Joestar Family Tree: You’ve almost surely heard of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure if you’re on the internet, but if you’re not into anime, you might not know what it is. The way fans see JoJos, plural, even if the title appears singular, might be perplexing. Even if two or three JoJos meet and hang out at the same time, there is only one JoJo at a time. So, what exactly is a JoJo?
The most straightforward answer, which is also a bit of a cop-out, is that a JoJo is the protagonist of a storey arc in Hirohiko Araki’s long-running manga series, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, which has been turned into an anime series, several movie-length videos, and one live-action feature. So far, there have been eight storey arcs, each with a distinct JoJo (although the latter two JoJos are alternate versions of earlier JoJos, but that’ll come later).
Joestar Family Tree From JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Explained (Anime Stories)
A JoJo is a member of the Joestar bloodline who possesses exceptional abilities and has a name that may be abbreviated as “JoJo.” Only the first two JoJos had the surname Joestar, but when we get there, we’ll talk about how the latter ones are still related to that family. So let’s start from the beginning and look into the Joestar family’s strange and adventurous history.
1. Joestar, George
George Joestar wasn’t quite a JoJo, and we don’t know much about him or his Bizarre Adventures, but the circumstances of his life set the narrative in action. George, his wife Mary, and their young son Jonathan are killed in a catastrophic carriage accident in 1868. Dario Brando, a criminal lowlife, tries to rob the affluent and unconscious George, but George incorrectly believes that Dario’s actions saved his man.
Years later, George fulfils his ostensible duty to a dying Dario by adopting and rearing his infant son Dio Brando alongside Jonathan. Dio is a sociopath, yet he tricks George into thinking of him as a better son than Jonathan, who is well-intentioned but boorish.
Dio tries to poison George while Jonathan and he are both young men, but he is detected and nearly arrested. He replies by transforming into a vampire using a magical Stone Mask (this is where the adventures start getting bizarre). George Joestar gives his life to defend his son Jonathan from the demonic Dio, who becomes the JoJos’ archenemy for generations.
Jonathan Joestar is George Joestar’s only son and the protagonist of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s first storey arc, “Phantom Blood.” He’s a young Victorian English gentleman who appears to live a very regular existence until his father dies and his foster brother Dio turns into a vampire.
Jonathan must stop the now-immortal Dio from conquering the entire planet. At first, he only has a hoodlum sidekick named Robert E. O. Speedwagon, but soon they meet a weird Italian guy named William Anthonio Zeppeli, who instructs Jonathan in the ancient and wholly imaginary martial art of Hamon (sometimes referred to as “the ripple” in English translations). Hamon allows the practitioner to channel their breathing into energy that they can manipulate to create various effects, which is very useful against vampires.
Jonathan manages to shatter Dio’s body with Hamon, ostensibly killing him, after a confusing sequence of encounters that some may call a Bizarre Adventure. Jonathan marries his love, Erina Pendleton, and the two embark on a Honeymoon cruise to the United States, believing that evil has been overcome. Unfortunately, Dio is still alive as a disembodied head, and he aims to seize Jonathan’s body for himself with the help of one of his zombie henchmen. Jonathan makes the ultimate sacrifice in order to stop Dio once and for all and save Erina, who is already pregnant with Jonathan’s kid.
2. Usurper of the Joestar line, Dio Brando
Dio Brando isn’t a Joestar, but he’s crucial to the bloodline’s evolution and the Bizarre Adventures that transform a Joestar into a JoJo. As previously stated, Dio was adopted and nurtured by George Joestar after his father Dario died, but it was Dario’s brutal parenting that had the most impact on who Dio became. Dio, unlike his cruel father, is capable of putting on a refined gentleman’s mask, but he turns out to be much more terrible.
Dio is a sociopathic human, but once he is transformed into a powerful immortal vampire by the Stone Mask, his wickedness is so immense that it threatens the entire planet. He has the ability to turn his henchmen into the undead (the terms “vampire” and “zombie” are used interchangeably in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure), and it becomes evident that if he were to rule over the ashes, he would burn down the entire human world.
Jonathan Joestar believes he is killing Dio, but Dio survives and successfully transplants his head onto Jonathan’s body. He lives for another century in this hybrid form, reappearing as the antagonist of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s third arc, “Stardust Crusaders.” He also had illegitimate children with Jonathan Joestar’s body, at least one of them grows up to be a JoJo in his own right.
