Giorno Giovanna is a male character who features in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
Haruno Shiobana (汐華 初流乃 Shiobana Haruno) was the son of Dio Brando and a Japanese woman who had encountered him around 15 years ago where she became enchanted by him. Unlike other women he met, Shiobana survived and became pregnant with his child when she was young and gave birth to his son in 1985. By this point, she had returned to her home in Japan where she preferred a life of partying and fun rather than being a mother thus leaving her child often alone in the apartment. This led to Haruno at 2 years old living in a fear and alone in the dark with him too scared to even cry as his mother neglected him. When he was 4 years old, his other had met an Italian man who she came to marry with her and her son moving to Italy as a result as they became Italian scientists. Upon moving, he was renamed Giorno Giovanna (ジョルノ・ジョバァーナ Joruno Jobāna) where the quiet boy began to live in the new country as his stepfather seemed initially kind to him. However, every time his mother was out, his stepfather would beat him and treat him cruelly whilst other children treated him cruelly leaving the young Giorno having a low opinion of himself. One day, he came upon a wounded man who was bleeding and being chased by others where they asked Giorno if he had seen where their quarry had gone. Giorno felt the wounded man was a kindred spirit and lied to his attackers by directing them elsewhere thus saving the man's life. It was eventually learnt that the man was a member of the Mafia who was indebted to Giorno and said he would never forget his kindness. Afterwards, the Mafia man used all his connection and resources to make Giorno's life better such as causing him stepfather to treat him nicely, having the other children treat him well and even food stands giving him free food. As he grew older, he developed a mysterious ability which affected his own body as it caused his hair to turn a golden yellow in colour.
On 29th March 2001, he was 15 years old when he operated as a petty thief who worked at the Naples airport region. During this time, he encountered a short Japanese man named Koichi Hirose who witnessed Giorno show off his famous trick of stuffing his entire ear into his ear canal. During this time, Giorno offered Koichi a ride as an illegal taxi with Hirose agreeing due to a large queue for taxis. However, Giorno used this opportunity to steal the luggage after Koichi put it into the vehicle where he attempted to get away only for Hirose to use his Stand power to stop the vehicle. Giovanna gave a sly smile and managed to escape whilst using Gold Experience's power to turn Koichi's luggage into a frog that would seek him out. Afterwards, he encountered Koichi attempting to find him to recover his luggage causing Giorno to flee where he used his Stand's ability to escape. He was then confronted by 'Leaky Eyes' Luca who called the area around the airport his territory and that Giorno having operated there had not paid him for working in the region. Luca noticed the frog that Giovanna had with him and attempted to kill it to make a point and was unaware of the creature's nature. After hitting it with a lethal blow, the attack was reflected back at Luca who was killed as a result as Gold Experience's power reflected the attack on the frog back at the attacker. He left the scene and the body remained behind with Giorno taking the train sometime later when he was confronted by a stranger named Bruno Bucciarati. He was a mob member of Passione who had been told of the death of Leaky Eye Luca and was attempting to find his killer. Bruno came to believe that Giorno was responsible with the two battling when they revealed their respective Stands. At first with the advantage, Bucciarati was unprepared for the abilities of Gold Experience that affected his senses and he was forced to escape. He attempted to use his Sticky Fingers Stand to escape but Giorno managed to find him but Giovanna decided against killing him as he felt that Bruno was a good man. Instead, Giorno wanted to rise in the mob and displace its leader as he felt the boss was engaging in unsavoury practices that caused people to suffer. Thus, Giovanna reasoned that Bruno disagreed with the bosses methods and offered the two to work together in bringing his fall. Bruno decided to ally with Giorno and not reveal his part in the death of Luca with him telling Giovanna to meet the local Capo who lived in the prison in order to petition for membership into Passione.
Personality and attributes
In appearance, Giorno was shown to be a white skinned male with an average height yet a slim and muscular build. In the past, his hair was once a dark and unkempt but after gaining his Stand it changed to blonde where he arranged it into a short, braided tail along with three distinctive oversized curls arranged in a row over his forehead.
