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Opponents always get confident when they feel like they're winning, when in fact, they've already lost. That's the Joseph Joestar way. I may be getting on in years, but I've still got it!

Joseph Joestar (ジョセフ・ジョースター, Josefu Jōsutā) is the main protagonist of the second part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Battle Tendency, and the second JoJo of the series. He also appears as a primary ally in Stardust Crusaders, and a secondary ally in Diamond is Unbreakable.

As the grandson of Jonathan Joestar, Joseph is a natural-born Ripple user and eventual Stand user, wielding the psychic photographic Stand, Hermit Purple. An exuberant troublemaker with an exceptional talent for trickery, Joseph meets the fantastic threats approaching him throughout his life with initiative and impressive ingenuity, battling vampires, the Pillar Men, and malevolent Stand users.

Joseph is the second most recurring JoJo in the series after his grandson Jotaro Kujo. He is also the father of Josuke Higashikata, the protagonist of Diamond is Unbreakable.


Battle Tendency

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Joseph is 18 years old, tall (195 cm/6'5"), and powerfully built, with light eyes. He has short, dark, and unkempt hair, parts of his bangs shooting outwards in spikes, apart from which he closely resembles his grandfather Jonathan Joestar. Suzi Q finds his mouth weird looking, and an Esidisi-possessed-Suzi Q bizarrely calls him handsome.[10]

Joseph's primary outfit is relatively minimal and pragmatic. He wears a tank top cut above the navel, gloves studded at the knuckles, fitting pants with a leather belt, and knee-high leather boots. In Switzerland, he dons a long, broad, striped scarf; and later, as a posthumous gift from Caesar, a long, thin headband patterned with a row of tessellated triangles.

Initially, he wears a white collared shirt with a tie and suspenders, and a greatcoat chequered across the shoulders. During the fight against Straizo, Joseph uses an M1928 Thompson submachine gun with a 50-round drum magazine. Other articles include an aviator's hat (as motorcycle gear), a knit cap, and a breathing mask designed for Ripple training. After Kars cuts off his left hand, Joseph has it replaced with a mechanical prosthetic, courtesy of Stroheim, which can already convincingly mimic human movements.

Joseph's resemblance to Jonathan was a result of the times, as having the main character die was unprecedented in a Weekly Shonen Jump story so Araki thought it'd be fitting to make the next protagonist resemble the last one to ease readers into the story.[11] Later depictions of Joseph include the aviator hat and goggles, both of which were permanently added to differentiate him from Jonathan and compliment the overall "mechanical feel" brought about by the various planes and motorcycles present in Part 2.[11]


Battle Tendency Outfits
Chapters: BT 1 & 3
Episodes: 10 - 11
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A button-up collared shirt with rolled up sleeves, a tie, overalls, a jacket with buckles around the collar, boots, and baggy pants with a belt. Although not pictured, the outfit also includes a flat cap. Joseph wears this in the start of Part 2 while in New York.

Chapters: BT 2 (Flashback)
Episodes: 10 (Flashback)
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A shirt with frills around a popped collar and a bowtie. Joseph wears this at the age of 13 in Speedwagon's flashback. The shirt was a gift from Erina and Joseph bursts into a fit of rage after hijackers get blood on it.

Chapters: BT 3 - 4
Episodes: 10
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This is the same as his initial outfit but without his jacket and hat. The sleeves on the shirt are also unrolled and there is a buckle on the side of its upper arms. He wears this in the restaurant he goes to with Erina and Smokey.

Chapters: BT 4 - 7
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A tee-shirt, a buttoned jacket with a collar, fingerless gloves, and jeans with zippers down the sides. Joseph wears this while fighting Straizo. This is a manga-only outfit; in the anime Joseph wears his initial outfit.

Chapters: BT 7 - 8
Episodes: 11
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During his fight with Straizo, Joseph rips his jacket off in rage, thus this is essentially the same outfit as the prior. Shown in this outfit is Joseph's sleeveless tee. Since the prior is a manga-only outfit, the anime version is the same as the initial outfit but without the jacket.

Chapters: BT 9 - 13
Episodes: 11 - 12
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A tee-shirt tucked into pants, a short-sleeved collared overshirt, fingerless gloves that extend to the forearm, an aviator hat, and goggles. Joseph wears this while searching for Speedwagon in Mexico.

Chapters: BT 12
Episodes: 12
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A patterned dress that buttons in the front, a metallic necklace, dangling earrings, two adjacent hairclips, heavy makeup, and breastpads. Joseph wears this in Mexico for one scene while trying to infiltrate the German occupied hacienda.

Chapters: BT 12 - 14
Episodes: 12 - 13
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A german military outfit with a tee-shirt, an overcoat, military boots, and an army helmet. Joseph wears this after looting German guards and uses it to sneak into Stroheim's military base in Mexico.

Chapters: BT 14 - 18
Episodes: 13
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This is the same outfit as the previous stolen military outfit but Joseph wears gloves and takes off his overcoat. Joseph wears this during his fight against Santana.

Chapters: BT 18
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A collared shirt with a tie, a formal plaid sweater, pants, and suspenders. Joseph wears this while encountering Caesar for the first time in an Italian restaurant. This is a manga-exclusive outfit; in the anime Joseph wears the sweater outfit he wore while first encountering the Pillar Men.

Chapters: BT 19
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A short-sleeved jacket with a stripe design on the left side and the shoulders, fingerless gloves that reach the forearm, and baggy pants with a belt that tuck into laced boots. Joseph wears this in the altercation with Caesar near a fountain in Italy. This is a manga-exclusive outfit; in the anime Joseph wears the sweater outfit he wore while first encountering the Pillar Men.

Chapters: BT 21 - 26
Episodes: 14 - 15
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A formal shirt with rolled up sleeves under a vest, suspenders, a corset, a belt, fingerless gloves with arm cuffs, and pants that tuck into boots. Joseph wears this during his first encounter with the Pillar Men.

Chapters: BT 27 - 29
Episodes: 16
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A tight, high-collared shirt under a crop-top vest that covers the shoulders, cargo pants with a belt, boots, and fingerless gloves with straps around the wrist. In some panels the vest is replaced with a circular backpack. Eventually Lisa Lisa also puts the breathing apparatus on Joseph. He wears this outfit while meeting Lisa Lisa for the first time and during the beginning of his training on Hell Climb Pillar.

Chapters: BT 29 - 38
Episodes: 16 - 18
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During Joseph's time on Hell Climb Pillar, he attempts to climb the pillar with the vest he fashioned into a rope in his last outfit. Essentially this is the same outfit Joseph wears when he first arrives on Air Supplena Island but without the vest. Joseph wears this during his entire training period on the island. Later, during his fight with Esidisi, Joseph also wears a beanie with this outfit.

Chapters: BT 39 - 43
Episodes: 18
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While on the chase for the Red Stone of Aja shipped out to Switzerland, Joseph adds a wide-brimmed fedora and an open jacket to his previous outfit.

Chapters: BT 44 - 53
Episodes: 18 - 21
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A tight cropped tank top under a heavy jacket, jeans with a belt, boots, leg warmers, fingerless gloves with straps around the wrist, a trapper hat, and a striped scarf. Joseph wears this upon arriving in Switzerland.

Chapters: BT 53 - 68
Episodes: 21 - 26
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This is the same as the previous Switzerland outfit but without the hat and jacket. Joseph wears this from the colosseum fight with Wamuu until the final fight with Kars, wherein he loses the scarf. This is the outfit Joseph wears the most in Battle Tendency.

