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Major Battles

Part 3

Part 4

Part 6

In the OVA

Naturally, Jotaro is the main protagonist of the Part 3 OVA, serving the same role as ever. That said there are a number of differences.

Notably, Jotaro's victory over Forever is instead given mostly to Polnareff, who slices the orangutan in half before the latter could use his Stand to crush Jotaro.

Whilst the 1993 episodes also keep Jotaro's role intact, he is instead made the victim of DIO's brief time manipulation when Jotaro tries to climb a set of stairs (Polnareff was the victim in the manga.) Jotaro is then sent flying out of the mansion by DIO (in the manga, Jotaro escaped the mansion of his own accord along with the others when they suspected an ambush from DIO.)

In the penultimate episode "Kakyoin: Duel in the Barrier", a scene is added where Jotaro briefly ruminates on DIO's power and how his World Stand and Star Platinum seem similar in nature.

The final episode recreates the final battle between Jotaro and DIO accurately, albeit with some changes, such as removing Jotaro's magnet trick as well as changing the Jump magazines that save him from DIO's knives into wooden splints that he put on his broken ribs beforehand. The final scene in the battle is significantly different. In the manga, DIO brings down a steam roller to crush Jotaro, but Jotaro stops time to and climbs atop said steam roller to confront DIO who is trapped and left standing. This scene was changed to DIO using a tanker that he pummels until it explodes as he leaps off to escape, with Jotaro stopping time and walking out of the flames towards DIO, who is now on the ground instead of the would-be steam roller.

In Videogames

Famicom Jump II: Saikyo no Shichinin (NES)

Jotaro (circa Part 3) is one of the seven main heroes. His standard attack is a Kick, which can only be used at short-range, and for armor he wears his usual gakuran uniform. For his special attack, he summons Star Platinum and is able to hit distant enemies. Unlike the rest of the heroes, who gain their special attack at level 2, Jotaro is able to use Star Platinum from the start of the game. The final boss of his scenario is an unidentified Stand user mentioned only as "Stand Messenger ".

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (SNES)

Jotaro appears in the Stardust Crusaders SNES game, simply titled JoJo's Bizarre Adventure as a note to the game's status as the very first in the series. As the story plays out similarly to Part 3 with a handful of notable differences, the game begins at his household and ends with the final battle against DIO. Jotaro is usually the default on-screen character when out of battles. Most of Jotaro's moves revolve around Star Platinum's "ORAORAORA!" fist barrage, although Star Finger is also used. In this game, Jotaro's time stop ability is a result of the player obtaining and equipping a special cap item on Jotaro as opposed to being an innate ability of Star Platinum.

Cult Jump (GB)

Jotaro appears as the representative protagonist from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise in the game.

Heritage for the Future (PS1/DC/Arcade)

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 they budge. Jotaro players are known to be very pesky and can push the fight to either side of the field in a short amount of time, but their nature of gameplay requires prioritizing offense over defense to take advantage of the strength from his Blazing Fists.

His Star Finger can be held until an opening is seen at the enemy. It draws the enemy closer, which can be capitalized for further offense.

Also, the inactive Stand version of Puttsun 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 can connect from a normal attack, whether from Jotaro himself or from his Stand, but its inactive version is not very strong. The active Stand version can be charged until it becomes unblockable, but takes too much charging time to be very effective.

Jotaro's "Time Stop" isn't as powerful as DIO's, and with the attack speed from Puttsun Ora, players are often forced to perform the move before the super meter is depleted of one level during stopped time. If Star Platinum is not deployed while attacking, using inactive versions of its attacks, the Time Stop will also dismiss even if the Stand is still attacking, as opposed to DIO's who will only dismiss the time stop after the attack.

Jotaro can also usurp DIO's time stop if his own timestop command is inputted in the right moment.

Jotaro is normally the last opponent faced by the player in arcade mode when playing as a villain, if not DIO himself or even Kakyoin.

