Be too skinny for the army.
Don’t worry about cosmic rays.
Go to high school, field trips optional.
Be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Find a superhero, preferably dying, take their ring/mantle/cowl.
Sign up for government testing.
Have a friend who doesn’t worry about cosmic rays.
Wait for a parent/uncle/spouse to die, feel bad.
Be abducted by extratemporal guardians of some kind.
Grow up in a mystical city, on a magical mountain, or somewhere in the future.
Jump out a second-story window into a vat of toxic chemicals.
Have a boyfriend who doesn’t worry about cosmic rays.
Hit puberty, accidentally blow something up/impale someone/creep out foster parents with newly discovered mutant abilities, feel bad.
Turn into some kind of plant, deliberately or accidentally.
Step in the path of radioactive substances as they tumble from a moving vehicle.
Control the weather.
Scout locations for a massive, world-devouring cosmic entity to satisfy his hunger, feel bad.
Shoot vaguely defined energy beams from arbitrary body parts, preferably the hands or eyes.
Be a duck.
Talk to a white horse-man alien, preferably dying, take his powers.
Have a sister who has a boyfriend who doesn’t worry about cosmic rays.
Be born/raised/mind-controlled by supervillains, feel bad.
Build a suit of armor, technological or other.
Have a sibling/cousin/parent/significant other/random acquaintance/complete stranger that is a superhero, become superhero with similar name.
Be incredibly wealthy, choose any or all of the above.
***Contest! How many of these can you recognize? Post in the comments section!