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The main hero of the game, Joe was an average person till he took Silvia to the movies. After Silvia is kidnapped, Joe is similarly taken into Movie Land where the spirit of Captain Blue trains him to become Viewtiful Joe.
Amazon Chaser: It's implied quite a few times in the second game that he finds his girlfriend's badassery and bravado extremely attractive.
Appropriated Appellation: Gets his title of Viewtiful Joe from Alastor's admiration of his skills after their fight in Chapter 5.
In an early episode of the anime version, Joe adopts it when he mishears Alastor describing his powers as "beautiful" out of astonishment.
Alastor said "Beautiful!" in the game as well, though the music drowned it out. You can hear the word more clearly on the official soundtrack (where most of the tracks are preceded by lines from the game).
Badass Beard: Goatee, actually, but it's the thought that counts.
Badass Family/Badass Crew: More or less. His father (Jet), mother (Junko), and sister (Jasmine) all have (or at least temporarily possessed) Henshin powers. His girlfriend (Silvia) is also a super-powered heroine, as is her father, Captain Blue. Depending on the canonicity of the extra storylines in the first game (don't cross your fingers), the same would apply for Goldie (Silvia's twin sister) and Ivory (Blue's wife and Silvia's mother).
But Not Too Foreign: A likely possibility, judging by appearances. Joe's father is Caucasian, while his mother is Asian; Joe seems to have inherited his hair color and facial features from Jet's side of the family.
Chivalrous Pervert: Junko reveals to Silvia in Double Trouble that Joe's been skirt-chasing behind her back on a few occasions. Silvia does not enjoy this fact one bit.
Joe showed some tendencies for this back in the second game, where he continued to hit on Miss Bloody Rachel in front of Silvia. It was only through Silvia's continued threats (of both the verbal and physical variety) that Joe kept himself in check.
He also has shades of it in the anime, where he's even more enthusiastic about heroics if there are pretty girls involved, gives Jr. advice on attracting the ladies, and has at least one princess fall for him.
Cool Big Bro: One to Jasmine, and a surrogate one to Captain Blue Jr.
Not exactly, his costume was heavily based on Kaiketsu Zubat, especially how his mask closes before boss battles and the scarf. This on purpose, Joe is a parody and shout-out to old Tokusatsu shows such as the aforementioned Zubat and Kamen Rider.
Let's Get Dangerous: Joe doesn't exactly qualify for Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass, but he isn't exactly the brightest bulb in the box at times either. However, his playful banter and laid-back nature belies a cunning and fierce warrior (thanks in part to being veryGenre Savvy in regards to superhero movies) when the time calls for it.
Luke, I Am Your Father: Joe's parents are The Black Emperor of Gedow and Queen Heinderella of Madow, respectively.
Robosexual: A possibility, given his admiration of Miss Bloody Rachel in 2. Curiously enough, it's Silvia who gets the Say My Name moment when Rachel gets her fuse blown, rushes to Rachel's side after she's defeated, and even hugs the android upon Joe's repair job.
This Is Unforgivable!: His reaction to Dr. Cranken taking Rachel offline by zapping her. He doesn't utter a peep (besides an "Eat me!" in unison with Silvia), but his violently shaking fist makes it quite clear Joe is not pleased by this development.
Also when Jadow captures and nearly kills Blue Jr.
Would Hit a Girl: Joe has no problem fighting female opponents, like the Jadow agent who impersonated Silvia in the anime. In the games, this list goes on to include Miss Bloody Rachel, Vanilla/Alter Woman, and even his own mother, although to be fair to Joe, he didn't know Queen Heinderella's real identity at the time.
The female lead of the series; Damsel in Distress in the first, Action Girl in the second. She has a very close relationship with Joe, even though his fanboyism for Captain Blue movies leaves a lot to be desired for Silvia's romantic moments. It turns out she's Captain Blue's daughter and hasn't seen him in a long time.
This also factors into her standard dodging. When she dodges enough of an enemy's attacks to leave them dizzy, they will have hearts or angels circling above their head instead of the stars left by Joe. his has the effect of leaving them dizzy for far longer than Joe.
She Cleans Up Nicely: In the anime, she is forced to marry Alastor until Joe arrives and stops the wedding at the last moment. Her purple wedding dress even becomes regular Silvia's EX costume in Red Hot Rumble.
Stripperiffic: Despite the perpetual Panty Shot (either that or Underwear of Power; Silvia's undergarments are clearly visible underneath her skirt), her default costume is actually modest. During boss battles, however, the getup turns into a midriff-baring bikini and hot pants combo.
The titular hero of the Captain Blue movie that Joe and Silvia watch. After being defeated, his spirit lives on to teach Joe the ways of becoming a super hero. Except this is all a big lie. Blue is actually the villain of the movie, having seen that being a hero has become dreadfully boring. Joe does bring him to his senses and Blue returns to normal, only to be rendered inactive for the majority of the second game due to being turned into one of the seven Rainbow Oscars.
