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  • Acting for Two:
    • Junichi Suwabe provided the voices of both Telence T. D'Arby in Stardust Crusaders and Leone Abbachio in Vento Aureo.
    • Kenjiro Tsuda voiced both Bruford in Phantom Blood and Tiziano in Vento Aureo.
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  • Bad Export for You: This is the main reason why it took so long for both the manga and anime to be released in the United States. Licensors would have to negotiate with the musicians and record companies to see if they could use their names, and while several characters do retain their original names, many had to be renamed because the costs of negotiating with the musicians and record companies to avoid lawsuits with them would simply be too much and can drive the licensors to bankruptcy.note 
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  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Despite how popular the phrase is, no one in the series has ever said, "This must be the work of an enemy Stand." However, in one chapter of Diamond is Unbreakable, Koichi says, "This has to be the work of an enemy Stand user".
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  • Colbert Bump:
    • Many fans first became familiar with the series thanks to the Capcom fighting game JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future, which came about during a time when the manga wasn't released in the West yet.
    • While the franchise had been relatively obscure in America for some time outside of the aforementioned Capcom fighting game and Memetic Mutation, the 2012 anime, as well as its immensely positive reception from many anime reviewers on the Internet, has caused its popularity to skyrocket stateside. Its popularity in English-speaking territories further improved when both the 2012 anime and the Stardust Crusaders sequel were added to Crunchyroll. This is the reason why the PlayStation 3 game All Star Battle saw a North American release. Finally, airing on Toonami gave it probably the biggest bump for U.S. audiences, allowing the series to move from obscure to mainstream.
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    • The 2012 anime became one of these for the band Yes, due to usage of their most popular song, "Roundabout", as the anime's ending theme song. The trend continued with Stardust Crusaders and its ending themes, "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles and "Last Train Home" by the Pat Metheny Band; then in Diamond is Unbreakable with "I Want You" by Savage Garden. It happened again in Vento Aureo with Jodeci's "Freek'n You" and Enigma's "Modern Crusaders".
    • There has to be at least a few people who became attracted to the series thanks to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Abridged.
    • Popular Let's Players like Joel and Best Friends Zaibatsu frequently reference the series, to the point where fans have started watching/reading just to see what the heck they're talking about.
    • If you're into both classic rock and anime, you may be curious just to find out if there's anyone named after your favorite band/song.
    • Viz's original paperback releases of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders attempted this, using its influence on Shaman King and Yu-Gi-Oh! to pull in readers. Unfortunately, the initial early 2000s run tanked, and the arc wasn't re-released until about a decade later, when the popularity of the anime caused a resurgence in interest.
  • Creator Backlash: Araki has since admitted that part of the reason Avdol in Part 3 and Fugo in Part 5 didn't get many fights was because he found their powersets too difficult to make good battles out of. The experience led to him vowing to not use many if any fire or poison-based Stands for heroes again as a consequence.
  • Creator's Favorite. Araki has stated that his favorite JoJo is Diamond Is Unbreakable's Josuke Higashikata.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
  • Dawson Casting:
    • For some reason (at least in Japanese), and until the TV series came out, most of the characters were voiced by older voice actors, despite voicing characters who are supposed to be teenagers or young adults. This is more exaggerated in the Part 3's OVAs when almost everybody are voiced by people who doesn't even try to sound like young men (excluding Joseph, for obvious reasons).
    • Young Jonathan and Young Dio in Part 1 are both voiced by the same actors who voice their adult selves. They also don't make an effort to sound like adolescents.
    • Inverted with both Erina Pendleton and Suzi Q, in the TV series' Parts 2 & 3: Both voice actresses (Ayako Kawasumi and Sachiko Kojima, respectively) are normally typecasted for voicing younger girls or young adults, but they still voice their older versions in Parts 2 and 3, rather than casting much older voice actresses for the job.
    • The same goes for both Speedwagon and Straizo's voice actors, since they are voiced by the same ones who voiced their younger counterparts in Part 1.
    • Initially played straight with Joseph, then later averted. In Part 2, he is voiced by Tomokazu Sugita, who also voiced his older self at the end of said Part. He voiced both young (Part 2) and old (Part 3) Joseph in All-Star Battle. Once the anime got into Part 3, Sugita was darrin'd by Unshō Ishizuka, who is an older voice actor that's around Part 3 Joseph's age. Does that mean Ishizuka is now the official voice of Joseph, staying true to this by even voicing the character's younger self? Nope. He'll likely keep his role as old Joseph (or, he would have), but Sugita reprised his role as young Joseph for J-Stars Victory VS and Eyes of Heaven. This falls in line with the Time-Shifted Actor trope. This changing of voice actors is retained in the English dub, with Ben Diskin voicing young Joseph and Richard Epcar voicing old Joseph.
