Created By: DorianModeAugust 5, 2011 Last Edited By: morenohijazoMarch 7, 2013
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Space Cadet Academy

The Sci-Fi equivalent of a Wizarding School

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An academy...for space cadets! This is the place you go to learn how to become Captain Space Defender Of Earth. Essentially the Academy Of Adventure Recycled In Space (Though it doesn't necessarily have to physically be in space). Good setting for a Boot Camp Episode in a Science Fiction series.

Indexes could be Settings, School Tropes, Tropes In Space and Speculative Fiction Tropes.


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  • Star Wars:
    • The Jedi Temple, serving to train potential Jedi Knights. "Younglings" and "Padawon" not only learned to master the force, but also included flight lessons.
    • The Imperial Academy; it trains TIE Fighter pilots. Luke wished to go there (the fact that Luke, who claims to hate the Empire, is planning to go there shows just how desperate he is to leave the desert world he grew up on), and Biggs actually trained there (then defected). The Expanded Universe reveals that Han Solo also trained there.
    • In the Expanded Universe, once the New Republic was set up, they had their version of the Academy.
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  • The Battle School of Enders Game.
  • Ciaphas Cain was taught how to be a commissar at the Schola Progenium, and later goes on to teach at one on Perlia (where he has a rather understandable Hundred Percent Heroism Rating after single handedly breaking the back of an Orc invasion there) after retiring.
  • Robert Heinlein's Space Cadet has the PRS James Randolph, a space ship that serves as the space academy.
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  • Any Star Trek series will probably reference Starfleet Academy at some point, and it featured prominently in the 2009 movie.
  • Earthforce Academy in Babylon Five. It also included the "Air Dome", a premiere pilot training center and its Officer Training School.
  • The Starcademy in Space Cases. The show also stars two teachers and several cadets from said school.
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Community Feedback Replies: 56
  • August 5, 2011
    JonnyB
    There was a children's TV show in The Seventies called Space Academy, starring famed child actress Pamelyn Ferdin. So you might want to change the name of this trope...
  • August 5, 2011
    TBeholder
    ...In Space!.
  • August 5, 2011
    Koveras
  • August 5, 2011
    TBeholder
    But really, does it make a separate trope? It's just where space cadets come from (or, occasionally, don't)
  • August 5, 2011
    DorianMode
    Space Cadet seems to be describing something else: "A Discredited Trope from the early Pulp Magazine days of media science fiction (peaked in the 1950's in movie serials and TV shows), involving a hero who was part of an organization that handles law and order in outer space, much like in a Western... in space. Frequently the titular Space Cadet was a child or teen who was a new recruit or a sidekick to an older hero." Like I said, think of a Space Opera equivalent to a Wizarding School (the Sym Bionic Titan and Fairly Odd Parents! examples even both have Malfoys).
  • August 5, 2011
    terrafox
    Alternative for Laconic: "Wizarding School, Recycled In SPACE"
  • August 5, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Actually, I don't think it is Wizarding School Recycled In Space, especially seeing how the trope dates back much before the Wizarding School trope became popular. I think it is Military Academy Recycled In Space. I also think it is a legitimate trope in its own right.
  • August 5, 2011
    Gatomon41
    I agree, this isn't Wizarding School In Space, since often those going to a space acadmey tend to be at least high school grads.
  • August 5, 2011
    Falco
    Currently scifi examples seem to be going to Military Academy, which is fair enough. Is this a separate enough trope?
  • August 5, 2011
    Koveras
    ^ At least the Stellvia example is definitely space and definitely not military.
  • August 5, 2011
    Bisected8
  • August 5, 2011
    stupac85
    Although it doesn't fit the trope description per se, one of the main functions of the Jedi Temple in Star Wars is to train future Jedi. Jedi do frequently engage in space travel since the vast majority of their missions do involve them having to go to alien planets.
  • August 5, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Looking at Military Academy again, I'm noticing that pretty much all the fictional examples are from science fiction of one sort or another. I guess the question is if there are enough examples that would be Space Cadet Academies but would not be Military Academies. If so, there might be call for this trope. If not, than I don't think Military Academy is so overburdened with examples that it needs to be split.
  • August 5, 2011
    DorianMode
    That the Military Academy examples tend to come from Science Fiction is probably institutional bias at work. There's not really a lot of overlap between the examples there (so we wouldn't really be splitting Military Academy). There's a very specific kind of thing I feel I'm going for here, and not all schools/academies in a Sci Fi setting, military or otherwise, qualify. The major qualities we're looking for are a Space Opera setting, in particular one where the idea of eventually becoming a BuckRogers-FlashGordon-Zapp Brannigan-Spaceman Spiff-Tek Jansen type, but for the moment involving mostly youngsters learning the ropes of the Space Opera trade.
  • August 5, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Also, Academyof Adventure is not where you learn how to be an adventurer. It is a school that is a Weirdness Magnet where people have adventures against actual villains and such.
  • August 6, 2011
    DorianMode
    Exactly. The examples I'm thinking of are primarily settings where exactly those kinds of adventures take place, but within a Sci-Fi milieu.
  • August 9, 2011
    JonnyB
    Don't forget to add the childrens' TV show Space Academy to the list...
  • August 10, 2011
    TwoGunAngel
    GEARS University in Mech Quest.
  • November 1, 2011
    Ghilz
    Space Quest V starts in one.
  • November 2, 2011
    Koveras
    What's up with the exclamation marks? If it's supposed to remind of an Excited Episode Title, I really don't see a reason for it.
  • November 2, 2011
    fulltimeD
    The Starcademy in Space Cases.
  • November 2, 2011
    Ghilz
    ^^ I was gonna ask, WTF with the exclamation marks?
  • November 3, 2011
    surgoshan
    • One of these shows up in Robert Heinlein's "Space Cadet". It's in space. And it's a rocket ship!
  • November 3, 2011
    DaibhidC

