This article lists references made in popular series and by popular artists to art or concepts defining to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
References range in nature from tribute to plagiarism. Many are comic, while the "JoJo pose" in particular crosses into greater cultural significance as reproduced by a handful of popular Japanese performing artists.
The idol groups of Hello! Project, like S/mileage, consists of a few JoJo fans. Their girls strike JoJo poses on their blog and sometimes mix JoJo references into their dance choreography.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Japanese model and artist, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, often references the series through the JoJo Pose. During an interview she has also mentioned having felt like a Stand user and has even named her dog JoJo. In her music video for "PONPONPON", she can be seen doing several different poses referencing different anime throughout the video. Before jumping into the air and ending the song, she performs one last pose, which happens to belong to JoJo.
The Otaku idol Shoko Nakagawa (a.k.a. Shokotan), a dedicated fan of the manga series, has performed a JoJo pose during an interview and her live performances on stage. On the Japanese Tv Show "溜池Now", Shoko Interviews Araki
Yuka Kashino from Japanese electropop group Perfume often talks about her love for JoJo in the media and has struck the pose with other members during photo ops. In addition, the choreography inspired by JoJo’s pose appears in Perfume’s music video “Natural ni koi site” that was released in 2010.
In the animated music video for the song "SMASH!," performed by American comedy supergroup Starbomb and animated by Studio Yotta, Luigi at some point does Dio's infamous Wryyy pose. Immediately after he is seen surrounded by Wii Fit Trainer, Rosalina and Zelda while mimicking Giorno Giovanna's famous "I have a dream!" pose. Joel C, the director of the music video, has confirmed the references were intentional in his blog.
In episode 6, Neptune makes fun out of Noire who was convinced that her security system is unbreakable. She does it by paraphrasing Stroheim's famous quote accompanied with on-screen SFX.
Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha
In episode 6, Fushimi Touka begins to type If I don't rescue Irina from the sinister Deo's clutches seemingly referring to Erina and Dio. Coincidentally, Touka has the same voice actor as Robert E. O. Speedwagon (Yoji Ueda) in the Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency anime series .
Jinrui wa Suitaishimashita
Episode 4 shows the character Y doing a JoJo pose, the sound effect can also be seen. Coincidentally, Y's voice actress also voices Jolyne Cujoh.
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead
In episode 3 of this anime Ayumu Aikawa performs a dance to the hip-hop-like music. The lyrics of this song are a clear reference to Jonathan's most famous attack.
Jonathan: "Furueru zo haato! Moetsukiru hodo hiito! Kisamu zo, ketsueki no biito! SUNLIGHT YELLOW OVERDRIVE!" (My heart resonates! Heat enough to burn! My blood's beat is razor-sharp!)
Ayumu: "Miro yo, ore no haato! Kizame yo, ore no biito! Sarani, ore wa hiito! Joushou, junjou, sore wa yuujou!" (Look at my heart! Engrave my beat! Also, I'm the heat! Invincible and innocent, this is the friendship!) The last words are a reference to Bruford's conversion. Ayumu ends the dance with Dio's pose.
Episode 8 of the series shows JoJo-styled SFX, coupled with a "To be continued" sign.
Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou
In Chapter 5 (Episode 3 of the anime adaptation), Cerea explains that as a centaur, her species is known for being valiant knights who honor loyalty above all. She mentions that her various ancestors also served under similar values with visions of them appearing in the background. At this point, the protagonist asks if their images behind her are Stands.
In episode 3, Kamatori Kei wears a ridiculous swimsuit causing some characters to react much like Dio's friends when witnessing Dio kiss Erina. In the same episode, a scene change occurs referencing a scene from Steel Ball Run. In Episode 5, when Kaoru (Rose) Hanazono finds Ringo, he cites Noriaki Kakyoin's "Saa, oshioki (Rose says oyatsu) no jikanda yo, baby" quote, in English that will be ´´Now, it´s time for punishment (Rose says snacks instead), baby´´. Also, Kousaku says Jonathan's famous "Furueru zo haato! Moetsukiru hodo hiito!" quote when he almost kisses Kaoru. There's a kiss scene similar to the Dio and Erina kiss between Kousaku and Kaoru where Kaoru says the same quote about Erina (Kousaku)'s first kiss; and Kousaku says the same phrase when Dio was being beaten by Jonathan Joestar, imitating Dio's crying scene. Also, Rose cites a couple times the catchphrase of Muhammad Avdol from Part 3 (YES, I AM!), and he loves prime numbers (like Enrico Pucci in Part 6). Kei makes various Jojo poses when he tries to stop Kousaku and Kaoru and when he explains Kaoru's true personality. Kaoru says Melone's Bellissimo and Di Molto! quotes.
Rosario + Vampire
The series has a number of blatant references to JoJo. One chapter appears to have been inspired by the Tower of Gray arc as the main cast travels to Hong Kong, but is intercepted along the way by an assassin and then survive the plane crash.
