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  • Ear Ache: some of the many injuries sustained in the manga.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The Joestar family star birthmark, which was introduced to the manga in Stardust Crusaders via Retcon, is present on both Jonathan and Joseph in the TV anime.
    • A young Holly can be seen among the close friends and family at Erina's deathbed in the anime epilogue for Battle Tendency.
    • The Stand-granting Arrow's silhouette appears in the first Stardust Crusaders ending animation.
    • We get a literal example in Polnareff's first encounter with Dio in Stardust Crusaders. In the manga, Dio carries a parrot on his shoulder, while the anime adaptation changes it to Pet Shop, who'd only be introduced later in the arc.
    • In the first episode of "Diamond is Unbreakable," random bystanders to the convenience store hostage situation were changed to Toshikazu Hazamada, Keicho and Okuyasu Nijimura, Yukako Yamagishi, and Rohan Kishibe. Josuke and Koichi won't meet any of them until later on.
      • The cold open of the whole Diamond is Unbreakable anime is a woman cooking breakfast, only to later zoom out and reveal that the woman's hand is actually severed just below the elbow and still bleeding out. It will be another 17 episodes before the plot involving Yoshikage Kira as a serial killer who keeps his victims' hands as trophies is even mentioned.
    • The Diamond is Unbreakable episode with Surface (Show Off) shows an issue of Shonen Jump with Pink Dark Boy on the cover in Hazamada's locker, foreshadowing Hazamada and Koichi meeting its creator, Rohan Kishibe, later on. There's also a brief shot of Yukako again, smiling lovingly at Koichi. Her crush on him forms the next plotline.
    • Another from the Part 4 anime: In episode 13, when Akira Otoishi drains all of the electrical power in Morioh, Yoshikage Kira can be seen from the back, waiting to cross the street. Episode 1 begins (and episode 13 ends) with shots of Kira picking up his "girlfriends".
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The series is most famous for the Stands' odd superpowers leading to unusual, creative fights. However, Stardust Crusaders, the part that introduces Stands, features fairly typical, battle-oriented abilities like fire manipulation or super-strength. As Stardust Crusaders wears on, abilities become more unique, but it wasn't until Diamond Is Unbreakable where everyone had really weird, really specific powers that required creative use. More importantly, stands didn't exist at all in the first two parts, where combat was based on a rather one-size-fits-all martial art named Ripple.
    • Characters have always had Musical Theme Naming, but that wasn't the case for Stands until Diamond is Unbreakable. In Stardust Crusaders, they're named after tarot cards and Egyptian deities.
    • Stands initially followed some of the same rules as the Ripple, such as requiring unobstructed breathing, heavily implying a connection between the two that was quickly ignored. This connection was again lightly implied in Steel Ball Run many years later, but nothing continues to come of it.
    • The dubs of the 2012 adaptations of Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency utilized the correct European accents for the characters. This was dropped in Stardust Crusaders, because the actors had a much easier time using their native American accents.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: It took six parts, 150 years, multiple generations, many many deaths, and the resetting of the universe, but the Joestar family finally got rid of Dio's influence.
  • Easily Forgiven: Koichi gets along with some of his old opponents, such as Tamami, Hazamada and Yukako.
    • That Speedwagon was originally a violent criminal, more than happy to murder Jonathan in the process of robbing him, is never brought up afterwards.
  • Eldritch Location: Features more prominently in Steel Ball Run and JoJolion. In the former, "The Devil's Claw" is a roving, nightmarish region of the Arizona Desert that traps people until they either die or leave as Stand Users, and in the latter, the town of Morioh has "Shake Down Road" and the "Wall Eyes", both with unusual properties.
  • Enemy Mine: Hol Horse is forced to team up with Jotaro's party when Enya comes gunning for him.
  • Enhanced on DVD: Bowdlerization is removed, off-model art is fixed, and frame-combining is removed. Here and here are full comparisons of changes in the first six episodes (mouse over to see the home video version).
  • Establishing Character Moment:Each JoJo gets one:
    • Jonathan jumps to help a young lady being bullied by kids taller and stronger than him because it's what a gentleman does.
