Wilq - Superbohater (Wilq the Superhero) is the protagonist of a Polish comic book series of the same name, written by the Minkiewicz brothers, Bartosz and Tomasz. As of late 2012 there are 18 books published, with more likely to come.
The stories are set in Opole, a medium-sized city in south-western Poland (shown as a megalopolis in the comic, likely as a Shout-Out
and Gotham City
), which is constantly plagued by villains of all kinds. Wilq and his friends (most of whom are technically villains in their own rights) are the only ones to stop them with their superpowers, intellect and dumb luck. It should be noted that their superpowers are relatively modest and unpractical (Wilq, being the strongest of the group, can actually fly, but he struggles as a Flying Brick
), and their intellect is best not mentioned, therefore luck plays a rather big role in their villain-busting career.
Provides Examples Of:
- Affectionate Parody:
- Wilq himself is a mix of Superman (capable of flight, wears a cape) and Batman (how he wants to be perceived).
- Commissioner Gondor: of Commissioner Gordon, obviously.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Happens in Opole rather regularly. Most cases are caused by Doctor Wyspa who, being an avid wargamer, loves humongous killer robots; Godzilla also happened to visit the city at least once.
- Bat Signal: Frequently used by Commissioner Gondor, using an actual, living turtle. Sometimes this doesn't end well for the turtle.
- Also employed by Entombed, who is much gentler with the turtle.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Doctor Wyspa.
- Catch Phrase: Entombed's "I suppose I doubt", whenever he disagrees.
- Chest Insignia: The sign of Rzuff that Wilq wears on his chest, that looks like a turtle. "Rzuff" is mispronounced "żółw", which means a turtle; similarly, "Wilq" is mispronounced "wilk", which means wolf. Just don't try to think about it too much.
- The Commissioner Gordon: The Commissioner Gondor. Played quite straight, despite being a parody of the Trope Namer.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Entombed, on multiple occasions. Also Mikołaj. Possibly everybody.
- Deadpan Snarker: Wilq, of the rather unsubtle variety. He was actually called "the most frustrated character of Polish comic books" by the Wprost magazine.
- Flight: Wilq's main superpower. Entombed can fly too, but only with the aid of his trusted weapon, Mini Gas Jet.
- Friendly Enemy: Entombed is categorized as a villain, technically. However, he is also the protagonist's best buddy, to the point that most stories involve both of them solving the problem at hand as a team. The same applies to Alc-Man, who shares a similar relationship with Wilq and is also technically a villain. Neither of these two villains seem to do much villainy though, in contrast to Wilq's real enemies.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Despite all his heroic efforts, Wilq doesn't have much luck with the press. The authorities love him, though.
- Metal Head: Entombed, to a T. He even headbangs to Iron Maiden he plays on a boom box while Wilq brutally interrogates roof tiles.
- Superheroes Stay Single: Seems to be so in Wilq's case; mostly of his own choice, as he can't be bothered.
- Superheroes Wear Capes: Of course!
- Super Villain: Of all the villains, Doctor Wyspa (Doctor Island) seems to fit this trope best. He doesn't have super powers as such, but his skill and resourcefulness allows him to dish out Humongous Mecha with frightening ease (especially considering he lives in a small flat and spends most of his time "assembling assemble model kits" and playing Warhammer 40,000).
- Up, Up and Away!: Wilq himself.
- Verbal Tic: Mikołaj's "Ba ba ba!".
- Villains Out Shopping: Or most likely out of town on some private business, usually family-related.
- Weaksauce Weakness: The best weapon to defend Wilq are lame jokes, or lame words in general. He does whatever he can to prevent the villains from learning about this.