This design approach tends to make all facets of the Champions! character balanced in relation to the others regardless of the specific abilities and features used by any specific character. Players can design custom superpowers using the Champions! rules system. Rather than offering a menu of specific powers, Champions! powers are defined by their effects (an energy blast is the same power whether it represents a laser beam, an ice bolt, or a mystical spell, for example). The Champions! rulebook includes rules governing many different types of generic powers, which can then be modified to fit the player's concept.
Characters are rewarded with more character points after each adventure, which are then used to buy more abilities or to eliminate disadvantages.