Steely Dan

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Lord DIO never trusts anyone. I've come to make sure you never speak...ever again. And as for you four over there, I'll be taking your lives as well.
—Steely Dan, Chapter 160: Lovers, Part 1

Steely Dan (鋼入りの(スティーリー)ダン Sutīrī Dan) is a tertiary antagonist featured in the third part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Stardust Crusaders, specifically the "Lovers" story arc.

Steely Dan is a mercenary working for DIO sent to assassinate Enya the Hag and eliminate the Crusaders in Pakistan. A Stand User wielding the microscopic Lovers, he holds Joseph hostage as the Crusaders figure out a way to defeat him.

Appearance

Steely Dan is a well built man of averagve height, with shoulder length hair that frays out at the back and multiple irises with a ripple pattern on his eyes. He wears an open collar shirt extending below his waist with the sides split, resemebling a loincloth on the front and back. The sleeves of Steely Dan's shirt along with his pants are dark.

Before revealing himself, Steely Dan dons a thobe and keffiyeh to fool Joseph into thinking he was a simple kebab vendor.

Color Schemes

The series is known for alternating colors between media, the information presented below may or may not be canon.

Skin(Fair)
Hair(Black with blue highlights)
Eyes(Blue)
Outfit
(Beige vest, black undershirt and leg warmers, blue jeans and belt with golden buckle)

Skin(Tan)
Hair(Green)
Outfit
(Light red vest, purple shirt and pants, brown belt, white shoes)

Skin(Tan)
Hair(Black)
Eyes(Maroon)
Outfit
(Grey vest, brown pants, black shirt and leg warmers, brown boots)

Personality

You don't need raw power to kill someone, do you understand, gentlemen?
—Steely Dan, Chapter 162: Lovers, Part 3

Steely Dan exhibits a particularly cruel, petty and cowardly personality.

Steely Dan using Jotaro Kujo as a bridge

Steely Dan is overly confident in his Stand's ability, revealing himself to the Crusaders after murdering Enya and threatening to take them out one by one. The Stand's microscopic nature lends him his cool demeanor and he takes advantage of his situation to torture Joseph and subjugate Jotaro. Whenever he doesn't get his way, Steely Dan becomes abrasive and cruel, opting to take out his anger in insults and petty punishments.

He takes a great deal of joy out of cruelty, watching Enya as she brutally dies, while sitting and drinking tea. When he takes hostage of Joseph, he forces Jotaro to carry out his orders and torments him in a number of ways. He steals Jotaro's wallet, makes him position as a 'bridge' to walk on[2], forces him to scratch his back and clean his shoes, all while repeatedly taunting him[3]. However, despite his seemingly overwhelming advantage, he is shaken by Jotaro's threat to pay what he was owed[4]. This cowardly trait is brought to the forefront at the very end of the fight, where he pleads for forgiveness and begs Jotaro to let him go.[5]

Steely Dan has seemingly no moral standards, hurting children, carrying hostages and robbing stores. Jotaro notably refers to him as the 'the lowest scum'. He also scams Joseph out of money when disguised as a kebab vendor.

Abilities

Stand

Main article: Lovers

Steely Dan's Stand is Lovers, a microscopic Stand which can infiltrate someone's brain and manipulate their pain receptors. Any damage that Steely Dan receives will be doubled in the victim.

Lovers (ラバーズ(恋人))Link to this section
LoversMangaAv.png
Ability
Pain Synchronization
PWR
E
SPD
D
RNG
A
STA
A
PRC
D
DEV
E

History

Stardust Crusaders

Steely Dan appears

Dan first appears as a Kebab salesman and haggles Joseph into spending 300 yen more than what he usually sells it for. Later Steely Dan confronts Jotaro Kujo and his friends in Pakistan. He first executes Enya to silence her, earning the rage of the four men at the time. Regardless, Steely Dan remains calm, mocking Jotaro by saying that he would not be able to touch him. However, Steely Dan is punched in the gut by Jotaro anyway, at which point Joseph Joestar also flies back. Steely Dan takes the opportunity to explain the abilities of his Stand and pays a child to hit his leg with a broomstick to prove his point.

