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Manga / JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean
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Stone Ocean (ストーンオーシャン) is the sixth part of the long-running JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series. It is the Grand Finale of the original continuity, published in Shonen Jump between 2000 and 2003 (with its first chapter being published on the series' 13th anniversary). It's preceded by Vento Aureo and followed by Steel Ball Run, the first entry in the series following a Continuity Reboot.

Set in 2011, Jolyne Cujoh, daughter of Jotaro Kujo, is framed for murder by a crazed disciple of DIO and sent to Florida's Green Dolphin Street Prison. Before she is completely incarcerated, Jotaro manages to awaken Jolyne's Stand powers and warn her of what is to come. However, he is rendered comatose when prison chaplain Father Enrico Pucci, DIO's most trusted follower, uses his own Stand to steal Jotaro's memories in order to further DIO's agenda.


Jolyne, along with fellow Stand Users Ermes Costello, an inmate who transferred with her; an amnesiac man known only as Weather Report; the love-stricken Narciso Anasui; a sentient Stand-Using plankton colony Foo Fighters, and the young boy Emporio Alniño, to stop other Stand-using inmates and staff, save her father, and prevent Father Pucci from remaking the world in DIO's image.

Look at this, Weather, what a crappy trope list! None of the characters are on it! I want to see the Disney characters, goddammit! WHERE THE FUCK IS MICKEY?

  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Jotaro has become this in this part. Put in a coma for nearly the entirety of Stone Ocean, he doesn't join Jolyne's party until the final fight is halfway through.
  • Action Dad: Jotaro is this at the very end of Stone Ocean, where after several volumes of being put into a comatose state, he joins the fight against the Big Bad.
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  • Action Girl: The entire series has several, but Jolyne is notable for being the first and so far only official female JoJo thus far.
  • The Alcatraz: The Green Dolphin Street prison is this, even for the numerous Stand users in it. Apart from being a very tight maximum security prison, the chief warden Miuccia Miuller's power renders escape near impossible. In Part 6, Jolyne is framed for a DUI murder and sent here where she discovers the legacy of the family's former source of affliction.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "JoJo" is this to Jolyne. Her mother used to call her JoJo and she wants her boyfriend Romeo to call her JoJo as well. Anyone else, however, is not allowed to say it.
  • All Just a Dream: 80% of Jolyne and Jotaro's fight against Johngalli A. is this, as Whitesnake trapped them in multi-layered dreams from which they would only wake up when they discovered the discrepancies between reality and the dream.
  • Always Identical Twins: Averted with Enrico Pucci and Weather Report who were Separated at Birth.
  • Amnesia Missed a Spot: Even with his mind wiped so clean that he can't even remember how to speak, Jotaro still subconsciously remembers his daughter (and also, more amusingly, still has an intense attachment to his Nice Hat).
  • Arc Words: "Gravity", being the idea that people linked by fate are naturally drawn together. This comes into play in the ending, in which all of the heroes meet up again in the new universe, with the caveat that none of them remember their adventures.
  • Avenging the Villain: Half of Enrico Pucci's motivation is to get back at the Joestars for killing his friend DIO.
  • Badass in Distress: Jotaro gets his Stand and memories stolen from him, rendering him comatose, it is up to Jolyne to take them back.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Jolyne's outfits all consistently reveal her navel.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • A borderline Downer Ending at that. Pucci is finally defeated, but only by Emporio and the borrowed Weather Report after Made in Heaven kills every other member of the main cast. Pucci also manages to reset the universe, albeit not in DIO's image as he intended, leaving Emporio victorious, but stuck in an alternate reality where all of his friends have been replaced with various counterparts.
    • A more positive take on the ending as outlined in this Reddit post is that the death of Pucci caused a Reset Button on the whole universe (as his new universe collapsed before managing to overwrite the old universe), resetting things to before the beginning of Part 6, resurrecting every single one of the fallen heroes (save possibly Foo Fighters) and placing them in a better position in life (albeit with no memory of Part 6), and giving the priest a Cosmic Retcon because of his own Stand's mechanicsnote . With Pucci no longer existing, the secret of DIO's diary and the Green Baby is no longer a threat, meaning that Jotaro can spend more time with his family and ultimately raise Jolyne (now called Irene, as with the end of DIO's legacy there is no need for another JoJo) to be a more stable personnote . This results in a far happier ending for all, with none of the protagonists doomed to die horribly and ensuring the survival of the Joestar line through the revived Jotaro and Jolyne/Irene, though with the caveat that no one will remember the events of Stone Ocean except for Emporio, who must now live in a changed universe where none of his allies remember him. Considering how easily they found each other and how well they already get along, it's implied that Gravity has brought all the people back to each other to become friends again.
