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    Johnny C. 
The main character, but not the hero. Johnny is the titular homicidal maniac, and, unwittingly, a cosmic entity helping to hold in all of humanity’s evil.

  • Adorkable: In his more benign moments, especially with Devi.
  • Affably Evil/ Faux Affably Evil: Pretty difficult to pin down which, since he’s genuinely polite to some of his victims while he brutally murders them. A great example is Issue 2, where he politely talks to Edgar Vargas and even apologizes for feeling like he has to kill him. In general, if you're polite to him, he'll be polite to you but will still try to kill you without hesitation if he becomes convinced that he has to.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: It's hard not to feel a little twinge of sadness when he finally commits suicide.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Than the Monster Behind the Wall and the Doughboys, at any rate, though that's not saying a lot.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He has shades of schizophrenia, OCD, bipolar disorder, anorexia nervosa, insomnia and antisocial personality, along with his general childishness and Cloudcuckoolander tendencies.
  • Anti-Role Model: To Squee, and to the audience, though a good chunk didn't get the memo.
  • Asexuality: Claims to be averse to all physical desires, including ones of a sexual nature, but also nearly kisses Devi. Then again, that could be an indication of just how different she makes him feel.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Constantly. He once forgot about killing himself because a commercial he liked came on.
  • Author Avatar: Zig-zagged. Jhonen Vasquez has gone on record several times as saying that Johnny is not in any way meant to be a stand-in for himself, and that he always intended for everything that ever comes out of Johnny's mouth, goofy and dramatic alike, to come across as hypocritical, overly-generalized and stupid rather than any kind of reflection of his own worldviews. At the same time, though, Johnny's appearance, fashion sense and name are all quite similar to Jhonen's own, and he also writes comics about a crazy person who is implied to be an avatar for himself. Parodied in a "Meanwhile..." strip, where Jhonen describes a normal day in his life and it ends up being what can only be described as a remake of a JTHM story that happened earlier in the same issue with him in the place of Johnny.
  • Ax-Crazy: He is a homicidal maniac, after all.
  • Back from the Dead: After killing himself, and belonging in neither Heaven nor Hell.
  • Badass Longcoat: He picks up one of these in Hell. His disappointment over not being able to keep it causes him to ignore the opportunity to learn about his Mysterious Past.
  • Barrier Maiden: Apparently, since his one successful suicide releases the Monster Behind the Wall and initiates The End of the World as We Know It.
  • The Berserker: Once he starts killing, there's no reasoning with him.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He’s goofy as can be but… don’t make him angry.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Thinks that he's this to Squee. He really, really isn't.
  • Brought Down to Normal: After coming Back from the Dead
  • Bungled Suicide: Many of them, as a result of his invulnerability.
  • The Cameo: Makes various small appearances throughout Squee, either as a drawing in Squee's room or in person as a Funny Background Event in crowd shots. He gets to make a proper non-cameo appearance during the last moments of the final issue.
  • Can't Get in Trouble for Nuthin': One of his many Powers Born of Madness. He can kill a person in broad daylight surrounded by horrified witnesses and still somehow avoid getting arrested.
  • Character Development: Somewhat. While he manages to overcome the voices in his head and the negative impulses that they were associated with, he's still a homicidal maniac by the end of the series. At the very least, it seems like he doesn't kill nearly as much as he used to.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Along with his Ax-Crazy, he’s got a variety of other, more benign quirks, like the fear of Chihuahuas and an immense love for SpaghettiOs.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: To a ludicrous degree.
  • Consulting Mr Puppet: His styrofoam figurines and the rotting corpse of his pet bunny, more particularly.
  • The Corruptible: In contrast to Devi, Johnny lets his demons chew him up and spit him out.
  • Death Seeker: For most of the comic. Eventually he succeeds, but ends up too spicy for death.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Most of his murders. Case in point is when he killed everyone in a fast food restaurant just because one of the patrons called him "wacky"
  • Does Not Like Guns: More specifically, does not like killing with guns. He doesn’t mind if they’re being aimed at himself.
  • Dying as Yourself: To an extent, since he seems to have a My God, What Have I Done? moment as he's bleeding out - though in the afterlife, he's back to normal.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Looks like one because of the black-and-white art, but he's actually consistently given a sickly yellow skin tone whenever he's colored. Calling him pale is a minor Berserk Button for Jhonen Vasquez since he believes it to be one of the primary reasons why the series has been labeled a "goth comic about a goth guy who kills other goths" when he intended it to be a sweeping social satire about the toxicity of all of urban America.
  • Establishing Character Moment: "Do you know where I can find the disinfectant? Some of this blood is mine."
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's positively horrified when Tess accuses him of having raped a woman, and again when Jimmy admits to the same rape later. He's equally furious at the pedophile who attempts to kidnap and molest Squee.
  • Evil Is Hammy: See ‘Large Ham’.
