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  • Contest Winner Cameo: Kind of, but going a bit beyond it: Dave Lizewski, winner of a charity auction and contest to name the main character, named him after himself. Which is rather fortunate because he could have named the character anything from Betty to Captain Ass if he wanted to.
  • Name's the Same: Hit Girl's civilian identity, Mindy McCready, shares her name with an all too real, troubled country singer who committed suicide in 2013.
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  • The Wiki Rule: The Kick-Ass Wiki.

The Comic

  • Name's the Same: Johnny G is not the guy from Memento.
  • Write What You Know: Mark Millar has called the idea behind the series "very autobiographical":
    When I was 15, my best friends and I were reading Frank Miller comics, like Batman: Year One. (...) We were so into it, we should have been studying for exams at the time. We wanted to become superheroes like Batman. It was pathetic. We were five years too old really to be doing this. The story was really about what would have happened if we hadn't come to our senses and actually gone out and done this.
    • John Romita Jr. said that he decided to add personal touches of his own to the series when he found out that the series had a personal connection to Millar. Romita designed the neighborhood, schoolyard, setting, and clothes in a manner that evoked his neighborhood in Queens, New York City; most of the time the series is set in Romita's neighborhood.

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The Film

  • Actor-Inspired Element: Nicolas Cage came up with his character's "disguise": that Damon Macready would have a mustache, while "Big Daddy" would have an even larger mustache via adhesive extensions.
  • California Doubling: Despite being set in New York, the film was shot in England and Canada.
  • Channel Hop: Matthew Vaughn initially went to Sony, which distributed Layer Cake, but he rejected calls to tone down the violence. Other studios expressed interest but wanted to make the characters older. In particular studios wanted to change Hit-Girl's character into an adult.
  • Creative Differences: Production Designer Martin Childs was fired by Matthew Vaughn, early in the production, because they were "not on the same wavelength". Russell De Rozario was hired as his replacement five days before shooting started.
  • Creator-Preferred Adaptation: Mark Millar has said that the movie is superior to the comic book. He had originally devised the comic story as a movie pitch.
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    • John Romita, Jr. stated that Big Daddy's story in the film "works better stopping short ... You love him better in the film". Millar stated that the revelation about Big Daddy's background would not have worked in the film adaptation, and "would have ruined the movie."
  • The Danza: Christopher Mintz Plasse plays Chris D'Amico.
  • Dawson Casting: Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Red Mist) and Lyndsy Fonseca (Katie), as well as several other actors, are in their early 20's yet play teenage characters. Somewhat averted with Kick-Ass himself, Aaron Johnson was 19 when the film was released.
  • Development Hell: The sequel. It was initially announced to be made for a 2012/2013 release but is on hold due to Aaron Johnson taking time off acting to be with his daughter and Matthew Vaughn directing other projects. It's now set to a 2013 release and to be directed by Jeff Wadlow (with Vaughn's blessing/supervision).
  • Dueling Works: With Defendor.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • It seems that before ending up in Lionsgate Studios, the producers of the movie tried several other studios who all had the same ultimatum: "We'll take it, if you drop Hit-Girl or make her 19." Thankfully, they didn't.
    • The entire reason Red Mist survives the end of Kick-Ass 2 is because when Mark Millar told Jeff Wadlow (director and writer of the second movie) of the character's death, he argued that they couldn't kill the character off as he's one of the series' staple characters & they couldn't really do Kick-Ass 3 without the character.
  • Fake American: Aaron Johnson (Dave) and Mark Strong (Frank D'Amico) are both English. Also, Jason Flemyng and Dexter Fletcher, who play two of D'Amico's henchmen.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Dave wants to be a superhero, and Aaron Johnson went on to play Pietro Maximoff in the MCU.
  • No Stunt Double: Matthew Vaughn said that Chloe Moretz did "an amazing amount" of her own stunts, training for a month with a Toronto circus school before she even got on set, and then training some more. Behind-the-scenes video tends to confirm this.
  • Playing Against Type: Christopher Mintz-Plasse normally plays the Plucky Comic Relief, such as the infamous McLovin in Superbad — here, he's a Lonely Rich Kid desperately seeking a "Well Done, Son!" Guy, and when he doesn't, he becomes the world's first masked supervillain.
  • The Red Stapler: Hit Girl's dual Benchmade 42 butterfly knives.note 
  • Star-Making Role: Hit-Girl, for Chloë Moretz.
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