  • Bookends:
    • Phantom Blood was the story of Jonathan and Dio's conflict as adopted brothers, in this part Weather Report one of the protagonists is the brother of main antagonist Enrico Pucci.
    • It all began with the death of Jonathan's mother, who gives her life to protect her son, and ends with Jolyne's death protecting Emporio, having the original continuity begin and end with the death of a female Joestar family member to protect a child.
    • Phantom Blood's last shot was of a clear, blue sky, with the faces of every main character. This part has the same thing happening in its ending, but the sky is grey with rain, and only the heroes who died against Pucci are seen. This is meant to symbolise how the entire main continuity ended: happily, but with a heavy price.
  • Boomerang Comeback: A bad guy version: in Stone Ocean, Kenzo uses a boomerang-shaped piece of metal to partially decapitate Foo Fighters from behind.
  • Break the Cutie: At the end of Stone Ocean, poor Emporio witnesses all of his companions dying, and then has to live with alternate counterparts which remind him of his loss.
  • Breast Expansion: Foo Fighters, hidden in the body of Atroe, can manipulate the moisture inside her corpse to artificially expand the breasts and hide something between them.
  • Brick Joke: Way back in Diamond is Unbreakable, Rohan explains that he has a system where he can send in a complete manga manuscript in four hours. When Pucci starts speeding up time, it's shown that he's the only mangaka who can make the deadlines.
  • The Bus Came Back: A lampshaded aversion. During the third part of the story all of DIO's children start being dragged by destiny towards Pucci, the manga has a page explaining this and explicity wondering why Giorno Giovanna hasn't shown up, going as far as speculating that he might be in Florida on his way to join the fight, but the story ends without him showing up.
  • Call-Back:
    • Pucci attempts to use a knives storm to defeat Jolyne in Chapter 154. Now remember he was friends with DIO...
    • Jotaro dies in the exact same manner as Thoth predicted, with his heading getting split open.
  • The Cameo: The mother of all cameos happens when Ungaro's "Bohemian Rhapsody" gives life to every other fictional character EVER.
  • Carnival of Killers: Pucci uses a shockingly diverse crew of inmates to whom he gives Stands in order to assassinate Jolyne.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: The very first scene of Stone Ocean has Jolyne complaining that a prison guard saw her on A Date with Rosie Palms.
  • Celestial Deadline: Once Pucci fuses with the Green Baby, Jolyne has to stop him from completing his stand before the New Moon. Subverted as Pucci pulls it off 2 days early by simply recreating the gravitational conditions of a New Moon.
  • Chained Heat: The first part of Stone Ocean finishes with a climatic fight between Jolyne and Pucci who are handcuffed together.
  • Cool Submarine: Jotaro uses one provided by the Speedwagon Foundation to help Jolyne escape prison. Extraordinary circumstances lead to Jotaro being the only one to leave the prison.
  • Convenient Coma: At the beginning of the part, Whitesnake steals Jotaro's memories and Stands, putting him in a deep coma so he is effectively Put on a Bus, and giving Jolyne the "opportunity" to try to save her father and solve the mistery of Whitesnake's hidden user.
  • Deadly Gas: Oxygen, of all things, is ultimately what defeats Pucci.
  • Distant Finale: It's been almost 150 years since the events of Phantom Blood at this point and almost 100 since Battle Tendency.
  • End of an Age: Stone Ocean is the last hurrah of the original JoJo continuity.
  • Episode of the Dead: The Kiss of Love & Revenge arc has the heroes going up against Sports Maxx, whose Stand, Limp Bizkit, can resurrect things as invisible zombies, including Sports Maxx himself.
  • Explosive Leash: When the Green Dolphin Street prison guards organize a searching party for two disappeared prisoners, they give the volunteers explosives bracelets so they don't get any idea of escaping. Foo Fighters exploits the fact that they cannot get too far from a certain guard to kill both Jolyne and Ermes by dragging his corpse away.
