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Awesome: Kick-Ass

The comic

  • Kick-Ass beats the living shit out of a gang about to beat up a person with pipes and punches. And this is considering he got his arse whipped in the previous issue.
  • The first appearance of Hit Girl, where she first appears after running a katana through a drug dealer and letting his body slump to the ground, says THAT line, and then proceeds to slaughter everyone in the room, except for Kick-Ass.
    • Actually, it was naginata, which personally just makes it more awesome.
      • It was actually a double-bladed staff, ala Darth Maul, which is even more awesome.
  • Kick-Ass & Red Mist charge into a burning building to save a distraught woman's baby, despite having no super powers or fire fighting equipment. Of course, the 'baby' wound up being a cat, but still.
  • After being electrocuted by his testicles and watching Big Daddy take a bullet through the back of his head, Kick-Ass comes up with a frantic and desperate last-ditch escape plan that revolves around taunting most of Frank Genovese's goons that are present to beat him to death instead of shooting him, until the chair he's tied to shatters, then he picks up the broken parts of the broken wood to fight his way out. And it almost happens, if not for the presumably dead Hit Girl choosing that moment to jump out of the shadows and kill everyone.
  • Kick-Ass & Red Mist having their showdown, where despite still suffering from the effects of a marathon of tinker telephone torture and being pummeled to within an inch of his life, Dave uses his make-shift clubs to beat Chris into a bloody pulp with four hits; despite Red Mist being relatively unharmed until this point and wielding a .45 calibre handgun.
  • "Just some kids dressed up in Halloween costumes."
  • John Genovese taunting Kick-Ass by remarking that he doesn't have the balls to shoot him, only for Dave to promptly retort by shooting John in the balls. And blow pretty much his whole dick off.
    • Also Crowning Moment of Funny, as Johnnie screams that Kick-Ass just shot him in the "tunk", before Hit Girl yells: "TUNK YOU, ASSHOLE!" as she swings a meat cleaver into his head, and proceeds to kill everyone else in the room. Again. The entire time this is going on, Kick-Ass is just stood in amazement as to how fast the word "tunk" has caught on, as earlier in the series Dave is told by his friends that they've created a new curse word, (tunk), to serve as the male equivalent to a certain other four lettered word.
  • Mindy single-handedly tearing through the mob in the interquel. It explains exactly why Chris went out of his way to hire Mother Russia.
  • "Avengers fuckin' assemble, asshole!"
  • Hit Girl vs Mother Russia.
  • The end of the second series. The heroes beat-down the villains. Kick-Ass brutalizes and cripples the Motherfucker.
  • In Kick-Ass 3, Mindy has taken over the jail. From solitary confinement. Her third therapist (after the first two transferred away) is comprehensibly spooked when she informs him of this... And even more when she proves it.
    • How did she prove it? By cutting the junk of another inmate who had violated her policy against drug dealing and had ignored her order to stop. Without ever leaving her cell.
  • In the fourth issue of Kick-Ass 3 the jail guards get an Off Screen Moment Of Awesome. How? They stopped Hit-Girl's break out. Not bad, considering who they're dealing with...
    Guard 1: Jesus! How did they take her down?
    Guard 2: Dogs caught up with her, but not before she punched out three of em'. Hospitalized eleven guards and completely totalled the entire South Wing.
    Prisoner: Atta girl, Mindy! You show these fucks! Better luck next time you make a break for it, you crazy bitch!
    Mindy: Don't you dare cheer for me you degenerate scum. The next man who claps gets his throat ripped out. Understand?
    Prisoners: ...
    Mindy: Better.
    • Also, a minor one for Hit-Girl's therapist... Who is still the third one, and managed to get a rise from her.
  • Mindy's Mother is allowed to pay her a visit in maximum security, as a way for the therapist to guilt his most difficult subject into being supposedly rehabilitated. It does not go as he'd planned. And it's safe to say this Troper was punching the air in jubilation.
  • Dave rescuing Todd from being chain-sawed to death ala Scarface, with a spirit soaked floor and a live wire.
  • Hit-Girl wiping out all organized crime on the Eastern Seaboard, and dismantling Gigante's corrupt NYC police department in the same stroke.

