Webcomic / Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant is a historical Swashbuckler webcomic by Tony Cliff, set in the Ottoman Empire in 1805. It follows the adventures of Delilah Dirk and Lt. Erdemoglu Selim as they travel near Istanbul, collecting treasure and evading the law.

There is a sequel, ''Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling." The first 90 pages were serialized online before the complete book was released in print format.

Has been licensed by Disney for a future live-action film.

Delilah Dirk provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Delilah is skilled with swords and many other forms of combat.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Many people get stabbed to death, but usually no blood is shown.
  • Clear My Name: the conflict in Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling revolves around Delilah Dirk trying to clear her name of the accusation that she's a spy by the villain, himself an actual spy for the French. Ironically it turns out "Delilah Dirk" isn't even her name
  • Cleavage Window: Delilah's costume has one — incongruously, as it's anachronistic and her clothing is otherwise practical.
  • Cool Ship: Delilah's sailboat flies.
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask: Delilah takes a moment during a conversation with Selim to kill an attacking mook.
    Delilah: One sec.
  • Famed In-Story: Delilah Dirk has quite a reputation.
  • In Harm's Way: When Selim tries to settle down, he discovers that he misses adventure.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Defied. Selim interrogates Delilah by serving her tea and biscuits and listening to her boasts.
  • Kick the Dog: Stab The Random Minion.
  • Lady of Adventure: Delilah adventures constantly, and has an appropriate outfit.
  • Last-Minute Reprieve: Selim is saved when Delilah kills his executioners.
  • Living a Double Life: Selim is hurt in ''The King's Shilling" to discover that Delilah never told him about her life back in England notably, that her name is actually Alexandra Nichols and she's a noblewoman. She is notably reluctant to talk about her adventures around the Mediterranean to her friends and family back home, having passed it off as a normal Grand Tour for a young lady (with sketches provided by Mr. Selim)
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Selim joins Delilah after being ill-treated by his Bad Boss.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Zakul (the Terrible!)
  • Pirate Booty: One of the things Delilah tries to steal.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Delilah and Selim.
  • Sidekick: The comic explores why Selim decides to become Delilah's sidekick.
  • Spot of Tea: Delilah is English, loves tea, and rescues Selim because he makes excellent tea.
  • Swashbuckler: Delilah swashbuckles as hard as humanly possible. Selim tries valiantly to keep up.
  • You Have Failed Me: The Bad Boss is so angry at Delilah's escape that he accuses Selim of helping her and sentences him to death.
    Bad Boss: Kill him! And kill her! And kill them both!