I've never been terribly fond of superhero comics or cartoons; I'm more of a 'weird contemporary fantasy' guy than a 'superhero/supervillain epic' guy, but I have often wondered what kind of hero I would be should something happen to grant me the opportunity to run around in a funny costume in the manner of the great vigilantes. I probably spent longer than is reasonable thinking about this and it's likely that this means absolutely nothing to anyone, since it means very little to me, but who cares!
First, my abilities.
Physically, I am more than lackluster. I am, for all intents and purposes, pathetic at anything involving physical ability. Thus, any ability that involves the enhancement of physical skills means nothing to me because at best I would become reasonably average. This leaves the mental and/or magical abilities, to compliment the only thing I really have competence with (unless some god decides to bless my hair with a level of sentience previously unfathomable).
Leaving magic in the realm of fantasy, mental/psychic abilities have a great deal of potential in versatility alone. I would probably do well with something that seems pretty straightforward that relies on some out-of-the-box thinking to fully utilize. Given the choice, I'd like to create illusions in people's minds (though that sounds more villainous than heroic). Alternately, something more practical like telekinesis would be good.
For the sake of making me somewhat cool, let's say I can create mental illusions. In other words, I make people see things that aren't there. I don't create the illusions where all can see. It's an ability that needs a specific target (or targets, when I reach level 20). It involves about 20% telepathy, 50% creativity, and 30% focus. The more people I'm trying to influence, the more focus is needed and the less complex the illusions can be (until I reach level 50).
So what about the outfit? The clothes make the man, or so it's been said, and heroes need cool clothes.
Except me, since I'm not really much of a hero, but that's next on the list.
My outfit would consist of whatever I happen to be wearing when danger strikes. Lacking the ability to defend myself from any clear and present danger, or any secret danger, I need to be able to disappear into the crowd quickly and easily so flashy clothes are a no-go. Typically, it would be a hat, jacket, turtleneck, pants, and whatever footwear is closest to the door. Boring, but that's kind of really important.
Now, what's my superhero motivation? The short answer: there is none!
I'm not much of a hero. Like, at all. My motives for helping would be purely self-serving: "That crazed scientist is annoying. I should mess with him" or "I just needed to make a deposit but these robbers are messing with my schedule". If something annoyed me, I'd step in then step right back out when it was over.
And as for a name, I wouldn't have one. No one would know I had any abilities.
And that's the best part.
Links to things:
The Empty King
The Chroma story
The Scripta story