Stardust Crusaders (スターダストクルセイダース Sutādasuto Kuruseidāsu?) is the third story arc of the Japanese manga series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki. It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1989 to 1992. In its original publication, it was known as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Jotaro Kujo: Heritage for the Future (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 第三部 空条承太郎 ―未来への遺産― JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken Dai San Bu Kūjō Jōtarō -Mirai e no Isan-?).
It is the most popular of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series as it introduced the audience to the concept of Stands, which made it stand out from its predecessors. This popularity later spawned video games, a three volume drama CD series, two novels, two OVA series, and English adaptations of the manga and OVAs (licensed in North America by Viz Media and Super Techno Arts respectively) of this arc alone. It was recently announced that David Productions would return to animate this portion of the series. On December 22, 2013, it was announced that the Stardust Crusaders anime will premiere on April 4, 2014 on Tokyo MX.
As it is the third part of the series, the 152 chapters pick up where the second left off and are numbered 114 to 265, with the tankōbon volumes numbered 13 to 28 (the first chapter is in volume 12). Viz's version is only of this arc and adds chapter 114, which was originally in volume 12 of the Japanese release, to volume 13 and renumbers it as volume one. Also, some content was edited, being redrawn by Araki himself. It was preceded by Battle Tendency and followed by Diamond Is Unbreakable. It is the last part of the series to feature the Hamon (波紋 Ripple?) technique.
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The third arc takes place in 1989 and follows Jotaro Kujo (空条 承太郎 Kūjō Jōtarō?), the grandson of Joseph Joestar. In Japan, Jotaro is a troublesome student who regularly gets into fights at school and antagonizes his teachers. He is put in prison after beating up three armed men and a trained boxer, but he refuses to leave, claiming he's possessed by an evil spirit. To demonstrate, he takes a gun and shoots himself in the head, but the bullet is stopped by an arm shooting from his hand that only he and his mother Holy can see. Joseph Joestar soon arrives with his friend Muhammad Avdol. A battle ensues between Avdol and Jotaro in which Avdol manifests his own evil spirit, using it to provoke Jotaro out of the cell. Joseph explains that Jotaro's "evil spirit" is actually a Stand, a manifestation of psychic power. Jotaro's Stand, named Star Platinum, possesses incredible precision and strength; Avdol's Stand, known as Magician's Red, can control fire; Joseph's Stand, Hermit Purple, manifests as thorny vines that allow him to manipulate cameras and other mediums, capturing images from a great distance.
Joseph reveals that Jotaro's and his own Stand, having both manifested recently, appeared because of the reemergence of Dio Brando (now referred to as simply "DIO"). When he sank to the bottom of the sea, Dio attached his severed head to Jonathan Joestar's body. However, DIO's Joestar blood linked him to the rest of the family, and thus when DIO began to develop a Stand, Joseph and Jotaro did as well. DIO vows to destroy the Joestar family and sends a student, Noriaki Kakyoin, to dispose of Jotaro. Kakyoin's Stand, Hierophant Green, possesses a nurse and attacks Jotaro with its Emerald Splash maneuver, but Jotaro defeats him soundly.
It is soon discovered, however, that Holy has developed a Stand. Her Stand appears as ivy growing from her body, but because she lacks the fighting spirit to control it, the strain of its activity is slowly killing her. Joseph and Avdol determine that unless they kill Dio within fifty days and thus break his Stand's influence, Holy will die.
Star Platinum's keen eyesight helps the three determine that DIO is somewhere in Egypt. Kakyoin, freed by Jotaro from DIO's mind control, comes along to help the group. On a jetliner the group is ambushed by the insectile stand Tower of Gray, forcing Kakyoin to prove his worth. Jean Pierre Polnareff, user of the swordsman Stand Silver Chariot, challenges Avdol in Hong Kong but is eventually freed from DIO's control, joining the group to avenge his sister. The heroes take a ship to Singapore but are forced to battle the aquatic Stand Dark Blue Moon, controlled by an assassin who has murdered and impersonated the ships captain Tennille, who sinks their ship. Accompanied by a stowaway girl, the group boards an abandoned freighter but discover that the entire ship is a Stand called Strength, controlled by an orangutan. Devo the Cursed uses his Stand, Ebony Devil, to accost Polnareff in Singapore, while Rubber Soul and his Yellow Temperance impersonate Kakyoin before attempting to consume Jotaro. In Calcutta they encounter the team of Hol Horse, user of a gun Stand called the Emperor, and J. Gail, a man with two right hands and user of the Hanged Man, a Stand of light that attacks from mirrors. Polnareff avenges his sister by slaying her murderer, J. Gail, but Avdol is killed by Hol Horse, who flees the scene.
Joseph is infected with a boil that turns out to be the Empress, a Stand controlled by Nena, but outsmarts the foe. En route to Pakistan the party battles Wheel of Fortune, a car Stand controlled by ZZ. Enya Gail, mother of J. Gail, attempts to use her stand Justice in an attempt to avenge her son, sending an army of animated dead after Polnareff and Jotaro. In Karachi, Steely Dan uses The Lovers to hold Joseph hostage, forcing Jotaro into the role of personal manservant. Arabia Fats, user of The Sun, attempts to thwart the group in the Arabian Desert but is discovered and easily defeated. The group is soon saddled with the baby Mannish Boy, who uses his Stand, Death 13, to attack in dreams. Only through Kakyoin's quick thinking does the group survive Death 13's dreamworld. On an island in the Red Sea, Polnareff is accosted by the genie Stand Judgment, but the previously assumed dead Avdol returns and saves him. Avdol appropriates a submarine, but the vehicle is infiltrated by the High Priestess, a Stand controlled by Midler that can take the form of anything metallic; however, Star Platinum's power easily defeats it.
