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For a similar ability, see Part 7 SpoilersTHE WORLD
The World's true power, as its name suggests, is to reign supreme over the entire world!

—DIO, Chapter 253

The World (ザ・ワールド(世界) Za Wārudo) is the Stand of DIO, featured in Stardust Crusaders.


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The World

A humanoid Stand, The World is tall and has a very muscular build. It bears a striking resemblance to DIO in terms of appearance. It wears a headpiece covering its face to the end of its nose, slanting at a steep angle from the base of its forehead to a peak situated above the rear of its head by about half its height, leaving the face of an inverted triangle visible to the front; somewhat similar to the Red Crown of Lower EgyptW.

It wears small, simple twin diving cylindersW on its back, connecting via short, twin-ridged cables to the rear of its mask; perhaps secured by thick, ridged or puffed straps running from the rear of its waist over both its shoulders to its front. Araki has stated that The World's diving cylinders supply oxygen in stopped time.[2] The back of both its hands bears the shape of a simple clock face. Its chin, the base of its abdomen, its crotch and its knees are topped by heart shapes. Plates on its shins, its footwear bears curved, sharply-pointed toes, similar to those of DIO's outfit in Part 3. Perhaps the tanks could be a reference to the Dio song, "Holy Diver", or the fact that DIO was trapped under the sea for 100 years.

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

It is named for the Tarot card The WorldW, the last card in the Major Arcana and symbolic of tectonic chance: the beginning of a new world order. Even before its actual appearance, its rumored power was enough to strike fear and instill loyalty in DIO's followers.

It's revealed in DIO's notebook that he intended to engrave 14 phrases on his Stand to remember them,[3] although it's unknown if he actually does so before his death.

Color Schemes

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

Body and Armor (Yellow)
Gauntlets (Light yellow)
Eyes (Yellow)

Body and Armor (Yellow)
Accessories (Brown)

Armor (Beige)
Skin (Grey)
Hearts (Brown)
Eyes (Brown)

Armor (Beige)
Skin (Tan)
Hearts (Grey)
Eyes (Pink)

Armor (Yellow)
Skin (Grey)
Hearts (Light green)
Eyes (Brown)


The World shows no particular personality, although it occasionally smiles as it pummels others, hinting that it may be a rather cruel entity that takes pleasure in causing pain.[4][5] Its Stand cry, seemingly communicated by DIO, is Muda Muda Muda! (無駄 無駄 無駄!, lit. "Useless, useless, useless!")[4] The World Itself doesn't make much attempts at speech. In the anime, The World makes grunting noises while fighting Star Platinum, and in the English dub, the mumbling sounds are replaced with growling sounds.


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The World quickly kicking Jotaro

The World is an exceptionally powerful Close-range Stand much like Star Platinum as noted by Noriaki Kakyoin and Jotaro Kujo, but boasting an effective manifestation range of approximately 10 meters.[6] Despite requiring a close distance to inflict damage, its overwhelming physical might and near unstoppable control over time undeniably make it one of the most dangerous Stands in the entire series. The World is powerful enough to make its user capable of flight.

Super Strength/Senses/Speed/Precision: The World possesses phenomenal strength, senses, precision, and incredible speed, being able to easily punch Kakyoin right through his abdomen and match Star Platinum in combat. DIO claims that The World is even stronger and faster than Star Platinum since it bested the latter in a clash of rapid punches between the two.[4] However, it is unclear if this is an aspect of DIO's vampiric nature or simply having greater experience with his Stand. Its main offense is generally characterized by a flurry of speedy punches and the occasional kick.

Time Stop

This is The World... Though, since time has stopped for you, you can neither see nor feel it

—DIO explaining his Time-stop


The World stopping time

The World's power is its ability to stop time, allowing only itself, DIO and anyone with the same power, to act within the duration of stopped time.[7]DIO is able to use this ability consistently, as shown as he is able to stop time with little to no fatigue, although this might be due to his vampiric nature or greater experience with his Stand.

