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28th May '16 9:19:53 PM TotemicHero
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* Deconstructed in ''Film/BatmanBegins'': [[{{Mooks}} Mook]] Joe Chill kills Bruce Wayne’s parents. BadCopIncompetentCop Gotham police cannot deliver justice to him. TheMafia Don Carmine Falcone gives Bruce Wayne a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that forces him to begin TheHerosJourney, then he is trained by the [[MurderInc League of Assasins]] and outsmarts CorruptCorporateExecutive Earl to become Franchise/{{Batman}}. A possible explanation is that Gotham was a CorneredRattlesnake and it is trying to produce a superhero to survive: Notice that all of the forces oppressing Gotham were {{ThresholdGuardian}}s that created the {{Superhero}} that will fight them.

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* Deconstructed in ''Film/BatmanBegins'': [[{{Mooks}} Mook]] Joe Chill kills Bruce Wayne’s parents. BadCopIncompetentCop Gotham police cannot deliver justice to him. TheMafia Don Carmine Falcone gives Bruce Wayne a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that forces him to begin TheHerosJourney, then he is trained by the [[MurderInc League of Assasins]] and outsmarts CorruptCorporateExecutive Earl to become Franchise/{{Batman}}. A possible explanation is that Gotham was a CorneredRattlesnake and it is trying to produce a superhero to survive: Notice that all of the forces oppressing Gotham were {{ThresholdGuardian}}s ThresholdGuardians that created the {{Superhero}} that will fight them.
14th Apr '16 1:17:26 AM tropeminer
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# '''Pure Will''': A suitably motivated [[BadassNormal mere mortal]] achieves a high degree of competence in crimefighting owing to a combination of extreme training and/or scientific/engineering ability along with native ingenuity; e.g., Batman, the second ComicBook/BlueBeetle (Ted Kord).

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# '''Pure Will''': A suitably motivated [[BadassNormal mere mortal]] achieves a high degree of competence in crimefighting owing to a combination of extreme training and/or scientific/engineering ability along with native ingenuity; e.g., Batman, Franchise/{{Batman}}, the second ComicBook/BlueBeetle (Ted Kord).
14th Apr '16 1:13:41 AM tropeminer
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# '''TheChosenOne''': Given powers by an [[MentorArchetype ancient and wise being]], such as an [[TouchedByVorlons alien]], one of the PowersThatBe, or a being that's a [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien combination of the two]]; e.g., Captain Marvel (who is [[IAmNotShazam not Shazam]]) or UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} GreenLantern, or [[BequeathedPower the previous wielder handed it down]]. Note that the transfer of power isn't always positive as they may now be BlessedWithSuck thanks to a GypsyCurse; e.g., ComicBook/GhostRider.

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# '''TheChosenOne''': Given powers by an [[MentorArchetype ancient and wise being]], such as an [[TouchedByVorlons alien]], one of the PowersThatBe, or a being that's a [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien combination of the two]]; e.g., Captain Marvel (who is [[IAmNotShazam not Shazam]]) or UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} GreenLantern, or [[BequeathedPower the previous wielder handed it down]]. They were probably granted these powers because they were deemed worthy to handle them or, maybe, as part of a [[TheProphecy prophecy]]. Note that the transfer of power isn't always positive as they may now be BlessedWithSuck thanks to a GypsyCurse; e.g., ComicBook/GhostRider.



# '''AppliedPhlebotinum''': Their powers may not strictly derive from ''them'', but rather from using a MagicalAccessory, an UpgradeArtifact or even an ArtifactOfDoom they just happen to came across; e.g., ComicBook/TheMask. It could also be a powerful substance that renders them impervious; e.g., Film/{{Blankman}}. Naturally goes hand in hand with My Own Creation and The Chosen One and may overlap with Lucky Accident. Often invokes ComesGreatResponsibility as well as YoureNothingWithoutYourPhlebotinum.

