List of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure characters
The JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga series features a large cast of characters created by Hirohiko Araki. Spanning several generations, the series is split into eight parts, each following a different descendant of the Joestar family. Parts 7 and 8 take place in a separate continuity from the previous six. Many of the characters have supernatural abilities which give them a variety of unique traits.
Creation and conception
Part 1: Phantom Blood
When first beginning the series, Dio Brando is the character that Araki looked forward to drawing the most. Inspired by FBI profiling of serial killers and how they control their victims through psychological manipulation, he gave Dio a similar trait, using his charisma to ensure his followers do his bidding. Araki revealed that he had not thought up a weakness for the character and that it was difficult to come up with a way for Dio to be defeated. As the first Joestar, Araki created Jonathan to be "a symbol of purity and dignity", which he admitted might have resulted in him being "boring." Jonathan's physical transformation during the seven year skip was done with his upcoming battle with Dio in mind and inspired by muscular film actors popular at the time, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. A fan of karate manga as a child, Araki also wanted JoJo to exude an aura of strength like in Karate Baka Ichidai, leading to the character learning the supernatural Hamon technique. As Jonathan's teacher, Araki modeled Will A. Zeppeli after martial arts masters in Jackie Chan movies and Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid, whose "silly" appearances hide their strength. Araki dressed him as a magician and modeled his mustache after those of Salvador Dalí and the character Iyami from Osomatsu-kun. The Zeppeli name is derived from the English rock band Led Zeppelin.
Part 2: Battle Tendency
Because it was "unprecedented" to kill off the main character in a Weekly Shōnen Jump manga, and wanting to shift from physical battles to more "cerebral" fights, Araki made Part 2's protagonist look very similar to Jonathan but with a more adventurous and confrontational personality. The author referred to Joseph as "a muscle-bound B.T.", the main character from his earlier series Cool Shock B.T.; a shōnen manga hero who bends the rules as he fights. Having not been able to show a friendly rivalry between Jonathan and Dio, Araki introduced Caesar Zeppeli to present a more positive friendly rivalry between him and Joseph. Wanting each user to have a different type of Hamon with a unique design, he gave Caesar the seemingly fleeting-bubbles as a "representation of his fate and the burden he is carrying." He enjoys giving characters weapons with faults and having them make up for it with strategy. The author stated that these "spheres" were inherited by both Gyro Zeppeli in Steel Ball Run and Josuke Higashikata in JoJolion. Araki created the warrior-type Lisa Lisa, based on a neighborhood girl he knew as a child, to stand out compared to previous shōnen manga female characters who were typically cute and designed to be "a man's ideal woman". He stated that at the time it was hard to get Japanese readers to remember a foreign name, so he chose something with repetition. Having to surpass Dio, the Pillar Men's designs were based on Roman statues, Egyptian sphinxes and Japanese nio statues to give them godlike features. Araki designed Kars with a turban to show his superior intelligence and that he is their king, his Brilliant Bone Blade ability harkening to Araki's earlier series Baoh.
Part 3: Stardust Crusaders
Although a Japanese protagonist, Araki modeled Jotaro after American actor Clint Eastwood, including his poses and catchphrases. Although the author said the character might seem "rough" compared to other Jump protagonists, Jotaro fits his own image of a hero perfectly as a "loner" who does not do the right thing for attention. Araki said the character wearing his school uniform in the desert has its roots in Mitsuteru Yokoyama's Babel II, and that if he were to draw the part over again, he would base the Stands on Tetsujin 28-go. Araki said he had a lot of readers asking him to bring older characters back. Although he is not a fan of bringing them back simply for nostalgia, he did not hesitate having Joseph return to save his daughter because it is completely true to the character. The author thought of having Joseph drop out partway through due to his age, but ended up "playing it by ear" as serialization continued. He gave him the role of "navigator", introducing the readers to the Joestar family, Dio, Hamon and Stands, and his own Stand being a support ability rather than offensive. Stands being a succession of the Hamon and Hamon being life energy that spreads across the body through breathing, Araki thought Joseph's Hermit Purple vines wrapping around his body were a visual representation of that. With the series meant to be long-running, Araki took great care in deciding which unique Stand user to put the main cast against and when, in order to keep readers interested. He designed Strength, Ebony Devil, and Yellow Temperance so that their appearances and abilities did not overlap. But as these were all one-on-one battles, he then decided to introduce Hol Horse and J. Geil as a team. He had always planned on having Noriaki Kakyoin and Jean Pierre Polnareff switch allegiances to the good guys, but not Hol Horse. Although he drew a color illustration with Hol Horse alongside the Joestar group and had the character return several times through the story, he suspects he did not go through with it because his personality overlaps with Polnareff's. He also said that because he did not put many limitations on Hol Horse's Stand, it kind of got out of control, plus it overlaps with Kakyoin's Emerald Splash. He did enjoy Hol Horse's "why be number one when you can be number two" philosophy, which the author carried over to Yoshikage Kira in Diamond Is Unbreakable, and his outlaw appearance is similar to that of Gyro Zeppeli from Steel Ball Run and might have been inspired by Buichi Terasawa's Cobra.
Parts 4 and 5: Diamond Is Unbreakable and Vento Aureo
With Part 4, Araki said that he moved away from "muscle men" as they fell out of popularity with his readers and he wanted to focus more on fashion. When designing his characters' outfits, Araki considers both everyday fashion and "cartoonish, bizarre clothing that would be impractical in real life." He also forgoes using specific color schemes for his characters and gives his readers different impressions through various color combinations.
