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''The Almighty Johnsons'' is a 2011 UsefulNotes/NewZealand UrbanFantasy {{Dramedy}} about a family of four Kiwi brothers and their CloudCuckoolander cousin who all happen to be incarnations of Norse gods.

The story revolves around Axl Johnson (Emmett Couling Skilton), a typical university student who has just turned 21 years old--an event which triggers weird signs all over Auckland. Upon turning 21, his brothers tell him that he and his brothers are [[PhysicalGod reincarnated Norse Gods]], although their powers have diminished over the years. It took a lightning bolt to make him realize the truth about his godhood, and he discovers that he is the physical incarnation of the god Odin. After a rival goddess shoots an arrow which nearly pierces his heart, fulfilling the prophecy that proves he is Odin, his older brother Mike (Timothy Balme) tells him about his quest: In order to get all their powers back, Axl (Odin) has to find his soulmate, Frigg, and seal the deal. If he doesn't find her before he dies, his whole family dies with him. However, several goddesses have united to prevent him from finding Frigg, including the one who tried to kill him earlier.

The quest involves several [[RedHerring Red Herrings]], including a netballer, a librarian, a homely daughter to a god, and even a goddess. Although the show centers around Axl's quest, it also gives character development to the other brothers, especially Ty and Mike, who refuses to use his god powers because of an incident which left his best friend in a coma.

Created by South Pacific Pictures, the makers of the long-running soap opera ''ShortlandStreet'' hit show ''Series/OutrageousFortune'', with the assistance of New Zealand on Air, ''The Almighty Johnsons'' is the latest product of star writers like James Griffin and Rachel Lang. Originally intended for one season, the first season's success led to the airing of a second season and a scheduled third season, which began filming on 14 January 2013. Many established Kiwi actors have participated in the show, most notably Keisha Castle-Hughes as Axl's flatmate and ShipTease Gaia, and Timothy Balme (Mike).

Has a [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/TheAlmightyJohnsons Character Sheet]] in progress.
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!!Tropes:
* ArcWords: [[OhCrap "Jorgamund is stirring"]].
* AllMythsAreTrue: [[spoiler: The introduction of the Maori Gods in season two hints that other Gods may still exist as well]].
* TheAtoner: Mike/Ullr caused his best friend to enter a coma during a barfight years before the show began.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Anders/Bragi and Michele/Sjfn.
* TheBerserker: Derrick/Thor. Olaf describes Thor as being "barking mad." It shows.
** BerserkButton: Do NOT call him Derrick or tell him that he's mad. He doesn't take it very well.
* BigBad: Agnetha/Frejya
** Clearly overruled in the late first season/second season by [[spoiler:Colin/Loki]]
* BiTheWay: Michele/Sjfn. Can be expected from a goddess of love.
* [[spoiler: BroughtDownToNormal]]: [[spoiler: Once Odin and Frygg are reunited, the spirits of all the Norse gods leave their hosts and return to Asgard, leaving the Johnsons and everyone else mortal again.]]
* TheCasanova: Anders to a T.
* CallBack: The first season ends with Mike and Axl playing Rock, Paper, Scissors. Something Mike did in the first episode to prove to Axl that he was a God. This is repeated in the series finale.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: In the first episode, the boys mother was revealed to be the incarnation of Frejya. At the beginning on the last episode, the Big Bad Agnetha is revealed to be Frejya.]]
** Another one is [[spoiler: Tyr. Mentioned in passing by Thor, who met him in jail. When we find out that Gaia is Tyr's daughter, it's revealed that Tyr and Gaia's mother were drug dealers/makers, hence why he spent time in jail.]]
* ChurchMilitant / TheHunter: [[spoiler: Natalie works for an organisation that wants to kill the Gods earthly forms since it goes against their belief of there only being one God]].
* CloudCuckoolander: Axl, Zeb, and Olaf show tendencies of this.
* CompellingVoice: Anders/Bragi usually uses it for seduction.
* CrazyPrepared: Mike knows that sooner or later Colin/Loki will try to enact revenge for Mike besting him so Mike takes out copious amounts of fire insurance.
* TheDanza: Michelle Langstone, who plays the goddess Michele/Sjfn.
* DawsonCasting: A slight inversion occurs as well with Olivia Tennet who was 19 when she played 21-year-old Delphine--and who looks younger than her actual age.
