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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 to 10 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.

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Titeuf provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parent:
    • Hugo's father hits Hugo's big brother just for saying "meh" then hits his wife for defending her son. In the back cover of one comic, Titeuf even says that Hugo gets his ass kicked by his father when he gets bad grades.
    • Marco once says that his father will kick his ass if he come home late.
    • Titeuf's father can be this especially in early comics where he tended to slap or punish Titeuf for asking an inapropriate question even tough he's just a child and is not aware that he shouldn't ask things like this. He's way less violent in laters books though.
    • Discussed when Titeuf and Hugo see girl with a blacked eye and Hugo believe that her father beats her, though there is no indication that it is true and the girl gets angry at Titeuf for insulting her father so it's likely false. Later Manu and François think Titeuf's father beats him because he have a blaked eye now but it's actually the girl who did it to him.
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  • Actor Allusion: Titeuf's Spanish VA in the animated series is the same one as Bart's.
  • Adoption Diss: Jean-Claude once says that Titeuf is adopted as an insult, Titeuf take it a bit too seriously.
  • Aerith and Bob: Titeuf (from "Tête d'Oeuf", "egghead", according to Word of God) and his little sister "Zizie" (from "zizi", a French childish euphemism for "penis") versus the rest of the cast.
  • Agony of the Feet:
    • Titeuf steps on someone's foot when he's trying to uses stilts.
    • One gag has Titeuf having trouble to go to the toilet in the middle of the night without stepping on his sister's toys. He's glad that it also happens to his parents.
  • 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.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Titeuf sometime find his father to be this, notably when he become jobless and is taking him to school by holding his hand and kissing him on the cheek in front of his friends before leaving.
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  • Animated Adaptation: A TV series and a movie.
  • Amicable Exes: When Titeuf's dad meet an ex, they have a casual and friendly conversation.
  • 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 Titeuf and Hugo make weird faces for the whole strip, before the last panel reveals they're doing this in front of a window to distract Manu 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.
  • Artistic License – Education: Even though the books are set in an elementary school, they are sometime learning things you're not supposed to learn much later, like square roots.
  • Asleep in Class: It sometime happens as the kids find the class very boring. It gets even worst when Mr. Dubouvreuil comes in the class to teach.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Titeuf makes a dream where he's a girl and is attracted by Nadia who is now a boy. Once he wakes up, he says that Nadia was cooler as a boy.
  • 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.
  • Balloon Belly: Titeuf goes on a waterslide, head first and dive into a pool with the mouth open, his body looks like a huge water balloon in the next panel.
  • Banana Peel: Titeuf uses a banana peel to break the leg of a doctor who was going to vaccinate the students, he was said to have hands that shakes alot, much to the fear of the students.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The teacher gets really tired of Titeuf always drawing Lucky Luke and order him to draw his dreams which is the class' drawing theme for today. So Titeuf decide to draw the teacher getting tortured.
  • 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.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Jean-Claude has rather big eyebrows.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Some characters including Titeuf have these by default, they have more normal eyes when they gets emotional.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • François says that he stopped buying a brand of shoes because they use children labor, Manu says he stopped too while heavily sweating and ginving a not credible smile.
    • When Titeuf's team is being curbstomped by Nadia's "husband" ( Actually just her cousin) at basketball, he says that they let him win out of politeness.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Broken Record: Manu is stuck saying "me too" with a dumb smile the day after Camille kisses him.
  • 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.
  • The Bully:
    • Titeuf and his friends often come across some older bullies, the most prominant one is the great Diego.
    • Camille, an old crush of Titeuf was this to every kids except him.
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Nadia has always rejected Titeuf who was attracted by her. Once Titeuf tells her he doesn't love her anymore she seems happy for a few seconds then she gets sad and become jealous of Ramatou, Titeuf's new love interest.
  • Calling Your Attacks: One gag is about Titeuf and his friends having food fights and giving an attack name for every kinds of food he uses.
  • Captain Obvious: Titeuf loses Nadia and Ramatou's respect due to a misunderstanding, and lament that Ramatou hates him now. Manu then casually add that Nadia hates him too as she insult Titeuf.
