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Character subpage for Dio Brando, the main antagonist of Phantom Blood and Stardust Crusaders, with his influence lingering in Diamond Is Unbreakable, Vento Aureo and Stone Ocean.


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Dio Brando (Joestar) / DIO (Stand: The World + Unnamed Precognitive Standnote )

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (TV anime, All-Star Battle, Eyes of Heaven, Last Survivor), Norio Wakamoto (CD drama), Nobuo Tanaka (OVA), Hikaru Midorikawa (Phantom Blood video game and film), Isshin Chiba (Heritage for the Future video game), Kaneto Shiozawa (commercial for the SNES game) (Japanese), Andrew Chaikin (OVA), Patrick Seitz (TV anime) (English)
Young Dio voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (TV anime), Kenji Nojima (Phantom Blood video game) (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (English)
Dio as he appears in Phantom Blood 

"You were a fool to attack me. I have disowned my weakness in favor of life everlasting!"

The first main antagonist to be introduced. Dio's peerless hunger for domination and evil has either directly or indirectly resulted in conflict for each member of the Joestar family, making him the overall Big Bad of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

Originally a scornful child of a petty thief in 1880s England, after poisoning his own father, he is adopted by George Joestar and makes it his goal to utterly ruin Jonathan's life in order to become the estate's sole inheritor. When that plan fails, Dio ends up using the Stone Mask to become a vampire and plans to take over the world for himself; however, a daring battle with Jonathan ends with him left as disembodied head. Sometime later, Dio makes his return on a ship when he turns most of the passengers into monsters and announces he would take Jonathan's body for his own and manages to deliver a fatal blow to his foe, though Jonathan uses the last of his strength to ensure Dio would not be able to escape as the ship explodes and sinks to the bottom of the sea.


Dio would eventually resurface during the 1980s in Stardust Crusaders, having attached his severed head to Jonathan's body to resume his goal of obtaining his ideal world, but meets resistance from Jonathan's descendant Jotaro Kujo. After meeting with Enya Geil, he gains a Stand called The World.

Named after Ronnie James Dio. His last name comes from Marlon Brando. It was also confirmed that his likeness was originally based on Roy Batty.

