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I saw corps ... transform Night City into a machine fueled by people's crushed spirits, broken dreams and emptied pockets. Corps've long controlled our lives, taken lots... and now they're after our souls! ... I've declared war not 'cause capitalism's a thorn in my side or outta nostalgia for an America gone by. This war's a people's war against a system that's spiralled outta our control.

– Johnny Silverhand during TapewormCyberpunk 2077

Johnny Silverhand, born as Robert John Linder,[3] was a famous influential rockerboy and the lead singer of the band Samurai before its breakup in 2008.[4] A military veteran who defined the rockerboy movement to what it is today, he was the most prominent figure that fought against the corrupted NUSA government and the megacorporations, often being described as a terrorist. Johnny is charismatic and quite the charmer. However he is also known to be irrational, impulsive, and a manipulator.[5]

Johnny has a temper and seems to always be on edge, partly due to his history in the Second Central American War. His dedication and ambitions are what keep him going, but at the end of the day he doesn't care much for the people around him as long as they are used to accomplish his goals.[6]


1988 - 2000s

Robert John Linder was born in College Station, Texas, on November 16th, 1988.[1][7] He enlisted into the military as a teenager, lying about his real age,[8] and it didn't take long to see some action. John was sent to Nicaragua and Mexico to participate in the Second Conflict of 2003. While in Mexico, John's life was saved by a friend who died protecting him. The conflict was devastating, as the war was run by a corrupt and manipulative government. However when their secrets were exposed, many of the American soldiers dropped their banners as they fought back by deserting the military. The government used its influence to create a powerful propaganda campaign to make the American public hate deserters.

John was also one of the men who decided he wouldn't fight in the corrupt war anymore that ultimately led to him losing his arm and a friend. He left for Night City and stayed at a hotel for a whole month.[9] The military and the war had changed his life forever. He changed his name to Johnny Silverhand, his last name representing the cybernetic arm that had replaced his limb.[10] Johnny began his mission of rebellion to expose corruption by starting a rock band that would eventually be known as Samurai.[3][5] He started this band with his friend Kerry Eurodyne, originally only playing in backstreet clubs. Their first ever gig was in the Red Dirt, a small bar in Night City. At some point in 2003, while playing in a bar called Rainbow Cadenza, a producer by name of Jack Masters discovered them and signed them up with Universal Recording. Samurai was comprised of the co-founders Johnny and Kerry as well as Denny, Nancy, and Henry.

His music became revolutionary, starting the rockerboy movement and becoming an overnight sensation. He rose to the top of the US charts in record time with his band. However despite their success, Samurai struggled as personal issues made it to the surface. During this time, the keyboard player Nancy was in an abusive relationship. She reached a point where she couldn't take it anymore, and pushed her boyfriend out of a window. After the NCPD discovered the body, she was arrested and taken to prison. Without her, Samurai struggled and finally split up in 2008.[5]

Johnny Silverhand was still one of the most popular musicians at the time. He planned to use his star power to begin a solo career and continue to push his anti-corporation and anti-government message. DBS Music wanted to sign him so desperately that they blackmailed him, threatening to reveal his true identity, as a deserter of the Second Central American Conflict.

Instead, Johnny Silverhand signed with Universal Music again, and released an entire album called 'SINS of Your Brothers' admitting that he was a deserter, and revealing all the terrible things the government had ordered. The album was wildly successful, and changed public perception of what it meant to be a deserter.[5]


In 2010s, Johnny continued his rebellious campaign this time in Japantown during his famous free benefit concert to bring attention to brutal methods the NCPD used to quell the the Homeless Riots.[11]

Rogue's relationship with Johnny ended at some point in 2011,[12] after she found out about Johnny cheating on her.[13]

After giving a concert at The Hammer on August 4th in 2013, Johnny went on a walk with Alt Cunningham, his former girlfriend, but were ambushed by thugs hired by Arasaka. The thugs injured Johnny, kidnapped Alt and took off in a van. Arasaka wanted her to develop a new variant of the Soulkiller software she had written for ITS.[13]

On the 5th of August in 2013, Johnny gathered a strike team, consisting of his ex-girlfriend Rogue, media reporter Thompson, and a nomad named Santiago, to infiltrate Arasaka Tower in Night City, so that they could save Alt. As a diversion, he called in a favor from all the members of his old band. Samurai gathered together and performed an entirely free show. The show was held right in front of Arasaka Tower. This led to a riot on the tower as troops were called in to control the situation. In a panic reaction, Toshiro used Soulkiller on Alt while the assault took place and trapped her inside the Arasaka mainframe.[citation needed] Johnny and his team infiltrated the Tower, while Alt was trapped in the mainframe trying to find a way back to her body.

