly but courageous when push come to shove.
  • Death Glare: The first indication of when he is going to get serious.
  • Defiant to the End: A non-lethal example. He was ready to die and clearly said to Kira that he sucked with a smug grin on his face:
    "Your stupidity is totally exposed! I'll be waiting for you in Hell!"
  • Distressed Dude: Early in the story, Yukako kidnaps him in an attempt to help him study for school. Then one more time by Terunosuke.
  • Dub Name Change: As with Crazy Diamond becoming Shining Diamond, Echoes became Reverb in the video games and English dub/subtitles in order to keep Pink Floyd from suing.
  • Evolution Power-Up: His Echoes evolves twice (plus when it hatches from its egg), gaining a new, more powerful, form each time. However, there is a caveat to this; see Multiform Balance below.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: His hair follows his Character Development. During his confrontation with Tamami, it gains the tendency to rise into spikes when he is excited. Towards the end of his confrontation with Yukako, he suddenly cuts his hair, producing a flat-top, which spontaneously grows out again into spikes during his battle with Yoshikage Kira.
  • Expy:
    • Shares the same name and a similar appearance and personality to a character from Araki's first serialized manga series, Magic Boy B.T.
    • He is also an expy of Gohan from Dragon Ball Z, especially when his hair becomes spiky when he is excited.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Averted since he doesn't actually die, but he's got a small grin on his face after Killer Queen punches a hole in him.
  • Gravity Master: The Echoes 3 Freeze ability of Act 3 makes a target incredibly heavy, to the point that it's difficult for anything under its effects to move. This ended up saving the day in the final battle against Yoshikage Kira, as Echoes' 3 Freeze kept Kira from using Bites the Dust, giving Jotaro enough time to get in range to freeze time and pummel Kira.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Echoes's power to attach a sound to a person may be easy to dismiss in a fight, but in its first appearance ever, it defeated Tamami by driving him nearly insane from extremely loud, painful sounds ripping into his ears constantly. This is rendered irrelevant later when Echoes Act 2 and 3 gain much more useful abilities (though Act 1 remains useful for its superior mobility).
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Unlike other characters, Koichi visibly struggles early on with learning how to summon or control his Stand. This is implied to be because Koichi should've been killed by the Arrow, but was revived by Josuke.
  • Idiot Ball: During the Sheer Heart Attack arc, he ignores Jotaro's advice despite the latter's experience battling Stand users over the years. This nearly gets both him and Jotaro killed by Sheer Heart Attack. He quickly smartens up from it though.
  • It Can Think: Discounting the special case of Anubis, Echoes Act 3 is the first Stand that shows sentience separate from its user.
  • Magnetic Hero: Several characters praise Koichi's virtuousness and state their pride at his friendship, including Josuke Higashikata, Rohan Kishibe, and Jotaro Kujo. Others tentatively brought from deficit into moral equilibrium by his influence include Toshikazu Hazamada, Tamami Kobayashi, and Yukako Yamagishi; the latter of whom is his eventual girlfriend.
  • Mr. Fanservice: For the audience and the actual characters in the show. He's the only one to get a girlfriend at the end of Diamond is Unbreakable and is the first one to be shown only in his boxers. It's also shown that's he's quite buff despite his size.
  • Multiform Balance: Echoes has three forms. Each successive form has more powerful combat abilities, but drastically reduced movement range compared to the previous form. While Koichi starts out with only Act 1, he gains the ability to freely switch between the Acts as he unlocks Acts 2 and 3.
    • Act 1 can plant a written sound on something, which will repeat and increase in volume; it remains relevant despite Acts 2 and 3 due to its excellent movement range making it a useful scout.
    • Act 2 can also plant written sounds, but these will instead become real; for example, if it plants the sound "whoosh", a strong gust of wind will appear; if it plants "cracklecrackle", flames will appear; etc. However, it can only plant one sound at a time, forcing Echoes to put the previous one away before capping its pen to write another one.
    • Act 3 has Act 2's sound powers along with the ability to generate a gravity well under anything it punches for as long as the target remains within five meters of Koichi (because of some Hand Wave that "three" and "freeze" sort of rhyme). Like Act 2, this ability is limited by the fact that it can only hold one thing down at a time. It's the strongest form. It is also sentient separate from Koichi, and is the first Stand to exhibit this qualitynote  (being followed by Cheap Trick and Spice Girl).
  • Nice Guy: He expresses love for his family, holds his friends in esteem, and tends to presume innocence on the part of strangers. Rohan's Stand "Heaven's Door" exposes Koichi as honest and courageous.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Koichi clearly finds Yukako an attractive woman, but is terrified of her Yandere and Clingy Jealous Girl traits. Once she dials it down a notch, he starts to return her feelings.
  • Odd Friendship: With Rohan. While Koichi is often perturbed by Rohan's near-obsessive behavior over him, he also has attempted to help Rohan in return.
  • Official Couple: He ends up being Yukako's boyfriend.
  • Older Than They Look: He starts out at 15 years old, but one could easily mistake him for an elementary school student in a high school uniform due to his short height. He should be 18 by the time of Vento Aureo, but he's still so short that he only comes up to Giorno's waist, even though the latter is three years younger than he is.
    • According to the JoJo 6251 artbook, he's supposed to be about 5'2" tall, but he's drawn way shorter. The live-action film rectifies this by casting an appropriately-aged teenager as Koichi.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: At first. Then he gets shot by the Arrow and revived by Josuke...
  • Personality Powers: Due to the unusual circumstances of his gaining of a Stand, Echoes evolves with him. Its first form as an egg is completely inert, symbolizing his at-the-time nonexistent fighting spirit. Act 1 appears when he first learns to stand up for himself, and Act 2 and 3 evolve at the same time he develops as a person.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Josuke and Okuyasu's Manly Men.
  • Shameless Fanservice Guy: Downplayed example. He doesn't mind being half-naked around his family, but he usually keeps his clothes on.
  • Shirtless Scene: Gets one in Episode 14 around the end. He's the only one to get this treatment.
  • Shout-Out: Echoes Act 1 and 2 bears similarities to the Dragon Ball Z villain Cell, in that both take three forms, with the first two forms having a long tail and the second and third having progressively more humanoid shapes. Act 3 may also be likened to the villain Frieza.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Echoes Act 3 is very foul-mouthed, even in the Japanese original. For instance:
    Act 3: [After a nurse makes fun of Koichi] Okay, Master! Let's kill da ho, biiiiiiiiiiitch!
    Act 3: [While using 3 Freeze] Act 3, 3 Freeze! He's now within the five meter radius! S-H-I-T!
  • Stance System: Echoes comes in three variants, and he can switch between each freely in his video game portrayals.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Josuke is the main character and does most of the heavy lifting during Part 4's fights, but Koichi has a more pronounced character arc and is one of the most frequently present characters in Part 4, to the point where he's the first Part 4 character we see. He even has a cameo at the start of Part 5 and helps Jotaro land the final blow on Kira.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The tiny guy to Yukako's huge girl. Although if he was drawn at his actual height, there'd only be about a nearly 4 inch difference between them.
  • Tiny Schoolboy: He's a first-year high school student like Josuke and Okuyasu, but he's a great deal shorter than his friends are.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Several times, actually. The first time he did, his Stand was created; the other times, his Stand leveled up with him.
    • His final one comes in Part 5: Act 3 seems to have taken a drop in almost all of its stats... except its destructive power. The 50-ish kilogram weight it can put on things has jumped up in strength drastically, enough to stop a car in its tracks or cause someone to make a crater in a sidewalk.
  • Unsound Effect: Echoes's first ability. Act 2 takes this a step further by turning the sound effects into what would have generated them. For instance, planting a "crackle, crackle" sound can generate fire where it was written, while writing "boing" will make the affected object soft, bouncy, and malleable like rubber.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has light blue hair in All Star-Battle.