Part 6: Stone Ocean
Part 7: Steel Ball Run
For Steel Ball Run, having not specifically set out on creating a disabled character, Araki explained that Johnny Joestar's Paraplegia was a natural result of wanting to show a character who could grow, both physically and mentally, during a race where "he would be forced not only to rely on other people, but horses as well."
The series' protagonists are the members of the Joestar Family (ジョースター家 Jōsutā Ke), with a majority of its members bearing a star-shaped birthmark above their left shoulder blade. In Parts 1-6, the Joestar bloodline was inherited by the Kujo Family (空条家 Kūjō Ke) and Josuke Higashikata. Dio, having stolen Jonathan's body at the end of Part 1, fathered a few sons bearing the Joestar bloodline while awakening use of Stands in Jonathan's descendants. In the alternate universe depicted in Parts 7 and 8, Johnny Joestar marries Rina Higashikata with the Higashikata Family becoming a distant branch of the Joestar family.
Part 1: Phantom Blood
Set in Britain in the 1880s, the Joestar family adopts the orphaned Dio Brando.
- Jonathan Joestar (ジョナサン・ジョースター Jonasan Jōsutā)
- The main protagonist of Phantom Blood, Jonathan is the son of George Joestar who carries his surname with pride while striving to be a gentleman who never betrays his code of honor and defending those in need even when at a grave disadvantage. Jonathan's life becomes one of misery when Dio Brando enters the household, eventually resulting in his father's death as Dio becomes a vampire. This motivates Jonathan to learn to utilize Hamon (波紋, Ripple) energy from Will A. Zeppeli to settle the score with Dio , his power increased when a dying Zeppeli transfers his remaining Hamon into him. Though Jonathan defeats Dio and marries Erina Pendleton, who bears his son George Joestar II, he ends up fatally wounded when Dio's severed head attempts to take his body and he dies in a final attempt to stop him. However, as revealed in Stardust Crusaders, Dio managed to take Jonathan's body as his own and causes the awakening of Stands (スタンド Sutando) in Jonathan's descendants.
- Dio Brando (ディオ・ブランドー Dio Burandō)
- The principle antagonist of the series, Dio is the son of the poor Dario Brando. He becomes a member of the Joestar household with the intent of inheriting it for himself. When this ultimately fails after Jonathan catches him in the act, he uses the Stone Mask to transform himself into a vampire. He returns as the antagonist of Stardust Crusaders, possessing the time-stopping Stand The World (ザ・ワールド（世界） Za Wārudo), and has indirectly influenced many events leading up to Part 6.
- Wang Chan (ワンチェン Wan Chen)
- Wang Chan is a Chinese apothecary who provides Dio with the poison to kill George Joestar, the same kind he used to kill his own father Dario years ago. Later, he gets brought back to the Joestar Estate and narrowly escapes the flames. As Wang Chan searches for the Stone Mask in the rubble, Dio emerges and turns him into his zombie servant. He serves loyally, and after Dio's penultimate defeat, he takes his master's head on board the ship carrying Jonathan and Erina, where he meets his end.
- Robert E. O. Speedwagon (ロバート・Ｅ・Ｏ・スピードワゴン Robāto Ī Ō Supīdowagon)
- Robert E. O. Speedwagon first appears as an Ogre Street thug boss attacking Jonathan, but soon realizes the young man's worthiness and dedication, becoming his good friend. He helps uncover Dio's plot to poison George Joestar, and from that point onward remains by Jonathan's side, helping in whatever way he could to defeat Dio. By the 1930s he is the head of the Speedwagon Foundation, a giant oil company, which assists the Joestar family a great deal in subsequent story arcs.
- Will A. Zeppeli (ウィル・Ａ・ツェペリ Wiru Ē Tseperi)
- Will A. Zeppeli was on a ship with a crew studying Aztec ruins as a young man, when his father put on the Stone Mask and killed everyone in the crew but his son. After this horrific event, Will travels the world in order to destroy the mask, and sees a man cure someone using the Hamon. Will is then directed to his master, Tonpetty, who teaches him to use the Hamon. However, Tonpetty foresees Will's death during his training, warning him that should he complete his training he will surely die. He trains Jonathan in Hamon after the Joestar's house burns down and joins him to destroy Dio and the mask.
- Straizo (ストレイツォ Sutoreitso)
- Straizo is a Hamon user who first appears as one of Tonpetty's pupils, aiding Jonathan in the fight against Dio. However, in the 1930s during Battle Tendency where he succeeded his mentor, Straizo admitted his desire for youth and envied Dio. This motivated him into betraying Speedwagon and using one of the newly discovered Stone Masks to become a vampire. Straizo makes an attempt on Joseph's life and is defeated on the Brooklyn Bridge, destroying himself with the Hamon he stored in his body prior to becoming a vampire. He is also the adoptive father of Lisa Lisa.
Part 2: Battle Tendency
Set in 1938, 49 years after the events in Part 1: Phantom Blood.
- Joseph Joestar (ジョセフ・ジョースター Josefu Jōsutā)
- Joseph is the protagonist of Battle Tendency and the grandson of Jonathan Joestar. Having been brought up by his grandmother Erina and Speedwagon, he developed a coarser and more rebellious attitude than that of his gentlemanly grandfather, but he still has a noble heart. While able to use Hamon like his grandfather, Joseph is not initially as skilled in its use until he trains under Lisa Lisa. He initially uses a pair of Hamon-empowered clackers in battle, but relies more on his wits rather than brute strength in fights, employing his uncanny ability to predict his opponent's actions down to what they say. He returns as a main character in Stardust Crusaders. Now 50 years older, he has acquired the vine-like Stand Hermit Purple (隠者の紫（ハーミットパープル） Hāmitto Pāpuru) which he uses to fight or perform predictions using electronic equipment such as cameras and television sets (though doing so requires destroying said equipment) as he leads the group of men to confront Dio in Egypt to save his daughter, Holly Kujo. He returns as a supporting character in Diamond Is Unbreakable, where he meets his illegitimate son Josuke Higashikata and is shown to be physically and mentally weaker now due to old age.
