Joestar Group

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The youth of this town have a golden spirit. The same golden spirit shining with justice we saw on our journey to Egypt. That spirit they embody will naturally course into others without a word...

The Joestar Group (ジョースター一行 Jōsutā Ikkō) is a nickname given to the team of protagonists prominent in each part of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. The group is composed of different members in each part, but generally consists of a JoJo and various other allies all following the same or a similar plan of action (i.e defeating DIO or protecting Morioh).

History

Original Continuity

Phantom Blood

The original Joestar Group starts in the year 1888 with Jonathan Joestar, aided by his mentor Will A. Zeppeli and friend Robert E. O. Speedwagon, assisting Jonathan in an effort to deter the incoming threat to mankind, Jonathan's own adopted brother, Dio Brando.

Joestar Group in Phantom Blood
Legend of Symbols 

★: The character is leader
(✩: Subsequent leader / ✦: Leader of their own faction within the group)
☮: The character has resigned

Battle Tendency

50 years later, in 1939, Jonathan's grandson Joseph Joestar is inadvertently embroiled in a conflict between the Ripple Clan, the secretive Nazi forces and the Pillar Men - ancient creators of the Stone Mask, who have awakened from their long slumber. Joseph, his partner Caesar A. Zeppeli, their mentor Lisa Lisa, and a tenuous ally in Rudol von Stroheim are forced to engage the Pillar Men to stop them from reaching ultimate power.

Legend of Symbols 

★: The character is leader
(✩: Subsequent leader / ✦: Leader of their own faction within the group)
☮: The character has resigned

Stardust Crusaders

49 years later, in 1988, Jotaro Kujo, the grandson of Joseph Joestar, learns that DIO has returned from the bottom of the ocean. Jotaro, having now acquired a Stand called Star Platinum due to DIO's own awakening, journeys to Egypt to defeat DIO and release his mother Holy from his curse. He is accompanied by his grandfather Joseph, Muhammad Avdol, Noriaki Kakyoin, Jean Pierre Polnareff and a dog named Iggy.

DIO once dismissively called this group the Joestar Egyptian Tour Group (ジョースター・エジプト・ツアー御一行様 Jōsutā Ejiputo Tsuā Goikkōsama).[1]

Legend of Symbols 

★: The character is leader
(✩: Subsequent leader / ✦: Leader of their own faction within the group)
☮: The character has resigned

Diamond is Unbreakable

11 years later, in the year 1999, the illegitimate son of Joseph Joestar, Josuke Higashikata with his Stand, Crazy Diamond, takes it upon himself to protect his hometown of Morioh from enemy Stand users after his grandfather is killed. He is mainly aided by Jotaro, his classmates, and a strange mangaka. They target Stand users who use their Stands to harm others such as Anjuro Katagiri, Akira Otoishi, and ultimately Yoshikage Kira.

Legend of Symbols 

★: The character is leader
(✩: Subsequent leader / ✦: Leader of their own faction within the group)
☮: The character has resigned

Vento Aureo

2 years later, in 2001, Giorno Giovanna, the son of DIO, joins Bruno Bucciarati's team of Passione gang members in order to rise within the ranks and overthrow their mysterious boss, who is flooding the streets of Naples with drugs. By doing so, Giorno hopes to set the mafia's moral standards straight again. The group is also incidentally aided by previous Joestar Group members Polnareff and Koichi.

Legend of Symbols 

★: The character is leader
(✩: Subsequent leader / ✦: Leader of their own faction within the group)
☮: The character has resigned

Stone Ocean

Ten years later, in 2011, Jotaro's estranged daughter, Jolyne Cujoh, is incarcerated for a crime she didn't commit. Put in a prison where a conspiracy is being orchestrated by DIO's old confidante, Enrico Pucci, she's initially meant as bait to draw in her father so that his soul can be stolen. Jolyne decides to stay, reclaim her father's soul and put a stop to Pucci's plans, aided by fellow inmates and the prison's various odd denizens.

Legend of Symbols 

★: The character is leader
(✩: Subsequent leader / ✦: Leader of their own faction within the group)
☮: The character has resigned

Steel Ball Run Continuity

Steel Ball Run

In an alternate universe, in the year 1890, Gyro Zeppeli rides coast to coast to compete in the Steel Ball Run race. He is joined by Johnny Joestar, who follows Gyro in hopes of learning his Spin techniques which might restore Johnny's ability to walk. While racing, they discover the Saint Corpse Parts, sought after for their many blessings. The price is out on the duo's heads as they fight off other racers, mercenaries, & even the US president.

