What are some super hero tropes or super hero fiction tropes you have come across?
I’ve noticed that in super hero fiction characters often have powers that reflect their personalities, or personalities that reflect their powers - for example, a character with ice manipulation is cold or calm or controlled; a character who can shape shift into other people is evasive, mischievous, cunning, and is usually a villain or anti-hero (Loki, Mystique); a character with fire manipulation is usually hot-headed and impulsive, and again, an anti-hero or villain.
Also, a lot of super heroes tend to have super strength and/ or an enhanced condition (super endurance, super agility, etc.) i.e. Spider Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and Superman while villains have more varied super powers. In fact, a lot of super villains seem to have either cosmic or magical powers (Galactus, Darkseid, Loki), a highly versatile power or a power that can cause a lot of damage (Mystique, Magneto, the Juggernaut) or else no powers but are highly intelligent (Lex Luthor).
Likewise, women who have super powers generally have less ‘active’ or ‘destructive’ powers than male super heroes, and are more likely to have nature, animal, or psionic powers.
Does anyone have anything else? (Also, correct me if I’m wrong about any of these things, I’m not a hardcore Marvel or DC fan, so I don’t know everything :))