While time is stopped, DIO can move his own body, as well as his Stand freely, along with any object he touches, allowing him to strike his defenseless enemies, move to a superior position, and toy with his victims.

All force applied by DIO during the time stop continues to exist after time resumes. This is seen when the objects that DIO throws can momentarily move during the stopped time before grinding to a halt, and then regaining its initial momentum once time starts moving again. A flurry of thrown knives could fly for several meters before stopping near Jotaro.[8]

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

It is notable that DIO needs to consciously activate Time Stop, which means that surprise attacks can prevent him from stopping time.[9]

Because of DIO's weakened state during Part 3, this ability initially only works for up to 5 seconds in DIO's frame of reference before time flows again.[10] However, thanks to DIO's immortality, the duration of stopped time increases as DIO becomes more accustomed to The World and the scar around his neck heals, reaching a maximum of nine seconds towards the end of Part 3.[11] However, had he not died, the period during for which DIO could have stopped time would have continued to grow, seemingly indefinitely.[12]

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

According to DIO,[13] The World's Time Stop ability was seen as crucial as to his plans to shape the world to his image, where upon attaining infinite duration, would allow him to do as he willed as to his satisfaction.

Chapters / Episodes

Manga Appearances
Chapters in order of appearance

  • Chapter 276: "The Nijimura Brothers, Part 3" (Appears in flashback(s))

  • SO Chapter 94: "Time for Heaven" (Mentioned only)
  • SO Chapter 96: "Jail House Lock!, Part 1" (Mentioned only)

  • SBR Extra Chapter 3: "Untitled Stand Chapter" (Mentioned only)

  • Anime Appearances
    Episodes in order of appearance

  • Episode 6 (OVA): "The Mist of Vengeance" (Ability only)
  • Episode 12 (OVA): "DIO's World: Kakyoin - Duel in the Barrier"
  • Episode 13 (OVA): "DIO's World: Farewell, My Friends"

  • The world over heaven

    The World Over Heaven

    Other Appearances

    Eyes of Heaven

    Main article: The World Over Heaven

    An alternate evolved form of the Stand named The World Over Heaven appears in Eyes of Heaven, wielded by Heaven Ascension DIO.

    Jorgejoestar theworld ultimate

    The World Ultimate


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

    The World was firstly mentioned in Chapter 5 of the novel when Erina was explaining her time with Dio when they were in the coffin in the middle of the sea. Although she couldn't see his Stand, he used his Stand to perform tasks like flipping the coffin over or catching fish for Erina to eat. [14]

    An evolved version of The World that appears in the light novel JORGE JOESTAR as The World Ultimate, it is wielded by Ultimate Dio and Kars. [15]



    • The World was the first Stand to be created and designed by Araki, specifically to contrast with Jotaro's Star Platinum from the very beginning.[16]
    • The World's tarot card is the only card not to have "Lucky Land" written on it.
    • Coincidentally, the tarot card of The World was at one point referred to as "Time" in the Court de GébelinW deck.[17]


    1. Chapter 198: "'God Anubis', Part 6"
    3. SO Chapter 96: "Jail House Lock!, Part 1", p.7
    4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Chapter 256: "DIO's World, Part 10", pp.9-14
    5. Chapter 263: "DIO's World, Part 17", pp.4-5
    6. Chapter 252: "DIO's World, Part 6", p.12
    7. Chapter 253: "DIO's World, Part 7", pp.17-22
    8. Chapter 258: "DIO's World, Part 12", pp.15-22
    9. Chapter 260: "DIO's World, Part 14", pp.18-19
    10. Chapter 255: "DIO's World, Part 9", pp.15-16
    11. Chapter 262: "DIO's World, Part 16", p.20
    12. JoJo6251 Stand Encyclopedia, p.124
    13. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future, DIO's Story Mode
    14. JORGE JOESTAR Chapter 5: The Box
    15. JORGE JOESTAR Chapter 16: Beyond II
    16. JOJOVELLER: STANDS - Comments by Hirohiko Araki[1]
    17. Tarotology: Order of the TrumpsW

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