Jotaro, Polnareff and Joseph are the only characters whose ending in Arcade Mode matches the original story; the rest of the roster receive unique endings.

Vento Aureo (PS2)

Part 4 Jotaro appears in the game's intro along with Jonathan, Josuke and Part 3 Joseph in a composite image along with Giorno. This game marks the first time that Jotaro is seen as his Part 4 incarnation.

Jump Super Stars (DS)

Jotaro and DIO appear as the playable representative characters from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise.

Jotaro's special attacks consists primarily of his trademark "ORAORAORA!" punches. Many of his Koma include his companions from Part 3, appearing frequently as he performs special attacks. His 4-Koma specials summons Avdol to use Magician's Red's Crossfire Hurricane Special, along with a two-sided barrage from Star Platinum, his 5-Koma specials include him and Polnareff attacking the enemy at the same time as Star Platinum and Silver Chariot cry "ORAORAORA!" and "HORAHORAHORA!" respectively, and Kakyoin and Hierophant Green being summoned to perform an Emerald Splash projectile attack. His 6-Koma specials include stopping time (stopping any movement on-screen for 5 seconds or by the amount of the special bar the player has at the moment) and a lengthy barrage by Star Platinum that sends the opponent flying high and far. Iggy appears as his 2-Koma support, where Jotaro uses Star Platinum to throw Iggy at the enemy, who defends himself by summoning The Fool.

His help Koma gives the affected battle character invincibility for a short time. He is one of the battle characters in the pre-made deck "Gekitou no Machi" and the sole battle character in the pre-made "Help-Koma" deck. Together with Monkey D. Luffy from the One Piece series, he can be summoned to perform a special tag-team move called "Gomu Gomu no Ora Ora" (ゴムゴムのオラオラ, lit. "Rubber Rubber ORAORA") in which they both unleash a barrage of punches.

Jump Ultimate Stars (DS)

Jotaro returns as a playable character, along with DIO, once again representing the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise. He retains all of his previous attacks and special moves.

Jotaro can now receive an ally boost from Josuke Higashikata, by saying he and Jotaro are a great team even in taro terms (two references, one being Josuke's catchprase "Great!", while the other being the taro terms, almost every Stands in Part 3 (Jotaro's part) were based on 'tarot' cards), Jolyne Cujoh, by saying she will watch the stars until she meets him and wants to see his starlight (Jolyne said those lines during later Part VI events) and Yusuke Urameshi (from the series Yu*Yu*Hakusho), by saying "the more fights, the more wins!" (since both Jotaro and Yusuke are introduced as delinquents who constantly beat other students.

Jotaro also appears in one of the pre-made decks centered around "delinquents" such as Yusuke Urameshi, Maeda Taison (from the Rokudenashi Blues franchise) and Sakuragi Hanamichi (from the Slam Dunk franchise).

All-Star Battle (PS3)

Jotaro was one of the first four characters announced for the game (the others being Gyro ZeppeliWamuu, and Joseph Joestar) and the first character to appear in the game's first trailer (aside from Rohan, who was meant to draw Jotaro's introduction but was otherwise not a shown in-game fighter).

Most of his attacks are similar to those from the Capcom game (Heritage for the Future). As one of the mass majority of playable characters in the game with the "Stand" Style, Jotaro can turn Star Platinum on/off, changing movesets, as well as having access to the Stand Rush ability returning from the Capcom game, being able to attack in conjunction with his Stand.

During a fight, Jotaro can use several different attacks that were featured in Stardust Crusaders.

  • Throw - This incredible power...!: Star Platinum picks the opponent up, before spinning and throwing them into the ground.