- Rudol von Stroheim (ルドル・フォン・シュトロハイム Rudoru Fon Shutorohaimu)
- Commander of the Nazi forces sent to research Santviento in Mexico after the other Pillar Men were discovered in Rome. Stroheim is responsible for not only saving the life of Speedwagon, though only for intel on the Stone Mask for his government, but also helping Joseph defeat Santviento by blowing himself up. He returns later as a cyborg to assist in the fight against Kars, upgrading himself with ultraviolet lamps. After providing Joseph with his artificial hand prior to World War II, Stroheim dies in 1943 on the front-line during the Battle of Stalingrad.
- Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli (シーザー・アントニオ・ツェペリ Shīzā Antonio Tseperi)
- A suave ladies' man and the grandson of Will A. Zeppeli. He is rather cool and collected, especially compared to Joseph, with whom he is grudgingly paired to fight the Pillar Men. But over time, Joseph starts to grow on him so much that he is able to understand his strange thought patterns and they form an unbeatable duo. He infuses the Hamon into soap bubbles he creates with his specially-made gloves.
- Pillar Men (柱の男 Hashira no Otoko)
- The Pillar Men are the main antagonists of Battle Tendency, the last four members of an ancient race of humanoids encased in pillars whose extraordinary strength, intelligence, and lifespan made them revered as gods and demons. But Kars, motivated by his race's true potential, wiped out his people when they opposed him for endangering the world with the Stone Mask. Despite their apathy to humans and Kars's conduct, the other Pillar Men are chivalrous warriors who battle Hamon users in fair fights. Each has total control over their body, able to transform it to suit their needs while able to digest non-Hamon users via physical contact, Kars, Esidisi, and Wamuu having honed unique specialties called Modes (流法（モード） Mōdo) to combat Hamon users.
- Santviento (サンタナ Santana)
- Santviento is discovered in a Mexican pyramid in 1938 by Straizo's Speedwagon Foundation team and then taken by the Nazi forces under Stroheim for live human experiments to see if he can be used to power the German army, even using a Stone Mask vampire on him to see how much more powerful he is. Santviento escapes, as he can contort his body to escape through a ventilation shaft, and shows he has mastered human language and the mechanisms of the Germans' weaponry when he manages to withstand their attacks. Joseph and Stroheim manage to stop him by escaping to the outside, as Joseph traps him in a well at high noon, turning him back to stone. His remains are taken to a Speedwagon Foundation laboratory while permanently exposed to ultraviolet lamps to trap him.
- Esidisi (エシディシ Eshidishi)
- Esidisi has an erratic temper, quick to sob uncontrollably and just as quick to calm himself down. His Heat Control Mode (怪焔王の流法（モード） Kaiennō no Mōdo) allows him to make his blood boil to 500 °C (932 °F), which he injects into his foes to burn them alive by extending his needle-like blood vessels out of his own body. Esidisi's search for the Super Aja leads him to Venice, where he faces Joseph after murdering Loggins. Claiming to have intimate knowledge of The Art of War as he was in China during the lifetime of Sun Tzu, Esidisi matches Joseph's own quick wits in a battle of deception. But Joseph takes advantage of Esidisi's lack of knowledge of sleight of hand to defeat him with a Hamon attack via a cut and restore rope trick, destroying Esidisi's body. Esidisi survives, but is reduced to a disembodied nervous system, possessing the body of Suzi Q to get her to mail the Super Aja to Kars and then plans to destroy her from the inside with her heated blood killing the Hamon users. However, Joseph and Caesar's contrasting Hamon abilities force Esidisi out of Suzi Q's body, which results in the weakened Pillar Man's permanent death when exposed to the sunlight.
- Wamuu (ワムウ Wamū)
- Wamuu is Esidisi and Kars' loyal servant, who is a strong and honorable warrior, but reflexively attacks anyone who steps on his own shadow. His Wind Mode (風の流法（モード） Kaze no Mōdo) allows him to control the air in his lungs, turning it into a powerful wind at his disposal, from using it like a razor sharp blade to rendering him invisible. He spares Joseph's life after the young man wounds him, allowing him a month's reprieve to master Hamon while placing a poison ring in the human's heart as added incentive while revealing the antidote in his lip piercing. His next fight is against Caesar, who manages to hold his own, but cannot defeat Wamuu's Wind Mode. He fatally wounds Caesar, allowing the dying man to obtain the antidote out of respect for the human's valiant effort. Wamuu later faces off against Joseph in a deadly chariot race, blinding himself to regain a psychological advantage over his opponent, before he is defeated by Joseph's wits and Hamon mastery. As Wamuu's disembodied head lays dying, Joseph eases the Pillar Man's passing by giving him drops of his own blood. Wamuu returns the favor by killing off a horde of vampires that attempts to kill Joseph in revenge, asking Joseph to take the antidote to give him peace of mind while expressing gratitude for facing such a worthy opponent.
