What happened to Phoenix Jones? Video puts superhero in the spotlight

Jane Corscadden April 6, 2021
What happened to Phoenix Jones? Video puts superhero in the spotlight

What happened to Phoenix Jones? The real-life superhero has been in the spotlight recently due to a YouTube video released this week focusing on his life.

As a result, many people are wondering who Phoenix Jones is, as well as what’s happened to him recently.

Who is Phoenix Jones?

Phoenix Jones – real name Benjamin Fodor – is a real-life superhero based in Seattle, Washington, USA.

He was born in 1988 and is originally from Texas.

Jones said he decided to adopt his superhero persona after a few incidents led him to believe he needed to take policing into his own hands.

Firstly, his car was broken into and his son was injured. Jones said multiple people saw the break-in happen but didn’t intervene.

The perpetrator left behind a ski mask in the car.

After this, Jones witnessed a friend being assaulted outside a bar. After calling the police, he put on the mask left behind in his car, and “made a commotion” until they showed up.

He then went on to develop his costume and character and became part of the Rain City Superhero Movement in 2011 – a group of ten citizens in superhero costumes patrolling the streets of Seattle.

In 2019, he announced he was retiring from his superhero duties.

Phoenix Jones mutual combat video goes viral

In 2006, Ben Fodor began a career in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) alongside his superhero activities.

His professional debut was in 2013.

However, a 2012 video of Fodor as Phoenix Jones engaging in mutual combat went viral for the wrong reasons.

The Seattle Police Department later defended not getting involved in the incident.

Their reasoning cited a city law that allows fighting as long as both people agree to it, no bystanders are hurt, and no property is damaged – all upheld in this case.

Why is Phoenix Jones trending now?

Phoenix Jones is trending today after Twitch streamer and YouTuber @moistcritikal posted a video yesterday titled The Legend Of A Real Superhero Named Phoenix Jones.

It currently has just under one million views.

It’s a stream of him watching another video about Jones and reacting to it.

But what happened to Phoenix Jones? He’s had a few run ins with the police over the years, most recently in January this year when he was allegedly arrested due to multiple drugs related offences.

Phoenix Jones took to his Instagram earlier today to announce his comeback.

In the post he says: “I’m making a new suit, muting all haters, and going back to work.”

He also lists the date May 1 and says “redemption.”

So, I guess we’ll have to wait until then to find out what’s going on!

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Jane is a freelance journalist from Belfast, Northern Ireland specialising in news, culture and politics. She studied Politics at Queen’s University Belfast before completing a Journalism MA at the University of Ulster. Always trawling social media and keeping up to date with the latest trends and crazes, her main interest lies in digital culture and internet trends.