anthimeria: Astro City superheroine Flying Fox (Flying Fox)
([personal profile] anthimeria posting in [community profile] writerstorm Apr. 24th, 2010 01:02 am)
Okay, y'all, I need some help.  I'm trying to outline a superhero story, and for hero-related reasons, I'd really like my villain to be a shapeshifter.

The thing is, I can only think of sneaky-infiltration type plots for shapeshifters, and that doesn't mesh with my superhero (she's a little more, hmm, think Wonder Woman or Spider-Man instead of Batman or Daredevil).

I am fully capable of pulling full-blown ideas out of tiny bits, so large or small, what kind of villainous deeds might a shapeshifter commit?

PS: it's set in the modern USA, in a world that's accustomed to superheroes.  I'd like to avoid such overdone, boring schemes as "taking over the world," "blowing up something big and important" and "creating new real estate from radioactive minerals."

From: [personal profile] miss_haitch

There's transforming into a pre-existing famous person for nefarious purposes, transforming into some sort of dangerous beast to scare or hunt down citizens, transforming into a shape that's exceptional in some way to gain fame (super strength or super dexterity for sports or general usefulness). Maybe shapeshifting to pretend to be an alien or some other otherworldly being?
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From: [personal profile] lea_hazel

Shapeshifting into a predator to poach protected animals. Too strange? You have to admit, not the sort of villain you usually see.
rydra_wong: Lee Miller photo showing two women wearing metal fire masks in England during WWII. (Default)

From: [personal profile] rydra_wong

Shapeshifting into a lethal virus?

ETA: It depends on what scale and tone you want for the villainy, really: is it something that's going to threaten the nation, or harm a single person? Comic-book style melodrama or subtle creepiness?

(For the latter, how about having your shapeshifter murder someone and then replace them: shift to look exactly like them, move into their life, take over the murdered person's job, their partner, their house, their family ... and no-one will ever know.)
Edited Date: 2010-04-24 02:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ailelie

Corporate espionage.
Small-scale identity theft.
If she has a partner, a fake bounty hunter service. (She shifts as the bad guy, friend turns her in and gets money, she escapes).
Hustling (esp'ly if she has some talent at something. Cards. Basketball. Pool. Bowling. Etc.)

Maybe she's a bit of a thrill-seeker and likes to get close to famous people to take a lock of hair or something. She shifts as security detail or close friends of the person, blends in, and then steals something small to prove she'd done it. Etc.
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From: [personal profile] cat_rood

going on my superhero knowledge:

Think Mystique, from Marvel. She usually works for the highest bidder, meaning she does everything from assassinations to infiltration to espionage.

And she's, possibly, one of the most well known shapeshifters as well.
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)

From: [personal profile] melannen

Teddy from Young Avengers is a shapeshifter who fills the "bruiser" role - he shapeshifts into a hulk-like person for battle, and hits things.

Basically, if your shapeshifter can alter her mass signficantly as well as her weight, the options are unlimited - think the shapeshifting battle in the Sword in the Stone!
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From: [personal profile] bliumchik

I think a bank robber or jewel thief could definitely benefit from being able to fool retina scans and fingerprint checks...


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