|JoJo's Bizarre Adventure character|
|First appearance||JoJo's Bizarre Adventure chapter 114: "The Boy Possessed by an Evil Spirit"|
|Created by||Hirohiko Araki|
|Relatives||George Joestar (Great Great Great Grandfather)
Jonathan Joestar (Great Great Grandfather)
Dio Brando (Acquired Great Great Uncle)
Erina Pendelton Joestar (Great Great Grandmother)
Giorno Giovanna (Acquired Great Great Uncle)
George Joestar II (Great Grandfather)
Elizabeth "Lisa Lisa" Joestar (Great Grandmother)
Joseph Joestar (Grandfather)
Suzi Q Joestar (Grandmother)
Josuke Higashikata (Uncle)
Sadao Kujo (Father)
Holy Joestar/Kujo (Mother)
Jolyne Cujoh (Daughter)
Jotaro Kujo (空条 承太郎 Kūjō Jōtarō ) is a fictional character created by Hirohiko Araki as the protagonist of part three, Stardust Crusaders, of the manga series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, which debuted in 1989. He has a recognizable attire of a blue trenchcoat-length school uniform jacket with yellow chains on the collar and a matching hat. He is the only JoJo to make an appearance in four different series.
Fictional character biography
Jotaro is Holy Kujo's son and Joseph Joestar's grandson. When Jotaro first appears, in part 3 Stardust Crusaders, he turned himself in to the police because he believes his Stand is an evil spirit possessing him. To demonstrate, he steals a gun from a prison guard, and tries to shoot himself in the head -- a phantom hand emerges from his arm and catches the bullet, however, only Holy sees the hand. Joseph comes to Jotaro's aid with Mohammed Avdol. A brief fight ensues due to Jotaro's defiance, getting Avdol involved. After learning about Stands, Jotaro gets used to Star Platinum -- a fierce, muscular, vaguely Aztec-looking spirit.
It is revealed that the stands manifested recently because of the return of Dio Brando. As Dio attached his head to Johnathan Joestar's body, this resulted in the rest of the family gaining stands as well. However, as Holy lacks the fighting spirit to control it, her Stand 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. This leads the group across the world to Egypt where Dio is, crossing through Hong Kong, Singapore, Calcutta, Pakistan, Karachi and finally Cairo. All along the way they are joined by Noriaki Kakyoin, Jean Pierre Polnareff and Iggy, and are attacked by Stand users and assassins sent by Dio.
In part 6 Stone Ocean, Jotaro becomes an oceanologist, moves to the United States, eventually marries, and his daughter Jolyne Cujoh inherits Stand powers. She also adopts an outfit style similar to his at one point due to her fascination and respect for her father.
He has a very tough exterior, and is even rather rough and delinquent, but is very dedicated and loyal. Araki compared Jotaro to Clint Eastwood; "he doesn't run, his movements are minimal and he's a silent person". Jotaro has a perpetual superiority complex, although he loves his mother and respects his grandfather. He is constantly chased by adoring girls, whom he ignores or tries to drive away. Jotaro is both fierce and gentle; one example is how he spared Noriaki Kakyoin, instead of destroying him outright, knowing that Kakyoin attacked him unwillingly and was under Dio's influence. The same happened for Jean Pierre Polnareff, whom he saved as well. Both became invaluable allies to the end.
His catchphrase is "Yare yare daze." It has no direct translation but it is usually translated to the effect of, "Gimme a break." It can also mean "Well well well..." or "all-right all-right...", since "yare yare" commonly translates to "Oh well..." It generally relates to boredom or exasperation. In the English version of the manga, this is written as "Give me a !@$&*# break..". The English dub of the OVA translates it as "What a pain...".
In part 6, he also shows his protective fatherly side, often taking near fatal blows for Jolyne and keeping her out of harm's way. After he is "revived", Anasui, one of Jolyne's companions who is enthralled by her, asked Jotaro to approve of marrying her. Although he first acted deaf, Jotaro got the picture when he saw Jolyne lean against Anasui's chest. Not ready to see his daughter married off right away, he pulled his daughter into his arms, leaving Jolyne clueless to their interactions.
Powers and abilities
One of the strongest Stands in the JoJo universe, Star Platinum possesses superhuman senses, strength, stamina, accuracy and speed. It can see for great distances and at great magnifications. It is similar to Dio Brando's The World, and can likewise stop time, but that ability is only revealed in Jotaro's final battle with Dio Brando at the end of part 3. Here at his peak, Jotaro can stop time for as long as 5 seconds. It's stated that Star Platinum can freeze time for longer, but 5 seconds is the limit for human endurance under stopped time.
After Dio's defeat Jotaro's Stand is the strongest Stand in the JoJo universe. Star Platinum The World, an evolved version of the Stand, appears near the end of part 6 Stone Ocean.
Jotaro's gameplay is more oriented on offense. He is a lot more effective with his Stand off. This is because of his Blazing Fists, and Jotaro's ability to attack the enemy by himself, while the Stand is attacking. This, in turn, increases the hits and the damage in comparison to attacks with the Stand activated.
As such, his gameplay is more on poking the enemy until he or she budges. Jotaro players are known to be very pesky and can cover a lot of ground in a short time, but their nature of gameplay requires them to put defense strategies on a backseat, to take advantage of the strength from his Blazing Fists. Also, the inactive Stand version of Putzun Ora may not deal that much damage in comparison to the active Stand version by itself, but when the player attacks with Jotaro going around the enemy, the hits and damage become significantly larger than the latter version.
Star Breaker isn't too effective for poking gameplay, and is seldom used. The active Stand version can be charged until it becomes unblockable, but this takes too much set-up time to be very effective. Jotaro's "Stop World" isn't as powerful as Dio's, and with the attack speed from Putzun Ora, players are forced to perform the move before the super meter is depleted of one level during Stop World.
- "Hirohiko Araki Lecture Part 3: Questions and Answers with Araki-Sensei". comipress.com. 2006-06-30. Retrieved 2013-01-19.
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