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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Jotaro's difficulty in expressing his emotions or comprehending that others can't read them and his later tendency to wear odd marine-themed clothes has led to the popular interpretation that he is somewhere in the autism spectrum, complete with Memetic Mutation about what kinds of unexpressed emotions might be running through his head. A related interpretation shows him as a typical teenage boy who tries really hard to be cool and constantly thinks about awesome one-liners to say. Some fans enjoy reading him this way a lot more than just taking him at face value.
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    • A theory that's gaining traction is that Jotaro may be afflicted with PTSD after his battle with Dio, thanks to the way the anime has him react to certain things (like when he heard Dio's name or during his fight with Kira.
    • Dio, in regards to his Pet the Dog moments: Did he genuinely see Pucci as a friend, and would he have treated Giorno with love, or did/would he see them as more pawns in his ultimate goal? Eyes of Heaven seems to take the former route, with Dio holding Pucci's hand, placing a hand on his shoulder, and referring to him as "friend" during their DHA together, while he gives a little nod of approval when he teams up with Giorno in their Dual Heat Attack (Giving him a little smile, saying "You did it, kid.")
  • Archive Panic: The manga has been going strong for over 30 years, with over 900 chapters and counting. However, the fact that it's split up into distinct parts helps make the experience more digestible.
  • Awesome Art:
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    • While every part has its fair share, Steel Ball Run shows a noticeable increase in quality after the series was changed from a weekly to a monthly release, to the point that it exhibits some of the most beautiful art in recent manga history. The super-detailed "DIO's World" arc qualifies as well.
    • Opinions on the 1993 OVA are divided, but most fans can agree that the animation during the final fight against Dio is gorgeous.
  • Awesome Ego: Many characters in this series are completely aware of how Crazy Awesome they are, with Dio Brando and Joseph Joestar being the two greatest examples.
  • Badass Decay: Joseph in Part 3. Somewhat justified since he's an old man by that point, the fact that the majority of his training was based around Hamon which is only truly useful against vampire enemies, of which there are barely any in Part 3 and is not the main JoJo of his part, but it's still frustrating to see the guy that took down Wamuu and Esidisi struggling so much to fight the enemy Stand users. Even more increased and further justified by Part 4, where he's going senile and generally deliberately omitted from the action. He's pushing 80 and retired by then.
  • Broken Base:
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    • Which part is the best part? Each part is different in its own way, so each of them has its rabid fans and haters. The most divisive parts tend to be the following:
      • Part 1, Phantom Blood. It's near-universally considered to be one of the weaker parts, but the debate is on whether it's still good on its own, or a boring slog that acts as a steep barrier to cross in order to get to the good parts. The most controversial aspect by far is the Slow-Paced Beginning, which is almost entirely lacking in action and fighting, instead belonging to the genre of drama. Some fans enjoy the insight into All-Loving Hero Jonathan and Dog-Kicking Dio's family life, while others find it beyond boring.
      • Part 3, Stardust Crusaders, is the part that introduces the series' signature gimmick, Stands. Part three fans love how the Stands allow every fight to be very unique and creative. The Big Bad DIO gets a lot of praise, being one of the most popular and quotable villains in manga history. Some fans are also fueled by nostalgia, as for decades Stardust Crusaders was the only part to be marketed in the West, with the OVA and Capcom fighting game being many fans' first taste of JoJo. But the part also has many detractors, who criticize it for its highly formulaic structure, extremely basic and simple plot, large amount of Plot Irrelevant Villains, and relatively plain Stand abilities compared to those in future parts. The protagonist, Jotaro Kujo, is also polarizing, with his fans loving his stoic personality, while his detractors consider him a boring, emotionless character. There's also a small minority who dislike how Stands result in Hamon being almost entirely phased out of the series, and wished that Hamon was still the Joestars' main weapon.
      • Part 5, Vento Aureo, is loved and hated for similar reasons to part 3. It brings back the Monster of the Week formula that made Stardust Crusaders so polarizing, although this time the abilities tend to be more diverse and interesting. The group of heroes is considered to be one of the best in the series thanks to their close bonds, although the protagonist, Giorno Giovanna, is sometimes criticized for being a Supporting Protagonist who takes a back-seat to Bruno Buccellati. Another common criticism is the Big Bad, Diavolo, who is either a mysterious and threatening figure, or a boring and generic villain with incomprehensible motives. The final confrontation is also extremely divisive, with its detractors pointing to the Mind Screw-worthy abilities of the characters making the action nearly impossible to follow, and the climax being a colossal Ass Pull.