In Episode 4 of Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, the characters find some "ultimate weapon" buried beneath them, which turns out to be an Ultraman stone mask. Throughout the series one of the characters, Usui, is constantly trying to get attention due to being unnoticeable. In one episode where everyone's character is the opposite of what it normally is, he is very noticable and appears in the JoJo art style as well as poses.
In 6th episode Kotori imagines what would happen if the girls of 765 Pro were to open a tamatebako from Urashima Tarō myth. Her fantasies are shown as JoJo-stylized manga pages.
Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san
Volume 7 of the manga features the Stone Mask as one of the exhibits in the Legendary Treasure Museum. In episode 3, Salamander Kiritake introducing himself with Jojo SFX effects in the background.
Shikabane hime (Corpse Princess)
In the ending credits, some of the characters recreate some JoJo poses, including Jonathan, Joseph, and Johnny's.
Kill la Kill
In Chapter 1 (manga), upon realizing that she can´t defeat the Boxing Team Captain, Takaharu Fukuroda, Ryuko Matoi uses her ´´trump card´´, which is: Running Away!, surprising all present characters. This ´´trump card´´ is a reference to Joseph Joestar´s secret technique Running Away!(nigerundaio!!!) when he utilized it against Straizo and Kars, even the speech for revealing the ´´technique´´ and the running pose is recreated.
In episode 860 (XY saga episode 57), Meowth does Jonathan's Volume 4 pose and Jotaro's Volume 1 pose while saying Dio's battle cry.
Towards the end of Episode 2, Yukiya Minabe finishes his pair of glasses and begins executing both Joseph Joestar and Jotaro Kujo's poses. In the episode 6, all the Meganebu's members perform famous poses on a train, like a challenge or game.
Oniichan dakedo Ai sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne!
In one episode Anastasia mentions her bear losing an arm and appropriately named Mr. Joester. In another episode, the cast is seen recreating iconic JoJo poses with sfx covering the screen.
Heihachi Edajima, the headmaster of Otokojuku, is shown reading the manga.
In one of the episodes a character named Samejima is portrayed in Araki style doing Joseph's pose accompanied by the SFX. Samejima and Joseph are also voiced by the same VA, Sugita Tomokazu. Another character, Februar, is shown in Araki style as well.
Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
One episode features characters striking some famous JoJo poses, such as Jonathan's, Joseph's, Jotaro's and Anasui's.
In the second season Hercule becomes a model for art lessons. Teacher orders her to make an inspiring JoJo pose which he calls 'exploding'.
In the TD opening Sheryl makes Joseph's face when he cries after Caesar's death.
In one episode of TD Nero emanates JoJo SFX-like aura.
From time to time spontaneous JoJo SFX appear and girls make manly faces.
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun
In the series, there is a restaurant located within Academy City, called Joseph's Coffee and Restaurant, notable for being often frequented by Misaka Mikoto and her friends. The name of the restaurant references the actual restaurant in Japan, Jonathan's Coffee and Restaurant, though in this case, they replaced "Jonathan" with "Joseph". There is also a petshop featured in School District 7 and is named Horus Pet house, a direct reference to the part 3 antagonist of the same name and his stand. In the manga, the pet shop's logo features two animals, both of which seem to depict Pet Shop and Iggy, though this reference is lost in the anime.
In chapter 74, a precognitive esper named Shaei is introduced with the ability to use a camera to produce a photo of a future event. He describes an app that people use to find lost objects, using an example of an esper girl destroying a camera with a karate chop, referencing Joseph Joestar's usage of Hermit Purple's abilities.
Toaru Majutsu no Index
In the first volume of the first chapter of the Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel, the narration references Jojo's Bizarre Adventure when it compared the atmosphere in Touma's room after he destroyed Index's clothing as when a Stand user has used its attack on someone.
In New Testament Volume 5, a mysterious character by the name of Fräulein Kreutune is introduced. The illustrator, Kiyotaka Haimura, comments on how she reminds him of the Pillar Men in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
As a gag-series, it features one of the highest amounts of references to JoJo.
"Earth's pleasures are the best in the universe!" (8:36) (Stroheim)
"If it is not exposed, it is not a crime" (9:10) (Jotaro - Ch.236)
When Ikki gropes a naked Simca, Ringo is so furious that a monstrous Star Platinum-shaped shadow appears behind her and Ikki replies "Star Platinum!!?". At one point Ikki even uses one of Jonathan's ability, the Zoom Punch from PART I.
At one point in the series, the Warrior Chief Captain Bravo mimics Polnareff's "Bravo, oh bravo!" pose (while riding a surfboard).
During the same episode of the Anime, he quotes Avdol's line of "YES I AM!" upon being recognized by the other characters on the beach.
The famous manga studio CLAMP have been fans of the JoJo series since before becoming well-known themselves. They have done several JoJo-based doujinshi, the most notable of which is CLAMP in Wonderland: 1994 Summer and features the heroes of Stardust Crusaders. The JoJo character they created in that doujinshi also appears at the end of their first CLAMP in Wonderland video, alongside their own series' characters.
