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Character subpage for Joseph Joestar, the main protagonist of Battle Tendency, a supporting protagonist in Stardust Crusaders, and a side character in Diamond Is Unbreakable.

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Joseph Joestar (Stand: Hermit Purple)

Young Joseph voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (TV anime, All-Star Battle, J-Stars Victory Vs, and Eyes of Heaven), Hochu Otsuka (Heritage for the Future video game) (Japanese), Ben Diskin (TV anime) (English)
Old Joseph voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka (TV anime (Part 3-4) and Eyes of Heaven), Tomokazu Sugita (TV anime (Part 2) and All-Star Battle), Kenji Utsumi (CD drama parts 1 and 3), Goro Naya (CD drama part 2), Chikao Ohtsuka (OVA), Toru Okawa (Heritage for the Future video game) (Japanese), Michael Bennett (OVA), Richard Epcar (TV anime) (English)

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Click here  to see Joseph and Hermit Purple in Part 3.
Click here  to see Joseph in Part 4.

"Let me guess! You're gonna say 'Did you plan this too, JoJo?! Tell me!"

The grandson of Jonathan, grandfather of Jotaro, father of Josuke, and the second person to have the nickname JoJo. An unscrupulous fighter who uses any means necessary to defeat his opponent. During the course of Battle Tendency, he travels the world to keep the vicious Pillar Men from obtaining the Red Stone of Aja and attaining a level of immortality that would render them absolutely invincible.

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Following that, he joined up with his grandson, Jotaro, in order to put a stop to the revived Dio Brando. He develops the Stand called Hermit Purple, which takes the form of thorny vines, and allows him to view precognitive images in photographs or televisions. His role during these events was more or less a supporting part, though he did get a few moments to himself.

His final appearance was during the events of Diamond is Unbreakable, where he met his biological son Josuke and adopted the child known as Achtung Baby (later christened Shizuka Joestar).


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  • The Ace: Joseph was devastatingly handsome in his younger days, succeeded in defeating the Four Pillar Men, and is the only JoJo to have both Hamon and Stand abilities. Later he became a wealthy real estate tycoon, maintained a Heroic Build into his late sixties, successfully led the party that destroyed DIO, and ended up being one of the only two members born in the Joestar family to live long lives (the other being his daughter Holly).
  • Action Dad: Along with being a Cool Old Guy. Joseph loves his daughter Holy and one of his reasons to stop Dio is to save her. This is averted with his son Josuke due to him growing older and can't move as quickly as he used to.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • While JoJo was never known for its consistent color schemes, the anime has him as a brunette (a color yet to be used in the original manga or any other spinoff media until then). And then gives him purple hair in the OP (granted, probably for the faaaaaaabulous! factor).
    • The OVA's seemed to turn white/grey hair blond, meaning that his Part 3 incarnation was blond like Enya and Polnareff. Araki's updated artwork for Joseph's Part 3 incarnation gives him blond hair whilst the updated art for Part 2 kept his hair brown.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: The OVAs turns him into a Fist of the North Star-esque serious Cool Old Guy remaining calm and collected, which is a reversal of his anime and manga version who are prone to Large Ham, trolling, and cracking jokes.
  • Adorkable: Even when he's in his 60's and 70's, he's still a total dork.
  • Adventurer Outfit: Associated with stereotypical pilot gear in Battle Tendency, which Araki seems to consider his Iconic Outfit over his actual one as of late, though he never wears it in the series proper. Wears Indiana Jones-esque clothes in Part 3, which fits nicely with his Hermit Purple.
  • Alliterative Name: Joseph Joestar
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Joseph chucks his pride and dignity out the window towards the end of his fight with Wamuu, hurling pebbles at him and begging to be spared. It turns out he's just stalling for time — he banked his crossbow shot the same way Wamuu did and he's waiting for it to loop around the arena. And when it does...
  • Ambiguously Brown: Tends to look this way in a lot of official art from the Battle Tendency period, and his All-Star Battle model is noticeably tanner than the other JoJos, despite being 100% British or at the least Western European.
  • Anti-Hero: Just because he respects his enemies and keeps his promises doesn't mean he won't use every dirty trick in the book (and a few more not in the book) to get the job done.
  • Anime Hair: Extremely spiky brown hair parted on the left in Part 2. The anime version just makes it look more ridiculous.
    • Averted with Part 3 and 4, where his hair is much less ridiculous.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: During Part 2, he's a rare good guy example. He mellowed with age, so by Part 3 he's more of a goofy father figure.
  • Artificial Limbs: Stroheim's associates gave him a robotic hand to replace the one that he lost during his final fight against Kars.
  • The Atoner: For what it's worth, he genuinely regrets not being a part of Josuke's life (and let's be fair, nobody told him about the boy) and tries his best with what little time he has left to be a loving father to him. And thankfully, Josuke does eventually love him back as a son.
