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- When Jotaro is explaining to Koichi who Giorno's father is, we see him holding and looking at a photo of the original Stardust Crusaders, made even worse by the very next shot of a closeup of Jotaro's eyes, filled with longing for his lost friends. It becomes clear why he sent Koichi on this mission to investigate Giorno: he's genuinely frightened that if he's anything like his father, more innocent people could suffer the fate of Kakyoin, Avdol and Iggy.
- The gang's backstories are nothing short of tragic. They're only in the gangster life because they're all collectively social outcasts with no where else to go.
- Giorno was neglected by his mother, who actively refused to sacrifice her freedom to take care of him and left Giorno alone in the dark as a toddler at most to hang out at town. His step-father was no better, as he would beat Giorno for simply looking at him wrong. Giorno very likely would have become more like his true father if not for that fated meeting with a gangster.
- Abbacchio was once a young, idealistic police officer, but his sense of justice was solely eroded by the society who he had sworn to protect. The citizens committed crimes, blamed the police for not doing enough, and criminals were able to pay for their release to avoid punishment. It came to a head when he accepted a bribe from a pimp to pay out a prostitutes' debt, figuring that they would just post bail later even if he did arrest them. Then one night he found the same pimp attempting to escape from a robbery, who shot at Abbacchio in a moment of hesitation. Abbacchio's partner leapt in front and shot back, injuring the pimp yet dying in the process. This moment turned him into the sour gangster he is today.
Narrator: That moment was the end of Abbacchio's future. Not only was he charged for being a dirty cop, but he allowed his partner to die because of his actions, And that was a cross he would have to bear for rest of his life. It was then that his body and soul plunged into darkness. No matter who died, or even if he lost a limb or two, his heart would probably never be moved again.
- Moody Blues represents this the best. It's a built-in guilt trap for Abbacchio, who is eternally hating himself for what he did in his own past. He's so caught up in the past that his Stand is built around it. The worst part? It only shows what happened in the past, almost as if to taunt him.
- Narancia's mother died when he was a child from an eye disease, and his father ignored him. Which caused Narancia to ditch school and hang out with other delinquents. One of the convinced him to dye his hair blonde, which marked him for falsely beating and robbing an elderly women. Narancia was struck in the eye by the police in during interrogation, and a year later left juvenile hall with an eye infection just like his mother. His former friends kept their distance from him with knowledge of his infection and what happened to his mother; Narancia realized that his friend was the culprit and let him to take the fall for his crimes in a panic. With no one to turn to, Narancia came to believe that he would die the same way as his mother and became a street urchin before Fugo found him.
- Fugo's backstory as of the Anime. He was a child with an unnaturally high intellect and born into a life of luxury, but his parents started placing high expectations on him that were slowly crushing him. He had some anger issues, but he could control them. He got into university at 13 years old, but he also attracted the terrible attention of his much older teacher who has been implied to have molested Fugo at least once. Fugo proceeded to lose control, beating the professor with a book. This all ended up with people at the university gossiping about the event, even saying he was the one who goaded the professor on. His parents used up their money so that Fugo would be found not guilty, but he was expelled by the university, disowned by his parents and left to wander the streets!
Wiktoria Rynkun: Having seen lots of complains in the comments, I gotta say, I love what they did to Fugo's backstory in the anime. Don't get me wrong, PHF version of him getting upset over badmouthing his grandma by the professor is great. He has a reason to hate his violent side and to fear how furious he can become over smallest things. Whereas here what he does could be actually considered as justice and self defence. It's totally understandable and nothing to blame of. And that's the thing. In this version, Fugo sees himself as a violent attacker where in reality he is the victim all along. First he develops psychological issues before the age of 13 due to stress under which his parents put him. Then he gets effing molested by his teacher, so he loses it and acts the only way he knows to defend himself. He gets punished for it, disowned by his parents, and treated like garbage by everybody. Heck, even the narrator himself blames him here! And so he believes he's only capable of hurting people and he's best of alone. Not that he ever had any friends. He appears to find his way of living and to feel good with it. But I don't buy it. Just take a look at his Stand, the personification of his soul. He considers himself a deadly virus to both friends and foes. This boy hates himself for something he had no fault in. For something that all those awful adults in his life brought him to. And even now, when he found friends he can trust, he's not likely to tell them his story and finally hear that it's just. Not. His. Fault. TL;DR imo this version is tragically awesome cause our cheese boi is now a victim who sees himself as an attacker because of what he's been told by all folks around him.
