Opinion (9)

Talking to A Legacy - Submission from Dark Defender

I first heard about Old Superhero through the original RLSH Documentary years ago, I made headway in being able to make contact with him through Facebook and we often talked too.

When I often heard him talk through his videos and such, I always saw him as a strong motivator (you could hear it in his voice) and very inspirational as well.

I can tell he had a heart to help people too.

I never had the chance to meet him in person, he even gave an invitation to meet in person too. But just knowing through Facebook is honorable enough for me.

Fly High Old Superhero...

- Dark Defendor


“Truth” - Submission from Christopher Pattison and Olga (BellaDonna)

The sunset of yellows and reds glowed resplendently inside the plane’s cabin. We were flying above a blanket of cerise cumulus. Moments like this are inspiring, however, the real inspiration was bestowed from Dale’s communications. The highlight of my travel east was the Logan’s Run photoshoot that the motivation from Dale had been the catalyst for us to organize.

This was one of many such moments that we were enriched in positive energy from Dale. And these were via distance so I can imagine being in Dale’s close presence must have been truly incredible.

Initially, I wanted to pen significantly more but sometimes less is more so I will conclude with one more thought - the last word Dale wrote to me was “truth”. Truth is that he will always be remembered and like that sunset, his light will shine uniquely….

- Christopher Pattison and Olga (BellaDonna)


Old Superhero Never Felt Old To Me - Submission from Dallas Justice Johnson

If anyone has any ideas how to honor this man’s life, please let me know.

Now I don’t want this post to just be about me, I want it to be about him, but I do want to take a moment to address his impact in my life.

I have been sobbing for hours. This man has been an idol of mine for the last 7 years.

I would never fail to bring him up, when I talked of wanting to do hero work.

He was one of the biggest running forces in my life, I am so glad that I got to tell him that, when we first came into contact online.

I more than anything wish I got to work with him in person though and will definitely try to cherish the connections I have in life now, when we work together for the betterment of others.

Dale Pople would often comment words of encouragement when I did the work that he inspired me to do. I would always try to comment on his posts in return when he shared his works and comments that blew my mind continuously. He sent me a Superhero patch, stickers, and most unbelievably the license plate to his Supermobile from the “Superheroes” documentary when I told him I was going to present on him for one of my college classes at UNT!! A proud moment of mine was when he talked on Heroes 101 about a talk him and I had of how long I looked up to him and how it made him feel old but that he did some good there. He was always humble like that.

Dale Pople had a heart I aspire to have and I hope I can even remotely live up to it.

This man had done unbelievable good for others that does not seem possible. For those on here who are not part of the RLSH community if you want to learn more about his life, watch the “Superheroes” documentary from HBO that is on Prime rn for free or his own 15 minute documentary here on Facebook (shared it a couple times here before) or on Youtube!

He has helped countless people in his years of unrelenting good! Even when he claimed to retire, he just would never stop and he will still keep going even now.

Seriously though, as always, if there is a way I can help you, I want to honor his name and do just that for you!

I want to end this with his own words, as he would always say, “You know what to do!”! ❤️💛


- Dallas Justice Johnson


“Add A Little Color” - Submission from Good Samaritan

This is a hard post for me to make, and I’ve been avoiding doing so simply because I’m still trying to process everything that has transpired over the past handful of days.
On Saturday evening, my good friend Dale Pople took his own life. I, like many of his friends and family, was shocked and saddened by the news. I was especially surprised as it was only two days since I last spoke with him.
A week ago today, I called Dale to catch up and see how he was doing. He had just announced on Facebook that he was going through an interesting and difficult change in his life, and I, feeling concerned, wanted to see how he was holding up.
He actually seemed to be in high spirits. He framed his trial as simply a “new beginning”, talking about his plans to get a new home, start a new job, and get back out there doing charitable works as “Old Superhero”.
You see, Dale was a Real Life Superhero (or RLSH, for short), an individual belonging to a subculture of people who create original superhero gimmicks and identities to do good works in their communities through various charitable means.
Many of you already have heard of the RLSH community because of my involvement with it over the years. But what many of you don’t know is that Dale was a major driving force in my growth and development, not just with my path as a costumed activist, but also with my career and personal life.
When I was homeless and couch surfing in California, Dale sent me money so I could get my affairs in order and move back home to Louisiana. A year later, while on a road trip, he passed through town and got lunch with me. I attempted to hand him the money I owed him. He simply held his hand up and said, “No need. Pay it forward.”
Years later, I moved to Florida for a new job. Dale called me up and asked how I was liking my new set up. “It’s fine.” “Well, I know you’re an industry guy like me. How would you like to work at Ion Television? There may be a spot opening up here.” Of course, I said yes to the idea, but six years of constant broken promises in Los Angeles taught me to be CAUTIOUSLY optimistic.
A year after that, a day before my 33rd birthday, my father died right in front of me. A month after that, my job let me go due to budget cuts. At this point, I was confident that my life was going nowhere, and hopelessness set in. Then, out of nowhere, Dale calls me up and states, “I told my bosses about you. They want to interview you.”
Next thing I know, I have a job in master control at Ion Television, working right alongside Dale himself. He was a blast to work with, and I was introduced to many ridiculous forms of pop culture, tv, and movies that I was not privy to, such as the glorious 80’s slasher film “Chopping Mall” (look it up as it is DELIGHTFUL).
A few months later, I needed to head back to Louisiana to finish the paperwork on finally inheriting my late father’s car, which had tremendous sentimental value to me. Unfortunately, my then-current car broke down beyond repair, and I did not have a credit card to rent a car to drive to Louisiana.
Dale simply went to Enterprise with me and rented a car on my behalf. I paid him back within a month, and I’m sure he thought nothing of it, but that act of kindness meant the world to me.
Since then, I moved into a decent house in a lovely city that I truly feel I can call home, I’ve adopted the best dog anyone could want, I’ve made a new best friend that I’d punch a nazi for, I’ve gotten back into the RLSH game with a new outlook and determination, and I’ve fallen in love with the woman I plan to marry.
None of these wonderful things would have happened had it not been for Dale coming in to save the day, simply because he cared.
And I’m just ONE story.
Dale has impacted more lives than I can count. He was THE ultimate Real Life Superhero. To everyone in this weird subculture, he was our SUPERMAN.
And I guess that’s what makes his passing extra hard. That life and depression was able to finally get the best of him breaks my heart, because he helped in almost every major battle with depression I had.
The man was my friend and my hero. I’ll never forget him, and I’ll always aspire to bring about the same level of kindness to others that he would afford me.
I’m paraphrasing here, but Dale once said something to me in regards to many RLSHs who always dress in grim and dark color schemes (something that drove him nuts), but can also be applied to one’s outlook on life:
“Try adding a little more color. It goes a long way.”
Farewell, Old Superhero. You know what to do.