  • Evil Is Petty: He’ll kill people for being terrible, but also for calling him “wacky”.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: When Jimmy finally meets him face to face, he mentions that he expected him to be both taller and paler than he actually is. This is likely intended to be a case of Leaning on the Fourth Wall, as Jhonen Vasquez has stated on multiple occasions to get annoyed when Johnny is mistaken for an Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette.
  • Expressive Accessory: If his shirt has a design on it, it will change from panel to panel, often to reflect what’s currently happening.
  • Extreme Mêlée Revenge: At least once an issue, but usually a lot more.
  • For the Evulz: Johnny doesn’t have an exact reason for what he does, but his motives are a bit more complicated than this. See ‘Freudian Excuse’ and ‘He Who Fights Monsters’.
  • Freudian Excuse: He has none. He doesn’t even remember why he does this. Apparently, he’s actually just the container for all human fault, and sprung a leak when his career as an artist was somehow disrupted. He mentions at one point having faint memories of being bullied as a child, but the story makes it clear that they are unrelated to his mania.
  • Glass Cannon: Is very strong for his size and can expertly kill a person with a ridiculous number of things, but he's also as frail as he looks and tends to go down quickly on the rare occasions when someone fights back.
  • Hair Antennae: Sports a prominent pair of scythe-like hair antennae throughout volume 6. After he comes back from the dead they're all that remain of his hair.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Lots of stuff sets him off; use of the word “wacky,” talking during movies he likes, implying that he drinks blood… and most particularly, messing with his neighbor.
  • Hates Being Touched: Which he makes exceptionally clear.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: The number of people who aren't on his shit list is very limited, and can quickly be reduced the second one of them does something to annoy him.
  • Hearing Voices: He's very prone to this, though it may or may not be a Mind Virus.
  • Hellish Pupils: They'll often go full-on cat-eyes, especially while he's mid-rant.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Initially seems to be his problem, since he mostly goes after Asshole Victims, but eventually it’s clear his motives are more complex than this.
  • Hidden Depths: Nailbunny claims that all of the complex and horrific paintings that decorate his house were drawn by him prior to losing his mind.
  • Hypocrite: He’s at least as judgmental and nasty as any of his victims, and usually far more so.
  • Identity Amnesia: He's not totally sure where he came from or why he's in his current situation. Actually, he's not even a little bit sure. He has no idea.
  • Important Haircut: Loses almost all of his hair upon returning to reality after his trip through heaven and hell, along with a considerable amount of mental baggage that he once had.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He once slaughtered a restaurant full of people via Spork, and claims to be able to kill a person using ramen noodles.
  • Insane Equals Violent: Seems to be a legitimate equation in this ‘verse.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Much of his rationale for his day-to-day actions.
    Johnny: It's Tuesday, and you know what that means - U.F.O.s!
  • In-Series Nickname: “You can call me Nny. Not ‘knee’ as in ‘knee-cap’…”
  • The Insomniac: Sleeping just aggravates his difficulties with reality.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In an interesting variation of this, it is implied that Johnny's primary motivation for his eventual resolution to completely detach himself from his emotions is so that he'll stop having feelings for Devi and allow her to continue living her life without being in constant fear of him. Devi is less than moved by the gesture.
  • Karma Houdini: He never gets any real comeuppance for what he does.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: His attempt to kill Devi.
  • Kid with the Leash: For the Monster Behind the Wall, assuming it is real.
  • Knife Nut: He owns quite a lot of knives, which are his primary method of killing people.
  • Large Ham: He often uses made-up words and extra exclamation points to express himself.
  • Laughably Evil: This comic being what it is, of course he’s this.
  • Lean and Mean: He's a tiny guy, even for the Noodle People art style. And he's awfully nasty.
  • Loners Are Freaks: And occasionally they’re also serial killers.
  • Loss of Identity: Underwent this as a result of his Mind Virus (maybe).
  • Lunatic Loophole: It seems to be what keeps him out of trouble; eventually, it's what allows him to come Back from the Dead.
  • Mad Artist: The closest thing to a hint that we get to his past is Nailbunny's suggestion that he was once a gifted artist, and that he was driven to madness after somehow being drained of his creative ability. This is further supported by supplementary materials revealing that Johnny was the person who gave the doughboys their psychedelic paint jobs and Devi experiencing a very similar thing during I Feel Sick. Jhonen himself has stated that even this shouldn't be taken at face value, though.
  • Mad Eye: One of his eyes tends to become much bigger than the other when he's giving a rant.
  • Messy Hair: While his hair's exact appearance changes from comic to comic, it's always shown to be somewhere between spiky and scraggly.
  • Mood-Swinger: Ridiculously so, as a result of his Hair-Trigger Temper. He's all but stated to be manic-depressive on top of being a homicidal maniac.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: Like Jhonen Vasquez, he's a comic artist, albeit a very, very bad one.
  • Motive Decay: He had a reason for killing people at some point. He thinks. Maybe.
