1st of all, it's been pointed out that I can be a bit harsh & I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize if I hurt anyone in any way. In all the frustrations I've had in the past, I lost sight that this group is supposed to be a place of friendship & unity for fans of Superheroes. And thanks to my good friend,
, it came to my attention that I never actually specified or defined what a "Superhero" or a "Supervillain" is & went on the assumption that people would automatically just know it. Again, my apologies. Now that I've had some time to think about it & actually think of an ironclad way to define what a Superhero or a Supervillain actually is.
What is a Superhero?
A superhero is a fictional character, with or without special powers or gadgets or supersuits or robots, who dons or is given a persona to publicly fight injustices & to protect the innocent. Here are a few good examples.
Batman: As we all know, the story of Batman isn't a happy one. After losing his family at the hands of a mugger, Bruce Wayne trained for every day of his young life to gain the necessary skills & technology needed for him to accomplish his mission to eliminate crime in Gotham City. By donning the cape & cowl, he assumed the persona of The Batman.
Superman: Also known to everyone the world over as the very first superhero, Superman was born on the planet Krypton & sent to Earth by his parents with the goal of protecting it's people. In his adolescence, Kal-El/Clark Kent's Kryptonian body started to change from him absorbing the radiation from Earth's Yellow Sun, thus causing him to evolve & develop abilities normal Kryptonians & Humans weren't capable of. Such as super strength, super speed, heat vision, flight, arctic breath, & amazingly heightened senses. Eventually he learned the truth of his heritage & donned a red & blue suit to defend humankind under the persona of Superman.
Spider-Man: One of Stan Lee's most iconic superheroes. Peter Parker, the smartest student at Midtown High School was pushed around a lot & treated like complete garbage by everyone at school. Eventually, he was bitten by a genetically engineered spider & gained the abilities of said spider. At first when he adopted the persona of the Spider-Man, he used his new powers to gain fortune & glory. Eventually letting it all go to his head, he started to ignore the advice of his family, more specifically, his Uncle Ben, who had been like a father to him for a long time. It wasn't until he lost his Uncle to a murderer that he finally realized that with his power, he had an obligation to do what was right. So he made Spider-Man a symbol of justice.
Devilman: One of the most famous heroic characters ever conceived by Nagai Go. Fudo Akira, a very shy & gentle hearted high school student was possessed by the most powerful demon in hell known as Amon. However because of his ability to retain human heart & soul, Amon was unable to completely possess Akira & as a result, a hybrid life form was created from the fusion. The result was dubbed the Devilman. With the body & powers of a demon and the heart, mind, & soul of a human. As the Devilman, Akira uses his powers to protect his loved ones & humanity from the demon hordes trying to conquer the human world.
Mazinger Z: Though, Mazinger Z is actually a powerful mecha piloted by a young man named Kabuto Kouji, Nagai Go also created this series & the other robot anime/manga in the 70s, to be a part of his series of superhero stories. Professor Kabuto Juzo created the powerful mecha, Mazinger Z, as a gift to his grandson, Kouji. He told the boy that with Mazinger Z, one may become God or Devil. Because he knew Kouji to be a person of good character, the Professor knew the boy would use Mazinger Z's power as a force for good. With the help of his girlfriend & partner, Yumi Sayaka & her mecha, Aphrodite A, Kouji & Mazinger Z fight the evil Dr. Hell & his army of Mechanical Beasts. So in this case, I guess you could say Mazinger Z is Kouji's heroic persona.
Showa Era Kamen Riders: Most of the heroes of Ishinomori Shotaro's original Kamen Rider series are individuals who were either forcefully or voluntarily had their bodies altered & became cyborgs, usually modeled after an insect, with amazing abilities who often ride a special & powerful motorcycle or dirt bike. A primary example is Kamen Rider Ichigo or as his name translates Kamen Rider Number One. Hongo Takashi, a collage student was kidnaped by the terrorist organization, Shocker, & transformed into what they designate an "Altered Human" to be the first of many to achieve their dream of world conquest. But before they could erase his memories, he escaped with the help of his friend, Professor Midorikawa. Though he struggled with what he had become at first, he eventually learned to accept it & decided to fight Shocker under the persona of Kamen Rider, later Kamen Rider Ichigo since there would be other Riders to follow him in the story.
Super Sentai: Another hero series created by Ishinomori Shotaro, each Super Sentai group usually consists of 3 to 5(sometimes 7 to 10) heroic individuals in colorful suits with matching helmets known commonly as Rangers. Though the themes & gimmicks change for every team that comes along. The original Super Sentai was Himitsu Sentai Goranger, consisting of 5 young individuals who became cyborgs & work as a special "Secret Squadron" for the organization, EAGLE against the global terrorist organization known as the Black Cross Army. They're names are reflected by the color of their suits. Akaranger: Red Ranger, Aoranger: Blue Ranger, Kiranger: Yellow Ranger, Momoranger: Pink Ranger, & Midoranger: Green Ranger. In the US, the Super Sentai known as Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger was adapted into what children of the early 90s know as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. In which an entity from another planet known as Zordon recruited 5 righteous hearted teenagers to defend the world from the evil space witch, Rita. Donning the mantle of 5 prehistoric beasts, they fought the forces of evil together.
