Phoenix Jones

May Day 2013
4:05 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

What Phoenix Jones and his sidekicks encountered on May Day

Phoenix Jones and a sidekick are seen talking to marchers on May Day 2013.
Justin Steyer KPLU

When mayhem broke out late May Day, Phoenix Jones and his wife were having dinner at a restaurant.

Jones, having attended earlier events with his sidekicks, had thought the day would end peacefully.

“All of a sudden, the phone trips and there’s a riot going on,” he said.

Jones and his wife, also a self-claimed superhero who goes by Purple Reign, rushed to the car to suit up, then hit the streets. Reign was in full costume, but Jones only had on his bulletproof vest instead of his full signature garb.  

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Seattle city news
2:01 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Superheroes Inc. – Does Seattle need Phoenix Jones and his superhero team?

Phoenix Jones and his team of superheroes.
Courtesy of Phoenix Jones

The superhero phenomenon in Seattle led by Phoenix Jones is becoming a staple of nightlife in some of the violent and crime-ridden parts of the city.

It’s also turning into something like an official organization with dues paying members, health insurance and company cars. And, the team’s self-shot street videos continue to raise questions about the superheroes’ presence in the city …

The business side of superhero life

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Seattle superheroes
1:06 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

May Day in Seattle got weird as 'superheroes' confronted protesters

This image of Phoenix Jones and Midnight Jack confronting protesters at the federal building in Seattle was posted on Instagram by dominickharris.

Seattle May Day protest took a turn for the weird as self-described superheroes Phoenix Jones and his sidekicks confronted protesters at the federal courthouse in Seattle. Jones has been accused of pepper spraying protesters in his efforts to protect the building, but a video released by him shows he didn’t spray people.

However, the video does make it apparent that one of his sidekicks might have.

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Law
5:07 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

No assault charges for Seattle superhero Phoenix Jones

Ben Fodor fashions himself as a Seattle superhero called Phoenix Jones.
Associated Press

Officials in Seattle have decided not to press charges against a self-proclaimed superhero who was accused of assaulting several people with pepper spray.

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Superhero movement
9:03 am
Thu November 3, 2011

Seattle superhero loses state job after arrest

Ben Fodor, a self-styled superhero who goes by the name "Phoenix Jones," talks to reporters as he stands next to one of his attorneys, Matt Hartman, right, after Fodor appeared in court on last month in Seattle.
The Associated Press

 Seattle's masked crime-fighter Phoenix Jones has lost his day job.

The superhero — real name Ben Fodor — was informed by the state Department of Social and Health Services he could no longer work with vulnerable children because of his Oct. 9 arrest for investigation of assault.

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Superhero movement
8:54 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Arrest of Phoenix Jones marks growing pains for superhero movement

Ben Fodor, a self-styled superhero who goes by the name "Phoenix Jones," talks to reporters as he stands next to one of his attorneys, Matt Hartman, right, after Fodor appeared in court on Thursday in Seattle. The Associated Press

Superheroes are no longer just in comic books or on movie screens. The patrolling of city streets by "real life super-heroes" has been getting more popular.

That's thanks largely to mainstream attention in movies and the recent HBO documentary "Superheroes."

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Phoenix Jones
12:51 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Seattle ‘superhero’ evades charges; next Hollywood action figure?

In this screen grab, Tauntr.com has put up a 'parody' of an action figure featuring Seattle 'superhero' Phoenix Jones.

Prosecutors have filed no charges, as of yet, against the self-proclaimed Seattle superhero who goes by the name Phoenix Jones.

Jones, whose real name is Benjamin John Francis Fodor (and whose real face can be seen in the photos above), appeared in a city courtroom Thursday morning wearing a charcoal-colored mask and a superhero uniform under a button-down shirt.

The ‘superhero’s’ costume, exploits and court appearance are fast becoming internationally recognizable. Could this fortune (for good or ill) make Fodor’s character the next Hollywood action figure?

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Law
10:51 am
Tue October 11, 2011

Seattle 'superhero' Phoenix Jones bails out, hits the streets

This February photo, self-styled Seattle superhero "Phoenix Jones," right, in downtown Seattle. Police officers arrested Phoenix Jones early Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, after he was accused of assaulting several people with pepper spray.
Associated Press

SEATTLE — Seattle's self-style superhero Phoenix Jones wrote on his Facebook page that he was back on patrol Monday night.

He had to wear a backup costume after police seized his black and yellow outfit Sunday when they arrested him for investigation of assault. He is accused of using pepper spray on four people who were dancing after leaving a nightclub.

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