With the recently released Incredibles 2 trailer, we bet everyone is giving the first movie a good rewatch by now. Wether or not you’re enjoying the Pixar superhero classic, Mr. Incredible is definitely on the brain of Disney and superhero fans everywhere. The Incredibles is considered by many to be the greatest superhero movie of all time, but the movie’s main protagonist, Mr. Incredible, might not be the squeaky clean superhero some might think he is. He’s still a good guy for sure, but there are some dark facts lying underneath the surface of the former superhero.
Mr. Incredible was one of many heroes who were forced to retire after public opinion on superheroes began to shift. The Supers all went into hiding and the world went without costumed, superpowered heroes for 15 years. But, when Mr. Incredible was called into action, a series of events led to a possible new superhero uprising. These events bring to light quite a few dark facts about Bob Parr, showing that Mr. Incredible is a deep and complex character, not just a boy scout superhero. With that, we decided to dig up 15 of the darkest facts about Mr. Incredible, check them out below!
15. LIVING IN THE PAST
Mr. Incredible was easily one of the greatest superheroes of the heyday of Supers, garnering countless honors, awards and adoring fans. But, after the superhero relocation program was instated, he was forced into retirement. Fifteen years later, Bob was working at an insurance company, spending his evenings looking at the trophies of his past life and heroic exploits.
This is part of what makes Mr. Incredible such an interesting and dark character — he is stuck living in the past. While he still loves and cares for his family, there were times early in the film where he wished he could go back to before he had a family, when he was the world’s greatest superhero. Because of this, Mr. Incredible was clearly depressed with his civilian life.
14. ILLEGAL HEROICS
After the superhero relocation program, supers were pardoned for any allegations made against them as long as they never acted as heroes ever again. Because of this, superheroes faded from the public image completely, but that didn’t stop Mr. Incredible and Frozone from helping out those in need.
On Wednesday nights, Bob and Lucius tell their wives that they “go bowling.” In reality they actually go listen to a police monitor to look for some possible superheroic action. One night they enter a burning building and manage to save the people inside, and while this was indeed a heroic act, it was also incredibly illegal. And this was most likely not the only time the two acted as heroes, making them repeat offenders of vigilante laws.
13. RAGE QUIT
As the Supers were forced to live normal lives, Bob took up a job as an insurance employee, but his superhero instinct, the need to do good and never turn a blind eye to those in need, was still living within him. This came out while he was meeting with his boss, who was chiding him for helping their clients more than the company would like.
During this meeting, Bob witnessed a man getting mugged in the alley below the window of his boss’ office. When he was driven to do something, his boss threatened to fire him if he left, and the mugger got away, to which his boss said “good.” This made Bob snap, leading him to choke his boss with his super strength before throwing him through several walls of the building, putting him in a full body cast.
12. HE LIED TO HIS FAMILY
After Bob lost his job due to his outburst, he found a new job of sorts, returning to superheroics by going on missions for a mysterious organization. Though this turns out badly, one of the worst things about Mr. Incredible’s new “job” is that he lied to his family about it. For most of the time he is going on these assignments, Elastigirl and the rest of his family think he’s still working at the insurance company.
Bob lying to his family is dark on two levels, the first being that he was putting himself in danger just to return to the glory days and not telling anyone about it. The second reason is that by keeping the truth from his family, he put them in harm’s way, leading to the events of the latter half of the film.
11. HE HELPED THE BAD GUYS
As if it wasn’t bad enough that Mr. Incredible lied about his “work,” let’s not forget that he also helped the bad guys create the ultimate weapon of destruction. Known as the Omnidroids, this series of destructive robots were designed to destroy superheroes, and each model was more effective than the last. How did the bad guys improve the technology? Superheroes.
Superheroes were recruited by Syndrome to fight his robots so that they could learn from each battle and improve the robots’ designs, weapons and defenses. Mr. Incredible was one of the heroes that “helped” with this process, his immense power helping to create the strongest Omnidroid of them all. If it wasn’t for Bob chasing the glory days, the final Omnidroid in the movie wouldn’t have been so strong.
10. HE CREATED HIS OWN VILLAIN
Speaking of the Omnidroids, it’s time to talk about their brilliant inventor, Syndrome, A.K.A. Buddy Pine. When Buddy was a kid, he worshipped Mr. Incredible, he was the president of his fan club and collected pretty much every piece of Mr. Incredible merchandise. But it didn’t stop there, he also planned on becoming his sidekick, Incrediboy, creating a suit and prototype jet boots to aid his favorite hero in battle.
However, Mr. Incredible turned him away without a second thought. As Buddy pushed his way into Mr. Incredible’s superhero life, Mr. Incredible scolded him and broke the image of his idol. This was a turning point in Buddy’s life, and he swore to destroy all the superheroes in the world, leading him to become Syndrome. If Mr. Incredible handled his biggest fan with a little more care, perhaps things would have turned out differently.
9. DESTRUCTIVE SON
With superheroes like the mutants of the X-Men, superpowers tend to show up during puberty. This doesn’t seem to be the case with the Supers of The Incredibles, and Mr. Incredible’s youngest son, Jack-Jack, is a prime example. Jack-Jack, despite being an infant, seems to have a multitude of superpowers, all of which have manifested before he can talk.
Jack-Jack has shown multiple powers, including being able to turn into metal, laser vision and engulfing himself in flames. This is supposedly a process that Supers go through before their bodies settle on one superpower, but it still means that Bob has to deal with a highly destructive baby, one that could kill him if he’s not careful, something we’re going to see more of in The Incredibles 2.