The team made it to the room where Toshiro, Akira, and Alt were. Johnny looked over Alt's body and presumed her dead moments after killing Toshiro out of anger. He turned to gather up Alt's still warm body in his arms off the couch disconnecting her. Behind the wall of monitors, a disembodied Alt screamed to him, but Johnny didn't hear her.[12][14]

After the assault on the Tower, Johnny left Night City for a period of time with Santiago and join the Aldecaldos nomad community.[15] Little was known of what he did during this time.[16]

Around 2015, a firefighter by the name of Samantha Stevens saved Silverhand from a fire that occurred in one of his studios.[17][18]


In 2023, Johnny and Morgan Blackhand, alongside Rogue Amendiares, Shaitan, Thompson, Spider Murphy and others, led a Militech assault team on the Arasaka Towers in Night City, with the intention of ending the Fourth Corporate War by destroying the tower with a mini nuke.[19] Johnny had another reason for going back to the Arasaka offices, he wanted to find Alt Cunningham, but there were more than a few obstacles in the way. Johnny's team was pinned down by the Arasaka forces and Adam Smasher in the tower labs after successfully liberating Alt. During these events, Johnny, who had been knocked off by the initial attack, managed to stand up. With a Militech SMG on one hand and his Malorian on the other, the rockerboy shouted and provoked Smasher, emptying his guns on the borg. Smasher turned around, surprised at the audacity of the man, and then fired his autoshotgun at him, cutting Silverhand in half.[19][20] Spider Murphy tried to reach Johnny but she was stopped by Rogue, who told her he was gone. Spider instead reached inside her jacket and pulled out a data slug Alt had downloaded to her a long time ago. Whispering she was sorry to Johnny, Spider inserted the chip into the back of the dying rocker's skull. She then tried to reach for her data suitcase, but soon realized it had been destroyed in the crossfire. Spider then left with Rogue, knowing Johnny and Bartmoss would one day be avenged.[20]

Silverhand's engram in 2077 has a different tale of the events, in which he escaped the fight with Smasher and attempted to reach the helicopter where Rogue was waiting, yet again being stopped by Smasher. Johnny was presumed dead, gunned down by the borg. The dying Johnny was recovered by Arasaka and interrogated by the corp security and later by Saburo Arasaka himself with a techie. He would be subjected to the Soulkiller program, his consciousness scanned and stored on an engram; his physical body dying and was allegedly buried in concrete in the derelict oil fields just outside of Night City.[21]

Despite there being no body to intern, a niche was dedicated to his memory at the North Oak Columbarium. His epitaph, which uses his real name, reads: "Robert John Linder: Son of a bitch who never gave up. A legend among legends."[22]

Black Dog

Not long after the 2023 Night City Holocaust, an old friend of Silverhand, Samantha Stevens, accessed the Hot Zone by a request from Angel. Samantha recovered a non-detonated mini-nuke from the a wrecked bunker of the destroyed towers, and tossed its contents into Del Coronado Bay. After finding Johnny's body among the ruins, she put it into the nuke crate to preserve it. At some point she also recovered some of Johnny's possessions, including one of his Malorian 3516 and his Porsche. She hid all of these items, including the bomb case, in her garage somewhere in Night City. She protected and took care of them for years.

In 2038, after encountering a group of edgerunners who were trying to find an unreleased song of Samurai, Samantha gave them the task to transport the crate containing Johnny's body to Los Alamos Labs in New Mexico. Before they left, Samantha took aside one of them, a mercenary known as Zara, and gave her the Malorian she had found in a wrapped package and told her that the owner was never going to use it again, adding that she seemed the right person to carry it for him.

