Devo the Cursed
An infamous Native American shaman and assassin working for DIO, he ambushes Jean Pierre Polnareff in his hotel room in Singapore. Devo is a Stand user whose hatred-fueled ability, Ebony Devil, allows him to remotely possess a doll and attack his target by surprise.
Devo is a tall, muscular Native American notable for the numerous scars covering his face and body, which are the result of Devo letting himself be hurt by targets so his hatred can grow. His hair is long, dark, and braided in the back, ending in a ponytail and reaching his waist.
Devo wears a collared, sleeveless coat with no shirt underneath, jeans, boots, and gloves featuring a fishnet pattern on the forearms and fingers. The coat features a Native American-inspired design on each side extending around the back and to the bottom of the coat. It consists of a zigzag border and columns of small spirals. In the anime, the inner pattern is changed to alternating rows of small circles and zigzags.
Initially, Devo appears to be an ignorant opponent, hiding in a fridge but leaving the contents on the counter. In reality, he is a clever hitman who lures his opponents into attacking him so he can make full use of his Stand. He has very few morals, and he has been hired by countless despicable individuals and organizations. When attacked, he displays a sort of masochism, laughing and reveling in the excruciating pain because he loves to take revenge for injuries.
Through the doll possessed by Ebony Devil, Devo displays in full force his incredibly sadistic and vengeful side. He uses unorthodox yet cruel methods of torture such as trapping Polnareff under a bed, biting him, and using booze and a flame-throwing hair dryer to attempt to incinerate him. He does not hesitate to kill any innocent bystanders who get in his way. In addition to his sadism, he loves to taunt his targets and is particularly vulgar while doing so, threatening to bite Polnareff's penis and joking about urinating on him.
- Main article: Ebony Devil
Devo's Stand is Ebony Devil, converting the "hate" embodied by attacks on him into power for it to possess and control a puppet doll, as an indirect means of assassination. According to Devo, his Stand represents the Devil Tarot Card, which represents the madness brought on by a curse and a path of bad luck.
Prior to allying with DIO, Devo was already known all over the world as a lethal assassin hired by numerous figures in the criminal underworld. Having met Devo at the time, explaining Devo's method of assassinating his targets by having them make the first move, Muhammad Avdol explains no person who seen Devo's Stand lived to tell about it. This leads many ordinary people to believe that Devo curses his victims to suffer a horrific death, hence his moniker. Devo is among the seven Stand users whom Enya the Hag has sent to Asia to stop the Joestar Group.
Stardust Crusaders (1988)
Arriving in Singapore ahead of the Joestar Group, Devo hid away within a fridge in the hotel room that Jean Pierre Polnareff was in. When Polnareff noticed the removed alcoholic beverages, he deduced Devo's presence and forced the assassin to reveal himself. Devo did just that, activating his Stand and having Silver Chariot land the first blow at the cost of his left eye. In horrific pain as his Stand quickly possessed a doll unseen, Devo sadistically curses Polnareff to suffer an agonizing death before falling off from the balcony. But in reality, Devo escaped to the bathroom on one of the lower floors and remained in a stall to act out his curse through his Stand-possessed doll.
With Ebony Devil at play, the doll-possessing Devo manages to trap Polnareff under the bed so that Silver Chariot would lack its User's direct eyesight, while killing a hotel employee and mutilating his face in the process. After having toyed with the ensared crusader at his mercy, Devo proceeds to spill the alcohol over the floor and on Polnareff with the intent to use a malfunctioning hair dryer to burn and electrocute him to death. However prior to that, Polnareff managed to shatter a nearby mirror during their skirmish and then used the reflection of its fragments to finally counterattack Devo's Stand with a clear view. Once freed, Polnareff severs the doll's legs while interrogating Devo for information about J. Geil. Devo refuses to talk under pressure and dies in horrific mutilation as Polnareff brutally destroys Ebony Devil and its vessel.
Crazy Diamond's Demonic Heartbreak
Devo the Cursed makes a minor appearance in the spin-off Crazy Diamond's Demonic Heartbreak in a flashback of Hol Horse's past. He criticizes Hol Horse for being a poor fit for the Emperor card as he would hide behind people and is now clinging to J. Geil's back. Hol Horse tells him to complain to Enya instead since she named Hol Horse's Stand. Devo then threatens Hol Horse with his puppet possessed by Ebony Devil, telling him to get out of the way and saying that he would kill the Joestar Group alone.
