Beefer steals the spotlight from Keiki and Andrea...again.note :His spotlight will later get stolen◊ by Princess Pi.
There are a lot of crazy people you think wouldn't live in Hawaii, but probably do.
-Peter Paltridge, Platypus Comix Official Collection 4: The Secrets of George Lucas's Fortress of Solitude
Peter Paltridge, the host of Platypus Comix, created Keiki in 2002. The comic features various grade-school age children living in Honolulu, Hawaii, such as Badbutt Beefer Kekoalauliilnapalihauliuliokekoolau, Token Evil Teammate Ivan, Too Clever by Half Keiki Kikilaka (named after the Hawaiian word for "child"), and Cloud Cuckoolander Andrea. The series avoids portraying Hawaii as an island paradise, through its eccentric cast and outrageous occurrences. Paltridge initially wanted this comic to represent the "real" Hawaii, but it seems to have drifted farther and farther away from that premise.In February 2013, Peter Paltridge announced that the final Keiki comic will come in 2015, at the latest.
Artistic License - History: In "Take Your Keiki To Work Day," Keiki and her older sister, Queenie Waheenie, watch a documentary about Hawaii which teaches that the islands were formed from one of Pele's eggs, portrays King Kamehameha has a dragon, and boasts that Queen Liliuokalani willingly gave Hawaii to America after Americans saved the day and banished Tiki gods to the Phantom Zone.
The drawings of Beefer's futuristic vision in "Academia Nuts" all appear to be taken from an old, realistic, full-color comic book.
The chase scene in "Deathburger in Paradise" is drawn as crude doodles due to budget constrictions.
Batman Gambit: During the Student Body President election in "Total Recall," one candidate assumes the alias of "Candidate X," and gains support through advertisements that leave an intriguingly mysterious impression on the other students. Eventually, Candidate X wins the election in a landslide, allowing Keiki to reassume authority over the student body.
If not for the fact the title of the series hasn't changed, one might think Beefer displaced Keiki as the main character, since he's had several days in the limelight. Also, he was the only Keiki character to show up in the Platypus Comix Tenth Anniversary Ensemble. (Most of the other series were represented by at least two characters)
The E-Venge spokesoman from "E-Venge of the Nerd," Vess MacMeal, went on to appear in some of Peter's other works (albeit with a different character design). These include the one-off comic "Vess MacMeal Starring in: The More You Know!", a Q&A column, Ask Vess Anything, in BANG! The Entertainment Paper, and some fake small-business advertisements in BANG!
Canon Sue: Invoked; since Keiki is the most refined character in the comic, Queenie once called her a Mary Sue.
Continuity Nod: After (almost) no one gets what they asked for on Christmas in the first part of "Keiki's Huge Christmas Epic", Beefer exclaims, "If only Johnny McRotten were back in power!" One of Peter's abandoned series, Guava Guava, had a comic in which Santa Claus' new rival, Johnny McRotten, rewarded people who misbehave.
Crossover: Happens briefly but semi-frequently in the old comics. Stitch's cameo in "Academia Nuts" is a notable example since Peter has acknowledged his movie's trailer as an inspiration for Keiki's tone.
Cursed with Awesome: "Twilight Princess" saw Darcy return to Hawaii during a surge of popular vampire-related romance books and movies, and gain instant popularity after revealing that she's a vampire. Eventually, she starts finding this condition less awesome after questioning the possibility her new friends like her for what she is instead of who she is. After witnessing celebrities confess themselves to be vampires simply to gain publicity, she finally rants about the negative repercussions.
Production Foreshadowing: "Haole Berry" has a scene where Beefer throws rocks at Winnie Goodwin, Jessie Harper, and Gene Harper, three of the stars of Free Spirit. He admits to Keiki that he doesn't know who any of them are, but has an inexplicable hatred for them.note The reason probably relates to Peter's announcement that Free Spirit will displace Keiki as a flagship comic.
Spiritual Successor: A Hawaiian vacation Peter once took inspired him to try and make a comic about crazy occurrences in an island community. One of his first attempts was Cocktails and Dreams, which only lasted three issues. Peter's discontent with this comic led him to try and make one set in Hawaii itself.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Peter has admitted that Keiki Kikilaka's status as the main character is "debatable," since the comics focus more often on several of her classmates.
Surrounded by Idiots: In "Academia Nuts," after Keiki scores higher on a standardized test than anyone else in Hawaii, she begins contemplating the possibility that everyone else is dumber than her. Marie and Andrea fail to alleviate her concerns.
You Mean X Mas: Ms. Munupi made her students celebrate "Sparkle Day" in the first part of "Keiki's Huge Christmas Epic". One of them accidentally provoked her to refer to Christmas by its actual name, prompting some police to arrest her.