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My life hasn't been so peaceful that I hide behind a kid who's not in his twenties yet!

—Lisa Lisa

Lisa Lisa (リサリサ Risa Risa?), real name Elizabeth Joestar (エリザベス・ジョースター Erizabesu Jōsutā?), is a core ally in Battle Tendency.

Lisa Lisa is a Ripple master and mentor to Caesar Zeppeli and Joseph Joestar. Later, it is revealed that she is Joseph's mother.

Appearance

Lisa Lisa is a tall and fit woman. Beautiful and poised, she has light eyes and long, dark hair.

Her most known clothes were worn during the last fight with Kars, She wears earrings, a dark Strapless dress with shorted-skirt, black pantyhose, a pair of high heels and a long, Ripple-conducting scarf. Occasionally she also wears a pair of aviator sunglasses.

Personality

Lisa Lisa is like any Ripple Master, a dignified and courageous woman, facing without fear the Pillar Men, and confidently confronts any challenge she encounters, especially in regards to fighting someone. Lisa Lisa takes some pride in her fighting ability, and tells Joseph that she doesn't need a youngster like him to win. Lisa Lisa is constantly portrayed as a brave woman, being able to bluff Kars into sparing her and Joseph when they are surrounded by vampires without letting any emotion transpire and in the past, immediately killed the zombie who murdered her husband George II, forcing her to hide in Europe.

As the master of Caesar and Joseph, she skilfully employs harsh and apparently life-threatening training for her students, and is severe to Joseph, whose antics she doesn't tolerate during his training. Being the de facto leader of the Ripple Users, she is an authoritative leader and reminds everyone that their emotions are secondary to their goal of defeating the Pillar Men. After Caesar's death, Lisa Lisa tries to maintain an unsensitive facade, telling Joseph to immediately focus on the fight. However Joseph points out her loss of composure, upon which she breaks down in tears, illustrating her deep feelings for Caesar as a student and comrade.

Abilities

Template:See also Lisa Lisa is a Ripple master, trained by Tonpetty's successor Straizo.

Illustrating her talent and skill, she first appears standing on an oar on a surface of water, turning it into a high bar on charged pillars of water.

Her ability for training others results in Caesar and Joseph's rapid growth into Ripple masters in their own rights.

Snake Muffler: Lisa Lisa's primary method of fighting involves a scarf made with the yarn of the Sathiphorosia Scaraba (サティポロジアビートル Satiporojia Bītoru) beetle, which can conduct the Ripple at 100%. She can channel her Ripple through her scarf to stand upside down, leaving the now rigid scarf the only part of her in contact with the ground. She may also use the sensitivity of the scarf to detect life signs and know the direction of incoming attacks, even when out of sight.

Synopsis

Phantom Blood

Elizabeth Joestar was a baby present in the boat attacked by Dio Brando at the end of series 1. After her mother was killed by a zombie, Jonathan Joestar saved her and gave her to his widow Erina to raise.

Post-Phantom Blood

She was subsequently adopted by the Ripple user Straizo, and learned the art of Ripple from him until her 18th birthday.[1] As a young adult, Elizabeth eventually married George Joestar II, and they had one child. George, unfortunately, was not trained properly in the art of the Ripple, and was killed by a zombie who had served Dio Brando. Elizabeth murdered her husband's killer and burned him to ash, but he happened to be a high-ranking military official. In order to avoid retaliation, the Speedwagon Foundation helped her to erase all evidence of her existence.

Battle Tendency (1938-39)

Under the name Lisa Lisa, she first appears as a mysterious Ripple user whom Joseph meets in Venice.

She soon reveals herself to be Caesar's mentor and trains Joseph in the ways of the Ripple (starting with giving him a mask to modify his breathing and hitting him in the head with an oar) before joining in the fight against the Pillar Men as a powerful Ripple user in her own right.

She is shown to possess the Red Stone of Aja and mentions that destroying it would make fighting the Pillar Men just that much more difficult hence why she keeps it on her person. Esidisi manages to steal the stone from her when she was taking a bubble bath and attempted to attack her while she was naked and vulnerable while possessing her maid Suzi Q but is saved with the help of Joseph and Caesar. She is also the one who defeats Wired Beck.