      • Part 6, Stone Ocean, is controversial mostly for its ending, which acts as a huge Reset Button for the entire franchise. Some fans applaud the audacity of killing off the heroes and resetting the universe and consider it an emotional sendoff for the original universe (as the next part, Steel Ball Run, is a Continuity Reboot), while others feel it makes everything that happened up to this point completely pointless. It also is home to some of the strangest Stands in the series (Heavy Weather, Limp Bizkit, Dragon's Dream) and has some of the suckiest (Jail House Lock, Highway to Hell, Survivor); either this is fine, since JoJo isn't a stranger to bizarre themes or weak abilities, or it's pushing the "Bizarre" aspect of the series too far with Stand powers that are just laughably counterintuitive.
    • Reception to Araki's Art Evolution post Stone Ocean. On one hand, many fans celebrate the more detailed art and the higher degree of realism that Araki's style took, praising it as one of a number of aspects that the series that improved during Steel Ball Run. Others acknowledge that Araki has improved in many ways but are more critical, saying that the realism came at the cost of making Only Six Faces and Dull Surprise much more common (in contrast to the earlier parts, which had much more lively expressions and varied designs) and that the pre-SBR characters just don't look right in the new style. Some people feel that these aspects are being improved upon in JoJolion, however.
    • As with all English dubs, the one for the 2012 anime has created some division:
      • Anime fans who are tired of hearing Johnny Yong Bosch everywhere aren't happy that he plays Jonathan, while others don't mind (and some even praise his performance, particularly the Sunlight Yellow Overdrive speech).
      • Bryce Papenbrook's performance as Caesar is quite divisive, especially thanks to his Italian accent.
      • Some are upset that some of the memetic lines like "Speedwagon withdraws coolly" and all of Joseph's Engrish have been changed, while others point out that a one-to-one translation would be impossible. A good example of this is Joseph's "OH NO! This woman is unbelievable!" from the end of Part 2; in the dub, he instead says "You had one job, woman! ONE! JOB!"
      • The casting of Ben Diskin isn't being debated as good or bad (most agree that he does a good job), but whether it's appropriate that he sound just like Numbuh One or whether he should've tried for a more unique sounding voice. Others debate whether his British accent was a good fit, or whether he should've used a different kind of accent such as Cockney or Estuary, or none at all. The same goes for all the other characters with accents.
      • Averted for most of the other actors, with Patrick Seitz as Dio, Keith Silverstein as Speedwagon, and the Stardust Crusaders "test dub" cast garnering nearly universal praise (with Matthew Mercer's Jotaro being called "perfect" by some). Though some still called foul when it turned out that Patrick Seitz did not do the iconic "Wrrryyyy!" at least when Dio first became a vampire.
      • At AnimeEXPO 2016 it was revealed that the English dub for Stardust Crusaders would drop the accents. Some are okay with it since the accents were considered by many to be the weakest part of the dub and it allows the actors to give a more natural performance. Others however aren't fond of the change since it's inconsistent and supporters felt that it made the dub more fun.
      • Whether or not Bang Zoom! Entertainment was a good choice to produce the English dub. Some felt that a lot of the issues with the dub fell mostly on Bang Zoom's involvement. In particular many Bang Zoom detractors feel as if the studio has become notorious for constantly reusing the same voice actors in leading roles (especially in non-union dubs) and as such the dub played it safe. It especially didn't help that the detractors felt that Bang Zoom's usual talent pool now donning fake accents to be eye-rolling. There's also the fact that New Generation Pictures is based in Los Angeles and their work on Hellsing proves that there are British voice actors in the area and non-British voice actors can pull off solid accents. This has led the detractors to believe that New Generation Pictures would have been a much better choice. Others however didn't mind Bang Zoom's involvement seeing as how many of their fans find that their recent dubs have been relatively strong and have been pleased with the recent talent pool that Bang Zoom has been using in the past few years.
    • The character outfits from Part 5 onward. Are they unique and stylishness that help every character stand out? Or are they just cringey clothes that even a stripper wouldn't be caught dead in?
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • In Steel Ball Run, any time that Gyro comes up with a gag, odds are it's gonna be a weird non-sequitur joke that Makes As Much Sense In Context and is never alluded to again.
    • In Part 4, after getting pierced by the arrow a second time Kira's hairstyle change comes out of left field, with no explanation given or anyone remarking on it. The anime adds to the confusion by showing Kira brushing his hair, and this somehow causing it to change colour into silver with black streaks.