One of the arcs has the protagonists entering a haunted inn that services spiritual beings called "stands" (which are actually just ghosts), so that they may attain the happiness necessary for them to reach the afterlife. The "stands" may possess the "stand user" to grant him special abilities, which parody the conventional stand naming derived from musical themes. The anime equivalent of the arc has Gintoki defining a "stand" while Star Platinum appears as an example, donning Gintoki's trademark attire, and includes a reference to Araki Hirohiko as a "backwards-aging fairy". The main antagonist of the arc, Oiwa, also uses Star Platinum's battle cry "ORAORAORA".
Highschool DxD NEW
The series features a character by the name of Gasper Vladi, a young blonde vampire of foreign blood with the power to stop time. This power is called "Evil Eye of the Inert World". As a comedy element, Gasper is a shy effeminate boy who likes to cross-dress. Issei, the main character, wants to make use of his time-stopping power to grope girls' breasts.
Kazuhito Harumi, a high school boy who is obsessed with reading books is killed in the middle of a robbery and resurrected as a dachshund dog. While in his new form, Kazuhito is adopted by a man who owns a pet shop called Iggy (with a symbol of Iggy's face).
Mayoi Neko Overrun!
During a game of Jenga, Chise summons a stand similar to Star Platinum to help her pull a brick out. There is another scene that is in the manga only, where the Stray Cat's Club is at the beach, and they appear to be making a sand sculpture of Iggy's stand, The Fool.
During a fight in the school tournament, Negi's enemy summons a sort of huge puppet. One of the tournament blog comments says "It's a Stand!", making a pun due to the huge resemblance to ordinary evocation mode of Stands.
No Game No Life
* In episode 2, Stephanie Dola makes a fuss of her emotions towards Sora, and amid frustration, she shouts "WRYYYYYYYY!!" while striking a pose, directly referencing DIO in Part III.
In episode 3, Sora says Rohan Kishibe's quote "But I refuse! (だが断る dagakotowaru)", and then, he and Shiro pose like Rohan does, refusing Clammy Zell´s proposal, similarly to Rohan rejecting Highway Star's proposal.
In Episode 8, upon seeing the Eastern Federation´s ambassador, Izuna Hatsuse, Sora and Shiro shouts King Crimson!!, skipping time and warping themselves to Izuna´side, referencing Diavolo´s Stand and his ability, and there, Sora references Cioccolata's petting of Secco after he did a trick with a huge text bubble full of よし.
In Special Episode 2, Sora imitates the scene where Pucci calms himself by counting prime numbers.
Sei So Tsui Dan Sha
At one point in this H manga, the mother does Avdol's "YES I AM" pose, when Polnareff realizes he is actually alive.
Seitokai no Ichizon
Sugisaki Ken, the main character, claims that all boys have a Stand called Illusion which enables them to fantasize about girls even when blindfolded. After that he makes one of Joseph's poses.
Minatsu says that Stands should not be counted as weapons in the colosseum while striking a JoJo pose with Killer Queen in the background.
My Bride is a Mermaid
Being a comedy show, Seto no Hanayome features some Jojo's references in a parody fashion.
The Isono 8th Junior High Bancho group at some point strike multiple JoJo poses.
In the 20th episode, we can see Kai doing Kakyoin Noriaki's JoJopose.
The student Saotome Mariko summons a "Stand" named Lovely Soul as example of Shojo manga, making it a pun due to JoJo being a Shonen manga.
In chapter 45, Manabu comments about Stand Users being attracted to each other.
Ai Mai Mi
In Episode 4, while Mai is wondering if Mi had courage she suddenly summons a Stand that looks like Magician's Red.
Ghost in the Shell
Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG: In the Tachikoma na Hibi omake of the series after getting outfitted with a new "Agent" equipment one of the Tachikomas gets an Araki-style appearance and an ability to summon a stand-like Agent that has time-stopping power "Reset The World" (Resetto Za Warudo).
In the episode 2, Kyoro is reading Volume 14 of the Jojo's Bizarre adventure manga. In the episode 7 Kyoro turns into ORE-MAN and does several poses, a couple taken from JoJo.
Hozuki no Reitetsu
At the end of episode 9, during the next episode preview, Hozuki is heard using the battle cry "Ora Ora" (very distinctly an impersonation of OVA Star Platinum) while he punches Enma, following with a hakuto no ken reference.
To Love Ru Darkness
In the 44.5th chapter of the series, the main protagonist, Rito Yuuki, is seen holding a bag of various bizarre items. The logo on the bag reads: Stardust Store - JOJO HAND, featuring pictures of the Luckland Communications logo. In Chapter 53, the character, Yami, is seen in the library reading a book whose cover features Oingo and Bingo in Tohth's artstyle. Part of Oingo's name can be seen on the spine and a picture of Iggy is shown on the back cover.
In the first episode of the second season, Dandy, QT and Meow hop through different alternate universes until they reach the third Dandy, whom mentions he is looking for 8 people with star-shaped birthmarks.