It's a Small World After All: Backstory divulged in 2 and Double Trouble shows that Joe and Silvia's families were more closely linked than one might have guessed. Blue not only was friends with and an extensive working partner of Jet (who showed Blue's films in his theater, even when Blue was a fledgling director), but he collaborated numerous times with renowned movie starlet Junko, Joe's mother. Joe and Silvia most likely have known each other since childhood and it appears that Jet, after discovering the Black Film, may have even given custody of Joe to Blue (who was present for Jet's Start of Darkness) for some time.
Vocal Evolution: Instead the mellow, sagely old man take present in the first two games, Gregg Berger voices Captain Blue with a much gruffer tone in Red Hot Rumble. Unsurprisingly, he sounds almost exactly like Jecht.
Captain Blue Jr.
A Canon Immigrant from the anime who later got to be in Red Hot Rumble, Jr. was meant to succeed Captain Blue as the role of a super hero, but Joe just happened to become The Chosen One instead, much to Jr.'s dismay. Not wanting to feel forgotten, Jr. is very knowledgeable in the ways of becoming a hero unlike Joe and so he tasks himself to make Joe do what he needs to do besides goofing off, specifically saving Silvia. At the start of the second season, Jr. does get a V-Watch, or rather, V-Yoyos.
Heroic Sacrifice: When he's captured by Jadow and used as a hostage to make Joe surrender, he chooses to throw himself off of a bridge so Joe wouldn't be forced with making the decision to save him at the cost of Joe's safety. Joe understandably did not take this well.
An old friend of Silvia's dad who used to work together with him, father to Joe. He is the one who actually owns the cinema Joe and Silvia attend and helps the couple in rescuing Captain Blue from Gedow's hands. He is in truth the Big Bad of Gedow, secretly sabotaging the two whenever he needs to while appearing clumsy.
Face Framed in Shadow: A brief clip after Dr. Cranken is defeated and Joe entrusts six of the Rainbow Oscars to Jet shows him with such as he stares at the ominously glowing Oscars in silence, serving as a rather blatant hint that there's much, much more to Jet than meets the eye.
Living with the Villain: Turns out that the Black Emperor's best chance at getting the Rainbow Oscars was to simply bide his time from outside the silver screen and gather them up in one fell swoop after Joe and Silvia did all of the hard work.
Mission Control: Helps Joe and Silvia from the real world. Or tries to anyway.
Joe's little, slightly mature sister and Jet's daughter who wishes to become a great actress like Junko. In Double Trouble!, she is just starting her career until Madow steals the film. Instead of letting Joe handle things, she gives chase.
Adaptational Wimp: In the anime, he's essentially a Fake Ultimate Mook that actually puts up the least fight of any of the bosses from the game, despite, or arguably because, he's unanimously regarded as the hardest boss in the game.
Boss Remix: "The Omnipotent" begins with an orchestral and very foreboding remix of the jingle that starts off every boss encounter. Also, compare "Blue the Justice" (the theme of Captain Blue during your sparring matches with him) to "Blue the True Hero" (the theme of Young Captain Blue, the final boss).
Red Eyes, Take Warning: One, to be precise. In the opening cutscene, however, he's seen with two eyes so as to not give away the plot twist.
Shock and Awe: A large deal of frustration in this battle, particularly the first phase, comes from the fact that nearly every action of his that involves lightning cannotbe guarded against, even if you're in VFX Slow.
You Killed My Brother/Avenging the Villain: Subverted, despite Joe thinking that he'd want to avenge Fire Leo; Frost Tiger is more concerned with having a great battle. However, the official strategy guide implies that it's still a motivational factor.
Assist Character: To Cameo Leon during his boss fight. He hangs out in the background and alternates between attacking/sabotaging the player and healing his creation. It is possible to temporarily knock him out of the game by redirecting the missiles he fires back at him.
Battle Aura: Adopts the aura of one of your characters in the later stages of the final battle: Joe's fiery one or Silvia's electric one, both which can only be negated by a Zoom-ed in Red Hot/Cool Blue Kick from the character it belongs to.
This is also the crux of his gameplay in Red Hot Rumble. The power, range, and properties of all his specials are determined by the "charge" of his aura, which builds over time. Performing these moves will deplete his aura completely, as will attacks from opposing players.
Gravity Master: Dark Hero Jet Black, after taking enough damage, will warp the area, causing the gravitational field to go out of whack, in turn saddling Joe and Silvia with very floaty jumps. Jet's movement speed during this phase is unaffected.
Heel-Face Turn: It's even signified by Jet's Black V-Watch turning into a normal one.
Humongous Mecha: Dark Kaiser. Whereas all the other mechas are Godzilla-sized (able to span the circumference of the globe in a few steps; the only other exception is Six-Six, which is able to traverse the solar system), the Dark Kaiser is only exceeded in size by the Sun itself.
The Power of the Sun: Among other powers (such as presumed electromagnetic radiation in the form of its X-Rays), the Dark Kaiser can fling waves of solar wind at Six-Six in quick succession.
