The Live Superheroes Of Indianapolis

January 13th, 2006 | researchmaterial

Doktor DiscorD and Mr Silent are self-invented superheroes.

so tonight is the first night in a new era here in indianapolis. the dawn of the age of superheroes. after realizing the total lack of justice in the world, my friends and i have decided to become superheroes in order to balance this fracturing planet of ours. tonight, with my partner in crime fighting “Mr. Silent”, we went around the city helping people and stopping fights,drunk drivers,and a group of young dumb kids hitting an old woman’s car.

Here’s the note the good Doktor sent me the other day:

mr. ellis

hi,i’m a superhero…..seriously.

some friends and i have become tired of the muggers, rapists, and general riff raff causing problems in our city.

this is not a joke.

we’ve started a group called the Justice Society of Justice (offering twice the Justice as the leading competitors) and we go out and fight crime on a semi nightly basis.

we’ve only got about 8 hardcore members that go out with us right now,but we’re hoping to raise that number tenfold.

recently,some japanese street fashion kids have found our myspace pages and added within 3 days we’ve had roughly 3-4 japanese weirdo kids adding us per hour…japan seems much more accepting of this concept than the states.

originally,we just thought it’d be funny to go out as superheroes and “fight crime” as a sort of street theater…but after the first hour and the sheer exhilaration of it all,we completely changed our mind. there are real problems,and no one wants to deal with them. some one has to do something.

many people have read about the adventures of your heroes, but soon (hopefully), they’ll be writing about their own adventures. i made a few blog entries about some of our patrols with pictures and stuff…so if you ever want to see how well superheroes work out in the regular world as opposed to paper one,check it out.

say a small prayer to jack kirby for us.


Mr Silent @ MySpace | Doktor DiscorD @ MySpace

60 Responses to “The Live Superheroes Of Indianapolis”

  1. Let me to intdroduce you to Cloud Starchaser of The Heroic Destiny Squad!

  2. I’ve always thought there are simply just not enough heroes wearing suits.

  3. They certainly look like upright citizens.

  4. Unfortunate is the fact that (I’m pretty sure) it’s illegal to cover your face in public unless it’s Halloween. I hope they get the understanding and respect that they deserve from other public servants.

  5. And then there was poor Captain Jackson, a community fave until he was busted for driving drunk.


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  9. Not forgetting, of course, Monkeyman of Tunbridge Wells.

  10. I hope Indianapolis has strict gun laws. Fucking strict gun laws. Because people doing daffy things with good intentions tugs at my heartstrings.

    I remeber thinking Killdozer was the first real-life supervillain, not counting Evil Wizard Kim Jong Il. And now a year and a half later, we see the opposite emerge. Not as cool, but evil’s always cooler than good.

  11. i live in indianapolis, these guys are real i have seen them on the street, i’m not sure if they’re crazy or just ….i’m pretty sure they’re crazy…but there really out there…

  12. hahah I mean seriously … hahahhahahahhahahahaahahahahha !!!

    oh man, that was good …

  13. Offhand, I’d put the probability of this ending Poorly at somewhere in the neighborhood of “1”.

    Although, really, it was only a matter of time before SOMEBODY tried it.

  14. As Frank Millar said when asked if Batman could exist for real:

    “I think he’d get killed pretty quickly.”

  15. They should hook up with the Sci Fi Channel’s “Who wants to be a superhero?”


    “Oddly Dressed Virgin Found Shot 1,123 Times. Also, Cane Inserted In Rectum”

  17. That’s kinda cool, perhaps I shall become a super hero.

    My power will be.. DANCE.

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  19. Not quite code name V, but there is Angle Grinder Man!

  20. They cannot be real are they?

  21. Free Time + lack of Common Sense = Superheros

    FT + (-CS) = S

    The situation only exists if:
    CS 40hours/week (Job)

  22. And then Indianapolis Golden Age will grow darker.

    Grimness and grittiness will arise, and the JSJ will have to go up against FOOLKILLERS INCORPORATED, who mercilessly execute Intelligent Design mendicants, telemarketers, and ** insert your bugaboo here **.