Chapters: BT 69
Episodes: 26
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A tight shirt with buttons on the front, a jacket, pants with a belt, and gloves. Joseph wears this to his own funeral at the end of Part 2.

Chapters: BT 69
Episodes: 26
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A sweater-vest, an overcoat, corduroy pants with a belt, loafers, and a bolo tie. Joseph wears this in the final scene of Part 2 while arriving at the airport in Japan.

Stardust Crusaders

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At age 67, Joseph retains most of his health and muscularity, though his face displays his age. His hair is short and gray, and he sports a thick, well-trimmed beard.

During the group's journey to Egypt, he wears an outfit akin to the one worn by Indiana Jones: a fedora; a light, short-sleeved, buttonless shirt; khaki pants; dress shoes; and white gloves with dark wristbands concealing his prosthetic left hand (a result of his fight with Kars).[12]

At his introduction, he is seen wearing a trench coat and a turtleneck sweater with a red gem on the neck. During the Dark Blue Moon story arc, he wears a striped sailor shirt rolled up at the sleeves. It's shown during the 'Bastet' Mariah story arc that underneath his pants is a pair of polka dot boxers.


Stardust Crusaders Outfits
Chapters: SC 2 - 4, 11 - 14
Episodes: SC 1, 3 - 5
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A turtleneck, trench coat, jeans, a bolo tie, a wide-brimmed fedora, dress shoes, and gloves to cover his prosthetic hand. Joseph wears this on and off from his initial appearance in Part 3 until leaving Hong Kong and the crusaders' recruiting of Polnareff. Seemingly, this outfit is meant to resemble what he wears at the end of Part 2 as it's supposed to pick up directly after, but several design changes were made; notably the change of shirt and pants and the addition of a hat.

Chapters: SC 7
Episodes: SC 2 - 3
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A collared shirt under a v-neck sweater, khakis, gloves, and socks. Joseph wears this while staying at the Kujo house in Japan.

Chapters: SC 8
Episodes: SC 3
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A matching set of pajamas with an explosive pattern and gloves. Joseph wears this to bed while staying at the Kujo house in Japan.

Chapters: SC 9
Episodes: SC 3
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A collared shirt, a tie, suspenders, pants, gloves, and a belt. Joseph wears this while staying at the Kujo house in Japan.

Chapters: SC 9 - 10
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A collared shirt with an irregular diamond pattern, a tie, gloves, and khakis. Joseph wears this while on the plane when the crusaders are ambushed by Gray Fly.

Chapters: SC 14 - 21
Episodes: SC 6 - 8
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A striped sailor-style tank-top, cargo pants, gloves, and arm cuffs. Joseph wears this while the crusaders are at sea from leaving Hong Kong until reaching Singapore.

Chapters: SC 21 - 28
Episodes: SC 8 - 10
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A striped shirt, a collared overshirt, cargo pants, gloves, and arm cuffs. Joseph wears this from the hotel in Singapore until the crusaders reach Calcutta, India. In the colored manga this is the same outfit as his sea outfit, but in the anime the colors of his shirt's stripes change from red to blue.

Chapters: SC 33 - 152
Episodes: SC 10 - 48
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A fedora, a short-sleeved buttonless shirt, khaki pants, dress shoes, and gloves with wristbands. Joseph wears this from the crusaders' encounter with Hol Horse and J. Geil in Calcutta, India until the end of Part 3. The hat is not always worn as some appearances feature it while others don't.

Diamond is Unbreakable

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At age 79, Joseph is now a rather frail old man, having deterred from longevity through Ripple due to a lack of motivation.[13] While his large stature is still apparent, he is hunched over and uses a cane.[14] His sunken face is covered in wrinkles and a properly maintained beard.

Joseph wears a diminutive pair of pince-nez spectacles, and a spotted, brimmed woolen hat with ear flaps reminiscent of a ushanka. His main attire consists of a thick trench coat, a collared shirt and tie, gloves, and baggy pants.

He is typically seen carrying Shizuka Joestar around town after the We Picked Up Something Crazy! story arc.

Color Schemes

The series is known for alternating colors between media, the information presented below may or may not be canon.
Main Outfit
(Purple tank-top with brown pants, yellow-striped jungle green scarf, and brown boots)
Main Outfit
(Dark green tank-top with blue pants, yellow-striped green scarf, and black boots)
Main Outfit
(Light Purple battle attire with dark gray boots)
Hair(Dark Green)
Eyes(Lime Green)
Main Outfit
(Turquoise battle attire with red-striped lime scarf, and brown boots)
Main Outfit
(Olive green tank-top with blue pants, yellow-striped light green scarf, and black boots)

The series is known for alternating colors between media, the information presented below may or may not be canon.
Main Outfit
(Generally yellow shirt and fedora with brown pants and gloves with purple arm-warmers)
Main Outfit
(Light purple shirt with brown fedora and pants, purple gloves, and black arm-warmers)
Main Outfit
(Khaki shirt with brown fedora and pants, white gloves, and black arm-warmers)
Hair(Light Gray)
Eyes(Light Brown)
Main Outfit(Light Brown shirt with brown fedora)
Main Outfit
(Khaki shirt with brown fedora and pants, white gloves, and dark gray arm-warmers)
Main Outfit
(Bright yellow shirt with brown fedora and pants, white gloves, black arm-warmers, and blue shoes)
Eyes(Light Blue)
Main Outfit
(Khaki shirt with tan fedora and brown pants, white gloves, and gray arm-warmers)

The series is known for alternating colors between media, the information presented below may or may not be canon.
(Brown trench coat and shirt, light brown hat with black spots, yellow glasses, and khaki gloves)
(Maroon trench coat, light pink shirt, light brown pants and glasses, yellow hat with brown spots, and white gloves.)


He-llo? Could you say that again? More slowly? In a language I understand? Depending on what you said, I might kick your ass!
—Joseph Joestar, Chapter 47: Joseph Joestar of New York, Part 3

Battle Tendency

Joseph fighting with a Taxi driver

In Battle Tendency, Joseph is a young, hotheaded, impetuous, and confrontational young man. Quick to violently respond to the slightest provocation, Joseph would often get into brawls growing up; prior to the events of the story, he had been imprisoned seven times and expelled once from school for fighting.[1] Having no respect for authority save of his grandmother's, and later Lisa Lisa's, Joseph has antagonized policemen[15] and mafiosi[16] alike. Furthermore, Joseph is a foul-mouthed individual and regularly taunts his enemies, enjoying aggravating them. He notably taunted Kars when he launched him into space, claiming to have again planned everything from the beginning just to antagonize him one last time.[17]

Joseph is a playful person and prefers fooling around over having any responsibility. By his own admission, his most hated sentences are "hard work" and "work hard",[18] and still had to be pushed to train his Ripple talent despite facing certain death if he didn't meet and fight Wamuu again. Joseph has a fairly goofy side and spends half of his fights enjoying having outsmarted his current enemy with incredibly zany schemes, which take his opponents by surprise by how silly said plans are at first sight. A show-off, Joseph loves being the center of attention and couldn't stand that his rival Caesar had a special technique.[19] With his prestidigitation talent, Joseph's boastful nature coupled with his love of pranks makes him an unpredictable force in battle.