  • Attention Whore: As a youth, he was insanely obnoxious and often resented those who took attention away from himself. Case in point, he was all too willing to give Santana the benefit of the doubt, but when the Pillar Man dared to ignore him, Joseph decided to pettily trip him as punishment.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Joestar.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Established early on in a standoff with a mafioso, wherein Joseph quickly determines that his opponent uses brass knuckles, that he used them recently, and that he had no choice but to put them in his back pocket since his coat was off. In general, Joseph has an uncanny ability to read his opponents, to the point where predicting their next sentences word-for-word is a Catchphrase of his.
  • Awesome, yet Impractical: His Clackers in Part 2. While their design is aerodynamic enough for Joseph to make some pretty cool weapon tricks, he also tends to hurt himself whenever he gets too cocky.
  • Back from the Dead: Dio completely drained him of blood, leaving him a husk of a body for a short time before a transfusion from Star Platinum revived him.
  • Badass Baritone: In the TV anime.
  • Badass Beard: In Part 3.
  • Badass Family: As a Joestar, it's to be expected; having inherited his grandfather's talent for Hamon and being the grandfather of an equally badass Stand user.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Tends to wear a crop top under his other clothes for much of Part 2, and which makes up part of his Iconic Outfit for it. Also the outfit most popular with fan artists, even though Part 2 is one of the few parts that averts Limited Wardrobe, for some reason.
  • Batman Gambit: A master of this trope due to the same mind-reading abilities that produce his catchphrase.
  • Battle Strip: Part 2's Joseph would often rip off his shirt when riled up, leaving only his skin-tight undershirt.
  • Berserk Button:
    • During Part 2, Joseph had a strong disliking of arrogant people. He'd always go out of his way to wound the offender's pride in some manner.
    • After indirectly driving Caesar to his death by dishonoring the memory of his late grandfather, William A. Zeppeli, Joseph gains a rather severe hatred (likely stemmed from self-loathing) of people who dishonor the memory of their loved ones and friends. Kars finds this out the hard and painful way after doing this to Wamuu, whom Joseph had just befriended in defeat.
    • Even before his Character Development, Joseph will come down hard on anyone making a perceived threat or insult towards his family. This includes his Honorary Uncle Speedwagon and his late grandfather Jonathan.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: Has the same star-shaped birthmark on his upper back that all JoJos have.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: The man is a freaking genius, but when it comes down to training to save his own life, he's not exactly that thrilled, and he has to be forcibly coerced into doing it. This extends to his Hamon training, where he neglected it to the point where by the time he's in his late 70s, he's aging like a regular old man.
  • Blatant Lies: How he intervenes to save Smokey.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: To a freakin' tee. He's absolutely giantic, very hammy and will take every waking opportunity to taunt his opponents just as much as he will plan to outsmart them.
  • Book-Ends: In his introductory chapter, his wallet is stolen by Smokey. During his last appearance in Part 4, his wallet is again stolen, this time by Josuke.
  • Born Lucky: He's the only male Joestar to escape the family curse of dying young. By the time Pucci reset the world, he was still kicking in his 90s, while the other Joestar men only lived to their 40s at best.
  • Bully Hunter: Joseph first met Smokey when he rescued Smokey from a pair of corrupt and racist cops. Extra points for doing so even though Smokey had just stolen his wallet.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Joseph is really goofy, but a total genius when outwitting his enemies. He also contributed a great deal to the family wealth by himself.
  • Butt-Monkey: In Part 3, if the slapstick isn't happening to Polnareff, it's happening to him.
  • Captain Crash: To the point that Jotaro refuses get into any aircraft with him. He states in the flight to Hong Kong in Part 3 that this is the third plane he's had to make an emergency landing with. He practically lampshades the trope and states that surviving a 3rd plane crash was already well beyond pushing his luck. His luck will still take him a long way beyond that. Amusingly enough, his dream as a youth was to become a pilot like his father.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Your next line will be X!" And it nearly always is. The dub averts this, turning it into a Running Gag where he says variations of the line instead (e.g. "I know what you'll say next!" or "What you're going to say next is...")
    • "What did you say? Depending on your answer, I may have to kick your ass!" was fully only said twice in a single chapter, but is a memorable boast and great material for "reaction" images.
    • He's well-known for his Gratuitous English and Large Ham reactions to things going slightly wrong. "OH MY GOOOOOD!" "OH NO!" "SON OF A BIIIITCH!" "HOLY SHIT!"
  • Character Development: Initially, the only people he really showed a great deal of concern for was his grandmother and Speedwagon. There wasn't any room for anyone else. However, over the course of Battle Tendency, he learns to respect others to the point he's a better man by the finale and a Cool Old Guy by Stardust Crusaders.
  • Characterization Marches On: The 69-year-old Joseph Joestar in Stardust Crusaders is almost unrecognizable as the delinquent hero from Battle Tendency. Justified due to the time skip — fifty years of a happy marriage and a successful career will change a person.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Caesar's bandana proved vital to Joseph's victory over Wamuu.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Fond of pulling these in Battle Tendency as befitting of his Troll nature, to the point that it's become a trademark of his among the fandom.
