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A superhero or super hero is “a fictional character of unprecedented powers dedicated to acts of derring-do in the public interest. Since the debut of the prototypical superhero Superman in 1938, stories of superheroes’ ranging from brief episodic adventures to continuing years-long sagas—have dominated American comic books and crossed over into other media. The word itself dates to at least  A female superhero is sometimes called a superheroine or super heroine. The two-word version of the term is a trademark co-owned by DC Comics and Marvel Comics.


By most definitions, characters need actual superhuman powers to be deemed superheroes,although terms such as costumed crimefighters are sometimes used to refer to those without such powers who share other common traits with superheroes.

Types of superheros

In superhero role-playing games, such as Hero Games’ Champions, Green Ronin Publishing’s Mutants and Masterminds or Cryptic Studios’ MMORPG City of Heroes, superheroes are formally organized into categories or archetypes based on their skills and abilities. Since comic book and role-playing fandom often overlap, these labels have carried over into discussions of superheroes outside the context of games

Armored hero: A gadgeteer whose powers are derived from a suit of powered armor; e.g., Iron Man and Steel.

Blaster: A hero whose main power is a distance attack, usually an “energy blast”; e.g., Cyclops, Starfire, and Static.

Brick/tank: A character with a superhuman degree of strength and endurance and usually an oversized muscular body; e.g., The Hulk, The Thing, Colossus and Citizen Steel. Almost every superhero team has one member of this variety, a point X-Factor’s Guido Carosella noted when he took the codename “Strong Guy” at a reporter’s suggestion that this was his role in the team.

Elementalist: A hero who controls some natural element or part of the natural world; e.g., Storm (weather), Magneto (magnetism), Swamp Thing (vegetation), the Human Torch (fire), Iceman (ice).

Gadgeteer: A hero who invents special equipment that often imitates superpowers; e.g., Nite Owl, Batman, and Iron Man.

Healer: A hero who is able to quickly recover from serious injury; e.g., Lobo, Wolverine, Deadpool.

Mage: A hero who is trained in the use of magic; e.g., Doctor Fate, Doctor Strange, Zatanna.

Marksman: A hero who uses projectile weapons, typically guns, bows and arrows or throwing blades; e.g., Green Arrow, Hawkeye and The Punisher.

Martial artist: A hero whose physical abilities are mostly human rather than superhuman but whose hand-to-hand combat skills are phenomenal. Some of these characters are actually superhuman (Iron Fist, and Daredevil), while others are human beings who are extremely skilled and athletic (Batman and related characters, Elektra, and Shang Chi).

Mecha/robot pilot: A hero who controls a giant robot, a subtype common in Japanese superhero and science fiction media; e.g., Megas XLR, Big Guy.

Mentalist: A hero who possesses psionic abilities, such as telekinesis, telepathy and extra-sensory perception; e.g., Professor X, Jean Grey, and Raven.

Possessed: A hero who harbors an entity inside of him/herself; e.g., Etrigan the Demon, Ghost Rider, Spectre.

Shapeshifter: A hero who can manipulate his/her own body to suit his/her needs, such as stretching (Plastic Man, Mister Fantastic, Elongated Man), or disguise (Changeling/Morph, Mystique). Other such shapeshifters can transform into animals (Beast Boy) or inorganic materials (Metamorpho).

Size changer: A hero who can alter his/her size; e.g., the Atom (shrinking only), Colossal Boy, Giganta (growth only), Hank Pym.

Slasher: A hero whose main power is some form of hand-to-hand cutting weapon—either devices, such as knives or swords, (Elektra, Katana) or natural, such as claws (Wolverine).

Speedster: A hero possessing superhuman speed and reflexes; e.g., The Flash, and Quicksilver.

Mastermind/super genius: A hero possessing superhuman intelligence or intellect; e.g., Professor X, Forge, Brainiac 5

Super hero characters

Wolverine has shown a willingness to kill and to engage in anti-social behavior. He belongs to an underclass of morally ambivalent anti-heroes who are coarser and more violent than classic superheroes. Others include The Punisher, Green Arrow, Huntress, John Constantine, and Blade. Namor the Sub-Mariner is the earliest example of this archetype, originally appearing in 1939. Some, such as Wolverine, and Deadpool, are often repentant about their actions, while others, such as The Punisher and Rorschach, are unapologetic.

While many superheroes are accepted by the communities they protect, some, such as Spider-Man, Outsiders and the X-Men, have generally been viewed with suspicion or disapproval by some of the press and general public.

Some superheroes have been created and employed by national governments to serve their interests and defend the nation. Captain America was outfitted by and worked for the United States Army during World War II and Alpha Flight is a superhero team formed and usually managed by an arm of the Canadian Department of National Defence. The Ultimates, in particular, work directly under the U.S. government and are used as a metaphor for U.S. military and political power. The Savage Dragon is virtually unique in that he began his superhero career as police officer, rather than a costumed vigilante. Wonder Woman in her day job works for the government as an agent.

Many superheroes have never had a secret identity, such as Luke Cage or the members of The Fantastic Four. Others who once had secret identities, such as Captain America and Steel, later made their identities public. The third Flash and Iron Man are rare examples of “public” superheroes who regain their secret identities. Others have regained their secret identity status through retcons, most notably the recent Spider-Man “One More Day” storyline.