- And the backstory isn't even the worst part. Throughout the backstory, Fugo gets blamed and punished for pure misfortune and the actions of others that he was in no part at fault for. He gets punished by the law, disowned by his parents, and treated like trash by everybody. It's to the point Fugo believes he's nothing more than a monster. The definite proof of this? Purple Haze, a manifestation of his soul, is basically how he views himself. A drooling monster who is also a walking virus that eats everyone, friends and foes, alike. Credits to Wiktoria Rynkun's comment for this.
- Mista had lived an easy going life compared to the rest of the group. Until he stumbled upon an Attempted Rape and attacked the would-be assailant. In retaliation, the crook's friends unloaded unto Mista point blank, missing every shot while Mista reloaded a gun he stole from them and killed them all with headshots. The court dismissed his plea of self-defense in disbelief at the event and sentenced him to 15 to 30 years in jail for murder. At this moment, he was genuinely afraid and didn't know what to do.
- Despite Number 5 being the Butt Pistol amongst Mista's stand, it was very saddening in the anime to see him crying about Mista being shot in the head 3 times by Prosciutto. Made even worse that none of the other bullets were able to get up due to The Grateful Dead aging them.
- Pericolos ordered suicide, viewed through Moody Blues. While Pericolo himself doesnt seem to be bothered by it, the reactions of everyone present show that theyre very caught off guard by his passing.
- Trish breaking down in a corner as she's being delivered to her father. She tells Bruno she got kidnapped by gangsters and then gets taken to a father she doesn't know or love. She then wonders what is next for her or if she'll even like him. It's made worse when it turns out her father just wants to kill her.
- The sheer heartbreaking betrayal that Bruno suffered both in his backstory and the arc he flashes back to it in. In the past Bruno joined Passione in order to seek justice for his father, who had been shot by drug dealers and wound up passing from complications, only to find that Passione was also involved in the drug trade. He flashes back to this personal betrayal in his eyes when he realizes that the Boss he's brought Trish to intended not to protect her, but to kill her to protect his own identity. This realization destroys what respect for the Boss Bruno still had.
- The deaths of Tiziano and Squalo. They may have been assasins out to kill Narancia and his gang-mates, but the sheer devotion they have for each other is sure to hit a chord in audiences' hearts. Especially when Tiziano sacrifices himself to protect Squalo, taking Aerosmith's bullets meant for him, and as he lies dying in Squalo's arms, he still encourages his beloved partner in his final moments. As Squalo wields Clash, a water-based Stand, the mortally-wounded Tiziano offers his own blood to help his partner complete their mission.Tiziano: Now you have some liquid... Squalo. This didn't... go exactly according to plan. But this doesn't change our victory. We're still going to... win...
- The conclusion of "The Mystery of King Crimson" arc. The team's big fight over their future in the gang ends with an ultimatum: join Bruno and Giorno in treachery or opt out and avoid the boss's wrath. After much deliberation, all but Fugo join them on the boat and they speed away. In the end, it's Fugo standing alone on the pier watching his friends leave for the last time.
- Even more tear-inducing in the anime where Fugo, only an episode before, expresses his desire to climb the ranks of Passione with Bucciarati. Only to get disappointed in his friends for deciding to betray the Boss and in the process, destroying Fugo's dreams.
- This gets worse in the Purple Haze Feedback Light Novel as its revealed that this decision wracked Fugo with Survivor Guilt over the deaths of his friends and is one of his deepest regrets. He even breaks down crying when he swears loyalty to Giorno at the end of the book.
- Narancia's reaction to learning of Bruno betraying the Boss in order to protect Trish is to start panicking and admit that he's scared, because he can't process what's happening. He begs Bruno to order him get on the boat with him to he can feel better, but Bruno doesn't, instead he tells Narancia to make the decision himself, and if he can't, he should stay away for his own good. And just when it looks like Narancia isn't going to join Bruno, Giorno, Mista, and Abbacchio, he spots Trish's bloodied wrist, and remembers how he was betrayed & abandoned by his father and best friends, everyone who was closest to him. In the end, Narancia does joins the traitors, deeming himself and Trish Not So Different, and makes it his own personal mission to protect her, despite knowing the danger.
- Even some villains, especially La Squadra Esecuzioni in this arc, invoke this, being a great deal more sympathetic than most of the other sagas' rosters of villainy.
- Pesci greatly admired Prosciutto like a big brother, despite being treated like an annoyance. When Bruno manages to pin him under the train wheels, Pesci is greatly saddened by this sight, enough to man up enough to give Bruno an even harder fight than his idol.
