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

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Joe Black/Viewtiful Joe

The main hero of the series, Joe was an average person till he took Silvia to the movies. After Silvia is kidnapped, Joe is similarly taken into Movieland where the spirit of Captain Blue trains him to become Viewtiful Joe.

Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker (games), Tomokazu Seki (anime, JP), Jason Palmer (anime, EN), Luis Enrique Poján (anime, LA)

  • 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. Sort of. Alastor actually said "Beautiful!", though Joe mishears it and the rest is history. The player themselves might as well, as the music drowns 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).
    • In an early episode of the anime, Joe similarly adopts it when he mishears Alastor describing his powers as "beautiful" out of astonishment.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Just a normal Henshin Hero fan until he got a chance to become one himself.
  • 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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: See above. He's a cool guy, but messing with his friends and especially his girlfriend are a good way to get on his short list for receiving a butt-kicking.
  • 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.
  • Calling Your Attacks: The tutorial for each of Joe's VFX powers has him calling out the name the first time he activates it.
  • Cartoon Bomb: Shocking Pink. As a Shout-Out, he whistles the theme song from Super Mario Bros. in the original while juggling the bomb on his foot, though this was cut from the PS2 port and in the sequels.
  • Chick Magnet: Apparently gets lots of girls, which ticks Silvia off to no end.
  • 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's only through Silvia's continued threats (of both the verbal and physical variety) that Joe keeps 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: Viewtiful Touch in 2. 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.
  • Cool Helmet: Bright red with a golden V-shaped crest.
  • Cool Plane: Six Machine in its default mode. It can also assume the form of a car, subterrine drill, submarine, and bazooka.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers an epic one in the anime to Charles III, Hulk Davidson, and Gran Bruce after Blue Jr.'s Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: Mach Speed causes doubles of Joe to attack other enemies and even items in the background (which is necessary for acquiring certain pick-ups).
  • Dumbass No More: Mainly due to Character Development.
  • Expy:
    • His costume is heavily based on Kaiketsu Zubat, especially how his mask closes before boss battles and the scarf. This is on purpose; Joe is a parody and shout-out to old Tokusatsu shows such as the aforementioned Zubat and Kamen Rider.
    • In addition to Zubat, Joe is possibly an expy of Quick Man. Roll's win quote against him in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom pokes fun of the similarities by having her ask if Joe is cosplaying him.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Joe to Silvia.
  • Fast-Forward Mechanic: VFX Mach Speed.
  • Fragile Speedster: Early on in the games, and especially in Marvel vs. Capcom 3. He moves quickly, but his basic attacks are weak and he only has between 3 and 5 hearts depending on the difficulty. In V-Rated and Ultra V-Rated difficulty, that's one hit if you aren't on New Game+.
  • Friend to All Children: His relationship with Blue Jr. as well his interactions with younger children prove this.
  • Genius Ditz: Possibly. Besides his knowledge of how movies and their characters work and his surprising talents when it comes to the martial arts, Joe also was able to repair Miss Bloody Rachel after Dr. Cranken pulled the plug on her.
  • Genre Savvy: Justified, he is a huge moviegoer.
  • Glass Cannon: Early on, Joe qualifies for this until his health is increased enough. He can finish mooks off in one hit with a Zoomed In Slow punch if they're stunned, but also doesn't take much damage before losing a life.
  • Henshin Hero: Changes from a dedicated movie nerd into a superhero with all the powers based on filmography.
  • Hero-Worshipper: To Captain Blue, until the final battle of the first game. Once Blue returns to the side of good, Joe goes right back to idolizing him.
  • Heroic BSoD: Averted in the game upon discovering King Blue's true identity, played straight in the anime.
  • Hidden Depths: Apparently has enough technical know-how to repair Miss Rachel after she's damaged by Dr. Cranken.
  • Humongous Mecha: Six Majin, and later Six-Six.
  • Idiot Hero: In the anime. Downplayed in later episodes.
  • Jumped at the Call: The shock of being dragged into Movieland lasts about five seconds before he starts geeking out about getting his own V-Watch.
  • Lady and Knight: The Knight to Silvia's Lady. The dynamic lessens a bit by the end of the first game, whereupon Joe and Silvia graduate to Battle Couple status.
  • Large Ham: He enthusiastically embraces his role as a Henshin Hero, with all the hammy dialogue and posing that entails. For just the most obvious example, his transformation phrase is actually just the traditional "Henshin." He just likes to add to it because he's that enthusiastic about it.
  • 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.
  • Nice Guy: Other than his philandering, he's kind to everyone until they give him a reason not to be. Though he is a bit of a smack-talker, too.
  • Nice Hat: As regular Joe.
  • One of the Kids: Joe was a fanboy who watched action films with his girl.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: According to supplemental materials and Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's a little on the short side compared to human characters like Captain Blue or Jet Black, and especially non-human characters, most of which are at least twice his size. This gets even more pronounced in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, where he's half the size of even normal humanoid characters.
  • Playing with Fire:
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Well, Voomerang. In Double Trouble, this is replaced by the V.F.O. (Viewtiful Flying Object), which instead fires lasers.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Captain Blue, Sexy Silvia, and Captain Blue Jr.'s Blue. They even wear the appropriate colors.
  • 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 (though that might have been for the sake of "drama" given all the movie conventions that get parodied in-series), rushes to Rachel's side after she's defeated, and even hugs the android upon Joe's repair job.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: A pink one that's long enough to double as a Badass Cape. Also functions as a Kamen Rider Shout-Out.
  • Shout-Out: His Red Hot Kick (normally) is the Rider Kick (the Red Hot Dragon Kick is instead based on Casshern's Flying Drill), while his costume's design (as well as his helmet's visor closing) is a homage to toku series Kaiketsu Zubat.
  • Super Speed: Mach Speed.
  • Switch-Out Move: His and Silvia's Viewtiful Touch moves in 2.
  • Too Slow: His dodge quote is an appropriately mocking "You're too slow!"
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers in the anime; in the games, they recover his health.
  • Tranquil Fury: He displays this in the anime after Blue Jr.'s Heroic Sacrifice.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Younger Than They Look/Vague Age: Despite what his looks and demeanor may lead you to believe, not to mention the overall art style, according to supplementary materials, Joe is in fact a high school teenager. This is backed up by Wonder Cheerleader (confirmed by Word of God to be none other than Silvia) being only 19 years old (although a university student, possibly hinting at TW101 happening in the series' future).