Upon arriving in Abu Simbel the heroes are joined by Iggy, a Boston Terrier and the user of The Fool, a simple but powerful Stand of sand. They are immediately attacked by the blind Stand user N'Doul, who attacks with Geb, a Stand of water and the first of the nine Egyptian god Stands; he is able to slash through Kakyoin's eyes before he is defeated by Jotaro and Iggy. Oingo and Boingo, users of the face-altering stand Khnum and the future-predicting comic book Thoth respectively, attempt to defeat the heroes, but Oingo is incapacitated without the heroes even knowing he was there. Anubis, a sword with a Stand, possesses a farmer named Chaka, a barber named Khan, and then Polnareff, nearly killing Jotaro. Mariah, the user of Bast, magnetizes Joseph and Avdol causing problems for them. Polnareff and Silver Chariot are reduced to children by Seth, the Stand of the child-abuser Alessi. Later, the group encounters Daniel J. D'Arby who offers information if they gamble with him, but when Polnareff and Joseph lose, D'Arby's Stand Osiris transforms their souls into poker chips. Only by betting everyone's souls can Jotaro defeat him. In Cairo the group meets Hol Horse again, who has partnered himself with Boingo, but are defeated. Later, Iggy battles Pet Shop, DIO's pet falcon and the user of the ice-slinging Stand Horus. Kakyoin returns soon afterwards, his eyesight mostly recovered.
The doorway to DIO's mansion is guarded by Terence T. D'Arby, younger brother of D'Arby the Gambler. His Stand, Atum, steals Kakyoin's soul after a round of video games, but despite D'Arby's mind games Jotaro is able to outwit him. Meanwhile, Polnareff, Iggy, and Avdol easily dispose of Kenny G, whose Tenore Sax Stand creates an illusory maze. Avdol is then killed by an invisible force that is revealed as DIO's henchman, Vanilla Ice, whose Stand Cream swallows itself into another dimension and instantly obliterates anything its sphere of destruction touches. Ice, who killed himself for DIO but was revived by DIO's blood, is able to nearly eliminate Polnareff, but a valiant sacrifice by Iggy allows Polnareff to ultimately win. Meanwhile, Jotaro, Joseph, and Kakyoin encounter Nukesaku, the Idiot, but easily defeat him.
Though wounded and alone, Polnareff confronts DIO but is confounded by the vampire's powers. When the four surviving heroes are reunited they climb to DIO's tower with the Idiot in tow, but when the Idiot opens the casket he inexplicably ends up mutilated inside it. DIO chases Joseph and Kakyoin across Cairo until Kakyoin, at the price of his life, discovers that DIO's Stand, The World, is able to stop time. With most of his friends dead or injured, Jotaro confronts DIO. Though The World has a huge advantage in the ability to stop time, Jotaro nearly defeats DIO, but the vampire restores himself by draining Joseph's blood, becoming even stronger. Finally DIO attempts to finish off Jotaro by crushing him with a steamroller, forcing Jotaro to use Star Platinum in new ways by revealing its own time-stopping abilities.
After DIO is defeated, Jotaro oversees a blood transfusion from the remains of DIO, which lies next to the newly deceased Joseph. As a result, Joseph is resurrected. Jotaro and Joseph return to Japan, bidding farewell to Polnareff before their flight, as a recovering Holly awakens back at home.
Viz Media began publishing an English adaptation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure in 2005, which begins the series with the Stardust Crusaders arc, starting with the last chapter of Japanese Volume 12 (moved to the beginning of Volume 13). The English edition is edited by Jason Thompson, author of Manga: The Complete Guide. As of December 2010, all sixteen volumes (originally Volumes 13-28) have been published.
Minor edits were made to artwork where certain scenes of animal violence were redrawn by Hirohiko Araki for the English release. Volume 3 of the English edition features a single panel of a dog being decapitated which was redrawn from an alternate angle, and Japanese volume 18 (volume 6) has several redrawn panels where a mutilated dog was changed into a large rat. Volume 19 (English volume 7) features redrawn artwork in the final chapter of the "Death 13" story arc in order to remove scenes of human feces. Any instances of real-life brand names and logos (such as drinks and automotive brands) were erased. Some names were altered for the English release, presumably for copyright reasons. The character named Devo was changed entirely, along with that of Steely Dan. Oingo and Boingo were changed to Zenyatta and Mondatta after The Police album, Zenyatta Mondatta. The first volume included a recap of Parts I and II in order to clarify story points for Western readers, while mosques in volume 15 (Japanese volume 27) were redrawn after international controversy (see below), though the latter of the two was also in recent Japanese prints.
- Jotaro Kujo (空条 承太郎 Kujō Jōtarō?)
- Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (2014 anime, ASB), Jūrōta Kosugi (OVA)
- The protagonist. His Stand is Star Platinum (スター・プラチナ（星の白金） Sutā Purachina?), named after The Star, whose power is incredible strength and precision and later the ability to stop time.
- Joseph Joestar (ジョセフ・ジョースター Josefu Jōsutā?)
- Voiced by: Unsho Ishizuka (2014 anime), Tomokazu Sugita (2013 anime, ASB) Chikao Ōtsuka (OVA)
- Jotaro's grandfather. His Stand is Hermit Purple (ハーミット・パープル（隠者の紫） Hāmitto Pāpuru?), named after The Hermit, allows Joseph to produce thorny purple vines that he can use to perform predictions using electronic equipment such as Polaroid cameras or televisions, swing from as if they were physical vines, or protect himself by empowering the vines with the Ripple.
