Frequently Asked Questions
If I've told you once, I've told you a million times!
Q: What is a Real-Life Superhero?
A: A Real-Life Superhero is a person who does good deeds or fights crime while in costume.
Q: What is the purpose of wearing a costume?
A: There are a variety of purposes. Here are a few:
-To inspire others
-To illustrate commitment to an ideal
-To protect one's privacy
-To avoid litigation
-To protect one's safety and the safety of one's family
-To conceal vulnerabilities in one's protective gear
-For concealment or camouflage
-To have more fun with public service
Q: Is this a role-playing game?
A: No. This is a movement among ordinary people to make the world a better place in an extraordinary way. There are always those who will take something less seriously, but the Real- Life Superhero community is generally composed of sincere, well meaning people who have finally decided to go out and make a difference.
Q: Is costumed crime-fighting legal?
A: That depends on how it is done and where it is done. Citizen's arrest statutes vary by state. Some states ban the wearing of masks. It would be wise to review the laws of your state and adjust your crime fighting strategy to comply with them. Some Real-Life Superheroes work with local law enforcement, others are forced to avoid the police at all costs.
Q: How do I get added to the superhero registry?
A: Usually, we become aware of a Real-Life Superhero's activities and add them on our own initiative.
Q: Why didn't you accept my application to the registry?
A: The most common reason for not being added to the registry is a lack of
evidence that you are engaged in heroic activities. Evidence usually takes the form of media documentation of such activities, or testimonials from established Real-Life Superheroes. If the Registry ever has the funds to send representatives to verify heroic activities, we will start doing so.
The second most common reason is that the applicant appears to be a Superhero Role-Player, which is different from being a Real-Life Superhero.
Another common reason for delaying or refusing addition to the World Superhero Registry is an apparent commercial incentive. If you are a paid spokesperson for an organization, or trying to promote a business or band by pretending to be a Real-Life Superhero, you do not fit The Registry's definition of a Real-Life Superhero.
Yet another reason to exclude someone from the registry is lack of an appropriate costume. If your outfit is clearly offensive or shows too little effort, your application may be rejected.
Q: Why don't you include Law Enforcement Officials and Firefighters?
A: Those are truly noble professions, but Police, Firefighters and Paramedics don't fit the definition that we use for the registry for the very reason that they are professions. Additionally, listing every worthwhile person involved in such professions would be a huge undertaking, easily requiring a full time paid
staff, which we don't have. Finally, there are already organizations that honor excellence in those professions.
Q: I want to make a documentary or reality show about Real-Life Superheroes. Which Real-Life Superheroes should I approach and how can I get in touch with them?
A: We recommend contacting the Real-Life Superheroes listed in the World Superhero Registry. Entomo, Insignis and others have active Myspace pages and can easily be contacted.
Exploring the friends lists will give you a means of contacting most of the Real-Life Superheroes out there.
Q: Why does your site look so glitchy?
A: It is designed for Internet Explorer and I have limited website skills.
Q: I build websites and I would like to build you a professional looking website for free. Are you interested?
A: For a long time, the World Superhero Registry refused all offers of website assistance for security reasons. We had a website redesign contest, but that did not result in changes to the website and we are not currently seeking help in this area.