Superpower Wiki:Archetypes Guide


The archetype for characters that (short description of the archetype). This page is not a power, but instead the defintion of a (powerset or character trope). Variation on (archetype). Opposite to (archetype). Not to be confused with (archetype).

Also Called

  • Alternate names/terms for the archetype


More involved description of the archetype. You should describe in more depth what the archetype entails here - what role they tend to serve in stories, what the collection of powers means for them, etc. This is what defines the Archetype, and should be seen as the authoritative text defining it on the wiki. All other sections should logically flow from the Properties

If it says "Not to be confused with" in the synopsis at the top of the page, you need to explain the difference between the two pages in this section.

Associated Powers

  • Here you should link to powers that this archetype is commonly associated with.
    • Much like with creating powers, if they may instead have a sub power you should include that here.
      • Only include a sub-power if they are likely to have that sub power, but not the super-power above it. Don't just make an exhaustive list of every sub-power for each power you list.
  • You can also link to specific Powerset Archetypes. Powerset Archetypes should go above non-Powerset Archetpyes in this list.
  • (Power)
    • (Sub-Power)


  • This section is more for character trope archetypes. Here you should list other character trope archetypes that this character might be related to.
    • As a sub-bullet of the archetype it's related to, you should extrapolate on the nature of the relationship. Note that this should be a common enough relationship between the two character tropes that there should be many examples of it, and not just one specific example.
      • You should then list some examples of this relationship dynamic following the same conventions for Known Examples on powers.
    • If there's several different variations on that relationship common in fiction, you can have several sub-bullets
      • But you should add at least two examples to each. Don't bother writing a relationship down if you don't have at least two examples of it in fiction.
  • If an Archetype has a lot of overlap with another one, you can list it here as a relationship.
    • For example, Sensei and Old Prime are often both present in the same character. But not all Senseis are Old Primes.
  • (Character Trope Archetype)
    • (Explanation of the relationship dynamic)
      • Character 1 and Character 2 (Example Series)


  • Some Archetypes have variants of them. If the archetype you are creating has such a variant, include this section and list it's variants. If the archetype doesn't have any Variants at the time you are creating it, you can just remove this section - it can be added back in if anyone ever makes an Archetype.
    • As an example, the Mentor Archetype could have a variation of Sensei, which might be a Mentor for specifically martial arts.


  • For a Character Trope Archetype, this should include a list of weaknesses that are common to that Character Trope.
    • Note that some Character Tropes aren't commonly associated with any flaws, and in those cases it's perfectly acceptable to just delete this section.
  • For a Powerset Archetype, you should include specific common weaknesses of this archetype.
    • For example, Brute/Bruiser powersets are commonly weak to mental effects. That kind of a thing.
  • Note that there will be exceptions in either case. This is the section most open to user interpretation, but generally if you can't think of at least three examples of a weakness in fiction for this trope you shouldn't

Example Characters

  • Name (Series); (particularly notable points)
    • Series: the verse, not the publisher/company.
    • Unless they can be collected into a group, Users are kept as separate. If you can collect them into a group, the group (series) is on the top and users go under it without the series as separate sub-points.
    • When you know them, use real name/hero-villain name or title.
    • If you have a link to the User, it goes here, not into any other section.
    • No Real Life examples.
    • Your Archetype must have at least thee examples to be created. Anything less and it's likely to be deleted.
    • If for some reason your Archetype can be applied to an Example Object, Example Location, etc. then make a separate section for it and otherwise follow the same rules as are in the Known Users.


  • Archetypes are either Character Trope Archetypes (such as Dark Lord) or Powerset Archetypes (such as Speedster). Never both.
    • Character Tropes Archetypes still tend to have associated powers, but the big difference here is that a Character Tropes has certain defined roles in the story. Anyone in the story could be a Speedster, but a Mentor is always someone who teaches someone else.
  • Use alphabetical order for Associated Powers, Also Called, Example Users (by Series first) etc.
  • Use them/they/etc. instead of he/she/etc., and in singular.
  • Main pics maximum size is 400px.
  • See Color Chart for easy options for colorband in infobox
    • You can also use hexadecimal color codes.