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List of References to JoJo in Video Games

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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 AI: The Somnium Files
In the 6th Chapter of the game, When you examine a mask in the Boss's office the boss will make a comment on how spikes will come out of the mask if you put it on. When the mask is examined again in the 18th or final chapter of the game Iris will make a comment that she wants to wear the mask and Date will reply that if she wears it and get her blood on it she'll become a vampire. Both of these are references to the Stone Mask from Phantom Blood. In PSYNCIN' IN THE SWaiN, while Ota is about to be attacked in the warehouse, Ota thinks "I eventually stopped thinking" in his head. This is a reference to the line "Kars eventually stopped thinking" from Battle Tendency.
Link to this section Azur Lane
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Activating auto battles in sorties will show a prompt which features the To Be Continued arrow.

The Battleship variant of IJN Kaga has two skills with icons directly referencing the events in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, as seen here.

Link to this section Bayonetta
The Little Devils
Of the many Infernal Demons that can be summoned by Bayonetta during a Climax Attack, the Little Devils are an obscure reference to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, more specifically Guido Mista's Sex Pistols. Director Hideki Kamiya has mentioned during a commentary that, much like Sex Pistols, each of the five devils have their own personality, and have a number written on their foreheads, with the #4 (or the #2 in the case of the little devils) missing as it may be considered very unlucky by Zero, the King of the Little Devils.[1][2]
Link to this section Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Miriam with the Stone Mask equipped

In the Castlevania-inspired indie game, main protagonist Miriam can obtain an equippable accessory named the "Stone Mask", with its description reading "A stone mask once used by a tribal chief during ritual sacrifices."

She can also obtain the "Hyperventilator" which looks like Joseph's training mask from Part 2, with its description "A mask designed to push the wearer to his or her physical limit." The "Voice changer" item is a color swap of the Hyperventilator.

The "Gambler's Ring" item has a description which reads "A ring that bestows both luck and pluck to would-be gamblers."

Late into the game, the player can be challenged by NPC Orlok Dracule, or O.D., to a secret boss fight. Upon his defeat, he gives Miriam a shard with the powerful ability "Standstill" that allows her to stop time. While the spell itself is inspired by the Stopwatch sub-weapon from the Castlevania series, the audiovisual presentation is distinctly different and in clear reference to The World; The visual effect of Standstill's activation resembles The World's time stop from the OVA, while the sound effect replicates that of the time stop from the Stardust Crusaders anime.[3]

Link to this section Capcom Fighting Evolution
If Demitri uses his Midnight Bliss attack on Rose, she'll turn into a gondolier with a Venetian mask. This is a reference to Lisa Lisa from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, which was the basis for Rose's design. There's also a rare chance that she'll turn into Enya the Hag. In Street Fighter V, her "Nostalgia" alternate costume is the same gondolier outfit.
Link to this section Castlevania series
Stone Mask from Curse of Darkness

A Stone Mask can be found in the library in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, which is where Jonathan and Dio studied the properties of the Stone Mask. It appears again in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, with an appearance much more akin to the one's found in JoJo. In Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin the Stone Mask can only be equipped by Jonathan Morris, a possible reference to Jonathan Joestar.

In Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, if the Sacred Fist sub-weapon is used without a Spell Book activated, the protagonist shouts "Ora ora ora!" and unleashes a flurry of extremely fast, blur-like punches (in reference to Star Platinum).

In Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, a soul called "Guardian Cagnazzo" can be obtained that makes a Cagnazzo demon appear behind the protagonist and punch wildly whilst shouting "Ora ora ora!" also in another reference to Star Platinum.

In Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, one of the boss characters, Zephyr, utilizes time stopping abilities in conjunction with knives (much like DIO). Zephyr even shouts "Toki wo tomare" (Time has stopped). His fight on top of Cursed Clock Tower is another reference to Stardust Crusaders of the manga.
Link to this section Ciconia When They Cry
In the visual novel Ciconia When They Cry (Phase 1), the character Meow Mitake talks about several manga series she's read to her friend Jayden. Jayden replies that one named "JoJo's Bizarre Barbeque" is also great.
Link to this section Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness
The character Santana is likely a reference to mostly part 3, but also includes some part 2 elements. Appearance-wise, he strongly resembles Muhammad Avdol, with his official artwork mimicking Avdol's 'YES I AM!' pose. His voice actor is also Kiyoyuki Yanada, who voiced Jotaro in the Capcom fighting game. Aside from this, his name is also possibly a reference to the pillar man, Santana.
Link to this section I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator
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Van Van, a side character featured in I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator, a dating simulator published by KFC, has a design inspired[4] by the style of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. The character likely takes direct inspiration from the masculine body proportions of Jonathan Joestar and hairstyle of Josuke Higashikata.
Link to this section Cyberpunk 2077
In the game's photo mode, a selectable pose titled "V's Bizzare Pose" recreates Jonathan Joestar's signature pose from Volume 4.

