A YouTube-based serial about four twenty-somethings sharing an apartment together in Chicago. Oh yeah, and they all happen to have superpowers.The show revolves around Donald, Jonas, Sebastian, and Virginia trying to go about their lives while also trying to deal with, and depending on the person in question, either exploit or ignore their superpowers. Meanwhile, a mysterious supernatural entity possesses people in search of an unstoppable force of power... and our super-powered protagonists catch its eye.There are currently eight episodes out of an estimated ten.The first episode can be found here.The YouTube channel is here.The official website is here.
This show provides examples of:
Acting for Two: Of a sort. Fox 4/Bellatrix spends a lot of time away from Sebastian and her other copies, effectively making her a different character entirely.
Action Girl: Both Sebastian and Virginia step it up a LOT in Episode Seven.
Awesome McCoolname: McTryck, an annoying comic book lover who comes in to to argue with Jonas and Spike almost daily.
Aw Look They Really Do Love Eachother: When Donald loses his job, the team realizes they can no longer pay their rent. It's a split vote on moving together to a smaller apartment or kicking Donald out in exchange for a new roommate, and it's up to Jonas to decide. He and Donald do NOT get along. And then...
Donald: Great. I'm gonna go pack up my things.
Jonas: ...I think we should all move together.
Bad Bad Acting: Estal's so used to the routine of going out, getting mugged, and being saved by Donald, that by Episode Seven, she's not even trying anymore.
Brick Joke: In Episode 2. McTrick walks home from the comic book store, and Jonas shuts off his brain. Later, Donald talks about how he shocked a guy to death and brought him back.
Jonas: Oh, that reminds me. *Glowing eyes.*
Buffy Speak: "You can't be a vigilante without first being vigilant-y...-ish."
Bullet Catch: If Donald drinks carbonated grape juice, it messes with his powers enough to let him make an impregnable shield or coating around himself that even bullets can't get through. After testing it out, he tries catching the bullet in his hand as it's shot, and it works. It does burn him a little, though, given that the bullet just came out of a gun. Donald's used this technique several times since.
In Episode 7, Jonas also does this using telekinesis, first stopping the bullet in mid-air, then grabbing it and trowing it into one of the other bad guys.
Butt Monkey: Riley. Everyone hates Riley. It's gotten to the point that he's genuinely really surprised that it's someone else that gets singled out when they meet their new trainer in Episode 8.
Ten: (to Ricky) Feeling like you might be the most fun to teach.
Riley: Thank God, I was pretty sure that was gonna land on me.
Call Back: In Episode 7, Jonas tries to convince Donald to visit the Keeper of the Secrets.
Donald: No way, dude. I'm still getting over the whole super-sorority let-down.
In Episode 8:
Donald: When's the last time you had an afternoon doing a little *takes a shot* science?
Cloning Blues: The first couple of copies, referred to as Fox Two and Fox Three, are pretty willing to go along with whatever Sebastian wants and are happy being part of the collective Sebastian Fox. After Four, though, they start to get a bit unstable, and Fox Four has an individualist streak leading her to even live her own separate life under a different name, resisting being pulled back in, eventually moving out.
Conversational Troping: Jonas and Donald on the roof is of particular note when they talk about what type of superpower Donald most resembles (Batman, but not the Frank Miller version)
Crazy Jealous Guy: Donald starts acting this way towards Estal in Episode 8, to the point where he starts physically pushing her around while interrogating her about another guy and ignoring her telling him to stop. He's snapped out of it before he can do any serious damage, and it ends up breaking the Damsel curse – Donald thought he was supposed to save Estal from the danger she least expects, but it turns out, he was that danger. He tried to apologize afterwards, but Estal was having none of it. Thankfully, it's all undone by Jonas time travelling and re-writing the past since before Donald started heading down that road.
Designated Victim: Estal literally can't go out for one night without being harassed by muggers or potential rapists. It doesn't matter how much or little effort she puts into her appearance, where she goes, what route she takes, it all ends the same. She can't even get a job at a cash register because it keeps getting robbed. It's explained that she became a Damsel when Donald became a superhero, and is instinctively drawn to dangerous zones and future crime scenes. This will stop happening to her only when she is saved by an unlikely hero from the danger she least expects, whatever that may be. This is discussed and lampshaded by several characters, with Donald even comparing his constant rescuing of her to other famous examples of this trope.
Do Wrong, Right: After one of Estal's muggers gives up crime and apologizes to her, she forgives him, then tries to make him feel better by saying that he was very bad at mugging. She'd know, she's been mugged plenty.
