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15th Oct '17 3:15:20 PM Chabal2
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** Konrad Kurze, aka the Night Haunter, is a darker take on Batman - he turned his WretchedHive home planet into a law-abiding community by personally hunting down and butchering every criminal on it, uniting the populace in mortal terror. ''His'' legion went renegade, and today the Literature/NightLords are among the most [[TheDreaded dreaded]] foes the Imperium faces.

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** Konrad Kurze, aka the Night Haunter, is a darker take on Batman - he turned his WretchedHive home planet into a law-abiding community by personally hunting down and butchering every criminal on it, uniting the populace in mortal terror. ''His'' legion went renegade, and today the Literature/NightLords are among the most [[TheDreaded dreaded]] foes the Imperium faces. Unfortunately, when he left the planet went right back to its old ways, and realizing this is part of why he fell in the first place.
13th Oct '17 5:04:14 AM Mhazard
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** While all the magical girls [[spoiler:with the arguable exception of [[AllLovingHero Madoka]]]] display this to varying extents, the most stark example is [[spoiler:Sayaka, as she is the most clear-cut example of TheCape (with an [[SuperheroWearsCape actual cape]]) who slides towards this trope as the reality of her idealistic wish bears down on her soul. Then she slides past it into FallenHero when she becomes a Witch. The series spends the most amount of time on her journey.]]

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** While all the magical girls [[spoiler:with the arguable exception of [[AllLovingHero Madoka]]]] display this to varying extents, the most stark example is [[spoiler:Sayaka, as she is the most clear-cut example of TheCape (with an [[SuperheroWearsCape [[SuperheroesWearCapes actual cape]]) who slides towards this trope as the reality of her idealistic wish bears down on her soul. Then she slides past it into FallenHero when she becomes a Witch. The series spends the most amount of time on her journey.]]
13th Oct '17 5:03:38 AM Mhazard
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** While all the magical girls [[spoiler:with the arguable exception of [[AllLovingHero Madoka]]]] display this to varying extents, the most stark example is [[spoiler:Sayaka, as she is the most clear-cut example of TheCape (with an actual cape) who slides towards this trope as the reality of her idealistic wish bears down on her soul. Then she slides past it into FallenHero when she becomes a Witch. The series spends the most amount of time on her journey.]]

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** While all the magical girls [[spoiler:with the arguable exception of [[AllLovingHero Madoka]]]] display this to varying extents, the most stark example is [[spoiler:Sayaka, as she is the most clear-cut example of TheCape (with an [[SuperheroWearsCape actual cape) cape]]) who slides towards this trope as the reality of her idealistic wish bears down on her soul. Then she slides past it into FallenHero when she becomes a Witch. The series spends the most amount of time on her journey.]]
12th Sep '17 6:42:44 AM Yozzy
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''[='s=] backstory has two, both Primarchs. Corvus Corax ended up leading the miners of his homeworld in an insurgency against their overlords, and passed on those skills of stealth and asymmetrical warfare when he was given command of the Raven Guard legion, resulting in an army of uncannily sneaky hulking [[PowerArmor armored]] {{Super Soldier}}s. Konrad Kurze, aka the Night Haunter, is a darker take on Batman - he turned his WretchedHive home planet into a law-abiding community by personally hunting down and butchering every criminal on it, uniting the populace in mortal terror. ''His'' legion went renegade, and today the Literature/NightLords are among the most [[TheDreaded dreaded]] foes the Imperium faces.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''[='s=] backstory has two, both Primarchs. 40000}}''
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Corvus Corax ended up leading the the slave miners of his homeworld in an insurgency against their overlords, and passed on those skills of stealth and asymmetrical warfare when he was given command of the Raven Guard legion, resulting in an army of uncannily sneaky hulking [[PowerArmor armored]] {{Super Soldier}}s. Soldier}}s.
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Konrad Kurze, aka the Night Haunter, is a darker take on Batman - he turned his WretchedHive home planet into a law-abiding community by personally hunting down and butchering every criminal on it, uniting the populace in mortal terror. ''His'' legion went renegade, and today the Literature/NightLords are among the most [[TheDreaded dreaded]] foes the Imperium faces.
30th Aug '17 12:03:24 PM DocWildNole
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* Franchise/{{Batman}} has [[TropeCodifier practically built this trope, or at least the way it is seen now.]] All of his "Bat-Family" are typically portrayed as examples, too.
* ''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 2000}} the second Batgirl]]''- and Stephanie Brown -''[[Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2009}} Batgirl III]]''- are also this.
* 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.
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* Franchise/{{Batman}} has [[TropeCodifier practically built this trope, or at least the way it is seen now.]] All of his "Bat-Family" are typically portrayed as examples, too.
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too. In fact, the only family member who is ''not'' a classic Cowl is the original {{Robin}}.
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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 2000}} the second Batgirl]]''- and Stephanie Brown -''[[Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2009}} Batgirl III]]''- are also this.
* %% 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.
%% * ComicBook/TheSpirit



* 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.

