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"We're all together, in harmony..."

Skylanders Academy is a French computer-animated spin-off television series based on the Skylanders franchise. It serves as Activision Blizzard Studios' first animated production with Futurama writer Eric Rogers overseeing the creation of the series. The series premiered on October 28, 2016 worldwide on Netflix.

The television series is completely separate from the storyline of the games with no direct tie-ins to sequels, being its own separate continuity. It is however canon to the Skylanders franchise. Word of God mentioned the series being a mixture of Gravity Falls and Futurama.

As darkness begins to threaten the balance of peace in the Skylands, Master Eon is forced to assemble a ragtag group of heroes to protect the universe from evil-doers Kaos and the Doom Raiders. Using their unique blend of personalities and elemental-based super powers, Spyro and his fellow Skylanders are called upon to set aside egos as they come together to maintain harmony and balance in the land. Jam-packed with humor, heart and memorable moments, Skylanders Academy promises to keep viewers on the edge of their seats with epic action for kids of all ages.


The show ran for three seasons from 2016 to 2018 before getting cancelled.

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Skylanders Academy contains examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: Dark Spyro gradually becoming friends with the Skylanders again, and manages to turn completely good (as evident by him being able to open the Wumpan Puzzle Box), is suddenly dropped when he refuses to finish Strykore's mission, and getting hexed into once again becoming 'pure evil', before being separated from Spyro and seemingly destroyed.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Kaos' Mom was a straight-up villain in the original games but here in the show's continuity, she's a powerful dark sorceress who used her powers to keep Strykore in check. Granted, Season 3 confirmed that keeping him contained with dark magic did turn her evil.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Downplayed with Crash Bandicoot, who has relatively normal intelligence... which is more than can be said for his appearance in the games.
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  • The Ahnold: Ka-Boom, to go with his aesthetic of being an intimidatingly colossal mountain of muscles.
  • And the Adventure Continues: Due to the lack of a greenlit Season 4, the Season 3 finale is this for the whole series. The Core of Light is safe, Strykore is sealed once more while Kaos is back in Cloudcracker Prison. However, Eon is considered dead while Kaossandra takes over as Headmaster of Skylanders Academy. Spyro is informed by an astral projection of Eon from beyond the Skylands that his new capabilities allows him to find Spyro's kind and offers Spyro to come with him to meet his dragonkind. Spyro accepts and leaves without even saying goodbye to his friends outside of a cloud message in the sky saying "Skylanders Forever!". He takes only one last look at Skylanders Academy while knowing that they can handle it on their own before leaving to parts unknown with Eon to meet his dragon family.
  • Animal Motifs: There sure are a lot of sheep running around Skylands. They seem most prevalent in regards to Hugo, who is terrified of them.
  • Artifact of Doom: Kaossandra's dark spellbook, which Eon states is one of the darkest and most evil artifacts in Skylands. Just using it for a few days begins to corrupt him. It turns out this includes Kaossandra, who was corrupted from using it to keep Strykore sealed away. In a bad future where Glamshanks got it, it turns him into an Evil Overlord.
  • Bad Future: On "Days and Future Crash", Dark Spyro and Eruptor accidentally brought Crash Bandicoot with them to their time. Thus creating a timeline where the Skylands is ruled by Glumshanks of all people.
  • I Believe I Can Fly: The SuperChargers are explicitly divided between land, sea and air vehicles in the games, but here several land SuperChargers are showing being perfectly capable of flight.
  • Big Bad: Kaos, then later the Golden Queen, then Strykore, with Kaos taking back control as the Final Boss.
  • Break the Haughty: Happens to Spyro in the first episode when he was not chosen to be a true, honorary Skylander.
  • Broken Aesop: Despite characters like Eon saying that the main team work best when they work together, the team actually tend to lose a majority of the times they fight together, or need help from an outside source. Add in some episodes where team members are on their own and win and the show comes more across as saying they accomplish more when they are on their own.
  • The Cameo: Skylanders who are from the games, but aren't part of the main story, occasionally show up in minor roles or as background characters.
  • Character Development: Spyro spends much of the first episode as an egotistical Jerkass who has no problem skipping out on his own graduation. The conflict with Kaos forces him to become more reliable and dependent on his friends, and although he remains a Jerk with a Heart of Gold after, he progressively gets better as the season progresses.
    • The second episode focuses on Jet-Vac being uptight and unable to think outside the box. His character arc shows how he goes from being unwilling to deviate from The Plan (assuming he has one, that is) to simply acting on instinct to properly respond to emergencies.
    • After Eruptor's focus episode, subsequent episodes show him much more even tempered in general.
