Characters: Kick Ass Comic
Alter-ego: Dave Lizewski
- The Ace: He's not, but Justice Forever gladly accept his offer to join the team based on his reputation as one.
- He is one of the more competent and likely the most experienced hero.
- Anti-Hero: Type I throughout, though he's quite a bit more competent than most other examples.
- Ascended Fanboy
- Casual Kink: His superhero obsession is presented as such. Unusually for such a... weird fetish (but in line with the trope), it's shown to be a healthy outlet for his fantasies, since said fantasies involve community activism and an altruistic outlook on life and society.
- Determinator: The comic zigzags on whether this is a product of stupidity and nihilism or Heroic Willpower, but it tends to be to his benefit.
- Did Not Get the Girl: After finding out that Dave was pretending to be gay, Katie's reaction in the comic is a lot more likely to happen than her hooking up with him in the film.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Memetic Bad Ass: An in-universe example. Even though the clip clearly shows him being terrible at being a superhero, because he refuses to give up the fight, he becomes so popular that he inspires a comic based on himself as a legitimate superhero along the lines of Green Arrow or Batman.
- Mistaken for Gay
- Parental Abandonment: His mother died of aneurysm some time before the start of the story. His father is later killed by Red Mist's goons after claiming to be Kick-Ass in order to prevent Dave from going to prison
- Super Zeroes: At least initially. He does toughen up however.
- This Loser Is You
- Took a Level in Badass: Goes from being absolutely pathetic in a fight in Volume 1, to able to single handedly take on several thugs and win in Volume 2. In volume 3, he holds his own against 6 thugs, two of whom were holding guns to his head at the start. Though he eventually loses, he points out his one mistake immediately after the fact, implying that he was capable of taking them on a good day.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: And rather incredibly, refuses to become a Knight in Sour Armor in spite of all the harsh realities of life he is exposed to.
- Weapon of Choice: Two large unfortunately dildo-like batons, which, if lost, he'll sometimes appropriate from the surrounding environment (like chair legs or plywood) and occasionally modify with nails to make them more like a mace.
Alter-ego: Damon McCready
Alter-ego: Mindy McCready
- Action Girl
- Alliterative Name
- Anti-Hero: Type IV
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Normal
- Berserk Button: Do not threaten her mother or Marcus. Of the four hitmen, three were sliced open and the fourth was killed with a sledgehammer (she wanted to use something special for him). And Ralph Genovese, who sent the hitmen... He was the final victim of Hit-Girl's horrifically epic Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Big Damn Heroes: Twice. Once when Kick-Ass is about to be sliced open by Razul, and again when he and Big Daddy are just about to be set ablaze by Frank D'Amico's men.
- Blondes are Evil
- Child Soldier
- Cute and Psycho: She enjoys slaughtering thugs with a little too much childish joy...
- Cute Bruiser
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Is usually pretty hard on Kick-Ass in order to snap him out of whatever funk he's dealing with.
- Enfant Terrible
- Good Is Not Nice
- He's Back: In Volume 2 #5, after Red Mist bombs the funeral of Dave's father & tries to kidnap him.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: In Volume 2, until issue 5
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Kids Are Cruel
- Knife Nut: She adores butterfly knives and swords, although she is a pretty good shot as well.
- Little Miss Badass: Possibly the epitome of this trope.
- No Social Skills: Has a serious amount of trouble adjusting to life as a 12 year old schoolgirl
- One Girl Army
- Pay Evil unto Evil
- Reality Ensues: Unlike other Tykebomb-turned-superheroes in other media, Mindy is clearly damaged by her upbringing as Hit-Girl, escalating into disturbing hallucinations of her Father still giving her orders and advice.
- Refuge in Audacity
- Sanity Slippage: Issue #5 of Hit Girl shows Mindy having Hallucinations of Big Daddy, who advises her to go out and slaughter Ralpie Genovese and the rest of his men in the horrifying ways that she'd been planning.
- Sociopathic Hero
- True Companions: With Kick-Ass, after her dad died. He's pretty much the only person she opens up to at all, and cares dearly for his well-being. He's also her go-to sidekick in the second volume.
- Vigilante Girl
- Weak, but Skilled: Relies mostly on weapons, because her small size limits mobility and strength.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair: It's a wig, but still.
Red Mist/The Motherfucker
Alter-ego: Chris Genovese
- 0% Approval Rating
- Ascended Fanboy: Except it's of supervillains
- Big Bad Wannabe: Dave initially scoffs at the idea of Red Mist being out for vengeance against him. Holy shit, was this trope ever averted. So far he's raped Katie, arranged the murder of Dave's father, and is now planning to bomb the entire city of New York.
- Not altogether averted, however, in that when it comes down to it he's still just hiding behind his hired bodyguard. When he and Kick-Ass finally fight against each other in Volume 2 he gets his ass handed to him yet again.
- Color Character
- Create Your Own Villain
- Dirty Coward
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Despite his worst traits, he still cares about his family. His love for his mother even motivated him to do a Heel-Face Turn.
- Evil Costume Switch
- From Nobody to Nightmare
- Heel Realization: When his mother tried to kill him after he made her a social pariah.
- Killed Off for Real
- Laser-Guided Karma: After being revealed as The Mole, Kick-Ass soundly beats the shit out of him the first chance he gets, and without much effort to boot. And this is pre-Took A Level In Bad Ass Kick-Ass, for those keeping track.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: If you saw The Movie first, it comes as no surprise that Red Mist is The Mole. And don't even mention the trailers for the second movie showing his ascension to Big Bad.
- The Mole
- Psychopathic Manchild
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil
- Redemption Equals Death
- Took a Level in Badass: Averted & lampshaded in Volume 2 - Before killing Colonel Stars, Red Mist says he was going to travel the world & learn martial arts... Until he remembered he was rich & could just pay other people to do his fighting for him. That and his trainers were swindling him, with a 'task' ripped off Batman Begins because it looked cool..
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Volume 3 reveals that as a child, he used to adore the X-Men, even going so far as to dress up as Wolverine on a regular basis.
- Walking Spoiler: To the point where the movie didn't even bother making Red Mist's true loyalties a spoiler - Rather than appearing out of the blue as he does in the comics, the movie outright shows him proposing the idea to his father before Red Mist first appears. It was still kept out of the trailers, though.
- Would Hurt a Child
Marty Eisenberg/Battle Guy & Todd Haynes/Ass Kicker