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Let's face it, as common as the name "John" and its derivatives may be in RealLife, in works of fiction the particular derivative "Johnny" [[RuleOfCool manages to sound quite cool and awesome in its own way]], no matter how many ways it's spelled. And especially more so if the name-bearer is a badass in ''some'' capacity.

And if Johnny's surname will add to or emphasize that bad-assery, then [[TropesAreTools so much the better]].

Of course, it doesn't always have to be that Johnny [=McCool=] Name is a badass simply because (at least in-universe) his name makes him sound that way. It could be that his really is a MeaningfulName, or a [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast name to give pause to]].

To qualify for this trope, not just ''anybody'' named Johnny Something can apply. The surname has to be something that either sounds cool and can be justified (therefore, not something like "Johnson" unless the character has done something particular noteworthy as per the stipulations of the trope) or that speaks to his personality or some other aspect of the character, or if he is TheHero of an eponymous work. And the character is AlwaysMale.

Nicknames are allowed, so the character can be known as, say, Johnny TheMagnificent or simply Johnny Magnificent.

A sub-trope of [[AwesomeMcCoolName Awesome [=McCool=] Name]].

Compare LukeNounverber and AdjectiveNounFred. Contrast UnfortunateNames.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* Johnathan "Johnny" Joestar, one of the eponymous characters of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure''.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* In Creator/MarvelComics:
** Johnny Blaze, the most well-known Comicbook/GhostRider, was a [[BadassBiker stunt motorcyclist]] before he got the flaming skull-head and [[CoolBike bike that has fiery wheels]].
** [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Johnny Storm, the Human Torch]].
** ''Johnny Tower'' was an alias used by ComicBook/ThePunisher while infiltrating a crime family.
* [[Series/NightMan Johnny Domino]], popular saxophonist.
* From Franchise/TheDCU, we have:
** Johnny Thunder, member of the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica.
** Johnny Peril, adventurer-for-hire.
** Johnny Double, deliberately anachronistic P.I. who peppers his speech with beatnik and hipster slang.
** Johnny Sorrow, a villain who acts as TheDragon to an EldritchAbomination known as the King of Tears, and who himself can turn intangible and literally frighten people to death if he removes his mask (used to cover [[NightmareFace a hideously scarred face]]).
** Johnny Quick, a name shared by two different characters--an evil speedster who's a member of the Crime Syndicate (being Flash's EvilCounterpart), and a heroic speedster who's a member of [[ComicBook/TheFlash The Flash's]] supporting cast.
* ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' is a case of ObviouslyEvil and NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast.


[[folder: Film ]]
* Film/JohnnyEnglish, bumbling secret agent (excusable, as his movie is an AffectionateParody of the spy movie genre, plus he's played by Creator/RowanAtkinson of ''Series/MrBean'' fame).
* The title character of the movie ''Johnny Tsunami'' is a surfer and BadassGrandpa (variation in that he's not the protagonist of the film's main story, his grandson is, who is also Johnny, who uses their surname, Kapahala).
* The titular protagonist of the 1954 movie ''Johnny Guitar'' is a reformed gunslinger. His real name, Johnny Logan, is just as impressive.
* ''Film/JohnnyDangerously'', a former gangster.
* [[Film/ShortCircuit Johnny Five]], the name adopted by NOVA robotics creation SAINT #5 after his escape.
* ''[[Disney/MelodyTime Johnny Appleseed]],'' a Disney animated film based on the life of John "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman, who is famous for the legend that depicts him planting apple trees everywhere he goes.
* Johnny Utah, an FBI agent and the main character in ''Film/PointBreak1991''.
* Johnny Baca from ''Film/ConAir'' is a fairly pedestrian name, but his nickname, "Johnny 23" is a villainous example, it being the number of known rapes he's been convicted for.
* The [[LifeIsBeautiful Roberto Begnini]] film ''Johnny Stecchino''. The eponymous character is a mafia boss. Or, well, his {{Doppelganger}}.
* ''Johnny Cool'', a 1963 crime film. Not to mention the title song performed by Creator/SammyDavisJr.
* In ''Film/TheFactsInTheCaseOfMisterHollow,'' the eponymous Johnny Hollow is the mysterious benefactor of an unseen OccultDetective, who has provided said detective with a {{Spooky Photograph|s}} that may confirm the sinister activities of a MysteryCult.
* The eponymous character of the film ''Johnny Handsome'' (although, before the facially deformed John Sedley receives extensive reconstructive surgery that makes him look like a young Creator/MickeyRourke, it's a mocking IronicNickname).

[[folder: Literature ]]

* "Gentleman" Johnnie Marcone from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is a crime boss who endeavors to keep bloodshed to a minimum in his operations, hence his nickname. Mind you, it isn't his real name...


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Radio rock DJ "Doctor" Johnny Fever from ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'' (real name Johnny Caravella, and played by Howard Hesseman).
* Jonny Fairplay from Series/{{Survivor}}.
* Johnny Bravo (no, not [[WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo THAT]] one), the character Greg was going to play on a ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' episode. He thought an agent was offering him a singing gig, but found that they altered his voice a lot and only wanted him because he fit the costume.

