#19 – Moral Ambiguity/Moral Superiority

We are now in the top twenty reasons of why not to date a superhero(ine) and I can tell you are all getting super excited and worried! Don’t worry! I do have another top 30 reasons to _______ planned for after this series. It will be equally as fun : D

[In no particular order, except for number one because that’s my #1]

Note: This piece will be written using gender neutral pronouns (ze instead of he/she and hir instead of she/he and him/her) in order to make this non-heteronormative

19) Moral Ambiguity/Moral Superiority

I can’t tell you how many times I have said the name Steve Rogers/Captain America or Scott Summers/Cyclops and people start rolling their eyes and groaning. There is something about supers that just brings out a moralistic asshole sometimes and it takes every scrap of self-restraint not to just reach out and slap hir upside the head. On the same note as that we have Peter Parker “with great power comes great responsibility” which is true, but constantly lording your superior morals over others makes people resent you. No one likes a know-it-all, trust me, I know. Then you get people like Daredevil and Batman whose morals can make you almost break your neck from tilting your head so far to the side to try to see how the hell that even works.

What they all have in common for the most part is they refuse to compromise on what they see as being True and Right and How It Is Done. That sort of rigidity and refusal to compromise and bend leads to them snapping eventually and either going super villain or super emo and neither is pretty. Some of them learn to change, but that change is usually predicated on someone almost dying or dying in a completely horrific way – that someone is usually their significant other (you).

 

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