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In the bizarre world of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, powers like healing, making maps and summoning zippers all have deadly combat applications when in the hands of a competent Stand User. In a world full of guys who can stop time, have super strength, and can even reset reality, it's amazing to see what such seemingly underpowered abilities as controlling sound effects and drawing manga can do. If there's a Fighting Game based around the franchise, it's a safe bet that some of these users will make it in despite how little fighting prowess they possess. Here are some of those examples:

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Stardust Crusaders

  • Lovers, the Stand of Steely Dan from Stardust Crusaders, is a small bug that can be easily crushed between two fingers, making it quite possibly the physically weakest Stand ever. His Stand's ability, however, is frighteningly effective and crippling, with very few people capable of actually dealing with Lovers once it's gotten into someone's body. Its size also means it's able to travel inside people and stimulate their pain receptors, with the victim receiving double the pain of any damage Dan takes.
  • Boingo tries to invoke this trope, remarking that even though his Stand can't see far into the future, its high accuracy makes up for any of its shortcomings. It's subverted due to the fact that Thoth's predictions backfire so much that he and his partners would be better off ignoring it. He doesn't make it as a playable character for Heritage for the Future, instead becoming an Assist Character to one of Hol Horse's playable versions.
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Diamond is Unbreakable

  • Josuke Higashikata's Stand, Crazy Diamond, is equipped with the same power of other close-ranged Stands. Its main ability, however, is repairing objects, an ability that would be offensively useless. Josuke's creativity in how he uses it, such as repairing projectiles to send them flying back at his enemies or healing detached limbs so he can follow them back to their owner, turns Crazy Diamond into one of the most dangerous and versatile Stands in the series, especially whenever Josuke disposes of enemies he considers irredeemable.
  • Koichi Hirose's Echoes ACT1 has the power to make sound effects and attach it to objects, and pretty much zero offensive power. In its first appearance, Koichi takes down Tamami by driving him nearly insane from extremely loud, painful sounds ripping into his ears constantly, and then stops his mother from committing suicide by attaching a sound effect to her that repeats an encouraging phrase until she eventually calms down. This is rendered irrelevant later when Echoes ACT2 and ACT3 gain much more useful abilities (though ACT1 remains useful for its superior mobility).
  • Shigechi's Harvest seems like nothing special, being just a bunch of tiny creatures with a stinger that has practically nil offensive capability, and with a little compartment in their head in which they can store anything that fits, which is not much. However, multiply that tiny offensive capability by five hundred and give it an astounding range, and you actually have a potentially pretty dangerous Stand. It says a lot that he came very close to defeating Josuke and Okuyasu at the same time, and later nearly defeated the Big Bad Kira, only losing because he tried to give him a chance to surrender. He's a playable character in both All-Star Battle (DLC) and Eyes of Heaven.
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    • He can also command his Stand to look for things to bring him which manage to fit in their head, such as coins, and they're all intelligent enough to find what Shigechi wants every single time. When Shigechi is first introduced, he was using Harvest to pick up loose change all over town and had collected a fair sum; Josuke suggests that he expand his horizons and collect discarded lottery tickets too, which results in his finding a winning ticket worth 5 million yen whose owner discarded it without checking the numbers first.
    • His introduction arc shows that Harvest's stingers can function as syringes, as seen when he discreetly injects Josuke and Okuyasu's veins with hard liquor to get them swiftly drunk and disoriented. If he were so inclined, Shigechi could kill people easily by injecting them with any number of nasty chemicals, or simply causing embolisms by putting air bubbles into their bloodstreams.
  • Rohan Kishibe's Stand, Heaven's Door, has the ability to turn anyone into a book and allow him to read through their personal history. He can also rip these pages (the consequence for its victim being that they would lose weight and, in the event that all of their pages are ripped off, they die) and write commands in them such as "I can't attack Rohan Kishibe", "I will not look back the alley and fly at 50 MPH" or "I can speak Italian fluently", and the person won't be able to do anything about it. Rohan's laid-back personality and Josuke's Berserk Button-induced wrath making him blind to anything but Rohan himself are the only things preventing this ability from becoming overpowered. He's a playable character in both All-Star Battle and Eyes of Heaven.
  • Atom Heart Father, the Stand of Yoshihiro Kira, allows Yoshihiro's ghost to exist within photos. Any person in a photo with him in it is bound by the area that the photo covers, and whatever Yoshihiro does to the people in the image will happen to the actual people, without any way to stop it. And doing anything to the photo yourself causes that damage to happen to the people in it (such as when Josuke ripped up the photo, which resulted in both he and Jotaro being ripped like the photo and forcing him to use Crazy Diamond to repair it). The only way to defeat this is to take another photograph that makes him the only feature. This ability causes Yoshihiro to be one of the few enemies to actually come close to killing Josuke and Jotaro. Unlike his son, he doesn't make it as a playable fighter in All-Star Battle, but appears instead as the hazard of the Kira Estate stage.
    • Even when his Stand's main power is defeated, it still allows him an extreme amount of autonomy, since he's still able to manipulate the photo itself and interact with the outside world. He spends the rest of Diamond is Unbreakable as Kira's dragon, only being defeated when Josuke discovered him hiding in Hayato's clothes.
  • Stray Cat has the ability to manipulate air and create bubbles. While this ability may sound weak, when those bubbles pop, they put out a lot of force. In fact, it survives Killer Queen's ability by creating a field of air where nothing can ignite, thus negating the explosion, and at one point comes incredibly close to killing Kira by forcing an air bubble into his veins. And then Kira teams up with it by using Killer Queen to turn its bubbles into bombs. While Gatta itself doesn't appear as a playable character in the strictest sense in All-Star Battle and Eyes of Heaven, it becomes Kosaku Kawajiri's Assist Character.

