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[[caption-width-right:337:"I conclude: I am a classic!"]]

Nick Knatterton is a German NewspaperComic by a Manfred Schmidt that ran from 1950 to 1959 in the weekly illustrated magazine ''Quick''. It was adapted as a live-action movie in 1959 and a 15 part animated television show that came out in 1977.

The comic was meant to be a parody of American comics of that era, with lots of text in screens and the main hero making nearly impossible deductions combined with wordplay. Since American comics were not easily available most people didn't know it was meant to be a parody.

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!!Provides examples of:

* AlliterativeName: Trudchen Taste, Bruno Bluff, Barbara Beerbottle, Felix Finster...
* ArmCannon: Schießfinger-Joe has a flesh-colored gun barrel for an artificial index finger. The gun is semi-automatic, it is explained to always be loaded, and it is never explained how he can reload it or discard the spent shells.
* BadassNormal: Nick.
* BaldOfAwesome: Nick.
* BarBrawl: Nick against everyone else.
* BedsheetGhost: And real ghosts who look like this exist too!
* BleachedUnderpants: In a different way. During the war, the author drew propaganda for [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany The Nazis]].
* BulletproofVest: Pryscilla Cornflake's Christmas present for Nick. Although so primitive that she could solder all holes in it, it eliminates all kinetic energy of any projectile that hits it.
* ButNotTooForeign: Mi-Tse Meyer, recurring half-Chinese, half-German female villain.
* CatchPhrase: "Kombiniere..." ([I] conclude...)
* CelibateHero: Nick used to say: "My bride is justice." Later, he marries though.
* ChekhovsGun
* ClothingDamage: Happens to Nick more often than anyone else, mostly to his pants which then need stitching or replacing.
* CoolGuns
* CrazyPrepared: Nick wears an artificial back-head in case someone wants to shoot him there, and has a fake beard which also contains a parachute, just in case of.
** He has red lights in his heels to stop oncoming trains in the rare case of being tied to rails.
* DatingCatwoman: With Virginia Peng (German for [[MeaningfulName bang]][[note]]In the gun shot sense[[/note]]). Although rather one-sided.
* DeadpanSnarker: Nick. In fact, also Manfred Schmidt as the narrator.
* DisguisedInDrag: Nick did this more than once.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Nick once, by a movie poster.
* EEqualsMCHammer: Happens whenever Nick is calculating trajectories etc. in his {{Thought Bubble}}s.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: One story is about two chimps who were taught to steal. One of them ends up as Nick's housemaid, having learned to do that job.
* FanService: The comic has many buxom women. In some countries, their breasts were removed by the censors. In Turkey however, they were ''enlarged'' because they weren't fanservicey enough.
* TheFifties: Obviously.
* FilmFelons
* GentlemanDetective
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Nick smokes pipe.
* GratuitousEnglish: The first story drops "Damned" into the dialogs every now and then. In a comic in otherwise German that takes place in Germany. Not to mention that most characters in that story have English names.
* GreatDetective: Guess who.
* HartmanHips: Well, the Quick editor wanted female characters with remarkable proportions. In fact, the Turkish Milliyet editor wanted even more extreme proportions.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: So the residents of Killville can shoot out each other's Christmas tree candles. Well, Nick can do this FiringOneHanded, over his shoulder, while aiming through a mirror.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Mi-Tse's name is not pronounced "Mieze" (typical name for cats in Germany).
* KidSidekick: 14-year-old Toni Knatter, in one story. The MeaningfulName is lampdshaded by our hero.
* KnockoutAmbush: At least OnceAnEpisode.
* LingerieScene: Evelyn Nylon wears only underwear and stockings when Nick rescues her from Nackie Nutt for the first time.
* LoveTriangle: Standard occurrence before Nick's wedding.
* MadScientist: Prof. Bartap invents a shaving foam which is also a very effective explosive. Unintentionally.
* MeaningfulName: Starting with Nick's surname Knatterton ("rattling sound"). Other examples include Professor Bartap, which is pronounced exactly like ''Bart ab'' "beard off". In an Italian adventure, Nick encounters gangster Macco Maffiano, movie starlet Silvana Busonia (a play on ''Busen'' "bosom") and fisher and amateur singer Camillo Tenorani.