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  • '80s Hair: Sports one hell of a mullet in Part 3, though he has the excuse of it actually being the 1980s.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Randomly gains the ability to teleport in the Phantom Blood anime.
    • In the 1993 OVA, Dio himself gets to fight toe-to-toe with Jotaro without having the need to use The World. In addition, when he gets punched in the skull by Star Platinum on top of getting Silver Chariot's rapier through the brain, Dio recovers much faster and after using his time stop, he backflips to the car he uses to make a getaway rather than painfully crawl over to it.
    • The OVA also gives him a boost in terms of strength; he's shown lifting an entire ship out of the water (a scene that was never in the manga), and more famously uses an oil tanker truck to try and kill Jotaro instead of a steamroller, complete with punching it so much it explodes into a fireball.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: The 1993 OVAs depicts him as a Soft-Spoken Sadist rather than the Evil Is Hammy No Indoor Voice he actually is in the 2012 anime and original manga. Once he absorbs Joseph's blood, however, he becomes significantly much hammier.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the OVA version of Stardust Crusaders, Polnareff's sudden sneak attack managed to momentarily stun him, giving Jotaro the chance to land the blow to his head. However, this also leads into the Adaptational Badass moment mentioned above.
  • All According to Plan: One of the best examples in the series. After receiving Jotaro's most savage beating yet and getting launched down the streets of Cairo on a direct route to Joseph, who lies unconscious with all the Joestar blood DIO needs to both heal and finally assume full control of Jonathan's body, what does he have to say?
    "You fell for it, Jotaro! Now my victory is all but assured! ONCE AGAIN, MY GENIUS HAS TRIUMPHED OVER YOU! DOESN'T THIS STREET LOOK FAMILIAR?!"
  • Alliterative Family: His father is named Dario, and one of his sons is named Donatello.
  • Always Someone Better: He was initially this to Jonathan in their childhood, with Dio being better than Jonathan in many aspects such as fine dining and boxing, to the point he was seemingly favoured by George over Jonathan. But once Jonathan Grew a Spine, the tables turned.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Dio's staunch ambition is the core force driving his actions throughout the series. Dio's overall goal is to always stand on top of everyone else through any means available to him. At first, he desired to take the Joestar fortune for himself. Then, after becoming a vampire, he sought to rule over the world. After re-emerging from the Atlantic, he set in motion a plan to recreate the universe in his image.
  • Amoral Attorney: Before he became a vampire, he was preparing to graduate from law school.
  • And I Must Scream: Trapped for almost a century under the sea with only Jonathan's corpse for company. Nevermind enduring the agonizing process of fusing with a body who actively rejects his presence, to the point he still isn't fully healed when he comes back in Stardust Crusaders.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Possibly? At the end of Phantom Blood when he kills Jonathan, he appears clearly distraught. And considering he could still take Jonathan's body after death, his apparent sadness is most likely this trope.
  • The Anti-Christ:
    • Very much so; he was evil from birth, was a sociopathic teen, and even gets vampiric Legions of Hell once he vampirizes.
    • Defied in following arcs, where his followers see him as a Dark Messiah. It's an act and he's very much the Antichrist underneath this facade.
  • Answers to the Name of God: A variant takes place in the English dub of the anime's first episode, which rewords the original Japanese to something a little more God-complexy:
"Hush, boy! You won't speak my name in vain again!"note 
  • Arch-Enemy: Overall, Dio declared war on the entire Joestar bloodline after his resurrection in Part 3. But specifically...
    • First and foremost, to Jonathan. Their conflict is very personal, as Dio sexually assaults Jonathan's girlfriend, burns his dog alive, kills his father, and fatally wounds Jonathan to steal his body. They also have at least six fights throughout Phantom Blood, which is by far the highest number between two opponents in any part of Jojo. To put in perspective just how personal their conflict ended up becoming, Jonathan never claims to hate any character aside from Dio, and Dio hated Jojo so much that it somehow circled around to a twisted form of affection and seeing Jonathan as the only person worthy of being his new body.
    • To both Joseph and Jotaro in Stardust Crusaders. The two heroes travel across continents to kill DIO and prevent Holly's Stand from killing her, and he responds by sending dozens of assassins to kill them and their party.
      • Joseph says that he feels like he's known DIO all his life, and that it's the fate of every Joestar to fight DIO at some point. Joseph also takes DIO's theft of Jonathan's body as a personal slight, specially for his grandmother Erina, who (as Joseph knew) endured the grief from losing Jonathan for the remainder of her life.
      • Jotaro, meanwhile, didn't care until DIO (inadvertently) made Holly deathly ill by somehow activating her Stand. He also calls himself DIO's worst enemy after the latter kills Joseph. DIO held a playful attitude with Joseph, but most certainly feels an equal amount of hate and animosity towards Jotaro.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Subverted. He's the Big Bad and Greater-Scope Villain of the series, and the father of Part 5's Giorno Giovanna. By all accounts, Dio should have been this, but thanks to Jotaro they never get a chance to meet. Not to mention that in their video game appearances together, DIO is oddly fond of Giorno if they're fighting on the same team.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: By far the most prideful and arrogant villain in the series. And considering that the other villains include Kars, that's saying something.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: In Part 1 for the zombies, and he has an even bigger cult that ranges for several sagas involving Stand Users.
  • Ax-Crazy: While he was never mentally sound, especially after becoming a vampire, he loses what little sanity he had when absorbing Joseph's blood and goes completely psychotic.
  • The Bad Guy Wins:
    • He kills Jonathan at the end of Phantom Blood. And in Stone Ocean, his plan to reset the universe comes to fruition, though it backfires on him. Pucci makes a grievous error that gets him killed, resulting in a universe where Pucci never existed, therefore leaving no one to carry out his plan, and those who were killed by Pucci are alive once more. For all his work, all he ends up with was a world where his greatest enemies escape him.
    • In Eyes of Heaven, Heaven Ascension Dio is an alternate version of Dio who succeeded in attaining his goals. Though that doesn't stop the Joestars uniting and fighting to destroy him.
  • Badass Baritone: His voice actors include Takehito Koyasu, Isshin Chiba, and Norio Wakamoto in Japanese, and Patrick Seitz in English.
  • Badass Bookworm: He keeps a library in his hidden base that he actually reads. He also studied law in university.
  • Bad Boss: Zigzagged despite being such a sociopathic monster. Dio prefers to cultivate loyalty through charm and profit, even paying his minions upfront and fully accommodating them if they get a job done. On the other hand, Dio doesn't really tolerate failure. He sends Steely Dan to kill Enya Geil on the possibility she told the heroes what is Dio's power. Even though she said nothing, she was still killed. However, despite being aware of Hol Horse's ineptitude and multiple failures, he offers him another chance despite the man even attempting to kill Dio. Though it's largely implied he does this because he's impressed that Hol Horse had the will to try and kill someone infinitely stronger than him while many would not even think of it.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: The first thing he does upon arriving at the Joestar home is knee Jonathan's dog Danny in the face. Later, he locks him in an incinerator and burns him alive.
  • Badass Family: Technically, he is a Joestar. His 3 sons in part 6 are badasses too. And his first son, the protagonist of Part 5, gets what is possibly the most broken Stand in the series.
  • Baddie Flattery: Prone to doing this from time to time. He gradually grew to respect (and even admire) Jonathan, mentioned that Kakyoin "did quite well" for Jotaro, when the former gave out his Dying Clue, and applauded Polnareff for surviving the entire journey (although he was simply trying to get him back on his side). He even admits that Joseph is quite cunning once or twice. Completely averted towards Jotaro, who he despises.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Alongside the standard set of vampiric abilities, Dio has several other nasty powers such as hypnotism, flesh parasites that enslave a victim to his will and will kill anyone who tries to remove them, prehensile veins, fusing creatures together to create mutant chimeras, etc.
  • Berserk Button: Dio has many, particularly those related to his childhood and weaknesses.
    • Dio absolutely does not stand anyone looking down on him or considering him weak, or even worthy of pity. This in particular has led to the death of George Joestar, who Dio believed saw him as nothing but a charity case.
    • Dogs really piss him off.
    • He hates the very mention of his father.
    • Do not disrespect Jonathan Joestar whom he considers a Worthy Opponent.
    • Anyone invading his world of stopped time. His internal monologue after he discovers this is LIVID. The lady in the store he crash landed into and Jotaro found out about this button the hard way.
  • Big Bad: He serves as the main villain of Part 1 and Part 3. Though he meets his end at the conclusion of Stardust Crusaders, the following arcs show how much his influence has affected them during the years after he returned. Moreover, Araki has gone as far as to state that he will always be the main antagonist of the entire series due to every villain carrying his legacy whether he is actually present or not, just like how the spirit of the Joestar family lives on within every main protagonist.
  • Big Man on Campus: Both he and Jonathan were the top students of their university, excelling in sports and law. Unfortunately, Dio had to become an immortal vampire instead.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: He is a jerk himself, Giorno's mom was a bitch, and among his other three sons in Stone Ocean, Rykiel is the only one who isn't a jerk. Along with all that, due to having Joestar blood in him, Dio is this towards his new family.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: Three spots on his left earlobe. According to Wang Chan, this marks him as extremely lucky. Also the Joestar Birthmark after succeeding in stealing Jonathan's body.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In Part 1, he acted as such, presenting himself as a model gentleman upon being adopted to the Joestar family, when behind George's back, he relentlessly tormented Jonathan and did everything he could to make his life a living hell, going to such twisted lengths as throwing Jonathan's dog into an incinerator and stealing his crush's first kiss just to spite and hurt him. After Jonathan grows a spine and beats Dio to a bloody pulp in response, Dio spends the seven-year Time Skip acting friendly and brotherly to Jonathan, all to lure him into a false sense of security while he poisons George in order to steal the Joestar fortune. After Speedwagon exposes him as a monster to the Joestars and the police, declaring that abusive father or not, Dio is pure evil and was born that way, Dio throws off the sheep's clothing and embraces Speedwagon's summation of him, becoming a Card-Carrying Villain.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Regarded as the incarnation of evil itself, all with blonde hair.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: He came to respect Jonathan and see him as a Worthy Opponent after killing him, and then stole his body to continue living, because he felt that Jonathan's body was the only thing in the world worthy of containing his will.