    Okuyasu Nijimura 

Okuyasu Nijimura (Stand: The Hand)

Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (TV anime, All-Star Battle and Eyes of Heaven), Jalen K. Cassell (English)

Played by: Mackenyu (live-action movie)

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Josuke's schoolmate. At first, he antagonizes Josuke at the behest of his elder brother, but the two later become friends. He's a bit slow on the uptake.

Okuyasu's Stand is The Hand. When he swings his right hand, anything along the arc's path will vanish, and the resulting gap will close; for example, if Okuyasu erases the middle section of a sign, the two ends will join in the middle. Okuyasu commonly uses this ability to teleport by erasing the air in front of him and zooming in to replace it. Despite the incredible potential of this ability, Okuyasu is too stupid to consider its implications and is poor in a fight. Well, most of the time.

Okuyasu's Stand, The Hand, is named after The Band.


  • Adaptational Badass: In the original manga, Josuke caused Okuyasu to get knocked out by his Stand pretty much immediately after Okuyasu explained his Stand. In the anime, he gets several hits in on Josuke before this happens.
  • Avenging the Villain: His determination to stop Akira stems from his desire to avenge his brother, even though he acknowledges that he probably got what was coming to him.
  • Badass Baritone: Normally, Okuyasu's voice is quite deep, rough, and scratchy, except when he's excited or in high-stress situations, where his voice starts turning into a high-pitched, scratchy squeal.
  • Bash Brothers: He develops a strong brother-relationship with Josuke.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Despite receiving fatal injuries from Killer Queen, Okuyasu receives an epiphany after a spiritual meeting with Keicho's spirit and wills himself to life, just in time to go saving Josuke from being blown up, too. Josuke, who had witnessed Okuyasu die in front of him prior, was so happy upon seeing him that he berates his friend while tearfully grinning at the same time.
  • Butt-Monkey: Like Polnareff and Narancia, he is usually the first person to get subjected to enemy Stands. Unlike Narancia, he survives what should have been a fatal explosion from Killer Queen.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Both Okuyasu and Kakyoin were influenced by Dio (Okuyasu through his father, Kakyoin being directly brainwashed) to fight and later befriend their respective JoJo, but whereas Kakyoin was reserved and intelligent, Okuyasu is a Hot-Blooded Idiot Hero. They also both join the hero's side when their respective JoJo tells them, "I don't know why I saved your life." Kakyoin accepts this and doesn't press Jotaro for an elaboration, while Okuyasu does, and gets the response, "Because you didn't have to die." Most notably, both of them have their sides destroyed during the final battle, but Okuyasu manages to survive the ordeal. The anime also adds a scene where Okuyasu comments on how hot Josuke's mom is, just like Kakyoin did with Holly.
  • Custom Uniform: Like Josuke, he is seen always with his school uniforms customized.
  • Cutting the Knot: Okuyasu's solution to finding which of two sailors is an enemy in disguise: beat up both of them!
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He lost his mother at a young age, and had to deal with his father becoming an abusive monster and later, a minion of DIO. Then said father mutated into a literal monster upon DIO's death, provoking Keicho into stealing the Stand Arrow and making everyone he could find a Stand user just to give his father a Mercy Kill, during which Keicho became condescending towards his little brother and belittled Okuyasu constantly. Though it's debated, it's no wonder Okuyasu sees himself as stupid...
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Expect to see this a lot where Josuke is concerned.
  • Dumb Muscle: Has the strongest Stand compared to the other Part 4 Main Characters, but has pitifully low intelligence. His catchphrase is even some version of "Shut up! I ain't that smart!"
  • Establishing Character Moment: Okuyasu's very first fight has Keicho reminding him how powerful his Stand is and that he better not screw up. Later in the fight, he showcases his Stand's ability to pull things towards him by doing it to Josuke...and accidentally pulling a nearby potted plant forward in the process, which hits him right in the head and knocks him out. Josuke then remarks that he'd be a lot more dangerous if he wasn't such an idiot.
  • Expy:
    • Okuyasu shares a lot of similarities with Jean-Pierre Polnareff. Both are impulsive, a bit dim, and are usually the first guys to be affected by enemy Stands. But at the same time, they are determined, and more loyal to their True Companions than anyone else. Both Polnareff and Okuyasu also have a sibling of theirs brutally murdered by a villainous Stand user, though Okuyasu loses his sibling during the story instead of beforehand.
    • Okuyasu is also very similar to Kazuma Kuwabara. Both are also impulsive and a bit dim, yet determined and loyal to the Main Characters, who both have pompadours (Josuke, Yusuke). Both started off as people who antagonize the Main Characters, but over time they became friends. Okuyasu also comes from a broken family whose only children are him and his older sibling, much like Kuwabara was. Despite their low intelligence, both possess powerful abilities — The Hand's distance-erasing ability has a lot of deadly potential, while the psychic Kuwabara develops the Dimension Sword, which can also teleport people and objects with just one swipe between dimensions. Finally, both are cat lovers, with Kuwabara owning a cat in the beginning while Okuyasu rescues and tames Gatta/Stray Cat, who had been used as an attack animal by Kira in the climatic battle.
  • Face of a Thug: After his defeat to Josuke, he becomes goofier and more amiable, despite his looks.
  • Facial Markings: His face has an odd set of lines best described as )(, circling around his eyes and not quite touching.
  • Flash Step: He can perform a version of this by using The Hand's power to "scrape away space", which then causes him to get pulled forwards by the air rushing to fill the now-vacant space; this is explicitly referred to as "instant movement" ("shunkan idou"). This trick also works in reverse, letting Okuyasu pull people or objects towards him while staying in place.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Keicho's responsible.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Josuke. They are almost always seen hanging out together.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • During the Shigechi's Harvest arc, Okuyasu ends up striking a balance between Josuke's "spend everything at once" mentality and Shigechi's stinginess; he's greedy like them, but more frugal. It was Okuyasu who had the patience to look through the lottery tickets when the other two were fine with throwing them away, and when all was said and done, Okuyasu opts to put his money in savings rather than go on a spending spree. This was foreshadowed by the money symbols and the word "BILLION" sported on his custom-made school uniform.
