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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Based on his dates with a werewolf and an antelope, both of whom he actually treated with respect, it's possible Johnny may just be acting sexist because he thinks that's how to impress most women (and is too stupid to notice how rarely it works), and is a great guy apart from that. (According to this interpretation, he wasn't sexist toward the werewolf or antelope because the usual "rules" of romance didn't seem to apply.)
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    • There's also the interpretation that most of the women he hits on are just as shallow and don't want to bother getting to know the real guy under the bravado. Though it must be said that no one is obligated to get to know someone who walks up and sniffs them.
    • When his character is viewed as a whole, Johnny isn't a bad person. He's vain and shallow, yes, but he also has admirable personality qualities when it doesn't involve trying to pick up women. But a shallow person generally is terrible at first impressions. Plus as the creators have said, Johnny does get girls, but they purposely don't show his successes because that would ruin the joke.
  • Ass Pull: In "A Date With An Antelope", the antelope's overly attached ex-boyfriend turning out to be the crab that Johnny was just served at a fancy restaurant. Even with Rule of Funny applied, it still happens with no foreshadowing whatsoever.
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  • Awesome Ego: Johnny, of course.
  • Awesome Music:
    • In one episode, where a little Mexican village enlists Johnny to save them from terror, we get a little musical interlude as Johnny is brought into the village on the back of a donkey, while a harmonica and guitar rendition of Peter and the Wolf plays.
    • "That's All You Need to Know," a warm and fuzzy love song from "It's Valentine's Day, Johnny Bravo!" It's an original song written by the show's creator, Van Partible.
  • Badass Decay: In the beginning of the series, Johnny was able to successfully wrestle a crocodile.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Johnny himself. He's either a lovable idiot whose womanizing is always rightfully punished or a creep whose antics are unpleasant now matter how much they're Played for Laughs.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: 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.
  • Broken Base:
    • The episodes made without Van Partible. Some liked the larger cast of central characters and more accessible humour, others hated the Flanderization, increased amounts of slapstick, and Art Shift. Pretty much the only things fans agree on was that Suzy's redesign looked hideous.
    • The celebrity appearances can be this as well. They're either welcome cameos or painfully unfunny — and in the case of certain celebrities like Vendela and Donny Osmond, severely dated.
  • Crossover Ship:
  • Ear Worm: The opening theme.
    Johnny: Do the monkey with me!
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Rather hilariously, Johnny and Carl.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • The episode "Johnny Meets Farrah Fawcett," which centered on Johnny trying to get a date with Farrah before she leaves forever. Prior to 2009, this would have been a joke about how celebrity cameo characters only appear once in a series and are never seen or heard from again (unless they're so popular that they have a recurring role, as seen with James Woods and Adam West on Family Guy or any character voiced by Albert Brooks on The Simpsons). Thanks to Farrah Fawcett's death in 2009, the joke is a lot more tear-jerking.
    • A harsh one regarding the Hungarian dub of the show. The voice actor for Johnny Bravo (who, if you haven't heard, is an Elvis Presley-esque sexist trying to score with women) got arrested in 2012 for sexual violence charges.
    • In "Endless Bummer," the reflection Johnny's tanning mirror blinds a captain of an oil tanker which crashed into a rock, spilling oil into the ocean. Not so funny thanks to that BP oil spill in April 2010.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Johnny Bravo became extremely popular in India—to the point of becoming a cultural icon and his name being used as an Indian slang term for anything that's considered cool, hip and/or trendy. Cartoon Network Asia took notice and eventually produced the TV movie, Johnny Bravo Goes Bollywood, exclusively for India.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Adam West appears in one episode voicing himself as an unhinged man disconnected from reality. Clearly Seth MacFarlane liked the idea because on Family Guy, Adam West voices himself as an unhinged man disconnected from reality. Butch Hartman did, too; Adam West on The Fairly OddParents! clearly isn't quite right in the head, and Jeff Bennett, the voice of Johnny Bravo, would eventually replace Adam West as the voice of Catman in the last two seasons of the latter show.
    • In one episode, Johnny's girlfriend while watching a movie on a date comments that she is a fan of "Swedish Karate movies". As ridiculous as that sounded, years later a movie featuring several martial arts fights, Kung Fury, was made by Swedish director David Sandberg was made and released in 2015.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Johnny landing on The Island of Beautiful Men after getting rejected from an island of angry Amazons.
    • Also much of it from Carl to Johnny. Carl pounces Johnny constantly (as in "Johnny Goes to Camp"), is very clingy despite Johnny shoving him away, all-too into playing Johnny's pretend date ("Charm School Johnny") or wife ("Chain Gang Johnny"), is impervious to the wiles of chicks, often thinking they're evil ("Forest Chump"), and even said he loved Johnny while standing up for him against an angry mob in "Lodge Brother Johnny". Heck, the episode "Carl Be Not Proud" is practically nothing BUT Ho Yay. Great lines like "If I can't make direct eye contact with Johnny, I'll die!" help too.
    • Occasionally Johnny will even do something Ho Yay-ish, like in "El Bravo Magnifico" he disguised himself as a woman and a Mexican man named "Caliente" hit on him, saying, "Surely a girl as pretty as you has kissed a man before..." Johnny's response? To break character completely and shout, "What? I was young! I-It was New Year's Eve, the cherry cola made me giddy!" He also will say things that probably aren't meant to sound weird, but do, like "Well, eatin' Carl did give me a hungry man's appetite." The episode "Endless Bummer" also includes lip contact between him and Carl (though this one was unintentional on Johnny's part). Not to mention the instances concerning background characters; so yeah, surprisingly a lot of Ho Yay for a show about a guy trying to score with women.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Johnny, sometimes.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Johnny's actually pretty popular among the Bara Genre crowd.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Ghostly Gardener from the Scooby-Doo crossover, aka, Aunt Jebedissa, crossed it when she tried to kill Johnny with a weed whacker simply because she found him to be an embarrassment to the family name.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: Part of the divisive reaction to Seasons 2 and 3. When Van Partible came back on board for Season 4, this became an averted trope, as that season wound up killing the series.
  • The Scrappy: Fans of the first season usually dislike the characters added for season 2 such as Pops and Carl.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: See "Broken Base" above. Despite critical acclaim for seasons 2 and 3, purists were unhappy with Johnny suddenly dipping in intelligence. Can be played straight with the also different last season, which flopped miserably and ended up killing the series.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: It did get toned down in later seasons, but the fact remains that it's a Cartoon Network show that got away with a lot of innuendo and Parental Bonus jokes. Justified, as Seth MacFarlane worked on the show.
  • Values Dissonance: A kids show centered around a self absorbed womanizer constantly going after girls, even if its Played for Laughs at Johnny's expense? Its safe to say that with today's attitudes, this show would have never gotten the greenlight if it was pitched today.
  • Values Resonance: Then again, Johnny's womanizing almost always ended with him on the receiving end of some physical pain (usually from the woman herself), making the message quite clear that that kind of attitude is no way to earn someone's affections.

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