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Fridge Brilliance

  • Giorno's stand Gold Experience can make people live longer after death, pretty much turning them in zombies (as seen with Bucciarati). This may be a reference to how Dio in Phantom Blood could turn people into zombies.
  • Given that Kars created the stone mask, he is, in a metaphorical sense, Giorno's "grandfather" of sorts, and he gains the ability to create life, similar to how Kars did!
  • Why did Cioccolata receive such a brutal beatdown from Giorno, even for the franchise's standard? A few reasons:
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    • As established, Giorno can get pretty ruthless, and Cioccolata's stand embodies 2 of Bucciarati's group's stand powers. Green Day's mold is very similar to Purple Haze's virus, and him applying it to separate his body parts is similar to how Bruno uses his zippers to disassemble himself. Not to mention, his relationship with Secco can be seen as a dark, twisted version of Fugo's relationship with Narancia. In Giorno's eyes, Cioccolata is a very evil version of Bruno and Fugo combined. No wonder he went berserk.
    • Giorno's personal Berserk Button is carelessly harming innocent people, particularly if you're a member of the Mafia. By this point Cioccolata, a high ranking member of the mafia, has just carelessly harmed every single person in Rome that isn't in a helicopter. Giorno decided to be a proper Don and give Cioccolata a seven page/thirty seconds-long ethics lesson.
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    • Cioccolata makes J. Geil and Angelo seem like typical villains if you compare each one's sadism, and alongside DIO as having the highest kill count in the series.
  • Which Stand manages to evolve into a Requiem Stand after Silver Chariot? Why, Gold Experience, of course!
  • One of Aerosmith's most (in)famous songs is "Dude Looks Like a Lady". And which character has a Stand named after Aerosmith? Narancia, a character who has caused much Viewer Gender Confusion among casual fans of the series!
  • In Part 3, despite the stands' theme naming of tarot symbol and colors, we never got a stand with "gold" in the name despite The World being golden. Come Part 5, DIO's son has a stand with "gold" in its name.
  • Some people might complain that Giorno does not seem to have inherited any vampiric traits from Dio. But it makes sense that vampirism wouldn't be a genetic condition: in part 1, it's stated that vampirism is caused by stimulating pressure points in the brain, indicating that all humans have the potential to use vampire abilities and they only need the Stone Mask to unlock them. Having your brain poked shouldn't rewrite your DNA in a way that would be passed down to your children.
  • The second ending for the anime adaptation is Modern Crusaders by Enigma. The title of the song itself is very convenient considering that Vento Aureo shares many traits with Stardust Crusaders.
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    • The song has some lyrics that have some pretty fitting words for this part:
      They have no mission, they have no passion
      But they dare to tell us what's bad and what's good
      Stand up, join us, modern crusaders alive
  • Pesci (using Beach Boy, a fishing pole that can hook into people and rip out internals/drag them along) being partnered with Prosciutto (using The Grateful Dead, a Stand that can make people grow older in a certain radius around himself) seems weird at first. One of the most famous songs The Beach Boys have in their Pet Sounds album is "Wouldn't It Be Nice". What was its first line?
    Wouldn't it be nice if we were older?
  • In more recent episodes of Vento Aureo, we see that Diavolo is using his stand to handle things like portraits, computers and whatnot. Wouldn't it be easier to do it himself? Well, considering his obsession with not leaving behind any evidence that he exists, which in his paranoia can go up to and include leaving fingerprints on ANYTHING, it makes more sense since Stands don't leave behind much physical evidence if used correctly.
  • The Fighting Gold opening actually has a brilliant piece of symbolism regarding each member of Bucciarati's team's Dark and Troubled Past, as well as their current situation, right after a bunch of chains shoot into the air from blood splatter, and before the Title Drop.
    • Giorno is standing still, holding his hand to his chest. His Cleavage Window on his shirt is colored blue, despite the rest of him being yellow. The reason his chest is colored different? Look at the shape; it's a heart. Not only was DIO fond of the imagery, creating a Generation Xerox in fashion sense, but also how Giorno is driven by his heart and his dream.
    • Mista runs around before being surrounded by chains that he aims at with his revolver. His backstory revolved around him moving entirely on instinct, and shooting at the rapists without understanding how. The chains are the rapists, and he's running up to them and shooting them.
      • Alternatively, as the chains alternate between steel bars, they can represent his past as a convicted felon and him running away from the chains represents his desire to break free from fate.
    • Trish is falling downwards, surrounded by chains. This symbolizes her Damsel in Distress status, as she has no choice but to move with "gravity", or the will of the gang members, and she has no real control over her situation (at least for now).
      • Trish' chains are also shaped like a DNA strand, signifying how she's related to the Boss, her fate controlled by blood.
    • Abbacchio's segment is a bit more obvious; it's an hourglass, with the sand moving through his hands. It's both a clue to his Stand ability, and how he's caught up in his guilt over his past. Additionally, Abbacchio enters the scene when a sand bust of his fallen partner shatters onto the ground, and he is seen holding running sand between his palms.
