Started in August 2011, Power Academy is a Forumotion roleplay forum centering around the eponymous boarding school for teens with superpowers. A freeform tale of action, adventure, romance, comedy, drama, and tropes. Lots and lots of tropes. There's a character page here.As of the summer of 2013, the users are in the early planning stages of a Power Academy RPG—in the vein of Mass EffectmeetsXCOM: Enemy Unknown.Found here.
Academy of Evil: Played with; the Academy trains both heroes and villains, but is considered neutral ground.
Bigger on the Inside: The Rec Hall. Any room can be generated instantly upon opening the door based on what the guest is imagining. Want an Olympic-sized swimming pool? Bam, you have one. In fact, this applies to the forum in general; over time, rooms and areas are added as needed.
Elaborate University High: The school is fairly impressive where size is concerned, with a large main building, several dorms, and a TARDIS-like Rec Hall. The surrounding forest could also be considered part of Power Academy's territory.
Scenery Gorn: First, the Academy is shown in a state of decay during the Civil War, when it's temporarily converted into a neutral zone/refugee camp. Later, during the endgame, Terminus launches a full-out assault on the Academy.
After the End: The town essentially rebuilt itself from the ashes following a zombie outbreak 30 years prior.
Bikini Bar / Host Club: The Den of Angels, a high-class exotic dance/host club staffed entirely by angels, is a fusion of these two tropes. While the establishment offers great drinks and attractive employees (male and female alike), it's actually a front for the local angel headquarters (and an easy way for them to make money at the same time).
Zombie Apocalypse: The town was ravaged in a small-scale outbreak 30 years prior, but was rebuilt in time.
Apocalypse How: Alice and her family grew up in a hellish, irradiated wasteland left over from a nuclear war, and Garrett mentions that a huge zombie epidemic broke out about 30 years prior—about a Class 1.
Aliens in Cardiff: The city of Hell, Michigan (which in this timeline, rather than a small town, is a long-abandoned city) has become a haven for malevolent demons. Helena later takes over the city, turning it into...well, Hell on Earth.
Big Fancy House: Jonathan Knight's mansion, a large and comically opulent estate, serves as a late-game dungeon.
Bizarre Seasons / Empathic Environment: Over the course of the first three days in the forum, Power Academy has experienced a warm, sunny day, a snowy morning quickly turning into an overcast day where the snow melted, and a rainy day. Consecutively. Although the later retcon about time's passage, with each "day" being a sort of montage of the events of a week, causes the weather to make a little more sense.
Cool Ship: The Indomitable, the Dark Star's heavily-armed flying battleship.
Everybody Has Lots of Sex: On the second week in-universe on the forum, but eventually dialed back when things became a little too predictable. Can be justified, considering the student population consists primarily of teenagers, whether they're finding true love or blowing off steam.
The users' humorousrationale was as follows: "Snow Means Love, the snow started melting from the sun, heat and the sun equal sexuality, therefore melting snow equals libido."
With some characters in-story, it also seems to be deconstructed; Tala, Wendy, and Bethany are all quite fanservicey, but were artificially created to look the way they do (by male creators, no less)—a fact that haunts them to no end; breaking free of the roles set for them is a big part of their character development. See also the Alternate Character Interpretation for Lightning.
Foe Romance Subtext: A triple example: Swilium originally created Wendy as his new girlfriend; she eventually turned against him. Later, she reveals to Isaac that she was modeled after Tala (who also turned against Swilium), herself an Opposite-Sex Clone of his rival Talan.
This is pretty rampant throughout the story, with other examples including Helena/Talan and Warpen/Valerie.
Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Isaac comments on the fact that it's snowing on the second day: "Right now, it's at the end of summer, supposedly. Then again, for some strange reason, it does feel like we've already been here for months..."
Rule 63: An entire Alternate Universe thread devoted to it...though it later fizzled out after the Mad Science class introduced a new project for the students: building a gender-flip ray, rendering the thread somewhat redundant.
Sexy Discretion Shot / Lime: Enforced whenever the characters decide to have sex, per the forum's rule against writing lemons. This only applies to explicit sex, though.
Super Registration Act: One is being considered by the government in-story; the debate is heated but civil. However, after a town is apparently destroyed by a lone superhero, the debate ends up sparking a civil war when the Act is hurriedly passed. It's the result of the villains manipulating events to escalate the conflict in an attempt to tear the heroes apart.
The Uriah Gambit: The Superhuman Civil War. Jonathan backs the Pro-Reg side, and Lilith (using Vladimir and Slade as figureheads) backs the Anti-Reg side. They treat it less like a war and more like a friendly competition to see who can make the heroes wipe each other out first.
Puzzle Boss: Just about all of the bosses, in some way or another. They all have certain weaknesses, whether in terms of physical weakness (fire being effective against ice, for instance) or relationships to certain party members (e.g. they may be hesitant to attack at first if a certain party member is present); environmental elements can also be exploited, such as a tech-based boss being reliant on nearby equipment that can be destroyed. Overall, boss fights here require the player to think about the characters and their abilities in terms of both gameplay and narrative.
Tower Defense: During several occasions in the story, the party has to lead a defense or ambush against enemy forces from a high vantage point (e.g. fighting off a massive horde of minions from a rooftop above).
Lightning is shown to be the resident Pegasister, wearing a Pinkie Pie-themed t-shirt at one point. And in the Visitors From the Future thread, Isaac verifies his future self's identity by asking who their favorite of the Mane Six is (answering with Fluttershy).
She is also shown wearing a Pokebra to seduce Talan.
Adrian's repertoire of poisons includes Nova-6, and he later works on a potion that replicates Titan.