Kick-Ass is a [[British]]-[[American]] com … Kick-Ass is a [[British]]-[[American]] comic book and movie series starring Dave Lizewski, a New York City teenager who has dreams of being a superhero. Dave dresses up as "Kick-Ass" and tries to be a superhero. He finds it's not as easy as it seems.
Unlike many superhero-oriented works, Kick-Ass makes the use of an internet a central plot element. Kick-Ass becomes famous after a person who videotaped him defending a man from three thugs uploads the video to [[YouTube]]. In order to get in contact with the citizenry, Kick-Ass opens a [[MySpace]] so people can contact him. In the film, a comptent superhero, Big Daddy, re-routes Kick-Ass's [[IP address]] so evil people cannot find him.
Also, in the film, when mobsters kidnap Kick-Ass and Big Daddy, the mob boss, Frank D'Amico, orders the thugs to set up a digital video camera and tie the heroes to chairs. The mob boss sets up a website, "Kick-Ass Unmasked," which was supposed to be the retirement of Kick-Ass. The news media airs the streaming internet video live, only to find that Kick-Ass and Big Daddy are being tortured. When the media cuts the broadcast, everybody rushes to their computers to watch the rest. This is an attempt to intimidate people into not being superheroes in an [[internet tough guy]] manner; it's similar to how [[narcovideo]]s and [[beheading video]]s are [[IRL]] attempts to intimidate people. The comic book and film show how the internet has the power to shape and break public reputations, and how it can be used as a tool to intimidate people.
In ''Kick-Ass 2'', the comic book sequel, one of the villains gains a lot of followers via [[Twitter]]. Also the police trace IP addresses of the superheroes and supervillains (from their Twitter and [[Facebook]] accounts) in an attempt to find their real identities. Since, unlike his friends, Dave does not hide his IP address, the authorities come to arrest him. Dave's father falsely confesses to being Kick-Ass so he gets taken away instead. Red Mist has Dave's father murdered in jail, and Dave receives an image of his father's hanged body on his cell phone. Red Mist then leaks Kick-Ass's real life identity onto Twitter. The joys of modern media!
In the video games the heroes use the fictional [[social networking site]] "FaceSpace" instead of MySpace -- the name combines "Facebook" and "MySpace" the name combines "Facebook" and "MySpace"