The polar opposite of fire manipulation would be ice manipulation. It has been used by superheroes and supervillains such as Iceman from Marvel Comics, Killer Frost from DC Comics, and Frozone from the Incredibles. Compared to fire manipulation, which is mostly useful in destructive combat situations, ice manipulation is less violent if used correctly. You could use ice to immobilize opponents by encasing them in ice, you can freeze a tsunami before it can reach a populated area, and you can keep your ice cream from melting. However, just like fire manipulation, ice manipulation also has its own external and internal weaknesses. Externally, ice manipulation is weak against hot temperatures, shatter opponents like glass when frozen to death, or cause excessive property damage during fights. Internally, ice manipulation can cause the user hypothermia and frostbite if used excessively or at too low temperatures.
Easily one of the most iconic superhuman powers would be fire manipulation. It is the weapon of choice for superheroes and supervillains such as the Human Torch from Marvel Comics, Fire from DC Comics, and Endeavor from My Hero Academia. With fire manipulation, a superhuman can burn their enemies, which gives it serious applications in combat. However, it should be noted that fire manipulation has a series of drawbacks. One is its obvious weakness against water, another is a lack of oxygen, a third is that there are some materials that won’t burn. These are all external weaknesses, but the internal weaknesses are just as serious. The reason for this is because if used too much or at too high a temperature, fire manipulation could cook its user from the inside out and potentially kill them.
When we think of superhero costumes, we think of technologically advanced suits like Iron-Man’s armor or sleek suits like Superman’s spandex. However, I don’t think such suits would be plausible in a realistic world. I think if a superhero is an average citizen, they would only have access to everyday clothes to make their costumes. For example, when Peter Parker started out as Spider-Man, his suit consisted of a simple mask, a hoody, sweatpants, and other everyday clothes. This would also serve a superhero pragmatically because if either the police or supervillains are hunting them, they won’t be able to narrow down their suspect list because the superhero in question would be wearing normal clothes that anyone would use. For my new superhero book, I will be giving my superhero a simple costume made of everyday clothes rather than an elaborately made costume. This would further symbolize that ANYONE can be a superhero.
Easily one of the grittiest superpowers would be blood manipulation, which allows the user to turn the blood in their veins into a weapon. The user can create armor, weapons, or greater extensions of their bodies such as wings or tentacles. When I think about it, this would be the perfect superpower for a serial killer. I will be including a character in my new superhero series with this power.
Almost every superhero has a love interest. Superman had Lois Lane, Batman had Catwoman, the Flash had Iris West, Aquaman had Queen Mera, Wonder Woman had Steve Trevor, Spider-Man had Mary Jane Watson, etc. The list goes on and on into infinity. I will be including a love interest for my new superhero and I will be modeling this character after the Yandere archetype from anime and manga. In one of my previous posts, I described what a Yandere was. A Yandere is a mentally unstable character who possesses strong romantic feelings for another character and engages in acts of extreme violence. This Yandere will be good friends with the superhero’s secret identity, but their psychotic love would be focused on the main character’s superhero persona. When the Yandere discovers that their best friend and their romantic obsession are one and the same, all hell will break loose. Overall, my new superhero and this Yandere are going to have a love-hate relationship that will put Batman and Catwoman to shame.
Police officers have always had a complex relationship with superheroes. Some cops view superheroes as vigilantes that need to be stopped while others support superheroes because they are too big to judge. I am thinking of including a cop character in my new superhero book and they will have a very complex relationship with the main superhero. To add to complexity, the cop will be related to the superhero in question and they won’t know until later. With the superhero persona, this cop would hunt them down and view them as a public menace. With the secret identity, the cop would view the superhero as a loving family member. When the cop discovers that their kin and the superhero are one and the same, things will become even more complicated between them. This police character will be a combination between Commissioner James Gordon from the Batman comics and Captain Quentin Lance from the show Arrow.
In the past, when I wrote superhero stories, I would not include sidekicks. Now, with my new superhero story, I am changing my mind. I am thinking of making the story about a single hero with three sidekicks that will consist of two boys and one girl, which will mirror Batman’s three most famous sidekicks; Nightwing, Batgirl, and Robin. However, all three of these sidekicks will have their own unique powers instead of relying on gadgets and martial arts. In terms of personality, these sidekicks will be similar to the Top Gear boys; Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond. One will be obsessed with power and constantly make mistakes, one will be old-fashioned and detail oriented, and one will be loud and flashy. Overall, these three kids will serve as comic relief yet still put up a significant fight against criminals when they have to.