Real life superheroes are on city streets all over, not just in the pages of comic books.
Sure, they might not fill out their costumes as well as their fictional counterparts, and superpowers are right out. But they are donning spandex and getting out there to help, as best they see fit.
Here’s a list of five superheroes that might live near you.
Turns out Marvel’s “merc with a mouth” actually lives in Wenatachee, Washington.
But this guy is a little more helpful than the comic-book version and offers his services via the flyer above.
Wenatachee Deadpool told The Wenatchee World he chose the character “because I allied with his humour and his ideal that what once was bad can become something better.”
But not everything in a reformed mercenary’s life always goes to plan. “I tried to help a woman out of the rain the other day and she didn’t really want to take my umbrella,” he said. “I think she was kind of intimidated.”
Art imitating life, indeed.
In 2011, Seattle-based crime fighter Phoenix Jones made headlines after getting himself arrested for his part in breaking up a supposed nightclub brawl.
Jones dodged the charges, but he’s one of the more intense crime fighters out there — his arsenal includes a taser, bulletproof vest, mace and tear gas.
He’s broken up plenty of altercations, but sometimes ends up a little worse for wear — Jones has reportedly been stabbed and had his nose broken while on patrol.
This guy is often seen in Young and Dundas Square in downtown Toronto. Toronto Batman is actually stand-up comedian Alex Brovedani, who dons the suit to busk.
Brovedani isn’t so much a do-gooder as he is a guy in a pretty decent batsuit who does a solid Christian Bale impression.
“It’s more of a fun thing,” Brovedani told the Toronto Star. “People started calling me an ambassador of Toronto.”
It’s a minimalist name and a minimalist costume — Life is a self-styled superhero who works on the streets of Manhattan.
Rather than fighting crime, Life helps the homeless. He hands out necessities to those less fortunate in an attempt to make the world a better place.
Abyss is a Chicago-based crimefighter who hits the streets in a skintight suit and is armed with binoculars, a cell phone and a voice changer.
He’s pro the 99 per cent, as he was seen watching over members of Chicago’s Occupy movement on LaSalle Street last year.
You can add Abyss on Facebook here. Fittingly, his favourite quote is “with great power, comes great responsibility.”