It is eventually revealed that she is Joseph's long-lost mother, despite her youthful appearance. She is gravely wounded in her one-on-one struggle with Kars, tricked by him with a double and stabbed in the back with one of his light blades, but manages to survive. She later tells Joseph her relation to him personally, at Joseph's "funeral". She eventually remarries a Hollywood screen writer.

Stardust Crusaders

It is mentioned that Joseph talked to her about the Joestar birthmark right after discovering Dio's resurrection, putting her in her mid-to-late 90's at the presumed time of her death.

Video Games

Heritage for the Future (PS1/DC/Arcade)

Lisa Lisa makes a cameo appearance in the Capcom arcade game. When Joseph performs his "Teachings" super move, images of Lisa Lisa briefly appear as Joseph whispers her name while he blasts the opponent. If the same super move is done by "JOJO" (Part II Joseph), Caesar will appear instead of Lisa Lisa.

All-Star Battle (PS3)

Lisa Lisa makes her first playable appearance in the PS3 game as a DLC character (along with Old Joseph, as part of Campaign #2, named "Ripple Masters"). Lisa Lisa is one of the 6 characters who can use Ripple as their main style (alongside Jonathan, Zeppeli, Joseph, Caesar and Old Joseph).

Most of her attacks consist of using familiar personalized Ripple-based techniques such as the Sunlight Yellow Overdrive combined with a vertical slap. She uses her Snake Muffer as a base for a reversal kick, infused it with Ripple to attack the opponent and performs acrobatic skills topped with Ripple kicks. Her throw move makes her jump over the character and use the Ripple on the their head (using the same movement she did to apply Joseph's training-mask).

Her HHA makes her hold the Red Stone of Aja in the air, channeling Ripple power through it and firing a powerful laser in the opponent's direction. Her GHA works as a counter-move, where if attacked, she uses her scarf to capture the enemy and beats them several times with punches and kicks saying "This scarf is made by the Sadhiporoja Beetle's skin! It's a 100% perfect Ripple conductor!".

Lisa Lisa also appears on the stage "The Battlefield" as a background character along with Kars. If Joseph fights on this stage, Lisa Lisa will cheer him on at times during the match. If Lisa Lisa is one of the two characters fighting, she will not appear in the stage's background.

Lisa Lisa always starts the match wearing sunglasses; if she get hit by a HHA/GHA special move, she will drop them on the stage and continue fighting without them (making her the only character in the game who can lose a piece of clothing during a match). Lisa Lisa's alternate costume features Italian Oarsman's outfit worn during her the story debut; by wearing this costume a mask will replace the sunglasses.

Eyes of Heaven (PS3/PS4)

Lisa Lisa was confirmed for the game alongside Pet Shop.

She and Joseph Joestar possess a tag special move, where they both charge the Red Stone of Aja together, shooting an extremely powerful Ripple beam at the opponent.

Unlike the previous game, where her main outfit consisted of clothing she wore during the early portion of the Switzerland arc, her attire now reflects the one worn during her battle with Kars, though her main pose is based on the cover of Chapter 72. The costume's color is also based on her anime appearance.

Lisa Lisa is paired with Funny Valentine in the Eyes of Heaven Tournament, but was eliminated in the preliminaries by Wamuu and N'Doul.

Trivia

  • Lisa Lisa also bears some resemblance to her master Straizo.
  • Araki personally admits that he's fond of female characters who are capable of fighting for themselves. He commented on his intents to have Lisa Lisa portrayed with "uncommon realism" for women in shounen comics, but he was held back from going as far as he would have liked with her.[2]
  • Rose from the Street Fighter series is based off of Lisa Lisa; Rose's outfit is almost identical to Lisa Lisa's and both share a similar fighting style that consits of channeling energy into their scarfs (Soul Power in the case of Rose and Ripple in the case of Lisa Lisa).[3] Additionally, both characters like to take baths and Rose's stage in Street Fighter Alpha 2 is Venice, which is the same city where Joseph Joestar meets Lisa Lisa in the story.
  • Iku Nagae from Touhou Project fights with a scarf that emits (electric) sparks in an homage to Lisa Lisa.
  • At one point during Diamond Is Unbreakable, Josuke tells Rohan that his grandmother was hit by the same car twice in the same day and lived. It's been joked that this refers to Lisa Lisa being attacked by Kars.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Chapter 97: The Wind, the Tank, and Wamuu (3)
  2. 2007 Eureka issue
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epRNJVK5yNw#t=1m15s
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