  • The Movie Buff: Loves all kinds of movies, from experimental art house dramas to lowbrow comedies, and likes to see them in theaters when he's in a particularly good mood. Disrupting his enjoyment of them is not a good idea. In particular, he's a big fan of Terry Gilliam and is said to have wept uncontrollably while watching Kafka.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: More than once – not that it stops him.
  • Mysterious Past: He doesn't even know how he moved into his house.
  • Nice Shoes: Many a fan has noted his neat boots.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: No matter what he does, nothing will ever hurt him; later revealed to be a result of cosmic intervention, and to be related to his insanity.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: As demonstrated via his interactions with Squee, he's thoroughly terrifying even when he's not physically threatening.
  • Obviously Evil: He's pretty sinister-looking and doesn't do much to hide the fact that he isn't someone you should associate with.
  • Odd Friendship: With Squee, though Squee is justifiably terrified of him.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Right there in the title.
  • Papa Wolf: Just try hurting his little Squee. We dare you.
  • Paranoiac: He seems perpetually convinced that the entire world is out to get him.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Johnny is rail-thin and not especially tall (he's 5'9''), but can cut through bone with a single swing of a knife.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Very prone to these as a general rule.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: The current trope image. While he's rather introspective and intelligent, he has terrible impulse control and has an affinity for junk food and Toilet Humor.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: Calling him "wacky" causes him to go off on a tirade that ends with him killing an entire restaurant full of people.
  • Reluctant Psycho: He's still got enough mental faculty to recognize that he's a monster, and to be unhappy with it.
  • Sanity Slippage: Gradually becomes scarier and kookier over the course of the series.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Nny is the vessel for the cosmic buildup of all Human Evil.
  • Slasher Smile: It's his favorite way of saying Let's Get Dangerous!.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: His speech is a liberal mix of eloquent philosophical pondering, childish swearing and nonsensical rambling.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Devi thinks that he's this, but from what we see, Johnny has made a conscious effort to avoid trying to reconnect with her after their date didn't work out. She does mention a single brief instance where she believes she saw him looking into her bookstore from outside, but it's unclear if this actually happened or if it was merely her paranoia getting the best of her.
  • The Stoic: Resolves to become this at the end of the comic. By detaching himself from all of his carnal instincts, he hopes to free himself of instability.
  • Straw Nihilist: And he loves to jump up on his soapbox about it, too.
  • Super OCD: He keeps his wall painted with fresh blood because he doesn't like the color of dry blood.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Ambiguously, Psychodoughboy and Mr. Fuck appear to be this for him. On a larger scale, he himself is this to humanity as a whole. Of course, it’s possible he’s just nutty.
  • Sweet Tooth: Has an affinity for cherry-flavored junk food.
  • Talkative Loon: Likes to ramble. His speeches generally make sense (though they tend to make gross generalizations and be at least somewhat hypocritical), but are punctuated by non-sequiturs.
  • Terrible Artist: If the Happy Noodle Boy comics are any indication, he can only draw deranged stick figures. Nailbunny hints that he was at one point he was actually a very good artist, and that his insanity may in fact be rooted in him becoming sapped of his talent.
  • Terrifying Rescuer: Rescues Squee from a pedophile, only to traumatize him by dissecting said pedophile's brain in front of him.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: Since he's the central protagonist and also very insane, it's hard to tell which of the more supernatural aspects of the series actually happen and which are just his hallucinations. In particular whether he actually died, destroyed the universe and traveled through heaven and hell before being resurrected or if it was All Just a Dream is deliberately brought up and left unanswered.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cherry Brainfreezies. Cherry Fizzwizz also seems to be a valid substitute.
  • Tranquil Fury: In his two absolute angriest moments – killing the pedophile that tried to kidnap Squee and his copycat killer Jimmy.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Taken Up to Eleven. If he's wearing a shirt with a logo on it, it will change from panel to panel. While a few designs, like Happy Noodle Boy's head and the Z? symbol, pop up multiple times, many more only appear once. To a lesser extent, his haircut tends to change between stories, ranging from spiky to scraggly to droopy.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Possibly; it’s left purposely ambiguous whether or not his supernatural experiences are Through the Eyes of Madness.
  • Unstoppable Rage: If you've made him angry, it's time to make your peace with God.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Intended to be seen as such, as a criminally insane murderer who has the gall to believe himself to be worthy of judging whether or not a person deserves to die and then complain about it, but the series is so dark and he possesses just enough sympathetic qualities that many readers have mistaken him to be some kind of gothic Übermensch.
  • Villain Protagonist: He's a homicidal maniac, and while he's sympathetic to a fault, the story makes no attempt at trying to excuse his behavior.
  • Villains Out Shopping: When he's not out on a killing spree, torturing someone or brooding in his house, he's probably out buying snacks.

