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Don Draper
08-15-2005, 01:43 PM
Let's sort & categorize all the types of superhero /villain motifs we can think up. (There will of course be some overlap.)

Animals: Batman, Robin, Hawkman, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Wasp, Black Widow, Wolverine, Penguin, Catwoman, Scorpion, Fly, Silver Swan, Vixen, Wolfsbane, Catseye, Mockingbird, Raven, Dolphin, Nightcrawler, Orka...

Magicians: Zatara, Zatanna, Sargon, Dr. Fate, Dr. Strange, Shaman, Felix Faust, Agatha Harkness, Clea, Jason Blood, Son of Satan, Satana, Brother Voodoo, Black Talon...

Ghosts/undead: Spectre, Deadman, Evil Ernie, Lady Death, Silver Banshee, Living Zombie, Frankenstein's Monster, Dracula...

Mythical figures: Black Knight, Shining Knight, Sasquatch, Banshee, Siryn, Griffen...

Super strong: Superman, Superboy, Supergirl, Captain Marvel, CM jr, Mary Marvel, Lt. Marvels, Wonder Woman, Wonder Girl (Troia), Wonder Tot, Thing, Hulk, She-Hulk, Thor, Colossus, Hercules, Wonder Man, Titania, Steel (Hank Heywood), Mr. Hyde, the Wrecking Crew...

Speedsters: Flash, Kid-Flash, Johnny Quick, Jessie Quick, Quicksilver, Northstar, Aurora, Max Mercury (a.k.a. Thunderbolt), Prof. Zoom...

Wears a super-suit: Iron-Man, Yellowjacket, Ant-Man, Titanium Man, Crimson Dynamo, Guardian, Vindicator, Stingray, Torpedo, Dr. Doom...

On Fire: Human Torch(es), the female Firebrand, Nova, Firefly, Volcana, Magma, Pyro, Sunfire, Firestar...

Aquatic: Sub-Mariner, Aquaman, Neptune Perkins, Aqualad (Tempest), Mera, Aquagirl, Dolphin, Marinna, Namora, Namorita, Black Manta, Ocean-Master, Fisherman, Attuma, Orka, Tyrak...

Stretchy: Plastic Man, Elongated Man, Elasti-Lad, Mr. Fantastic, Metamorpho, Warlock, Skin, the Metal Men, J'onn J'onzz...

Constructs: Robotman, the Metal Men, Vision, Red Tornado, the Brain...

Special weapons: Green Lantern(s), Hawkeye, Green Arrow, Speedy (Arsenal), Batman (all those bat gadgets), Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Thor, Swordsman, Black Knight...

Mind-readers: Prof. X, Jean Grey, J'onn J'onzz, Moondragon, White Queen, Midwich Cuckoos (3-in-1), Saturn Girl...

Physics properties: Lightning Lad (Live Wire), Electro, Graviton, Magneto, Polaris, Cosmic Boy, Quantum, Half-Life, Zzaxx, Decay...

That's enough to get the ball rolling, I believe. Feel free to add categories / names...

Otto
08-15-2005, 01:52 PM
Plant-based: Swamp Thing, Man-Thing, Floronic Man, Poison Ivy

Elemental: Crystal, Terra, Geo-Force, The Elementals (Monolith, Fathom, Vortex, Morningstar), Masters of Disaster

Martial Arts: Shang-Chi, Iron Fist, Karate Kid

Hey, It's That Guy!
08-15-2005, 02:02 PM
Big city/urban vigilante heroes (usually, but not always, powerless): Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Huntress, Batgirl, Question, Blue Beetle, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Punisher, Luke Cage/Power Man, Iron Fist, Richard Dragon, Guardian, Gangbuster, Wild Dog, Dr. Mid-Nite, Starman (Jack Knight), Wildcat, Grifter, Midnighter, Jack Hawksmoor...

Magicians: John Constantine, Enchantress...

Cold/ice-themed: Captain Cold, Mr. Freeze, Elijah Snow, Ice, Icemaiden, Iceman, Blizzard, Coldsnap, Frostbite, Killer Frost...

