Western Animation: Johnny Bravo
Do the monkey with me!
One of Cartoon Network
's first original characters
, Johnny Bravo
was based partly on Elvis Presley
and partly on Fonzie from Happy Days
. Johnny takes a little too much pride in his appearance, and has little, if any, success at romance or anything else he tries. Not that this fazes him much. He also tends to run into celebrities, including Farrah Fawcett
, Donny Osmond, Adam West
and the cast of Scooby-Doo
The title character first appeared in a 1995 animated short, featured in World Premiere Toons
. He received his own series in 1997 which went unrenewed after 13 episodes due to questionable ratings. In seasons 2 and 3, Cartoon Network retooled the series without creator Van Partible's input
to critical acclaim from most fans, but total hatred from those too at home with the original series. They also lost the writing contributions of both Butch Hartman and Seth Mac Farlane
(although this is justified, as both had moved on to do their own TV shows
). After sitting in limbo once again, the series reverted to its old style for the last 13 episodes of the 65-episode run (which also had inconsistent ratings).
The show is notable for the major changes the style in its humor experienced during the 65 overall episodes. In the pilot, and the first and final seasons, the humor was more mature and Johnny was portayed as a loser and more socially lacking than stupid. The retooled series (in between), however, was aimed more at the show's younger audience. The amount of slapstick increased and Johnny's stupidity was greatly emphasized.
The other main characters are Johnny's mother, Bunny Bravo, and the neighbor girl, Suzy. Other characters include Carl Chryniszzswics, a Hollywood Nerd
who insists he's Johnny's best friend, and Pops, mentor to Johnny and owner of a local diner and quite possibly a few other, sketchier business ventures. Visit the characters page here
In the last few years of the show's run, Johnny also had a spin-off program called JBVO
. In it, Johnny was the host who accepted requests via mail, phone or online for any Cartoon Network shorts that weren't too long to be played. It didn't last too long.
In 2009, as a co-production with Cartoon Network Asia, Johnny Bravo received a comeback special in the form of a TV movie Johnny Bravo Goes to Bollywood
. This led to a spin-off show in 2011 which aired only in Asia.
If you're looking for the character of the same name's page, here it is
Now with a recap page
! As of March 2013, you can find Johnny on Netflix
This series provides the examples of:
- Adam Westing: In addition to the Trope Namer himself there's Donny Osmond, Don Knotts, "Weird Al" Yankovic, and Shaq.
- Affectionate Parody: Of Mary Poppins, The Twilight Zone (specifically, "It's a Good Life" and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"), Green Eggs and Ham, and plenty of other things.
- Aliens Steal Cable: In one episode, Johnny becomes king of a planet of Green-Skinned Space Babes, and tells them to install cable. The women comply, only to see Mel Gibson on the screen and lose interest in him.
- All There in the Manual: Cartoon Network's website said that Carl was Johnny's best friend back when he [Johnny] was a scrawny loser. After he grew up and became a macho man looking for ladies, he no longer wanted anything to do with Carl. This isn't really shown anywhere in the show.
- Amazon Brigade: The Tall Amazon Women in "Johnny Bravo and the Amazon Women."
- Amazon Chaser: The whole "Vendela is a superheroine" thing certainly didn't make her less attractive to Johnny.
- And there's Johnny's reactions to the Amazon Women. And She-Hunk.
- Ambiguously Gay: The plumbers convention.
Plumber: "Hot chicks? Who has time for hot chicks when there's toilets to be plunged?"
- Animal Chick Magnet: Johnny tries this with an emu. It doesn't go so well.
- Animated Series
- Art Evolution: The art style, like Dexter's Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls, became cleaner and digitally-colored as the series drew to a close.
- Asshole Victim: Johnny. He does deserve some of the abuse he gets.
- Bare Your Midriff: Many of the girls Johnny flirts with. For example, the cheerleaders in "Back on Shaq".
- Bears Are Bad News: In "Bearly Enough Time," Johnny has a run-in with a talking bear whom he has awoken from his winter hibernation and who refers to himself as "Chronos, master of all TIME!!"
- Berserk Button: "I'm only gonna tell you once. 'Don't - touch - the glasses.'"
