Main Character of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure's second arc, Battle Tendency. Becomes supporting character in third arc, Stardust Crusaders.
Along with his grandmother Erina Pendleton, Joseph Joestar moves to New York, America. Just like his grandfather Jonathan Joestar, he excels at using Ripple technique, but it's not clear if he learn it by himself or had someone teach him. He could have normal life, but that changes when friend of family Speedwagon gets involved in incident involving Stone Mask.
Joseph Joestar was created by Hirohiko Araki, the author and illustrator of series, as main character ofJojo's Bizarre Adventure, Phantom Arc. The original manga series was originally serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1987, until it was transferred to monthly Ultra Jump. Its first volume was released in August 10, 1987, published by Shueisha and still running for more than 100 volumes. It is one of the longest manga series running.
Contrast to previous protagonist and his grandfather Jonathan Joestar, Joseph Joestar is arrogant and overconfident with his abilities. When he meets new people, Joseph rarely shows any respect. During fights against his enemies, Joseph doesn't seem to take it seriously, but that actually works for Joseph since that make his enemies underestimate him and drop their guard.
Joseph may be natural at using ripple technique, but he didn't really receive proper teaching. When he met Caesar Zeppeli and got defeated by Wham, he accepts training from Lisa Lisa. After becoming stronger with his refined Ripple techniques, Joseph manages to defeat ACDC, Wham, and Cars. However during his fight against Cars in his ultimate form, Joseph loses one his arm.
Years later, Joseph is awaken to new type of power, known as Stand when Dio Brando has been awaken from his slumbers. Along with his grandson Jotaro Kujo and his allies, Joseph travels to Egypt to defeat Dio. Even at his age, Joseph manages to hold his own ground.
Another years forward, Joseph is senile and he can barely remember anything. He has become so weak that he cannot walk without his cane, he is no long athletic as he used to be.
Due to his Ripple technique, Joseph was arrogant ever since he was young. Even when Speedwagon was being kidnapped in airplane he never panicked still managed to fight off the kidnappers and rescue Speedwagon and a pilot. He acted liked punk he was still kind to people he cared, especially his grandmother Erina. When he heard of news regarding Speedwagon's death he decides to check it out. However before he departs, he gets attacked by Straizo who is responsible for Speedwagon's death. After defeating Straizo Joseph learns about Stone Pillar Man, and begins his journey to Mexico. At Mexico he discovers secret lab funded by Nazi, under Rudolf von Stroheim, along with Speedwagon on life support. Before he can rescue Speedwagon and run away, he is forced to fight against Stone Pillar Man Santana. However that was far from over when Joseph learns of Sleeping Pillar Man in Rome. To investigate into matter further, Joseph and Speedwagon travels to Rome and meet up with Caesar Zeppeli, who hates Joseph for being Jonathan Joestar's grandson, whom he blames for death of his own grandfather Will A. Zeppeli. By the time they arrived, the Sleeping Pillar Men have already been awaken by Nazis. Joseph and Caesar fight against, only to realize that they are too weak. Before he was about to be killed, Joseph gambles with Wham, saying he could get stronger and have better fight. Tempted by Joseph's offer Wham let Joseph live, but with a condition by planting deadly device in his body that cannot be removed unless Joseph defeats Wham.
To become stronger Joseph is introduced to Caesar's Ripple technique master Lisa Lisa. While training, Lisa Lisa tells Joseph and Caesar what the enemies are after. They are after the Red Stone of Asia, which what Lisa Lisa is wearing as necklace. One day, their training ground gets invaded by ACDC, even though Joseph defeats him ACDC manages to steal Red Stone of Asia from Lisa Lisa and send to Cars.
Joseph finally catches them and defeat Wham, but it was too late. Cars combine Stone Mask and Red Stone Asia to make himself the ultimate living being, giving him power to evolve at any moment at his will. Joseph tried to defeat Cars by sinking him into lava, but that turned out to be futile when Cars creates armor made of rocks. Joseph was about to give up everything when volcano erupts and send both them flying. Cars is sent to the space and starts to freeze, which made him enable to do anything. Joseph is later rescued by Suzy Q, marries her and return to his family.
Joseph travels to Japan to see his daughter Holly and help with his grandson Jotaro Kujo's problem. With Avdol's help Joseph reveals that Jotaro's power is known as Stand, and he is not the only one who possess such power. Joseph tried to convince Jotaro to help him and Avdol to defeat Dio but Jotaro refuses. However when Holly gets affected Dio's influences and have her Stand awakens. it threatens Holly's life since her body can't take such force. Jotaro finally agrees to help Joseph and travel to Egypt to defeat Dio, fighting his minion along the way.
Joseph no longer plays major role in series, but his presence still affect those who around him. Due his nature, he fooled around with some women when he was still young, giving birth to his illegitimate son Josuke Higashikata.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
The OVA for Part 3 of JJBA.