The life of neglected and abuse he received in his childhood had greatly impacted on Giorno's self-esteem to the point that he felt he was nothing but scum at the bottom of life's hierarchy. It was said that had this continued he would have gone into a life of petty crime that would have led to his eventual death. This changed upon him saving a Mafia man who looked out for him during his childhood and influenced his mindset in his adult years. Giorno came to see the Mafia as not being criminals but a noble force in society that did things that corrupt politicians or blind police were not capable of accomplishing. Thus, he never saw them as petty criminals but that there was a nobility behind them. He also had a dim view of criminals selling drugs to women and children with this being the same view held by the Mafia man he saved. It was for this reason that when he became a teenager that he sought to become a "Gang-Star" and the leader of the mob as he felt its leader was using them to hurt people instead of being a force for good. Unlike typical mafia bosses, he wanted to give divested riches to the poor, giving him an agenda similar to Robin Hood. He eventually influences all of Passione except their Boss, who later became their worst enemy.
He was shown to carry a picture of his father DIO in his wallet.
Similar to his biological father, his battle cry is also "Muda Muda Muda Muda...Muda!". Giorno also pulls off a "WRYYYYYY!" during his fight with Cioccolata.
Powers and abilities
Giorno had inherited his own Stand ability from birth though he was unaware of it for many years initially with him subconsciously calling upon it in times of need. Such was the case when as a child he subconsciously caused plants to grow around an injured Mafia man to hide him from his pursuers. His own Stand was known as Gold Experience (ゴールド・エクスペリエンス Gōrudo Ekusuperiensu) that took the form of a golden being that had the power of changing inorganic objects into living organisms or enhance the growth of life in an area. He could cause plants to grow high allowing him a means of escape or he could initially transform an object into a small animal such as frogs, snakes, flies or even plants that were under his control. Thus, he could turn say luggage into a frog that would seek him out or turn a ceiling light along with its wires into a snake that responded to his commands. If the animal was attacked, then any such blow or damage was reflected back on the attacker. As such, a fatal strike instead of killing the animal ended up killing the perpetrator. Gold Experience also had another ability in its Stand form where its ability to impart life could extend to other living beings. The Stand could essentially overload the senses of an attacker and cause them to go berserker as their thought processes accelerated far faster than normal. As such, those strike by Gold Experience with this power could experience an out of body experience where they thought far faster than their body was capable of responding. This caused an attack to lose temporal coordination of their bodies as their body could not catch up with their thought processes.
Later on, Giorno developed (or discovered) Gold Experience's ability to produce organic components of the body (e.g. transforming bullets stuck in someone's body into the very blood vessels and organs they destroyed) - evidently, these transformations are permanent. Giorno discovers this new ability while fighting after having his throat and foot "cubed" off by Baby Face's ability. Giorno subsequently took up the healer role of the party. Unlike Josuke, Giorno can also heal himself.
Gold Experience Requiem - A new Stand that is created by piercing Gold Experience's body with the Stand Arrow. Gold Experience Requiem's ability is to turn anything, including his opponent's attack and willpower, back to the state of "zero". Hence, it is near invincible, as all "supposed" actions created by an opponent would have been reset (back to point zero). If the opponent is killed by the Stand's attack, then they will also continuously experience death, as they will die but repeatedly return to point "zero". It is mentioned by Giorno himself that he is unsure of the exact workings and limits of Requiem's powers. Requiem also appears to have a consciousness of its own that is unknown to Giorno. This makes Gold Experience Requiem the most powerful defensive stand in the series as any action to harm Giorno would have the effect removed.
He was shown as being a skilled thief as he was able to steal a large number of items from a person without the owner being aware. Another trait he had was the unusual ability to stuck his entire ear into his skin which he used as a trick to entertain people.
- Giorno Giovanna was created by Hirohiko Araki where he featured in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Vento Aureo.
In other media
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: "Vento Aureo"