    Who will win? Who will loose? Where are my cheetos?

  23. When I was 12 I put on a cape and a mask and snuck out of my house on a Thursday night. I went to patrol the seedy downtown area.

    I spent the entire night out there, until 6:00 AM.

    Nothing fucking happened! I was really disappointed and never did it again. Which is probably for the best, because I would’ve gotten killed in short order.

  24. Y’know, unless these kids are bullet proof, the first time they are confronted with an honest to god loaded pistol they’re going to wish that Super Bowel Control was they’re power…either that or they are going to learn real quick what shirt tails are for.

  25. Oooooh, you just made my day Warren.

    Thank you.

  26. I don’t know what gun laws are like here in Indiana, but I know in Indianapolis there’s a fellow named Don who runs a place called Don’s Guns and he states in his commercials: “I don’t want to make any money, folks, I just love to sell guns.”

  27. Stupid white kids.

    By way of the always entertaining Warren Ellis blog comes Doktor DiscorD and Mr. Silent are two kids who claim…

  28. stupid for justice!

  29. Superhero league, or pretentious rock’n’roll band? These boys and their brick wall would fit nicely in the Hall of Douchebags:

  30. Wow. Just…wow. But will the other side of superhero predominance come to pass, and necessarily result in the uprising of superVILLAINS?

    Beware the masked nerds who stalk in the dark of midnight, for they are the Doers of Naughtiness, arch enemy coalition against the Justice Society of Justice! At least on Friday nights when Mom doesn’t need to use the station wagon (sorry–The Justicemobile!).

    Nice thought on their parts, really. But yeah…I see eight very tragic and yet still ironically funny News of the Weird obituaries/convictions coming up soon for this town…

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  32. Sounds like they’re just doing what the Guardian Angels have been doing for 25 years in various cities all over the place. Snappier dressers, yeah, but the GAs are proof that it can be done.

    Their big concern ought to be legal liability.

  33. The Guardian Angels aren’t heroes, they are douchebags in red berets. Real heroes wear cool costumes.

  34. Nice and weird.

  35. You gonna get shot by a nigger.

  36. The Time Has Come

    Who says there are no real superheroes in life? At least the streets of Indianapolis are safe again. This is for real people, no fooling. There are real life people dressing up and going out to confront crime. Check the…

  37. Crazy, stupid, been done before. Some of my buddies and I did something similar years ago when we were bored and stupid. though, we are all trained first-aid attendants, one of us was in Kendo, one was in Tae Kwon Do, and I’ve been fighting with (shap)swords for as long as I can remember. I was the smallest at 5’8″ & 200lbs. It was fun while it lasted, but nothing became of it, not even bad press, I was disapointed.

  38. […] 1. There are real life superheroes out there. And their costumes aren’t half bad. […]