     Todd “Squee” Casil 
Johnny’s six-year-old neighbor and unfailing Morality Pet. Squee represents both Johnny’s self-loathing – in his desire to prevent Squee from turning out like himself – and his shot at redemption. Ultimately, Johnny leaves him behind. He later received his own Spin-Off found here.

  • Foil: To Johnny. He's Forced to Watch every single unspeakable horror the world has to offer and yet always manages to bounce back and retain a relatively optimistic worldview, in contrast to Johnny, who has long since given into his despair and becoming a psychotic and self-loathing Straw Nihilist.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Squee's suffering is so over the top that it's hilarious.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He can tell Johnny is no good. His parents and teddy bear? They seem perfectly fine to him.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Though Johnny's worried that his terrible life and exposure to Sealed Evil in a Can (both Shmee and Johnny himself) will eventually turn Squee like him, he shows no signs of being anything but a fairly cheerful and sweet little boy. According to Word of God, in the long run, "Squee is gonna be alright."
  • Kid Hero: In his Spin-Off.
  • Kid with the Leash: One of the few things that can make Johnny hold back (i.e. the time when Johnny, despite his anger, refused to kill Squee’s father because ‘a kid needs a dad’.)
  • Little Brother Is Watching: And Johnny is acutely aware.
  • Lovable Coward: Spends almost all of his screen time screaming in terror, but we love him for it.
  • Mixed Race: According to Word of God, he's half-white, half-Filipino.
  • Mr. Imagination: He has a wild imagination and likes to write stories. Unfortunately, this has the adverse effect of giving him very vivid nightmares.
  • Morality Pet: Somewhat functions as this to Johnny, who seems to act more calm and stable when in his presence. It's a very tenuous case, though, since Johnny is still willing to graphically dissect a person in front of him for the sake of teaching him (what he believes to be) an important life lesson.
  • Nice Guy: He’s probably the most harmless, gentle-spirited, benign character in the entire verse.
  • Odd Friendship: With Johnny, although it's mostly one-sided on Johnny's end. Squee spends most of their interactions in a terrified silence, and seems relieved by the thought of Johnny moving out of their neighborhood.
  • Pajama-Clad Hero: Since a sizable chunk of his encounters with Johnny and other supernatural terrors occur at night in his room, he usually appears in his pajamas.
  • Parental Abandonment: Apparently his parents have made it a habit to abandon him places and tell him to get kidnapped.
  • Pintsized Kid: Small enough to be held up with one hand and apparently weighs less than a cheeseburger.
  • Properly Paranoid: Squee's a scaredy cat by nature, no doubt about it. Too bad for him that his reality is far scarier than anything he could ever dream up.
  • The Quiet One: Doesn't speak much, due to spending the majority of his screen time cowering and/or screaming in terror.
  • Resentful Guardian: Both of his parents. His dad is much more bitter and acerbic, but his mom also has no problem telling him that she'd rather ignore him than listen to his problems.
  • The Scapegoat: For his parents, who blame him for their miserable lives.
  • Shrinking Violet: He’s very quiet and timid, most of the time.
  • Snap Back: No matter what horrific thing he witnesses in one comic, he's back to being a (relatively) Cheerful Child by the next. His Spin-Off reveals that Shmee absorbs any and all trauma he experiences in order to allow him to continue facing reality.
  • Squee!: He makes this sound when he’s afraid. Johnny thinks it’s his name.
  • Staring Kid: His primary function in the story is to stare on in horror at whatever terrifying thing is currently happening near him.
  • Trauma Conga Line: The entire comic is this for him – the first strip alone is titled ‘Traumatize Thy Neighbor’, and it goes downhill from there.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Very little, but occasionally he dabbles in this; some of the conversations he has with Shmee, for example, and his general Conditioned to Accept Horror demeanor.
  • The Unfavorite: His parents prefer no child at all over him.
  • Verbal Tic Name: "Squee," is a nickname. His real name is Todd.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Pushed Up to Eleven in his Spin-Off. As it turns out, Johnny is probably the least disturbing thing he has to deal with in his day-to-day life.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Turns down a literal Deal with the Devil, among other things.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: As a result of his perpetual Trauma Conga Line.

