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I plan on defeating your boss and taking over this city. In order to get rid of the gangsters that sell drugs to children...I'm going to have become a gangster myself.
Giorno Giovanna
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Vento Aureo (黄金の風, lit. Golden Wind), is part 5 of the long-running JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series. It is preceded by Diamond is Unbreakable and followed by Stone Ocean. This part's original run on Shonen Jump went from 1995 to 1999.

Set in 2001, Vento Aureo stars Giorno Giovanna, the son of DIO who was conceived with Jonathan Joestar's body after his resurrection in the 1980s. Unlike his father, Giorno is a righteous, if somewhat ruthless young man just like the rest of the Joestars and, following a massive crime wave in Italy, he seeks to take over The Mafia in order to turn it into an organization for good instead of crime. After a brief scuffle with a Stand-using mafia assassin named Bruno Bucciarati, the two realize that they share a common goal, and so Bucciarati allows Giorno to join his squadron of stand-using gangsters, which also includes Leone Abbacchio, Guido Mista, Narancia Ghirga, and Pannacotta Fugo.

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Giorno and Bucciarati's secret goal of overthrowing the boss gets complicated when they receive an order to guard the boss's daughter, Trish Una, from other members of the mob who want to take her hostage to take the mob for themselves. What follows is a road trip throughout all of Italy, fending off attacks from rival mobsters and culminating in a final confrontation with the boss himself.

The events of the story were adapted by Capcom into a 2002 beat-'em-up for the PS2 titled GioGio's Bizarre Adventurenote , which was never released outside of Japan, likely due to copyright issues and the obscurity of the series in global markets at the time. In October of 2018, a fan-translation patch into English was released for the game. Giorno and all members of Bruno's gang (barring Abbacchio) have been consistent fighters in the Cyber Connect fighting games, Jojos Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven''

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Two light novels have been released that feature stories based on Vento Aureo. The first, Golden Heart, Golden Ring, was released in 2001. It was written by Shotaro Miya and Gichi Otsuka, with illustrations by Araki, and features a story shortly after the first encounter with the Boss, and the apparent betrayal of one of the team members. The second light novel Purple Haze Feedback was released as part of the series 25th anniversary celebrations in 2011. Written by Kouhei Kadono with illustrations provided by Araki, it is set after the events of Vento Aureo and follows Pannacota Fugo as he deals with the aftermath of decisions made in Vento Aureo. However, as with other light novels created for the series, it has not been released outside of Japan and is generally treated as Optional Canon.

On June 21st, 2018, an anime adaptation by David Production was announced, about 2 years after the same studio finished airing Diamond is Unbreakable. The first episode premiered in Japan on July 5th, 2018. Following that, the entire 39-episode anime started airing in Japan on October 5, 2018, with a simulcast on Crunchyroll.


How on Earth do all these tropes work, it makes no— IT JUST WORKS.

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  • Aborted Arc: Fugo was supposed to be revealed as the Boss's mole within Bucciarati's team and would have betrayed them at one point. However, Araki felt that it would be too depressing to actually portray a Face–Heel Turn so he decided to just let him quit the team without reappearing.
  • Accidental Pervert: When the group is going to the train station by van, a sudden stop makes Fugo stumble and fall face-first onto Trish's chest. Mista then proceeds to pull a second-hand Suspiciously Specific Denial ("He's sorry! He totally didn't use the sudden stop as an excuse to feel your boobs or look up your skirt!"), until Fugo yells "Quit saying things that make it sound worse!"
  • Actor Allusion: Cioccolata, whose hair is green, just like his Stand Green Day, is voiced by Atsushi Miyauchi, who is the official Japanese dub voice of Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Extra points Green Day is also big and sports a muscled body like Hulk.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: A number of characters show up much earlier in the anime than in the manga. Most notably is La Squadra, whose members only reveal themselves in their arcs while initially they're only framed in shadow. In the anime their debut has them interact as a group and shows off each member's personality. In addition Sorbet's death is shown and his killer is revealed as Ciocclata and Secco.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • Downplayed example, but the Playstation 2 videogame adaptation added Jonathan Joestar to Giorno's scene with all the JoJos after defeating Black Sabbath. Jonathan is not included in either the manga or anime since, from a narrative point of view, Koichi never met him.
    • The first episode of the anime spends some extra time showing the crime wave in Naples, as well as original scenes where Giorno steals back a wallet from a pickpocket and returns it kindly its proprietor, only for him to snatch two bank notes for himself, and Leaky-Eye Luca shaking down a man for doing business in his territory, which is how he found out about Giorno.
    • The second episode expands on Giorno's backstory, and gives a little characterization to the gangster he helped in his childhood; cruel but just, he killed a father who was selling drugs to children, and didn't bat an eyelid when his victim's son threatened to shoot him in grief. It also shows what Giorno looked like as an adolescent and teenager before he got his blond hair.
    • Abbachio's backstory in the manga never explained how he actually joined Passione after his partner's death, so the anime added two short original scenes where Bruno visits Abbachio's apartment and asks him to join the gang. It also canonizes a fan theory that Abbachio became The Alcoholic after being fired from the police force.
    • La Squadra Esecuzioni gets expanded on quite a bit with episode 10 establishing their personalities much earlier than in the manga and even show them performing an assassination. Even Sorbet and Gelato's deaths are expanded upon, showing the silhouettes of Cioccolata and Secco with the former doing the killing and the latter filming it.
    • The manga did not elaborate much on Pannacotta Fugo's backstory, other than him being accepted into a university at a young age only to be kicked out after beating a professor with an encyclopedia. In the anime, Fugo was being sexually harassed by the teacher, which is why he lashed out at him. The assault resulted in him being abandoned by his family, becoming a thief to survive, and being caught during a dine-and-dash only for Bucciarati to come to his aid and invite him to join the gang. Purple Haze Feedback gives a different account of the event, where the motive for the assault was that Fugo was being criticized for letting his grandmother's death affect his grades.