  • The Combat Pragmatist: His willingness to do anything to win is legendary. The first sign of it is when he uses a soda cap as a projectile against corrupt cop and shows a more serious example in his fight with Straizo when he pulls out a Thompson submachinegun and hand grenades.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Lisa Lisa reveals that she's the baby Erina saved all those years ago. Given that an earlier chapter revealed that said baby went on to marry Joseph's father... Joseph fixates on how that makes her 50 years old. Though it's possible Erina withheld the part about the baby from him.
  • Confusion Fu: His primary "fighting" style in Part 2.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: He's an explicit contrast to Jonathan. Whereas his grandfather is an honorable, sensitive, gentlemanly hero who fights with sheer determination, Joseph is a short-tempered, arrogant, reckless Guile Hero who will use every cheap shot and magic trick he knows to outwit his foes.
  • Cool Old Guy: In Stardust Crusaders, he teams up with his grandson Jotaro and embarks on a quest to stop Dio once and for all.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Joseph is easily the most random and unorthodox fighter out of all the JoJos, with how many odd weapons and plans he uses to win a fight. He'll use coke bottles, spinning clackers, submachine guns, mirrors, pigeons, and volcanoes to beat his opponents. He stops being ridiculous with his plans once he's older, but he's still incredibly creative.
  • Crazy-Prepared: With a healthy dose of Indy Ploy as he always has a dozen plans, usually disguising a trap with a more obvious to see plan, but is able to come up with a new scheme on the fly. However, he got really lucky in his fight with Kars. He said he planned everything in the beginning to piss Kars off.
  • Curbstomp Battle: His fight with Esidisi is basically Joseph out gambitting him every step of the way and using his newfound training to win with ease.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: His fight against DIO in part 3. Despite taking out the Pillar Men almost single-handedly in part 2, Joseph barely lands a hit on DIO, and has to be saved by Jotaro. However, Kars didn't have the ability to stop time, which is what made DIO so terrifying, and Joseph came within inches of landing a strong, Hamon-infused blow to DIO — or rather, the blow almost landed on Joseph would have damaged DIO, but DIO guessed that he had wrapped Hermit Purple around his body and ran Hamon through it in case of an attack, even taking a moment to praise Joseph for still living up to his hype as a genius warrior. If it weren't that his Stand had another ability besides combat, DIO wouldn't have been much more difficult than Mariah or the Empress.
  • Deadpan Snarker: To an absolutely hilarious extent, especially since he usually resorts to it when angry and so pulls out some truly sick burns. He's occasionally a little too animated to be completely "deadpan", though.
  • Delinquent: Possibly the worst of the family, maybe besting even Jotaro. He has been incarcerated 7 times.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When he runs out of tricks and it sinks in that Kars has him dead to rights, Joseph just lies there with a blank look on his face, waiting for the end. It's every bit as jarring as it sounds. Of course, he's quick to recover when a bonafide miracle in the form of a volcanic eruption turns the tables.
  • Dirty Old Man: He conceived Josuke as a result of an affair with a much younger woman he had in his 60s, so he obviously never lost his eye for the ladies.
  • Disguised in Drag: A particularly funny moment in Part 2 has him attempt this so he can get into a German camp, but the guards aren't fooled for a second since he's way too muscular to pass as a woman. Hilariously enough, he seems to actually be upset when the guards tell him how poor a woman he made.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Disguises himself as a German soldier in order to rescue Speedwagon.
  • Due to the Dead: JoJo may kill his opponents, but he always makes an effort to pay respects, if not outright admire their valiance and bravery.
  • Eagleland: Although he spent most of his childhood and adolescence in England, he becomes a Type 1 after moving to New York. By Part 3, he's fully embraced his American identity, losing his English accent and preferring American culture over any other, especially against the Japanese. Though, this doesn't get in the way of being a true ally and friend to his multi-ethnic companions.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: One of the few JoJos to have an unambiguously Happy Ending, but went through a lot of crap just to live into his old age and as of JoJolion, is still the only main JoJo to even make it past the second generation.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Two in quick succession. He's introduced covering for a pickpocket (Smokey) that was being hassled by two Corrupt Cops, then punching one in the face when he puts a booger on his face and breaking the other's finger by a clever use of Hamon. However, we first get an idea of just how crazy he actually is when he's accosted by Straizo in the middle of a crowded street... and immediately pulls a tommy gun out of Hammerspace and starts blasting away.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He really does care about his Grandmother Erina. Joseph isn't evil though. He's a Jerkass even if he's a good person deep down.
  • Expy: Of Professor Henry Walton Jones Junior in Stardust Crusaders, right down to the iconic fedora; even moreso ever since the release of the fourth film, wherein Henry has aged enough to match Joseph in appearance; he even has Joseph's delightful tendency to sire illegitimate children.
    • According to Araki, Joseph is basically B.T. (a character from a previous manga by Araki) in Sylvester Stallone's body.
  • Fake Arm Disarm: He undergoes at least two cases of Fingore in Stardust Crusaders — but, luckily, only on his cybernetic left hand, which can have the lost fingers reattached with relative ease.
