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Joseph and Caesar. They'd die for each other.spoilers 

Araki-sensei learned how to draw the male form by studying Ancient Greek art, and took much of the visual inspiration for this series from Italian fashion magazines. Maybe that's why JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has way more Ho Yay than is normal for a shounen series. Some of the more egregious examples (such as when Joseph and Avdol were magnetized, and when Narancia heard Mista saying "Giorno, not so hard") are often played for comedy's sake, and the Ho Yay is sometimes lampshaded by the characters in the situation.

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    Battle Tendency 
Battle Tendency is positively overflowing with it, what with it being about a bunch of musclebound men who do combat while covered in oil and wearing next to nothing:
  • Except for probably being asexual, the Pillar Men are shining pillars of Macho Camp.
    • Santana's idea of "eating" Joseph involves holding him tenderly to his body as he absorbs him.
    • Wamuu and Esidisi giving Joseph their Wedding Rings of Death.
    • Esidisi's fight with Joseph consists of surrounding Joseph with his blood vessels and then trying to fill Joseph with his hot bodily fluids.
    • Wamuu saying that maybe, he was waiting 1,000 years just for Joseph.
  • For all their Handsome Lechery, Joseph and Caesar sure have a lot of Belligerent Sexual Tension going on.
    • Going beyond Ho Yay into explicit Homoerotic Subtext, Messina teases Caesar and tells him he's worse than a woman when it comes to having a crush on Joseph.
    • Caesar becomes a painfully stereotypical Tsundere when he's overjoyed to see Joseph unharmed after his fight with Esidisi, only to catch himself and try to play it cool right after.
    • The end of the first confrontation with the Pillar Men has Caesar cradling Joseph's unconscious body in his arms all starry-eyed, like a pair of lovers.
    • One of the chapters has a cover image (the page image, in fact) featuring Joseph and Caesar pulling uncomfortably close together in what rather looks like an intimate embrace between lovers. The image is even redrawn in the anime artstyle and being sold as a wall scroll.
    • While another has Joseph swinging around on a vine with Caesar holding on a girlfriend sort of way.
    • There's literally no reason for Caesar to show up during the scene in Venice after their training except as an excuse to bump into Joseph at juuust the right height that they're a facemask away from kissing.
    • During their argument in Switzerland, Caesar pulls Joseph up close so he can chew him out over his insensitivity. But the way it's drawn it sure looks like something else. Unsurprisingly it's earned its share of parodies, such as this.
    • And possibly most damningly, some interpretations of the lyrics of Il Mare Eterno Nella Mia Anima aka the song of Caesar's death can be read as a one-sided love song from Caesar to Joseph.
  • Lisa Lisa's idea of Ripple training entails Joseph and Caesar climbing a tall, cylindrical tower that gushes oil out the top. Does This Remind You of Anything??
  • The first part of Joseph's battle with Wamuu involves him grabbing ahold of a long, thick shaft and coating it in oil so that he can penetrate Wamuu with it (it's a hammer). Does this also remind you of anything?
    • And then Wamuu makes him feel inferior by whipping out a much bigger shaft. A stone pillar.
  • Hell, Joseph's most iconic outfit from this series could count, seeing as it's an unnecessarily Stripperific crop top which combined with his Scarf Of Asskicking and tendency for ridiculous poses ends up making him look some sort of Club Kid.
    • Promotional material for the anime replaces his pants with ripped jeans belonging to his great-granddaughter Jolyne, and it seems no more out of place.
    • Let's not forget his attempt at crossdressing in Mexico. He seemed really put out by the soldiers seeing through his blatantly obvious disguise.
      Joseph: Man, that hurt my self-esteem!
  • Wamuu's blanked out expression in the manga after taking a surprise Ripple attack to the arms during the first stage of the chariot race looks a little suggestive when posted out of context. But the anime takes this even further, where he's drenched in sweat and bouncing up and down in a way that's almost obscene. Needless to say, it wasn't long before someone realized this scene wouldn't look out of place with a Brazzers logo on it.
    • Kars and Esidisi raised Wamuu and Santana from infancy in a rather literal case of Has Two Daddies. Given that there were no Pillar Women left in existence, and they probably lived for centuries more before going into hibernation, you can probably put two and two together.
      • Like Jotaro and Kakyoin, some of their lines in Jojos Bizarre Adventure Eyes Of Heaven sound like they just had sex.
        Kars: After 2000 years, it may take some time for you to warm up...
        Kars: Just as hot as you were 2000 years ago... I'm glad to see that, Esidisi!