    • Episode 12 has a post-credit scene of Risotto coming across a dead body at a train station and finding a burnt photograph. The corpse is Pericolo's after he relayed the instructions for Bucciarati's gang to head to Venice and killed himself. This scene explains how La Squadra knew how the gang were heading to Venice, though first-time viewers would not understand the context.
  • Aerith and Bob: a downplayed and truly bizarre example, but characters in this part tend to have full names in which one half will be realistic (Guido, Leone), and the other will be a silly reference to food (Pannacotta, Narancia).
  • Animation Bump: While the anime is well animated in general, the scene where King Crimson's ability is revealed in full ramps up the quality several notches to jaw-dropping levels.
  • Anti-Hero: All of the protagonists are Pragmatic Heroes since they are gangsters and have no reservations about killing their enemies.
  • Anti-Villain: La Squadra whose goals are to take out The Boss in vengeance for their deceased allies.
  • Anyone Can Die: One of the most brutal parts in this regard. Aside from the minor antagonists working for Passione, and the members of La Squadra, Abbacchio, Narancia, and Bucciarati end up being the biggest losses on the protagonist's side.
  • Arc Words: "Resolve" (or "Kakugo" in Japanese). Often associated with and symbolic of Giorno, but is shared with his comrades and enemies alike as the story goes. Can be used in both noun and verb form, but generally translates to something with the effect of readiness to do something dangerous and/or costly without a second thought. Has also been translated as "preparedness", "consciousness", "determination", etc, leading to the catch-all word being watered down through the different contexts.
    • The oft-repeated Catchphrase of Giorno: "I, Giorno Giovanna, have a dream that I know is just."
  • Archnemesis Dad: Trish joins the fight against her scumbag of a father, who not only is a ruthless mob boss, but also tried to kill her.
  • Artistic License – Biology: While some studies show that women can have lower body temperatures, the difference is negligible. That being said, Trish shouldn't be aging that slowly from The Grateful Dead with only a few wrinkles compared to the rest of the gang's shriveled up bodies.
    • Risotto Nero's Stand Metallica can create objects such as razors, nails, or scissors out of the iron in one's blood. In reality, the human body only contains about 4 grams of iron, absolutely not enough for scissors. A few razors or nails would actually be plausible, however.
  • Art Shift: In the anime, Jotaro's photograph of the Crusaders is done in Part 3's style, since the Part 3 anime features the scene of the picture being taken. Polnareff's flashback to the group visiting the Giza Pyramids is also done in a similar way; though not as evident, the Crusaders have the clearly defined musculature of Part 3's artstyle.
  • Assassin Outclassin': Whereas many antagonistic Stand users are specifically sent to kill the heroes, La Squadra Esecuzioni are professional assassins. All but one are defeated by the gang, though.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Fugo's Stand power is so lethal and disgusting that even his friends are creeped out by it. However, he's still one of the good guys, sort of.
  • The Berserker: Fugo, and by extension his Stand Purple Haze, are this. Fugo has a legendarily short temper and has stabbed or beaten Narancia on more than one occasion for screwing up a math problem, and Purple Haze is one of the few Stands shown to have a personality outside of that which its User ascribes to it because it's that consistently pissed off.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Since this part takes place in Italy, Italian phrases come up now and then; The Boss' messages to his capos and Giorno's subconscious writing on the plane, for a couple of examples. In the anime, they are fully shown on screen, so those who know the language could just read it from there. However, it gets subverted because the characters will just read it out loud in Japanese, making its contents more readily available for the audience.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Diavolo is sent to an infinite amount of deaths by Gold Experience Requiem's power at the end of the story and Giorno was able to become the Boss. But it came at the cost of Abbacchio, Naranchia and Bruno's lives.
  • Blood Iron: Risotto's Stand, Metallica, is capable of manipulating iron, including the iron present in the blood of a person. Being an Mafia assassin, his methods aren't pleasant to watch; those unfortunate enough to be within Metallica's range will find themselves coughing out razor blades from their throats, and will discover all sorts of sharp, nasty objects protruding from their face and neck. This way, Risotto can eventually cause his victims to die of suffocation by robbing them of the iron needed to transport precious oxygen, to the point their blood turns yellow.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: While JoJo is quite a gory series especially for a shonen, Vento Aureo is even gorier and more violent than previous parts. Especially because there's very little censoring in the anime. The "King Crimson vs. Metallica" arc in particular is full of gruesome wounds.
  • Blue Means Cold: Ghiacco, whose name means "ice" in Latin, has blue hair and his Stand White Album can freeze things and control ice.
  • Body Horror: Bruno's flesh began to melt as Secco's stand ability is to turn everything to mud. It got to the point where his fingers bent so hard it broke when he touched his face and we can see the bone of his finger.
  • Bookends: Giorno's first Stand duel is against Bucciarati, and he uses Gold Experience's life shot ability to accelerate his opponent's senses and give him an Out-of-Body Experience. This happens again at the halfway point of the story when Diavolo's time erasure makes Bucciarati see a vision of his past self, and again when Gold Experience Requiem reverses time and makes Diavolo see images of his past selves.
  • Book Dumb: Narancia may not be able to make a simple multiplication, but he is still a resourceful Stand user.
  • Boss Game: The game based on Vento Aureo is nothing but 22 chapters of bosses (excluding one that involves Mista avoiding Secco and his Stand Oasis and another that is dedicated to Abbaccio's death).
