It’s a hoary old cliche that people who enjoy escapist fiction like comic books all want to have superpowers.  That’s not to say that I wouldn’t enjoy a little super-speed here and there (mostly in the mornings, when I’m running later for work.)  But consider the case of young Bobby Caswell, who gained phenomenal power from an ancient alien, but found himself transformed into a giant pink lagomorph: THUNDERBUNNY!  The main crux of his adventures came in being incredibly power but being treated as a goofy cartoon animal, making for an interesting sort of cotton-tailed query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is actually quite torn on this one, and I’m not even sure what MY answer is, asking: Would you still want superpowers if you looked utterly ridiculous, ala Thunderbunny?


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  1. Malone_hasco on

    If it was a transformation, like Shazam or something like that, then sure. If I’d have to look like, lets say, Kermit the Frog for the rest of my life, then nope.

  2. StellarLeader on

    Would I look ridiculous permanently? Or would it be a transformation thing? If it’s the latter, I’m in. If it is a permanent thing, my powers better be amazing!

  3. If the powers are exactly like Thunderbunny where I have to be constantly worried that I won’t be able to return (or remember!) My previous form, I’d have to pass.

    However, if I got phenomenal extra-normal powers and had to look ridiculous while having them. I’d be ok with that. I ALREADY look pretty ridiculous, so being a live action cartoon isn’t a huge deal for me.

    And if the superhero gig didn’t work out for me, I could always fall back on the children’s party circuit… I’ve thought entirely too much about this.

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