- Their leader, Risotto Nero, is no exception. When Risotto Nero was 14 years old, his cousin was run over by a drunk driver. Though the driver was punished by the law, Risotto could not forgive him and, four years later, at age 18, he assassinated the driver. Even when he managed to create his own squad and Stand, he received little recognition for his successes, leading to an attempt on uncovering the boss's identity, it led to the deaths of two of his comrades in horrific ways. With vengeance in his heart, he decides to take revenge on the boss, with each death of his team fueling this desire more and more.
- The death of Abbacchio, suddenly punched through by a disguised Diavolo to keep him from revealing his identity to the gang. He spends his last moments recalling his failures as a cop who let his friend die due to his bribery.
- To make matters crueler then they should be, Abbacchio, who has few in between moments of ever suggesting he was still a warm hearted person, helped a group of kids get their soccer ball out of a tree branch. The anime even gave him a light smile after helping them. Then Diavolo punches a hole in his chest.
- He wakes up in a dreamscape speaking with an officer in the middle of a crime scene. The meeting with a cop prompts Abbacchio to asks him what would happen if he failed in capturing the suspect and recounts his failure of carrying out his dream of being a righteous cop. Then he hears the officer say his name. After spending most of the part emotionally closed off from everything around him, Abbacchio actually starts to shed tears when he realizes the cop was none other than his partner who died on patrol and tries taking a bus to get back to the gang.Cop: Where are you going, Abbacchio?
Abbacchio: I'm getting on that bus. I'm starting to remember... That's right! I have to go! I need to get back to my friends!
Cop: Did you forget Abbacchio? You came here on that bus. This is the final stop. There's no going back anymore.
Abbacchio: Y-you're... That's right you- You died on patrol because I took that bribe!
- Giorno and company finding his body.
Are we just going to leave him here, Bucciarati?! Are we just going to leave Abbacchio all alone?! I don't want to leave him behind!
- Giorno, knowing that it was already too late to heal Abbacchio, can't even bring himself to try and can only hang his head down over Abbacchio's corpse. Despite Abbacchios antagonism towards him, his death struck genuine grief in Giorno (enough so in the anime that his VA sounds like hes Trying Not to Cry.)
- Mista only stood in solemn holding Coco Jumbo and stays silent for the most part until he has to prive a desperate and angry Narancia off of Giorno when it became clear the latter couldn't bring Abbacchio back.
- Bucciarati is able keep his composure for most of it, but acknowledges that it was his fault for leaving Abbacchio unguarded. Then he bites his lip enough to make it bleed when Narancia begs him not leave Abbacchio behind.
- Narancia takes it the worst. While the others solemnly accept what just happened, he goes through the Five Stages of Grief. First he shouts at Giorno and threatens him into healing Abbacchio with Gold Experience. Then when Bucciarati orders the gang to leave the area, Narancia insists that Abbacchio will come back any minute in denial. When Giorno tells him they have to leave (in other words making it clear it was too late to save him), Narancia manhandles him and tries to beat him up. Then he turns around towards Bucciarati tearfully begging him to not leave their friend behind.
- The anime makes this worse. It takes a long look at Abbacchio's body for him to finally accept that he was dead. Then he trips and lands face first on the ground, and wails in grief while Bucciarati and Mista walk away. Narancia's VA appropriately makes his crying sound not unlike that of a child.
- On that note, the fact that none of the others were able bring themselves to outright tell Narancia that Abbacchio was dead, or even say it out loud in general.
- They were forced to leave his body to escape the danger of dying next and only take solace in Abbacchio managing to imprint an image of boss' faces into a rock using Moody Blues. The last shot of the chapter is with Abbacchio peacefully resting in the sky.
- The anime even makes this scene more heartbreaking as well with the combination of music and the direction. Its shown that where Abbachio died a patch of flowers have appeared there, implying Giorno used Gold Experience to make a makeshift resting place for him. Abbacchio may have not liked Giorno, but Giorno respected him regardless. Doubles as a sad Foreshadowing to the next team member who perishes.
- Narancia's death. In the midst of Diavolo's rampage, he swore to himself to return to his hometown and go back to school. And then the gang find him in Giorno's body impaled on a fence. It was completely sudden. Giorno manages to restore his wounds, but instead wakes up in his own body shedding a tear, lamenting Narancia's soul was gone. He apologizes to him for being placed in his body at the wrong time, blankets his corpse in flowers from his hometown, and almost loses his resolve over the loss of his friend.
