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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.


Steely Dan is a well built man of average 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.
Hair(Black with blue highlights)
(Beige vest, black undershirt and leg warmers, blue jeans and belt with golden buckle)
(Gray vest, brown pants, black shirt and leg warmers, brown boots)
(Light red vest, purple shirt and pants, brown belt, white shoes)


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.[2] The Stand's microscopic nature lends him his cool demeanor and he takes advantage of his situation to torture Joseph[3] and subjugate Jotaro.[4] Whenever he doesn't get his way, Steely Dan becomes abrasive and cruel, taking out his anger in insults and petty punishments.[5]

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,[6] forces him to scratch his back and clean his shoes, all while repeatedly taunting him.[7] However, despite his seemingly overwhelming ability, he is shaken by Jotaro's threat to pay what he was owed.[8] 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.[9]

Steely Dan has seemingly no moral standards, hurting children, and carrying hostages.[10] Jotaro notably refers to him as 'the lowest scum'.[11] He also scams Joseph out of money when disguised as a kebab vendor.[12]



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
Pain Synchronization


Stardust Crusaders (1988)

Steely Dan appears

Steely Dan first appears as a Kebab salesman. When Joseph asks him how much do five kebabs cost, he tells Joseph that his price is 1,000 yen (or 120r rupees). They both haggle until they agree on a price of 425 yen, but Dan still comes out on top because he's tricked 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 with a flesh bud he implanted into her brain,[14] 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.[15]

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,[16] 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.[17] 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.[18]

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.[19]

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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... Allow me the honor of taking your lives.
    —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


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.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (PS1)

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Steely Dan or S-Terry Dan in the English localization, appears as a special battle in Super Story Mode. The fight is set up like a side-scrolling shooter similar to R-type. Hierophant Green and Silver Chariot fly around inside Joseph's brain to destroy Lovers, and stop it from growing flesh buds. Steely Dan's special battle can be unlocked in Book Mode.

The Terrifying Lovers (Mini-Game)
(恐ろしき恋人 Osoroshiki Koibito)

The group travels to Karachi. An enemy Stand, Lovers, infiltrates Joseph's body, forcing Kakyoin and Polnareff to shrink their own Stands and fight it from the inside. The fight against Lovers takes the form of a sidescrolling shooting game. Silver Chariot can be used to directly attack obstacles in all directions, while Hierophant Green can shoot Emerald Splash in front of itself and use its tentacles to draw shapes that attack any obstacles within them. Power-ups that increase Chariot's range and the power of Hierophant's Emerald Splash can be obtained from defeated enemies. After the battle, Jotaro finds Lovers's user, Steely Dan. Steely Dan withdraws his Stand and begs for forgiveness, and Jotaro promises that if they meet again he'll be on the receiving end of a beatdown. As soon as Jotaro turns his back, however, Steely Dan pulls out a knife, only to find that he cannot move; Kakyoin has tied Hierophant's tentacle around Lovers, paralyzing it. Steely Dan offers Jotaro the down payment DIO hired him with, but Jotaro refuses the offer and delivers the promised beatdown, incapacitating him.
Secret Factor: You don't know your enemy very well, do you? (おまえは敵を知らなすぎたようだな)
Clear the stage with 120,000 points:

  • 100 points are awarded for destroying an enemy.
  • 300 points are awarded for destroying a tentacle.
  • 500 points are awarded for destroying a false Hierophant Green.
  • 500 points are awarded whenever a power-up appears or is collected.
  • 5000 points are awarded for defeating each of the two giant Lovers.
  • 1000 points are awarded for destroying one of the Lovers's giant tentacles.
  • 10000 points are awarded for clearing the stage.
  • 1000 points multiplied by the player's health are awarded for clearing the stage.

Diamond Records (Android/iOS)

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Steely Dan (鋼入りの(スティーリー)ダン, Sutīrī Dan) appears in Diamond Records as an assist character. He has one 'Solitary' type 3 star assist statue. As a 3 star assist, Steely Dan does not appear in gameplay and only functions as a stat boost for the playable statue he is equipped to. However, like all assist characters, he may provide extra effects to the player based on active assist links (Action Battle mode only).

Steely Dan



  • 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.
  • Steely Dan's localized name was originally "Rubber Soul", after the Beatles album. However, 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, "Man of Steel", as well as a literal translation the kanji of his name, "Hagane-iri no Dan" (鋼入りのダン).


  1. Lovers - Vol.4 "Shueisha Jump Remix Stardust Crusaders Edition" P124 The Secret of JOJO Characters
  2. Chapter 160: Lovers, Part 1 P.15.
  3. Chapter 161: Lovers, Part 2 P.14.
  4. Chapter 163: Lovers, Part 4 P.8.
  5. Chapter 164: Lovers, Part 5 P.15.
  6. Chapter 162: Lovers, Part 3 P.18.
  7. Chapter 163: Lovers, Part 4 P.5.
  8. Chapter 164: Lovers, Part 5 P.20.
  9. Chapter 165: Lovers, Part 6 P.9.
  10. Chapter 164: Lovers, Part 5 P.11.
  11. Chapter 165: Lovers, Part 6 P.15.
  12. Chapter 160: Lovers, Part 1 P.11
  13. JOJO A-GO!GO!: STANDS, p.104
  14. Chapter 160: Lovers, Part 1
  15. Chapter 161: Lovers, Part 2
  16. Chapter 162: Lovers, Part 3
  17. Chapter 163: Lovers, Part 4
  18. Chapter 164: Lovers, Part 5
  19. Chapter 165: Lovers, Part 6

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