    While there is a Real Life Space Camp, Space Camp links to a film (which is itself an example of the trope).
  • November 4, 2011
    AP
    • Star Wars had many.
      • The Rebels somehow had their own academy, according to A New Hope. It may have been a remnant of the Old Republic, though.
      • The Jedi had "Younglings" and "Padawon" learners, which apparently included flight lessons.
      • In the Expanded Universe, it is revealed that the Empire had their own and so did the New Republic once it was set up.
  • November 4, 2011
    Ghilz
    It is "Padawan"
  • November 4, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Actually it's "Padawan!!!!!"

    Sorry, couldn't resist ;)
  • November 24, 2011
    DorianMode
    @Koveras & Ghilz: Mainly, it's because this Trope, in its purest form, has a roots in very idealistic Space Opera, Planetary Romance, and similarly Pulpy-Hammy genres. It's the same exclamation point you see in For Science! and Recycled In Space! Anyway, it looks like this is just about ready to launch (what an apropos expression...); it can be dropped from the final version if it's more annoying than endearing...
  • November 24, 2011
    Tambov333
    Annoying? It's just ridiculous.
  • November 24, 2011
    Genogenesis7
    The Fairly Odd Parents had this in the Crash Nebula special.
  • November 25, 2011
    aurora369
    If this trope has to be also an Academy Of Adventure, then in Star Wars universe, only the New Jedi Academy from the eponymous game (also featured in a book series) fits. In the other examples, no big adventures came to the students.
  • December 1, 2011
    TBeholder
    It still overlaps with Space Cadet almost completely. How many examples fit one of them without containing an example of another?
  • December 15, 2011
    morenohijazo
  • December 16, 2011
    TBeholder
    Are there examples not doubling Space Cadet? If there aren't three of them, this article would be a superfluous copy.