    • Joseph asks two Dirty Cops to let a victimized black kid go, even if said kid stole his wallet, and when provoked, violently beats the cops.
    • Jotaro is introduced in a jail cell telling his mother to shut up.
    • Josuke is first seen being bullied but calmly tolerating the thugs, but beats one of them when he insults his hair.
    • Giorno tries to steal Koichi's luggage, but when Koichi uses his Stand, Giorno calmly reverses the situation by using his own Stand and gets away.
    • Jolyne is introduced in a cell complaining that someone saw her masturbate.
    • Johnny witness Gyro Zeppeli's duel and without a care touches the Steel Balls.
    • Josuke wakes up and asks Yasuho who he is, then fiercely retaliates against Joshu, who pushed Yasuho aside and attempted to smash in Josuke's head with a rock.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Jotaro may be a violent delinquent, but his whole quest in Series 3 is one to save his mother from Dio's power. Not to mention one of the big reasons Dio hated his dad was because he treated his wife like crap.
    • Joseph, who despite his aggressively violent and playful nature, loves and respects his Grandmother that raised him very much, as well as "Uncle" Speedwagon.
    • For Dio, true to a fault since he was responsible for father Dario's death. Most likely not the reason behind this, but this fact in particular makes you wonder if it even matters.
  • Every Episode Ending: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure trademark leftward "To be continued" arrow concludes every chapter and episode of the series. This tradition started in the manga at the end of the Death 13 arc in Stardust Crusaders.
  • Evil Gloating: Evil characters like to gloat when they are in a position of power.
    • DIO describes being fully synchronized to Jonathan's body and regaining his full strength as "the greatest high" and sees that he almost feels like singing.
    • Kars fully enjoys describing the sun and his position as the strongest being on earth after using the Stone Mask on himself.
    • Kira gloats about how he has luck on his side, saying his full name in public. Then Josuke surprises him...
    • More down-to-earth than most, but Pucci, after killing everyone but Emporio and cornering him in Green Dolphin Street Prison, still takes the time to expose his motivation and how his plan works to the helpless Emporio.
    • Valentine confidently dares Johnny to use his last Steel Ball and nails, knowing that he cannot use the Super Spin without a horse.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Evil characters are way hammier in general than the heroes.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Quite a few villains fit into this trope.
  • Evolving Credits: The ending credits for the 2012 anime. The animation is a slow pan over a carved Aztec mural as blood flows through its cracks, with the characters relevant to the current arc appearing in the foreground, although they're removed upon death. The Battle Tendency ending picks up where the Phantom Blood version left off; each update also sees the foreground characters change.
  • Evolving Title Screen:
    • The OP for Stardust Crusaders' Egypt arc undergoes two noticeable evolutions in the final episodes: In ep.23, after the true power of DIO's Stand "The World" has been revealed, the scene at the end where DIO appears by Jotaro is changed to show him freezing time and walking past Jotaro before everything starts moving again. In the final episode, this change is retained, but the quick montage of colored silhouettes now has gold images representing DIO or The World added in: standing at the top of the stairs taunting Polnareff, breaking the 20m Emerald Splash, and reaching out a hand to drain Joseph's blood. The silhouette for Jotaro shows something different: a blue silhouette of Star Platinum deflecting the knives thrown at him.
    • Diamond is Unbreakable's OP adds Echoes to two scenes after Koichi uses his Stand in battle for the first time. During the final stretch of the part, the third OP starts playing backwards, demonstrating the time-undoing powers of Kira's Bites The Dust.
    • In later episodes of Vento Aureo/Golden Wind, once the true identity and power of the Boss are revealed, the intro gets interrupted by Doppio turning into Diavolo and using King Crimson to predict Giorno's next move.
      • It then evolves even further in the last few episodes, when Giorno pierces himself with the Arrow and obtains the power of Gold Experience Requiem. When Diavolo activates King Crimson, Giorno suddenly breaks free and uses his power to fix the OP itself.
    • Across every part, each OP's final appearance includes sound effects synced to the visuals.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Most of the time Averted because the narration is explaining the power or the Stand users are smart enough not to do that, but exception exists, like Polnareff's chivalry being such that he feels the need to clear up any misunderstanding or Steely Dan who needs to make clear why the Lover's power make it so Jotaro cannot hit him without killing Joseph.