  • Cassandra Truth: Titeuf leaves his backpack with all his homeworks in it in an open space. People think it's a terrorist attack and it gets destroyed. In the last panel, Titeuf's teacher says that it's the worst excuse for not doing homework she ever heard.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Titeuf have "C'est pô juste..." (s'not fair...) and "Tcho", the latter is sometime used by other kids.
    • A girl with a Precocious Crush on Titeuf have "Ze t'aime", which means "I love you" with a lisp.
  • Celebrity Cameo: Late French rock singer Johnny Hallyday makes an almost-surreal appearance in the movie.
  • Cheek Copy: Titeuf once did this, but was found out because his mom had sewn a label with his name on his underwear.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: When Titeuf was at the creche, he offered a ring to Camille as a marrage proposal for the future. In the present, he regret doing this. While she kept the ring, she doesn't seem to take the proposal seriously anyway and Manu tries to take it back for Titeuf but instantanly gives it back to her from himself, technically playing this trope straight in the end.
  • Children Are Innocent: Both subverted as seen with Kids Are Cruel and played straight when the kids are asking questions about sexuality, love and other adult things and often ends up Comically Missing the Point.
  • Colorization: The first comic was monochrome but later got a colorized edition. It's recognizable by the cover as it have an added stamp showing Titeuf with various colors as if the character himself was painted over.
  • 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. There's even a page where Titeuf's dad tells that he's getting held back, but in the next book, Titeuf still has the same classmates.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef; Titeuf once ate two chocolate tablets with honey and cheese between them. He calls it the "gerbosandwich de la mort", basically the "barfsandwich of the dead".
  • A Day in the Limelight: One gag centers around Nadia fantasizing about her ideal lover and being disgusted by the boys in the class. Titeuf only appears in two panel and have no more importance than the other boys.
  • Deadly Rotary Fan: Discussed at least twice:
    • There is a time where the kids tells about gruesome deaths they heard of, one of them is about an helicopter cleaner who got sliced by the blades.
    • Titeuf once metaphorically says that french kissing is like crossing a fast spinning blade because you must not do any false movement to not get cut.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The first volume.
  • Demoted to Extra: Nathalie, who rarely even talks in season 4.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Done accidentally by Titeuf, when he gets punished for unintentionally calling a rector "Mr. Rectum", he tells Manu that "The Rectum is a real asshole".
  • The Disease That Shall Not Be Named: The infestation of headlice in the school in the cartoon. 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Titeuf can be harshly punished for petty reasons. There's one moment where a woman slap him for innocently asking if she have menopause, he's a kid.
    • Nadia have often very good reason to slap Titeuf, however there is a gag where all he do is take a photo of her an deform it with a phone app just for fun but that makes her angry enough to hit him.
  • The Ditz: Thérèse is probably the dumbest character of the comics. Even Titeuf who's far from being the smartest can't help but facepalm at her stupidity.
  • Dragged into Drag: When Titeuf thinks that Nadia has a husband, one of his plan to separate them is having Manu dress as a girl and to pretend he's married to him all along so Nadia would gets jealous and breaks up.
  • The Dreaded: Titeuf says that Camille scared every boys at the creche. Even if he was the only boy she wasn't bullying, he's scarred of her when they meets again.
  • Dream Intro:
    • The movie start with Titeuf dreaming of everyone in Prehistoric times.
    • The start of the 13th book where Titeuf, Nadia and Zizie switch gender.
      • Season 4 Episode 20 of the cartoon re-use the idea.
  • Downer Ending:
    • Nadia gets married ends with Titeuf ruining his chance to invite Nadia for a dance at the school party, and he ends up dancing with Dumbo because of a dare he made with Manu.
    • Welcome to teenagehood! ends with Nadia and Ramatou telling Titeuf to grow up, which is what created a conflict for Titeuf at the beginning.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Discussed, during a school travel, Titeuf find his underwear on the ground but he doesn't want to admit it's his, so the teacher simply throws it away. Cut to Titeuf at home telling the viewers then when he'll grow up, he'll be able to drink to forget this, implying he had to sleep without underwears in a room with other students.
