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->"''[[WithGreatPower With no power]] [[InvertedTrope comes no responsibility]]. [[DeconReconSwitch Except that's not true]].''"
-->-- ''Kick-Ass''

A 2010 action-comedy co-distributed by {{Lionsgate}} (in North America) and [[{{Universal}} Universal Pictures]] (internationally), based on the comics by MarkMillar and John Romita Jr. Our page on the comic is [[ComicBook/{{Kick-Ass}} here.]]

Dave Lizewski is an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent and a big fan of ComicBooks, with one burning question: How come nobody's ever tried to be a superhero in RealLife before? After he gets mugged, the question drives him to obsession, and he decides to answer it by becoming one himself. He orders a [[CivvieSpandex wetsuit]] and a diving mask and tries to fight crime. It doesn't go all that well. He gradually learns and gets better, with a little help from a more experienced pair of costumed vigilantes, a father-daughter team bent on hunting down the BigBad.

Along the way, it manages to [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstruct]] pretty much every superhero trope out there in an attempt to (somewhat) realistically answer the question, "What would happen if someone with no special powers tried to be a superhero?" [[DeconReconSwitch And promptly reconstructs it with a vengeance halfway through.]]

[[Film/KickAss2 A sequel was released]] on August 15th, 2013, adding JimCarrey and IainGlen to the cast. Put tropes for that film on its own page.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* ActionGirl: Hit-Girl.
* ActionHero: Big Daddy. Kick-Ass becomes this towards the climax.
* ActorAllusion:
** In the film, Big Daddy [[spoiler: [[Film/TheWickerMan was a cop and burns to death]]]]. Keep in mind, neither of these things happened in the comic when NicolasCage wasn't involved.
** And in his origin story, Big Daddy [[Film/ConAir was set up and sent to jail, missing the birth of his own daughter.]]
** While Big Daddy questioning Hit-Girl on JohnWoo was in the comics, it helps that he starred in one JohnWoo directed film, ''Face/Off''.
* AdaptedOut: [[spoiler:Big Daddy's [[BasedOnAGreatBigLie back story being complete lies]] and the truth that he actually kidnapped his own daughter & raised her as a killer in order to play vigilante because he was bored with his life.]]
* AdaptationNameChange: In the comics, the D'Amico family instead use the surname Genovese; Frank D'Amico is called John Genovese, but is only referred to by the nickname Johnny G.
* {{Adorkable}}: Dave is the picture of the well-meaning and kind-hearted dork next door. Even when beaten up. Red Mist also applies, even when surrounded by mafia thugs. In addition, Dave's "fighting style" is meant to be hilariously awkward and dorky, as opposed to the way Big Daddy and Hit-Girl fight.
* AffectionateParody[=/=]DeconstructiveParody[=/=]IndecisiveParody[=/=]IndecisiveDeconstruction: To some, the movie is more this than a straight-up {{Deconstruction}}. Given that it [[ZigZaggingTrope plays hopscotch]] with superhero tropes, it's really hard to classify. At least the end's clear about where it stands.
* AlliterativeName: Mindy [=McCready=].
* AntiClimacticUnmasking: Early in the film, our hero is stripped of his clothes by paramedics, but even after he's become famous, no one associates the hero with a random mugging victim.
* AntiHero: Hit-Girl and Big Daddy. Arguably, Kick-Ass qualifies by the end of the film.
* AntiVillain: Red Mist, [[spoiler:he tries to root out Kick-Ass to see if he's screwing with his father's business, but otherwise, just wants to have friends with the same interests and is a nice guy, besides the whole "I wanna be a Mafia don" thing. He's obviously torn up when the Mafia's going to execute him, anyway.]]
* ApatheticCitizens: The reason Dave becomes a superhero is because he greatly dislikes this trope. Dave goes out of his way to point out that standing by and doing nothing while evil is going on is a ''bad thing.''
-->'''Kick-Ass:''' Three assholes laying into one guy while everyone else watches, and you want to know what's wrong with ''me''?
* ArmorIsUseless:
** [[DefiedTrope Defied]] with Mindy/Hit-Girl [[spoiler:and her BulletproofVest]].
** Big Daddy as well. When he's raiding the mob warehouse, his armor deflects '''everything.'''
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
-->'''Kick-Ass:''' Even with my metal plates, and my fucked up nerved endings, I gotta tell you: that hurt. But not half as much as the idea of leaving everything behind. Katie, my dad, Todd and Marty, and all the things I'd never do, like learn to drive, or see what me and Katie's kids would look like, or find out what happened on Series/{{Lost}}...
* AscendedFanboy: Kick-Ass and Red Mist. [[spoiler:Red Mist even more so at the end.]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Pretty much - [[TheMafia mob boss]] Frank D'Amico can hold his ground in a fight and [[spoiler: even has Hit-Girl at his mercy before she is saved by a bazooka-wielding Kick-Ass]].
* AvengingTheVillain: The SequelHook at the end, in which [[spoiler: Red Mist has taken over his father's business and becomes the world's first costumed supervillain.]]
* BadassAdorable: Hit-Girl.
* BadassBoast: Kick-Ass tries this when confronting Rasul. It doesn't work.
-->'''Kick-Ass:''' I'm Kick-Ass... Look me up.
* BadassFamily:
** Hit-Girl and Big Daddy.
** Inverted with Kick-Ass and his dad, who notes that they're both pretty pathetic, if well-meaning.
** Red Mist and Frank... kind of. Red Mist [[IJustWantToBeBadass just wants to be badass]] and Frank just wants Big Daddy out of his hair. To Frank's credit, he knows karate, and [[spoiler:Red Mist turns into a supervillain at the end.]]
* BadToTheBone: The theme of ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'' plays while Hit-Girl enters the D'Amico building. Also, the ''Battle Hymn of the Republic'', sung by ElvisPresley, when [[spoiler:Kick-Ass arrives flying on the {{Jetpack}} to save the day]].
* BaldOfEvil: Frank D'Amico.
* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: [[spoiler:Averted with Big Daddy, unlike the comic.]]
* BatterUp: One of the mooks in Hit-Girl's first fight scene.
* BetterThanABareBulb: Dave's narration is full of LampshadeHanging.
* BigApplesauce: The film's set in New York, a city that really lends itself well to superheroism. However, the skyscrapers and and the skyline we get to see are [[CaliforniaDoubling really in Toronto]]. Yet despite the skyline being Toronto's much of the movie is really filmed in Hamilton.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** The first time Kick-Ass tries it, he's nearly killed. The second time, he barely manages to hold off the thugs. The final BDH moment is played perfectly straight ''and'' is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
---> "Hey, why don't you pick on someone your own size?" ''[[spoiler:(promptly shoots the BigBad with a [[StuffBlowingUp Bazooka]])]]''
** Also played straight by Hit-Girl. Twice. Once when [[spoiler:Kick-Ass is about to be sliced open by Razul]], and again when [[spoiler:he and Big Daddy are just about to be set ablaze by Frank D'Amico's men.]]
* BigNo: [[spoiler:Big Daddy]] lets out two of them when [[spoiler:Hit-Girl is shot by Red Mist]]. Later, [[spoiler:Hit-Girl]] yells one when [[spoiler:Big Daddy is burning to death]].
* BlackComedy: How else are you going to make an 11-year old girl brutally murdering a roomful of people watchable? See also SoundtrackDissonance. This, unsurprisingly, didn't fly well with some film critics. Examples of this trope appear all over this page, but in addition, there's at least one that doesn't fit well into any more specific trope:
-->'''Big Daddy:''' Good job. I'm so proud of you, baby doll. Are you okay?
-->'''Hit Girl:''' Mhmm... but getting shot, Daddy... it hurt a lot more than when you did it.
-->'''Big Daddy:''' That's because I used low velocity rounds, child...
* BlatantLies: Frank's bodyguard insists to his boss that everything is under control... while retrieving [[spoiler:a bazooka to kill Hit Girl]]. Red Mist immediately calls him out on it.
* BloodyHilarious: Much of the movie's humour is derived from graphic, over-the-top violence, including the (in)famous "first Hit-Girl scene".
* BlownAcrossTheRoom:
** When testing her bulletproof vest, Hit-Girl is blown backward several feet.
** Later, Frank D'Amico is [[spoiler: blown out the window of his office by Kick-Ass wielding a bazooka.]]
* {{Bowdlerize}}: In Russian movie theatres, the film comes in two versions of the dub: "censored", with most cusswords replaced by [[GoshDangItToHeck euphemisms]] or less nasty substitutes (but with an occasional PrecisionFStrike here and there) and "hardcore", with the profanity almost intact. The latter, unsurprisingly, is much harder to find. An alternative poster used in some cinemas promotes the film as "Kick A@$". At some theaters the ticket stubs for the film read, "KICK-A** ". This has caused some to dub the movie, [[{{Pun}} "Kick-Ass-Terisks."]]
* BreakoutCharacter: Hit-Girl seems to be the most popular character of the movie.
* BrickJoke: While in the comic book store, Todd and Marty discuss who would win in a fight: Kick-Ass or Red Mist. It's pointed out that this doesn't matter because they are on the same side. [[spoiler:Then the climax of the movie happens, when Kick-Ass and Red Mist actually ''do'' fight each other. They're [[WimpFight pretty evenly matched]], but Kick-Ass wins, or at least manages to pick himself up off the ground first.]]
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: Hit-Girl and Big Daddy have their HG and BD on their belt buckles and Red Mist has a red "M" on his chest.
* BulletproofVest: Used by Mindy/Hit-Girl and Big Daddy.
* TheCameo: StanLee is watching the news in a montage. It's extremely easy to miss.
* TheCape: Dave molds his Kick-Ass persona as a classic do-gooder superhero (although he draws the line at [[SuperheroesWearCapes literally wearing a cape, which he thinks makes him look even dumber]]).
* CaptainErsatz: Big Daddy is essentially Franchise/{{Batman}} With Guns, and the close similarity is lampshaded. Nicholas Cage channels Creator/AdamWest and WilliamShatner. And ElvisPresley. His costume resembles the [[Film/{{Watchmen}} film version of Nite Owl II]].
* CatUpATree: Well, more like a billboard, but still. [[EpicFail It wasn't even stuck. And Dave fails at getting it.]]
-->'''"FUCK YOU, MR. BITEY!"'''
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Big Daddy and Hit-Girl (in particular) are capable of crazy stunts and incredible exploits by virtue of good ol' training and perseverance. Hit Girl is one of the few believable versions of this trope. She weighs like 50 pounds; it is within reason that she can do a wall-run. Of course, then there's the part where she slices a man's leg off with a single swipe, but we'll give that to RuleOfCool.
* CheapCostume: All superhero costumes in the movie are - intentionally - as corny as the names are. Kick-Ass seems to be the only one aware of the fact enough to [[LampshadeHanging point it out]]. Big Daddy's, however, is filled to the gills with armor, and Red Mist has the decency to put some effort into his costume.
* ChekhovsGun: The bazooka. As well as Chekhov's BulletproofVest.
* ChekhovsSkill:
** Frank D'Amico's [[IKnowKarate knowledge of Wing Chun]]. [[spoiler: Also, Big-Daddy is shown shooting Hit-Girl in the chest at the beginning, so she won't be surprised when it happens for real. It does.]]
** Subverted with Kick-Ass's increased tolerance to pain. It doesn't really matter [[spoiler: when he and Big Daddy are being tortured to death]], as his dulled nerves are still overloaded with agony. Although he may have been able to [[spoiler: wake up faster from being knocked out]].
* ChildSoldier: Hit-Girl.
* CleanCut: In the first demonstration of her skills, Hit-Girl cleanly and ''casually'' slices a thug's leg off.
* ClusterFBomb: Even before the release, the film gained notoriety for ''Film/PulpFiction''-level amounts of naughty words, many of them coming from the mouth of a 12-year old.
* ColdBloodedTorture: To Frank D'Amico and his goons, gruesomely torturing someone to death is something as trivial as drinking a glass of water. In addition, Big Daddy and Hit-Girl crush [[TheMafia a mafia goon]] in a car recycling press without a slightest hint of remorse soon after their first appearance, reinforcing their AntiHero status.
* CombatPragmatist: There's a way for a costumed avenging man with no superpowers to take out a dozen armed goons at once. [[spoiler: "Batman" Big Daddy uses guns, shoots to kill with law enforcement precision (helps being an ex-cop) and his "Batman" costume is apparently made of ceramic ballistic plate armor.]]
* ConcealmentEqualsCover: The kitchen counter in d'Amico's place. It's nearly six feet deep and takes a ''lot'' of fire, but it's mostly empty, as shown when Hit-Girl climbs inside it and ''peeps out the bulletholes.''
* ConversationalTroping: Dave got the idea to become Kick-Ass because he and his pals love comic books. Needless to say, they talk about superhero tropes a lot.
* CoolCar: The Mist-mobile. It even had a [[VanityLicensePlate personalized license plate]]!
* CorruptCop: Vic Gigante. Unfortunately, he's also a ''Captain'' so his department is essentially on Frank's payroll by proxy.
* CorruptionOfAMinor: Big Daddy's methods of raising Hit Girl certainly qualify as this.
-->''You call it "brainwashing". I call it "making it a game".''
* CountryMatters: Said by Hit Girl to a room full of criminals ("OK, you cunts, let's see what you can do").
* CowboyCop: [[spoiler: Big Daddy is a maverick ex-cop who doesn't play by the rules. When he ''was'' a cop however, he was apparently by-the-books.]]
* CreateYourOwnVillain: [[spoiler: Kick-Ass [[YouKilledMyFather kills Chris D'Amico's father]], turning a revenge-bent teenager into the world's first costumed supervillain.]]
* CrossCounter: Kick-Ass and [[spoiler: Red Mist]] end up doing this on one another in their fight, knocking the both of them out for a spell. [[spoiler:Kick-Ass recovers first, in time to rescue Hit-Girl.]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass, particularly towards the end.
* CrusadingWidower: [[spoiler:Big Daddy]]. Not a big secret to those who read the comics, but the reasons are different.
* CursedWithAwesome: After his surgery, Kick-Ass has numerous steel implants to reinforce his broken bones and has reduced nerve sensitivity, greatly increasing his pain tolerance.
* CulturalCrossReference: There's a bit of ''JudgeDredd'' in the background of the comic shop.
* CurbStompBattle: Every Hit-Girl scene. She kills over 40 people throughout the movie and ''only gets hit once.''
* DaddysGirl: Hit-Girl and Big Daddy have a very heartwarming relationship in the film (going out for ice cream, making cocoa).
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler: Chris D'Amico uses his knowledge of superhero tropes to come up with plans that are far more effective against the main characters than anything Frank can think up.]]
* TheDanza: Christopher Mintz-Plasse plays Chris D'Amico.
* DarkenedBuildingShootout: With Hit-Girl using NightVisionGoggles.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Dave's favorite pastime before he becomes a vigilante [[spoiler: and [[AManIsNotAVirgin gets laid]]]]. He didn't even have any taste, whacking off to [[NationalGeographicNudity National Geographic]]. Even though he [[TheInternetIsForPorn has internet access]].
* DavidVersusGoliath: [[spoiler: The final duel between Hit-Girl and Frank D'Amico]].
* DawsonCasting: Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Red Mist) and Lyndsy Fonseca (Katie), as well as several other actors, are in their early 20's yet play teenage characters. Somewhat averted with Kick-Ass himself, Creator/AaronJohnson was 19 when the film was released.
* DeathByOriginStory:
** Subverted, parodied and lampshaded with Dave's mother, who died from an aneurysm during breakfast.
** Played straight with [[spoiler:Hit-Girl's mother and Big Daddy's wife (she kills herself with a drug overdose while her husband is in jail and she is pregnant with Hit-Girl)]]. Also, it could be argued that [[spoiler:Frank D'Amico is this to Red Mist the supervillain]].
