Ned Kelly’s last stand exoskeleton: After his final heist left him and his gang surrounded by police in a hotel, notorious Australian bushranger Ned Kelly (1855–1880) went out in a blaze of glory. How so? Kelly and associates got hammered and threw on homemade super villain costumes.
The other outlaws were equipped with armor made from plough mould-boards and Ned was protected by a cylindrical headpiece, breast and back plates and apron weighing about 90 lbs (41 kg). Little sleep and much consumption of alcohol affected their judgement and, although the armor limited their movements and use of firearms, it gave them a false sense of invulnerability.
Kelly was brought down by bullet wounds in the legs. Despite strong agitation for a reprieve Kelly was hanged at the Melbourne gaol on 11 November. He met his end without fear. His last words were ‘Ah well, I suppose it has come to this,’ and by another version, ‘Such is life’.