Now before anyone gets all heated up and start screaming things like “It’s a comic book! What do you expect!?” I’ll say this, I agree completely on the fact that I shouldn’t expect any sort of realism in any comic book ever but that doesn’t excuse the writers on their lack of desire to learn a little more on the subject that their character falls under.
Before we continue let me explain a little on the inconsistencies in many stories now-a-days on the subject of identical twins. A lot of the time when I read a story, people most of the time include identical twin characters because you wouldn’t see them often in your life. Just by that one thought alone the writer of said story tends to neglect the idea of background knowledge of the characters he’s about to write and guess what happens? The identical twins end up being different genders.
Now it’s not completely impossible for this to happen but the chance of such an even happening is so low that half the time it shouldn’t even be considered a possibility. In fact, let me take even a step further:
Identical Twins are monozygotic. Monozygotic twins are formed from a single fertilized egg that splits to two. When it splits, it is either male or female. Subsequently after the splitting, there are either two males or two females.
Fraternal twins on the other hand are dizygotic, which equals two eggs. In this result you can get two male twins, two female, or one female and one male.
Now in the world every 1 in 90 births are twins and an estimated 10 million twins and triplets are in the world, while at the same time the world’s population is 6,862,872,177 people. That means that twins make up less that 1% of the world’s population.
Now 99.9% of all opposite gender twin births are fraternal and in the case of that .1% that isn’t fraternal the female twin counterpart is afflicted by Turner syndrome, which occurs in 1 out of every 2,000 births.
Now all of this are proven scientific facts, and just going by this, many of the female male identical twin characters that exist in comic books today. Characters like:
Go against everything that has been proven by science and decades of restless research itself. Now don't get me wrong because Billy Batson and Mary Batson are two of my favorite super powered heroes ever. But that doesn't excuse the inherent lack of research done on the part of the writers to make the characters as realistic as possible.
But since it's 3 in the Morning this entire might just be the culmination of my ranting come to life, but I just had the need to get this off my chest. Truthfully, I really just wanted to clear up a few misconceptions with identical twin characters, and because apparently my life is extremely dull at the moment I went and did all the research.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that in even some of our favorite characters weren't really thought out well by their creators. Now the thing is though, I've always found it weird how easily so many characters in the comic book universe are just twins and that I haven't ever real seen same gendered twins but every twin set of characters seem to always be male/female. Now, when you're like me, once you get that nagging thought in your head it won't go away until you fill whatever it is that needs to be filled. Now I agree that writing twins can be an easy way to write relationship issues but to me, a lot of the time, male/female twins are just thrown out there without much thought put into them. I can't say that for every writer because some writers do their research and some don't it just seems redundant. Twins themselves in real life are, in a way, exotic. But when so many writers like to throw the idea of twins out there it's hard to get that exotic feel that twins give off. I mean, I've only met one set of twins in my life and that was when I was very little.
Now I really wanted to post this blog to get rid of some misconceptions about twins, not so much say that twins in comic books are wrong because then my two favorite super-powered heroes would be on the top of the list, Captain Marvel and Mary Marvel. I just thought it would be good for some people (specifically whoever actually felt like reading my essential scientific research) to know the truth about real life twins in the world and then their inherent differences with their comic book counterparts. It's common for people who think of twins to see two people who have similar likes, can complete each other's sentences and things of that nature. But a good amount of the time twins have very little in common. Some monozygotic twin sets are separated by their weight. One could be 150, and the other would be 165, and sometimes their not even the same height.
What I think I'm trying to say, as a writer myself and as someone who always tries to know about what he's writing about, I just feel it’s weird to read about all these comic book twins and have this inkling that there may or may not have been much thought put into them other than: "Twins are different, lets make some!"