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[[caption-width-right:218:Tunk you, asshole!]]

->''It didn't take a trauma to make you wear a mask. It didn't take [[Franchise/{{Batman}} your parents getting shot]] or [[ComicBook/FantasticFour cosmic rays]] or a [[Franchise/GreenLantern power ring]]. Just the perfect combination of loneliness and despair.''

In a nutshell, ''Kick-Ass'' (the comic) is about the notion of comic book fanboys moonlighting as superheroes. A teenage outcast decides to become a superhero, leading him to meet other would-be heroes, most notably Big Daddy and his AxCrazy daughter Hit Girl. Also in the mix is the Red Mist, a hero with a secret.

Writen by MarkMillar and penciled by John Romita Jr., and published by Marvel.

A sequel was serialized in ''[=CLiNT=]''.

It should be noted that the comics have a slightly odd book numbering scheme. ''Kick-Ass'' (i.e., the first volume) was Book 1, but the ending of ''Kick-Ass 2'' revealed that that sequel was actually Book ''3''. This segued into the ''Hit-Girl'' interquel, written later but designated as Book 2. ''Kick-Ass 3'' followed, set after ''Kick-Ass 2''.

Compare with {{Domestico}}, a very similar comic in both story and design, released one year prior.

Adapted into [[TheFilmOfTheBook a]] [[Film/{{KickAss}} film]] in 2010.

Not to be confused with the trope LiteralAssKicking.