  • 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 butit later got colorized.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Titeuf seems to be fond of them. There's a page where he imagine himself and other people as dinosaur version of themselves.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Titeuf runs around with a toy plane and accidentally shoves it in Hugo's eye.
    • During a page about food fights, Titeuf spray tangerine juice in other students' eyes.
    • Titeuf accidentally put his finger in Dumbo's eye when he's practicing to dance for a school festival.
  • Face–Heel Turn: This trope is referenced in a game of Cowboys and Indians Titeuf and his friends are playing. Titeuf is on the Cowboys' side and smoke a cigarette from Hugo which makes him cough puffs of smoke, François then think he joined the Indians' side and is making smoke signals.
  • Face Palm:
    • Grown ups tends to do this when Titeuf says something non-sensical or embarassing.
    • Titeuf himself do this whenever he witness Therese's stupidity to the point that his hand leaves a mark on his face.
  • Fake-Out Opening: The opening of the movie places everyone in Prehistoric times.
  • Fingore:
    • In a Funny Background Event during the preparation of a school party, François accidentally cut the tip of a student's finger.
    • Hervé can be seen with a nail in the finger when Titeuf is day-dreaming about Nadia in crafting class.
  • Flipping the Bird: Jean-Claude gives the finger to Hugo, Titeuf and Manu one time the former makes a remark on his teeth, which they do often.
  • From the Mouths of Babes: The kids will use very nasty words sometimes. Sometimes straight, sometimes innocently.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • When the kids are cleaing a park of it's empty cans, a boy can be seen showing a grenade he found to the teacher while sporting a bored expression, however the teacher is understandably horrified.
    • When Titeuf is having troubles with juggling balls, Jean-Claude can be seen in the background throwing a ball in his own face.
  • Gasshole: Several times. One story was about all different types of farts the kids could do.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Titeuf pretends to be sick to not go to school, his mom doesn't believe him but gives him a thermometer to he can prove it, the moment she leaves the room, Titeuf put the thermometer on a radiator and go back to bed when his mom go back. The temperature is so high that his mom sprays him with cold water and he end up sick for real when he was originally just pretending to skip an exam.
  • Groin Attack:
    • Boys tends to gets kicked in the groin when they annoys girls.
    • Manu climbs a tree to pick up a stuck football and fall groin first on a branch.
    • Hugo accidentally does this to Ramon when trying to launch him with a plank on a barrel by jumping on the other side of the plank, Ramon hasn't placed himself yet and thus the plank hits him right between his legs.
    • Titeuf climbs up a water slide while other people are sliding, Hugo doesn't notice him and accidentally headbutt his crotch.
  • Growing Up Sucks: In one page, Titeuf notice his parents having many adult problems like getting a parking ticket or his father cutting himself while shaving. When asked what he want to do when he'll grow up, he ask if growing up is obligatory.
  • Healthy in Heaven: Discussed in a comic where Titeuf and his cousin Julie see a dead cat on the road, Julie then explain him that the cat will go to heaven and that everyone who go there will be healed and look young again. at the end of the page Titeuf tell his friend François that it's useless to tear off mosquitoes' wings because they will gets new ones in heaven.
  • Height Angst: Titeuf thinks he have the worst height to takes the bus because he reaches exactly the height of an adult's armpit and is forced to feel them on his head.
  • 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 in the cartoon adaptation.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • In a gag that centers around petitions, there's a man who hold a petition for a cleaner town... with a bunch of cigarettes he smoked all around him on the ground.
    • When the students come back from a school trip to the mountains, they all starts to brag to their moms on how they did dangerous stunts and almost died, then Hervé come out of the train with a broken leg in a plaster because he slipped in the stairs and Titeuf calls him a show-off.
  • I Ate WHAT?!:
    • Marco once gave bunny poops to eat to some students, saying it was drug.
