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Can you name any "plainclothes" super heroes?

Asked by RocketSquid (3483points) July 13th, 2010
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Anyone can recognize Batman, Superman, or many of the X-Men by their iconic costumes. Some of the other heroes, like The Hulk or Lobo, don’t necessarily wear uniforms but usually have some other easily identifiable feature (green skin, wild hair).

Can you name any normal looking superheroes who fight crime in their street clothes?

I’m discounting the “Heroes” TV series here, I’m looking more in the world of comic books.

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sleepdoc's avatar

I don’t know that you will find one. In most comic books series the hero is an alter-ego of a character. Thus the need for the costume.

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Seek's avatar

That Hancock guy, right?

And the Punisher.

And David Dunn in “Unbreakable” – though I’m not sure whether that was a graphic novel before Shayamalan made the movie.

ragingloli's avatar

Agent 47.
The Punisher.
Battle Programmer Shirase
Suzumiya Haruhi.
Horo from ‘Wolf and Spice’

sleepdoc's avatar

dropping head everyone is so much smarter than I…

Seek's avatar

Nah, we’re just comic book nerds. ^_^

mrentropy's avatar

The last time I saw The Punisher in a comic he most definitely had a costume. With a really big white skull on the chest.

ragingloli's avatar

I only played the game.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Hmm. Dream from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series? I mean, I don’t know if he’s a hero, so much as doing his job, but he doesn’t seem to wear any special costume.

Austinlad's avatar

Dick Tracy!

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Seek's avatar

I don’t think a T-shirt with a skull on it, blue jeans, white gloves, and a trenchcoat falls under the same category as blue and yellow spandex.

Oh! How could I forget Wolverine, in his own comic? Just jeans and a leather jacket, still kicking ass.

earthduzt's avatar

The hulk doesnt wear a costume niether does silver surfer…Hulk just rips his clothes and silver surfer is just well…naked silver

physical appearance is not of the norm but they arent wearing costumes

SmashTheState's avatar

There are shitloads of them. Just a few off the top of my head:

Luke Cage (Hey, it was the 70s, that’s how we really dressed.)
Maxwell Lord (Who went from hero to villain to dead.)
Amanda Waller (I really don’t want to see her in spandex.)
Nick Fury
Jonah Hex
The Great and Powerful Turtle (And lots of others in the Wild Cards milieu.)
Thomas Kalmaku

rangerr's avatar

Jean Gray and Logan From X-Men and Jon Osterman Watchmen didn’t wear costumes, if I remember correctly.
Edit: They did, but a lot of their good work was out of costume..

ragingloli's avatar

I do not know any of these…

Seek's avatar

Okay, so I heard that Nicholas Coppola changed his name to Nicholas Cage, in honour of Luke Cage. Then, he has a son, and names him “Kal’el Cage”. WTF? Why not name him “Luke”, and save the kid a lifetime of “Yes… like Superman” responses?

SmashTheState's avatar

@ragingloli Most of them aren’t especially obscure. Jonah Hex just got his own movie with Josh Brolin. Thomas Kalmaku will be appearing in the upcoming Green Lantern movie, played by Taika Waititi. Luke Cage is getting his own movie, to be released in 2011, played by either Tyrese Gibson or Isaiah Mustafa (the Old Spice dude). Amanda Waller is an anti-hero in a lot of DC comics and appears in several animated DC Universe movies, as well as nearly all of the DCU animated TV series.

@Seek_Kolinahr Only nerds will know the source of Kal-El, and they’re not likely to mock him. Everyone else will just think he’s Jewish.

zenele's avatar

The Thing.

The Thing (Benjamin Jacob “Ben” Grimm) is a fictional character, a founding member of the superhero team known as the Fantastic Four in the Marvel Comics universe. He was created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee in The Fantastic Four #1 (Nov. 1961). His trademark orange rocky appearance, sense of humor, blue eyes, and his famous battle cry, “It’s clobberin’ time!” makes him one of comics’ most recognizable and popular characters. The Thing’s speech patterns are loosely based on those of Jimmy Durante.

Michael Chiklis portrayed The Thing in the 2005 film Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. (Wiki)

I’ve seen him just wearing shorts, or nothing, a la Hulk – but in the movies he wears the Fantastic Four costume, er, underwear.

mrentropy's avatar

Does Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, count?

cookieman's avatar

@SmashTheState: Modern Day Luke Cage continues to dress in street clothes as did his 1970’s self.

row4food's avatar

Inspector Gadget.

mrentropy's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr I’m sure I’m a bit behind the times, but the last time I saw a Punisher comic he was wearing black tights, a giant white skull on his chest (not a t-shirt), white boots, white gloves, and ludicrously large white ammo belt.

It was one of the things that gave the movie makers such a hard time. In the first movie, with Dolph Lundgren, they abandonded his costume altogether. In the second one they half-way gave in and let him wear a skull t-shirt.

It wouldn’t surprise me, though, if they comics people followed the movie people and changed his outfit.

ucme's avatar

The Men in Black? Well, kinda sorta oughta!!!

mrentropy's avatar

Brenda Starr?

filmfann's avatar

The Green Hornet wore a mask, but was otherwise in street clothes.

mrentropy's avatar

@filmfann After looking through Toonopedia for a while it seems many super heroes from the late 30s and 40s thought that a crime fighting outfit was a double breasted suit, a mask and a cape. I would have mentioned a lot more of them, but I figured the cape and mask would be considered “costumes.” Fedoras probably wouldn’t count as a costume, I’m guessing.

El_Cadejo's avatar

The Punisher and Nick Fury definitely have distinctive give aways.

I say thing falls under the “usually have some other easily identifiable feature (green skin, wild hair)” being a big rock guy and all…

Isnt the costume part of the whole super hero thing anyway?

talljasperman's avatar

I guess Bartman is ruled out then

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