Vento Aureo

  • Giorno Giovanna's Gold Experience has the ability to "imbue life" onto objects. This being JoJo's, we discover that it can turn inanimate objects into living creatures and screw with a person's consciousness, and those are just the basic utilities. During his fight with Bucciarati, who mocks the usefulness of Gold Experience in a fight, Bruno gets to learn first-hand that "overfilled with life" includes charming side effects like losing coordination with your body and feeling the agonizing moment of your face being pounded in, stretched out over several minutes.
  • Bruno Bucciarati's Sticky Fingers has the ability to summon zippers. By creating open zippers he can make instant doors, split enemies apart to disable or kill them or use it on himself to dodge attacks or extend his arms; by making closed zippers, he can seal things together, which can have the effect of sealing someone's lips or even reattaching a severed hand; he can even place zippers on the ground, open it, and ride the slider for fast transport. He also has the ability of making a sort of pocket dimension on things he puts zippers on, which allowed him to be able to do things like hide a cell phone in his own head should he need to call in case of an emergency, or even hide himself inside a child's body without the child even noticing.
  • Little Feet, Formaggio's Stand, is regularly mocked by the rest of La Squadra for the seemingly useless ability of shrinking things. Formaggio proves its usefulness by using it as an infiltration tool, as well as making him hard to hit. He also can use it offensively by shrinking an opponent to the point that their Stand becomes completely useless. In the anime, he assassinates a man by shrinking a car to the size of a grain of rice, dropping it into the target's wine, and then restoring the car to full size after the target swallows it. He even manages to survive being set on fire by slashing open his arm and shrinking so that the blood spray puts him out.
  • Pesci's Beach Boy is... a fishing rod. A fishing rod that can track people and pull them out of whatever room they're in, phase through any object, including skin, and reflect damage to the line back at whatever he has hooked. It says a lot that Bucciarati considers Pesci to be more dangerous than his partner Prosciutto, who could age people past the point of death. He's the Situation/Dramatic Finish of the Naples Train Station stage in All-Star Battle and one of the hazards in Eyes of Heaven.
  • Talking Head, Tiziano's Stand, is a parasite that attaches itself to people's tongues to cause miscommunication. On its own, this Stand isn't all that much, but when used in support of another, more powerful Stand, such as his partner Squalo's Clash, it comes close to killing several members of Team Bucciarati.
  • Trish Una's Stand, Spice Girl, can make any object it hits become soft, which may sound useless, but the objects it hits also turn elastic and infinitely durable. Any enemy weapon affected by Spice Girl becomes practically useless, any obstacle can easily be overcome, and even the ground itself can be turned into a useful shield, trap, or tool. She became a playable character in Eyes of Heaven.

Stone Ocean

  • Of all the lead characters' powers, Jolyne Cujoh's Stone Free, which allows her to unravel her body into string, seems to be the weakest. She can still do a lot with it, such as stitch up wounds, absorb piercing and blunt-force attacks, and even nullify a Stand which can turn people inside-out by turning her body into a Mobius strip. Stone Free can also pass her powers onto Jolyne, which allows Stone Free to dish out damage without many problems.
  • Kiss, the Stand of Ermes Costello, has the ability to duplicate anything that it places one of its stickers on. The things Ermes does with this ability are so complex that it may become hard for the audience to keep up.
  • Highway to Hell, Thunder McQueen's Stand, requires its user to kill themselves in order to kill their victim. Aside from this, it resembles a purple fungus with no combat ability whatsoever. While it would appear to be the most useless Stand of the entire franchise, it becomes incredibly dangerous in the hands of a depressed sociopath with suicidal tendencies like McQueen.
  • Miuccia "Miumiu" Miuller's stand Jail House Lock. Being only able to remember three things at once sounds incredibly lame as a Stand ability, but as Miumiu's arc demonstrates, it becomes nigh impossible to actually attempt attacking her. Acknowledging the presence of something and remembering something from before the activation of Jail House Lock's ability both count towards the four-memory limit, which cripples the victim's ability to plan attacks. She herself acknowledges that it's worse than losing all of one's memories once.

