10 Real-life Costumed Crime Fighters

Crimson Fist
The Crimson Fist will fight crime when needed, but most of his efforts have been aimed at helping the homeless. ┬ęPeter Tangen / Barcroft USA / Getty Images

The Crimson Fist fights his nemesis on the streets of Atlanta, Ga. That nemesis? Homelessness. And he also has the occasional crime intervention.

Between 700,000 and 800,000 people are homeless every night in the U.S., estimates the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH), and more than 10,000 people go homeless each night in Atlanta alone [source: HomeAid Atlanta]. When he's not working as an IT programmer, the 5' 6" superhero dons a white and red costume -- with a red mask to protect his identity -- and distributes items to the homeless in the Atlanta area. These items include clothing, such as shoes and cold-weather clothes, as well as food, bottled water and other objects and services that are needed in the homeless community. The Crimson Fist's outreach and supplies are self-funded.