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Comic Book / Gentleman Ghost

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Gentleman Ghost is a DC Comics character and supervillain. His real name is James "Jim" Craddock. He grew up 1800's England, his family was poor, and he turned to robbery to support himself. He became an immigrant to the USA, got falsely accused of a violent crime there, and was killed by a masked cowboy named Nighthawk. He became a ghost and discovered that he could only move on when his murderer moved on to the next plane of existence. Unfortunately for him, it turns out that Nighthawk is one of many incarnations of ancient Egyptian royalty, meaning that both their souls have no chance of moving on. When Nighthawk was reincarnated into Hawkman, Craddock tried to kill him without success. In response, Craddock took on the name of "Gentleman Ghost" and took to antagonizing other superheroes as a way to pass the time.

He was able to successfully cross over the barrier into the medium of television, where he has appeared as a villain in Superfriends, Justice League, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and The LEGO Batman Movie.

This comic book character provides examples of:

  • Anti-Villain: He tends to help out the heroes occasionally.
  • Affably Evil: He is very polite towards his allies, and his enemies too if he isn't fighting them at that moment. He is so sociable that was even invited to Captain Cold's amnesty party despite not being a Flash rogue.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Hawkman, for grievances going back to the 1800s.
  • Deal with the Devil: In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, this is how Craddock became Gentleman Ghost. In the episode "Trials of the Demon!", which is set in Victorian London, he made a deal with the demon Astaroth to ensure that "his soul would never pass from Earth". Unfortunately, while Craddock thought this meant Immortality, he discovered, much to his chagrin, that he was forced to remain on Earth as a ghost indefinitely after being hanged for his crimes.
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  • Gentleman Thief: Subverted Trope. The Gentleman Ghost may put on airs at times, but he's The Highwayman through and through.
  • Gonk: What he really looks like when he's not using Invisibility.
  • The Gunslinger: Sometimes he's shown using ghostly flintlock pistols.
  • High-Class Glass: He is completely invisible aside from his monocle, sparkling white attire and top hat.
  • Man in White: As his picture shows, his most common appearance is an invisible man in all white clothing.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: In his first appearances, it was ambiguous whether or not if he's actually a ghost.
  • Nice Hat: A classy top hat to help point out where his head's supposed to be.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different
  • Put on a Bus: Pre-Hawkworld, he was finally be able to rest in peace along with a restless spirit of a woman. This was rendered out-of-continuity.
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  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: He briefly became a Batman foe during the late 1970s and in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
  • Vengeful Ghost: Despite his name, the Gentleman Ghost is a supervillain that lived in 1800s England as a thief and later entered the U.S. illegally and was killed by Nighthawk, one of the incarnations of Hawkman. Revived as a ghost, he became not just the Arch-Enemy of Hawkman, but also a supervillain to stand against every superhero out there.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Hawkman's Nth Metal can negate the Gentleman Ghost's intangibility.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Part of his grief is that he can't pass on to the afterlife.


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