* DeconReconSwitch: The first half of the movie is a deconstruction (superheroes don't exist in RealLife because if anyone tried it, they'd be killed on day one) and the second half is a reconstruction (... but if they somehow survived long enough to learn the ropes, they would indeed be completely awesome!) of the superhero genre.
* {{Deconstruction}}: What ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' is to zombie movies, this is to superhero movies, so shut up, [[TitleDrop kick ass]].
* DecoyProtagonist: The way the first scene is done implies that the monologue is that of the person on screen. [[spoiler: Then he plummets off a skyscraper and smashes a taxi when his wings fail to generate the lift needed to pull up.]]
* DestinationDefenestration: [[spoiler:In the end, Frank D'Amico is blown through a penthouse window by a bazooka-toting Kick-Ass.]]
* DevelopmentHell: The sequel. It was initially announced to be made for a 2012/2013 release but is on hold due to Aaron Johnson taking time off acting to be with his daughter and Matthew Vaughn directing other projects. It's now set to a 2013 release and to be directed by Jeff Wadlow (with Vaughn's blessing/supervision).
* [[DisabilitySuperpower Disability]][=/=]CoconutSuperpowers: Kick-Ass' high pain threshold because of nerve damage. Apart from being a nice HandWave explanation for the amount of beating he can take, it's highly budget-saving.
* DissonantSerenity: Some of Hit-Girl's gory fighting scenes are set to rather pleasant music. The effect is quite jarring.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Generally averted. In spite of Big Daddy looking a lot like a [[Franchise/{{Batman}} certain nocturnal vigilante known for his disdain of firearms]], he [[SuperheroPackingHeat freely uses guns and explosives]] to great effect. Hit-Girl seems to prefer knives and swords, but is an excellent shot as well. Kick-Ass doesn't use firearms [[spoiler:until he gets [[GatlingGood gatling guns]] mounted on a {{jetpack}}]], but mostly because he can't acquire any (though he does show notable squeamishness seeing Hit Girl's brutality so he probably fits this trope until the end when he gets [[spoiler: the jetpack.]]).
* DoggedNiceGuy: Dave is this trope personified.
* TheDon: Frank D'Amico is a near-classic [[TheMafia mafioso]] crime lord.
* DuelingMovies: With ''{{Defendor}}''.
* EnfantTerrible: Although not evil, Hit-Girl is still sadistic enough to fall under this category.
* EnterStageWindow: Dave, before confessing to Katie he's Kick-Ass. This gets him his ass kicked by a surprised Katie.
* EpicFail: Dave's first outing as a superhero. He gets knifed by hoodlums, then run over by a car, and then [[MistakenForGay mistaken for a boywhore]]. Also, his attempt to [[CatUpATree save Mr. Bitey]].
* EqualOpportunityEvil: Used several times. Dave and his friends are repeatedly threatened by 2 thugs early on in the film. One black, one white. Later, Dave/Kick-ass goes to confront a drug dealer who had been harassing Katie. The dealer is black and his buddies consist of 4 other black guys, 2 white guys, and a white prostitute. Finally, Italian mobster Frank D'Amico has a gang filled with mostly Italians but his personal bodyguard is black.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Subverted. Turns out Joe only has standards on ''who'' is screwed over.
-->[Chris hands his father a list]
-->'''Frank D'Amico:''' What's this?
-->'''Chris D'Amico:''' That's everything I need. And you may have to screw someone over. Like Louie...
-->'''Big Joe:''' Louie? Whoa, Chris.
-->'''Chris D'Amico:''' Or somebody, it doesn't have to be Louie.
-->'''Big Joe:''' Tony.
-->'''Chris D'Amico:''' Tony!
-->'''Frank D'Amico:''' Tony?
-->'''Chris D'Amico:''' I've always hated Tony.
-->'''Big Joe:''' Yeah, fuck Tony. He's a scumbag.
-->'''Frank D'Amico:''' Tony.
** Also zig-zagged in that, at first, Frank was really trying not to get Chris dragged into the Mafia business.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Frank D'Amico obviously loves his son Chris, and although he expresses disappointment, he's seriously worried when he thinks Chris died in the warehouse's fire.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler: After Chris D'Amico decides to become a supervillain, he changes the color scheme of his costume to eerily patterned orange and dons a scary mask.]]
* EvilCounterpart: Several:
** Kick-Ass and Red Mist are both [[AscendedFanboy comic fanboys]] who are in way out of their depth. The difference is that Kick-Ass has [[TheCape purer motives]] that hearken back to the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks very first superheroes]], while Red Mist just wants to impress his dad by [[spoiler: using his [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy knowledge of superhero tropes]] to lure Kick-Ass into a trap.]]
** Red Mist also serves as a counterpart to Hit-Girl, in that both of them have parents that are involved in very dangerous work. But while Hit-Girl actually has her father's [[DaddysGirl love and approval]], Red Mist is a WellDoneSonGuy who spends the whole movie trying to impress his father, who ironically enough already tries to spend time with him doing normal things.
** Their parents are twisted mirrors of each other as well. Frank D'Amico is successful and acts relatively sane, but he also [[ColdBloodedTorture orders executions]] and even gets his own hands dirty when his men fail to get the job done. Big Daddy has been driven underground and is kind of creepy, but also comes across as far less of a bastard than the man he fights.
* EvilIsPetty: The two street thugs who rob Dave and Todd at the beginning of the film. When Todd tells them that his cell phone was already stolen, they take his comics instead just to throw their weight around, even though it's obvious they have no use for them.
* ExaggeratedTrope: As well as deconstructing superhero tropes, the movie plays many of them straight, but overblown to the point of absurdity.
* ExecutiveMeddling: {{Averted}}, or rather 'avoided'. It seems that before ending up in Lionsgate Studios, the producers of the movie tried several other studios who all had the same ultimatum: "We'll take it, if you drop Hit-Girl or make her 19." Thankfully, they didn't.
* ExecutiveSuiteFight: The climax of the film.
* FakeAmerican: Creator/AaronJohnson (Dave) and Mark Strong (Frank D'Amico) are both English. Also, Jason Flemyng and Dexter Fletcher, who play two of D'Amico's henchmen.
* FanService: Katie, [[HandOrObjectUnderwear semi-topless]], having Dave help her apply the self-tanner. Place your own "tanning cream" joke here.
* {{Fingore}}: Frank D'Amico's goons cut off a drug dealer's finger as a punishment for stealing cash and drugs from Frank, not believing him when he says that his coke was stolen by Big Daddy (or rather, a guy in a mask and cape but not Batman).
* ForeShadowing: Hit-Girl [[spoiler: blows David a kiss before she and Big Daddy leave his room.]] In Kick Ass 2, she [[spoiler: kisses David toward the end of the film, before leaving New York.]]
* FourthWallPsych: When D'Amico tells his chauffeur to get him and his son some snacks for their movie night, the shot is framed to make it look like he's speaking to the audience. Cut to the theater marquee, advertising "TheSpirit 3". PaintingTheMedium? (With a ShoutOut-cum-TakeThat to FrankMiller?)
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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: When Dave and his friends first see Red Mist on the News you can see Chris in the background, with obvious "Hey, look I'm on TV!" glee.
* GatlingGood: What the hell could gatling guns be an ''accessory'' to? [[spoiler:A MOTHER FUCKING JETPACK!]]
* GenreSavvy: Dave Lizewski is intimately familiar with superhero tropes and loves to [[LampshadeHanging comment on them]]. This doesn't keep him from believing, at first, that [[WrongGenreSavvy he is the superhero the world revolves around]]. Chris D'Amico, also a huge comic book junkie, uses his knowledge of the laws of genre [[spoiler: [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy to lure Dave into a trap by posing as a masked vigilante]] ]].
* GirlishPigtails: Mindy tends to wear them when out of her Hit-Girl costume.
* GodzillaThreshold: "That's it; I'm getting the bazooka."
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: Big Daddy. So what if he's rather crispy, his daughter's safe and has made him proud!]]
* {{Gorn}}: The movie's got bucketfuls of gore, and ''still'' manages to be less gory than the comic. Then again, red ink is cheaper than fake blood.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: One of Rasul's female hangers-on tries this against Hit Girl. [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice Bad move]].
* GunsAkimbo: Hit-Girl with a SIG Sauer P232 and a H&K USP Compact, in the climax.
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: Katie's hands cover ''most'' of her breasts. In the DVDCommentary, the director says that he shot "about sixty takes" of this scene.
* HeroicWannabe: Kick-Ass spawns a costumed superhero craze, so no wonder people start dressing up like him. [[spoiler: One of them is mistaken for the real one and murdered by Frank D'Amico]]. The fact that he is a superhero wannabe himself adds to the [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]]. [[spoiler: It also creates a SequelHook when it's mentioned at the end that various other masked crimefighters have started appearing.]]
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Big Daddy and Hit Girl. They adore each other very much, but her father raises her to be a foul-mouthed killing machine by training her from infancy, and the training includes testing body armor by shooting her with guns. Marcus, Big Daddy's former partner in NYPD, does not take it well.
* HonorBeforeReason: Dave/Kick Ass is this trope embodied [[YouNeedToGetLaid until he got a girlfriend]].
* HotForTeacher: At first, Dave [[ADateWithRosiePalms daydreams]] about boning his English teacher, who is somewhat {{MILF}}-ish. She seems to be at least somewhat aware of him staring at her boobs, but doesn't cover up her cleavage.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: A non-romantic example: Big Daddy and Hit-Girl. Also Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl to a lesser extent.
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: During the final fight, D'Amico's bodyguard finally gets a chance to quip, [[{{Scarface}} "Say hello to my little friend!"]]
* IconicOutfit: Invoked: Despite their obvious cheesiness, Kick-Ass' and Red Mist's costumes mimic old, cheesy superhero outfits.
* IdiotHero: At first, Dave is quite naive, not particularly bright... [[LampshadeHanging and aware of it]]. [[CharacterDevelopment He gets better]].
* IJustWantToBeSpecial
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Just like in the comic, Hit-Girl stabs a woman so hard her swords penetrate the door she's trying to escape through.
* ImprovisedWeapon: After Hit-Girl runs out of ammo, she throws the gun itself at a goon. It distracts him just long enough for her to take his gun and try and shoot him with it (turns out ''that'' gun was out, too). A couple minutes later, she uses a set of kitchen knives to take out the aforementioned goon.
* IndyPloy: Dave walks into a gang hangout to tell Razoul to stop bothering Kate. He's not ready with a response when Razoul asks him "or else what?"
* InstantExpert:
** [[spoiler: Apparently, it takes Kick-Ass about five minutes of reading the manual to master the use of the {{Jetpack}}. {{Lampshaded}} by Hit-Girl when she tells him she expects him to be able to use it without so much as a practice run. That being said, he does show up very late to the final assault...]]
** Averted by Big Daddy and Hit-Girl, who are shown to devote their entire lives to training their skills - and by Dave/Kick-Ass, who spends a typical movie-style length of time training (he mentions weeks) with no expert assistance, and is almost worthless in a fight.
* IronicEcho:
** In the beginning of the movie, we see what looks like our narrator about to fly and instead turns out to be an Armenian with a history of mental illness flattening a taxi-cab instead. In the final act [[spoiler:Kick-Ass really does fly, using a jetpack armed with a pair of gatling guns to save Hit-Girl.]]
** The comic contains the line "What works on the page doesn't always work on the screen."
* ItsAllMyFault: [[spoiler: Kick-Ass comes to this realization when he and Hit-Girl are heading to D'Amico's headquarters after Big Daddy's death; if he hadn't trusted Red Mist, Big Daddy wouldn't have gotten killed. Hit-Girl agrees with him.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Kick-Ass:''' If it wasn't for you, I'd be dead.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Hit-Girl:''' And if it wasn't for you, my dad wouldn't be.]]
* JailBaitWait: One of the few [[SarcasmMode wholesome]] versions of this trope as Todd, Dave's lanky friend, watches Hit-Girl single-handedly thwart Big Daddy and Kick-Ass's online execution, much to his chubby friend's [[{{Squick}} disgust]].
-->'''Todd:''' I think I'm in love with her, dude.
-->'''Marty:''' ...she looks like she's about eleven years old!
-->'''Todd:''' I don't care! I can ''wait''! I solemnly vow to save myself for her!
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Big Daddy and Hit-Girl. Despite their violent attitude, [[NeverHurtAnInnocent they never hurt innocent people]] and they're willing to help you if you need'em.
* {{Jetpack}}: [[spoiler: Kick-Ass uses a freakin' jetpack [[GatlingGood with dual mounted Gatling guns]] to defeat the mob.]]
* KarmaHoudini: The two street thugs who steal Dave's money and books in the beginning and who stab him when he first tries out the Kick-Ass identity disappear after that scene and never get their due.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: [[spoiler: Red Mist grabs a katana in the final showdown, going to slice Kick-Ass into bits. There were several other melee weapons around, and they were more accessible too. He took that katana out of some closet or locker and the way he seemed to revere it a bit as he took it suggests it was the best sword they had.]] [[spoiler: As a comic book geek himself, it would make some sense that he would ''think'' this.]]
* KickTheDog: Big Daddy and Hit Girl get one of D'Amico's goons to spill the goods on him by cuffing him to a car inside a compactor. Once he's [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness done talking]], Hit Girl [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness turns the compactor on]], squishing the mook into a bloody heap of scrap as he pleads for his life.
--> '''Hit-Girl''': What a douche.
* KidHero: Hit-Girl. And, technically, Kick-Ass.
* KidsAreCruel: Hit-Girl slaughters crooks and mobsters with huge gusto and a certain sadistic glee. However, she does not harm innocents, and loses her meanness while out of costume - just not her foul mouth.
* KidSidekick: Hit-Girl is a {{Deconstruction}}. The [[TrainingFromHell training]] she has undergone in order to mentally and physically stand up to grown men has left her as one '''screwed-up''' eleven-year-old. This comes through especially well considering that Big Daddy is actually a very caring parent outside of that training, and yet the movie still makes it clear that he's depriving Hit-Girl of her childhood, and is very much in the wrong for doing so.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Big Daddy and Frank D'Amico.]]
* KillerRabbit: In the movie's third act, D'Amico's goons learn that a cute schoolgirl with GirlishPigtails can be a [[LittleMissBadass gun-toting killing machine]].
* KingpinInHisGym: Frank D'Amico is seen practicing kung fu [[ChekhovsSkill (and being good at it)]] early in the movie.
* KnifeNut: Hit-Girl adores butterfly knives and swords, although she is a pretty good shot as well.
* LargeHam: NicolasCage is channeling [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot some unholy trinity]] of Creator/AdamWest, WilliamShatner and ChristopherWalken. Mark Strong also gobbles some scenery as [[EvilIsHammy the villain]]. Hell, even ''ChloeMoretz'' delivers a pound or two of delicious pork in several scenes. Let's say it's just a WorldOfHam.
* LaserGuidedTykebomb: Hit-Girl was raised with two purposes in life: A) kill criminals in general; B) kill the crime lord who wronged her father.
* LateToTheTragedy: Not sure how useful that [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] was going to be if it had been used 3 minutes earlier, but still...
* LenoDevice: Craig Ferguson of TheLateLateShow appears as himself talking about Kick-Ass's antics in his monologue.
* LighterAndSofter: The amount of tone change is probably too much to go into. Let's just say the comic pegs the dial for cynicism and cruelty, while the movie actually strives for optimism and compassion.
* LittleMissBadass: Hit-Girl, obviously. She's so badass, she makes the ScaryBlackMan [[spoiler: go for his Bazooka]]
* LittleMissSnarker: Much like in the comic, Hit-Girl is incredibly sarcastic and [[ClusterFBomb foul-mouthed]]. Which doubles in hilarity when you see the interview saying that ChloeMoretz (Hit-girl's actress) initially went for the part because her parents loved the script and showed it to her. ChloeMoretz insisted that on the set, she could only call it "the film" and at home, "Kick Butt". She herself was shocked at her role.
