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|“||OH MY GOD!||„|
|~ Old Joseph's catchphrase if something goes wrong.|
|“||Your next line is...||„|
|~ Young Joseph's catchphrase.|
|“||Well, I guess now you can see the difference in our fighting experience. Once your opponent started boasting their victory, they've already lost! This is how Joseph Joestar does things! I guess I just get better with age.||„|
|~ Joseph Joestar to Nena.|
Joseph Joestar is the overall deuteragonist of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, being the main protagonist in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency, the deuteragonist in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, and a supporting character in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable.
A survivor, Joseph meets the fantastic threats approaching him throughout his life with initiative and ingenuity. He is the most recurring JoJo in the series after his grandson, Jotaro Kujo. He wields the Stand known as Hermit Purple.
In Japanese, he was voiced by the late Kenji Utsumi and the late Gorō Naya in the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders drama CDs, the late Chikao Ohtsuka in the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders OVA, Hōchū Ōtsuka in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future as "Young Joseph", Tōru Ōkawa in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future as "Old Joseph", Tomokazu Sugita in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle (where he played both forms of Joseph), JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven, and the anime (in both of which he plays "Young Joseph" only), and the late Unshō Ishizuka in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven and the anime (in both of which he plays "Old Joseph"). In English, he was voiced by Michael Bennett in the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders OVA, Ben Diskin in the anime as "Young Joseph", and Richard Epcar in the anime as "Old Joseph".
Joseph was born from the marriage of George Joestar II and Elizabeth Joestar. Due to the former's death and the latter's exile, Joseph was raised by his grandmother, Erina and Speedwagon. Sometime during his teens, he was able to demonstrate a proficiency for hamon when he and Speedwagon were being robbed on a plane. This ended with both of them and the pilot escaping the plane which has crashed.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure : Battle Tendency
Joseph's first appearance involves him getting his wallet stolen while he was buying a beverage. He later appears to cover up for the pick-pocket, a boy named Smokey Brown. Joseph still ended up having to fight off the cops due to their hostility and he then invites Smokey to dinner. While eating, he is given permission from Erina to beat up a particularly rude patron who was threatening Smokey. After doing so, the patron's boss gives Joseph and his grandmother information regarding Speedwagon's fate. Joseph decides to go and search for Speedwagon himself, ending up in Mexico while doing so.
Upon arriving, he is attacked by a soldier which he dispatches before arriving in the military base. There he creates an elaborate "disguise" to trick the guards which failed, forcing him to beat the guards and steal a uniform. After arriving in the base, he found himself in the middle of a massacre performed by a pillar man. At first, Joseph doesn't take the threat seriously but upon realizing the danger his opponent posed, he stepped up his game and tricked the pillar man into partially absorbing him, dismembering his opponent in the process. Joseph then drags the pillar man out into the sun and with some help from Stroheim, he defeats the pillar man.
Some time later, he was brought to Italy to meet up with another hamon user, Caesar Zeppeli. At first, Caesar absolutely despised Joseph, going as far as attacking him in public. The fight ends with Joseph in a bubble and Caesar swallowing a pigeon. Later the two meet up with their driver and they arrived at the research facility, finding all the employees slaughtered. After Caesar's defeat, Joseph steps in and fights Wamuu using a pair of clackers. He was unfortunately defeated due to the pillar man's ability, the Divine Sandstorm. Joseph survives this attack and crawls away towards a minecart to lead Wamuu away from Caesar and Speedwagon. He then gives Wamuu a deal, to fight him a month later as he will be stronger by then. The pillar men agree and Joseph wound up with two poisonous rings in his body which can only be dissolved by an antidote within the face rings of Wamuu and Esidisi.
A few days later, Joseph arrives in Air Suplena Island in order to further train his hamon. While Caesar was renting a gondola, it is revealed that the gondola was guarded by the coach they were supposed to meet, a woman named Lisa Lisa. The coach quickly attacked him, placing a mask on his mouth which forced him to properly breath as long as the mask stays on. She then lead him and Caesar into a tower with oil on the base before pushing them in. The tower itself is a test known as the "Hell Climb Pillar" which hamon users must climb with hamon.
At first Joseph was unable to climb due to his lack of training. He was however able to catch on with Caesar's technique and followed suit. Unfortunately, Joseph triggered a trap on their way up, resulting in a strong burst of oil which they need to climb over as their final test. Joseph however was able to climb over the oil by sticking onto it and riding towards a side where the burst was weaker. He almost falls off but was helped by Caesar despite their previous rivalry. The two were introduced to Lisa Lisa's colleagues and their training began.