    • In the manga, Koichi mentioned that Okuyasu's saved up enough money to last him five or six years to support both himself and his father.
    • The climatic battle reveals that Okuyasu is good at handling animals as he was able to rescue and tame Gatta/Stray Cat, who had been used by Kira to provide Killer Queen some air bubbles for attacks. After that, Gatta/Stray Cat acted like a normal house cat.
    • It's hinted that constant reliance on Keicho to care for him in the past, combined with enduring his older brother's belittling, has left Okuyasu relying on others to make decisions he can't make, preferring not to do it himself. He grows out of this in the final battle through Character Development; after he was put near death by Killer Queen's attacks, he meets Keicho's spirit, who asked him where he wanted to go. Okuyasu ultimately decided for himself and chose to save Josuke.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: How he's initially defeated. Josuke doesn't even need to lay a finger on him, because he accidentally KO's himself with his own powers.
  • Hot-Blooded: Fitting his idiotic personality, Okuyasu tends to act first before thinking.
  • Idiot Hero: And well aware of it. Notice that he tends to attach himself to people who actually think before they act.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: He and his father adopt Gatta/Stray Cat after Kira's death. Even during the final battle, he is able to calm down the otherwise violent animal-turned-plant quite quickly in order to neutralize him as a threat upon grabbing him in his hand. It's telling when Gatta/Stray Cat doesn't attack any more people after that.
  • The Lancer: Shares this with Koichi to Josuke.
  • Lethal Joke Character: The Hand erases from existence anything it swipes. This would be one of the single most dangerous Stands in the franchise if it was being used by... well, anyone smarter than Okuyasu.
    • One of the most dramatic examples of the power of The Hand comes during the final fight against Kira. After Kira loses the element of surprise, Okuyasu is able to completely No-Sell Kira's air bombs.
    • The Anime sound effect for The Hand erasing things is either the same as, or very similar to, The World's time stop. That probably says something about The Hand's power.
  • Likes Older Women: In a callback to Kakyoin from Part 3, he stated that both Josuke's mom and Shigechi's mom are hot.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: With two notable examples:
    • First time was when he defeated Red Hot Chili Pepper, but it tricked him into creating a hole near an electric cable, recharging him and nearly taking his life.
    • Another occasion when he was tricked yet again by Yoshihiro Kira, Yoshikage's father, into releasing him, who had been trapped by Jotaro earlier, allowing him to escape with the Arrow.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: His school uniform is made quite distinct by the giant dollar sign lapel in front and the "BILLION" printed on the sleeve.
  • No-Sell: Thanks to the Hand's erasing abilities, he's able to neutralize Killer Queen's explosives.
  • Not Quite Dead: In the final battle, Okuyasu comes back from getting a large chunk of his abdomen blown to smithereens. Just in time to save Josuke, too!
  • Out of Focus: After the defeat of Akira, Okuyasu gets less screentime than Josuke, Koichi, and even Rohan. He has never won a single fight alone and all his appearances are to support Josuke.
  • Personality Powers: The Hand has the ability to erase anything it swipes at, including the distance between people, which reflects Okuyasu's desire to solve problems quickly without thinking about them too much.
  • Portal Cut: Okuyasu personally believes that this is how The Hand's ability works, but claims that he has no idea where the portal leads.
  • Power Palms: With a single swipe (or more) from his Stand's arms, Okuyasu can make things "disappear" — either objects or distance. There's a reason his Stand is called The Hand, after all.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Josuke's Blue.
  • Simpleminded Wisdom:
    • When Okuyasu has to determine which of two SPW workers is really Akira, his solution is to punch both of them because he doesn't have time to figure it out. Luckily for the real SPW worker, he gets it right on the first try.
    • It takes Okuyasu a bit of prompting to warm up to the various dishes at Antonio's restaurant and how best to eat them (i.e. eating the cheese and tomatoes together, trusting the spiciness of the pasta to be a non-issue once eaten properly) but once he does, he's describing his culinary experiences in a level of detail fit for a professional gourmand.
  • Spanner in the Works: Serves as one in the climatic battle against Kira. After making a surprise Big Damn Heroes entrance to save Josuke, Okuyasu uses The Hand to "swipe" Stray Cat away from Killer Queen's body, and tames the cat plant until it becomes docile. After that, things just start going a steep slope down for Kira.
  • Supporting the Monster Loved One: What his relationship with his father became, in contrast with his brother.
  • Theme Naming: The Nijimura family has a numerical theme naming trend. "Oku" is the Japanese word for the number 100000000.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Yes, it's even possible with a Stand that's as broken as The Hand. In his first fight, he ends up KO'ing himself due to the ignorance of his Stand's teleportation physics. In his last fight, he teleports Josuke out of the way of a lethal blow, and completely neutralizes Stray Cat's threat in the span of a few seconds.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: The Hand is one of the most terrifyingly powerful Stands in the series due to its ability to erase anything it swipes with its right hand. If Okuyasu used it correctly, he could potentially beat nearly any Stand user in the series simply by erasing the space between himself and his foe before using another swipe to erase his opponent. Unfortunately for Okuyasu (and luckily for the plot), he's far too slow-witted to properly make use of his abilities much of the time.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite being billed as a terrifyingly powerful Stand, The Hand almost never gets a chance to show it. The enemy is either often too quick to be caught, or their own Stand powers just bypasses and neutralizes Okuyasu entirely.
  • Younger Than They Look: Looks even less of a teenager than Josuke despite being the same age as him.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: The Hand's power can be used to "erase" the space between himself and his opponent, allowing him to pull Josuke towards him whenever he tried to keep his distance.
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    Rohan Kishibe 

