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Native Superheroes and Avoiding Stereotypical Roles

@wordsmithkg asked:

Sorry to bother you guys, this is a bit of a weird one, but if I’m writing something and part of it features a group of Native American (specifically Navajo) superheroes, are there powers I should avoid for cliché/stereotyping reasons, or that would feel disrespectful? For example, I can’t help but feel geokinesis would be too much of a literal manifestation of the “closer to earth” stereotype. I unfortunately don’t know any Navajo, but I did find an online community I plan to ask as well

Animal. Powers. If I see one more Native shapeshifter and/or animal speaker, I feel like I’m going to scream. Trackers, too. Plant manipulators. Spiritual mediums. Archers with superhuman aim.

Basically, look up Magical Native American and if it shows up on that list, avoid unless you manage to justify it in-universe with something other than “Natives have x”. 

Geokenisis sounds fun! The thing I like about it is it sounds modern. A lot of the icky part about Natives with powers is people assuming that the powers are “ancient” and therefore detached from modern society. They rely more than they would like to admit on Noble Savage, so if you break that with either modern sounding powers and/or non-nature based things, you’re good.

The main thing about Native powers I’ve found is they rely on sixth sense/otherworldly connection, instead of having anything that’s a pseudoscientific explanation. So if you had “felt the earth’s natural heat rising and falling”, that would be one thing, but if you had “telepathic abilities focusing on dense objects such as stone or metal”, that’s another. The former is flirting with Magical Native, the latter sounds like a superhero power.

Give it the same BS explanation that non-Native superheroes get. If you’re just going for “oh, they’re more ~*in tune*~” then I would have problems, but if you’re going with something that is at least trying to sound scientific, you’re much safer. Even something just like “genetic mutation allows for x” is cool.
The problems with tropes like Magical Native American or even Magical Nergo is the principle tends to stop at “because they are this ethnicity, they have these powers.” Meanwhile, if the reasoning is built into the character— ie- Black Panther has powers because he is king of Wakanda, and therefore has access to a plant that enhances ability to the point of a supersoldier— then you’re avoiding the heart of the trope which is that some skin colours just inherently have magic.

So, make it pseudoscientific, and try to avoid “spiritual” based stuff. Then, you’re good.

~ Mod Lesya

forlorn-kumquat  asked:

Can I request AUs for teenagers with powers/magic who band together to become superheroes? Thank you.

sure!! :D ((just to let everyone know, most of these can probably easily be turned into ot+ prompts as well))

  • I know we’re all a team to save this place but I swEAR TO GOD STOP QUOTING/COMPARING US TO THE AVENGERS
  • no. we’re not calling ourselves the x-men. just no, okay? it’s probably copyrighted.
    • same for justice league, don’t even try buddy. no, league of justice doesn’t count!!!!
  • okay so we all got our powers from that big accident, and obviously so did the villains. does anybody remember who else was there so we can figure out who and/or how many we’re dealing with?
    • bonus if one or more of the villains gets included into the otp/ot+
  • woah woah woah I thought we were the GOOD GUYS I didn’t sign up for this
  • so each of us has an element? that’s pretty coo- DONT YOU DARE START QUOTING AVATAR. IM WATCHING YOU
    • “even if we find a boy trapped in an iceball?” EVEN IF WE FIND A BOY TRAPPED IN AN ICEBALL
    • “that’s modern zuko” I SWEAR TO GOD
  • you know what? I quit. I’m done. I have finals coming up, I don’t have time for this. Do whatever you want, I don’t care anymore
  • “why does it feel like you’re purposefully trying to lose” I DONT WANNA TAKE MY EXAMS OKAY JUST K I L L ME ALREADY you don’t even have to kill me just like, put me in a temporary coma or SOMETHING
  • I don’t even know how to drive yet!!!!! Why am I flying!?!?!?!?!?????

I hope these work for you, have fun! :D

~Mod Karissa

DC Super Hero Girls show coming to Cartoon Network

Batgirl, Supergirl and Wonder Woman are coming to Cartoon Network in 2018. 

Based on a series of direct-to-video and YouTube videos, DC Super Hero Girls will continue the franchise begun in 2015, which also includes many toys, books and clothing. 

Lauren Faust (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) is producing and will create “fresh character designs” for Diana (Wonder Woman), Barbara (Batgirl), Kara (Supergirl) and the rest of the DC crew, according to IGN.com

Originally posted by powerfulsuperherogirls

Bumblebee, Green Lantern Jessica Cruz, Harley Quinn, Katana and Zatanna are also reported to appear in the Cartoon Network show, which will cover the teens lives as superheroes and students in Metropolis. 

Joining Faust on the production crew is Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) as executive producer. The series will be headed by Warner Bros. Animation. 

- Courtney ( @harmonicacave )

*Ladybug and Chat Noir hit by an akumatized attack that turns everyone into 'magical girls'*
  • Ladybug, frowning at her outfit: ugh. How am I supposed to run and fight in these high heels and this tiny skirt??
  • Chat Noir, cartwheeling past her in his tiny skirt and heels: What, like it's hard?

hc idea that Nino will be the first one to know that his friends (and Chloe) are superheroes.

And with that he will be the one saving them in school and begin telling excuses to save their asses cause hell knows non of them is good at lying. 

“Adrien? He must have been call for a photoshoot. You know my bro. And you know his dad too, Ms. Bustier.”

“Marinette had to help her parents with an order! She must have forgotten to excuse herself, Ms Mendeliev,”

“Alya is trying to record another video for her blog, you know how stubborn she is about her self being, but here, she gave me her homework.”

“Chloé? Eh, who knows, probably hiding somewhere.”

(he starts telling better excuses for Chloé when he notices how she saves his girlfriend more times that he should have expected coming from her, both in and out of costume)

Your Voice AU

Character A is a superhero/magical girl that has successfully been able to keep their identity a secret. One night, Character A sees that their crush is in trouble, and Character A valiantly swoops in to save the day. 

Character B is blind, and as soon as they hear Character A’s voice, they immediately know the real identity of who has just saved them.