* LonelyRichKid:
** The [[ScaryBlackMan bodyguards]] that Frank D'Amico has for his son Chris never let any potential friends approach him. Also, Frank shuns Chris for being a comic book nerd and won't even let him partake in [[TheMafia "the family business",]] leading to him trying to combine two in one - taking on the role as Red Mist.
** Technically Hit-Girl as well, what with the $3 million she has in a suitcase.
* ThisLoserIsYou: The teenage characters are literally mouthbreathers. This is scaled ''back'' slightly from the comics. [[spoiler:Then this trope is told to fuck off once the final battle commences.]]
* LyricalDissonance: Brought [[UpToEleven to epic levels]] when Hit-Girl is introduced.
* MadeOfIron:
** Kick-Ass himself to a certain extent, as his nerve damage and surgical metal plates (the result of a hit-and-run) left him with an enhanced ability to take a serious beating.
** Hit Girl takes a horrific beating from two grown men... Then she wipes the blood off and she isn't even bruised.
* [[MafiaPrincess Mafia Prince and Queen]]: Chris/Red Mist and Mrs. D'Amico. Chris is aware that his father's a crimelord, apparently, and wants to be just like him but spends most of the movie without realizing just ''how terrible'' his father's deeds really are. Mrs. D'Amico gets too little screentime to tell if she knows or cares about her husband's exploits.
* TheMafiya: A member of the Russian Mafia meets [[YourHeadAsplode his gory doom]] [[LudicrousGibs in a microwave chamber]].
* MalevolentMaskedMen: The kidnappers appearing on the Kick-Ass and Big Daddy torture video all wore balaclavas, with the exception of one, who wears a red supervillain mask. Katie Deauxma, originally excited at the prospects of seeing a clean, good old fashioned retirement video starring Kick-Ass, stops smiling when she sees the masked goon introducing himself and his captives to the viewer. In a draft script posted on the internet, the "Baby Goon" brings supervillain masks, but the "Sporty Goon" rejects them and asks for balaclavas instead; however "Baby" gets to keep his supervillain mask.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: [[spoiler: Played straight. After revealing to Katie that he is Kick Ass in a situation GoneHorriblyWrong, she invited him to sleep with her and cements their relationship.]]
* MeaningfulName: D'Amico means "of a friend". Mob boss Frank D'Amico is anything but friendly, and his son Chris a.k.a. Red Mist becomes pals with Kick-Ass [[spoiler: to lure him into a trap]].
* MemeticBadass:
** In-universe: Kick-Ass becomes a sensation on [[TotallyRadical teh internetz]] after his second foray into superheroism. However, he doesn't become [[TookALevelInBadass truly badass]] until much later.
** [[LittleMissBadass Hit-Girl]] has achieved some level of this in RealLife. For values of 'real life' that include Internet forums.
* MissingMom: Dave's mother died of an aneurysm at breakfast one morning; his father has, as far as we see, never really adjusted. Mindy's mother, meanwhile, [[spoiler:committed suicide via pills from depression following her husband's arrest... while pregnant.]] It's a wonder why [[FreudianExcuse neither of them have a moral distinction in their behavior]].
* MistakenForBadass: Frank assumes that Kick-Ass is the one dismantling his operations because he's the only well-known costumed vigilante.
* MistakenForGay: This trope is carried over from the comic, [[spoiler: but in the end Kick-Ass explains to his girlfriend that he was straight all along and gets some poontang as a reward]].
* MoodWhiplash: The movie tends to swing between comedy and drama, particularly in the final act.
* MookHorrorShow: In the corridor scene during the climactic battle, the camera frequently shifts to an already jittery {{Mook}} lingering behind everyone else. Hit-Girl eventually gets to him, taking his gun and trying to shoot him with it. Since his gun turns out to be empty as well, we get to see just how shaken he is from the experience. He ''knows'' that Hit-Girl is backed into a corner and unarmed, and he '''still''' absolutely ''refuses'' to even go into the same room as her. The other Mooks have to hand him a fairly big gun and then hold him at gunpoint with an even ''bigger'' gun to get him to finally face her again. [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice It doesn't go well.]]
* MuggingTheMonster: [[spoiler: At the end of the film Hit Girl is attending regular school for the first time as a civilian. Dave remarks that she doesn't need him looking out for her as we see Hit Girl beating up bullies attempting to rob her lunch money.]]
* MurderDotCom: Frank D'Amico plans to stream the execution of [[spoiler: Kick-Ass and Big Daddy]] live on the internet in place of [[spoiler:Kick-Ass's unmasking.]] [[spoiler: Too bad it gets reversed.]] Furthermore, his son had set up a [[MagicalSecurityCam nanny-cam disguised as a teddy bear]] to record Kick-Ass's unmasking at the lumber yard. Too bad for the goons that Big Daddy showed up first.
* NamesTheSame: Mindy [=McCready=] is the name of a country singer
* NerdGlasses: Dave Lizewski and his chubby friend wear them. [[TheGlassesGottaGo For obvious reasons, Dave ditches them as he grows more and more badass.]]
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistfight: Even Hit-Girl can't manage more than [[OnlyAFleshWound flesh wounds]] against [[spoiler: Frank D'Amico]]
* NeverTrustATrailer: The movie, while still funny and brilliant throughout, actually has a whole lot more drama and tragedy than the trailers show and is much more akin to ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' than your typical Michael Cera teen comedy. Which makes sense considering this trope also applied to the ''Watchmen'' movie itself. [[spoiler:They also imply that Red Mist is genuinely a hero, as opposed to being TheMole.]]
* NoKillLikeOverkill: "Fuck this. I'm getting the bazooka." And shortly after that, [[spoiler: Dave uses miniguns mounted on a jetpack. And then blows up Frank D'amico with the aforementioned bazooka.]]
* NoSocialSkills: Hit Girl; her last scene is [[spoiler:the [[HomeschooledKids first time she's ever been to a regular school]]]].
* TheObiWan: [[spoiler: Big Daddy is this to Hit-Girl and, to a much lesser extent, Kick-Ass.]]
* OhCrap:
** Basically whenever Big Daddy or Hit-Girl make an appearance.
** Kick-Ass manages to invoke one when [[spoiler:he arrives with the minigun-armed jetpack]].
** Hit-Girl gets one of her own: [[spoiler:Bazooka?!]]
* OneManArmy
** Hit Girl. Big Daddy is usually there since they work together, but she can handle a lot by herself. [[spoiler:When Big Daddy and Kick-Ass are captured, she is forced to as well.]]
** Big Daddy. It shows most prominently [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK0DUHlNdzs during the warehouse footage scene]]. Both Big Daddy and Hit-Girl make Kick-Ass look ''very'' incompetent in comparison [[spoiler:until Kick-Ass starts to work towards becoming a more effective hero in the final fight against Frank D'Amico.]]
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Creator/AaronJohnson plays Kick-Ass and does pretty well with the American accent for the most part, but his English inflections come through occasionally.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Dave Lizewski, who becomes the [[BadassNormal non-superpowered]] superhero Kick Ass. [[spoiler:Hit-Girl also eventually becomes, um, nothing at all like this.]]
* OverlordJr: [[spoiler:Chris D'Amico/Red Mist at the end.]]
* OvershadowedByAwesome: This happens to Kick-Ass when he meets Hit-Girl and Big Daddy and understands that they are infinitely more {{badass}} than him.
* PapaWolf: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] when Hit-Girl goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge to save her dad. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, she is too late.]]
* TheParagon: Kick-Ass prides himself on inspiring people to help each other and believe in truth, justice... you get the idea. He tries to quit after realizing he was barely even an amateur next to highly-skilled superheroes like Hit-Girl and Big Daddy.
* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler:Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl retire from superheroism after the final battle, citing that the number of new masked superheroes can continue the crusade]].
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Big Daddy and Hit-Girl demonstrate this trope quite a bit throughout the movie.
* ThePeepingTom: The hidden camera-bear was originally used by Frank D'Amico to spy on the nanny - while she was changing, showering, etc.
* PetTheDog: Though it ultimately costs him and the other mooks their lives, when one of D'Amico's door guards sees Hit-Girl (in disguise as a student) standing outside the door, he immediately tries to help her, even admonishing his fellow employees for their apathy.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Hit-Girl, who severs limbs with ease. [[spoiler:Subverted in the final confrontation: Frank one-hits her into near unconsciousness.]]
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Aside from a few isolated incidents and the final battle, Kick-Ass doesn't actually do a lot of heroic deeds. Noted by Big Daddy and Hit-Girl.
* PlayingAgainstType:
** [[{{Superbad}} Christopher Mintz-Plasse]] normally plays the PluckyComicRelief -- here, he's a LonelyRichKid desperately seeking a WellDoneSonGuy, and when he [[spoiler: doesn't, he becomes the world's first masked supervillain]].
** The Sequel takes it further with JimCarrey playing Colonel Stars and Stripes - a no-nonsense former Mafioso-turned-Superhero with a thick Brooklyn accent.
* PluckyGirl: Hit-Girl.
* PoorMansPorn: While Dave describes his life of masturbation, first it's an EroticDream with the [[GagBoobs well-endowed]] English teacher, then some NationalGeographicNudity of African tribewomen.
* PopGoesTheHuman: The {{Mook}} who gets shoved into an industrial microwave, who is the same mook that claimed that Fingore Mook was selling him D'Amico's coke. Even after Fingore Mook was killed.
* PosthumousNarration: Played with. Dave hilariously breaks the fourth wall during the torture scene, telling the audience that now they're obviously assuming he'll make it since he's alive to narrate it. He then proceeds to call them a bunch of smartasses and name a bunch of other movies that happen to be narrated by dead/dying characters.
* PornStash: When Red Mist sets the security camera disguised as a teddybear to play back the camera footage of Big Daddy, all the other video clips have thumbnails of a partially-dressed woman.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The film version hews close to the book, but is its own beast. For the most part, things are changed to be more idealistic or happier endings. If they'd kept it any closer to the original, it'd lean into a Watchmen-style "so-the-same-it's-almost-pointless-to-have-two-versions" adaptation. Some notable changes included:
** The paramedics taking off the wetsuit instead of Dave doing it himself. Explained away by him asking one of the paramedics to promise not to tell.
** In the film, Dave becomes a Superhero because he was disgusted over how no one actually takes a stand against in-justice. In the comics, he was just bored and thought it would be fun.
** The movie actually has Dave hook up with Katie Deauxma, whereas in the comic he didn't. This is largely due to the difference in the approach he takes. In the comic, he confessed his love for her ''in public'', completely embarrassing her and getting her angry enough to call over her boyfriend to kick his ass. Here he ''gets down on his knees'' in private and tells her that she deserves better. He says that he hates himself for lying to her and honestly doesn't expect her to care. When she does invite him to stay, it's actually heartwarming. Though he still decided sneak into her room in true stalker fashion. And got hairspray to the eyes and a thorough walloping with a tennis racket for it. Also note that in this version, Katie isn't the absolute ''bitchwhore'' she is in the comic.
** Big Daddy's backstory actually ''has'' him as a hero cop instead of his gigantic lie in the comics. At least he dies knowing Hit Girl was alive. The movie portrays him more sympathetically, but still makes it clear he's being a douche for ruining his daughter's childhood. At least he was doing it ''for'' something, as opposed to the comic version, whose reason for screwing his daughter up can be summed up as "Man, wouldn't this be ''awesome''?" The movie even appears it's going to play Big Daddy's background straight at first until Big Daddy's former cop partner confirms it on screen.
** Red Mist is portrayed with a lot more sympathy, simply wanting to help his father and maybe hang out with Kick-Ass. He actually regrets what happens to Kick-Ass instead of getting totally excited about it like his comic counterpart. This helps him avoid becoming a Complete Monster, as he did in the comics. At the end, he takes over his father's business and becomes the first costumed supervillain. In the comics, he becomes an InternetToughGuy. Both ''do'' share the same obscene name after this happens, however.
** Hit-Girl being 15 in the second film (see AgeLift above). It's been several years, Chloe Moretz has [[{{Understatement}}grown up noticeably.]]
* PrisonsAreGymnasiums: [[spoiler: In Big Daddy's autobiographical comic book, he is shown working out like crazy when doing his time in jail.]]
* PunchClockVillain: Chris D'Amico and Dave are both comic book nerds, they get along pretty well when Dave thinks Red Mist is a good guy, and Chris begs his father not to hurt Kick-Ass as he's convinced he's just a harmless nobody.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "I'll tell you who owes her a childhood! '''FRANK! D'AMICO!!'''"
* QuoteSwearUnquote: "Show's over ''motherfuckers''".
* RatedMForManly
* RealityEnsues / RuleOfCool: The first act of the movie shows what's it like to be a vigilante in the real world, especially if you are a teenage nerd with no fighting skills wearing a silly costume. However, the second act introduces incredibly powerful, highly badass superheroes who can do crazy shit by virtue of CharlesAtlasSuperpower, and the third act is an unashamed love letter to awesome, reality-defying superheroics.
* RealityIsUnrealistic:
** On the commentary track, director Matthew Vaughn talks about how amazed he was during a test at what he could see through SAS night specs. They ended up putting a green tinge on the night vision scenes to let the audience know what was going on.
** He also talks about the flames during [[spoiler: Big Daddy's death]] and how he wasn't happy with the CGI fire because it "always looks fake". So they shot real flames at 1,000 frames per second and put them over the scene, just to find out that it looked exactly the same.
* {{Reconstruction}}: Another interpretation of the movie, as pointed out by [[http://chud.com/articles/articles/23386/1/REVIEW-KICK-ASS-DEVIN039S-SECOND-TAKE/Page1.html this review]]. The film acknowledges that superhero tropes can be moronically ridiculous when applied to RealLife and mocks them for it. Somewhere during the second act, however, it swerves off into [[{{Troperrific}} classic superhero tale]] territory, and, while keeping its tongue-in-cheek tone, revels in [[ExaggeratedTrope intentionally overblown]] superheroic exploits.
* RecycledSoundtrack: The main theme is from ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'', Big Daddy's theme from ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''.
* RedRightHand: Frank D'Amico's scar.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: It's implied that Damon [=McCready=]/Big Daddy realizes his mistakes like training his daughter to be a death machine. In fact, when she says him he's the best father in the world, he, just before dying answers "No. I just love you"]].
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: For half the movie, we know that Big Daddy and Hit-Girl got something important and expensive delivered, and it has gatlings attached to it. We finally get to the big battle scene, and Hit-Girl is cornered behind a desk, and it's the perfect time for a BigDamnHeroes moment, and then Kick-Ass enters... ''rising into'' the scene from the ''bottom'' of the window, and this scene is taking place in a skyscraper, and he's riding a ''jetpack'', and he blows away a room full of {{Mook}}s with ''miniguns'' on the ''shoulders'' to the tune of ''Battle Hymn of the Republic'' as sung by Elvis Presley!]]
* RoaringRampageOfRescue: Hit-Girl. Turns into a RoaringRampageOfRevenge once [[spoiler: Big Daddy gets killed]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Big Daddy against Frank D'Amico, going as far as training his own young daughter to be [[LaserGuidedTykebomb a brutal vigilante that will avenge him and his wife one day]]. [[spoiler: Once Frank D'Amico gets offed, [[YouKilledMyFather his son]] Chris/Red Mist swears to [[CycleofRevenge get his own]] against Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl [[SequelHook in a sequel]].]] Hit-Girl at the end of the film as well.
* RoofHopping: Dave decides against doing this, because the roofs are too far apart. Hit-Girl and Big Daddy, on the other hand, [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower do it with ease]]; when Kick-Ass sees them doing it, he understands he's hopelessly OvershadowedByAwesome.
