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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.
  • 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