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7th May '17 8:11:50 PM SgtFrog1
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** Of course, [[EveryoneIsASuper when approximately 80% of the entire human race]] has some sort of super-power, it's no wonder this program works so smoothly.
8th Apr '17 6:47:25 PM azul120
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* The SuperRegistrationAct has been implemented in the ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' universe for at least several decades and generally works without a hitch. The Justice Bureau approves all heroes and allows them to sign up with a sponsor company and serve as private law enforcement/celebrities (technically, it's possible to be a free agent without a sponsor, but it's almost unheard of). While only NEXT have been shown to be active as heroes, presumably anyone without a criminal record has the opportunity to become one. Any hero under investigation for criminal behavior is suspended until they're cleared of all charges. Damages are handled either by the sponsor company or, if a judge rules that property damage was necessary in order for a hero to do their job properly, by the state.

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* The SuperRegistrationAct Super Registration Act has been implemented in the ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' universe for at least several decades and generally works without a hitch. The Justice Bureau approves all heroes and allows them to sign up with a sponsor company and serve as private law enforcement/celebrities (technically, it's possible to be a free agent without a sponsor, but it's almost unheard of). While only NEXT have been shown to be active as heroes, presumably anyone without a criminal record has the opportunity to become one. Any hero under investigation for criminal behavior is suspended until they're cleared of all charges. Damages are handled either by the sponsor company or, if a judge rules that property damage was necessary in order for a hero to do their job properly, by the state.



* Back during the "Acts of Vengeance" CrisisCrossover, a SuperRegistrationAct was proposed, though it was defeated by the political power of the ComicBook/FantasticFour and ComicBook/TheAvengers; this was pointed out later as something that eventually led to...

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* Back during the "Acts of Vengeance" CrisisCrossover, a SuperRegistrationAct Super Registration Act was proposed, though it was defeated by the political power of the ComicBook/FantasticFour and ComicBook/TheAvengers; this was pointed out later as something that eventually led to...



* A ''ComicBook/DarkwingDuck'' comic where several superheroes led by a [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Mr. Fantastic]] CaptainErsatz arrived in St. Canard City and tried to enforce a SuperRegistrationAct. Darkwing, of course, didn't like this. In the end, he turned out to be right, as Mr. Wonderful's boss turned out to be Steelbeak in disguise, making the whole thing a FOWL plan to keep track of all their enemies. This comic [[HilariousInHindsight became much funnier]] after ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' came out.

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* A ''ComicBook/DarkwingDuck'' comic where several superheroes led by a [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Mr. Fantastic]] CaptainErsatz arrived in St. Canard City and tried to enforce a SuperRegistrationAct.Super Registration Act. Darkwing, of course, didn't like this. In the end, he turned out to be right, as Mr. Wonderful's boss turned out to be Steelbeak in disguise, making the whole thing a FOWL plan to keep track of all their enemies. This comic [[HilariousInHindsight became much funnier]] after ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' came out.



** The second book, ''Fortress Frontier'', goes more into the laws surrounding Latents, and it makes it quite clear that the laws suppressing and controlling Latents were put into place by a completely ''terrified'' administration who believe that stripping Latents of their rights and forcing them into military service is the only way to protect society from them. Counterarguments are raised that the SuperRegistrationAct's harsh policies are the cause of the entire problem with Latents; Selfers rebel ''because'' their only options are imprisonment or military service, and many people argue against a system that strips rights from people for something they have no control over, particularly in a society that prizes individual freedoms.

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** The second book, ''Fortress Frontier'', goes more into the laws surrounding Latents, and it makes it quite clear that the laws suppressing and controlling Latents were put into place by a completely ''terrified'' administration who believe that stripping Latents of their rights and forcing them into military service is the only way to protect society from them. Counterarguments are raised that the SuperRegistrationAct's Super Registration Act's harsh policies are the cause of the entire problem with Latents; Selfers rebel ''because'' their only options are imprisonment or military service, and many people argue against a system that strips rights from people for something they have no control over, particularly in a society that prizes individual freedoms.
16th Mar '17 9:44:59 AM nombretomado
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* The Moore Act in the "[[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Iron Age]]" setting of ''MutantsAndMasterminds'' made superheroes illegal in Freedom City. Named after Mayor Franklin Moore (who, in turn, was named after Creator/AlanMoore, creator of the Keene Act in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'').

