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King Crimson
Japanese Name キング·クリムゾン
User Diavolo
Namesake King Crimson (Progressive Rock band)
Gender Male
Manga Debut Vol. 56 Ch. 519
The Mystery of King Crimson (2)
Destructive Power A
Speed A
Range E
Durability E
Precision ?
Developmental Potential ?

King Crimson (キング·クリムゾン Kingu Kurimuzon?) is the Stand of Diavolo featured in Part V: Vento Aureo.


King Crimson appears as a light red humanoid whose face bears a twisted visage, perhaps to mirror Diavolo's psyche. It appears to have a smaller copy of itself in its forehead called Epitaph, which seems to embody Doppio's personality. Its design is inspired by a mutant character from Total Recall who had a second face on its torso.[1] King Crimson never shows any personality but it can be believed to be very aggressive like its user.


  • Erase Time: King Crimson's signature ability is to erase time, in which everything except itself and Diavolo is suddenly changed to be in the state they would have been a short time later (at most ten seconds). Time still flows normally for Diavolo, who can interact with the time-erased objects for the amount of time that would have normally intervened (to Diavolo this appears in the form of the would-have-been intervening objects' states being superimposed on each other, in a fashion akin to Nude Descending a Staircase). The nature of the time erase is such that, for example, a bullet that would have hit Diavolo will suddenly be shifted to be on his other side as where it would be seconds later. The ability to erase time also appears to be relevant to Diavolo's own stamina, as he admitted to Risotto Nero that in the weakened state his body was in from the lack of iron in his blood, he would only be able to erase time for barely more than an instant.
  • Prediction: Doppio is able to utilize a type of sub-Stand of King Crimson called Epitaph. The same face that appears on King Crimson's forehead (Epitaph) appears on Doppio's, and Doppio can also utilize King Crimson's hands as his own. Although weaker than the full Stand, Epitaph can give Doppio a preview of what will occur in the next ten seconds. This allows him to react and defend himself accordingly. As stated by Diavolo, no matter what, the prediction cannot be prevented (only the ability of Gold Experience Requiem has been shown to bypass this). Epitaph can be also be used by Diavolo.
  • Super Strength: Physically, King Crimson is one of the strongest Stands in existence, rivalling even Star Platinum and Crazy Diamond. King Crimson was shown to have killed several people just by punching them right through their stomach with one blow, and above that it seemed that a tremendous amount of endurance was needed just to take one hit from King Crimson without the person suffering a tremendous injury; even Giorno lost his entire arm due to the power of a single strike.
  • Faster-Than-Light Speed: King Crimson has shown to be able to easily parry, react and even outmaneuver faster than light Stands like Silver Chariot, Sticky Fingers and Gold Experience even without the use of Epitaph. King Crimson's speed may even be comparable to that of Star Platinum.



  • The sub-stand is based on King Crimson's song, Epitaph.
  • King Crimson's time erase has been utilized with very obvious effects, but the mechanics of the time erasure themselves are not as well understood. In GioGio no Kimyō na Bōken: Ōgon no Kaze, the time erase was shown to slow down the opponent's actions while Diavolo still moves at normal speed for the duration of the obliterated time, a mechanism similar to Stairway to Heaven's time acceleration abilities.
  • Physically, King Crimson is possibly one of the strongest Stands in existence. This is evident as, unlike Stands like Star Platinum, does not normally attack using a sequence of punches, but rather a single attack. 
  • Similarly, King Crimson is also possibly one of the the fastest Stands in existence. This is shown as it has the ability to be able to easily parry, react and even outmaneuver faster than light Stands even without the use of Epitaph. 
  • Because of the difficulty in adequately explaining how King Crimson's abilities work, it is the subject of the small meme "It just works" which is the answer usually given on most forums when one asks exactly how its time skip ability functions.
  • Interestingly, prior to Part IV, the main antagonist 's Stand is named after Queen while King Crimson is consequently named King.


  1. Artbook: JOJOVELLER

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    • Stuff will be skipped for example, if say Gyro uses his Ball Breaker special, King Crimson would have a ability to have it done without it hitt...
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