Silvianne "Silvia" Lumière/Sexy Silvia

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: Cristina Pucelli (games), Natsuko Kuwatani (anime, JP), Philece Sampler (anime, EN), Lileana Chacón (anime, LA)

  • Twincest: Heavily... uh... implied with her twin sister Goldie, but only if you chose Silvia in the first game. Seems to be a consequence of using the same animations and music in the cutscenes rather than any intentional implication.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Threatens to mess up Frost Tiger far, far worse than Joe wrecked Fire Leo in the previous game if he lays even one finger on her little Joe. Even Joe is unnerved... for all of two or three seconds, whereupon he finds his girlfriend's bravado deeply attractive.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Tells Joe he "was so busy showing off, he hardly even thought about (her)" when he reaches her at the end of Scene 5 in the first game.
  • Women Are Wiser: After joining Joe in 2, she's the one with answers when he has questions.
  • Younger Than They Look/Vague Age: Like Joe, her looks and demeanor combined with the series' art style may lead you to believe she's an adult woman when in actuality she should be a teenager since according to supplementary materials Joe is a high schooler and VJ2 confirms they've known each other as far back as when they were small children. Wonder-Cheerleader (confirmed by Word of God to be Silvia) being 19 years old backs this (although she's a university student, which could be a hint at the game happening in the series' future).

Captain Blue Lumière

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, JP), Bob Papenbrook (anime, EN [ep. 1-21]), George C. Cole (anime, EN [ep. 23-26]), Héctor Indriago (anime, LA)

  • Acrofatic: Old Captain Blue and his big belly.
  • Badass Cape: The only (canonical) character who wears one. Captain Blue Jr. wears one in emulation of him.
  • Cool Old Guy: Old enough to sport grey hair and a beer gut, but can still put up a good fight.
  • 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.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: To Silvia, although there are a few hints dropped beforehand.
  • The Mentor: Gives Joe his V-Watch and periodically tests him, usually right after Joe gains a new power.

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.

Voiced by: Tara Strong (Red Hot Rumble), Makoto Tsumura (anime, JP), Katie Leigh (anime, EN), Maythe Guedes (anime, LA)

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Tends to be more mature than Joe.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Gains V Yo-yos that let him legitimately transform.
  • Badass Adorable: Just as capable as Joe or Silvia, but slightly weaker and smaller due to his age.
  • Badass and Child Duo: With Joe.
  • Blow You Away: His Tornado attacks.
  • Canon Immigrant: Sort of: He was introduced in the anime and ported into the games through Red Hot Rumble. However, RRH seems to be an adaptation of the anime rather than part of the actual existing video game series.
  • Giant Robot Hands Save Lives: Luckily, he's saved by Six-Six at the last moment.
  • Henshin Hero: Transforms with his yo-yos, though he only really gains a helmet since he's already running around in a Captain Blue costume.
  • 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

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, EN), Carlos Vitale (anime, LA)

  • '80s Hair: Has a bit of a mullet going on.
  • Bumbling Dad: Fumbles with the projector film between chapters.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Doesn't open his eyes at all. Until he transforms into the Dark Hero.
  • 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.
  • Henshin Hero: Even as the main antagonist, his goal is to become a hero so he can get the same attention that Blue and Junko did, so Joe would look up to him like he did as a kid. He just had to send an army to Earth to do it...
  • 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

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.

