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Cattivik is (was) an Italian comic book created by Bonvi, well known for Sturmtruppen. It started as a parody of Diabolik, another Italian comic. The main Character is an ugly pear-shaped thing with a black suit that commits crimes (or at least tries to), usually by mugging people or burglary, but is always thwarted and suffers lots of Humiliation Conga of all sorts.

Its humour is often based on parody, fart and burp jokes and ludicrous violence, frequent parodies of Italian politicians, and politically incorrect jokes.

In 2008 an animated series was made, based on some episodes of the comic.


Cattivik contains examples of:

  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: Played for laughs when the title character gets cut to ribbons by a lion.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: "I Fanzinari Brufolosi" (the Zitty Fanboys) towards Cattivik and, in one story, a huge, ugly Fangirl who kidnaps Cattivik and forces him to draw a story for her (which is a parody of Stephen King's Misery).
  • Antihero: Cattivik, even if he is more like a Villain Protagonist.
  • Bank Robbery: Often attempted, rarely successful.
  • BFG: He sometimes wields large guns in his misfits.
  • Black Comedy Rape: In one story he's captured by an amorous male Gorilla and he later comes back wearing lingerie, a wig and a bra. Sometimes he gets dragged away by some ugly women (or gay men) with amorous intents.
  • Book Dumb: It is implied several times that Cattivik never had a proper education, and yet he's able to build complex machines using scrapped material.
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  • Butt-Monkey / Iron Butt-Monkey: Every single time. Also his usual victim, the Solitomino (Everyguy).
  • Camp Gay: Stylist is portrayed this way. Also Prince Charming.
  • Catchphrase: "Uaz Uaz Uaz" (Cattivik's traditional laugh). Also, the words "Brivido, Terrore, Raccapriccio" (Chills, Terror and Bloodcurdling) repeated at the start of each story.
  • The Chew Toy: Cattivik, oh so much.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: It usually derives from Cattivik's Amusing Injuries.
  • Crapsack World
  • Crashing Through the Harem: Has this happen to him a couple of times and both times gets savagely beaten for his trouble.
  • Collector of the Strange: "Battista il Collezionista" (which sounds like "Hector the Collector") IS this trope: you name it, he collects it. Including rocks, lockets, couches, fish, Muslim's erotic magazines, hounds, carnivorous plants, bombs and mines, weapons, blowpipes, hot air balloons, ropes, caves, gems and even experience.
  • Depending on the Writer: The art style and Cattivik's general behaviour change frequently.
  • Door Dumb: The aptly-named story The Door had Cattivik trying and failing to open a door. In a mild subversion he both pulled and pushed, but then he escalated to all sorts of mad attempts (ending with a nuke) without even suspecting it could be a sliding door. The door remained closed. It turned out it was a sliding door and wasn't even locked.
  • Drop the Hammer: He wields a trusty wooden hammer. Sometimes a large, steel one.
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Actually never a bear, but rather an angry mob, crocodiles, hounds and sharks. In a particularly funny story, he poisons (using the foul stench from the sewers) a ball... of all kind of policemen and such. He almost gets away in time.... only to be spotted and chased by a ludicrously large (about five whole panels in size) mob of policemen, firefighters, scouts, anti-riot troops, dog units and so on.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Cattivik from earlier stories and strips was actually much more successful and threatening than his later appearence. For example, in one case he's shown entering into a villa, munching on a bone while implying that he ate the watchdogs and then chased the armed guards away for some post-meal exercise. In more recent adaptations, he's lucky to avoid being mauled by a single dog in the first place.
  • Expy: Cattivik is one of Diabolik. The Everyguy is one for Fantozzi.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He can eat almost anything, usually disgusting stuff, including a salamander filled with fly eggs and fried in spider grease with oregano.
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: Very often.
  • Fan Disservice: Whenever he appears naked. Also many female characters are quite ugly.
  • Fat Bastard: Cattivik.
  • Fire and Brimstone Hell: And he managed to escape from it... by the Etna Volcano....
  • Fluffy Tamer: He once considered keeping a gator as a pet, and in one story he managed to subvert his status as Butt-Monkey by beating a large, mean gorilla to a pulp.
  • Funetik Aksent: In an exaggeration of Milan's dialect, Cattivik often omits the last vowel of each word.
  • Gag Boobs: Used sometimes. Most notably in one story (in which everything is white because of a lazy artist strong blizzard) where he lands from a great height on something soft and warm. This is revealed to be the large bosom of a streetwalker. In one story he even ends up with two fake breasts which look like beach balls (complete with plug).
  • Gender Bender: In one story he ends up in the operating room of a hospital and is later seen with flowing blond hair, skirt and big breasts.
  • Gonk: Many people in the comic.
  • Groin Attack: Often.
  • Hammerspace: That or his leotard is really spacious.