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Invoked in-universe in the episode "Double Vision." Johnny prepares to do a dive into a swimming pool. Immediately after he jumps off the diving board, an enormous pink elephant pops up on screen, shouts "CANNONBALL!", runs to the pool, and jumps in, just in time to empty all of the water and give Johnny some Amusing Injuries. The elephant then screams, "DUUUDE, THAT WAS EXTREMEEEEE!' and leaves. There's absolutely no build-up to the moment, and it's never mentioned again.
- Big "NO!": Johnny every other episode.
- Boot Camp Episode: Johnny accidentally joins the Army instead of the Dodgeball Camp.
- Brawn Hilda: Johnny orders a mail order girlfriend and gets a burly European woman who happens to have the same (lowbrow) interests as he does.
- There's also the Lumberjack Queen, the burly mother of the gorgeous Lumberjack Princess (whom Johnny mistook for the Lumberjack Queen and entered a competition to get a victory kiss from). Johnny immediately runs for his life.
- She-Hunk of the Astounding League of Super People would play this straight with the imposing physique, somewhat mannish features, and deep voice (provided by Frank Welker), but not only does Johnny recognize her on sight (suggesting he's a bit of a Fanboy despite not even knowing who the Super Boots he borrowed belonged to), he also finds her temper attractive.
- Then one time he wished on a genie, for a Woman who was just like him. And ended up with a wife who was nothing more than Johnny in drag.
- Brick Joke: The first Christmas special leads to Santa holding a grudge against Johnny which isn't resolved until the next Christmas special.
- British Royal Guards: Johnny once confused a mall security cop for one of these guys, who as it turns out was just bored.
- Butt Monkey: Would be Johnny? If not, most of the characters that suffer as a result of his ineptitude.
- The Cameo: At the end of the Scooby-Doo crossover, Johnny gets tied to a tree as Scooby and the gang drive away. Soon after, Speed Buggy shows up and offers to help.
- Camp Straight: Richard Simmons appeared in one episode. Also, Carl seems to enjoy dressing up like a woman in a few episodes.
- Captain Ersatz: At a wrestling match, Johnny faces off against dead ringers for The Genius and Irwin R. Schyster.
- Casanova Wannabe: Johnny.
- Catch Phrase: "Right. What did I say?" Johnny almost always says this when he mistakes one or more characters as someone/something they're not... in a typical Johnny fashion.
- Also, "Whoa, mama!" and "Wiggy!"
- In the first retool, usually whenever he sees food he likes he says "Ooooh Bacony" or "sandwichy" or just add "y" to any food.
- Celebrity Star: Several, including Adam West, Donny Osmond and Schoolhouse Rock singer Jack Sheldon. And Farrah Fawcett.
- One of the most interesting things about the episode in which Adam West guest starred is that the two writers who wrote that episode, Seth MacFarlane and Butch Hartman, have a huge interest in Adam West. In fact, when they split up to create their own shows, they still show that huge interest in him: Adam West plays himself as the Mayor in Family Guy and he makes guest appearances in some of the episodes of The Fairly OddParents. ** Mr. T and Richard Simmons.
- Luke Perry?
- The final episode of the series featured major appearances by Don Knotts, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Shaquille O'Neal and Seth Green.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Parody: Combined with a plot inspired by Soylent Green.
- Check Please: A series of coincidences once mislead Johnny Bravo into believing time stopped for everyone except for him and he decided to take advantage in every possible way. One was eating at a restaurant for free. Nobody paid attention to Johnny asking for the check because everyone was distracted.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Say what you will about Johnny, but even he is disgusted when Jack Sheldon says he's just faking being sensitive to manipulate women into dating him. The aesop being you should at least be honest about yourself.
- Christmas Episode:
- There was one in 2003 or 2004, in which Johnny, Susie, and the others all went to the North Pole.
- There was another one that Adam West narrates in the style of "The Night Before Christmas," in which Johnny accidentally knocks out Santa Claus and has to deliver gifts for him. The latter is mentioned in the former.
- The Chew Toy: Carl became this during the show's last season.
- Cleveland: From the Its A Wonderful Life parody, where Lil' Suzy is exactly the same except that she has somehow become on par with a James Bond villain.
Alt. Lil' Suzy: So, will you give in to my demands? [raises detonator] Or must I destroy Cleveland?
- Clock Discrepancy: In the cartoon "Bearly Enough Time", a clock being even a millisecond off was Chronos the Bear's Berserk Button.
