I ain't sayin' nothin'!
―Johnny's catchphrase
Tell 'im to suck a lemon.
―Johnny's quote

Johnny Tightlips, also known by his legal name, Jonathan Schmallippe[1] (Born Giovanni Silencio[2]), is a frequently appearing mobster and an associate of his old boss Fat Tony, as well as his current boss, Fit-Fat Tony.

Profile

Johnny is presumably in his 30s, and he works for the D'Amico Crime Family. Johnny has short black hair, shifty eyes, and wears a purple suit.

He has a grandmother (Whom he affectionately calls "Granny") and mother. Although in Poppa’s Got a Brand New Badge, when Fat Tony asked Johnny how his mother is, he reticently exclaims and then says “Oo-whee, who says I have a mother?".

History

Johnny Tightlips first appears in Insane Clown Poppy, where he is at a mafia meeting. Later in the episode, he gets shot. When Louie asks him questions out of concern for him, he dodges them automatically.

His second appearance is in Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge, where he and the other goons go with Fat Tony, Legs, and Louie to the Simpson's house in an attempt to kill Homer Simpson out of revenge for his business, SpringShield, busting Fat Tony, Legs, and Louie for trying to illegally sell some ferrets disguised as toy poodles. They all get shot by Maggie Simpson and then, offscreen, arrested by Chief Wiggum, who got his job as a police chief back after Homer decides to quit and end SpringShield due to him almost getting killed by the mafia for it.

The only time he ever got emotional was in Moe Baby Blues when he broke down crying along with Fat Tony's gang, the Castellaneta Family, and President of the Italian-American Anti-Defamation League upon being touched by Maggie's innocence that Moe Szyslak pointed out when the latter saved her from an "Italian-American-Mexican Standoff" at Luigi's by pointing out how her innocence changed his life before.

In The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer, he comforted Fat Tony’s son, Michael D'Amico, by encouraging him to temporally take his father's place, while visiting the hospital Fat Tony was recovering at from some non-fatal gunshot wounds inflicted on him by the Calabresis, their rival mobsters. He then, a few seconds later, also described to Louie in his face that he is a "Hybrid; Half idiot, half moron," when Louie asked about going to try out a new car hybrid at the Lexus dealership after their visit at the hospital to check on Fat Tony.

Homer even mentioned to Dan Gillick, in order to "Convince" the latter to spare Johnny and the mafia members he was ordered to "Rub out," that Johnny digs wells while vacationing in Darfur. (Although, Dan had already asked Homer to stop him from killing Johnny and the other mobsters) (Penny-Wiseguys)

Although very reticent, that doesn't mean he isn't treacherous, as Fit-Fat Tony learned the hard way when Johnny framed Fit-Fat Tony for pickpocketing wallets and set Fit-Fat Tony up into walking into a warehouse storing them, and what gave him the confidence to betray Fit-Fat Tony and frame him and become the new boss is taking some Paxil, which is also his confidence-boosting medication. But after Fit-Fat Tony cleared his name and exposed Johnny as the real wallet pickpocket with the police's help, Johnny was then arrested after almost killing Homer by accidentally shooting him in his rear when Johnny meant to shoot Fit-Fat Tony. Afterwards, Johnny, for unknown reasons, ended up being reaccepted back as Fit-Fat Tony's capo again after being released from jail. (Probably because Fit-Fat Tony admitted earlier in the same episode that he trusts Johnny, and he, offscreen, probably decided to forgive Johnny for his actions against him) (The Fat Blue Line)

In his cameo appearance in Diary Queen, when Louie asked Fit-Fat Tony if he, Legs, and Johnny can kill Bart and Milhouse Van Houten upon spotting them seeing them dump Frankie the Squealer's body into the river, Fit-Fat Tony told them no because they don't kill nosy children unless they are 18 years old or over. Also just before that moment, Frankie shouts to his fellow mafia members that he isn't dead, resulting Johnny to pull his gun out and shoot at Frankie when Frankie attempted to swim away after shouting to the mafia members.