  • Brick Joke: Starting from episode 2 to episode 19, the anime adaptation had Jodeci's "Freek'n You" as the ending theme. Most anime viewers first heard the ED with some confusion, but quickly got used to it as part of the general FABULOUSNESS of the franchise. Then came Episode 19, with the infamous park bench scene with Giorno and Mista, and when the sultry R&B of the end theme hit after the scene, the true purpose of the ED was revealed. (A significant amount of the manga readers predicted this would happen, and just as the story shifted to the next arc, the ED was changed to "Modern Crusaders".)
  • Bully Hunter: More subtle than most, but Giorno's dream to become the Don of Italy is so that the Mafia will once again protect the weak and innocent as they once did, rather than prey on and victimize them. Point in fact, witness his terrifying Tranquil Fury as he tricks a Capo into swallowing a gun for casually murdering a helpless old janitor who worked at his middle school.
  • Call-Forward:
    • In the anime, during the sequence where Zucchero is tortured, the scene cuts to a stylized graphic of his head being brutalized in between clips of the dancing gang members. As explained here, those cutaways are actually early hints at the three unrevealed stands.
    • Also in the anime, the first OP and the second ED feature statues. At the base of both are spherical boulders; for anyone who has reached the end of the original manga, they may recognize these rocks as Rolling Stones, the Stand that foretold the fates of Bucciarati's group.
  • Car Cushion: In the Sleeping Slaves arc, Mista jumps down six stories and luckily lands on Fugo's car. To be fair, Mista knew that he wouldn't die because Rolling Stones didn't predict his death so he was free to take any risk.
  • Carnival of Killers: Diavolo's Guard Squad tasked with killing traitors of Passione is one of them. There's also the members of La Squadra who the protagonists encounter in the first half of the story.
  • Casting Gag: The reason why Kensho Ono was picked as Giorno for the TV Anime was because the previous two JoJos were voiced by Daisuke Ono and Yuki Ono, both of which have the surname Ono.
  • Central Theme: As mentioned above in Arc Words, "resolve".
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Started to kick in with this part. Whereas parts 1 through 4 are traditional lighthearted shounen battle series with the occasional mature themes this is where it starts to become clear that Araki wanted to move away from Shounen Jump. This part in particular features some of the most gruesome violence in the series, antagonists who are just as sympathetic as the protagonists, many major character deaths, and characters having tragic backstories. All of these would carry over into the future parts.
  • The Chosen One: Diavolo fancies himself being chosen and favoured by Fate itself, claiming it is his right to lord over everyone and take the Arrow for himself.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The introductory story arc is told primarily from Koichi Hirose's perspective as he's robbed by Giorno, and then he comes back again a short while later playing a key part in the fight with Black Sabbath. After that, he (and his reporting to Jotaro) are never so much as mentioned again. The anime deals with this by having Koichi decide that he's learned everything about Giorno that he needs to know, and that he's going to go sightseeing for a bit before returning home and reporting to Jotaro.
  • Cleavage Window: If there's a male equivalent to this trope, then Giorno and Bruno's outfits (as well as a bunch of other characters) both qualify for it.
  • Closed Circle: The fight with Notorious B.I.G is made scarier by the fact that the gang are all stuck on an airplane over the ocean.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Bruno Bucciarati is conflicted between his disgust of drugs and his duty towards Passione, who is dealing them in the streets. When Diavolo attempts to murder his daughter, Trish, who the gang had spent most of the part protecting, he chooses his side and revolts against the Boss.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: The antagonists of Stardust Crusaders and Diamond is Unbreakable were regular people/thugs who happened to be given Stand powers. As such some of them were pretty incompetent while the best ones were either smart or got lucky because they had powerful Stand abilities. In this part however the antagonists are all professional killers who by nature are smart and cunning on top of the fact that their Stand abilities are very useful.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Despite being recognized as the most morally grey of the original JoJos, Giorno is the only one who goes after the main villain of his own free will, rather than the villain removing their choice by making it personal. This directly contrasts the previous protagonist, Josuke, who initially believed that Kira wasn't their problem if he wasn't a Stand User. This leaves Giorno as a wild card to the villains for about half the part rather than their main target (subsequently giving him less spotlight than Josuke). Thematically, this lines up with Giorno being descended from a villain, as he acts while the other JoJos reacted.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: [ All of the Hitman Team are hit with this fate after their encounters with Giorno and the gang. Meanwhile, Sorbet and Gelato became the victims of Cioccolata and Secco to warn the Hitman Team to never trying to find out the Boss's true identity.
  • Creator Provincialism: A few characters are seen bowing in gratitude, Mista mentions the Red String of Fate and is superstitious about the number four being unlucky even though the story is set in Italy.
  • Darker and Edgier: While still having some of the self-aware charm of the previous parts, Vento Aureo plays itself more straight, and is a lot more brutal with its violence. There's also the fact that the main protagonists are anti-heroes who kill people, some of the villains are well-intentioned, and Araki's famous Any One Can Die rule is taken to an extreme.
  • Dead All Along: Bruno Bucciarati after his first meeting with Diavolo. In a bit of a twist, it's noticed by several characters that he doesn't have a pulse or temperature, and this is used to stop a Stand User once.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Giorno defeats Bruno but spares his life, and when Bruno wants to know why, Giorno basically answers "Because you're a good person."
  • Defector from Decadence: Bruno had already some Conflicting Loyalty about Passione's drug business and passively let Giorno do his thing. However, when he sees how The Boss is willing to murder his own daughter because she's a liability, he immediately and openly rebels against the gang.
  • Deuteragonist: Bruno is one to Giorno's Protagonist role. While the events of the part are seen from Giorno's perspective most of the time, Bruno is his closest ally, best friend, and the person he shares his vision with. In addition, Bruno plays a major role in several arcs and is often much more central to the fight than Giorno is, who himself usually takes a backseat supporting role due to his powers as The Medic. Notably, it's not Giorno who first encounters The Boss's stand, but Bruno. Due to Giorno's own Supporting Protagonist status, in fact, some outright argue that Bruno really is the protagonist of the part.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: The anime adaptation adds trippy visuals to the infamous "torture dance" scene, presumably representing Zucchero going crazy from the pain of getting his eyeball cooked by concentrated sunlight.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Ghiaccio is the last member of La Squadra that the protagonists face off against with his fight concluding the first half of the story.
