Superhero Paradox - TV Tropes. Vision: In the eight years since Mr. Stark announced himself as Iron Man, the number of known enhanced persons has grown exponentially. And during the same period, a number of potentially world- ending events has risen at a commensurable rate. Vision: I'm saying there may be a causality.
Our very strength invites challenge. Challenge incites conflict. They have a frightening tendency to attract villains (or worse, create new ones). For some reason, the members of this Rogues Gallerynever die, no matter how many times they cross paths with the hero — when apprehended, they're sent to a prison from which they inevitably escape. And since the grand majority of superhero comics are driven by the Fight Against Evil, continued production of the comics necessitates the continued existence of Evil to be fought. And as subsequent installments try to outdo their predecessors, the threats grow worse with time: The Cape begins his career by saving the City of Adventure from mobsters and bank robbers; but after a hundred issues' worth of hero- ing, he's regularly saving the city from planet- destroying aliens and would- be world- conquerors and garishly themed psychotic lunatics. And of course, those planet- destroying aliens and would- be conquerors and psychotic lunatics themselves become popular, meaning that they can't be killed off or permanently taken out of the picture without their fans getting annoyed.
Of course, all it takes is one averted planet- devouring menace whose appearance the hero's actions or existence did not invite to obviate the basic logic of the complaint: once the hero's presence has been directly responsible for preventing the local Galactusexpy from eating the planet, then the statement 'We'd have been better off if you'd never showed up!' ceases to be a true fact. Constant superhero battle is bad, yes, but total planetary annihilation is worse. Although Fridge Logic can still kick in with how common world and cosmic- scale threats seem to become once superheroes get involved. The planet somehow managed to survive some four- billion odd years (only about 1. In many cases there is a Meta Origin or an implied Magnetic Plot Device working alongside this theory. In fact, from the switch to .
Gero to avenge the Red Ribbon Army. This trope is one of Goku's reasons for refusing to be resurrected after his Heroic Sacrifice in the Cell Games. Goku has thwarted his plans to conquer the world time and again. However, Pilaf's final plan ends up freeing King Piccolo, who proves to be a worse threat than all of Goku's previous villains put together.
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If there were no balls, Pilaf's, for example, ambitions to conquer the world would be just regular squabbles of mortal kingdoms. Although, one of the supposed heroes did make the situation worse. Although the Earth itself may have been better off without Goku or the Nameless Namek, if they weren't around, Frieza would still be alive terrorizing the universe along with the remaining Saiyans.
And Buu would still exist, waiting to be awakened one day and destroy the universe. Also, who's to say that neither Frieza or the Saiyans wouldn't one day go to Namek and use their Dragon Balls or go to Earth to sell it? In the original anime Galaxia comes to Earth exclusively to harvest the Senshi's Star seeds and awakens Nehellenia to lure Saturn out of hiding.
Etzali, the Mitsuki Unabara imposter, even angrily tells Touma that if he had never shown up, his friends would have never been endangered. After Touma helped end World War III, the organization GREMLIN was formed to counter him, willing to do things like attempt a Colony Drop that would trigger a second Ice Age just to kill him. Subverted in that many of these enemies had been in operation long before Touma showed up and had already been planning to attack Academy City; Touma just provided a scapegoat. Also, without Touma, many of them would have succeeded.
Batman's greatest success is breaking the mob's hold on Gotham and its government, but the question of whether it's his fault that a Rogues Gallery of costumed freaks has risen in their place is always there, waiting to be asked. He's partly right, as The Joker had given up supervillainy after Batman retired — then resumed his villainy after the Bat's return. Then the psychologist declares the Joker rehabilitated, and then gets killed by him. That said, the only reason Batman came back in the first place was because Gotham (and as The Dark Knight Strikes Again shows, the entire planet) had degraded from Crapsack World to a full- blown Dystopia, so probably subverted. But she argues that this is a good thing, pointing out what happens to buildings that don't have lightning rods.
Essentially she argues that the villains concentrate on Batman rather than doing even worse damage to Gotham. If I take you back to Gotham, they'll kill you. They won't stop until you're dead. Cold's attitude shifts when Barry comes back.