While Star Platinum is off:

  • Back off.: Jotaro steps forward delivers a kick to the opponent's leg. This skill is a low attack that cannot be blocked if the opponent is not crouching. Jotaro's skills can be performed instantly following this move. (Comboable)
  • ORA, ORA! (Normal): Star Platinum is summoned to unleash a barrage of punches, sending the opponent flying on the final hit. This ability can initiate Rush Mode. (Comboable through Puttsun Cancel)
  • Here's your receipt!: Star Platinum is summoned to unleash an upward barrage of punches, sending the opponent flying far on the final hit. This move doubles as an anti-air.
  • My STAND will be the judge!: Star Platinum is summoned to fly at the opponent and grab them. If Star Platinum connects, it will pick the opponent up with one hand and pummel their face with the other before uppercutting them away.

While Star Platinum is on:

  • ORAAAA!: Star Platinum swings downward to knock the opponent to the ground. Jotaro's skills can be performed instantly following this move, though may only connect during "I stopped time...".
  • ORA, ORA! (Stand): Star Platinum unleashes a barrage of punches. This ability can initiate Rush Mode. This move has a follow-up. (Comboable through Puttsun Cancel)
    • ORAAA!: Star Platinum slightly extends its barrage before briefly pulling back and returning to deliver a single punch that sends the opponent into the stage wall.
  • Star Finger: After a delay, Star Platinum shoots its fingers out to pierce the opponent, knocking them into the air. This attack is unblockable. A Stand Rush skill that Jotaro can disconnect from to attack the opponent while it is executing. (Comboable through Puttsun Cancel)
  • Beat in a single breath!: After a delay, Star Platinum inhales with great strength to pull the opponent in, giving Jotaro the chance to attack first. This move can be 'blocked', but the pull effect is not nullified. A Stand Rush skill that Jotaro can disconnect from to attack the opponent while it is executing. (Comboable through Puttsun Cancel)

If Jotaro has at least two stocks of the Heart Heat Gauge, he can use the ability "I stopped time..." in order to stop time for 4.6 - 6.9 seconds depending on how much of the HHG he has. All animations, including the HHG flame and the countdown on the battle timer, will temporarily cease, and the opponent in frozen in place and unable to move. Damage dealt to the opponent that is not a Throw, "My STAND will be the judge!", HHA, or GHA is reduced, but they are otherwise completely at Jotaro's mercy. Jotaro is even capable of hitting opponents that were down when the ability was activated, 'resetting' them into a standing position on the first hit. He may even use his HHA or GHA if he has enough of the HHG left to do so. If Jotaro's Throw or "My STAND will be the judge!" is used, the time stop will immediately end with the HHG drained to zero. When the ability ends, the opponent will suffer all damage dealt to them at once. If fighting against DIO or himself, Jotaro can use this ability to move within the other fighter's stopped time, and may even be the only one left moving should his opponent run out first. The ability is best used with normal attacks in mind in order to deal the most damage within the stopped time, as they do not take long to perform and their damage reduction is insubstantial.

Jotaro's HHA is "ORA ORA ORA ORA!", his signature flurry of punches that lasts around 2–5 seconds, dependent on whether or not the attack button is rapidly pressed, ending in either a punch that sends the opponent flying (without input), or an uppercut that knocks them high into the air (with successful input); If done during "I stopped time...", the opponent will fly upward upon resume, allowing for one more attack to fit. The HHA does not require an initial hit to connect in order to work, and will not stop until it finishes or Jotaro is interrupted.

Jotaro's GHA is "You pissed me off.", wherein Star Platinum flies at the opponent to deliver a powerful punch. If it hits, they're knocked off their feet before Jotaro stops time. Star Platinum follows up by unleashing an incredible amount of punches on the now-defenseless enemy before one final hook to the abdomen for total of 114 hits. Jotaro points at them and remarks that they pissed him off, before resuming time and letting the opponent fly.

Jotaro is also the only character who can counter DIO's GHA, "It's a steam roller!". When the attack hits Jotaro, he will attempt to retaliate with his own "ORAORAORA" barrage. At some point during the animation, if Jotaro activates "I stopped time..." (still needing 2 stocks of the HHG to perform), a new animation will begin, recreating the moment Jotaro stopped time to take DIO by surprise. Though the damage from DIO pummeling the steam roller is normal and unavoidable, the damage of the explosion, which makes up more than half of the GHA's total damage, is completely negated.

