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YMMV: Power Academy
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Alistair—a well-intentioned, if very extreme, champion for mutant rights after suffering so much through his life, or a selfish, unstable hypocrite looking for an excuse to get back at humanity?
  • Angst? What Angst?: Played with. James, a rape victim, is still affected by his traumatic experiences, and he ends up confiding with Lily. He appears to be outwardly stable, but has plenty of issues to work through (including an understandable fear of Jane). Sam is also implied, though not explicitly stated, to have gone through similar experiences.
  • Crazy Awesome: Harken, Magi and Sebastian.
    • Gill wouldn't be nearly as awesome if he didn't have such profound tendencies for improvisation.
    • Not unlike Harken and Magi, Talan and Lightning are Crazy Awesome in the form of a cute couple.
  • Creepy Awesome: Vladimir, at times.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Lightning was originally little more than a throwaway genderflip of one of Zeitgeist's older characters (Electron, later seen in the short-lived Rule 63 thread). And then her Character Development, coupled with her cutesy, hyperactive and cheerful personality, ended up making her a beloved character among the users.
  • Evil Is Cool: Especially with Affably Evil in full play for many of the villain characters. Swilium, Fury, and Selene border on Draco in Leather Pants at times.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Both the male (Swilium, Kuri, Warpen, Alexei) and female (Trim, Selene, Willow's Superpowered Evil Side) varieties can be seen. The evil versions of the heroes, seen in Visitors from the Future, count as well.
  • Heartwarming Moments: See here.
  • Ho Yay: Plenty of it to go around.
    • During a game of truth or dare, Jackal ends up kissing Alderon on a dare; the latter even calls him a tease.
    • Alderon mistakes Gavin for having a crush on him when the latter started stalking him.
    • Speaking of, Xavier and Simon get in some flirty remarks with each other when the latter is briefly gender-flipped in the Mad Science class.
    • During a truth or dare game, Simon ends up making out with Drake when the latter randomly chooses him for a kiss.
    • Even if they're not romancing each other, Corvus and Swilium have affectionate nicknames for each other and get in some playful flirting.
  • Les Yay: Second verse, same as the first!
    • While Isaac goes off to share some quality time with Wendy, Tala ends up finding comfort by cuddling with Valerie and crying into her shoulder. As her lovers are busy using her room, the two go off to Val's room to change back into their regular clothes (the four were tanning before, with the dorms turned into an indoor beach). Tala ends up borrowing a sexy dress from Val's wardrobe, complete with playful teasing and flirting; the two then take a trip to the bookstore together. To unwind, of course.
    • And later on, Val and Wendy spend some time practicing drawing together. Specifically, Wendy asks her to "draw her like one of her French girls."
    • At one point during another truth or dare game, Talan dares Hydro to kiss Blaze—and she goes through with it. The latter mistakenly admits that Hydro is a great kisser.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Alexei, who early on manages to smooth-talk his way out of getting into hot water with the Headmaster. And as head of the Dark Star, he's shown to be an accomplished leader.
    • Swilium is one of the world's most efficient thieves, and does so without ever taking a life.
  • Memetic Molester: Kivuli, the school's resident perv.
    • Meg, the future daughter of Harken and Magi. "And when she sleeps, people get molested."
  • Memetic Sex God: Everybody wants Xavier.
    • Isaac makes a joke at one point about how everyone wants Tala.
      • Tala even lampshades this herself during the heroes' downtime in Global Civil War, while she's walking around in just Isaac's shirt and a pair of panties...
        Talan: Tala, sometimes I question how you can be my clone.
        Tala: (playfully kisses him on the cheek) You're just jealous that the hottest girl you know would constitute selfcest.
    • Val is more or less a fountain of Les Yay.
  • Moe: Minus the "helpless and needs protecting" part, it should be noted. Major examples include Christine, Foremen, Valerie and Lightning.