- Kars (カーズ Kāzu)
- Kars is the leader of the Pillar Men and the creator of the Stone Masks. He is intelligent and ruthless, and single minded in his dedication to become the Ultimate Being (究極生命体（アルティメット・シイング） Arutimetto Shiingu). This led to Kars wiping out his own people when they deemed his intention as sheer madness. Later facing Hamon users in his quest for a Super Aja stone to perfect the mask's use for his kind, Kars developed a Light Mode (光の流法（モード） Hikari no Mōdo), which allows him to produce saw-bladed appendages from his body which produce a radiant glow. Unlike his subordinates, Kars has no honor whatsoever and intends to fulfill his goals by any means. Kars finally succeeds in getting the stone by deceiving Lisa Lisa during their match with a vampire decoy and then tricking the Nazis into exposing him to ultraviolet rays while wearing the Aja-embedded stone mask. Once evolved, now immune to sunlight and able to tap into his own genetic structure, Kars can produce animal-like extensions of himself, undergo reactive evolutionary mutations, and utilize Hamon. In the end, Kars is defeated as a result of his own hubris, using a Hamon attack on Joseph, who uses the Super Aja to intercept the attack, in a volcano. The resulting eruption blasts Kars into the vacuum of space, causing his immortal body to freeze solid before his mind shuts down.
- Lisa Lisa (リサリサ Risa Risa)
- A mysterious female Hamon master and Caesar's Hamon teacher who lives in Venice, Lisa Lisa is one of the few remaining Hamon users and keeper of the Super Aja, a perfectly cut Red Stone of Aja which she guards from the Pillar Men. She is revealed to be Joseph's mother Elizabeth (エリザベス Erizabesu), who Erina saved as an infant on the night of Jonathan's death and entrusted to Straizo. Elizabeth married Erina's son George Joestar II and was forced to go on the run after killing her husband's murderer, one of Dio's surviving vampires who infiltrated the Royal Air Force. Lisa Lisa fights with Hamon by conducting it through her specially made scarf. Because of her Hamon abilities, she appears to be in her mid 20s despite actuality being in her 50s.
- Suzi Q (スージーQ Sūjī Kyū)
- Lisa Lisa's personal assistant who is ditzy and forgetful but loyal to her cause. She develops a crush on Joseph after seeing his face without a special Hamon training mask on for the first time. She is possessed by a disembodied Esidisi and is forced to send the Super Aja to the Pillar Man's allies and then attack the others before Caesar and Joseph manage to use Hamon to force the Pillar Man out of her body without endangering her life. She nurses Joseph back to health after his battle with Kars, and then becomes his wife in the end of Battle Tendency, but forgets to let everyone else know that Joseph survived his battle with Kars. She later gives birth to their daughter Holly. Suzi Q makes a return appearance in Part 3 to watch over her daughter while Joseph is en route to Cairo to destroy Dio.
Part 3: Stardust Crusaders
Set in 1987, the series follows Jotaro Kujo and his comrades who travel to Egypt in search of the evil and immortal vampire Dio Brando.
- Jotaro Kujo (空条 承太郎 Kūjō Jōtarō)
- The protagonist of Stardust Crusaders and the grandson of Joseph Joestar through Holly. He is depicted as a rough delinquent with a kind heart as he journeys to Egypt with his grandfather and allies to defeat Dio and save his mother's life. His Stand is Star Platinum (星の白金（スタープラチナ） Sutā Purachina) whose power is incredible strength, speed, and precision, and later the ability to stop time. He returns in Diamond Is Unbreakable to meet his biological uncle Josuke while investigating enemy stands in the town of Morioh. Since Dio's defeat, he has become a famed marine biologist. He makes a cameo appearance in Golden Wind when he sends Koichi Hirose to Italy to spy on Dio's son, Giorno Giovanna. He returns in Stone Ocean to aid his daughter, Jolyne Cujoh, against the forces of Enrico Pucci.
- Mohammed Avdol (モハメド・アヴドゥル Mohamedo Avuduru)
- An ally of Joseph and Jotaro from Cairo, a fortune teller who narrowly escaped from Dio and helped Joseph understand Stands. His Stand is Magician's Red (魔術師の赤（マジシャンズレッド） Majishanzu Reddo), 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.
- Noriaki Kakyoin (花京院 典明 Kakyōin Noriaki)
- Originally sent by Dio to kill Jotaro under mind control, Jotaro save his life and Kakyoin pledges to work with Jotaro to kill Dio. His Stand is Hierophant Green (法皇の緑（ハイエロファントグリーン） Haierofanto Gurīn), which he can shrink down to enter people and control them from the inside, produce strange tendrils that can thrash people, or perform a long-ranged attack using blasts of green energy known as Emerald Splash. Hierophant Green was originally known as Hierophant Emerald (ハイエロファントエメラルド Haierofanto Emerarudo).
- Jean Pierre Polnareff (ジャン・ピエール・ポルナレフ Jan Piēru Porunarefu)
- Initially under Dio's control, Polnareff attacks Jotaro's group during their stay in Hong Kong before being defeated by Avdol. He then joins them on the hunt for Dio in order to find his sister's murderer, J. Geil. His Stand is Silver Chariot (銀の戦車（シルバーチャリオッツ） Shirubā Chariottsu), an armored knight wielding a rapier that can boost its blinding speed further by casting off its armor while producing a series of afterimages. Polnareff later makes an appearance during the events of Golden Wind, having been crippled by Diavolo who stole the Arrows from him. Polnareff kept one arrow he intended to give to Giorno's gang, but was forced to use it on himself with his dying breath to enhance his Stand into Chariot Requiem (チャリオッツ・レクイエム Chariottsu Rekuiemu) to protect the arrow. Chariot Requiem, acting on its master's last command, can manipulate the spirits of others in various ways like body swapping or controlling another Stand.