  • Flipping the Bird: Jolyne can do the American, French, Japanese and Italian (specifically Naples) ways of flipping someone off.
  • Going Commando: Jolyne sometimes forgets to wear her panties.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Notable since it's such a rarity for this series. When Jolyne lets Emporio escape without her so she has a chance to stop Pucci, all we see of her death is a panel with Stone Free's arms (with blood trails) and the top she was wearing flying through the air. While we don't get to see it, it's not difficult to imagine that Pucci tore her body apart with Made In Heaven.
  • Grand Finale: Stone Ocean is the grand finale of the original JoJo continuity as it has been from day one, as the next arc takes place in an alternate universe.
  • Groin Attack: In Stone Ocean, Westwood has trapped Jolyne with a headlock, and Jolyne tries to reach for Westwood's testicles to crush them. However, Westwood simply changes his position to escape this attack.
  • Hope Spot: At the end of Stone Ocean, Pucci is surrounded by the heroes, and it looks like his plan will fail. However, Pucci pulls out a Diabolus ex Machina and unlocks the ultimate Stand Made in Heaven, then kills the near entirety of the party.
  • If We Get Through This...: In Stone Ocean Anasui mentions making his marriage proposition to Jolyne after the fight, and is the first to die to Made in Heaven.
  • Incendiary Exponent: Jolyne sets herself on fire so her heat-sucking opponent cannot kill her. Interestingly Rykiel does the same to prove himself and find a weakness for this move.
  • Kill Them All: The ultimate demise of Jolyne and her companions after Pucci unlocks Made in Heaven. Emporio is the only survivor, however.
  • Like a God to Me: Enrico Pucci, as he puts it, loves DIO as he loves God (Bonus points for "Dio" being "God" in Italian.)
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: During Jolyne and Ermes' fight against Underworld, they are trapped in a past plane crash and will die unless they take the seats of the two survivors. Donatella tosses several sick children in the seats to force Jolyne to make a Sadistic Choice but she chooses to Take a Third Option.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Thanks to Sports Max's Stand, Jolyne, Ermes, and Foo Fighters end up having to deal with an invisible alligator zombie - an encounter which cemented their eternal hatred for alligators in general.
    Ermes: They think they're so goddamned safe just 'cause they're a protected species. Scared the crap out of us back in prison.
  • No, I Am Behind You: When Pucci acquires Made in Heaven, he becomes fond of appearing behind the protagonists with his insane speed.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: During the penultimate chapter, the last member of the team alive is Emporio. All the poor boy can do is scream, cry and run away from his persuer Pucci like hes always done- right up until he tricks Pucci into inserting the Weather Report Stand Disc into his forehead, whereupon he glares coldly at Pucci and reveals he was merely acting scared to get Pucci to let his guard down. What follows next is a brutal beatdown at the hands of Weather Report, all the while Emporio looks on, glowering with rage. This is shocking from Emporio, who has spent most of the Part so far being somewhat of a skittish The Load, and shows that Jolynes determination rubbed off on him.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Sports Max's Limp Bizkit. Not only does it bring back the dead as zombies, they also become invisible.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: Anasui probably shouldn't have asked Jotaro for permission to marry his daughter on the brink of the apocalypse.
    Jotaro: Are you insane?
  • Powers as Programs: Part of the ability of Pucci's Whitesnake involves the ability to extract Stands and transfer them between individuals.
  • Race Against the Clock: This is the main plot for Stone Ocean, the heroes have to stop Pucci before the next new moon. Unfortunately, Pucci figures out he doesn't really need the new moon, he only must recreate the gravitational conditions that the new moon brings, meaning he gets Made in Heaven two days early.
  • Recurring Extra: A certain black inmate seems to be present whenever Jolyne learns something new about the prison to explain it in detail.
  • Retcon: There are two details that were never mentioned in Stardust Crusaders.
    • DIO's motivations are a Downplayed Trope. In Stardust Crusaders, Dio was an Orcus on His Throne, who wanted to kill the Joestars, who he felt were an obstacle to his fate as the emperor of the world; wanted to suck their blood to make Jonathan's body obey him, and increase the powers of his stand. Dio, for the most part, was a straight-up megalomaniac hiding under a suave personality, who simply appeared of wanting the power to rule supreme. Pucci's flashbacks, however, show a more philosophical Dio, who talks about the meaning of happiness and the search for "heaven" (His version of Nirvana), even stating that simple power or money wouldn't give him the happiness he so desires. The reason this is a Downplayed Trope is that these scenes are based on minor scenes from Part 3, and feel more like an expansion of the suave manipulator.
