Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Summary: 10 Superhero Tropes that prove that Bonnie Bennett is the caped crusader of Mystic Falls. Tropes and definitions provided by TV Tropes.Org.
A/N: Created for womenlovefest, claim Bonnie Bennett. This took a little longer than planned, but I felt it needed to be established.
su·per·he·ro - noun / superheroes, plural
A benevolent fictional character with superhuman powers
#1 | Alliterative Name
In comic books, this is especially true of the names of superheroes or their close hangers-on. It was a favorite tool of Stan Lee's, since, swarmed with projects, he often had trouble remembering the characters' names, and the alliteration worked as a mnemonic device. (Though it didn't always work perfectly — Lee occasionally referred to "Peter Palmer" and "Bob Banner".)
"So Grams is telling me I`m psychic. Our ancestors were from Salem, witches and all that - I know, crazy. But she`s going on and on about it and I`m like, `Put this woman in a home already"
#2 | Non-Human Hero
"Something`s wrong. There`s something wrong with me."
#3 | Psychosomatic Superpower Outage
"Elena is my best friend, and because she loves you, I couldn't let you or Damon die in that fire."
#4 | Burning Building Rescue
"We both wanna protect the people we care about. This difference is, for you, Damon is one of them. You saw what I was able to do tonight. I know who I am now. And if Damon spills so much as one drop of innocent blood, I`ll take him down — even if I have to take you with him."
#5 | Heroic Vow
Even so, some characters have a Heroic Vow: a commitment or standard that they will not cross for whatever reason. Perhaps it's a promise to a dear one, a sense of pride, a personal Moral Event Horizon, or just because the hero is a Nice Guy. If a villain takes a Heroic Vow, it's usually because Even Evil Has Standards. Key to the Heroic Vow is that it is a commitment the character keeps because he willingly wants to. There are no talismans or failsafes preventing the breaking of the Vow, nor are they needed — the character's willpower and resolve are the only bonds needed.
"Jeremy, you think I was born with these powers so I could float feathers and blow out candles? There's a reason I was called to do this."
#6 | Comes Great Responsibility
"Witchcraft has its limits. If I push too hard, It pushes back.”
#7 | Psychic Nosebleed
"Between here and upstairs, there's still time for you to do something stupid."
#8 | Reckless Sidekick
They never do.
"I have the power to save you. If I don’t use it and something happens that would kill me more.”
#9 | Strong As They Need To Be
Then, suddenly, the hero will decide that he's serious. This time is for reals. His Power Level is Over Nine Thousand, and he wants everyone to know. He'll whip out some until now unforeseen strength, and promptly show the villain what for, usually demolishing the bad guy so completely that it prevents them from ever pulling that world threatening crap again, or at least until the writers want them back.
"It`s true. I`m a witch."
#10 | The Cape
Capes don't need to actually wear capes, although a distinct outfit and some kind of special ability is part of the image. The most important feature is these heroes adhere to a strict code of honor and sense of authority; capes can be notoriously inflexible and perceive things in black and white, and even be painfully straightforward and selfless. They often downplay their own heroism and will act heroically even when no one will know. They almost universally subscribe to Thou Shalt Not Kill. This rule was created to avoid complaints from angry parents, self-righteous politicians and incompetent pop psychologists. Capes usually have secret identities, but make public appearances in costume and actively try to keep a good public image.
This can seem unrealistic, but a major reason is it serves as self-imposed safety to keep them from abusing their powers. Most Capes have Evil Counterparts who do whatever they want and eventually devolve into villains.
Capes are usually born with their powers, or get them in a unique fashion (or are given them to act as champions of Good).
Capes are contrasted with the past two decades' emergence of vigilantes and Anti Heroes who have become more extreme (sometimes to ludicrous effect), mainly as a response to the perception of comic books as "kid stuff." Nearly all Super Hero series eventually address the idea that Capes and Bad Ass Normals have unspoken issues: Capes can impose their morality because they have the power to back them up. In a setting where these two types of heroes coexist, The Cape usually considers the latter to be unstable, amoral Smug Supers. In more cynical universes, the Smug Super might consider himself to be a Cape, but very much isn't.
There you have it. Bonnie as a Superhero. Now go forth and write fic. (Please?)