Jotaro also possesses alternate costumes, primarily taken from famous volume covers along with the ones seen in JOJO-A-GOGO! and JOJO 6251.

Besides most of the characters from Part 3, Jotaro has unique dialogue with characters such as Jolyne and Josuke. Josuke is confused looking at the younger Part 3 Jotaro in the place of the older Part 4 incarnation he recognizes, while Jotaro has no idea who Josuke is. Against Jolyne, Jotaro merely asks if she's a new Stand user (referencing the nature of Part 3 where Jotaro and his friends face off against countless Stand users sent to kill them on their journey). In return, Jolyne shockingly questions how he could have become so young.

Stardust Shooters (Android/iOS)

Jotaro is one of the first 3 available characters the player must choose to be their team leader (next to Jonathan and Joseph). During the Loading screen, if the player taps the screen, Star Platinum's fist will appear and strike the screen, with the "ORA" (オラ) kana appearing.

Jotaro's Finish move is an animation where Star Platinum appears and uses an "ORAORA!" barrage on the defeated Metal Striker.

To match Jotaro's new color scheme seen in the Part 3 anime adaptation, his color scheme is now a black coat and green shirt, as opposed to All-Star Battle's and Heritage for the Future's dark blue coat and pink shirt (unlike the Parts 1 and 2 characters, who keep their color scheme from All-Star Battle).

J-Stars Victory VS (PS3/PS4/PS Vita)

While Jotaro does not appear in the J-Stars Victory VS, hidden data was found in the game for him and DIO (alongside other Jump characters Yoh from Shaman King and Dai from Dragonquest).

Unlike DIO, Jotaro's moveset and character stances were near-completed, implying that at least Jotaro was supposed to be a playable character, alongside the other two Joestars in the game, Jonathan and Joseph.

This marks the second instance a character was cut from a game in JoJo-related media, Koichi being the first in the Le Bizzarre Avventure di GioGio PS2 game.

Eyes of Heaven (PS3/PS4)

Jotaro Kujo

Jotaro was one of the first confirmed characters for the game (alongside Part 2 Joseph, Caesar, Stroheim, Kakyoin, Josuke, and Diego). Similar to the previous game, Jotaro is designed as a powerful close-ranged fighter with high damage output. He is the main protagonist of this game's storyline.

As a Stand User, Jotaro is one of many characters with wildly varied abilities that grant him uniqueness in battle.