- Muhammad Avdol (モハメド・アヴドゥル Mohamedo Avuduru?)
- Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (2014 anime), Masashi Ebara (ASB), Kiyoshi Kobayashi (OVA)
- An ally of Jotaro originally from Cairo. His Stand is Magician's Red (マジシャンズ・レッド（魔術師の赤） Majishanzu Reddo?), named after The Magician, which allows him to manipulate fire, usually in the shape of the ankh. Magician's Red's signature move is Crossfire Hurricane (クロスファイヤーハリケーン Kurosufaiyā Harikēn?), which sends out several fiery ankhs at the target. He is named after Paula Abdul, while he owns several chickens named after Michael Jackson, Prince, and Lionel Richie.
- Noriaki Kakyoin (花京院 典明 Kakyōin Noriaki?)
- Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa (2014 anime), Kōji Yusa (ASB), Hirotaka Suzuoki (OVA)
- An ally of Jotaro. His Stand is Hierophant Green (ハイエロファント・グリーン（法皇の緑） Haierofanto Gurīn?), named after The Hierophant, which he can shrink down to enter people and control them from the inside, produce strange vines that can thrash people, or perform a long-ranged attack using blasts of green energy known as Emerald Splash (エメラルドスプラッシュ Emerarudo Supurasshu?). Heirophant Green was originally known as Hierophant Emerald (ハイエロファントエメラルド Haierofanto Emerarudo?). He is named after the Kakyōin neighborhood of Sendai.
- Jean Pierre Polnareff (ジャン＝ピエール・ポルナレフ Jan Piēru Porunarefu?)
- Voiced by: Fuminori Komatsu (2014 anime), Hiroaki Hirata (ASB), Katsuji Mori (OVA)
- An ally of Jotaro. His Stand is Silver Chariot (シルバー・チャリオッツ（銀の戦車） Shirubā Chariottsu?), named after The Chariot, which takes the form of an armored knight wielding a rapier. Silver Chariot is extremely fast, and can become even faster if it removes its protective armor, producing a series of afterimages when it moves to confuse Polnareff's target. He is named after Michel Polnareff.
- Iggy (イギー Igī?)
- Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (ASB)
- A Boston Terrier ally of Jotaro's who thwarted the New York animal control officers for years until Avdol managed to capture the dog for the Speedwagon Foundation. To keep him calm, the Speedwagon Foundation and anyone handling him must give him coffee-flavored chewing gum as a treat, otherwise he will disobey all orders. He particularly enjoys biting people's hair and while the person is trapped he farts in their face. His Stand The Fool (ザ・フール（愚者） Za Fūru?), is named after The Fool, which takes the form of a part-biological part-mechanical being with two forelegs and two wheels instead of hindlegs, and can even form wings to allow Iggy to glide away from danger. The Fool manipulates sand and dust, being one of the few Stands that can take a physical form visible to others. Iggy is thought to be cowardly, avoiding fighting N'Doul and many other Stand users as the group heads to Cairo, but he shows his intelligence during his fight with Pet Shop and his bravery and loyalty when he saves Polnareff from Vanilla Ice. He is named after Iggy Pop.
Tarot Card enemy Stand users
- Gray Fly (グレーフライ Gurē Furai?)
- An old man, known for carrying out mass killings disguised as accidents. He wields the Stand known as Tower of Gray (タワー・オブ・グレー（灰の塔） Tawā Obu Gurē?), named after The Tower, which resembles a large beetle. The Stand is faster than even Star Platinum, and kills its victims by cutting out their tongues using its extend-able jaws. He is named after Glenn Frey.
- Captain Tennille's impersonator (偽キャプテン・テニール Nise Kyaputen Tenīru?)
- An agent of DIO who kills the ship's captain and takes his place to trick Jotaro and friends. His Stand is Dark Blue Moon (ダーク・ブルー・ムーン（暗青の月） Dāku Burū Mūn?), named after The Moon an underwater Stand reminiscent of Creature from the Black Lagoon. The name Captain Tennille is from the pop duo Captain and Tennille
- Forever (フォーエバー Fōebā?)
- An Orangutan whose Stand is Strength (ストレングス（力） Sutorengusu?), named after Strength, a Cargo Ship/Freighter that he has free control over. Once it is defeated, the ship reverts back to a small fishing/cruise boat, giving the group the understanding that the Stand's real power was influence over the boat to resemble something more "powerful". The name Forever is from the album Wu-Tang Forever.
- Devo the Cursed (呪いのデーボ Noroi no Dēbo?)
- Voiced by: Unshō Ishizuka (ASB)
- A shaman who works as an assassin for hire. To aid him in his craft, he employs the Ebony Devil (エボニー・デビル（悪魔） Ebonī Debiru?) Stand, named after The Devil, the strength and ferocity of which correlates with its user's raw hatred for his or her opponent. To create such a grudge, Devo goads his victims into attacking and injuring him. He then leaves the immediate area, letting his Stand assault the victim at a later, unguarded moment. For this reason, it is said that they have succumbed to a curse. He is named after the new wave group Devo. In Viz Media's English release he is named Soul Sacrifice.
- Rubber Soul (ラバーソール Rabā Sōru?)