Chapters / Episodes
- “It hurts so much!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!! You dared to do this to me!!! Now I can really hate you thoroughly!!”
- “My Stand "Ebony Devil" activates when I'm injured! And it grows more powerful the more hatred I have for my opponent!”
- “Now Polnareff, I'm going to bite your dick off!!!”
- “Be careful of the floor! It's covered with beer, wine, and juice! This was my plan! I couldn't have made it wetter if I pissed on it!”
- “I've got this hair-dryer and the floor is all wet...Hehe, can you guess what I'm going to do yet, Polnareff?! I'll give you a hint! I'm not going to blow dry it!”
- “Are you stupid?! Stand users never just reveal their abilities! If they do, either the Stand user or their target has to die!”
Creation and Development
Devo's name was changed in VIZ Media's translation of the manga to avoid a lawsuit from the band of the same name. His localized name, "Soul Sacrifice", is a reference to the song of the same name by Santana. This name has since been used within the international release of All-Star Battle, the Crunchyroll simulcast of Stardust Crusaders, and the Toonami broadcast of the English dub.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (SFC)
Devo is one of the many bosses featured in the game. In the game, Devo actually attacks the group in India although he still ambushes them in a hotel.
The group encounters Devo when they enter their hotel room and Devo flies after a brief battle declaring that his grudge will fuel Ebony Devil, much like the original manga. This fight directly features Devo and Ebony Devil. Afterward, the group is attacked by Ebony Devil possessing the doll for a second fight and the doll will eventually flee. However, the group will be attacked a third time and defeat Ebony Devil for good.
Afterward, the group can go check the bathroom and take the Roof Key from Devo's corpse.
Heritage for the Future (PS1/DC/Arcade)
Devo or D'Bo in the English localization, appears in the Capcom game. He was part of the original roster in JoJo's Venture, and is an Active Stand user though Remote Mode only.
Movelist & Gameplay
Devo is one of the more unique characters in the game. While most characters with an Active Stand have their guardian immobilized in front of them, Devo's doll is allowed to roam freely across the battlefield when activated and lays dormant on the ground when it is not.
Aside from directly controlling his Stand, Devo can also order Ebony Devil to lunge at his opponent once, leaving him free to attack with his main body while they are distracted. This allows clever players to lure their opponents between Devo and Ebony Devil, and pincer them between a deadly flurry of attacks.
In Super Story Mode on the PS1 version, Devo is the 7th Stage and the battle mirrors the one in the manga.
Diamond Records (Android/iOS)
Devo the Cursed (呪いのデーボ, Noroi no Dēbo) appears in Diamond Records as a playable character in both the Action Battle and Tactical Battle game modes. He has one 'Courage' type 5 star statue. In Action Battle, Devo remotely commands a doll controlled by Ebony Devil using his various Skills and SP attacks. However in Tactical Battle, the doll does not have a special gimmick and is only summoned for attacks like a typical stand ability.
All-Star Battle R (Various)
An antagonist from Part 3: Stardust Crusaders. Usually known as Devo the Cursed, he is the user of the Stand Ebony Devil and a henchman of DIO. He attacks Polnareff, but dies when the Frenchman turns the tables using a mirror and slices almost all of Devo's body into shreds.
User of the Stand Ebony Devil, and a henchman of DIO's known as Soul Sacrifice the Cursed. He attacks Polnareff, but dies when the Frenchman's quick wit turns the battle around using a mirror, and almost all of Soul Sacrifice's body is cut to shreds.
Devo the Cursed, localized as "Soul Sacrifice" in international releases of the game, is featured in All-Star Battle R with a list of Tag Lines (プレイヤーカード名言, Pureiyā Kādo Meigen). They are unlocked by completing 150 Secret Missions in All-Star Battle Mode.
- “They call me Devo the Cursed. My Stand is the Tarot card, Ebony Devil.”
- “The ruin of your cursed spirit! Your fall from grace! That's what it means!”
- “How did you know I was in the refrigerator?”