Comic Book: Johnny the Homicidal Maniac
"Dear Die-Ary. Today I stuffed some dolls full of dead rats I put in the blender. I'm beginning to wonder if, maybe, there really is something wrong with me."
A series of comic books by Jhonen Vasquez
, the guy who did Invader Zim
. Johnny (Nny for short) is a serial killer with various psychological disorders who does bizarre and often nasty things to bizarre and often nasty people. He often has long, serious, intellectual monologues about the state of society, only to end them with non-sequiturs like "Tuesday is UFO day". When not doing that, Nny likes to draw a comic strip about a deranged, foul-mouthed stick figure named "Happy Noodle Boy". His only friends (if you can call them that) are Todd "Squee" Casil, the meek kid next door whom he unintentionally scares shitless, and Nailbunny, a dead rabbit nailed to the wall who is actually Nny's voice of reason
It started as a series of comics in the magazine Carpe Noctem
, and later spawned a seven-book series, later compiled and reprinted as JtHM: The Director's Cut
. Related spin-offs included Squee
, a four-book series which later was also collected and reprinted with filler from all eleven books in a separate section; I Feel Sick
, which starred Johnny's ex-girlfriend and almost-victim Devi; and Fillerbunny
, a deliberately half-assed
trio of books spun off from some Squee
Recently, there has been talk of maybe a movie
. Diablo only knows what will happen if it goes through, but at least it would be animated.
This comic features examples of:
- Adorkable: Johnny. No, seriously. When he's happily dating Devi, you wouldn't even recognize him.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Inverted. The devil assumes the form of a cheerleader because it's one of the things Johnny despises.
- Abusive Parents: While Squee's mother simply doesn't care about him one bit, his father actively despises him and blames him for ruining his life.
- Apparently, they also tell him to get kidnapped.
- All Just a Dream: After Johnny's suicide and trip to Hell, Johnny contemplates whether or not it was all just a dream. After all, the universe ending with his death and being rebuilt with his resurrection? Moving Doughboys? A couple of escaped victims roaming his increasingly-labyrinthine house until they encounter and beat the snot from him? Said victims appearing free, without memory, and unharmed after he wakes up? Sure, he knows he's insane, but he knows he's not insane enough to believe that. (Now all he has to wonder about is how Devi heard a Doughboy screaming loudly over the phone...)
- Additionally, Mmy commented on Nny's hair.
- Almost Kiss: Johnny and Devi on The Date... which is odd because it's established early on how much the former dislikes contact with others, never mind bodily fluids (like spit swapping).
- Animated Actors: Suggested, not by the characters, but by the author's notes that pop up every now and then. Often something like explaining how the "actor" was able (or not) to survive being attacked by Johnny.
"To achieve THIS shot, we first made a plaster mold of the actor's head. We then filled it with cow parts. Then, for realism, we surprised the actor by blowing a hole through his head."
- Anti-Villain: Johnny depending on the story is either this or a straight up Villain Protagonist
- Anyone Can Die: Naturally, given the title of the comic. Even the supposedly invincible homicidal maniac.
- Art Evolution: Nny gets thinner and less mangy over the seven books, as does everything else, really.
- Very very clear in the early drawings, beginning with Johnny The Little Homcidal Maniac, where his length around the middle is essentially cut in half every strip.
- The art in general becomes cleaner as the series goes on, and the panels aren't nearly as squished as they are in the first two issues.
- Asexuality: Johnny finds sexual desire, like any biological imperative, to be revolting, but Reverend Meat seemed to imply that Johnny has had sex with some girl (possibly before he went crazy, since Johnny doesn't remember it). Whether Johnny became averse to sex after his psychosis set in, is not asexual but wishes to be, or Reverend Meat was just screwing with him, is arguable.
- On the matter of Nny's sexuality, Jhonen had this to say: "He's a coward and I think it manifests itself in many ways. One of them being the fact that's he's disgusted with sexuality. I don't think he has a sex drive and if he does it finds its way out through other means, mainly a knife through the flesh." note
- Asshole Victim: Quite a few of Nny's victims are this, especially those that wind up in the Torture Cellar. Edgar Vargas is an exception singled out due to being something of a One-Scene Wonder who was specifically identified as being a decent person Nny took no satisfaction in killing, but far from the only one — basically, Nny'll kill you for being an asshole, but he'll also kill you for being friends with an asshole, being somewhere in the same general vicinity as an asshole, for triggering his Hair-Trigger Temper, for catching him in a bad mood, for wearing bell bottoms...