* RRatedOpening: Starts with a crazy man jumping off a building wearing a bird-themed superhero costume and going splat. Next, Dave narrates his life of chronic masturbation. Both scenes utterly ''fail'' to convey just how much [[UpToEleven over-the-top]] [[CrossesTheLineTwice squick & violence]] the viewer is getting into. Followed by a training scene of Damon[=/=]Big Daddy [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood shooting Mindy in her bulletproof vest]] to [[TrainingFromHell toughen her up]]. Which scratches the surface but '''fails''' again.
* RunningGag: The [[spoiler:bazooka]], of all things, becomes one towards the end.
* RuleThirtyFour: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]]. Dave states that Paris Hilton is more inspiring to people than {{Spider-Man}} because she has a porn tape and he doesn't. Of course, he knows nothing about ''One Night In Spidey"...
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Big-Daddy]].
* ScaryBlackMan: Rasul's and Frank's bodyguards are huge black guys with an unfriendly attitude [[spoiler: and a bazooka in the latter case]].
* SecretKeeper:
** Marcus, Damon's former partner in the NYPD, is fully aware of Big Daddy & Hit-Girl's identities.
** When everyone else in school is under the impression that Dave's gay, Todd & Marty are fully aware that he's not. Of course, the only people they're actually keeping it a secret from are Katie & Erica.
** [[spoiler:Dave reveals that he's Kick-Ass to Katie.]]
* SelfDefenseless: Kick-Ass' taser against Razoul's forehead.
* SequelHook
* ShoutOut:
** The scene where Kick-Ass attempts to jump the roof is the same roof used in ''Film/{{Spider-Man}}''.
** The movie ends with [[spoiler:Red Mist]] quoting SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker from Tim Burton's ''Film/{{Batman}}''. "Wait till they get a load of me."
** A line from ''[[{{Frankenstein}} Bride Of Frankenstein]]''.
** Music from ''The DollarsTrilogy'' as Hit Girl enters the mafia safehouse.
** Hit Girl's nightvision rampage resembles ModernWarfare 2's multiplayer, where Hit-Girl's apparently using a H&K USP Compact with a tactical knife attachment. Which is what some criminals were playing earlier on in the film.
** Dave was partly distraught about the prospect of his death because he won't get to see what happens on ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
** Dave points out that his narrating the film doesn't guarantee his survival by name checking several films that have featured posthumous narration.
--> "If you're reassuring yourself that I'm going to make it through this since I'm talking to you now, quit being such a smart-ass! Hell dude, you never seen ''ComicBook/SinCity''? ''Film/AmericanBeauty''? ''Film/SunsetBoulevard''?"
** "With no power comes no responsibility" references [[ComesGreatResponsibility the famous mantra]] of the Spider-Man franchise.
** '''"I WILL AVENGE YOU, MOTHER!!!!"''' in a style reminiscent of Peter Parker lurking around ol' Uncle Ben's grave in said Spider-Man franchise. And then you get told off by Dave for expecting that.
** ''ScottPilgrim'' is among the many comics mentioned by name; coincidentally, the first trailer for ''ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' was attached to ''Kick-Ass''.
** In the same scene, the shojo manga magazine ''Shojo Beat'' is mentioned.
** Big Daddy name-drops JohnWoo while quizzing Hit Girl.
** The microwave chamber torture scene is lifted almost wholesale from the Film/JamesBond movie ''Film/LicenceToKill'', but in that movie it was a decompression chamber. [[YourHeadAsplode Same effect, though.]] In light of this, the car crushing scene is likely a shout out to ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''
** When Kick-Ass dons his costume for the first time, this is accompanied by upbeat music resembling JohnWilliams' Film/{{Superman}} march. Also, when Red Mist rides through the city in the Mist Mobile, the soundtrack heavily resembles the Batman theme from [[Film/{{Batman}} the Tim Burton movies]].
** The {{Mook}} that [[spoiler: gets thrown under a bus to establish Red Mist as a superhero]] is named Tony Romita. John Romita Sr. was the second penciler on the original {{Spider-Man}} comic book and one of the most influential and best-known. His son, John Romita Jr., is also a comic book artist well-known for his own take on Spider-Man and, of course, the ''ComicBook/{{Kick-Ass}}'' comic book itself.
** The shoot-out in darkness is one big 'Hello!' to ''{{Equilibrium}}''.
** The music that plays during [[spoiler:Big Daddy's assault on the warehouse]] and [[spoiler:the end of the pitch-black shoot-out]] are the themes from ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' and Film/{{Sunshine}}, both directed by DannyBoyle.
** The yellow car driven by Dexter Fletcher's character is the same one his character drove in LayerCake, also directed by Matthew Vaughn. Both characters are called Cody.
** Chris's bodyguard exclaims he's always wanted to yell [[{{Scarface}} "SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND!!"]] as he's [[spoiler: preparing to shoot Hit-Girl with a Mk 153 Mod 0 SMAW ]].
** After he gets numerous metal implants to reinforce his broken bones, Dave is compared to {{Wolverine}}.
** For those of you who watched the 2003 {{anime}} series ''[[DotHack .hack//Dusk]]'', look ''very'' carefully in the background of the comic book store and you'll see a cardboard cutout of Rena in the background, as well as several ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} posters.
** In one scene Dave and his friends are reading an issue of ''The Comicbook/{{Runaways}}''.
** When Dave is leaving the hospital, his Dad puts a copy of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' in his bag.
** [[Film/{{Spider-Man}} Who am I? I'm Kick-Ass!]]
** When Kick-Ass tries on his costume for the first time: "[[TaxiDriver You talkin' to me?]]"
** Hit-Girl's way of slaughtering her adversaries is similar to [[KillBill The Bride's modus operandi]].
* SkirtOverSlacks: Hit-Girl's hero costume.
* SmallGirlBigGun: Averted by Hit-Girl. Although she has her father's extensive arsenal at her disposal, her weapons of choice are pistols like the SIG Sauer P232 and H&K USP Compact that fit her small hands. Realistically, any larger firearm would be very difficult for someone of her size to operate well.
* SociopathicHero: Hit-Girl and Big Daddy.
* SoundtrackDissonance:
** Hit-Girl's introduction. Nothing says "a little girl slaughtering an apartment" like the theme song of a [[TheBananaSplits children's television show.]]
** Torture scenes being accompanied by "Theatre/TheMarriageOfFigaro".
* StarMakingRole: Hit-Girl, for ChloeMoretz.
* StringTheory: Big Daddy has one of these, with the strings converging on Frank d'Amico, which Hit-Girl turns into an impromptu [[DartboardOfHate Shuriken-Board of Hate.]]
* SuperheroesWearCapes: Played straight with Big Daddy, Hit-Girl and Red Mist. Kick-Ass tries wearing a cape, but quickly tears it off, understanding that it would make his already moronic costume even sillier.
* SuperheroPackingHeat: Hit-Girl and Big Daddy. And Kick-Ass in the final showdown.
* SupportingProtagonist: Though he does start off the movie, Kick-Ass kinda takes a back seat in the action and the movie seems to be stolen by Hit Girl and Big Daddy.
* TheSyndicate: Frank D'Amico's crime empire.
* TenMinuteRetirement: [[spoiler:Dave briefly retires from being Kick-Ass after he realizes he's in over his head. He's convinced to pick up the mask again to help Red Mist and later Hit-Girl. It seems like he and Hit-Girl are going to retire from superheroism for good in the ending, if not for the blatant SequelHook]].
* ThemeNaming: According the end credits, Frank D'amico's main {{Mook}}s are called [[Music/SpiceGirls Sporty, Scary, Posh, Ginger, and Baby]].
* TheRevealPromptsRomance: Between Dave and Katie.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Marty and Todd
* ThouShaltNotKill: Averted by Hit-Girl and Big Daddy (who, ironically, wears a costume reminiscent of [[Franchise/{{Batman}} a superhero]] known for his "no kills" code). Kick-Ass, being TheCape, seems to believe in the code but throws it out of the window in the final act. [[spoiler:Red Mist, at first, appears to be reluctant to kill innocents, but then ''gets into his father's business'']].
* TimeSkip: Utilized in [[{{Sequel}} The Sequel]] - Mindy and Dave are now 15 and 18 (nearly 19) respectively - due to [[ChloeMoretz Chloe Moretz']] [[{{Understatement}} obvious aging]] between films.
* {{Tomboy}}: Hit-Girl's favourite toys are knives and guns, and she has [[ClusterFBomb quite a potty mouth]]. Sometimes, she pretends to be a "girly girl" to prank her father.
* TookALevelInBadass: Kick-Ass goes from being beaten by street hoodlums to beating street hoodlums to committing some genuine badassery at the end.
* TragicHero: [[spoiler: Big Daddy. First, as a cop, his reputation is destroyed by Frank D'Amico, then his wife commits suicide. All this turns him into a violent VigilanteMan, although he is still a good man inside. At the end, he tragically dies, leaving Hit-Girl the goal of finishing his personal vendetta.]]
* TrainingFromHell: Though not explicitly shown, it's logical to assume Hit-Girl underwent this. It doesn't help that Big Daddy educates her on being shot by ''actually shooting her'' (she's wearing a BulletProofVest). For whatever it's worth, he admits to using low-velocity rounds when she says that getting shot by actual criminals was more painful.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour:
** Hit Girl is a 12 year old girl who has a fondness for [[KnifeNut knives]], {{Cluster F Bomb}}s, and can brutally and efficiently murder gangsters and mooks. But of course she was [[{{Tykebomb}} raised to be a brutal vigilante]] by her father Big Daddy.
** Even funnier when Big Daddy himself considers Hit-Girl ''acting like a normal girl'' troubling.[[hottip:*:"I'm just fucking with you, daddy."]]
* UglyHeroGoodLookingVillain: The geeky and nerdy Dave/Kick Ass and the suave crime lord Frank D'Amico played by MarkStrong.
* UnorthodoxReload: Hit-Girl reloads her pistols ''by catching the mid-air magazines.''
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Frank doesn't react too much to his bodyguard bringing back a bazooka.
* VillainousBreakdown: In the wake of Big Daddy and Hit Girl's continued disruption of his business, Frank D'Amico starts using drugs again and kills a Kick-Ass impersonator in broad daylight, both of which cause his [[TheDragon Dragon]] serious concern.
* WaifFu: Averted somewhat by Hit Girl. She relies a lot on the use of weapons (including knuckledusters) and dismembers low-ranking thugs with ease, and when faced with an opponent who is equally skilled at hand-to-hand combat but has the distinct advantage in terms of height and weight, she's actually only barely able to keep up.
* WallOfWeapons:
** A room of Hit Girl and Big Daddy's house is decorated like this.
** And again at one of their safehouses (though we can probably assume ''all'' their safehouses are like this).
* WellDoneSonGuy: Red Mist to Frank D'Amico. Interestingly enough it starts to turn into a subversion as it's obvious D'Amico loves him and worries about his safety and is quite proud when Red Mist comes up with an evil scheme of his own...and then his last words are [[spoiler: "I wish I had a son like you." to Hit-Girl. ]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** Angie D'Amico vanishes without trace halfway through the movie, but her role is extremely small and often goes unnoticed.
** Vic Gigante, the corrupt NYPD cop on Frank's payroll, isn't seen again after he sets the NYPD after Big Daddy after it becomes apparent that ''he'' was the one killing Frank's men.
* WhatTheHellHero: Several, but most notably when Big Daddy gets called out on raising his daughter to be a vigilante, depriving her of her childhood. Though he does say that [[BigBad Frank D'Amico]] owes her a childhood, implying that he really deeply down wants his daughter to have a childhood, but raised her to become a vigilante to help her protect herself in case anything ever happened to him.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Rasul dates Katie and later has a {{Stripperiffic}} white girl on his arm.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: HandWaved: Hit-Girl and her Big Daddy buy weapons and cool gizmos [[spoiler: like a jetpack (Big Daddy installed the gatling guns later)]] off the Net. Hit-Girl is shown stuffing mob money into a sack early on, revealing where they get the funding. Kick-Ass orders his costume on a diving supply site and the batons on Ebay. Red Mist's CoolCar and costume [[spoiler:are provided by his mobster daddy]].
* WhoAreYou: Used a couple times; most notably when Kick-Ass saves the guy outside the store, and the guy with the camera phone says it:
-->'''Bystander:''' Dude, who are you?\\
'''Dave:''' I'm ''Kick-Ass''.
* WideEyedIdealist: Dave Lizewski, to the point of being an IdiotHero.
* WimpFight:
** [[spoiler:Red Mist vs Kick-Ass. Neither of them are willing to harm each other - or know ''how'' to harm each other, which leads to little more than slapping and rolling on the floor.]]
** Kick-Ass' second fight, the one that makes him [[MemeticMutation an internet sensation in-universe]], goes like this at first.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Big Daddy, a rare heroic version.]]
* XMeetsY: ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' meets {{Superbad}} meets ''Film/TheGreenHornet'' meets QuentinTarantino.
* YouBastard: Possible in-universe example when Hit-Girl cuts off the stream with "Show's over, motherfuckers."
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Mindy [=McCready=] wears a noxiously patterned purple wig as a part of her Hit-Girl costume.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Frank D'Amico has one of his men executed for botching a drug deal. He doesn't believe the man's pleas that a lone mystery man was responsible.
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: Frank D'Amico drove Hit-Girl's mother to suicide and later orchestrated her father's murder. Hit-Girl attempts to kill Frank in retribution, but it is Kick-Ass who deal the final blow... turning Frank's son Chris "Red Mist" D'Amico into [[CreateYourOwnVillain a vengeful costumed supervillain]].]]
* YouLeaveHimAlone: What Dave shouts to give himself the courage to defend a mugging victim from being murdered by 3 thugs.
* YouWannaGetSued: The goons trying to describe Big Daddy in the movie. Subverted promptly:
--> ''"[[NotUsingTheZWord I never said he looked like Batman!!!]]"''
--> ''"Oh, so he's {{Superman}}?"''
* ZigZaggingTrope: In this movie, superhero tropes bounce in all directions, from deadly straight usage to [[DoubleSubversion double-subverted]] with a whiff of {{deconstruction}} and parody, all [[LampshadeHanging wrapped in a huge lampshade]].

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->"''[[WithGreatPower With no power]] [[InvertedTrope comes no responsibility]]. [[DeconReconSwitch Except that's not true]].''"
-->-- ''Kick-Ass''

A 2010 action-comedy co-distributed by {{Lionsgate}} (in North America) and [[{{Universal}} Universal Pictures]] (internationally), based on the comics by MarkMillar and John Romita Jr. Our page on the comic is [[ComicBook/{{Kick-Ass}} here.]]

Dave Lizewski is an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent and a big fan of ComicBooks, with one burning question: How come nobody's ever tried to be a superhero in RealLife before? After he gets mugged, the question drives him to obsession, and he decides to answer it by becoming one himself. He orders a [[CivvieSpandex wetsuit]] and a diving mask and tries to fight crime. It doesn't go all that well. He gradually learns and gets better, with a little help from a more experienced pair of costumed vigilantes, a father-daughter team bent on hunting down the BigBad.

Along the way, it manages to [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstruct]] pretty much every superhero trope out there in an attempt to (somewhat) realistically answer the question, "What would happen if someone with no special powers tried to be a superhero?" [[DeconReconSwitch And promptly reconstructs it with a vengeance halfway through.]]

[[Film/KickAss2 A sequel was released]] on August 15th, 2013, adding JimCarrey and IainGlen to the cast. Put tropes for that film on its own page.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* ActionGirl: Hit-Girl.
* ActionHero: Big Daddy. Kick-Ass becomes this towards the climax.
* ActorAllusion:
** In the film, Big Daddy [[spoiler: [[Film/TheWickerMan was a cop and burns to death]]]]. Keep in mind, neither of these things happened in the comic when NicolasCage wasn't involved.
** And in his origin story, Big Daddy [[Film/ConAir was set up and sent to jail, missing the birth of his own daughter.]]
