Dennis the Menace

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A cartoon character introduced in 1951 in the children's comic the Beano, a destructive boy with black-and-red striped jersey, boots, and black hair, who with his dog Gnasher terrorizes teachers, other children, and anyone else they may encounter.

In contrast, a US Dennis the Menace, created by Hank Ketcham and also appearing in 1951, is a dynamic five-year-old who is not aggressive and who exhausts his parents only by his energy; disasters which ensue are accidental rather than planned.

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