One of the most interesting facets of a superhero’s story is the origin—the tale of how the hero became super. The superhero formula is often simple and familiar. The unsuspecting soon-to-be hero is living life day to day, and then suddenly tragedy strikes. The tragedy then motivates the character to resolve the situation, perhaps breaking a rule or two and pushing the boundaries in a laboratory, which usually leads to some sort of freakish accident in the lab—and bam, pow! We suddenly find the hero dealing with newfound power.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/03/01/the-gto-origin-story