Steely Dan announces that he will kill Joseph if he is physically assaulted once more. Kakyoin and Polnareff would not take any chances of killing Steely Dan and Joseph. This enables him to force Jotaro to obey his whim, and he punches Jotaro and hits him with a rock. Subsequently, he forces Jotaro to follow him and involves him in a number of actions at his expense, taking his money, forcing him to use his body as a bridge for him to cross the ditch, and wiping his shoes, among other actions. It is around this point that Steely Dan realizes that Polnareff and Kakyoin have shrunk their Stands to combat his. However, shortly after Steely Dan steals an expensive bracelet and forces Jotaro to take the blame, he finds his head injured thanks to Hierophant Green's attacks, and is forced to remove his Stand from Joseph's brain.

Paying his dues at the hands of Star Platinum

Upon realizing this, Steely Dan attempts to run away, but is abruptly stopped by Jotaro. Steely Dan then tries to buy time by sucking up to Jotaro and attempts to have his Stand enter Jotaro's ear. However, Jotaro had anticipated this and stops The Lovers with Star Platinum's precision, and subsequently uses it to crush his arm and leg. After Lovers is released, however, Steely Dan attempts to force it to enter the ear of a young girl nearby, but now it is stopped by Hierophant Green who had gotten a tentacle on Lovers that ties it up and pulls it away. Shortly after, Jotaro pays back Steely Dan for his previous actions, using Star Platinum to barrage him and send him flying into a nearby building.


Major Battles

Chapters / Episodes

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Chapters in order of appearance
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Episodes in order of appearance

Quotes

Quote.png Quotes
  • Lord DIO never trusts anyone. I've come to make sure you never speak...ever again. And as for you four over there, I'll be taking your lives as well.
    —Steely Dan, Chapter 160: Lovers, Part 1
  • My name is Dan, Steely Dan. My Stand is represented by the card of "The Lovers". Soon, you will all meet the same fate as old Enya.
    —Steely Dan, Chapter 160: Lovers, Part 1
  • To be honest with you... my Stand, Lovers, is very weak... It doesn't even have the strength to move a single strand of hair... It is the weakest Stand to have ever existed. But! You don't need raw power to kill someone, do you understand, gentlemen?
    —Steely Dan, Chapter 162: Lovers, Part 3
  • I know that I don't have the power or the speed to fatally hurt either of you. Everything begins once you've acknowledged your own weaknesses! [...]Heh heh heh! The weakest of all is also the most most most most most most most MOST TERRIFYING STAND OF ALLLL!!! KREEEEEEE!!!!!
    —Lovers, Chapter 164: Lovers, Part 5

Video Games

JoJo RPG (SFC)

Steely Dan, or rather Lovers is one of the bosses featured in the game. In India, after the group defeats Enya, she declares that Joseph is infected with a Lover's seed. The group must then head to the local Speedwagon Foundation office to use a TV set and see Lovers inside of Joseph's brain.

Jotaro, Polnareff, Kakyoin, and Avdol send their Stands to battle Lovers which is eventually defeated.

Heritage for the Future (PS1/DC/Arcade)

Steely Dan (Written as "S-Terry Dan" in the localized PSX port") is an enemy in the PSX port's Super Story Mode. His chapter features a special minigame set inside Joseph Joestar's head, where the player controls both Hierophant Green and Silver Chariot and attempt to destroy Lovers. The minigame plays like a side-scrolling shooter similar to R-Type.

After said minigame is beaten, Steely Dan is punished by Jotaro in a cutscene afterward.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Up until Cioccolata's beatdown in Vento Aureo, Steely Dan's beatdown had the longest in the series, consisting of three and a half pages.
  • His localized name was originally "Rubber Soul", after the Beatles album, but because Rubber Soul was given to another Stand User it was later changed to "Dan of Steel". This is a pun on the common nickname associated with Superman, as well as a literal translation the Kanji of his name (鋼入りのダン).

References

  1. Lovers - Vol.4 "Shueisha Jump Remix Stardust Crusaders Edition" p.124 The Secret of JOJO Characters
  2. SC Chapter 49: SC Chapter 49
  3. SC Chapter 50: SC Chapter 50
  4. Chapter 127: Dark Blue Moon, Part 1
  5. SC Chapter 52: SC Chapter 52

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