In the trailer for the photo mode feature, one the poses resembles Dio Brando's walk towards Jotaro Kujo.

Link to this section Danganronpa series
The Danganronpa series features many references, scattered all across its three main games.

In Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc:

  • During his initial introduction, the protagonist, Makoto Naegi, points out that he does not have a Stand.
  • The delinquent Mondo Owada is a homage to Josuke Higashikata, sporting a pompadour hairstyle and is easily offended when people make fun of it. He is also the leader of a motorcycle gang named the Crazy Diamonds.
  • The first execution of the game, The 1000 Blows, has Leon Kuwata being hit 1000 times with baseballs, similar to how Jolyne Cujoh defeats Miraschon.
  • The villain of the game, Junko Enoshima, has multiple personalities, with one of them acting similar to DIO while also striking a pose similar to one DIO does. In Japanese, she also says "Muda, Muda, Muda" during her Bullet Time Battle.
  • One of the items the player can gift is called the Meteorite Arrowhead, a blatant reference to the Arrow.

In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (also known as Super Danganronpa 2):

  • The character Teruteru Hanamura mentions that people can tell if others are lying by the taste of their sweat, a reference to the same tactic used by Bruno Bucciarati.
  • During an argument between the two, Monokuma attacks Monomi with a Heaven's Door parody, and in another occasion attacks her with a flurry of punches while screaming "ORA ORA ORA!!!" and launching her into a trashcan.
  • Nekomaru Nidai seems to be a homage to Jotaro Kujo, with elongated, strong cheekbones (stylized as black, thin lines running from his eyes) and an open, black school uniform adorned with oversized chains.
  • During her first fight against Nekomaru, Akane Owari screams "MUDADADADADA", a reference to both The World and Gold Experience's battle cries.
  • While discussing the fictional videogame "Twilight Syndrome Murder Case", Ibuki Mioda states that "Twilight's Hidden Passageway is the world's beeeeest!" The sentence, alongside the mannerisms of speech and dialect she adopts for this sentence and this sentence only, are a probable a reference to Rudol von Stroheim and his infamous quote, "GERMAN TECHNOLOGY IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD!"

In Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony:

  • Tsumugi Shirogane states that "thinking logically in these situations is of no use", and that she has decided to "eventually stop thinking altogether", referencing Kars's final fate. Later on, she also remarks "We win! Part 3 is over!", referencing a line said by ZZ.
  • Gonta Gokuhara states that a thing he heard gentlemen do is "go on adventures to find stone masks".
Link to this section Dark Souls
Armor of Thorns
Satake and Miyazaki discussing the armor of thorns

According to the interview between Dark Souls' Director, Hidetaka Miyazaki, and Concept Artist, Daisuke Satake, found in Design Works artbook, the design of the Set of Thorns originated from the concept of the trial of the 77 Rings. In the challenge, combatants must defeat each other and wear the metal rings from each foe, increasing the weight they bear as they continue. The team's original idea was to use this design and try adding spikes to the rings, though it deviated along the way.

Just before the Iron Golem boss, you can summon a white phantom named Black Iron Tarkus, which is likely a reference to Tarkus, as they share many similarities. They are both large powerful warriors who carry unwieldy weapons and thick armor, who both fall off a cliff in a similar fashion.

In Dark Souls II, you can encounter a boss called Executioner's Chariot. During the original network test prior to the games release, this boss instead had the name Silver Chariot, referencing the Stand of the same name from Part 3.

