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  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Even for a divisive and vile main villain, some readers felt that Diavolo's fate of being subjected to an infinite death loop is too excessive. Considering his track record, that's something.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Does Cioccolata legitimately care about Secco or does he just see him as a slave or a pet? While the manga was ambiguous, in the anime, he sounds sincere when he tells Secco he loves him in his voicemail; however, it's not as if earlier he was treating him like an actual person. The same could be said for Secco. While he did say he never really liked Cioccolata, the anime almost makes it look and sound like he's in denial and he's simply trying to convince himself that he never liked or cared for the other man, only being interested in his wealth and power.
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  • Angst? What Angst?: Polnareff doesn't seem too bothered by his ultimate fate of being sealed inside Coco Jumbo. Being wheelchair-bound beforehand might be a big factor in this.
  • Awesome Music:
    • In the anime, Il Vento D'oro, a bombastic piece focusing on guitars and the occasional chant of "Jo! Jo!" or "Golden wind!"
    • "Canzoni Preferite" (colloquially known as the "Torture Dance" song) is a very catchy tune, and the infamous dance only helps to cement it as a banger.
    • Modern Crusaders by Enigma, a catchy, heavy-hitting art rock song that perfectly encapsulates the mood of Vento Aureo's second half.
    • And of course, Fighting Gold and Uragirimono no Requiem/Traitor's Requiem, keeping up the anime's track record of having stellar Opening Themes.
    • Fierce Fight the song that plays when Bruno faces off against The Boss's stand, King Crimson and finds a way to counter its almost invincible ability.
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    • Un'altra Persona, aka Diavolo's theme, a fantastically eerie and mysterious tune. It even manages to sound like time flowing anomalously.
  • Awesome Art: This part has some stellar art from Araki, who mixes his detailed character work with some great camera angles and framing. The White Album and Oasis/Green Day fights are standout examples of this. On the anime side of things, the Metallica fight has some incredible animation and character art throughout the entire episode.
  • Badass Decay: Abbacchio and Fugo only get one fight scene each where they're the focus, and they're both near the beginning. Afterward neither contributes heavily to the action despite their very effective Stands. Made only worse when Fugo is written out of the story and Abbacchio is killed by Doppio. However, Abacchio's Stand is highly useful outside of battle, while Fugo would later be rehabilitated with two light novels.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
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    • Giorno is this in spades, with fans often either citing him as one of the best JoJos or the absolute worst depending on who you're speaking too. Fans in favor of him often cite his cold, tactical personality, and the fact that he inherits both Jonathan's righteous and idealistic personality, as well as DIO's ruthlessness and callousness, while those who are against him find that personality flat and boring in favor of the more upbeat JoJos like Joseph or Josuke. Others don't mind that much due to this part's tendency to have a balanced Ensemble Cast, with much of the focus on Bucciarati's crew interacting with one another and working as a group. But these points aside, Giorno has an obvious lack of front-line fighting compared to most of the other JoJos also ties into the base breaking, as does the nature of Gold Experience and how overpowered it is especially by the end.
    • Diavolo is probably the most divisive Big Bad of the franchise. One camp of the fanbase appreciates the mystery surrounding his character which leads to many Epileptic Trees, his relationship with Doppio, and how genuinely intimidating and mentally damaged he really is. On the other hand, he's disliked by some for being a retread of the better-received DIO and Kira. Most of the criticism also comes from the fact that a lot of effort was placed into making him mysterious to the point where nothing about his character truly stood out, especially in comparison to the previous main villains. There's also the fact that not every question surrounding him gets any unambiguous answer, like his unnatural birth or whether or not Doppio is the original personality. Some dislike him for having very unconventional goals and his Villain Ball moments which make him a less competent villain. In comparison to Dio, Kira and even Kars who all had comedic traits which make them enjoyable to watch, Diavolo is taken completely seriously and thus fans found him rather boring. It also doesn't help that he has very little actual screentime and adding to that, majority of the fandom still can't quite understand how his Stand or Epitaph ability truly works.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Polpo eats his own fingers and then they are magically back. It's never explained why and doesn't seem to be related to the abilities of his Stand Black Sabbath.
    • Narancia, Mista, and Fugo's weird dance. The anime heightens this even further by incorporating weird visual shifts and strange music.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Doppio turning out to be the Boss. It's not helped that immediately before his introduction that the Boss (in silhouette) says that he was going to fight the protagonists himself then pretends that the Boss and Doppio are two different people.
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • Cioccolata establishes himself as one of the more depraved villains of the franchise that even Diavolo despises. His long and drawn out death culminating in a seven-page No-Holds-Barred Beatdown by Giorno is considered by many to be the most satisfying moment in the franchise since Steely Dan's beatdown in Stardust Crusaders or Angelo's fate in Diamond is Unbreakable.
    • For those who don't feel that Diavolo's ultimate fate of dying in an infinite loop was underserved, this can qualify for all the heinous actions that he committed throughout the series.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Diavolo is the mysterious "boss" of Passione, who was ruthless enough to be able to edge out all the other Mafia families. However, he causes his more conscientious employees to rebel by rejecting the ethics adhered to by other Mafiosi and selling hard drugs to minors. Driven by extreme paranoia, he resolves to erase all traces of his past identity and kill anyone who has seen his face. Years ago he attempted to kill his mother by sewing her mouth shut (a torment he later inflicts on a young boy) and burying her alive. He then burned his village to the ground, intending to kill everyone and being listed as a casualty; at least seven people are killed by this, and Diavolo intended to kill more. He rules his organization with an iron fist and makes a gruesome example of two of his elite assassins, Gelato and Sorbet, when they breach his privacy. He dismembers Sorbet alive—which causes Gelato to commit suicide to avoid a similar fate—and then sends the bodies to their comrades as a macabre warning. When he learns that he has a teenage daughter, he responds by plotting to murder her, almost doing it himself before Bruno intervenes. Additionally, it was Diavolo who sold the Stand Arrows to Enya Geil, making him responsible for the outbreak of empowered villains that has driven the events of the series from Part III onward. Heartless, paranoid and grandiose, Diavolo believed himself to be a rightful emperor over the whole world and stopped at nothing in pursuit of power.
