Joseph Joestar is a male anime and manga character that features in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
Joseph Joestar was born on 27th September 1920 as the son of Jonathan Joestar II and his wife Lisa Lisa with his grandmother Erina Joestar having migrated to America. As a child, his father operated in the British military where he was killed by his superior who was actually a vampire. Lisa Lisa later then pursued and killed the vampire but it appeared that she had slain a British officer leading to her becoming a wanted criminal. Before disappearing, she left her son with her mother-in-law Erina Joestar for care. Joseph Joestar never knew of the fate of his mother and believed that both his parents had been killed. Upon reaching adulthood, he moved to New York with his grandmother Erina and Joseph discovered he had inherited the power of the Ripple (波紋 Hamon?). Among a close family friend was Robert E. O. Speedwagon who as a close friend of his deceased grandfather Jonathan Joestar. In 1938, Speedwagon had gone on an expedition to Mexico following the discovery of an ancient ruin that contained the Stone Mask that were relics created by the Pillar Men. During the discovery, his comrade Straizo betrayed Speedwagon and left him for dead after killing his compatriots in the Speedwagon Foundation. Straizo placed the Stone Mask on himself and was transformed into a vampire whereupon he intended to kill Joseph Joestar where he approached him at a dinner in New York. After many attempts, Joseph was finally able to slay the vampire Straizo where he came to learn that Speedwagon had not died but was still in Mexico. Joestar decided to investigate and learnt that Speedwagon was in the hands of Nazi's that were being led by an officer named Von Stroheim. These Nazi's had uncovered the ruins of an ancient Pillar Man named Santana who 2,000 years old and had been awakened from his slumber. The being managed to escape his containment room and effortlessly massacred the Nazi's as he began to learn about the modern world and planned to escape. Joseph Joestar managed to free Speedwagon where he confronted the Pillar Man alongside Stronheim. Together, they managed to prevent Santana from escaping into the world but this came at the apparent cost of Stroheim's life. In a desperate attempt to escape from the petrifying light of the sun, Santana tried to get into a nearby well but Joseph stopped him and forced him to face extended contact with sunlight that turned his body to stone. Prior to Stroheim's death, the German informed Joestar that further Pillar Men ruins had been uncovered in Europe and urged him to stop them from being awakened.
After rescuing Speedwagon, Joseph proceeded with finding the sleeping Pillar Men and stopping them from being awakened. He went to Rome and met Caesar Zeppeli who was a trained Ripple user that was the same age as Joestar and was tasked with training Joseph. Initially, the two did not get along but proceeded on their mission to the tomb of the ancient Pillar Men. However, they were too late as the three sleeping entities were awakened after their 2,000 year old slumber. Joestar and Zepelli were powerless before Kars, Wham and Esidisi with them barely surviving the encounter. Joseph was infected with a poison from Wham who was impressed with Joestar and wanted him to work to find the antidote. From the encounter, Joestar learnt that the Pillar Men sought out the Red Stone of Aja in order to merge it with the Stone Mask to transform the Pillar Men into the ultimate life forms. To fight the Pillar Men, Joseph required further training in the use of the Ripple and went with Zepelli to learn from the master Lisa Lisa.
Esidisi finds out that Lisa Lisa has the Red Stone of Aja and comes to take it. Joseph uses his new skills to defeat AC-DC, thus earning the wrath of Wham and Cars. In Switzerland the group discovers the location of Wham and Cars. Joseph then defeats Wham in a deadly chariot race and the final showdown against Cars begins.
It is here that the reader also finds out that Lisa Lisa is also the biological mother of Joseph. After using the powers of ultra violet rays of light it seems that Cars has been killed. But Cars was not only able to put on a stone mask that he had been hiding on his person, but fused with the powers of the Red Stone of Aja and becomes the ultimate life form. Joseph sends Cars inside an active volcano. But Cars was able to cover himself in an armor made of rock and protect himself from the molten lava. The volcano then erupts, sending both Joseph and Cars flying. Cars is sent into space and is frozen solid making him unable to travel back to Earth.
Weeks later the group pay their respects at a funeral for Joseph Joestar, but is interrupted when Joseph shows up. After falling back down from the sky he ends up in Italy where he is helped by some local fisherman. After finding and marrying Suzi Q, who was Lisa Lisa's assistant, he returned to America to find his friends.
In the aftermath, his wife Suzi Q bore him a daughter namely Holly Joestar who he adored and loved. Around twenty years ago, she met a Japanese jazz musician named Sadao Kujo who she fell in love with and married leading to her moving to Japan to be with him. Joseph was noted to had hated his daughter leaving him and moving to Japan. Holly and Sadao later had a son of their own named Jotaro Kujo who was the grandson of Joseph Joestar who grew up in Japan. At some point, Joseph had an illicit affair with Tomoko Higashikata with the encounter leading to her giving birth to an illegitimate child named Josuke Higashikata. By this point, the power of Stands began to manifest around the world following the emergence of Dio Brando after he was accidently released from his coffin that had sunk beneath the ocean. Due to possessing Jonathan Joestar's body, the power of the Stands began to manifest throughout the Joestar bloodline with Joseph developing his own Stand named Hermit Purple. He came to learn of the danger of Dio in 1989 and sought to stop him. This led to his encounter with Mohammed Avdol who was a Stand user from Cairo that had an encounter with Dio Brando.
He then began to his Jotaro about the mystical power of Stands whilst devising tactics and analysis. Around this time, Holly fell into a coma-like state with it being determined that it was the result of her own Stand power manifesting. However, as she was not trained or strong enough, her body was slowly dying as a result with it deemed that the only way to save her was to defeat Dio Brando. Thus, Joseph along with his grandson Jotaru, Mohammed and Kakyoin embarked on their mission to defeat Dio with them setting course for Egypt.