Tess: The fact that I'm here is a sign he's fucked up enough to have blurry aim!
- Ass Shove: During Johnny's rampage at a Taco Smell:
Victim 1: Oh dear God!
Victim 2: My eyes!! I can't see my eyes!
Victim 3: Aaagh!
Victim 4: Noooo!
Victim 5: Eeek!
Victim 6: Somebodeee! Pull this churrito out of my ass!
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Johnny attempts to commit suicide over not getting a slushie, then is distracted by soda. This sort of thing happens a lot.
- Ax-Crazy: The words "Homicidal" and "Maniac" are the title, after all.
- Black Comedy: Babies're nutritious!
- Badass Bookworm: Devi, who successfully beats the shit out of Johnny before he could kill her.
- Badass Longcoat: Johnny gets one when he goes to hell. To his consternation, he doesn't get to keep it.
- In fact, he's so upset about it that he completely misses his chance to learn why his life sucks so much.
- Berserk Button: Don't ever call Johnny "wacky." Or, according to one of his victims who went to hell, "faggot." Also, don't be rude, careless or inconsiderate to him in any way. And don't insinuate he drinks the blood of his victims. And don't talk during movies he likes. Of course, even if you don't do any of these things he'll probably kill you anyway.
- Bigger Bad: the Moose
- Big Brother Mentor: Johnny tries to help Squee more than the his parents, anyway. Then again, so does the Antichrist.
- Bond One-Liner: An odd one in that it was directed at Squee (who wasn't the victim) and didn't really comment on the death, but was still a super badass way for Johnny to reveal himself.
Pedophile: Why'd you tell me your name? I didn't want to know your name!
(Pedophile gets his head caved in with a pipe.)
Nny: (wielding pipe) Todd? I liked 'Squee' better.
- Can't Get In Trouble For Nuthin'': Deconstructed, like Contractual Immortality. Nny will never get caught. If he's reported, the cops will never remember who he is. It doesn't matter how public his sprees are, or how many victims, or even if he confesses directly to somebody's face at length. Once he returns from Hell and stops being a wastelock, this ends, and he's forced to go on the run.
- Captain Ersatz: Squee's father owes a lot to the fact that Vasquez is a fan of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
- Character Blog: Johnny has a Twitter.
- The Chew Toy: Squee, far more so in his spinoff. Also Wobbly Headed Bob, which is compounded by the fact he's aware of this and aware that he's powerless to stop it.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Happy Noodle Boy, also a Talkative Loon.
- Also, Devi's friend Tenna. Though to a much lesser extent than Happy Noodle Boy.
- Co-Dragons: The Doughboys could be this for that thing in the wall. Whatever it is.
- Contemplate Our Navels
"Sometimes...you can cry until there's nothing wet in you. You can scream and curse to where your throat rebels and ruptures. You can pray, all you want, to whatever god you think will listen. And, still it makes no difference. It goes on, with no sign as to when it might release you. And you know that if it ever did relent...it would not be because it cared. —(Written on the wall in blood before everything went black)"
- Contractual Immortality: Deconstructed: Johnny can't die, and is noticeably unhappy about it.
- Cosmic Horror Story
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The embryo in the jar that averts Johnny's first on-panel suicide attempt by informing him the commercial where the whole family gets diarrhea is on never appears again, despite being one of the voices.
- Crapsack World: Par for the course with Vasquez.
- Creator Breakdown: In universe example: Happy Noodle Boy, drawn by the increasingly insane Johnny.
- Cuteness Proximity: Nny has a weakness for puppies (if you consider the Twitter account canon). Possibly the only living things he won't kill.
- Dada Comics: Happy Noodle Boy.
- Death Is Cheap: If you happen to be a Flusher. Yes, Johnny, this means you.
- Doesn't Like Guns: Johnny hates to even touch guns and thinks people should only use them on themselves. The only time he used one on another person was an attempted murder-suicide. (Well, the murder part was successful.) In the Carpe Noctum strips, he had no qualms with killing using a pistol, probably due to Early Installment Weirdness.
- Doomy Dooms of Doom: Not quite as much as Invader Zim but noticeable. It's still Jhonen Vasquez.
: God, I love that word — doom!
