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Filibus. Filibus was created by the Italian creator Mario Roncoroni (Zogar) and appeared in the film Filibus (1915).

Filibus is a master thief modeled on Ponson du Terrail’s Rocambole. Filibus is really the Baroness Troixmonde, but in the guise of “Filibus” she terrorizes Sicily from her zeppelin, which is full of technologically-advanced equipment and weaponry. The zeppelin is manned by a staff of mask-wearing, black-skin-suit-clad male assistants who obey the Baroness' commands instantly. The zeppelin is Filibus' headquarters and their home, and they descend to land only to rob or to hobnob with the socialites as the tuxedo-wearing dandy Count de la Brieve. At the end of Filibus Filibus eludes their enemy, Detective Kutt-Hendy, and flies off into the sunset.

* I'm including Filibus in the Best of the Encyclopedia category because of the film's general quality. There's two kinds of people in the world: those enamored of Rocambolesque transgender zeppelin tyrants with a female love interest and a harem of black-masked men waiting on them hand and foot, and those dead in heart and soul. I am, obviously, of the former party. But leaving aside the inherent coolness of Filibus, the film they appear in is of exceptional (for the time and place) quality, and stands as a landmark in LBGTQ+ film. 

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