King Crimson (キング・クリムゾン Kingu Kurimuzon), sometimes shortened to K. Crimson (Ｋ・クリムゾン), is the Stand of Diavolo, featured in the fifth part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Vento Aureo.
It grants Diavolo the ability to erase time for up to ten seconds as well as see into the future using its sub-ability, Epitaph (エピタフ (墓碑銘) Epitafu). The Stand can also be used by Diavolo's second-in-command, Vinegar Doppio, should the boss allow it.
King Crimson is a humanoid Stand of a height and build similar to Diavolo's, but tends to look much bigger and taller. Its body is covered by a raised diagonal grid; save for its face, neck, shoulder guards, elbows, hands, abdomen, crotch, knees and feet.
Its eyes comprise sharp orifices of a steep inward slant; from which emerge small, round eyes without sclera, with pronounced eye sockets that have the same fragmented pupils that Diavolo himself has. Its crown is flat and from its forehead emerges a raised level that bears a smaller, oval face of the same expression. In earlier depictions, there were two raised levels. It constantly bares its teeth through a small mouth.
The aforementioned second face on King Crimson's forehead is named Epitaph, and is sometimes duplicated in the same position on Doppio's forehead. Epitaph presents itself as a bump on the forehead featuring eyes and a mouth constantly grinding its teeth, often mimicking King Crimson's current mood.
Its design is inspired by the character George/Kuato, from the 1990 science fiction film Total Recall, a mutated human with a smaller twin brother conjoined in his belly.
King Crimson embodies Diavolo's personality in its entirety, as he frequently speaks through his stand. Aside from that, its face frequently possesses an angry or irritated expression, though on rare occasions, it also shows a maniacal grin when certain events fall in Diavolo's favor, such as when he gets his hands on the Arrow.
King Crimson is one of the most impressive Stands featured in the series. Both physically strong and possessing the ability to erase time and predict the future, King Crimson is described as invincible against all other Stands whose powers do not affect time.
King Crimson is a powerful Close-Range Stand that primarily uses swift single attacks that are almost always fatal. It is able to punch through people's bodies or cleave them in a single chop with significant ease. Other examples include completely obliterating a fortune teller's upper body in a single punch and throwing a pair of scissors with such strength that they completely severed Risotto Nero's right foot, among multiple other occasions where it effortlessly severed limbs. It also managed to destroy a large wall with a single punch. Its feats of strength and speed are comparable to Star Platinum and The World.
Much like other Close-Range Stands, its weaknesses are poor effective range (about 2–3 meters) and permanence, making it difficult for its User to hide their identity against multiple foes.
King Crimson's signature ability is to erase a given frame of time lasting up to 10 seconds, starting from the instant the ability is activated.
In the erased time frame, other people will be unable to experience anything that happened and will retain no memories of it either. After the allotted time frame, they will suddenly find themselves in the situation they were supposed to be afterwards.
On the other hand, Diavolo remains fully conscious during the erased time and only he can re-adjust his actions. In the manga, Diavolo sees the erased time as a void filled with juxtapositions of what would have happened during this period in a fashion akin to Nude Descending a Staircase, allowing him to think out the next best action (for instance, when Bruno Bucciarati tried to punch Diavolo during the erased time, Diavolo saw Bucciarati's superimposed positions during his punch). The anime adaptation has Diavolo visualize a ghostly red image of his foe's next move instead. Diavolo is unable to attack, or interact with anything, while King Crimson's time erasure is active, as the time frame of his own actions would cease to exist as well. The only exception to the latter is Diavolo himself, and any extension of himself, such as his own blood. As a result, he often relies on the ability to avoid attacks and move himself into advantageous positions, such as enemy blind spots. Using his Stand's exceptional destructive power, Diavolo then directly attacks the enemy the moment King Crimson's ability concludes.
The anime adaptation portrays King Crimson's time-skip ability with a glitched effect, as if the animation itself has corrupted and skipped forward.
