A [[LongRunners long-running]] comic strip begun in 1988. It centers on an urban black family, most notably the title character, 11-year-old Curtis Wilkins. Also included are his brother, Barry; their parents, and a small number of secondary characters.

The strip is noted for being one of the first major comic strips to feature a largely black cast, starting a wake of other such strips including ''Jump Start'', ''Herb and Jamaal''... and, of course, ''TheBoondocks''.
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!!Tropes present:
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Michelle considers Curtis this. Curtis often felt the same way about Chutney.
* AccidentalMisnaming: Gunther the barber can never seem to get Curtis' name right.
* AlphaBitch: Michelle.
** She crosses over with RichBitch, given how obscenely wealthy her parents are. She recently sunk one grand on a foot cleaning treatment involving koi fish. Which backfired when her feet ender up killing half the fish and traumatized the rest.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Subverted on both counts in a series of strips where Curtis and Barry find an unmarked videotape belonging to their parents. It is implied in one panel that [[spoiler: it's a sex tape.]] However, it turns out that it's [[spoiler: an old episode of SoulTrain that their parents appeared on, which also serves as the "how they met" story for Diane and Greg.]] After watching the tape, Curtis and Barry have a newfound respect for their parents, i.e. that their parents actually did something "cool" in their eyes.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Michelle's pride in her achievements in modeling and acting is seen as prideful and "stuck-up" by the other regular characters (minus Curtis, of course).
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Curtis' brother, Barry.
** At the same time, Barry is ''still'' nice to him...sometimes.
* AuthorFilibuster: In one story arc, some kids made fun of Curtis for being an "Oreo" (a black person that acts white). Curtis' father responded at length that if loving and taking care of one's family and ensuring that they had a roof over their heads was being an Oreo, he was proud to be one.
* TheBarber: Curtis gets advice from one. The barber [[AccidentalMisnaming never seems to be able to remember his name]], however.
** Curtis' mother often complains that she doesn't like Curtis hanging around those barbers, picking up weird ideas. Greg invariably laughs her off, saying the weird ideas are how you know you've found a trustworthy barber. No, the ones you've got to watch out for are the ones that do the job without a word...
* BettyAndVeronica: Chutney (Betty) and Michelle (Veronica).
* BigEater: Curtis. Some examples include him saying, "Can we stop for pizza before going home to dinner?" after chomping down a bunch of hamburgers, sneaking an entire DagwoodSandwich into the movie theatre and eating it, before then popping out some fried chicken....
* BrattyHalfPint: Barry likes to provoke Curtis, then appeal to the fact that his mother is a dupe to get ''Curtis'' in trouble for wanting to hurt his poor, sweet, angelic brother. Then, for being a manipulative little sack of shit, Barry gets rewarded with ice cream. Millions of older brothers of all races across the nation declare DudeNotFunny.
* BookAndSwitch: Curtis often tries to hide his Supercaptaincoolman comics this way while in class. His teacher is never fooled.
* CameraObscurer: A running gag involving Curtis' barber, who claims to have met someone famous. When asked to show proof, he will inevitably produce a photograph of himself with his arm around the celebrity... except that the "celebrity" will be obscured by a finger.
* CassandraTruth: Yes, there really ''is'' a "[[NotSoImaginaryFriend Flyspeck Island Chameleon]]" who turns invisible and performs comic mischief. Yes, the adults are going to keep pinning the blame on Curtis.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Gunk exhibits various odd behaviors and abilities as [[RuleOfFunny required by the plot]].
* CrazyCulturalComparison: Every time Gunk discusses Flyspeck Island's customs.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Believe it or not, the Kwanzaa stories get insanely morbid at times.
* DevilInPlainSight: While the creator clearly intends for Barry to be a stereotypically bratty little brother to Curtis, his actions are so frequently mean-spirited (and of a "because I can get away with it" bent) that Barry ends up as this.
* DiabolusExMachina: Resident school [[TheBully bullies]] Derrick and [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname "Onion"]], who seemingly wait to ambush Curtis when he needs some conflict in his life.
** Until Curtis got them expelled.
** Said expulsion seems to have been retconned so that Billingsley can go back to tormenting Curtis.
* TheFaceless: Originally, Curtis' parents were only seen from neck down, but eventually the artist started drawing their faces.
* TheFreelanceShameSquad: One of the strip's running gags is, the annual Back To School shopping trip, where Diane takes Curtis shopping for clothes and (ostensibly to hand him clothes to try on) opens the dressing room door on Curtis (who always has his pants down) wide enough for a crowd of bystanders to laugh loudly at the sight.
**Diane [[ParentalObliviousness never seems to make the connection]] between this sad fact and [[NeverMyFault her son's reluctance]] to shop with her.
* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: "Onion". Always used complete with quotes.
* MadLove: Curtis is crazy about his "girl" Michelle, even though she doesn't feel the same about him, even ''hiring an airplane to write that out in the air for him to see''. His crush on Michelle also sometimes enters StalkerWithACrush territory with at least one comic strip having Michelle tell Barry that she keeps on seeing Curtis ''everywhere'' she goes and that she's scared to even go to the bathroom because of this.
** Not to mention the fact that he is apparently able to break into the apartment building she lives in for visits, even though there seems to be plenty of security.
* MagicalNegro: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with Gunk, the Magical TokenWhite.
