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5th Feb '14 6:07:05 PM DamianYerrick
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[[caption-width:288:Just your average, blue-eyed Hindu hero.]]


'''Kaliman, The Incredible Man''' is one of best known superheroes ever created in Latin America (though curiously, the character himself isn't Latino.) Originally a Radio Show from the 1960's, it was adapted into a comic book series that lasted until the 1980's, as well as two live-action movies during the '70s.

He may possibly have been inspired by Radio/TheShadow and similar pulp-era characters, who also had the same "trained by Tibetan mystics" origins; additionally the format of most of his stories owe a lot to the CliffHanger style movie serials. He also physically resembles {{Superman}}, down to having blue eyes, which considering he was supposed to be a Hindu bears UnfortunateImplications (note that this can only be seen in some of the comic book covers; the art inside most of them was in sepia tones.)

Kaliman is [[NumerologicalMotif "The Seventh Descendant of the Seventh Dinasty"]] of Kali, goddess of justice, and thus was [[TheChosenOne predestined to become a hero]]. Raised in a temple in Tibet, he mastered "the powers of the mind and the body" and then vowed to [[WalkingTheEarth wander the world]] fighting evil, a vow he must renew at the temple every seven years. His only regular supporting character was Solin, an Egyptian boy whom Kaliman picked up on his first published adventure to be his {{sidekick}}.

(It must be noted that Kali is regularly used in fiction as an evil goddess; this might be a case of poor research on the part of Kaliman's writers, or perhaps an AlternateCharacterInterpretation.)

Kaliman's stories were very formulaic (again showing his pulp roots): They would start with his visiting a new country, only to find a mystery to solve; in the process, he would run into an evil scheme, often with supernatural elements; there would be at least one beautiful woman (either a DamselInDistress or a [[TheVamp seductive villaines]]) involved, who invariably fell for him; and a really nasty villain who [[SelfDisposingVillain always died by the end]] (despite the fact that [[ThouShaltNotKill Kaliman himself never killed]].) All the while, Kaliman would not only fight [[TheStoic stoically]] but would [[WarriorPoet spew philosophy as well]], making him [[TheCape one of the most idealistic heroes ever]].

Despite all the [[TropesAreNotBad reused trappings]], the stories were still thrilling and exotic, and Kaliman was an exemplary hero. Even today, the name "Kaliman" is still known to whole generations of Latinoamericans, and it is likely he will continue to appear in the future, in one format or another.

!!Tropes featured in the Kaliman series:
* CartwrightCurse: Any woman Kaliman loved invariably ended up dead; maybe that's why he was mostly a ChasteHero.
* {{Catchphrase}}: Several; his most famous ones included "Serenity, serenity and patience, plenty of patience" and "He who masters the mind, masters everything", the latter ones became [[MemeticMutation memetic in Mexico]].
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Kaliman's powers included SuspendedAnimation, Hypnotism, {{Telepathy}} and astral projection. In addition he was an expert at hand-to-hand combat and was familiar with many scholarly topics.
* CliffHanger: In. Each. And. Every. Issue!
* EnlightenmentSuperpowers
* InformedAbility: Kaliman supposedly had "The strength of 50 men" but rarely made feats of {{SuperStrength}}.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: Kaliman's costume resembles a Hindu prince's; apparently he ''was'' one.
* PulpMagazine- Many of the series' tropes came from these.
* RoguesGallery: Among the villains who came back to torment Kaliman were: The Black Spider, a costumed gangster; Karma, an evil member of the Kali cult; and Count Bartok, a vampire.
* SidekickGlassCeiling: Solin never learned more than telepathy from Kaliman, and even that was used mostly to call for his aid!
* ThouShaltNotKill- Kaliman never killed (anything human, anyway); the dagger he carried was only used as a tool. He did carry blowdarts coated in paralyzing poison, however.
* TokenMinority: Solin.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Regardless of what Kaliman's starting intentions were, he ''always'' found himself running into the supernatural, or even flung across time!

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[[caption-width:288:Just your average, blue-eyed Hindu hero.]]