The Hulk is usually defined as a superhero, but he has a Jekyll/Hyde relationship with his alter ego. When enraged, scientist Bruce Banner becomes the super-strong Hulk, a creature of little intelligence and self-control. His actions have often either inadvertently or deliberately caused great destruction. As a result, he has been hunted by the military and other superheroes.

While most superheroes traditionally gained their abilities through accidents of science, magical means or rigorous training, the X-Men and related characters are genetic mutants whose abilities naturally manifest at puberty. Mutants more often have difficulty controlling their powers than other superheroes and are persecuted as a group.

Some superhero identities have been used by more than one person. A character (often a close associate or family member) takes on another’s name and mission after the original dies, retires or takes on a new identity. The Flash, Blue Beetle and Robin are notable mantles that have passed from one character to another. Green Lantern and Nova are standard titles for the thousands of members of their respective intergalactic “police corps”. The Phantom and the Black Panther both adopted personae and missions that have lasted several generations. Superheroes who have inherited their roles or taken them up after the example of a relative or ancestor, have been referred to as legacy heroes.[citation needed]

Thor, Hercules and Ares are mythological gods reinterpreted as superheroes. Wonder Woman, while not a goddess, is a member of the Amazon tribe.

Spawn, Etrigan, Ghost Rider and Hellboy are actual demons who have been manipulated by circumstance into being forces of good.

Superman, the Silver Surfer, Martian Manhunter, and Captain Marvel (the Marvel Comics character) are extraterrestrials who have, either permanently or provisionally, taken it upon themselves to protect the planet Earth. Adam Strange, conversely, is a human being who protects the planet Rann.

Some characters tread the line between superhero and villain because of a permanent or temporary change in character or because of a complex, individualistic moral code. These include Juggernaut, Emma Frost, Lobo, Catwoman, Elektra, Black Adam and Venom. This change often coincides with a spin-off series in which the character must be a likable protagonist. The Thunderbolts and the Suicide Squad are teams made up mostly of former villains acting as super heroes.

Because the superhero is such an outlandish and recognizable character type, several comedic heroes have been introduced, including Ambush Bug, The Tick, Bananaman, The Flaming Carrot, The Great Lakes Avengers, Herbie Popnecker, The Powerpuff Girls and The Simpsons’ Radioactive Man. Early, Harvey Kurtzman-edited issues of Mad Magazine featured several parodies of superheroes and count as some of the first satiric treatments of this subject matter.

The title characters of the franchise Gargoyles are powerful warrior creatures who have an instinctual need to protect their territory and the beings living in it, although that need can be broadly interpreted by individuals.

The heroic Autobots of Transformers, although they frequently aid humans, are more often locked in battle over energy with the evil Decepticons. Transformers Animated is unusual in that the Autobots perform more traditional superhero duties as well as fighting the Decepticons.

Several live-action superhero programs aired from the early 1950s until the late 1970s. These included Adventures of Superman starring George Reeves, the campy Batman series of the 1960s starring Adam West and Burt Ward and CBS’ Wonder Woman series of the 1970s starring Lynda Carter. The Incredible Hulk of the late 1970s and early 1980s, however, had a more somber tone. In the 1990s, the syndicated Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, adapted from the Japanese Super Sentai, became popular.[citation needed] Other shows targeting teenage and young adult audiences that decade included Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In 2001, Smallville retooled Superman’s origin as a teen drama. The 2006 NBC series Heroes tells the story of several ordinary people who each suddenly find themselves with a superpower.

In Japan, tokusatsu (Japanese term for special effects) superhero TV series are very common.[citation needed]

The New Batman Adventures promotional image. Art by Bruce Timm.

[edit] Animation

Main article: Superheroes in Animation

In the 1940s, Fleischer/Famous Studios produced a number of groundbreaking Superman cartoons, which became the first examples of superheroes in animation.

Since the 1960s, superhero cartoons have been a staple of children’s television, particularly in the U.S.. However, by the early 1970s, US broadcasting restrictions on violence in children’s entertainment led to series that were extremely tame, a trend exemplified by the series Super Friends. Meanwhile, Japan’s anime industry successfully contributed to the genre with their own style of superhero series, most notably Science Ninja Team Gatchaman.

In the 1980s one of the most popular and beloved cartoons on Saturday mornings was Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. The cartoon brought together Spider-Man, Iceman, and Firestar. A host of comic book regulars made guest appearances throughout the shows run, including: Captain America, Doctor Octopus, Hulk, Kingpin, Nightcrawler, Storm, Ironman, Sunfire, and the Green Goblin to name a few. Although it only aired for three seasons, the show was a huge success. Marvel tried to use the success of to help launch the X-Men cartoon, ‘Pryde of the X-Men’. Unfortunately the spin-off series was passed on by NBC.

In the 1990s, Batman: The Animated Series and X-Men led the way for series that displayed advanced animation, mature writing and respect for the comic books on which they were based.[citation needed] Other series that followed include Superman: The Animated Series (1996) and Cartoon Network’s adaptation of DC’s Justice League (2001) and Teen Titans.

Comics’ superhero mythos itself received a nostalgic treatment in the 2004 Disney/Pixar release The Incredibles, which utilized computer animation. Original superheroes with basis in older trends have also been made for television, such as Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 and Nickelodeon’s Danny Phantom.

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