February 17, 2017
March 27, 2014
There are so many to pick from. I never understood the "just wants to be normal" type of heroes, which I think is one that's trying too hard to be real, gritty, and angsty. Boo hoo, poor me, I can fly. If it's explored right, where the world actually makes mention of the downsides, that's a different story. Thing is, most comics don't include that in the world a whole lot, outside of Wolverine complaining about a little pain after pulling himself back together from a plane crash.
Come to think of it, it's been kind of a problem I've seen in a few things. Seems like since the 90s or so, there's been this meta among various things to look deeper into the ideas of stuff like horror movies and superheroes. Some things do this well, but a lot of people just see this kind of exploration and think a shallow dive or retreading old ground is enough to make them fit the new trend. If you're going to have a "I wish I was normal" hero, there better be a pretty good explanation why they want to be normal.
Another trope to go after: Steven Ulysses Perhero. If you're using that, it better be some sort of cheesy throwback. It can be done well there, but that's not a trope for an attempt at serious stuff.
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