- A user of the Yellow Temperance (イエロー・テンパランス（黄の節制） Ierō Tenparansu?) Stand, named after Temperance, which allows him to devour flesh, enlarge himself, and assume any form. He first appears disguised as Noriaki Kakyoin where his strange behavior makes Jotaro punch him, which causes a seemingly unremovable glob to attach to Jotaro's hand; neither ice nor fire can remove it. As the two engage in a battle inside a cable car again, Jotaro breaks the bottom of the car, drowns Rubber Soul in the lake underneath so that he is forced to deactivate his Stand to breathe, thus removing Jotaro's glob. Jotaro threatens Rubber Soul to give information about DIO's squad, which Rubber Soul knows little about. However, Rubber Soul manages to reach the land nearby and sends Yellow Temperance through a manhole to noose Jotaro. Jotaro counters by blocking the entire manhole, sending water pressure back to Rubber Soul, drowning him once again. A running gag in the chapters is Rubber Soul's unusual taste for fruits and other living beings. Before his identity is being discovered, he eats cherries by rolling them with his tongue and making "rero rero" sounds. Later after Jotaro defeats Rubber Soul he finds out that the real Kakyoin likes to play with cherries in the same manner. He is named after The Beatles album, Rubber Soul. Rubber Soul is a playable character in the video game JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future. He is disguised as Kakyoin for the most of the time, and has some similar moves. The major differences are that Rubber Soul does not have a stand mode, and that he is not as fast as Kakyoin is to deliver large combos.
- Hol Horse (ホル・ホース Horu Hōsu?)
- Voiced by: Hōchū Ōtsuka (ASB), Norio Wakamoto (OVA)
- An arrogant cowboy and the wielder of the Emperor (エンペラー（皇帝） Enperā?) Stand, named after The Emperor, which takes the form of a revolver. Upon being fired, the Emperor can control the bullet's flight path, allowing it to turn in midair. He prefers to operate with a partner, as his Stand is fairly weak and not effective without backup. While originally seen working with J. Gail, he later becomes partners with Boingo. He is named after the hip-hop group Full Force.
- J. Gail (J・ガイル Jei Gairu?)
- Voiced by: Mugihito (OVA), Hanged Man: Fumihiko Tachiki (ASB)
- User of Hanged Man (ハングドマン（吊られた男） Hangudoman?), named after The Hanged Man, a light-based, knife-wielding zombie Stand that only appears in reflective surfaces, within which it is immune to attack. J. Gail is a deformed man with two right hands. He is also a hated rival of Jean-Pierre Polnareff, whose sister he raped and murdered. He is named after the rock group The J. Geils Band.
- Nena (ネーナ Nēna?)
- Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi (OVA)
- A villain who uses the Empress (エンプレス（女帝） Enpuresu?) Stand, named after The Empress. Nena appears in earlier chapters as a woman in love with Hol Horse, during his and J. Gail's introduction. She is not seen again until the end of Hol Horse's first confrontation with the group, where she poses a distraction so that Hol Horse can make his escape. From here, the group escorts her to town, and it is at this time that she uses her Stand. The ability of her Stand consists of contracting blood onto a host, where it then grows into a body of its own until the host is completely assimilated/taken over. Joseph Joestar unknowingly walks through town with the Empress stand growing on his arm; first as a drop of blood, then into a face, and throughout the final portion of the confrontation as a small body. With Joseph not aware of who the stand user is, he decidedly fights directly with the stand itself. Once he dispatches and kills the stand, the Stand user appears as Nena herself, or rather a small, fat lady hiding inside the body of what was known as Nena. She is named after the German new wave singer Nena.
- ZZ (ズィー・ズィー Zī Zī?)
- A user of the Wheel of Fortune (ホイール・オブ・フォーチュン（運命の車輪） Hoīru Obu Fōchun?) Stand, named after Wheel of Fortune, which takes the form of an old car. He ambushes the protagonists on the road to Pakistan, attacking with super-strength, projectile gasoline droplets, and by transforming his car into a fanged monstrosity capable of tunneling through or climbing through rock. After his defeat it is revealed that the old car the Stand looks like is really an even more dilapidated car without Wheel of Fortune's influence, and that he is puny with only his arms muscled, the latter being the reason why he appeared strong when he gave hand signals in the car. He is named after the rock band ZZ Top.
- Enya the Hag (Enya Gail) (エンヤ婆（エンヤ・ガイル） En'ya-baa (En'ya Gairu)?)
- Voiced by: Katsue Miwa (ASB), Rica Fukami (OVA)
- An very old woman with two right hands, the mother of J. Gail and an apparent confidante of Dio Brando. Her stand Justice (ジャスティス（正義） Jasutisu?), named after Justice, takes the form of a massive mist, which can take control of anyone with an open wound, allowing Enya to control them as she would a puppet. She is named after the Irish singer Enya. In the OVA, she is also able to use her mist to morph her appearance into an attractive woman. Her dual transformations were used to wound Hol Horse and trick Polnareff. Her stand was also able to craft the entire city that the group rested at, disappearing to reveal a barren desert. In Part 4, Diamond Is Unbreakable, it is explained that she used the Bow and Arrow on DIO, granting him the power of a Stand and subsequently causing them to develop in the Joestar bloodline as well. In Viz Media's English version of the manga, she is named Enyaba Gail, which may be an oblique reference to both the Irish singer Enya and the Swedish pop group ABBA.
- Steely Dan (鋼入りのダン（スティーリー・ダン） Sutīrī Dan?)
