Jotaro Kujo (JoJo) Wiki, Height, Age, Family, Biography & More


Jotaro Kujo

Jotaro Kujo (空条 承太郎, Kūjō Jōtarō) is a Marine biologist (Oceanographer), a stand user, a member of the Joestar Bloodline, and a passed-out student of high school in the Japanese manga and anime series, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, created by Hirohiko Araki. He was introduced as the protagonist in the third part of the series, Stardust Crusaders, and later appears in the fourth part, Diamond is Unbreakable, the fifth part, Golden Wind, and the sixth part, Stone Ocean. He played a pivotal role throughout the series, first as a rebellious student who discovers his Stand power, and later as a strong fighter and mentor to younger members of the Joestar family.

Wiki/Biography

Jotaro Kujo, also known as JoJo, was born on Tuesday, 5 January 1971 (age 17 years; Part 3, age 28 years; Part 4, age 30 years; Part 3, and age 40 years; Part 6) in Japan. His Zodiac sign is Aquarius, and his blood type is B. Jotaro Kujo’s early life was similar to that of an ordinary Japanese child. He engaged in various activities typical for his age, such as playing ball as a toddler and participating in track events as a young boy. His school years were also part of this regular upbringing. His mother, Holy, was his primary caregiver and support system during these formative years, consistently supervising and encouraging him.

Young Jotaro playing with ball

Young Jotaro playing with a ball

In the year 1988, when Jotaro was seventeen, he seriously injured four gang members in a fight. He noticed an abnormal growth in his strength and believed himself to be possessed by an “evil spirit.” Consequently, he willingly turned himself into the police. Even when he was told he could leave, he chose to stay.

Jotaro turns himself to police

Jotaro turns himself to the police

In order to show his dangerous condition, he grabbed the policeman’s gun and fired it at his own head. A third arm unexpectedly appeared and caught the bullet mid-air and saved him from death. His mother, Holy, sought assistance from her father, Joseph Joestar. Initial attempts to reason with Jotaro by Joseph proved useless, which led to the involvement of Joseph’s friend, Muhammad Avdol. Avdol summoned his own “evil spirit,” Magician’s Red, and captured Jotaro in fire rings. In response, Jotaro’s “evil spirit” materialized fully and freed him from the fire rings. Then Joseph revealed that this “evil spirit” was a Stand, a manifestation of a person’s life energy. As Jotaro unintentionally broke his cell’s iron bars, he unwillingly freed himself. Joseph then revealed the true reason for his and Avdol’s visit to Japan was the resurrection of DIO, an old enemy of Jotaro’s great-great-grandfather, Jonathan Joestar. Subsequently, Joseph displayed his Stand, Hermit Purple, to Jotaro. Using its ability to project distant images onto film, he revealed a picture of DIO. The image confirmed that DIO’s body was, in fact, Jonathan’s, indicated by the star-shaped birthmark on his neck, a trait inherent to the Joestar bloodline.

Jotaro uses his Stand to break out of cell

Jotaro uses his Stand to break out of the cell

Physical Appearance

Height: 6’ 5”

Weight (approx): 80 kg

Hair Color: Black

Eyes Color: Green

Accessory: Signature Hat

Built: Muscular

Gender: Male

Jotaro Full Body

Family

Race/Clan

Jotaro Kujo is part of the Joestar bloodline in the series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. He is the grandson of Joseph Joestar, who is a central character in Part 2: Battle Tendency, and the son of Holly Kujo (née Joestar). The Joestar bloodline is renowned for its members’ bravery and encounters with various supernatural threats, particularly those concerning Dio Brando and Stand users. Many characters from the Joestar lineage, including Jotaro, were protagonists in different parts of the series, which highlights the ongoing legacy of the family’s heroism and its struggle against evil. The Joestar family is characterized by a few key traits and most members of the Joestar family are Stand users, possessing powerful spiritual entities that help them in battle. Stands are unique to each user, and their abilities can range widely, from physical combat to more unique powers. They are identifiable by a distinctive star-shaped birthmark on their necks. This birthmark becomes an important plot point in various arcs of the series.

Star tattoo on Joestar bodies

Star tattoos on Joestar’s bodies

Throughout the series, the Joestar family has consistent encounters with supernatural threats, such as vampires, Pillar Men, and enemy Stand users. These encounters often tie into the broader history of the Joestar family and their recurring fight with Dio Brando. The Joestar family’s fate is always linked with the villain Dio Brando. This connection began when Dio was adopted into the Joestar family and made his transformation into a vampire using a Stone Mask, a relic that also had significant connections to the Joestar lineage. The protagonists of the series, most of whom are from the Joestar lineage, often have a name or nickname that can be abbreviated as “JoJo.” For instance, Jotaro Kujo, Joseph Joestar, and Josuke Higashikata, among others, continue this trend.

Joestar Bloodline

Joestar Bloodline

Parents & Siblings

Holly Kujo (née Joestar) is the mother of Jotaro Kujo and a central character in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders. Born to Joseph Joestar, a protagonist in Part 2: Battle Tendency, Holly is kind-hearted, gentle, and nurturing. Despite her father’s and son’s tough demeanours, she remains warm and affectionate, which stands out starkly in the Joestar family. Holly eventually falls ill due to the manifestation of her Stand, which she cannot control due to her gentle nature. Her illness served as a key motivation for Jotaro and Joseph in their mission to defeat Dio Brando in Part 3: Stardust Crusaders, as Dio’s Stand, The World, was causing the Stands in the Joestar bloodline to activate prematurely.

Holly Kujo

Holly Kujo

Sadao Kujo, Jotaro’s father, is a professional jazz musician. Despite being married to Holly Joestar and fathering Jotaro, Sadao is largely absent from the series due to his career. His profession requires him to travel frequently, and he spends most of his time touring. As such, he does not have a direct role in the primary events of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Despite this, Sadao is a part of the Kujo family, which is itself a branch of the Joestar family, making his son Jotaro a successor of the Joestar lineage. Despite the initial differences in their personalities, Jotaro Kujo shared a strong bond with his grandfather, Joseph Joestar. Their relationship was marked by occasional laughter, which strengthened greatly during their journey to Egypt to save Holly. Jotaro’s protective side surfaced when Joseph fell victim to Steely Dan’s Stand, Lovers, which led him to fight back. They displayed remarkable teamwork against Telence D’Arby, rooted in their shared familial intuition. Jotaro’s respect for Joseph remained steadfast, even amidst his annoyance about Joseph’s affair with Josuke’s mother. This regard extended to Jotaro protecting Josuke’s mother, and he even showed a rare smile upon witnessing Joseph and Josuke’s harmonious relationship.

Joseph Joestar and Jotaro

Joseph Joestar and Jotaro

In the anime adaptation, a scene was introduced where Jotaro spoke with his grandmother, Suzi Q, over the phone, a scene not shown in the manga. Suzi Q expressed her joy at hearing Jotaro’s voice after a long time and, despite hearing rumours of his recent rebellious actions, she recognized his genuine kindness and love for his family.

Suzi Q- Jotaro's Grandmother

Suzi Q- Jotaro’s Grandmother

Jotaro Kujo shared a mentor-protégé relationship with his nephew, Josuke Higashikata. At first, their relationship was not good, with Josuke attacking Jotaro due to his insult about Josuke’s hair. However, as the series progressed, they became allies and fought against various enemy Stands in Morioh. Jotaro appreciated Josuke’s abilities and his gentle nature, even though he was occasionally irritated by his temper. Their mutual respect and trust were particularly seen during their battle against Bug-Eaten.

Josuke Higashikata

Josuke Higashikata

Jotaro Kujo and Giorno Giovanna, despite their blood ties, have never officially met. Jotaro had started an investigation of Giorno due to his dual links to Dio Brando and the Joestar family. After uncovering Giorno’s connection with Dio, Jotaro decided to entrust Koichi Hirose to make a character assessment of Giorno on his behalf.

