|“||Lucy... as long as you're here besides me, I'm content with leading an ordinary life. [...] Well, I guess it makes me a bit happy when I see my name in the papers.||”|
—Steven Steel to his wife Lucy
Steven Steel (スティーブン・スティール Sutībun Sutīru) is a side character featured in Steel Ball Run.
Steel is the promoter of the Steel Ball Run race and husband of Lucy Steel. A mature man with a colorful life, the Steel Ball Run that he promotes becomes embroiled with him in Funny Valentine's schemes.
Steven Steel is a mature man standing at around 190 cm Much like Foo Fighters, he possesses hair covering his head in a bob with serrated edges.
His attire usually consists of a high collared coat decorated with several tassels on the collar and an assorted trousers. Steven also wears small rectangular glasses.
Steven Steel is shown to be an anxious character despite bearing a bold facade as the organizer and host of the Steel Ball Run race. Steven is unaware that the race is a carefully planned idea by Funny Valentine to find the Saint Corpse Parts, though is aware of the president's malevolent intentions regarding the race and reluctantly gives in to his demands.
Steven Steel was born in 1804, the fourth son of Irish immigrant. When he was 15 he fell in love with the beautiful daughter of a florist and the two vowed to be together, but she died in a carriage accident that year. At the time, Steven fell into a deep state of despair and promised to never fall in love again. He joined the cavalry, but was never sent to wars nor expeditions. He spent two years in a deserted island hospital. The following years he changed jobs each year until he was 28. He disappeared for 13 years and then reappeared as a adventurer searching for dinosaurs in Costa Rica. Two years later, he dubbed himself a promoter and all the newspapers talked about him.
One day, a scandal about a monkey disguised as an alien caused him to be dubbed as a fraud, but he had nothing to do with the scandal. No one believed him and he had to sell his mansion. At his worst moment, an idea came to change his luck, "a long distance horse-ride", the one thing he wasn't able to do in the cavalry. He searched for sponsors without results. Not having eaten in days and severely drunk he sat by the edge of the street, interrupted by a young Lucy Pendleton who was listening to his mumbling.
Lucy came with the idea of a race across the entire American continent with a winning prize of 50 million dollars. He scolds her for that idea and returned to the bar, got in a fight, and fell sleep behind the urinals. The next day, a group of people surrounded him and asked about the cross-continental race, willing to sponsor it. It is, however, hinted by Funny Valentine's comments on the Steel Ball Run being a venue to claim the Corpse Parts that he was behind Steven's sponsorship for the race.
Two years later, he remembered about the girl who gave him his chance. When he met her again, she was grown up and identical to his first love. Steven told her father he wanted to pay his daughter back for the favor she gave him, but her father told him that he was forced to sell his daughter to a gang to be a prostitute. To protect her, Steven told her father to lie about Lucy having lost her virginity to Steven, to force the gang to give her up. After Lucy returned, she offered to marry him. Initially, Steven objected to the idea, wishing for her to grow up, marry someone her age, and live a normal life, but eventually gave in and married her.
Despite this, Steven was reported by Lucy as never laying a hand on her and treated her like a daughter rather than a wife out of respect. While looking for Lucy, Steven was mortally wounded by Magent Magent and held captive by Funny Valentine, who swore to Lucy that he would not kill Steven.
Steven regained consciousness just in time to save Lucy from the effects of Ticket to Ride. After Valentine's defeat, Steven witnesses Lucy behead Diego Brando with the intent of killing the the other Brando. While she does this, Steven mounts a horse and goes to save Johnny from his own attack.
In Video Games
Steven Steel appears as the JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE/STEEL BALL RUN representing character for the menu guider, explaining every mode and other things to the player.
Steven Steel appears in the background of the Philadelphia Coast Stage alongside Lucy. He also appears as the menu guide for Campaign Mode.