You may have thought that superheroes can only be found in comic books and Hollywood movies.
The reality, however, is that superheroes do exist in real life, and we're not talking about the Mother Teresas and Nelson Mandelas of our world.
The real superheroes with fancy costumes, capes and genuine desire to help out their fellow humans are scattered across the globe. It's just that they don't get the attention they so deserve, and so, the world remains oblivious to the extraordinary feats they perform on a daily basis.
Here are 13 real-life superheroes who may not jump from building to building through spider-webs or fly unaided, but there is no doubting their passion to combat the evil.
Menganno is a former police officer who now roams the streets of Lanús, Argentina to fight crime. He wears blue clothing, a helmet and a shield similar to Captain America's shield, but with the colors of the Flag of Argentina. He even carries a Glock and has been involved in at least one shootout on the streets. The local police doesn't understand his actions, though, and want him to get out of their way.
Captain Ozone is a caped clean energy crusader from Washington state, who is considered by many to be the most phenomenal environmental activist of all time.
In the pic above, he is demonstrating "hemp motor oil" with a chainsaw.
NYC-based superwoman Terrifica patrols bars and parties in an effort to prevent inebriated women from being taken advantage of by men.
Another Captain America clone is Captain Australia whose area of operation is Brisbane. He is a rather orthodox superhero as he aims at preventing crime and inspiring normal people to be better. By his own account, he is a bit afraid of heights but constantly challenges himself to overcome this fear. Not perfect, but he is a superhero.
The Fauna Fighters
The Fauna Fighters are a duo of real-life superheroes operating in Melbourne, Australia. Their work is primarily based in animal rights activism. Rumor has it that they're after teenage animal hunter Kendall Jones.
Mexican superhero Superbarrio Gomez's street struggle is of a different nature. Instead of fighting crime, he uses his image to organize labor rallies, protests, file petitions, battle corruption, homophobia, animal rights, pollution and poverty.
Rain City Superhero Movement
Rain City Superhero Movement is a crime-fighting brigade that patrols the streets of Seattle to right wrongs. Witnesses have reported that the group has intervened in crimes on several occasions and often report on crime scenes even before the cops.
Iqaluit-based superhero Anujan Panchadcharam shovels the snow off sidewalks during the day and patrolling the streets for criminals at night.
The Crimson Canuck
The Crimson Canuck served in the Canadian Armed Forces for a few years before realizing that his political beliefs are at odds with the Army's collective ones. He then became a real-life superhero. His motto is to promote unity in the local real-life superhero community -- because you know such God-gifted abilities could sometimes get to people's heads and create problems.
This here is another superhero from Canada who chose this life after hearing a Vancouver police officer say that the homeless people in the city have nothing to look forward to except death itself.
He hands out basic necessities to homeless people, such as sheets, blankets and jars of food.
This Czech superhero's fight is against the antisocial behavior of Prague citizens. He pours buckets of water on individuals smoking near public transport stops. He also assaults dog owners with their own animal's excrement if it is left behind on a lawn.
This London-based superhero uses an angle grinder to cut wheel clamps off vehicles which have been clamped in by police and parking officials. He only provides this free service on weekends due to his regular job.
Roger Hayhurst aka Knight Warrior
This young superhero from Salford took it upon himself to break up fights in his area. Rumor has it that he took a severe beating during one of his endeavors and subsequently decided to retire.
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