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The "Kick Me" prank is iconic; it's ''the'' go-to prank for unoriginal bullies. It's utile enough that a bully can use it to show he's a bully; he wants a victim kicked. Everyone gets to be in on the joke and the poor victim can't figure out why everyone's being so mean to him. This usually also demonstrates the ButtMonkey status of the victim.

It can also be used to show that the erstwhile victim is [[GenreSavvy clever]]; he knows that the bully is a bully and thus pulls the paper off his back.

It can be used to show that a bystander is heroic when he pulls the sign off another's back, or that he's a KnightInSourArmor by cracking wise as he does so.

The prank comes in infinite variety. The prank requested need not be a kick; it could be a slap, a poke, or a tickle. It could be a message like, "Laugh, but don't tell me about it" or an insulting/humiliating message. Sometimes it's not even a bad thing; it could be a request for a hug.

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* [[http://collincomptwo.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/superman-kick-me.jpg This]] issue of ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''.
* This tropes forms the image on the ''ComicBook/QuantumAndWoody'' page.
* [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-S9EJAlm_miU/TocaxT0vVQI/AAAAAAAABs8/lrtbS-OedqI/s1600/660213-lobo_panels_1__29__super.jpg Done mutually]] ("kick my butt" and "I eat dog waste" respectively) by SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}} and ComicBook/TheMask in their IntercontinuityCrossover.
* ''ComicBook/FantasticFour''
** When Franchise/SpiderMan left the alien symbiote behind and didn't have a spare costume, he gets an older [=FF=] suit to wear, and Johnny Storm provides a [[BrownBagMask paper bag]] (since the [=FF=] didn't wear masks) to conceal Spidey's identity, leading him to briefly become the "[[CheapCostume Amazing Bag-Man]]". Johnny, ever the prankster, also gave Spidey a "Kick Me" sign on the back, that (combined with the bag mask) led onlookers to suspect it was some sort of initiation prank.
** The Yancy Street Gang's been known to do this to the Thing from time to time as part of their ongoing rivalry. Johnny's probably done this to Ben too.
* King Smurf in ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' comic book story of the same name gets "Down with King Smurf" placed on the back of his royal cape after he sees the graffiti marking up Smurf houses saying the same thing.
* WesternAnimation/{{Daria}} is seen with one in one of the ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' [[ComicBookAdaptation tie-in comics]].

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In the first ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', Past!Biff Tannen, unoriginal bastard what he is, loves this bit. Principal Strickland even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades it]]. Poor [[ButtMonkey George McFly]].
* In the fifth ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' film, Lt. Lassard puts sunblock on Captain Harris while he is getting a suntan, and when he wakes up, he finds people calling him "dork" because that is what's written on his chest by Lassard in sunblock using TanLines.
* ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'': At the start of the movie when Creator/{{Clint Eastwood}}'s character rides into town he passes a man ''riding out'' with a "Adios amigos" sign on his back.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* OlderThanYouThink: Literature/DonQuixote was victim of this trope at [[OlderThanSteam 1615]]:
-->''That afternoon they took Don Quixote out for a stroll, not in his armour but in street costume, with a surcoat of tawny cloth upon him, that at that season would have made ice itself sweat. Orders were left with the servants to entertain Sancho so as not to let him leave the house. Don Quixote was mounted, not on Rocinante, but upon a tall mule of easy pace and handsomely caparisoned. They put the surcoat on him, and on the back, without his perceiving it, they stitched a parchment on which they wrote in large letters, "This is Don Quixote of La Mancha." As they set out upon their excursion the placard attracted the eyes of all who chanced to see him, and as they read out, "This is Don Quixote of La Mancha," Don Quixote was amazed to see how many people gazed at him, called him by his name, and recognised him, and turning to Don Antonio, who rode at his side, he observed to him, "Great are the privileges knight-errantry involves, for it makes him who professes it known and famous in every region of the earth; see, Don Antonio, even the very boys of this city know me without ever having seen me."''
-->''"True, Senor Don Quixote," returned Don Antonio; "for as fire cannot be hidden or kept secret, virtue cannot escape being recognised; and that which is attained by the profession of arms shines distinguished above all others."''

