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You said everything has a name, didn't you? Then, I'll name my ability, too. It'll be Stone Free. 'Cause, somehow, I'm gonna free myself from this stone ocean.
"If someone wished to go to Heaven... there may be a way."
DIO, quoted by Enrico Pucci
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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 Golden Wind 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 both Star Platinum and Jotaro's memories in order to further DIO's agenda.

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

An anime adaptation was announced on April 4, 2021, introducing Fairouz Ai as the voice of Jolyne Cujoh, during the JOESTAR The Inherited Soul event. See the initial announcement here.

On August 8, 2021, a worldwide release on Netflix was announced, with a simultaneous release of the first 12 episodes on December 1, 2021, and a weekly television broadcast from January 8, 2022. The second release consisting of episodes 13-24 will release on September 1, 2022. See the official trailer here.

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  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: While most of the Stands are still animated traditionally, certain Stand like Manhattan Transfer and Whitesnake sometimes are animated with cel-shaded CGI.
    • A non-Stand example occurs with Lang Rangler whenever he's in movement while crawling on walls.
  • 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.
  • Action Girl: The entire series has several, but Jolyne is notable for being the first and so far only official female JoJo thus far.
  • Adaptation Deviation: From the anime adaptation:
    • Johngalli A.'s introductory scene (which shows him taking a shower) is moved earlier than in the manga. The anime also moves a flashback to young Jolyne being arrested for car and wallet theft to much earlier, during Jotaro's visitation (in the manga, the flashback happens over 60 chapters after Jotaro's visitation).
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    • Jolyne showing Jotaro the bone she got from Emporio during the visitation is moved later, merging it with a similar scene occuring during their breakout attempt.
    • After Jolyne and Jotaro escape Whitesnake's acid-filled visitation room, Whitesnake is shown in full for the first time in the manga. In the anime, the same thing happens, but only Whitesnake's hand is seen.
    • In the manga, after Jolyne chooses to head back into the prison grounds, Jolyne avoids being shot by a guard by using Stone Free's string to mess with the guard's gun. In the anime, the guard's colleague stops him from shooting her at all.
    • Ermes tries jogging her memory by recalling Bugs Bunny's birthday, instead of Mickey Mouse's like in the manga.
    • Instead of Ermes being pulled into Emporio's hideout and meeting Weather and Anasui for the first time, it was Jolyne in the anime who was pulled in. Also, the scene was moved back from during the middle of the Highway to Hell arc to the beginning of the Operation Savage Garden arc, merging it with a similar scene taking place at the same time in the manga. Additionally, Anasui's female appearance is never seen; his first appearance in the anime uses his revised masculine design.
    • Miraschon's parole hearing scene is moved a bit earlier, to before Jolyne and F.F.'s catch game instead of during it in the manga.
    • The ending of Miraschon's fight is altered slightly:
      • In the manga, Jolyne catches F.F.'s ball through the elevator by unravelling it, and then threatens Miraschon to return Ermes' liver (which she obliges) as she attempts to throw it back to F.F., before a guard paid by Miraschon takes the ball away and drops it, thus making Jolyne fail her bet. Marilyn Manson attacks Jolyne for this, but then Jolyne picks the ball back up and throws it at Miraschon's face, calling a new bet where she pummels at her 1000 times.
      • In the anime, Jolyne catches F.F's ball through the elevator, and she throws it back at her as the elevator opens on the next floor, only for the guard paid by Miraschon to catch the ball before F.F. can, putting it in his pocket. Marilyn Manson attacks Jolyne for seemingly failing the bet, before Jolyne bashes the ball at Miraschon's face — Jolyne reveals that not only did she sneakily steals back the ball from the guard by unravelling it, but also that she never specified who she should play catch withnote , which means the guard catching the ball counts too. Marilyn Manson acknowledges this and slinks away, returning everything owed, as Jolyne continues the 1000-fold catch game, now with Miraschon by pummeling the ball at her.
    • The scene of Whitesnake meeting with Sports Maxx is moved earlier than it is in the manga, becoming The Stinger for the twelfth episode.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The anime removes some scenes and dialogues from the manga:
    • One of the prison guards is compared to Tom Cruise by Ermes in the manga. In the anime, Ermes simply says that the guard is handsome.
    • Mentions of Jolyne being a former biker gang member are removed.