     Devi D. 
A struggling graphic designer who works at a bookstore Nny frequented. The two steadily struck up a friendship across his visits as they learned that they shared much in common with each other. Their relationship was brought to an abrupt end during their first date, where Nny was pushed by the voices in his head into trying to kill her. While she managed to escape him with her life, the experience traumatized her severely and she now lives as a paranoid shut-in. She later received a Spin-Off of her own known as I Feel Sick, which details her life following her date with Johnny.


     Mr. Eff 
One of Johnny's many little voices; he's the one that's most prone to advocate homicide, and therefore the one most likely to be listened to.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Volume 3 was written with the intention of being about Johnny embracing Mr. Eff's ideology, and is filled with much more senselessly gratuitous violence and gore as a result.
  • Affably Evil: He's a pretty funny, almost charismatic guy, but is also a complete sociopath.
  • Ax-Crazy: Loves nothing more than getting Johnny to butcher large swathes of people.
  • Better Living Through Evil: His general stance on what Johnny should be pursuing.
  • The Corrupter: Encourages Johnny's worst instincts.
  • Creepy Doll: He's a strangely painted and weird little figurine.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Unlike D-Boy, he wants to stall Johnny from releasing the Wall Monster, giving him enough time to Become a Real Boy.
  • Embodiment of Vice: Embodiment of Johnny's manic violence.
  • Evil Is Easy: Apparently, since it usually wins out.
  • Freudian Trio: With D-Boy and Nailbunny. He's the Id.
  • Gaslighting: When it suits his purposes, he's not afraid of outright lying about what he just said/did.
  • Jerkass: Doesn't care about anyone but himself, and takes great pleasure in seeing others suffer.
  • Lady Macbeth: To Johnny, to an extent. While he doesn't need any outside assistance to want to kill people, Mr. Eff certainly encourages him to do it much more than he otherwise would. Once he's gone, Johnny notably stops killing people nearly as frequently.
  • Laughably Evil: While he's a terribly evil guy, he's also just as prone to trailing off into completely unrelated subjects as Johnny is while ranting.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: He's a styrofoam figure of the Pillsbury Doughboy, but it never really seems to matter.
  • Made of Evil: Assuming, of course, that he's made of anything but Johnny's imagination.
  • Mind Virus: Maybe. If so, he's an especially nasty one.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Toward Johnny, given that he's at the center of all Eff's plans.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Almost all the time.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Mr. Fuck is the doughboy who doesn't have the word "fuck" written on his shirt.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: He eventually starts moving, and talking out loud - it's unclear whether or not that's real, though.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Apparently his full name is "Mr. Fuck".
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: As long as Johnny keeps placating the Wall Monster, he gets closer to becoming real - which is exactly what he wants.
  • Poisonous Friend: To Nny, to the short extent that Nny actually trusts him. He has a tendency to keep Nny manic, paranoid and aggressive.
    Mr. Eff: Don't expect anything but nastiness from anyone you didn't create.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Psych-Doughboy's Blue. Fittingly, his eyes glow red on the few occasions where they're shown in color.
  • The Rival: To D-Boy, and vice versa.
  • Sir Swears Alot: To be fair, you probably would too if you were named Fuck.
  • The Starscream: To the Monster Behind the Wall, in contrast to D-Boy.
  • Terms of Endangerment: He tends toward these, usually presenting himself as looking out for Johnny's happiness or best interests.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Despite hating each other and having conflicting goals, the doughboys never appear apart.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Not that he was all that stable to begin with, but he really loses it when the Wall Monster breaks free.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Apparently why the Monster Behind the Wall murders him.

