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Literature / Super Powereds

Super Powereds is a web-novel hosted on DrewHayesNovels. The first two books are also available on Kindle, with the third set for release on June 15, 2015.

"Knowledge is power. That would be the motto of Lander University, had it not been snatched up and used to death by others long before the school was founded. For while Lander offers a full range of courses to nearly all students, it also offers a small number of specialty classes to a very select few. Lander is home to the Hero Certification Program, a curriculum designed to develop student with superhuman capabilities, commonly known as Supers, into official Heroes.

Five of this year’s freshmen are extra special. They have a secret aside from their abilities, one that they must guard from even their classmates. Because for every one person in the world with abilities they can control, there are three who lack such skill. These lesser super beings, Powereds as they are called, have always been treated as burdens and second class citizens. Though there has been ample research in the area, no one has ever succeeded in turning a Powered into a regular human, let alone a Super.

That is, until now… "


Super Powereds contains examples of:

  • Act of True Love: Half way through the third year, the Melbrook powereds are prepared to sacrifice their memories with Nick. They don't, but the message they made was clear: One for all, and all for one.
  • Adaptive Ability: Titan's power, as well as Hershel's actual power. Roy is actually a unique manifestation of it.
  • Adorkable: Chad hits this trope running in book 3, particularly in his awful attempts at trash talk when he fights Angela.
  • Adults Are Useless: Mary gets scolded for assuming this. As she and the others are used to relying only on themselves, they rarely seek the aid of their teachers, even when it would solve a whole lot of problems.
  • All-Loving Hero: Vince. He's described as being unable to believe that not everyone is genuinely interested in helping other people solely for the sake of helping. His faith in the inherent goodness of his fellow man is so great that he actually manages to make Nick develop a conscience.
  • All Men Are Perverts: It's averted for the most part and any perversion can be chalked up to a Hormone-Addled Teenager. Still, this mindset seems very prevalent with the female population especially in regards to Vince, who is so non-aggressive with girls that many suspect he is Ambiguously Gay.
  • Always Someone Better: As Bad Ass and unusually powerful as the Melbrook crew and their classmates may be, they can't really hold a candle to professional, trained supers, which they learned the hard way three years in a row. And even by the standards set by those professional trained supers, Globe was considered nigh-unstoppable. It took an entire team of supers, including a guy who could cancel out Globe's powers to kill him. Even that failed.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Chad never displays much interest in sex one way or the other, being totally obsessed with training, but he is noted to look completely out of his element when Angela bribes him into dancing with her, while he has a very close friendship with her brother, Shane, whom he's rarely seen apart from.
    • Later Angela and Chad start dating, and Chad starts to socialize a little. Chad had almost no social experience and was entirely focused on training, and Shane was similarly focused on training because Angela was always ahead of him. It is implied that Chad was most comfortable around Shane, as Shane was the only person whom Chad could socially relate to.
  • Amnesia Missed a Spot: Nick's erasure, done deliberately to allow him to return to normal, but only if he earned it by being trusted and trying to protect his friends.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Camille's reaction when Vince almost gets himself killed getting her to heal him, just to put on a good showing in a test.
  • Anti-Magic: Blaine's power.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Maybe, Vince's dad is alive, apparently they Never Found the Body, but he's also Globe, a Super who took a Face–Heel Turn and killed a teammate. Vince is conflicted as his father was the reason that he lived long enough to undergo the procedure and was a generally great father.
    Vince: If tomorrow your father robbed a bank, would that stop you from loving him?
    Ralph Chapman: It might if he killed a man in the process.
    Vince: Then I feel sorry for you. You must have a pretty crappy father if he’s that easy to stop caring about.
  • Atrocious Alias: When Lander is attacked by terrorists the HCP students serve as emergency rescue forces. Since they still have to conceal their identity they come up with callsigns on the spot, resulting in such gems as Slugger (Roy), Obi Wan (Alex), Energy Taker Lad (Vince) and Short Brain (The diminutive Telepath Mary)
  • Awesome by Analysis: Seems to be Mr Numbers' power.
