The Traditions are the unwritten rules that both heroic and villainous supers usually follow in order to keep governments from wanting to (seriously) crack down on supers, and a reputation based Complication will ensue for a gross or prolonged violation. The Traditions are as follows...
- A super should keep an eye on their surroundings, and not use their powers if there's a risk of collateral damage (like fire-based powers near a petrol station).
- Supers should respect other people's beliefs, except when those beliefs require harming another. Fundamentalists who get involved in superhuman activity usually end up either seeing the light and becoming moderate, or they go mad from trying and failing to understand something as flexible as caping about from an unchanging perspective.
- Any super who knows the real identity or weakness of another super shouldn't ever reveal it unless the super in question either allows it, goes mad/rogue or is found guilty in court of a crime. Everyone thinks that Doc Stratos is a complete and utter ******** for revealing Ray Gardner as Captain Thunder. If a super willingly divulges their identity to another, that is either a sign of trust, or a way of intimidating everyone in the room.
- The Christmas Truce has been around ever since superhumans first appeared in the West. It means that no super, heroic or villainous, is supposed to initiate any violence or criminal activity during the Twelve Nights of Christmas (Christmas Eve to Epiphany, from 24th December to 6th January). This is one of the more important traditions. Someone who violates this tradition is often called a Scrooge.
- A super's non-costumed family and associates are absolutely Off Limits if there's no proof they've done direct harm to another.
- No violence is to be committed inside a location considered to be 'accorded'. Accorded locations include hospitals (due to a fight being very likely to cause an accidental death), schools (no one wants to be held responsible for hurting a child), holiday resorts (as both heroes and villains take a break in those places, and no one wants to disturb the atmosphere) as are any kind of pop-culture conventions (Due to cosplaying making it hard to tell the difference between friend, foe and bystander). When supers decide to negotiate, it's always inside an accorded area.
Anyone caught breaking the traditions on purpose is branded "A Man without Standards." The majority of those found to have broken tradition are either socio- or psychopaths (who simply wouldn't care outside of a selfish purpose) or freshly-empowered supers (who legitimately wouldn't know. They are told about the Traditions as soon as possible, in as clear a manner as possible).
And there's a very unofficial Tradition: It's okay to kill... only when you're facing a murderer. Killing a drug dealer who only dealt weed and harmed no-one would draw a lot of heat, while someone with the balls to kill the likes of the Joker would most likely walk out of court, assuming the matter even reaches trial. Just ask Magog.