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->"''EVERYTHING is funny. So long as you know it's a joke nothing is offensive. YOU try to protect people from wising up and getting beyond the idiotic shock and into a place where they can see how ridiculous things are. Do I think rape and abortion is funny? FUCK NO!! Jeezus! But Aborto and Rape-bo? HELL YES!''"
-->-- '''Jhonen Vasquez''' getting a bit preachy in ''Fillerbunny 3''.

->"''Someone once said to me 'Jhonen, why do you make up so much shit on [[http://twitter.com/JhonenV your Twitter?]]' and I just strangled the bastard with my tentacle arms''."

Jhonen Vasquez is the creative force behind several comics, cartoons and other works, including ''JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'', ''IFeelSick'', ''Comicbook/{{Squee}}'', ''Fillerbunny'', and others. He's widely known as the "WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' Guy".

Vasquez' characters are disturbed people living in a CrapsackWorld. A wildly hilarious one. His main characters include a violently schizophrenic serial killer, an unstable megalomaniacal extraterrestrial, an abused and terminally terrified child, and a tortured and suicidal bunny rabbit. Just to name a few. His jokes mostly involve very stupid people getting horribly maimed, tortured, yelled at, mocked and patronized. He's also quite fond of DoomyDoomsOfDoom.

Oh, and OneOfUs.