    I know of exactly one, and that happens because it belongs to a strategy game which got no individual sentients except rulers and leaders.
  • December 17, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Seems like examples of organizations rather than individuals belong here rather than on Space Cadet. Star Fleet Academy for example.
  • December 17, 2011
    TBeholder
    If we're going to have all the same examples duplicated, rephrasing them as "Show S has Space Cadet Academy A, where Space Cadets X, Y and Z studied" instead of "Show S has Space Cadets X, Y and Z in Space Cadet Academy A" doesn't change anything meaningful. This still leaves us with a slightly distorted superfluous copy.
  • December 17, 2011
    Trotzky
    Military Academy In Space is perfectly valid trope. In all sci-fi shows I can think of, the crew are military and In Space is standard.
  • December 23, 2011
    TBeholder
    In the same way Student Wizard is perfectly valid trope - Space Cadet in a magic world: maybe it would be, if it wasn't a meaningless duplicate of Wizarding School.
  • January 7, 2012
    JingleBells
  • January 8, 2012
    NoirGrimoir
    ^ Shouldn't name it after an actual fictional school.
  • September 21, 2012
    Gatomon41
    I suggest removing the exclimation mark at the end. Not only is it pointless, it's also annoying. In fact, remove the mark at the end of everything. This isn't Excited show Title, where that actually does have a point.
  • September 28, 2012
    morenohijazo
    There are also exclamation points in the examples.
  • September 28, 2012
    ArkadyDarell

    And the school in Space Quest 5 was called Starcon Academy, FWIW.

    @TBeholder Plenty of them, actually, since Space Cadet seems to be about a type of character far more specific than space military students in general.
  • September 28, 2012
    captainsandwich
    I think Buzz Lightyear of Star Command has this
  • September 28, 2012
    Gatomon41
    Also remove the exclamation marks from the examples.
  • September 28, 2012
    Xtifr
    I agree that the exclamation marks have to go. I have many examples, none of which fit with the whole exclamation-mark, excitedness theme the OP is trying to do here.

    I disagree that this is the same as Wizarding School. You could just as easily say that Wizarding School is just School Recycled In a fantasy world. This is generally more like a military academy than a regular school--unlike Wizarding School. It's done very differently.

    While I'm at it, I should point out that Ender's Game isn't even close to being the trope maker. This was a well-established trope long before that book came out. Maybe as much as half a century older.
  • September 29, 2012
    Tomodachi
    did we mention Crash Nebula Tv special from the The Fairly Odd Parents? Edit: Oh wait... Nevermind.
  • September 29, 2012
    MrRuano
    Transformers Animated has an Autobot Academy where young bots get trained for duty. Bulkhead, Bumblebee and Wasp were all in the same class. Bulkhead and Bee graduated, while Wasp was caught for a crime and expelled, leaving him very embittered.
  • September 29, 2012
    mdulwich
    I believe that the academy mentioned in A New Hope, as noted above, is in fact the Imperial Academy; it trains TIE Fighter pilots. The fact that Luke (who claims to hate the Empire) is planning to go there shows just how desperate he is to leave the desert world he grew up on. The Expanded Universe reveals that Han Solo trained there.
  • September 29, 2012
    Gatomon41
    Alright, I removed the exclamation marks, will try to update examples latter.
  • September 30, 2012
    Gatomon41
    Updated and organized examples.
  • September 30, 2012
    captainsandwich
    I think this is a subtrope of Extranormal Institute. The description looks to short, I think it needs to be longer (I'd settle for adding flavor text).
  • October 1, 2012
    Gatomon41
    ^ Considering that space travel is common in their universes, it's more Mundane Fantastic than Extranormal Institute.
  • March 6, 2013
    DorianMode
    OK, I think I'll add the Transformers example then launch it. Any ideas Re: indexes?
  • March 6, 2013
    robinjohnson
    Nitpick: the Star Trek example should probably say "the 2009 movie", as tropes are timeless and it won't be the "last" movie for much longer.
  • March 7, 2013
    Koveras

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