But in one Vancouver neighborhood, a man who dresses up as Thanatos -- the Greek personification of death -- has become an iconic figure representing generosity and goodwill.
"I don’t come from Krypton and wasn’t bitten by a radioactive spider or anything like that," Thanatos, who doesn't want to reveal his real name, told Metro News. "I was working downtown, trying to help out on the streets and noticing a lot of things happening ... people living and dying on the streets."
"I was told by a police officer that some people on the street had nothing better to look forward to than death. That really stung, that really hurt me,” he told the newspaper. "So I said if that’s the case, then death better get out there and start taking care of these people.