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"I'm 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, then became a full webseries on YouTube after a Kickstarter campaign. It's 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.

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The complete webseries and additional videos can be viewed here.


Super Academy contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: All but outright stated; Power Kid and Chaotrix flinch when Deathside even looks at them, implying they have a reason to not want his attention.
  • 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, played by creator Ben Lifson, 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!
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  • Badass Normal: Dark Cop has no superpowers, but has a genius level intellect and is apparently trained in Aikido.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • Crimson Toro is a pretty blatant one for the real life energy drink Red Bull; "toro" is Spanish for "bull".
    • During Dark Cop's "detention", the delinquents and Corona are made to pilot virtual mecha in simulator pods. Said pods are actually the classic 90's Battletech arcade machines, as is the actual simulator they participate in.
  • 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.
  • 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 and Gothel both wear rather impressive eye-masks, and Power Kid gains one to "complete" his costume courtesy of Dark Cop.
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  • Daddy's Little Villain:
    • Chaotrix's whole motivation seemss to be to obey her villainous father's orders.
    • Power Kid managed to escape becoming this, which led to his banishment and thus, the plot of the film.
  • 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.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Seemingly taught as a skill at the Academy, since it offers the course "Basics of Talking While Fighting".

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