Vanilla Ice (ヴァニラ・アイス, Vanira Aisu) is a secondary antagonist featured in the third part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Stardust Crusaders, specifically in the story arc "The Miasma of the Void, Vanilla Ice".
Residing in DIO's mansion, Vanilla Ice is a devoted servant to DIO and one of the final vampires and Stand users fought by the Joestar Group in Cairo, Egypt. His Stand Cream can become a portal to a void-like dimension, which he can lurk inside and disintegrate everything in his path.
Vanilla Ice is a tall, muscular man with long, wavy, shoulder-length hair and lengthy, thin eyebrows. He has a large bang on his left side, which goes past his chin. On his head is a circlet with a heart locket crossing his forehead and he has a pair of metallic, heart-shaped earrings.
His clothing consists of a leotard with a dark open sleeveless leather vest on top. Like his master DIO, he wears a belt with a heart on the center, which ties the bottom of his vest together. His vest has fabric on the back extending down to his calves, similar to a cloak. Ice's right shoulder has a metallic strap connected to a large heart over his right breast and the letters "VI". The shoulder also has a symbol resembling a shield with rectangular holes in the bottom and a heart in the center, but this mark is not present later on. His legs are exposed, but he wears dark, mid-calf-high boots.
Early on, his leotard seemingly has sleeves as portrayed with screentone. The screentone on the arms is not present later on, implying his leotard was changed to be sleeveless. The colored manga and anime, however, consistently portray it with sleeves.
In the manga, he also wears gloves. However, this is inconsistently portrayed in other media. In All-Star Battle and the OVA, Vanilla Ice's leotard is sleeveless and he has wristbands. The symbol on his right shoulder is a tattoo in the OVA while it is absent in All-Star Battle. In Eyes of Heaven, he still has wristbands even though in the anime, he wears neither wristbands nor gloves. In Heritage for the Future, he has both sleeves and gloves.
In the anime, his teeth becomes more sharp and pointed after his transformation into a vampire.
Vanilla Ice is most notable for a disturbing, unwavering loyalty to DIO, whom he believes to be above all others. He is willing to go as far as to decapitate himself to give DIO blood, which inspires admiration from DIO for the extent of his servitude. Even when on the brink of death, he remains in thrall to DIO and exclaims that he will not let himself die so long as Joseph and his companions are still alive. Although normally cool-headed and calculated, his devotion is great enough to send him into an outrage over being forced to attack a mere likeness of DIO created by The Fool. When infuriated, he prefers to draw out the torture of his victims for as long as he believes necessary to quench his rage. As such, he will abandon his Stand in favor of physically beating someone.
He displays great confidence in the ability of his Stand, Cream. He vows to DIO to kill the Joestar group, even carving a message in a pillar that whoever reads it will die because he believes so greatly in his Stand's ability. Despite being surprised by the speed and range of Silver Chariot and even being injured by it, he continues to boast the capabilities of Cream. He backs up his confidence with cunning, covering up his Stand's weakness by flying in a spiral to cover as much ground as possible in order to kill Polnareff.
His single-minded obedience can lead to him being somewhat oblivious at times. For example, he opts to glide through and obliterate the exit from DIO's room instead of simply opening the door, and he also is unaware of his transformation into a vampire despite his apparent immortality.
- Main article: Cream
Vanilla Ice's Stand, the profoundly destructive Cream, can swallow itself and its master to become a spherical void of nothingness that obliterates everything in its path. Its only weakness is that it cannot see where it is going when in void form, forcing Vanilla Ice to temporarily expose himself in order to plot Cream's course.
After being made into a Vampire by DIO, Vanilla Ice adopts a standard set of vampiric powers and weaknesses, such as immortality and the weakness to sunlight.
Stardust Crusaders (1989)
Vanilla Ice is introduced as a human, reporting the defeat of Telence T. D'Arby to DIO, outside the door to his chambers. After being allowed to enter, Ice was told the reason for D'Arby's defeat was because he was unwilling to give his life for DIO. He was then asked if he would surrender his blood in order to heal DIO's neck wound. Without hesitation, Vanilla Ice proves his loyalty by cutting off his own head and allowing his blood to spill into an urn for his master to drink.
DIO, amused by this, refuses to take the blood of such a devout servant and decides to heal himself using someone else instead. Vanilla Ice is brought back to life from the blood his master poured into his body. After his revival, he is dispatched to take care of the Joestars. He activates his Stand, Cream, before leaving to do DIO's bidding by making a hole through the wall, prompting DIO to lament that he could have just used the door.
Vanilla Ice's first targets are Iggy, Jean Pierre Polnareff and Muhammad Avdol. He carves a message on the wall saying that the person who is reading this will die the moment they turn around. Although he is aiming to dispatch all of them at once with a surprise attack, he only manages to kill Avdol, who shoved Polnareff and Iggy out of the way before the attack hit.