  • Hidden Depths: Even though Cattivik can barely read or write, he can conjure up weird contraptions or a Thememobile using only whatever junk he can find in the sewers he lives in.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Happens to him quite frequently.
  • Human Head on the Wall: In one early story, Cattivik sneaks in the mansion of an eccentric old baron who was a prolific tiger hunter and now that he's retired he's taken the hobby to hunt down thieves and criminals who break into his house and mount their heads on a wall, and tries to do the same to Cattivik. Played for laughs by the end of the story, where Cattivik's head is seen mounted on the wall... but since the baron's butler accidentally died during the hunt, he has hired Cattivik as the new butler and the trophy thing is part-time.
  • Humiliation Conga: Being beaten to a pulp is quite common. Other fates include being thrown in jail, captured by a group of Boy Scouts, sealed up somewhere, exposed as a freak, forced to work as a (female) prostitute and even married to a Camp Gay stylist (as his bride, no less).
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: From spoons to howitzers.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Guess who.
  • Jerkass: Cattivik. Also some minor characters, like other punks or the Skinheads.
  • Karma Houdini: Usually the other delinquents or characters who trick Cattivik.
  • Knife Nut: He also likes knives.
  • Living Crashpad: Happens twice in the same story. The first time he lands on something "bouncy" revealed to be the breasts of a prostitute. Later he's sent flying again and this time lands on something soft and hairy, revealed to be the back of a polar bear in the zoo.
  • Looks Like Orlok: Surprisingly, in the Dracula parody story, the count "Nosfigatu" looks more like Nosferatu. And, is an even greater Butt-Monkey than Cattivik himself.
  • Low-Speed Chase: In one story, Cattivik is chased by a stubborn carabiniere, and the fast chase slowly declines to a walking pace, then to an agonising crawl.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Cattivik often ends up like this, only to scoop himself back together a few seconds later.
  • The Mafia: Usually composed of two identical men with fedoras and moustaches.
  • Mugging the Monster:
    • It happens to him from time to time. Subverted once where he flees screaming seeing a very tall, angry man who is actually a balloon wielded by a little kid.
    • Or when he mugs a normal-looking man who promptly reacts by beating him to a pulp in order to subvert a stereotype.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Occasionally invoked whenever Cattivik's hijinks involve a celebrity.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: His rats.
  • No Fourth Wall: Sometimes the narrator's loud introductions wake Cattivik up from his slumber. Sometimes, Cattivik actually argues with the authors of the story.
  • No One Could Survive That!: He's survived being clubbed, slashed, impaled, squashed, bisected, diced, shot, poisoned, eaten and even nuked.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Let's just say the whole comic.
  • Refuge in Audacity
  • Rube Goldberg Device: Cattivik occasionally builds one, and a whole episode was dedicated to explaining how one of them worked.
  • Running Gag: His stench, which is so strong it can cause even mummies, zombies and monsters to puke.
  • Sequential Symptom Syndrome: Cattivik spends an entire story suffering the infernal and disgusting symptoms of a virus as soon as a doctor on television mentions them. He eventually tries to stop them by swallowing a whole truckload of medicines, but it backfires horribly as the virus had exhausted its life cycle anyway.
  • Status Quo Is God: No matter what happens to him, in the next story he's back on his feet in the sewers on another objective.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Done with weapons in a hooligan themed episode. He first mugs a large hooligan with a kitchen knife, and the guy just pulls out a huge knife and dice him. Then he tries his luck against another hooligan (this time with a gun), put the other one pulls out a rocket launcher. The last time he attempts it with a small cannon, the "victim" is a small band of delinquents with ''a Tank!''.
  • Take Our Word for It: The blizzard episode where everything's white. At one point he runs into a colossal Ice sculpture representing the October's Revolution and the assault on the Czar's palace complete with horses, soldiers and any possible kind of minute decorations.
    Cattivik: "I'm shocked with awe and surprise! It's a pity that you can't see this!"
  • Tempting Fate: And it never misses a chance to bite him in the ass.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: In one episode (an homage to Sturmtruppen) Cattivik finds a group of really old, senile nazi soldiers who are unaware that the war is over.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In at least a couple episodes (both involving a psychiatrist) he manages to finally steal something without getting torn to pieces.
  • Wholesome/Creepy Crossdresser: Only once has it been voluntary, every other time it's usually part of a Humiliation Conga.
  • Wrong Parachute Gag: Subverted when the hero gets the wrong parachute but still manages to land safely on a plane (don't worry, It Makes Sense in Context).
  • You All Look Familiar: The Solitomino's (actually his surname) family members share the same traits.


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