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Welcome to al fine, a one page shrine dedicated to the bubble-blowing badass of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency, Caesar Antonio Zeppeli. A so-called "womanizing Italian bastard", Caesar plays the sidekick role to the series' namesake character, Joseph Joestar, and becomes a pivotal warrior in the battle against the pillar men. This space sets out to analyze Caesar's role within the series and prove that even a pretty boy in a crew of manly men can kick some ancient pillar people ass. al fine is a part of both shinkirou.net and Amassment's One Page, One Month Shrine.

If you're unfamiliar with JJBA and want to avoid being spoiled, I strongly suggest that you avoid reading the majority of this page beyond Caesar's profile as it will contain spoilers for the series and Caesar's character development throughout. Otherwise, trek on and browse the site, fine warrior!

Part of shinkirou.net   ·   Amassment   ·   Opened by Aku on August 1, 2011

One of many legendary Shounen Jump series, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is the appropriately-titled brainchild of the finder of eternal youth mangaka and mindfuck extraordinaire, Araki Hirohiko. This manga is the second longest running manga series in Weekly Shounen Jump and is widely recognized for its over the top and elaborate art, an epic story line spanning several generations of the series' namesake family, and all it's glorious memetic mutation. Hundreds upon hundreds of chapters follow the adventures of the Joestar family and their constant struggle against an unusual set of enemies, featuring a descendent of the Joestars as a main protagonist for every new arc. Badassery and more references to Western music that you can shake a stick at are the ever-present recurring themes of the series.

Battle Tendency, part two of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, features New Yorker Joseph Joestar as the trademark "JoJo" of the arc. The Joestars discover that their family friend Speedwagon has been reported missing—or worse, dead—in Mexico, and the foolhardy Joseph decides to check it out for himself. What starts as a simple story line however, quickly evolves into Joseph battling ancient beings and vampires alongside a team of cybernetically-enhanced Nazis and bubble blowing Italian playboys. (Hey, it's not JoJo's Bizarre Adventure for nothing.) When Joseph learns that he's inherited the power of hamon from his grandfather, he seeks out Caesar Zeppeli to help teach him the ropes of the ripple technique. What he doesn't know about Caesar however, is that he's kind of a pompous asshole, and he's kind of going to be teamed up with him for awhile. Enter this shrine's character: a stuck up, flirtatious Italian hamon user who shows Jojo's who's boss when it comes to controlling the power of the ripple!

Name: Caesar Antonio Zeppeli
Namesake: Julius Caesar / Led Zeppelin
Age: 20
Birthday: May 13, 1918
Birthplace: Geneva, Italy
Gender: Male
Height: 186cm (6'1")
Weight: 90kg (198lbs)
Blood Type: A
Nationality: Italian
Religion: Catholic
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Green
Favorite Color: Orange
Favorite Food: Beef Stroganoff
Favorite Flower: Sunflower
Favorite Game: Darts
Hobbies: Collecting lighters
Dislikes: lame guys, half-assed guys, the sound of peeling an apple, insects
Distinguishable Body Characteristics: Strange marks on both cheeks, one cavity
Personality: He's an annoying guy who likes to act cool, but he cares for his friends and family and takes pride in that.
Catchphrase: Mamma mia!
Girlfriend: Many, if he sees a lonely girl he thinks he has to go up to her...he belives the lies he tells for this are "not wrong".
Future Goal: to have a happy family

Caesar Antonio Zeppeli is the proud Italian grandson of Will A. Zeppeli, the man who taught the original gangsta, Jonathan Joestar, how to use the power of hamon (known as the ripple in English). Caesar himself is a skilled hamon user who meets Joseph in Rome after fighting it out during a spaghetti battle. (Hey, when in Rome!) Initially, Caesar comes off as arrogant as arrogant can be. He turns up his nose at Joseph and works hard to make sure every single one of his actions is cool and refined. Joseph first spots the "womanizing Italian bastard" smooth talking a lady over a plate of pasta, with lines so cheesy that Joseph almost spits up his dinner. The two have a hard time getting along no thanks to Caesar's stuck-up personality, but frenemies make the best kind of training buddies, which may or may not be why Joseph and Caesar do end up hitting it off in the end.

