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Caesar and Joseph. 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 shōnen series.

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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:
  • As Straizo kindly informs Speedwagon, one of his reasons for becoming a vampire is seeing how beautiful it had made Dio.
  • 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 invade Joseph's body to place two Wedding Rings of Death inside him.
    • 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.
    • Kars and Esidisi raised Wamuu and Santana from infancy in a rather literal case of having two fathers. 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. Some of their lines in Jojos Bizarre Adventure Eyes Of Heaven even 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!
  • For all their Handsome Lechery, Joseph and Caesar have a lot of Belligerent Sexual Tension going on. So much so that fans often see them as a straightforward case of Tragic Bromance without the "B".
    • One of the chapters has a cover image (the page image, in fact) featuring Joseph and Caesar pressed close together in something resembling an intimate embrace between lovers. The illustration is infamous enough to have been turned into official merchandise by the anime studio, as well as redrawn by one of the animators, Kohei Ashiya, for a New Year's card. It was also featured as an Adventure Battle Card... with a heart above the two of them.note 
    • Speaking of Ashiya, he posted a different drawing of Joseph and Caesar together on his Twitter... for Valentine's Day. In his tweet he claims the sketch is unrelated to the holiday, but one has to wonder...
    • Another cover image has Joseph swinging around on a vine with Caesar clinging to him in a manner more appropriate to a love interest. This was also redrawn (partially) by one of the animators for the anime, Hiroshi Matsuyama, to celebrate the release of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven on Christmas.
    • Both characters take frequent potshots at each other over their respective love lives (or the lack of one in Joseph's case) in a way that comes off as suspiciously homoerotic given the context of their growing friendship. For example Joseph's immediate annoyance at Caesar's success with women ends up comes off less as envy and more like wanting him for himself, whereas Caesar belittling Joseph as too obnoxious for women to like (while ruffling his hair all the while) comes off as ironic foreshadowing given that Messina later teases him by comparing his own feelings for Joseph to that of a smitten teenage girl.
    • Said scene is immediately followed by Caesar behaving like a very 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 afterwards.
    • The heroes' first confrontation with the Pillar Men is what finally turns Caesar's initial dislike of Joseph around. This is represented by him tenderly cradling Joseph's unconscious body in his arms while looking at him with a particularly wistful expression that is drawn oddly like a Longing Look.
    • Caesar suddenly appears in the middle of Joseph and Lisa Lisa's trip to Venice, seemingly for no reason other than to provide a gag of them knocking their faces together in what would've been an Accidental Kiss had Joseph's mask not been in the way. That it's immediately followed by them bickering does not help the reputation they have for Belligerent Sexual Tension.
    • At the end of their first fight against Kars, Caesar rescues Joseph from falling by completing his chain of ripple-connected icicles. When questioned about their teamwork by Stroheim, Caesar tries to brush it off by saying he just thought of the stupidest plan he could, knowing that would be the one Joseph would attempt to execute. Joseph, in response, winks and says that that means Caesar has finally reached his level of silliness. He then congratulates him and teases Caesar by giving him the Affectionate Nickname of "Caesar-chan" ("Caesarino" in the dub and official manga translation, "[my] little Caesar" in most fan translations), a term with potentially flirty implications. Caesar, seemingly aware of the undertones, is unamused.
    • In a similar vein, as Joseph slips while almost at the top of the Hell Climb Pillar, Caesar grabs his wrist to save him, at the same time apologizing to Lisa Lisa for interfering with his training.
    • During their argument in Switzerland, Caesar pulls Joseph up close so he can chew him out over his insensitivity. However the way it's depicted and the angle it's from results in it looking like something else. Unsurprisingly it's earned its share of parodies, such as this.
    • Joseph's manga profile indicates that being an orphan raised by his grandmother 'might make him a bit of the lonely [さびし] type'. Meanwhile, Caesar's profile states that 'if he sees a lonely [さびし] girl, he thinks he has to go up to her'. Coincidence?
    • The lyrics of Il Mare Eterno Nella Mia Anima aka the song of Caesar's death, which are clearly taken from Caesar's perspective, read like a love song directed towards Joseph:
      Wherever you go, Wherever I go
      My love lies deep within your life, My love remains in your days
      It takes just one of your smiles, One single smile
      My soul shall never die. It is immortal! It is no use shedding tears for me.
    • One of Young Joseph's supers in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future, "Unforgettable Memories", involves him uppercutting and then punching his opponent while doing the iconic "CAAAEEESSSAARRRR!!" yell, as an image of Caesar followed by panels from the manga flash across the screen. The move finishes with him saying, "You're still in my heart." (Epilepsy warning for the preceding link.)
    • Cut victory dialogue from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven has Tequila Joseph telling Caesar they'd make a good couple.
  • 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).
  • And then Wamuu makes him feel inferior by whipping out a much bigger shaft. A stone pillar.
  • Stroheim's immortal line delivery and pose after Santana gets inside him through his leg wound, and his subsequent comment that it "feels quite pleasant". Just see for yourself.
  • Wamuu's blanked out expression in the manga after taking a surprise Hamon 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.
  • Stroheim unleashing his Chest Blaster at Kars is drawn in an especially homoerotic manner, with him gleefully thrusting his pelvic area forward and putting his arms behind his head as he fires his phallic weapon at him.
  • 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 
  • In general, most of Dio's supporters, including his male ones, many of whom are otherwise shown to be attracted to women, speak of him in reverential and fawning terms that come off as lustful worship of him. 99.9% of the cast agrees that the man's got some serious chawryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyysma.
  • 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.
  • Polnareff and Avdol tend to be drawn in questionable poses in certain artbook scans, and in general 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, after Polnareff 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.
  • The photo the group take of each other features Polnareff grasping the bottom of Joseph's chin in a rather suggestive way.
  • Although Jotaro and Kakyoin are a case of Ships That Pass in the Night in the original manga, and most of the reputed Ho Yay between them actually stems from fanworks like those of CLAMP, some later adaptations have leaned into it anyway:
    • 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. This one at least does have its origins in the manga.
    • During their first encounter in the episode Who Will Be the Judge, Kakyoin uses Hierophant Green's tentacles to bind Jotaro's body in a manner many fans find suggestive. This scene is exclusive to the anime.
      • Jotaro seems to get himself in these scenarios a lot, as Stardust Crusaders sees him bound by a variety of materials in battles against Avdol, Forever, Yellow Temperance, Death Thirteen and the aforementioned Kakyoin.
    • A 2015 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, leading to many jokes that 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 leotard that leaves some of his ass exposed. Perhaps it upon Dio's own request?
  • 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 has them rubbing up one another.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • When Josuke and Okuyasu decide to check out a new Italian restaurant in town called Trattoria Trussardi, they are both seated at a table that has a candle lit in a middle of it, making Josuke and Okuyasu look as if they are going on a date even though they are both sitting next to each other at the table.
  • 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.
  • 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 Belligerent Sexual Tension:
    • 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!

