- "Join me... and together we shall own Kansas!"
- ―Johnny Cranky
Cranky claims that he has been here all along. He believes himself to be the main villain, breaking the fourth wall to say that he has been in many videos before (though unnamed) and that the fans all love him. No such evidence had been presented, and the other PIE members had never heard of him before.
Cranky claims to be the founder of the organization Destroyers of Investigators Extraordinaire (DoIE) along with someone named Jimmy (implied to be Jimmy Casket [and a cat]). He attempted to recruit others to join his cause and meant to destroy those who refused. He, Jimmy (and the cat) are as of yet the only known members of DoIE.
Cranky called the Tornado ghost his Master, so he may perhaps be a paranormal entity himself, or otherwise simply aligned with such entities. All we know of his origins is that he's an alternate version of Johnny Ghost.
For a while it was unknown whether Johnny Cranky was another personality of Johnny Ghost like Jimmy Casket or if he was another character entirely, it has since been revealed by Jordan in a PUBG livestream on December 26th 2017 that Cranky is an alternate version of Ghost from another dimension.
- Jordan seems to have created Johnny Cranky to be a self-parody of one of his most popular characters, Jimmy Casket.