Jasmine Black

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.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her normal clothing does not look like it would be up to school standards.
  • Brother–Sister Team: With Joe in Double Trouble.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Being the daughter of Jet and Junko, she's half Japanese but, like Joe, better resembles her father.
  • 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.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Keeps her hair up in two short, pointed tails.
  • 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.
  • Modesty Shorts: Under her skirt, of course.
  • 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.



Dark Fiend, Charles the 3rd

Voiced by: Roger Rose (games), Mitsuru Ogata (anime, JP), Terrence Stone (anime, EN), Luis Miguel Pérez (anime, LA)

Iron Ogre, Hulk Davidson

Voiced by: Kevin Michael Richardson (games), Akimitsu Takase (anime, JP), Joe Cooker (anime, EN), Carlos Vitale (anime, LA)

Aquatic Terror, Gran Bruce

Voiced by: Roger Rose (games), Shouto Kashii (anime, JP), Ross Lawrence (anime, EN), Sergio Pinto and Luis Miguel Pérez (anime, LA)

  • 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?"
  • Dumb Muscle: The most scatterbrained of the group. Has a Running Gag of forgetting word, and occasionally forgetting what he was talking about.
    Gran Bruce: "We need that girl for our dastardly plan to escape *dramatic pose* MOVIELAND! Hehehe... wot? And rule the... theeee... you know... UNIVERSE! ...I think."
  • "Jaws" First-Person Perspective: Before the boss battle.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: He is a shark, after all.
  • Now That's Using Your Teeth!: He can chomp onto Joe and shake him around.
  • Threatening Shark: Of the Aussie variety.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: More than everyone else.
  • Underwater Boss Battle: He often raises the water to cover part or all of the arena. This makes him much, much faster.
  • What an Idiot!: In-universe. Joe even says so after he tells him Jadow's entire plan while stammering and stuttering, thinking about how to threaten Joe.

Inferno Lord, Fire Leo

Voiced by: Kevin Michael Richardson (games), Yoji Ueda (anime, JP), Udel R. Deet (anime, EN), Daniel Jiménez (anime, LA)

  • 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: Especially when mistaken for a dog.
  • Degraded Boss: Type A. While he doesn't show up again for the rest of the game, Metal Leo enemies that fight identically to him are common enemies throughout the final chapter of the game.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Seems like the final boss as the head of Jadow. Then there's one more chapter after him.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Despite sharing a voice actor with Hulk Davidson, his voice is only beaten in the bass department by King Blue.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Looks less like a lion and more like a demon, with huge saber teeth and ears that look like twisted horns.
  • Fiery Redhead: Literally; his red mane is made of actual fire.
  • Flaming Hair: And it's not just for show, Joe actually takes damage if he touches it.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Moves incredibly quickly, doing a spinning pirouette and slashing from it suddenly as his main attack. On top of that, he hits HARD. And the more damage he takes, the faster he runs around the arena between rounds.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Can use his shield to block attacks when not dizzied from dodging his attacks or using his meteors against him, by attacking them with Mach Speed to build up a fiery aura to extinguish his.
  • Panthera Awesome: A giant lion whose mane is made of fire.
  • Playing with Fire: Breaths fire and launches flaming meteors into the arena.
  • 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

Voiced by: Gregg Berger (games), José Méndez (anime, LA)

  • A God Am I: Wants to escape Movieland and take over the real world as supreme ruler. His title card says it best: Omnipotent King Blue.
  • Battle Aura: An electrified one, no less.
  • Beam Spam: One of his attacks involves covering the entire area in lasers that fire up from the floor, except one narrow spot just wide enough for Six Majin.
  • Big Bad: In Viewtiful Joe.
  • Bishōnen Line: His full power mode (and the Final Boss) is the younger Captain Blue.
  • Boss Banter:
  • 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).
  • Broken Pedestal: To Joe when he finds out that Captain Blue was behind the entire plot.
  • 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 the reveal that he's Silvia's father.
  • 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.


Drill Sergeant, Big John

Voiced by: Michael Gough (games)

  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: You face Alastor instead in Stage 4. He also shows up in Stage 5, only to get dispatched by Frost Tiger.
  • Boss Banter: Somewhat justified, as he does lead his own squad.
  • Breath Weapon: Fire.

