Steel Ball Run is said by many to be the greatest Jojo part in all of the Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure series. And I agree. It is definitely my most favorite part. It has some of the best story-telling of any of the parts, some great interactions between Johnny and Gyro, one of the most understandable villains in the entire series, some of the best Jojo side characters, and, of course, the topic of today’s article, some of the best Stands in the series. Are they all good, sadly no, but thankfully, the good definitely outweighs the bad when it comes to Stands of the Steel Ball Run universe. So, today, as always, we’re going to be ranking the Jojo Stands. Also, this part focused way more on side characters than most other part, so, just a heads up, the only Stands you will not see in this article are the Stands of the three major characters, so that means you will not see Johnny’s Tusk, Gyro’s Ball Breaker, or Valentine’s Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Or 2nd Universe Diego's The World because that's just The World again). So, with that out of the way, let’s get to the Stands.
Rank 17: Chocolate Disco (Used by D-I-S-C-O)
I honestly have no idea what the point of this Stand was. Why was he introduced in the manga near the climactic battle between the group and Funny Valentine? He just seemed to be there to keep Gyro occupied while Valentine introduced his ability on Wekapipo and Diego. Chocolate Disco is a Stand that appears as a grid on the floor and a strange device on D-I-S-C-O’s wrist that spreads out across the floor. When D-I-S-C-O drops something onto Chocolate Disco, like nails or acidic substances, he can turn the dials on the wrist device, and cause the items to fall on that part of the grid at great force. So, say he dropped nails on the lower left corner of Chocolate Disco. Then, on the device, he inputs B7. When he does, the nails will appear at B7 and fall at incredibly fast speed. It’s a good idea, but it just comes off as silly… and dumb. Not to mention, D-I-S-C-O is easily dealt with in a matter of seconds. Unlike Dragon’s Dream which takes a full book to just be done with, so at least Chocolate Disco was dealt with quickly. If he wasn’t, it probably would have been as bad as Dragon’s Dream. Maybe even worse… Oh god, I fear for the thought.
Rank 16: Hey Ya (Used by Pocoloco)
Hey Ya isn’t exactly the best Stand. In fact, when I think about it hard enough, it’s one of the most pointless Stands out there. But the way it uses its pointlessness is just too entertaining. Hey Ya is a Stand that manages to cheer on it’s user and encourage them to push themselves. Now, you could say that Hey Ya is a Stand that increases the luck of it’s user, as Pocoloco is a character who had a lot of luck and always manages to come out on top of the other racers, but no. Pocoloco just manages to have that much luck on his own. Hey Ya just cheers him on and that’s it. It’s the equivalent of some fanboy. Hey Ya is this universe’s Phantom Blood Speedwagon. This could make Hey Ya a very pointless Stand, but really, he is just too entertaining for me to hate. He and Pocoloco just manage to be entertaining together. Still, a very crappy Stand. But you can tell Steel Ball Run is good when I can think of some positives, even for the Stands that aren’t that great.
Rank 15: 20th Century Boy (Used by Magenta Magenta)
It’s been awhile since Jojo had a Stand that the user could wear. Last one was Oasis from Vento Aureo, which was a pretty good Stand. So, it’s nice to have another Stand that the user could wear. Unfortunately, that Stand didn’t do much and was actually just a very underused Stand. 20th Century Boy, as I said, can wrap itself around its user to be wearable. When the user, Magenta Magenta, is in danger in any kind of way, 20th Century Boy will place itself around him and protect him from any sort of attack, no matter how strong. From sticks of dynamite to Gyro’s Steel Ball, it can deflect and protect its user from anything. It could have had a lot of interesting ideas, but sadly, it was not used much, and most attention when it was introduced went to it’s partner, Wekapipo. 20th Century Boy just ended up sinking to the bottom of the Delaware River to keep Magenta Magenta from drowning, and remained down there forever. Maybe it’s for the best. 20th Century Boy didn’t have any fighting abilities, so maybe being rid of it in this way managed to keep it somewhat interesting
Rank 14: Wired (Used by Pork Pie Hat Kid)
Wired is lower not because it’s bad. It’s actually a pretty alright Stand. It’s lower because it’s just a slightly different version of Beach Boy. However, Beach Boy was a great Stand, so this is still a pretty good Stand. See what I mean, the Stands of Steel Ball Run are just too good for me to hate, even when they are clearly bad. Anyway, Wired is a Stand that uses these large hooks with cables powerful enough to withstand any attack. When Pork Pie Hat Kid drops anything into a pot of water, like say a bird’s feather, when he puts his hooks into the water, Wired can come from any sort of feather within Pork Pie Hat Kid’s distance, like a sort of fishing hole. It manages to create some interesting ideas for it. And let me tell you, those hooks on Wired are strong. Strong enough to lift a grown man, and even a horse, as that’s how it keeps Johnny and Gyro from just walking away, and keeping the horses in a sort of pocket dimension as he tries to assassinate the two. It’s a rather interesting Stand, but still, it’s just another version of Beach Boy with some neat new ideas that make it slightly different, but not too much. But I can at least say that it’s far from being a bad Stand.
