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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 [[https://web.archive.org/web/20150104164648/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 [[Characters/DragonBallSonGoku Goku]] to [[MagicalGirlWarrior Magical Girls]] like Franchise/SailorMoon, and even {{Super Robot}}s (he fought a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever gigantic]] [[HumongousMecha mech]]).

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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 1930s Kamishibai superheroes like [[https://web.archive.org/web/20150104164648/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 [[Characters/DragonBallSonGoku Goku]] to [[MagicalGirlWarrior Magical Girls]] like Franchise/SailorMoon, and even {{Super Robot}}s (he fought a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever gigantic]] [[HumongousMecha mech]]).


Golden Bat was the first illustrated superhero, and the [[UrExample first]] with all the FlyingBrick ingredients of the modern superhero, including 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 Franchise/{{Batman}}, and eleven years before ComicBook/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 ComicBook/RedSkull).

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Golden Bat was the first illustrated superhero, and the [[UrExample first]] with all the FlyingBrick ingredients of the modern superhero, including 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 Franchise/{{Batman}}, and eleven years before ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. While his name resembles Batman, Golden Bat has much more in common with Superman (though he looks more like {{Spawn}}, ComicBook/{{Spawn}}, or Captain America's nemesis ComicBook/RedSkull).



* FaceOfAThug: He looks like a freakin' skeleton (he looks a bit like {{Spawn}}, or ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's nemesis ComicBook/RedSkull).

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* FaceOfAThug: He looks like a freakin' skeleton (he looks a bit like {{Spawn}}, ComicBook/{{Spawn}}, or ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's nemesis ComicBook/RedSkull).

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* CatsAreMean: Doctor Nazo is Always seen wearing a hood which resembles some kind of feline creature.

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* BigBad: Doctor Nazo is behind pretty much all the troubles the heroes go through in both the paper theater and in the anime.


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* MadScientist: Doctor Nazo.

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* DubNameChange: In the italian dub of the 1966 anime, Golden Bat is called Fantaman and Doctor Nazo is called Doctor Zero.


* MarketBasedTitle: Anime and film depictions of the character have been variously localised under titles such as ''Fantaman'', ''Fantomas'' and ''Fantasmagorico''.

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* MarketBasedTitle: Anime and film depictions of the character have been variously localised under titles such as ''Fantaman'', ''Fantomas'' "Phantaman" (Australia, notable for [[IAmNotShazam the main character actually being named "Phantoma"]]), "Fantaman" (Italy), "Fantomas, o Guerreiro da Justica" (Brazil) and ''Fantasmagorico''."Fantasmagorico" (Mexico).


* CaneFu: Can wield his [[MagicStaff Silver Baton]] like a sword, when it isn't an actual rapier.



* {{Magitek}}: The source of Ogun's power and how he survived until the modern day (resting in a {{Sarcophagus}}).

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* {{Magitek}}: MagicStaff: The source of Ogun's power Silver Baton, which serves as both a mystical and how he survived until the modern day (resting in a {{Sarcophagus}}).physical weapon.



* MarketBasedTitle: Anime and film depictions of the character have been variously localised under titles such as ''Fantaman'', ''Fantomas'' and ''Fantasmagorico''.
* {{Mummy}}: Of the non-bandaged variety, and combined with ChromeChampion. However, he also has some traits associated with [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] (such as his connection to bats), and debuted one year before [[ClassicalMovieVampire Bela Lugosi's cinematic depiction of Dracula]].



* OminousOperaCape: His cape tends to be drawn more like this than the standard superhero cape.



* RoyalRapier: As part of his "musketeer" look. Later depictions make it a short MagicStaff called the Silver Baton.
* SealedGoodInACan: An ancient [[{{Atlantis}} Atlantean]] who lay sealed inside a sarcophagus until the time came when the world would need his aid once again.



* ShockAndAwe: Ogun's staff can produce lightning

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* ShockAndAwe: Ogun's His staff can produce lightninglightning.


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* SwissArmyTears: {{Downplayed}}. Water awakens Golden Bat from his slumber, and tears have served this purpose in some depictions. It swings back into the mystical when this creates a psychic link between Golden Bat and the girl the tears came from, allowing him to sense when she's in danger.

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Golden Bat (黄金 バット ''Ōgon Batto'') 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 Creator/SonnyChiba.

Golden Bat was the first illustrated superhero, and the [[UrExample first]] with all the FlyingBrick ingredients of the modern superhero, including 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 Franchise/{{Batman}}, and eleven years before ComicBook/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 ComicBook/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 [[https://web.archive.org/web/20150104164648/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 [[Characters/DragonBallSonGoku Goku]] to [[MagicalGirlWarrior Magical Girls]] like Franchise/SailorMoon, and even {{Super Robot}}s (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.
* ArchNemesis: Dr. Erich Nazō
* {{Atlantis}}: An ancient civilization where Ogon Bat originates from.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: He fights a [[HumongousMecha humongous]] SuperRobot.
* 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 Franchise/{{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.
* TheCape: He was possibly the first caped superhero, depending on whether or not one considers the earlier caped crusader {{Franchise/Zorro}} a superhero (Zorro lacked superpowers).
* 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 ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's nemesis ComicBook/RedSkull).
* {{Flight}}: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it {{Superman}}? No, it's Golden Bat!
* FlyingBrick: He was the first with all the Flying Brick ingredients of the modern superhero archetype, including StockSuperpowers such as SuperStrength and SuperSpeed, {{Flight}}, TheCape, XRayVision, BatSignal, etc.
* HorrifyingHero: That skull is NOT a mask. Let THAT sink in.
* HumongousMecha: He fights a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever gigantic]] SuperRobot.
* {{Immortality}}: Being an ancient Atlantean who has been around for thousands of years, he is obviously immortal.
* JustAddWater: Literally, water was needed to reawaken Golden Bat in the first place.
* {{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.
* {{Magitek}}: 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.
* ProtoSuperhero
* {{Sentai}}: Golden Bat is a precursor to the Super Sentai genre of Japanese superheroes.
* ShockAndAwe: Ogun's staff can produce lightning
* 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 [[UsefulNotes/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 {{Franchise/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 breathe underwater.
* {{Telepathy}}: He has a psychic link with the girl who resurrected him.
* XRayVision: He has X-ray vision.
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