List of Miscellaneous References to JoJo

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This article lists possible references made in popular series and by popular artists to art or concepts defining to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Discussion of the legitimacy of these references can be found here.

References range in nature from tribute to plagiarism. Many are comic, while the "JoJo poses" in particular cross into greater cultural significance, with the greatest examples being those reproduced by a handful of popular Japanese performing artists.

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Link to this section Amphibia
In Toadcatcher, the second segment of the fourth episode of Amphibia Season 2, General Yunan poses multiple times when introducing and boasting about herself to people throughout the episode. While boasting about herself yet again as she confronts Captain Grime and Sasha Waybright, she briefly poses in reference to Josuke Higashikata's pose from the cover of WSJ 1994 Issue #1/Volume 36 and Jonathan Joestar’s pose from the cover of Volume 4. The references shown were notably added by Cassie Zwart, who was one of the storyboard artists for the segment.[1]

In Fixing Frobo, the first segment of the fifth episode of Season 3, Polly searches the internet for information on robotics. During the sequence various animes are referenced, a specific reference to JoJo is seen on a page with several images of robot frogs on it. One of the images has the caption "Menancing frogg robot - is this a jo-..." and the image shows a frog with the katakana for "Menacing" next to it and the "To Be Continued" arrow in the corner of the image.

Link to this section Arby's Restaurant
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The American Fast food Restaurant Arby's have numerous social media platforms where they create Cardboard art or use sauce packets to creatively design characters from Video Games or Manga as social media marketing advertisements, some JoJo characters have had this happen to them such as: Dio Brando,[2] Gyro Zeppeli,[3] Bread with lighter from the Black Sabbath arc,[4] Johnny Joestar,[5] Daniel J. D'Arby[6](from an AMA) & Will A. Zeppeli[7]

Link to this section Ashikaga Bank
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The 2019 Ashigin Fresher's Campaign from Ashikaga Bank featured an advertisement[8] of a group of people doing various poses from JoJo. From left to right the poses shown are:

Link to this section Axe
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The Twitter account for the Axe brand posted a gif of their deodorants labelled "JOJO" and "DIO" on November 1, 2021, with the caption "is this an axe reference?". The deodorants are approaching each other like Jotaro and DIO with a manga-styled background.

After the first twelve episodes of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean released on December 1, 2021, they posted the gif again in response to Kira Buckland announcing that she got her dream role as Jolyne Cujoh. The Twitter account continued to post the same gif as replies to several other tweets mentioning Part 6 that day.
Link to this section Ballmastrz: 9009
Chimpendale striking Jonathans pose

The ninth episode of the first season of Adult Swim's Ballmastrz: 9009 has one of the rivaling teams members striking one of Jonathan Joestar's iconic poses.

In the 8th episode of the second season, one of the team members has a hairstyle closely resembling Josuke's from Diamond is Unbreakable. There are also characters resembling Bruno Bucciarati and Giorno Giovanna from Golden Wind.

In the same episode, one of the teams does a dance mimicking the torture dance shown in Golden Wind Episode 7.
Link to this section Casas Bahia
CB doing Jonathan's pose
The official Twitter account of the Brazilian retail chain Casas Bahia tweeted an image of its mascot, CB, dressed like Jonathan Joestar and replicating his pose in the cover of Volume 4.
Link to this section Castlevania (TV series)
Tunis shopkeeper's mask
In The Reparation of My Heart, the second episode of Castlevania Season 3, a shopkeeper in Tunis specializing in mystical objects Isaac speaks to can be seen cleaning or polishing a mask that looks similar to the Stone Mask. Notably, the mask is green with red and gold decor and lacks fangs.
Link to this section Centaurworld
In It's Hidin' Time, the fifth episode of Centaurworld Season 1, when Wammawink briefly wakes up to protect the herd from the the Beartaur, her face changes to resemble that of Araki's style. Notably added by Charlie Bryant, who was one of the storyboard artists on the show.[9] It wasn't based on anything specific but rather as just the design inspiration as stated by Evan Palmer, the lead character designer for the show.[10]

In The Rift: Part 1, the ninth episode of Season 1, when Comfortable Doug was singing a song to Horse, he calls out Kale and Shar who briefly do Joseph Joestar & Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli's poses from Chapter 66. Notably the storyboard for this scene was also done by Charlie Bryant.[11]

Link to this section DiGiorno
The Twitter account for the DiGiorno frozen pizza brand frequently posts JoJo references since 2018.

When JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind was announced (June 21, 2018):

When GW Episode 1 aired (October 5, 2018):

After GW Episode 39 aired:

When JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean was announced (April 4, 2021):

After the first twelve episodes of Stone Ocean aired (December 10, 2021):

Link to this section Family Guy
Stewie referencing the To Be Continued meme
In the fifth episode of Family Guy Season 20, Stewie asks Brian if he wants to end the episode using the To Be Continued meme. As Brian tries running away, Stewie shoots him with a bazooka as the screen fades to sepia and the classic "To Be Continued" arrow from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure scrolls to the left with Roundabout playing.
Link to this section Gaia Online
Several items in Gaia Online reference JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
Link to this section Go Shiozaki
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In an interview featured in Weekly Pro Wrestling No. 1490, a photo is shown of Japanese pro wrestler Go Shiozaki doing the pose of Noriaki Kakyoin from Chapter 123. When asked about the pose, he states "My muscles got in the way, I realized I couldn’t do a JoJo pose and was shocked."[12]
Link to this section Government of Mexico
A public health organization in the State of San Luis Potosí, Mexico, posted images containing JoJo references to spread awareness of COVID-19 and vaccinations. The images were posted on their official Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.

The Ministery of Parks and Wildlife from the state of Nuevo León, Mexico, has also posted images containing JoJo references to inform the public about various topics such as wildlife awareness, holidays, parks and more. The images were posted on their official Facebook page.[13][14][15][16][17][18][19]

Link to this section Hayop Ka!
Posters of Giorno Giovanna and Josuke Higashikata
In the final scene of the animated film Hayop Ka! (also titled internationally as Hayop Ka! (You Son of a Bitch!), Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story, and You Animal!), the characters Nimfa Dimaano and Jerry go to a stew kiosk to eat together. At the barber shop behind them, posters of Giorno Giovanna and Josuke Higashikata, depicted as dogs, are seen on the windows.
Link to this section Heroes
In the NBC drama Heroes, the character Hiro Nakamura is a fan of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. In his blog, he states that he wants to "be like JoJo and Vaan and go on adventures" and that Part 3 is his favorite, especially the fights against the D'Arby brothers. One of his powers includes time manipulation, a gift shared with both Jotaro and DIO. In his blog he also mentions Joseph, Suzi Q and Boingo, whom he compares with Isaac Mendez. Isaac was an artist and comic book author whose works predicted the future just like Boingo's Thoth. Hiro later manages to stop time for more than 5 seconds and says that "JoJo was wrong" and posts on his blog under the pseudonym Jotaro Kujo. In the episode "Lizards", Hiro uses DIO & The World's battle cry "Muda Muda" during the Battle of Twelve Swords. He uses it again to taunt Daphne Millbrook while using his time manipulation ability to escape after taking her medal.
Link to this section Keiji Tanaka
Japanese figure skater Keiji Tanaka is an avid fan of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. In the 2018 Japan Figure Skating Championship, he paid tribute to Josuke Higashikata by cosplaying as him during the exhibition gala, performing to the music of the anime's main theme.[20] He later performed the same choreography at the exhibitions for ISU World Figure Skating Championship 2019,[21] ISU World Team Trophy 2019,[22] Japan Figure Skating Championship 2020,[23] and Nagoya Festival 2021.[24]
Link to this section LA BOO
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For the launch of the Japanese online fashion site "LA BOO," a short TV commercial was made featuring English model Cara Delevingne. In the commercial, she briefly does Jonathan Joestar's pose from the cover of Volume 4.[25]
Link to this section La Cascara
La Cascara is a comedy-sketch show based in Panama, and are known to make numerous reference to pop culture. In a highlight reel of a carnival challenge segment, the hosts parody Diamond is Unbreakable's 3rd Opening Great Days, recreating the poses of the Part 4 cast over an instrumental of the "Unit's" version of the opening. Also in an episode of La Cascara's internet series "Quiero Ser Influencer" ("I Want to Be an Influencer"), one of the skits featured uses tracks from the Golden Wind soundtrack. Namely, "spensierato-rabbia" and "spiritoso" from Overture and Intermezzo respectively.
Link to this section Los Angeles Chargers
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The Los Angeles Chargers, an American Football team competing in the National Football League, have referenced JoJo's Bizarre Adventure among other animated series in a trailer announcing their schedule for the 2022 season. A Houston Texans player is featured pointing his index towards the screen while a pink aura surrounds him and a giant bull appears behind him, referencing Jotaro Kujo and his Stand Star Platinum.[26]
Link to this section My Little Pony: A New Generation
The design of the character, Sprout, takes light inspiration from the design of Dio Brando. His design was one of the contributions done by Lea Dabssi, who worked on the film as a freelance character designer/artist. In a panel she appeared on talking about her work on the film,[27] she thought about bad guys she liked when designing his initial hair design and was watching JoJo at the time, so she decided to go for a haircut similar to Dio's due to her liking of the character. This haircut and heavy eyebrow expressions are heavily present in Sprout's early model sheet. However, in the final design of the character, the front of his hair was cut for a more "slicked back" look.[28]
Link to this section Mao Asada & Usain Bolt
Real-life figures striking poses vastly similar to those featured in the series
As noted by JoJo's Posing School, figure skater Mao Asada and real-life runner Usain Bolt may have influenced or have been influenced by poses featured in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.[29]
Link to this section Neostygarctus lovedeluxe
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A species of tardigrade (water bear) discovered by Japanese scientists, Shinta Fujimoto and Katsumi Miyazaki, in 2013. The name is in reference to Love Deluxe as the scientists joked on how "it looked as if the Stand was controlling the creature's hair."[30][31]
Link to this section PAW Patrol
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In MISSION PAW: Royally Spooked, the first segment of the seventh episode of PAW Patrol Season 4, the pups visit Barkingburg after the Earl suspected a "spooky" activity in the castle. While the Princess is unbothered by the ghosts, it is revealed that her pet dog, Sweetie, is the mastermind behind these activities by using her chew toy in an attempt to become the Queen of Barkingburg.

