Josuke's Savior (仗助の恩人 Jōsuke no onjin) is a minor unnamed character featured in the fourth part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Diamond is Unbreakable. He is a mysterious teenage high school student who helps a young Josuke Higashikata and his mother Tomoko get to the hospital by pushing their car when it is stuck in a blizzard.
Josuke catches a glimpse of the boy and aspires to become a hero like him. He imitates the boy's hairstyle and doesn't forgive anyone who would insult it, as he would feel like they were insulting his hero.
The boy has a pompadour hairstyle and a delinquent's school uniform. His jacket is styled with three vertical metallic stripes on the left side of his collar and a metallic emblem with vertical holes inside on the right side. Beneath his school jacket, he wears a sweater with long sleeves.
Based on the boy's appearance in Josuke's flashback, he is an empathetic and perceptive individual. Although it was a dark night, the boy could tell that Josuke was sick in the back of Tomoko's car. He voluntarily helps them move their car out of the snow despite being in a rough state with several fresh bruises and open cuts on his face. He also sacrifices his school jacket, which is considered his badge of honor, underneath the car's tires without any hesitation.
For unknown reasons, the young man had just been in a fight with several fresh bruises and open cuts. He stood alone in the middle of a blizzard on a country road with no houses for more than a kilometer in any direction.
Josuke was four years old at this time and came down with a strong fever resulting from DIO activating his Stand, causing the Stands in the Joestar family to activate as well. His mother tried to drive him to the hospital but the car's tires lodged themselves in the snow during a blizzard. Suddenly, this young man wearing a school uniform appeared and was noticed by Tomoko peering into their car through her rearview mirror. Initially wary, she told the boy to go away. However, the young man noticed Josuke was sick and helped them by placing his jacket in front of the car's rear tires and then pushed their car out of the snow. The student then retrieved his now-shredded jacket and walked away never to be seen again. Josuke took a glance at him and saw his hairstyle while he was pushing the car. For the next fifty days while he was unconscious with his fever, Josuke would dream of the boy.
Tomoko attempts to find the boy but does not succeed. Since then, Josuke replicates his hairstyle as homage to his hero, and aspires to become someone who would save others like the young man.
The boy is mentioned in the light novel, 4th Another Day. Takuma Hasumi heard rumors that Josuke modeled his hairstyle after the boy. For Josuke, it wasn't the act of helping another human being that had moved him. What made the student's act resonate with him was that the boy sacrificed what had clothed him in a blizzard to get Josuke and Tomoko's car moving. To Josuke, this act was as holy as a line from a sacred text.
Takuma declares that he should have seen the boy at some point when he was five years old, as Takuma had passed by the four year old Josuke and his mother several times in town, and also has knowledge of every citizen living in Morioh. Takuma was certain that he had memorized the faces of every high school student back then and that this student with a pompadour hairstyle like Josuke should be particularly easy to find using his Stand.
However, Takuma had no intention of actually searching for the student. To catch Josuke off guard during their battle, Takuma suggests that the boy was probably Josuke himself who somehow time traveled in a bizarre way.
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- The identity of Josuke's savior is a commonly discussed subject in the fandom, dating back to when Part 4 was first publicized in Weekly Shonen Jump.
- In a 1994 interview with OVA director, Hiroyuki Kitakubo, when asked about the flashback and whether it was Josuke who met himself, Hirohiko Araki replied, "That's irrelevant, it was merely Josuke's memory".
- David Production's TV Anime director, Naokatsu Tsuda, also inquired Araki on who the mysterious boy was during production of the anime adaptation, though Araki seemingly chose not to comment.
- The boy's dialogue is not voiced in the anime adaptation. Instead, what he says is displayed on screen as text in a style imitating old voiceless movies.
- In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Adventure Battle Card, he is referred to as Young Man in the Snow (雪の中の青年 Yuki no naka no seinen).
- Chapter 324: Let's Go to the Manga Artist's House, Part 7
- The Book: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure 4th Another Day Chapter 4
- DU Episode 15, Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentary
- Kitakubo Special Talk (July 1994)