- This article is about the character. For the pilot, see Johnny Bravo (pilot) and for the series, see Johnny Bravo (series).
|“||Oh, yeah! She digs me.||”|
—Johnny, after being rejected by a woman.
Johnny Bravo is the titular 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.
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).
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 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. Because of this, Johnny has the courage to talk to any woman without hesitation, and even kisses one upon meeting her in the pilot. 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. He even occasionally flirts with women who are already in a relationship, going as far as to offer himself as a "second" partner without any fear of repercussions.
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 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 also does not fit the standards of relationship material, as he treats any woman whom he considers a potential partner as a housewife type who has nothing better to do but serve him.
Despite his muscular stature, he is easily beaten up by the majority of creatures and people he encounters. This could be due to a variety of reasons, including the high concentration of toxins and other substances in his body, as revealed in "Spa Spaz". Johnny's diet consists of mostly junk food and meat (sometimes consumed in bizarrely unhealthy ways, like drinking cups of bacon grease), not to mention meals others may find disgusting, such as dishes from Pops' Moon Palace. His interest in such food likely originated from being fed certain meals by his mother, Bunny.
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. Despite this, Johnny often talks in a snarky, dramatic manner and uses "big" words from time to time. Overall, Johnny seems to be more knowledgeable about a few of his own interests than academics or nearly anything that he deems nerdy. In "Panic In Jerky Town!", Johnny has encyclopedic knowledge about Jerky Jake's brand beef jerky. He also has a lot of knowledge about Mr. Kevin's Hair Gel due to taking the factory tour a large number of times, as shown in "Brave New Johnny."
Johnny is a huge fan of action movie star Squint Ringo, owning a life-time membership to his fanclub and a collection of merchandise. He became a stuntman for him for a short time in "A Star Is Bruised", and once tried stealing prune spread from Suzy so he could get Squint Ringo tungsten knuckles. Johnny is also a big fan of beef jerky itself, nachos, and Pops' chili. He will do anything to get these foods, as seen in "Johnny's Inferno", "Johnny's Telethon", and "Look Who's Drooling".
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, when he makes her particularly upset, he feels guilty and wants to fix the problem. Despite this, Johnny is able to open up to people who he sees as parental figures, such as Bunny and Pops.
Johnny values his macho, "bad boy" lifestyle to the point of which he judges others for childish behaviors, such as playing with dolls or roleplaying, when he himself does the same. Johnny also usually does said activities in public, hoping that no one will notice his hypocrisy, such as Suzy or Carl. In such instances, he will often try and defend himself or make excuses to save his imaginary reputation.
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". In "Adam West's Date-O-Rama", both Suzy and Carl were quoted saying that Johnny fears commitment.
Overall, Johnny can be very ignorant or judgemental toward anything he does not understand, such as people he sees as freaks, geeks, or otherwise odd. He also has a cynical attitude toward those who are overly nice or positive, most notably when Sister Sara tried to help improve his behavior. After Sara said she was only interested in nice, noble men, Johnny agreed to become nicer to meet her standards. When he fails, she gives him more chances, which he views as pigheaded of her. Sara soon snaps entirely, realizing she "wasted her life" trying to help people like Johnny, beating him up and leaving to join a heavy metal rock band.
When Johnny was a baby, Bunny Bravo used to dress him in a bunny suit. When he would not eat, she would distract him by pointing out something in the opposite direction and sticking the food into his mouth. She once fed him a slice of baked ham instead of baby food and left him in his crib (turning the lights off) when she was going to watch her programs. This caused him to imagine his toys as monsters, giving him a fear of the dark that Johnny still retains in adulthood. However, in "Look Who's Drooling", Bunny brings a now-infant Johnny to a daycare, implying she used to when she got busy.
In certain episodes, Johnny is shown to have had his personality and interest in girls since he was a baby. In "Blanky Hanky Panky", a flashback reveals Johnny had his first kiss at a young age, the duo both being infants.
In "T Is For Trouble", a young Johnny is shown to be a huge fan of celebrity Mr. T, who he wrote a letter to asking if he could teach him how to confront his bully, Little Ricky Simmons.
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 graduation.
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.
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.
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.
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!" (a slang version of "Wicked!" and similar phrases), 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. Another running gag is Johnny's short attention span, as it is very, very easy for him to get side-tracked by a pretty woman or any random thought occupying his brain.
- Johnny's voice actor is Jeff Bennett in the series, but in Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion, he is voiced by Neil Kaplan.
- Johnny is younger than Carl by three weeks.
- Two of Johnny's favorite shows are Nunchuck Chicks and Kung Fu Baywatching Chicks.
- 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".
- For the fourth season, Johnny was redesigned by Vaughn Tada, who had worked on the previous two seasons.
- He hates clowns, since they scared him frequently throughout his childhood.
- Johnny's birthday is on February 14th, which also happens to be Valentine's Day.
- 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.
- In the scrapped Season 2 bible (written by Van Partible and Seth MacFarlane), it is revealed Johnny's first car was the one he crashed in a Season 1 interstitial short.
- During the retool era, Johnny's driving skills can vary, but he appears to have his own blue Ford Pinto car in "Thunder God Johnny", although he may have rented it.
- Johnny often tells others (usually women) random facts about himself, such as saying he once had a salamander or a fish living in his mouth for a long period of time.
- In "Prep School Johnny", he claims to have three webbed toes. This is false.
- 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.
- In merchandise, such as books, comics, and the Cartoon Network Block Party video game, Johnny often tries to coach Carl on how to be manly or impress women, which backfires due to him seeing himself as the ideal man and Carl not wanting his help to begin with.
- In the series itself, Carl is nowhere near as women-focused as Johnny, while Johnny is much too self-absorbed to help Carl impress any women he may also find attractive (ex. Melinda).
- Before "The Time Of My Life" was produced, most character descriptions for Johnny mentioned that he earned his muscles after constantly going to the gym.
- In the Cartoon Network: Name That Toon trivia book, it is revealed Carl was Johnny's best friend in high school. After, Johnny got buff, while Carl only got nerdier. Although this goes unaddressed in the series (and must be from the series bible), it would explain why Carl is attached to Johnny into adulthood despite him now wanting nothing to do with him.
- According to an old character description for Carl on the Cartoon Network Latin America website, the two were beaten up twice a day in high school: First at 10:00 AM by their classmates, and later at 3:00 PM by their teachers.
- The book also states Johnny is even more irritated by Carl's luck with women than his nerdiness, which was evidenced in the series.
- 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.
- He is unemployed and cannot hold the simplest job in a day without screwing up royally.
- Cartoon Network: Name That Toon, pg. 12
- 'Johnny Bravo: Significant Others' on the Cartoon Network LA website (Archived)