Superheroes usually like to keep their real identities hidden, but one Brooklyn woman is taking off her mask and telling the entire world who she is.
Nicole Abramovici is "Prowler," a 31-year-old businesswoman by day who dons a costume at night to do her part to save the world, one homeless person and abandoned animal at a time.
And, as she revealed to the New York Post, she's not alone -- she's part of a group of real-life heroes who slip on masks and capes to do charity work.
“I dress up because I’m part of this group called Superheroes Anonymous,” Abramovici said. “The costume draws awareness to the cause, and it’s exciting and people dig it.”
Her costume consists of black spandex, clawed gloves and a cat mask over her eyes. She told the Post she goes out and finds homeless people around Manhattan, giving them clothes and toiletries.
The costume is crucial, she said.
“When they see me in the costume, they know I’m not going to rob them,” she said. “They know I’m doing something more lighthearted.”
According to the Daily Mail, she came up with her superhero persona after seeing an article about male superheroes patrolling the city.
"I am one of the very few females active as a real-life superhero," she said, though she patrols with male superheroes for her own safety.
And she explained the story behind her alter-ego: "A prowler usually is a negative force, someone who creeps around at night, looking to see if they can burgle, or like a skulking cat. But I wanted to make the prowler a force for good."
The co-owner of a home-organizing business called Genius Organizing, the told the Post she's never gotten a bad reception.
“They laugh. They don’t care,” she told the Post. “No one is like, ‘Oh, my God! I’m so shocked.’ They’re just interested in getting stuff from us.”
Abramovici isn't the first real-life superhero to be featured on The Blaze: Recall Seattle's "Phoenix Jones" who dressed up to fight crime. He was arrested on investigation for assault but quickly bailed out and was back on the street, though lost his job working with autistic kids as a result of his arrest.