The Sith Academy
was a Star Wars Fan Fic
writing group with a shared Alternate Universe
, focused on the (regrettably) minor character Darth Maul. Initially a parody series centered on Maul's "training" (read: exploitation) by his master, Darth Sidious, it took a sharp turn into Foe Yay
territory by the intentionally absurd pairing
of Maul with a young Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The group operated from July 1999 to December 2001, covering 181 stories, with the finale being an alternate interpretation of the events of the Canon
film The Phantom Menace
. Unlike most Fan Fic
, the series had an overall editorial policy, and so avoided a lot of the quality issues
which plague fan work in general. It also had a rabidly active fanbase, who not only contributed stories but also ran a mailing list for them.
The series provides examples of:
- Alternate Universe Fic
- Big "NO!": a Running Gag of the series.
- Camp Gay: Sidious, much to Maul's (and the reader's) great disgust.
Did every Sith have to like boys? When he was finally Master, would he be like Sidious, a flambouyant, wrinkled old queen, who has the bad taste of dressing like Mick Jagger on crack?
- Canon Defilement: Very intentionally done to all of the canon characters.
- Cats Are Mean: waves paw Bring Me Tuna. Now.
- Comedic Sociopathy: A lot of the humor revolves around Maul and/or Obi-Wan being exploited, humiliated, squicked out, or just plain kicked around by the author.
- Crack Fic: Several of the stories are intentionally ludicrous, especially "The Thirteenth Mary Sue."
- The Dark Side: Very, very subverted.
- Depraved Homosexual: Darth Sidious, "The Dark Transvestite of the Sith," although Qui-Gon is arguably worse.
- Everyone Is Bi: Anyone who's not already gay. Most male characters are into drag as well.
- Fix Fic: Subverted; several of the stories "explain" later events of the Canon series in a tongue in cheek manner
- Flanderization: As the series progressed, Obi Wan became more and more pathetically co-dependent and overly cheery, to the point where the authors decided it had gotten too much and made a Ass Pull explanation of it being a side effect of medication.
- Foe Yay: Invoked, alhough the Jedi seem oblivious to it.
- Guy on Guy Is Hot: All the authors appear to be straight women who really, really like writing slash.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Jon-Tra and the child he has by a Wookie.
- Informed Judaism: Palpatine and Darth Maul, who was raised in the faith by Palpatine.
- Jedi Mind Trick: Heavily abused by Sith and Jedi alike, but in at least one case Qui-Gon Jin gets into serious legal trouble because of it.
- Kick the Dog: Maul's favorite pasttime; one of the original series guidelines was that "Obi Wan must be vexed."
- Light Is Not Good: Played for laughs. Between the aforementioned mind trick abuse, sexual hedonism, and tendency to haul non-conformers to a mental hospital and drug them into submission, the Jedi order can only be described as blatantly, hilariously corrupt.
- Living with the Villain: Obi Wan is Maul's next-door neighbor, and it's later learned that Sidious is Obi-Wan's biological father, yet all of the Jedi except Yoda are in total denial that Maul and Sidious are Sith, even when Maul says so to their faces.
- Although Yoda doesn't seem too motivated to do anything about it.
- Man in a Kilt:
Ewan MacGregorObi-Wan Kenobi often wears one, much to Maul's delight. "Kilt. Sex. Now."
- Manipulative Bastard: Darth Sidious, of course.
- Mary Sue: Satirized in a Meta Fic actually called "The Thirteenth Mary Sue". Interestingly, while one of the main characters is actually named Darth Mary Sue, the character's creator insists that it was a coincidence.
- Meta Fic: Much of the humor of the series comes from intentionally conflating the characters and the actors who played them, or from faux Foreshadowing of events in the later Canon stories. In addition, there several stories which break the fourth wall in various ways.
- Mr Seahorse: A running gag is that Yaddle believes everyone who comes to the Jedi clinic to be pregnant, regardless of gender. Until Jon-Tra, a male Half-Human Hybrid, really does become pregnant.
- Nausea Fuel: Very deliberately invoked, mostly via Sidious's sexual escapades, but also Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon's freaky bedroom activities.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: Qui-Gon, "Jedi hippie freak."
- No Periods, Period: Subverted in a story where Darth Sidious uses the Force to transfer Darth Mary Sue's PMS to Maul.
- Overly Long Name: Dr. Lwkncalkdwoinvcalkdslaksowieuriuaoinclskdnfoaiwheoisldkhklgalskdhwoiazlzowx xvas-OOM! the 2983rd.
- Pollyanna: Obi Wan, to such an extent that the authors later felt it necessary to explain it away as the result of personality-altering medication.
- Power Perversion Potential: "Force Driven Monkey Love" is the starting point; it gets much, much weirder at times.
- Running Gag: Yoda's moonlighting (he turns up at every business Maul visits), the Big "NO!", Maul's moldy clothes and food literally evolving new lifeforms and even civilizations, Yaddle thinking someone's pregnant, and so many more.
- Slash Fic: And how! There are virtually no male characters who are not paired up with other male characters.
- Stepford Smiler: Obi-Wan and anyone else on Perkium.
- Suddenly Sexuality: Maul's relationship with Obi-Wan, despite drooling over women in the previous stories and not showing the slightest interest in men.
- Take That: The first story was written to vent the author's frustration over a driving test. Later targets of the authors' collective ire include air travel, the National Rifle Association, IKEA stores, and Martha Stewart.
- Training from Hell and Wax On, Wax Off: Viciously subverted. The original premise of the series is the "bunch of menial crap" which Palpatine foists off on Maul under the guise of "training."
- Trash of the Titans: Maul's apartment is literally supernaturally filthy due to the corrupting effects of The Dark Side.
- Unintentional Period Piece: Despite the Star Wars setting, you can easily tell when this series was written. People have CD's, VCR's and dial-up Internet. There are also numerous pop cultural references to things like boy bands, the Spice Girls, Teletubbies, Furbies, The Blair Witch Project, and Ally McBeal, along with stories about Y2K and the contested 2000 US Presidential election.
- Villain Protagonist: Maul himself.
- Villains Out Shopping: Several of the stories involve this. Places visited by Maul and Sidious include Wal-Mart, IKEA, Blockbuster, and the hardware store.
- WAFF: The increasing predominance of WAFFy stories was one of the reasons site owner Siubhan chose to close the series.