    • One of the most infamous is the Torture Dance from Vento Aureo. As if having his head severed with Sticky Fingers so that he can be beaten and interrogated at the same time, Mista then hangs Zucchero's head by his eyelid with a fish hook and slowly blinds him using a pair of glasses to focus the sunlight. And then Narancia throws on some music and starts dancingnote . And then, for whatever reason, both Mista and Fugo join in. For six panels/a full minute.
  • Cant Un Hear It:
  • Cult Classic: In the west; prior to the anime beginning in 2012 it was largely unknown with a small but very passionate following. One of the main problems with exporting the series is the copyright issues there since Araki's musical shout-outs are beloved by the fans.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Some fans tend to think that Dio Brando is less monstrous than he actually is, going so far as to draw him as a caring father to Giorno (sometimes raising him alongside Jonathan as his husband, despite Dio decapitating Jonathan at the end of Phantom Blood).
  • Estrogen Brigade: Has a huge female following, no doubt in part due to the large amounts of Ho Yay, fabulousness, and the casts outside of Parts 6 and 8 being 90% male. Each part has its own appeal to fangirls, with the earlier parts being full of Hunky Mr. Fanservice types and the later parts featuring a Cast Full of Pretty Boys. The characters of Part 5 in particular seem to be designed specifically to tap into this demographic.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception:
    • Mistaking the Stands for Personas.
    • Calling Parts anything other than Parts. (e.g. seasons, story arcs...)
    • Thinking that the series is an homage to '80s and '90s anime.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Due to the series' naming conventions, many fans are able to come up with their own Stands based on tarot cards or popular music. It helps that it's possible to be born with one's Stand rather than being shot with the Bow and Arrow, making these Stands a real possibility.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Due to the nature of the series, fans tend to prefer the JoJos with their Heterosexual Life Partners or Rivals instead of their canon love interests (if they even have one). The top picks for each part seem to be Jonathan/Dio, Joseph/Caesar, Jotaro/Kakyoin, Josuke/Okuyasu (in Western countries) or Josuke/Rohan (in Eastern countries), Giorno/Mista, Jolyne/Ermes and Johnny/Gyro.
    • The only major exception to this trend would be Josuke/Yasuho, due to their endearing and well-written chemistry together. It helps that Joshu, the considered "JoBro" of Part 8, is heavily disliked by fans.
    • Besides that, Diego/Hot Pants, Rohan/Reimi, and Bucciarati/Trish seem to be the most popular non-canon straight ships in the fandom, with Kakyoin/Holly as the hetero alternative to Jotaro/Kakyoin.
  • Fanon:
    • There's no real 100% agreed upon color/style for any character in further parts, but in fan coloration and fanart it's very common to see many characters wearing lipstick, especially if they're fluorescent-colored, even though the manga didn't start portraying characters this way until part 6.
    • It's common even for people who don't engage in slash shipping to take it for granted that Joseph is bisexual. This possibly stems from his interactions with his companion, Caesar.
    • With some exceptions, Stands are just mindless automatons. Fans love to give them a personality, like Killer Queen acting like a cat, or The World being Jonathan's mindless spirit. In fact, some fans even like to portray King Crimson as the true villain of Part 5, being a Stand that gained control of its user, like Anubis. It helps that Diavolo's backstory is pretty ambiguous.
    • As mentioned in Never Live It Down Kakyoin is often portrayed in Fanon as a Milf-Hunter who has a thing for Holly.
    • It's often theorized that Jotaro met his future wife in college (possibly in Florida, before he decided to settle down there), and that she's a fellow marine biologist.
    • DIO is sometimes depicted as a bumbling dad who raised Giorno and being a Sitcom Archnemesis with Jotaro and baby Jolyne even when circumstances not allowing the two to meet at all in the main story. Sometimes Giorno is depicted with his current hairstyle as an infant even though he only got it as a teenager with his Stand.
    • In an attempt to explain what would otherwise be Fridge Logic or Early Installment Weirdness, it's commonly accepted that the reason Giorno didn't obtain Gold Experience Requiem when Black Sabbath stabbed Gold Experience with an Arrow is because only the Arrow Polnareff found is able to create a Requiem Stand. This, of course, creates its own Fridge Logic when one remembers that the Arrows were all made from the same meteor, so it wouldn't make sense for one to have abilities that the others don't.
  • Fountain of Memes: From "KONO DIO DA!" to "ZA WARUDO!" and "ROAD ROLLER DA!", Dio is generally considered the most quotable and memorable character.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • A good number of JJBA fans are also fans of other Shonen Jump properties.