In a rage, Polnareff retaliates with a barrage from Silver Chariot, wounding Vanilla Ice's shoulder and demolishing the wall of the room they are in. After nearly being killed by another of Ice's attacks, Polnareff and Iggy flee. Instead of pursuing them directly, Vanilla Ice sends Cream to the front door, where he waits in his Stand's void form. Contrary to his expectations, the duo decide to go for DIO instead of fleeing. Thus, Vanilla Ice pursues them, destroying most of the mansion with his Stand's powers. After getting ahead of them, Ice erases part of Polnareff's foot to prevent him from running away again.
A distraction from Silver Chariot allows Iggy to use The Fool to hide and to create a replica of DIO to trick Vanilla Ice. Although briefly shocked by his master's appearance, Vanilla Ice quickly destroys the clone. He explains that he saw through the ruse because of the sunlight in the room and knew that DIO trusts him too much to interfere in the battle. Enraged because he had to destroy DIO's image in self-defense, Vanilla Ice exits from Cream and viciously beats Iggy to the point of near-death. After turning his attention to Polnareff, he is skewered in the mouth by Silver Chariot's sword, as Polnareff used the sand in the room to track Cream's movements. However, due to Ice's newfound immortality, he survives the attack and destroys part of Polnareff's left hand by drawing it into Cream's mouth.
Ice then wounds Polnareff in a quick succession of attacks, breaking his right arm and absorbing part of his leg and cheek. He begins moving in a spiral pattern around the room with Polnareff and Iggy at the center. By doing so, Vanilla Ice could kill them without leaving himself vulnerable. Unable to escape, Polnareff tells Iggy to use his powers to escape and warn the others, but the dog's pride causes him to save Polnareff instead. Iggy thus dies from over-exertion, prompting an enraged Polnareff to skewer Vanilla Ice through the head and snap his neck.
However, Vanilla Ice rises once again, more determined than ever to finish off his enemy. Unfortunately for him, Polnareff had finally deduced that Vanilla Ice was turned into a vampire by DIO, due to Vanilla Ice's ability to recover from several fatal injuries. With that in mind, Polnareff avenges his fallen comrades by taking advantage of Vanilla Ice's newfound fatal weakness to sunlight, using Silver Chariot to slice a nearby curtain and flood the room with sunlight, which vaporizes much of Vanilla's right arm and right leg. After curtly goading Vanilla to attack him, Polnareff uses Silver Chariot to nudge the crippled vampire into the light, disintegrating him instantly.
Vanilla Ice appears in the 1993 OVA with the same role as in the manga, but with a few differences to his fight with the heroes. Unique to the OVA, Ice slices Iggy in half and kicks the dying dog's corpse into a wall out of anger for the dog daring to defy DIO.
His death in the OVA also differs heavily from the manga. Polnareff repeatedly stabs Ice in a rage after seeing him murder Iggy, before slicing Ice's head horizontally in half.
Chapters / Episodes
- “Lord DIO... I will not... let you down. I promise. I will... finish them off.”
- “If you can read this carving... The moment you turn around, you will die.”
- “Avdol is dead, ripped to shreds. My mouth leads to a void... A dark dimension. Even I don't know where it goes... Your friend was sucked in. You two are next. How dare you think that you can defeat Lord DIO... I'll put you in your place...”
- “One by one, one after the other, I, Vanilla Ice, will scatter your atoms across my void... (ひとりひとり順番に順番にこのヴァニラ・アイスの暗黒空間にバラまいてやる。, Hitori hitori, junban ni junban ni, kono Vanira Aisu no ankoku kūkan ni baramaite yaru.)”
- “It would only take a second to absorb you into my darkness! That's too quick! I'd still be angry! It's your fault! You're making me do this! It's your fault for making me angry! It's your fault! Do you like it? Do you? Well?!”
- “I cannot die... I don't have time to feel pain... I will kill you no matter what! I will swallow Iggy, the Joestars, and everyone else! I can die after that!”
- “You will not...! (キサマなああんぞにィィィィィィーッ……, Kisama nanzo ni...)”
- Vanilla Ice was one of Araki's least favorite characters, as he couldn't stand the idea of drawing him.
- Vanilla Ice is the only character to have a voice actor reprise a prior role from an adaptation dating to as far back as Heritage for the Future for the Part 3 Anime and Eyes of Heaven. That same voice actor, Sho Hayami, also voiced Noriaki Kakyoin in the Stardust Crusaders Drama CD and Enrico Pucci in All-Star Battle.
- Vanilla Ice is incorrectly classified as a zombie rather than a vampire in JoJo 6251.