'''Kaliman, The Incredible Man''' is one of best known superheroes ever created in Latin America (though curiously, the character himself isn't Latino.) Originally a Radio Show from the 1960's, it was adapted into a comic book series that lasted until the 1980's, as well as two live-action movies during the '70s.

He may possibly have been inspired by Radio/TheShadow and similar pulp-era characters, who also had the same "trained by Tibetan mystics" origins; additionally the format of most of his stories owe a lot to the CliffHanger style movie serials. He also physically resembles {{Superman}}, down to having blue eyes, which considering he was supposed to be a Hindu bears UnfortunateImplications (note that this can only be seen in some of the comic book covers; the art inside most of them was in sepia tones.)

Kaliman is [[NumerologicalMotif "The Seventh Descendant of the Seventh Dinasty"]] of Kali, goddess of justice, and thus was [[TheChosenOne predestined to become a hero]]. Raised in a temple in Tibet, he mastered "the powers of the mind and the body" and then vowed to [[WalkingTheEarth wander the world]] fighting evil, a vow he must renew at the temple every seven years. His only regular supporting character was Solin, an Egyptian boy whom Kaliman picked up on his first published adventure to be his {{sidekick}}.

(It must be noted that Kali is regularly used in fiction as an evil goddess; this might be a case of poor research on the part of Kaliman's writers, or perhaps an AlternateCharacterInterpretation.)

Kaliman's stories were very formulaic (again showing his pulp roots): They would start with his visiting a new country, only to find a mystery to solve; in the process, he would run into an evil scheme, often with supernatural elements; there would be at least one beautiful woman (either a DamselInDistress or a [[TheVamp seductive villaines]]) involved, who invariably fell for him; and a really nasty villain who [[SelfDisposingVillain always died by the end]] (despite the fact that [[ThouShaltNotKill Kaliman himself never killed]].) All the while, Kaliman would not only fight [[TheStoic stoically]] but would [[WarriorPoet spew philosophy as well]], making him [[TheCape one of the most idealistic heroes ever]].

Despite all the [[TropesAreNotBad reused trappings]], the stories were still thrilling and exotic, and Kaliman was an exemplary hero. Even today, the name "Kaliman" is still known to whole generations of Latinoamericans, and it is likely he will continue to appear in the future, in one format or another.

!!Tropes featured in the Kaliman series:
* CartwrightCurse: Any woman Kaliman loved invariably ended up dead; maybe that's why he was mostly a ChasteHero.
* {{Catchphrase}}: Several; his most famous ones included "Serenity, serenity and patience, plenty of patience" and "He who masters the mind, masters everything", the latter ones became [[MemeticMutation memetic in Mexico]].
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Kaliman's powers included SuspendedAnimation, Hypnotism, {{Telepathy}} and astral projection. In addition he was an expert at hand-to-hand combat and was familiar with many scholarly topics.
* CliffHanger: In. Each. And. Every. Issue!
* EnlightenmentSuperpowers
* InformedAbility: Kaliman supposedly had "The strength of 50 men" but rarely made feats of {{SuperStrength}}.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: Kaliman's costume resembles a Hindu prince's; apparently he ''was'' one.
* PulpMagazine- Many of the series' tropes came from these.
* RoguesGallery: Among the villains who came back to torment Kaliman were: The Black Spider, a costumed gangster; Karma, an evil member of the Kali cult; and Count Bartok, a vampire.
* SidekickGlassCeiling: Solin never learned more than telepathy from Kaliman, and even that was used mostly to call for his aid!
* ThouShaltNotKill- Kaliman never killed (anything human, anyway); the dagger he carried was only used as a tool. He did carry blowdarts coated in paralyzing poison, however.
* TokenMinority: Solin.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Regardless of what Kaliman's starting intentions were, he ''always'' found himself running into the supernatural, or even flung across time!

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15th Jun '13 12:06:50 AM nombretomado
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He may possibly have been inspired by TheShadow and similar pulp-era characters, who also had the same "trained by Tibetan mystics" origins; additionally the format of most of his stories owe a lot to the CliffHanger style movie serials. He also physically resembles {{Superman}}, down to having blue eyes, which considering he was supposed to be a Hindu bears UnfortunateImplications (note that this can only be seen in some of the comic book covers; the art inside most of them was in sepia tones.)

