The series tells the story of the Joestar family and their endless conflicts with the supernatural. The series spans well over 100 fictional years (and volumes), having been continuously published for the past 30 years. Each part of the saga chronicles the adventures of a member of the Joestar bloodline, which spreads all over the world and gets pretty darn confusing. They all have three things in common: a star shaped birthmark, a destiny to fight evil, and the nickname JoJo. Also central to the series are the power of Hamon, a martial art that channels the user's inner energy into a form similar to sunlight, and Stands, psycho-spiritual manifestations of willpower that can have a wide variety of abilities. Each JoJo must gather a group of allies, master Hamon or their Stand, and defeat whatever villain is threatening the world.
The story is split into eight parts, the first six of which form their own saga focusing on the impact of a mysterious Stone Mask as well as a series of equally mysterious Arrows on the Joestar family's lives. The series undergoes a Continuity Reboot of sorts with the storylines that occur afterward, set in an Alternate Universe that features many of the elements from the first six storylines. The series is famous for its original and unique art style, intricate plot, creative battles, and immense flamboyancy. It also features a huge number of allusions to Western rock music, including characters named Speedwagon, and Zeppeli, just to name a few.
In spite of its immense popularity, the series did not have a full anime adaptation for a long time. A series of OVAs based on Part 3 and a now lost-to-history feature film adaptation of Part 1 were released in the meantime, though both took liberties with the source material. To commemorate the manga's 25th anniversary in 2012, the long-awaited anime adaptation produced by David Production, written by Yasuko Kobayashi that adapts Part 1 and Part 2, finally debuted. The 2012 anime was followed up with an adaptation of Part 3 in 2014, with an adaptation of Part 4 on April 1, 2016, and also Part 5 in 2018. At Anime Expo 2015, it was confirmed that the 2012 anime would be getting an English dub. A similar announcement was made in 2016, with the test dub's cast returning. It finally saw its long-awaited debut on American airwaves via Toonami on [adult swim], premiering October 15, 2016. The subbed anime can legally be viewed on Crunchyroll. Netflix also currently streams the series in other parts of the world.
The series is (currently) broken down to eight parts across two different continuities:
Original Series (1987-2003)
- Phantom Blood (Ran from Jan. 1, 1987 to Oct. 26, 1987; originally titled Jonathan Joestar: His Youth)note
- Battle Tendency (Ran from Nov. 2, 1987 to Mar. 27, 1989; originally titled Joseph Joestar: His Proud Lineage)note
- Stardust Crusaders (Ran from Apr. 3, 1989 to Apr. 27, 1992; originally titled Jotaro Kujo: Heritage for the Future)note
- Diamond is Unbreakable (Ran from May 4, 1992 to Dec. 4, 1995; occasionally referred to as Diamond is not Crash/Crush and originally titled Josuke Higashikata)note
- Vento Aureo (Ran from Dec. 11, 1995 to Apr. 5, 1999; originally titled Giorno Giovanna: Golden Heritage; mostly referred to as Golden Wind)note
- Stone Ocean (Ran from Jan. 1, 2000 to Apr. 21, 2003; originally titled Jolyne Cujoh: Stone Ocean)note
2004 Reboot (ongoing)
- Steel Ball Run (Ran from Feb. 2, 2004 to Apr. 19, 2011; from this part onward, the manga switched from weekly installments in Weekly Shonen Jump to monthly installments in Ultra Jump)note
- JoJolion (Began on May 19, 2011)note
There is also the series of spinoffs of one-shots chronicling the adventures of the eccentric Author Avatar manga-artist Rohan Kishibe, Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan, which sometimes gets serialized either in Weekly Shonen Jump, Jump SQ, Shōnen Jump+ or Bessatsu Margaret. The chapters/one-shots (the first one published back in 1997) were compiled in two trade paperbacks. Also important to remark is that Kishibe has also starred in similar special one-shots such as Rohan at The Louvre (in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre) and Kishibe Rohan Goes to Gucci as a special collaboration between Araki, Gucci and Spur Magazine in 2011. An OVA of this spinoff series was made available to anyone who purchases the entire Blu-Ray set of the Diamond is Unbreakable anime, a second one was released in a bundle with pre-orders of the limited edition of the second manga volume.
There is a Character Sheet for each of the parts, so post character tropes there.
For other works in the universe, check the franchise page.
Because of the sheer number of tropes present in the manga, the trope examples list has been split into sub-pages:
- Tropes A to B
- Tropes C to D
- Tropes E to F
- Tropes G to K
- Tropes L to O
- Tropes P to T
- Tropes U to Z