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Villain Overview

It's all about being Number 2! That's the motto I like to live by!
~ Hol Horse

Hol Horse is a recurring antagonist in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders and a major protagonist in Crazy Diamond's Demonic Heartbreak. An assassin, he once worked for DIO to assassinate the Stardust Crusaders. He wields the Stand known as Emperor, a gun with powerful abilities.

In the Japanese version, he was voiced by Norio Wakamoto in the OVA, Kei'ichi Nanba in the Drama CD, Yasuhara Yoshito in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future, Hōchū Ōtsuka in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle, and Hidenobu Kiuchi in both JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven and the anime. In English dubs, he was voiced by Roger L. Jackson in the OVA and Imari Williams in the anime.


JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

Hol Horse is a low-life who lives by using people whenever he goes. He is hired by DIO to assassinate Jotaro Kujo and his group, going after them on Calcuta, India. He teams up with J. Geil, who makes an ambush for Polnareff, who was after J. Geil.

Hol Horse confronts Polnareff, who is almost killed, but is saved by Avdol, who is shot in the head and seemingly dies. Polnareff is forced to run away by Kakyoin, but J. Geil decides to go after them. Hol Horse decides to not give chase, arriving much time later, when J. Geil was already dead. He tries to escape, but Jotaro blocks his way. He manages to escape when his latest girlfriend, Nena, holds Jotaro.

Hol Horse meets with J. Geil's mother, Enya Geil, proposing to team up with her to avenge J. Geil, but she decides to kill him for betraying his son. He is almost killed, but Polnareff finds him and is attacked as well. After Enya is defeated by Jotaro, Hol Horse escapes by stealing their car, advising them to kill Enya while they can.

After most of Dio's mercenaries are disposed of, Hol Horse has a brief conversation with Dio, where he reports on their defeats, but Dio doubts Hol Horse's loyalty and demands him to do something. Scared, Hol Horse draws his gun and attempts to shot Dio, who vanishes and appears behind him. Pleased with Hol Horse's calmness, he simply walks away.

Hol Horse attacks Jotaro's group again is Cairo, forcing Boingo to help him. By using Boingo's predictions, they manage to stun the entire group by making a truck collide with them. However, Boingo's last prediction fails when Hol Horse, having to shot his bullets in a pipe on noon, discovers that his clock was broken. The bullets end hitting Hol Horse, who ends in the hospital along with Boingo.


Hol Horse also appears in the 1993 episodes of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders OVA, with his debut being in the two parter episodes "The Emperor and the Hanged Man" and "The Judgment", a straight adaptation of his manga debut. His last appearances are in the Enya the Hag two-parter episodes which adapt her manga chapters as well. Unlike in the manga, at the end of the "Justice" episode of the OVA, Hol Horse is rendered comatose but still alive, and does not hinder the Joestar group any further.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Crazy Diamond's Demonic Heartbreak

Hol Horse is first seen talking to an old woman who was the mother of a man who once owned Pet Shop and Petsounds, with it being revealed that DIO killed the owner and took both for himself. Departing to find the bird, Hol Horse is escorted by a child who attempted to accost money out of him, but Hol Horse shrugs off the child's advances and scares him off.

Later finding Mariah, the two talk about Hol Horse needing to take Oingo and Boingo with him and their past experiences with DIO, with Hol Horse remarking he isn't afraid of his old master, although this is later revealed to be a lie. However, following a desire to avenge Boingo and feeling insulted by one of his remarks, Mariah attacks Hol Horse until Boingo appears to break up the fight to show Hol Horse his newest prediction, that to find Petsounds, they must go to Morioh.

