Dragona Joestar

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Be sure not to push yourself too hard, but don't give up.
—Dragona's favorite motto, The JOJOLands Chapter 1: Departure

Dragona Joestar (ドラゴナ・ジョースター, Doragona Jōsutā) is a primary ally featured in the ninth part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, The JOJOLands.

Dragona is Jodio Joestar's older brother[b] and works alongside him as a gangster in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a Stand user who wields Smooth Operators, a colony-type Stand that can displace anything.

Appearance

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Dragona is a slim 18 year-old with an effeminate figure, dark skin, and long locked hair. He wears a crown of flowers, some having elongated petals that are reminiscent of hands, with a few locs swept over the crown as bangs.[1]

The outfits he wears are feminine, such as two-piece bikinis and dresses, and he had some cosmetic injections to increase the size of his breasts.[3] He also wears dragon-themed accessories and has stylized dragon tattoos on his shoulders and left thigh, and triple claw-like tattoos on his chest, arms, and left thigh.

During his first appearance, he wears a plain dark bikini with a belt, arm rings, and a necklace bearing a plate engraved with a stylized "D" which is made to look like a dragon. Later, he wears a sleeveless and collared one-piece romper with a serrated hem, a chest accessory with the same stylized "D" his previous necklace had, slouch socks, and sneakers. The chest accessory also has a pocket on the back.[4]

As a descendant of the Joestar family, Dragona has the Star Birthmark on his left shoulder.

Color Schemes

The series is known for alternating colors between media, the information presented below may or may not be canon.
Skin
(Tan, bright orange lipstick, dark blue and white tattoos)
Hair
(Black with brownish gray highlights, red and purple flower crown)
Eyes(Emerald Green)
Emblem(Silver with dark purple symbol)
Outfit
(Bright orange romper, blue bracelets, light gray socks, black shoes with light gray outlines and blue laces.)

Personality

Dragona is a jovial, amiable, and active person, who nonetheless participates in various crimes alongside his brother. He likes girly fashion, dresses in feminine outfits, and uses the Japanese first-person pronoun "atashi" (あたし), which is primarily used by women.[1]

His Stand Smooth Operators doesn't have the same offensive capabilities as Jodio's Stand. Thus, Dragona seems more inclined to talk his way out of trouble or at least use guile and surprise attacks instead of rushing headfirst into conflicts.[5] Dragona has a close relationship with Smooth Operators, referring to the Stand as his kids.[6]

Dragona punishes Paco for stealing from the customers.

Dragona tends to act as the cautious one among his allies, warning them whenever they go too far. He disapproves when Jodio needlessly stomps on a police officer,[7] though thanks Jodio afterward as Jodio was doing it for his sake.[8] Despite his criminal life, Dragona also takes his legitimate job at the fashion boutique seriously and heavily disapproves of his fellow gangster Paco stealing from the clients, scolding him and even pulling his ear to punish him.[9] Unlike Paco and Usagi, Dragona acts warily while searching for the diamond in Rohan's villa, berating the two for stealing things they don't need.[6]

Dragona is physically active, jogging every morning and following yoga courses. His motto, which he picked up from an Indian yoga instructor, is to "never push himself too hard, but never give up either," indicating a preference for steady effort. One of Dragona's favorite foods is papaya, and it is the only thing he eats for breakfast.[3]

Abilities

Stand

Main article: Smooth Operators

Dragona wields Smooth Operators, a colony of small Stands on tank treads that are able to grab and displace anything, even if the object affected is supposed to be fixed in place.

Smooth Operators (スムース・オペレイターズ)Link to this section

History

Background

Dragona is the grandson of Joseph Joestar and Suzi Q, and the son of Barbara Ann Joestar and an unnamed man. His family initially lived in Atlantic City and they moved to Honolulu before Barbara got separated from her husband for unknown reasons. Dragona works at a fashion boutique in Kalihi called Iko Iko. At some point, he joined a gang in the neighborhood.