    Golden Wind 
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • Prosciutto stroking Pesci's face for several seconds while reassuring him that he has what it takes to be a competent assassin.
  • Practically every time Abbacchio wants to yell at Giorno, he gets unnecessarily close to him by pulling his shirt, grabbing his chin or sticking his finger in Giorno's chest.
  • 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.
    • The second ED depicts Bucciarati and Abbacchio in a very suggestive position.
    • When the team is attacked on the boat, Abbacchio and Bucciarati press their foreheads together while searching for the enemy Stand user.
  • 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.
  • Before the Green Day fight, when Narancia needs to throw the turtle to safety but can't due to his arm decomposing from the mold, Mista shoots the boat engine and blows it up. The force of the explosion sends Narancia flying onto the pier and into Mista's arms.
  • 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, including this one with Narancia clinging to Bucciarati from behind like a baby koala and this one where Fugo and Abbacchio have their faces and bodies pressed against each other in a pose that implies their bare chests are touching, with facepaint that resembles Blush Stickers.
  • Tiziano and Squalo. They only ever refer to each other as battle partners, but they are shown to be very touchy-feely with each other, even by the standards of Golden Wind. The anime decided to lean into the potential for subtext by adding a scene of Tiziano feeling up Squalo's chest.
  • Diavolo is pretty affectionate with Doppio, calling him "my dearest Doppio" or "my cute little 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 Romance Subtext up to eleven.
  • The aforementioned "Stand orgy" artwork includes Moody Blues and Silver Chariot appearing to be out-and-out having sex.

    Stone Ocean 
  • Jolyne's lawyer gets suspiciously and intimately close to Romeo when he thanks Romeo's father for the money he gave him to get Romeo off the hook.
  • When Jolyne poses nude for the female guards during their strip search, the guards in question look rather... nervous, which can be taken as them either not expecting her to take their demands so in stride or them being turned on.
  • 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, Dio being 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.
    • The scene of Pucci and Dio's first meeting is given a noticeable Animation Bump in which Dio caresses Pucci's hand in a very intimate and downright sensual way before departing.
    • Likewise, Dio introducing himself to Pucci as a man who is allergic to sunlight heavily calls to mind the lyrics to Whitesnake's Signature Song "Still of the Night", which is about a vampire or nocturnal stalker falling in love. Likewise the subtext behind their relationship is a likely reference to the song.
  • Quite a few post-chapter sketches have Jolyne and Stone Free or Ermes touching and fondling each other closely.
    • Covers, too.
    • Ermes eagerly offering Jolyne her own panties goes a little beyond just gals being pals.
  • While they're technically a colony of plankton inhabiting a female body, Foo Fighters is very devoted to Jolyne, and upon controlling Atroe's body the first thing they do is vow to protect Jolyne, followed by attempting to lick her and Ermes' arms. When F.F. sacrifices themself to save Jolyne and Anasui, they state that they do so out of Undying Loyalty to Jolyne because of the way she she gave them meaning in life.
  • The anime gives Whitesnake a particularly seductive drawl courtesy of Tomokazu Seki, causing him to come off as positively aroused by his interactions with a lot of the male Stand users such as Thunder McQueen.

    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 often regarded as an AU version of Speedwagon.
  • 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's focus is decidedly an aversion of the series' penchant for Ho Yay due to focusing on a heterosexual Official Couple and having a lot more Male Gaze fanservice than usual, even then it occasionally indulges in some from time to time. For example the main character has four testicles from being a fusion of two men, making him a literal example of the "balls touching" gag.
  • Josefumi Kujo and Yoshikage Kira were very close together, to the point that they lived in the same apartment. It's revealed They also gave birth to Josuke, in some way.
  • The scene where Joshu is patted down for money by a bunch of thugs gives off a lot of molestation vibes.
  • Jobin wanting to lick Josuke's eyeball is rather suggestive. Later when Josuke wins the bettle fight against Jobin but Jobin's beetle when crushed, explodes and the white liquid inside lands on Joshu's face.
  • 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.