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- Afro Asskicker: Johnny has a fluffy 'fro crammed into that helmet, and is a most capable asskicker.
- Anti-Hero: While he's as virtuous and upstanding a person as can be expected in such a setting, he occasionally will do some pretty brutal things in order to survive. For example, he rescues a former comrade from the gallows in one jurisdiction, only to turn him in for the bounty in the next.
- "Awesome McCool" Name: Invoked. His real last name is Kreelman.
- Bounty Hunter: Like all Strontium Dogs. It's the only legal employment mutants can have.
- Cain and Abel: Has two half brothers, both of whom are staunchly anti-mutant.
- Came Back Wrong: Two examples. In one Strontium Dogs strip, he is back in constant pain until the Gronk gives him a Mercy Kill. During The Life And Death Of Johnny Alpha, he comes back with a parasitic spirit inhabiting him. Even when he gets rid of it, he's more ruthless than he was during his first life.
- Combat Pragmatist: Johnny's time as a guerilla soldier during the Mutant Uprising seem to have left him with a distinct aversion to anything remotely resembling a "fair fight". Knuckledusters, explosives, booby-traps and Time Travel weapons are regular parts of his arsenal.
- Compressed Hair: How that afro fits into that helmet, we'll never know.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Subverted. Johnny is rarely seen without his, and it does save his life on occasion.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Does this to allow the other mutants to escape at the end of The Final Solution and may have done it again at the end of The Life And Death Of Johnny Alpha.
- Mr. Fanservice: Especially seeing as most mutants are cosmetically deformed, Johnny can pass for a normal human, provided he keeps his eyes hidden. He gets a rather revealing Shower Scene in "The Kreeler Conspiracy".
- Nom de Guerre: "Alpha" is quite obviously an assumed name, and Johnny has good reason to not want people to know that his real last name is Kreelman.
- X-Ray Vision: One of the many applications of Johnny's "alpha ray"-emitting eyes.
- Badass Beard: As befitting a Viking, he has a massive blond beard.
- Badass Normal: A regular human, who works as a Strontium Dog because he likes hanging out with Johnny.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He's a viking. What did you expect?
- Drop the Hammer: Wulf's favored backup weapon is a hammer he refers to as Der Happy Stick
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Johnny. Though, Gordon Rennie believes it to be more than that.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Turns out that he's an actual Viking who takes up bounty hunting because he likes working with Johnny. By the time the comics roll around, Wulf seems to have settled in quite nicely in the far future.
- I Call It "Vera": Der Happy Stick.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Wolf, Stone and Hammer.
- '80s Hair: When drawn by Carlos Ezquerra.
- Breakout Character: She got her own spin-off comic set even further into the future.
- Combat Stilettos: Wears them as part of her Stripperific attire.
- Ms. Fanservice: Tends to wear very revealing outfits. In the final part of her far future story, she suffers clothing damage during the final battle.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Immune to diseases and toxins and doesn't age. She has long fangs and uses them to drink blood from people and animals, which she needs to survive. Red's condition is a strontium 90-induced mutation and in no way supernatural, and is never treated like anything else.
- She's Got Legs: Most of her outfits tend to show them off, especially when combined with Combat Stilettos that accent them.
- Stripperific: As close to a futuristic Chainmail Bikini as is possible.
- Unfortunate Names: Durham Red is the name of a breed of shorthorn cattle.
- Vampires Are Sex Gods: She's actually a mutant with a condition resembling vampirism, but she's also Ms. Fanservice.
Archibald "Middenface" McNulty
- The Alcoholic: Sort of comes with the territory when you're a Glasgow hard-man. After Johnny's death, he falls into a deep depression and drinks even more heavily.
- An Arm and a Leg: In the newer stories, he loses an arm.
- Badass Normal: Cosmetically mutated and no powers. Still very capable when it comes to giving laldy.
- Bald of Awesome: Covered with lumps, but you get the idea.
- Funetik Aksent: Exaggerated: He not only speaks in a thick Glaswegian accent, he writes in it too.
- Glasgow Kiss: A perennial favorite.
- Handicapped Badass: Losing an arm makes him no less capable of givin' laldy.
- In-Series Nickname: No-one ever calls him Archibald.
- Nom de Guerre: During his time as a Rebel Leader, Middenface was also known as The Tartan Terror
- Raised by Grandparents: Middenface was raised by his gran, a tough old biddy in the best Glaswegian tradition.
- Rebel Leader: Was General of the Scotland division during the Mutant Uprising.
- Violent Glaswegian: Grew up in the Glasgow ghetto, works as a bounty hunter, and loves a good Bar Brawl.
King Clarkie II
- The Good King: Spacey and politically naïve, but can always be counted on to do right when prodded into action.
Nelson Bunker Kreelman
- Big Bad: Even though Kreelman himself is relegated to a back-burner quite early on, the racist legislation he pushed and his followers are reappearing antagonistic forces.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: Replace "Jews" with "Mutants" and you are on the money. He even provides the page picture.
- President Evil: He comes to power on the anti-mutant ticket, slaughtering them as much as possible. In the original stories, he becomes British Prime Minister. In the modern stories, it's noted that he was President of Earth.