Why are super heroes so obvious?

Posted: October 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

Some of you may remember a comment that was made about one of my posts last week regarding the Crimson Fist.

While I was creating a response to that comment, I realized that there was a lesson for us in that.

The lesson is all about understanding identities.

The reason super heroes are so obvious, with flashy costumes and catchy names, is to take attention away from the normality of their other identity. The flashier the super hero alter-ego, the more ordinary the regular alter ego would be.

Two classic examples are Batman and Superman.

Batman, the Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader. In his cape and cowl, he is a dark and mysterious figure, never revealing himself until the instant he is striking out of nowhere. Yet Bruce Wayne, the man behind the mask, couldn’t be more famous. He’s always in the spotlight, whether it’s buying some huge multi-billion dollar business, or just cruising through town with an awesome car and a hot babe, Bruce Wayne’s wild and crazy persona completely contradicts the personality of The Batman.

Then there’s Superman. Every time Superman does something, it’s a huge ordeal. Just him punching a bad guy can result in numerous people injured, and thousands of dollars in property damage. Then he switches to Clark Kent, and nobody bats an eye. Clark Kent is so absurdly, boringly normal that no one in their right mind would even think to suspect that he’s a spandex-clad, muscular freak with a cape and a bad case of “goody-two-shoes” syndrome.

And that is exactly the point with the Crimson Fist, and with all real world super heroes. Your super persona has to completely contradict your personal life, to keep any foes from connecting the dots between the two.

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