These Look Like Jobs For The Supermen
A Just For Fun article which points out obvious jobs superheroes SHOULD have but dont.


(permanent link) added: 2012-02-28 11:57:54 sponsor: KingZeal (last reply: 2012-10-24 11:31:34)

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Comic Book Superheroes follow certain strict genre conventions: superhero costumes, Code Names, Secret Identities, and fights for absolutely no good reason.

But we here at TV Tropes love ruining things you love, so this page is here to deconstruct one question: are there no other, better things, that a Differently Powered Individual could do with their abilities?

A few rules:

See also: Stock Superpowers, Mundane Utility, Boxing Lessons for Superman, Reed Richards Is Useless and Cut Lex Luthor a Check.

See Superhuman Trafficking when supers are forced into these types of tasks, and Super Registration Act for how Muggles would likely categorize these job-seekers.


Examples:


  • An Ice Person:
    • Refrigeration
    • Climate control

  • Animal Eye Spy
    • Wildlife documentries
    • Game Keeper
    • Lost pet rescue service
    • Naturologist

  • Barrier Warrior:
    • Safety failsafe
    • Crowd control
    • Contact sports official

  • Blow You Away:
    • Aerodynamic research
    • Wind tunnel testing
    • Just about anything to do with Ventilation
    • Wind turbine

  • Charm Person
    • Negotiator

  • Combat Tentacles
    • Massage therapist

  • Compelling Voice:
    • Addiction recovery counselor
    • Motivational speaker
    • Personal training
    • Scheduling Assistant

  • Detect Evil
    • Any type of civil service, justice department or public relations profession. Preferrably as a clerk or advisor, separate from the person who makes final decisions.

  • Dishing Out Dirt:
    • Landscaping
    • Construction
    • Mining
    • Excavation
    • Soil trade

  • The Empath:
    • Mediator for legal disputes or business negotiations
    • Marriage counselor
    • Sex therapist

  • Eye Beams:
    • Laser surgeons
    • Welders

  • Extra Ore Dinary:
    • Mining
    • Manufacturing

  • Flight:
    • Painters
    • Cable guys
    • Maintenance/custodial jobs

  • Flying Brick:
    • On-board air travel security (for preventing hijackings, safe evacuation or even catching falling planes)
    • Towing service
    • Construction worker
    • Superman
      • Short-order cook. He can heat things up, move at superspeed, etc.

  • Gravity Master:
    • Amusement park attraction
    • Heavy lifting
    • Propulsion/transportation
    • Astronaut
    • Human turbine

  • Green Thumb:
    • Farmer
    • Horticulturist
    • Aromatic
    • Herbalist
    • Spice trader
    • Aromatherapist

  • Healer:
    • Meat production (provided they can heal flesh but not resurrect)
    • Beautician

  • Having a Blast:
    • Mining
    • Demolitions
    • Human combustion engine

  • Humanshifting
    • Actor/Impressionist
    • Stunt Double
    • Professional Body Double/Decoy
    • Therapist[[hottip:*:Turning into dead loved ones to give closure, giving a shy person the courage to talk to a crush, stand up to an abuser, or ask a boss for a raise.]]

  • Incredible Shrinking Man:
    • Mechanical repair
    • Locksmithing
    • Watchmaking
    • Building inspector

  • Light The Way
    • Exploration
    • Search and rescue
    • Laser surgery
    • Welding

  • Making a Splash:
    • Drought relief
    • Irrigation
    • Cleaning services
    • Plumbing
    • Human water turbine

  • Master of Illusion:
    • Home entertainment
    • Office presentation
    • Ceremonies

  • Paper Master:
    • Records clerk
    • Toymaker
    • Origami artist
    • Office organizer
    • Corporate shredding

  • Playing with Fire:
    • Firefighter
    • Chef
    • Glass production
    • Limitless energy source

  • Self-Duplication:
    • One-man work crew
    • One-man sports team
    • Film extra
    • Control group for research

  • Super Senses
    • Any type of inspection work
    • Stage magician
    • Security advisor
    • Quality assurance
    • Post war minesweeper
    • Any type of medical professional

  • Super Smoke:
    • Building inspector

  • Super Speed:
    • Messenger/Delivery Service
    • Census taker
    • Human turbine

  • Super Strength:
    • Construction worker

  • Teleporter:
    • Travel guide
    • Messenger/Delivery Service

  • Technopath:
    • Pretty much any tech support job
    • Technological research

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