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You can never have too many guns.
~ Gat's trademark quote

Johnny Gat is the deuteragonist of the Saints Row series. He also appears as a posthumous, but key character in Saints Row: The Third, and one of two protagonists in Saints Row: Gat out of Hell. He is voiced by by Daniel Dae Kim.

Biography

Saints Row

Johnny Gat is a key character in the Prologue, Vice Kings arc, and Epilogue, but does not appear in the Rollerz arc or Carnales arc.

Gat was an inhabitant of the Saint's Row District of Stilwater. Realizing that the district was being torn apart by gang wars, he volunteered to join the 3rd Street Saints, a gang aiming to end these wars. Gat was assigned to plot the downfall of the Vice Kings, one of the warring gangs in Stilwater. In doing so, he was aided by the "Playa".

Gat's 'head on' strategies typically involved massive amounts of bloodshed and extensive property damage. After introducing the Playa to Gat's girlfriend Aisha, the three plot a way to strike at the Vice Kings. They loaded up a car full of C4 and took it to the gang's recording studio, blowing it up and leveling the place to the ground. Despite all this, Gat admitted to having an admiration for Benjamin King, the Vice King's leader.

Despite having been crippled after being shot in the leg by Anthony Green, Johnny managed to move on along with the Playa on successfully destroying the Vice Kings. During the "Battlefield Promotion" cutscene, Johnny gives Aisha a bouquet of flowers, reconciling their relationship which had become strained during the takedown of the Vice Kings.

Following the destruction of all three gangs and the assassination of Marshall Winslow, Johnny Gat takes part in the assassination attempt against the Chief of Police Monroe, resulting in the police chief's death. After that, Johnny begins to spend more time with Aisha. However, when the Playa was supposedly assassinated, Gat discovered that Troy was actually a cop, and that Julius and Dex were sellouts.

Saints Row 2

A couple years after the Playa fell into a coma, Gat attempted to kill Troy for betraying the Saints. However, he failed and was taken to prison, where he stayed for 2 years and 31 days. He was going to be executed for 387 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, but in his appeal trial, the Playa bursts into the court room, kills the guards, and rescues Gat.

Gat proceeds to help the Playa as second-in-command to resurrect the Saints, finding them a suitable new hideout and canonizing new members into the gang. After the Saints' resurrection, Johnny helps in taking down the Ronin, one of the new gangs that took over. Gat participates in the raid on Poseidon's palace and kills a Ronin who was on the Saints' turf. This proves to be a fatal mistake, as Ronin lieutenant Jyunichi saw Johnny dispose of the body.

When Gat left the house, Jyunichi and a crew of Ronin break in and capture Aisha. Some time later, Gat and the Playa are heading back home and Gat notices something wrong, as the door is ajar. The Ronin prepare to ambush them, but Aisha shouts a warning to Johnny. In turn, Jyunichi decapitates her, infuriating Gat. As a result, Gat gets into a sword fight with Jyunichi while The Protagonist kills the other Ronin in a large shootout.

After disposing of all the Ronin, the Playa accidentally distracts Johnny for a second while attempting to shoot Jyunichi, resulting in Johnny being impaled to the hilt and losing consciousness. the Playa manages to get him to hospital with the help of another Saint since the ambulance was taking too long.

Gat stays in the hospital for a while up until the Ronin invade to finish him off, but the Playa, who is visiting Gat at the time, gets him away safely. After making a full recovery, Gat and the Playa hold a funeral for Aisha, which is interrupted by the Ronin leader Shogo Akuji, who attempts to kill them in revenge for humiliating him and decimating his gang.

Gat and the Playa survive. Blaming Shogo for ordering Aisha's death, Gat brutally beats him before burying him alive. Gat and the Playa proceed on to defend the Saints' hideout from a Ronin invasion, and he later creates a diversion at Mr. Wong's heritage festival, fending off the Ronin while the Playa kills Kazuo Akuji.

Like in the first game, Gat is a key character in the Prologue, yellow-clad rival gang arc, and Epilogue, but does not appear in the other two gang arcs.

Saints Row: The Third

While his appearance in Saints Row: The Third is brief, Gat does appear in the beginning of the game, aiding the Saints in a bank heist that would eventually end in the Saints' arrest and their subsequent kidnap at the hands of the Syndicate.

While on board in the Syndicate's cargo plane, Gat, along with Shaundi and the Boss, are presented with an offer by the Syndicate's leader, Phillipe Loren, demanding that the Saints hand over 66% of their revenue to the Syndicate in exchange for their lives.

The Saints instead refuse the offer, with Loren instead ending up wounded by the likes of Gat. Gat manages to hold off the Morningstar while Shaundi and the Boss escape from the plane, only for Gat to end up dead at the hands of Loren, causing the Saints to carry out revenge against the Syndicate.

Saints Row IV

In reality, Johnny actually survived the attempt on his life and was actually held hostage by Zinyak, leader of the Zin Empire. The Saints would later figure out that he is still alive and would eventually rescue him from his simulation, but at the cost of their safety as rescuing Gat would alert the Zin to their location at all times.

Still, the Saints succeed in doing so and recruit Gat in the fight against Zinyak. He also appears in How the Saints Save Christmas. Gat once again appears in Gat out of Hell, this time as one of two playable characters in the game, the other being Kinzie Kensington.