- Iggy (イギー Igī)
- 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. His Stand The Fool (愚者（ザ・フール） Za Fūru) 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.
- Hol Horse (ホル・ホース Horu Hōsu)
- An arrogant cowboy and the wielder of the Emperor (皇帝（エンペラー） Enperā) Stand, 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. Geil, he later becomes partners with Boingo.
- Enya the Hag (Enya Geil) (エンヤ婆（エンヤ・ガイル） En'ya-baa (En'ya Gairu))
- A very old woman with two right hands who is Dio's apparent confidant in Part 3, she is revealed in Part 4 to have played a role in awakening Dio and the Joestar line's ability to use Stands. Her Stand Justice (正義（ジャスティス） Jasutisu), a massive mist with a skull and hands, allows her to manipulate anything with an open wound like a puppet. After the death of her son J. Geil, one of Dio's assassins who made an enemy out of Polnareff, Enya decides to personally attack the Joestar group before being captured and later killed by her allies to keep the nature of Dio's Stand a secret.
Part 4: Diamond Is Unbreakable
Set in 1999, 11 years after the events of Stardust Crusaders, in the fictitious city of Morioh.
- Josuke Higashikata (東方 仗助 Higashikata Jōsuke)
- The protagonist of Diamond Is Unbreakable, Josuke is a freshman in Morioh who is the illegitimate son of Joseph Joestar. While he is kind and humble, he can erupt into a violent rage if someone insults his hair. His pompadour hair-style is based on that of an unknown man who saved his life as a child. His Stand is Crazy Diamond (クレイジー・ダイヤモンド Kureijī Daiyamondo)[a], which has the ability to restore objects to their original form; including other people's injuries.
- Yoshikage Kira (吉良 吉影 Kira Yoshikage)
- The main antagonist of Part 4, he is a serial killer who has been murdering women for over 15 years. He longs for a simple life and does not wish to be bothered, shown by the fact that despite his many talents, both physical and intellectual, he purposely holds back so as not to draw attention to himself and always placing third in any competition he entered. He keeps a collection of his own fingernail clippings and has a fetish for the female hand, stemming from an erotic fascination with the hands of the Mona Lisa as a young boy. This results in his murdering women in order to acquire their severed hands as "girlfriends"--when one "girlfriend" begins to decay, he goes off in search of a replacement. His Stand Killer Queen (キラークイーン Kirā Kuīn)[b] eventually awoke from his desire to leave no evidence behind—hence its ability to completely disintegrate his victims by explosion. After being found out by and battling Jotaro and Koichi, Kira flees and forces Aya Tsuji to use her Stand and change his face. His new identity being that of Kosaku Kawajiri (川尻 浩作), and in order to not be discovered, he fights the urge and refrains from killing.
- Koichi Hirose (広瀬 康一 Hirose Kōichi)
- A classmate of Josuke's who meets him when Jotaro is searching for Josuke, resulting in the two becoming quick friends. Koichi is a young freshman in high school, and despite his age, he is very short. Throughout the series, he forms a student-teacher relationship with Jotaro. His Stand is Echoes (エコーズ Ekōzu)[c], which has three distinct forms, or Acts, though Koichi can only call upon one at any given time. Echoes Acts 1 and 2 can replicate sound effects and attach them to anything, which results in that sound effect happening to the object (i.e. attaching the word "whoosh" causes a gust of wind to blow by). Echoes Act 3 loses the former abilities and gains the ability "Freeze" which causes a target to become very heavy.
- Okuyasu Nijimura (虹村 億泰 Nijimura Okuyasu)
- One of the two Nijimura brothers who are responsible for creating the majority of Stand users in Morioh via the Bow and Arrow. Okuyasu is overly dependent on his elder brother Keicho to make hard decisions. After his brother dies, he seeks revenge against the user of the Stand Red Hot Chili Pepper, Akira Otoishi, and becomes friends with Josuke and Koichi. Okuyasu's father is a bizarre creature, mutated by Dio Brando's spores when Okuyasu was only seven. At first, Okuyasu and Keicho plotted to kill their father to relieve him of his suffering, creating Stand users via the Bow and Arrow for this very purpose. His Stand is The Hand (ザ・ハンド Za Hando), which erases whatever it swipes with its right hand. It can be used to erase space, drawing objects closer to Okuyasu. While this ability is quite useful, Okuyasu himself is rather unintelligent, rarely using it to its full potential.
Part 5: Vento Aureo
Set in 2001 Italy, two years after the events of Diamond is Unbreakable.
- Giorno Giovanna (ジョルノ・ジョバァーナ Joruno Jobāna, alternatively "Giorno Giovana")
- The protagonist of Golden Wind, born Haruno Shiobana (汐華 初流乃), Giorno is the illegitimate son of Dio Brando and technically a Joestar as the vampire possessed Jonathan's body at the time. Bearing similarity to both men both in terms of appearance and personality, initially observed by Jotaro and Koichi in case he was anything like Dio, Giorno dreams of becoming a "Gang-Star" (combining "Gangster" and "Superstar") in the Passione mob family. Over time, Giorno becomes calm, highly self-confident and prone to careful strategies. He then aspires to overthrow Passione's Boss in order to turn the gang into an organization which helps the people of Italy. His Stand is named Gold Experience (ゴールド・エクスペリエンス Gōrudo Ekusuperiensu)[d], which has the ability to imbue things with "life". It later gets upgraded to Gold Experience Requiem (ゴールド・エクスペリエンス・レクイエム Gōrudo Ekusuperiensu Rekuiemu)[e], which has the ability to return any kind of process back to a state of "zero", nullifying any desired action.
