Upon the introduction last night of Angela Petrelli's sister, Alice, as a new character who makes it storm when she gets upset, Dan remarked: "Why are so many of the female heroes' powers tied to their emotions?"
I can't believe I didn't notice it myself, but he's totally right. Remember how when Maya got upset, she accidentally killed everyone in the vicinity? Or how Nikki's multiple personality thing would act up, giving her no choice in the matter? Or even if they aren't tied to their emotions, most of their powers are passive in some way, like Claire's healing ability and Angela's dreams. Or they are completely unable to control the powers to the extent that their powers hurt or victimize them, a la Elle, Tracy, and Claire's biological mother whose name I can't remember. Even though she was never my favorite character, I liked that Daphne could run really fast -- until they killed her off. And the girl from Season Two who could mimic anything she saw was pretty cool, but she just sort of disappeared. Sigh.