    • The anime cuts out a scene where Jolyne is being arrested for the car crash at her house in front of her mother, and then being interrogated afterward.
    • The anime removes a scene where Jolyne struggles to get out of her straitjacket, along with a scene where the two guards tasked to strip-search her discusses about letting new inmates suffer for a bit. The scene of Jolyne undergoing a medical check-up is also removed.
    • Ermes is no longer shown watching Jolyne being strip-searched in the anime.
    • The scene of Jolyne admiring a transgender prisoner's body is removed, although the trans prisoner is still seen in the anime as a background character.
    • Jolyne bribing the prison's hairdresser to not cut her hair is cut.
    • The manga has a scene cut from the anime, where Johngalli A. overhears some prisoners playing with cards before the cards are blown by the wind, and then he predicts where the cards will land.
    • The flashback of Jolyne being arrested for car and wallet theft is streamlined and appears much earlier.
    • F.F. walking in through the prison's playing area and asking someone about playing catch is cut. Jolyne saying F.F. throws a ball "like a queer" is also cut.
    • Jolyne and F.F.'s baseball catch game went for longer than in the anime, including a scene where Jolyne gets knocked out by a stray basketball and has to use her strings to catch the baseball, and another scene where they accidentally cause two prisoners to fight each other.
    • Marilyn Manson removing Ermes' tooth with gold fillings is removed. Also removed is a scene where Ermes attempts to bribe Marilyn Manson with McQueen's secret stash, which Marilyn Manson rejects since it's not her money.
    • The explanation for the prison's shop is cut down considerably; the anime only has a short scene of inmates buying things from the shop.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Downplayed with Jolyne and Anasui; Jolyne's hair is yellowish-green in the anime rather than the bright green it is in the manga, while Anasui's hair is pink rather than the magenta it is in the manga (presumably to differentiate him from Diavolo).
    • Played straight with Johngalli A., who has white hair in the anime rather than the magenta he has in the manga; this was likely also to differentiate him from Diavolo. Also played straight with Jolyne's mother, whose hair is reddish-brown in the manga but blonde in the anime.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The anime adds some scenes and setups that weren't in the manga, some of them meant to set up later plot beats:
    • The second episode has a new scene showing the aftermath of Jolyne and Gwess' fight. Gwess sleeps on the top bunk in pain, while Jolyne looks at the photo of her parents in the pendant, thinking about Jotaro.
    • The third episode adds a scene where Jolyne notices her handcuffs are suddenly gone, hinting that she and Jotaro have been trapped inside Whitesnake's dream since this instance.
    • The fourth episode adds a scene where Jotaro stops time to escape an encounter with a prison guard.
    • The tenth episode opens with a new scene where Pucci monologues about the difference between humans and animals — that is, their desire to go to Heaven. There is also a new scene of Jolyne bribing the guard that strip-searched her while on the run to the courtyard.
    • The eleventh episode adds a flashback scene of Lang Rangler after stabbing his college professor.
    • The twelfth episode adds a scene of F.F. and Ermes looking at the commotion in the courtyard.
  • Advertised Extra:
    • The trailer seems to set up Johngalli A. as the Big Bad of the season (although he sets up the plotline, he's ultimately only a Wake-Up Call Boss), presumably to preserve Pucci's reveal. In addition, right before Johngalli A.'s picture is shown, there's a brief shot of Whitesnake's hands, as if to imply that Whitesnake is Johngalli A.'s stand.
    • Jotaro is featured a lot in the marketing for the anime adaptation, from being in the back of the character key art to having a prominent role in the trailer, being listed as the last of Jolyne's comrades for the part. However, Jotaro is rendered comatose for a majority of the part, and once he comes back for the final fight, he's limited to just being an 11th-Hour Ranger.
  • 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.
  • The Alcatraz: 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.
  • All for Nothing: With Enrico Pucci dead and his Made In Heaven plan erased, the last of DIO's influence ends as well.
  • 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. In fact, it's a plot point; as a result of their mixed ancestry, one is white-passing and the other is not, which plays heavily into their backstories.
  • Ambiguous Ending: As seen under Bittersweet Ending below, everything after Pucci's death and the Made In Heaven-verse's collapse is vague enough as to exactly what happened that two vastly different interpretations (both with their own merits and flaws) exist.
  • 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 hat).