In Dark Souls III, a boss called High Lord Wolnir can be fought in the Catacombs of Carthus. He bears a striking resemblance to Enya Geil's Stand Justice. He is a colossal skeleton wearing a crown, and even uses fog to attack and harm the players.
Link to this section Dead Cells
The flavor text for the Hayabusa Gauntlets reads "UselessUselessUselessUselessUselessUsel..." in reference to DIO's and Giorno's stand cry. The Hayabusa Gauntlets themselves attack by rapidly barraging the enemy with punches.
Link to this section Deltarune
In chapter 2 of Deltarune, A Cyber's World, The character "Serial Number Q5U4EX7YY2E9N", also known as "Queen", references several attributes of the stand of Yoshikage Kira, Killer Queen, with her battle theme being called "Attack of the Killer Queen", as well as having several objects she touches explode, similarly to the stand's ability.
Link to this section Devil May Cry
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Devil May Cry creator Hideki Kamiya is a notable fan of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series.[5] In a twitter post by him, he implies one of the enemies' mask design for The Nobodies is based on the Stone Mask.[6]
Link to this section Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth
An otaku in Akihabara does the iconic poses of Jonathan Joestar and Josuke Higashikata.
Link to this section Dota 2
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  • The Hero "Faceless Void" does one of DIO's poses while using his ultimate ability "Chronosphere", which stops time. He also has a green heart for a belt buckle.
  • One of the loading screens features the character Phantom Assassin doing Jonathan's pose, not only that, but the previews in the Steam Workshop of the whole set (Bloodroot Guard) features various JoJo poses (Giorno, Jotaro, Caesar and DIO)
Link to this section Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara
The female Thief's character design and name (Moriah, if selected her default name) was possibly based on Mariah.
Link to this section For Honor
Players can purchase Jonathan and Dio's poses as "signatures" for the cost of 5000 steel each.
Link to this section Genshin Impact

Fischl does Jonathan’s famous pose on her character reveal artwork.
The achievements "Abyssal Crusader" and "Hilichurl Champion" used to be named "Stardust Crusader" and "Gold Experience Requiem"; they have been renamed in Version 1.1.

Link to this section Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX
A screenshot of the item in-game.
In Mirai Mall, an item named "Roadroller" can be purchased on floor 2. The item is described as "It's yellow and flattens stuff. MUDA MUDA MUDA! WRYYYYY!", clearly referencing the attack DIO uses on Jotaro during the final battle of Stardust Crusaders.
Link to this section The Henry Stickmin Collection
The bio card of Ken Janpon

Choosing "Diversion" in the Triple Threat route will play a cutscene where Henry and Ellie manage to distract a room full of Toppat Clan members by dancing. During this, three TC members can be seen doing the Torture Dance performed by Narancia Ghirga, Guido Mista and Pannacotta Fugo from Vento Aureo.

Choosing "Spirit Mode" in the Revenged route will play a cutscene in which Henry and the Right Hand Man battle with Stand-like entities named "Spirits". Henry's Spirit is named "Reference" with the Stand Cry "Failure! Failure! Failure!" a possible reference to DIO's Stand Cry "Useless! Useless! Useless!". The Right Hand Man's Spirit is named "Time in a Bottle", a reference to the Jim Croce song of the same name, and is localized to "Bottled Time" in the subtitles, referencing localization of musical references in JoJo. The cutscene ends as a typical episode of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure would, with the endcard arrow instead reading "Mission Failed".

In the endcard of the Cleaned 'em Out route, the Stone Mask can be seen on the wall behind Henry as an item that he steals from the Toppat Clan.

The fail message displayed when attempting to bribe Mr. Macbeth in the Little Nest Egg route reads, "Henry really bribes? No dignity." referencing a quote from the "Duwang" translation of Diamond is Unbreakable, where Josuke Higashikata secretly attempts to dissuade Yukako Yamagishi from falling in love with Koichi Hirose.

In the Special BROvert Ops route, one of the members of the Toppat Clan, Ken Janpon, is a reference to Ken Oyanagi, as both are seen with a hole in their cheek and play rock, paper, scissors. In his bio it is also stated that "People feel weaker after losing to him." referencing Ken's stand Boy II Man.

In the Just Plain Epic route, one of the security guards is named Joseph Jo, a reference to Joseph Joestar.

