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In a broader sense, superheroes can be considered old as the superhuman heroes of ancient mythology, with [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Gilgamesh]] being the UrExample. Other examples include {{Hercules}}, {{Perseus}}, [[Literature/{{Mahabharata}} Krishna]], [[Literature/SamsonAndDelilah Samson]], [[Literature/{{Ramayana}} Hanuman]], and [[Literature/JourneyToTheWest Sun Wukong]] (a.k.a. [[Characters/DragonBallSonGoku Son Goku]]). In classical times, that's what being a "hero" ''meant''; it was a statement on a demigod's power, not necessarily their actions. Only later did heroism come to be associated with moral purity, becoming the modern superhero.

[[TropeMaker The original]] modern superheroes are arguably Anime/GoldenBat (first debuted 1930), [[https://web.archive.org/web/20150104164648/www.animevice.com/prince-of-gamma/18-31482/ Prince of Gamma]] (debuted early 1930s), and Radio/TheShadow (first published April 1, 1931 in ''The Shadow Magazine'', years before ''Action Comics'' #1 introduced Franchise/{{Superman}}). Golden Bat was the first illustrated superhero, and the first with all the FlyingBrick ingredients of the modern superhero: StockSuperpowers such as SuperStrength and SuperSpeed, {{Flight}}, TheCape, XRayVision, BatSignal. Prince of Gamma had superpowers, a SecretIdentity, and an [[SuperheroOrigin origin story]] resembling Superman and [[Characters/DragonBallSonGoku Goku]]. Though The Shadow did not initially have have super powers other than being a master hypnotist, he gains psychic abilities beginning in 1937 that let him induce [[http://www.bmoviecomic.com/index.php?cid=53 psychological]] [[http://www.bmoviecomic.com/index.php?cid=54 invisibility]] in the radio series. He was inspired by previous fictional adventurers and crime fighters, such as the [[Literature/TheScarletPimpernel Scarlet Pimpernel]] or Franchise/{{Zorro}} (who may be the UrExample). In turn, he has inspired many future superheroes, most notably Batman who was a blatant {{Expy}} at first before being becoming the character we recognize today.

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In a broader sense, superheroes can be considered old as the superhuman heroes of ancient mythology, with [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Gilgamesh]] being the UrExample. Other examples include {{Hercules}}, {{Perseus}}, [[Characters/ClassicalMythology Hercules, Perseus]], [[Literature/{{Mahabharata}} Krishna]], [[Literature/SamsonAndDelilah Samson]], [[Literature/{{Ramayana}} Hanuman]], and [[Literature/JourneyToTheWest Sun Wukong]] (a.k.a. [[Characters/DragonBallSonGoku Son Goku]]). In classical times, that's what being a "hero" ''meant''; it was a statement on a demigod's power, not necessarily their actions. Only later did heroism come to be associated with moral purity, becoming the modern superhero.

[[TropeMaker The original]] modern superheroes are arguably Anime/GoldenBat (first debuted 1930), [[https://web.archive.org/web/20150104164648/www.animevice.com/prince-of-gamma/18-31482/ Prince of Gamma]] (debuted early 1930s), and Radio/TheShadow (first published April 1, 1931 in ''The Shadow Magazine'', years before ''Action Comics'' #1 introduced Franchise/{{Superman}}). Golden Bat was the first illustrated superhero, and the first with all the FlyingBrick ingredients of the modern superhero: StockSuperpowers such as SuperStrength and SuperSpeed, {{Flight}}, TheCape, XRayVision, BatSignal. Prince of Gamma had superpowers, a SecretIdentity, and an [[SuperheroOrigin origin story]] resembling Superman and [[Characters/DragonBallSonGoku Goku]]. Though The Shadow did not initially have have super powers other than being a master hypnotist, he gains psychic abilities beginning in 1937 that let him induce [[http://www.bmoviecomic.com/index.php?cid=53 psychological]] [[http://www.bmoviecomic.com/index.php?cid=54 invisibility]] in the radio series. He was inspired by previous fictional adventurers and crime fighters, such as the [[Literature/TheScarletPimpernel Scarlet Pimpernel]] Literature/TheScarletPimpernel or Franchise/{{Zorro}} (who may be the UrExample). In turn, he has inspired many future superheroes, most notably Batman who was a blatant {{Expy}} at first before being becoming the character we recognize today.



Note that not all [=superheroes=] are super-powered; Franchise/{{Batman}} is often considered a [=superhero=] despite having nothing but training, intelligence, willpower, minor gadgetry and the writers on his side; Phantom was in peak physical fitness, had excellent reflexes and was a sharpshooter. They are generally considered superheroes, partly because of the costume. In trope terms, they go under NonPoweredCostumedHero.

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Note that not all [=superheroes=] are super-powered; Franchise/{{Batman}} is often considered a [=superhero=] despite having nothing but training, intelligence, willpower, minor gadgetry and the writers on his side; Phantom was is in peak physical fitness, had has excellent reflexes and was is a sharpshooter. They are generally considered superheroes, partly because of the costume. In trope terms, they go under NonPoweredCostumedHero.



Superheroes are ''not'' limited merely to comic books and their derivations. ''Literature/{{Gladiator}}'', ''Anime/GoldenBat'', ''Prince of Gamma'', ''Radio/TheLoneRanger'' and ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'' predate all comic format superheroes.''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'', and ''Series/DoctorWho'' are television examples that (with the exception of ''Series/DoctorWho'') partake in fairly little of the comic book medium. On Japanese television, the tokusatsu has a long and proud tradition of superheroism, most famously Series/{{Ultraman}} and Franchise/KamenRider, serving as the national image of superheroes. {{Anime}} is also chock full of super heroes from Manga/AstroBoy to Franchise/SailorMoon; {{Sentai}} and MagicalGirlWarrior are two Japanese genres that are an outgrowth of this, not to mention SuperRobot, which is a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever gigantic]], [[HumongousMecha armored]] variant of the superhero.

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Superheroes are ''not'' limited merely to comic books and their derivations. ''Literature/{{Gladiator}}'', ''Anime/GoldenBat'', ''Prince of Gamma'', ''Radio/TheLoneRanger'' and ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'' predate all comic format superheroes.''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'', ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' and ''Series/DoctorWho'' are television examples that (with the exception of ''Series/DoctorWho'') partake in fairly little of the comic book medium. On Japanese television, the tokusatsu has a long and proud tradition of superheroism, most famously Series/{{Ultraman}} and Franchise/KamenRider, serving as the national image of superheroes. {{Anime}} is also chock full of super heroes superheroes from Manga/AstroBoy to Franchise/SailorMoon; {{Sentai}} and MagicalGirlWarrior are two Japanese genres that are an outgrowth of this, not to mention SuperRobot, which is a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever gigantic]], [[HumongousMecha armored]] variant of the superhero.
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