How to Become a Superhero and Save the World (Parts 2 & 3)

Step 2:  You Get Your Super Powers

All of these trials and tribulations will bring you to your superhero self and give you POWER!  And, as we remember from Season 7 of Buffy, “It’s about power.”  You won’t really get to choose your super power so don’t fret about what you’ll get.  There are positives and negatives of each power.  This is just a small list of what to expect (you may have one or more).

  • The ability to fly
  • X-Ray Vision
  • Time Travel
  • Turn into a human spider and shoot webs out of your hands to leap from building to building
  • You’re a god.  (This is a good one)
  • You’re half machine
  • Super-Speed
  • Super-Rich
  • A strong little girl
  • What the Jolly Green Giants looks like when he wakes up on the wrong side of the bed
  • Have heightened senses due to going blind.  (This begs the question, are all blind people secret superheroes?  Probably.)
  • Can control the weather
  • Become an X-Man
  • Are a vegan

The list goes on and on.  You get it.

Step 3:  Alter Ego And Super Cool Super-Name

Congratulations, you did it!  You’re a superhero!  So, what’s your name?  No, not your Super-Name, you’re name-name.  Your alter ego.  These days alter egos have super cool, super flexible jobs so try and work as a blogger, at a coffee shop or restaurant, or just have lots of money so you don’t have to work at all.  Basically, just be a hipster.  Maybe a … Super Hipster, if you will.  I mean, the current Peter Parker is a blogger, and before that all Tobey Maguire really did was take pictures of himself.  How hipster is that?  I’m convinced he’s making the “duck face” (awesome Super-Villain name) under that mask.

Now, you’re Super-Name should probably be less super and more just a good description of what you are, that way it’s easier for people to remember.  They’re stupid, but we love them anyway.  Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Iron Man, The Hulk.  It’s pretty easy to find these guys in a crowd.  I took the Buffy route.  She’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer.  I like having my real name, of sorts, in my Super-Name so I’m Vegan Meegan.  It’s pretty straight-forward.

Of course, superheroes are supposed to be filled with creativity (as you will soon read) so why not harness that, like the Doctor.  His real name is not Doctor.  He is not a doctor.  And while he does fix things and help people, in the most common term his super power is not a super power.  Or maybe combine it all.  Just embrace your super power and be creative.


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