Abbacchio is one of the members of Team Bucciarati and by extension Passione. He is a former police officer who took bribes and was subsequently thrown out, only to be recruited. He accompanies Bucciarati and Giorno Giovanna on their mission to protect Trish Una.
Abbacchio is a tall man of slim build. On his head is a serrated headpiece that acts as a headband. He keeps long, light hair, dividing into spikes that angle outwards or upwards at their ends, being shoulder-length in his first appearance and growing longer until halfway down his torso. He also wears a dark shade of lipstick.
He wears a long, dark, lapel-less overcoat with laces that cross his bare chest, dark bell-bottomed pants, and black shoes. The buckle of his belt bears a silver/gold insignia of the letter "A".
When he was younger, during his service as a police officer, his hair was trimmed short in a crew cut hairstyle, and he was not shown in anything other than a standard Italian police uniform.
Abbacchio makes an appearance in the one-shot wearing a green jacket with blue buttons, a white pull-over, brown pants, and red shoes. He is consistently portrayed with blue hair and blue headpiece.
Leone Abbacchio is a somber, quite bitter, yet dedicated member of Bucciarati's team.
As a police officer, Abbacchio wanted to keep the streets safe and vowed to give his life in the pursuit of justice. However, the high crime rate among the citizens, their ungratefulness, and the many criminals who bribed their way out of punishment eroded his sense of justice and he began to accept bribes, telling himself that he was still keeping the peace in the city. However, when he failed to properly arrest the same man who bribed him because he feared he would be discovered as a corrupt cop, Abbacchio had to see his partner in the police being fatally shot to save him. Stripped of his rank and moreover openly confronting that he was a criminal like any other, Abbacchio became depressive and eventually joined Passione, only feeling at peace when with the righteous Bruno Bucciarati.
Abbacchio is one of the more serious members of Team Bucciarati. Out of the group, he is one of the most no-nonsense members, taking objectives seriously and allowing very little to entertain him. Among the few times he smiles is out of spite for others (e.g. chuckling at Giorno's seemingly absurd predictions and humorously asking Illuso if he'd lost something after successfully getting Mr.President's key away from him). Abbacchio never participates in the antics of his teammates. However, he still frequently participates in a handful of casual group conversations, especially during lunch. On multiple occasions, Abbacchio would indulge in Mista and Narancia's conversations despite the two's random subject matter, inserting logical responses in-between their tangential nonsense (e.g. talking about what vegetarians would wear or if human flesh tastes good).
During battles, Abbacchio expresses an aggressive side, showing it in frequent verbal threats and insults when talking about and to the enemy. Abbacchio is highly dedicated to the mission of his group, aiming to absolve himself of or forget his past mistake, and also does so as a way to keep his mind off the memory. Abbacchio is said to have given up on life after the incident that ended his career, only able to give his body as a 'soldier' type in order to further his superiors' goals. In addition, he considers his ability to fulfill a given mission to be a source of honor and pride. As such, he prioritizes the completion of a mission before the life of his allies, and shows a readiness to leave Fugo to his fate. During the fight with Illuso, he easily severs his right hand in order to get Mr.President's key to Giorno, accepting impending death almost immediately before Giorno saves him.
Abbacchio secretly envies those that are able to pursue justice despite the odds pitted against them and how futile justice appears to be in the face of money. Though Abbacchio admits that he was never able to follow through with his dream, his partner's spirit corrects that he's always kept his moral compass even after becoming a gangster.
During their time together, Abbacchio never ceases to confront Giorno and express his contempt for the new member. Not only does he remain highly critical of Giorno's every action and word, but he also refuses to show Moody Blues in action in front of him, not trusting Giorno in the least with the secret of his Stand. Somewhat prideful, Abbacchio promises to beat Giorno up after the younger member consistently proves his own course of actions optimal whenever their opinions differ. But, although he despises Giorno and manhandles him from time to time, he never goes as far as hitting him. Despite himself, Abbacchio is impressed by Giorno's actions. For his part, Giorno respects Abbacchio as a senior member of the team.
Abbacchio mentions that he used to walk all the way to Pompeii from Naples as a child, showing that he had a former interest in the ruins.
- Main article: Moody Blues
Abbacchio's Stand, Moody Blues, re-enacts events occurring in a given place within a time specified by his user.
Though never demonstrated within the story, Abbacchio is physically the strongest in Team Bucciarati.