* DisappearedDad: Joe Johnson/Njoror. He ran out on the family when Axl was a toddler. [[spoiler: He shows up in season three, having being 'pulled' back to Auckland once Axl becomes Odin.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: after the God of Poetry Anders/Bragi sleeps around, ruining the lives of three girls in ways that range from "Not that bad" to "Jerkass", said girls decide to preform a vasectomy operation on him while he's knocked out from tranquilizers. In his bedroom. With a stolen set of surgical instuments from a vetinarian. The one preforming the operation ''isn't even a liscened practinoner!'' She's just a ''receptionist!''
** Michelle's reaction to [[spoiler: Mike breaking up with her, and then sleeping with Hanna/Frygg? To break into Hanna's house and stab her with a kitchen knife. She doesn't succeed on account of Martin/Heimdall coming in and breaking a hammer over her head.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Ty is this in spades.
* [[DoNotCallMePaul Do Not Call Me Derrick]]: It's Thor, thank you very much!
* DoubleEntendre: Just look at the title. C'mon, you were thinking about it, too.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Quite a bit throughout the series.
** In season 1, Gaia's dad Bryn says to Axl that he will [[Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk "grind his bones into fertiliser"]].[[spoiler: Season 2 reveals that Bryn is a giant]].
** In the season 2 opener, Anders is seen looking at a drawing of a tree, [[spoiler: episode 8 reveals he was looking for [[WorldTree Yggdrasil, the World Tree]]]]
** Also in season 2, the door to Mike's bar always being unlocked is revealed to [[spoiler: be caused by Kvasir, who lives in the bar and is keeping an eye on the Johnson brothers]].
** [[spoiler: Axl's genderbent episode in season two becomes this when Frygg is revealed to be the very same woman he turned into.]]
** In season one, Olaf tells Ty that if Helen/Idunn ever meets Anders/Braggi, it will end badly for her. [[spoiler: In season two, Helen is killed by Natalie not long after she meets Anders. The new Idunn, Gaia, ends up leaving the country in season three when it's clear that she is literally ''powerless'' to resist Anders and avoid hurting Axl, the man she really loves.]]
* DrunkWithPower: The reason why Mike is so hesitant to use his powers when it comes to financial gain, i.e gambling, card games etc. After a while, he doesn't know when to quit, becomes cocky and is generally a JerkAss, even when there is a ''serious'' risk of someone getting hurt.
* FragileFlower: Delphine. She cries after Axl gets annoyed at her for calling him "my lord" and again after Axl mentions that he has a problem with hooking up with someone who is already [[spoiler:six weeks pregnant]].
* FreakOut: [[spoiler: Mike completely ''loses'' his temper when Ty brings Dawn to the bar and announces that she knows the secret and that they're back together. His outburst shocks even ''Olaf''.]]
* TheGamblingAddict: Mike is an interesting case since his problem is that he cannot stop himself from winning when he gambles. He also becomes very arrogant and cocky which pisses people off even more than him just taking their money. It also seems that he subconsciously picks opponents who are are able and quite willing to hurt him physically (eg bikers or ex-convicts) since that is a 'game' he can lose.
* GenderBender: Axl, in one episode from season 2.
** When Colin mocks Axl for turning into a woman, Olaf rightly points out that Loki himself has been known to swap genders.
* AGodAmI: Thor seems to have this attitude.
* TheHeart: Gaia, to Axl and Zeb.
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: Gaia had to point this out to her father several times about Axl.
* HesBack: [[spoiler: Ty shows Colin that he's become Hod again by extinguishing his fires and ''using his ice powers to break his arm.'']]
--->[[spoiler: '''Ty''': Who are you calling 'mortal'?']]
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Axl in season three, especially after Gaia leaves.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Ty, in the last episode of Season 1, who ends up marrying Eva/Hel, thus fulfilling his destiny as a god so that Mike can remain alive.]]
* AnIcePerson: Ty/Hod. He even works as a refrigerator repairman.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each episode is named after a quote from that episode.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Ty, [[spoiler: achieved by the end of season 2]].
* ImmuneToDrugs: Axl. For about the span of one episode...
* InsistentTerminology: It's [[MemeticMutation not a coma]]! Referring to "Coma Rob", who is actually in a persistent vegetative state. But they still call him "Coma Rob."
