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->''"I perceived it to be a human creature not six inches high, with a bow and arrow in his hand, and a quiver at his back."''
-->-- '''Lemuel Gulliver''', ''Literature/GulliversTravels''

LittlePeople-- ''really'' little people. '''Lilliputians''' are humanoid characters whose main characteristic is that they are very, very small. Like, up to your knee small. Size of your thumb small. Size of an ''ant'' small.

This may be the result of a [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrink ray experiment gone wrong]], but it's most likely the natural size of these beings, in which case they probably live in a MouseWorld. Whatever the case, you can be assured that life for these guys is going to be tough, as every insect is a threat, every step up a staircase is a colossal climb, and nobody ''ever'' watches where they're stepping.

LilliputianWarriors is a subtrope, for when these guys kick ass despite fitting in the palm of a hand. Keep in mind these aren't TheFairFolk--fairies already have their own tropes. Regular-sized people who shrink down and then revert to normal size fall under IncredibleShrinkingMan; this is for naturally small humanoids. Contrast OurGiantsAreBigger, to whom ''we'' are the Lilliputians.

Not to be confused with [[OopNorth Liverpudlians]].
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/TheLittlBits'', a children's anime series from 1980, shown stateside on {{Nickelodeon}}.
* Chara in ''Manga/ShugoChara'' sleep in eggs and hang out in a dollhouse while their humans are at school.
* ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}: Nobita's Little Star Wars'' where an alien race are doll sized.
* The ''Manga/ShamanKing'' anime/manga has little people called Minutians in the American dub.
* Literature/TheBorrowers in ''Anime/TheSecretWorldOfArrietty''.
* The dwarves in ''Manga/OnePiece'', tiny and cute people with long pointy noses, and fox-like tails. They are also insanely fast and powerful despite their size.
* Nagisa and her brethren in ''Manga/ActuallyIAm'' are basically {{Human Alien}}s, except they have a glowing antenna on their head… and are a few inches tall. Because of this they use a MobileSuitHuman version of themselves to interact with humanity.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Spinning off from the folk examples, the comic ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' has a town inhabited by actual Lilliputians who escaped the Homelands and joined up with other tiny folk heroes. They double as LilliputianWarriors, especially when mounted on rodents as the Mouse Patrol. The name of the new village they formed? Littletown. (Smallville got outvoted.)
* People from the Bottled City of Kandor in the ComicBook/{{Superman}} mythos.
* ComicBook/TheSmurfs are consistently described as 'three apples tall' (the French way of saying they're 'knee-high to a grasshopper'). Gargamel can hold several in one hand as if they were a bunch of small action figures. In the comic book story "The Smurfs And The Pilus", however, Poet Smurf encounters humanoid beings that are even smaller than the Smurfs themselves, and on the cover of the story is even staked down by the Pilus ''Gulliver's Travels'' style.
* The tiny marker sniffers in ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' used to be normal people, but then they were... [[IncrediblyLamePun downsized]].
* The inhabitants of Dimension X from ''ComicBook/EdTheHappyClown'' by Chester Brown in his comic ''Yummy Fur'', who look nothing like they do in [[http://www.milehighcomics.com/cgi-bin/backissue.cgi?action=fullsize&issue=99631091456%207 this deliberately cheesy cover]].
* A ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip involves Spaceman Spiff landing on an alien planet, to find himself standing on tiny geometric farmland, and comes across a sprawling metropolis with skyscrapers an inch tall. This leads him to [[LampshadeHanging reflect]] that human size is by no means a standard for alien life... and of course, a blimp-sized monster appears to menace Spiff.
* ComicBook/MarvelComics' [[LilliputianWarriors Tim Boo Ba and his army]].
* In the ''[[TheAtom Sword of the Atom]]'' minis from the '80s, Ray Palmer came across an alien race stranded on Earth who'd been miniaturised by [[AppliedPhlebotinum white dwarf star matter]], and lived with them for a while. This being a pulp fantasy style series, they had some LilliputianWarriors mixed in.
* One issue of ''[[Creator/PhilFoglio What's New? With Phil And Dixie]]'' shows the title characters duking it out with inch-tall gaming miniatures. Phil wakes up tied to his bed with string, ''a la'' the original Lilliputians, at the end.

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[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* The Psyches in ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' are basically [[TheStoic very stoic]] Caucasian-skinned Smurfs with head hair -- the 'three-apples-tall' fantasy version of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' Vulcans.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The brownies from ''Film/{{Willow}}''.
* The Rhetons in ''Film/ThePhantomPlanet'' are humanoid but very small.
* The ''Film/MenInBlack'' movies. In the second movie an entire colony lives in Kay's locker.
* Eddie Murphy's ''Film/MeetDave''.
* ''Film/FlightOfTheNavigator''. Several of the alien specimens in the starship are rather small: the size of a human finger or so.
* ''Film/{{Critters}}'' - until they eat enough, that is!
* The stitchpunks in the short film and movie of ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}''.
* Octavius and Jedediah in ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum''. Also, their fellow Romans and Cowboys, respectively.
** The Mayan warriors from one of the other displays. But those guys are jerks, and never get let out of their case.
* The Leafmen and the Boggans from ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'' .

