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- You're robbing a bank dressed like yourselves?"
"Hell yeah. Who doesn't wanna be Johnny Gat?
- — Josh Birk and Johnny Gat
Josh Birk is an actor who tags along with the 3rd Street Saints to study the gang's behavior in order for him to make his role in an upcoming movie based on the gang's adventures convincing. Josh has a crush on Shaundi, and Male Voice 3 teases Shaundi about this. Shaundi does not return Birk's feelings, and finds him extremely annoying.
Depicted as a true idiot that is also narcissistic, Josh is responsible for landing The Protagonist, Shaundi and Johnny Gat in prison after setting off a silent alarm. Later, he acts in a commercial for STAG. The Protagonist soon seizes an opportunity to kidnap Birk in an attempt to hurt STAG, and succeeds. Later, when STAG assaults the Saints HQ to recover Josh, Cyrus Temple offers the Saints the chance to turn Josh over, but he wishes to stay with the Saints out of an attempt to get closer to Shaundi. If he is kept he is unlocked as a homie that can be called to show up as either himself or Nyte Blayde.
Saints Row: The ThirdEdit
- Shaundi: Josh, are you trying to get us all jail time?
Josh Birk: What? I don't wanna be some dude's bitch.
- — Josh after tripping the alarm during When Good Heists Go Bad
During STAG's war against the gangs of Steelport, especially the 3rd Street Saints, Josh is hired as a mascot for them, playing his role of Nyte Blayde. This attracts the Saints, which leads to The Protagonist and Viola DeWynter to kidnap him during a publicity shoot in order to draw out STAG.
When STAG attack the Saints HQ where Josh is being held, STAG's leader Cyrus Temple approaches The Protagonist demanding to return Josh, and in return he will cool down STAG's heat on the Saints. Josh asks The Protagonist to not hand him over, as he wants to be with Shaundi. The choice is given to decide what to do with Josh.
Saints Row IVEdit
A few years after Saints Row: The Third, Josh is affiliated with the Saints who are now in government, with The Protagonist now President of the United States. During initial Player Customization, a news headline says Josh has been pre-nominated for multiple awards for his lead role in the upcoming "The Saints of 1600" film.
When The Protagonist escapes from the simulation into the real world, he and Kinzie Kensington try to contact Josh and Oleg, who are at the Broken Shillelagh. Josh and Oleg are somehow unaware of the Zin's invasion, and are in the middle of a conversation about Nyte Blayde and don't answer The Protagonist's call as they don't recognize the number. Shortly after, Zinyak atomises the earth.
Josh's counterpart Nyte Blayde in recreated a training simulation by Matt Miller, which ends up being hijacked by Zinyak, leading to The Protagonist and Miller having to kill Nyte Blayde. The Protagonist then gives Matt Miller all rights to the Nyte Blayde franchise and rewards him also with his Blayde's superpowers.
Enter the DominatrixEdit
In a Directors Cut for Enter The Dominatrix which reveals what was cut from Saints Row IV, Josh assisted The Protagonist, Shaundi and Kinzie against their fight with the Zin, who launch an attack invasion of Steelport. During this, he is dressed in his Nyte Blayde outfit.
In drawings, its shown that Josh battles with a massive one eyed monster and manages to bring it down, but gets injured in the process. Afterward he says his last words - "Earn this...earn... this" - then dies in Shaundi's arms, much to her (uncharacteristic) distress and causing The Protagonist to angrily yell "ZINYAK!".
This depiction of events is revealed to be based on Birk's recollection of the intended cutscene, with the actor saying, "that's how I remember it anyway."
- Nyte Blade has been compared to the McBain TV series (from The Simpsons) by the writers of Saints Row: The Third, and is a radio serial.
- Originally Josh was to be recruited as a lieutenant after the events of STAG Party.[source?]
- Josh's surname may be a joke about his stupidity, as "berk" is a word meaning idiot.
- While held captive by the Saints, he proposed marriage to Shaundi six times.
- Once he is unlocked as a Homie, he can show up in two outfits; Himself & Nyte Blayde. Both can be recruited at the same time. As Nyte Blayde, he remains in character at all times.
- Unlike all other Special Homies, when Josh (normal) is recruited as a Homie in Saints Row: The Third, he can be taken as a hostage and used as a human shield.
- Despite an advertisement showing the ability to wear the Nyte Blayde outfit,[What advertisement?] it is not available in the game.
- In the "Strap It On" trailer he has a Saints purple pendant but it is absent in the game.[screenshot?]
- Despite his incompetence, Birk somehow manages to escape police custody when the Saints are arrested.
- If he is recruited as a Homie, he may sometimes say "Wait til they get a load of me", which was originally spoken by The Joker in the 1989 film Batman.
- The White Female Protagonist in Saints Row 2 also says this line.
- Despite starring on a violent TV show and personal getting involved with a very violent gang, Josh has a personal distaste of violence as shown in the mission When Good Heists Go Bad and when called on the cell phone, he sometimes say, "We aren't going to do anything violent, are we?".