    • Cioccolata, the most sadistic member of Passione, is a Serial Killer whose main joy in life is seeing pain and fear expressed on the face of someone about to die. He volunteered in aged care for the chance to drive vulnerable people to suicide by poisoning them and breaking their spirits by telling them that nobody would come to visit them. Inspired to become a doctor after filming the deaths of the elderly, Cioccolata would then purposefully kill the patients that fell under his knife by operating on them while fully conscious. From this cruelty was born a gruesome power: His Stand, Green Day, inflicts people with mold that causes them to die in agony as their bodies fall apart. While waiting to ambush the heroes, he kills several bystanders in this way. Rather than finishing off his targets while they're at his mercy, he waits while his similarly depraved partner Secco records their anguished expressions for posterity. He then takes a helicopter to pursue his foes and kills everyone else in sight. The anime adds to his list of crimes by having him be the one who butchered Sorbet. As a sadist unconstrained by morality and reason, Cioccolata earns the contempt of everyone he encounters.
  • Contested Sequel: Vento Aureo used to be among the most hotly contested parts of the series among Western fans, due to bad translations. Originally considered one of the weakest parts, nowadays Vento Aureo has many supporters who feel it doesn't get enough love and is unfairly judged, and some fans who outright state it as their overall favorite part like in Japan, there are still others still stand by it being one of the weaker parts. Vento Aureo has gotten praise among the fandom for being Darker and Edgier than most of the other parts with more emphasis on the fights than anything, raising the stakes with overpowered Stands to create intense and often long fights, the protagonists being anti-heroes and Araki taking the Anyone Can Die rule to the extreme. As such the fans felt that Vento Aureo had a fresh feel to it compared to other parts that allowed it to explore ideas and plots other parts never touched upon such as moral ambiguity while having a generally likable cast of characters. Those who aren't fans often criticize this part for having needlessly complicated Stands, the Villain of the Week format getting stale (especially due to how long the fights can get), many of the more interesting plot points such as the moral ambiguity of the protagonists and Giorno's relationship to Dio never being explored, not using many of the protagonists or supporting characters to their fullest potential, and an underwhelming villain alongside of a cop-out finale. Some of the detractors even admit to giving up on reading this part and skipping it altogether.
  • Creepy Cute: Although Purple Haze is one of the most dangerous and terrifying Stands due to its ability to inflict a swift, painful death to everyone around it, its obsession with cleaning itself can make it oddly endearing.
    • Risotto's Stand Metallica's effects are horrifying and painful to those unfortunate enough to get on Risotto's hit list, but the stand themselves are considered surprisingly cute by a good portion of the fandom. Helps that they're partial based on the Hattifattener from The Moomins.
  • Critical Backlash:
    • The part has gotten this reaction after the new translations. For a long time, Vento Aureo has been one of the most criticized and controversial parts in the series due to a number of factors and after improvements done with the translations, many fans have come to realize that criticisms were mostly unfair. With the new anime announcement, the positive hype has overtaken the majority of fandom, even becoming Worldwide Trend Topic on Twitter for an entire day after.
    • Diavolo also seems to be getting some of this. There's been more defenders of him in recent times as a more thematically appropriate villain who gets his most negative flaws from a writing point overblown. It may not be enough to fully redeem him as a villain to many, but there are notably more people who will come to his defense.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Zucchero's Cold-Blooded Torture scene. His severed head hung on a hook? Humiliating. Eyes slowly getting roasted by the sun's rays? Horrifying. Narancia, Mista and Fugo dancing in what is considered one the most memorable moments to grace this part? Hilarious.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • La Squadra may be among the more sympathetic antagonists of the series, but they are still ruthless assassins in the mafia who are more than willing to kill anyone who gets in their way. Yet fans like to bring their humanizing traits Up to Eleven and downplay their more unpleasant ones.
    • Diavolo gets this to an extent, though not nearly as much as Dio, Kira, Pucci and the others. His more ambiguous relationships are given a more sympathetic edge like with Doppio and occasionally his other minions. Though it's more common to play him up as a comedic character rather than a sympathetic one; his Kick the Dog moments treated as Crossing the Line Twice.
  • Ending Fatigue: The final battle for this part is one of the longest final arcs in the entire franchise. Unlike the battles against Kars, DIO, and Kira, this fight has multiple phases and keeps throwing new obstacles at the protagonists. It begins immediately after the protagonists defeat Cioccolata and Secco with Diavolo's introduction and a brief fight between King Crimson and Silver Chariot while the other protagonists attempt to find Bucciarati. Then Silver Chariot Requiem awakens and the protagonists spend multiple chapters trying to figure out the body switch and stop Diavolo from getting the arrow, and then comes the final chapters of Giorno trying to claim the arrow. And once the final battle concludes, the story still has an additional five chapters about the gang's encounter with a Stand user before Bucciarati met Giorno.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Though Pannacotta Fugo receives a fair amount of development and characterization in the first half of the story, he is the least focused-on of Bruno's gang, only getting to participate in a single fight across the entire story. Purple Haze only appears once as a result, and he leaves halfway through the story, long before the next member dies, and never to return outside of a flashback, but he was well-liked and developed enough to become the star of his own very well-received light novel.
    • A Stand-specific example, Polpo's Stand Black Sabbath is amongst the most popular Stands in the series for its slick design, interesting role and fight, and for being the first sign of Vento Aureo Growing the Beard. It helps that it has the name of an incredibly influential Metal band. Also adding onto this was a fun boss battle on the PS2 game with a menacing song to amp up the urgency.
    • Risotto Nero and many members of La Squadra are well-liked among fans often being considered some of the best minor villains in the franchise. The Evil Is Cool, Evil Is Sexy, and Rooting for the Empire tropes explain why. Prosciutto and Pesci are the most popular in particular for their memorable arc and camaraderie, but all have their fans. Needless to say, it was immediately well-received when the anime gave even more screentime to them actually showing them as a group, making even clearer the close bonds that were mostly implied in the original.