The group of edgerunners managed to deliver the create to Angel in New Mexico. After opening the crate, she whispered "Hello, my love."[18]


At some point prior to 2077, Johnny's engram was placed onto a prototype version of the Relic. It and the device were stolen by Yorinobu Arasaka and stored within a secure vault in Konpeki Plaza, to bring his father out into public. Johnny's engram and its location were uncovered by the Voodoo Boys, who planned to steal it to bring them into contact with Alt and bypass the Blackwall. The group hired Evelyn Parker to braindance the room for security measures and its location, though she decided to betray them and steal the device for herself. Through fixer Dexter DeShawn, Parker hired mercenaries V and Jackie Welles to steal the Relic from the room. The two mercenaries were able to steal it, though the Relic's storage case was damaged during their escape. To ensure it survived, a fatally wounded Jackie carried it in his shard slot and placed it into V's before he died.

Due to its presence when they were murdered, Johnny's engram finally awoke when the Relic revived V. Due to the devices' functions, it began uploading it onto the brain and replacing the mercenary's consciousness. Initially attacking them in a bid to take over, Johnny eventually decided to cooperate with V to ensure he survived or could be retrieved from their head. He appeared on multiple occasions to either provide advice to V or give his thoughts on their situations. The Relic also provided V glimpses of Johnny's memories, including his attempt to save Alt in 2013 and his final attack on Arasaka Tower. Johnny's engram also attempted to take control of the body on multiple occasions.

If V took Hanako's offer in Nocturne Op55N1:

Johnny was angered at V's decision and believed they were too stubborn to see the truth. Because of this, he refused to help V in anyway during the process. He hated V and having to watch as Hanako, Takemura, and Anders Hellman all were working towards restoring the Arasaka Corporation. Johnny, however, was impressed with Yorinobu Arasaka who tried to kill the entire board of Arasaka in a military coup, he considered buying him a beer if he could. He took enjoyment from seeing Arasaka fight amongst themselves however still distrusted Hanako and believed he knew where this would end.
After Yorinobu was dealt with Hanako had Anders Hellman took V so that they could get the help they needed. During the surgery Johnny and V spoke one last time, he was very displeased with V's actions and proceed to explain how they betrayed themselves. He said that they were now one mind and without him they would feel empty once the Relic was removed. Johnny also said that V betrayed Jackie and took the easy way out instead of the blaze of glory, before he eventually left V forever.

If V asked Panam for help in Nocturne Op55N1:

Johnny was upset at the decision V took, he believed they were making a mistake in not trusting him. Because of this he did not offer V help during the assault, however, he learned that V had the Aldecaldos supporting them, something he did not anticipate. Even though he could not join V, Johnny still rooted for them during the assault and mocked Arasaka for getting attacked by nomads. Alt Cunningham took pleasure in her being right that Johnny was unable to manipulate V in taking control of their body, and still helped to get to Mikoshi. Johnny was still content with the results of the assault since Arasaka was hurt in the process.
Once in the Net, V and Johnny met with Alt, who told them that even though they had been finally separated, the biochip had changed too much of V's brain, and if they returned they would die after six months. Instead she advised Johnny to go back as the body wouldn't reject his psyche.

If Johnny stays with V's body:
V followed Alt beyond the Blackwall. A few months after those events, Johnny chose to leave Night City, feeling grateful to live again but sad for how things turned out in regards to V's fate.

If V let's Johnny go with Rogue in Nocturne Op55N1:

After giving control over their body, Johnny made a strike team with Rogue Amendiares and Crispin Weyland, crashing into Arasaka Tower with an AV, and reaching Mikoshi after fighting their way down. As they had assaulted the tower they ran into Adam Smasher who then killed Rogue in front of Johnny. Johnny was upset at the murder and then fought Adam seeking revenge.
Once in the Net, V and Johnny met with Alt, who told them that even though they had been finally separated, the biochip had changed too much of V's brain, and if they returned they would die after six months. Instead she advised Johnny to go back as the body wouldn't reject his psyche.