One of Johnny's many little voices; he's the one usually pushing for Johnny to die, though his attempts to see Johnny killed are usually thwarted by Nny's Nigh-Invulnerability or Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Volume 4 was written with the intention of emphasizing Johnny's introspection and self-loathing, causing Psychodoughboy to take on a more prominent role. Fittingly, it is also the volume where Johnny finally succeeds in killing himself.
  • Affably Evil: Less so than Mr. Eff, as he plays up Johnny's fear of being an irredeemable monster in order to push him into killing himself, but he still generally tries to frame himself as a concerned friend when doing so.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of the "Depressive" half of Johnny's insanity.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Ultimately, he does manage to kill Nny and release the Wall Monster.
  • Cold Ham: He's more quiet and aloof than Mr. Eff, but is no less dramatic. He begins to show more bombastic emotions after Johnny dies.
  • Creepy Doll: Or creepy Styrofoam figure, at any rate.
  • Death Seeker: His dream is to reach oblivion. He gets his wish once the Wall Monster is freed.
  • The Dragon: To the Monster Behind the Wall.
  • The Dutiful Son: To the Wall Monster, in contrast to Mr. Eff.
  • Embodiment of Vice: Embodiment of Johnny's self-loathing, more precisely.
  • Evil Plan: Seemingly has one to release the Wall Monster and instigate The End of the World as We Know It.
  • Freudian Trio: With Mr. Eff and Nailbunny. He's the Superego.
  • In-Series Nickname: D-Boy.
  • Jerkass: His sole interest in life is talking Johnny into suicide.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Johnny is a miserable danger to himself and everyone around him. That doesn't make D-Boy any better for telling him to kill himself, though.
  • Karmic Death: He's killed by the Wall Monster, which he spent most of the story attempting to set free. Although, he's absolutely fine with this.
  • Knight of Cerebus: While both of the doughboys are evil, Psychodoughboy's detached obsession with self-destruction and oblivion is generally presented as being more sinister than Mr. Eff's fixation on mindless slaughter is. The story starts to take on a more dramatic tone once he begins to gain influence over Johnny.
  • Lady Macbeth: To Johnny. Though unlike Mr. Eff, the only person that Psychodoughboy encourages him to kill is himself.
  • Laughably Evil: While he's more consistently sinister than Mr. Eff, he's still prone to moments of absurdity.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: He's pretty blatantly a figurine of the Pillsbury Doughboy, but he's been mutilated to the point where it doesn't matter.
  • Made of Evil: In much the same sense at the Monster Behind the Wall is.
  • Manipulative Bastard: In the same vein as Mr. Eff.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: For some reason he's got the swirly eyes going on, even though he's not under mind control, nor can he wield it.
  • Mind Virus: Maybe. If so, he's a very rude one.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Like his counterpart, he eventually starts moving and talking aloud, though again it's unclear how real that is.
  • Obviously Evil: If the giant "FUCK" written across his chest isn't an indication, it's hard to say what would be.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Mr. Eff's Red. Fittingly, his eyes glow blue on the few occasions where they're shown in color.
  • The Rival: To Mr. Eff, and vice versa.
  • Smug Snake: Really obnoxiously so.
  • Straw Nihilist: Doesn't believe in anything but the inevitability of death, and considers doing anything to prolong existence to be a pointless act.
  • Suicide Is Painless: If you take him to be a reliable source, which you shouldn't.
    D-Boy: Try something else! Put your head in the trash compacter! That should work!
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Despite hating each other and having conflicting goals, the doughboys never appear apart.
  • Underdog Victory: Mr. Eff holds more consistent sway over Johnny at the beginning of the series, and it's not until volume 4 that Psychodoughboy manages to really get Johnny to begin seriously considering suicide. He ends up winning out, with Johnny accidentally killing himself before the doughboys are able to gain full sentience.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Seems to be why the Monster decapitates him.


Another of Johnny's little voices; he's the closest thing Johnny has to a conscience. That is, until the other voices murder him.

     Reverend Meat 
The last of Johnny's little voices, which only appears after all the others are dead.

  • Affably Evil: He's a pretty pleasant guy who encourages Johnny to embrace his emotions. The problem is, not all of Johnny's emotions are ones that should be embraced.
  • All There in the Manual: His name is never mentioned in canon, only in interviews with Jhonen Vasquez.
  • Ambiguously Evil: It sort of depends on whether he's closer to Nailbunny or the Doughboys in nature, which is never totally answered.
  • Better the Devil You Know: Johnny is significantly more hostile toward him than his previous voices, apparently because this one is unfamiliar.
  • Final Boss: The final voice that Johnny has to overcome.
  • The Hedonist: Seemingly his sole interest is having Johnny give into all of his emotions and desires.
  • The Fettered: Believes that mankind is eternally enslaved by its emotions, and thinks that Johnny should embrace his for the sake of happiness.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Appears in a single panel in the second-to-last issue, and doesn't get to establish his character until the final one as a result.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: While the doughboys both advocated Johnny's destructive impulses, Reverend Meat only seems to care about him giving into his desires. Since Johnny is a homicidal maniac, though, it can be argued that this is still a way of encouraging him to harm others, albeit a more indirect one. He also only appears after every other voice has been destroyed, whereas the others always appeared as a group.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: In the same vein as Nailbunny, it's unclear what exactly the source of this voice is, relative to the Wall Monster/waste-lock system and Satan and aliens and all that.
  • The Spook: Appears out of nowhere after Johnny comes Back from the Dead, and not a single hint is given as to what exactly he is.


     Edgar Vargas 
One of Johnny's early victims, sacrificed to the Wall Monster, who managed to engage him in a short philosophical debate before dying.