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[[folder: Folklore ]]

* These guys are pretty common folk heroes around the world: Thumbelina, Tom Thumb, Thumbling and the Japanese Issun-boshi were all said to be about the size of a thumb (who'd have guessed?).
* Others include Mal'chik s Pal'chik (Russia), Little Plum (China), Pińoncito (Chile), Cecino (Italy), and Ali g Icher (Algeria), which are all basically the same story under different names. And there are a whoooole lot more.
* Female versions are much rarer, but there are a few: Doll-i'-the-Grass (Denmark), Nŕng Út (Vietnam), Maria como un Ajo (Spain), Finger-joint (Egypt), and a Cinderella figure named Ditu Migniulellu (Corsica).

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Jonathan Swift's ''Literature/GulliversTravels'' is the TropeNamer, giving us Lilliputians, said to be around six inches tall. They're so popular "lilliputian" is actually a dictionary word that means "very small." Note that when Gulliver travels to Brobdingnag, he becomes the Lilliputian: Lilliputians are smaller than us at a 12:1 ratio, and humans are smaller than Brobdingnags at the same ratio. Yes, {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by the intellectual protagonist. Also similarly, "brobdingnagian" is in the dictionary too. Guess what it means?
* In ''Literature/TheBorrowers'', the protagonists are small humans just a few inches tall, who secretly live under the floorboards of a normal-sized human's house.
* In the book ''Adventures in Legoland'', the {{Lego}} people are like this when they come to life at night.
* The Helmacrons in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''.
* ''Literature/MistressMashamsRepose'' by T.H. White is essentially a piece of ''Gulliver's Travels'' fanfic centered on a girl who finds a group of Lilliputians who've taken refuge on her decaying ancestral estate.
* ''Literature/TheLittles'' by John Peterson is a series of children's books that's very similar to ''Literature/TheBorrowers''.
* ''Literature/TheCarpetPeople'' and ''[[Literature/NomesTrilogy The Bromeliad]]'' by Creator/TerryPratchett.
** The nomes in ''The Bromeliad'' actually follow the square:cube rule, unlike the Lilliputians, with the result their lives and speech are both very, very fast by human standards.
* ''The Micronauts'' novel series by Gordon Williams (not to be confused with the toy line or comics of the same name). A group of miniturised clones created TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture as an experiment to deal with overpopulation who attempt to establish a working colony in the grounds of an estate.
* The miniature warriors of ''The Lilliput Legion'', one of the novels of the Literature/TimeWars series.
* ''Literature/StuartLittle'' meets one of these in the book.
* The people in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''
* The 1980s ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' books indicated that Strawberry and her friends are tiny people living in the berry patch of a nearby farm. The upcoming CGI series also has them as this small, although the early 2000s series did not.
* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' describes an alien race that travels across the galaxy to declare war on our planet. Due to an unfortunate size miscalculation, the alien fleet is eaten by a small dog.
* ''Literature/DyingEarth'' has the Twk-Men, who ride insects and exchange information for tiny measures of salt.
* In one of the ''FlatStanley'' sequels, Stanley and his family travel to an alien planet very similar to Earth, but everyone's front lawn is approximately the size of a postage stamp.
* ''Literature/InfinityBeach'', a 2000 science fiction novel by Creator/JackMcDevitt. The protagonist only realizes halfway through the novel that a 'model' spaceship is (unknown to its owner) a real spaceship brought back from an unsuccessful FirstContact a decade before.
* The Creator/IsaacAsimov short story ''Youth'' has two boys capturing a couple of small aliens in the belief that they're unusual animals. Fortunately the aliens are smart enough to realize that harming the children would be a bad idea, so they just wait for the boys' parents to discover them. [[spoiler:In the end, it is [[TomatoSurprise revealed]] the captives are the humans.]]