      • Like already mentioned above, Risotto is possibly the most popular secondary antagonist in the series for being A Father to His Men, Tragic Villain and a worthy opponent for Diavolo to compete of the leadership of Passione. His memorable arc and fight scene with Doppio is considered one of the best and most intense arcs in the part due to high stakes and Doppio not having the Plot Armor on in a similar way Bruno or Giorno does. Many fans even hoped that Risotto would have eventually joined Team Bucciarati in a fight against Diavolo. Adding to that, Risotto's popularity is certainly helped that he has one of the most terrifying Stand abilities in the series which is named after an influential thrash metal band.
      • Pesci is one of the most popular members of La Squadra, and possibly one of the most popular minor JoJo villains period. On top of being oddly endearing for his un-gangster-like mannerisms and soft-heartedness, he goes through an incredible amount of growth in a short time period, culminating in him going from a soft-hearted "mammomi" into a stone-cold assassin who nearly wiped out every member of Bruno's group. And given how likable he was up to that point, it was hard for a lot of people to not root for him.
      • Prosciutto is another popular one for being a the complete opposite of Pesci, a hardened, ruthless, determined gangster and a supporting mentor and big brother figure to Pesci who kills without hesitation and has very memorable inspiring words on how a stone-cold assassin gets a job done. His mannerisms and appearance are also the most gangster-like of La Squadra which is why many find him so memorable which is helped by his terrifying Stand ability.
      • Ghiaccio, despite being a minor antagonist, is rather popular thanks to his interesting design and his creative use of his Stand, White Album which make his fight one of the more memorable ones. The anime increased his popularity, thanks to his bizarre Seinfeldian Conversation-style ranting being voiced and hilariously ridiculous.
    • Diavolo's right-hand man and split-personality Doppio is regarded very warmly for his hilarious yet simultaneously creepy mood swings and his Adorkable nature. For some it's even enough to make them enjoy Diavolo more to an extent thanks to their interesting relationship.
    • Cioccolata is one of the most popular villains from this part due to his unapologetic cruelty, banter with Secco, dualism with Giorno, horrifying Stand ability, and memorable death scene. The anime exclusive Early-Bird Cameo of him being the one who sliced Sorbet up was a welcome addition to many. Another reason for Cioccolata's popularity is that, unlike most other enemy Stand users in this part, he has a fleshed-out backstory which exists just to showcase how awful of a person he really is.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Many fans have been theorizing whether Leaky Eye Luca was a Stand user or not, with some even suggesting that his shovel itself is his Stand, similar to Hol Horse having a gun Stand.
    • Due to a lot of Diavolo's past life being barely touched upon and deliberately left up to interpretation, fans like to bring up many theories surrounding him:
      • These two videos bring up the theory that Doppio may in fact be the original personality of the Boss, and that Diavolo is Doppio's Split Personality rather than the other way around.
      • Another minor theory is that King Crimson is actually a sentient stand like Anubis or Cheap Trick, and could also possibly be Diavolo's personality manifested into a stand. This is because how Diavolo always speaks through King Crimson as shown in his fight with Bruno and having his soul swapped by Chariot Requiem.
  • Evil Is Cool: Risotto Nero's Assassination Squad have a large fanbase for their cool designs, ruthlessness, powerful stand abilities and their camaraderie with one another.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Considering how infamous this part is for garish fashion this trope is inevitable. Affects Illuso, Prosciutto, Melone, Squalo, Tiziano, Risotto Nero, and Diavolo in particular.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Giorno seems to be shipped with about everyone in the Passione and even with Jolyne Cujoh.
    • Giorno/Mista is the most popular couple of the part. While Bruno is this part's definitive "BroJo" in a story sense, Mista becomes pretty close to Giorno later on especially after Bruno's death.
    • Giorno/Trish is the most popular Het ship of this part, as they both share similar backgrounds that bring them together. Unlike other couples, this one doesn't have the baggage of age difference either since both characters are of the same age.
    • Bruno/Trish has it's fans and started gaining traction in the later chapters, especially after Bruno betrayed Diavolo for his attempt at killing Trish. Though many fans find it off-putting due to age difference between the characters.
    • Bruno/Abbacchio are frequently paired together because they are the oldest of the gang. There's also the scene where when Bruno declares himself a traitor to Passione, Abbacchio tells Bruno he only feels at peace with him and is the first of the original gang to get on the boat.
    • Narancia/Fugo is pretty popular as they have an established student and mentor relationship.
    • Sorbet and Gelato are frequently assumed to be a couple since one of the few things we know about them is that they were extremely close, with one picture of them embracing in a couple-like fashion.
    • Squalo and Tizziano are often paired together for similar reasons, especially with Squalo's despair after Tiziano's death.
    • Melone/Ghiaccio. See Fanon.
    • Risotto/Prosciutto is immensely popular in the Japanese fandom due to the prevalent headcanon that Prosciutto is the closest to Risotto's age and his second in command.
  • Fanon: Due to the sheer popularity of the minor characters this time around, people take it upon themselves to fill in the blanks with their personalities.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain:
    • Diavolo stands out for looking incredibly garish even in the highly glamorized Part 5. He appears to wear what looks like lipstick, a body net, and trailing nets attached to his pants.
    • This applies to a good deal of the other villains in Part 5, with special notice given to Risotto Nero. With an even more Stripperiffic version of Sephiroth's outfit, and a hat that looks like a piece of cloth with little balls dangling from it
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Jojo is already popular in Italy as it is, but this part takes it to new levels, with Italians finding the odd naming of characters a great example of Narm Charm Bilingual Bonus.
  • Growing the Beard: The introduction of La Squadra is where fans feel the part begins to pick up especially in regards to how likeable the members of La Squadra are and how much effort is put into making the fights climactic.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Risotto's fearsome Stand "Metallica" is based on magnetism. About a decade later, the band Metallica released an album called Death Magnetic.
