The world is a dangerous place, and superheroes are needed sometimes. Unfortunately, there is no real method of obtaining super strength or being able to fly as in the comics. However, that does not mean that it is not possible to become a superhero in real life. All over the world, ordinary people wear costumes and create characters in order to prevent crime and help their community. It is not easy to become a superhero in real life; you should also consider the risks and the effort that all this entails. Before you can walk the streets protecting others, you will need to create a character and be both physically and mentally prepared for this task.
Part 1 of 3: Create a Character
Step 1. Act with honor and integrity
As a real superhero, you need to set an example for the people around you, especially the young people. You can do this by being respectful and reporting crimes the moment they are committed. If you want to be honorable, you must stand up for the right things, regardless of whether it affects you negatively.
- If you want to avoid making people fear you, it is probably best to develop an outgoing and positive attitude.
- Try to motivate others to live a better life.
Step 2. Act boldly
One of the duties of a real superhero is to take responsibility for your community and the people around you. Courage means being willing to risk your well-being in order to keep others safe. To do this, you must intervene and express yourself every time you witness an act of injustice or a crime. While risking your life is an extreme action and not recommended, intervening to stop an assault or robbery are things you could do.
- Be careful not to stop crimes solely on your own, as the authorities may label you a vigilante.
- Always try to negotiate with criminals before taking any physical action.
Step 3. Think about the goal you want to fight for
Many of the real-life superheroes fight for a particular cause. Think about the things that matter to you on a personal level, such as protecting people from domestic violence, feeding the homeless, or keeping your community safe. Avoid taking charge of fighting serious crimes such as assaults or murders on your own, but rather contact the respective authorities.
- Light Step is a hero who helps people with common problems such as fixing a flat tire or giving the homeless socks and gloves.
- Bike Batman is a boy in Seattle who prevents other people's bikes from being stolen.
Step 4. Create a costume and a name
Many real-life superheroes use a real protective material such as kevlar as part of their disguise. First, create sketches of the costume on paper. If you have a costume design or experience with tailoring, you could create a costume by following those sketches.
- To create your superhero name, take inspiration from things you've experienced or admired from comic book heroes you've read. Try to keep it short and make sure it's easy to remember and pronounce.
- The real superhero names are Captain Ozone, Lord Extreme, Master Legend, and Nyx.
- If you are not sure how to make a costume, read the article How to make a superhero costume !.
- Pheonix Jones wears a yellow and black mask with a Kevlar vest as he patrols the streets of Seattle, Washington.
Part 2 of 3: Fighting Crime and Improving People's Lives
Step 1. Improve your communication skills
While you will likely help prevent crime, most of your time will be spent talking to people. You will have to talk to criminals, civilians and the police. Make sure you practice effective listening skills and try to know where people come from. Focus completely on the person you are talking to and allow them to tell you what is happening from their perspective. Show that you pay attention and understand. Then, carry out the respective actions depending on whether this person is committing a crime or not.
- Keep in mind that everyone is different and that one person's intentions might not necessarily be evil.
- Interpret people's non-verbal cues and try to determine a person's appearance when they are upset, nervous, or irritated.
Step 2. Patrol your neighborhood looking for suspicious behavior
This is especially essential if you are in a crime-prone location, there is often no police presence, or there is no neighborhood watch. It is important that you try to mitigate all possible altercations or violent situations that you witness, but avoid being directly involved or putting yourself in danger. Your mere presence should be enough to deter people from committing a crime such as robbery.
- It is better to wait for the police to arrive and give their support rather than to take care of the criminals on your own.
- For example, The Guardian Shield has patrolled neighborhoods in Beaverton, Oregon.
Step 3. Support charitable organizations and help the poor
Helping the less fortunate is something that many real superheroes do. Some of them make visits and donations to terminally ill patients in hospitals, while others give away food and clothing to the homeless. Find something good to do in your city and be sure to give it back to the community.
