Okay, this turned out to be a much more detailed post than I was expecting to write for Johan. It sure did take me a few hours to get my thoughts to come pouring out, but it was definitely worth it. *Sigh,* now I have to figure out how I’m going to write more introspection of this caliber for the next 5 characters.
How I feel about this character:
Johan is probably the only villain I’ve ever claimed is both my favorite villain and character (Boy oh boy, I have a hard time articulating why.) He is very infamous for being a very mysterious person and exceedingly challenging to understand, but currently it’s my job and Lunge’s job to crack it.
First off, I think in direct contrast with Tenma he is very guarded, deflective, subversive, and secretive like a seal tight ziploc bag. I think if there were an actual monster inside of him, it would be dead or dying because of how suffocating his insides are, which would be the opposite of what you or I would expect, right?
Also, I think that he is very much like a hot lava lamp, so he is kind of like that old thing that is left in the attic in actuality. He thinks everybody should cherish that old hot lava lamp thing left in the attic. Indeed, he’s right! Everybody does like it and many people have it, but nobody really knows why or remembers what they got it for exactly.
I think he feels like he’s not sure whether he should be glad he’s that thing in the attic or not. I bet he even chose to sleep in the attic, the basement, or the closet out of his own free will every time he moved in with a new set of foster parents. I bet they thought he was the most awesom-est non existent child they ever had, and he even tried to pay the expenses for himself like a well mannered non-important guest would.
You’d think these people wouldn’t allow a child to become too overworked, but noooo…he probably doesn’t even have a resume or anything like that. He probably only keeps his list of achievements on a scrap piece of paper, and he scribbles things out in his sloppy handwriting so that people can’t understand what he writes anyway. Sometimes I bet he can’t even understand what he writes, and I suppose this gets awkward.
I bet he can’t even be bothered to try to make his handwriting neater, and he may even like it that way. I think this attitude of his is why he has problems with taking good care of things like his stack of personal information or any loose leaf papers that he tends to just let fly out the window.
If the pieces of paper somehow are able to fly back home, he burns them in punishment, and I am almost 99% certain of this. His irresponsible foster parents are too fat, happy, and lazy to do anything about it.
Ironically, I wouldn’t be surprised if his foster parents got so fat and lazy he sometimes had to execute them in order to ease their suffering. I am certain he could help them exercise more often, but he’s fairly careless himself and he doesn’t want to.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Johan has very fast metabolism, otherwise he’d be pretty darn huge by now; therefore, because he’s one of those lucky guys who almost never gains weight, I can only presume he must have a big ego to go along with his superior physique even though he looks kind of nerdy.
However, I can’t help but note that the tall, thin, and handsome nerdy types tend to have the biggest egos, but they may be very unstable or insecure to go along with the over the top big ego.
Also, I can’t help but feel like Johan is tentatively modern, edgy, funny, and cool because he would likely appreciate all the cynicism, snark, and sarcasm people like me and other fans use on the internet to describe him.
Last but not least, I have no idea whether to say Johan is pretentious or not. Yes, no, maybe, I don’t know…all I can say is that he’s an exceedingly interesting if not frustrating person to think, write, or talk about, though. I know that Eva hates his ass more than anybody else, and I don’t know who to feel more afraid for Johan or Eva.
All the people I ship romantically with this character:
I don’t really think anybody should be shipped with Johan romantically, except for Suk in a light hearted way. The library woman would have been a very interesting match for him, but for her own sanity, I’m going to say, “Thanks but no thanks.”
My non-romantic OTP for this character:
I think that anybody who is awesome enough to stand in Johan’s presence without flinching or cringing too much would make a good non-romantic OTP. So, I guess that eliminates almost everybody…
My unpopular opinion about this character:
I think there are so many things I could gripe about with the way Johan is portrayed in the fandom that just bugs me, such as BDSM, incest, nude fan art, hentai, moefied fan art, etc. Cross dressing fan art is okay, but it’s certainly over used a little.
One thing I wish would happen/had happened with this character in canon:
I wanted Johan to talk more in the show, and I don’t really care if this makes him less mythical either. It’d be really nice if he’d just sit back and talk to us about stuff…any stuff either alone, with Tenma, his sister, or anybody.