"Ordinary People. Extraordinary Abilities. Real People. Fictional Adventure."
— The Tagline for the entire series.
— Miguel, before he gets kidnapped by Shaula
is a collective fanfiction of Heroes
by authors from Philippine Science High School: David Ples, Rebecca Yu, and Benny Almirol
. Two other co-authors and friends have started writing their own seasons as well.
The premise is simple: one day, the original author decided to make a fanfiction of Heroes, which incorporates his classmates into the story. Ever since then, the work has continued for three years (the authors are currently at fourth year in high school).
The genre is currently unclear, as it straddles the line between a Self-Insert Fic
and an Elsewhere Fic
The series currently has four seasons, three of which have concluded, and three supplemental seasons
. The four seasons have been authored by David Ples, with Rebecca Yu and Benny Almirol co-authoring the following three seasons. Two other extra seasons are being published by different authors.
The Series continuity includes:
- Garnet Heroes, the first season of the series. The season introduces 30 different characters, all with posthuman abilities (and was prone to What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway? as a result). The plot involves a branch of the Company in the Philippines ran by David. A villain named Micah suddenly appears to wreak havoc on the Company, recruiting other posthumans as well, including Dindo, a drug-addicted arsonist, Migs, a scientist, and Jerson, a mayor from Palawan. First episode can be found here: http://garnetonse.multiply.com/journal/item/1/
- Champions is the continuation of the first season, and it introduces 25 more characters to the main story line. The story now features characters without powers. The plot involves The Collector, Andro, who plans to collect posthumans for his great collection, and Iego, who Came Back Wrong and is now seeking revenge on David. The first episode is here: http://garnetonse.multiply.com/journal/item/36/Champions_Ep_1
- Equinox is the third season, following the conclusion of Champions, and introduces 15 ''more'' characters to the canon. The plot involves Shaula, who is convinced that she is the herald of an Eldritch Abomination that will bring about The End of the World as We Know It and her various attempts to shun the said abomination, but ultimately fails. The other major plot revolves around Dr. Burdeos, who attempts to create a bacteria that will enhance the gland that provides human abilities, but instead the bacteria started to attack the gland, causing the resultant powers to become malignant. And the bacteria becomes contagious. First episode can be found here: http://garnetonse.multiply.com/journal/item/68/Equinox_Episode_1
- Season Of Reckoning is the final season, which features a carnival that invites posthumans to join their circle. So far, the season is at its 7th episode. The first episode is here: http://garnetonse.multiply.com/journal/item/103/Season_of_Reckoning_-_Episode_1
The extra seasons (which are still canon, but by different authors) include:
A word of note: these are REAL PEOPLE in a FICTIONAL STORY. The characters that represent these people may or may not be accurate representations of the real deal. You Have Been Warned
This series provides examples of:
- A God Am I - Dale and Shaula both invoke this. And then...
- Alas, Poor Villain - Mark Burdeos. His lab explodes while he's strapped to an MRI, all the while asking himself what he's done wrong.
- Alchemy - Wren's ability.
- Altum Videtur - Some of the episode titles.
- And I Must Scream - One of the possible interpretations of Shir's fate in Equinox is that he reversed himself out of existence.
- Anti-Hero - Dani.
- The Atoner - Romeo Manangu
- Author Avatar - All five authors and the other co-directors. But that's the premise.
- Awesomeness by Analysis - Hannah Domingo's ability. She is able to copy any movement (as long as her body is capable of doing it) just by observing.
- Big Bad - Desi. She and Dale have been planning the events of Season of Reckoning for nine years, but recent events created a catalyst for the plan's execution.
- Big Screwed-Up Family - Marconi's family, though not as screwed up as other examples.
- Bilingual Bonus - Episode One, Bayani. It means "hero".
- Black and Grey Morality - Seems to be how the Carnival runs.
- Came Back Wrong - Iego. After his death, the Company tried to revive him with Geselle's blood, but the blood turned out to be contaminated. Thus, everyone injected with the blood started acting up in some way. Including David.
- Call Back - Used a lot, specifically in the last few episodes of Revenant Blight.
- Cassandra Truth - Jacob notices that something is just wrong about Desi. Iego doesn't believe him, but guess who turns out to be the one who has been planning something all this time?
- Compelling Voice - Miguel's ability. This is vital to Shaula's plot.
- Chekhov's Gun - The catalyst for the cure includes ingredients from other posthumans, namely: Vianca's hair, Raxy's crystal skin, Abednego's metallic skin, one of Iego's feathers, and Justine's blood.
- Darker and Edgier - The series starts showing this once the plot arrives at Equinox.
- Deus ex Machina - The titular episode deals with a Deus Ex Machina: the expressed abilities of the posthumans switch from the dominant gene to the recessive one.
- Disney Death - Averted, subverted, and played straight a couple of times, due to the existence of regenerators. Even doubly subverted with Dindo, who was temporarily brought back to life, only to be killed by Myrtle's rhino rampage.
