Roleplay: Power Academy

Started in August 2011, Power Academy is a Forumotion roleplay forum (soon to be turned into a graphic novel) 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.

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Power Academy

  • Academy of Adventure
  • Academy of Evil: Played with; the Academy trains both heroes and villains, but is considered neutral ground.
  • Boarding School
  • Elaborate University High: The school is fairly impressive where size is concerned, with a large main building, several dorms, and a sizable sports field. The surrounding forest could also be considered part of Power Academy's territory.
  • Extranormal Institute
  • Heroes "R" Us
  • Mysterious Teacher's Lounge: At the very least, it includes a fridge, soft couches and soothing music. A nice little space for the headmaster to share some private time with one of the nurses.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The underground parts of the Academy.
  • Scenery Gorn: First, the Academy is shown in a damaged state shortly after Vilhelm's attack. Later, during the endgame, Terminus launches a full-out assault on the Academy; though largely intact by the end, the place is utterly trashed when all is said and done.
  • Superhero School
  • Truce Zone: The academy as a whole, intended as neutral ground between heroes and villains. Not that it stops battles from breaking out on the school grounds.
  • Virtual Training Simulation: The Self-Defense class.
    • Deadly Training Area: Alexei puts his best effort to avert this in his simulator grounds, ensuring that none of the students actually die in the middle of a scenario.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The Academy's location is never specified.

The Forest


  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: A couple of the sewer tunnels in Paranorm can be used for shortcuts.
  • After the End: The town essentially rebuilt itself from the ashes following a zombie outbreak 30 years prior.
  • City of Weirdos: The town is awfully nonchalant about weird things happening, especially considering that it plays host to the Academy.
  • Dungeon Town: At one point during the Superhuman Civil War, the town comes under attack by raiders—and they just so happen to attack when the party temporarily visits the town.
  • Fanservice with a Smile: The Ghost Pirate and Rockstar Bar, especially considering the students can take part-time jobs there. There is also the Maid Hall, where Dawn gets a job.
  • Fashion-Shop Fashion Show: Happens when Sam is taken to Gothically Correct, a store that specializes in Gothic apparel.
  • Greasy Spoon: The aptly-named Fries With That Shake, a no-frills diner.
  • Good-Guy Bar: The Ghost Pirate and Rockstar Bar.
  • Honest John's Dealership: Flotsam and Jetsam, a small, rickety stand that sells random crafting items.
  • Hub City: One of two.
  • Scenery Gorn: The decaying Old Paranorm.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: The town was ravaged in a small-scale outbreak 30 years prior, but was rebuilt in time.



  • Airborne Aircraft Carrier: The Indomitable, Equinox's heavily-armed flying battleship. Vilhelm's army hijacks it as a mobile base of operations, and he uses it to start bombarding a city as a show of force. Luckily, the heroes stop him in time.
  • Apocalypse How: Regional level implied. 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.
  • 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. Eris 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.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Vilhelm's hideout.
  • Eldritch Location: The Howling Abyss, Terminus' pocket dimension.
  • Eternal Engine: Vilhelm's hideout, a sprawling complex that serves as his main laboratory (or abattoir, depending on who one asks). The Indomitable also counts.
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: Knight Research Headquarters, a tall red-and-black skyscraper in the middle of Kragsmark's mainland.
  • Lovecraft Country: Willowfield, Val and Isaac's hometown.
  • Mirror World: The Howling Abyss features several areas that mirror locations the party has been to before, only something is about them.
  • World of Badass
  • Year X: Played for laughs. As a Running Gag, the exact year the "present" takes place in is never specified or is obscured in the audience's view.

Tropes for specific characters can be found under the Characters tab.

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