  • Failed a Spot Check: He carried Esidisi's gigantic, throbbing brain and flailing blood vessels off the battlefield, on his back, without noticing it.
  • Fun Personified: Joseph is more easygoing and goofy compared to his grandfather Jonathan.
    • Rather worryingly, Joseph still finds time to enjoy the exotic cuisines and sightsee on his race against time to save his daughter's life journey in Stardust Crusaders.
  • Friend to All Children: Joseph is a FAMILY MAN. When his daughter in Stardust Crusaders, who by that time is 45 years old, has developed a Stand that she can't control and will kill her, he breaks down emotionally as if he was about to lose a 9-year-old daughter and goes off on a dangerous journey to personally remedy it. He seems to function as a surrogate father to his grandson Jotaro, despite apparently not visiting him much, while Jotaro's own father is out on the road. Later, when he finds out he has another child that he fathered illegitimately, his first action (unlike so many other rich patriarchs with bastard children) was to recognize that child, Josuke, as his son and cut him in on his inheritance. This even extends to children he doesn't know — such as the baby stand user in Stardust Crusaders whom he personally took care of until they reached the destination he was supposed to go to and Shizuka in Diamond is Unbreakable, for whom he nearly sacrificed his life without a second thought to protect and pretty much adopted as his own third child right there on the spot.
  • Freudian Excuse: Both his parents were absent during his formative years, leaving him in the care of his grandmother Erina (who was too old and tired to properly discipline him outside of whacking or shouting distance) and family friend Speedwagon (who was even older and was often away on business).
  • The Gadfly: He likes to tease people and will sometimes do it just because he can. Like during his fight against Kars.
    • Case in point, the first thing he does after he's brought back to life by a blood transfusion from Dio's corpse is to pretend that Dio has possessed him just to screw with Jotaro.
    • When he accidentally causes Kars to get blown to space, he decides to lie to Kars and tell him that it was all part of his plan just because he figures it'll piss him off.
  • Geek: Joseph's hobbies are watching movies, reading comics, and listening to popular music well after his "time" like Weird Al Yankovic and The Beatles. He was particularly proud that he sat through Lawrence of Arabia three times (even if he slept through two of the viewings).
  • Genius Bruiser: He's over six feet tall and pure muscle in Part 2, but every victory he gains comes from his intelligence and cunning rather than with straight-on clashes, mostly due to all of his opponents being superhuman monsters.
  • Good Parents: To Holly, for sure, and most likely Shizuka as well. Although he didn't know about Josuke until it was too late to be this for him, he makes it clear that he would have if he did and tries his best to atone for it.
  • Gratuitous English: "OH NO!", "OH MY GOD!", "HOLY SHIT!", "HELP ME!", and "SON OF A BITCH!" are said in English, in a comical font. Not to mention things like "DOUBLE SHOCK!" and "NICE!" at various other times.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Has his moments in Stardust Crusaders.
  • Guile Hero: Joseph never physically defeats his opponents. He outsmarts them.
  • Guttural Growler: His voice as an old man is rather gravelly compared to the voice he had when he was young.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: In Part 2. He mellows out significantly for 3 and 4.
  • Hammer Space: In his fight with Straizo, he pulls out a fully-assembled Thompson submachine gun from under his coat that he was never hinted to be carrying prior to doing so.
  • Handy Feet: He gives Wamuu the perfect opportunity to counterattack with a Divine Sandstorm... then uses his toes to charge the reins with Hamon and flick them upward into Wamuu's arms, almost severing them at the elbows and sending him into full-on This Cannot Be!. Yes, Joseph can turn losing a boot into a tactical advantage.
  • The Hero: Arguably the hero of the entire series, alongside Jotaro. Joseph is The Protagonist in part 2, the Supporting Leader in part 3, and a Retired Badass in part 4.
  • Heroic Build: Built like a truck, just like his grandfather, though to be honest, he doesn't really need it.
  • Hey, That's My Line!: One of Joseph's favorite tricks in Part 2 is telling his opponent what they're going to say next, throwing them off guard in the process. Esidisi also pulls this on him.
  • Honor Before Reason: Only once in his entire life. He swore to not take Wamuu's antidote until he avenged Caesar's death.
  • Hot-Blooded: One of the more emotional Joestars. Particularly in the Capcom fighting game.
    • "CAEEEEEESAAAAAAAAAR!!"
    • In one of Joseph's super attacks, he uppercuts the opponent into the air, then has flashbacks to his youth in Part 2, with the opponent taking damage during this. Yes, Joseph's flashbacks convey enough strength to physically harm people.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: By the time of Diamond is Unbreakable, Joseph is completely unrecognizable from the tall, proud, handsome, and muscular warrior he was in Battle Tendency (and for that matter, Stardust Crusaders). Mortality has caught up with him, finally turning him into a wrinkled, rheumatic, shriveled, and senile old man (who is, by his own admission to Josuke, on the verge of death). Although his health at least improves in the end, he isn't seen again. Despite this, he still lives on for another 12 years.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Rags on Jotaro for talking to Holly with such disrespect despite how flippant he was towards both Erina and Lisa Lisa when he was around his age.
