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King Tut was a deluded enemy of Batman who believed he was a pharaoh.

What little is known about William Omaha McElroy before he fell victim to the amnesia and delusional thinking that transformed him into the "overstuffed monarch" known as King Tut is that he was a professor of Egyptology at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Professor McElroy fell victim to the amnesia and delusional thinking in question in the midst of a student riot at the university where he taught, in whose course he was struck on the head.

During his periods of amnesiac delusional thinking, McElroy, as Tut, mistook Gotham City for the city of Thebes, the ancient capital of Egypt; his plots involved taking it over and "reinstating" himself as its tyrannical ruler. Among his plans to do so was a scheme he formed to spike the city's water supply with Abu raubu simbu tu.[1] This ancient will-paralyzing drug had to be synthesized from a species of scarab beetle, once thought to be extinct, of which Tut succeeded in reviving the few remaining specimens. The only known defense against intoxication with Abu raubu simbu tu, as Batman discovered, was the ingestion of buttermilk. For as it proved, buttermilk, drunk before any attempted intoxication with Abu raubu simbu tu, stimulated the stomach lining into the secretion of a heavier coating of protective mucus than usual, and thus prevented the drug's absorption into the bloodstream.

McElroy, as Tut, was one of at least two Bat-Enemies (Egghead being another) who learned the secret of Batman's civilian identity of Bruce Wayne but was prevented from revealing it. In his case, he learned it while amnesiac and delusional, but was prevented from revealing it by having his normal personality restored.[2]


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  • Victor Buono (1938-1982) played William McElroy, alias King Tut. As Adam West explained to Jeff Rovin in Back To The Batcave, King Tut was the only villain specifically created for the 1960s Batman series who really caught on with viewers.
  • Buono said, on a late-night talk show, "Being on Batman allowed me to do what we actors are taught never to do, overact."

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