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See also: JoJo Influence on Internet Culture; List of cultural influences of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

Within JoJo's Bizarre Adventure there exists a great number of overt references to existing art and media, as well as echoes of Hirohiko Araki's artistic influences. This article represents a provisional list of these.

Note: References listed on this page without citations have not have been confirmed.


Part 1: Phantom Blood

Music

People

  • Dio's surname is possibly named for the actor Marlon Brando.[citation needed]
  • William Anthonio Zeppeli's first name is possibly a reference to the English novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, who was quoted upon Zeppeli's death.[4]
  • The university where Jonathan and Dio study is named Hugh Hudson Academy. This is likely named after Hugh Hudson, a British film director, known by the masterpiece movie Chariots of Fire.
  • The concept designs of Jonathan and Dio came from Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose films were popular at the time.[1]

Manga/Anime

Literature

  • The interactions between George Joestar I and Dario Brando parallel that of various interactions in Victor Hugo's novel Les Miserables. George mistakes Dario, who was trying to loot him, as his savior, just as Marius' father mistakes Thenadiers as his savior. George also claims that he gave Dario the ring that Dario himself stole, similar to how the bishop Myriel claims that he had given Jean Valjean the silverware.
  • The premise of Part I parallels Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, in that both take place in the closing years of the 19th Century and involve a young adult protagonist named Jonathan interacting with and defeating a charismatic vampire.

Other

  • The name Jonathan came from a local restaurant called Jonathan's that Araki used to frequent.[1]

Part 2: Battle Tendency

Music

People

Film

  • The cave in which Santana is discovered resembles the interior of the derelict spacecraft on LV-426 from the movie Aliens.
  • Joseph is shown reading a Superman comic when he and Speedwagon are attacked by a group of hijackers.

Manga/Anime

  • In the anime version of the hijacking scene, Joseph is reading a Baoh: The Visitor manga instead of a Superman comic, presumably to avoid legal issues with DC Comics. However, the scene still references Superman in a more subtle way, as the Baoh comic's cover is based on that of Superman #1.

Western Animation

  • The minor character Bruto appears to be a direct expy of the character Bluto from the series Popeye.

Part 3: Stardust Crusaders

Music

People

  • Araki mentions that some of the inspiration for Jotaro's character comes from hollywood actor, Clint Eastwood.[13]
  • At some point in the High Priestess (story arc), the crew attempts to take advantage of Midler's infatuation with Jotaro by complimenting her. Kakyoin suggests that she sounds like film icon, Audrey Hepburn.

Film

  • During Joseph's usage of Hermit Purple on the TV, one of the random programs shows Marlon Brando in his famous film The Godfather, where he played Don Vito Corleone.
  • When Polnareff hits Devo in his hotel room, Devo falls off the balcony; he is nowhere to be found when Polnareff checks for his body.  This is a possible shout-out to the ending of John Carpenter's Halloween.
  • Yellow Temperance is likely a reference to The Blob[14].
  • Strength was possibly inspired by the tale of Mary Celeste, while its user was modeled after Link, a character from a 1986 movie of the same name.[14]
  • When Polnareff is turned into a kid by Alessi's Stand and locks himself behind a wooden door, Alessi tears this door down by using his axe. He then puts his head into the now broken door, saying "Polnareff, I'm here." The scene closely resembles the famous setting of Stanley Kubrik's The Shining.
  • The first half of the Wheel of Fortune part is possibly a reference to Steven Spielberg's first movie, Duel.[14]
  • Lovers' appearance is that of the robot from Short Circuit, crossed with a tick or a fly.[14]
  • N'Doul is based off Kan Shimozawa's Zatoichi, a long running Japanese film series centered around a blind blademaster of the same name.[14]

Manga/Anime

  • When Joseph tries to use Hermit Purple on a television in order to detect DIO from Singapore, his Stand shows him random TV programs. One of the shows that appears is Doraemon.
  • Dio's Road Roller move was inspired an identical move used by Kinnikuman in the first episode of the Kinnikuman anime.

Other

Part 4: Diamond Is Unbreakable

Music

People

Film

  • In the Italian food arc, Okuyasu drinks some water that heals his tiredness by releasing large amounts of tears from his eyes. He underplays this by claiming that he had presumably cried a lot more when watching the 1979 film, The Champ.
  • In Episode 24 of the TV Anime, in the final shot where Kira escapes, an advertisement for Austin Powers 2 can be seen on the cinema marquee.

Manga/Anime

  • Josuke is initially introduced being bullied by some upperclassmen. One of the bullies insults his hair by claiming it looks like Astro Boy's. In his rage, Josuke mishears it as Sazae-san.
  • After turning into Josuke, Surface asks him if he was familiar with the copy robot from Perman, a parody series by Doraemon author, Fujiko Fujio.
  • In the Italian food arc, Okuyasu compares the harmony between mozzarella and tomato to Asao Takamori and Tetsuya Chiba's work on Ashita no Joe.
  • When asking Okuyasu his name during the Red Hot Chili Pepper arc, Joseph mishears it as Osomatsu.