In memory of Dale Pople 1968-2020 - Anonymous Submission

“Damn. These dudes are always buff and powerful, Bug bite, alien from another planet, and a god with a pointy helmet.”
- A young boy after watching The Avengers in the theatres for the first time.


What does it mean to be a superhero?

I will give you some time to answer this question. Is that the supernatural abilities? Or the costume? Or maybe their understandable and relatable motivation?

For me it’s being a symbol of hope; empowering others to do to help others and more importantly; to empower them against their battles with their own demons. For me, Dale Pople is a true superhero

He was what being a superhero was about. Not the powers nor the costumes, but that desire to do good. A good pep talk can save a good person from breaking bad. A simple smile can save someone from depression

and suicide. Telling a special needs child that he’ll walk again can motivate him to continue his path of treatment and living a happy life.

He wasn’t a god, or an alien. No. He was one of us. He was human.

To everyone who helped his/her fellow human.

To everyone who put a smile on an ill kid’s face

To everyone who gave his/her friends a chance to open up.

You’re Dale Pople, You’re Superhero

Superhero is in all of us. He is every man and woman who help their fellow human. Whether big or small

R.I.P Superhero.

Your body has left this world. But you’re in all our hearts.

Now go out there and be a hero 😀


- Anonymous


Dark Guardian Exposed; What you need to know. - Submission from Midnight

Hey guys! Midnight here.

Today I’d like to bring up a very special someone. Most of you know him widely as “Dark Guardian”, or Chris Pollack. Today I’d like to speak out about the disgusting acts this man has done in the community and how much of a division he has caused.

Dark Guardian operates in the NYC area. He has caught multiple drug dealers in parks and has done multiple patrols, here’s what YOU DON'T KNOW about him and his patrols though. According to an anonymous source, which of who was a former NYI/X-Alt member; Dark Guardian would ALLEGEDLY use the N-Word, otherwise known as the “Hard R” after his patrols in a derogatory fashion, which is obviously very immoral and to some, very racist.

As the years went by, he would continue going down a path of darkness. Much like the RLSH “Phoenix Jones” who started at later on in early 2010 after Dark Guardian who joined in the early 2000s.

One of DG’s heinous acts in the community involved a book publisher who had been releasing a book known as “Superhero University” in early 2020, around February-March. During that time frame between February and the book release (March 23rd), some serious accusations and rumors had popped up about the author, currently known as “Harbinger Ektoutheou”. According to a fake account posing as a child created by Dark Guardian which goes by “mariaboo2323” on Instagram, said they had wanted “Justice for what you did”, which was pointed towards the publisher, this had been later debunked that same week. It was soon found out that DG was behind the defamation of the publisher.


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 - You can follow Midnight on Instagram


Editor's note: The allegations of DG's racism have been stricken from this post due to a lack of collaborative evidence.


Atrocity Guide's video on Phoenix Jones - A Response from Dark Defender

The Video:

I want to clarify a number of things...

  1. A lot of us in the RLSH community were out long before Phoenix Jones ever existed.
  2. And just about 99% of us don't follow Phoenix Jones' example.
  3. And the RLSH Community is definitely not over, it's just beginning into a new era. I've been in the community long enough to know that it's far from over. And more are popping up all the time, there's even a complete and legitimate directory of the most current active and retired RLSH and more are being added just about every day.
  4. The RLSH Community is a lot like The World-Renowned Organization The Guardian Angels the only BIG difference is we just add a super hero flair to it and some GA members are also part of the RLSH Community too and offer more advanced training to be more professional in what we do some are even part of a Citizen Police Academy in their area, CERT, etc.
  5. We prefer to be overall professional as much as possible in what we do and follow and study up on our local, state, and federal laws (which is always highly recommended).
  6. As far as the whole "weapons things" goes, we would more recommend Non-lethal with professional training from a trained expert.

Phoenix Jones at the beginning was okay but he let the Fame and Fortune get to his head by messing around with women, stealing other people's money (including his members of the original RCSM-Rain City Superhero Movement), and he became the kind of person to just wanting to gain more attention.

And now because of the "drug incident," he has become an even worse example of being a Real Life Superhero.

Benjamin Fodor AKA Phoenix Jones even remotely coming back into the Real Life Superhero (RLSH) community is not a welcoming idea at all, under a different persona? Maybe, I don't know and only time will tell.

That's all I have to say for now.


Dark Defender has been an RLSH since 2012 and is the founder of the JAI. You can contact him with the information provided in the embedded links.

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