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|“||There are times when a gentleman has to be courageous and fight, even when his opponent is bigger than he is and he knows he's going to lose!||„|
|~ Jonathan Joestar|
Jonathan Joestar, also known as JoJo, is the overarching protagonist of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise.
He is the main protagonist of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood, and a posthumous character in both JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders. He is the son of English nobleman George Joestar I, Jonathan is an honest, kind, and positive man whose life is fraught with tragedy after meeting the villainous Dio Brando.
He was voiced by Kazuyuki Okitsu in Japanese and he is voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch in English and shares his voice with Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach, Yukimura Sanada from Sengoku BASARA, and Nero from Devil May Cry.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure : Phantom Blood
As a baby, Jonathan's mother died in a carriage accident. Despite this, his father, George Joestar did his best to raise Jonathan into a proper gentleman. During his childhood, he met a girl named Erina who he helped from bullies, resulting in him getting beaten up. Some time later, a boy named Dio Brando was adopted by his father. Jonathan tried his best to treat his new brother kindly, only to for Dio to torment him in various ways. This torment eventually lead to Dio forcefully kissing Erina, angering Jonathan greatly who proceeds to finally beat up his adopted brother. This ends with the 2 of them being punished and his dog was later burned alive by Dio.
A few years later, Jonathan and Dio are now college students and their relationship seems to have improved. Jonathan's father however appears to be sick and after noticing his adopted brother bringing medicine, he decides to confront him. Jonathan was able to trick Dio into confirming his suspicion, prompting him to visit Ogre Street in hopes for a cure. Upon arriving, he is attacked by Speedwagon and a pair of thugs. He was able to incapacitate the 3 before being swarmed by Ogre Street's denizens. Luckily, Speedwagon decides to call off the attack upon hearing Jonathan's reasoning.
Jonathan is later seen in his home, greeting Dio somewhat in disappointment. Dio attempts to gain sympathy from his "brother", only for Speedwagon to call out his bluff. After revealing multiple forms of evidence, the police appear to arrest Dio with Jonathan deciding to handcuff his own adopted brother himself. Dio uses this chance to stab the gentleman, resulting in him stabbing George instead. Jonathan mourns for his father as the police shoot Dio repeatedly. Dio however has already turned into a vampire and quickly attacks everyone in the mansion. Jonathan was still unable to bring himself to shoot his adopted brother, forcing Speedwagon to do it for him. This proves to be useless as Dio was able to regenerate at high speeds. Out of desperation, Jonathan burns down his home before climbing to the roof. Once the vampire followed him there, he immediately tackled him down a chimney. With a lot of struggle, Jonathan was able to defeat Dio and survive the ordeal.
During his recovery, he was treated by Erina who has grown older. The two restarted their relationship and began to grow closer. During one of their strolls however, they are met by an eccentric man who seemed to be following them around. The man turned out to be Will Zeppeli who offers Jonathan a chance at learning hamon in order to defeat Dio who turned out to be still alive. Zeppeli provides several demonstrations and explanations of hamon before finally beginning Jonathan's training.
Some time later, Jonathan, Zeppeli, and Speedwagon began their journey to hunt down Dio. While they passed by a tunnel, they are met by a particularly powerful zombie which Zeppeli dispatches. Jonathan is later tasked to kill said zombie while holding a glass wine. The gentleman was able to do so upon realizing that he could infuse hamon into the wine, using it as a compass to detect movement. They later exit the tunnel and a few hours later, arrive in a graveyard where Dio was in. Jonathan quickly attacks Dio upon seeing Zeppeli being beaten.
Despite their combined efforts however, the 2 were beaten by the vampire. Dio proceeds to summon a pair of very powerful zombies named Bruford and Tarkus. Jonathan fights off Bruford first, bringing the zombie into the water before using air bubbles to generate hamon. The two were blasted back to the surface and Jonathan was then tied up. He was however able to break free with a hamon infused kick, freeing himself and allowing him to rapidly pummel Bruford.
Bruford later expresses gratitude for letting him die as a human before giving Jonathan a sword called "Pluck". The gentleman later escapes with his group from an angered Tarkus, ending up in an abandoned castle. Jonathan was kidnapped upon arrival and was locked in a room, being forced to fight Tarkus. After the door was unlocked, Zeppeli stepped in and fought off Tarkus, and was then immediately killed. Zeppeli however gives Jonathan the last of his hamon, allowing the gentleman to kill Tarkus. He then joins his group to give a funeral to his teacher before going to a village. Jonathan was first met by Dire who attacks him with no provocation but was defeated. Dire later reveals to Jonathan that he is a hamon user and came with 2 more hamon users who came at Zeppeli's request.
The group arrive at the castle where Dio hid, fighting off a large zombie. They soon found Dio at the balcony and upon Dire's death, Jonathan stepped in. His fight against Dio was particularly difficult due to the vampire repeatedly freezing whatever was used to attack to deny any damage. After having his fists frozen however, Jonathan was able to burn them to keep them from getting frozen, allowing him to apply hamon into Dio's body.
Some time later, he got married to Erina and went on a honeymoon on ship. The ship however was infiltrated by Dio and a zombie. The zombies soon began to overcome the ship and Jonathan was able to find Dio who was now a head. Dio quickly attacked the gentleman's throat, causing him to be unable to generate hamon. With the last of his hamon however, Jonathan was able to kill the zombie Dio was with. The zombie's body damaged the ship's engine, causing it to begin sinking. With his dying breath, Jonathan tells Erina to escape before holding Dio's head. He finally dies after and his body was then stolen by Dio.
According to the norms of the Victorian era, Jonathan's childhood attire consisted of a jacket, white dress shirt, breeches and a pair of long socks with black shoes. As a nobleman, he wears a ribbon tie and a vest like his father's.
Jonathan wears longer dress pants and tends to roll up his coat sleeves. He also wears a striped team uniform during University rugby games. When he sets out to Ogre Street to find a cure for his father's illness, he dons a deerstalker cap and long coat. During the journey to Windknight's Lot, his outfit is a mixture of his formal and detective-like outfit. In the latter half of the arc, he wears a close-fitted tank top with capped sleeves. In the anime, these sleeves are converted into shoulder pads.
Jonathan had lived a rough past as the son of an aristocrat and was known in his childhood to have been at least a competent boxer. In his college life, he is shown to have played Rugby alongside Dio Brando, and was revered as one of the two stars of Hugh Hudson Academy. Even prior to learning the ripple, Jonathan was shown to have been able to hold his own against three thugs, Speedwagon among them with his sheer might and willpower.
He was also shown to have been able to wield various weapons held by the suits of armor in the Joestar mansion, as well as perform incredible feats of strength, such as jumping from the hilt of a sword and hoisting himself up to the second floor with an arm inhibited by a spear pierced into his pectorals, even doing a flip over the guardrails as he did so.
Also, Jonathan has an arsenal of ancient martial art techniques, most inherited from Will A. Zeppeli and involving Hamon, at his disposal. Some are his original creation, each ending with "Overdrive".
Part I: Phantom Blood
Part II: Battle Tendency
Part IV: Diamond is Unbreakable
Part V: Vento Aureo/Golden Wind
Part VII: Steel Ball Run
Part VIII: JoJolion