Legend of Symbols 

★: The character is leader
(✩: Subsequent leader / ✦: Leader of their own faction within the group)
☮: The character has resigned

JoJolion

120 years later in 2011, Josuke Higashikata is joined by his love interest Yasuho Hirose, his adoptive family, their business partner, and various people from his past, as they work together to discover Josuke's original identity, which might hold a clue to overcoming the Higashikata Family's generational curse. Their investigations lead them to uncover Morioh's deepest secrets and run afoul of the mysterious Rock Humans.

Legend of Symbols 

★: The character is leader
(✩: Subsequent leader / ✦: Leader of their own faction within the group)
☮: The character has resigned

Non-Canon Members

In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven, Jotaro Kujo and Joseph Joestar join forces with the remaining main JoJos of all 8 parts of the series, as they work together to collect all the Saint's Corpse parts and defeat Heaven Ascension DIO.

The main JoJos are assisted by a large group of allies, lead by Robert E. O. Speedwagon. Some of the allies had originally died and been possessed by DIO, but were freed from DIO's control and revived via the Saint's Corpse.

Legend of Symbols 

★: The character is leader
(✩: Subsequent leader / ✦: Leader of their own faction within the group)
†: The character is deceased and passed on to the afterlife
(👻: The character remains as a soul or ghost)
☮: The character has resigned
⚓: The character retired (incapacitated) and/or their fate is unknown

Similarities

  • The majority of the Joestar Groups are not led by the main JoJo, but rather by an ally:
    • Phantom Blood's Joestar Group was initially led by Will Anthonio Zeppeli before his death, all the while he was teaching Jonathan Joestar the basic mechanics of the Ripple.
    • Battle Tendency's Joestar Group was led by Lisa Lisa - the Ripple Instructor of Joseph Joestar and Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli, as well as the strategic leader in the war against the Pillar Men.
    • Stardust Crusaders' Joestar Group was led by an older Joseph, the eldest of the Crusaders, who initiates the mission to hunt down DIO.
    • Diamond is Unbreakable's Joestar Group was led by an older Jotaro Kujo, the main rallying force of the active hunt for dangerous Stand users throughout the part.
    • Vento Aureo's Joestar Group was led by Bruno Bucciarati due to him being the direct superior of every member, in addition to him acting as a father figure to the group in general.
    • Stone Ocean's Joestar Group is the first and so far only group to be led by the main JoJo, Jolyne Cujoh. She leads the group's actions and commands the respect of her companions.
    • Steel Ball Run's Joestar Group is a partnership, with Johnny Joestar and Gyro Zeppeli agreeing to work together to reach each other's goals. However, Gyro possesses a tacit leadership role due to him teaching Johnny the Spin.
    • JoJolion's Joestar Group starts out as a partnership, with Josuke Higashikata and Yasuho Hirose taking equal initiative in both investigation and battle. When they join up with Rai Mamezuku, he briefly becomes the de-facto leader of the group due to his seniority and expertise on the New Locacaca.
    • Eyes of Heaven's Joestar Group is lead by Part 3's Jotaro and Joseph, and their group of allies is lead by Speedwagon.
  • With the exception of Battle Tendency and Diamond is Unbreakable, most of the members in any Joestar Group die (or at the very least never seen again) before the end of their respective parts with very few carrying over to the next respective part. (i.e. Speedwagon, Joseph, Polnareff, Jotaro, and Koichi).
  • Diamond is Unbreakable and JoJolion share many similarities, mostly due to the latter being somewhat of an alternate-universe adaptation of the former:
    • Both main JoJos of the group are illegitimate children, and share the name Josuke Higashikata.
    • Both feature members of the Hirose Family, and each member shares a musical reference in their Stand's names with their respective Josuke - Diamond is Unbreakable's are both Pink Floyd songs, while JoJolion's are Prince songs.

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Trivia

  • Though not initially planned, Araki threw around the idea of Hol Horse joining the protagonists of Stardust Crusaders during their journey, but opted out due to balance issues with Polnareff's similar characteristics. Araki mentions this as part of the reason Hol Horse shows up multiple times throughout the story and why there is at least one group shot with Hol Horse present.[2]

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