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. [[{{Troperiffic}} Lots and lots of tropes]]. There's a character page [[Characters/PowerAcademy here]].


!!Provides examples of:

!Power Academy
* AcademyOfAdventure
* AcademyOfEvil: Played with; the Academy trains both heroes and villains, but is considered neutral ground.
* BoardingSchool
* ElaborateUniversityHigh: 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.
* ExtranormalInstitute
* HeroesRUs
* MysteriousTeachersLounge: 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.
* NoOSHACompliance: The underground parts of the Academy.
* SceneryGorn: [[spoiler: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.]]
* SuperheroSchool
* TruceZone: 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.
* VirtualTrainingSimulation: The Self-Defense class.
** DeadlyTrainingArea: 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.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The Academy's location is never specified.

!The Forest
* CoolHouse: The long-abandoned Normco mansion, which boasts disused research labs and an ElaborateUndergroundBase.
* GreenHillZone: Especially since it's one of the earliest levels.
* OldDarkHouse: Again, the Normco mansion.

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: A couple of the sewer tunnels in Paranorm can be used for shortcuts.
* AfterTheEnd: The town essentially rebuilt itself from the ashes following a zombie outbreak 30 years prior.
* CityOfWeirdos: The town is awfully nonchalant about weird things happening, especially considering that it plays host to the Academy.
* DungeonTown: 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.
* FanserviceWithASmile: 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.
* FashionShopFashionShow: Happens when Sam is taken to Gothically Correct, a store that specializes in Gothic apparel.
* GreasySpoon: The aptly-named Fries With That Shake, a no-frills diner.
* GoodGuyBar: The Ghost Pirate and Rockstar Bar.
* HonestJohnsDealership: Flotsam and Jetsam, a small, rickety stand that sells random crafting items.
* HubCity: One of two.
* SceneryGorn: The decaying Old Paranorm.
* ZombieApocalypse: The town was ravaged in a small-scale outbreak 30 years prior, but was rebuilt in time.

* CityOfAdventure: [=NPC=]s, [[ShopKeeper shops]] and sidequests aplenty.
* CityOnTheWater: Half of Kragsmark is situated on an artifical island in the middle of a vast lake, connected to the mainland half via bridges.
* CityOfWeirdos: Less so than Paranorm though.
* TheCityNarrows: The seedier parts of town, in both halves of the city.
* FanserviceWithASmile: The Den of Angels.
* [[FriendlyLocalChinatown Friendly Local Japantown]]: Sakura Gardens, a very Japan-influenced part of town.
* HostClub: The Den of Angels, a high-class [[InsistentTerminology exotic dance and host club]].
* HubCity: The other one.
* WretchedHive: Whereas Paranorm simply has [[LovecraftCountry a lot of weird things happening]], Kragsmark is utterly crime-ridden.