- Before it was revealed what happened, Mista became frantic when he realized he was holding onto four bullets and started begging Trish to put another one in his hand before something bad happened.
- The worst part of it: Narancia didn't die a Heroic Sacrifice. Other Jojo allies at least died either saving someone else or leaving a parting chance at defeat the villain. Narancia didn't get that, at least not voluntarily. He was simply and cruelly murdered.
- The fact that the souls are swapped makes this entire ordeal much more devastating to sit through. It's especially saddening to see Giorno's body impaled in a crucifix position within the iron bars and even more devastating to hear Giorno speak in Narancia's voice and state how Narancia's soul has already departed to the afterlife. It sounds and looks exactly like Narancia himself is saying that he is already dead.
- The way Diavolo had Narancia disposed is simply heartless and cruel. Instead of opting for a swift Megaton Punch like usual, he decided to impale him within broken metal bars, just to spite Bucciarati's crew. Seeing our lovable, childish, Book Dumb teammate, who had it rough ever since he was a little boy, having been murdered in such a brutal fashion is just heartbreaking. Having been suffered from neglectful father and horrible friends at a young age, death was the absolute last thing Narancia deserved.
- The anime makes it even worse. Narancia laments Abbacchio's death, and mentions if he ever meets Fugo again, he wouldn't mind being called dumb. He then swears to Trish that'd he'd protect her until the end. A few seconds after he states this, he's killed. As the gang mourns him, it cuts to a scene of Fugo walking down an alleyway, before he stops, as if he sensed something wrong. Then it shows where Abbacchio died, and what appears to be Aerosmith flying over, as if it was looking for its last place to land: beside his Big Brother Mentor.
- Building off Fugo's presence, the anime shows that he's walking near the restaurant that he and the rest of Bucciarati's gang always ate at. He misses his friends, and he's wandering aimlessly because he has nowhere else to go and nobody else to turn to.
- The anime also brings more drama to everyone's reactions to his death. Giorno's eyes do not simply well up with barely contained tears like in the manga. Instead, Giorno openly weeps through most of his realization that Narancia's soul is already gone. Trish silently cries. Mista calls out Narancia's name before giving a Skyward Scream through streams of tears. Bucciarati is the only one who barely keeps his composure, but a brief close up of one of his eyes when he first spots Narancia shows that he is just as heartbroken as everyone else.Mista: H-hey! You did it! Narancia's awake now! Alright! Th-that was a close one...
Giorno: (While in his own body.) Wrong, Mista. This is... an empty... shell. It's an empty shell. The wounds he received... have already been healed by my Gold Experience. But... he's already gone. Narancia... isn't. (Giorno begins to cry through his own body while speaking through Narancia's.) It's... completely empty. His soul... it's gone. He's gone now. There's nothing I can do. I didn't make it in time. It's so empty that I could slip right back in. I could coexist in both bodies. That just how... empty his body is.
- It's such a serious tearjerker that during the usual eyecatches, we don't even get to hear the usual music play. It's just silent. Abacchio's death happened right before one, and even that didn't get the same treatment.
- Bucciarati and the rest are, in fact, so devastated on Narancia's sudden death, that they just sit around for what could be considered minutes. They are so hopeless at this point that they don't even care that Diavolo could attack again any second now.
- Even more devastating is how Narancia was the one who was almost left behind at Venezia and was initially very hesitant to join Bruno and Giorno in their quest to overthrow the Boss. Bruno even specifically encouraged him to stay behind, not wanting him to suffer because of someone else's decision. Having seen Narancia man up considerably, only to have his hopes and dreams ultimately crushed because of one drastic decision is just heart-wrenching. Had he stayed behind along with Fugo, he would have made it back to his hometown and attend to school.
- The anime added a brief monologue for Fugo where he states that Narancia will die because of his decision to join Bruno. And he was absolutely right.
- Bruno's death at the hands of Diavolo. He gets revived by Giorno's Gold Experience and manages to survive for a while, but is fully aware that he's slowly breaking down to eventually die for real. This culminates in his true and final death via Heroic Sacrifice in order to stop the mad mafia boss' ambitions by giving time for Giorno to gain the Requiem power.
Giorno: Bucciarati, your wrist. Did you hurt it? Please, let me see it.
- Before that happens, there is a moment when Giorno is concerned with Bucciarati's condition during their journey to Rome. He asked Bucciarati if did he just hurt his wrist, only for him remains silent. However, Giorno finds out that Bucciarati's right hand deteriorates from his first encounter with Cioccolata and Secco. Bucciarati tells Giorno that his life had ended at that time, but his body continued to move thank's to Giorno's life energy given to him. Giorno responds by claiming his Gold Experience heals his wounds, but Bucciarati responds that nothing else can be done once a person's life ended. Doubles as a Call-Back to the previous part when Jotaro said the same thing to Josuke when his grandfather died.
