Jotaro Kujo is far and away the most prolific JoJo to come out of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. The protagonist of Part 3, Stardust Crusaders, Jotaro has the highest Part count in the franchise, appearing in Parts 3 through 6; and with the exception of Part 5, Jotaro plays a major role in every arc he appears in.
Of course, as a traditional Shonen protagonist, Jotaro is quite powerful. Not as powerful as he seems, however. For as nearly unstoppable Jotaro comes off, there are quite a few anime characters who could put him in his place—and rather effortlessly at that.
10 Son Goku (Dragon Ball)
Easily one of the most overpowered characters in fiction, there really is no getting around just how extremely strong Son Goku is. Come Dragon Ball Super: Broly, he’s been fighting with gods for ages. He’s even a god himself at this point, using God Ki to elevate him far above his natural limits.
While Star Platinum: The World might give Goku a run for his money, this is the same character who managed to outdo Hit’s time skip through sheer force of will and strategic movement. Jotaro’s not skipping time so much as he is stopping it, but it’s unlikely Goku would give Jotaro enough time to finish him off in the first place.
9 Saitama (One Punch Man)
It’s almost cheating to include Saitama, considering he’s a gag character through and through. While anime fans love debating whether or not someone can defeat Saitama, the fact of the matter is that, realistically, nobody can. The very premise of the character revolves around Saitama finishing off his opponents in a single hit.
Naturally, this does mean that Jotaro Kujo would not stand a chance. Even in his prime, Jotaro just can’t compare with the core conceit of Saitama’s character. Of course, Saitama being Saitama, it’s possible he’d let Jotaro do his best before effortlessly finishing the fight with one punch, man.
8 DIO (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
Just because Jotaro manages to defeat DIO at the end of Stardust Crusaders doesn’t mean he’s actually more powerful than DIO. If anything, Jotaro is blatantly weaker than DIO. The only reason he ends up winning is because Jotaro is able to fight cleverly. Which, granted, is one of the best ways an anime protagonist can defeat their arch-nemesis.
That said, there really is no getting around the fact that DIO is just straight up stronger than Jotaro. Not only is The World one of the strongest Stands, but DIO is also a vampire with Jonathan Joestar’s body. As a result, DIO has augmented abilities, a Stand, and some Hamon resistance. That’s more than Jotaro can call home to.
7 Pegasus Seiya (Saint Seiya)
Saint Seiya never really took off the way it should have in the west, which is a shame considering it’s one of the classics of the Shonen format. Frontrunning the series is none other than Pegasus Seiya, an overpowered anime protagonist who would make even Goku blush. With a God Cloth, Seiya is virtually undefeatable.
It should be noted that Seiya himself doesn’t exactly excel when it comes to feats, a defining feature of “What If” anime match-ups, but there’s no denying how much the God Cloth augments him. God Cloth Seiya is stronger than most deities whereas Jotaro is still just an average human. The battle doesn’t really favor JoJo.
6 Simon (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)
Bursting to the brim with Spiral Power, determination, and raw manliness, Simon is destined to win just about every single battle he participates in. Not because he’s overwhelmingly powerful (he’s basically beyond God while piloting Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann), but because he is simply a man who makes the impossible possible.
Quite literally, that’s a fixture of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Jotaro could be utterly pulverizing Simon, but a bit of motivation and determination would allow him to completely level JoJo in no time flat. To be honest, though, it is a bit unfair pitting Jotaro against a guy piloting a humongous mecha.
5 Light Yagami (Death Note)
Power doesn’t always refer to raw strength, nor should it, frankly. Power can be conceptual; it can be deceptively dangerous. Power can be looming in the background, following and stalking until it kills its prey. Power can be found within the pen, and with a single stroke, can end a life like it never began at all.
All Light Yagami needs is Jotaro’s name and face. From there, Jotaro is more or less doomed. There’s nothing he can do to stop Light unless he deliberately knows that Light is coming after him. Even then, it might be too late, as Light doesn’t need to be near Jotaro to kill Jotaro.
4 Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass)
When it comes to power, Lelouch Lamperouge is very similar to Light Yagami. While he can’t kill a man just by writing their name into a notebook, he can do something more dangerous: control them. By locking eyes with someone and activating his Geass, Lelouch can turn any single character into his puppet—including Jotaro Kujo.
Given that Lelouch needs to see his prey before he can act, Jotaro can theoretically use Star Platinum: The World to freeze time and either escape danger or kill Lelouch, but if Jotaro is in the dark about Lelouch’s Geass, there’s realistically no way he’s getting out of their encounter unscathed.
3 Hit (Dragon Ball Super)
Pretty much any character introduced in Dragon Ball Super would be able to trounce all over Jotaro Kujo, but a match-up against Hit would likely be the most interesting to watch. Not only do both use time-based abilities, but Hit’s natural skill set would also likely make for a good showing against Star Platinum: The World.
Of course, Jotaro would likely lose since Hit’s time skip combined with his raw strength would kill Jotaro where he stands, but clever usage of Star Platinum: The World would make the fight engaging to watch if nothing else. In general, though, most anime characters aren’t going to compare to Dragon Ball Super’s insanity.
2 Giorno Giovanna (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
Jotaro Kujo may be the most popular JoJo to come out of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, but he’s hardly the strongest. That honor belongs to none other than Giorno Giovanna, the protagonist of Part 5 Vento Aureo, otherwise known as Golden Wind. While Gold Experience may not be too thrilling a Stand, Gold Experience Requiem is another story entirely.
Arguably the single most powerful Stand in the franchise, Gold Experience Requiem resets anything it touches to “zero.” More importantly, though, its use in the series shows that it can force someone to relive their deaths over and over again. Even with Star Platinum: The World, Jotaro doesn’t stand a chance.
1 Arale (Dr. Slump)
The ultimate gag character, there just is no getting around Arale’s supreme strength. Even her appearances in Dragon Ball Super reflect on her overpowered nature as a gag character. She simply cannot be defeated. The power of humor is on her side. In many respects, she’s a lot like Saitama in that regard.
Should Jotaro and Arale ever fight, the battle would naturally skew towards the latter’s favor if only because it’s funnier to see a child defeat a grown man. When taking anime characters into consideration, it’s important to consider these details. Arale without her gag powers simply isn’t Arale, which means Jotaro won’t be leaving her grasp in one piece.