  • The anime dub adds some where it wasn't in the original, where right after Joseph "tags" Santviento, he starts treating him like a male fashion model:
    Joseph: "Oh, I get it. You're one of those strong, silent types, right? Ever thought about modeling? You've got a nice look there! C'mon, let's see what you've got. Give me a smile. Work with me here! Make some LOVE to the camera!"
    Stardust Crusaders 
  • The infamous "Mantrain" at the beginning of the manga, where four of the heroes are pressed up extremely close to each other. More overt in the manga where it seems like they're physically joined at the hip.
  • Bast magnetizing Joseph and Avdol together, especially when Avdol tries to slide off only to get caught by the neighborhood kids with his head stuck to Joseph's belt area. Even better in the anime
  • Polnareff and Avdol's questionable poses in certain artbook scans.
    • Avdol and Polnareff get lots of ho-yay; starting with their first battle where Polnareff (who is under Dio's influence via fleshbud) insists on having a fair fight and then after he loses Avdol holds his unconscious body very tenderly, cupping the back of his head gently.
    • Later, even after Polnareff insists on finding J. Geil himself Avdol goes after him, tackling Polnareff to the ground and laying on him as he scolds him.
    • When Polnareff gets two wishes from Judgement he wishes to bring his sister back to life...along with Avdol.
      • And later when Avdol is revealed to be alive, they find the Stand user's hiding place (indicated by a breathing tube in the ground), and Avdol suggests that the two of them piss into the tube to draw him out (he specifically uses the words "male bonding"). In the anime, their urine creates a rainbow, just in case the subtext wasn't jumping out at the viewer enough.
    • When Polnareff's soul is taken by D'Arby, Avdol is completely furious and almost attacks D'Arby.
    • Avdol promises that if they make it out of Dio's mansion alive he'll take Polnareff to dinner (and taking a close look at the book he's reading during the anime's credits reveals it is about Egyptian restaurants).
    • The OVA plays it up even more by having Avdol come back to the group much earlier and his and Polnareff's reunion consists of both of them hugging each other around the neck, with Polnareff nuzzling his head into Avdol's neck.
  • Polnareff Bridal Carrying an unconscious Kakyoin and clinging onto him as the buggy crashes in the N'Doul arc. In the OVA however, the latter role was given to Jotaro instead. (See below)
  • The photo the group take of each other features Polnareff grasping the bottom of Joseph's chin in a rather suggestive way.
  • Jotaro and Kakyoin have Ho Yay moments, most of the time outside of the official Manga/Anime. Which is unsurprising considering how CLAMP infamously made a lot of fanworks featuring the two back in the 1990s, which may have likely sparked all of the Ho Yay for the adaptations.
    • The scene where Jotaro removes Kakyoin's fleshbud involves him cupping his cheeks while he's lying down. Kakyoin asks him why he decides to save him, Jotaro answers that he doesn't know, Kakyoin began tearing up after hearing that. Meanwhile Holly, who was watching from afar, murmurs that she knows why he did.
    • A recent piece of official Jojo art features Jotaro and Kakyoin wearing rings. Jotaro is wearing an emerald ring while Kakyoin is wearing a platinum ring. It's hard not to imagine wedding rings.
    • One of the animators drew a "What if" scenario of Kakyoin surviving the end of part 3 and going to school with Jotaro in the Winter. He drew a picture of Jotaro and Kakyoin walking in the snow together. The image on the animator's actual tumblr page has it tagged as jotaro x kakyoin. Yes, really.
    • Jotaro (Part 4) and Kakyoin in Eyes of Heaven have a winning quote that sounds like they just had sex if taken out of context.
    Kakyoin: "Feels like you've become a better partner than ever, Jotaro!"
    Jotaro (Part 4): "It's been 10 whole years. I must have grown a little."
    • Jotaro (Part 4)'s winning quotes against Kakyoin really sounds like lamenting over a lost lover.
    Jotaro (Part 4): "It's good to see you again."
    Jotaro (Part 4): "I won’t forget you… from now on, either."
    • In the OVA, when Kakyoin gets his eyes slashed by N'Doul and loses consciousness, Jotaro cleans his wounds and then cradles him in his arms for the rest of the episode and a good portion of the next one.
  • In the anime, DIO spends a lot of time feeling himself and looking at a mirror. That's Jonathan's body we are talking about...
  • This bit from the OVA, which even Hol Horse laughs at for several seconds:
    Hol Horse: Ya see, my Stand is the gun... and your sword can't beat my gun.
    Polnareff: Oh, what's that? "I can beat your bum"? (cracks up) Oooohhh, you're into that stuff!
  • During the Lovers arc, Joseph uses Hermit Purple to get a closer look inside his brain... which looks like this. Joseph literally has dicks on his mind.
