Characters / Viewtiful Joe

A compilation of the characters from the Viewtiful Joe series. HENSHIN-A-GO-GO, BABY!

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Joe Black/Viewtiful Joe

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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.

Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker (games), Tomokazu Seki (anime, JPN), Jeff Nimoy (anime, EN; credited as Jason Palmer)

  • Ascended Fanboy: Joe went from idolizing heroes to becoming one.
  • Always Save the Girl: Mainly because he wants to be as great a hero as Captain Blue.
  • 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 and Child Duo: With Captain Blue Jr.
  • 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).
  • Battle Couple: With Silvia.
  • Berserk Button: Threatening Joe's friends is a really bad idea. Jadow learns this multiple times during the anime.
  • Brother–Sister Team: With Jasmine in Double Trouble.
  • Bullet Time: VFX Slow.
  • 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.
  • Combination Attack: The second stage move creates a giant heart that damages all enemies on-screen. The third and final stage is Six Cannon.
  • Cool Big Bro: One to Jasmine, and a surrogate one to Captain Blue Jr.
  • 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 very Genre 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.

Silvianne "Silvia" Lumiere/Sexy Silvia

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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.

Voiced by: Christina Puccelli (games), Natsuko Kuwatani (anime, JPN), Philece Sampler (anime, EN)

  • Heart Symbol: Seen inside of the bullets fired from her guns.
  • 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.

Captain Blue Lumiere

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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.

Voiced by: Gregg Berger (games), Banjo Ginga (anime, JPN), Bob Papenbrook (anime, EN [ep. 1-21]), George C. Cole (anime, EN [ep. 23-26])

  • Acrofatic: Old Captain Blue and his big belly.
  • Demonic Possession: In Dante's storyline, his fall from grace is what allows Mundus to possess him.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Dante's final battle against Captain Blue is this.
  • 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.
  • Not Quite Flight: Can hover in the air at any time during a jump and is able to move in a straight line while doing so. This comes at the expense of the ability to Double Jump, but in exchange, Captain Blue's grounded jump is really high.

Captain Blue Jr.

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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.

Voiced by: Tara Strong (Red Hot Rumble), Makoto Tsumura (anime, JPN), Katie Leigh (anime, EN)

  • 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.
  • Hero-Worshipper: To Captain Blue.

    Joe's Family 

Jet Black

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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 leader of Gedow, secretly sabotaging the two whenever he needs to while appearing clumsy.

Voiced by: Keith Szarabajka (games), Jurota Kosugi (anime)

  • Drunk with Power: After obtaining the Black Film.
  • 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.

Junko Black

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Joe and Jasmine's mother, a famous actress who passed away long before the start of the series.

Voiced by: Hynden Walch

  • Hidden Purpose Test: She returns from the dead and becomes Queen Heinderella in Double Trouble to test Joe and Jasmine and see how strong they've become.
  • Missing Mom: Unfortunately, she is no longer with the family. In fact, her death via an untimely car crash is implied to be a main contributing factor in her husband Jet going off the deep edge.

Jasmine Black

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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.

Voiced by: Hynden Walch

  • Action Girl: Shows shades of this during her playable section. She's just a female Joe except with a frisbee and no hero outfit. She obtains her own V-Watch at the epilogue, though.
  • Cry Cute: Upon being reunited with her mother.
  • Generation Xerox: Desires to become a great actress like the legendary film starlet Junko, who is revealed to be her and Joe's mother at endgame.
  • Henshin Hero: At the end of Double Trouble.
  • The Medic: Can be spotted in the background of most of Joe's stages, where she provides cheeseburgers to help replenish her bro's health.
  • Plucky Girl: Overlapping with Action Girl and Badass Normal. Even without powers, Jasmine actually fights her way through the third level (with the help of Vanilla) before ultimately being captured. She's shown to be as skilled at martial arts as Joe is, believe it or not. Even when captured, she still manages to help out Joe from the sidelines, up to and including the final battle.