Evil Laugh: Donald during his fight with Jonas and Sebastian while he's shocking them both with lightning. Subverted because he's not evil, but at the moment he was mad with power.
Exact Words: Sebastian tries this tactic to convince her and Virginia's first customer to let them take the case.
Sebastian: We haven't failed a case yet.
Virginia: *Pointed look*
Sebastian: ...Well, we haven't!
Eye Scream: Carl gets this twice. The first time around, Donald blinds him with a shock straight to the sockets. Later, Damon forces his useless eyes out of his head and replaces them with smokey ones.
Genre Savvy: Jonas. Donald goes to him for help because he knows a lot about superheroes ("There's nothing wrong with that!"), and Jonas even unwittingly predicts the existence of the evil smoke thingy.
And in Episode 7, Ricky is the first to realize he's in deep with the super-powered shenanigans. Couples with Genre Blindness when Carl tries to Hand Wave everything Ricky throws at him.
Sebastian: Yeah, but now you know you can totally bust into a place using superpowers and not have everything get out of hand.
*Cut to Donald getting shot at as he runs out of a drug lab.*
Jerk Ass: Jonas. He has a crush on Virginia, so when she goes out on a date with another guy, he secretly mind controls her date to give her a really bad time. (It also seems possible that he's done this before in the past).
He also heavily implies he forced a lot of girls at 16 to date him, and since he had full control...
Limited Wardrobe: For some unexplained reason, Jonas wears the same shirt in every episode.
Magical Defibrillator: Donald can stop normal peoples' hearts with lightning, but he can also restart them with a quick jolt.
To Avatar: The Last Airbender: “Man, I am trying to see if Katara's going to end up with Aang or Zuko! Kinda hoping Aang, but I am never going to find out if you keep bothering me about this!”
Jake Jarvi (the writer/director/producer/Jonas/everything) is obviously a Joss Whedon fanboy, as there are several references to his work. (On a side note, it seems that Sebastian probably ships Buffy/Giles).
Sitting on the Roof: Of a sort. In Episode 8, Donald and Jonas climb to the top of a skyscraper and have a serious discussion about heroism.
Jonas: Yeah, you come up here to feel like a hero.
The Stinger: Episode Seven has Sebastian punching the guy who hired them to steal an expensive statue.
Super Strength: It's very likely all four of the main cast get this along with their individual powers. Jonas and Donald's experimenting has uncovered that they're far more susceptible to each other's attacks than to non-superpowered Spike's, and on the inverse, their powers affect regular people much more than each other. Fox Four has also demonstrated extreme strength.
Taser Tag Weakness: Unsurprisingly subverted. Bill tries to take down Donald this way, completely forgetting that Donald USES electricity as an attack. It ends up supercharging him for a while, leading him to zap anything he touches, including his phone and another person. Thankfully, it wears off.
Team Mom: Virginia. She refers to the group as a family, and she breaks up a superpower fight between the other three in Episode 1 with a short, momish lecture afterwards. Happens again in Episode 5 when Donald doesn't return from fighting crime and Virginia gets worried.
Teleport Spam: While Virginia's power is not technically teleporting, it can be used to much the same effect in battle. This is best demonstrated in Episode 7, where, when combined with Sebastian's clones, it produces truly amazing results.
Theme Naming: The four business men left from Damon's old company are Danny, Dicky, Riley, and Rickey. And then there's Bill, who was just hired, so he hadn't gotten a chance to prove himself worthy or unworthy.
Time Master: Virginia. Though she can initially only make time stand still for everyone but herself, she later discovers that she can unstop other people, teleport, and time travel.
Title Drop: The gang comes up with it on the spot in episode 5.
Unscrupulous Hero: Jonas, good guy dark actions both in episode 7 where he kills four people and describes it as adding to his death tally and implied in his past where he was a horrible person as a teenager and he clings to his resolve not to use his powers to keep himself honest.
Villainous BSOD: Jonas is hinted at having one of these in the past, forcing him to try to never use his powers again. He still has a hard time controlling the impulse though.
What Happened to the Mouse?: The Super-Sorority, the Mediocri-team, and Steve Man aren't seen after their one scene. (Well, except for the sewing girl.)
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Bill's the only one of Damon's henchmen who's not okay with getting physical when interrogating Bella, even if it takes him a while to speak up about it.
Your Head Asplode: Daimen does this to Dicky in Episode 7. It's also one of the more horrific things Jonas can do and does, in Episode 8.