Dan the Man from the Convict Allies route has his bio reference Steely Dan's localized name of "Dan of Steel". His bio states "He wanted to go by "Dan of Steel" but it was taken."
Link to this section Hiveswap
Tegiri's Jojo inspired portrait in Hiveswap: Friendsim
In Volume 10 of Hiveswap's visual novel spinoff, Hiveswap Friendship Simulator, hovering your mouse over Tegiri Kalbur's portrait on the character selection screen will change it to a portrait rendering him in a style that mimics Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. This is placed among numerous other references to anime and manga found in his character.
Link to this section Hyperdimension Neptunia
In Re;birth1, when the heroes discuss Noire's status as a loner, Neptune says her Stand power tells her Noire has no friends. MAGES.'s victory screen has her pose like Caesar's iconic pose. Rom and Ram have special attacks that open with them posing similar to Caesar. In Megadimension Neptunia VII, Neptune quotes Polnareff's speech from when he was exposed to DIO's The World. In Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls, Neptune references the smoke trick Jotaro used to expose the Impostor Captain Tennille.
Link to this section Kaiser Knuckle series
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One of the boss characters, Azteca, wears a face mask that is very similar to the Stone Mask. Also of note, his character select portrait shows that he has "DIOS" (Spanish for God) tattooed on his arm, which is reminiscent of "DIO", and his pre-fight animation consists of him bursting out of a stone pillar. His pose in the character select screen may be based on Kars's after becoming the Ultimate Life Form.
Link to this section Later Alligator
An alligator parody of the famous panel of Jotaro confronting DIO can be found in Tall Jareds phone gallery.
Link to this section League of Legends
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"It Was Me!"

The champion spotlight video for Sett makes two references to the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series. When showcasing Sett's ability to rapidly throw several punches, the announcer shouts "Muda muda muda!". At the end of the video, the scene where Dio Brando and Jotaro Kujo dramatically walk toward each other is also recreated.

Sett also has an emote in-game which references to Dio's "It was me!" pose.
Link to this section Mad Father
Indentical appearances
The character Blond Youth resembles Young Dio in many ways (clothes, haircolor) and the author even cites in his profile: "Called Dio by some" implying a tribute to Dio in some way.
Link to this section Marvel Contest Of Champions

As a special arena on October 29, 2020 to get the exclusive character "Platinumpool". The banner art is a reference to "Jotaro and DIO prepare for their final battle" panel in Chapter 256 and the title "Platinum is Unbreakable" is a callback to Part 4 Diamond is Unbreakable

Link to this section Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter
Omega Red's ending in the crossover game Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter shows him having defeated/killed Ryu, with Ken Masters deeply distressed and exalted questioning him shouting "how many lives have you ended?", to which Omega Red only responds grinning "do you count the number of breaths you've taken?".[7]
Link to this section Mega Man X
The design of Spike Rosered, also known as Axle the Red, from Mega Man X5 is heavily based on that of Noriaki Kakyoin.[8][9]
Link to this section Mercenary Kings
In the game there is a magnum-class pistol listed as "Horse", designed similarly to The Emperor, and complete with the description: "Perfect Pistol for a mercenary on a bizarre adventure."
Link to this section Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
The "Stand Mask"

In 2015, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate held an in-event in which you could unlock the "Crazy D" hammer that heals your allies as you attack. Along with a mask based off Harvest called the "Stand Mask" that can be equipped to your Shakalaka to constantly gain money.

When the items were localized outside of japan, they were re-skinned and renamed. The "Crazy D" hammer was renamed to the "Majestic Hammer" and had it's design changed completely. The "Stand Mask" only recieved a name change to the "Cosmetic Mask".
Link to this section Moonlighter
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After progressing through the game's third dungeon and getting certain materials for Andrei's Vulcan forge, the option to craft "Star Platinum Gloves" become available. The gloves seem to bare a heavy resemblance to Star Platinum's from the Part 4 anime.
Link to this section Mr. Massagy
For one of the profile picture options, the player character, Johnny, poses in a similar fashion to Jonathan's famous pose.
Link to this section Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series
During Shikamaru Nara's Shadow Imitation Technique Jutsu, characters are forced to perform Jonathan's famous pose with a matching SFX in the background. Similarly, during Asuma Sarutobi's Flying Swallow Jutsu, Asuma strikes his opponents while shouting "ORA ORA ORA!", after which he finishes with "Yare yare daze", in reference to Jotaro Kujo's iconic lines.[10]
Link to this section NekoPara
After Chocola and Vanilla had lost consciousness by playing with catnip, their Master took them to the bed. After Vanilla woke up she wonders why it's so late and suspects a Stand user attack. After Chocola, Vanilla and Coconut burn their tongues on hot coffee, they suck on ice cubes and make Kakyoin's "Rero rero rero rero~" sound.
Link to this section Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge
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The character Donovan Baine has the ability to summon different spirits during his several attacks. The Vampire Series Official Complete Works artbook includes a conceptual sketch, made by Kanameshi and Takenori Kimoto for the game Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge, wich showed Donovan summoning Moody Blues instead (p.110), referencing the Stand-like qualities of some of his summons.