Giorno Giovanna

Giorno Giovanna

Wife and Children

Jotaro Kujo was married to an unnamed woman, but they divorced sometime before the events of Stone Ocean. The woman’s name is never revealed in the manga or anime, and she is only ever referred to as “Jotaro’s wife” or “Jolyne’s mother.” Jotaro Kujo’s sole child, Jolyne Cujoh, experienced childhood and adolescence in the absence of her father, due to his many adventures. Jolyne felt neglected and upset because her dad, Jotaro, was often away, especially after her parents split up. She didn’t talk about him until he came to see her in jail. Even though Jotaro wasn’t always there, he really cared about Jolyne and wanted to keep her safe. When they faced a strong enemy named Pucci, Jotaro chose to protect Jolyne over winning the fight. In the end, Jolyne realized how much her father loved her and trusted that he would always help her.

Jotaro Kujo and his daughter Jolyne Cujoh

Jotaro Kujo and his daughter Jolyne Cujoh

Love Interest- Girlfriend

Jotaro Kujo’s character in the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series is primarily depicted as a fighter and protector, rather than a romantic figure. He is known to have been married and subsequently divorced. Despite these instances, no specific character is highlighted as a defined love interest for Jotaro, underscoring his central role as a combatant and guardian.

Background

Creator

When Hirohiko Araki was working on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3, he wanted to make characters different from earlier parts. He made Jotaro, the main character, more serious and tall, wearing a school uniform to look normal but cool. Araki wanted Jotaro to be a quiet hero, different from other main characters in manga stories. In Part 3, he made other characters look or act differently from Jotaro. For example, Joseph, an older main character, was there to show that Jotaro was the main focus. Araki used Kakyoin to show a difference from Jotaro: Kakyoin looked like a good student, while Jotaro looked like a rebel. He also made Polnareff look and act differently so he stood out in the group.

Inspired By

When writing JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Hirohiko Araki decided the main character of Stardust Crusaders should be from Japan and be very calm and quiet, different from the previous main characters. He based Jotaro’s personality on the famous American actor Clint Eastwood. Jotaro’s “good grief” (やれやれだぜ, yare yare daze) was borrowed from Eastwood’s on-screen dialogue. Araki made sure other characters were different from Jotaro to make the story interesting. In the first anime version, Jūrōta Kosugi and Abie Hadjitarkhani voiced Jotaro in Japanese and English. In later shows, Daisuke Ono and Matthew Mercer did the voices.

The man behind Jotaro's design- Clint Eastwood

The man behind Jotaro’s design- Clint Eastwood

Development

Young angry boy to a responsible man

Jotaro Kujo’s development as a character in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series is quite significant and evolves in response to the challenges he faces throughout the series. In Part 3: Stardust Crusaders, Jotaro starts as a rather detached and rebellious teenager who believes himself to be possessed by an “evil spirit.” As he learns about his Stand, Star Platinum, and the threat posed by Dio Brando, he embarks on a journey with his grandfather and their allies. During this journey, he shows himself to be extremely brave and intelligent, often outwitting his opponents and displaying fierce determination. He also develops a deep sense of responsibility towards his family, as seen in his efforts to save his mother from a Stand-induced illness.

Jotaro decides to join his Grandfather in his Quest

Jotaro decides to join his Grandfather in his Quest

Role as a mentor

In Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable, Jotaro acts as a mentor. He investigated the increase of Stand users in Morioh and guided the new JoJo, Josuke Higashikata. In this part, Jotaro showed a bit of a softer side and demonstrated his leadership skills.

Jotaro acts as a mentor to Josuke

Jotaro acts as a mentor to Josuke

A parent and a guide

Part 5: Golden Wind sees Jotaro in a supporting role, providing key information about Giorno Giovanna and his connection to Dio Brando. In Part 6: Stone Ocean, Jotaro’s character sees substantial development in terms of his personal relationships. His primary role is to protect his estranged daughter, Jolyne Cujoh. It’s here that Jotaro expresses regret over his absence during Jolyne’s childhood and tries to mend their relationship. His paternal love is evident and drives much of his actions in this arc.

Jotaro becomes a responsible and caring father

Jotaro becomes a responsible and caring father

Across the series, Jotaro Kujo matures from a rebellious teenager to a wise mentor and protective father, all while maintaining his core traits of bravery, intelligence, and a strong sense of duty.

Story/Mission

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

When Joseph Joestar failed to persuade Jotaro to leave jail, he introduced him to his friend, Muhammad Avdol, and his Stand, Magician’s Red. Following a brief skirmish, Avdol determined that Jotaro was also a Stand user. After Jotaro decided to exit the jail, Joseph took the opportunity to explain the origins of Stands and the resurgence of DIO. Later, while at school, Jotaro was attacked by Noriaki Kakyoin, who had manipulated the school nurse using his Stand to assault Jotaro. After an initial hit by an Emerald Splash, Jotaro managed to retaliate using Star Platinum to deflect the assault and subsequently defeat Kakyoin. With both of them significantly injured, Jotaro brought Kakyoin back home. Joseph recognized a flesh bud on Kakyoin’s forehead, interpreting it as DIO’s method of control. Despite the potential threat, Jotaro employed Star Platinum to extract the flesh bud from Kakyoin’s forehead, effectively liberating him from DIO’s influence. The following day, Jotaro discovered that his mother’s Stand was causing her harm. Determined to save her, he joined the Crusaders and embarked on a mission to eliminate DIO.

Jotaro joins Joseph in finding DIO

Jotaro joins Joseph in finding DIO

At the outset of their journey, the group was attacked by Gray Fly, whose Stand, Tower of Gray, proved a challenging match even for Star Platinum. The adversary was defeated by Kakyoin, while Joseph managed to land the plane due to the pilot’s demise. On reaching Hong Kong, they encountered Polnareff in a restaurant. After a meal together, Polnareff revealed his intentions, leading to a confrontation with Avdol. Upon defeating Polnareff, Avdol quickly identified that he was under DIO’s control. Jotaro then eradicated the flesh bud, freeing Polnareff from DIO’s control. They decided to include him in their mission after hearing his backstory. Their journey continued on a ship where they first met Anne. An attack by an impostor captain dragged Jotaro into the ocean, but he emerged victorious thanks to Star Platinum’s ability to elongate its fingers. Damage to the ship forced them onto another, which was revealed to be an enemy Stand. Once again, Jotaro defeated the enemy Stand user using Star Platinum.

Jotaro and team makes a force landing

Jotaro and the team make a forced landing

In Singapore, after Polnareff survives an attack by an enemy Stand user, Jotaro, Kakyoin, and Anne spend a day sightseeing. Kakyoin begins to act suspiciously, even pushing Jotaro off a building as a “joke”. When punched into a cable car, it was revealed that Kakyoin was being impersonated by Rubber Soul who had attached his Stand to Jotaro’s finger. Jotaro tracks down the imposter, drowns him, and proceeds to interrogate him. Despite a subsequent attack, Jotaro pummels his opponent into submission.

Jotaro fights Rubber Soul

Jotaro fights Rubber Soul

After defeating the enemy Stand user, Jotaro regroups with his team, relaying the events of the battle and the impersonation. While Polnareff and Kakyoin were on the hunt for J. Geil, Jotaro and Joseph discovered that Avdol was alive. They moved him to an island and falsely claimed they had buried him. After surviving an encounter with Wheel of Fortune and arriving at a suspicious hotel, Jotaro’s suspicions of the hotel owner were aroused. He was able to unmask the old woman as Enya, a significant follower of DIO, defeated her and trapped her Stand before moving on with the Crusaders. This confrontation, however, attracted Steely Dan, who killed Enya and implanted his Stand in Joseph’s head. Steely Dan tormented and provoked Jotaro repeatedly until his Stand was defeated, culminating in Jotaro pummelling Steely Dan who had falsely claimed his defeat. In the desert, the group was attacked by The Sun, an enemy Stand that cornered the Crusaders under a rock. After locating the enemy Stand user, Jotaro launched a rock at his opponent’s hideout with his Stand, securing their victory.

