Stand Cry

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Jotaro and Star Platinum making their famous Stand Cry

A number of Stands and/or their users make a battle cry while executing their basic mode of offense; informally described as a Stand Cry.

The cry is suggested or depicted as being made in a similar rhythm and intensity with the attack of the Stand, which is usually very rapid, strong, and unbroken.

The Stand Cry is among the trademarks of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, as many central Stand users have one.

Origin

It is presumed that the Stand Cry originated from Fist of the North Star; in which protagonist Kenshiro (in a style after film star Bruce Lee) typically throws very rapid punches while crying "ATATATATATATATA ... UATA!".

The most popular and common cry, "ORA ... !", originates from noises in progressive rock songs that Araki liked, like from Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, which he wrote down phonetically. Meanwhile DIO and Giorno's cry, "MUDA ... !", is the Japanese word for "useless" while the "Wryyy"s come from noises Araki heard in Horror movies, like Psycho. Others come from English and Italian.

Earlier in the series, in a style common to action-oriented manga, certain characters would scream the names of their attacks (including Jonathan Joestar, Joseph Joestar and Dio Brando); so it is possible that the Stand Cry follows from this.

Examples

User Stand Stand Cry Notes
Jotaro Kujo Star Platinum ORAORAORA ... !

"Ora" is also used by many non-Stand users, such as Jonathan Joestar, Joseph Joestar, and Gyro Zeppeli and is interpreted as a sort of grunting sound.
Jean Pierre Polnareff Silver Chariot HORAHORAHORA ... ! (JP)

ComeOnComeOnComeOn ... ! (ENG)

Can also be translated as "Hey!"
Cameo Judgement HAIL 2 U!

Chaka Anubis USHYAAAAA...!

Dio Brando/DIO The World MUDAMUDAMUDA ... !

"Muda" translates to English as "Useless."
Josuke Higashikata Crazy Diamond DORARARA ... !

Yoshikage Kira Killer Queen SHIBOBOBO ... !

Can be translated as "Death!"
Giorno Giovanna Gold Experience (Requiem) MUDAMUDAMUDA ... !

Identical to his father's cry.
Bruno Bucciarati Sticky Fingers ARIARIARI ... ! ARRIVEDERCI!

"Arrivederci" is Italian for "Goodbye" or "Farewell". 
Leone Abbacchio Moody Blues URYAAAAA ... !

Guido Mista Sex Pistols PASSPASSPASS ... ! YEE-HAW!

Pannacotta Fugo Purple Haze UBASHAAAAAAA ... !

Narancia Ghirga Aerosmith VOLAVOLAVOLA ... ! VOLARE VIA!

"Volare via!" is Italian for "Fly away!" (or "Go flying!" in the anime).
Trish Una Spice Girl WAAAAANNABEEEEEEEEEE ... !

Derives from the Spice Girls' single "Wannabe."
Secco Oasis OAAAAAAAAAAASIS ... ! The only cry which includes the name of the stand.
Sheila E Voodoo Child ERIERIERI ... ! Sheila is the only novel-only character to have a stand cry.
Jolyne Cujoh Stone Free ORAORAORA ... !

Like Giorno's, Jolyne's cry is identical to her father's.
Ermes Costello Kiss OSHAAAAAAA ... !

Enrico Pucci

Whitesnake

C-Moon

UOSHAAAA ... !

USHYAAAA ... !

Johnny Joestar Tusk CHUMIMI~IN ... ! ORAORAORA ... !

Johnny's "ORA" cry is identical to the cry used by Jotaro.
Diego Brando Scary Monsters USHAAAAAA ... !

Diego Brando (Parallel World) THE WORLD (Steel Ball Run) MUDAMUDAMUDA ... !

Same as his equivalent from different universe .
Josuke Higashikata (JoJolion) Soft & Wet ORAORAARA ... !

Mostly identical to previous "ORA" cries, but occasionally an "ORA" is changed to "ARA".
Yoshikage Kira (JoJolion) Killer Queen (JoJolion) WRYYYYYEEEEAH ... ! Derived from Dio’s battle cry
Jobin Higashikata Speed King SPEEEEYYY SPEYAHH ... !
MERARYARYA ... !
"Mera" is onomatopoeia for flames burning in Japanese.
Rai Mamezuku Doggy Style DOGYAAAAAAA! Derived from the stand’s name.

Trivia

  • In the 2020 Anime Expo interview, Kensho Ono (voice actor for Giorno Giovanna), Hiroyuki Omori (producer for the anime), and Nobutaka Kasama (producer for the anime) talked about how the voice actors for the main cast mostly tried to adhere to the exact number of exclamations as the manga. According to Kensho Ono, it was a difficult task for him. Omori said the production team went back and forth about this because sometimes the cuts wouldn't fit the length of the battle cries. Takehito Koyasu seems to have been an exception, as Kensho Ono stated that Koyasu told him that he never thought of doing that and matched his battle cries to the length of the cut directly.
    • Kensho Ono found it challenging to say "muda muda" rapidly and had to train while driving to get it right. He mentions that scrunching up the face helped him say the battle cry more rapidly.

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