Abbacchio became a police officer after graduating high school. He was very sincere about protecting people, but not long after he was stationed in his area, he realized his job had a lot of contradictions. Though the police officers risked their lives to protect the people, the people are not grateful, always trying to get out of punishments and sometimes even accusing the officers of not doing their job. And even the criminals who have been put away by the police can easily be released if they have enough money. Abbacchio began to learn of these contradictions, and one night while on patrol, he came across a man working with a harlot. The man said that he and the girl were just trying to help the girl's father repay his debts, and quietly hands Abbacchio some money as a bribe. Abbacchio is conflicted as to whether or not he should accept the money, but reasons with himself that the streets are full of people like him and even if Abbacchio did send the man to jail, he could easily pay off the lawyer and judge to get out, and that he was still protecting the streets by accepting the money.
One night a thief was reported breaking into an old man's house. Abbacchio and his partner arrived on the scene and split up to try and trap the thief. As Abbacchio entered the house, he stumbled upon the thief, who was trying to escape through a window. It turned out the thief was the same man Abbacchio had accepted the bribe from before. The man recognized Abbacchio and tried to reason with him that if Abbacchio let him go, the man wouldn't cause any more trouble, but Abbacchio was adamant that he was arresting the man. The man said that if Abbacchio arrested him, then everyone would know that Abbacchio accepted bribes. As he talked, Abbacchio became more and more swayed by his reasoning, not knowing that the man began to withdraw a gun.
Before he could shoot Abbacchio, Abbacchio's partner burst in, shooting the man, but also getting shot in Abbacchio's place. Abbacchio was punished and discharged for having accepted a bribe. More than that, however, the fact that his partner died because of his corruption would haunt Abbacchio. He lost his life's purpose, seemingly unable to find any form of happiness or other great emotion. At some point, Abbacchio would join Passione, working under Bruno Bucciarati. From then on, he was only ever happy when he received a mission of high importance because it allowed him to forget everything else.
Abbacchio was introduced to Giorno as part of Bucciarati's gang along with Narancia, Fugo, and Mista. In an attempt at hazing Giorno, Abbacchio urinates in a tea pot and offers some to him under the pretense of friendship. However, Giorno then turns the situation around by actually seemingly gulping down his cup, surprising Abbacchio and impressing the rest of the group.
After boarding the ship heading for the island of Capri in order to retrieve Polpo's hidden treasure, the team is attacked by an enemy Stand. One by one the members suddenly disappear, with only Bucciarati, Abbacchio, and Giorno left on-guard. Abbacchio, distrustful of Giorno, refuses to reveal his Stand in front of him, to Bucciarati's dismay. Seeing no other choice, Giorno sacrifices himself to not only allow Abbacchio freedom to use his power, but to also help them figure out the enemy's attack, leaving behind a fly made from Narancia's shoe that tracks where the enemy is.
After him and Bucciarati jump below deck, Abbacchio decides to bring out Moody Blues, using its ability to track Narancia up to the moment he's attacked. They find his body being deflated while kept alive and being pulled into the ship. Abbacchio has Moody Blues attempt to follow where Narancia went but fails to successfully find where the enemy is. When he tries to bring his Stand back, Abbacchio is stunned to find that Moody Blues is not there despite him feeling its presence, leading him to ponder what's happening with the boat. Abbacchio, against Bucciarati's commands, forces Moody Blues to remain in a dark place. Feeling out the area, Abbacchio realizes at the last second how their enemy is attacking before Moody Blues is assaulted, causing Abbacchio to deflate and be abducted in turn. However, shortly before being taken away, he manages to convey to Bucciarati what he's figured out, using his blood and its trail to show how none of them were actually taken below the deck of the boat they're on. This allows Bucciarati to force their enemy, Mario Zucchero out into the open. Zucchero threatens to kill Abbacchio with his Soft Machine, but Bucciarati is quicker on the draw and defeats him. After kicking Zucchero's helpless body around with Fugo and Narancia, Abbacchio would still not allow Giorno to see his Stand's ability as he replays Zucchero's conversation over the radio, revealing that he had a partner that had gone ahead. When Giorno suggests that they send someone to go find the partner in Capri, Abbacchio dismisses the idea since they have no clue about the partner's appearance. However, Mista approves the idea. Giorno and Mista leave for Capri, where Mista is able to defeat Sale.
