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Joshua "Josh" Rosza is a major recurring character on The Originals. Josh first came to New Orleans as a tourist, with his best friend, while they were college students in their second year. Unfortunately for both of them, they attended one of Marcel's murder parties. Since Marcel lost one of his vampires before, he needed a new vampire. He put them to a loyalty test, which Josh passed. As a result, Josh was turned into a vampire by Marcel Gerard or someone in his sireline. At first, Josh had a hard time adjusting his new life as a vampire and making friends among the other nightwalkers. Most of it, of course, was due to Klaus compelling the baby vampire to do his bidding and serve as his spy. Not long after, Marcel found out about it and took Josh to Davina so she could remove Klaus' compulsion. The two then quickly became best friends with each other.
Throughout most of Season One, Josh's personality slowly changed as he adapted to his new life as a vampire. He became more confident in himself, and after Davina made him a new Daylight Ring (at the courtesy of Klaus), he finally started to enjoy his new life. After Marcel's attempt to take over New Orleans failed, all his vampires (with the exception of Josh, who was bitten by Klaus, but was cured right after) were killed by the Mikaelsons and the werewolves. Josh was left as the only vampire from the old reign. As a result, he became one of Marcel's closest allies and friends, and even became his second-in-command during the second season. During that season Josh met one of Finn Mikaelson's wolves, a guy named Aiden. The two fell in love and started dating, but after the latter was killed by Dahlia (as part of the conflict in the Mikaelson Family), Josh decided to leave town for a while, with Marcel cutting him loose.
As of the third season, Josh is back in New Orleans, and is helping Marcel in the war between the sirelines.
Little is known about Josh's early life, aside from the fact that he was born in Michigan, USA in 1991 to yet-unnamed parents. In 2007, when Josh was sixteen, he became a fan of house and trance music and got involved in his local club scene so he could meet other boys. During his senior year, he began dating his first boyfriend in secret, as his parents were not tolerant of homosexuality. However, when his boyfriend sent Josh a bouquet of roses for Valentine's Day, his parents found them and threw them in a paper shredder before disowning him and kicking him out of the house. He presumably came out of the closet sometime afterward.
Throughout The Originals Series
Not much is known about how he acted as human, as he wasn't one long before he was turned into a vampire. However, it is shown that loyalty runs deep in him as he was very hurt by his best friend Tina's decision to let Josh die and had not even considered leaving her to die herself.
Since becoming a vampire, Josh has been constantly pushed around and used, by both Marcel and Klaus, leading to Josh seeking out Davina's help. She would go on to removed Klaus' compulsion from him and there friendship grew. During his time with her, he explains how he just wishes to be normal. This prompted the young witch to give him a daylight ring.
By Season Two, his standing seems to have risen as he is no longer pushed around as much and acts as Marcel's second-in-command. Josh has remained one of the most sarcastic characters and has a very strong sense of loyalty, friendship and love towards those he considers friends and willing to aid them at any cost. This often placed him in situations where he acted as the voice of reason. He would eventually go on to meet Aiden, and quickly fall in love with him and supported him until his death, which all but devastated him.
In Season Three, Josh has grown more in his position of power and self-determination as he finds himself more confident and sure of his actions. Throughout the third season he remains in New Orleans to help Marcel deal with the sireline crisis, as he was sired by Klaus and still had a sense of loyalty towards his sire and to Marcel. Despite the changes he still fears the Mikaelsons and especially Klaus. Even after Davina's death at the hands of Kol, he was horrified by Marcel's desicion to take the Beast serum, becoming the Beast of the prophecy, and to go after the Mikaelsons for their involvement in her death.
Josh is a tall, medium-statured young man, with wavy, dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. He is mildly attractive and handsome in his own simple way with style of a typical-20-something year old American man, and is usually seen wearing jeans with a polo or v-neck t-shirt and a hoodie or jacket.
Powers and Abilities
Josh possesses all the standard powers and abilities of a non-original vampire. Josh learned how to compel successfully after a few months of being a vampire. As one of the youngest in new orleans, he is vastly outmatched in terms of raw power by others, however, he recently demonstrated notable skill, impressively fighting off three vampires of inderminant age with little difficulty, only being defeated by a vampire of much greater age.
Josh has the typical weaknesses of a non-Original vampire.
- Main article: Davina and Josh
Josh met Davina after Marcel discovers Klaus' compulsion upon him, he requests Davina to free him in order to work as his spy. Josh is initially fearful of her although warms up to her after they bond over music, whilst Davina works her painful spell. After Josh's compulsion is lifted, they laugh over their differing views of "normal" and they are both noticeably sad when Marcel wants Josh to forget her. They "pinky promise" that Josh would keep her secret in exchange to keep his memories, as he says it's nice to talk to somebody again. Whilst Josh is stuck in the shadows without a daylight ring, he is expressively fearful of Klaus and Davina promises to protect him.
- Main article: Josh and Aiden
During the early second season, Josh and Aiden first begin to interact on a dating website, which leads to an eventual meeting in person. They share their first kiss in The Brothers That Care Forgot although due to their separate species and Aiden's original fear of the wolves not accepting his relationship with a vampire, their relationship is immediately tested. Although as their bond continues to develop and their species form an alliance, they overcame these obstacles and publicly express their relationship in I Love You, Goodbye. They officially begin dating and Josh seems to have moved into Aiden's apartment, however after Aiden begins to feel the pressure of his alliance with Klaus, he asks Josh to run away with him and begin their life together elsewhere, who accepts and they declare their love. However before Aiden has the opportunity to meet Josh, tragedy strikes as Dahlia fatally attacks and murders him. After finding his body in the alleyway they were supposed to meet, Josh is left heartbroken.
- Main article: Klaus and Josh
Right after Josh turned up in New Orleans and had Vampire blood in his system, Klaus Mikaelson broke his and his friend's neck to create spies for himself against Marcel and his empire. Once Josh completed his transition into a Vampire, Klaus compelled him to be his spy, his eyes and ears. Josh seemed to be an effective spy for him by helping him drain a vampire off vervain and framing Marcel's best friend Thierry. But after his compulsion was removed by Davina, he betrayed Klaus and sent him to an ambush. After that he has laid low and stayed hidden from Klaus.
- Main article: Marcel and Josh
Marcel and Josh have a very complex relationship who started off as just mere acquaintances and then evolved into friends. He was the one that turned to Joshua, and he is very loyal to Marcel and even endured the pain of having Klaus' compulsion removed from his system to show his loyalty to him. Josh wanted a daylight ring, and was endlessly trying to prove to him that he deserved it. Now that it is just himself left in Marcel's Army and he is helping him to rebuild it.
- Josh and Hayley (Friends/Allies)
- Josh and Camille (Friends/Former Allies)
- Josh and Gia (Friends/Former Allies)
- Josh and the Strix (Allies)
- Josh is a variant of Joshua (Hebrew), and the meaning of Josh is "Jehovah is salvation".
- Rosza is of Hungarian origin and means "rose". Other variations of the name are Rozsa and Roza.
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