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.
This one takes his role a little too seriously we must admit and that’s why he patrols the streets of Portland armed with a steel baton and a 30,000-volt Taser. Zetaman roams the streets looking to help any citizen in need. Although he has never needed to use his weapons, he’s always prepared to fight off any criminals who try to stir things up.
Wheel Clamp Man
Wheel Clamp Man is an Australian real-life “superhero” who operates in the city of Perth. He travels the city removing clamps from drivers’ wheels and wears a disguise consisting of a fake mustache (which makes him look like a cross between Freddie Mercury and Borat), along with a green Lycra suit, a red mask, gloves, and a helmet.
This innocent-looking banker by day is a badass crime fighter by night who protects the streets of Birmingham, UK, by stopping drug deals and preventing burglaries. He also sports state-of-the-art gadgets to help citizens in danger and a flashlight to scare off any villains who cross his path.
The Crimson Fist
The Crimson Fist is a very special man who discovered his superhero persona after years of drug and alcohol abuse. By day he’s an IT programmer and by night he spends his time helping the homeless by handing out supplies such as bottled water, socks, and food, using his own funds.
Angle-Grinder Man was a self-proclaimed superhero who operated in England. He patrolled by night looking for unhappy drivers who had been clamped and then would set their cars free. He took on clamping firms, speed cameras, and the congestion charge on behalf of drivers. Unfortunately, we haven’t heard any news on him for the past ten years or so.