Rohan Kishibe (Stand: Heaven's Door)

Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (TV anime JP), Vic Mignogna (TV anime EN), Hiroshi Kamiya (All-Star Battle and Eyes of Heaven)

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A mangaka noted for his incredible success at just 20 years old and his extremely eccentric personality. His Stand is Heaven's Door, which makes the first person to see a new artwork of his (and tracing his finger in the air is adequate) into an "open book" that he can freely read and write notes in. With these notes, he can alter people's personalities with phrases like "I cannot attack Rohan Kishibe" or "I speak fluent Italian"; even things like "I will fly backward 10 meters" will have an effect.

Rohan is often roped into paranormal events while conducting research for his latest manga. He is notable for being featured in a variety of spinoffs to the main Jojo story, including the series Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan, Rohan at the Louvre, and Kishibe Rohan Meets Gucci.

His Stand, Heaven's Door, is named after the song "Knockin on Heaven's Door", by Bob Dylan.


  • Anti-Hero: Mostly a Nominal Hero since he tends to be rude, callous, and sociopathic. Though it should be noted that when the situation's dire enough, he's capable of sacrificing himself for others.
  • Anime Hair: Averted with the jagged bit, which is actually a headband. His actual hair counts as well, an undercut that resembles a paintbrush, which is fitting due to his profession.
  • Asshole Victim: Josuke justifies trying to scam him out of money by calling him a jerk who deserves it.
  • Breakout Character: After his introduction in the story, he became a sort of "bonus" protagonist. Very popular among the fans, he is also The Protagonist in several Spinoff stories such as the "Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe" one-shots.
  • Brutal Honesty: Really, really brutal.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a very capable mangaka, but he has a lot of quirks.
  • ...But He Sounds Handsome: A meta example; while he reads Koichi's memories, he comments on how amazing his adventures have been. That's Araki writing through his not-quite-Author Avatar about how the fourth chapter of his own manga is exciting and interesting so far.
  • Call-Forward: According to Episode 16: At A Confesssional, in the time of his recuperation after the battle against Josuke, he went to Italy to do researching for Pink Dark Boy. The next arc, Vento Aureo, is set in Italy.
  • The Cameo: He's briefly namedropped in Stone Ocean as one of the few mangaka who are still making their deadlines after Made in Heaven takes effect. It's also stated that other artists are failing because the ink on their pens is drying before they can touch them to paper, so that means that Rohan is taking his ability to simply splash ink on the page from a distance, already established in part 4, to even more impossible levels.
  • Cerebus Retcon: According to the Jorge Joestar novel, Rohan being unaffected by Made in Heaven wasn't a joke. Rohan was so utterly absorbed in his work that Made in Heaven simply didn't affect him and he carried over into the next universe unchanged. Of course said novel is a non-canon Crack Fic written by the author, so take that as you will.
  • Characterization Marches On: Initially, he's portrayed as being reclusive, extremely rude, and possibly even mentally unstable. As time went on, those traits got toned down considerably to where he seemed more eccentric than anything else. He almost seems like a different character in the one-shots compared to how he seemed at his first appearance.
    • His Stand, Heaven's Door, also subtly evolves after Rohan's debut arc. Originally it required looking at a page he had drawn to activate, and left the victim largely paralyzed but conscious and required him to manually erase the memory of being affected by it. In later arcs, he first gains the ability to activate it by drawing in midair, until it settles on having a psychic manifestation that Rohan can see and talk through like the other protagonists' stands. It also renders its victim unconscious while under its effect, with no memory of the stand's activation.
  • Creative Sterility: Fears this to the point that he reluctantly signs up for strange assignments to attain "inspiration" even though he can just tell at a glance that they're bound to go sideways.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Later activations involve instantaneous death, but when Bites the Dust kills Rohan, he experiences a series of smaller explosions in different areas of his body without immediately dying before blowing up entirely.
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: Despite having one of the most broken Stands in Part 4, Rohan constantly falls for traps set by enemy Stand users due to his curiosity. Cheap Trick would never have latched on him if he hadn't gone out of his way to see the original user's back. It doesn't help that he's fairly short-sighted outside of his work.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Only partially. Rohan gets along very well with Hazamada and Koichi, but not Josuke. He was defeated by the latter, mind you.
  • Determinator: Even if he is beaten bloody and a bookshelf has fallen on him, he will still pick up a pen and write down inspiration, such as the story behind Josuke's hairstyle. In the words of Koichi, "good and bad aside, his work ethic is truly commendable".
  • Distressed Dude: In the Highway Star arc, he falls into the respective Stand's trap in a tunnel and Josuke has to hunt down the user to save him.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the TV anime, he appears as a silhouette in the crowd watching the robbery that Josuke foils.
  • Equivalent Exchange: The real ability of his grandmother's Gucci bag. It "stores" the value of money and other high-priced goods inside of it and provides items of equivalent worth that the user requires when they are desperately in need.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: When he discovers that a Gucci bag he inherited from his late grandmother might have been cursed to steal from her whenever she put objects of high monetary value inside, he travels all the way to Italy's main outlet to have them "fix" the bag on principle.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even back when he was evil, he was openly repulsed by Hazamada's actions after reading him with Heaven's Door.
  • Fiction 500: The wealth gained from the popularity of his manga allows him to buy Gucci, Armani, and mountain ranges with enough money to make Scrooge McDuck green with envy. The last of those temporarily bankrupted him, mind.
