Johan is an Alternate Universe incarnation of Adam.The difference is that, in Monster, the Apocalypse is set to begin in Germany, and the child switch went off without a hitch. Roberto is Johan's hellhound made human by his will.
Monster takes place in the same world as Pluto.Doctor Tenma from Astro Boy is a descendant of Monster's Dr. Tenma & his AI research was a continuation of the Kinderheim 511 experiments using computer models & later actual robots instead of real children. The unnamed Japanese doctor who saves Paul Duncan/Paolo Holley's life in the flashback during the North #2 story is not Black Jack, but the older Dr. Tenma.
After the end of Monster, Johan escapes the hospital and trades his German nationality for Romanian citizenship. His new name? Nicolae Carpathia.Think about it. Both show remarkable intelligence, and also prove to be extraordinarily manipulative, able to bend others to their will with relative ease. Moreover, they both have blonde hair, blue eyes and the title of The Antichrist.
Johan is FriendHey, if you're going to mark someone as the Anti Christ, you've gotta let the collateral damage encompass the entire world, not just Europe. After leaving the hospital, Johan figures he'll go start up some shit in Tenma's home country, Japan. There he meets Fukubei, from whom he takes the "Book of Prophesy" from and decides to start up the Cult of Friendship. When the going got tough, Johan picked Fukubei to be the scapegoat and the corpse for his official "death". In addition, Fukubei is not Kanna's father — Johan is, which also explains why Kanna shares a physical resemblance to Johan's sister, Anna, and is apparently the only Urasawa character to be affected by Mukokuseki
Johan has GeassC.C. has found Johan while traveling into the countryside. He has manipulated her into granting Geass. Because of that, Johan can easily manipulate his victims into becoming corrupt or committing suicide.
Johan is femaleBecause that stint he pulled disguising himself as Anna was WAY too convincing to be just a Wig, Dress, Accent.
Johan can change genderWell during the surgery if Johan was female at least the surgeons would notice. Perhaps, he's female in default, he's male when knocked unconscious or around Nina or if he feels like it.
Johan is JohannJohan's braindead (Or is it?) body was taken over by Johann Krauss due to an emergency. Once Krauss was safe he returned the body to the hospital. Probably.
Monster is a deconstruction of fictional portrayals of child abuseBoth Johan and Nina were subjected to horrifying circumstances, including their birth mother (dressing Johan up as Nina, selecting children to be experimented on, generally not caring, etc.). Johan's experiences merely refined his own bastardly magnificence while Nina, though emotionally scarred, generally grew to be a caring, considerate, and intelligent young woman. Monster demonstrates the individual differences in reacting to such experiences and portrays the results (relatively) realistically, while most works of fiction merely use such backgrounds as Freudian excuses.
Everyone is the Antichrist, except for the main characterOn top of all of this, he's got the power to kill antichrists while he's asleep.
The "monster" isn't Johan, but Satan.The real aim of the series is to show how various characters deal with their own personal demons.
The storybook monster looks into the water to mirror Milton's EveNothing, no big conspiracy, that's it.
The twins mother didn't know which one she was giving awayThat's the reason she dressed them alike, to blind herself to the choice.
Inspector Runge is a grown-up LThey are both highly eccentric detectives, both quickly become obsessed with finding their target (L with Kira, Runge with Dr. Tenma), both are (In Runge's case, supposedly) at the top of their field, both are basically geniuses, L is constantly doing something with his hands while Runge is doing the typing thing.
Johann is grateful for Tenma not for saving his life, but for choosing him over the mayor.He'd always been haunted by the memory of his mother giving one of the twins away and wondering whether he was ultimately the unwanted one. Tenma virtually sacrificed his status and career by choosing Johann, and Johann appreciates the shit out of it.
Monster takes places in the same universe as Death Note.The reason Johan manages to survive until the end is because he literally had no name, making him impossible for the shinigami to kill (by writing his name into a Death Note). Johan realizes this, which is what makes him so suicidal and careless with his safety. When Tenma gives him back his name at the end, it finally allows him to die, which is the significance of the empty bed.
