Not all badass character themes are created equal.
Let me get this out of the way. You all know I love Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. I just recently picked up All Star Battle and oh my god is it magical. It’s a bit wonky for a fighting game, but has the charm of the series that I love so much. One thing I found that was unique is that each character has their own theme that plays when they are either fought or you are fighting as them, which makes the experience all the more epic. Of course with a series inspired by classic rock, there are some amazing things going on here, so I am going to count down my ten favorites out of a MASSIVE character roster.
The criteria isn’t necessarily how much I like the song or character in question, but how well it fits the character, so unfortunately some amazing themes that don’t quite fit well will not make it onto the list.
Honorable Mention: The Disturbing ACDC (ACDC)
Well look at who just barely missed another JJBA list of mine again? This song, while not the most earwormy of the Pillar Men themes, (that’d be Kars’), nor the most grandiose, (that’d be Wham’s), fits the character the best. One of the most intense themes in the game, it really fits ACDC’s personality as eccentric and unpredictable. However, I feel an issue with all Pillar Men themes is the lack of dubstep. I mean, that’s what they’re all about! Still the most fitting out of the bunch.
10: Golden Spirit (Josuke Higashikata)
I really really like Josuke. He’s my second favorie Jojo and one of the nicest protagonists in the series. His theme seems a tad generic, but it is heroic and upbeat nonetheless and accompanies him well. It would be higher on this list if it weren’t for more fitting themes and seeming a bit too close to other themes in the game. Still, it belongs on this list because of its bright sound.
9: Kiss of Love and Revenge (Hermes Costello)
A sexy theme for a sexy lady, but there is more to this theme than that. Aside from being catchy, it fits with Hermes’ personality well, but also with her motives. Granted it’s a sultry tune, but it also sounds dark in parts, and her entire purpose for being in the prison is to kill the man who murdered her sister. A great song for the older sister figure so many readers wish they had.
8: Then, Could You Tell Me…Who am I? (Jou2ke Higashikata)
I’m trying to follow along with Jojolion as best as I can, but from what I can see right now, this theme fits brilliantly with the newest Jojo, and without a doubt, the -strangest- Jojo. He’s probably the campiest, most eccentric main character since Joseph, and that is entirely okay! Jou2ke, as he is often dubbed, has a catchy and heroic theme with ample quirkiness. Props to the creative team of ASB for making a good theme for a character who we don’t even fully understand yet.
7: Go…”Sex Pistols” (Guido Mista)
Here we have an oddball when it comes to themes in this game. This song not only well represents its character, but also represents his fears. A song in 4/4 time…with a title containing four syllables and a beat that contains four notes in succession. It’s like the song is trolling poor Mista, who if you hadn’t guessed, has an irrational fear of the number 4. This was too witty not to make it onto my list.
6: Aggression and Victory (Jean Pierre Polnareff)
Impusive, hotheaded, and quirky, that is what this song is. It’s also highly memorable. Its fast pace fits perfectly with Polnareff’s fast paced fighting style, and it has its moments of lightheartedness in the moments of aggressive heroism, just like the man himself. It’s relentless, whereas many of the other heroic themes for Part 3 characters are more laid back, which shows that Polnareff is generally the first to jump into action, and the first to get his ass handed to him.
5: They Are All Those of “Justice” (Funny Valentine)
The best main villain theme in the game. Many of the others sound generically dark and menacing, Valentine’s brings the funk and still manages to sound somewhat imposing in parts. It’s surprisingly fitting for a villain who believes he is doing what is right for his country. One of the more sympathetic main villains of the series and well loved by the majority of America, this theme fits Valentine perfectly. Much Patriotism, such Stars and Stripes, so America.
4: Ultra Super Guitarist (Akira Otoishi)
Talk about a strange character to put into a fighting game. For sure I thought the people who made ASB would pick the elder Nijimura sibling, but they chose the “super guitarist” Akira. And super guitar this theme certainly has. It also fits well with his electrical powers. Akira was certainly an oddball antagonist and a large ham, overly confident in his powers as the “savior of rock and roll”, and this song certainly shows this.
3: New York Jojo (Joseph Joestar)
The single best main protagonist theme in the game, this tune is upbeat and fun but heroic, totally matching the completely relatable character. Joseph being my favorite Jojo has no bearing on this whatsoever, and the fact that the theme is incredibly catchy doesn’t help things either. Endearing, memorable, and with a lighthearted quirkiness to it, this theme IS Joseph in all his glory.
2: HELL2U! (Mohamed Avdol)
I feel like I have to stress that this isn’t based on how much I like the characters, because Avdol is my favorite character of Part 3, but this song is PERFECT. It’s almost like it is taunting you, and you can hear Avdol’s famous “tsk,tsk” in the background of some parts. Parts of it also are reminiscent of rising flame and it has a quality reminiscent of Avdol’s Egyptian heritage. And there is nothing better than a theme that outright mocks the people you are playing against, right?
And the best character theme from ASB is…
1: MEGYAN (Hol Horse)
I do not even have words for how well this song accompanies its character. It’s like they were following behind the inept gunslinger and making the song fit his every bumbling move. As soon as you hear this song you can immediately connect it with the character, which a lot of other songs you cannot do. It has a country twang and a dramatic flair for the ever confident Hol Horse, one of my favorite side villains of Part 3. Good Job, ASB, not only for including this character but for taking time with his amazing theme song.