    • Jotaro is 28 in Diamond is Unbreakable, but Yusuke Iseya, who plays him in the live-action film, is 40.
  • Defictionalization: Ever wanted to own Noriaki- er, Tenmei Kakyoin's sunglasses and handkerchief, school uniform, and/or the soul doll D'Arby made of him? You can! Granted, the uniform is more of a track suit, but it's still pretty neat.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Part 8 JoJolion has gained the nickname "Four Ball Run" due to the protagonist's unique anatomical arrangement. The main character himself is also often referred to as "Gappy" or "Jo2uke" to avoid confusion with the protagonist of Part 4 in English-speaking fandom. Interestingly enough, the earliest recorded usages of the nickname "Gappy" predate knowledge of Josuke's name, which he didn't officially receive until a few chapters into part 8.
    • Yoshikage Kira (at least in his original look) is usually just referred to as "David Bowie" due to his uncanny resemblance to him.
    • "Holy Wubstorm" (after Wamuu's special attack Divine Sandstorm) for the Pillar Men's dubstep-flavored Leitmotif in the anime.
    • Lucy Steel's temporary Stand is known as "Love Train"; however, it appears in chapters called "Ticket to Ride" and was later confirmed to be named as such in JOJOVELLER.
    • Pocoloco's Stand is sometimes called "Buckethead" due to the shape of its head.
    • Fans on Tumblr have taken to calling Kakyoin's prominent wavy strand of hair his "noodle".
    • Polnareff is sometimes called ''PolPol'' by fans ever since Hol Horse gave him that nickname in episode 11 of Stardust Crusaders.
    • The Pillar Men have been called the "Aztec Gods of Fitness". Alternatively, "Aztec Vampire Stripper Gods".
    • The World is often jokingly called "Holy Diver" in reference to Ronnie James Dio.
    • Mikitaka is sometimes referred to as 'Space Legolas' due to his long hair and pointed ears.
    • Part 2's version of Joseph Joestar is sometimes referred to as Bugs Bunny due to his tricky nature, ridiculous antics, and incredible luck.
    • Jotaro's sometimes jokingly compared to Charlie Brown, due to his "Yare yare daze..." being translated into English as "Good grief..."
    • After he started studying marine biology, Part 4-6 Jotaro's nickname became "Ocean Man".
    • "Joey Jo-Jo" for Jonathan's Fan-DUWANG'd name.
    • "Oldseph" for Old Joseph.
    • Stands are often referred to as "punch ghosts" for reasons that should be fairly obvious.
    • The companions are occasionally referred to as "Jobros" for their close relationship to their part's Joestar, in particular whichever given character in a part had the closest friendship with the associated JoJo (ie Speedwagon, Gyro).
    • If only for the notoriously memetic translation, the main and supporting characters of Part 4 are sometimes referred to as the "Duwang Gang."
    • Enrico Pucci is sometimes called "Gay Priest" by fans due to his seemingly sexual relationship with Dio.
    • Leone Abbacchio is given the affectionate name of "Pisscop" because of his former occupation and his Establishing Character Moment where he attempts to trick Giorno into drinking his urine.
    • Bruno Buccellati is also often called "Zipper Man" after the translated name of his Stand, Sticky Fingers, and "Zipper Mom" for his feminine appearance and the way he takes care of the younger gang members. Since Abbacchio is referred to as "Goth Dad", he and Bruno are collectively the "mafia parents".
    • Since she was never given a canon first name, fans sometimes refer to Jotaro's ex-wife (and Jolyne's mom) either as "Dolly" (since Jolyne is named after a Dolly Parton song), or "Marina" (after her husband's fascination with the ocean).
    • Some fans love to call Risotto and Abbacchio "Big Titty Goth Daddy" thanks to their exposed chests and dark clothing.
    • Thanks to the anime, Ghiaccho is called "Ice Bakugo" by fans thanks to Nobuhiko Okamoto, his Japanese voice actor.
    • Fans sometimes call the color scans "JoJo's Colored Adventure".
    • DIO's mansion is commonly, and quite crudely, referred to as "DIO's fuckhouse".
  • Fan Translation: The Stardust Crusaders RPG for the Super Famicom has one by the Aeon Genesis group. Several exist for the manga itself, as well.
  • Humble Beginnings: The series began as an (relatively) normal horror/action shonen series, following the success of other works like Fist of the North Star. It wasn't until Stardust Crusaders that it would become as successful as it is, even though the manga always had highs and lows. Currently, JoJolion sells half a million of each volume, and the anime is one of the most financially successful around.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: A film adaptation of Phantom Blood came out in theaters in 2007. It hasn't seen any sort of home release. However, an incomplete cut (that is, there is no voice acting, and occasionally full animation is replaced by storyboard stills) of the first 16 minutes has appeared on the internet.