  • Iconic Outfit: His most well-known outfit consists of a small, torn, tight-fitting shirt, equally tight pants with boots, fingerless gloves and Caesar's headband.
    • In Part 3, he keeps the tight fitting part with his beige clothing, but now wears white gloves to conceal his mechanical arm and a fedora.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Joseph's Combat Pragmatist and Large Ham tendencies are legendary, and he rivals Jotaro as the most significant and recurring Jojo.
  • Identical Grandson: He's one of Jonathan, and he has his own in Jotaro. Araki pointedly made him not too dissimilar from Jonathan in terms of appearance because he didn't want to confuse readers into thinking the manga had completely changed in concept.
  • Idiot Ball: He sees Straizo take a hostage and assumes he's bluffing. This is despite the fact that for all he knew, Straizo murdered Speedwagon in cold blood, and he outright said he planned to killed Erina. He found out the hard way he wasn't bluffing.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: With a crossbow thanks to the power of Hamon.
  • Improbable Weapon User: His Hamon can weaponize practically everything from bottle caps to cacti. His most famous weapons also just happen to be a pair of Hamon-enhanced clackers.
  • In Series Nick Name: JoJo, and the last to be called this regularly for obvious reasons.
  • Incest Subtext: With regards to a certain moment, completely unaware that he was perpetrating it. You know how he peeped on Lisa Lisa? That's his mother. Imagine how he felt when he was told the truth.
    • And it happens again in Eyes of Heaven where he unknowingly flirts with Jolyne, his great-granddaughter.
      Young Joseph: I've always had a soft spot for American gals.
      Jolyne: ...Well, I don't mind hearing that.
  • Indy Ploy: He's very good at formulating plans on short notice. When Kars asks him if using his severed arm to distract him was planned from the very beginning, Joseph replies in the affirmative. He immediately thinks to himself that of course he didn't, he just wanted to piss Kars off.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: In Part 4, he is on good terms with Rohan, and likewise he is one of the few people Rohan openly likes and respects.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Absolutely. It's also lampshaded by Esidisi.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Gets this by Diamond Is Unbreakable. In Part 2, he was a very handsome, muscular young man, and even in part 3 he gained quite rugged looks even as an old man. But by Part 4, age has finally caught up to him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: During his Character Development phase, which contrasts greatly with his Nice Guy grandfather. That said, he might have been an obnoxious loudmouth Jerkass during most of the time as a teenager, but held deep respect for others nonetheless and is actually a pretty decent guy deep down.
    • He mellows out greatly by the time Stardust Crusaders starts, but he can be pretty crotchety at times.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: He beats up a man for making his grandmother Erina cry, because he had to give her the bad news about Speedwagon's supposed passing. The man was a Mafia member, though.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: A Downplayed version of this in Part 3. He basically acts as the Crusaders' tour guide to the various foreign locales they visit, doing things like haggling for doner kebab or showing the others some of the lesser details of riding a camel. While he is more knowledgeable about these topics than the rest of the group, his interactions make him look incompetent; the kebab vendor still manages to sell his food to him at a raised price, and Joseph ends up falling off his camel a couple of times while trying to demonstrate how to ride it.
  • Knows the Ropes: His weapon of choice in Part 2. Joseph has all the brains and Hamon he needs to make an ordinary rope or thread lethal. His Stand can be weaponized in a similar manner.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: His final super special plan consists of basically making the best use of his legs. In other words, to run the hell away while coming up with a better plan. His funny walk is referenced in the Capcom fighter and All-Star Battle, which has his retreat movement happen to be the fastest out of everyone else's.
  • Lamarck Was Right: While Jonathan was an Instant Expert when he learned how to use Hamon, Joseph is able to use Hamon techniques long before receiving any training. Oddly enough, this skipped a generation, as his father, Jonathan's son, had no Hamon ability whatsoever (although it was said he would have had the talent for it).
  • Large Ham: Mainly in Part 2, though he still has quite a few moments in Part 3.
    • Milking the Giant Cow: In Part 2 once more. He will never turn down the chance to make an overly dramatic pose even when he isn't hamming it up.
  • The Leader: Of the Part 3 heroes, though Jotaro is still the protagonist.
  • Leitmotif: I'm In Control is pretty much the "Joseph is cooler than you" song. And then there's the aptly-named Appearance for whenever he busts onto the scene.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: When he was younger.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He talks Wamuu into sparing his life and leaving him alone by talking about what a shame it would be to deny a potential Worthy Opponent a chance to train for a rematch. Wamuu is fully aware of how badly Joseph's messing with him during this. He agrees anyway.
  • Manly Tears: Frequently in Part 2. On one occasion (Caesar's death), an entire page was devoted to his Manly Tears.
  • Mary Tzu: In-universe: Kars eventually starts to believe everything is a Joseph trap, and Joseph decides to play along to piss him off. His thoughts, however, reveal he doesn't plan nearly as much as he claims to do, but is willing to say that he did just to piss Kars off.