  • Moral Event Horizon: If Nether wasn't already past this in the Zombie Apocalypse thread when he created the zombie horde, he definitely crossed it when he kills Christine (albeit temporarily).
    • If he hadn't already crossed it before, Jonathan's Moral Event Horizon came when he ordered his guards to..."unwind" with their prisoners (including Sam at the time).
    • Trigan shot past it upon killing Atiago, Haven, Skill and Ability, if not already having done so for his experiments on a young Aqua.
    • There are many points where Vladimir may have crossed it...
      • Trying to repurpose Blaze, Hydro and Lightning as super-soldiers against their will.
      • Attempting to convert his wife into one of his cyborg lieutenants, ending with her suicide.
      • Offering to "modify" people who misbehave in his class.
      • Going on a mass-abduction spree, butchering and experimenting on innocent people to create his cyborg army.
    • When they were still together, Helena once dared Talan to wear a dress for her in private. She crossed the line when she took pictures and posted them on the Internet for all to see, driving Talan nearly to suicide. Upon learning this, Lightning vowed to make her pay.
    • For Jane, she drugged and raped James to have his child, only to isolate herself from him and later tell him that Jackson was stillborn. She believes she has long since crossed the horizon, though she is trying to redeem herself through her work.
    • Various alternate evil versions of characters we see in Visitors from the Future...
  • Nightmare Fuel:
  • Sci-Fi Ghetto: Discussed in-universe at a couple of points. Most notably, Adrian says at one point, "Arthur C. Clarke once said that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. In that sense, isn't magic just science we don't understand yet?"
  • Tear Jerker: See here.
  • Ugly Cute: Alderon's skeleton wolf familiar and Midori, Lily's pet venus flytrap.
  • Uncanny Valley: Garrett, due to his Nonstandard Character Design.
  • The Woobie: Long story short: most characters. For a detailed breakdown (no pun intended)...
    • Layla, upon her spoileriffic backstory being revealed.
    • Sam and Drake, especially with the horrors that the former has been through.
    • hero!Terminus.
    • Iron Woobie: Valerie, especially during the Zombie Apocalypse thread.
      • Also Tala and Wendy. In the Global Civil War thread, the former is seen breaking down and crying in Alice's arms, scared at the possibility of having to fight her boyfriend Isaac.
      • Alice certainly counts; though outwardly tough, she's clearly more vulnerable around her friends. She also mentions having lived in a hellish, irradiated wasteland with her family for most of her life.
      • Alexei (no pun intended). He has had multiple close brushes with death, and most of his family is dead; the latter is part of what drives him to his Knight Templar tendencies, making him double as a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.
      • Surprisingly, Talan qualifies, given the revelation about the incident Helena put him through—to the point of being borderline suicidal. Clearly, he's gotten better, though.
      • As a Living Emotional Crutch for James, Lily provides a lot of emotional stability for him. She does, however, show signs of vulnerability after she talks about her past. Her mother was horrifically abusive, but it just ended up inspiring Lily to be the nurturing mother figure she never had.
      • Victoria has had a comically dysfunctional childhood, spending literally all of her life (up until age 23, when she first arrives at the Academy) never knowing anyone else aside from her parents and her magic teacher. No wonder she became so attached to Mikoto so quickly...
    • Jerkass Woobie: Swilium, especially when he is shown breaking into tears.
      • Blaze has trouble showing her pain, coming from (and rejected by) the same project that created Lightning—hence her (albeit fleeting) resentment of Layla. She also mentions that she nearly drowned in a huge flood during a hurricane when she was 13, and it's only because of Hydro that she's still alive.
    • Stoic Woobie: James, easily. Power Academy is his life's work, and he fears he will have nowhere to go if it fails—and it's already in danger of failing. It's not until he opens up to Lily that his inner turmoil is made apparent. His unpleasant past with Jane only increases the woobie factor. And now his life is on the line thanks to a Deal with the Devil he made to get the school built on time.

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