  • Freudian Excuse: His proclivities toward the horror genre, mystery-solving, and general unpleasantness can all be traced back to a very repressed and very traumatic childhood experience involving a serial killer attacking his home when he was a child and murdering his babysitter.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: While they do appreciate his contributions to the investigation, nearly everyone agrees that Rohan is an extremely unpleasant individual. Even Koichi is still unnerved around him from time to time. This suits Rohan just fine, since he has little interest in the rest of them in return, beyond being his allies in uncovering Kira. The only exceptions to this are with Koichi, the only friend he truly respects, Joseph Joestar, an elderly man that he respects, and Josuke, the only friend he really hates.
    • When Josuke tries cheating Rohan at cee-lo, he states the only reason he puts up with Josuke was due to his connection to Koichi and Joseph.
    • Though by the time of the Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe spinoffs, he and Josuke seem to be on better terms.
  • God Mode: His Stand amounts to this, especially once it becomes clear in Rohan au Louvre that he can even use it on himself. He can make it impossible for others to attack him, and if he had just a little more motivation, he could have been one of the most fearsome characters in the series with it.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Sure, he's a jerk, but he's more or less on the side of good; he may have used people for their stories, but he is one of the most proactive characters searching for Kira.
  • Haunted Hero: From the manga to the one-shots, every story about Rohan involves him encountering ghosts.
  • Hero of Another Story: Is this in Rohan at the Louvre, a graphic novel written by Araki where he investigates a supposedly cursed painting at the Louvre in Paris.
  • Heroic Build: In his spin-off adventures, he's noticeably less skinny with many of his more sinister and creepy facial traits either being downplayed or removed entirely.
  • Hey, You!: In the D.N.A. one-shot, Rohan meets Yukako Yamagishi but genuinely doesn't remember her name, so he addresses her with "you" for a time before asking for her name, which irritates her.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He tends to cover up his true feelings with his arrogance, although he is not without his sincere moments, as seen when bidding farewell to the ghost of Reimi Sugimoto.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Rohan's expressed desire not to be bothered hides his true wish to experience an extraordinary adventure.
  • Inseries Nickname: Reimi calls him "Rohan-chan/Little Rohan" because she used to be his babysitter. Everyone else calls him "Rohan-sensei".
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Outside of Koichi, the only person he seems to be friendly with is the elderly Joseph. The two have a number of friendly talks and Joseph seems curious about Rohan's manga.
  • It's All About Me: And he's right to a degree. Just not in the manner he expected or wanted.
  • It's Personal: He's even more motivated to bring down Kira when he learns that one of Kira's victims once babysat him at her home on the same night Kira chose to start his murdering spree. She neglected her own safety so she could ensure that Rohan would not be killed as well. Suffice to say that Rohan becomes determined to repay her sacrifice.
  • Jerkass: He's nice enough to his fans at first glance, but once you get to know him, Rohan is really not that nice of a guy. He's constantly looking down on others, and wants nothing to do with anyone that doesn't help him further his work. Said furthering work can even involve forcing people against their will to be used as resources for inspiration for his manga. Even beyond his obsession with his work, Rohan is obsessed with winning and never lowering his guard. He's a stubborn, prideful individual that rarely has time for kindness.
  • Kryptonite Is Everywhere: After learning to draw Heaven's Door in midair, his power basically amounts to "if you can see him and he knows you're there, he wins." Because of this, every opponent he goes up against after his Heel–Face Turn is either immune to Heaven's Door or has some way to negate it, at which he then either has to find a cleverer way to defeat it or gets his ass handed to him.
  • Lack of Empathy: Caused by a combination of his inborn eccentricity and his pride in his skills as an artist, Rohan believes that normal people are a waste of his precious time, and will ONLY show his barely kind and caring side to those who earn his respect. He does slowly gain some after befriending Koichi.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: By turning people's flesh into pages, he can rip the pages out, taking their memories and weight.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Spends the majority of his introduction mind probing others against their will, only to pummeled by Josuke as a result of abusing Koichi's knowledge about his friend's red buttons.
  • Mad Artist: He is eccentric, arrogant, reclusive, and initially comes across as sociopathic, though he shows his nicer side later.
  • A Man Of Wealth And Taste: Wealthy, yes. Buys top classy brands, oh definitely. Taste? Well... His are as "different" as his personality.
  • Mind Probe: The power of his Stand, Heaven's Door. Learning people's deepest secrets and giving them unbreakable mental commands are just the beginning.
  • Meaningful Name: In Rohan au Louvre, he explains that his parents combined the characters for "tied to" and "the ephemeral" to give him the name "Rohan". This explains why he seems to always attract wandering spirits.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Especially after Art Evolution kicks in and makes him significantly more handsome compared to his debut appearance. Not to mention Rohan has an Unlimited Wardrobe and is almost always wearing clothes that bares his navel.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: Obviously shares the same profession as Araki and is one of the main characters in Part 4 and the protagonist of several spin-offs.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: He has, without a doubt, the MOST EPIC drawing skills EVER.
  • Muse Abuse: Type B; He's both incredibly talented and desperate for his work to be read. To suit this, he uses Heaven's Door to turn anyone with life experiences interesting to him into a muse, one he can control and at risk of dying from all the pages of their life he tears out. When Hazamada vomits in disgust at how far he goes for a story, he immediately becomes fascinated and tries to draw it. Even after getting beaten half to death by Josuke, he still seeks a pen and paper to write down the experience on.
  • Nice Hat: Heavens's Door has one.
  • No Export for You: Invoked. His comics have Taiwanese and French translations, but no English. According to Rohan, the American industry has no taste and won't publish him.
  • No Eye in Magic: His Heaven's Door works on eye contact with his works, so closing your eyes is a simple but effective strategy. Barring that, being incapable of comprehending it, such as being in a literal blind rage, is effective in a pinch, as demonstrated by Josuke.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: If one seems interesting enough to him, he will try to literally read them like a book.
