103 Facts About John Constantine


John Constantine is a fictional character who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics.

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Titular Hellblazer, John Constantine is a working-class warlock, occult detective, and con man from Liverpool who is stationed in London.

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John Constantine is known for his endless cynicism, deadpan wit, ruthless cunning, and constant chain smoking, but he is a passionate humanitarian driven by a heartfelt desire to do some good in his life.

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Character made his live-action debut in the film John Constantine, portrayed by Keanu Reeves, who will reprise the role in a DC Extended Universe sequel.

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On television, John Constantine was portrayed by Matt Ryan in the NBC series John Constantine, who later reprised the character in the Arrowverse series Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, and several animated productions.

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John Constantine is notable for the fact that many of the people who wrote his stories have claimed to see him apparently showing up in real life despite him being a fictional character.

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John Constantine first appeared in 1985 as a recurring character in Swamp Thing, in which he acted as a "supernatural advisor" to the main character.

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In that issue, written by Marv Wolfman and drawn by George Perez, John Constantine is wearing a green suit as opposed to his more traditional black suit and tan trenchcoat ensemble.

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John Constantine was very flattered to have a comic character who looked like him, but DC gets nervous about these things.

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The policy was reversed in 2011, when a version of John Constantine appeared in the DC Universe crossover series Brightest Day, a spin-off series, Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search for Swamp Thing.

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Lemire said he considers Justice League Dark his dream gig at DC Comics because John Constantine is one of his all-time favourite characters not just in comics, but in all fiction.

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John Constantine's motivation has been attributed to an adrenaline addiction that only the strange and mysterious can satiate.

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John Constantine is shown to be someone with a wide and international circle of contacts and allies, and is adept at making friends.

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John Constantine has a reputation as being one of the most powerful sorcerers in the world.

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John Constantine is referred to as "The Constant One" because of his whole family tree being somewhat connected to the occult.

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John Constantine is bisexual, which was first established in a 1992 comic that referred offhandedly to his having male and female exes.

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Later issues of Constantine the Hellblazer depicted John falling in love with a male bartender named Oliver, whom he dated.

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John Constantine is unusual among comic-book characters in that he has aged in real time since his creation.

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In John Constantine's early appearances in Swamp Thing, his past was a mystery; his life as a child and young adult was not developed until Jamie Delano's Hellblazer stories.

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John Constantine's mother, Mary Anne, died giving birth to John and his stillborn twin brother because an earlier abortion—forced on her by John's father, Thomas—had weakened her womb.

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Later, in the 1960s, a teenaged John Constantine ran away from home, but not before a botched curse caused his father to become withered and frail.

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John Constantine eventually made his permanent home in London in 1969, rooming with Francis "Chas" Chandler, a young man who has since gone on to become John Constantine's closest and longest-surviving friend.

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John Constantine travelled other countries and visited San Francisco, where he met, and subsequently began a relationship with, the female magician Zatanna Zatara .

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John Constantine had summoned the demon by one of its names, but not its true name – Nergal – which would have been required to bind and control the demon.

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John Constantine suffered a nervous breakdown after this incident, and was committed to Ravenscar Psychiatric Hospital, which he drifted in and out of over the years.

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John Constantine is later freed from Ravenscar by London gangsters, threatening to torture and kill his sister and her family unless he helps to resurrect a mob boss's dead son.

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John Constantine first met Swamp Thing in 1985 after being interested in the creature.

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John Constantine even invites Swamp Thing to his 40th birthday and assures the Thing he will try not to bother him again.

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Slowly dying from cancer, John Constantine hatched a plan to save himself from eternal torment.

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John Constantine then went on to have a series of adventures and misadventures playing the role of puppet and puppeteer with his signature style and profane sarcasm.

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John Constantine soon ended up organising a counterstrike against a creature known as the Shadow Dog, having been warned of its coming and believing it was an entity that brought death and madness; instead, it was a guardian against the true enemy, the Beast, who was manipulating John into giving it free access to humanity.

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John Constantine was forced to let Nergal enter his body to finish him.

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John Constantine's was not subject to any torture or punishment, either.

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John Constantine informs her that her husband, Constantine's brother-in-law Tony, has killed himself with her blood still staining his hands, thus making him twice damned, and offers to fairly divide her husband's punishment between the two of them if she stays of her own free will.

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John Constantine can do nothing, as the First gloats over his victory and then sends him back home.