  • Crucified Hero Shot: In Johnny's Torture Cellar, he's strung up like this.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Naturally. He's gutted and used as specialized paint, like most of Johnny's victims.
  • Doomed Moral Victor: It's a pretty one-sided struggle, anyway.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: His only scene, which ended with his death, involved him engaging in a short philosophical debate with Johnny.
  • Face Death with Dignity: More so than anyone else depicted in the comic. Which is a lot of people.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: His death is notable for being some of the only carnage not depicted in graphic detail onscreen.
  • Heaven Seeker: Based on his short dialogue, he's one of these.
    Edgar: A heaven for me, and a hell for you.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: That's what the contraption he's strapped to seems to do, anyway.
  • Messianic Archetype: An altogether good-hearted man who dies in the place of other, more deserving people and manages to counter Johnny's Humans Are Bastards speech effectively enough to make him reconsider his viewpoint. He also shows no fear of dying due to his faith making him confident that he would be sufficiently compensated and Johnny sufficiently punished for their actions in the afterlife. To drive the point home, the shape of the torture device that he's attached to causes him to resemble Jesus on the cross.
  • Not Afraid to Die: He outright says so. Although, he makes it very clear that he would prefer to keep living, thanks.
    Edgar: Fuck fear. I have nothing to fear.
  • Obi-Wan Moment: He has no fear of death, and by proxy, no fear of Johnny.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: He seems to have at least reminded Nny that not all people are needlessly cruel or Dirty Cowards, though he does ultimately fall under the "accepts simply that this person in particular is not so bad" umbrella.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Wears glasses and is one of the most well-spoken and insightful characters to every appear in the series.
  • Staring Down Cthulhu: Is able to match Nny's speeches about the disgustingness of humanity tit for tat, and even manages to call him out on over-generalizing in his judgements. Johnny can do nothing but relent that he has a point, but still ends up killing him.
  • The Stoic: Keeps his wits about him after being captured by Johnny and is able to remain calm enough to Face Death with Dignity. In comparison, every one of Johnny's other victims has some kind of emotional outburst, whether it be fear, despair, regret or anger.
  • Villain Respect: From Johnny, as a result of his contentment under pressure.
  • Wowing Cthulhu: Manages to do this to Johnny, enough so that he's declared Nny's "bestest friend".

     Tess R. 
A young goth woman who has the misfortune of being out on a date with a man who harasses Johnny, causing him to imprison both of them in his basement to later be executed. While she miraculously manages to escape from his basement, she quickly learns that her troubles are far from over.

  • Accomplice by Inaction: The only reason Johnny captured her was because she was dating a guy who acted like a dick to him during a movie. According to him, dating an asshole and not doing anything to correct his behavior makes her just as much of an asshole. Tess is disturbed to realize that Johnny may have been right.
  • Action Survivor: Grows into this over the course of the fifth volume.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The main protagonist of volume 5.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played with. Tess dates Dillon specifically because of the cred dating an edgy musician gives her in the goth community. In reality, she's disgusted by him and is unhappy in the relationship, but is too obsessed with being seen as cool by her peers to be conscious of it.
  • Anti-Hero: She's flawed for sure, but she's also the most heroic character in the series as well as the only one who manages to actually experience positive Character Development over time.
  • Ascended Extra: She's secondary to her boyfriend Dillon in her debut appearance, but goes on to be the main protagonist of volume 5.
  • Back from the Dead: After getting destroyed along with the rest of the universe at the end of volume 5, she is mentioned as being alive and well during volume 7, presumably as a result of the universe resetting itself following Johnny's resurrection.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Her hair just barely comes down off the sides of her head.
  • Character Development: Introduced dating a clearly shitty guy for the sake of fitting in with her peers, by the end of volume 5, she's stopped caring about social acceptance and declares that she will live for herself moving forward. A brief mention of her in volume 7 reveals that she broke up with Dillon and abandoned her goth lifestyle, suggesting that she managed to do exactly that.
  • Cool Shades: Sports a pair in her debut appearance.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Manages this even while trapped in a Torture Cellar and while running from an Eldritch Abomination.
    Tess: I can't believe this. I'm escaping a house full of assholes so I can live in a world where they're not in chains.
  • Determinator: Manages to run up who-knows-how-many flights of stairs while being chased by an incomprehensible mass of tentacles and keep her wits about her all the while.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After all she goes through, volume 7 suggests that she managed to break off from the toxic lifestyle that she found herself a part of.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: As all self-respecting goths should be.
  • Foil: To Devi. Even Jhonen himself notes their general similarities as characters, but where Devi became a paranoid shut-in as a result of her near-death experience with Johnny, Tess grows into a stronger person and gains a greater understanding of herself. Tess is essentially what Devi could be were she not weighed down by her own psychoses.
  • Freudian Excuse: Moved around a lot growing up and so has struggled to make friends across her life. By the time we first meet her, she is willing to completely debase herself for the sake of acceptance from others.
  • Friendless Background: Part of her Freudian Excuse. She moved around a lot as a kid, which has caused her to have problems forming connections with others.
  • Goth: Dresses like one and associates with others, but doesn't appear to care about the lifestyle beyond being viewed as cool for taking part in it. A brief mention of her by Anne Gwish in volume 7 implies that she stops being one.
  • Hidden Depths: Initially introduced as a shallow goth stereotype, she steadily reveals herself to be one of the few genuinely good people in the entire series.
  • High-Voltage Death: Johnny ties her to an electric chair after capturing her, though his death allows her to escape before he manages to kill her with it.
  • Hypocrite: Notes the inherent hypocrisy of mocking others when the entire goth movement is based around the union of marginalized outcasts. Despite this, while dating Dillon, she still takes part in doing so, mostly so that the other goths think that she's cool.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tess is shallow and acerbic, but has a good heart that isn't too deeply buried.
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Has a history of dating assholes.
  • Only Sane Man: The single most reasonable and stable character in the entire series.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Dillon and later Krik's Red.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Zig-zagged. After narrowly avoiding death countless times and overcoming her own personal flaws to reach the entrance of Johnny's house, Tess is horrified to learn that the entire universe has been destroyed as a result of his death, and quickly evaporates along with it. After the universe is reset following Johnny's revival, though, Tess is also brought back to life, seemingly having retained the Character Development she gained as result of her experiences in his house.
  • Take That!: Her Character Development essentially consists of viciously tearing apart goth culture, which Jhonen Vasquez is noted to have several problems with despite often being called a part of it himself.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Learns to stop caring about what others think about her and take initiative for herself by the end of volume 5.
  • Women Are Wiser: Portrayed as being far more rational, competent and sympathetic than either of her male companions.