Steel Ball Run

  • On concept, being able to use the Spin to make things... spin, doesn't sound like a particularly useful ability to have, and not nearly as useful as its earlier counterpart in Hamon. In reality, it has a ton of useful applications: spinning one's nails or thrown items to turn them into deadly projectiles, triggering muscle reflexes to make a paraplegic walk, flatten limbs to let the user twist into tight spaces, or affecting one's skin to change their appearance.
  • Pocoloco's Hey Ya! does nothing but provide constant positive encouragement and the occasional bit of advice. However, Pocoloco is Born Lucky (to the point that increased luck was rumored by fans to be one of its powers; it's not), so really, all he needs is that positive encouragement and he can do just about anything he sets his mind to. Plus, it's hinted at times that Hey Ya! knows things its user doesn't, which can be factored into the advice; some of the suggestions sound idiotic but are Crazy Enough to Work. With all combined, it lets him do what no one else achieved: actually win the Steel Ball Run.
  • Johnny Joestar has the Stand, Tusk, whose main ability allows Johnny to shoot his fingernails like bullets. Johnny's use of this ability allows him to become one of the most dangerous Stand Users in the series, and that's not even going into the abilities the Stand gains over time, which border on Story-Breaker Power.
  • Hot Pants has the Stand Cream Starter, which can generate a spray of flesh. Said flesh can be used to disguise herself as other people, cover up and heal wounds, and allow Hot Pants to engage in Detachment Combat. Weird? Yes. Disgusting? Oh yeah. Versatile? Absolutely.
  • Mike O. has the Stand Tubular Bells, which allows him to turn metal into living balloon animals. They can track someone from a distance, and they're still made of metal, which allows them to pierce through someone's face or cut off an arm by reverting to their original forms, making his chapter especially gory.

JoJolion

  • Josuke Higashikata's Stand, Soft and Wet, allows Josuke to create soap bubbles that steal proprieties of objects and people. While that power may sound weird, the complex strategies he manages to pull off with this ability proves just how useful it can be, for example, making someone unable to stand up by stealing the friction from their body.
  • Yasuho Hirose's Paisley Park has the seemingly benign power of "Guidance", at first subconsciously directing people to help or herself to her goal via digital interfaces. When she finds herself kidnapped by human traffickers in their car, Paisley Park guides her to safety... by guiding the driver's foot into the brakes so the car crashes into a tree, leaving Yasuho unharmed.
  • Joshu Higashikata's Stand, Nut King Call, can place screws on objects. Using this ability, Joshu can both screw things together and take things apart by unscrewing the bolt. He's a playable character in Eyes of Heaven.
  • Paper Moon King, the Stand of Tsurugi Higashikata, can bring origami to life. Touching an origami figure will cause the victim to become unable to tell things apart. At one point, a villain is defeated when he confuses an incoming bus for his partner in crime, Tsurugi's father.
  • Speed King, the Stand of Jobin Higashikata, has the ability to store heat within a specific area. Sounds lame, right? That is until it's revealed that Speed King stores heat indefinitely, meaning objects will continue to build up heat until just touching them becomes a One-Hit Kill.
  • Karera Sakunami has the Stand Love Love Deluxe. Whereas her previous-universe counterpart's Love Deluxe had Prehensile Hair with amazing strength, all Karera's version can do is cause hair to grow rapidly. She has a few ways to use this ability to scam people (such as claiming to sell a miracle hair rejuvenation service, despite the fact that the hair falls out after she leaves, making hair grow inside food at a restaurant then complaining to the cook about it, or making hair grow on an ATM's keypad to figure out someone's PIN after stealing their debit card) but she does also find a use for it in combat: first, she makes a long hair grow from an enemy, which she douses with gasoline and lights on fire, the hair acting like a fuse. Since the enemy was also covered by a Deadly Gas at the time, this results in him burning to death.
  • Tamaki Damo has the Stand, Vitamin C, which can soften objects into a putty-like substance. This ability allows him to single-handedly take out nearly the entire Higashikata household.

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