- See also: JoJo Influence on Internet Culture; List of cultural references in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
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.
|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.
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.
|Hayate the Combat Butler
One episode of the show parodies a famous scene with Dio and the Stone Mask.This section requires expansion.
In 6th episode Neptune makes fun out of Noire who was convinced that her security system is unbreakable. She does it by paraphrasing Stroheim's famous quote with JoJo SFX suddenly appearing.
|Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha|
|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.
Episode 8 of the series shows JoJo-styled SFX, coupled with a "To be continued" sign.
In episode 2, Ringo Kinoshita emits a dark aura upon seeing Kousaku Hata trying to smell her panties, the aura produces jojo-like SFX. 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.
|Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui!
In the 30th chapter of WataMote, Tomoko is trying to hold her pee during the race. Unable to do it, she wants to ask someone in the closest house to let her use the toilet. While searching for determination to do so, she makes Jonathan's pose.
|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, 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 techinique Running Away! (nigerundaio!!!) when he utilized it against Straizo and Kars, even the speech for revealing the ´´technique´´ and the running pose is very similar.
|Oniichan dakedo Ai sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne!
The series has a few blatant and subtle references in it.
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.
|Shingeki no Kyojin
In Episode 13, one of the characters named Marco Bodt, who was friend of the main protagonist, is found dead with only half of his body, implied it was killed by a Titan. Not only the name's but the death is similar to how Mark, from Battle Tendency, is killed by Wamuu. Furthermore, they both share the same VA, Ryōta Ōsaka.
|Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
One episode features characters striking some famous JoJo poses, such as Jonathan's, Joseph's, Jotaro's and Anasui's.
|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".
As a gag-series, it features one of the highest amounts of references to JoJo.
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At one point in the series, the Warrior Chief Captain Bravo mimics Polnareff's "Bravo, oh bravo!" pose (while riding a surfboard).
The famous manga studio CLAMP have been fans of the JoJo series since before becoming so well-known themselves. They have done several JoJo-based doujinshi, the most notable of which is titled Clamp in Wonderland 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
A character of Gasper Vladi is clearly inspired by Dio Brando. He's 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.
|Inō-Battle wa Nichijō-kei no Naka de?
In Episode 5, Tomoyo makes Kakyoin´s pose (when he was about to defeat Tower of Gray) meanwhile she playing like a Chuuni character. Also, in the same episode Andou makes a Jojo Pose. In Episode 8, Hajime Kiryu talks about Andou´s group, which he called ´´Virgin Child´´, imagining them in Jojo poses (Andou poses as Jonathan Joestar, Tomoyo as Jotaro Kujo, Hatoko as Josuke Higashikata, Chifuyu as Giorno Giovanna and Sayumi as Killer Queen).
|Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou
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
|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.
|Seto no Hanayome
Being a comedy show, Seto no Hanayome shows some Jojo's references in a parody fashion.
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.
The character Kamaguruma Ken, a player for the Taiyou Sphinx, is modeled after Jean-Pierre Polnareff. Similarly, both Kamaguruma and Polnareff use a chariot as the major theme of their attacks.
On the sixth page of chapter 531, an anonymous prisoner on the final floor of Impel down, appears to have the Joestar Birthmark.
|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 Jojo's Bizarre adventure manga. In the episode 7 Kyoro turn in ORE-MAN and doing some famous Jojo's pose.
|Hozuki no Reitetsu
At the end of episode 9, during the next episode preview, Hozuki is heard using Star Platinum's battle cry "Ora Ora" while he punches Enma.
|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 hands similar to the one found on Jotaro's hat.
The main antagonist of season 2 (Saiou Takuma) uses a deck based around tarot cards. Most notably, his monster "Arcana force 21 - The world" has an effect that allows the player to skip the opponent's next turn, seemingly referencing dio's stand "The world". Saiou Takuma is voiced by DIO's voice actor (in the 2012 adaptation).
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. 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 Episode 11, when Chitose uses Ataru like a human shield against Tama, Chitose says Have you ever heard the saying Diamond never breaks/Diamond is Unbreakable (Daiyamondo wa Kudakenai)?, making a reference to JoJo´s Part IV title Diamond is Unbreakable.
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.
In one episode of Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru a character named Hayama Hayato mimics Giorno's famous "I have a dream!" pose in Hachiman's delusion. In another episode main protagonist references the fact that Stand users are attracted to each other.
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 texture 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.
In chapter 19, the character Albert, brings home a terrier-bulldog hybrid whom he named Iggy.
|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, 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.
|Guilty Gear series
The main character of Guilty Gear, Sol Badguy, draws influence from Jotaro. Several of Sol's moves are influenced by Jotaro's moves from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future. Both of them also share the same "cooler-than-thou" attitude and the same catchphrase ("Yare yare daze.").
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: 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.
|Naruto Ultimate Ninja series
During Shikamaru's Shadow Possession Jutsu characters are forced to perform Jonathan's famous pose with a matching SFX in the background.
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.
In the eleventh game Subterranean Animism, Yuugi, an oni, fights Marisa "without spilling a drop of sake" (stated by Patchouli).
Two of Kaguya Houraisan's Spellcards have references to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, the first one being Divine Treasure "Salamander Shield", which has in its comments a blatant reference to Esidisi. And the other one being New Impossible Request "Red Stone of Aja" referencing the valious stone in Part II, The Red Stone of Aja.
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.
|Street Fighter series
Guile is based on Rudol von Stroheim. Although some surmise that Guile could also be based on Dire from Phantom Blood, Stroheim seems more logical given both characters' military backgrounds, extreme nationalistic ideals, and similar hairstyles.Rose's outfit is almost identical to that of Lisa Lisa, and she channels her "Soul Power" into her scarf to fight. One of Rose's alternate costumes in Street Fighter 4 is Lisa Lisa's outfit. Both characters also have a noted hobby of liking to take bubble baths. Rose also references Avdol in that she is a fortune teller and many of her animations feature tarot cards. One of Rose's win poses features her waving her finger in a "Tch-tch-tch" manner, a favorite of Avdol's.
|Kaiser Knuckle series|
|Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness
The character Santana is a reference to mostly part 3, but also some of part 2 elements. Appearance-wise, he strongly resembles Mohammed 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 Santana and his hair also resembles Kars's.
|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.
|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.
|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.
Two playable characters from Skullgirls, Valentine and Peacock , are homage to Dio. Valentine can stop time and throw knives similar to Dio, and Peacock can drop a steamroller on her opponents though it is very rare.
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 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.
The protagonist, Okabe Rintarou, while talking with Suzuha Amane, references The World in an allusion that he sensed the time had stopped.
|Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey|
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|
Sen's earliest RPG Maker videogame features a kind teacher named Sohta who's is in fact the murderer and main antagonist of the game. Sohta presents the same fetish Kira had with young and attractive woman's hands, to the point of severing them and taking in it with him much like Kira did.
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 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 know 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, name Roto's hat. During a Halloween event on the same site, one of the NPCs is dressed in Gyro's outfit.
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.
|Final Fantasy VII
An enemy called Death Dealer uses tarot cards to attack the party. The World card inflicts the stop status ailment on a character.
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.
|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.
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_AsRvFLxZk&feature=player_embedded (approx. 1:47 mark)