In the same page of said artbook there is also another (but instead earlier) sketch of Donovan where he appears posing very similar to DIO in Part 3.
Link to this section Ninja Gaiden
Ninja Gaiden
In the background of Round 6 in the arcade version of the game, small Stone Masks can be seen as wall decorations, as well as murals of all four Pillar Men.
Link to this section No More Heroes
During the fight with Mr. Doppelganger. On his second and Third Phases. He strikes various JoJo poses as you are try to find the real Mr. Doppelganger.

Mr. Doppelganger reappears in No More Heroes 3, once again striking various JoJo poses.

Link to this section No Straight Roads

A To Be Continued arrow similar to the one used in the anime can be seen at the end of the first two boss fights against DK West.

Retdex's pose in the promotional art is a reference to the Torture Dance in Part 5.

Link to this section Paladins
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In the Paladins game, an unlockable spray in the Nightfall Event Pass called "Arrogant Vampire" recreates the iconic pose of Dio Brando when he says "It was I, Dio!". It features the character Corvus and his "Count Corvus" skin which shares similar traits with Dio.
Link to this section Persona series
In Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, an animated cutscene in the game introduces the Persona 4 cast posing as different JoJo characters: Narukami as Jonathan, Yosuke as Dio, Chie as Jotaro, Yukiko as Josuke, Naoto as Giorno and Kanji as Joseph.

Similarly, in Persona 5, The World is one of the responses to the question "What is the name of the phenomenon where the second hand looks like it stops moving?", asked by one of the teachers in school.

Link to this section Psychic Force series
Richard Wong is a Psychiccer with the power to control time. He naturally compliments this ability by swarming the enemy with summoned daggers (usually after immobilizing them with a large sword) and uses teleportation as a highly evasive maneuver and as a means to swarm the opponent with more attacks.
Link to this section Resident Evil series
Hideki Kamiya admitted that he was inspired to name a character "Joseph Frost" after Joseph Joestar.[11] The name "JoJo" is also written on a locker in Resident Evil 2.[12]
Link to this section Rosenkreuzstillette
Sichte demonstrates knife-throwing technique after a time stop.

Sichte Meister is a homage to DIO. Like DIO, Sichte uses knives to attack and has the ability to manipulate time. She also shouts "Toki wo tomare!!" while freezing time and placing knives that zeros-in on the player in Rosenkreuzstilette.

  • In the sequel Rosenkreuzstilette ~Freudenstachel~, she crushes the character with a giant block similar to how DIO dropped a steamroller on Jotaro.
  • Sichte also shares resemblance of Kakyoin Noriaki's signature Emerald Splash attack, referenced by her emerald-shooting. Her stage Rosenkreuzstilette ~Freudenstachel~ is a clock tower, refers to where Kakyoin dies.
Link to this section School Idol Project
In the Love Live rhythm action game, a recruitable character Fumie Nishimura can be seen holding a book (on the level 1 version of her card). The character on the cover of her book seems to closely resemble the younger Joseph with Caesar's triangle-patterned bandana tied around his head. The coloured spheres in the background appear to symbolize the bubbles that Caesar is capable of generating with his ability.
Link to this section Screencheat
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One of the messages the player receives after killing an opponent in the game is Sunlight Yellow Overdrive while the defeated player's screen says WRYYYYY.
Link to this section Senran Kagura series
Senran Kagura 2 Deep Crimson, Mirai has an outfit called "Camisole" with 4 different colors to it. 2 colors have the words "Star Platinum" surrounding a star in the middle of the camisole while the other 2 colors have "The World" surrounding a globe.
Link to this section Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
The Cursed Sarai is a weapon in the game which is described as "The Sword of Anubis that drives its victims mad". It is likely a reference to Serai, the blacksmith who made the sword Anubis possesses. There is also an enemy-only ability is called Bites The Dust, which is likely a reference to the ability of the same name. It inflicts the Bomb status on a target and said target will explode and die instantly next time it is attacked.
Link to this section Shin Megami Tensei V
When trying to recruit Jack Frost, he strikes a pose and the game asks what the player will do. The options are to strike the same pose, leave him be, or strike a more fierce pose. If you select to strike a more fierce pose, Jack Frost is amazed and says "I see real bizarre adventure in our future, ho!"
Link to this section Skullgirls
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Two playable characters from Skullgirls, Valentine and Peacock, are a homage to Dio Brando/DIO. Valentine can stop time and throw knives similar to DIO,[13] and Peacock can drop a steamroller on her opponents[14] though it is very rare.