If Johnny stays with V's body:
V followed Alt beyond the Blackwall. A few months after those events, Johnny chose to leave Night City, feeling grateful to live again but sad for how things turned out in regards to V's fate.

If V and Johnny go on a suicide run in (Don't Fear) The Reaper:

V did not like the options given to them, fearing they could hurt other people. Johnny saw them as his only true friend, and offered a fourth option, assault Arasaka Tower just the two of them. While it seemed to be a clear suicide run the both of them agreed to trust in each other and walked through the front doors of Arasaka Tower. V fought against waves of Arasaka soldiers as Johnny gave them many tips on how to handle the situation, guiding them through he said that V was better then any of them. As they made their way down Johnny and V got support of Alt Cunningham who took control over the Tower and eventually destroying Mikoshi. V and Johnny fought against Adam Smasher, and were successful in the end. Johnny was pleased with V's work as they finally made it to Mikoshi's access point where Alt gave instructions from there.
Once in the Net, V and Johnny met with Alt, who told them that even though they had been finally separated, the biochip had changed too much of V's brain, and if they returned they would die after six months. Instead she advised Johnny to go back as the body wouldn't reject his psyche.

If Johnny stays with V's body:
V followed Alt beyond the Blackwall. A few months after those events, Johnny chose to leave Night City, feeling grateful to live again but sad for how things turned out in regards to V's fate.

Database Entry (2077)

Johnny Silverhand
Johnny Silverhand

They say you can become a legendary rockerboy without all the sex and drugs, the manic depression, run-ins with the law and one toxic relationship after another. But Johnny Silverhand's old school.

Frontman for Samurai, charismatic visionary, rebel with a cause, sworn enemy of corporations (but especially Arasaka) and the mind behind the cult singles "Chippin' In" and "Never Fade Away" - currently residing in V's brain as a digitized tenant.

Silverhand met his demise during the attack on Arasaka Tower after getting shot by Adam Smasher and subsequently flatlined by Soulkiller. But some rockerboys never really die. Point in case - Silverhand's personality construct was kept in Arasaka's labs for decades before it landed on a prototype biochip call the Relic, which - following a series of unexpected events - ended up in V's brain. If you think spending eternity in a cyberspace prison is worse than sharing your headspace with a complete stranger, you'd be dead wrong. For an egomaniac and narcissist like Johnny, it's a living hell.[22]



Silverhand released six albums between 2008 and 2020.[23]

Title Year Label
SINS of Your brothers[17][3] 2009 Universal Music
A Cool Metal Fire[5] First half of 2013[3] Universal Music
Never Fade Away[24] ? ?
Clone Wars[5] 2020 ?


Title Album Year Label
Dancing With My Axe[5] A Cool Metal Fire 2013 Universal Music
Chippin' In[5] A Cool Metal Fire 2013 Universal Music
(Out of) The City[5] A Cool Metal Fire 2013 Universal Music
Flashing Lights[5] A Cool Metal Fire 2013 Universal Music
Never Fade Away[5][17][24] A Cool Metal Fire / Never Fade Away 2013 / ? Universal Music
Old Gold Never Fade Away ? ?
Synergize Never Fade Away ? ?
Return of the Sparrow Never Fade Away ? ?
Gaze Into Galaxy Never Fade Away ? ?
Lambs Rise Never Fade Away ? ?
Mechanical Heart Never Fade Away ? ?
Kill Steel Never Fade Away ? ?
Purple Flame Never Fade Away ? ?
Sun's Shadow Never Fade Away ? ?

Dates Consistency

The release dates of some of these albums and songs is inconsistent in the Cyberpunk series.

  • Never Fade Away album (April 16, 2009) - As with Chippin' in, the Never Fade Away song was written and composed by Silverhand for his 2013 Cool Metal Fire album. In addition, the song is related to Alt Cunningham, Johnny's girlfriend who was kidnapped that same year.


Y'know they say time is the best teacher. Used to think that was true ... Blew 'Saka tower to smithereens, and it's still standing there. Just the same. Don't want people gettin' stuck in a rut, stuck in the past. want them to change. Them and the world.