He notes that the Rogues had Wally convinced it was all something of a game for years - he'd stop their crimes, but he'd also work with them against worse threats or during their various attempts to go straight. Barry, a cop, always treated the Rogues like what they are: dangerous criminals. Two- Face was a dual personality anyway, and is often associated more with Bruce Wayne than Batman. Also, his disfigurement is due to a mob trial, not Batman. Poison Ivy usually isn't even in Gotham when she's transformed, Harley is made by the Joker, Croc is just insane, the Ventriloquist is another split personality, Solomon Grundy had nothing to do with Batman, the Penguin, Zsasz, Ra's and Red Hood were all criminals beforehand.
Really, the only rogues who can really be traced directly to Batman are the Riddler, Bane, Hush, and possibly the Joker, but who really knows about him? And if we accept the original Joker origin story at face value, he, too, was a pre- existing criminal gang leader who ran afoul of Batman (and accidentally became a supervillain thereby). Riddler, Bane, and Hush were already evil long before they fought Batman. When Batman confronts him, the Penguin genially throws this in his face.
Defied in the . The point is made that while yes, Batman's presence has caused the emergence of many Super Villains, he also stopped the corruption of the Gotham Police Department, which gave people hope in, in the very least, their own police force. Once the X- Men came around and started defending mutants, anti- mutant crime exploded. William Stryker, The Sentinel Project and even some aspects of Weapon X probably wouldn't be nearly so strong in- universe if not for humans (unreasonably) feeling threatened by the X- Men, whom some in- universe view as a private mutant army. Even the Brotherhood has seemingly grown more powerful in backlash against the X- Men. And one could go on for ages about all the alien threats brought to Earth as a result of the X- Men. Cameron Hodge has the first five X- Men form X- Factor, which is supposed to be a mutant neutralization group, but secretly finds mutants and trains them.
The amount of good X- Factor did (a lot) was far outweighed by the amount of anti- mutant hysteria they stirred up. Manhattan) tips the Cold War balance of power enough to bring the world to the brink of nuclear war. But if you look closely, the superpowers seem to be patching things up by the time Ozymandias pulls off his plan, implying that they didn't do as much harm as they caused - until someone was dumb enough to try to clean up after them; what'll happen when the cover- up inevitably tumbles apart? And on a smaller scale, their existence causes a police strike in New York across the country, which in turn encourages rioting and looting, and requires an act of Congress to rectify (outlawing vigilantes). Michael Straczynski posits this theory during his run on Spider- Man as the reason why Spidey has so many enemies with Animal Motifs — he is being assaulted by jealous pretenders who subconsciously realize that his power comes direct from its source.
Jonah Jameson had been claiming Spider- Man was an example of this for years before that whole storyline. This is actually true in the case of Mysterio, since he wanted to take out a superhero to become famous and picked Spider- Man since he thought he was weak and inexperienced.
Jameson himself also helped create the Scorpion and the Spider- Slayers specifically to capture Spider- Man. Marvel's Rick Jones is an even more blatant counterpart.
Superman is an interesting case, as (at least in current continuity) most of his biggest enemies were entrenched long before he arrived on the scene (Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Darkseid, Zod, Intergang) or created to dick with him personally (Bizarro, Metallo). Also the ones that already were there (the aforementioned Darkseid and Mongul come to my mind, along many, many others) took interest in Earth because of Superman. The police aren't thrilled with her presence, even when she mentions that she stopped the bad guy threatening the city.
The cops state that the crime rate was low until the heroes showed up and vigilantes are just . Once the comic had been running for years, it was becoming increasingly clear that Earth in the Gold Digger universe was a huge Fantasy Kitchen Sink, and that the public seemed aware of it.
This begged the question, why amidst all this weirdness are there no superheroes? The answer is that there used to be. However, it eventually became clear to the cape n' spandex set that their high- profile adventures were attracting more superbaddies out of the woodwork than they were putting away. Their solution was to form Agency Zero, a Men in Black- type organization of supers who still fight supernormal threats, but do it as quietly and anonymously as possible. In the Silver Age, Lex told Superman that if not for him then he would rule the planet. He mentioned that the greatest threats Earth had ever faced, namely Dormammu, Galactus, and Ultron, had nothing to do with him.