This character is an adolescent (~17 years old) who is basically a genius but his expertise are in computers. He has no superpowers but has decent hand-to-hand combat skills from fighting off bullies.

If he was going to be a superhero, would these skills be enough for him to fight crime?


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    $\begingroup$ You're asking other people to write your plot for you. This is far too broad. First work out a possible mechanism yourself and ask for advice on refining it (or checking it for reasonable self-consistency with your world). $\endgroup$ – StephenG May 10 '18 at 6:22
  • $\begingroup$ Have you heard of Iron Man? $\endgroup$ – Dubukay May 10 '18 at 6:22
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    $\begingroup$ Computer geniuses are nerds that stay in front of their keyboards. Make him the Action Hero's indispensable assistant like Alfred to Batman, or Wade to Kim Possible. $\endgroup$ – RonJohn May 10 '18 at 6:48
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    $\begingroup$ @a4android The OP should be asking something like "My hero is a computer guy who uses his skills to do X and Y. Is this a plausible way to develop him/her as a superhero ?". What he asked amounts to "I have no idea how to make my computer nerd a superhero using only his computer skills. Figure that out for me.". The first is WB territory and the closer his question was to that, the less I'd consider it too broad. The later form is about as broad as possible and it's a major plot point without which nothing can flow. At least that's how I see it - YMMV, of course. $\endgroup$ – StephenG May 10 '18 at 7:42
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    $\begingroup$ He doesn't need physical prowess to be a hero, a hacker could be a hero if he uses his power right. He could build robots. There was a character in the series Heroes that could take control of electronic devices, or something like that. $\endgroup$ – Vincent May 10 '18 at 14:17

Information is power.

Why fight hand to hand when the contents of someone's hard drive get anonymously sent to the police.

Anonymous text is sent to a future victim warning them of what will happen.

Bad guy's phone get hacked to act as a bug secretly recording all conversations.

The registration and insurance of the get away vehicle gets cancelled whilst on the way to the robbery so the police stop the vehicle.

A lot of heroes have a controller that gives them the information they need as well as protecting them from reprisals.

You don't need super powers to be a hero.

  • $\begingroup$ And no need for messy face-to-face fighting either. He can do it all from a comfy chair. $\endgroup$ – Real Subtle May 10 '18 at 6:38
  • $\begingroup$ Wow. This gave me a better idea on how my character fights crime. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – insertnoncreativeusernamehere May 10 '18 at 6:43

If you look at the superhero genre, there are those with clearly inhumam/supernatural powers, like Superman or the Hulk, and those with merely human powers trained to a high degree. For heroes who are supposedly normal, there comes a point where a reasonable observer would say "OK, that's not credible for a human any more. The hero seems to have gained one PhD per month while going through SEAL training, no f...ing way."

  • Consider the endless (and pointless) debate if Batman could beat Superman. Most portrayal of Batman shy away from claiming outright superpowers, but nobody is that strong, agile, tough, and smart.
  • Or compare Agent Carter and Black Widow. Agent Carter seems halfway credible as a non-super agent. She is smart, she has some combat training, but not too outrageous. Black Widow, by comparison, does some things that no normal human should be able to survive.

So there is ample precedent for a superhero without supernatural powers.

The next question is if this hero works solo or as part of a team.

  • As a team member, his role would be that of mission control. Give him a secret base and secure communications to the muscle heroes on the street. At least once per episode, he will provide crucial information gathered on the net. "Turn left, now." "But that's a dead end." "Trust me, turn left." "Coming up on a construction site." "See? No dead end." Consider Oracle in the DC universe.
  • As a solo superhero, he would rely on research and analysis to make force mostly unnecessary. First he finds out who the villain is, then he finds the henchpeople, then he finds out how they are vulnerable.

Simple. He fights cyber crimes.

There are a number of situations where he might be useful. Mostly because, like him, the criminals aren't fighters exactly!

I will give you what might be an origin story for him!

He is being framed for stealing money from a bank( electronically) and in order to clear his name he goes into hiding and while searching for the real criminal he interacts with others that require his help....

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    $\begingroup$ if you could put some effort into describing some of those situations you could make this a proper answer $\endgroup$ – L.Dutch May 10 '18 at 7:07
  • $\begingroup$ @L.Dutch I think it is enough given the question. And I knew it looks to simplistic however simplicity is very effective and it answers the question of how. Presenting situations might work to better explain what I mean and that would be unnecessary in this case! It's rather self explanatory honestly and I didn't use the comment feature because I didn't need more info! LE: Guess I did have something more to add! $\endgroup$ – Cbm.cbm May 10 '18 at 9:17

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