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The Superhero Genre The Definition of the Superhero Peter Coogan MPI o Mission, Power, and identity are core elements of the superhero genre. Mission o A superhero fights evil and injustice; a superhero is champion of the oppressed, dedicated to helping those in need. o He or she is pro-social and selfless. His mission must not be intended to benefit or further his own agenda. o The superhero’s fight against evil must fit in with existing morals of society; the prevailing consensus. o If he or she does not act selflessly to aid others in times of need. He or she is not acting heroically a hero and therefore not a hero. Powers o A superhero is not merely a very helpful individual in crisis. o He or she has special powers that ordinary people do not have such as super-strength, super-speed, X- ray vision, the ability to shape- shift or acquire sensory abilities not natural to human beings. o Even if not possessive of superpowers, superheroes such as Batman have dedicated themselves to developing extraordinary mental and physical
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