– Johnny Silverhand to V, Cherry Blossom MarketCyberpunk 2077

Johnny Silverhand after leaving the military became determined to speak the truth of the corruption and oppression of multiple entities that held a position of power in the world. Johnny always harbored hatred for the world around him; Night City, the NUSA, the police, corps, and mostly Arasaka - his music became an extension of his feelings for the public to hear, however none of it ever made him feel better. He made it his goal to spark rebellion in people to not be blind and fight up against the oppressors as he believed. Johnny concentrated most of his anger to the Arasaka Corporation, in his life he managed two assaults' of the Arasaka Tower of Night City. Arasaka became an obsession for him, so much so his friends would criticized him for his determination. To him Arasaka represented corporate colonialism at it's worst, as the Megacorps would take consume the land and take over people's lives, he feared that humanity lost it's freedom.

Johnny lacked empathy for most people, if he needed to kill to prove his point he would do it without hesitation. Often referred to as a terrorists and anarchist, he still never deviated from his goal of rebellion. Johnny Silverhand believed in dying as a legend would spark rebellion in others and taking control meant doing whatever it took to bring down the Megacorps.


Johnny's memories in 2077 are not accurate to what really happened in reality as per Alt Cunningham words.[25]

What you saw [Johnny's memories] was his subjective view of what happened. A warped account of events he locked away in his subconsciousness and replayed time and again. It bears no resemblance to the truth.

Conversation with Mike Pondsmith about Silverhand engram's memories in Cyberpunk 2077.

In 2013, Johnny attacks Arasaka purely to save Alt. (okay, so he's also pissed at them because they messed with him). Near the end of the 4th Corporate War in 2023, Johnny's old Media pal Thompson finds out that Arasaka has amassed a huge, uncontaminated database that will make it close to all powerful in the wake of Bartmoss's wreck of the Net. Thompson arranges an assault on the database, backed by Militech (who is fighting with Arasaka worldwide). The Bomb is a suitcase bomb that the team brings along to destroy the database if need be (Militech provides the Bomb, along with Morgan Blackhand, who is there to make sure the op goes off).
Johnny comes along because his friend Spider Murphy has also discovered that Arasaka has trapped Alt after 10 years of hunting for her. He's mainly there to get her back, but is willing to join up with Thompson and Morgan to get the job(s) done. Johnny's recollection of the events that day are scrambled from the rad damage his body took and the process of recording his engram (CDPR and I have both agreed that Johnny is an unreliable narrator at best). The bomb that went off was detonated by someone in the assault (the actual person is unknown), but Militech and the NUSA both decided to pin the blame on Arasaka anyway.[26]

Game Information (2077)







Silverhand's affinity doesn't seem to have any major impact in the game, although the secret ending is unlocked via a specific dialogue choice during Chippin' In which also adds to the affinity.

Johnny's Affinity Percentage

1%: "Play it Again"

  • Johnny Silverhand, the legendary rockerboy who brought the fight to Arasaka fifty years ago and paid the ultimate price. Now he's back - as a digitized construct on a biochip jammed in your brain, slowly but surely overwriting your consciousness. If you don't find some way to get rid of him, you're as good as dead.
  • By completing Love Like Fire.

10%: "Breaking the Ice"

  • Johnny Silverhand has unfinished business with Arasaka. Problem is, he's a prisoner in your head and can't even lift a finger. Now he wants you to work together - scratch his back and he'll save your life, according to him. But can he be trusted?
  • By completing the first phase of Tapeworm.

15%: "Metamorphosis"

  • Becoming Johnny Silverhand means absorbing his memories, his goals and his insanity. Long before you're wiped, you'll stop being "you." Or maybe your body'll die first? Either way, you're getting worse by the day. You need to find a way to save yourself - and fast.
  • By completing the second phase of Tapeworm.

20%: "Mikoshi"

  • Johnny wants you to fid a way into Mikoshi, an Arasaka "soul prison" for constructs where you can undergo a procedure to separate yourself from Silverhand. Once that's over, he want to celebrate by blowing up Mikoshi and freeing the constructs. It's a gnatshit-crazy plan, but what's the alternative?
  • By completing the third phase of Tapeworm.