Speech

Laconic Johnny says very little, which spares him from accusations of being a "Squealer" (Being the only other suspect besides the more obvious Frankie the Squealer), but his reticence tends to be unhelpful to himself and/or others. When Homer and Krusty the Clown are caught by Fat Tony trying to steal several violin cases containing tommy guns (They were actually trying to take back a violin belonging to Krusty's daughter) during a mafia summit at his mansion, a shootout ensues and Johnny gets shot. When Louie asked him where he is injured, he says, "I ain't sayin' nothin'!" When Louie asked again on what he, himself, will tell the doctor, he says, "Tell 'im to suck a lemon."

In another case doing a shootout against Homer, who is supported by a mysterious sniper (Secretly revealed to be Maggie saving Homer from the mafia's wrath), Fat Tony asks Johnny if he can see the said mysterious sniper, resulting Johnny to just say that "[He] see[s] a lotta things."

He has, however, elaborated. For instance, he did explain to Homer, when Fat Tony explained to Homer that there was a way to settle his debt (Via using his house as the set for an adult film), that the title is Lemony Lick-It's A Series of Horny Events. (The Bonfire of the Manatees)

Even in Moe Baby Blues, when Louie was worried about killing his mother because she makes good pasta sauce, Johnny points out that it comes from a can, resulting Louie to rebuke his worries by saying "She's a corpse."

He also revealed to Louie that Fat Tony "Has a thing for the Ya-Yas" when Louie complained to him about why they have to watch The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood on the mafia's private jet, easily indicating that Fat Tony likes that film and it moves him to tears literally (Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington).

He speaks occasionally in 22 For 30, even revealing he has his grandmother, whom he affectionately calls "Granny," when he sees his Black Lincoln Continental with a license plate number that reads "ZERO2SAY" being towed away with her inside it in a no parking area while he's at the La Coffee Nostra Cafe.

Behind the Laughter

Creation

Johnny is a reference to Frank "Tight Lips" Gusenberg, who was shot down in the real life St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago and repeatedly replied, "Nobody shot me," while dying.

On the audio commentary for Insane Clown Poppy, it was discussed that the original name for him would be "Tightlips Johnny."

Trivia

  • He is called the Goons in The Simpsons Arcade Game.
  • In Insane Clown Poppy and Poppa’s Got a Brand New Badge, Johnny's skin color had a darker shade of yellow, then the rest of the series afterwards, his skin is instead a normal yellow coloration. Also, the pinstripe linings on his shirt and even his eyebrows sometimes disappear and reappear in different shots in some episodes.
  • The character’s nickname is a reference to the Omertà (Mafia code of Ethics).
  • In Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D’oh, it’s revealed that, upon learning from Chief Wiggum that Batman will be at Ralph Wiggum’s birthday party, Johnny, along with Fat Tony, Legs, and Louie, is terrified of Batman, admitting that "[He] ain’t messing with no caped crusader!”, due to the fact that Batman would beat a villain up for a confession.
  • Fat Tony called him "My Joisey [Jersey] muscle."[3]
  • In their brief cameo in Rednecks and Broomsticks, Frankie admitted that Johnny has a bad back while Johnny, Legs, and Louie were forcing Frankie to dig his own grave in the woods when Johnny suggested that he, himself, will dig Frankie's grave for him in a threatening way.
  • His birth name "Silencio" is a misspelling of the Italian word "Silenzio," which means "Silence." Even his legal last name "Schmallippe" means "Narrow lip" in German, indicating that he might also be of German heritage besides his native Italian heritage.

Appearances

Season 12

Season 13

Season 14

Season 15

Season 16

Season 17

Season 18

Season 19

Season 20

Season 21

Season 22

Season 23

Season 24

Season 25

Season 26

Season 27

Season 28

Season 29

Season 30

Season 31

Season 32

Gallery

Citations

Springfield Mafia
Don Vittorio DiMaggio | Fit Fat Tony | Louie | Legs | Joey | Johnny Tightlips | Michael D'Amico | Frankie the Squealer | Jimmy the Snitch | Joey the Arsonist
Former Mafia Members
Fat Tony (deceased) | Bart Simpson | Homer Simpson | Nicky Bluepants Altosaxophony
Affiliated with
Joe Quimby | Snake Jailbird | Krusty the Clown | Luigi Risotto | Marge Simpson


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