From the creative mind of Hirohiko Araki, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is one of the most popular anime/manga series of all time. While the first two parts of the series were exceptional, it was not until part 3’s Stardust Crusaders that Araki revolutionized the series by introducing the concept of the Stands.
A physical manifestation of a person’s fighting spirit, each Stand varies depending on their user. In some cases, a Stand’s power is simple and straightforward. On the other hand, there are some Stands that possess incredibly complex, yet powerful abilities to the point where they could be considered godlike. This list features the most powerful Stands from Araki’s popular Shonen/Seinen series.
Update May 18th, 2020 by Louis Kemner: This long-running series is more popular than ever, and the English manga of Diamond is Unbreakable and the Golden Wind anime dub are keeping it in the spotlight. Fans can see all kinds of devastating and awe-inspiring stands from Stardust Crusaders onwards, and by now, it is time to choose five more that rank among the very best stands of all. Heroes and villains alike in the series can be real powerhouses, and in the right hands, a stand can do just about anything.
15 Silver Chariot
The stand known as Silver Chariot is a devastating weapon, and if Jean-Pierre Polnareff was more clever and ruthless, he could really unlock its potential. But he falls short of that, so in practice, Silver Chariot is merely powerful, not devastating.
Still, this is a stand to be feared for any foe. It moves with unbelievable speed, even more so when its armor is removed. Its rapier is sharp and can slice fire in half, or carve stone into any shape in no time. Any physical attack or barrier risks getting diced at the hands of Silver Chariot.
14 Sticky Fingers
Localized as “Zipper Man,” this stand is among the most powerful not because of its sheer hitting power (which is only average for melee stands) but how incredibly flexible it can be. This stand can create zippers on anything, even living beings.
This allows Bruno Bucciarati to create portals for attacking and retreating, split an enemy’s body apart, hide inside something, or even split up his own body to escape detection (just ask Beach Boy). Bucciarati is clever, quick-thinking, and ruthless, allowing him to make the most of Sticky Fingers.
13 Hanged man
This insidious stands belongs to the vile stand user known as J. Geil, who performs unspeakable acts to his victims. His stand, which matches the Hanged Man of the tarot, can travel via any reflective surface, even a person’s very eyes.
Hanged Man can strike with astounding speed, even faster than the ultra-quick Silver Chariot, and its knife can slash an opponent’s throat before they even know what’s happening. And owing to its mirror affinity, Hanged Man is exceptionally difficult to escape or throw off the trail.
12 White Album
This is one of the few stands that manifests as a suit that the user wears like armor, as opposed to a standalone entity that takes the user’s side (hence “stand”). This stand’s ability is simple but effective: it can freeze things.
In many works of fiction, ice powers are among the strongest, and Ghiaccio can freeze anything solid, including water vapor, and create ultra-tough armor and skate around on ice. Both Mista and Giorno together were pushed to the absolute limit to defeat Ghiaccio and this icy stand.
11 Green Day
Appearing late in Golden Wind, the stand called Green Day proved an incredible foe for Giorno and his allies to deal with. Its master is Cioccolata, a cruel doctor who enjoys tormenting his victims. Green Day can create deadly mold that will kill any living thing (but not stands).
Green Day’s mold takes effect whenever a living thing lowers itself, or even just its body parts, and the mold can spread from one victim to another. Cioccolata can also use the mold to split up his body into remote-controlled parts, then re-assemble them later. If need be, Green Day can also perform bone-crushing melee attacks.
10 Killer Queen
Killer Queen is a dangerous stand with the power to turn any object or person it touches into a bomb. It can even generate invisible air bubble projectiles that explode either via contact or by command. It also has two other types of bombs called Sheer Heart Attack and Bites the Dust. The former creates autonomous and nigh-indestructible bombs that seek out targets. The third bomb, Bites the Dust, creates a miniature version of Killer Queen that infiltrates a target’s body. When discovered, it triggers an explosion to eliminate any witnesses. This also creates a time loop and rewinds time to an hour before the explosion occurs.
9 Notorious B.I.G
When a Stand user dies, their Stand normally disappears along with them. Notorious B.I.G is one of the few exceptions to this rule. The power of this Stand activates only after its user dies. Once activated, it proceeds to attack anything that moves. It slowly grows in size and power by devouring matter, as well as energy.
Even if it is somehow reduced to pieces, it can regenerate itself from even the smallest cell. For all intents and purposes, it is virtually indestructible and cannot die. It is so powerful that even the combined efforts of Giorno Giovanna and his allies was not enough to destroy it.