  • Bold Inflation: From Part 3 onwards, he addressed himself by his first name and everybody else refers to him as such, even in the original Japanese.
  • Born Lucky: Wang Chen interpreted the three moles on his left ear as a sign of good luck.
  • Breakout Villain: By far the most popular villain of the series and one of the most popular characters.
  • Brain Theft: The full-head version — after his own body is destroyed, he decapitates Jonathan so he can hijack his body by putting his own head on it.
  • Bright Is Not Good: In Part 3, as if to contrast his depiction in Part 1, he wears golden yellow clothes with hearts, while his Stand is generally portrayed as bright yellow in color.
  • Broken Ace: Of the evil variety in Part 1.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When Zeppeli asked him how many people he killed in order to heal his injuries from a previous fight with Jonathan. Dio's answer was to ask Zeppeli if he remembered every time he ate bread. Zeppeli was not pleased with that answer.
  • Byronic Hero: Mostly alluded to while he's still alive, but starts to come out piece by piece in his flashbacks with Pucci in part 6. Most explicit in the semi-canon novel Over Heaven, which may or may not represent him lying out of his ass for 309 pages.
  • Cain and Abel: Although adopted, he plays the Cain dangerously straight to Jonathan's Abel to the point that he kills him and later takes over his body.
  • Call-Forward: If one regards the Pillar Men and the Elemental Modes they have, Dio becomes an Ice Mode.
  • Came Back Strong: After his revival in Part 3, he is actually physically weaker than he was in Phantom Blood due to Jonathan's body resisting him, and he seems to have lost many of the vampiric abilities that he showcased back in Britain. However, he more than makes up for this by unlocking his Stand, The World, which far surpasses any ability he had previously.
  • The Cameo: Dio himself makes a sudden brief cameo in Chapter 99 of Jojolion via a flashback alongside few other characters from previous parts.
  • Campy Combat: He has the over the top demeanor like many of the series' characters, wears green lipstick and heart knee pads, and his Stand, The World, is a muscled gold man. According to the author, he's bisexual and doesn't care about someone's gender so long as they interest him.
  • Caps Lock: Starting in Part 3, his name is spelled in all caps to differentiate from his Part 1 incarnation.
  • Car Fu: Forced Senator Phillips to run over several people to catch Joseph and Kakyoin. And of course, the Road Roller.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: After being exposed by Speedwagon and becoming a vampire, he embraces it fully, declaring himself to be the "evil elite".
    "Most humans are bound by the laws of good. They fear the power of evil. However, a rare few are born unfettered by good...the evil elite!"
  • The Casanova: Four of his sons from numerous liaisons appear in the series, and it's implied that there may be many more.
  • Catchphrase: "Kono Dio", roughly translated as "I, Dio". Literally, it translates to "this Dio", which does not flow as well in English, but still serves to illustrate Dio's boastful nature. Many other characters into the series also picks up this third-person tic, but it is Dio who first used it.
  • Character Development: Undergoes it throughout both Phantom Blood and Stardust Crusaders.
    • Before becoming a vampire, Dio was self-justifying, preferring to tell himself that his problems stem from his background and being Dario's son and that anyone would do the same things he did, never thinking of himself as a bad person and not yet intending to use the mask. After Speedwagon shows up and strips him of his self-justifications and beliefs about himself, and exposes him in front of Jonathan, George, and the police, Dio, cornered and with little choice, rejects his humanity and becomes a vampire. From that point forward, Dio starts to do as he pleases, playing with his power like a child with a new toy and never even attempting to pretend to be a normal human.
    • After his century-long imprisonment under the Atlantic, Dio appears far more thoughtful, introspective, self-aware, and seems to have abandoned his views of obtaining merely power through money and physical abilities. He appears questioning his goals and the nature of metaphysical concepts such as happiness and fate, and has matured significantly. He also seems to have lost his views of detachment and superiority to humans thanks to Jonathan and has very few vampiric followers in Part 3, with most of his loyal servants being Stand-using humans. However, after ingesting Joseph's blood in Stardust Crusaders, becoming High DIO, he slips back into his insane, childish, and borderline feral characterization from Part 1. This suggests that Dio's level of maturity is tied to how strong he feels he is.
  • Characterization Marches On: Strangely enough, flashbacks in Part 6 bring out the more introspective and mature side of DIO, a side we never get to see in the Ax-Crazy and Evil Is Hammy sadist that he was in both Parts 1 and 3.
  • Charm Person: Dio has an inhuman amount of charisma that makes both the forces of good and evil want to serve him. This increases in Part 3 because attaining Jonathan's body made people even more aware of how superior DIO is even before brainwashing comes in, further adding into his Chessmaster character.
    • At some point, while discussing the nature of human fear with Enya, DIO is even shown to have seduced a few young girls, one of whom, of course, falls dead after he sucks the blood out of her; judging by her borderline blushing face expression when DIO calls her in and holds her face, she didn't seem to be hypnotized or brainwashed.
  • The Chessmaster: Especially in Part 3, where he plays with everyone, so he can get more powerful, and to get rid of his enemies, namely the Joestars. He was also the one who manipulated Enrico Pucci into carrying out his plans posthumously, and came dangerously close to succeeding.
  • Chewing the Scenery: No matter who provides Dio's voice, they probably have the time of their life doing it.
  • Classic Villain: Dio is classic in many ways. He represents Ambition, Pride, Envy, Lust, Wrath, Gluttony, and Greed — the only thing Dio isn't is Slothful, unless you count Orcus on His Throne.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Somewhat downplayed, but it takes a special kind of person to defile their arch-enemy's corpse to use as their new body... out of respect.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Super Strength, Healing Factor, Fighting Spirit projection, Mind Manipulation, Prehensile Hair, prehensile veins, time-stopping, blood-freezing powers, high-pressure blood Eye Beams, and the ability to turn people into zombies. In the non-canonical game Eyes Of Heaven, his Stand has evolved into The World Over Heaven, which can overwrite the reality of an object by punching it.
  • The Corrupter: Enrico Pucci was a well-meaning priest before meeting Dio, who molded him into a homicidal Knight Templar.
  • Crocodile Tears: Dio is a very convincing actor. Naturally, Dio begins crying to try to manipulate Jonathan's sympathy in Phantom Blood when Jonathan finally had Dio cornered and about to be arrested for poisoning his father. It would have worked had Speedwagon not shown up and seen through the ruse. Dio is quick to drop the act once caught.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: A lot of his fights end up being this way. He tossed Jonathan and Zeppeli around and killed Dire with ease in Phantom Blood, and in Stardust Crusaders, he killed Joseph (though he got better) and Kakyoin. Then he defeated Polneraff without trouble, and had Jotaro at his mercy until Jotaro began using his own time stop against him. To put it bluntly, the only time he was ever on the receiving end was once when he set off Jonathan's Berserk Button, when they were both kids.
  • Dark Is Evil: In Part 1, he wears very black or darkened colors associated with night, not to mention his creations of zombies are sometimes extremely demonic.
  • Dark Messiah: Many of his servants, such as Enya and N'Doul, see him as at least akin to this, despite him not caring for them in the slightest if they fail and treat them favorably if they succeed if only to have further use for them. Pucci is possibly the only exception. As N'Doul put it, "even the bad guys...need a savior."
  • Darwinist Desire: When searching for women to bear his children, he looked for ones who were the opposite of his mother — in other words, selfish, abusive and uncaring, believing the resulting offspring would become strong-willed. To some extent he did succeed, given that four of his sons were able to manifest Stands, which require a strong fighting spirit to control.
  • Deal with the Devil: In regards to his lesser subordinates. Dio is always willing to pay upfront and accommodate handsomely, but a lack of faith has him implant parasites into their brains to monitor them better. When he dies, the parasites go out of control and turn their hosts into a Humanoid Abomination. Keicho Nijimura even likens dealing with Dio to selling your soul.
  • Death by Irony:
    • His fight with Jotaro ends with the one part of his body that survived the events of Part 1 exploding violently.
    • Also, after going on about how his Stand, The World, has allowed him to surpass all of his old weaknesses, his Stand is what causes his death, since no one except Joseph could use Hamon. Jotaro couldn't kill a vampire just by attacking DIO himself. Instead, Jotaro obliterates DIO's Stand, basically blowing up DIO's soul. Also, what finally destroys his body for good was being exposed to sunlight, the most basic vampire weakness.
  • Death from Above: After he traps Jotaro in another time freeze, instead of using his fists, he decides to do something a bit more extreme; dropping a steamroller.
    RODO ROLLA DA!note 
    Seven seconds! I'M GOING TO ROLL ALL OVER YOU!
  • Defeat Means Explosion: His upper body bursts into a bloody mess from getting punched in the leg.
  • Determinator: Dio manages to cheat death a total of three times during Phantom Blood. The second time was because he ripped off his own head as his body was burning away due to Hamon, and then he maintained his (highly questionable) sanity while being stuck under the ocean for a century.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: In Stardust Crusaders, he controls a giant villain network made of Stand Users and vampires fanatically loyal to him, has a ridiculous amount of money to throw around, his influence reaches out across the globe, and he has a ridiculously swanky mansion in Cairo with a fabulous looking bed.
  • Dirty Coward: Above all else, Dio is determined. This does not mean that he is particularly brave, and for all his pride, he isn't above fleeing or begging for his life when things turn sour.
  • Discard and Draw: He trades in his old vampire powers after obtaining Jonathan's body for the far more badass ability to stop time.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: For the whole series after Stardust Crusaders, the following antagonists in later parts are either Stand users causing trouble or another one of his loyal minions.
  • Disney Villain Death: Subverted. After his battle with Jonathan at the castle of Windknight's Lot, he's plummeting from the balcony while Hamon disintegrates his body. In the midst of his fall, he detaches his head from his body and eventually survives his fall.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: In Stardust Crusaders, Dio goes off the rails while fighting Jotaro in demeanor and appearance after absorbing Joseph's blood, reveling in his boosted powers. It gets him killed because he spends so much time playing with his food and lording over Jotaro rather than going for a straight, easily verifiable kill or fatal blow, he gives Jotaro enough time to realize he could also stop time.
  • Dub Personality Change: Compared to Takehito Koyasu, Patrick Seitz's Dio is quicker to recognize when he's outmatched, and his uses of This Cannot Be! suggest panic more than anger — compare the English and Japanese dubs of one of their first fights.
  • Due to the Dead: Zig-zagged. While Dio does desecrate Jonathan's corpse to use as his new body, certain materials state that he feels guilt about demeaning his old foe's remains, but he also feels that Jonathan's body is the only thing in existence worthy of containing his will. Yeah, Dio's weird like that.