- Steely Dan is an attractive and arrogant man and the user of Lovers (ラバーズ（恋人） Rabāzu?) Stand, named after The Lovers, which he admits is the weakest stand of all. The Stand is a microscopic insect, which enters Joseph Joestar's ear and taps into the pain receptors of his brain, causing any pain inflicted upon Dan to be felt by Joseph tenfold. He orders Jotaro to follow him and do demanding tasks as the others dealt with his stand inside Joseph's brain. Once it was defeated, Jotaro beats him up. He is named after the rock band Steely Dan. In Viz Media's English release he is named Rubber Soul, despite there being an earlier character already named that.
- Arabia Fats (アラビア・ファッツ Arabia Fattsu?)
- A Stand user who ambushes the protagonists in the Arabian Desert. His Stand The Sun (ザ･サン（太陽） Za San?), named after The Sun, is capable of generating overwhelming heat waves and focus such waves into lasers. He was defeated when the protagonists see that the scenery is a mirror image and that he was hiding behind a little air conditioned station covered with mirrors. His name is not mentioned in the manga. He is named after Fats Domino.
- Mannish Boy (マニッシュ・ボーイ Manisshu Bōi?)
- He appears to be a small baby of diabolical intelligence, deceiving the protagonists by behaving as an innocent child. His first sets of teeth are fangs, which often disturb the people around him. He is the user of the stand Death 13 (デス・サーティーン（死神13） Desu Sātīn?), named after Death, a sickle-wielding clown stand that appears in and manipulates dreams. Kakyoin manages to defeat him and, as punishment, has him be fed some of his own feces. He is named after the Muddy Waters song "Mannish Boy".
- Cameo (カメオ Kameo?)
- Voiced by: Ryūzaburō Ōtomo (ASB)
- A Stand user who conceals himself underground while attacking. His stand is Judgement (ジャッジメント（審判） Jajjimento?), named after Judgement, which appears as a genie capable of resurrecting people in clay form. He used this ability to attack Polnareff by "granting" his wish of bringing Avdol and his sister back to life. He antagonizes Polnareff for the most part until Abdul returns and defeats him. He is named after the R&B group Cameo.
- Midler (ミドラー Midorā?)
- A Stand user never seen except waist-down in two frames of the manga. Her stand is High Priestess (ハイ・プリエステス（女教皇） Hai Puriesutesu?), named after The High Priestess, which can take the form of anything utilizing the metals and minerals around it. Causing trouble for the heroes as they traveled in a submarine. She is named after Bette Midler. When Capcom produced their JoJo fighting game, they wanted to use Midler, but because her face was never shown, they asked Araki to come up with a design they could use, and he created a belly-dancer character that would become her canonical design.
The Nine Egyptian Gods
- N'Doul (ンドゥール Ndūru?)
- Voiced by: Kōji Nakata (OVA)
- A Stand user who appears as a blind man leaning on a cane and uses his sensitive hearing to track his opponent. His Stand is Geb (ゲブ神 Gebu-shin?), named after Geb, an extremely fast stand of water. After his defeat he committed suicide, shooting himself through the head with a high-pressure water jet, lest he "slips" any secret of Dio to protagonists. He is named after the Senegalese artist Youssou N'Dour
- Oingo (オインゴ?) and Boingo (ボインゴ?)
- Voiced by: Hisayoshi Suganuma and Takahiro Fujimoto (ASB)
- Two brothers; Oingo is the elder brother and the user of the Stand Khnum (クヌム神 Kunumu-shin?), named after Khnum, which allows him to change his face at will, Boingo the younger brother is the user of Thoth (トト神 Toto-shin?), named after Thoth, a Stand that takes the form of a fortune-telling comic book. Through Boingo's predictions, Oingo attempted to kill Jotaro Kujo two times: first by poisoning Jotaro's tea, and then by making him eat a bomb that looked like an orange but Polnareff threw the bomb out of the car in the direction of Oingo and it went off, as he was disguised as Jotaro at the time, proving the prediction true. After Oingo's defeat, Boingo teams up with Hol Horse to avenge his brother. Hol Horse's intricate shot guided by Boingo through series of tubes was foiled because Hol Horse's watch was off a couple of minutes when directed to fire at a certain time. They are named after the group Oingo Boingo. In the Viz Media's English version they are named Zenyatta and Mondatta, after The Police album Zenyatta Mondatta.
- Anubis (アヌビス神 Anubisu-shin?)
- A Stand encased within a sword, that has no user. The original user — an Egyptian swordsmith named Caravan Serai (キャラバン・サライ Kyaraban Sarai?) — died nearly 500 years ago, but his Stand lived on, bound into one of his scimitars. It is capable of cutting through anything, possessing its wielders (Chaka (チャカ?) and Khan (カーン Kān?)), and memorizing any attack it experiences. It claims that it can never lose to an opponent more than once. It possesses a variety of people including Polnareff until finally most of it is destroyed and the rest is fling into the Nile. Despite not being the stand's "owners" even the names of the sword's unwitting wielders refer to a contemporary musical artist: Chaka Khan.
- Mariah (マライヤ Maraiya?)
- A user of the Bast (バステト女神 Basutetojoshin?) Stand, named after Bastet, which resembles an electrical outlet and inflicts an increasingly powerful magnetic charge upon a victim. She appears as a long-legged woman in a miniskirt and a hood. She magnetizes Joseph and Avdol attracting metal upon then and even into each other, giving them all sorts of problems. The two managed to outsmart her by maneuvering her in between them then having their metal cluttered bodies slam into her. She is named after American singer Mariah Carey. In the video game, her name is given as "Mahrahia".
- Alessi (アレッシー Aresshī?)