25%: "Fucking entropy"

  • Johnny's laid his cards out on the table. His desire to led the attack against the "fucking forces of entropy" hasn't waned a single bit, and the fight against Arasaka's only one battle in the war. Question is - is he just spewing fire or are these ideas you could actually get behind?
  • By reaching the last phase of Tapeworm.

30%: "Double Life"

  • Johnny's feeling increasingly more at home in your skin and it's getting easier for him to take over. No surprise there - before long he'll stop riding shotgun and get behind the wheel for good. Question is - who's really in control right now? Does the old V still have a say in things?
  • By completing A Cool Metal Fire.

40%: "Synergy"

  • Looks like Johnny finally took it down a notch. is it because his personality is merging with yours, or because he's starting to take a liking to you? Maybe you're both so intertwined that it's not even a question of friendship, but about accepting that you're two people in one?
  • Via a specific dialogue choice during Chippin' In. Otherwise, by completing Blistering Love or Holdin' On.

50%: "Shadows of the Past"

  • Johnny was able to revisit some old friendships with the help of your body. Looks like he got a long-overdue taste of what it's like to really live. No doubt, Silverhand's a changed man - with every passing day he's looking back at everything he's missed.
  • By completing Blistering Love. Otherwise, by completing Holdin' On or A Like Supreme.

60% - 70%: "You Only Live Once"

  • This isn't just sharing a body anymore. It's sharing a life - or at least whatever's left of Johnny's. The hot date with Rogue and setting up the Samurai reunion sure means a lot to the guy. Sometimes these little gestures of friendship make you forget the inevitable... but as long as it all work out, only you'll be left standing at the end.
  • By completing Holdin' On (60%) and A Like Supreme (70%). Otherwise only 60% can be obtained by completing A Like Supreme.

90%: "The Sun"

  • Legends take many forms. Maybe you do great deeds, win the respect and admiration of others, maybe you slot a legend in your skull and gradually melt with his psyche? So what really happened here? Hard to tell from Earth. Better to blast off into space, look straight into the Sun - maybe then you'll see the light.
  • By starting Path of Glory.

100%: "A New World"

  • Sacrifice - that doesn't even come close to describing what happened in Mikoshi. Is there a word for trading your life for someone who doesn't deserve it? Brass tacks - this body's got a new owner and he can go straight to hell if he doesn't treat it with respect. You catch all that, V? Shit, somehow I can't share the feeling you're still here somewhere...
  • By starting New Dawn Fades.

Medical File

During Never Fade Away players can visualize the following information from the ripperdoc's computer:[1]

Note: The information may note be completely accurate due to being in a flashback of Johnny (see below).

  • ID: NC488402-V
  • Blood Type: AB RHD+
  • First Name: Robert John
  • Last Name: Linder
  • Date of Birth: 11.16.1988
  • Gender: Male
  • Birthplace: College Station, Texas

Dog tags

They originate from the Second Central American War. The name reads Robert John Linder.

Johnny's Dog TagsCyberpunk 2077

Johnny wears a pair of military dog tags with information about his past. The tags can be seen when Johnny's engram appears, and the real ones during the final phase of Tapeworm:

  • Name: Robert John Linder
  • 35677 - 05_64 - 39233
  • 39233119 - 82 119 - 82
  • Blood Type: 0 NEG

Considering Johnny states these tags belonged to a fellow army companion who died during the Mexican[sic] war, it would mean "Robert John Linder" is not Johnny's real name. It could also be a mistake of his engram's memories.[27]

Development (2077)

During the E3 2018 trailer, several pieces of graffiti can be seen asking "Where's Johnny?", alluding to the false reports of his death. In the E3 gameplay reveal, V can be heard listening to Johnny's song, Chippin' In, as well as wearing a Samurai jacket. The jacket was revealed in the released game as a replica of Johnny's jacket.

At the Microsoft E3 2019 conference, Keanu Reeves was revealed to be playing Silverhand. He showed up at the end of the 2019 Cinematic trailer, helping V after they were left for dead in a landfill. In posterior interviews it was revealed he had been approached a year prior to the announcement.

