Well, the reason I've created this thread is because, when you're dealing with a fantasy novel, it's fun to think of powers for your supernatural characters, but often frustrating as well, because I believe that absolutely everything has been done in this field, from pyrotechnicians to hydromancers, cryomancers, shapeshifters, lifeforce drainers (in the sense of X-Men's Rogue), fortune tellers, mind readers, healers, hypnotizers, poison inducers, beast summoners, superstrength... I've seen characters with all those traits before (and sometimes all of the above in one character!), it's like a pool of superpowers you have to choose. So it has led me to question what was more important: the power you choose for the character or the character personality itself? Because, since nearly everything has been done before (and, if you guys/gals don't find it in Western fiction, the Japanese come up with some crazy ideas in their works), it's hard to come up with a character power (or even weapon) that's truly original. I made a decision when writing my stories that I would try to be original to an extent that I was allowed to, and if I didn't succeed, I would say "fuck it" and go on with the idea I had, because sometimes the superpower wielded is one of the most important things about a character. All the characters I've written who have superpowers have them for a reason; I gave them powers that match their personalities. However, sometimes I see something similar in another work and I don't know if I should use this other work as inspiration or try to have another idea. For example, one of my characters is a vampire whose special skill is to create demonic entities similar to jackals from his blood. After reading a work in which there was a lycanthropic vampire (yes, you've read it right, a vampire who becomes a huge wolf under the full moon!), I had the idea of making my own vampire able to transform into an anthropomorphic jackal at will, retaining his full intelligence and ability to speech, but I'm not sure if it could be seen as borrowing something I wasn't supposed to, due to the similarity of the superpowers between the other character and mine. The other bits of my character are vastly different from the lycanthropic vampire, though (that vampire never really gets any development in the story I've read, serving more as a means for the author to kill soldiers), and I chose his power because he's supposed to represent a savage vampire, who makes no distinction between victims, hunts whoever he sees fit and employs brutal methods to dispose of his prey, as opposed to the more classy vampires. Therefore, I think that making him be able to summon beasts and turn into a beast himself was a way to accentuate his personality. In the end, this thread stems from a thread I created months ago about the thin line between inspiration and plagiarism, so I might be repeating myself on this subject, but I would like to know your views on it, because this line is something that REALLY bothers me.