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* The Moore Act in the "[[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Iron Age]]" setting of ''MutantsAndMasterminds'' ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' made superheroes illegal in Freedom City. Named after Mayor Franklin Moore (who, in turn, was named after Creator/AlanMoore, creator of the Keene Act in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'').



* This is basically the status quo in the WhateleyUniverse, where mutants are required by law to have a Mutant ID card and present it at customs or when boarding commercial flights. Students at Whateley Academy can choose to either 'voluntarily' get one or be expelled. There are separate categories of cards for Heroes, Villains, Vigilantes, Students and Civilians. Offenders are issued a "Villain" card upon release from prison since villains can't be expected to voluntarily register, [[ThenLetMeBeEvil which effectively locks them into a villainous lifestyle]] even if they want to go straight.

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* This is basically the status quo in the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, where mutants are required by law to have a Mutant ID card and present it at customs or when boarding commercial flights. Students at Whateley Academy can choose to either 'voluntarily' get one or be expelled. There are separate categories of cards for Heroes, Villains, Vigilantes, Students and Civilians. Offenders are issued a "Villain" card upon release from prison since villains can't be expected to voluntarily register, [[ThenLetMeBeEvil which effectively locks them into a villainous lifestyle]] even if they want to go straight.



** And Later in ''XMenEvolution'' when Former Principal Edward Kelly is running for Mayor and one of his plans is for a Mutant Registration Act, to essentially segregate Mutants from humans and treat them like an inferior race. The X-Men are unwilling to get involved due to the way it could backfire. The Brotherhood, not so much.

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** And Later in ''XMenEvolution'' ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' when Former Principal Edward Kelly is running for Mayor and one of his plans is for a Mutant Registration Act, to essentially segregate Mutants from humans and treat them like an inferior race. The X-Men are unwilling to get involved due to the way it could backfire. The Brotherhood, not so much.
14th Mar '17 2:37:38 AM morenohijazo
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* The ''TabletopGames/{{Champions}} 5th Edition'' has a Superhuman Registration Act in its game universe BackStory. It uses it in an uncommonly sensible fashion -- widespread public protests were unable to get it formally repealed, but it's now a law that the government virtually never tries to enforce, let alone use as an excuse for metahuman conscription. Several of the most prominent superhero teams of the Champions Universe have officially registered and sanctioned themselves, but many superheroes have chosen not to, with little official interference in their lives. It still remains on the books, but it's normally used only as the legal authority to demand (and record, and distribute) the true identity of any metahuman already being arrested on another criminal charge. However, the lives of registered metahumans are made easier in several ways as compared to unregistered ones -- they can testify in court without having to reveal their secret identities publically (as those identities have already been revealed to the government and are thus available to the court, if not the public), they are offered opportunities for basic law enforcement training and certification as deputies, etc. They do need to follow certain guidelines - not killing opponens unless completely unavoidable, trying to avoid colateral damage and such, however.

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* The ''TabletopGames/{{Champions}} ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}} 5th Edition'' has a Superhuman Registration Act in its game universe BackStory. It uses it in an uncommonly sensible fashion -- widespread public protests were unable to get it formally repealed, but it's now a law that the government virtually never tries to enforce, let alone use as an excuse for metahuman conscription. Several of the most prominent superhero teams of the Champions Universe have officially registered and sanctioned themselves, but many superheroes have chosen not to, with little official interference in their lives. It still remains on the books, but it's normally used only as the legal authority to demand (and record, and distribute) the true identity of any metahuman already being arrested on another criminal charge. However, the lives of registered metahumans are made easier in several ways as compared to unregistered ones -- they can testify in court without having to reveal their secret identities publically (as those identities have already been revealed to the government and are thus available to the court, if not the public), they are offered opportunities for basic law enforcement training and certification as deputies, etc. They do need to follow certain guidelines - not killing opponens unless completely unavoidable, trying to avoid colateral damage and such, however.
25th Jan '17 12:08:21 PM MarqFJA
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* Subversion in ''Manga/OnePunchMan''. Supers are not ''required'' to register, but unregistered heroes are not taken seriously by the general public. The titular character starts out as a "hero for fun" who was blissfully unaware that registration was even a thing (somehow) and does not start receiving any form of public recognition for his acts of heroism until well after he has already several potentially city-destroying incidents.

