- "I'll give them heroics. I'll give them the most spectacular heroics they've ever seen! And when I'm old and I've had my fun, I'll sell my inventions so everyone can be superheroes! Everyone can be super! And when everyone's super-- no one will be."
- —Syndrome on his plan to make everyone super.[src]
Significance in The Incredibles
Superheroes and superpowers are hugely significant in The Incredibles and Incredibles 2, as it is essentially what the entire plot of the movies is about. Superheroes are seen with a large variety of superpowers. Mr. Incredible has super-strength, Elastigirl has body elasticity, Violet has invisibility and force fields, Dash has super speed, and baby Jack-Jack has many different powers seen in The Incredibles and Jack-Jack Attack.
The Supers are mostly engaged in fighting crime by keeping secret identities. They are recruited and employed by the National Supers Agency (NSA).
Around 1947, public opinion turns against "Supers" due to the collateral damage caused by their crime-fighting. After several lawsuits, the government silently initiates the Superhero Relocation Program, which forces Supers to permanently adhere to their secret identities and stop their heroic activities.
The Act lasted for 15 years (In 1962) until the foiling of Operation Kronos by both Frozone and the Incredibles saw the public indebted to superheroes.
Afterwards, the NSA coordinated the activity of superheroes, such as the transfer of supervillain prisoners (as seen in the Incredibles play set in Disney Infinity).
Supers remained illegal for at least 3 months until the events of Incredibles 2 when the global governments oficially allows them to return to their heroic activities.
- Gamma Jack
- Meta Man
- Mr. Incredible
- Nimble Jack
- Shock and Awe
- Universal Man
- In one of the comics, Jack-Jack gets an alien virus that he contracted while in utero but didn't display until much later. Elastigirl remarks that, "Our children don't get sick. We don't get sick." This could mean that Superheroes, or at least some of them, have superior immune systems.
- According to Edna Mode, most baby Superheroes are born with one or two extra powers that they outgrow, however, the babies aren't normally born with as many powers as Jack-Jack. Therefore, it is unknown which, if any, powers Jack-Jack will outgrow.
- It is unknown what determines which powers somebody will get or how many powers it's possible to get.
- However it is theorized that a superhero’s powers are tied to their personality traits.
- Superheroes are anonymous while doing hero work and, while doing hero work, call their real name their "secret identity" (for example, Mr. Incredible's secret identity is Robert Parr.) While doing superhero work, Supers go by a name that generally has to do with their abilities (for example Lucius Best's superhero name is Frozone and he has ice powers.)
- According to the comics, Superheroes are "immune to their own powers", allowing someone who was on fire to be able to hold Jack-Jack without hurting him because Jack-Jack has fire as one of his own powers.