  • Apocalypse How: Pucci's grand plan refers towards 'achieving Heaven'; and the ultimate evolution of his Stand, Made In Heaven, grants him the ability to accelerate the passage of time, which he uses to drive the universe forward to forge a new one in the way DIO envisioned.
  • 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.
  • Artifact Title: Stone Ocean refers to Green Dolphin Street Prison, as Jolyne herself states when naming her Stand, and is the main setting of the part. However, the last third of the part sees Pucci enact the Heaven plan's final stage; thus leaving the prison to head to Cape Canaveral, and forcing Jolyne & crew to break out and give chase across Florida. Only in the finale is the prison itself revisited.
  • Artistic License – Law: It goes without saying, but there's no prison in the world, never mind in the United States, that could get away with strapping explosive bracelets to prisoners.
  • Avenging the Villain: Half of Enrico Pucci's motivation is to get back at the Joestars for killing his master, DIO.
  • Back from the Dead: One way to interpret the ending is Jotaro, Jolyne, Anasui, Ermes, and Weather returning to life thanks to Pucci being Ret-Gone. With no Pucci, they were never killed in the first place, and Pucci's erasure also causes a butterfly effect that leads to each of them having significantly improved lives (albeit with no memory of Part 6, as Pucci's erasure also means Part 6 will never happen).
  • Badass in Distress: Jotaro gets his Stand and memories stolen from him, rendering him comatose, it is up to Jolyne to take them back.
  • Badass Normal: Perhaps one of the most exaggerated cases in the whole series. Savage Garden, the mysterious Speedwagon Foundation envoy who returns the Star Platinum disc to Jotaro, is revealed to be... nothing more than an ordinary carrier pigeon. A carrier pigeon who somehow managed to avoid the rain of toxic poison dart frogs that gruesomely killed everyone in the courtyard aside from Jolyne and Pucci, apparently weaving through the rain with immense precision for a significant period of time. It's possible that it could have had a Stand, given a similar case in Iggy from Part 3 (another animal sent to protagonists from the Speedwagon Foundation, who did have a Stand), plus its name, which references a famous band like many other Stands, but this is never stated.
  • Bait-and-Switch: During the Operation Savage Garden arc, as Jolyne approaches the courtyard, she notices a suave looking man wearing a jacket and scarf, which is assumed to be the envoy sent by the Speedwagon Foundation to retrieve Jotaro's Stand disc. It isn't until she notices the Green Dolphin Street Prison logo on his sleeve that she realizes he's just a guard hired to gun her down.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Jolyne's outfits all consistently reveal her navel.
  • Bittersweet Ending: There are two different ways to interpret the ending, both on wildly different ends of the "bittersweet" spectrum.
    • The first interpretation places heavy emphasis on the "bitter" part. Pucci is finally defeated, but only by Emporio and the borrowed Weather Report are left alive after Made In Heaven brutally kills off every other member of the main cast (including both Jotaro and Jolyne). Pucci also manages to reset the universe, albeit not in DIO's image as he intended, leaving Emporio to arrive in a newly revived universe where he realizes all of his friends have been reborn as different people. Seeing Irene share the Joestar birthmark as Jolyne, Emporio tearfully introduces himself before setting off with the group. It might get worse if one chooses to interpret the first timeline being completely gone, exactly how Pucci wanted it to be.
    • The second interpretation emphasizes the "sweet" more than the "bitter", and is best summarized herenote . In this interpretation, the death of Pucci caused a Reset Button on the whole universe, resetting things to before the beginning of Part 6, resurrecting every single one of the fallen heroes (except for F.F., since her existence is predicated on Pucci's plan) with their original soulsnote . This places the revived heroes in a better position in life (albeit with no memory of the original Part 6), and gives Pucci the Cosmic Retcon he deservesbecause of his own Stand's mechanicsnote .
      • As Made In Heaven's universe collapses and is wiped from existence, Pucci's soul is erased with it, meaning that neither the secret of DIO's diary or the Green Baby are threats anymore, which in turn means that the revived 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 .
