Literature: Kinetic Adventures
A Troper Work
created by Metal Shadow X
In 2010, 18 year old Roxanne Kaizen, inspired by her sisterís abduction as a child and the return of her ambitious childhood friend Macario Valdez, uses powers inherited from her extraterrestrial mother to become Star Lass, a Kinetic
crime fighter. Rio eventually joins her as Willpower; though nowhere near as powerful, he attempts to help Roxy with her hero duties and personal life. Eventually, suppressed feelings between them emerge when Rio introduces Roxy to his schoolmate Claire who later becomes the Cannon Queen. By the end of part 1, they are accompanied by two young heroes Claire had started tutoring: Merle (Crow) and Tom (Sonic Servo).
The stories revolve around these characters and their lives as both crime fighters and members of society.Here is a link to the chapters
, of which there are currently eight of. An alternate link is here
As of early January 2013, the series has been effectively canceled in place of a Continuity Reboot
in the form of Superzeroes
. However, it will still have an ending at some point.
Not to be confused with the Xbox 360
game Kinect Adventures
: I am currently open to any ideas or suggestions.
- 1. A Star Lass Is Born
- 2. Shadow and Sorcery
- 3. The Rise of Willpower
- 4. As the Crow Flies
- 5. Third Wheel Syndrome
- 6. The Servo Solution
- 7. Divide By Rio
- 8. The Meaning of Fear
- 9. The Astute Astra
- 10. Foreclosure of a Dream
The series contains the following tropes:
- Aborted Arc: Originally, Leila's past would be revealed but has been dropped due to my own lack of interest.
- Adorkable: Most of the main cast, but especially Roxy.
- Affectionate Parody: Of Superhero fiction.
- All There in the Manual: The pages written for the series on this site provide info that may or may not make it in the actual story.
- All Women Are Prudes: Largely averted with the main female characters: Roxy enjoys sleeping with her boyfriend and future husband after Their First Time; Merle is anticipating the day she reaches consent; and while Claire feels more self-conscious about the whole thing than the other two, she has thought about it sometimes.
- Anger Born of Worry: Roxy and Rio occasionally do this to each other after one of them does something incredibly reckless.
- Battle Couple: Star Lass and Willpower, as their Childhood Friend Romance blooms.
- The Bechdel Test: Both played straight (mainly in the superhero and/or comedic moments) and averted (in the more contemporary drama moments, namely about relationships).
- Buxom Is Better: I prefer female characters' breasts to be realistic, so while they may seem less endowed than other fictional characters, they're still of an impressive size (Roxy, Claire, and Merle are around D, B, and C-cups, respectively).
- Central Theme: See Poor Communication Kills. The Power of Friendship (and Love) is an important theme as well.
- Cast Herd: Mostly, the main characters are split into the primary duo, later trio, (of Roxy, Rio, and Claire) and secondary quartet (Leila, Scott, Merle, and Tom)
- Cerebus Rollercoaster: Chapters often switch between silly and serious.
- Character Focus: A big part of the series. Order of focus from most to least is intended to go: Roxy/Star Lass, Rio/Willpower, Claire/Cannon Queen, Merle/Crow, and Tom/Sonic Servo.
- Death Is Cheap: Averted. All Deaths Final is in effect here.
- Differently Powered Individual: Kinetics, as per the title. It also applies to magic users and aliens with superhuman abilities.
- Everything Is Big in Texas: The series takes place mostly in the town of Humble, about an hour from Houston.
- Flash Forward: Chapter 4 includes a glimpse into the future circa December 2011.
- Grand Finale/Fully Absorbed Finale: "Foreclosure of a Dream", taking the Musical Theme Naming of its successor, will be made once I get further into the Superzeroes series.
- Improbably Female Cast: Somewhat unintentional; I just find female characters more interesting to make than male characters.
- Magic Realism
- Meaningful Echo: Rio's line in chapter 3, when he's looking for Star Lass who hasn't returned ("My family's had a long past of stubborn yet noble deaths"), is revealed in chapter 7 to be something he said before: it was after telling Roxy the story of his father's death, on the day they first met.
- Mid-Season Twist: The seventh chapter ends with a 6-month Time Skip and more variety in character focusing.
- Mix and Match: Superheroes + (Teen) Dramedy + Slice of Life
- Orphaned Series: Sort of, since I'm working on a revised version that I'm trying to make better. Although if I get far enough on that series, there will be some sort of conclusion to this one.
- Platonic Life Partners: Tom and Merle.
- Point of View: Only the first two chapters are planned to have first-person narration. The rest will be mostly in third-person.
- Poor Communication Kills: More or less the Central Theme early in part 1. Rio didn't tell Roxy that he intended to have her befriend Claire as he knew she would turn the opportunity down without even giving it a chance, but in doing so, he made her believe he didn't want to be friends anymore.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Inverted with Roxy and Rio; played straight with Leila and Scott along with Merle and Tom.
- Sickening Sweethearts: Roxy and Rio may come across as this after part 1.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Mostly in-between, though usually leans slightly to the Idealistic side.
- Shout-Out: Star Lass and Dusk Woman are based partially on Superman and Batman, respectively.
- Tom, AKA Sonic Servo, and Merle, AKA Crow, are close friends. This is taken even further when Claire, AKA Cannon Queen, works together with them and uses the gun she calls "Gypsy".
- Their First Time: Roxy and Rio, at the end of chapter 8.
- Time Skip: See Mid-Season Twist.
- Web Serial Novel
- World of Snark