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!!Provides Examples Of:
* AlasPoorVillain: John Genovese, sort of. Big Daddy drove him nearly to madness, and all because [[spoiler: Big Daddy wanted to live his childhood fantasy and choose him as the villain]].
* AscendedFanboy: Kick-Ass, who is a massive comic book geek. So is Red Mist, [[spoiler:even though he wants to be the villain.]] Also, [[spoiler:Big Daddy; he financed his vigilantism by selling classic comic books like [[SpiderMan Amazing Fantasy #15]]...]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* AvengersAssemble: Said verbatim by Hit-Girl, albeit with a PrecisionFStrike in the middle, at the end of Volume 2 #6.
* AvertedTrope: MarkMillar wrote Kick-Ass sustaining highly visible injuries such as a black eye and inflamed soft tissue to defy the way comic books and Hollywood films depict people [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished still looking like handsome, attractive A-listers]] [[MadeOfIron after taking multiple punches to the face]].
* AwfulTruth: see BasedOnAGreatBigLie below.
* BadassFamily: Hit Girl and Big Daddy.
* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: In-universe. [[spoiler:Big Daddy is not an ex-cop whose wife got killed. In fact, he was an accountant whose wife hated him so much that he decided to run off with his baby daughter and start a new life as a superhero]].
* BigDamnHeroes: Hit Girl pulls this after she disappears by [[spoiler:being shot and falling into the water. The mobsters assume that NoOneCouldSurviveThat, and assume she's dead. This allows her to sneak up on them just in time to save Kick-Ass from getting killed.]]
* BigOMG: Hit Girl issue #3 is titled '''OMG!'''
* BlackComedy: The scene where [[spoiler:Big Daddy shoots Hit Girl and explains that it won't hurt.]]
** Pretty much the entire comic.
** Notable example in the sequel, book 4: [[spoiler:Red Mist/The Motherfucker's crack about iCarly losing a few viewers]], [[spoiler:during his suburban massacre]]
** The Motherfucker's line before [[spoiler:Gangraping Katie]]
-->'''The Motherfucker: [[spoiler: You're done banging superheroes baby, it's time to see what evil dick tastes like.]]
* BodyguardBabes / [[CadreOfForeignBodyguards Cadre of Foreign Bodyguard]]: In this case, it's the singular Mother Russia to Red Mist[[note]] now re-christened as The Motherfucker[[/note]], in volume 2
* ButterFace: In the sequel, Mother Russia.
* {{Callback}}: At one point, Dave's friends [[SeinfeldianConversation decide to invent a new curse]], and come up with 'tunk' to refer to a cock and balls; specifically, they intend it to be the male equivalent of 'cunt'. They resolve to drop it into as many conversations as they can. In the last issue, [[spoiler:John Genovese is shot in the crotch, and exclaims "He just shot me in the fucking tunk!"]].
* CanonImmigrant: Marcus, the cop ex-partner of Big Daddy, was a character specifically created for the movie. He was written into the sequel as [[spoiler:Hit-Girl's cop step-father.]]
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Big Daddy and Hit-Girl (in particular) are capable of crazy stunts and incredible exploits by virtue of good ol' training and perseverance. Kick-Ass and Red Mist are certainly aware of the trope, but don't get anywhere near that.
* CheerfulChild: Hit Girl, despite killing people.
* ChildSoldier: Hit Girl, though she's aware of it and doesn't seem to mind at all. [[spoiler:Until her father gets killed, after which Kick-Ass helps her track down her mother so she can live a normal life.]] Also, in a realistic twist on the trope, the bad guys have absolutely no problem with trying to kill her. The two most heinous examples are when [[spoiler:they shoot her in the back with "a hundred bullets" (which she recovered from) and whacking her in the head with a meat hammer. To be fair, however, she had already done much, ''much'' worse to them.]]
* CleanCut: Hit Girl's swords are implausibly sharp for a comic that claims to be set in reality. There's also the fact that even a grown adult wouldn't be able to generate enough force to cut through bone in one swing (at least with those weapons), let alone a ten year old girl.
* ClusterFBomb: Characters curse almost as much as real teenagers.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Kick-Ass gets a car battery hooked up to his testicles.
* ColdOpening: Kick-Ass in the first few panels is being tortured by men in suits in the opening, and begins a narrative...
* ContestWinnerCameo: Kind of, but going a bit beyond it: Dave Lizewski, winner of a charity auction and contest to name the main character, named him after ''himself.'' Which is rather fortunate because he could have named the character anything from [[KungPow Betty]] to Captain Ass if he wanted to.
* CorruptionOfAMinor: Big Daddy's methods of raising Hit Girl certainly fit this.
* CrapsackWorld: Oh yeah. And it's "[[YouSuck ours]]".
* CrusadingWidower: Big Daddy [[spoiler:isn't.]]
* DeceptiveLegacy: Big Daddy tells Hit Girl that her mother was killed by the mob, fueling their Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the Genovese family. It's revealed however,[[spoiler: that her mother is very much alive, and Big Daddy simply snuck off with her when she was an infant, so he could raise her to be Little Miss Badass and live out his fantasy of being a vigilante superhero. After Big Daddy is killed, she goes back to her mother, who had been searching for her for years.]]
