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 MacFarlane (although this is justified, as both had moved on to do their ownTV 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 pilots and first and final season, 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 toBollywood. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Johnny would often interact with Hannah-Barbara characters and even real-life celebrities during the shows first season and the last season when Van Partible returned to work on it.
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.
Also partially explained in the episode where Johnny visits a spa; he has so many toxins in his body even the spa's director is surprised.
"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.
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.
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.
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, 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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 meltaway 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.
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.
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.