Civil War is embodied by a humanoid figure. Its head is relatively overwrought, composed of many vertical, elliptical discs pressed together, three of which taper below into arrow shapes; while three objects, resembling those housing the filters in a gas mask, emanate from the base of its neck at its front and sides. The head is designed with the appearance of a distorted metal mask in mind, with it being the focus of the Stand.
A bare spine is visible from its ribcage to its pelvis, and its lower legs are shaped as fraying bell-bottoms. The legs were designed with the picture of plants, giving them a root-like appearance.
Civil War generates ghosts of a sort, ranging in type from inanimate objects to humans, which could be considered part of it.
Civil War has a mocking, arrogant personality, telling Gyro to revive Hot Pants, it is unclear if this is Civil War's personality or directly spoken by it's user, Axl RO.
- Guilt Through Power: Civil War's primary ability is to manifest objects a target has left behind, given up, or feels guilt toward. These objects attach themselves to and move through the target's body, creating a thin membrane that slowly engulfs them. The membrane then gradually shrinks until the target is crushed. Once the target makes contact with the object, they instantly remember how and why they sacrificed it or feel guilt about it. This ability's weakness is water, which dissolves the membrane.
- Physical Invincibility: The Stand itself can avoid attacks by breaking apart into several pieces, and is shown to effectively nullify Gyro's Steel Ball attacks.
- Rebirth From Guilt: If the user is killed and their assailant feels guilt towards killing them, then the user is brought back to life, and the guilt and sacrifices of the user manifest to attack the assailant. However, if the user kills an enemy and feels guilt, the situation is reversed with the enemy revived and the user is attacked by their own sacrifices and guilt.