      • A lot of long time fans are fans of Fist of the North Star. This is because both series starting running in Shonen Jump around the same time. Both series feature manly men doing manly things and insane amounts of over the top the violence. It helps that the first three installments's design was inspired by Tetsuo Hara's artstyle.
      • It is very common to see fans of JJBA who are also fans of Gintama. Considering how both series run in Shonen Jump and parody other Shonen Jump titles that ran at the same time, fans of one series are very likely to find appeal in the other. Especially made better when Tomokazu Sugita who voices Gintoki would eventually voice Joseph.
      • Thanks to Diamond is Unbreakable there has been an increase in the amount of JJBA fans who are also fans of Yu Yu Hakusho which ran in Shonen Jump while Diamond is Unbreakable was publishing and featured similar themes. Years down the line Diamond is Unbreakable would also produce an example of this trope with Persona, with the fourth game in particular having the most overlap because of their similarities as noted below.
      • As of recently there have been many JJBA fans who are also fans of Assassination Classroom which has a similar tone to JJBA and the author was even inspired by the JJBA franchise. Due to the similar tones that combine over the top humor, characters, and action with some serious dramatic moments some have even seen Assassination Classroom as a Spiritual Successor to JJBA now that JJBA no longer runs in Shonen Jump. It helps that Mr. Matsui, the creator, actually did a few cooking videos with Hirohiko Araki, although they were on a Japanese-only site that has since pulled them down. Only the promos (and a brief comic by Matsui about meeting his idol) remain.
    • Fans of Metal Gear have gotten along with JoJo fans, since both series are seen as over-the-top but endearing stories with loads of hyper-masculinity.
    • For more than obvious reasons, the series has attracted many fans of Guilty Gear, another rock-influenced franchise based around weirdos named after musicians kicking the hell out of each other in absurd and over-the-top way.
    • A lot of fans also seem to be into either Spongebob Squarepants and/or It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, judging by the large quantity of crossover memes.
    • Over the past few years, music mash-ups involving the opening themes have become popular among the fandom... usually mixing the openings with music from or related to Love Live!. As such there are numerous fans of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure who are also fans of Love Live. Some or half of them even joked that both of them shared the same universe, as Sunshine had (coincidental) references and "callbacks" to the manga.
    • Due to the anime using real world songs for the endings, this pops up a lot on YouTube. It is a great cross-pollination of JoJo fans who haven't heard of bands with fans of certain bands more than happy to have new fans. The process usually goes- A new ED is released. Fans of JoJo bombard the song on YouTube. Fans of the song ask, "What the hell is JoJo?". Anime fans spew memes and explain what JoJo is. Band fans get into JoJo, while telling anime fans "This song is great but listen to some other songs by this artist." Anime fans listen to other songs and gain more respect for the bands. If anime fans don't care for the song or the band, it's okay! The sheer influx of anime fans checking out the original song send the view count to incredible levels.
    • It's also common to see many JoJo fans who are fans of the bands and artists that Araki has referenced throughout the series. In particular DIO, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Steely Dan, King Crimson, Yes, Prince, David Bowie, Queen, Pink Floyd, Sex Pistols, Foo Fighters, and Oingo Boingo are all popular among the JoJo fandom. Likewise there JoJo fans who are fans of bands and artists Araki hasn't referenced commonly being Gorillaz, Nirvana, Rush, System of a Down, and Radiohead.
    • The anime has created this in regards to the franchise and music artists and their fans, due to the anime getting the ending themes from various bands. JoJo fans are happy to have a new group of people to explain what the franchise is about and gaining new followers. Music artists and their fans are happy to have a new group of people to introduce music to and give friendly recommendations that "this band had other songs you know". Reached it's zenith when Savage Garden released a Greatest Hits album and one of the album covers was of Josuke Higashikata from Part 4 as a way to thank the anime fans for beings such huge fans of the song used as the ending for the Part 4 anime.
    • It's not uncommon to see fans of JJBA who are also fans of The Simpsons since both are long-running series that have created countless memes over the years. It helps that the Joey Jo-Jo meme from The Simpsons also crossed over into the JJBA fandom.
    • It isn't too hard to find overlap between the Homestuck and JoJo fandoms, given the amount of crossover memes the fandoms produce. It helps that both tend to suffer It's Popular, Now It Sucks! thanks to both fandoms being rather large and vocal. Some have even called JoJo "the Homestuck of anime".