** While Big Daddy questioning Hit-Girl on JohnWoo was in the comics, it helps that he starred in one JohnWoo directed film, ''Face/Off''.
* AdaptedOut: [[spoiler:Big Daddy's [[BasedOnAGreatBigLie back story being complete lies]] and the truth that he actually kidnapped his own daughter & raised her as a killer in order to play vigilante because he was bored with his life.]]
* AdaptationNameChange: In the comics, the D'Amico family instead use the surname Genovese; Frank D'Amico is called John Genovese, but is only referred to by the nickname Johnny G.
* {{Adorkable}}: Dave is the picture of the well-meaning and kind-hearted dork next door. Even when beaten up. Red Mist also applies, even when surrounded by mafia thugs. In addition, Dave's "fighting style" is meant to be hilariously awkward and dorky, as opposed to the way Big Daddy and Hit-Girl fight.
* AffectionateParody[=/=]DeconstructiveParody[=/=]IndecisiveParody[=/=]IndecisiveDeconstruction: To some, the movie is more this than a straight-up {{Deconstruction}}. Given that it [[ZigZaggingTrope plays hopscotch]] with superhero tropes, it's really hard to classify. At least the end's clear about where it stands.
* AlliterativeName: Mindy [=McCready=].
* AntiClimacticUnmasking: Early in the film, our hero is stripped of his clothes by paramedics, but even after he's become famous, no one associates the hero with a random mugging victim.
* AntiHero: Hit-Girl and Big Daddy. Arguably, Kick-Ass qualifies by the end of the film.
* AntiVillain: Red Mist, [[spoiler:he tries to root out Kick-Ass to see if he's screwing with his father's business, but otherwise, just wants to have friends with the same interests and is a nice guy, besides the whole "I wanna be a Mafia don" thing. He's obviously torn up when the Mafia's going to execute him, anyway.]]
* ApatheticCitizens: The reason Dave becomes a superhero is because he greatly dislikes this trope. Dave goes out of his way to point out that standing by and doing nothing while evil is going on is a ''bad thing.''
-->'''Kick-Ass:''' Three assholes laying into one guy while everyone else watches, and you want to know what's wrong with ''me''?
* ArmorIsUseless:
** [[DefiedTrope Defied]] with Mindy/Hit-Girl [[spoiler:and her BulletproofVest]].
** Big Daddy as well. When he's raiding the mob warehouse, his armor deflects '''everything.'''
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
-->'''Kick-Ass:''' Even with my metal plates, and my fucked up nerved endings, I gotta tell you: that hurt. But not half as much as the idea of leaving everything behind. Katie, my dad, Todd and Marty, and all the things I'd never do, like learn to drive, or see what me and Katie's kids would look like, or find out what happened on Series/{{Lost}}...
* AscendedFanboy: Kick-Ass and Red Mist. [[spoiler:Red Mist even more so at the end.]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Pretty much - [[TheMafia mob boss]] Frank D'Amico can hold his ground in a fight and [[spoiler: even has Hit-Girl at his mercy before she is saved by a bazooka-wielding Kick-Ass]].
* AvengingTheVillain: The SequelHook at the end, in which [[spoiler: Red Mist has taken over his father's business and becomes the world's first costumed supervillain.]]
* BadassAdorable: Hit-Girl.
* BadassBoast: Kick-Ass tries this when confronting Rasul. It doesn't work.
-->'''Kick-Ass:''' I'm Kick-Ass... Look me up.
* BadassFamily:
** Hit-Girl and Big Daddy.
** Inverted with Kick-Ass and his dad, who notes that they're both pretty pathetic, if well-meaning.
** Red Mist and Frank... kind of. Red Mist [[IJustWantToBeBadass just wants to be badass]] and Frank just wants Big Daddy out of his hair. To Frank's credit, he knows karate, and [[spoiler:Red Mist turns into a supervillain at the end.]]
* BadToTheBone: The theme of ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'' plays while Hit-Girl enters the D'Amico building. Also, the ''Battle Hymn of the Republic'', sung by ElvisPresley, when [[spoiler:Kick-Ass arrives flying on the {{Jetpack}} to save the day]].
* BaldOfEvil: Frank D'Amico.
* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: [[spoiler:Averted with Big Daddy, unlike the comic.]]
* BatterUp: One of the mooks in Hit-Girl's first fight scene.
* BetterThanABareBulb: Dave's narration is full of LampshadeHanging.
* BigApplesauce: The film's set in New York, a city that really lends itself well to superheroism. However, the skyscrapers and and the skyline we get to see are [[CaliforniaDoubling really in Toronto]]. Yet despite the skyline being Toronto's much of the movie is really filmed in Hamilton.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** The first time Kick-Ass tries it, he's nearly killed. The second time, he barely manages to hold off the thugs. The final BDH moment is played perfectly straight ''and'' is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
---> "Hey, why don't you pick on someone your own size?" ''[[spoiler:(promptly shoots the BigBad with a [[StuffBlowingUp Bazooka]])]]''
** Also played straight by Hit-Girl. Twice. Once when [[spoiler:Kick-Ass is about to be sliced open by Razul]], and again when [[spoiler:he and Big Daddy are just about to be set ablaze by Frank D'Amico's men.]]
* BigNo: [[spoiler:Big Daddy]] lets out two of them when [[spoiler:Hit-Girl is shot by Red Mist]]. Later, [[spoiler:Hit-Girl]] yells one when [[spoiler:Big Daddy is burning to death]].
* BlackComedy: How else are you going to make an 11-year old girl brutally murdering a roomful of people watchable? See also SoundtrackDissonance. This, unsurprisingly, didn't fly well with some film critics. Examples of this trope appear all over this page, but in addition, there's at least one that doesn't fit well into any more specific trope:
-->'''Big Daddy:''' Good job. I'm so proud of you, baby doll. Are you okay?
-->'''Hit Girl:''' Mhmm... but getting shot, Daddy... it hurt a lot more than when you did it.
-->'''Big Daddy:''' That's because I used low velocity rounds, child...
* BlatantLies: Frank's bodyguard insists to his boss that everything is under control... while retrieving [[spoiler:a bazooka to kill Hit Girl]]. Red Mist immediately calls him out on it.
* BloodyHilarious: Much of the movie's humour is derived from graphic, over-the-top violence, including the (in)famous "first Hit-Girl scene".
* BlownAcrossTheRoom:
** When testing her bulletproof vest, Hit-Girl is blown backward several feet.
** Later, Frank D'Amico is [[spoiler: blown out the window of his office by Kick-Ass wielding a bazooka.]]
* {{Bowdlerize}}: In Russian movie theatres, the film comes in two versions of the dub: "censored", with most cusswords replaced by [[GoshDangItToHeck euphemisms]] or less nasty substitutes (but with an occasional PrecisionFStrike here and there) and "hardcore", with the profanity almost intact. The latter, unsurprisingly, is much harder to find. An alternative poster used in some cinemas promotes the film as "Kick A@$". At some theaters the ticket stubs for the film read, "KICK-A** ". This has caused some to dub the movie, [[{{Pun}} "Kick-Ass-Terisks."]]
* BreakoutCharacter: Hit-Girl seems to be the most popular character of the movie.
* BrickJoke: While in the comic book store, Todd and Marty discuss who would win in a fight: Kick-Ass or Red Mist. It's pointed out that this doesn't matter because they are on the same side. [[spoiler:Then the climax of the movie happens, when Kick-Ass and Red Mist actually ''do'' fight each other. They're [[WimpFight pretty evenly matched]], but Kick-Ass wins, or at least manages to pick himself up off the ground first.]]
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: Hit-Girl and Big Daddy have their HG and BD on their belt buckles and Red Mist has a red "M" on his chest.
* BulletproofVest: Used by Mindy/Hit-Girl and Big Daddy.
* TheCameo: StanLee is watching the news in a montage. It's extremely easy to miss.
* TheCape: Dave molds his Kick-Ass persona as a classic do-gooder superhero (although he draws the line at [[SuperheroesWearCapes literally wearing a cape, which he thinks makes him look even dumber]]).
* CaptainErsatz: Big Daddy is essentially Franchise/{{Batman}} With Guns, and the close similarity is lampshaded. Nicholas Cage channels Creator/AdamWest and WilliamShatner. And ElvisPresley. His costume resembles the [[Film/{{Watchmen}} film version of Nite Owl II]].
* CatUpATree: Well, more like a billboard, but still. [[EpicFail It wasn't even stuck. And Dave fails at getting it.]]
-->'''"FUCK YOU, MR. BITEY!"'''
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Big Daddy and Hit-Girl (in particular) are capable of crazy stunts and incredible exploits by virtue of good ol' training and perseverance. Hit Girl is one of the few believable versions of this trope. She weighs like 50 pounds; it is within reason that she can do a wall-run. Of course, then there's the part where she slices a man's leg off with a single swipe, but we'll give that to RuleOfCool.
* CheapCostume: All superhero costumes in the movie are - intentionally - as corny as the names are. Kick-Ass seems to be the only one aware of the fact enough to [[LampshadeHanging point it out]]. Big Daddy's, however, is filled to the gills with armor, and Red Mist has the decency to put some effort into his costume.
* ChekhovsGun: The bazooka. As well as Chekhov's BulletproofVest.
* ChekhovsSkill:
** Frank D'Amico's [[IKnowKarate knowledge of Wing Chun]]. [[spoiler: Also, Big-Daddy is shown shooting Hit-Girl in the chest at the beginning, so she won't be surprised when it happens for real. It does.]]
** Subverted with Kick-Ass's increased tolerance to pain. It doesn't really matter [[spoiler: when he and Big Daddy are being tortured to death]], as his dulled nerves are still overloaded with agony. Although he may have been able to [[spoiler: wake up faster from being knocked out]].
* ChildSoldier: Hit-Girl.
* CleanCut: In the first demonstration of her skills, Hit-Girl cleanly and ''casually'' slices a thug's leg off.
* ClusterFBomb: Even before the release, the film gained notoriety for ''Film/PulpFiction''-level amounts of naughty words, many of them coming from the mouth of a 12-year old.
* ColdBloodedTorture: To Frank D'Amico and his goons, gruesomely torturing someone to death is something as trivial as drinking a glass of water. In addition, Big Daddy and Hit-Girl crush [[TheMafia a mafia goon]] in a car recycling press without a slightest hint of remorse soon after their first appearance, reinforcing their AntiHero status.
* CombatPragmatist: There's a way for a costumed avenging man with no superpowers to take out a dozen armed goons at once. [[spoiler: "Batman" Big Daddy uses guns, shoots to kill with law enforcement precision (helps being an ex-cop) and his "Batman" costume is apparently made of ceramic ballistic plate armor.]]
* ConcealmentEqualsCover: The kitchen counter in d'Amico's place. It's nearly six feet deep and takes a ''lot'' of fire, but it's mostly empty, as shown when Hit-Girl climbs inside it and ''peeps out the bulletholes.''
* ConversationalTroping: Dave got the idea to become Kick-Ass because he and his pals love comic books. Needless to say, they talk about superhero tropes a lot.
* CoolCar: The Mist-mobile. It even had a [[VanityLicensePlate personalized license plate]]!
* CorruptCop: Vic Gigante. Unfortunately, he's also a ''Captain'' so his department is essentially on Frank's payroll by proxy.
* CorruptionOfAMinor: Big Daddy's methods of raising Hit Girl certainly qualify as this.
-->''You call it "brainwashing". I call it "making it a game".''
* CountryMatters: Said by Hit Girl to a room full of criminals ("OK, you cunts, let's see what you can do").
* CowboyCop: [[spoiler: Big Daddy is a maverick ex-cop who doesn't play by the rules. When he ''was'' a cop however, he was apparently by-the-books.]]
* CreateYourOwnVillain: [[spoiler: Kick-Ass [[YouKilledMyFather kills Chris D'Amico's father]], turning a revenge-bent teenager into the world's first costumed supervillain.]]
* CrossCounter: Kick-Ass and [[spoiler: Red Mist]] end up doing this on one another in their fight, knocking the both of them out for a spell. [[spoiler:Kick-Ass recovers first, in time to rescue Hit-Girl.]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass, particularly towards the end.
* CrusadingWidower: [[spoiler:Big Daddy]]. Not a big secret to those who read the comics, but the reasons are different.
* CursedWithAwesome: After his surgery, Kick-Ass has numerous steel implants to reinforce his broken bones and has reduced nerve sensitivity, greatly increasing his pain tolerance.
* CulturalCrossReference: There's a bit of ''JudgeDredd'' in the background of the comic shop.
* CurbStompBattle: Every Hit-Girl scene. She kills over 40 people throughout the movie and ''only gets hit once.''
* DaddysGirl: Hit-Girl and Big Daddy have a very heartwarming relationship in the film (going out for ice cream, making cocoa).
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler: Chris D'Amico uses his knowledge of superhero tropes to come up with plans that are far more effective against the main characters than anything Frank can think up.]]
* TheDanza: Christopher Mintz-Plasse plays Chris D'Amico.
* DarkenedBuildingShootout: With Hit-Girl using NightVisionGoggles.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Dave's favorite pastime before he becomes a vigilante [[spoiler: and [[AManIsNotAVirgin gets laid]]]]. He didn't even have any taste, whacking off to [[NationalGeographicNudity National Geographic]]. Even though he [[TheInternetIsForPorn has internet access]].
* DavidVersusGoliath: [[spoiler: The final duel between Hit-Girl and Frank D'Amico]].
* DawsonCasting: Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Red Mist) and Lyndsy Fonseca (Katie), as well as several other actors, are in their early 20's yet play teenage characters. Somewhat averted with Kick-Ass himself, Creator/AaronJohnson was 19 when the film was released.
* DeathByOriginStory:
** Subverted, parodied and lampshaded with Dave's mother, who died from an aneurysm during breakfast.
** Played straight with [[spoiler:Hit-Girl's mother and Big Daddy's wife (she kills herself with a drug overdose while her husband is in jail and she is pregnant with Hit-Girl)]]. Also, it could be argued that [[spoiler:Frank D'Amico is this to Red Mist the supervillain]].
* DeconReconSwitch: The first half of the movie is a deconstruction (superheroes don't exist in RealLife because if anyone tried it, they'd be killed on day one) and the second half is a reconstruction (... but if they somehow survived long enough to learn the ropes, they would indeed be completely awesome!) of the superhero genre.
* {{Deconstruction}}: What ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' is to zombie movies, this is to superhero movies, so shut up, [[TitleDrop kick ass]].
* DecoyProtagonist: The way the first scene is done implies that the monologue is that of the person on screen. [[spoiler: Then he plummets off a skyscraper and smashes a taxi when his wings fail to generate the lift needed to pull up.]]
* DestinationDefenestration: [[spoiler:In the end, Frank D'Amico is blown through a penthouse window by a bazooka-toting Kick-Ass.]]
* DevelopmentHell: The sequel. It was initially announced to be made for a 2012/2013 release but is on hold due to Aaron Johnson taking time off acting to be with his daughter and Matthew Vaughn directing other projects. It's now set to a 2013 release and to be directed by Jeff Wadlow (with Vaughn's blessing/supervision).
* [[DisabilitySuperpower Disability]][=/=]CoconutSuperpowers: Kick-Ass' high pain threshold because of nerve damage. Apart from being a nice HandWave explanation for the amount of beating he can take, it's highly budget-saving.
* DissonantSerenity: Some of Hit-Girl's gory fighting scenes are set to rather pleasant music. The effect is quite jarring.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Generally averted. In spite of Big Daddy looking a lot like a [[Franchise/{{Batman}} certain nocturnal vigilante known for his disdain of firearms]], he [[SuperheroPackingHeat freely uses guns and explosives]] to great effect. Hit-Girl seems to prefer knives and swords, but is an excellent shot as well. Kick-Ass doesn't use firearms [[spoiler:until he gets [[GatlingGood gatling guns]] mounted on a {{jetpack}}]], but mostly because he can't acquire any (though he does show notable squeamishness seeing Hit Girl's brutality so he probably fits this trope until the end when he gets [[spoiler: the jetpack.]]).
