Friday, May 30th, 2014 12:46 am
While avoiding the usual negation/"irony" (blind but psychic, intellectually disabled with super strength, paraplegic with telekinesis etc) Here's what I've come up with:


  • CFS plus phasing through solid objects
  • Paraplegia plus super strength
  • Autism plus size changing
  • Blindness plus flight
  • Amputated arm plus precognition
  • Downs syndrome plus super speed
  • Anxiety plus laser eyes
  • Epilepsy plus the ability to control plants
  • Deaf with healing (they like being Deaf thank you very much ;))


What with it being midnight I probably haven't been as clever as I'd like and regardless a bad writer could still make them fit into the usual awful tropes. Still, it's fun to think about each superhero's adventures.

(if you want to poke at the concept yourself here's a list of disabilities and a list of superpowers)
Friday, May 30th, 2014 08:25 am (UTC)
I like this concept! They do spark ideas for adventures.

However it seems harder than it looks to pick a non-awful combination. Let's see, shapeshifting is a cool superpower, how about pairing it with... urgh. Plenty of unfortunate implications available!
Friday, May 30th, 2014 08:27 pm (UTC)
Surely shapeshifting could be paired with something, I thought upon reading that comment. But.

IDD: unfortunate implications!
Autism: even more unfortunate implications!
Selective mutism: nope!
PCOS: better not pair it with lycanthropy. Just to be safe.

You could pair it with depression, though, or any kind of fatigue issue. Or MS of several possible presentations.

I mean, part of it would become less of an issue if you hit a lot of similar but not identical things. So the CND character can turn into a rabbit and the IDD TAB character can turn into a ferret and the autistic character with MCS can turn into a lemming and the deafblind TAB character can turn into a wolf and it no longer looks like the IDD character is ~*~closer to nature~*~ and ~*~pure~*~, or like the autistic character is inhuman (any more than the others, anyway).

You know what that means, right? MORE DISABLED SUPERHEROES! XD
Friday, May 30th, 2014 08:33 am (UTC)
Right now I'm CFS with superstrength - all this lovely new muscle tone from hydro but I'm so hit with the fatigue stick I've no way to use it :-(
Saturday, May 31st, 2014 01:00 am (UTC)
The ability to pass through solid matter would certainly reduce bruising from staggering into walls and furniture. And it would reduce spoon expenditure by allowing you to take the most direct route.
Friday, May 30th, 2014 11:38 am (UTC)
Interesting ideas that nicely sidestep what you call "the usual negation/"irony"" and I usually think of scornfully as Magic Disabilities.

On the Anxiety/Laser Eyes- that sets up a potentially intriguing learning curve for control and use. How does the laser ability change or manifest during heightened anxiety states or panic attacks? How does control change during anxious states of the nervous system?

The superpower I've always really wanted is the ability to open up a pocket in spacetime to store items for easy anytime access. (Think of all the books I could put there!)
Friday, May 30th, 2014 02:16 pm (UTC)
As an anxiety sufferer, I think having a superpower of any kind would only make me a bigger disaster. But this is fantastic to think about!