* DecompressedComic: Sometimes is, sometimes isn't. Some issues goes by in days, some have ''months'' go by (especially when Dave is in the hospital).
* DeconReconSwitch: See the below deconstructive elements. Ultimately, however, the comics followed the movie's lead in its treatment of superheroes. The superhero fad Dave inspires eventually morphs into a subculture of altruistic social work and neighborhood watches. A few of the heroes are competent and well-trained, and the rest gain experience fighting thugs and watching eachother's backs, and superheroes as a whole become more competent and better fighters than a mafia funded private army. In the end, the superheroes garner tremendous public support, and are acknowledged without irony as superheroes but face antagonism and harassment from the police, who ''do'' have the authority and capability to take them down.
* {{Deconstruction}}: A pretty obvious example. In particular:
** Kick-Ass became a superhero because he was bored.
** He uses Myspace to help those in need. His 21st century 'Bat Signal' as he refers to it.
*** Considering that Big Daddy used it initially to locate Kick-Ass' house in the film version [[spoiler:and that the police use it to track down and arrest all superheroes in volume 2, book 4]]... it's more of a justification of the SecretIdentity [[TropesAreTools trope]].
** The 'superheroes' use eBay to purchase their weapons!
** And they get their asses kicked more often than your standard superheroes.
** Also, the world seems to enjoy the amount of violence thrown around and even watch Kick-Ass beating up Latino gangsters through Youtube.
** A few aspects of Spider-Man's legacy are targeted as well: Dave [[spoiler:doesn't end up with his love interest,]] would be a lot more responsible if he stopped vigilantism altogether, his civilian life [[spoiler:gets even ''worse'' after donning the mask,]] often gets his ass kicked for being an IdiotHero and acts every bit as angsty and egotistical as a superhero in his teens would act.
*** "With no power comes no responsibility."
** And, ultimately, if one toned down the deconstructionism just a little, Kick-Ass could work as a pretty fine by-the-numbers superhero story.
*** Which is basically what they did for the movie.
* {{Determinator}}: Perhaps the only real power Kick-Ass possesses is the fact that he never, ''ever'' gives up. Even when [[spoiler:he gets strapped to a chair and gets his testicles electrocuted for half an hour, his plan for getting out of it is to get the mobsters to punch him until the chair breaks. Then he gets right back up and tells them to bring it. They do, but luckily Hit Girl returns just in time to eviscerate them all.]]
** Which is either pretty solid deconstruction or straightforward BadAss. The fact he keeps at the whole superhero thing even when he knows full well that the world's not worth saving is ''supposed'' to be a gut-wrenching demonstration of the kind of depths of despair and nihilism he's fallen to, but it reads more like a very well written Moment of BadAss.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler:Katie loses all interest in Dave when he admits he's not gay.]]
** [[spoiler:What he does get however is a beating from her boyfriend and a picture of the girl giving the giant black kid a blowjob to add insult to injury.]]
* DisabilitySuperpower: Kick-Ass's high pain threshold is due to nerve damage.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The hero leads with violence, in the face of non-violence. In particular, during his first foray into vigilantism, he brutally ambushes some young graffiti artists. Although he loses the battle, there's no indication that what he did was immoral.
** And this would lead to UnreliableNarrator - it's the perpetrator that's narrating the story. And the narrator is a supremely bored high schooler.
** What Red Mist does to destroy Dave. [[spoiler:Unmasks him, murders Katie's parents and rapes her, kills his dad, and bombs his funeral.]]
* DownerEnding: In the end, becoming Kick-Ass has arguably made Dave's life ''worse''. On top of that, he's now got an arch nemesis who wants him dead.
** The beginning of Kick-Ass 2 alludes to Dave's house being burned down.
** [[spoiler:Dave's dad is murdered in Kick-Ass 2 Issue 5 and his funeral is bombed.]]
* EnfantTerrible: Hit Girl. Not many 10-year-olds can cut through a man's head in one stroke.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:Averted in Volume 2, Issue 4, when Red Mist guns down a group of children. Then proceeds to kill the main character's love interest's mother and father and gang rape her with 2 of his henchmen. Though one could argue that the way the first volume ended she wasn't an entirely sympathetic character at that point. On the other hand, the book doesn't make any effort to justify her rape.]]
** [[spoiler:Well, one of his Mooks asked whether if it was really necessary. The others were outright disgusted with Motherfucker and with themselves, but they did as told. They outright declare that the rape was going too far, but again they don't do anything about it.]]
** In the following issue, [[spoiler:[[CorruptCop Vic Gigante]] tells Red Mist that his gang aren't getting any special treatment anymore, and that the Police force & the various mafia families are gunning for them now]].
* EvilParentsWantGoodKids
* {{Expy}}: Big Daddy is basically ThePunisher with a badass little girl sidekick.