Despite the fact that Caesar comes off as a bit of a ladies man however, he's much more than just a pretty face. Full of self-importance and always holding himself at a much higher level than Joseph, Caesar comes from a family of skilled hamon users with a proud Italian bloodline. In comparison to the hot-headed Joestar, Caesar is calm, cool and collected and has precise control over his hamon abilities. With Joseph being so "muscles over mind", one could see why Caesar's arrogance might be justified in a way, but part of his reasoning behind his initial dislike for Joseph goes back much further and deeper than simply Joseph's incompetence and lack of knowledge about his history. His arrogance fades when in the presence of his "master", Lisa Lisa, the woman who helped train him. Like a mother to Caesar, he is ever the gentleman in her presence and has all the respect in the world for her. That is to say that despite the fact that Caesar is a cocky asshole, he is nothing short of respectful when it comes to his master and his family.

Perhaps the most lovable part about Caesar though, is that not unlike most lovable lunks, he has his ~moe~ side as well and can be just as thick as Joseph sometimes. He recognizes a good warrior when he sees one and becomes excitable like a young boy when he spots a challenging fight. He's just gotta put on that cool boy smolder for all the ladies.

Unfortunately, no matter how much of a neanderthal Caesar finds Joseph to be, the two are fated by the links of their skills and family to work together and fight. Back in the day, Caesar's grandfather died in order to help Joseph's grandfather, Jonathan, to defeat one of manga's most ultimate evils, Dio Brando. Since Caesar's values are deeply tied to his family and their history, he holds a great respect for his ancestors and blames Joseph's family for dragging his own to their death. Most of the disagreements between the two lie in their ancestry: in the beginning, Caesar can't find a shred of respect for Joseph within himself to be able to team up, and Joseph can't understand the logic of bringing up the past—especially when the past happened fifty years ago. The two constantly butt heads over this argument, and with the both of them being so stubborn, neither one is up to giving up their stance on the matter.

However, beyond these prejudices, Caesar is first and foremost a fighter—and there is most certainly a battle to be fought and won. After Joseph becomes cursed with the poison rings on his arteries Caesar takes him to his master, Lisa Lisa, in order to help strengthen Jojo's hamon skills. She presents them with their first challenge right off the bat: the two must climb a pillar covered in oil using nothing but their hands. It is while climbing Lisa Lisa's oil pillar that Caesar first truly realizes the great potential which Joseph has—he's not only proved himself to be a talented ripple user, but is swift and cunning when it comes to the trickery up his sleeves as well.

What's with this guy? I still don't get him... but those actions to try and save Speedwagon's life in exchange for his own...it's true that I was impressed by that.
—Caesar Antonio Zeppeli

Caesar gains a considerable amount of respect for Joseph after sensing his abilities, and even gives him a final "helping hand" when he reaches the top—something that's technically against the rules—but Lisa Lisa allows it thanks to the bravery and teamwork of the two warriors. Though Caesar had never challenged the pillar before, it's possible that the reason Lisa Lisa threw both of them into the challenge is because she knew the two needed to see each other as teammates, and wanted to give Joseph the chance to earn Caesar's respect. By climbing the pillar together, Caesar was not only able to see that Joseph was just as capable as he was, but view another approach to the ripple which he hadn't seen before. Working alongside each other also allowed them to bond as teammates rather than enemies for the first time since they had met.

Though Joseph and Caesar maintain a "friendly rivalry" throughout most of the series, Caesar becomes genuinely concerned over Joseph's well being—almost to the point of it being a nuisance to Jojo. Joseph's life clock is literally ticking by as the days pass and the poison rings melt within his body, and while he may live life with a "devil-may-care" attitude, Caesar is much more serious business when it comes t life and death situations. He, moreso than Joseph, worries about whether or not they can defeat the pillar men in time to save his life. Much like their conflicting views in family matters and things that happened in the past, Caesar and Joseph differ in how they deal with the stress of battle. Though Jojo is clearly aware of his situation and tries to laugh it off to keep everyone in high spirits, it's Caesar who brings it to his attention when he really needs to think things through before making his next move. Though it may be a bit of an annoyance to Joseph to constantly be lectured, it's part of a good friend's job to do so, and it's Caesar's way of showing he cares.

The weakness in Caesar's resolve, however, lies in his past. His unwavering pride and desire to bring an end to everything plaguing him and his teammates isnt something that solely comes from being what Joseph calls "a spoiled brat". Though he would never reveal the truth to anyone, Caesar's pride and eagerness to fight actually spawns from a desire for revenge against the evil which took his father's life.

