It's one thing to have a crush on a comic book character - I personally refuse to believe that I was the only teenager who didn't wish that the X-Men's Rogue was real, way back when (It was the accent) - but another thing altogether to take it as far as actually wanting to marry one. That's not stopping Japanese man Taichi Takashita from trying to find one million people willing to support his quest to make his unusual dream come true... or, for that matter, us from wondering whether The Filth's Secret Original has finally broken through into reality.Takashita is happy to explain where his desire for a two-dimensional wife really comes from:

I am no longer interested in three dimensions. I would even like to become a resident of the two-dimensional world... However, that seems impossible with present-day technology. Therefore, at the very least, would it be possible to legally authorise marriage with a two-dimensional character?

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I'd love to see what the bigoted proponents of California's Proposition 8 would have to say about this. If the whole concept of crossing over from 3D into a fictional 2D existence sounds like something out of a - well, a comic book, it's because it is: This story reminded me of Secret Original, one of the many broken characters of Grant Morrison's The Filth - and a two-dimensional fictional superhero who accidentally ended up in the "real world," bemoaning reality when compared with the comic book world he came from:

I can see the cruel reality beyond all our hopes and dreams now. I know us for what we truly are. Not supermen but super-slaves in a synthetic prison. Playing out crummy meaningless adventures written by amoral monsters. They farm us, Eve; they farm us for the wonders we simply accept in our ignorance.

If that alone doesn't make you want to sign Takashita's petition, I don't know what will. Japanese man petitions to marry comic book wife [News.Com.Au]