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He may possibly have been inspired by TheShadow Radio/TheShadow and similar pulp-era characters, who also had the same "trained by Tibetan mystics" origins; additionally the format of most of his stories owe a lot to the CliffHanger style movie serials. He also physically resembles {{Superman}}, down to having blue eyes, which considering he was supposed to be a Hindu bears UnfortunateImplications (note that this can only be seen in some of the comic book covers; the art inside most of them was in sepia tones.)
28th Feb '13 9:43:32 AM luisedgarf
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* {{Catchphrase}}: Several; his most famous ones included "Serenity, serenity and patience, plenty of patience" and "He who masters the mind, masters everything".

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* {{Catchphrase}}: Several; his most famous ones included "Serenity, serenity and patience, plenty of patience" and "He who masters the mind, masters everything".everything", the latter ones became [[MemeticMutation memetic in Mexico]].
18th Nov '12 11:04:39 AM Squall_wave
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14th Oct '12 5:42:10 PM TVRulezAgain
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Kaliman's stories were very formulaic (again showing his pulp roots): They would start with his visiting a new country, only to find a mystery to solve; in the process, he would run into an evil scheme, often with supernatural elements; there would be at least one beautiful woman (either a DamselInDistress or a [[TheVamp seductive villaines]]) involved, who invariably fell for him; and a [[CompleteMonster really nasty villain]] who [[SelfDisposingVillain always died by the end]] (despite the fact that [[ThouShaltNotKill Kaliman himself never killed]].) All the while, Kaliman would not only fight [[TheStoic stoically]] but would [[WarriorPoet spew philosophy as well]], making him [[TheCape one of the most idealistic heroes ever]].

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Kaliman's stories were very formulaic (again showing his pulp roots): They would start with his visiting a new country, only to find a mystery to solve; in the process, he would run into an evil scheme, often with supernatural elements; there would be at least one beautiful woman (either a DamselInDistress or a [[TheVamp seductive villaines]]) involved, who invariably fell for him; and a [[CompleteMonster really nasty villain]] villain who [[SelfDisposingVillain always died by the end]] (despite the fact that [[ThouShaltNotKill Kaliman himself never killed]].) All the while, Kaliman would not only fight [[TheStoic stoically]] but would [[WarriorPoet spew philosophy as well]], making him [[TheCape one of the most idealistic heroes ever]].
1st Sep '12 8:21:19 PM mlsmithca
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(It must be noted that Kali is regularly used in fiction as an evil goddess; this might be a case of [[DidNotDoTheResearch poor research]] on the part of Kaliman's writers, or perhaps an AlternateCharacterInterpretation.)

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(It must be noted that Kali is regularly used in fiction as an evil goddess; this might be a case of [[DidNotDoTheResearch poor research]] research on the part of Kaliman's writers, or perhaps an AlternateCharacterInterpretation.)



* DidNotDoTheResearch: The arc that took place in AncientGreece used both Greek and Roman deities, including some who were actually the ''same'' deity!
14th Jul '12 8:40:53 AM lu127
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* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: Kaliman's costume resembles a Hindu prince's; apparently he ''was'' one. [[TheWhitePrince It's white, too]].

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* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: Kaliman's costume resembles a Hindu prince's; apparently he ''was'' one. [[TheWhitePrince It's white, too]].
4th Oct '11 6:21:38 AM WillBGood
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Actually, as of Monday, May 24, 2010, This Troper read on his local newspaper (This Troper being mexican, of course) that within the next months they'll revive the radionovel and comicbook, followed by a film trilogy. This Troper is happy. Source: http://www.elsiglodetorreon.com.mx/noticia/526568.reactivara-sus-poderes.html
19th Dec '10 9:34:55 PM R.G.
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* {{Catchphrase}}: Several; his most famous ones included "Serenity, serenity and patience, much patience" and "He who masters the mind, masters eveything".

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* {{Catchphrase}}: Several; his most famous ones included "Serenity, serenity and patience, much plenty of patience" and "He who masters the mind, masters eveything".everything".
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