  • Odd Friendship: With Koichi Hirose. He is the one person Rohan does consider his friend.
  • One-Liner: From the Highway Star arc:
    "However, I refuse."
  • Otaku: Unsurprisingly, for a manga artist. In order to afford to buy the mountain range, he had to sell his copies of Rurouni Kenshin and his Sailor Moon figures.
  • Personality Powers: Heaven's Door is perfect for someone with writer's block.
  • Pretty Freeloaders: Shortly after Part 4, he bankrupts himself by buying a mountain that was set to be demolished because it was a muse of sorts, resulting in him mooching off of Koichi's family and then Okuyasu's.
  • Progressively Prettier: In his debut arc, he started out very plain-looking with some tendency to make creepy expressions. After Araki's drastic style change in the middle of the story, he becomes one of the most well-known Bishonens of Part 4.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Heaven's Door is fully capable of inflicting this on others. He threatens to force Okuyasu Nijimura to burn himself to death with a lighter in order to force Josuke to face him head-on, as opposed to running away and getting help.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Invoked In-Universe. Rohan is obsessed to gain every possible type of data from the real world for his research to make his work feel as "realistic" as possible.
    • It's also another point to bring up in the whole Author Avatar thing. In the author's note section of volume 35, Araki wrote that he's against environmental destruction, and brings up that he recently visited his hometown, and a mountain that was there has been bulldozed to make room for a housing complex. Pretty much the same thing happened to Rohan in Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe - Mutsukabekaza, but Rohan just bought the entire mountain range instead of letting it get bulldozed, going bankrupt in the process. So, it's pretty obvious that Araki didn't take this lying down.
  • Reclusive Artist: An In-Universe example, and he's somewhat infamous for it. A side note states that if someone tries to visit him, he'll usually pretend he's not home.
  • Rewriting Reality: His Stand, Heaven's Door, has the ability to alter a target's thoughts, memories, and even their physical space. It even makes them capable of doing physically impossible things if he wishes - he saves Josuke from the hands of the dead by writing "Josuke flies backwards at 70 KPH" in him. As of Rohan au Louvre, he can even use the ability on himself.
    • It's offhandedly mentioned that Rohan also used it to write "Fluent in Italian" in Koichi prior to Part 5. That's right, he can bestow actual knowledge even if neither he or the recipient know it already.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: Seriously, try to find one scene where he's wearing anything resembling normal clothes. Good luck.
  • Sequential Artist: Rohan is not quite Araki's Author Avatarhere , and Araki himself has mentioned in interviews that his personality is nothing like Rohan's despite the superficial similarities, but he is a distillation and exaggeration of Araki's philosophy on creating manga.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He bought a few mountains in order to stop construction so he could proceed with research for his manga in an undisturbed environment. He went bankrupt in the process, but money is never an object to him anyway.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: When Josuke attempts to trick him into betting enormous amounts of money in a gambling game involving an alien disguised as dice, Rohan becomes so focused on figuring out how Josuke cheats that he fails to notice that his very expensive home is on fire. He then proceeds to ignore the fire entirely, still hell-bent on figuring out Josuke's scheme. Later on, it is shown that he was quick to pay for the extremely high housing repair costs incurred due to the fire without so much as batting an eyelash.
  • Sense Freak: Once cut open a spider and licked it so he can draw it better.
  • Shōnen: Apparently Rohan's editors believed that he needed more large-breasted female characters for his manga to be successful. It seems that his manga, Pink Dark Boy, is an action story full of young men and was able to become a massive hit even without the addition of more female characters. Building upon this, he is particularly drawn to Koichi as the lad exhibits several laudable traits associated with the genre.
  • Story Within a Story: The author of Pink Dark Boy, a wildly popular manga that Koichi and Hazamada are fans of. Heaven's Door takes a very similar appearance to its protagonist.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: One of his favorite things is to find someone who thinks they're hot shit offering things to lesser beings, and then say "No" straight to their faces.
  • Sole Survivor: Of the murders in the Sugimoto household. A four-year-old Rohan was spending the night in Reimi's home with her and her dog Arnold, but they were attacked by Yoshikage Kira; Reimi's fast intervention saved Rohan's life, but she and Arnold were slain.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Though not to the extent of characters in other parts, Rohan is absent or distracted during several critical fights in Part 4, because otherwise his Stand would easily tip the balance in favor of the heroes.
  • Tempting Fate: When he uses Heaven's Door on Hayato Kawajiri, one of his pages doesn't have anything on it except for a warning not to read further. Heaven's Door is supposed to only reveal personal information, so something like this makes absolutely no sense. Rohan continues reading anyway and gets killed by Bites the Dust.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: While still a pretentious grouch, his spin-off adventures show him to be a tad nicer since he has since gotten closure on a number of mysteries that plagued him in his youth.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Is almost never seen wearing the same outfit, as each new arc has him wear an entirely different outfit, or in some cases, as shown in the anime, a Palette Swap of another.
  • Weirdness Magnet: And not limited to people with Stands.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He punches Ken when he become too annoying with his challenge to Rock-Paper-Scissors. Unfortunately, a punch counts as rock.
  • Write What You Know: Invoked. Like Araki, he believes in researching reality to improve his stories. Maybe unlike Araki, he does some extreme things for that purpose. Early on, he tortures a spider to see how it reacts to pain, then kills it... but not before tasting it with a casual lick.
  • Write Who You Know: In-universe example. Being able to literally read people like books comes in handy for when he needs inspiration for new characters...

