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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."''
-->-- ''Website/{{Cracked}}'', [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16196_the-7-commandments-all-video-games-should-obey.html "The 7 Commandments All Video Games Should Obey"]]
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Weak enemies that exist primarily to annoy the player character. They probably aren't gonna ''kill'' you, 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 [[ZergRush 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 [[LedgeBats 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 swarm you, and they are not only pathetically easy to kill on their own, but they take no skill to defeat, in [[RolePlayingGames RPGs]] they don't provide much (if any) experience or gold when beaten, and are sometimes flat-out annoying. A famous example of this is Zubat in the Pokemon series which were found in nearly every cave in the first 4 generations and liked to inflict various StandardStatusEffects on the player before going down.

Other following factors can contribute to making an enemy a Goddamned Bat:

* 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]].
* LedgeBats in platform games, which exist to exploit {{knockback}} and send the character off the nearest cliff.
* The enemy [[RespawningEnemies respawns]] quickly and/or in large numbers.
* 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 especially if they [[AirborneMook fly out of reach]].
* The enemy is very fast, small, moves erratically, or otherwise hard to hit.
* The enemy can [[BanditMook steal players items]].
* They are unlikely to drop useful items, or never do.

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]].

The TropeNamer is, well, [[BatOutOfHell actual video game bats]]. Bats in video games tend to have the aforementioned traits; ''very'' common in caves and other dark areas yet easy to defeat, their small size and fast movement makes them difficult to hit in real-time games (and turn-based games reflect this by giving them high evade rates), and since they fly the player is usually unable to hit them with melee attacks.
See GoddamnedBoss for bosses with these characteristics. Compare TheSwarm. 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/KingdomRush
* GoddamnedBats/{{Roguelike}}
* GoddamnedBats/RolePlayingGame
** GoddamnedBats/FinalFantasy
** GoddamnedBats/{{Pokemon}}
* GoddamnedBats/ShootEmUp
* GoddamnedBats/SimulationGame
* GoddamnedBats/StealthBasedGame
* GoddamnedBats/SurvivalHorror
* GoddamnedBats/TabletopGames
* GoddamnedBats/TurnBasedStrategy

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[[AC:{{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.

[[AC: FanWorks]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', John and George are attacked by a swarm of robotic bats. The narrative even refers to them as “goddamned bats.”

* ''{{Webcomic/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 ''Webcomic/MoonCrest24'', Morchego regurgitates bat-like creatures to attack Daniel.
* ''Webcomic/{{AdventureDennis}}'' is attacked by bats at least once per level/chapter.

* 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.

* The flocks of birds in both the book and film of ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''. Specifically the ''crebain'', used by Saruman as his eyes and ears to track down the Fellowship in the high mountains. In both portrayals, Aragorn realises the danger of the flocking crows and has the fellowship stamp out fires and go to cover. (In the film, the crebain detect the fellowship and give Saruman the information he needs to turn the mountain passes against them).

* {{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.

* 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.