In The Wild West, a man had to grow up fast if he wanted to survive. Quite a few gunslingers and outlaws made their reputation before they were even old enough to shave regularly. Thus, they got "Kid" as part of their nickname. Given the lethality of their professions, few lived long enough to have this become an embarrassing name. The naming convention is referenced in settings outside The Wild West as well, particularly in boxing, and Professional Wrestling. See also Young Gun and The Gunfighter Wannabe.
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- The desperado that Yancey has to shoot in Cimarron is named, simply, "The Kid".
- O. Henry short story "The Caballero's Way", which introduced the world to the Cisco Kid. Then there was 1928 film adaptation In Old Arizona, starring Warner Baxter, which made the Kid a Mexican and more more of an Anti-Hero, rather than Henry's Anglo Villain Protagonist. That led to a B-Movie series starring Cisco and his comic sidekick Pancho, as well as a television series, The Cisco Kid, in which the Kid was played by Duncan Renaldo.
- Alias Smith and Jones' Kid Curry.
- Rawhide Kid, the Two-Gun Kid, the Ringo Kid (not related to John Wayne's Ringo Kid in Stagecoach), the Apache Kid, the Arizona Kid, the Prairie Kid, the Texas Kid, the Western Kid, the Gunsmoke Kid, the Dakota Kid and (in a slight variation) Kid Colt, all from Marvel Comics. According to Stan Lee, Marvel publisher Martin Goodman loved Westerns, and was particularly fond of this trope for some reason.
- The Time Wars book The Six-Gun Solution had a time-traveling character acquire the nickname "The Montana Kid".
- The babyfaced Audie Murphy played youthful outlaws and adventurers so often that he joked once that he'd "kidded his way through the movies." Relatively few of his thirty-plus western characters have The Trope Kid nicknames, though: Billy the Kid in The Kid From Texas, The Cimarron Kid in the film of the same name, The Silver Kid in Duel At Silver Creek, and The Utica Kid in Night Passage.
- The Schofield Kid in the movie Unforgiven.
- The Sundance Kid from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
- DC Comics character the Wyoming Kid.
- In the film, "An American Tail: Fivel Goes West"—the title character originally imagines himself as a gun-slinging hero with an already known moniker: "Billy the Kid."
- Might count under Parodies as well, but in Shanghai Noon, Jackie Chan's character is listed on a wanted poster as "The Shanghai Kid." His partner notes, "That's a really cool nickname, too." Jackie's character immediately complains that he's not really from Shanghai.
- The Sundown Kid of Live A Live.
- The Ysabel Kid from J.T. Edson's Floating Outfit series.
- Fee 'The Kid' Herod of The Quick and the Dead
- The titular character from The Durango Kid, played by Charles Starrett. Between 1940 and 1952, there were 64 movies made featuring the Durango Kid.
- In Little Big Man, Jack Crabb is known as the Soda Pop Kid during his "gunfighter period".
- The Brimstone Kid from Youngblood: Judgment Day. He was a gunslinger who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for unbeatable gunslinging skills.
- Robert E. Howard's 'The Sonora Kid'.
- Inverted in Karl May's westerns (Winnetou, etc.). Anytime someone makes a name for themselves in the West, young or not, they get a moniker with "Old" slapped on. Old Shatterhand, Old Surehand, Old Firehand etc.
- In The Magnificent Seven (2016), Earl has taken to calling to calling himself 'the Two-Gun Kid'. His brother thinks its a stupid name. So does Faraday.
- Professional wrestlers "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels, 1-2-3 Kid (later known as X-Pac),the Dynamite Kid, etc.
- Troper Tales: Heart Burn Kid and Eponymous Kid.
- "Kid Death" from a series of pulp short stories was a Gangster variant on this trope, so called because of his youthful appearance and the tendency of corpses to appear whenever he was around — not all by his hand.
- Death the Kid from Soul Eater, and his Gunslinger ways are clearly inspired by this idea. He is the son of the Grim Reaper too.
- Stephen King's novella, The Colorado Kid is not Western, but rather a semi-detective tale.
- And his book The Stand had a character known just as "The Kid".