      • Overall, all of this results in a far happier ending for the Joestar family and for Part 6's main cast as a whole-while the Joestars endured hell and back in their battles with vampires and Stand users, they have finally gained true peace, and they've finally broken the curse of dying young. Moreover, none of the protagonists are doomed to die horribly (thanks to Pucci being Ret-Gone), and the main branch of the Joestar bloodline survives through the revived Jotaro and Jolyne/Irene. That said, there is a caveat in that Emporio must now live in a universe where none of his allies remember him, forcing him to bear the trauma of Part 6 alone-though 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. And of course, considering the alternative is the main cast being replaced but not revived, being unable to remember Part 6 and the friendships that came from it seems fairly tame in comparison.
  • Bland-Name Product: Emporio's baseball uniform in the manga has a red "C" with a blue outline on it, a reference to the Chicago Cubs logo. The logo on the anime's key design and trailers is instead a red "C" on a blue circle, which was censored in the final release, removing the "C". This was updated sometime in late December 2021, still resembling the Cubs logo but now using the initials "GD" and a picture of a dolphin to represent Green Dolphin Street Prison.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: This part ramps up the violence and Body Horror with characters often being exposed to powers with more inventive and creative abilities than what came before. Said abilities include removing vital organs to clear up debts, air decompression from being in zero gravity, oxygen poisoning, electrocution, acidic melting, body part inversion, etc. Justified as the part takes place in a prison facility with the prisoners being prone to violence.
  • Bookends:
    • Phantom Blood was the story of Jonathan and DIO's conflict as adopted brothers; in this part, one of the protagonists, Weather Report, is the estranged sibling 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.
    • The part began and ends with the sky raining.
  • Boomerang Comeback: Kenzō uses a boomerang-shaped piece of metal to partially decapitate F.F. from behind.
  • Break the Cutie: At the end of Stone Ocean, poor Emporio witnesses all of his companions dying, and even after the Reset Button, is forced to bear the trauma of Part 6 alone.
  • Breast Expansion: F.F., 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. When The Sons of DIO start being dragged by destiny towards Pucci, the manga has a page explaining this and explicitly wondering why Giorno Giovanna hasn't shown up.
  • Call-Back:
    • Pucci uses a knife storm to kill Jotaro in Chapter 154. Now, remember that he was friends with DIO...
    • Jotaro dies in the exact same manner as Thoth predicted, with his head getting split open.
  • Call-Forward: The clouds in the anime adaptation's ED are drawn exactly like the clouds at the end of Steel Ball Run.
  • The Cameo: The mother of all cameos happens when Ungalo's "Bohemian Rhapsody" gives life to every fictional character in EXISTENCE.
  • Carnival of Killers: Pucci uses a shockingly diverse crew of inmates to whom he gives Stands in order to assassinate Jolyne.
  • Casting Gag:
  • 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 during a New Moon.
  • Central Theme: Coincidences and people coming together as if it's destiny. Gravity is used as a metaphor for this all the time. It's why Pucci's sister fell in love with the guy who was actually her long-lost brother.
  • 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 mystery of Whitesnake's hidden user.
  • Darker and Edgier: The part takes place for a majority of its run in a prison facility where systemic corruption and violence is prominent with its aggressive prisoners. The abilities are much more creatively surreal, with suicide attempts, organ harvesting, etc made prominent powers. Additionally, there is a greater plot with the intent on ending the universe in order to restart it, with 90% of the main cast dying during the process of this occurring.
  • Deadly Gas: Oxygen, of all things, is ultimately what defeats Pucci.
  • Deathbringer the Adorable: The so-called "Savage Garden" tasked to retrieve Jotaro's Stand disc from Jolyne... turns out to be a small, white messenger pigeon. Made even sillier in the English anime adaptation, where its name is changed to the more menacing sounding Savage Guardian.
  • Distant Finale: It's been almost 150 years since the events of Phantom Blood at this point and almost 100 since Battle Tendency.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Sports Maxx is a mob boss and unrepentant murderer who even killed an innocent woman for witnessing one of his hits, but is ultimately arrested for racketeering and given a rather lenient sentence. Comparisons to any number of powerful people who did heinous things but were ultimately arrested for financial reasons and/or given light sentences (most notably Al Capone) can apply.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: A few of the characters killed by Pucci before, and during, the "Made In Heaven" arc suffer this fate. As Weather Report is killed offscreen, Ermes has her arms cut off and bleeds to death with no fanfare, and Jotaro himself nearly ends up being a straight example of this trope after protecting Jolyne, only being a subversion because of Jolyne's Heroic Sacrifice afterwards to ensure Emporio's survival to go and defeat Pucci.