** Lampshaded when Dave compares him to Frank Castle.
** Hit-Girl and Big Daddy are similar to [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]] and her father in that, in spite of being trained to be a killer by him, still loves him.
* FreudianExcuse: Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl's GoodIsNotNice personalities stem from the fact that their mothers had died.
* GloriousMotherRussia: Alluded to. Subtract the glorious, add a bit of Stripperiffic and you get the name and theme of Red Mist's [[http://sciencefiction.com/2011/09/30/comic-book-review-kick-ass-2-4/ new Russian bodyguard]].
* GoodIsNotNice: Kick-Ass himself, alongside Big Daddy and Hit-Girl. Sure, they might not be {{Knight Templar}}s who ideals of justice is DisproportionateRetribution. But heavens, they have a way to behave rather rudely, which made them seems as if they weren't any better than the bad guys either.
* {{Gorn}}: Quite a few scenes, especially whenever Hit Girl is around. The blood doesn't ratchet up until she makes her first appearance and she and Big Daddy crush some mafia goon in a car crusher.
** Before this, Dave getting run over was ''messy.''
* [[strike:Groin]][[GroinAttack Tunk Attack]]: Said testicle-attack.
* HesBack: [[spoiler:Hit-Girl, having spent the first four issues of volume 2 trying to be normal, steals a cop's gun & guns down Red Mist's [[{{Mook}} Mooks]] after they set-off a bomb & kidnap Dave at his father's funeral]].
* HeroDoesPublicService: Many of the heroes that Dave encounters do what essentially amounts to community service. One superheroine, for instance, devotes her efforts to making sure that young women in her area get home safely at night.
* HeroicWannabe: Kick-Ass spawns a costumed superhero craze, so no wonder people start dressing up like him. The fact that he is a superhero wannabe himself adds to the [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]].
* HollywoodNerd: Dave Lizewski and his pals who hang out at the comic book store.
* HowWeGotHere: Kick-Ass recounts his superhero glory leading up to his interrogation...
* IJustWantToBeBadass: Part of Kick-Ass' motivation. [[spoiler:Also, Big Daddy's.]]
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: This is part of the reason for the superhero movement in ''Kick-Ass''. In the second series, Kick-Ass meets Dr. Gravity, who claims to be a genius physicist wielding a device that can increase or decrease the weight of an object. Kick-Ass expresses disbelief, and Dr. Gravity comes clean - he's an English major at a local university and the gravity rod is a baseball bat covered in tin foil. He isn't ashamed, though. As far as he's concerned, being a superhero is primarily about living your fantasy life.
* ImprobableAge: An eleven years old {{Badass}} with {{Charles Atlas Superpower}}s? If it wasn't [[RuleOfCool so awesome]] it would have really stretched the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief.
* InformedAbility: Big Daddy doesn't do any of the actual fighting in the comic. In TheMovie you get to see how good he really is.
* IronicEcho: Johnny G refers to Hit-Girl as "just a girl in a Halloween costume." When Hit-Girl [[BadassBoast alludes to their horrible deaths in the very near future]] over the intercom, Johnny asks her to identify herself. Her reply: "Just a girl in a Halloween costume."
* KickTheDog: Volume 2, Issue 5 - [[spoiler:Red Mist has Dave's father, who handed himself over to the police as Kick-Ass in Dave's place, killed in prison just so that they'll be able to kidnap Dave at the funeral]].
* LampshadeHanging: Kick-Ass, at one point, tries to traverse the New York City skyline, but finds that the buildings are too far apart, and notes that, in comics, said buildings seem to be much closer and less high...
* LittleMissBadass: With a lock for a symbol and a katana. She annihilates a room full of baddies in her first appearance.
* ThisLoserIsYou: Dave Lizewski is a pathetic, sometimes egotistical, American comic book nerd that often gets his ass kicked.
* MadeOfIron: Kick-Ass. {{Hand Wave}}d by his dulled nerve endings but that fails to explain how he shrugs off the damage from repeated electric shocks and multiple beatings without requiring a lick of medical attention.
** The various pins and metal plates he got after the car accident would account for ''some'' of his resistance to injury, though this has clearly been turned UpToEleven.
* TheMafia
* MemeticMutation: Happens in-universe with Kick-Ass' Website/{{Youtube}} video becoming an Internet sensation and inspiring heroic imitators. Dave's friends' made up swear word "Tunk" also catches on quite faster than Dave imagined.
* MistakenForGay: After his first incident, a rumor at the school has people believing he was an underage gay prostitute... and the only reason why he was able to befriend his crush, who hates him in the beginning.
* TheMole: [[ItWasHisSled Red Mist]].
* OffhandBackhand: Hit Girl, of course, does this a couple times.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Dave, supposedly. He makes it very clear in the beginning that there's nothing special about him that would lead him to become a superhero. He just does it because he's bored. But he makes the case that he's so ordinary by listing a bunch of things that normal high-schoolers do and then pointing out that he's ordinary because he ''doesn't'' do any of them.
** He has HeroicWillpower, and a drive to actually do good. But the latter is mostly in the form of community activism. So yes, the costume is in part just a weird fetish.
* [[OvertookTheManga Overtook The Movie]]: The film and book were written at the same time, with both influencing the other and things being changed to keep them consistent.
