6 Normal People Who Turned Into Superheroes Out Of Nowhere

6 Normal People Who Turned Into Superheroes Out Of Nowhere
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The best superhero origin stories aren't the ones where someone gets doused in radiation, or gets powers from magic aliens, or has lots of money and saw a bat one time. No, the best origin stories are about regular schlubs stumbling upon criminal shenanigans and deciding to stop them, because dammit, someone has to jump-kick a jaywalker while wearing purple tights, right? Here are six real crimefighters who make Batman look like Green Arrow, and Green Arrow look like Green Arrow (the TV version).

In 2001, someone told Tony Kirwan about an American vacationing in Thailand who offered young girls $400 to "do-as-you please." But unlike most of us, who would respond by saying "That's horrifying," then trying to forget about it by not inviting that guy to parties anymore, Kirwan decided to rearrange his whole life to save sex trafficking victims from perverts. Even if it meant posing as a pervert himself.

Kirwan quit his job as an electrician to travel Southeast Asia undercover as an ... uh, "connoisseur" of really young children. His idea was to pretend to be a client, and once someone took him to the "merchandise," he'd then lead the girls to freedom. But it wasn't that easy. At first, none of the girls trusted him, because why would they? So Kirwan developed a method to earn the girls' trust, which mostly consisted of not touching them inappropriately.

Kirwan also started collaborating with local authorities to organize raids and sting operations. Not content with handing the girls to a social worker and riding into the sunset feeling good about himself, Kirwan also founded an organization called Destiny Rescue, which places trafficking victims in safe homes and helps them recover both physically and emotionally. Kirwan and his team of volunteers have rescued 2,000 children in the last seven years alone, which is 2,001 more than we ever will (we assume we will damn a child at some point in our lives, just playing the odds).

In 2015, a Seattle engineer we'll call "Bruce W." was looking at cheap bikes on Craigslist when he found one that seemed perfect, except for one problem: It was too cheap. Bruce looked up the model online and confirmed that the bike was stolen. No one would fault him if he'd simply alerted the owner, emailed the thief a photo of his butthole, and moved on. We've all been there.


6 Normal People Who Turned Into Superheroes Out Of Nowhere

The best superhero origin stories aren’t the ones where someone gets doused in radiation, or gets powers from magic aliens, or has lots of money and saw a bat one time. No, the best origin stories are about regular schlubs stumbling upon criminal shenanigans and deciding to stop them, because dammit, someone has to jump-kick a jaywalker while wearing purple tights, right? Here are six real crimefighters who make Batman look like Green Arrow, and Green Arrow look like Green Arrow (the TV version). In 2001, someone told Tony Kirwan about an American vacationing in Thailand who offered young girls $400 to “do-as-you please.” But unlike most of us, who would respond by saying “That’s horrifying,” then trying to […]

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