- Superheroes: Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Kid Quantum, Star-Spangled Kid, Kid Flash, Kid Eternity, Kid Devil, Kid Omega, Kid Vulcan, Kid
- The Cincinnati Kid
- The Heartbreak Kid (1972) (remade in 2007)
- Also the name of a 1985 song by Restless Heart actually called Back To (The Heartbreak Kid)
- Eyeshield 21: Musyanokoji Shien, the quarterback of the Western-themed Seibu Wild Gunmen, is usually only referred to as "Kid". Also an Ironic Nickname, since he has an old man's face.
- Elvis Presley's boxer character in Kid Galahad.
- The Cold Steel Kid, Gus's video game character in Deadly Games.
- The Sundown Kid in Live A Live.
- The Coca-Cola Kid
- The Ringo Kid in Humanity Has Declined. Ringo here referring to apples, not the Beatle.
- The Karate Kid and The Next Karate Kid
- In a MAD parody of Fantasy Island, the Tattoo stand-in was supposed to spread the fame of a guest's character as "The Babyface Kid", but picked a lower body part to feature instead.
- The Waco Kid from Blazing Saddles.
- 'Kid Shelleen', a gray-haired drunk (but still a gunfighter) played by Lee Marvin in the 1965 film Cat Ballou.
- Cat in the Red Dwarf western episode: "They call me the Kid ... the Riviera Kid."
- The "Toronto Kid", in a The Kids in the Hall sketch.
- Detroit-based Faygo soda pop had a series of '50s commercials featuring "The Faygo Kid".
- Nestle has a long-running series of ads for its white chocolate Milky Bar featuring 'the Milky Bar Kid'. The Milkybar Kid is strong and tough, and only the best is good enough... Usually a cowboy, although there was a period in the 80s where he was a space hero.
- The Myth Adventures novel Little Myth Marker, being a parody of gambler tropes, gives us the Sen-Sen Ante Kid (he always includes a breath mint in his stake for good luck). Subverted in that he's an old fat guy who got the nickname a loooooong time ago.
- From The Simpsons, when Moe described to Homer his boxing career:
Moe: They called me Kid Gorgeous. Later on, it was Kid Presentable. Then Kid Gruesome. And finally, Kid Moe.
- The long-running children's show Wonderama had a dance contest segment in the '70s that was introduced by "the Disco Kid," a boy in a Lone Ranger style Western costume.
- The Rumpo Kid in Carry On Cowboy.
- Whose Line Is It Anyway? The names of "Weird Superheroes" often dip into this trope.
- An episode of the Rugrats had Tommy and co. facing the playground bully known as The Junk Food Kid her real name is Prudence, because she eats pretty much only junk food.
- The Penguins of Madagascar has the Amarillo Kid, an armadillo who hustles people at... miniature golf.
- One of Hostess Snack Foods' mascots was an anthropomorphic Twinkie dressed as a gunslinger named "Twinkie the Kid".
- "The Cisco Kid (Was a Friend of Mine)" by WAR, in 1972. The name is a reference to the title character of a TV show that ran from 1950-56 and a series of movies. (See the entry under "Westerns").
- The FMV video game Prize Fighter for the Sega CD has the main player character referred to as simply "The Kid".
- Gravity's Rainbow features The Kenosha Kid, who may be a character, may be a hallucination by the protagonist, may be a Dance Sensation, or may not even exist at all.
- Post cereal Honeycomb featured a mascot named The Honeycomb Kid in its advertising. He was usually portrayed as a cowboy or an Adventurer Archaeologist.
- The very minor example of “the Piercings Kid” in The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World. This is an outworlder, a cross between a punk and a cowboy, who is described as having at least 10 facial piercings. His real name is unknown; the narrative simply refers to him that way. (After the Six Step Combo curb stomp him and his two companions, they clean fur, blood, and stray metal piercings off the stage.)
- Billy the Kid, the Trope Namer.
- The Sundance Kid, part of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
- The Apache Kid, an American outlaw of Native American descent.
- Kid Curry, part of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid's gang.
- Kid Poker, a Canadian professional poker player.
- Willie Mays, an American baseball player. ("The Say Hey Kid")
- "Kid Dynamite" Mike Tyson