- Driven to Suicide: Johnny decides not to follow through with his intention to commit suicide in the end, and loudly proclaims his taking back control over his life. Then he ends up accidentally killing himself.
- Drop the Hammer: Nny does this occasionally.
- Dutch Angle: Vasquez makes use of many extreme angles, but especially notable are the many Dutch angles used to portray the state of Johnny's mind, as well as the sense of unbalance and bizarre nature of his environment.
- Dying Alone: Johnny attempts a murder-suicide to avert this trope. It doesn't work.
- Well, the suicide doesn't. The murder part works just fine.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In one scene Pepito and his mum can be briefly seen.
- Easily Forgiven: In-universe, hell no. When anyone successfully holds onto the realisation that he's a murderer, they're always frightened and disgusted. Out of universe, well...
: Yes, yes, I'm the one that's been killing all those people. But I'm also the creative force behind Happy Noodle Boy
, so forgive me and shut up.
- Eldritch Abomination: The Moose. Which is definitely not a moose.
- Even Evil Has Standards: For all the evil he performs, Johnny hates rapists and pedophiles, though this is more due to issues with physical contact.
- Actually, he seems pretty upset that anyone would want to hurt the easily-terrified child in question. His attempt to reassure said child unfortunately goes about as well as you would expect, especially because he kind of ripped the pedophile's brain out in front of him.
- Evil Versus Evil: Johnny versus the Doughboys.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Expressive Shirt: Just about every panel.
- Extreme Melee Revenge: Johnny invokes this way too many times to count.
- Fire and Brimstone Hell: When it's not like an Earth full of small-minded assholes.
- "Forgets" to Eat: Because by the end of the comic, a somewhat vaguely sane Johnny is seeking complete freedom, including from his own body's needs. Mocked by new head voice Reverend Meat.
- Freudian Excuse: Completely averted, even for the Villain Protagonist himself (Johnny makes vague mentions of people making fun of him when he was younger, but it's never used to justify what he does). Nailbunny's rant about Nny formally being a great artist also qualifies as an aversion, though it's similarly vague. Vasquez intentionally left Nny's origins unwritten to avoid this. Eventually, though we don't get the full details, the sequel spinoff I Feel Sick implies that he was corrupted by the same force that created the Doughboys. It's always clear that nothing really excuses Johnny's actions, however.
- Funny Background Event: Many.
- Godly Sidestep: Johnny meets God. God is a sleeping fat man who, upon being woken up, refuses to answer any questions and insists he's earned a break after creating the entire universe.
- Good Is Boring: Heaven is ridiculously boring to an outsider like Johnny or to the employees, who are actually the damned. This is because Heaven consists of everybody sitting down in chairs doing nothing — they're utterly content, and thus utterly unmotivated.
- Happily Failed Suicide: Johnny tries to kill himself with a gun-toting robot that will shoot him if he tries to turn it off or answers the phone. After an indignant conversation with some of the voices in his head, he changes his mind and decides he wants to live after all, switching the robot off. As it turns out, the robot didn't work, and Johnny exclaims that he was extremely lucky. The moment after, the phone rings and Johnny, happy to be alive, turns to answer it. The robot then shoots him. He forgot to turn it on in the first place and only did so when he thought he was switching it off.
- Hair Antennae: Apparently hair loss is a side effect of being rejected from Hell and returned to life.
- Hates Being Touched: Johnny.
- Headphones Equal Isolation: Averted with Johnny. "Even with headphones, the highly sensitive asshole-detecting gland functions."
- The Heartless: The Moose.
- The Hedonist: Reverend Meat wants Johnny to give into emotion and his own body's wants. Johnny, seeking freedom from everything, including his own body, is less than receptive.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Johnny on a good day.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Squee.
- Hope Spot: Occasional; Edgar Vargas (Nny kills him anyway), The Date (until Nny tries to kill Devi), Nny's Shut Up, Hannibal! moment to The Doughboys (he finally dies by accident), Nny coming back from Hell, in control (and still crazy), and so on.
- Hot as Hell: The Devil taking the form of a horned demon doesn't scare Johnny; he thought it was pretty cool. So Satan then turns into a cute, perky cheerleader, which squicks him right out.
- Hypocritical Humor: Johnny scoffs at the self-absorbed, over-dramatic residents of Hell losing their shit over trivial annoyances - then proceeds to throw his very own epic tantrum over it.