  • Vanilla Ice. His profile states that his hobbies include "anything that involves Dio" and the guy completely cuts his own head off without question the very second Dio mentions off-hand that he should probably find some blood to drink soon.
    • Vanilla Ice is the only servant Dio trusted enough to turn into a vampire, and both of them wear similar heart shaped acessories and clothes. Coincidence?
    • Let's not forget the fact that he runs around in a loincloth that leaves some of his ass exposed.
  • Dio is confirmed to be bi and sleeps with many women, so he doesn't change his seductive behavior towards Kakyoin during their first meeting in the anime; which includes rose vines wrapping around Kakyoin's legs and Dio whispering "There's nothing to be afraid of. Let's be friends" into his ear from behind while playing with his earring, which makes Kakyoin start breathing heavily with a smile on his face. The scene alone really feels like Kakyoin is getting molested.
  • After Kakyoin loses against Terence D'Arby and gets his soul stored in a doll, D'Arby proceeds to taunt Jotaro and Joseph that hurting him will also cause harm towards Kakyoin while stroking the doll's chest, having his hand stop at the crotch area, peek under his coat, rubbing his cheek against his, and then stroking his cheek. Similar to the scene mentioned above, this was also anime exclusive.
    Diamond Is Unbreakable 
  • Any piece of official art involving Kira and his stand Killer Queen.
  • There's another piece of official art that has Killer Queen and The World dancing together in a rather provocative manner. And considering that their owners are both male...
    • In the same artwork, Crazy Diamond appears to be grinding on The Hand.
  • Rohan is a straight up Jerkass, but has a huge soft spot for Koichi, whom he considers his inspiration and Only Friend. However, his near-obsessive behavior over him has freaked out Koichi a few times. He was even willing to kill him in order to immortalize him in his manga!
    • Hell, even as Rohan dies in the time-loop caused by the effects of Bites the Dust, he is more concerned about Koichi than himself and he dies saying his name.
    • Not to mention that in Mutsu-kabe Hill, after Rohan goes bankrupt, he lives for a time at Koichi's house. Make of that what you will.
  • Aya Tsuji is very appreciative of Yukako's looks. Hell, she even feels her breasts (apparently to gauge their symmetry) and giggles when her hands get slapped away.
    • The 2nd opening for the anime, "Chase", even shows Aya holding Yukako's chin and it stays at that frame for a few seconds.
  • But of course! How about the scene where Yoshikage Kira walks into the bathroom nude while Hayato's bathing? And asking to join him in the bathtub, getting awfully close to him?
  • In the 8th episode of the anime, Josuke and Okuyasu are watching Yukako confess her love to Koichi. When she says Koichi's facial features are sharpening and he has a cute smile, Josuke remarks "she's got a point." To make matters worse, Okuyasu then asks Josuke "my face is pretty sharp too, right?" He was asking because he was jealous that no girls like Yukako were hitting on him, but the context makes it look like it is Josuke's approval he wants.
  • Josuke and Rohan, which also doubles as Foe Yay:
    • During the second half of the I'm an Alien arc, where Josuke comes to Rohan's house to play a dice game with him. Although it began with dialogue almost sounding like Josuke was trying to ask Rohan out on a date; with Josuke nervously asking him if he's out of work for the day, followed by Rohan getting suspicious of Josuke and demanding him to get to the point. In the anime, if you look closely at one of the shots, you can even see little blush lines on Josuke's face.
    • The Highway Star arc is full of this. Josuke tells Rohan he never wishes to see him again, yet he still checks up on him at the tunnel where Rohan falls into Highway Star's trap. Even if Rohan hates Josuke down to the core, he still tries to get him to safety at the risk of his own life.
      • When Highway Star holds Rohan captive inside of the room and commands him to cry out to Josuke to save him, he also asks him if they're lovers. As it turns out, it's not just in the anime only or a subbing bias, but it's too!
      • After defeating the user, Josuke tries to befriend Rohan only for the latter to still despise him for not listening to his warning. The anime even added in an extra scene for this, in the shot where Rohan gloats about preferring to die than to be saved, Josuke is ''blushing''!
    Vento Aureo 
  • In an infamous, oft-parodied scene, Bucciarati claims that sweat becomes sweeter when you lie. He then proceeds to give Giorno a full-bodied lick on the cheek and claims that "This is the taste of a liar, Giorno Giovanna!"
  • Mista going "Stop, Giorno. Please be more gentle. Ahhh! Not so rough! Don't take off my clothes!" could be very misleading. Narancia totally believes that something else was going on. And in the anime adaptation this scene is immediately followed by the Ending Theme, "Freek'N You".