  • Badass Princess: Alice might not be a technical princess, but given that her father is more wealthy and influential than any real king the distinction is meaningless. She gets to be a decent fighter even before she discovers her true power. Lampshaded with this wonderful line before her fight with Nathaniel, in reference to Nick referring to her as "princess".
  • The Beard: Titan's marriage in the backstory. It created a huge scandal when the public found out the truth.
  • Berserk Button:
    • For Alex, calling his powers telekinesis instead of the Force.
    • For Chad any mention of Globe tends to do this, as Globe killed his father.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: Invoked by Chad and then defied by Angela. Chad issues a challenge to Angela after having a Love Epiphany about her. When she wins, he thinks it means that he has to give up, but she tells him she still wants to date him but that she appreciated the respect of courting her as a warrior. She does tell him that as the loser he has to pay for dinner on their first date, however.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Near the end of Year 3, Vince very nearly kills the man who had just killed Sasha, and if Camille hadn't come along to stop him he would have gone through with it.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: This concept is basically the whole point of the HCP.
  • Bully Hunter: Vince. While he doesn't go out of his way to hunt them down, senseless cruelty is a major Berserk Button even if it isn't directed against his friends. This behavior is a major part of his and Camille's shared backstory.
  • Call Back:
    • At the very beginning of the story, Dr. Hubert says that Vince was trying to fix a toaster when all of sudden he got a small shock, and a quarter of Colorado lost its power. All the way into his second year, Vince is telling an old friend about that incident while they are catching up.
    • At the very end of their second year, Nick invokes Mary's promise to not read his mind with a bet they made back in the first year.
  • The Cape: Vince is a good person to the point where his "naive" belief in Nick did actually result in Nick's Heel–Face Turn.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Roy picks a club as a Weapon of Choice for his Weapons specialization classes.
  • The Champion: Camille has appointed herself as this to Vince, after he saved her from some bullies as a little girl. She chose to go into the HCP instead of just training her healing abilities, because she knew that Vince's boy scout attitude of rushing in if he might save someone else would get him killed and she wanted to be close enough to save him.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Nick invented a code with no cipher and used it to send himself a transcript of everything that happened at the end of every week, on the off chance that someone would erase his memory.
  • Crimefighting with Cash: Charles Adair, who managed to bring down almost the entire Sons of Progress high command by bankrolling them and tracking the money.
  • Crush Blush: Camille has one for Vince.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
  • A Day in the Limelight: Many characters outside of the main five students will occasionally get a story arc dedicated to them.
  • Deadpan Snarker: George while he's in prison.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Chad. Until midway through junior year, he more or less never turned of his emotional repression and spent nearly every spare minute of his time training. However, over the course of the year he starts to gain an understanding of the value of spending time with friends, and for that matter having friends at all.
  • Disappeared Dad: Subverted; Hershel and Roy's father left them when they were ten because everyone found out he was gay. Hershel tracks him down in year 2 to get help for Roy and give him a well deserved What the Hell, Hero? for running away from his problems. Owen (their father) is now the main character of a spinoff Corpies by the same author.
  • Dork Knight: Vince is a fairly classic example. He is idealistic, strong-willed, sees the best in everyone, and it utterly socially clueless.
  • Double Consciousness: Hershel/Roy who is a Sexier Alter Ego with super powers. They used to transform uncontrollably but now only does it if Hershel drinks whiskey. Consider themselves brothers rather than the same person.
  • Dream Weaver: Rich Weaver's power is to trap people in a vision, he traps Alice (she has all the luck apparently) during Halloween in year 2 and she's visited by a phantom who tells her that her mother is alive. She thinks Rich did it on purpose and it does not end well for Rich.
  • Energy Absorption: Vince's power. It goes far beyond anyone else ever suspected.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Roy was an enormous Jerk Ass in the first book. It wasn't until Mary blackmailed him by threatening to tell his mother that he actually started to cool down.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Although it's debatable just how villainous Globe is, there is no debate that he raised a good, heroic son.
  • Fantastic Racism: To Powereds. By Normals who considered it the cost of having Supers and by Supers as a kind of "there but for the grace of god I go" type of thing. They don't want to admit that only a stroke of luck made them beloved and idolized Supers instead of reviled Powereds.
