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9th Dec '17 5:05:06 AM Ccook1956
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* WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls origin is already established, but the comic book story "Everything You Know About The Powerpuff Girls Is Wrong" (issue #40, DC run) plays with this. The students of Miss Keane's kindergarten class offer up their own interpretations of how the girls came about, using the origins of Superman, Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four as parallels.
9th Nov '17 11:44:40 AM GottaHaveFaith
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** Most of the films in Phase 1--namely, ''Film/IronMan1'', ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', ''Film/{{Thor}}'', and ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''--act as this for their titular characters, who are the four "super-powered" members of the Avengers, so the audience will know who they are and how they became who they are when they all come together in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. ''Film/IronMan2'' is the sole exception, continuing Iron Man's story (though it does introduce Black Widow, another future Avenger, but doesn't give her origin story).
** This also holds true with other characters who are introduced in their own movies and have their own adventures before meeting others from the MCU, including the ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', ''Film/AntMan'', and ''Film/DoctorStrange2016''.
** The MCU version of Spider-Man notably ''averts'' this; likely because there are already [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy two]] [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan recent]] film series that already went into Spider-Man's origin story, the MCU doesn't bother to do so. In his first appearance in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', Peter has already been Spider-Man and had his powers for some time, and his own subsequent movie, ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'', offers little more about his origin.

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** Most of the films in Phase 1--namely, ''Film/IronMan1'', ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', ''Film/{{Thor}}'', and ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''--act as this for their titular characters, who are the four "super-powered" members of the Avengers, so the audience will know who they are and how they became who they are when they all come together in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. ''Film/IronMan2'' is the sole exception, continuing Iron Man's story (though it does introduce Black Widow, another future Avenger, but she doesn't give her have superpowers and doesn't receive an origin story).
story). As with their comic book counterparts, Iron Man is Type 4 (he made his original Iron Man suit [[MemeticMutation IN A CAVE! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!]]), Hulk is Type 1 (lab experiment gone wrong), Thor is Type 3 (an Asgardian, whom the Norse gods are based on in this universe but are really SufficientlyAdvancedAliens), Captain America is Type 2 (was chosen to be made into a SuperSoldier by the scientist in charge of the program).
** This also holds true with other characters who are introduced in their own movies and have their own adventures before meeting others from the MCU, including the ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', ''Film/AntMan'', ''Film/AntMan'' (the original, Hank Pym, being Type 4, and ''Film/DoctorStrange2016''.
his successor, Scott Lang, being Type 2), and ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'' (also Type 2).
** The MCU version of Spider-Man notably ''averts'' this; likely because there are already [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy two]] [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan recent]] film series that already went into Spider-Man's origin story, the MCU doesn't bother to do so. In his first appearance in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', Peter has already been Spider-Man and had his powers for some time, and his own subsequent movie, ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'', offers little more about his origin. Presumably it's the same as his origin in other versions.
9th Nov '17 11:33:04 AM GottaHaveFaith
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** Most of the films in Phase 1--namely, ''Film/IronMan1'', ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', ''Film/{{Thor}}'', and ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''--act as this for their titular characters, who are the four "super-powered" members of the Avengers, so the audience will know who they are and how they became who they are when they all come together in ''Film/{{TheAvengers|2012}}''. ''Film/IronMan2'' is the sole exception, continuing Iron Man's story (though it does introduce Black Widow, another future Avenger, but doesn't give her origin story).

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** Most of the films in Phase 1--namely, ''Film/IronMan1'', ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', ''Film/{{Thor}}'', and ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''--act as this for their titular characters, who are the four "super-powered" members of the Avengers, so the audience will know who they are and how they became who they are when they all come together in ''Film/{{TheAvengers|2012}}''.''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. ''Film/IronMan2'' is the sole exception, continuing Iron Man's story (though it does introduce Black Widow, another future Avenger, but doesn't give her origin story).
9th Nov '17 11:31:58 AM GottaHaveFaith
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* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** Most of the films in Phase 1--namely, ''Film/IronMan1'', ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', ''Film/{{Thor}}'', and ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''--act as this for their titular characters, who are the four "super-powered" members of the Avengers, so the audience will know who they are and how they became who they are when they all come together in ''Film/{{TheAvengers|2012}}''. ''Film/IronMan2'' is the sole exception, continuing Iron Man's story (though it does introduce Black Widow, another future Avenger, but doesn't give her origin story).
** This also holds true with other characters who are introduced in their own movies and have their own adventures before meeting others from the MCU, including the ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', ''Film/AntMan'', and ''Film/DoctorStrange2016''.
** The MCU version of Spider-Man notably ''averts'' this; likely because there are already [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy two]] [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan recent]] film series that already went into Spider-Man's origin story, the MCU doesn't bother to do so. In his first appearance in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', Peter has already been Spider-Man and had his powers for some time, and his own subsequent movie, ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'', offers little more about his origin.
29th Oct '17 2:46:10 AM lillolillo
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* Creator/DCComics' ComicBook/AmbushBug claims that his costume was sent to Earth by a scientist who predicted (wrongly) that his planet would explode; along the way the clothes were bitten by a giant space radioactive spider. Obviously, this is a send-up of both {{Superman}}'s and {{Spider-Man}}'s origins. Considering Ambush Bug is crazy, he likely made up the whole thing.
** DC, at one point, had a lot of heroes with the "lucky accident" origins whose accidents had been rendered laughable as [[ScienceMarchesOn science marched on]]. To reconcile this, they introduced the concept of a "metagene", a dormant gene carried by all these characters that activated in the presence of these accidents that would have crippled or killed any other person who lacked the gene, thus transforming their "lucky accident" heroes into "random selection" heroes.