    • "Thankstaking For The Memories" has Stealth Elf learning to connect more with others after hearing Spyro's reasons for wanting to be with her during the Thankstaking break.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: To punish Glumshanks for taking him to a health spa, Kaos makes him wait in line at the Skylands DMV.
  • Cool Old Guy: Jet-Vac and Pop Fizz, whose ages are more pronounced here than in the games, are professors at the Academy. The former is a distinguished veteran and tactician, the latter is a Mad Scientist who used to be a member of a world famous rock duo.
  • The Corruption: After Eon uses a dark spell to send Crash back home, he becomes infected with darkness, and even begins to turn evil.
  • Crossover: Thanks to the Evil-scope malfunctioning, Crash Bandicoot gets sucked into the Skylands.
    • Promotional material for the third season shows Coco coming along with her brother for another episode.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Just because Kaossandra is Kaos' mother and uses dark magic, doesn't mean she's not holding back a much darker evil.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Pop Fizz proudly announces his team is cheating in the Chili Chomp, only to be innocently perplexed by Stealth Elf's annoyed reaction.
    Spyro: Pffft, good luck with [beating us!]
    Pop Fizz: Yeah, because we're cheating! ...what?
  • Easy Amnesia: Pop Rocks has Pop Fizz drink a potion that should have made him immune to Wolfgang's hypnosis, but it instead erases his memory and makes him think he's a rock star again.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Hex's familiar is a floating skull named... Skull.
  • Fanboy: Spyro doesn't hesitate to geek out around Crash Bandicoot. Presumably, neither did the audience.
  • For Want of a Nail: We see the nail for the Bad Future in "Days and Future Crash": because Crash wasn't around, Glumshanks got Kaossandra's book, which gave him dark magic and corrupted him into an Evil Overlord who forced Kaos and Kaossandra under his heel and took over Skylands. This leads to both of them making a Heel–Face Turn and turning on him (possibly due to them being forced to be together).
  • Funny Background Event: In episode 2, when Master Eon, Hugo and Jet-Vac are busy eating at a restaurant that sells gizzards, Kaos (who had to get a job there as a mascot) briefly passes by outside the window, then slams his face into the window as he sees the trio.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Strykore.
  • Harmless Freezing: In the pilot, Kaos steals the Book of Skylands. He then freezes the book, which causes the Skylanders themselves to be frozen as well.
  • Hated by All: Broccoli Guy. Everyone who meets him think he's annoying and the only reason the Doom Raiders keep him is because of his healing powers. The one he grows the closest to is Kaos, but that's only because The Doom Raiders tricked Kaos into accepting Broccoli Guy as a lackey for their own benefits, and when Kaos figured out the ruse he left the gang. And when Kaos got himself a pirate ship and appointed the Doom Raiders as his crew, Broccoli Guy was the only member he didn't bother helping out.note 
    • At the end of the show Strykore is in a bad spot. His brother and fellow sorceress have locked him up in the same prison as before, the Skylanders still view him as their greatest enemy yet and Kaos betrayed him after Strykore threw him away, not wanting anything to do with him anymore. And Kaos learning that Eon is actually his father is probably gonna result in him not thinking about Strykore anytime soon.
  • Lawful Stupid: Jet-Vac, prior to learning his lesson in My Way or the Sky Way. He won't even start eating until he's thoroughly plotted out his course of action.
    • Ka-Boom, at least whenever he's working as a bouncer, is utterly uncompromising, even if it interferes with his friends efforts to protect innocents or get into their own house.
    Ka-Boom: No one gets in unless they're on the list. Names!
    Eruptor: What?! You know us, we live here! With! Spyro!
    Ka-Boom: I don't make the rules, I just enforce them, Eruptor. [Beat] NAMES!
  • Leitmotif: Crash Bandicoot gets one in the episode focused on him. It's a recycled version of the theme song from his very first game. Eruptor even points it out.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Strykore claims he's Kaos's father. It's later strongly hinted that Master Eon is Kaos's real father.
  • Myth Arc: Season 2 follows Spyro trying to learn of his dragon heritage and the mysteries of Strykore and Kaos' father.
  • Mythology Gag: The Missing Link has all of the main characters say their catchphrases from the games as a running gag.
    Spyro: Yeah, like a Skylander needs a catchphrase to get all fired up.
    • In the first episode, when Master Eon shows Spyro the vault, Spyro name-checks artifacts belonging to the Giants, Swap Force and the Trap Team.
    • During Pop Fizz's fight with Wolfgang, he gets a sousaphone that makes him look very similar to his Supercharged form, Big Bubble Pop Fizz.
    • Whenever communicating with the Skylanders from afar, Master Eon looks like a giant floating head, much like his game counterpart (who was trapped in that form by Kaos).
    • The Core of Light, Hugo's fear of sheep, and the sheep in general, are all direct references to Spyro's Adventure; in turn the sheep came from Spyro's PS1 games, where they served as one of many different types of "fodder" (read: health pickups).
    • This isn't the first time that Crash and Spyro have crossed over.
    • Master Eon refers to the main characters as the "Core Skylanders", which also happens to be the term fans of the games use to refer to basic, non-gimmick Skylander figures.