Johan's real goal was to give Dr. Tenma some Character Development.All of his other plots, including the final "perfect suicide" plot, were part of a single Gambit Roulette to reward Dr. Tenma for saving him instead of the mayor by making him a better person. All of them.
Johan and Nina's real names are...Hansel & Gretel
Johan is an avatar of Nyarlathotep.
Even if Tenma saved the Mayor instead of Johan his life still would have end up being messed up.While the whole part of the premise about how the young boy he saves ends up being an infamous serial killer is a severe case of No Good Deed Goes Unpunished even if Tenma saved the Mayor anyways there is no guarantee that things would've been better for him. It would practically be inevitable that the Hospital would end up in a major corruption scandal and take a wild guess who would Dr. Heinemann try to set up as the fall guy here? (After all would it really be out of character for Heinemann to try to do that?)
Johan is the creepy woman from the Palm Pre commercials.Both people are young, attractive, pale, blonde, and unnervingly calm at all times. Johan was crossdressing as Anna when the studio hired him as the actress for their commercial. Of course the only reason Johan took part in the commercial in the first place was to systematically mind rape and kill the members of the recording studio after filming was complete.
Johan and Nina are actually Nation-tans representing East and West Germany, respectively.Bonaparta's attempts to produce ultimate leaders instead produced anthropomorphic representations of the fractured Germany. With Germany reunited, both began to crack under a sense of not being needed any more, leading to their suicide attempts.
Johan Never ExistedThe significance of the empty bed, his not having a name, and the constant deaths of anyone who had seen him are very simple: he was never there in the first place. Instead, mass hallucinations were caused to cover up... something else. I don't know. But whatever/whoever it was, Johan was put into the minds of everyone who came to close to whatever the real truth was. Those who showed signs of not completely believing in the delusion were killed.
Johan DiesThe bed is empty at the end because he had died and his body was removed. The end.
Wolfgang Grimmer, not Johan, was secretly the Main Antagonist all alongGrimmer's young protege (fellow Kinderheim Alumni, Johan Liebert) tells him the story of how an idealistic young doctor saved his life. Upon hearing the whole story, Grimmer becomes fascinated with this doctor and decides to challenge said doctor's worldview AND get revenge on Franz Bonaparta with an elaborate plot that will leave a lot of people dead. Prior to this, his plan was simply to raise hell in Ruenheim right then and there. The decision to shoe-horn Tenma into the mess created a very lengthy detour, but one that the now-obsessed Grimmer saw as being worthwhile. The finale in Ruenheim was actually meant to be Grimmer's elaborate suicide, not Johan's. The only reason Grimmer acted like he was investigting Kinderheim 511 and allowed himself to be beaten up and made into a fugitive was just a case of Obfuscating Stupidity to draw attention away from himself and onto Johan. Unlike Runge, Grimmer didn't end up at Ruenheim due to any detective work. Ending up there was his plan all along. Once he dies, the plan is fulfilled. Also, Johan was the one who actually shot Grimmer (secretly acting upon Grimmer's orders). Now that his friend and mentor's final wish has been granted, Johan sees nothing left to live for and tries to provoke Tenma into killing him.
Roberto is the ancestor of Mad PieroutRoberto shacked up with another of Johan's followers and got her pregnant. After his death, this woman passed Johan's teachings on to her child, who passed it onto their child, and so on. Thus, Johan still had a devoted following long after the Ruenheim incident. By the time of Bebop, Pierout willingly allowed himself to be the subject of government tests in hopes that he would be able to turn his enhanced abilities on all of humanity and be just like the great Johan, but on a much larger scale. His first goal was to kill all the people who created him so that no one would be able to anticipate or stop him. After that, he would just choose victims at random. Unforturnately, the experiments did damage to his already deranged mind, giving him a crippling phobia of cats, which would ultimately lead to his downfall.
Someday, somehow, the ghosts of Johan's victims will all gang up on him and drag him screaming into the depths of Hell.I can dream, can't I?