  • 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 "Like a Virgin" bracelets that will violently explode if it's damaged or if the volunteers are too far away from the supervisor, so they don't get any idea of escaping. Foo Fighters exploits the fact that they cannot get too far from the supervisor to kill both Jolyne and Ermes, by dragging his corpse away.
  • Evil Plan: Prior to Stardust Crusaders, DIO found the means to obtain "Heaven" by remaking the universe into his own twisted vision of "Heaven". A "Heaven" where all will worship him, and wrote the process in his personal notebook, which would be carried out by Enrico Pucci after he stole Jotaro's memories of the notebook.
  • Failed Future Forecast: 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.
  • 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 Stone Free's sunglasses 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: Because the next part, Steel Ball Run, takes place in an entirely new continuity, Stone Ocean is the final entry of the original JoJo continuity as it has been from day one.
  • Gratuitous English: The anime's first opening theme includes multiple lines and a verse in English.
    Get away from (Stone Ocean!)
    I don’t wanna say (There’s no chance!)
    Let's get started, count (One-two-three!)
    Take me far away (Fly, Stone Free!)
  • Greater-Scope Villain: DIO is this to this Part, as it's only due to his influence that Pucci was corrupted and decided to take up his "Heaven" plan to avenge him and kill the Joestars.
  • Groin Attack: 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.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: At the final battle, Pucci reveals a side-effect of Made In Heaven—namely, anyone who has died does not have their soul transferred over to the new universe that Made In Heaven creates. Pucci exploits this to prevent Jotaro, Jolyne, and the other main cast members from stopping him after the new universe's creation, but as it turns out this side-effect also goes the other way around. When Emporio kills Pucci and the Made In Heaven-verse collapses, the old universe is brought back (as it had avoided being completely overwritten before Pucci died)... but Pucci's soul is still in the Made In Heaven-verse, meaning he doesn't return with Emporio and is instead completely erased from existence. Additionally, without Pucci around, the events of Part 6 never happen, and since the heroes' souls are still around in the old universe they get to be brought back, as Pucci couldn't have killed them if he didn't exist. In short, not only did Pucci wipe himself from existence with his own Stand's powers, but by trying to do the same to the main cast, he instead preserved their souls and allowed them to be saved.
  • 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...: Prior to the last battle, 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, Rikiel does the same to prove himself and find a weakness for this move.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite whatever changes might've occurred in the reset universe, Jolyne's alternate counterpart Irene still ends up encountering and presumably befriending with the alternate counterparts of Jolyne's companions.
  • Instant Messenger Pigeon: Jolyne contacts the Speedwagon Foundation to ask for their assistance in retrieving Jotaro's Stand disc from her so they can revive him. To Pucci's surprise, it was actually a pigeon sent to retrieve the disc, not a person. The pigeon is somehow able to fly from the Speedwagon headquarters in another state to Green Dolphin Street Prison in Florida in only 20 minutes, even while going through a rain of poison dart frogs that Weather Report created.
  • Ironic Echo: When a female prisoner swindles Jolyne out of $10 to use the telephone, she "promises" to pay her back later, while making it clear through cues that she isn't going to pay her back and might even get more money off of Jolyne. In retaliation, Jolyne camps out in the bathroom and laces the prisoner's coffee with nickel powder, causing her to need to use it. She begs with Jolyne to let her in and promises to give the $10 back, but Jolyne refuses, going by the pretense that she'll be paid back later.
  • Irony: Pucci seeks to create his ideal vision of Heaven and wipe the Joestar bloodline from existence. While he briefly succeeds at this using Made In Heaven, his death causes a Reset Button that ensures that not only is Pucci himself wiped from existence instead, but because he no longer exists, the Part 6 cast ends up leading much happier lives—in other words, the Joestars' ideal vision of Heaven.
  • Kill 'Em 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" meaning "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. Donatello tosses several sick children in the seats to force Jolyne to make a Sadistic Choice but she chooses to Take a Third Option.
  • Loss of Identity: F.F. discusses it when Jolyne tries to get her Stand disc before she dies, saying that she'd be alive physically but be too different to truly call herself Foo Fighters. It gets shown again in the ending, where every member of the main cast bar Emporio and maybe Jotaro has lived a significantly different life due to the Reset Button, making them biologically the same but significantly different nonetheless.
