As the title says, what do you think are the most under-used superpowers for main characters in fiction?
Because although I see Elemental Powers
too often, Fire
, and Holy
are still the most overused elemental powers for hero characters. I don't remember any shows with Earth
, or Dark
-elemental heroes, save perhaps Kaze no Stigma
(MC is a Wind mage) and Encantandia
(Philippine TV series involving four Magic Knight
princesses bearing each one of the four elements: Air, Earth, Fire, and Water).
The main character from Suikoden I
has powers involving Instant Death
, which works 100% the time
except on bosses
, otherwise it would be too overpowered
Recently, there is Anti-Magic
, but it's considered iffy at best so it's underused IMO. The common problem with this ability is that readers tend to go "Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?
" when the hero is confronted with superpowered foes who keep on using their abilities even when it's very clear
that it doesn't work. At least they should have tried to hurt the Anti-Magic
hero indirectly, but no, it doesn't happen until late in the story, when power users start wising up and decide to use conventional weaponry or train in martial arts.
Superpowers categorized under What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?
are also example in my book, because there are only select situations where Heart Is an Awesome Power
. Green Thumb
is also an example for me, because really, plant powers seem to be weak at first glance, but it becomes awesome in the right hands.
So, what else do you think are considered underused superpowers for main characters?
edited 3rd Feb '13 7:33:34 PM by judasmartel