With their way secure, Bucciarati is able to lead his team to the treasure. The capo Pericolo appears to take the treasure and promotes Bucciarati. However, he then immediately presents Trish Una, the Boss' daughter, and tasks them to bodyguard her against a team of rogue assassins.
The group takes in Trish Una in order to protect her from apparent traitors within the gang and hide her in a house in a vineyard. However, Narancia is sent on a supply run and encounters one of the hitmen, Formaggio. The mayhem Narancia causes is sure to attract the rest of the traitors in the area. Abbacchio reprimands Giorno for assuming that the Boss would send orders immediately, only to speak too soon as Mista confirms their next course of action just as quickly afterwards. The Boss thus tells the team to retrieve a key in Pompeii that will help them get Trish to him. Bucciarati thus sends in Abbacchio, Fugo and Giorno. They also learn that the traitors are known as La Squadra Esecuzioni.
Man in the Mirror
Abbacchio, along with Giorno & Fugo arrive in the ruins of Pompeii. It is there that Fugo is attacked by la Squadra member Illuso, dragging him into the mirror world with his Stand Man in the Mirror. Fugo then activates his Stand, Purple Haze, which was separated from its user through the mirror. Abbacchio alerts Giorno to get away since Purple Haze's power could instantly kill them both. Giorno wants to aid Fugo, but Abbacchio is adamant to leaving him since they have to obtain the key, regardless of their feelings to help Fugo. Abbacchio leaves to get the key as Giorno stays, as the two separate, Illuso attacks Abbacchio by pulling him into the mirror world, but to his surprise, Abbacchio substitutes himself with Moody Blues, whom proceeds to overpower and beat the enemy Stand.
Before he is completely defeated, Illuso pushes half of Moody Blues out and pulls half of Abbacchio in, preventing both him and his Stand from attacking. In a desperation move, Abbacchio grabs the key, cuts off his own hand, and uses Moody Blues to rewind its corresponding hand in the real world's movements back to where Giorno is. Though accepting that the mission had cost both his own and Fugo's lives, Abbacchio is soon taken aback when Illuso turns the corner only to see Giorno merely looking at the key instead of escaping with it. Illuso taunts Abbacchio with how incompetent the new member of Team Bucciarati is, causing Abbacchio to furiously scream at Giorno to get away. When Illuso attacks Giorno and pulls him into the mirror world, both Abbacchio and he are shocked to see that Giorno had purposefully infected himself with Purple Haze's virus and was waiting for Illuso to attack him in order to spread it. After Illuso is defeated by the joint efforts of Giorno and Fugo, Fugo openly salutes Giorno for his efforts. Giorno, however, tells Fugo to salute Abbacchio for his own efforts. Abbacchio, around the corner, overhears this and loses consciousness after realizing that Giorno's plan was the best course of action, promising himself to beat him up when he is able to use both of his hands again. Bucciarati later reattaches Abbacchio's hand using Sticky Fingers' zipper.
The Way to Venice
Abbacchio is present for a few more attacks from La Squadra Esecuzioni. When the group board a train to Florence, they hide inside of a turtle named Coco Jumbo which was left on the platform near the train for Bucciarati. However, they are followed by a duo of assassins. Prosciutto uses his The Grateful Dead to age everyone in the train and push the team into revealing themselves. Abbacchio is among the most severely hit by the aging effect because he hasn't had a fresh drink from the fridge in Coco Jumbo. He eventually wakes up and chastises Giorno for sleeping on the job, while he feels tired and decides to take a nap again, being unaware of the attack. The train was stopped when Bucciarati had to fight Prosciutto and Pesci, and thus the group is forced to take to the roads. In a rest area, the team eventually manage to steal a car while covering their tracks. During their way to Venice, the group receives new orders from the Boss, who tells Abbacchio to use Moody Blues. Moody Blues turns into Pericolo, who posthumously gives them the next instructions: retrieve a disc from a statue near Venice's train station. Giorno and Mista are sent to retrieve it while the rest of the group goes to Venice on a boat.
The group reaches the San Giorgio Maggiore church where one of the members must deliver Trish at the top of the basilica and the rest must stay in their boat. Giorno volunteers but Abbacchio shoots his proposition down, arguing that the head of the team should have the honor of completing this last part of the mission. When Bucciarati escorts Trish to the Boss, Abbacchio once more scolds Giorno for going against orders and running in after them. Abbacchio and the rest of the gang decide to follow where they find Giorno, Trish and a wounded Bucciarati. After they exit the church, Bucciarati declares that he has defected from Passione and is going against the Boss, making sure the group knows that continuing to follow him would mean becoming targeted by the gang. Abbacchio is the first to eagerly step on the boat and join Bucciarati's cause, telling him that through all of his endeavors, he only truly feels at peace when he is with Bucciarati. Everyone but Fugo then joins in shortly afterward.