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In the first season April Fool's Day episode of ''Series/{{Community}}'', Leonard does this to the dean during the opening deannouncements.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', Kelso was ready to throw a patient (who happens to be Dr Cox's mentor) out of the hospital just before he nearly died, and then takes credit for saving his life. Cox puts a sign on Kelso's back saying "Never stop kicking me". The patient removes it ... and discovers it's on the back of the discharge form.
-->'''Dr Kelso''': Oh, very clever.
-->'''Dr Cox''': What? It wasn't me. I think you put it there yourself to get attention.
* Dorothy, being a substitute teacher, rather expectedly gets this treatment in ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': This is one of the many pranks Rachel teaches Ross's son, Ben.
* On ''Series/NewsRadio'', Bill puts a "Spaz" sign on Matthew.
* In an episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Lily and Robin stick a sign on Barney's back requesting that he be called [[EmbarrassingNickname Swarley]].
* Parodied in ''Series/JustShootMe''. Finch puts a sign saying "Spank Me" onto [[AnythingThatMoves Nina's]] back. She turns around and says, "Now, you're sure everyone can see it?"
* On ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon tries this prank at the most inappropiate time, [[spoiler:after Penny seemingly breaks up with Leonard after Leonard hesitates to respond to her marriage proposal.]]

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Referenced in the first line of "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" by Rodney Atkins: "You know those times it feels like there's a sign there on your back / Says 'I don't mind if you kick me, seems like everybody has'."

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''
** Dilbert ''thinks'' his co-workers have put a sign on his back, and leaves work early to avoid being slapped on the back constantly. Turned out there was no sign, but the men's room was out of paper towels and they were using Dilbert's shirt to dry their hands.
** In one strip, the PointyHairedBoss uses this trope in an attempt to increase office morale. In this case, the employees ''know'' they have the signs on their back, but can't remove them because the boss said so. Naturally, HilarityEnsues when Alice [[GroinAttack takes advantage of the situation.]]
* A ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip used a variant of this. Jon came home looking dirty and beaten up, because someone apparently stuck a "Bury Me Alive" sign on his back.
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' had a comic where a bear had a "Shoot Me" sign on his back, and another where a donkey cooking a barbecue had "Kick the Cook" on the back of its apron.
* One cartoon in either ''Punch'' or ''Magazine/PrivateEye'' had a Dalek with an "Exterminate me" sign hung on its back.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' has a strip with [[TheBully Moe]] having a sign upon his back saying "Heave a rock at me" on it. Another strip features Calvin falsely telling Moe that he has a sign on his back saying "Someone run this kid over with a truck"
* [[http://www.johnhartstudios.com/ckennel/strips/2013/august/ckn130815dc.jpg This]] ''ComicStrip/DogsOfCKennel'' strip had this happen to Tucker, with the sign reading "Neuter me".

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/GodHand'', Gene starts with a "Kick Me" sign that falls off when he uses his god powers for the first time. Keeping it on for the entire game is a common SelfImposedChallenge.
* You can sometimes find "Kick Me" signs in ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}''. Sticking one on someone's back causes nearby students to kick the victim.
* Mentioned in the third ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' game, where [[spoiler: Edgeworth]] wonders if there's a kick-me sign attached to the defense's bench [[spoiler: when he takes over for Phoenix for the first part of Case 3-5]].

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Webcomic/ChoppingBlock'' had Butch [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20120606.html sticking "stab me"]] on some guy.
* Referenced in [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=578 this]] ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' strip, except instead of 'kick me' T-Rex wants to plant a sign that says 'kiss me'.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': "[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0148.html cleave me!]]"
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' "[[DevilInPlainSight Big D]]" did it [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3061 to Slick]]. And [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3021 to Jesus]].