    • In the PS2 game, Giorno was voice by Romi Park. The game was released in 2002. Almost a year later, Paku's Star-Making Role would be another protagonist who wears his blond hair in a braid.
    • Vento Aureo's overall premise, the adventures of teenage boy aspiring to become the leader of a Mafia gang and fighting against powerful foes with the help of his allies, sounds rather similar to that of another manga that would later be serialized in Shonen Jump.
      • In addition to this, this is also not the first time Kenjiro Tsuda voiced a mafioso (or three for that matter), as he voiced Adult Lambo, Lampo and Spanner in Reborn!. Funnily enough, all of them share the same deep suave voice that Tiziano have.
    • This isn't the first time Kensho Ono is voicing the 5th protagonist in a long running franchise.
    • Nobuhiko Okamoto is known for voicing Katsuki Bakugo, who forms a rivalry towards the his fellow student Shoto Todoroki, whose Quirk involves ice powers (albeit with fire powers as well). Come the anime and Okamoto would voice Ghiaccio, who pretty much has Bakugo's personality and Shoto's ice abilities.
    • Katsuyuki Konishi voices Diavolo, one of the most depraved antagonists in the franchise, in the anime. But those familiar with the 2007 Phantom Blood movie also know him as Incorruptible Pure Pureness Jonathan Joestar. Just to add to the hilarity, he also technically voices Bucciarati while trapped inside Diavolo's body as a result of Silver Chariot Requiem's "Freaky Friday" Flip.
    • King Crimson's reveal in the anime was on February 22nd 2019 and this video came out on February 22nd 2016.
    • In Stardust Crusaders, Kakyoin's death was aired in 7 of June, US National Donut Day. Likewise, the episode where Polnareff "dies" in a similar manner was aired in the same holiday.
    • In the third season of High School Star Musical, the seiyuu of Diavolo and Doppio sing a duet about what a great pair their characters make.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Bruno's idea of intimidating Giorno involves tasting his sweat by licking his face.
    • Invoked with the infamous scene where Narancia walks into Giorno healing Mista, where the latter is moaning and telling Giorno to "be gentle" and "not to take off his clothes".
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Even more apparent in this part than others. Almost every Stand in this part takes about two pages to explain how it works, and is ridiculously overpowered. In the case of Epitaph we're not even given explanation of how it works other than.. it just does. Gets even crazier in the final battle where Polnareff awakening to Silver Chariot Requiem causes the protagonists to switch bodies and the world around them to crumble, and Giorno awakens to a Requiem Stand and by that point... good luck understanding the story.
  • Iron Woobie: Most of the members of Bucciarati's gang who have had hardships throughout their life and stick to the gangster lifestyle because its all they know. Abbacchio however gets it the worst as he lived a relatively normal life as a cop until his closest ally died and still hasn't come to terms with the fact that he's gone in spite of his rather stoic demeanor.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • The name and appearance of the leader of Passione, Diavolo. While the actual story treats it as one of the biggest mysteries, most adaptations no longer bother hiding it, and he's already recognizable to most of the West because of the many memes surrounding his Stand, King Crimson. Thankfully, these are mostly surface-level informations and people spoiled on that aspect usually don't know his link with other characters or what his Stand ability is (outside of "just working").
    • If you hang around forums where Cavemen Versus Astronauts Debates are held, there is a good chance you're aware that Gold Experience evolves into Gold Experience Requiem, which has the power to nullify any attack. Due to the Story-Breaker Power nature of this ability, it's very often brought up in these discussions, with "Can this character beat Gold Experience Requiem?" being a commonly asked question.
    • The fact that Polnareff shows up late in the story, and his fate of having his soul swapped into Coco Jumbo's body, due to the constant jokes surrounding it.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Pesci becomes this after Bucciarati kills Prosciutto, his closest ally, and is motivated to continue fighting just to avenge his friend even if he knows he doesn't stand a chance against Bucciarati and his gang.
  • Love to Hate: Cioccolata is probably the most depraved villain to ever grace the franchise, being a Mad Doctor Serial Killer and all. But his wanton cruelty and his surprisingly hilarious and over-the-top dynamic with Secco also makes him enjoyable to watch at the same time. His extremely memorable beatdown at the hands of Giorno is one of the most satisfying moments to grace the series proper.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Thanks to Gold Experience Requiem being one the most, if not the most broken Stand in the series, Giorno has become this in the eyes of the fans. People like to pit him against other powerful characters from different fanbases such as Superman and Goku. Without Requiem, Giorno still qualifies as a Memetic Badass as long as "Il vento d'oro" is playing, leading to jokes about how Giorno playing the piano is omnipotent.
    • Guido Mista is a cool guy in canon but among the fandom, he is the greatest being who ever walked the Earth. His popularity has given him god-like status among the fandom and many fan portrayals often give him a personality akin to that of Deadpool. And then there's the fact that he has harem comprised of every female character in the series... and Narancia. This reputation increased in the anime adaptation where during the flashback scene has him dodging all the bullets by pure instinct, making jokes of him having Ultra Instinct. That being said...
  • Memetic Loser:
    • Mista's tendency to be hit by his own bullets is something that hasn't gone unnoticed by fans, to the point where he's a bigger danger to himself than the enemy Stand user is. Especially so when Sex Pistols is shown to be able to block bullets for himnote , yet he rarely ever does this for most of the story.
    • Fugo it's probably one of the biggest examples in the JoJo fandom. He's mocked by the fans for his lack of spotlight in the series, since the only battle in which he participated was the one against Illuso, where he was practically defenseless due being separated of Purple Haze (who was the one who finished Illuso himself, thanks to the efforts of Giorno) and in which even Abbacchio (who has a non-combat oriented Stand) had a more active role, and especially for his exit from the series after he decides to not follow Bucciarati's gang in his fight against the Boss, who occasionated more mockery towards the character. While there is a spin-off novel dedicated to him trying to redeem his lack of participation in the main series, it has yet to be officially classified as canon.
