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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

Magneto's helmet: It is not really shocking for a character to have a combination of physical and technological/magical enhancements to "raise the bar" on what they can do. Magneto has a ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

No, I don't think so; it's not automatically bad to have a superpowered character to be relying on tech. But you have to show why they rely on their tech. Example: Spiderman, he has the superpowers of ...
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In a story where magic exists, does magic leave a lot of room for hope and spiritual beliefs?

There are many ways that magic can work in a story (as far as I know there are no ways for it to work in the real world). In some stories magic is only available to those born with some special ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

There at least 4-5 superheroes at I know, that are both depending on Tech and are still frontrunners in their respective shows. Captain America The first Avenger uses the rarest metal on Earth to ...
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How do you prevent a plot hole when coming up with a hard magic system?

Newtonian Physics: When you're talking about a magic system, you are by definition breaking the world in a small way. But careful attention to detail should cover you. As long as you diligently follow ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

I don't think it's silly at all, nor odd. I once created an RPG superhero character who had the abilities to become invisible, phase through solid matter, and levitate -- but his forward flight ...
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How do you make superhuman strength "make sense" in a fantasy setting?

In Mistborn, one magic system allowed a character to store an attribute in the metal bands they wear, and then draw that attribute as needed. So, you might allow yourself to be weaker that normal as ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

Thematic harmony is needed in order for a superhero to become iconic. There's no particular reason, in the Marvel universe, why Spider-Man couldn't acquire a jet-pack, a magic ring, and an energy ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

Yes and no. Superhumans are commonly using conceptually simple weapons or armor, often produced with the involvement of high tech. Thor is using Mjollnir, Captain America is using his shield, Jedi ...
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When it comes to superhero stories, does the law of cool play a role in hitmen, assassins, and serial killer characters usually not having powers?

I actually think people are less impressive if they have superpowers. James Bond always has some might-as-well-be-magic super tech with him, that gets him out of a hopeless spot. But I think Jason ...
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How to make my MC scared or angry enough to set off her magic powers?

I think you're looking at this wrong. The psychic powers are part of the backstory of your character. You know why they work, you know when they work. Don't force the powers into the story. Give your ...
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How do I create a character who's cursed to be a death-bringer?

You have missed one fundamental question in your list: Why? What are your goals, as an author, to create this kind of character? Everything depends on that. Will it be a journey of redemption, or one ...
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Is my magical item too cliche?

It is not cliche: Like I mentioned in comments, every good idea has been used before. Just by using a vague idea (an addictive magical item) and it happens that a different book with a different plot ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

I agree it is silly, and I think it would make sense. Even if somebody's superpower were invulnerability, without any attack powers they should still carry something that helps them subdue bad guys. ...
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What is the difference between magical realism story and a low fantasy story?

Magical Realism is not simply a story set in a real-world setting in which some magical element exists. That can as well be urban fantasy or a bunch of other things. But whereas in fantasy; magic is ...
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How do I write someone in an enchantment?

Enchant with words: Normally, flowery words are over the top used often, but in this case I'd bunch them up. Don't just describe enchantment, try to enchant the reader, make them feel compelled to ...
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How to make my MC scared or angry enough to set off her magic powers?

Magic powers aside, we could rephrase your question to: How can I make my character mad? The magic powers are a result of anger, so we can ignore the magic for now. (and I know your character also ...
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Does transhumanism overlap with traditional superpowers when both share the same settings?

You are correct in the sense that superheroes/superpowers appears to be an independent subgenre straddling between fantasy and sci-fi. If this is bothering you, you can embellish either magical or ...
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How can you create a story that incorporates magical or supernatural elements in a way that is subtle and understated?

This is a popular and well-known subgenre called "magical realism." Books of this type tend to be more literary. Some famous authors who write in this way are Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Haruki ...
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In a story where magic exists, does magic leave a lot of room for hope and spiritual beliefs?

Yes and no. Spiritual beliefs are fundamentally about what a character has faith in but cannot prove. Whether or not a character's beliefs in a higher power or other spiritual phenomena make sense ...
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When it comes to superhero stories, does the law of cool play a role in hitmen, assassins, and serial killer characters usually not having powers?

I think it's 50% follow the leader, 50% genre conventions. It's 50% follow the leader because most of the hitmen or assassin-type characters come from the more "down to Earth" series like ...
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When it comes to superhero stories, does the law of cool play a role in hitmen, assassins, and serial killer characters usually not having powers?

I can see this as "if the character has a skill" is that skill a that one can train or is it something that is a superpower... but it's so niche of a power, the power may or may not be a ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

Frame Challenge: If the superhero doesn't, will their opponents use that to their advantage? Ultimately, the core of the issue is if they're augmenting themselves with technology on top of their ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

The Incredibles (2004) In the Pixar movie The Incredibles, there's a scene (two, actually) where Edna Mode spends a couple minutes explaining/demoing the super-suits she made for the Parr family, and ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

Forge, a member of the X-Men has this exact ability. From his Wikipedia page: Forge is a mutant with a superhuman intuitive talent for inventing mechanical devices, backed up by the ability to ...
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How to make my MC scared or angry enough to set off her magic powers?

This should be easy. Start by asking yourself; What makes ME scared? Spiders? Creaky doors in the dark? Getting ready for bed right after watching that horror movie? Chances are, what makes you scared ...
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What is the difference between magical realism story and a low fantasy story?

The difference is the acceptance of fantastical elements Both Magical Realism and Low Fantasy subgenres of a fantasy story occur in the real world. But the main characters’ awareness of the ...
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Magic and "Scientific" Magic

Magic is Magic, and Magic is Feeling Your Sorcerer, and other Magicky-Magic users, have powers that are inherently inconsistent. Whatever a piece of magic does at any given moment is different ...
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How do you prevent a plot hole when coming up with a hard magic system?

In my case, I like to ask myself all the questions a potential reader would ask. Better yet, I go to someone who is either into the fantasy genre or not, and I tell them to ask me questions. That way, ...
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