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This article is about the character. For the pilot, see Johnny Bravo (pilot) and for the series, see Johnny Bravo (series).
Oh, yeah! She wants me.

—Johnny, after being rejected by a woman.

Johnny Bravo
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Voiced By

Jeff Bennett (impersonating Elvis Presley)
Marc Silk (UK)
Oliver Feld (German)

Credits

The Main Character

First Appearance

"Johnny Bravo"

Relatives

Friends

Little Suzy, Pops, Carl Chryniszzswics

Enemies

Christopher, Donny Osmond and various

Birthday

February 14th

Height

6'3" (including hair)

Weight

210 lbs.

Age

Early 20s

Johnny Bravo is the main protagonist of the series. His middle name was rumored to be Bacon. His shallow, boorish, ill-mannered, and dim-witted traits lead to a severely incorrigible inability to attract women, as well as getting him being beaten up by several groups of people, becoming a running gag throughout the series.

Appearance

Johnny is mostly seen wearing a black shirt, blue pants, black shoes, gelled up blonde hair, and his signature sunglasses. He has a very muscular build, possessing muscles which are exaggerated to be very large. As seen in "Bravo Dooby Doo", Johnny has black, dotted eyes (which is probably also the reason of him wearing sunglasses all along).

Personality

Johnny Bravo is very full of himself, constantly checking mirrors and flexing his muscles in front of women. During conversation with women, Johnny will always try to find a way to turn the conversation around so that they are talking about him and how good he looks in an effort to make the girl realize his positive traits, although this effort to do so exemplifies him as a narcissist. Johnny also naively and faultily believes that all women want him, even when they express the fact that they are uninterested in him. Because of this, Johnny has the courage to talk to any woman without hesitation, and even kisses one upon meeting her in "Johnny Bravo". Johnny also has no sense of personal space, as he often rushes at the women and bends them backward while flirting with them, causing most of them to hit him out of disgust.

Another attribute Johnny possesses is extreme determination, as he will go through many tasks, even life-threatening ones, to win a girl's heart, although this often results in him being hit by them, as he always screws up his heart-winning tasks in the end. It is revealed that he has no concept of romance, or the responsibility and etiquette of a gentleman, which contributes greatly for his failure with women since, for him, good looks are enough to win a woman's heart.

Johnny is presented to be not too intelligent, totally lacking common sense and general knowledge. He can also be interpreted as a male representation of the "dumb blonde" stereotype. His level of intelligence and immaturity can vary from time to time, occasionally depicted in more extreme ways than usual. According to an anthropologist, he is far dumber than a monkey.

When Johnny finds someone to be annoying, he is often rude to them, although caring about their feelings in secret. For example, he constantly makes fun of his geeky friend Carl Chryniszzswics, and claims to dislike him. However, deep down, Johnny cares for the well being of his best friend. Another example is Little Suzy, whom Johnny is irritated by. But, after making her cry once, Johnny is able to comfort her due to the guilt he feels. Despite this, Johnny is able to open up to people who he sees as parental figures, such as his mother, and Pops.

In "Freudian Dip", after having numerous nightmares about a monster, Johnny gets a costly therapy session from Suzy to find the root of the issue. Quickly, he reveals his biggest insecurities in a comedic fashion:

Suzy: (talking through doll) Why are you so afraid, Johnny?
Johnny: Well, I-I'm afraid to love, so when people try to get close, I push them away, and -- (screams) Talking doll!
Suzy: Dolls sometimes help us say things we can't say ourselves. Here, try it.
Johnny: Well, alright. (talking through doll) Poor Johnny, he's lonely and has problems with intimacy.
Johnny: (to doll) Quiet! Don't tell her that!

Through the doll, Johnny also shows some self-awareness about his childish nature, ashamed of secretly sucking his thumb and kissing his pillow, pretending it is a girl. He also says he wants everyone to think he is in control, yet he thinks of himself as a "little baby" for dissolving into panic at night and running to his mother when he sees "monsters".

Biography

Childhood

When Johnny was a baby, Bunny Bravo used to dress him in a bunny suit. Bunny revealed that, when Johnny would not eat, she would distract him by pointing out something in the opposite direction and then sticking the food into his mouth. When Bunny would leave Johnny alone to leave the house, she would put him in his play pen in the dark until she got back. Johnny's imagination would cause his stuffed animals to appear to be alive, and this would later develop into a fear of the dark that Johnny would retain up until adulthood. In the episode "Blanky Hanky Panky", Johnny's first kiss ever was revealed, the duo were both infants.

