It’s been a little while since we’ve done one of these—since I’ve done one, at least—so I’m starting up a new challenge thread: form your own superhero team, for any contemporary or near-future Earth you choose (comics-based or not). The catch? The members have to be characters not typically considered superheroes.
(I should probably subcontract Skald to pep up the scenario outline—he’s great at that sort of thing.)
As per the rules in earlier threads, any character who’s not completely villainous or completely dead will qualify. Special powers do not disqualify a character.
My tentative roster, so far?
•James Bond’s Q
Snide gadget man, extraordinaire.
•The Doctor (Doctor Who)
Yeah, I know, you could probably just pick him and fill out the entire team, done deal. But having him in a stuck-on-earth incarnation isn’t completely unprecedented, or is having him forced to work with a group.
•Jack Valentine (Lord of War)
The dogged INTERPOL agent from the 2005 arms dealing movie. Chosen because of his dedication to justice, experience and connections with international law enforcement…and most importantly, I think he’s the finest example of a true blue superhero’s mindset I’ve ever seen outside a comic book.
(Note: That last part was not a compliment.)
•Jake the Dog (Adventure Time with Finn and Jake)
Weird as this might sound, I think Jake’s probably one of the finest depictions of a superpowered character I’ve ever seen. Think, basically, all the growth/shrinking powers of Hank Pym, combined with the demi-shapeshifting of Plastic Man. With a personality somewhere between…well, he’s either Bender on mood elevators, or “The Dude” Lebowski on combat stimulants.
Sure nice to see a shapeshifter who’s even more creative and free with their powers than the fanbase, as well as a goofy “comic relief” character who’s not a completely unobservant, scatterbrained dolt.
So…anyone else want to add in?