The Way to Sardinia
While still in Venice, the group discuss their next course and Trish reveals that she knows her mother met the Boss in Sardinia. Suddenly, Narancia claims he is being attacked by an enemy Stand, and Abbacchio follows his apparent instructions to use Moody Blues to reveal their attacker. However, Narancia's strange actions leave Abbacchio confused and somewhat angry. Outside of his awareness, Narancia and Giorno were indeed fighting two enemy Stand Users. Abbacchio's Moody Blues reveals itself unable to properly track the enemy Stand because of Clash's teleportation ability. The team is lured in the kitchen where they are manipulated into triggering an explosion. Abbacchio is wounded, but thankfully, Narancia tracks Tizzano and Squalo and kills both of them.
The group then hijacks an airline craft, and Abbacchio uses Moody Blues to replay the last pilot's flight to Sardinia, allowing the group to get there without needing any skill or experience in flying. However, they are then attacked by Carne during the preparations. Carne is quickly killed but after the plane lifts off, the Stand Notorious B.I.G manifests itself, wounding Mista, Narancia and Giorno in such a way that Giorno loses his hands and the ability to heal the team. However, Trish awakens her own Stand Spice Girl and manages to retrieve a spare hand Giorno had created. The plane is destroyed but Trish turns the cockpit into a makeshift parachute, ensuring the team's safety. A piece of Notorious B.I.G. sticks itself to Abbacchio's hair but the team still manage to get rid of it.
Finding the Boss's Past
Abbacchio is ordered to look for the place where the Boss took a photo of Trish's mother, Donatella, in order to unveil his face. Upon attempting to use his Stand powers to replay said events, Abbacchio is left alone as the group is pulled towards some commotion (a fight between Vinegar Doppio and La Squadra leader Risotto Nero). Abbacchio, having been left vulnerable, is killed by the Boss in disguise as a boy playing a game of soccer. The Boss uses his Stand, King Crimson, and punches cleanly through Abbacchio's heart. Abbacchio can only glance at the Boss before he is left to die quietly, as Moody Blues promptly begins to crumble away.
Abbacchio finds himself at a restaurant, eating a meal, when he begins hearing some commotion coming from under his table. He checks to see a policeman, picking up and inspecting glass shards too many in number to count. When told it was for an investigation of a mugging where the victim was hit with the bottle, he questions the officer as to why he would continue to pursue the suspect, knowing that even if the right evidence was found, they would likely bail themselves out with ease. The officer replies that he's looking for the truth, rather than just results, as one whom never loses sight of the truth and reality can reach their destination. Abbacchio admits his envy for him, and that he used to have that same mentality but ultimately could not uphold it, calling himself worthless. The policeman reveals to Abbacchio that said mentality had never left him, making him somewhat anxious. He remembers what he was doing before and says he has to return to his team. Abbacchio begins walking towards a bus, only to be told by the officer that he was brought there by that same bus; It was his final stop. Upon looking at the officer once more, Abbacchio finally remembers the man as his former partner, and begins crying, dishearteningly telling him that his death on patrol was all because his partner accepted some bribe.
Upon finding Abbacchio's corpse, the whole group is left horrified at how sudden his death was: Mista becomes quiet and refuses to look at it; Giorno is left in disbelief at his failure to be able to save him; Narancia cries and becomes desperate, begging Giorno to do something; Bucciarati, despite trying to act mature and commanding the gang to leave the area, subconsciously bites his lip hard enough to bleed. Giorno finds that Abbacchio held in his hand a conspicuous piece of stone, and uses his Gold Experience to return the piece to an imprint of the boss' face and fingerprints, left by Moody Blues as a sort of death mask before it crumbled. With that, they're able to make a mold of those features and continue their efforts to defeat The Boss.
Abbacchio is last seen as an apparition with his partner, watching over his friends from the sky. Before the two walk away, he is told that he's done a fine job and that his friends have sensed his will to seek out the truth.
Chapters / Episodes
- “Giorno, was it? You don't have to stay standing. Why don't you sit down and drink some tea...”
