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* NoNameGiven: The Man's real name is never revealed. He claims not to have one.

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* NoNameGiven: The Man's real name is never revealed. He claims [[NeverGivenAName not to have one.one]].


* PickyEater: The Man dislikes most of the food in the house, dismissing it as “health muck”. He insists on John buying his preferred brands of milk, bread, sugar, marmalade and tea bags.

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* PickyEater: The Man dislikes most of the food in the house, dismissing it as “health muck”. "health muck." He insists on John buying his preferred brands of milk, bread, sugar, marmalade and tea bags. bags.


A 12-year-old boy named John wakes up one morning and finds a [[{{Lilliputians}} tiny man]] in his room, who has invited himself to stay. John spends the next few days half-willingly, half-grudgingly waiting on his new guest. The Man is opinionated, messy, demanding and [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]], with a fondness for specific brands of [[PickyEater tea bags, milk, bread and especially marmalade]], which John is obliged to spend most of his pocket money acquiring.

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A 12-year-old boy named John wakes up one morning and finds a [[{{Lilliputians}} [[LittlePeople tiny man]] in his room, who has invited himself to stay. John spends the next few days half-willingly, half-grudgingly waiting on his new guest. The Man is opinionated, messy, demanding and [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]], with a fondness for specific brands of [[PickyEater tea bags, milk, bread and especially marmalade]], which John is obliged to spend most of his pocket money acquiring.



* BerserkButton: The Man is prickly about being called little, but really snaps when John threatens to phone the authorities and have him put in a care home.



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:John is heartbroken when he awakens to find the Man has gone.]]

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* DeathWorld: The world is this for the Man and his kind. They are too small to lead normal lives, and almost everything is hazardous. Even making a cup of tea almost costs him his life.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:John is heartbroken when he awakens to find the Man has gone.]]]]


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* JerkassHasAPoint: The Man does have a point when he suggests that John took him in and cared for him not out of kindness, but because he is small and a novelty, like a pet.

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A 1992 GraphicNovel for children written by Creator/RaymondBriggs, who also wrote ''ComicBook/TheSnowman''

A 12-year-old boy named John wakes up one morning to find a [[{{Lilliputians}} tiny man]] in his room, who has invited himself to stay. John spends the next few days half-willingly, half-grudgingly waiting on his new guest. The Man is opinionated, messy, demanding and [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]], with a fondness for specific brands of [[PickyEater tea bags, milk, bread and especially marmalade]], which John is obliged to spend most of his pocket money acquiring.

The Man soon begins to outstay his welcome, but the two nevertheless form an OddFriendship. All the while, John tries to keep his guest a secret from his parents, who blame him for the Man's antics, and are bemused by their son's recent odd behaviour; buying his own expensive food, singing along to the morning service, arguing with himself, and coating the house with marmalade.

It was later released as an audiobook, with MichaelPalin voicing the title character.

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A 1992 GraphicNovel for children children, written by Creator/RaymondBriggs, who also wrote ''ComicBook/TheSnowman''

''ComicBook/TheSnowman''.

A 12-year-old boy named John wakes up one morning to find and finds a [[{{Lilliputians}} tiny man]] in his room, who has invited himself to stay. John spends the next few days half-willingly, half-grudgingly waiting on his new guest. The Man is opinionated, messy, demanding and [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]], with a fondness for specific brands of [[PickyEater tea bags, milk, bread and especially marmalade]], which John is obliged to spend most of his pocket money acquiring.

The Man soon begins to outstay his welcome, but the two he and John nevertheless form an OddFriendship. All the while, John tries to keep his guest a secret from his parents, who blame him for the Man's antics, and are bemused by their son's recent odd behaviour; buying his own expensive food, singing along to the morning service, arguing with himself, and coating the house with marmalade.