- A user of the Stand Sethan (セト神 Seto-shin?), possibly named after Set, a stand that appears as a shadow with two glaring oval eyes at a pointed head. Its ability transforms anyone who steps on the shadow to become younger the longer they stand on the shadow, even to the extreme point of becoming a fetus, and revert to a similar mentality. Polnareff manages to outsmart and wound him causing him to flee. He ran right into Jotaro, who knocks him out, as even though Jotaro was a child he was still tough as nails. He is named after American duo Alessi Brothers.
- Daniel J. D'Arby (ダニエル・J・ダービー Danieru Jei Dābī?)
- Voiced by: Kōji Ishii (ASB), Kenji Utsumi (OVA)
- A compulsive gambler who excels at cheating. His Stand is Osiris (オシリス神 Oshirisu-shin?), named after Osiris, which transforms the soul of D'Arby's defeated opponents into a poker chip should they lose to him in a bet, or internally admit defeat, and gives D'Arby himself an almost superhuman sense of touch. He plays Jotaro in a Poker game after beating Polnareff and Joseph. Jotaro bluffs him into a nervous breakdown, causing him to forfeit the game in the process and become subject to his own Stand's powers.
- Pet Shop (ペット・ショップ Petto Shoppu?)
- A large falcon chosen by DIO to guard his mansion. Pet Shop is a user of the Horus (ホルス神 Horusu-shin?) Stand, named after Horus, which is a skeletal pterodactyl-like stand that attacks with large projectiles made of ice. He gets into a lengthy fight to the death against Iggy and is killed by him, but not before cutting off one of Iggy's paws. Named after the Pet Shop Boys.
- Telence T. D'Arby (テレンス・T・ダービー Terensu Tī Dābī?)
- Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (ASB)
- Daniel J. D'Arby's younger brother, and the keeper of DIO's mansion. His stand is Atum (アトゥム神 Atumu-shin?), named after Atum, a stand that (like his brother's) allows the soul of his defeated opponent to transform/migrate to whatever he wishes; he prefers to transfer the souls into life-like dolls (as they allow the souls to talk back). He prefers to use videogames to capture souls, however, unlike his brother, prefers to keep an honest game and discourages cheating. His Stand gives him an almost superhuman sense of ESP, where he can read the truth of other's minds using yes or no questions. After beating Kakyoin, he plays Jotaro in a baseball video game. He has the upper hand for the most part, but Jotaro soon starts doing different actions despite his predictions. Like his brother, he loses his cool and subconsciously forfeits the game. Ironically, he was outsmarted because the Joestars used cheating to beat him; Joseph was actually playing the game controller using his Stand. Possibly named after the R&B singer, Terence Trent D'arby.
Inhabitants of DIO's Mansion
- DIO (DIO（ディオ）?)
- Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (2014 anime, ASB), Nobuo Tanaka (OVA)
- The main antagonist, returning from Part 1 Phantom Blood. Uses the Stand The World (世界（ザ・ワールド） Za Wārudo?), named after The World, which stops time. Unlike in Phantom Blood, his name is referred as "DIO" in alphabet rather than in Japanese characters, and that is because while his name in the first arc is derived from Marlon Brando and Ronnie James Dio, in the third arc his name is derived from the band Dio.
- Vanilla Ice (ヴァニラ・アイス Vanira Aisu?)
- Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (ASB), Takeshi Aono (OVA)
- He is DIO's most loyal henchman. He uses the Stand Cream (クリーム Kurīmu?), named after the rock band Cream, which is capable of creating an invisible, spherical void after devouring itself and Vanilla Ice (much like an ouroboros). Vanilla can control the sphere, which is capable of free flight. If any part of an object or being touches the sphere, that part is irrevocably gone, sucked into the void. He is unable to see or hear anything inside the void, so he has to at least partially come out to check the exterior. He proves his loyalty to DIO by cutting his own head off at his request. Satisfied with this display, DIO repays him by resurrecting him into a vampire using his own blood. He fights against Polnareff, Avdol, and Iggy, managing to kill Avdol and Iggy but Polnareff defeats him, using his new vampirism against him. He is named after the rapper Vanilla Ice. In the video game JoJo's Bizarre Adventure his name is changed to Iced.
- Kenny G (ケニーG Kenī Jī?)
- He uses the Stand known as Tenore Sax (ティナー・サックス Tinā Sakkusu?), which creates an illusory maze inside DIO's mansion. His maze is easily defeated by Iggy's sense of smell. He is named after Kenny G, and his stand is named after one of his occasional instrument, a tenor saxophone, though his stand's name in never mentioned in the manga.
- Nukesaku (ヌケサク?, lit. "idiot")
- Voiced by: Kouta Nemoto (ASB)
- Nukesaku is the last of DIO's henchmen that the group meets, a vampire with the ability to grow a second, and feminine, face on the back of his head. With his fighting abilities and Stand powers non-existent, he hopes that by leading the Joestars and their allies to DIO, he will be given glory by his master, but DIO instead kills him for being so utterly beneath him.
- Holy Kujo (空条 ホリィ Kujō Horī?, neé Joestar)
- Voiced by: Rei Sakuma (OVA 1st half)/Arisa Andō (OVA 2nd half)
- The daughter of Joseph Joestar and Suzi Q, and mother of Jotaro Kujo. Formerly Holy Joestar, she moved to Japan at some point in time and has lived there since for twenty years. She later met and married Sadao Kujo (空条 貞夫 Kujō Sadao?), a Japanese jazz musician and Jotaro's father. She also goes by the name Seiko (聖子?) in Japan as it is a direct translation of her English name.
