Living Legends: 25 Real-Life Superheroes Saving the Day

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1Park Wayne

Park Wayne

Park Wayne is a superhero active in Jerusalem. His outfit and identity are mostly inspired by Batman and Spiderman. He has roamed the streets of the city since 2010, protects drunk people, people at risk and the creative communities in Jerusalem.


2. One of the few known real life superheroes in Africa is "Lion Heart". He has saved the lives of many villagers by teaching important but simple things. He has started a grassroots movement in Africa with many people helping out.


3. Superbarrio is a Mexican real-life superhero, who wears red tights and a red and yellow wrestler's mask. He is a high school dropout. He uses his unique image to organize labor rallies, protests, and file petitions to prevent families from being evicted.


4. Spinnekop (Afrikaans word for Spider) runs the morning traffic in a Spider-Man garb in South Africa. Eric Nefdt (real name) does this to raise awareness for kids born with congenital heart defects. In 2017, he completed the Comrades Marathon in a time of 11:30:06.


5. Captain Australia is a real-life superhero who wears a green and gold suit and mask similar to Captain America with an @ symbol on his chest and a Batman styled utility belt holding a torch, mobile phone and video camera. He patrols Fortitude Valley's seedier streets.


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6Angle-Grinder Man

Angle-Grinder Man

Angle-Grinder Man is a British self-described "wheel-clamp superhero" who claims to use an angle grinder to illegally cut wheel clamps off vehicles which have been clamped in by police and parking officials in Kent and London.


7. "Knight Warrior" (whose real name is Roger Hayhurst) is a teenager who wears a costume and attempts to break up fights in the Salford area in Greater Manchester. His mother has expressed concern for his safety.


8. A vigilante who is only known as the “Bromley Batman” has been seen in action by several witnesses saving people from knife-wielding gangs and muggers in South London. His activities have been reported as far as Cornwall.


9. Captain Ozone has starred in ecological television PSA's, made appearances at grade schools and hemp festivals, created a video documentary on environmentalism, and organized a public demonstration for renewable energy.


10. The Fauna Fighters are a Melbourne-based real-life superhero duo who use a Golden Age of Comic Books superhero motif as a method of publicizing animal-rights issues and supporting various animal-rights groups and charities.


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11Mr. Xtreme

Mr. Xtreme

Mr. Xtreme is a security guard who moonlights as a "costumed crimefighter" handing out food and juice in San Diego, California.


12. Metro Woman was a short-lived publicity stunt in 2005 intended to gather support for the Washington purple line metro project.


13. The Polarman of Iqaluit, Nunavut is a real-life superhero whose primary interests are shoveling the snow off sidewalks during the day and patrolling the streets for criminals at night.


14. "Terrifica" is a New York City-based woman who patrols bars and parties in an effort to prevent inebriated women from being taken advantage of by men. Since the mid-1990s, Terrifica has donned a mask, blonde wig, red boots, and cape, because in her words women "need to be protected from themselves."


15. In 2010, 20-year-old Columbia, Tennessee, resident was stopped by police for patrolling the streets after midnight in a black and green mask and costume. The man referred to himself as "The Viper", and claimed that he was "just a guy trying to do what was right in tights."


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16Crimson Fist and Metadata

Crimson Fist and Metadata

Atlanta husband and wife team "Crimson Fist" and "Metadata" help the homeless in their area. He tells WAGA-TV that he prepares himself for the dangers of the streets, carries handcuffs and wears a "stun device" that wraps around his knuckles. He checks for car break-ins, cleans up litter and alerts police to suspicious activity in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood just south of downtown Atlanta.


17. Väktaren (roughly translated as "The Watchman") patrols the streets of Malmö in Sweden, looking to report a crime to police and intervene in crimes in the process.


18. Phoenix Jones is a mixed martial artist who patrols Seattle streets fighting crime in a bulletproof vest and stab plating. Initially wearing a ski mask to intervene in a public assault, Jones later developed a full costume and adopted the pseudonym.


19. Portland had a real-life superhero named "Zetaman", seeking out the needy with gifts of food and clothing. He goes armed with an extendable steel baton, pepper spray, and a Taser that delivers 30,000 volts—enough to put a man on the ground. Those tools of the trade are to defend himself or people in trouble.


20. Jack Brinatte, known as "Razorhawk" is a real-life superhero who was previously a pro-wrestler in Minneapolis. He looks out for people in trouble.


21Shadow Hare

Shadow Hare

Shadow Hare (or Shadowhare) is the pseudonym of a vigilante superhero operating in Cincinnati, Ohio since 2005. He states that he lives in Milford, Ohio. He wears a handmade black suit with a stylized hare on the front, along with a cape and mask. He patrols the streets looking for crimes in progress, and gives out meals to the homeless.


22. The Black Rat is a martial expert real-life superhero who operates in Sydney. His first goal is to get street lighting fixed on Campbell St, St Peters, and he plans to organize a residents' petition.


23. “Captain Prospect” and “Sparks” were a real-life superhero duo in Dupont Circle, Washington. Their used to hand out flyers about a real-life supervillain who was breaking into local homes and businesses that they named “rooftop raider.”


24. The Watchman and Moon Dragon were reported patrolling Milwaukee streets in 2009.


25. Squeegeeman and Captain Xavier Obvious patrol New York City. They do claim to fight crime all the time, but their primary objective is to do good deeds. They hand out water when it's hot, visit hospitals, plant trees and collect money for various causes like the AIDS walk.

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