Most kids growing up want to be a superhero of some type. Who doesn’t want to be the kid that saves the bully, rescue the damsel in distress, or save the world? It used to be that kids were exposed to superheroes by reading comic books, but now, kids are more likely to be introduced to superheroes in movies or video games. They can be the traditional superheroes like Superman, Spiderman, and Captain
or they can be untraditional like Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean or Edward Cullen from Twilight.
Video games provide a perfect platform for creating your own superhero. Many games allow you to choose what your character looks like and what attributes he or she would have. Your character can be strong, fast, cunning, magical, skilled in combat or have a multitude of other traits. The options seem endless. In addition you can conduct your hero as a moral character that stands up for the weak or as an arch villain who takes advantage or terrorizes those around them.
In creating your own superhero, you get to pick out which one you want to be. A protector or destroyer of good, it is your choice. Of course, unlike in the real world, the consequences in a video game are never real. What your character encounters is only a simulation that some game maker has created. In reality though, it is a different story. The consequences are very real and you had better be ready to deal with them, both good and bad. Becoming a vigilante could very well land you in prison or worse. Of course, if you decide to become an arch villain, all bets are off, you may very well be considered a terrorist and become a target of some very real military powers.
If you do decide to create your own superhero, you have to determine what your strengths and weaknesses are and determine how to best use the strengths while trying to cover for your vulnerabilities. If you do not have any superhero characteristics, you need to develop or invent them so that you always have the upper hand against your enemy. Superman can fly, Spiderman can spin webs and crawl up walls, what can you do? Are you strong, deft, stealthy, irresistible, or have some otherworldly power? Batman did not really have any special abilities, so he invented a tool belt full of devices that gave him the upper hand. Maybe that is something you can replicate. Grappling hooks and piano wire will only get you so far though, maybe the flying suit that Ironman developed would be more practical, if that is within your budget.
In creating your own superhero, it seems the sky is the limit. How creative can you become, because it is much more than just a costume in bright colors. It would take perseverance, determination, training, inventiveness and thinking out of the box to pull off such a feat. Becoming a superhero is a great undertaking that requires extensive planning and execution. Unfortunately, there are not too many real superheroes in the world today, but we can study those real people that were superheroes and see how they accomplished their goals. Mother Teresa lived in poverty while she helped the world’s poor, Gandhi went on hunger strikes and taught non-violence to promote independence, and Martin Luther King Jr. stood up for the rights of the African Americans and all people. Maybe these are the examples that we should look to when we try to create a superhero. Of course, both Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. were both assassinated, making the quest to become a superhero that much less attractive. Are you willing to take on the world for what you believe is the right cause? Do you have what it takes to be a superhero? It is not the glamorous life that is depicted in movies, but a very real life of sacrifice and suffering for the good of others that is demonstrated by true superheroes. You could be the next Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr. or that stranger that rescues a child in need. At what lengths are you willing to go to be that superhero?