Ghiaccio

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I can freeze anything in the universe! That's what makes my White Album so perfect! I can even halt a runaway train! I can even freeze a raging sea! None can defy my whims!
—Ghiaccio about White Album, Chapter 512: White Album, Part 4

Ghiaccio (ギアッチョ, Giatcho) is a tertiary antagonist featured in the fifth part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Vento Aureo, specifically the "White Album" story arc. He is also a primary ally in the spin-off light novel There's No Love Like a Parent's.

Ghiaccio is a member of La Squadra Esecuzioni who chases Giorno Giovanna and Guido Mista near Venice with his cryogenic ice-generating Stand, White Album.

Appearance

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Ghiaccio is a man of below-average height and slim to medium build.

His light hair clings to his head in a low number of large spirals, and he wears a pair of thick-rimmed glasses with round hinges marked with a "W" that are distinct to look at while in his full-body Stand suit.[3] Ghiaccio also keeps a blouse buttoned at the side of the chest and a band patterned pants. In the manga, he wears brown leather fingerless gloves, while the anime attaches them to his suit and makes them white. 

Ghiaccio wears his Stand, a light-colored, full-body suit, for the majority of his feature.

Color Schemes

The series is known for alternating colors between media, the information presented below may or may not be canon.
Skin(Fair)
Hair(Light Blue)
Eyes(Black)
Outfit
(White tinted-blue blouse with blue buttons, brown gloves, and black/blue pants. Red glasses and maroon shoes.)
Skin(Fair)
Hair(Light Blue)
Eyes(Black)
Outfit
(White blouse with navy blue buttons, white gloves, and black/white pants. Magenta glasses and red shoes.)
Skin(Fair)
Hair(Blond)
Eyes(Black)
Outfit
(Aqua blouse with gold buttons, purple gloves, and black/white pants. Red glasses and indigo shoes.)

Personality

Say it in Italian! In Italian! Damnit! They're pissing me off with that mockery! Those dumbasses!
—Ghiaccio, Chapter 509: White Album, Part 1

Ghiaccio is a crass and irritable assassin, obsessed with idioms and pursuing his mission.

Wielding the dangerously powerful ice-based Stand, White Album, Ghiaccio is confident in his abilities and becomes incredibly irritated when challenged. Unlike the rest of his teammates, Ghiaccio openly confronts Giorno and Mista alone (having assumed the rest of the team was nearby too) and even openly monologues his plans out loud.[4] Conversely, when the two of them fight back, Ghiaccio doesn't hesitate to taunt them or ridicule their attempts, such as when he tells Mista to jump into the water to see whether he can really outpace White Album's freezing ability.[5] Ghiaccio still commends Mista for putting up such a fight, and states that he's earned his respect.[6]

Ghiaccio is furious foreigners don't call Venice "Venezia".

Although he is prideful, Ghiaccio is conscious about his weaknesses and has devised plans to alleviate his need to have an air hole on White Album. If the need presents itself, Ghiaccio is able to freeze the air to counter against projectiles and cover the air hole.[7] Moreover, Ghiaccio is a quick-thinker, able to change the dynamic of a battle in his favor. For instance, when he is nearly impaled on a spike, Ghiaccio uses his own flowing blood to create pillars and support himself.[8]

He has a fixation with language, expressing annoyance at the confusing wording of various metaphors as well as how foreign languages do not respect Italian words, such as spelling "Venice" in English instead of "Venezia".[9] During these fits of anger, Ghiaccio becomes so unnerved he begins to sweat out of wrath and freaks out by punching anything nearby or dramatically waving his arm.[10]

Abilities

Stand

Main article: White Album

Ghiaccio's Stand is White Album. It acts as an almost impenetrable full-body suit with ice skate-like blades on its feet. It also has the power to almost instantly freeze objects and the air around him.

Ghiaccio is able to activate the second phase of his Stand, known as White Album Gently Weeps. During Gently Weeps' duration, Ghiaccio produces temperatures around roughly -210 degrees Celsius, impressively close to the point of absolute zero.

