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Dio Brando

Fictional character from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

Dio Brando (Japanese: ディオ・ブランドー, Hepburn: Dio Burandō) is a fictional character appearing in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki. He is the main antagonist of the series' first part, Phantom Blood, appearing in the debut chapter "Dio the Invader" (侵略者ディオ, Shinryakusha Dio), published in Weekly Shōnen Jump in 1987.[1] He later returns (known simply as Dio) as the main antagonist of the series' third part, Stardust Crusaders - now a powerful vampire and user of the time-stopping supernatural ability named The World.

The poor son of an abusive alcoholic who worked Dio's mother to death, Dio holds an inordinate amount of enmity toward others. As the series' most prolific villain, his defining trait is his staunch ambition, which manifests in a peerless desire for power, no matter the cost. In the alternate universe of the series' seventh part, Steel Ball Run, a character named Diego Brando (ディエゴ・ブランドー, Diego Burandō) bears resemblance to Dio and appears as a major antagonist.

Creation and design[edit]

When beginning the series, Dio was the character that Araki looked forward to drawing the most. He also revealed that he had not thought up a weakness for the character and that it was difficult to come up with a way for Dio to be defeated. In regard to Dio's characterization, Araki said that he was inspired by FBI profiling of serial killers, admitting that in a way he thinks they must be incredibly strong to be able to commit the heinous crimes that they do. How serial killers control their victims through psychological manipulation interested Araki as well, a trait similar to how Dio uses his charisma to ensure his followers to do his bidding.[2] Araki intended to characterize Dio as unapologetically baleful in his pursuit of power, with his literal abandonment of his humanity reflecting his figurative and emotional one.[3] Araki wanted his name to sound cool next to JoJo's, so he chose Dio, the Italian word for God.[2]

According to Araki, Dio's physical appearance is inspired by Rutger Hauer's character Roy Batty from the 1982 film Blade Runner.[4]

Dio's mannerisms, such as his frequent cries of "Muda" (無駄, "useless") and "WRYYYYY" (ウリイイイイ, Uriiiii), have yielded several Internet memes and other popular culture references.[5][6]


Phantom Blood[edit]

In Phantom Blood, the child of an abusive drunkard named Dario Brando, Dio Brando becomes the adopted brother of Jonathan Joestar by using the promise that George Joestar made to Dario years ago. Upon entering the Joestar estate after his father died, Dio wasted no time unequivocally making young Jonathan's life a living hell to take everything from him including abusing and later killing Jonathan's dog, Danny. Dio underestimated Jonathan's retaliation for forcefully kissing his beloved Erina Pendleton, spending the next seven years feigning to be Jonathan's friend before enacting his plan to steal the Joestar fortune by poisoning George with the same poison he used to kill Dario. When Jonathan investigates the matter for proof, Dio plots to use an ancient Aztec stone mask to murder Jonathan.

However, Dio learns the mask transforms the wearer into a vampire when exposed to blood, and uses it on himself when his scheme is exposed. Although seemingly killed when Jonathan impales him on a stone statue and leaves him in the burning Joestar mansion, Dio survives, and proceeds to start his subjugation of England in the small village of Windknight's Lot, amassing sired followers to his cause. Jonathan is sought out by Will A. Zeppeli, a master of an ancient martial art called Hamon, which can kill Vampires. He teaches Jonathan how to use this ability as Dio sends other vampires and zombies in his pursuit to kill him so he can take over the world.

Jonathan seemingly kills him once more, but Dio's head survives. With the help of his servant, Wang Chan, Dio attacks Jonathan on a steam liner during his honeymoon with Erina in an attempt to claim his enemy's body for his own. Despite having his throat fatally punctured by Dio, Jonathan is able to use Hamon one last time to overload the ship's engines, with Dio apparently destroyed in the resulting explosion. Erina, escaping unharmed with an orphaned girl, survives with their unborn son.