    • While some fans have called the latter series a ripoff in the past, JoJo fans and Shin Megami Tensei: Persona fans have grown increasingly warm and accepting towards one another. Fans of both series find common ground in how both JoJo and Persona involve the use of physical manifestations of their spirit, yet fans also acknowledge that both series take the concept in their own distinctive ways. In particular, fans love to point out the similarities between Persona 4 and Diamond is Unbreakable involving several youths hunting down a serial killer trying to keep his identity hidden as well as Persona 5 and Vento Aureo involving a thief joining a gang of criminals who want to improve society.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • Italy remains the only western country where the manga has been fully released and has significant popularity. The series has a strong cult following around the world though. 1/5 of the cast is Italian, one of the 8 parts takes place in Italy and all parts with the exception of 3 references Italy to an extent. Italians love JoJo, and JoJo returns the favor.
    • Meanwhile, the French are big fans of the series as a whole, despite the first translation being by editor J'ai Lu (who was notoriously bad with its manga imprint, not only having usually borderline blind idiot translations, but also using extremely cheap paper and ink). Araki was even invited to do a fine arts exhibition in 2009 at the Louvre (which houses the Mona Lisa as well as countless other priceless works of art).
  • Growing the Beard:
    • Phantom Blood generally came across as being a typical melodrama told in manga form, with nothing particularly "bizarre" about the titular adventure other than Speedwagon's somewhat anachronistic name and his buzzsaw-hat. Then Dio turned into a vampire, and at that point all bets were off. The beard-growing continued with the introduction of the Ripple fighting style, which led to some particularly clever and out-there battles. The art style also shows noticeable improvement at that point-faces are less cartoony and actually fit the detailed muscular bodies most of the cast have.
    • Battle Tendency was where the series went from unintentionally over-the-top, to not only embracing it, but cranking it Up to Eleven. It's also where the series' penchant for fights based more on intelligence and clever tricks truly started. Granted, there were a few moments like that in the previous part, usually revolving around Dio, but the sequel went full bore on it by turning the protagonist into a full-on Guile Hero and making almost everyone he goes up against not just Nigh Invulnerable, but extremely clever as well. In an interesting parallel, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The Animation also got noticeably better during this part of the adaptation due to an increase in budget, allowing for more character movement, and a larger number of episodes dedicated to it, allowing for better pacing. It allowed the viewer to feel more emotionally invested in the characters.
    • Stardust Crusaders, when Stands were introduced and replaced the Hokuto Shinken-esque style of martial arts used in the previous parts, is considered by many to be the point when the series really got interesting with Puzzle Boss fights becoming the conflict of choice.
    • A lot of people who read Diamond Is Unbreakable find that Yoshikage Kira's introduction halfway through the story arc allowed that part of the series to really come into its own. This is particularly because of the later battles in the arc, which are cited as some of the best in the manga.
    • Since Diamond is Unbreakable, the manga became increasingly more focused on the characterization and drama as well as the battles. In Steel Ball Run, this transition was firmly solidified, with the Shōnen-to-Seinen shift resulting in pronounced Art Evolution and a definitive move from fun action stories with occasional heavy moments to a serious character-driven and plot-heavy drama.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In Part 1, Erina Pendleton has her Sacred First Kiss stolen by Dio Brando and is beaten mercilessly by him. She can't do much to avenge herself. In Part 7, Lucy Steel, the former Lucy Pendleton, personally causes (alternate universe) Diego Brando's head to explode. The best part is, she's not all that much better in the fighting department.
    • During Jonathan and Dio's fight in Windknight's Lot in Phantom Blood, Dio claims that Jonathan's efforts are useless, comparing it to a monkey fighting a man. This becomes quite funny come Stardust Crusaders, when one of the Stand users that Dio sends after the cast is an orangutan.
    • During the fight with Hanged Man in Part 3, Polnareff thinks that it attacks from "a world inside the mirror". Kakyoin dismisses it, saying that there is no such thing as a world inside a mirror. Cut to Part 5 where Illuso and his Stand, Man in the Mirror, attacks by dragging people into a world inside a mirror. Then the series gets adapted into anime, with Yasuko Kobayashi writing the script - which might not sound that funny at first, but then you remember she wrote Kamen Rider Ryuki, which has a mirror world as a plot point.
    • During his initial fight with Wamuu, Ceasar criticizes Joseph's fighting abilities, stating "All you did was throw some metal balls." And then comes Steel Ball Run, where not only are metal balls used as weapons, but they're used mainly by Caesar's Alternate Self.
