Comic Book / Titeuf

C'est pô juste...

One of the most popular recent Franco-Belgian Comics, Titeuf, created in 1992 by the Swiss cartoonist Philippe Chappuis, aka Zep (as in Led Zeppelin), tells the everyday life of the 8-year-old Titeuf and his buddies, specifically on their... confused views regarding the adults and the world. It frequently plays with the Children Are Innocent trope: The kids are far more aware of sex, drugs and the like than the adults would believe, but almost always by Comically Missing the Point, especially Titeuf himself. A translated version appeared for a short while in The Dandy.

Titeuf provides examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: Titeuf (from "Tête d'Oeuf", "egghead", according to Word of God) versus the rest of the cast.
  • All Men Are Perverts: This starts young. The fixation the boys have on the school nurse, for instance. Titeuf's "borrowing" a picture of his babysitter in a bathing costume.
  • Animated Adaptation: A TV series and a movie.
  • Anime Hair: Titeuf's blond lock, taking the Idiot Hair trope to a whole new level by being his only hair, and nearly as tall as his body.
  • Art Evolution: Characters were more rigidly drawn in the early albums, while they have rounder shapes in the later ones.
  • Asleep in Class: Though not asleep per se, the children are really, really bored in class, and it shows.
  • Author Avatar: Titeuf's father strongly resembles Zep.
  • Bald Woman: Titeuf once meets a girl who is hiding a bald head under her hat: turns out she has cancer.
  • Bowdlerise: On the TV series, the school nurse started out with overly large breasts, but for her season 3 redesign they were reduced to a normal size.
  • Bleached Underpants: It's funny to see how wholesome and kid-pandering the series and franchise have gotten, considering the first comics were quite dark and adult.
  • Braces of Orthodontic Overkill: Worn by Jean-Claude, which he is not very happy about, causing him a speech impediment. When playing pretend games, he will sometimes play the part of a "steel-jawed tyrannosaurus".
  • Bucket Booby-Trap: The kids attempt to do that in real life after seeing it in a cartoon and... Reality Ensues. As said in the article page, water is heavy, and the bucket doesn't fall empty. Cue in a badly injured kid and two ashamed ones.
  • Catch Phrase: C'est pô juste... (s'not fair...)
  • Celebrity Cameo: French rock singer Johnny Hallyday makes an almost-surreal appearance in the movie.
  • Children Are Innocent: As already mentioned, Double Subverted.
  • Cluster F-Bomb
  • Comic-Book Time: The early albums are set during The '90s, while the latest ones are set in The New Tens, with Titeuf still being around the same age.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The first volume.
  • The Disease That Shall Not Be Named: The infestation of headlice in the school. When Titeuf hears that kids with lice will be sent home for treatment, he sets about getting some. He gets sent to the school nurse instead.
  • Early Installment Weirdness : The first few volumes (the very first one in particular) are considerably Darker and Edgier (maybe Hotter and Sexier ?) than the later ones. In fact, their boldness can be downright disturbing. The first album is also the only one in black and white.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Titeuf's parents are only addressed as such, but the trope is generally averted with the other adults.
  • Fake-Out Opening: The opening of the movie places everyone in Prehistoric times.
  • Five-Man Band
  • From the Mouths of Babes: Will use very nasty words sometimes. Sometimes straight, sometimes innocently.
  • Hockey Mask and Chainsaw: In the movie, when Titeuf is looking at a psychologist's patients, he pictures one of them must be very violent by having come out of his head a small killer wearing a hockey mask and brandishing a chainsaw.
  • Hospital Hottie: The busty school nurse.
  • Kids Are Cruel
  • Kissing Cousins: Titeuf has shown to be once attracted to his cousin Julie, and immediately asked his dad if cousins could marry. He pointed out the genetic problems that could arise.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: Dumbo, named for her big nose and ears.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Averted for one scene in the movie where Nadia wears a white shirt instead of her usual black and Titeuf accidentally gets black ink on it.
  • Love Letter Lunacy: In the movie, Titeuf thinks his parents are seperating because his mother found his love letter to Nadia and thought it was from a secret admirer of hers.
  • No Sympathy: Zigzagged in the movie. Tituef accidentally gets Nadia and himself in trouble and sent to the principal's office for passing notes in class. The principal takes pity on Titeuf when he mentions his parents are currently seperated and lets him off, but he doesn't even bother hearing Nadia's side of the story and punishes her.
  • Oddball in the Series: "Nadia gets married" is a full story about Titeuf getting jealous over Nadia's supposed boyfriend.
    • "Welcome to teenagehood!", the latest album, does the same thing.
  • Progressively Prettier: Inverted with Nadia, who was originally drawn with a more traditionally "pretty" face, but was progressively drawn more cartoonish and with big pouting lips, to more fit in with the comical atmosphere.
  • School Nurse: the strikingly-poitrine'd "Double-Airbags", whose embonpoint stops all conversation as she walks past.
  • Stern Teacher: Titeuf's teacher, an old strict lady.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Titeuf recently dates another girl, Ramatou, who is much taller than him.
  • Toilet Humor: Quite often.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Hervé, aka "Vomito", has this as his hat.

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