- Combat Haircomb: In "Bravo, James Bravo".
- Conspiracy Theorist: Adam West.
- Costumes Change Your Size: In the episode "A League Of His Own", it turns out in the end that grown men were disguised as girls to play in the teams, and had magically shrunk when wearing their costumes.
- Creator Cameo: At the end of the Scooby-Doo crossover, the ghost gets several mask pulled off her, before her true identity is revealed. The masks include one-shot characters and monsters from the original Scooby-Doo cartoons, Don Knotts, and finally Joe Barbera.
Johnny: "Who's that?"
- Crossover/Continuity Cameo: With Scooby-Doo, leading to severe lampshading of Scooby-Doo commonly questioned tropes (e.g., What does Freddie do when he goes off on his own with Daphne?) and much hitting on Daphne to no avail.
- A Day in the Limelight: Lil' Suzy gets one in "The Great Bunny Book Ban."
- Deadpan Snarker: As dumb as Johnny is, he still fills this role.
- Demoted to Extra: In the last season, Pops was lucky to get a brief cameo. Carl fared slightly better with actual dialogue, but he appeared less often.
- Downer Ending: Almost every episode for Johnny. Including the series finale.
- Drop-In Character: Pretty much all of the supporting/recurring characters introduced in Season Two (Carl, Pops, etc).
- Dropped Glasses: In the Scooby-Doo crossover, he accidentally collides with Velma:
Johnny: "My glasses! I can't be seen without my glasses!"
- Dumbass Has a Point: Every now and then Johnny would get it.
- Dumb Blonde: Johnny, very much so.
- Easter Egg: In "It's Valentine's Day, Johnny Bravo!", if you look on the wall of Johnny's bedroom as he's opening the safe, you will see TheRock's Brahma Bull symbol, raised eyebrow and all. Fitting, since The Rock was once considered to play him in the (now abandoned) live action movie.
- Embarrassed by a Child: Johnny peruses a fitness magazine in a grocery store:
Little Girl: LOOK, MOMMY, THAT GUY'S LOOKING AT PICTURES OF ALMOST NAKED MEN!
Everyone in the store stares at Johnny in disgust
This is a men's fitness magazine
! I wanna look like
this, not at
this! I've got nothin' to be ashamed of! (Johnny then walks up to the counter, dropping off change in shame) TV Guide
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Although, Johnny's not so much "bad" as "obnoxious."
- Even Narcissists Have Standards: Johnny may be obnoxious, self-absorbed and shallow, but he'd think twice before ever lying to a woman with false sincerity ("The Sensitive Male!").
- Also in the pilot it's shown that when a little girl was asking Johnny for the time, Johnny thinks she was flirting with him and he made it clear that there is "too big of a generation gap between us."
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin:
- In "Talk to Me, Baby," supermodel/talk show host Vendela Kirsebom changes into a superhero costume and fights her sumo wrestler cameraman during a commercial. She then turns to the audience and remarks, "They don't call us 'supermodels' for nothing!"
- In "The Hansel and Gretel Project," Carl finds the fabled witch's cookbook. "Here's a recipe for German Chocolate Cake: Chocolate, cake... Germans?!"
- Like the character from the source material, the boy in the parody of It's a Good Life threatens to send Johnny to "The Cornfield" if Johnny displeases him. Turns out he sends Johnny to a literal cornfield just outside his house.
- Express Lane Limit: In "Johnny's Inferno," one of the evil deeds that a demon makes Johnny do is going (slightly) over the checkout lane limit. The cashier doesn't have a problem with this, though, much to his disappointment.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Johnny never gets the girl.
- He did in the Valentine's Day episode, but she was a secret agent and she decided it might not work out due to her job... so she erased all his memory of her.
- In one episode, Johnny meets a short, balding, chubby guy—the aforementioned Jack Sheldon—who has no trouble getting girls. Johnny asks him how he does it, and the guy sings songs about being sensitive and getting in touch with your feminine side... but at the end, he finally tells Johnny that you can just fake it and get girls just as easily, which is what Sheldon is doing. "I'd tell a woman I could turn lead into gold if it would get her to date me!" Of course, some of the girls overhear this and they are not amused.