Baka and Test
The series is littered with JoJo's Bizarre Adventure references, ranging from poses to art style and even plot aspects. During a specific scene, Akihisa is seen trying Himeji's bento, only to be dragged into the darkness by a bunch of hands. There is also a scene in episode 7 where an annoying man with joskue's hair and his girlfriend try to get married at the kisaragi park. He features JoJo like frames and even does Jonathan's famous pose, Jotaro's pose when he angels at the sky, and Killer Queens' rock and roll pose
Being a parody show, it has several brief and subtle references. In episode 1, Ichiko monologues her popularity and beauty, while imagining herself posing similar to Kars. In episode 6, there is a scene of Ichiko looking like Josuke after returning Keita his handkerchief. For the same scene, in chapter 9 of the manga, we only find a quote from Josuke's Speech about "wearing new panties on New Year's Day". In the 21th chapter of the manga, Nadeshiko Adenokouji expresses her jealousy and rage with Sakura Ichiko and Ranamaru Rindou resembling the scene when Josuke and Jotaro are being attacked by Yoshihiro Kira in Kira's house in part 4. In Chapter 32, the scene of a random girl attacking Bobby resembles the scene of Esidisi attacking Caesar after having taken control of Suzi Q's body, in part 2. In chapter 40, a Binbōgami Item turns a pumpkin into a horse carriage that resembles one of the chariots used during the chariot race between Joseph and Wamuu, also in part 2.
In an omake of the manga, one character states that "volume 6" can be read as "ro-kan" while another says that it sounds like "Kishibe Rohan." A picture of Rohan in the Hellsing-omake style is present as well. In an omake for the second volume of Drifters Hirano describes Hirohiko Araki as "an ex-Shinsengumi vice-commander mangaka who can stop time, is a magic boy and a BT, screams "Baru-baru-baru-baru!", has four testicles in the alternate universe and is under execution, under jailbreak".
One of the main characters, Masuzu Natsukawa, often brings up JoJo throughout the show. Natsukawa's "boyfiend" also happens to be a fan of JoJo, and whenever Masuzu's temperament gets too unpredictable, he even has the habit of using JoJo related topics to change the subject and brighten the mood.
Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu
One episode features the characters portrayed in JoJo style making various JoJo poses, including Josuke's, Dio's and Johnny's.
In episode 4, in order to fight Baltia´s black giant, Eitaro Sakuma exclaims that he will fight her, meanwhile he makes a pose similar to Risotto Nero; and orders to his assistant Eineus to ´´launch the thing (a giant robot sized Eineus)!´´, making Joestar´s trademark facehand pose.
Denki-gai no Honya-san
In the first episode Director is asking to Umio what happen between he and Hio, Umio says nothing, and then, Director come closer to Umio and ´´licks´´ his ear, saying that he has the ´´ taste of a liar; making a reference to the Giorno and Bruno´s ´´taste of a liar´´ scene from Vento Aureo. In Episode 2. director an Umio makes Jojo poses (Director as Jonathan, Umio as Joseph). In Episode 7, Director makes a Jojo reference.
In the episode 6, Inugami puts Kohina's head in the mouth of a big spirit for change her face, and Inugami is beaten by Kokkuri-san for his actions and Kohina makes the Risotto Nero pose over the Inugami's body.
The show has several JoJo references. One in particular appears when Hiyori trips and falls to the ground in a dramatic manner. Her art style changes to that of JoJo and the similar SFX appear around her as well.
Shokugeki no Soma
* In Chapter 71, during Megumi & Kurokiba food battle, they invoke their imaginary Stand's and enter a blazing fist battle. The character design of Megumi is similar to Spice Girl, while Kurokiba's stand has a skin pattern similar to King Crimson.
In both the anime and manga, the main character, Aya Akabane, is often seen doing JoJo-like poses when discussing things relating to beauty.
In chapter 43, a person cosplaying Johnny can be seen in the background.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
In Episode 4 of Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru Hayama Hayato mimics Giorno's famous "I have a dream!" pose in Hachiman's delusion.
In episode 7, the character Hikigaya Hachiman is referencing Stand users by comparing them to loners. The complete line is "Just like how Stand users are attracted to each other, it looks like loners are also very adept at finding other loners."
In Episode 5 of Etotama, smoke covers the room due to the main character being sick with a unique virus. The smoke clears up and reveals the characters doing poses, a couple of which are from JoJo.
In the series, there is a character named Yuu Momokino who attends Mochizuki High School along with the main protagonist. She works as a waitress at the Joestar's Caffee & Restaurant, a reference to Jonathan's namesake.
Oku-sama ga seito kaichou
In the second episode, Izumi asks Wakana why she was sleeping in his bed and she explained she went to the bathroom the previous night and got lost. The signs on the bathroom are displayed performing Jotaro and Josuke's poses.
Aoharu X Kikanjuu
Aoharu X Kikanjuu's protagonist, Hotaru Tachibana, can be seen doing a Jojo-esque pose and having her toy-gun depicted in the manner of a Stand behind her in episode 4.
I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying
Episode 2 of Second Thread features the iconic "To Be Continued" arrow before the ending theme plays.
Show By Rock!!
In Episode 4, Cyan is seen to be doing a famous JoJo pose.
Puni Puni Poemi
In episode 1, Nabeshin figths with Alien#1 who summons Star Platinum making various Jojo references. Nabeshin recognices him as a Stand user.