  39. Having this desire to fight crime is not just something to torment us, it isn’t something to make us different even though we intrinsically are because of it, and it is not something to make us special. What makes us different and special, is what we do with it. If we get power beyond what is considered human, it will not be for the purpose of having the power itself and showing it off. It will be for the purpose of using it for what is right. If we have but our bodies to work with, we will let our determination and Will transform them into something that could not be normally achieved.
    We can undergo transformations, and it may not be in body, but it can be in Will. That Will shall change us, literally giving us strength, endurance, patience, fortitude, speed, and clarity of thought surpassing the bounds of “normality” to the point of seeming superhuman. But the Will has to be aimed at the right thing. We cannot do it for power, or else we will gain nothing. The desire for power and the feeling of power weakens, it’s frail, and it is nothing but the selfish motivation of every criminal. But the Will for what is right, the Will to be greater than the ordinary, the Will to protect and give hope when things are darkest — that is the will of heroes.
    We are not playing a video game. Our moves are our own moves, our minds are our own minds, and our wounds are our own wounds. There is no pattern to follow, except to be quick of wit and prepared for everything. Evil changes shape, it morphs, it calculates, it is an incredibly inventive force in the mind of a man. We must be equal to it, but opposite in aim. We will be hated, reviled, even hunted by some, but our Will is our power, and it -can- propell us to otherwise inconcievable ability if we press it. Never, ever, underestimate the power of the mind and the body in unison. Most sit around all day during their free time indulging themselves with video games, movies, or otherwise inactive only dreaming and wishing for something like this, drowning their desire in a vicarious flood of computerized effects and beautiful faces, not believing it possible, almost despairing instead of making a move. The option is at the doorways of their home, but the ability is slipping away from them. To sit and do nothing, only dreaming of making a difference until we are too old and weak from our own laziness to accomplish anything.
    Yeah, it is a life-threatening situation we put ourselves into, and doing that is something selfish people cannot understand because their own hides are the most important thing to them, and they aren’t ashamed of it. That’s fine. I’d rather be out risking my life and a weird obituary, ,dying from a gunshot trying to save one of their selfish hides or the hide of someone more grateful, than wasting away in a useless grind of a life. We cannot wait for things to happen anymore. We must make things happen. So if you want to be incredulous, mocking, or the normal onlooker with nothing better to do than criticize while someone else goes out and actually tries to do something and has a more interesting life than going to work, going home, sleeping, and going to work again, be my guest. One of two things will happen to you. 1) You’ll spend the rest of your life doing just that till it ends. 2) You will spend your life doing that till you find yourself in a situation you wish you had a “superhero”, and it could end then, and you could add another to that list of weird obituaries.

  40. Just for the record, I wish I could go out and do stuff like that, but it’s physically impossible for me to do so. I guess that’s made me more appreciative of those who can and do. Here’s my salute to the “superheroes” who are actually willing to brave the ridicule and mockery that they are sure to face.

  41. I am from Indianapolis as well. Kudos to you. Let me know if you ever need some more assistance.

  42. superheroes are invading pornography!

    this reality is sinking

  43. Are we safe

  44. These guys are barely the tip of the Iceberg: check out and the associated forums and sites. A whole superhero community is emerging!

  45. I told my friends in Bloomington about this and they decided to go and find these guys and confront them as the Supervillans Molestro and Superfluous Man Beware (and keep me informed of the)the Hijinks if they actually follow through with their threats.

  46. Hey dont all you super powered yanks have some sort of way to talk to each other i mean there are alot more heroes out there than you

  47. Far as I’m concerned, super going out and fighting justice is real and necissary, just misinterprated
    . Think of it this way. Some jack ass thinks it’s funny to show off in front of his mates and thows popcorn at you in a shopping mall. Normaly this injustice would prevail but not today! You go outside, don the bulky jacket of intimidation, take up the metal drain pipe of broken jaws past, go back inside and pummel the bugger! Justice? I think so! Not as dramatic as the justice league of whatever but it does the job without the unessisary repercusions of finding a picture of yourself dead with a cain jammed up your ass in the morning paper! Long story short, people need to stop being such wussies, stick up for your selves! If every body just got a little back bone, then there wouldn’t be the nessesity for bored computor geeks with toooooo much spare time, to go around cutting up their moms old bed sheets and trapees around irritating people. Supply and demand! remove the demand, and maby these buggers will go out and get a real hobby!

  48. it’s not a hobby.

    it’s a job.

  49. I always thought of Killdozer (the driver Marvin Heemeyer) as a vigilant like V in the comic book and movie V for Vendetta. Marvin lost a fight against a cement plant which was to be built next to his muffler shop, and he was also fined $2,500 for a few problems at his work. My father had a small business (a little ma and pa grocery store) and then a Wal-Mart moved in a block down, and he quickly had to close his store for lack of business. He fought with all of his might at city hall, but profit quickly overcomes all. Killdozer never killed anyone (despite its name) and even swerved to avoid people. All Killdozer went after was buildings, like city hall (V for Vendetta, blowing up parliament). Well, that’s my two cents. For the JSJ guys, be careful. As Destructor stated, if batman were real, then he would have been killed long ago. It just takes one punk with a gun to end your fun. I say take it slow, and once you have more experience (like knowledge of martial arts) and/or more money (for a bulletproof vest) then I say have at it. Cheers guys.