  • Expy: Kars' physical appearance, arm blades, and desire to be the perfect life form make him a villainous twist on Araki's single other successful series, Baoh.
    • Leaky-eye-Luka is an Expy of historical gangster Lucky Luciano.
    • Also, Wish is a Boys' Love flavored manga centering two characters who, rumors say, are shojo-style Expies of Jotaro and Kakyoin. CLAMP are known JoJo fans, so...
    • Additionally, Rose from the Street Fighter Alpha series (and now, Street Fighter 4) is very clearly an Expy of Lisa Lisa from Battle Tendency.
      • Speaking of Street Fighter, Juri Han, who was introduced in SSF 4, bears a striking resemblance to Jolyne Cujoh.
    • A Capcom artbook says that Guile's design started as an homage to Polnareff before they decided to give him a full-blown Stroheim flattop.
      • Polnareff certainly inspired Benimaru, to the point where SNK still calls him "Polnareff" internally.
    • Sakuya Izayoi has Dio's knife-throwing and Time Stands Still abilities (with the same name), and works for a vampire who near-directly quotes one of Dio's lines (see Shout-Out).
    • JoJolion is full of this. "Josuke" not only is named after his Diamond Is Unbreakable counterpart, but also looks like him sans the pompadour. He befriends an Expy of Koichi and is initially mistaken for Kira. He is adopted into a family where two members look a lot like Giorno's fellow gang members from Vento Aureo.
    • Jotaro Kujo was expressly based off Clint Eastwood.
    • Jonathan (And to a lesser extent, Joseph and Jotaro) are based off of Kenshiro.
  • Extreme Mêlée Revenge: Any villain who pisses off a Joestar will inevitably bear the brunt of one once the Joestar in question discovers their weakness or outsmarts them. Jotaro and Giorno in particular are arguably the kings of this trope for the punishments they inflicted on Steely Dan and Cioccolata respectively:
    • Steely Dan spends his epsiode/chapters humiliating Jotaro in various insulting ways, who can't fight back because his Stand, the Lovers, will return any damage inflicted on him to Joesph because Dan sent it into his brain. Once Kakyoin manages to catch Lovers with Hierophant Green, Steely Dan futilely begs Jotaro for mercy before the latter has Star Platinum tenderize him for 20 seconds straight.
    • Cioccolata is a unbelievably depraved Mad Doctor who loves using his profession to torture others, drive the elderly to suicide, and observe the moment when people lose all hope. After a long and grueling battle, in which Cioccolata uses his Stand Green Day to indiscriminately infect and kill almost all of Rome before trying to take an incapacitated Mista as a last-ditch hostage, Giorno has Gold Experience unleash a relentless storm of punches on him that lasts for no less than 30 seconds.
  • Eye Catch: Starting in Stardust Crusaders, the David Production anime lists the stats of a Stand relevant to the episode, shows said Stand posing, and includes the Stand's name and the name of their user (unless the latter has yet to be discovered); Diamond is Unbreakable also gives a silhouette of their user. The format isn't entirely concrete though, for example, the eyecatches have previously included explanations for the stat-less Epitaph, the anatomy of Stray Cat, and the hierarchy of Passione.
  • Eye Scream: This is prevalent in literally every part of the series. Just to list a couple of examples:
    • The first time Jonathan and Dio fight, Dio sticks his thumb in JoJo's eye.
    • In Diamond Is Unbreakable, one of Shigechi's Harvests punched a hole in Okuyasu's eye, then tore out a handful of the ocular tissue.
    • In Stardust Crusaders, an unlucky sap gets this treatment courtesy of Hierophant Green.
      School Nurse: Does this look like a pen to you?!
    • One of Dio's special surprise attacks in Phantom Blood is to shoot vitreous humor (aka eye goop) from his eyes at the speed of a bullet. And whenever it happens, the reader is given a close-up as his eyes split open.
      • The anime makes it less obvious that it's blood and bodily fluids, and the dub and the Netflix subtitles change it to just regular Eye Beams.
