Johnson (ジョンソン, Jonson) is a character in the video game Shadows of the DAMNED. He is Garcia Hotspur's closest friend, weapon and means of transport in the form of a motorcycle. Following the death of his girlfriend Paula, Garcia Hotspur seeks the help of Johnson for his ability to shapeshift into a series of firearms. Together they combat Paula's Hellish captors in an effort to free her.
Johnson was once a normal demon within the City of the Damned until he was cursed and banished. At some point he met Garcia and they developed a strong friendship. He has a taste for strawberries, and a very colored history among the red light district of the City of the Damned, once a frequent visitor to the Angel Kiss hostess club. His favorite story from the City library is of the Unbreakable Huntress, the first female demon huntress to face Fleming Whatshisfaces.
After the suicide of Hotspur's girlfriend, Paula, Johnson accompanies Garcia on his journey through the City of the Damned. He serves as Garcia's guide to the Underworld, explaining the bizarre world to Garcia as best he can all the while protecting his friend by forming himself into several firearms for Garcia's use.
Powers and abilities
While Johnson's original demon form is unknown, his current form is that of a floating, flaming skull with metal horns, piercings across his jawline, and minute gem inlays across his brow and jaw. He can form a scepter staff below himself, allowing Garcia to use him as a melee weapon and minor source of illumination. This form is a holdover from the initial Kurayami concept, where the prototype-Garcia was to use a torch as a weapon. He can also transform into a motorcycle, shown between Act 1 and Act 2, essentially functioning as Garcia's main means of long distance transportation.
Johnson can also transform into various firearms. His initial forms are the Boner revolver and Monocussioner shotgun. As Garcia progresses through the City of the Damned, he comes across Blue Gems, which grant Johnson new or upgraded forms.
- Artist Boneface designed the character Eight Hearts with no knowledge of Johnson or Shadows of the DAMNED. SUDA51 quickly saw a comparison between Johnson and Eight Hearts and elected to merge the two characters in Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes.
- Shadows of the Damned - Suda 51 Goes to Grindhouse Hell. Arthur Gies. IGN. March 8, 2011.
- Suda51 on making Travis Strikes Again, scrapped plans for Golden Dragon GP, No More Heroes’ future. Brian. Nintendo Everything. February 9, 2019.