- There is a good chance that your community will be more tolerant if you actively support charitable organizations or donate your time to volunteer work.
- Zac Mihajlovic worked for the “Make a Wish” foundation and visited children who were terminally ill.
Step 4. Help people in need
Being a real-life superhero may not always mean stopping crimes. Sometimes it consists of helping people with daily activities. Try to be as helpful as possible when you see people who need help. Don't turn a deaf ear if everyone else does the same.
- Good deeds may be giving people directions or helping the elderly cross the street.
- Be open and receptive. Pay attention to anyone who seems to be in trouble.
Step 5. If the crime that progressed is not dangerous, try to stop it
There are times when you can stop a crime without risking it. When addressing any of these situations, use your own discretion. Mitigate the conflict by listening carefully to both parties and saving biased opinions. Pay attention to people's feelings and allow them to speak. Come up with a plan that makes everyone happy and make sure no one gets hurt.
For example, if you see a group of children smoking illegally, try talking to them instead of reporting it to authorities or ignoring the situation. When helping people, try to be productive rather than disruptive or violent
Step 6. Take care of your mental health
Over time, being a real superhero can be very stressful. It is important that you maintain your mental health so that you can help others to solve their problems. In addition to mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and addictions, stress can lead to physical problems such as hypertension, as well as promote the formation of deposits that clog the arteries. Don't obsess over your new superhero role in real life. Take breaks, communicate with your family and close friends, and do something that relaxes you.
- If you want to reduce your stress, practice meditation, yoga, tai chi, and deep breathing.
- If you're feeling overwhelmed or obsessed with becoming a superhero in real life, consider seeing a therapist or psychologist to help you talk about your thoughts.
Part 3 of 3: Developing a Superhero's Physique
Step 1. Build your strength
You will need strength to look like a superhero and defend your life as a last resort. Go to the gym or exercise with the help of a personal trainer in order to increase your strength. If you are already an athletic person or you exercise regularly, focus on building enough strength when doing weight exercises.
- Exercises that can build your strength include deadlifts, leg presses, bench presses, squats, and push-ups.
- By exercising three times a week and taking interval breaks, you can build strength.
Step 2. Improve your stamina
If you want to become a superhero in real life, you will have to walk a lot. This can be difficult if you wear a heavy costume while trying to stop a crime. Running, jogging, walking, biking, swimming, and circuit exercises are some exercises you can do to build endurance.
- Do cardiovascular exercises at least three times a week.
- Vary the exercises you do to avoid getting bored.
- When you exercise, you can combine strength and cardiovascular training.
- Don't forget to keep hydrated when patrolling the neighborhood.
Step 3. Enroll in a martial arts or self defense class
While you shouldn't actively seek out fights, it is probably appropriate for you to learn to defend yourself in intense situations. Criminals will not want to be caught while they are performing their illicit actions, so reporting their actions to the authorities may cause them to redirect their anger at you. Find reputable martial arts or defense institutions in your area and consider enrolling in classes.
Some popular martial arts specializing in self defense are Krav Maga, Sambo, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Step 4. Eat a healthy and balanced diet
Eating unhealthy foods will make it harder for you to maintain your superhero fitness. Eat foods that support an active lifestyle such as nutrient-dense vegetables (red and yellow bell peppers, and dark greens like spinach and kale). Protein is another important aspect of maintaining a healthy diet. Eat lean, low-fat cuts of meat, as well as pork, skinless chicken, turkey, and shellfish.
- Eat whole grains for starchy carbohydrates.
- The average man should eat about 2,700 calories a day and women about 2,200 calories a day.
- Some criminals will have no qualms about hurting you, so be careful about the situations you get into.
- Don't break any laws. Just because you are a superhero does not mean that you are above the law. Also, you are unlikely to get public support for just claiming that you are a superhero.
- Always report crimes to the respective authorities. If you get involved in a crime, you could get in trouble.