Joseph salutes Wamuu after his death

At the beginning of his adventure, Joseph's one redeeming trait is his devotion to his family and friends. Joseph cares deeply for his grandmother Erina Joestar, and is deeply angered when a gangster has the nerve of mentioning Speedwagon's death before her, which upset her.[20] Joseph also cares for his "Uncle Speedwagon", who he considers like a father, and Speedwagon's disappearance pushed Joseph to go look for him in Mexico. Joseph also has a knack for befriending people. Despite having stolen his wallet, Joseph quickly befriended Smokey Brown and couldn't tolerate discrimination against him.[15] In the same way, Joseph befriended Caesar Zeppeli and Lisa Lisa even though they had difficult starts. Joseph even came to respect the Pillar Man Wamuu, and gave him a last salute as he died.[21]

Throughout Battle Tendency, although he never really lost his overall attitude, he did develop into a strong, focused hero. In accord with his dismissal of any kind of discipline, Joseph believes that trickery and cheating are fair game in a fight as long as it isn't needlessly cruel. This results in him being a rulebreaker and once earned him a scolding when he tried to climb the Hell Climb Pillar using a rope instead of with the Ripple as intended.[22] Joseph possesses a peculiar sense of honor, acknowledging Esidisi's underhanded moves as somewhat noble since he did them for his fellow Pillar Men.[23] However, when Kars backstabbed Lisa Lisa, Joseph was furious since he sullied the memory of his companion Wamuu.[24] Thus it could be said that Joseph values kinship dearly.

Joseph peeping on Lisa Lisa in the shower, unaware she is his mother

Joseph, being the outspoken individual that he is, does have a flirtatious side to him. He regularly comments on women's voluptuousness and was less than subtle with his advancements on his future wife Suzi Q. Joseph's antagonistic behavior toward Caesar when they first met may have been out of jealousy that he could seduce girls so easily. His perverted nature is ultimately revealed when Joseph decides to sneak a peek at a bathing Lisa Lisa, completely unaware that they were related, and was his mother, no less.[25] However, when Lisa Lisa practically revealed herself as his mother, Joseph was more concerned by her actual age.[26] It is stated that Joseph is picky about choosing a girlfriend, although her smarts don't matter as long as she is cute.[27]

It is revealed in flashbacks that Joseph collects comics and was a fan of Superman when he was young.[28] He becomes a fan of Rohan Kishibe's works when he is much older.

Stardust Crusaders

"OH! MY! GOD!"

In Stardust Crusaders, Joseph has considerably mellowed out, having lost much of his aggression and laziness. Still irascible towards the Japanese in general, due to a Japanese man marrying his beloved daughter Holy,[8] Joseph is otherwise nice to his grandson and Noriaki Kakyoin. His self-confidence and penchant for befriending people are still present, notably with the appearance of his new friend Muhammad Avdol, and his tendency to approach the locals first and communicate with them, overall being the one to deal business with them. For instance, he takes it upon himself to order food in Hong Kong,[29] gladly approaches an Indian barman to try sugar cane juice,[30] tries to salute a hotel owner in Pakistan[31] as well as order doner kebab in Karachi.[32]

Joseph telling Kakyoin and Polnareff to stop fooling around

Joseph is much more responsible than in Battle Tendency, being more proactive in his quest to Egypt, and also sometimes reminding his younger companions of their goals when they are distracted. Years of peace and the appearance of the much stranger Stands means that Joseph lost some of his talents at outsmarting enemies, and is often the victim of the Stands he encounters. However, Joseph still has a few tricks left up his aged sleeve and is capable of outsmarting enemies, having successfully cheated against Telence D'Arby,[33] and figuring out The World time stop's limits.[34]

Joseph's goofy side is also still present, and his somewhat frequent failures at blending with the local culture and his struggle at battling Stands are a constant source of humor. Moreover, his boastful nature leads him to occasional goofs, such as misreading Chinese so much he orders dishes completely different from what he figured,[29] or pretending to know how to ride camels only to ridicule himself.[35] At the end of the saga, he demonstrates again his love for pranks, briefly making Jotaro believe that he was a resurrected DIO.[36]

Diamond is Unbreakable

Joseph cuts himself so Josuke Higashikata can find Shizuka

In Diamond is Unbreakable, Joseph's advancing age has weakened his mind and he appears to have become somewhat senile. Joseph is now a pacified and even weak-willed man, even sadly accepting Josuke's demand that he not interact with Josuke's mother.[37] Despite this, Joseph is still a well-meaning old man who is willing to risk his life for others[38] and is nice enough to offer some counsel to Yukako about her crush.[39] Living in Morioh seems to have done him good, and at the end of the part, Joseph is more lively and happier, expressing confidence in the youth of Morioh at protecting the small town.[40]



Main article: Ripple

Joseph inherited the Ripple and its capabilities from his grandfather, Jonathan Joestar, as well as his mother, Lisa Lisa. In addition, he uses techniques commonly present in stage magic to confuse his foes. After his Ripple training, Joseph frequently combines his Ripple with other objects to perform complex and creative attacks. Later in Stardust Crusaders, he shows that he is able use the Ripple in conjunction with his Stand, Hermit Purple. However, as he grew older, due to neglecting his Ripple training, he became unable to do the same things he was capable of when he was younger and ended up aging at a relatively normal pace.


During his battle with the Pillar Men, Joseph had demonstrated several techniques similar to his grandfather's.

Overdrive / Ripple Overdrive(波紋疾走(オーバードライブ) Ōbādoraibu, lit. Ripple Dash/Sprint) Link to this sectionLink to this section
The most basic application of the Ripple, where the user attacks with either their limbs or an object imbued with the Ripple. Joseph first uses it on a bottle of coke, causing the cap to fly off and break the finger bone of a police officer. He mostly uses it by charging his hand with Ripple and striking with a chop. Joseph uses it against Kars in a duel and shatters Kars's Light Blade which could cut through anything without fail up until that point.[41]
Ripple Hypnosis Link to this section
When he's young, Joseph uses the Ripple on a pilot's head while Speedwagon's plane is being hijacked, which knocks the pilot out. He later uses this technique on a pigeon, controlling it to go inside the mouth of a woman that Caesar hypnotized. In his final battle against Wamuu, he controls the Vampire Horses by using the Ripple on their reins.
Ripple Hair Attack(波紋ヘア・アタック Hamon Hea Atakku) Link to this section
Joseph infuses his Ripple into strands of hair to make them hard enough to form a barrier, which blocks incoming projectiles. Joseph uses it to block bullets fired by Santana after ripping a fistful of Stroheim's hair.
Ripple Beat(波紋のビート Hamon no Bīto) Link to this section
An advanced adhesive technique, Joseph imbues both his fists and feet with the Ripple. To prevent himself from falling down a pillar covered with oil, he flips himself upwards and uses his hands to stick to the blast of oil. He then slides across and propels himself upwards, gaining more distance than he could from normally climbing or jumping.
Ripple Beat Overdrive(波紋疾走(はもんオーバードライブ)のビート Hamon Ōbādoraibu no Bīto, lit. Ripple Dash Beat) Link to this section
Joseph traps the opponent with ropes made of 100% wool, then imbues the ropes with the Ripple. It has enough force to slice through Esidisi's face.
Rebuff Overdrive(波紋肘支疾走(リーバッフオーバードライブ) Rībaffu Ōbādoraibu, lit. Ripple Elbow Branch Dash) Link to this section
Joseph charges Ripple into his elbows and delivers a powerful strike. This was used during Joseph's fight with Wamuu to retaliate his falling attack.
Zoom Punch(ズームパンチ Zūmu Panchi) Link to this section
Similar to his grandfather's move, Joseph uses the Ripple to dislocate his shoulder and arm to strike opponents at a longer range.