- Technically, he did get the girl in that one episode with the werewolf chick. Unfortunately, before anything could happen, it was revealed that it just happened to be the same day that she changes into a bald, nerdy fat guy who loves collecting stamps and showing them off. So... yeah.
- In the Titanic parody episode, he successfully got a woman to like him, but in the end he screws it up by accidentally flushing her expensive necklace down the toilet.
- Not quite. Instead of a necklace, it was a really awesome looking decoder ring that he was letting her borrow, not keep. She seemed to lose interest in him randomly, implying that it was just a fling brought about by his rustic, lower class "charms." Interestingly, she brought him into the captain's quarters to be alone, which he assumed meant letting him play with the helm. It appears that even if Johnny got the girl, he wouldn't know what to do with her.
- This is, however, after the Flanderization set in, and at that point interest in women was an badly-fitting artifact of the original design.
- In one episode, Johnny was thrown into a volcano as a virgin sacrifice. Seeing as the volcano spat him out with so much disgust that it blew up the island, we can assume he's... the opposite of a virgin. So therefore, he never gets the girl onscreen.
- Or more likely, Johnny is "Just that unlikable" that even Nature itself abhorrs him.
- He very nearly came close in the Prison Episode, with all the women throwing themselves at him, but sadly, the guards realized their mistake and he's carted away in the end.
- Fan Disservice: Lampshaded in-universe. When Carl and Johnny are in an Arabian Bazaar, Carl mentions the Belly Dancer, which gets Johnny excited. It turns out the Belly Dancer is a male with an enormous gut. Is used as a brickjoke at the end, after Johnny is turned into a genie, Carl wishes for them to dance alongside him.
- Fascinating Eyebrow: Johnny raises his all the time.
- Flanderization: A major example. In the earlier episodes and the pilot, Johnny was just incredibly cocky, socially inept, reckless and actually somewhat competent in martial arts. Seasons after, however, made him stupid, immature, misogynistic and buff without any benefit.
- And how. To elaborate, in the later seasons, Johnny, for all his bulk, is repeatedly humiliated by 6-year-old boys and girls and beaten up by women half his size, whereas in the pilot, he effortlessly mauled a CROCODILE.
- There was an even an episode specifically about how Johnny was so out of shape that he made a world record for least healthy person. Apparently his flab just happens to grow in the exact shape of a buff physique.
- Oddly, in the last season, this was reversed completely, but upped Suzie's annoying tendencies.
- From Bad to Worse: After Johnny's favorite shampoo goes out production due to a strike, Pops reveals the same hair gel is the secret ingredient in his five-alarm chili. As soon as Johnny steps outside, his hair is immediately surrounded by flies... which soon attract birds... which soon attract cats... which soon attract dogs... which somehow attracts a giant ant emerging from the Earth's crust.
- Gender Bender: Johnny, in the season 4 episode "Witch-ay Woman."
- Genre Savvy: Johnny, on occasion. For example, in the Scooby-Doo crossover, he points out how ludicrous Let's Split Up, Gang is after Fred suggests it.
- During the "Prince and the Pauper" episode, Johnny realizes what's going on as soon as he sees his double.
"Oh, dear. Am I really that transparent?"
"Nah, I just watch a lot of TV."
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Has its own page.
- Groupie Brigade: For Luke Perry.
- Hairstyle Inertia: A flashback showed Johnny's trademark hair even as a baby.
- Handsome Lech: There's no denying that Johnny is attractive, but his personality and sadly unenlightened attitude towards women tends to cause roughly 90% of the women he meets to instantly reject him. The remaining 10% either reject him by the end of the episode or have revealed some flaw that makes them undesirable.
- Her Code Name Was Mary Sue:
- In "Rashomoron," his version of the story starts with him defeating a ninja warlord, and gets worse from there.
- When he holds a puppet show at Suzy's school, he makes her hot teacher fall in love with him.
- Heel-Face Turn: Pooky from the Blanky episode.
- Hartman Hips: Bunny Bravo to the extreme.
- Honest John's Dealership: Pops, on occasion- his stuff is generally legal, but often of dubious quality.
- Hunk: Johnny himself, though women generally don't find him attractive because he's full of himself and kind of a boor.
- I'm Melting: Sweet Cheeks the terrifying clown at the end of "Super Duped".
- Interspecies Romance: "Date with an Antelope," anyone?