  • Doing In the Wizard: Stands, introduced as a mystic power, are now explained as an alien virus infecting worthy people and granting them power. It still doesn't explain why a virus from a meteorite gives people highly-specified psychic powers and seemingly draws them together, but some explanation is better than none.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Diavolo, who was The Faceless for the entirety of Vento Aureo, finally and climactically drops the mask of Doppio in front of Polnareff in the Coliseum of Rome.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Giorno Giovanna's primary motivation in becoming the new Don of Italy is so that the new Mafia that he rules over will be one that will not sell drugs period, especially to innocent children.
  • Dub Name Change: While it was rather minor in previous installments, this one is shaping to have the most prevalent name changes for the Stand names. The show's lawyers must've had a field day with this series.

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  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • When Diavolo first appeared while shrouded in shadows, he had shorter hair and he was wearing a business suit, not unlike your typical mob boss. However, by the time he made his first physical appearance, he was given long hair and an outfit that wouldn't look out of place in a death metal concert.
    • Gold Experience's Attack Reflector ability (like when Luca tried to smash a frog with his shovel) was quickly dropped.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Many characters in Vento Aureo are named after Italian foods. Examples include Pannacotta Fugo, Abbacchio Leone, Risotto Nero, Melone, Cioccolata, Gelato, Sorbet (which is not actually Italian, the correct word being "sorbetto"), Prosciutto, Pesci, Formaggio, and Mario Zucchero.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: Giorno and Bruno both know that Bruno is undead after his fight with King Crimson, but are too disturbed by the thought to tell their teammates.
  • Elite Mooks: The assassins deployed in Venezia (Squalo, Tiziano, and Carne) are referred to as The Boss's Elite Guard.
  • Elsewhere Fic: Bears less relation to the overall Myth Arc than the other stories of the first six parts, focusing on its own characters within its own setting. The only real relation aside from Jotaro and Koichi's presence at the beginning is that Part 5 reveals more about the arrows and features a very prominent appearance by Polnareff. Even the most obvious connection between Vento Aureo and the actions of DIO, that Giorno is DIO's bastard son, is never properly followed up on and serves more as a thematic than a narrative device.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The anime adds in a moment where Giorno is introduced stealing back a woman’s wallet from a pickpocket, showing his kindness. He then uses Gold Experience to snatch a generous helping of Lire from the wallet, showing his cunning and that he’s not above being the lesser evil.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto:
    • During his fight against Formaggio, Narancia blasts all the cars on the street apart with Aerosmith's bullets, detonating multiple fiery explosions to force his smaller opponent to reveal himself.
    • Later, Mista shoots the engine of the motorboat Narancia is on to make it explode, propelling him onto the shore.
  • Evolving Credits: The second ED, Modern Crusaders, showcases all Stands shown so far, and Notorious B.I.G., Spice Girl, Metallica, Green Day & Oasis, and Silver Chariot Requiem are included as they are introduced.
    • The second version of the second opening, Traitor's Requiem, shows Doppio transforming into Diavolo, and once again, the main villain uses their time powers to interrupt the opening, starting in Episode 34.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The entire plot, from the moment Giorno steals Koichi's luggage to the very end, takes place over the course of 5 to 6 days. Yes, this is the amount of time Giorno goes from being a complete newbie to Passione to becoming the boss.
  • Eye Catch: Stand stats still function as these in the anime, but Vento Aureo departs slightly from the format used in the previous two parts; the eyecatches kick off with a spinning coin based off of a vintage Italian 500 lira coin, with the Stand stats featured on the blank face of it, and a segment of the main theme playing for its duration.
  • The Faceless: At three points in Vento Aureo a mysterious character whose face Araki doesn't want to reveal is seen entirely shrouded in shadow.
    • Prosciutto is the first and most ludicrous example, as he is seen shrouded in shadows even though he's in the middle of a train station in broad daylight and everyone else is drawn normally. This is omitted from the anime as Prosciutto (along with the rest of the Squadra) first appeared much earlier.
    • Diavolo for the entire part sans the final battle. His first fight against Bruno features him as a man fully hidden in the dark.
    • Silver Chariot Requiem is entirely black and its face is hidden by its hat, and is never revealed.
  • Finger in the Mail: Diavolo mailed the body parts of Sorbet framed in containers full of formaldehyde to La Squadra Esecuzioni as a grim warning to everyone who dares try looking into his past.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Thanks to the dub changing Stand names, Green Day and Oasis are renamed Green Tea and Sanctuary, which means their episodes sound more like calm, slow-paced breathers and less like a harrowing chase sequence involving two mass murdering psychopaths.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The second ED shows the team's and Diavolo's Stands in the order they die (or in Fugo's case, leave). From top to bottom, it starts with Purple Haze, then goes to Moody Blues, Aerosmith, Sticky Fingers, and King Crimson, culminating with Sex Pistols, Spice Girl, and Gold Experience at the top for the ones who survived. Once Chariot Requiem is introduced, we see it positioned above Moody Blues and Aerosmith, but below Sticky Fingers. Abacchio is already dead, Narancia dies rather early during Chariot Requiem's rampage thanks to a sneak attack by King Crimson, and Bruno's spirit moves on after finding a way to kill Chariot Requiem once and for all. Also, it shows King Crimson's arm wrapped around Spice Girl's body, foreshadowing how Diavolo takes control of Trish's body by grabbing and manipulating her Stand.