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* Creator/DCComics' ComicBook/AmbushBug claims that his costume was sent to Earth by a scientist who predicted (wrongly) that his planet would explode; along the way the clothes were bitten by a giant space radioactive spider. Obviously, this is a send-up of both {{Superman}}'s Franchise/{{Superman}}'s and {{Spider-Man}}'s Franchise/SpiderMan's origins. Considering Ambush Bug is crazy, he likely made up the whole thing.
** * Subverted in ''ComicBook/KryptonNoMore'' when ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} claims she and Franchise/{{Superman}} are genetically-engineered humans and "Krypton" is nothing but a Superman's dellusion. Superman comes to believe it until he realizes several details don't hold up, confronts Kara and she admits she was cajoled into lying to him.
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DC, at one point, had a lot of heroes with the "lucky accident" origins whose accidents had been rendered laughable as [[ScienceMarchesOn science marched on]]. To reconcile this, they introduced the concept of a "metagene", a dormant gene carried by all these characters that activated in the presence of these accidents that would have crippled or killed any other person who lacked the gene, thus transforming their "lucky accident" heroes into "random selection" heroes.



* Ultimately, the entirety of ''FanFic/OriginStory'' is the origin tale that explains how Superwoman, a Kryptonian hero in the mold of Franchise/{{Superman}}, came to be in the MarvelUniverse.


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* ''Series/Supergirl2015'' fic ''Fanfic/{{Survivors}}'' is the origin tale that tells how [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara Zor-El]] and [[Franchise/{{Superman}} her cousin]] arrived on Earth, were raised by a family and became the first super-heroes.
* In ''Fanfic/TheVampireOfSteel'' crossover, one entire chapter is devoted to ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} and Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer exchanging origin tales after having a run-in with some vampires.
* In ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour'', ComicBook/PowerGirl retells Jimmy her origin in the first chapter.
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'' details how Asuka Langley Sohryu finds out about her powers and heritage and becomes Supergirl.
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'' is an origin story detailing how Shinji Ikari gained Kryptonian powers and became his world's first and greatest hero.
3rd Oct '17 6:32:08 PM Nerrin
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* Obscure TabletopGame/D20System superhero game ''Deeds, Not Words'' lets players mix power origin, race, and class to make their own SuperHeroOrigin, with a PointBuildSystem to help custom-build to fit whatever the player wishes. Most of the origins listed above specifically correspond to power origins you can take, such as [[SuperpowerfulGenetics supernaturals]], [[EvolutionaryLevels mutants]], [[TheChosenOne avatars]], or [[AppliedPhlebotinum channelers]]. Class choice is the go-to for origins such as "My Own Creation" or "Pure Will" types, however.
* ''[[TabletopGame/ProseDescriptiveQualities Truth & Justice]]'' encourages players to outline their character's Origin, but it doesn't automatically have any kind of mechanical relevance - it's there for the GameMaster to mine for plot ideas. A player can choose to make it matter mechanically by basing their Weakness on their powers (such as a Superman character listing "Kryptonite"), or if the player takes a Meta-Power for their character, a package of shared powers and vulnerabilities based on that Origin.
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10th Sep '17 3:40:11 PM CosmicFerret
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# '''Lucky Accident''': A FreakLabAccident, one-in-a-million malfunction, or what have you; e.g., [[Comicbook/SpiderMan Spider-Man]], TheFlash, [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]], {{ComicBook/Daredevil}} or [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Fantastic Four]]. This is one of the most common superhero origin tropes.

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# '''Lucky Accident''': A FreakLabAccident, one-in-a-million malfunction, or what have you; e.g., [[Comicbook/SpiderMan Spider-Man]], TheFlash, ComicBook/TheFlash, [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]], {{ComicBook/Daredevil}} or [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Fantastic Four]]. This is one of the most common superhero origin tropes.
6th Sep '17 12:33:50 PM hubakon1368
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* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/11613921 Black Widow]]'' details Natasha Romanov's origins: from her training in the Red Room to be conditioned into a cold-blooded killing machine to meeting Clint Barton and being offered a chance at redemption.

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* ''Fanfic/MCURewrites'': ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/11613921 Black Widow]]'' details Natasha Romanov's origins: from her training in the Red Room to be conditioned into a cold-blooded killing machine to meeting Clint Barton and being offered a chance at redemption.
2nd Aug '17 3:00:22 PM kjnoren
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* Film/WonderWoman tells the story about Diana's parentage, how she acquired her uniform and other equipment, how she received her mundane name, and how she came to be in the world of man.
31st Jul '17 12:51:13 AM bt8257
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Every {{Superhero}} has an origin story, telling how they gained their powers and decided to fight crime. It may be revealed in their first appearance, or not until an eventual {{flashback}}, but once established it sets ground rules for which tropes are applicable to that particular superhero.

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Every {{Superhero}} has an origin story, telling how they gained their powers and decided to fight crime. It may be revealed in their first appearance, or not until an eventual {{flashback}}, but {{flashback}}. But once established established, it sets ground rules for which tropes are applicable to that particular superhero.
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