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Seldom Seen Origins

19 Oct 2019 06:22 #65316 by Thefirstone
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What types of origin stories do you wish were used in stories more often?  Personally I like  Wonder Woman-esque “traveler from a hidden society” stories.  Another interesting one is the Camp Half Blood route, with a character who’s the daughter of a god or some godlike entity.  (On that note, what about a character whose the daughter of an AZTEC god and needs blood to fuel her powers?)
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19 Oct 2019 12:52 #65317 by Monty
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I like the 'blast from the meteor touch' gifting the recipient girl fantastic powers. Ok, it's not probably seldom seen, but is a nice 'touch' (touche).
As with My Super-Ex with Uma Thurman where I imagine a rock from the exploded planet Krypton slowly orbiting our sun gathering incredible power before crashing to Earth, and then BOOM! Jenny Johnson would never be the same again after reaching out to touch that meteor rock...

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19 Oct 2019 13:53 #65318 by Woodclaw
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At top of my list there's the "intentional empowerment", especially of the scientific kind.
While hardly original, I think that this kind of origin has the in-built benefit of adding a significant supporting cast to the story without much need for introductions.

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19 Oct 2019 14:51 - 19 Oct 2019 14:52 #65319 by shadar
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The "DNA from the ancient gods is passed down and reawakened during a crisis" origin. As in, a Scandinavian blonde who saves a child in a moment of panic by lifting a huge truck and tossing it across the roadway. Turns out she's unknowingly a direct descendent of the ancient Valkyrie. And now she's awakened.

Basically, anything where science and some very special genetics are involved, and not magic. 

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19 Oct 2019 15:02 - 19 Oct 2019 15:30 #65320 by Monty
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Woodclaw wrote: At top of my list there's the "intentional empowerment", especially of the scientific kind.
While hardly original, I think that this kind of origin has the in-built benefit of adding a significant supporting cast to the story without much need for introductions.


....As in 'Bolt from the Blue' where the lady scientist, Doctor Gretchen Kelly, discovers how to copy superpowers to herself through the miracles of science and a bolt of electricity. Worked wonders for her, shame about the duff ending.
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19 Oct 2019 16:41 #65323 by Woodclaw
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Monty wrote:

Woodclaw wrote: At top of my list there's the "intentional empowerment", especially of the scientific kind.
While hardly original, I think that this kind of origin has the in-built benefit of adding a significant supporting cast to the story without much need for introductions.


....As in 'Bolt from the Blue' where the lady scientist, Doctor Gretchen Kelly, discovers how to copy superpowers to herself through the miracles of science and a bolt of electricity. Worked wonders for her, shame about the duff ending.


I really don't remember much about that particular story, but it sounds only partially on track with. What I was thinking about is more of Super-Soldier Serum scenario, where one (or more) character obtains powers because that was the goal all along and not because of some accident.

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19 Oct 2019 20:15 #65324 by slim36
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This might be on a tangent, but perhaps there is a product that would only be suitable for latent superior beings.   Consumption of this product could be fatal to less qualified users.

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19 Oct 2019 22:12 #65325 by www1969
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I like the accidental, or at least unexpected empowerment of a young woman who slowly realizes (and is thrilled by) what she has become.

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20 Oct 2019 04:18 #65330 by Jabbrwock
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I'd like an empowerment that is entirely (or at least mostly) an intentional act by a highly competent but not necessarily super woman. It's surprisingly rare, honestly. Being Deedee to some brilliant male Dexter and ruining his scientific plan to give himself super powers by gaining the benefits herself in spite of her gross ineptitude? Quite common. Somehow stealing powers from a man - usually Superman - who already has them? Also common. Actually creating or claiming super powers through her own will and competence? Quite uncommon.

It's quite a subversive trend when you consider what this genre is supposedly about.
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20 Oct 2019 06:16 #65332 by Woody
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From the research I've done most stories have an origin of the following

Alien intervention - Either an alien themselves or aliens gifting powers to humans. This also includes the (person in a foreign land scenario like Wonder Woman)

Science - generally by experimenting or experiments gone wrong

Magic - totem granting magical powers

Having an origin story that isn't one of them id brilliant, so far I've only come up with 2 and even then I found out one of mine was really a take on captain marvel origin story.

As for the question: I'll take origin stories that aren't the three archetypes listed above. anything that is fresh and new is great in my book

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21 Oct 2019 00:47 #65340 by Markiehoe
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Born this way.
Origin unknown and unexplainable.

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