The phenomenon of “real-life superheroes” is one where fans inspired by superhero fiction dress up in costumes or masks in order to perform community service such as a neighborhood watch or in some cases, actually fighting crime. The whole thing first started in the late 1990s but became so big that a “real-life superhero community,” in the sense of an online subculture, began to develop in the mid-2000s. Throughout this time many real-life superheroes have caught the public’s eye and imagination with their generous and brave actions. On this list, we give you 25 real life superheroes that actually exist.
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Terrifica is a retired American superheroine who patrolled New York City for some time before we lost track of her. She’s best remembered for her awesome red suit and blond hair.
Superbarrio Gómez is a Mexican superhero based in Mexico City who uses nonviolent means to fight crime and corruption with protests, civil disobedience, and political action. He wears a red-and-yellow wrestler’s mask in the tradition of the luchadores, complete with a red-and-yellow suit and cape emblazoned with a “SB” inside a pentagon-shaped shield.
Super Hero is a former professional wrestler who roams the streets of Clearwater, Florida, in his 1975 Corvette and helps stranded motorists. He also teaches young people about road safety and raises money for various charities with a particular emphasis on helping the homeless.
Shadow Hare first started life as a crime fighter in Cincinnati in 2005 and became widely known through the news and various videos in 2009. As of 2012, there has been no reported activity from Shadow Hare so it is likely he is now a retired real-life superhero.
The Flashing Blade
Back in 2007 a mysterious crusader suddenly appeared out of nowhere and helped the police catch criminals on a street in South Shields, UK. The “Flashing Blade” ran up to an armed gang that was about to attack two unarmed detectives, slashing frantically with a three-foot sword that cut one of the gang members on the arm. His actions panicked the gang and the police were able to arrest three of them. The officers described him as a white male in his forties, medium build, about 5’10” with a moustache, before he disappeared into the night.