* InstantExpert: Mike. Whenever he plays a game, he wins.
** It has to be a game he personally participates in, however. He's as unlucky at betting on horse races as the rest of us.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Probably the best way to describe Eva and Ty's marriage.
* {{Jerkass}}: Anders, in spades.
* LoopholeAbuse: From both sides in season 1, [[spoiler:the marriage contract never states that Eva is the Frigg, but it also does not state which brother has to get married]].
** In Season 3, Episode 8, Mike tricks [[spoiler: Colin into entering a "game" where he has the advantage. Mike proceeds to deliver Colin a CurbStompBattle]].
** Again in season 3, Mike tries this tactic against [[spoiler: Martin/Heimdallr to reveal where the Frigg is. Martin manages to avoid these tricks until Mike brings Ty whilst playing [[ItMakesSenseInContext Follow the Leader]]]]
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Anders mocks Axl for being a virgin in the second episode as he tries to hook him up with a sexy netballer, even though it's not for lack of effort. (A montage shows him trying to have sex with various girlfriends, but Mike and Valerie interrupt him each time as he's lived in their house.) This invariably leads to SexAsRiteOfPassage when he ends up sleeping with her, but not without consequences.
** Zeb was also a hopeless virgin until Michele used her powers to hook him up with Stacey.
* MeaningfulName: Some of the cast have names relating to other people in mythology.
** Ty (full name Tyrone) is similar to Tr, the one handed Norse God of War and Law
** Gaia is named after the Greek Titan of Earth
** Eva being named after the first woman in the Christian religion.
* MySisterIsOffLimits: Played with. [[spoiler: Martin Larson/Heimdall will do ''anything'' in his power to keep the 'wrong' Odin aka Mike/Ullr from his sister Hannah...who happens to be the Frygg.]]
* MythologyGag: Given the premise of the show, there are various references to the Norse Myths, the more obvious being Derrick/Thor owning a goat farm and Helen/Iunn working with apples.
* MoralityPet: Dawn is this for Anders. Trying to use/hurt her is one of the few boundaries he won't cross, [[spoiler: as Colin/Loki found out when he tried to manipulate Anders into using his powers to make Dawn sleep with him.]]
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Michele, who is a practicing physician at a local hospital, but whose mission is to stop Odin from finding Frigg, even if that means killing him off.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Thor, again.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: As befits Norse gods, the brothers tend to screw up. A lot.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Michele attempts to kill Axl by shooting an arrow to his heart, but the tip ends up lodged next to it, thus helping fulfill a prophecy of him becoming Odin.
* NotSoStoic: [[spoiler: Michelle doesn't show any outward grief at her breakup with Mike, until Anders tells her that Mike is looking for the Frygg so he can be come Odin, implying that Mike is 'trading up in the goddess department.']]
* NotWearingPants: Happens every so often on this show. In fact, how Axl got his powers as Odin involved not wearing any clothes. It's even lampshaded at one point.
* OhCrap: Axl gets this look on his face quite a lot during the series. The most recent one occurring when [[spoiler: he finds out the meaning of 'Jorgamund is stirring'...]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: Olaf/Baldr. He's the main casts' Grandfather, but you couldn't tell by looking.
* OverprotectiveDad: Derrick, both played straight and inverted. He wants Delphine to hook up with Axl (or, rather any god), but he gets rather offended when he tells him about her attraction to Ross, whom he considers "a simpleton."
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: [[spoiler: "Who are you calling mortal?"]]
* PhysicalGod: the basic premise.
* PromotionToParent: Mike, after the boys' mother runs off into the forest and becomes a tree. He assumes responsibility for raising his fellow brothers, even though Olaf is actually older than all of them.
* PlayingWithFire: Loki, Eva/[[spoiler:Hel]]'s father.
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: Gaia/Idunn, who leaves for London when she realizes that she's falling out of love with Axl the more time she spends with Anders/Braggi.]]
* QuestForSex: Let's face it, this is what the story boils down to.
* RedHerring: Several, given that the story revolves around Axl's quest to find Frigg.
* RedStringOfFate: [[spoiler: Once Gaia becomes Idunn, it's a matter of when she and Anders/Braggi get together. No-one is happy about it, least of all Axl.]]