    • Narancia is repeatedly covered by chains before being revealed with a different eye being highlighted. This relates to his mother and himself getting infections in their eyes from physical abuse. When the segment is about to transition, there's a Freeze-Frame Bonus where Narancia has his back to the camera; he's moved past that dark time and is trying to make a new future for himself.
    • Fugo has ink blots in his background. Ink blots are commonly used in psychological analysis, of which he is in dire need of. There's also two Fugo's, back to back, representing how he represses half of his personality and the Hair-Trigger Temper he has.
    • Bruno has the most subtle of them all; he walks down a hallway with a light behind him, with a cold expression on his face. In his backstory, he killed gangsters who were beating his father, all with the exact same expression. The light being behind him also represents how that action locked him into the path of a gangster.
    • In the final shot before the end, the gang are walking forward together, symbolizing their resolve. Finally, he chains that Giorno turned into vines rot and shatter behind them, showing that they are free from their chains and their fates that bind them.
  • Fighting Gold contains hints as to who lives to finish the mission:
    • Before Coda starts the chorus, the characters who flash from silhouette to revealed will either die or leave early (Abbacchio, Narancia, Fugo, Bucciarati, in that order).
    • Also in the verse previous when the characters change from detailed drawings to colored shapes, the bodies of the surviving characters turn dark colors, while the bodies of the characters who die turn black.
    • As the screen pans upward at the end showing the character's faces, the characters who die in the part (Abbacchio, Narancia, Bucciarati, from top to bottom and in order of death) are placed on the right while the survivors (Giorno, Mista, and Fugo) are placed on the left. A similar effect happens in the "End of the World" OP in Stardust Crusaders on the stairs.
  • The stand pillar in the second ending is pretty much a representation of the entire story.
    • The villains' stands are at the bottom half of the pillar, while the heroes (with one exception) are at the top, representing who the gang had to overcome to get to the top of Passione. The villains are also all in agony (like Black Sabbath) or lying in defeat (like White Album).
    • The stands are ordered by their chronological "exit", as in, they are placed relative to the others by when they leave or are defeated. This is why King Crimson is the only enemy stand at the top of the pillar and above Purple Haze, Moody Blues, Aerosmith, and Sticky Fingers. However, he is not above Sex Pistols, Spice Girl, or Gold Experience. It shows King Crimson's dominance over most of Passione. Additionally, Rolling Stones is at the very bottom of the pillar as its arc not only preceded all other events in the manga, but practically set the story in motion. The only exceptions to this theme are Purple Haze, who is placed above the villains but below the gang, and Coco Jumbo who for some reason is lumped between Beach Boy and the Grateful Dead.
    • Additionally, King Crimson and Sticky Fingers are fighting, as if their struggle is immortalized in stone. When Spice Girl is introduced, King Crimson is holding her, indicating their relation.
    • Finally, the one who sits at the very top of the pillar is Gold Experience, shining like gold, and in the same pose as Giorno's in the iconic Vol. 62 cover, as well as the pose David takes in the Fighting Gold opening. This represents the end game of the story, Giorno becoming boss of Passione, as well as his ascension into Gold Experience Requiem.
    • As the one that unknowing started this chain of events and predicted the protagonist deaths, Rolling Stone is revealed to be the ball at the very bottom. It is also the rock behind the statue in the opening seconds of Fighting Gold.
  • Silver Chariot's base appearance is a stereotypical 11-13th century European knight. Logically its Requiem "evolution", Chariot Requiem, visibly demonstrates its advancement by transforming into the silhouette of a ~14th century Spanish Conquistador.
    • Adding onto this, Gold Experience has a ladybug-like pattern on its head. GER has an open, crown-like formation, which resembles a beetle's wings opened up mid-flight.
  • Diavolo's eternity of experiencing different deaths without knowing how the next death will arrive is a fitting punishment for him. Epitaph allowed him to predict the future, but in his state he will spend an eternity never knowing it again. King Crimson allowed him over power his enemies as well as to choose his destiny within a period of time, but here he's stuck dying over and over and powerless to do anything about it. He'll live in eternal fear of how his death shall arrive next, and for a person as paranoid as Diavolo, this would be nothing less than a personal Hell.
  • Both Requiem Stands were directly made to grant an intense desire or wish that their users had, albeit an extremely twisted and metaphorical way to achieve it.
    • Polnareff was wheelchair-bound and horrendously damaged by Diavolo, a shadow of his former self. Naturally, his desire was to keep the Arrow from Diavolo, but he may also have had a desire to give himself a new, stronger body. Chariot Requiem prevents any Stand users from touching the Arrow, as well as put anyone it wants into a new body that constantly changes and grows stronger.
    • Giorno had just lost three of his new friends to Diavolo, as well as had the rest of his gang be tortured by him over the course of the story. Diavolo also represents everything he has grown to hate as a gangster; a drug-peddling psychopath. In that one moment, Giorno wanted to utterly crush Diavolo in every possible way. Gold Experience Requiem can cancel anything Diavolo does and force him to take damage instead of avoiding it like he usually does. Naturally, when someone is as overpowered as Diavolo, you have to create an even more overpowered ability.
