Comic Book / Kid Paddle

Kid Paddle is a Franco-Belgian comic by Midam (Michel Ledent) about ten-year-old fan of Video Games, films and general two-dimensional violence, the titular character Kid Paddle. Most of the one-page gags focus on the natural hostility between Kid and his Dad, Kid and his sister Carole, Kid and his Sadist Teacher, Kid and the grumpy arcade owner or Kid and the game he's playing at the moment.

Kid Paddle provides examples of:

  • 0% Approval Rating: Kid when he plays SimCity. Not surprising given the fact that he put barbed wire around the city so no-one can leave it, uses the bodies of citizens killed in riots to measure the radioactivity levels of the leaks from the town's nuclear reactor and raised taxes to 100% to pay for the police he needs to oppress the population. Not surprisingly, when asked what the biggest problem is, 100% of the people say "The mayor!"
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Kid view his dad like this mostly because he is lamer than his over expectation of him. There is however one gag where his dad will be caught in a really awkward situation when Carol's friend moves in which actually make Kid appreciate his dad more.
  • Amusing Injuries: Horace is always ending up in the hospital with ridiculously implausible injuries.
  • Animated Adaptation: The comic was adapted into a Franco-Belgian-Canadian co-produced animated series back in 2003 and lasted 52 episodes before going on an indefinite hiatus.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: What Kid fears would happen if his father and his sister reversed his brain in one strip.
  • Hope Spot: On occasion the barbarian makes it through the deathtrap in one piece, only to fall apart in the next panel or find out that the princess wasn't fast enough.
  • Imagine Spot: When Kid, Max and Carole imagine their possible medical careers: Max tells the patient what's going to happen, Kid shows up as a hideous mutant Knife Nut surgeon, and Carole is the hospital administrator.
    • In another, four of them pass by a snail. Big Bang sees himself making a complicated conference on snails, Horace playing catch with a snail his own size, Carole using snails in her new clothing line, and Kid emerging victorious from a castle on his battle-snail.
  • Non-Standard Game Over: One ending has the barbarian disguise himself as a monster, only for one of them to fall in love, get married, and go off on honeymoon with him.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Kid and the other children despite the series went through several generations of consoles.
  • Periphery Demographic: In-Universe, Kid sees his sister run past to watch a gory zombie movie... because her favorite actor is in it.
    • Horace is a big fan of Rikiki the Duck, a particularly sappy kid's show.
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: When Kid and Carole are playing Scrabble.
  • The Many Deaths of You: Every time we see Kid playing a game, we can expect him to fail or get in a situation where Failure Is the Only Option. It carried over to the Spin-Off series, Game Over, which (as the name implies) is entirely focused on the many, MANY ways in which the Little Barbarian and/or the Princess get mangled in horrible ways.
  • Totem Pole Trench: Kid and his friends, regularly, to sneak into a theater for horror movies they're too young to watch.