This is my tumblr page to go with my writing accounts.I write fanfiction as well as the odd original peice and I'll post my work on here along with the almost daily writing advice I find from others.
The trouble with Superman is that he is too strong. There is nothing on earth that can stop him, so in that case it is pretty hard to find a weakness for his powers without having to bring in something from outer space to deal with him.
So you need to think about the powers that you’re choosing. If you want them to have a weakness, then take this into account as you’re picking the powers out. There are pros and cons to everything - make a list. In the case of elemental powers, think about the opposing elements that would render such an ability inert.
The answer could even be someone stronger with the same power, someone who has worked out all of the available tricks and abilities whilst the other opponent is less capable.
I always find it helps to think about how a power will affect the human body, too. Superheroes are normal people with super powers, right? So in effect (unless they’ve been altered like Wolverine), they have normal human bodies. Taking Wolverine as an example, if he wasn’t immortal and if he couldn’t regenerate, think of what state his hands would be in if the bones were repeatedly perforating the same place over his fingers again and again. It would put a severe limit on how often he could use his ability, but besides that, think of how he would be in a battle situation. A ruthless opponent could take advantage of the brief few seconds that he’s in agony to deliver a fatal blow.
With things like immortality, it’s up to you to lay down the boundaries for that one. Check the link for a full article about writing immortal characters. But you could also look at fictional creatures like Vampires who can’t be killed unless it’s under specific circumstances. Depending on the world you’re writing and how immortals exist within it, you can come up with your own method of getting rid of them.
I hope this helps anyway. Best of luck!
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