    • Later in Phantom Blood, Dire takes Dio's eye out with a rose.
    • In Battle Tendency, Santana enters a soldier's body through the eyes.
    • In Diamond is Unbreakable, this is the first effect of Tonio's food made with Pearl Jam, as Okuyasu's eyes start melting. They quickly turn back to normal, plus not being tired from lack of sleep.
    • In Steel Ball Run, Johnny's eyes are set on fire twice. He also gets stabbed in the eye by cactus spines in an earlier chapter. Really, it's a miracle that the man doesn't go blind.
    • From time to time, a couple of mooks hit with Gyro's steel ball end up shooting themselves in the eye.
    • In Steel Ball Run, a soldier even lampshades this, as he has his eye headbutted, cut with glass, hit with a door, and impaled on a doorknob, and then he says "Why always my goddamn eye!?" just as another soldier shoots him, you guessed it, in the goddamn eye!
    • In JoJolion, Joshu's eyes turn into voids when Josuke first uses Soft & Wet and Yasuho's eye when a cellphone-paper-frog-thing made by Tsurugi leaps at her. Later on, Gappy gets an eyeful of chestnut courtesy of Yagiyama's stand... and doesn't even blink.

    F 
  • Face Death with Dignity: Jonathan gets a mortal wound, but uses the last of his strength to help Erina and a baby, telling her goodbye as he expires. In Stone Ocean, Jolyne faces Pucci one last time despite having no chance of winning, coldly inviting her enemy to fight.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Straizo in Battle Tendency who became a vampire after fighting them in Part 1.
    • Bruford and Tarkus were hailed as honorable knights during the Middle-Age, but brought back as zombies, they now serve Dio.
  • The Faceless: In Stardust Crusaders, Dio's face is not shown until the final battles begin... even though he's clearly identified as Dio. (The fighting game calls this version "Shadow Dio".) Midler, meanwhile, is never clearly seen at all. When she appeared in the fighting game, Araki had to design her from scratch. Diavolo's face also remains unseen for the majority of Vento Aureo.
  • Faking the Dead: How does Jotaro do it against DIO? By having Star Platinum grab and stop his heart. DIO doesn't listen to Jotaro's heartbeat long enough and Star Platinum pumps his heart just in time to revive him.
    • It almost didn't work, too. DIO was prepared to behead Jotaro just to be sure, but Polnareff interrupted him, enabling Star Platinum to revive Jotaro.
  • Familial Foe: The various parts chronicle the exploits of individual descendants of the Joestar family and their battles with the incarnations of their family nemesis Dio Brando.
  • The Family That Slays Together: The Kira family, with Yoshihiro the father and his serial-killer of a son Yoshikage. Likewise the Boom Boom Family participates to the race together to kill other competitors. J. Geil and his mother Enya are also complete monsters.
  • Family Theme Naming: The Higashikatas in JoJolion have four different levels of this.
    • First, the firstborn males eventually change their name to Norisuke, after the first Norisuke from Steel Ball Run.
    • Secondly, the men in the family (except for Norisuke I and Tsurugi) have their names (birth names in the case of the Norisukes) start with Jo (to be more specific, the 常 kanji): There's Joshu and Jobin, Norisuke II was born as Johei, Norisuke III was born as Joshou, and Norisuke IV was born as Josuke (常 being a different kanji from the 仗 used by the part 4 protagonist and the 定 used by the part 8 protagonist).
    • Thirdly, the women use Playing Card Motifs, Hato (heart), Daiya (Diamond), Mitsuba (Japanese for three leaves, which describes clovers, the french name for the club suit), Kaato (Card) and Tsurugi (Japanese for sword, the equivalent suit to spades in latin (Spanish/Italian) cards and the esoteric tarot). Though it turns out that Tsurugi is a boy.
    • Fourthly, all of the Higashikatas' Stands so far have "King" in their names: King Nothing (Norisuke IV), California King Bed (Daiya), Nut King Call (Joshu), Walking Heart (Hato), Paper Moon King (Tsurugi), Speed King (Jobin) and Awaking III Leaves (Mitsuba).