Rank 13: Tomb of the Boom (Used by the Boom Boom Family)
Tomb of the Boom is a strange Stand… this is because it’s a Stand used by three people. Well, to be fair, they are different in their own ways, but they still have the same effect. All three of the Boom Boom Family members share the same ability of magnetism, but all of them are used in different ways to make them somewhat unique. Now, again, this just feels like another Stand, this time being Bastet from Stardust Crusaders, but Tomb of the Boom manages to be a little more different than Wired was from Beach Boy, so I can get a little bit more enjoyment out of it. The first member of the Boom Boom Family, Benjamin Boom Boom, can use his Tomb of the Boom to shrink down metal objects into his flesh to use as a defense or to use as an attack by sending out metal spikes from his body. He can also use the metal to replicate a human perfectly. The second member of the Boom Boom Family, Andre Boom Boom, can use his Tomb of the Boom to turn anyone who touches him into a magnet (This one is pretty much just Bastet with a cooler appearance). However, the difference is that, if the magnetism for them becomes too much, they will rip themselves to pieces. The last of the Boom Boom Family, L.A. Boom Boom, uses his Tomb of the Boom to manipulate iron to attack a person and can kill them by using the iron in a person’s body to suck out their blood. I’d put them higher, but having to concentrate on three Stands at once got really confusing, Maybe I’m just stupid, I don’t know, or maybe the similarities to Bastet are really strong here, especially with Andre. Still, a pretty good Stand overall.
Rank 12: Catch the Rainbow (Used by Blackmore)
Now this is the wearable Stand of Steel Ball Run. Where White Album was the best wearable Stand of Vento Aureo, Catch the Rainbow is the best wearable Stand of Steel Ball Run. Instead of wearing the Stand as full body armor like in the past, Catch the Rainbow is a mask that Blackmore wears. Catch the Rainbow is able to manipulate the rain in many novel ways, even stopping the rain in mid air and using the raindrops as walkways for Blackmore, so that he can walk across the sky easily. However, if anyone else were to touch these raindrops, they would cut them like knives. Catch the Rainbow is also able to turn parts of Blackmore’s body into raindrops, such as how he communicates to someone just by having his mouth appear next to them out of rain. If Blackmore is wounded, he can heal his wounds with raindrops and make it look as though he was never injured. It’s a pretty cool Stand, but the fatal flaw for Blackmore is that Catch the Rainbow is only effective when it rains. If it’s not raining, it is practically useless. A real shame, since Catch the Rainbow manages to be a pretty cool Stand.
Rank 11: Sugar Mountain Spring (Used by Sugar Mountain)
This is a very simple Stand in how it operates, but very complicated on what it is… let me explain. This is probably, to my knowledge, the first ever Stand where the user was not a person, or an animal or a baby, but a tree. You’d think that the girl was the Stand user, but no, it’s the tree she lives in. Sugar Mountain acts more of the protector of the tree, while the tree uses the ability to lure people to it. Sugar Mountain Spring has a small pond next to it that, whenever something is dropped into it, will then be within the hands of Sugar Mountain. She will then show you the item you dropped, as well as a far better item. So, an example, when Gyro dropped the Steel Ball, Sugar Mountain asked if he dropped his Steel Ball, a chunk of gold, or a rare diamond. If a person were to lie and say they dropped the more valuable item in, then the tree would reach into their body and tear out their insides for lying. If a person tells the truth, as when Gyro says he dropped the Steel Ball, then they are rewarded with all of the items, that includes the Steel Ball, the gold chunk, and the diamond, and get to keep them. However, they must use the item before sunset. They cannot just give it or throw it away, and must exchange it for something else. If they don’t do so before sundown, they will become part of the tree and will be in line to become the new guardian of the tree. It’s a rather creepy, but incredibly effective Stand, and I really enjoy the way Johnny and Gyro were able to defeat it. I’d say it’s a pretty good Stand. It really makes me want to see more Stands used by plants, the other technically being Stray Cat… maybe.