* DoggedNiceGuy: Dave is this trope personified.
* TheDon: Frank D'Amico is a near-classic [[TheMafia mafioso]] crime lord.
* DuelingMovies: With ''{{Defendor}}''.
* EnfantTerrible: Although not evil, Hit-Girl is still sadistic enough to fall under this category.
* EnterStageWindow: Dave, before confessing to Katie he's Kick-Ass. This gets him his ass kicked by a surprised Katie.
* EpicFail: Dave's first outing as a superhero. He gets knifed by hoodlums, then run over by a car, and then [[MistakenForGay mistaken for a boywhore]]. Also, his attempt to [[CatUpATree save Mr. Bitey]].
* EqualOpportunityEvil: Used several times. Dave and his friends are repeatedly threatened by 2 thugs early on in the film. One black, one white. Later, Dave/Kick-ass goes to confront a drug dealer who had been harassing Katie. The dealer is black and his buddies consist of 4 other black guys, 2 white guys, and a white prostitute. Finally, Italian mobster Frank D'Amico has a gang filled with mostly Italians but his personal bodyguard is black.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Subverted. Turns out Joe only has standards on ''who'' is screwed over.
-->[Chris hands his father a list]
-->'''Frank D'Amico:''' What's this?
-->'''Chris D'Amico:''' That's everything I need. And you may have to screw someone over. Like Louie...
-->'''Big Joe:''' Louie? Whoa, Chris.
-->'''Chris D'Amico:''' Or somebody, it doesn't have to be Louie.
-->'''Big Joe:''' Tony.
-->'''Chris D'Amico:''' Tony!
-->'''Frank D'Amico:''' Tony?
-->'''Chris D'Amico:''' I've always hated Tony.
-->'''Big Joe:''' Yeah, fuck Tony. He's a scumbag.
-->'''Frank D'Amico:''' Tony.
** Also zig-zagged in that, at first, Frank was really trying not to get Chris dragged into the Mafia business.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Frank D'Amico obviously loves his son Chris, and although he expresses disappointment, he's seriously worried when he thinks Chris died in the warehouse's fire.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler: After Chris D'Amico decides to become a supervillain, he changes the color scheme of his costume to eerily patterned orange and dons a scary mask.]]
* EvilCounterpart: Several:
** Kick-Ass and Red Mist are both [[AscendedFanboy comic fanboys]] who are in way out of their depth. The difference is that Kick-Ass has [[TheCape purer motives]] that hearken back to the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks very first superheroes]], while Red Mist just wants to impress his dad by [[spoiler: using his [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy knowledge of superhero tropes]] to lure Kick-Ass into a trap.]]
** Red Mist also serves as a counterpart to Hit-Girl, in that both of them have parents that are involved in very dangerous work. But while Hit-Girl actually has her father's [[DaddysGirl love and approval]], Red Mist is a WellDoneSonGuy who spends the whole movie trying to impress his father, who ironically enough already tries to spend time with him doing normal things.
** Their parents are twisted mirrors of each other as well. Frank D'Amico is successful and acts relatively sane, but he also [[ColdBloodedTorture orders executions]] and even gets his own hands dirty when his men fail to get the job done. Big Daddy has been driven underground and is kind of creepy, but also comes across as far less of a bastard than the man he fights.
* EvilIsPetty: The two street thugs who rob Dave and Todd at the beginning of the film. When Todd tells them that his cell phone was already stolen, they take his comics instead just to throw their weight around, even though it's obvious they have no use for them.
* ExaggeratedTrope: As well as deconstructing superhero tropes, the movie plays many of them straight, but overblown to the point of absurdity.
* ExecutiveMeddling: {{Averted}}, or rather 'avoided'. It seems that before ending up in Lionsgate Studios, the producers of the movie tried several other studios who all had the same ultimatum: "We'll take it, if you drop Hit-Girl or make her 19." Thankfully, they didn't.
* ExecutiveSuiteFight: The climax of the film.
* FakeAmerican: Creator/AaronJohnson (Dave) and Mark Strong (Frank D'Amico) are both English. Also, Jason Flemyng and Dexter Fletcher, who play two of D'Amico's henchmen.
* FanService: Katie, [[HandOrObjectUnderwear semi-topless]], having Dave help her apply the self-tanner. Place your own "tanning cream" joke here.
* {{Fingore}}: Frank D'Amico's goons cut off a drug dealer's finger as a punishment for stealing cash and drugs from Frank, not believing him when he says that his coke was stolen by Big Daddy (or rather, a guy in a mask and cape but not Batman).
* ForeShadowing: Hit-Girl [[spoiler: blows David a kiss before she and Big Daddy leave his room.]] In Kick Ass 2, she [[spoiler: kisses David toward the end of the film, before leaving New York.]]
* FourthWallPsych: When D'Amico tells his chauffeur to get him and his son some snacks for their movie night, the shot is framed to make it look like he's speaking to the audience. Cut to the theater marquee, advertising "TheSpirit 3". PaintingTheMedium? (With a ShoutOut-cum-TakeThat to FrankMiller?)
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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: When Dave and his friends first see Red Mist on the News you can see Chris in the background, with obvious "Hey, look I'm on TV!" glee.
* GatlingGood: What the hell could gatling guns be an ''accessory'' to? [[spoiler:A MOTHER FUCKING JETPACK!]]
* GenreSavvy: Dave Lizewski is intimately familiar with superhero tropes and loves to [[LampshadeHanging comment on them]]. This doesn't keep him from believing, at first, that [[WrongGenreSavvy he is the superhero the world revolves around]]. Chris D'Amico, also a huge comic book junkie, uses his knowledge of the laws of genre [[spoiler: [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy to lure Dave into a trap by posing as a masked vigilante]] ]].
* GirlishPigtails: Mindy tends to wear them when out of her Hit-Girl costume.
* GodzillaThreshold: "That's it; I'm getting the bazooka."
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: Big Daddy. So what if he's rather crispy, his daughter's safe and has made him proud!]]
* {{Gorn}}: The movie's got bucketfuls of gore, and ''still'' manages to be less gory than the comic. Then again, red ink is cheaper than fake blood.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: One of Rasul's female hangers-on tries this against Hit Girl. [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice Bad move]].
* GunsAkimbo: Hit-Girl with a SIG Sauer P232 and a H&K USP Compact, in the climax.
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: Katie's hands cover ''most'' of her breasts. In the DVDCommentary, the director says that he shot "about sixty takes" of this scene.
* HeroicWannabe: Kick-Ass spawns a costumed superhero craze, so no wonder people start dressing up like him. [[spoiler: One of them is mistaken for the real one and murdered by Frank D'Amico]]. The fact that he is a superhero wannabe himself adds to the [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]]. [[spoiler: It also creates a SequelHook when it's mentioned at the end that various other masked crimefighters have started appearing.]]
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Big Daddy and Hit Girl. They adore each other very much, but her father raises her to be a foul-mouthed killing machine by training her from infancy, and the training includes testing body armor by shooting her with guns. Marcus, Big Daddy's former partner in NYPD, does not take it well.
* HonorBeforeReason: Dave/Kick Ass is this trope embodied [[YouNeedToGetLaid until he got a girlfriend]].
* HotForTeacher: At first, Dave [[ADateWithRosiePalms daydreams]] about boning his English teacher, who is somewhat {{MILF}}-ish. She seems to be at least somewhat aware of him staring at her boobs, but doesn't cover up her cleavage.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: A non-romantic example: Big Daddy and Hit-Girl. Also Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl to a lesser extent.
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: During the final fight, D'Amico's bodyguard finally gets a chance to quip, [[{{Scarface}} "Say hello to my little friend!"]]
* IconicOutfit: Invoked: Despite their obvious cheesiness, Kick-Ass' and Red Mist's costumes mimic old, cheesy superhero outfits.
* IdiotHero: At first, Dave is quite naive, not particularly bright... [[LampshadeHanging and aware of it]]. [[CharacterDevelopment He gets better]].
* IJustWantToBeSpecial
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Just like in the comic, Hit-Girl stabs a woman so hard her swords penetrate the door she's trying to escape through.
* ImprovisedWeapon: After Hit-Girl runs out of ammo, she throws the gun itself at a goon. It distracts him just long enough for her to take his gun and try and shoot him with it (turns out ''that'' gun was out, too). A couple minutes later, she uses a set of kitchen knives to take out the aforementioned goon.
* IndyPloy: Dave walks into a gang hangout to tell Razoul to stop bothering Kate. He's not ready with a response when Razoul asks him "or else what?"
* InstantExpert:
** [[spoiler: Apparently, it takes Kick-Ass about five minutes of reading the manual to master the use of the {{Jetpack}}. {{Lampshaded}} by Hit-Girl when she tells him she expects him to be able to use it without so much as a practice run. That being said, he does show up very late to the final assault...]]
** Averted by Big Daddy and Hit-Girl, who are shown to devote their entire lives to training their skills - and by Dave/Kick-Ass, who spends a typical movie-style length of time training (he mentions weeks) with no expert assistance, and is almost worthless in a fight.
* IronicEcho:
** In the beginning of the movie, we see what looks like our narrator about to fly and instead turns out to be an Armenian with a history of mental illness flattening a taxi-cab instead. In the final act [[spoiler:Kick-Ass really does fly, using a jetpack armed with a pair of gatling guns to save Hit-Girl.]]
** The comic contains the line "What works on the page doesn't always work on the screen."
* ItsAllMyFault: [[spoiler: Kick-Ass comes to this realization when he and Hit-Girl are heading to D'Amico's headquarters after Big Daddy's death; if he hadn't trusted Red Mist, Big Daddy wouldn't have gotten killed. Hit-Girl agrees with him.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Kick-Ass:''' If it wasn't for you, I'd be dead.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Hit-Girl:''' And if it wasn't for you, my dad wouldn't be.]]
* JailBaitWait: One of the few [[SarcasmMode wholesome]] versions of this trope as Todd, Dave's lanky friend, watches Hit-Girl single-handedly thwart Big Daddy and Kick-Ass's online execution, much to his chubby friend's [[{{Squick}} disgust]].
-->'''Todd:''' I think I'm in love with her, dude.
-->'''Marty:''' ...she looks like she's about eleven years old!
-->'''Todd:''' I don't care! I can ''wait''! I solemnly vow to save myself for her!
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Big Daddy and Hit-Girl. Despite their violent attitude, [[NeverHurtAnInnocent they never hurt innocent people]] and they're willing to help you if you need'em.
* {{Jetpack}}: [[spoiler: Kick-Ass uses a freakin' jetpack [[GatlingGood with dual mounted Gatling guns]] to defeat the mob.]]
* KarmaHoudini: The two street thugs who steal Dave's money and books in the beginning and who stab him when he first tries out the Kick-Ass identity disappear after that scene and never get their due.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: [[spoiler: Red Mist grabs a katana in the final showdown, going to slice Kick-Ass into bits. There were several other melee weapons around, and they were more accessible too. He took that katana out of some closet or locker and the way he seemed to revere it a bit as he took it suggests it was the best sword they had.]] [[spoiler: As a comic book geek himself, it would make some sense that he would ''think'' this.]]
* KickTheDog: Big Daddy and Hit Girl get one of D'Amico's goons to spill the goods on him by cuffing him to a car inside a compactor. Once he's [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness done talking]], Hit Girl [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness turns the compactor on]], squishing the mook into a bloody heap of scrap as he pleads for his life.
--> '''Hit-Girl''': What a douche.
* KidHero: Hit-Girl. And, technically, Kick-Ass.
* KidsAreCruel: Hit-Girl slaughters crooks and mobsters with huge gusto and a certain sadistic glee. However, she does not harm innocents, and loses her meanness while out of costume - just not her foul mouth.
* KidSidekick: Hit-Girl is a {{Deconstruction}}. The [[TrainingFromHell training]] she has undergone in order to mentally and physically stand up to grown men has left her as one '''screwed-up''' eleven-year-old. This comes through especially well considering that Big Daddy is actually a very caring parent outside of that training, and yet the movie still makes it clear that he's depriving Hit-Girl of her childhood, and is very much in the wrong for doing so.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Big Daddy and Frank D'Amico.]]
* KillerRabbit: In the movie's third act, D'Amico's goons learn that a cute schoolgirl with GirlishPigtails can be a [[LittleMissBadass gun-toting killing machine]].
* KingpinInHisGym: Frank D'Amico is seen practicing kung fu [[ChekhovsSkill (and being good at it)]] early in the movie.
* KnifeNut: Hit-Girl adores butterfly knives and swords, although she is a pretty good shot as well.
* LargeHam: NicolasCage is channeling [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot some unholy trinity]] of Creator/AdamWest, WilliamShatner and ChristopherWalken. Mark Strong also gobbles some scenery as [[EvilIsHammy the villain]]. Hell, even ''ChloeMoretz'' delivers a pound or two of delicious pork in several scenes. Let's say it's just a WorldOfHam.
* LaserGuidedTykebomb: Hit-Girl was raised with two purposes in life: A) kill criminals in general; B) kill the crime lord who wronged her father.
* LateToTheTragedy: Not sure how useful that [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] was going to be if it had been used 3 minutes earlier, but still...
* LenoDevice: Craig Ferguson of TheLateLateShow appears as himself talking about Kick-Ass's antics in his monologue.
* LighterAndSofter: The amount of tone change is probably too much to go into. Let's just say the comic pegs the dial for cynicism and cruelty, while the movie actually strives for optimism and compassion.
* LittleMissBadass: Hit-Girl, obviously. She's so badass, she makes the ScaryBlackMan [[spoiler: go for his Bazooka]]
* LittleMissSnarker: Much like in the comic, Hit-Girl is incredibly sarcastic and [[ClusterFBomb foul-mouthed]]. Which doubles in hilarity when you see the interview saying that ChloeMoretz (Hit-girl's actress) initially went for the part because her parents loved the script and showed it to her. ChloeMoretz insisted that on the set, she could only call it "the film" and at home, "Kick Butt". She herself was shocked at her role.
* LonelyRichKid:
** The [[ScaryBlackMan bodyguards]] that Frank D'Amico has for his son Chris never let any potential friends approach him. Also, Frank shuns Chris for being a comic book nerd and won't even let him partake in [[TheMafia "the family business",]] leading to him trying to combine two in one - taking on the role as Red Mist.
** Technically Hit-Girl as well, what with the $3 million she has in a suitcase.
* ThisLoserIsYou: The teenage characters are literally mouthbreathers. This is scaled ''back'' slightly from the comics. [[spoiler:Then this trope is told to fuck off once the final battle commences.]]
* LyricalDissonance: Brought [[UpToEleven to epic levels]] when Hit-Girl is introduced.
* MadeOfIron:
** Kick-Ass himself to a certain extent, as his nerve damage and surgical metal plates (the result of a hit-and-run) left him with an enhanced ability to take a serious beating.
** Hit Girl takes a horrific beating from two grown men... Then she wipes the blood off and she isn't even bruised.
* [[MafiaPrincess Mafia Prince and Queen]]: Chris/Red Mist and Mrs. D'Amico. Chris is aware that his father's a crimelord, apparently, and wants to be just like him but spends most of the movie without realizing just ''how terrible'' his father's deeds really are. Mrs. D'Amico gets too little screentime to tell if she knows or cares about her husband's exploits.
* TheMafiya: A member of the Russian Mafia meets [[YourHeadAsplode his gory doom]] [[LudicrousGibs in a microwave chamber]].
