A Disney live-action adventure series from Bruce Kalish about typical teen Charlie Landers, whose skills at the online game Hero Rising bring him to the attention of reclusive billionaire T. Abner Hall. Hall offers Charlie the chance to save the world from Real Life bad guys—specifically, the Omega Defiance, the same evil conspiracy featured in Hero Rising. After an initial Refusal of the Call, Charlie accepts and is soon fighting the same kind of battles that he'd previously experienced only in the game.
This was the first original series to be broadcast on Disney XD. According to The Other Wiki, the show was not renewed for a third season, the official reason being that Disney XD wanted to focus on comedy live-action shows. The series lasted from February, 2009 to July, 2010. A total of 35 episodes were released in its two seasons.
Aaron Stone provides examples of:
- Big Bad: Dr. Necros, the Omega Defiance member who appears the most times.
- Season Two has him Eviler Than Thou'd right out of that position by Damaged, alongside the rest of the Defiance...the worst part is we don't see what kills them. Because of Never Say "Die", a horrifying scene became arguably EVEN WORSE.
- At the end of "Mutant Rain," Elias Powers looked like he was on his way to becoming the next Big Bad after stepping into the Uria Chamber, but then the show got canceled.
- Butt-Monkey: Jason
- Also, Harrison counts considering how no one at the school likes him. He is pretty annoying though.
- Casanova Wannabe: Again, Jason. Except that he has an Abhorrent Admirer.
- Casting Gag: In the Japanese dub, STAN is voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya, who already voiced artificial humans before.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Charlie may have video game skills and be athletic, but he'd be pretty useless without his Powered Armor and gadgets.
- Darker and Edgier: Season 2. Oh so much Season 2. The first episode deals with one of the season 1 bad guys getting killed by an Eldritch Abomination with telekinesis! Sure it's off-screen and its costume looks fake and silly, but still!
- Deconstructed Trope: Charlie didn't undergo any training before being sent on his first mission. Sure, he may be the best player in the game featuring the villains he's supposed to fight and he also knows some karate, but that's far from enough to be able to fight criminal masterminds. So when he goes on his first mission, he botches everything, from almost blowing his cover when the bad guys ask who he is (he responds with "I'm Charl-I mean, I'm Aaron Stone") to having said bad guys mop the floor with him. Even after he gets better, he never really learns how to use one piece of his Aaron Stone gear (his shoes).
- Face Framed in Shadow: T. Abner Hall. The end of "Mutant Rain" has him reveal his face to Aaron and the rest of his team.
- Fun with Acronyms: STAN, Sentient Tactical Assistant Neurohuman.
- Giftedly Bad: Jason is not good at Hero Rising, putting no forethought of strategy into his gaming. In fact, he is so bad at it that his avatar Terminus Mag is as infamous at being the worst player in the world as his brother is famous for being the best. Despite constant embarrassing failures believes he is a good player and gets annoyed when pretty much everyone bluntly states he is the worst player around.
- Make Way for the New Villains: The season 2 premiere has the Omega Defiance members being killed off by Damaged and his mutants.
- Mooks: The Omega Defiance makes use of soldiers.
- Mook Lieutenant: General Cross appears to be the one in charge of the Omega Defiance's soldiers.
- Mutants: The main antagonists of the second season.
- Dr. Helix, a member of the Omega Defiance, makes use of mutant hybrids in the first season.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Dr. Necros, Souljacker.
- Orange/Blue Contrast: The only two colors in title poster image are blue and orange.
- Papa Wolf: Don't mess with Aaron's little brother.
- Shout-Out: The Laws of Robotics, established by Isaac Asimov, are programmed into STAN, which is often an important plot point.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Jason thinks he is a good hero rising player when really he is the worst.
- Villainous Rescue: The Season 2 premiere provides an inadvertent example. In-between seasons, the Omega Defiance figured out that Charlie is Aaron Stone and everything else about him. Why didn't they then attack? Well, they were getting ready to, but then Damaged and the other mutants escaped. By taking revenge against the Omega Defiance, Damaged wound up saving his soon-to-be arch-foe from almost certain death.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Dr. Necros is last seen in the second episode of season 2, being interrogated by Damaged.
- Zombie Apocalypse: Dr. Necros attempted to start one in the series premiere.
- A small-scale one occurs in the episode "Resident Weevil", when African Zombie Weevils are accidentally released into the school via STAN.