- More of a case of Dating Service Disaster. The antelope's previous boyfriend was a crab. One that somehow got served on Johnny's plate in a restaurant where they were dating. What are the odds of that happening?
- And while not technically interspecies, there was also the time he dated a werewolf, one of the few women (besides Suzy) that DID find Johnny attractive.
- There was a female moose named Carol that was placed into Johnny's home by the Wilderness Protection Agency under the guise of them being a married elephant couple. Carol was TOTALLY into him, pouncing upon him and gazing into his eyes, picking him up, doing a lust-take, complete with clasped hooves, wagging tail and ga-ga eyes, then slurping his face from chin to pompadour with her tongue, afterwards gazing at him adoringly. Pretty forward girl. Then again, they had just had an on-the-spot marriage to complete Carol's cover story.
- And in the episode "The Island of Dr. Morceau", he made a pass at a humanoid female fox.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold/Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Johnny may be crass to Suzie, Carl and a host of women, but the boy is devoted to his mama.
- He will also fight tooth and nail to keep Pops in business.
- Most of the time his brainless antics are well intended, such as "saving" the "Queen of Atlantis" from sharks or "rescuing" an oppressed pinata.
- He has also shown occasional kindness to Suzie and Carl, even though they annoy the bejeezus out of him.
- Mentioned by his foster family, a family of Inuit Eskimos, during Johnny's brief period in the foster care system. (It Makes Sense in Context) When Johnny returns home, the father points out what a nice boy he is, even if he is incredibly stupid.
- Ladykiller in Love: Very rarely, but Johnny did, in a Scooby-Doo crossover (or at least a Cartoon Network bumper), fall hard for Velma. Very sweet, actually. Here it is!
- Has a Continuity Nod of sorts in another bumper where Dexter tries to ask Velma out, but she leaves him for Johnny. And the actual Scooby-Doo crossover episode had Velma hitting on Johnny.
- Laugh Track: Inverted in "Cartoon Makeover", where one of the attempts to give Johnny Bravo a new style was to add a laugh track that goes off whether you say something funny or not.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Played with:
Virtual Reality Hallucination: I did not destroy your second cousin, Biff. I am your second cousin!
- Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Johnny would often interact with Hanna Barbara characters and even real-life celebrities during the show's first season and the last season when Van Partible returned to work on it. The other two seasons mostly lacked this, but did have guest appearances by Dionne Warwick and Luke Perry.
- Meaningful Name: Johnny Bravo is named after his creator, Ephraim Giovanni Bravo "Van" Partible.
- Metronomic Man Mashing: Johnny gets this from people he angers, and Jungle Boy did this to the evil ape advisor once.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Johnny, despite having such a broad chest and big muscles, is repeatedly beaten in fights, even with those much smaller than him.
"Hey, I forgot I had chocolate cake in my pocket!"
- It should be noted that Johnny's weakness was played up more as the series went. Compare Johnny effortlessly manhandling a crocodile in the pilot with how he's humilated by children and beaten up by people half his size in the era of Carl and Pops. This is mainly played for laughs as its supposed to show what an incompetent klutz he is.
- Never Say "Die": Averted; the shark mentioned below even eats two characters on screen...!
- Niche Network: Johnny once caught a glimpse of the "Fish" Network. The channel's content consisted entirely of video recordings of fish swimming. "All fish, 24/7."
- Johnny also once had a bear named "Chronos, The Master of All Time," watch the "Tree Channel" in hope of curing his insomnia.
- Nixon Mask: Worn by a shark in the first season, in an overcomplicated plot to eat a contest's worth of surfers. It didnt work.
- Nobody Touches the Hair: Johnny has this attitude. Or his sunglasses either for that matter.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: While Johnny's voice was rather blatantly alluding to Elvis, the show had this all over the place in varying amounts. One notable case was the mayor of Aron City (prior to the retool), who was created just so the writers could make fun of Bill Clinton's mannerisms and personality.
- No Mouth: Johnny's mouth appears only whenever he talks or makes certain facial expressions.
- No One Could Survive That: Often Played for Laughs.