  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: A minor one. In the first chapter in the manga, Dio is depicted with black hair instead of his trademark blonde hair. He wouldn't have blonde hair until the next chapter that features him. The colored edition made many years later attempted to fix this by coloring his black hair yellow to mixed results.
  • Enfant Terrible: As a child, he killed his father (who was abusive, but still), got adopted into the Joestar family, made Jonathan look like a bitch for all of his early childhood years, kissed the girl that Jonathan liked (against her will to top it off), burned his dog in an oven, and beat him up in a boxing match. And this is all before he becomes a vampire and causes trouble for three of Jonathan's descendants. His primary motivation for the vampirism? Jonathan beat him up for having kissed his girl, so he decided to get back at him in the worst way possible. When Dio tries to use his abusive father as an excuse for his behavior, Speedwagon shoots it down and states outright that no matter what he says to justify his actions, it changes nothing; he's evil and has been since the day he was born.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He literally kicks Jonathan's dog Danny because he was running towards him.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He killed his father for working his mother to death. The ambiguously-canon light novel Over Heaven downplays this by establishing that while he did love his mother, he considered her foolish for her compassion and generosity.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: He might be a heartless monster, but Jonathan loves him as a brother all the way to the grave.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Dear lord, do they ever. Many male characters mention how handsome Dio is. Avdol, in fact, mentions he was incredibly-good looking even when terrified of him.
  • Evil Brit: Even if only in the literal sense, since the entirety of Phantom Blood takes place in Britain.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He underestimated Jonathan's nobility until the very end. His last words to him were an attempt to bribe his rival with vampiric immortality so he could survive his wounds, not understanding that someone willing to sacrifice himself in such a way would never take up that offer.
    • Previously, he had also offered vampiric immortality to Poco's elder sister, in the belief she would like to preserve her beauty, not even realizing how horrified of him the young girl was. This earns him a reprimand and Armor-Piercing Slap for his trouble.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Towards Jonathan; while Jonathan grew up to a kind gentleman, Dio is cruel, uncaring, and has no respect towards anyone.
    • To Speedwagon, who grew up in similar dire circumstances on the streets of London, but managed to rise above his misfortune to be a true man of greatness. Ultimately, by choosing to fight the darkness he was born into instead of spreading it, Speedwagon gets everything Dio wanted, striking it rich, living his life out with peace of mind, and ultimately gaining a form of immortality through the Speedwagon Foundation.
    • In hindsight, Dio also serves as a Shadow Archetype to Jotaro. Both possess Stands that are gifted with Super Strength, Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs, and the ability to stop time. Both are also raised by loving mothers whom they would cherish in spite of their otherwise rough demeanor, while having... less than stellar relationships with their father (Dio's father being an abusive drunk while Jotaro's father being always absent in the midst of his numerous worldwide concerts). What sets them apart is that Dio's mother died too soon and so is unable to remain a positive influence in the same way Holly was to Jotaro.
  • Evil Eyebrows: Has a very thick, distinct pair of eyebrows that are very expressive, as seen here.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: His freezing powers in Part 1.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Absolutely.
  • Evil Is Not Well-Lit: Spends a good deal of time in the dark, being a vampire and all.
  • Evil Laugh: Exhibit A, B, and C. Yes, he has three kinds of laughs.
  • Evil Overlord: Tried to be one in Phantom Blood, though it didn't really pan out. He had much more success in Stardust Crusaders as a Diabolical Mastermind.
  • Evil Is Petty: He went out of his way to make Jonathan's life a living hell and treat him like crap, doing such things as throwing his dog in the furnace and stealing the first kiss of his love interest Erina just to spite him. This last one, however, backfired, as after learning of it, Jonathan finally Grew a Spine and beat Dio to a pulp. Later on, we see Dio as a vampire, having turned a mother into a zombie and watched her devouring her own child, because he promised her not to harm the child, but said nothing about making her a zombie to kill the poor baby as well.
  • Evil Redhead: Is depicted as one in this image.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Being voiced by Takehito Koyasu in Japanese and Patrick Seitz in English tends to have this effect.
  • Evil Uncle: He's Joseph's evil adoptive grand-uncle and Jotaro's evil adoptive great-great-grand-uncle.
  • Evil Virtues: Ambition, Determination, Valor.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: His hair spikes up to Super Saiyan levels when he takes Joseph's blood, showing how much power he gained and sanity he lost.
  • Eye Beams: Sort of. He can shoot blood from his eyes at the speed of a bullet in Part 1, though in the 2012 anime it's treated as a laser, slicing a few zombies in half along with the top of the building he's in. But for some reason, he did not use this ability in Part 3 despite being able to do so even as a head.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: In Stardust Crusaders, DIO's face is always obscured in the darkness… presumably just to seem more threatening, since he looks exactly the same as in Phantom Blood.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Dio is a very handsome man and is noted by others as having physical beauty, but his heart is pure evil, to the point that in Part 4, Keicho Nijimura refers to the deal his father made with DIO as if it was a Deal with the Devil himself.
  • Familial Foe: The various parts of the series chronicle the exploits of individual descendants of the Joestar family and their battles against the incarnations of DIO, their family nemesis.
  • Famous Last Words: "I AM DIOOOO!!!!"
  • Fangs Are Evil: He doesn't use them to drink blood, though.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Pride. He's so overconfident in his vampiric abilities that he leaves Jonathan to his minions (elite minions, but still), allowing him to get both his sword and a massive power boost, both instrumental in Dio's eventual defeat. Then, even when he's actually facing Jonathan, he doesn't use his Space Ripper Stingy Eyes until he's already defeated, and even when he has JoJo at his mercy (he literally has his carotid artery between his fingers), he gloats about his victory, and puts himself in a position that makes JoJo's body warmth a necessity (Jonathan calls him out for this flaw), giving him the opportunity to strike back and almost killing him. At the end of the part, reduced to just a head, he gets serious using the aforementioned Eye Beams and curb-stomps JoJo in seconds. When he comes back in Stardust Crusaders, he commits the same mistake by taking such pride in The World's ability that he uses it exclusively, ignoring his vampiric powers, and taking his sweet time in actually going for the kill while also making an intentional spectacle of it giving Jotaro the possibility to fight back, defeating him and killing him for good this time.
    • Wrath is one of his major weaknesses, as he himself states. Whenever he's pushed too far, DIO can fall into his temper quite easily and will use brute force to satisfy his anger rather than his tactical plans. This comes back to bite him during Phantom Blood, where he is called out by Speedwagon, who claimed that DIO was born evil, causing him to put on the Stone Mask and accepting what the people around him view his identity as, a monster. During this altercation, he murdered many of the officers there to arrest him and killed Jonathan's father George in the process, which led DIO down the deep end by plunging his humanity down the drain, and he attempts to unleash his malevolent rage upon those he deems unfit to share in his world. By the time Stardust Crusaders rolls around, he seems to have gotten control of his anger by rarely lashing out while becoming more cold and calculating, but he later reverts back to his old psychotic self after absorbing Joseph's blood and goes into a homicidal rampage to try and kill Jotaro. This costs him his victory, as he let himself fly off the handle, which led to his defeat.
  • Faux Affably Evil: A case which swaps between this and actual Affably Evil, since while he's a smooth and suave talker who's deep down a megalomaniacal sociopath, he's not completely faux. Dio usually does not attack unless he is provoked or deems his foe dangerous, though this is usually due to a smug sense of superiority rather than kindness. He will first try persuading people to work for him, then fight them if they oppose. He's also not incapable of forming friendships with those who are nice to him, and trusted Pucci enough to give him control of his plan to recreate the universe if he ever "veered off track". Played completely straight in his younger days, where he would have people brought to his castle. He would act like a Noble Demon only to play mind games with the kidnapped person before brutally killing them, turning them into vampires or using them for his Body Horror hobby.
  • Femme Fatalons: When he became a vampire, his nails became sharp and pointed claws. and when he appeared in Part 3, they were black and the anime gave special focus to them. They serve to make him sinister, but unlike the weaponized variation, it's his strength alone that grants him the ability to pierce his fingers into his victims' skin rather than the claws themselves.
  • Fighting Spirit: His Stand is The World.
  • Final Boss: He's the last enemy the Stardust Crusaders face, and in video-game adaptations of the arc, this is quite literally the case.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Averted, and also a literal example, as he's shown no discomfort in the 1980s, though he does take a moment to idly marvel about the speed and power of an automobile while remembering about how in his time it was all horse-drawn carriages.
  • Flechette Storm: One each on Joseph and Jotaro by throwing as many knives as his hands could hold.
  • Forceful Kiss: In one of the most memorable moments in Phantom Blood, he makes Erina kiss him so that he can beat Jonathan to the punch, in an effort to demoralize him further. It doesn't end well for Dio, as Jonathan showed him.
  • For the Evulz:
    • While Dio did all those atrocities to Jonathan when they were 12 because he hated Jonathan and wanted to be the only one worthy of the Joestar fortune, some of the things he does after becoming a vampire fall straight into this category. Creating fusions between animals and humans, tricking a woman into eating her own baby, and turning several of the people in Windknights Lot into monstrous zombies falls straight into this trope.
    • The ambiguously canon (not created by Araki) novel "OVER HEAVEN" has Dio state that the biological experiments he performed at Windknights Lot taught him how to fuse a head with a different body, leading to his eventual possession of Jonathan.
    • In the same novel, Dio mentions that during his boyhood, he'd quickly learnt to despise justice, morals, and ethics, believing them to be incapable of overcoming the hardships of this world. He used to watch his mother suffer scorn and abuse when she struggled to live up to those ideals. Dio goes as far as to mention that indoctrinating children with moral ideals in the cruel world was tantamount to abuse.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Never uses his vampire powers in Part 3 aside from bloodsucking, even though zombie servants and eye-beams probably would have come in handy.
  • Foil: Everything Jonathan was, Dio is the antithesis to. And their legacies have opposed each other throughout series.
    • He's also this to Jotaro. DIO is a hammy, immortal vampire who revels in kicking dogs (figuratively and literally) with a smirk, presents himself with a superficial image of charisma that's enough to make others fanatically loyal to him, while he himself cares nothing for them in return. Jotaro is an unforgivingly stoic Japanese Delinquent who starts his introduction telling his mother to shut the hell up, and doesn't bother with politeness for anyone else either. Beneath that, however, Jotaro does care for others, has a great sense of justice, and is remarkably more intelligent than what you would expect from a delinquent.
  • Foreshadowing: At first, his forced fusions between animals and humans seem to be nothing more than show his cruel personality. He makes use of this to steal Jonathan's body as a disembodied head.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Dio tries to blame his villainy on his upbringing, but Speedwagon says he can smell that Dio's been evil since birth, and brutally exposes him for the monster he is (which ends up changing Dio's view of himself as well).
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: On a literally cosmic scale. Dio was originally the son of a drunken bum with no super special secret origins or evil Chosen One status, but through cunning and charisma, he became a very dangerous vampire. Even then, he would have just been a Mook compared to the Pillar Men. Then he still set into motion a plan that led to the destruction and recreation of the freaking universe!
  • Genius Bruiser: He has a passion for reading and dropping steamrollers on people.
  • A God Am I: After becoming a vampire, Dio, who already had a bit of a superiority complex to begin with, decided that he was superior to humanity itself and tried to become the ruler of the world. In Part 3, DIO was actually getting better in this regard, becoming intrigued in the power of humanity and how normal humans could surpass him. However, realizing that he had the power to stop time, completely threw all of that out the window.
  • Godhood Seeker: His motive after reappearing in the 1980s, as revealed in Stone Ocean. Dio seeks to use Made In Heaven to finally achieve the world he desires and control his destiny.
  • God of Evil: In Eyes of Heaven, he attains godlike power as Heaven Ascension DIO. And as you might guess from the whole rest of the page, he doesn't use this power for good, instead becoming a Multiversal Conqueror.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: The reveal of what Heaven Ascended DIO would have looked like in Eyes of Heaven shows that he has alabaster white skin with golden accoutrements and facial tattoos, and his ascended Stand The World Over Heaven has a predominantly white color scheme compared to its original gold.
  • Grand Theft Me: After killing Jonathan, Dio attaches his own head to the body's neck.
  • Gratuitous English:
    • "ZA WARUDO!!"
    • "Good-bye JoJo!"
  • Gratuitous French: He addresses Poco's sister as "mademoiselle".
  • Gratuitous Japanese: In the English dub, his battle cry is still "MUDA MUDA MUDA".
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He’s this of the entire series, affecting the plot whenever he doesn’t take on the Big Bad mantle directly, especially in part 6.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Just after becoming a vampire, he throws a constable's body with enough force to kill two others and break Speedwagon's arm.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Jonathan nearly slices him in half in their final fight. It barely slowed him down.