    • Stands of the Main JoJos from Stardust Crusaders to Stone Ocean had an earthly theme with them (Star Platinum, Crazy Diamond, Gold Experience and Stone Free).
  • Famous Last Words:
    Caesar Zepelli: JoJo! This is my last Ripple, take it!
    Ringo Roadagain: Welcome to the true man's world!
  • Fanservice: The manga indulges in this after its shift to seinen.
  • Fantastic Fighting Style: Two of them, in the first and second part is featured the Ripple or Sendo, an ancient martial in which the practitioners harness The Power of the Sun by breathing; in the seventh is featured the Spin which is based on throwing a spinning sphere.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: A milder example than most, but combining the parts and spinoffs, we still get vampires, super vampires, zombies, two magic martial arts, cyborgs, genuine diviners and fortune tellers, schizophrenic shapeshifters, psychic powers, ghosts, alien viruses, cryptozoology is sometimes true with the flying rods and electricity eating insects, parallel universes, yokai, millennial curses, there is a Heaven, and Fate dictates everything, and sometimes not.
  • Fatal Flaw: Dio's overconfidence and tendency to underestimate his opponents is the source of his shortcomings. In Stone Ocean, Pucci points out that Jotaro's attachment for his daughter is this.
  • Fat Bastard: Polpo is a mob lieutenant, and is so fat he can pass off as a couch. Tamaki Damo is also a less fat example, but compensate by being a first class bastard, using Cold-Blooded Torture liberally and humiliating his victims.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Araki likes to dole out several karmic non-deaths throughout the series' run.
    • Kars succeeds in his plans of becoming the Ultimate Being, a creature with all of the abilities of every living thing on Earth and enhancing his own Pillar Man abilities to make him functionally immortal through instantaneous evolution. His hubris in trying to kill Joseph with his own Ripple empowered strike backfires by setting off a volcanic explosion that ultimately sends Kars outside of Earth's atmosphere. His new powers backfire by slowly turning his body to stone to avoid suffocating in the vacuum of space. Unable to return to the Earth, Kars floats around in the endless void until he just stops thinking.
    • Anubis, a sentient Stand possessing a sword, is destroyed in battle with Jotaro Kujo, leaving it just a blunt broken blade on a hilt. After trying to get revenge with what little destructive power it has left by possessing a small child and then a cow, it is inadvertantly thrown into the Nile where it falls on the riverbed, where it cannot even influence the nearby fish or crabs to pick it up. It is doomed to slowly rust away for the rest of time, until it is so corroded that the Stand simply is destroyed as well.
    • Yoshikage Kira dies and his spirit gets taken to Reimi's hidden alley. He relives his last moments fighting the heroes before he is tricked by Reimi and Arnold into turning around, thereby exposing him to the malicious entity that also lives in the alley. As his spirit and Killer Queen are torn apart by the otherworldly hands, Reimi remarks that wherever he is being taken is probably going to be far from the peaceful and quiet life that he sought out during his time as a serial killer.
      • Whatever does happen to him, however, doesn't keep him from returning as a ghost with no memories or Stand powers in Deadman's Questions.
    • Diavolo's death at the hands of Giorno Giovanna's newly powered up Gold Experience Requiem activates its power to revert anything back to a zero point, effectively trapping Diavolo in a "Groundhog Day" Loop of dying before being brought back to the point right before his death for the rest of eternity. However, each time he will die a different way. The only certanties are that he will die and it will be painful. After readers are treated to just a few of his deaths such as being stabbed and slowly bleeding out or being awake during his own autopsy, Diavolo is ultimately so traumatized from his experiences that he is last seen cowering in fear of a little girl believing she will be the cause of his next death.
    • Magent Magent's Stand 20th Century Boy makes him completely invulnerable but only works by also immobilizing him. During his fight with Wekapipo, Magent Magent is thrown into the Delaware River during which time he gets tied up by several metal cables. He activates 20th Century Boy, which even prevents him from drowning, but he is left tied up on the bottom of the river. As he waits for his rescue by Diego Brando, Diego never arrives, and ultimately Magent Magent stops waiting for his rescue and just stops thinking.note 
  • Fauxshadowing: Once the origin of Josuke's hairstyle is revealed in Diamond Is Unbreakable, Araki appears to be setting up the identity of the mystery man who saved a younger Josuke and his mother to be Josuke himself, having ended up back in time for some reason. In the end, however, the identity of the mystery man is never revealed.