** Nick's eventual bride is photographer Linda Knips; ''Knips'' is German for "click", and ''knipsen'' a slang word for "to take a photograph". Before that his secretary Trudchen Taste (''Taste'' is the German word for "key" - as in "(piano or typewriter) keyboard") was infatuated with him.
** A self-referencing example: One of Nick's clients is businessman Egon Knicker (''Knicker'' is an old-fashioned German idiom for "miser"), who named his daughter Rabattina (from ''Rabatt'' "rebate"). She prefers to be called Tina.
** The town of Killville. Full stop.
* MoreDakka: Killville's air is so oversaturated with lead that Virginia Peng mounted an [=MG42=] on her bed to be on the safe side (since Nick Knatterton was set in the present, using a WW2 machine gun in a Western setting is not as crazy as you might think).
* TheMovie: ''Der Raub der Gloria Nylon''.
* NamedAfterSomeoneFamous: Sheriff Peter P. Rubens of Killville. Business tycoon Karl Murx (who changed his name from Marx) in "The Million in the Bucket".
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: "The ladies accuse each other of having un-ladylike jobs." (during a CatFight)
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Nick's skills are revealed this way.
* NoKnees: In an interesting [[{{Subverted}} subversion]], not only do the characters have knees, but their knees are always bent, no matter whether they're standing, lying, sitting, walking or whatever.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: Prof. Bartap, to fool the gangsters.
* PoliceAreUseless: Sheriff Peter P. Rubens of Killville.
--> "I'm the sheriff and keeper of order here, but those in there don't let me!"
* PrivateDetective
* PropheticName: For instance the male main villain of the first story, Nacky Nutt. In German ''Nutte'' is a slang word for "prostitute", so the name is appropriate for Nacky, who among other things is a pimp. In another story there is Max Klaut ("Max Steals").
* PunnyName: One story features businessman Otto Heitz, of the firm Sicher & Heitz, which produces the famous ''Sicher-Heitz-Schlösser'', i. e. "Secure-Itty locks".
* {{Satire}}: Originally, Manfred Schmidt wanted to mock the comic genre as a whole and ridicule it in a way that the Quick readers will learn to despise it as much as he did. Didn't work.
* ShedTheFamilyName: Outside the stories itself, first in a promotional article in ''Quick'', it was revealed that Nick Knatterton is really Nikolaus Freiherr (baron) [[TheVonTropeFamily von der Knatter]]. His aristocratic family insisted that he used a pseudonym lest the fact that he works in such an unsavoury business like criminal investigation besmirch the family name.
* SherlockScan
* ShoutOut: Nick Knatterton's first name probably references Nick Carter. In the story where he ends up getting married, a female antagonist is called Rita Heuwurz, which translates into English as "Rita Haywort" (no "h").
* SoundtrackDissonance: The brawl scene in TheMovie is accompanied by [[WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]]'s "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" after Nick sent a baddie against a jukebox. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that the brawl choreography follows the music perfectly.
* SpecialAttack: Nick's one is his four-fold K.O. He jumps up and knocks out two opponents with his fists and another two with his heels.
* SpeechBubbles: Schmidt commented that they were a primitive tool in his POV - "bubbles coming from the heads, eyes, ears, noses or mouths of characters to indicate what they think, see, hear, smell or say".
** So he ended up using one and the same bubble type for everything except for the first story in which thought bubbles (and only they) have a shape of their own.
* StockingFiller: Evelyn Nylon.
* TakeThat: Several to German politics.
* ThemeNaming: Occurs in a few stories. For instance in "The Secret of the Super-Bee", three characters are Waltraud Will ("Waltraud Wants"), Kasimir ("Casimir Can"), and Sieglinde Soll ("Sieglinde Shall").
* ThisIsMyNameOnForeign: In an adventure set in Italy, Our Hero uses the alter ego Nico Knattertonio.
* UnfortunateName: Actress [[PunnyName Hori Zontal]] changed her given name to Lori.
* UnmovingPlaid: Nick Knatterton's suit and hat.
* TheWildWest: One story takes place there. It's TheFifties, but the West is still Wild.
** It's obvious that Manfred Schmidt despised Westerns as much as comics, not only by the way he takes this trope to the extreme, but also by Billy Rillkratz, Jr.'s bookshelf which contains 279 different Western novels of the same content.
* WrittenSoundEffect: ''Nick Knatterton'' is among the comics which don't have any. Probably the only exception is Virginia Peng.
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