  • The Mean Brit: The fact that he's British is commented on more than a few times and he is, let's be honest, kind of a Troll. He's still a good guy, though.
    • He is technically American though, since he has lived with his family in New York for most of his life, he's even referred to as New York's Joestar.
  • Mistaken for Gay: During his fight against Mariah, both him and Avdol are magnetized such that they're stuck together. They attempt to use a fence to help separate themselves, but that just results in Avdol unintentionally bending himself over Joseph; an old lady Joseph had encountered earlier and mistook him for flirting with her humorously scolds him for playing with her feelings.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Probably the most overtly fanservicey male JoJo. Hell, Part 2 might be more aptly described as "JoJo's Beefcake Adventure", given that he's subjected to so many exploitative-looking antics throughout it that you'd be forgiven for thinking he was a Gender Flipped modern-day superheroine. The anime throws in an Animation Bump during a The Coats Are Off scene seemingly for no real reason than this trope.
  • Moment of Weakness: Cheating on his wife wasn't exactly the proudest moment of his life. He later shows regret for his affair and tries to compensate for not helping to raise his illegitimate son, though he's understandably cold towards him.
  • Nice Hat: Almost always seems to have one on in some way or form in official art, and spends most of Parts 3 and 4 with one. Hell, sometimes he manages to wear three of them at the same time.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Given his crafty nature and suspiciously swift recovery after his personal adventure with Josuke, it's heavily implied that he was nowhere near as senile as he acted during Part 4 and might just have been playing the fool to get his wife to stop hitting him for having an affair — in particular, once Reimi confirms that they're dealing with a Stand-using serial killer, he immediately starts scheming with Jotaro.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Often clowns around in order to catch his enemies off-guard or make them underestimate him.
  • Occidental Otaku: He's collected comics and manga since his youth.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Shows up in one for one of the post-chapter doodles on one of the tankobons. Unsurprisingly, this makes for a popular subject in fanart.
  • Older and Wiser: In Part 3, he's mellowed down and is the voice of wisdom in the group.
  • Old Master: In Part 3, he is the leader of the kill-DIO-group because of his age and wisdom. He may not get as many action scenes as he did in his youth so as to make place for the new protagonist, but he still displays his characteristic cunning (perhaps more than any other JoJo, he won his fights by outsmarting his opponents) by completely turning the tables on both the Empress and Mariah/Bast. Even in Part 4, where Joseph is in his elderly years and going senile, he doesn't lack courage at all, as proven in the Achtung Baby episode.
  • Older Than They Look: Doesn't seem to have aged a wink between 19 and 30, and is as fit as an athlete despite being almost 70 in Part 3 as a result of his inborn Hamon powers. Doesn't carry over to his appearance in Part 4, unfortunately.
  • Papa Wolf: Will go as far as to give up his own life if it means protecting his children, adopted or not.
  • Pet the Dog: His friendship with Smokey is built on this, as he's the only companion of Joseph's that he doesn't sass or prank in any way despite the fact that their first meeting involved him stealing his wallet.
  • The Power of the Sun: Just like all Hamon users, Joseph can fight with energy that has the qualities of sunlight.
  • The Prankster: Downplayed. Most of Joseph's tricks are employed in battle, but it's pretty telling that after Jotaro literally brings Joseph back from the dead with an impromptu blood transfusion from DIO's corpse, his first thought upon waking up is that he's got a great chance to screw with his grandson.
  • Premature Eulogy: Or the spirit of it at least, as all his companions throughout Battle Tendency hold a funeral for him after he explodes the cap off a volcano to shoot the then immortal-by-conventional-means Kars into space. Hilarity Ensues when he shows up to the funeral perplexed as to why everyone's there in black and mourning his death; it turns out that Suzie Q forgot to send the telegram explaining that he survived, and he chases her all over the cemetery berating her for her absent-mindedness.
  • Put on a Bus: Never appears again after Part 4.
  • Racist Grandpa:
    • Played for laughs. He kicks a young man in the shin at JFK Airport for bumping into him after finding out that he's Japanese, but it's explained as just a grudge stemming from his Overprotective Dad nature. His heart doesn't seem to be in it normally, though, as he easily tolerates his half-Japanese grandson Jotaro as well as the fully Japanese Kakyoin, and most likely got over his prejudice altogether by Part 4 with another Japanese descendant, Josuke. At the least, he states that while he's not fond of the Japanese, he does like his Sony Walkman.
    • Also shows up in the occasional Part 3 gag where he makes some rather closed-minded assumptions about the local populace, only for them to be true anyway.
    • He grew up during WWII, AND wanted to be a pilot for the Air Force, so he unsurprisingly gained some anti-Japanese sentiment. But the fact that he has a Japanese grandson probably helped him ease up. So it would explain how grudgingly it is, but he almost completely mellows out after part 3, the part where he had two Japanese teens in his party to search for Dio.
      • Despite all of this, it may be that his anti-Japanese sentiments don't apply to the ladies, as it's revealed that he had an affair with a Japanese woman who would eventually become Josuke's mother. It should also be noted that this affair happened before the events of part 3.
