Part 2 - planning your superhero
Before actually creating your character, you’re going to plan it out. The goal is to dig deeper than the costume and discover what motivates a hero (or villain) and how their story was meant to impact the readers.
You're going to plan out your superhero so that it is easier to bring to life in the next part of the project. Just like when you researched a superhero that already exists, you'll need to consider the following:
What is the hero's name? What ideas and emotions are associated with the name?
What is the name of the person under the mask? What is his/her day job?
Summary of Origin:
How did the character first obtain their abilities? What events, whether intentional or accidental, led them to become a superhero?
Powers & Example:
Identify their abilities and explain how they are used to help others.
Moral Code / Motivation:
Every hero has rules of some kind. Do they protect a certain kind of person or from a certain kind of threat? What motivated them to risk their lives for others?
Character Traits & Example:
Choose 3 character traits for the hero and either explain how they demonstrate these qualities or provide evidence showing the qualities in action.
Description of Costume / Impact on Audience:
Describe the appearance of the costume and any significance in colors or symbolism. Also, how do people react to this costume? How would YOU react to the costume if you saw them running around in YOUR city?
Universal Idea & Explanation:
Choose a universal idea that relates to your character and explain the relationship. What message does your character send? What do their actions and/or goals help people to learn?
Need help figuring out how your character developed their powers?
Superpower origin generator
Want a list of superpowers?
List of superpowers and abilities