Jotaro comes across Enya

Jotaro comes across Enya

Following an attack by Manish (a young boy), the Crusaders visited an island to fetch a recuperating Avdol before setting out to their destination in a submarine. Here, they were attacked by another enemy Stand, which Jotaro defeated by breaking the Stand’s teeth. Upon arriving in Egypt, Joseph sought help from the Speedwagon Foundation to bring in Iggy, a dog Stand user that Avdol had found. They were then attacked by N’Doul and his Stand, Geb. After surviving the initial assaults, Jotaro used Iggy and his Stand to glide to N’Doul. He then threw the dog at N’Doul, distracting him enough for Jotaro to finish him off in a standoff.

Jotaro uses Iggy's Stand

Jotaro uses Iggy’s Stand

After Polnareff obtained a sword from an enemy Stand user, Jotaro was assigned the task of ensuring Polnareff didn’t get into trouble. At a barbershop, the barber ended up being controlled by the sword. Jotaro managed to dislodge the enemy Stand from the barber’s hand, but Polnareff, upon grabbing the sword, accidentally unsheathed it and fell under its control. He launched a relentless attack on Jotaro, only losing when he stabbed Jotaro, which facilitated the sword’s breakdown.

Jotaro was attacked by possessed Polnareff

Jotaro was attacked by possessed Polnareff

In search of Polnareff, who had been turned into a child, Jotaro was attacked by Alessi, who also transformed him into a child. Despite this, the young Jotaro managed to defeat Alessi using his bare hands, reversing the Stand’s effect and returning him and Polnareff to their original ages. They then proceeded to beat their opponent again. Later, they visited a cafe and encountered a gambler, Daniel D’Arby, who managed to steal the souls of Polnareff and Joseph, compelling Jotaro to beat him at poker. Jotaro succeeded in winning by continually bluffing, driving D’Arby to the brink of insanity, and winning back his friends’ souls. Upon discovering DIO’s mansion, Jotaro, Joseph, and Kakyoin were separated from the others and were compelled to play video games against the butler, Terence D’Arby. As Kakyoin was defeated and Jotaro was beginning to lose, Joseph outwitted Terence by using Hermit Purple to play the game for Jotaro, resulting in Terence’s eventual defeat. Jotaro later joined the Crusaders in their confrontation with DIO, only to find that DIO’s Stand was overwhelmingly powerful. They quickly retreated, with Jotaro and Polnareff chasing after DIO. Jotaro arrived too late to save Joseph, who warned him not to be consumed by anger with his dying breath. Despite this, an enraged Jotaro charged at DIO, leading to a fierce exchange of blows between their Stands. DIO then stopped time and taunted Jotaro, only to be punched within his own frozen timeframe.

Jotaro gets turned into a 7 year old

Jotaro gets turned into a 7-year-old

In a subsequent time-stop, DIO was tricked into lowering his guard, allowing Star Platinum to land another punch. Upon recovery, DIO realized that Jotaro could move for a few seconds during the stopped time and attempted to defeat him by hurling a barrage of knives. Jotaro, however, had protected himself with a book on his chest and under his hat. To survive, Jotaro played dead convincingly until Polnareff appeared and stabbed DIO’s head. But Polnareff was quickly defeated, and DIO became suspicious of Jotaro. Before DIO could stop time, Star Platinum punched him away, causing him brain damage. Jotaro then confronted DIO in a sewer he was trying to hide in, launching him back to Joseph’s body. As Jotaro arrived, DIO was consuming Joseph’s blood, gaining immense power. In the ensuing confrontation, Jotaro was heavily beaten and nearly crushed by a steamroller before he learned to stop time himself and broke DIO’s legs. He waited for DIO to recover to initiate a fair beatdown but got distracted by DIO’s blood. Nonetheless, Star Platinum managed to punch The World’s leg, shattering both the Stand and its user. Jotaro then revived his grandfather and left DIO’s remains in the sun. He said his goodbyes to Polnareff before sending him on his way.

Jotaro defeats DIO

Jotaro defeats DIO

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable

In 1999, Joseph disclosed his affair to his family and tasked Jotaro with informing Josuke Higashikata about his inheritance. Upon arrival in Morioh, Jotaro met Koichi Hirose and witnessed Josuke’s Stand in action. He informed Josuke about his inheritance and warned him about dangerous Stand users in town. During a stakeout with Josuke, they confronted Angelo, an enemy Stand user, resulting in the death of Josuke’s grandfather. They managed to trap Angelo’s Stand and interrogate him, revealing the existence of Keicho Nijimura and the origin of Stands.

Jotaro sets on a journey to find his nephew

Jotaro sets on a journey to find his nephew

Later, Jotaro and his allies engaged with Red Hot Chili Pepper, a threatening Stand. Following its defeat, he discovered a rat used as a test subject for a Stand arrow and hunted it down with Josuke’s help. During the investigation of a serial killer in Morioh, Jotaro was severely injured in a confrontation with the killer’s Stand. Despite the injury, he figured out how the enemy Stand worked and managed to recuperate in time to thwart the killer, Yoshikage Kira.

Jotaro investigates murder mystery

Jotaro investigates a murder mystery

Jotaro led the group to Kira’s family home for an investigation, resulting in a confrontation with another Stand. He countered the enemy Stand, enabling them to exit the house. In the final battle, Koichi’s intervention enabled Jotaro to defeat Kira. Jotaro was present when Reimi ascended to heaven and later left Morioh with Joseph.

Jotato stops Kira

Jotato stops Kira

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean

Half a decade later, Jolyne Cujoh, Jotaro’s daughter, found herself falsely accused of theft. His wife pleaded for his assistance in bailing out their daughter, but an urgent issue in Tokyo prevented Jotaro from helping, an event that ultimately led to their divorce. Regardless of the tension in their relationship, Jotaro’s concern for his daughter never waned. Upon learning of her wrongful imprisonment and Johngalli A’s connection to DIO, Jotaro visited Green Dolphin Street Prison with a plan for Jolyne’s escape, aware of the trap that awaited him. An attack ensued from Johngalli A and a Stand named Whitesnake, resulting in Whitesnake extracting Jotaro’s Stand and memories and encapsulating them in DISCs. This left Jotaro comatose, but not before expressing his love for his daughter, a sentiment that convinced Jolyne to stay in prison to reclaim the DISCs. During his lengthy comatose state, Jotaro awaited Jolyne’s retrieval of his Memory DISC. Upon its return, Jotaro regained consciousness, just in time to save Jolyne from an assault by Pucci. Now with complete control over his Stand, Jotaro challenged Pucci. He halted time to have Ermes fire at the priest, using the opportunity to thrust a spear towards Pucci’s head. Miraculously, Pucci dodged the strike and utilized the spear’s momentum to unlock the Stand named “Made in Heaven.”

Jotaro meets his daughter in a prison

Jotaro meets his daughter in a prison

In the final confrontation, Star Platinum’s time-stopping ability was the heroes’ sole weapon to reach Pucci. Guarded by Diver Down, Jotaro aimed to stop time at the precise moment Pucci would strike. However, Pucci manipulated Jotaro’s love for his daughter, dropping knives onto Jolyne during the vital time stop, mirroring DIO’s past attack on Jotaro. Distracted by saving Jolyne, Jotaro failed to hit Pucci, who split his face in half and killed him. Due to Made in Heaven’s accelerated time, Jotaro’s body, along with Ermes’ and Anasui’s, swiftly decayed and disintegrated as the universe sped toward a reset.