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John Constantine later revisits Ravenscar Asylum, the place where he was thrown after being framed for Astra's murder.

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John Constantine remembers all the maltreatment he suffered, and remembers every suffering and guilt he had for the past years.

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John Constantine is a specific target of the war-mage because he is the "Laughing Magician", who is known as the "Constant One".

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Remembering that Mako mentioned Ravenscar when he found out about John Constantine, he tries to summon his unborn brother, but instead is summoned to his brother.

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The soul of Constantine's brother tells John that he was not to be born and that it should have been he who had been born, instead, as he is the Laughing Magician; he requests that John and he merge their souls so they become one and can fix the world.

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John Constantine then makes the link that the soul of his unborn brother caused him to get cancer and for his relationships to fail, and that anytime he tried to take control of his life, something bad would happen to make John Constantine weaker, so their souls might be able to merge.

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John Constantine's funeral was attended by many of his friends and family, but it later turns out that he had faked his death yet again.

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John Constantine decides he should keep a low profile, because he does not want to hurt the people around him again.

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John Constantine suggests he let her be, but Gemma fears he will return and put her life to misery.

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John Constantine tells Gemma to make her own decision, and she reluctantly points the revolver at him.

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Gemma closes her eyes before muttering, "Damn you, John Constantine" and pulls the trigger, but when she opened her eyes again, Constantine had vanished.

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John Constantine's history is slightly altered, such as meeting Zatanna in New York instead of San Francisco, and the origins of how he got his trademark trenchcoat.

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John Constantine is still an unsavory trickster in the New 52 universe, as, while during the Trinity War between the three Justice Leagues, he tries to trick Shazam so that he can steal his magic.

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John Constantine fails, causing Billy to become even more distrustful of other people than he already was.

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However, prior to the planned battle, John Constantine is thrown into the battlefield in Dar es Salaam in World War I because of a ritual going wrong, making his plan ultimately fail.

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An encounter with Doctor Occult there results in John Constantine being transported to Earth-2 - a world dying under siege from Darkseid and his army of Parademons.

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John Constantine manages to convince Wotan to spare his life, then works with the ancient sorcerer to open a door through his body to Earth-0.

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John Constantine quickly earns the trust of the Earth-2 family, who consider him to be a wonder.

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Together, they escape to a warehouse where John Constantine instructs them to draw sigils to cast a complex spell.

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Finally, he chooses to save his own skin: as he is kissing the other John Constantine, he holds his hand and drives the knife into his heart, ultimately kills the "other John Constantine".

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John Constantine contemplates and sees that he is no hero, but he is the only one willing to sacrifice "proper John Constantine" to save his family, or trade a hundred people for the safety of 6 billion.

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Later, John Constantine goes back to New York and visits his old friend Lloyd at his bar to tell him about his latest adventures.

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John Constantine tells the kids to go back home, forget what has just happened, and his true origins will forever remain unknown - but it does not matter.

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John Constantine uses magic to trick a cashier in a clothes store and gets himself a new suit.

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Suddenly, John Constantine sees his entire ghost entourage, and Gary Lester's ghost - who has tried to warn him since the beginning - tells him that Frank North's spirit had vanished completely, and something had been after John Constantine's ghosts.

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John Constantine tries to set up a scheme to lure and trap the entity which had been after his ghosts, by ramping up quite a number of ghosts from 'haunted sites'.

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John Constantine resolves to dispel the curse, set on him by a demon called "Laughing Boy" whom he once crossed in the past, by using a ritual that deflect the curse from him to 8 million souls in London.

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However, it turns out that John Constantine is buying time for the psychic Mercury, who is a young woman, to arrive and tell him the real name of "Laughing Boy" .

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John Constantine takes control of the demon, cancels the curse and London returns to normal.

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One djinn, named Marid, was stopped by his brother when he tried to prevent the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which triggered World War I In South London, present day, John Constantine is staying in Chas's house when he is contacted by Swamp Thing.

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John Constantine enlists Mercury's help, who is eager to help the Swamp Thing despite disliking John Constantine.

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John Constantine tells Chas which horse to bet on and makes the cabbie drive him to the Tate Club.

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John Constantine is tracked down by two djinns but manages to escape to the London Underground.

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John Constantine meets Map, who behaves oddly and warns John of an upcoming danger in town: the djinn, and that Clarice actually wants John to stop the djinn from finding the Swamp Thing.

