JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's Dio Brando is known for being a brutal and cunning villain, but his latest appearance takes that cruelty to the extreme.
Warning: Spoilers for JJBA: Crazy Diamond's Demonic Heartbreak, Chapter 11
Dio Brando from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure belongs in the pantheon of the most villainous villains in anime, but even with that in mind, his revealed behavior in the JoJo spinoff Crazy Diamond's Devil's Heartbreak is somehow even bigger than his Many other misconducts of the
Dio is the main focus of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Parts 1 and 3. Dio was defeated in Egypt in JoJo Part III, but his legacy lived on long after, even causing problems for Jolyne in Part VI decades after his death. Dio can never refrain from his wicked urges; the character's introduction scene has him kick a dog and molest a woman, and it really only goes downhill from there. However, one of his darkest acts has only just been revealed, albeit a long time ago.
At the end of Chapter 10 of Crazy Diamond's Demonic Heartbreak, Josuke (and Mondatta) are forced to relive their confrontation with Dio due to the influence of Dio's bird stand-in. Chapter 11 reveals that these are the memories of the man who trained his birds, the Pet Shop and Petsounds, from when Dio turned him on. Dior let the pet shop, his eagle, with It stood and pierced him, and Jousuke felt the pain as he relived the incident. Dio then doused the man with gasoline and set him ablaze, only to use an ice table from the pet store to extinguish the flames. Dio claims he does this to help him decide whether to rule with fear or show mercy once in a while, but it's clear he's already made up his mind. Some quick but reckless thinking gets Jousuke and Mundata out of trouble, but Primordial Memory doesn't, and it does result in the bird trainer being burned alive.
Dio Has Only Grown More Vicious Over the Years
JoJo's sixth installment, Stone Ocean, is still fresh in the minds of many fans due to its recent anime adaptation, and there is a stark difference between the Dio seen in Pucci's flashbacks and the Dio seen here. While Dio may be talking philosophy to Pucci all night, he's also murdering people in cold blood in the most brutal ways imaginable. One can’t help but wonder if Pucci would have been so willing to follow Dio if he had seen the brutality at the time — although Pucci is not without guilt. in another On the other hand, his meeting with Pucci is likely to be the result of his "decision". In both cases, Dio sees his dominion over the world and all of humanity as inevitable. Perhaps he did decide to show mercy, but even then, only after burning the old man alive in a particularly brutal manner.
Dio's ruthlessness and cruelty have never been questioned, but acts like this take his villainy to a peculiar level of evil. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has always been great at creating villains that fans hate, and Dio can always find a way in that department or even himself.