  • Handicapped Badass: His greatest feat as a Hero Killer was done when he was just a head. Not to mention he was handicapped for the majority of Part 3 despite having a Stand due to Jonathan's body rejecting him and weakening The World.
  • He Was Right There All Along: Meta example; in the 2015 anime opening, if you look carefully during the scene where Star Platinum breaks the glass/screen, you can make out the outline of The World, and DIO is standing behind Jotaro's shoulder when it zooms into his face. This was not a stylistic choice or an Easter Egg; "Dio's World Part 3" reveals that DIO was actually there the whole time on our side of the glass/screen, which The World actually broke during a time stop rather than Star Platinum. This is then followed by the camera panning around to Jotaro's back and showing DIO casually strolling past him during the time stop with a smirk before assuming his position behind him (now fully illuminated) before restarting time and engaging The World in a Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs duel with Jotaro and Star Platinum.
  • The Heavy: Aside from his own appearances in Part 1 and 3, the plots of most other Parts are propelled by pursuing leftover plot points related to Dio or his followers (the Stone Mask, the Bow and Arrow, his children, the Bone, and Green Baby). He's also the reason why the Joestars became so badass in the first place.
  • Hell Is That Noise:
    • In Stardust Crusaders, much like with Vanilla Ice and Cream's Portal Cut, The World's time stop is signaled by a loud buzzing noise as well as the sound of a clock's hands slowing down and stopping.
    • The timestop in the OVA is less intimidating and a heck of a lot more creepier, sounding like a low-tuned siren going off before fading away as the timestop expands outwards.
  • Heroic Build: Inverted; he may have a strong physique, but he is far from benevolent. Even more prominent when he steals Jonathan's body in Part 3.
  • Hero Killer: His direct kills include George Joestar, Dire, and Jonathan Joestar in part 1, and Noriaki Kakyoin and Joseph Joestar in part 3 (though the last one got better).
  • Hero's Evil Predecessor: He is the father of Giorno Giovanna, the protagonist of Part 5.
  • Humiliation Conga: His "Take That!" Kiss against Jonathan led to him being publicly humiliated by Erina and getting a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Jonathan that caused him to burst into tears. He also suffers a second one after returning from Ogre Street when he discovers that Jonathan is still alive, Speedwagon exposes his plan to deceive Jonathan, and having his plot to poison George Joestar exposed. When he used the Stone Mask, it was because vampirism was the only option he had left other than prison.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Hates dogs for being "bootlickers", but goes out of his way to make his minions fanatically loyal to him, not to mention the whole restart-the-universe-into-one-that-worships-me plot.
    • In Part 3, he refers to Joseph as a "cunning old geezer"... despite technically being over 40 years older than him.
  • I Control My Minions Through...: Throughout his appearances in the series, Dio displays several different methods of control.
    • Loyalty: Most of Dio's minions are fanatically loyal to him, many of which would much rather kill themselves than fail him. In Part 1, his henchmen consisted of the worst criminals he could find turned into zombies. In Part 3, Dio took advantage of Stand users and how they have a hard time fitting in society to convince them to serve him.
    • Fear: His vampire minions are said to have surrendered themselves to him by fear, and he threatens Hol Horse with his power to scare him back to his side.
    • Mind Control: In Part 1, Dio uses his hypnotic abilities and vampire abilities to turn people into subservient zombies. And in Part 3, he utilized flesh buds to make those he didn't trust surrender to his will, and used them to keep Enya under control.
    • Money: A lot of DIO's minions in Part 3 are hired mercenaries. There's also Nijimura Sr., who was given vast quantities of money by DIO.
    • A Piece Of The Action: In Part 4, it's revealed that Dio used the arrows owned by Enya to create powerful subordinates by granting them Stands.
    • Power: Those who know of his power are deadly afraid of him. After Hol Horse experiences the effects of The World, he immediately rejoins Dio again.
    • Love: Most of his minions are absolutely in love with his charisma, but particularly Vanilla Ice and Pucci.
  • I Know You're Watching Me: He can tell when Hermit Purple is being used on him.
  • An Ice Person: One of the vampiric abilities he demonstrated in Part 1 was to snap-freeze parts of his body (a really exaggerated version of evaporative cooling), which, in turn, would drain heat from, and freeze, the bodies of any who came into physical contact with him. This makes him a much more realistic version of it than most as rather than projecting cold, he's absorbing heat. This proves to be effective against not only close-range attacks, but Hamon as well: frozen blood can't carry oxygen throughout the body as effectively, and thus, considerably weakens his victim's Hamon. After returning in the 1980s, he replaces it with his The World stand, and their power to stop time.
  • Iconic Outfit:
    • His Part 1 outfit consists an ornate shirt and breeches, a large pair of boots, vambraces, and two suspenders attached to a band around his waist. The anime version of this outfit made it look like his legs were much bigger than they actually were.
    • Part 3 had him wear a suit colored yellow. He wears a jacket with a backless tank-top underneath. He now also wears a heart-shaped circlet, and rings for his cuffs. His pants are held up... somehow, and also wears... elfboots. No, really. And he's still the most terrifying villain of the JoJo franchise.
  • Immortality Promiscuity: After he returns in Part 3, he uses his immortal vampire body (well, Jonathan's) to sleep with women across the globe, siring at least four kids from different mothers.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Part 3 has one of the most famous examples in all of anime and manga. After trapping Jotaro in a Time Stop, DIO grabs a nearby road roller — or an oil tanker truck in the OVA — and smashes him underneath it; repeatedly punching them with The World for good measure and causing the tanker truck in particular to explode violently.
  • In Their Own Image: Stone Ocean reveals that DIO's ultimate plan is to remake the universe into his own twisted vision of "heaven". A "heaven" where all will worship him.
  • Ironic Echo: In the Japanese dub, Dio's famous line is "kono Dio da!" ("I am Dio!"), which is often translated as "[It was] I, DIO!" When Jotaro finally manages to kill Dio, his final line is "kono DIO da!"
  • Irony:
    • His Forceful Kiss on Erina, which he performed to further demoralize Jonathan, is what ultimately causes Jonathan to stand up to him the first time, and it's the point where his life starts falling apart.
    • If Dio hadn't become a vampire, the JoJos wouldn't have gained the strength to fight future enemies like the Pillar Men and Stand Users, as Jonathan would've remained a normal man having normal descendants.
    • Not only that, but Dio's attempt to kill Jotaro is almost darkly amusing. He attempts to defeat an opponent by separating the head and the body, and seemingly expects it to be fatal.
    • Dio is quite the badass, but for all of his power, he is almost always relying on the Joestar family for really, everything. To elaborate; he needed George's money and wealth for his own greed, needed George's stone mask in order to become a vampire, needed Jonathan's body after he was reduced to a head, needed Joseph's blood to work better with Jonathan's body, and he relies on Jonathan's Hermit Purple #2 for surveillance.
  • It Amused Me: As highlighted by the community, a lot of Dio's Part 3 moments can be chalked up to this:
    • Him trolling Polnareff by taunting him on the stairs to get him to start climbing up, followed by using The World on and off to relocate Polnareff down several steps, then rinsing and repeating, which eventually leads to him spawning a chair after a few rounds and speechifying to him.
    • Him performing a similar manner of trolling on Senator Phillips to make him drive the car to chase after Joseph and Kakyoin counts, what with using The World to grab him and put him in the driver's seat despite his repeated attempts to escape or resist. And the only reason that happens is because Dio took a shine to the car in question and decided to ride in it rather than chase them down on foot which was completely within his ability, along with the fact he has no idea how to drive a car himself given the century he spent underwater.
    • Randomly killing a cat and then dumping it in someone's drink during his time stop to kill Joseph.
    • Using a steamroller to crush Jotaro. Since there are no signs of construction in Cairo from what we see, DIO somehow managed to use his vampire speed to run around, find a steamroller, and bring it back to Jotaro to crush within the span of seven seconds of his time stop.
    • In Part 1, there's no good reason other than this for him to fuse the heads and bodies of various animals together to serve as pet zombies. This gets lampshaded in the Abridged Version.
  • It's All About Me: His goal of controlling his own destiny and obtaining happiness is entirely based on what Dio believes he deserves, and he couldn't care less about the people he ruins in his way.
  • I Shall Taunt You: He loves messing around with his opponents, to the point that his Kiai literally translates as "useless".
  • Jerkass: One of the first things he does in the manga/anime is kicking Danny in the face for the hell of it. To say the man is unpleasant would be the nicest way to describe what a reprehensible, deliberately vile person he is.
  • The Juggernaut: His vampiric healing abilities are played to horrifying effects in Phantom Blood. Not even Hamon, which is designed to fight vampires, puts him down for long.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Dio wasn't exactly stable to begin with, but all that power slowly yet surely chips at whatever sanity is left in him. Especially after absorbing Joseph's blood.
  • Kiai: MUDA MUDA MUDA MUDA MUDA!!!!note  and WRRRYYYYYYYYY!!!!!note 
  • Killing Intent: During Dio's encounter with Will Zeppeli, after their exchange of words, Zeppeli remarks on Dio's evil atmosphere and majestic presence as it physically pushes him back.
  • Knife Nut: In Part 3, he carries an array of knives with him to make up for The World's short range and likes to combine this with The World's Time Stands Still power. Especially against Jotaro. It suits his Yandere persona.
  • Knight of Cerebus:
    • Everything went to hell for Jonathan once he showed up to mess with his life for no reason other than to drive him down the Despair Event Horizon, and it gets worse with the Genre Shift when he becomes a vampire by killing his adopted father, leading him to be an effective Hero Killer, culminating in the death of Jonathan to have his body used for Dio's now decapitated head.
    • In Part 3, when he finally steps up to fight, it results in the Darkest Hour of the saga,with the majority of the cast killed and Polnareff being injured so badly he is unable to help Jotaro; meaning Jotaro is forced to fight Dio and his godlike powers alone. Not to mention how Bloodier and Gorier the fight was.
  • Lack of Empathy: He pretends otherwise in Part 1 through Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, after becoming a vampire and by the events of Part 3, he's more of a Dark Messiah at least to his followers who think he shares the same compassion to them as their loyalty to him. It's not the case at all, except possibly Pucci.
  • Large and in Charge: DIO is quite big in his own right in terms of height and his physique, and is the leader of his minions that follow his every command.
  • Large Ham: It's probably easier to list the moments where he isn't delivering some kind of bombastic, over-the-top speech.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • Towards Dio, being a threat to mankind killing some of the heroes gets him killed by Jotaro. For Dio, being killed by Jotaro gets Jotaro himself killed in Stone Ocean.
    • Shortly after Dio, in one of the most iconic scenes of Part 3, impales Kakyoin as he's helpless in Dio's frozen time, Jotaro unknowingly avenges his companion by doing the same to his nemesis with Star Platinum. This time, by catching Dio off guard by being able to move in the frozen world. Dio's healing factor closed the gaping hole in his stomach, though.
  • Laughably Evil: Make no mistake, Dio is one of the most petty and depraved characters in the franchise. Yet he carries it in such a bombastic and over-the-top manner that he comes off as entertaining at the same time.
  • Lean and Mean: He's skinnier (by JoJo standards) than the heroically-built Jonathan in Part 1. During Part 3, he gains significant muscle mass by stealing Jonathan's body.
  • Leitmotif: Hidden Feelings and From The Dark Abyss, both of which play a sinister violin revealing his true vile nature.
  • Like Father, Like Son: As much as Dio would despise being compared to his father, the latter's own abusive and overall unpleasant behavior, along with Speedwagon telling him that he was already evil since he was born, pretty much point to his cruelty being something he inherited for in order for that statement to be true.
  • Logical Weakness: Dio is an immortal vampire, making most forms of physical attacks a temporary inconvenience at best, and his Stand is a manifestation of his soul or life force. Jotaro kills him by destroying his Stand, thus destroying his soul and getting around that pesky regeneration.
  • Make Sure He's Dead: Dio isn't quite satisfied with sticking Jotaro through with knives and dropping him from over a dozen stories high, so he grabs a policeman's gun and shoots him. Afterward, he puts his ear to the ground to listen for Jotaro's heartbeat from a safe distance. Despite hearing nothing, he then decides to behead him with a street sign just to be sure. He fails, as Jotaro used his Stand both to catch the bullet just after it pierced his skin and to temporarily stop his heartbeat. Polnareff then intervenes and attacks Dio before he can attempt to decapitate Jotaro. Even after dropping a steamroller on Jotaro, he was so caught up in believing he finally won he forgot to even check to make sure Jotaro was dead.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Manipulation is pretty much a superpower of his, considering most of the enemies in Parts 3 and 6 are composed of those who have been charmed to his side, whereas another one of his followers plays a major role in the plot of Part 6.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: To an extent. Considering that he was able to achieve Heaven in Eyes of Heaven, he'd be unstoppable, tearing apart the Jojo canon. Well, he would, if not for Jotaro's trump card at the end of the game.
  • Meaningful Name: "Dio" means "God" in Italian. To say he has a god complex would be an understatement.
  • Meaningful Rename: In Part 3 he's DIO to distinguish him from his Part 1 self. It's even written that way in the Japanese version.
  • Menacing Stroll: Dio does that in the streets of Cairo.
  • Mobile Menace: In Part 1, Dio was always one step ahead of Jonathan. However, after his return in Part 3, Orcus on His Throne set in.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Dear lord, is he ever. This is especially noticeable in part 3, where the audience is treated to scenes such as this and this. And then there's his voice... It's not hard to see why his followers are openly lustful towards him.

