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For a similar character, see Part 7 Spoilers THE WORLD

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

Appearance

A humanoid Stand, The World is tall and has a very muscular build. It wears a headpiece covering its face to below the place 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 Egypt.

It wears small, simple twin diving cylinders on its back, connecting via short, twin ridged cables to the rear of its mask; perhaps secured by thick, ridged or puffered straps running from the rear of its waist over both its shoulders to its front. The back of both its hands bear 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 III.

It's revealed in DIO's notebook that he intended to engrave 14 words on his Stand to remember them,[1] although it's unknown if he actually does before his death.

Personality

The World shows no particular personality. Its Stand cry, seemingly communicated by DIO, is Muda Muda Muda! (無駄 無駄 無駄!?, lit. Useless, useless, useless!)

Its name is derived from the Tarot Card The World; symbolizing triumph, perfection and fulfillment.

In Stone Ocean, it is suggested that if not for DIO's dominant personality, it would somehow go out of control.

Abilities

The World is an exceptionally powerful Close-range Stand, boasting an effective manifestation range of 10m. Despite requiring a close distance to inflict damage, it's incredibly difficult to stop once within the aforementioned range.

According to Jotaro Kujo, The World is the same type of Stand as Star Platinum, and thus has similar abilities and limitations.

Super Strength/Senses/Speed: The World possesses phenomenal strength, senses, and faster-than-light speed, being able to easily punch Kakyoin right through his abdomen. 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 - 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.

ZA WARUDO

The World stops time

Time Stop: The World's key power is its ability to stop time, allowing only itself and DIO to act within the duration of stopped time. Given DIO's weakened state during Part III, this ability only works for a few seconds in DIO's frame of reference before time flows again. However, also due 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[2] towards the end of Part III. Had he not died, the length would have continued to grow. The only true way to counter this power is with other time-stopping skills.

Other Appearances

Eyes of Heaven

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

Gallery

Trivia

  • 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.[3]
  • Coincidentally, the tarot card of The World was at one point referred to as "Time" in the Court de Gébelin deck. [4]
  • In the Eyes of Heaven video game, The World Over Heaven is obtained as a result of DIO after ascending to Heaven, and is potentially the strongest Stand in the series.

References

  1. Chapter 690: Jail House Rock! (1), pp.7
  2. JoJo 6251 Stand Encyclopedia, P.124
  3. JOJOVELLER: STANDS - Comments by Hirohiko Araki[1]
  4. Tarotology: Order of the Trumps

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