Monster takes place in the same universe as Sam & MaxAfter Tenma leaves, Johan gets out of bed and walks down the hall to make his escape. Suddenly, a hyperkinetic rabbity-thing comes round the corner and - without breaking pace at all - jumps up and pokes Johan in the eye. Johan cries out in pain, which alerts security, who detain him and call the police.
Inspector Runge is a Vulcan.He looks like one, he thinks like one... yeah. travels abroad. In his travels he sees both humanity at its worst and at its best, from the most depraved of murderous psychos to the most virtuous and kindest of people. Comparing this the the rest of humanity, who in turn seem to teeter on back and forth between these two polarizations, begins to strain on his mind, especially he continues to fail to understand how humans can continue to become good despite such evil. He finally snaps when he sees a clown kidnapping and trying to rape a little girl. Just then a second clown comes in and saves the little girl. The absolute ridiculousness of this COMPLETELY shatters Johan's already twisted mind, and he begins his transformation into the Clown Prince of Crime we know and love. The gives himself the Glasglow smile, puts on the makeup, makes his own clothes, subscribes to nihilistic philosophies, and begins preparing himself for some ultimate plan to plunge humanity into destructive chaos....his transformation is complete and his breakout role presents itself in the form of Batman and Gotham City.... And he finds a person who reminds him of Dr. Tenma, someone who will try in all his effort not to violate the Thou Shall Not Kill commandment. Of course, Johan sets to do again what he did back in Germany, that is, to disprove his idealistic means even if it means putting himself and everyone around him in danger......
Johan's brain attracts bullets.This explains how he manages to keep getting shot in the head by people who probably shouldn't have that good of aim to begin with.
Bonaparta murdered Lieberts and then shot Johan.This explains how coroners didn't find out that killer's height is lower than of average man, and why Johan has a wound in top left part of his forehead, bullet shot from the position Nina couldn't possibly reach.
Dr. Tenma have a case of obsessed love with Johan and it's corresponded.Since he can't have the boy because of how their relationship developed, he tried to content himself with his sister. Johan knows that so he crossdress as his sister to make some of his fantasies come true.
Johan is the reincarnation of Michio Yuki.That would explain of become insane by a secret military experiment as a kid, manipulate people, have ambitions to cause The End of the World as We Know It, tries to commit Suicide by Cop, and cross-dressing.
Johan never wanted Tenma to shoot him. In fact he never wanted to die, period.He was playing the game that Martin (the Creepy Child, not the noir-ish ganger who befriends Eva) was trying to get Dieter to play: keep putting yourself in increasingly dangerous situations to see if you win (surivive) or lose (die). As Johan sees it, the more he wins the game, the more he becomes something...far grander than an ordinary human, something that would know no fear or remorse (and therefore know no emotional trauma either). His horrible past has utterly broken him (we've seen how he reacted to looking at that picture book) and becoming something beyond human is his way of crafting a new identity and utterly forget his past. He never wanted to die, but he kept increasing the odds that he would so that he'd keep "ascending" to this new nature/identity with each game. When he pointed at his forehead in volume 18, this was his way of playing the ultimate game. He's done everything to provoke Tenma into killing him. The odds were against him, but if he could survive this, he'd (in his damaged mind anyway) make the final ascension and leave behind his old life forever.
Johan dies somewhere between the years 2004 and 2009.Upon escaping (either after the events of the original series or after the events of Another Monster; take your pick), Johan relocated to the US and worked for the crime syndicates there. Meanwhile, a certain Mihael Keehl was trying to work his way into the ranks of one of the rival syndicates and felt a demonstration of his abilities was in order. The result: Johan, and several other high-profile criminals, wound up being beheaded.
Johan is Martin Mystery.Think about it: both of them are blond-haired tricksters who enjoy annoying the hell out of their sisters, and on the top of that, they can't do physical harm. The only difference is that Martin has remorse, but Johan doesn't.
Kenzo is Spoony.Look at the image for Expository Hairstyle Change and tell me it doesn't look like a Spoony from his first videos and Spoony today.
Tenma is the reincarnation of Atticus Finch. Alternatively, he is the Monster universe's version of Atticus.Just to list a few points of comparison...
