Golden Bat is Japan's first SuperHero, debuting in 1930, as part of a popular traveling [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamishibai Kamishibai]] ("Paper Theater") show. Since then, he has had {{Anime}} series, a {{Manga}} adaptation, and a few live-action films, including one starring SonnyChiba.

Golden Bat was the first illustrated superhero, and the first superhero with all the ingredients of the modern superhero archetype: StockSuperpowers such as SuperStrength and SuperSpeed, {{Flight}}, TheCape, XRayVision, BatSignal, etc. He predates, and was a precursor to, the American comic-book pulp superheroes, eight years before {{Superman}}, nine years before {{Batman}}, and eleven years before CaptainAmerica. While his name resembles Batman, Golden Bat has much more in common with Superman (though he looks more like {{Spawn}}, or Captain America's nemesis RedSkull).

While he was in many ways a precursor to both Superman and Batman, it is unknown whether he had any influence on their creation. However, due to his popularity in Japan, Golden Bat was essentially the TropeMaker for Japanese superheroes. His legacy can be seen in the superheroes who have permeated Japanese media since then, including other early 1930's Kamishibai superheroes like [[http://www.animevice.com/prince-of-gamma/18-31482/ Prince of Gamma]], the {{Sentai}} superheroes of {{Tokusatsu}} films and shows, {{Manga}} and {{Anime}} superheroes ranging from Manga/AstroBoy and [[Anime/DragonBallZ Goku]] to [[MagicalGirlWarrior Magical Girls]] like Franchise/SailorMoon, and even [[SuperRobot Super Robots]] (he fought a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever gigantic]] [[HumongousMecha mech]]).

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* {{Anime}} - Golden Bat, along with other Kamishibai paper theater shows at the time, is a precursor to anime. Golden Bat eventually got his own anime series in 1966.
* {{Atlantis}} - An ancient civilization where Ogon Bat originates from.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever - He fights a [[HumongousMecha humongous]] SuperRobot.
* ArchNemesis - Dr. Erich Nazō
* BadassCape - He was one of the first [[TheCape caped]] superheroes, and certainly the first with superpowers. Golden Bat had various uses for his cape. For example, he could make gusts of winds with his cape and could also use it to disguise himself.
* BatSignal - Years before {{Batman}}, Golden Bat was using a similar [[http://www.animevice.com/golden-bat/18-23454/ cunning technique]], using his costume and his reputation to scare the villains he fights. First a gold bat would appear, followed be a haunting laughter and the appearance of Ogon Bat`s ghostly golden skull. He was also feared because, unlike most heroes that would follow him (and some before), he didn't care if the villains died or not, so a meeting with the bat would most definitely end in death.
* BlowYouAway - He could make gusts of winds with his cape.
* ColorCharacter - Ōgon basically means gold, which is what we call him in English
* EarthquakeMachine - He can use his staff to generate small earthquakes.
* EvilCounterpart - Black Bat.
* FaceOfAThug - He looks like a freakin' skeleton (he looks a bit like {{Spawn}}, or CaptainAmerica's nemesis RedSkull).
* {{Flight}} - Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it {{Superman}}? No, it's Golden Bat!
* HumongousMecha - He fights a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever gigantic]] SuperRobot.
* Immortality - Being an ancient Atlantean who has been around for thousands of years, he is obviously immortal.
* {{Magic}} - Due to his magical nature, Golden Bat was the [[http://www.animevice.com/golden-bat/18-23454/ most powerful]] super hero of the 1930's to 1940's. Some of Golden Bat's magical powers include shooting powerful bolts of energy, as well as other abilities mentioned on this page.
* MagiTech - The source of Ogun's power and how he survived until the modern day (resting in a {{Sarcophagus}}).
* {{Manga}} - Golden Bat, along with other Kamishibai paper theater shows at the time, is a precursor to modern manga. Golden Bat eventually got his own manga series.
* NighInvulnerability - He has a degree of invulnerability, being able to withstand bullets and lasers with ease.
* ShockAndAwe - Ogun's staff can produce lightning
* {{Sentai}} - Golden Bat is a precursor to the Super Sentai genre of Japanese superheroes.
* StockSuperpowers - SuperStrength, SuperSpeed, and other abilities, including [[{{Magic}} Magical]] powers. Due to his magical nature, Golden Bat was the [[http://www.animevice.com/golden-bat/18-23454/ most powerful]] super hero of the 1930's to 1940's, more so than [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] {{Superman}}.
* SuperHero - One of the first, and perhaps the first modern non-Western example (not including superhuman mythological heroes). In fact, he predates almost all of the Western examples, with only a few such as {{Zorro}} (who lacked superpowers) coming before.
* SuperHeroOrigin - He is an [[{{Immortality}} Immortal]] from ancient {{Atlantis}}, and is awoken from his slumber thousands of years later, in the 20th century.
* SuperReflexes - Golden Bat dodges bullets... even though he doesn't actually need to, since his body can withstand bullets anyway.
* SuperRobot - He fights a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever gigantic]] [[HumongousMecha mech]].
* SuperSpeed - He moved faster than a speeding bullet, eight years before {{Superman}}.
* SuperStrength - He was the first [[TheCape caped]] superhero with super strength. He defeats a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever gigantic]] [[HumongousMecha mecha]] [[{{SuperRobot}} robot]] by grabbing it by his finger, spinning it around, and flinging it.
* SuperToughness - He has a degree of invulnerability, being able to withstand bullets and lasers with ease. He could also easily breath underwater.
* {{Telepathy}} - He has a psychic link with the girl who resurrected him.
* TheCape - He was possibly the first caped superhero, depending on whether or not one considers the earlier caped crusader {{Zorro}} a superhero (Zorro lacked superpowers).
* XRayVision - He has X-ray vision.