I mean, there were folkloric heroes like Robin Hood before the Scarlet Pimpernel, but they didn’t really do the secret identity — people might not have known Robin Hood’s real identity but he wasn’t out living a double life and his costume was just what he and his buds wore in the forest, whereas the Pimpernel was actually doing the exact same thing as Bruce Wayne (pampered aristocrat by day, avenging hero by night)
also I wanna point out that the Scarlet Pimpernel was actually the leader of a league of twenty people also living double lives — Baroness Orczy also invented the first superhero team
Also The Scarlet Pimpernel is goddamned amazing and if you’ve never read it you’re missing out.
Reblogging again due to Sir Percy Blakeney, Baronet.
*throws hands up in the air* I LOVED THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL SERIES WHEN I WAS A TEEN! They were all so incredible. HE EVEN HAD AN ARCH NEMESIS YOU GUYS.