    • Notorious B.I.G introduces the concept of a "dead stand" that has outlived its master and is thus unkillable. The penultimate enemy of the part is a stand that has outlived its master and is virtually unkillable.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: The climax of the part is a body swap scenario thanks to Silver Chariot Requiem. Giorno and Narancia trade bodies, Trish and Mista trade bodies and Bruno and Doppio trade bodies. Diavolo lies in wait as a split personality for Mista's body (occupied by Trish), and once given the chance goes after the stand arrow.
  • Geo Effects: A good handful of the enemy Stands in this part are reliant on having a terrain advantage. Man in the Mirror and Clash are useless if they don't have something to "conduct" them (mirrors for the former, liquid for the latter). Beach Boy and Notorious B.I.G, on the other hand, seriously benefit from being fought in the location they're in (The many walls and linearity of a train make it easy for Pesci to target his enemies from one end of it, while an enclosed, fast-moving plane makes it nigh impossible to escape B.I.G's handicap of only targeting moving things).
  • The Ghost: Diavolo is an In-Universe example, as he has erased any evidence and information related to his person, and issues orders through varying layers of proxies. No one knows anything about him, they just know he exists and is the Boss of Italy's most powerful crime syndicate.
  • Godzilla Threshold:
    • Cioccolata is this for The Boss. Cioccolata's Stand, Green Day, is an immensely destructive area-of-effect Stand much like Prosciutto's which has a theoretically infinite range. However, unlike Prosciutto who was a cold professional, Cioccolata is an Ax-Crazy madman and thus doesn't care about civilian casualties. He massacres an entire port town trying to kill the gang, and as the fight moves to Rome, his massacre escalates in severity.
    • Polnareff uses the Arrow and unleashes Chariot Requiem in Rome, risking everyone's souls in the process because the alternative (Diavolo getting the Arrow) is worse.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Bucciarati's group maybe your Ragtag Bunch of Misfits and Bruno is nice enough that the townsfolk is very friendly with him top the point that old ladies ask him for help. But they won't hesitate to do anything to do what they think is right, and won't hesitate to kill anyone that stands in their way.
  • Gorn: Appropriately, for the setting. The increased violence in this part lends itself to some frightening injuries, but the fight with Green Day takes the cake- the viewer is subjected to numerous examples of people rotting away right in plain view, with people literally rotting away into nonexistence in some examples. None of this is censored in the original manga.
  • Gratuitous Italian: Unlike other JoJo arcs that already have Gratuitous English titles originally parsed in katakana (ファントムブラッド, スターダストクルセイダース, ストーンオーシャン, ジョジョリオン) or translations from more kanji-laden titles into English (戦闘潮流, ダイヤモンドは砕けない), 黄金の風 has always been presented in Italian as "Vento Aureo" and never as "Golden Wind" for Japanese- or English-speaking audiences, until the 2018 anime at least.note  To that extent, they even "change" the translated name of the manga to Le bizzarre avventure di GioGio Parte 5: Vento Aureo, with Gs replacing Js on covers and other pieces of art. This also works its way into the dialogue on occasion, most notably with Melone's Catchphrase, "Di molto!", as well as Bruno and Narancia's Kiais "Ari Ari Ari Ari Ari Arrivederci" and "Vola Vola Vola Vola Vola Volare Via".
  • Greater-Scope Villain: If it isn't enough that Diavolo is the main villain of this part, he also indirectly caused the events of Stardust Crusaders, Diamond is Unbreakable, and Stone Ocean. His discovery of the Stand Arrows is what led DIO to awaken to "The World" and create his army of Stand using minions among everything listed under this trope on the Stardust Crusaders page. This is all ironic seeing as how he doesn't have much physical presence in this part itself, only being the center of influence with how the story goes.
  • Gut Punch:
    • Bucciarati was on the receiving end of this thanks to The Boss using King Crimson. He was able to survive for a few more days thanks to Gold Experience's power.
    • In a twist of fate, Bruno later did this to Doppio, who was taken hostage, in order to get through Secco. Had Bruno not closed the hole in Doppio's chest, the story would have ended right there.
  • Hand Wave: Why did DIO let some women live after having sex with them? The narration says no one knows, which raises the question of why even mention this in the first place.
  • Harmless Freezing: Averted, as Ghiaccio's freezing power does cause frostbites and freezes limbs enough so that he can invoke Literally Shattered Lives.
  • The Hedonist: Guido Mista is described as this, living a simple life full of simple pleasures.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Doppio looks young enough to pass off as a kid. So Diavolo takes his place in a gang of kids playing soccer and purposefully shoots the ball toward Abacchio to get close to him. He was even posing as a tourist in the fight with Secco and Bucciarati, with Secco taking him hostage to prevent Bruno from killing him.
  • Hope Spot: A couple in Bruno's flashback. When he was a child, his father happened upon a drug deal and was gunned down. Though he was shot 7 times the coast guard found him and he survived. The gang later tried to kill him in the hospital, but Bruno got the drop on them and killed the two thugs. Though his dad survived both encounters, he ultimately lived for only 5 more years, with chronic pain, on account of the damage the bullets had done to him.
  • How We Got Here: The final chapters following Diavolo's defeat are a side-story about Bruno and the gang before they met Giorno. It also features a Stand that foreshadows the deaths of Bruno, Abbacchio, and Narancia.
  • I Die Free: Bruno Bucciarati tells this to Giorno from beyond the grave, saying that he freed himself from being a slave of Fate and took his own path.
  • If We Get Through This...: During the final fight of Vento Aureo, Narancia dreams of returning to school after getting through this fight; of course, he is the first casualty.