'''Comics and cartoons include:'''
* ''JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' (7 issues, 1995-97)
* ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Bad Art Collection]]'' (1 issue, 1996)
* ''Comicbook/{{Squee}}'' (4 issues, 1997-98)
* ''IFeelSick'' (2 issues, 1999)
* ''{{Fillerbunny}}'' (3 issues, 2000-2005)
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' (27 episodes, 2001-02)
* ''EverythingCanBeBeaten'' (1 issue with Crab Scrambly, 2002)
* ''ComicBook/{{Jellyfist}}'' (1 issue with Jenny Goldberg, 2007)
* ''{{MODOK}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' stories for ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_Tales Strange Tales]]'' and the upcoming ''[[{{Fringe}} Beyond the Fringe]]'' comics
* Character designs for ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja''
* An upcoming ''Squee'' animated series for Creator/{{Titmouse}}.
* ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors'' episode "The Puppetyville Horror."
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'''Tropes commonly associated with his works include:'''
* AntiHero
* AntiVillain
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: The comics often have gag panels completely unrelated to the ongoing story.
** Also, this trope is basically half of GIR's personality.
** Jhonen himself has frequently been described as a real life example of this.
*** The introduction to the "[[{{Filler}} Meanwhiles]]" section of the ''Squee'' collection states that the express purpose of said comics was to keep him from getting bored with the main characters and their world.
* AuthorAvatar: Assumed by many of his fans about comic strip artist Johnny C., despite Jhonen's statements to the contrary. Parodied by his "autobiographical" comic where he goes on an unbelievable adventure that, in humorously underwhelming ways, parallels one of Johnny's stories.
* AxeCrazy
* BlackAndGrayMorality
* BlackComedy
* BlackComedyRape:
** Notably: "I HAVE RATS IN MY ANUS". Nny's a bit of a hypocrite at times.
** In ''IFeelSick'', after Devi quits her jobs and walks out, Jhonen makes a small cameo only to be told by Devi's ex-boss "I'm going to rape you up the butt and throw you out the window!" Cut to a scene of Devi exiting the building and a guy in the background falling out the window screaming "WHYYYYYY!?"
* ButtMonkey: Fillerbunny, not to mention every single one of Johnny's victims.
** Plus Dib, Squee, etc...
* TheCameo: Fillerbunny once showed up in ''InvaderZim'', as did an alternate-dimension version of Nny and various writers for the show. However, years before, Rob Hummel-- Vasquez's main writing partner on the show-- is depicted as a slimy department-store employee who is forced by aliens to mate with a chicken in one of the [=JtHM=] "Meanwhile" segments. Happy Noodle Boy also has a tendency to show up where he doesn't belong.
** Not to mention said aliens become recurring characters of his. They show up several times in ''Squee'' & even have a major role in an episode of ''Zim'' (where they talk with inexplicable Liverpudlian accents).
* CharacterFilibuster: Several of Jhonen's characters go on frustrated rants in the face of the crazy-ass world they live in, though their indignation is usually undercut by their own insanity/absurdity. Johnny C. and Dib are main offenders.
* ChaoticStupid: Nearly every secondary or minor character is this.
* ComedicSociopathy
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: The main source of FanDumb. One "Meanwhile" segment parodies this, overlapping with SpringtimeForHitler.
* ContemplateOurNavels
* CrapsackWorld: Most settings, considered a distinctive personal style.
* DarkerAndEdgier
* DarkWorld
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: Oh yes. InvaderZim is the best example EVER of this trope.
** I'm gonna sing the doom song now! Doom doom doom doom doom doom doom doom DOOM! Doom doom doom...
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: References to monkeys keep popping up in his various works. He's said that he simply has a fascination with monkeys.
* EvilVersusEvil: In JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac. InvaderZim's a BlackAndGrayMorality because the [[HeroAntagonist oponnent]] to the main character has fundamentally good intentions.
* {{Gorn}}: In JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac
* HenshinHero: When accosted by irritating fans, Jhonen has the power to change into the mighty Happy Noodle Armor in the blink of an eye.
* HeroicComedicSociopath
* LameExcuse: "SOMEBODY PUT SHIT IN MY PANTS!" from Meanwhile... #2.
* LemonyNarrator: His various caption-box asides in ''JTHM'' and ''Squee!'' tend to be a cross between this and {{MST}}.
* MadArtist: His characters Johnny and Devi? and possibly himself.
* MadEye: He's practically got this ''trademarked''.
* NoFourthWall: Fillerbunny directly talks to the audience (usually begging them to [[MercyKill put him out of his misery]]).
* NoodlePeople: A very prominent trait of his character designs (although his proportions become somewhat more sensible post-JTHM). Not to mention the man himself is a borderline RealLife example.
* ThePhilosopher: Most of his main characters.
* RoomFullOfCrazy
* RuleOfFunny
* SadistShow
* SelfDeprecation: Quite frequently. ''Fillerbunny'' in particular is full of jabs aimed at himself.
* SerialKiller
* SlapStick
* SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism: Very, very far down the cynicism end of the spectrum, to the point of being nihilistic. And possibly beyond.
* StrawFan: A comic has him being stalked and attacked by five very persistent fans. They are actually pretty fitting personifications of his FanDumb.
** StrawmanHasAPoint: Though one of the fans mentions how much The Bad Art Collection sucked, to which Jhonen consented.
* StrawNihilist
* SugarApocalypse: Many of his works involve having adorable things suffer, which he has stated to enjoy writing.
* SurroundedByIdiots
* TakeThat: Basically anything currently trendy, especially the Goths that seem to idolize him.
** Also, guess what company the character "Nick" on ''InvaderZim'' was meant to parody. Go on, guess.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness
* {{Transplant}}: Ms. Bitters appears in both ''Comicbook/{{Squee}}'' and ''InvaderZim''. Since there's otherwise no indication one should consider the show a {{crossover}}, she might otherwise be considered an extremely blatant {{expy}}, or alternate dimension version of herself.
** There are a few minor appearances by other comic characters in the show though. Tenna appears in one episode clubbing with GIR, and a 'demon' version of Nny can be seen on the Halloween episode, though that still is shaky ground to say they're all in a shared universe.
** More solid evidence is the aliens from ''Zim'' episode "Abducted" being recurring players in ''ComicBook/{{Squee}}''. The horned aliens that counter them in ''Squee'' #1 are also clearly precursors to the Vortian race that makes appearances on ''Zim''.
* VillainEpisode
* VillainProtagonist
* WorldOfHam
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->"''EVERYTHING is funny. So long as you know it's a joke nothing is offensive. YOU try to protect people from wising up and getting beyond the idiotic shock and into a place where they can see how ridiculous things are. Do I think rape and abortion is funny? FUCK NO!! Jeezus! But Aborto and Rape-bo? HELL YES!''"
-->-- '''Jhonen Vasquez''' getting a bit preachy in ''Fillerbunny 3''.

->"''Someone once said to me 'Jhonen, why do you make up so much shit on [[http://twitter.com/JhonenV your Twitter?]]' and I just strangled the bastard with my tentacle arms''."

Jhonen Vasquez is the creative force behind several comics, cartoons and other works, including ''JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'', ''IFeelSick'', ''Comicbook/{{Squee}}'', ''Fillerbunny'', and others. He's widely known as the "WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' Guy".

