FANDOM


"The sky was the color of fire the day Übercommander Metze took papa away. Same color as the fire fading out inside me. {..} Now, the Nazis were about to put an end to my story. Well, that's what they thought...One thing was clear. Metze was a dead man walking."
―Gunslinger Joe in the opening of Volume 2.[src]

Joseph "Gunslinger Joe" Stallion is a former quarterback turned resistance fighter against the Nazi occupation of the United States (now the American Territories). One of his missions involved fighting his way through Nazi forces in Chicago, up to the reaches of space.[1]

HistoryEdit

BiographyEdit

(The following events are depicted in the Freedom chronicles which exist as works of fiction within the Wolfenstein setting; their veracity in the actual timeline is questionable at best.)

Joseph "Gunslinger Joe" Stallion is former quarterback who used to play for the Springfield Firebirds before the occupation. During his youth, Joseph fell in love with football and taught by his father, alongside how to shoot a gun on the farm due to his father believing it would come in handy one day. After the war, his father formed a resistance group and managed to cause a lot of trouble for the Nazis. However, he was eventually captured and sentenced to hard labor in Hillsboro by Übercommander Roderick Metze, a former American dentist turned Nazi member who's holds his families belief of the white man being superior.

Joseph and his fellow Americans were forced to play games against the German Superteam that Metze was part of during the 1950s. On March 12, 1950, Joe scored one point for his team (the only point for them) despite Metze scoring his fourth goal and winning the game. Joe was captured and taken with resistance members.

The Adventures of Gunslinger JoeEdit

Joe himself is enslaved by Metze and forced to play in an unfair football game. After managing to defy his oppressors, he is arrested and sentenced to be dissected by Metze. He manages to free himself out of Metze's lab after learning the activity of Resistance group in the area and is in the Oak Street Hotel official beginning of the Second American Revolution. After fighting through the Nazis, he is ambushed by Metze and he executes the Resistance members. Due to Metze's overconfidence and lack of caution, he tasks a soldier to kill Joe only for Joe to escape his execution and jump out of the hotel building. Before leaving the hotel, Joe remembered where he saw Metze before, the man who sent his father to the coal mines years before.

He reunites with his father in the prison of a local Nazi police station after disposing Metze's death trap. Destroying the Secret Police HQ, Joseph takes his father to safety and goes across the Midwest looking for Metze. Going to Topeka to a Nazi facility, he learns Metze had run off to Venus, but hides in a container that has a Venus atmospheric suit inside. Stallion manages to go into the Venus Oberkommando base to stop Metze from firing the Sun Gun to suppress the activities of the American Resistance in the midwest. After disposing nearly all Metze's men, he is shot by Metze in the hip. As Metze stupidly gloats his triump, he asks why Metze didn’t fire the Sun Gun and Metze reveals that its not operational yet. Taking the opportunity, Joe tackles Metze out of the window to his death and fights his way out of the Venus base.

PersonalityEdit

"I knew one thing. That I would introduce Metze to the bitter taste of revenge. The taste of dirt after getting laid out by a man you shouldn't have pushed into a corner."
―Joe in the sewers before reaching the Secret Police HQ.[src]

Joe shows himself to love football, making frequent references through his journey across America to Venus. Joe holds deep anger to the Nazis, who not only took over America, but forced him and everyone else to be beaten into submission. Joe's retaliation inspired many to fight against the Nazis as notes around state that they want to save him from capture. Joe shows great determination and persistence on his vengeance to Metze, crossing the Midwest in search for the commander. By the end of the second volume, Gunslinger Joe become what he called a man of vengeance, wanting to exact revenge on Metze (and possibly the Nazis and KKK) for putting him and the American people into a corner.

AbilitiesEdit

"Didn't see that one coming, did ya!"
―Gunslinger Joe after breaking through a wall.[src]

Joe possesses physical ability far beyond human norms, and in fact is the strongest character in the Freedom Chronicles and quite possibly the entire Wolfenstein franchise. He can lift and carry heavy weapons such as the Lasergewehr, Dieselgewehr and Hammergewehr which normally have to be placed on a fixed mount or carried by Super Soldiers, throw simple metal cans hard enough to kill armoured soldiers and smash through weakened concrete walls or turn men into piles of gore simply by running into them even without the use of Ram Shackles.

Furthermore he displays an immense resilience to physical trauma, displaying no sustained inability after falling several stories from a hotel window and retaining the strength to carry an adult man at running speed and smash through a reinforced glass window even after being shot in the hip at point-blank range. No explanation is ever given for his inhuman physicality beyond his years of football training and possibly his preceding work as a farmhand in his youth.