- “I'm replaying all of the past memories! We'll be able to see every sweat drop, every pulse going through Narancia's body! My Stand will trace everything, unrelentingly.”
- “It looks like we've uncovered the enemy's ability... now all we have to do is to trace Narancia and the others and bring them back up, and beat the bastard in!”
- “Obtain the key and protect the Boss's daughter! Carrying that order is what truly matters!”
- “I am also a man with no place to go and no place to call home. This country and its society have rejected me. Bucciarati, the only time I feel inner peace... is when I'm by your side.”
- “There was a time when I wanted to be a policeman. Ever since I was a kid. I wanted to be a righteous policeman. There was a time when I had a will like yours... but I screwed it all up. I'm just that kinda guy.”
- “Abbacchio, you've done a fine job. And those who follow in your path sense your will to seek out the truth. This is what truly matters.”
Creation and Development
While writing Part 5, Araki originally planned on having one of the members of Bucciarati's team, out of Abbacchio, Mista, Narancia and Fugo, be a spy working undercover for the Boss. This spy would then at some point betray Bucciarati and Giorno, similar to the story of Judas. Araki initially settled on making Fugo the traitor, stating that it possibly would've been up to Giorno to dispatch of him. However, Araki decided against it as he couldn't bear how Bucciarati would've felt being betrayed by a dear friend. During the Weekly Shonen Jump publication of Part 5, Araki mentioned that if Abbacchio and Giorno were to fight, it'd be a tie, as neither Gold Experience or Moody Blues are direct damage Stands; although Giorno probably would've won using a "Muda Muda Muda!" attack.
In Abbacchio's first appearance in the Weekly Shonen Jump serialization of Chapter 456, his name was originally spelled as Abakkyo (アバッキョ) instead of Abakkio (アバッキオ). With the former notably being more accurate to the Japanese pronunciation of the word.
In the light novel JORGE JOESTAR, an incarnation of Abbacchio lives in the 37th universe. Abbacchio has the same appearance as his original universe counterpart, but wields a different Stand named Videodrome. Videodrome has similar abilities to Moody Blues but is more limited. It is capable of materializing recent events that have happened to someone into a watchable, interactive hologram.
After they mysteriously find the bodies of Diavolo and Kosaku Kawajiri, who they assume is 37Yoshikage Kira at the time, Abbacchio uses Videodrome to investigate their deaths. Bucciarati shares the holographic video recording to 37Jorge Joestar, who witnesses how the two suddenly die with their throats slit. Videodrome records everything that happens to someone for 24 hours after midnight and cuts off at the moment of their death, meaning that there are no records of Diavolo and Kira from midnight until 8 am. They just suddenly appeared in 37Arrow Cross House at 8 am, where they were killed in approximately one second, and nobody noticed their bodies.
When the original universe George Joestar is brought to Arrow Cross House, Abbacchio describes their estimated time of death and replays the recordings so that George could notice any suspicious details. George points out a clue that Kira's sweat on his face was instantly drying before it reached his shirt, so Abbacchio and NYPD Blue also touch Kira's chest on Videodrome's recording so they can see for themselves. George moves on to checking Diavolo's chest, where he notices the same situation occurring.
George asks Rohan Kishibe for a thermometer so that they could do autopsies. Abbacchio and 37NYPD Blue are reluctant to take rectal temperatures until George convinces them to by saying they shouldn't let an amateur handle it. Grossing Abbacchio out, Rohan describes how he used the thermometer on various wild animals such as birds, cats, and a boar, but he assures that the thermometer is well sterilized. The two officers take the temperatures and then examine the inside of Kira and Diavolo's mouths and eyes. Abbacchio asks if George figured out anything but George ignores him. Impatient, Abbacchio throws the thermometer at George but the latter dodges and the thermometer shatters, angering Rohan.
Later, NYPD Blue and Abbacchio notice that Diavolo's pages from Heaven's Door were not in order; his body only had odd pages, meaning that Diavolo had an alternate personality and someone else had the even pages. When Giorno betrays them by revealing that Diavolo was his alternate personality the whole time, Abbacchio attacks Giorno along with Fugo and 37Mista but their attacks do nothing. 37
- Abbacchio is voiced by Junichi Suwabe in the Part 5 TV anime, who originally played Telence T. D'Arby in the Part 3 TV anime and All-Star Battle.