Epitaph (エピタフ (墓碑銘) Epitafu) is a sub-Stand that assists and completes King Crimson's time erasure.
From up to ten seconds, Epitaph gives Diavolo and Doppio the ability to see the future by projecting it as images, which are usually projected on Diavolo/Doppio's hair.
The image produced includes the general area with Doppio/Diavolo as the main focus, allowing either of them to see what happens around them as well as directly at them. However, the visions are incomplete and only show the final result without the steps taken to it and thus can be subject to interpretation. In one instance, Doppio could see himself on the ground with a foot flying, but initially thought that the foot was his when it ultimately turned out to be Risotto’s.
While the predictions seen by Epitaph are unavoidable, they still effectively warn Diavolo and Doppio against incoming danger, allowing them to steer events to minimize the damage done to them. When Doppio realized a pair of scissors would form under the skin of his neck, he tore them out to prevent his throat from being slit. King Crimson itself can prevent the predictions from being completed if it erases the right timeframe. However, Diavolo can only change his own fate with this but not others' fates, as he can't interact with them in erased time (i.e He can't prevent Risotto from getting shot by Aerosmith's bullets, but he can erase time and prevent himself from getting hit). Likewise a Stand affecting Fate like Gold Experience Requiem which returns King Crimson's power to the "zero" state, can simply make the vision false as it steers Fate itself to its advantage.
Diavolo and Doppio often use the forecasting ability of Epitaph to predict any incoming threat, making sneak attacks ineffective against them.
Chapters / Episodes
- Chapter 516: The Boss's Last Orders
- Chapter 518: The Mystery of King Crimson, Part 1
- Chapter 519: The Mystery of King Crimson, Part 2
- Chapter 520: The Mystery of King Crimson, Part 3
- Chapter 521: The Mystery of King Crimson, Part 4
- Chapter 522: The Mystery of King Crimson, Part 5
- Chapter 524: The "G" in Guts (Cover only)
- Chapter 540: Spice Girl, Part 2
- Chapter 541: Storm Warning in Sardinia Island!
- Chapter 542: My Name Is Doppio, Part 1 (Arm only)
- Chapter 543: My Name Is Doppio, Part 2 (Mentioned only)
- Chapter 544: King Crimson vs. Metallica, Part 1 (Epitaph only)
- Chapter 545: King Crimson vs. Metallica, Part 2 (Arms & Epitaph only)
- Chapter 546: King Crimson vs. Metallica, Part 3 (Arms & Epitaph only)
- Chapter 547: King Crimson vs. Metallica, Part 4 (Arms & Epitaph only)
- Chapter 548: King Crimson vs. Metallica, Part 5
- Chapter 549: King Crimson vs. Metallica, Part 6
- Chapter 551: Pronto! On the Phone, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- Chapter 552: Pronto! On the Phone, Part 2 (Mentioned only)
- Chapter 569: A Little Story From the Past (Flashback)
- Chapter 570: His Name Is Diavolo, Part 2
- Chapter 571: What Lies Beyond the Arrow
- Chapter 572: The Requiem Quietly Plays, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- Chapter 573: The Requiem Quietly Plays, Part 2 (Mentioned only)
- Chapter 574: The Requiem Quietly Plays, Part 3 (Mentioned only)
- Chapter 576: The Requiem Quietly Plays, Part 5
- Chapter 577: The Requiem Quietly Plays, Part 6
- Chapter 578: The Requiem Quietly Plays, Part 7
- Chapter 579: The Requiem Quietly Plays, Part 8
- Chapter 580: Diavolo Surfaces, Part 1
- Chapter 581: Diavolo Surfaces, Part 2
- Chapter 582: Diavolo Surfaces, Part 3
- Chapter 583: Diavolo Surfaces, Part 4
- Chapter 584: Diavolo Surfaces, Part 5
- Chapter 585: King of Kings
- Chapter 586: Gold Experience Requiem, Part 1
- Chapter 587: Gold Experience Requiem, Part 2