Rank 10: Ticket to Ride (Used by Lucy Steel)
This is a Stand that doesn’t have any importance until the final battle between Johnny, Gyro and Valentine. Once Lucy is carrying the head of the Corpse Part, she is soon granted with a bizarre (Ha) Stand ability. It starts out in a rather interesting way, granting her the ability to turn her tears into blade-like objects to protect her, and managing to harm anyone who wishes to harm her, as shown when two men tried to tranquilize her, Ticket to Ride activated, causing them to trip on a spilled bottle, and one thing lead to another, and one of them was shot in the head while the other was impaled through the eye on a doorknob. However, though it seems that Ticket to Ride is a very effective Stand, it’s another one of those Stands that can lead to a user’s death. Yep, like Cheap Trick, Notorious B.I.G., and Highway to Hell… the Stands that everybody loves. What happens is that (Spoilers) when Lucy has all the Corpse Parts inside her, she begins to fall apart and become the Corpse, as Ticket to Ride slowly kills her. Soon, Ticket to Ride manages to reach it’s final ability, known as D4C Love Train, an ability that Valentine uses to his fullest. This ability allows the user to create a wall of light that is split apart. When anyone steps into this light, any and all misfortune will be removed from that person, but not completely gone. That misfortune’s gotta go somewhere, so instead of getting rid of it entirely, it is instead transferred to someone else in the world. So, say you stub your toe. If you step into the light of D4C Love Train, you will have that stub toe gone, but someone else in the process will get that same stubbed toe. Is this a fair trade for slowly dying… Maybe not, but I can at least say that Ticket to Ride is a very interesting Stand. And it was a major part of the final battle, so there’s that too.
Rank 9: Tubular Bells (Used by Mike O)
Tubular Bells is a Stand that is just so crazy, even by Jojo standards, that I just can’t help but love it. Tubular Bells works in a very strange way. When Mike O has any sort of steel or metal object, like nails or screws, he can blow into them- Yes, INTO them- like balloons. When he does, they will soon inflate and become just like a balloon, being very light and easy to hold onto. Mike O can then turn these into balloon animals, usually dogs and at one point birds, to act just like regular dogs, which he uses to guard Valentine. They can collect the scent of anyone by storing it within the metal it once was and uses it to track them down. When Tubular Bells does manage to find the person that it is after, it will make it’s way towards the target and then pop. When they do so, they will revert back to what they originally were. So, if the balloon animal was a nail at one point, it will return to a nail, and pretty much impale a person through the face by doing so. So basically, in short, Tubular Bells are balloon animals made of nails by having Mike O blow into them… This idea just baffles me. It has to be the most creative and original idea I’ve ever seen for a Stand, and I just can’t believe that it was thought out like this. It’s probably one of the most original Stands of Jojo, and that is what makes it great.
Rank 8: Tatoo You (Used by Eleven Men)
The Boom Boom Family consisted of three people. That was pretty scary enough, having to deal with a Stand that is used by three people at once. So, how about a Stand that is used by eleven people… Yeah, that just makes it so much more tense. It’s already shown how much of a threat they are when they are hunting Johnny and Gyro while they’re trying to exchange the items they got from Sugar Mountain Spring. When they do meet the Eleven Men, it goes as well as you’d think it would. Tatoo You allows the Eleven Men to pass through each other like doors. What I mean is that when they are behind each other, they are able to pass through the back of each other. Even when one of them die, they are able to pass through them from their corpse and hide in them to avoid dying. Tatoo You is a Stand that requires teamwork no matter what, even though most of them are killed in a rather violent shoot out. And in the end, the Eleven Men still manage to win, as Johnny had to sacrifice the Corpse Part to save Gyro from the curse of Sugar Mountain Spring, and traded the Corpse Part for wine to the last of the Eleven Men. I just like the idea of Tatoo You, being able to pass through individuals like doorways. It’s also a unique idea like Tubular Bells, and that manages to always be a plus in my book.
Rank 7: Oh! Lonesome Me (Used by Mountain Tim)
Another crazy and original Stand, thank goodness. I think Steel Ball Run had the most unique Stands. And the first of these unique Stands was that of Oh! Lonesome Me. Now, the appearance of Oh! Lonesome Me isn’t a lot to get excited over. It’s just a piece of rope… Amazing. However, I’ve been wrong before about Stands that just look like normal items… Like Superfly… Okay, that’s a bad example- Anyway, Oh! Lonesome Me manages to do some unique things for being just a single piece of rope. When Mountain Tim uses Oh! Lonesome Me, he can separate multiple parts of his body, starting from his hand. His fingers will come off, then his hand, then his arms, and so on and so forth. This will allow him to move his body around to reach someone, say to capture or attack them with his gun. He can also use this on enemies, in order to capture them. He can also absorb water through the rope to survive dehydration in the desert. Just seeing Oh! Lonesome Me separate a person’s body, even the users, is something that is so crazy to look at. Hell, many of these Stands are crazy to look at, but they are all just so amazingly well done, that even simple Stands that are not as great as many other Stands end up becoming way cooler than most Stands. And Oh! Lonesome Me is another one of those Stands, as are Tubular Bells and Tatoo You.