    • There's a page where Titeuf and his friends proudly tells each others about their disgusting lunches. Titeuf have a toothpaste sandwich, Manu have a cat food burger (with snots), François have a chocolate bar filled with suppositories and Hugo have macaroons licked by a dog and filled with bunny poops. It turns out they where expecting a near-sighted bully to steal their lunches and eat them. It works.
  • Imagine Spot: Some page are mostly composed of Titeuf having several imagine spots:
    • In one of them he imagine himself killing or harming his teacher in many different eras.
    • In one page he pass next to different cool looking men and he imagine himself in their place, then he come home and cry when his father ask him to help cleaning the house.
    • In another one, he imagine himself being tortured in different ways.
    • There's a time where he's asked what job he would like to have, he imagine himself in many cool and mostly unrealistic professions.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain:
    • A man nicknamed "Ray Charles" often tries to take the money of Titeuf and his friends, but they see him more as a joke than anything else because he never realise that they just gives him fake Monopoly bills or in Hervé's case: a piece of toilet paper. When he gets arrested, the kids feels bad for him and offer him a Monopoly boardgame so he can play in prison.
    • Another bully tried to pick on Titeuf and his friend, all it got him was being vomited on by Hervé, being spitted on by Jean-Claude and having a smell of Puduk's socks, the latter sent him at the hospital and Titeuf and his friends thought about giving him a visit as if he was a friend.
  • Informed Attribute: When the students are drawing themselves, Titeuf and Manu start to mess up each others drawings, Manu put black dots all over Titeuf's portrait saying that he forgot his freckles even though Titeuf was never shown having freckles.
  • Inkblot Test:
    • Titeuf and Manu do one in the first book, they fight over it because Manu says it's a cloud while Titeuf think it's Manu's head.
    • Used in the movie where Titeuf go see a psychologist, by sheer coincidence, the blots looks like Nadia, Titeuf's mom and the psychologist. Titeuf think the psychologist is some kind of mental manipulator so instead of going along the test he just says that the blots looks like blots until the last one. The psychologist sounds a bit offended when Titeuf tells the similarities between him the the blots.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Titeuf himself, who often embarrasses his parents or other adults by making weird remarks.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Titeuf and his friends can do really nasty things, one of their worst moments is when Their mockery on "Dumbo" make her think about suicide so they'd fells guilty.
  • 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.
  • Knows a Guy Who Knows a Guy:
    • When the grandfather of a student named Ludo die, everyone start to tell him about the death of the relatives of some of their minor acquaintances.
    • When Titeuf have a wart on the hand and every other kids give him advices, Hugo says that he know a dude who is the neighbour of a guy who know a healer. He does it again when Titeuf cut his wart with scissors.
    • When Titeuf says that Nadia can't be married because she's too young, Hugo answers that his father knows a guy who reads an article on a girl who married at 9 in Africa.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat:
    • Titeuf says he knows how bunnies' biology works because he watched every Bugs Bunny cartoons.
    • Hugo thinks that making Titeuf play fighting games will improve his combat skills.
  • In-Universe Catharsis: Titeuf and his friends start to really enjoy basketball when they decorate the basket with a drawing of the great Diego, it makes them feel like they are actually throwing balls at the bully.
  • Irony:
    • Titeuf thinks Nadia has a boyfriend, so he ask his cousin Julie to seduce him to separate them, he was actually Nadia's cousin.
    • A camera is added into the schoolyard so the students would feel watched and stop fighting. It actually made them fight because they all wanted to show to the camera who was the best actor.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: Dumbo, named for her big nose and ears. (However, her name is only revealed once : Valérie)
  • Limited Wardrobe:
    • There's a moment in the books where Titeuf's classmates makes fun of him because he always wears the same clothes, even tough they barely change outfits themselves.
    • 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.
  • Literal Ass-Kicking:
    • We don't see it but it's mentioned that Hugo and Marco sometimes gets kicked in their asses by their fathers for bad grades and coming home late respectively.