  • Mayan Doomsday: While the month is off (March 21 as opposed to December 21), the universe is reset in the year 2012.
  • Meteor-Summoning Attack: Viviano Westwood is a minor antagonist whose Stand, Planet Waves, creates a meteor shower around him. He himself is not harmed by the meteors as they instantly disintegrate if they get too close to him.
  • Mood Whiplash: Coupled with Black Comedy. As the effects of Made In Heaven are shown around the planet, it cuts to a family mourning the death of a loved one in a hospital. Which is immediately followed by them rushing out of the room in disgust as the deceased body rapidly decays into a terrible stench.
  • More Despicable Minion: Pucci is a Well-Intentioned Extremist, but Donatello is selfish, ruthless, and power hungry, just like his father. He betrays Pucci and is willing to do anything for power, including trying to kill children.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Once Pucci succeeds in turning his Stand into Made In Heaven, he creates a universe where the Joestar family ceased thanks to Dio killing Jonathan. However, Pucci does not get to enjoy it for long as he, along with the universe he created, is erased after he is killed by Emporio and Weather Report.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Thanks to Sports Maxx's Stand, Jolyne, Ermes, and F.F. 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.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: In the fourth PV that hints at Pucci's existence through his foot stepping through the courtyard gate, an Ambiguously Brown hand is seen reaching for a disc, implying that it's Pucci reaching for a disc he dropped after extracting it with Whitesnake. In actuality, the brown arm belongs to Ermes, who is reaching for Thunder McQueen's Stand disc following his defeat.
  • No Dress Code: Apparently, there are no uniforms in Green Dolphin Street Prison, because everyone's outfits are about as outrageous as you'd expect JoJo characters to be wearing.
  • No, I Am Behind You: When Pucci acquires Made In Heaven, he becomes fond of appearing behind the protagonists with his insane speed.
  • Off-Model: The anime adaptation has many noticeable moments, but most tellingly is the Foo Fighters Stand, whose head is disproportionately tiny compared to the rest of its body, while in key art, the size of the head is relative to the body.
  • 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 Homunculi Are Different: The Green Baby is a homunculus of DIO, created through the combination of various Stand abilities integrated into one of DIO's bones. It is part of Pucci's plan to obtain Made In Heaven by fusing with the Green Baby and evolving his Stand further upon the night of a New Moon.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Sports Maxx's Limp Bizkit. Not only does it bring back the dead as zombies, they also become invisible.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: After making a Running Gag out of pursuing Jolyne's hand in marriage, Anasui finally meets Jotaro and asks him for permission to marry Jolyne. Except he makes the mistake of asking on the brink of a universal apocalypse. Jotaro reacts about as well as one would expect.
    Jotaro: Are you insane?
  • Party Scattering: During Jolyne's improvised escape from the prison, she only manages to bring Ermes & Emporio along with her due to the male & female wards being separatednote . Thus, Weather & Anasui end up escaping separately and have to catch up on their own. This leads to both groups separately fending off two of DIO's sons each; as well as Jolyne's side dealing with the last son Donatello simultaneously with Weather & Anasui trying to go for Pucci himself.
  • Pet the Dog: After Jolyne is sent to the infirmary ward after her second failed escape attempt, G.D.S.P. security surprisingly pardoned it. Though, they probably figured nearly dying from 2 gunshot wounds and a storm of poisonous frogs was punishment enough.
  • Potty Emergency: During the fight with Lang Rangler, Jolyne ends up having a case of this as a result of Rangler's Stand zero-gravity ability. Weather Report offers to give her privacy while he uses his Stand to absorb the urine just as he had done with his.
  • Powers as Programs: Part of the ability of Pucci's Whitesnake involves the ability to extract Stands and transfer them between individuals.
  • Precision F-Strike: As of this part, the English dub has transitioned into using the actual word "fuck".
  • Product Displacement: The Netflix airing of the anime removes the Chicago Cubs logo from Emporio's baseball jersey, replacing it with a plain blue circle — although this was later changed in late December 2021. Curiously enough, this is averted with Ermes' Stand, Kiss, which is renamed to "Smack" but still keeps the name "KISS" spelled out on its torso.note 
  • Race Against the Clock: This is the main climax for Stone Ocean, the heroes have to stop Pucci before the next New Moon. Unfortunately, Pucci figures out he doesn't actually need the New Moon; he only needs to recreate the gravitational conditions that the New Moon brings, meaning he gets Made In Heaven two days early.