It was revealed that while Silverhand is voiced and his face is modeled after Keanu Reeves, the Samurai soundtrack is portrayed by Dennis Lyxzen from Refused.

Change of Significance

Early development trailers and gameplay demos showed that Johnny Silverhand could be selected as a childhood hero, which was the first iteration of the lifepath system. Among the other options was Morgan Blackhand and Saburo Arasaka. During the gameplay reveal, there were hints that Johnny Silverhand had lived until the year 2076, in which he supposedly died or disappeared, with graffities and radio broadcasts telling different stories of his demise. The lore of Cyberpunk 2020 stated that he never officially died in the Arasaka assault but had disappeared which would allow CD Projekt RED to reintroduce Johnny Silverhand as alive to the story of 2077.


Silverhand acts as V's guide to the city and will be with them for most of the game. Throughout the game, the player will be haunted by the "digital ghost" of Silverhand, which confirmed he was physically dead. Johnny Silverhand appears at the start of Act 2, he makes comments on the player's actions through voiceover, and will occasionally appear in game as a hologram. Figuring out the mystery of Johnny Silverhand's digital ghost is a large part of the main plot line.[28]


2013 & 2020 RPGs
Type Products
Cyberware Chromed cyberarm with a recorder. Sandevistan boost. Two cyberoptics with IR, Low Lite, Enhancement, Boosted Reflexes.[4][5]
Armaments Heavy Armor Jacket, Light Helmet. H&K MPK-11, Arasaka Rapid Assault.[4][5] Malorian Arms 3516

Behind the Scenes

"Wake the fuck up, samurai." In the game, these words announce that Johnny Silverhand, legendary rockerboy, has smashed into our character's brain. At the Xbox E3 2019 press conference, the words announced that Keanu Reeves, a legend himself, had smashed into gamers' hearts as Johnny's voice actor and visual inspiration.

Johnny's face is pure Keanu, but the rest of his appearance is ripped straight from the pages of the Cyberpunk 2020 manuals. As we put it in our early character briefs, "Johnny is lean and wiry, with a lot of sex appeal. His entire body exudes a kind of built-up tension and nervous energy. Even when he seems laid back, you get the impression he could flip out at any moment for the most unexpected reason." He's self-confident in the extreme—to put it bluntly, he's a narcissist with a massive ego. Though he's only in his late 40s, he's seen and done and fucked it all already.

He's also stuck in V's head. Our head, that is, the head of a fledgling cyberpunk, an unproven rookie, someone who's still just figuring out who they really are—and he's not too happy about it. Johnny's therefore a protagonist that's also, in a way, an antagonist. He's a clashing, constant presence. So it's a good thing he's so damn likeable.


  • Johnny used to drive a modified Porsche 911 Turbo.
  • Johnny is left handed, therefore the custom Malorian Silverhand Pistol is designed to accommodate him.[citation needed]
  • Depending on the dialogue choices the player makes in Cyberpunk 2077, they can either make Johnny's engram admit he's nothing but data or give him a sense of humanity. If Johnny is treated nothing but data, he will admit his nature is to inspire rebellion within V and to honor the real Johnny Silverhand's final wish while he returns with the image of Alt Cunningham through the Blackwall.
  • Starting in Act 2, Johnny Silverhand writes the quest descriptions in V's journal, often using second person language for side quests and switching to first when he is directly involved. This is similar to the Witcher series of games, also developed by CD Projekt RED, where the bard Dandelion writes all the journal entries for quests using second person language and switching to first when the quest involves him.
  • Johnny appears in many side gigs throughout the Cyberpunk 2077, often he plays the role of the mentor giving advice or talking of his experiences within Night City. He will occasionally be the only other character involved with the gig to talk with V.
  • Johnny first appears in the Cyberpunk 2013 supplementary booklet, Welcome to Night City, within the mini adventure Never Fade Away.
  • In many interviews, Mike Pondsmith has mentioned Johnny Silverhand may be one of the main characters, but he is far from being the good guy in the story. In Cyberpunk there are no good guys.
  • Pondsmith's original inspiration for Silverhand was David Bowie with a tiny bit of Bryan Adams.[29]



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