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|“||I will stand above that flock of pigeons and I will control them.||„|
Diego "Dio" Brando is a racer in the Steel Ball Run race and serves as the secondary antagonist of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Steel Ball Run. He is the alternate universe counterpart of Dio Brando, the most featured antagonist in the series.
A horse jockey from Britian, Diego Brando is regarded to be one of the most deadly contestants in the Steel Ball Run race, becoming a rival to both Johnny and Gyro with his stand known as Scary Monsters.
When he was only a baby, his father, him and his mother being extremely poor, originally planned to drown the helpless infant in a river. However, his mother had a change of heart and saved the child, which caused his father to leave them both. Growing up in poverty on a farm, Diego discovered his talent with taming horses. At 6 years old, his mother died from tetanus, with Diego developing a extreme sense of arrogance, wanting to have revenge on all who disowned them.
After losing the first stage of the race, he declares himself to be Gyro's archenemy, ambushing them both in a mountain village with his stand Scary Monsters, fleeing with one of the Turbo Eyes and taking Dr. Ferdinand's stand. Later, he is mostly seen helping Funny Valentine with collecting the Corpse Parts, joining forces with Sandman. During the 8th round of the race, he betrays Funny Valentine, but is quickly defeated by him and his stand, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. Having his Turbo Eye taken, he then decides to make a plan with Hot Pants to attack him on the train with Lucy Steel. However, Funny Valentine brings Diego's end by crushing him unto a train, with Diego Brando from another universe then attacking the heroes.
Although once kind and resourceful as a young child, Diego grew up to be cold natured due to his poor upbringing. Desiring to win at all costs with a terrible arrogance, he despises everyone due to his mother cutting off her own hands to make a makeshift soup bowl for him to feed, instead of using his own shoes. As thus, Diego became extremely misanthropic.
Powers and Abilties
With his stand, Diego Brando can infect people with a strange virus that turns them into dinosaurs. Activated by touch, Diego can also control said dinosaurs. He can also transform himself into either a full dinosaur or a hybrid of himself and one, and can alter someone into a dormant, fossilized state. He is also a expert at riding and taming horses.