Iron Man's parents are dead. Batman's parents are dead. Spider-Man's parents are dead, and the uncle that raised him is dead his aunt, however, lives. Superman's entire race was destroyed and in the New 52 DC reboot, both of his adopted parents are dead. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion.
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Beast's parents, Norton and Edna McCoy are still alive. However, it does seem that predictably, as per Campbell's Hero's Journey most of the main superhero parents are dead. Most of the mythological Greek heroes had effectively absent fathers, since they were all fathered by Zeus and he never took an active role in any of his kids' adventures. Moses was a foundling. Cinderella and Tarzan both had to grow up without their biological parents, though Tarzan ended up with a much better stepmother. Archetypal - as per Campbell, a Hero's Journey must include learning to be on his own and rely on themselves.
So parents have to go. Storytelling - same reason really. What about Harry's family - his grandparents - were they killed? This takes us into more mundane territory.
They give people hope and strength
As a writer, it was more interesting, plot-wise, if Harry was completely alone. One of my key points is that not all superheroes wear capes. It just fits right, especially after I speed paint my favorite superhero — Batman! Nobody owns it — meaning, we all have an equal share in it. The freedom in having that kind of ownership is that we can add our own interpretation as to what we believe that quote means to us.
So, here is a little bit of mine.
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