Battle Tendency[edit]

As he is dormant in the sunken ship, Dio Brando does not appear in Battle Tendency, but the aftermath of his apparent death at the hands of Jonathan Joestar affects the plot. It is ultimately revealed that Jonathan and Erina's son George Joestar II, a famed pilot of the Royal Air Force in World War I, was murdered by one of Dio's zombie henchmen who survived the battle of Windknight's Lot and had infiltrated the RAF. George II's wife, the orphaned girl Elizabeth, hunted down this zombie and killed him with her Hamon. However, as none else recognized the zombie's true identity, she became a wanted murderer and was forced into hiding as Lisa Lisa with the help of the Speedwagon Foundation that was founded by Robert E. O. Speedwagon. Lisa Lisa would later encounter her son Joseph Joestar, teaching him Hamon so he can defeat the Pillar Man, Kars, whose creation of the Stone masks made him indirectly responsible for Dio's transformation.

Stardust Crusaders[edit]

It is revealed in Stardust Crusaders that Dio survived the ship's explosion and attached himself as a head to Jonathan's headless body as the ship sank, confining himself in a casket at the bottom of the ocean for a century until a shipwreck salvage operation unintentionally retrieved him in 1983. Now known mononymously as "DIO", he soon meets the mystic Enyaba Geil who awakens both of his Stand, The World (, Za Wārudo), allowing him to stop the passage of time around him, and a Hermit Purple-like stand(technically this is Jonathan's Stand, since one person could only have one Stand, but since Dio is using Jonathan's body, he could using Jonathan's Stand). As his head is attached to Jonathan Joestar's body, Dio's acquisition of The World also awakens Stand abilities in all of Jonathan's living descendants. While Joseph Joestar and his grandson Jotaro Kujo have the resolve to control their Stands, Joseph's daughter and Jotaro's mother Holly has her very life sapped away from her own Stand because of her kind disposition. This spurs Jotaro and Joseph to track down Dio along with their friends Mohammed Avdol, Noriaki Kakyoin, Jean-Pierre Polnareff, and Iggy the Boston Terrier to kill him once and for all, freeing Holly from the curse the Stand has trapped her under.

Dio responds by preemptively trying to assassinate the Joestars before they can find him in his lair in Cairo, sending other evil Stand users, some of whom he controlled mentally before they joined the Joestars on their journey. Along the way, Avdol and Iggy are killed by Dio's right-hand man Vanilla Ice, who in turn is killed by Polnareff. Dio kills Jotaro's friend Kakyoin in combat and temporarily kills Joseph after draining him of his blood, but Jotaro's own Stand Star Platinum proves to be The World's equally powered counterpart, and Jotaro's own rage at Dio being the cause of his friends' deaths and his mother's dwindling health leads him to kill Dio with Star Platinum. After the Speedwagon Foundation revives Joseph via blood transfusion from Jonathan's corpse, he and Jotaro take their ancestor's corpse out into the desert and expose it to sunlight, vanquishing Dio once and for all.

Diamond Is Unbreakable and Golden Wind[edit]

Dio is not present in either Diamond Is Unbreakable or Golden Wind, but his influence on the story is still present. In Diamond Is Unbreakable, it is revealed that Dio acquired his Stand by means of an ancient artifact known as the "Bow and Arrow", which has reappeared in the fictional Japanese town of Morioh because the children of one of Dio's former lackeys, Mr. Nijimura, are seeking out someone who can possibly kill their father and put him out his misery due to the strange mutation he has suffered as a result of Dio's death. In Golden Wind, the protagonist Giorno Giovanna is Dio's son, but because Dio was in possession of Jonathan's body at the time of Giorno's conception, Giorno is biologically Jonathan's son and thus a member of the Joestar family, and his own virtuous soul prevents him from becoming evil as Dio was, thanks to his encounter with a heroic gangster in his childhood life.

Stone Ocean[edit]

Dio's influence on JoJo's Bizarre Adventure returns in Stone Ocean, where it is revealed that he met the story arc's main antagonist, Father Enrico Pucci, shortly before the events of Stardust Crusaders. He told Father Pucci of his desire to use his Stand, The World in order to reach "Heaven", and saw in the young priest a friendship that would help him achieve his goals. Father Pucci's reverence for Dio drives him to carry out his plans decades later, manipulating events to frame Jotaro Kujo's daughter Jolyne Cujoh for murder in order to trap her in the prison where he serves as a chaplain, using the final physical remains of Dio to evolve his Stand to reset reality in what he believes is Dio's vision of Heaven, a world where everyone knows their own destiny, and more importantly a world free of the Joestar bloodline. However, his hubris leads to his defeat at the hands of Jolyne's last surviving friend Emporio, who manages to reset reality back to what it once was, but not quite exactly the way it was before, as, in this new version of the world, Pucci is missing instead of the Joestars.