White Album (ホワイト・アルバム)Link to this section
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PWR
A
SPD
C
RNG
C
STA
A
PRC
E
DEV
E

History

Background

The Boss makes an example of Sorbet

Ghiaccio was a member of La Squadra Esecuzioni, a team of nine assassins working within Passione. However, the team was frustrated they only received compensation for each kill while the rest of the gang was getting rich from the drug trade. One day their teammates Sorbet and Gelato disappeared while they were trying to investigate the Boss's past. They found Gelato choked on a gag in his house, with a piece of paper on which was written the word "punishment". Later, the team received the sectioned body parts of Sorbet encased in formaldehyde, showing the team the power of the Boss. They despaired of ever finding about the Boss. However, they then heard about Trish Una, and thought that she would be the key to discovering the Boss's Stand ability. The team rebelled and began searching for her. Just after Trish was taken in by Pericolo, La Squadra Esecuzioni ransacked Donatella and Trish's apartment in search for clues, missing a crucial picture of Donatella that was taken by the Boss himself.

The information below derives from a source not written by Araki. As such, it may or may not be considered canon.
"We're the best there is in this whole damn organization!"

The anime adaptation expands a bit on Ghiacchio's past. Two years prior to the events of Vento Aureo, Ghiacchio was already part of La Squadra Esecuzioni. He tells Melone that he considers them to be the best group in Passione, and thinks the group should be paid more.

Vento Aureo

Contacted by Melone, who reveals that Team Bucciarati is on a parking lot south of Rome, Ghiaccio drives over to their supposed location and discovers he is too late to confront the group. Swearing to find the group no matter what, he briefly gets angrily at the nonsensical expression used to say this. At the same time, he hears Melone being killed on the phone. Regardless, Risotto Nero later runs some computer analysis on Pericolo's items and discovers that Bucciarati's group is headed toward Venice.

Ghiaccio fighting Giorno Giovanna and Guido Mista.

Ghiacchio finds Giorno and Mista manages to sneakily jump on their car's roof, hiding for a while. Using White Album, he surrounds himself in a thick, bulletproof layer of ice and begins to lower the temperature of the car. By the time Giorno and Mista notice, Mista's face is stuck to the window because of the cold. Ghiacchio makes himself known and Mista shoots, but Ghiaccio is protected by his ice. He even manages to trap some of Sex Pistols. Ghiaccio then goes on a rant, demanding that foreigners call Venice by its proper Italian name, "Venezia". Ghiaccio remains confident but then Giorno and Mista combine their abilities. Mista shoots bullets touched by Gold Experience and the bullets turn into roots, breaking through the ice and making Ghiaccio fall onto the road.

Ghiacchio pursues the heroes with his White Album

However, Ghiaccio then summons White Album as a suit around him and begins to skate to catch up to the car. Ghiaccio's armor is also bulletproof but then Sex Pistols slip bullets into his skate blade, making him trip. Ghiaccio freezes the trail of humidity left by the car and pulls himself towards it. When Mista prepares to unload his gun again, Ghiaccio opens the trunk, crawls through it and grabs Mista to freeze his firing hand and break it. Interrupted by a pummeling from Gold Experience, Ghiaccio's armor is merely cracked. Desperate, Giorno drives into the sea, telling Mista to escape to their objective. However, Ghiaccio creates a long stretch of ice in an instant, taunting Mista and daring him to swim. As Ghiaccio freezes the car again, Mista has Giorno create tundra grass and makes a board out of it, sliding on the ice to reach his objective. Ghiaccio is forced to cancel his ice for the moment and swims towards Mista.

Ghiaccio punches the water and traps Mista in ice, but Giorno and Mista work together again. They manage to drive a great screw into Ghiaccio's helmet and Mista shoots further into it, making the hitman sink for a moment. When Ghiaccio resurfaces, Mista mysteriously shoots some fishes, making Ghiaccio turn his head; Mista then shoots a bullet into the airhole on the back of his neck. However, Ghiaccio reveals his technique: White Album Gently Weeps. He freezes part of the air solid and makes the bullet bounces back at Mista.

Shootout against Mista

Ghiaccio reaches the ground and searches the area. He eventually finds an OA-DISC inside of the lion statue near Santa Lucia station. Ghiaccio approaches Mista to fight him but then Giorno sprays some of his blood in their direction, making the weaknesses in Gently Weep's barrier appear. Mista uses rebounds and hits inside of Ghiaccio's neck again, but Ghiaccio reveals another layer of protection. He has sealed his airhole and stored frozen air inside of his suit, allowing him to breathe. The bullets bounces back at Mista, but the gunman covers his helmet with blood. Mista unloads his gun in Ghiaccio's face. Ghiaccio trips on a spike created when Mista's bullet hit a metal lamppost, and Ghiaccio understands the danger. Mista repeatedly shoots Ghiaccio in the face, pushing him further into the spike but then Ghiaccio freezes his blood solid, reinforcing the support. Sure of his victory, Ghiaccio makes a last bullet rebound into Mista's forehead.

