Danny (ダニー Danī) is a minor character appearing in Phantom Blood.

He is Jonathan Joestar's dog and childhood best friend. Danny's death at the hands of Dio Brando serves as one of the primary catalysts in the lifelong rivalry between Jonathan and Dio, unfortunately he had died after Dio put him into a furnace.


Danny resembles a large and lean harlequin Great DaneW with cropped ears. He is white and spotted with black, although the patterns vary between media.


Danny is cheerful, given his active play with Jonathan.

Danny was timid and fearful before he saved Jonathan's life. George Joestar I comments that Danny is a very gentle dog who saved a drowning Jonathan despite the boy having antagonized him for a while, as Danny respects the value of life.


On one occasion, Danny heroically swims out to Jonathan while he is drowning, dragging him back to the land by his collar.[2]

Jonathan mentions that Danny is well behaved, and is smart enough to open doors.


Phantom Blood

George Joestar bought Danny when he was a puppy when Jonathan was five years old. Danny was very afraid of unfamiliar places and strange people causing him to bite Jonathan when the young boy first approached him. For a while, Jonathan also antagonized Danny by throwing stones at him. One day, while swimming in a river, Jonathan started drowning and was saved by Danny, which made them the best of friends.[2]

When Dio arrives, he knees Danny in the jaw while lying that he did it because he has been startled by the animal running at him.[3] Weeks later, Dio retaliates for Jonathan beating him in a fight by placing the hound in the incinerator to be burned to death. When Jonathan learns of Danny's agonizing death upon his return, the dog is buried in the backyard of the Joestar Mansion. Jonathan knows that Dio has a role in this. That night, Jonathan cries while lying awake in bed over losing his only remaining friend.[4]

Major Battles

  • Danny Vs Dio Brando (Killed offscreen, in the anime)

Chapters / Episodes

Manga Appearances
Chapters in order of appearance
Anime Appearances
Episodes in order of appearance

Video Games

Phantom Blood (PS2)

Danny appears in a story mode cutscene where he is kicked by Dio.



  • In the manga, Danny manages to escape from the incinerator as he is being burned, but in the anime, this is only commented on and not actually shown.
  • Dio is aversed to Danny, as he shows a general dislike for dogs. He threatens Jonathan to keep Danny away from him.
  • In the Anime, Danny's backstory and his saving of Jonathan's life are omitted.
  • In Steel Ball Run, Danny's counterpart is a white mouse.


  1. [citation needed]
  2. 2.0 2.1 Chapter 3, Dio Brando the Invader Part 2
  3. Chapter 1, Prologue
  4. Chapter 5, Dio Brando the Invader part 4

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