Steel Ball Run[edit]

Dio Brando himself does not appear in Steel Ball Run, set in an alternate universe in 1890, and is replaced by Diego Brando. Like Dio, Diego is the child of an abusive household, and one who reveres his mother. She instilled in him a sense of pride that he took with him as he became a masterful jockey in his adulthood. When he decides to take part in the Steel Ball Run horse race across the United States, he winds up under the thrall of the Stand Scary Monsters(Sukearī Monsutāzu) (スケアリーモンスターズ), transforming him into a dromaeosaurid dinosaur. As a result of this encounter, however, he gains his own Stand Scary Monsters, which grants him the same abilities that he now has under his control.

Diego is hired by United States President Funny Valentine in his quest to seek out the pieces of the Saint's Corpse scattered along the racecourse, but after some time fighting against the heroes Johnny Joestar and Gyro Zeppeli, he realizes that President Valentine's plans are more dangerous to the world as a whole and joins the heroes in an attempt to stop him, only to die during his quest as well.

Valentine then uses his Stand's powers to summon a Diego Brando from an alternate universe. This Diego possesses the same stand powers as the original Dio Brando, thanks to having his own version of The World as a Stand. He manages to defeat Johnny Joestar in battle and wins the Steel Ball Run, in addition to obtaining all of the Saint's Corpse and hiding it in a secure location, even though President Valentine has already been killed by Johnny in a fight. However, in this alternate universe Diego meets his demise at the hands of Lucy Steel, who uses the skull of this universe's Diego Brando to obliterate his own head as a result of the effects of Valentine's Stand.


Dio makes a brief Cameo during the events of "The Wonder of You (The Miracle of Your Love)" arc, along with the Stone Mask.


Above all else, Dio Brando is known for his cunning and careful consideration.[3] It is when Jonathan Joestar defies his expectations, defeating him in battle and thwarting his deliberate machinations, that Dio dons the Stone Mask that grants him the power of a vampire. He attains superhuman speed, regeneration, and strength insofar as he can lift a road roller with ease - a frequent source of references in popular culture.

As a vampire, he most frequently uses an exaggerated evaporated cooling form of freezing known simply as the Vaporative Freezing Technique (気化冷凍法, Kikareitōhō) that allows him to freeze his opponents while rendering direct attacks with Hamon useless. While powerful, it does not kill people instantly (seen at the end of Phantom Blood, a victim of the attack survives - although he died shortly after.) Another vampiric technique available to Dio is Space Ripper Stingy Eyes (, Supēsu Ripā Sutingī Aizu) that allows him to shoot two pressurised fluid jets from his eyes. He can also graft body parts of different beings together, an ability he used to take Jonathan Joestar's headless body as his own.

Once he returns 100 years later with Jonathan's body, Dio lost many of the abilities he had in his original body. Despite this, Dio's new undead body enabled him to develop his signature Stand, The World, once it was pierced by the Bow and Arrow. As a psychic manifestation of Dio, it has all of his aforementioned superhuman abilities and facilitates melee attacks, though its signature ability is to stop time. This time-stopping ability only lasts for a limited amount of time (which in the anime adaptation of Stardust Crusaders is heavily exaggerated), though this limit can be extended through practice or through other means of increasing the user's strength (such as when Dio was able to increase his limit by several seconds after drinking Joseph Joestar's blood).

Steel Ball Run[edit]

Dio's Part 7 counterpart, Diego Brando, first encounters Scary Monsters when he comes into conflict with its original user Dr. Ferdinand, Ferdinand "infects" Diego, as well as an entire village, transforming them into dinosaurs. After gaining the Left Eye Corpse Part, Diego gains his own version of Scary Monsters that allows him to transform himself or others (including his horse Silver Bullet) into dinosaur versions of themselves, partially or entirely. Scary Monsters grants Diego increased strength, speed, healing, and "dynamic vision". Dynamic vision provides Diego with excellent eyesight however he can only see objects which are moving, similar to that of the Tyrannosaurus Rex in Jurassic Park.