- Josh has no sense of reality sometimes, as he views his rich and pampered life as very "average", and he thinks he is a gift to women. This is shown as he is constantly trying to hit on Shaundi. Josh also thinks highly of his acting ability and his TV show. Yet, The Protagonist, Shaundi, and Burt Reynolds don't care about it.
- Josh is indirectly responsible for Johnny Gat's apparent death, as Josh is responsible for setting off the bank's alarm, which caused the Saints to be arrested, which resulted in them being taken as prisoners aboard the Syndicate plane.
- Canonically, Josh Birk is not given to Cyrus Temple as in Saints Row IV he is in the White Crib during The Saints Wing and also hangs out with Oleg during The Real World.
- He has a cologne named Birksniff which is featured in one of five advertisements for Planet Saints in Saints Row: The Third. .
- Josh is the only character other than The Protagonist to hold dual-wielded pistols, specifically KA-1 Kobras, though he does not fire them.
- In Saints Row: The Third Josh (normal) uses a KA-1 Kobra as a Homie and during When Good Heists Go Bad, while as Nyte Blayde, he uses a 45 Shepherd.
- In Saints Row IV when recruited as a Homie, regular Josh carries a 9MM Tactical Pistol, while his Nyte Blade counterpart carries a .45 Fletcher.
- There is an interview played on in-game radio, where Josh makes comments such as "my butler puts my pants on me one leg at a time, just like everyone else".[transcript?]
When 2 Homies are recruited together outside of missions, many have conversations.
Josh and Angel
- Josh: "So Angel, I've been looking for a personal trainer while I'm in Steelport. You game?"
Angel: "I'll train anyone who wants to learn."
Josh: "Excellent. So what do you wanna start with? Conditioning? Pilates? Yoga?"
Angel: "Punching beehives."
Angel: "Before we can train your body, we need to train your mind."
Josh: "Yeah... yeah... I love it."
Josh and Burt
- Josh: "Hey Burt, got a second for another practitioner of the craft?"
Burt: "What is it, kid?"
Josh: "Well, I was thinkin'... how would you like to be involved on Nyte Blayde?"
Burt: "What are you talking about?"
Josh: "Definitely a guest spot, at least, but I bet I could talk the producers into making you a series regular."
Burt: "No! What the hell is this Nyte Blayde?"
Josh: "Are you not familiar with the transmedia explosion that has taken the world by storm?"
Josh: "I play Nyte Blayde, a vampire hunter who's become the very thing he vowed to destroy."
Burt: "A vampire?"
Burt: "I think I'll pass."
Josh: "But... you don't even know the part yet."
Burt: "I've heard enough. Good luck, kid. Try to get shot."
Kinzie and Josh
- Kinzie: "You know, first I thought that Nyte Blayde was a media trick trying to obfuscate the reality of our vampire problem."
Josh: "Yeah, I don't think that was a..."
Kinzie: "Then I realized that it was just a shitty vampire show."
Josh: "That's a relief."
Kinzie: "Of course, then, by the time I realized that, I realized that I really liked it. It kind of spoke to me."
Josh: "That's... that's great."
Kinzie: "And that's when I realized it was because it fell perfectly into the 31 Theory."
Kinzie: "The 31 Theory. "Anything important is always connected to a 31". Nyte Blayde Season 3; best season, aired in January, had thirteen episodes."
Josh: "I have... no idea what you're... talking about."
Kinzie: "You are a good actor."
Josh and Oleg
- Josh: "A soldier of the working man, huh? I know what you're going through."
Oleg: "Do you?"
Josh: "I played Torvald in A Doll's House when I was nine."
Oleg: "Never talk to me again."
Josh and Shaundi
- Josh: "Hello, my love."
Shaundi: "Stop saying that."
Josh: "Why do you fight what you feel in your heart?"
Shaundi: "Because if I did what I felt in my heart, they'd never find your body."
Josh: "So you admit there's some pull that keeps you from wanting to be hurt. I knew you felt the same way I did."
Josh and Viola
- Josh: "Stay away from me, temptress."
Viola: "Wait, what?"
Josh: "My heart belongs to Shaundi. I won't fall to your wiles."
Viola: "Josh, I don't want to sleep with you."
Josh and Zimos
- Josh: "Hey Z, listen. I'd really appreciate it if you don't say anything about the Nyte Blayde wrap party."
Zimos: "Your secret is safe with me, baby."
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Cutscene: End of "Convoy Decoy"
- ↑ Image:
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Youtube: Saints Row: The Third - Syndication Trailer, retrieved 30th July 2011
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Mission: When Good Heists Go Bad
- ↑ Mission: When Good Heists Go Bad
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Mission: STAG Party
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Mission: Nyte Blayde's Return
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Mission: STAG Party
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Mission: When Good Heists Go Bad
- ↑ Mission: The Saints Wing
- ↑ Mission: The Real World
- ↑ Mission: Nytefall
- ↑ Mission: Save the Planet
- ↑ Twitch.TV: SAINTS ROW THE THIRD EARLY!!! - With permission!
- ↑ Wiktionary: berk, retrieved 30th July 2011
- ↑ Radio Stations in Saints Row: The Third#Commercials