Appearing in Morioh, Hol Horse has a vision of DIO as a man being controlled by a Stand drives towards a crowd, frozen with fear until Josuke saves him before he confronts him about the nature of Emperor. Matching his unease with Hol Horse questioning about Crazy Diamond, only to aggravate the high schoolers after mocking his hairstyle. However, before any actual fighting can be done, the driver emerges from behind Hol Horse, to which Josuke quickly sends flying away before having the curse be removed from him alongside healing the rest of the crowd. However, the crowd shows the mistaken worry of Josuke causing the attack, something that gives Hol Horse the chance to flee. Despite this, Josuke manages to catch up to the former assassin and freeze his boots to the asphalt, giving the two the chance to introduce themselves to each other.

Hol Horse is next seen following Josuke to protect Ryoko from a group of thugs before after his friend feels as if Ryoko insulted his hairstyle, broke up a conflict between the two. After briefly explaining the nature of Stands to Josuke, Hol Horse apologizes on his behalf and tells them of their need to find Boingo. As Hol Horse searches for him, he bumps into the man controlled by Petsounds as he is trying to explain his situation to the authorities before finding it on a telephone wire, causing Hol Horse to fall under its Stand's control. Hallucinating the voice of DIO, Hol Horse's body moves on its own accord as he is forced to pick up and use Emperor in an attempt to kill the innocent man. However, Hol Horse manages to snap out of his trance due to a sudden barrage of emeralds, allowing him to flee momentarily as he remembers back to the last time he saw such an attack, being the day of Kakyoin's death. Upon running away, he then bumps into a group of mind-controlled women wielding knifes before fighting them (seeing a vision of Petsounds' current master as he does so). Wounded and unable to fight properly due to his distaste for hurting women, Hol Horse warns Josuke and Ryoko of the incident before Josuke defeats the attackers. Hol Horse then explains his current situation involving the hostile parrot before officially joining forces with the boy to help defeat the remnants of DIO's forces within Morioh.

Recounting his knowledge on Petsounds' abilities to Josuke, Hol Horse notes of the need to work with Josuke in order to remain safe. However, their plans are cut short by the noise of an incoming helicopter and a sudden burst of fear, something caused by Petsounds channeling a vision of an African dictator's forces attacking civilians mid-flight. Forced to flee alongside others trapped in the scenario, their misery is further compounded from an attack from a mysterious assailant wielding a crossbow.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven

Like many other antagonists of the game, Hol Horse served as one of Heaven Ascension DIO's minions. He appears in Chapter 5, where he confronts Jotaro for the Saint's Corpse Parts. He is however defeated, and after withholding information on Dio when asked by Jotaro, he disappears just like the others.


For the most part, Hol Horse maintains a calm, composed, and affectionate attitude, though that is just a facade, as Hol Horse is a dirty coward who only fights when he's sure he will win. If he doesn't have a partner to back him up or is outnumbered he will run away and avoid confrontation at the first opportunity. Hol Horse is also perfectly content being the right-hand man, and dislikes hurting women.

Powers and Abilities

The gun is mightier than the sword! Such a brilliant quote!
~ Hol Horse

Hol Horse's Stand, Emperor, takes the form of a gun. It has unlimited ammo and he can control the trajectory of the bullets at will. However, his stand is fairly weak by itself. Because of this, he only fights when he have a partner to back him up.


Quiet! All I wanna know is what's gonna happen next!
~ Hol Horse's last known words before being hit by his own bullets.


  • Hol Horse was originally intended to redeem himself and join the Stardust Crusaders, but it was scrapped due to Hol Horse being too similar to Polnareff and Araki not wanting to remove his "outlaw gunman" archetype-based character so soon.
  • Araki designed Emperor to look like both an automatic pistol and a revolver.
  • Hol Horse is based off of Cobra, the main protagonist of the manga and anime of the same name. Cobra is a gunslinger who both smokes and can fire at objects without needing a line-of-sight, traits Hol Horse shares.
  • Hol Horse's quote "The gun is mightier than the sword!", is a parody of "The pen is mightier than the sword." a well-known saying originally said by Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
  • Hol Horse's personality of going unnoticed and using the environment and people to his advantage inspired Araki to give these traits to Yoshikage Kira.


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