  • Another character, Big Band, which was later added as DLC, shouts in similar fashion to Star Platinum during one of his Blockbuster attacks, though Big Band shouts "Tuba Tuba Tuba" instead.[15]
  • Another DLC character, Eliza, has a color palette inspired by DIO's color scheme. In the patch notes for the release, the developers referenced one of Dio's more familiar quotes.
Link to this section Solatorobo: Red the Hunter
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An early design for the Manager character is an anthropomorphic dog version of Noriaki Kakyoin, including a sketch of the character doing Kakyoin's pose from his fight with Tower of Gray.
Link to this section Steins;Gate
Suzuha's reference to The World

The protagonist, Okabe Rintarou, while talking with Suzuha Amane, references The World in an allusion that he sensed the time had stopped.

Future Gadget No. 3
In the visual novel, the group built a device called "Is it, ORAORAORA?!" which is a very basic lie detector; so basic that in reality it can only read people's sweat levels. They also like using Rohan's "I refuse" quote, which eventually outed someone as an otaku.
Link to this section Stellaris
The Higashik-Ata star

A star in the game is named the "Higashik-Ata". This is likely a reference to Josuke and the Higashikata Family.

The event in question
A random event in the game is named Crystalline Entities Are Unbreakable, this is likely a reference to Part 4, Diamond is Unbreakable
Link to this section Street Fighter series
Main article: Street Fighter

Lead designer of Street Fighter II, Akira Nishitani, stated in a interview with Polygon that the concept of Dhalsim's ability to stretch his limbs comes from the Ripple "Zoom Punch" technique.[16] This is reconfirmed in the comment section of Dhalism's bio in the Street Fighter X Tekken Artworks artbook.

In an interview with producer Noritaka Funamizu, he reveals that Guile's overall appearance was modeled after Jean Pierre Polnareff.[17] Guile's page in Street Fighter X Tekken Artworks goes into detail, explaining that early designs included Polnareff's vertical, yet modest hairstyle, but at the time the sprites were being made for Street Fighter II, the pixel artist jokingly stretched Guile's hair out to the sides. The team found it amusing and decided to give him "the always distinctive Stroheim look" instead. Noritaka also explains that Guile's name was derived from Polnareff's archenemy, J. Geil, though this was apparently the result of a mix up from the development staff at the time.

During early stages of development of Street Fighter II, Guile's "Sonic Boom" attack was originally referred to as "Divine Sandstorm", in reference to the character Wamuu.[18]

Rose was inspired by Lisa Lisa, her outfit is almost identical to Lisa Lisa's and both share a similar fighting style that consists of channeling energy into their scarves (Soul Power in the case of Rose and Ripple in the case of Lisa Lisa). Additionally, both characters like to take baths and Rose's stage in Street Fighter Alpha 2 is Venice, which is the same city where Joseph meets Lisa Lisa in the story. Furthermore, in Capcom Fighting Evolution, the Midnight Bliss attack would turn her into either a masked gondolier or Enya the Hag with a tweaked sprite from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future

Juri Han has hair and clothes similar to Jolyne's. In addition, Juri has a spider motif and cleaves a butterfly in her official artwork; Jolyne has a butterfly motif and her Stand turns her body into threads and webs + she has spiderweb-patterned clothes. Juri even has the same "ora ora ora" battle cry as Jolyne.