After Diego's death by the hands of Funny Valentine, Valentine summons a Diego from an alternate universe. This Diego possesses The World like Part 3's Dio, and can also stop time. The design of Diego's The World is very similar to that of Part 3, apart from its skinnier profile and the replacement of the hearts on The World's knees for capital Ds.

Voice actors[edit]

Dio has had many different voice actors in different types of media. He was first voiced by Norio Wakamoto in the 1992 drama CDs, followed by Nobuo Tanaka in the OVAs and Isshin Chiba in the 1998 video game. He is voiced by both Kenji Nojima and Hikaru Midorikawa in the Phantom Blood video game and 2007 animated film as the younger and older incarnations, respectively.[7] In the 2012 television anime and in all subsequent media, he is voiced by Takehito Koyasu.[8]

Dio has only ever had two English voice actors; he was voiced by Kid Beyond in the OVAs, and by Patrick Seitz in the TV anime.[10]

In other media[edit]

Dio Brando has appeared in many video games related to the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise, usually as a player character or a boss. Some games include multiple versions of the character; in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven for example, both Dio Brando from Part 1 and Dio from Part 3 are playable characters, along with Diego Brando and Parallel World Diego from Part 7. Furthermore, he has appeared as a playable character in several crossover video games, such as Jump Super Stars, Jump Ultimate Stars, and Jump Force.

Dio is the main antagonist in the story mode of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven. Although the video game begins with the final scenes of Stardust Crusaders, the antagonist is a version of Dio from another universe who managed to beat the Joestar family. He seeks to control all universes by means of the Saint's Corpse, and uses his more advanced powers over time to bring all of the fallen heroes and villains back to life to serve him in preventing Jotaro Kujo and the other Joestars from obtaining all of the Saint's Corpse, or at least using them to gather the parts so he can steal them from them and achieve his ultimate power. This version of Dio is called "Dio, Gone to Heaven" (天国に到達したDIO, Tengoku ni Tōtatsu-shita Dio) and his Stand is called "The World Over Heaven" (ザ・ワールド・オーバーヘブン, Za Wārudo Ōbā Hebun).


Dio has generally received praise from various reviewers of manga, anime, and other media; most praised his frightening and enjoyably evil personality making an appealing antagonist, as well as his influence on the rest of the series. Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network notes that his far-reaching influence throughout the entire series works especially well as a stark contrast to his humble origins.[11] Her colleague Jacob Chapman called him "one of the greatest supervillains ever invented in any medium."[12] Can Hoang Tran of The News Hub cites the anticipation of Dio's appearance in the 2014 reanimation of Stardust Crusaders to be a driving force of the series' success, later calling him the most rewarding character to play as in the series' video games.[13][14] Joel Loynds of The Linc wrote "Dio's actions so powerfully and immediately establish his evil... that you will be invested in seeing his evolution even more than you [will be for JoJo]".[15] Dallas Marshall of Green Tea Graffiti writes that Araki's straightforward intention of making the reader hate Dio worked simply and flawlessly, citing Dio's defining character moment as burning the protagonist's dog alive.[16] Jun Yamamoto for Billboard said he "could almost feel the passion and ambition that Jonathan Joestar had in his fight against Dio" when listening to the first opening of the TV series.[17]

Readers of Anime News Network voted Dio number one in a poll of which anime villains would make the best friends in real life for his "cool composure" and "awesome lines".[18]

In February 2013, a life-size statue of Dio was displayed at Wonder Festival to promote the event.[19][20]

Starting in June 2014, Dio began appearing on cans of Japanese best-selling javaGeorgia coffee, as part of a special promotion of their Emerald Mountain Black flavor.[21][22]

Several characters in Japanese anime, manga, and video games draw inspiration from Dio. One such example is Sakuya Izayoi from the Touhou Project.[23]