American Clackers

Main article: Clackers

After pressing himself to come up with his own special attack, Joseph invented a fighting style that involved infusing the Ripple into a pair of normal American clackers. Once infused, the clackers become a lethal weapon, as the user is able to rip through an opponent's skin using them, and from there the Ripple can enter the body, thus inflicting massive damage. Because of their shape and aerodynamic design, someone who is trained in the clackers' use is able to easily maneuver them around their body, even having the ability to make them seemingly disappear by hiding them behind their back.[42] The clackers would end up being unusable after Wired Beck sliced the strings that were connected to both clackers.[43]

Clacker Volley(クラッカーヴォレイ Kurakkā Vorei) Link to this section
Joseph chucks clackers infused with the Ripple into his opponent's direction. This can be done a number of ways, but to produce the best and most surprising effect, he can hide them behind his back. From there, Joseph can slingshot them from behind his back at the enemy in all directions.
Clacker Boomerang(クラッカーブーメラン Kurakkā Būmeran) Link to this section
Joseph throws both pairs of clackers infused with the Ripple into a beam or pillar behind the opponent, fooling the foe into assuming that he missed. One gets stuck onto whatever it was thrown on and starts spinning, latching onto the second pair of clackers. The second pair then flings back towards the opponent from behind, much like how a boomerang works.

Other Equipment

Joseph using a Tommy gun in his fight against Straizo

Other than his Clackers, Joseph has used a number of other weapons and tools in conjunction with the Ripple and his strategic wit.

  • He used Ripple to pop the cap off of a cola bottle at a corrupt police officer and two tequila bottles' corks against a pair of Nazi soldiers, in the form of high speed projectiles.
  • He used a Tommy gun to shoot Straizo and then strike him with the stock charged with the Ripple. This was followed by secretively attaching a grenade to Straizo's scarf, the pin of which was attached by strings to the pins of several other grenades Joseph had managed to plant on Straizo's back.
  • He used the yarn of a wool hat (which is highly conductive of the Ripple) to form a net underneath the spike-filled arena to use against Esidisi.
  • He wielded a large war hammer in the chariot race against Wamuu, which he slathered in oil to improve its conduction of the Ripple. Joseph also used a heavy crossbow to fire a Ripple-charged iron ball at the wall of the arena, where it rode around the entire wall before launching off and hitting Wamuu from behind.


Main article: Hermit Purple

Joseph's Stand, Hermit Purple, manifests itself as a tangle of thorny vines, which Joseph can wield as both a weapon and a hazardous defense. Furthermore, it has been shown to conduct the Ripple, which makes Hermit Purple one of the more effective Stands against those weak to it such as vampires. Joseph develops the Stand after DIO pierces Jonathan's body with the Arrow, upon which it responded to DIO and Enya awakening The World.

One of its special abilities is to use cameras, televisions and other things to perform a form of fortune telling referred to as spirit photography. When introduced, it was demonstrated that he had to smash an expensive Polaroid camera to do this, and the camera would dispense a picture of DIO. Later on he is seen using televisions for this ability without having to damage them.

Hermit Purple (ハーミットパープル(隠者の紫))Link to this section

Hermit Purple is also shown as being able to connect to electronics. Joseph can then check the electronics for tampering, or even control them (such as, he uses Hermit Purple on a TV, and can use it to change channels).

The Hermit card of the Tarot primarily gives a meaning of solitude, introspective, or soul-searching, which could symbolize Joseph's lifelong journey. It also carries a more direct meaning of teaching or advising, which is Joseph's main role in Part 3 on the subject of Stands.


Joseph's Stand

Joseph is quite adept at using his Stand, although he does so imperfectly. Joseph notably understands how versatile Hermit Purple's ability is and that it can be used on cameras, TV sets, and even dust to divine information. However during Stardust Crusaders, Joseph brutally breaks cameras to obtain spirit photographies whereas it is demonstrated that a simple tap will grant the same results.

Joseph also manages to exploit the vine-like nature of his Stand to its fullest, using it as a controllable rope to swing from place to place or tie enemies up. By combining it with the Ripple, Joseph also made Hermit Purple an effective but limited defense against DIO.

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As a part of the Joestar Family, Joseph bears the Star Birthmark and a connection to the supernatural. According to Avdol, the bond shared between DIO and the Joestar family has awakened their spiritual power. In Joseph's case, he developed Hermit Purple, and is capable of sensing DIO's presence.[45]


Joseph is an exceptionally agile fighter, performing acrobatics on a regular basis.

Being quite athletic, Joseph distinguishes himself through feats of agility, in contrast to his grandfather Jonathan Joestar who performed feats of strength. He can for instance perform an aerial cartwheel when Esidisi grips his fist to escape the lock (all the while setting up a string to slice his arm),[46] has performed impressive jumps, for instance pole vaulting into Wamuu's chariot to escape being crushed[47] or a somersault while sliding underneath a layer of oil,[48] and has managed to perform corde lisse tricks against Kars.[49]

As he aged, Joseph's skills in that regard became less relevant, although he was still in shape and could still swing across rooftops with Hermit Purple.

Wit and Trickery

Joseph Joestar's mind is his deadliest and most valuable asset.

Joseph's favorite strategy is to psych out his opponents. To do so, he notably predicts what his enemies will say next or more commonly provokes them to unnerve them and make them predictable in their next move. Joseph is incredibly proficient in analyzing the personalities of those he faces and guessing information about them by observing small details about them, then shamelessly exploits any character flaw they have in order to return whatever they will be doing next against them, most commonly their overconfidence. Of note are particular quirks such as Wamuu's pride as a warrior or Kars's obsession for the Red Stone of Aja. However, Joseph is unknowingly as susceptible to these tactics as his opponents, leading him to be psyched out himself by Esidisi.

Joseph is a master of trickery and deception

Having great prestidigitation skills, his goofy demeanor serving as the greatest distraction and facade he can rely on, Joseph is able to attack from unexpected angles or make critical moves under the guise of simple stupidity or ignorance; Joseph will often use one obvious strategy hiding another, more advanced one to fool and trap his opponents.

Joseph is maybe the most proficient man in the series at using his environment to his advantage, the Ripple increasing the danger and combative capability of any item he gets his hands on. Among others, Joseph has used mirrors, glass shots, hair, a well, pasta, pigeons, wool hats, icicles, pebbles, and an entire plane as tools and weapons to grasp the upper hand, each use having had applied efficiency and imagination. Joseph also keeps a number of tools handy just in case, concealing weapons on his person for when he expects danger.

When cornered, Joseph can still rely on his particularly quick wits to come up with a viable solution in an near-instant. The most successful instance being Joseph using the Red Stone of Aja to amplify Ultimate Kars's Ripple Attack so as to cause a volcanic eruption and send him into space.

Joseph's tendency to use so many tricks stems from his particular mindset. He considers that in combat, every move is fair-play with the exception of involving civilians and being needlessly cruel. Thus he isn't bound by any code and doesn't hesitate to flee, or cheat if the ends justify the means, as seen against the D'Arby brothers.

  • Near-Death Survival Technique: After he lit his scarf on fire, Joseph told Kars that he was putting his life in danger so he would be pushed beyond his own limits to find a new technique before the flame reached him. This was actually part of a plan to trick Kars, who would be too distracted to notice Joseph's plan to save Lisa Lisa.