- I Want The Person I "Like Immensely" To Live Without Fear That I'll Messily Murder Her
- Identity Amnesia: The more Nny questions the situation and Motive Decay, the more he mentions remembering barely any of his past to the point of wondering how he came to be in the house in the first place. It turns out to have been caused by the Doughboys and Wall Monster holding More Than Mind Control over him, but even with them gone, his memories don't return.
- Important Haircut: Nny either sleep-shaved himself during a stupid dream, or it burned off when he went to Hell. Either way, he's left with two Hair Antennae and the meagre trade-off of freedom and semi-sanity.
- Improbable Weapon User: Nny has killed and/or maimed people with an automatic screwdriver, a live snake, a loose circular saw blade... and that's just the beginning of it.
- According to his Twitter, he killed a man with a Cheeto.
- Also, salad tongs.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Jimmy develops an infatuation with Johnny when he witnesses Johnny's killing spree at a Taco Hell Outlet. It doesn't end well.
- The Insomniac: Nny dislikes sleeping; it further distorts his perception of reality. This means he stays awake until he loses consciousness, at which point his body usually continues doing unspeakable things of its own accord. According to his Twitter, he once woke up on the beach trying to paddle a hollowed-out corpse like a canoe.
- Interrupted Suicide: Of a different sort. In one strip, Nny discusses his current attempt to commit suicide to the Doughboys. Before he goes through with it, Nailbunny tells him that a TV show he likes is on. Cut to him laughing uproariously at the TV. In Jhonen's notes in the Director's cut, he says he found the idea of someone failing to commit suicide then losing interest in it to be funny, with a strip showing a proto-Johnny trying to shoot himself with an empty gun, and then going to watch TV.
- I Will Show You X: Nny's response to being called "wacky" by a woman in a Taco "Hell":
Nny: I'll show you wacky! I'll show you wackeeeeee!
- Then he disembowels everyone in the restaurant with a spork, going so far as to squish all the roaches in the kitchen.
- Kick Chick: Devi.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Johnny's murder of Jimmy was quick and incredibly brutal. It was also pretty damn deserved.
- Johnny's idea of ending a relationship with no hard feelings is killing his date, Devi, before things between them can go south. There is a reason why the fandom lauds her as "The One Who Got Away."
- Knife Nut: See that image up top? He actually owns a lot more knives than that.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Johnny sees himself as this. The degree to which this is true... varies.
- Loners Are Freaks: Johnny, Devi, and Squee.
- Looks Like Cesare: Johnny, who often comes off as the world's most psychopathic stick figure. When he's not drawing it, anyway.
- Loony Fan: Jimmy.
- Lunatic Loophole: Throughout the series, Johnny manages to avoid being arrested for or even suspected of any of his crimes, up to and including draining the blood of a flower vendor, on a crowded street in broad daylight, with numerous horrified witnesses present.
- Mad Artist: Johnny...if his creative murders and Happy Noodle Boy comics actually count as art.
- Apparently, he can also knit shovels. Not a functional shovel, but yes, a shovel.
- Mad Eye: Johnny is depicted with one eye huge and staring, the other slitted as a marker for insanity. Well, greater than normal levels of insanity.
- Manipulative Bastards: The Doughboys.
- Mind Screw: Plenty, though given that it's a Vasquez work, it's not entirely unexpected.
- Moment Killer: Johnny and Devi Almost Kiss. Cue knives. Cue Devi's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. Cue Nailbunny Lampshading this months later.
- Mood Whiplash: Johnny's very susceptible to this, which makes sense, given that he's a total lunatic.
- Morality Pet: Despite the repeated trauma he inadvertently inflicts, Johnny's kindly (although misguided) treatment of Squee is about as close to petting the dog as he gets.
- Devi acts as this, too. Almost any interaction between them has Johnny acting much closer to sane than usual, be it the three months before she asks him out or even after she beats the crap out of him.
- More Than Mind Control: The Doughboys seem to have this over Johnny, through the wall-monster. Helped by the fact that the duo used to be part of him and have been slowly invoking Identity Amnesia. It takes Johnny a good helping of Villainous Valour to fight back.
- Motive Decay: Purposely invoked in the story and discussed by Johnny, who finds it harder and harder to remember why he kills people as the thing behind the wall and the Doughboys gain more control over him.
- The Movie: Maybe.
- Mr. Exposition: Nny, on several of his usual rants.