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# '''AppliedPhlebotinum''': Their powers may not strictly directly derive from ''them'', but rather from using a MagicalAccessory, an UpgradeArtifact or even an ArtifactOfDoom they just happen to came come across; e.g., ComicBook/TheMask. It could also be a powerful substance that renders them impervious; e.g., Film/{{Blankman}}. Naturally goes hand in hand with My Own Creation and The Chosen One and may overlap with Lucky Accident. Often invokes ComesGreatResponsibility as well as YoureNothingWithoutYourPhlebotinum.
10th Apr '16 11:49:32 PM tropeminer
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# TheChosenOne: Given powers by an [[MentorArchetype ancient and wise being]], such as an [[TouchedByVorlons alien]], one of the PowersThatBe, or a being that's a [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien combination of the two]]; e.g., Captain Marvel (who is [[IAmNotShazam not Shazam]]) or UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} GreenLantern, or [[BequeathedPower the previous wielder handed it down]]. Note that the transfer of power isn't always positive as they may now be BlessedWithSuck thanks to a GypsyCurse; e.g., ComicBook/GhostRider.
# Non-Human Hero: They're superhuman because they're ''not'' human at all; e.g., aliens like Franchise/{{Superman}} or ComicBook/MartianManhunter; after all, they're [[SpaceIsMagic from space]] or they're from a mystical realm like Franchise/WonderWoman or ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} or they're deities/demi-gods like [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]. They might alternately be [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetically engineered]], a [[WeCanRebuildHim cyborg]] (inevitably involuntary and {{Angst}}ing over his [[WhatHaveIBecome condition]]), or otherwise a [[ArtificialHuman creation of science]]; e.g., WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls. In this case, expect them to be a PhlebotinumRebel.
# 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.
# My Own Creation: A scientist, engineer, or other makes-cool-stuff type invents something that gives them powers and uses it to help people; e.g., IronMan, Henry Pym (Ant Man/Giant Man/Yellowjacket/Goliath/Whatever he calls himself now). These types [[ReedRichardsIsUseless rarely sell their secret or use it to empower others]], usually on the basis of "I can't trust anyone else to use X responsibly".
# AppliedPhlebotinum: Their powers may not strictly derive from ''them'', but rather from using a MagicalAccessory, an UpgradeArtifact or even an ArtifactOfDoom they just happen to came across; e.g., ComicBook/TheMask. It could also be a powerful substance that renders them impervious; e.g., Film/{{Blankman}}. Naturally goes hand in hand with My Own Creation and The Chosen One and may overlap with Lucky Accident. Often invokes ComesGreatResponsibility as well as YoureNothingWithoutYourPhlebotinum.
# Pure Will: A suitably motivated [[BadassNormal mere mortal]] achieves a high degree of competence in crimefighting owing to a combination of extreme training and/or scientific/engineering ability along with native ingenuity; e.g., Batman, the second ComicBook/BlueBeetle (Ted Kord).
# SuperpowerfulGenetics: They inherited their powers (whether the same or completely different) from, at least, one superpowered parent or ancestor; e.g., Spider-Man's daughter [[ComicBook/SpiderGirl Spider-Girl]], Violet and Dash from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', [[ComicBook/{{Magneto}} Magneto's]] twin children ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} and ComicBook/{{Scarlet Witch}} or the entire student body of Film/SkyHigh. Tends to overlap with Evolutionary Levels.
# EvolutionaryLevels: They were just simply born with superpowers maybe as a result of a BizarreBabyBoom or a mere biological fluke of some kind. These powers could manifest at any point in their life, though it often occurs [[PubertySuperpower during puberty]]; e.g., the [[ComicBook/XMen X-Men]].
# Random Selection: Something totally random that nevertheless isn't an "accident"; e.g., any [[{{Mutants}} mutant]] character. Tends to be {{retcon}}ned into one of the others later.

...each of which has its associated tropes. Any of the last seven may be {{retcon}}ned into The Chosen One. {{Supervillain}}s also get their powers in these ways, though their accidents tend to be more unlucky, thus initiating their StartOfDarkness. Occasionally, these can be compounded across several characters with a MassSuperEmpoweringEvent.

