A 2013 short film by director and visual effects artist Marcus Alqueres, The Flying Man
ruthlessly examines and deconstructs both the Vigilante Man
trope and the character of the Superman-like ‹bermensch
News reports start coming in of an unidentified humanoid figure flying through the skies of an unnamed city. At first, officials and citizens are just trying to get a good look at the guy, but fascination quickly turns to horror when the figure starts attacking and brutally murdering people on the streets with terrifying displays of Super Strength
. When the victims are all identified as having extensive criminal records, though, people start asking: is this justice? And do we even have a say in the matter?
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- Black and White Morality: At best, the Flying Man is operating on this. At worst, it's Blue and Orange Morality.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Despite his Super Strength, the Flying Man's favored tactic is grabbing criminals, flying up high, and then dropping them. At one point he drops somebody in front of an oncoming train.
- Dirty Cop: Rob, the gun dealer.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Or is it? Played horribly, horribly straight.
- The Dreaded: Among those who have enough brains to fear him.
- The Faceless: The Flying Man is only ever shown from a distance, too far away to make out any features.
- Flying Brick: The Flying Man demonstrates both Flight and Super Strength.
- Gory Discretion Shot: The results of the Flying Man dropping a criminal beneath a train are censored with Pixellation.
- Humanoid Abomination: The Flying Man is implied to be one of these. At one point it's mentioned that nobody's sure if he's wearing a grey suit or if that's his skin.
- Implacable Man: The horror of the Flying Man. He methodically hunts down and kills thirty-five criminals over the course of a week.
- Pet the Dog: It's implied that the Flying Man let Mike live because he saw Mike's tattoo of his young son.
- Practical Voice Over: The Flying Man's appearance and Mike's fate are narrated via newscaster.
- Properly Paranoid: Rob keeps telling Mike not to worry about the Flying Man. Guess who shows up and attacks them?
- Smash to Black: Quite literally; the scene blacks out after the protagonist's car crashes headlong into the Flying Man.
- Too Dumb to Live: Rob, the Dirty Cop who's dealing weapons. Sure, the Flying Man's been ruthlessly tracking down and murdering criminals for a week, but there's no way it'd happen to him, right?
- ‹bermensch: The Flying Man. Whatever his motives, it's pretty clear that nobody has what it takes to stop him.
- Vigilante Execution: The Flying Man's MO.
- Vigilante Man: Deconstructed and played for horror.
- The Voiceless: The Flying Man has no lines. The only people he might speak to at all are killed soon after.