Hirohiko Araki, themangaka behind the world-renowned JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure, isn’t exactly the most “by-the-book” author. He constantly forgets about plot threads in his own stories, completely retcons events from previous parts, and writes some of the most bizarre narratives ever seen.
But, for all his flaws, he truly is a genius when it comes to creating interesting concepts and characters. Take the idea of Stands, for example. These are basically supernatural and super-powered extensions of the Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure cast, and they can do a lot of amazing things. Problem is, Araki either overlooked some of their abilities or deliberately forgot them, leading to some contradictions and unintentionally hilarious moments. Here are 10 things that Stands and their users can do but don’t, because they (like Araki) apparently forgot about them.
10. Shrink Down To Microscopic Sizes
People will notice right off the bat that a lot of these entries will be from the third part of the series, Stardust Crusaders. This is mostly because Stands were brand new in this part and Araki was really just figuring them out. They were an incredibly unique concept for their time, and it was obvious that Araki was still workshopping the idea as he wrote the franchise’s most famous chapter.
For example, when facing Steely Dan’s Stand “Lovers,” the crew are up against a microscopic Stand for the first time. And, as if it was second nature to them, Polnareff and Kakyoin simply shrink their Stands down to fight Lovers inside of Josephs’s body. But if anyone can shrink their Stands down, why is Lovers so unique?
9. Talk Through Them Like Megaphones
Stands are summoned using the “life energy” of their user. They’re roughly understood to be a personification of the user’s core values translated into a supernatural ability. It’s almost like if the Personas of Persona had Quirk-like superpowers or something. On another note, how fun would a fight between a Quirk user and a Stand user be?
Anyway, the concept of a Stand having sentience is never truly addressed, though a lot of the time the users act like their Stand is an extension of their body. Those times, of course, being when they use their Stand to see, talk, or feel with casual ease. But then Araki realized that using a Stand as a slightly bigger body part was incredibly useful if used correctly, so he now avoids addressing them in a general sense except for characters like Narancia, whose whole gimmick is “seeing” with his Stand.
8. Phase Into People & Objects
There’s a Stand in Part 6: Stone Ocean called Diver Down, whose ability is to “dive inside” any person or object and rearrange it from the inside out. It’s pretty grotesque when used in combat, as it swaps bones and body parts around. But is the ability to phase inside things or people really all that special?
Plenty of Stands have gone through objects, gone inside people, and phased through matter like they were ghosts. It seemed like Araki was aware of after a while and has rarely let it happen after he Jotaro used his Stand to stop his own heart. Even then, there are still so many questions. How can a Stand pick things up or catch physical objects like bullets yet also phase through things?
7. Unseen Stands Just Look Like Telekinesis
An ironclad rule of Stands established pretty early on is that they can’t be seen by any non-Stand users. This is quickly proven by Jotaro in Part 3, when he steals the gun off of a cop using Star Platinum and the officer perceives the gun to be magically floating.
But boiling that down to its most basic concept, doesn’t that mean that every Stand user with a “humanoid” looking Stand essentially has telekinesis? This whole time, Stand Users have been empaths and nobody never realized it!
6. Summon Stands As Extra Body Parts
There aren’t a lot of times where Stands in JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure actually interact with the world around them in a non-violent way. If a Stand is going to touch concrete, it will be because it’s punching someone into it. But, there are a few rare exceptions where Stand users have used their ghostly powers to climb buildings, hold onto ledges, and even summon a third arm.
If a Stand user just kept their Stand “phased inside” their own body and had it kick a fraction of a second after they kicked, wouldn’t it just feel like two kicks to anyone it hits? It’s clear that Star Platinum is already crazy overpowered but why not utilize this to double the pain?
5. Use Stands To Fly
The most well-known moment in the franchise is the fight between Jotaro Joestar and Dio Brando in Stardust Crusaders. Here, Jotaro just learned how to use Time-Stop to fight Dio, and the two have an epic confrontation all over Cairo. How do they traverse all of Cairo? Well they fly, of course. Fans have tried to justify this forever, but to no avail.
People like to say that they’re simply using their Stands’ absurd physical power to “leap” great distances and combining that with time-stop, but there are multiple moments where Jotaro is simply laying flat and propelling forward like he’s Superman. It’s not a good enough answer and it never happens again.
4. Punch Vampires To Death With Stand Energy
Many people forget that JoJo wasn’t always about Stand Battles. Back in the day, it was good vs evil with the power of the sun against the power of the night. Sun Energy in the form of Hamon against Vampires, Blood Powers against Pluck and Luck! Hamon energy was a neat concept that was played around with quite creatively in Blood Tendency, but was forgotten about afterwards.
Well, actually, Stands themselves were originally intended to be made up of Hamon energy, and there are a few instances where Jotaro can’t quite use Star Platinum without proper breathing form. Still, this idea of Stands being Hamon Spirits is likely why Dio takes such crucial damage from their solar powered punches since he’s a vampire and all.
3. See Through Their Eyes
This is very very similar to a previous entry, but with a few little diversions. First, it’s never quite clear if any Stand user can see through their Stand, or if only close-range ones can. For example, Koichi holds down Sheer Heart Attack with Act 3: Echoes in Part 4, and Kira has no idea what’s happening to his Stand.
But going back to the Lovers Stand battle, Polnareff and Kakyoin can see through their Stands just fine with no training. Obviously Narancia is proof that this power was retconned away from Stand users, but odd examples of it have still popped up every now and again.
2. Let Stands Fly Around
While Stands can (apparently) fly, it’s never directly said why certain Stands can fly or can’t. Koichi’s Echoes Act 2 can fly for no reason, and he uses it to scope out an escape when captured by his soon-to-be girlfriend. Yet, Narancia’s Stand’s gimmick is being able to fly, making it a defacto underpowered Stand compared to earlier Stands.
It’s like how Hol Horse has a gun Stand that could control where the bullets went and Mista just had the downgraded version of that. Why is his Stand so restricted and others aren’t? Later versions of Johnny Joestar’s T.U.S.K.S can fly, but he never uses that to his advantage. It’s all just so vague!
1. Commit Crimes
Here’s a big question: Why don’t Stand users commit crimes with their Stands? Fans have seen plenty of criminals who just so happen to have Stands such as Aqua Necklace, Harvest, or Bad Company but rarely have any of them used their Stands to do their crimes.
Sure, Shigekiyo does some crime in Part 4, but he’s just picking up loose change and not really breaking any major law. It just seems like nobody thinks proactively with their Stands. Rather, they live their normal lives and also just happen to have a Stand on the side they use purely for the occasional side fight. It’s all very… bizarre.
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