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!"
- A Musing 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.
- Blind Without 'Em: Kid's friend Horace.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In early albums, Kid was often seen with an unnamed blond haired boy. He probably disapears because unlike Horace and Big, he had no particular personnality.
- Crazy-Prepared: In preparation for a marathon gaming session, Kid and friends set up soda bottle IV drips to avoid having to drink and a gas-powered generator in case the power runs out.
- Creepy Child: Kid has his moments, which is only natural given his tastes in fiction.
- Daydream Surprise: Mostly involving his father suddenly turning out to be James Bond or Rambo instead of, well, what he usually is.
- Deep-Immersion Gaming: Very often.
- Fan Boy: Kid and his friends Big Bang and Horace.
- Geek: Big Bang
- Gamer Girl: Max
- Goth: Max (a goth girl).
- 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.
- Kaizo Trap
- Limited Wardrobe
- Meat Grinder Surgery: Several movies Kid tries to get into are about this.
- Mundane Made Awesome: When comparing their memories of their Horrible Camping Trip, Kid's dad remembers a card game as a high-stakes casino night, fishing on a rowboat as driving a speedboat, etc.
- Nintendo Hard: Kid often gets into situations which are this.
- 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.
- Sadist Teacher
- Show Within a Show: "The Little Barbarian" is the game Kid is most often seen playing.
- Sliding Scale of Parent-Shaming in Fiction: Kid's father rarely reaches type 2, but they are so different that he often disagrees with him and sometimes thinks that he qualifies for Amazingly Embarrassing Parents.
- The Smart Guy: Big Bang
- Spin-Off: Game Over
- The Many Deaths of You
- Totem Pole Trench: Kid and his friends, regularly, to sneak into a theater for horror movies they're too young to watch.
- Ultra Super Death Gore Fest Chainsawer 3000: Many of the games Kid plays.
- Videogame Cruelty Potential