Chasing after several "haunted" knight armors, the PAW Patrol deduces that someone remotely controls these knights. Skye, the lookout dog, notices a device on the knights' helmet, to which Ryder, the Patrol's leader, quickly traces back to Sweetie. The knights briefly pose in reference to Killer Queen’s pose from Chapter 362, Joseph Joestar & Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli's poses from Chapter 66, and Josuke Higashikata's pose from the cover of WSJ 1994 Issue #1/Volume 36.
Link to this section Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
In The Clothes Don't Make the Turtle, the second segment of the tenth episode of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 2, the brothers try on multiple clothes and take on fashion poses. At one point, Donatello does three poses reminiscent of Jotaro Kujo's trademark pointing pose, Giorno Giovanna's pose from Chapter 444, and Jonathan Joestar's pose from the cover of Volume 4. The second being the more direct visual reference.
Link to this section Rollton
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On September 24th 2020, Rollton, a Russian instant noodle company, made a post, that states "Не дай людям из колонны отобрать твою пюрешку." which translates to "Do not let Pillar Men take away your mashed potatoes", with a GIF depicting packaging that states "Jamon Flavored Mashed Potatoes", depicting Lucky Land emblem from Jotaro Kujo's hat alongside said text.


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On April 22th 2021, they made another post that references the scene of DIO grabbing a road roller to use against Jotaro. The post states "Твой обеденный станд — ЗА-ВАР-КА! Wryyyy*!" which translates to "Your dining Stand - BO-IL-ED!" (Note: Rather than "BO-IL-ED", it says "ZA-VAR-KA", which is a play on words referencing "Za Warudo"). The packaging on the image states "Reference Flavored Noodles".


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On December 2st 2021, they did another post, to commemorate with the release of Stone Ocean anime, text in said post states "Ролла-ролла-ролла!" which is a pun on company's name and Star Platinum famous Stand Cry - ORA ORA. Text on the packaging states "Platinum Flavored Noodles".
Link to this section RWBY
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In Volume 7 of the animated web series RWBY, the design of the character Neon Katt was partly inspired by Jolyne Cujoh.[32]
Link to this section Sakurayama Shrine Demons
Every year on Setsubun the Sakurayama Shrine (櫻山神社) in Iwate Prefecture exposes statues of oni made of wood resembling characters from popular media, including characters from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series.[33]
Link to this section Sonny Bono
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During a photo shoot for the famous Italian fashion brand Sonny Bono, one of the models, Giovanni Rossi, posed with JJL Volume 19. The model was specifically reading JJL Chapter 78.

In another photo shoot, the models are posed with JJL Volume 20, specifically reading JJL Chapter 81.[34]
Link to this section State of New York

The official TikTok account of the New York government posted a video of a woman pointing at herself with il vento d'oro as the background music and audio of Jotaro and DIO from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders saying each other's name.

When saying "Jotaro", the video has an annotation saying "Did you attend Anime NYC?". When Jotaro says "DIO" in response, the annotation says "Yes I did". DIO replies to that with "Hoh..." with the annotation saying "Get tested for COVID-19".

The main caption for the video states that those who had gone to Anime NYC at the Javits Center from November 18–22 should get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible.
Link to this section Villainous
The fifth episode of Villainous Season 1 is titled BH's Bizarre Bad-Venture, referencing the titular name of the series. Within the episode there is several references to the series aswell.
  • The katakana for "Menacing" can been seen across the walls where Dr. Flex is sitting at the start of the episode.
  • Black Hot briefly does Joseph Joestar's pose from the cover of Volume 8 after explaining his origin story.
  • A statue in the background of Black Hot's room is doing Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli's pose from Chapter 66.

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