Villains

    Jadow 

Dark Fiend, Charles the 3rd

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Voiced by: Roger Rose (games), Mitsuru Ogata (anime, JPN), Terrence Stone (anime, EN)

Iron Ogre, Hulk Davidson

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Voiced by: Kevin Michael Richardson (games), Akimitsu Takase (anime, JPN), Joe Cooker (anime, EN)

Aquatic Terror, Gran Bruce

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Voiced by: Roger Rose (games), Shouto Kashii (anime, JPN), Ross Lawrence (anime, EN)

  • Dark Chick: Yes, even though he's a guy.
  • The Ditz:
    Gran Bruce: "Oi! You best shut up, mate. Otherwise I'll chew yer hind quarters like a big stick of... of... thingy... uh... ah, you know the... uuuuuh..."
    Joe: "Gum! G. U. M. Gum! Gosh, do I have to spell it out on a chalkboard for you!?"
    Gran Bruce: "Yeah, so?"

Inferno Lord, Fire Leo

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Voiced by: Kevin Michael Richardson (games), Yoji Ueda (anime, JPN), Udel R. Deet (anime, EN)

  • 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.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Hinted that he was the former leader of Jadow.
  • Battle Aura: Leo emanates a blazing aura.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: He has an aura of fire that hurts you if you try to attack him directly. You get around this by igniting yourself with mach speed and giving yourself an even stronger aura of fire allowing you to punch through his.
  • Berserk Button: Do not call him a dog if you know what's good for you.
  • Breath Weapon: Classic fireballs from the mouth variant.
  • Cats Are Mean: Especialy when mistaken for dogs.
  • Flaming Hair: And it's not just for show, Joe actually takes damage if he touches it.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni compared to his Blue Oni brother, Frost Tiger.
  • Sibling Team: With Frost Tiger in Red Hot Rumble.
  • Spin Attack: If you manage to successfully dodge all of his swipes, Fire Leo will be dizzied for a time.
  • We Can Rule Together: He offers to let Joe join Jadow as a commander, and offers him half of the real world once they've conquered it. And he throws in the release of Silvia as a bonus.

Almighty Leader, King Blue Lumiere

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Voiced by: Gregg Berger (games)

  • 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).
  • Darth Vader Clone: Unsurprisingly, considering the final level of the original is a reference to Star Wars; his backstory features a fall from grace, has a deep voice, and there's a reveal that he's Sylvia's father.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Joe, in that he received his powers and also is from of the real world.
  • Just a Kid: Implied to think this of Joe; one of his taunts is "Go back to school!"
  • Knight of Cerebus: Unlike the other boss characters, he lacks distinctly humorous qualities, and when he sets the finale into motion, Joe becomes much more active in stopping him.
  • 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 cannot be guarded against, even if you're in VFX Slow.
  • Walking Spoiler: The fact that he's Captain Blue is one of the most major plot twists in the first game.

    Gedow 

Drill Sergeant, Big John

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Voiced by: Michael Gough (games)

Ancient Guardian, Flinty Stone

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Voiced by: Roger Rose (games)

  • Heavy Sleeper: To the point where he repeatedly nods off before the boss fight (getting shot awake by Silvia each time).

Cyber Phantom, Cameo Leon

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Voiced by: Dave Wittenberg (games)

  • Hollywood Chameleons: How fitting.
  • Invisibility: Figures.
  • Motor Mouth: Most notable with his death speech, where he manages to cram more words into it than possibly all the dying words of all the villains in BOTH games. Done a little differently in the anime, where his speech is much slower, yet he ends up inadvertently revealing sensitive information.
  • Overly Long Tongue: He IS a chameleon.
  • Punny Name: Say his name fast and you get "chameleon."