It was later released as an audiobook, with MichaelPalin Creator/MichaelPalin voicing the title character.
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* BatmanInMyBasement: A 7 inch high man hiding in my bedroom.
* ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject: The Man does this a lot. particularly when John questions him about his species.
* CharacterTitle:

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* BatmanInMyBasement: A 7 inch high 7-inch-high man hiding in my bedroom.
* ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject: The Man does this a lot. lot, particularly when John questions him about his species.
* CharacterTitle:CharacterTitle



* ProductPlacement: A lot of brand names are mentioned: Coco Pops, Bran Flakes, Mother's Pride, Frank Cooper's Oxford Marmalade, After Eights, Guinness, and PG Tips.

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* ProductPlacement: A lot of British brand names are mentioned: Coco Pops, Bran Flakes, Mother's Pride, Frank Cooper's Oxford Marmalade, After Eights, Guinness, and PG Tips.



** John wonders if the Man is a [[Literature/TheBorrowers Borrower]].

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** John wonders if whether the Man is a [[Literature/TheBorrowers Borrower]].



* UnsatisfiableCustomer: The Man is a serial complainer.

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* UnsatisfiableCustomer: The Man is a serial complainer.complainer.
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A 1992 GraphicNovel for children written by Creator/RaymondBriggs, who also wrote ''ComicBook/TheSnowman''

A 12-year-old boy named John wakes up one morning to find a [[{{Lilliputians}} tiny man]] in his room, who has invited himself to stay. John spends the next few days half-willingly, half-grudgingly waiting on his new guest. The Man is opinionated, messy, demanding and [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]], with a fondness for specific brands of [[PickyEater tea bags, milk, bread and especially marmalade]], which John is obliged to spend most of his pocket money acquiring.

The Man soon begins to outstay his welcome, but the two nevertheless form an OddFriendship. All the while, John tries to keep his guest a secret from his parents, who blame him for the Man's antics, and are bemused by their son's recent odd behaviour; buying his own expensive food, singing along to the morning service, arguing with himself, and coating the house with marmalade.

It was later released as an audiobook, with MichaelPalin voicing the title character.

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* AsTheGoodBookSays: The Man reads Literature/TheBible and quotes verses from Job.
* BatmanInMyBasement: A 7 inch high man hiding in my bedroom.
* ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject: The Man does this a lot. particularly when John questions him about his species.
* CharacterTitle:
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:John is heartbroken when he awakens to find the Man has gone.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: The Man lectures John on the importance of hygiene and cleanliness, but goes two days without bathing and begins to smell.
* LastOfHisKind: The Man remarks that there are “not many of us left” and implies that there are [[DyingRace just two]].
* ManipulativeBastard: The Man knows how to exploit his size and get what he wants. John even points this out.
* MinimalistCast: There are only four speaking characters.
* MisanthropeSupreme: The Man dislikes vegetarians, health food, foreigners, wine drinkers, art, stories, films, and even human beings as a whole.
* NakedOnArrival: The Man turns up stark naked.
* NoNameGiven: The Man's real name is never revealed. He claims not to have one.
* NoodleIncident: At some point before the story begins, the Man had an emergency which entailed losing his clothes, but doesn't go into specifics.
* PickyEater: The Man dislikes most of the food in the house, dismissing it as “health muck”. He insists on John buying his preferred brands of milk, bread, sugar, marmalade and tea bags.
* PinchMe: John has this moment when he first sees the Man.
* ProductPlacement: A lot of brand names are mentioned: Coco Pops, Bran Flakes, Mother's Pride, Frank Cooper's Oxford Marmalade, After Eights, Guinness, and PG Tips.
* ScavengedPunk: A variant of this. The Man wears clothes made out of a sock with an elastic band for a belt, and uses a toothbrush made from a stylus brush from a record player.
* ShoutOut:
** John serves tea in a ''[[ComicBook/TheSnowman Snowman]]'' cup.
** John wonders if the Man is a [[Literature/TheBorrowers Borrower]].
* ToxicFriendInfluence: The Man asks John to steal some beer and place a bet for him.
* UnsatisfiableCustomer: The Man is a serial complainer.

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