Jotaro loses his discs and almost dies

Jotaro loses his discs and almost dies

Following the reset, Emporio met alternate versions of Jotaro and Jolyne at Green Dolphin Street Prison, with minor differences in their appearances and attire. The pair reenacted the moment Jotaro arrived to save Jolyne from prison prior to Whitesnake’s attack, only to be pushed aside by Pucci who entered the scene. The doppelgangers promptly fled. Although Pucci claimed Jotaro’s soul was eradicated with the old universe, his soul was reincarnated in the new universe, presumably under a different name, following Pucci’s demise at Emporio’s hands and a subsequent universe reset. Time adjustments seemingly erased Pucci or at least his actions, indicating Jolyne never went to prison in this new reality. Jotaro appeared to be on good terms with his wife and Jolyne reincarnated as Irene. Like other reborn souls, the new Jotaro likely had no recollection of the resets or the now-altered past. The final scene of Stone Ocean sees Emporio, the survivor of both resets, joining Irene, Anakiss (reborn Anasui), Eldis (reborn Ermes), and a reborn Weather Report. Irene and Anakiss, about to wed, were on their way to seek approval from the reborn Jotaro.

Jotaro fights Pucci and saves Jolyne

Jotaro fights Pucci and saves Jolyne

Battles

Jotaro Kujo is a formidable fighter in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series, displaying his powers in numerous confrontations. His Stand, Star Platinum, grants him enhanced strength, speed, precision, and the unique ability to stop time, collectively making him an overwhelming force in battles. Jotaro is highly skilled at utilizing the abilities, often overpowering his opponents with Star Platinum’s swift and forceful strikes. However, what truly sets Jotaro apart is his strategic thinking, he regularly demonstrates his quick thinking and resourcefulness, using his Stand’s powers in creative ways and exploiting his enemies’ weaknesses to turn the tide of battles in his favour. Whether it’s outsmarting opponents or launching devastating attacks with Star Platinum, every battle with Jotaro is marked by intensity and unpredictability, making him an exciting and engaging character throughout the series.

Popular Battles

Throughout the series, Jotaro Kujo engages in several memorable battles. Here are some of his most iconic fights:

  • Jotaro vs. Kakyoin (Part 3: Stardust Crusaders): At the beginning of their journey, Kakyoin, under DIO’s control, challenges Jotaro. This battle introduces Jotaro’s ability to think on his feet, as he manages to defeat Kakyoin and remove DIO’s mind control.

    Jotaro vs Kakyoin

    Jotaro vs Kakyoin

  • Jotaro vs. Daniel J. D’Arby (Part 3: Stardust Crusaders): This is a non-physical battle, in which Jotaro faces off against Daniel J. D’Arby in a game of poker. Instead of using brute force, Jotaro wins with pure bluffing and psychological warfare, showcasing his intelligence and ability to remain cool under pressure.

    Jotaro vs D'arby

    Jotaro vs D’arby

  • Jotaro vs. N’Doul (Part 3: Stardust Crusaders): This fight against N’Doul and his Stand, Geb, is a tense one. It shows how Jotaro can make use of the environment and his Stand’s abilities to his advantage even in a seemingly desperate situation.

    Jotaro vs N'Doul

    Jotaro vs N’Doul

  • Jotaro vs. DIO (Part 3: Stardust Crusaders): his fight is possibly the most iconic in the entire series, culminating in the long-standing feud between the Joestar family and DIO. It showcases Jotaro’s strategic mind, patience, and raw power as he faces off against DIO and his Stand, The World, which has the same time-stopping abilities as Star Platinum. The fight is a thrilling spectacle that constantly keeps the audience on edge, as both fighters attempt to exploit their time-stopping powers to outsmart the other. It is not merely a test of their Stands’ abilities, but also a testament to their strategic acumen, determination, and resilience. Ultimately, Jotaro’s victory in this fight symbolizes the triumph of the Joestar family’s enduring spirit over DIO’s malevolent ambitions, making this duel one of the most memorable and impactful in the series.

 

Victories

Jotaro has marked his journey with several impressive victories and accomplishments that define his character. His strength and tactical skills had led him to overcome powerful foes, rescue his allies, and shape the future of the Joestar bloodline. Here are some of his most notable achievements:

  • Defeating Dio Brando: The most significant victory of Jotaro Kujo is his defeat of Dio Brando in Part 3: Stardust Crusaders. This accomplishment not only saved his mother from a deadly curse but also brought an end to a century-long rivalry between Dio and the Joestar family.

    Jotaro kills Dio

    Jotaro kills Dio

  • Victory over N’Doul and his Stand, Geb: N’Doul was one of Dio Brando’s most loyal and powerful servants, and his Stand, Geb, was a significant threat. Jotaro’s tactical skills and the use of Star Platinum played a crucial role in outsmarting and defeating N’Doul.

    Jotaro defeats N'doul

    Jotaro defeats N’doul

  • Overcoming Terence T. D’Arby in a game of poker: Despite being in a situation where he was playing against a Stand user who could read minds, Jotaro managed to bluff his way to victory in a high-stakes game of poker, winning back the souls of his friends in the process.

    Jotaro playing poker

    Jotaro playing poker

  • Victory over Yoshikage Kira: In Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable, Jotaro played a crucial role in the final defeat of Yoshikage Kira, the main antagonist of the part. His time-stopping abilities enabled him to save Koichi Hirose and deliver a significant blow to Kira.

    Jotaro defeats Yoshikage Kira

    Jotaro defeats Yoshikage Kira

  • Defeating Anubis: Jotaro managed to defeat the Stand Anubis, which had the ability to control anyone who wielded it. Despite being disarmed and attacked by Polnareff, who was under Anubis’ influence, Jotaro used his quick thinking and Star Platinum’s power to defeat Anubis.

    Jotaro fight Anubis

    Jotaro fight Anubis

  • Mentoring Josuke Higashikata: Jotaro’s guidance and support for Josuke Higashikata in Part 4 were critical in the battles against various Stand users in Morioh. His experience and tactical acumen played a significant role in shaping Josuke’s own approach to Stand battles.
  • Rescuing Jolyne Cujoh: In Part 6: Stone Ocean, Jotaro sacrificed his own Stand and memories to save his daughter, Jolyne Cujoh. Although it resulted in his major absence from the show, it showed the extent of his dedication to protecting his family.

    Jotaro saves Jolyne

    Jotaro saves Jolyne

Failures

Despite Jotaro Kujo’s incredible strength and strategic mind, he too faced numerous failures throughout the series of “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”. These instances, although unfortunate, significantly contributed to his character development and taught him invaluable lessons:

  • Failure to Save Kakyoin and Avdol: In the climax of Stardust Crusaders, during the battle against Dio Brando, Jotaro’s companions, Noriaki Kakyoin and Muhammad Avdol, were killed. Despite his best efforts, he was unable to save them, marking a tragic moment in his journey.

    Death of Kakyoin

    Death of Kakyoin

  • Neglecting His Family: Jotaro often prioritized his duty over his family, which resulted in strained relationships. His constant absence and lack of emotional support ultimately led to his divorce and caused his daughter, Jolyne, to resent him.
  • Unable to Prevent Dio Brando’s Revival: Despite the Joestar family’s efforts, they could not prevent Dio Brando from awakening and gaining Stand powers, initiating the events of Stardust Crusaders.
  • Failing to Protect His Mother: Jotaro is initially motivated to hunt down Dio Brando to save his mother, Holly, who falls ill due to her Stand awakening. However, her condition worsens over time, causing Jotaro and the others to race against time to save her.
  • Sacrificing Himself to Defeat Enrico Pucci: In the climax of Stone Ocean, Jotaro sacrifices himself to defeat Enrico Pucci and save his daughter, Jolyne. However, Pucci manages to survive, and Jotaro’s sacrifice ultimately proves to be in vain.

