Superhero cliches

What are some of the worst superhero cliches?

EDIT: Just to specify, I’m referring more to local heroes like Batman than heroes with super powers

Knowing that they have the superpower all the time but never knew about it before…

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Power strengthening/weakening when the plot demands it, and then when there’s a problem they magically get it back

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Unspecified superpowers.

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Yep, a freaking PLOT ARMOUR

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Shutting others out and going on suicide missions because they dont want anyone else to get hurt.

Keeping secrets from others because they think they are “protecting” them.

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When they have someone close to them die directly or indirectly because of the villain and that’s how they get their motivation back.

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specifically on wattpad, girl gets rescued by a mysterious hot guy with superpowers who then stalks her for some reason

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This! So much this!

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How they can never have stable relationships with women.

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Honestly, my biggest grievance with super hero stories is the plot. It always follows the same road:

  1. Introduce the character before he is a hero and show either how ordinary and downtrodden he is, or how arrogant and showboaty he is.

  2. Create some personal disaster that drives him into his hero role.

  3. Introduce the main baddy as having some weird grudge and being strangly obsessed with something in a terrorist kind of way.

  4. Hero and villain fight for the first time. Hero loses badly and walks away to lick his wounds and grow a little character.

  5. Baddy grows in strength and badness, threatening something very dear to the hero.

  6. Hero comes up with elaborate plan and goes through the prep phase *cue montage *

  7. Hero and villain face off again in epic battle that destroys a lot and seems pretty even until the end when hero has to take a chance on something related to his growth as a person.

  8. Hero wins, villain is defeated and the city does a moral inventory to discuss the benefits or problems with vigilanties.

Every. Superhero. Story. Ever.

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You’re not wrong.

Such truth…

Also, a lot of superheroes are flat characters. No dynamics or character development (personality wise)

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True…

“NO KILLING” (but you can beat up someone until he’s crippled)

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The fact that superheroes destroy towns/cities during a battle and no one cares? Marvel has gotten better at that, but still…

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oh My gosh this one
How is that any better?

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It should be a requisite to have a good insurance plan when you become a superhero. (You know, for damage fees.)

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I know right! I mean, everyone else has insurance, why not you? It should be like in John Wick, just have a whole superhero business world.

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IKR :joy: But seriously, the way superheroes fight… I’m just surprised that the villains are alive after.

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