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' loves this trope:
** After Bart gets Principal Skinner his job back in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E19SweetSeymourSkinnersBaadasssssSong Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song]]" they embrace before returning to their old rivalry. Bart attaches a "Kick Me" sign to Skinner, however Skinner also managed to attach a "Teach Me" sign to Bart.
** The episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E3HomeSweetHomediddlyDumDoodily Home Sweet Homediddly Dum Doodily]]" had Bart stick a sign on Lisa's back that read, "I'm a stupid baby!" That sign somehow found its way on Maggie and was mistaken for a label Homer and Marge put on the baby when the Child Protective Services officers inspect the Simpson house.
--->'''Officer''': Stupid babies need the most attention!
** In a different episode Principal Skinner found a Kick Me sign on his back.
-->'''Skinner''': Hmm. I ''thought'' I was being kicked [[ButtMonkey more often that usual today.]]
** In the one parodying ''Film/TheDeparted'', Skinner has a kid befriend Bart who is really TheMole to thwart Bart's pranks. When Bart spraypaints "Kick Me" on him, Skinner reveals he already had letters on there so it now reads ''KICK ME'''DIOCRE STUDY HABITS (with Kearney stopping himself from kicking him and picking up a textbook to read).
* The ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' episode, "Family Business" had Fu Dog try to pull this trick on Marty TheGrimReaper, only for it fail and for him to notice that he had a sign on his back that read, "Kick Me Harder". Also done to The Huntsman when he was a teenager in "Hero of the Hourglass".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode, "The Man Who Killed Batman", the criminals hold a funeral for Batman, who is believed dead. The Joker attaches a "Kick Me" sign to Batman's empty cape and cowl before it is to be sealed in a coffin.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' when Grim narrates about Jack, a prankster to whom he gave eternal life, you see Jack using this prank on various people in the animated montage.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''
** In the opening starting in the fourth season, Hayley sticks a peace sign on Stan's back, while Francine takes it off before he even notices.
** The episode "All About Steve" has one of Stan's co-workers put a "Shoot Me" sign on his back.
* Happens to Gossamer on ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow''.
* On the episode of ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' in which Pepper Ann and her friends start a prank war, someone stuck a sign on Pepper Ann's back that said, "Craig is superfine and super-mine!" (Craig is the eighth grader Pepper Ann has a crush on).
* WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo fell victim to this when a pair of feuding clowns chose him as the victim in their "clown-off". The older clown used a "KICK ME" sign, while the younger, hipper clown one-upped him with a sign reading "I HATE RHINOS" (which led to a [[FunnyAnimal talking rhinoceros]] beating the crap out of Johnny). BrickJoke: Later in that episode, the guy who kicked Johnny came back and kicked him again. (Johnny still had the sign)
* In ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'', someone puts a "Kick Me" sign on a statue.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''
** Former student and school legend Frank "The Dude" Dudicoff sticks a sign on Miss Finster's back that reads "Pony rides for $1.00". When he comes back as a student teacher, he does it again when no one's looking- except now it says "Point at me and whisper!"
** In the episode "Momma's Girl", TJ and the others attempt to do this to Principal Prickly with a sign that read "Call Me Daddy", as one of their attempts to help Spinelli get over her embarrassment of accidentally calling Ms. Grotke 'mama'. [[spoiler: It fails, because when TJ does place the sign on Prickly's back, the other kids start calling him "Dubby" instead of "Daddy", due to the fact that Gus wrote the sign in cursive, but did a sloppy job at writing the word "Daddy".]]
* Johnny Storm pulls a version of this on Ben Grimm (aka The Thing) in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'', subverting what would have otherwise been a Heartwarming Moment where he apologized to Ben for all the crummy stuff he'd done to him in the past.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' segment "Lil Griffins" Peter places a Kick Me sign on one of his classmates, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U4GH4fAEUw much to the delight of the teacher.]]

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* As with many ancient stereotypes, this is TruthInTelevision. Odds are better than good that you've done this, had it done to you, or seen it done. A milder version in France is the "April Fish" on April Fools day, which consists of sticking a paper fish (the best drawn, the better) on people's back, as a "laugh at me" sign.
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