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Set on the eponymous island, Magellan (NSFW) is a Super Hero webcomic by Grace Crowley (aka xmung) that starts with the arrival of Kaycee Jones and a score of new cadets to the Academy, for many years of training in order to become an accredited Super Hero in her own right.

Of course, before she can do that she, and all the other cadets, have to deal with the intensive training regime, the schoolyard bickering, romantic confusion, and not forgetting the murderous maniac with a vested interest to kill her and everyone else on the island...

Embracing and parodying superhero tropes in good measure, Magellan is currently telling a chapter entitled "Lock(e)down". Has a character page that needs a lot of love.


This series contains examples of:

  • A Day in the Spotlight: The arcs Reckless Hero and Buying The Stairway To Heaven are this for Gifford and Rochelle, respectively.
  • All There in the Manual: Subverted. There used to be many more notes, both under the individual comic pages and in the cast pages, especially regarding the original heroes like The Victorious and International Justice Force. At some point, in between moving websites and re-tooling the site, these notes were either lost or taken out.
  • Alpha Bitch: Charisma qualifies in spades. Freya also mentions channelling her inner "alpha bitch" to properly get Brelvis to listen to her. Though she literally means "top dog".
  • Alternate Universe: It's implied that the Magellan the readers are seeing is actually the alternate of the original timeline. Trying to sum up the Mind Screw briefly, two villains, the future Maya and Chang, went back in time to try and change things. Instead of altering their future, they instead created an alternate timeline.
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  • Anyone Can Die: For the most part, this only applies to the villains. But in a much grimmer twist, it's said rather blithely on the cast page that occasionally, cadets might die. The reader tends to forget this up until Chang is drained of his life force in a rather painful manner by DragonKlaw, his future villainous self. Later on, an older cadet is mentioned as dying during the attack by the dragons.
  • Art Evolution: Forn Demons originally started out with normal black pupils and white sclera, no tails, and normal feet. When Jenna became more of a focus, it was revealed they have yellow pupils and red sclera, cloven hooves, and forked tails. For a good comparison, note the way Jenna is drawn on this page as opposed to one drawn five years later.
  • Badass Grandpa: Ken Spence, Mary Jemmas, Gola Beh — heck, pretty much the entire Advisory Council is one of these.
  • Badass Normal: Kaycee is the only true normal although pretty much all Magellan graduates are trained to badass normal levels alongside their powers.
  • Butterfly of Doom: As shown in the alternate future, Go!Anna dying in a plane crash turned out to have life-changing events, even for characters she never got the chance to meet in that timeline.
  • Clark Kenting: "Secret Identities" is a required course in the Magellan curriculum.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Played straight when Go!Anna encounters one in a hospital. He maims two people, kills a third, and almost ends up doing Go!Anna in.
  • Crossovers: Mindmistress tutors Rochelle, Hoodoo participated in Crossoverkill.
  • Danger Room Cold Open: The Robo-Mat provides a variety of training scenarios, using robot stand-ins of actual Magellan villains, against which the cadets are expected to prevail.
  • Disabled Snarker: Ken Spence.
  • Emotion Bomb: Freya.
  • Fanservice: Charisma gets her clothes burnt off of her an awful lot — you'd have thought she'd have invested in sturdier clothing by now…
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Aliens, magic, time travelers, mutants, hyper-technology, Psychic Powers...
  • Faux Affably Evil: Brainspike is proportioned like a child with a huge head, with a courteous speech pattern littered with Gratuitous French. Also, he uses his telepathy as a Conflict Ball for fun. Amongst other things.
    Vanessa: STRETCH?!? What have you done to him.
  • Flying Brick: Called a "powerhouse", and several show up, including Epoch, his daughter Charisma, Bill Banks, and Captain Victoria. Their frequency is justified; they're rare in the world at large, but the titular organization deliberately attempts to recruit them.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: The Master Assassin, who responds by knowing/believing they are in the fictional universe by trying to find and kill the protagonist and assume control of the fictional universe.
  • Functional Magic: Several cadets and faculty are wizards and witches.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The fifth story line starts off with several panels of young people getting dragged off-screen and eaten alive by monsters... but not before one nice horrifying shot of one of the victims still alive, while a monster noshes on his freshly-dismembered arm.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Most notably Brelvis and Go!Anna.
  • Handicapped Badass: Ken Spence, who fills rather a lot of "badass" tropes.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Fatima, providing Kaycee with an oxygen supplying kiss. Of course, another character calls attention to it...
  • I Believe I Can Fly: A number of the cast can fly, though a small number proportionally speaking. There is some diversity of flying style: one, Sioni, floats by temporarily reducing his mass to zero.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Fatima is one of these - then again, she's half cephelapod, which is another issue entirely…