Trivia

General

  • Johnny's last name, Gat, is a slang term for a handgun or a machine pistol, originally derived from "gatling gun", which can also refer to firearms more generally. Also, gat, 갓, is Korean for hat, while 吉, is Chinese (Cantonese) for good luck (equivalent to Ji in Mandarin), meaning that Johnny might be of Korean or Cantonese heritage.
  • Johnny's glasses are prescription.
  • Johnny is severely wounded in every game, except for Saints Row IV.
  • Gat and Jane Valderama are the only characters who are in every main game in the series with the same voice actor, unless you count the Boss if he's male and black (voiced by Kenny Blank).
  • He is the only character to appear in all of the Saints Row series' main installments, as he doesn't make an appearance in Saints Row 2's expansions, Ultor Exposed and Corporate Warfare. He is also absent in Saints Row: The Third's expansions, Genkibowl VII, Gangstas in Space and The Trouble With Clones. He does appear in Saints Row IV's expansion, How the Saints Save Christmas, but is absent in Enter the Dominatrix. A cloned version of him named Johnny Tag is present in The Trouble With Clones, but that doesn't count as an official appearance.
  • His signature weapons are the GDHC .50 (in Saints Row & Gat out of Hell), K6 Krukov (in Saints Row 2), and the Shokolov AR (in Saints Row IV).
    • In Saints Row IV and Gat out of Hell, he also wields a pair of knives in addition to his signature weapons.

Saints Row

  • Johnny drives a unique Venom, though he gives it to the Playa after "All the King's Men".
  • During the mission "Best Laid Plans..." Gat's unique Venom is obtainable after leaving the abandoned police station. The player can park it in their garage if they can keep the car from getting destroyed by the police during the mission.
  • During the mission "3rd Street Vice Kings", Johnny Gat uses a unique character model with Vice Kings clothes. His knee brace is especially visible during this mission.

Saints Row 2

  • Gat is shown to be very proficient with swords, as he easily holds his own against Jyunichi until the Boss accidentally distracts him.
  • Despite the fact that Pierce Washington was charged with taking down The Ronin, Gat is actually in more Ronin missions than him.
  • If the Boss is female, people of Stilwater speculate her romantic feelings for Gat, as some civilians say "Now that Aisha is outta the way, are you gonna get with Johnny?" after the mission "Bleeding Out".
  • Johnny drives a randomized Stiletto when called as a homie, and the Venom from the first game is not available at all in Saints Row 2. Despite this, one of the Chop Shop lists states that Johnny's favorite car is the Venom Classic, but he never drives it at any point in the series.
  • During the missions "Saint's Seven", "Room Service", and "Pyramid Scheme", as well as any time he is called as a homie, Gat has a 1 in 101 chance of wearing his blood-stained shirt.

The Third

  • Gat has his own comic book, entitled Gangstas In Space.
  • In the first two games, he has light brown eyes, but in The Third, his eyes are bloodshot and a very pale purple.
  • As of the start of the game, Gat is the only member of the 3rd Street Saints who has been in the gang for the entire series.
  • Johnny's death affected Shaundi the most out of all the Saints; conversely, Aisha's death had a similar effect on Johnny himself
  • Multiple monitors feature a "Johnny Cat" animation, based on the "Keyboard Cat" meme. The titular cat is dressed as Gat, including his hairstyle and glasses, with the words "Johnny Cat" flashing on-screen.
  • In the mission "http:deckers.die", there is a gravestone hovering in the air with the message "Here lies Johnny Gat. He died like a little bitch, you are next LOL ... DIE".

Saints Row IV

  • His birth year is given as 1980. Therefore, he's 25-26 in Saints Row, 30-31 in Saints Row 2, and 33-34 in The Third.
  • He states that his mother used to sing countless verses of "The Wheels on the Bus", including one about a homeless person.
  • His return in Saints Row IV is a retcon, further proving that the game isn't a canon entry.
    • Volition confirmed his death.
    • Phillipe Loren used Johnny's body as an example against those who oppose the Syndicate.
    • Viola mentioned Gat's death. As she's allied with the Saints, she had no reason to lie to them.
    • After completing The Third, Gat is unlocked as a zombie, like Zombie Lin and Zombie Carlos from the prequels.

Quotes

  • "So, you're Julius' new boy, huh? You don't look like much. Then again, I don't look like I have an eight-inch cock, so... I guess we're both full of surprises." - To the Playa in "Aisha's Favor"

Gallery

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The Third

Saints Row 4

Gat out of Hell

Navigation

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The Protagonist | Johnny Gat | Julius Little | Lin | Aisha | Carlos Mendoza | Shaundi | Pierce Washington | Troy Bradshaw | Oleg Kirrlov | Kinzie Kensington | Zimos | Angel De La Muerte | Viola DeWynter | Keith David | Benjamin King | Matt Miller | Asha Odekar | CID

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Donnie | Tobias | Legal Lee | Jane Valderamma | Luz Avalos | Josh Birk | Nyte Blayde | Mayor Burt Reyndolds | Jenny Jaros | Jimmy Torbitson | Johnny Tag | Roddy Piper | Jane Austen | Zinjai | Jezebel Mephistopheles | Kiki DeWynter | Dane Vogel | Vlad | Blackbeard | Shakespeare

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