I have already stated before that Jojo has lots of villains in it that make it amazing. From sadistic vampires, to serial killers, to the president of the United States of America. But, for every major villain that is in Jojo, there is… at least twenty minor villains that are right behind them. Minor villains are a major part of Jojo. They appear all the time to be a challenge for the team who is hunting a villain. Whether their Stand is named after Tarot Cards, Egyptian gods, rock bands, whether they are members of Dio, part of a dangerous gang, terrorists from another country, random prisoners, or just crazy people, they all seem to want the group dead for one reason or another. But, there are times when minor villains can be as great as the major villains of Jojo. So, today, I want to share with you the minor villains of Jojo. Now, there are a lot of minor villains in the Jojo series, so I may not have your favorite on here, so feel free to tell me if I had a good choice of minor villains or not. With that, let us begin.
#10: Hol Horse from Stardust Crusaders
Back when Stardust Crusaders was still new and fresh, Araki made many changes to the series. One of them being to add Hol Horse to the group. In the end, he decided against it, and I think that’s a real shame, because Hol Horse is a damn good character. Being a smooth talker, he always manages to appear confident, despite his Stand, the Emperor, being very pathetic and useless without the help of other Stands, such as the more powerful Hanged Man. Of course, when Hol Horse does see that his plans fail, instead of fighting to the end like Stand users in later parts, he runs away, and will always avoid facing danger of any kind. He knows his Stand is crap, and doesn’t even attempt to be overconfident like literally every other Stand user they run into. Instead, he allows himself to become second in the group so that he has a better chance of both winning the fight and surviving if things go bad (Which, for him, is usually the case). What makes Hol Horse so entertaining is that he always manages to be the most entertaining villain in Stardust Crusaders, always joking and running away from all fights. He is just so much fun to watch, and to see his reactions to situations. He definitely had the most personality of any villain during the time of Stardust Crusaders. I would have put him higher if not for his Stand. It sucks. Real shame, really.
#9: Yuya Fungami from Diamond is Unbreakable
Okay, so Fungami himself may not be all that great as a villain. He was a street racer who, after getting into a bad wreck, ended up in the hospital. After gaining his Stand, the amazing Highway Star, he used it to trick Josuke and Rohan so that it could kill them. Other than that, there isn’t much to Yuya. He’s just some punk kid who thinks highly of his skill and thinks he looks very handsome and has a keen sense of smell thanks to his Stand. Not much about him being a villain. In fact, he ends up becoming a part of Josuke’s group in the Enigma arc, so it kinda defeats the purpose of him being a villain. But, what Yuya lacks in his own personality, he makes up for with his incredible Stand. Highway Star is able to move at the speed of 60 km/h, and can outrun any person, and is barely slower than a speeding car. Seeing Highway Stars speed mixed with Crazy Diamond’s ability to fix anything really made one of the best fights in Jojo… And it wasn’t even a fight. It was just Josuke running away from Highway Star so he could find Yuya and heal his injuries just so he can put him in the hospital again. So, there you go. Yuya himself isn’t too great as a villain, but Highway Star sure as hell is.
#8: Bruford from Phantom Blood
What? Did you think every minor villain was going to be a Stand user? Well you thought wrong, as this proves it. Bruford, along with Tarkus, was one of the loyal knights to Mary Stuart, who was killed by her rival, Elizabeth, and had ordered for the deaths of both Bruford and Tarkus. Before they were decapitated, they held hatred for the world, and died with this extreme hate. Centuries later, Dio began to create an army of zombies, and one of these zombies would turn out to be Bruford. Bruford, while alive, gained a strange ability that allowed him to use his hair as a weapon. So he’s basically Yukako before Yukako was ever a thing… Well, that’s a nice thought. Bruford uses this to his ability, trying to trap Jonathan and using his hair as a sort of third arm to fight him with. In the end, however, Jonathan was able to defeat Bruford, but was also able to restore his faith and his humanity before he died, and granted Jonathan with his sword, Luck and Pluck, a vital tool that helped Jonathan in the fight with Dio at the end. Bruford was a pretty interesting character, and was definitely more interesting that the hulking mass that was Tarkus. Of course, his biggest flaw was that he was in Phantom Blood… so… sorry, Bruford.