[[folder: Music ]]
* Music/ChuckBerry's "Johnny B. Goode".
* Music/BlackSabbath has "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvso2a2l3RQ Johnny Blade]]."
* [[Music/JohnLydon Johnny Rotten]] never would have gotten so far if he'd stuck with "Lydon."
* Music/EnterShikari have a song called "Jonny Sniper" about an Earth-saving hero.
* The Brian Setzer Orchestra's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGDOa6bYbVg (The Legend of) Johnny Kool]]".
* Music/JohnnyCash, the Man in Black.
* There was also a singer named Johnny Paycheck.
* Music/NeilYoung has an epic song-tale about "Johnny Magic" who invents an Earth-saving electric car.
* Jonny D'Ville of Music/TheMechanisms
* '60s R&B singer Johnny Thunder (who may or may not have inspired Music/TheKinks' song of that name).
* Johnny Thunders, of the Music/NewYorkDolls.
* Music/RedHotChiliPeppers' "Johnny Kick a Hole In The Sky". Though in the lyrics, the exact phrase doesn't occur (the name and badass action are said separatedly).

[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]
* Marc Mero wrestled in Wrestling/{{WCW}} as Johnny B. Badd.
* Before he became Wrestling/JohnMorrison, John Hennigan's Wrestling/{{WWE}} name was "Johnny Nitro." He also had a series of minor appearances as "Johnny Blaze" and "Johnny Spade" before settling on "Nitro".
** In ''Wrestling/LuchaUnderground'' he wrestles as Johnny [[BilingualBonus Mundo]].
* Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis, the former Executive Vice President of Talent Relations of WWE and Interim General Manager of Monday Night Raw, formerly wrestled under the name "Johnny Ace". Because "Laurinaitis" is difficult to pronounce, smarks still often refer to him by his ring name.
* Johnny Grunge of [[Wrestling/{{TPE}} The Public Enemy]].


[[folder: Radio ]]
* Johnny Dollar, the eponymous insurance investigator from the 1950s radio series ''Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar''.

[[folder: Toys ]]
* While not a ''character'', exactly, "Johnny Lightning" is a brand of die-cast collectible cars similar to Hot Wheels.
* Johnny Thunder, the lead character of ''Toys/LEGOAdventurers''.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* [[Franchise/MortalKombat Johnny Cage]], box-office superstar and martial artist (it's only his stage name, however; his real name is John Carlton).
* Johnny Napalm is a character in the ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' games.
* The ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' series has Johnny Gat, convicted of over 300 counts of first degree murder. No, not 250, there is no statute of limitations on first degree murder.
* Johnny from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', the male leader of the otherwise female Jellyfish Pirates, who wears all black with sunglasses, [[IaijutsuPractitioner practices iaijutsu]], and is likely named after Music/JohnnyCash.
* Johnny Dash, the BadassAdorable KidHero of ''VideoGame/MonsterBash''.
* From ''[[{{VideoGame/Bioshock2}} Bioshock 2]]'', Subject Delta's "[[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname real]]" name was Johnny Topside before his transformation. Given [[TheFifties the]] [[UnderwaterCity setting]], it was probably the coolest name imaginable.
* Johnny Style, the sunglasses-wearing rabbit pirate from ''VideoGame/ZackAndWikiQuestForBarbarosTreasure'' who always seems to beat Zack to wherever he's searching for treasure.

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* [[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Johnny Snow]], [[FreezeRay Ice Beam]]-wielding [[SuperZeroes superhero wannabe]].
* ''VideoGame/JohnnyRocketfingers'', a badass stick figure who stars in a series of web games.
* [[WebOriginal/CapesAndCowls Johnny Quantum]], a [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]] [[Series/LeaveItToBeaver Ward Cleaver]] knockoff.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', [[InformedAbility macho man]] with CoolShades (but a subversion in that the man himself is something of a buffoon).
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' villain Johnny Rancid, a [[BadassBiker villainous wielder of a flying motorcycle]].
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'', teen adventurer.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', who gets into all sorts of wild hijinks with his sisters' science inventions.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' villain Johnny 13 has control of a LivingShadow which causes bad luck toward anything it passes through (as a nod to the superstition of the number 13 being unlucky). He's also a BadassBiker whose motorcycle [[CoolBike can race up walls and fly]].

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* [[TheWildWest Old west]] outlaw [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Ringo Johnny Ringo]], self-termed "King of the Cowboys" and a player in the OK Corral story (on the Clanton side).
* In TheFifties, movie star Lana Turner dated a gangster named John "Johnny Stomp" Stompanato. (That is, until Turner's daughter killed him.) He showed up in ''Film/LAConfidential'', too.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Burgoyne "Gentleman" Johnny Burgoyne]].
* Writer and musician [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Strike Johnny Strike]].
* Not a person, but Johnny Rockets, the name of an American diner, counts.
* Texas A&M Quarterback and Heisman winner Johnny Manziel. Generally referred to as Johnny Football.
* Johnny Reb, the archetypal Confederate soldier in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar.
* Creator/JohnnyYongBosch