Super-strong: Majestic, Apollo, The High, The Tick, Sentry, Jakita Wagner...

Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
08-15-2005, 02:12 PM
Thor goes in Mythicals and super strong.

Does Captain Marvel?

Mr Incredible--Strong.
Elasti-Girl--Stretchy
The Dash--Speedster.

We need an Infiltrator catagory...for the sneaky types. Batman, Nightcrawler, the Shadow, Black Panther, the Spirit, Violet Incredible.

Shrinkers--Atom, Ant Man, Yellowjacket, Wasp, Dollman.

Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
08-15-2005, 02:16 PM
Wings--Hawkman, Angel, Black Orchid (I think), Red Raven.

Don Draper
08-15-2005, 02:24 PM
Shrinkers--Atom, Ant Man, Yellowjacket, Wasp, Dollman.

And the corollory, Growers: Giant-Man, Goliath(s), Black Goliath, Giganta, Colossal Boy, Spectre, Sasquatch, Hulk, Atlas, Tower...

Hey, It's That Guy!
08-15-2005, 02:35 PM
Archers: Green Arrow 1, Green Arrow 2, Speedy (Mia), Arsenal, Hawkeye, Merlyn, Shaft, Spider, I Spyder...

Behind-the-scenes brains/inventors/scientists: Oracle, Calculator, Cypher, Professor X, Forge, Iron Man, Beast, Mister Fantastic, Lex Luthor, Batman, Atom, Steel, Blue Beetle, Mister Terrific II, Brainiac 5, Vril Dox...

Stretchy: Ragdoll 1, 2, and 3...

CandidGamera
08-15-2005, 02:46 PM
I tried not to get sucked in, because I think the subject is nigh-infinite, but I failed.

BBVL - would you consider the Ragdoll fellows "Stretchy" exactly, or more "Bendy"?

In Mythical Figures - The Black Knight? I dunno.. Banshee? Well, he's named after one, at least..

We also seem to be lacking the 'Cyborg' category. (Cyborg, Commander Steel, Deathlok) and possibly the 'Military Experiment' category, including the Weapon X offshoots and Captain America, among others.

marque elf
08-15-2005, 02:53 PM
Political Villains: Hate Monger, The Trasks, Senator Kelly, Baron Strucker, the Mandarin, the Radioactive Man, Crimson Dynamo, Black Widow, Red Skull, Amanda Waller, Count Vertigo, Phantom Girl's Mother,- Something Wazzo

I'm sure there are more. These are the ones that come immediately to mind.

add Poison Ivy to the growers list and Shadowcat and Clarice Ferguson to the infiltrator category.

Another category occurs to me. Entities from outside our version of space-time: Mojo, Tyrannus, the Inbetweener, Dormammu, Blastaar, Annihilus, Phantom Girl.

astro
08-15-2005, 02:57 PM
Metal Men belog in the "constructs" category not "super stretchy"

Don Draper
08-15-2005, 03:11 PM
They look kind of stretchy (http://www.toonopedia.com/metalmen.htm) to me. But it's an overlap of course.

Little Nemo
08-15-2005, 03:37 PM
I think the Animal category from the OP is more a theme than a power: characters like Batman and Wolverine may name themselves after animals but they really have no animal specific powers. They could have just as easily called themselves Nightguy and Slasher. Superheroes with genuine animal powers would be someone like Beast Boy or Animal Man. Or Tarzan for that matter..

tracer
08-15-2005, 03:48 PM
Archers: Green Arrow 1, Green Arrow 2, Speedy (Mia), Arsenal, Hawkeye, Merlyn, Shaft, Spider, I Spyder...
Not to mention Blue Shooter (http://www.rogermwilcox.name/stories/blue.html).

ouryL
08-15-2005, 03:58 PM
Let's sort & categorize all the types of superhero /villain motifs we can think up. (There will of course be some overlap.)

