|And What Say You, Reader?
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"Can't you see I'm lonnnnely, lonely as can be. Oh I want you onnnnly, there's no one else for me, and you know it. Sometimes dear I wonnnnder—why you keep away, leaving me so lonely—lonely night and daaaay."
John Crops is a romantic songster man made of a pumpkin, a melon, and four cucumbers. He owns the Vegetable Car and possibly the land it was parked on. He has a very thick southern accent and often gets nervous. When Wirt asks to borrow his car, he says that it is fine as long as Wirt drives him to the Big City. He is voiced by blues singer C.W. Stoneking.
He is a vegetable humanoid, similar to the people of the big city. He has a pumpkin for a head, a watermelon for a body, and cucumber arms and legs with no fingers or toes. His face is somewhat like a pumpkin carving with slanted yellow eyes. He has a straw boater hat torn at the top, and has no other clothing than a tie and collar. The guitar he plays appears to be home-made.
John is a lonely person, who loves music. He is laid-back, and easy going, but is also a pessimist, and seems to not care too much about anything including himself.
In the short, Wirt, Greg, and Beatrice are wandering through the unknown searching for a book that is a collection of 'all that has ever been forgotten'. While walking through the woods (in the Unknown) and Greg becomes separated from Wirt and Beatrice they trace the sound of Greg screaming inside of a vegetable garden inside of a small home. This garden contained a car that resembles a race cart and was made up of a different fruits and vegetables. This is when Greg points out that there is a vegetable man, that comes walking in from the garden arch, and is singing about being lonely. The man introduces himself and agrees to let the use his car. As he stated that he has always wanted to use the cart to travel into the Big City and leave his home in the Country Side because of how lonely he is. Wirt then convinces him to go to the city, and in exchange, if he decides to stay there, then the vegetable cart was theirs.
- John's car is based on him, as it has a watermelon base with cucumber wheels, like his torso and legs and arms.
- John brings Cabbage Gal back to the Garden to live together.
- It is unknown if he has internal organs, and he himself does not know if he has them.
- In Hard Times at the Huskin' Bee, one of Pottsfield's residents remarks "Vegetables can't move on their own. Can they?" this was likely a reference to John Crops.
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- Over the Garden Wall Short: Tome of the Unknown.