Reality Warper: In both the movies and the real world thanks to the power of the Black Film and the Rainbow Oscars, respectively.
Reverse Shrapnel: During the first portion of the battle with Dark Hero Jet Black. Oddly enough, after Joe and Silvia regain their powers in a Clap Your Hands If You Believe moment, he stops using this move altogether, instead taking the battle directly to Joe and Silvia.
He does reuse it late in the battle if you delay finishing him off for long enough.
Samurai: His overall appearance and the katana he brandishes invokes this imagery.
Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Subverted. While she does grow in size when transformed, her default form (as well as the city she lives in) is minuscule in comparison to the rest of the cast, so her transformed state is about the same height as Joe. Relative to the city in question, though, she, Joe, and Jasmine would be seen as giants, making this a double subversion as well.
The Corrupter: Forces the heroes Joe encounters to make a temporary Face-Heel Turn by stealing their essences ("their hero-ness"). In reality, nothing was ever stolen. It was an act by the heroes to bring Junko's plan to fruition.
Voiced by: Mikey Kelley (games), Shinichiro Miki (anime, JPN), Ross Lawrence (anime, EN)
Adaptational Badass : In the anime due to his popularity, he's the strongest member of Jadow and consistently does the best against Joe, in episode would have actually beat him if King Blue didn't interfere because the fight was endangering Silvia, while in the game, he's more of a Breather Boss between the fight with Another Joe and the Magnificent 5.
Voluntary Shapeshifting: Underworld Emperor Alastor can—understandably so—assume the form of himself (as in, Alastor the Devil Arm), although he only demonstrates this in the cutscene prior to your battle with him, in which he attempts to skewer Joe in the same way he impaled Dante in his debut.
Anti-Villain (Type I): He doesn't care about Jadow's goals, he just wants a fight where he can test his skills, and he doesn't mind losing, provided he doesn't die.
Boss Remix: His theme as Another Joe is a techno remix of "Joe the Hero," Joe's theme (used in the first level of the game, and remixed again for the first level of VJ2). His own theme also receives a rearrangement in both 2 and Double Trouble, for justifiable reasons.
Power Incontinence: Based off of the player having to voluntarily switch between Stylish and Blade Master Alastor in the first game, the anime reveals that Alastor has trouble changing out of his Henshin form at will and, as such, doesn't do so often.
Punch Clock Villain: Goes hand-in-hand with his Blood Knight status. As he states in the first game, he really doesn't care about Jadow's plans and only relishes the chance to face strong opponents such as Joe.
Fridge Horror: He never had that re-appearance after the fight in Double Trouble.
He did reappear in the final game Red Hot Rumble (it was expected of him, after all), but it's quite uncertain if this game is even canon due to Canon Immigrant material Captain Blue Jr. and Sprocket making appearances, along with tons of anime references. Judging how the second game even ended, it's quite possible Red Hot Rumble is not even part of the story... which is more Fridge Horror.
Voiced by: Christina Puccelli (Viewtiful Joenote all the female characters that appear in the first game's extra storylines use Silvia's audio played backwards; the game does reuse one of Trish's lines from Devil May Cry right before the fight with King Blue ("Dante")), Sarah Lafleur (Red Hot Rumble)
Hired Gun: Same as Dante. Unlike Dante, however, Trish even shows some Kleptomaniac Hero tendencies, as she berates Dante for not raking in any money when Captain Blue causes more trouble for Movieland at the end of the game and quips that if Blue doesn't have any cash, she'll take something else from him. Trish gets a V-Watch out of the deal.
Revenge: Against Dante and Trish, but also against Eva, whose soul is locked in Dante's amulet. Mundus actually sees Eva — the party responsible for numerous events throughout the series (Dante's revival when killed in the demon attack on his family as a child, Nelo Angelo's violent reaction to Dante's half of the Perfect Amulet, Trish's resurrection at the end of DMC, etc.) — as his real enemy, elevating her role in the original game from a primary motivational factor for her son to a three-way combination of Big Good, The Chessmaster, and Guile Heroine.
Mundus: "The real enemy was you, Eva!"
Walking Spoiler: The character's involvement in Dante's story is unexpected, to say the least.
Meaningful Name: A sprocket is a type of gear/wheel used to mesh with shafts to provide efficient transmission of rotary motion. As the Only Sane Woman, Coordinator Sprocket usually has to keep everyone in line in order to ensure that Jadow remains a well-oiled machine.
I Just Want To Be Loved: Tsukumo's main motivation. Due to jealousy/scorn at how props are overlooked, Tsukumo goes on a rampage and begins sabotaging the set of Blue's latest movie. After defeating him, Joe explains that props indeed play an important part in movies; without them, the movie itself wouldn't be possible. With news of this, Tsukumo leaves happily and is even made the star of Blue's film, much to everyone's surprise.
Meaningful Name: Tsukumo translates to "ninety-nine", alluding to how Tsukumo himself is an innumerable amount of souls working together towards a singular purpose.