Animals: Batman, Robin, Hawkman, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Wasp, Black Widow, Wolverine, Penguin, Catwoman, Scorpion, Fly, Silver Swan, Vixen, Wolfsbane, Catseye, Mockingbird, Raven, Dolphin, Nightcrawler, Orka...

Magicians: Zatara, Zatanna, Sargon, Dr. Fate, Dr. Strange, Shaman, Felix Faust, Agatha Harkness, Clea, Jason Blood, Son of Satan, Satana, Brother Voodoo, Black Talon...

Ghosts/undead: Spectre, Deadman, Evil Ernie, Lady Death, Silver Banshee, Living Zombie, Frankenstein's Monster, Dracula...

Mythical figures: Black Knight, Shining Knight, Sasquatch, Banshee, Siryn, Griffen...

Super strong: Superman, Superboy, Supergirl, Captain Marvel, CM jr, Mary Marvel, Lt. Marvels, Wonder Woman, Wonder Girl (Troia), Wonder Tot, Thing, Hulk, She-Hulk, Thor, Colossus, Hercules, Wonder Man, Titania, Steel (Hank Heywood), Mr. Hyde, the Wrecking Crew...

Speedsters: Flash, Kid-Flash, Johnny Quick, Jessie Quick, Quicksilver, Northstar, Aurora, Max Mercury (a.k.a. Thunderbolt), Prof. Zoom...

Wears a super-suit: Iron-Man, Yellowjacket, Ant-Man, Titanium Man, Crimson Dynamo, Guardian, Vindicator, Stingray, Torpedo, Dr. Doom...

On Fire: Human Torch(es), the female Firebrand, Nova, Firefly, Volcana, Magma, Pyro, Sunfire, Firestar...

Aquatic: Sub-Mariner, Aquaman, Neptune Perkins, Aqualad (Tempest), Mera, Aquagirl, Dolphin, Marinna, Namora, Namorita, Black Manta, Ocean-Master, Fisherman, Attuma, Orka, Tyrak...

Stretchy: Plastic Man, Elongated Man, Elasti-Lad, Mr. Fantastic, Metamorpho, Warlock, Skin, the Metal Men, J'onn J'onzz...

Constructs: Robotman, the Metal Men, Vision, Red Tornado, the Brain...

Special weapons: Green Lantern(s), Hawkeye, Green Arrow, Speedy (Arsenal), Batman (all those bat gadgets), Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Thor, Swordsman, Black Knight...

Mind-readers: Prof. X, Jean Grey, J'onn J'onzz, Moondragon, White Queen, Midwich Cuckoos (3-in-1), Saturn Girl...

Physics properties: Lightning Lad (Live Wire), Electro, Graviton, Magneto, Polaris, Cosmic Boy, Quantum, Half-Life, Zzaxx, Decay...

That's enough to get the ball rolling, I believe. Feel free to add categories / names...


How old are you?
I used to make lists like this on a manual typewriter when I was 11!
[too embarassed to admit similar lists still exist , carefully packed away with old Star Trek memorabilia]

JThunder
08-15-2005, 04:01 PM
Archers: Green Arrow 1, Green Arrow 2, Speedy (Mia), Arsenal, Hawkeye, Merlyn, Shaft, Spider, I Spyder...
Arrowette I, Arrowette II, Golden Arrow

Don Draper
08-15-2005, 04:11 PM
How old are you?
I used to make lists like this on a manual typewriter when I was 11!
[too embarassed to admit similar lists still exist , carefully packed away with old Star Trek memorabilia]


Much, much older than 11 years! But, it's a slack day at work, can't leave for the day, and I'm easily amused.

So sue me!

astro
08-15-2005, 04:47 PM
Much, much older than 11 years! But, it's a slack day at work, can't leave for the day, and I'm easily amused.

So sue me!

<Barney Fife voice> Shame on you Art Vandelay! Shame! Shame! Shame! </Barney Fife voice>

Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
08-15-2005, 05:02 PM
On Fire: Human Torch(es), the female Firebrand, Nova, Firefly, Volcana, Magma, Pyro, Sunfire, Firestar...

