Dire

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I, Dire, will sink you into the depths of Hell! (このダイアーがおまえを地獄の淵に沈めてやる!)
—Dire to Dio Brando, Chapter 38: The Three from a Faraway Land, Part 3

Dire (ダイアー, Daiā) is a secondary ally featured in the first part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Phantom Blood.

Dire is a Ripple user studying under the Ripple master Tonpetty, alongside Straizo. As a close friend of Will Anthonio Zeppeli, he aids Jonathan in his fight against Dio Brando and his army of zombies.

Appearance

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Dire is a very muscular mature man who has chiseled facial features and has light hair and an oversized flattop with a widow's peak.

He wears ample cotton clothes with padded tissue shoulder pads, with fringes of cloth sticking out from his shoulders and ankles. He also wears a leather vest and dark wristbands. He rolls up his sleeves to let his arm in the open.

His design changes significantly in the anime where he loses the leather armor for a simple vest that covers the arm, and instead wears a gorget and metallic shoulder pads. Moreover, the fringes are reduced to a pair of spikes coming out of the shoulder pads.

Color Schemes

The series is known for alternating colors between media, the information presented below may or may not be canon.
Skin(Fair)
Hair(Silver)
Eyes(Brown)
Outfit
(Light blue clothes, khaki leather armor, brown belt, black accessories.)
Skin(Fair)
Hair(Blond)
Eyes(Gray)
Outfit
(Gray clothes, armor and accessories, dark blue pants.)
Skin(Tan)
Hair(Lavender)
Eyes(Black)
Outfit
(Violet clothes, black and brown leather armor and accessories.)

Personality

Dire is portrayed as a fierce but honorable Ripple user and fighter. Upon meeting Jonathan, he tests Jonathan's fighting ability at countering an imperfect Thunder Split Attack, and later asks Jonathan that he lets him fight Dio one on one to avenge his friend Will Anthonio Zeppeli. Even in death, Dire is determined, taunting Dio one last time by sending a Ripple-infused rose into the vampire's eye.

Abilities

Dire has shown incredible mastery of the Ripple. He has complete control of his body and its speed, to the point of making afterimages when moving. He manipulates his speed to look slower than he actually is, a technique to make enemies over-confident and eventually lower their guard. He is also able to infuse objects with the Ripple and manages to use it just after being decapitated (on a rose), with the remaining oxygen in his brain.

Thunder Split Attack(稲妻空烈刃サンダー・スプリット・アタック Sandā Supuritto Atakku) Link to this section
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Dire jumps at his opponent and does a split with his legs, preventing the opponent from moving their arms. He then attacks his foe's neck with a chop imbued with the Ripple. It's quick enough that Dire is even able to put objects on his opponent without them noticing, as he slips a letter in between Jonathan's shoulder and backpack. This attack's weakness is that it leaves Dire's guard open for a headbutt or another direct attack.
Afterimages Link to this section
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Those who have trained in Sendō gain extremely quick movements, footwork, and agility, allowing Dire to create afterimages when he moves.
Thunder Cross Split Attack(稲妻十字空烈刃サンダー・クロス・スプリット・アタック Sandā Kurosu Supuritto Atakku) Link to this section
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An advanced version of the Thunder Split Attack that covers its weakness by making his arms form a cross. It is described as a perfect technique in both attack and defense, so no one, aside from Dio, has ever defeated it.
Overdrive(波紋疾走オーバードライブ Ōbādoraibu, lit. Ripple Dash/Sprint) Link to this section
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The most basic application of the Ripple. Dire attacks with either his limbs or an object imbued with the Ripple. After being decapitated, Dire spits out a rose from his mouth imbued with the Ripple. Its thorn is sharp enough to damage Dio's eye.


History

Background

Dire was a good friend of Will Anthonio Zeppeli, who trained with him and Straizo to be Ripple masters under Tonpetty. When Tonpetty received a letter from Zeppeli revealing the location of the Stone Mask, Dire travelled to Windknight's Lot with his master and Straizo.

Phantom Blood

Dire first introduced himself after suddenly attacking Jonathan, where Dire used his Thunder Split Attack against him. However, Jonathan countered the move by headbutting him. The Ripple user then revealed that he only attacked Jonathan to test his strength and see if he really was Zeppeli's friend. To prove he came to help, Dire gave Jonathan the letter Zeppeli wrote.[3]

Dire is frozen by Dio during their battle

Before Dio Brando and Jonathan had their last fight, Dire fought Dio to avenge Zeppeli. However, even Dire's best attack, the Thunder Cross Split Attack, didn't stand a chance against Dio's Freezing Attack, which completely turned his body into ice and then shattered it. Dire, now only a head, was able to use his last ounce of Ripple energy to shoot a rose into Dio's eye. For that, Dire's head was turned into ice as well and destroyed.

