Johnny C, also known as "Nny" (pronounced 'knee'), is the protagonist of Jhonen Vasquez's first comic, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, who makes cameo appearances in the rest of his work. Nny is a deranged serial killer, mass murderer, and spree killer who interacts with various other characters; generally by murdering or torturing them. He elaborately kills anyone who even slightly irritates him, then drains their blood and paints a certain wall in the bowels of his house with it 'to keep the Thing from behind the wall from getting out'.
Johnny is willing to murder "innocent" people who, in his twisted mind, deserve their fate for some reason or another (many of those reasons are the reinforcement of stereotypes and enthrallment to the rampant consumerism of Vasquez's world). The number of Johnny’s victims is in the dozens, if not hundreds — or perhaps even thousands. Authorities are unable to capture Johnny and seem unaware of his existence, even though his crimes are often witnessed in public and reported by the few who manage to survive. Johnny himself speculates on this being the result of interference from outside forces.
However, in spite of his killing sprees, Johnny had, and perhaps still has, romantic feelings for a woman named Devi, who is the heroine of Vasquez's double-shot comic I Feel Sick. On their first date, they were just about to kiss on the couch when Johnny got out a knife and wanted to kill her to "immortalize the moment"; as a result, Devi breaks up with him and runs away, leaving him very unhappy. He tries calling her to apologize but she refuses almost every time.
Johnny is somewhat of an insomniac, and would attempt to rid himself of all feeling. Johnny C expresses his emotions through his mass killings, but killing mostly is used in a comedic sense, as Johnny is not devoid of feeling or morals. In fact, during one conversation with a prisoner named Tess, she assumes he (Johnny) is the person behind a recent murder in which a girl was raped before she was killed. Johnny vehemently denies being involved, saying, "I would never!". Later, when Johnny meets the young man who actually did it (in an attempt to be more like Johnny, whom he idolizes), Johnny brutally murders him, saying, "And though this gets me no absolution, I would never do what you did to that girl!"
Appearances in Invader ZIM Edit
- It is believed that Nny appears in Future Dib. In the first scene, in Dib's kitchen, right before it fades to the next scene and Dib and Gaz are searching for their puppy, a shadow crosses over the window in the room through the door, as eerie music is heard. It's only there for a second, and is almost completely indistinguishable from the background, but many fans believe it is Nny.
- A nightmare version of Johnny appears twice in the episode Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom
- Tak's clothes resemble Nny's.