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  2. ^ abAraki, Hirohiko (February 3, 2015). JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 1 Phantom Blood. 3. Viz Media. p. 343. ISBN .
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  16. ^"富永TOMMY弘明「ジョジョ~その血の運命~」│HotShotDiscs│Billboard JAPAN". 2012-11-21. Archived from the original on 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2013-02-23.
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  18. ^Lamb, Lynzee (11 February 2013). "Life-Size Dio and Jotaro Kujo Statues Displayed at Wonder Fest". Anime News Network. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  19. ^"Oshirase: Sankaryō no Nyūkin Shimekiri wa Shigatsu Hatsuka (Getsu) Genshu Desu!" [Announcement: Final day for paying participation fee is Monday, 20 April]. (in Japanese). ワンダーフェスティバル [Wonder Festival]. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  20. ^Baseel, Casey (12 June 2014). "Jojo's bizarre coffee – Anime characters to grace cans of java in Japan". RocketNews24. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  21. ^Lamb, Lynzee (10 June 2014). "Power Up Your Stand With JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Coffee". Anime News Network. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  22. ^ZUN (2006). Perfect Memento in Strict Sense. Japan: Ichijinsha. p. 122. ISBN .

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Creator Reveals Clever Fact About Dio's Stand

If you have the kind of imagination to create JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, then you have a lot going on in your head. Hirohiko Araki knows this well as the artist did create the classic series decades ago. Beloved by fans, Araki's eccentric stories and characters have been praised the world over, and his designs have already inspired a new generation of artists.

Of course, there is more to Araki's designs than fans even realize, and it turns out the artist got real clever with his work on Dio Brando. After all, Araki just told fans a bit of trivia about the character's Stand which has the whole fandom geeking out.

Recently, Araki appeared at a popular convention in Italy called Lucca Games and Comics. The event welcomed the JoJo creator to honor his most recent anime, and it was there Araki spoke at a panel. Thanks to attendee omitaichi on Twitter, fans got an update on what went down at the panel, and it was there Araki brought up Dio.

According to the panel report, Araki said Dio's Stand is able to survive when he stops time. The World is famous for the ability as he can stop time on a dime thanks to his power. This ability lets The World take on multiple enemies at once and can cause serious damage. However, fans did wonder whether The Stand was effected by anything during the time freeze, and Araki already planned for such.

"Araki said The World can breath when he stops time because he has oxygen tanks on his back!!! Thats what they are for!!! Oxygen!!!" the fan shared from the panel.

So, there you have it! If you have always wondered why The World have two canisters on his back, it is because the Stand may need oxygen down the line while fighting. Clearly, Araki thought of everything when creating Dio's partner, and JoJo fans love him all the more for it.

Are you impressed by this little design fact...? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB to talk all things comics and anime!


JoJo's Bizarre Adventure was originally created by Hirohiko Araki for Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in 1987. It follows the story of the Joestar family, who are each destined to take down various supernatural enemies. The series has been split up into eight parts, with each part following a different generation of the Joestar family. The series has sold over 100 million copies, and has been licensed for an English language release by Viz Media. The series has spawned multiple anime, video games, toys, and even jewelry. The series currently has an anime adaptation that initially began in 2012, and now has run for over 100 episodes spanning the first five major arcs of the series.

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It began with a strange wanderer on a lonely planet.

From this point onwards, everything was turned upside down. Reality itself shifted, and all which he thought he knew was put to the test. And what is not more terrifying to a person, but the lingering fear of one's identity, and its sudden, terrifying ability to change without warning?

Sent on yet another exhausting mission in the Outer Rim of Space, Dio Brando is nothing if not full of hatred and malice, cursing everything and everyone around him as he's falling down a dangerous slope of drinking to cope with his ghosts and slowly but surely losing control of his life as his mental health spirals.

This is where his comfortable and familiar life as a Sith Lord and unredeemable sinner takes a turn, for better or worse.

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The World is an exceptionally powerfull close-range Stand, but boasting an effective manifestation range of 10m.

The World screams "MUDAMUDAMUDA.." in a fight wich means "Useless" in Japanese.

Dealing a bunch of damage and being able to control time, makes The World one of the most dangerous and powerful Stands of all.


☞ The World possesses phenomenal strength, senses and incredible speed. It can punch right through a person's abdomen and let him bleed to death.

☞ The World's power is its ability to stop time, allowing only itself, Dio and anyone with the same power, to act within the duration of stopped time. In the stopped time its user, Dio, can move his body and any other object he touches. This ability works for up to 5 seconds before time flows again. Because of Dio's immortality and vampiric powers, the duration of stopped time increases.