  • Fiction 500: Charles Adair. He's surprisingly wealthy even for a man who can turn toxic waste into gold by the ton.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Shane prefers to fight using martial arts rather than his powers, which aren't really suited for friendly sparring.
  • First Girl Wins: Camille, who gave Vince his first kiss, ends up beating out both Eliza and Sasha.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Subverted with Camille and Vince. It seems for a while as though he had forgotten about his meeting "Cami", but he later reveals that he remembered and that he figured out who Camille really was between his first encounter with her in the HCP and the time she revealed her real power. Played straight with Nick's two years with the Melbrook gang before having his memory wiped.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: While many of the characters only interact with each other through the Ensemble Cast Five-Man Band, within that group:
    • Vince and Mary are very rarely seen interacting with each other. Maybe because her interactions with others is about getting them to admit things (Hershel that he has potential, Alice that she needs companionship, Nick that he can trust them). Vince's main problem is that he holds himself back, which he readily admits to. Otherwise he is very open and simpleminded, so Mary probably doesn't need to interact too much with him.
    • While Nick and Hershel occasionally talk, Nick and Roy are rarely seen together. Probably because Nick isn't a fan of Roy's previous Jerkass behavior and doesn't bother with him since he is of no use to him. Roy seems to be too focused on combat and partying to care about anyone; in their third year when Nick's memories are erased Roy admits they didn't really hang out together.
  • A God Am I: One of the Sons of Progress lapses into this during the assault on Lander. It lasts about five seconds before Dean Blaine shuts her powers down.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: If not for the fact that Mr Transport starts dating Hershel's mother, you'd be forgiven for thinking he and Mr Numbers were a couple.
  • Hover Skates: Alice uses her gravity power to move this way during the warehouse-clearing exercise, giving her better kinesthesia than if she just flew, while still silencing her footsteps.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Camille isn't actually a Healer. She's an Absorber. She absorbs injuries and stores them, allowing her to inflict them on others at her leisure. Woe betide anyone who forgets or doesn't realize this, especially if they threaten Vince.
  • I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: Camille spends a long time feeling this way about Vince. Its not that she doesn't have a massive crush on him, but she wants to be sure that she has a stable enough friendship to stay with him and heal him when he gets injured, because she knows that he won't look out for himself if there are people to protect.
  • I Let You Win: George allowed Vince and the others to defeat him and rescue Mary, possibly on the orders of Globe. He notes that he could have just ripped Hershel's arm right off, rather than simply breaking it in several places, but "The man at the top of the ladder" ( Globe presumably) wouldn't have been pleased.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Angela feels this way towards Chad.
  • Inertia Is a Cruel Mistress: averted. Speedsters almost always have enough extra durability to not hurt themselves any worse that a human would from hitting things at full speed, and often have the reflexes to avoid collisions anyway.
  • Insistent Terminology: Alex, calling himself a Jedi. Everyone else thinks he's a a telekinetic and an empath. But it seems like he's right since people are continually proven wrong on the exact nature of his powers. The class powercopier can't work Alex's powers at all until he tells him to treat it like the Force.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: An unusual effect of Mary's powers in conjunction with Rich's. She later develops the ability to do it at will to anyone who is sleeping.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother Will is a hero...until someone hurts Jill.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Hallow gets a surprising moment of this when he meets Captain Starlight. Less surprisingly, many of the students are extremely geeky and become very excited at the prospect of a sequel coming out to one of their favorite bad movies.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: When someone is expelled from the Hero Certification Program they generally have their memories of names and faces of their fellow HCP students obscured, so they can't reveal the secret identity of anyone who goes on to be a hero. When Nick is expelled, all of his memories of the HCP are wiped from his brain.
  • Legacy Character: Defied by Angela, who decides not to take her grandfather's old alias, Captain Starlight.
  • Let's Wait a While: Hershel and Mary. despite having been together for over two years, the pair have not had sex yet. On the other hand, they are also the only relationship shown onscreen to last anything like that long.
  • Living Memory: Nick comes back for a while as one when he gets erased. Eventually, he earns the right to come back for real.
  • Love Epiphany: Chad has one for Angela when Roy convinces him to look at her without using his powers to control him emotional state.
  • Mama Bear: Mrs Daniels threatens Mr Transport when she finds out about the mountain climbing incident.