Chapters / Episodes

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Chapters in order of appearance
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Episodes in order of appearance
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Chapters in order of appearance

Quotes

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  • My name is Dire. (我が名はダイアー)
  • Certain death! Thunder Split Attack! (必殺!稲妻空烈刃(サンダースプリットアタック)!!)
  • Zeppeli and I went through that training together. We were friends for 20 years!
    —Dire remembering his and Zeppeli's training days, Chapter 38: The Three from a Faraway Land, Part 3
  • I, Dire, will sink you into the depths of Hell! (このダイアーがおまえを地獄の淵に沈めてやる!)
    —Dire to Dio, Chapter 38: The Three from a Faraway Land, Part 3
  • You fell for it, fool! Thunder Cross Split Attack! (かかったなアホが!稲妻十字空烈刃(サンダー・クロス・スプリット・アタック))
  • Heheh... Th-That rose thorn infused with the Ripple is p-painful... isn't it...? Ha... (フフ……は…波紋入りの薔薇の棘はい、痛か……るう………フッ)
    —Dire's last words, Chapter 38: The Three from a Faraway Land, Part 3

Video Games

Phantom Blood (PS2)

Main article: Phantom Blood (PS2 Game) ★ Dire

Dire appears as a playable character in 77 Rings Knights Mode, some battles in Extra Battle Mode, and Chapters 19 and 20 after Story Mode is beaten. His moveset consists of mainly normal punches and kicks, with his special Ripple move being Thunder Split Attack. He can also throw Ripple-charged roses and dodge attacks in a similar fashion to how he controlled his body speed in the original story.

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Dire
Commands
Name
Japanese
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Normal Combo
通常コンボ
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Ripple-Infused Rose
波紋を帯びた薔薇
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Ripple Heavenly Thunder Upper
波紋轟天アッパー
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Overdrive Punch
波紋疾走パンチ
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Ground Ripple
地面を伝わる波紋
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Thunder Split Barrage
稲妻空烈刃連打
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Ancient Hollow Chop
真空猛古チョップ
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Ripple Cross Chop
波紋十字チョップ
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Back Step
バックステップ
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Ripple Counter
波紋カウンター
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Zoom Chop
ズームチョップ
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Thunder Split Attack
稲妻空烈刃
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Recovery Power-Up
回復力アップ
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Defense Power-Up
防御力アップ
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Attack Power-Up
攻撃力アップ
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Speed Power-Up
スピードアップ

Available Stages:
  • Story Mode Replay: Chapters 19, 20
  • Extra Battles 21, 22, 24, 25, 31, 32
  • 77 Rings Knights Mode: Ripple Warriors


All-Star Battle (PS3)

Dire appears as a support character in the game's Campaign Mode, where he uses his Thunder Split Attack on the player's opponent, which will reduce their health by 40% if successful. If the player pays an extra energy point, he will instead use Thunder Cross Split Attack, dealing 30% more damage. He is also available as an avatar image and quote for the player's profile in Campaign and Online modes.

Stardust Shooters (Android/iOS)

Main article: Stardust Shooters ★ Dire

Dire
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ダイアー
Rarity:
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Class:
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HP
N/A
ATK
N/A
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Profile
In response to a letter from Zeppeli to his teacher Tonpetty and his close friend Dire, he rushed to the decisive battle against Dio. However, he was too late to save his friend from his fate.
How to Obtain
  • SP Campaign - The Ripple Warrior Who Seeks Revenge
Skills
Leader Skill
My name is Dire
Red and Ripple users movement distance +60%, ATK+30%
Command Skill
I'll sink you to the depths of Hell!

Consume all of the Skill Gauge and activate! Select 1 enemy, deal 25% damage per 1% consumed to the target and sink them to the depths of Hell!

Ability
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You fell for it, fool!
Medal will be slowly moving! During your movement, ATK+350% up when contacting the first enemy and moving speed accelerates!
Cost: 3
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Dire
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ダイアー
Rarity:
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Class:
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HP
5,520
ATK
3,950
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Profile
In response to a letter from Zeppeli to his teacher Tonpetty and his close friend Dire, he rushed to the decisive battle against Dio. However, he was too late to save his friend from his fate.
How to Obtain
  • Gacha
Skills
Leader Skill
Red and White Grace
Red and White attributes HP 35% up!
Command Skill
Thunder Cross Split Attack

Deal 520% damage to the nearest enemy within a small circular range, ignoring 40% of their defensive power

Ability
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Ripple-Infused Rose
When you retire from the field, leaves one Ripple-infused rose (SS Rose.png) that deals 800% damage. Furthermore, it deals an extra 500% damage to Pillar Men and vampires!
Cost: 2
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Dire
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Unit Frame R Red.png
ダイアー
Rarity:
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Class:
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HP
3,120
ATK
3,250
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Profile
In response to a letter from Zeppeli to his teacher Tonpetty and his close friend Dire, he rushed to the decisive battle against Dio. However, he was too late to save his friend from his fate.
How to Obtain
  • Diamond Gacha
Skills
Leader Skill
Red Power
Red attributes ATK 10% up!
Command Skill
Hit of Vengeance