Rank 6: Listen to my Rhythm (Used by Oyecomova)
I could use the actual name of this Stand, which is Boku no Rhythm wo Kiitekure, but I suck at pronouncing Japanese, so screw it, Listen to my Rhythm it is. Anyway, Listen to my Rhythm is another Stand that does things similar to past Stands. Wired was similar to Beach Boy, Tomb of the Boom was similar to Bastet, so Listen to my Rhythm is similar to the best Stand in Jojo, Killer Queen. However, Listen to my Rhythm manages to be different in many ways that makes it different, and amazing in its own way. Instead of crating bombs that are activated by a sort of switch, Listen to my Rhythm creates bombs with anything it touches, by making them have a pin and timer, giving them a sort of grenade effect. The pins must have some sort of pressure on them. Once the pressure is taken off, the pin will be released, activating the timer, which will set the bomb off. Anyone who touches Listen to my Rhythm or Oyecomova will end up being covered in pins, so obviously, it’s not a good idea to touch either of them. As we saw with the fight, Oyecomova managed to use Listen to my Rhythm in ways completely different from Killer Queen, such as putting bombs on every single bee in a beehive to use as bombs. Listen to my Rhythm is also not limited to anything, and can turn ANYTHING into a bomb, even the water that Johnny and Gyro are passing through and the smoke from a cigarette. And you all thought Killer Queen was broken. Pretty much any Stand that is involved with explosives is broken in some way, and Listen to my Rhythm is certainly no exception.
Rank 5: Cream Starter (Used by Hot Pants)
Who would have thought that a spray can would have been one of the most disturbing and one of the best Stands of Steel Ball Run? I certainly didn’t, but at this point, anything’s possible, really. Cream Starter is just like Oh! Lonesome Me. It takes the form of a simple object you wouldn’t think is that amazing, and does so much more with what it is that it turns out to be incredible. Cream Starter is able to release a strange cream-like substance. This substance is actually a form of flesh that is bottled up inside the can. It can either turn a person's flesh into a soft material, even allowing Hot Pants to soften her own flesh, or it can create a new layer of flesh, such as healing some incredibly violent injuries such as when Hot Pants had her arms sliced off by Mike O, and can also be used to create a layer of flesh over a person’s face to suffocate them. If Hot Pants removes her own limbs using Cream Starter, she can then move the dismembered limb around to use from a different angle to attack, as shown in the fight with the best side character in Steel Ball Run, which we will get to soon. And, what you may consider Cream Starters most important ability, being able to disguise someone perfectly as another person, getting their appearance down perfectly, as shown when Hot Pants disguised Lucy as the First Lady. All that potential, tightly locked in a single spray can of flesh.
Rank 4: In a Silent Way (Used by Sandman)
In a Silent Way is probably one of the creepiest looking Stands on here. Being based on paintings from Native Americans on evil spirits, I guess that’s to be expected. In a Silent Way is another Stand that is a repeat of another Stand in a previous part. I know I bring this up a lot, and it kinda sounds like I’m nitpicking, but I say that because it really shows what separates these two Stands from each other, and what makes the Steel Ball Run Stands unique in their own way. Anyway, In a Silent Way is a lot like Echoes, being able to use sound to it’s fullest. In a Silent Way is ably to store any sort of sound nearby into any object that it pleases. When the sound is released onto a person, the person will feel the sound that it is making. So, say that In a Silent Way stored a burning sound, and someone were to come near it. When the sound was released, the person would feel as though they were burning. The best way for this to be effective is if In a Silent Way placed the stored sound into water, since sound travels faster in water than in the air. In a Silent Way is also able to protect Sandman by storing sounds that can create a sort of shield from his enemies. And, as shown when Sandman teamed up with Diego, he was able to use In a Silent Way to store sound into Diego’s dinosaur’s used by his Stand (Which we will also get to soon), to attack Johnny and Gyro. In a Silent Way was a very cool Stand that managed to show how different it was from the Stand of the past, and I think it managed to be unique in it’s very own way.