    • Played straight with DIO's diary, where it shows Jotaro burning it at some point during Stardust Crusaders.
  • Ret-Gone: In the end, this was the fate of Jotaro and Jolyne — and, presumably, Weather, Ermes, Anasui, and Donatello Versus — when Pucci accelerates time and resets reality. This is because you only get to stick around if your spirit is still there. Dead = no spirit to exist for any time in the new universe = causality/history-altering to compensate for that. However, when Pucci is killed, the reset effect snaps back, and all his victims are restored, albeit in slightly different forms. Probably because reality has to take into account the fact that Pucci has been hit with Ret-Gone now. Played straight for Foo Fighters however, as she does not seem to have a counterpart in the alternative universe in the ending.
  • Speed Blitz: Made in Heaven, which accelerates the flow of time leaving anyone but Pucci lagging behind, allows Pucci to act so rapidly even Jotaro's time stop is just not enough.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": When the JoJoveller art book was released in 2013, the cast of Stone Ocean was hit hardest with the new official English spellings of all their names, as fan translations simply kept all the original spellings of the Theme Naming of fashion brands; some examples: Guess to Gwess, D&G to D an G, and Hermes to Ermes. But most baffling was that the fans chose to name the heroine "Jolyne Kujo", sticking with how Jotaro's surname was written in previous books, when even in the original Japanese printing her surname was written exclusively as "Cujoh" in the splash page for chapter 2.
  • Stop, or I Will Shoot!: Security guards in Green Dolphin Street are particularly zealous about shooting prisoners wandering where they shouldn't be. They are however reasonable when the prisoner is clearly surrendering and are guarding a maximum security prison after all, so it's justified.
  • Take Up My Sword: Emporio takes up Jolyne's duty to kill Pucci after she pulls out a You Shall Not Pass!, using Weather Report's Stand against him.
  • Theme Naming: Many of the characters in this part are named after fashion brands or designers, such as Hermès, Narciso Rodriguez, and Guess.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: The sons of Dio in part 6 have powerful stands, but have possessed them for a day at most. This causes their tactics to be very basic, leaving them open to more experienced Stand users. Rykiel, in particular, reveals himself to Jolyne and Ermes in what they immediately recognize as a ploy to get them to come closer to him.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: This is Enrico Pucci's motivation in Stone Ocean. His plan involves using the fusion of his Stand and a homunculus of Dio to accelerate time to the point where the cosmos undergoes both a Big Crunch and a Big Bang, and everything repeats as before, just without anyone who died during the acceleration. The utopia is supposed to come from the fact that those who got to live through the singularity will subconsciously remember everything that ever happened to them in the previous, identical cycle. This means that they will be imbued with a kind of fatalism, immensely dampening any shock, horror, agony, etc. that they would otherwise experience. Basically, Pucci's idea of "paradise" is "a world without surprises".
  • Villain of the Week: Anyone who read Stardust Crusaders or Vento Aureo knows the drill by now.
  • Walking Wasteland: Heavy Weather can hypnotize people into transforming into snails, said snail being able to transform other people by simple contact. Ensures a snail apocalypse that only Weather's death can really stop.
  • Wardens Are Evil: Downplayed, the wardens of Green Dolphin Street are all assholes and abusive but aren't evil per se.
  • Wham Line: In-Universe. "A couple named Pucci... they live in a large mansion, in the town next to mine..." This is what Mrs. Bluemarine tells Pucci in his backstory when explaining that she switched her dead child with Weather Report the day they were born. It's what causes Pucci to realize that his younger sister's new boyfriend is actually their brother, and what causes his Start of Darkness.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: The incantation Pucci uses to merge his Stand with the Green Baby.
  • Zee Rust: At the beginning of the Bohemian Rhapsody arc, Anasui and Weather Report drive by a billboard advertising Disney's MGM Studios park. The chapter in question was written in 2002 when that was indeed the park's name, but takes place in 2012, at which point the park had been renamed Disney Hollywood Studios.

Good grief... (やれやれだわ... Yare yare dawa...)

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