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C'est pô juste...

One of the most popular Franco-Belgian Comics, Titeuf, created in 1992 by the Swiss cartoonist Philippe Chappuis, aka Zep (as in Led Zeppelin), tells the everyday life of the 8-year-old Titeuf and his buddies, specifically on their... confused views regarding the adults and the world. It frequently plays with the Children Are Innocent trope: The kids are far more aware of sex, drugs and the like than the adults would believe, but almost always by Comically Missing the Point, especially Titeuf himself. A translated version appeared for a short while in The Dandy.


Titeuf provides examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: Titeuf (from "Tête d'Oeuf", "egghead", according to Word of God) versus the rest of the cast.
  • All Men Are Perverts: This starts young. The fixation the boys have on the school nurse, for instance. Titeuf's "borrowing" a picture of his babysitter in a bathing costume.
  • Animated Adaptation: A TV series and a movie.
  • Anime Hair: Titeuf's blond lock, taking the Idiot Hair trope to a whole new level by being his only hair, and nearly as tall as his body.
  • Annoying Background Event: One strip has the kids make weird faces for the whole strip, before the last panel reveals they're doing this in front of a window to distract one of their friends who's giving a violin recital.
  • Art Evolution: Characters were more rigidly drawn in the early albums, while they have rounder shapes in the later ones.
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  • Asleep in Class: Though not asleep per se, the children are really, really bored in class, and it shows.
  • Author Avatar: Titeuf's father strongly resembles Zep.
  • Bald Woman: Titeuf once meets a girl who is hiding a bald head under her hat: turns out she has cancer.
  • Big Damn Movie: Mostly averted with the movie: it is a mundane story about Titeuf wanting to declare his love for Nadia, but several moments are played as "epic" which is mostly in Titeuf's head.
  • Bleached Underpants: It's funny to see how wholesome and kid-pandering the series and franchise have gotten, considering the first comics were quite dark and adult, making deliberate references to pornography at times. There was debate whether the comics could be put in family-friendly shelves or not.
  • Bowdlerise: On the TV series, the school nurse started out with overly large breasts, but for her season 3 redesign they were reduced to a normal size.
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  • Braces of Orthodontic Overkill: Worn by Jean-Claude, which he is not very happy about, causing him a speech impediment. When playing pretend games, he will sometimes play the part of a "steel-jawed tyrannosaurus".
  • Bucket Booby-Trap: The kids attempt to do that in real life after seeing it in a cartoon and... Reality Ensues. As said in the article page, water is heavy, and the bucket doesn't fall empty. Cue in a badly injured kid and two ashamed ones.
  • Catchphrase: C'est pô juste... (s'not fair...)
  • Celebrity Cameo: Late French rock singer Johnny Hallyday makes an almost-surreal appearance in the movie.
  • Children Are Innocent: As already mentioned, Double Subverted.
  • Cluster F-Bomb
  • Comic-Book Time: The early albums are set during The '90s, while the latest ones are set in The New '10s, with Titeuf still being around the same age.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The first volume.
  • The Disease That Shall Not Be Named: The infestation of headlice in the school. When Titeuf hears that kids with lice will be sent home for treatment, he sets about getting some. He gets sent to the school nurse instead.
  • Early Installment Weirdness : The first few volumes (the very first one in particular) are considerably Darker and Edgier (maybe Hotter and Sexier ?) than the later ones. In fact, their boldness can be downright disturbing. The first album is also the only one in black and white.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Titeuf's parents are only addressed as such, but the trope is generally averted with the other adults.
  • Fake-Out Opening: The opening of the movie places everyone in Prehistoric times.
  • Fingore: Titeuf has a huge pimple growing on his finger at some point. Treatment is ineffective, so he decides to snip it off with a pair of scissors in class, in front of Nadia. The pimple is cut off, but the pain is unbearable.
  • From the Mouths of Babes: Will use very nasty words sometimes. Sometimes straight, sometimes innocently.
  • Gasshole: Several times. One story was about all different types of farts the kids could do.
  • Hockey Mask and Chainsaw: In the movie, when Titeuf is looking at a psychologist's patients, he pictures one of them must be very violent by having come out of his head a small killer wearing a hockey mask and brandishing a chainsaw.
  • Hospital Hottie: The busty school nurse.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Titeuf himself, who often embarrasses his parents or other adults by making weird remarks.
  • Kids Are Cruel
  • Kissing Cousins: Titeuf has shown to be once attracted to his cousin Julie, and immediately asked his dad if cousins could marry. Dad pointed out the genetic problems that could arise.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: Dumbo, named for her big nose and ears. (However, her name is only revealed once : Valérie)
  • Limited Wardrobe: Averted for one scene in the movie where Nadia wears a white shirt instead of her usual black and Titeuf accidentally gets black ink on it.
  • Love Letter Lunacy: In the movie, Titeuf thinks his parents are seperating because his mother found his love letter to Nadia and thought it was from a secret admirer of hers.
  • No Sympathy: Zigzagged in the movie. Tituef accidentally gets Nadia and himself in trouble and sent to the principal's office for passing notes in class. The principal takes pity on Titeuf when he mentions his parents are currently seperated and lets him off, but he doesn't even bother hearing Nadia's side of the story and punishes her.
  • Oddball in the Series: "Nadia gets married" is a full story about Titeuf getting jealous over Nadia's supposed boyfriend.
    • "Welcome to teenagehood!", the latest album, does the same thing.
  • Progressively Prettier: Inverted with Nadia, who was originally drawn with a more traditionally "pretty" face, but was progressively drawn more cartoonish and with big pouting lips, to more fit in with the comical atmosphere.
  • Rated G for Gangsta: The comic was originally infamous/famous for showing kids in vulgar, shocking and very politically incorrect situations, which is what made its popularity. However, as time went on, its growing popularity ironically led it to become progressively more family-friendly, until its sanitized cartoon adaptations made it barely edgier than your average kid show.
  • Stern Teacher: Titeuf's teacher, an old strict lady.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Since the 13th books Titeuf dates Ramatou, a girl who is much taller than him.
  • Toilet Humor: Quite often.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: While in first comics and first season of the TV show Nadia wasn't always good to Titeuf, she was a lot nicer too him on several occasions. In the newest season of the TV serie, she's a pure jerk who spends her time hurting Titeuf, sometimes for very minor reasons Maybe she was good to him at least 3 times, but that's all. Looks like an unfortunately case of Derailing Love Interests in favor of Ramatou.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Hervé, aka "Vomito", has this as his hat.


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