* AirborneAircraftCarrier: The ''Indomitable'', Equinox's heavily-armed flying battleship. [[spoiler: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.]]
* ApocalypseHow: Regional level implied. Alice and her family grew up in a hellish, irradiated wasteland left over from a nuclear war, and Garrett mentions that [[ZombieApocalypse a huge zombie epidemic]] broke out about 30 years prior.
* AliensInCardiff: 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. [[spoiler:Eris later takes over the city, turning it into...well, Hell on Earth.]]
* BigFancyHouse: Jonathan Knight's mansion, a large and comically opulent estate, serves as a late-game dungeon.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Vilhelm's hideout.
* EldritchLocation: [[spoiler:The Howling Abyss, Terminus' pocket dimension.]]
* EternalEngine: Vilhelm's hideout, a sprawling complex that serves as his main laboratory [[PlayingWithSyringes (or abattoir, depending on who one asks).]] The ''Indomitable'' also counts.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: Knight Research Headquarters, a tall red-and-black skyscraper in the middle of Kragsmark's mainland.
* LovecraftCountry: Willowfield, Val and Isaac's hometown.
* MirrorWorld: [[spoiler:The Howling Abyss features several areas that mirror locations the party has been to before, only something is about them.]]
* WorldOfBadass
* YearX: Played for laughs. As a RunningGag, 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.
* ActionGirl and DarkActionGirl: Generally, unless explicitly stated to be otherwise, female characters in this universe can really kick some ass.
* CastOfSnowflakes
* DysfunctionJunction: Nearly everyone has their own set of issues to deal with. However...
** ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted thanks to Magi, the school's psychiatrist.
* EnforcedColdWar: Between the heroic and villainous students, [[ZigZaggedTrope usually.]] A small amount of them [[GoKartingWithBowser intermingle]]; a few even [[DatingCatwoman fall in love.]]
* EveryoneIsBi: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. At the very least, there are very few characters who fall into either of the extremes on [[JustForFun/KinseyScaleOfTropes the Kinsey Scale]]. Aside from the multitude of bisexual characters (male and female alike) in the story, there are ones who mainly interact with the opposite sex [[IfItsYouItsOkay but are willing to make exceptions]], as well as sexually fluid characters.
* {{Fanservice}}: Plentiful, and equal-opportunity--the amount of [[MrFanservice male]] and [[MsFanservice female]] fanservice is treated equally. LGBT relationships are also visible in the story as well. However, there are no characters who serve solely as eye candy.
* MoralityKitchenSink: Heroes, anti-heroes, anti-villains, and villains abound.

[[folder:Story and Themes]]
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: [[spoiler:During the endgame, Terminus attacks the Academy in a last-ditch attempt to destroy the heroes.]]
* BeachEpisode: The students take a trip to the beach at one point for a day of relaxation (and also some {{Fanservice}})...
** BusmansHoliday: Only to find [[spoiler:some of Vilhelm's operatives salvaging weapons and tech from a jettisoned piece of the]] ''[[spoiler:Indomitable]]'', thus making it another mission.
* CerebusRollercoaster
* ADayInTheLimelight / LowerDeckEpisode: Can happen when rarely-seen or otherwise minor characters come into focus for a while.
* DeepImmersionGaming: Forms the basis for the training grounds and the holoroom.
* DeconstructorFleet
** DeconReconSwitch
* FantasyKitchenSink
* GenreBusting: As the description above would indicate. There are elements of adventure, comedy, romance, drama, contemporary fantasy, science fiction (particularly elements of SteamPunk and PostCyberPunk), and SliceOfLife throughout.
* HardLight: Used in Timmy's holoroom and Alexei's simulator grounds.
* LoveHurts: A running theme throughout the romance arcs is that despite the problems that come with a romantic relationship, [[EarnYourHappyEnding it's generally worth it for those who try to make it work.]]
* LovecraftLite: Considering that [[HumanoidAbomination Jonathan]] is [[spoiler:(along with Terminus)]] one of the main villains.
* NotWearingTights: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with.]] Although Power Academy is firmly established as a school for superheroes and supervillains alike, most (if not all) of its students and staff favor [[CivvieSpandex street clothes]] over costumes ([[PoweredArmor armor,]] [[SpyCatsuit specialized jumpsuits,]] et al aside). Heroes with trappings like costumes are not unheard of, though.
** NotUsingTheZWord: Codenames are mostly nonexistent (or at the very least scoffed at). Even the terms "superhero" and "supervillain" are rarely used, [[FantasticSlur and some even consider them derogatory.]]
* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: At least two varieties: the [[HumanoidAbomination Creators]] (such as Jonathan and to a lesser extent Bethany), and the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]] (such as [[HeroKiller Terminus]]).
* UrbanFantasy
* ZombieApocalypse: One of the non-canon side stories. See also Paranorm under the Setting folder.

* {{Animesque}}: The characters have a very anime-influenced aesthetic.
* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: Anywhere from 1 to 3 DependingOnTheWriter.