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Ways to Superdom
« on: November 18, 2006, 03:08:53 AM »
Okay, people.  I had an idea for a book today, but I need all you comic-bookish superhero knowing people to help me with a brain storm.  

What are ways that superheroes acquire their powers?  Here are the ones I've come up with.  

1)Bitten by insect
2)Born with them (obviously)
3)Medical experiment gone wrong
4)Toxic Waste

I need more, though.  

Any ideas?

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Re: Ways to Superdom
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2006, 03:20:01 AM »
There are more ways then could possibly be listed in a forum, but I can add a few.

These are generic, there are lots of ways either could affect someone.

The old standby Radiation (spiderman, Fantastic Four, Hulk)
magic-(Captain Marvel/SHAZAM)
Alien Tech (Green Lantern)
Tech gone wrong (Blue Devil)
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Re: Ways to Superdom
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2006, 03:57:21 AM »
Well, as seems to be implied in Heroes, you can be injected by some mysterious person with genetic material that will give you odd powers. And a neat little tatoo on your neck.
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Re: Ways to Superdom
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2006, 12:27:53 PM »
A lot of the superhero origins date from the Cold War, so it'd be fun to think of new ways, or new variations of the old ways, for them to originate:

- Defective MRI or CAT scan machines
- Radiation therapy for cancer
- Pharmaceutical testing
- Gene splicing
- Research into nanotechnology
- Prosthetics
- Environmental conditions...radiation due to the ozone hole, etc.

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Re: Ways to Superdom
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2006, 03:44:33 PM »
Divine intervention (by Greek gods, etc.)--Wonder Woman
Being a god yourself--Thor
Hard work and a lot of cash--Batman
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Re: Ways to Superdom
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2006, 04:57:41 PM »
Mystical artifact.
Great/Divine/Mystical ancestry
Being an alien species
Super powers really are inside everyone but you just need something unusual to happen to bring them out
Strange Disease
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Re: Ways to Superdom
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2006, 01:50:57 AM »
  • Playing too much D&D and other RPGs.
  • Wearing a cape.
  • Overdosing on illegal or herbal medicines.
  • Eating strange food cooked by someone who decorates with skulls.
  • Making a deal with Davey Jones
  • Explosion in the science lab
  • Kissing a glowing frog (that doesn't turn into a prince or sings a song about rainbows).

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Re: Ways to Superdom
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2006, 04:01:43 PM »
 got bitten by a radioactive bug
I tried an experimental drug
I went out for a stroll on a gamma testing range
I found an enchanted Uru cane
I made a serum that made me small
I modified the serum so it would make me tall
I got radioactive isotope in my eye (Cyclops)
A dying alien helped me accessorize (Green Lantern)
My best friend and my girlfriend and her brother went into space
Who'da thought we'd get bombarded by cosmic rays (Fantastic Four)
It turns out I'm the last of a powerful alien race (Superman, Hulkling, Ultragirl, half the superhero community)
My mother formed me from a lump of magic clay (Wonder Woman)
I'm given super powers by a yellow sun (Superman)
I studied under the Ancient One (the other half of the superhero community)
I got an adamantium skeleton (Wolverine)
Some grizzled old wizard taught me a magic acronym (Shazam)

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