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24th Jun '17 11:49:08 AM nombretomado
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* {{Invoked|Trope}} in ''CodeGeass'', where Lelouch (who is [[MagnificentBastard definitely]] [[TheChessmaster not]] [[SquishyWizard this]]) tries to play himself up as a combination of The Cowl and The Cape in order to gain public support.

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* {{Invoked|Trope}} in ''CodeGeass'', ''Anime/CodeGeass'', where Lelouch (who is [[MagnificentBastard definitely]] [[TheChessmaster not]] [[SquishyWizard this]]) tries to play himself up as a combination of The Cowl and The Cape in order to gain public support.
21st May '17 11:23:48 AM nombretomado
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* Creator/PhilipPullman's ''Spring-Heeled Jack'' is described as "Batman in VictorianBritain", and it suits.

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* Creator/PhilipPullman's ''Spring-Heeled Jack'' is described as "Batman in VictorianBritain", UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain", and it suits.
20th May '17 3:11:31 PM nombretomado
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* A [[AntiHero "good"]] player character in ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' can assume this role (which is probably a good idea if that [[HorrifyingHero character]] also happens to belong to [[LooksLikeOrlok Clan Nosferatu]]).

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* A [[AntiHero "good"]] player character in ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' can assume this role (which is probably a good idea if that [[HorrifyingHero character]] also happens to belong to [[LooksLikeOrlok Clan Nosferatu]]).
20th May '17 7:21:25 AM nighttrainfm
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* Rorschach in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''

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* Rorschach in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' is a particularly brutal take on this, given the comic's DeconstructorFleet nature. While he used to be part of a fairly stable team with Nite Owl, by the series' present he has no life outside crime-fighting, considers his mask to be his real face, and is known to have thrown a masochistic "supervillain" down an elevator shaft.
18th May '17 3:57:20 AM DrImpossible
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* Rorschach in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' considers himself The Cowl. Many others just see him as a psychopath.

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* Rorschach in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' considers himself The Cowl. Many others just see him as a psychopath.''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''
18th May '17 3:01:01 AM DrImpossible
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* Kaitou Kid the Phantom Thief from ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' and ''Manga/MagicKaito'' has a cowl.
* Shouta Aizawa, the homeroom teacher of Class 1-A from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', is also known as "Eraserhead", an underground hero that operates at night and generally avoids the press, thus he ends up not being as well-known as most professional heroes.

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* Kaitou Kid the Phantom Thief from ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' and ''Manga/MagicKaito'' has a cowl.
* Shouta Aizawa, the homeroom teacher of Class 1-A from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', is also known as "Eraserhead", an underground hero that operates at night and generally avoids the press, thus press. Unfortunately, the Cowl method means he ends up not being as well-known as most professional heroes.



* In the [[AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho Big Finish]] audioplay ''Night of the Whisper'', the titular vigilante prowls the streets of 23rd century New Vegas, meting out deadly justice, while whispering "Justice will be served!" He also wasn't particular about making sure no innocents get hurt and kills anyone in his way. The Whisper's main target is Cyrus Wolfsbane, the mafioso running most of New Vegas (who also happens to be a wolfman), who is untouchable due to the deepset corruption in the New Vegas government and police. The Whisper is covered in a cloak head to toe, and his hands pulse with powerful energy that he uses to kill. He also uses a grappling hook to get around the city. The Whisper then starts [[AllCrimesAreEqual attacking people for minor offenses]], such as spray painting a wall. The Doctor eventually discovers the true identity of the Whisper: [[spoiler:the daughter of a cop named James [=McNeil=], killed when she confronted Wolfsbane about her boyfriend's death. Her corpse merged with the body of a cybernetic Star Marshal, whose ship crashed near the city, becoming a justice-obsessed vigilante]].

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* In the [[AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho Big Finish]] audioplay ''Night of the Whisper'', the titular vigilante prowls the streets of 23rd century New Vegas, meting out deadly justice, while whispering "Justice will be served!" He also wasn't particular about making sure no innocents get hurt and kills anyone in his way. The Whisper's main target is Cyrus Wolfsbane, the mafioso running most of New Vegas (who also happens to be a wolfman), who is untouchable untouched by the law due to the deepset deep-set corruption in the New Vegas government and police. The Whisper is covered in a cloak head to toe, and his hands pulse with a powerful energy that he uses to kill. He also uses a grappling hook to get around the city. The Whisper then starts [[AllCrimesAreEqual attacking people for minor offenses]], such as spray painting a wall. The Doctor eventually discovers the true identity of the Whisper: [[spoiler:the combined corpses of the daughter of a cop named James [=McNeil=], killed [=McNeil=] (killed when she confronted Wolfsbane about her boyfriend's death. Her corpse merged with the body of death) and a cybernetic Star Marshal, whose ship crashed near the city, becoming city. The combined zombie-cyborg person became a justice-obsessed vigilante]].



