Jonny Quest (character)

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This article is about the character. For other uses, see Jonny Quest.
Jonny Quest
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Species Human
Gender Male
Member of Team Quest
Affiliation Race Bannon
Jezebel Jade
Hardrock in the 1980s
Jessie Bannon in the 1990s
Occupation Bowling alley owner in Jellystone!
Works for Quest Bowl in Jellystone!
Goals To follow Doctor Quest and Race on secret missions
Father Doctor Benton Quest
Mother Rachel Quest
Brother(s) Hadji, adopted
Other relative(s) Maternal grandfather, Doug Wildey
Marital status Husband to Hadji in Jellystone![1]
First appearance JQ: "The Mystery of the Lizard Men" (1964)
Played by Tim Matthieson (1964-65)
Scott Menville (1986-87)
J.D. Roth (1996-97)
Quinton Flynn (1996-97)
Dee Baker (2000)
Reese Hartwig (2015)
Andrew Frankel (2022)
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Jonny in the 1980s second season.
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The Real Adventures season 1.
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The Real Adventures season 2.
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Jonny Quest is a young boy and the titular character of Jonny Quest animated franchise. His voice was originated by Tim Matheson, then credited as Tim Matthieson.

He is an adventurer at heart and gets into escapades when he travels with his scientist father, Dr. Benton Quest. He is also joined by his best friend and adopted brother, an Indian child called Hadji, their bodyguard, Race Bannon, and pet dog, Bandit. During the 1980s and 1990s, he was joined by the rock creature, Hardrock, and Race's daughter, Jessie, respectively.

Character description

On the surface, Jonny is an ordinary 11-year old with blonde hair, an honest face and fair skin. He is commonly seen with a black turtleneck sweater, blue jeans, and a pair of white sneakers. In the original series and The Real Adventures series, he has blue eyes, although they were colored dark in the 1980s season of the former series.

He is studious and a kind son to his father Dr. Quest, though he is shown to be very unenthusiastic and impatient in his schooling, especially homework. But deep inside his othewise average exterior, Jonny is incredibly brave for a child of his age. He is athletic, and has a proficiency in judo, scuba diving, and firearms. He is also resourceful, and is been able to take responsibilities with his homework, show respect to adults, and be honest to those around him.


TV series





Video games


The Tagalong Adventures

As stated in the first episode of Jonny Quest, "The Mystery of the Lizard Men," Jonny's mother (then unnamed) passed away from when he was at a young age. The circumstances to how it happened are unknown, though it is likely that the tragedy is what caused Race Banon to become his tutor.[2]

The Watered Down Adventures

Jonny Quest vs. the Liver Spots of Zin

The Mature Adventures of Teen Jonny

I Am Cameo

Having become old and retired, I.M. Weasel and I.R. Baboon live at the Old Cartoon Retirement Home, where Jonny also resides.[3]

Custody Battle

Running with Tom and Jerry

Everyone's Back in Jellystone!

Jonny is featured as a background character in the HBO Max series Jellystone!. In this version, he is an adult and runs Quest Bowl, the local bowling alley, with Hadji, who is implied to be his husband (and not his adoptive brother like with other versions of the character).[1]

Meet Action Johnny

Jonny in the Funny Books

Marvel's Laff-A-Lympics

Comico's Real World Adventures

The Dark Horse Adventures

When HB Worlds Collide



Main article: Jonny Quest (character)/Gallery

Behind the scenes

In popular culture

  • In the Animaniacs episode "The Taming of the Screwy", Slappy Squirrel compares actor Luke Perry to "a very young Jonny Quest."
  • In the Freakazoid! segment "Doomsday Bet," from a one-off Toby Danger backup feature, Jonny Quest was lampooned as Toby Danger, with Scott Menville reprising his role as Jonny from the 80s incarnation of Jonny Quest.
  • In The Fairly OddParents TV movie Channel Chasers, Timmy zaps himself into the world of Jonny Hunt, in which he becomes part of an escape with the titular, young Jonny Hunt and his team from a laser-firing robot shaped like a scorpion in the jungle. Timmy is dressed in a pink turtleneck sweater in reference to the clothing of both Jonnys.
  • In the Family Guy DTV movie Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (which was later edited for TV as "Stu & Stewie's Excellent Adventure"), Stewie talks to his older self about the job he once had as an airline check, where he accepts entry for Jonny and his father, but not for Hadji, who he retains for a security inspection because of his race.
  • In the film The Incredibles 2, Dash watches "Arctic Splashdown" one morning, with Jonny and Hadji celebrating.