One day, Dragona and his younger brother Jodio go on a job to smuggle drugs in surfboards. They steal a pickup truck and Dragona creates a fake driver's license using their Stand, replacing the original photo on the license with their own.[1]

The JOJOLands

Jodio sits in the passenger seat of the pickup truck while Dragona drives, blasting music from Dua Lipa. They are suddenly stopped by police officers. Dragona is sure they have not done anything wrong and constantly questions the officer, annoying him. The police officer thus forces Dragona out of the car and molests him under the pretense of searching for drugs. Jodio decides to intervene and steps out of the car, ignoring the officers' orders to stop. Instead, he demands that the officer takes his hands off of his big brother, threatening to kill him otherwise. The officers point their guns at Jodio but he summons his Stand, causing rain droplets to pin the officer behind him to the ground, flattening him.

Retaliating against the officer

Just before the other officer fires at Jodio, Dragona uses his Stand to slide the officer's eyes to the back of his head, throwing off his aim. Finally, Jodio attacks the officer with rain drops as well, crushing him. He continuously stomps on the cop before Dragona stops him, calming him down so that Jodio doesn't kill the man.

Jodio then burns the officers' body cameras and dashboard camera along with their car, so that the officers would have no evidence and wouldn't be able to go after them. This initially shocks Dragona but Jodio tells him that he is erasing evidence and Dragona thus agrees with Jodio's actions. Moreover, Dragona uses his Stand to change the numbers on the truck's license plate and gets rid of their fake license before they head to their gang's rendezvous point. One of the gang members praises them for doing well but reprimands them for being late. He also asks them if they heard about a police car being burned down but Jodio and Dragona pretend to be ignorant. They walk until they get to a major road and then call an Uber to go home.

Dragona receives their new mission and allies

Later, Jodio, Dragona, and Paco are summoned by their boss, Meryl Mei Qi, to the fashion boutique named Iko Iko. Paco attempts to steal from one of the customers but Dragona stops him by grabbing his ear. Meryl Mei makes an announcement to close the shop and then orders the three gang members to turn off their phones before showing them her own phone. On the screen is a 24-carat natural blue diamond worth $6 million. It is owned by a lone Japanese tourist who also owns a villa on the Big Island of Hawaii and plans to stay there for around 12 more days. Their group will be getting a 2% split all together, while Meryl Mei gets an 18% cut after they sell it on the black market. She also informs them that they will be going as a team of four. The student who Jodio and Paco sold drugs to at school in the morning arrives as their fourth member, as Meryl Mei guarantees that he will be useful to them.[1]

The Heist

After the group arrives at the Kona Airport in Hawaii, Dragona scolds Usagi for being late and not providing a car, reminding him that they need to get back before the last plane of the day departs. Usagi reassures the group about the mission by stating that he knows a safe car rental that does not have tracking devices or cameras. In the end, they trust him due to the recommendation from Meryl Mei Qi and depart. After arriving at the villa of the japanese tourist, Dragona tells his brother to reveal the gathered intel. Following the briefing, Dragona instructs the group to put their earphones and masks on, and not to say each other's names on the radio. As they approach the estate, Usagi tells Dragona to wish to have the camera installed on the side of the house. This activates Usagi's Stand, THE MATTEKUDASAI, which copies the camera. He uses the cameras to create two distinct videos, making the recorded evidence useless. The group continues on its way in.[10]

Jodio splits up with Paco, Dragona, and Usagi, with the three infiltrating through the front door. Dragona picks the lock with his Stand and they enter the house. Inside, they remind Paco and Usagi to obtain a diamond and nothing else as to not arouse unwanted attention. Despite this, the two still take several antiques and bottles of wine. Dragona warns them to put back their theft and look for a safe. The group continues to explore when they enter a strange room scattered with volcanic rocks around laboratory equipment. Paco and Dragona assume that Rohan Kishibe, the manga artist, purifies drugs with the flasks and smuggles them illegally. Usagi explains that the rocks were cooled 'a'ā lava inside the flasks which are used for heating.

