DC AU Question: If Captain Cold was a guest instructor for a students of basically a super villain school, how good would he be in teaching the kids the ins and outs of villainy?
See now this makes me think of something like an “Academy of Villainy and Evildoing” or something. And with a whole academy, I’d wonder what class Len is teaching?
Subjects that would exist are things like “Masterplans” with units on evil monologues and trapping the heroes; “Planning” with units on the importance of casing and organizing; “Henchmen Skills” which is sort of a mixed bag but teaches them all how to work on a crew; “Pirates / Rogues Codes” with all the understood rules and shared language and traditions of villainy, and some options for the later years like “Grifting / Conning”, “Hacking”, “White Collar Crime” and “Grand Theft Auto”.
But I think Len would be teaching “Stealing and Thieving”, with different grades/years focusing on units like pickpocketing, how to perfect the b & e, ATMs and bank robberies done right, burglary and jewel heists, and art theft (and pricing it). Things like “how to fence your wares” would be taught here too, but that would overlap with skills taught in some of the other classes, same with “the getaway” (overlaps with “Henchmen Skills”).
Anyway, all that silliness aside, Len would be a very hands-on teacher. He’d have a high expectation of people coming to his class ready to think and consider and do. Lessons would be demonstrations and practicing on each other, with practical homework like pickpocketing one item off a friend, etc. There would be longer (sometimes semester-long) projects for planning a whole job, and maybe even orchestrating the job at the end of term, and he’d be grading them all on-site at the heist. Of course before that, there would be field trips for casing jobs, like trips to museums or banks in small groups.
It couldn’t all be hands on. He’d want to teach them how to read blueprints and about things that will help them on jobs, like liquid nitrogen and other unexpected tools. Planning and designing really tight plans would especially be an expectation of his class, with points awarded for outside-the-box thinking. Research papers, omg. He’d probably assign research papers for the higher grades.
But yeah, he’d be a good instructor for the students who are there to learn, and/or the ones who listen. He’d be patient so long as they aren’t destructive to the overall plan, but would have very low tolerance for fooling around or any of the kids who fall out of line and endanger the plans (or even the casing of a job). He’d almost certainly play favorites, so I can’t say he’d be the most fair teacher. But he’d be good at it, on the whole, and not cruel, even if strict. Students would admire him, though some would probably be slightly afraid of him ^^;