So the 6th episode of the Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure anime just came out, and, after seeing some of the comments about Bruford writing the word “PLUCK” on his sword, I feel like I should explain what it means, in case it’s not fully understood:
“Luck & Pluck” is an old phrase that basically refers to the difference between the people who effortlessly obtain what they want through good fortune or illegitimate means (Luck) and the people who have to make their way in life through hard efforts (Pluck). (The meaning of “Pluck” here means “courage or resolution in the face of difficulties”, and not pulling out hairs or whatever. xD) This was a common theme in in old dime novels about people who had their inheritance stolen out from under them, and then had to work hard in order to make a name for themselves again.
Dio tried to cheat his way to fortune, and then later discovered how to become immortal by coincidence, so he represents LUCK. Jojo has to suffer many trials and hardships in life in order to bring about a resolution, so he represents PLUCK. This is why Bruford says to “bear this with you in your future”.
I’m honestly amazed that Araki had ever even heard of “Luck & Pluck”, since most modern English speakers don’t use it at all anymore. It really fits in well with the polarized face vs. heel storytelling of Jojo Part 1, though, for sure.