Much like any good Italian family boy, Caesar admired his father greatly and saw him as the true example of what "a man" should be. He looked up to him and respected the way in which he raised their family. When Caesar turned 10 however, his beloved father abandoned him and his siblings and left without saying a word. His mother had already passed on, and other relatives robbed Caesar and his siblings of the savings which his father had left them. Assuming that his father had left the family to play around with another woman and live life happily while they suffered, he became frustrated with the father he once admired. Caesar grew violent and became a renown criminal in town as a young teenager. He took out the anger he harbored towards his dad while doing anything from petty crime to serious robberies—but never murder. It was something he had wanted to reserve for the man who ruined his life himself.

When he turned 16, Caesar saw his father in town and decided to follow him with the intention of taking his life. However upon following him into the bottom of the Colosseum, he became entangled in a trap where the pillar men resided. Thanks to the bravery of his father, who shielded him from their attack, Caesar's life was spared. Though he mostly likely didn't recognize his son as he was dying, Caesar felt an enormous amount of gratitude for the man who saved his life. His father's dying wish was that he report his death to Lisa Lisa and inform her of the troublesome situation. Since that time, Caesar trained under his master respectfully and like his father, dedicated his life to mastering the hamon technique in order to rid the world of the troubles that lay before them.

The encounter Caesar had with his father that day evolves his character in an interesting way. It reveals the truth behind his father's actions—that he didn't abandon his family for selfish reasons, but because he didn't want to involve his son in something so awful. By leaving home without saying a word he could keep Caesar safe because he would know nothing about the situation of the ripple nor the men in the pillar. However, his father's good intentions become a double-edged sword with Caesar actually seeking out the mystery behind his disappearance. The plus is that Caesar regains his admiration for his father to an even greater extent, and it is for this reason that he holds such an immense pride for his father and the line of hamon users which exist in his family. Unfortunately, with such a great amount of respect and admiration also comes blind anger—Caesar is so obsessed with the idea of revenge that he will take up almost any challenge if it means he can avenge his family. This kind of mindset blurs his common sense, which can eventually lead him down a path of trouble when facing off against the pillar men.

Caesar's character goes through a tremendous evolution throughout Battle Tendency—starting as someone who barely wants to team up with Joseph and ending as someone who's literally willing to die for the sake of his new found comrade. Though it's against everyone's better judgement, Caesar takes on his final battle alone against pillar man Wham, believing the odds are in his favor and burning with the desire of revenge. Upon entering the battle Caesar proclaims that his mental state returns to that of the time when he was living in the slums—struggling to survive and lashing out violently towards others. Recalling Wham's trap which killed his father, Caesar is confident and eager to take on Wham by himself no matter the cost. He becomes blinded by the anger which he still holds from his youth and marches into battle without much foresight, and against the wishes of his friend Joseph and master Lisa Lisa.

Unfortunately for Caesar, the odds are not in his favor and his desire for revenge becomes his Achilles Heel. Though his battle against Wham proves to be courageous and well fought, he simply cannot win against Wham's techniques. Caesar loses a tremendous amount of blood during the battle and becomes weakened to the point where he can barely throw a punch. Mustering up the last of his energy, Caesar forms his last hamon bubble with his own blood: it carries Wham's lip piercing (which holds the antidote for Joseph) strung onto his own headband. Caesar's well aware of the fact that his body is at it's limit and uses his last breaths to send a final gift to his friend Joseph—and ironically—suffering the same tragic fate as his grandfather did for Joseph's grandfather 50 years ago.

I...I'm not afraid to die...but...I am...a man from the noble Zeppeli family. Father saved me by giving his own life, without even knowing I was his son...and I heard my grandfather died by giving his ripple power to Jojo's grandfather. I can't join them shamefully! I shall breathe my last while glorifying the mind focused toward the future I inherited from my ancestors, the Zeppeli's mind! A human mind!
—Caesar Antonio Zeppeli

Up until the very end, Caesar fights for the sake of upholding his own pride and the glory of the Zeppeli name. Unlike the Caesar Joseph met at the beginning of the story however, he also fights for something else—the well being of his friends. Caesar claims before entering the final battles that these fights are what will break the curse of both his and Joseph's family—a claim that seems both selfish and selfless at the same time. While Caesar was surely thinking of ending the curse that both their families had suffered for so many years, he was much too eager to rush into battle without thinking, and due to that, lost his life in the process. Thanks to the new-found respect he has found for Joseph however, Caesar is the one who gives Jojo what he's been fighting for during their adventure together: the antidote for the poison rings resting within his body. Caesar turns his selfish wish to fight against Wham solo into a sacrifice for his best friend, something that Joseph promises not to forget.

