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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.

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Two seasons are planned, each with 13 episodes; season one debuted on October 28, 2016 and season two began in Fall 2017, with new characters including Cynder (Felicia Day); Netflix has renewed the show for a third season as well. It was announced in April 2019 that the show would not be renewed for a fourth season.

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Skylanders Academy contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass: Arkeyan Conquertron.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Kaos' Mom was a straight-up villain in the original games but here in the show 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.
    • Arguably zig-zagged in the third season.
  • The Ahnold: Ka-Boom, to go with his aesthetic of being an intimidatingly colossal mountain of muscles.
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  • 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 and the Doom Raiders are back in Cloudcracker Prison. However, Eon was considered dead while Kaossandra takes over as Headmaster of the Skylanders Academy. Spyro is informed by an astral projection of Eon from beyond the Skylands that his new capabilities may allow him to find Spyro's kind and asks Spyro to come with him. Spyro accepts and leaves without even saying goodbye to his friends, taking only one last look at them while knowing that they can handle it before leaving to parts unknown with Eon to look for his kind.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Break the Haughty: Happens to Spyro in the first episode when he was not chosen to be a true, honorary Skylander.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Five-Man Band
  • 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.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "SON OF MY MOTHER!"
    • Characters tend to use "sheep" as a replacement for a similar swear word.
    • In "Dream Girls", Kaos has some very... suggestive posters of the Golden Queen hanging on his wall. Later on, it's revealed he has a body pillow of her.
    • Eruptor's advice to Glumshanks when he's being transported to Cloudcracker Prison.
    Eruptor: Word of advice; Don't drop the soap.
    Glumshanks: Why?
    Stealth Elf: Because prison soap is expensive.
    • In "Pop Rocks", Eon warns the attendees at the music festival to "avoid the brown funnel cake", as "it's a bit dodgy"- a reference to the "Brown acid" at Woodstock.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Role Reprisal: Richard Steven Horvitz, Jonny Rees (aka Greg Ellis), Bobcat Goldthwait, Billy West, and Fred Tatasciore are the only actors from the games to reprise their roles from the games, returning to voice Kaos, Jet-Vac, Pop Fizz, Food Fight and Snap Shot respectively.
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  • Small, Annoying Creature: 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 Voiced: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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