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The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy is a three-part book series written by William Boniface parodying comic book superheros.

The story takes place in Superopolis, where everyone has a superpower with the exception of the main character and narrator, Ordinary Boy. He is a member of a team of superheros (read: five fifth graders) called the Junior Leaguers who want to one day join the League of Ultimate Goodness and fight beside OB's hero and idol, the Amazing Indestructo.


The books are: The Hero Revealed, The Return of Meteor Boy?, and The Great Powers Outage.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy provides examples of:

  • The Adjectival Superhero: The Amazing Indestructo.
  • Alliterative Name: Comrade Crunch.
  • Badass Normal: OB.
  • Brought Down to Normal: The plot of The Great Powers Outage.
  • City of Adventure: Superopolis.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: With the exception of a few, practically everyone in Superopolis has shades of this, but especially the Commune for Justice, a group of villainous hippies.
  • Corporate-Sponsored Superhero: Played straight with nearly everyone except AI, who actually started his own company with the Tycoon to fund his heroic exploits.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The New New Crusaders.
  • Disability Superpower: Lobster Boy, who has lobster claws instead of hands.
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  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Everyone in Superopolis is named after what power they have.
  • Five-Man Band
  • Foreshadowing: He's really subtle about it, but Boniface puts this everywhere.
    • Ordinary Boy makes a few wild guesses in the first chapter as to where everyone's power comes from. His guesses are radiation from a meteor or something in the water, after which he points out that everyone in Superopolis eats a lot of potato chips, but doubts that has anything to do with it. The cause of the superpowers? Potato chips fried in water containing radiation from a meteor.
    • The machine in the Multiplier's lair whose purpose is unknown in the first book.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Inverted or played straight, depending on your interpretation.. OB just wants to be super, but, given that everyone is super, this could be considered wanting to be normal.
  • Innocent Bystander Series
  • Kid Sidekick: Went out of style with the death of Meteor Boy.
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  • Large Ham: AI and, to a lesser extent, the Tycoon. Professor Brain Drain has his moments of hamminess as well.
  • Non-Powered Costumed Hero: OB as Meteor Boy
  • One Person, One Power: Stated in the first chapter.
  • Power Incontinence
  • Powers for a Day: Take a guess. Take a wild guess.
  • Something Person: Ordinary Boy, Plasma Girl, Fuzz Boy, the list goes on and on.
  • Superhero Trophy Shelf: If memory serves, the Junior Leaguers use an empty aquarium as this.
  • Superpower Lottery
  • Super Villain
  • Time Travel: Brain Drain builds a time machine in book 2. It works way differently than it should. Instead of causing the user to alter the past, the user is and always has been part of the timeline, so Ordinary Boy was Meteor Boy the entire time.
  • The Un-Reveal: Although the idea that Ordinary Boy may have superpowers after all is teased, it is never elaborated upon. Since the series has been effectively over for over ten years, it's unlikely that it ever will be, either.
  • Up to Eleven: The effect a device that enhances the superpower of the holder has.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Averted with AI. Though outsmarting him isn't too hard.


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