Secret Technique

Joseph performing his secret technique

The Joestar family's "secret technique". Usually utilized as a last resort, Joseph invented this move to use when battling the enemy seemed hopeless. It was also used by his grandson Jotaro later in the series during his fight against Rubber Soul.[50]

The secret technique consists of carefully and quickly retreating from the opponent, while keeping a close eye on surroundings for things to use to defeat or assist in defeating them. To the untrained eye, it looks like Joseph is simply running away like a coward, augmented by his panicked shouting when doing so, but in reality it was actually used to stall time in order for Joseph to formulate a plan. He will also use this technique to try to lure an enemy away from others.


Joseph is a proficient pilot despite having crashed four times in his life. He is able to fly a large range of planes from a small Cessna to a Junker and once saved the lives of his companions and civilians by controlling the crash of the passenger airplane they were on. It is unknown when and where Joseph learned to pilot, though it is possible that he figured it out in the instances where he was forced to control an aircraft.



  • Jonathan Joestar: Joseph had no real knowledge of his grandfather prior to his battle with Straizo because of Speedwagon keeping the events of the past secret. However, Joseph holds great respect towards Jonathan due to his relationship with Erina and friendship with Speedwagon. When Caesar insults Jonathan, it enrages Joseph that he brought up the past. Joseph's respect for his grandfather is even more apparent in his later years, as he's shown to be angry that DIO is now using Jonathan's body as his own.
  • Erina Joestar: Joseph and Erina are very close due to Erina having raised Joseph all his youth in the absence of his parents. Erina loves Joseph dearly but is quite severe with him because of his indiscipline. Prior to meeting Lisa Lisa, Joseph only respects her authority and is very attached to her, being angry and becoming physically violent that one would ruin a coat she gave him or that someone would even make her distraught.
Joseph desperately holding on to the rope holding Lisa Lisa
  • Lisa Lisa: Joseph never knew his mother and thought she died in an accident. He meets Lisa Lisa thinking she is an unrelated Ripple user and her severity and prowess in the Ripple quickly shut Joseph's arrogance and belligerence. Joseph respects Lisa Lisa's authority and becomes close to her, getting angry when Kars humiliates Lisa Lisa to get at him. Joseph also finds Lisa Lisa attractive and has opportunistically peeped on her, (unaware of their relation); he is notably dismayed to find that she is 50 years old and makes fun of her for it.
  • Suzi Q: Joseph expresses some attraction towards Suzi Q upon meeting her early on in Battle Tendency, though does show some degree of exasperation at her airheadedness, notably when he realizes that she had not sent a telegram bearing news that he was alive to his family and friends. Both eventually marry and presumably live a happy life. It is shown that they enjoy teasing each other. Fifty years later into the marriage, Suzi Q is shown to trust her husband completely and believes that he had never failed her once. However, in Part 4, she is said to have been enraged when Joseph had an affair with Tomoko Higashikata. Her anger is mentioned again when Joseph brings home an adopted Shizuka, who Suzi Q initially believed to be another illegitimate child.
  • Holy Kujo: Joseph is incredibly attached to his daughter and is shown to be very close to her. Both are comfortable enough to tickle each other in public, and Joseph developed a hatred toward Japanese people in general because of Sadao Kujo taking Holy to live in Japan, where he couldn't meet her or his grandson Jotaro very often. Being her father, he naturally cares for her, becoming angry at Jotaro for disrespecting her (despite the latter's good intentions for doing so) and immediately becoming worried for his daughter's health after seeing her affected harmfully by her own Stand.
  • Sadao Kujo: While there is no on-screen interaction between them since he is the man who made his daughter move to Japan, Joseph presumably greatly disliked his son-in-law. As evidence of this, Joseph basically stated that Sadao was responsible for his hatred for the Japanese (with a few exceptions).
Jotaro and Joseph outwit D'Arby together in video games
  • Jotaro Kujo: Joseph is close to his grandson. Although Jotaro's aloofness makes their relationship difficult, Joseph's friendly nature makes it so they ultimately appreciate each other as family members, and Joseph trusts Jotaro's ability. Throughout the course of the series, he and Jotaro are able to get along more easily and eventually work together to defeat Telence T. D'Arby in DIO's mansion without even a need for words to understand the same plan of action. Joseph's apparent death and desecration by DIO notably enraged Jotaro. By the time of Part 4, Jotaro isn't as cold with Joseph, and Joseph confides more in Jotaro, sharing with him his observation of the spirit and will of the residents of Morioh.
  • Josuke Higashikata: While his relationship with his illegitimate son got off to a difficult start, Joseph understands his son's concerns and follows through with them. He refrains from seeing Tomoko and understands his son's frustrations in keeping him from getting lost in town. Joseph does, however, earn Josuke's respect after risking his life to save Shizuka, and the two are regularly seen hanging out together during the rest of Part 4. Joseph respects his son's sense of justice and trusts that Josuke will protect Morioh. It doesn't stop Josuke from stealing Joseph's wallet.
  • Shizuka Joestar: Joseph initially found Shizuka as a baby abandoned by her parents and decided to adopt her. When issues with Shizuka began to manifest and when Shizuka found her own life threatened by her powers, Joseph took up ways to calm those issues with makeup and slit his wrist to use the blood to find her respectively. Later, he is seen carrying her around as his own child and by the end of Part 4, brings her back to America to raise her as his own child.