* MalevolentMaskedMen: The kidnappers appearing on the Kick-Ass and Big Daddy torture video all wore balaclavas, with the exception of one, who wears a red supervillain mask. Katie Deauxma, originally excited at the prospects of seeing a clean, good old fashioned retirement video starring Kick-Ass, stops smiling when she sees the masked goon introducing himself and his captives to the viewer. In a draft script posted on the internet, the "Baby Goon" brings supervillain masks, but the "Sporty Goon" rejects them and asks for balaclavas instead; however "Baby" gets to keep his supervillain mask.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: [[spoiler: Played straight. After revealing to Katie that he is Kick Ass in a situation GoneHorriblyWrong, she invited him to sleep with her and cements their relationship.]]
* MeaningfulName: D'Amico means "of a friend". Mob boss Frank D'Amico is anything but friendly, and his son Chris a.k.a. Red Mist becomes pals with Kick-Ass [[spoiler: to lure him into a trap]].
* MemeticBadass:
** In-universe: Kick-Ass becomes a sensation on [[TotallyRadical teh internetz]] after his second foray into superheroism. However, he doesn't become [[TookALevelInBadass truly badass]] until much later.
** [[LittleMissBadass Hit-Girl]] has achieved some level of this in RealLife. For values of 'real life' that include Internet forums.
* MissingMom: Dave's mother died of an aneurysm at breakfast one morning; his father has, as far as we see, never really adjusted. Mindy's mother, meanwhile, [[spoiler:committed suicide via pills from depression following her husband's arrest... while pregnant.]] It's a wonder why [[FreudianExcuse neither of them have a moral distinction in their behavior]].
* MistakenForBadass: Frank assumes that Kick-Ass is the one dismantling his operations because he's the only well-known costumed vigilante.
* MistakenForGay: This trope is carried over from the comic, [[spoiler: but in the end Kick-Ass explains to his girlfriend that he was straight all along and gets some poontang as a reward]].
* MoodWhiplash: The movie tends to swing between comedy and drama, particularly in the final act.
* MookHorrorShow: In the corridor scene during the climactic battle, the camera frequently shifts to an already jittery {{Mook}} lingering behind everyone else. Hit-Girl eventually gets to him, taking his gun and trying to shoot him with it. Since his gun turns out to be empty as well, we get to see just how shaken he is from the experience. He ''knows'' that Hit-Girl is backed into a corner and unarmed, and he '''still''' absolutely ''refuses'' to even go into the same room as her. The other Mooks have to hand him a fairly big gun and then hold him at gunpoint with an even ''bigger'' gun to get him to finally face her again. [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice It doesn't go well.]]
* MuggingTheMonster: [[spoiler: At the end of the film Hit Girl is attending regular school for the first time as a civilian. Dave remarks that she doesn't need him looking out for her as we see Hit Girl beating up bullies attempting to rob her lunch money.]]
* MurderDotCom: Frank D'Amico plans to stream the execution of [[spoiler: Kick-Ass and Big Daddy]] live on the internet in place of [[spoiler:Kick-Ass's unmasking.]] [[spoiler: Too bad it gets reversed.]] Furthermore, his son had set up a [[MagicalSecurityCam nanny-cam disguised as a teddy bear]] to record Kick-Ass's unmasking at the lumber yard. Too bad for the goons that Big Daddy showed up first.
* NamesTheSame: Mindy [=McCready=] is the name of a country singer
* NerdGlasses: Dave Lizewski and his chubby friend wear them. [[TheGlassesGottaGo For obvious reasons, Dave ditches them as he grows more and more badass.]]
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistfight: Even Hit-Girl can't manage more than [[OnlyAFleshWound flesh wounds]] against [[spoiler: Frank D'Amico]]
* NeverTrustATrailer: The movie, while still funny and brilliant throughout, actually has a whole lot more drama and tragedy than the trailers show and is much more akin to ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' than your typical Michael Cera teen comedy. Which makes sense considering this trope also applied to the ''Watchmen'' movie itself. [[spoiler:They also imply that Red Mist is genuinely a hero, as opposed to being TheMole.]]
* NoKillLikeOverkill: "Fuck this. I'm getting the bazooka." And shortly after that, [[spoiler: Dave uses miniguns mounted on a jetpack. And then blows up Frank D'amico with the aforementioned bazooka.]]
* NoSocialSkills: Hit Girl; her last scene is [[spoiler:the [[HomeschooledKids first time she's ever been to a regular school]]]].
* TheObiWan: [[spoiler: Big Daddy is this to Hit-Girl and, to a much lesser extent, Kick-Ass.]]
* OhCrap:
** Basically whenever Big Daddy or Hit-Girl make an appearance.
** Kick-Ass manages to invoke one when [[spoiler:he arrives with the minigun-armed jetpack]].
** Hit-Girl gets one of her own: [[spoiler:Bazooka?!]]
* OneManArmy
** Hit Girl. Big Daddy is usually there since they work together, but she can handle a lot by herself. [[spoiler:When Big Daddy and Kick-Ass are captured, she is forced to as well.]]
** Big Daddy. It shows most prominently [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK0DUHlNdzs during the warehouse footage scene]]. Both Big Daddy and Hit-Girl make Kick-Ass look ''very'' incompetent in comparison [[spoiler:until Kick-Ass starts to work towards becoming a more effective hero in the final fight against Frank D'Amico.]]
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Creator/AaronJohnson plays Kick-Ass and does pretty well with the American accent for the most part, but his English inflections come through occasionally.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Dave Lizewski, who becomes the [[BadassNormal non-superpowered]] superhero Kick Ass. [[spoiler:Hit-Girl also eventually becomes, um, nothing at all like this.]]
* OverlordJr: [[spoiler:Chris D'Amico/Red Mist at the end.]]
* OvershadowedByAwesome: This happens to Kick-Ass when he meets Hit-Girl and Big Daddy and understands that they are infinitely more {{badass}} than him.
* PapaWolf: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] when Hit-Girl goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge to save her dad. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, she is too late.]]
* TheParagon: Kick-Ass prides himself on inspiring people to help each other and believe in truth, justice... you get the idea. He tries to quit after realizing he was barely even an amateur next to highly-skilled superheroes like Hit-Girl and Big Daddy.
* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler:Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl retire from superheroism after the final battle, citing that the number of new masked superheroes can continue the crusade]].
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Big Daddy and Hit-Girl demonstrate this trope quite a bit throughout the movie.
* ThePeepingTom: The hidden camera-bear was originally used by Frank D'Amico to spy on the nanny - while she was changing, showering, etc.
* PetTheDog: Though it ultimately costs him and the other mooks their lives, when one of D'Amico's door guards sees Hit-Girl (in disguise as a student) standing outside the door, he immediately tries to help her, even admonishing his fellow employees for their apathy.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Hit-Girl, who severs limbs with ease. [[spoiler:Subverted in the final confrontation: Frank one-hits her into near unconsciousness.]]
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Aside from a few isolated incidents and the final battle, Kick-Ass doesn't actually do a lot of heroic deeds. Noted by Big Daddy and Hit-Girl.
* PlayingAgainstType:
** [[{{Superbad}} Christopher Mintz-Plasse]] normally plays the PluckyComicRelief -- here, he's a LonelyRichKid desperately seeking a WellDoneSonGuy, and when he [[spoiler: doesn't, he becomes the world's first masked supervillain]].
** The Sequel takes it further with JimCarrey playing Colonel Stars and Stripes - a no-nonsense former Mafioso-turned-Superhero with a thick Brooklyn accent.
* PluckyGirl: Hit-Girl.
* PoorMansPorn: While Dave describes his life of masturbation, first it's an EroticDream with the [[GagBoobs well-endowed]] English teacher, then some NationalGeographicNudity of African tribewomen.
* PopGoesTheHuman: The {{Mook}} who gets shoved into an industrial microwave, who is the same mook that claimed that Fingore Mook was selling him D'Amico's coke. Even after Fingore Mook was killed.
* PosthumousNarration: Played with. Dave hilariously breaks the fourth wall during the torture scene, telling the audience that now they're obviously assuming he'll make it since he's alive to narrate it. He then proceeds to call them a bunch of smartasses and name a bunch of other movies that happen to be narrated by dead/dying characters.
* PornStash: When Red Mist sets the security camera disguised as a teddybear to play back the camera footage of Big Daddy, all the other video clips have thumbnails of a partially-dressed woman.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The film version hews close to the book, but is its own beast. For the most part, things are changed to be more idealistic or happier endings. If they'd kept it any closer to the original, it'd lean into a Watchmen-style "so-the-same-it's-almost-pointless-to-have-two-versions" adaptation. Some notable changes included:
** The paramedics taking off the wetsuit instead of Dave doing it himself. Explained away by him asking one of the paramedics to promise not to tell.
** In the film, Dave becomes a Superhero because he was disgusted over how no one actually takes a stand against in-justice. In the comics, he was just bored and thought it would be fun.
** The movie actually has Dave hook up with Katie Deauxma, whereas in the comic he didn't. This is largely due to the difference in the approach he takes. In the comic, he confessed his love for her ''in public'', completely embarrassing her and getting her angry enough to call over her boyfriend to kick his ass. Here he ''gets down on his knees'' in private and tells her that she deserves better. He says that he hates himself for lying to her and honestly doesn't expect her to care. When she does invite him to stay, it's actually heartwarming. Though he still decided sneak into her room in true stalker fashion. And got hairspray to the eyes and a thorough walloping with a tennis racket for it. Also note that in this version, Katie isn't the absolute ''bitchwhore'' she is in the comic.
** Big Daddy's backstory actually ''has'' him as a hero cop instead of his gigantic lie in the comics. At least he dies knowing Hit Girl was alive. The movie portrays him more sympathetically, but still makes it clear he's being a douche for ruining his daughter's childhood. At least he was doing it ''for'' something, as opposed to the comic version, whose reason for screwing his daughter up can be summed up as "Man, wouldn't this be ''awesome''?" The movie even appears it's going to play Big Daddy's background straight at first until Big Daddy's former cop partner confirms it on screen.
** Red Mist is portrayed with a lot more sympathy, simply wanting to help his father and maybe hang out with Kick-Ass. He actually regrets what happens to Kick-Ass instead of getting totally excited about it like his comic counterpart. This helps him avoid becoming a Complete Monster, as he did in the comics. At the end, he takes over his father's business and becomes the first costumed supervillain. In the comics, he becomes an InternetToughGuy. Both ''do'' share the same obscene name after this happens, however.
** Hit-Girl being 15 in the second film (see AgeLift above). It's been several years, Chloe Moretz has [[{{Understatement}}grown up noticeably.]]
* PrisonsAreGymnasiums: [[spoiler: In Big Daddy's autobiographical comic book, he is shown working out like crazy when doing his time in jail.]]
* PunchClockVillain: Chris D'Amico and Dave are both comic book nerds, they get along pretty well when Dave thinks Red Mist is a good guy, and Chris begs his father not to hurt Kick-Ass as he's convinced he's just a harmless nobody.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "I'll tell you who owes her a childhood! '''FRANK! D'AMICO!!'''"
* QuoteSwearUnquote: "Show's over ''motherfuckers''".
* RatedMForManly
* RealityEnsues / RuleOfCool: The first act of the movie shows what's it like to be a vigilante in the real world, especially if you are a teenage nerd with no fighting skills wearing a silly costume. However, the second act introduces incredibly powerful, highly badass superheroes who can do crazy shit by virtue of CharlesAtlasSuperpower, and the third act is an unashamed love letter to awesome, reality-defying superheroics.
* RealityIsUnrealistic:
** On the commentary track, director Matthew Vaughn talks about how amazed he was during a test at what he could see through SAS night specs. They ended up putting a green tinge on the night vision scenes to let the audience know what was going on.
** He also talks about the flames during [[spoiler: Big Daddy's death]] and how he wasn't happy with the CGI fire because it "always looks fake". So they shot real flames at 1,000 frames per second and put them over the scene, just to find out that it looked exactly the same.
* {{Reconstruction}}: Another interpretation of the movie, as pointed out by [[http://chud.com/articles/articles/23386/1/REVIEW-KICK-ASS-DEVIN039S-SECOND-TAKE/Page1.html this review]]. The film acknowledges that superhero tropes can be moronically ridiculous when applied to RealLife and mocks them for it. Somewhere during the second act, however, it swerves off into [[{{Troperrific}} classic superhero tale]] territory, and, while keeping its tongue-in-cheek tone, revels in [[ExaggeratedTrope intentionally overblown]] superheroic exploits.
* RecycledSoundtrack: The main theme is from ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'', Big Daddy's theme from ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''.
* RedRightHand: Frank D'Amico's scar.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: It's implied that Damon [=McCready=]/Big Daddy realizes his mistakes like training his daughter to be a death machine. In fact, when she says him he's the best father in the world, he, just before dying answers "No. I just love you"]].
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: For half the movie, we know that Big Daddy and Hit-Girl got something important and expensive delivered, and it has gatlings attached to it. We finally get to the big battle scene, and Hit-Girl is cornered behind a desk, and it's the perfect time for a BigDamnHeroes moment, and then Kick-Ass enters... ''rising into'' the scene from the ''bottom'' of the window, and this scene is taking place in a skyscraper, and he's riding a ''jetpack'', and he blows away a room full of {{Mook}}s with ''miniguns'' on the ''shoulders'' to the tune of ''Battle Hymn of the Republic'' as sung by Elvis Presley!]]
* RoaringRampageOfRescue: Hit-Girl. Turns into a RoaringRampageOfRevenge once [[spoiler: Big Daddy gets killed]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Big Daddy against Frank D'Amico, going as far as training his own young daughter to be [[LaserGuidedTykebomb a brutal vigilante that will avenge him and his wife one day]]. [[spoiler: Once Frank D'Amico gets offed, [[YouKilledMyFather his son]] Chris/Red Mist swears to [[CycleofRevenge get his own]] against Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl [[SequelHook in a sequel]].]] Hit-Girl at the end of the film as well.
* RoofHopping: Dave decides against doing this, because the roofs are too far apart. Hit-Girl and Big Daddy, on the other hand, [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower do it with ease]]; when Kick-Ass sees them doing it, he understands he's hopelessly OvershadowedByAwesome.
* RRatedOpening: Starts with a crazy man jumping off a building wearing a bird-themed superhero costume and going splat. Next, Dave narrates his life of chronic masturbation. Both scenes utterly ''fail'' to convey just how much [[UpToEleven over-the-top]] [[CrossesTheLineTwice squick & violence]] the viewer is getting into. Followed by a training scene of Damon[=/=]Big Daddy [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood shooting Mindy in her bulletproof vest]] to [[TrainingFromHell toughen her up]]. Which scratches the surface but '''fails''' again.
* RunningGag: The [[spoiler:bazooka]], of all things, becomes one towards the end.
* RuleThirtyFour: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]]. Dave states that Paris Hilton is more inspiring to people than {{Spider-Man}} because she has a porn tape and he doesn't. Of course, he knows nothing about ''One Night In Spidey"...
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Big-Daddy]].
* ScaryBlackMan: Rasul's and Frank's bodyguards are huge black guys with an unfriendly attitude [[spoiler: and a bazooka in the latter case]].
* SecretKeeper:
** Marcus, Damon's former partner in the NYPD, is fully aware of Big Daddy & Hit-Girl's identities.
** When everyone else in school is under the impression that Dave's gay, Todd & Marty are fully aware that he's not. Of course, the only people they're actually keeping it a secret from are Katie & Erica.
** [[spoiler:Dave reveals that he's Kick-Ass to Katie.]]
* SelfDefenseless: Kick-Ass' taser against Razoul's forehead.
* SequelHook
* ShoutOut:
** The scene where Kick-Ass attempts to jump the roof is the same roof used in ''Film/{{Spider-Man}}''.
** The movie ends with [[spoiler:Red Mist]] quoting SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker from Tim Burton's ''Film/{{Batman}}''. "Wait till they get a load of me."