In Street Fighter V, the DLC character Seth has many moves based on older Capcom fighting games including JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future. His Hecatoncheires move is based on Jotaro and DIO's Blazing Fists, with the EX version of the attack ending with Jotaro's Star Breaker as Seth yells "ora ora ora". Some successful combos can lead to Seth doing DIO's Time Stop pose.

Link to this section Suikoden series
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In the first Suikoden game the emperor Barbarossa Rugner gives a sword named Pluck (mistranslated as "Prakk" in the English version) to one of his generals, Teo McDohl.
Link to this section Team Fortress 2
Several user-submitted in-game items pay homage to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. The "Starboard Crusader" and "Tsar Platinum" cosmetic items are Jotaro Kujo's hat and jacket, while the War Paint "Skull Study" has designs based on Yoshikage Kira.
Link to this section Tekken series
In his interview with EDGE magazine, Katsuhiro Harada, director of the Tekken series, admits that Paul Phoenix's hairstyle and first name are based on Jean Pierre Polnareff's. Masamichi Abe, now at Nintendo but back then a member of the Tekken planning team, was a fan.[19]

Kazuya Mishima's combat gloves, strongly resemble Star Platinum's. In Tekken 3, Jin Kazama has the same combat gloves as both of them, but longer.

Kazuya's Devil form in the original Tekken game bore a strong resemblance to Star Platinum, down to the purple skin, hairstyle, clothing and the aforementioned gloves.

In Tekken 7, Claudio Serafino poses similarly to DIO in one of his moves, and as a customization item labeled as the "Ancient Mask" which is clearly modeled after the Stone Mask.

Link to this section Terraria
In Terraria, there is a weapon called "Vampire Knives" which are likely to be a reference to Dio Brando; Specifically, to Shadow Dio's knife throw from the arcade fighter of the same name, whose knives fan out in a manner similar to this weapon.

The game also features an armor set called the "Stardust armor" that allows the player to summon a spiritual guardian when all the pieces are worn. The guardian will float directly behind the player, and the player can order the guardian to move and attack enemies. The animation for the guardian's attack bears a strong resemblance to the infamous beatdown of Steely Dan. The changelog for the Journey's End update also states that "all resemblance to a certain anime is purely coincidental."

Link to this section Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion
In Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion, there is a cherry NPC named "Kakyoin", which is a direct reference to Noriaki Kakyoin. The NPC has Kakyoin's face and his only dialogue is "rero rero", referencing the famous cherry scene. During his idle sprite, the iconic rumbling (ゴ / Go) sound effects appear floating above him.
Link to this section The Battle Cats
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Within the popular tower-defense mobile game, there is a Super Rare Cat unit referred to as "Delinquent Cat". Unlocked by playing the Cat Capsule; Delinquient Cat's appearance resembles that of a banchō and it's main form of attack involves pointing in a manner akin to Jotaro Kujo and summoning a creature similar to Star Platinum to bombard the enemy with flying fists.
Link to this section The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
The appearances of the "Pompadour Baby" and the "Crazy Ghost Baby" co-op Babies from the Afterbirth † expansion are directly based on Josuke Higashikata and Crazy Diamond.
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Link to this section The King of Fighters series
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Benimaru Nikaido's appearance was loosely based on Polnareff, right down to his outfit in The King of Fighters '94 and The King of Fighters '95. Even after Benimaru's name was decided, the game developers continued to refer to him as Polnareff.[20] Additionally, his taunt in The King of Fighters XI mirrors Polnareff's stature from the manga.

  • Also from King of Fighters, Rugal Bernstein, the main villain of the first two games, wears an outfit which is clearly a toned-down version of DIO's final Stardust Crusaders get-up, with a black tank top, loose pants, and even belt loops which come down past his hips. Rugal does omit the headband, kneepads, and other elements of DIO's outfit which bore the heart insignia, however, as well as having more ordinary shoes.
  • Leona's "Earring Bomb 2: Heart Attack sees her attaching a bomb to her opponent. Afterwards, she may either wait until it explodes on its own or detonate it with a secondary command, saying 負けて終わり ("Makete owari." ~ "You lose, it's over."), referencing Bites The Dust (transcribed in Japanese as , 負けて死ね, "Makete shine." = "You lose, now die.").
  • Leona Heidern's Grateful Dead is a (Super) Desperation Move during which she drains the opponent of his/her life force while surrounded by wisps of steam or smoke.
  • Mian's Rangurenbu is a (Super) Desperation Move which she performs a series of attacks ending with a fire breath from her Bian Lian mask. While performing such a series of attacks, she utters "Ariariariariariariari", but due to her being Chinese, she doesn't say "Arrivederci" at the end.
  • Shun'ei's Demolish Dimension is a Climax Desperation Move where he summons manifestations of his inner fire and ice monsters and punch his opponent repeatedly while uttering "Dorararararararara!"
Link to this section Touhou Project
In the sixth game of the Touhou Project "The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil", the final boss Remilia Scarlet quotes Dio's famous bread phrase in Marisa's Scenario.