- Only Sane Man: Sometimes when the episode plot calls for it, Johnny finds himself in this situation. When truly bizarre and inexplicable events are happening all around him. This often prompts him to face the audience and comment on how things just keep getting weirder and weirder.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Played for laughs in "Johnny's Inferno". Johnny inadvertently summons a demon named Derek who tries to get him to perform "unspeakable acts of EEEEEVIL!" When that doesn't work, and in most cases lead to inadvertent good deeds, he possesses Johnny, and goes to Pops's restaurant for lunch. Pops immediately realizes something is wrong:
Carl: Hey, Pops. Hey, Johnny.
Pops: Johnny's acting weird, Carl. I suspect he's been possessed by an evil entity.
Carl: What makes you say that?
Pops: He tried to pay for his meal!
- He also ordered a burger with a side of entrails, which probably didnt help.
- Overly-Long Scream: Happens when Johnny and Carl go over a waterfall, and at one point, stop screaming to take a breath.
- Paper Tiger: Johnny Bravo is a pretty muscular-looking guy, but he's always getting beaten up by the women with whom he flirts.
- Parental Bonus: And how!
- Precocious Crush: Suzy to Johnny.
- Prince and Pauper: "The Prince and the Pinhead". Johnny a.k.a. the Pinhead saw this trope being used so often on TV his royal Identical Stranger didn't need to explain anything. It also turned out to be a case of Be Careful What You Wish For. The Prince wanted his lookalike to be too stupid to become The Usurper and got someone too stupid to keep the Peace.
- Protagonist Title
- Reality Warper: The Bill Mumy Expy.
- Remember the New Guy: Carl and Pops, who were randomly introduced as regulars in the mid point seasons. They became reduced to background/cameo characters during the final season.
- The Renaissance Age of Animation
- Running Gag: Johnny and various versions of him have noted that they once kept a live animal in their mouth for x number of weeks.
- Scooby-Dooby Doors: Parodied.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Johnny.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Johnny is obviously the manly one, and Carl is the sensitive (but mainly wimpy and dorky) man.
- Although later seasons did have the "wimpy Johnny screaming like a girl" gags.
- She's All Grown Up: A future-set episode that parodies Titanic shows that "Little Suzy" grew into quite the attractive woman.
- Shout-Out: There's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shout out to Back to the Future in the very intro—when the title shows up in three different styles, one of them is clearly drawn to resemble the title cards for the movies.
- Among many, many other things.
- In the Bullfighting episode, Johnny, the Girl of the Week and the bull drive off into the sunset and become famous Hollywood starts, featuring in such titles like Raging Bull and The Bulls Brothers.
- "The Man Who Cried "Clown!"", "Johnny, Real Good", and "Little Talky Tabitha!" are parodies of The Twilight Zone
- The intro music to "Frankenbravo" is shockingly similar to the opening theme of The Munsters.
- After saving Jungle Boy from Vivian Vixen, Little Suzy asks what he's going to do next. He responds that he'll "find a little corner of Montana, settle down, and stay out of history's way."
- There's a few Star Wars references throughout "Virtual Johnny", as well as a moment where Johnny yells "To space, and them some!"
- The plot of "Hunted!" is an obvious parody of The Most Dangerous Game.
- There's a very blatant example in one episode where Johnny and Carl dress up like the Ghost Busters to get rid of a ghost in Johnny's attic. Johnny outright says that he doesn't remember the costumes in the movie being so colorful.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: In "The Sensitive Male!", Jack Sheldon takes advantage of this trope by pretending to be women's perfect guy to get dates with them. When the women find out, they are not happy.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Johnny.
- Smart Ball: Once in a while Johnny at times would get it, but after doing so he would toss the ball away.
- Spin-Off: The short-lived series JBVO, which was basically Johnny Bravo playing old cartoon shorts that kids called in to request.
- Statuesque Stunner: An entire island of 'em in "Johnny Bravo and the Amazon Women."
- Stopped Clock: Subverted. A jet cutting a power line stops Johnny's clock at 12:00, and after seeing similar events, he's convinced that time has stopped for everyone but him.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: In "Mini-B.", Johnny wanted to go to the beach to pick girls up, but was thwarted by Mama Bravo's bringing a child home from the day care she worked at. So, he improvised by laying a beach towel and umbrella on the grass of the park they were at, lied down, and started applying sunscreen on the basis that girls would be attracted to him if they saw a sunbather like him. In five seconds flat, a Cloudcuckoolander with a particularly stoned tone of voice walks by, and sees Johnny sunbathing. Automatically assuming that there was a beach on the park, the beach bum pulls a surfboard out of Hammerspace and proceeds to surf joyously, as though he were actually at the beach.