  • Name's the Same: From Part 7 on, you'll notice a lot of characters are named either partially or directly after characters from the previous six parts:
    • Jonathan Joestar of Part 1 and Jonathan "Johnny" Joestar of Part 7.
    • Diego Brando in-universe is commonly nicknamed "Dio", like someone we know.
    • Josuke Higashikata of Part 4 and Josuke Higashikata of Part 8, the only difference between the names being a single different kanji used to spell it. Besides, the latter isn't even exactly Josuke Higashikata; the name was pegged for him by Yasuho, and then Norisuke took him into the Higashikata family home. Oh, and it gets better: in this universe there was a guy, for whom Ojiro mistakes this Josuke, called Yoshikage Kira.
  • No Export for You: As aforementioned, this was the case for the manga and anime due to legal issues.
  • The Other Darrin: A lot of examples to list across many of adaptations at once, especially via the old OVAs and video games released before both the official anime and All Star Battle solidified several of the voices; even after All Star Battle, voices in respective anime adaptations of certain arcs still change around voice actors, even extending to Eyes of Heaven (such as the voice actors chosen for the Part 3 characters).
  • Playing Against Type: Subverted concerning Johnny Yong Bosch's role as Jonathan Joestar as this is actually the kind of character he would voice. The fact that Bosch pulled a British Accent (and a realistic one) actually surprised a lot of fans. note 
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Japanese version:
      • Shoko Nakagawa is a lifelong fan of the franchise. She dreams of marrying Jotaro one day and even got to interview Hirohiko Araki back in 2009. In 2016, she even covered the first opening theme.
      • Daisuke Ono since he stated that JoJo was what got him into voice acting in the first place; speed up to All Star Battle where his dream came true of being able to voice one of the main iconic characters.
      • Prior to being announced to be playing Jolyne, Fairouz Ai's fascination with the franchise stretched back to her high-school years, where she used Skype to read along with/fandub editions of the manga. She didn't graduate from her seiyuu agency's training camp until 2019, where her first big role was as Hibiki in How Heavy Are The Dumbbells You Lift?!.
    • English version:
      • Kira Buckland is a lifelong fan. Jolyne is her favorite character in the series as she has frequently cosplayed her and has voiced her in some fanworks. Buckland also hosted a JoJo panel at Anime Expo 2016. While Stone Ocean has yet to receive an English dub, she became a promoted fangirl when she got to voice Reimi Sugimoto in Diamond is Unbreakable.
      • Mick Lauer, a.k.a. Ricepirate. He's been a bonafide fanboy of JoJo for three decades, and is currently working on his own part, Blood Sun Vendetta, as seen here. He too is a promoted fanboy, with him voicing Leone Abbacchio in Vento Aureo.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Araki picks out the ending theme songs for the anime, matching his taste in non-Japanese music:
    • Part I and II's ending theme is Yes's 1971 single "Roundabout".
    • The first half of Part III gets the 1985 hit single "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles.
    • The second half of Part III gets Pat Metheny Group's instrumental "Last Train Home" from their 1987 album Still Life (Talking).
    • Part IV has "I Want You" by Savage Garden.
    • Part V has "Freek'n You" by Jodeci and the second part has "Modern Crusaders" by Enigma.
  • Referenced by...: ZUN, the creator of Touhou Project, is an admitted fanboy. As such, there are several references within his games. Most notable is Sakuya Izayoi, who references DIO in both her powers and weapons of choice, as well as her association with vampires. Additionally, the kanji for Touhou (東方) are the same as the ones used in Josuke's family name.
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  • Sailor Earth: Pick a song name. Ideally, an older rock song. Come up with a power based on the lyrics, or failing that, just make one up. You now have a brand new Stand.
  • Same Voice Their Entire Life: Joseph in both Part 2 and 3 is voiced by Unshou Ishizuka, even as he becomes older (as in, being a Badass Grandpa) in the latter part. Ishizuka does the old man impression well, too.
  • Science Marches On: In Part 6, Rykiel's so-called sky rods were eventually revealed to be normal insects flying at such high speeds that cameras would capture them as longish "rods" (hence the name) with multiple wings. Not that Araki would let a minor detail like this affect the nature of Sky High's minions...
  • Star-Making Role:
    • Japanese version:
      • Jonathan Joestar for Kazuyuki Okitsu.
      • While Kenta Miyake was already an established voice actor at the time, his role as Avdol in Part 3's anime helped him land more popular roles.