8. HE ALMOST CRUSHED MIRAGE
Mr. Incredible clearly has a temper, especially when his family or innocent people are put in danger. We saw this when he nearly killed his boss with his super strength and later when he almost crushed a person to death. That person was Mirage, the woman who was working for Syndrome and was partially responsible for the Parr family being in danger.
When Mirage got close enough while Mr. Incredible was tied up, he let his temper out, grabbing her in a super strength bear hug. He then said it would be easy to crush her, like snapping a toothpick to him. This wasn’t the only time he threatened Mirage either, since he almost choked her when she let him go. Though it makes him a complex character, Bob’s temper is definitely scary at times.
7. RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SRP
In The Incredibles, a program known as the Superhero Relocation Program was secretly instated by the government to place Supers in civilian lives while their costumed actions were left behind. This act was put in place due to the rapidly changing public opinion of Supers that resulted from the hundreds of lawsuits made against heroes.
These lawsuits piled up after two initial cases that were directly caused by Mr. Incredible. The first lawsuit was made by a man who was trying to commit suicide by jumping off a building. Mr. Incredible saved the man, causing a neck injury that he sued the superhero for. The second case was made by the people aboard a train that Mr. Incredible was stopping from derailing, resulting in various injuries that were grounds for a lawsuit. Taking these into consideration, one could easily blame Mr. Incredible for causing the downfall of Supers.
6. ONE OF THE STRONGEST
One of the reasons that Syndrome and Mirage recruited Mr. Incredible was so that the former could get revenge on the ex-hero. However, there was a secondary reason that Mr. Incredible was chosen to help improve the capabilities of the Omnidroids: his strength. We all know that Mr. Incredible had super strength, but did you know that his power set made him one of the strongest heroes in the world?
Mr. Incredible was placed at a 9.1 on a threat scale, meaning he was in the top tier of superheroes. The dark implication of this is that Mr. Incredible is the only one with this threat level, meaning he is one of the strongest, if not the strongest superheroes on the planet. Even darker is the fact that there might be someone who’s a 10 on the threat level.
5. A LONE WARRIOR
One of Mr. Incredible’s personality traits makes him both a great hero and a tragic character. In the opening scenes of the movie, it is stated a few times that Mr. Incredible works alone. However, by the end of the movie, he learns that working together, especially with his family, is the greatest way to be a hero.
But, before all that, we see multiple times that Mr. Incredible is a bit of a lone wolf to the point of it being a major character flaw. Bob basically wants to solve all the world’s problems on his own, it was the reason he was mad at his boss for ignoring the mugger and it was the reason that he eagerly took up his “new job.” Wanting to fix the world is a noble attribute, but it’s led Bob to some disastrous situations throughout his life.
4. HARD TO KEEP A SECRET IDENTITY
Mr. Incredible has more than just super strength, he also has super durability. He might not be indestructible or bullet proof, but he can definitely take a hit. However, this, along with his strength, make it incredibly hard for Bob and his family to keep their powers and identities a secret.
For one thing, he has to keep his anger in check, something that he clearly has difficulty with, or else his super strength could end up throwing someone through walls or slamming his car door so hard that it flips over. There was even an alternate opening to the film that showed just how difficult his durability made it for Bob to keep his identity a secret, a knife breaking against his skin and nearly causing his powers to be revealed.
3. THE INCREDIBLE NAME
The idea of a superhero family is always a fun concept, but there’s something about the Parr family that’s a bit different from the usual superhero family: their names. Elastigirl and Mr. Incredible both have their own superhero identities, but the kids just get roped in as members of “The Incredibles.” Heck, Even Elastigirl is sometimes referred to as “Mrs. Incredible,” as though the only person that matters is Mr. Incredible.
Just look at the costumes! Elastigirl is lucky enough to get a new solo costume in the sequel, but their kids are all living under the shadow of their father’s superhero identity. Even the Fantastic Four have their own individual names, so hopefully Violet, Dash and Jack Jack get their own superhero identities in the upcoming sequel.
2. FIRST PIXAR HERO TO KILL
Pixar protagonists tend to be cute anthropomorphized animals or inanimate objects, but Mr. Incredible is one of the few instances of a human lead character. On top of this, Bob was also the very first Pixar character to kill. Not only did he take care of his most dangerous criminals “once and for all,” he also killed several soldiers of Syndrome’s in the jungles scenes of The Incredibles.
This was the first time that a Pixar character killed someone, and even though it was out of self defense, it doesn’t make the fact any less dark. This is screwed up not only because Mr. Incredible is a Pixar/Disney character, and thus family friendly, but also because he is a superhero, and killing goes against most superheroes’ codes.
1. “DO YOU BLEED?”
Killing isn’t the only way that Mr. Incredible broke the mold of most Pixar characters, he was also shown bleeding. Though he is highly durable, he can still be hurt, and in a part of The Incredibles, his blood was shown. This puts Mr. Incredible in a rather small collection of Disney and Pixar characters who have bled on screen.
This isn’t so much dark as it is interesting, since it meant that The Incredibles pushed the envelope on what a Pixar movie could do, as well as what a family superhero movie could put on screen. Mr. Incredible bleeding also served to show that a seemingly invincible hero was vulnerable, both in how much he cares for his loved ones, and in his literal physical vulnerability.
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