  50. Hello All!
    I am a casting producer for ABC’s hit reality show ‘Wife Swap.’ We are currently casting for our third season, and I have become more and more interested in the wonderful phenomenon of living superheroes. I would love to send anyone some more information about the show and what types of families we are looking for. It would be so interesting if we could air a family where the children were superheroes, or even better, the parents! I would love to get some feedback if anyone is interested. For families that air on the show they will receive $20,000 and anyone who refers a family receives a $1000.00 referral fee. Hope to hear from you! THANKS!
    Julia Jenkins
    RDF Media
    ABC Television

  51. just be careful fellas. it is a noble effort, but dangerous. If you are serious about all this, then i would advise to get the proper training first.

  52. I would dress up as a superhero and hire a family to do the same for $20,000 if you’re interested. Well if I lived in the US I maybe would. Seriously though, good luck with that, if you do find a superhero family it would probably be a good show.

  53. I am a superhero. I have stopped a bank heist Ive stopped muggings Ive saved stabbed victims and all. This is not a joke Mr.Silent is a hero of mine. SAINT

  54. Ok, first of all, if you were really doing this for “the good of mankind” or “society”, you wouldn’t be going online with photo’s of yourself and your “clan” and exhalting yourselves. Second, I just want you guys to know that you’re not alone because others, not excluding myself do this same thing all over america. However, you need to keep it legal, nontheatrical, and most of all, a secret. But I think your posting of this all over the internet has already ruined that one…

  55. obviously some people posting the mock into soup JUST DON’T KNOW. they have been doing this since November of 2005. you have to think for yourself why your so illusioned in the real world. I credit these folks for their ever giving time and wisdom to the whole city of Indianapolis. If you don’t live their or haven’t been there , you’d better make sure your clocks are set.

    Indianapolis is totalitaria. and the crime wave is up here. there are also illegal alien hispanic gang members that have migrated in to the city commiting acts of violence and power. its not looking good. It can’t be fixed by just sitting there and ‘hoping for the best’ that it stops. Well hey, if nobody’s trying to make a difference

    ihope they don’t kck my ass for this, but i did see them intercept a night burglary before any damage was done. i don’t know if they participate with the police and give reports, but atleast they can sense the good and evil. you can see it in their eyes.

    i always see them in the wierdest of all places. I approached the guy with the mask and told him i see him around. i couldn’t really have a conversation with him. he’s silent, literally.

    think what you want, but just don’t freak out when these guys are there to pull you out of the ditch

    they are dedicating themselves to the whole city, giving their time and energy toward a cause here. If they need help, they have mine in return eventhough i’m not a super-hero and i encourage the rest of the city to do the same.

    I make my promise clear

    what do you think of when you her the word “community” ? ask yourself and keep the answer to yourself. observe how that word is used by others…………

  56. I agree with Ogmios. It’s going to take a lot more than a palpable sense of outrage and some gadgets available at the consumer level to assess both the total and the local situation on a real-time level. My heart goes out to all of the people who do this but… I don’t see evidence of any extraordinary abilities (not superpowers… they don’t exist… not yet at least but genetics is making rapid advances… probably in the worng direction but…). Be very, very, very careful people! Are you really prepared? My thinking is that a “real-life superhero” will…

