ディオ・ブランドー DIO ( ディオ )
20~21 (Part 1)
122~123 (Part 3)
195 cm (6 ft 5 in Jonathan's Body)
105 kg (Jonathan's Body)
(Part 1 Dio, Vampire; Anime, ASB, EoH)
(Part 3 DIO, Digital Color, Anime, ASB, EoH)
Red wine/Human blood
(as a vampire)
Achieve his "heaven" on Earth
For a similar character, see Diego Brando Dio Brando (, known as DIO from ディオ・ブランドー Dio Burandō) Part 3 onwards, is the main antagonist of Part 1 and Part 3.
After becoming a
vampire and later a Stand user, Dio has gathered around him many minions and is responsible for many major events of the series, from the death of Jonathan Joestar to the Joestar Family's sudden acquisition of Stand power, and his legacy persists throughout the series.
Dio is the father of
Giorno Giovanna, the protagonist of Part 5, as well as a handful of other illegitimate offspring.
DIO dons a jacket with a tight tank-top underneath, as well as chaps with an exposed crotch. His face is now in full-view, and on his head is a heart-shaped circlet to match his knee guards. This is his form during the beginning of the
story arc. In most depictions of him, DIO's outfit is tinted orange or yellow.
He also wears a necklace covering his neck scar and heart motifs above his feet and on his pant legs, but he quickly stopped sporting them after his first stairway confrontation with Polnareff.
Dio is consistently manipulative and violently domineering, and has repeatedly shown a lack of conscience and empathy.
DIO is ecstatic when he sees his power growing further
Dio's most recognizable characteristics are his boundless ambition and his love of power. Abused by his father, being underpriviledged and having lived in the most miserable living conditions,
Dio set for himself the goal of becoming the richest, then the most powerful being on Earth. To do so, Dio used anything or anyone that he could in order to further his goals, disregarding any kind of morality that would restrain the range of actions available to him. Using either manipulation, seduction, or plain violence, Dio constantly sought to become more and more powerful. Dio enjoys being in a position of power   and has repeatedly stated how great he felt being in a dominating position. On the contrary, Dio never tolerated that someone could stand up to him or equal him in power, and was enraged and deeply disturbed at the thought several times.
is The World; a humanoid Stand that specializes in melee attack roughly equal, if not superior, in its immense force and speed to Jotaro Kujo's
About a year after gaining his Stand, DIO discovered that it is capable of stopping time. At first, he could only do this for a very short amount of time, but by the end of
Part 3, he is able to stop time for a maximum of 9 seconds. This duration would have continued to develop had DIO not been defeated. When stopping time, DIO gives the impression that he is teleporting or otherwise moving at impossible speeds.
The ability is best known for DIO's activation and cancellation phrases
THE WORLD, Time, stop! ( and ! 時よ止まれ! 世界 ( ザ・ワールド ) Za Warudo! Toki yo Tomare!) Time resumes. (.
時は動き出す Toki wa Ugokidasu)
Becoming a Vampire as a young adult, Dio displays a broad range of fantastic, supernatural abilities; explained as expressions of the full, unbound potential of the human body.
Vampiric Body: All of this, however, is at the expense of having a body sustained by sheer willpower alone, rather than vital energy. A sufficiently powerful force of vitality - specifically sunlight or the Ripple - will negate the sustaining force's presence and disintegrate the long-unliving body.
Jonathan's Body (former): When he first acquired Jonathan Joestar's body and resurfaced from the ocean, he was unable to use the full power of his Stand, and had to acquire blood from a live Joestar to compensate and fully synchronize. Once this weakness was negated, he managed to grow significantly stronger, as did his Stand. His stolen body, being half-mortal also had a slower regeneration rate than his original one. This weakness was found on the left side of his body. In the climax of Dio's fight with Jotaro when Dio kicked with his wounded left leg, the entire left side of his body shattered against Star Platinum's fist.