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10th Sep '16 1:42:16 PM Tron80
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* Ironically, ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' -who is one of the classic examples of The Cape and cousin of THE Cape- used to be like this back in the Silver Age. Before Superman revealed her existence to the world she secretly patrolled the small town of Midvale at night, trying not to get caught while she stopped crimes and saved people. Midvale locals rumored that they were protected by a "guardian angel".
* Franchise/{{Superman}} was this back in the Golden Age, too: he was a feared urban legend and a vigilante who mercilessly beat thugs, crooks and wife abusers and cowed corrupt politicians and bussinessmen. He was pragmatic and harsh, he caught criminals by surprise and left as soon as he solved the situation.
10th Sep '16 11:02:57 AM Tron80
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* Cassandra Cain -''[[Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2001}} the second Batgirl]]''- and Stephanie Brown -''[[Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2009}} Batgirl III]]''- are also this. They subvert the trope, though, since they are more idealistic than most vigilantes of Gotham.

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* Cassandra Cain -''[[Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2001}} 2000}} the second Batgirl]]''- and Stephanie Brown -''[[Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2009}} Batgirl III]]''- are also this. They subvert the trope, though, since they are more idealistic than most vigilantes of Gotham.
10th Sep '16 11:01:59 AM Tron80
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* ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'' Barbara Gordon was inspired by Batman and takes after him: she wears dark clothes and a cowl, she has no powers, and she patrols Gotham at the night, hunting criminals.
** In ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2011}}'' she reclaims her title and costume after recovering from her paralysis.
** In ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'', Batgirl serves as The Cowl to ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'''s The Cape: she is rude, cynical and bossy; but she wants to protect and help people. Luthor even accuses her from "[skulking] around in the dark alleys and back rooms".
* Cassandra Cain -''[[Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2001}} the second Batgirl]]''- and Stephanie Brown -''[[Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2009}} Batgirl III]]''- are also this. They subvert the trope, though, since they are more idealistic than most vigilantes of Gotham.
* Helena Wayne, a. k. a. ''ComicBook/{{Huntress}}'' takes after her parents -Batman and ''ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}''-: she wears dark clothes and a pointed domino mask, operates in rough neighborhoods hunting human traffickers and abusers, uses crossbows, and is a bit more aggressive than other members of the Bat-family.
17th Aug '16 6:06:28 AM Dravencour
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* The Silver Shroud from the Franchise/{{Fallout}} universe. In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the Sole Survivor can take on the role of the Shroud and mete out deadly justice to several of Goodneighbor's scumbags, ultimately culminating in taking down a vicious raider leader in an abandoned hospital.
12th Aug '16 4:11:10 PM Dravencour
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* 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 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 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]].
12th Aug '16 4:09:37 PM Dravencour
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The Cowl is TheCape with a dark twist and typically on the cynical side on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism. Instead of adventuring in the daylight and showing themselves for the glory of the protected, they stick to the shadows of the night where evil lurks and prey on the fears of their quarry. The Cowl tends to be a NonPoweredCostumedHero, their greatest assets being wit and psychological tactics, but if they do have powers, they tend to be related to darkness or some kind of sufficiently-creepy animal, such as wolves, bats, RavensAndCrows, snakes, spiders, or others.

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The Cowl is TheCape with a dark twist and typically on the cynical side on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism. Instead of adventuring in the daylight and showing themselves for the glory of the protected, they stick to the shadows of the night where evil lurks and prey on the fears of their quarry. The Cowl tends to be a NonPoweredCostumedHero, their greatest assets being wit and psychological tactics, but if they do have powers, they tend to be related to darkness darkness, ghosts, or some kind of sufficiently-creepy animal, such as wolves, bats, RavensAndCrows, snakes, spiders, or others.
12th Aug '16 4:07:19 PM Dravencour
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The Cowl is TheCape with a dark twist and typically on the cynical side on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism. Instead of adventuring in the daylight and showing themselves for the glory of the protected, they stick to the shadows of the night where evil lurks and prey on the fears of their quarry. The Cowl tends to be a NonPoweredCostumedHero, their greatest assets being wit and psychological tactics, but if they do have powers, they tend to be related to darkness or some kind of sufficiently-creepy animal.

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The Cowl is TheCape with a dark twist and typically on the cynical side on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism. Instead of adventuring in the daylight and showing themselves for the glory of the protected, they stick to the shadows of the night where evil lurks and prey on the fears of their quarry. The Cowl tends to be a NonPoweredCostumedHero, their greatest assets being wit and psychological tactics, but if they do have powers, they tend to be related to darkness or some kind of sufficiently-creepy animal.
animal, such as wolves, bats, RavensAndCrows, snakes, spiders, or others.
10th Jul '16 7:44:17 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* [[{{TNA}} Suicide]] dresses in full-body spandex, appears out of nowhere to save people with violence, goes on and on about his dark and mysterious past... despite not being billed as a SuperHero, he's probably the purest example of The Cowl in wrestling history.

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* [[{{TNA}} Wrestling/{{Sting}} has shades of this following his change from [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance Malibu]] Sting to [[Wrestling/{{WCW}} Crow]] Sting- the black clothing, billowing trenchcoat, sudden dramatic appearances (either suddenly after the arena lights go out, or descending from the rafters in Batman-like fashion) and general DarkIsNotEvil aesthetic definitely evoke this trope.
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker can have shades of this, as a {{face}} at least. Normally when he does save someone it's because he's feuding with the other wrestler. He can appear suddenly after the lights in the arena go black for a few seconds and come back on again to the sound of his gong.
* [[Wrestling/{{TNA}}
Suicide]] dresses in full-body spandex, appears out of nowhere to save people with violence, goes on and on about his dark and mysterious past... despite not being billed as a SuperHero, he's he's([[LegacyCharacter they're]]) probably the purest example of The Cowl in wrestling history.



* TheUndertaker can have shades of this, as a face at least. Normally when he does save someone it's because he's feuding with the other wrestler. He can appear suddenly after the lights in the arena go black for a few seconds and come back on again to the sound of his gong.
* [[{{TNA}} Sting]] also has shades of this following his change from Malibu Sting to Crow Sting- the black clothing, billowing trenchcoat, sudden dramatic appearances (either suddenly after the arena lights go out, or descending from the rafters in Batman-like fashion) and general DarkIsNotEvil aesthetic definitely evoke this trope.
15th Jun '16 5:39:33 PM fdsa1234567890
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* John Reese of PersonOfInterest fulfills this role, as he receives the social security number of a person about to be involved in a violent crime.

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* John Reese of PersonOfInterest fulfills this role, as at least from the perspective of those he rescues. In actuality, he receives the social security number of a person about to be involved in a violent crime.crime, and so it is a bit more premeditated than it appears.
15th Jun '16 5:36:18 PM fdsa1234567890
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%% * John Reese of PersonOfInterest.

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%% * John Reese of PersonOfInterest.PersonOfInterest fulfills this role, as he receives the social security number of a person about to be involved in a violent crime.
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