    Reimi Sugimoto 

Reimi Sugimoto

Voiced by: Sayuri Hara (TV anime JP), Kira Buckland (TV Anime EN) Ryo Hirohashi (All-Star Battle)

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The ghost of Yoshikage Kira's first victim. She clues in Koichi and Rohan to the presence of a serial killer in Morioh.


  • Adaptational Dye Job: While she was a brunette in the digital colored manga, her hair is pink in the anime.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: Her dog Arnold, who was killed shortly before she was and remains with her in the afterlife as her ghostly companion. About the only negative is that his ghost still has the huge gash cut in his throat.
  • But Now I Must Go: At the end of the part, after Kira is finally defeated, Reimi and Arnold ascend to heaven.
  • Cool Big Sis: Was this to Rohan when he was 4 years old, as she was babysitting him on the night she was killed and prioritized his safety over her own.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: She is a very cute girl and Okuyasu immediately notes this when watching her photo.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Her hair and eye colors are both pink in the anime.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Both a figurative and literal example. Both Reimi and Arnold, who are Kira's first victims, are the ones who condemn him to his Fate Worse than Death. Arnold literally bites Kira's hand off which caused him to turn around and be dragged away by the hands of Ghost Girl's Alley.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She pushed a toddler Rohan out of a window before Kira murdered her.
  • Jacob Marley Apparel: Kira apparently leaves the same scar on everyone he kills, and the scar also appears on their ghosts.
  • Mama Bear: To Rohan when he was younger, whom she saved before being murdered.
  • Meaningful Name: Aside from the Shout-Out below, "Rei" also means "spirit".
  • Non-Protagonist Resolver: After Kira is killed by the ambulance, he continues to exist as a spirit with his Stand intact and intent on continuing his killing spree without anybody able to stop him. Reimi and her dog Arnold force him to turn around in the alley she resides in, causing his Stand and spirit to be destroyed. This gives them the honor of being the first characters in the series to defeat an arc Big Bad without being the main character.
    • To be technical, Kira didn't know he was a spirit at the time. She just made him aware of it. Plus Josuke defeating him and his death did deliver him to said alley where the spirits of his victims awaited. Reimi more or less just finished him off.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: When she shows a person her scar, the reader never sees it. One can only wonder how badly Kira used to mutilate people before Killer Queen gave him a cleaner way of handling corpses.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: After her death, she choose to stay in the space in between Morioh and the afterlife until Kira is stopped from killing again.
  • Quest Giver: As a ghost, she chooses to stay in Morioh in the hope of meeting someone willing to help her bring Kira, the man who has killed her and other girls, to justice. She introduces her story and the Big Bad to the main characters.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: She is very much a sweetie and the anime gave her pink hair.
  • Shout-Out: She and her dog Arnold are named after two Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd singles, See Emily Play ("Reimi" is an anagram of "Emiri") and Arnold Layne.
  • Troll: Told her the tale of her death as a ghost story to screw with Rohan for mocking her nail polish. Besides the actual reason.

    Hayato Kawajiri (SPOILERS

Hayato Kawajiri

Voiced by: Rina Sato (TV anime JP), Laura Stahl (TV anime EN), Yuko Sato (All-Star Battle)

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Kosaku Kawajiri's son.