  • Female Gaze: Although made with an adolescent male audience in mind, Battle Tendency is rather infamous for this. The main cast is composed predominantly of handsome and very muscular men in skintight, Stripperiffic clothing who engage in battles chock full of phallic or homoerotic innuendo and highly sensual poses that show off their bodies, with many panels drawing attention to their prominent buttocks and muscles. Many of the other parts would also qualify to an extent as well.
  • Fighting Spirit: The Stands introduced in Stardust Crusaders.
  • Filler: Averted. The manga began in 1986, but it wouldn't receive a proper adaptation until October 2012, when the show's first season premiered. That's twenty-six years later. Fans won't have to worry about the anime overtaking the manga for quite a while.
  • Fingore: Araki's next favourite target of cringe-inducing injuries after Eye Scream. Makes one wonder what kind of childhood the poor author had...
    • Esidisi and Johnny are notable for weaponizing this trait in their fights.
  • Fire/Water Juxtaposition: In Phantom Blood, Jonathan's Ripple, which is basically The Power of the Sun, is opposed to Dio's Vampiric powers, involving freezing the opponent among other techniques.
  • First Kiss: Dio steals the one that would rightfully be Jonathan's.
  • Flaw Exploitation: Joseph Joestar is a master of this. He exploited Straizo smartness to repeatedly trick him, Wamuu's Blood Knight tendencies to spare him on the ground that he would make a great adversary given time to train or uses Kars' obsession with the Red Stone of Aja to protect himself.Other instances of this trope being:
    • Josuke and Okuyasu exploit Shigechi's greed to win against him.
    • Pucci repeatedly uses Sadistic Choices between catching him or saving a companion because he is confident the heroes love each other more than they hate Pucci. Jotaro's attachment for his daughter, making him do unreasonable choices, leads to Pucci killing the whole party.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: We get a Hero Killer vampire with The Power of the Void, his name is Vanilla Ice. The President Evil who weaponizes Karma Houdini to overpowered levels is named Funny.
  • Fly Or Die:
    • Joseph and Caesar's Training from Hell in Battle Tendency starts with Lisa Lisa immediately throwing them into a deep pit, where the only way out is to climb a pillar covered in oil. If they can't do it, then they'll die.
    • Several Stands over the course of the series are awakened by near-death experiences.
  • Food Chain of Evil: Vampires prey on humans and Pillar Men prey on Vampires.
  • Food Porn: Tonio Trussardi introductory arc is full of this. Also the Higashikata Melon Parfait is described in great detail.
  • For Want of a Nail: All of this began because of a carriage accident back in 1868.
  • Forceful Kiss: In Phantom Blood, when Dio steals Erina's First Kiss.
    • Also in Steel Ball Run, Diego does this to Hot Pants, although he was actually trying to suffocate her after she tried to suffocate him. Even so, it gets the same sound effect as the Dio/Erina kiss.
  • Foreign Language Theme: In keeping with Araki's love of foreign music, the anime uses various non-Japanese Real Song Theme Tuneinvoked songs for the TV series end themes.
    • The first season (Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency) uses "Roundabout" by Yes.
    • Stardust Crusaders uses "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles for the first half and "Last Train Home" by the Pat Metheny Group for the second half.
    • Diamond is Unbreakable uses "I Want You" by Savage Garden.
    • Vento Aureo uses "Freek'n You" by Jodeci for its first ED and "Modern Crusaders" by Enigma for its second.
  • Foreshadowing: In Stardust Crusaders, Jotaro and the gang fight Oingo and Boingo, Stand user brothers. Boingo's Stand, Thoth, has the ability to predict the future with 100% accuracy via his comic book. At one point, his comic book predicts that Jotaro will die by having his face split open. Take a guess as to how Jotaro dies in Stone Ocean.