#7: Tamaki Damo from Jojolion (Spoilers for Part 8)
Damo is the first Stand user of Part 8 that I genuinely thought was a threat. Now, as a man with the Stand Vitamin C, a Stand that turns the human body into a clay-like substance, it’s easy to see that Vitamin C is as effective as it’s user is sadistic. And rest assured, Damo is a total psychopath. He starts off his hunt for Josefumi and Kira by stowing away on their ship. Here, he uses his Stand to liquify them, and tortures them for hours, even recording it on his cellphone, and after hours of this, says that, as a fair man, he will give them a chance to confess. One of them will get to live and the other will die, which he calls fair. Some time later, he uses Hato to get into the Higashikata household, where he places Vitamin C’s fingerprints everywhere, which, if touched by anyone, liquefies them. He disposes of Kyo and Joshu by sucking them into the walls and sending them down a drain, and when left with Norisuke, begins to torture him on information, by slicing his arms off with a thousand yen dollar to letting a goldfish swim around in his liquified body. Damo was definitely one of the most threatening enemies in Jojolion by far, as his determination and cruel methods of getting information out of people really made him a terrifying enemy.
#6: Terunosuke Miyamoto from Diamond is Unbreakable
Probably the only minor villain in all of Part 4 that didn’t stop being a minor villain to the end. Terunosuke was probably one of the first Stands of that loved to mess with people's emotions, which I always really enjoyed, and would continue to enjoy in Steel Ball Run with the Stand, Civil War. But we’re getting too far ahead. Terunosuke is a Stand user who does what he can to find the signs of fear on a person. No matter what he has to do, whether it’s break into people’s homes, use his Stand power to demonstrate his power, or even making it to where he almost kills someone, he will do what he can to find fear in a person. When those people show their fear, such as biting their lip or touching their chin, that is when his Stand, Enigma, takes effect. When Enigma is awakened, it will capture the person that Terunosuke has targeted and trap them within a piece of paper. While in this paper, Terunosuke can use this to his advantage. He can use it to find a sign of fear in others, such as when he tricked Josuke into thinking the damaged piece of paper held Koichi just to scare him, or, if he wanted to, could tear the paper in two and kill them easily. Terunosuke was a villain who used fear to his advantage, and it really does show here.
#5: Vanilla Ice from Stardust Crusaders (Spoilers for Part 3)
You know it’s sad when a minor villain kills more of the Stardust Crusaders than Dio does. Vanilla Ice was one of the most loyal members of Dio’s servants, even more so than Enya the Hag. Vanilla Ice would do whatever he could for Dio, even killing himself in order to offer Dio the blood he needed by cutting his head off. Of course, his loyalty is why Dio revived him so that he could defeat the Stardust Crusaders, and let me tell you… He definitely took out a few. He started off by killing Avdol, his entire body taken away from the world that they were in, and taken somewhere that not even Vanilla Ice is sure of. And he followed the death of Avdol by beating Iggy to death in an incredibly violent manner. And then there’s Vanilla Ice’s powerful Stand, Cream (And yes, the pun is Vanilla Ice Cream. It’s as bad as it sounds). Anyway, Cream is probably the most terrifying Stand in Jojo. Being a disturbing skeleton-looking creature, it also has the ability to devour Vanilla Ice and itself in the process to create an invisible ball that erases whatever it touches from existence. Sure, while Vanilla Ice can’t see when using Cream, it is still a horrifying ability, and it was damn near close to killing Polnareff as well, because I guess killing two wouldn’t be enough. So, there you have it. Vanilla Ice killed more of the Stardust Crusaders and Dio only killed one. And Vanilla Ice is just named after some loser rapper. So that just adds to the embarrassment on Dio’s part.
#4: Donatello Versus from Stone Ocean
When I say Stone Ocean didn’t have many great minor villains… I mean to say that Stone Ocean only at one good minor villain, and that would be Donatello Versus. Versus did not have an easy life. He ran away from home after being sick of his stepfather, when a pair of shoes owned by a famous athlete fell on him. After being taken in and put into court where he confessed that the shoes fell on him, the judge went into a rage, deeming Versus a criminal, and sentenced him to juvenile detention facility, which his parents were fine with. There, he faced extreme punishments, both physically and emotionally. However, after some time, the true culprit confessed and Versus was released, but was already suffering from the punishments. It didn’t take long (By that, I mean it took him the moment he walked out) to fall onto a hidden knife in the grass and cut open his hand, which was owned by a corrupted guard, leading to him getting in trouble again. After this, his hand got infected with pus and even worms, and he almost died from a fever. Needless to say, Versus hates the world and believes he should have happiness in anyway he can. His Stand, Underworld, one of the best Stands, can dig up memories from the earth and put people into those memories where they will die in the same way as what happens in those memories. It’s a really effective Stand, and I think goes well for someone as ruthless and hateful as Versus.