* Spoofed in the short story ''Matter of Magnitude'' by Al Sevcik. Earth has a [[StarshipLuxurious mile-long battleship]] which it uses to enforce galactic peace, but it's forced to withdraw when it makes FirstContact with an alien race whose spaceship they can't detect -- it's only afterwards they realise that's because the alien spaceship is only an inch and a half long.
* ''Literature/RumoAndHisMiraculousAdventures'' features a lost city of a species that fits. Said city - a veritable metropolis - is so small it fits under a single leaf.
* Lindsay Gutteridge's ''Cold War in a Country Garden'' describes the troubles of a spy whose first mission, after being shrunk to Lilliputian size, is to survive in his own garden - before being sent behind the Iron Curtain.
* The Whos down in Whovile, from ''Literature/HortonHearsAWho'' and ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas''.
* Mites, the characters from Nikolai Nosov's ''Literature/AdventuresOfDunno'' series of Soviet children's books are a lilliputian people living in a GhibliHills-esque MouseWorld (that's Earth mites. Mites from the Moon live in a capitalist WretchedHive).
* Creator/JamesBlish, in the novella "Surface Tension," has microscopic humans, produced by genetic engineering. The physics is addressed very realistically, and the biology was not out of question when the story was written, but ScienceMarchesOn; their cells were the size of viruses, but we didn't know much about viruses, or a lot about cells for that matter, when the story was written.
* Aside from the occasional naturally small ''alien'' species, one prominent example in ''Literature/PerryRhodan'' is the quite human colony world Siga -- whose inhabitants shrunk over successive generations due to a strange mutagenic component of their green (!) sun's hyperdimensional spectrum all the way down to only several inches tall. Their traditional in-series [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is being talented engineers and technicians (especially in the area of miniaturization, of course), but several named Siganese characters definitely cross over into [[LilliputianWarriors Lilliputian Warrior]] territory as well.
* The littlepeople Hem and Haw in ''Literature/WhoMovedMyCheese'', a story about adapting to [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks change]], are as small as the mice Sniff and Scurry.
** Also the "teeny people", "punypeople", and "loyal employees" in parodies. The "About the Author" page in ''Literature/WhoCutTheCheese'' by Stilton Jarlsberg places them at six inches tall.
* Adult Oompa-Loompas, according to Roald Dahl's descriptions in ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', come up to about Willy Wonka's knee. Children are "no more than four inches high"! Adaptations usually go with the stature of real life LittlePeople, however.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episodes "The Fear" (a giant alien turns out to be a huge balloon controlled by a pair of very small aliens) and "The Little People": Two astronauts discover extremely tiny aliens living on an asteroid (inspired the Treehouse of Horrors example).
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' episodes "The Zanti Misfits", "The Invisibles", "Don't Open Till Doomsday", "Corpus Earthling".
* The gnome characters from the Belgian Tv Series Series/KabouterPlop
* SidAndMartyKrofftProductions gave us ''Dr. Shrinker''.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. The aliens in "Catspaw" only look human because of their transmuter. Without it, they're very tiny, and very alien. Also "The Trouble With Tribbles", and "Is There In Truth No Beauty" (Medusans).
* ''Series/TheCollector'': "The Miniaturist" revolves around mute lilliputians given to a miniature maker [[DealWithTheDevil by the Devil]], which he tries to raise in a society better than the one outside.
* ''Series/DeadtimeStories'': "Terror in Tiny Town" has figurines from a miniature town come to life to attack two boys.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* "Tiny Pants!" by ''Music/TheAquabats'' tells of a man's encounter with a tiny old man, and later an entire city of miniature people, who teach him [[EarWorm an infectious song]].
-->Where the mountains meet the sky\\
I met a very, very, very teeny guy\\
Little coat and tiny pants\\
And when he spoke to me, it made me dance