Toro, sidekick to the Android Torch. And Fire, the green one, from Giffen's(?) JL.

DUH! :smack: :smack: :smack:

Sidekicks!--The Robins, Speedy, Bucky, Jimmy Olsen, Rick Jones, Hawkgirl, Snapper Carr, Incrediboy (briefly).

Don Draper
08-15-2005, 06:13 PM
Okay, I'm leaving work soon, so to sum up thus far:

Animals: Batman, Robin, Hawkman, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Wasp, Black Widow, Wolverine, Penguin, Catwoman, Scorpion, Fly, Silver Swan, Vixen, Wolfsbane, Catseye, Mockingbird, Raven, Dolphin, Nightcrawler, Orka...

Magicians: Zatara, Zatanna, Sargon, Dr. Fate, Dr. Strange, Shaman, Felix Faust, Agatha Harkness, Clea, Jason Blood, Son of Satan, Satana, Brother Voodoo, Black Talon, John Constantine, Enchantress...

Ghosts/undead: Spectre, Deadman, Evil Ernie, Lady Death, Silver Banshee, Living Zombie, Frankenstein's Monster, Dracula...

Mythical figures: Black Knight, Shining Knight, Sasquatch, Banshee, Siryn, Griffen, Thor...

Super strong: Superman, Superboy, Supergirl, Captain Marvel, CM jr, Mary Marvel, Lt. Marvels, Wonder Woman, Wonder Girl (Troia), Wonder Tot, Thing, Hulk, She-Hulk, Thor, Colossus, Hercules, Wonder Man, Titania, Steel (Hank Heywood), Mr. Hyde, the Wrecking Crew, Majestic, Apollo, The High, The Tick, Sentry, Jakita Wagner, Mr. Incredible...

Speedsters: Flash, Kid-Flash, Johnny Quick, Jessie Quick, Quicksilver, Northstar, Aurora, Max Mercury (a.k.a. Thunderbolt), Prof. Zoom, Dash Incredible...

Wears a super-suit: Iron-Man, Yellowjacket, Ant-Man, Titanium Man, Crimson Dynamo, Guardian, Vindicator, Stingray, Torpedo, Dr. Doom...

On Fire: Human Torch(es), the female Firebrand, Nova, Firefly, Volcana, Magma, Pyro, Sunfire, Firestar...

Aquatic: Sub-Mariner, Aquaman, Neptune Perkins, Aqualad (Tempest), Mera, Aquagirl, Dolphin, Marinna, Namora, Namorita, Black Manta, Ocean-Master, Fisherman, Attuma, Orka, Tyrak...

Stretchy: Plastic Man, Elongated Man, Elasti-Lad, Mr. Fantastic, Metamorpho, Warlock, Skin, the Metal Men, J'onn J'onzz, Elasti-Girl (of the Incredibles), Ragdoll...

Constructs: Robotman, the Metal Men, Vision, Red Tornado, the Brain...

Special weapons: Green Lantern(s), Hawkeye, Green Arrow, Speedy (Arsenal), Batman (all those bat gadgets), Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Thor, Swordsman, Black Knight, Valkyrie...

Mind-readers: Prof. X, Jean Grey, J'onn J'onzz, Moondragon, White Queen, Midwich Cuckoos (3-in-1), Saturn Girl...

Physics properties: Lightning Lad (Live Wire), Electro, Graviton, Magneto, Polaris, Cosmic Boy, Quantum, Half-Life, Zzaxx, Decay...

Plant-based: Swamp Thing, Man-Thing, Floronic Man, Poison Ivy, Black Orchid, Nightshade...

Elemental: Crystal, Terra, Geo-Force, The Elementals (Monolith, Fathom, Vortex, Morningstar), Masters of Disaster

Martial Arts: Shang-Chi, Iron Fist, Karate Kid, Black Canary...

Vigilantes (usually, but not always, powerless): Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Huntress, Batgirl, Question, Blue Beetle, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Punisher, Luke Cage/Power Man, Iron Fist, Richard Dragon, Guardian, Gangbuster, Wild Dog, Dr. Mid-Nite, Starman (Jack Knight), Wildcat, Grifter, Midnighter, Jack Hawksmoor...