  • Raised by Grandparents: After his father's death and his mother disappearing after avenging that death, leading to her being wanted, Joseph was left to be raised by his grandma Erina and Honorary Uncle Speedwagon.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Notable for being the only JoJo in the whole series to completely avert this.
  • Razor Floss: Some of his stunts in Part 2 involved strings which he could use as conductors for Hamon.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: In Part 2, he's the red to Caesar's blue, though it's eventually averted as Caesar is shown to be much more intense about just about everything and leaves reason behind more often than Joseph.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: See Premature Eulogy.
  • Retired Badass: Subverted in Part 4, even after his age finally catches up to him. Anyone who is willing to open a vein when an invisible baby falls into a lake so the blood can make her show up can't completely relinquish the title.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: It's never stated in the anime what career he took in adulthood after thwarting the scheme of the Pillar Men, so he appears like this in Stardust Crusaders. In the manga, however, it is said that he broke into the real estate business and became the most successful tycoon in New York. It's also implied he helps fund the Speed Wagon Foundation after Speedwagon's death.
  • Say My Name: Caesar's death.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: He wears a pretty snazzy neon green and red scarf in Part 2. He puts it to good use during his second fight with Kars by lighting it on fire as part of a distraction.
  • Semantic Superpower: He can produce an image by breaking anything, which he realizes in the fight against Empress, where he smashes a pot of sand to make a map.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Speedwagon and Erina; when the latter hears this, she's understandably angry, since she loved Jonathan too much to remarry and how Speedwagon was happy to have his best friend get married after the ordeal. Justified as both kept the whole thing lip-tight, especially with the whole Dio ordeal.
  • Silver Fox: it's brought up multiple times in-universe that he is attractive in his old age. Hey, Jotaro was already in his teens when Josuke was born! Even Mariah, who was hired to kill Joseph, didn't resisted flirting with him.
  • So Last Season: As the last shown Hamon user by the time Stands are introduced, he gets hit with this hard. Hamon cannot innately harm Stands, and this isn't helped by neither Joseph's old age nor his fairly weak Stand; he pretty much drops Hamon entirely by the time of Part 4, where he's basically a senile old man rather than the Hamon warrior who defeated the Ultimate Life Form.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is listed in several places as Josef rather than Joseph.
  • Stealth Pun: Joseph cheats everything! He cheats at cards, he cheats in formal combat with Wamuu, he cheats the Hell-Climb Pillar, he tries to cheat Daniel J. D'Arby, helped Jotoro cheat to beat Terrence D'Arby, he cheats death at the ends of Part 2 and Part 3 and, by virtue of still being alive and out of the story at the end of Part 6, cheats the family curse of dying a violent, young death... and, oh yes, he cheats on his wife.
  • Stripperific: His Iconic Outfit bares the most skin out of any of the main characters' after Jolyne's (sometimes as much or even more, depending on the panel). So of course the official artwork for the anime is going to stick him in a belly shirt and pair of pants that looks ready to either fall off or burst, then milk it even further by giving him Jolyne's pants and making his outfit even more revealing.
    • Amusingly enough, that last image seems to be a rather literal example of this trope, given that with the pose and dangerously high cutaways, it's possible to add in a stripper pole without anyone even realizing it's an edit.
  • Super Wrist-Gadget: Downplayed with his bracelets in part 2, which simply dispense oil whenever Joseph needs extra Hamon conductivity.
  • Supporting Leader: He unofficially leads the Crusaders in Part 3, even though the part is more centered around Polnareff stumbling into problems and Jotaro punching said problems away.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Gave a eulogy for Esidisi after seeing his Villainous Valor and shows Wamuu sincere respect by easing the pain of his death with his own blood.
  • Tarot Motifs: The Hermit card represents wisdom and sharing knowledge with others. Throughout part 3, Joseph sometimes has bits where he shares his knowledge of different cultures and customs.
  • Tears of Joy: Joseph understandably cries after learning Speedwagon survived the attempt on his life.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: When Straizo reveals that he can nullify Joseph's Hamon attacks with a special scarf, Joseph responds by removing it. With grenades!
  • Took a Level in Badass: Went from having poor Hamon control and barely being able to beat a normal (albeit skilled) vampire, to being able to curbstomp a Pillar Man with ease and outsmart and defeat a Physical God.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Caesar's bandana becomes this to him in Part 2 after his death. He ultimately lights it on fire, but this is to land the killing blow on Wamuu, the man who killed Caesar in the first place, so it's still respectful.
  • The Trickster: He's clever, deceptive, perceptive, and surprises the viewer just as much as he surprises his opponents.
  • True Companions: He is absolute devoted to grandma Erina and uncle Speedwagon.
  • Tsundere: Joseph is incredibly rude to friend and foe alike, but is a superb companion to those that win his respect and survive his bluster.
  • Undying Loyalty: He will cross deserts and storm Nazi bases and rip your shit, all to get to his beloved great-uncle Speedwagon.