* PetHomosexual: After his crush starts to think he's gay, he keeps up the illusion to become this trope and come closer to her.
* PrimalScene: Dave is older than most examples, and it's not with both his parents, but rather his father and the hot black women he met. Still, you wouldn't want to watch this scene either.
* PsychoSerum: "Condition Red", a secret chemical compound to be used only in emergencies. Designed to give Hit-Girl the strength of ten men. Makes her even more violent. [[spoiler:It's probably cocaine.]]
* RealityEnsues: A teenager with no powers or special training decides to become a superhero. Especially when Kick-Ass fights crime for the first time [[spoiler:he ends up getting stabbed by one of the thugs.]]
** Then subverted by...most of the comic after that point. To start with, getting stabbed and hit by a car gave him just enough, very specific nerve damage to stop feeling almost any pain.
* {{Reconstruction}}: Despite elements of {{Deconstruction}} ''Kick-Ass'' still shows events pushed by superheroism as having a better side, that the characters fight for.
* RoofHopping: Dave decides against doing this, because the roofs are too far apart. Hit Girl and Big Daddy, on the other hand, do it with ease.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: What Kick-Ass and Hit Girl embark on after [[spoiler:being set up by Red Mist and his father. Kick-Ass goes after Red Mist, she goes after everyone else.]]
* RunningGag: Somebody gets the drop on Kick-Ass/Dave in every issue, usually attacking from behind.
** [[spoiler:Turned around when Hit Girl saves Kick-Ass the first time - someone gets the drop on THEM.]]
** [[spoiler:Turned around again in ''Kick-Ass'' 2 #1 when two guys get the drop on Kick-Ass and HE kicks THEIR ass.]]
* SpandexLatexOrLeather: Dave goes with a wetsuit. He gets harassed by two girls for looking like a gimp, before he comes across the beating that gets him famous.
* ShoutOut: The second FF 4 movie, and... well, other comics.
** The scene where Hit-Girl brings out the [[spoiler:flamethrower]] to kick some ''ass'' seems to mirror the scene in Watchmen pretty closely.
** [[Film/{{Memento}} John G]] is [[spoiler:the name of the villain that Big Daddy and [[Film/{{Memento}} Leonard Shelby]] choose as their wife's killer]].
** The yellow teaser-text printed on the front of each issue are references to MarvelComics marketing ploys, especially the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour "greatest superhero book of all time"]] line.
** When Red Mist asks: "Are you really this ''stupid''? Are you really this ''dense''?" it sounds a lot like a similar quote from ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder.
** First time Kick-Ass tries to make the jump between buildings mirrors the scene in The Matrix shot for shot.
** The first volume ends with a quote from the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'':
--->''As a great man once said: "[[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Wait 'till they get a load of me]]."''
* StupidEvil: Red Mist as The Motherfucker, to the point that he alienates all the gangsters and dirty cops working for him due to his pointless acts of villainy.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Nightbitch, and the mother of Remembering Tommy.
* TemptingFate: "He doesn't have the balls," [[spoiler:says the gangster to a guy with a gun who just [[GroinAttack had his testicles]] [[ElectricTorture hooked up to a car battery]]]] Needless to say, [[spoiler:Hit-Girl probably [[MercyKill did him a favor by killing him]] with that butcher knife]].
* ThouShaltNotKill: Mocked by Hit-Girl:
-->'''Kick-Ass''': "No way. I'm not going to kill anybody. I'm supposed to be a fucking superhero."
-->'''Hit-Girl''': "Oh, kiss my ass. What is this, the SilverAge? I'm afraid we forgot our magic fucking hypno-ring that turns bad guys into good guys."
* TookALevelInBadass: In the sequel, Kick-Ass receives TrainingFromHell from Hit-Girl and learns how to actually fight.
** Heck, during his team-up with Doctor Gravity, he effortlessly beats the tar out of two hoods (something he couldn't even do in the first issue of the series), and this is before Hit-Girl's training!
* TortureFirstAskQuestionsLater: Kick-Ass tries to tell his torturers whatever they want, but they just laugh and say the torture hasn't even started.
* TrainingFromHell: When one of your lessons consists of [[spoiler:your father shooting you just so you know what it feels like when you're only ten years old,]] you qualify for this.
* TrainingMontage: Which consists of Dave working out and telling us he did some Judo.
* TrilogyCreep: The comic was supposed to be three issues, which then changed to four by the second issue; then it was eight; now it's about to start a whole new arc.
* {{Tykebomb}}: Hit-Girl.
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: Kick-Ass is a high school student, and simply moonlights as his alter ego.
* {{Wangst}}: In-universe. Due to this, Dave keeps swinging back and forth between deciding to become a superhero to not. Then it comes to a head when he realizes he's just spawned a new force of incredibly violent vigilantes, and he's ''not'' taking it well.
* YouBastard: How the comic ends, and is pretty much a staple of Millar's writing. TheMovie tones this ''way'' down.
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