  • I Lied: A rare heroic example in Vento Aureo. After shooting Cioccolata in the head, Giorno suspects that he's still alive and says that he won't attack so long as Cioccolata doesn't move. When Cioccolata springs back into action and tries taking Giorno's friends hostage, Giorno reveals that he'd already planted what was essentially a time bomb in Cioccolata's head. Now dying for real, Cioccolata complains that Giorno broke his previous word. Giorno's response: "Know your place."
  • In Medias Res: After Diavolo is defeated and Giorno is crowned the Boss of the Passione Family, the next chapters is a flashback from Bucciarati's group before Giorno entered the group.
  • Instant Drama, Just Add Tracheotomy: In Venice, Narancia gets his own tongue cut off by Clash and he begins to choke, somehow. To save Narancia, Giorno performs a makeshift tracheotomy with a hollow pen to make him breathe through his throat until he can regenerate the tongue.
  • Irony: In episode 21, Bruno was killed by The boss with a Gut Punch, with only Giorno saving him that he is still alive. 11 episodes later, he unknowingly returned the favor when he gave a Gut Punch to Doppio, who is The Boss's split personality.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Bucciarati thanks Giorno for having met him in Naples, before ascending to Heaven.
  • Jabba Table Manners: Polpo cannot eat a simple cracker without spilling half of it on his cheeks.
  • Jerkass Façade: Trish tries to hide her fear of being involved with the Mob by acting haughty.
  • Klingon Promotion: Giorno eventually becomes the Boss of Passione by killing Diavolo.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: All over the place. Perhaps most notable for this is the White Album arc, where all of the combatants uses their own blood to gain an advantage, all in short succession; Giorno uses his blood to reveal a path through the frozen air, Mista sprays his blood to temporarily blind Ghiaccio, and Ghiaccio uses his (admittedly, already spilled) blood to prevent himself from being fully impaled on a spike.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Diavolo is a schizophrenic man who is living alone and refuses to have relationships because he doesn't want anyone to learn anything about him.
  • Luxury Prison Suite: Polpo inhabits a pretty luxurious prison cell decorated with paintings and has a personal fridge.
  • Mafia Princess: Trish is a subversion. Although she is the daughter of The Boss and acts like a spoiled teen used to have servants, she only learned it recently and freaks out at the idea of meeting her father as well as being the target of her father's enemies. Moreover although the Boss seems to try to care for her, he just wants to kill her because she is a potential weakness.
  • Man, I Feel Like a Woman: When Silver Chariot Requiem causes everyone to body-swap, Mista finds himself stuck in Trish's body and gets a bit… hands-y, though to his credit it was mostly him trying to adjust her underwear because he's not used to having it so tight or to wearing a bra in general.
  • Manly Tears: Much like other parts in the franchise, there are times the manly heroes simply cannot stop themselves from crying. Notable examples are when Abbacchio sheds tears upon meeting his former partner in the afterlife, and when both Giorno and Mista cry over the death of Narancia.
  • Matter of Life and Death: While a staple of the series, in Vento Aureo, everyone is constantly fighting with the intent to kill.
  • Mix-and-Match Man: Giorno Giovanna qualifies because his biological father is Dio Brando's head attached to Jonathan's body, causing several traits from both going to him.
  • The Mob Boss is Scarier: When Bruno announces his betrayal of Passione, the majority of the team is shaking in fear of The Boss' retaliation. Fortunately for Giorno and Bruno, only Fugo remains scared enough to stay behind.
  • Mundane MacGuffin Person: Trish Una is the recently discovered illegitimate daughter of Passione's Boss. All of the Boss' enemies want to capture and/or kill her, so she ends up under the protection of the heroes, thus driving most of the plot.
  • Musical Theme Naming:
    • A continued trope. This part's theme is renowned artists of the late '60s and early '70s such as King Crimson, Sex Pistols, and The Moody Blues along with a few contemporary rock and pop acts who were notable during publishing. Taken even further in the light novel sequel where three new Stands are introduced all of them taking their namesake from post-punk bands that first formed in the late 70's.
    • Both the hero and the villain have Stands that allude to royalty (Giorno with Golden Experience by Prince and Diavolo with King Crimson).
  • Mythology Gag: Plot threads from Purple Haze Feedback are referenced in the anime, but not completely acknowledged:
    • Fugo's backstory follows the same general trend as it does in the light novel; Abusive Parents that expected too much of him, and the assault with a textbook specifically outlined as part of his Hair-Trigger Temper instead of being implied. The latter, however, is changed from being provoked due to the death of Fugo's beloved grandmother, to being caused because the professor he assaulted was sexually harassing him.
    • Pericolo's burned photograph being restored to explain how Ghiaccio tracked down Mista and Giorno is also alluded to; instead of Murolo restoring it for his own gain, it's an unnamed computer specialist who Risotto Nero coerces into working for him.

    N — Z 
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Diavolo, who is Italian for Devil. Not that anyone knows his name, though.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: The Stand Notorious B.I.G cannot be killed first due to being a Blob Monster, but its user is already dead so the heroes are reduced to simply tossing it into the ocean by destroying their plane.
  • No-Sell: Gold Experience Requiem in a nutshell. Any actions or processes attempted against Giorno are brought to zero the moment his enemies oppose him, thus every action is rendered moot. Even Diavolo's time erasing powers don't affect Gold Experience Requiem.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Lasting seven whole pages, Giorno's beatdown of Cioccolata is the biggest example of this trope in a franchise that made this trope a meme.
  • Odd Name Out: Every JoJo's name begins with the letters "Jo", except Giorno Giovanna, mostly because the letter J does not exist in Italian.
  • Olive Garden: Like in Battle Tendency, Rome and Venice are still the most prominent cities shown in the series, with Vento Aureo's greatest plot twists occurring there, but Araki made an effort to feature other places such as Pompeii, Naples or Capri, Sardegna, Naples being his favorite Italian city. The countryside is also featured at one point.