Now that we've covered some examples of Superheroes, let's talk about Supervillains.
What is a Supervillain?
The term "supervillain" is commonly used as a title for antagonist characters in superhero or spy comics, TV shows, movies, cartoons, ect. In the case of this group, an antagonist character who commonly fights a superhero on a regular basis. Here are a few examples.
Lex Luthor: Superman's most notorious longtime archenemy. Lex Luthor was a secret arms dealer under the guise of a powerful businessman who sought to achieve godhood with his position of power, wealth, & influence. His ultimate dream is to see Superman tremble before him. And he'll do anything to make that happen. He even went as far as to establish the Legion of Doom. A worldwide organization of supervillains bent on world domination.
Lord Zed: The primary boss supervillain of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series. Zed is Galactic Overlord who planed to conquer the Earth & rule over it with an iron fist & an army of giant monsters. Wanting nothing more then to see all the good in the universe destroyed by his hand.
Megatron: Leader of the Decepticons of the Transformers Generation One series. Megatron's ultimate goal is universal domination. The only thing standing in his way, his arch enemy, the heroic leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime.
Cobra Commander: The leader of the ruthless Cobra terrorist organization. Cobra Commander's plan is to crush the heroic G.I.Joe united soldier organization & create a worldwide dictatorship for him to rule as he pleases.
The Kingpin: The Marvel Comics equivalent to Lex Luthor in many ways. Wilson Fisk is the supreme ultimate crime lord in the United States & arch enemy to superheroes like Daredevil & Spider-Man. Much like Lex Luthor, Fisk is a very wealthy businessman in the eyes of the public. Unlike Lex however, the Kingpin actually knows how to fight with his bare hands. As he has stated in the 90s Spider-Man animated series, Only a mere 2% of his body is fat, the rest is pure, raw muscle.
Shocker Leader: The primary boss villain of the Kamen Rider Showa series. He takes many forms throughout his appearances in Kamen Rider, Kamen Rider V3, Kamen Rider X, Kaman Rider Stronger, Kamen Rider Skyrider, Kamen Rider Super-1, & Kamen Rider ZX. He is not only the leader of Shocker, but also Geldam, Gel-Shocker, Destron, G.O.D.(Government of Darkness), Black Satan, Delza Army, Neo-Shocker, Dogma Kingdom, Jin Dogma, & Badan Empire. All organizations dedicated to his plans for world conquest. All producing evil Kaijin soldiers. The only thing that stands in his way, the 15 Showa Riders, Ichigo, Nigo, V3, Riderman, X, Amazon, Stronger, Skyrider, Super-1, ZX, Black, Black RX, Shin, ZO, & J.
Lord Zenon: The primary villain of the Devilman anime in the 70s. He leads hordes of monstrous demons to conquer the human world & crush Devilman, who sided with the humans because he fell in love with the girl, Makimura Miki.
As you can see, there are several amazing Superheroes with amazing stories & plenty of Supervillains for them to fight. That's the demographic of the types of characters allowed in this group. A fictional character who adopts a heroic persona to fight evil. It doesn't matter is the have a special power, a supersuit, a giant mecha, an armory of technological masterpieces, a demonic transformation, or are a giant alien robot who transforms into a Semi Truck or a kick-ass Hotrod Car. Superheroes & Supervillains come in many deferent forms. So long as you stick within this demographic, you're fine. We also allow supporting characters such as Lois Lane from Superman, Alfred from Batman, Mary-Jane Watson from Spider-Man, Makimura Miki from Devilman, basically anyone who plays a major or minor supporting role as a friend, acquaintance, family member, employer, or serves as a military agent like Nick Fury or Maria Hill, in the story of a Superhero or Supervillain. And, though I believe this should go without saying, yes, characters who are considered a "Sidekick" are also welcomed. Robin, Superboy, Ms. Martian, Bucky Barns, Dyno-Mutt, Birdboy, Ace the Bathound, Krypto the Superdog, Alpha-5, basically any human/humanoid, robot, or anime character who acts as a partner or constant loyal companion to a Superhero.
So, to clarify, not Goku from Dragon Ball, not Luffy from One Piece, not the Terminator, not Naruto, not Ichigo from Bleach, not Indiana Jones, not Luke Skywalker from Star Wars, ect. Just please keep within the demographic. And the policy on pornographic images hasn't changed.
Have a fantastic day. Sincerely, you're benevolent Space Emperor, Kaizer617.