    Jotaro's sacrifice

    Jotaro’s sacrifice

Enemies/Rivals/Foes

Jotaro and DIO were enemies before their encounter and had a deep understanding of each other’s power. DIO saw Jotaro as a formidable Stand user, while Jotaro remained curious about DIO’s charismatic personality and his ability to command other potent Stand users like N’Doul. As their battle continued, DIO recognized Jotaro as a threat, possibly even surpassing that posed by Jonathan which led him to make tough strategies to defeat Jotaro. While DIO held respect for Jonathan as an enemy, Jotaro felt a sense of fear against him, particularly due to Jotaro’s ability to move within the frozen time. Upon DIO seemingly killing Jotaro’s grandfather, Joseph, in front of him, Jotaro’s anger towards DIO increased and turned into rage for the first time. Following a short but intense battle, Jotaro ultimately managed to outsmart and kill DIO.

Jotaro and DIO

Jotaro and DIO

Enrico Pucci held a deep-seated grudge towards Jotaro for his role in DIO’s demise. However, Jotaro remained oblivious to Pucci’s existence until the concluding events of Stone Ocean. In his quest for retribution, Pucci seized Jotaro’s memories and Stand, leaving his lifeless body to decompose. Yet, Pucci was acutely aware of the potential threat posed by Jotaro as a formidable Stand user and took necessary precautions to mitigate this risk. Ultimately, it was Pucci who claimed Jotaro’s life in Florida.

Jotaro and Pucci

Jotaro and Pucci

Yoshikage Kira first crossed paths with Jotaro near the Centipede shoe shop, where Jotaro had been seriously injured by Sheer Heart Attack. Kira underestimated Jotaro due to his weakened state, a miscalculation that led to him receiving a thorough pummeling from Star Platinum. Kira was quick to recognize the danger Jotaro posed and made a point to steer clear of him in future encounters.

Jotaro and Kira

Jotaro and Kira

Daniel J. D’Arby made Jotaro go under a lot of pressure because of his gambling skills and strong Stand. Jotaro was worried and thought D’Arby was one of the toughest Stand users they met. But, Jotaro tricked D’Arby by pretending and being lucky, making D’Arby very surprised. Later, when Jotaro met D’Arby’s brother, Telence, he said that Daniel was better at gambling and would’ve caught Jotaro’s trick.

Jotaro and Daniel J. D'Arby

Jotaro and Daniel J. D’Arby

N’Doul was an adversary whom Jotaro developed a level of respect for over the course of their battle. Jotaro admired N’Doul’s fighting skills, remarking that it was an impressive achievement for N’Doul to knock away his hat. Beyond that, Jotaro was moved by N’Doul’s staunch loyalty to DIO. When N’Doul met his end, Jotaro took it upon himself to bury him as a sign of respect.

Jotaro and N'Doul

Jotaro and N’Doul

Steely Dan did many bad things that made Jotaro very angry. He saw Steely Dan harm old Enya and also had to tolerate his taunts. When Steely Dan threatened a child, Jotaro’s anger grew even more. When Jotaro finally got a chance, he hurt Steely Dan very badly as revenge for everything he did.

Steely Dan annoying Jotaro

Steely Dan annoying Jotaro

Jotaro saw Anubis as a formidable threat due to its straightforward and potent ability, a speed that matched Star Platinum’s, rather than relying on deceptive tactics. Anubis targeted Jotaro multiple times, utilizing various host bodies, including Polnareff. Jotaro successfully countered these attacks, at one point even breaking Anubis in half. In a last-ditch attempt to take out Jotaro, Anubis possessed a child with the intention of stabbing him. However, this was thwarted by Iggy’s intervention, causing the child to trip.

Anubis

Anubis

Enya identified Jotaro as a major threat due to his immense Stand power and his opposition to her master, DIO. Despite her cautious approach towards him, Jotaro didn’t regard Enya with particular significance. Nonetheless, he was moved to witness Enya’s unwavering loyalty towards DIO, even on the brink of death by her master’s command.

Enya the Hag

Enya the Hag

Anjuro Katagiri did many terrible things, which made Jotaro hate him. When Anjuro tried to hurt Josuke’s family and even killed his grandfather, Jotaro’s anger grew. Because of Anjuro’s evil actions, Jotaro decided to step in and stop him in Morioh.

Anjuro Katagiri

Anjuro Katagiri

Akira Otoishi considered Jotaro as a menace due to his active investigation into Stand users, prompting him to plot Jotaro’s demise. When Josuke obstructed his plans, Otoishi shifted his target to Joseph but was thwarted by Okuyasu. After Otoishi’s arrest, Jotaro issued a stern warning that he would relentlessly track him down if he managed to escape from prison. During an interrogation with Jotaro, Otoishi disclosed that he had used the Arrow to shoot a rat.

Akira Otoishi

Akira Otoishi

Johngalli A. was really angry at Jotaro because he played a part in DIO’s defeat. Even though they didn’t meet much, Johngalli A. set up Jolyne and tried to harm her and Jotaro, making him Jotaro’s enemy.

Johngalli A

Johngalli A.

Friends/Allies/Comrades

Jotaro’s initial interaction with Noriaki Kakyoin was a combat encounter. Upon defeating him, Jotaro brought Kakyoin home to remove DIO’s flesh bud, thereby liberating him from DIO’s influence. This marked the beginning of a firm friendship between the two, cemented by shared interests, including a mutual fascination with sumo. Kakyoin was among the few individuals to elicit a smile from the typically stoic Jotaro. In a noble sacrifice, Kakyoin forfeited his life to provide Jotaro with an edge in his battle against DIO, an act that deeply moved Jotaro, leading him to grieve alongside Joseph and Polnareff. Araki’s remarks in the JOJONIUM special interviews highlight that, in the absence of their supernatural abilities, Jotaro and Kakyoin may not have forged their friendship.

Jotaro and Kakyoin

Jotaro and Jean Pierre Polnareff became close friends during their trip to Egypt. They often teamed up and trusted each other. Jotaro respected Polnareff’s strength and skills. They both felt the pain of losing teammates, which made their bond stronger. When they said goodbye, Jotaro joked about remembering Polnareff’s unique face, showing their friendly relationship.

Jotaro and Jean Pierre Polnareff

Jotaro and Jean Pierre Polnareff

Anne, the runaway girl, was initially considered a nuisance and burden by Jotaro. Despite this, he consistently protected her from enemies like the impersonator Captain Tennile and Forever. Later on, Anne had a crush on Jotaro, primarily due to his good looks.

Anne

Anne

When Jotaro first encountered Iggy before the showdown with N’Doul, their relation was complicated since the start. Iggy’s attitude towards fighting against foes annoyed Jotaro, who, out of frustration, threw the dog at N’Doul. As a result, Iggy played a prank on Jotaro. Despite his lack of expressiveness, Iggy was an incredibly proud Stand user, even used that his Stand, The Fool,which was stronger than the Star Platinum. Following the conflict with DIO, both Jotaro and Joseph recognized and mourned Iggy’s death, along with the other fallen Crusaders.

Jotaro and Iggy

Jotaro and Iggy

Jotaro developed a deep respect and trust for Koichi Hirose after observing his courage during the events in Morioh, especially when he fought Kira’s Sheer Heart Attack while Jotaro was unable to move. This forged a bond between the two, and they played a major role in Jotaro’s decision to assign Koichi the task of investigating Giorno Giovanna, given his complex lineage tied to both the Joestars and DIO.

Jotaro and Koichi Hirose

Jotaro and Koichi Hirose

Okuyasu Nijimura, despite his limited interaction with Jotaro, perceived him as a mentor-like figure. Although Okuyasu tends to act on his own, even neglecting Jotaro’s advice during his pursuit of Red Hot Chili Pepper, Jotaro tolerates his impulsive nature and lack of foresight. Despite Okuyasu’s shortcomings, Jotaro acknowledges him as a reliable ally.

