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From left to right: Leo, Rebecca, Martin, Bat Pat.
Bat Pat is an Italian series of children’s horror books written by Roberto Pavanello, as well as an animated series based on these books.

The books and series both resolve around the talking, purple bat Bat Pat. Along with his 3 human friends, the siblings Martin, Leo and Rebecca Silver, he investigates supernatural events in his hometown of Smogville (bookseries)/Fogville (animated series), and writes books about his many misadventures.

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Bat Pat provides examples of:

  • Absurdly-Spacious Sewer: Fogville has these.
  • Adaptation Name Change: The hometown of Bat Pat and the Silver kids is named Smogville in the books, but Fogville in the animated series.
  • Agent Scully: For a kid who frequently encounters supernatural beings, Martin can be surprisingly skeptical when told about something supernatural.
  • Beach Episode: The episode “Something’s fishy” is set at the beach. The protagonists even trade their usual outfits for summer clothes.
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  • Big Brother Instinct: Martin has this towards Rebecca, but far less towards Leo.
  • Camping Episode: “Frozen to the bones”.
  • City of Adventure: Smogville/Fogville, the hometown of Bat Pat and the Silver family and thus were most of their adventures take place.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Many of the monsters turn out to be not evil at all. They just have some kind of problem they need help with. This trope doesn't always apply though.
  • Defanged Horrors: Being a series aimed at kids, this was to be expected for pretty much all the monsters featured in the series.
  • Doom It Yourself: Martin may be a genius, but he's terrible at building things.
  • Dream Weaver: The Duke of Dreams, a supernatural being that controls every ones dreams. One episode the protagonists had to help him with his job because the dreams of everybody in Fogville got mixed up.
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  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Vampires, Werewolves, Mummies, Witches, Trolls, Ghosts, mermaids…name any sort of supernatural creature and it’s safe to assume Bat Pat has encountered it at least once.
  • Fiery Redhead: Downplayed, but Rebecca is quite impulsive and not afraid of anything.
  • Free-Range Children: The kids’ parents don’t seem too concerned about their kids going out in the night or traveling all over town.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Leo frequently comes up with inventions.
  • Giant Flyer: The legendary Roc shows up in one episode.
  • Good Luck Charm: Leo has a pair of extremely smelly lucky socks. He ends up giving them to a Leprechaun who lost his luck, and it actually helps the guy get lucky again. He also has a double lucky underwear, which smells even worse.
  • Halloween Episode: “Headless House Guest”.
  • I Should Write a Book About This: All the books in the series are supposedly written by Bat Pat himself as recollections of his many adventures.
  • Lovable Coward: Of the 3 kids, Martin is freaked out the easiest.
  • Kid Hero: The silver kids; they are 10, 9 and 8 respectively, and frequently save their town from supernatural horrors.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Bat Pat claims to be an expert on the supernatural, but his huge number of glaring mistakes make it hard to believe.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: More often than not, Bat Pat and the kids discover this to be the case with the monster they fight.
  • Old Master: The episode “The chosen Martin” centers around the ghost of an old karate master picking Martin as his successor.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Martin and Leo have this dynamic, with Martin being the orderly one and Leo the chaotic one.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: The Beach episode resolved around a marine scientist who turns into a sea monster whenever the tide comes in. He doesn’t mind though since it enables him to study the sea even better, but he hates it that his pants keep shredding during every transformation.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: Show up in the episode “Nothing to laugh at”.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: One episode resolved around a bat named Vlad, who eventually revealed he was actually a vampire who somehow got stuck in his bat-from the last time he shapeshifted.
  • Sibling Team: The 3 Silver kids.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Martin has glasses and is the smartest of the 3 kids, always trying to find a reasonable explanation for the supernatural events they encounter.
  • Spooky Silent Library: Shows up as the setting for one episode.
  • Subbing for Santa: One episode, Martin had to sub for the tooth fairy.
  • Talking Animal: Bat Pat can freely talk with humans.
  • Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: One episode dealt with a monster under Martins bed. He was not really dangerous, but very annoying due to his heavy snoring.
  • This Is My Side: One episode saw Martin divide his and Leo’s bedroom so he can be Leo-Free. He only gives Leo a small corner and keeps the rest of the room for himself. According to Rebecca, this is not the first time Martin tries this.
  • Two Beings, One Body: One episode the kids encountered a two-headed robot. One head was male and one female, and both have very distinct personalities.
  • Valentine's Day Episodes: The tv-series has one.