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Trope · Genre
Synonyms: alternate power, alt!power
See Also: Worm
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altpower fics are a common type of Worm fanfiction. Fics with a similar premise are also seen in the BNHA fandom.

This trope refers to giving a canon character a different set of superpowers than they have in canon. The primary focus on most altpower fics is the ramifications on canon of the fic's protagonist having a different power, and exploring what the character would be like with that power. This is partly due to the close relationship between the nature of powers and the personality of the user in canon.

Many of these fics were gen, however over time het, slash and femme slash became more common over the years and its migration to other fandoms.

In the worm fandom these fics mostly focus on the protagonist, Taylor Hebert. Some fans essentially believe that the versions of Taylor presented in altpower fics are essentially OCs with only the same background in common with the canon character.

Altpower was an optional genre category on the now-defunct fanfiction review site, Ficdb.