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K How to invent your own superhero

Think about his abilities right away. There are two directions: inhuman strength or a trained warrior. Record the origin of its capabilities. It is worth noting here how your hero became so. Either he trained for a long time and hard, or as a result of a mutation he began to possess extraordinary powers.

Choose your superhero mask. It can be of three types: completely hides the face, hides half of the face, is only in the eye area. Some heroes may have special “devices”, like those used by Batman. These are various cats, tracking devices, vehicles and more. Draw them too.

Make a biography of the superhero. Here indicate how he received his strength, why he entered the path of struggle with evil. Describe his childhood and youth, education and career. Create a small storyline that brings your character to the path of a superhero. You can also think over his biography in full from birth to presumptive death. You can write about his interaction with other heroes, partners, the opposite sex.

Part 1. Choose superpowers

Come up with random and “atomic” superpowers. Some characters have "atomic" superpowers, which they acquired as a result of contact with a certain substance. Such versions were especially popular in the 1940s during the Golden Age of comics, when the active development of nuclear technology began.

  • Daredevil, Spider-Man, Hulk, Flash and Dr. Manhattan are good examples of characters with such superpowers.

Forces from another world. Some characters have extraterrestrial abilities, gaining items or powers from other worlds. Such plots and abilities have a wide intergalactic scale, allowing the character to move between worlds and perform actions, violating all the laws of physics. Sometimes such characters may look like aliens or take on different guises.

  • Examples include Superman, Silver Surfer and Green Lantern.

Abilities resulting from mutations. Some characters have superpowers that have arisen as a result of other "natural" phenomena and are not inherent in ordinary people. The driving forces of all such changes are genetic manipulation, evolution and other factors. An important part of such abilities can be magic.

  • All X-Men, Captain America, John Constantine (the Messenger of Hell) and Aquaman are such characters, because their strengths and abilities are biologically determined.

Leave the hero without superpowers. In some comics, certain superheroes may not have super powers at all. Iron Man, Hawkeye and Batman do not have real superpowers, having only developed intelligence and man-made adaptations. Typically, such characters are rich enough to allow themselves better armor and gadgets, but a similar feature makes them more humane.

Try to think outside the box. Almost all traditional superpowers are already distributed, so try to come up with an unusual world in which other possibilities will become superpowers. Create a superhero who will live in a world that is a corridor with closed doors, and one of his hands will be the key. In most cases, the new superheroes are no longer people who can fly and wear a raincoat, and their names do not end with "-men".

Part 2. Form the personality of a superhero

Come up with the origin of the hero. Superheroes do not appear out of thin air. The story of the origin of the character contains valuable information about the hero. What would Superman be if Krypton had not been destroyed? What would happen to Batman if his rich parents had not died?

  • Where does your superhero come from?
  • Who were his parents?
  • How did his superpowers appear?
  • How does he earn a living?
  • What did the character fear in childhood?
  • Who are his friends?
  • What is your superhero aiming for?

Create a character look. The fun begins. The appearance and costume of the hero will distinguish him from other characters. All superheroes have a cool and memorable look and are always ready to fight evil. Come up with some colors and clothing for him to look special in.

  • Costume can correlate with abilities. If he has such powers as that of Superman, then he is unlikely to need protective armor or technological gadgets.
  • Many superheroes wear a mask to hide their identity. As a rule, the cloak was a symbolic element for the hero in the Golden and Silver Age of comics, but even today such a garment can be used.
  • Come up with a symbol. What meaning or symbol will allow people to immediately recognize your superhero? You need something like the letter S from Superman or the ring from the Green Lantern.
  • Some comic book characters do without a one-piece costume, they can be recognized by individual small elements (Wolverine's hair and whiskers).

Create a secret character identity. The second self or the secret identity of the hero is as important for the plot as superpowers. A superhero is good, but it is in ordinary life that a character acquires real features. What does he do when he does not save the universe from death? Who is he in real life? It is these aspects that are important for an interesting character.

