"I might not be reliable just like Dad...even so I still want to be your support as family."
- —Joshua's intro quote, Sora no Kiseki Evolution
Joshua Bright (ヨシュア・ブライト Yoshua Buraito?), formerly known as Joshua Astray (ヨシュア・アストレイ Yoshua Asutorei?), is one of the two main protagonists in the The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky duology, and is featured as one of Falcom's iconic characters in multiple Falcom subsequent games.
A young teenager with bluish-black hair and amber eyes.
As a person, Joshua is a quiet, calm youth whose character is the opposite of his hot-headed stepsister, Estelle. He addresses situations in a collected matter, all the while keeping Estelle from getting into trouble. Joshua is a popular figure among all those who he meets due to his calming personality as well as his careful approach to others, leading him to have many suitors, as well as a personality which draws allies to him.
His kind persona was always with him even since childhood, until the incident in Hamel. From there on, Joshua became a ruthless and merciless killer, feeling no emotion or remorse when he went out on missions for Ouroboros. A part of this was due to the trauma of losing his loved ones in Hamel, but mainly this change occurred due to interference from Weissmann.
5 years prior to Trails in the Sky, the young Joshua was adopted into the Bright Family. He is the brains, while his stepsister Estelle is the brawn, as they every day together training and studying to become Bracers like their father, Cassius Bright. However, his past remains a mystery and intends to keep it that way.
Following Trails in the Sky, Joshua and Estelle cleared their Junior Bracer exams and started traveling around Liberl Kingdom ranking up to Senior Bracers, while solving the mystery of their father's sudden disappearance. After reaching the capital of Grancel, the Bright siblings participated in the fighting tournament, and won all the way up to the championship gaining entrance to the Royal Palace.
After managing to sneak in and meeting with Queen Alicia II, the Bright siblings learned about their Cassius's past as an excellent military soldier before stepping down as a Bracer. Understanding that their father's disappearance was an act of motion to unravel an coup d'etat upstaged by his former colleague, Alan Richard and his Intelligence Division. Joshua and Estelle banded together with the allies gained from their journey and brought Colonel Richard's plan down the tube. With the matter finally over, everybody resumed enjoying the Queen's Anniversary Festival until Joshua.......
- Joshua can easily be compared to Kenshin Himura from the anime series, Rurouni Kenshin.
- This is due to their pasts as ruthless assassins(both of them also became assassins at a young age), their remarkable swordmanship (most notably, their unparalleled speed) and their need to atone for their past sins.
- Both are characters who are noted to be gentle in both appearance and temperment, but will revert to their colder personas when in combat or if their tempers are pushed to the limit.
- They also seem to have similar female love interests who also serve as their foil of sorts. Estelle, like Kaoru, is a stubborn, fiery, tomboyish, independent, courageous, naive, yet strong-willed woman. They are also infamous for their complete lack of talent in cooking.
- Joshua also shares similar traits to Killua Zoldyck from the manga series, Hunter X Hunter.
- Mainly their ability to analyze a situation with great ease and accuracy.
- They both possess inhuman speed, strength and agility. Governed by their rough childhood as assassins, where they were both forced to slaughter countless individuals.
- In FC, Joshua accompanies Estelle to find their father Cassius. In HxH, Killua accompanies Gon to find his father Ging.
- Joshua shares same weapon as Lazlo, the main silent protagonist from Suikoden IV. Coincidentally, Estelle, Lloyd, and Rean as main protagonists from Kiseki series also share same weapons as other protagonists from Suikoden series