- Mundane Afterlife: Heaven is... people sitting in chairs. Hell is... living with all the people who go to Hell and living with the reason you went to Hell in the first place. There are actually good reasons behind this. In Heaven, the people there are truly happy, entirely contented, and thus lack the desires of living people, who spend their lives looking for happiness. Hell's pretty self-explanatory. Even Nny says that are least in life there are some nice people mixed in with all the jackasses.
- Murderers Are Rapists: Averted with Johnny, but played straight with Jimmy. Johnny's reaction to Jimmy provide the trope's page quote.
- Mysterious Past: Nny. As in, even Nny doesn't know it. Which makes it easier for the Doughboys to do their thing.
- Nice Shoes: Nny's boots. Knee-high, leather, cloven-toed and loads of buckles.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: Johnny.
- To another extent, Wobbly-Headed Bob, though he probably does not merit the wannabe part.
- No Ending: The main series and Squee!
- Non Sequitur: After horribly killing a pedophile for threatening Squee, he informs Squee at the end of his rant that it's Tuesday, "U.F.O. Day!", and runs off.
- Noodle Implements: "I've done horrifying things with salad tongs. It's really eaten into my social life."
- Noodle People: Everyone's got long, spindly limbs.
- Only Sane Employee: Meet Nailbunny, Nny's conscience and voice of reason. Yes, the bunny nailed to a wall.
- Only Sane Man: Squee is probably the closest thing to "sane" that this universe is ever going to have, and given how often Johnny accidentally scares the hell out of him, he might not stay that way for long. In the odd little world of House 777, Nailbunny certainly qualifies, as he attempts to keep the Doughboys from totally screwing Johnny over, and Johnny in a state slightly resembling a decent human being. His job is less than desirable.
- Papa Wolf: Johnny bludgeons the pedophile that threatened Squee. He even tried to teach Squee not to be afraid of such people. His method was, uh, flawed, but his intent was genuine.
- Pet the Dog: Johnny may be a remorseless murderer, but there are several circumstances that show that Johnny isn't entirely evil, and he is willing to protect Squee above all else.
- Police Are Useless: Of course, competence from anyone in a Jhonen Vasquez work might be expecting too much. The police are no different.
- Pinocchio Syndrome: Mr. Eff, in contrast to his counterpart, Psycho Doughboy.
- Pollyanna: Squee, on his better days.
- Poisonous Captive: Much of Nny's degeneration could be attributed to the thing behind the wall, who wound up creating the Doughboys with the intent that they could push Johnny into suicide. In order to keep it trapped, Nny also had to make sure the wall was continually coated in wet blood, meaning he wound up killing at least one person he otherwise wouldn't have.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Johnny himself even provides the page image.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Nny tortures people for the fun of it, and because he feels he has to. Finds the suffering of the ones he is killing something pleasuring and incredible... yet, he is highly disgusted with the idea of raping his victims before killing them. How come enjoying the suffering of someone is better than enjoying forced sexual intercourse with them? No one really knows. (It's also probably not productive looking for consistency in a confirmed psychotic.)
- Rant Inducing Slight: Johnny has a major Hair-Trigger Temper; anything, up to and including using the word 'wacky' in his presence, can set him off.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The horrible thing trapped behind Johnny's wall.
- Self-Inflicted Hell: The Devil explicitly doesn't do anything to the denizens of Hell. They make their own afterlife miserable through all their petty obsessions.
- Self-Insert Fic: Completely, completely averted. Jhonen has debunked claims of this many times, including several Take That strips targeted at people who believe this.
- In-universe it's somewhat implied that Happy Noodle Boy is this. Apparentlty kids used to call Nny Noodle Boy as a child beacuse he was so skinny. .
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Don't worry. We get Johnny back.
- Shout-Out: A lot of the borders contain hidden subliminal messages, and this one can be easy to miss. At the top of the page with the massacre in the taco place, it says "LV 426."
Nny: No, mine is a penetration beyond the veil of the flesh.
Tess: You're quoting The Fly?
Nny: Sure, why not?
- Show Within a Show: Happy Noodle Boy is supposedly drawn by Johnny himself. As the series goes on, Noodleboy gradually starts making less and less sense, reflecting the protagonist's own mental degeneration. Though Happy Noodle Boy never made much sense in the first place.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Devi to Nny in the final book.
- Slasher Smile: It really wouldn't be Nny without them.
- Someone Has to Do It: The whole business with waste-locks and flushers.