Ropponmatsu2 it's an android who appears in various episodes. In episode 16 is found by Excel in a delivery box and shows the Joestar's bithmark
Jyushimatsu prepares for his date in episode 9 . In one of his outfits he is wearing the Stone Mask. Also in episode 8 While Jyushimatsu holds Iyami, JoJo sfx (ゴゴゴ) flows background.
Karamatsu makes Jonathan's pose in episode 24.
Lamy, a enemy character from the dark guild Tartaros in Fairy Tail, is seen doing a JoJo pose in Part 5-6 era art style in Episode 238 and in the 20th opening NEVER-END TALE.
In the episode 11, Marimo's mom wants to show Tomalin how to make mochi in a traditional way, so she begins to hit the dough with her fists. Her face changes to Araki's style and she shouts a battle cry akin to Crazy Diamond's.
Gate: Jieitai Kano Chi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri
In chapter 22, a character by the name of Rory Mercury goes on a rampage against foreign special forces during the Hakone incident. The Japanese Minister of Defense, an avid of fan of anime, asks if she had "put on the stone mask and feeds on blood". This was omitted from the anime.
Aika Tenkuubashi, a high class girl in a private school discovers manga for the first time and comes to the assumption that all kids in normal schools have super powers. In the anime, she imagines showing off her avatar to everyone in a obvious JoJo-esque fashion. During the same scene in the manga, she "stops time" whilst doing a pose and shouting Platina Star.
In the extra chapter of volume 25 of Konjiki No Gash Bell, a parody of the Tonio chapters was done in 3 pages by Mamodo (Demon) Raiku. In those pages, he reenacts the scene between Tonio and Okuyasu by feeding himself a Mozzarella and Tomato Salad while dressed in their attire.
In episode 13, Keita becomes possessed by the dancing seaweed Yo-Kai Wakame-kun, Konbu-san, and Mekabu-chan during a physical education class on dancing. Throughout the day he is seen doing dance poses, Josuke's being one of them. In episode 87, a yokai named Otonabull appears and possesses people, causing them to act like adults. At some point he meets Manjimutt and tries to become his apprentice. After he accepts, they decide to go on a bizarre adventure.
Hacka Doll the Animation
In episode 5, Hacka Doll v.4 finds a guy reading a car magazine and tries to gift him a car. She briefly recreates Dio's Road Roller attack before throwing the car at him.
In episode 7, Araragi asks Kanbaru to resemble a samurai armor, in which she responds by suggesting he put it together while she gives instructions. Araragi gives a Senpai's respect speech and does Rohan's pose. Interestingly, Araragi and Rohan have the same seiyuu, Hiroshi Kamiya.
In chapter 105, while time is frozen, Tōta Konoe mimics The World during the flashback where Dio first tests it's ability. The scene even includes Tōta with his arms inside gears, recreating the interlocking wheels of time image. Two panels later Tōta says "and this is more than just five seconds!" refering to how long time has been frozen.
In chapter 176, we see various memories of the students hanging out/trying to kill their teacher Koro-sensei. In one of them we can see that one student painted the drawing in Boingo's Thoth style where we see Jotaro being hit by two bullets, but instead replaced Jotaro with Koro-sensei while there's another student waiting to fire at him with two guns, thus recreating the scene where the bullets pierce the drawing to hit its target.
Shusei Kagari's favourite manga is JoJo's Bizarre Adventure because he wishes he had a special power like Stand or Ripple.
The Battle Cats
Within the popular tower-defense mobile game, there is a Super Rare Cat unit referred to as Delinquent Cat. Unlocked by playing the Rare Gacha/Jackpot, Delinquient Cat's appearance resembles that of a bancho and it's main form of attack involves pointing in a jojo-esque manner and summoning a creature similar to Star Platinum to bombard the enemy with flying fists.
In the game there is a magnum-class pistol listed as "Horse", designed similarly to the emperor, and complete with the description: "Perfect Pistol for a mercenary on a bizarre adventure."
World Heroes series
Dio and Neo Dio are based on Dio Brando and Araki's earlier work Baoh. Neo Dio's visual design is based on the protagonist of the manga, Baoh, while the dialogue in his first appearance (in World Heroes Perfect) is a reference to Dio Brando (in Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, his dialogue is more like Santana's). Dio's dialogue from World Heroes is also a reference to Dio Brando's lines. He also takes inspiration from Kars as he can form blades from his arms in certain moves, as well as how said moves are named "Sonic Saber" and "Grand Saber" reminiscent of Kars' "Bright Saber" title.
According to the interview found in Design Works artbook, the design of the Armor of Thorns originated from the concept of the 77 Rings Challenge. In the challenge, combatants must defeat each other and wear the metal rings from each foe, increasing the weight they bear as they continue. The team's idea was to use this design and try adding spikes to the rings.
Other characters who draw influence from Jotaro are: an "alternate history" Sol Badguy who has an attack called Fafnir that shares the same animation as Jotaro's Star Finger attack from JoJo's Venture and Johnny, who has several moves that have similar animations to Jotaro's attacks from JoJo's Venture.
