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Jakub Wędrowycz is the protagonist of comedic [[ShortStory short stories]] by the Polish author Andrzej Pilipiuk, most of them UrbanFantasy set in Poland in the late 80's and 90's, collected into several books.

Jakub is, on the surface, your typical bum. He's an old man (at least an octogenarian) who dropped out from school after three years of elementary education and who lives alone in a dirty house on the outskirts of the village of Wojsławice; he consumes gigantic amounts of alcohol, makes just as vast amounts of moonshine, hunts homeless animals for food and barely bathes or changes his clothes.

Oh, he also happens to be a [[WhoYouGonnaCall master exorcist]], a powerful [[PsychicPowers psychic]] and a skilled mage.

His adventures include both dealing with countless AliensAndMonsters (including ghosts, demons, an undead Vladimir Lenin, neanderthals and [[WhenTreesAttack psychic trees]]) and generic SliceOfLife (but what a life it is!) misadventures induced by his [[TheDitz scatter-brained]] tendencies. And lots of illicit activities, moonshine-brewing being just one of the many.

!!Stories about Jakub Wędrowycz exhibit examples of the following tropes:
* TheAlcoholic: Jakub, and pretty much everyone in his village.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Poked fun at in a story where Jakub takes his business partner into [[AnotherDimension an alternate medieval/fantasy dimension]]. When said business partner asks how come the inhabitants of the dimension speak Polish, Jakub retorts "So that we can talk to them".
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: Anyone who tries reading or taking over his mind will learn this the hard way. He's got some [[BrownNote really disturbing things in there]].
* AnotherDimension: At least one of these is a standard MedievalEuropeanFantasy setting.
* AntiHero
* AuthorTract: Pilipiuk has conservative political views, and it occasionally shows through in his stories.
* BadassFamily: Jakub's grandson Maciej and great-grandson Piotr are as badass as him.
* BadassGrandpa: Jakub, as well as his friends. They're oddly fit for someone their age.
* CanonWelding: Rather strange example with one trilogy written by Pilipiuk - ''Kuzynki'' (''Cousins''). Jakub makes a cameo in the second volume and minor characters from the third thinks about hiring him. Yet, in first volume, one of the characters is reading books about Jakub, [[SelfDeprecation which she finds disastrous]].
* CombatPragmatist: KillItWithFire against anything made of ectoplasm. A car battery against water monsters.
* DirtyOldMan: And how, especially when he gets his hands on Viagra. He also has the appropriate tool for the job, and [[BiggerIsBetterInBed what an impressive tool it is]].
* DoWrongRight: he once got a local HellHotel sucked into actual hell when he got tired of the satanic cult residing there and showed them how to properly perform a summoning ritual.
* EscapedFromHell: He once broke out of Hell by means of a holy water vial, a hand grenade and an effigy of Vladimir Lenin.
* FantasyKitchenSink
* GeniusDitz / DitzyGenius / BookDumb: A complex and rather confusing example. He's usually TheDitz, mostly because he has [[BookDumb only three years of elementary education and is hilariously ignorant about the world at large]] (the fact that he's usually at least a little tipsy doesn't help), but when he talks about exorcisms and religion, he talks with true expertise. Several stories imply that it's all ObfuscatingStupidity on his part and that he's usually deliberately running his brain at just a couple percent of its efficiency; he was once abducted by aliens, who scanned his brain and discovered that he's actually a ''genius''.
* HistoricalInJoke: Jakub was UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper. But it's OK because [[ItMakesSenseInContext his victims were robots.]]
* HellBentForLeather: His standard outfit is a leather jacket looted from a corpse of some German he had killed during the Second World War.
* ILoveNuclearPower: A lot of strange creatures are explained as mutated by radiation from the Chernobyl power plant.
* JackassGenie: after hearing a couple jokes about this trope, Jakub completely freaks out when he catches a talking (potentially wish-granting) fish.
* MagicalGesture: Jakub knows a few.
* MeaningfulName: Jakub's ArchEnemy's name is Bardak, which means "mess" in the local dialect of Polish.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Jakub was a student when his part of Poland was still under the rule of Russia, so he only knows Cyrillic. He can read and write the Latin alphabet, but with great difficulty.
* NoOntologicalInertia: DoubleSubverted in ''Ivanov the Wizard'', when the eponymous antagonist switches the souls of Jakub's mare and the young student who's currently residing with him for her study about magic. At first, Jakub wats to force Ivanov to reverse the spell before he can kill him, but later, when he tries to "exorcise" the souls back into their proper bodies, it turns out that Ivanov's power is actively holding them in the wrong ones. So of course, killing Ivanov fixes the problem.
* NoPronunciationGuide: English speakers may not know how to pronounce his name correctly in Polish. It's something like "yah-koob ven-'drovich" (stress on the second syllable of his last name).
* RecursiveCanon: Several stories mention that there's a novelist writing books about Jakub's adventures. Jakub and his friends comment on [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis the inaccuracies of the books]] as well as [[SelfDeprecation their overall quality]].
* RitualMagic: Elaborate rituals are often used for exorcisms.
* ShoutOut: Quite a lot. Like Jakub preparing a meal from some octopus-like thing called [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Ktulu]], or keeping a wand he took from some [[Franchise/HarryPotter smartypants bespectacled brat.]]. He uses a Franchise/{{terminator}} (or rather its leftovers) as a scarecrow.
* SociopathicHero: Borders on this - he has a penchant for burning down buildings for the slightest misdemeanor on part of their owners. He also is fond of finding excuses to kill or otherwise permanently harm members of the Bardak family, with which he has a long-time feud.
* SpinOff: ''Norweski dziennik'' (''Norvegian Journal'') trilogy for younger readers, written by the same writer - the main character is a grandson of one of Jakub's closest friends and another is Jakub's own grandson.
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Birski, the local police officer; Jakub is his nemesis.
* {{Telepathy}}
* TownWithADarkSecret: Dębinka Dworska: village inhabited by Neanderthals, who still worship their pagan deities and indulge into cannibalism.
* VodkaDrunkenski: Jakub was technically born in Russia and Semen is Russian.
* WeaponOfChoice: A steel brake cable, made into a lasso.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Jakub (his name sure pops up a lot on this list).
* WhoYouGonnaCall: Jakub's main source of income.