- Sunglasses at Night: The only time in the entire series run when we actually see Johnny's eyes is in Bravo Dooby Doo when he puts on Velma's glasses by mistake.
- Tempting Fate: From the episode "Karma Krisis." Johnny believes that he has broken a curse by swinging a bag of salamis in a cornfield while yodelling. He exclaims, "With these deli meats as my witness, I will never be unlucky again!" Cue tornado.
- They Called Me Mad!
- Thick-Line Animation
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Every now and then Johnny would get a happy ending.
- Time Stands Still: Spoofed in "The Day the Earth Didn't Move Around Too Much."
- Too Dumb to Live: Johnny slips into this at times.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Johnny obviously wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer when he first appeared, but you can tell later episodes played up his idiocy and immaturity more and more.
- Averted in the last season.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Donny Osmond in "A Johnny Bravo Christmas".
- Top-Heavy Guy: Justified. We only see him training upper body.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
- Virgin Sacrifice: Johnny is offered as one. It doesn't work, though whether it's because he isn't one or if he wasn't a good enough sacrifice is debatable.
- Walk Into Camera Obstruction:
- "Date with an Antelope" with Johnny, after he freshens up and hearing the doorbell
- "It's Valentine's Day Charlie Brown" with Johnny on his way to the library along with Lil Suzy.
- Done by Bunny in "A Walk on the Stupid Side".
- Wax On, Wax Off: Subverted back and forth in an episode where Johnny is pitted off against the best student of a rival dojo. Master Hama has him doing actual chores, and it's clear he's not interested in teaching him. Nevertheless everything he does comes in handy later, during the fight. Too bad Master Hama gave up and decided to bet against him.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Moonlighting as a superhero, Johnny Bravo accidentally blasts a (dangerous) candy-themed supervillain with a hose. This causes the villain to melt away into a soapy puddle.
- Made stranger by the fact that this villain was quite clearly a man in a candy-themed suit.
- A much later season Johny eats some spicy food as a last meal before the Ice Giant swallows him. Smoke comes out of the giant's mouth. The next moment, Johnny is drowning in a pool of hot water, screaming that he's about to be digested. Some Ice Giant. Can't even handle a guy with higher-than average temperature.
- We Sell Everything: Pops.
- Wham Line: The end of the Christmas episode, in which Johnny accidentally knocks out Santa. He gets boxing gloves as a present. With a note as the narrator saying "Reading the note, filled Johnny with fear. It said, better learn how to use these, I'll see you next year". In the next Christmas special, Santa hits Johnny with a boxing glove.
- What Does This Button Do?: Said by a woman Johnny is trying to pick up with a robot sidekick in "Cartoon Makeover". She starts pushing buttons on the robot, which blows it up. She blames it on Johnny of course.
- Whole Plot Reference: Several; one that stuck out was Some Like It Hot, complete with Marilyn Monroe stand-in.
- Another was of The Most Dangerous Game.
- There was a futuristic episode that has among his references, of all things, Big Brother.
- The episode based on The Prince and the Pauper actually ends with Mark Twain coming in and begging cartoon makers to "let this tired old story die!"
- And "It's a Good Life," a classic episode from The Twilight Zone. Complete with Bill Mumy lookalike.
- Not just "It's a Good Life": they also did Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, complete with a Shatner Parody, and Living Doll, in a episode aptly titled "The Zone," with several references to other episodes.
- One episode was a reference to Bio-Dome, which unsurprisingly was written better than the actual movie.
- Another Pauly Shore film, Jury Duty, was referenced in One Angry Bravo.
- "The Clueless Kid" was quite obviously a parody of The Karate Kid.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: The many times Carl dresses as a woman, and the couple of times Johnny does it.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Johnny hates clowns.
- Wingding Eyes: Lampshaded in the King Kong episode. "I have huge dollar signs in my eyes!"
- X-Ray Sparks: Every time Johnny (or someone else) gets shocked by something, you can be 100% sure that this trope will be the result.
- You Must Be This Tall To Ride: A devil once persuaded Johnny into raising the minimum required height to make children suffer. The ride turned out to be dangerous and the altered sign actually saved the kids from harm.
- Younger Than They Look: Little Suzy is only 7 years old.