Comic Book / Kid Paddle

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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.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Kid's friend Horace and Big Bang have severe myopia, the latter once confused the skinny pink princess in the game with the 300 pounds torturers because his glasses weren't adjusted correctly.
  • 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. Justified in some strip were it is virtual simulation.
  • Fan Boy: Kid and his friends Big Bang and Horace are fan of gore.
  • Gamer Girl: Max, since she is the arcade's owner's niece she can play for free which makes her better than Kid.
  • Goth: Max, (a goth girl), she even gives the basic guideline of the goth style to the boys but they take it a bit too far.
  • 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: The videogames Kid plays are made of this trope.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Not only Kid, who is always seen wearing the same shoes, green cap and shorts with an orange tank top, but every single other character.
  • Meat Grinder Surgery: Several movies Kid tries to get into are about this. A common gag is that after saving the princess the barbarian will either do something gross or look perverted which ends with the princess killing him.
  • 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: The barbarian game series, which has it's own spinoff comic called game over, the game is vicious, full of Kaizo Trap, sometime plain unwinnable (as in it's constantly loop back) and one of the final boss has a two minutes timer on the pause button which is the time it takes to pause the game and look out the long winded explanation in the booklet on how to beat him.
  • Nonstandard 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: Kid's main teacher. Then again, he is Kid's teacher. His usual way to deal with the boys was to suspend them on hooks for coat outside the class by their t-shirt, now he simply yells at them.
  • Show Within a Show: "The Little Barbarian" is the game Kid is most often seen playing. It even got its own Spin-Off series, aptly titled Game Over.
  • 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, although he feigns intelligence a lot to look more like a genius and overthink basic solution, can come up with a lot of invention such as ice coins that can go through arcade slots, remote controlled toys and earphones.
  • Spin-Off: Game Over centered about the barbarian games and the many failures.
  • 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.
  • Ultra Super Death Gore Fest Chainsawer 3000: Many of the games Kid plays. Blood chainsaw 3000 is even the name on one of the arcade game.
  • Videogame Cruelty Potential: Especially when Kid plays Sim City, he turns the place into a police state.

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