- Diavolo (ディアボロ Diaboro)
- The main antagonist of Golden Wind. He has a second personality named Vinegar Doppio (ヴィネガー・ドッピオ Vinegā Doppio), as a result of there being two spirits in his body. He is the father of Trish Una and the boss of the gang Passione in Italy. He is obsessed with keeping his true identity and appearance a secret, to the point where he orders Bucciarati's gang to bring his daughter to him just so that he can assassinate her personally, therefore depriving his enemies of any clues as to his identity. His psyche is normally hidden inside the body and mind of his "underling" Doppio. When Diavolo's true personality and Stand come out, his body even changes shape and size, to his true appearance. His Stand is King Crimson (キング・クリムゾン Kingu Kurimuzon)[f], which has the power to negate processes, leaving only their consequences. Activating this power causes a "time skip", where everything except Diavolo and his Stand is suddenly changed to be in the state they would have been a short time later (usually 3-10 seconds later). Time still flows normally for Diavolo, who can interact with the time-skipped objects for the amount of time that would have normally occurred (to Diavolo this appears in the form of the would-have-been intervening objects' states being superimposed on each other, in a fashion akin to Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2). The nature of the time skip is such that, for example, a bullet that would have hit Diavolo will suddenly be shifted to be on his other side. Essentially, King Crimson establishes two intangible points on the timeline, then proceeds to erase what occurred between those two points, giving others the feeling that time has suddenly skipped forward without their knowledge. Diavolo himself is able to predict what will happen during the timeskip, part of a smaller iteration of King Crimson called Epitaph (エピタフ Epitafu)[g] that exists as a second face on King Crimson's forehead, and use this advantage to dodge attacks.
- Bruno Bucciarati (ブローノ・ブチャラティ Burōno Bucharati)
- Initially a caporegime in the Passione mafia family, Bucciarati teams up with Giorno and leads a group of rogue gang members against their boss. Bucciarati's Stand is Sticky Fingers (スティッキィ・フィンガーズ Sutikkī Fingāzu)[h], which has the ability to place a fully functional zipper on any object just by touching it. For example: Sticky Fingers can hit a wall, placing a zipper on it. It can then open the zipper, allowing entrance through or into the wall. Its ability is not limited to inanimate objects; it can be used on humans as well. Bucciarati is even able to use this ability on himself if needed. Its ability can also be used offensively, to take things apart, or to mismatch various objects. Later in the series, when Bucciarati's body begins to decompose, it is revealed that he was in fact dead after his encounter with Diavolo in Venice, and that Giorno's Gold Experience was prolonging his life (at first unintentionally) for a while.
- Leone Abbacchio (レオーネ・アバッキオ Reōne Abakkio)
- A member of Bucciarati's gang, Abbacchio is a former policeman who aspired to protect people until a fellow policeman is killed as a result of him accepting bribes. From then on, he had no hope of living and decided to join the gang. His Stand Moody Blues (ムーディー・ブルース Mūdī Burūsu)[i] can repeat the past of anything or any person like a 3-D video recording. While doing so, Moody Blues becomes an easy target for enemies to attack since it cannot defend itself when it is "rebroadcasting". Once it is out of "rebroadcasting" mode, it can attack again.
- Guido Mista (グイード・ミスタ Guīdo Misuta)
- Another member of Bucciarati's gang. He was sentenced to prison for killing gang members that attacked him, although he was eventually bailed out by Bucciarati. Mista uses a revolver as his firearm in tandem with his Stand, Sex Pistols (セックス・ピストルズ Sekkusu Pisutoruzu)[j], which is composed of six bullet-like "people" living inside a gun, numbered from 1 to 7 (with no number 4, as Mista believes the number 4 is unlucky due to events from his childhood and the character for 4 in Japanese sounding similar to the word "die".). Mista can control the bullets so they can go in any direction and can do tasks when instructed to. Each "person" has different personalities; they love to eat, and if not fed, will not work.
- Pannacotta Fugo (パンナコッタ・フーゴ Pannakotta Fūgo)
- He is Bucciarati's right-hand man in the gang. His Stand is Purple Haze (パープル・ヘイズ Pāpuru Heizu)[k], a humanoid with a violet-and-white diamond pattern skin and a glass-like gladiator's helmet. Its main form of attack comes from the three globes on the back of its hands, each of which contains a powerful "Delay virus". The globes will break when they strike something, or if its strike is not stopped properly (i.e. if the globe detaches from the stopped fist). Once this happens, the virus will spread and rapidly devour organic matter—a human body will be annihilated in about 30 seconds. However, the virus is destroyed by sunlight. Purple Haze is difficult for Fugo to control in even the best of situations, since it shares his hair-trigger temper (and mania for cleanliness).
- Narancia Ghirga (ナランチャ・ギルガ Narancha Giruga)
- A member of Bucciarati's gang. He was abandoned by his father after his mother died from an eye disease and he became a street-living delinquent. He developed a persistent eye injury after being beaten by police and was ostracised by his former street buddies. At age 14, filthy, ill and homeless, he was picked up by Fugo and taken to meet Bucciarati who funded his return to health. Narancia was so overwhelmed with Bucciarati's kindness that he vowed to follow him forever. His Stand Aerosmith (エアロスミス Earosumisu)[l] is an airplane-like Stand, equipped with machine guns and missiles to attack enemies. It uses expelled carbon dioxide like a radar to detect an enemy's position, but can be ineffective in a large crowd.
