What StandardFantasySetting and StandardScifiSetting are for Fantasy and ScienceFiction, this is for SuperHero genre: a setting of the sort in which most (though not all) superhero comic books and other narratives take place. Through the genre dates to the 1940s, [[NewerThanTheyThink the clear and definite rules for generic superhero settings weren't really solidified]] until TheSixties, when Creator/MarvelComics and Creator/DCComics started making a full use of their Universes. See also SuperheroPrevalenceStages.

'''Common ingredients:'''
* BigApplesauce: Incredible amount of super hero stories are set in either UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity or a fictional metropolis strongly resembling it. If not, there will in all likelihood still be a CityOfAdventure out there.
* ComicBookTime: Expect characters to last for decades without aging at all. [[note]] Though comics that are not LongRunners usually either avert this one, or justify it.[[/note]]
* StatusQuoIsGod: Prevalent, with [[VillainsActHeroesReact heroes preserving status quo]] and all changes being mostly cosmetic or temporary. Even in books that avert it, there's often a period of relative stability/routine adventuring, either in the {{Backstory}}, or the first act.
* FantasyKitchenSink: Most times, a generic SuperHero world has everything from gods to angels and demons to {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, from wizards and vampires to mad scientists and aliens to ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld. Every mythical creature may appear at some point.
** CrossoverCosmology: Usually one mythological pantheon running around is not enough.
* SecretIdentity
** BruceWayneHeldHostage
** LovesMyAlterEgo
* SharedUniverse: Most times, the setting is built around many comics sharing the same world or acting like there are others.
* TheCape: There is usually one of those, who inspires others and is seen as an example to follow. Nine cases out of 10, a CaptainErsatz of Franchise/{{Superman}}, through sometimes may be replaced by CaptainPatriotic.
* TheCowl: Street-level vigilante, most times based on Franchise/{{Batman}}, not the nicest of superheroes, usually serving as {{Foil}} for The Cape.
* DistaffCounterpart: There are usually several female heroes inspired by and/or related to male heroes who strive to become renowned heroes on their own, usually following the model codified by ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} and often overlapping with the {{Sidekick}}.
* SuperTeam: Expect one main and biggest, working on global scale, and several smaller and local to appear here and there.
* UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks: If there is a definite time period when superheroes appeared for the first time, it will usually be in the 1940s, though the very first superhero may have shown up in 1938, the year the first Superman comic was published. Occasionally, [[ProtoSuperhero earlier heroes]] will be recognized, but even then, expect this era to be a turning point, one way or another.
* UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks: Most of the time, TheSixties will be noted as the time of the biggest superhero boom in history.
* UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks: On a similar note, if a decade is singled out as darker and filled with Anti-Heroes, it will probably be the TheNineties, or less commonly TheEighties.
* SuperPowerLottery: People are probably getting all kinds of superpowers everywhere.
** RequiredSecondaryPowers: In later years, it has become more common to make use of this trope.
** FlyingBrick: At least one will certainly be there.
* ILoveNuclearPower, LightningCanDoAnything, TouchedByVorlons, TheChosenMany: Classic origin stories.
** PhlebotinumDuJour may occur in case of long-running universes.
** MetaOrigin, MassSuperEmpoweringEvent: Getting more and more popular.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: It's hard to tell a situation where two superheroes meet and don't start beating each other.
* {{Crossover}}
** BatFamilyCrossover
** CrisisCrossover
* SuperHeroesWearCapes
* SuperHeroesWearTights
** NotWearingTights: If they don't.

'''The following may be removed if the setting falls in certain values of SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, or due to other Implementation Details:'''
* ClarkKenting
* DeathIsCheap
* {{Deconstruction}}, {{Reconstruction}}, DeconReconSwitch
* HeroInsurance
* CardCarryingVillain
* ReedRichardsIsUseless
* BewareTheSuperman
* CutLexLuthorACheck
* SmugSuper
* SuperRegistrationAct
** CapeBusters
* SuperHeroSchool

[[AC:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan''
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''

* Creator/MarvelComics:
** Franchise/MarvelUniverse, one of the two {{Trope Maker}}s.
** ComicBook/UltimateMarvel
** ComicBook/MarvelComics2
** ComicBook/SquadronSupreme
** ComicBook/SupremePower
** ComicBook/TheUltraverse
* Creator/DCComics:
** Franchise/DCUniverse, being one of two Trope Makers.
** Creator/{{Wildstorm}} Universe (now incorporated into the DC Universe)
* Creator/ImageComics Universe which is a mix of several smaller, that may or may not be in one continuity, depending on whatever the writer feels like. Most of them (''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' is a little debatable), fit this trope.
* Creator/ValiantComics Universe
* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'', as a DeconReconSwitch of the genre, hits most, but not all, of the above.
* ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'', though usual Status Quo has been thrown out of the window at the very beginning.
* ''Comicbook/TheBoys'', through it plays with expectations.
* ''ComicBook/PS238''

* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse
* Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''
* ''[[Film/SkyHigh2005 Sky High]]''

* ''Literature/WildCards''
* ''Literature/{{Wearing the Cape}}''
* ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible''
* ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain''
* ''Literature/{{Hero}}''

* ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}''
* ''Superpowers Companion'' module for ''TabletopGame/SavageWorlds'' assumes this.
* ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse''

* ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline''
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''
* ''VideoGame/FreedomForce''

* ''Webcomic/{{Acrobat}}''
* ''Webcomic/BadGuyHigh'', through it's rather played as a parody most of the time.
* ''Essay Bee Comics Presents Fusion''
* ''Webcomic/HeroesUnite''
* ''Webcomic/{{Magellan}}''
* ''Webcomic/PowerpuffGirlsDoujinshi'', being a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover between several cartoons from which many are from SuperHero genre or already are examples of this trope, obviously turned out into this.

* ''Literature/JusticeSquad''
* Literature/WhateleyUniverse
* ''{{Literature/Worm}}''

* Entire Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''
* Both ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' with its two sub-shows - ''Dial M for Monkey'' and ''Justice Friends'' and WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls. Even more so if you count CanonWelding between them, caused by apperances of superheroes Major Glory and Valhallen in both shows, among many other things.