Edit: Just noticed Ace Flyer mentioned Laurie "Wallflower" Collins, so yea shout out to him
Some dude decided to play the trumpet on the balcony next door at 2 AM, so I'm awake and thinking about making a second character. (And maybe playing Nightcrawler as a teacher, who knows). Can I get some opinions on a dude that has pheromone-related powers? Like, essentially he's this huge nerd that not only puts out chemicals that affect attraction, but he can sort of sense other people's sexual chemistry/compatibility. I'm thinking the power works via scent, but he's got a kind of synesthesia thing going on where he sees attraction as different colored floating mist, almost like an aura. He's incredibly embarrassed about the whole thing, and he can't control his powers well at all. Would that be interesting, or do I need to shut up and sleep?
She's gone through a lot of lengths to keep the game from being derailed into just smut, and a character who's powers are sexually focused isn't really sticking to this. Pheromones have a lot of other applications, maybe look into focusing on some of those as well? That said, Daken has bone claws and other animal like powers, so I think it would probably work best on a Feral. Similar to Jessica Drew's spider powers, the pheromones were just another part of them.
Anyhow, I'm not trying to knock the idea, just offering my two cents on the subject.
I would agree a little with BlackHowling, although I would also want to point out one of my favourite x-men characters.Laurie Collins
, her powers was just pheromones, whats more because of her inability to control her powers she would tend to make people feel whatever emotion she was feeling. Having him start with a weakness like this I feel would allow you to get the results you want alongside other hilarious situations, for example:
Whenever he feels a strong sexual desire for someone he might flood the room with sexual desire but on the flip-side, if he was say in the danger room during a lesson taken by wolverine. It would be hilarious if he flooded the room with fear pheromones to the point where wolverine screamed like a little girl.
Also despite the fact she might look like a lightweight, read the new mutant story-line during house of M
Girl was crazy, made Kid Omega so depressed he killed himself, then made the hellions, new mutants and I guess purifiers(?) take one another out.
Hell, if I remember I saw some gender swapped characters and I think her shy demeanour would work perfectly for your nerdy teen.