    • The infamous 1994 CLAMP doujinshi where Kakyoin gives birth to a baby whose stand is a mixture of his and Jotaro, with the ability to unravel its body into tentacles and Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs. 6 years later, Stone Ocean stars Jotaro's daughter, Jolyne, and she has the ability to unravel her stand into string, has Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs, and even a battle cry of "Ora ora ora!". This is lampshaded in a fan video. In both the doujinshi and canon, Jotaro's kids have a rocky relationship with him while they adore their mother, so take what you will from that.
    • One wonders how Kakyoin would have reacted to Shizuka, given that she's another BABY STAND user.
  • HSQ: Due to the author's don't-show-everything-at-the-start storytelling style and... imagination... the series continually throws ever more crazy abilities at the reader.
  • Hype Backlash: As of the end of The New '10s, the fanbase seems to be approaching critical mass to the same extent as the Doctor Who, Sonic the Hedgehog, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, and Undertale fandoms before it. An increasing number of people have voiced complaints that it's become difficult to get into and/or enjoy JoJo because of the sheer extent to which fans praise and meme about it, to the point where many have begun to point out the franchise's faults and argue that it's nowhere near as good as said fans claim it is.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Dio. You'd have to live under a rock in another universe to not know that he was reduced to just a head, then kills Jonathan and steals his body. Also, he's the Big Bad of Stardust Crusaders and can also stop time. It sort of makes all the buildup leading to the reveal for naught. However, due to the series' longtime Cult Classic status there are some newer JoJo fans that only discovered the series thanks to the Animated Adaptation that began in 2012. By some miracle, these fans are just now learning about those aforementioned facts concerning Dio as they're revealed in the anime.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
  • LGBT Fanbase: Unsurprising since the entire series is positively dripping with Ho Yay, and appeals to a wide spectrum of queer audiences. The first parts are filled with Tom of Finland-esque manly designs popular with Bara Genre fans, while later ones appeal to fans of Bishōnen. On the female side of things there's Part 6 which takes place in Girls Behind Bars and includes strong, sometimes even Butch Lesbian looking women in its cast, as well as Scarlet Valentine in Part 7 who is openly Bi the Way.
  • Love to Hate: Dio Brando. He is an evil son-of-a-bitch, and he comes with a convenient Freudian Excuse for apologists to latch onto (which he himself eventually denies is the case), but he's so damn cool that he is easily the series' most popular character precisely because of it rather than in spite of it.
  • Memetic Badass: Speedwagon, despite being a Badass Normal, has a massive following within the fandom who like to portray him as all-powerful god who an defeat any character in and out of the franchise.
  • Misblamed: Many instances in which characters' official names are My Nayme Is variants of real-world musicians or brands, such as Straizo, Esidisi, and Ermes are accused of being the results of translators Writing Around Trademarks when they are in fact more accurate reflections of the original Japanesenote  than the direct references many fans are used to, which are actually the result of fan translations. While the official English translations do use Writing Around Trademarks out of necessity, actual instances of this tend to be more overt (e.g. "Oingo" and "Boingo" becoming "Zenyatta" and "Mondatta", "J. Geil" becoming "Centerfold", and "Santana" becoming "Santviento"), which makes sense since such lawsuits often account for name variations anyway.
  • Misaimed Marketing: "Bizarre Adventure" sounds like the title of a work that's totally harmless, right? That's probably what an employee of the French store chain "Fnac" thought when they decided to put the DVD of the first season of the anime in the category "Youth, Children." It gets better: if you go to the bottom of the article's page, you'll see that it's in the 3-6 years category! Seems that seeing Dio get shot by 5 bullets at the beginning of each episode is totally appropriate for children that young...
  • Moe: Speedwagon, for his exuberant supportiveness towards Jonathan (and the fact that he continues supporting the Joestars financially and emotionally by following Joseph on his adventures, and then financially through the Speedwagon Foundation after Speedwagon himself passes on).
  • Narm Charm: All the Rule of Cool makes the ridiculous names somehow great instead of pure corn. The manga and anime are full of constant grit and Gorn. However, take that, throw in some of Japan's and the West's best voice actors, as well as bright colors, strong art direction, and acting and narrative that is so over-the-top it's awesome, and you can see why so many are hooked. What other series could make you take a villain dressed in hearts named Vanilla Ice with his stand Cream seriously?
  • One True Threesome:
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Just for about every ship, to start with:
    • Part 1 has JonaDio for Dio/Jonathan and JonaEri for Jonathan/Erina
    • Part 2 has CaeJose for Joseph/Caesar.
    • Part 3 has JotaKak (JoKa for the Japanese fandom) for Jotaro/Kakyoin, PolDul/AvPol for Polnareff/Abdul, and KakPol for Kakyoin/Polnareff.