Elementary School

During elementary school, Johnny was bullied by Stinky Brownstein. She would pull various pranks on him, such as once telling him it was "Cross-Dressing Day" at school, convincing him a frozen flagpole was made of candy, and pulling his pants down on the day of their grammar school graduation.

Middle School

During middle school, Johnny was short and acne-ridden. Carl would bully Johnny, asking for his lunch money because he was bigger and older than him by three weeks.

High School

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Johnny fascinated by Sandy.

During high school, Johnny was a very scrawny boy, weighing at 98 pounds with a mullet. Johnny had a crush on a girl named Sandy Baker. One day at school, Johnny was thrown into a trash can by a group of bullies. Sandy had the bullies apologize to Johnny for picking on people who didn't have huge muscles. Sandy then helped Johnny out of the trash can, but accidentally knocked him over because of how light he was. Sandy apologized, and the two become acquainted with each other. Realizing that they are in each others' Spanish class, Sandy invited Johnny to study with her later that day. That night, Johnny asked Sandy to the prom; she happily said yes.

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Johnny after constantly exercising.

Knowing that he was going to prom with whom he believed to be the prettiest girl in school, Johnny decided that she deserved better than to go with a weakling. He believed that she deserved to go to prom with a "hunkin' stud". Being inspired by a comic book, Johnny ordered workout training equipment from Flex Bigarms. Johnny initially struggled with the rubber band he had to pull to workout his chest and arms, but was eventually able to get the hang of it, and grow huge muscles. He even drank Muscle Powder drinks to ensure he would obtain a large build by the time prom came around. After weeks of exercising, Johnny eventually became the strong man he is today. On prom night, Johnny showed up at Sandy's house, but she didn't answer the door. He was heart-broken after he realized he got stood up. Johnny wanted to go up to her at school the next day, but he didn't see her again. After meeting her once more, years later, Sandy explained that she moved away, and that Johnny must have forgotten.

Memorable Attributes

The character is memorable for his incredibly fast movements (usually done while trying to impress women), which were accompanied by the loud crack of a whip sound effect. A few of Johnny's catchphrases are "She digs me!", "Whoa, mama!", "Wiggy!", and "Yeah, whatever."

Three running gags are Johnny saying "Mmmm, (the object)-y", breaking the fourth wall, and him being beaten up by women who reject him.

Trivia

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A "collectible card" featuring basic info about Johnny from an issue of the "Cartoon Network Starring'" comics.

  • Johnny's voice actor is Jeff Bennett in the series, but in Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion, he is voiced by Neil Kaplan.
  • Carl is older than Johnny by three weeks, according to a flashback in "Freudian Dip", implying they are both the same age.
  • The name "Johnny Bravo" dates back to an episode of The Cheyenne Show, and was also Greg Brady's would-be stage name in an episode of The Brady Bunch. However, Van Partible stated in an interview for Cartoon Network that he also derived the name from his full given name, "Efrem Giovanni Bravo Partible."
  • Johnny's appearance may be a reference to 1950's sub-culture called "Greasers".
  • He hates clowns, since they scared him frequently throughout his childhood.
  • Johnny Bravo's birthday is on Valentine's Day every year.
  • Johnny Bravo made a cameo in the OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes episode, "Crossover Nexus", along with Carl and many other Cartoon Network characters.
  • It is revealed that Johnny's ancestors are as stupid and pathetic as him, like his great great-uncle Benedict Bravo, who betrayed the Americans to the British during the American Revolution; or Vasco D. Bravo, who set out to find the Fountain of Youth, in which he ended up being poor and friendless.
  • It is possible that he lost most of his intelligence after gaining muscle.
  • Despite his muscular stature, he is easily being beat up by the majority of creatures and women he encounters.
  • In the episode "Johnny's Guardian Angel", it is revealed that everyone in his life would be better off without him being born. That is, except for Suzy, who became a child supervillain.
  • It is unknown how he managed to get into high school, judging from the fact his common knowledge is far worse than a child, as he unable to comprehend the words "gentleman" and "social skill", as well as ignorant of the role and responsibility of the military.
    • A possible theory is that Johnny was originally a decent student, but his sudden transformation into the buff archetype and new focus on impressing a girl he liked, ultimately resulted in him becoming less intelligent (and less likeable).
  • During Cartoon Network's first 4th Annual Fancy Anvil Award Show Program Special: Live in Stereo, Johnny served as the host and appeared more capable and smarter than usual.
  • A woman stated that his manner is far worse than a gangster.
  • Carl stated that he has a driving skill of a deranged monkey, though Carl himself was shown to be a poor driver in the episode "Bravo 13".

Gallery

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