Cold/ice-themed: Captain Cold, Mr. Freeze, Elijah Snow, Ice, Icemaiden, Iceman, Blizzard, Coldsnap, Frostbite, Killer Frost...

Wings: Hawkman, Angel, Black Orchid (I think), Red Raven..

Growers: Giant-Man, Goliath(s), Black Goliath, Giganta, Colossal Boy, Spectre, Sasquatch, Hulk, Atlas, Tower, Elasti-Girl (of the Doom Patrol)...

Shrinkers: Atom, Ant Man, Yellowjacket, Wasp, Dollman..

Infiltrators: Batman, Nightcrawler, the Shadow, Black Panther, the Spirit, Violet Incredible,Shadowcat, Clarice Ferguson...

Archers: Green Arrow, Speedy (Mia), Arsenal, Hawkeye, Merlyn, Shaft, Spider, I Spyder...

Behind-the-scenes brains/inventors/scientists: Oracle, Calculator, Cypher, Professor X, Forge, Iron-Man, Beast, Mister Fantastic, Lex Luthor, Batman, Atom, Steel, Blue Beetle, Mister Terrific II, Brainiac 5, Vril Dox, the Chief (Doom Patrol)...

Political Characters: Captain America, USAgent, Miss America, Hate Monger, The Trasks, Senator Kelly, Baron Strucker, the Mandarin, the Radioactive Man, Crimson Dynamo, Black Widow, Red Skull, Amanda Waller, Count Vertigo...

"From Beyond" (other dimensions / universes): Mojo, Tyrannus, the Inbetweener, Dormammu, Blastaar, Annihilus, Phantom Girl, the Beyonder, the Living Tribunal, Umar...

Keep the suggestions coming though! I'll update the index later.

JThunder
08-15-2005, 07:56 PM
Magicians: Zatara, Zatanna, Sargon, Dr. Fate, Dr. Strange, Shaman, Felix Faust, Agatha Harkness, Clea, Jason Blood, Son of Satan, Satana, Brother Voodoo, Black Talon, John Constantine, Enchantress...Say, you forgot that dork in the suit and the bowtie.

Okay, so he's not technically a magician...

Otto
08-15-2005, 08:24 PM
Animals: Batman, Robin, Hawkman, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Wasp, Black Widow, Wolverine, Penguin, Catwoman, Scorpion, Fly, Silver Swan, Vixen, Wolfsbane, Catseye, Mockingbird, Raven, Dolphin, Nightcrawler, Orka...
Black Cat (Marvel), Catman, Human Fly II (the stuntman, not the bug guy), Killer Shrike, Leapfrog, Frog Man, Snowbird (Alpha Flight), Spider-Woman I, II and III, Tarantula

Ghosts/undead: Spectre, Deadman, Evil Ernie, Lady Death, Silver Banshee, Living Zombie, Frankenstein's Monster, Dracula...
Lillith (Dracula's daughter), Ghost Rider I, Night Rider

Mythical figures: Black Knight, Shining Knight, Sasquatch, Banshee, Siryn, Griffen, Thor...
Snowbird again, Hercules, Wendigo

Super strong: Superman, Superboy, Supergirl, Captain Marvel, CM jr, Mary Marvel, Lt. Marvels, Wonder Woman, Wonder Girl (Troia), Wonder Tot, Thing, Hulk, She-Hulk, Thor, Colossus, Hercules, Wonder Man, Titania, Steel (Hank Heywood), Mr. Hyde, the Wrecking Crew, Majestic, Apollo, The High, The Tick, Sentry, Jakita Wagner, Mr. Incredible...
Dumb Bunny, Awkwardman (Inferior Five)

Wears a super-suit: Iron-Man, Yellowjacket, Ant-Man, Titanium Man, Crimson Dynamo, Guardian, Vindicator, Stingray, Torpedo, Dr. Doom...
Spitfire (New Universe), Arthur (Tick's sidekick), Beetle

