|“||Given that The Hollow is like pure evil incarnate, maybe you should consider reaching out to people who are just a little more powerful than me. Like Mikaelson people.||”|
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, those that survived, were killed by the the newly resurrected Mikael. 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.
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
In Gather Up the Killers, Josh was storing some LPs at Rousseau's when Marcel came to the restaurant to meet with Vincent. When Marcel complimented for vampires and witches getting along at the restaurant, Josh said Cami would have wanted it. Later, Josh was with other people to bring food to St. Anne's Church when a child approached wondering if he was a vampire. Frightened by Josh's response, the boy hit some boxes giving his mother a chance to exchange two words with Vincent. When some vampires from Europe, such as Alistair Duquesne, came to New Orleans to witness Klaus' downfall, Josh was alongside Vincent at the Abattoir. Once the vampire diatribes were over, Josh worked as a DJ at a party.
In No Quarter, Josh was in his loft with Eddie, and the two shared a couple of kisses before Josh invented excuses on some work commitments to send the boy away, promising Eddie to text him later. Josh, in fact, perceived the presence of Rebekah and Elijah in the loft and didn't want to meet them in front of Eddie. The two wanted to use Josh to get information on Marcel, but noting that Josh was pretty much without information, Rebekah decided to implement her plan. After sending away all Rousseau's customers and employees, Josh allowed Elijah, Freya, and Hayley to enter the secret galleries through the secret passage in the restaurant's kitchen. Left alone with Kol, Josh tried to extort from the Original Vampire information about their intentions, concerned that they were about to slaughter the whole city. Noticing that Kol was sad, Josh tried to console him for Davina's death by telling him how he tried to overcome mourning for Aiden. Kol was about to give up his impassivity when Josh started talking about Davina, but Marcel's code-breaking message made Kol extremely angry. Cornered, Josh revealed that the message was a warning that he had to spread among the vampires about the presence of the Mikaelsons in New Orleans. Since Josh was Davina's best friend, Kol didn't kill him; He just broke his neck. When he woke up, Josh was surprised to find Eddie in front of Rousseau's door. claiming to have received a message from Josh. The boy, in fact, had been deceived by Kol to reach the restaurant. Happy to see Eddie, Josh invited him to enter and the two embraced passionately behind the closed doors of the restaurant.
In Bag of Cobras, Josh received the visit of Sofya Voronova, who was willing to use Josh's invitation to a celebration held by "Marcel Gerard & the Mikaelsons" for her purposes. Josh revealed that he was aware of Marcel's abduction since some workers sealed the access from Rousseau's to the secret galleries. Once Josh came to the Abattoir, he asked Vincent for help. While the witch was carrying on his plan, Josh entered one of the secret passages. Back to the loft, the vampire was surprised again by Sofya, sitting comfortably waiting for him. Although Josh didn't find anything in the prisons, he smelled sandalwood, an ingredient that Davina had told him to be used in spells of concealment. Josh concluded that Marcel was hidden there by a spell.
In High Water and a Devil's Daughter, Josh was stacking some boxes from the grocery store in the kitchen of Rousseau's when Freya appeared to ask his help. Although Josh was not exactly convinced, he agreed to help the witch and, once in his loft, Josh suffered a painful spell that made him look like Marcel. All this was done to deceive Dominic, the high priest of The Hollow. Once Freya captured her enemy, she ordered Josh to leave the apartment for his own safety. Later that night, Josh visited the tomb of Davina carrying a rose when he met Vincent at the Lafayette Cemetery and, stunned, he saw that the grave of his friend had been violated. Then, Josh discovered that Davina's spirit was still in the Ancestral Plane and that Vincent was able to contact her, making her the gatekeeper to the Ancestral Plane.
In Phantomesque, Josh told Marcel that Vincent believed he could save Sofya by reverse-engineering the spell that was keeping her in a coma. Since Vincent needed The Hollow's blood to cast the spell, Josh suggested to Marcel to ask the Mikaelsons for help as they were strong enough to handle The Hollow, unlike him. Then, while Marcel went looking for the Enchanted Thorns soaked with the Hollow's blood, Josh stayed at the loft to watch over Sofya's unconscious body. That same evening, when Marcel returned to the loft, Josh tried to comfort him while waiting for Vincent to do his part of the plan.
In A Spirit Here That Won't Be Broken, Josh, by day, visited Davina's tomb, as usual, telling her about the news on his life like his relationship with Eddie, and how much he missed her. Josh was reached by Marcel, who came to the cemetery looking for Vincent, and the two had a brief conversation. Later, Josh was cleaning Rousseau's tables when Davina came into the bar during closing time. The vampire was remarkably surprised to see his friend, who thanked him for his visits, and the two hugged. The two conversed affectionately until Davina began to bleed because of the linking spell to The Hollow, and Josh immediately bitten his wrist to offer his vampire blood to his friend. Later, making sure that Davina was ok, Josh escorted her to Kol's car where they expected the arrival of the Original Vampire and Josh urged Davina to leave the city for good, with or without Kol. Fortunately for Davina, Kol joined them and the two lovers left the city after thanking Josh, who was watching them leave.
In The Feast of All Sinners, Josh gathered a group of vampires and witches at Rousseau's, per Marcel's order, to patrol every corner of New Orleans in search of Hope. Josh had just pulled out his smartphone to show to those present a picture of Hope when Dominic and the Hollow's acolytes burst into the restaurant. Shocked to see Dominic alive and well, again, Josh was telekinetically pushed against a wall across the room, falling unconscious on the floor. Shortly thereafter, Dominic used a massive pain infliction spell on all the vampires at the restaurant, lecturing witches on their lack of judgment in sympathizing with vampires rather than allying themselves with the Hollow. Later, Marcel and Sofya came to the restaurant just as Josh was beginning to recover. After Marcel had helped the younger vampire get up from the floor, Josh informed them about Dominic's resurrection and what had happened at Rousseau's. While Sofya was looking for a way to put Marcel and herself to safety, Josh advised allying themselves with the Mikaelson family.
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.
In Season Four, Josh remains loyal to Marcel acting as his right hand man, along with Vincent and Sofya. During the five years of peace among the supernatural communities of New Orleans, Josh has become the new owner of Rousseau's and helps Vincent's and the local witch community. Seemingly, he's happy with life and has found a new boyfriend, Eddie, a human unaware of what he is and actively keeps it from him. While he has more confidence in himself, compared to Marcel and the Mikaelsons, he considers to be a small fry, though Marcel sees his worth and considers him a friend. He is willing to do what he must in order to save his friends, such as assisting Freya, knowing that she was the cause of Davina's death. However, even in the face of danger he remains loyal and compassionate, even to Freya who helped break down his "emotional barriers" and initially refused to leave her when she faced Dominic, Priest of the Hollow. Since the death of Davina, he continues to visit her grave in Lafayette Cemetery, bringing her flowers.
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 indeterminate 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, while 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. While 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 and Eddie (Friends/Dating)
- 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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