|“||And now she smiles so cutely, that girl fills Mr. Joestar with love!||”|
—-Speedwagon about Erina Pendleton
Erina Pendleton (エリナ・ペンドルトン Erina Pendoruton?) is a key character appearing in Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency. She is Jonathan Joestar's wife, mother to George Joestar II, and grandmother and guardian to Joseph Joestar.
Though her appearances are few, she plays a significant role as a love interest in the first part of Part I.
Erina Pendleton is a fair-headed young girl then woman, who keeps her hair in a ponytail, and is described as pretty.
During Battle Tendency, Erina has aged, though doesn't have many wrinkles despite being in her 70's, and now wears glasses obscuring her eyes.
Raised in Victorian England, Erina is a very sweet, caring young woman who is every bit the proper lady. Though polite and gentle in her youth, Erina did show quite a bit of pride and impudence, such as when after having her first kiss taken by Dio Brando she proceeded to wash her mouth with dirty water, spiting the boy. Furthermore, Speedwagon noted when first meeting her that her eyes were icy cold, making it clear she did not want her treatment of Jonathan to be interrupted.
Her twilight years did little to curb that inner fire, Erina being one of the few people capable of tempering her grandson, Joseph while also not betraying her grace and showing deep wisdom. Though significantly more stern, she was still the caring person she had always been. Most notably, in spite of growing up in the racist climate of Victorian England, Erina unhesitatingly befriended Smokey, and later effectively adopted him as family, making her a woman truly ahead of the two prejudiced eras she lived through.
As a young girl, Erina was saved by Jonathan from a pair of common bullies. Intrigued by his aspiration to become a gentlemen, she appears after Jonathan's boxing match to deliver him his bloodstained handkerchief he had left behind. Almost immediately, the two begin going out and eventually fall in love. Having caught onto their relationship, Jonathan's stepbrother, Dio Brando forcibly steals her first kiss in an attempt to breakdown Jonathan's spirit. Erina retaliated, however, by washing her lips with water from a nearby puddle, causing Dio to brutally beat her for being insulted with such a gesture. She felt humiliated and stayed away from Jonathan for a long time.
Erina did not appear again until after Dio's first near-defeat, when she nursed Jonathan back to health. It's later explained that she has lived in India for 7 years because of her father's work as a doctor and had only recently returned. It was only mere coincidence that Jonathan had been carried the hospital where her father worked.
After her and Jonathan's encounter with the mysterious William Anthonio Zeppeli, she is left behind as Jonathan travels to the town of Windknights to defeat Dio. After Dio's defeat, the two subsequently renewed their relationship and got married. They took a ship to go on their honeymoon to America, but the voyage was cut short by the reappearance of Dio. The ship went down, and Jonathan stayed behind, using the last of his life energy to kill Dio and bring down the zombies with him. Erina took an orphaned infant whose mother had been killed by Dio and escaped as the ship sunk.
Years later, she and her grandson Joseph Joestar were the last of the Joestar family, and they traveled to New York on the invitation of Robert E. O. Speedwagon. Erina is introduced as the old grandmother of Joseph Joestar and held on to great fortune from Speedwagon. She was mostly shown living with her grandson in New York in the US.
At the end of the part, Erina was mentioned to have taught English at a school, and died at the age of 81 surrounded by her loved ones.
In Video Games
Erina appears as a old woman (her PART II appearance) in Area 3 at the port town, after beating the area's boss. She offers some minor information to the player.
Erina is presented in cutscenes throughout the game that reflect the original story.
- Lisa Lisa mentions that Erina's pregnancy resulted in her being adopted by Straizo.
- She is the first ally character to be a love interest of the main protagonist of her debut part, in her case, Jonathan Joestar.
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