    • One time Giorno grasped Mista's gun (an actual one) with his other hand sliding inside of Mista's pants. This is their shared intro in Eyes of Heaven, where the game places Giorno's hand on Mista's bare hip, rather than the inside of his pants. The hip variant was used again in the TV edition of the anime, while the Enhanced on DVD version goes for the hand-in-pants variant.
  • Tiziano and Squalo. They're very touchy-feely with each other and the anime adds a scene of Tiziano feeling up Squalo's chest.
  • Sorbet and Gelato from the assassin team. The manga merely implies that they're lovers; in the anime, Illuso explicitly refers to them as a couple and suggests that they're absent from the team meeting because they're "getting it on somewhere".
  • Abbacchio says that the only place he's ever felt at peace is with Bucciarati. Unsurprisingly, they've become the second most popular ship in Part 5 after Giorno/Mista.
  • Giorno and his Stand are a little intimate at times. One of the anime's OPs includes a recreation of one cover that looks like Gold Experience is leaning in to kiss him.
  • Mista calls Giorno's take over of Passione "beautiful to behold" in Purple Haze Feedback.
  • Fugo's wistful, fond thinking of Narancia all throughout Purple Haze Feedback really seems like he's reminiscing on a crush.
    • Not to mention the way Fugo offers his body, soul and heart to Giorno at the end.
  • There's more than one chapter cover where the Bucciarati team are all over each other.
  • Diavolo is pretty affectionate with Doppio, calling him "my dearest Doppio" (made worse/better by the delivery in the All Star Battle quote library).
  • The mere fact that Giorno is the child of both Dio and Jonathan, inheriting only his hair color (and only temporarily) from his mother, takes their Foe Yay Up to Eleven.
  • The aforementioned "Stand orgy" artwork includes Moody Blues and Silver Chariot appearing to be out-and-out having sex.
    Stone Ocean 
  • Pretty much everybody is Les Yay towards Jolyne. Doesn't help that Anasui was originally going to be a girl.
  • While pretty much all of Dio's minions may as well be gay for him, Enrico Pucci may be the one case where the attraction seems mutual and on equal terms, considering the various flashbacks where they lounge around in bed together, shirtless, discussing the nature of the world, mankind, and Heaven. The biggest example is probably the scene where Dio tells Pucci that he should just use Whitesnake to steal The World and use it to conquer the world himself, and forces Pucci's hands onto his head...but Pucci refuses to do it.
    • Also, Dio gave Pucci his bone - no, not like that! - which...turns into a child...On second thought, maybe it is sort of like that. Said powers granting Pucci a link to the Joestar bloodline is pretty major, given how he obsessed over Jonathan's body back in Phantom Blood. In which case Pucci talking about how the family must be eliminated for him to reach Dio in 'Heaven' almost sounds like Murder the Hypotenuse.
  • Quite a few post-chapter sketches have Jolyne and Ermes touching and fondling each other closely.
    • Covers, too.
    • Ermes eagerly offering Jolyne her own panties goes a little beyond just gals being pals.
  • Foo Fighters is devoted to Jolyne, as when she first controls Etro's body she vows to protect her followed by attempting to lick her and Ermes' arms.
    Steel Ball Run 
  • Gyro and Johnny. Just look at some of the volume covers! Especially this one and this one!
    • The chapter in which Johnny shoots and kills Valentine for doing the same to Gyro is called Break My Heart, Break Your Heart. Make of that what you will...
  • One of the post-chapter doodles features Mountain Tim and Johnny pressing their crotches against each others'. Seriously. Fitting, considering Mountain Tim is basically AU Speedwagon.
  • Scarlet Valentine's one-sided affection for Lucy Steel, although at least Scarlet is explicitly into women.
  • A 2019 illustration for the Ripples of Adventure exhibition includes Pocoloco embracing Sandman from behind, or possibly getting a piggy-back ride.
  • While this part is decidedly an aversion of the series penchant for Ho Yay due to its focus on a heterosexual Official Couple and Male Gaze, even then it occasionally indulges in some from time to time. The scene where Joshu is patted down for money by a bunch of thugs gives off a lot of molestation vibes.
  • Josuke's very design. Even though he's probably the most explicitly straight JoJo ironically enough, it's enough to make him look like the campiest Camp Straight ever.
  • Jobin wanting to lick Josuke's eyeball was pretty suggestive.
  • Josefumi Kujo and Yoshikage Kira were pretty close. They also gave birth to Josuke, in some way.
  • When Mitsuba and Yasuho cross paths in the university hospital, the former tells the latter an intimate detail. That intimate detail being Mitsuba underwent a breast enlargement surgery, and then she makes Yasuho feel them. She tries to feel Yasuho's later, but obviously gets her hand slapped away.

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