  • Robert E. O. Speedwagon: Despite his cheeky attitude, Joseph cared for Speedwagon, and viewed him as an uncle. When Joseph received news of Speedwagon's supposed death, he becomes enraged and attacks Straizo without a second thought. Similarly, when he receives news that Speedwagon was still alive, he is seen happily tearing up before rushing to the Nazi base in order to break him out.
  • Smokey Brown: Despite having his wallet stolen by Smokey, Joseph bears him no ill will and actually helps bail him from the discriminating actions of the policemen who accost him, in the same manner, that his great-grandfather George Joestar did with Dario Brando. In a time when African Americans faced racial prejudice, Joseph backs up Smokey's rights to sit in a restaurant and beats up the man who insulted him. Smokey becomes grateful to Joseph for saving him and accompanies him throughout New York, and later with Speedwagon at Joseph's showdown with Kars.
Calling Caesar's name in agony
  • Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli: Due to their conflicting personalities, the two did not get along at all during their first encounter. It wasn't until their climb to the top of the pillar where Joseph began to respect Caesar's skills and gradually saw him as a fairly proficient partner during their 26-day training session. Their trust in each other grew to a point where Joseph expected Caesar to finish the missing link to the icicle chain after having fallen off the cliff during their first encounter with Kars. After Caesar's death by the hands of Wamuu, Joseph openly cried out in sorrow and promised to avenge him. After the announcement of the chariot race, Joseph donned Caesar's headband and during the final showdown used it to defeat Wamuu, claiming his reason for victory being that Caesar was with him the whole time.
  • Rudol von Stroheim: Joseph's personality makes it so he judges other people based on their individual actions and "soul". Because of this, he was never prejudiced towards Rudol's occupation as a Nazi, even though he questioned whether he should be happy or not about him coming back from the death due to him being a Nazi and his arrogance.[51] During the battle against Santana, Joseph is shocked by Stroheim's selfless act of self-destruction and briefly mourns his supposed death. He teams up with Stroheim during the final battle with Kars, when Joseph kamikazes a plane into an active volcano. Having jumped out of the plane before then, Stroheim grabs hold of Joseph and sacrifices his own cybernetic legs to cushion the fall, thus saving both their lives. As a final gift to Joseph, he replaces his severed left hand with a mechanical one.
  • Loggins: While the two have had limited onscreen interactions, Loggins personally trained Joseph in the Ripple. Although Joseph admitted to hating Loggins for putting him through hellish training, Joseph was primarily motivated to kill Esidisi to avenge Loggins. After the battle, Joseph thanks Loggins for 'torturing' him.
The Stardust Crusaders
  • Muhammad Avdol: Out of the group, Joseph presumably knew Avdol the longest, having met him in Egypt prior to the events of Part 3. Since then, Joseph has formed a good friendship with the Egyptian and had even trusted him to help Jotaro unlock the full potential of his Stand through force. During their later journey to Egypt, the two fought alongside each other on several occasions, one of the more memorable instances being their battle against Mariah. At the end of the series, alongside Polnareff and Jotaro, he mourns the death of his companion.
  • Noriaki Kakyoin: Having joined them on their journey to Egypt, Kakyoin got along well with the rest of the group. While his interactions with Joseph specifically were minor, Joseph usually went to him to crack jokes and express his comedic nature (due to Kakyoin being able to tolerate it the most). Towards the end of the series, Kakyoin's last act before dying was shooting the clock tower with his Emerald Splash, in order to help Joseph discover the secret behind The World's ability to stop time. Joseph, whilst hiding his grief, responds by treating the message with upmost importance and swearing that Kakyoin's death would not be in vain.
  • Jean Pierre Polnareff: Meeting as enemies, Polnareff joins the group during their journey to Egypt and gradually becomes good friends with everyone. At the end of Part 3, Joseph and Polnareff along with Jotaro mourn the loss of their friends. Joseph knew that Polnareff had no one in France, so he offered for him to come with him to America. Polnareff refused the offer, stating that despite being alone, France was his homeland. Joseph also mentions that it'd be lonely if Polnareff didn't come with him. Before leaving, the group embraces one last time, throwing out friendly insults, and promising to meet each other again sometime in the future.
  • Iggy: When first introduced, Iggy acted much like a stray and initially hated everyone in the group. After the fight with N'Doul, he would willingly tag along with them, but during fights, he'd usually disappear. It wasn't until his fight with Pet Shop where his inner thoughts came to light; at this point, he seemed to understand Joseph was the leader of the group. While the interaction between the two was fairly minor, after sacrificing himself for Polnareff to defeat Vanilla Ice, Joseph and the group acknowledged his heroism and mourned his death along with the others.
  • Tomoko Higashikata: Despite Joseph's dislike of the Japanese in his late 60s due to his daughter marrying one, Joseph had an affair with Tomoko in 1983 when he was 62 years old and had an illegitimate son with her, although he was unaware of his son until several years later. Joseph later respects Josuke's wishes to not talk to Tomoko and he only sees her from far away.


  • Straizo: Due to him claiming to have killed Speedwagon himself as well as trying to kill him and his grandmother, Joseph bore a great hatred toward Straizo. Straizo underestimated Joseph as a warrior, but at the end respected him enough to warn him about the incoming danger of the Pillar Men and reveal that Speedwagon was alive.
  • Santana: The first of the Pillar Man Joseph encountered. It was him that allowed Joseph to prepare for the other three's defeat. Santana thought little of Joseph, but was intrigued by his Ripple ability and annoyed by his general demeanor. For his part, Joseph wanted to leave Santana alone, while teasing him and even entertaining the idea that he was neutral if not for the Nazis actions against him. However, Joseph's indifference transformed into belligerence when Santana attacked Speedwagon, using everything in his power at that time to defeat the Pillar Man.
  • Donovan: During Joseph's journey through Mexico to find Speedwagon, he first encountered Donovan, who planned to capture him, after foiling a surprise attack. During their fight, Donovan seemingly had the upper hand on Joseph, only to be incapacitated by an exploding cactus. After interrogating him and having him confirm Speedwagon's status, Joseph tied the Nazi to a cactus to prevent him from escaping.
  • Wired Beck: During Joseph and Lisa Lisa's search for the Pillar Men in the hotel, Wired Beck was sent by Kars to kill the two. Despite being startled by the vampire's abilities, Joseph looked down on Beck, finding his posturing annoying. After Lisa Lisa unceremoniously finished the fight, Joseph mocked the confused Beck moments before he disintegrated, proclaiming that he's done for.
  • Wamuu: Ironically, one of the closest and most meaningful relationships Joseph shared was with Wamuu, whom he vowed to slay to avenge the death of Caesar. Though he already admires the Pillar Man's skill and cunning as a warrior, he truly comes to respect his nobility upon finding Caesar's blood bubble of antidote left intact by Wamuu to honor his opponent's bravery; and graciously returned the respect the ancient warrior afforded Caesar by easing the pain of his death with his own blood. The two men parted in warm mutual respect, and Joseph notably regards Wamuu as a friend enough to be enraged by Kars's ambush of Lisa Lisa, the sheer cowardice of which spat in the face of everything the proud and honorable warrior stood for in life.
  • Esidisi: Initially, Joseph viewed him as an enemy for implanting a Wedding Ring of Death in his neck. After killing one of his masters, Esidisi was engaged in a duel by Joseph and fought him. Esidisi thought little of him and more than anyone else, proved a match for his wits. In the end, Joseph successfully outsmarted Esidisi and destroyed his body. Joseph became enraged when he possessed Suzi Q, and with help from Caesar, destroyed him. He eventually came to respect the Pillar Man for the extremes he went to in order to procure success for his comrades.
Kars vs Joseph
  • Kars: Kars was initially just one of the Pillar Men to defeat in Joseph's eyes. Likewise, Joseph merely was a Ripple user to kill to Kars's own. The former was annoyed by the latter's tendency to use unpredictable tactics until the former cheated in his duel with Lisa Lisa, dishonoring the pride of his comrades in the process. Joseph then came to intensely hate him for his underhanded methods and once he became the Ultimate Thing, Joseph made great efforts in order to defeat him, including trying to send him into a volcano at the cost of his own life. Kars responded by cutting off Joseph's left arm and their fight ended in Joseph unintentionally sending Kars out into space, but not before mocking him one last time.
  • Nena: Nena is one of many Stand users sent by DIO to kill him, Nena would constantly mock Joseph for his age and was shocked when he outsmarted her, allowing him to once again use his trick of predicting an opponent's next line.
  • Steely Dan: Dan and Joseph first met in a haggling contest (which Dan won), but after Dan's identity is revealed, he infected Joseph with his Stand and used him as a hostage so the others wouldn't attack him. Through his Stand, Dan unknowingly though not unintentionally embarrasses Joseph in public, forcing him to attract a crowd. After Kakyoin and Polnareff free Joseph of his control, Jotaro gets revenge for him.
  • Mariah: Mariah is one of many Stand users sent by DIO to kill him, during their confrontation, Mariah magnetized Joseph and Avdol using her Stand ability, then tried to kill them using their resulting handicap. Despite their antagonism and wide age gap, Mariah finds the older Joseph attractive and states she might've become his lover if she didn't find DIO more attractive.
  • DIO: At first, Joseph was unaware of his existence due to Speedwagon making sure to keep the secret of the Vampire's existence prior to his battle with Straizo. He eventually learned the whole truth and came to despise the villain for using his grandfather, Jonathan's body as well as causing his daughter Holy to become deathly ill due to his presence. He embarked on a mission alongside his grandson, Jotaro to find DIO and kill him in order to save Holy.

