Avdol/Polnareff

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Pairing
Pairing: Muhammad Avdol/Jean Pierre Polnareff
Alternative name(s): AvPol, AbPol, Abdul/Polnareff
Gender category: M/M
Fandom: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Canonical?: no
Prevalence: somewhat popular
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Avdol/Polnareff is the ship between Muhammad Avdol and Jean Pierre Polnareff from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders.

Avdol's name is variously romanized as Mohammed/Muhammad or Abdul/Avdol. The official spelling is Muhammad Avdol, and fandom has slowly switched to this spelling, but older English-language works may use Mohammed or Muhammad Abdul.

Canon

Polnareff is originally in DIO's employ, and he challenges Avdol to a fight when he encounters the group on their way to Egypt. Impressed by his nobility in battle, Avdol chooses to spare his life and remove the flesh bud implanted by Dio.

Later in the journey, Avdol and Polnareff argue over the wisdom of Polnareff's plan of action and go their separate ways; when Polnareff's life is endangered, Avdol reappears to intervene and is seemingly killed by a bullet meant for Polnareff. Polnareff is guilt-ridden for some time, but it's later revealed that the other members of the party helped Avdol escape and recover. He rejoins the group and saves Polnareff from another of Dio's minions, who has offered Polnareff three wishes using his Stand: with one, Polnareff tries to revive his late sister, and with another, Avdol.

Before the final battle with Dio, Avdol promises to buy dinner for Polnareff and Iggy once things are finished. Despite insisting that he won't come to Polnareff's rescue in the coming battle, Avdol quickly sacrifices himself again to save Polnareff and Iggy, this time fatally.

Fandom

Some fanworks depict Avdol surviving the final battle, sometimes with prosthetic arms to replace the ones he lost to Vanilla Ice. Others are set during the two month period the party spent traveling to Egypt, or deal with Polnareff's grief after losing Avdol once again. In fix-it works, Iggy is sometimes depicted as their pet dog.

While AvPol is somewhat popular, it has never reached the same heights as other ships from the series, and this has led to occasional tension in English-language fandom. Jotakak in particular is felt by some AvPol fans to be disproportionately popular for racist reasons, given the amount of direct interaction Avdol and Polnareff have in canon. Canon's depiction of Avdol has also been criticized for having him repeatedly sacrifice himself for a white man.

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