Zato-1/Eddie's in-game win pose is similar to Jotaro's. Eddie also fights by summoning a "living shadow" that sometimes takes over his body, similar to a Stand. Also Eddie, has the same stand skills that Black Sabbath.
Zappa is a character whose clothing is a strange combination of outfits worn by Narancia, Vanilla Ice, and Dio's walk animation from the game JoJo's Venture. In the Guilty Gear story, Zappa is possessed by multiple spirits and is seeking a doctor to help cure his condition. The spirits that possess him hover around him in wraith-like forms, similar to a Stand. Zappa's most powerful "summon", Raoh, looks very similar to Star Platinum. When Zappa is possessed, he twitches wildly and strikes increasingly bizarre poses, a subtle references to Araki's notable style of drawing his characters striking poses.
Dio Brando is referenced by the characters Robo-Ky and Justice, who both shout WRYYYYYYYYYYYY during certain attacks. Robo-Ky has an Overdrive move where he unleashes a rapid barrage of punches while the words "dame dame" (駄目駄目) appear repeatedly in comic text bubbles. In Japanese, "dame" and "muda" share the same meaning (useless).
A stone mask can be found in Castlevania: Symphony of the Nights library, which is where Jonathan and Dio studied the properties of the mask. It appears again in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, with an appearance much more akin to the one's found in JoJo.
In Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, if the Sacred Fist sub-weapon is used without a spellbook activated, the protagonist shouts "Ora ora ora!" and unleashes a flurry of extremely fast, blur-like punches (in reference to Star Platinum).
In Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, a soul called "Cagnazzo" can be obtained that makes a demon appear behind the protagonist and punch wildly whilst shouting "Ora ora ora!" in another reference to Star Platinum.
In Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, one of the boss characters, Zephyr, utilizes time stopping abilities in conjunction with knives (much like Dio). In the Japanese version of the game he shouts "Toki wo tomare (Time has stopped)." while he stops time. However, in the USA version when stopping time he shouts "Star Platinum!" just as Jotaro does in the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure videogame. His fight on top of the clock tower is another reference to Part 3 of the manga.
In the Love Live rhythm action game, a recruitable character Fumie Nishimura can be seen holding a book (on the level 1 version of her card). The character on the cover of her book seems to closely resemble the younger Joseph Joestar with Caesar's triangle-patterned bandana tied around his head. The coloured spheres in the background appear to symbolize the bubbles that Caesar is capable of generating with his ability.
In the sixth game of the Touhou Project "The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil", the final boss Remilia Scarlet quotes Dio's famous bread phrase in Marisa's Scenario.
Sakuya Izayoi is a maid who is the servant of the vampires Remilia and Flandre Scarlet. It's generally assumed that she's a tribute to Dio, as she employs the same style of combat (stopping time and using throwing knives) and even has attacks named after Dio's Stand power: Illusion World "The World" and Sakuya's World. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has been referenced several times in the official games.
In Double Dealing Character, one of Sakuya's Spell Cards erases the time (respectively the present and future) of the surrounding bullets and thus erases the bullets. This might be a reference to Diavolo's Stand and implies that Sakuya might not be only a reference to Dio.
In the seventh game Perfect Cherry Blossom, once Marisa defeats Ran (a shikigami), she asks her if she is a Long-distance Type, because her master is far away and she is quite strong. This is a clearly reference to the Stand Types in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
In the first Suikoden game king Barbarossa gives a sword named Pluck (mistranslated as "Prakk" in the English version) to one of his generals, Teo McDohl.
The character Blond Youth resembles Young Dio in many ways (clothes, haircolor) and the author even cites in his profile: "Called Dio by some" implying a tribute to Dio in some way.
In the background of Round 6 in the arcade version of the game, small Stone Masks can be seen as wall decorations, as well as murals of all four Pillar Men.
Street Fighter series
Lead designer of Street Fighter 2, Akira Nishitani, stated in a interview with Polygon that the concept of Dhalsim's ability to stretch his limbs comes from the Hamon Zoom Punch technique. This is reconfirmed in the comment section of Dhalism's bio in the Street Fighter X Tekken Artworks artbook.
In an interview with producer Noritaka Funamizu, he reveals that Guile's overall appearance was modeled after Jean Pierre Polnareff. Guile's page in Street Fighter X Tekken Artworks goes into detail, explaining that early designs included Polnareff's vertical, yet modest hairstyle, but at the time the sprites were being made for Street Fighter II, the pixel artist jokingly stretched Guile's hair out to the sides. The team found it amusing and decided to give him "the always distinctive Stroheim look" instead. Noritaka also explains that Guile's name was derived from Polnareff's archenemy, J.Geil, though this was apparently the result of a mix up from the development staff at the time.
Rose was inspired by Lisa Lisa, her outfit is almost identical to Lisa Lisa's and both share a similar fighting style that consists of channeling energy into their scarfs (Soul Power in the case of Rose and Ripple in the case of Lisa Lisa).Additionally, both characters like to take baths and Rose's stage in Street Fighter Alpha 2 is Venice, which is the same city where Joseph Joestar meets Lisa Lisa in the story.
