Literature: Paladin Academy
"The sword of the paladin is not a weapon, but a tool. A tool for them to use to protect the innocent and pass justice onto the wicked."
— Blue Ghost, Chapter 4
Paladin Academy: A Playground-Inspired Story is a Web Serial Novel
written by Silverraptor on the GiantITP
Forums. Originally a story about some of Silverraptor's friends as newbies in a school
, it has expanded to include a grand cast of... well, perhaps a dozen.
The first arc involved an invasion from the Legions of Hell
and a traitorous
Senior Paladin attempting to slay our heroes, Viola
. Unsurprisingly, they survived. He didn't.
It can be read in this thread
on the forums.
- Academy of Adventure: Well, duh.
- Action Girl: Female Paladins, notably Viola and Penny.
- Actual Pacifist: Blue Ghost.
- All There in the Manual: There is a list of posters and their "characters" including ones who have yet to appear.
- Assassin: Recaiden.
- Battle Couple: Viola and Kurama could evolve in this direction.
- Big Bad: Mangosta the Demon King. Also King Lock.
- Calling Your Attacks: The paladin's powers, although this seems to be optional since they pick the names themselves.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Grim, first seen in part 1 and returns in part 17 after his Face-Heel Turn.
- Chekhov's Skill: Viola's unarmed combat trick.
- Convenient Coma: Happens to paladins who get separated from their crystals.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Prerequisite for the Paladin's Call to Adventure
- Cool Chair: Mordokai has one.
- Dark Is Evil: Grim. After going rogue, that is.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Grim. It is implied that while he was still Jerkass whilst a paladin, he was not evil.
- Elemental Powers:
- Evil Gloating: Mangosta mostly, but also Grim, Recaiden and Sarudrak.
- Extranormal Institute: The Paladin Academy.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Grim: from ordinary kid to first Blackguard and nearly destroyer of paladin order, to be specific.
- Gilligan Cut: Bis suggests Nil is messing about with Mordakai's chair when the later's been left in charge. Cut to Nil spinning around in the chair while speaking to Blue.
- Healing Factor: Grim's secondary power.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Nil's view of his power.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Viola and Kurama both come close to it.
- Instant Expert: Rabbit, Viola too, albeit to a lesser extent
- Kid Hero: Most Paladins in Training, especially Penny.
- Lawful Good: Mordocai especially.
- Light Is Good: Mordocai.
- Love Makes You Evil: Mordocai hints at his fear of this, though he might be proven wrong.
- Loyal Phlebotinum: Paladin Crystals.
- Manipulative Bastard: Mangosta. Just...Mangosta. The number of characters that have NOT been manipulated by him during the course of the first arc can be counted with one hand.
- Mutual Kill: Grim and Viola seemingly do this, but one part later it is revealed that Viola survived after all.Grim bit it for real, though.
- Naļve Newcomer: Viola.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Mangosta has this, as he just will not stay dead, no matter what. Even Grim does not know what it would take to kill him.
- Nothing Can Stop Us Now: Or so Grim thinks when night falls, amplifying his power to even greater heights. He is proven wrong
- Not Quite Dead: The heroes shatter Mangosta to pieces. He is very much not dead.
- The Paladin: Most (main) characters.
- Personality Powers: Averted. While every Character has unique powers, they are not openly related to their personality.
- Play-Along Prisoner: Exactly as Planned.
- Power Crystal: The Paladin's Power Source.
- Pride: Grim's Fatal Flaw.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Mordokai.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Kurama and Viola.
- Signature Move: Unlocked Cystal's Powers
- The Starscream: It is implied that Grim would have eventually turned against Mangosta, having his own plan to cut the demons loose after they had served their purpose.
- The Stinger: Recaiden speaking with The King.
- Suicide Mission: A 14-year old girl invading hell alone? Yeah, that qualifies.
- Swivel-Chair Antics: Nil, when Mordokai leaves him in charge.
- Thwarted Coup de Grāce : Mangosta, several times in a row.
- Took a Level in Badass: Paladins do this when they unlock their crystals.
- Training from Hell: Viola receives a good-natured version of this from Rabbit.
- Tsundere: Viola shows signs of this behavior.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Kurama and Viola.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Jesse's Power is to partially become a dragon.
- Your Days Are Numbered: At least according to Recaiden they are if you end up on his hit list. Bonus points for explaining the manner of victim's death in detail beforehand, too.