Frankly, it doesn’t take a dedicated fujoshi to see the gayness in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. LGBT groups have loved the series for decades, and it has a smattering of canonically gay or bisexual characters already (namely Dio, Gelato & Sorbet, Squalo & Tiziano, Scarlet Valentine, and, arguably, Caesar). But Golden Wind stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to gay subtext, especially because most of it happens between the fabulously dressed main characters.
We don’t take these questionably homosexual scenes as solid proof that the characters involved are definitely queer, but they’re certainly compelling evidence. Whether you’re looking for LGBT representation, alternative character interpretations, or you just think it’s hot, we’ve got the Golden Wind gay moments for you. Let’s get started!
Giorno Giovanna and Guido Mista
Ah, the glorious flagship of the part 5 fleet—Giorno and Mista! The stoic, intelligent teen with a dream and the easygoing gunman with odd superstitions about the number four bounce off of each other perfectly both in and out of battle. Of everyone on Bruno’s team, they work together the most often—tracking down Sale, fighting Ghiaccio, pursuing Cioccolata’s helicopter, and even more jobs after the series is over. The story only takes place over a single week, but it took no more than a few days for them to trust each other with their lives.
The most memetic shipping moment comes after the White Album battle, where Giorno uses Gold Experience to plug Mista’s bullet wounds and Narancia misinterprets it as Giorno giving Mista a blowjob. This is obviously played for laughs, but the heartfelt speech immediately preceding it is completely serious. Giorno cradles an injured Mista in his arms while proclaiming that Mista’s resolve is shining on the path that they’re meant to take together, and the gunman thinks about how Giorno’s confidence wormed its way into his heart before he even realized it. Coupled with the later scene where Giorno helps Mista aim his gun by hugging him from behind and slipping his fingers under his belt (reduced to just a hip grab in the anime), these two gangsters seem destined to end up together eventually.
Bruno Bucciarati and Leone Abbacchio
Bucciarati is often called the “mom” of his team by JoJo fans since he has a habit of scooping up disenfranchised youth from the streets and shaping them into better, more fashionable people under his gentle leadership. But his interactions with Abbacchio hint at more of an equal partnership than the mentor role he plays for the others. He saved the former policeman from drinking himself to death out of grief, and now Abbacchio only feels at peace when he’s following Bucciarati. Together, they act like the rational parents of the rowdy and impulsive gaggle of teenagers who make up the rest of the team. It’s nowhere near as obvious a ship as Giorno and Mista, but there’s definitely a spark between them.
Golden Wind has exactly one important female character, and that’s Trish. She has a bit of a crush on Bucciarati and kind of flirts with Mista once but is otherwise romantically unavailable. That leaves the rest of the cast with no female love interests, and since they’re all ridiculously gorgeous men who dress and pose like fashion models, it’s easy to pair them up with each other.
Fugo and Narancia have a close friendship that’s torn apart by Fugo’s refusal to betray the boss, and the light novel Purple Haze Feedback expands on this subject in a way that makes Fugo seem as if he’s pining after a lost lover.
Diavolo and Doppio are a bit of a strange case, but Diavolo deeply cares for his “cute Doppio” and Doppio himself practically lives and breathes to do his boss’ bidding. Sounds like some kind of unequal power exchange relationship, doesn’t it?
Other pairings include various members of La Squadra Esecuzioni (who all have very strong opinions about each other), as well as the aforementioned canon pairings of Gelato & Sorbet and Squalo & Tiziano.
If we had to put our cards on the table, we’d say that Giorno & Mista are most likely gay for each other (although Mista may be bisexual) and the other speculative pairings are non-romantic. Perhaps Abbacchio holds unrequited feelings for Bucciarati, but keeps them under wraps because he thinks he’ll be rejected or he’s not worthy.
What do you think? Which Golden Wind pairings do you endorse? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!