  • Narcissist: This is Dio's most defining trait, especially after he becomes a vampire. He is entirely self-absorbed, and so wholly assured in his superiority that he doesn't hesitate to gloat and demean everyone else as beneath him. And if that's not enough, then his grand plan to remake the universe in his own image where everyone will worship him as a god would definitely be a dead ringer of a narcissist.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: In Phantom Blood, after his debut fight, he displayed the power to heal by sucking blood, freeze the blood in his enemies, can't die unless his head is destroyed, and Eye Beams.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He's largely responsible for the JoJos getting as strong as they did. Forcing Erina to kiss him is what finally drives Jonathan to beat him up and prove himself "worthy of respect" in Dio´s eyes.
  • No Indoor Voice: Almost ALL of his lines have speaking much louder than his opponents.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The way his Time Stop-induced teleportation works in the OVA. Instead of making a big show of warping around like he did in the manga and anime, DIO simply disappears silently from one spot, and can then be casually seen in another, as if he was always there. It's a genuinely unsettling effect that even manages to frighten Jotaro, with DIO giving him a soft-spoken Breaking Speech all the while.
  • Not Quite Dead: After Jonathan defeats him by filling him with Hamon, Dio manages to separate his head from his body before the Hamon gets to it, allowing him to survive as a disembodied head and later steal Jonathan's body.
  • Obviously Evil: In Part 1, nobody notices he's evil despite his literal Kick the Dog, beating Jonathan for no reason, driving his thumb into Jonathan's eye in a boxing match he already won, and nobody but Jonathan notices that he's evil until the forced kiss on Erina.
  • Off with His Head!: Dio chops off his own head in order to not be affected by Jonathan's Hamon.
  • Only Friend:
    • Dio Brando cares for nobody but himself. That is, except Jonathan Joestar. At first, Dio despises Jonathan for what he sees as foolhardy friendship and brotherly love. This eventually turns into a bizarre form of respect as DIO decides that Jonathan is the only person worthy of becoming his new body. As the years pass and DIO reflects on his life and the meaning of happiness, he comes to realize that Jonathan's affection extended even to his last moment and was truly sincere. This realization prompts Dio to recognize Jonathan Joestar as the only person he truly considers a friend rather than a pawn or worthy opponent, to the point he almost regrets that Jonathan had to die to allow himself, DIO, to live.
    • Aside from Jonathan, Pucci may also be one as well. Unlike many of DIO's subordinates like Enya or Vanilla Ice, DIO seems to treat Pucci as an equal rather than a lowly servant, casually chatting with Pucci on various topics like art or the nature of the universe itself.
  • Only One Name: From Part 3 onward, he's known only as DIO. (Yes, in all capital letters.)
  • Orcus on His Throne: Justified; as he is Weakened by the Light, he can't go far before the sunlight destroys him, so he has his human minions go and kill the Joestars.
    • In Part 3, he is this because for the majority of the Part he is getting accustomed to Jonathan Joestar's body, and it's only when the heroes are literally at his doorstep that he decides to come out and deal with them.
    • Over Heaven (and Stone Ocean, to an extent) reveals that he pretended to be this, when in actuality he was secretly researching ways to upgrade his Stand so he could bring about The End of the World as We Know It.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: He sucks blood with fingers, freezes his own limbs, and fires beams from his eyes... yeah. Then there's the fact that awakening human potential via Stone Mask results in vampirism.
  • Overarching Villain: He's the Big Bad of Part 1 and 3, and while he's killed off at the end of Part 3, his actions while alive still indirectly influences the following parts in various ways. Especially in Part 6, where the Big Bad is his most devoted follower who wants to realize his goals.
  • Personality Powers: An egomaniac with the ability to render himself untouchable in his own world of stopped time while leaving everyone else a sitting duck. Enya also reflects on how DIO's stand power reflects his uncanny ability of getting out of trouble.
  • Poke the Poodle: In the 1994 gag manga JoJo's Bizarre Married Life, he uses The World to stop time so he can eat Jotaro's and Kakyoin's breakfast.
  • Poor Communication Kills: If he bothered to tell Vanilla Ice about his newfound vampirism, along with the strengths and weaknesses, the battle against Polnareff might have ended differently.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: In part 3, he develops an appreciation for contemporary music.
  • "Pop!" Goes the Human: How he meets his end in Part 3. Jotaro and he have one final clash with their Stands. But Star Platinum proves stronger and destroys The World, the feedback transferring to Dio and making his body and his very soul explode to pieces.
  • Posthumous Character: Continues to influence the later parts from beyond the grave. All three times.
  • Predecessor Villain: The Overarching Villain of the series, even after his final death at the end of Part 3, climaxing as far forward as Part 6. The only segment he's outshone in is Part 2, where Kars is revealed to have been the Greater-Scope Villain to Part 1. Dio and his twisted plans remain a constant threat, even with the man himself being deceased.
  • Properly Paranoid: Despite having an overwhelming advantage in terms of strength, speed, and his time stop, Dio is infinitely more careful fighting Jotaro than he is in dealing with any of the other protagonists, because he knows Jotaro is not to be underestimated. Up until Dio takes Joseph's blood, nearly all of their fighting together is just Dio gauging the full extent of Jotaro's abilities, and staying at a distance to safely force Jotaro to reveal his hand.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: In Part 1, Dio treats his newfound power as a toy to be played with. In Part 3, he's usually calm and strategic, until he slips back into this state after draining Joseph's blood.
  • Psychotic Smirk: After absorbing Joseph's blood, he does it again before his steamroller attack.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Towards the end of his fight with Jotaro, Dio gets punched in the side of the head so hard that it almost completely fractures that side of his skull, giving him severe blunt-force trauma and a concussion, as well as leaving him in immense pain. Even with his inherent vampiric abilities, Dio is left so incredibly weak that the only reason Jotaro doesn't immediately kill him is due to The World stepping in, and his recovery through Joseph's blood.
    • Likewise, attacking Jotaro before he was fully healed after Jotaro broke his leg. Since Jotaro was at full power at that point, his attack proved stronger and destroyed Dio's Stand, which in turn killed Dio.
  • Really Gets Around: He has at least four illegitimate sons with four different women. And it's implied that those women are just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Really 700 Years Old: By the time he returns in Stardust Crusaders, he's over 120 years old, but hasn't aged thanks to being a vampire.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: In typical JoJo fashion. Who else could get away with wearing heart headbands and elf boots?
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Begins with blue (orange in the anime) eyes that become red upon his transformation into a vampire.
  • Removing the Head or Destroying the Brain: Subverted. To kill a vampire, Hamon or sunlight energy has to reach the target's brain. Burning him to cinders would still allow him to regenerate unless Hamon or sunlight are involved. Decapitation only results in an angry vampire head eager to find a new body to attach itself to. As an example, Straizo was blown into tiny chunks by grenades in Battle Tendency and recovered, so it's unlikely that complete brain destruction short of destruction on the atomic level even works. However, his regenerative powers are slow enough that it heavily cripples him until he recovers, as seen when Jotaro damages his brain that left him incapacitated until he absorbs Joseph's blood. The only other way to kill him is by completely destroying his Stand, which is a method that works on every Stand User.
  • Returning Big Bad: He was seemingly stuck at the bottom of the sea by the end of Phantom Blood. However, by Stardust Crusaders, he makes it back to the surface, and once again serves as the Big Bad of the Part.