- After her father's arrival and with her son "freed" from jail, Holy soon learns of the vampire DIO's resurrection and his possession of her great-grandfather's (Jonathan Joestar) body. This eventually leads to the awakening of her unnamed Stand. Although most Stands are used for fighting, this Stand worked against Holy's gentle, non-violent soul and slowly made her ill, nearly ending her life. It takes on the form of vines with roses, very much similar to her father Joseph Jostar's Stand Hermit Purple. Her ailing condition later becomes the catalyst for Jotaro and company's quest to Egypt. After DIO's defeat, she is last seen as finally cured of her sickness, and awaiting her family's safe return home.
- Suzi Q Joestar (スージーQ・ジョースター Sūjī Kyū Jōsutā?)
- Voiced by: Sachiko Kojima (2013 anime), Ryōko Konomiya (OVA)
- Joseph's wife and Holy's mother, she stays at Holy's bedside while her husband and grandson Jotaro lead the offensive against DIO. She does not act frail for her age, not even at the behest of her butler, and does her best to protect Holy from harm.
- Roses (ローゼス Rōzesu?)
- Joseph and Suzi Q's butler for the last 30 years, having known Holy since she was in grade school. Although he has never been to Japan, he seems to know how to eat soba and can identify that an item Suzi Q wishes to use is a condom vending machine. Although he does not possess a Stand, he is able to take down several yakuza in hand-to-hand combat when they try to attack Suzi Q's limousine.
- The Runaway Girl (家出少女 Iede Shōjo?)
- She first appears as a stowaway on the cruise ship that Captain Tennille's impersonator had abducted. Posing first as a boy, her identity is revealed when she threatens to cut one of the crew members. She jumps off the ship in an attempt to swim for safety and is begrudgingly saved by Jotaro. Despite stern warnings from Joseph about their journey, she tags along with the team for several times afterwards. She is instrumental in the defeat of Strength's user Forever, who sees her as an object of desire, and Yellow Temperance's user Rubber Soul, as she is one of the first to notice that Kakyoin is acting differently. The group tries to get rid of her in Singapore, but she tags along on their trip to India, appearing shortly before they face off against ZZ and Wheel of Fortune, getting attacked by the Stand. After this, she finally reveals to them that she is a runaway from Hong Kong, and the group finally gets rid of her by giving her money and putting her on a plane back to her parents.
- Cherie (シェリー Sherī?)
- Voiced by: Sayuri Kubo (OVA)
- Cherie is Polnareff's sister who was killed by J. Gail three years ago. She is named after the Michel Polnareff song "Tout, tout pour ma chérie".
- Wilson Phillips (ウィルソン・フィリップス Wiruson Firippusu?)
- Voiced by: Junpei Takiguchi (OVA), Masaharu Satō (ASB)
- Wilson Philips is a member of the United States Senate who is on vacation in Cairo during the Joestar group's fight with DIO. After his chauffer is murdered by DIO, he is forced to drive DIO around to track down the Joestar group, even being forced to run down pedestrians on the sidewalk during heavy traffic. He is named after the American vocal group Wilson Phillips.
Light novel characters
- Absalom (アブサロム Abusaromu?)
- Absalom is a Stand user employed by DIO in the Nubian Desert. He is obsessed with civilization, and hates that he was brought up in the middle of nowhere. He appears in the desert as the engineer of a train called Satanic Coupler (サタニック・カプラー（凶悪連結器） Satanikku Kapurā?), which once the group is trapped within it he reveals as his Stand, which has the ability to turn into a steam locomotive and any other train its captives have the knowledge of. He plans a suicide attack to kill himself and everyone within the train, but Jotaro, Polnareff, and Iggy manage to trick him. He appears later at a town outside an oasis, attacking a young boy in the process, and enraging Jotaro, who soon discovers his Stand's weakness. In one final attempt, Absalom attempts to shrink his Stand to kill Avdol from the inside out, but he is defeated by both Kakyoin's Heirophant Green and Jotaro's Star Platinum. As a result of the Joestar group's attacks, the townspeople fend them off and Absalom lives with them in peace.
- Michal (ミカル Mikaru?)
- Michal is Absalom's sister. Mute since the death of their family, she is the opposite of her brother and does not seek conflict but devoted to him in every way, even going so far as to pledge her loyalty to DIO. To help her brother, she uses her Stand Dark Mirage (ダーク・ミラージュ（闇の蜃気楼） Dāku Mirāju?), which allows her to create illusions and then turn them into real items that defy the laws of physics, to attack the Joestar group and then attempt to trap them in a town she creates from the desert. Her own reluctance to fight, and Polnareff's vow to never hurt women, results in a battle where Polnareff gently knocks her out with a small strike from Silver Chariot's sword. She, like her brother Absalom, are later taken in by a town when the townspeople mistake the Joestar group for bandits.
- Ani the Scribe (書記アニ Shoki Ani?)
- Ani is a scribe who has gained a mummy-like appearance and immortality due to his Stand Ptah (プタハ神（創世の書） Putaha-shin?), a book that has recorded all events of the past 5000 years and upon reading them it allows him to bring back any point in history, real or otherwise, and turn it into reality. He attacks Polnareff first, and believing him to be dead, goes after Joseph and Avdol, but with Polnareff's help they are able to hold their own until Ani summons more things from Ptah. Jotaro comes to his friends' rescue, forcing Ani to summon from the book Ammit, the most powerful creature in all of ancient Egyptian folklore. However, Ammit is defeated when Jotaro and Polnareff destroy the portion of Ptah where Ammit is mentioned. Ani is defeated when Jotaro uses Star Platinum's Ora Rush on Ani, who shatters and is blown away with the wind.