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# TheChosenOne: '''TheChosenOne''': Given powers by an [[MentorArchetype ancient and wise being]], such as an [[TouchedByVorlons alien]], one of the PowersThatBe, or a being that's a [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien combination of the two]]; e.g., Captain Marvel (who is [[IAmNotShazam not Shazam]]) or UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} GreenLantern, or [[BequeathedPower the previous wielder handed it down]]. Note that the transfer of power isn't always positive as they may now be BlessedWithSuck thanks to a GypsyCurse; e.g., ComicBook/GhostRider.
# Non-Human Hero: '''Non-Human Hero''': They're superhuman because they're ''not'' human at all; e.g., aliens like Franchise/{{Superman}} or ComicBook/MartianManhunter; after all, they're [[SpaceIsMagic from space]] or they're from a mystical realm like Franchise/WonderWoman or ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} or they're deities/demi-gods like [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]. They might alternately be [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetically engineered]], a [[WeCanRebuildHim cyborg]] (inevitably involuntary and {{Angst}}ing over his [[WhatHaveIBecome condition]]), or otherwise a [[ArtificialHuman creation of science]]; e.g., WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls. In this case, expect them to be a PhlebotinumRebel.
# Lucky Accident: '''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.
# My '''My Own Creation: Creation''': A scientist, engineer, or other makes-cool-stuff type invents something that gives them powers and uses it to help people; e.g., IronMan, Henry Pym (Ant Man/Giant Man/Yellowjacket/Goliath/Whatever he calls himself now). These types [[ReedRichardsIsUseless rarely sell their secret or use it to empower others]], usually on the basis of "I can't trust anyone else to use X responsibly".
# AppliedPhlebotinum: '''AppliedPhlebotinum''': Their powers may not strictly derive from ''them'', but rather from using a MagicalAccessory, an UpgradeArtifact or even an ArtifactOfDoom they just happen to came across; e.g., ComicBook/TheMask. It could also be a powerful substance that renders them impervious; e.g., Film/{{Blankman}}. Naturally goes hand in hand with My Own Creation and The Chosen One and may overlap with Lucky Accident. Often invokes ComesGreatResponsibility as well as YoureNothingWithoutYourPhlebotinum.
# Pure Will: '''Pure Will''': A suitably motivated [[BadassNormal mere mortal]] achieves a high degree of competence in crimefighting owing to a combination of extreme training and/or scientific/engineering ability along with native ingenuity; e.g., Batman, the second ComicBook/BlueBeetle (Ted Kord).
# SuperpowerfulGenetics: '''EvolutionaryLevels''': Sometimes, they're just simply born with superpowers maybe as a result of a BizarreBabyBoom, a mere biological fluke of some kind or other mysterious circumstances. These powers could manifest at any point in their life, though it often occurs [[PubertySuperpower during puberty]]; e.g., the [[ComicBook/XMen X-Men]].
# '''SuperpowerfulGenetics''':
They inherited their powers (whether the same or completely different) from, at least, one superpowered parent or ancestor; e.g., Spider-Man's daughter [[ComicBook/SpiderGirl Spider-Girl]], Violet and Dash from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', [[ComicBook/{{Magneto}} Magneto's]] twin children ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} and ComicBook/{{Scarlet Witch}} or the entire student body of Film/SkyHigh. Tends to overlap with Evolutionary Levels.
# EvolutionaryLevels: They were just simply born with superpowers maybe as a result of a BizarreBabyBoom or a mere biological fluke of some kind. These powers could manifest at any point in their life, though it often occurs [[PubertySuperpower during puberty]]; e.g., the [[ComicBook/XMen X-Men]].
# Random Selection:
'''Random Selection''': Something totally random that nevertheless isn't an "accident"; e.g., any [[{{Mutants}} mutant]] character. Tends to be {{retcon}}ned into one of the others later.

...each of which has its associated tropes. Any of the last seven may be {{retcon}}ned into The Chosen One. {{Supervillain}}s can also get their powers in these ways, though their accidents tend to be more unlucky, thus initiating their StartOfDarkness. Occasionally, these can be compounded across several characters with a MassSuperEmpoweringEvent.
25th Dec '15 7:52:28 PM nombretomado
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# TheChosenOne: Given powers by an [[MentorArchetype ancient and wise being]], such as an [[TouchedByVorlons alien]], one of the PowersThatBe, or a being that's a [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien combination of the two]]; e.g., Captain Marvel (who is [[IAmNotShazam not Shazam]]) or the SilverAge GreenLantern, or [[BequeathedPower the previous wielder handed it down]]. Note that the transfer of power isn't always positive as they may now be BlessedWithSuck thanks to a GypsyCurse; e.g., ComicBook/GhostRider.

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# TheChosenOne: Given powers by an [[MentorArchetype ancient and wise being]], such as an [[TouchedByVorlons alien]], one of the PowersThatBe, or a being that's a [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien combination of the two]]; e.g., Captain Marvel (who is [[IAmNotShazam not Shazam]]) or the SilverAge UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} GreenLantern, or [[BequeathedPower the previous wielder handed it down]]. Note that the transfer of power isn't always positive as they may now be BlessedWithSuck thanks to a GypsyCurse; e.g., ComicBook/GhostRider.



* {{Deconstructed}} by the post-Crisis ComicBook/CaptainAtom, whose actual origin was kept secret by the military, which "revealed" his pre-Crisis, SilverAge, Charlton comics origin as his origin to the public.

