Wilson Phillips is a short, rotund, middle-aged man sporting a mustache consisting of two small whiskers on each side. Phillips wears a two-piece dark suit with a bright polka-dot bow tie and a trilby that hides short, dark hair. He loses his two central incisors from his upper jaw after DIO pulls them out.
On the exterior, Wilson Phillips takes on the persona of a humble, affable Senator. He remains calm and cordial even after DIO breaks his driver's arm, passing it off with a chuckle. This guise is quickly shattered when DIO pulls two of his teeth out. He reveals his true conceited nature, reassuring himself by listing his major accomplishments and believing that no one can stand in his way as a senator of the United States. He is extremely confident in his status, threatening to have DIO executed and claiming that he will be president and can crush anyone who stands in his way despite DIO's show of power. Although arrogant, he isn't willing to kill innocent people until he does so out of fear.
After DIO traps Phillips in his own car with The World, he loses his sanity and claims he is only still inside because a senator can do anything. When broken by fear and told by DIO that he will still die regardless of his obedience, he delves further into insanity, laughing and telling himself that he must be dreaming.
According to his inner monologue, he graduated high school and college at the top of his class (and as captain of his college wrestling team) and then went on to become a revered and respected politician. He then married a model 25 years younger than him and had a thousand acres of a villa in Hawaii. He also claims to pay 50 times the taxes an average person does.
Stardust Crusaders (1989)
Wilson Phillips is a senator from the United States who first appeared in a car that was forced to stop by DIO, who wanted to chase Joseph Joestar. DIO asked Wilson's driver if the car was still working, but instead of an answer, the driver tried to intimidate him, having his arm broken soon after. DIO then entered the car, where he was greeted by a friendly Wilson, who said the driver wouldn't be able to take them where he wanted with his arm broken. DIO ordered Wilson himself to chase Joseph, beating him up even after the senator tried to use his influence to scare DIO.
Unable to leave the car due to The World's ability, Wilson is left with no choice but to obey. When they enter a road full of cars, DIO forces Wilson to drive through the crowd. The senator slowly loses his sanity due to DIO's acts, becoming crazy and willing to chase Joseph on free will. The car crashes and Wilson dies, his body being thrown by DIO in the direction of Joseph's car to stop him.
In the OVA
In the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure OVA, DIO instead lets Wilson Phillip's car nearly run into him, as DIO stops time just before the impact (presumably wrecking the vehicle by having The World damage it during stopped time). After DIO gets into the Senator's car, Wilson Phillips appears to be much more genuine than in the original source material (never monologuing about his higher power), even apologizing to DIO for his driver's rude behavior and giving his regards to DIO, saying he hopes he wasn't hurt in the collision. After DIO tells Wilson Phillips to start the car he says he can't because DIO knocked out his driver and then offers DIO some money to hail a taxi.
DIO never pulls Phillip's teeth out, instead only throwing him to the front of the car. Phillips tells DIO he can't expect to get away with his actions and tries to crawl to the back of the car, only to be kicked back to the front. After this, he says he will have DIO executed for what he has done and then runs out of the car, only to find himself running back into it. After a second attempt the same happens and he's forced to do DIO's bidding.
Wilson's Phillips death is changed, instead of being thrown out of the car by DIO, he instead crashes into a moving train, causing an explosion. After said explosion, DIO drags Phillips' corpse away from the debris and throws the corpse in the direction of Joseph's car to stop him.
Chapters / Episodes
Creation and Development
During the Weekly Shonen Jump serialisation of Part 3, Wilson Phillips acts surprised and entitled as soon as DIO enters his car. However, in the tankobon release, this scene was heavily changed to make him initially appear more humble and carefree towards DIO.
Wilson Phillips' uncredited English voice actor in the Stardust Crusaders OVA, Charles Martinet, is well known for being the voice of Mario, Luigi, Wario and Waluigi and various other characters in the Super Mario series.
Wilson Phillips' Japanese voice actor in the Anime, Chō, would later voice the Stand of Kenzou, Dragon's Dream in Stone Ocean.
All-Star Battle (PS3)
Wilson Phillips appears as part of the stage hazard in the Cairo Streets stage. After one of the combatants gets thrown in the hazard indication area, Wilson appears and slowly walks away, and later he appears insanely driving the car, hitting anyone near its trajectory, following DIO's orders (much like he did on the story events). This occurs in its entirety even if DIO is one of the combatants.
All-Star Battle R (Various)