  • Memetic Molester: Due to the "taste of a liar" meme, many fans have portrayed Bruno this way... especially if they ship him with Giorno.
  • Memetic Mutation: Has its own page.
  • Moe:
    • Narancia as a child in flashbacks, especially in the anime, is this to a vocal portion of the fanbase. Doesn't help that he's a major woobie.
    • The Sex Pistols, but namely Number 5 due to how he acts.
    • Notorious B.I.G. is a terrifying stand, but the scene where he punches the soft clock over and over looks similar to a baby playing with an inflatable toy.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Diavolo seemingly crosses it after he has Bucciarati bring Trish to him, only for him to attempt to kill her. But in reality, he crossed it years before when he buried his mother alive under his floor as a teenager before burning down his home village.
    • Prosciutto crosses this when he activates his Stand The Grateful Dead in an express train despite causing numerous civilian casualties in the process, and just so he could flush Trish out.
    • At least in Bucciarati's eyes, Pesci crosses it when he tries to murder the rest of the gang out of spite. It's that point that whatever respect Bucciarati had for him had flown out the window.
    • Melone crosses it when he uses a random woman as a host for his Stand, Baby Face, to reproduce itself and give birth to its child before having her disposed after the child has learned enough and got enough nutrients from her. He would have done this again if it weren't for Giorno and it's implied he has done this many times before.
    • Cioccolata crossed this years before his proper introduction when he voluntarily attended elderly care, just so he could torture vulnerable people to death. And this was just the beginning for his depravity.
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • As of the anime adaptation, Giorno's MUDAs count as this combined with Gold Experience punching effects which sound like a combination between machine gun and cash register.
    • Moody Blues' telephone sound effects to the point that many fans want a "Moody Blues ASMR".
  • Narm:
    • During the Man in the Mirror arc, Giorno and Abbacchio end up arguing over saving Fugo. It would have been a dramatic scene if not for the fact that Abbacchio starts poking Giorno's "cleavage", which would make a lot of fans giggle. The anime doesn't help at all by giving a close up of him poking Giorno.
    • In the anime, Epitaph is drawn with less details than King Crimson, so people started to poke fun at the "quality". Some find it as Narm Charm, alongside King Crimson's weird faces.
    • In the anime, Risotto gets shot by Aerosmith which would have been a dramatic scene... if not for the awkward pose that made him look like he's t-posing.
    • Once Gold Experience Requiem is born, the undoing of Diavolo's time skip is portrayed by having afterimages of his past selves stand in a line. It's really difficult to take this seriously, especially once he turns around and reacts to the sight with a "Wha-" and all of his copies mimic the exact same motion, complete with an echo of his voice line. This scene ended up getting turned into a meme very quickly.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • Sorbet's Cruel and Unusual Death, in which his body is dissected into 36 parts and preserved in formalin frames to be sent to his teammates. The anime takes it up a notch by showing a silhouetted Cioccolata slicing Sorbet up, and we get to see a close-up of Sorbet's preserved body parts.
    • In the anime adaptation, when King Crimson punches a hole through Bucciarati's abdomen, you can hear his ribs starting to crack.
    • During Doppio vs. Risotto, due to Metallica sucking out Doppio's iron, his blood slowly starts turning into a puke-yellow color.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Some fans have never quite forgiven Abbacchio's Jerkass attitude towards Giorno throughout the part, despite Giorno taking it in stride and never treating Abbacchio with any less respect than the rest of the gang. It doesn't help that he never gets the chance to get over this attitude and openly get along with Giorno due to his death at Diavolo's hands.
    • In spite of later translations doing a better job in explaining how King Crimson's powers work, King Crimson will be forever known as the stand with the most convoluted ability due to the memes surrounding it.
    • Narancia gunning down Risotto Nero with Aerosmith before he was able to kill The Boss was this for some. As he unwittingly saved the very enemy they were supposed to kill, this made him indirectly responsible for Abbacchio's and his own death later on. Never mind that in the context of the situation, Risotto is going after Bruno's gang anyway for killing his team, Metallica's power made Doppio invisible to Aerosmith's radar due to the lack of CO2 exhaled (otherwise Narancia would have gunned The Boss down without even realising it) and Risotto himself had the misfortune of placing his severed foot in the same trajectory as Bruno's gang when Doppio threw the knives effectively giving away their position in the first place which caused his downfall.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Both King Crimson and Epitaph's faces were deliberately meant to be Nightmare Faces. Unfortunately the anime constantly gives them over-the-top and Off-Model expressions that make them look like they just stubbed their toe as opposed to frightening.
  • No Yay: The real traction of some of Diavolo's quotes have this going with him and Doppio, calling his other personality "My Doppio... Oh, Doppio... My cute little Doppio!" It sounds either endearing or creepy considering how insane he is. It doesn't help that some of Araki's art has them together rather...intimately.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Carne is one of the antagonists with the least characterization of the series (rivaling Arabia Fats from Stardust Crusaders), and only appears in a brief scene in which he's easily killed by Mista. It tells you something when even Leaky-eye Luca (a non-Stand user) had more screentime than him. However, his bizarre appearence coupled with the comically short amount of time it took to defeat him, unlike his Stand, Notorious B.I.G, have make him the source of memes and parodies over the Internet. Even Araki himself seemed to like him, as he said in the book compilation JOJOVELLER that he enjoyed drawing Carne more than B.I.G itself.
  • Paranoia Fuel:
    • It's Zucchero's sheer effectiveness with his Stand in staying hidden while attacking that makes him paranoia-inducing. It takes Moody Blues to actually find out why the rest of the team is disappearing one by one.
    • Squalo's Stand in the Tizziano/Squalo arc: "There's a shark in the soup!"
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • In the past, the only English scans available for Golden Wind were of very low quality, featuring a rough translation which, on top of featuring quite a few grammar errors, often failed to capture the gang's personality. For this reason, Giorno was one of the most widely hated JoJos, being considered a bland protagonist who is overshadowed by his teammates. Once better scans were available, some fans started to rethink their opinion of Giorno, and the anime adaptation left his haters in the minority.