Giorno intervenes to save Mista and kill Ghiaccio

However, the bullet wound heals. Giorno appears and finishes off Ghiaccio by having Gold Experience repeatedly kick him into the spike. Ghiaccio's throat is impaled and the hitman dies.

Novels

JORGE JOESTAR

The information below derives from a source not written by Araki. As such, it may or may not be considered canon.

In the light novel JORGE JOESTAR, an iteration of Ghiaccio lives in the 37th universe, appearing similarly to his original universe counterpart. He is not actually mentioned in the novel by name but he is drawn in an illustration.

Ghiaccio and others jumping into Morioh

Nero Nero Island, where the base of Passione is located, suddenly grows legs and starts moving through the ocean headed toward Morioh. Some ordinary citizens panic and attempt to escape at the island's harbor. Ghiaccio, Cioccolata (Universe 37), Secco (Universe 37), Prosciutto (Universe 37), Pesci (Universe 37), and Melone (Universe 37) ambush and murder them. Secco's Evil Dead conceals the harbor, making their actions invisible to those within the island, such as Bruno Bucciarati (Universe 37). One man manages to escape and tries waving desperately toward Morioh for help before he is killed as well.

The Mafia members move the bodies out of sight by dropping the bodies in the water between the boats, or by tossing them into the tall grass by the side of the road to the harbor. Nero Nero Island suddenly crashes into the barrier surrounding Morioh and flips upward. Its propulsion causes it to tear through the barrier and lands into Morioh Harbor. Cioccolata and the others start firing bullets and rocket launchers at random civilians and houses in Morioh, attempting to shoot Jorge Joestar as well when he runs by underneath them. The mafia members then jump off the island and head to Budogaoka gymnasium with several weapons.[12]

Chapters / Episodes

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Quotes

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  • "Dig up every root and leaf. Keep your eyes peeled..." I get the part about digging up roots, I really do. Roots are buried within the soil, after all... But what the hell does it mean to dig up a leaf?! How do you dig up a leaf?! They think I'm a fool... That phrase is really pissing me off! If you try and dig into a leaf, you'll tear all the way through to the back of it! If it's so damn easy, why don't you go try and dig one up, damnit?! What do you mean? What the hell do you mean?! (ヤツらを探し出すために…………………… 『根掘り 葉掘り 聞き回る』の… 『根掘り 葉掘り』……ってよォ~~~~~ 『根を掘る』ってのは わかる………スゲーよくわかる 根っこは土の中に埋っとるからな… だが「葉掘り」って部分はどういう事だああ~~~~~っ⁉ 葉っぱが掘れるかっつーのよーーーーーーッ! ナメやがって この言葉ァ超イラつくぜぇ~~~~ッ!! 葉っぱ掘ったら 裏側へやぶれちまうじゃあねーか! 掘れるもんなら掘ってみやがれってんだ! チクショーーーッ どういう事だッ! どういう事だよッ! クソッ!)
    —Ghiaccio, Chapter 507: Head to Venice!
  • What do you mean "dig up leaves"?! Piss off with that bullshit! Shit! (葉掘りってどういう事だッ! ナメやがって クソッ! クソッ!)
  • In English, they use the pronunciation "pair-is", while everyone else uses the French "pa-ree." But everyone calls Venezia by its English name, "Venice." Like in The Merchant of Venice and Death in Venice... (英語では「パリスPARIS」っていうんだが みんなはフランス語どおり「パリ」って発売して呼ぶ でも「ヴェネツィア」はみんな「ベニス」って英語で呼ぶんだよォ~~~ 「ベニスの商人」とか「ベニスに死す」とかよォーー)
    —Ghiaccio, Chapter 509: White Album, Part 1
  • Why isn't it titled Death in Venezia?! (なんで 『ヴェネツィアに死す』ってタイトルじゃあねえーんだよォオオオーーッ)
  • Are you okay with that, huh? I'm not okay with it at all! (それって納得いくかァ~~~~ おい? オレはぜーんぜん納得いかねえ……)
  • They think me a fool?! Me?! Say it in Italian! In Italian! (なめてんのかァーーーーーッ このオレをッ! イタリア語で呼べ! イタリア語で!)
  • Damnit! They're pissing me off with that mockery! Those dumbasses! (チクショオーーー ムカつくんだよ! コケにしやがって! ボケがッ!)
  • But you won't escape... Whatever is at the station is coming home with me, Ghiaccio. (しかし逃がさねえ…………… 駅前にある『品物』はこのギアッチョが必ず 手に入れる…………)
    —Ghiaccio, Chapter 509: White Album, Part 1
  • Your ammo is useless against me. My ability, White Album, uses cryogenic temperatures to freeze the moisture in the air into a suit of armor. (弾丸の無駄だな オレの能力「ホワイト・アルバム」は極低温で空気中の水分を凝結させて 装甲のように身にまとっている)
    —Ghiaccio, Chapter 510: White Album, Part 2
  • Cryogenic temperature is a world of stillness... (超低温は「静止の世界」だ……)
  • There's nothing capable of moving in a cryogenic world. Everything is frozen in its tracks! (低温世界で動ける物質はなにもなくなる 全てを止められる!)
  • I can even halt a runaway train! I can even freeze a raging sea! (爆走する機関車だろうと止められる!荒巻く海だろうと止められる!)
  • White Album Gently Weeps! I've already set up a wall of frozen air! (『ホワイト・アルバム ジェントリー・ウィープス! (静かに泣く)』 すでに空気の凍った壁をつくっていたぜ!!)
    —Ghiaccio, Chapter 513: White Album, Part 5
  • I wonder if you're ready for this! Time to die, Mista! (おい~~~~~~~~ 覚悟はできてんだろうなああああああああ とどめだッ! ミスターーーーーーーーーーッ)
    —Ghiaccio, Chapter 514: White Album, Part 6
  • What the hell?! (なんだってエエエエエエエエエエェェェェェェ)
    —Ghiaccio's last words, Chapter 515: White Album, Part 7