Something interesting about Caesar's character is that he becomes so respected as a brave and valiant warrior within the series that his death not only impacts his friends, but his enemies as well—a rare occasion in a good guy vs. bad guys scenario. Throughout their battle, Wham gained so much respect for Caesar that he chooses to honor him as a warrior after his death by allowing Caesar's final hamon bubble to float away unharmed—essentially allowing his enemy's sacrifice to be carried out and not allowing him to die for nothing. Wham claims that this is not an act of sympathy, but merely one of utmost respect for a man who fought so heroically and sacrificed so much for the sake of a friend. It's an interesting and unusual exchange for hero and villain, but thanks to Wham's "generous" actions, Caesar's death is not in vain. Instead of dying as the "loser" of the battle, he dies as a honorable friend and warrior.

To me, truth belongs to mighty warriors...friendship and respect to the braves! I will probably always remember you, Caesar! Magnificent, yet ephemeral, you were as a soap bubble."
- Wham

Wham's final quote in regards to Caesar is particularly poignant as it references the irony of Caesar's form of attack—the bubble. The bubble has always been a symbol for the transience of life: one moment it's floating along gently and the next moment everything is gone. However, both Caesar's friends and enemies allow his life to be remembered as something proud and beautiful.

Joseph in particular never allows Caesar's spirit to die. After receiving his final gift, Joseph ties Caesar's headband around his own head in order to remember the company of his friend and teammate. He also chooses not to take the antidote until after he has defeated Wham. The antidote ring—which originally acted as a promise with Wham—became a promise to Caesar that he will avenge his death and survive the battle to the very end. He manages to take revenge for his comrade during the chariot race against Wham, utilizing Caesar's headband in the battle to ultimate defeat their enemy. It seems to be Joseph's way of not only getting back at Wham for what he did to Caesar, but allowing Caesar to become a factor in his victory as well. The two began the battle together and ended them "together" as well.

Not unlike Wham, Joseph admires Wham's valiant battle against him and also allows him to die honorably as a warrior—though Wham is not willing to accept sympathy from his defeater, Joseph spares some of his own blood in order to quell the pain while Wham passes off. In return for what Wham did for his friend on his deathbed, Joseph wishes to return the favor and the two fighters pass on peacefully knowing they fought their battles the best that they could.

I always say that one thing I really like in any kind of fiction is when an author can take an extremely dislikable character and turn them into one of my favorites. While I'm pretty sure I thought Caesar was a real kick in the pants from the start, he certainly wasn't the most likable character in the beginning. However, through his bizarre journey with the bullheaded Joestar, Caesar's initial stoic and pompous attitude begins to soften. The two play off of each other well and learn a lot from one another: Caesar teaching Joseph the ropes of the ripple and Joseph teaching Caesar how to loosen up and live a little. It's honestly the relationship between these two comrades which made me truly fall in love with Part 2 in the first place. Not unlike Wham, I find Caesar to be quite the valiant fighter—but even moreso, an irreplaceable friend. Despite all his initial uncertainty and disgust regarding Joseph, in the end he chooses to use his dying breaths to carry out the mission of retrieving the antidote ring for Joseph's sake. His kindness isn't easily forgotten by not only friend, but also foe, and I think that kind of impact is a nice turn from the usual.

All seriousness aside, Caesar also has a pretty adorable personality when you "get to know him" and the way his haughty attitude makes Joseph fly off the handle is never short of entertaining. Plus, you can't hate a guy that puts so much effort into looking cool just trying to sit in a chair, right? You can't. Female or male, his Italian charm will win you over, I assure you.

This page is as concise as a tl;dr queen like me can be, even in a one page shrine, and it's also part of a very tiny fanbase (especially within the shrining realm), but if by chance you'd like to link to al fine, feel free to use the button above! Thank you for visiting! To quote Joseph, "the phrase I hate the most is 'hard work' and my second most hated is 'work hard'"! I don't know if much is going to change around here, but you're welcome to come back and check anytime you like.