Tribute to the Extraordinary

| April 9, 2015 | 4 Comments

Superheroes.  Whenever the topic comes up, everyone just usually responds with a “Oh, that’s nice,” or, “Yeah, they’re pretty cool.” They leave it at that and move on. But when I saw my first episode of Batman: The Animated Series back in 1999, I did not move on. My mom didn’t know what she was getting me into as she let me tune into Cartoon Network on that fateful Saturday Morning. She didn’t know that story of extraordinary people would stay with me for the rest of my life, guiding and perhaps even defining me - to a certain extent.

Although sixteen years have passed and I still have not inherited the wealth or technology to rival Bruce Wayne, the magic of the character was already at work on me. And since then, I have moved on to many other heroes as well.  It’s gotten to a point where I can safely say that everything that I ever needed to know about life I learned from comic books and TV shows. And all that I believe has been affected by the things that these guys do. See, most people limit the impact of superheroes as being a crime-fighter and a complete badass, fighting off every brand of villain and foe you can imagine. They think that the only things worth remembering about superheroes are their abilities or physicality or gadgets (which, to their credit, often resonates beautifully frame-by-frame).

But the appeal of superheroes extends far beyond their stereotypes; it lies within their own fragile humanity that writers and artists bring to life on ink-stained pages. For example, Spider-Man taught me to never give up in the face of unimaginable hardship and to fight for what you believe in. Superman showed me what loyalty to my friends and my family meant. The X-Men made me to accept myself for who I am, while Batman taught me to always strive for excellence in everything you do. And when they came together in the Justice League, they all showed me what it meant to work as a team.  I suppose, in the end, the most important thing I learned from all of them that everyone has the power to be extraordinary.

Is this obsession a little bit ridiculous? Possibly. Maybe it is a bit silly to be so attached to a set of fictional people designed to appeal to children. But at the same time, I feel obligated to give them their due. They have never questioned me. Never disappointed me. Never abandoned me. And the one thing in my life that I can count on is that superheroes will always be an inspiration, no matter how bad things go. That, my friends, is ‘nuff said.

Still believing. Photo Credit: Mike Chan

Still believing. Photo Credit: Mike Chan

Featured photo credit: Baman and Piderman, Blo Norton, Diss, Norfolk, UK via photopin (license)

 

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Mike Chan

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Mike graduated from BU in 2016 with a Elementary Education major and Mathematical Statistics minor. He is from Washington (the State) and a avid football fan, so don't be surprised to see him bunkered down by the television on Sundays. He's likes music, long naps, movies, Doctor Who, video games, and making people feel great (and sometimes altogether at once). If he is not writing here, he's probably busy rambling on Reddit or cooking something exotic. Follow his Twitter @karatemanchan37. You have been warned.

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  1. Pedro Falci says:

    I really enjoyed this piece and as I read it I felt as if you were recounting my own history with superheroes. I also look up to them for the values they represent regardless of their fictional quality. And trust me, you and I are not alone!

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