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  • From Part 3 to 7, all of the Big Bads' Stands are related to time. Word of God even confirms this and states that the reason why the villains have those powers is because if they had control over time, they could be unbeatable and that stories need to have powerful villains.
    • The World: Time Stands Still.
    • Killer Queen (or rather, its Bites The Dust ability, which is unlocked much later): "Groundhog Day" Loop.
    • King Crimson: Can erase time, allowing its user to evade attacks.
    • Made In Heaven: Can accelerate time around the user. It can get to the point it can go to the end of the Universe, to the beginning of the Universe, to the starting point.
    • Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap: Can access alternate timelines
    • If someone really wants to add it to the list, Kars becoming the Ultimate Life Form. After you become completely immortal, time and aging have no meaning.
    • Hell, even Part 1 is included in this: Dio can freeze people, and while he can't stop all of them, he can slow them down by making them find some way to thaw the ice if they weren't frozen completely.
  • Related to the above, the same can be said for the Stands that defeat said Big Bads:
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    • Star Platinum: Yep, can stop time too.
    • Crazy Diamond: Can repair objects, effectively rewinding time.
    • Gold Experience Requiem: Nullifies effects, effectively rewinding any action.
    • Weather Report: It controls weather conditions... the Italian phrase for "weather" is "tempo atmosferico", which literally means "atmospheric time".
    • Tusk ACT 4: Has access to the "infinite spin", a spin that not only goes on forever, but also ignores all rules of space and time.
    • Additionally: Kars is defeated by his own immortality after he is left in space, unable to move; the villain of part 7 is defeated by the Golden Spin, which, once activated, is "infinite" as in "constant through space and time"; and alternate Diego Brando is defeated by coming in contact with the original Diego's severed head.
    • And in part 1, Jonathan stops Dio for the time being by taking Dio with him to the bottom of the sea... or pausing Dio's plans; he would've permanently stopped them if it wasn't for some fishermen having the misfortune of picking up the coffin Dio was trapped in.
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  • Most of the powers are things that people once believed were scientifically correct. Vampires become super-intelligent via trepanation. King Crimson works by presuming that time is an illusion, created by the flow of events. Kars uses the theory that all creatures are the same before the fetus gestates, which predates Lamarck. The Spin works with the revised Deus ex Machina theory (made by the same priest that made the "time is an illusion" theory). It consists of the hypothesis that if the hand of God is the primal mover, a spherical object can push all his mass in an equal mass, thus start to spin indefinitely.
  • The famous "ORA ORA ORA" move, and the many variations thereof, makes sense when you realize a Stand's power increases the closer it is to its user. Ever "ORA ORA ORA" has the user close enough to their opponent with their Stand in the middle, causing the power increase. Not to mention, the Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs makes it harder for the opponent to concentrate and counterattack.
  • For Parts 1 and 3, the reason Dio loses can be found in the Bible: "It profiteth a man nothing if he gaineth the world yet loseth his soul." Dio gained his Stand The World, yet lost his soul (due to vampirism), so it was All for Nothing in the end.
  • Once you look at all parts one by one, there's always a Sequel Hook regarding a particular power or object that was introduced in the first part and explored in the second part:
    • The Vampire Mask bridges Part 1 and Part 2, as it was the Pillar Men who created them in the first place and thus the vampire race by proxy.
    • The Pillar Men themselves act as the bridge for the Stands from Part 2 to Part 3, as their very existence would have driven mankind to submission were it not for the development of Hamon (and from them evolving Stands) to fight them on even grounds.
    • The Stand Arrows serve as the next link, this time between Part 3 and Part 4, as they serve as the root cause of all the problems in Morioh like Angelo and Kira.
    • Bites the Dust is the following bridge between Part 4 and Part 5 as its appearance in the story showcases that the Stand Arrows have more powers beyond giving Stands to its users.
    • The Requiem Stands are the last bridge for the original timeline, as their potential powers are entangled with the plan of the Big Bad of Part 6. Also, Part 5 marks the point where Art Style changed permanently to favor realistic body sizes, also where the manga took a permanent Darker and Edgier theme.
  • A Stand being a reflection of its user:
    • Star Platinum: Its incredible power and speed, as well as the combination of the two, reflect Jotaro's defiant nature and his tendency for violence and brutality. In contrast, its highly precise vision reflect his intuitive thinking abilities. His ability to stop time may also be a lampshade on his reserved methodical nature. "He lives in his own world" so to speak.
