Of course, to be a superhero
, one simply needs to have some sort of congenital
or otherwise involuntary
power or thing that makes you different, and then decide to run about in tights
. On the other hand, becoming a supervillain
requires huge amounts of resources
if you don't want to just be known as So-and-so the Super Mugger
. Thus, there is definitely a selection effect
at work here on the supervillain side! While you can become a hero
, it's easy to be a superhero
if you have powers but still hard to be a supervillain
worth chasing. Also, a number of supervillains seem to have been created when the villain him or herself was engaged in some scientific inquiry
gone hideously wrong
One minor nitpick on the original node: Iron Man. Tony Stark was definitely overeducated; he became Iron Man because while being held captive by the enemy (DerekL reminds me it's the Vietnamese, often referred to in the stories as Asian Communists!) he was made to build a superweapon; knowing that the shrapnel in his chest would kill him if he didn't do something, he created the Iron Man armor as a dual supersuit and life-support system...all while being held in some crappy underground hideaway.
Nitpick 2: kenata, Robin (in at least one incarnation) was actually a college student when not dashing about in tights...not overeducated, but too young to be one or the other, and on track for overeducation...