Destructive Power:   A

Speed:   A

Range:   C

Durability:   A

Precision:   B

Development Potential:   B


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The World's true power, as its name suggests, is to reign supreme over the entire world!

—DIO, Chapter 253: DIO's World, Part 7

The World (ザ・ワールド(世界), Za Wārudo) is the Stand of DIO, featured in the third part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Stardust Crusaders.

An extremely powerful time-controlling Stand wielded by an equally powerful user, The World is an esoteric Stand, both revered and feared by almost every character in Stardust Crusaders.


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The World bears the appearance of a tall, heavily muscular humanoid - bearing a strong resemblance to DIO himself in terms of build and clothing. It wears a headpiece covering its face to below the place of its nose, slanting at a steep angle from the base of its forehead to a peak situated above the rear of its head by about half its height, leaving the face of an inverted triangle visible to the front; somewhat similar to the Red Crown of Lower Egypt.

It wears small twin diving cylinders on its back, connecting via short, twin-ridged cables to the rear of its mask; perhaps secured by thick, ridged or puffed straps running from the rear of its waist over both its shoulders to its front. The back of both its hands bears the shape of a simple clock face. Its chin, the base of its abdomen, its crotch and its knees are topped by heart shapes. It has armor plates on its shins, and its clogs bears curved, sharply-pointed toes, similar to those of DIO's.

In the colored manga, The World is completely yellow. In the anime, it is grey-skinned, has green heart motifs and has golden clothing. In the OVA, The World is grey-skinned, has bronze heart motifs and ivory clothing.

It is named after the tarot card:The World, the last card in the Major Arcana and symbolic of achievement and a pause in life before the beginning of the next cycle.

It's revealed in DIO's notebook that he intended to engrave 14 phrases on his Stand to remember them,[1] although it's unknown if he actually does so before his death.

Color Schemes

The series is known for alternating colors between media, the information presented below may or may not be canon.

Body(Yellow body, yellow/light yellow armor)


(Yellow body, yellow armor with brown accessories)


(Tan body, beige armor with gray accessories)


(Gray body, beige armor with brown accessories)


(Light Gray body, gold armor with lime green accessories)


(Gray body, yellow armor with light green accessories)


(Green-gray body, gold armor with lime green accessories)


The World shows no particular personality, although it occasionally smiles as it pummels others, hinting that it may be a rather cruel entity that takes pleasure in causing pain.[2][3] In the anime, it frequently shows expressions of formidability and fury in its attacks. Its Stand cry is Muda Muda Muda! (無駄 無駄 無駄!, lit. "Useless, useless, useless!"),[2] however, the cry itself seems to be communicated by DIO.

The World itself doesn't make much attempts at speech. In the anime, The World makes grunting noises while fighting Star Platinum, and in the English dub, the grunting sounds are replaced with growling noises.


The World is an exceptionally powerful Close-range Stand much like Star Platinum as noted by Noriaki Kakyoin and Jotaro Kujo, but boasting an effective manifestation range of approximately 10 meters.[4] Despite requiring a close distance to inflict damage, its overwhelming physical might and near unstoppable control over time undeniably make it one of the most dangerous Stands in the entire series.

Extreme Physical Power: The World possesses phenomenal strength, senses, precision, and incredible speed, being able to easily punch Kakyoin right through his abdomen. DIO claims that The World is even stronger and faster than Star Platinum since it bested the latter in a clash of rapid punches between the two.[2] However, it is unclear if this is an aspect of DIO's vampiric nature or simply having greater experience with his Stand. Its main offense is generally characterized by a flurry of speedy punches and the occasional kick.

Time Stop

The World's signature power is its ability to stop time, allowing only itself, DIO and anyone with the same power, to act within the duration of stopped time.[5]

In the stopped time, DIO can move his own body freely along with any object he touches that he wishes to move, allowing him to strike his defenseless enemies, move to a superior position, and toy with his victims. All force applied by DIO during the time stop continues to exist after the time stop. This is seen when the objects that DIO throws can momentarily move during the stopped time before grinding to a halt. A flurry of thrown knives could fly for several meters before stopping near Jotaro.[6]

Another unique feature of the time stop is how DIO can seemingly levitate in stopped time. Since no forces other than the time stopper's exist during a time stop, there is no force of gravity, allowing DIO to move freely in space as he wishes, with the assistance of his stand.