Okuyasu Nijimura

Okuyasu Nijimura

Rohan Kishibe and Jotaro form an alliance to combat Yoshikage Kira. While Rohan declares that they aren’t particularly close, there appears to be a shared respect between them. This was seen when Rohan had Jotaro’s number saved in his phone. Furthermore, in a situation dealing with Cheap Trick, Rohan even attempted to reach out to Jotaro at the Morioh Grand Hotel, seeking his assistance.

Jotaro and Rohan

Jotaro and Rohan

Personality

As one of the most prominent characters in the series, Jotaro Kujo mirrors the ISTJ personality type. As an ISTJ, he is practical, logical, and a direct problem solver, showcased by his ability to quickly analyze situations and strategize during stand battles. His unwavering sense of duty toward protecting his family and friends drives his actions throughout the series, embodying the dedication and reliability inherent to ISTJs. Nonetheless, despite his cool demeanour, Jotaro occasionally reveals a softer side, highlighting the depth of his character. Although he’s mostly reserved and prefers to keep his feelings under wraps, he’s not devoid of emotion or compassion, proving that even the stoic ISTJs have a soft spot.

IQ: 9/10

Knowledge: 8/10

Fighting Skills: 8/10

Leadership Quality: 9/10

Personality: 8/10

Durability: 8/10

Speed: 7/10

Outfit

In Part 3, “Stardust Crusaders”, Jotaro Kujo wore a long Japanese school uniform coat, colored dark. It had a standout collar with a gold chain. Under the coat, he had a sleeveless shirt and slim pants with flares at the ends, held by two belts with triangle designs. This design was linked to the Joestar family’s style, seen with Caesar and Joseph. Jotaro wore leather shoes without socks. His notable hat looked like it blended with his hair, which made him look mysterious. The creator, Araki, designed Jotaro’s outfit this way to show he’s both rebellious and connected to his family’s history.

Jotaro's outfit in Part 3

Jotaro’s outfit in Part 3

In Part 4, “Diamond is Unbreakable”, Jotaro’s clothing changed a lot from “Stardust Crusaders”. He still wore his cap and long coat, but now with wide white pants. At first, he wore a coat with a pattern on the collar and cuffs, a jumper, and a shirt with a buckle strap. His hat had a “J” and a palm inside a heart. Later, his outfit looked more like his old school uniform with a coat with a turned-up collar and just a shirt underneath. His hat showed a dolphin and sun, and his coat had dolphin and palm symbols. Lastly, his outfit had patterned cuffs, a vest over a black turtleneck with a palm design, and his hat had symbols looking like anchors. He wore two belts, one with a small pouch. These changes in his outfits showed how Jotaro grew and how his life changed in Part 4.

Jotaro's outfit in Part 4

Jotaro’s outfit in Part 4

In Part 6, “Stone Ocean”, Jotaro wore a detailed, dark coat with lines around the collar and two-star pins. The coat had zips, big stars on the shoulders, and a stripe with “JOJO” written on it. Under the coat, he had a shirt with a big star on it. His shoes and pants were like one piece with a snakeskin design and a belt with two rows of studs. He still wore his signature torn cap, now in a darker colour. The front of the cap had a big star and a gold palm emblem on the visor. This outfit in Part 6 showed how Jotaro’s style had become more classic and sophisticated.

Jotaro's outfit in Part 6

Jotaro’s outfit in Part 6

Abilities

Jotaro Kujo is one of the most iconic characters in the series, showing immense strength and high intellect. Initially a rebellious and intelligent teenager, he soon discovered his Stand, Star Platinum, and quickly mastered its exceptional power and speed. His Stand’s abilities, combined with Jotaro’s strategic thinking made him an unstoppable force, often surprising his enemies with his resourcefulness. His journey took a dramatic turn when he discovered Star Platinum’s time-stopping ability, further enhancing his combat potential. With this combination of powers, Jotaro became a formidable protagonist who improved himself as one of the most powerful characters in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure universe.

Skills

High Level of Intelligence

Jotaro Kujo is very smart, especially when making plans. He’s strong because of his Stand, Star Platinum, and uses his surroundings to help in fights. He knows a lot about Stands and uses this knowledge to win battles. Jotaro is also good at tricking enemies and using their fear against them. He stays calm in tough situations, showing he’s a great thinker.

Vast Knowledge

Jotaro Kujo is shown as a very knowledgeable person. In Part 3, he collects many books about the supernatural to learn about his Stand. In Part 4, it’s found out that he’s an expert in ocean studies, which helps when hunting a Stand-using rat with Josuke. By Part 6, Jotaro’s wide knowledge is clear again when he identifies a bone type just by looking at it.

Strength and Durability

Jotaro is very strong physically, even without his Stand. He was so strong that as a younger version of himself, he could hit a grown man hard. He can also handle a lot of pain, like when he got punched by The World’s Stand and still didn’t give up. His physical strength and his Stand make him very confident and tough.

Art of Bluffing

Jotaro is highly skilled in the art of bluffing, a skill that plays a crucial role in his victories over both Telence T. D’Arby and Daniel J. D’Arby. In his poker game with D’Arby the Elder, Jotaro exhibits this ability by refusing to look at his cards, instilling doubt in his opponent’s mind. Similarly, he manages to defeat D’Arby the Younger by relying on Joseph Joestar to understand his subtle signals during their baseball video game showdown. This skill allows Jotaro to manipulate the situation to his favour, outwitting his opponents with his deceptive tactics.

Powers

Jotaro’s Stand Powers

Jotaro Kujo is known for his smart strategies, strong power, and never-give-up attitude. His Stand, Star Platinum, is super fast and powerful, making Jotaro even better in fights. He’s great at using his Stand in many ways, always figuring out the best move. He stays calm in tough situations and thinks his way out. One of his biggest wins was against DIO, showing just how skilled he is.

  • Star Platinum: Star Platinum, inspired by The Star tarot card meaning hope, is a super strong Stand. It has amazing senses, strength, and speed. But it can only work well when close to Jotaro, about 2-3 meters. It’s similar to DIO’s Stand, The World, and can even stop time. This special ability played a big role in Jotaro’s fight against DIO, showing just how powerful it is.

    Star Platinum

    Star Platinum

  • Star Platinum: The World: Star Platinum: The World is an upgraded version of Star Platinum, first seen when Jotaro fights DIO in “Stardust Crusaders”. This evolved Stand can stop time for up to five seconds. Even though it might be able to stop time for longer, five seconds is the max a human can handle in frozen time.

    Star Platinum, The World

    Star Platinum, The World

Strengths

Jotaro Kujo is known for a variety of strengths that set him apart:

  • Tactical Mind: Jotaro is an exceptional strategist, always assessing the situation and thinking several steps ahead of his enemies. His ability to devise ingenious tactics often turns the tide in battles.
  • Stand Power: His Stand, Star Platinum, is one of the strongest Stands in the JoJo universe. Its superhuman strength, speed, precision, and power to stop time makes Jotaro a formidable opponent.
  • Physical Strength and Resilience: Jotaro himself is physically very strong and resilient. He has a high tolerance for pain and can take a lot of damage without being incapacitated.
  • Endurance: Jotaro has showcased exceptional stamina and endurance during his battles, often outlasting his opponents.
  • Emotional Strength: Despite his aloof exterior, Jotaro is emotionally very strong. He remains calm and composed even in the most stressful situations, which helps him make rational decisions when it matters the most.
  • Dedication: Jotaro is dedicated to his mission and the protection of his loved ones. His unwavering resolve often gives him the determination to push through in seemingly hopeless situations.
  • Learning Ability: Jotaro has the ability to quickly learn and adapt to new situations, which is evident in how quickly he understood and mastered his Stand power.
  • Bluffing Skills: Jotaro is an adept bluffer, often using this skill to outwit his enemies. He’s able to maintain a poker face, keeping his true intentions or current condition hidden.
  • Scientific Knowledge: As a marine biologist, Jotaro has a wide knowledge base that he often uses to his advantage in battles, showcasing his intellect.

