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One of the first things in building a superhero world is not only what kind of superpowers there are, and how many superheroes there are, but how many of them have what powers.
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So, how do you fight a supervillain whose superpower is the ability to transmute elements?

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I know where the story begins.

At the point at which she gets her powers.
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There's a heroine who has to have a power, and it has to be the ability to drain life. . . .

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Was thinking about various lawyerly discussions about the problems with superheroes testifying in secret identity. . .those would go double if the superhero was a vigilante, unauthorized by the authorities.
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Zoning, of course, would be interesting in trying to deal with any super in a city not designed for supers.

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marycatelli: (Galahad)
So there's this new superhero -- made according to his world, and so a product of mad science, not to say a victim of mad scientists --

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Here comes the circus.  Here comes the cops.  To harass them of course. . . though, in this universe, where superheroes are just getting started, they have more than usual reason.

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The story starts with our heroine passing out posters to urchins, to hang them about the city streets for a fee.  The author is unhappy because --

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Reading a superhero story where the name came to the hero naturally.
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Was philosophically contemplating How Superpowered People Would Change the World again and thought -- hmm -- the Assassins are indeed dangerous -- but --
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A lot of superheroes can travel to space.  If they really want to change the world. . . they could set up asteroid mining operations.

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poke, poke, poke -- there's this universe where superpowers are a product of Mad Scientists -- and a half (or a third?) of a story idea that lives there. . . .

So throw a few more ideas in, and I had one for a man who had a trifling power that could be useful -- but I knew he hadn't been experimented on by mad science.
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So why would superheroes only show up in modern times?  Bar being the Mad Scientists' handiwork, which works in a simple and elegant manner for that -- and carries a lot of baggage.

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Most superhero stories have them appear recently.  With perhaps rumors back into the 19th century or allusions to the Greek gods or the like.   One can see why.
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An important note on rating your superheroes:

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