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* Subversion in ''Manga/OnePunchMan''. Supers are not ''required'' to register, but unregistered heroes are not taken seriously by the general public. The titular character starts out as a "hero for fun" who was blissfully unaware that registration was even a thing (somehow) and does not start receiving any form of public recognition for his acts of heroism until well after he has already prevented several potentially city-destroying incidents.
7th Jan '17 2:35:28 PM tsstevens
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* Season 11 of ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has brought in this story after a dragon attack destroys much of San Francisco. Kennedy and her commando Slayers are already working for the government against the supernatural threat and are currently working to bring order to chaos, including keeping normal humans from attacking vampires and demons. Buffy and Willow are dead set against being recruited. Spike sees this as racism not unlike what he would have seen over the decades. And they are set to be on the run.
27th Dec '16 12:09:22 PM Ciabella
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* In Literature/KronikiDrugiegoKregu Lengorchian parents are required to register their magical children with the Circle, a powerful organization composed of and run by the mages themselves. Registered mages enjoy a number of legal privileges and can count on the Circle to provide them with financial support and career opportunities. Problems start if a mage becomes too independent. The Circle is not above imprisoning, torturing or even killing such individuals to maintain control.

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* In Literature/KronikiDrugiegoKregu ''Literature/KronikiDrugiegoKregu'' Lengorchian parents are required to register their magical children with the Circle, a powerful organization composed of and run by the mages themselves. Registered mages enjoy a number of legal privileges and can count on the Circle to provide them with financial support and career opportunities. Problems start if a mage becomes too independent. The Circle is not above imprisoning, torturing or even killing such individuals to maintain control.
27th Dec '16 12:07:41 PM Ciabella
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* In Literature/KronikiDrugiegoKregu Lengorchian parents are required to register their magical children with the Circle, a powerful organization composed of and run by the mages themselves. Registered mages enjoy a number of legal privileges and can count on the Circle to provide them with financial support and career opportunities. Problems start if a mage becomes too independent. The Circle is not above imprisoning, torturing or even killing such individuals to maintain control.
7th Dec '16 6:03:39 PM Kalaong
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* ZigZagged in ''Literature/{{Worm}}''; On the permissive side; No-one with super-powers is required to register, even if they register their powers they aren't required to join government service, and as long as they refrain from killing even ''repeat offense criminals'' aren't required to disclose their identities, with severe punishments for such an act. This is justified in-universe as all powers being the result of TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening, which is unlikely to create individuals pre-disposed towards authority - and supervillains who are willing to show up for [[GodzillaThreshold the really bad incidents]] are always welcomed. On the oppressive side; those outside government service have incredible difficulty finding legitimate uses fo their powers - gadget-makers aren't permitted to patent their inventions, espers aren't permitted to play the stock market, etc.

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* ZigZagged in ''Literature/{{Worm}}''; On ''Literature/{{Worm}}'';
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the permissive side; No-one with super-powers is required to register, even if they register their powers they aren't required to join government service, and as long as they refrain from killing even ''repeat offense criminals'' aren't required to disclose their identities, with severe punishments for such an act. This is justified in-universe as all powers being the result of TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening, which is unlikely to create individuals pre-disposed towards authority - and supervillains who are willing to show up for [[GodzillaThreshold the really bad incidents]] are always welcomed. On
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the oppressive side; those outside government service have incredible difficulty finding legitimate uses fo their powers - gadget-makers aren't permitted to patent their inventions, espers aren't permitted to play the stock market, etc.etc. Even "rogues" - individuals who have registered yet choose not to enter government service - are unfairly observed by auditors and law enforcement in the hopes of catching them skirting the law so they can be drafted.
7th Dec '16 6:01:32 PM Kalaong
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* ZigZagged in ''Literature/{{Worm}}''; On the permissive side; No-one with super-powers is required to register, even if they register their powers they aren't required to join government service, and as long as they refrain from killing even ''repeat offense criminals'' aren't required to disclose their identities, with severe punishments for such an act. This is justified in-universe as all powers being the result of TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening, which is unlikely to create individuals pre-disposed towards authority - and supervillains who are willing to show up for [[GodzillaThreshold the really bad incidents]] are always welcomed. On the oppressive side; those outside government service have incredible difficulty finding legitimate uses fo their powers - gadget-makers aren't permitted to patent their inventions, espers aren't permitted to play the stock market, etc.
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