3. George Joestar II
George Joestar II, like his grandfather after whom he was called, isn’t actually a JoJo, or at least wasn’t for a long time. Months after Jonathan’s death, Erina Pendleton Joestar gave birth to George, who was reared by his widowed mother on the island of La Palma. He grows up to marry Elizabeth, commonly known as Lisa Lisa, who was also saved from the ship where Jonathan died as an infant by Erina. Joseph Joestar, their son, was born to them as a couple.
George serves in the British Air Force as a pilot during World War I. That’s when he learns that one of his higher commanders is a Dio Brando zombie agent who has been working in the shadows since Dio’s purported death. He approaches the officer, but due to his lack of Hamon training, he is no match for the zombie officer, and he is murdered. Later, Lisa Lisa avenges him by using her Hamon skills to destroy the undead.
In 2012, George had his own Bizarre Adventure in the form of a light novel written by tar Maij and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki. Jorge Joestar was the title of the novel, as Maij modified the spelling of George’s name to make him sound more like a JoJo.
4. Joestar Joseph
Joseph Joestar is the son of George Joestar II and Lisa Lisa, and the protagonist of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s second arc, “Battle Tendency.” He also appears in the fourth arc, “Diamond is Unbreakable,” as an older man and as a supporting character in the third arc, “Stardust Crusaders.”
Joseph is raised by his grandmother Erina, with the help of his grandfather’s old friend Robert E. O. Speedwagon, now a wealthy philanthropist, after his father died and his mother disappeared. Joseph is a master of Hamon, which he uses to fight the Pillar Men, a group of powerful ancient beings that desire to dominate the globe, in the late 1930s. They’re the ones who made the Stone Mask that turned Dio Brando into a vampire, it turns out.
Joseph befriends Smokey, an American pickpocket, and Cesar Zeppeli, Jonathan Joestar’s mentor’s grandson, a Hamon user. They both train under Lisa Lisa, the Earth’s last Hamon master, who Joseph discovers is his mother only afterwards.
Joseph destroys the Pillar Men, sending the final and most powerful, Kars, into space, where he will float as a sentient, frozen monument for all eternity. When that’s done, Joseph Joestar thinks his Bizarre Adventure is over, but when Dio Brando reappears, he’ll have to return to action years later to help his grandson.
5. Kujo, Holy Joestar
Joseph Joestar and his wife Suzi Q have a daughter named Holy Joestar. To Joseph’s dismay, she falls in love with Sadao Kujo, a Japanese jazz pianist, and moves to Japan to marry him.
Despite the fact that her full name includes a “JoJo,” she has never had a Bizarre Adventure of her own. Instead, she focuses on raising her son, Jotaro Kujo, while Sadao is frequently on the road. Despite her best attempts, Jotaro grows up to be a young delinquent, but he also grows up to be a hero.
Meanwhile, Dio reappears, carrying Jonathan Joestar’s stolen body. Dio, in search of power, is struck by a rare arrow that offers him the ability to call a Stand, a powerful mental entity. As a result of Jonathan’s body being wounded by the arrow, all of his descendants are given Stand abilities.
While this is wonderful for the majority of the family, Holy, who is kind and good-natured, lacks the willpower to manage her Stand, which makes her sick instead. Jonathan and Jotaro are inspired to go on a mission to find Dio and deal with the threat he poses to their family and the world as a result of her illness.
6. Jotaro Kujo
The principal protagonist of “Stardust Crusaders,” the third arc of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, is Jotaro Kujo, son of Holy Kujo and grandson of Joseph Joestar. When the storey begins in 1988, a young man named Jotaro has been detained and wishes to be held in custody because he believes he is possessed by an evil spirit. What he believes is a malevolent spirit is actually his own Stand, Star Platinum, which has been reawakened as a result of Dio’s acts.
Star Platinum is capable of both impressive ferocity and precise precision, and Jotaro eventually realises that it grants him the ability to halt time, transforming him into one of the world’s most powerful Stand users.
After Jotaro’s grandfather Joseph arrives in Japan to explain the Dio predicament, the two JoJos and their Stand-wielding comrades embark on a worldwide mission to find and vanquish Dio Brando once and for all. They eventually track him down in Cario, Egypt, where Jotaro uses the power of Star Platinum to defeat his family’s immortal opponent.
A decade later, Jotaro Kujo, now an adult, returns to Morioh, Japan, to visit his much younger uncle, Josuke Higashikata. Jotaro is a supporting character in Josuke’s arc, “Diamond is Unbreakable,” despite the fact that he is still a young guy.
