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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.

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** The spinoff ''Manga/VigilanteMyHeroAcademiaIllegals'' ''Manga/MyHeroAcademiaVigilantes'' has Knuckle Duster, a non-powered vigilante whose outlaw status means that he operates from the shadows.


* Shota Aizawa, the homeroom teacher of Class 1-A from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', is also known as "Eraserhead", an underground hero that operates at night and generally avoids the press. Unfortunately, the Cowl method means he ends up not being as well-known as most professional heroes.

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* Shota Aizawa, the homeroom teacher of Class 1-A from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', is also known as "Eraserhead", "Eraser Head", an underground hero that operates at night and generally avoids the press. Unfortunately, the Cowl method means he ends up not being as well-known as most professional heroes.


* One episode of Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' featured Theseus as The Cowl, in contrast with Herc being TheCape.

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* One episode of Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' ''WesternAnimation/HerculesTheAnimatedSeries'' featured Theseus as The Cowl, in contrast with Herc being TheCape.


* 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. In fact, the only family member who is ''not'' a classic Cowl is the original ComicBook/{{Robin}}, Dick Grayson, who would become ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} after emerging from the shadow of the Bat and setting up shop in Bludhaven.

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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. In fact, the only family member who is ''not'' a classic Cowl is the original ComicBook/{{Robin}}, Dick Grayson, who would become ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} after emerging from the shadow of the Bat and leading the ComicBook/TeenTitans before setting up shop as a solo hero in Bludhaven.Blüdhaven.


* Shouta Aizawa, the homeroom teacher of Class 1-A from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', is also known as "Eraserhead", an underground hero that operates at night and generally avoids the press. Unfortunately, the Cowl method means he ends up not being as well-known as most professional heroes.

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* Shouta Shota Aizawa, the homeroom teacher of Class 1-A from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', is also known as "Eraserhead", an underground hero that operates at night and generally avoids the press. Unfortunately, the Cowl method means he ends up not being as well-known as most professional heroes.


* 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]] ''[[GoodIsNotNice good]]'' [[OurVampiresAreDifferent 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 Thankfully, he's a]] ''[[GoodIsNotNice good]]'' ''{{good|IsNotNice}}'' [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]].


* From the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'': Achilles, leader of the Global Guardians. Battlecat and his daughter, Lynx, in New Orleans. The Nightwatchman in Boston. El Buho in Mexico City.
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* VideoGame/ChampionsOnline has the Night Avenger archetype, which is based largely on Nighthawk, the Champions-verse's resident Batman expy.

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* VideoGame/ChampionsOnline ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' has the Night Avenger archetype, which is based largely on Nighthawk, the Champions-verse's resident Batman expy.


Basically, TheCape protects the innocent, while TheCowl punishes the wicked.

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Basically, TheCape protects the innocent, while TheCowl The Cowl punishes the wicked.



** Part of the plot of ''Film/{{Glass}}'', the [[SequelGap distant sequel]], is that Dunn's mentor Elijah is unhappy that Dunn chose to be TheCowl instead of TheCape. Elijah wants to prove to the world that superheroes are real, so he [[spoiler:puts his DiabolicalMastermind skills to use and [[VillainTeamUp teams up]] with [[SuperpoweredEvilSide the Horde]] to force Dunn into a very public superpowered showdown.]]

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** Part of the plot of ''Film/{{Glass}}'', the [[SequelGap distant sequel]], is that Dunn's mentor Elijah is unhappy that Dunn chose to be TheCowl The Cowl instead of TheCape. Elijah wants to prove to the world that superheroes are real, so he [[spoiler:puts his DiabolicalMastermind skills to use and [[VillainTeamUp teams up]] with [[SuperpoweredEvilSide the Horde]] to force Dunn into a very public superpowered showdown.]]



** ''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.

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** ''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 The Cowl 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}}'s [[OlderThanTheyThink first appearance in 1919]] makes him [[ProtoSuperhero one of the longest-running examples of 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/{{Zorro}}'s [[OlderThanTheyThink first appearance in 1919]] makes him [[ProtoSuperhero one of the longest-running examples of 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, The Cowl, 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.



* Multiple editions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' have offered TheCowl-flavored character kits, prestige classes, and other PC-builds, most often for the thief/rogue or ranger classes.

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* Multiple editions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' have offered TheCowl-flavored The Cowl-flavored character kits, prestige classes, and other PC-builds, most often for the thief/rogue or ranger classes.



** Later protagonists Connor and Edward Kenway have some of the same elements (both are cowl-clad heroes who use stealthy tactics), but don't really match the trope completely due to their adventures generally not taking place in the sort of shadowy urban setting typical of TheCowl.

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** Later protagonists Connor and Edward Kenway have some of the same elements (both are cowl-clad heroes who use stealthy tactics), but don't really match the trope completely due to their adventures generally not taking place in the sort of shadowy urban setting typical of TheCowl.The Cowl.


* The Opera Ghost in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', while mostly a parody of, well, [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera exactly who you'd expect]], has a brief scene where he takes down a gang of muggers in a very Cowl-esque way.

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* The Opera Ghost in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', ''Literature/{{Maskerade}}'', while mostly a parody of, well, [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera exactly who you'd expect]], has a brief scene where he takes down a gang of muggers in a very Cowl-esque way.


* An episode of ''The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh'' centered on Tigger calling himself the "Masked Offender", a ScrewySquirrel parody (though he initially fails to recognize it) of an adventure novel featuring a straight example called the "Masked Avenger". When he's outed as the "Masked Offender" thanks to a BatmanGambit concocted by Rabbit, he retires out of shame, but when real danger looms over the others, he comes back into action and genuinely saves the day.

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* An episode of ''The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh'' centered on Tigger calling himself the "Masked Offender", a ScrewySquirrel troublemaking parody (though he initially fails to recognize it) of an adventure novel featuring a straight example called the "Masked Avenger". When he's outed as the "Masked Offender" thanks to a BatmanGambit concocted by Rabbit, he retires out of shame, but when real danger looms over the others, he comes back into action and genuinely saves the day.


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** Going meta, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had the tv show character "The Gray Ghost", voiced by {{Adam West|ing}}. Since he was a major inspiration for Batman himself, he probably counts.

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** Going meta, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had the tv TV show character "The Gray Ghost", voiced by {{Adam West|ing}}. Since he was a major inspiration for Batman himself, he probably counts.

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Basically, TheCape protects the innocent, while TheCowl punishes the wicked.


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