Vasquez' characters are disturbed people living in a CrapsackWorld. A wildly hilarious one. His main characters include a violently schizophrenic serial killer, an unstable megalomaniacal extraterrestrial, an abused and terminally terrified child, and a tortured and suicidal bunny rabbit. Just to name a few. His jokes mostly involve very stupid people getting horribly maimed, tortured, yelled at, mocked and patronized. He's also quite fond of DoomyDoomsOfDoom.

Oh, and OneOfUs.

'''Comics and cartoons include:'''
* ''JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' (7 issues, 1995-97)
* ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Bad Art Collection]]'' (1 issue, 1996)
* ''Comicbook/{{Squee}}'' (4 issues, 1997-98)
* ''IFeelSick'' (2 issues, 1999)
* ''{{Fillerbunny}}'' (3 issues, 2000-2005)
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' (27 episodes, 2001-02)
* ''EverythingCanBeBeaten'' (1 issue with Crab Scrambly, 2002)
* ''ComicBook/{{Jellyfist}}'' (1 issue with Jenny Goldberg, 2007)
* ''{{MODOK}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' stories for ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_Tales Strange Tales]]'' and the upcoming ''[[{{Fringe}} Beyond the Fringe]]'' comics
* Character designs for ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja''
* An upcoming ''Squee'' animated series for Creator/{{Titmouse}}.
* ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors'' episode "The Puppetyville Horror."
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'''Tropes commonly associated with his works include:'''
* AntiHero
* AntiVillain
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: The comics often have gag panels completely unrelated to the ongoing story.
** Also, this trope is basically half of GIR's personality.
** Jhonen himself has frequently been described as a real life example of this.
*** The introduction to the "[[{{Filler}} Meanwhiles]]" section of the ''Squee'' collection states that the express purpose of said comics was to keep him from getting bored with the main characters and their world.
* AuthorAvatar: Assumed by many of his fans about comic strip artist Johnny C., despite Jhonen's statements to the contrary. Parodied by his "autobiographical" comic where he goes on an unbelievable adventure that, in humorously underwhelming ways, parallels one of Johnny's stories.
* AxeCrazy
* BlackAndGrayMorality
* BlackComedy
* BlackComedyRape:
** Notably: "I HAVE RATS IN MY ANUS". Nny's a bit of a hypocrite at times.
** In ''IFeelSick'', after Devi quits her jobs and walks out, Jhonen makes a small cameo only to be told by Devi's ex-boss "I'm going to rape you up the butt and throw you out the window!" Cut to a scene of Devi exiting the building and a guy in the background falling out the window screaming "WHYYYYYY!?"
* ButtMonkey: Fillerbunny, not to mention every single one of Johnny's victims.
** Plus Dib, Squee, etc...
* TheCameo: Fillerbunny once showed up in ''InvaderZim'', as did an alternate-dimension version of Nny and various writers for the show. However, years before, Rob Hummel-- Vasquez's main writing partner on the show-- is depicted as a slimy department-store employee who is forced by aliens to mate with a chicken in one of the [=JtHM=] "Meanwhile" segments. Happy Noodle Boy also has a tendency to show up where he doesn't belong.
** Not to mention said aliens become recurring characters of his. They show up several times in ''Squee'' & even have a major role in an episode of ''Zim'' (where they talk with inexplicable Liverpudlian accents).
* CharacterFilibuster: Several of Jhonen's characters go on frustrated rants in the face of the crazy-ass world they live in, though their indignation is usually undercut by their own insanity/absurdity. Johnny C. and Dib are main offenders.
* ChaoticStupid: Nearly every secondary or minor character is this.
* ComedicSociopathy
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: The main source of FanDumb. One "Meanwhile" segment parodies this, overlapping with SpringtimeForHitler.
* ContemplateOurNavels
* CrapsackWorld: Most settings, considered a distinctive personal style.
* DarkerAndEdgier
* DarkWorld
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: Oh yes. InvaderZim is the best example EVER of this trope.
** I'm gonna sing the doom song now! Doom doom doom doom doom doom doom doom DOOM! Doom doom doom...
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: References to monkeys keep popping up in his various works. He's said that he simply has a fascination with monkeys.
* EvilVersusEvil: In JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac. InvaderZim's a BlackAndGrayMorality because the [[HeroAntagonist oponnent]] to the main character has fundamentally good intentions.
* {{Gorn}}: In JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac
* HenshinHero: When accosted by irritating fans, Jhonen has the power to change into the mighty Happy Noodle Armor in the blink of an eye.
* HeroicComedicSociopath
* LameExcuse: "SOMEBODY PUT SHIT IN MY PANTS!" from Meanwhile... #2.
* LemonyNarrator: His various caption-box asides in ''JTHM'' and ''Squee!'' tend to be a cross between this and {{MST}}.
* MadArtist: His characters Johnny and Devi? and possibly himself.
* MadEye: He's practically got this ''trademarked''.
* NoFourthWall: Fillerbunny directly talks to the audience (usually begging them to [[MercyKill put him out of his misery]]).
* NoodlePeople: A very prominent trait of his character designs (although his proportions become somewhat more sensible post-JTHM). Not to mention the man himself is a borderline RealLife example.
* ThePhilosopher: Most of his main characters.
* RoomFullOfCrazy
* RuleOfFunny
* SadistShow
* SelfDeprecation: Quite frequently. ''Fillerbunny'' in particular is full of jabs aimed at himself.
* SerialKiller
* SlapStick
* SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism: Very, very far down the cynicism end of the spectrum, to the point of being nihilistic. And possibly beyond.
* StrawFan: A comic has him being stalked and attacked by five very persistent fans. They are actually pretty fitting personifications of his FanDumb.
** StrawmanHasAPoint: Though one of the fans mentions how much The Bad Art Collection sucked, to which Jhonen consented.
* StrawNihilist
* SugarApocalypse: Many of his works involve having adorable things suffer, which he has stated to enjoy writing.
* SurroundedByIdiots
* TakeThat: Basically anything currently trendy, especially the Goths that seem to idolize him.
** Also, guess what company the character "Nick" on ''InvaderZim'' was meant to parody. Go on, guess.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness
* {{Transplant}}: Ms. Bitters appears in both ''Comicbook/{{Squee}}'' and ''InvaderZim''. Since there's otherwise no indication one should consider the show a {{crossover}}, she might otherwise be considered an extremely blatant {{expy}}, or alternate dimension version of herself.
** There are a few minor appearances by other comic characters in the show though. Tenna appears in one episode clubbing with GIR, and a 'demon' version of Nny can be seen on the Halloween episode, though that still is shaky ground to say they're all in a shared universe.
** More solid evidence is the aliens from ''Zim'' episode "Abducted" being recurring players in ''ComicBook/{{Squee}}''. The horned aliens that counter them in ''Squee'' #1 are also clearly precursors to the Vortian race that makes appearances on ''Zim''.
* VillainEpisode
* VillainProtagonist
* WorldOfHam
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17th Mar '14 2:04:00 PM Twentington
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* ExecutiveMeddling: Has happened a few times in real life with ''InvaderZim''. Also appears in a few of Vasquez's works, and is the main reason that Devi quits her job in ''IFeelSick''.