QuotesEdit

"Take a look at Joe Stallion. That's me. Rookie quarterback for the Springfield Firebirds. Once, a man living the American dream. Now I was a slave to the Reich. It was the end of a long and grueling season. Me and my teammates on the Untermenschen team faced the elite "Aryan All-Stars" in the Überbowl. My script was already written: never score, get roughed up, and make the Reich look good. It was either that or slaving away busting into the Hillsboro coal mine until you croaked. So we played the game. But this was no longer a game. This was a puppet show. And I was done being a puppet. So I fired off that ball like an ol' pigskin."
―Gunslinger Joe in the opening of Volume 1.[src]
"Enter Übercommander Roderick Metze. I had heard stories about him. Stories from his dentist years. Stories that would make your heart race like a horse."
―Gunslinger Joe on Metze.[src]
"As I slipped into oblivion, I heard the boiling anger rising from the crowd. But all I could think of was Metze's face. Where had I seen that face before?"
―Gunslinger Joe questioning where he seen Metze before.[src]
"I wouldn't let Erik's death go to waste. My only chance was to escape this place and get on to the Resistance at Oak Street Hotel. I just had to play the game harder from now on. Play rough."
―Gunslinger Joe after escaping from his cell.[src]
"These Nazi bastards...they'll pay for this."
―Joe looking into a prison cell.[src]
"Before the Nazis took over America, papa taught me how to shoot on the farm. He said it might come in handy one day. How right he was."
―Joe on his father in Volume 1.[src]
"Damn. Need to take a knee after that."
―Joe after a gun fight.[src]
"Something about turning the Nazi's monstrosity against them felt poetic. I was getting attached to the pooch. Wished it was real, for a minute. Then I thought about it spitting fire through my neighborhood...maybe it's better we had to say goodbye."
―Joe making it to the Oak Street Hotel.[src]
"Yeah, where do I know your ugly Nazi from?"
―Joe to Metze.[src]
"In a flash, it finally came to me. Those cold eyes. That crooked smile. Metze was the same Nazi who took my father all those years ago!"
―Joe at the end of Volume 1.[src]
"All I wanted to do was play ball. Out there, I was free. Out there, no one could touch me. After the war, my father formed a resistance group with some friends. They fought hard, with every inch of their lives. Eventually, like most of the resistance groups out there, they were captured. The sky was the color of fire the day Übercommander Metze took papa away. Same color as the fire fading out inside me."
―Joe in the opening of Volume 2.[src]
"Now, the Nazis were about to put an end to my story. Well, that's what they thought...One thing was clear. Metze was a dead man walking."
―Joe in Volume 2.[src]
"Ugh...Next time I should take the stairs."
―Joe on jumping out a window.[src]
"I knew one thing. That I would introduce Metze to the bitter taste of revenge. The taste of dirt after getting laid out by a man you shouldn't have pushed into a corner."
―Joe in the sewers.[src]
"Papa?"
"That you, son? I can't go on no more. My spirit is leaving me. Get on out of here."
Forget it. The Stallions are no quitters, old man."
"Hell's bells, son...
"
―Gunslinger Joe and his father at the end of Volume 2.[src]
"Papa had ignited a fire inside. I wasn't about to let Metze get to my family. I had passed through the eye of the storm and come out as something else. A beast of vengeance. A machine built to destroy Nazis."
―Joe at the end of Volume 2.[src]
"You stay here papa. Rest up, okay?"
"Go and raise some hell son.
"
―Joseph and his father in the opening of Volume 3.[src]
"After Springfield, I traveled across the Midwest. I was a man on fire, burning with a singular purpose: to destroy Roderick Metze. I was a hunter. A predator, following a trail of blood. And my prey lead me to the Topeka Space Center in Kansas. The fire was burning ever brighter inside me. But I knew I was in for a heck of a fight."
―Joe in the opening of Volume 3.[src]
"Metze had caught a case of the jitters. Hiding away in the high security Space Center in Topeka. There was no place left on Earth for him to hide."
―Joe in Volume 3.[src]
"Going into space, I realized I was signing my death sentence. This was a one-way ticket. End of the line for Gunslinger Joe. But I had to keep moving. I had to keep fighting. For papa. For America."
―Joe going to Venus.[src]
"Stay out of my way!"
―Joe after destroying the Zitadelle.[src]
"No, but this is. Go long, you Nazi bastard."
―Gunslinger Joe before killing Metze.[src]
"I laid into that son of a bitch just like my papa taught me all those years ago. For him and all brothers and sisters who had suffered by the hands of Nazis. Metze was finally dead. And I was pretty roughed up myself. But just when I thought the game was over...it looked like we were going into overtime."
―Gunslinger Joe at the end of Volume 3.[src]

TriviaEdit

  • Joe has no melee weapon unlike other protagonists in the Wolfenstein games, he instead uses his own body such as his fists and feet for melee combat
  • Stallion's name and appearance are an allusion to Joseph Stalin, dictator of the USSR which had a brief armistice with Nazi Germany, before joining with the Allied Powers and becoming one of the chief enemies of the Nazi regime.
  • Ironically, Stallion's nickname "Gunslinger Joe" is a reference to Joseph "Gunner Joe" McCarthy, the disgraced US Senator who embarked on a campaign to root out supposed USSR-allied Communist infiltrators within the US Army.
  • One of Joseph's quote "I hate Illinois Nazis." is a reference to the Blues Brothers when John Belushi says the same quote.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Whitaker, Ron (July 28, 2017). Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Season Pass and Pre-order DLC Revealed. The Escapist. Retrieved on July 30, 2017