The film

  • The real moment where the film not only lives up to its title but goes above and beyond comes at the climax. Let's just say it involves a bazooka and the words:
    Dave: Hey! Why don't you pick on someone your own size?
  • Hit-Girl. Combat knife / rope dart. A Heckler & Koch USP Compact and a SIG-Sauer P232. Perhaps the single coolest thing ever done by a prepubescent girl in film history.
    • Definitely a contender. But then there's Mathilda...
    • That library corridor shoot-out. the build-up and pay-off to this sequence is fantastic.
      • The fact it's executed to the background music of "Bad Reputation" makes it even more awesome.
      • When Mindy gets two of Frank's goons to shoot themselves.
      • At one point Mindy actually reloads both pistols without touching the magazines as she charges. It was not CGI.
    • Lest we forget, the actress playing Hit-Girl did many of her own stunts. And this is not Dawson Casting - there really is an eleven-year-old doing this.
  • Okay, so Big Daddy may not be an upstanding citizen, but come on, who cares?! Him taking down all of Frank's mafioso's at the lumbar warehouse with practiced ease, utilizing a brass-knuckle bowie knife and a Beretta 92FS in tandem and then burning the warehouse down with grenades and a road flare thrown onto flammable liquids is one of the seminal action scenes of the entire franchise. And it lasts less than thirty seconds!
    • Special mention for how Macready deals with the cornered crook hiding in the office with a frag grenade then borrows a shotgun off the last mobster before gunning him down.
    • Their return fire not even chipping whatever experimental composite plates Daddy is armoured up in. He's got Kevlar down to his underdoos.
    • Hurling one of the mooks across the room into the other.
    • That scene was genius. Suddenly we saw what it would be like if Batman didn't have his one rule... and it was terrifying. And AWESOME. It must be seen to be believed.
  • Dave going Apocalypse Now on the gangsters. With a pair of Xm214 Micro guns grafted onto a jet-pack. The Oh, Crap look on their faces when they saw him FLYING IN ON A FREAKING JET-PACK was completely priceless.
  • We can't forget about Kick-Ass beating off three douches that seem intent on murdering a helpless man.
    Thug: Fuck off, man. It's none of your business!
    Kick-Ass: ...Yes it is! (draws batons)
    • What made that especially awesome was the little hesitation he had in going in. Here's a kid with no fighting skills, no experience, no reason to care, and yet he charges in to help the guy anyway. And wins!
    Gang-banger Leader: (flicks out switchblade) Give it up, man. Just walk away.
    Kick-Ass: No, never.
    Gang-banger Leader: What the fuck is wrong with you, man? You'd rather die for some piece of shit — that you don't even fuckin' know?
    Kick-Ass: And three assholes! Laying into one guy! While everyone else watches...! And you wanna know what's wrong with me?! Yeah, I'd rather die! NOW BRING IT ON!
    • Except he only wins on a technicality. Like he points out, there's three thugs & and he's the only one standing up to them... But there's a cafe full of witnesses: if they kill him & the guy they were attacking - SOMEONE would identify them, so the better decision is to just scram.
    • The "one guy" he mentions is probably the guy getting mugged, not himself. Besides, he set out to save the guy from death, which he did. Doesn't really matter how. If you want physical results, he broke one of their wrists. At least, there's a loud crack and he's nursing the hand the rest of the scene.
    • The icing on the cake is that the mugging victim, bloodied but alive, gasps out a delirious and repeated thank you to Kick-Ass as the crime-fighter crouches above him protectively.
    • At the beginning of the fight, they basically ignore Kick-Ass, even when he's hitting them, prefer to go for their victim. But as the fight continues, it goes from one guy fighting him, to two, to all three once they realise he isn't going to give up.
  • Big Daddy coordinating Hit Girl while being set on fire. He may be a near nut-job, but he's one hell of a Determinator.
    BD: NOW, SWITCH!!! TO KRYPTONIIIIIIIIIIIIITE!!!! GO TO! ROBIN'S! REVEEEEEEEENGE!!!
    • Mindy using a blackout and IR night-vision goggles, then a tactical strobe flashlight rail on her USP to divide and conquer Joe's goons.
  • The final line of the movie, in an absolutely perfect Shout-Out to the '89 Batman film:
    Red Mist: Well, as a great man once said... wait till they get a loada me.
  • How about the music? The Prodigy's Stand Up just perfectly captures the whole "Why not?" theme behind the Kick-Ass series.

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