Dragona against Rohan Kishibe.

Jodio soon reports to Dragona that Rohan is returning with a strange stray cat that seemingly leads him inside the house. He warns them to return to look for the diamond another time, but Paco and Usagi had already found the safe hidden behind a bookcase. Ignoring his brother, Dragona reaches to open it immediately with his Stand, confident that he can open it as Rohan doesn't know where they are and will be coming from the living room. However, the lock is heavier than what Smooth Operators can manage. While keeping watch, Paco and Usagi spot and recognize the stray cat which stares at them before walking away. Dragona successfully opens the safe which reveals the diamond worth 6 million dollars, then noticing the same volcanic rocks in the laboratory inside it as well. When the group escapes the room, a plastic string resembling a fishing line wraps and tightens around Paco's foot. Dragona tries to help before a string also wraps around his arm. Usagi manages to dodge a string that almost wraps around his foot, and it floats back into the hallway before disappearing. Usagi tells the two that the cat must be a Stand user and set up the strings, which were tightening around Paco and Dragona, when it went down the hallway.[6]

Paco takes Usagi's scissors, prompting the latter to suggests to Dragona that they wish THE MATTEKUDASAI make a copy for them. Usagi repeats his warning about an enemy Stand, but the cat looks harmless to Dragona and Paco. They suddenly receive Jodio through their transceiver and hear Jodio warn them that Rohan has entered the house and has figured out the situation. The group puts their masks on then Dragona simply uses Smooth Operators to slide the string off his wrist. After Paco also gets rid of the wire around his ankle, he and Usagi quickly start to get out of a window but Dragona notices that Paco's backpack is open. This puzzles Dragona, who clearly remembers closing the backpack and they quickly go back to take the diamond which lays on the floor.

As Dragona crouches and moves his hand to grab the diamond, Rohan suddenly appears, his hand close to Dragona's. Rohan warns Dragona to not pick up the diamond or else he'll be in danger, but he only thinks of tying Rohan up now. Rohan picks the diamond as Dragona's arm suddenly opens up into pages showing information about him. From that, Rohan learns Dragona's identity and becomes aware about the presence of Jodio. Rohan seems relieved to read that the group is merely fairly ordinary burglars and wishes to know how they learned about the diamond. Rohan manages to subdue Paco and Usagi by turning them into books but during the struggle, Rohan tosses the diamond at Usagi and Dragona. It bounces off Usagi's hand before Dragona catches it. Only Dragona remains able to move, but he is more disturbed at the sight of the diamond laying again on the ground, although he was sure he caught it.[11]

After tying up Paco and Usagi, Rohan promptly contacts the police to report the robbery. He's instructed to stay on the line until help arrives. Displaying his phone as evidence of his ongoing communication with the police, Rohan estimates a patrol car's arrival within ten minutes. He then turns his attention to Dragona, intending to immobilize him as well. As panic sets in, Dragona hastily tries to seize the diamond, stowing it in a pouch before attempting to flee. However, an unexpected clinking sound from a cup on the table halts him in his tracks. The diamond has mysteriously ended up in the cup, and the shock of losing it leaves Dragona bewildered. Adding to the confusion, Rohan's money, which was previously in Paco's possession, spills onto the floor. Rohan calmly retrieves it, commenting on how everything returned. Overwhelmed with fear, Dragona questions Rohan's identity, to which Rohan retorts that he should be the one questioning his assailants. He advances towards the paralyzed Dragona, almost succeeding in restraining him.

Rohan's focus is disrupted by rain suddenly appearing inside his living room. This distraction and a trap set by Jodio allows him to capture and bind the manga artist. Dragona informs Jodio that Rohan knows their identities, rendering their planned airport escape impossible. Additionally, Dragona points out how the diamond cannot be stolen, leaving the gang bewildered. Adding to their uncertainty, Rohan points out that they would have been safer had he been the one to capture them, since they are being followed.