Rank 3: Civil War (Used by Axl RO)
Each Jojo part has to have at least one confusing Stand at some point, even if it isn’t the main villains Stand. Stone Ocean’s Jumpin’ Jack Flash was too damn hard to understand with all that was going on in just a few panels. Thankfully, Civil War is confusing for good reasons, and that’s because of his ability that has never been done before, and that’s what makes it great. Civil War has the ability to bring back anything or anyone that a person has left behind or feels guilt for. When a person comes into physical contact with this item, they will soon become a thin membrane and be crushed by the guilt (Literally) that this item has. This isn’t just limited to inanimate objects, as shown by Gyro’s many forgotten Steel Balls from the past, but also the brother of Hot Pants and Johnny’s pet mouse Danny and his father. Civil War is also able to avoid any damage by breaking its body apart and then reforming itself. But what makes Civil War this great is what happens when Axl RO is killed. When he is killed, and the person who killed them feels any amount of guilt, Axl RO will be revived, and will be free of all guilt. Since Axl RO left his entire army to die in the war, he is haunted by their restless spirits. However, being revived and relinquished of all guilt, it is all passed to the person who killed him, including the souls of his army, but he can easily get them back if he kills the person who carries his guilt. I never thought that a Stand based entirely around guilt could be this hard to understand, but I do mean that in every good way I can.
Rank 2: Mandom (Used by Ringo Roadagain)
Ringo Roadagain: Best minor villain in Jojo? Yes he is. Mandom: Best Stand in Steel Ball Run? Very, very damn close, but fell short by just one Stand, which we will get to soon. So let’s talk about Mandom. Each part of Jojo must always have one Stand that can manipulate time. Stardust Crusaders has The World, Diamond is Unbreakable has Killer Queen, Vento Aureo has King Crimson, and Stone Ocean has Made in Heaven. So, Steel Ball Run would need one too. Instead of giving it to Valentine, they instead gave it to a minor villain, and that is what I love about it. Besides, it’s probably the only time I’ll get to talk about a time manipulating Stand on these ranking articles. So, Mandom has the ability to rewind time by six seconds. No matter what happened in that time, everything but memories will be reverted by that time. So it’s like a less impressive Killer Queen. Instead of an hour, it’s just six seconds, and everyone keeps their memories of the previous time. It also has a limited range. But Ringo Roadagain manages to make up for it by being able to fight off Gyro and Johnny in one of the smoothest and greatest fights in all of Jojo, being able to use Mandom to even revive him after a fatal shot. I don’t even think I like Mandom for it’s abilities, and more how it was used in the fight between Gyro. I honestly think that is what makes Mandom one of the best Stands in Steel Ball Run… And I’m perfectly okay with that.
Rank 1: Scary Monsters (Used by Dr. Ferdinand and Diego Brando)
Before I start by talking about why Scary Monsters is the best Steel Ball Run Stand, I need to say something… Scary Monsters is not Diego’s Stand. Scary Monsters is the Stand of Dr. Ferdinand. Diego still carried the virus that he had while under the effect of Scary Monsters, and after Dr. Ferdinand’s death and after Diego gained control of the Saint’s Left Eye, he was able to control the virus in him and use Scary Monsters on his own… Okay, with that out of the way, Scary Monsters is the best Stand of Steel Ball Run. Scary Monsters is a Stand that allows the user to turn theirself and everyone in the area into dinosaurs. Whenever a person comes in contact with Scary Monsters, they will begin to turn into a raptor, and everyone that the infected person bites or scratches will also become raptors, and will follow every word of the user, these users being either Dr. Ferdinand or Diego Brando. Dr. Ferdinand didn’t turn into a dinosaur, but Diego did it numerous times, and was even able to turn small animals like birds and rats into raptors to attack his enemies. When Diego is in the form of a raptor, he increases his speed, stamina, strength, and vision. This manages to make him even stronger than any human at this point, and can become a raptor or a raptor human hybrid with fans, flaws, a tail, and cracked skin. When Diego has Scary Monsters, he is able to turn a person into a raptor and then fossilize them to hide them in plain sight, such as turning them into a brown rock to camouflage in a nearby tree, to doing something more creative, like turning them into candle holders or coat racks. Lastly, with the ability of Scary Monsters, Diego is able to attack Stands directly, as Stands cannot be attacked by humans, and only Stands can hurt other Stands. Scary Monsters is a Stand full of surprises, managing to do new things in each part of the story. It manages to be very unique and very creative with its abilities and actions. I know I’ve been saying unique a lot in this article, but that’s just what these Steel Ball Run Stands are. They bring new ideas to us, and what ideas they do originally, they manage to add new things to make them different. Steel Ball Run is a part full of creativity and that is what I love about it so much.