    • A silhouette that looks exactly like the Stand Arrow from Parts 4 and 5 shows up in the Stardust Crusaders ED.
    • In the 7th episode opening sequence, we get a close-up on Dio's eye and see gears turning behind them, foreshadowing Dio's Stand power to stop time.
    • In the OP for Part 3, five shooting stars are shown orbiting the Earth, representing the five main characters. Right near the end of the shot, a sixth shooting star can be seen approaching from off-screen, foreshadowing Iggy joining the group. Culminates in the Part 3 second OP, when the main characters burst from the stars.
    • The second OP for part 3 is so rife with this it's actually kind of amazing. Several things are foreshadowed, namely:
      • Dio's true powers, and what they actually are very foreshadowed by a heavy "clock and gear" theme in the OP. Also, at the end when Jotaro smashes the glass with Star Platinum, you can clearly see DIO's timestop abilities at hand when the OP suddenly changes color and freezes, with DIO suddenly being behind Jotaro. Speaking of Jotaro, his timestop abilities are also foreshadowed, showing the same streaking eye effect that DIO had in earlier OP's, referencing the fact that Jotaro eventually develops the ability to think during the timestops, and eventually do his own timestops. You can also see the arms of DIO's stand, The World. The foreshadowing comes full circle in episode 47, where we see DIO time stopping the opening credits.
      • The fact that the final enemy Stand users all use Egyptian-god named Stands is foreshadowed by a shot of the group climbing a staircase as a spotlight passes over them with the silhouette of an Egyptian god, like Bast, Set, etc. Each time it passes over, a new silhouette can be seen.
      • The hole in the wall that the group busts through to save Polnareff can be very clearly seen.
    • There is also an unbelievable amount of foreshadowing regarding the deaths of Iggy, Avdol, Joseph and Jotaro (before they get better). Specifically-
      • A shot shows Iggy, Polnareff and Avdol climbing a staircase, with a red line that comes up and covers Avdol's arm, representing Vanilla Ice and Cream violently erasing him from existence and leaving only his arms behind. Iggy is also shaded in red, foreshadowing his death, while Polnareff is light-blue, being the only survivor of the Vanilla Ice battle. Additionally, the steps move back by two, referencing how DIO would troll Polnareff by using his Stand, "The World", to prevent him from going up the stairs and kill DIO.
      • The shot of Kakyoin surrounded by thin green wires is a reference to Emerald Splash's final evolution, becoming a large web-like structure that acts as a kind of tripwire-Emerald Splash-minefield. His shadow also looks like the pillar he stands on before he's punched into the water tower.
      • Joseph reaching out with a terrified look on his face ends with a white line slicing behind his head, mimicking how he was stabbed by DIO.
      • Jotaro is surrounded with a number of white lines that seem to be attempting to reach him mimics the famous time-stop knife throw scene. It gets even more intense when a number of the lines touch Jotaro, hitting him in the exact spots he's struck with the knives. Also not to mention the ever so subtle finger wiggle.
    • In the Part 4 anime: Jotaro saying "I hope nothing annoying happens," once he reaches Morioh, and "It's finally over," once Akira Otoishi is defeated. Not even close, Mr. Kujo.
  • Four Is Death: A number of times, ranging from Pucci's four subordinates the heroes fight in the maximum-security wing of the prison in Stone Ocean to Mista's fear of the number in Vento Aureo. Most notable, however, is the fact Phantom Blood is forty-four chapters long, and in the last one, Jonathan dies.
    • Oddly enough, in the fourth arc, only two good guys die, but the trope still applies since the main villain is a mass murderer.
    • Main villain Funny Valentine of Steel Ball Run has a stand named Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, shortened to D4C. And in addition, Valentine kills four named characters.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: As soon as the Time Master villains of the series are introduced, David Productions tweaks their openings to showcase the villain's power.
    • In episode 47 of Stardust Crusaders, Dio uses the World to time-stop the opening credits.
    • In episode 36 of Diamond is Unbreakable, Kira rewind the opening backward.
    • The second opening of Golden Wind features a time skip scene but it is usually glossed until episode 34 when Diavolo is shown positioning himself just behind Giorno with reciting his own eulogy during the time erasure.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The 2012 Anime adaptation has a few in the opening.