Some time later, Joseph's final test began where he was supposed to fight off Loggins. However upon arriving, he found that Esidisi had killed Loggins and was searching for the Red Stone of Aja. Joseph fights the pillar man, cutting off Esidisi's arm which sends him into a crying fit. However it was all a ruse that Esidisi did to calm himself down. Joseph ended up being tricked and countered by the pillar man and was able to defeat him with forward thinking and a magic trick. Unfortunately after using the antidote, Esidisi's brain was able to latch onto his back. He later has to beat the brain out Suzi Q, a maid working in the island, with help from Caesar. Joseph joins the group in their journey to Swiss to retrieve the Red Stone of Aja.
While resting in a cabin, Joseph discovered that Kars had arrived as well as Stroheim who had been revived and enhanced. After the soldier's defeat, Joseph ends up having to race Kars to get the Red Stone of Aja, ending with them falling off a cliff. He was able to survive by forming a chain made of icicles. Some time after that, he explains the dangers of attacking the pillar men in their hideout, something Caesar disagrees with. During their argument, he disrespects their heritage, resulting in Caesar punching him before leaving to fight the pillar men.
After learning about Caesar's backstory, he decides to catch up with him later. Upon arriving, Caesar has been killed and had left behind his headband and the antidote ring in a bubble made of hamon and blood. Joseph and Lisa Lisa proceeded to go deeper into the hideout. The 2 were able to convince the remaining pillar men to fight them on even ground before Joseph was sent to get the Red Stone of Aja. Before Joseph's fight against Wamuu, he got to listen to a part of his coach's backstory. Wamuu later shows Joseph the chariots and horses they'll be using for the race.
At the start of the race, Joseph got a head start by jamming the wheels of Wamuu's chariot with pebbles. Joseph was able to grab a sledge hammer before having his chariot smashed with a pillar. He was able to get back on the race by launching himself towards Wamuu's horses and survived a Divine Sandstorm by dismembering the pillar man's arms with hamon. He then makes a critical mistake of grabbing the larger crossbow, resulting in a crossbow bolt being launched towards his body. He was able to turn the situation by distracting Wamuu long enough for him to fire his crossbow, hitting the pillar man and allowing him to dismember Wamuu's legs. Immediately he was at the mercy of the pillar man's strongest ability, the Atmospheric Rift. Joseph ended up having to sacrifice Caesar's headband to destroy his opponent, thus winning the fight and Wamuu's respect.
Later, he watched as his coach was double-crossed by Kars and having to fight him off himself. During the fight, Stroheim and an army appeared to vanquish the zombies with some UV lights. Joseph himself was able to defeat Kars by distracting him with a burning scarf, tying him up, and throwing him off. The pillar man however was able to get his hands on the Red Stone of Aja and became the Ultimate Lifeform. Joseph was soon chased by Kars and wound up leading him towards a volcano by plane. They eventually arrive at the volcano with some help from Stroheim and they drowned Kars in lava which he quickly escapes.
Joseph was able to finally defeat Kars by redirecting the pillar man's hamon towards the Red Stone of Aja, allowing the volcano to launch the two to the sky. Joseph was able to use his severed hand to grab onto Kars as he is knocked by volcanic rocks, sending him to space. Joseph survived his ordeal and was treated by Suzi Q for a few months before getting married to her. He arrived at his own funeral, shocking his remaining friends and family.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure : Stardust Crusaders
Joseph appears in the part to help out his daughter, Holly Kujo deal with her son. He then appears in the prison Jotaro was staying at before introducing him to a friend of his, a fortune teller named Muhammad Avdol and his stand, Magician's Red. After Jotaro decided to leave, Joseph decided to explain the introduction and origin of stands as well DIO's return. He stays at Holly's home while Jotaro went to school and was still there when Jotaro returned with Kakyoin. He also explains how DIO was controlling his minions. The next day, Joseph discovered that his daughter's stand is killing her. In an attempt save her, he joins the crusaders and embarks on a journey to destroy DIO.
While on a plane ride, Joseph ended up having to fly the plane after the fight against Tower of Gray which resulted in a pilot's death. Later they ate at a restaurant where they met Polnareff. Joseph decides to help him order and they all ate the food before the Frenchman decides reveal his intentions. They later bring him along after hearing his backstory and they rode a ship which is later damaged by a stand. They then boarded another boat which turned out to be another stand. He was not involved in any fights in Singapore but was attacked in India by a parasitic stand called The Empress. He was framed for murder and was forced to escape the authorities. He was however able to kill The Empress by submerging it in coal tar and tearing it apart with his stand, Hermit Purple.
Some time later after they were able to beat Enya, Joseph decided to haggle with a kebab shop owner. The shop owner was later revealed to be Steely Dan who kills Enya and uses his stand to hold Joseph hostage. Kakyoin and Polnareff ran off with him in an attempt to help Joseph who was able to use his stand to give his friends the location of the stand. The 2 were able to beat the enemy stand with great difficulty, allowing Jotaro to later beat Steely Dan up. He and the other crusaders were also attacked by various other stands. Before ending the journey, he decides to bring the other crusaders to visit an island which later revealed to be inhabited by Avdol.