    • When Titeuf is about to move out, he do various things that would make him target for bullying and revenges including kicking the asses of some bigger bullies because he believe it won't have consequenses as he will be in an other country. Then his mom explain him that they will actually move in an other appartement in the same city they aleady lives in.
    • Manu accidentally spit on the apartement's janitor's head, later Manu is seen with his hand on his butt and tell Titeuf that if he want to know how many time his ass was kicked he just have to count the seconds and multiply by ten.
  • Literal-Minded: Justified since the main characters are children.
    • Titeuf being the main character, this trope mainly happens to him.
      • Hugo shows Titeuf Nadia's diary, when Titeuf hears "Dear diary..." he think she's actually writting to someone named that way.
      • There's a French expression for kissing called "rouler une pelle" (rolling a shovel), Titeuf thinks it literally involve rolling the tip of a shovel in a girl's mouth. He often takes expressions in the literal way.
    • Ramon is possbly one of the most naive character in the books, he's once asked to bring a Jesus for a creche representation, he just cut a photo of his cousin named Jesus.
    • Therese might be the dumbest character of the comics, there's a moment where Titeuf tries to explain her that what's written about her on social medias on her phone are by real people, she tells him that more than hundred people can't possibly fit into a phone, but then she believe him literally and she break Dumbo's phone which had something written about her, thinking that the phone itself was mean.
  • Loves Me Not: Titeuf plays it in a field of flowers and always end with "Loves me not".
  • Love Letter Lunacy:
    • In the movie, Titeuf thinks his parents are seperating because his mother found his love letter to Nadia and he think she believe it was from a secret admirer of hers.
    • Titeuf tries to deliver a love letter to Ramatou via a drone, it land near Therese and she thinks it's for her and is seduced.
  • Morning Wood: One gag is about Titeuf being bothered by an erection in the morning.
  • Never Myfault: Titeuf almost accidentally make a vase falls out of a table, then he intentionnaly try to push it to tempt fate and when it does fall, he blames god for not preventing the vase to fall.
  • No Sympathy: Zigzagged in the movie. Titeuf 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 and Welcome to teenagehood! are both one full story intead of having one page gags.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. There are two boys named Jérôme. A friend Titeuf made in a summer camp and Nadia's supposed boyfriend in Nadia gets married.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname:
    • Hervé is always called "Vomito" by other kids because he often vomit.
    • Alexandre is nicknamed "Puduk'", which is a shortening of "pue du cul" (stink from the ass), because he always stink.
    • Thomas is nicknamed "Morvax", from "morve" which means "snot" because he always have a cold.
    • A teacher is called "Mr. Rotten" by the kids because of his bad breath.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Titeuf and other students tries to disguise as an other student named Robert because he have a hot AU pair girl taking care of him and they wants to replace him. Their disguises is just them wearing glasses and combing their hairs like Robert so they barely looks like him.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Titeuf tries to bully a child that's half his height so he'll pay him a chocolate bar, then the child grabs Titeuf and throw him into a vending machine, then he tells Titeuf he's a black belt in karate.
  • Playing Doctor: Titeuf is asked by a girl to play doctor, he takes it literaly and proceeds to simulate an injection... with a sharpened pencil.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: Played With, Titeuf stop moving just like a statue because he was very close to get a kiss from Nadia but didn't get it. He stay like this until night time and Manu is considering carrying him back at his home.
  • Potty Failure: Titeuf drinks a lots of water at school for a contest of who can pee the farther, he's caught by surprise in the hall by an adult and end up peeing in his pants.
  • Precocious Crush:
    • Several gags involve a girl younger than Titeuf who have a crush on him, much to his irritation.
    • Titeuf is said to be 8 and half in early books but once had a short time crush on a girl who was about 11.
    • Since the 13th book, Titeuf is in love with Ramatou who is 13.
  • 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.
  • Prone to Vomiting: Hervé throws up so much that he gets called "Vomito".
  • Protagonist Title: Titeuf
  • Punny Name: Titeuf and Hugo watch a gore movie called "The return of the Mixer", made by John Bolognèse. Bolognèse come from "bolognaise" which is a tomato sauce, fitting for a gore movie realisator.