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[[folder: Pinball ]]

* The Invaders from ''Pinball/TheTwilightZone'', who are only slightly larger than a pinball.
* Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''[[Pinball/PlayboyBally Playboy]]'' pinball and Creator/DataEast's ''[[Pinball/Playboy35thAnniversary Playboy 35th Anniversary]]'' pinball feature images of the magazine's diminutive "Femlin" mascot all over the playfield.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/TheSmallFolk'' are in fact Lilliputians hiding in the margins of [[UrbanFantasy the modern human world]].

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}''.
** The first game's protagonist Captain Olimar, and by extension all of Hocotate's inhabitants, are only about 1.5 inches tall, about the size of a coin. The aforementioned Pikmin are no bigger; about 4 of them being needed to carry a small bottle cap. The enemies of the game are huge compared to Olimar and the Pikmin, but they're supposed to be small animals to us.
** For ''Pikmin 3'', we're introduced to another planet of Lilliputian inhabitants named Koppai. They visit the Pikmin's planet (named PNF-404) to obtain the seeds of fruits (normal-sized to us but gigantic to them) to solve a food shortage crisis.
* The (unnamed) aliens from ''VideoGame/ChibiRobo'', which are only about the size of the protagonist himself.
* The Minish from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'', used to {{Handwave}} the presence of Rupees and Hearts under rocks throughout the series.
* In ''VideoGame/{{NationStates}}'' Issue #29 "Minorities Demand Representation In TV Soaps", the nationality of the person in Option 1 is described as "Lilliputian".
* Issun and his village in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' are the size of bugs and live away from civilization in the frozen north. They are known as Poncles in-universe.
* ''VideoGame/TorinsPassage'': One [[LayeredWorld layer of the world]] is filled with them. Torin needs to whisper when talking to them.
* You can visit the actual island of Lilliput in ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest''. The Lilliputians help you fight a giant during that quest.
* Some ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games feature a spell effect called "mini" that shrinks a target down to fun size. The fifth installment even features a [[BlueMage Blue]] spell with this effect called "Lilliputian Lyric", and the fourth game contains a village inhabited by mini'd townsfolk.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': Flabébé is the smallest {{mon}} known so far, only being four inches tall and a fifth of a pound.[[note]]Or 10 centimeters and 100 grams, depending on your units.[[/note]]
* Shinmyoumaru Sukuna, an Inchling (the same mythological race as Issun above, whose mythological inspiration Issun-Boshi is implied to be her ancestor) plays BigBad in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}: Double Dealing Character''. In truth, as a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter, she was pretty much suckered into the job, as only Inchlings can control the Miracle Mallet that kickstarts the plot.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=1245 Fairies]] in ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}''.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In one Treehouse of Horror episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Lisa accidentally creates life when the tooth she soaks in cola gets zapped. The resulting highly intelligent lifeforms are this.
** This was parodied in a ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode, where the boys create intelligent life in an aquarium by mixing brine shrimp (sea people) with human semen (sea men). Butters [[LampshadeHanging points out that]] [[ItsBeenDone The Simpsons already did it]].
* The Simpsons successor ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' did it months prior to ''South Park'' when Bender gets lost in space. Bender is attached by tiny space humanoids (Shrimpkins) who built a civilization and worships Bender as a god.
* The Twillerbees from ''WesternAnimation/BarbiePresentsThumbelina''
* ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeShrinks''
* Creator/HannaBarbera produced its own ''Gulliver'' series in the late 1960s.
* ''TheWorldOfDavidTheGnome'': Justified in that, well, they're gnomes.
* One episode of ''MightyMax'' starts with reports of a swarm of beetles ruining a small village. Turns out they are actually tiny alien scouts, clearing the area for one of their diplomatic ships to land. Hey, the aliens left a note saying they would come back later (it's in a language no one alive can read, of course.) The aliens want Earth's toxic and radioactive waste; it's apparently an extremely valuable commodity where they come from. Win-win for Earth, Max, and the aliens.
* The Great Gazoo from ''TheFlintstones''.
* Galvans (AKA "Greymatter") from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry Blast Off To Mars''. The Martians are Little Green Men the size of Jerry the mouse.
* One episode of the animated series ''WesternAnimation/KryptoTheSuperdog'' featured a couple of tiny aliens.
* The Minutians from an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot''.
* Once ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' found himself surrounded by massive alien battleships out to conquer Earth... until they show themselves and turn out to be tiny. They call off the invasion after learning that most Earthlings are much bigger than DM.
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' actually has two named races: [[StrongAnts the Gnomans]] and the Racing Bugs. There are also several other citizens of Miseryville like this. Dorkus is even smaller than [[TheNapoleon Heloise]].
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' has the plant based Petalars.
* ''{{Team Umizoomi}}'' could be considered a team of Lilliputians. Bot is a non-"human" example.
* The ''PawPawBears'' are this: tiny bears slightly less tall than a dandelion.
* The [[PunnyName Lilliputtians]] from the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "The Golf War" are little golf-ball-headed folk who live and work behind the scenes at the Royal Discount Putt Hutt.
* The [[HornyVikings Viking-like]] Uphorns and Downhorns of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' Season 9 episode "Big Shot Smurfs" are humanoid and as small as a Smurf's toe.
* The ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'' short "Snoot's New Squat" involves a miniature alien looking for a new home for his people to colonize, and settling on the body of a neurotic anthropomorphic dog named Al... who initially mistakes Snoot for an infestation of fleas.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''OrionsArm'': The artificial [[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/47f42fd2915ba Clade Nisse]] is actually a straight example and a deconstruction of the trope, describing the difficulties in packing a sapient('sophont') intelligence in such a small head and addressing the difficulties in keeping in body heat. They're 30cm tall on average.
* The inhabitants of the city beneath lane five of the Desert Flower Bowling Alley and Arcade Fun Complex in ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale''.
* In ''[[WebAnimation/AlfredsPlayhouse Alfred's Playhouse Part 2]]'', in the beginning of the video Alfred tells the audience that he secretly has "friends living inside my wall." Then, tons of little elf-like creatures ''climb all over Alfred, fondling him, vomiting on him, and defacating everywhere while Alfred laughs.'' For a full minute or so. And his laughter soon turns into a screaming meltdown. Yeah, these videos are absolutely chocked full of straight NightmareFuel, so watch at your own risk... to your sanity.

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