So, this is the one character in my story who I'm having serious issues formulating, and perhaps you can give me your initial impressions of my current idea to resolve it. The novel is an action-orientated modern day story of a research program into possible extra special human abilities, and a group of such 'superheroes' with a detailed look at their slowly burgeoning but hardly amazing skills. (Think the TV show 'Heroes' but highly character driven, with more scientifically-based abilities, ie, humans can not fly according to the laws of physics, but can evolve greater muscle strength) One main character is the leader of the program, and although not the MC, the story pivots around them as the guiding force. First of all ,the character is wheelchair bound, with a debilitating disease. Second, the character is a genius. Three, they have an obsession with extra special human abilities. Four, the character grew up, lives and works on an air force base, and their father is a senior military officer. Now, based on the first three points (and I've run this past my friends); -if he's white, he's Professor Xavier. -if he's black, he's Samuel L Jackson from Unbreakable. Now, owing to the character background I prefer (which also relates to the plot), I really want the character to be African American. But I don't want to run into character parallels with the Unbreakable film. So, I was thinking, how about if the character is female? Could you buy the idea of a character of a black woman, from a line of distinguished military officers, wheelchair bound but having a superior technical and scientific abilities, leading a program researching 'superheroes'? The military is notoriously chauvinist, so it may be an idea that few readers will swallow. However, the potential for added valuable conflict increases (father/daughter issues, women and the military oligarchy issues, in addition to race and disabled issues) If the character is a woman, it could also allow for a possible blooming romantic liaison with her right hand man (I wouldn't do this if the characters were of the same sex as introducing homosexuality and the military would make people think I was pushing it!) So, is it an inspired idea or a lame duck?