    • Similarly, Diavolo upgraded from The Scrappy to Base-Breaking Character thanks to the new translation making King Crimson's abilities easier to comprehend.
  • Rooting for the Empire: There are a lot of fans who would have liked to see the members of La Squadra take down The Boss or become an ally force to the protagonists. This isn't due to fans disliking the protagonists, but rather because the antagonists are very well-written, with distinct and memorable personalities and designs. The best example of this is during Bruno's fight with Pesci, where he nearly succeeds in completely wiping out the gang. Combine this with his endearing personality, strong friendship with his teammate Prosciutto, and the incredible amount of Character Development he undergoes in these few short chapters or episodes, and some fans end up finding themselves rooting for the assassin and even joking that Pesci is the "real" protagonist of Part 5.
  • Ship Mates: People who like Bruno/Trish tend to also be fans of Giorno/Mista or vice versa.
  • Signature Scene:
    • Bruno licking Giorno's face.
    • Mista, Narancia, and Fugo dancing while Zucchero is forced to watch. This scene became even more iconic with the premiere of the anime, where the handful of panels from the manga were expanded into a music video.
    • The infamous scene with Giorno healing Mista, due to the incredible amounts of Ho Yay and Accidental Innuendo invoked when taken out of context.
    • Giorno lying to Cioccolata about sparing his life and then subjecting him to a seven page long No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
    • Diavolo revealing himself to Polnareff by walking behind a pillar as Doppio and coming out as himself.
  • Song Association: Comes from the music references within the Stand names rather than actual music though.
    • Aerosmith has made a lot of songs, but the one that gets associated with Narancia the most is "Dude Looks Like A Lady", owing to his his androgyny.
    • Any King Crimson song with Diavolo, but the most prominent are "Court of the Crimson King" and "21st Century Schizoid Man"; the former is usually reserved for the confrontation of Bucciarati and Diavolo, while the latter is used to summarize Diavolo's personality.
    • Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" is strongly associated with Golden Wind. Before the anime aired, it was one of the most popular suggestions for an ending credits song, so much so that even though it wasn't used after all, many fans still think of it as the part 5 song, giving it the name "Gang-star's Paradise".
  • Stoic Woobie: Risotto Nero fell into a life of crime due to tragic circumstances, yet he and his team never got any respect from The Boss, and just keeps losing his teammates one by one. He then dies an ultimately futile and unfortunate death just as he was about to kill The Boss. Despite all that, he keeps his emotions under a stone cold facade to the very end.
  • Squick: Araki's penchant for Body Horror is at its highest yet in this part with Stands displaying some really horrifying and disgusting abilities.
    • Cioccolata is one of the worst with his mass infection of people with mold causing them to graphically fall to pieces should they change altitudes. It gets worse when he cuts himself apart, animating his limbs all the while his spine hangs loose.
    • Bruno goes through some skin crawling punishment throughout the story which his newfound lack of pain allows him to treat casually. It starts with him accidentally running a nail through his hand without noticing and goes even further with him at one point having a broken wrist with the bone sticking out and him still using the hand freely.
    • But the worst would have to be Risotto's Metallica, whose power can manipulate the iron in one's blood. We get to see the pleasant sight of razors, scalpels and scissors bursting out from Doppio's body, including his throat. Ouch...
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The song that plays during the dance scene in episode 7 has been compared to the song "Pussy Control" by Prince. Considering that Araki likes Prince and "Pussy Control" is featured in the album Gold Experience, it's unlikely that this wasn't intentional.
  • That One Level: The Cioccolata and Secco segment in the PS2 game has the dubious honor of being one of the most annoying parts of the game, especially the first part with Mista navigating through the seaside village to escape Secco. The layout of the map is labyrinthine, Green Day's mold is constantly draining your health if you're doing anything except running, Secco's attacks are sporadic, almost too fast to react to, and stun you for a long time, and he can even just randomly grab you and drag you to another part of the level.
    • Comparatively, Cioccolata's solo fight against Giorno isn't too bad, but Secco is way worse to deal with. His unpredictable and fast attacks return, and added to them is an overwhelming propensity to stunlock you and avoid getting stunlocked. Going for secret factors for completion's sake is also annoying because one of them requires you to stand still and put yourself at risk from an unguarded attack, another is heavily reliant on Secco's positioning and a bit of luck, and to top it off, it's one of the very few fights where the secret factors cannot be done out of order.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Giorno's color scheme in the anime, particularly his magenta outfit, has drawn some divisive reactions from the fanbase, since prior JoJo material like the colored manga and CyberConnect2 games have favored a dark blue outfit. Some find it unique in how it contrasts previous JoJos' preference for dark colors, while others find it too bright and tacky.
    • Some people were disappointed that the nameless old man during the Black Sabbath fight no longer was wearing the red clothes that earned him the nickname of Mario. Some call him Luigi, though.
    • Fugo's anime backstory flashback wasn't well-received by those who had read his spin-off novel, claiming that presenting his assault on his teacher as a justifiable attack against a sexual assault attempt says virtually nothing about his character, compared to Purple Haze Feedback painting it as an act of Disproportionate Retribution towards his dead grandmother being mentioned. The latter, earlier-written version is seen as significantly in line with his character's flaws as opposed to relying on Rape as Drama.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • When Pannacotta Fugo was first introduced, he was established as a mentor figure towards Narancia and the serious guy in the group. This opened up a lot of potential for an interesting dynamic between him and Narancia and having a major role among the protagonists. Also, the abilities of his Stand Purple Haze are ridiculously powerful. Unfortunately, Fugo only gets ONE major fight in the whole story and is Put on a Bus after Bruno betrays Diavolo. The novel Purple Haze Feedback appears to be an Author's Saving Throw to flesh him out after the fact.
