Let's face it, as common as the name "John" and its derivatives may be in Real Life
, in works of fiction the particular derivative "Johnny" 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
And if Johnny's surname will add to or emphasize that bad-assery, then so much the better
Of course, it doesn't always have to be that Johnny McCoolname is a Badass simply because (at least in-universe) his name makes him sound that way. It could be that his really is a Meaningful Name
, or a 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 The Hero
of an eponymous work. And the character is Always Male
Nicknames are allowed, so the character can be known as, say, Johnny The Magnificent
or simply Johnny Magnificent.
A sub-trope of Awesome McCoolname
Compare Luke Nounverber
and Adjective Noun Fred
. Contrast Unfortunate Names
- Johnny English, bumbling secret agent (excusable, as his movie is an Affectionate Parody of the spy movie genre, plus he's played by Rowan Atkinson of Mr. Bean fame).
- The title character of the movie Johnny Tsunami is a surfer and Badass Grandpa (variation in that he's not the protagonist of the film's main story).
- The titular protagonist of the 1954 movie Johnny Guitar is a reformed gunslinger. His real name, Johnny Logan, is just as impressive.
- Johnny Dangerously, a former gangster.
- Johnny Five, the name adopted by NOVA robotics creation SAINT #5 after his escape.
- 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 Point Break.
- Johnny Baca from Con Air 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.
- Tommy Wiseau probably intended to portray Johnny, his character in The Room, as a cool guy. Of course, this is Tommy Wiseau we're talking about, so there's no way to tell if that's true.
- The Roberto Begnini film Johnny Stecchino. The eponymous character is a mafia boss. Or, well, his Doppelgänger.
Live Action TV
- "Gentleman" Johnnie Marcone from The Dresden Files 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...
- Radio rock DJ "Doctor" Johnny Fever from WKRP in Cincinnati (real name Johnny Caravella, and played by Howard Hesseman).
- Jonny Fairplay from Survivor.
- Johnny Bravo,the character Greg was going to play on a The Brady Bunch episode.
- Johnny Nitro is the ring name of professional wrestler John Hennigan.
- John Laurinaitis, the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations of WWE and Interim General Manager of Monday Night Raw, formerly wrestled under the name "Johnny Ace".
- Old west outlaw Johnny Ringo, self-termed "King of the Cowboys" and a player in the OK Corral story (on the Clanton side).
- In The Fifties, movie star Lana Turner dated a gangster named John "Johnny Stomp" Stompanato. (That is, until Turner's daughter killed him.) He showed up in L.A. Confidential, too.
- Johnny Depp.
- Funnily enough, "Depp" actually translates to "idiot" in German. Johnny Depp himself is apparently very amused by this.
- "Gentleman" Johnny Burgoyne.
- Writer and musician Johnny Strike.
- 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 LEGO Adventurers.
- 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 Guitar Hero games.
- The Saints Row 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 Guilty Gear, the male leader of the otherwise female Jellyfish Pirates, who wears all black with sunglasses, practices iaijutsu, and is likely named after Johnny Cash.
- Johnny Dash, the Badass Adorable Kid Hero of Monster Bash.
- From Bioshock 2, Subject Delta's "real" name was Johnny Topside before his transformation. Given the setting, it was probably the coolest name imaginable.