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  • OVER HEAVEN Chapter 12 (Mentioned only)
  • OVER HEAVEN Chapter 16 (Mentioned only)
  • OVER HEAVEN Chapter 21 (Mentioned only)
  • OVER HEAVEN Chapter 50 (Mentioned only)
  • OVER HEAVEN Chapter 59 (Mentioned only)
  • OVER HEAVEN Chapter 62 (Mentioned only)
  • OVER HEAVEN Chapter 63 (Mentioned only)
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  • OVER HEAVEN Chapter 65 (Mentioned only)
  • OVER HEAVEN Chapter 71 (Mentioned only)
  • OVER HEAVEN Chapter 72 (Mentioned only)
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  • OVER HEAVEN Chapter 78 (Mentioned only)

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  • Er... I think you have the wrong idea. You see, that wallet... was a gift from me to him.
    —Joseph Joestar's first line, Chapter 45: Joseph Joestar of New York, Part 1
  • Joestar. Joseph Joestar. But just call me JoJo.
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 45: Joseph Joestar of New York, Part 1
  • You guys! You're riding a plane so you're prepared for the possibility of a crash, right?!
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 46: Joseph Joestar of New York, Part 2
  • He-llo? Could you say that again? More slowly? In a language I understand? Depending on what you said, I might kick your ass!
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 47: Joseph Joestar of New York, Part 3
  • Your next line is... (次におまえは...)
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 47: Joseph Joestar of New York, Part 3
  • Straizo! I've been waiting for you! Not that I expect you to die from that but... I will avenge Uncle Speedwagon!!!
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 48: Straizo vs. Joseph, Part 1
  • Run away, Smokey! Move it, rubbernecks! (逃げるんだよォ!スモーキーーーーッ!!どけーッ ヤジ馬ともーッ!!)
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 50: Straizo vs. Joseph, Part 3
  • My name is JoJo, I came from New York. This may be rude since we just met but bring me food and gasoline in the next 3 minutes, got that?!
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 53: The Pillar Man
  • God, I think I got some cavities from all that sweet-talking!
    —Joseph about Caesar Zeppeli's womanizing, Chapter 62: The Pillar Man, Santana, Part 9
  • Bastard, are you messing with me?! I like making fun of people but I hate being made fun of!!!
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 63: Joseph Joestar of Rome
  • Spaghetti nero looks bad but tastes great. Why don't you experience the true power of this attack before you boast!
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 68: Ultimate Warriors from Ancient Times, Part 4
  • Well, I was just thinking about how you're going to have to live your long life always thinking about how you were injured by a human... The only way to get over that... would be to win a fight against a properly me, is what I was thinking. If I do serious Ripple training, I'll have the talent to surpass you in a month. Since the only one to put a 5cm cut in your head was a piece of trash like me! Though, you know... it's probably better for you to kill me before I get stronger!
    —Joseph manipulating Wamuu, Chapter 70: An Engagement with Death: The Wedding Ring
  • The phrase I hate the most is "hard work" and my second most hated phrase is "work hard"!
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 71: Ripple Teacher Lisa Lisa, Part 1
  • The domineering Loggins... it was 3 weeks of hell listening to you yelling, I really hated you, you were so awful... and I was going to get you back for all of that!... Well instructor... watch from up there. You can see the results of all you put me through!
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 77: Go! Ripple Master
  • You may have lived a long time, but you're not nearly as smart as me when it comes to coming up with plans!
    —Joseph to Esidisi, Chapter 78: Flame Mode Esidisi, Part 1
  • You see, humans progressed little by little, bit by bit over those thousand years... It's nothing major but in the 18th and 19th centuries, magic and other illusions became popular entertainment... and I really love a good illusion!
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 78: Flame Mode Esidisi, Part 1
  • Hmph! My mouth may be weird... but if you and I were to fall in love... it'd be all the better to kiss you with!
    —Joseph to Suzi Q, Chapter 81: The Remains Lurk, Part 1
  • I am to wait 30 minutes, and that's what I'm going to do! And the best place to wait... is right in front of Lisa Lisa's door! And while I'm waiting...would it be so terrible of me to keep an eye on this keyhole?! Woooaaahhh! NICE!
    —Joseph Joestar peeping on his own mother, Chapter 81: The Remains Lurk, Part 1
  • If one girl's life... has to be taken to save the entire world... then it's a sacrifice that has to be made. That's how I feel.
    —Joseph bluffing to Esidisi, Chapter 82: The Remains Lurk, Part 2
  • Caesar... you've got it backwards. I know it because I fought him in battle... He lived for his comrades and to get the Red Stone, no matter what―even if it meant casting aside his own pride. I don't know how many thousands of years he's lived, but he fought for survival in his own way... Regardless of his morality, I respect his will to live!
    —Joseph about Esidisi, Chapter 82: The Remains Lurk, Part 2
  • Bye for now, Suzi Q! But I'll definitely be back in Venice again! [...] So in the meantime, you'll be sure to heal up that beat-up body of yours, right? [...] You might be an old hag by then, though! Maybe you'll be in worse shape than you are now! GWAHAHA!!
  • Sh-should I be glad? He's a Nazi and a prideful little bastard... but I don't really hate him as a person. I suppose I am a little happy to know he's okay.
    —Joseph about Stroheim, Chapter 85: Stroheim's Unit Strikes Back, Part 3
  • Nice one! Very nice, Caesar-ino!
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 87: Light Mode Kars, Part 2
  • I don't care about some stuff I "inherited" from an ancestor I've never met, you dumbass! You're a fool if you'd die for something like that!
    —Joseph to Caesar, Chapter 88: Caesar: A Lonely Youth, Part 1
  • If you're heading in there, knowing that there have to be traps, then you definitely have a plan to take out Kars! I changed my mind! If you want the battle to happen this afternoon, then I'll head in with you as well-- Caesar Zeppeli!
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 89: Caesar: A Lonely Youth, Part 2
  • Lisa Lisa is the teacher... I suppose she's trying to keep me focused on the task at hand. She's acting cold on purpose. She has to want to cry and scream even more than I do. Caesar cared for her dearly, and she knew him for much longer than I did... She wants me to keep it together... and this is enemy territory... so I will! Caesar―you always called me selfish and inconsiderate of other people's feelings, but look at me now. Maybe I've grown up a bit...? But I will show no mercy to them! I've got that heart of yours right here with me!
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 92: Caesar: A Lonely Youth, Part 5
  • CAESAAAAAR! (シィィザーーーァァァ)
  • I played a dirty trick on yoooooou!!
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 98: The Wind, the Chariot, and Wamuu, Part 4
  • Wamuu... as a warrior you were tremendous... but the fact is that, until the end, I've had one powerful ally in Caesar.
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 103: The Wind, the Chariot, and Wamuu, Part 9
  • Pity? Did you say pity? In that case, why did you leave that soap bubble containing Caesar's headband and his last gift, the antidote ring, alone? Was it pity?
    —Joseph to Wamuu, Chapter 104: The Warrior Returns to the Wind
  • Exactly! Wamuu! Fighting is one thing, my grievance for Caesar's death is another... I also felt that strange need to show you my respect... That my blood is my homage to the warrior that you are!
    —Joseph paying respect to Wamuu, Chapter 104: The Warrior Returns to the Wind
  • You may be 10,000 years old, but when it comes to the "art of deception", you need a little more time than that, Kars!
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 107: JoJo: The Final Ripple, Part 1