    • This part's secondary antagonist Risotto Nero. Initially established as a major threat in the first half of the story, many felt he was going to get a major battle with the protagonists at some point. Unfortunately, he's immediately forgotten after Diavolo tries to kill Trish, and when he does finally appear his fight is with Doppio instead of the protagonists. In fact, he doesn't even get to fight the protagonists since Narancia unknowingly kills him using Aerosmith while attempting to kill Doppio. Some fans also lament that he never formed an Enemy Mine with the protagonists and take down Diavolo. It's especially embarrassing when you consider that Hol Horse had a more active role as secondary antagonist.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Many fans would have liked to see Araki's original plan of Fugo being The Mole come into action since it would have taken the story into a radically different direction and given character development to most of the main protagonists. Though some have defended Araki's decision on this as Fugo's Stand is so overpowered the fight between him and the others would have been a Curb-Stomp Battle.
    • Giorno being the son of DIO is almost never explored throughout the entire part. This plot point doesn't go beyond Giorno being ruthless and deceiving towards his enemies. A lot of fans would have liked to see this ruthlessness be used to make Giorno a morally gray protagonist and have a contrast between the other protagonists. The fact that he is technically half-vampire is also never addressed and he doesn't seem to show any vampire-like characteristics. Also, the fact that Giorno being DIO's son is never brought up again is especially egregious considering that Polnareff, one of only three people who fought DIO and lived, appears in the story and could have easily provided a springboard for that plot element to return.
    • Koichi's initial escapade of coming to Italy in the early chapters. What could have been an interesting plot that brought more of the past mythology into the story just ends up being a framing device used to introduce it to the main storyline.
      • Some think it would have been better if Josuke was the one Jotaro sent to Italy, as it would have made the battle with Black Sabbath and the subsequent departure a good Passing of the Torch moment.
    • Exactly what happened to Giorno, Mista and Trish after the defeat of Diavolo is never explored. After a flashback arc, all we get is a cut to Giorno as the kingpin of Passione with no explanation and not even a word on what happened to Trish. Unfortunately, unlike the ending of the Part 4 anime which added a much-appreciated epilogue where we got to see what happened to the characters, the Part 5 anime did not add anything to the ending.
  • Too Cool to Live: Risotto Nero, despite him only being the secondary antagonist, has a cool design, a genuinely horrifying Stand power and nearly ends up killing the Big Bad right there and then. So of course he had to die before the final arc in Rome, through a series of contrived misfortunes no less.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Musically, while "Uragirimono no Requiem" (the second opening theme for the anime) has been well-received, a notable portion of the fans have admitted to preferring "Fighting Gold".
  • Ugly Cute:
    • Some fans have this opinion towards Pesci. Although not good-looking like his comrades, fans found his Cowardly Lion personality and dynamics with Prosciutto endearing.
    • Mista's Sex Pistols are absolutely adorable even though they don't look remotely cute in the conventional sense.
    • Mixed with Creepy Cute, Secco can give off this impression as well, what with his exaggerated facial expression, slurred language and downright animalistic behavior, which can end up looking oddly endearing instead.
  • Uncanny Valley: Diavolo's eyes are drawn differently than anyone else's in the manga, and it does look pretty unsettling. His stand isn't any better; King Crimson's eyeballs are placed outside the eye sockets. Its perpetual sadistic glare doesn't help either.
  • Unexpected Character: As Vento Aureo becomes very stand-alone from the other Parts when Jotaro and Koichi left the scene, seeing Polnareff from Stardust Crusaders returning much later on is unforeseen at least.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Illuso. While he's seen as one of the more ruthless and unpleasant members of La Squadra, a lot of fans thought that his gruesome and horrifying death at the hands of Purple Haze was undeserved since he's nowhere as nasty as Hate Sinks like Cioccolata or Diavolo.
  • The Un-Twist: It really should come as no surprise that Diavolo had Bucciarati bring Trish to him just to kill her. Right from the beginning its established that the Boss doesn't want anyone to know his identity and even killed two of Nero's men for knowing too much about him. When Trish is introduced we immediately know that she is the Boss' daughter so naturally you can assume that his ulterior motive is to kill Trish since as his daughter she would know the most about him. Even if you don't catch on to this, the fact that the Boss is clearly established as this part's main antagonist should be a dead giveaway that he was manipulating Bucciarati's gang.
  • Values Dissonance: It's not by much, but Western fans are often confused as to why so many characters in Vento Aureo — criminals, gangsters and mafia members, at that — view drug dealing and trafficking as such a heinous evil; by comparison, a lot of other (Western) fiction about the mafia and organized crime might mention drugs as a way to pay the bills and leave it at that. This can be explained by Japan's much firmer stance on drugs; as our own page on the Yakuza explains, even the organized crime in Japan views drug dealers as the lowest of the low.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: Part 5 notably scaled back the importance of the main Jojo and put forth much more of an Ensemble Cast. Giorno is still important and his motivations play a major role in the story, but he's also very much a Supporting Protagonist with a lot of fights having the main focus on his teammates. Bruno's status as the Deuteragonist is the most notable, however as his character arc and role in the story as the team's leader often pushes him into the spotlight.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Many readers were caught off guard when they learn that Narancia is actually a boy, especially since he has a feminine sounding name, wears spaghetti straps and Skirt over Slacks, and also has a feminine voice in the video games. This is diminished in the anime, which gives him more defined muscles and a deeper voice.
  • Vindicated by History:
    • Vento Aureo has gotten more support among the fandom due to a better translation being put out. There are also some fans who even believe that an anime adaptation can fix some of the issues the manga had. Started becoming even more apparent in early 2017 as many popular JoJo YouTubers have spoken very highly about this part and the fact that an anime adaptation later in the year is looking likely. As of June 2017, the color scans are now fully available in English with many fans now giving this part a second chance.
    • As of 2018, it's been cited as a favorite by many fans on several platforms such as Reddit, Twitter, Tumblr and even 4chan. When the anime was announced, the entire fandom was rejoiced to a point it became worldwide trend topic on Twitter.
    • A major facet of this is the original, quite bad, translations. The original scans are somewhat infamous for their poor quality. With both the anime airing and the colored translations long complete, most fans have come around to Part V. One of the biggest examples of this are accusations that Girono is a dull, boring protagonist who barely emotes, which the anime beautifully counters by depicting his often terrifying Tranquil Fury with gusto.