    Mrs Daniels: I may be a normal person; however, trust me when I say that being a mother is a power all its own.
  • Milholland Relationship Moment: When Camille thinks that Vince had just found out what her power was and expected him to be mad about her hiding it. Instead, he reveals that he already knew and is overjoyed at the fact that her power can still hurt strongmen, making it much more dangerous.
  • My Hero Zero: Dean Blaine's old alias. Justified in that his power is suppression of other powers.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Why Angela competes so hard with Shane for the title of Captain Starlight, even though she never intended to claim it. Also, at least part of why she put so much work into winning over Chad.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Despite being near five feet tall, Mary Smith's powerful telekinesis leads to her being the top ranked girl in her class. Her Power Incontinence was a telepathic and telekinetic Training from Hell. Because she couldn't turn it off she spent years constantly training her power. It's likely that she's now one of the most powerful telekinetics and telepaths in the world.
  • Power Incontinence: This is what a Powered is. They have a Super ability, sometimes one that is more powerful than what a comparable Super has but no control at all.
  • Power Nullifier: This is Dean Blaine's power. He can use it both as a passive ability or to directly stop someone else's powers from working.
  • Reality Warper: This is Globe's power. Within a certain area (spherical, hence the name) he has near total control of reality.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Angela is friendly and extremely extroverted and Hot-Blooded, acting as the Red Oni foil to both Shane and Chad, who are courteous and polite, but withdrawn, rarely going out of their way to interact with others.
  • Relationship Sabotage: A rare benign example, Will does this to protect Jill from an abusive boyfriend.
  • Restraining Bolt:
    • Vince does this to himself in Year 1, refusing to carry more than a lighter's worth of fuel at a time because he's afraid he'll lose control.
    • He eventually starts to carry around electricity as well. He also took in an entire forest fire at the end of year 1.
  • Retired Badass: Dean Blaine and all the HCP professors except for Fletcher and Pendleton are all retired heroes. Fletcher worked for the same company as Mr Numbers and Mr Transport while Pendleton was a hero for awhile before quitting. Roy and Hershel's father, Owen, was this for awhile as well, though Year 3 reveals that he's taken it up again.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Vince. His upbringing might not have taught him much about operating modern appliances or social interaction, but it certainly taught him how to fight.
  • Secret Identity Identity: Hershel suffers a bit from this, and spends a long time feeling like dead weight that doesn't benefit Roy any.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: Roy is this to Hershel to some people. Hershel is this to Mary though.
  • Shapeshifting Seducer: Gale's power.
  • Shout-Out: In the Prologue, Nick is in the hospital for running into an oncoming bus due to celebrating a lottery ticket win.
  • Slice of Life: The story is mainly about the various characters growing as people with the gimmick being superpowers. While there is a Myth Arc going on, only usually around the end of the year does something life threatening occur.
  • So Last Season: Vince does this to Michael at the end of his capture the flag game.
  • Superpowered Alter Ego: Roy is this to Hershel, he's taller, has better luck with the ladies and is super strong.
  • Superpower Lottery:
    • Professor Fletcher starting in Year 2. He's a lightning elemental, so he's got the ability to transform into, absorb, and direct electricity. He's also got the ability to give his physical body the same properties as electricity, such as enhancing his speed. He TKOs the entire Sophomore class during his introduction, and snarks that he must be getting old because he came close to actually having to make an effort.
    • Vince's powers are immense in scale and don't seem to have any real limit on type or number of different energies he can absorb.
    • Globe trounces them both by being a Reality Warper.
  • Superpower Meltdown: In the prologue, Vince who is underground and not allowed any source of energy near him to try and stop his latest hiccup and Nick, who was in hospital thanks to the down side of super luck (bad luck is still luck).
  • The Syndicate: Nick's being groomed as the next leader of his family. His rival is Nathaniel, a Super from a rival Vegas family.
  • Talking in Your Dreams: Abridail's power, which he uses to keep himself and Globe in touch with the Melbrook gang.
  • Too Clever by Half: Nick Campbell's entire character seems built on this premise, as he is constantly lying, manipulating, and strategizing to make events play out as he desires. His cleverness, more than his super power, is what accounts for his success in the HCP.
