Your Powers

Now you have a name, we need to work on how you describe your powers. Here are some more examples from Andrew Kaufman – while you read/listen to them, think about how he uses the name to describe the powers, and look out for any names that follow the formulas we just explored. 

"Copycat has the ability to mimic anyone’s personal style. Which wouldn’t be so bad, perhaps even be a compliment, if she wasn’t able to perfect her subjects’ style to the point where they start looking like less successful versions of themselves.”

"The most powerful superhero of all, the one everyone wishes they were, is Mistress Cleanasyougo. At the end of every day she folds her clothes. She never leaves scissors on the table, pens with no ink are thrown in the trash, wet towels are always hung up, dishes are washed directly after dinner and nothing is left unsaid.”

"The Seeker knows how to get anywhere from any place, even if he’s never been there before. But since this is his superpower and he defines himself by it, the Seeker gets quite upset and fidgety whenever he reaches a destination. He has to immediately turn around and head somewhere else.”

"If you arrive at a party and suddenly find yourself completely relaxed, there’s a good chance the Stress Bunny is there. Blessed with the ability to absorb the stress of everyone in a fifty-foot radius, the Stress Bunny is invited to every party, every outing.”

These are all examples of very boring superpowers: cleaning, copying, calming people down. But they’re also all really useful powers: who doesn’t want a clean house? And who doesn’t want a friend who listens and helps when things are stressful? 

Your own ‘boring’ superpower works in the same way. You might think it’s just making a cup of tea, or knowing which button to press on the remote, but to someone else, you’ve just given them something with love, or helped them when they were confused and annoyed.