  • Inverse Law of Utility and Lethality: Pointed out during a combat exercise between the students. The fire-breathing student can threaten all she wants, but since her power can't be used for anything but a lethal take-down, she can't actually use it on her fellow students.
  • Literal Genie: I wish I were younger
    • Notably, despite not thinking through her first two wishes at all, the results aren't entirely bad. The third one did not work out too well for her, however.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The image at the top of the page only shows the first year cadets - there's also the other five years of cadets, the other teachers, Force Magellan, Oz Magellan, solo superheroes like Go!Anna...
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Tom Bass, Freya's significant other.
  • My Grandson Myself: Gola Beh as Olga Beh, supposedly her own grand-niece.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Discussed during a support group for extra-terrestrial and extra-dimensional students.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Evil Weevil managed to pull it out...without even appearing! We first see him in Brian's Power Fantasy, where he seems to be a Silver Age-style Harmless Villain. Then we get to know that he was an arch-nemesis of Victory Man, world's first superhero and the one behind his De-Power. And then there's an exam involving fighting his robot duplicate and trying to stop his evil plan, copy of one original Weevil once pulled out. And it aint pretty.
  • Out of Focus: Many of the characters tend to drop off the radar for pages at a time, due to the humongous cast size. A notable example are the cadets of Kaycee's year, who tend to only get spotlighted during training exercises. Three (Fabian, Hugh, and Jesus) have never even spoken on-panel.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Mudge Wilson.
  • Rich Bitch: Charisma fits this trope like a glove.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Averted with Premonitia who retired from superheroing to play the stock market and work as a philanthropist.
  • Retired Badass: Ken Spence is still the Goddamn Nitro Man, and don't you forget it.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Subverted. Redd has super-strength, but doesn't have a reinforced skeleton. She has to wear a special exoskeleton suit in order to use her strength without shattering her own bones.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Maya and her older, alternate universe villainous self Miasma sometimes fall into this.
  • Shoot the Dog: Vostok decides to kill Montana-Rose, because her body is hosting a psychic parasite that threatens the entire planet, and killing her, and by extension the parasite, is the most expedient solution available.
  • Sigil Spam: The Magellan logo appears on everything, from clothing to vehicles to buildings. In fact graduating from the Magellan Academy gives heroes the right to incorporate the logo into their costumes.
  • Superhero Prevalence Stages: Firmly late-stage, with international recognition and a system to train the next generation.
  • Superhero School: Obviously.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Charisma's powers are very similar to her father Epoch's.
  • Super Registration Act: Not mentioned, but it seems implied from the international monopoly over superheroing that Force Magellan holds. Those who do not go to Magellan Academy either go to Greenslopes to be trained in noncombat uses of their powers, or don't use their powers at all.
  • Talking Appliance Sidekick: Dr Spooky has Otto the demon possessed hearse.
  • Teleportation Misfire: When Gifford got separated from the magical MacGuffin that allowed him to teleport through dimensions, he ended up in smack in the middle of Magellan's council table.
  • That Man Is Dead: In a more gentle example than usual for this trope, Olga reminds her old teammates that without her memories and now being stuck in her teenage body, her former self of Gola is effectively all but dead. They accept this and begin to move on.
  • The Empath: Freya again.
  • Toilet Teleportation: Vostok does this. It backfires when, due to the pounding the island is taking, the sewage treatment center is basically pulverized and he almost dies.
  • Tragic Monster: Several villains are themselves victims.
    • Malice was once a normal woman, but was kidnapped by a Mad Scientist and fused with multiple spiders and alien DNA. The resulting Mind Hive has attempted to discard its human identity.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Poor Brian...first Kaycee goes off to train to be a superhero, then his plan to impress her goes a bit pear shaped...
  • Up to Eleven: Mentioned by name here by Twilight and turned up to one hundred eleven. Also referred to by the page link, which names the page "eleven".
  • Wall Crawl: Go!Anna.
  • Webcomic Time: Bad Karma, an arc that takes place mostly over a single day, took two and a half years to complete. Also of note is the fact the comic started in March 2004. The writer clearly didn't anticipate how long it was going to take to tell the story, for the main character and her schoolmates are the class of 2013, indicating they were supposed to graduate roughly in double real time. They're still only sophmores as of this writing.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: A lot of Charisma's attitude is implied to be stemming from the need to get her father to acknowledge and pay attention to her.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Gaius is quite happy living forever, but not outliving the universe.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: It's unclear if Gifford is stranded from his home dimension for good or if he just decided to stay at Magellan because he has a Hero Complex. His dialogue during his support group meeting leans towards the latter.
  • You Meddling Kids: Invoked by name by Brainspike, though paraphrased.