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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 and The Gunfighter Wannabe.



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  • The Waco Kid from Blazing Saddles.
  • The Rumpo Kid in Carry On Cowboy.
  • 'Kid Shelleen', a gray-haired drunk (but still a gunfighter) played by Lee Marvin in the 1965 film Cat Ballou.
  • Detroit-based Faygo soda pop had a series of '50s commercials featuring "The Faygo Kid".
  • The FMV video game Prize Fighter for the Sega CD has the main player character referred to as simply "The Kid".
  • Gravity's Rainbow features The Kenosha Kid, who may be a character, may be a hallucination by the protagonist, may be a Dance Sensation, or may not even exist at all.
  • Gravity Falls: "Dreamscaperers" had the Mystery Shack crew sitting down to watch "Grandpa the Kid", a Western about an elderly cowboy who "put the 'old' in 'Old West'."
    Grandpa the Kid: I'm tired during the day...
    Grunkle Stan: I can relate to this.
  • The very minor example of “the Piercings Kid” in The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World. This is an outworlder, a cross between a punk and a cowboy, who is described as having at least 10 facial piercings. His real name is unknown; the narrative simply refers to him that way. (After the Six Step Combo curb stomp him and his two companions, they clean fur, blood, and stray metal piercings off the stage.)
  • The "Toronto Kid", in a The Kids in the Hall sketch.
  • Lucky Luke's version of Billy the Kid is an actual kid or early teenager, who has a good chance to hold up candy stores along with banks and is not immune to a good spanking. Despite this, townspeople are still terrified of him.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • One of Hostess Snack Foods' mascots was an anthropomorphic Twinkie dressed as a gunslinger named "Twinkie the Kid".
  • The Penguins of Madagascar has the Amarillo Kid, an armadillo who hustles people at... miniature golf.
  • Post cereal Honeycomb featured a mascot named The Honeycomb Kid in its advertising. He was usually portrayed as a cowboy or an Adventurer Archaeologist.
  • Red Dwarf
    • Cat in the western episode: "They call me the Kid ... the Riviera Kid."
    • In the same episode Rimmer claims he knows how to talk cowboy, then orders a dry white wine and Perrier at the bar. Lister asks him if the western he'd seen was Butch Accountant And The Yuppie Kid.
  • Rugrats: "Showdown at Teeter-Totter Gluch" had Tommy and Chuckie facing a playground bully known as The Junk Food Kid her real name is Prudence, because she eats pretty much only junk food.
  • Fawcett Funny Animals, the Golden Age comic book best remembered for Hoppy the Marvel Bunny, also had a cowboy character named Billy the Kid. As both his names imply, he was a goat.
  • 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 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").
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? The names of "Weird Superheroes" often dip into this trope.
  • 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.

    Real Life 
  • Billy the Kid, the Trope Namer.
  • Kid Twist (Max Zwerbach), a Jewish-American New York gangster who led the Eastman Gang in the 1900s.
  • Abe Reles, an infamous hitman for Murder Inc., was nicknamed after the original Kid Twist.
  • The Apache Kid, an American outlaw of Native American descent.
  • The Sundance Kid, part of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
  • Kid Curry, part of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid's gang.
  • "Kid Dynamite" Mike Tyson.
  • Kid Poker, a Canadian professional poker player.
  • MMA fighter Uriah Faber, "the California Kid".
  • Willie Mays, an American baseball player. ("The Say Hey Kid")
  • The nom de plume of Robert James Ritchie.