Almost every book/show/movie that features superpowered characters has them use their powers to help people, and the ones who choose to have fun instead are either labelled as evil or are shown as being in the wrong. Examples: Buffy, Charmed, Smallville... My question is why? This is an important topic to me because I'm writing an urban fantasy story and most characters are supernatural creatures and therefore have superpowers. They work in this agency that deals with the supernatural, and they all have superpowers. The reason they're working there is because it's just a job, they get to earn money and work and actually do something with themselves. They use their powers all the time to make their life easier. Why shouldn't they? I mean, if superpowers were real, you bet people would use them for fun. There is no obligation that you have to help anyone just because you're special, nor should there be. I'm a big fan of superpower-based stories and such a thing bothers me because you can still create great characters and compelling stories without instantly marking them as untrustworthy because, for example, they prefer to teleport to school instead of using the bus or peek inside a teacher's head to get the answer to that difficult test question. Why is that so wrong? I would just like to see what people think about it. Everyone's opinion is welcome.