It is a well-documented phenomenon in the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure universe that many characters (both heroes and villains) will die before the conclusion of the story. The casualties suffered only accelerate towards the end of the narrative, with some parts killing more characters than they have left.
However, a few individuals have miraculously survived their bows, although the most logical thing was that they did not. By analyzing those who have mysteriously avoided death, we can determine the lucky few who were gifted with plot armor, juxtaposing them with those who were not.
10 Okuyasu – He had suffered a direct explosion from Yoshikage Kira
Okuyasu had suffered a direct blast from Yoshikage Kira, which made a huge hole in his side and killed him instantly. Although Josuke had healed his body quickly, there was nothing inside his empty container when he reached it.
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The young man came back to life after Keicho Nijimura (his brother) assured him that it was not the time yet. However, considering this was never seen at any other point in the series (as in all of Golden Wind, with Giorno possessing a similar ability), his return is pointless and inconsistent with the established universe.
9 Erina – Dio had an excellent chance to kill her when they shared the same cruise
Erina Pendleton was Jonathan Joestar’s fiancée, a fact Dio Brando knew all too well. The twisted young man was obsessed with destroying his foster brother’s life by any means necessary and was even willing to abuse it before his ascension.
After being imbued with the force of the stone mask, it would have made logical sense for him to come after her to crush Jonathan’s spirit. Failing that, he had another excellent opportunity to kill her when they shared the same cruise ship, instructing his henchman to kill her at the ideal time.
8 Anjuro – Instead of directly killing him, Josuke Higashikata injected his body with a nearby rock …
Anjuro was the murderer of Josuke’s grandfather and a serial killer almost as malevolent as Yoshikage Kira himself. Fortunately, Higashikata was able to confront him before many other innocents were killed.
Instead of killing him outright, the young man displayed an unusual level of cruelty. He infused his body with a nearby rock, forcing him to live in a state of perpetual torment and humiliation. Although his reign of evil may have ended, he also made an impression of Josuke that would be inconsistent with the rest of « Diamond is Unbreakable ».
7 Mista – On several occasions, he was on the precipice of death, only to be restored via Giovanna’s Stand
Mista was Team Bucciarati’s maverick and one of those who had participated in many of their deadliest fights. On several occasions (such as his battle against Ghiaccio and Cioccolata), he was on the precipice of death, only to be restored through Giovanna’s rostrum.
However, given his reckless nature and his inability to defend himself by the nature of his pistol, it follows that he would be a logical target for Diavolo and his servants to fixate on. Killing him would have deprived Bucciarati of his strongest offensive position and significantly demoralize the team. Therefore, his status as one of the only surviving Golden Wind heroes is especially curious.
6 Stroheim – Since he was the only person who tried to fight Kars without any mastery from Hamon, it makes sense that he perished in the process
Stroheim was a Nazi commander and an unlikely ally of Joseph Joestar. He provided invaluable aid against the Pillar Men, only perishing off-screen long after the Battle Tendency arc had been completed.
Since he was the only person who tried to fight Kars without any dominance from Hamon, it makes sense that he may perish in the process no matter how powerful his cybernetic body may be. An earlier death would have given him less of a chance to be portrayed as likable despite his vile loyalties.
5 D’arby The Player – it would have made more sense for DIO to execute the man instead of punching him through the wall
D’arby the Gambler was a man who had accumulated dozens of innocent souls as novelties, keeping them as his dolls. Kakyoin shared his fate after his unfortunate loss to the villain, though it was conveniently reversed.
As the Player’s crimes have overshadowed many of DIO’s other henchmen (who Kujo had also killed), it would have made more sense for him to execute the man rather than punch him through the wall. By (presumably) sparing his life, he allowed D’arby to keep his macabre collection, even if he needed to find another mansion to appreciate it.
4 Hol Horse – accidentally shot himself with a dozen bullets from his Emperor Stand
Hol Horse was a mercenary in the service of the DIO who had worked alongside Boingo to bring Kujo and the Crusaders to their knees. The plan he had devised failed, accidentally shooting himself with a dozen bullets from his Emperor.
Considering that he had judged his projectiles strong enough to take down Jotaro, it follows that he should not have been able to survive them when they turned on his master. However, he would survive the injuries he inflicted on himself, last seen carried on a stretcher to the hospital.
3 Polnareff – was badly mauled and thrown off a cliff by Diavolo, smashing directly into the rocks below.
Polnareff has had dozens of bits and pieces with death that should have killed him multiple times. Not only would he survive his battle with Vanilla Ice even with the help of his friends (despite losing multiple fingers and toes), DIO strangely wouldn’t bother to kill him with a single World app.
Furthermore, it was badly mauled and thrown off a cliff by Diavolo, crashing directly into the rocks below. Realistically, this should have done more than just relegate him to a wheelchair – it should have ripped open his skull, ending his story long before he found Giorno.
2 Speedwagon – Dio should have a more personal interest in killing him, as it was he who exposed his fraud by returning Jonathan to the Joestar mansion
Speedwagon suffers from many of the same problems as Erina. Although he is close to Jonathan, he does not have a Hamon of his own and can barely defend himself against most physical attacks.
Dio should have a more personal interest in killing him, as it was he who exposed his fraud when Jonathan returned to the Joestar mansion. Considering that Speedwagon is never far from the heroes in their quest to defeat Brando, the vampire had many opportunities to kill him that he should have taken advantage of. Furthermore, the rogue was easily the least prepared to defend himself during Santana’s attack, inexplicably surviving where dozens of hardened soldiers did not.
1 Joseph Joestar – every ounce of DIO’s blood was drained from him during their final confrontation
Like Polnareff, Joseph Joestar should have died many times. The clearest example comes from when he had launched Kars into space, only to plummet towards Earth in what was effectively a meteor.
If that didn’t kill him enough, they also drained every last drop of blood from the DIO during their final confrontation. Considering it took at least twenty minutes for a transfusion, he should have been clinically dead and unable to be restored.