- Chapter 588: Gold Experience Requiem, Part 3 (Permanently retired) (Death looped infinitely)
- GW Episode 19: White Album (Ability only)
- GW Episode 20: The Boss's Last Orders
- GW Episode 21: The Mystery of King Crimson
- GW Episode 21.5: determinazione
- GW Episode 22: The "G" in Guts (Flashback)
- GW Episode 24: Notorious B.I.G (Mentioned only)
- GW Episode 25: Spice Girl
- GW Episode 26: A Little Story From the Past ~My Name Is Doppio~
- GW Episode 27: King Crimson vs. Metallica
- GW Episode 28: Beneath a Sky on the Verge of Falling
- GW Episode 28.5: destino
- GW Episode 29: Destination: Rome! The Colosseum
- GW Episode 33: His Name Is Diavolo
- GW Episode 34: The Requiem Quietly Plays, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- GW Episode 35: The Requiem Quietly Plays, Part 2
- GW Episode 36: Diavolo Surfaces
- GW Episode 37: King of Kings
- GW Episode 38: Gold Experience Requiem (Permanently retired) (Death looped infinitely)
- GioGio's Bizarre Adventure II: Golden Heart, Golden Ring (Mentioned only)
- JORGE JOESTAR Chapter 14: Desolation Row (37th universe) (Mentioned only)
- JORGE JOESTAR Chapter 15: Beyond (37th universe)
Creation and Development
Concept art featured in the JOJOVELLER "History" booklet includes an early design of King Crimson, which lacks Epitaph (but still has the bump on its forehead where Epitaph would normally be) and has a facial structure appearing to be based off of a human skull, as well as what appears to be a hood (possibly inspired by the classical figure of Death).
GioGio's Bizarre Adventure (PS2)
In GioGio's Bizarre Adventure, time being erased is shown by having the opponent's actions slowed down, while Diavolo moves at normal speed.
All-Star Battle (PS3)
In All-Star Battle, King Crimson acts similarly to The World - through a number of abilities, Diavolo creates an erased time space (a special ability simply referred to as "Erasing Time") in which he is free to move about and the opponent is unable to take action. After a certain amount of time has passed, or as soon as Diavolo initiates an attack or ability, the effect is broken. King Crimson also acts as his dash and Epitaph can be activated to grant Diavolo automatic Stylish Evasion without depleting his Guard Gauge.
Eyes of Heaven (PS3/PS4)
In Eyes of Heaven, Diavolo becomes invincible as well as invisible to his opponents within the erased time, causing him to gradually lose stamina. Other characters can still move and act normally but are otherwise ignorant to Diavolo's location. Furthermore, the Epitaph ability Diavolo had in All-Star Battle allowing him to dodge instantly after getting attacked returns in the form of a skill.
Puzzle & Dragons (Android/iOS)
King Crimson was obtainable for a limited time as an assist in the mobile game Puzzle & Dragons.
- ↑ Chapter 587: Gold Experience Requiem, Part 2, p.3
- ↑ JOJOVELLER: Araki's Stand Commentaries - King Crimson
- ↑ Artbook: JOJO A-GO!GO! - Stands, p.106
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Volume 56, in-between Stand stats; Chapter 522: The Mystery of King Crimson, Part 5
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Chapter 521: The Mystery of King Crimson, Part 4
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Chapter 519: The Mystery of King Crimson, Part 2
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Chapter 520: The Mystery of King Crimson, Part 3
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 JOJOVELLER: STANDS, p.192
- ↑ Chapter 518: The Mystery of King Crimson, Part 1
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Chapter 544: King Crimson vs. Metallica, Part 1
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Chapter 545: King Crimson vs. Metallica, Part 2
- ↑ Chapter 588: Gold Experience Requiem, Part 3