* Franchise/{{Batman}} has [[TropeCodifier practically built this trope, or at least the way it is seen now]], but is not the UrExample, and is arguably not exactly the TropeMaker (see Literature, below). The description describes the quintessential BatmanColdOpen, emerging from the shadows and [[TheDreaded inducing fear in all the criminals his eyes meet]]. Most examples of the trope nowadays are at least partially influenced by the Dark Knight.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} has [[TropeCodifier practically built this trope, or at least the way it is seen now]], but is not the UrExample, and is arguably not exactly the TropeMaker (see Literature, below). The description describes the quintessential BatmanColdOpen, emerging from the shadows and [[TheDreaded inducing fear in all the criminals now.]] All of his eyes meet]]. Most examples of the trope nowadays "Bat-Family" are at least partially influenced by the Dark Knight.typically portrayed as examples, too.
18th May '17 2:55:53 AM DrImpossible
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** Subverted in the final season, when [[spoiler:he tries to pull this only for his security team to show up and the person he saved being asked to sign a form attesting that she had been saved by Angel, CEO of Wolfram and Hart, and they turned it into a photo op. He didn't try again.]]

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** Subverted in the final season, when [[spoiler:he tries to pull this only for his security team to show up and the person he saved being asked to sign a form attesting that she had been saved by Angel, becomes CEO of Wolfram and Hart, and they turned it tried to turn this sort of heroism into a photo op.opportunities. He didn't try again.]]



* [[TheCape Ironically]], Series/TheCape. He used to be a ByTheBookCop until the BigBad framed him, forcing the cop to fake his death. After being trained by carnies to use the titular cape and other magician tricks, he is forced to stay in the shadows and mostly comes out at night. He even has a VoiceWithAnInternetConnection ([[spoiler:the BigBad's daughter with daddy issues]]). Meanwhile, the BigBad is one of the most respected and powerful men in the city. In fact, when another villain tried to out him in the middle of a high society event, they just [[CassandraTruth laughed at him]] (it didn't help that said villain looked and sounded like Vinnie Jones with a bad case of acne).

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* [[TheCape Ironically]], Series/TheCape. He used to be a ByTheBookCop until the BigBad framed him, forcing the cop to fake his death. After being trained by carnies to use the titular cape and other magician tricks, he is forced to stay in the shadows and mostly comes out at night. He even has a VoiceWithAnInternetConnection ([[spoiler:the BigBad's daughter with daddy issues]]). Meanwhile, the BigBad is one of the most respected and powerful men in the city. In fact, when another villain tried to out him in the middle of a high society event, they just [[CassandraTruth laughed at him]] (it didn't help that said villain looked and sounded like Vinnie Jones with a bad case of acne).Jones).
18th May '17 2:53:28 AM DrImpossible
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%% * Halle Berry's best-forgotten portrayal of ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'' as an AntiHero.



* One of the best non-Batman examples ever happens at the beginning of the first ''Film/{{Blade}}'' film. The rave sequence in the nightclub, merely ominous at the beginning, becomes absolutely terrifying when blood rains down from the ceiling and it's revealed that ''everyone'' except the poor innocent human lured to the dance is a bestial vampire. The lone human flees in panic - and runs smack into the film's titular silent, stoic, hate-filled, murderous vigilante. [[GladHesOnOurSide You never were so relieved to see a]] ''[[GladHesOnOurSide good]]'' [[GladHesOnOurSide vampire]].

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* One of the best non-Batman film examples ever happens at the beginning of the first ''Film/{{Blade}}'' film.is ''Film/{{Blade}}''. The rave sequence in the nightclub, merely ominous at the beginning, becomes absolutely terrifying when blood rains down from the ceiling and it's revealed that ''everyone'' except the poor innocent human lured to the dance is a bestial vampire. The lone human flees in panic - and runs smack into the film's titular silent, stoic, hate-filled, murderous vigilante. [[GladHesOnOurSide You never were so relieved to see a]] ''[[GladHesOnOurSide good]]'' [[GladHesOnOurSide vampire]].
4th May '17 8:30:20 AM ChronoLegion
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* In the [[AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho Big Finish]] audioplay ''Night of the Whisper'', the titular vigilante prowls the streets of 23rd century New Vegas, meting out deadly justice, while whispering "Justice will be served!" He also wasn't particular about making sure no innocents get hurt and kills anyone in his way. The Whisper's main target is Cyrus Wolfsbane, the mafioso running most of New Vegas (who also happens to be a wolfman), who is untouchable due to the deepset corruption in the New Vegas government and police. The Whisper is covered in a cloak head to toe, and his hands pulse with powerful energy that he uses to kill. He also uses a grappling hook to get around the city. The Whisper then starts [[AllCrimesAreEqual attacking people for minor offenses]], such as spray painting a wall. The Doctor eventually discovers the true identity of the Whisper: [[spoiler:the daughter of a cop named James [=McNeil=], killed when she confronted Wolfsbane about her boyfriend's death. Her corpse merged with the body of a cybernetic Star Marshal, whose ship crashed near the city, becoming a justice-obsessed vigilante]].
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2nd May '17 4:02:00 AM Cryoclaste
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%% * ''[[LegoAdaptationGame Lego Batman]]''

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%% * ''[[LegoAdaptationGame ''[[VideoGame/LegoAdaptationGame Lego Batman]]''
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