  • One Bullet Left: During the fight between Mista and Sale, Mista is left with only one bullet. Proudly announcing it as if he was going to take full advantage of this one shot, Mista is, in fact, aiming to use Sex Pistols on Sale's own bullet to defeat him.
  • One-Hit Kill:
    • How Diavolo deals with enemies, due in no small part to King Crimson's strength.
    • The Requiem power unlocked by having someone stab the Arrow with their Stands is this. Gold Experience Requiem's power delves so much into metaphysics, even Diavolo's time erasure is outclassed completely.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Diavolo is only known as "The Boss" until Polnareff reveals it to the gang.
  • Out-of-Body Experience: Being punched by Gold Experience causes one to think so fast the body cannot follow up and the consciousness can see their immobile body if it happens to visualize themselves moving into another position.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: In Part 5, Giorno holds an injured Mista that way at the end of the White Album arc. Unlike other examples, the one who dies is their enemy Ghiaccio.
  • Plot Coupon: In Vento Aureo, the Arrow becomes a key item as it can unlock Requiem Stands, said to always be able to surpass the likes of even King Crimson.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The PS2 game modified some of the Stand powers so that they would be more palatable in a straight-laced Beat 'em Up genre; for example, Little Feet's shrinking activates instantaneously on Formaggio's targets, but wears off after a short period of time. It also significantly pares down the number of fightsnote , and some of the plot points are modified to compact the story (Pericolo's assignment is given right after Giorno joins the group).
  • Put on a Bus: Following Bucciarati's betrayal of The Boss, Fugo refuses to go along with the rest of the protagonists and is dropped from the story altogether. He was originally meant to return as an enemy, but Araki felt that the heroes having to fight a former friend would be too dark.
  • Reaching Towards the Audience: The first cover of Vento Aureo.
  • Recruited from the Gutter: Narancia was first spotted by Fugo trying to scavenge garbage cans, but was later accepted into Passione, although Bruno was against it.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The rest of the gang quickly learns that when Giorno does something completely weird, out there, or seemingly inexplicable, it's going to end in success. Perhaps the earliest example of this is, after fighting Bucciarati, he outright tells him he's going to become his ally and it works.
  • Retirony: Right before Narancia dies they begin talking about everything they're going to do once Diavolo is defeated. Wanting to get through highschool, being there for Trish,seeing Fugo again, eat some piping hot pizza and get to his life together. Unfortunately you seeing this trope here means that they couldn't do any of this.
  • Rod-and-Reel Repurposed: Pesci's Stand, Beach Boy, is a fishing rod capable of three things: it's capable of tracking people and literally fishing them out from other rooms, it can phase through any and all objects including skin, and attacking the line simply reflects damage.
  • Rousing Speech: Giorno is fond of making motivational speeches about subjects such as one's resolve or growth following/followed by a badass move.
  • Scenery Porn: Vento Aureo is basically a tour through a hand-drawn version of Italy with Stand battles thrown in. The anime goes a step further by showing beautiful, panning birds-eye shots of the locations that the gang visits while narration provides a brief description of the place's history.
  • Scotty Time: A downplayed example, but once Bucciarati's group reaches Sardinia, and he asks Abbachio how long it will take for Moody Blues to rewind and replay the actions of the boss's only known lover:
    Abbachio: If we're going back 15 years... It might take 8-10 minutes.
    Bucciarati: Do it in five.
  • Secret Test of Character: Polpo's test is this. He asks the initiates to carry a lighter for twenty-four hours, never allowing it to go out. However, the flame is incredibly weak, making it extremely difficult to keep lit for that long, as well as getting through the prison security. The secret is that re-igniting it causes his Stand to appear and stab them with an arrow, where the true test of whether they'll create a Stand or die commences. It's not so much as a test of trust, more that it's a test of strength.
  • Shadow Walker: Black Sabbath can teleport through intersecting shadows, but is otherwise unable to walk out of them.
  • Shoot the Medic First: Tizziano and Squalo try this tactic in Vento Aureo. Aware that Giorno can heal his teammates, the duo do their best to lure him into a trap alone by manipulating Narancia. They remarkably succeed, but fail to kill Giorno in time.
  • Shooting At Your Own Projectiles
    • Early in Mista's fight with Sale, Mista manages to shoot his opponent in the head. Unfortunately for Mista, Sale's Stand, Kraft Work, stops the bullet's momentum, which leaves it lodged in Sale's skull while Sale himself is otherwise unharmed and able to keep going. Mista's finishing move in that fight is to shoot a second bullet into the exact same bullet hole, causing the second shot to hit the first and drive it even deeper into Sale's brain.
    • With Giorno's help, Mista shoots a metal bolt with a bullet that launches the former into the head of Ghiaccio, who is protected by his Stand White Album. Mista then fires more bullets at the bolt to knock Ghiaccio unconscious.
  • Sliding Scale of Villain Effectiveness: Doesn't exist in this part as every antagonist is smart, comes equipped with a powerful Stand ability, and a good majority of them come close to emerging victorious.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Prone to this, even more so than other JoJo parts, due to the complexities of taking Italian names that had already been transliterated into Japanese and then rendering them into English. Bucciarati is an excellent example: no one is really sure if he's supposed to be named "Bruno Buccellati" (a logical approximation of his first name, and a last name taken from an Italian fashion designer), "Blono/Brono Bucciarati" (an accurate transliteration of his Japanese name), or some combination of the two. Not even Shueisha, Lucky Land, or Araki are quite sure, considering how both variations appear in the 25th anniversary JOJOVELLER art book. Even the name of the part itself is subject to some debate, with Vento Aureo being the more dominant term over the years due to the official use in Japanese media and most English releases favoring it. However, with the debut of the anime, Golden Wind has become more popular.