    • The first arc has Jonathan developing a Dark Will of Johnny Joestar from Steel Ball Run. And by the way, Johnny's full name was Jonathan Joestar...
    • The second arc further develops this to a degree.
      • In the background of Joseph's silhouettes, you can find Hermit Purple.
      • The pictures of the main cast are shown for a split second. This includes a family photo of Joestar family, Lisa Lisa, Straizo, Loggins and Messina, Stroheim, Smokey, a X-ray picture of Joseph with two rings in his body...
      • When Wamuu uses his signature technique, Holy Sandstorm (神砂), the producer of the opening sequences, Kamikaze Douga (神動画), becomes Kamiarashi Douga (神動画) for a split second.
      • Plenty of Written Sound Effects that are almost invisible in normal speed. This doubles up as a Development Gag, when they play this on the creator's name.
    • The Stardust Crusaders OP features a scene with five shooting stars in the sky; however, off to the far right, there's a sixth star, possibly hinting at Iggy joining the group in the second half of the story.
      • The second opening has The World flash by for a split second right before Star Platinum punches through the glass. This turns into Evolving Credits in episode 47, where DIO activates The World and walks past Jotaro while the music is paused...then starts up again when the two start going at it.
    • In the Justice Arc, when Jotaro shows he wrote a fake first name ("Qtaro") in the guest book, you can see Kakyoin also signed a fake name, "Tenmein".
    • In Episode 12 of the Diamond is Unbreakable anime, Yoshikage Kira can be seen briefly (from behind) as the effects of Red Hot Chili Pepper siphoning all the town's elecricity is shown.
  • Freudian Excuse: Araki went on his way to avert it because he doesn't want villains to be too sympathetic. A few minor villains have them due to them being meant to be sympathetic, such as N’Doul.
    • Several characters have Freudian Excuses in Part 7. However, these are mostly morally questionable heroes or neutral characters.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Quite a few villains in JJBA debuted as nobodies, most notably Dio who lived in poverty during Victorian Britain.
  • From Zero to Hero:
    • The series is ripe with these characters. Aside from all of the protagonists of the fifth and sixth parts going from petty criminals and thugs to heroes that take down Physical Gods, the series has Robert EO Speedwagon; a guy who starts out as a street thug, but after meeting Jonathan he exploits his Rags to Riches status to support and aid the Joestar line for over a hundred years.
    • Initially being a little, kinda wimpy guy, Koichi Hirose from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable shows that after gaining his Stand he actually has some backbone, and keeps getting more moments of badassery.
  • Fusion Dance: In JoJolion The Reveal has that the ground near Wall Eyes that Josuke Higashikata was found buried within somehow has the unique property of combining whatever is placed within it. Josuke is eventually revealed to be a fusion of two men, that part's Yoshikage Kira and another man called Josefumi Kujo, who is essentially an Expy of Part 4's Josuke.
  • Functional Magic
    • Hamon is a form of Force Magic. Via special breathing techniques, uses can harness their life force as a weapon against undead foes. While hamon is a very versatile form of magic (as best demonstrated by Joseph), it's strength is limited to the user's body's ability to circulate oxygen: anything that prevents this, such as blood loss or suffocation, can reduce or even eliminate the effectiveness of hamon.
    • Stands are, predominantly, a combination of Theurgy and Summon Magic with some Rule Magic that determines that hard laws for their use, the three main rules being that a person may only have one Stand at a time (although Stands can change under certain conditions, like Echoes and Tusk), damage inflicted on Stands are also reflected on their user and vice versa (a Stand losing an arm would also cause its user's arm to be severed, automatic Stands and Stands bound to physical objects are exceptions to this), and Stands are Invisible to Normals unless bound/manifested through a physical object (like The Fool's sand body). Beyond these rules, the applications of Stands vary widely between two users, including (but not limited to) Purple Hermit's divination, Magician's Red's Elemental Powers over fire, and Gold Experience's transmutation. Many Stands also fall under Inherent Gift: most Stand users are born with their Stands, while those who aren't may be able to gain one via the Bow and Arrow.

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