Whilst unconscious, his grandson Jotaro battled with Dio where he managed to eventually gain an advantage over the vampire and wounded him. Dio attempted to flee but this was part of his plot to get closer to Joseph's body where he drank his blood and drained his blood of it. This act killed Joseph whose blood had given Dio full control over his body that had fully healed as a result. After Dio was defeated, Jotaro had Speedwagon Foundation medics transfer the blood from his dead remains back into his grandfather and used his own Stand Star Platinum to help restart his heart. As a result, Joseph Joestar was restored to life due to the short time when he was dead.
Diamond is Unbreakable
By 1999, Joseph Joestar had aged greatly to the point that he was no longer able to walk without a cane and had a hard time of hearing with him not being as athletic as he to be in his younger years. Around this time, the Bow and Arrow had been taken to Japan where someone was using them to create new Stand Users in Morioh Town. At the same time, it was discovered that he had an illegitimate son named Josuke Higashikata with this news causing much strife in the Joestar family over Joseph's act of infidelity. His grandson Jotaro Kujo was sent to Japan to find Josuke in order to deal with matters of inheritance and also to warn the teenager of the danger posed by Stand Users. Jotaro intended to find and recover the Bow and Arrow along with defeating the evil Stand Users it had created. Jotaro managed to find the Bow and Arrow but it was taken by the Stand User of Red Hot Chilli Pepper whose true name was unknown. In an effort to find him, Jotaro had arranged for Joseph Joestar to come to Morioh Town in Japan in order for him to use his Hermit Purple Stand to find the identity of the mystery Stand User. Whilst arriving, Joseph's life was saved when the evil Stand User Akira Otoishi was defeated. This chain of events led to the first encounter Joseph had with his son.
Personality and attributes
As a young man, Joseph is incredibly hotheaded, impetuous, and confrontational. He is not very serious or focused, and he tends to fool around. Despite his attitude, he is also very intelligent, defeating much more powerful opponents through clever tactics, and even able to accurately predict an enemy's next line (his catchphrase being "Your next line will be..." or "You're going to say...") However, over the course of Part 2, although he never really loses his overall attitude, he does develop into a strong, focused hero. At crucial moments of battles, he likes to predict the next sentence of his opponents. In Part 3, he is much the same, only as an irascible old man with a temper and the same mischievous spirit as in his younger days. However, being older, he is certainly more mature and serious.
During a fight, he liked to predict the next words uttered by his foe with them stating the exact words spoken by Joseph. This can lead to them being surprised at the accuracy of his words. In some moments, this can lead to frustration from his enemies who ask him how he always knew what they would say to him. As such, his catch phrase was "Your next line will be..." or "You're going to say...".
At Kars defeat, the Pillar Man in anger demanded to know if Joestar had planned the exact moment of his defeat. Joseph responded to him that it was pointless to ask as the answer was obvious and that Kars had fallen into his trap perfectly. However, this was a lie as Joestar was lucky but he pretended otherwise as he knew that this would drive Kars nuts at being outplayed.
Joseph said that though he practiced the art of strategic retreats he had never abandoned any battle he had fought.
A hobby of Joseph Joestar was the collection of comic books.
He was shown to dislike life in Japan where he commented that the rooms were small and that they slept on the floor.
Powers and abilities
A trait in Joseph was his ability to predict what his enemies were about to say and quote it verbatim just prior to them saying the words. After predicting their words, his opponent unwittingly spoke and repeated his exact phrasing thus shocking them as his near mind reading ability. He claimed that he invented the Joestar's secret technique that was the art of running away. Following Kars defeat, Joseph had lost his left hand which was replacing with a mechanical prosthetic.
Joestar had inherited the power of the Ripple (Hamon) that had been learnt by his grandfather Jonathan Joestar. Joseph proved to hold a natural affinity for its use above that of his forebear with him using it casually in his life. Though having a natural affinity, he was not trained in its use and thus was not a skilled practitioner of the art. A key weakness being that the Ripple required the user to properly regulate their breathing. During the course of Lisa Lisa's training, he managed to become a master of the Ripple's power. Many years later, he still made use of its techniques in his life and was able to use it to purge one of Dio's flesh buds that was growing in his brain.
As an old man, he had uncovered the power of the Stand with him gaining his own which was called the Hermit Purple that formed as a result of Dio Brando's awakening of his The World Stand. This manifested as a tangle of purple thorny vines with no humanoid form that emerged form his body that he could use for both defensive and offensive purposes. Whilst relatively weak, Hermit Purple's true strength was its ability to divine and remotely view locations from a distance. This afforded Joseph a level of telepathic ability as he could sense locations or thoughts which he could project onto an image such as a photo from a camera or a television or even create one on sand on a dusty street.
- Joseph Joestar was created by Hirohiko Araki.
In other media
- In the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure OVA, Joseph Joestar appeared in the anime adaptation of the Stardust Crusaders story arc where he was voiced by actor Chikao Ōtsuka in the Japanese version and actor Michael Bennett in the English version.
- In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Joseph Joestar appeared in the anime series that adapted the Battle Tendency story arc where he was voiced by actor Tomokazu Sugita.
- In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle, Joseph Joestar appeared as a playable character in the fighting video game with actor Tomokazu Sugita voicing both the younger and older version of him.
- In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven, Joseph Joestar appeared as a playable character in the fighting video game with actor Tomokazu Sugita voicing the younger version and actor Unsho Ishizuka voicing the older version of him.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency:
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders:
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable: