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->''"For something is amiss or out of place\\
When mice with wings can wear a human face."''
-->-- '''Theodore Roethke''', "The Bat"

Bats are creepy for many people. They often seem [[YouDirtyRat rats]] [[RecycledINSPACE with wings]] to us, they are thought to spread rabies, and apparently like to hang out in all sorts of dark, foreboding places (caves, bell towers, abandoned houses, castles, crypts, etc). Three species (out of over 1,000!) are infamous for drinking blood, and have led to a strong association between bats and vampires. As such, bats frequently show up as antagonists in horror themed media. Can be roughly divided into a few types:

# Normal bats: Frequently depicted as TheSwarm; a [[BatScare shrieking mass of menacing wings]], regardless of whether or not they pose any actual danger to the cast.
# Dire bats: Larger and more vicious than normal bats, and menacing even without TheSwarm to back them up.
# [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent Werebats]]: Monstrous, anthropomorphic creatures with a mixture of bat and human features.
# Robo bats: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Robotic bats]].

[[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampires can sometimes]] transform into these. Bat wings are also a frequent model for [[GoodWingsEvilWings winged creatures of an Evil alignment.]]

In RealLife bats aren't actually all that bad, and probably among the most unfairly maligned animals. Most bat species only eat insects or fruit, and many species are very useful to mankind as pest-eaters, pollinators and so on. The "shrieking" is often closer to benign chirping/clicking. [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/urbanmenagerie/3219755204/ Sometimes,]] they're even {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}s.

The part about them spreading rabies is sort of true, though; the species is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_reservoir natural reservoir]] for the virus (and also for the SARS virus), and if a bat's found in somebody's living space it's standard protocol to treat them for rabies just in case, especially since it's possible for a bat to bite you without you noticing, particularly if you're intoxicated or asleep. Only about 0.5% of bats in the United States actually have the rabies virus, but the small yearly number of human cases in the country can basically be divided into people who got bitten by mad dogs and people who got bitten by infected bats.

This is ''not'' GoddamnedBats (which is about any kind of annoying video game enemy), but the two categories frequently overlap.

Not to be confused with the album by Music/MeatLoaf (though the cover art does contain an example).


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The Chiropterans in ''Anime/BloodPlus'' take the vampire/bat comparison and run with it (check out the name). Even the humanoid chiropterans get batlike features when they go OneWingedAngel.
* Ulquiorra Schiffer from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is one of these.
* In ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'', the strongest of the Hakki is the Batman (or Bat-Guy in the anime). See also OurVampiresAreDifferent.
* Minor demon Blackie in ''Manga/WeddingPeach'' is a bat.
* Both played straight and inverted in one episode of the popular children's anime series, Dogtato, where a bat/apple hybrid visits the Veggie residents. Although sweet and kind in the day, during the night the bat/apple gets a SplitPersonalityTakeover that causes it to bite all the veggie-hybrids, turning them into apples that roll up and gather together in the branches of a nearby apple tree where the bat holds residence. They return to normal in the morning.
* One of [[CuteWitch Fabian's]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent devils]] in ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' is a cartoony looking bat [[spoiler:[[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever that could grow greatly in size]] and subsequently [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrink any unfortunate mage]] that it [[SwallowedWhole swallows whole]]]].

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has a few bats of the huge and monstrous variety under the domain of Black, such as the [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=97227 Blind Hunter]] and the [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=46100 Grimclaw Bats]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/TheAutumnlandsToothAndClaw'' has a tribe of human-sized warrior bats.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} chose the bat as his symbol due to its fear-inducing properties (because bats specifically scared him as a child, and/or the superstitious nature of criminals in general). One of his villains, Man-Bat, is a Were Bat.
** [[ElaborateUndergroundBase The Batcave]] is appropriately named, not only because of its owner but for the many, many bats that live down there. [[FridgeLogic Gotta wonder how Batman keeps the place clean with one butler...]]
*** Not to mention the ''stink!''
*** Simple. [[MemeticBadass He's Batman]].
** His '[[FinishingMove Heroic Brutality]]' in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'' is attaching a sonic device to his foe's chest that attracts a swarm of bats to torment them.
*** He also does this to some Thanagarian mooks in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' when they attack the Batcave.
--->'''Thanagarian:''' Your weapons are pitiful!\\
'''Batman:''' Wait for it...
*** He did the same to a large crowd in broad daylight as early as ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne''.
** There's also [[ComicBook/BatmanVampire Batman/Dracula: Red Rain]], in which Batman becomes Vampire Batman.
*** This was predated by a 1982 storyline in Creator/DCComics
*** He can also do it in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' as a combat upgrade, though it just stuns mooks.
* The Creator/MarvelComics version of {{Dracula}} could transform himself into a giant bat, or a bat/human hybrid.
* Marvel also has Batwing, who mainly showed up in ''Comicbook/UntoldTalesOfSpiderMan''. A Man-Bat homage by Kurt Busiek.
* An ''ComicBook/{{Exiles}}'' story arc features an alternate universe ComicBook/{{Morbius}} who was transformed into a monstrous bat creature when a sorcerer used magic to bring out the worst in him. Giant bat versions of Morbius also exist in various other alternate universes, like the one seen in ''Spider-Man Heroes and Villains Collection'' published by Eaglemoss, and the ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' cartoons.
* ''ComicBook/ALoveLikeBlood'': As the trueborn son of [[MonsterProgenitor first vampire Karkossa]], Jacques is able to summon swarms of bats to swamp his enemies.
* ''ComicBook/{{Vampirella}}'': Count {{Dracula}} is pretty much the only vampire depicted who is able to turn into a giant bat. The rest, Vampirella herself included, merely grow wings while retaining their human appearance.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* RJ Palmer's "Fanfic/RealisticPokemon" portrays [[http://arvalis.deviantart.com/art/Gengar-334476729 the Gengar line]] as this. Gastly is depicted as a floating version of the Normal Bat variant, which develops into a Dire Bat upon evolving into Haunter and eventually becomes a flightless version of the Dire Bat when it becomes Gengar. He also did a gorgeous portrayal of [[http://arvalis.deviantart.com/art/Noivern-460782149 the below mentioned Noivern]].
* In ''Fanfic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'', when the CMC get lost in the Everfree, they are attacked by a Ropen, a giant, blind batlike monster that hunts by sound. [[spoiler:Since it's blind, Fluttershy's Stare has no effect on it, but Trixie temporarily crippled its echolocation using a fireworks spell.]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'', one of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Norlock's]] most frequently seen powers is the ability to transform into a giant demonic bat.
* The laser-eyed robo-bats (aka the Flitters) in the cliff dwelling in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest'': Batty the giant bat was actually a normal bat who just looks huge in comparison to [[OurFairiesAreDifferent fairies]]. He's also friendly, if a little [[TheDitz addled]].
* Averted in the 1997 film, ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}''. Bartok the albino bat objects to his master's heinous acts, and gets beaten up by demonic insects. He got his own sequel called ''WesternAnimation/BartokTheMagnificent''.
* The Boggans' favorite mammals in ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}''.
* Ratigan's henchman Fidget in ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective''.
* {{Inverted|Trope}} for some viewers of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'': Viewing Chernabog as a Big Bat may serve as NightmareRetardant.
* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'': When Kuzco and Pacha are attempting to climb out of the chasm they have fallen into, Kuzco (as a llama) rams his mouth and nose into a small cave opening, which is of course revealed to be full of bats. The bats all immediately attempt to flee, leading to... [[TastesLikeFeet blech!]]
* Giant, multi-eyed bats are seen in ''Disney/{{Moana}}'', based on Pe'ape'a.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Dracula and his wives in ''Film/VanHelsing'' can turn into a werebat. Their children were also bat creatures.
* Marcus Corvinus of the ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' series is the very first vampire, and significantly more bat-like than every other vampire. However, this is only after his corpse ingests Lycan blood, and his becoming a hybrid was overridden by his vampire genes, making him able to change into a batlike form.
* Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/KingKong2005'' features a cave of Dire Bats. Technically, ''A Natural History of Skull Island'' identifies these creatures as winged carnivorous rodents, not true bats. Their looks still play off the killer-bat-from-hell trope, however.
* The giant bats in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' were actually [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pteropus real bats]] -- but not vampire bats, contrary to what Indy says.
** Many large bats in RealLife have been saddled with taxonomic names containing vampire references, so Indy might well have been misled by this.
** Or he was just trying to screw with Willy. Just listen to his voice when he says that line.
* ''Film/AceVentura'': Ace loves all animals... except bats, which he fears and loathes. "DIE, DEVIL BIRD!!!" "TAKE THAT, YOU WINGED SPAWN OF SATAN!!!" (No, it's not that the bats are actually creepy, but hell, his reaction is hilarious.)
* A giant bat steals Jeff Portnoy's bag of "jellybeans" (actually cocaine) in ''Film/TropicThunder''.
* In the 1999 horror film ''Bats'', people start to die in a small Texas town and the prime suspects are bats. A specialist in bats is called in, and reveals that the bats have been engineered to be become a deadly human-hunting cooperative. A Direct-To-TV sequel to this film, ''Bats: Human Harvest'', was made by the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] in 2007.
* The "crystal bats" in ''Film/TheDarkCrystal''.
* Turned around in the Argentine computer animated movie ''Plumiferos'' (free birds). Clarita the bat frightens Feifi the sparrow at first during her new life of freedom out of her cage, but the misunderstanding is cleared up and they become good friends.
* [[HumanoidAbomination The Creeper]] is Invoked as this in ''Film/JeepersCreepers2''.
* The [[MixAndMatchCritters rat-bat-spider]] creature in 1960 SciFi film ''Film/TheAngryRedPlanet''.
* The Gyaos from the ''Franchise/{{Gamera}}'' films are [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant man-eating bats]]. It should be noted, however, that the Heisei Gamera films refer to them as genetically engineered ''birds'', despite retaining bat-like ears and wings.
* One of the more prominent threats in the MonsterMash climax of ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' is a tiger-sized batlike predator, listed on the betting board as a "dragonbat".
* In ''Film/{{Daybreakers}}'', a virus which started in bats caused some of the human population to become vampires, eventually resulting in 95% of the human population becoming vampires. These vampires cannot transform into bats, but, if deprived of blood, they become batlike, animalistic creatures.
* A deleted scene in ''Film/BatmanForever'' has Bruce Wayne confront a giant bat in a secret, hidden chamber in the Batcave. [[MissingTrailerScene Which showed up in the trailers]].
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' (being [[AdaptationDistillation a reappropriation of the most iconic elements]] of the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' mythos) milks this trope for most of its worth, most especially in ''Film/BatmanBegins'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. Notably {{averted|Trope}} in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' though, as it's the first Batman film not to feature any bats (either live-action ''or'' CG).
* The 1979 horror film ''Nightwing'' has a swarm of killer plague infected vampire bats summoned by a vengeful Native American shaman.
* In ''Film/TheAbominableDrPhibes'', one of the not-so-good Doctor's methods of execution is releasing a swarm of bats to nibble their victim to death. However, the [[TerrifyingPetStoreRat flying foxes shown in the movie]] are fairly docile and prefer fruit and nectar to humans. And they're kind of cute, too.
* In ''Lifeforce'' the vampiric aliens' (they steal our energy rather than blood) true form is giant bats. Oddly, in the source book ''Space Vampires'' (subtle) their form is more like octopi, which makes no sense whatsoever.
* Killer bats appear yet again in ''The Roost'', in which the aggressive Dire Bats can infect humans with vampirism by biting.

* Creator/StephenKing's ''[[Literature/NightShift Graveyard Shift]]'' has giant bats that actually are [[ArtisticLicenseBiology mutant rats]].
** [[spoiler:The film version did away with the implausible bat/rat connection, and simply had a giant mutant bat sharing the toxic cavern with regular rats.]]
** And a rabid bat starts all the trouble in ''Literature/{{Cujo}}''.
** There's also the thing which is called a bat due to a vague resemblance in ''Literature/FromABuick8''.
* The King Bats in ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' novel. They're one of the few things of which Fezzik is actually afraid.
* Subverted in ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'', where Pog the bat (oversized and intelligent, like nearly all animals in that world) is one of the nicer characters in the series.
* Completely subverted (and also played straight, if you think about it) in ''Literature/{{Silverwing}}'' - the protagonists are bats. The story is about bats. Bats are the good guys, with birds and land mammals (the traditional heroes) as villains or at least bad-tempered (with a few exceptions). Granted, the main villain is ''also'' a bat...
** However, in the third book, ''Firewing'' [[spoiler:Griffin and Luna]] are ''literally'' bats out of Hell.
* The pair of giant mutant bats in ''Vespers''. They are also accompanied by huge swarms of normal bats, which are driven to attack by the influence of the giants.
* Oddly averted in ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'', which normally plays "good" and "evil" animal stereotypes straight. ''Mossflower'''s bats are perfectly nice, help the heroes, and speak with an odd [[FunetikAksent nervous tic, nervous tic, nervous tic...]] This is explained by WordOfGod as the bats having spent their entire lives listening to their voices echo in the caves they live in, so now they provide their own echo.
* Averted in the children's book ''Literature/{{Stellaluna}}''.
* Subverted in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' when the team morphs bats in ''The Android''. Later Rachel gets a bat as her cover morph in ''The Underground''.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** The Red Court vampires are large, slimy, flightless bat-creatures who hide behind idealised human flesh-masks.
** The Winter Court also has an air-force largely composed of gigantic bats.
* Averted in ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles''. As the bats are the humans' most valuable allies.
* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's fantasy series ''Literature/TheSharingKnife'' features "[[EldritchAbomination malices]]" which create monstrous servants by magically twisting animals into more-or-less human bodies, with at least some semblance of human intelligence. In ''Horizon'' (the fourth and so far final book of the series) a malice gets hold of an enormous cave-ful of bats (one character notes there are ''millions'' of bats in some of the caves in that region) and winds up creating a flying army of creatures somewhere between "Dire Bats" and "Were Bats", while the malice itself takes the form of an especially large and eerily beautiful Were Bat.
* In ''Literature/AfterManAZoologyOfTheFuture'', an island-chain that emerged after humans' extinction happened to be reached by bats before birds, and they came to dominate its ecosystems. Bat-descended animals found there include seal-like surfbats, flightless bug-eaters that [[ChestMonster imitate flowers]], and bizarre shrieking predators called "nightstalkers" that walk on their front limbs and claw with their back ones.
* In ''Literature/ElfstonesOfShannara'', [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils The Dagda Mor]] mounts one of these for his final confrontation with the Roc-mounted [[BigGood Allanon]].
* Chiro from Nightsong, another children's book, is a subversion, being a cute young bat.
* Literature/JamesBond in ''Literature/NobodyLivesForEver'' is attacked by a hybrid giant vampire bat in a hotel bathroom. Its threat comes from the possible diseases it may carry and after killing it, Bond scrubs the bathroom with antiseptics so that no trace of said diseases are left behind.
* In ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'', bats are generally considered to be creatures of The Watcher, the [[TheGrimReaper god of death]], and are thus generally considered an ill omen. In ''The Baron of Maleperduys'', Hermeline recalls that the castle of Maleperduys had to be cleared of a [[TheSwarm swarm]] of them before Reynard and companions could call it home.
* The Draghkar from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' are essentially large werebats.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DarkShadows''. The witch Angelique Bouchard summoned a vampire bat (presumably from Hell) to transform the wealthy Barnabas Collins (her former lover who broke her heart to marry her employer) into a vampire, leading to the town's pursuit of him.
* ''Series/GilligansIsland'' episode "Up At Bat". Gilligan is bitten by a ''large'', nasty looking bat and thinks he's turning into a vampire.
* The Future Predators, ''Series/{{Primeval}}'''s answer to [[Series/DoctorWho the Daleks]], are highly evolved flightless bats. Apparently inspired by the flightless bats of ''Literature/AfterManAZoologyOfTheFuture''.
* The Rani's Tetrap {{Mooks}} in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "Time and the Rani" from the Seventh Doctor's tenure are large vampire bat-like creatures.
* Blackwing, Advent Beast of [[Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight Len]], aka Kamen Rider Wing Knight, is a rare good example as it serves one of the good guys there. His Japanese counterpart [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Ren]], aka Kamen Rider Knight has Darkwing, due to them being the original versions of the characters on which Len and Blackwing are based. Darkwing is also a good guy, though this seems to be more out of loyalty to Ren than anything else.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'', a bat winds up loose in the titular office. Jim, playing to Dwight's usual GenreBlindness, convinces him that he was bitten and is turning into a vampire.
* An episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' has a throw-away gag where Peg opens one of the cabinets in the family's kitchen to reveal a mass of cobwebs and a large bat flapping around. She wisely just closes it again.
* Very large bats called "deathgleaners" appear in ''Franchise/TheFutureIsWild'', and are creepy-looking predators and [[ScavengersAreScum scavengers]].
* ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' has "Zombats", cyborg creatures used to [[MakeMyMonsterGrow make monsters grow]]. They have black, serpentine bodies which end in {{b|ewareMyStingerTail}}lades and a single large eye for a head.
* The Murcielago from NBC's ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' are bat-like Wesen with the ability to emit a screech that can rupture windows, lungs, ear-drums and eyes.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "State of Decay", Aukon commands a swarm of blood-sucking bats.

* One ''Disney/TheLionKing'' [[ExpandedUniverse Hakuna Matata story]] subverts this. The plot involves a [[SnakesAreSinister snake]] kidnapping a baby monkey into his cave to eat, with scary-looking bats as scenery presumably to highlight the mood. But the [[ChekhovsGunman bats]] turn out to be the ones to save the monkey from the snake by purposefully distracting it.

* The album trilogy of the same name by Music/MeatLoaf surely deserves a mention. All three albums include cover art of a demonic bat (perhaps Satan in a beast form) in a hellish background and a muscle bound hero on a magic flying motorcycle. The animated music video for one of the songs, "The Monster Is Loose", brings all three album covers together by telling the story of the man with the motorcycle who rescues his (literally) angelic girlfriend from a giant bat. She narrowly escapes DamselInDistress territory by saving him herself at one point.

* The Camazotz of Mayan mythology was a bat-god associated with night, death and sacrifice. The name literally translates as "death bat". In the Popol Vuh, Camazotz are the bat-like monsters encountered by the Mayan Hero Twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque during their trials in the underworld of Xibalba. The twins had to spend the night in the House of Bats where they squeeze themselves into their own blowguns in order to defend themselves. When Hunahpu stuck his head out of his blowgun to see if the sun had risen, Camazotz immediately snatched off his head and carried it to the ballcourt to be hung up as the ball to be used by the gods in their next ballgame.
* In Hawaiian mythology, the god Maui battled a giant eight-eyed bat known as Pe'ape'a that kidnapped his wife.

* The "Moon-Hoax", a series of fake articles published in the New York ''Sun'' in the mid-19th century, convinced gullible readers that a new kind of telescope had revealed life forms on the moon's surface. At the climax of the series, a race of intelligent bat-people were "sighted", and subverted this trope by being peaceful vegetarians.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Creator/GamesWorkshop games:
** ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
*** Unsurprisingly, the Vampire Counts have several bat units, including Bat Swarms (regular bats), Fell Bats (flocks of bigger bats), and Varghulfs (vampires who have degenerated into ''huge'' bat-like monsters).
*** Many vampires, particularly those of the Strigoi bloodline, are capable of either turning into monstrous bats or growing bat-like wings.
** ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'':
*** Bats are the most common fauna of the Realm of Shyish, ranging from swarms of regular bats to the monstrous Fell Bats. These bats are often afflicted with the Soulblight curse turning them into bloodthirsty hunters who accompany the armies of the Soulblight vampires.
*** The Vargheists of the Soulblight armies and the Varghulf Courtiers of the Flesh-eater Courts are vampires who have lost their humanity, devolving into hideous bat-creatures.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'':
*** Some areas of the Necromundan Underhive are infested with swarms of carrion bats. These scavengers have ferocious piranha-like jaws that they use to steal mouthfuls of flesh from corpses and living Underhivers alike.
*** Ripper Jacks are bat-like alien creatures that inhabit abandoned domes in the Underhive. Ripper Jacks attack by enveloping their prey’s head with their wings while biting and gouging their eyes and throat. Many Beastmaster Wyrds are able to control Ripper Jacks and fight alongside them during battle.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Dire bats.
** The Eyewing combines bat wings with a FacelessEye.
** Several ''magical'' species of giant bat are found in the Forgotten Realms.
** Subverted by D&D 3E's desmodu, bat-like subterranean humanoids which are actually among the few good-aligned races in the Underdark.
** Two of the minor domain lords in the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting are werebats.
** The mobat is basically a dire bat, only smart, with a spike on its tail.
** Giant bats in Basic D&D are the size of hawks, and about 10% are giant vampire bats with a paralytic bite.
* Averted in ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse''. Of all the various breeds that exist, including spiders, sharks and dinosaurs, the werebats are not one of them, having been wiped out several centuries ago. Mind you, the reason the Camazotz (the werebats) got eliminated in the first place is because [[ManipulativeBastard the Shadow Lords]] who were part of the expeditions to South America fell prey to this trope. While the Camazotz served as Gaia's nocturnal messengers (not unlike the Corax, or wereravens), the Shadow Lords pointed out that anything with a shape like ''that'' had to be in thrall to [[BigBad the Wyrm]] (they weren't, as it happened). With the South American Camazotz wiped out, Bat, their totem, ended up [[NiceJobBreakingItHero falling to the Wyrm]], dooming the surviving Australian Camazotz as their creation ritual became corrupted. The Shadow Lords have [[TheAtoner been trying to make up for that fuckup ever since]] and have even managed to free an aspect of Bat from the Wyrm's grip... but the Camazotz are still dead.
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken'', while lacking true werecreatures outside of werewolves, allows werebats in the form of bat-themed skinchangers.
* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' Martian Devil Vultures are Type 2s, being hairless wolf-sized creatures with four grasping limbs and two wings. They're intelligent enough to make dead-fall traps.
* Both {{Subverted}} and PlayedStraight in ''TabletopGame/{{Crimestrikers}}'', which is set in a WorldOfFunnyAnimals. Nyx Marama, a member of the titular team of heroes, is one of the nicest characters in the game. Vladimir "Steelwing" Kavas, a deposed dictator who want his old job back, isn't.

* ''Theatre/TheBat'' has a SerialKiller who uses images of bats as his CallingCard. At one point there is even an actual bat flying around.

[[folder:Theme Park]]
* One of the trails in Disney's Animal Kingdom lets you bypass the bat exhibit -- the bats ''alone'' among all the other animals. For perspective, this is the trail that walks you right by a KOMODO DRAGON without a similar warning. The bats, unlike the Komodo dragon, are in a small dark room, and going back out into the bright light ''can'' be disorienting, even if you don't have any fear of bats themselves.

* The Phantoka Makuta (Antroz, Chirox and Vamprah) are all physically based on and [[AnimalThemeNaming named after]] bats in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** One quest has you kill a giant bat named Duskwing. Giant bats are common in lots of places, and some are used as flying mounts.
** [[TheUndead The Forsaken]] and the Darkspear Trolls seem to have a particular affinity for bats, as their flight routes use them instead of the [[MixAndMatchCritters wyverns]] that the rest of the Horde prefers. They even use bats as ''bomber planes'' and Troll Druids transform into bats as their Flight Form instead of the usual birds that other Druid races use.
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'':
** Dreadlords are demonic heroes with giant bat wings who can summon clouds of bats against enemies and regain life by attacking (and spread this to allied melee units). Despite the emphasis on melee combat, their race's hat is closer to TheChessmaster, what with manipulating heroes and villains to work for them.
** The expansion introduces troll batriders, support fliers who can prevent buildings from being repaired and do massive damage to enemy fliers with a kamikaze move.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Zubat and its evolutions, which are also literal GoddamnedBats.
** Gligar and Gliscor appear to be a [[MixAndMatchCritters a cross between a bat]] and a ''[[RuleOfCool scorpion]]''. Funnily enough, the anime used Gligar rather than Zubat for its Franchise/{{Batman}} parody.
** Woobat and Swoobat are subversions. In the games, Swoobat gives off ultrasonic waves that actually put people in a better mood.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' introduce Noivern, a bat crossed with a ''[[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]]'' and a boombox.
** One of the mascot legendaries of ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', Lunala, is a massive celestial bat a good ''four meters'' (13.01 ft) tall, with a proportionally larger wingspan.
* The pure blood vampires in ''VideoGame/BloodRayne'' are werebats. The first BossFight of ''VideoGame/BloodRayne2'' is against the classic cape-clad Count-type, who could turn into a swarm of [[GoddamnBats unhittable bats]]. Not dangerous by themselves but could stun and knockdown, slowing the climbing/jumping puzzle and making it easier for the Mooks on the ground to ZergRush her.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'':
** A giant bat is a classic boss monster. It was, after all, the first boss monster at the end of level one for the first game.
** ''Castlevania'' also had the [[OneWingedAngel werebat form]] for Dracula in a few of the games.
** There's also the bat swarm boss in ''Dawn of Sorrow''.
** Subverted and played straight in ''Symphony of the Night''. The bats which attack you near the beginning are fairly weak enemies (ironically, the game has GoddamnedBats in many areas, but the ''actual'' bats aren't among them), and the giant bat boss appears, though it isn't a very strong boss. On the other hand, Alucard has a bat form (which you have to use to fully explore several areas and obtain various special items), and a bat familiar he can summon; bat-form Alucard can attack enemies with [[KillItWithFire fireballs]] and sonar waves.
** For another heroic subversion in the same series, ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow'' protagonist Soma Cruz also gains the power to turn into a bat. Which makes sense, [[TomatoInTheMirror considering]]...
* ''VideoGame/NetHack'', despite its deserved [[EverythingTryingToKillYou reputation]], is another game that features bats who are fairly weak enemies. The offshoot ''Slash'EM'' includes some more deadly varieties.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil0'' had Billy and Rebbecca fight a giant bat and for bonus points it was in a church/graveyard.
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' also had some kind of giant bat/insect creature as the boss for the second mission.
* ''VideoGame/CastleCrashers'' had the ridiculously huge vampire bat, Pipistrello.
* Vespertillo Canor and Pteropus Canor from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''.
* ''VideoGame/SaGaFrontier'' has a BonusBoss in the form of the Abyss Bat.
* A sort of Dire Bat exists in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', but they don't really swarm. The normal, small bats ''do'', however: three small bats are actually considered ''one'' monster.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent Werebats]] are a form of were-creature found most commonly in the forests of Valenwood. They are massive human-sized fliers. After being mentioned in the lore several games before, they make an appearance in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline Online]]''.
** Winged Twilights are a form of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] with humanoid female forms and large bat-like wings found throughout the series. They are most commonly found in service to Azura, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of Dusk and Dawn, which seems rather appropriate.
* ''[[VideoGame/NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' has the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Revenant]] class, which can summon a swarm of bats as a pet, turn into a small bat for faster travel, or turn into a werebat for increased strength and the ability to see invisible characters with echolocation.
* Giant flying bats are an enemy in ''VideoGame/Gamer2''.
* The Keese from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' are pretty average sized... but can light themselves on fire! ...Or ice!
* Vampires in ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'' normally turn into Werebats, and more powerful Vampires are always Werebats (except the queen). Werepyres are part wolf, part bat, but they look more like a bat than a wolf.
* The ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' series has a lot of giant bat type enemies (Swoopers, Swampires, Swoopulas, Fangs, etc), most being roughly Mario or playable character sized and in some cases, annoying as they either swoop down or drain Mario's health. Antasma, the primary villain of ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'', is an anthropomorphic one, and is known as "the Bat King". Similarly, the ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' series has various kinds of creepy bats, from the annoying flying bomb-shaped bats which explode after attaching themselves to Wario, the bats in ''VideoGame/WarioLand 4'' which turn him into a vampire just by touching him, the ones in Shake It which just swarm him, and whatever the heck Catbat is actually meant to be (some kind of flying cat thing with bat wings for ears, a mechanical bat head on it's head, that floats like a ghost).
* ''VideoGame/BattleForWesnoth'''s Vampire Bat line. Which are, handily enough, also GoddamnedBats.
* Somewhat subverted with ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' character Rouge the Bat. She's a ClassyCatBurglar (with rather [[MonumentalTheft improbable goals]]) and generally on the evil side (especially in spinoffs), but closer to TrueNeutral and often acting as an AntiHero. Shes a lot more like a real bat than usual, much like [[Website/{{Neopets}} Korbat]].
** Played straighter with Ixis Naugus, although he's one-third bat, one-third rhino, and one third lobster. Yikes.
** Classic enemy Bat Brain.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'' features not only enemy bats (occasionally fire breathing or using sound attacks), but also their mommy: Super-sized bat demon Tiamat.
* ''VideoGame/RivieraThePromisedLand'' featured three bats... as '''weapons'''! You catch them and use them against your enemies. However they are also known to have a chance of rebellion, unless Serene uses them. Serene herself also works with the iconography, bat wings and a large scythe like the grim reaper.
* In the ''very'' early computer game ''Hunt The Wumpus'', a giant bat can swoop down and carry the player to a new location in the Wumpus's cave.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Afterlife}}'', one of the disasters that can attack the FireAndBrimstoneHell are Bats out of Hell, a swarm of bats who defecate on buildings.
* One level of ''VideoGame/DragonsLair'' has a swarm of bats, as well as a Dire bat.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' gives us the Squeeklies, which combine this trope with GoddamnedBats and take them both UpToEleven. They are one of the major reasons the cave world is so reviled, particularly [[ThatOneLevel Crowded Cavern]], which is chock full of 'em. There's even a giant Squeekly that's ''as tall as the screen'' (DK is only about an 8th as tall by comparison), whose [[MakeMeWannaShout sonic beams]] are one reason why the "Crowded Cavern" level is maligned by players for its [[NintendoHard intense]] [[UpToEleven difficulty]]. Fans were extremely amused when they played ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze'' and saw [[TakeThatScrappy the giant Squeekly trapped in a block of ice]].
** The older ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' games by Rare also give us the Flip-Flaps, which have been recurring nocturnal enemies since ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64''.
* A bat enemy by the name of Mr. Batty is a recurring {{mook|s}} throughout [[VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings the]] ''[[VideoGame/EarthBound MOTHER]]'' [[VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}} trilogy]]. They seem to be more PlayedForLaughs, especially considering its battle theme in ''MOTHER 3'' does a SuspiciouslySimilarSong version of the 60s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' theme...
* ''VideoGame/VivaPinata'' manages to invoke this with one of the wild and destructive sour pinatas. While sour it looks like a horror movie bat and makes other pinatas sick with its bite. Once you cure it (with garlic) it becomes... A rabbit-like thing with hilariously tiny wings.
* Several of the ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' games have enemy bats. They are not particularly dangerous, but they ''are'' rather unfriendly (and in ''Might & Magic VII'', the most dangerous variant ''can attack you with fire'').
* The bats in the Trophy Room in ''VideoGame/BrainDead13''. Somewhat downplayed when one of them (a giant bat) wraps around Lance and starts playfully chewing on his head while Lance gets a slightly irritated look, in one scene that is less of a death scene and more of a cutesy mosquito bite scene.
* The ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' franchise has multiple examples, all as regular enemies:
** Both played straight and averted by the Komory Bat dream eater in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3D''. The creepy red eyes and dark colors their evil Nightmare versions possess give them a rather unsettling appearance, and they're [[GoddamnedBats the other kind of bat]] as well. On the other hand, the brightly colored friendly Spirit version is adorable and a surprisingly helpful ally in combat despite being one of the two starter dream eaters.
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' introduces the Hook Bat Heartless, which appears in swarms and uses sound attacks. Reaction commands let you use them to pull GrievousHarmWithABody. The ''Final Mix'' version of the game introduces its PaletteSwap, the Beffudler. ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts02BirthBySleepAFragmentaryPassage'' introduces the Fluttering, which lives in the Realm of Darkness.
* The [[BossInMookClothing Demons]], large, flying surface predators in ''VideoGame/{{Metro 2033}}'', allegedly evolved from tigers, though they resemble bats more than anything else.
* ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfMassmouth'' has the Stuka-Bats, inhabiting {{Abandoned Mine}}s on the planet Nemo. They are frighteningly fast and vicious, and their bizarre, scary screams don't help.
* Solidly averted by the bats in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', which are completely harmless and incapable of attacking the player.
* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' has many varieties of bats that all attack the player. Including ''literal'' bats out of hell in the game's Underworld.
* Dark Dizzy/Dark Necrobat from ''VideoGame/MegaManX5''.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'', Vampire Bats are common enemies found in most dungeons. They are large enough to bite adventurers to death as they converge on them in swarms, though this in turn also means that they're large enough for adventurers to consider them as potential hearty meals to be had around camp.
* {{VideoGame/Bayonetta}} can use [[{{Animorphism}} Beast Within]] to transform into a swarm of bats when she evades just as she's about to take a hit, resulting in negated damage and extended [[BulletTime Witch Time]]. While the bats themselves aren't evil ([[DarkIsNotEvil and neither is Bayonetta, herself]]), the magic used to fuel them does come from a demonic contract, so they are literally bats powered by the forces of {{Hell}}. As a side note, in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros for 3DS and Wii U'' her ability to transform into bats (called Bat Within) is an alternate for her down special CounterAttack, [[DoWellButNotPerfect activated when she uses her down special too late]], allowing her to avoid damage just like in the game, but won't always activate Witch Time. In ''Smash'' this is her only animal transformation to be featured in the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}} and the Pirate's Curse'' has the Cacklebats, which are Risky's [[{{Mooks}} Tinkerbats]] after they had been mutated into human-sized werebats by the Pirate Master's Dark Magic.
* ''VideoGame/TotalWarWarhammer'': The Vampire Counts can field a large number of monstrous bats, with one unit so far representing the swarm of shrieking bats variety, with the rest being increasingly horrifying Dire Bats.
** Fellbats are "small" (bird-of-prey sized), expendable, and attack in large groups, used to harass and "tarpit" units.
** Vargheists and the flightless, tank-sized Varghulfs are degenerate vampires who have lost themselves to their bloodthirst, the first through centuries of imprisonment and the second willingly.
** Terrorgheists are the terrifying, undead husks of dragon-sized bats that live in the Sylvanian wilderness.
* The aforementioned Camazotz ends up being playable in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'' as an Assassin-style God.
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'':
** Bugbats are bat-like creatures with the heads of insects. They're fairly harmless alone, but a swarm can kill a dwarf in seconds.
** Giant bats, found living BeneathTheEarth, are over three times the size of a dwarf and fill the Dire Bat niche. They’re quite capable of killing a lone dwarf by themselves, but can be captured and trained as hunting animals. Goblins sometimes bring them as [[HorseOfADifferentColor mounts]] to sieges.
** Bat men also exist. They only have four limbs -- their arms double as wings like in real bats -- and live in tribes underground, being one of the few underground animal people capable of flight. They can also be found on the surface, where like the other surface-dwelling animal people they don’t form tribes and are essentially bipedal animals.
* ''VideoGame/FortuneSummoners'': In caves, there are the Huge Bats, Monster Bats, Killer Bats, Vile Bats and Bat Giants.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Chantelise}}'' and its sequel ''VideoGame/{{Recettear|AnItemShopsTale}}'', there are Eyebats, oculothoraxes with wings that shoot magic rings.
* ''VideoGame/AVeryLongRopeToTheTopOfTheSky'': There are bats in the caves that you fight.
* Giant bats are a common nuisance in the caverns of ''VideoGame/ArkSurvivalEvolved''. They can also be tamed, like most of the other creatures in the game.
* ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'' has these in the form of [[spoiler:the Masters of the Bazaar. Turns out that they're AlienSpaceBats in both the trope sense and the literal sense.]]
* ''VideoGame/CryptOfTheNecrodancer'' has multiple. They move erratically, and can catch you off guard. Worse, Direbats are a miniboss that can lay a serious smackdown. Finally, Nocturna can morph into a bat.

* ''Webcomic/{{Sparklecare}}'': Invoked with Kid Dies, a cute little bat girl. It's just her luck that she has a disease that causes her to vomit blood and dead fetuses. This scares the crap out of [[OnlySaneMan Barry]] the first time he's unlucky enough to witness it.
* ''Webcomic/ABeginnersGuideToTheEndOfTheUniverse'': One of the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil void beasts]] that the Everyman had to fight was [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=132&p=92 a massive void bat]] with the wingspan of a hang glider that used high-pitched screeches to disorient its foes.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius:'' A colony of "blood bats" make a brief appearance while the protagonists are in Castle Heterodyne. Fortunately, the heroes are able to leave the area before the creatures take flight. Also, one of the novelizations of the comic mention a "particularly large and grumpy" bat which managed to acquire something of a reputation before being shot down by one of Baron Wulfenbach's airships.
* In ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' one of Charby's preferred forms is of a red-eyed white bat and he starts off the series proper as an unrepentant murderer that Kellwood's vampire hunters have been warned to avoid who casually kills people in relatively secluded places all over the city.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* On ''Website/{{Neopets}}'', Korbats are, in general, very cute. This makes them more like RealLife bats than usual!
** It's also played with in the case of the most prominent character who happens to be a Korbat, [[DarkIsNotEvil Lord Darigan]]. Introduced as the apparent BigBad in the ''Champions of Meridell'' plot, we later learn that he and his people were victimized by the supposed "heroes", Meridell, when they stole the Orb, and [[MoralEventHorizon cast a curse on them, despite Darigan's kingdom being pacifistic]]. Despite looking like a mixture of [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Man-Bat]] and a [[OurLichesAreDifferent lich]], Lord Darigan and his people are merely fighting to reclaim what is rightfully theirs. Although they won the war, a DiabolusExMachina ended with Darigan going BrainwashedAndCrazy when the orb failed to work. Not only did [[KarmaHoudini King Skarl]] get away scot-free and earned a position in the Gallery of Heroes while Darigan was placed in the Gallery of Evil, Darigan's [[DragonAscendant successor]], [[FeatheredFiend Lord Kass]], [[KnightOfCerebus was]] [[PuttingOnTheReich far]] [[TheSociopath more monstrous]]. Fortunately, Lord Darigan [[BackFromTheDead returned from the dead]] [[BigDamnHeroes and saved Meridell, forgiving them and trying to usher in a new era of peace]]. [[UngratefulBastard And yet Darigan's still in the Gallery of Evil with Kass and the like]].
* Website/GaiaOnline's vampires can turn into bat swarms according to the comics and single bats according to the vampire-themed items. The ones that appear in ''[=zOMG!=]'' have bat wings, but don't transform.
** ''[=zOMG!=]'' also has the bat-winged Clutch and Purse Animated, though they're [[GoddamnBats not the worst of the Animated in Deadman's Pass]].
* ''WebOriginal/{{Mortasheen}}'' has three, created by vampires to protect their larder of humans. There's [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/bullysnag.htm Bullysnag]], a gorilla-like bat that is trained to always go for the kneecaps when hunting, [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/clawsimon.htm Clawsimon]], a spotlight-like bat designed to stop escaping humans, and [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/chiraptor.htm Chiraptor]], who is the vampire equivalent of a hunting falcon. The actual bat vampire, [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/sinister.htm Sinister]], as it prefers to be left alone amongst its hordes of mind-controlled bats.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Vampire Lord can send out a swarm of bats from his cape to attack.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': Ratbat, one of [[FadSuper Soundwave's]] cassettes, turns into a bat (as his name belies). In the comics, as a fuel auditor (who later spent some time [[KlingonPromotion leading the original Earthbound Decepticons]]) he was obsessed with using Energon efficiently. Decepticon hypnotist Mindwipe falls into this well complete with Hungarian Accent.
** Averted with one of the alternate ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' toy sets, with an [[http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/toys/beast-wars/optimus-primal-bat/239/ Optimus Primal bat]]. (The Megatron in that set was a crocodile.)
** Also averted with ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'''s Nightscream, a Maximal.
* ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'': Godzilla has fought a {{Kaiju}}-sized monster bat that could weaponize its echolocation.
* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''
** Subverted in the episode "Good Times, Bat Times": Yes, Foxglove is a bat. And yes, she is a witch's familiar. But no, she is anything but horrifying. Instead, she is a cute and lovable bat the size of a chipmunk and in love with Dale.
** While the [[WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon Jamaican fruit bats]] from "Battle of the Bulge" may work for Fat Cat, they are more like some quite messy comic relief with their emphasis on "Jamaican".
* The ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' version of Mumm-Ra is a type three [[PettingZooPeople bat humanoid]], complete with leaf-nosed snout, gaining bat wings in his OneWingedAngel form.
* Completely averted in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'', where vampire bats are rightly shown as flighty and timid of Eliza and Darwin.
* Averted in "The Brave Little Bat", a [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short directed by Creator/ChuckJones and featuring Sniffles. Batty, the titular character, briefly looks scary in the shadows. When he walks into the light, he's a chatty, cute little guy who looks like Sniffles, but with pointier ears. He also wears Dutch wooden shoes and a [[Creator/MarxBrothers Chico Marx]] hat.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a few varieties of bats. Normal bats, though "dark and mysterious", are perfectly viable pets, and Fruit Bats (literally bats with fruit-like features) are entirely harmless, though inconveniently ravenous at times – a flock may chew on your fruit salad hat if you're not careful. Both kinds aren't any less cute than any other small animal in the series. Vampire bats are larger and have a more frightening appearance and don't stay in only a section of the orchard, though they're still not malicious. However, [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E7Bats "Bats!"]] gave us Flutterbat, a bat-pony with a thirst for apples.
* ''Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': [[MixAndMatchCritters Wolf-bats]]. They're vampire bats with the legs, paws, and tail of wolves. In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', one of the Pro-Bending team's names is the White Falls Wolf-bats. They even pull off a Wrestling/{{WWE}}-like entrance before their match.
* Battiwigs in ''WesternAnimation/FillyFuntasia''.
* AncientEvil the Bloodwolf from ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'' has an army of wolves with bat wings. Given that they come out of a portal to the "Netherworld", they are as close to literally being bats out of hell as it gets.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* There is an extinct bat called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necromantis Necromantis]] (literally, ''death eater''). Still way too small to kill a person, but a formidable predator nonetheless.
* Completely subverted by fruit bats. If not for their wings, they look like tiny, wide-eyed foxes. To add a little extra "AWWWWWW", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV_1czPCwwc fruit bats love being cuddled and their favorite snack is banana smoothies!]]
* Subverted by the noble [[http://gizmodo.com/5173385/shuttle+riding-bat-dies-the-most-glorious-death-imaginable Spacebat]].
* Spectral Bats, who have 3-foot long wingspans and are the largest carnivorous bat alive, will eat anything smaller than it and will hunt other bats as well. Except that bats with offspring are very good [[MamaBear mothers]] and [[PapaWolf fathers]]. The male will even sleep with the mother and young in his wings.
* Averted with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honduran_white_bat Honduran white bats]]. They eat mostly fruit and [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter resemble little white puffballs.]]
* Real vampire bats avert this trope through their altruistic social behavior. Bats who come home with full bellies will regurgitate blood to feed hungry flockmates, even when the recipients aren't related to them. Such sharing, more commonly associated with social primates, is ''extremely'' rare in nature. On the other hand, they can be considered as pest as they can carry rabies.
** There was, during the Pleistocene, a species of giant vampire bat ''Desmodus draculae''. They were roughly one and a half times as large as a modern vampire bat, or the size of a smallish fruit bat, and they fed on the blood of the megafauna of the period such as giant ground sloths. [[https://twilightbeasts.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/giant-vampires-in-south-america/ Read more here.]]
* Ordinary insectivorous bats can likewise be vectors for rabies. The odds of any given bat being a carrier are low, but rabid bats eventually lose their ability to fly due to neurological degeneration, greatly increasing the risk that a predator or unwary human will investigate the grounded bat and get bitten for their trouble.
* An American dentist investigated the possibility of rigging bats with tiny explosive charges, to be carried into the rafters of Japanese buildings in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The bat-bombs were never deployed, and a DisastrousDemonstration resulted in some escaped bats blowing up the researcher's own workshops.
* Averted in UsefulNotes/{{Spain}}, where bats were believed to be a sign of good fortune: one is even featured in the the [[https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escudo_de_Valencia arms of the city of Valencia]]. This belief traveled over to the New World: when Doña Amalia (the wife of one of the founders of Bacardi) saw leaf-nosed fruit bats roosting in the original still, she thus interpreted this as a sign that her husband's business venture would be a success, and came up with the idea to use a bat as the company's logo.
* Also averted in China, as Bats are considered symbols of happiness. This is because the Chinese character for "bat" (fu 蝠) sounds almost identical to the character for "good fortune" (fu 福).
* In [[OurCryptidsAreMoreMysterious cryptozoology]], we get many bizarre bat creatures that typically fall under the Dire Bat category. The Indonesian [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orang-bati Orang-Bati]], for example, is a large batlike monster that's said to [[EatsBabies eat babies]]. The African [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kongamato Kongamato]] and its cousin the Olitiau, are often claimed to be [[PrehistoricMonster monstrous pterodactyl-like creatures]], but their descriptions and most eyewitness reports of the animals seem to suggest something more like large bats. In behavior, it's said to have a HairTriggerTemper and being quick to attack anything that so much as makes eye contact with it, fitting it squarely into this trope. The Javan [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahool Ahool]] (which, interestingly enough, [[PokemonSpeak is named after the sound it allegedly makes]]) appears to be mostly harmless by comparison, though, and mainly feeds on fish.