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Trivia

  • One of Ghiaccio's rants includes his annoyance at the Japanese phrase nehori hahori (根掘り 葉掘り), meaning "thoroughly." The phrase is defined by its first half, nehori (根掘り), which translates literally to "root digging," the implication being that something is not done "thoroughly" until the roots are pulled out. The nonsensical second half of the phrase, hahori (葉掘り), meaning "leaf digging," is added to create a euphonious Japanese wordplay (i.e. "dig up every root and leaf") and is generally not taken literally, as Ghiaccio does.
    • In Crunchyroll's official subtitles for the anime, Ghiaccio's rant is instead directed towards the phrase "taking a leaf out of someone's book," in which "leaf" refers to a sheet of paper, rather than an actual plant leaf. Similarly to the Japanese version of his rant, Ghiaccio's anger still stems from him taking a piece of figurative language literally, while preserving the reference to leaves. In the English dub of Golden Wind, Ghiaccio instead rants about the expression "think outside the box."
    • In VIZ Media's publication, Ghiaccio instead rants about the phrase "elbow grease," taking issue with the literal meaning and eventually telling the phrase's hypothetical speaker to squeeze their own elbow and check its validity for themselves.
    • The French dub has Ghiaccio rant about the expression "remuer ciel et terre," which literally translates to "(to) move heaven and earth," and is an idiom for making every effort and using any means to achieve one's goal.
  • Ghiaccio's voice actor in All-Star Battle, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, later voiced Prosciutto, another member of La Squadra Esecuzioni in the TV anime.
  • In a 2018 poll on the official app for scary Part 5 characters, Ghiaccio won seventh place. He also won second place in a 2019 poll for enemies with the most impressive defeats.

References

  1. Golden Wind Model Sheet no CR200-00
  2. Chapter 557: "Green Day" and "Oasis", Part 4 Carne is killed 3 days before Secco fights Bucciarati, the same day at the morning (Chapter 515: White Album, Part 7, it is sunrise.) Ghiaccio is defeated.
  3. JOJOVELLER: Araki's Stand Commentaries - White Album
  4. Chapter 508: Venice's Santa Lucia Station - Get the "OA-DISC"! P.19
  5. Chapter 511: White Album, Part 3 P.9
  6. Chapter 515: White Album, Part 7 P.9
  7. Chapter 513: White Album, Part 5 P.13
  8. Chapter 515: White Album, Part 7 P.9
  9. Chapter 508: Venice's Santa Lucia Station - Get the "OA-DISC"! P.5-6
  10. Chapter 507: Head to Venice! P.5-6
  11. JOJO A-GO!GO!: STANDS, p.104
  12. JORGE JOESTAR Chapter 8: Nero Nero Island

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