    • Hermit Purple: Joseph's skill at predicting his opponent's moves and words manifest into the ability to make physical psychic visions. Its rather weak power represents how he uses his head to fight rather than his strength to go in head-on. And of course, he can use it as a conduit for his already existing Hamon abilities. Furthermore, while the vine-like form it takes may seem less impressive than the humanoid (and canineoid) Stands of the other main characters, it's actually a perfect reflection of the other half of his fighting style. And it was also used to get away from DIO, which is another tactic favoured by Joseph.
      • Also, Joseph's enemies were all superior to him in raw power, and he had to fight by landing sure hits while generally keeping his distance, also making him fit for a weak Stand with good reach. Not to mention that it's the only Stand (for the main cast) directly emanating from the user's body, instead of being a detached entity, since Joseph needs a direct contact to have it channel Hamon.
    • Crazy Diamond: As Jotaro noted, Josuke's power to fix things reflects his good nature. So why does it have a high level strength to boot? Simple: Josuke's temper, in particular regarding negative comments about his hair.
    • Gold Experience: Its ability to give life to objects that reflect damage back at whatever attacks them respectively highlight Giorno's desire to change the mafia for the better and protect the innocent. In addition to that, its reflection powers and its ability to lengthen the experience of pain in living beings may stem from how ruthless Giorno can be to his enemies. It’s low physical power in comparison to the rest of the Joestars reflects Giorno’s calm, methodical nature. While certainly strong-willed, he isn’t as openly aggressive as the rest of his family and prefers to observe and plan ahead.
    • Stone Free: Jolyne is incredibly strong and does not suffer injustice kindly, just like her father; this grants her Stone Free's powerful humanoid form. On the other hand, she has to be very clever in order to survive in prison, since her enemies surround her 24/7; this is why she has the seemingly-weak unwinding power, somewhat resembling the rope-like Stand of her great-grandfather. Finally, the way that she learns to use the unwinding power to re-weave herself when she takes damage, is reminiscent of Jotaro continuing to fight even after suffering serious injuries (such as when he took Anubis to the gut so he could use his own body for leverage, or when he shoved Shonen Jump magazines in his shirt so he could keep moving around with broken ribs).
    • Tusk: Johnny starts out a pathetic kid who has to rely on his old skills to keep up, with Tusk enabling him to use fingernail bullets, a weak part of his body that relies on skill. Additionally, Tusk evolves over the course of Part 7, representing Johnny growing out of his shell and becoming a better person.
    • Heaven's Door: Rohan is a manga artist that uses real life as a basis for his work... to rather extreme levels. It makes sense that he would literally use people for writing material, and be able to write scripts in them, forcing the victim to do his bidding. He makes life into a story and his stories come to life.
    • Moody Blues: Abbacchio is a former police officer and inadvertently got his partner killed. The ability to replay past events fits both his career and his guilt.
    • KISS: Hermes is a strong-willed and aggressive person, so naturally her Stand has high strength stats. However, her main ability is being able to duplicate objects with a sticker and fuse them back together once she takes them off, damaging them in the process. This is because of her "attachment" to her sister, and how much it hurt to lose her.
    • The World: If the Ditto Fighter theory is true, it shows how Dio... DIO uses the Joestars, his minions, and everyone in general for that matter to excel in power and accomplish his goals. On the other hand, its physical power and Time Stop are also a display of DIO's immense ego, his desire for dominance over the world and belief all humans are mere playthings that can't so much as touch him.
    • Killer Queen: Its ability to completely disintegrate people with its bombs is explained in-universe as Kira's desire to leave no evidence of his murders. Sheer Heart Attack, while much more destructive and chaotic, has the benefit of an unlimited range, which allows Kira to stay safe away from the fight and get an alibi. And Bite The Dust, which has the ability to rewind time after someone discovers Kira's secret, was obtained after Kira kills Hayato in a fit of anger upon being discovered, and he uses it to undo his mistake. Design-wise, Killer Queen being a cat parallels Kira's fast-growing nails, and symbolises him being a predator. He also craves intimacy and enjoys rubbing his face on hands. Killer Queen's chest being hollow might mean that Kira feels empty inside.
    • King Crimson: Diavolo is a deeply paranoid individual who wants to erase his presence and anything that has a connection to him from people's minds so that he can keep himself on top as “emperor”. So his ability to see the future for possible threats and erase time suits him well. Its incredible strength is for quickly eliminating anyone who knows anything about him. Its rather pathetic durability represents his deeply fractured mind and insecurity regarding his identity.
    • Made in Heaven: It has the appearance of a horseman, and can remake history. Its apocalyptic power calls in mind a Horseman of the Apocalypse, an appropriate appearance for a Stand wielded by a Sinister Minister like Pucci.
    • Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap: Funny Valentine's goal was to use the Saint Corpse to make it so that any misfortunes that would befall the US would be transferred to somewhere else...which Funny can also do on a much smaller scale with his Stand if he brings in another version of himself or someone else to take his place.
    • The Hand: Back in part 3, the Crusaders commented on how simple Iggy’s Stand ability was when witnessing it first-hand, while also stating that it’s what also ironically made it so powerful in the first place. Someone as simple-minded as Okuyasu gains the seemingly simple ability to erase things.
    • Sex Pistols: While they also enhance Mista’s natural skill with a gun, the fact that they not only possess sentience but also individual rowdy personalities represent Mista’s easygoing outlook on life and occasional fussy personality. And of course, Mista hates the number four so much that their numerals skipped over it and there’s a number 7 in its place. Not only that, they seem to share his opinion that 4 is bad luck.
    • Jotaro's mother Holly develops a stand and is poisoned by it, driving Jotaro to save her. Why? Because she's a kind and gentle housewife.
  • Speaking of the main Stands, it's probably no coincidence that the main Joestars all have Stands with seemingly-simple abilities that can be utilized in a wide variety of ways, while the main villains all have Stands whose abilities specialize in some mixture of destruction, disruption, deception, sabotage, subterfuge, and stealth. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is a series where brains are just as important as brawn, if not more so; while all of the main characters have plenty of raw power, the circumstances around their fights constantly force everyone to think their moves through and aim to outwit their opponents to come out on top. Naturally, the Stands of the main villains are useful for concocting, concealing, and executing villainous schemes, while the stands of the main heroes tend to be good at uncovering and unraveling said schemes.
  • The deaths for all of the main villains are all Karmic Deaths in that they completely disregard their wants and bring their greatest fears to life.
    • Dio wanted to destroy the Joestar bloodline and fought for pride and status. However, instead of dying as a proud warrior against the Joestar bloodline, he dies after Jotaro learns how to use The World, dying a humiliating death at the hands of trickery... his own trick being used against him as well. There's also the fact that his death allowed the Joestar bloodline to continue, as his failure to kill Jotaro led to Jolyne's birth, and alongside saving Holly, Jotaro had also saved Josuke. Even Giorno, even discounting the fact that he's technically more Jonathan than Dio DNA-wise, ended up becoming as virtuous and noble as the very Joestar that Dio despised.
      • Additionally, his death (his Stand got kicked in the shin and he exploded) was pretty anticlimactic. Given how full of himself he is, this is pretty karmic.
    • Kars wanted to become the Ultimate Lifeform and have total control over every other lower lifeform. Joseph defeats him by launching him into outer space, where there is no lower life for him to control and his desire to live forever is rendered moot.
    • Kira wanted to stay beneath notice. He dies after being overlooked by an ambulance driver. As Jotaro stated, Kira wanted to stay away from newspaper headlines... but a citizen of a small town being run over by an ambulance is a story that's bound to make headlines, at least on a slow news day.
      • In addition, Kira wanted to remain anonymous, and stole someone else's face to escape after he encountered the Morioh gang the first time. When he died, the face he stole was literally ripped off, and they were able to identify him by his dental records as Yoshikage Kira. There's also his spirit's demise. Kira had a hand fetish, and he would keep the hands of his victims despite otherwise wanting to leave no evidence of his crimes. When his spirit was dragged away by the ghost alley, it was ripped apart by dozens of disembodied arms.
    • Diavolo wanted nobody to know of his identity. The infinite death loop that Giorno sentences to him involves him dying different deaths, each of which involves him encountering new people and thus more chances for his identity to be known.
    • Pucci wanted to reshape the world into Dio's image and put an end to the Joestar bloodline. His death at the hands of Emporio not only prevents his ideal world from being created, but happened because Jotaro passed Weather Report's Stand CD on to him, which means that Pucci was indirectly killed by Jotaro's trickery.... just like Dio. Additionally, there's the fact that Pucci learned of Dio's plan through Jotaro's memory disc, so by giving Emporio Weather Report's Stand, it's almost as if Jotaro is getting payback on Pucci.
    • Funny Valentine wanted to collect the Corpse Pieces for the better of the United States, particularly the fear that a foreign enemy could get a hold of them. Over the course of the story, he's attacked by Diego (British), Hot Pants (Italian), and Gyro (also Italian), but is finally killed by Johnny, who is an American like him.