* RetGone / RippleEffectProofMemory: Kind of - time travel isn't involved, but after [[spoiler:Ty loses his godhood and becomes mortal]], his existence is erased from mortal memory; only the other gods remember who he is.
** [[spoiler: And now that Ty has his godhood back, Dawn is starting to remember who he is...]]
** [[spoiler: This happens to the main cast once the spirit of the Norse gods return to Asgard at the end of series 3.]]
* RunningGag: Anders keeps thinking Dawn owns a cat.
* SadlyMythtaken: [[HandWave Hand-waved]] by the historians getting it wrong.
* SecretKeeper: Because they had to run away from Scandinavia to escape from [[UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition Christians with torches]] the Norse gods trust no-one with the knowledge they are gods. [[spoiler: Although Zeb finds out eventually]]
** [[spoiler: Dawn finds out as well in season three.]]
* {{Seers}}: Olaf and Ingrid. Oracles, to be more exact.
* ShipTease: Quite a few. Among them, we have Axl/Gaia, Anders/Michele, Olaf/Ingrid, and Ty/Dawn.
* ShoutOut: In the Pilot, Anders says to Ty [[ForrestGump "Run, Forrest, Run"]]
** Also in the Pilot, during the scene where Axl first becomes a God:
-->''[[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 Fabulous secret powers were revealed to me the day I held aloft my magic sword....]]''
** In "Everything Starts with Gaia", Jacob (Gaia's ex boyfriend) says "Play to stereotype, [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings toss the dwarf]]".
* SickEpisode: Man-Flu in Season 2.
* Squick: Mike (and some viewers, no doubt) looks fairly freaked when Michele's mother tells him that the previous Ullr was her father, aka Michele's grandfather.
* TheStinger: [[spoiler: In the third season finale, Colin hangs around and drops an ominous-looking red crystal on the same spot where Frygg's Norn stone used to be in the Agar.]]
* [[StockBritishPhrases Stock Kiwi Phrases]]: Phrases like "sweet-as" are peppered into everyday conversation to really hammer down the "typical Kiwi bloke" feel of the show.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Although the gods' powers have diminished over the years, they sometimes come back in major ways. Axl is a perfect example of this trope.
* SuperStrength: Axl and Thor, though Axl more so.
* TheDanza: Michele/Sjfn is played by the actress Michelle Langstone
* [[spoiler: TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The true meaning behind 'Jorgamund is stirring,' which according to Norse mythology serves as the catalyst for Ragnarok.]]
* [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway What Kind of Lame Power Is Poetry, Anyway?]]: Anders often gets ridiculed for his god powers, most notably by Michele and Ty.
** Not that it stops him from building a very successful marketing business, partying away every night and sleeping with any woman he feels like.
* WhamEpisode: "Everything Starts with Gaia" in which it's revealed [[spoiler: Gaia is Frigg.]]
** "The House of Jerome" ([=S02E11=]), in which our heroes learn that [[spoiler:the Maori Gods are real too.]]
** And in the season finale, where [[spoiler: Gaia becomes Idunn instead of Frigg.]]
** Season 3, Episode 8: [[spoiler: Ty gets his powers back, and Axl discovers that if Jorgamund stirs for much longer, Ragnarok might happen.]]
** Season 3, Episode 12: [[spoiler: The Johnsons find out that reuniting Odin and Frygg will kill them all (in a sense), Hanna/Frygg sleeps with Mike and reveals to Michelle that she doesn't want to be with Odin, right before ''Martin kills Michelle with a hammer.'']]
** Season 3, Episode 10: [[spoiler: Axl finds the Frigg's biological father in a nursing home, but Mike destroys Yggdrasil before Michelle can use it to heal him and find out who and where she is.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Mike typically warns his fellow brothers of the consequences of using their god powers. One night, however, he decides to go out gambling, the perfect time for his powers to slip through the cracks. Of course, this causes some complications.
** Almost crosses into too dumb to live. The guy walks into a casino, sits down at the Blackjack table and proceeds to win every single hand for the duration of the night, turning $800 into $90,000 before they finally throw him out for suspected cheating.
** As of season three, ''everyone'' begins to call Mike out on his control freak ways when he [[spoiler: lashes out at Ty for bringing Dawn into their secret, and then ''destroying Yggdrasil'' when he finds out about Michelle using it to heal people.]]
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