Having discerned Rohan's motive for staying in Hawaii, Jodio utilizes the two pieces of lava from Rohan's safe as leverage. He goes far as to crush one of them to emphasize his point, causing Rohan to panic. The gang speculates on the potential value of the lava, but no one understands its significance to Rohan. Regardless, it serves as effective leverage for the moment. Jodio forces Rohan to deceive the police about the burglary to secure a safe passage back to O'ahu for the gang. Feeling incapable of stealing the diamond, Dragona instructs Paco to steal it instead. Paco nonchalantly takes the diamond, and the group departs. Outside, Paco brazenly shows off the diamond to Dragona, oblivious to its peculiar properties. Unbeknownst to the gang, a group of cats begin to tail them.[12]

Jungle Warfare

Dragona and co. fighting a trio of cats.

Dragona and the gang run across the jungle back towards their car but Paco trips on a root, forcing the group to stop. Suddenly, Dragona sees that the diamond has fallen on the ground, which surprises Paco who is sure that he put the gem in his backpack and zipped it. Then, Jodio also sees the precious artwork Usagi had stolen earlier near him beneath some leaves. Somehow, the drawing has left Usagi's backpack. Dragona also remembers how several bank notes that Paco had stolen mysteriously fell out of his pocket earlier and realizes that this is not a matter of being careless or any trick on Rohan's part, but rather it seems that precious items are drawn towards the Lava Rock. Since Jodio was holding the lava, Dragona tells him to pick up the diamond, assuming it wouldn't fall again.

However, when Jodio approaches the diamond, he touches a wire that was hidden in the grass. It coils around his ankle and lifts him up, leaving him dangling upside down from a tree. Surprised, Jodio drops the Lava Rock. The rest of the group is just as surprised as Jodio to see the wire attack continue even after they left the house. Jodio warns his companions about an animal lurking around. The wire digs into Jodio's leg and he is unable to break free. Thus, Dragona approaches to help him. Usagi tries to warn them but Dragona is still caught in a trap. Two other wires stealthily approach Dragona from behind, bind to each other, and then pierce his stomach. Paco rushes to Dragona's aid but when he grabs Dragona, the wires start to sew themselves into his arm, binding him and Dragona together.

Jodio sees more wires flying towards them from upwind and warns his companions. Worse, it seems that Usagi has taken all the goods and fled. As the wires approach Paco and Dragona, Jodio, still dangling from the tree, estimates the distances between him, the branch from which he's hanging, and the tree trunk. Satisfied, he tells Paco and Dragona to get under him and then summons November Rain. November Rain creates a rain right underneath it which pushes the floating wires onto the ground and disintegrates them while Jodio shields Paco and Dragona.[13]

As the trio struggles against the wire onslaught, Drgona attempts to use Smooth Operators, but fails to slide the wires off. After Paco uses THE Hustle to free Jodio, his November Rain manages to fend off one cat. The remaining two cats ensnare them in a net made of wires, which is revealed to come from their fur. Just as the situation seems dire, Usagi intervenes by crashing the rental car into the tree. He reveals he had fed the cats expensive caviar he stole from Rohan's villa. Usagi has Dragona ask THE MATTEKUDASAI to transform into a net and lures the cats toward him. He then drops the Lava Rock he was holding, causing the cats to fall down since they would be drawn toward the Rock due to its properties.[14]