    • English version:
      • The JoJos for Parts 1-3 were voiced by top tier voice actors Johnny Yong Bosch, Ben Diskin, and Matthew Mercer, respectively. However, a younger voice was required to portray Josuke Higashikata. Enter Billy Kametz, who following his role in Diamond is Unbreakable landed more high profile roles within the anime industry, including Osomatsu from Osomatsu-san and Kyouya from KonoSuba.
  • Troubled Production: Apparently, one of the reasons for the poor quality of the Phantom Blood movie and why it's never been released on DVD was because one of the producers was killed in an accident, and his family pulled the plug on funding, leaving an incomplete, rushed mess of a film.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Araki originally planned for Part 3 to be a modern retelling of the Dracula story, but only one of the Shonen Jump editors thought it was a good idea, the rest saying the series was already too focused on foreign settings/characters.
    • In Part 3, Hol Horse would join up with the heroes and replace Avdol. However, Araki realized that Hol Horse was already very similar to Polnareff and thus he remained a villain.
    • Part 3 was originally intended to be the last part, as Araki had intended for the franchise to end with a trilogy. However, it ended up being much more popular than he expected, and as a result, he continued onwards.
    • Had the original early 2000s manga translation of Stardust Crusaders sold better in the United States, Viz was considering possibly skipping to Stone Ocean and translating that afterwards (since fans would already be familiar with Jotaro, and DIO shows up in flashback).
    • Fugo was originally planned to be The Mole for the Boss in Part 5 with Giorno killing him as a result but Araki found the idea too heartbreaking. Some fans suspect that Cioccolata, with his flesh-devouring mold stand and appearance as one of the final enemies in Part 5 before the Boss is faced (as well as receiving the longest No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Giorno), were conceived to replace Araki's planned ideas for Fugo.
    • Araki initially wanted to name Viviano Westwood's Stand "Earth, Wind, and Fire" but instead went with the name "Planet Waves" since "Earth Wind and Fire" was already the name of Mikitaka's ambiguous power in Part 4.
    • The Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan spin-offs were originally intended to not be related at all to the series. It was even forgotten to include an already existing character. However, Araki then decided to include Rohan anyway, thus tying these one-shots to JoJo.
    • There were plans to release the Vento Aureo PS2 game overseas, but Prince's lawyers disapproving of Gold Experience being referenced in the game combined with Araki's unwillingness to change the name nixed those plans.
    • The 2012 anime could've ended up airing on Toonami as early as 2014, as fans were heavily requesting the series for the block around the time when the anime was adapting Part 3. However, Warner Bros., who own the DVD rights to the series, weren't interested in letting Toonami air the series without paying a ludicrous sum of money. It wasn't until Viz Media were able to secure the rights (at least in terms of Blu-ray releases and merchandising) that Toonami was able to license the series and air it.
  • Word of Dante: Most fans take for granted that the reboot starting with Steel Ball Run was directly caused by Pucci and Made in Heaven at the end of Stone Ocean. The latter does indeed show an alternative rebooted universe, but neither Word of God nor any applicable in-story confirmation (such as an appearance from Irene, the reboot's version of Jolyne) have actually shown that Steel Ball Run and JoJolion are set in the same alternative universe as the Stone Ocean ending.
  • Word of Gay: In a 2007 interview, Araki stated that DIO was bisexual.
  • Working Title: Several parts have had initial titles that were later replaced. For instance, Stardust Crusaders was first advertised as Heritage for the Future (hence the name of the fighting game), or Golden Wind was known as Golden Heritage, while Stone Ocean was at first known as Part 6: Jolyne Cujoh as a Protagonist Title.
  • The Wiki Rule:

  • The TV anime was one of the most requested shows for Toonami on [adult swim], and eventually premiered in October 2016.
  • Tying in somewhat to the first bit of trivia, was the very first scene depicted. The story actually started before Jonathan's time, back at least two millennia in some South American civilization, which eventually died out for one reason or another, had used the Stone Mask to gain immortality as a vampire. And the first character shown was a maiden to be sacrificed. This lost tribe is later revealed as the Pillar Men, though it was specifically Kars who created the Masks.
  • The phrase "Lucky Land" appears frequently on signs throughout the series, a reference to Lucky Land Communications, the company Araki formed to formally hold copyrights for the series.
  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers Album The Getaway was released on the same day the episode of the Diamond Is Unbreakable anime aired that had Josuke's climatic fight with Akira Otoishi and Red Hot Chili Pepper.
  • It is popularly believed among the fandom that "JoJo" is a reference to the The Beatles song "Get Back". However, according to Araki himself, JoJo is not a reference but the name instead came from the Japanese family restaurant chain Jonathan's. During the planning process for the series, Araki had several meetings in the restaurant and was looking for an Alliterative Name for the protagonist and decided to go with Jonathan Joestar, naming him after the restaurant.

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