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25th Jul '16 11:45:02 PM Sharysa
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* ''[[{{WebOriginal/Takotsubo}} Takotsubo: The story of a superhero]]'' is a {{Deconstruction}} of this, seeing as it's a story about ''[[GenericEthnicCrimeGang the Asian gangster stereotype]]'' instead of a standard hero. Cord Cai is an unassuming Asian-American young man, [[TheAtoner who's trying to be good]] after a life of street gangs and homophobia. After his fiance Roland gets shot, the police barely manage to help, and Cord [[InterruptedSuicide attempts to jump off the Golden Gate, but gets spotted and taken to the hospital]]. Later on, he tracks down the murderer and shoots him [[TragicVillain because he thinks street law is the only way to make things fair.]] Of course, his gang alias is ''the TinMan'' and the story's tagline openly states that this is ''"[[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre the story of a superhero.]]"''

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* ''[[{{WebOriginal/Takotsubo}} Takotsubo: The story of a superhero]]'' is a {{Deconstruction}} of this, seeing as it's a story about the protagonist is ''[[GenericEthnicCrimeGang the an Asian gangster stereotype]]'' gangster]]'' instead of a standard hero. Cord Cai is an unassuming Asian-American young man, [[TheAtoner who's trying to be good]] after a life of street gangs and homophobia. After his fiance Roland gets shot, the police barely manage to help, and Cord [[InterruptedSuicide attempts to jump off the Golden Gate, but gets spotted and taken to the hospital]]. Later on, he tracks down the murderer and shoots him [[TragicVillain because he thinks street law is the only way to make things fair.]] Of course, his gang alias is ''the TinMan'' and the story's tagline openly states that this is ''"[[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre the story of a superhero.]]"''
25th Jul '16 11:39:18 PM Sharysa
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* ''[[{{WebOriginal/Takotsubo}} Takotsubo: The story of a superhero]]'' is a {{Deconstruction}} of this, seeing as it's a story about ''[[GenericEthnicCrimeGang the Asian gangster stereotype]]'' instead of a standard hero. Cord Cai is a sweet and unassuming Asian-American young man, [[TheAtoner who's trying to be good]] after a life of street gangs and homophobia. Then his fiance Roland gets shot, the police barely manage to help, and Cord goes through a [[InterruptedSuicide thwarted suicide attempt]] before he tracks down the murderer and shoots him [[TragicVillain because he thinks street law is the only way to make things fair.]] Of course, his gang alias is ''the TinMan'' and the story's tagline openly states that this is ''"[[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre the story of a superhero.]]"''

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* ''[[{{WebOriginal/Takotsubo}} Takotsubo: The story of a superhero]]'' is a {{Deconstruction}} of this, seeing as it's a story about ''[[GenericEthnicCrimeGang the Asian gangster stereotype]]'' instead of a standard hero. Cord Cai is a sweet and an unassuming Asian-American young man, [[TheAtoner who's trying to be good]] after a life of street gangs and homophobia. Then After his fiance Roland gets shot, the police barely manage to help, and Cord goes through a [[InterruptedSuicide thwarted suicide attempt]] before attempts to jump off the Golden Gate, but gets spotted and taken to the hospital]]. Later on, he tracks down the murderer and shoots him [[TragicVillain because he thinks street law is the only way to make things fair.]] Of course, his gang alias is ''the TinMan'' and the story's tagline openly states that this is ''"[[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre the story of a superhero.]]"''
23rd Jul '16 2:56:06 PM nombretomado
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* {{Captain Underpants}}'s origin story is told in [[ShowWithinAShow one of George and Harold's comics]] - he was born as "Little Baby Underpants" on the planet Underpantyworld, which was under attack by the Wedgie Warlords. Little Baby Underpants's father, Big Daddy Long Johns, created an amulet intended to prevent the planet's destruction from the spray starch the Warlords were using, but it ends up in his son's underwear. Big Daddy Long Johns and his wife, Princess Pantyhose, reluctantly decide to save Little Baby Underpants instead, and they slingshot him (using his underwear) to Earth, where he is adopted and renamed "Captain" by an old couple. Captain's birth parents eventually appeared to him in a dream, revealing his origins and inspiring him to become a superhero. Outside of the comics, Captain Underpants was created when George and Harold use a 3D Hypno Ring on their [[SadistTeacher mean principal]] Benny Krupp and can't properly undo the hypnotic trance as they lost the instructions. Resorting to breaking the trance by dumping water on his head, Krupp can be put back in the trance at the snap of a finger. He later gains superpowers as Captain Underpants when given superpower juice, though wearing clothes as Mr. Krupp keeps these powers dormant.

