I was recently introduced to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and noticed several musical references that seemed out of place for the setting of the first "part" Phantom Blood.

  • One of the supporting characters is named Robert E. Speedwagon (oddly similar to REO Speedwagon)
  • An antagonist, Dio shares the name of a heavy metal superstar Ronnie James Dio
  • One of the mentors to the warriors is Master Tompeti (no heartbreakers)
  • The closing theme is from 1972 Yes! Turnabout

I'm sure there are many other references that I have not seen yet (please be mindful of spoilers).

Is there any in-universe reason for these names or are these somewhat random Easter Eggs (perhaps to introduce great music to a younger generation)?

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I believe this is just an example of Theme Naming - characters in a work of fiction being named according to a theme. It's quite common - Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha, for example, has characters mostly named after cars, while RWBY has characters mostly named after colours. In the case of JoJo, as you've observed, it has very many characters named after musicians, including all the ones you've spotted in Part 1 - without giving anything away, it gets a lot more obvious from Part 3 onwards.

(Incidentally, there is in fact a pop star named JoJo, but there's no connection between her and JJBA, which began publication before she was born.)

  • +1 I accepted your answer as it gave me an insight into the nomenclature of other anime series, which I wasn't aware of.
    – m1gp0z
    Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 14:24

It's not an Easter eggs. It's just Hirohiko Araki named characters after things that inspired him. List of references in JoJo

  • +1, thank you for the awesome link. I read a few, but stopped before part 3 that @F1Krazy refers to. I haven't watched those episodes yet
    – m1gp0z
    Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 14:25

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