  • Too Dumb to Fool: The story refers to Vince as being oblivious or dumb, so much so that his grades were a plot point in Year 2. Despite this, he consistently sees through people's façades, even Nick's ever-present obfuscation attempts.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While the entire cast is constantly doing this as their skills and understanding of their powers improve, the biggest improvement is definitely Roy, who got effortlessly curbstomped by Chad in Year 1, but managed a double knockout against him in Year 3.
  • Training from Hell: The HCP is this on purpose, with the hope that the harder training is the better Hero's the candidates will eventually make.
  • Tranquil Fury: Near the end of Year 3, Vince goes into this state after one of the attackers, the speedster, kills Sasha.
  • True Companions: The Melbrook House students, especially after they have to climb a mountain together (apparently a Secret Test of Character organized by Mr Transport's and Mr Numbers' bosses).
  • Underestimating Badassery: In Year 3 Camille is pitted against Roy, Chad and Vince during a test. Chad attempts to use a sleeper hold to incapacitate her quickly. He learns the hard way that the selection of her opponents was not a fluke.
  • Unknown Rival:
    • Vince goes into the first day of training with barely any energy in him because he doesn't expect trials. He uses his fighting training to almost beat Michael.
    • Michael takes it as an insult that Vince had no energy stored and assumes that Vince tricked him, pretending not to have any power but running from his ice when he was just waiting for an opening. He attacks Vince outside class several times and eventually goes more than a little loco because of it.
    • He later attacks one of his own team members during a team match, preventing her from winning the match so he can go after Vince. Vince for his part thinks it's silly until Michael starts to be dangerous, and he was the one who lost the match.
  • Unskilled, but Strong:
    • Roy Daniels starts off Year 1 as all power with no relevant skills, an issue demonstrated handily when he challenges Chad Taylor and is beaten senseless.
    • This applies to Vince and Mary as well. Vince's abilities are immense in scale and variety, but he doesn't even know he can use most of them. Professor Stone ably demonstrates that Mary may be a strong telepath and telekinetic, she doesn't know all the ins and outs of it, as she handily outclasses Mary in a demonstration.
  • Upbringing Makes the Hero: Vince was raised as a transient after being unable to find a foster home due to being Powered. An old homeless man takes him in, adopts the role of his father, and teaches him his strong morality as well as his combat skills. This upbringing is constantly credited with Vince's morals, kindness, and overall demeanor.
  • Well Done Daughter Gal: Alice to her father. He invites her to dinner one night and she thinks he wants to spend time with her, he needs a hostess so he can finesse a business deal. She is seriously hurt.
  • What Is Evil?: Notably averted by Globe. He makes no excuses for killing Intra or ordering Mary's kidnapping and tells Mary that they, and "much of what is to come" are entirely his fault.
  • What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Chad becomes curious over the course of the junior year about emotions and friendships, since he never had any friends except Shane and Angela, who he met in college and was used to keeping his emotions under control with his power.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Nick and Alice's relationship.
  • The Worf Effect: The Sons of Progress strongman, hopped up on power enhancement, contemptuously bends Roy's unbreakable bat to show off his strength. This rather nicely underscores just how ridiculously powerful Titan is when he beats the stuffing out of the man without breaking a sweat.
  • Would Not Hit a Girl: Vince, which actually proves to be a problem at one point when team matches end up with him actually fighting one. He opts instead to just exude a great deal of heat (courtesy of the aforementioned forest fire he absorbed earlier) and go for a TKO instead of fighting.
  • Wounded Gazelle Warcry: In the second team match of the second year, Camille is sent out alone knowing that Sasha will be sent in to fight against her. Camille is reluctant to use the other side of her power to win outright, so Nick discreetly advises her to make Sasha's "win" as Pyrrhic as possible. In doing so, not only does Nick manage to rig the rest of the matches to go exactly as he wants to, he also pushes Camille and Vince closer together (and deep-sixes any hope of Sasha getting back together with Vince again).
  • Your Worst Nightmare: Nathaniel has the power to put someone into a hallucination of their worst nightmare. He does this to Alice in year 3, whose fear is being outside and losing control of her power. She breaks out and then turns the tables on him by showing him his worst nightmare.

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