Seattle's self-proclaimed superhero Phoenix Jones is unmasked, vows to continue fighting crime

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This week, we learned the law doesn’t discriminate. Fresh on the heels of the Hollywood hacker’s arrest, another cult personality dubbed “Seattle’s real-life superhero” has been cuffed. Phoenix Jones, né Benjamin Fodor, was hauled into prison this past Sunday, reports The Washington Post. Fodor appeared in court this morning to address assault charges from an incident in which he allegedly pepper sprayed people who were fighting outside a club. He appeared outside the court room to at last be unmasked after nearly a full year of speculation.

After prosecutors declined to press assault charges, Fodor pulled a Clark Kent and ripped open his suit to reveal a high-tech black-and-gold superhero costume (outfitted with a bulletproof vest and stab plating) underneath. As Phoenix Jones, Fodor leads the Rain City Superhero Movement, a group of self-styled vigilantes — including his wife PurpleReign — with background in mixed martial arts. Members of the Movement have been patrolling the streets of the Emerald City since January. Fodor himself has been credited with preventing a carjacking and a bus theft. “I will continue to patrol with my team, probably tonight,” he vowed before reporters outside the courthouse, “In addition to being Phoenix Jones, I am also Ben Fodor, father and brother. I am just like everybody else. The only difference is that I try to stop crime in my neighborhood and everywhere else.”

So, PopWatchers, we already made one nomination for America’s next superhero, but do you think Phoenix Jones is a better man for the post? Is America ready for a Kick-Ass-style superhero? Or is this a swift way to get yourself killed? If you joined Jones’ Rain City Superhero Movement, what would be your super-secret superhero identity?

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  • Shaye

    ummm wow alrighty then….

    • italics

      I had been wondering what Kid n’ Play had been up to since those House Party movies….

    • lisa g.

      YIKES! put the mask back on!

  • J. JONAH JAMESON

    He’s a menace!

    Just like that %&*$ Spider-Man!

    • pie thrower

      LOL

  • McProphet

    I don’t know which is more intimidating, the gold lamé costume, or that wicked Kid n’ Play hightop hairstyle…

  • dusty

    Never reveal your identity! It only gets you killed.

  • rollen dice

    your all just haters. Any one who has the balls to dress up as a superhero, is a badass in my book. I, here in the boondocks of indiana, believe that every city needs a superhero or 6. . . superheros > police

    • Isaac peebles

      true dat!!!

    • Lil Jo

      well we do have a Super 8 Motel does that count?

  • Chris

    With a name like Lanford it doesn’t surprise me that you don’t know this, but when you’re arrested you go to JAIL, not prison. PRISON comes after you’re convicted. Silly Mr. Beard!

    • dave

      Yeah, that annoyed me too. Why let a little thing like accuracy get in the way of “journalism” though.

  • Quirky

    Wait, someone tried to steal a bus? I’m more interested in that story.

  • Stephanie T.

    It’s Big Daddy Kane ‘yall!

  • Billy D.

    I bet this guy is just unbearable to be around. And I’m going to go ahead and call him a horrible father too.

    • Orla

      I’m a Whap. Boo. That’s the sound a wet towel makes hitting the floor. Your eimnees tend to underestimate you if they even know you exist. You’d be the kind of superhero that lurks in the shadows.That’s me. Underestimated and invisible. But, oh, the potential

  • Roger

    Someone needs to introduce him to reality.

  • Robert Lynch

    Good Job Phoenix, Your my Hero,
    My son was attacked and killed ! It was a mistake
    killing was the wrong person killed. Don’t let these
    people stop you fore what your doing.
    YOUR A GREAT PERSON

    • Vitor

      Probably Batman or Wolverine. Like Iron Man, Batman is just a mere human with no real powers. However, unikle Iron Man, Batman is really just a normal prodigy whose hard work and determination takes over where his other characteristics fail. Batman is pretty much the model of the self-improved man, having traveled the world studying various disciplines, schools of thought, etc, learning how to hold his own against super-powered being far beyond anything he’s capable of or individuals with absurd weapons. One of the coolest elements was the voluntarily creation of a second persona in case he might should ever shatter, which not only is a crazy idea but just reinforces the level of foresight and planning he puts into any situation.Wolverine is interesting solely because he’s practically immortal yet not all that powerful. Although he’s a formidable fighter, it’s mostly because he has over a century of experience doing it. Like Batman he’s a survivor, able to repeatedly stare down death and go it completely alone when need be.

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