  • Sacred First Kiss: Does this in an infamous scene with Erina in order to throw a wrench in her relationship with Jonathan. Why? Because he likes Jonathan to suffer for kicks!
  • Sarcastic Clapping: His taunt in the Part 3 fighting game, while wearing his jacket. It's Played With in that his teleportation move in that form also has him clapping, instead of turning his back to the opponent.
  • Satanic Archetype: Dio is the clear devil figure, as he seeks to become god and tempts people to evil to further his deeds. Further adding to his satanic qualities are his forsaking of humanity to pursue power paralleling the Fallen Angel archetype, and his Part 3 design having light-based motifs, with his Stand The World evoking the image of a god. To further drive the point home, Dio means God, which adds further to his god complex.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: He lets out some borderline campy screeches in his first serious battle with Jonathan in the David Production anime adaptation.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Trapped under the sea in a coffin for almost a hundred years.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Poisons his own father and tries to do the same to his adoptive father George, but is foiled. Later, he does manage to stab him to death with a knife.
  • Self-Mutilation Demonstration: Starts using it as an intimidation tactic after draining Joseph's blood, tearing off parts of his face and casually ramming his finger through his skull just to show Jotaro how little it affects him.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Has apparently developed a thing for backless halter tops in Part 3.
  • Sibling Rivalry: With Jonathan. And it becomes worse later on.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: DIO battles Jotaro with a few advantages: a Stand that's faster and stronger than Star Platinum, the knowledge needed to use its special ability, and his vampiric strength, speed, and resilience. However, the night he fights Jotaro is the first time his Stand sees direct combat period, whereas Jotaro had built up plenty of experience via defeating DIO's Stand-wielding assassins.
  • Smug Snake: For all his smarts, it still doesn't stop him from letting his arrogance get the better of him.
    • After he defeats Jonathan and Zeppeli, he avoids killing them because he decides his method for countering Hamon means they aren't a threat. When Jonathan came to face him again, he avoids killing him because he wanted to turn him a zombie. Once he reveals his Eye Beams, it became clear he could have killed him without so much as throwing a punch if he didn't let his ego get in the way, further emphasized when he managed to kill him when reduced to a head.
    • In Part 3, despite wanting to make sure Jotaro was dead at first, after he tried to crush him with a steamroller, he was so caught up in the idea that he finally won, he didn't check to make sure that Jotaro was dead.
  • Smug Super: Even more so in Part 3, merely breaking Jotaro's bones rather than doing one swift Megaton Punch to the gut like he did to Kakyoin. This leads to his death when he tries to attack him with a kick one last time before his legs were fully healed.
  • The Sociopath: For starters, he is extremely arrogant, to the point where he'll reset the universe just to become its ruler. He also has a supreme Lack of Empathy, though he hides it very well for the sake of manipulating his minions, who revere him as a deity, even though they'll inevitably meet their ends at his hands. He treats dog-kicking as a hobby, and burned a dog alive just to mess up his adopted brother. Finally, his idea of love boils down to stealing the body of the ones he "cares about" and warping someone to become obsessively fanatic towards him. When he tries to use his abusive birth father to justify his behavior, Speedwagon responds with a Shut Up, Hannibal!, declaring that Dio is just straight-up evil and has been since the minute he was born; notably, Dio actually agrees with this assessment and fully embraces it.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: In contrast to all the hamminess and pomposity that comes with his A God Am I beliefs in most other adaptations, DIO in the Stardust Crusaders OVA is quieter and more soft-spoken; being just as verbose, but chillingly-calm and almost casual in how he interacts with the Joestar group. It's especially noticeable during his Breaking Speech to Jotaro after finding he can also stop time; instead of flying into a rage, DIO commends Jotaro and Kakyoin for figuring it out before he killed the latter — silently teleporting around Jotaro to visibly unnerve him all the while — and theorizing aloud how long he can do it for.
    DIO: (warps atop a lamppost, his eyes glowing red in the darkness) How very unexpected of Star Platinum to come into my frozen world. (warps to a balcony, leaning back on the wall) You watched me, from within the frozen time. Hmm... not unlike a child first learning how to ride a bicycle, you'll get the hang of it in no time. After Kakyoin revealed the secret of The World, you were able to figure out the idea of Time Freeze, and then become aware of moving inside the frozen time. I suppose your comrade's death was not wasted after all...
    Jotaro: (appalled) You killed Kakyoin...?!
    DIO: (warps atop a nearby car, sitting casually on it) So now, I have to say to myself... about how many seconds are you actually able to move within the frozen time? One second, or two seconds? Or maybe you can move around for five seconds or so in the frozen time like me, and are just pretending that you can't? (chuckles to himself) Well, I'm sure you don't want me to know about it. But from what I can see, you're able to move around only for an instant at best. (stands atop the car) But you are able to move inside the frozen time, no matter how brief... to approach you without caution is not something a wise person would do. The attack you made earlier was quite... stimulating. (chuckles) Ah, but Jotaro... (pulls out two giant handfuls of throwing knives) Regardless of all that, I just thought of a way to execute you! (laughs sadistically) You're quite pale. Have you realised that your end will be much more terrible than Joseph's?
  • So Last Season: He uses none of his vampiric Body Horror attacks in Stardust Crusaders, favoring his Stand instead. This may be because his body from the neck down is Jonathan's and not his own. Still no excuse for not using the Eye Beam — something he possessed even without a body. Downplayed however, in that he does at least use the Space Ripper Stingy Eyes and Charisma attacks in the video games.
  • Sore Loser: To put it lightly, he didn't take losing a fistfight to Johnathan very well as a kid. Not at all.
  • Spiteful Spit: He spits on his father's grave before setting out to see the Joestars.
  • Start of Darkness: One could argue that the death of his mother didn't help his mental state in the slightest. Dio's mother possibly could have curbed Dio's own sociopathic tendencies if she had lived.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Dario Brando's twelve-years of constantly abusing Dio has quite literally beaten and mangled his perception of "love" into "I will love you if you can dominate and control me." Tragically, this is why he came to genuinely love Jonathan for managing to utterly destroy his invincible vampiric body, leaving only his head intact. It was not until Jonathan embraced him like a brother with his dying breath and meeting Father Pucci that Dio would know what it felt like to be unconditionally loved for who he is, flaws included.
  • Story-Breaker Power
    • While Jotaro can use Time Stands Still as well, he's nowhere as proficient as Dio was with it. While Jotaro can only use it as a desperate gamble for only one or two attacks or more if he's desperate, Dio can spam it as long as he wants to, has an overall longer use for it, as he has the super speed and strength in order to use it more effectively (an infamous example would be his Knife Nut attack), and had an overall advantage over everyone until Jotaro cleverly stopped time on him in order to get a shot at him. Had Jotaro not stopped him, Dio's time stop would eventually have reached infinite duration, as demonstrated by Dio's time stop gradually increasing in duration after using Joseph's blood to finally sync Jonathan's body with his head.
    • Hell, even Dio's Flash Freezing Powers were a clear breaker. Since the only thing that could kill him was the Sun and Hamon, he could simply freeze any attack thrown at him. Objects would freeze, then the user; even a full sword filled with Hamon froze easily. For him to actually be defeated, Jonathan had to literally light his hand on fire and use Hamon. If he had used that and The World...
    • The worst, however, has to be his high-pressure blood from the eyes. Granted, it doesn't sound impressive at all like that, but they are basically lasers (hell, the anime actually shows them that way) that he can shoot from his eyes. They are so powerful that, while the other two were spammed, he only used them twice in the whole series, and outside main fights, because there would have just been no way he'd have lost otherwise. Let's see: they have a ridiculous range, speed, and power (he cut a freaking tower in half), making them an excellent ranged weapon, they have no charging time, and requires him merely to look at his target to be used, making them not only usable, but even worse at close range, and can work as long as he keeps his head even if the body is destroyed, as Jonathan found out the hard way. On their own, they would have been strong enough to be a serious threat, if not lethal, even for the Stand users. Combined with The World? It would have been a Total Party Kill right there.
  • Stupid Evil: Zigzagged. At first, he wisely makes the decision to stop antagonizing Jonathan and instead pretend to turn a new leaf to lull him into a false sense of security. However, as a young adult, he poisons George in order to get his inheritance faster, but with the same exact poison he used on his father, leading to Jonathan connecting the dots and exposing him. This also comes off as unnecessary and For the Evulz due to the fact that Dio is already doing great in studying law, could have waited for George to die of natural causes, and could have used George's continued support while he was still alive. However, his actions do lead to him becoming a powerful Stand-wielding vampire due to his crazy luck.
  • Superpower Lottery: Dio is notable in that he is only vampiric Stand user in the series, meaning that he has superhuman powers completely independent from his Stand. (Vanilla Ice kind of counts, but he was a zombie rather than a Stone Mask vampire and didn't even realize he was turned.) Not only does Dio have a Stand, but it is the most physically powerful Stand in the entire series, overwhelming even Star Platinum. Whereas most power-type Stands are limited by their short range, usually of around 2 meters, The World has a whopping range of 10 METERS. On top of this, it has time-stopping powers to boot, and unlike Jotaro, Dio's vampiric strength allows him to abuse his time-stop as much as he likes and with longer durations.
  • Super Strength: His vampire physique gives him enough strength to punch through pillars and lift a road roller and seemingly fly through the air while carrying it.
  • Take Over the World: His main goal is to obtain an ideal world he desires.
  • Talks Like a Simile: He loves using long-winded and strange analogies, like asking a store clerk to bring him his severed leg like she was "serving champagne and caviar to a passenger in first class."
  • Tarot Motifs: The World. In addition to being the highest-ranking card in the Major Arcana, representing that DIO is the biggest obstacle the Joestars face, it symbolizes fulfillment, completion, and achieving what we desire most. Dio is constantly striving for perfection and completion in everything he does. When the card is reversed, it can symbolize being incomplete (meaning that he has not yet reached the perfection he strives for), and isolation (symbolizing how Dio holes himself up in his mansion and lets his minions fight for him).
  • Tears of Fear: He was reduced to crying when Jonathan beat him bloody for what he did to Erina.
  • Third-Person Person: Often talks about himself like this, with an 'I, Dio' instead of just 'I' or 'Me'.
  • This Cannot Be!:
    • He's in absolute disbelief when Jonathan beats the crap out of him after he stole Erina's first kiss.
      Dio: Impossible! How can this pampered brat beat me at a fight?
    • His Famous Last Words pretty much drip with this after Jotaro wins their final duel as his attack was more powerful, shattering his Stand's body right to his head, imploding Dio from the inside out. All the while, he's screaming "I AM DIO!!!" in disbelief that his recently gained newfound power has failed him.
  • Took a Level in Badass: First the major jump from human to vampire, and then he took a million more when he got his Stand.
  • Transhuman Treachery: What Dio says before becoming a vampire with the Stone Mask while attempting to kill Jonathan, but getting George Joestar instead.
    Dio: I REJECT MY HUMANITY, JOJO!!! [Cue Laughing Mad]
  • Troll: Dio absolutely loves getting under people's skin, and will take every opportunity to infuriate people around him. Until he loses the upper hand, almost everything out of his mouth and action he takes is done with the purpose of terrifying or pissing off someone for his own amusement.
  • Ungrateful Bastard:
    • George Joestar took him into his home when he had no reason to, loved him like a son, and gave him everything he could ever need or want. Dio repaid this kindness with nothing but concealed hate and scorn, and he spent his entire time in the Joestar household scheming to kill him and Jonathan in order to inherit their fortune. After discovering the power of the stone masks, he kills George for the blood to activate it and he and his actions plague his descendants for over a century.
    • Enya had been nothing but both DIO's Evil Mentor and his Psycho Supporter, but the moment she's defeated and at the heroes ' mercy, Dio decides to have her killed in the off-chance she'd give up his stand's power to them. She doesn't, having Undying Loyalty towards him until the very end, not that he cares.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: DIO practically hit the jackpot in terms of power as he is a vampire and arguably has one of the strongest Stands to ever exist, but with that he lacks any sort of combat experience and is often prone to spamming his time stop ability and using brute force than to actually plan out a strategy or give any thought how to perfectly utilize his abilities. This becomes clear in the final moments of the fight with Jotaro where he is exponentially strong because of his new power up from absorbing Joseph's blood, but ends up charging towards Jotaro with pure insanity and attack head on rather than using his power wisely, due to being literally drunk with power at the moment.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When he finally drinks Joseph's blood, he goes completely psychotic and attacks Jotaro violently in a homicidal rage, hoping to kill him. Though this comes back to bite him.
  • Vampire Bites Suck: Rather than biting, he uses his fingers to suck blood via the fingers' blood veins.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: Has fathered at least four sons with four different women in the span of less than four years. Not to mention many of his minions are pretty open about their lust for him.
  • Villain Ball: On a few occasions in part 3, he decides to use his time-stopping powers to troll the heroes instead of scoring an easy kill:
    • When Polnareff encounters him in his castle's staircase, DIO waits for Polnareff to start climbing, freezes time, and puts him back at the bottom of the stairs when he could easily have taken the opportunity to kill him instead. This one instance is partially justified, though, as DIO was actually trying to break down Polnareff's mind into submission in order to get the French Crusader into working for him again. It doesn't work because of Polnareff's determination, and later the timely appearance of Joseph, Jotaro. and Kakyoin, but Polnareff confesses to the group that he thought he was becoming insane, so DIO might actually have pulled his gambit off had he kept trying. Not long after that, DIO uses a similar tactic on Senator Phillips, and this time he succeeds in breaking Phillips' sanity and making him his driver.
    • When the whole gang opens his casket, he uses the frozen time to swap places with Nukesaku instead of taking the opportunity to inflict an easy Total Party Kill.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Experiences several during his feud with the Joestars.
  • Villainous Legacy: Even after his death, his shadow looms over the Joestars/Kujos, causing them and the world much trouble. Even he, however, is a result of a much more ancient evil from Mesoamerica.
  • Villain Protagonist: According to Araki, Dio is the true protagonist of Phantom Blood, not Jonathan.
  • Villain Respect: Between all of the malice and abuse Dio handed out to him, he had a brotherly relationship with his stepbrother Jonathan, and respected him as a fighter after his defeat.
  • Villainous Valour: His first reaction to being confronted by a genuine vampire was to grab a knife and take up a battle stance.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: While the Stand Arrow and Bow would've still existed even without him around, if Dio hadn't given in to his ambitions, the Joestars would not have had the drive to learn Hamon, as it wasn't necessary to do so until Dio presented a threat to the world.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: Having witnessed his kind-hearted mother being violently abused by his father and overworked to death, Dio came to the conclusion that virtue, as symbolized by his mother, was a source of weakness that must be purged if he ever hoped to achieve his ambitions. Later in life, as a vampire, Dio sired children with women that were roughly the opposite of his mother in personality (i.e. abusive, selfish, uncaring) due to his belief that such children would be strong-willed.
  • Vocal Dissonance: At parts in the 2012 anime, due to Gratuitous English, Dio sounds less like a cultured villain and more like a southern hick, most notably including this famous moment. It makes a little more sense when considering his origins in poverty as a delinquent in the bad part of town and his desire to actually be Wicked Cultured. The cultured personality is repeatedly shown by Dio's thoughts and actions as well as stated by the other characters to be a mask he uses to cover up his Ax-Crazy tendencies.
  • Walking Spoiler: His presence in Part 3 means that he didn't die at Jonathan's hands.
  • Was Once a Man: Started out as a man until he used the Stone Mask to become a vampire.
  • Weakened by the Light: Which comes with being a vampire, and justifies his Orcus on His Throne act in Part 3, since he can't move in sunlight.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Over Heaven discusses two moments from the series.
    • Why didn't Dio ever kill Jonathan or Lord Joestar with the Stone Mask? Practicality. Even if he were to inherit the Joestar fortune, the damaged reputation of the family name would ruin any commercial plans Dio may have had in the future, meaning he couldn't take the risk.
    • What exactly stopped DIO from killing Holly by sending his minions to Japan while the Joestar group was on their way to Egypt? Over Heaven claims it was experience, based on how Jonathan reacted when he kissed Erina (where he was no longer a pup but a raged beast), and how hurting "holy ladies" have brought nothing but bad luck to him.
    • In Phantom Blood, after losing too many times to Jonathan and losing his body, he is forced to resort to this. It actually works, but because Wang Chan did not follow his advice to do the same, Dio still suffered a major setback.
  • Wicked Cultured: When not making the Joestars' lives suck, he enjoys the finer things in life, like drinking blood champagne and reading books in his private library in his hidden base. Or watching Michael Jackson concerts.
  • Wicked Heart Symbol: He has the Heart Symbol on his headband and knee pad, but he's the Big Bad of 3 parts of the story.
  • Worthy Opponent: After losing his head, he considers Jonathan this, but it's to Yandere extremes and he needed his body to move again.
    • Dio considered Jotaro a worthy adversary as well, but to a lesser extent, as he despised Jotaro and considered him far more dangerous than Jonathan. While Jonathan was the only foe Dio actually respected, Jotaro is the only foe Dio feared.
  • World's Strongest Man: In the game Eyes of Heaven, he has succeeded in the events of Stardust Crusaders and has gone through the process of achieving heaven and now becomes that of a god among multiple dimensions.
    • However he could be considered one in-universe due to him becoming a vampire with his advanced physiology and unique powers and no normal human besides Jonathan was able to overpower him or even defeat him. However with the introduction of the Pillar Men, practically being a more powerful version of a vampire with their own more unique abilities, DIO is ultimately outclassed in their department. This changes once more in Stardust Crusaders where he arguably has the strongest Stand to his advantage that can stop time itself along with having the strength, speed, and durability to back it up. Finally when he absorbs Joseph's blood to regulate his bodily functions he becomes even stronger and is able to outclass Jotaro in all departments to where he nearly killed him in the end. Unfortunately due to his arrogance and recklessness, Jotaro ends up defeating him while taking advantage of his gloating and finally puts an end to his reign.
  • Yandere: Dio had a twisted relationship with his brother, Jonathan. While he wanted to take Jonathan's body for his own, he also had wanted Jonathan to die, but he also didn't want Jonathan to die? He also believed that Jonathan was the only one to match him perfectly.
  • You Are What You Hate: By the second episode of the anime, the stress over his schemes turn him into an alcoholic like his hated father.
  • Your Head A-Splode: How he finally bites it. Notable in that it happened after his stand was punched in the knee.

