So, I’ve been playing around some more with character development, and got to the point of choosing superpowers. Combined with Myers-Briggs indicators, enneagrams and maybe a smattering of zodiac, Olympic Gods and all (because, why not?).
I have a small household of superhero nerds, so the subject comes up a lot – what’s the superpower you would choose if you could?
My daughter is a true superhero nerd. She’s had her answer to this question down pat for several years now, and it never changes. She would choose invisibility. Despite being adamant this is her superpower, she can never confirm why.
I’m not so clear, but believe mine would be something along the psionic lines, which is a relative change of mind for me.
Since my own teenage years I’ve always had a thing for strong females, and Wonder Woman was my idol. To be more factual – Linda Carter’s Wonder Woman, as cheesy as the television series may have been – even back then. I am trying to reserve my opinion of the latest Wonder Woman until I see the movie this weekend, but still hold out that if I was to fall in love with a woman based on sheer physicality it would be Linda Carter, as Wonder Woman.
Now that I’ve moved into psychic powers for my characters, things have changed. I’m intrigued by Jean Grey as an archetype: pure goodness vs total evilness when she turns into Dark Phoenix. Jean Grey and I have a lot in common (save for the powers, and killing off an entire solar system, that is). Both of us are women, that’s one (finding a lot of strong female role models out there is still falling short), both of us are INFJs on the Myers-Briggs typology (Beast is too, and I’m cool with that, and being shaggy blue too). Jean and I are both decisive, interested in character motivation, and we both have highly sensitive empathetic reactions to the world that drive us crazy.
Maybe I should be thankful that I don’t actually have psychic superpowers and can turn into an all-powerful being and have to sacrifice myself to save the world from me. Nor would I fit in that catsuit of hers.
That’s it, I’ve chosen my psionic superpower – something which can’t get me in trouble (other than with aerospace flight paths, maybe) and something which could relax me and give me the ultimate alone time – I want aero-kinesis, the power to take flight using air manipulation. I want to soar over mountains and watch the world from above.
It would be helpful also, to activate the superpower of writing at will, but that’s another matter. What would be your superpower, and what superhero is your idol?
Some resources I’ve played with –
- Archetype.com: Superhero archetypes
- Personality types: Superheroes
- Dark Phoenix artwork (above) by Brandon Peterson (via tumblr and Pinterest)
Note, although this post was light-hearted, the subject of Jean Grey as archetype is a much bigger and more frautful one. She’s been called an example of the Artemis (ie. kickass woman warrior) archetype killed off as nurturing sacrificial woman and is exampled as the poster-model for problems with taking a weaker powered woman into a mega-powered evil bee-itch which has even coined a term – “The Jean Grey Effect” (via Elliott Freeman).
So, maybe I’ll call Jean my own, but I’ll leave my teenage daughter with Sue Storm, aka The Invisible Woman.