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->''"Every first-person game seems to have these tiny little enemies that hop at your face, are hard to hit and, worst of all, are unsatisfying to kill."''
-->-- '''David Wong''', ''[[{{Website/Cracked}} Cracked.com]]''
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They probably ain't gonna ''kill'' you like them DemonicSpiders over there, but they're certainly going to harass you and slow you down, making it easier for something ''else'' to kill you.

Almost every video game has them. These are the enemies that are just a speed bump, even if they are not outright dangerous. They're not difficult to defeat, but because of the frequency with which they appear, they can become a significant hindrance to the player, and they usually don't give you enough of a reward to make fighting them truly worth it, either. Even the [[MadeOfExplodium explosion]] made by killing them is paltry compared to other enemies.

[[ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder They're the goddamn bats, man.]]

A key trait is that they generally don't pose too large of a threat on their own; they're more annoying than deadly. When an enemy starts posing an actual threat, then it's a case of DemonicSpiders and, in extreme cases, the BossInMookClothing.

Note that this designation applies to ''any'' type of ''non-threatening enemy'' whose purpose is to stall and harass the player. [=Goddamned=] Bats are common in {{Platformer}}s, where they enjoy disturbing precision jumping.

They don't have to be bats. The best definition of the Goddamned Bats trope is that they are not only common enemies that will swamp you, and they are not only disgustingly easy to kill on their own, but they are also unsatisfying to fight - they take no skill to defeat, in [[RolePlayingGames RPGs]] they don't provide much (if any) experience or gold when beaten, and they aren't even particularly interesting as enemies, and are sometimes flat-out annoying. A famous example of this are the Zubats in the Pokemon series.

Other following factors can contribute to a game having Goddamned Bats:

* Player having relatively large health bar, reducing the enemies' relative threat (and thus the need to exterminate them quickly) - even if it's just ScratchDamage, [[DeathOfAThousandCuts enduring repeated hits adds up]].
* In platform games, character {{knockback}} can be exploited by LedgeBats.
* If the game relies heavily on RespawningEnemies.
* If the player has a weapon with limited attack range or [[DenialOfDiagonalAttack can't shoot vertically or diagonally]], making it difficult to engage the bats.
* If the battle becomes disrupted by technical issues, like a CameraScrew.

Occasionally, Goddamned Bats can be a result of the setting; for example, a [[UnderTheSea water level]] can inadvertently graft Goddamned Bats characteristics onto ''any'' enemy if the game has [[FakeDifficulty poor movement controls]].
See GoddamnedBoss for bosses with these characteristics. Compare TheUsualAdversaries. For literal bats that God has damned, see BatOutOfHell.

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* GoddamnedBats/ActionAdventure
** GoddamnedBats/{{Castlevania}}
** GoddamnedBats/TheLegendOfZelda
** GoddamnedBats/{{Metroid}}
** GoddamnedBats/MegaMan
* GoddamnedBats/AdventureGame
* GoddamnedBats/BeatEmUp
* GoddamnedBats/CollectibleCardGame
* GoddamnedBats/DrivingGame
* GoddamnedBats/FightingGame
* GoddamnedBats/FirstPersonShooter
* GoddamnedBats/ThirdPersonShooter
* GoddamnedBats/InteractiveFiction
* GoddamnedBats/MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame
* GoddamnedBats/PlatformGame
* GoddamnedBats/PuzzleGame
* GoddamnedBats/RealTimeStrategy
* GoddamnedBats/{{Roguelike}}
* GoddamnedBats/RolePlayingGame
** GoddamnedBats/FinalFantasy
** GoddamnedBats/{{Pokemon}}
* GoddamnedBats/ShootEmUp
* GoddamnedBats/SimulationGame
* GoddamnedBats/StealthBasedGame
* GoddamnedBats/SurvivalHorror
* GoddamnedBats/TabletopGames
* GoddamnedBats/TurnBasedStrategy

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Gecko Moria whose main method of 'attack' is to hide behind a cloud of regenerating shadow bats as hard as bricks and run away when his opponent's not looking. Cue the protagonist spending the entire fight wandering around the forest looking for his enemy.
* The White Zetsu from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' are this in straight-up battle, due to their main skills being infiltration and assassination.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''{{Homestuck}}'' has [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004566 imps]], [[FromBadToWorse which become]] [[spoiler:[[BossInMooksClothing Bosses in Mooks Clothing]] after Jade prototypes her kernelsprite]].
* In ''MoonCrest24'', Morchego regurgitates bat-like creatures to attack Daniel.
* ''{{AdventureDennis}}'' is attacked by bats at least once per level/chapter.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* There's a scene in the PlayByPost game ''Roleplay/WhatTimeIsItMrWolf'' in which the protagonist opens the door to the attic...and is swarmed by bats. The other characters, all children, laugh at him for it. The protagonist is understandably miffed since everything up to that point has been trying to kill him.
* In ''Machinima/SpriggsAHalo3Machinima'', Lt. Hammer considers the Grey Suits to be this.
-->'''Hammer''': They breed you morons like rodents, don't they?
* The "Fel-dogs" of ''WebVideo/TalesFromMyDDCampaign''. They have a bit of DR that nobody's weapons seem to get around, [[HealingFactor Fast Heal]], and most obnoxiously of all, they inflict 1d6 negative energy backlash damage every time you hit them in melee. Not all that hard to kill, but each fight eats a bit of the party's healing resources due to their attacks and backlash damage.
* ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' is the TropeNamer, and he absolutely hates these, and has had many long rants against them in the many NintendoHard games he reviews. Bats being the most common offender, but other similar annoyances (like the Medusa heads in Castlevania) get lambasted for all the reasons on this page as well. But with a lot of fucks, shits, and descriptions of fecal matter.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* {{Piranha|Problem}}s became this in an episode of ''Series/RiverMonsters'', in which Jeremy constantly caught piranhas, when he wasn't just having his bait stolen.
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'', [[RefugeInAudacity the hippies]] act as this when the group plays an important video game created by Pierce's elitist father.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* A [[GeorgeOfTheJungle Tom Slick]] cartoon had Tom in Transylvanian race and he quips "Oh, rats! Bats!" upon beeing attacked by the winged creatures.
* ScoobyDoo and his teenage buddies are constantly beseiged by bats. In "Decoy For A Dognapper," Shaggy and Velma are flailing away trying to avoid a flock of bats and Shaggy quips that they'd call that dance "the [[IncrediblyLamePun Batusi!"]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' episode "Duckula Meets Frankenstoat" has Dr. Frankenstoat having created a machine that will make a flock of bats--a flock of cricket bats with vampire wings.