The scene in the hospital room really was All Just a Dream.Tenma really did go to visit Johan in the hospital, however. It's just that he fell asleep while talking to Johan, as he was suffering from jet lag. When Johan goes back to being asleep and we see the empty bed, it's a false awakening. Thus, the empty bed is symbolic of how Tenma has everything resolved.
Bonaparta, as well as the eugenics project revolving around Johan, were parts of an agenda by Nazi cultists to summon The Antichrist (which obviously is Johan)Well, that's the way it all made sense to me.
Tenma saved Johan again as an act of Cruel Mercy.In the end, Tenma realized that Johan really wanted to die all along. So instead of giving Johan what he wanted, he saved him since he figured that living with his past would be a Fate Worse than Death. ...Maybe.
Grimmer is a Nobody.It would explain a lot of his behavior.
If Tenma had grown up in East Germany and were sent to 511 Kinderheim, he would have turned into another Grimmer.First of all, let's eliminate Johan, Christof, and Roberto as possibilities. Tenma couldn't become Johan because Johan is... Johan. No one can top him. Christof is all "I want world dominashun lolz" while Tenma cares nothing about power. Roberto is a bit more plausible, since he Used to Be a Sweet Kid, but I believe Roberto is a different enough person from Tenma for there to be a difference in their coping mechanisms. As Lunge spelled out in his chapter of Another Monster, a person who kills for pleasure (and Roberto probably does enjoy it because he's good at it) does so because they're lashing out against the world. It's their way of asserting control. Considering how Roberto turned out, even though he was originally a nice boy, his natural reaction to stress is likely aggression. 511 Kinderheim twisted that into the Roberto we all know and love. Tenma, however, rarely lashes out at someone when they hurt him. He gets pissed when other people are hurt. Furthermore, Tenma tends to lash out at himself the most often, what with his perpetual guilt and all that. Most of this is due being strongly empathic, but Roberto had empathy once too. The difference lies in that Roberto is more aggressive when it comes to defending himself while Tenma is more cautious. This cautiousness not only stems from not wanting to hurt anyone, but also from not wanting to pick fights. However, when pushed, Tenma will defend himself like any other normal person. Now, as for Grimmer and Tenma, they happen to have some similarities:
Johan is PARIAH.
Johan is Discord.In fact, MLP: FiM is Johan's comatose dream. He has mentally regressed to the age of 5 and has fully adopted Nina's personality. Discord is simply the remnant of his old personality.
Johan is a target by Death.
Everyone is in a Reaper's Game.The players are Tenma, Nina, Runge, and Eva. Tenma is fairly the obvious one. He died from the overdose of alcohol after his life is in ruins. Runge has died in one of his investigations. For this, he must capture the Composer, who appears to be hiding within the players. He also has to deal with the fact that his obsession is ruining his game. Eva is in the same position as him. Now for the Reapers: Johan is the Composer, Roberto is the Conductor and Christoff is the Game Master.
Johan is Walter Sullivan.After he escaping from the hospital, Johan travels around the world. He stumbles into Silent Hill, an attraction that is abandoned. He then takes an interest in the cult and its practices. Upon learning of how they murder for their God, his already insane mind has cracked. He then isolates himself from everyone and begins living in Silent Hill alone. In those days living there, his hair has become long and wears a coat, and begins his killings again under the name Walter Sullivan. The police has arrested him; this is part of Johan's plan to commit suicide while being locked up. He finally did it, but his murders in Silent Hill have been part of a ritual to brought him back as a ghost. His soul splits into two: the psychopathic adult (the Monster personality) and the normal child (the normal personality). Johan has transferred his dead body into Room 302 and plans again the murders to have someone kill the Monster personality. That's when Henry Townsend gets to do it and successfully killed that personality.
Monster takes place in the same universe as Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne.The town that Maron lives is similar to that setting. What else is that whenever she encounters someone with Demonic Possession, it's the representation of dealing with monsters. It's as if they're saying that the monster inside them is growing stronger. Miyako will act the same way as Inspector Runge to the fact that her obsession towards Jeanne has almost ruined her life, not to mention her friendship with Maron.