    • Part 4 has Josuyasu for Josuke/Okuyasu and JosuHan (JoRo for the Japanese fandom) for Josuke/Rohan.
    • Part 5 has GioMis for Giorno/Mista, BruAbba for Abbacchio/Bucellati and FugoNara for Narancia/Fugo.
    • Part 6 has Jolymes for Jolyne/Ermes.
    • Part 7 has GyJo for Gyro/Johnny, DieJo for Diego/Johnny, played with for Diego/Hot Pants however, where it's DinoPants.
    • Part 8 has Josuho for Josuke/Yasuho and KiraFumi for Kira/Josefumi.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Part 4 for Jotaro, who was divisive outside Japan. The Jerkass and '90s Anti-Hero aspects that make him The Scrappy for a lot of Part 3 fans are heavily dialed down, positive traits like his nerdy animal-loving side become a lot more prominent, his stepping down from the protagonist role makes him less overly perfect, and his reticence makes him Adorkable rather than hard to empathize with this time around. It also helps that he serves as a Big Brother Mentor to both Josuke and Koichi. Further rescued in Part 6, which deconstructs the character traits used to try to make him seem "cool" in Part 3, acknowledging them as character flaws which have damaged his relationship with his daughter.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: This is the seventh-longest-running manga, ever, and it seems tired at points (but no less awesome) by today's standards, seeing as it invented most of the current shonen tropes. This ironically played in the 2012 anime's favor, since in these days of deeply flawed heroes, sympathetic villains and many played and subverted shonen fighter tropes, Part 1 Phantom Blood's by the book Ideal Hero Jonathan, unambiguously and Obviously Evil (yet still having some degree of complexity) Dio and many played seriously straight shonen tropes actually look fresh.
  • Sequel Displacement: Of a sort. Even after the 2012 anime, when you mention JoJo's Bizarre Adventure to most people, it's Stardust Crusaders that'll come to mind first. SC was when the series' popularity really caught on.
  • Shipping Goggles: Especially prevalent in a series ripe with Ho Yay. Fans may interpret Dio and Jonathan's relationship as Foe Yay, or use one character's opinion that Caesar Zeppeli is "worse than a woman with Joseph" to support their Ship.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Giorno/Jolyne has a fair degree of popularity even though they've never met (despite some teasing of a cameo in Stone Ocean) and he's technically her great-great-great-uncle. Even Araki's drawn art of them getting frisky.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: The JoJo shipping fandom is a surprisingly friendly one considering all the possible Ho Yay and ship combinations that are out there, but it does exist. Mostly between Josuke/Okuyasu and Josuke/Rohan shippers, with particularly heated debates about how the latter, which has a lot of fans due to Foe Yay, is ephebophilia because of how Josuke is 16 and Rohan is 20.
  • So Bad, It's Good: How many view the accents in the Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency dubs, which are... inauthentic at best.
  • Song Association:
    • Thanks to the new anime series, many an anime fan automatically correlates the various licensed songs used in the show's credits sequences with JoJo. So far, we've got Yes' classic prog-rock song "Roundabout", the Bangles' "Walk Like an Egyptian", Pat Metheny Group's "Last Train Home", Savage Garden's "I Want You", Jodeci's "Freek'n You", and Enigma's "Modern Crusaders". Humorously enough, when "I Want You" was revealed to be Part 4's ending theme, one of the first JoJo-related comments on Savage Garden VEVO's upload of the song's music video read "KNOCK KNOCK IT'S THE JOJO FANDOM." The same thing happened to "Freekn' You". When you search these music videos, JoJo-related comments and references will definitely be commonplace.
    • And it seems that it doesn't have to be used as the ending just to be associated with JoJo. The song "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio was very requested by fans to be the ED for Vento Aureo and there was massive disappointment when it was revealed that "Freekn' You" was used insteadnote . The YouTube comments for "Gangsta's Paradise" are full of JoJo fans.
    • The theme song for the Phantom Blood OVA "VOODOO KINGDOM" caused fans to associate the series with the Japanese hip-hop band Soul'd Out as well. It helps that Wekapipo and Magent Magent from Steel Ball Run are named after said band's songs, and Araki did design one of their album covers.
    • A common gag variation of this trope is associating Jotaro with Ween's Ocean Man, due to the fandom's portrayal of his flanderized love of sea life.
    • To a lesser extent, any song referenced in the series will get this from fans.
  • Squick: Well, when you have a series that has several... unique ways of showing bodily trauma and harm, its best to carry a paper bag whenever you're watching this.
