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Dio Brando




DIO AV Awakened


Japanese Name ディオ・ブランドー
Namesake Italian for God[1]
DIO[2] (band)
Marlon Brando
Stand The World
Age 20~21 (Part 1)
120 (Part 3)
Birthday 1867~1868[3]
Date of Death January 16, 1989[3][4]
Gender Male
Nationality British
Hair Color Blond[5]
Eye Color Orange (Child; Anime)
Red (Part 1 Dio, Vampire; Anime, ASB, EoH)
Gold (Part 3 DIO, Digital Color?, Anime, ASB, EoH)
Relatives Dario Brando (father)
Dio Brando's mother (mother)
Giorno Giovanna (son)
Donatello Versus (son)
Ungalo (son)
Rikiel (son)
George Joestar (adoptive father)
Jonathan Joestar (adoptive brother)
Manga Debut Chapter 1
Final Appearance Chapter 264
DIO's World (18)
Anime Debut Episode 1
Dio the Invader
Game Debut JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (SNES)
Japanese Voice Actor Kenji Nojima (Young; Movie)
Hikaru Midorikawa (Adult; Movie & Game)
Isshin Chiba (Arcade)
Tanaka Nobuo (OVA)
Norio Wakamoto (Drama CD)
Takehito Koyasu (Anime / All-Star Battle / Eyes of Heaven)
English Voice Actor OVA:
Andrew Chaikin (English Dub)
Marco Balzarotti (Italian Dub)
TV anime:
Patrick Seitz (English Dub)
Muda Muda Muda Muda Muda Muda Muda!!

—DIO's battle cry

Dio Brando (ディオ・ブランドー Dio Burandō?), known as DIO (DIO(ディオ))?) from Part III onwards, is the main antagonist of both Phantom Blood and Stardust Crusaders.

Originally a man of low birth but peerless ambition, Dio is a villain of little conscience, vast cunning, and an insatiable hunger for power.

Dio is the father of Giorno Giovanna, the protagonist of Vento Aureo, as well as a handful of other illegitimate offspring. As the dominant antagonist of the series, his legacy persists throughout the story.


Phantom Blood


When he first arrives at the Joestar Estate, Dio is seen wearing typical formal boy's attire from that era; a blue coat, white dress shirt, a tie, suspenders, breeches, and a pair of striped socks. He has blond hair and a handsome face. He also appears to have 3 dots on the lobule of his left ear, which seems to be a birthmark.


Aside from replacing his coat with a vest, Dio's attire hasn't had much change. However, his overall physique and height have increased significantly. During the events where Jonathan sets out to find the antidote for his father's illness, Dio dons a top hat and a new flamboyant looking cloak that has feathers jutting out of the shoulders.


Dio's clothing has changed quite a bit after his first battle with Jonathan; most noticeable is the scarf around his neck. He wears an ornate shirt and breeches, a large pair of boots, vambraces, and two suspenders attached to a band around his waist.

Stardust Crusaders


DIO does not have a visible face as an effect of the shadowy darkness of his mansion. He has shoulder-length blond hair. He is topless, exposing Jonathan's muscular body (of which his head is sewn in place) and wears green pants with suspenders, gray clogs, black shiny cuffs on both wrists, and, matching his stand, he wears heart-shaped knee guards. In the game JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future, his voice is also distorted (an effect created by the writers to add mystery). This form of DIO is also called "The Evil Incarnation DIO."


Just like the Shadow form, only DIO's entire suit is now colored yellow. DIO's face is seen, his hair is blond, and he is wearing a jacket with a tank-top underneath. He now also wears a heart-shaped circlet, and rings for his cuffs. This is his form during the beginning of the DIO's World story arc.

He also has a necklace covering his neck scar and heart shapes above his feet on his pant legs, but he quickly stopped sporting them after his first stairway confrontation with Polnareff.

When pursuing the Joestar group, DIO had a cloak which he dropped during his confrontation with Kakyoin.


DIO nears his physical peak after sucking Joseph Joestar's blood. The description is like his fuku form minus the jacket and the heart-shaped hairband, destroyed by Star Platinum's attacks. He now sports a deranged and homicidal look and mannerisms, having lost his cool touch. His hair is now disheveled and mostly oriented upwards, while his lips are darker and seems like he is wearing lipstick. This is his form during the latter half of the DIO's World story arc.


  1. JoJonium Volume 3
  2. The Mist of Emptiness, Vanilla Ice - Vol.9 "Shueisha Jump Remix Stardust Crusaders Edition" P170 The Secret of JOJO Characters
  3. 3.0 3.1 JJBA Artbook: JoJo 6251
  4. SO Chapter 152: Made in Heaven (4) (Note: Originally 1988; Changed in later chapters)
  5. Chapter 440: Gold Experience (1), p.11

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