Joseph Bender is the antagonist on The Savages. He was a former member of The Savages in Season One, but was, off-screen, kicked out prior to forcing now-ally Nate Osbourne to leave the group. In Season Two, he and Nate form their own supergroup The Glamazons to take over James A. Masters High School, to which he is a junior in.
in Season One, Joe is best described as a blunt, open-minded, often rude and hot-tempered person, but his manipulative ways make others, especially Nate, consider otherwise. Joe's original motive is to take over The Savages, but his current motive is to take them down. He does this by eventually convincing Nate to quit The Savages, even convince Trae to smoke and spark romance, but other members of The Savages are aware of his suspicious behavior.
After events leading to an altercation between Joe and Trae, in Season Two, he develops a supergroup with former members of every clique to take over the social status by storm.
He is portrayed by Kyle Gallner and is based on Naya Rivera.
As a child, Joe always had tendencies to be rude and brutally honest, and this caused him a myriad of trouble, forcing him to attend different schools.
Joe Bender is introduced mysteriously; he is one of the fellow students in Trae's Literature class. He brazenly confronts Felix Winchester, a member of The Moneybags for his debate on The Great Gatsby. When Trae speaks on his perspective of the book and further confronts Felix for it, Joe is impressed, which suddenly encourages him to join The Savages. Despite insulting their agenda, he considers himself a possible impact on the clique, and Trae hesitantly accepts his offer to join. However, his intrusiveness and mysterious persona rubs members of the Savages the wrong way, especially when he sets his sights on Nate Osbourne, the secretary of the clique.
Joe reveals, via voice-over, that his motive is to turn The Savages against each other and take over Trae Ventura's leadership in the group. He begins this plan solely by developing a closeness to Nate, who feels like the black sheep of the group. Eventually, Joe tries to manipulate Nate into believing that Trae and Sydney are using him as a puppet in the group. Assuming he's convinced, Nate's behavior slowly changes when Joe teaches him how to be aggressive. (The Mafia, The Devil's Protégé)
Meanwhile, Joe also uses his manipulative charm by attempting to make friends with Sydney, who notices a change in Nate's behavior. He gives Sydney a ticket to Nicki Minaj's concert, but when Nate confronts her about stealing his 'new friend', Sydney catches on to Joe's schemes. (The Boomerang Effect]])
Later on, Joe goes with The Savages on a road trip to Portland, Oregon, where tensions between Joe, Nate, Trae and Sydney rises. The gang gets stranded, and Joe continues to encourage Nate to behave rudely towards the members for attention. Eventually, Trae and Alex start to realize that there's something fishy about him. Joe attempts to communicate with Trae while stranded, which also leads to a sudden closeness to each other when they are high off drugs outside of The Rave. Joe kisses Trae, but their moment stops when Zachary catches them.
Joe doesn't appear after the Oregon incident, but Trae believes that Joe put a wedge in a potential bond with Zachary. Everyone slowly realizes Joe's affect on Nate and his affect on them, especially when Nate decides to quit The Savages after Trae is suspended. (The School For Scandal, The Psychological Warfare)
Feuds, then, escalate between Joe and The Savages during Trae's premeditated riot. The two get into a physical altercation when Joe makes clear that they'll never be rebellious. Once Trae is shot, Joe hopes to seek revenge on him knowing that he's still alive. (The Beast Unleashed)
Joe Bender becomes a central antagonist in this season, as he and Nate become aware that Trae was responsible for the video scandal between Brian and Viktor. Considering that The Savages would turn against Trae, he plans to take over James A. Masters High School by storm; he then recruits former cheerleaders Alyssa Tanner and Claudia Wu to further develop a super-clique of former clique members, going against The Savages. (The Alibi, The Scarlet Letters)
- Solos (In a Group Number)
|Teenagers||The Mafia||Alex, Carl, Gina, Nate, Sydney and Trae|
|Young, Fresh N New||The Wild Ride||Alex, Carl, Gina, Lily, Nate, Sydney, Trae and Zach|
|Born To Be Wild||Lily and Nate|
- Joe is the seventh person to join The Savages.