Literature

Other

  • Reimi Sugimoto and her dog's murder is actually based on a very common and cliché horror story, known all over the world. It's interesting to note that this story was recently turned into an internet creepypasta, but it was featured in a 90s manga.

Part 5: Vento Aureo

Music

Manga/Anime

Film

  • Luca is also a fictional character in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather, as well as its 1972 film adaptation.

Other

Part 6: Stone Ocean

Music

  • Jolyne Cujoh's name is likely a reference to the American country song Jolene by Dolly Parton. Notably, during her fight with Gwess, Jolyne's name is repeated several times in a fashion similar to the song.
  • Stone Free, Jolyne's Stand is possibly named after the song composed and performed by Jimi Hendrix.
  • Ermes Costello's name is a reference to the British musician Elvis Costello.
  • Ermes Costello's Kiss is named after American Hard Rock band KISS.
  • Emporio's Stand is a reference to the Talking Heads' song "Burning Down the House."
  • F.F. and her Stand's names are based on American alternative Rock band "Foo Fighters."
  • Weather Report and his Stand's names are based on Jazz band "Weather Report."
  • Similarly, Heavy Weather shares its name with one album by the same band.
  • Diver Down, Anasui's Stand, is named after the same name album by Van Halen.
  • Gwess' Goo Goo Dolls is a reference to the American Alternative Rock band of the same name.
  • Johngalli A's Stand is named after contemporary Jazz Fusion band "Manhattan Transfer."
  • McQueen's Stand is a reference to "Highway to Hell", a song and album by Australian band ACDC.
  • Marilyn Manson shares its name with the American Rock band Marilyn Manson and its lead singer.
  • Jumpin' Jack Flash is a reference to the Rolling Stones' song of the same name.
  • Limp Bizkit is a reference to American Rock band Limp Bizkit.
  • The name of Guccio's Survivor is based on American 80s Hard Rock band Survivor."
  • Pucci forces Guccio to sing Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Gardiner in 1982.
  • Planet Waves is named after an album of the same name by Bob Dylan feat. The Band.
  • Dragon's Dream is named after the song and album of the same name by Thom Brennan.
  • Yo-Yo Ma is named after French-born American cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
  • Jail House Lock is a reference to the song "Jail House Rock" by Elvis Presley.
  • The name of Ungalo's Bohemian Rhapsody is based on the 1975 Queen song of the same name.
    • The nature of Bohemian Rhapsody as a Stand is most likely a reference to the opening lyrics of the song it shares it's name with, "Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide,/No escape from reality." Due to Bohemian Rhapsody's ability to bend "fantasy" into "reality", much to the confusion of Anasui and Weather Report, it appears as a direct reference to the lyrics.
  • Rikiel's Sky High is named after Jigsaw's song "Sky High."
  • Versus' Underworld shares its name with British Electronic band "Underworld."
  • Pucci's Whitesnake is named after the Metal band of the same name.
  • C-Moon's name is based on a song by Paul McCartney called "C-Moon".
  • Made in Heaven and its original name Stairway to Heaven are respectively references to the songs "Made in Heaven" (also an album of them) by Queen and "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin.
  • The Green Dolphin Street Prison is named after the song On Green Dolphin Street.
  • Savage Garden's name is based on a Australian pop rock duo of the same name.
  • The location of Stone Ocean's setting is set in St. Port Lucie, Florida, where interestingly, real life former rapper Vanilla Ice currently makes his residence; considering the chapter's focus on villains who are still devoted to DIO, this appears to not be just coincidence.
  • The title of the chapter Prisoner of Love as well as the volume title might be a reference to the song Prisoner of Love, sung by Columbo, The Ink Spots and Perry Como among others.
  • The title of SO Chapter 158, What a Wonderful World, is likely based on the song of the same name by Louis Armstrong.

People

  • Ermes Costello's first name is based on French high fashion house "Hermès."
  • Emporio Alniño is named after Italian fashion brand "Emporio Armani."
  • Narciso Anasui is a reference to American fashion designers "Narciso Rodriguez" and "Anna Sui."
  • Gwess shares her name with the American fashion brand "Guess."
  • Rocco Barocco is a reference to the Italian Fashion designer of the same name.
  • Johngalli A has his name based on Spanish-British fashion designer "John Galliano."
  • Thunder McQueen is named after British fashion designer and brand "Alexander McQueen."
  • Miraschon's name is based on Italian fashion designer "Mila Schön."
  • Lang Rangler might be a reference to both Austrian fashion designer "Helmut Lang" and Jeans manufacturer brand "Wrangler."
  • Sports Maxx is named after Italian fashion brand "Sportmax."
  • Guccio's name is based on Italian fashion designer "Guccio Gucci."
  • Viviano Westwood's name is based on British fashion designer "Vivienne Westwood."
  • Kenzou is named after Japanese stylist "Kenzou Takada."
  • D an G is a reference to Italian fashion house "D&G", founded by "Domenico Dolce" and "Stefano Gabbana."
  • Miuccia Miuller is a reference to both Italian stylist "Miuccia Prada" and her fashion house "Miu Miu."
  • Ungalo is named after French stylist "Emanuel Ungaro."
  • Rikiel shares his name with French fashion designer "Sonia Rykiel."
  • Donatello Versus is named after the Italian fashion designer "Donatella Versace's" brand, Versus.
  • Enrico Pucci's name is based on Italian fashion designers "Enrico Coveri" and "Emilio Pucci."
  • The prisoner whose body F.F. takes over is named for the fashion brand Etro.