It is notable that DIO needs to consciously activate Time Stop, which means that surprise attacks can prevent him from stopping time.[7]

Despite time not actively progressing, DIO quantifies the duration of The World's time stop using seconds.

Because of DIO's weakened state in Stardust Crusaders, this ability initially only works for up to 5 seconds in DIO's frame of reference before time flows again.[8] However, thanks to DIO's immortality, the duration of stopped time increases as DIO becomes more accustomed to The World and the scar around his neck heals, reaching a maximum of nine seconds towards the end of Stardust Crusaders.[9]

However, had he not died, the period during for which DIO could have stopped time would have continued to grow, seemingly indefinitely.[10]

Chapters / Episodes

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Chapters in order of appearance

  • Chapter 130: Strength, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
  • Chapter 160: Lovers, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
  • Chapter 161: Lovers, Part 2 (Mentioned only)
  • Chapter 184: "The Fool" Iggy and "Geb" N'Doul, Part 2 (Mentioned only)
  • Chapter 198: Anubis, Part 6 (Mentioned only)
  • Chapter 210: Shooting DIO?! (Ability only)
  • Chapter 216: D'Arby the Gambler, Part 6 (Mentioned only)
  • Chapter 229: D'Arby the Player, Part 3 (Mentioned only)
  • Chapter 248: DIO's World, Part 2
  • Chapter 249: DIO's World, Part 3
  • Chapter 250: DIO's World, Part 4 (Mentioned only)
  • Chapter 251: DIO's World, Part 5
  • Chapter 252: DIO's World, Part 6
  • Chapter 253: DIO's World, Part 7
  • Chapter 254: DIO's World, Part 8
  • Chapter 255: DIO's World, Part 9
  • Chapter 256: DIO's World, Part 10
  • Chapter 257: DIO's World, Part 11
  • Chapter 258: DIO's World, Part 12
  • Chapter 259: DIO's World, Part 13
  • Chapter 260: DIO's World, Part 14 (Mentioned only)
  • Chapter 261: DIO's World, Part 15 (Mentioned only)
  • Chapter 262: DIO's World, Part 16
  • Chapter 263: DIO's World, Part 17
  • Chapter 264: DIO's World, Part 18 (Death)
TV Icon.pngAnime Appearances

Episodes in order of appearance



The information below derives from a source not written by Araki. As such, it may or may not be considered canon.

The World appears in the light novel JORGE JOESTAR. In the novel, Dio already has his Stand after he takes over Jonathan Joestar's body in the ship. He uses it to gather food and torture Erina while traveling in his coffin with her in the middle of the ocean.

When Dio wakes up from his sleep after one hundred years, he temporarily gives the Stand to Giorno Giovanna by inserting half of his soul into the boy's body. As a result, Giorno becomes a clone named DIO and acts out the events of Stardust Crusaders. After DIO's death, Dio uses the effects of Cube House to travel through time and retrieve his Stand again.

Once Dio becomes an ultimate being like Kars, The World is capable of stopping time for nearly one hour.

While battling Dio, Kars develops his own enhanced copy of the Stand, known as The World Ultimate. Dio also awakens this version of the Stand after seeing Kars use it.

Video Games

Eyes of Heaven (PS3/PS4)

An evolved form of the Stand named The World Over Heaven appears in Eyes of Heaven. It is wielded by a parallel universe DIO who ascended to Heaven after defeating the Joestar family and achieving his plan. The Stand keeps its ability to stop time and gains a new ability to overwrite reality.


  • DIO's tarot card representing "The World"

  • The World's first appearance

  • DIO and The World together

  • Star Platinum punches through The World's stomach after Jotaro's trick

  • The World chucks multiple knives straight at Jotaro

  • The World's final clash with Star Platinum

  • The World, destroyed by Star Platinum's punch

  • The World and DIO mentioned in DIO's diary, Stone Ocean.

  • DIO discusses the possibility of his Stand being destroyed through courage, Stone Ocean.