  • 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.
  • Reality Ensues: During an horror themed party, a kid covered his head in strawberry jam to make it looks like blood, in the next panel, he's swarmed by flies.
  • The Reveal: In Nadia gets married, the kid everyone thought was her husband was actually her cousin.
  • Shipper on Deck: Titeuf and his friends ships their teacher with Mr. Dubouvreuil.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When Titeuf imagine himself killing his teacher in different eras, there's one where the teacher is dressed like an ancient roman while Titeuf looks like Asterix.
    • When the students are asked to draw their dreams, Titeuf draws Lucky Luke. He apparently always draw him no matter the theme.
    • When Titeuf and his friends are thinking of games to play, he propose Jurassic Park, Star Trek and Superman.
    • There's a page where Titeuf imagine himself living in the Harry Potter world.
  • Silly Prayer: Titeuf's grandma tells him that he can talk to god as he listen to him, Titeuf then tries to talk to him like in a phone call and ask for a Playstation, but he's not sure how to end the conversation and is scared that god will think all of his thought are part of the prayer including the part where he thinks "I want to scratch my ass".
  • Skewed Priorities: Titeuf cares more about getting a drawing of a 10 euros bill stolen from him than a real bill.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Titeuf assist at a wedding then the priest says the French equivalent, "Speak now or keep quiet forever." Titeuf, who had been instructed to keep quiet during the wedding, loudly complains that he agreed to keep quiet for an hour, not forever!
  • Stealth Insult: Titeuf start to make a drawing for Nadia and ask Manu if she's gonna like it, he answer that it can't be worst than if he write the poem he was thinking about making her.
  • Stern Teacher: Titeuf's teacher, an old strict lady.
  • Stock "Yuck!": The kids will sometime comments on how digusting spinach is.
  • The Stoic: Romuald have an almost constant bored expression.
  • Terrible Artist: Hugo's portrait of Titeuf looks more like a dog than anything.
  • The Talk:
    • One page is a single big panel with the teacher talking about bees during a sexual education class. Meanwhile Hugo is showing a porn magazine at the other end of the classroom.
    • One gag is about Titeuf at differents ages asking his parent how to make babies at. They always gives a different explanation so Titeuf thinks that they actually forgot.
  • Threatening Shark: In a compilation of Titeuf's nightmares, one of them is a shark attacking him in his bathtub.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl:
    • Titeuf once had a short time crush named Caroline who was a bit taller than him.
    • Staring from the 13th books Titeuf dates Ramatou, a girl who is much taller than him.
    • The 14th book reveal that Titeuf was in love with a taller girl named Camille at the creche when he was younger. He was the only boy she wasn't bullying and accepted a marriage proposal.
  • Toilet Humor: A common humor in the books. There is for exemple a page where Titeuf and an other kid have fun throwing cat poo at each others.
  • 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.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Titeuf makes fun of a kid because Nadia is attracted by him, later the kid's older brother comes to beat up Titeuf and he looks exactly like is little brother but bigger.
  • Unnamed Parent: Titeuf's parents are never given a name.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Back when they were younger Camille pulled a kid's underwears up to the top of his head because he was bothering Titeuf.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Titeuf and Jean-Claude are almost always hostile to each others, but the cover of my best buddies imply that Titeuf counts him as one of his friends.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot:
    • Hervé, aka "Vomito", has this as his hat.
    • There are a few ironic moment where Hervé appears but is not the one who vomit.
      • Titeuf once threw up after eating an entire cake by himself and Hervé who was next to him does not vomit once.
      • Everyone vomit when they realise that Marco gave them bunny poops to eat, except Hervé who didn't eat any.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Ramon have no problems with wearing a fairy costume and Titeuf is proved wrong when he thinks people will find him ridiculous in it.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Romuald is three years younger than the others student and is a lots smarter than them. Much to the frustration of Titeuf who's sometime corrected on his work by him.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair:
    • Therese has pink hair.
    • Romuald has blue hair.
    • A nameless kid from a summer camp has pink hair.

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