Eccentric, eclectic and heroic to the core, Master Legend is of a category unto himself. Quite possibly the most colorful of the Real Life Superhero community, his outsized personality and sometimes over-the-top energy are exceeded only by the utter sincerity of his convictions, and the sheer enormity of his heart. A heart he puts to near-constant use in his community of Orlando, FL.
Master Legend views his mission as multifaceted, especially given his diverse interests. A regular fixture on his city’s streets, handing out bottles of water to the homeless on hot days, running Christmas toy drives for local hospitals, and helping the elderly, he also prides himself on his ability to adapt to any given situation. “I am a fighter, along with being a person who helps people,” he says. “I’m not afraid to bust heads. And I also do handyman stuff.”
Raised by his parents in the presence of the Ku Klux Klan, Master Legend found his way free of that poisonous situation as early as the 2nd grade when he found it within himself to take out the class bully. “I came at him outta nowhere, dressed in a cape and mask I made out of an old t-shirt, then quick-changed my clothes so he didn’t know. And after then, he never knew when that masked guy was gonna jump out of that corner again.”
And from there, things get a little creative, spurred by his spiritual life experience, encompassing both Christianity and Louisianan Vodou traditions.
“I was born with a veil on my face,” he confides, “and I use my powers from that all the time. But when I tell people, they get scared. See, I’ve died two times, and the second time a lot of wisdom was revealed to me. I have a divided spirit—when I came back, I did so with only half a spirit, half of me got divided in the metaphysical world,” he reveals. “I am able to do amazing things with my missing half. I have no fear for myself, just for others, I worry about everyone else. People wanna see something, and I give ‘em a show. I show ‘em a wild time.”
Over the years, Master Legend’s candor and unpredictability have earned him a good deal of attention—and the word has been decidedly mixed. But keeping his eyes firmly on the prize, he takes it all in stride. “There’s always someone putting their own intention behind it, but I accomplish my mission everyday,” he states. “People all around the world know of me and my work, but I’ve kept a sense of humor about it all. I’m a fast person, and that’s how I try to accomplish things.”
And it is those accomplishments—from forming team Justice, Inc.
the first officially-recognized, tax-exempt non-profit for Real Life Superheroes, to the slightly more incredulous tales of psychic interventions and superhuman trials—that find Master Legend with one foot in the realm of the mainstream Superhero movement, and one in a world all his own. No one is perfect, we all must live with our shortcomings. But it is by working through those imperfections that a hero finds his or her footing, and the path to making a positive difference in the world. And that is Master Legend’s course.
“You have to have a vision,” he states, “and you have to hold on to that vision. And if you do, if you wish it and will it with everything you got, one day, eventually, you’ll reach it.”
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