* OldShame: His school-age ''Johnny'' stuff. That hasn't stopped him from publishing it in the back of the Director's Cut book.
13th Mar '14 8:19:09 PM Wackd
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* LemonyNarrator: His various caption-box asides in ''JTHM'' and ''Squee!'' tend to be a cross between this and {{MST}}.
23rd Jan '14 3:58:29 PM TargetmasterJoe
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* ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors'' episdode "The Puppetyville Horror."

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* ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors'' episdode episode "The Puppetyville Horror."
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* ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors'' episdode "The Puppetyville Horror."
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* An upcoming ''Squee'' animated series for Creator/{{Titmouse}}.
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* Stories for ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_Tales Strange Tales]]'' and the upcoming ''[[{{Fringe}} Beyond the Fringe]]'' comics

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* Stories ''{{MODOK}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' stories for ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_Tales Strange Tales]]'' and the upcoming ''[[{{Fringe}} Beyond the Fringe]]'' comics
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* ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Bad Art Collection'' (1 issue, 1996)

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* ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Bad Art Collection'' Collection]]'' (1 issue, 1996)
5th Nov '13 1:40:51 PM JohnnyLurg
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* ''TheBadArtCollection'' (1 issue, 1996)

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* ''TheBadArtCollection'' ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Bad Art Collection'' (1 issue, 1996)
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* SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism: Very, very far down the cynicism end of the spectrum. And possibly beyond.

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* SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism: Very, very far down the cynicism end of the spectrum.spectrum, to the point of being nihilistic. And possibly beyond.


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* StrawNihilist
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