CONCEPT: SECRET IDENTITY

In the superhero genre, a vast majority of superheroes use a secret identity in order to protect their loved ones or as a way to name their alter ego.  Some superhero names are impressive while others are uninteresting, but they nevertheless play a role in the life of a superhero.  When I created the main characters of my series, I decided to avoid giving them superhero names because original names are becoming increasingly difficult to find.  Despite this, some superheroes allow their real names to become public knowledge, which is what the Young Guardians do because after an unexpectedly traumatic event, the Young Guardians found no point in having secret identities.  Instead, they go by their real names as though they are normal people, which can serve as a reminder of who and what they were before they became neohumans.

6 thoughts on “CONCEPT: SECRET IDENTITY”

  1. The superhero/real life tension was always the most interesting thing for me about comics. Not the “they’ve kidnapped my loved ones” bit but the backstory and how their personality drives their motivations. I’d be interested to see how it’s different when there isn’t a fancy name to compartmentalize that part of their identity.

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