Juri Han from Super Street Fighter IV has hair and clothes similar to Jolyne's. In addition, Juri has a spider motif and cleaves a butterfly in her official artwork; Jolyne has a butterfly motif and her Stand turns her body into threads and webs + she has spiderweb-patterned clothes. Juri even has the same "ora ora ora" battle cry as Jolyne.
In his interview with EDGE magazine, Katsuhiro Harada, director of the Tekken Series, admits that Paul Phoenix's hairstyle and first name are based on Jean Pierre Polnareff's. Masamichi Abe, now at Nintendo but back then a member of the Tekken planning team, was a fan.
One of the boss characters, Azteca, wears a face mask that is very similar to the Stone Mask. Also of note, his character select portrait shows that he has 'DIO' tattooed on his arm and his pre-fight animation consists of him bursting out of a stone pillar.
Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness
The character Santana is likely a reference to mostly part 3, but also includes some part 2 elements. Appearance-wise, he strongly resembles Muhammad Avdol, with his official artwork mimicking Avdol's 'YES I AM!' pose. His voice actor is also Kiyoyuki Yanada, who voiced Jotaro in the Capcom fighting game. Aside from this, his name is also possibly a reference to the pillar man, Santana.
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
An animated cutscene in the game introduces the Persona 4 cast posing as different JoJo characters: Narukami as Jonathan, Yosuke as Dio, Chie as Jotaro, Yukiko as Josuke, Naoto as Giorno and Kanji as Joseph.
The King of Fighters series
Benimaru's appearance was loosely based on Polnareff , right down to his outfit in The King of Fighters '94 and The King of Fighters '95. Even after Benimaru's name was decided, the game developers continued to refer to him as Polnareff .Additionally, his taunt in The King of Fighters XI mirrors Polnareff's stature from the manga.
Also from King of Fighters, the main villain of the first two games, wears an outfit which is clearly a toned-down version of Dio's final Stardust Crusaders get-up, with a black tank top, loose pants, and even belt loops which come down past his hips. Rugal does omit the headband, kneepads, and other elements of Dio's outfit which bore the heart insignia, however, as well as having more ordinary shoes.
Leona Heidern's "Earring Bomb 2: Heart Attack sees her attaching a bomb to her opponent. Afterwards, she may either wait until it explodes on its own or detonate it with a secondary command, saying 負けて終わり ("Makete owari." ~ "Take this and be finished."), referencing Bites The Dust (transcribed in Japanese as , 負けて死ね, "Makete shine." = "Take this and die.").
Leona Heidern's Grateful Dead is a (Super) Desperation Move during which she drains the opponent of his/her life force while surrounded by wisps of steam or smoke.
Psychic Force series
Richard Wong is a Psychiccer with the power to control time. He naturally compliments this ability by swarming the enemy with summoned daggers (usually after immobilizing them with a large sword) and uses teleportation as a highly evasive maneuver and as a means to swarm the opponent with more attacks.
Another character, Big Band , which was later added as DLC, shouts in similar fashion to Star Platinum during one of his Blockbuster attacks though, Big Band shouts "Tuba Tuba Tuba" instead.
Another DLC character, Eliza, has a color palette inspired by Dio Brando's part 3 attire. In the patch notes for the release, the developers referenced one of Dio's more familiar quotes.
Sichte Meister is a homage to Dio . Like Dio, Sichte uses knives to attack and has the ability to manipulate time. She also shouts "Toki wo tomare!!" while freezing time and placing knives that zeros-in on the player in Rosenkreuzstilette.
In the sequel Rosenkreuzstilette ~Freudenstachel~, she crushes the character with a giant block similar to how Dio uses the steamroller.
Sichte also shares resemblance of Kakyoin Noriaki's signature Emerald Splash attack, referenced by her emerald-shooting. Her stage Rosenkreuzstilette ~Freudenstachel~ is a clock tower, refers to where Kakyoin dies.
*In Terraria, there is a weapon called "Vampire Knives" which are likely to be a reference to Dio Brando; Specifically, to Shadow Dio's knife throw from the arcade fighter of the same name, whose knives fan out in a manner similar to this weapon.
There is a set named the Stardust armor that allows the player to summon a Stardust guardian when all the pieces are worn. The guardian will follow by floating directly behind them, and the player can order the guardian to move and attack enemies.
The protagonist, Okabe Rintarou, while talking with Suzuha Amane, references The World in an allusion that he sensed the time had stopped.
In the visual novel, the group built a device called "Is it, ORAORAORA?!" which is a very basic lie detector; so basic that in reality it can only read people's sweat levels. They also like using Rohan's "I refuse" quote, which eventually outed someone as an otaku.
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
The Cursed Sarai is a weapon described as "The Sword of Anubis that drives people mad.
An enemy-only ability is called Bites The Dust that inflicts the Bomb status on a target. Said target will explode and die instantly next time it is attacked.