- Trish Una (トリッシュ・ウナ Torisshu Una)
- Trish is the estranged daughter of Passione's Boss who used the pseudonym "Solido Naso" and Donatella Una. She becomes a target for the Boss' numerous enemies who seek his real identity and Bruno Bucciarati's gang is given the task of protecting her. She eventually awakens her own Stand Spice Girl (スパイス・ガール Supaisu Gāru)[m] and grows into a valuable ally for the team.
- Hitman Team / Execution Squad (La Squadra Esecuzioni) (暗殺チーム Ansatsu Chīmu)
- An execution squad of Stand users within the Passione group under the leadership of Risotto Nero, consisting of Formaggio, Illuso, Prosciutto, Pesci, Melone, Ghiaccio, Sorbet and Gelato.
Part 6: Stone Ocean
- Jolyne Cujoh (空条 徐倫 Kūjō Jorīn)
- The protagonist of Stone Ocean, Jolyne Cujoh is the daughter of Jotaro Kujo and an unknown American woman. Framed for a DUI murder, she is sent to Green Dolphin Street Jail, where she investigates and battles Dio's most trusted disciple, Father Enrico Pucci. Initially bitter against Jotaro for being absent during her childhood, it becomes her priority to recover his memories and Stand after they are stolen. Her Stand is Stone Free (ストーン・フリー Sutōn Furī)[n], which allows her to turn her body into elastic thread.
- Enrico Pucci (エンリコ・プッチ Enriko Putchi)
- Enrico Pucci is the main antagonist of Stone Ocean and one of Dio's remaining followers, using his Stand Whitesnake (ホワイトスネイク Howaitosuneiku)[o] to steal people's spirits and memories, even Stands, in the form of compact disks that can be freely inserted into other people and objects. Enrico later evolves his Stand into the gravity manipulating C-Moon (シー・ムーン（C-MOON） Shī Mūn)[p] and into Made in Heaven (メイド・イン・ヘブン Meido in Hebun)[q], which can accelerate time to such a degree that the universe resets itself, all to put the world into an infinite loop of events where everyone knows their destiny and where the Joestar bloodline was never created, which he believes to be Heaven. Made in Heaven was previously named "Stairway to Heaven" (ステアウェイ・トゥ・ヘブン（天国への階段） Suteawei Tu Hebun) in the serialization, but was later changed in the tankōbon volumes.
- Ermes Costello (エルメェス・コステロ Erumēsu Kosutero)
- Ermes Costello is Jolyne's friend in prison. When she was 17, her older sister allowed herself to be spotted by a homicidal car salesmen named Sports Maxx, subsequently saving Ermes from his wrath but ending her own life in the process. Enraged, Ermes purposely had herself thrown in jail, intending to track Sports Maxx down. Her Stand, Kiss (キッス Kissu)[r], is a humanoid-like Stand covered in stickers depicting a woman's lips. Releasing the stickers will duplicate an item perfectly for as long as the sticker is on it. When the sticker falls off, the original item and the duplicate will violently smash into each other and fuse back together, leaving the original object damaged.
Part 7: Steel Ball Run
Set in a rebooted-universe following the events of Stone Ocean in post-Civil War America.
- Johnny Joestar (ジョニィ・ジョースター Joni Jōsutā)
- Johnny Joestar is the main protagonist of Steel Ball Run. Born in Kentucky and spending some time in the United Kingdom, Johnny was a horse racing prodigy until an altercation left him paralyzed from the waist down. He participates in the Steel Ball Run in order to follow Gyro Zeppeli and learn how to use the Spin, as it is the only thing that has made him able to stand on his own again. Johnny races on Slow Dancer (スロー・ダンサー Surō Dansā) and eventually develops the Stand Tusk (タスク Tasuku), at first allowing him to shoot his fingernails at people, but it soon evolves through a series of Acts. With Act 2 he imparts his fingernails with the Spin, allowing him to move the holes his fingernails produce. Act 3 allows Johnny to teleport parts of himself through the holes after he shoots himself with an Act 2 fingernail. The final form of Act 4 is the most powerful offensive Stand in the series, allowing Johnny to impart the Spin as a "Super Spin" on whoever his nail hits, allowing him to trap them in a constant loop during which they cannot leave where they were located at the time of the attack until the Spin is stopped by Johnny, or else they will eventually be killed by the Super Spin literally unraveling their DNA; Act 4's physical form is also so strong that it can rend reality itself, ripping apart the barriers between dimensions to travel to alternate timelines or peeling the layers of his own dimension. In Jojolion, Johnny is revealed to have married a Japanese woman named Rina Higashikata with both the Higashikata Family and his universe's version of Yoshikage Kira as his descendants.
- Funny Valentine (ファニー・ヴァレンタイン Fanī Varentain)
- Funny Valentine is the main antagonist of Steel Ball Run, and a dishonorably discharged American soldier who became the 23rd President of the United States. His ultimate goal is to reassemble the Saint Corpse and use its power for world dominion, using the corpse's heart to gain the Stand Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Dirty deeds done dirt cheap（いともたやすく行われるえげつない行為 Dātī Dīzu Dan Dāto Chīpu (Itomo Tayasuku Okonawareru Egetsunai Kōi))[s] or D4C (D4C（ディー･フォー･シー） Dī Fō Shī) for short. D4C enables Valentine to travel between alternate dimensions by being pressed between two objects and transfer his mind into another version of himself, usually as a means to cheat death. The Stand also enables Valentine to summon others from alternate realities, though only he and his counterparts are immune to the usual demise of two iterations of the same person annihilating each other in the form of Menger sponges upon physical contact.