* MamaBear: Diane is fiercely protective of Curtis and Barry. This was exemplified when a car skidded out of control and pinned Barry beneath it; Diane LIFTED the car WITH HER BARE HANDS and pulled him out.
* NeverTrustAHairTonic: A few examples, often thanks to Curtis's misuse of a Flyspeck Island substance.
* NiceHat: The title character often gives commentary on the church ladies' more and more extravagant (and silly) hats. Curtis himself is always seen with an oversized green cap; he even sleeps with it on.
** We seem to have seen the last of these; what happened is that Barry finally told Diane what Curtis was doing and, well, [[DisproportionateRetribution she spanked him for]], I don't know, not respecting his elders or insulting God or something that June Cleaver would have handled by a DopeSlap and a comment about not making fun.
* ObliviousToLove: Curtis never seems to notice that his good friend Chutney is madly in love with him. Or that Michelle isn't romantically interested in him, for that matter, and only even thinks of him as a friend ''occasionally''.
* OnceASeason: The Kwanzaa arcs.
* OverlyLongName: Gunk's name is [[FunWithAcronyms actually an acronym]] for his full name, which is "Gladimus Unfred Nostradamus Klaustauvicke".
* PaperThinDisguise: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]: the disguises Michelle sometimes don to avoid Curtis are ridiculously good (one of them is a full-body "fat woman" disguise), yet Curtis can ''always'' tell that it's her.
* ParentalFavoritism: Barry by ''far''. He not only frequently torments Curtis, but is able to avoid punishment (and pass the blame on to ''Curtis'') because he can taunt Curtis into trying to smack him, then cry to mom, who frequently says "Since you have nothing better to do, Curtis, do chores". Barry is often shown taunting him after this.
* PerpetualPoverty: The Wilkins (mainly Greg) constantly complain about scraping by to make ends meet on Greg's salary (Diane appears to be a stay-at-home mom). Yet, they never seen to be short on food (See BigEater) and the boys always seem to have electronic gizmos current enough to keep them happy.
* RealityEnsues: In a recent sequence, Gunk decided to dive into a freezing cold river to rescue trapped dolphins only to end up being treated for hypothermia after being mistakenly declared DOA by EMTs who forgot about the mammalian diving reflex. While glad to see his friend had survived, Curtis was not happy with being put through the emotional wringer by screw-ups.
* RebelliousPrincess: Or in [[spoiler:Gunk]]'s case, "Prince."
* ResetButton: No matter how long-lasting or major the repercussions of a storyline should be, things are firmly back to normal come the next storyline.
* RunningGag: The strip cycles through them like clockwork. A few examples include Curtis screwing up, Gunk doing crazy things, Barry being an obnoxious bratty little kid getting Curtis into trouble, Curtis sneaking food into the movie theater....
** Gunther the barber constantly claims to have met famous people, and whenever he produces a picture, there is always, ALWAYS a thumb covering the lens over said famous person.
** Curtis leads Barry to a seemingly prim-and-proper organization that turns out to be a record store selling rap albums. Curtis explains that every time parents find the store, "they rally together and torch it!"
** Curtis playing rap at full blast with his dad, Greg, screaming, "Curtis, turn that rap junk down!" Inverted in one strip where Greg and Diane play 1970's songs from when they were younger. This has become problematic in recent years, as Greg and Diane act clueless about 80s and 90s music that now would have been what they were exposed to growing up, while Curtis uses slang and enjoys entertainment of a sort twenty years or so out of date.
* StatusQuoIsGod: See ResetButton.
* ThisLoserIsYou: There have been a lot of strips that show us that Curtis is a rather heedless young boy plowing headlong through a city filled with angry people who hate him because he won't do what they expect of him.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Derrick and "Onion".
* TokenWhite: Gunk.
* TooDumbToLive: Most of Curtis's problems in life stem from the fact that he is too blasted stupid to follow the rules or pick up on the fact that his behaviour irritates people around him.
* VerySpecialEpisode: Early strips focused on Curtis trying to get his dad to quit smoking, Curtis finding a crack baby in a trash bin, etc.
** Periodically there'll be another strip or two where Curtis makes off with his dad's cigarettes and flushes them down the toilet. It's entirely possible the artist is actually rerunning the same strip, for all that anything new happens; Greg rages, then impotently acknowledges his wife's point when she tells him his son means well and is just looking out for his health.
** During the 90s, there was an extended story where Curtis' mother became pregnant, with most of the focus being on Barry's jealousy and apprehension over no longer being the cute, coddled one. When the baby was about due, though, Barry and Mom inexplicably decided they needed to go out at night alone for some eclairs. Some thugs came up and mugged them, punching Mom in the stomach ''hard''. The baby ended up a miscarriage. The entire neighborhood banded together, agreeing to never forget this terrible tragedy and watch out for each other. Of course, the unborn sibling has -never- been even vaguely alluded to since, AesopAmnesia being in full force for everyone and everything.
** There was also a sequence where Curtis went through a door and found himself back in time on the day that Martin Luther King was assassinated.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The city Curtis was set went unnamed for years, until a story arc involving Curtis and Barry sneaking off to see the Obama Inaguration [=IDed=] their hometown as Baltimore.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: See BrattyHalfPint.
* YourMom: All the time, from Derek and "Onion".
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