Ancient Guardian, Flinty Stone

Voiced by: Roger Rose (games)

  • Dishing Out Dirt: One of his primary attacks is to vomit up huge stones to hurl at the player.
  • Dumb Muscle: A narcoleptic who can't even handle two people talking to him at once without getting sleepy.
  • Eating Solves Everything: He eats his respective Rainbow Oscar before the fight, forcing Joe and Silvia to kill him to get it back.
  • Heavy Sleeper: To the point where he repeatedly nods off before the boss fight (getting shot awake by Silvia each time). He even repeatedly falls asleep during the boss fight, which is a good opportunity to get some free hits in.
  • Living Statue: A narcoleptic stone golem.
  • Mayincatec: His design, to cap off an Indiana Jones-style stage.
  • Punny Name: Flintstone.

Cyber Phantom, Cameo Leon

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

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).

Serial Killer Android, Miss Bloody Rachel

Voiced by: Vanessa Marshall (games), María José Estevez (anime, LA)

  • 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

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.

Emperor of Gedow, Black

Voiced by: Keith Szarabajka (games)
  • 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.
  • Foreshadowing: He first introduces himself as the Black Emperor.
  • 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 most of the other mechas are Godzilla-sized (i.e. able to span the circumference of the globe in a few steps) barring Six-Six (which is instead 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. After Joe and Silvia regain their powers in a Clap Your Hands If You Believe moment, he largely stops using this move for reasons unknown and will instead take 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 invoke this imagery.
  • Shoryuken: Via his sword.
  • Speed Echoes: In his Dark Hero persona.



  • 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

  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Holy Halo: Present in her final form; she gets one for her helmet and another floating behind her.



Blade Master Alastor

Voiced by: Mikey Kelley (games), Shin-ichiro Miki (anime, JP), Ross Lawrence (anime, EN), Ángel Balam (anime, LA)

  • 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.
  • Affably Evil: Thinks of himself as more of a rival to Joe than the other bosses. Rather than outright insulting Joe, Alastor asserts his belief of being stronger and challenges him. He also takes the time to explain Jadow's plan.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of the sword itself. And boy, is he pissed at Dante for his sucky handling and leaving him during the events of Devil May Cry 2. note 
  • 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.
  • Badass Creed: And it doubles as a nice Mythology Gag to his actual first words.
    Alastor (transformed by the Black Film): "I am Alastor. The weak shall give their heart and swear their eternal loyalty to me."
  • Baddie Flattery: Heck, he's the one who bestows the title of "Viewtiful" upon Joe. Sort of. He actually remarks Joe's style as "Beautiful!" but Joe either mishears it or just changed the lettering so that it would make a better heroic name.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Un-henshined. That particular form of his even goes by the title of "Stylish Alastor."
  • Battle Aura: Is almost always surrounded by a purple aura. When it breaks, he falls to the ground, open to attack.
  • Blood Knight: Just wants a fight with Joe. Nothing else.
  • 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.
  • Breakout Character: Alastor is one of the few characters from the first game to return for every later entry, and has a larger role beyond his two boss fights in the anime adaptation. Ironically, his last appearance in the first game outside of his boss fight is him complaining about his minimal screentime after being defeated.
  • Calling Your Attacks: In his Blade Master form, all of his attacks prompt a declaration. Naturally, the majority of these are moves Dante can perform with Alastor in the original Devil May Cry, several of which (Stinger, Vortex) are completely unaltered.
  • Deadly Lunge: Stinger. In fact, he always starts out with this move when you face him in the first game.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Joe.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Holy crap, Underworld Emperor Alastor!
  • Expy: Probably one to Proto Man, considering his character and the fact that they're both Capcom characters who serve as rivals (technically speaking) to the main protagonist.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: After his defeat as Another Joe reveals his true identity, used to keep up the mystery of who exactly it was that Joe was fighting.

The Biankies


Voiced by: Drew Coombs


Voiced by: Cristina Pucelli (Viewtiful Joe note ), 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.

Dark Emperor: King Mundus

Coordinator Sprocket

Voiced by: Vanessa Marshall (Red Hot Rumble), Mayumi Asano (anime, JP), Wendee Lee (anime, EN), Valeria Castillo (anime, LA)

  • Brainy Brunette: Captain Blue's secretary, who is the one who actually makes sure everything goes to plan.
  • Canon Immigrant: Appears as a character in Red Hot Rumble. Though its canon status to the game series is debatable.
  • Dark Chick: She's the second-in-command to the Big Bad.
  • Hot Librarian: She has all the characteristics for this.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark to Silvia's Light.
  • 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.



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