  • Spoiler Opening:
    • As with previous adaptations, the first opening Fighting Gold has some subtle hints about the events of the story, meant more for attentive fans than giving away a twist. Bruno, Narancia, and Abbachio's body silhouettes become black, unlike the other members of Passione, and in the pentultimate shot, they are all framed on the right side of the screen, making a subtle reference at their deaths. On a less subtle level, Fighting Gold also prominently features Trish, who wasn't previously shown in promotional material and didn't appear in the manga until her debut 29 chapters in.
    • The second opening Traitor's Requiem is even less subtle than the first in spoiling the second half of the story. The very first scene of the opening is the very end of the series, when Giorno is made Boss of Passione. Other plot points spoiled include Trish's stand Spice Girl (as well as her role as a fighter), Vinegar Doppio and his fight with Risotto, and parts of the final battle, including Giorno claiming the Stand Arrow, although Gold Experience Requiem isn't shown.
  • Spontaneous Choreography: The infamous dance Narancia, Mista and Fugo join in on while torturing Zucchero features this, especially in the anime.
  • Stealth Pun: The Hero of Part 5 is Dio's bastard son, and the Big Bad is named Diavolo. In other words, the son of God is fighting the Devil.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Many of the musical references in the Stand names aren't just for show in this part. Sex Pistols can manipulate bullets, Aerosmith is an airplane, Little Feet makes things little, Beach Boy is a fishing rod, Talking Head prevents its victim from speaking correctly, and so on.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Giorno may be the eponymous Jojo (or GioGio) of the part, and is instrumental in a massive amount of fights, either through his actions or what he's figured out, but after joining Bruno's gang, he mostly passively goes along with what the rest of the group is doing plotwise.
  • Super Mode: Essentially what the "Requiem" effect is the arrow has on Stands. A Stand struck by the arrow and which proves worthy receives a dramatic upgrade in which their old power is cast away (except in the case of Gold Experience, whose life-giving ability powered up after transforming) and they get a Story-Breaker Power which delves into the metaphysical.
  • The Many Deaths of You: Diavolo is forced to live through many scenario in which he dies, unable to do anything about it because his death is set back to 0: the point right before he dies.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: When the Zucchero attacks Bucciarati's team on their boat with a mysterious power able to make everyone disappear, Leone Abbacchio's Moody Blue comes in handy as its power to mimic past events is perfect for investigating Zucchero's powers.
  • Tongue-Tied: The Stand Talking Head has this as its power. Crosses with Cannot Spit It Out as Narancia desperately tries to figure out a way to circumvent its ability and warn the others about a different enemy Stand.
  • Traintop Battle: The Grateful Dead arc features a battle inside an express train.
  • Transformation Sequence: One happens when Doppio lets Diavolo take the reins of their shared body, which grows more muscular and the face changes completely alongside the hair.
  • Translation Convention: It's implied that everyone's speaking Italian instead of whatever language the viewer is watching in, as, in the first arc of the story, Giorno will compliment Koichi's fluent Italian.
  • Trick Bullet:
    • Giorno gives Mista bullets that transform into trees to fire at Ghiaccio to knock him off their car and unfreeze it. The bullets themselves aren't special, but the heat from them is necessary for Gold Experience to sprout life in the sub-zero temperatures.
    • When fighting Cioccolata, Giorno modifies some bullets that transform into a tree for Mista to fire at Cioccolata's helicopter to ensnare it. Later Giorno uses another bullet to transform into another tree to prevent him from falling, and kicks a section of its branch for it to later transform back into a bullet to fire itself into Cioccolata's head. Later, said bullet transforms into a beetle that burrows out of his head.
  • The Unfought: While Risotto Nero fights Doppio, he never fights the protagonists directly and Narancia killing him was both an accident and a coincidence at the same time.
  • Unperson: The Boss intentionally pulled this on himself due to having a near pyschopathic obsession with his own anonymity. No one in Passione (and likely the entire world) knows his name or what he looks like due to his systematic erasure of anything that could lead back to him or his identity, and he only gives orders through a complex series of proxies and go-betweens that he is not above killing to preserve said anonymity if it is required.
  • Vice City: Naples at the beginning of the part is presented as a corrupt town where the mob is more feared by the police, and said police is also near totally corrupt or ineffective.
  • Villain of the Week: Much like Stardust Crusaders each new arc introduces a new villain for the protagonists. There's the two rival mobsters encountered before the protagonists meet Trish, the eight members of La Squadra who are the primary antagonists of the first half, and The Boss' five personal assassins who take over La Squadra's role in the second half. At least, for La Squadra Esecuzioni, the battles are tied into one another because the mere fact that one of the assassins manages to find the group forces them to move out immediately, pursued by the rest of La Squadra.
  • Walking Wasteland: In Vento Aureo, Purple Haze and Green Day can release respectively a flesh eating virus and a mold with exponential growth which can both kill people in seconds, infect victims indiscriminately and at high speed, and are able to kill the entire population of a city in minutes.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Sorbet and Gelato, who was only shown in one panel and are hinted to be lovers just before they are shown to be killed by Ciocolatta and Secco. Meanwhile, Carne just appeared in one scene before he was killed by Mista, to the point that his name is only revealed in the manual. Hell, Notorious B.I.G. is more well known than him.
  • Wham Shot: The last panel of "Green Day and Oasis, part 12" which reveals that the third party the gang is meeting at the Coliseum is none other than Jean-Pierre Polnareff.
  • Whole Costume Reference: The colored version made an unnamed janitor wear Mario clothing. Brown shoes, blue overalls, red long sleeved shirt and a red cap. Only thing missing was the white gloves.
  • You All Meet in an Inn: In Vento Aureo, Bucciarati's gang introduction features all the characters participating in a Seinfeldian Conversation in a restaurant.


Alternative Title(s): Vento Aureo, Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Golden Wind, Golden Wind

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