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Wilq - Superbohater (Wilq the Superhero) is the protagonist of a Polish comic book series of the same name, written by the Minkiewicz brothers, Bartosz and Tomasz. As of early 2015 there are 21 books published, and the next issue is planned to be released in May.

The stories are set in Opole, a medium-sized city in south-western Poland (shown as a megalopolis in the comic, likely as a Shout-Out to Metropolis and Gotham City), which is constantly plagued by villains of all kinds. Wilq and his friends (most of whom are technically villains in their own rights) are the only ones to stop them with their superpowers, intellect and dumb luck. It should be noted that their superpowers are relatively modest and unpractical (Wilq, being the strongest of the group, can actually fly, but he struggles as a Flying Brick), and their intellect is best not mentioned, therefore luck plays a rather big role in their villain-busting career.


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  • Affectionate Parody:
    • Wilq himself is a mix of Superman (capable of flight, wears a cape) and Batman (how he wants to be perceived).
    • Commissioner Gondor: of Commissioner Gordon, obviously.
  • Alliterative Name: The SS Sisters are a duo of female villains who turned from being typical Neo-nazis into ecofascists.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Happens in Opole rather regularly. Most cases are caused by Doctor Wyspa who, being an avid wargamer, loves humongous killer robots; Godzilla also happened to visit the city at least once.
  • Bat Signal: Frequently used by Commissioner Gondor, using an actual, living turtle. Sometimes this doesn't end well for the turtle.
    • Also employed by Entombed, who is much gentler with the turtle.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: The main protagonists: Entombed, Alcman, and Wilq respectively.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Doctor Wyspa.
  • Catchphrase: Entombed's "I suppose I doubt", whenever he disagrees.
  • Chest Insignia: The sign of Rzuff that Wilq wears on his chest, that looks like a turtle. "Rzuff" is mispronounced "żółw", which means a turtle; similarly, "Wilq" is mispronounced "wilk", which means wolf. Just don't try to think about it too much.
    • Alcman wears the percent sign, which is a reference to his (rarely used) superpower: shooting gushes of 100% pure ethanol.
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  • Creator Provincialism: Most stories take place in Opole, which the authors' home town, and much effort was given to faithful depiction of locations and names around the town. On few occasions, Wilq visits Cracow, where the Minkiewicz brothers have been living since their study at the Academy of Fine Arts in the 1990s.
  • The Commissioner Gordon: The Commissioner Gondor. Played quite straight, despite being a parody of the Trope Namer.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Entombed, on multiple occasions. Also Mikołaj. Possibly everybody.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Wilq, of the rather unsubtle variety. He was actually called "the most frustrated character of Polish comic books" by the Wprost magazine.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: Given that it's a shout out to authors' school friends, it's a given.
  • Extreme Doormat: Mikołaj is constantly mocked by Wilq and his friends, and occasionally he becomes a victim of their practical jokes, but he's never seen fighting back or even getting angry at them.
  • Fake Ending: Both in- and out of universe. Wilq after being defeated (really only hurting his back) by Rural Vocal Girl decides to fake his death and quit superheroics But Alc-man convinces him to simply retire, and avoid obsessive fans.. The series had a slight delay after that.
  • Flight: Wilq's main superpower. Entombed can fly too, but only with the aid of his trusted weapon, Mini Gas Jet.
  • His Powers Are So Dumb He Doesn't Use Them: Alc-Man's powers are used only once in the series - and they're really really dumb. If you must know, he can turn his hands into bottles shooting any kind of alcohol.
  • Friendly Enemy: Entombed is categorized as a villain, technically. However, he is also the protagonist's best buddy, to the point that most stories involve both of them solving the problem at hand as a team. The same applies to Alc-Man, who shares a similar relationship with Wilq and is also technically a villain. Neither of these two villains seem to do much villainy though, in contrast to Wilq's real enemies.
  • Funetik Aksent: During their date in an Italian restaurant, Wilq and Słaby Wielbłąd make an order for ryżotto and szpageti, the latter one being an example of Gratuitous German too.
  • The Generalissimo: In one story, a beatiful woman asks Wilq to find her dad - who happens to be a leader of military junta, a part-time tyrant, and an aficionado of torture and corruption, as she proudly declares.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Despite all his heroic efforts, Wilq doesn't have much luck with the press. The authorities love him, though.