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* {{Deconstructed}} by the post-Crisis ComicBook/CaptainAtom, whose actual origin was kept secret by the military, which "revealed" his pre-Crisis, SilverAge, [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]], Charlton comics origin as his origin to the public.
13th Dec '15 1:30:44 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
-->'''Katara:''' [[OpeningNarration Water... Earth... Fire... Air. Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony.]] [[MemeticMutation Then everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.]] Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, could stop them. But when the world needed him most, he vanished. A hundred years passed and my brother and I discovered the new Avatar, an airbender named [[TheHero Aang]]. And although his airbending skills are great, he still has a lot to learn before he's ready to save anyone. But I believe Aang can save the world.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' lays it out in the OpeningNarration before every episode. All together now:
-->'''Katara:''' [[OpeningNarration Water... Earth... Fire...[[ElementalNation Water. Earth. Fire. Air. Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony.]] [[MemeticMutation Then everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.]] Only [[TheChosenOne the Avatar, Avatar]], master of all four elements, could stop them. But when the world needed him most, he vanished. A hundred years passed and my brother and I discovered the new Avatar, an airbender named [[TheHero Aang]]. And although his airbending skills are great, he still has a lot to learn before he's ready to save anyone. But I believe Aang can save the world.
27th Nov '15 6:30:14 PM nombretomado
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# SuperpowerfulGenetics: They inherited their powers (whether the same or completely different) from, at least, one superpowered parent or ancestor; e.g., Spider-Man's daughter [[ComicBook/SpiderGirl Spider-Girl]], Violet and Dash from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', [[ComicBook/{{Magneto}} Magneto's]] twin children ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} and {{Scarlet Witch}} or the entire student body of Film/SkyHigh. Tends to overlap with Evolutionary Levels.

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# SuperpowerfulGenetics: They inherited their powers (whether the same or completely different) from, at least, one superpowered parent or ancestor; e.g., Spider-Man's daughter [[ComicBook/SpiderGirl Spider-Girl]], Violet and Dash from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', [[ComicBook/{{Magneto}} Magneto's]] twin children ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} and {{Scarlet ComicBook/{{Scarlet Witch}} or the entire student body of Film/SkyHigh. Tends to overlap with Evolutionary Levels.
1st Nov '15 11:22:45 AM nombretomado
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# SuperpowerfulGenetics: They inherited their powers (whether the same or completely different) from, at least, one superpowered parent or ancestor; e.g., Spider-Man's daughter [[ComicBook/SpiderGirl Spider-Girl]], Violet and Dash from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', [[ComicBook/{{Magneto}} Magneto's]] twin children {{Quicksilver}} and {{Scarlet Witch}} or the entire student body of Film/SkyHigh. Tends to overlap with Evolutionary Levels.

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# SuperpowerfulGenetics: They inherited their powers (whether the same or completely different) from, at least, one superpowered parent or ancestor; e.g., Spider-Man's daughter [[ComicBook/SpiderGirl Spider-Girl]], Violet and Dash from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', [[ComicBook/{{Magneto}} Magneto's]] twin children {{Quicksilver}} ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} and {{Scarlet Witch}} or the entire student body of Film/SkyHigh. Tends to overlap with Evolutionary Levels.
18th Oct '15 9:16:44 AM Anddrix
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# SuperpowerfulGenetics: They inherited their powers (whether the same or completely different) from, at least, one superpowered parent or ancestor; e.g., Spider-Man's daughter [[ComicBook/SpiderGirl Spider-Girl]], Violet and Dash from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', [[{{SelfDemonstrating/Magneto}} Magneto's]] twin children {{Quicksilver}} and {{Scarlet Witch}} or the entire student body of Film/SkyHigh. Tends to overlap with Evolutionary Levels.

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# SuperpowerfulGenetics: They inherited their powers (whether the same or completely different) from, at least, one superpowered parent or ancestor; e.g., Spider-Man's daughter [[ComicBook/SpiderGirl Spider-Girl]], Violet and Dash from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', [[{{SelfDemonstrating/Magneto}} [[ComicBook/{{Magneto}} Magneto's]] twin children {{Quicksilver}} and {{Scarlet Witch}} or the entire student body of Film/SkyHigh. Tends to overlap with Evolutionary Levels.
12th Sep '15 7:28:13 PM nombretomado
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* {{Deconstructed}} by the post-Crisis CaptainAtom, whose actual origin was kept secret by the military, which "revealed" his pre-Crisis, SilverAge, Charlton comics origin as his origin to the public.

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* {{Deconstructed}} by the post-Crisis CaptainAtom, ComicBook/CaptainAtom, whose actual origin was kept secret by the military, which "revealed" his pre-Crisis, SilverAge, Charlton comics origin as his origin to the public.
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