Utgardloki said:Just WHY did Superman think it was a good idea to wear such a bizarre costume to fight crime?
Well the orginal reason was that his mommy (Martha Kent) made it for him. C;lark just cound't say no to mom. Not the first time a mother has put her son in s funny looking suit. Besides, at least it is invulnerable, so we don't have to wroory about any "indecnet exposure" problems.
Granted, when I ran a superhero game, and gave a player a superhero with powers like Superman's (except lower scale, and the character had black skin), the player wanted to change the costume I designed to a pinstripe suit. Now can you imagine a guy, flying through the air in a pin stripe suit, throwing trucks around and bashing through stone walls?
Well, maybe he missed the issue of GQ devoted to attire for the superhero set. C'mon, what is the right attire for throwing trucks and bashing through stone walls? Not that it matters, as it's not like anyone is paying any attention to you threads when bullets are boucing off your chest and you're turing lampost into a pretzel.
I have some ideas for having superheroes in bizarre costumes being accepted. My favorite one, which might work for a RQ world, is that instead of painting shields, knights painted their armor to keep track of who was whom. When armor because obsolete, the patterns were switched over to their clothes, which were registered in heraldry documents. Part of the quest would be to gain enough prestige to earn your own official costume.
Now there is an idea in that thought. You could have the germ of a new RPG in there. Some sort ofSuperpowered Round Table Knights. Could even work with body armor and powered armor coming into use in th 21st century. Defiantely could be a neat RPG setting if you could pull it off (as you already know, it has big risk of coming off as totally absurd. It is a interesting tightwrope walk).