    • When gearing up to fight a forest fire, every member of the team but Spyro mans a Supercharger vehicle. Of the five main characters, he was the only one who wasn't remade into a Supercharger for their titular entry in the game series.
    • In Road Rage, Stealth Elf tells Kaossandra that she was raised by a tree.
    • The finale of season 3 has Master Eon make a Heroic Sacrifice to stop Kaos from destroying the Core of Light and becoming an astral being in the process, which is more or less his backstory in the games.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Spyro obsessively stopping evil before it happens in episode 10 results in a mass of evil nearly destroying Skylands, and ultimately leads to the Doom Raiders invading the Academy.
    • Crash Bandicoot's entire appearance is this. The way to get him back home requires using a dark artifact, the use of which corrupts Eon.
    • In the Season 2 finale, Spyro foolishly went to Malefor for answers about the location of his ancestors. This got him overwhelmed, captured and used as a bargaining chip for the angry dragon king to get his daughter Cynder back to the side of evil. Spyro was later handed over to Kaos, who then brought the young dragon to Strykore to have his light energy consumed in order for Strykore to be fully released from his prison.
      • To add insult to injury, Malefor was able to successfully recapture Cynder after she came with Team Spyro to try and save Spyro from her father - after the dragon king secretly handed Spyro over to Kaos.
  • Parental Bonus: In "Space Invaders", Spyro tells everyone that "Crackling's my middle name." Eruptor then responds that Spyro told him it was "Agnew". (For those wondering, Spiro Agnew was the Vice President for the majority of Richard Nixon's time as President; he resigned a year before Watergate, but over tax-dodging and bribery, not because of Watergate itself.)
    • Also, see the above "brown funnel cake" bit.
    • Lastly, Wolfgang is voiced by James Hetfield.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Kaos and Glumshanks do this nearly every episode, to the point it's a Running Gag by the end.
    Pop Fizz: Do I know you?
    Glumshanks: Not in this hat you don't.
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: Crash Bandicoot's sudden appearance is downright admitted as this:
    Eon: Crash was quite the inspirational hero whose wacky adventures would make for an addictive weekly viewing.
  • Reaching Between the Lines: In "Return to Cynder", one of the Golden Queen's petty acts is calling someone over the phone and turning them into gold. The end of the episode reveals that she froze Hugo.
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  • Sidekick Creature Nuisance: Broccoli Guy is a rare villainous example, even if he is relatively harmless. The only reason the Doom Raiders keep him around is because of his healing powers.
  • Spit Take: Done deliberately when Spyro, drink in hand, doesn't feel his initial reaction to Kaos freezing the Book of Skylanders sufficiently conveyed his shock to the Mabu he's speaking to. So he takes a swig and...
    Mabu: *now dripping wet* "Oh yeah, that really conveys the urgency."
  • Stock Scream: We hear the Wilhelm Scream in "It Techs Two".
  • Suddenly Speaking: Crash Bandicoot can talk complete English in the show, despite not talking much in his game series (or in the Radical Entertainment games, speaking almost entirely in gibberish); he also possesses an Australian accent.
  • Super Team: The entire cast of the show are a group of heroes training to be defenders of Skylands.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: To infiltrate the Skylanders Chili Chomp competition, the bad guys form a catering service. It's name? "We're Not The Bad Guys Chili Company". Eon initially reads it without the "Not" but is still completely clueless, merely remarking that it makes their food seem a bit more thrilling.
  • Ultimate Evil: Strykore, per the norm.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: To get Crash Bandicoot home, the Skylanders need to use a dark relic. Crash is pretty unambiguously good, but sending him home causes the dark relic, a Book of Dark Magic, to corrupt Eon, making a large portion of the Season 1 finale the Skylanders finding a light cure from the Core of Light to heal him.
  • Villains Out Shopping: A recurring joke in the series is villains doing mundane activities without anyone batting an eye.
  • Wham Episode: The Season 2 finale has Malefor capturing Cynder, Kaos freeing Strykore, Spyro becoming Dark, Kaossandra joining forces with the Skylanders, and Eon is Kaos's true father.
  • Wing Shield:
    • In Return to Cynder, Cynder uses her wings to protect herself and Spyro from the debris caused by the explosive Beam-O-War duel between her and her father, Malefor.
    • During Spyro's rematch with Malefor in the Season 2 finale, Malefor douses Spyro in a powerful blast of fire breath. At first, it seems like the smaller dragon is finished, only for the smoke to clear out and reveal Spyro hiding behind his wings completely unscathed, much to Malefor's surprise. Justified, since Spyro is a rare and special breed of dragon that are known to have impenetrable scales all over their bodies to withstand such attacks.
    • When Team Spyro came to rescue Cynder from Malefor in Raiders of the Lost Arkus, Part 1, Spyro is frightened by the attacking dragon king and hides himself behind his wings while his teammates engage Malefor. When Malefor is vulnerable and crashes behind Spyro, the young dragon unfolds his wings and gasps with fright at the sight of the dragon king, panicking long enough for Malefor to subdue Spyro and the rest of his team.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Kaos, especially when his powers get upgraded.