** A line from ''[[{{Frankenstein}} Bride Of Frankenstein]]''.
** Music from ''The DollarsTrilogy'' as Hit Girl enters the mafia safehouse.
** Hit Girl's nightvision rampage resembles ModernWarfare 2's multiplayer, where Hit-Girl's apparently using a H&K USP Compact with a tactical knife attachment. Which is what some criminals were playing earlier on in the film.
** Dave was partly distraught about the prospect of his death because he won't get to see what happens on ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
** Dave points out that his narrating the film doesn't guarantee his survival by name checking several films that have featured posthumous narration.
--> "If you're reassuring yourself that I'm going to make it through this since I'm talking to you now, quit being such a smart-ass! Hell dude, you never seen ''ComicBook/SinCity''? ''Film/AmericanBeauty''? ''Film/SunsetBoulevard''?"
** "With no power comes no responsibility" references [[ComesGreatResponsibility the famous mantra]] of the Spider-Man franchise.
** '''"I WILL AVENGE YOU, MOTHER!!!!"''' in a style reminiscent of Peter Parker lurking around ol' Uncle Ben's grave in said Spider-Man franchise. And then you get told off by Dave for expecting that.
** ''ScottPilgrim'' is among the many comics mentioned by name; coincidentally, the first trailer for ''ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' was attached to ''Kick-Ass''.
** In the same scene, the shojo manga magazine ''Shojo Beat'' is mentioned.
** Big Daddy name-drops JohnWoo while quizzing Hit Girl.
** The microwave chamber torture scene is lifted almost wholesale from the Film/JamesBond movie ''Film/LicenceToKill'', but in that movie it was a decompression chamber. [[YourHeadAsplode Same effect, though.]] In light of this, the car crushing scene is likely a shout out to ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''
** When Kick-Ass dons his costume for the first time, this is accompanied by upbeat music resembling JohnWilliams' Film/{{Superman}} march. Also, when Red Mist rides through the city in the Mist Mobile, the soundtrack heavily resembles the Batman theme from [[Film/{{Batman}} the Tim Burton movies]].
** The {{Mook}} that [[spoiler: gets thrown under a bus to establish Red Mist as a superhero]] is named Tony Romita. John Romita Sr. was the second penciler on the original {{Spider-Man}} comic book and one of the most influential and best-known. His son, John Romita Jr., is also a comic book artist well-known for his own take on Spider-Man and, of course, the ''ComicBook/{{Kick-Ass}}'' comic book itself.
** The shoot-out in darkness is one big 'Hello!' to ''{{Equilibrium}}''.
** The music that plays during [[spoiler:Big Daddy's assault on the warehouse]] and [[spoiler:the end of the pitch-black shoot-out]] are the themes from ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' and Film/{{Sunshine}}, both directed by DannyBoyle.
** The yellow car driven by Dexter Fletcher's character is the same one his character drove in LayerCake, also directed by Matthew Vaughn. Both characters are called Cody.
** Chris's bodyguard exclaims he's always wanted to yell [[{{Scarface}} "SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND!!"]] as he's [[spoiler: preparing to shoot Hit-Girl with a Mk 153 Mod 0 SMAW ]].
** After he gets numerous metal implants to reinforce his broken bones, Dave is compared to {{Wolverine}}.
** For those of you who watched the 2003 {{anime}} series ''[[DotHack .hack//Dusk]]'', look ''very'' carefully in the background of the comic book store and you'll see a cardboard cutout of Rena in the background, as well as several ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} posters.
** In one scene Dave and his friends are reading an issue of ''The Comicbook/{{Runaways}}''.
** When Dave is leaving the hospital, his Dad puts a copy of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' in his bag.
** [[Film/{{Spider-Man}} Who am I? I'm Kick-Ass!]]
** When Kick-Ass tries on his costume for the first time: "[[TaxiDriver You talkin' to me?]]"
** Hit-Girl's way of slaughtering her adversaries is similar to [[KillBill The Bride's modus operandi]].
* SkirtOverSlacks: Hit-Girl's hero costume.
* SmallGirlBigGun: Averted by Hit-Girl. Although she has her father's extensive arsenal at her disposal, her weapons of choice are pistols like the SIG Sauer P232 and H&K USP Compact that fit her small hands. Realistically, any larger firearm would be very difficult for someone of her size to operate well.
* SociopathicHero: Hit-Girl and Big Daddy.
* SoundtrackDissonance:
** Hit-Girl's introduction. Nothing says "a little girl slaughtering an apartment" like the theme song of a [[TheBananaSplits children's television show.]]
** Torture scenes being accompanied by "Theatre/TheMarriageOfFigaro".
* StarMakingRole: Hit-Girl, for ChloeMoretz.
* StringTheory: Big Daddy has one of these, with the strings converging on Frank d'Amico, which Hit-Girl turns into an impromptu [[DartboardOfHate Shuriken-Board of Hate.]]
* SuperheroesWearCapes: Played straight with Big Daddy, Hit-Girl and Red Mist. Kick-Ass tries wearing a cape, but quickly tears it off, understanding that it would make his already moronic costume even sillier.
* SuperheroPackingHeat: Hit-Girl and Big Daddy. And Kick-Ass in the final showdown.
* SupportingProtagonist: Though he does start off the movie, Kick-Ass kinda takes a back seat in the action and the movie seems to be stolen by Hit Girl and Big Daddy.
* TheSyndicate: Frank D'Amico's crime empire.
* TenMinuteRetirement: [[spoiler:Dave briefly retires from being Kick-Ass after he realizes he's in over his head. He's convinced to pick up the mask again to help Red Mist and later Hit-Girl. It seems like he and Hit-Girl are going to retire from superheroism for good in the ending, if not for the blatant SequelHook]].
* ThemeNaming: According the end credits, Frank D'amico's main {{Mook}}s are called [[Music/SpiceGirls Sporty, Scary, Posh, Ginger, and Baby]].
* TheRevealPromptsRomance: Between Dave and Katie.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Marty and Todd
* ThouShaltNotKill: Averted by Hit-Girl and Big Daddy (who, ironically, wears a costume reminiscent of [[Franchise/{{Batman}} a superhero]] known for his "no kills" code). Kick-Ass, being TheCape, seems to believe in the code but throws it out of the window in the final act. [[spoiler:Red Mist, at first, appears to be reluctant to kill innocents, but then ''gets into his father's business'']].
* TimeSkip: Utilized in [[{{Sequel}} The Sequel]] - Mindy and Dave are now 15 and 18 (nearly 19) respectively - due to [[ChloeMoretz Chloe Moretz']] [[{{Understatement}} obvious aging]] between films.
* {{Tomboy}}: Hit-Girl's favourite toys are knives and guns, and she has [[ClusterFBomb quite a potty mouth]]. Sometimes, she pretends to be a "girly girl" to prank her father.
* TookALevelInBadass: Kick-Ass goes from being beaten by street hoodlums to beating street hoodlums to committing some genuine badassery at the end.
* TragicHero: [[spoiler: Big Daddy. First, as a cop, his reputation is destroyed by Frank D'Amico, then his wife commits suicide. All this turns him into a violent VigilanteMan, although he is still a good man inside. At the end, he tragically dies, leaving Hit-Girl the goal of finishing his personal vendetta.]]
* TrainingFromHell: Though not explicitly shown, it's logical to assume Hit-Girl underwent this. It doesn't help that Big Daddy educates her on being shot by ''actually shooting her'' (she's wearing a BulletProofVest). For whatever it's worth, he admits to using low-velocity rounds when she says that getting shot by actual criminals was more painful.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour:
** Hit Girl is a 12 year old girl who has a fondness for [[KnifeNut knives]], {{Cluster F Bomb}}s, and can brutally and efficiently murder gangsters and mooks. But of course she was [[{{Tykebomb}} raised to be a brutal vigilante]] by her father Big Daddy.
** Even funnier when Big Daddy himself considers Hit-Girl ''acting like a normal girl'' troubling.[[hottip:*:"I'm just fucking with you, daddy."]]
* UglyHeroGoodLookingVillain: The geeky and nerdy Dave/Kick Ass and the suave crime lord Frank D'Amico played by MarkStrong.
* UnorthodoxReload: Hit-Girl reloads her pistols ''by catching the mid-air magazines.''
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Frank doesn't react too much to his bodyguard bringing back a bazooka.
* VillainousBreakdown: In the wake of Big Daddy and Hit Girl's continued disruption of his business, Frank D'Amico starts using drugs again and kills a Kick-Ass impersonator in broad daylight, both of which cause his [[TheDragon Dragon]] serious concern.
* WaifFu: Averted somewhat by Hit Girl. She relies a lot on the use of weapons (including knuckledusters) and dismembers low-ranking thugs with ease, and when faced with an opponent who is equally skilled at hand-to-hand combat but has the distinct advantage in terms of height and weight, she's actually only barely able to keep up.
* WallOfWeapons:
** A room of Hit Girl and Big Daddy's house is decorated like this.
** And again at one of their safehouses (though we can probably assume ''all'' their safehouses are like this).
* WellDoneSonGuy: Red Mist to Frank D'Amico. Interestingly enough it starts to turn into a subversion as it's obvious D'Amico loves him and worries about his safety and is quite proud when Red Mist comes up with an evil scheme of his own...and then his last words are [[spoiler: "I wish I had a son like you." to Hit-Girl. ]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** Angie D'Amico vanishes without trace halfway through the movie, but her role is extremely small and often goes unnoticed.
** Vic Gigante, the corrupt NYPD cop on Frank's payroll, isn't seen again after he sets the NYPD after Big Daddy after it becomes apparent that ''he'' was the one killing Frank's men.
* WhatTheHellHero: Several, but most notably when Big Daddy gets called out on raising his daughter to be a vigilante, depriving her of her childhood. Though he does say that [[BigBad Frank D'Amico]] owes her a childhood, implying that he really deeply down wants his daughter to have a childhood, but raised her to become a vigilante to help her protect herself in case anything ever happened to him.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Rasul dates Katie and later has a {{Stripperiffic}} white girl on his arm.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: HandWaved: Hit-Girl and her Big Daddy buy weapons and cool gizmos [[spoiler: like a jetpack (Big Daddy installed the gatling guns later)]] off the Net. Hit-Girl is shown stuffing mob money into a sack early on, revealing where they get the funding. Kick-Ass orders his costume on a diving supply site and the batons on Ebay. Red Mist's CoolCar and costume [[spoiler:are provided by his mobster daddy]].
* WhoAreYou: Used a couple times; most notably when Kick-Ass saves the guy outside the store, and the guy with the camera phone says it:
-->'''Bystander:''' Dude, who are you?\\
'''Dave:''' I'm ''Kick-Ass''.
* WideEyedIdealist: Dave Lizewski, to the point of being an IdiotHero.
* WimpFight:
** [[spoiler:Red Mist vs Kick-Ass. Neither of them are willing to harm each other - or know ''how'' to harm each other, which leads to little more than slapping and rolling on the floor.]]
** Kick-Ass' second fight, the one that makes him [[MemeticMutation an internet sensation in-universe]], goes like this at first.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Big Daddy, a rare heroic version.]]
* XMeetsY: ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' meets {{Superbad}} meets ''Film/TheGreenHornet'' meets QuentinTarantino.
* YouBastard: Possible in-universe example when Hit-Girl cuts off the stream with "Show's over, motherfuckers."
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Mindy [=McCready=] wears a noxiously patterned purple wig as a part of her Hit-Girl costume.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Frank D'Amico has one of his men executed for botching a drug deal. He doesn't believe the man's pleas that a lone mystery man was responsible.
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: Frank D'Amico drove Hit-Girl's mother to suicide and later orchestrated her father's murder. Hit-Girl attempts to kill Frank in retribution, but it is Kick-Ass who deal the final blow... turning Frank's son Chris "Red Mist" D'Amico into [[CreateYourOwnVillain a vengeful costumed supervillain]].]]
* YouLeaveHimAlone: What Dave shouts to give himself the courage to defend a mugging victim from being murdered by 3 thugs.
* YouWannaGetSued: The goons trying to describe Big Daddy in the movie. Subverted promptly:
--> ''"[[NotUsingTheZWord I never said he looked like Batman!!!]]"''
--> ''"Oh, so he's {{Superman}}?"''
* ZigZaggingTrope: In this movie, superhero tropes bounce in all directions, from deadly straight usage to [[DoubleSubversion double-subverted]] with a whiff of {{deconstruction}} and parody, all [[LampshadeHanging wrapped in a huge lampshade]].
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15th Sep '13 2:37:11 AM SeptimusHeap
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[[Film/{{Kick-Ass 2}} A sequel was released]] on August 15th, 2013, adding JimCarrey and IainGlen to the cast. Put tropes for that film on its own page.

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[[Film/{{Kick-Ass 2}} [[Film/KickAss2 A sequel was released]] on August 15th, 2013, adding JimCarrey and IainGlen to the cast. Put tropes for that film on its own page.
9th Sep '13 5:28:35 AM EnigmaLord
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* AdaptationDisplacement: Most people seem to know more about the film more than they know about the comic.
9th Sep '13 5:27:39 AM EnigmaLord
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* AdaptationDisplacement: Most people seem to know more about the film more than they know about the comic.
9th Sep '13 12:17:20 AM EnigmaLord
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** Frank D'Amico's [[IKnowKarate knowledge of kung fu]]. [[spoiler: Also, Big-Daddy is shown shooting Hit-Girl in the chest at the beginning, so she won't be surprised when it happens for real. It does.]]

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** Frank D'Amico's [[IKnowKarate knowledge of kung fu]].Wing Chun]]. [[spoiler: Also, Big-Daddy is shown shooting Hit-Girl in the chest at the beginning, so she won't be surprised when it happens for real. It does.]]
28th Aug '13 11:57:16 AM Farnham
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* EvilIsPetty: The two street thugs who rob Dave and Todd at the beginning of the film. When Todd tells them that his cell phone was already stolen, they take his comics instead just to throw their weight around, even though it's obvious they have no use for them.
26th Aug '13 3:08:41 PM raizumichin
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* EqualOpportunityEvil: Used several times. Dave and his friends are repeatedly threatened by 2 thugs early on in the film. One black, one white. Later, Dave/Kick-ass goes to confront a drug dealer who had been harassing Katie. The dealer is black and his buddies consist of 4 other black guys, 2 white guys, and a white slut. Finally, Italian mobster Frank D'Amico has a gang filled with mostly Italians but his personal bodyguard is black.

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* EqualOpportunityEvil: Used several times. Dave and his friends are repeatedly threatened by 2 thugs early on in the film. One black, one white. Later, Dave/Kick-ass goes to confront a drug dealer who had been harassing Katie. The dealer is black and his buddies consist of 4 other black guys, 2 white guys, and a white slut.prostitute. Finally, Italian mobster Frank D'Amico has a gang filled with mostly Italians but his personal bodyguard is black.
19th Aug '13 9:18:30 AM Mooncinder
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* TragicHero: [[spoiler: Big Daddy. First, as a cop, has his reputation destroyed by Frank D'Amico, then his wife committed suicide. All this turns him into a violent, but sill a good man inside, VigilanteMan. At the end he tragically dies burned leaving Hit-Girl the goal to finish his personal vengeance]].

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* TragicHero: [[spoiler: Big Daddy. First, as a cop, has his reputation is destroyed by Frank D'Amico, then his wife committed commits suicide. All this turns him into a violent, but sill violent VigilanteMan, although he is still a good man inside, VigilanteMan. inside. At the end end, he tragically dies burned dies, leaving Hit-Girl the goal to finish of finishing his personal vengeance]].vendetta.]]
19th Aug '13 8:59:10 AM Mooncinder
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** The scene where Kick-Ass attempts to jump the roof is the same roof used in ''Film/Spider-Man''.

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** The scene where Kick-Ass attempts to jump the roof is the same roof used in ''Film/Spider-Man''.''Film/{{Spider-Man}}''.
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