Testing the Lava Rock

Usagi and Dragona check out luxury watches

Dragona and the others wind down after escaping from the jungle. They drive to a cafe, where Usagi begs Dragona to lend him $20. Dragona wonders if his family is poor and agrees to lend the money, which Usagi uses to test the Lava Rock's ability to attract valuables. Usagi places the Rock on top of the bill while they talk for a few minutes, then marks the bill with a symbol using a pen before throwing the cash to the ground. A man steals the bill and uses it to pay for food, angering Dragona that his money was stolen. However, the money eventually returns to the group after Paco gets a refund from a shop, confirming the Lava Rock's power. Dragona then suggests a test at a luxury watch store, Diamotch, so they can fully figure out how the Lava Rock's powers work before boarding the plane. Dragona and Usagi act nervously inside, making the salesman suspect them. Dragona shows the clerk a glimpse of the diamond in his wallet, so the clerk agrees to let them try on watches in the back room. However, the Lava Rock's power leads to a tense situation as one of the watches on the table goes missing, and the clerk assumes the pair stole it.[4]

Usagi and Dragona show the clerk all of their possessions. Dragona is baffled about the missing watch, wondering if it moved on its own. After touching all four watches, it's unclear why only one vanished. They beg the clerk not to call the police, leading to a deal to check the security footage for proof of innocence. The first camera misses the incident, but the second shows the watch under Dragona's wrist before it disappeared. Dragona finds the watch inside his pendant's pocket being held by Smooth Operators, but doesn't remember taking it, reminiscent of when the diamond kept rolling away from Dragona at Rohan's villa. The security guards search Dragona's body, but the watch disappears again, as they only find the Lava Rock. Usagi points out that the watch isn't on Dragona but tangled in the clerk's shoelaces. It then starts traveling on its own toward the elevator, leading to a chase. The clerk and guards successfully retrieve it and apologize for accusing them, blaming the watch's slippery strap. As it falls again, Usagi and Dragona decide to leave. Dragona speculates on the Lava Rock's ability to draw riches toward it by controlling people with unconscious actions and through the connections between people, thinking the watch might return to them due to its mysterious pull. Despite the chaos, Usagi thinks their shopping trip was fun and suggests to cherish the memory.[15]

THE Hustle

Charmingman stabs Dragona

Dragona and Usagi exit the store while enjoying a bit of alcohol from Rohan's house. They enjoy themselves on their success and await to acquire one precious wristwatch. Although Paco warns them about an enemy hiding nearby, Dragona and Usagi are distracted when they see the watch they targeted in another woman's possession. Dragona is disappointed but Usagi tells him that it means that the watch is already brought outside. He keeps watching the couple with the watch and gets frustrated when they put the watch on a dirty napkin. Soon, a flock of birds approaches the couple. One bird takes the watch and flies toward Dragona, who attempts to grab the watch. However, this is actually an illusion, as the enemy is transformed into the bird and sky, with the real watch still remaining on the woman's wrist. The foe thus steals the Lava Rock and also stabs Dragona in the neck. Dragona collapses, and tries to have Smooth Operators take away the wound.[16]

Thankfully, Dragona manages to drag the wound out of his neck and onto a bottle of alcohol, saving himself as the bottle is cut. As he catches his breath and coughs up the blood in his throat, Usagi confesses that he is in love with Dragona. However, Dragona is more interested in retrieving the Lava Rock. Finding the enemy seems to be challenging as he's able to camouflage or even merge into the very air to hide. Usagi asks Dragona to use THE MATTEKUDASAI to wish for a metal detector, but Paco spots blood on the ground and deduces that it is a blood trail left by the enemy when November Rain injured him. The group follows the blood trail up to a car whose owner, Leo, antagonizes the group for blocking his car. The enemy attacks Jodio from the car, and though Jodio is able to evade the ambush, the enemy disappears again and there is no blood trail left.

