Secretly Super

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See also: Canon Sue, woobie Inappropriate Elf
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1. Just Misunderstood

The ironclad unshakeable belief that your BSO is secretly super, despite any and all canon evidence to the contrary. If only we knew him like you do. This fannish phenomenon leads to stories where psychotic murderers adopt kittens and do charity work for underprivileged children...secretly.

Naturally this side of any character may be revealed by the love of a good woman/man/killer robot from the future. Or, frequently, revealed to Harry Potter.

2. My Cunning Disguise

Relatedly, fic wherein canonically mortal and mundane characters reveal superpowers they had never mentioned in canon, most likely due to their gracious modesty.

Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is often secretly super.