#3: Cioccolata from Vento Aureo
Now we run into, what is probably, the most violent and sadistic villain in… Maybe all of Jojo. Maybe more so than the major villains of any part. He’s so horrible, that even Diavolo is above using them to kill Giorno’s gang, but has no other choice when his best men were killed. Cioccolata was originally a surgeon in a hospital two years before the events of Vento Aureo, but as it turns out, this was nothing more than a cover-up so that he could freely and violently murder people, even diagnosing perfectly healthy patients with a disease so he could operate them, and limited their anesthetics during the operation so that he could enjoy watching them suffer in pain. As we see in Vento Aureo, that hasn’t changed much. With his “pet”, Secco, a man just as sadistic as he is, he uses his Stand, Green Day, to create a mold that causes people to fall apart, and the more lower to the ground they are, the more effective the mold is, and with Secco’s Oasis, which can turn concrete into mud that one can sink in, it allows for his ability to be very effective. Cioccolata makes sure to record all of his victims suffering on a camera that he has Secco film, just so he can enjoy every moment of it. With a man as cruel as this, and with a man who’s Stand could affect the entire city of Rome, without him having a care in the world who died, it’s not hard to believe that he suffered the most brutal and longest beating of any Jojo villain, lasting over seven pages and causing him to be torn to pieces. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
#2: Daniel J. D’Arby from Stardust Crusaders
Everyone says that, compared to later parts, Stardust Crusaders had some simple Stands. Sure, they were pretty average, but I blame that on Araki being new to the idea and not being so familiar. Diamond is Unbreakable is where he started to perfect it. But, what Stardust Crusaders lacks in unique Stands, it more than makes up for it in minor villains, such as Hol Horse, Vanilla Ice, and of course, Daniel J. D’Arby, or D’Arby the Gambler as he’s more known as. D’Arby is a man who doesn’t fight with his Stand, and instead, prefers to play mind games with his enemies. This is shown, as he tries to gamble with his enemies, but as it is shown, he is not an honest platey. When he gambles with Polnareff on which piece of jerky the cat will eat, it’s proven that the cat is owned by D’Arby himself, proving that he is actually a cheater, but no matter what, if the person going up against D’Arby believe that they have lost in their hearts, it doesn’t matter if D’Arby cheated or not, because once they believe they lost, D’Arby’s Stand, Osiris, will take their soul and place it in a poker chip. D’Arby really was a very tense… battle? It’s hard to call this a battle. A psychological battle, at least. Sure as hell wasn’t one of the over-the-top fights you see in Jojo. Not a single punch was thrown in this entire episode (Unless you count the part where Star Platinum broke D’Arby’s finger), and Jotaro was only barely able to lose because he managed to be a bigger cheater than D’Arby ever was, and if you can think of a better cheater than D’Arby, then I applaud you.
#1: Ringo Roadagain from Steel Ball Run
The best Jojo minor villain of Steel Ball Run, and maybe the best minor villain in all of Jojo. Ringo Roadagain has, like many other villains, lived a very traumatic life. Always being a child who was prone to sickness and injury, his father was drafted into the war, where he later tried to escape, but was imprisoned and died, branding Ringo and his family as traitors of the country and were forced to leave the state. Some time later, Ringo’s mother and two sisters were murdered by a military officer, who then tried to have his way with Ringo. This was followed by Ringo taking a gun and killing him. After this, Ringo became a cold and philosophical individual believing in the True Man’s World, which he soon believed in from then on. After this, he has been trying to find a person who could kill him in a duel, but was unable to be killed by anyone, because of his Stand, Mandom, which could rewind time by six seconds. This Stand would always keep him from dying, and would keep him fighting, but always believed in a fair duel no matter what, not allowing a one sided fight, and always showing honor and respect to his enemies in duel. This is what lead to one of the best fights in Jojo, between Ringo and Gyro Zeppeli. The panels were all moving along so smoothly as they fought and not a single moment was boring. Ringo is the best minor villain for many reasons. He’s understandable, respectful, somewhat relatable in a way, never shows any fear of death, manages to have a very interesting goal, and is one of the most thought provoking villains in Jojo, and that is what makes him the best minor villain. If he wasn’t a minor villain, he could be a great main villain.