- Diego Brando (ディエゴ・ブランドー Diego Burandō)
- Diego Brando, nicknamed Dio (ディオ), is a British racer in the Steel Ball Run, riding the horse Silver Bullet (シルバーバレット Shirubā Baretto). He is initially just a rival to Gyro and Johnny, but allies himself with Valentine and grows to hate them. After being subject to the Stand of Dr. Ferdinand, Diego acquires one of the Saint Corpse's eyes and obtains the Stand Scary Monsters (恐竜（スケアリー・モンスター） Sukearī Monsutā)[t], allowing him to transform into a dinosaur at will, as well as transform other living beings into dinosaurs or fossilize them. After he turns on the President and dies, Valentine uses D4C to bring another Diego Brando into this iteration of reality and who possesses The World (THE WORLD（ザ・ワールド） Za Wārudo) as his Stand.
- Gyro Zeppeli (ジャイロ・ツェペリ Jairo Tseperi)
- Gyro Zeppeli is a disgraced magistrate and executioner from the Kingdom of Naples, who participates in the Steel Ball Run to free someone who he believes has been wrongly imprisoned, racing on his horse Valkyrie (ヴァルキリー Varukirī). Gyro is a master of a mystical art called the Spin (回転 Kaiten), which is channeled through Steel Balls (鉄球 Tekkyū) and is the art of imparting the knowledge of the Golden rectangle into throwing the Steel Balls, causing the Spin to be transferred from the ball to the target. It has both healing and offensive properties, as the Zeppeli family has used the Spin in both their medical practice and in their work as executioners for the church. Gyro later develops an ability called Scan (スキャン Sukyan) when one of his Steel Balls is imparted with a piece of the Saint's Corpse. Scan gives Gyro the ability to look inside people, making his Spin's attacks even more deadly. With the power of the Super Spin, accessed by having Valkyrie run at a fast enough speed to make everything incorporate the Golden rectangle, he develops the Stand Ball Breaker (ボール・ブレイカー Bōru Bureikā), which, when a Steel Ball hits its mark, causes the vast energies kept by the Spin to accelerate the life of cells in the target so much so that the cells die. Gyro's real name is Julius Caesar Zeppeli (ユリウス・カエサル・ツェペリ Yuriusu Kaesaru Tseperi).
Part 8: Jojolion
- Josuke Higashikata (東方 定助 Higashikata Jōsuke)
- The protagonist of Jojolion, he was originally Josefumi Kujo (空条 仗世文 Kūjō Josefumi), a young man who was friends with his universe's version of Yoshikage Kira. When he helped Kira steal a branch of the Rokakaka Tree for his mother Holly, it resulted in Kira being fatally wounded before he and Josefumi were buried alive by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The properties of the Rokakaka Fruit caused Josefumi to acquire Kira's traits and become an entirely different person with no memory of his past. He is found and named "Josuke" by Yasuho Hirose, who brings him into the care of the Higashikata family. When Josuke learns of his origins, he suffers an existential crisis until deciding to honor his components' intentions to save Holly and track down the Rokakaka. Josuke possesses the Stand Soft & Wet (ソフト＆ウェット（柔らかくてそして濡れている） Sofuto Ando Wetto (Yawarakakute Soshite Nureteiru)), which allows him to produce bubbles that upon contact with an object can steal an aspect of the object that can then be used for other purposes, such as a person's eyesight or the friction of the floor. Josuke is also able to freely control the size of these bubbles, creating small ones when he needs to steal something discretely or bigger ones when he needs to steal larger things, up to and including entire people.
- Yasuho Hirose (広瀬 康穂 Hirose Yasuho)
- Yasuho is a young woman who discovers Josuke buried in the ground and helps him throughout the search for his true identity, and later helps him search for the Rokakaka. Her Stand is Paisley Park (ペイズリー・パーク Peizurī Pāku)[u], which has the ability to "direct" things around Yasuho, although it often acts on Yasuho's subconscious needs rather than her being able to directly control it. Later gaining slightly better control over her Stand, Yasuho is eventually able to use Paisley Park to directly interface with different types of electronic devices and gather data from them.
- Rai Mamezuku (豆銑 礼 Mamezuku Rai)
- A man who is the Higashikata family's private fruit grower and appraiser. After being tracked down and attacked by a hostile Stand user due to his affiliations with the Higashikata family, Mamezuku decides to meet up with Josuke and Yasuho for help, eventually joining the two in their search for the Rokakaka. His Stand is Doggy Style (ドギー・スタイル Dogī Sutairu), which enables him to unravel his body into prehensile ribbon-like wires, not only increasing his range but also increasing his durability to certain forms of attacks.
- "Shining Diamond" in official English releases.
- "Deadly Queen" in official English releases.
- "Reverb" in official English releases.
- "Golden Wind" in official English releases.
- "Golden Wind Requiem" in official English releases.
- "Emperor Crimson" in official English releases.
- "Eulogy" in official English releases.
- "Zipper Man" in official English releases.
- "Moody Jazz" in official English releases.
- "Six Bullets" in official English releases.
- "Purple Smoke" in official English releases.
- "Li'l Bomber" in official English releases.
- "Spice Lady" in official English releases.
- "Stone Ocean" in official English releases.
- "Pale Snake" in official English releases.
- "Full Moon" in official English releases.
- "Maiden Heaven" in official English releases.
- "Smack" in official English releases.
- "Filthy Acts at a Reasonable Price" in official English releases.
- "Frightening Monsters" in official English releases.
- "Flower Park" in official English releases.
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