      • In a way, Funny Valentine also inverts the pattern, as while Johnny kills him, Johnny still loses the Steel Ball Run and Funny Valentine still attains high approval ratings, so technically, Funny Valentine did do some good for his country after all.
    • While not a main villain, Vanilla Ice also has similar principles to his death. He wanted to be immortalized by Dio and achieved it literally, but metaphorically speaking, he wanted to achieve this by killing the protagonists. While he can gloat about killing Avdol and Iggy, there is no way for him to ever be acknowledged by Dio for his achievements, as Polnareff killed him by exposing him to the sun... effectively erasing him from existence.
  • Some of the music shout-outs in the series end up making more sense when you realize that they contain hidden references to aspects of each artist/band's career.
    • As many fans know, the ultimate fate of anyone with the last name Zeppeli is death. One of Led Zeppelin's most famous songs is titled "Stairway to Heaven", which means Will, Caesar, and Gyro have all ascended this stairway.
    • In Phantom Blood, Dio resurrects two knights named Tarkus and Bruford. Tarkus is named after the song from progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer while Bruford is named after Bill Bruford, the drummer for Yes. Greg Lake of ELP and Bill Bruford both played for King Crimson at different points in time.
    • Kars' final fate is in reference to the song by The Cars "Hello Again", particularly the lyric "one hand on the ground / one hand in space".
    • In Stardust Crusaders, ZZ, named after ZZ Top, has a Stand that takes the form of a red car. The cover for ZZ Top's famous album Eliminator is a picture of a red car.
    • N'Doul's blindness may be an ironic reference to the song "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel, where his namesake, Yossou N'Dour, had a vocal solo towards the end of the song.
    • One of Oingo Boingo's songs titled "No One Lives Forever" humorously plays on the idea that death is a fate written in stone for everyone. Boingo's Stand "Thoth" makes predictions that always come true, and while Oingo doesn't die, he is unable to change his fate of the orange bomb blowing up in his face.
    • "The Hand's" ability to erase space between objects may be in reference to the song by the The Band "The Night They Tore Old Dixie Down", as the Stand is technically tearing matter apart.
    • The hat that Rohan's Stand "Heaven's Door" wears is very similar to the style of hats that Bob Dylan would frequently wear.
    • Bruno's Stand "Sticky Fingers" allows him to use zippers as a weapon and Bruno's outfit contains many zippers. The album Sticky Fingers was famous for containing a functional zipper.
    • Abbacchio's Stand "Moody Blues" having the ability to replay past events may be in reference to the title of the The Moody Blues album "Days of Future Passed. The album itself is a Concept Album centered around the passage of time during one day.
    • Many fans have mistook Narancia for a woman. His Stand is named Aerosmith. One of Aerosmith's songs is titled "Dude Looks Like a Lady".
    • Polpo's Stand, Black Sabbath, is a black-cloaked figure that uses Stand Arrows on people to determine their worthiness. The song "Black Sabbath" by the band of the same name is about a "figure in black" that selects a chosen one.
    • Sale's Stand, Kraftwork, is a reference to the German band Kraftwerk. Kraftwork looks very robotic in nature, while the band Kraftwerk had a gimmick of pretending to be robots.
    • Tiziano's Stand "Talking Head" causes its enemy to state lies by attaching itself to the enemy's tongue. The Talking Heads have an album titled "Speaking in Tongues".
    • Carne's Stand, Notorious B.I.G., doesn't activate until Carne dies. The real Notorious B.I.G. had his album Life After Death come out after he had already passed on.
    • Risotto Nero's Stand "Metallica", which places metal shards into the enemy's bloodstream, references their song "Until it Sleeps", which features the lyrics "So tear me open, pour me out / The things inside that scream and shout / And the pain still hates me / So hold me until it sleeps." The shards being made of metal is a reference to the band's name itself.
    • Diavolo has a devil motif going for him. His Stand is named after King Crimson; supposedly the name was suggested to Robert Fripp by Peter Sinfield to act as a synonym for the Satanic creature Beelzebub.
    • Ungalo's Stand "Bohemian Rhapsody" giving life to cartoon characters is a reference to the opening lyrics of the song of the same title, "Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?"
    • Kira's Stand "Killer Queen" being bomb-themed reflects the lyrics referring to bombs. "She's a killer queen / Gunpowder, gelatine / Dynamite with a laser beam / Guaranteed to blow your mind / Anytime". It can also be the reason why Killer Queen resembles a cat (and also why he uses Stray Cat): "Playful as a pussy cat". It also refers to how he changes his identity to Kosaku. "To avoid complications, she never kept the same address."
