A game idea, on the AW/MH engine: A supers game, in the vein of Watchmen and other stories which are less about action, and more about the fucked up people who become super heroes. But pressure still probably comes from the outside, in the shape of villains - who may be other player characters.
My thought is that each playbook combines a supers archetype with an exaggerated personal issue.
Playbooks might include:
The Monster - like The Thing, or The Hulk, or Karl Donovan, maybe bits of The Joker.
You used to be beautiful Or, at least, that's how it felt. But that time is past you, now. Now, when people see you, they gasp. They run away. You're powerful now, sure. And you can use that to fight crime. But you know that your "friends" just tolerate you for your power. How could anyone love a monster like you?
The Hero - Captain America, Superman, maybe aspects of Cyclops
Or maybe "The Patriot"?
You try to do the upright, honest thing. You lead by example. You try to be helpful. So why is it that your honesty and good acts always seem to backfire on you? Why are you always the one rescuing kittens from trees? How is it that you're always supposed to be the responsible one? Always, always responsible? For EVERYTHING. All your responsibility means that you're always missing personal appointments. You've stopped going on dates. You haven't had a full night's sleep in weeks, because there's always someone out there, threatening the city. So, when is it your turn to have your way, for a change?
The Mask - The Batman, The Nite Owl, The Kracken
Whatever happened, you can't leave it in the past. It's a battle that you fight again and again, each night, out on the streets. You can stop the trauma that happened to you, from happening to others. Every moment is defined by what happened to you -- except, well, sometimes. There's someone else in a mask, out there. When you're fighting with them, or maybe fighting with them, sometimes you're able to let go for a little while.
The Beast - Wolverine, The Hulk, Sabretooth
Once you're going, nothing can stop you. Nothing. Not even yourself. And you've tried.
You just have this anger, and once it starts coming, it just keeps coming. And you keep going. And when you come to your senses, you're often horrified by what you've done.
The Psychic - Jean Grey, like every psychic ever.
Strange things have always happened around you. You can see what others don't. You get people - like, you really GET them. But your brain is like a sponge, absorbing thoughts and feelings from those around you. Sometimes it's hard to tell where you stop, and where they begin. Maybe the difference between the two doesn't really matter.
The Journalist - Nearly every supporting cast member from Spider-Man or Superman
Whether you work for a news organization, or you're just a blogger, you always seem to be around when shit hits the fan. And you always seem to get the worst of the splatter. The problem is that you don't have powers, like the others do. You can't fight. And worse, now that the villains have realized that one of the heroes is sweet on you, it seems like they're actively targeting you. Will you always be a victim, or collateral damage when the big players come to blows?
Edit: Bill suggests rolling with "Brooding", as a Dark-type stat.