During his initial introduction, the protagonist, Makoto Naegi, points out that he does not have a stand. Additionally, the Japanese delinquent, Mondo Oowada is an homage to Josuke Higashikata, sharing Josuke's hairstyle and is easily offended when people make fun of it. He is also the leader of a motorcycle gang named the Crazy Diamonds. The villain of the game, Junko Enoshima, has multiple personalities, with one of them constantly acting as Dio and saying "Muda, Muda, Muda" during her Machinegun Talk Battle. One of the items the player can gift is called the Meteorite Arrowhead, a blatant reference to the Arrow. The sequel, Super DanganRonpa 2, has the character Teruteru Hanamura mentioning that people can tell if others are lying by the taste of their sweat. The game also features Monokuma attacking Monomi with a Heaven's Door parody.
Monster Hunter 3G
The game had an event in which you could unlock a hammer based off Crazy Diamond that can heal your allies, and a mask based off Harvest that can be equipped to your Shakalaka and constantly gain money.
Of the many Infernal Demons that can be summoned by Bayonetta during a Climax Attack, the Little Devils are an obscure reference to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, more specifically Guido Mista's Sex Pistols. Director Hideki Kamiya has mentioned during a commentary that, much like Sex Pistols, each of the five devils have their own personality, and have a number written on their foreheads, with the #4 (or the #2 in the case of the little devils) missing as it may be considered very unlucky by Zero, the King of the Little Devils.
In the popular pixel avatar site Gaia online, there is an obtainable item known as Roto's Hat. This item's first pose allows the avatar of the site to wear a hat identical to that of Gyro's, named Roto's hat. During a Halloween event on the same site, one of the NPCs is dressed in Gyro's outfit.
This item's second pose allows the avatar of the site to wear a hat identical to Johnny's, cleverly named Joey's hat.
The item called K.O. Star; one of the poses (Titled Spin) allows you to wear gloves similar to the Roto Hat's second pose. The other poses have the titles: Ballistic, Spirals, Steel Wind, Time Stop, and Za Warudo, each with designs relating to their respective name.
The item RIO Star has several iconic accessory references, including Dio's face, stop sign, roadroller, Jockey headgear, and a vague impersonation of The World (Titled Summoning Rapid Infinity). It also includes Josuke's lapel emblems, Giorno's hair, and Jotaro's face and an impersonation of Star Platinum (Titled Summoning Stardom).
WIN Star is another item with several accessories referencing the series. Of which, the most obvious being Jolyne's hairstyle, Giorno's ladybugs, and a dog resembling Iggy.
After Chocola and Vanilla had lost consciousness by playing with catnip, their Master took them to the bed. After Vanilla woke up she wonders why it's so late and suspects a Stand user attack. After Chocola, Vanilla and Coconut burn their tongues on hot coffee, they suck on ice cubes and make Kakyoin's "Rero rero rero rero~" sound.
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1
When the heroes discuss Noire's status as a loner, Neptune says her Stand power tells her Noire has no friends. MAGES.'s victory screen has her pose like Caesar's iconic pose. Rom and Ram have special attacks that open with them posing similar to Caesar.
*The Hero "Faceless Void" does one of Dio's poses while using his ultimate ability "Chronosphere", which stops time. He also has a green heart for a belt buckle.
One of the loading screens features the character Phantom Assasin doing Jonathan's pose, not only that, but the previews in the Steam Workshop of the whole set (Bloodroot Guard) features various JoJo poses (Giorno,Jotaro,Ceasar and DIO)
Devil May Cry
One of the enemies' mask design for The Nobodies is based on the Stone Mask.
Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara
The female Thief's character design and name (Moriah, if selected her default name) was possibly based on Mariah.
Final Fantasy X
Brother's gloves strongly resemble star platinum's
One of the lines when you kill someone is Sunlight Yellow overdrive and the person's screen who dies says wryyyyyyyyy.
In the NBC drama Heroes, a fictional Japanese salary-man named Hiro 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" and that Part III is his favorite, especially the fights against the D'Arby brothers. One of his powers includes time manipulation, a gift shared with both Jotaro and Dio Brando. In his blog he also mentions Joseph, Suzie Q and Boingo, whom he compares with Isaac. Isaac was an artist and comic book author whose works predicted the future just like Boingo's Thoth. Hiro later manages to stop time for more than 5 seconds and says that "JoJo was wrong" and posts on his blog under the pseudonym Jotaro Kujo. In the episode Lizards Hiro uses Dio & The World's battle cry "Muda Muda" during the Battle of Twelve Swords. He uses it again to taunt Daphne while using his time manipulation ability to escape after taking her medal.
Sonic the Hedgehog
The 270th issue of the Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series features a comic strip in the back of the issue portraying Sonic and Knuckles as Kenshiro and Jotaro respectively. The theme of the strip refers to the manliest of anime and concludes with Knuckles and Sonic engaging while shouting Ora and Muda.
In the Uncanny X-Men Annual Vol 1 (1998), the Hulk gains armor that is likely based off of The World.
Usain Bolt & Mao Asada
As noted by JoJo's Posing School, real-life runner Usain Bolt and figure skater Mao Asada may have influenced or have been influenced by poses featured in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.