    • The Pillar Men's Body Horror powers, Esidisi's Fingore and Santana's abilities stand out the most.
    • Death 13 gagging Kakyoin by filling his mouth with eyeballs. Nightmares, man. The wielder of said stand ends up being forced to eat his own poop.
    • Yoshikage Kira takes hand fetishism to the extreme: he likes to sever the hands of the women he kills and treat them as girlfriends, buying them gifts of jewelry and taking them on dates before they rot away. Just...ew.
    • The Cold-Blooded Torture in Part 5 is... Not for the weak of heart.
    • Just try to look at how Pesci uses Beach Boy on Mista without cringing.
    • In the same vein, Risotto uses Metallica to turn the iron in your blood into sharp, painful blades, making you cough them up.
    • The way Jolyne uses Stone Free to unravel herself is really unsettling to look at especially for readers who have trypophobia.
    • The effects of the Green Baby's stand, which turns people close by into human trees.
    • Heavy Weather may be the most infamous example of this in the entire series. It sends subliminal messages that cause people to perceive everything around them turning into snails.
    • Dio lying in bed shirtless with Pucci, talking about things like "gravity". Pucci was 15 at the time.
    • Melone's interrogation techniques for choosing the next host for Baby Face is more than a little predatory.
  • Stoic Woobie: Jotaro's had a pretty rough life. His mother falls victim to DIO, most of his friends and nearly his grandfather are killed by him and his men, he spends the rest of his life hunting other Stand users, which lost him the love of his daughter, and he gives his life trying to save her. And yet he hardly displays any outward sadness over any of these things.
  • Subbing VS Dubbing: While the dub is still praised by many, several fans prefer to listen to the original language due to the hamminess of the Japanese voice actors and the retaining of the original Stand names.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • According to Hirohiko Araki, many fans were not on-board with the shift from Hamon to Stands when the latter were first introduced. It goes without saying that this changed quickly in subsequent years, as the element is known to be one of the features of JoJo that help it stand out from other action manga. However, thanks in part to Battle Tendency anime adaptation there are new fans who are angry once again by the battle dyanmic Hamon being replaced.
    • The art style after Stardust Crusaders where the characters would no longer be buff macho characters in design hasn't been well received by some fans, especially 80's anime aficionados.
    • The Stardust Crusaders OVAs sometimes get this reaction for altering all battles except one, being much more serious in tone, and having grittier character designs. On the other hand, it's pretty much universally agreed that the D'Arby the Gambler episode, which was perfectly faithful to the manga (it even changed the art style to Araki's) save for one plot detail at the very end, is awesome. David Production even made a homage to it by casting Banjo Ginga as D'Arby as a replacement for the late Kenji Utsumi (both are famous for playing Fist of the North Star villains Souther and Raoh).
    • Among the changes made to the script for the English dub of Parts 1 and 2, the removal of Dio's "Wryyyyy!", all but one instance in which Joseph cries "OH NO!", and the change of the German soldiers' painful cry of "Tacos!" to "Ouchies!" was met with derision.
  • Too Cool to Live: In parts 1, 2, and 7, this is the ultimate fate of anyone in the Zeppeli family. Part 3's Spiritual Successor to Will and Caesar, Kakyoin, counts for the same reasons.
  • Vindicated by History: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has always been popular in Japan, but it took a while for it to catch on in the West. While it was never hated in Western countries, it was always pushed aside by other Shonen Jump series and remained a Cult Classic at best, thanks to a lack of localization (primarily due to the character names creating a gigantic mess of legal issues), although Memetic Mutation caused a bump in popularity in the early 2000's. Then it gained a proper anime (as opposed to 13 short OVAs) in 2012, and because it came nearly 25 years after the manga started, it has no filler and it doesn't have to worry about taking a different path in the story. Because of this and the tie-in game, JoJo became exponentially more popular in The New '10s.
  • Watch It for the Meme: JoJo has attracted a lot of casual fans simply because they want to find the origin of many popular memes.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Ranks up there with Fist of the North Star and Apocalypse Zero as the top candidate for this trope. The sheer frank homoeroticism and casual brutality of this franchise, tolerable to teenage boys in Japan. Vento Aureo is probably the worst in this regard, occurring before the shift to a more mature seinen magazine—each and every arc in the series (which is to each of the dozen conflicts with stand users) centers around some aspect of bloody, gory, painful body horror. The next part, Stone Ocean, is also pretty bad with the gore. And has prostitutes, vibrators as currency and people exploding into snails.

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