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Film: Up, Up and Away!
Left-to-right: Bronze Eagle, Scott, Steel Condor
Up, Up and Away is a 2000 Disney Channel Original Movie about a boy who comes from a family of superheroes but is concerned that he isn't developing his Puberty Superpower as expected.

Scott Marshall is the middle child of two famous superheroes: Bronze Eagle/Jim Marshall (can fly) and Warrior Woman/Judy Marshall (has Super Strength and excellent combat skills). His older brother Adam (Silver Charge) has Super Speed and Technopathy. Even his baby sister Molly has already developed X-Ray Vision and Eye Beams. Scott himself is rapidly approaching his 14th birthday. No superhero has ever developed his powers after that age, so Scott is worried that he may turn out to be a Muggle Born of Mages. In order not to disappoint his father (who is his greatest hero), Scott pretends to have developed Super Strength (by rigging a door to fly off its hinges when he opens it) and flight (he goes outside, throws a ball at the tree, and runs away). His grandfather, a retired hero called Steel Condor (a typical Flying Brick, although his age means that taking a cab is faster than flying), isn't fooled and tells Scott to tell his parents the truth. At the same time, Scott is having typical teenage problems at school and is fighting for the spot of the soccer team captain with a potential Love Interest Amy.

Meanwhile, an Animal Wrongs Group called Earth Protectors are conducting a campaign of environmental awareness in Scott's school. They provide computers to the school and distribute CDs about the environment. However, the CDs, in fact, contain a hypnotic program that its creator Nina sees as a means to save the environment while her partner Malcolm wants to use it to become extremely rich.

Malcolm manages to capture Scott's parents and brother using their Weaksauce Weakness, aluminum foil. Using foil, he weakens them, while using the program to brainwash them into his personal super-Mooks. Scott, Randy (his best friend), and Amy arrive and manage to defeat Malcolm without any powers. Adam erases Amy's memories of the events but allows Randy to keep his memories, so that Scott has someone to talk to. Scott and Amy agree to become co-captains, while Randy suggests to Scott that he should become a Batman-like hero with Randy as his sidekick.


The film contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Animal Wrongs Group: While Nina genuinely cares for the environment, her methods (using Mass Hypnosis on children) are decidedly unethical. Malcolm just wants to be rich and dupes Nina into helping him. He even convinces her that robbing banks is necessary to fund her crusade.
  • Badass Normal: At the end of the movie, it's mentioned that there are heroes without superpowers. Randy suggests that Scott become one. Also, Scott is the one who saves the day despite his lack of powers (in fact, since he doesn't have superpowers, he's not affected by aluminum foil).
  • Battle Couple: While Bronze Eagle and Warrior Woman usually work alone, they end up stopping the same crime together, both annoyed that the other took so long to get there (Jim was driving kids to soccer practice, and Judy had a business meeting).
  • Celebrity Paradox: Averted. Both Superman and Spider-Man exist in the film's 'verse. In fact, Spider-Man and Mary Jane visited Jim's parents last week, and the former left spiderwebs all over Doris's carpet. Steel Condor has a long-standing rivalry with Superman due to similar abilities.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Scott's soccer skills end up being instrumental in defeating the Big Bad.
  • Computer Equals Monitor: Used twice. When Adam is attempting to hack into a bank teller's computer, he does it through the monitor. Later, Scott stops his parents and brother being turned into Superpowered Mooks by hitting one of the monitors with a soccer ball.
  • Eye Beams: Molly has the typical Superman laser beams, which she uses to prank Scott. According to him, she had the ability at the age of 2. It's a wonder she didn't set the house on fire.
  • Flight: Bronze Eagle and Steel Condor can do this, although the latter is too old to do so effectively (cars on the highway are shown to be passing him). Scott pretends he can. According to Warrior Woman, flying is the hardest power to master.
  • Flying Brick, Like Superman (his long-time rival), Steel Condor has Flight, Super Strength, and Nigh-Invulnerability. However, unlike Superman, Steel Condor ages normally, and his abilities degrade over time (it's faster for him to take a cab then fly).
  • Informed Ability: Molly's X-Ray Vision and Doris's (Scott's grandmother) Voluntary Shapeshifting.
  • Kryptonite Is Everywhere: Given their Weaksauce Weakness, the Marshalls must feel this way at every supermarket.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Adam's electrical manipulation allows him to erase memories, which he does to Amy after the Big Bad's defeat.
  • Late to the Party: Due to his age (he can fly but very slowly), Steel Condor arrives to the Big Bad's lair just after he is defeated.
    Steel Condor: I knew I should've taken a cab!
  • Mass Hypnosis: The Earth Protectors' program is used to do this to school children. Malcolm wants to enhance it to apply to everyone.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Scott doesn't have any powers, unlike everyone else in his family.
  • Power Incontinence: Scott pretends to get Super Strength by rigging a patio door to fly off its hinges when he opens it.
  • Puberty Superpower: No superhero has ever received his or her powers after the 14th birthday. Adam got his powers shortly before that, while Molly got her Eye Beams when she was 2.
  • Rubber Man: One is present at Scott's birthday party. He stretches his hand to tap on Judy's shoulder from across the room.
  • Super Speed: Adam (Silver Charge) can run around the world in under a minute. Warrior Woman's motorcycle is also shown to zoom away at an incredible speed.
  • Super Strength: Warrior Woman has this, as does Steel Condor. Scott pretends to have this.
  • Superpowered Mooks: Malcolm plans to turns Scott's parents and brother into these. Why? So they can rob banks for him.
  • Technopath: Adam (Silver Charge) can manipulate electric and magnetic fields, which he can use to hack into computers (although, the one time he tries in the film, he gets overexcited and fries it) and even induce Laser-Guided Amnesia in people.
  • Theme Naming: Both Jim and his father named their superhero identities after birds-of-prey (no, not those). Presumably, had Scott actually developed flight, he would've continued the tradition.
  • Title Drop: Both Bronze Eagle and Steel Condor utter the title phrase when taking off. Scott says it when pretending to fly.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: When trying to spot Scott in the sky, Jim has false positives on a bird, a plane, and a UFO. He promptly ignores all three. You'd think a superhero would be concerned about a possibly alien object.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Superheroes (or, at least, Scott's family) are vulnerable to aluminum foil, which glows green in their presence and saps their energy. Early in the film, they freak out when Randy brings a turkey wrapped in foil as a gift from his mother. Scott's family treat it as a bomb and bury the turkey in the backyard.
    • They didn't just bury it. They drop it into a large garbage can, then buried the container itself. they weren't taking any chances.
    • Scott's lie is almost exposed during recess at school, when his brother comes to visit. Amy crumples some foil and throws it at him in a "think fast" manner. Scott is about to catch it, when Adam catches it first. He nearly passes out from the power drain before dropping the foil and warns Scott that he has to be careful now.
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