  • Vapor Wear: Possibly, in the anime and related images.
  • We Need a Distraction: His "Joestar Secret Technique" is meant to lure dangerous foes away from strategic locations or innocent civilians by having them chase his "retreating" self. Notably, it fails to work on Straits as he has the good sense to take a hostage before confronting him again, but succeeds stunningly well on Ultimate Kars.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Is noted to be not particularly powerful or technically proficient with Hamon. However, unlike most users, he grew up with it and thus spent his developmental years sporadically practicing the bare basics enough to be very good at applying it in critical situations. Even after proper training, he is never referred to as particularly powerful, unlike his grandfather Jonathan or Lisa Lisa, but gets even more creative and versatile.
  • The Worf Effect: His fight with DIO in Part 3 is a double-pronged version of this trope. Joseph's first proper fight in Part 2 was his curb-stomp victory over Straizo, who was at least as strong as Dio was in Part 1. This established how difficult his fight with the Pillar Men would be compared to Jonathan's fight with Dio in Part 1. Joseph's fight with DIO in Part 3 is completely one-sided in the latter's favour, showing not only how much stronger DIO had become since Part 1, but also how much stronger he was than the Pillar Men (all of who Joseph defeated single-handedly).
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Uses one against Santana by letting Santana eat him and then letting lose Hamon from the inside out. And then does it again in the fight against Wamuu to distract him from a sneak attack.
  • Your Cheating Heart: How Josuke of Part 4 came into being; he was in his late 60's when he conceived the boy.
  • You're Insane!: Caesar calls him 'insane' for using some clackers to fight Wamuu. Kinda hard to argue with him.
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    Tropes Pertaining to Hermit Purple 
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  • Awesome, yet Impractical: The initial impression one gets from Joseph's wacky use of Hermit Purple's ability to take a picture of a distant place, namely by him crushing very expensive cameras. It's subverted, though, as he can produce an image by breaking anything, which he realizes in the fight against Nena, where he smashes a pot of sand to make a map. Furthermore, Dio is once shown taking a spirit picture just by tapping the camera, which means Joseph is misusing his power because he's so overdramatical.
  • Building Swing: Joseph can extend Hermit Purple to latch onto things and then swing around buildings, similar to Spider-Man. He puts this to good use in his fight against DIO to move long distances quickly.
  • Choke Holds: Joseph attempted to use Hermit Purple this way during the fight with Mariah, and actually would've throttled her with it had he not become, erm, misdirected.
  • Combat Tentacles: Since Joseph has complete control over them, Hermit Purple's vines essentially serve as long-range tentacles Joseph can use for a multitude of purposes. This is particularly deadly if he channels Hamon through them (which is Old Joseph's main form of offense in the games.)
  • Combo Platter Powers: Because Hermit Purple is tethered to Joseph's body, he can send Hamon through it — and if the fight with DIO is any indication, this allows him to attack other Stands with Hamon. This quality never turns into a Story-Breaker Power because of Joseph's age, neglect of his Hamon training, and the fact that Hermit Purple isn't much of a combat Stand in the first place.
  • Electromagnetic Ghosts: As it turns out, the information that Hermit Purple generates can also take the form of electronic signals, like the analog TV signal that Joseph used to spy on Steely Dan's Stand and the digital signal that he used to operate Jotaro's controller during the fight with Telence T. D'Arby.
  • Fighting Spirit: Just like all other Stands. It can create images of faraway places when Joseph visualizes them.
  • Improvised Armour: Joseph stuffs the inside of his shirt with Hamon-infused Hermit Purple during the fight with DIO.
  • In the Blood: Joseph's grandfather Jonathan had a Stand (that we only see Dio channel using Jonathan's body) that looked and had powers very similar to Hermit Purple. Some questionably canon material states that it is also called Hermit Purple.
  • Knows the Ropes: In Part 3, Joseph uses the thorny vines of Hermit Purple for his tricks.
  • Razor Floss: Hermit Purple has enough tensile strength to slice the Empress Stand to shreds.
  • Seers: It can produce an image of (and therefore information about) anything Joseph likes when it makes contact with a suitable medium. The first time we see this, Joseph has to smash a 30,000-yen camera to produce a single photo, but by the time he fights Mariah, he can produce maps in bare dirt that update themselves in real time.
  • Tarot Motifs: As mentioned above, the Hermit card represents wisdom and sharing knowledge with others, and it is Hermit Purple that sets the group on their path to confront DIO and reveals the location of his hideout.
  • The Trickster: Continues this trend for Joseph: he doesn't need Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs, Playing with Fire, or an Absurdly Sharp Blade to win, he just needs the right information and the ability to reach whatever it leads him to.
  • Vine Swing: Hermit Purple enables Joseph to Building Swing, and they resemble purple vines.
  • Weak, but Skilled: In Part 3, Hermit Purple is easily one of the weakest Stands in the series, but nonetheless, Joseph's superior skill and combat experience allows him to defeat stronger Stands like the Empress.
  • Whip It Good: Hermit Purple's other ability. Got to put those vines to use, y'know?

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