The Jerkass guy who escapes with Tess during the Monster Behind the Wall's rampage and Johnny's suicide.

A copycat killer of Nny's, who seeks him out after Johnny comes Back from the Dead.


     Sr. Diablo 
Satan, ruler of Hell. Johnny meets him after dying, and being rejected from Heaven. Spoilers ahead are unmarked!

  • Affably Evil: He's a pretty chill guy who is one of the most reasonable and articulate characters in the series. Johnny is much more respectful towards him than he is to God as a result.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: While he generally assumes a human form when around his family, he doesn't make any attempts at hiding the fact that he has a pit filled with the souls of the damned in his basement. Somehow his wife didn't put two and two together until he told her.
  • Gender Bender: Is male, but can take on a female form.
  • Happily Married: He's a loving husband. While he hid his real identity from his wife throughout most of their marriage, she loves him enough that she doesn't mind when she finally finds out about it.
  • Hot as Hell: Invoked, when he takes on the form of a cheerleader to talk to Johnny. Nny does not appreciate it.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Seems to express something like this to Johnny, in explanation for the so-called terrible state of the world.
    Sr. Diablo: Know that, for all its troubles, the world is perfect. Flawless in its beauties and turmoils. Violence and nightmares being a natural product of humanity.
  • Lean and Mean: He's very, very tall and very, very thin. He's also Satan.
  • Mr. Exposition: Regarding some of the story's Cosmic Horror Story elements, at least.
  • Opposites Attract: He's Satan and is Happily Married to a perky Christian woman.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's a much more straightforward and reasonable guy than God is, and comes off as one of the more likable characters in the series as a result. Notably, he only makes Deals With The Devil with people who approach him interested in becoming his servants, and accepts Squee rejecting his offer to join him without any hesitation.
  • Self-Inflicted Hell: His MO. Leave bad people to continue suffering for eternity as a result of their own flaws.

God, who art in Heaven. Maybe not the way one would expect. Johnny meets him after dying.

  • Godly Sidestep: God has no need or desire to answer the meaning of life.
  • Mundane Afterlife: He doesn't do anything, and neither does anyone else in Heaven. If you were eternally content, you wouldn't have to.

     The Wall Monster 
The bloodthirsty Eldritch Abomination residing in the walls of Johnny's house, which he's constantly seeking to satiate. Its eventual escape causes The End of the World as We Know It.

  • The Cameo: Various cartoon characters faces can be spotted within its mass throughout its appearances, possibly to further indicate that it is entirely a product of the human consciousness.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Subverted in that, while it certainly has the appearance and abilities of a conventional Eldritch Abomination, as it is the amalgamation of humanity's negativity, it is nothing less than completely and utterly human.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: It is, if not the cause of Johnny's insanity, the thing that drives him to continue killing. Despite this, it only appears once and Johnny himself never gets to confront it.
  • The Heartless: It's a distilled embodiment of human hatred.
  • Minor Major Character: Appears briefly in a single volume, but is the Greater-Scope Villain for much of the series.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: We only see it once, and it doesn't do all that much even then except mindlessly eat.
  • The Unseen: For most of the comic, anyway.

     Happy Noodle Boy 
The main character of Johnny's comics.


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