    • Diavolo himself was an extremely divisive antagonist back when the manga was being published due to lacking the traits that made DIO and Kira popular. However, he started getting more fans in later years who genuinely appreciated the mystery surrounding his character and thought the hate towards him was overblown. By the time he makes his first in-person appearance in the anime, he was met with open arms by the fandom.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Bucciarati has brought Trish to Diavolo, and Bucciarati has no idea what Diavolo plans to do with her, killing her.
      You'd Expect: Diavolo to simply wait for Bucciarati to leave the building and then kill Trish himself - no, really, that's all he had to do. He still would have had to eventually deal with Giorno's ambitions, but he would have been in a much better place to deal with them. It would only be a 5-10 minute wait at most.
      Instead: Diavolo decides to try and kill Trish right in front of Bucciarati, someone he knows is altruistic and an experienced Stand user.
      Result: This starts a series of events that leads to Giorno's Gold Experience gaining its Requiem form, Diavolo getting sent into an infinite loop of death, and Giorno taking over as The Don of Passione.
    • Trish gets a huge one while in Mista's body. She uses her stand to launch previously-fired bullets straight through Diavolo/King Crimson's hand, causing him to lose his grip on the Stand Arrow. Diavolo gets REALLY confused on what happened, to the point that his focus has momentarily shifted away from the arrow.
      You'd Expect: Trish keeps her mouth shut for the time being, at least until Giorno or someone can grab a hold of the arrow. It's even flying over Mista, with him pointing out that King Crimson is far enough that even if he could skip time, he wouldn't be able to reach the arrow before them.
      Instead: Trish immediately reveals on what she did to Diavolo.
      Result: An enraged Diavolo wishes that Trish was never born, and mortally wounds her soul, with the force of the impact sending Mista's body (which he was inhabiting too) to fly towards the arrow. If it wasn't for Bruno's Heroic Sacrifice, Trish's spirit would have passed to the great beyond and Diavolo would have most probably unlocked King Crimson Requiem.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: While the franchise has had many instances of this trope before, Vento Aureo takes it to a whole new level. The story of this part would feel right at home in a gangster film like The Godfather or Goodfellas especially when it comes to the brutal violence, graphic blood and gore, and unapologetic deaths. In spite of the increased maturity of this part, this still got serialized in Shonen Jump (and so was Stone Ocean, which was hardly any gentler).
  • Wheelchair Woobie: Polnareff already had it rough in Stardust Crusaders. Here, however, he ended up unable to walk after losing a battle to Diavolo and while trying to help the protagonists Diavolo ends up killing him only for him to survive because of Silver Chariot Requiem causing him to switch bodies with a turtle. After Diavolo is defeated he's left to live the rest of his life in the turtle's Stand.
  • The Woobie:
    • Trish who grew up without a mother or ever knowing her father's identity. As it turns out her father is Diavolo, the boss of Passione and even though she was lead to believe he wanted to protect her, he really wants her dead. There's also the fact that she had to see so many people die because of her relation to Diavolo.
    • Narancia's mother died of eye infection when he was very young and was then left growing up with his neglectful father. Trying to live his new life as a hoodlum with his "friends", Narancia's life was then turned upside down when said friends betrayed him and made him a scapegoat to one of their robberies. Beaten up by police officers, Narancia lived for a year in correctional facility, where his untreated eye wound worsened. After being released, his friends had turned their backs even more to him, claiming that he got his infection from his late mother. He then lives for a year in the street before being picked up by Bruno. It only gets worse for Narancia when he has to leave Fugo behind following the betrayal and after all he's gone through he's killed by Diavolo when all he wanted was to return home.
    • Fugo in the anime adaptation and Purple Haze Feedback. While his backstory (or the lack of it) didn't reveal that much in the manga, his Adaptational Expansion reveals that he beat his university professor due to him either molesting him (anime) or mocking him for having his grandmother's death affect his grades (Feedback). This resulted in him being arrested and charged for an assault, which ended up in him being abandoned by his parents. His Stand Purple Haze is what Fugo seems himself as: an uncontrollable monster that rots everything in its presence, be it friend or foe. Adding to that, Fugo has several self-esteem issues and cannot act on emotional level which ends up in him being the only one not to join Bucciarati in his quest to overthrow the Boss. Purple Haze Feedback goes further and reveals that he is now suffering from Survivor Guilt due to not joining Bucciarati and blaming himself from Narancia's death.
    • Doppio. He might be a Jerkass Woobie considering the fact that he's the underboss of Passione and rather brutally kills Abbachio., but he's the split personality (or perhaps twin) of Diavolo and doesn't realize it, and dies in an extremely painful and sad way.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?:
    • Even in the highly glamorous Part 5, Fugo's outfit is incredibly tacky. It has holes all over it, even on the pants, Fugo isn't wearing any undershirts, just a necktie, and if Word of God is to believed, he even wears a thong so the underwear wouldn't be shown through the holes.
    • With the coming of the anime, there has been a small but recurring debate about Giorno's costume. Not the costume itself but the color, which is now magenta, in contrast to most adaptations which had the costume being blue. Some don't like the color, others would prefer to keep the "traditional" blue, and others think magenta doesn't fit the contexts of Giorno's personality. Another side doesn't mind the change. A third faction likes that the anime is fully embracing the Camp aspect of the series and argues that a magenta Giorno has its legitimacy in the numerous artworks of Giorno in pinks and purples. Some of the first faction was already aware of this, but didn't expect the anime to actually go with it.
    • One can only feel that Araki was somewhat self-conscious with his characters designs this time around. Bruno states early on that most members of Passione like to remain passive and to not draw focus to themselves. This is immediately contrasted with the rest of Bucci's group, who wear some of the most out-there costumes in the franchise. Special note to Fugo's... latex suit with holes in it? And whatever the hell Mista is wearing on his head. He even keeps spare bullets in there!
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