Weaknesses

Despite his numerous strengths, Jotaro Kujo does have a few notable weaknesses:

  • Limited Range of Stand: Star Platinum, while incredibly powerful, has a limited range of activity, only within a 2-3 meter radius from Jotaro. This makes long-range combat difficult for Jotaro.
  • Time Limit on Time Stop: Star Platinum’s time stop ability, while potent, has a time limit. Initially, it could only stop time for a few seconds. Although this duration increases over time, the ability can still only be used in short bursts and requires a lot of stamina.
  • Responsibility Towards Family: Jotaro’s strong sense of responsibility towards protecting his family can be manipulated by his enemies, making it a potential weakness.

Signature Move

Star Platinum, Jotaro Kujo’s signature Stand, embodies his unwavering strength and tenacity. It is a close-ranged Stand possessing exceptional speed, precision, and raw power, mirroring Jotaro’s relentless fighting spirit. The crown jewel of Star Platinum’s abilities is its power to stop time, a unique skill initially hidden and later revealed in his climactic battle against DIO. By declaring “Star Platinum: The World!” Jotaro can freeze time itself, giving him an edge in combat by rendering his adversaries motionless. Initially, Star Platinum can only stop time for a mere instant, but as Jotaro’s understanding and control over his Stand evolve, it reaches a peak where he can halt time for up to five seconds. Jotaro masterfully employs this time-stop ability to launch swift and devastating assaults, appearing to blink in and out of existence to his foes, and attacking them when they are helpless. In Jotaro’s hands, Star Platinum becomes an instrument of strategy and brute force, manifesting his iron will to protect those he cherishes from any threat.

Jotaro's signature move

Jotaro’s signature move

Appearance in Popular Media

Jotaro Kujo made his first appearance in the anime in Episode 1 of Stardust Crusaders: “A Man Possessed by an Evil Spirit”.

Jotaro's first appearance in Anime

Jotaro’s first appearance in Anime

Jotaro Kujo was first introduced in the manga in Chapter 114, Part 3: Stardust Crusaders. This marked the beginning of his role as the main protagonist of the third part of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series.

Jotaro's first appearance in Manga

Jotaro’s first appearance in Manga

Films

  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood (2007)

Live Action

In 2016, Toho and Warner Bros. revealed an exciting collaboration to bring Diamond Is Unbreakable to life as a live-action film. Directed by Takashi Miike, the movie featured Kento Yamazaki as the protagonist, Josuke. Released in Japan on 4 August 2017, the film’s creators had ambitious plans for global distribution and the potential for sequels in the future. The role of Jotaro was portrayed by Yusuke Iseya.

Iseya Yusuke as Kujo Jotaro

Iseya Yusuke as Kujo Jotaro

Other Media

CD Drama

Drama CDs for Part 3 were released from 1992 to 1993, featuring Kiyoyuki Yanada as Jotaro, Kenji Utsumi (volumes 1 & 3) and Gorō Naya (volume 2) as Joseph Joestar, Akio Ōtsuka as Avdol, and more. Part 4 had drama CD adaptations released in two parts from 2016 to 2017, with Yūki Ono as Josuke and a talented cast. These audio adaptations accompanied the limited edition Blu-ray release of the Diamond Is Unbreakable anime by David Production.

Video Games

  • Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden (1989)
  • Famicom Jump II: Saikyō no Shichinin (1991)
  • Cult Jump (1998)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (1993)

    Jotaro in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (1993)

    Jotaro in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (1993)

  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future (1998)
  • JoJo’s Venture (2000)

    Jotaro in JoJo’s Venture (2000)

    Jotaro in JoJo’s Venture (2000)

  • GioGio’s Bizarre Adventure (2002)
  • J-Stars Victory VS (2014)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood (2006)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle (2013)

    Jotaro in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, All-Star Battle (2013)

    Jotaro in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, All-Star Battle (2013)

  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Shooters (2014)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven (2015)

    Jotaro in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Eyes of Heaven (2015)

    Jotaro in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Eyes of Heaven (2015)

  • JoJo’s Pitter-Patter Pop! (2018)

    Jojo in JoJo’s Pitter-Patter Pop! (2018)

    Jojo in JoJo’s Pitter-Patter Pop! (2018)

  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: The Genesis of Universe (2018)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Last Evolution (2020)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Last Survivor (2019)

    Jotaro in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Last Survivor (2019)

    Jotaro in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Last Survivor (2019)

  • Jump Force (2019)

    Jotaro in Jump Force (2019)

    Jotaro in Jump Force (2019)

Light Novels

Several light novels based on the manga have been written, each with illustrations by Araki. The first novel, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, focused on Part 3 and was written by Mayori Sekijima and Hiroshi Yamaguchi. It was released on 4 November 1993. Le Bizzarre Avventure di GioGio II: Golden Heart/Golden Ring, based on Part 5 and written by Gichi Ōtsuka and Miya Shōtarō, followed on 28 May 2001. Otsuichi also attempted to write a novel for Part 4, which was finally released as The Book: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 4th Another Day on 26 November 2007. Other light novels were written by Nisio Isin, Kouhei Kadono, and Ōtarō Maijō, each celebrating the series’ 25th anniversary and featuring various parts of the JoJo universe.

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Light Novel

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Light Novel

Art Books

Araki has released several books showcasing original artwork from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. JoJo6251, released on 10 December 1993, covers Parts 1 to 4, featuring artwork, story details, and behind-the-scenes information. JoJo A-Go! Go! followed on 25 February 2000, focusing on Parts 3 to 5. Then, on 19 September 2013, JoJoveller was released, a multimedia set including artwork for Parts 6 to 8, a history of the publications, and details about every Stand featured since Stardust Crusaders.

Jotaro in Art Book

Jotaro in Art Book

Voice Actors

The Japanese voice actors of Jotaro Kujo are Kiyoyuki Yanada and Daisuke Ono. The English voice actors of Jotaro Kujo are Matthew Mercer and Abie Hadjitarkhani.

Jotaro's Japanese Voice actor

Jotaro’s Japanese Voice actor

  • Italian: De palma Ivo and Bressan Mattia
  • Spanish: Daayán Irwin and De Porrata Nacho
  • French: Albaret Jacques and Nadler Bertrand
  • German: Thomsen Uwe
  • Portuguese (BR): Mazzei Wilken and Rafaela Bruna