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  • Indeed Jotaro, what you have called an "evil spirit" is but a powerful vision created by your own life energy! And since it stands next to you, it is called a Stand!
    —Joseph Joestar introducting Stands, Chapter 116: Jotaro Kujo, Part 3
  • Did you see it? The thorns from my hand? That is my Stand! It can reveal faraway visions and place them on film. Of course, I gotta bust a 3,000 yen camera every time I use it...
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 117: The Man with the Star Birthmark
  • Jotaro... this is the third time I've been in a plane crash! Am I cursed?
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 124: Silver Chariot, Part 1
  • I'll have you know. I, Joseph Joestar, have much more fighting experience than you do. (I can talk up a good game, but can I back it up? Damn it!)
    —Joseph Joestar to Empress, Chapter 148: Empress, Part 3
  • Opponents always get confident when they feel like they're winning, when in fact, they've already lost. That's the Joseph Joestar way. I may be getting on in years, but I've still got it! (「相手が勝ち誇ったとき、そいつはすでに敗北している」。 これがジョセフ・ジョースターのやり方。老いてますます健在というところかな。)
  • I don't like it myself... but kids can't always rely on their parents. Now that they're all grown up... you have to take care of yourself!
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 149: Empress, Part 4
  • I've run away in the middle of a fight before, but that was all part of my strategy! Joseph Joestar never admits defeat.
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 203: "Bastet" Mariah, Part 5
  • Yes! Yes! Yes! Oh my God!
  • We have encountered The World before, but we have no idea what it does. If you climb a mountain without where the summit is, you'll run into trouble! You absolutely will! Like how you burp when you drink a cola, it's inevitable.
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 250: DIO's World, Part 4
  • Jotaro... this trip was a lot of fun, wasn't it? We had quite an adventure together... right Jotaro? The last 50 days... were a lot of fun...
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 262: DIO's World, Part 16
  • HmhmhmhmhahahaHAHAHA! You're a fool Jotaro! Thanks to you, I live again!
    —Joseph Joestar pretending to be DIO after his revival, Chapter 265: The Faraway Journey, Farewell Friends
  • Wauuugh! Hold on Jotaro! I was just making a joke! Sorry!
    —Joseph Joestar after Jotaro almost beats him for pretending to be DIO, Chapter 265: The Faraway Journey, Farewell Friends
  • DIO has stolen many things from people. Everything he had was stolen from others over the course of the last century... The things we've lost can't be compared to the importance of the Earth. But because of them, we're still alive.
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 265: The Faraway Journey, Farewell Friends

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  • Josuke...I...I might die here. So, if I do, please tell your mother I said hello.
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 317: We Picked Up Something Crazy!, Part 3
  • I just wanted to look cool in front of you.
  • After seeing Josuke and his friends in this incident in Morioh, there's one thing I can say... the youth of this town... have a golden spirit. Just like the ones I saw when we headed for Egypt. A golden spirit, blessed with the radiance of justice. I saw it within Josuke and his friends... as long as it's there, they'll be fine. That spirit that they embody will naturally course into others without a word, even those who know nothing about what happened with Yoshikage Kira, and into the next generation as well...
    —Joseph Joestar, Chapter 439: Goodbye, Morioh - The Golden Heart


  • Araki designed Joseph Joestar by mixing the wits of his older character B.T. from Cool Shock B.T. and the muscles of Sylvester Stallone. He says he also added some cheerfulness to make Joseph more playful compared to B.T.[11]
  • In Araki's top ten favorite characters in 2000, Joseph ranked in sixth place.[52]
  • In the anime’s French dub, Tarkus and Old Joseph Joestar share the same voice actor, Frédéric Souterelle.


  1. Stated when the setting of Part 3 took place from 1987-1988 rather than 1988-1989.
  2. Originally corrected to 78 in the anime but contradicted in a later episode.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 Chapter 73: Ripple Teacher Lisa Lisa, Part 3 P.1.
  2. JoJo 6251
  3. Chapter 267: Jotaro Kujo! Meets Josuke Higashikata, Part 2
  4. Diamond is Unbreakable Episode 11: Red Hot Chili Pepper, Part 1
  5. Chapter 265: The Faraway Journey, Farewell Friends P.10.
  6. Chapter 45: Joseph Joestar of New York, Part 1
  7. Chapter 115: Jotaro Kujo, Part 2
  8. 8.0 8.1 Chapter 113: The Man Who Crossed the Atlantic
  9. Weekly Shonen Brackets 100Q (April 2003)
  10. Chapter 81: The Remains Lurk, Part 1 P.9.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 JoJonium Volume 4 (Joseph Joestar) - Special Interview
  12. Chapter 115: Jotaro Kujo, Part 2 P.13. Jotaro steals Joseph's pinky
  13. ジョセフが老けこんだのは何故? → 荒木先生の回答「気の持ちよう」
  14. Chapter 314: Red Hot Chili Pepper, Part 8 P.2. Okuyasu mentions Joseph's size and use of cane
  15. 15.0 15.1 Chapter 45: Joseph Joestar of New York, Part 1
  16. Chapter 47: Joseph Joestar of New York, Part 3
  17. Chapter 112: The Man Who Became a God
  18. Chapter 71: Ripple Teacher Lisa Lisa, Part 1
  19. Chapter 65: Ultimate Warriors from Ancient Times, Part 1
  20. Chapter 48: Straizo vs. Joseph, Part 1
  21. Chapter 104: The Warrior Returns to the Wind
  22. Chapter 73: Ripple Teacher Lisa Lisa, Part 3
  23. Chapter 82: The Remains Lurk, Part 2
  24. Chapter 106: The Bond That Binds Lisa Lisa and JoJo, Part 2
  25. Chapter 81: The Remains Lurk, Part 1
  26. Chapter 97: The Wind, the Chariot, and Wamuu, Part 3
  27. Chapter 72: Ripple Teacher Lisa Lisa, Part 2 tailpiece
  28. Chapter 46: Joseph Joestar of New York, Part 2
  29. 29.0 29.1 Chapter 124: Silver Chariot, Part 1
  30. Chapter 151: Wheel of Fortune, Part 2
  31. Chapter 154: Justice, Part 1
  32. Chapter 160: Lovers, Part 1
  33. Chapter 237: D'Arby the Player, Part 11
  34. Chapter 255: DIO's World, Part 9
  35. Chapter 166: Sun, Part 1
  36. Chapter 265: The Faraway Journey, Farewell Friends
  37. Chapter 315: We Picked Up Something Crazy!, Part 1
  38. Chapter 317: We Picked Up Something Crazy!, Part 3
  39. Chapter 348: Yukako Yamagishi Dreams of Cinderella, Part 1
  40. Chapter 439: Goodbye, Morioh - The Golden Heart
  41. Chapter 107: JoJo: The Final Ripple, Part 1
  42. Chapter 67: Ultimate Warriors from Ancient Times, Part 3 and Chapter 68: Ultimate Warriors from Ancient Times, Part 4
  43. Chapter 94: Climb Out of the Fortified Hotel
  44. JOJO A-GO!GO!: STANDS, p.104
  45. Chapter 251: DIO's World, Part 5 P.11.
  46. Chapter 77: Go! Ripple Master
  47. Chapter 99: The Wind, the Chariot, and Wamuu, Part 5
  48. Chapter 74: Ripple Teacher Lisa Lisa, Part 4
  49. Chapter 108: JoJo: The Final Ripple, Part 2
  50. Chapter 138: Yellow Temperance, Part 3
  51. Chapter 85
  52. JOJO A-GO!GO!

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