    O.M.’s Seven Conditions for Superhero Work
    1) Don’t go online… sorry… you must become a more than a marketing concept and an ego-gratification idol to truly strike fear into the hearts of criminals… marketing don’t cut it… let someone else do that… You must become a legend and that takes stringent measures! Navy Seal operations don’t go onto the World Wide Web and neither should the activities of those attempting to fight criminals, REAL CRIMINALS: nasty, evil megathugs who’d kill you in a second! This isn’t drama! These people are real, I’ve seen them… you’ve seen them! Don’t kid yourself, evil and and insanity will shatter all of your illusions and preconceptions. You have to be TOTALLY PREPARED to deal with these people!
    2) I envision a superhero as being a very well-trained, abnormally strong Navy Seal type with several black belts and high ranks in: Tae Kwon Do, Shao-Lin Kung Fu, Karate-Do, Kenpo, Aikido, Krav Maga or any combination thereof plus others I have not mentioned. Boxing and street fighting skills would come in handy as well as counter insurgency, deep cover and espionage skills. Sorry folks to REALLY fight crime and WIN nothing less will do! Did I mention a monster regimen of weight training? Yes, I think that as well as training in acrobatics, base-jumping, rock-climbing and track is certainly the order of the day as well.
    3) ACCESS! Military and law enforcement personell have access to the cutting edge of weaponry, armor and tactical equipment. Unless you are or have been a member of the military and/or law enforcement community you wouldn’t know much about this stuff… Of course brains and knowledge can cause one to aquire these goods which leads me to…
    4) Science… Training in science and technology would obviously help. Knowing about the is and outs of chemistry/stoichiometry, as well as the laws of physics certainly couldn’t hurt.
    5) The true Batman element! Yeah money. For the powerful, state-of-the-art equipment that YOU WILL NEED it takes a lot of money. These things are expensive.
    6) High IQ… Seems a little counter-intuitive huh? LOL! Anyway, that plus a massive dose of street smarts, higher than normal strength and agility plus senses sharpened through TRAINING are good pre-requisites. Meaning work-out, get a full physical examination by a licensed M.D. and train your mind! Educate yourself in all forms of law enforcement, science, human behavior, psychology, parapsychology, customs, law and geography.
    7) A stout heart, faith (spirituality), a willingness to make a real difference and an iron will! I think THIS is what some of these folks already have God bless them, esp. Terrifica and Captain Jackson. I just worry about the lack of the other requirements.

    8) Self-modification… What do I mean? Beyond just being a “naturally extraordinary” human being, cybernetic implants as well as performance enhancement supplements would be a consideration. This could have a dark side as performance enhancement DRUGS are certainly dangerous and are not to be condoned. But, the nature of this work is dark and dirty… Use discretion and caution.
    9) Become one with the unknown! You are doing a very weird thing… really. Revel in it! Revel in your uniqueness and live the bizarre! Use it as a tool. Go out of your way to research the bizarre nature of reality: yoga, breathing techniques to arrest heart rate, travel to Tibet (if you can), learn Indonesian stick-fighting, train a cobra, travel to Haiti, read about Chaos Theory, hypnotism… Strike real fear in the hearts of evil-doers! I think some of these guys are “into” this, especially Mr. Silent and Dr. Diskord but remember, this is really an option! The first seven fundamentals are a must!

    Other than Option 8 and possibly Option 9, ALL OF THE ABOVE are needed to produce a truly effective modern superhero. In fact even more than the conditions above are probably needed. The real-life world of drug lords, pimps, criminal cartels, serial killers and terrorists is an imaginably brutal and horrific place! There can be only the most intensive preparation made for dealing with it… Individuals who possess the above should have completely concealing costumes and avoid all public recognition as well, both for the safety of their loved ones and for full-effectiveness. Code names? Well… I wouldn’t worry about that as much as actually meeting the requirements and performing the tasks necessary!

    I myself have thought along the lines of being a “superhero”, both out of the geek factor as well as a sense of outrage at the true evil that I see in this world. I’ve studied it enough to know that despite my powerful frame, physical ability in general, 153 IQ, faith in good, faith in God, access to military training, perfunctory martial arts training, highly trained senses, love of the bizarre, etc, I just don’t meet all of the above conditions. I don’t really have the time and money as per the above Seven Conditions. Yes, only a few years back I did take to wearing masks and being on the lookout for evil-doings in my dramatic zeal. My presence even kept quite a few jerk-offs in line but that’s about all who do not meet or exceed the Seven Conditions can hope to do.

