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Towards the end of episode 48 of Star Crusaders, Dio kicks at Jotaro who uses Star Platinum to punch The World's shin. Star Platinum's fist ends up cracking, but then The World's entire body ends up cracking, killing DIO in the process.

How could this simple punch kill The World?

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/TLDR So basically Jotaro out clevered a very arrogant Dio who actually had the power to (even before the JoeStar blood power up) wipe the floor with Jotaro. Then there was the stoptime: though Star Platinum had better precision and growth potential, Dio had way more exp using the World so he could use stoptime more and to a better degree of diversity and effectiveness. That being said Jotaro would be left with his wit and the precision advantage of The World to go for the win by hitting Dio on his weakened left side(sated by Dio as being weaker due to the effects of fusing with the powerful hamon user Jonathon JoeStar). Why would he know this: I chalk it up to Star Platinum's almost X-ray like vision, perceiving minute details and faults that would otherwise be overlooked.

In continuing Joseph was noted to be able to use hamon subconsciously and in everyday encounters. Why couldn't Jotaro, the splitting image of a youthful and rebellious Joseph do the same.Edit: Seems someone had the same reference

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Remember when Joseph and Avdol meet Jotaro in jail and told him that Stands were a manifestation of life force? That's the same principle of hamon and that's the reason DIO isn't immune to them.

here's the explication in youtube

And for completion sake i'll add a quote from the author itself:

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First of all, you can see that Dio was weakened after he got thrown off of the Road Roller because Jotaro hit his legs.

Second of all Dio mentioned that his left side is weaker than his right side from fusing with Jonathan's body. The leg Star Platinum punched was on his left side too. That's why his body crumbled from the left side upwards.

  • Jotaro doesn't know how to use Hamon, so this wouldn't make sense either – Zamasu Dec 16 '19 at 17:11
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If I'm being completely honest, I just thought Jotaro would win because he's the main character. I mean, a 17-year-old student from Japan couldn't possibly beat a 120-year-old jacked-ass charming vampire with a physique superior to Arnold Schwarzenegger. But Star Platinum has better stand stats than even The World.

The World has an A in power, speed, and durability, B in precision and growth potential, and a C in range.

Star Platinum has an A in everything except range, where it has a C, just like The World's)

I'm guessing Star Platinum's superior skill in precision (SP: A; TW: B) is to thank for this. Using its precision, it can generate more powerful punches than DIO's. And Jotaro was really angry.

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    Jotaro would win because he's the main character this isn't a logical explanation – PJ The MADAO Aug 1 '20 at 9:44
  • @PJTheMADAO Jesus christ someone actually knows thank you – okaythatscool Jan 6 at 16:11
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When DIO stole Jonathan's body, his left side was weaker due to Jonathan's body not being a vampire. When we see that Jotaro punches DIO in the shin, DIO uses his left leg. His left side wasn't healed yet, and when he kicks him, Jotaro sees the opening and pulls all his power into his fist. See, the more Jotaro gets mad, the more calculated he is. In part 1, DIO uses anger to successfully make Jonathan mad enough to punch him in the boxing match, and to be able to dodge his attacks when Jonathan dashes into the building, shouting "DIO...!" So that's the full demonstration of that.

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