Web Video / Super Academy

Iím making this video as a supplement to my application for the Super Academy of Young Superheroes. My power is super-strength
Powerkid filming his application.''

In a World... where being a superhero is a legitimate career choice... well, you gotta learn the trade somewhere, and the best place for learning how to be a superhero is the Super Academy!

Super Academy started as a short film written and directed by Ben Lifson about the young superhero Power Kid as he faces down all the challenges of being a freshman at college: no friends, weird schedules, supervillain dad trying to kill you... Oh yeah, forgot to mention that part, he's secretly the son of Deathside the Conqueror, a globally feared supervillain. That could make things weird.

You can see the "pilot" here and here.

After a Kickstarter campaign, it was made into a full webseries, which can be found here.


Super Academy contains examples of...

  • Abusive Parents: All but outright stated with Deathside. Just watch how Power Kid and Chaotrix flinch when he even looks at them.
  • A Glass in the Hand: Powerkid breaks his mug when Dark Cop says he did a background check on him.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: DC has an oddly monotone voice, exhibits antisocial behavior and has trouble reading social situations.
  • As Himself: Blifson is credited this way.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Dark Cop almost casually figures out how Deathside blackmailed Power Kid, and, more importantly, why.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Mild example in Dark Cop's outfit. Looks badass, but is exhausting to attempt even moderately exerting physical activity in and doesn't offer much protection from Super Strong villains with a bone to pick.
    Dark Cop: *fighting for breath* "GOD this thing's hard to run in!"
  • Badass Normal: Dark Cop has no superpowers, but has a genius level intellect and is apparently trained in Aikido.
  • Berserk Button: Deathside does NOT like being corrected. Or being told exactly how much of a washed-up failure he is.
  • Big Bad: Deathside is this for the pilot and the first season. The season 1 finale makes it clear that Chaotrix will be this for the next season.
  • Bland-Name Product: Crimson Toro is a pretty blatant one for the real life energy drink Red Bull.
    • A truly strange example pops up during Dark Cop's "detention". The delinquents, and Corona, are made to pilot virtual mecha in simulator pods. Said pods are actually the classic 90's Battletech arcade machines, as is the actual simulator they participate in.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Power Kid attempts this upon finding Deathside waiting for him in his dorm. It doesn't work.
    • Dark Cop is much more successful with his call out just before the climactic fight. It earns him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown for his trouble.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Everything Dark Cop owns has a miniature tracking device.
  • Chest Insignia: Power Kid's "PK" t-shirt
  • Completely Missing the Point: Dark Cop, twice. Both times followed by him asserting that his bizarre response to the sitation "seemed easier."
  • Cold Open: A pair of teachers are reviewing Power Kid's application and discussing what to make of his Dark Secret.
  • Cool Mask: Dark Cop wears a rather impressive eye-mask. Power Kid also gains one to "complete" his costume, courtesy of Dark Cop.
    • Gothel also wears one.
  • Costume Test Montage: Of Dark Cop's alternative costumes to Powerkid's initial T-shirt.
  • Creator Cameo: Ben appears as "Blifson the Clown", whose sole role is to be the victim of Dark Cops Establishing Character Moment.
    • He also is the voice of the guy who freaks out when Power Kid starts pulling the car.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Deathside's climactic No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of Dark Cop.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Chaotrix, whose whole motivation seems to be to obey her father's orders.
    • Power Kid managed to escape becoming this, which led to his banishment and thus, the plot of the film.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Dark Cop
  • Dark Secret: Power Kid being Deathside's son.
  • Dawson Casting: Power Kid is 19 and Dark Cop is likely slightly older, being a sophomore. Ted Femrite and Beck DeRoberts are both in their mid-twenties.
  • Eagleland: Cousin Sam, born on July 4th, wearing an Uncle Sam outfit and wielding the ill-defined power of "tech". No indication of his flavor, though.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Dark Cop is introduced by having him attack a fellow student over what turns out to be DC's own screw-up.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Deathside osscilates between this and a cruelly mocking but higher pitched tone depending on his mood. When he gets deep, though, it's DEEP.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Kneecapper
  • Expy: All over the place
    • Dark Cop is a dead ringer for a college aged Batman.
    • Gothel is a female Batman, for added weirdness and hilarity.
    • Power Kid is quite clearly Superman
    • Deathside, due to a mishap involving costume acquisition, essentially IS Bane. However, his voice just screams Slade.
    • Superstar, the girl who ignores Power Kid at the Meet & Greet, bears more than a passing resemblance to Supergirl.
  • Face Palm: Dark Cop, after he sees the third of the alternate costumes he has Powerkid try.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the student database, every single student is signed up for the class "Reading and Whrighting 1" [sic.].
  • Hollywood Hacking: When Chaotrix hacks the Super Academy's student database, all she does is let a progress bar fill up which proclaims "HACKING IN PROGRESS".
    • Possibly meaning she's a Script Kiddie, which does NOT speak well for the Academy's cyber security.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Two, from Starburst.
    Starburst: "...and so Mummy Man says, 'I guess that WRAPS things up!"
    Starburst: "So I saved the day... yesterday!"
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Dark Cop's contingency plan for Corona's powers getting out of control is called "Contingency Plan S01-E02". In episode two of the first season.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Dark Cop's classmates hold this opinion of him. Not that he does anything to dissuade them.
  • NaÔve Newcomer: Power Kid
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Deathside's "fight" with Dark Cop is basically a minute of him whaling on the poor lad.
  • Odd Job Gods: Hipster Goddess
  • Offscreen Teleportation: How Deathside and Chaotrix leave Power Kids dorm the first time.
  • Psycho Strings: Heard just before Deathside lays into Dark Cop.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: How Dark Cop realizes he's bitten off way more than he can chew against Deathside.
  • Reality Ensues: A Badass Normal hero takes on a super strong, inhumanly tough villain in a one-on-one fistfight, guess who wins? The hero is essentially helpless to do much except try to stay conscious as he gets his face pummeled into the ground.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Two from Dark Cop, one serious given to Deathside, one Played for Laughs as he critiques Power Kid's "costume".
  • Shaky Cam: Occurs when Power Kid begins demonstrating his Super Strength and his cameraman freaks out.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Power Kid's KO of Deathside.
  • Smoke Out: How Chaotrix flees from PK and DC after Deathside's defeat.
  • Something Person: Power Kid is, surprisingly, the sole example we see.
    • Starburst does mention a Mummy Man as part of a joke.
  • Stylistic Suck: Power Kid's poorly edited webcam video in the Cold Open, as well as his costume, the latter of which he acknowledges and gets mocked for incessantly.
  • Super Hero School: The titular institution, obviously.
  • Super Strength: Power Kid's primary power.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Seemingly taught as a skill at the Academy, since it offers the course "Basics of Talking While Fighting".
  • Teen Genius: Chaotrix and Dark Cop, though Dark Cop may or may not fit the "teen" part anymore.
  • Throw It In: According to the creators, much of Dark Cop's commentary on why Power Kid's costume is terrible was made up on the spot by the actor, Beck DeRobertis.
  • Vader Breath: Deathside
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Cousin Sam
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