  • I Am Who?: Entombed of all people loses his blase outlook when he finds out that he's a sole descendant of Teutonic Knights. Alcman luckily helps him out: that's obviously a lie, there were no female knights.
  • I Call Him "Mister Happy": The story about Wilq dating and eventually falling in love with Słaby Wielbłąd is appropriately titled The Love Rapier.
  • Improvised Weapon: When Opole is under attack of a monstrous shark, Wilq tries to defeat it by throwing ten cars, a newspaper stand, and even a monument statue at it.
  • Metal Head: Entombed, to a T. He even headbangs to Iron Maiden he plays on a boom box while Wilq brutally interrogates roof tiles...
  • Morality Pet: About the only being Wilq cares about is his turtle Maciuś.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: It's generally accepted that Entombed's name is not pronounced en-toom'd, but en-tohme-bed.
  • Noble Bigot: Wilq is a genuine superhero trying do the right thing for Opole and the rest of the world, but many of his opinions about, let's say, sexual and ethnic minorities would be considered at least inappropriate by Western audience. His short temper doesn't really help, either.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Wilq, which perfectly matches his bad attitude. In rare instances when he actually changes his face expression, it's usually one of shock and disbelief. Or a Psychotic Smirk, when he's about to hurt someone.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Alcman is always drawn with a wide smile on his face and closed eyes, no matter how dangerous or confusing is the situation.
  • Punny Name : "Wilq" is a phonetic pun on "Wilk" ("Wolf")
  • Shout-Out: Apart from highschool friends of the authors and Polish comics scene, there are some. Doktor Wyspa is a shoutout to Gene Wolfe's "Death of Doctor Island".
  • Smoking Is Cool: Commissioner Gondor is certainly one of the most noble characters in the series. Finding one single panel featuring him without a cigarette may be a very difficult, if not impossible task.
  • The Stoic: In a sharp contrast to Wilq, Entombed rarely expresses any emotions, and when he does, it's usually just winking.
  • Superheroes Stay Single: Seems to be so in Wilq's case; mostly of his own choice, as he can't be bothered. He had a brief fling with Jennifer Lopez (yes), and it's implied that he has a thing for Słaby Wielbłąd.
  • Superheroes Wear Capes: Of course!
  • Super Villain: Of all the villains, Doctor Wyspa (Doctor Island) seems to fit this trope best. He doesn't have super powers as such, but his skill and resourcefulness allows him to dish out Humongous Mecha with frightening ease (especially considering he lives in a small flat and spends most of his time "assembling assemble model kits" and playing Warhammer 40,000).
  • Super Zeroes: The main four. Wilq can fly and is a reasonably stout fighter. Alc-man's powers are just too dumb to use. Entombed is too lazy to use Stout Strength and doesn't carry his gas jet. Mikołaj's main power is "Touching things with his eye" (surprisingly effective), and he briefly possessed a rare and amazing power of climbing a wardrobe. Of course their opponents aren't much better - one of villains through his dedication to kettle design gained the power to instantly heat any handle. About the only semi-competent villains are "Penis-handed electric pillow" and "three fingered pie hand".
  • Take That, Audience!: The 20th issue starts with Wilq addressing the most faithful fans who have been reading the series since its beginning, and going into a rant, basically calling them a bunch of losers, retards and nerds. Finishing his speech, the superhero warns the fans that they will eventually end cosplaying the The Witcher while waiting for another client in a brothel for fantasy fans, located in Mysłowice - the in-universe Eldritch Location.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Not Entombed, surprisingly. Alc-man would sell the rest of characters at drop of the hat, for money, sex, or just for fun.
  • Token Good Teammate: ... though the rest of the protagonists aren't really that better. Mikołaj and Słaby Wielbłąd stand out.
  • Up, Up and Away!: Wilq himself.
  • Verbal Tic: Mikołaj's "Ba ba ba!" (pronunced as "buh").
  • Villains Out Shopping: Or most likely out of town on some private business, usually family-related.
  • Weaksauce Weakness:
    • The best weapon to defeat Wilq are lame jokes, or lame words in general. He does whatever he can to prevent the villains from learning about this.
    • Wilq manages to disperse a leftist demonstration against the U.S. foreign policy by reading a few basic English sentences through a megaphone, finishing with throwing a hamburger sandwich at them.
  • Weaponized Animal: Maciuś, the Wilq's pet turtle, hides quite a powerful gun inside its shell, although he rarely demonstrates it.