Johan has, unknown to himself, developed a Reality Marble.It's called the Scenery at the End of the World.
Johan is HUNK.It would appear that after leaving the hospital, Johan goes to work as a mercenary for Umbrella. Disillusioned by how they work in the use of viruses, his mind has cracked even more and he begins to wear a gas mask to hide his face and is renamed as HUNK. In that persona, he is calm, but cracked.
Johan is Michael Myers.This gives Myers his murderous tendencies, and easily labels him as a monster.
Johan's fascination with Tenma has to do with his mother.He really meant it when he said that Tenma was like a father to him. To start off, even though he was the one that his mother *didn't* give him up, there is enough evidence to suggest that Johan believed that he was the true unwanted child and blamed himself for what happened to his sister. Next we have Tenma, someone who decided to save his life when given a choice not to, sacrificing his career to do so. And Tenma unambiguously meant to do it while proclaiming that all lives are equal. This went against everything Johan had learned in life, and for the first time he felt as if someone really cared about him. Yet he saw a discrepancy in Tenma's statements, as Tenma also wished for Heinemann to die. (Though we all know that he never really meant it.) Johan saw himself as the cause of Tenma's problems as well and also received more proof that no one is equal. To rectify the situation, he killed them to restore what Tenma had lost, just as he did with Nina/Anna by taking her memories. When he got older and met Tenma again he was obviously playing mind games with him, but his past with his mother was unconsciously influencing his actions. He screwed with Tenma's head not just because he wanted to test human nature, but because he wanted to see if Tenma would end up making a similar choice to what he believed his mother would have made. This fact became conscious once he started remembering what happened, and thus his entire plan in Ruhenheim was to reenact his mother's choice with Tenma as the stand in for a parental figure so that what he believed should have happened would occur.
Nina is Johan in dragThe real Anna committed suicide in front of Johan shortly after they escaped from the hospital. Unable to cope with that, brain-damaged, and already conditioned to look like and act like his sister, Johan developed a Split Personality modelled after Anna who went by the name Nina and believed herself to be the real thing. ( It wouldn't be the first time he confused his memories with hers.) Any time they are in the same scene, one of them is hallucinating the other's presence. As for how they can be in multiple places at once... well, it's Johan. If anyone can pull this WMG off, it's him.
Johan has changed after the endingSort of. I'm not going to say he's done anything resembling a Heel-Face Turn, turned over a new leaf, or found a new lease on life. But hearing what Tenma said to him in the hospital, remembering how everything went down in RuhenheimEor the first time, I think Johan has to question his worldview. He has to re-evaluate his plans. Maybe, just maybe, he's been given an opportunity, a hope. Of course, this is interpretation is likely far too optimistic.
Johan committed suicide in the end.In the end, after Kenzo leaves him, Johan gets up from his hospital bed one last times, and with a smile, jumps out the window. Thus, an empty bed, flowing drapes, and a creepy yet oddly appropriate conclusion.
Jeremy Karne is the DCU version of Johan Liebert.He strikes me as a version of Johan with a lot of screws loose...oh, and he actually did what Johan was made to do once.
Johan is part feline.How else could he survive being shot in the head twice? He has nine lives!
Lunge's wife left him for Roberto.When they were fighting in Ruhenheim, Roberto seemed to know an awful lot about Mrs. Lunge's new family, after all. This makes his taunts about the grandson all the more cruel. Also, it's just something Roberto would do, I guess.
Johan is really talking to himself when he converses with the orphan boy in Prague about his mother.Johan's demeanor seems to change rather subtly when the little boy says his mother would recognize him even though he doesn't know what she looks like. At the boy's response, Johan looks down and asks "What if she recognizes you, but pretends she doesn't?" He then questions whether he was wanted and why he was abandoned. Johan then shows the boy a road that will take him to Germany. This is reminiscent of what Johan and Anna did after their mother abandoned them following the escape form the Red Rose Mansion, saying they would have to take care of each other. In part, this seems to get at the root of Johan's utter nihilism - subconsciously, he thinks his mother hated him and rejected him and sees no purpose to life. No identity and no meaning to existence.