  • Rain of Something Unusual: In order to save Jolyne during the Operation Savage Garden arc, Weather Report manifests wind patterns that causes thousands and thousands of poison dart frogs to rain down from above. This completely subdues the prison guard tasked to kill Jolyne, and almost buries Pucci alive thanks to him losing his card key and being trapped in the chaos. Jolyne herself managed to survive by shielding her body with a cloth made of Stone Free's threads.
  • Recurring Extra: A certain black inmate seems to be present whenever Jolyne learns something new about the prison to explain it in detail.
  • Reset Button Ending: A twofold example. Made In Heaven does it to the original universe, but Pucci's death and subsequent erasure from existence not only does this again to the first reset, but it also undoes Part 6 as a whole, as the resulting universe has to take into account Pucci's non-existence.
  • Retcon:
    • 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", 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 after DIO's death, but is never mentioned once in Jotaro's appearances between then and Part 6.
    • Originally, Part 3 took place in the winter of 1987-1988, but Part 6 changes the date to the winter of 1988-1989. This creates a minor plot hole in that the birthdates of Jotaro Kujo, Holy Kujo, and Josuke Higashikata (respectively aged 17, 45, and 4 at the time of Part 3) are not changed to reflect the change in Part 3's datenote , which would make them a year older than stated. No other Part's date is changed, interestingly enough.
  • 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 with their lives considerably improved. Probably because reality has to take into account the fact that Pucci himself has been hit with Ret-Gone now (because of the exact same reasons as his victims). Played straight for F.F., however, as she does not seem to have been restored in the ending (which is likely because Pucci, the person who gave her life, no longer exists).
  • Reused Character Design: In the scene where Jolyne gets her dollar back from the blonde inmate in the reading room, one of the female inmates looks like Bruno Bucciarati from Part 5, minus the hairclips.
  • "Save the World" Climax: In the final segments of the story, the heroes actively rush to defeat Pucci before he can acquire Made In Heaven, which will allow him to remake the entire universe in the way DIO envisioned.
  • Shown Their Work: Emporio kills Pucci by using Weather Report to increase the concentration of oxygen around Pucci, paralyzing and fatally poisoning him. Pure oxygen really is highly dangerous to the human body because it overwhelms the body's ability to process it — it's worth noting that regular Earth air is only 21% oxygen.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Pucci appears nowhere in any promotional materials for the anime, not even in the trailer, despite being the main villain and one of the most recognizable characters from the part, even for anime-only viewers. This was presumably to preserve his villain reveal.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Zizagged, given that this is a manga without any background tracks, but the final chapter is called "What a Wonderful World", a song infamously used to highlight the Crapsack World we live in. Even through something as indirect as a chapter title, Stone Ocean still sticks to this trope. The chapter involves Pucci succeeding at restarting the universe and killing all but one of the main protagonists, and while Emporio does manage to kill him and undo all of Pucci's work, this still doesn't stop the universe from resetting once more. Sure, the main characters (sans F.F.) are alive once more and live considerably better lives, but none of them recognize Emporio, which leaves him completely heartbroken.
  • 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.
  • The Stinger:
    • Episode 5 has Johngalli A. congratulating Whitesnake on their joint effort, before he was gunned down by the latter to preserve its user's secret identity.
    • Episode 12 ends with Whitesnake summoning the inmate Sports Maxx and asking him to try using his powers on DIO's bone.
  • Stop, or I Will Shoot!: Security guards in Green Dolphin Street Prison 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: Most of the characters first introduced 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 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. Rikiel, in particular, reveals himself to Jolyne and Ermes in what they immediately recognize as a ploy to get them to come closer to him.
  • Uplifted Animal: A recurring theme in JoJo, the role is now taken up by Foo Fighters, a colony of sentient zooplankton with a Stand inhabiting the body of a dead woman.
  • 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 "Heaven" is "a world without surprises".
  • Villain of the Week: Anyone who read Stardust Crusaders or Golden Wind 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 Prison are all assholes and abusive but aren't evil per se.
  • Waxing Lyrical: In the anime, Gwess mockingly sings "Jolene" while carrying the shrunken Jolyne.
  • Wham Line: "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.

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