  • It seems pretty much like a form of irony when the Dio's son has to face off against the final boss whose Stand is able to effectively stop time much like the World. Even more ironic when his Requiem Stand is able to rewind time, similar to how Yoshikage Kira's Stand evolved, right down to how both the arrows embed themselves into the arm. In short, the final battle of Part 5 is between the Villain Stands of Parts 3 & 4.
  • Metallica's powerset is focused entirely around magnetism and controlling iron — forming sharp objects out of iron, reattaching limbs with iron staples, redirecting light with iron like a mirror to make himself invisible — with exception to the peculiarity of being able to control other Stands if Risotto gets his blood on them. If one thinks about this, though, it's still part of his iron manipulation ability; the only Stand he controls is Aerosmith, which is a tiny airplane made of metal.
  • The abilities and powers of King Crimson are based off two songs from King Crimson, namely, In The Court Of The Crimson King, and Epitaph. The first two lines of of Epitaph are "The wall on which the prophets wrote, is cracking at the seams". Guess how King Crimson's ability starts? By cracking open all the walls, floors and ceilings around it.
  • King Crimson's abilities at a glance seem like a massive screw you to the usual theme of the unchangeability of fate that is recurrent in the series. But Gold Experience Requiem's little speech shows how things actually are: King Crimson doesn't see fate, it just sees the actions those around him will perform, and then "locks them" in place when he erases time. Which is why GER works, by reverting those actions to zero, thereby making them not happen. Perhaps, if Giorno's fate were to die at Diavolo's hands (for example: if a Rolling Stone had predicted his death), presumably not even GER could have saved him. The only person who managed to screw fate was Buccellati, by virtue of still going on for a while after his fated death happened. Although perhaps that leads to another fridge brilliance moment in itself, since Scolippi thinks that Buccellati might have been chosen by destiny to fulfill a greater purpose, and Pucci in Part 6 states that even one changing one's fate might be predestined.
  • Considering the themes of fate in this part, how King Crimson can "lock" someone's action in erased time and thus sealing their fate, it's rather appropriate that in the second opening, the lyric that says "hell no!" is accompanied by a shot of the requiem arrow (and later, Golden Experience Requiem). Both of them are key to countering King Crimson's ability, and thus undoing fate.

Fridge Horror

  • Subtle Fridge Horror, but how was Polpo's massive, decomposing corpse removed from the prison cell? Did they have to wait for him to rot to a skeleton? Or perhaps sliced him up like a roast pig to have the pieces fit through the door, as Formaggio claimed?
  • Failing Polpo's lighter test. Black Sabbath attacking you with the arrow is bad enough, but it also goes after anyone who witnessed the lighter being re-lit. Giorno was lucky the other students at his school had gone home for the day, or the old janitor wouldn't have been the only casualty.
    • It gets worse. Polpo's stand is automatic, it's only following preset commands. Polpo has been doing the lighter test for years, meaning Black Sabbath could have attacked and killed hundreds of innocent bystanders, all because they accidentally witnessed the lighter being re-lit. It's no wonder Giorno tricked him into shooting himself.
  • Half Fridge Horror, half Moment of Awesome: Ciocolatta's 7-page/30 seconds beatdown is already one of the most brutal (and satisfying) in the whole series, but it gets even more brutal when you remember that being punched by Gold Experience speeds up your senses so that each punch feels like several minutes of intense pain. Just one hit was enough to nearly break Bruno's mind, and Ciocolatta probably takes thousands of them. Depending on whether the time-slowing effect stacks, we might even be entering into And I Must Scream territory. Good thing it happened to a Complete Monster so we don't have to feel too bad for him.
    • According to one YouTube account named Speedweed, he did a math about Gold Experience's life-giving punch. Gold Experience hits 26 times in 3.5 seconds, meaning that each punch lasts for about 0.1346 seconds. When Bruno's senses went out of control during his first encounter with Giorno, he received a single punch for 21 seconds, which means he felt everything 156 times slower. If this number is multiplied by 30 seconds beatdown of Cioccolata in the anime, the total amount is 4680 seconds. This means Cioccolata felt at least 1 hour and 18 minutes of pure, excruciating pain.
  • Narancia's backstory involves his mother Mela dying from an eye disease and his father abandoning him. The anime shows that his relationship with his father was already tenuous, he was greatly distant even when his wife was on her death bed, and he refused to answer Narancia's questions about her eye disease before leaving him. When Narancia is later hit in the eye by his interrogators and thrown into juvenile hall without treatment, his eye is similarly infected and he begins to believe he inherited the disease. It's heavily implied that Mela didn't have an "eye disease", and instead died from an infection after being abused by her husband.
  • Fugo had mentioned that he would opt to investigate on Leaky Eyed Luca's disappearance instead of Bruno. Even though Bruno ultimately did the deed that led to the events of Vento Aureo, imagine how screwed Giorno would be if he got attacked by a virus stand when he did. Giorno wouldn't have survived, and it's likely the gang would still be still operating obediently under Diavolo.
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