  • First glimpse of The World, seen in a mirror's reflection

  • DIO finally revealing his Stand, The World

  • The World with its fists through clockwork cogs, symbolizing its complete control over time

  • DIO's tarot card representing "The World"

  • DIO, awakening his Stand for the first time to stop a shotgun blast

  • DIO summoning The World to take on Kakyoin

  • The World punches straight through Kakyoin's chest

  • The World and Star Platinum clashing fists

  • The World is punched through the chest by Star Platinum

  • The World chucks multiple knives straight at Jotaro

  • The World's final clash with Star Platinum

  • The World is destroyed by Star Platinum's fatal punch

  • The World's alternate stat card

  • The World Model Sheet-1.png
  • The World Model Sheet-2.png
  • The World Model Sheet-3.png
  • Suddenly appears behind Hierophant and sends it hurling into a car

  • The World executes Kakyoin

  • Missed the punch on Joseph and instead destroys a Billboard

  • The World breaking open the roof of a building

  • Indirectly attacks Joseph by breaking a Chimney

  • Matching its speed with Star Platinum

  • The World happily beating and power matching with Star Platinum

  • The World (Stand Rush/Stop Time)

  • Punches Jotaro in suspended time

  • The World vs Star Platinum

  • The World, empowered, comes back and punishes Star Platinum for maiming it

  • Kicks Jotaro mid-air and skims him across & into a river

  • The World and Star Platinum's final clash

  • The World is destroyed by Star Platinum's fatal punch

  • V Jump (10/1994) OVA Spread Art #1/1

  • The World sprite in SFC game

  • The World, alongside DIO, as they appear in Heritage for the Future

  • Color Stand (Player Select)

  • Color Start (Player Select)

  • The World (Pre Reveal: Shadow DIO)

  • The World and DIO win animation in Heritage for the Future

  • The World's win screen in Heritage for the Future

  • The World Normal, All Star Battle

  • The World in All Star Battle gameplay

  • The World clashes Star Platinum at the end of DIO's GHA against Jotaro in special occasion

  • The World's Concept Art, All Star Battle

  • The World Normal, Eyes of Heaven

  • The World punches opponent in the gut, similar to how he killed Kakyoin

  • The World stops time in DIO + Pucci Dual Heat Attack

  • The World and Gold Experience combo in DIO + Giorno DHA

  • The World in DIO + Dio Brando DHA

  • The World's defeat recreated in Chapter 1 of Story Mode, "Eyes of Heaven"

  • The World's Model (Diamond Records)

  • The World (Shadow DIO) Diamond Records Model

  • The World in "Diamond Records"

  • DIO and The World throws a barrage of knives

  • "Shadow The World" in Shadow DIO super move

  • The World in "Last Survivor"

  • The World in character select screen, "Last Survivor"

  • The World render in Jump Force

  • The World in DIO's ultimate attack

  • The World model in Jump Force


  • The World's original name, World 21 (世界21, Sekai 21), is mentioned by Anubis at the end of its fight with Jotaro Kujo,[11] and can be seen on the Stand's corresponding tarot card.
  • The World was initially designed by Araki as a "boss" to contrast with Jotaro's Star Platinum.[12] It's notably the only Stand in Part 3 that lacked any design input from Araki's editor at the time, Ryosuke Kabashima, as he unexpectedly ended up in the hospital during the final battle.[13]
  • The World's tarot card is the only card not to have "Lucky Land" written on it.
  • Coincidentally, the tarot card of The World was at one point referred to as "Time" in the Court de Gébelin deck.[14]


  1. SO Chapter 96: Jail House Lock!, Part 1, p.7
  2. 256: DIO's World, Part 10, pp.9-14
  3. Chapter 263: DIO's World, Part 17, pp.4-5
  4. Chapter 252: DIO's World, Part 6, p.12
  5. Chapter 253: DIO's World, Part 7, pp.17-22
  6. Chapter 258: DIO's World, Part 12, pp.15-22
  7. Chapter 260: DIO's World, Part 14, pp.18-19
  8. Chapter 255: DIO's World, Part 9, pp.15-16
  9. Chapter 262: DIO's World, Part 16, p.20
  10. JoJo6251 Stand Encyclopedia, p.124
  11. ↑Chapter 198: Anubis, Part 6
  12. JOJOVELLER: STANDS - Comments by Hirohiko Araki
  13. ↑JoJonium Volume 17: DIO - Special Interview
  14. Tarotology: Order of the Trumps

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