Deal 300% damage to all enemies within a small circular range

Ability
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Heal
When this unit Smashes, recover HP of all allies within the Smash range!
Cost: 2
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Dire
Unit Coin N.png
Unit Dire (R).png
Unit Frame N Red.png
ダイアー
Rarity:
SS Rarity N.png
Class:
SS Class Red.png
HP
N/A
ATK
N/A
Profile
In response to a letter from Zeppeli to his teacher Tonpetty and his close friend Dire, he rushed to the decisive battle against Dio. However, he was too late to save his friend from his fate.
How to Obtain
  • SP Campaign - The Ripple Warrior Who Seeks Revenge




Diamond Records (Android/iOS)

Main article: Diamond Records ★ Dire
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Dire (ダイアー, Daiā) appears in Diamond Records as a playable character in both the Action Battle and Tactical Battle game modes. He has two 'Courage' type statues, one 4 star and one 5 star statue.

Dire's moveset in both game modes is comprised of various ripple-based attacks inspired by the anime. As a ripple user, Dire has an advantage over vampires, zombies, and pillar men. Unlike a majority of statues in the game, Dire lacks an unlockable SP skill.

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Dire
Moveset
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Dire's basic attack string is a combination of up to five various strikes. In Tactical Battle, this is cut down to only three hits.
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Dire puts his hands together and gives himself a temporary buff.
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Dire throws a rose imbued with the ripple at opponents as a projectile. (Unlockable)
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Dire strikes the opponent with his palm and performs an Overdrive.
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Dire dropkicks at the opponent, where he then performs his signature Thunder Cross Split Attack.


JoJo's Pitter-Patter Pop! (Android/iOS)

Main article: JoJo's Pitter-Patter Pop! ★ Dire
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Dire
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Offensive and Defensive Special Technique ver.
攻守一体の必殺技 ver.
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Rarity: PPPSR.png
Max Power: 1099 (Lvl 50) / 2329 (Lvl 80)
Release Date: June 3, 2019
Skill: Thunder Cross Split Attack
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Skill Lv 1
# of Replaced Panels: 8
Cooldown: 85
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Skill Lv 2
# of Replaced Panels: 10
Cooldown: 85
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Skill Lv 3
# of Replaced Panels: 10
Cooldown: 80
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Skill Lv 4
# of Replaced Panels: 12
Cooldown: 80
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Skill Lv 5
# of Replaced Panels: 12
Cooldown: 75


All-Star Battle R (Various)

Unlock Condition: Win in the Jonathan Joestar vs. Dio Brando All-Star Battle Mode Boss Battle
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A character from Part 1: Phantom Blood. One of the Ripple users who shows up to support Zeppeli. He uses a Thunder Split Attack to test Jonathan, and later the Cross version on Dio, but is beaten both times. Though Dio's Vaporizing Freeze technique kills him, he manages to give Jonathan a hint as to how to beat Dio.[4]

A Hamon user who shows up to support Zeppeli. Uses a Thunder Split Attack to test Jonathan, and later the Cross version of Dio, but is beaten both times. Though Dio's Vaporizing Freeze technique kills him, he manages to show Jonathan how to beat Dio.

第1部『ファントムブラッド』の登場人物。ツェペリの援軍としてやってきた波紋使いの一人。ジョナサンを試すため『稲妻空烈刃(サンダースプリットアタック)』を使ったが破られる。ディオとの戦いでは『稲妻十字空烈刃(サンダークロススプリットアタック)』で挑むも破られ、気化冷凍法により死亡する。しかし彼が最期に見せた波紋入りのバラの攻撃が、ジョナサンにディオ打倒のヒントを与えた。

Dire is featured in All-Star Battle R with a list of Tag Lines (プレイヤーカード名言, Pureiyā Kādo Meigen). They are unlocked by completing ASBR Secret Mission.png 70 Secret Missions in All-Star Battle Mode.

Quote.png Medal Speech.png Tag Lines
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  • Gotcha, sucker! (かかったなアホが!)
  • My name is Dire! (我が名はダイアー)
  • My special move, Thunder Split Attack! (必殺! 稲 妻 空 烈 刃(サンダースプリットアタック)!!)
  • Thunder Cross Split Attack! (稲 妻 十 字 空 烈 刃(サンダークロススプリットアタック))
  • The thorns of this Hamon-laden rose will have you writhing in agony! (フフ……は…波紋入りの薔薇の(とげ)は、い、痛か……ろう………フッ)


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