Cream’s monstrous appearance is only surpassed by its terrifying ability. When activated, it devours both itself and its user Vanilla Ice, sending them to another dimension. In doing so, it’s existence is replaced by a fast-moving portal that erases anything it touches. In this state, its targets are powerless to stop its attacks, forcing them to constantly dodge. It’s only weakness is that it cannot see its surroundings while in the other dimension. As a result, it must open a hole in the dimension in order to see. This makes Vanilla Ice vulnerable to Stands capable of precise, high-speed attacks. Aside from that only weakness, Cream is virtually invulnerable.
7 Star Platinum
Introduced in Stardust Crusaders, Star Platinum is one of the first and most powerful Stands in the series. Its primary power lies in its superhuman strength and speed that very few Stands can hope to match. It also possesses enhanced eyesight and can easily identify targets up to four kilometers away.
It is extremely precise and can perform complex tasks even under the most stressful conditions. This includes being able to surgically remove objects from people’s skulls without harming them, as well as catching bullets fired at point-blank range. Towards the end of Stardust Crusaders, it develops the power to use Time Stop, allowing it to freeze time for up to five seconds.
6 King Crimson/Epitaph
The Stand belonging to Passione gang leader Diavolo possesses one of the most confusing powers in the series. Essentially, it is two Stands in one. Its other half is the sub-Stand Epitaph which allows its user, Doppio – Diavolo’s split personality – to see 10 seconds into the future. When activating King Crimson, Diavolo can essentially erase any frame of time that happens in the 10 seconds predicted by Epitaph. It causes those affected to suddenly find themselves in new positions with no memory of the erasure, leaving them vulnerable to its attacks. With power and speed rivalling that of Star Platinum, King Crimson can decimate almost any opponent before they even realize what’s happened.
5 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheep (D4C)
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap – D4C for short – is both one of the strongest and most complex Stand’s in the series. By passing between two objects it can freely travel between alternate dimensions. With this power, it’s user Funny Valentine can erase injuries by swapping places with an alternate version of himself, as well as transport multiple Valentines from other dimensions to overwhelm his opponents.
In terms of offense, D4C can trap enemies in other dimensions where coming into direct contact with their alternate selves obliterates them. In its Love Train form, it places Valentine in a pocket dimension where he becomes nigh-invulnerable and redirects any misfortune aimed at him to someone else in the world.
4 Tusk Act 4
Tusk is one of the few Stands that possesses different forms known as “Acts”. Its power is derived from the supernatural phenomenon known as “Spin” featured in Steel Ball Run. In its Act 1 form, it’s user Johnny Joestar uses the power of Spin to fire his fingernails as high-speed projectiles strong enough to destroy solid rock. As Tusk evolves, it’s Spin power increases and also develops the ability to create and move spatial wormholes. When it reaches Act 4, it can use the energy from the “Golden Spin” to produce infinite rotational energy. With this power, Tusk can bypass the effects of Time Stop, as well as pierce Love Train’s multi-dimensional barrier.
3 Made in Heaven
When it comes to temporal manipulation, the most powerful Stand is Made in Heaven from Stone Ocean. While it lacks physical strength, it surpasses all other Stands in terms of speed. With the power to manipulate the flow of time, everything around it accelerates at a rapid pace. Furthermore, it can counter the effects of Time Stop by accelerating the user’s time limit. The ability to speed up the flow of time is derived from its power to control the gravitational force of the entire universe. As a result, it can move through time so fast that it creates a new universe in the process.
2 Gold Experience Requiem
Gold Experience Requiem is the evolved version of Giorno’s Gold Experience that appears in Vento Aureo. Like its previous form, it can bestow life to anything it touches, allowing it to recreate organs and transform inorganic objects into plants or living creatures. It’s strength and speed also increase to the point that it can throw a stone with enough power and velocity to pierce flesh and destroy part of a building.
Furthermore, it develops the godlike ability to return anything to “zero”. In other words, it can prevent any action from happening and renders all attacks and abilities useless. When it attacks, its opponents become trapped in a death loop where they are forced to experience endless death.
1 The World Over Heaven
While technically non-canon, the World Over Heaven is still the most powerful Stand in the entire Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure franchise. A variation of Dio’s Stand The World, it serves an alternate version of Dio that successfully eliminated the Joestars and “obtained heaven”. Like its original counterpart, it can use Time Stop. The only difference being that it does not have a nine second time limit. Its strongest ability is that it can rewrite the reality and existence of anything it touches. It can even nullify the power of Gold Experience Requiem’s ability to reduce anything to zero. With such godlike power, The World Over Heaven more than deserves its title as the ultimate Stand.
The introduction of Stands revolutionized the world of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. Here are the most powerful stands in the series.