is a fictional character in the video games The Last of Us
and The Last of Us Part II
by Naughty Dog. In the games, he is portrayed by Troy Baker through performance capture; Pedro Pascal will play the character in the upcoming television adaptation. In the first game, Joel serves as the main protagonist and is tasked with escorting the young Ellie across a post-apocalyptic United States in an attempt to create a potential cure for an infection to which Ellie is immune. He also appears briefly in the downloadable content campaign, The Last of Us: Left Behind
. In The Last of Us Part II
, Joel is killed by a woman named Abby, whose father he had killed, prompting Ellie to seek revenge on the latter and those that assisted her.