After arriving in Egypt, he decided to ask the Speedwagon Foundation to bring in Iggy, a dog stand user which Avdol found some time ago. They were then attacked by N'Doul and his stand, Geb. They survived the ordeal and on their way to the hospital, he and Polnareff unintentionally messed with the disguised Oingo. Later after visiting an outdoor bathroom, he is subjected to Mariah's stand which caused his body to atract metal. He and Avdol ended up having to chase down the assassin, being able to finally crush her between himself and the fortune teller. Some time after that, they visited a cafe where they are met by a gambler named Daniel D'Arby. Despite Joseph's cunning, he was beaten at gambling due to his opponent's trick and temporarily lost his soul. Jotaro was able to win said soul back and the crusaders continued on their journey.
After discovering DIO's mansion, he along with Jotaro and Kakyoin were seperated from the others and was forced to play video games against the butler, a man named Terence D'Arby. Kakyoin was defeated and Jotaro was beginning to lose as Terence's stand allowed him to gain answers from his target's soul. Joseph was able to outsmart this by using Hermit Purple to play the game for Jotaro, resulting in Terence's subsequent defeat. He later joins the crusaders in an attempt to confront DIO, only to discover that the vampire's stand ability was too strong and immediately bailing out with the rest of the crusaders. He and Kakyoin later chased after DIO. He witnessed Kakyoin's death and was able to tell Jotaro what DIO's stand ability is. After DIO's death, Joseph is revived and he got to say his goodbyes to Polnareff.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable
Before the beginning of the part, Joseph revealed to his family that he had an affair and sent Jotaro to remind Josuke that the teenager will get a part of the inheritence. While trying to use his stand on an image however, he instead reveals images of an enemy stand user. Some time later he is brought to Morioh by boat and was almost killed by Red Hot Chili Pepper due to his senility.
Luckily he was saved by Okuyasu and got a chance to meet Josuke in person. Joseph later discovered an invisible baby and was able to protect her from various dangers, ending with him using his blood to locate the baby who was drowning. He however had wasted Josuke's money on baby products, resulting in the teenager's shortage of money.
Joseph appears when Reimi ascends to heaven and later joins Jotaro as they left Morioh. Before he left however, his wallet was stolen by Josuke.
Powers and Abilities
Even without any abilities, Joseph is wickedly intelligent, being able to play intense mind games (especially with his uncanny ability to predict what others will say next), be dangerously resourceful with his environment, be surprisingly skilled in flying aircraft, use clever strategies that manage to always come out on top despite seeming idiotic at first, and is willing to do whatever it takes to secure victory, be it clean or dirty. In fact, his tactic of fleeing a fight is mainly for him to think up of a new strategy while on the run. On top of this, he is also quite agile (mainly in his younger years), being able to do aerial stunts or swing from rooftops with his Stand.
Joseph's primary form of attack is dealing Hamon-based attacks, with him not only being able to use the standard physical strike to give this, but also being able to infuse it into objects to make them into deadly tools (being most recognizable to use it on his clackers, which he can use as physical attacks or projectiles able to use a boomerang-like effect), use it in a form of hypnosis, and extend his arm out in a "Zoom Punch".
Joseph would eventually gain the Stand Hermit Purple, which is a vine-like Stand which can also transfer Hamon, with it also being able to ensnare people or objects and imbue itself into technology to find psychic images/videos of things, take control of them, or to check for foul play. These vines are also able to do complex, delicate tasks under Joseph's command, such as being able to play video games with a controller.
- A running gag in the series is that every time Joseph has no other plan left and is cornered by his enemies, he would use a technique he calls his "final move" in which he runs away from the enemy, almost always comically yelling "Nigerundayo!"/"Run away!" (translated as "Run as fast as I can!" when fleeing from Straizo and a terrified "Run for your lives!" when fleeing from Kars). He passed this technique to Jotaro, although the latter doesn't yell comically like his grandpa. Surprisingly, even Giorno is seems to use this technique.
- Another running gag is that every time he goes on a plane, he would always end up crashing it, having been in 4 plane crashes throughout the series, 2 in Battle Tendency and 2 in Stardust Crusaders. In fact, in Diamond is Unbreakable, even though he was a senile old man, Jotaro had them travel by boat, not being able to trust Joseph on a plane anymore.
- Hermit Purple is teased in the background of the opening music video for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency, Bloody Stream.
- Contradicting the statement of Joestars commonly living short lives, Joseph has lived the longest out of any Joestar, being said by Hirohiko Araki to still be alive (although "a little dumber") by the events of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean and also meaning that he outlived his own grandson and great-grandaughter.