Jesus of Suburbia (character)

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The Jesus of Suburbia
Aliases: The Suburbian
Songs: "Jesus of Suburbia"
Allies: St. Jimmy (originally)
Portrayed by: Lou Taylor Pucci (music video)
John Gallagher, Jr.
Van Hughes
Aaron Sidwell
Newton Faulkner

The Jesus of Surburbia, referred to as Johnny in the musical, is the main protagonist of Green Day's American Idiot album.

Character bio[edit | edit source]

The Suburbian is a resident of Jingletown, USA, and the son of a divorced mother. His younger years were spent on a "steady diet of soda pop and Ritalin", watching TV, using drugs, and loitering in parking lots. Although everything seems alright at first, The Suburbian feels trapped and bored in Jingletown and longs for escape, as he announces in "City of the Damned".

In a coming-of-age move, The Suburbian leaves Jingletown by the end of the song to explore the city. His exploits in the city are not described in this song, but are described in greater detail in the rest of the album, especially in "Holiday" and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams". Nevertheless, to describe the essence of The Suburbian's personality, Green Day proclaims, "I'm the son of rage and love / The Jesus of Suburbia / From The Bible of none of the above / On a steady diet of soda pop and Ritalin..."