In the eleventh game Subterranean Animism, Yuugi, an oni, fights Marisa "without spilling a drop of sake" (stated by Patchouli).

Two of Kaguya Houraisan's Spellcards have references to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, the first one being Divine Treasure "Salamander Shield", which has in its comments a blatant reference to Esidisi. And the other one being New Impossible Request "Red Stone of Aja" referencing the valious stone in Battle Tendency, the Red Stone of Aja.

Sakuya Izayoi is a maid who is the servant of the vampires Remilia and Flandre Scarlet. It's generally assumed that she's a tribute to DIO, as she employs the same style of combat (stopping time and using throwing knives) and even has attacks named after DIO's Stand power: Illusion World "The World" and Sakuya's World. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has been referenced several times in the official games.

In Double Dealing Character, one of Sakuya's Spell Cards erases the time (respectively the present and future) of the surrounding bullets and thus erases the bullets. This might be a reference to Diavolo's Stand and implies that Sakuya might not be only a reference to Dio. In the seventh game Perfect Cherry Blossom, once Marisa defeats Ran (a shikigami), she asks her if she is a Long-distance Type, because her master is far away and she is quite strong. This is a clearly reference to the Stand Types in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

In Symposium of Post-mysticism, an official Touhou Fanbook, Toyosatomimi no Miko says that Koishi Komeiji "stopped thinking", using the phrasing of the famous line After a while, he stopped thinking (そのうち、考えるのをやめた。 Sono Uchi Kangaeru no wo Yameta) referencing Kars.

Link to this section Undertale
The Mad Dummy's repeated shout of "Futile" is similar to DIO's "Muda" which translates to "Futile/Useless". The Mad Dummy also throws a knife which is a part of DIO's arsenal.

Mettaton's dancing resembles JoJo poses and he has heart-shaped bracelets which are similar to DIO's. Also, his concept art might be a Shadow Dio's pose reference.

Link to this section World Heroes series
Neo Dio as depicted in Neo Geo Battle Coliseum
Dio/Neo Dio is based on Dio Brando and Araki's earlier work Baoh the Visitor. Neo Dio's visual design is based on the protagonist of the manga, Baoh, while the dialogue in World Heroes Perfect is a reference to Dio Brando, such as the famous "Muda Muda!" and "Wryyy!" (in Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, his dialogue is more like Santana's). Dio's dialogue from World Heroes is also a reference to Dio Brando's lines. He also takes inspiration from Kars as he can form blades from his arms in certain moves, as well as how said moves are named "Sonic Saber" and "Grand Saber" reminiscent of Kars's "Bright Saber" title.
Link to this section World of Warcraft
One of the achievements in the Antorus, The Burning Throne raid in World of Warcraft is called Stardust Crusaders.
Link to this section Yakuza series
In Yakuza 0, one of Goro Majima's boss fights is against a character named Jo Amon. After defeating him, Majima remarks what that "Jo" guy's problem was and how overall the experience was a "bizarre adventure".
Link to this section Yandere Simulator
In a December 2016 build of the game, an easter egg known as "Bad Romance Mode" was added. This mode activates after collecting 8 stationary objects scattered throughout the school and pressing Ctrl on the rooftop. Upon activation, Yandere-chan gains the stand "Bad Romance" (likely a reference to the 2009 hit: "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga) while an original song plays in the background, having a similar sound to the intro of BLOODY STREAM.

While the stand is activated, Yandere-chan also gains a new idle animation where she strikes Jonathan Joestar's signature pose from Volume 4. When the stand goes in to attack, Yandere-chan poses similarly to Jotaro.


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