  • Arch-Enemy: In some sense, Hayato is this to Kira more than Josuke (the main character) himself. Case in point: he found that he has replaced his father, defeats "Bites the Dust" by touching Okuyasu's body so he'll die instead of his friends like in the previous loops, tricking Kira into revealing his identity to Josuke, and assists Josuke during the last battle helping him when Kira use Okuyasu's body like a bomb.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: The manga makes it clear that despite Josuke's strength and own cleverness, Kira's defeat was partly due to Hayato's involvement. While Hayato cannot see Stands or even fight Kira, Hayato was able to figure out that Kira cannot create multiple bombs and that Kira is not immune to their effects. Likewise, Hayato was able to deduce that Kira trapped Okuyasu's body in hopes of killing Josuke, managing to stop Josuke before he touched Okuyasu's body.
  • Back from the Dead: He attempts to blackmail Kira by revealing that he has further evidence that will be found by authorities in the case of his death, but his threats only anger Kira, who uses Killer Queen to dispatch him. Immediately after, Kira begins to panic and is spontaneously pierced by the Arrow. With his new ability, "Bites the Dust", he activates a time loop that restores Hayato to life.
  • Badass Boast: When Kira is surrounded on all sides by Josuke and the others, Hayato declares that no matter how fate may be on his side, no matter how many opportunities may come his way, none of that can measure up to the heart of justice that they have brought to bear. This serves as the lynchpin for Kira's Villainous Breakdown.
  • Badass Normal: Not only does he have no Stand power, he's an elementary school kid with no combat experience to speak of. Despite this, he's the first person to catch on to the villain, and he subsequently escapes his elaborate trap, throws himself in harm's way in a determined attempt to make sure Kira gets what he deserves, and he becomes the only non-Stand user in the series that has ever managed to defeat a Stand user (Stray Cat) until part 7, albeit non-violently. He more than qualifies.
  • Break the Cutie: A lot of crap happens to this poor boy, and boy oh boy, is it a long Trauma Conga Line.
  • Creepy Child: Hayato is a quiet boy who spends most of his time in his bedroom. He rarely speaks to his parents, preferring to spy on them with electronic devices he has planted in their room. According to his mother, he has no close friends.
  • Determinator: Despite being a young child, he has one of the most determined and persistent streaks of anyone in the series. During the finale, he even intentionally sets off one of Kira's bombs, having faith that Josuke would heal him before he could die of catastrophic blood loss.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: His long hair makes him rather androgynous-looking. Not especially weird, since he's prepubescent.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Though he's on Kira's case from the moment he enters his life in the last third of the story, he only formally meets the gang during the penultimate arc of the story, which leads directly into the final battle. Still, he's instrumental in both of these fights, even without a Stand.
  • Kid Hero: As an 11-year-old elementary student, he's of the youngest heroes in the series and the most active out of the past child characters. It's almost unsettling how far he's willing to go to defeat Kira; he's rigged cameras all over the house to monitor for him, fully intended to kill him with Stray Cat's air bullets, and was completely willing to commit a Heroic Sacrifice in two separate situations to save other people.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Tries to kill himself with an Exacto knife when Bites The Dust is about to trigger and kill Josuke's group. Unfortunately for him, Bites The Dust is designed to keep him alive.
  • Muggle: He has no Stand powers and knows nothing about Stands, but he is capable of seeing Kira's slayings with Bite the Dust due to being its carrier and understands that he has powers of some sort. The anime adaptation also makes him the first (and so far only) Non-User to see a Stand that doesn't have a corporeal form like Superfly when Bites The Dust sits on his chest as he's being flung back from the loop where Josuke, Jotaro, Okuyasu, and Koichi died.
  • Papa Wolf: Inverted; ironic in that, being just a child, he's willing to die and even kill to protect his mother from Kira in the guise of his father.
  • Properly Paranoid: He places hidden cameras around the house and films his father while he is going to work for months, because he suspects that he has been replaced by someone who looks exactly the same.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Hayato's father was killed, his face literally ripped off to provide a serial killer a cover to hide his identity with. His mother falls in love with said disguised serial killer, not knowing of the true nature of her "husband". When Hayato figures out the truth, Kira proceeds to turn him into a Stand-triggered bomb that will kill anyone who tries to investigate Kira; it also traps Hayato in a never-ending "Groundhog Day" Loop for each time the bomb is triggered. The bomb's victims also happen to include his friends and he is forced to watch as they are killed gruesomely in front of him. When he finally figures out how Bites The Dust works, he tries to kill himself twice — first with an Exacto knife (it fails, due to Bites the Dust keeping him alive), then by touching Okuyasu's mortally injured body so Bites the Dust will kill Hayato instead. And even though Kira was defeated, killed, and posthumously punished as a spirit, Hayato still wasn't satisfied with the resolution because it meant his father's killer basically got off scot-free for his crimes. In the epilogue, his mother foregoes eating dinner in favor of waiting for a husband and father who will never come back, causing Hayato to break down in tears and offer to wait with her, not wanting to break his mother's heart by telling her the ugly truth.
  • Tyke Bomb: A literal one in that Kira uses him as a carrier of Bites the Dust to kill the rest of the cast.
  • Weak, but Skilled: See Badass Normal. Despite being a little boy with no special abilities, he's able to figure out how Stands work (to a remarkably accurate extent) without any outside assistance, and with his observational and deductive skills is able to defeat a Stand (Stray Cat) without a Stand of his own, and even manages to use Stray Cat to land what would have been a killshot on Kira if it wasn't for Kira being insanely lucky. During the final battle, he spends a lot of time acting as the brains while Josuke (and friends) do the actual fighting.
  • Walking Spoiler: Of a sort. His role in the story is directly connected to the fact that his real dad has been killed and replaced by Yoshikage Kira.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Hayato is very observative and intelligent for a child his age. Lampshaded by Josuke.
    "You are really just a grade schooler?"
  • Why Am I Ticking?: Hayato himself is unaffected, but him carrying Bites the Dust leads to the deaths of all the heroes, not that it sticks.
  • You Killed My Father: While his opposition to Kira is predominantly about protecting his still-living mother, in the finale, he reveals that part of his animosity stems from Kira killing his father, the real Kosaku, in order to impersonate him. Even after Kira's defeat and death, Hayato still wanted him punished for his father's murder so he could get proper closure.
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