The Trope Kid

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.


Examples:

Westerns
  • The desperado that Yancey has to shoot in Cimarron is named, simply, "The Kid".
  • The Cisco Kid: The title character, played by Duncan Renaldo, was a Mexican cowboy. There was also a series of movies starring Cisco and his comic sidekick, Pancho.
  • 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'.
  • Subverted in Karl May's westerns. 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.

Non-Western

Parodies
  • 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 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".

Real Life
  • 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