Giorno: Are you listening, Bucciarati? If the mold got to you, you're in danger. Please, let me see it.
(Giorno is shocked at Bucciarati's right hand permanently damaged from his encounter with Oasis)
Giorno: T-thats...! (touches Bucciarati's neck to check his pulse) N-no way! Your skin is so cold, a-and your pulse...
Bucciarati: Hm? Giorno, did you just say something to me? I couldn't hear you.
Giorno: What's... going on? Impossible. It can't be! T-that's right! Something similar happened before. I thought it was just my imagination back then, when we were leaving Venice.
Bucciarati: (looking at his damaged right hand) It seems I hurt myself. Looks like there's isn't much time left. I'm losing more and more feeling in my skin... No... Maybe I never had any to begin with.
Giorno: That's impossible! Don't tell me, back then, when you saved Trish from the boss in Venice... Bucciarati, don't tell me back then...!
Bucciarati: Strange. I've accepted this as fate. Just a tiny bit of fate, of chance that Heaven had granted me. When you healed my wounds in Venice, it appears the life force you gave me allowed me to move for just a bit longer.
Giorno: Why? Why didn't say anything? Back then, my Gold Experience completely healed your wounds! I'm sure it can fix whatever you're going through now, too!
Bucciarati: Giorno, I'm sure your Gold Experience knows more about that than anyone else... that nothing can be done for those whose lives have already ended. By that time, my life... had already ended.
(Giorno is visibly stunned by the revelation.)
- Despite being the split personality of the main antagonist, Diavolo, Doppio is a well-meaning teenager who has some redeeming qualities. Such as trying to save a kid from an oncoming truck. This makes his death sort of sad as he lays on the ground, alone hoping the boss will call him so he won't die alone.
- The anime makes it even more tearjerking, as after he's confident that Diavolo will win, he laments on how lonely he is, with his soul coming out from Bruno's body. He even reaches out for a phone near him ... but due to being in Bruno's body, who had his eardrums busted, he wouldn't have been able to hear the phone anyways.
- Polnareff has been switched into a turtle's body for the rest of his life. However, his recall to his adventures and losses in Part 3 is very tearjerking for what was thought to be his last thoughts at the time.
- This also comes with the cost of losing his beloved Stand, Silver Chariot. Think about it: first he's forced to relinquish control of it, then he's forced to battle against it. The same Stand he trained all his life, constantly praised its speed and abilities, the one he would've built a statue for if Polnareffland became reality. Remember how it cut up Devo the Cursed? Turned J. Geil into a pincushion? Joined Star Platinum in beating the shit out of Alessi? Pushed Vanilla Ice into the sunlight? Stabbed Dio through the head? The beloved stand is completely gone. For good.
- The end of Part 5, where Giorno, despite being hardened for the series, finally starts to tear up at the loss of his friends Bucciarati, Narancia, and Abbacchio he fought alongside, until Buccarati's spirit talks to him and encourages him, along with Narancia and Abbachio, before departing. He mans up and takes hold of his (and Bucciarati's) dream for them.
- The story started with 6 members in the group. Unless one would count Trish, it ended with only two left (Giorno and Mista) with three dead and one who didnt have the resolve to go with them.
- This is easily shown in the anime adaptation when he looking at his surrounding with golden sparkles flies around him. In the very first episode, he is shown with a light smile on his face. But in the final episode, he is shown with hardened but melancholic expression.
- The anime adaptation also adds some decorations to the room where Giorno is made Boss; namely the flowers he buried Narancia and Abbachio in, Buccarati's zipper, and a bottle of champagne/sparkling wine Abbachio usually drinks (it was also part of the last meal they had together before they were attacked by Squalo).
- The track titled "Ascension" in the anime, played during Narancia's final rest and Bucciarati's ascension. Despite only played in those two moments, it would take those with hardened souls to not get teary eyed to this theme, especially when the One-Woman Wail chant starts kicking in.
- This even more tearjerking and haunting for sharp-eared audience, especially if you're a devout Catholic. The chant played in this track? It is actually taken from Requiem aeternam.* RequiemTranslation
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- This even more tearjerking and haunting for sharp-eared audience, especially if you're a devout Catholic. The chant played in this track? It is actually taken from Requiem aeternam.*