Martinex1: The heroes and villains from Marvel and DC can be classified fairly easily according to their primary power sets. I am sure there are more categories than I have listed below, but I find that most characters can be catalogued in nine groups. Even if a character has multiple powers they will continue to rely on their core capability. So which group is the best? Do you gravitate to a type of hero with certain abilities? Does one set have better intrinsic value or interest? How about costumes and visual depiction - is one group generally better than others? Or is there a classification that I have not mentioned that you consider superior?
Outlined below are my broad categories and some pictorial examples to get the conversation going:
- The Blasters: These are characters who use energy as a weapon. Whether utilizing fire, heat, ions, sonic waves, or light rays - they have some method of hurling or sending energy forces at their opponent. More often than not technology and science play a role in their powers.
- The Flyers: These characters rely on their wings, whether feathery or mechanical, to take to the air. Many characters can fly, but for these flight is their primary power
- The Runners: This group relies on speed, speed, and more speed. They can run, hit, and even vibrate faster than the human eye.
- The Athletes: Not always super-powered, this group consists of the fighters, martial artists, acrobats, gymnasts, and sportsmen. Typically they are honed to the peak of human perfection. They work hard to stay in shape but often take a beating. These are the gold medalists of the spandex set.
- The Brains: This set sometimes has supernatural abilities like telekinesis and telepathy. They may be manipulators of the mind. Or they may simply be extraordinarily smart - they are the genius class and the thinkers. It is the grey matter that matters here.
- The Muscle: The characters in this group are super-enhanced. Their strength goes beyond the norm. They can bench-press a mack-truck if needed. Typically their brute strength is their primary attribute.
- The Magicians: Here are the sorcerers, wizards, warlocks, and witches. They have abilities that don't adhere to the laws of science and physics. These are the other-worldly, pan-dimensional masters of the weird.
- The Robots: Call them androids, synthezoids, droids, or robots - these artificial creations with human emotions are a science fiction trope.
- The Size-Changers: Whether enlarging to 30 feet or shrinking to the molecular level, this group of giants and insects have a "growing" population in our comic kingdoms.
|The Energy Blasters!|
|The Winged Warriors!|
|The Mighty and the Muscled!|
|The Athletes and Acrobats!|
|The Size Shifters!|
So is it mind over matter? Or brawn over brains? Is it the fleet-footed or those that take flight? Is it the energy fiends or those that need energy drinks? Size over substance? The witches or the whip smart? From you comic book lovers out there - who's the best in this power struggle?
Share your own classifications, considerations, examples, thoughts, and opinions,