Reviews and Reception

  • Jotaro Kujo has been met with an overwhelmingly positive response from critics. Joel Loynds of The Linc particularly appreciated the stark contrast between Jotaro’s composed demeanour and Joseph’s character. Similarly, Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network enjoyed observing the collaboration between Joseph and Jotaro. Critics have also pointed out Jotaro’s deep-seated sense of responsibility, as evidenced by his interactions with a vulnerable young girl who could potentially become a weak spot.
  • Critics like Jordan Richards of AIPT Comics commended Jotaro’s character for his blend of seeming roughness and underlying kindness, showcased through his voluntary confinement in jail due to his unfamiliarity with his Stand and his resolve to save his mother, despite his perceived rudeness towards her. Gita Jackson of Kotaku praised Jotaro’s character design and humorously commented on his perpetual hat-wearing.
  • Jotaro’s Stand, Star Platinum, has garnered its share of accolades too, with Joel Loynds lauding its combat style, characterized by a flurry of punches while Jotaro continuously yells “Ora”. Ian Wolf of Anime UK News singled out Jotaro’s battle with gambler D’Arby for its uniqueness, as it swapped traditional fight sequences with an intense poker game.
  • Despite these praises, a few critics, like Nick Creamer of Anime News Network, believed that Jotaro’s character was overpowered, especially given his propensity to defeat adversaries through sheer brute force. Critics have also debated Jotaro’s surprising time-stopping ability, which has been labelled as a forced element of the Jotaro-DIO battle.
  • The portrayal of Jotaro as a habitual smoker, despite not being of legal smoking age in Japan, became a point of discussion when the anime chose to censor the scenes of him smoking. Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku found this censorship absurd, considering that his cigar was still prominently visible. Eric Gaede of THEM Anime Reviews critiqued the OVAs for their overemphasis on Jotaro at the expense of other characters and pointed out Jotaro’s excessive yelling during his face-off with DIO.
  • Critics have applauded Jotaro’s inclusion in Part 4 and the creative, non-violent methods used to subdue villains in the series. Critics have also appreciated Jotaro’s interactions with Part 4’s lead, Josuke, and his mentor-like role. The familial relationship between Jotaro and Josuke has been cited as a refreshing aspect of the series. Daisuke Ono’s performance of Jotaro’s catchphrase at a Diamond is Unbreakable festival event was described as an unmissable moment for any JoJo fan by Manga. Tokyo.
  • Looking back, Thrillist noted that Jotaro had several positive qualities, paralleled in his daughter during Stone Ocean. The father-daughter dynamic between Jotaro and Jolyne during Stone Ocean has been discussed at length by Polygon and Anime Feminist, who both agreed that Jotaro, initially portrayed as a typical detached father, gradually showed a softer side as he and Jolyne joined forces to defeat their common adversary.

Awards and Honors

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series has won numerous awards over the years, both for manga and anime. Here are some of the most notable awards:

Manga

  • Grand Prize for Manga at the 2013 Japan Media Arts Festival
  • 12th Best Manga Series for Male Readers in the 2013 edition of Kono Manga ga Sugoi!
  • 2nd on a list of the Top 10 Manga of all time in a 2006 poll by Japanese fans

Anime

  • Best Character Design at the 2016 Crunchyroll Anime Awards
  • Best Continuing Series at the 2016 Crunchyroll Anime Awards

    Jojo's Bizarre Adventure awards

    Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure awards

  • Best Action at the 2016 Crunchyroll Anime Awards

In addition to these awards, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series has also been nominated for numerous other awards, including the Eisner Award and the Harvey Award.

Favourites

  • Food: Cherries
  • Phrase: “Yare Yare Daze” (やれやれだぜ), which can be roughly translated to “Good grief” or “Give me a break.”
  • Colour: Purple
  • Musician: Toshinobu Kubota
  • Movie: Never Cry Wolf
  • TV Show: Columbo

Facts and Trivia

  • It is claimed that Jotaro possesses an unusual ability to hold up to five lit cigarettes in his mouth, with the lit end inside, and drink juice without extinguishing them. This remarkable feat was attempted by Oingo, albeit without success.

    Jotaro holding five cigarettes

    Jotaro holding five cigarettes

  • The Joestar family’s distinctive “Secret Technique”, which involves tactically retreating from battles, is often used as a last-ditch effort to evade an overpowering threat. This method was notably employed by Jotaro during his confrontation with Rubber Soul in the series.

    Jotaro runs away from Rubber Soul

    Jotaro runs away from Rubber Soul

  •  Jotaro Kujo has become a significant cultural icon and has been featured in various forms of merchandise, ranging from action figures and Nendoroids to earphone sets and apparel. His likeness has been adapted into smartwatches and even themed chocolates. Jotaro’s legendary battle against Dio Brando has been commemorated with a dedicated 4-D cinema attraction by Universal Studios Japan. His lasting impact on the anime culture was recognized by IGN, listing him as one of the greatest anime characters of all time.

    Jotaro's Nendoroid

    Jotaro’s Nendoroid

  • Due to his frequent appearances and significant contributions across multiple storylines, Jotaro effectively serves as a central character in the series. His recurring presence and substantial influence on various plot developments cement his status as a pivotal figure in the overarching narrative of the series.
  • Jotaro is a dedicated reader of Shounen Jump, which is the very same publication that features JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, the series he is a part of. This adds a layer of meta-reference, linking the character directly with the real-world context of the manga.
  • In a list made by Hirohiko Araki in the year 2000, featuring his top ten favourite characters, Jotaro Kujo was ranked in the 8th position. This affirms Jotaro’s significance and appeals not only to the fans of the series but also to its creator.
  • During the climactic battle in Stardust Crusaders, DIO uses The World to halt time for up to ten seconds. As the confrontation unfolds, Jotaro starts adapting to the time-stop, developing a similar ability through his Stand, Star Platinum: The World. This new skill helps him match and eventually overcome DIO. However, Jotaro never truly masters The World. By the end of the series, his time-stop ability with Star Platinum: The World only lasted about five seconds. This limitation plays a significant role in his eventual defeat in Stone Ocean, among other contributing factors.

    Jotaro stops the time

    Jotaro stops the time

  • Jotaro serves as a vital link connecting the Joestar lineage across Diamond is Unbreakable, Vento Aureo, and Stone Ocean. His presence provides context and continuity to the JoJo universe. In Diamond is Unbreakable, Jotaro offers readers a fresh viewpoint through Josuke. In Vento Aureo, he indirectly anchors Giorno’s story within the larger narrative through Koichi. In Stone Ocean, Jotaro’s paternal role to Jolyne enables exploration of the often-neglected parent-child dynamic within the JoJo series. Overall, Jotaro crucially keeps the Joestar legacy alive and prominent.
  • Jotaro Kujo is a strong character, but he struggles with being a good husband. He has a hard time connecting with others and this doesn’t get much better over time. In “Stone Ocean”, it’s clear that his work keeps him away from his family too much, which hurts his marriage. His daughter, Jolyne, feels the effects of this the most.
  • In the anime version of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Jotaro bears a notable resemblance to his grandfather, Joseph. This likeness becomes particularly noticeable when Jotaro is not wearing his cap. Despite his more intense looks and fuller eyebrows, the similarity between Jotaro and Joseph is undeniable, to the extent that Josuke’s mother even confuses Jotaro for Joseph in Part 4. Interestingly, no clear visual similarities are present between Jotaro and his daughter.

    Jotaro without his hat

    Jotaro without his hat

  • While the earlier parts of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure heavily feature the nickname “JoJo” for main characters like Jonathan and Joseph, and occasionally Jotaro, this flow breaks in diminishes following Jotaro’s story arc. Later characters like Josuke, Giorno, and Jolyne, despite technically being ‘JoJos’, are mainly referred to by their own names within their respective stories. This pattern extends into the Steel Ball Run continuity, where both Johnny and Josuke primarily go by their individual names rather than the nickname ‘JoJo’.
  • In 2011, a unique collaboration among Gucci, Hirohiko Araki, and Japanese fashion magazine Spur resulted in the “Rohan Kishibe Goes to Gucci” Exhibition at the Gucci store in Shinjuku. The event featured life-sized figures and illustrations by Araki, along with a one-shot manga in Spur’s October 2011 issue. The collaboration continued in 2013 with “Jolyne, Fly High with Gucci”, another one-shot manga featured in Spur, and Araki’s artwork was showcased in Gucci storefronts worldwide.
  • In the game JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven, DIO wields a unique Stand called The World Over Heaven with the ability to erase anything it touches, leading to the defeat of all Joestars. However, Jotaro Kujo cleverly outsmarts DIO, obtaining the power to eliminate DIO and reshape his world’s fate. This results in a more favourable world for the Joestars, freeing them from their bloodline’s curse. Also, it was the 17-year-old version of Jotaro who achieved this, providing him a chance to be a better parent to his daughter in this new future.

    Jotaro unlocked his new power in Eyes of Heaven

    Jotaro unlocked his new power in Eyes of Heaven

  • The Stand, Star Platinum, wasn’t actually named by Jotaro himself, but rather, it was his companion Muhammad Avdol who assigned it the name.

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