'''''Lúdas Matyi''''' is an [[NarrativePoem epic poem]] written by the Hungarian poet Mihály Fazekas, based on a folk tale. The poem tells the story of a peasant boy, Matyi, trying to sell his geese at the country fair. The local lord Döbrögi claims the geese for himself, and when Matyi protests, the lord orders his soldiers to beat him up. Matyi swears {{revenge}}: he will beat up Döbrögi three times. By using various disguises, he succeeds.

The poem was adapted to film a few times, including an 1977 AnimatedAdaptation from Creator/PannoniaFilmStudio, directed by Hungarian cartoonist Attila Dargay. There is also a popular AudioAdaptation by György Schwajda.

!!The poem and the animated film provide examples of:

* AristocratsAreEvil: Döbrögi is a selfish lord who regularly abuses his subjects.
* BalefulPolymorph: Only in the animated film, the witch accidentally turns Döbrögi's second-in-command into [[BewitchedAmphibians frogs]]. [[MesACrowd One person into several frogs]], that is.
* BestServedCold: Döbrögi takes Matyi's geese and beats him up when he's a child. He returns a decade later to return the beating.
* BewitchedAmphibians: See BalefulPolymorph.
* DelayedReaction: When Döbrögi threatens the Vice-Count with execution if he didn't brought him a doctor, the Vice-Count rides out with all the men in the castle to search. He's in such a panic, that they ride right pass Matyi's cart, which has a large sign saying "Doctor", making Matyi looked after them in confusion. A few seconds later he yells an order to stop, and asks his troops.
--> Did you all see, what I just saw?
* EgomaniacHunter: In the animated film, Döbrögi is shown being one. He wants to shoot Matyi's goose too.
* FatBastard: Döbrögi, a gluttonous aristocrat, is much fatter than any of his subjects.
* FeatherFingers: The goose can make some very human-like gestures with its wings in the animated film, including picking flowers, and plucking its own feathers.
* FolkHero: Lúdas Matyi, the clever peasant boy who gives the evil aristocrat a taste of his own medicine, has become a part of Hungarian folk tradition.
* GuileHero: Matyi uses his cunning to get Döbrögi's guards away from him (sending them out to find the largest tree in the forest and to look for medical herbs), so that Döbrögi cannot defend himself.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Subverted, Döbrögi is an evil smoker with a pipe. This is in line with the setting though, since pipes were popular among Hungarian lords.
* IneptMage: In the animated film, a witch attempts to heal Döbrögi, but messes it up. After Döbrögi shouts BurnTheWitch, she escapes the castle on a FlyingBroomstick.
* KarmicTrickster: Matyi punishes Döbrögi for his greed by tricking him three times.
* MasterOfDisguise: Matyi dons several disguises during the story, including an Italian architect and a German doctor.
* NonhumanSidekick: In the cartoon the goose escapes from Döbrögi and joins Matyi. In the radio play he is a TalkingAnimal called Galiba.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: Music/FranzLiszt's Hungarian Rhasodies were used for the cartoon movie's soundtrack, most extensively Number 2.
* RhymesOnADime: The witch talks like this.
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: A fairy minor and humorous one. After Matyi, disguised as a doctor is kidnapped, the donkey pulling his cart, turns around and runs off in a panic. What makes this especially funny, is that it was completely calm during the kidnapping.
* WigDressAccent: Matyi disguises himself as an Italian architect and a German doctor this way.
* WildGooseChase: A non-technological variant. Matyi convinces a peasant boy with a fast steed to dress up as him and shout "I am Lúdas Matyi", to get Döbrögi's guards chase after him.