    Maybe we should all put our energies into law enforcement reform as well as just being AWARE of what’s going on around us, reporting crime and evil to the authorities as well as to everyone else. This could be talking to people about the sex offender that just moved into your neighborhood, confronting vandals and confronting EVIL! And above all talk to people and communicate. Make criminals know that they are not wanted. For the most part those people truly are the cowards that Bob Kane wrote about.

    I know that unless the science becomes manifest to make me a true, bulletproof superhuman who can hide his ID to protect my loved ones then I won’t be joining the ranks of the Mystery Men. But remember science is stranger than fiction!

  57. Wait a second.

    In your definition of “real superhero” you require (what can only be described as) superpowers? Just in case you aren’t aware, there is no metagene in the real world.

    Real life superheroes draw their inspiration from the comic book superheroes but they are not mentally ill – or not enough to think that they can fly or have super strength anyway. It is an extension – or perhaps specialization of community service, not vigilante law enforcement. Fortunately saner people than you are the ones doing this.

  58. Hi “Captain Prospect”,

    You need to read what I wrote a little more carefully.

    Unless you are aware of it (apparently not) calling me less “sane” than those people “specializing in community service” is both unethical and completely wrong. Your quick use of personal attacks on someone (myself) who is trying to caution people undertaking a very DANGEROUS vocation bespeaks of the need for more education, and perhaps experience, on your part. Don’t get me wrong. I am not stooping to making any off-base personal judgements regarding you but it does seem that you need to think before you type.

    Ah what the heck! I’ll have some fun with this! After all YOU STARTED IT!

    Unless I’m aware? Of a metagene? Holy gadzooks “Captain Pee Pee”! Is this something that your 12th level Paladin/Mutant/Mercenary possesses?

    Unless you are aware of it “Captain” (I love typing that), I know a thing or two about this metagene that you speak of: it doesn’t exist! At least not in the context you are speaking of.

    In my work (I am a scientist… yep it’s true!) there’s never been made mention of any “metagene”. In fact here’s the closest thing you get when you type the word into Wikipedia…

    Now then there IS this…

    Yeah, that’s applicable to our reality as we know it. Yeah right.

    So what’s your beef oh X-Man?

    Look, “Captain”, when you get out of high school or maybe move out of your parent’s basement, my suggestion is to travel around a bit; maybe see how the world REALLY works.

    Then if you think you have what it takes, put yourself on some goth spandex and be “Darkling Man” or whatever. Then try going up against some gangs, maybe organized crime, maybe a few jaywalkers… See how far you go with just sheer nervous indignation.

    But I tell ya! Nobody short of a highly trained NAVY Seal has what it takes to really do is necessary to be a “superhero”. It’s going to take a lot of muscle, training and smarts to really get the job done. Those guys have it by the bucketful.

    Better yet why not try to have some respect for the non-masked heros out there! The firefighters, cops, military and rescue personell that put their lives on the line daily… As well as the regular folks who refuse to let crime and injustice proliferate in their neighborhoods!

    That’s sanity, bub.

  59. Hello, I’m Geist, a fellow Real-Life Superhero, along with my friends in this article and many responding to your comments. There are over 200 RLSHs in the United States with approximately another 50 in the rest of the world.
    We’re not foolish and we’re not insane. We know our limitations, but at least we’re out there on the streets helping people. -Some by acting as a Citizen’s Watch, of sorts, some by physically fighting crime, others by carrying out charitable acts.
    We communicate and discuss online at places like Heroes Network or our myspace pages.
    We are concerned, comitted and careful. We are taking action against the ills of our society and helping police and those in need. We’re watching out for you, whether realize it or not.

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