Dave Galanter
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Subj: What is "normal"? (revised)
Posted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 at 11:48:08 am EST (Viewed 126 times)
Reply Subj: Re: How many "normal" supporting characters are left?
Posted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 at 11:39:24 am EST (Viewed 10 times)

    Well I want to contest the meaning of "normal". I view "normal" as the character not being involved as a superhero/villain/whatever and not having powers themselves. Them simply being involved in some day with someone who does have powers or involved with someone who is a hero/villain shouldn't disqualify them, especially if they aren't a known accomplice. I mean they're in a universe full of superpowered people. They're surely going to have some relation to someone in 616.

Well, my definition was: Not having superpowers themselves and not being related to a superhero or supervillain. By related I mean related by blood (this includes clones), adoption or marriage or having children with the other person. I find that a workable definition. If you want to be more strict, one can narrow this down to relationships between siblings and between parents and children (including in-laws and maybe grandparents/grandchildren). So while after Sins Past Gwen Stacy would no longer be "normal", her giving birth to Norman Osborn's children would not affect the status of her uncle and cousins.

Addendum: I would also exlude relationships that came about after a character's death. Thus George Stacy's "normal" status should not be changed by Sins Past - although he is technically the grandfather of superpowered twins, their conception only happened quite some time after he died.

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