7. Higashikata, Josuke
The protagonist of “Diamond is Unbreakable,” Josuke Higashikata, is the illegitimate son of Joseph Joestar and Tomoko Higashikata, a Japanese woman. He is referred to as a JoJo, despite the fact that his name only contains one “jo,” maybe because he is the son of a Joestar, even if he did not inherit the last name. Josuke has a distinct style and an excellent pompadour, which he invests a significant amount of time and care to as a high school student in the village of Morioh in 1999.
As a descendant of Jonathan Joestar, Josuke possesses a Stand known as Crazy Diamond, which has the ability to repair almost everything, including living humans.
The mystical arrow that grants people Stand abilities has made its way to Morioh, and it’s up to Josuke and his companions to deal with the new Stand Users that emerge, including the arc’s core villain, Yoshikage Kira, a violent serial murderer. Josuke’s supporters include his best buddy Okuyasu Nijimura and their small classmate Koichi Hirose, as well as a manga artist named Rohan Kishibe, who would later appear in his own spin-off stories under the title Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan.
8. Giorno Giovanna
This is where things get a little more difficult. Giorno Giovanna is the son of Dio Brando and the protagonist of the fifth JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure arc, “Vento Aureo.” Giorno is technically a Joestar because he was born while Dio was wearing Jonathan Joestar’s stolen body. He’s also a JoJo (GioGio) with his own Bizarre Adventure. Gold Experience, His Stand, has the ability to generate and manipulate life, which is no minor feat.
Giorno is the first JoJo to have a slim frame rather than a hulking mass of muscle, although he still looks like the other Joestars and Dio. Giorno becomes associated with the Passione mob as a teenager in Naples, Italy, in the early twenty-first century, in order to cut down on the killings and stop the distribution of drugs to children.
If the storey of an androgynous teen in a pink dress infiltrating the Italian mafia sounds unbelievable, it’s only because you’re not familiar with the bizarre world in which JoJos have their Adventures. Naturally, Giorno’s efforts to impress the Passiones result in fights with a slew of other Stand users and the retrieval of the magical arrow from the previous plot arc. Giorno does indeed become the ruler of the Passione mob at the end of “Vento Aureo,” and he stays committed to making Naples a better place.
9. Cujoh, Jolyne
Jolyne Cujoh is Jotaro Kujo’s estranged daughter and the protagonist of “Stone Ocean,” the sixth storey arc of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Because she is the first actual female JoJo, it’s no wonder that her haircut is more intricate than Josuke and Giorno’s. Stone Free is her Stand, and it allows her to unravel her body into an elastic thread.
Jolyne is framed for murder and condemned to prison as a young lady in Port St. Lucie, Florida, in 2011. Her father Jotaro pays her a visit and tells that she is being held captive by a Dio disciple who intends to kill her while she is imprisoned. That disciple turns out to be Enrico Pucci, the Prison Chaplain, who uses his own Stand’s abilities to take Jotaro’s memories and Stand, putting him in a coma. Jolyne must find a method to defeat Pucci and save her father while working from behind bars.
Even when Jotaro is rescued, Pucci remains a menace, and Jolyne will have to give up her life to stop him and save her buddy Emporio. The struggle between Pucci and Emporio causes the timeline of the entire universe to be rebooted, leading to an alternate world where Emporio finds doppelgangers for Jolyne and their other friends, happy and free from prison, thanks to a complicated series of Stand-related events (these Adventures never stop being Bizarre).
10. The alternate Joestar line and Johnny Joestar
The original universe of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure no longer exists after “Stone Ocean,” and the seventh storey arc, “Steel Ball Run,” takes place in a completely other timeframe. Johnny Joestar, the film’s protagonist, is essentially a reboot of Jonathan Joestar, however he differs from the original in almost every way. He’s still a young man in the late 1800s, but this time he’s in America and dealing with his own set of issues.
Johnny is paralysed but can ride a horse, allowing him to compete in the Steel Ball Run, a cross-country race. Tusk, his Stand, permits him to blast his fingernails like bullets (is this Adventure Bizarre enough yet?). He also makes friends with Gyro Zepelli, from whom he learns The Spin, a technique similar to Hamon but with more spinning balls.
“JoJolion,” the ninth JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure storey arc, is based in the same continuity and stars a new version of Josuke who lives in Morioh after the aftermath of the 2011 Tsunami. This storey arc is still going on.
While there are still descendants of the Joestar family out there experiencing Bizarre Adventures under the name of JoJo, there’s also a very genuine sense in which the Joestar line extends from George Joestar to Jolyne Cujoh, where it ends along with their world. The Bizarre Adventure will never completely end as long as Hirohiko Araki has stories to tell.