This question is based on the premise of the X-Men franchise, where superheroes that pass the potential for powers through heredity are used as a metaphor for persecuted minorities. I find this metaphor is self-contradictory because in real life the differences because skin-tone is cosmetic whereas super-villains potentially constitute an existential threat to the human race.

While I can understand trying to exterminate/brainwash/cure/rehabilitate super-villains, the vast majority of super powered individuals have human emotions and conscience. While they might cause accidental harm due to inexperience, they could potentially profit from their super powers.

Forget military applications, someone with ice powers could open a year-round ski resort in the Bahamas! Even seemingly useless superpowers could be exploited with enough creativity. To say nothing of how useful are mundane powers that make you equal to Einstein or an Olympic athlete.

Are muggles more likely to try exterminating all super people or more likely to exploit them?


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    $\begingroup$ Capitalism is about making profit. It totally depends on whether you can make more money by exploiting the abilities or by exploiting the fear of the unknown. $\endgroup$ – Secespitus Apr 12 '17 at 12:57
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    $\begingroup$ Oh, this just blew my mind: There are Muggles in this, too? So Harry Potter magic and X-men superheroes? $\endgroup$ – Frostfyre Apr 12 '17 at 13:01
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    $\begingroup$ I never seen the term muggle used outside the Potterverse. But it's not hard to understand what he means. $\endgroup$ – Mormacil Apr 12 '17 at 13:07
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    $\begingroup$ I've seen stories with both ideas behind them. Ultimately, this is your story to tell. $\endgroup$ – Mołot Apr 12 '17 at 13:09
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    $\begingroup$ Yes. Muggles would certainly try to exterminate or exploit them. Oh, what's more likely? Well, what's the theme of your story? $\endgroup$ – thepizzaelemental Apr 12 '17 at 13:16

In this context a super is no different from any other individual with gifts - for example a gifted singer. Do I

  1. Become her agent, maximize her potential and profit both of us?
  2. Become her agent and ultimately rip her off?
  3. Be her groupie and hope some glory rubs off on me?
  4. Become her partner and form a band, because my bongo stylings are icing on her vocal cake.
  5. Sabotage her because she is a threat to my own singingly endeavors?
  6. Encourage her in a distant, avuncular way. Nod and smile

All the regular stuff with interhuman interactions. I cannot think of the agent angle having been done as regards supers.


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