The most prominent motif associated with the game is the Phoenix.
- The working title was The Phoenix Project.
- There's a macguffin that powered American Star and later Anthem called the Phoenix.
- Titan City's biggest landmark is Phoenix Plaza. It's the seat of Titan City's government, has a number of different key buildings, and has the statue of the Phoenix.
- A hundred years ago, Titan City was burned down by the Great Fire of 1908 (an event that actually happened), and would rebuild, leading to the "Like a phoenix, we will rise from these ashes" speech by Oswald Lawrence to describe the reconstruction.
Hmm, maybe there's an entity called the Phoenix Force... wait, wrong verse.
I suspect the Phoenix isn't a motif of the game just because it's a cool, but I think there's a deeper meaning to it. The connection I made is that the community is like a phoenix, rising from the ashes that was the shutdown of City of Heroes, and rebuilding something new.
What do you think?