So, I'm reading some comics and whatever, and its yet another one of those stories where superhumans are vilified and suppressed by regular humans. In this case witches.
So, like, the plot is that one witch decides "fuck it" and decides to just open a can of whoop-ass on a nearby town. Just shows up and starts spell slinging and summoning hordes of minions to wreck shit up.
And I'm all like... "Okay, so she's pissed off because this town was known for burning witches at the stake. Okay... so, you're saying the witch's are generally powerful enough to fuck up a whole town, and basically laugh off any local police forces. So... how exactly did the humans get around to burning all the previous witch's? Unless they had witch's of their own (which I don't think they did) taking down the bad witch's, how did 1700s humans even have the means to deal with these things? How could they even capture them, much less kill them in elaborate witch burnings?"
So, I got to thinking, about stories wherein superhumans exist but are heavily suppressed by humans somehow. Marvel mutants are an easy example, but really, how realistic is this? Especially if you got things like powerful witches who can pretty much just run rampant whenever they want with no mortals able to stop them, what exactly do they even have to fear from humans, that they couldn't just live openly among them?
Humans want to be all pissy because the witch has magic and that's "evil?" Well, what the hell are they even gunna be able to do about it? Storm the witch's castle? Yeah, good luck with that, when she can just cast a spell to make the walls impenetrable and summon armies of skeletons to rip your whole town to pieces if you screw with her too much.
Oh, the mutant has fire powers? Let's form an angry mob and throw bricks at him! Yeah, good luck with that when he can just burn you all to ash with a thrust of his hand.
I mean, cripes, how did humans even get to the top of the food chain with these freaks running around?
I dunno if this is really much of a topic. Anyone else encountered fictions where humans somehow are able to suppress superhumans through apparently no other means than there's simply a greater number of humans, despite greater numbers really not mattering too much?