  • Style Action - I stopped time...: Jotaro instantly stops time for roughly three seconds. His partner and opponents are unable to move, and he is able to initiate any action or attack with impunity. Exclusive to Jotaro is the ability to pick up and throw his opponents while time is stopped, even at each other, heavily damaging them on contact. However, other time-stopping characters may activate their own ability to enter Jotaro's stopped time. This ability's cooldown is equal to 40 counts of the battle timer, making it the longest cooldown of any ability in the game.
  • Star Finger!: Star Platinum shoots its fingers out and swings it, sending opponents caught flying.
  • ORA, ORA!: Star Platinum unleashes a barrage of 22 punches, sending opponents caught flying on the final hit. If the attack button is rapidly pressed, the attack can be extended to add up to 10 more punches.
  • I'll kill you as you take your next breath.: After a short delay, Star Platinum inhales with great strength to pull opponents in, giving Jotaro the chance to attack first. This move can be 'blocked', but the pull effect is not nullified.
  • ORAAAA!: Star Platinum flies forward and delivers a heavy ground pound that kicks up debris, knocking opponents to the ground hard enough for them to bounce. This attack can also hit opponents that are down.
  • EX - Star Finger!: The skill initiates quicker and Jotaro is invincible upon activation. Instead of sending opponents flying, the attack itself will instead leave them crumpling, opening them up to further attack.
  • EX - ORA, ORA!: The skill initiates quicker and Jotaro is invincible upon activation. The punches are thrown faster and do more damage.
JoJolities
  • Gimme a break...: Jotaro must successfully execute his Style Action. (200 Points)
  • You asked for it!: Jotaro must hit something with a stage object 3 times. (200 Points)
  • Do you understand?: Jotaro must Backstab 3 times. (300 Points)
  • I'll be the judge!: Jotaro must connect "ORA, ORA!" 5 times. (500 Points)
  • You pissed me off.: Jotaro must Retire an opponent with a Dual Heat Attack. (800 Points)
Dual Heat Attacks
  • Solo - ORA, ORA, ORA!: Star Platinum begins by punches the opponent off their feet. Jotaro slides his finger along the rim of his hat (a callback to his fight with Kakyoin) before Star Platinum pummels the opponent in real-time, delivering a final punch to the abdomen that sends them flying.
  • With Kakyoin - Use the edge of the ringjust like sumo.: Kakyoin holds the opponent in place with Hierophant Green, allowing Jotaro and Star Platinum to pull them in by Hierophant Green's tail and unleash a barrage of punches that sends them flying. Kakyoin appears once more behind the enemy mid-air to deliver an Emerald Splash. Throughout the whole attack, Jotaro and Kakyoin converse about Sumo, referencing the events in the Wheel of Fortune chapters.
  • With Polnareff - Let's put the final nail in the coffin.: Jotaro and Polnareff summon Star Platinum and Silver Chariot to take turns attacking the opponent. Star Platinum follows with an uppercut, and the two of them begin yelling out their Stand Cries ("ORAORAORA!" and "HORAHORAHORA!") while pummeling and stabbing the opponent, respectively. This attack references how they defeat Alessi in Chapter 209.
  • With Old Joseph - It's not cheating if the secret doesn't get out!: Joseph jumps into the air and tries to snare the opponent with Hermit Purple, only to miss. Briefly shocked and emoting his iconic "OH MY GOD!" as Jotaro expresses disappointment, he drops the facade to reveal that he had tied the opponent with a rope during his previous attack, subsequently sending a Ripple current through the rope to shock them as Jotaro and Star Platinum move in to barrage them into submission.
  • With Jolyne - The Perfect Angle: Star Platinum and Stone Free send the opponent into the air with a dual uppercut, before Jolyne wraps them in a cocoon made of Stone Free's string. After Jotaro confirms the best angle to hit, they pummel it with both of their Stands.

In the game's first demo, Kakyoin is Jotaro's default partner, with the latter being the only player-controlled fighter in the first demo.

Jotaro and Kakyoin are the only two characters who have appeared in both demos. Unlike the previous game, his main color scheme is now based on his anime appearance.

Tournament

He was initially paired with Vanilla Ice in the Eyes of Heaven Tournament, defeating Hol Horse and Yukako Yamagishi in the first round, but eliminated by Jolyne and Gyro Zeppeli in the second.

In the semifinals, Jotaro returns in two different teams: paired with Kakyoin, and paired with DIO. The team with Kakyoin is eliminated by Kars and Pet Shop in the first round, while the team with DIO defeats Mariah and Esidisi in the first round, but is eliminated by Kars and Pet Shop in the second round.

Part 4 Jotaro

Part 4 Jotaro was confirmed as a separate character along with the game's release date as a first-print edition character, similar to the original Yoshikage Kira in All-Star Battle. Aside from the ability to shoot marbles, instead of sucking the opponent into attack range, he possesses a slightly longer time stop (3 seconds), in spite of the degradation and disuse of the ability for ten years. His GHA remains the same, but he cannot perform unique DHAs with any of the Part 3 group, or be paired with his Part 3 self in battle.

He appears in the post-credit scene's new timeline retelling of the first chapter of Part 4. He asks Koichi directions to Higashikata's house, but is revealed to have brought a young Jolyne with him. He advises her not to run far away and be careful to cross the road, or else his wife would be sad about it. His Part 4 self also makes an appearance in a group shot during the credits.

