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The Superhero Syndrome: Batman, Superman – Are They Heroes Or Just Psychologically Damaged?

Flying in their capes moving with the speed of light and fighting the so bad or dangerous guys, don’t you just love them? Or perhaps have you ever wondered what drives them to do this?

I don’t know if any one reading this has seen this has seen the popular TV series called instinct? Well, not so popular like the almighty GOT but it is popular in its own way and amidst its own fans. The series is still in its first season and it’s a very interesting one although not as popular as the almighty Game Of Thrones. Well, the movie is about a former central intelligence agent who became a New York police department consultant. That’s not all, he is a professor of human behavior with a nick name *professor psychopath* and has several degrees while working with a partner.

There was this particular episode where a body (Mr. A) was found in a park, although the murder weapon was missing but the detective was able to pin point the murder weapon which was an arrow. The arrow was removed while Mr. A was allowed to bleed to death. Mr. A the dead man was a divorced man with a new fiance and an angel investor to his ex-wife’s new husband Mr. B. unluckily at the time of death Mr. A was about to withdraw his investments into the eatery business of Mr. B due to certain reasons which was best known to both parties.

Although all the parties involved were not happy but somebody felt that was not good enough and he was only being wicked to Mr. B and decided to kill him. The first suspect was the eatery’s chef who was a young lady who knew about the whole arrangement she had rage issues and was a main suspect alongside Mr. B and his wife. But sooner the chef threatened to leave Mr. B and after a while she was also found dead, which left the detectives with a mountain to climb as to pointing out who could have committed two murders in such a short period.

To cut the story short the murderer in this episode happened to be an adopted daughter of Mr. B she works at a farm and he happened to have saved her from a lot of trouble many years ago. When she was questioned, the detectives were told she felt Mr. B was being threatened by these people she had killed she almost killed his wife because they got into an argument. Well as crazy as this sounded Mr. Psychopath was able to discover the killer because he knew of something called the white knight syndrome.

This sounded strange as I have never heard of such thought it was all fiction till I ended up doing my own research.

The white knight of a thing

I guess everyone loves a super hero, right? But what if you were in love with one? Would that not be so cool? You would be exclusive with such person and even when you are in danger or you get into a bar fight you would just smile since your superhero boyfriend has your back.

But let me ask you in this fantasy world of yours, what if you do not know about this superhero boyfriend?

Probably he has never talked to you before but goes about taking up your fights would you still call him a super hero or a freak or even a stalker? Even though he is taking up your fights or even prevented you from taking the beating of your life.

Such can be said of somebody with the white knight, white knights are people who feel they are always doing the right thing for someone even though the decisions they make at that point might be wrong but they still would not care or hesitate to take such decision on behalf of who they are trying to protect.

Just like the girl in that episode of instinct who murdered because she felt her helper was in trouble because his investor wanted to pull out of his business, she also murdered his chef because she wanted to leave which she felt was a problem to the man.

So, it means they do not think deeply when they make decisions which make them as damaged as anything else. They always feel the need to protect someone who they feel is damaged or needs protection.

Are you a white knight?

Looking and comparing what these things are or what it means to be a white night, one could easily point toward himself as a parent or a protective sister as a white knight. But it is not so, if you find yourself going through an extra ordinary mile or do things you cannot afford to do on a normal day just because you feel you owe such person. Then you are a white knight and should consider looking at yourself. But all the same one cannot easily determine what kind of person he/she is without having one to study him or her.

Let’s talk about our superheroes

Many of us are either a dc fan or marvel fan and we love one super hero or the other. Well, I can say of many kids in Nigeria who loved heroes and as kids we would always watch cartoons and wait for superman or batman to come up or even justice league. Before many of us decided to watch the movie that came about the cartoons.

The case of superman was from another fictional planet (krypton) getting to earth became powerful to do some awesome stuffs that no man here on earth can do. Well he is man after all as he fell in love with a reporter and he keeps saving the city.

But can we say he was a white knight? From his story his parents died on his planet and he had a tragic background and the likes before he was welcomed to earth by the Kent family who took care of him. I could easily call him a white knight and someone else would not see him as that because he saw us as weak and insecure being with him more superior than us therefore he took our battles and struggles upon himself to safe us all even when we don’t need saving.

What about the Batman?

This man I would say is the craziest of the two I have picked up to see today, from the series got ham batman is a damaged boy or man with so much anger in him. he also has a sad story line of how his parents were killed right in front of him when they were hanging out together.

Fueled buy rage the young man vowed nobody should go through what he had done and instead of him doing the right thing by going through the law, the billionaire boy became a vigilante and would even get hurt in the process of trying to protect people he had no business with.

Well the world is full of bad people but we should not because of that take up the responsibility to protect everyone just because we feel they are not strong enough or are damaged. Our super heroes feel otherwise and need to do the same for us although they are just fictional characters but it’s something we find ourselves watching. These superheroes have always tried to be the saviors of mankind with their strong believe that without them in the movie we would probably be dead or extinct. *Lol* maybe they are just affected by the white knight syndrome?

In summary

The white knight syndrome to many may not seem to be a problem but it could be disastrous in the long run just like the girl in the movie or in real life so when noticed such person needs to see a psychologist to set things straight.

It could be fun as you always have one to back your opinions every time support everything you do and even protect you in a bar fight. Because they feel they need to or because they think you need it due to your insecurities or maybe shortcomings that had happened earlier. As I said earlier it could easily be confused with love and affection but don’t get me wrong the white knight syndrome is real.

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