King Tut, the alias of William Omaha McElroy, is another Batman villain that originated with the 1960s Batman TV series (as well as being one of two TV-based villains who solved Batman’s true identity as Bruce Wayne, alongside Egghead). The villain began as a humble Egyptologist at Yale, who got caught in a violent student protest that involved rock throwing. One of the rocks knocked the professor unconscious, and he emerged believing himself a reincarnation of King Tutankhamun (and that Gotham is the ancient city of Thebes). His goal? To regain control over Goth… um, Thebes. And of course, Batman stands in his way.
Everything Tut uses has an ancient Egyptian theme, and he even spouts Egyptian curses at his foes. He also has a host of underlings, all with Egyptian-themed motifs like Nefertiti, Cleo Patrick, and others. While he’s a visually archaic villain, the foe actually had some interesting weaponry, including a hollow Sphinx statue that made “predictions” and a potion called “Abu Rabu Simbu Tu” that could paralyze human will. So far his only big screen appearance is, you’ve guessed it, as a cameo in “The Lego Batman Movie.” It’s another case of a villain that’s just too conceptually and visually silly to seem truly menacing.