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* {{Captain Literature/{{Captain Underpants}}'s origin story is told in [[ShowWithinAShow one of George and Harold's comics]] - he was born as "Little Baby Underpants" on the planet Underpantyworld, which was under attack by the Wedgie Warlords. Little Baby Underpants's father, Big Daddy Long Johns, created an amulet intended to prevent the planet's destruction from the spray starch the Warlords were using, but it ends up in his son's underwear. Big Daddy Long Johns and his wife, Princess Pantyhose, reluctantly decide to save Little Baby Underpants instead, and they slingshot him (using his underwear) to Earth, where he is adopted and renamed "Captain" by an old couple. Captain's birth parents eventually appeared to him in a dream, revealing his origins and inspiring him to become a superhero. Outside of the comics, Captain Underpants was created when George and Harold use a 3D Hypno Ring on their [[SadistTeacher mean principal]] Benny Krupp and can't properly undo the hypnotic trance as they lost the instructions. Resorting to breaking the trance by dumping water on his head, Krupp can be put back in the trance at the snap of a finger. He later gains superpowers as Captain Underpants when given superpower juice, though wearing clothes as Mr. Krupp keeps these powers dormant.
17th Jul '16 11:35:48 PM Sharysa
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* ''{{WebOriginal/Takotsubo}}'' is a {{Deconstruction}} of the superhero origin, dealt with specifically in the short story ''Gunsmoke''. Cord Cai is a sweet and unassuming Asian-American young man [[TheAtoner who's trying to be good]] after a life of street gangs and homophobia. Then his fiance Roland gets shot, the police barely manage to help, and he feels like [[TragicVillain his only option left is to become a gangster anyway.]] Of course, his gang alias is ''the TinMan'' and the story's tagline openly states that ''"[[InternalizedCategorism Despite his own beliefs,]] he is in fact a hero."''

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* ''{{WebOriginal/Takotsubo}}'' ''[[{{WebOriginal/Takotsubo}} Takotsubo: The story of a superhero]]'' is a {{Deconstruction}} of the superhero origin, dealt with specifically in the short this, seeing as it's a story ''Gunsmoke''. about ''[[GenericEthnicCrimeGang the Asian gangster stereotype]]'' instead of a standard hero. Cord Cai is a sweet and unassuming Asian-American young man man, [[TheAtoner who's trying to be good]] after a life of street gangs and homophobia. Then his fiance Roland gets shot, the police barely manage to help, and Cord goes through a [[InterruptedSuicide thwarted suicide attempt]] before he feels like tracks down the murderer and shoots him [[TragicVillain his because he thinks street law is the only option left is way to become a gangster anyway.make things fair.]] Of course, his gang alias is ''the TinMan'' and the story's tagline openly states that ''"[[InternalizedCategorism Despite his own beliefs,]] he this is in fact ''"[[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre the story of a hero."''superhero.]]"''
11th Jun '16 12:53:46 PM Sharysa
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* ''{{WebOriginal/Takotsubo}}'' is a {{Deconstruction}} of the superhero origin, dealt with specifically in the short story ''Gunsmoke''. Cord Cai is a sweet and unassuming young man [[TheAtoner trying to be good]] after a hard life of street gangs and homophobia. Then his fiance Roland gets shot, the police barely manage to help, and he feels like [[TragicVillain his only option left is to become a gangster anyway.]] Of course, his gang alias is ''the TinMan'' and the story's tagline openly states that ''"[[InternalizedCategorism Despite his own beliefs,]] he is in fact a hero."''

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* ''{{WebOriginal/Takotsubo}}'' is a {{Deconstruction}} of the superhero origin, dealt with specifically in the short story ''Gunsmoke''. Cord Cai is a sweet and unassuming Asian-American young man [[TheAtoner who's trying to be good]] after a hard life of street gangs and homophobia. Then his fiance Roland gets shot, the police barely manage to help, and he feels like [[TragicVillain his only option left is to become a gangster anyway.]] Of course, his gang alias is ''the TinMan'' and the story's tagline openly states that ''"[[InternalizedCategorism Despite his own beliefs,]] he is in fact a hero."''
11th Jun '16 12:52:54 PM Sharysa
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* ''{{WebOriginal/Takotsubo}}'' is a {{Deconstruction}} of the superhero origin, dealt with specifically in the short story ''Gunsmoke''. Cord Cai is a sweet and unassuming young man [[TheAtoner trying to be good]] after a hard life of street gangs and homophobia. Then his fiance Roland gets shot, the police barely manage to help, and he feels like [[TragicVillain his only option left is to become a gangster anyway.]] Of course, his gang alias is ''the TinMan'' and the story's tagline openly states that ''"[[InternalizedCategorism Despite his own beliefs,]] he is in fact a hero."''
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.
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