  • As seen in the opening credits of the "Diamond is Unbreakable" saga, the JoJo family symbol is a heart. Jotaro, Josuke, and Jolyne wear heart decorations in their clothing in "Diamond is Unbreakable" and "Stone Ocean", and so does Dio Brando in "Stardust Crusaders" in keeping with him stealing from the Joestars, as does his son Giorno in "Vento Aureo". The heart resembles courage and nobility, as well as frailty, qualities the Joestar family displays. It also represents the source of their power; Hamon (ripples of energy) and their later-evolved Stands come from blood, and the heart is what keeps blood pumping through the body.
  • Why is running away the secret Joestar technique? Because it was the last thing Jonathan said to Erina before he died, and that was what she actually did. It saved her life and secured the future of the Joestar bloodline.
  • Joseph Joestar has lived longer than any other JoJo, mentioned as being in his 90s around Stone Ocean. This could be because of his encounters with immortal beings in two JoJo sagas:
    • In Battle Tendency, he wielded the Red Stone of Aja, which can enable Pillar Men to become super-immortal beings. While he did not use it directly, it may have affected his body.
    • Later on in Stardust Crusaders, he received a transfusion of vampire blood from Dio's corpse. This is more significant and direct, though he hasn't displayed any vampiric traits from it.
  • A young man emerges from nowhere one day, and enters a wealthy household as a ward. He picks up a one-sided rivalry with the son of the house, beating him in almost everything and gaining the favor of the patriarch, to the point where the patriarch seems to favor him over his own son. This gets worse when the new arrival 'steals' the son's female friend away from him. Sounds like Phantom Blood Dio? It also applies to Jo2uke.
  • The Joestar family Stands - Star Platinum, Crazy Diamond, Gold Experience, Tusk - are all named after expensive materials (tusk referring to ivory, a precious material itself).
    • Hermit Purple also sort of qualifies, as purple used to be an expensive color to make.
    • Stone Free is an exception, but then freedom in a prison story would be something that comes at a high cost.
      • Although certain types of rock (i.e., marble) are expensive building materials.
  • Jotaro may have gotten NIHL (Noise-Induced Hearing Loss) from firing a gun so close to his head at the beginning of Part 3, which may explain moments like his infamous "the rain sounds like Josuke" line in Part 4.
  • The three Beatdown songs that follow Jotaro, Josuke, and Giorno all have a meaningful motif to them.
    • Stardust Crusaders has heavy guitar riffs in the song, referring to how Part 3 introduced Stands, the major source of the Theme Naming of popular musicians.
    • Diamond is Unbreakable is an evolution of Stardust Crusaders, but with a lot more rapping involved, referring to the more urban setting of DiU.
    • Golden Wind has a chorus which almost sounds like an Ominous Latin Chanting, evoking the feeling that our protagonist is effectively a good version of Dio, all while evoking the mafia theme.
  • The David Productions anime has the tradition of using the main villain of each arc use their Stand power in the opening titles: Dio stopped the credits with the World, Kira used Bites the Dust to rewind the credits, and Diavolo erased time with King Crimson (and saw what would happen with Epitaph). These are all abilities/attacks that interfere with fate and the fourth wall. However, two villains got their attacks in the titles too:
    • Wamuu uses his Divine Sandstorm (神砂嵐 Kamizuna Arashi) attack to change one credit in the "Bloody Stream" opening from Battle Tendency: the studio Kamikaze Douga (神風動画) briefly changes into Kamiarashi Douga (神嵐動画). His is a non-Stand attack, but he is the most honorable Pillar Man of the group, and the only one who was considered a close friend by his rival, Joseph Joestar. His affecting the closing credits is a sign of honor as the first Jojo super-villain to become an ally to the Joestars.
    • Boingo's Thoth Stand recreates the closing credits in his artwork. His particular Stand sees the future: a more direct power seen in the credits that represents fate, the presentation and prediction if not the prevention of events.
  • Biblical parallels:
    • Jonathan is a king's son who had his royal birthright taken from him by an usurper (Dio, David). Both showed a bond of kinship and loyalty nevertheless to the same usurper.
    • Joseph had the ability to read the future. Joseph is also considered a major patriarch figure (the Joestar family, the Hebrews).
    • Giorno Giovanna gets the title of King of Kings, a title given to the son of God (Dio).
  • The first three parts of the original timeline focus on Jonathan, Joseph, and Jotaro, and then the last three parts of the original timeline focus on their children, Josuke (who is directly Joseph's son), Giorno (while Dio's son, is technically also Jonathan's due to his body), and Jolyne (Jotaro's daughter).

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