It’s a rare anime or manga that can list “kickass poses” as a selling point, but you’d have a hard time finding a summary of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure that doesn’t mention it. Whenever it’s time for an important declaration, a one-liner before a villain beatdown, or just a moment to show off how awesome they are, JoJo characters are sure to have a pose ready to go.
Today, we’re honing in on the best 5 poses in the entire series. Show your JoJo pride and bust these out at your next convention!
5. Polnareff’s Gravity-Defying Determination
Almost every male character in the first three parts has muscles to rival Fist of the North Star or Dragon Ball Z, and Polnareff is no exception. He puts his beefcake physique to good use in this pose, which has him balancing so far forward and so low to the ground that any fan trying to replicate it would need some serious core strength to even get close.
Polnareff strikes this pose in episode 5 of Stardust Crusaders when he shares the story of how his sister was dishonored and killed by a man with two right hands. He wants to join Jotaro’s group to find the murderer and exact revenge. With that kind of determination, how could they possibly have said no?
4. The Crusaders Set Off For Egypt
If there’s one series that has more poses per minute than JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, it would be Super Sentai (adapted as Power Rangers in the West). JoJo characters don't tend to pose as a group the way a Sentai team would, but this particular coordinated pose from episode 3 of Stardust Crusaders is the closest we’re ever going to get to JoJo Rangers.
When Jotaro’s mother, Holly, comes down with a Stand-based sickness that will kill her in 50 days, the group knows that it’s time to set off for Egypt and finally defeat Dio. Jotaro, Joseph, Avdol, and the newly recruited Kakyoin line up shoulder-to-shoulder and step forward with unflinching resolve, ready to save Holly and kill the Joestars’ greatest nemesis.
3. Giorno Wants To Be A Gang-Star
Giorno doesn’t fit as easily into the JoJo protagonist mold as his predecessors, but his pose game is certainly top-notch. When declaring his dream of being a Gang-Star (a.k.a. rising to the top of the Italian mafia to stop them from selling drugs to kids) in episode 2 of Vento Aureo, Giorno pulls on the heart-shaped chest window of his bright pink suit jacket and gives a steely glare to whoever stands in his way. His stand, Gold Experience, also enjoys posing along with him.
2. Dio’s Backbreaking WRYYYYY
Dio does strike this pose during episode 48 of Stardust Crusaders, but it was primarily popularized by the arcade game JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Mirai e no Isan (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future).
The game’s sprite graphics exaggerate the characters’ movements even more than usual, so Dio punctuates his triumphant WRYYYY cry with outstretched arms and a knee bend so deep that he’s close to touching the road roller beneath him with his back. Just like Polnareff’s pose, you might want to clock in some ab exercises before attempting this one.
1. Jonathan’s Iconic Hand Sign
The most recognizable and undoubtedly fabulous pose of the entire series comes from the very first JoJo, Jonathan Joestar. He’s one of the more polite and subdued protagonists, but he kicks off the series’ posing obsession on the cover of Phantom Blood’s fourth volume by splaying his fingers in front of his face and twisting the rest of his body to accentuate the hand sign’s sassiness.
Fans and other anime love to reference this pose, but even other JoJo characters join in – most famously, Caesar performs it in Battle Tendency when declaring his vengeance against the Pillar Men. When you need to underscore a badass moment, Jonathan has the pose for you!
The JoJo series excels at being both flamboyant and hard-as-nails at the same time, and its signature poses are perfect ways to show off that atmosphere. So, if you ever want more JoJo-style excitement at your next nerd gathering, grab some friends and strike your favorite poses!
What did you think of our list? What are your favorite JoJo poses? Would you watch a JoJo Rangers show? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!