    The World (SPOILERS
"The World! Bring time to a halt!"
"With my Stand, I have the ability to rule the world! What can you do in the face of such awesome power?! Behold, THE WORLD!"

Named after the tarot card, The World is a short-ranged Stand with the power to stop time for a few seconds. It was awakened thanks to the Stand Arrow, but is not considered a sentient Stand. It is considered one of the most powerful Stands in the series. An offensive Stand with extremely formidable combat skill, speed, and reflexes, it is also the Evil Counterpart to Jotaro Kujo's Star Platinum.

  • Always Someone Better: Played With in relation to Star Platinum. In terms of stats and abilities, The World is basically "Star Platinum +1", having equal if not superior stats, a larger effective range, and a superior time stop that not even Star Platinum at its peak can match in either duration or spammability. However, DIO is far less skilled in combat with his Stand than Jotaro is with his, and this experience gap lets Jotaro keep up and match against him. And while Star Platinum does ultimately destroy The World in their final clash, this was only made possible by striking it in the same spot on the leg DIO himself had just been grievously damaged in without time to heal it.
  • Breakout Character: The World has received more variations than any other Stands, with Diego's version in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Steel Ball Run and The World Over Heaven in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven. Besides Killer Queen, no Stand ever gained this privilege.
  • Evil Counterpart: By virtue of being DIO's Stand, The World is this to Jotaro's Star Platinum. To boot, it generally has a more sinister appearance, its face adorned by a grim scowl and its other expressions generally concealed by its helmet. Needless to say, The World is far more violent.
  • Foil: To Star Platinum. Both are the same kind of Stand, but while Star Platinum is a barbaric-looking spirit with a lot of emotions serving The Stoic Jotaro, The World is a royal-looking stoic spirit serving the hamtastic DIO. And since the Stands reflect the person's soul, it reflects DIO's true nature as a soulless psychopath with a God complex.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: His raging god complex, although the tarnished, greying shade of the white parts clearly represent the fact that he falls well short of true divinity, both in terms of strength and compassion.
  • Gold-Colored Superiority: Its color scheme very obviously represents DIO's view of himself as the pinnacle of creation.
  • Informed Flaw: The World is supposed to be a short-range Stand to offset immense physical capacities, as per Stand rules. However, whereas most comparable power-type Stands in the series have a range of around 2 meters from the user (eg. Star Platinum, King Crimson, D4C), The World's range is a immense 10 meters, five times that of the norm. It is never explained why it has such exceptional range in the series, although it may have something to do with Dio's vampirism.
  • Light Is Not Good: In OVA, The World's golden parts are colored white, but it's still commanded by the Big Bad and makes for a noted constrast with the dark-colored but noble-natured Star Platinum.
  • Megaton Punch: A single punch from The World is strong enough to impale a person, as seen with Kakyoin.
  • Mirror Boss: It's completely identical to Star Platinum in terms of damage-dealing and special ability, but their battle reveals they have some minor differences in practice. DIO gauges The World as faster and stronger than Star Platinum, but the latter's superior experience (helpfully provided by DIO's Stand Users) still allows it to match and defeat The World in combat. The World can also keep time stopped for longer while Star Platinum goes into the fight not knowing how to stop time. Given that DIO's advantages become more pronounced after he assumes control over Jonathan's body, it's likely that his Stand's power also stems from his vampirism.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: The World is a ripped-looking Stand, with the power to back it up.
  • Nepharious Pharaoh: The design of The World is a Pharaoh-inspired one, with some cylinders on its back. You may call it a Holy Diver. Not surprising, considering where DIO resided when he first awakened it.
  • Not So Stoic: Its unflappable demeanour changes to an Oh, Crap! face as it starts falling apart after Star Platinum punches its weakened leg.
  • Reality Warper: In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven, this is the power of The World Over Heaven, the final evolution of Dio's Stand. The extent to which it is able to overwrite reality is unlimited, to the point it could even counter and overpower the likes of Gold Experience Requiem and Tusk ACT 4, but it does have a major limitation: its power can only be initiated through its or DIO's fists, meaning that the Stand or DIO would have to punch something in order to rewrite it.
  • Shout-Out: It's pretty likely that the inspiration for The World comes from the song Holy Diver by Ronnie James Dio, DIO's namesake. This is due to his royal-looking appearance, alongside the diving cylinders on his back (that by all intents, serve no purpose).
  • Smug Smiler: Sports a rather smug smirk after DIO seemingly defeats Jotaro.
  • Stealth Pun: We repeat — The World looks like a Pharaoh wearing scuba gear, making it a Holy Diver. This is never commented on in-universe.
  • Super Strength: Along with Super Speed, The World is by far the strongest and the fastest conventional Stand in the series. It is the only Stand to physically overwhelm Star Platinum in both aspects, and combined with its time-stopping power, The World eclipses nearly every other to be introduced in the series.
  • The Stoic: Unlike its user, who loves to ham the situation, The World hardly emotes during combat besides his kiai.
  • Time Stands Still: The power of The World: to stop time for a few seconds. Thanks to its raw power, it's effectively a One-Hit Kill machine, and alongside DIO's vampiric heritage, makes it among the most dangerous of Stands in the series. The initial main weakness was that the time stop's duration was so short, but as his synchronization with Jonathan's body improved the amount of time The World could stop steadily increased, to the point it's all but stated that had Jotaro not killed DIO, The World would have eventually been able to keep time frozen for as long as DIO desired (or at the very least, continously long enough that DIO would have no problem destroying any foe at his leisure).
  • Walking Spoiler: The secret of The World's power is one of Part 3's central mysteries. We only learn the truth of its ability during the very last fight, after DIO uses it to kill Kakyoin. Since it only shows up during the final battle, it's impossible to talk about The World without spoiling Part 3's ending.
  • Wicked Heart Symbol: The World has heart-shaped symbols on his chin and kneecaps, like its user.


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