Western Animation Johnny Test Discussion

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06:03:40 PM Jun 12th 2013
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Here's my rough draft for the analysis page (specifically on its Hatedom)

This show is known for not being very popular. In this page, we will analyze the reasons why that is.


A major reason why this series gets as much negative criticism as it does is for its overexposure on Cartoon Network and Teletoon. This show is constantly seen on both networks. This may be due to the show being very cheaply produced; it'll make a profit even with minimal ratings. This seems to be good logic—television is a business. But a lot of people wonder why they don't just air more popular cartoons with far better ratings.

Poor Choice of Characters

An issue of paramount importance is the fact that the main character is the annoying younger sibling, causing serious Designated Protagonist Syndrome. Why is Johnny the main character? The show would likely be more popular if the rational Dukey or the quirky but intelligent sisters Mary and Susan, all of whom are far more well-liked than Johnny. The series would benefit from Series Minus Series Core.

Another issue is that the writes waste perfectly good characters. Whatever happened to Janet Nelson Jr.? The writers seem to try and shove Johnny into as many situations as possible, when the series would benefit without the constant wasted characters.

Indeed, almost all episodes include "Johnny" in the title. In short, Johnny himself is a big turn-off for would-be fans.

Clichéd plots

Another problem is that the series has a lot of cliches in its plot. Many stock plots are used, and a lot of cheap parodies are done. The show even reuses its own plots. Now, remember that tropes are but instruments used in a story. A Cliché Storm can still be a good story. But the problem is that the writers overdo it.

12:03:41 AM Jun 8th 2013
I think the Designated Hero trope should now be marked with a played with as more episodes involve him stopping villains who attack him first when he's doing normal activities and being recruited at the start of the episode to solve some problem he didn't cause.
06:51:45 PM Jan 21st 2013
I know that Carton Network, Teletoon (or whoever owns the rights to this cliche-tsunami of a show) aren't MAJOR networks, but you'd think they'd scrounge up enough money for the show to get an entirely new writing staff and animation crew. If it's owned by CN, why not give the money to making this cartoon better instead of "The Obnoxious Orange", or "Insufferable Crew"? And if not CN, what's whoever has rights to the show's deal??? Show's like 6Teen, Jimmy Two-Shoes and Dan Vs. seem to make the animation dynamic with the character using Macromedia Flash and the like. So why's this show look like something from a shitty snack-food promotional website circa 2002?
11:15:34 PM Aug 22nd 2012
I dunno the trope name, or if there is one... the show is two acts, and lately, they've had one new first act, then an old second act.
06:00:13 AM May 5th 2013
Are you talking about Two Shorts?
01:31:45 PM Mar 22nd 2012
This needs a drinking game.
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