The part's first chapter is included in volume 12. The first chapter titles listed are those found in the original volumes, while the second ones are used in more recent collections.
|No.||Title||Japanese release||English release|
|13/1||The Evil Spirit
DIO no Jubaku (DIOの呪縛)
|December 5, 1989
|November 8, 2005
|14/2||The Empty Ship and the Ape
Mujinsen to Saru (無人船と猿)
|February 9, 1990
|January 3, 2006
|15/3||The Gun is Mightier Than the Sword
Jū wa Ken yori mo Tsuyoshi (銃は剣よりも強し)
|April 10, 1990
|March 7, 2006
Tatakai no Nenki! (戦いの年季!)
|June 8, 1990
|June 6, 2006
|17/5||The Terrifying Lovers
Osoroshiki Koibito (恐ろしき恋人)
|August 8, 1990
|September 5, 2006
|18/6||A Dream of Death 13
Yume no Death Sātīn (夢のDEATH13)
|October 8, 1990
|December 5, 2006
|19/7||The Magic Lamp
Mahō no Ranpu (魔法のランプ)
|December 4, 1990
|April 3, 2007
|20/8||The Exploding Orange
Bakudan-jikake no Orenji (爆弾仕かけのオレンジ)
|February 8, 1991
|August 7, 2007
|21/9||The Woman's Legs Are Her Weapons
Ashi ga Gunbatsu no Onna (脚がグンバツの女)
|May 10, 1991
|December 4, 2007
|22/10||Disappearance in a Locked Room
Misshitsu de Shōshitsu (密室で消失)
|July 10, 1991
|April 1, 2008
Dābīzu Korekushon (ダービーズコレクション)
|September 10, 1991
|April 7, 2009
|24/12||The Pet Shop at the Gates of Hell
Jigoku no Monban Petto Shoppu (地獄の門番ペット・ショップ)
|November 8, 1991
|August 4, 2009
|25/13||D'Arby the Player
Dābī za Pureiyā (ダービー・ザ・プレイヤー)
|February 10, 1992
|December 1, 2009
|26/14||The Spirit of Emptiness, Vanilla Ice
Akū no Shōki Vanira Aisu (亜空の瘴気 ヴァニラ・アイス)
|April 10, 1992
|April 6, 2010
DIO no Sekai (DIOの世界)
|June 10, 1992
|August 3, 2010
|28/16||The Long Journey Ends, Goodbye My Friends
Haruka naru Tabiji Saraba Tomo yo (遥かなる旅路 さらば友よ)
|August 4, 1992
|December 7, 2010
From 1992 to 1993, the Stardust Crusaders arc was released as a series of three drama CDs, titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Volume 1: Meet Jotaro Kujo (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険第1巻 空条承太郎見参の巻?) JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Volume 2: The Death of Avdol (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険第2巻 アヴドゥル死すの巻?) JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Volume 3: DIO's World (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険第3巻 DIOの世界の巻?).
Two light novels based on Part 3 have been released, each with illustrations by Hirohiko Araki himself. The first was simply titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, released on November 4, 1993 and written by Mayori Sekijima and Hiroshi Yamaguchi. Nisio Isin was one of the authors commissioned to write novels in celebration of the series' 25th anniversary. It was released on December 16, 2011 and titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Over Heaven.
The arc has been adapted into several video games. The first was a titular role-playing video game released in 1993 for the Super Famicom. A titular fighting game for the arcade by Capcom, also simply titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, was released in 1998. It was released internationally as JoJo's Venture, and followed by an upgraded version titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future. The international version this time retained the manga's actual full title of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, dropping the Heritage for the Future subtitle. The upgraded version was then ported to the PlayStation and Dreamcast in 1999, and a high-definition version is to be released for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade in August 2012. Several characters from Stardust Crusaders later appeared in the crossover game, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle.
A six-volume OVA series, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, was produced by Studio APPP and released from 1993 to 1994, covering the later parts of this arc. Nearly six years later, a seven-volume prequel series titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Adventure (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 ADVENTURE?), using most of the same staff, was released from 2000 to 2002, covering the beginning of the arc. Super Techno Arts produced a North American English dub version of both series and released them together as one on six DVD volumes, in order of their fictional chronology.
In 2012 it was announced that the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga would receive a new anime adaptation, this time airing on television, along with a trailer featuring Jotaro and the words "Part 3: Stardust Crusaders". JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The Animation began in October of that year and started as the manga did with the Phantom Blood part of the story, moving on to adapt the Battle Tendency portion as well. The final episode of that arc included a post-credits teaser for Stardust Crusaders including the salvage of Dio's coffin from the ocean and Jotaro in a jail cell. On October 16, 2013, a TV anime adaptation of Stardust Crusaders was confirmed for 2014 in Weekly Shonen Jump.
In May 2008, both Shueisha and Studio APPP halted manga/OVA shipments of JoJo after a complaint had been launched against them from Egyptian Islamic fundamentalists, after noticing a scene in the OVAs that has the villain, Dio Brando, reading a book depicting pages from the Qur'an. This recall affected the English-language releases as well, causing Viz Media and Shueisha to cease publication for a year. Even though the manga did not feature that specific scene, Shueisha had Araki redraw scenes that depicted characters fighting on-top, and destroying, mosques. Viz resumed publication a year later, with the eleventh volume being published on April 7, 2009, and thus their publication was continued.
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