Lil i Put (Lil and Put, it's a pun on "lilliput") are the titular heroes of a Polish comic book that pastiches and parodies fantasy in general. These two vagabonds are members of a Hobbit-like race called Małoludy (literally "little people" or "Not much of people", also a play on Polish word for "gigants" - "Wielkoludy", and the word for "youngsters"- "Malolaty").
The series targets both kids and grown-ups, mixing the kid-friendly slapstick, amusing characters and puns with plenty of dark comedy, satirical references and adult humor.
The comics, created by Maciej Kur (scripts) and Piotr Bednarczyk (art), have appeared in book form, and are currently being serialized in the "Nowa Fantastyka" magazine, the biggest Polish fantasy mag, best known for as the place of The Witcher's debut.
The series provides examples of:
- The Ace: Gerwin the monster hunter, whose skills are so sharp that when he wants to know who had been swimming in a body of water hours before, all he needs to do is sniff it.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Morbinka never speaks. It may be by choice, it may be a disability of some sort, we don't know, since, as of yet, none of the characters ever made a comment about it. Possibly she's just a moody teen or depressed.
- Berserk Board Barricade: Lil and Put did this once, after trying to get away from the Grim Reaper they get him momentary stuned in a nursing home, after which they barricade the door with planks from the outside and comment that this would keep the draft out. Sadly for the guys, it didn't hold the Reaper for long.
- Berserk Button: The usualy Gentle Giant Rupert the dwarf turns Ax-Crazy the second he hears the word "Troll". He then proceeds to destroy everything around.
- Big Eater: The entire race of Małoludy. Their life seems to be all parties and food.
- Black Comedy: The dwarfs are very casual in throwing around refrences to slothering elfs.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Put.
- Oscar is actually insane.
- Ditzy Genius : Nicola Flamel, the alchemist.
- Deadpan Snarker: Kieszonka never misses an ocasion to insult Lil in some manner.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: In his few apperances the Grim Reaper (refrence simply as "Death") despite his demonic design and presented as very powerfull being is shown to treat his job... well, as a job. In his offtime he is seen doing casual things (like joining the party at the cemetary or buying himself a pet) When Lil and Put pretend to be dead to trick The Grim Reaper into giving Morbinka his autograph, while clearly annoyed he is shown to be paitence. He also made refrence to having a family he cares for and overall presented as very human.
- Elves Versus Dwarves: Up to eleven-bordering-on-twelve - the dwarves not only only hate the elves, but their first instinct when they see one is to charge and beat the crap out of him. Miksja the elf, who has magic and is willing to use it, shows prejudice right back against dwarves.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Morbinka the dark elf has white skin, dark hair and never says a word.
- Goth: Morbinka is a gentle parody.
- Half-Witted Hillbilly : Świętopełk is a Polish variant on the Country Bumpkin trope. You never know is his next line will have some type of Simpleminded Wisdom or (more likely) will be a total gibberish.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Utopiec the water spirit... or a monster... or a sea god. It's not clear as we never see him directly, even though Lil's waged many battles against him, trying to chase Utopiec away from the pond. We do see the effects of his actions. Sometimes we see his speech bubbles.
- Hot-Blooded: Being easly provoked and impulsive in anger is one of Lil's main character trades.
- Give Me Back My Wallet: The opening storyline of the 4'th book focuses on Kieszonka pickpocketing... the Grim Reaper and him trying to get his pouch back (it's full of souls the Reaper has collected).
- I Was Beaten by a Girl: Miksja, using her magic, beat the crap out of Ivan and his gang during their first clash, prompting Ivan's attempts at revenge. To be fair, Ivan pride wasnt hurt because of Miksja's gender as much as by the fact that shes an elf.
- Informed Species: One short story established that Morbinka is actually "an dark elf", a completely different species. Somehow, the regular elf Miksja is still her cousin.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Both Lil and Put. Petty scammers and lazy bums, but tried-and-true friends to Miksja, whose life they've saved on some occasions.
- Morality Kitchen Sink: This is not a story about epic fights between good and evil. Lil and Put live in a world of very complex moral compasses. They themselves, despite being nice guys and helpful for their friends, make a living as petty conmen or freeloading, and generally have zero problems breaking laws. The series often pokes fun at moral paradoxes of our world - when one of a characters writes a book on glorious and bloody deeds of a dwarven hero, for example, he gets attacked by enraged dwarves who don't want to be associated with this sort of stuff anymore. He promises to write a nice book about them, only to have Miksja threaten him with fireballs if he does. He then breaks down crying "But I love you both the same!" while background characters snark at how boring the book is.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Once, Lil, Put and Miksja had no money to pay the faries for the clock they made, so they tried to run off with it. But Miksja stopped half way to tell the guys she was too honorable to run and willing to take the punishment rather than cheat the faries.
- In one story Death returns a parrot to the pet store and complains it's alive with very familiar sounding dialog.
- In one story a panel of two pesants seeing Put flying by on the hang glider is a homage to a famous Polish paiting "Storks" by Józef Chełmoński (it adds extra irony that Put previewsly stated he wants to fly "like a stork" as that's what the pesants seen in the orginal paiting)
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Lil and Kieszonka can go like this for hours (usually Kieszonka starts).
- Sticky Fingers: Lil's sister Kieszonka (Pocket) fancies herself a master pickpocket and is usualy seen either stealing or running away after being caught red-handed.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: One story focuses on the "most beautiful princess in the world", so attractive that everyone who saw her became mad with envy on the spot and began to hate the princess. Everyone, including male characters, her own reflection in the mirror and forces of nature. The princess was rather miserable because of this, especially that she was abandoned by everyone for being so unhumanly pretty they couldn't comprehend it. Her face is never shown so the reader doesn't turn against her, too.
- Squishy Wizard : Miksja, despite being very powerful, was established of needing to recharge her powers as well a moment to concetrate. When caught off guard, her only option is to run.
- Pictorial Speech Bubble: The language of the fairies sounds like ringing of bells, and is represented by drawings of ringing bells in their Speech Bubbles. Rather varied drawings, such as a picture of doorbell ringing for welcoming someone, a fire-alarm for call for help, a bell tower for yelling loudly to name just a few.
- Running Gag: Literal one: Miksja being chased by the dwarf mob.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: All dwarves are pretty much the same, only exaggerrated for comic effect. Your average, common-or-mine barbaric, loud, violent, self-righteous brutes horribly (sometimes sadistically) bigoted towards elves. They also enjoy a good sing-a-long... as long as it's about elves getting beaten to a pulp.
- Our Fairies Are Different: Fairies have blue or coal-black skin, humanoid bodies with something between antennae and horns on top of their heads. Interestingly, they are obsessed with technology, and appear to be the most technically advanced race in the land.
- Would Hit a Girl: Ivan and his gang try to beat Miksja up every time they ran into her.
- Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Gerwin wants to kill Kirki for being an goblin. That Kirki is a friendly, (mostly) harmless pet to Miksja does not concern the valiant hunter.