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* Even more surprisingly, 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.



* One of the best non-Batman film examples ever 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]].

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* One of the best non-Batman film examples ever 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 ''[[GoodIsNotNice good]]'' [[GladHesOnOurSide [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]].



* TheSpider was [[FollowTheLeader directly and almost immediately]] inspired by the Shadow. His usual disguise, a weird amalgam of the Shadow's nose, Dracula's fangs and Igor's hunchback, was enough to unnerve most criminals on its own. The fact that he was more bloodthirsty than the Shadow or even [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Rorschach]] made him even more TheDreaded.

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* TheSpider was [[FollowTheLeader directly and almost immediately]] inspired by the Shadow. His usual disguise, a weird amalgam of the Shadow's nose, Dracula's fangs and Igor's hunchback, was enough to unnerve most criminals on its own. The fact that he was more bloodthirsty than the Shadow or possibly even [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Rorschach]] made him even more TheDreaded.



%% ** ''Literature/TheAvenger''.

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%% ** ''Literature/TheAvenger''.''Literature/TheAvenger'': Richard Benson, the 30's and 40's pulp hero brought to you by the same folks who published ''Radio/TheShadow'' and ''Franchise/DocSavage''. The latter were, respectively, TheCowl and TheCape of their label. Mr. Benson was somewhere between the two; in terms of cynicism and aversion to killing, much closer to Doc, but in terms of method very much closer to the Shadow.



* Franchise/{{Zorro}}, [[OlderThanTheyThink who was a main influence to the creation of Batman]], is thought of as much more of a swashbuckler, especially in the Disney series, but in the original novels he was much more TheCowl, especially to his opponents. A black-clad night-prowling outlaw with the boldness (and skill) to carve his initial into the property and, occasionally, persons of his opponents tended to inspire a certain amount of uneasiness.

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* Franchise/{{Zorro}}, Franchise/{{Zorro}}'s [[OlderThanTheyThink who was a main influence to first appearance in 1919 makes him one of the creation longest-running examples of Batman]], this trope]]. He is thought of as much more of a swashbuckler, especially in the Disney series, but in the original novels he was much more TheCowl, especially to his opponents. A black-clad night-prowling outlaw with the boldness (and skill) to carve his initial into the property and, occasionally, persons of his opponents tended to inspire a certain amount of uneasiness.


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* Franchise/TheGreenHornet, prowling the night of his home city, was even believed by all but a trusted few to be a member of the underworld himself.
12th Aug '17 8:09:03 PM Hanz
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** The spinoff ''Manga/VigilanteMyHeroAcademiaIllegals'' has Knuckle Duster, a non-powered vigilante whose outlaw status means that he operates from the shadows.
15th Jul '17 2:12:29 PM VVK
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* Cassandra Cain -''[[Comicbook/{{Batgirl 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.

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* Cassandra Cain -''[[Comicbook/{{Batgirl 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.
8th Jul '17 11:27:26 AM Schol-R-LEA
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** The influence which ''Zorro'' had on the Batman franchise is often [[ShoutOut homaged]]: in most versions of Batman's SuperheroOrigin, (''especially'' in the ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' and later), the movie which the Waynes had taken young Bruce to see the night they were murdered was one of the many film versions of ''Zorro''.
5th Jul '17 4:31:22 AM nebodija
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In the dead of night, an innocent's scream pierces through the darkness. The laughter of the wicked echoes through the streets, and with the click of a gun being cocked it seems that evil will take the life of yet another. But, all of a sudden, there is movement in the shadows. The alleys fill with smoke as the silhouette of a mysterious interloper rushes towards the would be murderer. In a moment, the tides turn, as swift and severe punishment is meted out to the unjust. Suddenly finding their life saved, the grateful citizen looks to find their savior, only to find merely a passing shadow, gone just as quick as it appeared.

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In the dead of night, an innocent's scream pierces through the darkness. The laughter of the wicked echoes through the streets, and with the click of a gun being cocked it seems that evil will take the life of yet another. But, all of a sudden, there is movement in the shadows. The alleys fill with smoke as the silhouette of a mysterious interloper rushes towards the would be would-be murderer. In a moment, the tides turn, as swift and severe punishment is meted out to the unjust. Suddenly finding their life saved, the grateful citizen looks to find their savior, only to find merely a passing shadow, gone just as quick as it appeared.
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.
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