Aquatic: Sub-Mariner, Aquaman, Neptune Perkins, Aqualad (Tempest), Mera, Aquagirl, Dolphin, Marinna, Namora, Namorita, Black Manta, Ocean-Master, Fisherman, Attuma, Orka, Tyrak...
Awkwardman again

Stretchy: Plastic Man, Elongated Man, Elasti-Lad, Mr. Fantastic, Metamorpho, Warlock, Skin, the Metal Men, J'onn J'onzz, Elasti-Girl (of the Incredibles), Ragdoll...
Madame Rogue (Doom Patrol Villain)

Constructs: Robotman, the Metal Men, Vision, Red Tornado, the Brain...
Human Torch I, Ultron, Jocasta, Machine Man

Mind-readers: Prof. X, Jean Grey, J'onn J'onzz, Moondragon, White Queen, Midwich Cuckoos (3-in-1), Saturn Girl...
Psylocke, Mentallo, Psi-Force (New Universe), Psimon

Physics properties: Lightning Lad (Live Wire), Electro, Graviton, Magneto, Polaris, Cosmic Boy, Quantum, Half-Life, Zzaxx, Decay...
Dr Polaris, Doctor Light, Magenta, Living Laser, Klaw

Shrinkers: Atom, Ant Man, Yellowjacket, Wasp, Dollman..
Shrinking Violet

Archers: Green Arrow, Speedy (Mia), Arsenal, Hawkeye, Merlyn, Shaft, Spider, I Spyder...
White Feather (Inferior Five)

"From Beyond" (other dimensions / universes): Mojo, Tyrannus, the Inbetweener, Dormammu, Blastaar, Annihilus, Phantom Girl, the Beyonder, the Living Tribunal, Umar...
Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew, The Vishanti

Alternate Timelines: Phoenix (Rachel Summers), X, Vance Astro I, Deathlok

critter42
08-15-2005, 08:53 PM
Cosmic/Godlike/Omnipotent - Thanos, The Watcher, Phantom Stranger, Guardians of OA, Zeus, The Spectre, Captain Marvel/Mar-Vell, Galactus, Galactus' heralds (incl. Silver Surfer), the Celestials, Asgardians, The Beyonder, Lord Order/Master Chaos, Lords of Order and Chaos, Dr. Fate, the Endless, the Living Tribunal, the In-Betweener

critter42
08-15-2005, 08:56 PM
Note - I lumped Dr. Fate in with the above category because in some incarnations he was considered almost/as powerful as the Spectre and Phantom Stranger

Wolfian
08-15-2005, 09:49 PM
And the corollory, Growers: Giant-Man, Goliath(s), Black Goliath, Giganta, Colossal Boy, Spectre, Sasquatch, Hulk, Atlas, Tower...
Well if you want to get technical Colossal Boy in the current Legion is a giant who shrinks to six feet.

Super Powerful: Power Girl

Fire: Fire

Ice: Ice

Transmutters (Alchemists if you will): Element Lad, Firestorm

Made up of multiple beings: Supergirl (Linda Danvers), Firestorm, Triplecate Girl

Considering Countdown shouldn't Blue Beetle be in infilators? Nightwing is doing some infilating himself currently.

saoirse
08-15-2005, 10:17 PM
I thought Green Arrow's mainly concerned himself with helping people make left-hand turns at busy intersections.

Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
08-16-2005, 07:20 AM
Ice: Ice

Made up of multiple beings: Supergirl (Linda Danvers), Firestorm, Triplecate Girl


Ice--Frozone


Ragman is--


Made up of multiple beings
Wears a super-suit
Ghosts/undead:
Vigilantes
and may be
Magicians

BMalion
08-16-2005, 07:51 AM
French: Batroc

Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
08-16-2005, 08:08 AM
French: Batroc
And Bomb Voyage.

JThunder
08-16-2005, 06:05 PM
Zut alors! Ze stereotyping, il est atroce!

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