A large amount of solo superhero comics roughly follow the following cast set up, similar to the 5 man band for ensembles. Hero (no surprise there) Civilian Cast: usually don't know secret identity Parent(s) (usually only one, sometimes guardian, uncle, grandparent) Friends/Coworkers Disposable Civilian Love interest Boss/ Teacher Hero-ing cast: May not know civilian identity. Nakama and friendly guest stars Tech and info person. Mission control. Reporter/Police Officer. 2 varieties: 1) Helpful, friendly version. Gives info, keeps others off hero's back. Ally. 2) Grudging, curious or Knight Templar version who tries to discover hero's identity or frame them. Neutral-to-foe. Mentor. May come down under mission control or parent or nakama/friend guest star Superhero love interest: Generally gets more screen time than civilian counterpart; less likely to end up a Scrappy or Wesley. Villains: Archenemy: often the Big Bad. May be a shadow counterpart, or polar opposite, of the hero. Might be inherited from mentor, or previous legacy holder. Rogues Gallery: the recurring, vaguely aligned foes of the hero Crisis/Crossover foes: pop up briefly as Big Bads for Crises and Crossovers, with little prompting within the solo book
- A large amount of superhero comics use this template:
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