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When it comes to superhero stories, would an audience be accepting of a weak character that is superhuman?

The move powerful a character is, the harder it is to create situations when they can be either brave or cowardly. A character who is almost totally omnipotent, almost totally invincible, and almost ...
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Is it odd to overestimate the danger of peak human characters or characters without powers?

Much depends on the skill set. A hero with Superman's skill set -- supersense, superstrength, flight, and invulnerability -- will be dangerously vulnerable to a peak human who's mastered disguise ...
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When it comes to superhero stories, would an audience be accepting of a weak character that is superhuman?

No, in fact to me, the more god-like and invulnerable a character is, the less heroic he is. What do they have to be afraid of? What makes them struggle? If you are invulnerable, it is not "...
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Is it odd to have a bunch of characters with unique personalities and gimmicks in one place?

It's not odd at all, it gives the story more interest. “This group had a kind of dark glamour within the castle. They were a motley collection; a mixture of the weak seeking protection, the ambitious ...
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When it comes to superhero stories, would an audience be accepting of a weak character that is superhuman?

Even The Strongest Superheroes Have Weaknesses No matter how strong a superhero may seem, there is usually always a force that could curb stomp them into the ground. Superman's pretty tough, but what ...
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When it comes to superhero stories, would an audience be accepting of a weak character that is superhuman?

You can use any combination of powers, giving your superhero any level of competence, that you can pull off. Indeed, there have been superheroes suffering from crippling disabilities such that they ...
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When it comes to superhero stories, particularly the X-Men. Would it be too much to focus on other types of superhumans in the setting?

If that's what you want to write, write it. But yes, I think it is too much. The problem with writing fiction is you are typically introducing a concept like X-men, or Magic, or Vampires, or Zombies, ...
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Is it odd to have a bunch of characters with unique personalities and gimmicks in one place?

Let me introduce you to academia You want an IRL example of a bunch of weirdos and oddballs all thrown together in one place? Academia is the perfect example of this. I work in a field that has tons ...
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Is it odd to have a bunch of characters with unique personalities and gimmicks in one place?

I don't think it is unusual, think of it as seeking Synergy. Synergy is when a team (even of two) can accomplish more together than the sum of what they can accomplish alone. In everyday life, people ...
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Is it odd to have a bunch of characters with unique personalities and gimmicks in one place?

This is less common in the West, but it's quite common in Japanese works. Typically, the main protagonist is fairly ordinary, allowing them to act as a surrogate for the audience, while the supporting ...
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Is it odd to have a bunch of characters with unique personalities and gimmicks in one place?

I think one answer to your question is found in comic books. Would there have been a Lex Luthor without superman? Would the molemen have attacked if it weren't for the existence of the Fantastic ...
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Is it odd to have a bunch of characters with unique personalities and gimmicks in one place?

If it's supposed to be dumb luck, it may come across as contrived, but you have a little leeway even there, because of course stories are generally tales of unusual, not commonplace things. It helps ...
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Can I make a complicated power system?

The key thing to recognise here is that any magic system in fiction is defined by its limitations. Magic without limitations is pure deus ex machina where anyone whatsoever with no prior warning can &...
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Can I make a complicated power system?

The most important rule about writing a complicated magic system is that, first of all, you need to understand it. You have to know what is your magic like, what it's used for, how it works, and what ...
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How do you respectfully portray a character that cannot walk when they have the power to visit an alternate dimension where they can walk?

I think you can approach this in a fairly simple principled way: what are the consequences of the character's disability? Most of your question describes there being no consequences at all. If it's ...
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How do you respectfully portray a character that cannot walk when they have the power to visit an alternate dimension where they can walk?

Have you seen the movie Avatar? Sounds very similar to the main character's circumstances. Perhaps placing some limits on when the character can traverse realities, so that they can't just always live ...
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How do you respectfully portray a character that cannot walk when they have the power to visit an alternate dimension where they can walk?

It sounds like you have a great hero's journey on your hands. Rather than making their disability not matter, it will be twice as hard on your character. Returning to the real world is likely to make ...
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How do you respectfully portray a character that cannot walk when they have the power to visit an alternate dimension where they can walk?

I read Thomas Covenant when I was about 11. I couldn't understand why when they were in the alternative world they were fully healthy, had friends and were respected. When they came back to the real ...
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How do you respectfully portray a character that cannot walk when they have the power to visit an alternate dimension where they can walk?

For starters: A character being able to walk in the specified dream world does not necessarily take away from the character's struggles with not being able to walk in the real world. Since in the ...
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