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Kismet: Man of Fate is a Superhero from The Golden Age of Comic Books, created by Ruth Roche and published by Elliot Publications in Bomber Comics #1-4, most notable for being one of the earliest Muslim superheroes. He's a Badass Normal who fights Nazis as part of the European Resistance.

This comic contains examples of:

  • Adolf Hitlarious: Der Fuehrer spends his screen time being made a fool of by more powerful forces.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Kismet is slightly darker-pigmented than the white characters, and is of a religion commonly associated with the Middle East, but it's never made clear what ethnicity he is.
  • Big Bad: Satan himself is the puppet master behind the Third Reich.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: In Bomber Comics #1, Kismet's goal is to assassinate Colonel Freydrich, a Nazi nicknamed "the Headsman" for his wanton cruelty. Freydrich is taken out about halfway through; the rest of the issue is focused on Germany's reprisal.
  • Evil Vegetarian: Just like in Real Life, Hitler mentions that meat eaters "turn [his] stomach."
  • Got Volunteered: Bomber Comics #4 has Kismet saving a bunch of villagers who were forced into building a giant tank this way.
  • Guile Hero: Kismet enjoys making fools out of his enemies.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Satan is never even directly confronted in-comic, let alone punished for masterminding World War II.
    • Flame and Bruta escape after supplying Hitler with a super weapon that could win him the war.
    • As the comic ended in 1943, Adolf Hitler makes a narrow escape from Kismet's wrath. However, if this universe follows history, he will get his comeuppance soon enough.
  • One-Drop Rule: Despite Mrs. van Hadden being primarily German ethnically, her Nazi general husband tries to kill her for her French blood on orders to kill 100 French.
  • Protagonist Title
  • Ripped from the Headlines: Bomber Comics #1's plot is lifted directly from the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich. Both concern the successful elimination of a notoriously cruel Nazi colonel in Czechoslovakia, and the Nazis retaliating by massacring a nearby town. The primary difference here is that the massacre is thwarted.
  • Role Called
  • Starter Villain: The first foe we see is Colonel Freydrich, a Nazi official so cruel he's called "the Headsman." He doesn't even survive halfway through the issue.
  • Thematic Rogues Gallery: As a member of the European Resistance in World War II, Kismet usually fought the Nazis.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Kismet wears everything expected of a superhero, including a nice hat, except a shirt.
  • We Didn't Start the Führer: Hitler is apparently an agent of Hell here.