- Spin-Off: The main series spun-off into Squee, which focused on Johnny's grade school neighbor, then later into I Feel Sick, which centered around a young female artist Johnny once tried to kill. I Feel Sick itself was then spun-off into Fillerbunny...sorta.
- Squee: Todd makes this sound when he's scared, leading Johnny (being Johnny) to actually think that his name was 'Squee'. Johnny also has a Squee moment when after he's informed in Heaven that, while there, he can blow up a person's head by thinking about it.
- Stalker with a Crush: After Nny fails to kill her, Devi becomes convinced he's following her, and her fear of him drives her to agoraphobia. JtHM implies she's just being paranoid, though he does show up in silhouette outside her workplace in I Feel Sick, so perhaps he was stalking her after all.
- Jimmy, sans the crush - he's closer to Stalker With A Fanatic Obsession than anything.
- Status Quo Is God: No matter what, Johnny will be a homicidal maniac. He can have a Love Interest, a Morality Pet, or a Heel Realization, and still be a homicidal maniac. He can die, visit Hell, and come back with control of his own mind and still be a homicidal maniac. (Albeit less of one, but he still shot a "Kick Me" sign into some guy's back.)
- Stylistic Suck: Happy Noodle Boy again.
- Sympathetic Murderer: Though by rights he shouldn't be, especially starting out. ( Then we learn about The Doughboys, The Moose, their collective More Than Mind Control... but he's still killed countless people, For the Evulz at least as often as a response to Asshole Victims, and this doesn't exactly stop.) Vasquez himself has been rather Squicked by fan responses.
- Take That, Audience!: Jimmy, or Mmy, from chapter seven was an attack on people who liked the comic before Johnny started contemplating what he was doing, and also towards people who found Johnny someone they could relate to as a person. Also Anne-Gwish was an attack against people that considered JTHM a goth comic because of its art style and its anti-conformist views.
- Tension-Cutting Laughter: The scene where Devi and Nny are on a date. Devi jokes about killing Nny and leaving his dead body. Both fall silent, but after a moment they both laugh.
- Thought Caption: Used in several points as an Inner Monologue for isolated gags.
- The Snack Is More Interesting: Than suicide.
- Those Two Bad Guys: The Doughboys.
- Too Dumb to Live: Many an Asshole Victim. Also the bulk of Hell's population.
Nny: YOU STINK! Focusing on the mundane! Money! Fashion! Cream cheese! YOU'RE IN HELL AND YOU'RE TOO STUPID TO KNOW IT!
- Torture Cellar: Johnny's house has a Torture Cellar several stories deep that seems to shift around and give itself extra rooms (with devices in them). Even he doesn't know how it came to be there.
- Tranquil Fury: Nny's major reaction to "Mmy." Justified by how horrified he was, along with the somewhat return of his sanity, but it was as terrifying a sight as an awesome one.
- Unpopular Popular Character: Johnny and Squee. Neither are much liked in-universe, but fans adore them.
- Unusual Euphemism: "Fook!", though Jhonen usually just uses the regular f-bomb.
- Verbal Tic Nickname: Squee, who's real name is Todd. He never said his name was Squee, it's just a sound he makes when he's scared. So when Johnny asked what his name was, that was all he could manage.
- Villain Protagonist: Johnny, and he's aware of it.
- Villainous Valour: Johnny against the Doughboys.
- Vomiting Cop: An angel, not a cop, but valid.
- Walking the Earth: The series ends with Nny doing this. Of course, when you think about it, he probably had to. An Admirer, of Sorts implies that now that his duty as a Waste-Lock is completed, he's no longer immune to getting caught, so staying in one place for too long isn't the wisest thing for him.
- Wham Episode: Arguably the one where Johnny actually dies.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Pretty much the only line Johnny won't cross.
- Your Head A Splode: Johnny briefly gains this power when he finds out that those who are in Heaven have powers that vary from person to person, though his guide tells him to refrain from the thought of doing so, lest he'd explode someone's head. He almost immediately turns this power onto a guy and blows up his head a grand total of three times — three, because his head regenerated every time. After the third time, the man got irritated and does the same to Johnny, who retaliated and...well. The end result is a head-explody war among all of the residents. And a lot of free-floating brain matter.
Guide: No! No! Stop! STOP! You'll ruin everything!
My God! Are you kidding!? I've always dreamed of having super powers! This is just too much to resist! I have head-explody!