Blizzard Hazard, Frost Tiger

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Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore (games)

  • Battle Aura: It's actually the only thing keeping him from freezing in his own lair; without it, Frost Tiger is too cold to do anything but shiver repeatedly until he re-establishes his aura.
  • Boss Remix: A cross-title example, with "Blizzard Hazard" being a remix of his brother's theme ("Inferno Lord"), only with a much stronger emphasis on the electric guitar (including one killer solo).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni compared to his Red Oni brother, Fire Leo.
  • Samurai: Discussed; Silvia equates Frost Tiger's philosophy and honor code to this while sarcastically ribbing on him.
  • Sibling Team: With Fire Leo in Red Hot Rumble.
  • The Stoic: It goes in hand with him being one cool cat.
  • Warrior Poet: Even in death, he takes the time to recite some viewtiful poetry.
    Frost Tiger: "Battle after battle/ I sought to attain/ the glorious path./ But true viewty lies/ in this late hour of defeat."
  • Worthy Opponent: Sees Joe and Silvia as this.
  • You Killed My Brother: 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.

Serial Killer Android, Miss Bloody Rachel

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Voiced by: Vanessa Marshall (games)

  • Femme Fatale: While impersonating Silvia.
  • Freak-Out: Undergoes one (complete with a Skyward Scream) as she wrestles with the concept of a heart while battling Joe and Silvia.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: It even continues on to Red Hot Rumble, where Rachel shows an interest in various "human" ideas and actions, some of which are rather romantic in nature.

Mad Scientist, Dr. Cranken

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Voiced by: Peter Renaday (games)

  • Artificial Limbs: His right tentacle was replaced with a robotic hand.
  • 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.
  • Evil Genius: The narrator even refers to him as "the brains of Gedow."

Emperor of Gedow, Black

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Voiced by: Keith Szarabajka (games)

  • A God Am I: He's the demonic leader of the Jedow villains.
  • Amplifier Artifact: Dark Hero Jet Black holds the power of the seven Rainbow Oscars, boosting his powers and allowing him to appear in the real world with his film powers intact.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: The key to beating Dark Kaiser.
  • 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.
  • Big Bad: In Viewtiful Joe 2.
  • 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.
  • Power Floats: As Dark Hero Jet Black.
  • 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.
  • Shoryuken: Via his sword.
  • Speed Echoes: In his Dark Hero persona.

    Madow 

Gadget-Cop

  • BFG: His famous double 9s.
  • By-the-Book Cop: When encountered by Joe, Gadget-Cop is your standard-issue, courteous officer of the law.
    • Dirty Cop: After his hero-ness is taken by Queen Heinderella. Actually, it's all a ruse; he's still a good cop.

Killer Hands

Alter Woman/Vanilla

Meta Rangers

Queen Heinderella

Voiced by: Hynden Walch

  • Cool Mask: In queenly fashion, Heinderella wears an embroidered masquerade mask in her normal form. It's also handy for concealing her true identity.
  • 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.
  • Dark Is Evil: Intentionally invoked, but ultimately a subversion.
    • Light Is Not Good: Her final form, in a case very similar to that of Dark Hero Jet Black (it must run in the family). Actually, a subversion.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: Her entire body is obscured in shadow after Joe defeats her the first time, so as to not give away that her non-transformed state is Junko.
  • Simple Staff: With her shakujo.
  • Ultimate Life Form: Upon absorbing the hero-ness of Joe and the other bosses, she becomes the "Ultimate Super Being, Heinderella" for the final showdown.

Others

    Others 

Blade Master Alastor

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, and in one 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.
  • Boss Banter: Probably the most out of everyone.
  • 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.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: When he appears in 2, he tells the player to immediately go pick up a copy of the first game if they want to know who he is. Also, see Staying Alive below.

The Biankies

Dante

Voiced by: Drew Coombs

Trish

Voiced by: Christina Puccelli (Viewtiful Joe note ), Sarah Lafleur (Red Hot Rumble)

Dark Emperor: King Mundus

  • A God Am I: Duh.
  • The Bus Came Back: A rather dramatic reveal.
  • The Corrupter: For Captain Blue in Dante's story.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He planted a "seed" inside Trish, just in case he ended up getting sealed. Trish experiencing emotions was the trigger to cause the seed to weaken the seal that was placed on him at the end of the first game.
  • Demonic Possession: He does this with Captain Blue.
  • 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.

Coordinator Sprocket

Voiced by: Vanessa Marshall (Red Hot Rumble), Mayumi Asano (anime, JPN), Wendee Lee (anime, EN)

Tsukumo

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