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Misery, a fictional bat character in Extinctioners.

Bats are nocturnal flying mammals in the order Chiroptera; they are divided into two suborders: megabats and microbats. Bats are the only mammals that are capable of flight. Bats mainly eat insects, but some species such as the fruit bat, eat fruit.

Bats in media[edit]

Famous anthropomorphic bats in animation include Batty Koda, a rainforest-dwelling fruit bat from the 1992 movie FernGully: The Last Rainforest; Bartok, a Russian albino bat from Anastasia; Stellaluna, a fruit bat from the book and film by the same name; and Batfink, an anthropomorphic parody of Batman.

Author Kenneth Oppel created a best-selling series of novels entitled Silverwing which features various species of American bat as central figures. The book has since been adapted into a television series.

Bats are also featured in video games, such as Rouge from Sonic the Hedgehog.


The bat is associated with characters of the night; both villains like Dracula and heroes like Batman. They are also associated with unusualness and eccentricity. Native Americans use the bat to symbolise intuition, rebirth, illusion and communication.

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