- The Empath - Non-useless variant, Sean is able to copy the abilities of other posthumans by remembering how he felt around them.
- Eldritch Abomination - What Shaula believes to be inhabiting her. It turns out that it was all in her head.
- Elemental Powers:
- Face-Heel Turn - Desi. Subverted in that she wasn't even on their side to begin with.
- Flight - Iego. Complete with wings.
- Flying Brick - Averted. The powers are extremely varied.
- Foreshadowing - Would probably need its own page.
- Freudian Excuse - Shaula. Her real parents died, and her foster parents were always out on archaeological digs. She develops schizophrenia in that period, and starts believing that she was being possessed by one of the artifacts. She eventually ends up killing her foster parents.
- Future Badass - Lots of characters in the Nightmare Future.
- Grand Theft Me - Claudine's ability.
- Gratuitous English - Mostly averted, but Revenant Blight's title is somewhat grammatically incorrect. The correct title should be Revenant's Blight.
- Hannibal Lecture - Anti-heroic example: Carl Salazar calls out Abby on continuing the cycle of revenge.
- Heel-Face Turn - A few major characters, notably Iego, though he wasn't evil to begin with, and Shaula, at the end of Season 3.
- Ill Girl - Justine.
- Immortality - Regine's ability is that her cell death rate is always equal to her cell birth rate. Guess what happens when the bacteria infects her.
- Insufferable Genius/Intelligence Equals Isolation - Jacob believes that humanity is perpetually hopeless, that Fate can't be fought, is extremely cynical AND he Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness. That is, until...
- Karma Houdini - Shaula.
- Kid Hero - Sean, Dani, and Justine
- Kill 'em All - How Shaula is supposed to bring about The End of the World as We Know It.
- Killed Off for Real - A lot of characters.
- Loads and Loads of Characters - Obviously. Currently, there are 228 people in Batch 2011 of Philippine Science High School. Originally there were 239. Around half of that 239 has been included in the canon.
- Manipulative Bitch - Desi.
- Nigh Invulnerable - Jason Aguanta.
- People Puppets - Desi's ability.
- Powers in the First Episode
- Psychic Powers - A lot of characters, including:
- Mind over Matter - Benny.
- Precognition - comes in two flavors:
- Precognitive painting: Ancer
- Precognitive writing: Jacob
- Psychometry - Tim (one-shot character, sort of), and Bianca in PG-13.
- Telepathy - Two variants in Dan and Ana.
- Running Gag
- Screw Destiny - Claudine returned to the past in order to prevent Dani from commit suicide, which may or may not lead to a Stable Time Loop.
- Self Fulfilling Prophecy - Iego removes Desi from the final mission in order to avert the nightmare future. This does NOT end well.
- Self-Made Orphan - Dani kills her father, although accidentally.
- Shout-Out - Lots.
- Social Darwinist - Desi
- Stable Time Loop - Hinted at with Claudine's actions in preventing Dani's suicide.
- Taken for Granite - One of Andro's abilities. Revealed to be taken from JC Ballesteros.
- Tarot Motifs - Morgenstern introduces them into the story.
- Teleporters and Transporters - Romeo's ability.
- That One Case - For Abby, it's BR-22.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech - Given to Dale by nearly everyone in the room.
- Time Stands Still - Carl Salazar's ability.
- Time Travel - Isko's ability, though only used to view the past/future, and never alter it. An exception was granted for Claudine, but Isko warned her of the consequences.
- Title Drop - Done in Equinox, when Jacob and Justine are debating.
- Total Eclipse of the Plot - Occurs twice, the first one being a partial eclipse, the second, more major one being one of the conditions for Shaula's plot.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour - Shaula kills her adoptive parents at the age of six.
- What Could Possibly Go Wrong? - How about the Company files that you have getting stolen and used for blackmail?
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway? - What happens when you try to give roughly 70% of those Loads and Loads of Characters superhuman abilities.
- Winds of Destiny, Change - Denise. She gets infected by the bacteria and her ability to manipulate probability started working against her. Shaula finally kills her on a whim.
- Wise Beyond Their Years - Justine. She even debates with Jacob. And wins.
- The Woobie - Justine and Dani. They both have tragic stories after all.
- Xanatos Gambit - Desi organizes one against Iego: she confronts Iego on a rooftop, holding important Company-related documents. With Desi being a puppet master, Iego has no escape, since:
- If Iego tries to take the files: Desi can just manipulate him into showing his powers to the hundreds of civilians passing by below them.
- If Iego doesn't try to take the files, Desi will throw them off the roof, forcing a) Iego jumping of the building to save the files, revealing his flight ability, or b) the Company files falling into civilian hands.
- The third option occurs, and is the riskiest one: Desi jumps off the building, prompting Iego to save her. Any way you look at it, Desi wins.
- You Can't Fight Fate - Subverted. It is unknown whether the nightmare future, or Dani committing suicide will come true, but it is hinted that the future has other ways of fulfilling itself. So it may head into self-fulfilling prophecy territory.