Perhaps as a result of my childhood reading habits (mostly DC Mort Weisinger or Julie Schwartz characters), I have a tendency to dismiss Gimmick characters. My brain automatically falls into the well-worn rut of "Oh, he made or stole the SuperHyperPlasmaGravityCannon(tm) from the inventor" or "She found the Amulet of Ynialliv" which leads to "Whoop-de-doo."
And yet, Iron Man is a Gimmick hero. Green Lantern is a Gimmick hero. Batman is arguably a Gimmick hero (though probably he fits better in the Trained origin). The current Blue Beetle is definitely a Gimmick hero (probably more so than a Transformed one, anyway). Doctors Strange and Fate are arguably Gimmick heroes (sure, each knows some magic on his own, but where would they be without the Eye of Agamotto or the Helm of Nabu). I'd count Doc Ock as Transformed rather than a Gimmick, because the tentacles can't be easily removed.
So I think my prejudice against Gimmick heroes is unfounded. Still, having said all of that, the origin does not excite creative juices in me.
I'm hoping more examples and ideas will help correct this tragic flaw in my character.
I can think of:
- Your basic Captain Cold with his cold gun
- Eclipso has the enchanted gem (though maybe this one's better represented as a Transformed hero; it just happens to a number of people)
- Armor, either Iron Man, Steel, Blue Beetle...I can't think of a mystic/magical example, but I'm sure it exists.
- The magical ring or amulet that grants great powers, but the powers are gone if the item is gone
- Arguably the Magic Word is a kind of Gimmick, so Johnny Thunder would be a Gimmick hero
- Your alien or magical symbiont, so Venom or Carnage
What are some interesting (even if the type is already mentioned) aspects of the character?
(Publishers: a brief book outlining the strengths and weaknesses of each origin type would be appropriate. Just sayin'.)