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Vital Statistics
Hero Empathy
Alias(es) Paul E. Johnson, Ottawa Superhero
Identity Secret
Alter Ego N/A
Category hero support, public outreach, public service
Location Chicago, Illinois, USA 41° 52' 32.02" N, 87° 37' 27.92" W
Status Inactive
Superhero Activity
Team P.A.T.C.H.
Affiliates Patch Work, Crusader Prime, The Wraith, The Variable, Tommyknocker, Karma, The Truth, The Beholder
Foes Circus Jaxs
Actions clean up and safety checks, patrols, Homeless outreach
Physical Description
Gender Male
Outfit Mask/Helmet, gloves, hood (sometimes), boots
Colors Purple and Gold (on white or black base)
Symbol Three horns of Odin surrounded by winged Shield
Equipment First aid kit, hard knuckle gloves, armor
Abilities Self-defense, first aid

Empathy is a Real Life Superhero in the Illinois Valley area.


Empathy first became a masked RLSH on December 12, 2012, though his community outreach started over a decade ago.[1]

His first outfit was made up of clothing made from various projects, while he designed something a bit more "friendly." His initial all-black design with a purple shirt was eventually replaced with purple and gold on a plain white backdrop, due to complaints about how "scary" he appeared to be while cleaning parks and picking up trash.

Empathy inevitably met up with the heroes of P.A.T.C.H., and began working with other seasoned vets in the RLSH community. He is still the only active RLSH in the Illinois Valley area.

After a near-fatal stabbing early in 2014, Empathy began carrying on his work in secret, tending to stay away from the public during busy or crowded events, instead choosing to do more out of uniform than in. He can sometimes be seen with partners in the Chicago land area. Due to the stigma of wearing a mask in public, he usually wears a half mask or bandanna online.

Prior to another incident involving an attempted stabbing in late 2015, Empathy and an unidentified partner subdued and restrained an alleged drug-dealer by duct-taping him upside-down on playground equipment. No illegal contraband was recovered and no charges filed in the incident. Empathy continues to discourage public law-breaking, although his focus is on feeding the homeless and providing supplies to the less fortunate.


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