When the wristwatch attracted to the Lava Rock begins to slide toward the beach, Dragona realizes that they can track the enemy using the diamond like a compass to locate the general direction of the enemy. Paco and Jodio advance together into the water to corner the enemy and they arrive at a pier. Usagi worries about their enemy being too dangerous for them, but Dragona is confident that they will be the winners as long as they don't let their fears overtake them or regret their lost opportunities. Fused with a splash of water, the enemy ambushes Paco from behind. Jodio grabs onto the assailant and drags him back into the sea and the two start to fight underwater. Dragona is initially worried because November Rain's ability cannot affect things beyond their surface. However, after Usagi pushes an inflatable raft into November Rain's direction and Jodio is able to breathe through air leaking from it, Dragona thinks he'll be all right. As the fight drags on, Paco decides to spare the enemy. Having realized that the enemy may not be as evil as he thought, and because he seems to know more about the Lava Rock, Paco asks Dragona to tell Jodio to let his opponent live.[17]

Thus, the fight ends and the crew starts an uneasy truce with their former enemy, whose name is "Charmingman". At the airport, Dragona seeks a souvenir in a shop to bring to his mother, not wanting to spend more than $30. Usagi suggests macadamia nuts or Kona coffee but Dragona mentions that his mother has an allergy. Suddenly, a man peddling goods exhibits his articles hidden under his coat. Dragona spots the precious watch from earlier and the hawker tries to sell it for $800, but Dragona and Usagi see that the hands have stopped and remember that the watch fell in the ocean, forcing the vendor to downgrade his offer to $30. Dragona thus accepts to buy the watch.

Back at O'ahu, Dragona and the rest of the crew make their report to Meryl Mei Qi. Although they have stolen more than she ordered, she remains satisfied and thus hands the gang their payment for the job. After she puts the diamond in a safe, Meryl asks them what happened at the big island because she knows that somehow, no one reported any burglary and yet they spent more than six hours on the island. The group hesitates to explain, Dragona notably having trouble finding the right words. Nonetheless, he points to the diamond that has somehow found its way back into Meryl Mei's hands, showing the first of the difficulties they've faced. Although Dragona wants to explain more, Meryl Mei suddenly has an idea.[18]

Relationships

Family

  • Jodio Joestar: Dragona's younger brother. The two have a close relationship, working together to earn money and protect their mother. Dragona seemingly makes efforts to restrain his more violent impulses, but still shows appreciation for his efforts to keep them safe.[1]
  • Barbara Ann Joestar: The mother of Dragona and Jodio, who raises them alone. Jodio and Dragona love her and ensure her social safety by helping her behind the scenes with their gang work.[1]

Gangmates

  • Paco Laburantes: Dragona and Paco seem to have a strained relationship. When Paco tries to steal from customers at Iko Iko, Dragona reprimands him and threatens to wrap his ear around his head. Paco also challenges Dragona to fight afterwards, though Dragona refuses.[1]
  • Usagi Alohaoe: Upon being introduced at first, Dragona believed Usagi to be irresponsible, having an odd personality and being late to arrive at Kona Airport. Usagi responds to this by being more exuberant and giving him humorous codenames like "Pink-chan".[10] After Usagi confesses his love to him, Dragona thanks him, but politely rejects him.[17]

Chapters

Quotes

Quote.png Quotes
  • Jodio! I gotta say thank you. I'm touched.
    —Dragona Joestar, The JOJOLands Chapter 1: Departure
  • Paco! Can you hear me? You'd better get the heck outta here before I wrap your ear around your head! Don't you dare mess with the customers in my shop! You asshole!
    —Dragona Joestar, The JOJOLands Chapter 1: Departure
  • Shut up, idiot! Go [to the gym] yourself if you want to!
    —Dragona Joestar, The JOJOLands Chapter 1: Departure
  • I'm just feeling bad for you. Now we'll need to tie you up. You really would've been better off hanging out by the side of the pool.
  • We came to this island to make money.
    —Dragona Joestar, The JOJOLands Chapter 11: THE Hustle, Part 2

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Notes

  1. Originally "Watermelon" in magazine release.
  2. Dragona is stated as "older brother" () in the volume introduction page, magazine introduction page, the JoJo-Portal website, and JOJO magazine 2023 WINTER. Note that the pronouns used in this article are based on current sources and may be subject to change in the future.

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