I ain't sayin' nothin'!
―Johnny's catchphrase
Tell 'em 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 Fat Tony.


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


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 or others. When involved in an inadvertent shoot-out in Fat Tony's mansion (the shoot-out started when Homer and Krusty, caught by Fat Tony during a mafia summit trying to steal several violin cases, dropped the cases by accident and caused some of the cases to open [they contained Tommy guns] and have the guns discharge their ammo), Johnny is shot by accident. When asked where he is injured, he says, "I ain't saying nothing!" When asked what to tell the doctor, he says, "Tell 'em to suck a lemon."

In another case doing a shootout against Homer Simpson, who is supported by a mysterious sniper, Tony asks Johnny if he can see the sniper. Johnny just answers that he "sees a Lotta things".

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

Homer mentions he digs wells in Darfur on vacation. (Penny-Wiseguys)

He speaks occasionally in 22 For 30 (season 28).

He drives a Black Lincoin Continental with license plate ZERO2SAY.

Although very reticent, that doesn't mean he isn't treacherous, as Fat Tony learned the hard way when Tightlips framed Fat Tony for pick-pocketing wallets and set Fat Tony up into walking into a warehouse storing them.

Behind the Laughter


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

On the "Insane Clown Poppy" commentary, it is discussed that the original name for the character would be "Tightlips Johnny."


  • He is the Goons in The Simpsons Arcade Game.
  • The character’s nickname is a reference to the Omertà (Mafia code of Ethics).
  • Fat Tony called him, "my Joisey [Jersey] muscle"[3]
  • Frankie The Squealer admitted that Johnny Tightlips has a bad back.
  • His birth name 'Silencio' is a misspelling of the Italian word 'silenzio', which means 'silence'.




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
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