  • In the life of a superhero, there must be struggle and suffering. Clark Kent is a great alter ego for Superman, because he can’t do anything right. The Krypton Kal-El will surely make efforts so that on Earth he succeeds.
  • In some cases, the hero’s secret identity may stem from a story of origin. If your character is a garbage collector who received superpowers when he accidentally found strange radioactive waste in his garbage, then his secret identity may be related to the main job - garbage collection.

Give superhero flaws. Superheroes are not perfect. An interesting character and plots should contain tension, which is impossible without difficulties. Flaws are an important part of any good character, and superheroes are no exception.

  • What goals does your hero set for himself?
  • What prevents him from getting what he wants?
  • What is the superhero afraid of?
  • What could piss him off?
  • What kind of weakness is characteristic of your character?

Come up with a suitable name. Now that the character has the hallmarks, superpowers, and flaws, it's time to find the right name. The name of the hero must be memorable to look good on the cover of comics. Choose a name that matches the strength and origin of the superhero.

  • The superhero name does not have to include the -men particle. Examples include John Constantine, the Swamp Beast, and Wolverine.

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Part 3: Make Up Stories

Create a world for the hero. Superman needs a Metropolis. A tanker needs Australia after the apocalypse, through which you can drive around in a tank. In what world will your hero live? What dangers and threats will lie in wait for the character? And ordinary people? A good story begins with your character's place of residence.

  • What problems exist in this world? A radioactive waste collector can live in any city on our planet, but would it not be more fun if you place it on Mars, where people suffer from a lack of water and provisions, gangs control the streets, and all the surrounding areas are littered with garbage and waste. Turn on the fantasy.

Invent a sworn enemy for a superhero. Who will your character fight with? With a group of villains? With one enemy who embodies absolute evil and does terrible things in the hometown of a superhero? Strong antagonists like the Joker, Doctor Octopus and Magneto are important for the plot as much as a superhero.

  • Use opposites. If the superhero is a garbage collector, then the evil surgeon who lives in a sterile laboratory and never goes outside can act as his opponent. He plans all his crimes inside a secret laboratory.
  • Enemies do not always have to be human. It is not necessary to come up with Batman who will fight the Joker.

Come up with minor characters. Superhero stories are not only heroes and villains. It is necessary to introduce ordinary people into the story so that the rates increase. Commissioner Gordon, Jonathan Kent, April O’Neill and Uncle Ben are great examples of characters who motivate and influence superhero decisions in famous comics.

  • Who is your superhero in love with? Will he tell his beloved about his secret? Will such love be at the center of the conflict? This choice allows you to develop the plot in any direction.

Come up with an interesting conflict. What event brought the hero and the villain together? What caused the tragedy and tension in this world? Your answers to these questions will form the basis of the conflict, which will become the foundation of history.

  • What exactly does a superhero have to do so that evil does not triumph? How will your garbage collector stop an evil surgeon from taking power in a settlement on Mars?
  • Think about the goals of your villain. Why did he choose the side of evil? Lex Luthor, one of Superman's main enemies, was an avid businessman who sought financial gain in any business. If the Joker sees humor in crime and violence, then Batman is trying hard to protect victims of injustice.

Do not rush to kill the main characters. One of the benefits of creating a new superhero for comics is that you don’t have to complete the story. Develop the plot. Today, comics are turning into long-running series that have no end. Stories about Batman originate in the 40s of the last century.

  • Strive to ensure that your story is overgrown with new layers and layers like onions or cabbage, and not begin and end in a short time.

Breathe life into the character. The superhero will be a great character for comics, films and fan stories. If you do not want to limit the hero to the scope of your imagination, then write your own stories so that people can see him in action. Check out these articles to find use for your hero:

Do not plagiarize! Come up with an original character. People are not interested in heroes and events that they already know, so strive for uniqueness.