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John Constantine later wakes up in Ravenscar Asylum, back in the prime universe.

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Once in this new universe, John Constantine discovered that Chas is dying of lung cancer and is plagued by various demons and spirits, caused by spending so much time around John Constantine.

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John Constantine was kidnapped by the "mob boss" called K-Mag, the leader of a street gang consisted of wayward immigrant youngsters.

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John Constantine agreed, and discovered that these were not really angels, but magical beings created by a homeless man who was obsessed with William Blake.

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John Constantine managed to bring Noah out of the gang and made the young man his personal driver like his former friend Chas.

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John Constantine then met a fellow sorcerer, the hippie Tommy Willowtree, who tells him that the angels in the park were just one of a series of magical occurrences that have happened since John Constantine's return.

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Willowtree revered John Constantine and offered him back his "birthright" as the "Magelord of England".

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Unknown to them, these events were caused by the alternate old John Constantine, who managed to attack and crucify the young Willowtree.

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John Constantine visited Noah's mother, who had been comatose for seven years, in a hospital.

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John Constantine encountered a ghostly presence of a young xenophobic British woman who attacked and murdered all patients in the critical ward who had foreign background - but not Constantine, a British man.

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John Constantine tried to track down his old version's signal, which led him to a fishing town.

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John Constantine discovered Freddie, an young fisherman who found himself out of luck with his business as well as being held with contempt by his fellow fishermen, all of whom were subscribing to xenophobic ideals from a British Conservative politician called Clem Thurso.

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The old John Constantine gave Freddie a whistle, which he used to summon a mermaid who was madly in love with him.

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John Constantine rescued the mermaid and waited until she finally delivered and died from childbirth, to catch Freddie and kick him down the river for his monstrous human-mermaid hybrid children to eat him alive.

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Old John Constantine had made acquaintance with a Duke, who was desperate to gain the favor of his mother, the Queen.

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Old John Constantine supplied him with horse semen and promised of a majestic, fast, powerful being.

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John Constantine explained that the creature was born purely out of an idea and was supposed to represent one thing: purity, and it could only be calmed down by purity of a barely legal virgin readily in the Duke's car, before John Constantine euthanized it.

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Later, John Constantine was chased down by one assassin sent by the Royal family due to fear of embarrassment by this scandal, but he thwarted the attempt on his life.

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When using sorcery, John Constantine is armed with the knowledge of many magical spells, rituals, and curses, such as evocation, necromancy, illusions, invisibility, and can even use magic to time travel.

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John Constantine has a wide range of protection magic such as sigils and magic circles that can protect him from both physical and supernatural attacks.

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John Constantine carries with him an arsenal of powerful magical artifacts to aid him in battle, such as The House of Mystery, which serves as his transport to different realms of the universe, and his trademark trench coat that possesses powerful demonic powers.

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John Constantine is highly resistant to many psychic attacks such as telepathy, possessions, and mind control.

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John Constantine is one of a few people knowing all the routes to Heaven, Hell, and the afterlife, which he uses to escape and teleport without the danger of being chased by enemies.

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John Constantine exhibited considerable mastery in "stage magic skills"—hypnosis, sleight of hand, pick pocketing and escapology.

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John Constantine's blood has been shown to have healing properties, and is noted to have an age-managing effect.

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John Constantine was wearing the trenchcoat, a short cut—he looked—no, he didn't even look exactly like Sting.

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John Constantine looked at me, stared me straight in the eyes, smiled, nodded almost conspiratorially, and then just walked off around the corner to the other part of the snack bar.

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John Constantine's second meeting with his creation was illustrated in 2001's Snakes and Ladders, an adaptation by Eddie Campbell of one of Moore's performance art pieces:.

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John Constantine is a byproduct of both the punk rock era and Margaret Thatcher's Britain.

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John Constantine isn't very nice, he drinks and smokes like they're both going out of style, and his friends always seem to pay for his own magical misdeeds.

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In recent times John Constantine has got rid of the guilt and self-loathing plaguing him by magically giving it the physical form of a baby and throwing it off a cliff.

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The character of John Constantine has been analyzed as a stereotypical depiction of a European in fiction.

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Noir fiction author John Shirley is credited with writing three Hellblazer novels, including the novelization of the Constantine film.

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The novel Hellblazer: War Lord features John Constantine talking about his film counterpart, referring to him as a version of himself from an alternate universe.

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