I keep seeing people parrot this explanation, but it's just not true. We can break down every example and show why that's not the case.>Trish's hand
If your so-called phantom Diavolo was fated to enter the elevator and chop off Trish's hand, then get out, then Buccellati wouldn't just be standing there like a tard still holding Trish's hand in the elevator. His slave state would have seen phantom Diavolo and chased after him, and at the end of the erased time he'd probably be in hot pursuit of Diavolo instead of still standing there. The logical explanation is that Diavolo was fated not to enter the elevator, but then he activated his ability, entered, cut off the hand, and left while Buccellati experienced nothing out of the ordinary.>fortuneteller's arm
Same thing. If he was fated to get his arm cut off, he'd be panicking at the end of the erased time and mid-scream, but instead he thinks he's still cradling Diavolo's arm, as he would have been at that point had King Crimson not been activated.>Narancia's death
If phantom KC was the one who impaled Narancia, then the crew would already be looking up at the end of the erased time, or probably attacking whoever KC came out of. They wouldn't remember why they got there, but they certainly wouldn't be looking away from Narancia's corpse. KC simply erased time, grabbed Narancia, and killed him while in the fated version, nothing abnormal happened at all.
The ONLY thing that could possibly contradict this is the bullets passing through Diavolo in erased time, something that never happens again in any form. I truly believe that Araki was just experimenting with the definition of "erased time" there and it should just be considered an isolated instance.