Film

  • Affected by Jail House Lock, Jolyne began to see movies suffering from amnesia. At first she question a Johnny Depp and later she spoiled the ending of Sixth Sense. The notes she makes for herself are a reference to the movie Memento (2000).

Manga/Anime

  • Bohemian Rhapsody is a Stand able to bring fictional characters into reality. Some characters from Manga and Comic were summoned. Among them: Spiderman, Kenshiro, Raoh, Mazinger Z, Tetsuwan Atom (Astro Boy), Tetsujin 28 (Gigantor) and Giant Robo.
  • The arc There's Six of Them! bears a strong resemblance in name and initial plot to the short shojo manga and anime film They Were Eleven.

Other

  • Bohemian Rhapsody is a Stand able to bring fictional characters into reality. Some characters from Popular Tales were summoned. Among them: Pinocchio, Mickey Mouse, E.T., Mother Goat, Snow White and the 7 dwarves, Peter Pan, Little Red Ridding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf.
  • Bohemian Rhapsody also summoned some art pieces: Vincent van Gogh's portraits and Venus by Botticelli.
  • When the 7 dwarves are summoned they mentioned Terminator's T-2000 and Star Wars's Chewbacca.
  • In popular culture, The Mayan Prophecy of 2012, announced the end of the world at December of that same year. In the manga Pucci succeded in ending the actual world to create a new one.
  • In a Florida tourist guide book read by Anasui, the city of Orlando's Disney's Magic Kingdom and MGM, Universal Studios and Sea World Theme Park are referenced.
  • Donatello Versus' back story is a reference of the book Holes.

Part 7: Steel Ball Run

Music

Film

Part 8: JoJolion

Music

Film

  • When Yasuho and the protagonist come to Yoshikage Kira's home, they see a naked woman bathing in a way similar to the room 237 scene of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.
  • When Yasuho is in the basement of the Higashikata residence with Tsurugi, there is a poster on the back wall of the film, Enter the Dragon, starring Bruce Lee.
  • The Trouble with the curve story arc is a reference to the movie, Trouble with the Curve. The movie stars Clint Eastwood, one of Araki's favorite actors.
  • When the protagonist drags Yasuho into the Higashikata's family photo, it resembled the family photo scene in The Godfather where Michael Corleone drags Kay into the photo. Also, when Higashikata realizes one of his sons is missing, he decides to not take the picture like the way Vito Corleone acted when he noticed Michael was missing.

Manga/Anime

Others

Gallery



References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood videogame - Interview with Hirohiko Araki 2006
  2. Joseph Joestar - Vol.1 "Shueisha Jump Remix Battle Tendency Edition" P44 The Secret of JOJO Characters
  3. JoJonium 第2巻 (Volume 2), Pg. 323
  4. Chapter 35: Tomorrow's Courage, The Successor (3)
  5. Star Platinum - Vol.1 "Shueisha Jump Remix Stardust Crusaders Edition" P152 The Secret of JOJO Characters
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Silver Chariot - Vol.2 "Shueisha Jump Remix Stardust Crusaders Edition" P66 The Secret of JOJO Characters
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 N'Doul's Geb - Vol.6 "Shueisha Jump Remix Stardust Crusaders Edition" P132 The Secret of JOJO Characters
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Justice - Vol.3 "Shueisha Jump Remix Stardust Crusaders Edition" P70 · 71 The Secret of JOJO Characters
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Lovers - Vol.4 "Shueisha Jump Remix Stardust Crusaders Edition" P124 The Secret of JOJO Characters
  10. 10.0 10.1 Death 13 - Vol.5 "Shueisha Jump Remix Stardust Crusaders Edition" P152 The Secret of JOJO Characters
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Pet Shop's Horus - Vol.8 "Shueisha Jump Remix Stardust Crusaders Edition" P84 The Secret of JOJO Characters
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 The Mist of Emptiness, Vanilla Ice - Vol.9 "Shueisha Jump Remix Stardust Crusaders Edition" P170 The Secret of JOJO Characters
  13. Hirohiko Araki Tokai Lecture
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 JOJOVELLER Stand Guide (『JOJOVELLER - STANDS』?)
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 Love Deluxe - Vol.14 "Shueisha Jump Remix Diamond is Unbreakable Edition" P86 The origin of STANDS! Part 2
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 Heaven's Door - Vol.16 "Shueisha Jump Remix Diamond is Unbreakable Edition" P90 The origin of STANDS! Part 3
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 17.6 17.7 17.8 Harvest - Vol.17 "Shueisha Jump Remix Diamond is Unbreakable Edition" P106-107 The origin of STANDS! Part 4
  18. Chapter 593: Sleeping Slaves (4)
  19. 19.0 19.1 『Comnavi』Vol.3「Interview&Graph」
  20. Chapter 577: The Requiem Plays Quietly (6)