If he encounters anyone from the third joestar group, they will not recognize him at first but later decide to see how strong Star Platinum is after 10 years.

Command List:

  • "Star Finger!"  Knock back opponents. <Ground>
  • "You're going to get even uglier now. Well your face at least..." Combo into a barrage of punches. <Ground/Air> <EX>
  • "If I throw this bearing..." Throw a projectile at target. <Ground> <EX>
  • "ORAAAA!" Preform a long ranged ground-pound. <Ground>
  • "Star Platinum: The World!" Briefly stop time. (counter-move) <Style> <Ground>
  • "I hate thing that are a pain in the ass..." <Dual Heat Attack>
Tournament

Part 4 Jotaro was paired with Diego Brando from Another Universe, having been placed in the F Block series of battles to be incorporated into the main Tournament. They defeated Josuke Higashikata (JJL) and Narciso Anasui in the first round, but were eliminated by Bruno Bucciarati and Trish Una in the second.

Trivia

  • His catchphrase, "Yare yare daze" has no direct translation but is usually translated to the effect of "Gimme a break." It can also mean "Well well well..." or "Alright, alright...", since "yare yare" commonly translates to "Oh well..."; It is generally an expression of boredom or exasperation. In the official Viz Media translations, the phrase is considered cursing and is censored. In the official Shonen Jump Advanced manga series he is seen saying "Give me a !@$&*# break..." and the English dub of the OVA translates it as "What a pain..." In the Crunchyroll subs, it is translated as "Good grief" and in the English dub of the 2014 series, it's translated as "What a pain in the ass".
    • All-Star Battle gives Jotaro the mellow version of this catchphrase, dubbed as "Man, what a pain." His daughter gets the dirtier cuss-like variant, as dubbed: "Man, give me a (*&*%^*&^ break!"
  • Jotaro has two unique lying-down sprites when he is knocked down or K.O'ed in the Capcom fighting game. When he is merely knocked over, he is leaning on one side of his body, slightly upright. When defeated completely, he lies flat down on the ground.
    • In ASB, he merely crumples on the ground and does not lie down, showing signs of struggling, even when "retired" from the match.

In Popular Culture

  • In the first episode of Puni Puni Poemy, the Director and his alien opponent humorously fight a battle between Stands. The alien fought using a Star Platinum look-alike.
  • The shōjo manga group Clamp are fans of JoJo. In their later publication, Wish, the main angel character, Kohaku, closely resembles Kakyoin's hairdo and appearance. Ironically, the love interest of said character roughly resembles a hatless Jotaro, named Kudo Shuichiro. Although the angel is sexless, some fans have speculated this story is a shōnen-ai interpretation of the two. In their early years, Clamp also created doujinshi of part 3 of JoJo which featured their original character, Jotaro and Kakyoin's love-child Jota (hatched from an egg) and his stand Charmy Green (which looks like a green Star Platinum).
  • In the NBC drama, Heroes, a fictional Japanese salaryman named Hiro Nakamura is a fan of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. In his blog, he states that he wants to "be like JoJo and Vaan and go on adventures". One of his powers includes time manipulation, a gift shared with both Jotaro and Dio Brando. Hiro later posts on his blog under the pseudonym of Jotaro Kujo.
  • Jotaro is said to have been a fan of Columbo when he was a child.[citation needed]
  • Jotaro exhibits an anime archetype exhibited commonly by "genius" characters by forever staying young through all of his appearances in spite of age. Other characters that noticeably share this trait are Maximilian Jenius and Hiko Seijuro.
  • In the video game Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Monokuma beats Monomi with rapid punches while yelling "ORA ORA". In response, Monomi says "This is your Stand?!". This is clearly a reference to Jotaro's Stand, Star Platinum.
  • Iikubo Haruna, sub-leader of the pop group Morning Musume, has stated she is in love with Jotaro.

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